About last night …

Neil

Your Montreal Canadiens turned Game 3 into their own unique take on a Mexican holiday: Stinko de Mayo.
And when the smoke cleared and the smell had dissipated – save for generous supplies of bovine excrement dished out during the coach’s press conferences – the Senators had beaten the Canadiens like a pinata.
An undersized, soft pinata at that.

The game – and possibly the series – turned seven minutes into the third period.

Within eight seconds, Ottawa scored twice and won five fights.

Oh, one more thing: Senators coach Paul MacLean won the war of the press conferences.

Michel Therrien fired off the first volley. After acknowledging “we were beaten by a good team”, Therrien sounded off on the timeout MacLean called with 17 seconds left and his team up 6-1.

“I never saw it before,” Therrien said, “and I talked to the referee and he said he never saw it before. As far as I’m concerned, it was classless.”

The winning coach gets to face the media after the loser. Apprised of Therrien’s comments, MacLean began to read off a list of the goon penalties the Canadiens took with the game out of reach: Brandon Prust for elbowing at 16:58, Rene Bourque for cross-checking and slashing at 19:42.

“I didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” MacLean said. “It was getting dumb enough as it was.

“Under circumstances initiated by the Montreal Canadiens, I was forced to protect my players. I will do that every time.”

Then MacLean made the observation that neatly summarized the Game 3 horror show:

“It got a little bit stupid in the end, but that’s hockey.”

It’s not Montreal Canadiens hockey.

The team, as currently constituted, cannot win a game that turns into a street fight.

If the Canadiens think they can outmuscle Ottawa, this series is going to be over in five games.

This is not 1976, when Scotty Bowman had a lineup that could score goals AND pound the snot out of the Broad St. Bullies.

The 2013 Canadiens don’t have Pierre Bouchard, Rick Chartraw and Larry Robinson. They don’t have Chris Chelios to tune up Brian Propp. They don’t have Chris Nilan and John Kordic to throw down with the hated Nordiques.

They don’t even have Todd Ewen.

Brandon Prust has the heart of a lion. But how is he going to protect teammates who are too small for some rides at La Ronde?

Eric Gryba probably will return to the Ottawa lineup for Game 4 on Tuesday. Here’s a fearless prediction: If the Canadiens try to wreak revenge on Gryba for his hit on Lars Eller, they’re going to be facing elimination at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

Whether speed and skill are sufficient to win in the NHL playoffs is a question Marc Bergevin will contemplate and address in the off-season. For now, the Canadiens have to play the style that won the Northeast Division this season.

That style was rarely in evidence through the two periods during which Game 3 was still competitive.

By focusing his postgame remarks on MacLean’s allegedly grave insult to the sacred memory of Howie Morenz, Therrien was able to avoid talking about the real reasons his team trails in this series.

Let’s start with one of the Canadiens who didn’t fight Sunday night.

David Desharnais was signed to a four-year, $14 million contract extension this season. Through three games of this series, DD has played 52:22 – including 9:11 on the power play.

He has yet to register a shot on goal.

This is the number two centre on a playoff team?

OK, so maybe DD doesn’t have to shoot. He’s in the lineup for playmaking. Maybe he’s feeding his linemates.

Uh, no. Neither Michael Ryder nor Max Pacioretty has unduly troubled Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.

Desharnais is not the main reason the Canadiens got bent over a log in Game 3.

Carey Price did not look on the Jean-Gabriel Pageau goal that proved to be the winner … nor on the other two by the Ottawa rookie. As was the case in Game 1, Ottawa got the better goaltending.

Price got no help from his defencemen. Andrei Markov was a turnstile. P.K. lost his s–t and took a bunch of bad penalties.

The power play sucked again. Its ineptitude was particularly damaging in the first period. Chris Neil came out determined to maim everyone in a white jersey, and a PP goal or two might have cooled his homicidal ardor.

As it was, Neil’s aggression set the tone for the game. And when the Canadiens tried to “send a message”, they were outgooned and outgunned … by a lot.

Your Canadiens don’t have the horses or the heavyweights to wage war against Neil, Jared Cowen, Zack Smith et al.

They have to regroup, refocus and play their game – to the extent they can in the postseason, when the ice seems to get a lot smaller.

This series isn’t over until the fat walrus sinks.

 

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  4. Alvin says:

    Habs obviously must win the next one.Then it’s a best of 3 series with Habs playing at home for 2 of them.
    It’s all good amigos.

  5. Maritime Ron says:

    What I would like to hear from Marc Bergevin on July 4th at the opening of UFA season:
    ———-

    ” Les Canadiens are pleased to announce the signings of UFA Defensemen 6’1″ 215 pounds tough as nails Rob Scuderi, and 6’3″ 225 Robyn Regher to add experience, size, and skill to our D Corps that already includes PK Subban, Jared Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, Josh Gorges, Raphael Diaz, Francis Boullion, and Greg Pateryn”

    That makes 9, but you NEVER have enough defensemen…

    “We would like to thank Andrei Markov and David Desharnais for their great contributions to the Habs, but we felt that the opportunity to trade with Edmonton for xyz was an offer we could not refuse.
    I wish them the best of luck. Their experience will help Edmonton achieve the playoffs and even though we sacrificed a 1st round Draft pick, we welcome Nail Yakupov to the Habs and hope he and Alex Galchenyuk find their Junior magic again.”

    Bergevin:
    ” More great news. After our last playoff adventure, our management team felt the need to add size for a better and long playoff run.
    For that reason, we have signed David Clarkson…and never again will our Rookies or smaller players be intimidated or play in fear so we have signed UFAs (pick 2-Patrick Bordeleau-Brian McGrattan-Cam Janssen) to play on our 4th line and be our 11th-12th and 13th forwards when need be.

    Lastly Bergevin states, ” We would also like to thank our former Captain Brian Gionta for his precious services rendered. He was a great Captain, yet we felt it was time to move forward.
    We are happy with the trade with the NJ Devils and their GM Lou Lamoriello that know Gionta well.

  6. derfab says:

    Most people seem to be underestimating the injury problem the Habs are facing. Emelin and Eller have not been replaced. Pacioretty is a ghost and Prust can’t bring it. Ryder looks washed up as does Markov. Gionta is all heart but no mustard…. Playing injured or diminished vets over young players who are ready doesn’t make sense. Dumont, Leblanc…why have them watch?

  7. SteverenO says:

    Something needs to be done to change the momentum.

    The fact that MT ridiculed someone for asking if Budaj would be considered to start the next game , speaks badly on Therrien.

    It is his (MT’s) job to give every consideration to what he can do to increase their chances of winning. Budaj had a better winning percentage than Price, by a significant margin, all season long.

    I can live with the coach deciding to go back with Price after careful consideration, but laughing off the suggestion as if it was not even an option looks bad on the coach.

    It is , im my opinion, the biggest reason why so many fans of the team are “anti-Price”. Where is it cast in stone that Price gives us the best chance to win? Look at each of the two goalies performance in their respective most recent 3, 5, or 10 starts without knowing their names and their salaries who do you think deserves to play? Is there even a question about it?

    The fact that he was drafted in the first round and makes a high salary are two things that should NOT, in my opinion have any bearing on whether or not he starts the next game.

    The team finds themselves with a recurring conundrum since Price was “anointed” as the franchise goalie; they cannot play their back up in key games , even if he gives them a better chance to win BECAUSE they are in a huge pickle if the back up does play well and the team wins.

    I believe that this, and any other team, would be better served by a two goalie tandem, and for the most part the goalie wins, he starts the next game and continues to play until he loses, whereby the other goalie gets the same consideration.

    When circumstances dictate, either due to needing a rest, or a goalie playing a tremendous game and losing 1-0 or 2-1, the coach can certainly use his judgement and circumvent the policy. I cannot imagine that a goalie who played a “not fantastic” game should ever be given the next start because “it was not his fault that they lost”, or because a few of the 6 goals were partial screenshots, or deflections.

    The simple fact that we are even discussing which goals were stoppable and which were un-stoppable is, in my opinion, the major problem. It DOESNT MATTER. the ops score 6 goals, you change goalies, period . In fact it should be rule, like Cage AUX Sports , Every time the HABS score 5 or more, free chicken wings…… every time the opposition scores 5 or more goals, change the friggin goalie, REGARDLESS of his name, number , pedigree, thoroughbrededness, draft position ., salary, etc.

    Anything less is a slap in the face of the back up goalie, the team, and the fans.

    regards,

    Steve O.

  8. The Jackal says:

    The bottom line is that if you think goaltending is the problem then you’re missing the point. The Habs need to score more and get better scoring chances, the PP needs to get it together, and the D needs to stop allowing such good chances.

    • Willy the bum says:

      To score more, they have to be close to the nets, even be in the crease like Gallagher does. Anderson blocked easily with long shots and steal rebounds, so they should know that doesn’t work anymore.

      The PP, they’ll should switch up with unexpecting players in, like White or Armstrong; very hungry players to boost up the game. You’ll be surprised what can happen.

      The D corps, get down and use their body instead of swinging around with their sticks. It’s not enough if they stand there like pylons.

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  10. habs1992 says:

    “It was classless no respek for our fighters”

    I support Carey Price

  11. Scotty90 says:

    One of the reasons the Habs won Friday night is that they hit Alfredson and Karlsson and then they hit them again and again….and it worked! they must have forgotten last night what they had to do!

    Don’t feed the ‘Fat, bug-eyed Phoque’

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Karlsson has had very little impact on the series. Alfredsson is one guy that I can’t stand when he has the puck. Still worries me after all these years.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  12. The Jackal says:

    HNS has no clue when it comes to defense and goaltending. Give up the act already.

  13. Willy the bum says:

    I thought the team’s motto is “No Excuses”, but I guess that only concerned in the regular season games, not playoffs games.

    If it is, Therrien should know better than to make up excuses during the post-game commentary last night, especially that “classless” remark. If he can keep his mentality at bay, he should make his commentary short and understand that they have to refocus everything they should to get back into their winning ways.

    Just watching last night’s game, I thought in a weird way I was watching and cheering for the Bruins. But I realized this is not the Bruins I’m actually watching. I mean, the Habs are starting up fights with almost 12 minutes left to go in the 3rd. The Sens was up 4-1 before the whole scrum began. For better teams, at most they would’ve scored up 3 goals to get a tie into overtime than to start up fights.

    I hope that today’s practice, Therrien or Bergevin should admit their mistakes with the whole scrum and know the important thing to winning playoffs games is not using fists or words but to play with their sticks, produce goals and make key saves (both for Price and their defense corps).

    They’ll have to smarten up. Play the game, for once. And for sure it’s the only way they’ll win games.

    • Mattyleg says:

      What’s your definition of the difference between a ‘reason’ and an ‘excuse’?

      I don’t think that Therrien used the comment on Maclean as an excuse for losing, I believe he was just answering a question asking him what he thought of Maclean’s time out.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • clever.alias says:

        Except for the fact that nobody asked him about the time-out. He’s the one that brought it up.

      • Willy the bum says:

        You’re right. I just thought he didn’t have to put in the term “classless” to add a response. We know it’s classless, but when he said it, the media and to Sens and its fans, they’ll know it’s a right direction to make us venerable. Sure Therrien is known for his emotional outburst, and right now he’s doing better than his first stint back in the days. To be professional and for the pride of the Canadiens, he should admit to a messed-up loss with full closure and know he has another game to focus on.

  14. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I can´t say how much I hate these stupid polls. It´s always “can…?” Of course they can rebound. What an idiotic question. Will they? I have no idea.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Any question will be viewed as stupid, but they do the best they can.
      Nobody forces you to read it.
      Same thing with tsn690 twitter question of the day every morning. Some jackass always comments on how dumb the question is.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        You don´t get it, do you? It´s always “can”, which just doesn´t make any sense. Can I marry Emilia Clarke? Of course I can. Will that happen? Very, very likely not.

        • Habsrule1 says:

          But you just said “will they” is no better, since you have no clue. Anyhow, they basically mean “do you think they can?”.

          Not that complicated.

          Go Habs Go!!

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

  15. habs1992 says:

    Timo had a great question, any news on DD and lineups tmrw

    I support Carey Price

  16. habs1992 says:

    Hopefully their will be some line changes tmrw, and Therrien love for DD will find him in the pressbox

  17. habs1992 says:

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    @ian_mendes
    Therrien laughs at suggestion that Budaj should start Game 4. “Are you serious?” he asks. Follows with “Carey Price is starting tomorrow.”

    There you go Carey is the guy, we live and die by him

    I support Carey Price

    • Habsrule1 says:

      As it should be. I wish I had the time to write “are you serious?” every time someone here suggests Budaj shuold start tomorrow.

      Unbelievable.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

    • Timo says:

      We die with him.

      • habs1992 says:

        That is right we lived with him through the Regular season, and now will most likely die by him in the Playoffs

        I support Carey Price

  18. After the 3rd period edition of Sunday Night Fights and the goal that put the Senators up 4-1 you could see the Habs were intent to mail in the rest of the game which is understandable when you are down to 6 forwards and 3 defensemen. They were skating slower and were content with dumping the puck in, running time out and getting the hell out of there.

    After a few minutes of this one of the Senators took a run at Gionta and smoked him with a blindside hit at the blue line. At that point they were up big on the scoreboard and it was clear the Habs were just trying to get out of the building. Running the other teams captain in a blowout is also cowardly and classless. At that point it is fair game so Prust and Borque took a few more liberties.

    Had the refs sent messages early and often the game would not have gotten that out of hand. Yes the Habs did get 4PP to 2PP in the first period, but it took multiple infractions until they finally called the first one. So the refs really need to get their stuff in order as much as the Habs do.

    As for the timeout, the coach can say he was just trying to protect his players yet you can clearly see him with the board out drawing up a play. You don’t need the board to tell the guys to chill out and wait at the blue line for the faceoff. Hopefully the players on the ice made this decision despite the coaches intent. Of course the coach is going to take all the credit for it, but seriously kick a team when they are down? Jack Adams or Jack Ass?

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I know the refs have a tough job, but found it strange that they caught Bourque’s slight slash in the first but missed the cross-check to PK’s face.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  19. Dominic Pampalon says:

    Series is over for the habs…

    1. Banged up guys (Pac, Gio, Gal)
    2. Defense is not protecting the net.
    3. Inconsistence in Price’s performance. He is not delivering consecutive good performances)
    4. Therrien is outcoached and shaken up

    There’s nothing in this world I would love more but to see the Habs go the distance but if this organization doesn’t realize that in this NHL you need big bodies to wear down the opposition, they will be another 15-20 years without hoisting the hadware.

    Furthermore, the Canadiens will have to start thinking about placing the “BEST” coach available behind the bench. And I am not talking about the best French-speaking coach; I am talking about the best coach PERIOD.

    • habs1992 says:

      It is not lookin good but you never know we are only down 2-1

      I support Carey Price

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      I’m certain Therrien and the team is going to regroup today and be fine for tomorrow.

      ****************
      “The Senators had beaten the Canadiens like a pinata. An undersized, soft pinata at that.”
      –Mike Boone

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Ok, Debbie Downer.

      Habs have dominated about 10 of the 12 periods of hockey. No reason to believe it’s over for them.

      Go Habs Go!!

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

  20. jrshabs1 says:

    Price seems to play better when he’s pissed off so why not sit him tomorrow..let him stew. Price now has 2 significant holes in his game..high glove and the ever popular 5 hole. Get angry Carey!

    Go Habs Go!!

  21. Hobie Hansen says:

    Boone took the words right out of my mouth: The Senators had beaten the Canadiens like a pinata.
    An undersized, soft pinata at that.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Did everyone miss all the fights in the past when players came out bloody or injured.

      Did any Hab actually even get hurt in any of the fights?

      Go Habs Go!!

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

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  23. habsfan0 says:

    “It’s Blue and White Day in Toronto, folks.

    Mayor Rob Ford signed a proclamation last Wednesday encouraging Hogtown residents to wear blue and white today in support of the Maple Leafs and their first playoff home game against the Boston Bruins.”

    I like Mayor Ford.
    Never a dull moment with him.

    However, he’s way off base on this one.

  24. Loonie says:

    If Therrien thinks that Price needs to be the team’s best player perhaps it’s time to tell our defensemen to stop screening their own goalie on the majority of the shots directed at him and start focusing on picking up free skating Senators looking to pounce on rebounds or standing alone in dangerous scoring areas.

    1. Either block the shot or get the hell out of the way.

    2. Don’t let players get uncontested opportunities to score.

    And on the flip side of that coin. Perhaps it would prove beneficial if our forwards decided to attack with purpose instead of shooting from the bloody boards and hoping a rebound bounces back another twenty feet to them.

    Nah, forget all of that. Let’s just put it on the goalie.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Price is blameless, in other words?

      • Loonie says:

        No. His play in game one wasn’t good enough. But he isn’t alone.

        There isn’t a player on the team who is without blame for the series being where it is.

    • HNS says:

      I wish Price was capable but he’s not. Gainey picked the wrong guy and that’s not to say Halak might have gone into the garbage. All we know is Price has a lot in common with the Titanic……they both look great till they hit the ice.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      or how about stop also letting guys skate right in and shoot….

      This team needs serious help on D currently. I am not a huge fan of the signing of Frankie B already.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Ton says:

      lol……..be careful Price was not screened on the goals he allowed in game 1……..just leave it at that don’t try to justify his existence so much…….you said it…….he needs to be better………better is what you expect for the stretch drive and playoffs……nonetheless the loss was not on him last night……..defensive coverage problems, no compete level by all players including Price

      • HNS says:

        Disagree, third goal was marginal. Can’t be a marginal goalie in the playoffs. That goal let the air out of the balloon.

        • Ton says:

          yesterday night?? No there defensive coverage from start to finish was horrible….. game 1 yes but the loss last night was not on him…….I am a price critic and believe he needs to be better and has not lived up to his expectations.

    • rhino514 says:

      You have valid points. For example, Tinordi seemed to partially screen Price on the Pageau go ahead goal.
      However, what I don´t get is, if our defense is in fact porous, how did we manage to have one of the best goals against for the first 38 games or so? We had emelin but we also didn´t have diaz.
      Something doesn´t quite make sense.
      My gut tells me that, although our defence is not playing nearly as well as early in the year, Price just seems off his game as well.
      Markov seems to be a bigger liability now than he was at the beginning of the year, Tinordi is making rookie mistakes; I can accept that our defence is a bit sub-par for whatever reasons, but it isn´t a terr¡ble enough defensive corps that it should be giving up as many four plus goal games as it has in the last 15 games. It´s like night and day; It doesn´t make sense that the D has become so bad after being so good for so long.
      And I think it´s logical to assume that A drop-off from Price is part of it.
      It seems to me that if the D doesn´t have a great night, Price cannot compensate for it; he´ll automatically have a bad night.

      • Loonie says:

        For the sake of argument let’s debate Price’s allowed goals last night.

        #1 – Alfredsson from the backdoor, Price made the first save which was an excellent one by the way. If Alfredsson didn’t cash on the second chance he had plenty of time and space for a third and probably a fourth whack at that puck.

        #2 – A breakaway conceded by a stupid decision from Markov.

        #3 – A 6’6 defender puts himself in the shooting lane and the scorer places the puck top shelf quickly off of the inside leg of the defender. Price was at the top of the crease for that shot.

        That’s just the first three. The others were a backdoor play with Galchenyuk’s man getting an uncontested shot from within five feet, a screened shot from ten feet in the middle of the slot and again a backdoor play with Diaz and Prust failing in coverage.

        Any goalie on the top of their game maybe stops two of those six. Maybe.

        • Lafrich says:

          #1 – Get your facts straight Loonie. Price made no save on that goal. The puck went directly to Alfredsson in his skates, and then he pushed it under a (for some unknown reason) sprawling, flopping Price.
          #2 – Actually agree with you – not on Price. But why can’t he make that save for crying out loud?!?!
          #3 – Softy

          • Loonie says:

            #1 – I was wrong. I thought there was a first shot and was wrong.

            And maybe you could be a bit less of an asshole about it.

    • Lafrich says:

      I believe you are incorrect. We are losing the series because of Price. We totally outplayed Ottawa in game 1, and lost because Price is just not that good a goalie (and terrible at the moment). Believe me, I know there are some players that are not doing their job, but we will never know if they were the culprits because Price keeps letting in goals that he should stop. Game 1 – really? Is that an NHL goalie out there letting an unscreened, routine shot go through his legs when the team was up 2-1? What a choke artist. Game 2 was nothing special. He didn’t save out butts – he merely played the way he should every game. Praising his play in game 2 is like praising a teacher for teaching a class. That is what they are supposed to do. Game 3? Another disaster. That 3-1 goal another total back-breaker.
      The funny thing is I have always been a real Price supporter, until this year that is. He has never lived up to his expectations, and he has had many chances to show us he is the saviour.
      I can only hope that he proves me wrong in the next week, but my 40 years of fanaticism when it comes to the Habs tells me that I am not wrong about this guy.

  25. adamkennelly says:

    right now we need Pleky to step up. He is our #1 offensive center now – DD cannot play against decent opponents and produce, he can’t even produce on the PP.

    not sure what’s wrong w/ Pax – maybe he and Ryder spend too much time together off the ice – enjoying what MTL has to offer.

    Sens are not that good and our team is not that bad. lost their composure after some bad non calls, followed by bad calls and 2 bad goals…thats all that happened.

  26. veryhabby says:

    Maritime- you dont need to convince us on this site that Gallagher is deserving the Calder, lol

    anyone know the lines at practice today. It was supose to be at 2pm. Something tells me Therrien sticking with same line up and telling the guys he believes in them and that last game was just a wierd one that won’t be repeated again.

    But I do think DD needs to sit, or if Pac is too injured to score then he needs to sit too.

  27. pottymonster says:

    Marc Antoine Godin ‏@MAGodin 2m
    Reporter: Should Budaj get a shot ?

    Therrien: Are you serious?

    So everyone, please stop discussing it.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      If that was his response that’s hilarious.

    • HNS says:

      Management knows if he folds, and he’s 1/2 way there, they’ll be drafting a goalie soon. Maybe they can ditch the lemon before he’s totally worthless.

    • habs1992 says:

      Well it is spot on, How stupid can you be to blame this on Price and start Budaij

      I support Carey Price

    • Timo says:

      Did anyone asked about Desharnais?

    • Dominic says:

      Reporter asked a stupid question…

      If you don’t put Price in net for game 3, Price is done in Montreal.

      • Timo says:

        And it will bad why?

        • Dominic says:

          Can you rephrase that question?

        • Dominic says:

          I guess your question was “And why will it be bad?”

          To that it is very simple. The organization has put a lot of hope into Price. They gave him a good contract at over 6M a year. Everyone knows that consistency is not his “forté” and he’s proved it in this series. If they put Budaj in for game 4, you are sending a clear message to Price and his agent. I am not saying that the organization will be on the phone to trade him, but Price may ask for it.

          Price can be the best goalie in the league if he wants to. What he needs to do is keep his focus on the jobe he’s paid to do: STOP PUCKS.

          In the playoffs, you cannot let bananas in. You may get away with one but 3 or 4, you better start sharping up on your golf swing.

      • HNS says:

        He’s done regardless. The reason why this team did as well as it did was because they were able to score as needed. When he was pulled for Budaj and won, it was the end of Price.

  28. Mattyleg says:

    Hey, got a question because I’m up to my unspeakables in work today:
    Is anyone making a big deal about PK screaming at Max?

    From where I was sitting, he was pumped up and angry at the Sens player, and about being put in that dangerous situation – especially considering what happened to Eller, and what he did was fine.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Ron says:

      I listened to Hockey Central At Noon today and all three stooges all thought he should have waited for the room but were in complete agreement that he had every right to be mad. Max had less than a foot to go to clear the puck deep into Ottawa zone but choose to send a pass that had PK in the sights of a Sens player to blindside him. With all cameras zomed in on the bench it was picked up and was ammo to start shit with. Bad decision by Max and an angry response by PK.

  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    Before the series started, the consensus was that the Senators would struggle to score goals, but would do okay defensively and might have the edge in nets with the ‘hotter’ goaltender. Conversely, the Canadiens might be at a disadvantage size-wise, but had three lines that can score and the powerplay might serve to keep Chris Neil honest.

    Unfortunately, Carey Price has still not worked his way out of his funk, so the Sens are indeed holding the stronger hand in that regard, and it’s also providing them with all the offence they need.

    Meanwhile, the David Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec lines are underperforming, to describe it charitably, and with Lars Eller out, there go our three scoring lines.

    The powerplay is not clicking, so Chris Neil has free rein to grab on to Brendan Gallagher’s head as if it was a coconut and he were a baboon (not a big stretch).

    For the Canadiens to win, they have to return to their gameplan and play to their strengths. They need to skate and apply pressure together as a team, bury their chances, and make the Sens pay for their transgressions on the powerplay. Carey has to perform. No excuses.

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    • nunacanadien says:

      You would think either Geoff Molson Coors or MB or Therrien would recognize when they have a backup goalie by now, as Price still has not matured and may not mature in fact. The fact that he goes into slumps when the pressure is on kind of tells you something.

      If I were Bergevin or Therrien I would start Budaj.

    • Loonie says:

      I’m not going to say Price has been “great” because he hasn’t. But to put the majority of this on him is silly.

      Teams that advance in the playoffs don’t allow the kind of scoring chances our Habs have. It’s that simple.

      This team can’t cover a post to save its life. Rebounds, back door passing plays and screens are its weakness.

      Teams that are good defensively are aware that those areas prove to be the most dangerous and don’t allow scoring chances of that nature routinely.

      Price may need to be great, but blaming him for not being great is ridiculous.

      • HNS says:

        He cost them the 1st game and sens were outplayed. What do you call that?

        • Loonie says:

          They scored twice on 50 shots. I don’t care how good the goaltending is at the other end of the rink. On 50 shots, you need to score more than twice.

          What would you call that?(rhetorical)

      • The Dude says:

        Price is paid $6 .5 million per season too be great and if he get flack because he’s not living up to the terms of his pay and reputation then Carey Price is to blame,period!

      • Ton says:

        This is a good post! Game 1> Price Game 2> Price…………..this tells you the expectations on him our enormous. It all comes to down to him win or lose! The loss last night was not on him……..I have been his critic and base my arguments on what the savards, roys, allaire are saying. I think they need to look at who is coaching him…fine tune the mental part of the game and his positioning! I don’t understand why technically he has had problems like this now and in the past….what the hell are his goalier coaches doing!

    • Bripro says:

      Carey’s funk seriously concerns me. What to do? Put Budaj in?
      He’s certainly shown that he’s better than Price at his worst. But would it be sufficient.
      If Carey Price doesn’t instantaneously right his wrongs, we’re done like dinner.
      Without Eller in the lineup, everything has come un-ravelled.
      They won game two on the momentum of 5 + periods up to that point. When Eller went down, they translated their frustration into vengence on the ice… translating into smart play.
      So what were they thinking trying to play David bully to Goliath (physique and intellect) Goon?
      Even if they play like the first 35 games… no goaltending, no chance.

      EDIT: And I agree with Loonie’s take on our D.

  30. Maritime Ron says:

    On a happy note….

    Great stuff seeing Gallagher as 1 of the Calder Trophy finalists and from here, if a hockey writer does not have him on the top of the ballot, there should be a inquiry!

    First the numbers:

    Gallagher:… 15G-31 PTs
    Huberdeau: 14G-31 PTs
    Saad:………. 10G-27 PTS

    Time On Ice:
    Huberdeau: 812 Minutes including 98 of PP Time
    Saad:………. 757 Minutes including 70 of PP Time
    Gallagher:… 609 Minutes including 103 of PP time

    Imagine the stats of Gallagher with another 148 extra minutes of playing time to equate that to Saad, or another 203 minutes of playing time to equate that to the Huberdeau minutes of ToI!
    That is equal to about 12-15 games of actual less played time!

    Line Mates:
    Saad played with Toews and Hossa or Kane.
    Gallagher played with anyone and made them better!

    Gallagher lead the other 2 candidates in Hits.
    Gallagher lead ALL Rookies in Blocked Shots.
    Gallagher lead ALL Rookies in Game Winning goals (2 others tied)
    Gallagher lead ALL Rookies with Road Goals Scored (8)

    Plus/Minus:
    Gallagher +10
    Huberdeau: – 15 (worst on Florida)
    Saad: + 17…and Who wouldn’t be +17 playing with Toews and Hossa?

  31. pmaraw says:

    at least we’re not the canucks… they’re clearly not in a rebuild

    • TommyB says:

      Time for them to admit the twins are not playoff material.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        They had their shot when they blew it against the Bruins

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • krob1000 says:

          They made it to the finals and Henrik won the Art Ross and Hart, Daniel was nominated for the HArt. They led their team to the Cup Finals and that is not good enough to earn any respect? They are supposedly poor playoff performers..but one has 53 points in his last 55 playoff games, the other has 48 points in his last 52 games.

          • TommyB says:

            As true as that is, they are relied upon to win it by themselves. And they cannot deliver. They “are” the Vancouver Canucks.

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I never said they weren’t good or disrepected them. I said they had their shot at the cup and blew it. This team won’t get another one until there is changes. They should have easily beat the Bruins that year.

            “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        The Sedins are great players, playoffs or otherwise.

        The time has come to admit that succeeding GM’s have failed to do their job and find them a winger like a Wayne Simmonds or James Neal for their entire career. It’s a failed opportunity, like the Flyers’ everlong quest for a goaltender.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …correct

        • TommyB says:

          A valid point, for sure.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Let’s imagine a ‘beast mode’ Erik Cole like last season’s version playing on a line with the Sedins. He would have split opposing defences like a can opener, and the Sedins would have thrived picking them apart with their quick passes.

          Providing them with a tough winger with decent hands, like Anson Carter but for more than a season, would have multiplied these guys’ productivity and longevity.

        • issie74 says:

          That and a few other players who can score.

          If you only have to shutdown two players you have a huge advantage.

          Hawks have goals from every line on the team.

          All about team

          NorthTOHab

    • gmur says:

      The Canucks… they’re the Shakespearean tragedy of the NHL…

      The goalies, the twins, the defencemen, the recycled Habs forwards who could never win… the recycled Habs coach who could never win…

      Dress them up in Elizabethan garb, have the ghost of King Richard wander around the arena in a horrible black and orange jersey… Tim Hunter could be an honorable soldier, Gino Odjick the jester… start the play!


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