About last night …

Given the situation – Leafs in town, six straight losses at home – it was the Canadiens’ best game of the year.

Everything worked. If I were grading the Canadiens’ effort:

Goaltending: A- (only because the Devereaux goal was a softie)

Defence: A … and that most definitely includes Ryan O’Byrne and my man Josh Gorges, who held his own against the physical Leafs and made some precise outlet passes.

Forwards: A+ Keyed by the Captain and Christopher Higgins, who’ve been re-energized by the addition of Sergei Kostitsyn, all four lines contributed to a solid effort at both ends of the ice. There were sequences when the Leafs just could not touch the puck in their own end. If that cycling-down-low game keeps up, the fans have to learn to chant "The wheels on the bus go round and round …"

Special Teams: B- for the power play, which went 0-for-3 and A for the PK because Toronto went 0-for-3

Coaching: A At one time or other, Guy Carbonneau used each of his four centres against Mats Sundin, and the big (talented) lug was kept off the scoresheet. Despite some no-calls that had the Bell Centre faithful howling with rage, Carbo was smart enough to realize his team was controlling the game and there was no point ragging the refs – least of a rabbit ears like Kerry Fraser.

Fans: F- Throwing beer from $150 seats unto the Leafs’ bench? Totally uncool, totally unMontreal, totally idiotic. C’mon guys! What is this, Philadelphia?

 

Would it be immodest to point out that that the Boone Reverse Jinx was a perfect 2-0 this week? I predicted wins by the Flyers and Leafs, prognostication that made sense on paper.

But the game isn’t played on paper (and if it were, Hal Gill would be an ink blot.)

I admit it: a week ago, I wanted to fire Carbo and trade half the team. But the league is wacky this season. With the exception of Detroit, every NHL team is vulnerable to slumps.

The Canadiens’ swoon came early. And while they’re not out of the woods yet, the team is sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference and has played 120 minutes of excellent, disciplined hockey.

And they’re young. Half of these guys would get carded in an Ontario bar. They make mistakes, but when the Kiddie Corps is on, as they were against the Leafs last night, it’s a sight to behold. The Bell Centre cognoscenti love the kids. It’s wonderful to hear applause for the subtle, Hockey 101 skills of Kyle Chipchura.

I wonder if Bob Gainey will make a move before the holiday trade freeze kicks in. There’s less urgency than there was last week, but the play of Sergei K., Ryan O’Byrne and Josh Gorges makes for some dicey personnel decisions as players come off the IR list.

Anyway, these are good problems to have.

Florida on Tuesday night. I don’t know that I can invoke the Boone Reverse Jinx without turning it into a joke.

260 Comments

  1. mjames says:

    Excellent rebuttal. I would ask him to convince us that Lats’ absence was the reason for our win. It was the guys who played the game. Yes O’Bryne, AK74 and Lapierre are an ungrade to Simolinski, Briesbois and Begin. This team’s current play will only improve the play of Lats in my opinion.

    mjames

  2. The Teacher says:

    Wow, Simon SHOULD be gone, I just saw it and that was ridiculous.

  3. doug says:

    Agree – i have no idea. I wonder if Gainey didn’t talk to Carbonneau about his attitude and lines, etc. He’s done less tinkering during the games. Gainey would not meet with players without Carbo – that would not be done to Carbo’s authority because he’d be a lame duck.

    I think the only hope is that Gainey talks to Carbonneau and keeps him moving forward as a mentor, something he really lacked last year when we slumped and Gainey had an understandably distracting family tragedy.

    On another note, how did that guy Kilroy possibly develop a negative opinion of you?! I’ve never seen you do a single thing that could be possibly misinterpreted as unkind/unfair, etc.

  4. Yeats says:

    Aside from the callups from Hamilton and line combinations, do you have any explanation for why this team has done a complete 180 after the Carolina and Tampa Bay games? The way they have played in the last two games makes me think that either they had a meeting amongst themselves, or they had a sit-down with Gainey and he let them know in no uncertain terms that Carbo is here to stay so they better decide quickly if they want to be members of the team. Something had to trigger the turnaround. I just can’t put my finger on what it was.

  5. doug says:

    in response to “carbo bashing”, i was delighted to see the team play two good games. i still think he’s not a good coach and when the team plays well he looks better and when they play worse it’s more of his faulty schemes, approach, and inability to get us quickly turned around from a downturn. he will need to go eventually because i don’t think he’s a good temperamental match for a young team. . . too much of a sulker.

  6. likehoy says:

    then what was the reason why we won against philly?

  7. likehoy says:

    cant’ waive smokes

    he’s got a no-movement clause

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    Hi Doug, you are right. I thought it was done perposly so we might learn how to stick handle coast to coast.

    At least they have taken the red line out for us.

    All kidding aside, it is confusing at times. But I get lost easy anyway!

  9. BigHabsFan says:

    Its great to see some good play. It confirms most fans expectations and the ability of our guys. Although there wont be much Carbo bashing on here today, it will be intersting to see if he can keep the guys playing well on a consistent basis. It will also be intersting, as noted by Boone, how Carbo will reintegrate the injured vets back into the lineup if the level of play stays high.

  10. Fer_hab says:

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned yet. But Greg Millen just had to go and say the “shutout” word with like 7 mins lefts in the game. What an ass.

    Great game though havn’t seen the habs play that well since Patrick Roy days. No comparision intended.

  11. howtathor says:

    The game was awesome, the kids were magical, as were the vets especially Saku Koivu, Mark (bustamove) Streit, and good ol’ AK27. The team put on a hockey clinic last night and for the first time in weeks, I felt it was small price to pay to be there. What a difference a week makes! Hopefully we can stay on this roll as we head out on the road again where we excel. Mike, keep up your peerless prognostications and be glad you’re not playing football in Cleveland today!

    Tickets 100.00
    2 Hot Dogs, Fries and a Drink 15.25
    Peanuts 4.25

    Watching the usually obnoxious Leaf fans quietly slink off into the night…..priceless!

  12. gohabs 25 says:

    The #1 reason we won:
    NO LATENDRESSE

    Only one other person has made this remark so far. All others are looking at smolinski, brisebois etc…
    I challenge anyway to try to convince me that we would have been able to play such a competitive, fast paced game with Gui in the lineup.

  13. doug says:

    Anybody else find following the threads of this site impossible when you come back after hours away? Is it possible that responses to a particular thread be put in the order in which they were written so that we don’t constantly have to go to the bottom and work backwards to read it in the order in which it was written?

    Would really improve the site for me.

  14. Mike says:

    So… Are we going to start signing our young guys to long term deals? or let them all walk in two years. We need to get them signed to 4-7 year contracts

  15. kevin m says:

    Habs-Fan-In-KY

    I think that with the recent exposure to NHL game situations by the Hamilton call-ups, the Habs have had a chance to showcase otherwise unknown talent. This can only help the organization in the event of a possible transaction.

    While I believe that Youth must be served I also believe that there is no substitute for experience. The youngsters from down on the farm have aquitted themselves admirably and deserve their chance to shine in THE SHOW. This team is overflowing with raw talent that will be refined & polished as the season progresses.

    I think that Gainey will be able to deal from a position of strength when it comes to making a possible deal at the trade deadline. Whether or not S. Kostitsyn, Lapierre, O’Byrne or Grabovski remain with the Habs or are returned to Hamilton for polish they have proven that they can play in this league.

    Bring on the Panthers & Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Bill H says:

    Hmmm…Little Tits/ Big Tits, Tits Sr/Tits Jr. And now we have K2. I’m not sure if you coined that Mattee, but I like it. I wonder how long it is going to take before we all settle the nickname issue by consensus. I like Little Tits/Big Tits too, but given the discussion about offensive comments below, I wonder if there are people who are offended by that.

    I hope K2 stays with the CH on line 1 too. He seems to have sparked Higs and Koivu. But he’s only played 2 games and has 1 assist. Its too early to say if he will consistently bring what the Habs have needed on that #1 line. Let’s hope he is the answer.

  17. nightmare_49 says:

    Your speculating that their will not be any more injuries which we actually have been pretty foetunate to date. Smols will be out till the end of January and Begin till mid January if things go well. Then at the trade deadline or before their will be movement and after you mould your team to make the playoffs and if you make it that doesn’t mean that you would use the same line up that got you there as it depends on your opponent. Probably nobody will have to be sent down , not even Latendresse who needs a good month of developement. Gainey would not want to lose anybody to waivers.

  18. ClaytonM says:

    Great post. I was saying the same thing Thursday after yet another sundin special. He has 16 goals this year. How many were flukes? I’d say half easily. How many were from actual skilled play and not a defensive lapse by the other team? Any? Every time i see a highlight of a sundin goal it goes off a skate or he is on a breakaway after a brutal line change, and he gets considered in the same breath as Crosby, Lecavalier and Zetterberg. No wonder he has an annual goal scoring drought. His horseshoe falls out of his ass is all. Here’s hoping Ryder or Koivu get the same breaks for a month or two.

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    Think I’ll go see who is on the tube this afternoon.

    Go Packers Go, until the Florida Panthers get to land after this storm!

    Back a little later.

  20. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    thankas for the clarification! From what I’ve been reading, Paul Maurice feels we did it flagrantly. Maybe the spilling of beer on his bench but………..

  21. Mattee. says:

    Turns out I just kind of said what you said in a later post. My bad. How does this happen, again?

  22. Kilgore Trout says:

    akost made the hit, but pj was saying that simon should be gone

  23. Derek says:

    That is the smartest move I’ve heard from anyone so far during the “slump”. I agree totally!

  24. Mattee. says:

    It was AK46. Karate is difficult enough on a steady surface, let alone on skates!

  25. ebk says:

    If you sent Dave Stubbs a obscene email, then that should not be tolerated.
    If he thinks your account needs to be blocked because of it, I trust his judgement. He seems like a reasonable man.

    Last night you did cross the line but you were not the only one. Keep it clean and no reasonable person should have a problem with it. But let’s not turn this site into kindergarden. We are supposed to be adults.

    I like your stuff, it is usually funny. Seems a number of people feel the same way, just cut out the rest of the crap.

  26. Mattee. says:

    Here is my simple suggestion: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Keep everything as is until someone proves he is unworthy to start.

    In this way, all you have to do is either keep Smokes and Brisebois on the injured reserve or wave one of them. No harm done there.

  27. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    PJ must be on something. That hit last night could NEVER be considered intentional. I don’t know how you could purposefully break a wrist (by a hit into the boards no less) with just body contact. He didn’t swing his stick at it or karate kick his wrist with a skate! Give me a break?

    Wasn’t it Kovalev that hit him? Kovalev is no bruiser/tough guy!

  28. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    read posts under the Koivu article on the main page. I say no!. He has a no trade clause and HE said that no one from the Habs have asked him to waive it.

  29. Mike Boone says:

    They played the McCabe hit several times this morning on TSN. A total fluke injury.
    Unlike the latest Chris Simon incident.
    That man needs years of therapy.
    PJ said he should be gone for the season.
    At minimum.

  30. Jordanb says:

    Is there any truth to the Koivu trade rumors that the guys on CBC were talking about last night?

  31. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    I was pondering the same thoughts. When the vets come back off the injured list, then what?

    I really feel that sending the youngsters that are producing and making the effort night in and night out should not be redirected back down to the minor leagues (the “In case of emergency” card that has been used so many times by the Habs over the years). It really hasn’t worked over the years as the kids come back less productive (Lapierre, Milroy, to name a few) and less motivated because they ultimately know their fate!

    If our minor league is our future, then when does the future begin? When do these kids play AND stay with the team? Injuries are inevitable and calls to the monors are inevitable, but if the players in Hamilton perform equally to the vets, the youngsters should be rewarded and the vets used to acquire future talent or improve areas of the current team!

    I hope the management seriously considers looking for a “marque” player. To me it’s still what the team needs. To me, our Marque player might be in Hamilton! Give them a shot!

  32. Mattee. says:

    Habs-Kat! If you had to choose between Hamilton and Les Canadiens, who would it be? I hope he K2 stays, he deserves it big time!

  33. Mattee. says:

    I highly doubt chip get’s sent down. I think it would be devastating to Koivu if his line gets broken up when this is the first time that he has felt comfortable in 30 games. It would crush him and everyone that follows his lead. Smo, Begin and Brisebois are going to have to wait until someone messes up before they crack the line again. And Begin should have the first crack when this happens by the way.

  34. Habs-Kat says:

    I wouldn’t mind sending down Tits Jr. because I’d rather see him in the AHL than in the pressbox. Besides, I don’t like to see the Bulldogs riding the bottom of the league.

  35. kilroy says:

    Done. But for those keeping score the blank post was blank because I didn’t like what I had posted. If a post is removed by the administrators there is no “blank post”. I’m turning the computer off now. Have fun.

  36. ebk says:

    3 good lines can be formed
    Higgins-Koivu-Kosti II
    Kosti I-Plekanec-Kovalev
    Lats-Chipchura-Ryder

    One the fourth line I like Streit-Lapierre-Begin. But only at the max of about 10 minutes a game. All three can fill in on the top 3 lines if necessary. The rest of the forwards are pretty much interchangeable parts and can be used to change the makeup of the team when needed. Against to Flyers, Leafs and Bruins, they could dress Kostopoulous and move Streit back to D with restricted minutes 5 on 5

    Streit is good on the PP as a dman and should be used there. He is not good enough to take a regular shift on defense or forward. As a PP specialist/part-time 4th liner Streit is a big asset.

    Lapierre and Begin are the Habs best two energy/defensive/pain in the butt players and need to be dressed for that purpose. Kostopoulous can also be used here if either of these two are not doing their job. Dandenault as well.

    Smolinski and Brisebois were fine NHL players in their day but their day has passed.

    Thanks for Reading

  37. The Teacher says:

    I did see a blank post.

    You seem to agree that you might have crossed the line.

    If that’s the case we can all just move on then?

  38. The Teacher says:

    Ahhh…Well, I LOVE driving in this weather..so don’t see the problem lol. I have a hospital appointment at 2:30 today…

    This should be fun eh!

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    Being on the Chipper line it takes a lot of pressure of Ryder and he had fun playing last night. You could see it in the play of the whole line. At this level, Its a business yes! but it is still a GAME. To perform at ones best, it has to be Fun!

    Just look at us! were all still kids, playing right along with them. And just think how good we all feel today.

    O no!! do i have to go out and shovel at my age so I can drive my little darlings to school in the morning. That is the other thing one does in retirement. DRIVE SCHOOL BUS

    I hope not tomorow!!

  40. kilroy says:

    Disregard the post from Mr. Cobb. There was nothing else said. Anyway, that’s enough. Dave Stubbs and Mike Boone are gentlemen. I didn’t set out to ruin anybody’s day. I’m obviously getting too wrapped up in this. I swore, it’s there, and I’m not going to trivialize it. It’s not the first time so I understand the ban. I apologise to Dave Stubbs for questioning his motives.I just needed to calm down enough to think about it. Yeats, Moey, grabbed the cup, you can all raise a glass to your achievement.
    Everybody else, have a nice day.

  41. likehoy says:

    actually smo and begin and chip are in the same mold so it’s possible chip gets the short end of the stick?

  42. likehoy says:

    So it’s common knowledge that if and when all 3 brisebois begin and smo come back, a movement is necessary.

    It could be made easy if Sergei slumps and his fast start is out of luck and he’s not NHL ready. But granted he is, the possible players to be moved in my opinion are brisebois, gorges, begin, kostopoulus, and possibly ryder. Though if any of them are sent down to the AHL, they have to pass through waivers.

    I guess don’t be surprise if we send down ktits/lapierre while we pend for a trade.

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    Hi Teacher, I saw it, and no one really needs to be exposed to that kind of stuff.

    I trust that if anyone starts to get into this type of posting in the future, they also should be a unhealthy scratch. – IAN

  44. Moey says:

    That probably depends on which area of the city you’re in. Historically on the West Island bad weather tends to keep people indoors because we have to drive, we can’t just walk to the mall.

  45. NLhabsfan says:

    Ryder played well considering he played less than anyone on the team.How is he going to score? Other then that great game by our young guys.You can see that are getting better with the experience by the game.

  46. kilroy says:

    There is no deleted post as Boone and Stubbs would be forced to admit if they were honest. The blank post you may have seen in the thread was deleted by myself, and frankly I don’t remember if it contained dirty words ornot.I was being goaded by Yeats , Moey, and grabbed the cup. Should have been a bigger man. I wasn’t. I’m sure they are enjoying this immensely.
    There was an exchange deleted which I will be happy to send you a copy of if you email me. I copiedthe actual page so you can see that it is not fabricated. I took exception to an indecent post, but did NOT swear or do anything else that would defy the “rules”. I guess all I really want is for whoever banned me to be honest about it, and it bugs m e th at there is the suggestion that I said something terrible when it is all right there.
    I appreciate you taking an interest. I understand that posting is a privilege but I believe I have rights as well. At least the right not to be slandered, which is how I feel about this “mystery post” that I never made.

  47. Mattee. says:

    If I may Dave, I read every post last night, including those that have since been deleted. I did, in fact, save one thread which I intented to bring to your attention. In GP/Kilroy’s defence, he was confronting someone who made a very unwelcomed post. If GP has had his account deleted, then so should he who provoked him.

  48. Ian Cobb says:

    The 5 kids have changed the chemistry and have challenged the vets with there energy play. I thought Ryder looked very comfortable and will probably will stay on the Chipper line.

    I’m sure that the five kids are here to stay, Price, O’Byrn, Georges, Lapierre, and Little Teats. We are on the move now.

  49. The Teacher says:

    Wouldn’t everyone BE at the stores in order to do shopping when they can’t do anything else?

    Besides shovel, that is 🙂

  50. The Teacher says:

    Dave and Mike,

    Is it possible that you can repost the ‘deleted’ comment by Mr. Poisson?

    As a way to get around the controversy. Is it possible that you can have a ‘thumbs up’ or thumbs down’ ranking for that specific post to see what the consensus among posters is?

    From my experience in the last two weeks reading Mr. Poisson’s posts, I don’t really see anything that was blatantly xenophobic or degrading to anyone else. He might be sarcastic, but that isn’t a crime. However, I abide by your decision, although it would be nice to be able to review the post.

    perhaps you can set up a small section on the site that shows examples of posts that will not be allowed? Showing a few examples probably will be more beneficial than just posting the rules IMHO.

    for example,

    1. naming the first line the KKK line is one example of something that shouldn’t be posted, for obvious reasons.

    2. Calling someone a racial epithet

    3. Posting something along the lines of

    “cournoyer12, you know nothing about hockey and you really need to improve your vocabulary”

    is obviously not accepted as it is a personal attack (I trust Cournoyer12 understands I bear no animosity towards him, just providing an example :P)

    Thank you

  51. Moey says:

    Mike,

    What do think about this lovely weather, going to be a fun drive into work tomorrow. On the bright side might be a good day to do Christmas shopping, the stores will be empty.

  52. Geoff F says:

    Habs kicked butt. C’est tout! Really proud of our boys for manhandling the BIG BAD LEAFS at home. Thanks Santa!!!

    I guess the Leafs must have been watching the CIA version (Weapons of mass destruction)of the McCabe injury. While i feel bad for McCabe only because i don’t wish that sort of thing on anyone (This is a game after all). I said to my GF when i saw the hit that he had shattered it, it was obvious by the way he got caught out of position along the boards that he had set himself up for the injury. It was obvious that McCabe was pinching Kosty had forward motion as he wanted to poke check the puck for a break, McCabe saw he was going to be posterized and changed his mind throwing him into a weird position which in essence turned an innocuous play into a serious injury. He took a chance and he got burned unfortunately for him.

    Maurice can whine all he likes but he’s just trying to light a fire under his team. I understand what he is doing and it would work well in PEEWEE but not so much in the NHL where people actually know what is going on.

    I also love the way everyone talks about how the Leafs must have been tired hence their poor play. Don’t forget that all the goals were crap goals because they were all deflections. So when Sundin does it it’s an awesome goal but when the Habs get it it’s a fluke? LMAO pathetic.

    I guess they forgot to watch the balance of the game when we were making them dizzy in their own zone. Keep clinging onto the notion that if they believe that the Leafs are Canada’s team it might actually come true. MAYBE, but COKE bottle glasses might work better for that and hey you’ll look really cool. Of course you can attend one of those positive thinking courses too that might work. I think Ryan Wlater does some of those doesn’t he….i’m sure he’s available as long as you can deal with another Hab teaching you a lesson or two!

    LMAO.

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  53. kilroy says:

    Sir, there is no reason for you to taunt me. I have never been uncivil to you. Lets try to keep it that way. Thanks.

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    Great job Dave, I think we were heading down an old road. Thanks. Great day to go ice fishing in this storm!

  55. kilroy says:

    I said nothing offensive last night that was deleted, as Dave Stubbs knows. The profane word I used (horrors) is still there. My apology for it isnt.

  56. RH says:

    Hey, don’t be too harsh just yet. I think they’re letting you on here with your kilroy account, otherwise, that account would’ve been deleted by now as well. I mean, you’re still the same guy with the quick wit and all right?

  57. Ian Cobb says:

    I will! we had some problems before the new set up, and it got way out of hand. Last night we were heading that way again. This will serve as a warning to all that if the puck crosses the goal line in a shootout, you deserve to loose the game. Well Done!!!

  58. kilroy says:

    Thanks Dave. It’s complete BS and we both know it but at least you made the pretense of an explanation. I swore. It’s still up there. If your concern was really protecting kids (please), it wouldn’t be. Much worse goes unpunished,and spare me the “we can’t catch everything”. You don’t like my contributions to your site and thats why I was banned. I can live with that.

  59. Dave Stubbs says:

    The blocking of accounts is not done indiscriminately. We have remarkably few rules at Inside/Out for the enjoyment and protection of all. They’re down the right-hand side of the site.

    Inside/Out is a project of The Gazette and we have readers of both sexes and all ages visiting us, and we have sponsors who are paying to help keep us in business. The policy is not unreasonable, and a simple registration allows people to post comments immediately, without a lag before they appear.

    The Gilles Poisson account was not blocked at the request of one or more readers. Content from the writer at that account violated our rules in more than one post. Most of our visitors seem to understand that posting comments is a privilege, not a right. Subsequent obscene personal email to me, as was the case with the writer at the Poisson account, won’t change our minds about a policy that has been carefully considered.


    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette

     

  60. The Teacher says:

    I tried to read it last night but the post was already gone. All I can see is the back and forth that keeps occuring. From what I’ve seen. As Mr. Poisson you might use a different style of humour, but nothing that should have been flagged.

    From what I’ve seen.

    However, Dave is usually on the ball. Maybe he can offer an explanation?

  61. kilroy says:

    “Gilles Poisson” was banned at the request of one poster and the whim of Dave Stubbs. Better read this quick cause it’ll be gone soon. Read last nights blog and tell me if i deserved to be banned. Read the whole thing, not just the few silly comments I made when I should have been in bed. I’ve actually just showed this whole thingh to my wife and she insists that this madness ends so no more posting for me. I’ll leave it to the revisionists to colourit how they will.

  62. Mike says:

    oh yah another thing. Congrats to boullion who got his first point of the season

  63. The Teacher says:

    Ok Mr. Poisson, Mr. Kilroy, whoever you are?

    what’s the dealio here?

  64. showey47 says:

    Lmao that would be classic, hnic would never show it on tv but rds definatly would. the key would be getting it past the guys who check the signs at the front entrance

  65. kilroy says:

    I believe the rules should apply to all players and punishment should be indiscriminate.

  66. kilroy says:

    It’s a matter of principle. And they couldn’t stop me from posting if they wanted to. But that’s not my style.

  67. kilroy says:

    Yeah if there’s one thing I hate it’s bias and an uneven playing field (rink, blog whatever).

  68. Mike says:

    Oh and btw, I will be bringing a sign to the next game that i go to that says “Fraser, Ill double whatever the leafs are paying you to call a fair game”

  69. Mike says:

    I just wanna point out. I was at the game last night. And me and my friends ( we were 5 of us) got our entire secvtion to seriously (not sarcastically) chant “Lets go ryder!!” It was great, i wished we got more people to do it because it would have been a huge bonus and confidance booster for him.

  70. showey47 says:

    Hnic, tsn and sportsnet are pathetic. Had the laffs won last night, they would of replayed the game on cbc instead of showing the edmonton-vancouver game and the entire espisode of sportsnet and sportscenter would of been dedicated to the laffs. Now all we are gonna hear about for the next week or so is how a.k.46 gooned mcpilon

  71. showey47 says:

    Fair enough, he did punch him from behind and i’m not defending him for doing it. But todd was suspended because of the result of the punch and not the action of it. So should every player get suspended for an entire season for a punch to the head regardless of injury or not? Or just the ones who punch hard enough to cause injury. All i know is that this has affected his career in alot more ways that one, his sister did tell me that montreal was a place where he would like to play but with his now troubled past and the media spotlight here, he chose to play in a city where he can play and live in annomitity

  72. notbigbird says:

    I didn’t get to watch or listen last night. When I finally turned on HNIC it was intermission in Edmonton, and I heard nary a word about our game. I thought, “Well then, the Habs must have won.” Then I clicked between TSN and Sportsnet, and I really began to guess that the Leafs had lost when I heard nothing for about fifteen minutes. So, I checked good, old Boone and discovered that I was right.

  73. RH says:

    I think Habs management should just pay Brisebois out and get rid of him.

  74. JF says:

    Two games in a row that have me smiling. Two solid, 60-minute efforts in which the Habs outskated, outchecked and outscored their opponents. Who would have thought after last Saturday’s dismal performance against the Canes that they would get 5 out of a possible 6 points this week? But, as Koivu remarked, it’s less about the points than about the way they won. This is the way they were playing early in the season and the way they try and play on the road. I hope they’ve finally figured out that this is the kind of game they have a chance of winning, both at home and on the road. And man, is it fun to watch!

    The kids are great. The energy and focus that S. Kostitsyn brings to the first line is an eye-opener. Without Brisebois, defensive turnovers have all but stopped happening. I hope Gorges will continue to play and Brisebois, when he recovers, will be used as a spare defenseman. Lapierre is a big upgrade on Smolinski. He should stay, regardless of Smolinski’s contract. Smolinski can play the occasional game or fill in when someone else is injured, but we need Lapierre’s speed, energy and grit.

    The performance of these kids makes me wonder whether Bob Gainey and the Canadiens’ organization in general are not too cautious with the young prospects. Here were these kids in Hamilton clearly ready to perform at the NHL level, and we went and signed Smolinski and Brisebois. Smolinski at any rate looks like a mistake; though I still think Brisebois can be useful if he’s given a limited role.

    Michael Ryder should definitely play the next game. He looked really good and made some great moves. I hope so much that he gets his scoring touch back.


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