About last night …

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Canadiens fans, let us draw solace on Sunday.
Not from the scriptures.
From the calendar.
For behold, it is April 14.
Hallelujah!
Were it April 28, loud would be the lamentations in Habland.
As it is, however, two weeks remain until the final game of the regular season – which the Canadiens will play in Toronto on April 27.
If they stink out the ACC again on that Saturday night … well, it will be time for some serious teeth-gnashing, nail-biting and panic button-pushing – especially if April 30 or May 1 is the date of Game 1 in a Montreal-Toronto playoff series.

So everyone chill out.

Mathieu Darche, on L’Antichambre, had a good description of what we saw at the ACC Saturday night: Humility Lesson 2.0.

Remember Feb. 9 at the Bell Centre? The Leafs won 6-0. The winning goal was scored 59 seconds into the game.

This time it took the Leafs almost two whole minutes to get on the board. With Francis Bouillon off for an accidental high-stick, a Canadiens penalty-kill that hadn’t surrendered a goal in seven games was torched within 18 seconds. Tyler Bozak completed a nifty passing play, and Carey Price had no chance on the goal.

The Canadiens’ goaltender was brutal, however, on goals by Leo Komarov and Jay McClement. The latter goal – the third on four Toronto shots – sent Price to the bench, an ignominy he had avoided in that early February loss.

David Drewiske’s goal briefly ignited hopes for a Canadiens comeback, but Dion Phaneuf scored on the first SoG Budaj faced.

Toronto defenceman Mark Fraser blocked three shots during the first period – two more than Price and Budaj combined.

It was that kind of a night.

It happens. You just wish it didn’t happen twice against Toronto in a truncated season.

And you wish it wouldn’t happen to Carey Price against a team the Canadiens might be facing in the first round of the playoffs. Or against James Reimer, who is lifetime 4-2 with two shutouts against the Canadiens.

Move over, Martin Brodeur. make way for James F. Reimer.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien gave his goaltender a vote of confidence. Price has character, the coach said.

“I’m not concerned,” Therrien added. “He’s the kind of athlete who will bounce back.”

Price might have a shot at redemption in that April 27 game. The Eastern Conference standings will determine the significance of Game 48.

If the Canadiens are sitting fourth and the Leafs fifth, the game is a bona-fide playoff preview. And the pressure on Price will be enormous.

He is 11-11-1 against Toronto. Heading into a first-round series, Price has to prove he can beat the Leafs.

But if it’s a nothing game, maybe Budaj starts.

We’ve got two weeks to chew that over. The Canadiens followed that 6-0 loss to the Leafs with five straight wins, but this time they face a very tough schedule.

The game in Toronto was the first of five in eight nights. This is a physical test for the Canadiens, and Brandon Prust got banged-up in Toronto.

The Leafs lead the NHL in hits (and fights), and they laid 47 of them on the Canadiens. Every player in a blue jersey, except Phil Kessel, had a hit; and Ryan O’Byrne had SEVEN. That’s five more than Drewiske, the Canadiens late-season acquisition.

Vincent Damphpusse, on L’Antichambre, described the Canadiens’ effort as “tour croche”, which translates roughly as “f—ed up”. The former Habs captain knocked their lack of emotion, their tendency to give the Leafs odd-man rushes, their failure to be first on the puck.

But for all that, the Canadiens had a 13-5 shot advantage in the first period. With any kind of goaltending …

Down 4-1, however, it was all over but the crying. And the lacuna Damphousse highlighted were much in evidence. The Leafs had a 4-on-1 rush, for cryin’ out loud … and they didn’t score.

Contrast the s–it show in TO with Tampa Bay’s visit to Washington. Down 5-1 five minutes into the second period – as were the Canadiens – the Lightning outshot the Caps 32-14 over 40 minutes and scored four unanswered goals to send the game to overtime. Vincent Lecavalier took a slashing penalty in OT, opening the door for a Mike Green goal that ended it.

The last 40 minutes in Toronto weren’t quite that thrilling.

Maybe the Canadiens were complacent. Their win in Buffalo sewed up a playoff spot. And they didn’t know it while the game was on, but the Canadiens’ loss didn’t cost them first place in the Northeast, as Boston were on their way to a loss in Carolina.

Carolina had 17 shots in the first period, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 of them. Justin Peters faced four Boston shots, the second of which beat him.

Goaltenders.

Go figure. 

 

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  2. coppi928 says:

    We keep blaming DD for MAx’s performance, I agree to a point but Max needs to wake up, use his strenght and size and drive to the net with authority. Plays way too much on the perimiter and complains a little to much, grab the bull by the horns and lead this team by example ala Gally

    • habsmanagementzero says:

      CAREY PRICE STATS THIS YEAR;POOR(on a VERY solid team no less!)
      Carey Price 2012 – 2013 Snapshot
      1)SAVE PERCENTAGE 0.912-38th place among 81 goalies!!!!!
      2)2.36 G.A.A-24th place among 81 goalies!!!!!!
      3)0.679 winning percentage-16TH place among 81 goalies(a team stat)
      My question-Therrien says it is his responsibility to put the best players on for the longest time each night.Does that apply to goalies also? Because if it does Price should be the backup-I mean its not close.HE IS HORRIBLE!!
      Game in and game out for 6 years I have seen SOFT GOALS EVERY AND I MEAN EVERY GAME.Price backers can lie about his skill but NUMBERS NEVER LIE.He is a slightly below average NHL Goalie over 6 years!!!. I know it,other teams know it,and Im sure even Price knows it.
      The difference in winning in the playoffs is often 1 goal per game–PRICE DOESNT CUT IT!
      Your goalie is the key to winning in the playoffs-STATISTICALLY,VISUALLY and every other obvious way with 6 YEARS OF STATS to back me up,PRICE DOESNT CUT IT!
      Canadiens better stop living in a dream world soon or they can reserve their tee time now.START BUDAJ EVERY GAME.

      • KenD29 says:

        Not to discredit Price’s dismal performance this past Saturday, numbers don’t always paint the entire picture. I definitely lay blame on him for goal # 2 and 3. However, Boullion with his lack of discipline with only a couple minutes into the game has him off to the penalty box. A little careless with his stick so early! What happens, Plecs allows Bosak to dangle through him and end result, puck in the back of the net. Plecs is still looking for his strap!

        And even after Price is warming the bench, you see Boullion taking another bad penalty and Subban back to his old self, yapping at everyone in blue rather than focusing on playing the game. There was still plenty of time for this team to mount a comeback, at 3-1. Yet they chose to run around yapping and jawing. What I don’t get Is Therrien refusal to bench a couple of these guys until the decide they want to try and play hockey and get back in it. Where was the captain? Where have DD and Pax been lately?!

        So yes Price stunk it up no question. But do the stats show anything about how the remaining 50 minutes went in this one?!

        All About Work Ethic

        • HaBo says:

          Now “this” is what I would call an Excellent post.
          Very nice job Ken. Insightful, balanced, rational and intelligent.
          It’s too bad that it will probably go unnoticed, but thanks again.

          As good as MT has been this season I think he still has his favourites, like Bouillon and Armstrong for eg., but perhaps he also doesn’t want to start calling out or drawing attention to his
          captain or other vets in public. Given his past, this may be wise.

          Re Pac, I think he’s been playing decent but as others have said,
          it’s on the perimeter. This, along w his lack of any real physical game, has been driving me nuts. He could be dominating if he
          would play w passion and drive. Like Price, he’s too laid back
          and this is where IMO the coach and the vets need to step up
          and start challenging him. A benching has helped many a good player over the years hasn’t it?

          I’ve often wondered if Price is so laid back that even though he is
          competitive, perhaps he needs to be either truly challenged by
          another goalie (as w Halak) as his back-up/rival, Or , he needs to be really, truly pissed off or embarassed by his coach or teammates before he gets out of his natural comfort zone of being
          so laidback and hence too lackadaisical, even in big games. Without being in the dressingroom I suppose we’ll never really know.

    • HaBo says:

      (Oops. This was a reply to the post by Coppi, further up)

      Exactly. Am I wrong or did Pac play alot more physical before chara’s attack? Even after Pac’s hit/suspension vs Letang it seems his game became much more passive, no?

      And maybe Pac’s burgeoning offensive game last year has him thinking he’s a scorer and doesn’t need to play the body anymore.

      And perhaps we’re also seeing the effect that Eric Cole’s role had on that line and how important he was to P and DD.

  3. Habcouver says:

    Nice… Preds lose 3 zip.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  4. TM says:

    Disappointing beginning (and end) to the game. Not much can be said besides that.

    Best scenario for the Habs is that Boston finishes 4th in the conference and ends up with Toronto on their doorstep in the first round.

    Honestly,
    Trickett Mercer

  5. zorro says:

    Heard an interview with Stu Cowan on TSN 690 radio yesterday, he had some gracious words to say about the poster’s on this site. He was very appreciative and proud of those involved, as a Hab fan , I too love reading and getting involved. Thanks Stu for the opportunity, and your dedication. Go Habs!

  6. habs12 says:

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned, but I think it was Heally who was saying after the Komarov goal that Price was wearing all new equipment to break it in for the playoffs since the habs had now clinched. Any past goalies on here think that would have effected him enough on that goal at least? Or is that a stretch? My bad if this has already been discussed.

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …finally, before I go do something far more productive with My time, like make supper for My hungry Kids :)

    re: ‘Antoine Charles Laganiere is the son of Michel Laganiere and Janet CROSBY… Accomplished piano player who also plays guitar… Economics major.’

    …screw the potential He can sit-in on a Habs’ locker-room jam-session, or help You figuring-out the cap M. Bergevin, …just pointin’ out the CROSBY aspect Marc !!!, ..as if You need to be told :)

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      He can talk supply and demand with the other French Ivy League Economics major in Hamilton…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • krorcena514 says:

        He’s a type that would get pissed if he got a 90 in an exam. I remember him getting an 88 in a math exam and he was seriously pissed. Went to high school with him. He’s no joke. Hardest worker I ever met. Gets 90s all around in his report card. Plays great hockey + numerous other hobbies. Hard work is part of this guy’s personality. Watch out…

  8. HaBo says:

    When are people going to stop whining about TO being lucky and
    don’t really deserve to beat the Habs etc etc. Man, they are only 5(?) points behind and could very well finish ahead of us if we go on a
    losing streak, though I hope not. TO obviously has a good team or
    else they wouldn’t be in 5th place in the conference.

    I would be worrying about the Habs typical lack of response to dirty
    hits by kahdri. At least later in the game when it was out of reach someone (Gally) should’ve gotten even. Why? Bec the ref’s won’t and at some point one must fight fire w fire; otherwise TO gets in our
    heads going into the playoffs and even if not, at least get even for pride’s sake. Is pride such a bad thing when it comes to a sports competition?

    Another thing is, TO never allowed us to penetrate the slot for any
    good shots or rebounds after the first period. That must be adressed
    or else it could be an early exit if we play them in the play-offs. But at some point TO has to be recognized to be a good team, even if it
    hurts to admit it.

  9. habs001 says:

    The difference between the Habs and Leafs should be goaltending,forwards 8-13 and point production from the d…If you look at the top 7 forwards on each team the difference is minimal…

  10. lesboys1993 says:

    Longtime reader, very rare contributor. But I love reading your posts. As a guy who (by some freakishly bizarre pattern of luck) gets to teach philosophy for a living, I also love that some of your avatars include Nietzsche & Rousseau :)

    I’ve been thinking a fair bit about Price lately. To my mind, he recalls Dryden: a tall, lanky, introspective guy who, while rarely stealing an entire series that the team shouldn’t have won (the way Roy, my childhood hero, did), played the percentages and gave his team solid long-term goaltending on the averages.

    One thing I learned from reading and learning about Dryden was how – in a way distinct from “stealing” or having “hot” streaks – insanely difficult it is to sustain consistent excellence over many seasons, both mentally and physically. Dryden was up-and-down in particular series (’72, for instance), and was maddening in any one game, but managed a long-term reliability that allowed the organization to focus on acquisitions in other areas of the roster. Grant Fuhr was a more recent example of this kind of contribution, and a more apt comparable to Price from than era that Roy (or Hasek, or, more recently, Quick) would be.

    That’s Price’s game, period. He’s a chill, introspective, cerebral athlete who focuses on long-term amelioration and technical improvement. He puts the time and the work in. He hates to lose more than the fans do – which, in Montreal, is saying something. But he’s not into drama; he’s into responding with calm, hard work. And by committing to him, the Habs have been able to focus on development and acquisition in other areas (compare Philly and Tampa in this respect).

    He is what he is: an elite athlete working on his game and who enables his team, over the long term, to develop a balanced roster and stable of prospects for consistent competitiveness. Consider a thought experiment: if we didn’t have a franchise goaltender and a reliable backup already in the picture, how would you build a winning roster under the new salary cap reality? What would you have to give up? Would the resulting roster and stable of prospects be really balanced, both between positions and between short-term and long-term gains?

    We’ve got a Dryden on our hands. The organization’s job is to build a roster that doesn’t require our Dryden to be a Roy. And the fans need to give this preternaturally talented and mature young fellah a break.

    My two cents.

    PS Give the boys a break about last night – how many of y’all have done your best work with epic hangovers?

    • The Cat says:

      That is the best pro-Price post Ive ever read on here. Well done.

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

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      You opened a can of worms by saying Price is our next Dryden … LOL. The Price trolls will go nuts now!

      Great post BTW

    • sprague cleghorn says:

      Excellent post.

      … ‘ow could we forget that?

    • H.Upmann says:

      Hmmm. Alright, we’ll cut him some slack. I woke up feeling really pissed about the loss and had to check to make sure I wasn’t the one that shat my bed. I think if Price had been drafted in 2nd or 3rd, or a later round, we wouldn’t be going apesh*t all the time on here. And I can definately see the parallels to Dryden.

      Here’s hoping he does his best this Playoffs

    • Marc10 says:

      Nice post.

    • The Jackal says:

      That’s a great analysis and what a great post to read!
      Definitely a nice change from the Price blame game.

      I think his game as you point out is easy to overlook as he is so calm and technical. He rarely needs to scramble to make saves because he is usually at the right place at the right time. Notice many goals against him are when he is on the move or out of position. He gives us a chance to win every night and last night was an anomaly. He will bounce back and be hungry to prove himself.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • lesboys1993 says:

        Thanks JJR! (When I was in Paris, I went to the Pantheon to see his tomb).

        Nothing in my comment, i hope, implies that Price, like any other player or member of management, should not be held responsible for the norms appropriate to their role in the team concept. What I’m suggesting is that Price’s role, as a goaltender, is different than what many (but not all) of the pro vs anti Price posts have been presupposing.

        GHG!

    • Propwash says:

      This….smart insightful posts are one of the reasons why I come back to this site. Very astute post!

      ____________________
      DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • LizardKing12 says:

      Fantastic post. That is a very unique analysis of Carey Price and I found it very insightful. Well done, a breath of fresh air amongst the many Carey Price sucks posts since last night!

    • HaBo says:

      Your wider analysis is well taken. I suppose I can only speak for myself: while it’s easy to recognize that Price is a very good goalie
      it would be nice if he would play just “good” when it’s a really big
      game. He doesn’t need to play “great” in every big game.

      Let’s face it, even the best will occasionally have a bad night when the stakes are high. But Carey cannot keep having bad
      games whenever the stakes are raised higher than usual. There
      comes a time when being merely good in the games against TO would be a nice standard to achieve.

      Re’g Grant Fuhr, I’d put him under the P. Roy category and not the
      Dryden one. I’ve always argued that Fuhr was truly the MVP for
      Edmonton in most of their cup runs. He continually made acrobatic saves game after game and kept his team in it while
      they were caught deep in the other end thus giving up countless odd-man rushes.

    • Badwich says:

      A Dryden? I watched Dryden play his first game and followed a bunch of Hab goalies long before him. We have a Price on our hands, not a Dryden.

      Price’s problem isn’t seasonal and having a bad game here and there isn’t it either. The problem lies in his inexplicable inability to stay sharp for an entire game and that’s a problem Ken and some earlier Hab goalies never had.

      And, my friends, that’s not going to change this season or next. It’s been Price’s hallmark since his first season. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oops!!!! Should have had that one. (and too many others) Frustrating for fans and team mates alike.

      Guys who play to win know just how demoralized and angry that kind of goal tending can leave you feeling. Price can’t be trusted and trusting that every guy on the team will always be trying their best is important.

      He’ll never change and that makes his brilliance a moot point.

      Trade him.

      Taberwitt

  11. Dr.Rex says:

    The goal should be to win the division. We are a point up on the Bruins with 7 games left. No reason to start planning a series with CBC’s darlings.

  12. malbert94 says:

    Does anyone know where I can find a playlist of songs played at the Bell Centre? I just downloaded the song they play before Fix You by U2. It’s called Finale by Madeon.

    If not, no worries. I love the stuff they play in that building. Great workout music!

    Go Habs Go

    If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!

    • malbert94 says:

      Also, will the Series 24CH be sold when it’s over? I’m not able to watch it in the states, but I want to get it.

      If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!

    • Steven says:

      You mean Vertigo by U2? Or Fix You by Coldplay?

      Sorry, had to.

      Back to your original questions, no idea, man. Most of the songs they play in the Bell Centre are popular ones, so any hit list sort of radio station should guide you to most.

      24CH will probably be released at some point. It’s just such a profitable venture. I imagine the Habs main site airs it as well, though.

      • malbert94 says:

        My bad. I meant Coldplay.

        I just saw on the team site 24CH. I didn’t know it was on there.

        If you see the Habs in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear! Never quit!

  13. habzfan2003 says:

    My MTL-TOR timeline:

    At first I felt sorry for the leafs..
    Then they smashed us 6-0…
    Then I started to despise the Leafs..

    At first I didn’t want to face the Leafs first round…
    Then they beat us in a ridiculous game…
    Leafs fans think that they are the better team… they had 5 goals on 8 shots was it?? This ain’t NHL 13 Leaf fans…

    Now I want the Leafs first round so badly so they will finally STFU…

    I mean hey… If we can’t beat them in a 7 game series…
    Then I wouldn’t want to make it pass the first round…

    Let’s show them!

    • habs001 says:

      4 games the Habs have scored 7 goals vs the Leafs…given up 15….seems like the Leafs have that luck at both ends of the ice…

    • Marc10 says:

      I’ve gone the other way. I want us to avoid them as Lady Luck seems to ride shotgun on their little cart when they come down our way…

      Much like she’s our best bud when we play the Rangers…

  14. Mavid says:

    my drink of choice for regular and playoff’s is coffee..I cannot imagine what I would be like if I drank alcohol…. scary stuff

  15. fastfreddy says:

    For my 2 cents worth, find Paccioretty a new center, this is not working.
    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  16. fastfreddy says:

    @Frontenac, gin is a good season drink. During the play-offs, I switch to Brandy. My prefernce…….

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  17. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Playoffs:

    2010: Halak : GAA – 2.55 SAV% .923

    2011: Price: GAA – 2.11 SAV% .934

    So, the last time these two goaltenders were in the playoffs Price played better than Halak. If the Habs could have scored more goals the Habs could have won more than two series that season.

    • habs001 says:

      Price playoff record….26 games …w 8 l 15…gaa 2.84 pct .90
      Past records should not be that important ….This years
      playoff performance will be a truer indication on Price…

    • alfieturcotte says:

      Come on, Price’s career playoff record is terrible; 8W vs 15 Losses; .907 Save %; 2.84 GAA. With those kinds of stats, Canadiens will never get close to the Cup.

      This post season will be the last and final straw. If he fails (again), trade him in a hurry before it’s too late. At least we’ll save the $6.5MM cap hit through 2018. We can get average goaltending at 1/3 the price.

  18. frontenac1 says:

    @danno. Don’t get me wrong amigo, Vodka is my beverage of choice during the playoffs and in the summer months,but during the regular season ,the Habs should just stick with Whiskey and Cognac.It is civilized and would cut down on those problems we witnessed last night IMO.

  19. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My Boy and I just watched the latest English version of 24CH on TSN …most enjoyed the segment of Bergevin’s philosophy affirming how He intends to build the Team

    …not expecting the success or the position We are in so soon, He remains focused on a vision to build piece by piece without mortgaging the future

    …the future, I agree with Him, is not realistically here yet …and, let’s savor the moment to take Us as far as possible, but not at the expense of the longterm vision

    …patience, enjoy the ride, keep Our marbles screwed tightly within Our skull, and trust in Bergevin

    …of course, Timo prefers playing with His marbles, and has unfortunately eliminated Himself from succeeding MB as Our next GM :)

    • punkster says:

      I was just about to comment on the episode as well. The last 10 minutes or so with MB was excellent…and capped off with the brief speech to the players by MT.

      26-10-5…second in the conference, 4th in the league, playoffs clinched…I’d say MB and team are well on their way to providing us with some exciting hockey for years to come.

      ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

    • Habcouver says:

      I like Subban’s words to Drewiske that it’s a lot better this year (than last).

      Waiting patiently for #25

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …yes, it was reassuring that Subban appreciates what’s going on this season with the Habs, and He Himself …sometimes what You hear from journalists and other Habs Fans’ hallucinogenic mental gymnastics leave You thinking Subban is in a dark place …far from it, the opposite is true

        • Adidess says:

          I know what you mean, but unless somebody was in a dark place himself/herself I don’t know where he/she would get that impression from. Anyone with a brain and a minimal sense of fairness would see Subban for what he is, one of the brightest young men in the NHL (not even talking about his talent as a hockey player).

    • Timo says:

      Did he happen to mention how long is the glorious future away? At least with Bobo we new that nirvana would come in 5 years. Just wonder is some of the more … umm… seasoned HIO poster will still be around when the bright future arrives.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …read My post above Tim, …it’s the ‘journey’

        …and, My bucko, I’ll be around as long or longer than You

        …because negative people, according to medical research, have short lives

        …of which, because I like You, hope You are the anomaly

    • Marc10 says:

      MB strikes me as a realist. It will take him time to refit the roster into one that can compete season after season. Character, talent, grit… Heck, even more size! It will take time to acquire those pieces while managing the cap and erasing past mistakes…

      And I don’t imagine he’ll get everything right. Travis Moen’s 4-year resign looks pretty bleak when you consider how poorly he’s performed relative to Brandon Prust.

      It is hard to argue with results though and this season has been very surprising. Full credit for flipping Cole for Ryder and bringing back Cube, signing Prust, letting the kids play up… and of course for letting Gomer go and for choosing MT to bring some accountability and pride into the joint.

  20. B says:

    Hamilton goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard lets in 4 goals on 40 shots in his first pro game. At the other end of the ice, Yann Danis got the shutout for Oklahoma City.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  21. Steeltown Hab says:

    Just got in from the Bulldogs losing 4-0 to OKC. Some Notes:

    - Hudon is ridiculously skilled and was the most effective forward on the ice for Hamilton, will look unreal on the PP with Galchenyuk in the future

    - Kristo definitely isn’t NHL ready yet.

    - Pateryn, and Morgan Ellis both looked really solid, Pateryn looked very mobile even some offensive tools here and there.

    - Archambault didn’t look out of place at all, not soft like I had heard he is. Reminds me a lot of Sergei Kostitsyn, i’ll bet he gets an entry level deal this summer.

    ———————————

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

    • bus driver says:

      is there any toughness there

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        Stortini and Hagel are there enforcers for the most part. No real rugged D aside from Tinordi, Pateryn, Ellis but they all don’t have a huge mean streak.

        Dumont, Blunden, were a big part of their grit. They are seriously depleted right now.

        ———————————

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

    • Marc10 says:

      Good report. Thanks for the update.

      Should be interesting to see what Collberg brings to the table relative to Hudon.

  22. angelomosh says:

    I’ve been reading comments from last night game and the problem I have like most are the 3 bad goals
    Not our goalie. ALL no. 1 goalies give up bad goals through out the year. Price will be fine. Cause I believe
    Problem I have from game is the hit from kadri on Eller stood over him after the hit. Taunting him!!
    Eller should have responded and hope he does April 27. Can’t let that little fart get away with that.
    Go habs go

  23. ooder says:

    saw the replays from last night… a pathetic performance by Price to say the least.
    what really baffles me is that people think that for sure Carey can step up in the playoffs and lead us far… seriously.. in his professional career when has he ever shown that he can dominate for a stretch of time.
    I hope he does, and maybe he will stone the other teams and will be a dominant goalie.
    But so far I have not seen Carey Price step up to the plate when it counted, since he won the calder trophy 6 (7?) years ago.

    • bus driver says:

      im a huge habs fan but this is funny

      Carey price went into a bar and ordered 4 shots but still went home sober as he missed 3 of them

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      So, U think that Price sucked in the Playoffs two seasons ago?

    • Adidess says:

      Down on Price as well but I think that horse is in agony right now from all the beating endured over the last 24 hours. Time for all of us to give it a rest.

      It’s almost a guarantee that Price will be in net for next game, which is coming soon enough. I expect him to bounce back or at least to never be as bad as he was last night again this year.

  24. Small_Town_Boy says:

    @ The Dude: GET OVER IT!

  25. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Just got back from Hamilton where my daughter won the Ontario Provincial Twosome Bowling Tournament. I had a few pot shots thrown @ me about last night’s loss. (I was wearing my Habs sweatshirt) I bit my tongue cause it was my daughters big day.

    Therrien, Groulx & Bergevin need to sit Carey down & give him a good talking to. WTF Carey was on last night he needs to get rid it!

  26. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    @Timo I agree with being tough on veterans but I think you should leave Drewiskie alone. He was the 7th D-man on LA and now is the 4-5 on the Habs…and he was fine last night. Cut him some slack…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  27. Danno says:

    No Pravda Vodka House for you!

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  28. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. Alcohol is required for any survival guide in life amigo. Just the good stuff though. Life is way too short to drink cheap booze.Saludos!

  29. Seps says:

    Quick has below a .900 sv% this year, can’t imagine he’d survive in Montreal… what a bad, non-elite goalie

    • The Jackal says:

      He’d have been traded for Halak already.

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    • Max says:

      He’s also got a stanley cup ring, conn smythe and olympic silver.The stanley cup seals his destiny even if he sucks from here on in.

      • Seps says:

        First off, it’s sarcasm, putting things in perspective and saying how stupid some fans are on here for whining about Price, who had a stretch I believe of 14 games without a regulation loss this seaon or 18 with one regulation loss? Something like that. Also Miller got silver not him, that’s like saying Bernier has Stanley Cup experience and a Cup ring.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        So because he has a SC and Conn Smythe trophy, no matter how poorly he plays, he’s immune to criticism?

        And you list Olympic Silver? Really?! I seem to recall a guy named Miller playing lights out during that tournament.

  30. Timo says:

    SHould Habs play leafs in the first (or any round) I don’t know whether alcohol will help me survive or just kill me faster?

  31. Sportfan says:

    Just had 2 fantastic burgers enjoyed the food and the fun then someone brought up last night. I looked at them and said its in the past lets look to tomorrow and and over analyze the pre game haha.

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  32. Say Ash says:

    Trudeau would have stopped those shots last night.

  33. frontenac1 says:

    Since that young Trudeau beat the crap out of that Martial Arts meathead, I’ve liked him.

  34. frontenac1 says:

    Vodka is a summer drink.The Lads should have gone with Whiskey.Rookies!

  35. Say Ash says:

    Just had a hard drive fail on my server.
    *%^# you, Carey Price!

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to all Y’ouse out there using Marc Bergevin’s cellphone card on the blower to other GMs trying to trade Carey Price, or planning on throwing Him off a bridge in a sack like a kitten into the roiling river below

    …can We all agree that Carey is at least as good or better as 80 % of current goalies in the NHL ?

    …I realize He is not, yet, the second-coming of Jacques Plante, Terry Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, Marty Brodeur, Ken Dryden, Tim Thomas, Dominic Hasek and/or Patrick Roy et al

    …but, He is better than most goalies out there, and MOST important, He is OURS ! …and, if We dump Him, what is out there better with a greater upside than Mr. Price ?

    …besides, like Timo notes, He has gorgeous flowing hair …and dreamy eyes ! :)

    …(hope Matty ain’t reading this :) )

    …just in, …Justin Trudeau is the new Liberal leader

    …Our goalie just MUST have as flowing and gorgeous hair, and dreamy eyes, as Our next Prime Minister ! …don’t Y’all t’ink ?

  37. Kooch7800 says:

    I think the prust -gallagher-chucky should be put back. As a fan I was disappointed that not a single player stuck up for the rookie as he was targeted last night. Prust needs to be back with him and chucky so he can play his game

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      At least Prust with Eller and Chucky. Prust on the 4th line is a waste. He can play.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  38. ZepFan2 says:

    FYI, ep:5 of 24CH is on TSN at 7.

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  39. PrimeTime says:

    Posters such as Dude and Timo always refer to a players salary when they criticize them. Makes one wonder the true source of their anger.

  40. Steven says:

    So, upon looking at the standings, I’ve narrowed our potential playoff opponents to four teams:

    IF The Habs maintain 2nd in the East, they’ll be playing either the Rangers or the Islanders, who are a point apart from each other at the current moment. I’d imagine the Rangers are more likely. They have 1 less point, but also hold a game in hand.

    IF Bruins win the NE, we’re playing Toronto, no two ways about it. They have a big enough spread on the Sens that they won’t lose 5th to them, and I don’t see us dropping under 4th.

    IF the Leafs get super hot and pass both the Habs and Bruins, and win the NE, we get the Bruins. Chances are we get 4th and they get 5th.

    From those matchups, I want the Rangers, but I honestly don’t feel worried about any of them. I REALLY doubt the Leafs can get us in 7, and the Islanders aren’t that scary either despite their record against us this year. We’re in the Bruins heads this year, I feel, so that’s another good matchup.

    Thoughts?

    • Danno says:

      Playoffs are a whole different ball game, and there are always upsets. Goaltending will be key to going deep. Even an eighth-place team that squeaks in can end up winning the cup…

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    • Seps says:

      My thoughts, better chance of us playing winnipeg or ottawa than the Bruins. Leafs I feel we’d take in 5, Bruins I feel pretty confident in a 6-7 game series, Rangers are dangerous but Price has his best games against them, the islanders 0 defence makes them no too frightening, ottawa’s goaltending worries me although with no shootouts and only overtime I think we’d take it, Winnipeg is a joke. Might as well toss Pittsburgh in for fun, that’d a crazy series and alot of our hope would rely on Price I feel.

    • leehammer says:

      I think the Rangers are to be avoided. Amazing goalie and a team with playoff experience as a group. Not to mention that they are really well coached by a coach who has had success in the playoffs.

      Leafs and Isles, they have played well against us this year, but I don’t think either team will have a good chance of getting out of the first round regardless of who they play.

      Really want to win the division, because I want to see Leafs Bruins series. The two teams I hate the most battle it out. It’s win win!

  41. Danno says:

    The sensation of the 1972 Canada-Russia series Valeri Kharlamov, was poetry in motion.
    A new movie about the superstar opens soon in Russia.

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  42. Cape Breton says:

    We can’t finish because too many shots hit the glass or go wide. MT, please practise and practise and practise shooting the puck from the slot. And also get Halpern to teach the other centermen how to win faceoffs.

    All aside, we’re still in first.

    Go Habs Go!

  43. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I hope the Habs play the Leafs because, on paper, they should be able to beat them. If they don’t, at least it will give MB the right to get rid of any dead weight.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • habstrinifan says:

      I like this perspective. It is a very good viewpoint.

    • Timo says:

      He is a GM (fortunately or unfortunately) so at this time he has the right to get rid off dead weight with or without justification. The fact that it is in fact dead weight should justify him getting rid off it.

      Not sure who you are thinking of by my dead weight to get rid off:

      1. Desharnais
      2. Moen
      3. Pacioretty (if can swing a good deal)
      4. Gorges
      5. Drewiske (6’2″ 220lbs of deadest weight)
      6. Gionta (not really dead but not all that alive either with a ridiculous contract)

    • Adidess says:

      I agree. I really don’t want to believe the Leafs would win a best of 7 series against us, so I guess want to be proven wrong.

  44. The Dude says:

    I hope that $6.5 million Albatross Price gets benched and is stuck there for as many games as it takes for Budaj too lose !

  45. commandant says:

    Rory looks at the reasons behind the various NHL team names… starting part 1 with the Eastern Conference.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/04/14/peculiar-side-of-sports-origins-of-nhl-nicknames-eastern-conference/

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  46. JF says:

    I posted this in reply to a post farther down the page, but it is now among “Older Comments”, so I’ll re-post it, mainly because I’ve read a lot of comments about how lucky the Leafs were last night and have generally been throughout the season.

    The Leafs certainly had some luck last night, while we couldn’t catch a break. However, I think many here are too willing to attribute the Leafs’ success this year to luck. I hear talk about an unsustainably high shooting percentage that is bound to regress to the mean, about “lucky” goals that no other team would score on such a regular basis, etc.

    All I can say about these arguments is that I hope the Habs are not thinking this way. They’ve been stomped twice by the Leafs this season; if they go into the next game without respecting their opponent, feeling that that opponent has simply been “lucky,” they’ll probably get stomped again.

    I really don’t think the kind of “luck” people are attributing to the Leafs could endure for most of a season. I doubt the Leafs are luckier or unluckier than any other team; every team has games where they get the bounces or the calls or whatever and games where they don’t. The Leafs are a good team. Where they are better than the Habs at present is in making, more often than not, the most of their scoring opportunities. We tend not to. We hit the post, miss open nets, whiff on the shot and so on. Last night, even after Price’s disastrous start, we could have made the game close if we had cashed in on a couple of opportunities. The loss is clearly on Price, but the Habs need to be more opportunistic.

    • pmaraw says:

      its a pretty short season….

    • The Jackal says:

      Good points. I doubt MT and the team prepare in a way that reflects that view.
      I think they plan their game to be strong on possession and scoring chances, but when you have something like last night, that goes out the window.
      The leafs though have been lucky, and that is something may or may not be sustained. In analysing the game through those stats, the thing to take away from that is that you need to limit their chances and breaks/rushes and take it to them.

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    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I’ve learned from this site that habs fans can be the biggest of whiners….it’s embarrassing.

      habs fans also have a very difficult time giving credit where credit is due.

      • The Jackal says:

        Whining? Just calling it like it is. The leafs played like pukes after they went up, can’t really respect that and Carlyle the neanderthal that does not know what a concussion is.

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        • habs-fan-84 says:

          i wasn’t talking to you specifically, I was talking in general. if there’s anything I’ve learned from this site over the years it’s that this fan base is absolutely filled with whiners.

          • The Jackal says:

            I don’t know man, I think here is where the goalie-bashers come.
            I know the luck argument is easy to make and sounds full of excuses, but in this case it applies.
            I also know the whole reffing biz is a bit whiny but I think we just complain about it because it is an issue and it is a bigger deal than most who call it whining admit.
            That being said, I’m one of those sore losers that will not give credit, at least for a long time.

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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Indeed, shooting percentage “luck” makes a team more dangerous as they seemingly can score out of nothing like yesterday.

      A team riding high percentages shouldn’t be dismissed, and extra caution should be taken to play a good, solid game against them.

      • The Jackal says:

        Agreed, but at the same time you have admit that that percentage is luck. And they have not been riding it consistently, which is why they have not gone on long streaks. If they constantly out-played other teams and were riding than, then that would be horrendous because that would be quite a force, but as things stand it is more of an unpredictable cannon that when it strikes deals a lot of damage but you never know if it will fire.

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  47. Alvin says:

    So whats this about the Habs being at the House Of Vodka in TO on Friday night? Apparently a dozen or so of them were there with the Grey Goose flowing. Carey did look hung over to tell you the truth.

  48. habstrinifan says:

    Habitant-In-Surrey re-inspired me with his poem from Rudyard Kipling. It reminded me of how ‘kick-ass’ Kipling was! So with apologies to that great author I have reworded the latter half of his poem “England’s Answer”. Here is what I think should be “Habitant Answer”. You can google “Kipling Englands Answer” to compare the original.

    It got me up! Hope it does the same for some of you.
    ================================
    …..Thus for the Prize in Stanley’s Race.
    Let us make promise. So long as The Blood endures,
    I shall know that your skill is mine: ye shall feel that my strength
    is yours:
    In the day of the 7th game, at the last great fight of all,
    That Our Team stand together and the pillars do not fall.
    Lift now the revered Torch; firm Like the Rocket’s hands,
    And the stand that ye make shall be lore throughout the lands.
    This for the Sen’tor Turds, and that for the Philly goon,
    This for the Maple-Laffs, and that for the sandbagging Bru’n.
    The wounds that ye take shalt be raw but thou shalt press thy will,
    Because ye are Sons of Les Glorieux and must be Legends still.
    Now must ye stand for your linemates and they must stand for you,
    Heed ye MT’s appel aux bras, in straight-flung words and few.
    Go to your work and be strong, halting not in your ways,
    Balking the end half-won for an instant dole of praise.
    Stand to your work and be wise — certain of sword and pen,
    Show now the valour of your history, be Titans in a world of men!

  49. Mavid says:

    A flyers beat down tomorrow night, and saturday will be a distant memory..oh and Max is coming back to DWTS..


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