About last night …

No cause for concern … yet.

Certainly no reason to panic … now.

The Canadiens are still four points up on ninth-place Atlanta. But the Thrashers are hot, and they have a game in hand.

So just when we thought the playoffs were a cinch …

Well, they probably still are.

But your Montreal Canadiens were not good in salvaging a point at the ACC on Saturday night.

And they were even worse back home against the Ottawa “Who’s your daddy, habbies?” Senators.

The Canadiens took three of a possible 12 points from Otawa this season, and the last loss might have been the most dispiriting.

Extremely boring game, and an easy shutout for Brian Elliott.

Oh well, at least Kovy didn’t get a hat trick.

The game can be summarized by some goose eggs:

• The Canadiens were shut out on home ice for the fifth time. I can’t remember any of the preceding goaltenders having an easier time than Brian Elliott. He made 29 stops, maybe four of which were slightly difficult. 

• Jaroslav Spacek, Roman Hamrlik, Ryan O’Byrne and Hal Gill copmbined for ZERO hits. Yes, you read that right: four defencemen had no hits. Ottawa’s Andy Sutton had four, including good neutral-zone licks on Benoit Pouliot and Andrei Kostitsyn. 

• Pouliot didn’t have a shot on goal. Neither did Glen Metropolit or Maxim Lapierre.

Ottawa wanted the game more and had a sounder plan for winning it.

The Senators played a tight, disciplined style. They forechecked effectively and clogged the neutral zone, denying the Canadiens any chance to move up ice at speed.

During Jacques Martin’s press conference, Eric Engels suggested the Canadiens had stretched the ice too much and played with poor puck support. The coach jumped on this analysis, labeling it “bang on” and lamenting his teams’s lack of crisp, 10- to 15-foot passes that would let five skaters advance the puck.

Prompted by Pat Hickey, Martin also critiqued some unfortunate pinches by his Dmen that resulted in several odd-man rushes, particularly in the first period, by the Senators.

The loss, Martin said, was attributable to special teams.

The Canadiens’ power play went 0-for-5 and looked gosh-awful.

Ottawa had a 20-second power play when Andrei Kostitsyn took a brain-dead penalty to nullify a Canadiens’ advantage. But with Dominic Moore off in the third period, the Senators needed a little over a minute to make it 2-0, a PP score that effectively put the game out of reach.

Moore lost one of his wingers when Travis Moen suffered a horrific skate cut in the second period. But he and Sergei Kostitsyn had a tough time against an Ottawa system that afforded them little time or space to make effective plays.

Brian Gionta, who hasn’t played a bad game this season, had five shots on goal , as did Scott Gomez. But their linemate, Pouliot, seems to have fallen into a bit of a regression. Maybe he’s reading the summaries and noticing how many goals Guillaume Latendresse is scoring in Minnesota.

(Cheap shot. I’m still happy with the trade.)

There had been speculation that Mike Cammalleri and Marc-André Bergeron would return to the lineup against Ottawa. The PP certainly could have used a couple of trigger-men. 

And Tomas Plekanec desperately needs Cammalleri as a finisher. We love Tom Pyatt, but not on that line.

As it is however, Cammalleri – who has scored 18 of his 26 goals at home – will return to the lineup in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Martin McGuire, on CKAC, said we’d see Carey Price against the Sabres. 

Jaro Halak couldn’t be faulted for either of the Ottawa goals. But Price hasn’t played since getting the hook in Anaheim.

It’s time.

And it’s time for the Canadiens to pull up their tri-coloured socks. The team skating in quicksand for most of the night against Ottawa wasd not the playoff-bound juggernaut that reeled off six straight Ws.

Will the real Montreal Canadiens show up in Buffalo, or back home against Florida and – gulp! – New Jersey?

They’ll have to, before this thing gets out of hand.


•  •  •

Moen, who does not wear a visor, took 25 stitches on that scary play.

If Matt Cullen’s skate hits his eye … well, it doesn’t bear thinking about.



  1. showey47 says:

    they were a 100 point team twice (just barely)and never got past the second round under his watch. Sounds alot like the same success (or lack thereof) of a recent habs g.m. Except burkes team missed the playoffs 3  times instead of once(because carbo is an idiot). But other then that burke is better,right?,it clearly shows now in toronto after his 2nd year as g.m. his team in on pace to match past futile point totals from the 80’s and 90’s when they didn’t even have the loser point. Are you going to show burke the same hate when there is no cup or competitive team in toronto in 3 more years as you did for gainey after his 5 years? Some how i doubt it. He will get a 10 or 15 year free ride from you i’m sure.

  2. notbigbird says:

    You are funny at times. I’ll grant you that.

  3. nightmare_49 says:

    C –  You are right on about MAB opening up room on the PP for the other forwards down low on the PP, spot on. MAB has one goal in his last 20 games.

  4. Chris says:

    Let’s be honest…of those 4 prospects, we can realistically expect maybe one to actually stick as a top-6 forward.  That’s not being pessimistic so much as recognizing that even making the NHL as a prospect is a pretty long-shot, let alone becoming an impact player.  And that process typically take 4 or 5 years, at which point Gionta and Gomez will most certainly be in the twilight of their careers with the mileage they’ve got on their bodies.

    We’ve all been playing these cards for years.  Sometimes you get a decent little run of players…we actually saw one unfold in Montreal with Plekanec, Higgins and Kostitsyn in the span of two drafts.  But in general, if you find one or two forwards that ever become NHL regulars, it has been a somewhat successful draft.  Impact players are that much more rare.

    But returning to the point…what the Habs have right now is the same thing they had last year:  a somewhat anemic offence that is overly reliant on the power play to generate goals.  That is not a recipe for post-season success.  So I think it is at least fair to question the status quo over the next couple of seasons…it is unlikely that the Habs will be able to sign another true top-6 player unless one of the incumbents is discarded, with AK46 the most likely to depart.  Any substantial improvement has to come from within, both in terms of development of current roster players like Pouliot and the Kostitsyn brothers and from graduating players from the AHL to the big club.  Right now, I don’t see much on the farm that promises to help out over the next couple of seasons.

  5. nightmare_49 says:

    … Mac Pac is out of the lineup due to injury.

  6. Flabadagub says:

    Nice come back!!! d:o(~

  7. RetroMikey says:

    i hear ya Timo. Terrible ordeal, well rested before the Toronto game and 1 day off to face the Sens.

    Tough being  a Habs player when after a short lucky W streak, the players are back to “rock star” status in the city wioh the fans, just terrible.

    They have not won anything yet even if they do squeak into the playoffs.

    I’ll be off to Buffalo to see them play.

    They better not be at the Anchor Bar before the game to suck up on the draft and Chicken Wings, I don’t want to hear they lost because they were all plumped up with good old food in Buffalo! 

    Another game where Buffalo will come on strong.



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

  8. doug19 says:

    Where is Max Pac? I have not seen him in the bulldogs stats for awhile.Not that he was lighting up the AHL yet. Trotter has 30 goals now, Subban 17.

  9. howtathor says:

    With Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri signed for the foreseeable future and hopefully Plekanec and Pouliot, there’s not a whole lot of room in the top six. In a few years we should see the likes of Louis Leblanc, Danny Cristo, Max Pacioretty and Gabriel Dumont filling those holes that will be opening up on the top six. I don’t think the situation is as dire as you think.

  10. G-Man says:

    Right on. Millions of dollars in the balance and no visor to protect your vision. Simply put; stupid, stupid, stupid!

  11. ed lopaz says:

    well done!

  12. Mr.Hazard says:

    But she didn’t want to come back!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  13. sidhu says:

    She’s a free agent?  Habs I/O needs to hire her ASAP!  Or, some of us commenters should pool our money to hire her for the site. 

  14. avatar_58 says:

    When did he have a great day? He’s sucked since he got back from injuries. I say put HIM on the 4th line and put Sergei with Plek and Cammy. Really tired of watching him float around doing nothing

  15. twocents says:

    Let’s be honest with ourselves. The whole upward trajectory of this franchise ended the day Sandrine Balthzard’s contract was not renewed.

    Do we really need to run around searching for other answers?

  16. ed lopaz says:

    hey chris, i think we won’t have to wrry about AK after this contract is done – no way habs will want him; the habs do not have a long history with players who lack effort and consistency.

    furthermore, what will AK get for heis next contract? 4 million, 5 million??

    star is not important to this guy.

    poeple in belarusse make a few dollars a day – literally.

    here’s a link to the web site of the belarusse embassy – average salary is $139 per month


    AK and his brother make that much in the time it takes them to lace up their skates – about 1-2 minutes.

    someteams get lucky when they choose guys from poor countries overseas – habs were not lucky.

  17. Captain aHab says:

    Everytime we think this team is down, they pull together and play a few great games in a row.

    Did they stink it up last night? Yes

    But how many times did I see the puck jump over one of our sticks and land flat on theirs….it was uncanny.

    One lesson from last night other teams should learn: put a lot of pressure on Spacek and Hammer and if they aren’t very well supported, they’ll cough it up. It was sad to see.

    And on AK, I like his potential but dear lord does he ever have the ability of following up a great play with an absolute stinker. And anybody else notice how many times he gets caught from behind? Didn’t this guy have speed? I would also like him to take less than 30 games to show up after getting a head cold.

    Anyways, I won’t be surprised at all if they beat the Sabres.

  18. notbigbird says:

    I think the Sens have the right combination of players and game plan to play well against us.

  19. notbigbird says:

    It’s not that they’re not working, but sometimes you lose your edge, sometimes the other team has something to do with it, and sometimes you just don’t get the bounces. Bah … wasting my time …

  20. mrhabby says:

    ya think the sky is falling or something. we lose to the sens and get a point from the laffs. the world is not coming to an end folks….so the habs played flat. have you ever gone to work and not felt like working… and don’t  give me that crap about  all those lazy rich guys who could care less….the sky is not falling…geesh.

  21. nick says:

    Any word on Moen? He alright? Expected to be back? I didn’t hear anything after seeing the incident.


  22. Chris says:

    AHL championships, to be honest, are largely meaningless in terms of the NHL team’s future success.  The Bulldogs were a Calder Cup finalist in 2003 and of course won the Calder Cup in 2007.  Despite this, the Habs really haven’t seen much of a bump in terms of consistency:  they had one magical year in 2007-08 where everything went right (no injuries, tons of players having career years) that still only saw them reach the second round of the playoffs.

    Guy Boucher may or may not prove to be a good NHL coach.  What he will not be is the saviour…the Habs roster simply does not quite have the firepower or consistency yet to challenge the top teams in the NHL.  They have enough talent that, given the right matchups, they could upset a team or two in the playoffs.  But they are still a long way off from contender status.

    The Habs currently rank 21st in goals per game, 13th in goals against per game and are a relatively dreadful 24th in 5-on-5 goals for versus goals against per game.  They are 27th in shots per game and 26th in shots against per game.  No team in the NHL has trailed after the first period more than the Montreal Canadiens (they have played catch-up hockey 34 out of 73 games…the bright side is that they have won roughly a third of those games).  Some of this can be put on the coaching staff, but at the end of the day, the players just aren’t quite there.  A lot of this can be explained by the injury situation and a lack of depth on the team. 

    We’ve already seen a lot of the Bulldogs prospects in Montreal:  White, Pyatt, Trotter, Desharnais, Pacioretty, Weber, Carle, Subban and Maxwell have all come up.  With the exceptions of Subban and Carle, none of them has really stood out to me as anything other than role players for this team…although I am willing to give Pacioretty more time, as power forwards take longer to develop.  But the lack of top-6 forward promise in Hamilton has me concerned.

  23. JD_ says:

    Who did you end up punching in the face?

  24. punkster says:

    I had more contact with the bartenders at the Bell Centre than the Habs had on the ice.

  25. punkster says:

    The beer was cold and as one poster here always signs off…NUF SAID!

    (Oh and while I had dreams of actually teeing off this weekend I think the weather here today has effectively shelved that thought. Indoor range for me.)

  26. longtimehabsfan says:

    Once again this season it’s one step up and one step back.  This team has barely been a .500 team.  Last night’s effort showed a lack of execution. 

  27. punkster says:

    Icy cold, like the look in Halak’s eyes every time a Hab D-man skated near.

  28. Chris says:

    I agree with you about the slow starting thing…but that doesn’t explain the complete lack of effort.  Lack of results:  okay.  Sometimes the puck doesn’t bounce your way, sometimes (as I suspect is the case with AK) your speed isn’t up to where it needs to be at the start of the season, etc.  But he’s playing very carelessly right now.

    And perhaps more ominously, Andrei Kostitsyn’s brief career has illustrated quite well that he is a slow starter.  What most people forget is that he has also shown that he is not a great regular season finisher, either.  Here are his goals per game and points per game totals over his career:

    • October – 0.11 GPG, 0.29 PPG
    • November – 0.14 GPG, 0.45 PPG
    • December – 0.48 GPG, 0.80 PPG
    • January – 0.47 GPG, 0.75 PPG
    • February – 0.29 GPG, 0.65 PPG
    • March – 0.17 GPG, 0.53 PPG
    • April – 0.10 GPG, 0.20 PPG
    • Playoffs – 0.38 GPG, 0.56 PPG

    The question Pierre Gauthier is going to have to ask himself is whether he can continue to bank on a consistently inconsistent Andrei Kostitsyn as a top-6 winger.  AK46 is now 25 years old and is in his third full NHL season.  I like his skill set, and am one of the few that really didn’t mind that the Habs drafted him in 2003 over guys like Parise, Getzlaf and Richards.  What I do mind is the Kovalev-esque lack of effort that permeates his game:  when he’s on, he’s the team’s best player.  But unlike Kovalev’s tenure in Montreal, Kostitsyn’s dominant nights are few and far between. 

    I’m just not sure that the fit between player and team is right…I still think that AK46 can become a star somewhere.  I am just becoming increasingly concerned that that somewhere is not Montreal.

  29. joeybarrie says:

    The Leafs beat us in overtime and all of a sudden they are as good as us. It really makes me laugh. Their cap issues are even bigger than ours.

    BIGJCC526. OK your a Habs fan???  OF course. We all believe you. Who in their right mind would compare the two teams as being just as good??? The useless Leafs havent made the playoffs in 6 years and they are dead bottom of the division. We are fighting for 5th place and havent had a single game with our complete roster. In fact we havent had a complet game with our 6 best players… Yet we are STILL fighting for 5th. NOT DEAD LAST. Also we arent giving away our draft pick to Boston in a year where we would get a top 5…

    The future is good in Toronto???  Your cap is given to the defense players who suck. You have to sign 12 players and keep them under 2 million each. So how exactly are you going to get better???

    We are trying to fill the 3rd and 4th lines. Our top 2 lines have 3 players who would be on pace with 40 goals a season if they played 82 games… We have 2 players who would be on pace for a 50+ assist season also on 82 games. And none of these guys are over 31, so we got them for awhile.

    We have two of the best young goalies in the league. One of which will be a superstar. (PLEASE no one respond to which one…be done with that subject)

    We have one of the top 5 defenders in the league, and one superstar defender coming up next season.

    Our PK and PP are doing great (pp not lately, but were still #2 in the league) And when our PP isnt doing well we are stil 7-2-1… HOW GREAT IS THAT???

    I think we are in a pretty good spot. And its just the beginning. 

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

  30. Chuck says:



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

  31. Chuck says:

    Please tell me that at the very least the Heineken was cold.


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

  32. JD_ says:

    Pre Game

    Works for me. Making pre-game observations about Alex Kovalev’s current funk, RDS’ Joel Bouchard shrugged and said “Kovalev is Kovalev”. As he spoke, the thought struck me that AK27’s epitath should read “Kovalev was Kovalev”.

    George Costanza would be envious. Demers wore that jacket again last night. You know, the one that’s made with the same fabric used to cover those La-Z-Boy reclining sofas, the ones with the big wood handles at each end and the cupholders.


    A picture’s worth a thousand words. The game on paper doesn’t look like the game on TV. I can’t remember the last time the Habs played a game where the distribution of everything – shots, hits faceoffs won, takeaways, shots blocked, etc… – was so evenly split down the middle. There is, however, no stat for intensity nor for first-man-on-the-puck. Truth is, if it weren’t for our PP opportunities, the stats would have favoured Ottawa. They were better prepared and showed it virtually from the get-go.

    The rumours are total, pulpy fiction. There is absolutely no truth to the story that Ottawa head coach, Young Harvey Keitel, said the following in the Senators dressing room just prior to last night’s game: “If I’m curt with you, it’s because time is a factor. I think fast. I talk fast. And, I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please with sugar on top, win the f****** game.”

    A progressive regression. The game started out fairly evenly. Both sides were aggressive. Foligno heard, however, that the water in the penalty box was awesome and decided to try it out a couple of times. Absent anything lethal from the point, the Habs just couldn’t get the PP going. Clouston had his guys all over anything Hab on the PP, playing one of the most aggressive boxes the team has faced this season. This intensity carried over into even-strength, with Ottawa’s forecheck sensing and ultimately capitalizing on the Habs’ sometimes fragile transition game. By the end of the first period, the Canadiens had ceded the neutral zone.

    Seems logical to me, captain. To compensate, the Habs tried to ratchet up their offensive game whenever they gained control of the puck. Against a team hungrier for the puck and picking everything off, it led to a relatively unbelievable number of odd-man rushes for Ottawa throughout the evening. I haven’t seen that many odd men rushing since the Spock t-shirts were marked down 50% at the Trekkie convention.

    Positives. I like Pleks’ in-yer-face style. He’s been doing it all season and it works. Pouliot hasn’t been connecting of late, but it’s not for lack of talent nor the fact he really doesn’t mind getting into it. Plays with a temperamental elan. Gomez might be overcompensated, but 9 times out of 10, he effortlessly carries the puck into the O-zone. Markov’s back in form and OB’s all growed up ‘n’ all, as a result.

    Post Game

    Last word on the angry clown’s “we” rant. In his, as I speculate, self-medicated rant yesterday morning, Jack Todd noted the following: “When a fan refers to the Canadiens and he uses the word ‘we,’ as in ‘we’re going to make the playoffs this year,’ well – he loses me right there.” Interesting parallel in that when a sports columnist refers to himself and he uses the words “Jack Todd,” as in “Hi, I’m Jack Todd,” well – he loses me right there.


  33. Shublips says:

    Habs were weak in the last two games.  Halak is the only reason it was ONLY 2-0.  Hopefully the Habs can find the balance that they had during the winning streak.

    Read more at Habs Addict.com:

  34. punkster says:

    Tough time being a Habs fan when they turn in stinkers like last
    night. I was at the game in a great seat behind the net (Halak for two
    periods) and what I saw was a boring non-effort by the team. Halak
    played well enough to win this if his teammates had only turned up the
    passion level. That first goal was the direct result of two Habs
    running into eachother near the bench (one going for a new stick)
    leaving a 5 on 3 to set up the Ottawa goal. Minor league error, no
    excuse. The second goal was simply a well placed shot. Look at the
    replay and you’ll see Halak tracking the shot all the way in. Maybe he
    “should have” stopped it but he didn’t. Stuff happens.


    What should not happen is the listless, lifeless,
    effortless and gutless display the Habs showed last night. No physical
    contact of any significance. Dump and chase with very little followup.
    I’m all for looking forward to having Cammy and MAB back in the lineup
    and sitting a couple of the more lazy Habs (no names please) but if the
    rest of the team doesn’t grow some cajones they’ll be fighting me for early tee times. And I’m no pushover with the starters.

  35. smiler2729 says:

    No biggie.

    It’s good for the team to come back to Earth after Ontario handed them their jockstraps… the Laffs bored ’em into a point and the Sens broke out of their collective funk to actually play a defensive hockey game.

    Fresh start in Buffalo.

  36. p_gagnon17 says:

    Hey Boone…

    How do you know that last night’s Canadiens weren’t the real ones and the 6-straight-wins weren’t imposters?

  37. ed lopaz says:

    i saw some changes – i saw some lines juggled – i swa pouliot moved to the left side with plekanec.

    don’t think we can blame the coach

    he is missing some giant pieces for this team to move to the next level

    missing more mobility on the back end (PK)

    missing more size and grit up front (??ryan white, maybe – paccioretty?)

    JM has had injuries all year to contend with

    nope – I would not blame the coach – he plays the same system for 6 games and we run the table, were we blaming him for those 6 wins?

    i blame those that keep on saying – wait til next year – or the year after that – when all of the kids come out of hamilton and this team can blossom into a champion

    for those that are NOT EXPECTING to win this year – for those who insist we hsould be patient and wait til next year to bring up PK for example (which I believe would help us right now especially on the PP)

    I say, please don’t blame the coach, after all, he’s missing the players you guys are insiting we have to be patient and wait for.


  38. RJ says:

    I certainly wish the best for Moen but I have always felt that anyone who plays without a visor is a moron.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  39. Ian Cobb says:

    From the very first shift of the game nothing changed. The sign of
    quality coaching is the ability to adapt and to conquer the oppositions
    game plan. I was waiting at the start of the second and the third for
    some kind of change in our tempo, competition level, execution, and
    desire to change the game around in a way that we might be successful.
    But alas we played the same effective game that did not work for us for
    60 minutes.

    Ottawa, to their credit stayed on top of every play
    and the puck the whole night. They took away time and space from us so
    we could not execute even our passes properly. We continually turned
    the puck over to them and we could not get any flow to our game with
    their relentless checking. Jacques Martin was unable to change things
    up with his players.

    Although Jacques Martin came in here this
    year with calming, patient leadership skills and has put this train
    wrecked team back on the tracks with some respectability, I have to
    tell you that I am looking at him a little different these days. I am
    of the opinion he has done a great job to date but I feel for us to get
    to the next level in this very competitive league, it is now time at
    the end of this season to move him upstairs and bring up Boucher from
    Hamilton to work with Muller and staff.

    After Hamilton wins the
    championship in the A Boucher will know better what players are about
    ready to make our roster in the fall.

    I believe this was Bob
    Gainey’s long term game plan for the club in the first place. We will
    get there and have our cup in its rightful place again in just two more
    short years boys and girls. Enjoy the ride because the getting there is
    the most fun of all.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except the Sedins and Kesler alone can’t get the Canucks to a Cup. The new GM had to acquire a goaltender (Luongo), they’ve spent years trying to assemble a strong defensive corps (still not there yet IMO) and get some support players, they had to get Burrows, Samuelsson and more to get some depth on their roster. Burke left them a few guys yes, but they lost years trying to get the team built up because that’s all they had.

    Pronger’s already gone in Anaheim, they moved him for Sbisa, Lupul and a couple 1st-rounders so that Anaheim could focus on rebuilding because they knew their team was going past the expiration date and Pronger wasn’t a long-term solution. Burke squads after he leaves always tend to fall apart and need years to build again what he does leave behind because it isn’t much, 2 or 3 good guys and the rest is up to the new GM to get them to respectability again and that takes several years. He doesn’t build, he gambles and leaves others to clean up regardless of his success.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  41. ed lopaz says:

    “save the Sedins and Kessler” ???


    are you kidding?

    those are huge moves – difference makers – franchise players – players that turn teams around and turn teams into contenders

    I agree that Murray did most of the leg work – but I think you should not discount bringing in players like the Sedins, Kessler and Pronger in Anaheim

    Do you know what the Habs would be like if we had a GM that could add players like that?

    you make some good points – but I thought you need to catch yourself before you get carried away.

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    He built nothing, Scott Niedermayer showed up because they had Rob Niedermayer on the roster, signed by a previous GM no less. Giguere was there already, as were Getzlaf and Perry. Pronger was acquired because he wanted the **** out of Edmonton (who can blame him) and Lowe was running the Oilers and he could get the award for Wost GM of the Year several times in a row. No GM can show up and in 2 years say “It’s my team that won”, he took credit for what was Bob Murray’s work.

    He didn’t take Vancouver to a Cup despite having them for 7 years and left that team devoid of prospects and players that could help the future save the Sedins and Kesler, everything else had to be put back together by the new management because once Burke’s done his gambling, there’s not much left. That’s why Anaheim is already setting up to rebuild, Burke empties his teams out for short-term gains and then runs off before he gets called for wrecking the future. It might be a bit flashier than previous Leafs regimes that sold everything for playoffs but it’s a similar formula with predictable results.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. 100HABS says:

    AK is a slow starter. It takes him until December to get going after summer. He just had a 2-month injury. Give him time. He’ll get it going in the next couple games and be a force in the playoffs. Mark my words.

  44. jimhasbeen says:

    well he’s due for his monthly win

    LOL-still love ya carey

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    People shouldn’t drink Burke-flavoured kool-aid, it distorts your perception of reality.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. fun police says:

    i think we’ve squeezed every last drop out of a lineup that most thought would crash when their top scorer went out.  with cammy back, pleks line will get going.  i think we’ve done well, very well, considering.  

  47. JF says:

    Bruins and Thrasher play tonight.  If the Bruins win, they’ll be one point behind us with a game in hand.  If the Thrashers win, they’ll be 2 points back.  Either way, it’ll be a tight race among the three teams, and we could still miss out.  The playoffs, which looked almost a certainty a few days ago, now look a lot more doubtful.  We need Cammalleri and Bergeron back and producing next game.  Somehow we have to find a way to win two of our three remaining games this week, which would give us 84 points with 6 games to go.  If we lose to both the Sabres and the Devils, I’d say we’re out.

  48. Led says:

    I don’t know, maybe it’s the difference between watching a high-def (CBC) game vs. a reg-def (RDS) game, but I thought last night’s effort was much better than Saturday’s. Sure there was some sloppiness but at least last night it looked like they were trying to make something happen. To me it seemed that the puck just wouldn’t sit down for us to really get some A-one chances. It’s frustrating that this team keeps wasting opportunities to win big games.

  49. RJ says:

    Why NO CRITICISM of AK 46 who has played two horrid games back-to-back. Blind passes, floating, predictable wrister 25 feet out insiead of going to the net. This guy lacks hockey sense and willingness to go in tight. I’m sick and tired of watching him public skating every night.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  50. Chris says:

    And the roller coaster continues…last week, the Habs were riding a 5-game winning streak that had people talking about this team’s heart and how the Canadiens were a team that nobody wanted to play in the first round.  With the return of Cammalleri, the team could beat just about anybody.

    This week, the Habs are coming off two dispirited losses against the Leafs and Senators and the talk of this team’s amazing heart is nowhere to be seen as people prescribe a first round blowout once again.

    The truth, as it usually does, lies somewhere between the two extremes.  The Habs are, as they have been all year, stunningly inconsistent with their work ethic and attention to detail.  They can play the best in the league to a standstill, but unfortunately can also play down to the worst teams in the NHL. 

    The power play, around which so much of this team’s offence is based, has been sputtering and the team has no choice but to make room for the much-maligned Marc-Andre Bergeron.  Of course he is going to take a better all-around player out of the lineup, but he brings something that the team sorely lacks, namely a left-handed cannon from the point.  Even when the other team pressures him and prevents him from getting that shot off, it comes at the cost of opening up more room for the forwards down low.

    Cammalleri’s imminent return will obviously help the team, as he and Plekanec have played well together.  Perhaps it is time to take Andrei Kostitsyn away from Plekanec:  we keep waiting for those two guys to re-capture their 2007-08 magic and, other than a few flashes, it just hasn’t happened.  AK46 is in a complete funk, and the Habs can’t afford to let that continue much longer.  The time may come this summer for AK to move on…I am still high on his talent level and can easily see him excelling a la Latendresse upon his departure.  But the fact of the matter is that he isn’t getting it done here.  Maybe the Habs are not a good fit for him, and maybe an introverted guy like him just needs a change of scenergy to ratchet down the expectations and pressure.  Gauthier’s got an interesting decision to make this summer, as AK46 is entering the final year of his contract and will be a UFA after next season.

  51. Harani says:

    Once again, like we said after the olympic break, the Habs have their destiny in their own hands. We might still be able to get to 6th. Sens need to beat Philly tomorrow (technically, we would still be 7th because Flyers have one extra win than us but we’ll have played the same number of games, thus giving us an opportunity)

    Think ahead and stay positive! Cammi is coming back. No more questions around who MAB replaces because Moen got injured (maybe). PP practice tomorrow. *** happens, it was a bad game, not horrible but bad. Sens played it tight. Habs were kinda lost, time to get back to it.

    “I gotta a feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  52. jimhasbeen says:

    wtf is cullen doing with his skate in the air? handstands?

    that’s reckless; not accusing him of any intent, but that is easily avoided.

    if you watch the hit, it;s not even a hit–he just launches his foot at moens face–disgusting,

  53. shootdapuck says:

    So many “no-shows” tonite!

    When LALA gets mentioned you know the rest played poorly.

    Someone needs to take attendance prior to these games.



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    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
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