About last night …

 

This is why you have pro scouts.

The Penguins studied video of the Canadiens killing 32 of the 33 penalties they took against the most dangerous power-play in the league.

“Hey,” a coach may have popped up and said, “let’s try moving the puck quickly on our PP. Short passes, break down their box.

“No rushed plays or shots. We’ll be patient, get traffic in front and set up some point shots.”

In seven games, Washington scored once with the man advantage.

The Canadiens got four in 34 minutes.

And that was the ballgame.

The Pittsburgh coaches also noted the number of shots the Canadiens blocked against Washington – 41 in the deciding game.

Again, the Penguins got good puck movement and worked for open shots.

Result: Eight Canadiens blocked 15. And 14 Penguins blocked 22.

They saw what happened to Washington. And the Stanley Cup champions wdere ready.

 

The Canadiens had a 34-21 shot advantage and outscored the Penguins at even strength until Bill Guerin’s empty-netter.

That’s something to build on.
But if Andrei Markov’s series ended after 11 minutes – he left Mellon Arena on crutches – it’s going to be very, very toughThe Canadiens’ record, after Markov was injured in the season opener, was 14-20-3.

With him in the lineup, they are 25-13-7.

He is the key man on the power play and great 5-on-5.

There’s a chance Jaro Spacek will be ready for Sunday. Let’s hope so, because the D was smacked around by the Penguins and had a tough night.

Josh Gorges and Hal Gill, superb against Washington, looked tired and beaten down.

Jaro Halak was beaten on four of the first 14 shots he faced. yanked for Carey Price 5:18 into the third period, Jaro had allowed five goals on 20 shots – a save percentage of 75.

But you can’t pin the loss on goaltending.

Indiscipline gave the Penguins all those PP opportunities. And while the Canadiens beat Marc-André Fleury three times and exerted some pressure, Jacques Martin has a problem with his forward lines.

And that problem is Andrei Kostitsyn.

On RDS, Joel Bouchard showed a replay of the goal that broke the Canadiens.

Mike Cammalleri had scored to make it 3-2. The Canadiens were making some noise late in the second period.

A few shifts later, AK46 is going off on a change. He has the puck in the neuutral zone and, Bouchard said, the play is to get the puck deep in the Pittsburgh zone.

Instead, Kostitsyn bangs a soft ricochet off the boards. The Pittsburgh Dman is on it just inside the blueline, and the league’s best transition team is off to the races.

The Penguins gain the zone, four Canadiens overplay one side of the ice, Pascal Dupuis finds Craig Adams and Bingo!

A backbreaker!

It is becoming increasingly difficult, approaching impossible, to make a case for AK46’s bright potential.

He has more brain cramps on one shift than Crosby has in a season. And having this dog as a teammate is an insult to the dedication of Brian Gionta.

In the first game of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a first-round draft choice with size, speed and a wicked wrister ended the game playing with Glen Metropolit and Tom Pyatt.

The only player Jacques Martin likes less than Andrei Kostitsyn is Sergei Kostitsyn.

Package them both, Pierre, and trade them to Minsk.

•  •  •

The PK sucked, but P.K. was excellent.

Pressed into a regular shifft and 19:40 of ice time, the Canadiens brightest young prospect scored a goal, showed he belonged and, late in the game, skated hard to make a nice play on Sidney Crosby.

The kid is going to be a very good player for a very long time.

•  •  •

Props to the lads for not quitting.

Playing soo soon after an emotional seventh game against a well-rested powerhouse team, losing Markov early, getting killed on the PP, surrendering that killer goal to Adams …

The Canadiens kept being smacked down. But they picked themselves up every time.

Sunday will be very tough.

Probably no Markov. Third game in 4½ days. Jaro tired and maybe a bit psyched out.

But the logo on the jersey stands for CHaracter.

The Canadiens can play with Pittsburgh at even-strength.

This isn’t over.

•  •  •

Don’t you just love HNIC?

Don Cherry talks about Jaroslav “Havlak”.

Then the two ass-wipes on the iDesk quote some Web cretin calling Jaro “Red-Light Halak”.

With the exception of Elliotte Friedman, the whole CBC crew makes me puke.

 

171 Comments

  1. G-Man says:

    Agree. Bad luck about Markov. The Habs D is a good group when all our best are playing. Gill- Gorges have been a great shut down tandem. Markov-OB have been excellent at both ends of the ice. Spacek-Subban will make for a great pairing.

    What to do with MAB, now that Markov is probably gone for the season?

  2. G-Man says:

    PK has been very good. Best player? No. But he’s damned close and he’s young!

  3. G-Man says:

    Darche will play. AK might not. Trust JM to make the right choice. So far, he isn’t as awful as most here think.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …interesting You recalled that Mike …tonight was the second-time I used the Godot analogy since I have been a member …the first was during the prolonged tedious anticipation of the Sundin-signing (…which I did NOT want to happen), and then in the following thread You just referred to, You used the ‘Waiting For Godot’ theme

    …coincidence ? …purposeful or subliminal plagiarism ? …I was not sure at the time

    …but over this period of time I noticed it has happened 3 or 4 subsequent times on a line or riff I had used …You would copy word for word or use the premise of mine or another commentor’s analogy or observation

    …whether subliminal or purposeful plagiarism, or purely coincidental …I don’t personally resent or care what You use to put together what must be reasonably intelligent, on Your part, yet ‘entertaining’ pieces to satisfy the hungry Hab Fan jackels (including Myself) that anticipate Your summarizations of the ‘obvious’ observations We the Jackels have already expressed in Our blurbs, …plus Your own personal original thought

    …You are the wordsmith …the word-tailor (…or, in Your case, the word-seamtress ?) …whom brings the varied-materials together to make a readable result

    …either which way You do it Mike, obviously I enjoy it (…or I wouldn’t be here) …EXCEPT You Know When !

     

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s probably unfair of me to even blame him tonight. It was the PK and the fatigue in Halak that did us in. Losing Markov certainly didn’t help either.

  6. Da Hema says:

    Andrew: if it is any consolation, I will be giddy when MAB is no longer with this team too! My chest hurts and I struggle to breathe when he is on the power play!

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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    Kostitsyn won a ton of battles and cleared the zone in game 7 just the other night. But you’re right, it’s a useless conversation. I just think the vitriol is misplaced as we have one player who’s a -1 in the playoffs with 3 goals and 3 assists in 8 games, and another who’s -9 with 1 goal and 3 assists. -9 while his ice time is extremely limited. 

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    I have a feeling we’ll see Darche in for AK46 tomorrow, and it’ll be a massive mistake.

  9. Da Hema says:

    We just are not seeing the same things Andrew. It is difficult to understand how one can conclude Kostitsyn was one the team’s best forwards when he has 1 point in his previous five games. I also have not seen these puck battles you claim Kostitsyn won.

    There probably is not much point having some kind of discussion about our different views on Kostitsyn. It reminds me of the endless debates over Kovalev when he played for the Canadiens. I just could not see why posters thought so much of him. I was the happiest fan in all of Habdom when he left Montreal, and I will be too when both Kostitsyns are gone.

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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    Kostitsyn’s off games are so overemphasized on this site it’s insane. If Kostitsyn doesn’t score in a game, 80% of the posters on this site think he had a crap game, even if he won puck battles (which he does very often), laid good hits (which he also does more often than anyone not named Moen or Lapierre) and played sound hockey. If there are any forwards who should be getting torn apart on this site, it’s Pouliot and Metropolit, who’ve contributed absolutely nothing since game 1 against Washington. Metropolit, bless him for fighting to come back so early, is completely useless out there, especially on the PP.

    The tendency to blame Kostitsyn has everything to do with where he’s from and nothing to do with how he plays. Look at the comments here, how many people have insinuated drug use or intoxication of some kind. It’s appalling the hate that goes on here because of one blown play, after AK46 was one of our best forwards overall in the last series.

  11. Da Hema says:

    It is good to have some contrary perspectives Andrew, but Kostitsyn represents a problem for this team. Gionta did not play well tonight, but I can count on one hand how many bad games I have watched him play all season long–including the playoffs. Kostitsyn has played one decent game (and his hat trick was not all that impressive anyways; Cammalleri and Plekanec were setting the table for him). Kostitsyn is not an island–his generally indifferent play impacts his linemates, so he is dragging down others with him. I think any reasonably attentive spectator can see he is unwilling to play positional hockey, and worse his checks are intended to miss his targets–just like what his brother Sergei does. Certainly my comments below were purposefully harsh about Kostitsyn, and perhaps I should have qualified my statements by noting I do not singularly blame Kostitsyn for the loss. That said, I will be very glad when he is shipped elsewhere.

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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Easy to pick on some people I guess. Metropolit’s a good guy for spending all that time in all those leagues and battling to get to the NHL but really, he’s not fit for NHL action right now and it’s painfully obvious. AK’s just a victim of being a 2003 draft selection and not speaking very good English, oh and an unfortunate face.

    I suspect without Boucher getting the job in Montreal, we’ll never see the most out of the Kostitsyns, Pouliot or others. JM can’t teach young players and Carbo wasn’t exactly swift with that either. Only skaters to improve this season in the youth area were Gorges/OB, not one forward jumped ahead in ability this year. Haven’t had a coach who could get the best out of young players in a long time it seems.

     

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

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    Exactly. AK46 did nothing tonight that several other players hadn’t done more times. Metropolit for example was a disaster, especially on the PP. How many times did he clear the zone for the Penguins by passing to no one? He’s just lucky we weren’t dinged for a couple shorties because Halak certainly wasn’t going to be stopping any breakaways tonight.

  14. J. Ambrose says:

    “All I know is that the hours are long, under these conditions, and constrain us to beguile them with proceedings which may at first seem reasonable, until they become a habit. You may say it is to prevent our reason from foundering. But has it not long been straying in the night without end of the abyssal depths?”

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yea, don’t quite see why AK has to wear the goat horns when a PP went from 97% efficiency to 0% in the blink of an eye. PK wasn’t up to task and that’s how game 1 went out.

    No one thinks it deflates the team when a PP for the Pens becomes a guaranteed goal off of generally bad penalties? Game was lost on special teams, not an AK giveaway.

     

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

  16. andrewberkshire says:

    Unbelievably ridiculous that on a night when our PK goes 0/4 that 90% of the knowledgeable posters on this site, including Boone, are blaming a guy who was less than 50% responsible for the only even strength goal against on the night. Not a word about the Penguins cashing on ALL 5 of their first 5 scoring chances in the game, not a word about everyone on the penalty losing every battle for loose pucks and playing soft against a Penguins PP that is nowhere near the potency of the Capitals. Not a word about lame attempts at shot blocks that only screened Halak or deflected pucks past him. Not a word about the compete inability by the defense to move Penguins players from the front of the net on the PK.

    Instead let’s all blame the Belorussian who’s face makes him look stupid. How many other players failed to get the puck deep tonight? I saw it all night. Unfortunately Kostitsyn failed to get the puck deep while MAB was on the ice, and of course RDS would never dare to point out that he was COMPLETELY out of position! Not only was he out of position, he got in Subban’s way so neither could make a play on the puck OR cover Adams who was streaking in. All the hate on this site is sorely misplaced tonight.

  17. itpf says:

    Only problem with that is that it seems mediocracy, laziness and seniority (Don cherry, bob cole) go hand in hand with tax dollars. 

  18. Dintrox says:

    Boone we need to make adjustments to our pk. If Spacek can play like he did in the first series and Subban can take the heat, well you never Know. MAB just can’t be relied upon for many minutes on even strength D or on the PK.

    I’m no MD but i bet Markov has ligament damage and will be out for the remainder. We lost Markie but their PK may be without Staal. so maybe we are evensie. Pick ourselves up and prepare for the next battle and let’s get the split. 

    Even my Leaf fan friends are pulling for this underdog Hab crew and believe me that is something…

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  19. RetroMikey says:

    Everybody knows on this site  how I feel about little Sergei from the getgo several seasons ago…..now  I’m starting to have the same vibes  about his brother Andrei.

     

     

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

  20. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Halak should have been pulled early in the second period.  He looked very shaky on a couple of stops and lost a couple of rebounds that he never tracked down.  Everybody watching this game except JM could see that Halak was out of sorts and was going to let in a bunch.  You pull him early before the breakdown, during a regular stoppage of play, not on a goal.  In the press conference afterward you mention his “bug” and everyone saves face.

    As far as the brothers, put them both on the fourth line centered by Metro, and adjust their playing time based on the result, if they take a shift off on the ice, give them another shift off on the bench.  They will produce or it won’t matter, the shortened bench won’t really hurt.  If they rise to the occasion, they get shifts on the powerplay.  There is way too much talent in that pair to leave rotting.

    IF Spacek returns, send MAB to the pressbox, it is a really nice view from up there.  PK does everything we needed MAB for, and with style…

  21. HardHabits says:

    Not much to bring to the table. Not only are the Kostitsyns not leaders, they are not even followers.

  22. habz says:

    This isn’t over…..although i had a feeling before the game that the penguins will take game 1, and i switched to CBC , just to see what freakin cherry goin to say about our team, and hearing him calling halak Havlat? and Mclean didnt even bother to correct him , makes me really vomit. another man that mclean interviewed after 2nd period, forgot who he was and  i dont give a crap, callsl Halak Havlat too! what the hell? no respect whatsoever!!

  23. SPATS says:

    We need a break… Start Price on Sunday, Metro, MAB, Maxwell on the 4th line, Moen, Lappy and Darche the 3rd line. Pouliot, Moore, Cammy line # 2, Pyatt, Gomer and Gionta line # 1. Rest our Olympians, Pleks, Markov and Halak and let’s get em at home and make this a best of 3 starting next Saturday nite. If Markov’s done (he’ll be back by tues) put O’Byrne with Hammer(3rd) PK with Spatch (2)- Spatch back on the left side where he belongs & leave Gill with Gorges. Tell em to take it easy and let Carey shine. (or not) NBC and Bettman will be  happy with their US network ass kissing, and we can take a break, let em think they’ve got us where they want us and then come back and strangle em at the bell.

    Kostitsyn sisters go home, don’t bring them to the hotel, we can roll without em. They’re poison, and we need to get that poison out of our system (bababooey!)

  24. rut1212 says:

    Can I divert my tax dollars to TSN instead?

  25. shakey says:

    wouldn’t darche be better in the line up than ak? he was terrible.

    we won’t get anything for either of the ks, but please free up a roster spot. max pac?

    and please shoot glen healy. i miss miller and mcguire!

     

     

  26. ProHabs says:

    Thats right. And how can anyone really say that the team developed AK wrong. If I remember correctly, they had him play 2 or 3 years in the AHL before calling him up to the big team. What more did AK need. 5 more years of developing in the AHL.

  27. ProHabs says:

    AK and SK should have been the first 2 names on Gainey’s housecleaning list last year. I am surprised they both survived the overhaul. They will both be part of this summers garbage throwout. I just hope they get some good players back for them. They both have potential but I hate watching both of them play. THey accomplish very little on the ice.

  28. Da Hema says:

    I am glad persons of some influence (e.g., Boone) are publicly calling out Kostitsyn. I think he and his brother should both be sent home now. Enough is enough. We can debate all we want about their development, and whether or not the Canadiens did enough to prepare them for the NHL, but this is the playoffs and we cannot have players performing like Kostitsyn did tonight. Some posters have remarked that Andrie is pouting for his brother, but if that is true then it is even further evidence of his lack of professionalism. It seems to me other brothers around the NHL can play effectively despite being on separate teams (e.g., the Stalls). Indeed, they have even hit each other! If the Habs want to have a chance against Pittsburgh, then send these two idiots home.

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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  29. Curtis O Habs says:

    AK46 looked like he was into the vodka before the game. Misses more onetimers than a pee wee houseleaguer.  With Markov out, time for Subban to shine.

  30. wall2bay says:

    This may sound a little too optimistic but I think PK can somewhat absorb the loss of Markov. The key would be is to have Spacek back!

    The kid can really play! He’s either been one of or the best player for the Habs in every game he’s played in.

    In PK I trust!

  31. OneTimer says:

    5 games into his career? Ahead of Gionta, Gorges, Gill, Markov, Cammy and Gomez? I’m a big PK fan (I think by now we all are) but surely you jest

  32. Mike Boone says:

    Benny is a project. Rehabbing from lost years in Minnesota. I think he’s going to be a terrific player.

  33. Mike Boone says:

    Used it two summers ago on HIO, with a PhotoShopped Gainey and Carbo as Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for Mats Sundin

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …You, My Man is obviously smarter than You look

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  35. ooder says:

    i know your probably just jk around but if there was one thing kovy was good for.. it was the playoffs

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

  36. GHG33 says:

    I for one am very impressed by the heart and effort this team has. Taking on the defending champs just 2 days after sending one team packing. I didn’t give them much of a shot at winning this first of seven games, but they still had a shot at winning it until the 4th pens goal.

    The whole team did seem a little less energetic, and the speed just didn’t seem to be there tonight.

    Can’t blame Halak for this one, I think he was a little tired and less focused tonight. I would still start him next game though, he’s earned it.

    P.K was impressive, future looks bright for this kid, great energy and skating abilities.

    The hit on Markov was legal. Don Cherry (although rare) is right on this one. Markov should have absorbed the hit along the boards, or dodged it. Hopefully Specek is ready to go next game.

    I fully expect a much closer battle on Sunday and the Habs might just pull a W out of the bag! :)

    Drive For 25 Is Alive!

  37. habsman-itoba says:

    Maybe we could make a trade with Minnisota.  I’ve heard about this kid called Latendress…

  38. OneTimer says:

    AK46 called out by the Booner. Youch!

     

    What do we get
    for AK + SK + ? in the off-season boys? The elusive power forward? One
    can dream…

  39. OneTimer says:

    Godot never shows up, at least AK had that hat trick in Game 2…Too bad we lost it though…

  40. StevieRay says:

    What is wrong with AK.. the dude gets a hat trick…then disappears…

  41. Gus says:

    Interesting game.  I was never as nervous in this game as vs the Caps – it seemed the 5-5 play was much more even (though when we were down in the 1st, Pitt could have just backedoff).  If Markov was not down, for what now looks to be a long time, I’d say that we would have a chance here.  Now, we’ll need to see great 2-way play off of PK, Spacek and yes, Hammer.  Of course the tending will have to be better than good as well…  Here’s to Sunday.

  42. Mr. Biter says:

    So did the Versus announcers which includes an ex. hab, but as i posted earlier the HIO website would be down for days with the CP, JM and BG haters venting their rage.

  43. sprague cleghorn says:

    Beckett and Bugs (quoting Groucho), back to back.  Now we’re talking. 

  44. habsman-itoba says:

    I’ve got faith in JM to make adjustments to make us much more competative as the series matures.  If he makes them on time or not is another matter entirely.  It worked against Washington.  Although *hitsburg is an entirely different team and will require an entirely different approach, the habs will kick their stinky arses!

  45. wild flower says:

    My thinking was: Price is good, let him be part of the team. If he wins great, we have got at least a split in Pit – let try for two. If he loses, back to hero Halak whose had some extra time to bask in his glory. I thought tonight was quite predictable, but I think we still have a very good shot.

  46. sprague cleghorn says:

    Wow, a Waiting for Godot reference on HIO.  Nice.

  47. wild flower says:

    I thought likewise, so did my wife. We had no say in the mater.

  48. HotHabs says:

    i had thought the same.  Give Jaro a rest and let Carey get in a game or two.  I don’t know if it would’ve made any difference tonight with #31 in net, but my guess is Price will start on Sunday.  Hopefully he can pull a Jaro and make this series interesting.

  49. smiler2729 says:

    Benny’ll work out as a Hab, mostly because he wants to. The K-tits pair have no desire to do anything but impress themselves… and their mom back in ol’ Belarus.

  50. HotHabs says:

    Ditto, Mike.

    Without Markov and so little rest for the team between series and games, and playing a good Pittsburg crew, the end is casting its ugly shadow over the CH.

  51. smiler2729 says:

    I think both these goalies are inter-changeable with the more consistent Jaro Halak having the better luck over Carey “Steve Rogers” Price.

  52. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …not only TIRED …but a short-turn-around time to establish Penguin/Crosby-specific system adjustments to counter Pittsburgh’s game …which is very distinct from the Capitals

    …since the re-build last-summer …I looked at the talents of Gomez, Gionta, Camm, and the others as ‘givens’ …I felt I ‘knew’ WHAT to expect from Them

    …except Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn

    …based on everyOne of Our Players minus the Ks, I felt We will have a plucky, skilled Team that will unfortunately not have enough to either barely make the Playoffs, or get beyond the first-round of the Playoffs

    …it was my long-held opinion that IF both of the Kostitsyns can live-up to Their obvious potentials, that would be The Tipping Point of depth of talent We required to match or near-match ‘elite -teams’ in this League

    …waiting for The Ks to finally ‘bloom’ is like waitin’ for Godot …soo much potential, but apparently also, soo much ‘cabbage’ between Their ears

    …Who knows, MAYBE …next game They will be 2 of the 3 Stars …BUT the string is running-out on these 2 BeloRussians

    …IF I was JM, I would consider benching Andrei for at least a game to wake-Him-up, replaced by either Sergei or another of Our Young Black Aces

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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  53. monsieurx says:

    Yah, I love Benny I really do he shapes up to what he can be, instead of playing in the shadow of what he once was. My friend was actually in Turks and caicos at the same time as lappy and benny during the olympic break, apparently while lappy was enjoying the sun, pouliot was always working out, playing sports and keeping active. Good to know he has a good work ethic even during vacation, he didnt have to work out or keep in shape lol.

  54. monsieurx says:

    I was thinking that, but being a Goalie myself, the bench is still the bench there are no two ways about it, JM did the rigth thing in the end, he had to start Halak. Halak needs to start the next game to. He should of taken him out earlier though.

  55. monsieurx says:

    double post

  56. smiler2729 says:

    Pouliot played with some urgency in his game, seems a bit tentative though, but yeah, way more mojo than that AK46 pillow on skates.

  57. smiler2729 says:

    “Of course, you realize this means war.”

    -Bugs Bunny

  58. havok says:

    I was called crazy earlier to ask if Price should start game one (letting Jaro know he is still their guy)…wonder what if…

  59. monsieurx says:

    Boone, what did  you think of Pouliot tonight ? Personally i actually see him developping as opposed to AK. Also I think SK has more potential, but he can’t play for JM, Jm made an example of him for the good the team early and often. They don’t play on the same line like the Sedins would we really get that much more in a package? I say keep SK

  60. habs-hampton says:

    Sure, it’s easy to blame AK46, but when things aren’t going well for Metro, Gill ,etc. at least the effort is there. It’s hard to watch a guy floating, when everyone else is busting their butts. Sure, the team didn’t play well, but at least they were trying!

  61. habs-hampton says:

    I agree about dumping the Kost bros. I think BG had been afraid to move them, bcause of their “potential”, and them have one of them turn into the next John LeClair. If you’re worried about that, then just make sure you trade them to the West. Sit AK46 now! Let Darche take his spot. At least you get a good 2-way player, who understands the game. It’s not like we’ll miss AK’s offense. He has 1 good game so far in the playoffs.

    Now, about CBC. I would say they are just about finished covering hockey. TSN is the premier network. Duthie is better than McLean. Miller is better than Cole. McGuire is better than Healy. the “panel” is better than Cherry. The producers of TSN arer better than CBC. The iDesk guys remind me of the 2 old guys on Sesame Street, talking about nothing and making no sense. And EVERYBODY is better than PJ Stock.! I would even argue that NBC is better than CBC. The only thing I do enjoy is the Hot Stove. Other than Sportsnet, it is the worst hockey coverage out there!

     

  62. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    And yeah, HNIC. What a frigging downgrade.

    Sleepy Bob Cole never sure exactly what’s going on. It was time to retire 

    5 years ago. His “oh, baby!” brings up the bile in the back of my throat.

    The Ron and Don show, unwatchable.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

  63. habs-hampton says:

    I was with you, until your Bob Cole comment. He used to good. His time has passed, and he misses half of the stuff that happens out their. He had no idea that Gionta had a penalty coming. CBC then put “Roughing” on the screen. Halak made one great save in the 1st period, and Cole’s tone never changed. He doesn’t always recognize a good play vs. a great play.

  64. EricInStL says:

    He did ? My bad, will check it out to see if they were as intense as the games against Wash and how many days off he had in between…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  65. mrhabby says:

    team was tired what can you do after the caps series leads to a beaten team….right timo.

    i saw that dump play by AK and just knew that would lead to a goal…you could see it coming…arghh. i hope mangement  was doing a slow burn on that play.

    sundays game could be a tough one also. pitt will play better.

    we need spacek back and  lets all hope markov is not out for remainder of season.

    have a great saturday.

  66. Captain aHab says:

    We played well without Markov and that was without Subban.

    They need to sit AK and play his bro and maybe even sit someone else not pulling their weight and see what Darche can bring.

    They were tired and it showed.

    And let’s all remember how we looked to be done against Washington. How did that work out for the Caps. The boys’ll come back and make a series of it.

  67. mrhabby says:

    agree to all expect sitting AK..not sure martin would do that. the guy has so much potential…frustrating player to watch. he did play well in  the 7th game.

    PG/BG have some tough decisions to make over the summer.

    Really like the work of supersub.

  68. JF says:

    A brutal game , but all is not lost (although it might be if Markov’s injury is serious).  Positives: P.K. looked great, we outscored them 5-on-5 (until the empty-netter), the team did not quit.

    The problem is, everyone looked tired and there will be no time in the series to rest.  I almost think we should concede game 2 by resting some of our top players and playing the “extras”, then try and take it to them in Montreal, meanwhile devising some strategies to counter their powerplay.  I certainly think Price should start tomorrow.  Halak looked tired and needs more than a period’s rest to get his focus back.  Price has played well against Pittsburgh in the past.

  69. The Juice says:

    My 2 cents:

    The Penguins were beatable tonight. Anyone else get the impression this game was played at half the pace of Game 7? Sloppy game. Pittsburgh started off Game 1 even slower than the Habs. Habs take an early lead on a pretty weak goal allowed by Fleury and Pitt slows down ever more and takes a penalty. The Habs show ZERO urgency on the ensuing PP and give Pitt some momentum back. Then Gionta, god bless him, takes a silly hacking call on Gino that led to Pitt’s first PP. Back of the net, hart to fault Jaro, but the game still wasn’t over. Then Cooke creams Markov and the Habs get the only penalty? Not only did they lose their best D-man but now they are on the kill again? The replay of what exactly Gomez did to earn that penalty was not shown, surely, he and Cooke should have dropped the gloves but instead it looks like Cooke turtled and Gomez piled on top of him. Can’t fault Gomez for defending his teammate, tough call. 2-0 after that PP. Halak can’t be blamed, but he would have made that save in Game 6&7 agaist the Caps. Period over. The other 3 goals Halak let in seemed progressively weaker to me. Martin should have made the move to Carey after the 3rd goal. And in my opinion, Price should start game 2. How much rest is Halak really going to get in 36 hours? He needs a full decompression just like in the series against the Caps when Price started Game 4. The Habs have 2 great goalies, why not use em both?

  70. Big Bird says:

    Couple cents from the peanut gallery:

    1. Anyone who is going to crap on Halak after his magnificent series against Washington and his play during the regular season is just an unappreciative fan.  Without him playing on his head we would not even be here.  Even if we go out in 4 straight to the Penguins I have nothing against the man. Or this team.  We’re playing in May when no one expected it.

    2. It’s interesting to see how our team fared until later in the game.  Despite us losing Markov and coming off Game 7.  The effort was there and I won’t fault the team in this case.  As long as they keep trying that is all I can ask for.

    3. There is no question about Andrei Kostitsyn’s skill but his head/heart were very much in question last night.  It kills me that a player with so much potential rarely plays to it.  He has a hat-trick in one game and then is pretty silent in the remaining 7 games.  Even if he doesn’t score it’s his lack of effort that kills me. He just doesn’t seem interested.

    4. We’ve given players like PK, O’Byrne chances in the playoffs.  After sitting out Sergei for so many games and benching him in others, can Martin not give the kid another chance?  I also don’t mind if we play Darche either as he’s an energy player and has fresh legs.  I love guys like  Metropolit but he’s doing nothing right now.

    5. I realize Bergeron has a howitzer and with Markov out that complicates things but MAB has -9 rating.  It’s by far and away the worst +/- rating on the team by a country mile.  I realize he’s our highest scoring defenseman who isn’t injured but he’s such a liability back there.  In the off-season we need a guy with a howitzer who can play solid defense.

  71. EricInStL says:

    Couple of thoughts.

    Halak cannot play more than 3 in a row, especially after a long hard battle against Wash. He was way too slow last night, Pitt was practically giving us game 1 on a platter.

    Play Price in 2nd game, get Jro ready for 3 and 4 in mtl especially if we lose 2nd game, if Price stands on his head ride him all the way.

    Fleury is week, did a great same but looks beatable.

    Lapierre is going to screw us with his fakes, watch out as this will cost us as the refs will not fall for it or make us pay in OTHER ways….

    They will not shoot directly at the goal, they saw what Wash did and avoid it like the plague unless it’s a clear shot (Staal’s goal).

    PK Subban is the next Leetch. Bet on it……. And I predict the net Habs captain in 4 to 5 years…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  72. showey47 says:

    To be honest,i think this pens team is very beatable. To me,they are not nearly as dangerous 5 on 5 as the caps are. We some bad breaks last night,most our own fault. The first goal was a prime example. We are already short handed and pyatt’s stick breaks essentially making it a 5 on 3,that’s just bad luck. Too many men penalty,delay of game penalty and a lazy assed dump in by ak46. Stupid and totally preventable mistakes that cost you a game. Getting out with a split still puts us in the drivers seat.

  73. Captain aHab says:

    If JM is going to bench them in-game (and he does), then I say bench them pre-game and get some bodies in there who have a pulse and who can eat minutes.

  74. Geoff F says:

    Been reading some comments about Pittsburgh not looking that good and i have a feeling that’s a trap.  I don’t have the numbers (not sure where to find them) but i didn’t see a heck of a lot of Crosby/malkin out there for lots of the game.  In fact a couple of shots of Crosby late in the game showed that he wasn’t even breathing hard on the bench.  Bylsma is managing players minutes in anticipation of the next series and giving the muckers more work.  With a comfortable lead i think they decided it was time to take advantage of game 7 fatigue and hit the Habs and slow them down.  The Pens didn’t look mighty but i believe that was by design because when they needed to score, they DID and rather handily at that too.  I don’t think the Habs are out of it given the character/heart on the bench but if JM doesn’t find a way to get the guys out of the  CAPS mindset (one dimensional and easier to contain) and understand that the Pens have a more diversified attack we will be in serious trouble.  I am afraid that mental fatigue is setting in.  Too often guys were running around and making some positioning mistakes which makes me feel they are just reacting and not thinking as much (mental fatigue).  I think we can all agree that the Pens have more depth right through the entire lineup (except arguably in goal which at the moment appears suspect) and are playoff ready.   this “COULD” get ugly if we aren’t able to get out legs and/or adjust in time (not to mention Markov).  The “REAL”  weakness i’ve seen so far is the MAF looks thoroughly beatable at the moment.  Let’s hope we can generate enough offense to exploit that.  I hope the Pens are not in rope a dope mode but from what i saw i think they have a couple of gears in waiting that they haven’t had to use yet.

    It’s only game one and it’s hard to get a true sense of how this will play out and how we will adjust but i have this feeling as i said above that the Pens were only using four of the six cylinders….i’m concerned!

    Here’s to hoping the Habs are going to be able to make this an exciting series.  Do i think we can win it….YES i do and i hope so, but i will reserve judgement till i see what kind of changes will be made.  However with only 1 day and a half of rest i’m thinking the Mental fatigue for the Habs is kicking in and they might not be able to rest enough or implement the changes/adjustments in time before it’s too late.  The Habs didn’t look fresh nor did i expect they would.  I think JM was right to substitute Price in for the first game….no blame on Halak, i don’t think he could have stopped any of those goals however he did not look crisp and to me he might be tired.  Also if JM wants to play mental games you don’t want Halak lit up because then there’s no way for him to get in their heads.  So psychologically speaking you don’t want the Pens to see Halak as being easy prey and so by virtue of that and most importantly allowing him to rest and refocus it was the right call.  

    Whatever happens i hope/know the Habs will put up a good fight.  I just hope they can make a series of this.

    Good luck on Sunday boys make us all proud.  GO HABS GO.

     

  75. showey47 says:

    So,if the league gives us an emergency call up should we use it on a forward who might actually try if put on a top 6 role or another dman.

  76. The Teacher says:

    Hey Sulemaan, are you telepathic?

     

    Could not agree more with everything you said.

     

     

    Hope the family is doing well :)

  77. MikeL says:

    CBC is just so unaware. Bob Cole is half blind to begin with, and the rest of the them offer little to no insight. I like Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Kelly Hrudey, Elliot Freidman, and Kevin Weekes. The rest are horrible. When I listen to broadcasters, the hope is that they will be able to tell you things you can’t see, or pick up on. With Bob Cole and Garry Galley, I find myself knowing what happened way before they do, and that’s sad.

    TSN was so good at making the story lines, and acknowledging things like the PP and blocked shots. Not once last night did Cole or Galley relay the fact that the Pens scored 4 times more PP goals in Game 1 than the Caps did the whole series. They just show up, call what they see, and go home. It’s pathetic.

  78. Lafrich says:

    The NHL needs to seriously look at the definition of “FINISHING a check”. I know it is done all the time, but after a player makes a pass the checking player should not be able to INITIATE the check! That is what Cooke did. The pass was gone, then he hit Markov. Like I said, I know that exact type of hit is done many times per game, but it doesn’t make it right.

    FINISHING a check should be just that – completing an already started check. In the case of Cooke last night, and about a dozen other hits per game, the player makes the pass, and only then the checker INITIATES the check once the puck is gone. THAT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.

  79. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Agree totally. The team is tired. At least those players who have worked. And AK is not amongst them.

    Hopefully the brothers will not be with the team next season.

    Put Price between the pipes tomorrow and we’ll have a rested Halak for the rest of the series. This is not over. Stay out of the box. We can compete with this team. A lot of bad breaks last night.

  80. diehardhab says:

    Anyone else trying to get tickets on canadiens.com?

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  81. Lafrich says:

    I was a huge backer of AK, but he has continually let me down. I don’t care if he scores 40 somewhere else. It is time to let him go.

    Pouliot is developing nicely, and MaxPac will be ready for the bigs next year. Our top 2 lines should look something like this next year:

    Pleks – Cammy – Pouliot

    Gomez – Gionta – MaxPac

  82. puck face says:

    can you imagine how hard it must have been to play on 1 days rest after that seven gme series? it’s like they ran back to back 20 k marathons , played 12 consecutive games of chess then delivered a set of twins all in one day. they were physically and emotionally drained. they played well and beat them 2-1, 5 on 5 , PK scores his first and they out shot them….i see positives that can be built on for next game. we lost Markhov but they lost Staal so things even out there. i know most hab fans can keep things in perspective but there are a bunch of clowns on this site who come out only to be negative all the while forgetting what an epic feat they acomplished JUST THREE DAYS AGO , back your team a@!holes or find another hobby. btw , what’s going on with Paul Mara? is he that bad of a player that he couldn’t be of use right now? 

  83. Habalisous says:

    I’ve watched my last game on CBC, enough is enough.

    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  84. WestHab says:

    “With the exception of Elliotte Friedman, the whole CBC crew makes me puke.”

    I agree with this, Friedman is the only one I can stand at CBC.  He’s a class act.

  85. Danno says:

    I’d like to add another ingredient to the soup.

    Who is the jerk who made up the second round schedule?
    Montreal comes off a seven-game series and is given only one day of
    rest, must travel while other teams have plenty of time to be fully
    rested before their next game.

    By my count Montreal got shafted in the scheduling.

    Here’s why:

    —————————————————-
    Days off after last game of first round:

    Pittsburgh’s last game was April 24 giving them seven days off.
    Boston’s last game was April 26 — four days off.
    Philadelphia’s last game was April 22 — eight days off.
    Chicago’s last game was April 26 — four days off.
    Vancouver’s last game was April 25 — five days off.

    Detroit and San Jose started the second round before everybody (April
    29)
    but both teams still had way more time off than Montreal:

    Detroit’s last 1st round game was April 25 — four days off
    San Jose’s last 1st round game was April 24 — five days off.
    —————————————————————
    Montreal is the only team to have commenced the second round with only
    one day rest.

    Now I ask you. Would it not have been possible for the NHL to have
    started the Montreal/Pittsburgh series on Saturday instead of Boston and
    Philly?

    What possible reason could the NHL have for screwing the Habs like
    this?

    I don’t like Gary Bettman.

     

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

  86. CHsam says:

    The iDesk guys remind me of the 2 old guys on Sesame Street, talking
    about nothing and making no sense

     

    LMAO!!!!!

  87. longtimehabsfan says:

    Only problem showey is the BGL is still on Habs’ roster and we would need approval from the NHL to call up a forward.

  88. CBrady12 says:

    no it shouldn’t. In the sport called hockey, one you obviously never played. The way it generally works is that after you pass the puck, you are still vulnerable to a body check. It is usually either a couple of steamboats after its gone OR the time in  between when the puck is passed and when the next player gains possession of the puck. This is the way hockey has been played for many years, Cooke knows it and Markov knows it, he should have braced himself for the hit instead of trying to hit him back plain and simple. However, with Hab fans even a clean perfectly leagal body check that injures one of our players is someone a grave injustice agains our poor canadiens.

  89. CBrady12 says:

    dont know if youve checked but pacioretty hasnt exactly been tearing it up in hamilton. 

  90. longtimehabsfan says:

    Only problem showey is the BGL is still on Habs’ roster and we would need approval from the NHL to call up a forward.

  91. showey47 says:

    There is no reasonable way the league could expect us to dress a player that hasn’t played a game in 3 1/2 months and is probably much more over weight now then he usually is. Hopefully bgl does the honorable thing and retire this summer due to chronic back problems,taking his cotract off the books. What ever happend to the rumours of him going to sweden?

  92. longtimehabsfan says:

    Spacek has vertigo but is nearer to playing.  If he plays Sunday, I would move MAB back to forward and bench AK46.  Even with the 4 PP goals Habs were only a couple of bad breaks from being in a tie game [Pyatt's stick braking and AK46's lazy dump in].  Though highly skilled, AK46’s problem is more than aloofness/laziness.  He lacks basic fundamentals on how the game is played.  It’s too bad.  It seemed like he was coming along nicely just two years ago. 

  93. longtimehabsfan says:

    I agree with you.  NHL should cut us some slack.  I believe his signing with a Swedish team was blocked because he was still under contract with the Habs.  BGL had to walk away from his remaining salary and wouldn’t, so Habs blocked his playing there [I believe, I'm not sure].

  94. longtimehabsfan says:

    BTW, according to Darren Eliot who did the color for Versus last night, it was Kirk Muller who kept insisting to JM that he shorten the bench last series.

  95. longtimehabsfan says:

    Detroit only had a day off as well.  Their Game 7 was Tuesday night.  And the rumor going around is that the NHL wanted Sid the Kid for the Sunday 2 pm slot and the only way to do that was to play Friday.

  96. Danno says:

    I never watch HNIC and that buffoon Don Charra…

     

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

  97. notbigbird says:

    I agree. Bugs me greatly. I don’t care if that’s the way the game has been played for eons (see post below), past errors are no reason to continue into future errors. With all of the changes (eg: a light and innocuous stick tap etc) in My New NHL, I can’t figure why they let this go.

  98. Shublips says:

    This Markov loss could, needless to say, be crippling for the Habs.  That being said, maybe this is the chance that PK Subban needs to step into his own and show the world what he can do.

    As for the loss?  Entirely predictable, imo.  The Habs looked slow and tired all night and the Pens, despite scoring 6 goals, didn’t look THAT impressive.

    They are beatable.
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  99. showey47 says:

    We could have had game one on sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The league still gets their golden boy.

  100. longtimehabsfan says:

    Finishing a check has been part of the game forever.  Regardless of how the rule is written, players have always been allowed to check a player passing the puck before the puck gets to its destination [another player].  Recently, the NHL has changed its approach on dump ins and is calling some, not all, interferences.  But don’t confuse that with the traditional “finishing your check” rule.  Besides, Markov was more responsible for his injury than anyone else.  He failed to balance himself and saw Cooke coming toward him with plenty of time to at least avoid the check or protect himself.  This has become a disturbing trend for Markov.  As good as he is, this is two years in a row that he has injured his knee on a play near the boards where he had an opportunity to protect himself.

  101. Jbird says:

    Sounds right.  You play seven you get a day or two off.  If not this whole thing could go to July.

  102. Danno says:

    You’re right. My bad. Detroit is the only other team though.

    But the NHL could have moved us into the Saturday slot but didn’t.

     

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

  103. notbigbird says:

    Some coach somewhere will get a lot of mileage out of the K brothers. Wonder who it will be?

  104. notbigbird says:

    He often looks like the real coach back there. He should maybe go head coaching in the A for a few years for the experience.

  105. Danno says:

    A smart team will not accept them both as a package.

    I predict they will be playing for two different teams.

     

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

  106. ManApart says:

    Pouliot is not developing at all and Max Pac is nowhere near this team at the beginning of next season, especially as a top 6 guy. It looks like the Habs have only 4 guys for the top 6. It will be a major issue. I think we have to trade the K-bros and Price for some help.

  107. cadoyle says:

    In my geography, Nova Scotia, there are essentially two places to get your hockey fix. TSN or CBC. Unless I’m willing to cough up 10$ a month for a French channel package-I am not due to my university student income- I don’t get RDS. I think it is an embarassment to the CRTC that this is the case while on a given night I can tune into at least 3 baseball games. 

    On an unrelated note, my dream broadcast crew:

    Gord Miller callin shots, Craig Simpson making comments. Mac T, Milbury and Mckenzie (I have to have someone to disagree with) on the intermission panel hosted by Duthie.

  108. ManApart says:

    The problem is, we only have one great goalie and one average goalie. You don’t take a risk, by starting your back-up. Halak definately starts Sunday and you take your chances.

  109. longtimehabsfan says:

    Yeah he does look like the real coach.  Then again, that’s the leader in him.  Funny how Super Mario is watching this game as an owner and Muller is assisting behind the bench.  These guys were selected 1 and 2 overall 26 years ago.

  110. Lafrich says:

    First of all, relax. No need for a personal attack.

    Second of all, if you re-read my post you will see that I am not saying anything about any injustice against the Canadiens. I am commenting on the situation as a whole. The rules quote the following “The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally,
    provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of
    possession”. That means the opposing player can not BEGIN his checking motion ONLY after the player has already passed the puck, since that would mean that the check came considerably after, as opposed to checked the player immediately after. There is a major difference there. In most cases, it is in fact interference – although (as I stated above) I am aware that this happens after almost every play – and not just against any particular player or team. I am saying that it should be looked at by the NHL.

    Third of all, my having played hockey before is irrelevent, because I am commenting on what I see from game to game in the NHL, and a part of the game that can lead to, and has led to, many unnecessary injuries. However, if you wish to see my credentials as a hockey player, please e-mail me personally as I do not wish to publicize who I am. You may then look me up on Hockeydb or where ever else you would like.

     

  111. longtimehabsfan says:

    Sid the Kid.  Hard to believe we were all rooting like hell for him just two months ago.  We’ve got our hands full in this series.  The true test for this organization will be after this series is over.  2002, 2004, 2006, 2008.  All years where this team made the playoffs only to take several steps backward each following year.  This time, I think we have a good core of character guys.  But the right moves have to be made.  I don’t know if PG is the guy to make them.

  112. longtimehabsfan says:

    This may startle many people on this site but I would trade Markov as well.  He’s the only player we have on this team that can bring back another quality player in return.  He may wind up going next year at the trade deadline anyway as I believe he will be in his last year. 

  113. Geoff F says:

    I agree about AK but in my opinion Pouliot has regressed completely and MaxPac has not done anything to substantiate that claim (although injured).  Pouliot skates around with this giant stance and intercepts nothing and pressures nobody.  Whatever he is doing is thoroughly inneffective.  Not to mention i can’t count the number of times he ends up on his butt for no apparent reason.  I believe in game 6 a buddy and i had counted him going down about 12 times and i stopped counting.  I don’t think he has good cardio or balance because with such a wide fluid stride he should be strong on his skates and winning races in which he seems to lose most of the time while ending up on his butt. 

    BAck to AK47….when he is engaged and hitting you notice him and he makes a difference.  When he’s not hitting or engaged he appears to be slow and in a fog and not creating anything.  Hopefully management will find a creative way to deal with all of this and get back something interesting/useful in return.

     

  114. Habalisous says:

    10 bucks? I get RDS and RIS for 4 bucks on Shaw Direct.

    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  115. habs-hampton says:

    I’m in NB.Same situation.  To see Habs on Sat. night, you need RDS unless they are playing TO or Pitt. I get about 8 different CBC channels, but not one from PQ, so I see the Leafs on 8 channels on Sat. night. CRTC could care less, they are in Ontario anyway.

    TSN is the best crew for hockey, PERIOD!  I wish they would get Sat. night.

    Anyway, I’m not in school anymore, so I buy the Franch pkg in Oct. for RDS, and cancel it where the Habs are finished.  Last year, I convinced them to give me a 3 month free trial. Try asking for it. The Sales people for Rogers have lots of flexibility.

  116. habs-hampton says:

    The Maritimes is all Rogers, any we get screwed over.

  117. Habalisous says:

    Don’t care, we can spend 4 million more wisely on players who want to play every day. Give me more Moens and Metro’s over those two lazy asses.

    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  118. ManApart says:

    I agree, I’ve had enough of those guys. it’s not only last game. I haven’t liked AK46 all season. Another busted 1st rounder for Gainey and Timmins. The guy is an NHLer, but  you can’t win with him. He’s like Poni really. Played on the 1st line for the Leafs for years. Has some skill and can score, but if he’s one of your top guys, it means your organization is severly lacking talent.

  119. Danno says:

    No RDS on TV today. For some unknown reason it has been replaced with FOX network. Called Rogers Cable and they are looking into it. Crap cable service. Everyone should call and demand a refund on their account…

     

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

  120. JF says:

    And Detroit does get an extra day off before Game 2, whereas we get less than 48 hours.  I agree with you that we got shafted with the scheduling.

  121. JF says:

    Mara had shoulder surgery in March.  At the time, they said his season was over.

  122. olematelot says:

    I’m in Dartmouth and get the french pkg for $4

  123. olematelot says:

    Wrong, NS is Eastlink

  124. B says:

    Halak can’t play more than three in a row? He had 2 four game win streaks and a 6 game win streak this season.

  125. Cape Breton says:

    Yep, AK 46 screwed up big time on Pit’s 4th goal. Wow, what a downer that was. All he was interested in was getting to the bench for a breather and piss on the lousy dump-in. I cursed this lazy dude upside down after that bonehead play.

    And another point made by Boone, concerning HNIC, is, for the most part, right on. Personally, I don’t watch the Ron & Don show anymore. However, I do like play-by-play man Bob Cole. The old geezer can still call a great game.

  126. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    I’m not freaked out by this. Montreal was just dog tired and Pittsburgh 

    was well rested. To be honest, even though the score looks like it was a 

    thorough a**kicking, Pittsburgh didn’t look that awesome to me. Jaro was 

    terrible, let’s face it, but he’s got the jam to bounce back. After what he did 

    for the team, he’s allowed an off night. 

    Markov, well that’s bad. But Subban was a real eye-opener. 

    Pouliot is driving me even more crazy than Kostitsyn. What a lazy player!

    Even if you’re going to suck, at least suck with a little energy!!!

    I believe the Habs can do it.  With the exception of the above mentioned no-shows,

    the team is playing with great sparkling balls of brass.

    Go Habs!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDOW6KofuLo

  127. habs-hampton says:

    You can’t argue about AK46 being a bad draft pick. When you draft kids, you are drafting potential. He had (has) a lot of potential. For whatever reason, that potential has not been realized. I think it is now obvious that it will not happen it Montreal. If you cannot develop a strong work ethic by being around the 20+ guys that we have on the team now, then you just don’t get it.

    Dump him!

  128. The M says:

    Boone,

    I 100% back you in your analysis of Andrei Kostitsyn.  How the Canadiens management chose to draft him instead of Getzlaf or Carter is beyond comprehension.  AK46 is a lazy stupid hockey player who is at best a second line winger.  For those of you who think otherwise, take off those bleu-blanc-rouge glasses and you will see a second class player who can score….sometimes but otherwise is completely useless.  He doesn’t care and it makes the team worse.  I’d rather see Ryan White in his spot getting one assist every five games.

    However, Sergei Kostitsyn was an excellent draft pick….. If his chump brother wasn’t around Sergei would easily take his spot on the 2nd line and excel…. but AK46 is such a poor example it won’t happen

    AK46 sucks. Honestly

  129. smiler2729 says:

    You can’t cry about draft day hindsight, every team has their draft duds. St.Louis drafted RW Perry Turnbull 2nd overall ahead of Ray Bourque (Boston, 8th overall) in ’79, in that same draft Montreal took Guy Carbonneau 43rd overall in the 3rd round while Mark Messier went 48th to the Oilers.

    AK46 is not an NHL calibre player, the KHL is more his style. Same with SK74, their heads are elsewhere when they play.

  130. STZA says:

    No biggie, I agree. 

  131. TripleX says:

    Sorry I don’t buy it Mr. Boone.  One brother as a dog? Ok fine.  Both brothers afflicted with the “tin man” syndrome?  Hardly likely.

    I feel in my heart that these players among others have been mishandled.  If the present coaching staff can’t get to the bottom of the problem, then for God’s sake find someone who can!

    The Habs can ill afford to let young players with actual skill to walk away.  Find someone or something to light a fire under the brothers AND your golden boy pronto.

  132. SeriousFan09 says:

    *Cough*Guy Boucher.

    We’ll look bad in a K-brothers trade because we have a tendency of mishandling players and sending them off to tear it up elsewhere and it’s been an ongoing issue for about 20 years now. Won’t get good value and we toss away more of our future because we never had a head coach who can reliably develop players run the team. Boucher must take over for next season, aside from Yannick Weber, just about every young player in Hamilton had an excellent season.

     

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

  133. Mike Boone says:

    Toe Blake couldn’t turn that dog into a player. Neither could Scotty Bowman … or Guy Boucher.

  134. Lafrich says:

    Halak needs to rest. Start Price in game 2. No doubt about it. He may just steel one for us.

  135. Clay4bc says:

    …and he may steal one as well…

    __________________________

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

  136. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Well said. Keep the faith brother!

  137. Tis Himself says:

    Great blog Mike! Not a damn thing to argue!

  138. monsieurx says:

    From NHL.COM,

    Shift of the Game: Pittsburgh clearly wanted to punish the
    Montreal defense as it tracked back to get the Penguins’ dump-ins.
    Nobody did that better Friday night in Game 1 than Matt Cooke. With a little more than 11 minutes gone in the first, Cooke came in hard on the forecheck and lined up Andrei Markov
    in the corner with a punishing check as he released an outlet pass up
    the ice. Markov crashed into the boards awkwardly, suffering a leg
    injury, and did not return in the game, leaving Montreal’s vaunted PK
    unit in disarray.

  139. monsieurx says:

    That hit may have been legal, but it was dirty, and Matt Cooke, is the dirtiest player in the NHL, but it is clear Bettman loves his penguins, never punishing Cooke for his disgusting hits.

  140. Mike Boone says:

    That was a “punishing check”? Please.

  141. showey47 says:

    Great ALB mr.boone. We proved we can play with these guys 5 on 5. We shot ourselves in the foot with some bad penalties and huge brainfart of a dump in by ak46. At this level,especially at this time of year, screwing up a couple of routine plays usually means the difference between winning and losing.

  142. Tis Himself says:

    Especially, in a league where there is so much balance. When we were growing up, the talent gap between the Habs and the rest of the NHL was a mile wide. Today, given all the advances in training techniques and how players care of their physical well being, the gap is very, very narrow. As a result, brain farts are maginified and can’t be easily countered by superior talent.

  143. Tis Himself says:

    If only they were Finns! You know what Uncle Joe said about those guys Mike!

  144. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don’t know unless he had a shot at it.

    Boone, since the lockout, only three players on the Montreal Canadiens have consistently improved over 3 seasons, Jaroslav Halak, Josh Gorges and Tomas Plekanec.

    Gui’s been kicked, Price is well, it’s too well-documented and annoying to discuss at length. Andrei and Sergei? After 07-08 it would be charitable to say they’ve had a little trouble. Ryan O’Byrne, on the preicipice until this season’s breakout. Pacioretty and D’Agostini rushed out of Hamilton to play in 08-09 and never got sent back down to get back to real development. Lapierre threw away his breakout season in 08-09 until the playoffs started this year, Chris Higgins career started to die in 08-09 and is now on life support.

    I will never deny Gainey’s eye for talent, but he did have a poor sense of player development at times. We don’t have the player development we should have if we’re going 3 for 12 in the last 5 years on young players consisently improving.

     

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

  145. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Agreed. AK lack of effort is unforgivable. He should be in Abbotsford and Trotter and Desharnais here. OK not really but those two tore up the Pens when they came up this mid season with effort and grit. I hate to go to the European stereotype but the tendancy for soft play is unmasked in the playoffs.

  146. Mike Boone says:

    Tell that to Peter Forsberg or Nik Lidstrom or Pavel Datsyuk or jaromir Jagr or Esa Tikanen …

  147. ooder says:

    ya if only that heartless Zetterberg, Malkin or Gonchar could play like those guys.

    Those guys SUCK during the playoffs… yeesh

    or Teemu Selanne, what a joke of a hockey player.. especially in the playoffs

    ——————

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

  148. Clay4bc says:

    You forgot Saku…

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

  149. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I meant AK’s soft play but point taken. I don’t want to sound like that idiot Mike Milbury. (Euro trash comment on NBC)

    But for the love of… please finish a check, like you did on Lucic.

  150. Bob Barker says:

    As much as I hate that Markov is injured, I don’t see anything wrong with the hit. I think the fact it’s Matt Cooke, they’ll automatically assume it’s dirty. Moen just needs to make the same hit on Gonchar.

  151. monsieurx says:

    The fact he was smilling after tells me what kind of motives he had.

  152. HNS says:

    This is not over. Someone’s gonna pay soon.

  153. Mr. Biter says:

    Moen or Moore gave Sid a nice stick to the chops (amazing no penalty) behind the habs net and I was surprised as Markov saw Cooke coming, (look at the highlights) braced for the hit and something went terribly wrong. Haveing said that when we were down 5-3 some one should have drilled Cooke or Goncher or even Sid (even i do like him). Chicago style hockey. Send one of ours to the hospital ,send one of theirs to the morgue. Send a message like Dave Semenko or John Ferguson would have, unfortunatly since we do not have an enforcer and the one we did turned from eating chicken into being one. Besides the usual big center man and rushing defenseman we also need a tough guy who can skate with a caviet in his contract saying you cannot turn into a vegetarian or your contract is null and void. Players union would probably object to this.

    Sean Connery

    Untouchables

  154. habsman-itoba says:

    oops

  155. habsman-itoba says:

    “But the logo on the jersey stands for CHaracter.”  Love it, thanks!  Now I’ll have a new answer to the Oilers fans out here who ask what CH is for.

  156. Tis Himself says:

    Markov certainly saw him coming. Cherry might have been right that he should have braced himself against the boards. Weird, but I thought the way he went down that he suffered some muscle injury in his back.

  157. ooder says:

    that’s exactly what i thought.

    a spasm of some sort and i really thought he would be ok

    ——————

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

  158. smiler2729 says:

    The K-brothers both lack focus and heart.

  159. Bouleau noir says:

    I hardly ever post anything here because Boone always seems to cover all of the essentiels and there is very little to add….. all I want to say is that I have always tried to like A.K. despite his flaws but that his carelessness tonight was simply too outrageous…. its too bad but this guy is hopeless. 

  160. itpf says:

    Boone – I have a request for you – a suggestion.

    When you add stuff to your “about last night” after it’s posted can you make the additions bold, or other wise stand out? That way we Boone fans can catch your every last rambling.

    I usually read your “about last night” the night of the games – when they are fresh off your kyeboard. Often I check back the next day. I know you do edits, add stuff etc but it’s not easy to find what you’ve added.

  161. Mike Boone says:

    With the exception of a bit of tinkering in the main body of text, the additions are always at the bottom of About Last Night.

  162. shootdapuck says:

    Ghost sighting in Pittsburgh!

    Gauthier came out of his cave and was seen…..in person!

     

     

     

     

     

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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  163. shootdapuck says:

    Question for consideration:

    Why are the
    Montreal Canadiens so undermanned in the pro-scouting department?

    According
    to their website they have only two Pro-Scouts, Gord Roberts and Doug
    Gibson.

    Consider:

    LA has 5 pro
    scouts!

    Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, New York,
    St. Louis,  all have 4 Pro-Scouts each.

    Detroit,
    Ottawa, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota,
    Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina have 3 Pro scouts each.

    Some
    of these teams have a director of personnel and a director of
    Pro-scouting as well.

    Last week I believe Bob McCown
    said when asked what the Canadiens need to do to improve said that they
    needed to hire a bunch more scouts!

    Only Nashville
    who are cheap and Atlanta who are lost have only 2 Pro-Scouts on the
    payroll.

    Anyone have any ideas why ? Is it penny
    pinching by Boivin?

    Maybe some of the bad trades
    in recent years are not so shrouded with mystery now! 

    Can
    anyone say Niinima?

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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve argued a few times the undermanned scouting department in Montreal gives us trouble. Montreal’s one of the most profitable teams in the NHL and has far more money than almost any other team, no reason they can’t have one of the largest, if not the largest scouting department, pro and amateur in the NHL.

     

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

  165. twocents says:

    There is only one thing wrong with the Kostitsyn brothers… and it now plays in the nation’s capital.

  166. Chris says:

    While I agree that Kovalev was probably not one of the better influences on any young player’s career, I think it would be too harsh to blame Kovalev for the Kostitsyn’s troubles.

    I think their relative youthfulness along with the fact that they quite simply do not fit Jacques Martin’s style of play whatsoever are also contributing factors to their on-ice struggles. 

    I would not be surprised whatsoever to see AK46 thrive on an offensive minded team such as the Capitals, Blackhawks or even the Penguins, or on any number of the lesser teams in the NHL that allow him to play a little looser with the puck. 

    I would expect SK74 to do better pretty much anywhere else but here, as the relationship between he and Martin seems to be irrevocably poisoned.

  167. Rossy says:

    Hey Mike, Tell everyone they can’t hear asinine comments from the ignoramuses at HNIC when watching the game on RDS. The only things I missed out on were what happened to Markov and Staal–and I don’t think I missed much because there’s not a lot of news this morning about either.  Repeat after me: RDS! GoHabsGo!

  168. Lafrich says:

    Merci. Appreciated. It was late, and I had 1 or 6 too many beers.

  169. fun police says:

    boone, i disagree that you can’t pin this on goaltending.  let’s face it, he was shaky.  if jaro gets the credit when he absolutely steals a game, then he has to take some of the blame when he lays an egg.  he was uncomfortable on every shot.  he was deep in his crease, wasn’t moving side to side like he had been, and gave the habs no chance to win.  he didn’t make a save when needed.  i’m not saying that some of the blame isn’t shared by the players, because a few guys made some bad playes.  but, i don’t care what team you are, you need stellar goaltending to win and we didn’t get it.  because of that, it is hard to properly analyze last nights’ game.

    that being said (a little curb your enthusiasm quote), halak has shown that he could bounce back.  

  170. KC64 says:

    All great points Mike,
    The Habs need to do some serious regrouping, I was impressed by P.K. though…even if the other PK sucked.
    I want to thank you and Dave for providing me with this forum. As a Habs fan living in Ottawa, it’s my only intelligent recourse from the Senators and Leafs dweebs here.
    As well I want to thank all the fellow posters here on HIO…..we’re never boring, even if we have differing opinions,we are all passionate about our great team.
    One more thing……in this fan’s opinion…Brian Gionta should be the next Captain….
    Go Habs Go!!!!!

  171. Tessi31 says:

    It is becoming increasingly difficult, approaching impossible, to make a case for AK46’s bright potential.

    He has more brain cramps on one shift than Crosby has in a season. And having this dog as a teammate is an insult to the dedication of Brian Gionta.

    In the first game of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a first-round draft choice with size, speed and a wicked wrister ended the game playing with Glen Metropolit and Tom Pyatt.

    The only player Jacques Martin likes less than Andrei Kostitsyn is Sergei Kostitsyn.

    Package them both, Pierre, and trade them to Minsk.”

     

    Well said, Mike. I totally agree that these guys are major busts. And everyone wants to trade Price away… I think we have more pressing matters…


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