About last night …

MarkovMinn

Welcome back, George Parros.
Dressed for a game in which there were three minor penalties and nothing close to a fight, the Canadiens’ enforcer – along with linemates Ryan White and Michael Blunden – was on the ice for three Minnesota goals.
The Canadiens’ “energy line” was on the bench, however, when Jason Pominville’s second goal of the night gave Minnesota a win the home team did not entirely deserve.
The Canadiens outshot the Wild 31-25.
They fought back from a 3-1 deficit, and a minimum of one point seemed well within reach when Pominville popped the winner.

Will Parros play Saturday night in Colorado?

Max Pacioretty is expected to return to the Canadiens’ lineup against the Avalanche, and coach Michel Therrien will have some juggling to do.

We all know which forward should be in the pressbox Saturday night.

David Desharnais played 17:24 in Minnesota. That’s almost two minutes more ToI than Alex Galchenyuk, who was easily the Canadiens’ best forward.

As was the case Tuesday against Dallas at the Bell Centre, DD had no shots on goal. He went 7-10 in the faceoff circle.

In 14 games this season, Desharnais has no goals and one assist.

He’s in the first year of a four-year contract paying $3.5 million per season. That’s less than half of what Scott Gomez was making, but comparisons to the worst move Bob Gainey ever made grow more apt with each inept Desharnais performance.

I would be astonished if DD is a healthy scratch in Colorado. I think he’ll be centring Rene Bourque and Pacioretty, in the hope that the return of Max-Pac might rekindle the magic of the 2011-’12 season, when the line of Desharnais, Pacioretty and Erik Cole carried the Canadiens … albeit to a last-place finish.

Unless Therrien wants to move Galchenyuk to centre – and why mess with the Canadiens’ best line? – he doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of what to do with DD.

Sit him and play Louis Leblanc at centre? Nah. Too much pressure on a guy who’s finally showing signs of NHL-level talent.

No, Desharnais will play against the Avalanche. And Patrick Roy will be up all night figuring out ways to contain him.

Credit the Canadiens with coming back from 1-0 and 3-1 deficits on the road.

Credit Andrei Markov with another superbly cerebral effort: 24:42, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and assists on all three goals. I don’t know how effective Markov will be in April – especially after playing for Russia in Sochi –  but right now the veteran is playing himself into a new contract with the Canadiens …. or, if the roof falls in, a trade to a Cup contender.

Credit the Canadiens with discipline: two minor penalties against Dallas earlier this week, only one – a Rene Bourque slash – against Minnesota.

Michaël Bournival played another strong game, relentlessly pursuing pucks all over the ice and making good plays for his linemates, Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

In the battle of Norris Trophy contenders, P.K. Subban played 24:05, had a goal and an assist, seven SoG, three hits and ended the game at plus-1.

Ryan Suter played 26:35, blocked four shots and was minus-1.

Jonas Brodin, the Wild’s phenom, played 26:54. He was beaten along the wall by Galchenyuk on the play that led to Brendan Gallagher’s goal, but the Canadiens’ phenom is going to do that to a lot of defencemen.

Especially  when Galchenyuk starts geting more ice time than Desharnais.

That’s it for a truncated version of ALN, peeps.

The Ol’ Blogger is nursing the first cold of the season, and I gotta lace ‘em up again in less than 24 hours.

• Meanwhile, in Philadelphia …  bare-fisted punches to the back of the head of a player who doesn’t want to fight, while the cretin announcer talks about what a spark it is for the Flyers. Just shameful. I can’t wait to hear Don Cherry defend Ray Emery Saturday night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

240 Comments

  1. HabFab says:

    Bob McKenzie – So, to recap: PHI loses 7-0; Lecavalier sidelined; Downie still apparently in hospital; -ve reaction to Emery fight. That’s a bad night.

    Note; Vinny expected to miss a couple of weeks with what sounds like a broken facial bone similar to Moen plus missing some teeth.

  2. The Jackal says:

    The Jackal’s Quick Hits – a new HIO feature, enjoy, folks!

    -DD, O DD, where art thou? I was defending DD here last night, and let’s be honest, the guy has talent and has battled through a lot of adversity to make the NHL. If you’ve ever done something competitively or taken a high stakes test, you’ll know that confidence is a big part of the equation for being successful. DD has the right stuff, but his confidence is lacking sorely, but if he does get going, he will be a strong part of our offence.

    -Speaking of DD, it will be interesting to see what the team does with our forward bunch moving forward. Remember, hindsight is 20/20, and MB may be regretting the Briere contract and possibly the DD contract – Bournival and LL are playing their way into the lineup, effectively forcing MB to move veterans – they are playing the way he wants young players to play. So we were certainly approaching a pivotal moment, and I think there will be some moves. The favourite HIO candidates are: Gionta, DD, and maybe even Pleks, and that is just at forward.

    -Despite our injury woes, we are still playing solid hockey. Some have noted that we are very high on the GAA list, and that is great, but I think that our defence is still weak – blocking shots is great, but being hemmed in the zone is going to burn us. Other than the moves at forward that seem inevitable, provided LL and Bournival keep it up, our defence is the greatest long-term concern.

    -Lastly, MT is a bit of “what the hell is he thinking” kind of coach sometimes. And no, this is not about the PK-gate speculation, which if left in the air can be really toxic and bad news for the team. But anyhow, I’m talking about MT’s match-up calling. I’m no expert, but it seemed odd to put our third pairing with our fourth line after being scored on twice… let alone thrice. And speaking of match-ups, MT needs to be playing the EGG line almost 20 mins a night, unless another line is playing better. I understand the strategy to get DD going, but let’s limit him to 15 minutes and play the other 2 lines.

    Happy Caturday!

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  3. Ian Cobb says:

    If we play like that tonight against Saint Patrick’s team, it will be the biggest beating we take since Roy walked past Mario Trembly and quit the team.!
    Do not think for a moment, that Roy will not try to have his team fill every inch of our net tonight and run us out of Denver.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      And just the same, I believe the Montreal team will want to do the same Ian. Hopefully we play a strong game tonight.

    • The Jackal says:

      I agree and disagree Ian.
      St. Patrick will have his team fired up, but the Habs played a decent game last night and they did deserve the W.
      If they can put as much pressure on the Avs as they did on the Wild, they should win.

      The Avs are another smoke and mirrors team, much like the Leafs, riding on uber high goaltending and goal scoring while still giving up a ton of shots and being on the short side of the possession map.

      Anyway, they are a good team, very good, but their weaknesses have been largely overshadowed by their early success.

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    • HardHabits says:

      Every time someone mentions that fateful incident it feels like I’ve just received a punch to the gut. I hope Montreal wins tonight to soften the blow.

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Cool. Maybe DD will refuse to play for us anymore. :D

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  4. HardHabits says:

    It figures that the two top scorers for the Bulldogs are both 5’9″. Just call them the Chihuahuas already and get us out of our misery.

    • The Jackal says:

      Well, it is only the case because LL and Bournival are close to graduating, but that list is not set in stone. Collberg and other forward prospects will be moving up. But nonetheless it does seem as if our forward depth is dwindling on the farm.

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  5. Subban in Sochi says:

    Other than “-3″ George Parros didn’t get on the score sheet last night. Whereas he only played 7 shifts with an average length of 41 seconds, maybe the official scorer can remove any minus figures that occurred while George was “skating to” or “skating from” the Canadiens’ bench…”Modified Plus/Minus.”

    Blunden also played 7 shifts. At least he was credited with 3 hits…hopefully he didn’t run into Parros on the line changes to “earn” those hits. With MaxPac returning Bunden has had his last TimBit in Montreal. Ever.

    On the topic of the (former) 3rd line, I like Ryan White’s improved discipline this year but I don’t know what he “adds” to the Habs in a 4th line Choir Boy role. At least the “old” Loose Cannon Whitey kept the opposition’s head on a swivel.

    In “Today’s” NHL is there really a role for these 3 players? Short of playing in Filthadelphia…?

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  6. The Dude says:

    Pat Roy and the Avalanche are going to win this next game period. The coach we should of got “which is a continuing epidemic of wrong moves the Habs have made in the last 20 years” ,will make Therrien look like he coaches peewee.And Carey Price will not have a good game and Roy would of fixed that too!

  7. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just watched the Philly-Wsh brawl…what a disgrace. Another reason why the NHL is bush league. You’re losing 7-0 so you just jump the other team? So the Flyers are losers AND cowards too. Their fans, who love this stuff, are no better either. Actually the biggest coward was that referee. He should have cut-off Emery before Holtby. Instead, he stands there and watches Holtby get repeatedly punched in the back of the head. Pathetic.

    On a side note, this was a perfect example of why Kessel was right to defend himself initially with his stick. He could have been Holtby. Also, watching Tom Wilson handle himself against Simmonds was another reminder why McCarron is probably in London. You can’t experience this stuff in US college.

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

    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah, it is a total joke that Emery just walked up to Holtby, who did not want to fight, and just pound the crap out of him. The NHL is a joke more often than one would like.

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  8. Rosieman says:

    I didn’t see a comment but Murray was terrible on 3rd goal –
    Gave up zone and backed up and backed up – didn’t pressure luck carrier so he wouldn’t get beaten

  9. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Some really want to waste our best winger in Pacioretty once again with DD?You are kidding me, right?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It may not sound ideal, and it may not be ideal Bob, but the reality is that we have DD under contract. His best success was indeed with Max, it seems to me the team needs to try everything possible to get DD going before resorting to other options.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        I disagree. We should play the team that gives us the best chance to win hockey games. I strongly believe we would be much better off with Bournival as our third line center and Pacioretty playing with Plekanec.

        I remember one (yes just one) very good playoff game DD had against Boston as a winger. Try him there, drop him to the fourth line or sit him.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I understand your point, I may very well be wrong. I also think your suggestion makes sense, and perhaps we see that sooner than later.

          Cheers Bob.

        • Mark C says:

          But why breakup a line that is currently playing well to move a rookie who is playing well to a different position? I know Bournival can play center, but why limit one of his greatest strengths (forechecking) with a move off the wing?

          • Bob_Sacamano says:

            Because DD completely sucks at center? I think Bournival would be even better at center than on the left. The line currently works but I´d like to have a real top line with our best winger and what probably still is our best center in Plekanec.

            We could also keep that line together, move Galchenyuk to center and play Pacioretty with Eller and Gallagher but please, no more Pacioretty and Desharnais.

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    So I was curious what the Philly sports writers would have to say about the game last night. Maybe its just me, but when I read this article it sure seems like the Flyers organization, the media and the fans are happy with the brawl, like it somehow showed that the team indeed cares. Crazy…..

    Just the same I was embarrassed by our own Habs last year in the Ottawa playoff series when our team appeared to feel a goon show was somehow going to help our team.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20131103_Flyers__frustrations_spill_over_in_7-0_loss_to_the_Capitals.html

    • Subban in Sochi says:

      HiB: I haven’t read about it yet on HIO but last night Emery was chosen as 3rd Star (seriously). I presume for “earning” 29 PiM’s…and not because he gave up 4 goals on 19 shots.

      As for the Flyers’ ownership, management & fans: “You reap what you SEW.”

      “Cannonading drive!!”

  11. aemarchand11 says:

    I hope nobody actually thought that Parros-White-Blunden was going to be effective in the first place. The idea of that line, let alone the reality of them going against top level talent is just scary. Fourth lines are for energy, but they need 2/3 guys with speed/hockey sense in order to not… suck.

    Moen will settle in on that line nicely when he gets back.

    • Chuck says:

      I understand that you need to get Parros some ice time to get him back up to his level of speed after basically having not played this season, but road games with an inexperienced line is a tough time to do it. You can’t protect them with the last change, so it the opposition coach has done his homework he’ll key on that line all night.

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree Chuck, but I am still happy that Parros indeed seems healthy, an unfortunate debut, but he will still help our club down the road.

        • Chuck says:

          Indeed he will. It does make sense to get him into a game for his return where he probably won’t be called on to fight. But perhaps another more experienced, defensively sound player on his line while he got his feet wet again would have been the way to go to minimize the liability.

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    • JUST ME says:

      Parros never should have been in the lineup against a team like the Wild ,speed,skill,talent , Blunden well…is Blunden and White is not either a goal filler.

      Weird choice of players chosen because of injuries i guess but still…

  12. New says:

    You have to think that it is kind of funny. Habs fans on this board ranting about Parros beating up this or that guy then decrying Emery beating up Holtby.

    Emery skated down the ice and attacked Holtby because he is playing behind Mason. This was his big chance, at 31, to get a shot at the number one position on a losing team, and he looked terrible in relief. All the rest is BS.

    The idea of a Parros is that when someone does something like Emery did your “Parros” will step in and clean his clock. The NHL instead has come to the point of players backing away when refs say to, do you wanna go fights at faceoffs, and a bunch of posturing by scared little boys.

    I expect someone to pull a knife soon.

    • Chuck says:

      The entire thing was disgraceful. I hope that Emery ends up sitting for a long, long time and completely blows his shot at being the #1 guy.

      Last night exemplified what is wrong in the NHL. A guy who doesn’t want to fight is forced to take blows to the head… all the while the announcers whip it up like it makes the Flyers winners of the game, regardless of the score on the board.

      This morning I had the ‘highlights’ on the TV and had to explain to my 2 1/2 year old girl why we tell her that it’s not okay to use her hands for hitting, but yet hockey players are allowed to do it.

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  13. Bill says:

    DD was totally ineffective, but the story of last night is that the supposedly crucial “tough fourth line” basically cost the Habs the game. If the Habs are gonna dress a tough-guy line, it is imperative that they not be such a defensive liability.

    Also, I’m still shaking my head over how Bouillon completely lost his man on the winning goal. Looked like he was trying to check Markov with Pominville right feet behind him on Price’s doorstep.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      When Emelin gets back, I am hopeful Bouillon can be rotated in and out of the lineup as the 7th dman, I think he is no longer a regular Top 6 dman, love the guys heart etc… but the end is near.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I know you’re gonna give me sh**T for this. When Emelin comes back Markov and Emelin will be paired and P.K. well depends on how good Murray and Bouillion been doing.

        He he heh he! I laugh but I bet Emelin and Markov re-happen.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      When you have Dmen playing on their wrong side (e.g., Boullion, Murray, Tinordi, etc.), blown coverages are going to happen. Nevertheless, it was bad luck. Pominville was doing nothing and a puck just comes to him off a double deflection. He almost wiffs it too…s&^@t happens.

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

    • JUST ME says:

      Bouillon was not hired to play 82 games initially but injuries made it so…I would see him become a mentor and a coach but would sit him and Parros as need may be depending on the opponent. Yesterday more than Bouillon, Parros should never had been in the lineup but all the injureD players are not back yet so…But it was an error to put him against such a skilled team.

    • adamkennelly says:

      the 4th line didn’t cost the Habs the game – the coach putting them out there against the wrong opposing line cost the Habs the game. plus – one could hardly say those were good goals – Price would be the first to tell you that….

  14. haberman says:

    don’t let DD sit.
    send him to Hamilton, and bury his contract in the minors.
    he never was an NHL calibre player and never will be.
    once a smurf always a smurf.
    we can all agree that if his last name was Detner, he wouldn’t be here.

  15. frontenac1 says:

    Some of the guys on AC seem to still think that DD”s problems are a result of finding the right linemates! However, I think Gaston has lost patience. I thought I heard him say, give him one more chance with Max and then……

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Morning Front, hey ran into another of your buddies last night, Jack’s brother Joe, (sorry I think it was Ron, too many Jagers last night, my memory is foggy today) is in town this weekend to see Jack’s band perform tonight. They both seem to think I should be calling Maverick not Frontenac, lol.

      As for DD, lets hope Max and Bourque together can get something going. With the new CBA and contracts not able to be buried in the AHL anymore, it would help the team if they can indeed get going. But it is looking bleak. As Ont Fan wrote below, every team has a contract they don’t like, too bad ours is just starting it appears.

      Despite Parros not being overly effective as a checker last night, good to see him healthy. He will help our team later in the year for those divisional games against Boston, Toronto and others like Philly.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Oh Jeeze! The K brothers. Yeah I was called that way back before I was Domesticated. Any stories by those guys about me are pure fabrications! Saludos Amigo!

  16. Curtis O Habs says:

    Perhaps I`ve missed it, but has no one stirred the ‘ Why was Karl Subban not wearing a Habs jersey ? ‘, controversy?

  17. Phil C says:

    Help me out here. Every time the word “french” is used to describe a francophone Canadian, someone gets their knickers in a knot about. According to many dictionaries, using the adjective “french” can mean french-speaking or of people who originated from France, however using the word correctly does not seem to satisfy the pedantics here. Not only is it correct to use the word “french” to describe people who speak french, it is also rarely confusing when the person uses it in the context of a hockey discussion. Only the most obtuse would be confused about the term “french media” in the context of a Montreal hockey discussion.

    So, sincerely, is describing francophone Canadians as “french” some sort of widely accepted faux-pas, something that would make most Quebecers squirm a little bit? Or is this something that is unique to HIO?

  18. Ncognito says:

    Re: Bulldogs – Nygren and Beaulieu look great together.

  19. zak says:

    Send DD to the ‘dogs and bring up MSP. 3.5 mil off the cap

    Hire the best regardless of language

  20. Subban in Sochi says:

    As for the comment by Papa Desharnais that his son is a “slow starter,” perhaps DD still isn’t “in gear” this season because he never “started” LAST year due to the abbreviated schedule. That 48 games didn’t allow M. Desharnais the proper time to pull up his landing gear.

    Of course, it could be noted that the only “real” season that DD had with the Canadiens was in The Lost Year when the Habs finished last in the Conference. He & Cole looked “outstanding” on a terrible team; never since.

    Bergevin’s first meaningful error as Habs’ GM was resigning Desharnais-and doing so way too “early” and for an unnecessary princely sum. To this day David has a grand total of 34 NHL goals…and he has “earned” a fat goose egg in the Playoffs…zero goals.

    At least DD is injury free…and has kept the same ice time (!!)…There’s some “value” in his contract if he’s being compensated for ToI.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  21. frontenac1 says:

    @burly. Yeah,that Toronto Mayor is sure Toxic Waste now. They were saying that his fishing and BBQ budy Harper won’t reurn his calls either.

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Ha!”Snuck across the frozen river?” I think I might know the spot Jim. Saludos Amigo!

  23. ont fan says:

    Every team has a DD disaster contract they would like to move.

    • piper says:

      Disaster? I was told by many on here that it was a great contract and easily tradable.

      • ont fan says:

        He can be moved. All you have to do is trade his for another bad one. I don’t believe that’s what is going to happen. Don’t think high draft choices will be involved either.

      • JUST ME says:

        He can be moved. You just need to find a team that fits the switches talent wise. You had a very good example this week with the trade Downie -Talbot. Nobody mentioned the money factor or lenght of the deal they just needed that kind of player, it fits their needs and they are confident that the guy will do the job in their lineup.

    • Sportfan says:

      Moving 3.5 isn’t that bad the question is will MB ever do it, there are way to many prospects and young players who are taking up the room and the more people who come back from injury the more useless DD is. Shipping him out would be great cause we’ll need that Money for guys like Eller, Subban and Markov.

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      • piper says:

        I don’t think there is a team in the League that would take that for three and a half more years. DD has negative value with that contract and MB would have to add a good prospect to entice another team to bite. I don’t think that will happen so the Habs are stuck with it for a while. Just like the Gomez and Kaberle contracts they handcuff a team when it comes to the trade deadline.

    • third generation haber says:

      Other teams may have an over-paid offensive player who produces no offence, but the difference is that those players can make other contributions: hitting, penalty-killing, blocking shots, win puck battles, are difficult to play against, fighting, etc.

      DD doesn’t have anything to offer but his non-existent offence. Meaning that a demotion to the fourth line would be useless.

      Our best hope, in terms of the cap, is a long-term injury eating-up most of his contract. Yes, I know this sounds awful, but it’s true.

      j.p. murray

  24. Rossy says:

    Forget punch-outs in Philly, I want to hear about Cherry’s support for Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

    No, on second thought, I don’t ever want to hear Cherry again.

  25. Jimmy9Toes says:

    I guess we are not allowed to put blame on anyone last night except for big George. Well lets see, first game back after a concussion, his second game of the year, his line is supposed to go out and provide some energy to the team, and to tell the Wild players that, “hey you guys, anything happens, and i am here to smash one of you”. Well i have to put a bit of blame on some other players, namely the players that are paid to stop the other team from standing in front of an open net looking for rebounds or the player that is being paid to stop the puck from going in the net. Are you guys going to tell me that Price had absolutley no chance on any of the 4 goals he let in? I mean stopping just one of them and we get at least 1 point and a chance at 2 points. Too far in the net on the break away and right through the five hole. Big greasy rebound on the winning goal as well.

    • reddog24 says:

      Our biggest problem is we cannot SCORE, and that is required to win. You must score on your chances and we seem to need 10 chances for every goal. Forget the pretty play shoot and storm the net like others do, not pretty but its a goal. The Laughs just crowd the net at both ends and take the cheap ones as well as the pretty ones, also making opposing teams shots almost impossible to get through to their goal by crowding their own net.

    • Mark C says:

      Hate to play the blame game, but Parros was inexcusably bad on the 3rd goal. I’m sure he’d tell you the same. Weak o-zone turnover followed by a Timbits level back check where he doesn’t seem to even look for a check to pick up. Then weakly try’s to stick check Nino. If he picked Nino and played him or lifted his stick no goal. I know it was his first game back but on a play like that it shouldn’t matter.

  26. rhino514 says:

    Last night´s game show how much of a liability it is to have tough guys playing who can´t play much.
    Even if Louie is not fourth liner, I´d much rather have him for the next few games until Prust or Moen come back, in place of either Blunden or Parros

  27. JM says:

    The Habs are only good when they win according to some of you Guys. Get use to it more loses ahead starting tonight against the great one “Roy” when you can’t beat Minnesota I’d say the Habs are a little over rated. Lets say they’re hanging in there by winning a couple more than they’re losing …

    • JUST ME says:

      Look at yesterday`s line up of the Wild and you cannot say that it is not a talented bunch.
      You say if we can`t beat Minnesota as if it should be a done deal i do not agree .

      Not that it means that we have all the marbles but we need to win a few more important battles before we can be a pretender and yes tonight is a huge task ahead and if you compare the Wilds lineup and the Avalanche`s wich one is the strongest on paper ? `

      But let`s be honest yesterday we had 3 lines only. Parros should not be in the lineup agains talented ,skilled and fast apponents.

    • JM says:

      I believe you’re taking my comment the wrong way. I’m not saying the Habs should have walked all over the Wild but in my mind we have a better overall team not by much but enough we should be able to beat Minnesota. This is why we get our self in trouble nearing the end of the regular season trying to make the playoffs by losing to the weaker teams.
      I’m not comparing the Wilds lineup to the Avalanches The Habs will find out tonight a totally different team and may I add well coached. should they win tonight after losing to the wild they should kick their a – – – s all the way back to Montreal!! The two wild points or even one may come back to haunt them in April … The teams are so even in the NHL today 1 or 2 points could be the difference in making or not making the playoffs …

  28. Habfan10912 says:

    Another proud moment in the life of the WWE, er I mean the NHL. Just ridiculous. You think the game looks legit after this?

    Emery should be facing a major suspension but in this NHL he’s probably receive some sort of bonus.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-11-01/flyers-instigate-line-brawl-goalie-fight-against-capitals-video

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good Morning Jim, the Flyers organization should be embarrassed by their team this morning. Unfortunately, I doubt the embarrassment they feel today is related to the fights but rather they are only looking at how pathetic they played on the ice.

      That team represents their owner, their past GM (Clarke) and their current GM and Coach (Holmgren and Berube). Now they have added a player in Steve Downey who also has a checkered past. I also wonder if the NHL will bring any discipline to that gong show which the Flyers were last night.

      I didn’t watch the Habs game too close last night, did manage to get my bar to put the game on the big screen but found myself distracted by the band playing and the friends I was sitting with. Hopefully the team plays better tonight.

      Have a good day bud.

  29. JUST ME says:

    A real poison that Pominville. Always has been against the Habs, would have been great to have him on our team but it does not always work out that way remember that pest with the Devils against the Habs ? A certain Gomez ?

    Decent results yesterday considering that we played with only 3 lines. Can`t wait for all the injured guys to show up cause against teams like that skilled and fast it`a a difficult task. The Parros line was just not skilled enough against the Wild who are a very very talented team. Expect surprises from them if all the players à la Heatley show up…

    I really appreciate those western games cause it does measure us against teams we do not see often but that can end up in the final waltz. Again i`d rather see a game like that than a measuring stick game against a goon squad.

  30. hamiltonbulldogs says:

    When it is all said and done .., we are a .500 team with no upside except a few players here and there … Oh well … Keep hiring those French guys … And god forbid you hire an actual good French guy …. Hmmmm like Mr. Roy !!!!

    • JUST ME says:

      No up side ?

      P.K. Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Bournival ,Markov,Plekanek,Pacioretty and others in the wings. No up side ?
      No patient fans maybe ?

      I do take offense when you accuse me as a francais to be part of the problem as an annoying factor in life…It actually has nothing to do with the Habs situation so the problem must be me i guess…

    • Psycho29 says:

      Which “French Guys” did the Habs hire? The last one I know of was Cristobal Huet…..might want to check your facts.

  31. hamiltonbulldogs says:

    We have one line … Thank god for LE, AG & BG

  32. hamiltonbulldogs says:

    I know it is not his fault for signing such a ridiculous contract … I do t blame DD for signing a lottery ticket … Good for him … But man is our management team absolutely clueless … No different from Houle, Gainey, Gauthier.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Well that’s quite a reach. There is very little to like about this ONE signing but at the very least the jury is still out on this management team.

    • Strummer says:

      That’s what happens when language skills are the overriding factor when hiring.

      ______________________________________________________
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    • otisfxu says:

      yes, here we are again, as in many previous years, and I know injuries come into play, but we are only in November and we are already starting the bouncing balls between Habs and Bulldogs. This team has had no consistent core for years. We are continually building, calling up guys, sending down guys. To me it’s a mess.

      Our 3rd and 4th lines are just a toss up from night to night. I’m tired of the Whites, the Moens, and now Parros. On any given night our lineup is one third AHL players. Bounival, Leblanc, Blunden, Tinordi, etc etc,,,,,,that will catch up to us eventually, unless these call ups really blossom quickly

  33. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Desharnais makes me want to wear a paper bag over my head.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  34. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. The puck sure didn’t bounce our way last night. Happens.

    With each passing game it appears more and more that the DD contract is a disaster. To further contribute to the disaster is a coach that deems fit to give him major ice time.

    A lot of folks here weren’t really excited about Bergevin’s selection of head coach. They are being proven correct, Stubborn and arrogant are two words that come to mind.

    So my guess is Parros sits tonight and Bournival gets rewarded for his good play by moving to the 4th line. Sigh.

  35. Hard loss last night, maybe putting four balanced lines against NHL teams is the way to go. :lol: I understand Therrien wanted to get Parros some ice time and he probably figured the Wild were weak enough that they wouldn’t hurt us, but his line match ups with the fourth line was horrible. Can’t wait for two healthy bodies to come back, and sort them all out.

    I hope Price plays tonight, doesn’t make since to play the backup vs the number one team in the league, I know Budaj is competent as a backup but there is a reason he isn’t a starter in the NHL, and playing vs top teams may not be a good idea until the Habs are healthy.

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    • JohninTruro says:

      Shane, Colorado is Budaj’s previous team though, I could see the reasoning behind playing him tonight, aside from also the back-to-back.

      • Oh I know he’s played there but to me this is hardly one of those return to glory games. He played 6 seasons, only two as a starter. I just feel this isn’t a time where you play the guy, how about in Montreal when we have the home field advantage? This could be scary if the Habs decide to play mediocre hockey.

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  36. stephen says:

    Call it cliché, but if Emery does that on the street, he is sitting in jail today.

    That wasn’t a fight, it was assault.

  37. otisfxu says:

    Really glad Habs picked up a goon,,,,,,really helping us in the win column,,,,two games payed,,two losses,,,,yep that is what we needed.

    Maybe he isn’t being handled right ,,,let’s see how the Flyers use goons,,,,,no maybe not, that doesn’t work either in the win column.

    Only place for Parros is on the bench, or in the penalty box. The trick I think is to get him from the bench to the penalty box without stepping on the ice.
    Oh, forgot, there is also THE PRESS BOX!!!!

  38. Strummer says:

    Ray Emery used to have an image of rapist-thug Mike Tyson on his headgear until his team had him remove it.

    That was a sign of HIS character.

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  39. jrs10069 says:

    Feeling badly for Parros this am. He didn’t seem to be skating as well as he did in the toronto game, therien should have picked that up and either benched him or made sure he was on with our top D. I think it’s the stache being gone. Lost his mojo.

    I thought murray played well, hes looking better than expected.

    DD needs to put the f’n puck in the net already.

    I think PK is hurt, he made one terrible play standing still at the blueline while Min moved up ice. Looked like a tired beer leaguer.

    Hate watching on RDS when a “quebecois” does well…they were cheering for Pomm to score.

    Pipes

    • adamkennelly says:

      Parros looked terrible – but you can’t blame him or his line-mates for the loss – Price could try stopping one of those “fluky” shots and MT could probably find a better time to play our 4th line – i.e. not against Minny’s scoring line – especially after having sat on the bench for 30 minutes…

      • gmur says:

        Parros has never looked ‘good’ in terms of his hockey ability (skating, passing, shooting, etc.) . He may have played a bit too much last night… Therrien will have hopefully learned his lesson. Dress Georgy against goony teams and sit him (bench or press box) against skill teams.

        I’m pretty sure PK is hurt… after last night’s game, it’s clear something is bothering him. He slights away from hits and makes plays faster so he avoids contact which is abnormal for him.

        Murray played well except on one Minnesota goal when he didn’t take out Pominville in the corner sooner. He had to angle him into the corner and give him space so as not to be passed outside. Slower feet = more space for opposing forwards.

        That said, the Wild goals were either very good goals or a bit fluky. We missed good chances that could have made the difference… hello DD!

        Galchenyuk is going to develop into one heck of a player. A bit more finish would be good, which will come, I think, as he gets a bit older and has more strength to fight through checks and score. He’s got to develop a bit of Peter Forsberg-type strength and tenacity. He and Gallagher make the Habs fun to watch…

    • rljmartin says:

      Agree… Parros had no legs, dropped his stick twice… not ready.

      Everyone talks about all the minutes PK should play… He was whacked out by the end of the game. Maybe he is catching Boone’s head cold…

      Diaz… worst game of the year and not because of his size… Wild dished out 11 hits last nite… just a bad nite for Diaz.

      Gorges should not shoot on net… just ends up in a faceoff.

      Murray knows how to play defence and plays within himself.

      Hope we have the right lineup tonight and that they all show up.

    • Habs_4_ever says:

      I agree with you about RDS and French Canadian players. If you thought them gushing over Pominville’s success was bad, wait until tonight when we play Saint Patrick’s Avalanche.

      I deeply dislike the Avalanche, even more this year. They can be called the Avalanche and they may play in Colorado, but to me they will always be the f’n Quebec Nordiques.

      Just to be clear, I have nothing against French Canadians and I’m a big fan of Patrick Roy, but if the’re with the enemy, I can’t possibly be cheering for the’re success.

      In defense of RDS, the friends and families of these French Canadian players are their viewers, so its only normal that when they play against the Canadiens they will be favorably spotlighted. It’s still very frustrating though.

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      • jrs10069 says:

        Good point about the game tonight. Ehhh ben. I remember habs vs flyers in the playoffs awhile back. No problem with us losing as long as biron played well. Not cool, need the home network pushing for the home team.

        jrs10069

  40. habstrinifan says:

    Took a good look at the Emery fight!
    Disgust! Disgusting!

    1) That referee should be fired! He had ample opportunity early in the fight, before it got to the boards, to step in. He was the MOST NEGLIGENT in the episode period.

    2) Emery is a mean ugly brute. If he had any respect for himself, the game, his opponent he WOULD have just stopped after he saw how helpless and afraid Holtby was. This was just plain old criminal aggression. Absolutely sickening.

    3)If Emery isn’t suspended for the fight itself, he should be suspended for pushing Holtby into the boards recklessly.

    4) One of the WORST examples of sportsmanship I have seen, And that includes the referee just standing there ordering folks away and not intervening. Did he really think he was reffing a prize fight or a hockey game? He looked for all the world as a ref in a fight, although I have seen fight referees step in earlier.

    Ok now about the HABS game.. oh wait… I better not!

    • EricInStL says:

      Agree with everything you said, I would just add that ANYONE who doesn’t want to fight should use the Kessel defense and keep his stick and start swinging. Couple of whacks would have stopped Emery from an assault with intent to injure.

      Ah the NHL, keeping cro-magnon style hockey alive all the years.

    • Mavid says:

      totally agree..Emery is a jerk..plain and simple

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      It seems like an odd article. If the stars demanded their 20%, would the teams just give it to them? Besides, what is socialistic about a bunch of millionaires? But it’s Damien Cox after all.

    • Mattyleg says:

      So the Star has just discovered that Unions are social(ist) organizations…?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      Millionaires for Socialism! There’s a slogan!

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  41. HabFab says:

    Bulldogs win another in O/T, move into 1st place;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSbOTeW4NNo

  42. Mavid says:

    Nice to see all the normal posters on here today..last night it was a shit show on here..they all came out of the woodwork, I can see why some of you don’t post on here on game night..its sad to see..this place should be for us..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Psycho29 says:

      I hear you Mary….I log out from this site once the live blog starts.
      It’s really discouraging being here on game nights.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Yeah, last night was one of the rare occasions that I came on.

        A lot of the game-night posts are extremely annoying, and I believe that they have been, to a great extent, encouraged by similarly knee-jerk, and unconsidered blog entries by Mike Boone.

        Too often I’ve seen him point fingers, assign instantaneous blame, and dwell on the negatives, which are exactly the sorts of things that the worst game-day posters do incessantly.

        On a normal day, we posters foster a pretty good environment of discussion and tolerance, because we are the ones who set the tone. On the Liveblog, Boone sets the tone, and it’s generally low. If you want to have a good forum, set a good example.

        If you want to have a bitching, moaning, and name-calling free-for-all, keep it the way it is.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habstrinifan says:

      Nice pic ..really really cute. Now about the game… oh wait I better not.

    • rljmartin says:

      Wow…. HIO should shut down the register to login page so nobody sullies your private site… “this site should be for us”…. Who are “us”….. Inspite of what a lot of posters say here…. your post does not show much class…. It is a free world and YOU can choose not to login and find a site more for “us”.

      • Psycho29 says:

        Great post. Thanks for proving her point.

      • Mavid says:

        Thanks for making my point ..I am talking about all these posters who only show up during the game and spew nothing but trash, never to be seen until the next loss Who are “us” well we all know who we are.. I would love to be able to remove some of the garbage that was on here last night ,but as you pointed out its a free world

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    • Most are kids who don’t know any better and the rest are the ones who need their team to be successful in order for them to feel like a winner. I just laugh and and say to myself thank god I am who I am because to go through life like they do must be hard.

      Just a loss, and that’s it. Next game don’t make the same mistakes.

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    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      No time to post. Watching the darn game. Afterwards drowning sorrows.

      There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  43. Rosieman says:

    Habs Norway

    How many fights have you been in? I’ve been in plenty and I’m all for it. Did you actually play anywhere?

    you can’t defend having a non talent like Scott in the league
    Just lose the goons and it’s a better game

    And maybe families don’t like watching players get almost killed or paralyzed. Did Scott Stevens hit from behind? Rarely or never

    There’s hitting hard and clean and there’s passing one up to wait for next time – no one waits anymore.

    I bet you liked Canada cup and Olympics – if you did you are a hypocrite bc there was no fighting

    NHL is not a tournament so nothing wrong w fighting a la Rick Tocchet – just not a la Parros or Scott

  44. Rosieman says:

    What about the Minnesota lineup made it that we needed Parros?

    The DD thing has become hilarious. Chucky was ridic last night

    Is PK hurt? He’s really picking his spots but he’s not hitting at all

    The habs played very well last night – missed tons of chances

    Bournival has great hockey sense – if I was LL I’d be worried. LL just doesn’t have that gear you need when you’re 180 lbs

    For next year – keep Markov if hell sign 2 yrs? Briere looked terrible and slow – I hope he’s not back but if he does – lineup is a mess

  45. HabFab says:

    Some observations from the Flyers game;

    Emery – goon & idiot but would be surprised if suspended
    Referee – waving off players from coming to the aid of their goaltender being mugged – bigger idiot and should be disciplined by the league – see Emery above
    Downie – started the fighting and got the instigator penalty. Also a concussion, ride to the hospital in an ambulance and an overnight stay for observations.
    Vinnie – wanted to be a big bad Flyer uh?. Facial damages with multiple tooth loss is the initial report.

    PS – also appears a papal blessing is only good for two games…just a FYI

  46. HabFab says:

    Weekly Prospect Stats Update;

    QMJHL
    Fucale – 17GP – 11-5 – 2.85 GAA – .887 Svs%
    Gregoire – 17GP – 14G + 13A – 17 PIM
    Hudon – 18GP – 6G + 14A – 35 PIM
    Reway – 14GP – 4G + 13A – 14 PIM

    OHL
    Crisp – 15GP – 6G + 8A – 41 PIM
    McCarron – 13GP – 1G + 4A – 24 PIM
    Vail – 14GP – 8G + 8A – 13 PIM

    WHL
    Bozon – 16GP – 3G + 7A – 13 PIM
    Thrower – 14GP – 5G + 10A – 23 PIM

    NCAA
    Bennett – 7GP – 0 + 3 – 6 PIM
    Cichy – 3GP – 0 + 0 – 0 PIM
    Didier – 5GP – 0 + 0 – 8 PIM
    MacMillan – 5GP – 2G + 1A – 6 PIM

    USHL
    Sullivan – 1GP – 0 + 0 – 2 PIM

    Europe
    Collberg – 13GP – 0 + 3A – 6 PIM
    de la Rose – 18GP – 3G + 3A – 6 PIM
    Lehkonen – 19GP – 3G + 8A – 4 PIM

  47. JF says:

    There was such a mighty wind in Montreal last night that it knocked out the power on my block. Just my block, mind; there were lights all around. My husband and I decided to eat out, but all the restaurants in the area were packed and we didn’t feel like standing in line for half a hour. So we heated a tin of soup over a sort of bunsen burner thing I bought years ago for just such an emergency, then went to the neighbourhood bar to watch the game there. Country and western music, the Alouettes with difficulty beating the Argonauts’ B team on one screen, the Habs and Wild on the other. It looked like a decent effort from our guys, though I’d have to say it wasn’t Price’s best game, and we spent the second period on the perimeter. It was good to see that change the third period, even though we were down by two goals. In most such games, a two-goal deficit means it’s over. The loss was disappointing, especially after we clawed our way back, but it was a fun evening anyway – different from most game nights, in which I’m usually tensely staring at the screen praying we can hang on. When we got home, the power was back.

    Every ALN seems to direct us to one topic to flog to death. Last ALN it was PK’s ice-time, tonight it’s DD’s suckitude. His numbers are terrible, but on most nights I actually think Desharnais busts his butt out there, trying to make things happen. No doubt his confidence is shot, but he seems still to be trying, and he has certainly improved a lot on faceoffs. It might just take a single goal to get him going.

    I’m still not convinced the signing was a mistake, but if it turns out that it was, it was hardly a mistake of Gomezian proportions. And it didn’t look like a mistake at the time. All the same, if the return of Pacioretty doesn’t ignite something within a couple of games, then Desharnais should sit. A game or two in the pressbox might help. I refuse to believe his ice-time is dictated either by the fact he’s French-Canadian or by Bergevin’s unwillingness to have his mistake shown up. Perhaps someone should ask Therrien a direct question – as JM was asked about Erik Cole.

  48. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Michel Therrien is not the right coach for this team despite some early success this season. Credit should go to assistant coaches, very solid. Tired of the DD experiment as well & can’t stand watching the minutes he’s getting compared to some deserving players that are not. Bergevin needs to admit that he f.cked up, cut him & move on.
    Regarding the Flyers/Caps game last night, I thought it was absolutely disgusting for the Flyers to display the Broad Street Bullies on the ice the way they did it & especially Ray Emery who I think deserves no less than a 5 game suspension. Shameful.

  49. Habs_Norway says:

    Funny, every time i log in here theres somebody talking about fighting and how afwul it is..
    Choose bandy or European “hockey”.
    And finally i now know what you guys mean with “staged fights”..
    Every fight that doesnt occour after a hit, basicly.

    So if one guy chips and chirps at an opponent for 40minutes, and the next faceoff they drop the gloves; you call it a “staged” fight?
    Because you havent heard whats been said during the first forty, you might think they just want to “put on a show” for the crowd..

    But maybe the people who claims this are people who hasnt played the game

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    • NoTinFoilCups says:

      I hear you man but I don’t think the goalies were chirping eachother from 200 feet apart.

      • Habs_Norway says:

        In that case youre right, but thats not the scenario i had i mind.
        Something must have triggered Emery to do it, seemed like Holtby wasnt up for it.. But what?

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    • habstrinifan says:

      No excuse for that sort of one-sided aggression. In a hockey fight a player has to draw the line on his own actions once he sees that his opponent is basically helpless… and on top of it the referee was absolutely NEGLIGENT. If the Flyers goalie suffers any long term effects, I think his lawyers would have a great claim against the league, as represented by the referee.

  50. NoTinFoilCups says:

    I gotta say this staged fighting is absolutely ridiculous. A goalie going the length of the ice to fight the other one? What I would have liked to see would be Holtby getting on his knees in a mock praying pose or making Emery chase him around the ice while laughing or perhaps taking shelter under his net. Mockery might just be a cure for this F…ing gong show!

  51. Hobie Hansen says:

    I think slowly but surely we’re moving towards fighting being abolished from the NHL. It might take five years, ten years or who knows, maybe the NHL drops a bomb and completely removes it faster than we all think?

    I’m completely divided on the entire thing. On a night like tonight for instance, George Parros plays a large part in costing the Habs a win and over in Philadelphia a total gong show irrupts where Ray Emery starts beating on Braden Holtby, who has no interest in fighting Emery.

    Emery should probably be suspended but it won’t happen and Parros should probably give way to more talented players but that probably won’t happen on many nights either.

    All you can really give Emery is an instigator, fighting major and a game misconduct. There is no suspension for beating up a player who doesn’t want to fight.

    And Parros, are you really not going to play him in a game against Toronto, Boston, Buffalo or Ottawa? Do we want Travis Moen or Bradon Prust fighting Colton Orr, Shawn Thornton, John Scott or Chris Neil?

    As we saw tonight in Philadelphia, and as the Canadiens have witnessed first hand against teams like Boston, Ottawa and Toronto, if a game gets out of hand and one team decides to say “the hell with it” and starts a line brawl, there will be no suspensions or the officials won’t stop it.

    Some of the people out there will shake their heads and see nothing wrong with having a handful of our players beat up and embarrassed, thinking it leaves no lasting impression. I really doubt that’s the case. Whatever it does or doesn’t do to the Habs, I get enraged when I see the team I’ve loved for 30 plus years get the s*&t kicked out of them.

    Here’s a few examples:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiCdntbwO5c
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-qBBvM9AIs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpxV127-emw

    Can any Habs fan out there watch those clips and not get upset? Are we really going to play Patrick Holland or Louis Leblanc on the 4th line against our rivals in the East? Absolutely not! You have to put the toughest 4th line out there possible that hopefully possesses enough talent that they won’t cost us goals. In the game tonight that wasn’t the case but we had an AHLer out there with a guy who was playing his first game back from a concussion. The line had never played a game together in their lives.

    So the challenge is with the NHL. They have to remove fighting, otherwise it is not a smart move by any team to not have the toughest 4th line out there as possible, in the majority of cases.

    There’s a valid argument, which Bobby Orr recently backed, that if you do remove fighting, a whole lot of players will suddenly become brave and we’ll see 5x as many cheap shots and the game will become increasingly violent.

    As a result of that, if we want fighting removed, the first couple of years we better be prepared to see 25 game suspensions handed out every night for the first couple seasons. Then one or so a week after that for the next decade or so.

    • habnonymous1 says:

      I agree with you Hobie, Parros in only against the ‘goon’ teams.

      Minnesota and Colorado were probably not a good slot in the sched to bring him.

      That said, I am wiling to cut Parros some slack as he returns from a bad injury.

      No excuse or tolerance for DD, Blunden or Bouillon ( brutal brutal brutal on that last goal ).

      LeBlanc, Hollande, Pateryn should be in on Sat. ( assuming Max back too ).

      Anything else is coaching malpractice. That’s you, M. Therrien !!

    • Habs_Norway says:

      Who did Emery “beat up” ?

      Also: “There’s a valid argument, which Bobby Orr recently backed, that if you do remove fighting”

      I read his article where he pointed out that one of the reasons to remove fighting was to “attract new fans”.. That was when i puked.
      Speaking like a true politician…
      Yes, lets bring in families and little children on the expense of real die hard fans.

      Thats what they’ve been doing in European football the last 5 years.
      My club had 16000 fans in the stands for 3 years ago. Last night they had 4000.
      But hey, atleast some of the 4000 are families who enjoy the game as much as they enjoy a nice movie.

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  52. Hockey Bob says:

    Which genius decided to remake the HIO mobile site and completely made a mess of it? What was wrong with it before now you are unable to see or post comments? First no android app and now they made a mess of it, just great. Just completely pants, like the coach of this team.

  53. A. Berke says:

    “No, Desharnais will play against the Avalanche. And Patrick Roy will be up all night figuring out ways to contain him.”

    That’s a very good one Boone :)

    and I’m losing the little respect I had MT very fast; what is this stupid TOI management favouring DD? Is this the right way to help develop Gally?
    we should have got at least a point from this game.

    Ali B.

  54. The Dude says:

    So the Broadstreet Bullies are back and add to that the Booins and Mayor Fords team and I’d say Parros is Rusty but Trusty !

  55. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    More disgusting residue from the Caps @ Flyers game: Emery was awarded 3rd star of the game for his .733 save percentage from 4 goals against on 15 shots in 22:47. But he had 29 PIMs. Meanwhile, Braden Holtby’s 30 save shutout, maintained after being assaulted, was not deemed worthy of note. I’m guessing that the three stars in Philly are voted on by the fans.

    • SUMO says:

      It was a disgrace. A total bush-league play by a guy who no longer has the the talent to be in the NHL. Shanahan needs to suspend Emery for leaving the crease to assault another player. Ed Snyder holds alot of influence in the League and I bet he will do everything to stop Shanahan from doing his job. I would doubt Emery gets more than a slap on the wrist. What happened in Philly highlights Steve Yzerman’s comments about fighting in Hockey;

      In the NFL, if the Denver Broncos are winning 50-0, does that give the opposing team the right to beat up Peyton Manning?

      In the NBA, Lebron James drops 40pts and leads his team in a rout does the losing team behave like losers and try to knock him out?

      Hockey is at a crossroads. We finally have enough reasonable people in the game to discuss the merits of fighting. For real Hockey fans who love the game, it can survive without it.

  56. NLhabsfan says:

    Yea the announcer is bush league.where do they get these bozos.

  57. montreal ace says:

    Hate losing, but we still have injured players and faced a team with a healthy roster. I’m looking forward to saturdays game, hope DD gets untracked and we get a win. The bright spot of the day, the Bulldogs beat the Marlies.

  58. ClutchNGrab says:

    Can somebody explains to me why the referee is asking Caps players not to intervene during the Emery Holtby “fight”? He’s waving is arm like this stuff is totally normal.

  59. jedimyrmidon says:

    Check out Galchenyuk’s chance in this vid. So good:

    Galchenyuk puck handling and almost scores a beauty

  60. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    If there’s no suspension for Emery, the NHL is criminally corrupt. And if the ref did intercede on Emery’s behalf…? End his career. It’s well known that Emery is a fighter, and Holtby is lucky to have stayed conscious.

    But back to a game that matters… EGGkid line are amazing. They should be kept together, even if they do face the strongest lines, they are three amazing athletes, and they clearly love playing as a unit.

    It blows to get zero points from the game v the Wild — don’t get me started on the team name — but at least they’re in the Western Conference…

    • montreal ace says:

      I agree with you completely about Emery, and the Ref letting the beat down go on. That was not a fight, and if it happened on the street it would be criminal assault. I thought the same feelings when Chara went after Emelin, a man has to swing back just to fend off the blows.

  61. Sportfan says:

    Can we just trade DD, or get rid of him somehow can we get over the french Canadian thing and just admit he isn’t very good anymore and is just wasting valuable time. Gally, Chucky, Eller, Bournival and even LeBlanc is playing better than this guy man extending him was by far MB worst move so far.

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  62. vess69 says:

    Gomez still has more points than DD. First Bergevin mistake. Sign PK.

  63. caladin says:

    As I understand it the ref warned his teammates not to interfere. Disgusting if it’s true.
    Emery and that ref should be suspended, IMO.

  64. jedimyrmidon says:

    Ignoring the disappointment of losing a very winnable game:

    Galchenyuk – wow. Guy is amazing. When he controls the puck like that… Habs haven’t a forward of his calibre in a while.

    • savethepuck says:

      Although he got no points, I was impressed with Lars tonight also. He is very strong on the puck, wins nearly all puck battles on the boards, and seems to control the play in the oppositions end while being strong defensively. I thought LL looked very good tonight too.

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

    • habnonymous1 says:

      jedi is right – galchenyuk is gold.

      galchenyuk on usa olympic team fur shur, wins gold or silver – i will cheer ( PK and Carey will pose for picture with him either way )

  65. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Sure would like to see Desharnais wearing a suit and tie come puck drop tonight. Alas, as Mr Boone points out, there are not many options in the second game of a back-to-back.

    As for Emery… Guy IS wacko. Poor Braden Holtby: got truly battered by Emery and none of his PoS teammates came to his defense. Capitals and Flyers can both go to the fiery place, as far as I’m concerned.

  66. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    And Gomez on the Panthers… Still sucks.

  67. Fransaskois says:

    Leblanc and Galchenyuk looked very good tonight. Don’t really feel the need to comment on the rest.

  68. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Ateth?

    Watching some games and lots of condensed games, I have to say I’m glad we have Price instead of Nabokov. HIO commentariat would have a field day with that guy. Islanders fans must have heart attacks every game night.

  69. Timo says:

    That game sucked. Therrien sucks. Good night.

  70. habsfan0 says:

    “No, Desharnais will play against the Avalanche. And Patrick Roy will be up all night figuring out ways to contain him.”

    Ignore him. Couldn’t possibly do any harm.

  71. Bob_Sacamano says:

    What are you afraid of? Tell it like it is. The Habs lost in regulation because of Therrien´s horrible coaching.

  72. SUMO says:

    Not a word abt how poorly Frankie B is playing? Hope Pateryn gets in tomorrow.

  73. Hobie Hansen says:

    Go Habs Go!


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