About last night …

Be afraid.

Be very afraid.

The Canadiens’ regular season (which may be the only season we have in Montreal) has five more games.

Three are on the road, beginning with a Friday night visit to – gulp! – Philadelphia.

If the team’s postseason comes down to that April 10 game against the Leafs at the Bell Centre …

Well, does anyone want to think about that?

Maybe we should … because the playoff berth that was in the bag during that post-Olypics win streak is becoming more problematic with every game your Montreal Canadiens play – and manage to lose.

Yes, the first period may have been the best 20 minutes the Canadiens have played this season.

And yes, Cam Ward stood on his head to keep Carolina in the game.

But playing in their own building with the postseason hanging in the balance, the Canadiens played one of their worst third periods.

And when the dust had settled, sportscaster Paul Graif came up with the line of the night:

“Did you ever think you’d live to hear Kerry Fraser cheered and Carey Price booed.”

There was mild applause for the veteran referee, working his last game in Montreal.

And there was a smattering of catcalls when Price was announced as the game’s third star.

He didn’t deserve the abuse.

Price could not be faulted on either of the Carolina goals.

On the first, Roman Hamrlik was torched to the outside by Brandon Sutter, took a delayed penalty and was tumbling into Price when the Carolina forward – who’s having a MUCH better season than his father and uncle out in Calgary – nudged the puck into Hammer who obligingly deflected it past the line, a Toronto video review nanosecond before the net slid off its moorings.

The winning goal was the result of chaos in the Canadiens’ end.

Mike Cammalleri was just out of the box after a successful penalty kill. He lingered near the red line looking for an outlet pass and was late getting back into the play.

Maxim Lapierre had a chance to clear the puck out and couldn’t. Erik Cole fed the biscuit toward the goalmouth, where Eric Staal was unattended on Price’s short side.

Despite having been on for most of the preceding PP, Staal still had enough energy to tap in  short rebound for the winner.

Throughout the game, and particularly on the aforementioned PP, the Carolina captain showed why he’s a star – and what the Canadiens lack by not having a centre with Staal’s size.

He’s 6’4″. And while Staal weighs only 205, he plays with tenacity and does not shy away from the heavy traffic.

The Canadiens dominated early – Carolina did not get its first shot till the game was more than six minutes old; their third shot, almost four minutes into the second period, was Sutter’s goal. But they did not create the kind of pressure on Ward that yields second and third chances.

The Canadiens have very good skill players: Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Cammalleri, Scott Gomez. But with the exceptions of Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot – neither of whom goes to the net with the determination of an Eric Staal –  the goal-scorers are small and tend to get their chances from the perimeter.

The lack of size hurts the Canadiens as a 5-on-5 team. And the weakness becomes particularly apparent at this time of the season, when teams are scratching and clawing and biting and fighting and taking no prisoners in the push toward the postseason.

You don’t see many pretty goals in late March and thereafter. Carolina’s two scores travelled a total distance of maybe three feet.

Inelegant but effective – especially against a Canadiens team that blew its wad early and had little left for the final 20 minutes, when Carolina fired 17 shots at Price in a reversal of the first period.

Can the Canadiens play desperation hockey?

They’d better figure out how.

The Canadiens are in eighth place: two points up on Atlanta, four ahead of the Rangers.

Everyone assumes the Thrashers will be done in by their tough schedule – at Washington, at Pittsburgh, home to New Jersey, at Washington again then home to the Penguins.

The Rangers play at Tampa Bay, Florida and Buffalo. They’re home to Toronto and the Flyers before ending the regular season in Philly.

That’s the NBC afternoon game on April 11.

Depending on what the Canadiens do against Toronto on the previous evening, that game could be VERY interesting.

•  •  •

Ryan O’Byrne was on the ice for the winning goal and blew coverage on Staal, playing with his back to the most dangerous player on the ice.

O’B spent the rest of the third period on the bench, while Marc-André Bergeron – who is to NHL-calibre D what Carrot Top is to comeddy – paired with Andrei Markov.

•  •  •

Canadiens laid on a nice post-game spread for Kerry Fraser, who reffed his last game in Montreal.

Two bottles of champagne.

God stuff: Moët & Chandon.

Fraser wore three jerseys in the game. He’s autographins one of them and giving it to Scott Gomez to be auctiuoned for a charity Gomez supports in Alaska.

The April 10 Toreonto visit will be Dan Marouelli’s last game. He wanted to end his career in the city where he reffed his first NHL game.

 

 

227 Comments

  1. Clay4bc says:

    Andrew, I am as entitled to my opinion as you – or anyone else – is.

    In the future I’ll thank you to remember that.

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

  2. makka83 says:

    are you familiar with the concept of forwards scoring goals and defensemen clearing the pucks in front of the net? Just a couple of simple concepts I learned from watching and playing hockey. You must not be familiar with them.

    Scoring goal in any sports is usually what makes you win. I know, it sounds strange. I too thought that goalies were everything until I realised that there are actually FIVE other skaters on the ice with him.. can you believe it? I KNOW!

     

  3. ManApart says:

    Who cares about making it and getting knocked out in a week. Just like every other year, if even that. Like I’ve told you all year, of course you never listen, the team is not much better than average. It’s the hallmark of that genius BG.

  4. Natrous says:

    I thought the same based on his signature, but I guess I was wrong..

  5. G-Man says:

    Yeah, that’s why Price lost. He massively outplays every other goalie. Hahahahahahhahahahha!

  6. matrags says:

    awh come on his d scored the first goal knocking him into the net  and he was hung out to dry on the second. Its not goldtending its scoring   stupid…..

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    Dumbass comment Clay. Price massively outplayed Miller in his previous game. You’re better than this.

  8. Kristopher7 says:

    Don’t post please.. it’s garbage hate posts like this that sicken me and keep me from posting or even reading the comment section.  I can’t believe in people who are positive about the playoff race and the playoffs, like yourself, can sink as low as the pessimists. Don’t post if all you are going to post is negative trash.

  9. badbalance says:

    Our team does make many goalies look like Patrick Roy many games this season.

  10. Clay4bc says:

    “Price could not be faulted on either of the Carolina goals.”

    Still, though…he NEVER seems to outplay the other teams goalie. It’s a definite pattern. Cam Ward got the job done, even though the Canes were dominated for much of the game.

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  11. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Congrats.  You are the biggest loser/waste of space in the history of this site.  If you want to spit in Gainey’s face, you’ll have to leave your mom’s basement first.

  12. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You’re not invited.  I’d rather go out in 4 against that Caps then not make it.  If you are a fan you’d agree, but we know the answer.

  13. Chuck says:

    Time to start hauling a sketch artist around with you, Mike.

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  14. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I like the way you think.  After all, what’s the point in being a fan if you don’t believe in them…

  15. J. Ambrose says:

    When you say “make it,” what are we talking about here? 8th place and 4 and out against the Caps? In that case, don’t save me a seat on your flaming bandwagon.

  16. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    They will make it, and when they do, all of you poser fans and haters, make sure you wear a helmet when you try and jump on the bandwagon, just in case you fall off suddenly.

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lecavalier and Thornton could win awards for masquerading as big centres.

     

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

  18. ds says:

    Positives tonight:

     

    1.  Maxim Lapierre’s play.  I haven’t been impressed with him all season especially after how well he played down the stretch last year but tonight he was hitting and getting into the opposition’s face.  Let’s hope the team lets him play and he can put up numbers like he did last year.  The guy is still a potential Claude Lemieux IMO. 

     

    2.  Pouillot has good hands and looked dangerous several times tonight it just didn’t go in.  He should be careful in the neutral zone though.  His forecheck was solid too, causing lots of turnovers of late.

    3.  Carey Price played well but the team plays for Halak so shut him down the rest of the year and go with Halak unless its a blow out or the team clinches Price should not play, the team is anemic with him in nets.

    Negatives: 

     

    1.  The system.  Nobody is in deep so why does the team keep dumping the puck in while trailing a game? Not only that half the time there is nobody in front of the net, so many opportunities were wasted.  The only line who won’t dump and chase is with Gomez streaking in using Gionta as his support to get in the zone but no other line has a similar style. 

     

    2.  Mike Cammelleri has to be the worst passer in the NHL.  For 6 million all he contributes is excellent shot and good speed, oh yeah and he loves to talk to the media.  It’s up to the coaches to explain to him to use his strengths, keep him shooting all night something will go in he has a solid release, but his passes are slow and inaccurate, and his on ice awareness is poor.  Probably why he’s on his 3rd team in 3 years.

     

    3.  Rolling 4 lines is all well and good but when you are losing a game and you need the points don’t send the damn 4th line on to play, the top 2 lines are paid to score and to score in clutch situations force them to earn their pay!

     

    4.  No time out with 1:30 left in the game?!???

     

     

    Prognosis

    This team will make the playoffs the top 2 lines have been quiet for too many games.  I think this team is on the verge of an explosion.  If they catch lightning in a bottle they will run off the Capitals or Penguins in the playoffs, all the elements are there for a major playoff element but will they show up?

    A hot goalie can beat any team in the league and that’s all there is to it.  Cam Ward is one of the best in the NHL, easily top 5.  The guy has won the Stanley Cup, he is back after an injury plagued season he can dominate games and that’s what he did tonight.  Time to move on and take out the Flyers who got plenty of drama in their locker room.

  19. andrewberkshire says:

    When in the last two seasons has Lecavalier used his size? Sergei Kostitsyn is more physical than him.

  20. Rob D says:

    Habs are just…comical…the way they almost score. Oooooo..that was close!!..Just about in..if AK could have got better wood on that one!..if Gionta could have got the backhand up just a smidge!!.. They created a lot of chances in the 1st but they just cannot finish (the old complaint from last year…I know..lol)

    They cannnot clear the puck from the zone at crucial times..EVER…and they cannot score those crucial early goals that change the nature of the game. They are a group of guys who are , in general. likeable and hard working. but they seem to have had the goalscoring knack neatly surgically removed like you would neuter a cat.

    There’s not a damn thing you can do about it either. Cammy is our only true sniper and he looks like crap after coming back from injury. He thought he was a puck carrying Crosby for a bit there and promptly lost the puck.

    For one time in my life, I agree with Bobby Clarke..We dont’ have a first line. That’s going to be a bitch to find if we continure to be a middle of the pack mediocrity which seems possible given the present lineup. I guess they could all of a sudden get Detroit smart and find a Zetterberg in the 5th round or something but that seems unlikely.

    Any hopes I had for this year are over. That win streak was an illusion and we are back to status quo.

    Price was fine tonight. Ward was better. If Price listened to those morons booing him, I hope he realizes that they are a minority who drink too much and sing stupid, insipid soccer chants to keep their festering brains percolating. The Habs and we the fans will rue the day we let this kid get away. And I fear its going to happen. Maybe it’ll be fun to watch him backstop another team to many, many wins but I think the frivolity will be lost on me. I hope the Molson’s are smarter than that. They should have one S. Bowman on speed dial and ring him up if they are in doubt.

     

     

  21. J. Ambrose says:

    Agree. Not sure why he fell off the radar. I thought he played extremely well while up with us.

  22. J. Ambrose says:

    Now that’s a grand speculative statement. I’ve seen nothing from Carey this season to suggest he’d make the Hawks a better team. And why the h#ll are we even talking about goalies tonight, other than Ward. This game was about pathetic defensive zone play, an even more pathetic PP, and small forwards getting out-muscled. Enough with the Price/Halak tribalism boys.

  23. The M says:

    HAHAHA don’t worry there’s still plenty of time for more stupidity

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, White should’ve been the first guy we called the second a player went down with injury over Maxwell or Pyatt. He plays with a physical edge and will do what is needed of him.

     

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

  25. sidhu says:

    I hear what you’re saying — the question is what we’d be able to get from Chicago for Price, and could those players help us.  Or, alternatively, who could we get for Halak.  I’d rather have some assets playing every night than an asset sitting on the bench (in Halak or Price).

  26. The M says:

    Cheaper yes.  Better? NO.  A centre with size is SO needed in Montreal it’s ridiculous.  Was that not obvious tonight and for the past decade?

  27. Mike Boone says:

    Did not meet them. And the pic I tried to take of them with my iPhone didn’t work.

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the best Fans in Hockey ??? …maybe the MOST spoiled, ungrateful, ignorant, …and with the GREATEST sense of entitlement in the NHL

    …but NOT the ‘best’ or most knowledgable

    …that lie has been bared naked for quite awhile

    …there ARE many GREAT Habs Fans …but the brain-farts and loud-mouths have taken-over the stage in the Bell Centre (and a few here), and not enough of the GOOD Fans left with the integrity and class to silence them

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  29. JIMVINNY says:

    So Price is our back-up, yet he’ll fetch a greater return?  That seems silly to me.  If he’s worth more to other teams, then it stands to reason he’s worth more to us, too.  As for rising to the challenge, Halak has done no such thing.  Sure, he got the wins while the team was playing well, but since they’ve started struggling, he’s been unable to reproduce those wins.  And since the Olympic break, Price has looked far better in defeat than Halak has.

  30. sidhu says:

    If Sergei can’t go, let’s call up Ryan White — the guy skates hard and hits every shift.  We need some more grit and energy.

  31. Eliisa says:

    The Leafs make the playoffs 😉

    Check it out if you’re bored. It’s well done.

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM’s benching of players over mistakes without giving them any chance to make up for them is an outdated attitude in the NHL that doesn’t work anymore.

    I agree with Scotty Bowman who says we should keep him. We send Price
    away, he’ll just make us look stupid for the next 10-15 years. Price might get a better return but so what? He won’t bring in what he is truly worth and we won’t get a piece that will put us in Cup contention, while sending Price away to the teams that can reasonably deal for him will get what they need. Price had backstopped Chicago this season, they’d be Cup favourites by a mile.

     

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

  33. Chuck says:

    Even if the mistake that he makes leads to the other team’s game-winning goal?

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  34. sidhu says:

    Boone, did you at least get to meet the girls with the sign??  Perhaps the night was not a total loss!

  35. JIMVINNY says:

    It’s starting to seem like however many goals Price allows, the team will score one less.  If he gets a shutout, will the team figure out a way to put a negative on the board.

  36. The M says:

    I know.  The only people who don’t know that are the ignorant morons booing.

  37. sidhu says:

    Since being paired with Markov, OB has been reliable — he did blow his check on this goal, but I don’t think that warranted a benching because his play overall has been solid.  This decision is another reason why JM should be criticized.

    I am all for playing Halak down the stretch, though I feel terribly bad for Price, who does not get the goal support commensurate with his commendable goaltending.  He stood on his head today and was let down by his teammates… again. 

    The propriety of starting him, though, is another question.  Steering away from your #1 makes little sense.  I’d be surprised to see any other team contending for a playoff spot going with their backup.  Price is good, yes, but he is our backup.

    The silver lining to missing the playoffs will be it may mean JM is escorted away from the bench and changes are made to improve both the size up front and the quality of the D (PK alone wouild be a huge upgrade).

    I agree with Ray Ferraro that Halak is the one to keep in part because he’s risen to the challenge and (perhaps more importantly) Price will fetch a bigger return. 

  38. go.habs.go says:

    that was awesome. thanks for the laugh.

  39. J. Ambrose says:

    Tonight’s winner for most moronic comment.

  40. J. Ambrose says:

    He doesn’t even have that anymore. Every team has a guy play high on him, taking his shot away. And MAB isn’t skilled enough to get it past that man into what should be open space for the wingers. Instead he makes ill-advised cross-ice passes that often end up crossing back over the blue-line, thus nullifying the pressure. 

  41. TheMock780 says:

    If JM needed anymore proof as to how bad MAB is 5 on 5 playing defense, his horredous duel of wits and skill with Eric Cole late in the third should have cemented it. He can’t take a regular shift on the back end safely at any point in any game. All he really has is a cannon from the point and that’s it. He’s a poor man’s Sheldon Souray

  42. J. Ambrose says:

    Re: the “smattering of catcalls”: To be fair, the building was half-empty midway through the third as people gave up on the club after an incredibly boring 2nd period. It seemed so clear they were giving this one away. By the time the third came to an end, the place had tumbleweeds rolling thru it. So not sure who was left to boo. Likely those too drunk to stand. I wouldn’t be gauging the crowd by that. Carey had a really solid game, and everyone around me was shouting his praises. Truth is, he was about the only Hab getting cheered. 

    That was simply awful. This team is incapable of battling and winning in the tough areas. This is a small team, and it shows. Teams like NJ, Buffalo, Ottawa, and Carolina give us fits because they force our forwards to the perimeter and those forwards haven’t the muscle to penetrate. And they pressure our defencemen who inevitably cough up the puck. Spacek was particularly bad, but he had competition in ineptitude from MAB. That guy is plain and simple a terrible defenceman. O’Byrne also played poorly. Add to that a couple of costly mistakes by Hammer, and there you have the bulk of our defence collapsing when the Canes finally started to push back.

    But above all, as in the last few weeks of games, that is one horrible PP. This team cannot expect any success with a impotent PP like that. In fact, it is worse than impotent. It is actually dangerous to US. We gave up more chances than had, while with the man-advantage. Pathetic.

    Say goodnight Irene.

     

  43. Mr.Hazard says:

    There was no nudging the puck past the goal line, Boone! Price made the stop, and Hammer shoved it in after!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  44. DownwithBobBarker says:

    Well, the habs pack a hell of a game into 20 minutes… Too bad about the league conspiracy blocking the games from only being 20 minutes long… Otherwise #25 wouldn’t seem so unreasonable

  45. MikeMcLaren says:

    Yeah, I heard that on the radio (I was busy winning my men’s league game – hey at least someone won tonight) and was disgusted.

    It’s just an offshoot of the silliness that is the goaltending “controversy”, but these boys HAVE to score for Price.  Price has been just fine, he has played great games.  You can’t count on your goalie to have a shutout to win you games.  If your guy lets in only 2 goals on 20+ shots, you should be winning.

    Period!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  46. megagoten says:

    the idea is that soon enough, he’ll make those dangles and not make the mistakes MAB does

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …bet you fall off the wagon before Tuesday Harani

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  48. SomersetVII says:

    “I kind of stopped looking for reasons,” Price said of his run of bad luck. “I found what I need to do to play well, and that’s all I can do. If I’m not going to get rewarded for it, then so be it.”

    it seems like his attitude is in the right place

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    Have a good time Harani, kick back and relax.

  50. kninja says:

    Oops… Cedrick has a K at the end…

  51. habsfan0 says:

    If Habs fail to make playoffs:
    Management will blame injuries;
    l’Antichambre will blame lack of French players on team;
    Premier Jean Charest will blame corrupt referees but will refuse calls to hold a public inquiry to investigate;
    HIO members will blame Chris Lee even for Habs’ games he wasn’t reffing;
    Boone will blame Cammalleri for refusing to ask The Four Questions even though he was the youngest at previous night’s Seder.

  52. kninja says:

    I’m the first to admit that I am an optimist… which really seems to be a rarity on this site.  My thoughts (for what it’s worth) are that the Habs will find a way to win a few key games coming home and will (without needing the game in Toronto) be in the playoffs.  Keep in mind, they still control their own destiny… who woulda thunk that during the Olympic break?  I also think that WHEN they make the playoffs, they will make a series out of it… probably not win it, but it won’t be a 4 & out like last year… but I’m getting a little ahead of myself!

    They didn’t play a good third, and that was definitely disappointing.  I’m not even going to bring up goalies because… well… I don’t see the point.  What I will say is, with Halak playing like he has this year and with all Price has gone through (bad luck, etc), I feel like it could either destroy his confidence or it will make him better.  Despite the loss, I get the impression that he’s become a better goalie for it already.  The wins will come.  Damn, I let myself get sucked into the goalie conversation!  🙂

    I know we as fans typically don’t like looking past the nearest post-season, but I do believe this team can only get better.  (I don’t post comments too often, so I guess I feel like I need to get everything in!)  There are obviously a few missing pieces, but you’ve got to feel good about the goalies, O’Byrne (I think he’s taken HUGE strides this year), Subban, Pouliot, a very good AHL team, and I like the character of many of the players.  It’s nice that next year I think there are quite a few players that could make the case to wear the C on their chest.

    Anyway, yes, I’m pissed off that they lost… but they ran into a good goalie and hey, they still control their own destiny.  A few notes before I go:  1) For the one who mentioned the French media would love Cedric Desjardins… isn’t he from NB?  2) For the one who said Gainey was worse than Houle as GM… what are you smoking?  3) Lastly, our fans suck… we booed Gainey at the centennial… booed Price tonight (and other stupid times this year)… we boo national anthems… we boo the team we pretend to love whenever we get a chance.  Some say that if you pay THAT much to go to the game, you should be entitled to do what you want… I say boo if you want, just don’t keep complaining that we can’t build a successful team here!

  53. ProHabs says:

    He brought more excitement to those 2 games that he played with the team than any of the players have brought in 77 games. At least you could tell he was really trying.

    Who cares about him winning in the minors. When was the last time Montreal held a Calder Cup parade down St. Catherine street.

  54. ooder says:

    if you would spit in the face of a man like Gainey, then get of this site and just go away.

    what a disgusting thing to say… your team right? it’s not like HE was the one who played with 2 dislocated shoulder in the playoffs… nope it’s YOUR taem after all

     

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

  55. Cable Guy says:

    For some strange reason we cannot win when Carey Price is playing even though tonight’s game was not his fault.  Even Josh George said before the game that they need to play better for him.  Ride Halak the rest of the way, bring up PK Subban would also help alot.  Also alot of prayers for Philly, Boston and Atlanta to lose some games.

  56. EricInStL says:

    Management wants him to win in the minors.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  57. ooder says:

    it’s funny because subban did the exact same mistakes as MAB by trying to dangle out of the zone and such,

    and yet everyone lets it slide.

    if he was really taht good, don’t you think he would be here already

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

  58. ABHabsfan says:

    If you can say ” who the hell is Bob Gainey” I don’t think your handle should be “hab lifer”. The 2nd greatest captain in habs history ( #4 the best) was not the greatest GM, though he did win a cup in dallas, but he deserves respect

  59. ProHabs says:

    Bring up Subban already. He has only played 2 NHL games and it is ssoooooo obvious that he is a whole lot better than MAB, Hammer, O’B and Spacek. He could help this team big time. I don’t care if he comes up and makes some mistakes, he can’t be any worse than the 4 mentioned above.

  60. Les Habitants says:

    “worse than Houle”

    Woah woah woah! Think were going a little overboard there!

     

    he last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  61. diehardhab says:

    We have the worst fans in all of hockey. Yes i said it THE WORST. How can you boo the 3rd star and arguably the best canadien on the ice? He tried. He did his best. He can’t control what goes on 200 feet from him down the ice.

    (dont give me we have better fans than Atlanta and Florida, clearly im not talking about that!)

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  62. andrewberkshire says:

    Go back to Leafsspace.com troll.

  63. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez and Plekanec are both better and cheaper than Lecavalier. Dream on.

  64. hab lifer says:

    and who the hell is Bob Gainey? a once hockey player 30+ years removed, that’s all.

    he was the worst GM this team ever had, worse than Houle.

    he deserves what he gets, no respect. he ruined this franchise, setting them back at least 5 years.he was a joke!

  65. Number31 says:

    Hamr has been rather pylonic lately. Spacek needs to teach him how to slide better. Seriously, despite Spacek’s age and problems, he’s got one hell of an ability to sprawl at the right time to deflect a shot away or correct an error he may have caused.

    Bob needs to come back to give one of his “gutless pukes/bullies” speeches to the idiots in the cheap seats.

    …and another injury to the lineup. Like Price, Sergei just can’t seem to catch a break (only whenever he starts playing good he gets hurt). Maybe two considering Plekanec was a little wobbly after that collision.

    Habs shooters need to start practicing quick thinking and start picking corners… Some aim would also help.

  66. ABHabsfan says:

    That comment is fricking rude and more than a little ignorant. If were to spit in Gainey’s face he is likely to kick your ass and I wouldn’t blame him. I don’t agree with a lot of his moves either but he is BOB GAINEY and always will be.

  67. hab lifer says:

    also habs need a coach with fire, not the soft spoken passive JM. fire JM and bring in a real coach. this team needs a kick in the butt and JM is not capable of lighting a fire under their butts.

  68. MocaJoe says:

    WHY did BG choose to put all our marbles on GOMEZ?!?!? we have no flex now because of that squirt. sure he can skate beautifully throught the neutral zone, but that does not make any nhl player shake in their boots.

    Also, as much as I hate to say it, Price should be moved, he is great but he will not reach his potential in MTL. 

    On a lighter note, since Vinny is having a sub-par year for his standards and Stamkos is basically the coolest man alive, maybe the prospect of the trade we have all been waiting for will heat up again……. to be continued

  69. Habsfan_jay says:

    What makes me nervous is that Philly plays the Isles tomorrow and Boston plays Florida. I think the Habs fall back by 2 points to both of them tomorrow. The good news in my mind is that Atl is playing the Caps, so logic would say we don’t have to worry about that. We’ll see though…

  70. Harani says:

    Really Disappointed. I’m going on vacation to NY and Boston this weekend and won’t be checking anything-Habs during that time (I will occasionally check scores but nothing more). Need some time off from this pressure cooker and to have fun and the Habs just ruin my mood and atmosphere almost every time and it drains my energy. I’ll be back on Tuesday.

    Have a good and safe Easter Weekend everyone! 


  71. hab lifer says:

    it’s unfortunate that this team is so offensively challenged. how bad are they?

    habs are 30th(last) in the league in even strength goals. how bad? habs have scored 122 even strength goals in 77 games. that comes to 1.5 goals/game. so how many games are you going to win scoring less than 2 goals/game?  very few.. that’s why this team is so bad.

    THEY CAN’T SCORE!  yet Gainey ddn’t mind giving 7.3 mil to a mediocre 3rd liner, right?

    habs with their diminuitive size,. are TOO SMALL! they can’t outmuscle other players, they can’t hold a position in front of the net, they can’t win battles in the corner. yet Gainey had the gall to say he thought signing smurfs was going to make this team better. Gainey better hope I don’t see on the street, otherwise I’ds spit in his face for what he has done to destroy my team.

    I HATE GAINEY!

     

  72. spoonfullofjelly says:

    I just want to know how when you’re down by 1 goal, with your season on the line (almost), and you get a powerplay, how do you manage not to set up and let up 2 quality chances the other way?


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