About last night …

Good.

Maybe we can stop talking, at least for now, about overtaking Buffalo or making a deep run in the playoffs.

Your Montreal Canadiens played badly – down to the level of their opposition, as was the case against Edmonton – and they salvaged a point.

With Philadelphia and Ottawa losing, the Canadiens had a chance to jump up the Eastern Conference standings.

Their failure to do so is not cause for excessive worry.

A bit of tweaking and they’ll be ready for a HUGE four-pointer against Ottawa on Monday.

First tweak: Marc-André Bergeron probably will dress against the Senators. The power play went 1-for-6, and it wasn’t pretty.

Jaroslav Spacek played 5:29 on the PP. He had zero shots on goal.

Josh Gorges had 3:45 of PP time. One shot.

The Leafs crowded the slot, pressured the puck and forced the Canadiens into jittery, ill-conceived plays with the man advantage. No one went to the net. Everything was on the perimeter.

The MAB laser is badly needed at the point. Gorges does not belong on the power play.

But how will Jacques Martin use him?

Seventh D-man? Maybe. The coach certainly won’t mess with his Top 6, who have played very solid D since the Olympic break.

Fourth-line forward?

Maybe. But Glen Metropolit’s unit played well against Toronto. Along with the third line, they managed to create pressure and maintain puck possession in the Leafs’ end.

The other tweak on Monday night: Mike Cammalleri.

Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn are struggling. Tom Pyatt works his butt off, but the kid is not a top 6 forward.

I don’t know how sharp Cammalleri will be after a long layoff. But he plays his best games at the Bell Centre, and the Pleks line desperately needs a finisher.

Jacques Martin was not happy with his team’s work ethic at the ACC.

The coach said there was too much space between defencemen and forwards, too many long, low-percentage passes; not enough instances when the Canadiens were able to attack with speed.

Again, the team seems to play to the level of his competition.

The Leafs have heart. They’re young and they play hard.

But like Edmonton, which also took the Canadiens to a shootout, Toronto is a crap team.

A big indicator: the Canadiens, who average almost five minor penalties per game, took one. Scott Gomez’s retaliatory elbow on Dion Phaneuf cost his team Tyler Bozak’s power-play goal, but the Leafs were unable to muster enough offence to draw a single hook, hold, trip or interference call.

Maybe the absence of penalties indicated lack of intensity. But the Canadiens outhit an allegedly physical team 28-25, and allegedly big thumper Phaneuf was not a factor … although he seemed to take Gomez out of his game to a degree.

Goaltending?

Jaro Halak gave up fat rebounds. He wasn’t great on Phil Kessel’s quick wrister. And Jaro was beaten with dismaying ease by Nikolai Kulemin and John Mitchell in the shotout.

But Halak made 31 saves. And I don’t think the SO loss changed his Number One status.

That said, Price could use some work. I think Jaro will start against Ottawa, but we’ll probably see Carey in one of the mid-week back-to-backs, either in Buffalo or at home against the Panthers.

•  •  •

Tom Pyatt is on Hamilton’s playoff-eligible list and is probably destined for the Bulldogs with Cammalleri coming back.

The interesting question is who sits if MAB plays against Ottawa?

Either Maxim Lapierre or Mathieu Darche … probably Max.

•  •  •

Nothing close to a fight in the game, but Cherry showed four of them on Coach’s Corner.

And the NHL web site had a story and a video of the epic battle between Cam Janssen and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, which lasted nearly three minutes and might have been the longest fight in the history of the league.

•  •  •

Mystery solved.

Watching the HNIC pre-game show, I wondered abut Alyonka Larionov, the blonde honey working with  P.J. Stock at the Quebec Red Bull ice racing event.

An e-mail from Stu Hackel, who writes the Slap Shot blog for the New York Times:

She’s Igor’s
oldest daughter. She was working for the Penguins on their website last
season and half of this season, doing weekly video things on the
players, etc. and she mysteriously left in mid-season. She also fancies herself as a music star (along with her
sister, they have a duo act of sorts.

 

 

 

144 Comments

  1. Ian Cobb says:

    I meant kids as younger than me!! They out played us last night my friend, nothing less and nothing more. We are a much better team than we showed last night. We will play a lot better this coming week my friend.

  2. showey47 says:

    actually grabovski is at least a year or so older then AK and bozak is older then pouliot, but yes i hear what your saying. These “young kids” the leafs pulled out of college are guys in their mid 20’s not guys who are 20 or 21 like the picture the leaf media is trying to paint.

  3. Exit716 says:

    Typical Toronto sports writing.

    We get it Stevie, the Habs suck compared to your Leafs.

     

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Josh, it was the total minuits played in the game for them was to much and the 3rd and 4th played very little my friend. Back to back shifts is not the best, if you want better players fresher late in a game.

  5. Jbird says:

    Classic example of leaf fans vs Habs fans: eternal optimism and positive spin vs a realistic and often the sky is falling spin.   Bozak is the same age as Pouliot: we do not call Pouliot a Young Gun.  Grabs is the same age as AK and two years older than SK but the comparison is always with SK and Grabs.  

  6. diehardhab says:

    I doubt the guys were “fried” on the PP. The minutes you rack up on the PP are usually not very tiring at all so its normal to see players take longer shifts.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  7. linp says:

    It’s the PP system that sucks big time. You are not going to score if you are passing the puck all the time, no matter who is on the PP. We need to get guys in the crease and shoot the puck from the point. We have no one shooting from the point. We have only Gionta going to the crease. And he is the smallest guy on the team.

  8. ooder says:

    not that i disagree with your post…

    it’s just funny that Markov won’t get the C because he doesn’t yell…

    yet the reason Cammy gets the C is because he leads by example.

    Markov has been the best hab for some time now… and especially last night this guy was a monster.

    wether captain material or not, I don’t know beacuse I am not inside the locker room. However the team plays better and has better results when he plays.

    Also, from his recent interviews his english has improved. once again I am not in the locker room so who knows.

    and I don’t think anyone in thier right mind would advocate for ak, sk or lapierre

    ——————

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

  9. Puck Bard says:

    No kidding, I was happy with the point and that!

  10. Keith says:

    Hey, great to see ya again Ground Chuck! That avatar cracks me up every time lol!

  11. hab lifer says:

    I wish Cammalleri would play on Monday. we need his offence badly. right now habs have zero offence and it shows.

  12. showey47 says:

    “we can never play a dominant game at the ACC with us fans forking the big bucks”. sounds like complaining about money too me. As for where the team is going,they are right where i felt they would be before the season started.Not 12 or 13 like others have predicted. I wasn’t banking on all the long term injuries to so many key players though. Also,on average we are 0.2 years older then the leafs and we were younger then the leafs all season before the trade deadline and will probably be younger again once hamrlik is moved and when metro ,mara probably leaves as a ufa’s. I will give gauthier the benefit of the doubt of one draft/free agency period before judging him. He deserves at least that. As for not caring where the team is heading, i do care.As someone who has attended numerous nhl drafts,watch the dogs online and closely follow all our prospects both in north america and over seas. i think it qualifies myself as someone who cares. I just don’t feel the need to constantly complain everytime we don’t get 2 points. P.S.,the mistakes “bobby” made this summer has us in a playoff spot and are producing at a better rate then the players he let go.He also didn’t sacrifice lottery picks to make it happen.

  13. nightmare_49 says:

    … from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun ………….. How much must it burn Burke to see the softness of the Eastern Conference, with Montreal, Ottawa and Boston currently in playoff positions and none of those teams overly impressive in any way and the Leafs nowhere to be found? …………………….   Shouldn’t the embarrassed Boston Bruins change their logo now and put a teddy bear on their uniform? ……………………….  TIME TO MOVE ON, SATHER :  Let’s assume, for a moment, that with eight of their final 11 games on the road, the New York Rangers will not make the playoffs. That would mean that a Glen Sather team would have missed the post-season for the ninth time in 19 season since winning his last Stanley Cup in Edmonton.

     It would also mean that a Sather-built team will have more losses than wins for the 15th time in 19 seasons. The Hall of Fame induction of 1997 seems a long time ago now: It’s well past best-before date for Sather and it’s time to say goodbye and hello to Mark Messier and Adam Graves. It’s time to pass the torch. …………….. http://www.torontosun.com/sports/columnists/steve_simmons/2010/03/21/13305231.html

  14. WestHab says:

    I missed the game, but I take it that we don’t have any new injuries?

  15. nightmare_49 says:

    … from Jim Matheson / Hockey World ………………  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/More+Hockey+World/2707644/story.html ……………….  Boom Boom Geoffrion’s grandson Blake, a senior forward at the University of Wisconsin and a Nashville Predators draft pick, made the 10-player list for the Hobey Baker Award. Blake, whose dad Danny played for the Winnipeg Jets, grew up in Nashville. The Red Wings also have two finalists — Maine’s mighty-mite Gustav Nyquist, who leads the nation in points, and Wisconsin defenceman Brendan Smith.

      One of Europe’s flashier free-agents, pygmy centre Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who led the Swedish League in points and starred for Norway in the Olympics, wants to play in the NHL next year; his agent’s eyeing the Red Wings. The 22-year-old, who played for MoDo (Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund’s team), is only five-foot-seven and 154 pounds, however

  16. nightmare_49 says:

    Hear Hear.

  17. RetroMikey says:

    And as I have said, I will keep going to the games root my teams when they win, bitch at them when they lose, no harm in that,  Them the breaks as they say.

    I don’t waste my money or my time, it’s a night out for me and friends and family.  Money is not the topic of discussion in this.

    Maybe you would heartbroken wasting the dough if you camt to Toronto and saw our beloved Habs lose, but not me.  I’m just disappointed that we lost to a younger unskilled team who will only get better with age.

    It’s about passionate Habs fans like myself have every right to worry where this team is heading in the future.  The mistakes Bobby has made  this past summer will bite us in the butt for years to come.  17 years is a long time not having a parade in Montreal and don’t expect one in the very near future.

    Perhaps I care where this team is heading and you don’t. 

    Shhh, don’t say I warnedyou but Gauthier’s rebuilding this team after this season.

     

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

  18. HardHabits says:

    At the very least use SK on the PP.

  19. showey47 says:

    As i said,if you feel your not entertained when paying big bucks,then don’t go. If we suck so bad and have nothing to look forward to except years of doom and gloom of an on ice product and lousy management then why waste your time and money going to the games?

  20. Ian Cobb says:

    I was being a little tongue in cheek here, but Martin still over used his top guys early. I would have used 3rd and 4th more minutes. And you are quite right about a right shot from the point which MAB has. But I would like to play with 7 D so we don’t have to use him on a regular shift except for PP. Camillerie on the second line will help big time.

  21. RetroMikey says:

    I speak for others as well.  You were not at the game,  You did not hear other Habs fans’ comments.

    Hockey is a sport which whould be entertaining for fans who pay the big bucks to root for their team, no crime if  others or myself bitch at the outcome of the game.  We have every right to be angry as the person next to me who is happy their team won.

     

     

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

  22. Arrow77 says:

    True, but his answer still applies: Halak, like Price hasn’t proven to be either goalie. I would even add the possibility that they’re both average, although it’s less likely than the other two.

  23. showey47 says:

    Ian,you can’t use the entire 3rd and 4th liners on the PP. Carbo did that last year on numerous occasions and it was nothing short of embarrasing. When cammy comes back and gets his legs under him,it gives us a 2nd strong offensive line.

  24. Arrow77 says:

    I never agreed with the “win and you’re in” philosophy but I didn’t see any indication that Martin had let go of it, unlike way too many journalist. If Price wins the next one 5-4 and three of those goals are weak, I think he still starts the one after that.

    That said, Halak has been good lately, but not great. He could probably use some time off before the playoffs starts (assuming he plays in them, which isn’t even sure). Besides, Ottawa is struggling and it’s a good team for Price to face.

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    True dat Showey. What really got to me was the under utilization of our 3rd and 4th.

  26. showey47 says:

    Ian,don’t let the pro-toronto sports media fool you.These “young kids” are only on average 0.2 years younger then we are. The local leaf media love to use the “young kids” angle in order to lower fan and media expectations and takes pressure off the team Our pp has been bad since mab went down,we have no big bomb from the point. This allows the PK to drop down and protect the slot and take away cross ice passes. It’s penalty killing 101. Other then kessel and bozak the rest of the leafs were pretty much non-existent. The fact that we were able to draw much more PP’s then the leafs shows who outworked who most of the night. These games are usually  close regardless of where either team is in the standings kind of like the old habs/nordiques days. Its been that way for decades.

  27. showey47 says:

    If your going to bitch and complain about paying big bucks for games we apparently never show up for then don’t go.

  28. RetroMikey says:

    Well said Ian.  Your last sentence summarized the game.

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

  29. joeybarrie says:

    Agreed with win and your in, and Price should be in Monday…  I dont know about the rest.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    We did not play a great game for sure, but we have 13 points out of a possible 14 in 7 games. But I do question our coaching where they burned out our top two lines taking regular shifts and then fried them for 12 minutes on 6 power plays. Leaving two fresh lines sitting on the bench most of the game.

    The 3rd and 4th line have nearly as much production as the top two lines lately. Why build great depth on 4 lines if you are not going to use them. Hell! what out come do you think if Martin had of played his 3rd and 4th lines on the power play at the least. Could they have done any worse, or do you think players like Darche and SK could have potted one or two. He also fried Markov on regular shifts and power plays so he could not go and was inaffective in the third. With so many power play minutes and opportunities, it is just foolish to keep playing our top guys over and over until they drop away in the 3rd. and overtime.

    That is the way he coached in Ottawa in the play offs and they fell on their face time and time again.

    Very disappointed in Martin, and I hope he picked up on his blunder of last night for future. I also did not see Muller talking to his ineffective power play units once. Or calling a time out to catch a breath. Even the coaches can have a bad game sometimes I suppose. But mostly a team of kids, 4 lines I might add, skated us into the ground last night.

    And that’s the way I see,  ABOUT LAST NIGHT

    IAN

  31. joeybarrie says:

    For the calls of Markov for the C.  Fo we want a shy, quiet, barely english speaking Captain?  I love Markov. But we need to let him be. He wants to concentrate on hockey. He isnt outgoing. His play is spectacular, but his leadership is not. We need a Captain who will go out and yell, tell those who need to shape up, and lead the team. ITS NOT MARKOV. He will play better if we leave him to his business.

    Cammalleri as Captain… Lead by example.

    Gionta as Captain…  He tell you to Smurf this as he smashes you into the wall with all 95 pounds. And then wink as he blows by you to score…

    Gomez, should also be left to his devices. Give him an A

    Gill, doesnt get enough time on the ice to be a C

    Those of you calling for Lapierre, get real…

    Pleks, not unless he signs, and even then, let him play.

    Ak or Sk……cant speak english, cant speak french, cant be Captain. Besides we need someone with REAL heart.

    Pouliot, not yet,

    IN THE END. My hope is for CAPTAIN CAMMA………..

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  32. thepriceiswrong says:

    Hey Boone, What happened to win and youre in??????

     

    Price needs to start next time.

    You and everyone else protected Halak after a terrible game vs edmonton when he saved face in the shootout.

    You are setting Carey up to fail by leaving him on the bench any longer.

    If Jaro starts monday, then JM is just as dumb as you guys

  33. elcapitan11 says:

    As much as I hated the result of the game, I honestly couldn’t stop laughing from seeing Dion Phaneuf introduce his stick to his face. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syXwXN1uKpk

  34. elcapitan11 says:

    Ron Maclean confirmed that right after he introduced her at the crashed ice event.

  35. joeybarrie says:

    For a team that was told over and over that we would BARELY make the Playoffs IF AT ALL…. We are still tied for 5th….

    We play both Ottawa and Philly. Plus 2 nig games against Buffalo. If we take these 4 games????  How close to standing alone in 5th would we be?

    Deep Playoff run? I dont think so. But we can go past the 1st round. And thats ALOT more than MANY in here said we would. ISNT THAT RIGHT TIMO and COMPANY….

    AGAIN, Imagine where we would be without injuries.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  36. projectpete19 says:

    the leafs have played with heart for a couple years now…and they are still s**t.  nothing will change.

  37. mrhabby says:

    i guess i agree to a certain extent with what you said. that being said we don’t really care about 3-4 years down the road..we care about this year what are the HABS going to do this year….yes?

  38. RetroMikey says:

    Uh yup, you win some, uh yup you lose some.

    Was at the game, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. and I speak for many Habs fans. we can never play a dominant game at the ACC with us fans forking the big bucks, but hey if the team is quite content to just make it in 8th place for a playoff spot, who am I to tell them they are wrong not to play hard game in and out and hustle, hustle, hustle?

    Boone said it perfectly, “The Leafs have heart. They’re young and they play hard.” Their  team may be s**t  but they are building on something for the future as supposingly we are. The battle of Toronto vs Montreal 3 or 4 years from now,…… can’t wait to see which team will be the better one and who really is the genus who built their team to contenders, Burke or Gauthier(wirh Bobby beind Pierre’s shoulder)?

    Onward bound I say, hopefully, the Habs  will play better for their mighty fans at home or fans like myself treking down the QEW to Buffalo to seem them play Wednesday.

    Somehow I sense Buffalo will be ready to give us a spanking in their arena when the Hab come into Buffalo.

    Uh yup, you win some, uh yup you lose some. But as the song goes…I got a feeling, I got a feeling, etc…

     

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

  39. G-Man says:

    Funny what PLAYERS can do. That coaching and mangement thing you’re on is dead wrong. The game has always been about the PLAYERS. Scotty Bowman wouldn’t be considered a “great” coach if all his players during his career were AHLers disguised as NHLers. OTher than that, how’d you like the loss, Timo? Did it make you feel better? 🙂

  40. Danno says:

    Insanely brilliant?

     

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

  41. Exit716 says:

    Didn’t Larionov say she would be around a lot more on Hockey Night In Toronto?

     

  42. Danno says:

    Hey Boone, great analysis up of a crappy game. If only the Habs would have put in the same kind of effort as you put into your writing we would have crushed them.

     

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

  43. linp says:

    I still can’t believe what our PP coach told the players to do. There was no one-timer from the point man. We kept passing the puck around. With or without MAB, we should fire more often from the point and go for the tip-in, deflection or rebound. Markov didn’t play well during the PP.

    I am impressed with Spacek. He played much better than Hamrlik. SK had more jump than AK. Gill vs Kessel is a big miss-match in speed. I still like our 4th line. It was solid all around. Moore played like he didn’t want to beat his former team. Gomez was not skating like he usually does. Plekanec’s line didn’t create any offensive punch. Overall, the defensive still played solid apart from the 2nd goal when Gorges pinched in.

    We didn’t suffer any injury. That is one positive thing coming out from the game.

  44. JF says:

    Well I’m glad that’s over.  No one was injured and we got a point, although for most of the third period it looked like we wouldn’t.  We were doing little other than defending ourselves, clearing our zone and dumping the puck, creating nothing.  We had our best scoring chances in the first period, but suffered from our usual lack of finish.  The extra days off might in the long run be a good thing, but last night the rust showed; our attack lacked cohesion all night, passes were off the mark, and we had trouble getting anything going, particularly on the powerplay, which was painful to watch.  Getting Bergeron and Cammalleri back should help, but it may take a couple of games.

    Halak was OK, but it’s been a while since he’s been (or had to be) outstanding.  Most games since the Olympic break we’ve scored more than two goals and he hasn’t had to be better than solid.  This is a busy week, so I certainly think Price should get one of the back-to-backs, perhaps Buffalo.  Other than the first period in Anaheim, he’s played well in the games he’s started.

    I actually don’t think the Leafs are a crap team.  They play with a lot of intensity and they forecheck hard.  They’re a great deal better than they were earlier in the season, and with a couple more moves by Burke, they’ll be a quite decent team now that they have reasonably solid goaltending.  They looked better than we did in the third period and they were very good against Jersey the other night.

  45. Beaco says:

    Clearly brilliant!

    A fine line between genius and madness and you walk it like Nadia Comăneci.

     

     

  46. habsfan0 says:

    The REAL test of this team’s mettle is coming up. With Bergeron and Cammalleri returning, the Habs’ lineup will be as healthy as it’s been all season.Unlike the last few weeks when the Canadiens basically got fat on opposition whose records were poorer than theirs,i.e., Rangers,Bruins,Lightning,Oilers,Ducks…the coming week will see them play teams tied or above them in the standings…Senators,Sabres,Devils. We will all wait with baited breath to see how the Habs fare against these teams..

  47. andrewberkshire says:

    I hope everyone realizes that this is just a ploy to screw up Boston’s lottery pick, we’re giving the Leafs points on purpose!

  48. GrimJim says:

    Honestly, I can’t tell if you’re brilliant or insane…

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think anyone is justified in attacking MAB, no matter how bad he may or may not play. The guy was unbelievably clutch while Markov was out, 4 gwg, tied with Cammalleri.

  50. cautiousoptimist says:

    Man, I am getting sick and tired of all the Sanford fanboys on here, always ragging on Price and Halak just to push their pro-Sanford agenda.  You guys need to learn to put the team first and your petty little biases second, look further than the Sanford posters on your bedroom walls in your parents’ basement, and realize that even if Sanford never gets another shot in the NHL, it’s the team’s success that matters.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except that the Canadiens aren’t anything to do with the government and are a private institution, a for-profit enterprise and the players are the club’s paid entertainers and so their only objective should be success. It is the mandate of the coach to get the team to win hockey games and since the team is composed of at most, 3 guys who have French as their primary language and all 3 of them speak English anyway, how is the day-to-day basic requirements of his job have anything to do with speaking French? He’s there to run a winning hockey team.

     

     

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

  52. Ground Chuck says:

    The ‘other goalie’ wasn’t the subject of my question.

  53. habaholic68NJ says:

    It’s been decades since the Habs have had any serious coaching.

  54. hab lifer says:

    I’m upset because I was playing mise au jeu and had a tie, which I lost with .2 secs to go. what a bummer.

    talk about bad luck.

  55. light_n_tasty says:

    How can you leave French and English out of it when it has been publicly stated by the Montreal Canadiens organization that the head coach and the GM must speak both French and English?  By requiring bilingual people for these positions you automatically and drastically reduce the pool from which you can select a successful candidate.

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he scores, just a little, if he doesn’t do anything, down comes the rain of course. But that’s for anyone who doesn’t do **** on the night.

     

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

  57. ooder says:

    neither… both our goalies have yet to prove anything

    ——————

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

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s murder, losing with .2 seconds left? That’s going to haunt the Canucks.

     

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

  59. ooder says:

    wow detroit is dynamite

    ——————

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

  60. Ground Chuck says:

    A good goaltender wins because his team scores more goals than he lets in. A great goaltender wins because he lets in fewer goals than his team scores.

    Which goalie is Jaro?

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because the organization has refused to consider coaches that don’t speak fluent French for political reasons rather than choices that are good for the team. I don’t have a problem with French coaches, I personally look forward to when Guy Boucher is ready to coach the big club but right now, there were much better choices to coach the Montreal Canadiens this summer than JM and it shows.

     

     

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

  62. MocaJoe says:

    I bet they could hear AK snoring up in the broadcast booth…

    When does Markov get the C?

    Its going to be tough to see Hammer go… i hope someone gives him a nice deal

    Overall a good night with a mix of laziness. one point better than no point

  63. matraque says:

    When MAB gets back, people will rain on him.  Just watch…

    ——

    Komisarek: 0 – 4 – 4 (-9)
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8469460

  64. Led says:

    A major bonehead firing.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    But Tipett doesn’t speak French!

    Nevermind that the best coaches in Team history were pure Anglos and the team has fewer French Canadians than Czechs on the team.

     

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

  66. 100HABS says:

    We got a point and no was injured – I’m happy.

     

    If I could say that after each of the next ten games, I’d be even happier.

  67. Led says:

    Not a MAB fan either, however showey said he probably makes a difference tonight and I agree.

  68. longtimehabsfan says:

    Dave Tippet was underrated in Dallas.  Good coach.

  69. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM has absolutely refused to consider a forward on the point this entire season, I doubt he’s going to start now. He is a good coach in some ways, but his moves on PP personnel and SOs baffle.

    Metropolit getting shifted in with Gomez/Gionta, no big body prescence at all, with Gorges/Spacek on the points being terrible, you’re better off with the Moore line at that point. Metro in place of Pyatt with AK/Pleks and Pouliot staying with Gomez/Gio would make a lot more sense.

     

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  70. doug says:

    Just a beautiful effort, wasn’t it?  Unbelievable team.

  71. longtimehabsfan says:

    Phoenix the NHL story of the year.

  72. doug says:

    Thinking Bryzgalov might deserve the Vezina

  73. doug says:

    totally agree – put a forward there.  It kills second half of our power play.  Not a huge fan of Bergeron dressing despite his performance there, either – would rather go with the six that we have now.

  74. doug says:

    The Phoenix broadcast has a bunch of interviews with an official who explains rules to them.  Planted by the NHL?  I think so.

  75. Led says:

    I’m not liking the decision of putting Spatch and Gorges together on the PP. At least Josh can move the puck around and keep it in the zone. Spatch seems to muff a lot of plays and shots. Split them up and offset their deficiencies by pairing them with a better PP guy.


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