About last night …

Underdogs never get a break.

Not from the refs, who let the Washington Capitals run roughshod over Jaroslav Halak.

And not from the sleeping Big Dogs who trailed 4-1 before waking up to turn this series around.

What?

Too pessimistic?

Hey, make no mistake: This was a catastrophe.

The Canadiens flew back to Montreal in a state of shock – and no one is feeling it more than the number one goaltender.

Jaro Halak allowed six goals on 37 shots.

He was not strong on a long shot by John Carlson that tied the game with 1:21 left.

But don’t blame Jaro for the winner.

 

The superb Nicklas Backstrom scored with Roman Hamrlik backing in and giving the Washington sniper all the time and space he needed to fire a laser.

So shall we get right into it?

Who’s in nets for Game 3?

And if it’s Jaro, how long is the leash?

The gang on L’Antichambre were on Jacques Martin pretty good.

Should he have called timeout at some point when Washington was rallying from 4-1?

Should a cerebral and instinctively undemonstrative coach have pulled a Playfair to let the refs know the Caps were mugging Halak?

Ah, what’s the point of second-guessing?

The series is tied 1-1. Few expected the Canadiens to steal a game in Washington.

They’ve knocked José Theodore out of this series … and maybe out of the playoffs.

Andrei Kostitsyn got a hat trick: nine goals in 18 playoff games, and if he played like this in the regular season, the enigmatic AK46 would be a 40-goal scorer.

The Canadiens blocked 30 shots, 12 by the team of Hamrlik and Jaro Spacek. (Hamrlik blocked seven more shots than José Theodore).

The Tomas Plekanec line has its groove back.

Benny Pouliot played a very solid two-way game.

The PK was perfect in three shorthanded situations to run their series kills to 7-for-7.

The series is a best of five, with the next two at the Bell Centre.

The coaching staff and the veteran core of the team will have to rally the room after this crushing defeat.

It ain’t over … but man, what might have been, eh?

The Canadiens had them.

They routed Theodore, they’d beaten Semyon Varlamov twice.

Norris candidate Mike Green was a mess – on the ice for three of the Canadiens’ four goals.

Alexander Ovechkin was still asleep. Alexander Semin was comatose.

Then Backstrom got in gear. The Capitals began gaining the Canadiens zone at speed.

The Canadiens’ D, superb for five periods, began backing in and making errors.

Scott Gomez, brilliant in this series, got into a pointless scrap with Tom Poti and sat for five minutes. It was a momentum changer – as was a lengthy and inexplicable video review of a play that preceded AK46’s third goal.

The Capitals made life miserable for Jaro. Mike Knuble bumped him on the Backstrom goal that made it 4-2. At one point, Poti threw Jaro out of the crease.

A Gary Bettman/Ted Leonsis conspiracy involving unscrupulous refs?

C’mon. Let’s try to be serious.

It’s the playoffs. Smash-mouth time. 

Think it’s an accident that Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen – and Travis Moen – have their names on the Stanley Cup.

Knuble et al may have unsetlled Jaro, but skill won this game.

Backstrom had a hat trick, an assist and six shots on goal.

Continuing his career pattern of huge bounce-back games, Ovechkin had a goal, three assists, six SoG and eight hits.

The Capitals came within 81 seconds of digging themselves a very deep hole in this series.

But that didn’t happen.

The NHL’s number one team bagged an emotional and inspirational W.

Can the number eight seed bounce back from a heartbreaker?

We’ll find out Monday night

•  •  •

Adam Gopnik – author, New Yorker staffer and Canadiens fan (he grew up in Montreal) – e-mails:

In 45 years of being a Canadiens fan, that may be the single most painful loss – anyway, I can’t think of another one where a key victory, opening up all kinds of horizons, was right in hand, twice, and then got away.  I think Martin is unduly passive, neither pressuring the refs about running the goalie nor really adjusting to the moment, but that may be a small point. Anyway ….ow

•  •  •

Why Michel Therrien will wait a while for his next NHL job:

He criticized Bruce Boudreau for yanking Theo.

Ridiculous, even by the homeboy-boosting standards of L’Antichambre.

 

248 Comments

  1. shootdapuck says:

    And still is today!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  2. thirdstone says:

    A straw man argument is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an
    opponent’s position.[1]
    To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a
    proposition by substituting a superficially similar proposition (the
    “straw man”), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the
    original position

  3. light_n_tasty says:

    Wow

    Price in his 15 career playoff games: GAA 3.11 SAV% .895, 5 wins, 10 losses

    Wow

  4. Mr. Biter says:

    If we lose game #3 we’re toast. Let’s not worry about halak’ confidence let’s worry about winning!

  5. Mr. Biter says:

    Were you able to see the game on CBC? In Winnipeg CBC showed Wome’s curling. Had to get the game on Versus on the dish.

  6. light_n_tasty says:

    Price would have pulled off his 6-5 overtime suckout OT win like he did earlier in the season against the Caps.

  7. light_n_tasty says:

    What a bold prediction.  Way to go out on a limb there, Timmy.  

  8. showey47 says:

    I agree those goals did suck ass. But if the refs call an impartial game,you know not allow our goalie to be run at will and blow the whistle when the puck is covered or perhaps a call when markov gets a high stick right in the face right in front of them. We probably come out with a relatively easy regulation win. Can you ever,in your history of watching the habs,ever remember us getting such a free ride that the caps got tonight?

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well, I’ve spent considerable time in ol’ Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City nowadayz) …and IT was never My nose I had to worry ’bout

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  10. Bob Barker says:

    I stopped going to those Asian Massage parlours when a Saigon whore bit my nose off. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7-OSYGyCA

     

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just jump for that Asian Massage …bet You will switch ONE obssession for another

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  12. Clay4bc says:

    Chris,

    re: your Gomez rage..agree 100%. I said it at the time – nursing a 4-3 lead is not the time to get into a fight. It was a bad trade-off unless he was fighting Overchkin and maybe Backstrom. We sure could have used him on that power play, but he was in the box, and instead we had Darch out there. That fight – aside from the poor reffing – may just have cost  us the game. Some disagreed with me (Primetime), but I stand by that comment.

    ._________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  13. Exit716 says:

    http://twitter.com/walsha

     

    Arie Gold agrees……

     

  14. Bob Barker says:

    A true Habs fan must shed such useless ties and completely devote one’s self to all things hockey

  15. Exit716 says:

    double post

     

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I can’t believe many of the so-called Habs’ Fans pathologically unhinged reactionary comments here …I know the comment section is not indicative of the Average Hab Fan …only those so obsessed to be willing to spend the majority of Their waking hours running around like Chicken Littles …don’t any of You have wives, girlfriends, children, relatives, or even enemies …to distract Yourselves ???

    …I mean IF You don’t …take a fifty out of Your wallet and go get an Asian massage

    …take a deep breath Guyz

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  17. Mr.Hazard says:

    If this was the regular season, we’d be celebrating: 3 out of a possible 4 points against the BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, in their own building!

    The habs have as much chance of winning Game 3 as they did Game 1. No one expected a win in WSH, no one gave us a chance.

    Everyone will automatically hand the series to the Caps now. But it’s far from over; just remember that the team never takes the easy way out (4-1 lead was just too good to be true), and remember:

    - We downed their “20-0-3″ starter goaltender in 2 fell shots, then scored 3 times on Varly.
    - Their #1 PP is at a 0% conversion rate, ours is at over 25%.

    We gave WSH a run for their money, pushing them twice to OT. We have home-ice advantage right now. And if they thought the fans in D.C. were loud, they ain’t heard nothing yet.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  18. Clay4bc says:

    But….but….but….I was agreeing with you!

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  19. Tis Himself says:

    Reflecting on the frown that Bettman had on his face while looking at his watch during the Centennial ceremony in December, it’s god-awfully clear that he gives a rat’s ass damn about the Montreal Canadiens winning. If the Caps, ‘canes, ‘bolts and Ducks won the next 20 Cups, he be happier than a pig in slop.

  20. J. Ambrose says:

    Scott Gomez:  words can’t even begin to describe how angry I was seeing him get in a fight with 17 minutes to go in a game where the Habs are clinging to a one goal lead and need their leaders to lead ON THE FREAKING ICE!  That was a mind-blowing, idiotic decision by a guy who is supposed to be cerebral.  And to cap it off, I had to see Mathieu Darche on the second wave of the PP.

    Murray Wilson, on CJAD, was also less than impressed with Gomez getting into that fight. And Pierre McExcitable was also incredulous about Darche being on that PP. I sure wish I knew if that was Martin or Muller’s decision.

  21. Mr.Hazard says:

    Stubbs, for one, noted it 5 mins after the game

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  22. showey47 says:

    i agree,it’s just a piss off though. Being so close to going up 2-0 and coming home when very little people gave this team a chance to even make the playoffs,never mind make any noise in the post season. Just to have it pissed away by some garbage officiating.

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …NOTHING to be ashamed about …We were Pacquio up against George Foreman

    …Foreman’s onslaught end-of-fight was WHAT they HAD to do in their own barn …Carlson and Backstrom to Me were The Difference Makers on Foreman’s side (…above and beyond some weak reffin’) …plus We lettin’-up tryin’ to defend a lead rather than keepin’ to WHAT was workin’ …Puck Possession, and forcin’ the play …allowing Foreman to load-up their power-rushes (…of course, easier said than done when playin’ a team of multiple true-superstars)

    …Halak looked ‘human’ at the wrong moments (the Carlson goal especially) …yet there is no-way You replace Him for Price unless Game 3 He completely melts down …if not for Halak We would NOT have been-up by 4-1 when We were …I don’t have as much confidence in a Price doin’ THAT as I do Jaro

    …Pacquio and Foreman went into the last 2 rounds pretty even, with an edge to Pacquio on work-rate, spirit and character

    …Foreman’s defence is SUSPECT …keep hittin’ em where it hurts

    …won’t be easy comin’ back after givin’ up a 4 point lead and takin’ a physical poundin’ at the bell …BUT NEVER count a punchin’ machine like Pacquio out

     

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  24. Clay4bc says:

    You’re absolutely correct, Priceberg – Halak should retire now, and never play another game for any team. Price is the best goalie who ever lived, and it’s time to play him every game for the rest of his career..I have never seen a goalie as bad as Halak in my 40 years as a hockey fan – not even in pee-wee. How did they ever let that bum into this league anyways – at least in a capacity other than stick-boy?

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  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because people make mistakes and you can’t hang guys on single games to decide on their worthiness as a player. Going by your logic we’d have run Roy out of town in ’89 when we lost the Cup Final to Calgary.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  26. habs001 says:

    that is true but  from those draft years we could not even develop a 20 goal scorer …how good would a 20 goal scorer look on the 3rd vs a poor caps d…

  27. TripleX says:

    “Benny Pouliot played a very solid two-way game.”

    ??  Look I know he is your golden boy Mr. Boone but really.  His giveaway directly lead to a goal?  Every time I looked he seemed to be falling to the ice.  I know this must hurt but AK had a HAT TRICK!

    We need more size on the backend like I said from the beginning.  O’Byrne needs to play to keep Ovy and company honest in front of Halak.  Darche gives the puck away which leads to a goal and he benches SK and plays Darche on the MOST crucial PP of the game and possibly the series????

  28. Exit716 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8ZkkKfg_Rw

    Listen, enjoy and relax….

     

    This is this song of the series…

     

    Freedom is just another word for nothing to left to lose.

     

    Enjoy it. We’re going to win the series.

     

  29. Tis Himself says:

    You have to come to grips with the fact that you are cheering for the Habs. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t been around for 17 years.

  30. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    that rule of going back to head office to finalize or approve a call is really suspect.

    put a TV monitor for the refs to huddle around (like the NFL)…. the NHL system really reeks of CONTROL.

  31. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you would be right if they were blown out…they weren’t…go back to your drawing board…. the only thing you should be talking about and acting on between NOW and MONDAY is marching on city hall, organizing rallys and tea parties, IS THE BASTUI&^_(*&^%ARD REF NHL REF SYNDICATED AGENDA….

    get out your pitchforks gents…this is criminal.

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    You should be a motivational speaker.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  33. Bob Barker says:

    Gainey didn’t have the luxury of being able to draft top 4 for five years in a row. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin all top 4 picks. Washington’s entire team is almost first rounders because they tanked for so many damn years. 

    The Habs this year have way more fight in them than the team that gave up last year. 

  34. Exit716 says:

    Regardless, whether the Pouliot attempt was good, it had the Bettman-approved desired effect.

     

  35. diehardhab says:

    Michel Therrien should shut his mouth! I still haven’t forgiven him for taking that stupid bench minor in the Carolina series in 2002 when we were minutes away from going up 3-1.

    Time to put Ryan NO’Byrne back in the lineup. Hopefully he can do a better job of clearing the front of the net than some of the guys tonight. Move MAB to forward and sit Darchey even though i like him, that turnover was unforgiveable. 

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  36. J. Ambrose says:

    Yawn. Going on about Halak again, are you? Wake me when you have something worthwhile to offer. Yeah, I know, I’ll be sleeping for a loooong time.

  37. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    exactly…agenda setting delay…killed our momentum at the least.

  38. light_n_tasty says:

    Stiiiiinnnnnnnkeeeerrrrrrr on the tying goal.  We all knew we would need perfect goaltending to beat Washington.  We didn’t get it tonight.  But, 2 OT games…basically how the regular season went.  One other thing…the Gomez fighting major was bad.  C’mon Gomez, we’re not paying you to sit in the penalty box!  At least take Ovechkin with you!

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because CBC policy is to employ failed ex-Bruins, the more spectacular the failure the better.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  40. Chris says:

    Somebody has to replace Don Cherry as village idiot.  PJ Stock is as good a choice as anybody.  :)

  41. habs001 says:

    the tying goal was gorges fault he backed up like most of the cap d have been doing all series gave halak no chance…the ot goal was a great shot it was like ak46 goal..snipers from that spot score a lot..if we had the technology to insert any goalie into that play very few if any would have stopped it.. the caps d and d coverage looks poor and we scored 8 goals on the with only 5 forwards provide goal scoring.i hope pouliet is not one of those players that goes on a hot strike when traded and reverts back to what he allways was…he needs balance training for a pro he is bad…we cannot win this series unless the 3rd and 4th lines score some goals…the problem is the best offensive player on those lines is sk74 but he is not good enough to create goal scoring chances for himself and his passing skills is meaningless on those lines…this is were the failure of gainey and the scouts come to light..we have not produce a 21,22,23 year old forward with any scoring abilities.

  42. Exit716 says:

    Why does PJ Stock draw a salary from tax payers?

    He’s an idiot.

    Stumble Bum.

  43. Exit716 says:

    My biggest concern, feeding into your conspiracy theory was the five to six minute delay after Kostitsyn’s goal for the review of Pouliot’s obvious non-goal.

    That turned the game completely in favour of the Capitals.

    Up until that point they had the complete momentum.

     

  44. Chris says:

    I cringed when the TSN analysts were talking in the second intermission about how the series was going back to Montreal with the Habs holding a 2-0 lead.  I had a really bad feeling that the Capitals were waking up.

    Other thoughts:

    A couple of days before the playoffs, the league sent a memo around to the teams indicating that they would be policing head shots and goaltender interference very tightly this year.  Sure you are, Gary & Colin…sure you are.  Tonight was proof positive, as if anybody needed more, that the NHL is a garage league full of incompetent referees.  Did it cost the Habs the game?  Probably not, but there is certainly an argument that could be made by Habs fans.  But I just can’t get over how the NHL can’t help but shoot itself in the foot every single year.

    The Knuble interference should have wiped out Backstrom’s first goal.  The Ovechkin goal, unfortunately, was fine…although I was still so cheesed at seeing Jaro get run and bumped on every single play that I just assumed Ovechkin pushed Halak into the net.  I will say that I am pretty amazed that the referee still had sight of the puck from his vantage point behind Halak…  ;)

    Scott Gomez:  words can’t even begin to describe how angry I was seeing him get in a fight with 17 minutes to go in a game where the Habs are clinging to a one goal lead and need their leaders to lead ON THE FREAKING ICE!  That was a mind-blowing, idiotic decision by a guy who is supposed to be cerebral.  And to cap it off, I had to see Mathieu Darche on the second wave of the PP.  Ugh.

    Pouliot should get a bit of a tongue lashing for a lazy and stupid penalty in the offensive zone late in the game.  The Habs had just gotten the lead and momentum, and Pouliot promptly gave the Capitals a chance to get it right back. 

    It’s hard to be furious, as the Habs got the split and could very easily have gone home up 2 games to none.  But as Boone said, this loss is going to hurt…HUGE momentum swing in the series, and now the Habs had better come out flying in Game 3 if they have any hope of staying in this.

    PS:  I HATE those composite sticks.  Yes, Habs fans, Cammalleri deserved both penalty calls…the refs have been calling those consistently for a couple of years now. There is no way they are missing those tonight.  But those sticks break far too easily. 

  45. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    BOONE SAID……2P 6:30: How  long till the refs make this a closer game?

    folks, i hate to break it to you, but todays game is about money. Every time the Habs took or had the lead, the REFS made sure WASH would eventually prevail…where was the calls for goalie interference? 2x… and what about delay of Game on Gionta’s 2nd goal…or the multiple punches, elbows, and charging displays by that purebred idiotic neanderthal greedVechKin…American Market, American Fans, American TV dollars…its about going where the money is (or needed)… this is supposed to be playoff hockey, and i can’t believe the refs are so eager to blow their whistles! especially in the last 2 minutes? do they want to effect the outcome? isn’t that absurd?…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…its agenda.

    just look at the banter coming out of TSN… are these guys for real?…absolutely. They are catering to an American audience…it was no different than watching a WASHINGTON FEED…

    the game is rigged/fixed/illegal on so many levels it should be abolished in its present form.

    Our boys played their hearts out again and again, but its not just the on ice battles they are up against, too bad, and sad, but its the world we live in..every single thing is about money.

     

  46. danedmunds says:

    …..time to pay the fiddler…. whore!!!

  47. 100HABS says:

    So did I – I went straight to the comments, and it confirmed that there was no reason to read the rest!

  48. showey47 says:

    “There may or may not be a conspirancy but hey it would be a disaster for the NHL to lose the Caps in the first round”-which was why i wanted nothing to do with the pens or caps as 1st round opponents. Conspiracy or not,there is no way we would have gotten away with the crap the caps got away with tonight.

  49. J. Ambrose says:

    Man! A lot of negativity here. Okay, we were close to gettin’ out of the city-without-a-State with two wins. But who among you expected that we’d be flying home to YUL with even one win? Another fantastic effort by the troops with forwards hustling back (Pouliot, in particular, has impressed me with his back-checking the past two games), and snoozing scorers coming back to life. Before the game, I said that I hoped AK would start using that lightning fast release of his, instead of trying to dipsy-doodle, and he did just that. And Spacek, Gorges, and Gill continued to play stellar defense.

    However, we didn’t get the same performance from lines 3 & 4 as we did in game one, and Jaro failed to stop a couple he’d normally stop. But he also had to deal with kamikaze attacks by Caps forwards all night. And we were victimized by a series of ridiculous calls, and even more glaring: the non-calls.

    All in all, the lads should return heads held high. Ovie, Backstrom et al come to our turf now. Jaro will bounce back, and our top two lines are once again in high gear. And come Thursday morning, we may be flying back to Dulles airport in dull Washington leading 3 games to one.

     

  50. longtimehabsfan says:

    Keep the faith people.  A Rangers fan friend of mine at work told me the Habs have a good chance in this series.  He said his Rangers took the Caps to seven last year and that he thought the Habs have more talent than the Rangers had last year.  I throw this out there only because we all no how hard it is for us Habs fans to be objective. We’re just so passionate about our team.

  51. Tis Himself says:

    You’re right. With his 1.00 save percentage thus far in the series, Price should get the nod in Game 3.

    My bad. I forgot momentarily that you can’t divide by zero.

  52. Norm0770 says:

    I stopped reading after your first sentence because you obviously did not watch the game.  Theodore got pulled after the second goal.

  53. Tis Himself says:

    If someone said the Habs could play the Caps in a best-of-five series and that they would have home-ice advantage would you have taken it? I sure would have!

    The Caps lost just five games at home all season and we almost copped two in their building. Nothing to be upset about here.

  54. habsfaninboston says:

    Please go away!

  55. danedmunds says:

    man you should take my avatar

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    Respectfully disagree, JM must give Halak a chance to bounce back against the Capitals and settle the score, 3 of those goals were not his fault and only occured because of illegal play on him by the Capitals, he allowed bad goals but you can’t drop him now with the hope Price stones the Capitals because if he falters in Game 3, Halak’s confidence will have taken a hit if JM chooses to flip goalies then and he won’t have a good option to play either of his guys in Game 4.

    Game 3 should be Halak’s to win or lose, if he falters and bad goals cost us the game, put Price in Game 4 but you can’t mess around with your goalie assignments so early. We need to get a real test of Jaro’s mettle for the big games.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  57. The Nut says:

    Boone usually I agree with the stuff you say but I will disagree with your comment of “skill won this game” because skill did not win this game, terrible officiating won this game. The Caps 2nd, 3rd, and 4th goal should not have counted. Yet give a guy a measly little slash that breaks and stick that would have broken anyways and you get a penalty. BS!!! And on the play where Halak was being dragged out of the net how do you not call a goaltender interference penalty on that? And then the puck is down at the other end 10 seconds later and Camm takes a slashing penalty. Come on!! There may or may not be a conspirancy but hey it would be a disaster for the NHL to lose the Caps in the first round.

  58. habs4cup says:

    let’s face it, habs scored 4 goals mostly because of weak goaltending by Theodore.

    habs will not win Monday, Wednesday or Friday. this series is officially over. all the momentum is with Wash, thanks to very goaltending from Halak.

    habs will not recover. They will come out dead on Monday, no emotion, and by the end of the 1st period Halak will be yanked. But it will be over by then so who cares.

    all season long, habs have been unable to protect leads why should tonight be any different.

    they lost because of JM’s system: passive resistance. habs never learn from their mistakes.

    every time they tried to protect a lead during the season, they lost the game. remember the game vs Buffalo?

    If JM is still the coach next year, nothing will change. JM=LOSER!

    this team will never win with JM. I hoope Mr. Molson was watching JM when he didn’t call a timeout, or when he didn’t yell at the refs for the lack of calls or interference on Halak.

    It’s disgraceful that JM calls himself a coach. he’s done like toast. once a loser. always a loser.

  59. Exit716 says:

    I guess my official Reebok Koivu T-shirt tonight was bad luck…Damn you Giant Tiger for buying surplus stock….

     

  60. deuce6 says:

    I don’t know about you, but in the regualar season highsticking and interference is still a penalty, but I guess that only applies to the Habs..No matter how you wanna twist it, the reffing was below professional standards..They were intimidated by the crowd and it swayed their calls/non calls..Maybe Alex Burrows had something there..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  61. Mr. Biter says:

    Halak may have played great in game one but tonight he sucked. He does not seem to play well under pressure.  let in 4 goals in 15 shots from the end of the 2nd. period to the overtime winner. Just my opinion but he seems to play great with no preseure on him but when it’s 0n the line he  folds like a cheap suit. Last 2 goals wrist shots from well out easy shots both go in. Price had better start on Monday. This is not to demene what Halak has done during the year but when  we needed great goalteading down the stretch to get one measly point, he again folded and except for the 1st game against Washington, (but again no pressure) he has been BAD. No references to spelling & bad grammer as too many libations during the game. And also no big complaints about the refs.Called the cheap trips and slashes on both teams and let the boys play hockey (no real goonery ala Boston/Buffalo).

    Booneee, if you have any stroke with the habs organization, How about dumping the usual national anthem singer (who’s okay) but for us older fans and the younger ones  Play a tape of Roger Doucet belting out the National Anthem on Monday night. No one ever did it better and no one ever got the crowd into a game as listening Mr. Doucet do the national anthem. And The Habs need a lift after losing this one which min the bag.

     

    “Ladies the spirt is willing , but the flesh is weak”

    Zap Brannigan

  62. Exit716 says:

    Vancouver gives up two goals in less than two minutes.

  63. B says:

    The pundits figured Washington would knock out Montreal in three games. Instead, Montreal took away home advantage, chased the Caps starting goalie and forced the mighty Caps into overtime to salvage a single win out of the first two games in their own barn against the lowly Habs. Sounds like a good start to me. I can’t wait until Monday. Go Habs Go!

  64. Rob D says:

    I was disappointed but really, the Habs displayed a lot of pluck and verve to gain the lead. They also continued to cough up horrible giveaways in their own zone and mostly got away with it..till they didn’t. J.Martin had the D playing back and at one point, only CAmmy was in deep on his shift. That was pulling the dogs off and I think that was the momentum swing. They had to keep attacking..small team that can forecheck..not a team that can sit back. I hate to say it. but I think they lost their chance to win the series. I really do. This Washington team is bogus defensively but they can light you up in a NY minute. Halak let in at least one bad one but I am really not too down on him. I am a huge Price fan, BTW..heee hee..but I don’t want to argue about who should be in net. Halak has earned his playoff start and I don’t expect that will change.

    I don’t hate Martin, but he just doesn’t get it. IN the new NHL, you can’t sit back unless you have big grinders who can control the puck and the board play. Phoenix did that very well against DEt. in game one I thought.

    Other things: Cammy took a couple of brain dead penalties, Halak too a lot of abuse but that’s the playoff level calls we can expect. Run the goalie at your leisure. WE should take note and do the same thing.

    This team is pretty marginal but I like them. Lots of heart and lots of “wanna” even from Laps who I had totally written off after his pathetic season. They don’t have the horses but I’ll still be glued to the TV for Game 3. Just a HUGE game. Must win.

     

     

  65. Clay4bc says:

    You, sir, are overthinking my comment a tad too much, don’t you think? Straw men being what they are, my comment was more tongue-in-cheek.

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  66. fun police says:

    during tsn’s playoff preview show, darren drager went on about a league conference call.  he said that the nhl made it clear that certain things would absolutely not be tolerated.  one of the things that the nhl said would not be put up with was goaltender interference.  he showed examples of plays that would not only result in a no goal situation but a penalty.  by all accounts, the league made it clear that knubles interference should have resulted in a no goal and a goaltender interference call.  one thing the nfl gets right is that they will issue a press release and say that the refs blew a call.  i know today that it is pouring salt on a wound, but i’d like the nhl to come out and say that the refs missed the call and it won’t be tolerated.  in my opinion, when tsn agrees that the habs got screwed then they really got screwed.

    however, after saying all that, halak was brutal last night.  the tying goal was simply unacceptable.  it is the kind of goal that gets you pulled in a playoff series.  clearly halak wasn’t himself last night and i think that a change in net could have won us the game.  

     

  67. Danno says:

    You know what they say –

    The scenery never changes unless you’re the lead dog on the dogsled.

    Listen, all we need to do is win all our home games and we eliminate Washington. Can we do it?

    Yes we can!

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  68. Danno says:

    I’m not so sure about that. I was too mad to watch the replay, but didn’t that shot go through Josh Gorges’ legs and made for a screened shot? In hindsight, Gorges should have gone down to block the shot instead. You’re absolutely right about being robbed by the refs. It was a disgusting game from that viewpoint.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  69. The Cat says:

    Here it is, the paranoids guide to the playoffs. take it with a laugh.

    Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa: no need to expand fan base, negative effect on US tv. Result: will never get a powerplay at a crucial time. Will not be able to get away with stuff as much as the opponent.

    LA, Nashville, NJ, Phoenix: Need to expand fan base. Result: will get away with stuff more than most and get PP at crucial times except against teams good for US tv.

    Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago: Good for US TV. Result: will likely get only the most obvious call against them. Will get boost if needed.

    Buffalo, Boston, Detroit, San Jose, Colorado. Result: Mostly Adequate in most areas, local coverage better than most US teams, no need to tinker.

  70. Danno says:

    In the paper this morning Washington’s coach Bruce Boudreau said
    something I totally agree with for once:

    “By no stretch did we probably deserve to win. But we got lucky.”

    He’s absolutely right about that. Luck included those men in stripes
    helping out big time.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  71. Mike Boone says:

    The Caps were down 1-0 in the series. Theo faced two shots by the Canadiens and they both went in. C’mon, man: popular in the room? Like that should be a consideration when the guy can’t stop a beach ball?

  72. Willy the bum says:

    Hey, at least Cage Aux Sports got free wings.

    That was the most toughest loss, but Habs still ain’t backing down without a fight come Game 3, on our home-ice.

    Tomorrow night Boone, bring out your most nastiest, disgusted reverse jinx you can possibly imagine.

    Be glad everybody the Habs came home with a 1-1 instead of a 0-2.  Cheer on, and taunt THEO THEO when he’s on the bench.

  73. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Jaro was very ordinary last night and much of the last couple of weeks. We won’t win with ordinary. Brodeur stumbled in Vancouver and Loungo went in and we have a gold medal for Canada. It’s time to shit or get off the pot with Carey Price. If Martin starts Halak and loses do we have a goalie controversy yet? This will be a determining moment in the future goaltending in Montreal.     

  74. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Will AK46 get a 48 hour reprieve from a certain poster (vingt-quatre). ……….  This poster has been crapping on him daily since 2003. ……………………….  Hockey World / from Jim Matheson …..  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Hockey+World/2921188/story.html          …………….  also from Matheson …..  One undercurrent of the draft: everybody likes defenceman Cam Fowler, who has been compared to Nick Lidstrom, Brian Leetch and Paul Coffey. Don’t be surprised if the Bruins, with a first-rounder of their own and also Toronto’s next year, try to package both to get the third pick. McGuire says Fowler will quarterback your power play for a decade.

  75. JF says:

    The way the game ended was terrible, and it certainly swung the momentum to the Caps’ side.  But I think our guys have too much character and our veterans have too much playoff experience to be crushed by it.  The team needs to look at the mistakes they made in the second half of the game (bad penalties, the D backing up), get back to the way they played in game 1 and early in this one, and build on the positives.  And there were plenty of those.

    We can skate with the Washington Capiotals and match them in firepower.  We can score on their golatenders.  We can get behind their D and create havoc down low.  We can take away their time and space and prevent a lot of their dangerous rushes.  Our guys are playing with great intensity, and some of our key snipers have found their confidence and scoring touch.  

    Before the playoffs started, I thought that Washington would not go far in them because of their poor defense and less than stellar goaltending, and I still think so.  We can beat these guys.  Yes, they have players who can step in and make a difference, but when things don’t go well, the team as a whole loses its composure.  Despite what happened last night, I think the level we’ve played at has stunned them.  We need to refocus and keep doing it.

    I wish JM would react to atrocious calls by the refs.  We’ve seen it over and over in the regular season: an abvsolute non-call is made on one of our players or a perfectly good goal is disallowed, and the camera swings to JM’s bland expression behind the bench.  Why did he not protest the Caps’ second goal?  Knuble was all over Halak, and there should have been a goaltender interference penalty.  Even TSN thought the goal shouldn’t have counted.  I’m not saying JM should go into these automatic temper tantrums the way Carbo used to, but it wouldn’t hurt to register a protest occasionally.  In this case the manhandling of Halak and that goal likely cost us the game because it gave them the momentum going into the third period.

  76. RetroMikey says:

    We lost,  Yes it was painful. Them the breaks.  The team was expected to be down 2-0 and are 1-1 coming home.

    We know Washington has a potent offensive team and we have a very weak D and what does everyone expect?

    But please don’t blame Halak for the loss!  Price would have done no better but  worse IMO.

    Good teams find ways to win and rebound.

    Like I said beofre the series began, it;s going to be the be a tough and gruelling series for both teams.

    BTW, what’s with little Sergei?  Everybody is bashing a 36 year old guy in Hamrlik who played over 20 minutes on the ice  and a young stud in Sergei plays only 9 minutes?  Is he throwing tantrums that we are not aware of?

    Hmmmm,  just wondering.  This guy is supposed to be our best prospect in terms of skill and he sure was invisible last night.

    Yes, it was painful last night.

    This series is far from over. 

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  77. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah, too bad I have to work. You, on the other hand, get to spend the day worrying about what i think, which is very amusing to me.

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  78. DrA says:

    We will now see what this team is made of.  We knew what the previous tesm was made of (pack up and give in before giving up).  They see a couple of paths to beating this team and they were toe-to-toe with them offensively.  It is the greater will to win that will determine this series. I am still not sure which team has the greater will to win. We will all know on Monday.  It is their choice as to how they want to deal with this.

  79. StevieRay says:

    1-1 coming home … I’ll take it

    5 goals scored … should be enough to win …

    We can’t let the other team score 6 goals ….

    Halak will start Monday …. but if they keep running him ??? 

    Officiating… no comment .. see u Monday !

  80. doug says:

    and you’ve been crapping on 24Cups, now apparently in two languages, since before that. 

  81. smiler2729 says:

    You’re so right.

  82. Danno says:

    Monday, April 19, 2010 at the Bell Centre. Will it be Carey Price’s defining moment?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  83. RetroMikey says:

    NO

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  84. RJ says:

    Let’s hope not…

  85. mrhabby says:

    Halak starts, with a leash that is getting a little shorter.

  86. showey47 says:

    ever since it has been XXIV cups,lol

  87. showey47 says:

    I agree tony,the knuble goal being allowed was total garabage. But i believe that was also the goal where laps had an unpressured giveaway which led to the goal,just like darche did on the 3rd one. As much as the refs didn’t do us any favours,we didn’t help out our own cause either. But,you know its bad when even tsn,who has a history of dumping on the habs every chance they get,even say we got hosed. I’m sure that halak would love to have the last 2 back but i don’t know if price is even an option at home anymore. The guy was still being booed during player introductions at the leaf game last saturday.  

  88. J. Ambrose says:

     what’s with little Sergei?

    I’m beginning to understand why JM has the hate on for Mini Kos. I used to love the kid, but I’ve been noticing how he steers away from board-play and when the puck goes into the corners. And while his linemates are racing in for a forecheck, he’s lazily skating to the bench for a line change. And, unlike his brother last night, he still refuses to use his 210 pounds to establish himself in the slot. And I know JM was pissed off at him when he was one of only 4 players who chose not to show up for the optional skate before the Leafs game.

    If Metro wasn’t injured, Sergei wouldn’t be in the line-up.

  89. HardHabits says:

    There’s more to what you’re saying than mere speculation. It’s like in ’93 when Gretzky high-sticked Gilmour near the end of the game and no penalty was called let alone a double minor for drawing blood. A Toronto-Montreal final would’ve been great for hockey fans (read Canadians), but an L.A.-Montreal final was good for selling the game to baseball, football and basketball fans (read Americans).

  90. Bob Barker says:

    Monday is probably the biggest game in Halak’s NHL career. If the Habs lose and he plays well in the loss that’s one thing but if they give him a 3 goal lead and he lets it slip away with marginal goals then Price needs to go in. Obviously the best option would be he bounces back and the Habs come away with the win. It’s going to be an interesting game, that’s for sure. 

  91. Bill J says:

    WTF is that supposed to mean ?

    If I did not know any better (because you neglected to enlighten further your opinion)

    You WISH Price to fail, because you do not want Halak to lose his spot as #1 ?

  92. doug says:

    he, like i, wants halak to start.  that’s all.

  93. doug says:

    good one, showey!

  94. PrimeTime says:

    China Clay is going to have a busy day!

  95. The.Price.Is.Right says:

    The way we’re playing, i’ll stay optimistic, at least for a good series.

     

    71!

  96. Da Hema says:

    Definitely a disappointing loss tonight. I had a feeling we were in for a loss after watching Pouliot and Cammalleri take three of the stupidest penalties imaginable when the team had a good lead. Still, if you were to have asked me a week ago whether the Habs would split the first two games of the series in Washington (and take both games to overtime), I would have laughed incredulously. We will see what character this team has on Monday.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  97. Rainrocket16 says:

    Game1= Plekanec

    Game2= Bettman

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  98. Y says:

    Now that the pain has dulled and the mind has cleared, I can only hope that they don’t let this crush them but I hope it makes them come out twice as hard and kick these crapitals and their bandwagoner partisans back to the sidelines where they deserve to be.

    Otherwise we’ll all be washing away our sorrows watching Kenny Chesney Summer in 3D (WTF?)

  99. Rainrocket16 says:

    Damn right, actually I would rather watch something else but hell yeah, screw the Crapitals!! Who do they think they are trying to start a rivalry with us!!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  100. RJ says:

    Did you see Boudreau at the end of the game, acting like he won both the Stanley Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal? Guess his comment to the press that the Caps were LUCKY to win the game were genuine.  

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  101. thirdstone says:

    Mike, I completely disagree about Theo. He was great in game 1 and could only be blamed for the 1st goal. The move was extremely shortsighted.

    Theodore is popular in the dressing room. Versus had their camera on OV talking to theo after he got pulled, clearly concerned. The fact that Theodore got pulled creates a controversy: when you pull the team favoured goalie like that the tension can last for the entire playoffs. Varlamov might not need to be that good for the rest of the series to beat MTL. Theo might not get a chance to play again and the tension might linger as long as their alive. “What tension?” you say? Theodore did not get a fair chance (pulled after 2 goals, please). The unfairness of this gets emphasized by the fact that the team won having let in 5 goals. Most players are thinking “we could have kept him in there and still wont”, a thought which feeds the tension even more.

    You pull the goalie once he’s conclusively thrown his chance away. This is especially true early in the playoffs. If you pull him early on without giving him a chance then you’ve created a fissure that might last the entire playoffs. Bad move. Veteran guy, loved in the dressing room, went on an asbolute tear that secured the #1 position – his chance is worth more than 2 goals.

  102. santeri says:

    Referee conspiracy! Tin foil hats!

    C’mon. From my perspective as impartial (maybe very slighly pro-Habs) observer the enormous sucking in that regard was pretty even. And on the other hand, lousy refereeing is a hundred year old golden standard in the NHL playoffs.

    As for in-game coaching, either one of those bozos (Martin, Boudreau) is going to be eaten alive in the next round.

  103. SlovakHab says:

    BY FAR the most heartbreaking game of my online-watching career. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Unreal. 

  104. Habsrule1 says:

    Realy sad. I, like many of you, thought it was over when it was 4-1. Then, when I thought about it for a few minutes, realized this caps team can score in bunches.

    That 5th goal was the killer. I thought we’d pull it out when Plekanec buried that beautiful feed from Cammalleri.

    I don’t blame Halak, but he’s had better nights. He starts tomorrow, but I go as far as saying if he has the same game as last night, Price starts game 4.

    Nobody said this would be easy (at least I hope not). I picked Habs in 7 in my pool. Imagine how dissapointed I’d be had they won in 4.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  105. punkster says:

    Never assumed he was excellent. But as I inferred there isn’t a goalie around that could have stopped those. Obviouly not a good night for a goalie but a W would have eased the pain somewhat. And that rests on the team not ust the goalie. (and you’re right about the sticks to the back of the legs…that may not have stopped the interference but it would make them pay in the long run)

  106. brysonom says:

    I thought the team has played about as well as they can for the most part…they have burried their chances for the most part…

    The team D has been really well given the tallent on Washington…they only way we can win is if all of this keeps up and Jaro is better…Jaro has been great, made some big big stops, but he will have to make more if we have a shot…

    I think Jaro starts all the way unless he really falters…he has earned it…

  107. diehardhab says:

    I think if halak was on his game then he could have stopped at least one of the last 2 goals. Yes the D was backing off and partially screening him but if hes aggressive and tracking the puck, the shots came from far enough away that he could have made one of the saves.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  108. SPATS says:

    Professional. They won’t panic. Bob brought this team together around quiet confidence and character. He looked for guys like himself and he found them in Gionta, Cammy, Gomez, and Martin. We already had them in Marky, Halak and Price. They have poker faces. It’s business. The fans are the emotional ones. Our team knows how to play the Caps and win. They will meet to discuss some subtle changes to avoid a repeat. They’re not down on themselves one iota. The true professional picks himself up, dusts himself off and learns from the experience. As for this emotional fan, I’m glad I’m not on the team. I’d be crying myself to sleep. Give me a quiet character team over Ovy etc any day of the week.

  109. Tis Himself says:

    We need to draw a few stick choppers Monday night. I say the first time we get a PP we send out someone carrying a stick with two cuts in the shaft. Maybe we can draw a double minor?

  110. punkster says:

    Now we’re splitting hairs LOL. Whatever. We lost, we learn, we move on. Great hockey!

  111. Mr.Hazard says:

    Re: the crashing caps, I think Halak is actually better. He’s much less rattled and much calmer than Carey.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  112. punkster says:

    Perfect plan. You work with the technology available. Technology can be your friend. A few well placed hacksaws behind the bench and we’re laughing. Hate these new sticks. A couple of years ago it was the exploding variety when they took a shot. Now it’s the collapsible variety that break the moment they’re touched.

    Speaking of collapsible items, I found a video that Halak should review for those moments when his crease is invaded.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh4XktSwdFA

  113. habs4cup says:

    but Buffaslo was leading by 2 goals not 3 goals, and they didn’t retake the lead again like habs did.

    imagine habs had 2 leads in the game and lost both.

    THIS TEAM IS INCAPABLE OF PLAYING WITH A LEAD.

    they win in OT, because Wash didn’t get a chance to response, otherwise they would have won the 1st game too.

  114. HardHabits says:

    Nice.

    I am however, starting to develop a real disdain for the Great Ape.

  115. habs4cup says:

    do any of you remember 5 years ago when we played Carolina? habs were leading in the game, and up 2 games to none in the series. I think we were up by 3 goals, then this franchise did what they do best. they stopped skating, stopped playing. Carolina won that game, and habs never recovered and lost the next 3 games. series was over.

    same thing now. that loss last night zapped them of all their momentum and positive emotion. they won’t recover because they can’t. imagine what they’re saying to themselves:”we were up by 3 goals and still couldn’t beat this team, therefore if our best game and we still can’t win, we’ll never beat them”.

    oh and the only reason habs won the 1st game, was because Theodore let in bad goals. it was a fluke win.

    this series is over. and we all know habs will come out dead in the 1st period with no emotion, caps with all the momentum will score 3 goals and be up 3-0 and JM(genius) still won’t pull Halak, because he thinks Halak was solid.

    truth is, Halak let in 5 soft goals and everyone except JM knows it. JM needs glasses. he is the 1 with his passive resistance style, that cost habs the win and series. . never was a winner and never will be.

    I CAN’T WAIT TILL JM IS FIRED! I HOPE THE MOLSON BROS READ ALL THESE COMMENTS.

  116. Led says:

    Ryan Miller allowed 5 to the WORST offense in the league, guess who will be starting Buffalo’s next game (Hint, it won’t be Lalime). Yes Jaro let in 6 to the BEST offense in the league, but it could easily have been 10. He starts again.

  117. HardHabits says:

    The reasons why a team wins are moot. The team wins, they win!! Point finale.

  118. showey47 says:

    no no mr. punkster,no hacksaws. They leave a clean cut,don’t forget its the refs who pick these sticks up off the ice and will be able to notice any physical tampering. It has to look as natural as possible. Before the game you need to get a stick and slowly lean on it till the point where it starts to splinter but not break. Then put it away till needed. The stick needs to belong to a forward and when on the PP just cycle the puck into a corner(the opposite corner of the ref preferably) till a dman comes in with his stick swinging at yours. Then at the oppurtune time lean on it quickly and snap. Then throw your arms in the air to get the refs attention. Done and done.

  119. J. Ambrose says:

    You might garner more respect if you didn’t write everything in bold letters to make it seem like you are shouting at everyone.

  120. Tis Himself says:

    Maybe if there were an epidemic of such calls the League would wise up and come to the conclusion that it is the stick manufacturer and not the player who should be penalized.

  121. C-Dawg says:

    If the refs are going to call the series the way they have so far, maybe it’s time to give BGL a call and have him come back for game 3. JM can send him out to do as much damage as he can til he gets ejected. Considering he already counts against our roster, at least he could help make an impact. In a perfect world, he would run Theo, and when the scrum collects, he could sucker punch Ovie and take him out for the playoffs…and when the refs come, take Chris Lee out too.

    BTW, I’m joking, but am really sick of Ovie being allowed to punch Gionta in the face and run players all night but when Gill finishes a check, he gets called. This series is really getting lopsided ref’ing.

  122. showey47 says:

    You might want to go back and see what the real turning point in that series was. I’m pretty sure it involved justin williams stick and koivu’s eye. We were never up by 3 goals in that game,it was 0-0. I believe we lost 2-1 in overtime while being shorthanded.

  123. punkster says:

    Now see, that’s what I like about this site. Expert commentary and instruction from experts in the field. I learn so much each and every day. Thanks Showey.

  124. punkster says:

    Naaa, a real sleeper ;)

  125. Tis Himself says:

    Unless BGL decides to announce publicly a new-found love for beef, I don’t want him anywhere near the team!

  126. HabsalwaysCA says:

    As 24 cups points out, prior to the seires, everyone would have been thrilled with the prospect of a split in DC. 

    However, if the Habs were to have any hope of winning this series, it was vital for them to win last night’s game.

    Not becuase it was “game 2″, but because the outcome was as good as could be hoped for in game 1 and for nearly 38 minutes in game 2.

    These outcomes are scarce, for teams who are overmatched, therefore each one must be turned into a victory.

    The Habs could not afford to squander last night’s lead and game.

  127. diehardhab says:

    Post olympics carey has seemed calm cool and collected to me. Either way no matter who is in nets probably wont matter. Its up to the guys in front.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  128. Big Ted says:

    Obviously, the refereeing played a huge role in determining the outcome of the game. Right after the Caps second goal, I said that the non-call was going to play a huge role in the outcome and that any loss by one would be completely on the refs. People can talk all they want about a team giving up a 3-goal lead and having to work for themselves, but the fact is that a bad call not only gives the opposition a goal, it also gives them momentum. It is much harder for a team mentally to come back from 3 down in the third than 2.

    Other fans have been complaining about the call on Gill and some of the other stuff, but I actually find the calls against the Habs haven’t been that bad in the playoffs (Moen call in game 1 aside, they’ve been fairly reasonable). But the non-calls against the Caps is what is killing the equity. Caps fans and media-types who are obviously anti-Canadiens will argue the contact was minimal, but for once, we can listen to Darren Pang, who astutely pointed out that the blue area is there for a reason. During the regular season, we even had goals called back for a guy preventing the goalie from getting out into the space in front of the crease, which was completely unreasonable. But to have a guy in the crease IN THE LINE the goalie would take to get to the shot and have two feet in the crease… that is exactly what the crease rule is there to prevent. The Tom Poti incident was even more flagrant, and still no call. The goal should have at least been a whistle, maybe not a penalty. the Poti incident was a clear penalty.

    The officiating already cost us several points during the regular season, which had a huge impact on seeding, given how close the standings were. But these non-calls were the major reason why this series is tied. I 100% believe the Habs outplayed the Caps in Game 2. Game 1 was back-and-forth but I would give the edge to the Caps overall. Game 2 was not even close. If you take out the officiating, the Habs win this one by 2 or 3.

    So how do we respond? We all know the series should be 2-0. The NHL obviously can’t and won’t do anything about this, so we now just have to accept that we need to win 3 more instead of just 2. If we play the way we have in the first two AND we get fair reffing, we will win the series, I don’t even have any doubt. Whereas in the regular season, I had questions about our work ethic, I feel like in the playoffs, our boys will come out and continue their strong play. I have that 2002 feel of an upset. But no matter what we do, we still need the refs to do their job, and that is what is frustrating. We can only do what’s under our control and I think that should be the message Martin delivers: work hard, take care of your own job, skate, go to the net, shoot the puck, don’t take dumb penalties. Play hard and we will win. Habs need to get to Varlamov and make his life difficult early. Boudreau knows if he goes back to Theo the series is done, so he’s stuck with Varlamov now. He’s already proven that in addition to having no system and being a bad coach and a whiner, he is now also a liar. Not surprising. Hope the Habs fans at games 3 and 4 let Boudreau have it, let the refs have it (if they try to pull anything similar to game 2), and let VArlamov have it AS IF he were Theo.

  129. showey47 says:

    Report says koivu left early in the 2nd and zednik scored about half way through the second. Worst of all check the penalties from late in he 2nd till over time,5 penalties in a row. The canes went from being swept in the first round to going on to win a cup. Williams stick should have won the conn smythe that year.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2005030123

  130. Chuck says:

    Sounds like I missed a wild and wooly one last night!

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  131. Arrow77 says:

    I mostly disagree with all of your observations:

    • The tying goal was definitely weak, at least as weak as the first goal Theodore gave up. I don’t think he was to blame for any other goal but you go too far when you say Brodeur and Roy wouldn’t have stopped them (assuming you mean in their prime). They became who they are because they made impossible saves at the most crucial time. Last night, Halak played like a middle of the pack goalie: not bad, but far from elite.
    • The “middle of the road” team looks that way partly because of Martin’s coaching. It’s nice that you consider the opposition when you judge the result but that doesn’t mean he can do no wrong. A coaching mistake is a coaching mistake, no matter who you face.
    • Gomez is a smurf. I know we complain a lot in Montreal but I don’t remember anyone ever asking a small player to pick up a fight. I don’t think it was much of a factor,  though.
    • I don’t completely disagree with the last point but find it very optimistic. They shouldn’t be deflated but they shouldn’t feel good either. They were leading 4-1 and they still lost. They won’t have that big of a lead very often.
  132. punkster says:

    They’re not too old yet and certainly not over 40 LOL. They held their ground quite well through 7+ periods but backed off at the blue line in the 3rd last night. Komi? Souray? Yesterday’s news.

  133. Danno says:

    A few little things that affected the game’s outcome:

     

    • Two
      goalie interference incidents on Halak not called.
    • Washington was offside for the tying goal.
    • Many,
      faceoffs won by Montreal were waived off and restarted by the refs.
    • Two
      needless and momentum-stopping reviews. One on Gionta’s good goal the
      other on the Poulliot miss
    • Ovechkin given a free pass and carte
      blanche to hack away with no penalty
    • Caps net was lifted on
      Gionta’s potential game-winning goal – no call
    • Another occasion
      Varlamov obviously lifted his net to stop play
    • Markov hit in the
      face with a high stick – no call
    • Bullsh*t call against Hal Gill on a legal check
    • There
      are probably others that I missed…
    • Feel free to add your own,
      I’m running out of cyber ink…

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  134. J. Ambrose says:

    Yuppers to them all, although the Gill check was one of those dreaded “discretion” calls. I say he was just finishing his check. But it could also easily be interpreted as interference as the puck had already been chipped past him. But overall, the ice surface did seem tilted against us by the refs last night.

  135. Arrow77 says:

    I’ll just add a few precisions to my opinion:

    I don’t think Jacques Martin completely suck as a coach: he’s a good teacher who vastly improved the young Senators and the Canadiens were a well prepared team in Washington. But there’s a few important areas where I think he’s just not good, IMO.

    1) The neverending goalie controversy is mostly his fault because he was unable to chose a no. 1 at any point during the season. If he had decided that Halak was his no. 1 earlier in the year, maybe there wouldn’t be all those talks about replacing him already.

    2) He might be a good coach before the game but during the game, not that much. When a game doesn’t go his way, he’s often too conservative to change anything, and when he does (the benching of Pouliot, SK and O’Byrne) it looks like a panic attack.

    As for Gomez, he’s taller than I thought but my point remains the same: he’s not paid to fight and him doing so was both unexpected and unwanted. I think we might need to bring O’Byrne back.

  136. J. Ambrose says:

    Hear hear! Geez, one loss, against the President’s Trophy winners, in OT, in their rink, and out come the knives. He’ll shine tomorrow night.

  137. Danno says:

    I don’t think this is whining. The refs have made a farce of the playoffs.

     

    For your dartboards folks:

    Dan O’Hollaran and Brian Pochmara.

    They are now officially inducted in the Chris Lee NHL Official’s Hall of Shame.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  138. 24 Cups says:

    Before the playoffs started, we would have been elated with a split in Washington.  For most of last night’s game we were starting to believe that something special might be unfolding in terms of a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    This series is far from over but you have to wonder if a golden opportunity was squandered.  The chance to beat Washington in 6 games would have been huge for us.  At least one opening round series always goes to seven games which would have meant an extra two days rest (or more).  That extra time off would have been so beneficial for the three older Dmen as well as Pleks and Halak.  That advantage is now gone.  It’s a shame seeing that it could have been the difference maker in the second or third series.

    One thing is becoming pretty obvious in terms of our defense.  When Hamrlik and Spacek both have strong games it usually means we win the contest.  When either one faulters, you can usually count on a defeat.

    All this needless talk about goaltending choices is such a waste of time.  The goalies will only be as good as the defense that is in front of them.  Martin must now decide whether or not he wants to go with a seven man rotation on the back-end or keep dressing a full, natural 4th line.  It’s a very tough call as both options have pros and cons to them.

  139. Arrow77 says:

    I say Halak.

    His performance in big games is starting to worry me: he was good in game 1 but was average to bad the last week of the season and last night was uncomfortably similar to the bronze medal game at the Olympics where he let 3 goals in the 3rd to blow a confortable lead.

    Still, he wasn’t bad enough to pull and changing goalie right now would look like a panic move. I think what Martin needs to do is to make his team and his goalie believe that last game wasn’t that big of a deal and give them another chance to prove themselves.

    The leash shoul be shorter, though.

  140. punkster says:

    Good points…My views and yours differ somewhat so here’s my counter:

    1) Brodeur and Roy are not and were not gods. They are not and were not infallible. Both your view and mine are just as valid though.

    2) I doubt there is any coach anywhere who could make this team play better than they have the last 2 nights. Maybe Scotty, maybe Toe. Again our views differ but this is still a bubble team not a top contender.

    3) The smurf label is not valid here. The guy’s 5’11” and 200 lbs. Just where is the bar for smurf, midget, tiny tot and little man syndrome set these days? (and no, I’m taller than Gomez ;) No, the “fight” wasn’t much of a factor in itself but losing him for 5 minutes competely upset any momentum we could hope to obtain at that critical time.

    4) I prefer they take the loss as a learning experience (lol) rather than allow it to get them down. Take heart. This team can beat the Caps but it requires 60 minutes of focus from all players and coaches.

  141. nova scotia vees says:

    The refs (O’Halloran), made 3 calls againt Mtl in final 9 minutes…The last one didn’t show on the stats as they scored…The league has to stop calling the broken sticks call…players are likely to go on the ice with a cracked one just to get the call…

    Face-offs…this is the way to tilt the playing field without it showing in the stats…In game one, the Habs were constantly being thrown -out for no apparent reason…I would like to see a new face-off rule.  Linesman puts puck on dot….players skate in from hash-mark on the whilstle.  No cheating that way.

    Moveable nets…..Disgraceful and bizarre that hockey allows the goal to be moved.  Can you see it happening in any other sport???? Make the nets fixed and players would think twice about smashing into the goalie.  They changed this because some players have been injured…but really folks…LOTS of players get injured hitting the boards…should they be flexible??

    The NHL has an agenda and just like CBC…..it doesn’t include the Habs…

     

     

  142. Exit716 says:

    Washington is just going to go through the motions again and hope the officials hand them the game.

    Why did it take half an hour to review Pouliot’s non-goal? That break gave Washington time to regroup. Total BS.

     

  143. Chuck says:

    The “glass half-full” way to look at it is that the rest of the Eastern Conference series are also tied at one. If we move on, chances are that the Habs will be meeting a team that’s just as short of rest.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  144. Bob Barker says:

    AK46 – 18 GP in playoffs – 9 Goals – 5 Assists

    Those are some solid postseason stats. Maybe people will ease up on the criticism of the guy and saying he’s useless. 

    Pleks-Cammy-AK46 will combine for a shit-ton of points on Monday. AK46’s first goal and the Pleks goal were highlights of the game for me.

    When John Carlson scored that tying goal, I felt a small part of me die inside. 

  145. punkster says:

    You’re teetering on negativity there Steve without really coming out and saying what you feel. Are you in or out?

    If the worst thing to come out of last night is that we don’t get enough down time before we play the second round then I can live with that. I tend to agree with your commets about the D though. Question is, can OB handle the Caps at the blue line? Never mind the toughness side of things. Does he have the skill set to check and block the shots of Ovie, Semin, Backstrom who love to shoot when through the D screen? Does Hamrlik?

  146. 24 Cups says:

    Good point, Chuck.  I just worry that it impacts us even more seeing that we are giving out top minutes to three older guys on defense. 

    It’s also too bad that Mara didn’t work out as planned and that O’Byrne doesn’t seem to stay in Martin’s good books for very long. 

     

  147. forskis says:

    Keep your heads up folks…I was watching the Buffalo-Boston and series and the Sabres had the following record:  after 2 periodds, if they have the lead, the Sabres were 31-0-0…and they blew it against the Bruins yesterday, so stuff happens, but what we should take into account is the following Miller post-game quote:

    “It doesn’t matter in what order you win, you just need to win four games.”

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  148. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    great post

  149. Phil_T says:

    Someone should remind Jacques Martin that the playoffs have started…if this would have been a regular season game, we woulda lost in overtime and still gotten a point. Fair enough…

    But this being the playoffs everyone has to step up their game. Now’s not the time to be characteristically undemonstrative or to be unduly passive on that 4-2 goal like that e-mail says. Without pulling a Playfair (that term has to stay btw :P) make sure the refs understand you’re not happy about that call. And even if it’s true that Hal Gill pushed Knuble on Halak, what do you got to lose anyway?

    The game apparently…

    Life goes on right? Go Habs GO!

  150. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – Before the series started, I figured the Habs didn’t stand a chance in hell.  The only real hope was if Halak out played the Washington goalies.  Before last night, I thought we had to really win the first two games so that we would be in a perfect situation to make some noise in the eastern conference.  I’m still here on board, but last night’s loss was more than just having to settle for a split on the road.  A window of opportunity may have closed and it was the Habs who slammed it shut.

    We are putting a lot of pressure on three older Dmen.  Watching Carlson play and excel only makes it worse (not to mention Alzner is waiting in the wings).  It wasn’t that long ago that Hab fans boasted about all the great young Dmen they had in their system.  Now it seems that we’re down to Subban and he still plays in Hamilton.  Just sayin’.

  151. salshabs says:

    Yes, the stick in Koivu’s eye and no call, turned the series over…

  152. Stuck_in_To. says:

    I started to despair when the Canadiens failed to press on that late power play … Darche was out! That is when I seriously started to question Martin’s competence. I think the statement that made to Washington was “this game is yours to take!”

    Halak was not as sharp but when you let Washington throw that many shots at you some are going to go in.

    And yes, the referees were highly questionable. The call on Gill, the non-call on the highstick on Markov. The running of Halak. And the list goes on.

    Calls and non-calls go both ways, of course. And Mtl. has benefitted at times. The shame about last night is how critical that game probably was to any hope of taking this series.

  153. Will Longlade says:

    The momentum changer in the game was the second goal which should have resulted in a Caps penalty. JM is way too passive. He needed to throw Jaro a lifeline after that. Team D sucked from the second goal on.  

    I think the Habs need to turn to Price for a game. Why? Jaro has had only one good game in the last five and the Caps have gotten into his head. Furthermore, if Price stumbles they still have time to go back to Jaro. And just maybe, Price ends up fulfilling his enormous promise.

    Caps have the momentum even with the series returning to Montreal. Game 2 could be the turning point of the series. Hope the Habs have the cajones to rise above the adversity.

     

  154. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …agree 1000 % Ian

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  155. Ian Cobb says:

    Everyone now knows that we can play with the best this league has to
    offer. I think the coach made two mistakes. After playing power lines
    against power and going up 4 to 1, he decided to put his 4th line
    against their power line and they were clearly over whelmed and it went
    to 4 to 2. Then he did the exact same thing two shifts later and it was
    4 to 3. We clearly lost the momentum and took 3 stupid penalties.

    We had a great game plan but did not stick to it. Instead thought we could run and gun with them and clearly we can not.

    We
    came out with a split, and that is more than most people gave them. Now
    playing at home I just hope they can play as loose as they did on the
    road. But we sure know now that we are a better team than most people
    believe. Even a split in Mtl. will be OK by me as we learn how to play,
    play off hockey together as a group for the first time!

    We can and we will send these guys to the golf coarse.!

  156. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …agree

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  157. Chris F says:

    Hey Habsfansince72 (STFU??) is this the way you speak to everyone? I feel sorry for you.

    I have 20 years of coaching experience with high performance athletes, and have a Masters Degree in Kinesiology, Majoring in Sport Management. I don’t come on here to be spoken to like that. And I certainly won’t be spoken to like that in person.

    You need to think before you speak.

  158. punkster says:

    Two things stood out for me after last night’s game. First, the Caps are number 1 for a reason. Second, the officiating in the league is pitiful.

    The game went south in the third as soon as the Habs D started to back up and allow the Caps to carry the puck over the blue line. Couple that with the D attempting too many stretch passes and we were cooked. Up to that point we forced the play, stood up at the line and either short passed or carried the puck out of our zone. I don’t think any of this was a concious decision by the players or the result of any sort of bench instructions. I think it was simpy the result of the Caps stepping up the intensity. They were pressuring Markov all night (which is why some here kept commenting about Markov’s weak plays last night…they weren’t weak, they were rushed under pressure) and in the third they expanded that pressure to all the Habs D. It worked.

    The officiating is a disgrace. I’m not going to go on about those none-calls around our goaltender. I do not believe in any conspiracy theory here. But the glaring inconsistency and ineptitude is inexcusable at this level of the game. Look at all the other series. Watch the games and you’ll see. Bush league officials deciding pro sports outcomes through incompetency.

    Last few observations (and keep in mind they are my views only, not “the majority”):

    • I don’t “blame” Halak for any of the goals. He played well. The Caps were simply on fire. The shots were all either screens, goaltender interference or lasers. Brodeur wouldn’t have stopped them. Roy wouldn’t have stopped them. You wouldn’t have stopped them.
    • I don’t blame JM for the loss. He is coaching a middle of the road team to a 1-1 series tie with the league’s best.
    • I don’t blame Gomez for the loss. What was he supposed to do? Back down. Never! He would have been vilified here and in the media if he did. (Of course if we had won the whole thing would have been ignored)
    • This game is not likely to have deflated the Habs. On the contrary. They know very well they can take these guys now. They didn’t give up last night and they have just enough talent to come back. Press the Caps, dig in the corners and force their D to make mistakes and do not back up at our own blue line.

    Go Habs Go!

  159. diehardhab says:

    Michel Therrien should shut his mouth! I still haven’t forgiven him for taking that stupid bench minor in the Carolina series in 2002 when we were minutes away from going up 3-1.

    Time to put Ryan NO’Byrne back in the lineup. Hopefully he can do a better job of clearing the front of the net than some of the guys tonight. Move MAB to forward and sit Darchey even though i like him, that turnover was unforgiveable

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  160. diehardhab says:

    If we are going to win this series our goalies need to be excellent. Halak was not excellent last night no matter what anyone thinks. 6 goals is not a good night for any goalie.

    What i would like to see is our goalies helping out the dmen in trying to clear the front of the net. If knuble wants to park his butt right on top of the goalie then the goalie has to slash him and make his life miserable if he wants to keep doing that. Im even willing to take a penalty as long as it makes the caps players hesitant about going to the net.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  161. 100HABS says:

    HIO Survey – Who starts Monday’s game?

    I say Price.

  162. MikeL says:

    MAB is probably a better hitter than Sheldon Souray. Size doesn’t mean you can hit.

  163. Tis Himself says:

    Unless they win, JM is gonna get grief with either choice. I could see Price getting the nod and I would not be upset at all about it. How many games near the season’s end did he play well only to be undone in the waning moments by his teammates? Even if last night’s six goals were not Jaro’s fault, fair is fair. If it’s you win you’re in, Jaro didn’t and shouldn’t be.

  164. diehardhab says:

    We need excellent goaltending if we are going to win. Its not fair to the goalies but its the reality of the situation. I think pricey could be better suited for this series because he is a bigger goalie and may not be as affected by the crashing capitals. I also want to see our goalies make life miserable for the crashing capitals. Slash them, punch them in the back, whatever it takes. Even taking a penalty might be worth it as long as we kill it off. A goalie great at this was ron hextall

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  165. Ian Cobb says:

    As this league becomes a little more equal in talent with the CAP
    structure, rule changes etc. There is one glaring area of our game that
    has definitely not kept pace with the new and improved NHL. And that is
    the quality and professionalism  of the officiating.

    When the NHL
    went to the two man system and Ron Finn recruited double the personnel
    from the minors, this left a huge gap of quality refs below. All the
    way down to the junior levels. Referees were rushed in to fill the
    holes at all levels of our game. 

    Just like players that do not
    put their proper development time in the minors, referees are lacking
    as professionals at the higher speed levels as they are promoted.

    In
    order for our game to excel with more consistency’s, proper checks and
    balances for fairness of play, this area must be addressed more
    vigorously with the over seeing of better training and supervision of
    the refereeing trade from junior right on up to the NHL.

    Right now some NHL games are a disgrace to our game in how they are officiated.

  166. punkster says:

    Not gonna matter a tinker’s damn who’s between the pipes if the D backs off and the forwards stop pressing. This Caps team can score big on anyone at any time. I could care less who starts. It takes all 6 guys on the ice to work and do their jobs.

  167. Ian Cobb says:

    We saw things very much the same way DAVE! I just posted about the officiating in the league now.

  168. Exit716 says:

    I don’t understand why there was what seemed to be a half hour delay after Kostitsyn scored to put the Habs up 4-1.

    That changed the momentum of the game.

    Washington is garbage.

    They don’t get a sniff the next three games.

     

  169. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why I feel good about Monday Night despite this…

    Mike Cammalleri is on, and he is a goal scoring beast in the Bell Centre, expect him to light the lamp a bit.

    AK played his best game of the year, Pleks proved he is a playoff man, their line will be a determining factor in this series.

    The boys will want revenge for this.

    The crowd will be at their backs.

    With luck, OB will get put back in to punish the Capitals for trying to squat in our net.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  170. Bob Barker says:

    god I hope you’re right. 

  171. andrewberkshire says:

    Can we scratch Hamrlik for O’Byrne?

  172. Habsfan_jay says:

    If OB is in then who sits?

  173. sillywalk says:

    Was Plek’s goal on Thursaday weak?

  174. Mike Boone says:

    OK, your writing is poor. Fine. You’re not a professional. But don’t you know how to read:

    He was not strong on a long shot by John Carlson that tied the game with
    1:21 left.

  175. Bob Barker says:

    It’s good to see you were able to maintain your composure. 

  176. oshawahabsfan says:

    Mine was pretty similar actually, along with some angry punches to the couch

  177. likehoy says:

    my reaction as well as montreal’s to the backstrom goal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31g0YE61PLQ

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  178. HardHabits says:

    The tank comes out the moment the Habs are out of the play-offs, along with a whole bunch of “I told you so’s”. Be prepared for the onslaught. Timo and I are gonna be on a roll all summer long.

  179. punkster says:

    Oh crap, just what I need to throw off my golf game. You two on a roll!

  180. HardHabits says:

    I support my team through thick and thin.

    However, when I look at who scored those big goals last night I can’t help but wonder what a few (young) high draft picks would do for this team.

    I admit we’re underdogs. I wish we weren’t though.

    Even if we win this series, we wont have home ice advantage for any of the other series, not even if we meet Colorado in the finals.

    The Caps are just the foothills. If we make it past that hurdle the real mountains are next and it’s a long uphill battle to go.

  181. punkster says:

    But that’s what underdogs do best. They accept the challenge of the uphill battle and they never give up. I really like the heart the team has shown throughout the season and over the last two games. That will carry them a long way. Next season we’ll be even better.

  182. Tis Himself says:

    I miss the tank!

  183. punkster says:

    Bring it out in October. It needs an overhaul anyways.

  184. andrewberkshire says:

    Have to ask, why does anyone even talk about Ovechkin? Backstrom is WAY better overall, and thus far has been the best player on the Caps by a country mile. I doubt Ovechkin would have a single point in this series without Backstrom doing all the legwork.

  185. Bob Barker says:

    Backstrom is like the hive mind that runs the Washington offense.

  186. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ovechkin being flashier gets him the attention. I hold Backstrom as one of the five best players in the NHL this season. Plays the entire ice surface and has improved his game every year he’s been in the league.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  187. Bob Barker says:

    It was stoppable. 

  188. Norm0770 says:

    Miller or Brodeur would have had it.

  189. SeriousFan09 says:

    AK46 tied for league lead in playoff scoring as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  190. ooder says:

    what makes me feel slightly better is that everyone else is also tied at 1 a piece.

    we will see the character and leadership this team has on monday…

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  191. Habscore says:

    I believe this team already has loads of character & leadership, buddy!! :)

  192. SeriousFan09 says:

    Totally agree, Hamrlik is running on fumes and is rusted out like a 30-year old Chevy right now. Sit him for now, play OB, he’s hungry to get back in and earn his spot. WE need some physical power and Hamrlik has been terrible in this series. Respect for his regular season work, but he is just not physically capable of handling the full NHL schedule anymore.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  193. Habsfan_jay says:

    Ok, just what I was thinking. Rest Hammer even if for just a couple games.

  194. Norm0770 says:

    We can’t, but maybe Martin should.

  195. Norm0770 says:

    Come on Boone.  It is smash mouth time but get serious, the way Poti took Halak out of the play it had to be goaltender interference.  As the play progressed the Ref had a crisis of concience and called a phantom hand pass to stop the play as the lesser of two evils which should have given the Habs a PP.

    And if it is smash mouth time how the hell do they call Gill for someting that disappeared as interference between the 2008-09 season.  That interference call, which was very prevelant coming out of the lock-out, hasn’t been made in two years, let alone in a playoff game.

  196. badangel says:

    i;m still in a state of shock from what I have witnessed

  197. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamrlik, he’s been wretched. Get some young blood in there and make the Capitals pay the price for hanging around in our end and parking on Jaro.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  198. Habsfan_jay says:

    I would do the same. I thought Hamrlik was pretty good in game 1, but I agree he looked to be wearing down as this game went along. My only concern is if OB is up to the task. I am a big believer in OB, but sometimes I find when he’s tasked with being a physical presence he gets into penalty trouble, and I wouldn’t want him on too much against Ovy.

  199. MathMan says:

    Game 3 is now an absolute must-win.

    I came into this game not really expecting a win and thinking that going back to Montreal tied would be a good thing. Now I worry the Habs just blew the series right there.

    Theodore crapped the bed, and the Habs did not take advantadge. They will not get another chance like that. That was a brilliant piece of luck in a first period they were being skated into the ice in. If they can’t win after that… well, suffice to say that won’t happen again.

    The Caps have some real life now. They come into Montreal with all the momentum in the world, convinced now that game 1 was just a fluke, but knowing that they have to take the Habs seriously. The Habs just blew a golden chance to take control of the series. And we KNOW the refs will always go easy on Ovechkin’s team (the NHL is so ridiculously bush-league), so we can’t expect better from them going forward.

    If they lose game 3 I’m not sure they should bother having games 4 and 5. Maybe, because the Habs always seem to rise from the dead when you think they were buried, but the way this game went… if they lose game 3… ugh.

    I’m worried that the Habs were just given their one chance to win the series, and they blew it. Hopefully by Monday they, if not me, will have convinced themselves that they stole a game on the road and played the Caps close in 2 games after being written off. 

    But yeah, there are positives. AK46 had a hat trick, the Plekanec line is scoring, the Gomez line seems to be on.

  200. Norm0770 says:

    As fans we often overreact to the importance of a win or loss and the potential psychological effect on the team.  After game one did we really think that the Habs would sweep the Capitals?  I didn’t, but I hoped they would, it would be better for my health.

    Both games in Washington went into overtime so both games could really have gone either way.  If all of the other circumstances were the same but the Caps won the first game and the Habs won the second, we would be absolutely giddy today as the Habs come back to the Bell Centre with the series tied. 

    After sleeping on it I feel a little better this morning about the Habs place in the series:  tied 1-1 coming back to Montreal.  Those of you who think this defeat was just crushing for the Habs remember this team does have the ability to bounce back after bad losses:  Carey Price was less than 2 minutes from his first shutout of the year in Buffalo and the team lost in a shootout, they won the next game; an OT loss to Ottawa was followed by a win over Vancouver, and an OT loss to St. Louis was followed by a win in New Jersey.

    Just so everyone doesn’t think I’m delusional:  Yes I am disappointed the Habs didn’t win last night, yes Gomez getting into a fight was hurt the team, and yes Halak should have had the tying goal with under 2 minutes to go.

  201. Tis Himself says:

    But, wasn’t Carlson’s shot great?

  202. Exit716 says:

    I’m glad I’m on your good side ( I think, hope..pray). Is it just me, or has every time Andrei Kostitsyn had a multiple goal game this season, the Habs have lost?

  203. longtimehabsfan says:

    Looked a lot like the game tying goal he allowed on Long Island.

  204. longtimehabsfan says:

    Good thing it hasn’t been that often, then.

  205. Norm0770 says:

    You sir are correct.  Not only have the Habs lost each game that A. Kostitsyn score more than 1 goal, but the Habs lost all but one multi-point games he had this season.

  206. Nahlsy says:

    “OK, your writing is poor.”

    Says the guy that began a following sentence with “but”.

    “You’re not a professional.”

    Says the guy that compared the Flyers to Hitler’s Third Reich, and offered to buy everyone a round of drinks to celebrate an season ending injury to Mike Komisarek.

    At least you didn’t say anything about being a hypocrite.

  207. twilighthours says:

    That didn’t feel like a heart-breaker to me.  Habs definitely have Washington scared.  96% of the people on this site would have been thrilled with the results (a win, 90 seonds from taking both games) a week ago. 

    And if Backstrom didn’t score that OT goal, then MTL would have found a way to get the winner, too.  

    It’s not going to be easy; it never was.  But this series is not hopeless – like most thought. This is an even-up series.  

    And that’s a great thing.

  208. Danno says:

    All we need to do to eliminate Washington is to take all our (3) games at home.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  209. nick says:

    You know what killed the mood for me last night? That penalty in the third round where they played it totally defensively.The team from there on played on their heels.

    I’m really starting to question JM’s killer instinct. I think he’s playing it too safe.

    I’d start Halak next game, but if they lose that would be his last… until Price lost one. I’m just a little concerned starting Price on home ice. The home crowd could be more of a problem than Washington.

    Whats worse, a shakey Halak getting run by the opposition? Or Price getting ansy after the home crowd turing on the kid after one goal?

    Mike – They got 3 past Valarmov last night.

  210. Chris F says:

    I am trying very hard to get the sick feeling out of my stomach. I am a coach, and I believe something has to be done about the coaching.

    Point: With two minutes to play, and two minutes from being up 2-0 on the first seed, how do we not rally the troops with a game plan to seal the deal.

    Point: The caps all have the same move. They hit the blueline with speed, stickhandle the puck into the defencemens feet (creating their own screen), and shoot a hard wrist shot towards the net. Its how Carlson scored, it’s how Backstrom scored, and it’s possibly how that idiot Ovechkin has scored 90% of his goals. How are we not prepared to defend this tactic, when that is all they do. Just watch for it next game, watch how many times Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, et al, carry the puck in, stick handle into the feet of the d and shoot a self imposed screen shot. Man, C’mon!!!

    It’s embarrassing how Martin didn’t start to verbally abuse the refs and their allowance of Caps abusing Halak. How does this happen? This is not the time to be passive.

    Its like wathching Carbonneau smirk at the refs when the team was getting robbed. Smirking and talking under your breath is not going to get it done, this is the *^**ing playoffs. Your on the road, and the NHL needs the Caps to win, they don’t need Montreal to win, BE AWARE OF THIS AS A COACH. It I know this, how does Martin not know this.

    As a coach, I know you can physically and emotionally exert your will on your players to win. Especially in the last couple of minutes when your team has the game won. Why does this happen to our team so often, I would like to know how many games we have blown in the last two minutes in the past couple of seasons. It’s coaching, coaching, coaching, period.

  211. danedmunds says:

    i disagree. i think the D have done a great job taking away that screen play. spacek has it down to a science. eventually though a few will work.

    i agree that i would love a coach like torterella because the refs really messed that game up but after a good night of sleep i realized what would it really accomplish? do you think screaming at the refs really changes things? take vigneault for example. he yells at refs, he calls them out after games and they got screwed last night too.

  212. HabFanSince72 says:

    Verbally abusing the refs?

    Like Michel Therrien did against Carolina?

    You say you’re a coach – what do you coach exactly?

    Martin has 1000+ games in the NHL. Unless you’re Sctotty Bowman, STFU.

     

  213. RiverviewCanadien says:

    This team will prevail.

    Robbed would be an understatement. 

  214. Arrow77 says:

    All the talk about how the Canadiens will react is pointless, IMO: the important thing is how the Capitals will react! We had them in the cables, they were doubting themselves and now they don’t. Make no mistake: the fact we won the first game and were leading so late in the third has more to do with how poorly the Caps were playing then how well we were playing. Yes, we needed to play well to win but the clearly superior team was making mistakes it normally doesn’t because they were nervous. After a victory like last night, their confidence must be as high as it gets!

  215. twilighthours says:

    I will make the mistake: the Canadiens got the split because they played very well. 

  216. danedmunds says:

    just watched highlights again this morning. that goal with 1:30 left is inexcusable. just like the backhand goal in the leafs game. JM has quite the decision to make. if it were me, i would play price because if the tables were turned and it was price that did that, halak would be in the net. halak has not been great the last 5 games and is showing more and more that when it comes to big games he just may not be there yet.

  217. Clay4bc says:

    Game one wasn’t big, then?

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  218. smiler2729 says:

    Does anybody really believe that Gary Bettman (the mouthpiece for the 29 NHL owners) has instructed the head of officiating to make his referees subtly get Washington and their showcase superstar Ovechkin as deep into the playoffs as possible so the league can attract more American TV viewers???

    That’s the NBA’s style after all and why would Bettman want to be like that league? Yes he was David Stern’s deputy commissioner before taking the NHL gig. Yes he suggested gimmicks like glowing pucks and 4 quarters… and Shootouts… and teams in stupid places.

    Naw, he saved Edmonton… and Ottawa… yeah, that’s right.

     

  219. HardHabits says:

    There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here!

  220. Shublips says:

    I know a lot of people are talking about Halak, this morning, but the reality is the the whole team let the Caps back into the game.

    Here’s the Habs Addict.com game breakdown:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-nicklas-backstroms.html

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  221. smiler2729 says:

    Yes but the tying goal and the winner were stoppable shots especially the tying goal. Halak was playing scared.

  222. Bob Barker says:

    As you mention in your breakdown the tying and winning goals could be considered soft. I especially found the tying goal to be weak. Halak makes that save and we’re likely up 2-0 in the series. Hopefully he bounces back in Game 3. If not, they have to go to Price. There’s only so much leeway a great season can buy you. 

  223. danedmunds says:

    i dont think it had the same pressure as game 2. they were expected to lose game 1 and yes he had a lot of shots in game 1 but i dont think he won that game for them. all i am saying is that those goals last night were really bad. over the last 5 games there have been too many like that. i would give price a shot at least 1 game in this series.

  224. Tis Himself says:

    He’s gonna hand the Cup to himself and take a victory lap around the rink. Given the length of his legs, it should take at least an hour to complete.

  225. punkster says:

    It’ll be far to hot in June for a parade on the streets. With an average high of 103F (uncalculable in Celcius…just doesn’t get that hot up here) they’ll have to hold it indoors and hand out Freeze Pops to attract a crowd.

  226. Rob D says:

    LOL..yep and have to dodge automatic weapons fire from the drug cartels and weapons suppliers who want their cut of the profits from winning Lord Stanley.

    Charming area of the world..the border..

  227. showey47 says:

    Is he going to congratulate himself as the owner as well?

  228. Tis Himself says:

    Bold Prediction of the Evening II: The Yotes are going to win the Cup to vindicate Bettman’s rediculous decision to locate a franchise in Phoenix.  They’ll have their parade through a bunch of unfinished housing developments that have been foreclosed on.

  229. shootdapuck says:

    You obviously have never been to Glendale!

    Your ignorance is apparent!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  230. danedmunds says:

    scared is that perfect way to describe it.

  231. HardHabits says:

    I have the worse hang-over this morning and I only had one beer last night.

  232. punkster says:

    Lovin’ the new look man. Underdogs of the world unite!

  233. ooder says:

    exactly my point.. 

    and it will be on display monday as the habs beat the crapitals

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  234. Tis Himself says:

    Oh really? Explain the attached chart to the masses. There are nice homes in virtually every community in the US, but a place where home values have fallen 54% since the ’06 and continue to slide on a month-to-month basis. Huh? You don’t have a clue about what you are talking about.

    http://www.zillow.com/local-info/AZ-Glendale-home-value/r_18298/#metric=mt%3D34%26dt%3D1%26tp%3D6%26rt%3D8%26r%3D18298

    Can you spell bubble?

    It’s a lovely place!

    http://glendaleaz.areaconnect.com/crime/compare.htm?c1=Glendale&s1=AZ&c2=new+york&s2=NY

  235. HardHabits says:

    Mostly to put up with your whining. ;-)

  236. Bob Barker says:

    My thoughts on tonight’s game. I meant Caps instead of the Bears and ice instead of field. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYKIcnj1MJY&feature=related

  237. The Big O says:

    ummm, just wondering what the response in mtl would be right now if that was Price in nets and he blew a 4-1 lead with about 22 mins to go…..

  238. 11habs11 says:

    We have so many players that know what it takes to win. The Caps may be much more skilled, but skill doesn’t get you anywhere in the playoffs. I think we’ve still got a good shot boys

  239. Mr.Hazard says:

    Here’s a funny stat: Hamrlik blocked 7 more shots than Theo.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  240. Tis Himself says:

    I’ll be damned if I know!

  241. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Q1TvAVMCE&NR=1

    …Timo …IF an Asian massage won’t work for You …there are ALWAYZ alternatives

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  242. Mr. Biter says:

    Tiom,

    There’s a place in winnipeg called “Addonis”. Go there and become a towel boy.

  243. 11habs11 says:

    Doughty is sick

  244. Tis Himself says:

    A reporter asked Scott Gomez if he had looked at the comments on HIO following tonight’s loss. He replied, “No, but I bet the boys and I are being “Timonized.”

  245. Mr.Hazard says:

    Not bad, eh? 5 points in 2 playoff games! Not even Sid has more.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  246. STZA says:

    Nothing to worry about. If a game is tied 1-1 then there is no reason to freak out, amiright?


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