About last night …

How’s this for a dry spell:

The Canadiens have not scored a goal in a Conference final since May 24, 1993  – five days after Michael Leighton’s 12th birthday.

And the last goaltender to shut them out in consecutive playoff games was Buffalo’s Robert Sauvé in 1983.

They say you’re not in trouble until you’ve lost a playoff game on home ice.

If the Canadiens can play Game 3 at the Bell Centre as well as they played through 40 minutes of Game 2, trouble may yet be avoided.

But crank up the new Histoiry Will be Made segment, the punch line of which is:

What if Brian Boucher hadn’t been injured?

Great line from DownGoesBrown:

“The Montreal Canadiens: Putting the 0 in Olé-Olé”.

He also points out the Canadiens are 3-8 in games when they’re not facing elimination.

The Canadiens won’t be facing a long summer Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

But it’s a must-win, because this team is not capable of doing to Philadelphia what the Flyers did to Boston.

At that, it’s difficult to imagine the Canadiens winning four of the next five.

Oh, and BTW: Philadelphia is 16-0 in series the Flyers lead 2-0.

 

 

 

So what is to be done?

Don Cherry says the Canadiens are making it easy for Michael Leighton. And he’s right.

The Flyers ciuld have put up a highway cone with a warning sign: “Slot closed to visitors”.

But who, on this roster, is going to make Leighton’s life difficult?

Andrei Kostitsyn?

Who was prime minister the last time AK46 scored a goal in the dirty zone?

Maybe Brian Gionta, with Chris Pronger hanging on his back?

Travis Moen? Size … but hands of stone.

The Canadiens started Game 2 well. They had a 16-6 shot advantage and three power plays in the first period. Leighton had to make good saves on Mike Cammalleri during a PP in which the Canadiens had the same players on for the full two minutes.

He’s a career scubeeny, but Leighton is a big galoot who gives the Flyers a lot of net coverage.

And like most NHL goaltenders, he stops the ones he can see.

Philadelphia is administering a very strong and bitter dose pof the medicine they Canadiens dished up to the Capitals and Flyers: great goaltending and, with only a couple exceptions, dominant special teams.

Until garbage time in the third period, the Canadiens outplayed the Flyers 5-on-5. They had territorial and shot advantages.

But Philadelphia was opportunistic. 

It took red-hot Daniel Brière all of 14 seconds to get the Flyers on the board with Scott Gomez – one goal and 25 P{iM in the playoffs – in the box.

On L’Antichambre, Gaston Therrien showed how three Canadiens PK guys – Josh Gorges, who was making the right play, Moen and Tom Pyatt, who weren’t – overplayed Claude Giroux at the blueline, leaving Hal Gill alone and badly overmatched when Giroux found Brière.

I thought Jaro dropped down too soon and showed a sniper too much of the net on that goal.

And he was brutal on Ville Leino’s rising wrister, which ticked in off his glove.

When this series began, Jaro was odds-on for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Not so fast. Jaro has given up seven goals on 37 shots, and some fans will spend the off-day lobbying for Carey Price to start Game 3.

Forget it.

This team would have been on the golf course a month ago if Jaro Halak hadn’t carried them through two miraculous playoff rounds.

I don’t know what other moves Jacques Martin can make to shake his team up for Game 3.

The Sergei Kostitsyn hunch was a bust: eight shifts, 4:57.

Ryan O’Byrne for muscle?

These aren’t your father’s Flyers. Philadelphia plays tough; but under Peter Laviolette, they also play smart.

The Canadiens were not run out of the Wachovia Center.

And Scott Gomez is taking more dumb penalties than Daniel Carcillo.

•  •  •

A math problem, if only to distract the Halakites and Priceians:

If Nicklas Backstrom is getting $67 million over 10 years, how much is Tomas Plekanec worth?

•  •  •

Chris Pronger played 28:11.

That’s almost half the game during which Canadiens forwards have to be aware there’s a guy out there who, given half a chance, will put a SERIOUS hurtin’ on them.

That apprehension is not something they felt with Mike Green or Sergei Gonchar.

That’s how Pronger is a game-changer and, with all due respect to Duncan Keith, the best defenceman still alive in the playoffs.

 

247 Comments

  1. bigdave says:

    King is still in hospital but he was never a Toxin Shinawatra fan. He even called in Toxin twice while he was PM to take him to task for his handling of the issues in the south.

    Toxin was paying the folks daily to participate in this so called “Rally”, but he also was paying the notorious general Seh Daeng the amount of 1 Million Baht per day ( this amount was a quote from Seh Daeng) to run these militias within the Red Shirts.

    As far as being the poor farmers etc not to many farmers have M79 grenade launchers, AK33 assault rifles and RPG’s in the barn at home particularly in a country where possession of a “war weapon” will result in a death sentence.

    I just saw that the Red shirt leadership have been charged with terrorism including Toxin! There surely will be some interesting “singing” done by this group to avoid the firing squad!

    I am looking out at the city at the moment( 00:30) and it is nearly as quiet as I ever have seen it due to the curfew, no traffic whatsoever!

    I hope the Canadiens can get their game together Thursday.

     

     

    “The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”

  2. kempie says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t think a trade is possible at this point. Either we sign him for at least 4-5 years or someone else does.

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …very surprised King Bhumibol has been quiet and not speaking up …Is he still in hospital ?

    …the poor from the North and South are being manipulated by Thaksin Thaniwatra financing this outside the country …the poor certainly have reason to feel they have no voice in Thailand’s democracy …but the ‘elite’ including the King know Thaksin is as corrupt as themselves

    …sad, because this degree of violence is not the Thai-way except in the Muslim south on the Malaysian border

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  4. Bob Barker says:

    I’m pretty sure he wants to finish his degree before turning pro. 

  5. bigdave says:

    It moved down the street, we had a front row for the fire bombing of channel 3 and the Bangkok Bank on soi 26.

    Subsequent rescues by chopper from the roof of Channel 3 building.

    Hopefully the power will stay on for game 3 both here and in the Bell Center in a more figurative sense.

    Patpong has been almost shut down for nearly a month! That’s serious here!

    BTW the Dusit Thani was evacuated Monday after being hit by 3 each RPG’s ( so much for the notion of down-trodden poor and farmers in the scumbags’ ranks).

     

     

     

    “The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”

  6. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    Louis Leblanc will play 1 more year in Harvard and then win a spot on the Habs roster.

    I hope!

    I have seen him play quite often.

    He will play at about 195 lbs as a fully grown NHL player, but he plays NASTY!!

    Check out his penalty minutes at every level. there’s a lot of roughing, elbowing, high sticking crap in there. there’s no clutch and grab in his game- he’s got the wheels and he moves his feet as well as anyone.

    ITS ABOUT BEING NASTY!!!

    That’s what this team needs- a LARGE DOSE OF NASTINESS!!

    That’s what I kept saying all year long.

    that’s precisely what we need – you don’t have to be 215 , you have to play like you’re big.

     

     

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I hear most of the action is in the park across from the Dusit Thani Hotel …where I lived for awhile

    …I’m surprised the Patpong girls haven’t got involved yet …must be putting a dent in ‘business’

    …by the way, The Dusit’s old GM was a passionate Habs’ Fan

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  8. Chris says:

    They do, but such a creature does not exist on the free agent market this summer.  Nor are those types of players available via trades.

    And unless Louis Leblanc packs on some serious muscle and accelerates his development rapidly, there are none in the system for the next 2-3 years either.  Big, scoring centers don’t come cheap.

  9. danedmunds says:

    then so long pleks! thanks for all the hard work.. come back when you grow 4 inches and gain 20 pounds because habs need a big man that can score

  10. danedmunds says:

    i think you can also add that phillys D can manhandle hab forwards so that it is impossible to get in the slot for shots or rebounds. my prediction that the habs wont even get a goal is holding form. and i was kidding!

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Prettty much comes down to signing Pleks, but with a Conference Finals appearance, I’m betting he feels more confident about having good success in Montreal on a team he knows than signing with one of the desperation squads that missed out on the playoffs and are now desperate to acquire some talent. None of the other centres available are real improvements, reliable or affordable and sometimes all 3 at once.

    Andreas Engqvist may be a future guy for Montreal, if the Canadiens can get him over here, a good two-way guy who understands the importance of net prescence. Could be a Holmstrom/Knuble type for Montreal but can’t start him off Top 6 right away of course.

     

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

  12. ed lopaz says:

    agreed – it is not an easy one – plekanec is a very good player – and a very valuable player.

    I think a trade could be in order – we have assets to move.

     

  13. ed lopaz says:

    sorry buddy – you wasted some good energy – and you’re obviously a smart guy – but the Habs have 1 starting goalie, and the only place where Price is still considered an option for Thursday is here at HIO.

    the only games the Habs have won for about 2 months now have come when Halak has stood on his head.

    the Habs have 8 wins in these playoffs, and halak has been given the #1 star 6 times.

    the only “ph balance” in this situation starts and ends with Halak finding his game against Philly.

    there is not a coach alive or dead that would gamble the entire season on his back up goalie.

    as i said below. this is a mute point.

  14. 24 Cups says:

    Ed – #4 is a bit of a dilemma for the Habs.  The only other UFA centres available are: Marleau, Jokinen, Koivu, Lombardi and Morrison.  We can’t afford what Marleau is going to sign for and there are cautionary flags all around Jokinen.  Koivu isn’t coming back and Morrison isn’t young enough to consider as a replacement.  I’ll take Pleks (at more coin) over Lombardi any day of the week.  Not to mention that there are a few other teams (Minnesota and Toronto) who are desperate for centres. 

    We’re not holding a lot of cards here.  The only other option would be a trade which would then bring some of our other assets into play.  What about the kids in Hamilton?  They really don’t address our main need and would probably require a few years to break into the NHL and develop.  Having one of those guys at the #2 spot means you won’t be contending for the Cup during the next few years. 

    Unless there is a very creative solution, I think we need to sign Pleks.

  15. habfab14120 says:

    some fans will spend the off-day lobbying for Carey Price to start Game 3.

    OK, I’ll bite.  Not being Pro-Price or an Anti-Halite, I am just a Hab fan.
    All season long neither goalie made a good run at being #1.
    Halak has now and, Mike, you are correct in the follow-up when you state that Jaro has gotten us this far.

    That said, it was very obvious that the Flyers were waiting for him to commit to the butterfly and then going upstairs.  He looked awful on the third goal.  Were he a d-man, he might have been called a pylon there.

    It is also stated in ALN that M.F. Leighton is a big goalie who is not being screened.  Carey is also a big goalie and even in the butterfly, he covers much of the net.

    Maybe Jaro needs a breather.  Remember when he first came up and won 4 straight only to turn around and lose the next four?  Is that where we are at now in a time when we cannot afford to lose four at all (let alone in a row).  

    Most things in life require a proper pH balance, maybe for the Habs that pH stands for Price-Halak.  To the Pricians I say, “Do not be so quick to ridicule Jaro for the past couple of games.”  To the Halakites I say, “You have now experienced what so often happened to Carey.  Do not be so quick with the ‘Halak just wins.  The team doesn’t score for Carey because they do not trust him.’ comments.”

    I expect a great game on Thursday regardless of who is in net for us.  GO HABS.

    Oh, and let’s do something in Game 5 when we’re even at 2 games each and shut up those obnoxious Flyer fans.

  16. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    1) Halak starts Thursday and he will get the biggest ovation of all the Habs – don’t forget Habs have not played at home since game 6 vs Pitt. – Thursday is a tribute to Halak – he got us there and he starts.

    any price GM wannabees that want to put there money where their mouth is on this one? I take ALL the ACTION!!

    2) Our penalty kill and Power play are terrible – that needs to get better fast or we’re history.

    3) we need 3 players to pick it up considerably: Moen, Lapierre, Big Tits – if these guys don’t go hard to the net we have no one who will.

    4) I would NOT sign Plekanecs – the team needs a talented, bigger center, and we CAN NOT play 4 more years with Gomez and Plekanec – no way, no how.

  17. bigdave says:

    Wow its been a very interesting day here in Bangkok with all the goings on and a front row seat!

    But I missed the game this morning due to no electricity!

    From what I have read it is so disappointing that the regular season Canadiens have mysteriously reappeared vs Boone’s Goons!

     

    “The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”

  18. StevieRay says:

    I’m detecting evidance of alcohol in your statment !

  19. 24 Cups says:

    Simply stated, Philadelphia’s top six forwards are superior to our top six forwards.  End of story.

  20. StevieRay says:

    Claude Provost… now your’re talking !!!! Don’t forget Marcel Bonin !!..those were the days .. no milk fed prima donas like we have on the team today ….

  21. Chris says:

    Zero chance.  The Oiler’s are not trading a chance at a bona fide superstar player like Taylor Hall.  It’s a non-starter.

  22. Chris says:

    I dislike Gomez more than the average bear, but come on…Gomez’s 1 goal and 11 points for $7.3 million is not exactly that much worse than Heatley putting up 2 goals and 12 points for $7.5 million.

    When Heatley isn’t scoring, he is probably the most invisible player in the history of hockey.  He absolutely does nothing out there.  When he is scoring, he still does very little for the entire game until he pops open with that great shot of his for a goal, and then fades back into doing nothing.

    With his size and skills he SHOULD dominate.  But he definitely hasn’t done so in a long, long time.

  23. Chris says:

    What’s killing me in this series is the speed disparity thus far.  I don’t think anybody can objectively argue that the Flyers are more physical:  they hit more frequently and with malice.

    But the advantage our top forwards are supposed to have, speed, appears to be non-existent.  Watching the game last night, Gomez was the only Habs forward that appeared to have any separation gear, and he was playing too individually.

    Maybe they are just gassed, but Plekanec, Cammalleri, Gionta, the Kostitsyns, Moore and Lapierre all watched, at various times of the game, guys like van Riemsdyk, Hartnell, Briere, Richards and Gagne simply pull away from them skating from end to end.

    As Boone says, these aren’t our parents’ Philadelphia Flyers:  these guys can play.  Size, speed, physical play and a knack for shooting high (that seemed to desert the offensive superstars of the Penguins and Capitals) has burned the Habs thus far.

    Martin has definitely got some adjustments to make, starting with not having the forwards skate right into that three player wide wall the Flyers are forming at their blueline on entry to the zone.

    As for Plekanec’s value, he has pretty clearly run out of gas in the playoffs again, so that could hurt him. I don’t see him signing a 10-year deal, and on a 3-4 year deal SOMEBODY is probably going to offer him $4-5 million per this summer. So what he is worth and what he is going to get are, as has always been the case with UFA’s, very different numbers.

  24. habs001 says:

    to beat the habs is not that difficult…you stop camm and gion and you are pretty sure you are not giving up more than one goal a game…and to only way you lose a series to the habs is that you do not care about camm and gion and the habs get unbelievable goaltending and your goalie gives a 5-6 bad/flukey goals…we have too many forwards that need tons of scoring chances before they score as they lack any finish

  25. G-Man says:

    It’s not over yet, Rob. Let’s enjoy the next 2 at home. Habs have had no puck luck at all in Philly. That may change on home ice.

    The team isn’t too small. It’s just not going in right now, so give the Flyers some credit. :)

  26. Clay4bc says:

    MAB must have incriminating pictures of JM, PG and a (insert strange fetish object here ie. goat, duck) in order to still be in the line-up. If SK can be benched for a few bad shifts, and OB can be benched for who knows what (played great his last game!), then why is MAB still here? He does nothing on the PP anymore, and his defensive coverage is pathetic – not to mention his giveaways.

    And with all due respect to those calling for Price…who gives a sh!t how Halak plays if we can’t
    even score a goal? Even if he lets in one, we lose. Too much to expect
    from a goalie. Our TEAM needs to start playing playoff hockey.
    Clear the crease. Go to the opposition net. Go into the corners and dig.

    Win battles. Fight for the puck (and win). These are the areas where we are lacking.

    As
    for Price – he gets no starts, period. Halak’s the main reason we are here.
    When Price has a run like Halak has had in these playoffs, we can talk
    about him getting a start.

    __________________________

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  27. Clay4bc says:

    While I generally agree with you, I just don’t know how we can add more players when we are so close to the cap.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  28. nightmare_49 says:

        Under-the-Radar Leighton and Leino Carry Flyers to Game 2 Win

        by Chris Botta / NHL FanHouse

        http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/05/18/under-the-radar-leighton-and-leino-carry-flyers-to-game-2-win/

  29. nightmare_49 says:

        Zero Tolerance

        By Sam Carchidi

       

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    Under 6′ and he’s got back problems, not crazy about the idea. We need to add some bulk up front.

     

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

  31. Habitant out West says:

    Acquiring Hall would be amazing. How about Cody Hodgson? Vancouver is deep at centre and in need of some young defense.

  32. ManApart says:

    Only saw it quickly, once, But looked pretty deliberate to me. Have to see it again, but it looks like it deserved 1 game. If he broke something on the Blackhawk player, then 3 or 4.

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …according to CBC …Guy Boucher …One of three remaining in the run for coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  34. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Well, I said before the series that we would have to limit penalties committed and be effective on the power play to be successful. Not a revelation, I know, but this was a conclusion I came to from reviewing stats from previous games. Our PP and PK, which are normally good, have been lacking against the Flyers all season.

    Taking stupid penalties like the one Gionta committed doesn’t help.

  35. Xtrahabsfan says:

    And Boogaard!

  36. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …earlier tonight I commented to Hard Habits We trade the 2 Ks and BOTH Price & Halak for Edmonton’s # 1

    …IF necessary I would likely add Our 1st Round 2010 (MAYBE 2011 IF the Oilspillz were squeezing My nutz)

    …We are dying for an elite-level BULL like a Taylor Hall to be the Viagra for Our Team …We already have a lot of good speed, talent and character to compliment Him, and more coming

    …I have not seen Tyler Seguin play, and I KNOW We are also dying for a True Stud at centre, but from what I have seen from Hall, He is The Guy whom would take Our Team to another level

    …I think Our D will be younger, bigger, tougher and more over-all mobile next season, that We can live with a Desjardins or other until better comes along

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …THIS version of the Visigoths are not goons, just tough hard-balled Canadian-style hockey players

    …but Your point of experimenting with an o’Byrne, Mara or Gill to stand-still in front of Leighten on the PP IS something I would at least try

    …just WHAT has MAB provided offensively or on Our Power Play since Gawd Knows When ? …I mean Pearn, Muller and Martin knows infinitely more about o’ Byrne than I …YET, unless He is back to stealing women’s purses in His off hours, I rationally can not understand WHY Bergeron is on the ice in place of o’ B

    …and talking about rationalism ? …deleting Pouli-O (even though His play SUCKS) and adding SK, AND not compensating by adding OB against a physical but skilled team like the Flyers is mind-numbing

    …My Philosophy In Life is Fight Fire With Fire when necessary …and it IS necessary IMO with these PhilthyBoyz

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I agree

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I agree

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  40. Rob D says:

    Hey, its been a hell of a ride..they overachieved and showed more heart/desire/never quit attitude than any recent Habs team I have seen recently. Let’s appreciate that. But if the run is over (and I think it is, although I will be cheering them on and pulling what hair I have left on my pointy little head right to the end) It’s really shown us what we have and what we don’t have as a contending team.

    This is the kind of team I wanted to see. The fact that they will probably go down to defeat will only hurt for a short time. They have a chance to build on this run, add some more players and have another good draft like last years. I’m optimistic about the future of this team and that’s a 180 from where I was at the end of the regular season.

    Let’s not bury each other with recriminations. This team is just too small and Halak is running out of pixie dust. He’s probably exhausted, given his small size and the mental pressure of having to allow no more than 2 goals most nights. I bet they make us all proud before the end of this series though. They have no quit in them and I think Game 3 will prove it.

     

     

  41. SPATS says:

    How this for an adjustment, maybe for game 4 if we’re 3 down… Put OByrne or PK or hell, even Hall Gill up front like Chi is doing with Bugfling? What do we have to lose? If MAB is good enough to play a regular shift on D, A case could easily be made that any of the above are big (and tuff) enuff for playing the screen… and surely none of them could be any worse than SK or Metro???? At this point it’s worth a try. If only for a couple of shifts. Try one of em on the 3rd line with Moore and Lappy. Put SK and MAB upstairs. Rotate them in and out on D and up front. We need size and fearless types to beat these goons. Fight Flyer with Fire…

  42. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Save the old dudes for Taylor Hall !

  43. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Anything can happen in the playoffs… yesterdays heroes are todays goats. 

    One thing is certain, we’re still on borrowed time in this playoffs.  The only difference is, after winning two series, we feel like we have something to lose now.  Guess what, Philly entered this series on borrowed time and felt like they had nothing to lose after their miraculous comeback.  

    2 wins at home has them feeling pretty good. If the Habs win game 3, it will put some doubt in their minds, and make them feel like they have something to lose.  

    Win game 3, and they can win the whole thing.

  44. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Things have been going pretty bad so far, but at least we’re not the Sharks losing 2 games at home to open a series.

  45. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if Claude Provost or even Guy Carbonneau was playing today ? …in the era of The Salary Cap ? …WHAT would You pay Them ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  46. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I feel like MAB’s been hesitant to shoot. I think we should consider using an umbrella with Subban up top, MAB to the right and Gionta to the left, and Gomez and Metro down low, with Metro crashing the net and Gomez dishing the puck.

  47. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    You don’t even need to ask. Heatley fo’ sho’!

    Solid 40 goal scorer.

  48. FSUPhi1584 says:

    We’ll get our lucky breaks and bounces at some point in this series. I hope they don’t all come in one game.

  49. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Tomas Holmstrom is a UFA at the end of the season. He could make our PP the best in the league with his crease presence. At his age he wouldn’t be worth too much. If we want another old guy, how about a pitch to Guerin (RH shot) who will be a UFA as well?

  50. ManApart says:

    Wow, did you guys see Chicago going to the net on their goals? Now that’s how you score in the playoffs. Byfuglien in front is just crazy. The Habs equal? Gionta. Says it all. I actually feel a little better now, because Montreal has no chance against Chicago. That team is not only awesome with the most depth in the league, but is exactly the type of team Montreal can’t handle. Under the spotlight of the Finals, they would smoke the Habs 4 straight and like 5-0 every game.

  51. ManApart says:

    Are you serious? I’d trade Gomez for Heatly in a microsecond. The guy is one of the top goalscorers in the game and has been for 10 years. People can say what they want about him. He’s Cammy, but bigger and better. Imagine him with Pleks and Cammy? Gomez can’t impact a game like Heatly can. Gomez has 1 goal all playoffs. 11 points, which is also not up to par for a 7.3 million, first line center in 16 games, who takes bad penalties and isn’t so strong in his own end as of late.

  52. EricInStL says:

    Would you suspend Big Joke for his slash against Bolland ?

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  53. EricInStL says:

    Yeah with Seguin as their next #1 center. They will be a handfull + they get next year’s #1 from Toronto again !!!!!

    Aurghhhh

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  54. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Taylor Hall is a fu*kin GREAT ADDITION……not going to happen,lol

  55. HardHabits says:

    Nobody’s that stupid. Watch for Boston in a few years. This playoff run has been a fluke. 0 goals in 2 games.

  56. habs4ever2894 says:

    Those would be awesome pickups. I still remember Artyukin destroying tanguay last season causing him to be injured and from what i saw in the Phoenix playoff series Pyatt can be a nice player to have in front of the net on the PP. He is also tommy pyatts brother so that would be cool. Artyukin has the size and speed of AK but not the hands and he hits way more.

  57. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I think Pouloit sitting and watching was the best thing to happen to him(help him figure sheit out) and he should play  cus SK  LOOKS LIKE A C.H. FLAG BOY out there and Obyrine has to play and clear the net……Sit MAB,sit S.Kiddy and Try a NEW SYSTEM !

  58. EricInStL says:

    We need Taylor Hall, so let’s call Tambellini and offer him the following:

    2 K brothers, Price or Halak, Gomez + our #1 this year and our #1 next year.

    Get a gifted offensive player + cap room……

    I know it’s late.. but

     

  59. Mr. Biter says:

     I wondered what became of you after the habs won and you disappeared  and I was waiting to debate you. However I sadly have to agree with your post.

  60. Beaco says:

    I’ve been saying the same thing, at least as far as Pyatt. Big guy with a little touch and likely affordable

     

  61. Xtrahabsfan says:

    We need Taylor Pyatt and Artukin aquired in the off season,PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. EricInStL says:

    Who would you rather be stuck with Gomez or Heathly ?

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  63. J. Ambrose says:

    True enough, but numerous times, our attack was blunted by a MAB muff. He makes passes to players who aren’t there, or fails to hold the puck in at the line and ends up chasing a puck-carrier going the other way.

  64. HardHabits says:

    Gettng their noses dirty would mean getting their azzes handed back to them.

  65. ManApart says:

    There is nothing JM can do to change the situation. It’s the players who have got the team here that have to find a way to get it done. Bringing in O’Byrne in place of MAB will be just as effective as SK74 replacing Pouliot. Changing the 6th dman and 4th line guy is the wrong place to put energy.It will make no tangible difference. it’s the main guys who have to adjust and make it happen. Top 3 lines and top 4 D have to find a way to score. The Habs had absolutely no chance to win the last 2 games because they got 0 goals. The focus has to be getting pucks to the net with traffic and finding second chances. Halak and the defensive part of the game will be OK. The team must find a way to score, and more than one time. To get 0 goals so far during this semi final is just unacceptable. If that’s the best they can do, then just go home now. Leave Halak in goal alone to make it official. The result would be the same, a loss and a shutout by the Flyers. The main guys have to dig deeper and get their noses dirty. If they don’t, well……..then they don’t deserve a damn thing.

  66. HardHabits says:

    Gomez is worth more than Plex but not as much as Gomez.

  67. CHsam says:

    Its a catch 22 with MAB. He’s playing sh*t-scared out of his mind against the FLyers. That fear spreads through the team and even affects Subban. But then the moment he’s benched, JM feels like he needs his glorious “outlet passes” and PP shot. JOKES.

     

  68. J. Ambrose says:

    So you are conveniently overlooking his brilliant defensive play in the last two series? Helping to shut down Crosby and Ovie? He’s been worth a hell of a lot more than Gomez.

  69. J. Ambrose says:

    Might be time to sit MAB

    Ya think?!!! The best shot from the point came from Subban. And that set-play of trying to get the penalty killers out of position for a magical blast from the point simply doesn’t work against a well-disciplined squad like the Flyers. And guys like Pronger take away the cross-ice, face-off circle to face-off circle passes. They are doing to us exactly what we did to the Caps and Pens. The only way to beat that is to get bodies to the net and occupy the d-men, and then shift the box to open the slots. Right now, we look like predictable automatons.

  70. EricInStL says:

    my thing is that we don’t have enough cap space to over spend…..We cannot win a bidding war. Also our goalies will require a major salary increase.

    Between a rock and a hard place.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  71. TripleX says:

    Easy to say dump Pleks.  Who replaces him Moore?  LOL   If not Moore who and how much will it cost?

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  72. Gus says:

    The PP is way too predictable lately – all the pucks being funnelled to MAB, who is frankly doing nothing the last few weeks.  Might be time to sit MAB and play 4 forwards on the PP – maybe Cammi or Gionta on the point – someone that can let a good shot through…  Keep PK, Spacek and Hammer on the points as well.  Put a big body directly in front (Moen and… ???).

  73. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …unless Pleks pops out of His Hab uniform into a Superman cape in what is remaining of these Playoffs  …He ain’t worth no more than $ 40 mil over 10 …MAXIMUM

    …a Player establishes His Real-value primarily in the Heat Of The Playoffs …only-secondly during the Regular Season

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  74. EricInStL says:

    What is Pleks worth ???? I don’t know how much do you pay a guy who is much smaller than most elite centerman ? Basically if someone wants to pay him more than 3 million. then adios and good luck.

    Our secondary scoring is non existant. Without that you cannot go far.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.


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