About last night …

WaldoMax

Four NHL teams have clinched playoff spots.
Three of them didn’t celebrate by chugging big hits of suck juice.
And then there are your Montreal Canadiens.
Unlike the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens don’t look like a team that’s ready for the 2013 playoffs.
Since sewing up a spot in the postseason, they’ve looked like the 2012 Montreal Canadiens.
Maybe worse, because a year ago fans weren’t expecting much from a last-place team.
Through 40 games of the truncated 2013 season, the Canadiens raised hopes and expectations to what may have been an unrealistic level.
But if the team we’ve seen in games 41 and 42 is the real Canadiens, the playoffs …
Well, let’s promise a phrase from 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes:
The Canadiens’ postseason could be nasty, brutish and short.

Last Thursday in Buffalo, the Canadiens outshot the Sabres 42-15 en route to the 5-1 win that put an “x” beside Montreal in the Eastern Conference standings.

Little did we know it stood for “execrable”.

After Monday’s 7-3 home-ice pasting at the hands of the non-playoff Flyers, veteran sportscaster Ron Reusch offered this grim assessment: “The Canadiens clinched a playoff spot, and they haven’t played a good period since.”

Tough to argue.

Down 3-0 after 10 minutes in Toronto Saturday night and down 2-0 to Philadelphia after less than six minutes of Monday’s game, the Canadiens – who had played brilliant first periods through much of the season, scoring first in 28 of their 40 starts – were on their back foot and chasing the game against the Leafs and Flyers.

In Toronto and even more egregiously back at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens seemed incapable of playing the disciplined style that had carried them to the lofty heights of first place in the Northeast Division. Where was the tenacious puck pursuit? Where was the lightning-fast transition game?

Where was the checking? After recording 36 hits in Toronto, the Canadiens had ONE (by Nathan Beaulieu) through 20 minutes and two through 40 against Philadelphia. Play that soft against the Flyers and you’re doomed.

And where was the franchise goaltender?

MIA at the ACC, Carey Price was better against the Flyers. Without his saves on three breakaways, the game would have been done and dusted after 20 minutes.

As it was, Price stood reasonably tall through a 17-shot first-period bombardment. And the game was tied early in the second period on a power-play goal by Brendan Gallagher – again, the best Canadiens forward … heck, the best Canadien skater … WTF, the best player in a red jersey.

The 2-2 deadlock lasted 24 seconds. Then Claude Giroux, who was brilliant, set up Jakub Voracek for an uncontested 12-foot wrister and the rout was on.

Gallagher was the best Canadien, but he wasn’t the only one who played well. P.K. Subban had two more assists and played like he hated the Flyers. Galchenyuk and Lars Eller were two forwards who managed to create some pressure in the Flyers’ zone.

The other 14 skaters? Varying degrees of awful, and some were worse than others. The group suck raised a few troubling questions:

• Was Alexei Emelin carrying his defence partner through 38 games? Watching Andrei Markov struggle, you wonder how he would fare in an 82-game season, with or without his Russian homeboy. And what if knee surgery makes Emelin as slow and contact-averse as Markov?

• Is it time for Carey Price to book a session with team psychologist Sylvain Guimond?

• Would Josh Gorges be playing Top Four minutes on a good hockey team? Would Francis Bouillon?

• What did David Desharnais do to merit 20:42 of ice time – more than any other forward on either team?

• If  Travis Moen was serious about challenging Wayne Simmonds, why did he wait until garbage time?

Because the tragic events in Boston forced postponement of the Bruins-Senators game, the Canadiens are still atop the Northeast Division.

But Boston is a point back, with a game in hand. And don’t look now, but the Leafs are four points off the division lead.

The Canadiens are in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. It might be time for Michel Therrien to cue up his Greatest Penguins Hits:

• There were moments of silence for victims of the Boston tragedy in Montreal, Chicago, Calgary, Nashville and Phoenix.

As a Montrealer who loves his city, I am dismayed to note the Bell Centre as the only venue where yahoos screamed during the brief ceremony.

Disgusting and depressing … the more so in contrast to what happened a week ago when the Liverpool football club in England remembered the Hillsborough disaster.

For a full minute at the great Anfield stadium, players linked arms and you could hear a pin drop.

But in Montreal, we can’t STFU for 10 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

543 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    If anything, these past two games should dispel the notion that Price wasn’t instrumental in the Habs getting to the play-offs and that his A-game will be required if the Habs are to make any noise in them.

    I think playing Budaj is a good thing, and I think they should consider it for a few more games to give Price some rest and time to regain his focus.

    Price is an exceptional positional goalie. He plays a game that looks effortless on one hand and nonchalant on the other. His style works best for him when he implicates himself and doesn’t rely on it to happen on its own. I think for him to be successful he needs to raise it up a notch and throw some emotion into his game. Be aggressive. He had a few games where he was at the top of the crease, challenging, puck tracking and on top of everything, where the only thing that got by him were weird deflections and bounces.

    Rather than save him for the play-offs by him not taking chances to avoid injury, better to ride Budaj and prep Price for the games that really matter.

    In the meantime and IMHHO the Habs should move Gallagher to Eller’s line and Bourque to Desharnais’. I think Drewiske is biting off more than he can chew and would rather see Weber or Kaberle in his place. Since Kaberle can’t be play to risk injury Weber it is. I’d even consider Tinordi in place of Drewiske.

    Drewiske is not going to cut it for the play-offs as far as I can see. Luckily the gamble only cost a potential Gallagher, I mean 5th rounder.

    • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

      DREW is 6’2″ and over 225lbs, but you want him out over a weber or kaberle?

      DREW takes the body and nobody has given him a face wash, but you want him out over a weber or kaberle?

      DREW has been solid, smart and strong at the back, and even scored. He knows his responsibilities and goes strong into the corners…

      we’ve got a lot bigger problems than DREW, who is not a problem at all.


      The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…
      GALLAGHER = FUTURE HAB CAPTAIN

  2. ed says:

    new thread, turn page.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Budaj to start? Check. Now sit DD and Moen,call up Dumont and Sortini,send Nate to Hamilton and call up Tinordi. Mojo will then Return.Saludos!

  4. donmarco says:

    While hard to take for the fans (like me and most others) we need to remember that Bergevin said the goal this year was to “make the playoffs”. He did little to improve this team, and certainly didn’t mortgage the future and kept his stockpile of picks and prospects. His eye is on the longer term. The team, a year from now, will bear no resemblance to the team on the ice today, regardless of how far we go in the playoffs. Habs will be built around a core of Price (sorry, haters), Subban, Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Eller and Gallagher. Contributors will be Gorges, Pleks, DD, Prust, Emelin. Gionta, Markov, Moen will be gone (both Markov and Gionta’s contracts are up next year). Ryder will command too much money and length so hes gone after this year. There is a reason why only ONE defenceman is signed past next year (Gorges), and that’s to keep all of his options open. With Beaulieu, Tinordi and Pateryn all getting a shot at making the team next year or the year after. While I can acknowledge being excited about our future, I am under no illusions that anything they achieve this year from here on out is gravy, not to mention critical experience for the core players. IMHO of course.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Totally agree.

      As LA showed, and us in ’10, any team can make a run in the playoffs and we are positioned just as well as others to do so. But to start making this year an ‘all-in’ year would be nuts. Especially with the deep draft coming up and the number of picks we have.

      It’s not that MB gave up on a run this year…it’s that he’s going to give the largely young core of the team the chance to make that run happen. It’s just not a year to bet the farm on, much as we’d all love to see it. I think the team is well positioned to be a perennial contender in the seasons to come.

      If they make it out of the first round, that experience will be invaluable in building this team going forward. It isn’t that MB is nervous to pull the trigger on a big deal, it’s just that timing is of the essence.

      I’m looking forward to watching this team grow.

      • donmarco says:

        It’s been more than a few years since the organization looks, well, exactly like that – an organization. We feel like there’s a plan in place and have confidence in what that plan is. we’ll be even stronger after the draft and maybe a FA signing or two. Lest we forget, they have already far exceeded any predictions we would have made a few months ago. I’ll pull for this team of grit and character until the very end, though. They’ve been down before and showed they’re made of strong stuff.

    • HardHabits says:

      Long term view. Are there any moves the Habs could have made at the deadline to put them over the top? I doubt it. The possibility of messing with the trajectory of building a contender though could have easily have been derailed. People live in a quick fix culture. Everything is available at their fingertips now. It’s why lottery tickets sell in excess abundance. It’s year 1 of the new administration, they’ve exceeded everybody’s expectations so far. Now is not the time to raise them too unrealistically. It’s obvious where the holes are. In the meantime it’s time for more experience to be built on. Good or bad. Like the Taoist farmer parable.

      • Loonie says:

        Obvious to those who aren’t in love with Desharnais and Gorges.

        The coaching doesn’t really reflect acknowledgement of that in Desharnais’ case. He doesn’t have a choice in Gorges’.

        • donmarco says:

          It’s possible, only possible, that DD is only there as a #1 Centre while waiting for Eller and Galchenyuk to develop further. I’d be curious to see how he would perform as a shut down centre, a la Carbo was, with no offensive expectations or responsibilities.

        • HardHabits says:

          4 years for DD is a bit much. Especially for a centre who realistically is projecting to be 3rd or 4th down the depth chart very soon. I think DD’s future is on the wing or a trade because I can’t for the life of me think DD is worth more than Eller. Gorges was PG panicking. The Moen signing is also looking burdensome at the moment.

          I can’t divine everything the Habs management wants to do but I gather that DD’s performance will dictate his place on the team in the long run if not the short term. I still think for him to be successful as a centre he needs two power forwards flanking him.

          My top 9 is:

          Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
          Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher
          Pacioretty-Desharnais-Bourque

    • Me4GM says:

      K-R-I-S-T-O

      Tman

  5. Loonie says:

    Alex Galchenyuk now has six more points than opposing teams have scored against him at even strength.

    Tougher starts than an unnamed centerman, lesser quality linemates.

    There are two centremen on this team better suited for powerplay time and more even strength time than #51. But we can’t make that switch, because……………………..?

  6. ed says:

    so Budaj is starting tomorrow night?

    that’s a mistake.

    • Loonie says:

      Is that confirmed?

      This team is quickly turning into a joke if that’s the case. I’d rather see Halpern get twenty minutes of ice-time than Desharnais.

      Accountability across the room. Except you David, and you Max, and you Andrei, and you Josh.

      You guys are good, everyone else is benched!

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        as per John Lu, yup it’s Budaj.

        Guessing Price against the Lightning on Thursday — protecting Price from the Pens? Easier W against Lightning to get back on track?

        • Loonie says:

          No easy matchups in the playoffs. Since the Penguins are a tough team we should bench four of our six defensemen and six of our twelve forwards too.

        • KenD29 says:

          the only drawback with Price playing against the Lightning, is the game is here at the Bell Centre. If he allows a goal, how will the fans react?! Guessing the Boo Birds will jump on him.

          All About Work Ethic

  7. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Talking to my coworkers in Calgary about the struggles of my team does put things in perspective…

  8. habs001 says:

    Right now the problem for Eller is that he plays well when he carries the puck but teams dont see him as a goal scoring threat..Teams are looking for him to pass the puck…If he could increase his goal scoring rate that would open up things more for his line mates and even himself…

  9. habs001 says:

    The Habs need several upgrades but that does not mean they cant have a good playoff run…It all depends on matchups…For example i believe the Habs would be a better match up with the Bruins,Pitts than with the Leafs and even a non playoff team like the Flyers…The Habs have to win as a team effort…Right now if you look at the overall individual roster talent it is still middle of the pack type…

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Get rid off Moen , DD, Markov, Gionta

    • kbhab4ever says:

      The 3 best players are Galchenyuk, Eller, Gallagher and its been like that for awhile. I can not understand for the life of how the habs are using them. When Galchenyuk scored I said to the girlfriend that he was fu#$ed now and she asked what do you mean? It’s becoming like last year if a rookie or a certain player scores the coaches take offense and sits them last night Gally27 scored and the next line the coach plays is the 4th line with Eller in the middle.Like 2 games ago down by a goal with uder 2 min’s to play they put DD,s line out even thou the Eller`s line was hot all night and was the best line thety put out the DD line

  10. Propwash says:

    Buddy is getting the start against the Penguins, if the Habs play the same way as they did last night, he is going to suffer the same fate as Price.

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  11. Small_Town_Boy says:

    “Chill out”

    Don’t hate

    • kbhab4ever says:

      Moen is useless since his concussion last year,DD is the same, Pac cannot make a good pass. If he doesn’t shoot he coughs it up!Gionta is almost as bad.

  12. derfab says:

    Biggest irony last night is that the only Hab who threw a check is being put under a bus again. A careless play but that is not a deliberate head shot. As for Moen, I would either sit him now or move him up to play with top six guys and then crap all over him if/when he can’t deliver. He doesn’t need to fight, just skate and hit, grab guys that mess with other players.

    • bwoar says:

      Y’know, no one’s mentioned the huge check Markov threw yesterday. I think that’s a shame.

      “thoroughbred”

    • kbhab4ever says:

      What ever happened to “no excuses” ? DD, Moen, Markov should all be sit for a game for their lack of effort. Again the Eller line was the best line and gets no ice time on the PP. WTF@#$.Gally#27 scored and then sits till 3 lines play before he gets back on the ice. The team being in Montreal hurts sometimes because their must be scared to sit a French guy . I AM A HAB FAN SINCE BIRTH AND THIS ” LACK” OF Accountability IS MAKEING ME SICK

      • Ghosts of the Forum says:

        You know the DD line scored two of the three goals, right? And set up the only goal in the Toronto game?

      • Mattyleg says:

        “Their must be scared to sit a French guy.”

        What a great sentence.

        “Their” = ‘belonging to them’
        “French” = ‘From France’

        If you mean that the management doesn’t want to sit Desharnais in Montreal because he’s French Canadian and they’re worried about the repercussions of that, then you’re wrong.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. ed says:

    there was 1 play yesterday by Gallagher that blew me away.

    up against the right, offensive zone boards, he battles with 2 Flyers, and then suddenly he has the puck and he’s carved his way out of that melee.
    He skates 1 or 2 strides towards the net and then Tow Drags a 3rd Flyer and beats him clean.
    The 4th Flyer, who had been guarding Max in front of the net, jumps out at Gallagher,
    and Gallagher slips a perfect pass to Max, right on his tape.
    Max must have been in shock because his effort to catch the pass and shoot was far from Elite, but that’s besides the point.
    Then the puck finds its way BACK to Gallagher and in one motion he turns and shoots on net.
    Play over.
    Beats 4 flyers, and then shoots.
    Not a bad shift!!

  14. von says:

    Andrei Markov, a team worst -10 right now. MB’s going to have to reassess those top-four D pairings this summer. Trade for a top two D man to play with PK, bump Markov-Emelin to your number two pairing, Gorges-Bouillon round it out?

    Could Tinordi fill the gap? Decisions, decisions.

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  15. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Carey Price must have gotten around. He slept with the partners of every Troll here!

  16. jedimyrmidon says:

    So… will the Habs try to emulate last year’s Leafs: the 18-wheeler off a cliff?

  17. derfab says:

    Emelin has been supporting Markov. Hopefully, Diaz can fill in soon. Otherwise, we may have to give him Subban or Gorges. That Weber has not played yet is a joke.

  18. kempie says:

    How can this team watch 20 year old Brendan Gallagher play his guts out every shift, then listen as he tells the press “we didn’t compete hard enough”. Every shift, they’re coming off, looking at this kid who is desperate to get back on and play his guts out in the blue paint again. If this guy, barely out of high school gets it so completely, WTF is Travis Moan’s problem?

    Any word on supplemental for Whitey? Should be good for a couple I would think. I bet he’s going to wait a long time before he plays another shift.

  19. H.Upmann says:

    as MT said in `that Pitt clip: `THEY SOFF`

  20. donmarco says:

    If there’s a silver lining, and admittedly I’m reaching for one here, is that there’s still time to fix this. Tomorrows game has now become critical and not just because of the 2 points. This team has clearly taken its foot off the pedal since clinching a playoff spot and have to refocus on what got them there. This is not a team whose talent will make up for hard work. MT has enjoyed a pretty much conflict free first season back. Eyes will be on him now. Hard to point fingers at any one player, this is a complete team meltdown. Time for some leadership up and down to show up. Nobody said it’d be easy.

  21. wjc says:

    Hardhabits: I agree with your observations, you said it clearly and you said it well.

    I watched the game for a while, and at times it looked like they might make a game of it and then they would fall apart.

    I am glad I am not the only one who said to himself, “oh well, I am over it”. Canadiens will either find their game or they won’t. If they don’t “oh well” they are on the right track.Tinordi, Pateryn for starters.

    They need to be bigger. Lets take Toronto as an example, Kessler and Kadra can play their game when they are surrounded by giants and they can play brave.

    These are they type of guys that have their backs, who does Platanec or Gallagher have. Who does Gionta and D.D have and Galchenuk or Georges. They have Prust and, and, and well okay Prust.

    So when a team decides that they cannot skate with the Canadiens, they clubber the little guys and non fighters at every opportunity without fear.

    Philadelphia Flyers used to be known as the broad street bullies and it worked out very well, two Stanley cups in a row. The Canadiens were a fast skating team at that time with a good transition game. They also had toughnes Robinson, Bouchard, Charchaw, Lapointe, Savard on and on. Guys like Risbrough and Trembley could play tough to with those guys at there backs.

    Philadelphia lost their weapon of intimadation and lost the winning habit. Now compare this bunch of small and smaller players and you might figure it out for yourself.

    Hockey is a violent game. If you want to survive you need the potential to pay back in full. You need a strong power play. The Canadiens need to get away from the small and smaller players as their core. When you do that the small players with the right players at their backs will play braver and without fear.

    Until that happens………”oh well……. fast skating will take you so far, like to the net and then you get run over, because you have to make your play. After a while you shoot from the perimeter and stay away from the blue ice.

    wjc

    • H.Upmann says:

      or we can turn it around and say: who is centering Max but a 5`5 midget. I`m sorry, but its hard to feel confident going to war when you have to rely on DD or 20+ min of icetime. We have a big winger at his prime and he gets to play with a midget. Bad move signing DD to that contract figure. Shoundjust be getting paid 1mil tops per year, not this BS of 3 or so mil.

    • bwoar says:

      “Philadelphia Flyers used to be known as the broad street bullies and it worked out very well, two Stanley cups in a row.”

      37 years later it still looks good, doesn’t it? A shame we haven’t been able to duplicate their success. Essentially, the modern game is pretty much a throwback to those days, only even more so. Too bad Gainey/Gauthier/Bergevin have never understood this. I fear another decade of mediocrity watching this team struggle physically.

      “Full o’ Bread”

  22. alfieturcotte says:

    Issues with the Canadiens going into the playoffs is that they have weak goaltending, 4th – 6th defensemen (Boullion, Georges, Markov) playing top 3 minutes, and 2 defensemen who should be in the AHL (Drewiskie, Beaulieu). Gosh, that leaves only Subban.

    Perhaps Price comes around (doubt it) or maybe we catch lightning in a bottle w/Budaj. As for the D problem, hard to fix. Kaberle/Weber – at least they have more NHL experience than Drewiskie and Beaulieu.

    MB should have used some of those draft picks to pick up better options than Drewiskie. Damphousse made an interesting point last night – Bergevin “goal” for 2013 should have been the Cup, not simply making the playoffs. I tend to agree – we have a solid core of players, and needed a couple of additions to truly elevate. Other teams did, we should have as well.

    • bwoar says:

      “Perhaps Price comes around (doubt it)”

      That sums the situation up nicely.

      Our soon to be first round exit is entirely due to the poor management skills our rookie GM displayed at the deadline. It’s never enough to just make the playoffs – Bergevin made a major mistake not jumping on some quality help. We’ve given up 2nd round picks before and had good success, I can’t see why the new regime isn’t trying to do the one thing the old one did well – leveraging our assets to win NOW, not in some future where the stars align, and everything just seems to work. That daydream is NEVER gonna happen with MB and MT at the helm.

      “thoroughbred”

    • Seps says:

      You do realize this is the first time in Price’s career he’s been pulled in back-to-back games… relax man. And Bergevin is doing the right things, we’re a growing, young team. No need to go out and grab rental players, let the young kids play and gain experience. You’re going to be seeing #81 and #27 for years to come and they will be better than any possible rental player.

      • Loonie says:

        You’re putting a lot of faith in the organization that they see Eller as a long term core player.

        I don’t see how Desharnais gets the extension he did if they feel that way.

        • Seps says:

          I don’t think DD should’ve got that extension strictly because one small guy is enough (Gally) let alone Gionta, and where else would you propose he’d go?

          • Loonie says:

            Who?

          • Seps says:

            Where would you propose Eller would go if management doesn’t see him as a longterm player?

          • Loonie says:

            I have no idea. But the only way he’s in their plans is if Plekanec isn’t.

            And even then he’s stuck on the third line in favour of little Davey.

          • Seps says:

            That’s just a shame if you’re right, which right now it certainly looks that way. DD has been very ineffective this season for the most part. He’s just too small to play the game he does and not put up points/win faceoffs.

  23. Bripro says:

    It’s a good thing the coaching and management staff of the Habs isn’t out to gauge the character of its fans when they go through a mini-slump.
    They might realize what’s blatantly obvious.
    Our fan base runs the entire length of the spectrum.
    From the astute to the asinine.
    A mini-slump, and let’s blow up the team.
    Get a grip people.
    Let’s wait to see how the new season goes.
    They might surprise you. But by then, if they’re back on the victory trail, most will be saying “I told you so.”.
    And if not, it’s been a great run, far exceeding what all of us expected at the beginning of the season.
    So enjoy, while it lasts. Like opening up a great vintage. It’s not bottomless.

  24. TPT Petes says:

    I agree that Gallahger has been our best player of late, but if we continue to let him take the physical beating that he has been, he’ll be watching his team get beat out in the 1st round from a hospital bed.
    It was great to see Boullion send a message to Ott in Buffallo last week, but why on earth did Therrion not send someone out to give Kadri a severe beating for attempting to get physical with our undersized superstar.
    I’m sure that Carlisle would retaliate with his goon line, but when the score is 5-1, what are we trying to protect? If not a sliver of respectability?

    • wjc says:

      Petes, so you want to goon it up with Toronto, good luck with that one.

      Kadri, knows that these big guys have his back, so what were Montreal going to do.

      I got a gun and you got a pee shooter lets go to war….ha ha.

      Gallagher got flattened, clean check, no elbows to the head. Gallagher is going to have a short career if he is not careful. He has to look around and realize that most of the Canadiens playes cannot play Toronto in that type of game. I predict he will eventually be forced to back off, unless they get bigger and bigger soon.

      wjc

      • TPT Petes says:

        wjc, i think you’re giving way too much of an advantage to Toronto in a battle of fists.
        I thought Prust got the best of McLaren in their fight and if White, Boullion, Moen, Bourque could man-up, we wouldn’t look like a bunch of pussies, that are willing to watch their teamates get cheap shotted.
        I’ve been outnubered, outsized before but never let the threat of taking a few shots to the head make me back down from sticking up for my buddies.

  25. Garbo says:

    Can someone please edify me on the NHL rule book.

    Why is cross checking or interference not considered a penalty when it happens directly in front of the net? Or is simply never called by the refs?

    ps. one of my favourite photoshops to date!

    • ffenliv says:

      Just one of those unwritten rules.

      Players who go to the front of the net expect to take a fair bit of punishment for it, and the d-men back there expect to be able to dish it out.

      As for the after-the-whistle crap in front of the net, I wish they’d cut down on that a bit.

    • Marcusman says:

      I wondered this as well, watching gallagher in front of the net he got crossed checked three times ..no where near the puck…they did call it last night though….

      • ffenliv says:

        Indeed, it is called now and again. As hockey is a physical game, I like that there are spots on the ice where players get a bit more punishment. I also like that defensemen can work to move a player away from their goalie during the play.

        There is a line, though, but finding it seems to be inconsistent at best.

  26. commandant says:

    I have to think that given the long suspension White is about to get, he may have seen his last game as a Hab. I can’t see the coaches trusting him not to take a bad penalty in a playoff game.

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    • Loonie says:

      This is as much on the coaching staff as it is on White himself. He gets pulled from the lineup for crossing the line and picking bad spots. Gets re-inserted and then removed again for not being physical or “intense” enough.

      Gets back in and puts a dirty hit on a player, out he goes again to be sure.

      Ryan White is the kind of player you win with in the playoffs and if he’s indeed sent to another organization it will be the fault of this one, not the player.

    • wjc says:

      I think White is confused as to what his role is. Hit, but don’t take penalties, hit clean, but hit. Is not a goal scorer, not big enough to be an enforcer. Sometimes when you get aggressive things go wrong and you cross a line. It happens so fast I have to watch it 5 times to figure out what went wrong.

      I think White will be fine, once he figures out what his game is and how not to take it too far. New to the league, and tough to figure it all out. My thought anyway’s.

      wjc

      • commandant says:

        Hes played over 80 games now, and this is about the 4th incident this year…. In 25 games this season he’s lost it in the Florida game, mouthed off to a ref in the Ottawa game, cost the team in the Buffalo game, and now this one. There might even be another I’ve missed.

        He can’t keep taking dumb penalties, or a guy like Blunden is gonna steal that spot.

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  27. CHasman says:

    As soon as we get NHL level goaltending again we will be back to winning. The Leafs played terrible yesterday and were outshot badly but they won because of their goaltending. Price sucked again and the whole team implodes. Even after the poor start the team fights back to tie it and boom they’re behind again. That is when the game went south a second time and spelled the end for our team. Without Prust and yes, someone like Ryan White in the game, (and no Emelin) our physical presence wasn’t there. The refs started the game by calling the Flyers junk but then decided that they had called enough. (The non interference call on Ryder would have resulted in a 5 on 3 situation.)
    Don’t the other players see Gallagher playing his heart out?
    Bottom line last two games. Goaltending, goaltending, goaltending!

    • ont fan says:

      No question the leafs played poorly again and the goaltending bailed them out. That only lasts so long. They get out shot nightly. That’s not much of a system. We did that for a couple of series a few years ago.

    • Seps says:

      Bottom line was goaltending in the 7-3 loss? Have you ever played hockey? Only one on 6 goals was soft… that speaks volume about our defence. To say if Price stood on his head and only let in 2 is just plain ignorant when all the shots are back door, screens, slot… etc.

  28. NL Hab says:

    This has been mentioned several times below but I feel like I’m living in the Twilight zone here. How does DD play almost 21 minutes last night. I know this site is split with the DD lovers or haters. If this team didn’t have Lars Eller or Alex Galchenyuk, then it would be somewhat to have him as a Top 6 Center. Chucky may not be quite ready for the Top 6 yet, however Lars Eller has proved time and time again that he is twice as good a hockey player as DD.
    Every time DD gets more even strength and PP time than Lars Eller is a complete slap in the face for him. Lars publicly said last year several times that he felt that he was overlooked to play Top 6 when they brought DD up from Hamilton. They are certainly playing as a team and preaching the team concept to the media.
    However, you can be sure that Lars Eller is not happy with the current situation and I wouldn’t be surprised if he asked for a trade in the offseason.

    Et Le But

  29. Timooo says:

    I just caught the photoshopped Where’s Waldo head on Patches in the photo above. That’s Priceless (the term, not our goalie-though that would apply as well)!

    Timooo=Timo with more Cowbell!

  30. Alex_425 says:

    Ok, so we’re nearing noon, quick news of the day:

    - TSN says White is scheduled for an in-person hearing with the NHL. Still up in the air on when that is.

    - 7-3 sucks. No question. We still have time to turn it around. We can all argue on how difficult a task that may be, but nobody who has watched this season unfold so far would truthfully say that they flat-out aren’t capable.

    -Last but not least, please continue to support the Hugs For Timo Foundation. Every little post helps.

    But I’m no expert….

  31. Timooo says:

    This is the kind of article I would expect to read after dropping the first two games of the playoffs at home; not after losing our 2nd game of 3 in a row (yes, I have a crystal ball).

    Timooo=Timo with more Cowbell!

  32. Skeptical says:

    April, 16 2013 according to some sports news. We are ranked #2 in over all performance as a team. This is in relation to the teams in a playoff position in the eastern conference ….. Nothing to do with standings.

    The last couple of games don’t illustrate that but we’ll take it for what it’s worth.

    • Timooo says:

      I’d put us at #8 league-wise
      1. Chicago
      2. Pittsburgh
      3. Boston
      4. LA
      5. Washington
      6. Anaheim
      7. Toronto
      8. Montreal

      Timooo=Timo with more Cowbell!


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