About last night …

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My man Dave Stubbs probably knows this, but for me it’s a puzzler:
How often has the First Star been a player who didn’t get on the ice until the game was almost seven minutes old?
Take a bow, Alex Galchenyuk.
You may have made Canadiens history.
And the best is yet to come for the 19-year-old rookie.

Fearless prediction: Galchenyuk will be chosen First Star of many games during the 2014-’15 season. And he won’t often have to wait seven minutes to get into the action.

What took him so long to get off the bench in the 2-1 win over Boston?

During a conversation over pre-game dinner in the media lounge, my man Arpon Basu, who covers the Canadiens for NHL.com, was saying Michel Therrien does not try to match lines during games. The Canadiens’ coach focuses on situations when he makes his line changes. As an example, Basu pointed out that David Desharnais would not be sent out to take a faceoff in the defensive zone.

(And guess who lost the D-zone faceoff that led to Boston’s only goal?)

In his postgame press conference, Therrien said Galchenyuk spent the beginning of the game on the bench because of situations, including two minutes of four-on-four when Andrew Ference and Francis Bouillon took roughing minors a couple minutes into the game.

Galchenyuk made the most of his belated opportunity. He scored on his first shift – a fluke goal, like the other two scored in the game – and spent the rest of the game making positive plays with linemates Lars Eller and Brandon Prust.

Man, this kid is going to be good. Likewise Eller. And Brendan Gallagher.

The future is very bright for your Montreal Canadiens.

And the present isn’t bad, either. The team is three points off the Eastern Conference lead, with a game in hand on the Crosby-less Penguins. The teams meet April 17 in Pittsburgh, and the Canadiens will be looking for their first win in the season series, after two one-goal losses.

Thin margins have been the story of the season in games between the Canadiens and their main conference rivals. The win over Boston was the third in four meetings, and every game has been decided by a goal.

Won’t it be fun if they meet in the playoffs?

And won’t Carey Price be ready for it?

That, for me, was the big takeaway from Saturday night’s game. Price, who lost to the Bruins Feb. 6 at the Bell Centre and was yanked after 40 minutes in the March 27 game in Boston, got the Boston bear off his back with a stellar 26-save performance.

Price got a lot of help from his supporting cast, notably a depleted defence corps that blocked 23 shots. An first-period injury to Alexei Emelin forced Therrien and D coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault to deploy five players in various combinations, and the Dmen rose splendidly to the challenge.

Josh Gorges had the most ice time, 26:18, and blocked six shots. P.K. Subban was customarily brilliant in 25:03 and picked up another pair of assists to boost his point total to 32. In the defenceman scoring race, P.K. has opened up a four-point lead  over Ryan Suter and Kris Letang.

The defenceman who really stepped up, however, was Davis Drewiske. Acquired from L.A. for a fifth-round draft choice, Drewiske played 23:50 against the Bruins, blocked four shots, had a couple hits, made excellent first passes and was unflustered by the Boston thumpers who tried to forecheck him into errors.

If Emelin is out for a while – and the injury looked bad – Jarred Tinordi probably will be recalled from Hamilton – unless Raphael Diaz is ready to return. But in three games with the Canadiens, Drewiske has looked like a really good addition.

Of course, it helsp a man-down defence corps if they don’t have to kill many penalties. The Canadiens played a superbly disciplined game and were not shorthanded until the final minute, when Zdeno Chara embellished Eller’s tug on his size XXXXL jersey. Then with Tuukka Rask on the bench for a sixth attacker, the Boston power play couldn’t even attempt a shot on goal.

Of the Bruins’ 27 shots, Chara had four and Dennis Seidenberg had five – 33 per cent of their SoG from two defencemen, plus another three from Johnny Boychuk. Top-shooting Boston forward was Gregory Campbell, with three.

Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand had no shots. Milan Lucic and Jaromir Jagr had one each, Nathan Horton had two.

Contrast the impotence of the Boston forwards to the Canadiens: Michael Ryder and Max Pacioretty had four shots each. Ryan White was the only forward blanked on the shot sheet.

The Canadiens have a well deserved day off on Sunday. A year ago, they played their final game of a miserable season.

In the lineup on April 7, 2012: Chris Campoli, Brad Staubitz, Blake Geoffrion, Aaron Palushaj, Frédeeric St. Denis and Louis Leblanc.

They won’t be playing April 9, 2013, when the Washington Capitals come to town.

• My friend Chris O’Brien forced himself to watch Hockey Night in Canada and offered this observation:

Here on Leafs Corner on your local community cable network, let’s discuss the trade deadline, especially the impact on the Leafs.

Luongo or Kiprusoff, let’s talk about what they didn’t do anyways. In Coachs Corner, let’s replay last week’s where we brought in 3 Leafs players postgame to kiss and cuddle,  in case you missed it last week. Please TSN take over the rights next year.

 

723 Comments

  1. petefleet says:

    Any word on Emelin? Looked like a busted knee to me. The Habs will miss him and his ability to make the opposition constantly do an over the shoulder check.
    The Habs outplayed the Bruins all game and for my money, MT is coach of the year. Why? The Habs have bought into a “system” that just has each player in a position to stymie the opposition. Halpern and Pleks on the ice in the defensive zone because those idiot linesman always throw the centre out and try to handycap at least one team. Boston never really looked like a threat last nite. I hate to say it but it’s what they’ve done all year and if they are able to keep it up, they should go far into the playoffs.
    Gally, Chucky and Eller are going to be great, maybe even before this year is out. It’s always nice to see a rookie or young guy rise to excellence in the playoffs.
    PK is the Norris trophy winner in my books. Gary Gally’s comment notwithstanding, I think he’s great at both ends of the ice.
    Ryder is the acquisition of the year. I don’t expect his production to dry up anytime soon.
    Max and DD will find his touch again, hopefully in the games that the other guys are not scoring. Both are still in the play and getting good chances.
    Price will stop everything coming at him and only the flukey ones will get by as usual. I have all faith in him. Budaj will pick up the slack if needed.

    ******************************************
    I haven’t been wrong in a long time…..not feeling like today is the day.

    ***Go Habs Go***

    • geo_habsgo says:

      I just hope he doesn’t suffer from the “Lucic effect” a la Komisarek and come back a tentative player. If he loses his edge, he will no longer be an effective hockey player in this league. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

      • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

        He didn’t lose his edge after the beating he took fromm Svitov in the KHL. The Lucic collision was more like bumping into your 6-year old daughter compared to that.

  2. Alex_425 says:

    Am I the only one here who doesn’t really care for the picture at the top? What’s up with the face on the girl at the far right?

    Also, call me a conspiracy theorist or whatever, but does it feel a little bit like they wanted Galchenyuk to get first star in order to boost the kid’s spirits, considering the drought he had just been going through?

    I’m not bashing Alex at all, don’t get me wrong, the kid rocks, it just made me feel like that sorta-maybe-coulda been the intended cherry on the confidence-cake.

    But I’m no expert….

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Three star selection in Montreal is now a fan vote, so the validity of it is somewhat tainted. I noticed CBC had the three stars as #1 PK, #2 Rask and #3 Price.

      • Alex_425 says:

        Maybe a pre-determined list of players to select from already appears as fans vote at the end of the game? Wouldn’t know, never been able to go see a Habs game at the Bell Centre and find out for myself.

        But I’m no expert….

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I believe they instituted this new 3 star selection process last season. It used to be a designated member of the press corp. I believe.

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      It’s not spelled “garown up”. You didn’t need the “a”.

      • ArmyFan says:

        Just a joke, man. Not meant to offend anyone. Besides, I was actually thinking “gazing at the Bruin’s logo on the shirt worn by the girl on the left”.

      • Alex_425 says:

        Nice one.

        Yeah, I just like my women a little more… natural looking, in body and in fashion.

        And curvy. Definitely curvy.

        But I’m no expert….

  3. Sportfan says:

    So Bealieu or Tinordi which would be the better call-up?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • petefleet says:

      Tinordi because he is more defensively responsible. That’s not taking anything from Beaulieu, he was great on his call up but Tinordi has the size and the presence that would better fill in for Emelin.

      ******************************************
      I haven’t been wrong in a long time…..not feeling like today is the day.

      ***Go Habs Go***

    • habstrinifan says:

      I thought someone on RDS already tweeted that Tinordi received the call.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Neither. Weber should get a few games. Enhance his trade value while keeping the kids developing with ice time. A win win.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Good morning Jim, hope you are well my friend. I don’t like to do this, but I disagree. If indeed Emelin is gone for an extended period of time (I fear the rest of the season) I believe the seasoning Tinordi/Beaulieu would get will help them be more useful than Weber come playoff time. I fear the Weber experiment in Montreal is over.

  4. gumper says:

    Great win for our boys last night. Has got me doing the math. Habs are getting into clinching territory, being up 15 on Winnipeg this monrning, and Winnipeg has 8 games left. I know it’s not as simple as that, but a couple of wins combined with strategic losses and you’ll be seeing that “x” appear beside our team’s name in the standings. It will be such a change to watch our team prepare for the playoffs with whatever fine-tuning MT feels is necessary, rather than biting our nails, wondering if we can leapfrog a couple of teams to squeak in.

    The other thing I find myself mulling over this morning is the Max, DD, Gally line. I don’t think the problem is chemistry there, but the combination of the types of players. If you look at the Prust, Chucky, Eller line, it seems more set up for success with one guy with great hands, one guy who can really hold onto the puck and one guy who would rather skate through the opposition than go around it. Plus that line has size. The DD line doesn’t have the same composition. DD has the great hands, but not the size, so he’s easily knocked off the puck. Gally has a heart as big as Prust’s, but doesn’t have the body to match, and Max may be a sniper, but he doesn’t have great hands and he can’t play keep-away anywhere near as well as Lars. Given how well the other lines seem to be playing, I’m not sure there’s a simple fix, but if they want Max to get going they need someone to feed him the puck in the medium slot areas. DD can only do that if there’s someone buying him time and space…a guy like Prust. Gally has the mentality, but being a rookie, and a small guy, I think you’re asking too much of him to fill that role. He shows signs of getting worn down these past couple of games. (Probably has a few knacks and bruises slowing him down.) Maybe when Borque gets back we’ll have enough big, aggressive forwards to get Max going again. He was playing a Prustian sort of game before the concussion. I think his return could be the key to getting Max firing on all cylinders again.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  5. Mavid says:

    how do you post a picture?

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Isnt one of those beauties in the pic our very own Mavid???

  7. Mike D says:

    Ryder is currently 33 years old and coming off a 2 year, 7mil deal (3.5mil cap hit). Two questions:

    1) What do you think the Habs should re-sign him for?
    2) How much do you think he’d get as a UFA?

    - Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      3 years same annual salary.

    • BJ says:

      High end should be 4M for 3 years. Unfortunately there is always a team that is willing to overpay, and agents like to get their %. So unless Ryder likes it here and agrees to a price that fits our budget (with players due to get some increases in the coming seasons as in PK, Galchenyuk etc.).

    • Mike D says:

      Funny. My thoughts were the exact same as ’72′s, but I also don’t think it would be enough to sign him for the same reasons BJ mentions.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  8. Mattyleg says:

    Great win.
    Had friends over to watch the game.
    They were more interested in talking about their house-hunting, so game-watching ended up being a passive activity. :-/

    Wouldn’t like to watch a 7-game series between these two… bad for the heart!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    In case anyone wants a reason to throw dog excrement at PJ Stock’s house, here is the pregame show scroll ahead to approx. the 25minute mark of video and listen to the blathering idiot. Thank goodness for Elliote Friedman, heck even Maclean and Healy think PJ is on quayludes.

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockeynightincanada/hockeytonight/video/#id=2371759268

    • Brinkley says:

      Thank you HabinBurlington – but I need his address (live in Edmonton and I have a long drive etc.).

      As a former NHL player, Stock could not have carried PK’s skates into the dressing room.

      If PK had 100 points in a 48 game season, was +100 and won the Norris and Hart Trophies, Stock would look for a reason to dump on the guy.

      I assume CBC will keep Stock employed – they have kept Don Cherry around for 30+ years!

      GO HABS

    • Mike D says:

      I watched that before the game last night. MacLean’s facial expressions as PJ rambled on were great. It was like Ron was saying “You’re either crazy or stupid, but either way, stop talking”.

      But the best was when Elliotte told PJ that “it was enough” in regards to his P.K. bashing.

      Even Healy didn’t have PJ’s back and I usually cringe when he talks.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

    • kempie says:

      Thanks for that link Burly. I didn’t really catch that at the time. Incredibly, I wasn’t paying attention to what the panel was saying. Good for Friedman. If you slow that video down and look closely, you can see Elliotte is blinking in Morse code that translates roughly to “get me the f*** out of here”

    • gumper says:

      Thanks, Burly. What I missed the first time through was that two or three seconds of astonished silence while all the other guys stared at Stock in disbelief. I heard Friedman stick up for PK, but not the second time. I had missed the “global warming” comment, and hadn’t really appreciated the sarcasm of Maclean’s comment about “continuing to learn” from Stock. The only thing you could really learn from Stock is how to do a very poor job of disguising a prejudicial attitude toward at star player from a hack ex-player and a hack present “tele-journalist”. Absolutely appalling.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      Could start a drinking game on the number of times that he says”kinda”. Interesting to see Stock stammers as much in English as he does in French. ( I gave up on HNIC eons ago , never watch it, never heard him) Stammering does not make him an irrational lunkhead though. One thing I noticed about a lot of these sports panels in the English media is the tendency towards saying confrontational statements, to get people pissed, in the same mode as “110%” did on that French station. On Antechambre, for all its faults, people spend a lot more time laughing at each other.

  10. BJ says:

    Not to be negative by introducing this topic. I watched the San Antonio Rampage-Hamilton game recently to see some of the new juniors. Archambault plays with some edge, Hudon got his cage rattled and Kristo picked up an assist and got tripped when he came in on net and missed a great chance but picked a PP opportunity on the play (he was given very llmited ice time). Beaulieu skates like the wind (he can’t miss). The down side was how we got manhandled, we have way too many small players. And watching the team it looks completely disorganized and without a system. It seems to be a mixture of poor coaching and players that can’t implement a system if one exists. I hope Bergevin starts looking for size to surround his smaller players. Another positive is Patrick Holland, he’s by far the best puck handling forward. Leblanc had good speed and looked decent but again in order to fit in with the Habs he would need to elevate his skill level to a top 6 as he just does not fit the profile of a 3rd or 4th liner long term. Hamilton looks like the Habs at their worst last season under the tutelage of Martin and Cunneyworth.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I am hopeful that Sylvain Lefebvre is learning a great deal this season. He has had some Asst. Coaching on his resume, but this is his first head coaching stint. Obviously a combination of rookie coach with lots of rookie pros is a difficult combination. We have changed coaches in Hamilton more than our underwear in recent years, lets hope he and the team develop and improve. I would hate to make changes again to soon. And as these players gain experience we should see some weight gain. Most of the players heading there in the next few years are not lightweights. We have some good sized D on the way, and the forwards are decent sized with the exception of a few. Your point is valid BJ.

      • Strummer says:

        What makes coaching a farm team difficult is the constant churn of players mostly rookies both good and bad.

        Some teams like the Marlies have seasoned vets who will never play in the NHL again to provide leadership and stability

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

    • gumper says:

      I think the organization has been dedicated, this year, to using Hamilton to fast track our younger players, in an effort to see what is really in the system. I suggest that the disorganization is the result of the revolving door that has seen players up and down, and new players constantly being added. That will likely change somewhat next year, as the big team looks to be relatively stable, and set for next year. Hamilton would likely have been a better team with the likes of Gally and Chucky in the lineup all year, and if the likes of Tinordi , Beaulieu, Dumont and Blunden hadn’t had extended stays in Montreal. And remember, this was a very young team right from the get-go, before the Habs started cherry picking players on a regular basis. To a large extent, Hamilton exists to make Montreal better, but I’d bet the farm that Lefebvre will have a better year next year, with more stability and a year’s experience under his belt. I do concede, though, that a bit more strategic beef/grit, wouldn’t hurt.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • habstrinifan says:

      I havent seen the Dogs play, only highlights and one game, so I cant refute your remarks re coaching. Sylvain Lefebvre though is highly considered in NHL circles as a very promising future head coach. Hope he works out.

  11. ed says:

    when a goalie is moving out to challenge Chara’s slapshot from the point and smothering his 100 mph shot in his chest protector, that goalie has risen to the top of the NHL rankings.
    Price’s rebound control was simply outstanding last night.
    He makes the 1st save, and the play is over.

    How many loose pucks were available in our crease area for the Bruins to pounce on?
    Answer: very, very few.

  12. geo_habsgo says:

    Watching Gallagher last night against the Bruins and the way he played with such ferocity, even hemming Chara to the boards at one point made me realize how much he is like a young Brian Gionta. He will never be as dynamic a player as St. Louis but his never say die attitude is really refreshing and likely contagious in the room. How could the rest of the team not get fired up when he kid spends half of every game on his ass but still makes things happen. If he isn’t already, he will become one of the most respected players in the league in a very short period of time.

  13. Cal says:

    This is how the Booins entire organization deals with losses: Excuseland

  14. Arrow77 says:

    The Bruins with Jagr but without Bergeron are definitely not as good as they were with Bergeron and without Jagr. Our guys fought hard but Boston should’ve scored more than one lucky goal against a team with only 5 d-men. They are in big trouble if he doesn’t come back.

  15. munch17 says:

    ed commented earlier on how our “small” forwards won the races to the corner.
    No where was that more apparent than on the game winning goal.
    Gionta won the race to the corner to prevent an icing that led to the eventual game winner and no assist on the play – but did the work and took the hit.
    Good job by our captain!!

  16. Strummer says:

    Looks like the Bruins are starting to realize the policy of truculence is starting to backfire on them.

    In their 3rd to last meeting with the Habs their resident pituitary case took 17 minutes in penalties retaliating on Emilen and would cost them the the game.

    Last night Lucic had this to say:

    “Unfortunately on a retaliatory penalty they wind up getting the winning goal,” said Lucic, who also knocked Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin out of the game in a big collision. “Sometimes you’ve got to swallow your pride and suck it up. It’s one of those things that ended up costing us.”
    (Chris Stevenson- Sun media)

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

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    Is Galchenyuk going to go on a tear now? It is amazing the effect Prust has on whatever lines he plays on. Specifically the impact he has had on #27 whenever matched together.

    When we signed Prust in the offseason I was ecstatic. Not so much for the fighting, but the team spirit and leadership which he brings. Again this is an example of superb pro scouting by our current mgmt. group. Every pro player which this mgmt. team has added since arriving, have fit in very well within the roles they were assigned.

    Now the coaching staff just needs to figure out what is needed to get the Max/DD combo playing better. Perhaps DD could watch one game from the pressbox. I am not trying to suggest a long term benching, but rather just an opportunity to see the game from another angle and realize what is happening out there.

    I am guessing Bourque is going to be in the lineup in just a matter of games.

  18. geo_habsgo says:

    Sholi, have you been paying any attention to our HIO hockey pool? We aren’t a lot this season but it’s been a pretty competitive league. It’s been pretty fun and I’ve been chasing first place for the better part of the season but it’s been a battle. Thanks for setting it up!

  19. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I thought it was perfect watching the game with my die hard Bruin fan friend.. then I saw the above picture..

    My fave is the blonds on the couch talking on the phone with yoga pants.. is she UFA?

  20. Strummer says:

    Why does TSN use NESN for last night’s game highlights on Sportscentre?

    Are they in a pissing match with CBC?

    They can’t use associate RDS highlights because there might be a French graphic?

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

  21. JF says:

    About half the games this season have been called measuring-stick games, but this was one of the real ones, and the Habs measured up – all the way up to first in the division, a lead there’s no reason to think we can’t hang onto. We were faster and more skilled, their size and truculence didn’t win them many battles, and their offence was anemic. The figures on SOG were an eye-opener; very few by their forwards, incredibly none on their 6-on-4, and I barely noticed Marchand and Seguin all night. If Patrice Bergeron, their best all-round player, is out for any length of time, the Bruins are in trouble.

    Both Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk were electrifying last night. In Plekanec’s absence against Winnipeg, Eller really stepped up, and maybe the extra responsibility gave him more confidence. He’s starting to control the play more, distributing the puck better and creating chances, making better and more consistent use of the skills we only caught glimpses of the last couple of seasons. That trade is starting to look really good. He seems to have good chemistry with Galchenyuk, who also looked as though the Winnipeg game was a confidence booster. I think we’re seeing only the tip of the iceberg for both players.

    Price seems to be reaching the top of his game at the right time. It’s been a while since he allowed a soft goal; and leaving aside his two worst games (the 6-0 loss to the Leafs, which is hard to pin on him anyway, and the 7-6 OT loss to the Penguins), his numbers are probably right up there. I think he’s only going to get better.

    Bergevin is an extremely smart GM. The Ryder trade might be the best in the League this year, and he snagged us a useful defenceman for almost nothing. Not the fastest or the flashiest, Drewiske nonetheless looks very solid. And I guess Bergevin was right in saying you can’t have too many defencemen. First Diaz, now Emelin. Diaz is skating and, unless he has a setback, should be playing before the end of the season; but the injury to Emelin looked bad. It wouldn’t surprise me if his season is over. We’ll need someone else to step up, but it’s hard to see who can replace him. Tinordi looks the most likely, although his lack of experience could be a problem. That leaves Kaberle or Weber.

    I loved Therrien saying he was proud of his players. Did JM ever say anything like that? I don’t think so, even after his team beat the Caps and Pens in the playoffs.

  22. BJ says:

    HabinBurlington makes a good point re. Price. The guy is really an excellent goalie. I think he’s not as appreciated as he could be, because his style is not spectacular. He positions himself so well that it almost looks easy. I prefer this type of steady goaltending than one who’s “tuna flopping” all over, looks great on occasion but does not have the steadiness of Price. Glad we kept him.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Must also give props to Rask. He couldn’t be faulted for either goal scored by the Habs. Unfortunately this is another reminder of the Maple Leafs and their eternal goal of doing everything possible to improve the Bruins team.

      I have re-read stories of the trade John Ferguson Jr. made sending Rask to Boston for Raycroft. He didn’t even consult with his pro scouts or other mgmt. but just hastily made the trade. Mgmt in Boston were in shock that Leafs were offering Rask, wondering what possibly could be wrong with Rask that T.O. would make that offer.

      Justin Pogge continues to play in leagues which we will never follow.

  23. Mike D says:

    One thing I forgot to mention in my post below:

    the line of Max Pac – DD – Gally needs to be broken up. DD and Max don’t seem to have the chemistry they’ve displayed before, and they are horrible defensively. DD can’t win a faceoff to save his life.

    I don’t know how you adjust the lines as the others are looking good and I wouldn’t want to disrupt that, but something’s gotta be done.

    - Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Four Year Deal.. here’s your new whipping boy Hab fans!

      • Mike D says:

        Not trying to pick on DD or Max, but facts are facts. That line isn’t able to sustain pressure in the O-zone and are brutal in the D-zone. It’s not all on one player, it’s the whole line. Of late, Gally is the best of the three (clearly) which shouldn’t be the case since he’s a rookie.

        - Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Maybe switch Prust & Gallagher.

      DD and MaxPac Need a Cole-like bruiser and the Eller plus 2 Gallys line could be a real handful. The latter becomes our de facto 2nd line.

  24. Ian Cobb says:

    We are only 3 points behind Pittsburgh, we have a game in hand on them, and we play them on the 17th for top spot in the conference! Whood a thunk it?

    Here is where we place in stats throughout the 30 team league.

    Points………55, In 3rd place. Last week 49 points for 4th.
    Goals For..120, In 3rd place. Last week 107 goals for 4th.
    Goals A…….91, In 4th place. Last week 83 against for 4th.
    Goals Diff..+29, In 3rd place. Last week +24 for 4th.

    We have come a very long way back this year boys and girls.
    We are watching the most riveting hockey played in Montreal in many years.

  25. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Gee, I noticed Curly didn’t use the e word after the loss. Chara goes down awfully easy for a telephone pole. Great win. Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  26. habfan01 says:

    Gotta love NESN- their save of the game was the shot that Horton deflected wide- never even went on goal.

  27. Mike D says:

    Great win last night. I love how this team is completely unphased when playing the B’s or any other big/tough opponent. Would love if we can beat Pitt in our next game against them as it would do wonders for the boys’ mentality going into the post season.

    The line of Chucky-Eller-Prust was an absolute joy to watch. Our 5-man D core did a very admirable job. Price was sharp and was only beaten by a very flukey shot. Plek played great which was a relief, since coming back from an injury against a team like Boston is generally not a good idea. Sucks about Emelin but hopefully he returns very soon.

    Couldn’t believe what was being said in the media by certain parties. First I hear Cherry on Coach’s Corner say that he thinks Price is the best goalie in the world. Then I hear about Jack Edwards tweeting that Montreal is the better team (in comparison to Boston). CRAZY!

    - Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • Clay says:

      All things being equal, beating Pitt may also put us in first in the conference.
      As for the Jack Edwards tweet, I liked it so much I made it my new sig.

      __________________________
      ☞ Montreal is the better of these two teams. No excuses for Bruins. Montreal is better.☜ ~ Jack Edwards

  28. BJ says:

    Anyone else watch l’Antichambre last night? They had Gallagher on as a guest. The young man is amazingly composed and his answers are incredibly intelligent. What a change in scenery compared to the days of Sergei Kostitsyn, Grabovski, Ribeiro. Its refreshing to see someone with his head on straight and can express himself clearly and comes across with some humility.

  29. ed says:

    Here is something to watch for during a game if you want to judge for yourselves whether the Habs forwards are too small vs the other team’s defence, or alternatively, Habs defenceman being too small vs the other team’s forwards.

    How often is the puck “loose” behind the net, or heading towards the corners, or in the corners, against the boards?

    Answer: very often.

    And the race for these “loose” pucks is being won – 1st to arrive (quicker first 2 or 3 steps) and take possession- by the Habs forwards on one end on the ice and by the Habs d-men on the other.

    So once we have gained possession using our quickness, watch to see how the slower Bruins try to come in from behind and use their “size” to gain control of the puck.

    The Habs not only win the foot races to retrieve these loose pucks, but our players take the hits, the pushes, the shoves, the cross checks to the back, and fight off the slower Bruins so we “maintain” possession.

    That takes hard work, determination, perseverance, and that COMBINED with our great quickness and bursts, is
    why the Habs not only arrive at loose pucks first most of the time, we keep possession most of the time.

    Speed and dedication to hard work is a fantastic combination in hockey.

    Mix in some superbly consistent goaltending…..and we can beat anyone.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Good Morning everybody! A few thoughts I had from the game last night.

    Lucic does lift his knee and does make contact directly on Emelin’s knee. I am not sure Lucic can be blamed, if our player braced himself per se the same way, we would have no issue with it. Reality is that Emelin has a reputation and players know when he is on the ice and realize they need to keep their heads up.

    Watched the game at a sports bar with a bunch of Leaf fans, a smattering of Bruin fans and Moi. Believeau jersey still has undefeated streak alive. During the Eller penalty I was yelling like a Banshee (we have all seen how Banshee’s yell) Embellishment, and may have even called Chara and Julien a handful of names. One of my buddies (intelligent Leaf fan, they do exist) said an interesting point to me. He said, if they don’t call the penalty on Eller, there is probably a good to great scoring chance for Eller on the play. He said, if the play doesn’t immediately present a scoring chance they probably don’t call. This actually made sense to me, Eller did tug the sweater, Chara did embellish, but Eller did pull on the sweater. Again we would want the call if roles reversed.

    Third point, Price played great. A shame so many probably can’t enjoy that win….

    • Clay says:

      I have to agree on Lucic (and the rest). He was defending himself from a hit, and I would have done the same thing. No fault to him there. Emelin was just unlucky.

      __________________________
      ☞ Montreal is the better of these two teams. No excuses for Bruins. Montreal is better.☜ ~ Jack Edwards

    • scott9002ca says:

      only issue with that is that there is a specific rule in the NHL rulebook for this. There’s actually two things when it comes to the diving/embelleshment. Diving which is where someone touches you and you dive drawing a penalty thats not a penalty. then there’s embellesment, where Eller tugs on the jersey, but Chara does a triple pirouette before tumbling to the ice in the big mess. the latter is what you see when the ref calls both. There was indeeed a penalty, and there was indeed an embellesment. Thus both go off and you play 4 on 4 (or whatever the circumstances may dictate).

    • Ian Cobb says:

      No doubt about it Gerald, he drove his knee up and into Emilin!

      Great points this morning sir!!

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      If that’s the case, it’s concurrent minors, one for the hold and one for the Oscar performance and we go to 4 on 4. That is, if it’s anyone but Boston apparently. Curly was awfully quiet about the e word after the game.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Burly, great to see you were invoking Irish spirits in Burlington as you yelled last night! And great that the No. 4 record remains unblemished!

      You articulate exactly what I think about both Lucic’s knee and Eller’s penalty (call HAD to be made). I would also concur with other posters who argue that Chara should have received a penalty as well (although in fairness, he does seem to follow over a lot when he’s playing us…).

      Yes, intelligent Leaf friends exist. I have some intelligent Leaf relations! But were you just striving for politeness by omitting any reference to intelligent BRUIN friends?!

  31. Ian Cobb says:

    Mike!
    This a picture of the ladies that are always in our HIO Fan Summit Box before we get there! Would you ask them, that they save some of the pop corn, it is always empty when we arrive!?

  32. Danno says:

    Claude Julien nailed a new sign to the wall in the Bruins dressing room which says:

    “Numerous Excuses”

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
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  33. Habfan17 says:

    At first I thought that the injury to Emelin was an accident, he got the worst of the collision. Then Don Cherry pointed out how Ferguson used to jump a little and bring his knee up and that is what Lucic did. After looking at the replay, it confirmed Cherry’s comments. When it happened, I thought Emelin twisted his knee as he fell. Now I am not so sure!

    Habfan17

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      17, I am repulsed as much as anyone by Lucic, but I don’t think I blame him for Emelin’s injury. Whatever Lucic did with his leg/knee looked to me like instinct not malice.

      Did you think Cherry was endorsing/condoning the Ferguson/Lucic knee-raise or not? It was hard to tell….

  34. HabFab says:

    dogsplaybyplay – Here’s a crazy stat – after scoring the game-tying goal tonight, 8 of Patrick Holland’s 10 goals are either GTG or game-winning goals. #clutch

  35. HabFab says:

    The Secret of the Habs success is out;

    MAGodin – Drewiske: The strength of the team, I think just from coming in, is the system. Everyone supports each other & that makes everyone stronger.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The puck support of this team night in and night out is as good as I’ve seen from any team in a long while. They use their speed to get on the puck so quick that it often leads to good scoring opportunities and great defensive plays.

  36. Habsrule1 says:

    I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw 260? pound Chara go flying back from that little tug on his jersey.

    “We don’t embellish, and when we do, we are spoken to and it stops”.
    Ya, obviously.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Habfan17 says:

      It was also funny seeing how annoyed he got when Gallagher hit him on the boards!

      Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree but man was I a little upset at Lars for taking an offensive zone penalty in that situation. I bet he was relieved as anyone when the siren sounded, huh?

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Agreed. Really dumb penalty in the offensive zone, but it happens…brain fart.
        They didn’t even shoot during the 6 on 4! I mean at least put the puck to the net and hope for the best.

        Glad they didn’t though.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  37. HabFab says:

    Jack Edwards and the Bruins celebrate making the play-offs this season… and after listening to his spew can only say WTF?? If that is their mentality, them b!tches are going out fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  38. Danno says:

    For your Sunday morning reading pleasure:Habs Reign Supreme

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    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

  39. Lafleurguy says:

    We now know what Mike Boone is doing with the extra time on both his hands since retiring from the Gazette.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  40. Lafleurguy says:

    If Ryder doesn’t re-sign (<50%), he will be hard to replace. Good news about the young prospects, but we need some big bodies in the forwards pipeline.

    "May you live in interesting times."

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I think MB is going to try to sign him. Maybe Ryder is tired of moving around. He really looks like he’s enjoying himself now, eh?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Liked him in the past, like him more now. Getting a reputation of being clutch, and to the non-discerning eye, he allows people to see the otherwise hidden set-up skills of Tomas P.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • JUST ME says:

      Must admit i did not like him much on his first stint with the Habs. But i must say that he his way better than before,handles the puck,does not get rid of it,has a good vision of the play,i am amazed and am all for the habs re-signing him although i thought he was a rental when we traded Cole for him.

      The thing is though that every team will have to deal with is the new salary cap. Some teams are packed right now but next season may not be able to afford all their players. For Ryder it will depend on how much he asks cause he is not getting any younger but i would sacrifice quite a few other players just to keep his fire power.

      Great game yesterday. Carey was supreme,White had a strong game so did Gally,Bouillon and of course…P.K. ! That`s the recipe this season they all play their role every game and want the puck much more than the opponent.

      If we were to be tied with the bruins at the end of the season we would officially win the tie breaker now. One small step at a time !

  41. Habfan10912 says:

    Bealieu or Tinordi? How bought Weber? Obviously the team thinks highly enough of him not to give him away at the trade deadline. He certainly is not a candidate for an amnesty buyout. Giving Weber some play until Diaz returns could boast his trade value during the off season.
    If Weber is healthy then I’d put him back out there. It’s too bad he couldn’t go to Hamilton for a conditioning assignment first but let’s give him another shot.

  42. Frank2468 says:

    Wonder if Claude Julien had a press conference after the game about how bad diving is becoming in the NHL? When a big man 6 foot 9 inches tall and about 270lbs can be pulled off his skates by a tug on his sweater. Guess habs fans should make Chara sweaters with deep deep deep sea divers on it like they did in Boston for the Habs. Guess the word of the day in Boston should be hypocrites. Well I guess it’s time for Boston to play “Wheel of Excuses”?

  43. Habfan10912 says:

    Is it me or can you see Timo behind the curtain in the “candid shot of a suite at the Bell Centre” picture above? :)

  44. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! It took a few hours for the chest pains to cease but it’s all good this morning, eh? I’m all in with this team. I thought after the last game with Boston that we had gotten into their heads. This game? I thought the Bruins realized they could not match the skill of the Habs nor intimidate them so they played a very tight “Let’d just keep the game” close strategy.
    Even that power that ended the game they were not willing to take any risj, just passing the puck safely around looking for a perfect opportunity. It was as if it was more important to keep the score 2-1 then anything else,

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hiya Gentleman Jim.* In Carlyle’s defence, he played without a helmet, and even now doesn’t realize how lucky he was (to have escaped serious head injury). Wasn’t so for Bill Masterton. They use helmets in Olympics boxing for scientific reasons.

      “May you live in interesting times.”
      *thisnicknamemaystick

  45. HabFab says:

    Collberg on his way over to Montreal… tweet is two hours old.
    As noted below Hudon got his first pro goal last night.

    collberg49 Next stop Montreal ✈

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    I know there’s a post-trade bump but the prospect the Broons gave up to get Jagr ( didn’t he look old and slow last night?), Lane MacDermid, has two goals in two games for Dallas.

    Back to slowness – these Broons are not a serious cup contender without Patrice Bergeron. Rask is going to have to be like TimTom was two years ago for them to have any hope. I think a team like the Rangers could dispatch them easily.

    Regarding Bergeron, he should retire. He’s won his cup, had a great career. Now he’s sustaining a concussion every one and a half seasons. Good article here:

    http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/04/06/for-bruins-center-patrice-bergeron-time-for-healing-and-pondering/eNFyrRCHxT5F83f5RQne4M/story.html

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      And from that article:

      “That’s a bad word,’’ Carlyle said when asked if Lupul were concussed, as reported by sportsnet.ca’s Michael Grange. “We don’t use that word until we’re 100 percent sure of any of the situations. The term ‘concussion’ in today’s world, sporting world, you want to be 100 percent sure before you start using that word.’’

      “Carlyle then went on to offer some homespun theories on concussions, in part hypothesizing that helmets might actually increase the chance of sustaining a brain injury. The theory: the helmet retains heat, promoting a player’s brain to swell, thus making for a tighter fit for the brain inside the skull, and . . . well . . . you know.”

      • Habfan10912 says:

        That was as a bizarre of a concussion theory as I’ve ever heard. Helmets are bad for concussions? I wonder what his take on seat belts are? Jeez.

      • HabFab says:

        I thought Burke was an idiot when it came to speaking of injuries but Carlyle is certainly upholding the high standard for the “blue & white”.

    • scavanau says:

      “Rask is going to have to be like TimTom was two years ago for them to have any hope.”

      You mean “close your eyes and flail?”

  47. Marc10 says:

    Glad Les Boys won and that so far the Jagr effect is mild.

    With Bergeron out, I didn’t expect the Bruins to win. Bergie is by far their best player. Chara is slowing down and Mr. Hamilton will have big skates to fill in the not too distant future.

    If Bergeron doesn’t make it back for the playoffs, I predict a quick first round exit for the wounded bear.

    I really like the way this team plays its best hockey against the better teams. With Sid out, I wouldn’t be surprised if we caught the Dodos and eked out a Conference Title.

    This team’s on a mission. Next big test for me, how we beat CBC’s favourite team. An impressive win with the return of Bourque and Diaz and we’d all be justified in taking a swig of the Bergevin Kool-Aid and enjoying what comes next…

    Go Habs! (And where in the world did Boone dig up that picture?! Nice work if you can get it…)

  48. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Let the Bruins be Big and Bad all they want. In my reckoning it leads to this:

    “Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand had no shots. Milan Lucic and Jaromir Jagr had one each, Nathan Horton had two.”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      They didn’t look particually bad last night. As a matter of fact I think they knew they could not match the skill of their opponent and were reduced to playing a tight, New Jerseyish road game just to keep the game close.
      BTW – When do you sleep? :)
      CHeers.

  49. Singaporehabsfan says:

    More Chara diving? Say it ain’t so Claude!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2yBsOu6jmxs

    Pathetic leafs flatulent bruins

  50. SlovakHab says:

    Holland, Hudon (GWG) score for Hamilton; Bournival and Bealieu with assists and Tokarski with 29 saves on 30 shots, as HAM beats Texas 2-1

    http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1010908

    Future should be all right, the kids continue to improve.

  51. AceMagnum says:

    Is Nokelainen dead?

    • Storman says:

      He had a goal and assist for Hamilton in their 4-2 Victory Friday night in San Antonio, and last night in Austin against the Texas Stars in a 2-1 victory for the Hamilton Bulldogs he was the ice for both goals and finished the night a plus 2.. So I guess no he is not dead. Although Hamilton finishes their Tour of Texas with a 3rd game in 3 nights in Houston on Sunday, you gotta love the AHL schedule,, so maybe the AHL schedule might kill him..

    • SlovakHab says:

      He plays in Hamilton.
      http://theahl.com/stats/player.php?id=1336
      Only has 1 goal in about 10 games so far. Not even an impact AHLer at this point…

      • B says:

        He hadn’t played a game in almost a year when he was assigned to the Bulldogs. He seems to be getting his timing and game feel back the last couple of games.

        –Go Habs Go!–

  52. HaBo says:

    No one seems to have mentioned what don cherry clearly showed
    during Dunces Corner: the replay shows how luchicken thrust his right knee upwards toward Emelin just as he was making the bodycheck. It’s a brutal and dangerous way to defend yourself against a hit, but very effective bec you are sort of spearing the hitter w your knee (my words, not cherry’s). If it hits the opponent in the right spot it can do alot of damage. In this case it
    caught Emelin right on his left knee along w all the force/impact of the thrust from luch’ which by luck, or bad luck in this case, was timed exactly to slam Em’s knee at impact.

    While the timing of luchicken’s knee thrust was defensive in nature, though certainly Premeditated (I’m sure his bench was sceaming/warning him about the hit coming), it happened to be perfectly in time w Em’s arrival. CBC/cherry showed it a number of times and his point was how John Ferguson used to do that when he was being lined up and after awhile guys stopped hitting him, at least from head-on. F….g brutal for Emelin in this case. Personally, I think he’ll be out quite a long time though I hope I’m wrong.

    Btw, kudos again to Drewiske (and the Habs scouts) for another
    solid game. Looks like he may be a very good 6-7th d-man for us.
    Bit of a slower version of Boychuck from the gooins for example.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I thought Cherry was pretty careful not to indicate clearly whether he approved or disapproved of Lucic’s knee, nor of Ferguson. He was careful to keep these at the level of observations, which is perhaps significant since previously he has not hesitated to show his Lucic love.

      The Lucic I know and love is the one who cross-checks the back of the head of a player who’s already down, his face a few inches from the ice. But as regards the knee to Emelin, I’d find it hard to imagine it as being anything other than instinct. It happened quickly.

      Did anyone else think the whole aftermath of the hit was a bit weird? I was waiting for I’m not sure what: shouting, finger-pointing, triumphalism…. Nothing happened. Lucic had an almost troubled look on his face (perhaps because there have been attempted meg-hits on him in consecutive games vs Montreal, and eventually there will be a connection).

  53. GuyDoon says:

    I just joined the party so I don’t know if it’s been written, but your Habs are now statistically in the Playoffs!
    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern/Northeast/Montreal.html

  54. Un Canadien errant says:

    I had the option tonight, so went with the CBC telecast of the game, but only because it was in High Def, I only get RDS in standard def. Since the Canadiens-Bruins game was the national game, I assumed we’d get the first-string play-by-play team and Jim Hughson, who I like from his years doing Canucks games, but what do you know, we get the doddering fossil Bob Cole again. I’m not going to get into details to explain how far gone he is, and how it’s been five years at least since he jumped the shark.

    One anecdote though, is Cassie Campbell doing an in-game feature on Carey Price for a couple of minutes, and mentioning that he wears a heart-rate monitor during each game, which helps him and the training staff figure out how many calories he burned and how much he should eat and rest as a consequence. She then turned it over to poor old Bob, who went: “Oookaaay, Cassie…” You could just imagine the rusty gears in his head groaning and straining to understand what she’d said, and what’s a ‘hard raid manager’ anyway, and who’s that nice girl they keep handing a microphone to anyway? She must be someone’s nice granddaughter or something.

    I really need to find a way to get RDS in HD.

    Tonight’s game should, but probably won’t, reassure all those Canadiens fans who have what I’ve decided to call “Bruins issues”, and want a bigger, huger, truculenter team to slay Zdeno Chara and eviscerate Milan Lucic. We all need to realize that size in and of itself is not an unalloyed boon. Bigger sometimes means stronger, but it more often means slower and less agile. While the Canadiens sometimes get pasted, as Brendan Gallagher did by noted tough guy David Krejci (how’s that for a case of facilitated aggression (http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dogs/aggression_types.aspx)), and these are noteworthy events that trigger in a lot of us our inferiority complexes, they are also relentless in their skating, on the forecheck and backcheck. They hop on the ice, go all out for thirty seconds, stop and go and stop and go again, and then clear the puck and change so the next line can do that again. And again.

    Our boys are also waterbug quick, they pounce on loose skittering pucks before the Bruins’ lumbering behemoths can get to them. They’re quick with their sticks, so even when the Big Bad Bruins are battling on the boards, their putative strength advantage doesn’t translate into wins in the puck battles department.

    Another advantage our team has is that our powerplay is efficient and not to be provoked, while theirs is laughably impotent. That last-minute 6-on-4 had my heart racing, the suspense was killing me. Any second now, I felt a killer backdoor pass was coming, or one of their snipers would stride into the slot and roof it. And the seconds dwindled, and the pressure built, and I was off my couch… until the last ten seconds or so, when it dawned on me that the Bruins were actually killing the penalty for us. It seemed to me for those last ten seconds, they’d actually given up, knew they were going nowhere and knew they weren’t going to score, and kind of passed the puck to each other to drain the clock, kind of like a defenceman behind his net in a three goal differential game, just kind of stickhandling the puck back and forth, watching the clock and waiting for the game to end. The New Forum crowd knew it too, they started applauding the win when there was three or four seconds left in the game. I thought at that moment that the Bruins’ dressing room issues that were bruited a week or so ago might have some strong grounding in reality. If I were a Bruins fan, I’d definitely not be impressed with the comportment and body language of my team in those last few seconds.

    So yeah, definite special teams advantage on our end, especially now with the Penalty Kill teams rounding into form after a few adjustments and the addition of Jeff Halpern. If the refs call the game as they did tonight during the playoffs, if an incident of outright, institutionalized Bruin thuggery like Milan Lucic’s crosscheck to the back of a prone Tomas Plekanec’s head is met with an obviously deserved two-minute penalty, then we’ll make short work of those guys in the playoffs. We don’t have to worry about being too small, they have to worry about their defence being too slow. We won three out of four this season, and the trend is looking better for us than for them.

    Kudos to the defenceman for holding the fort after they were a man down. When I played I used to like those games when we were one or two d-men short, it meant more icetime for me and I could really get into the game. You’d play slightly longer shifts at a more sedate pace, kept things simple, didn’t try too many rushes or anything, just corralled the puck quickly and fed it to the forwards, let the puck do the work. Those guys hung on to a one-goal lead for half the game, and took whatever the Bruins threw at them and kept it together.

    Alexei Emelin went down with what I hope is a charley horse and not worse after his collision with Milan Lucic. Kudos to him for trying to land a good hit on him. I’m on the fence as to the legality and ethics of Mr. Lucic’s reaction. It’s not quite premeditated, since he was reacting to the situation and his teammates on the bench yelling “Heads up!”, but the raised knee, which he described post-game as “bracing myself”, brings to mind his feeble, mendacious explanation to his assault on Ryan Miller. And we know that Brad Marchand reacts to oncoming bodycheckers by submarining them, so the Bruins have a dirty culture in this specific area as well.

    So a big four-pointer that slaps the Bruins back down the standings. P.K. continues his quest to rescue my fantasy team from injuries to Ryan Getzlaf, Tomas Plekanec, Patrice Bergeron, Vincent Lecavalier, and, most crushingly, Erik Karlsson, by chipping in another two assists tonight. The kid is golden. And speaking of golden children, how about Alex Galchenyuk scoring his second goal in as many games. Good job kid, keep working hard like you’ve done all season, and the bounces will start to go your way again.

    Now if the New Forum ice maintenance team can just get the surface to David Krejci’s liking, everything will be perfect….

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020562&navid=sb:recap

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HardHabits says:

      Nice read Norm. Thanks for that.

      Habs by period goal differential:

      1st Period +18
      2nd Period -2
      3rd Period +13

      I’ve been paying extra close attention to the Habs line changing patterns as of late. The bench being away from their D-Zone in the 2nd has caused them to get hemmed in, out-played, caught with their pants down or disorganized in their own end more than a few times this season. On the other side of the ice though, tonight on one occasion in the 2nd the Habs made a nice transition change (2nd period bench is near the O-Zone) and started pressing the Bruins in their own end. I said to myself finally a decent change causing pressure. Sadly Subban tried a high risk move at the blue line which cost a scoring opportunity at the other end.

      I think if the Habs can make this adjustment and turn around their 2nd period line changes in a way that they don’t get trapped, tired or out of the play and concentrate on gaining those opportunistic changes that create offensive chances, so that they can end up with a positive goal differential for the 2nd period to finish the season, it will make the Habs a force to reckon with more than people might want to admit. The play-offs are a different animal so I will still take a wait and see approach.

      Nevertheless as much as this is a rebuilding team, I still think they look like they can go deep in the 2nd season. All the way even.

      • HaBo says:

        Yeah, i kind of noticed those frequently poor line changes during the 2nd periods too. Glad to see someone explain it so well. Nice insight there HH.

        Re playoffs, i think we could get to the finals but only if we stay fairly healthy and get either of Diaz or Emelin back for the whole
        playoffs bec its too much of a grind for only 5 experienced d-men.

        I was hoping for a Hannan or Sarich or Redden type pickup at the deadline; especially seeing how cheap Redden went for.
        Plus the same w Steve Sullivan for some experienced yet skilled top 9 depth; and he went real cheap too. Maybe our roster was too full and would have required waiving someone; i’m not sure.

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      Great read. I just love the word truculenter lol

    • HaBo says:

      Really enjoy your post-game summations UCe; please keep them up!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …it was My Daughter’s (Venus) birthday today, and she asked what Her gift was while We celebrated at the Spaghetti Factory

      …I told Her ‘You’re looking at it Hun :)’ …I explained Quent and I passed up a Bruins Canadiens game to be with Her on Her birthday

      …She did NOT look impressed :(

      …anyhoo, Quent and I watched the PVRed replay, I spent another hour looking at RDS’ l’Antichambre, and post-game analysis and dressing room interviews, then checked-in on the Gang here in HIO, finding an always Good Read from UCe (Normand)

      …it’s 2 in the morning, and about to sleep

      …LOVE when We beat the Farts !!!

      …sleep well fellow Habs Fans

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Great read as usual, UCE. That’s the game I saw, and the attitude to Bruins/Size to which I subscribe succinctly reviewed.

      One question: is Mike “an unalloyed boon?”

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      Good summation!

  55. Habilis says:

    If Emelin is out, it has to be Beaulieu. The Habs need another right handed shot.

    I’m sure we’ll find out tomorrow.

  56. jols101 says:

    Apparently Tinordi got into a scrap in last nights Bulldog’s game. Has anyone seen it? How did he handle himself? A link would be nice. Thanks.

  57. Whatever says:

    The Habs beat Boston blah blah blah.

    What I want to know is how Boone got a picture of my wife’s bachelorette party?

  58. habzfan2003 says:

    Regarding the D callup…

    Do the “burn a year of their entry level contract” apply in this scenerio? I remember someone on here mentioning that either player(Beaulieu/Tinordi) can play 9 games before a year is burned on the contract.. If so.. my logic is that depending on the duration of the Emelin injury, and how long it takes for Diaz to get healthy, Tinordi would get called up first for a few games before the 9 game mark… then he would be exchanged for Beaulieu seeing as he has only played a couple games… Does that make sense? Or am I way off? Haha

    • donmarco says:

      There’s a term called “emergency recall”. I’m wondering if they can be recalled without burning the year.

    • Whatever says:

      It only applies to junior eligible players like Galchenyuk.

    • jols101 says:

      Rookies playing in the AHL still burn a year of their ELC.

      They just don’t get any closer to becoming a UFA which takes 7 years in the NHL.

    • Storman says:

      They burn a year off there contract just by playing in Hamilton, only if you are under 20 and you are returned to Junior before said amount of games do you not burn a year off your contract .

      • habzfan2003 says:

        Right on. Got it! Thanks. So I guess if they are burning the contracts from playing in Hamilton.. The habs will call up whichever defenseman will help them the best… Personally I’d call up Beaulieu because I didn’t really get to see what he can do due to the Drewiske trade.

  59. pmaraw says:

    Drewiske trade looking really good now

    • Timo says:

      Wish he were a bit more physical, but maybe that will come once he gets a bit more comfortable.

    • donmarco says:

      Our depth is getting thinner. Think Tinordi would make better call up than Beaulieu right now, but thought Pateryn played responsibly too. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was him called up.

  60. Timo says:

    Btw, the penalty minute total gotta be some kind of record low between these 2 teams. Talk about a tame game.

  61. CynicalHabsfan says:

    Fantastic game for chucky tonight, although I think the first star of the game should have been the 5-man defense core for their HEROIC performance.

    I hope everybody remembers nights like this and is supportive if Galchenyuk has another long dry spell. He’s only nineteen, he’s nowhere near his full potential.

  62. Timo says:

    I guess the picture above is the reason this thread is so slow… everyone’s busy?

  63. Timo says:

    Wonder why Boone thinks Habs will be bringing Tinordi back. I’d bring Beaulieu – he was a lot more impressive.

    • Sportfan says:

      And he adds more offense to the pp, but even Lavoie said its most likely Tinordi who will be called up.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Whatever says:

      Emelin’s role is closer to Tinordi’s style.

      • CynicalHabsfan says:

        Yeah but if Diaz is back before Emelin, he’ll play instead of Tinordi regardless of style. So until then let’s see more Beaulieu- he looked much more ready for the nhl. And I love Gorges but gawd I hate him on the pp.

    • Storman says:

      Someone said it was already announced after game that they were calling up Tinordi, but I have seen nothing on NHL roster move wire

      I would also Bring back Nathan Beaulieu,, 3 goals 9 assists 12 points and a plus 8 in his last 14 games including his 2 NHL appearances with the Habs. I have been watching Beaulieu for years he is an absolute blue chip stud, and when surrounded by NHL talent it will only amplify his skill set,,He has PK esque talent that is how good he is…….

      • savethepuck says:

        I saw earlier too that Tinordi was apparently called up, but you would think that if it was true, Boone would of mentioned it instead of wondering who. Beaulieu only got 2 games and I think he deserves a few more too, although I agree that Tinordi’s style fits the absence of Emelin

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

        • Storman says:

          I would have no problem with Tinordi as well, my preference is Beaulieu for the ability to liven up the second wave of the PP, Although if Diaz is back maybe Tinordi would then make more sense…

    • VancouverHab says:

      Smart Timo! Absolutely right. No-brainer in terms of demonstrated ability during the call-ups.

  64. billylove says:

    That Goon chick in the pic was mean! She stormed out of the suite before the party really took off. She kept screaming at the end, “shoot the puck, shoot the f****n puck!!”

  65. parkex says:

    Was I the only one switching between habs/bruins & davis cup between Canada & Italy (& a bit of wichita/louisville & a bit of Canada sf curling game)?! Awesome wins for Canada & Canadiens.

    • savethepuck says:

      Didn’t watch Davis Cup, but PVR’d the curling and watched it after the hockey game. How is Canada doing against Italy?

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

      • Storman says:

        Canada wins doubles match 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 in 5th set marathon, up 2-1 going in to tomorrows final 2 singles matches against Italy, win one of those two matches and wow Canada will advance to the semi finals of Davis Cup………

        • savethepuck says:

          Is Milos playing one of the single matches? I like their chances if he is.

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

          • Storman says:

            Yup he is, first match of the day Raonic, ranked No. 16 in the world, opens against the 18th-ranked Seppi for Italy hopefully he wins and the last match is meaningless..

  66. Da Hema says:

    Goodness me. That is a nice pic!

    Edit: I would do the pouty chic with a Bruins top. I am only a hippo, I mean human don’t you know!!

    Edit: But I would spank her for being such a naughty girl to wear that Bruins top….

  67. fastfreddy says:

    Anybody else feeling DD not very productive? Man is he in a “funk”.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  68. Timo says:

    So from the reply it looks like Lucic’s knee hit Emelin in the hip. What are the possible injuries there? I don’t think he can possibly break a hip bone from that… I am really hoping it’s just like a good Muyi Thai kick that just makes you leg totally numb for a few hours.

    Guess will know tomorrow but I don’t have a good feeling about it. Hoping Emelin is ok though.

  69. jedimyrmidon says:

    That 4-1 victory over the Leafs was a year ago? My, does time fly…

    Interesting quote from Julien about Seguin being removed from center: “You know this is a big game, they’re a good team that is really good in the offensive zone, and I don’t think Tyler was ready for that,” Julien said. “So I had to put a centerman with experience and put [Seguin] back on the wing.”

    I hope this is NOT the approach taken with Galchenyuk when he is in his 3rd NHL season like Seguin. Keeping him on the wing, for the first little while might be prudent, but a player probably needs to develop/play IN THE NHL as a center if he will play center for many years to come.

  70. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Price played great. Bad luck for Emelin. An opportunity for some lucky defenseman. I was wondering if you watched the games on your own or with company.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      With company which is unfortunate because this usually means I’m watching with people who don’t care for hockey that much or cheer for another team so I find myself talking to those people about something I figure they don’t care to hear. Being a habs fan out West is rough.

    • CynicalHabsfan says:

      On my own which is unfortunate because I would normally be at a bar on saturday night with some other habs fans and who I’m guessing are pretty drunk right now, especially after such a huge win. Instead I’m “working on” a term paper, by which I mean watching highlights of the game over and over and over again. Being a habs fan in university is rough.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Sucker. :P
        I’m just joshing you, I feel for ya.
        My last semester in university was when the Habs were battling for last place, so I did extremely well on my winter semester finals for once.

        • CynicalHabsfan says:

          Yeah I feel I was a lot more focused last year….

          At least thanks to the lockout exams will be over before the playoffs start. And looong before the habs’ season ends, if they play like they did tonight

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      Watched it with my teenage daughter who was only watching it to catch glimpses of Brendan Gallagher and to ask questions like, “Are there any Canadians on the Boston Bruins?” I am obviously a bad parent if she doesn’t know the answer to that (“No Karen, there are only orangutans on the Bruins”)

  71. blu3chip says:

    Definitely need more time to evaluate these future elites, but if we redo the draft today, would you take Yakupov or Murray over Galchenyuk?

    • HardHabits says:

      I think the Habs got the best player of the three so no.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      Based on needs I would pass on Murray. I’d have a tough time taking Yakupov over Galchenyuk now. I’m probably being biased but I think he’s improving at a faster rate now since he has had to make up for a lost season. Also I’ve heard he is a gym rat, so having a guy dedicated to improving himself during the off season may just put him over the top.

    • jols101 says:

      I was hoping for Galchenyuk no matter when we picked. I just wasn’t sure the Habs would take him at 3rd overall. When I heard Timmins say his name I was so happy. I think we got the best player out of the entire 2012 draft class. But like you said, it will take a few more years to know for sure.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Because of his almost complete skillset and his “demeanour”/work ethic/family situation (father that can really help him), I don’t think ANY other player in the draft should have been selected by the Habs at 3rd (or even 1st) overall.

    • Whatever says:

      How about Morgan Reilly?

      “We had this kid rated one,” Burke said boldly of Toronto’s first selection. “Wouldn’t say that if it wasn’t true just to build up the pick, but this is a guy [that] had we had the first pick in the draft we would’ve taken him.

      Suck it Galchenyuk. – Brian Burke

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        That kid’s got a tough lineup to crack. He has to climb over Korbinian Holzer, Mike Kostka, Mark Fraser, John-Michael Liles, and Dion Phaneuf among others on the depth chart.

    • NickDags says:

      Chucky missed the whole season when he was drafted and he was drafted 3RD OVERALL! 3RD! There is no doubt in my mind if he had played his last season in Sarnia, he would of been the #1 pick.

  72. Storman says:

    Nice pic , now I have to visit another site and as Kramer would say I’m Out

  73. jols101 says:

    “Chucky is the man”. And I agree with you fully but the best part is he is still a teenager, lol.

  74. Habfan10912 says:

    Now if we could just figure out a way to go to sleep in that picture……..
    Sorry. :)

  75. HabinBurlington says:

    DD is struggling it appears, however, he played an excellent season for us last year and has worked his way up to the NHL the hard way. While I may not be ecstatic with his current results, there is no reason for you/us to stoop to the level of mocking him due to his heritage or size. If you want to criticize his game, do so constructively would be my request.

  76. habstrinifan says:

    MODERATOR: Please do not delete above posts. Sometimes the graffiti on the wall should be left on the wall for the neghbours to realize that they have to stand up against the despoilers among them.

    Here is my response to the poster:

    Why on earth would you use that phrase to describe one of our players. I am asking the moderators to NOT DELETE this post please. Leave it to give you the chance to do the following.

    Sit for a minute and think about DD and how hard he worked in his life to overcome the obvious physical disadvantages in a BIG MAN’S world; think about his dedication and many hours of endeavour; and then think about how the phrase you used looks. How it looks at your deep down un-investigated bent to categorize failure on the ice with his ethnicity.

    I will criticize DD cause he is in a FUNK and needs to step up etc etc.. but the way you did it is low-class!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. BJ says:

    I enjoy constructive criticism, in this case your criticism does not hold up. DD carried part of the team last year. He’s had a more challenging year so far but brings a lot to the team at various times. No one on the team is immune to ups and downs. By the way a lot of “French shrimps” have made this team what it is today with the 24 cups and its history. Ask Henri Richard and Maurice and the Beliveau’s and ….. you get the point?

  78. Habfan17 says:

    I am not sure why you feel you need to make such racist and immature comments about a player. I think you need to take a breath and proof read what you write before hitting the submit button.

    I am not a fan of DD, but it has nothing to do with his heritage. I just find that, as talented as he is and as hard as he tries, he loses too many battles and he is mediocre at best on face offs.

    Habfan17

  79. Cal says:

    This is such a bigoted statement it should be removed.
    Disgusting.

  80. Dunboyne Mike says:

    “the only reason they signed him was because he’s French”

    Everyone here is entitled to their opinion. Some opinions will get you a conversation, others will get you modded.

    What I’ve quoted from you above is not an opinion: it’s a putative statement of fact. Therefore imo you have two choices:

    a) provide the evidence that backs up your statement, in which case I think you would earn a conversation.

    b) acknowledge that you have no evidence, withdraw it, and maybe apologise or take other steps to prevent others from writing you off as a bigoted jackass.

    I’m trying hard, but those are the only valid choices I can see. Go for it.

  81. HabinBurlington says:

    Sigh….. Do you hear yourself?

  82. HabinBurlington says:

    Actually the Pocket Rocket and the Roadrunner were both 5’7″

  83. BJ says:

    I just noticed in your profile that you are a “rookie” here Feb 2013 (welcome by the way) and have been a Habs fan since 1994. Why don’t you just read for a while and learn. I’m sure your comments will come across as much more intelligent.

  84. HardHabits says:

    Tony Montreal. Dorval Tony?

  85. habstrinifan says:

    In the final analysis, hockeymaniac31 below APOLOGIZED. Well done on his part and I am sure he means it. This was a good series of posts and reaction for HIO. Welcome aboard Hockeymaniac31 and keep posting your thoughts etc… including any criticisms of DD.
    Have a great Sunday.

  86. HabinBurlington says:

    Agree Trini.

  87. habstrinifan says:

    Great line!

  88. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Just saw the apology. Good stuff. Lots of us here have apologised for things we’ve posted, so join the club.

    I still believe you need to withdraw your assertion.


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