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.




  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.


    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.


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

  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.


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

  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.

  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.



    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?!???




    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.

  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


  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.

  33. Chuck says:

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


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

  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.



  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


  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



    “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


    “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.



  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?

  73. STZA says:

    O’Byrne was not to blame for that goal. He’s actually something that the team desperately lacks, youth on defense. It was a tight game, and unlike the previous losses, it was there for the taking. 

  74. ABHabsfan says:

    How can O’B not be to blame on that one? Was he covering someone else? Nope. Was he somehow intefered with? Nope. It was a shot from the slot that he did not block and the rebound went to the side of the net where 6’4″ 205 lb Staal was just hanging out. Not like he is inconf***ingspicuous is he? This game is not O’bs fault by any means, more than 1 goal must be scored to expect to win and don’t get me started on AK lack of finish for a guy that is paid to be a finisher; Cam F. Ward was vertually unbeatable and that sometimes happens but prime scoring chances must be buried, and that is why the habs did not win. But that goal was O’Bs fault, find your man and cover him. O’B is the kind of player that the habs need in the future but on that particular play, not good.

  75. habber86 says:

    Not sure if this has been posted somewhere else already but an interesting piece on TSN comparing NHL defensive corps… Apparently the D that appear so soft and useless to us may not be that bad??


    Always good to get a little perspective.



  76. Habsfan_jay says:


    I’m not that surprised (although it’s better than I thought). Our team isn’t great, but it’s not as bad as some people think. In today’s NHL no team is perfect, each and every one has its strengths and weaknesses.

    2 things caught my attention. The first is the Habs’ D avg. hits per game in just a smidge above 1, and that’s not good. The second in the Caps +/- sitting at 122, my god they score a lot!

  77. avatar_58 says:

    Oh shit. Hahahahahahaha


    I can never be labelled as anything but a passionate sports fan – I broke my ikea table. I slammed my fist into it and just noticed it put a massive dent in it. Holy crap! Haha.



  78. andrewberkshire says:

    I did the exact same thing last year, also to an ikea table. I fixed it with a combination of paper mache and drywall putty, then painted the table, it’s all good, even if you’re a poor student like me.

  79. ACF says:

    Why is it such a big deal that Price was booed last night?  Is it possbile that these jeers were directed towards the team as a whole and not a specific player?   After seeing that third period effort this team does not deserve to make the playoffs.   As others have previously commented, the lack of size and ability to go to the dirty areas is becoming more and more apparent.  

  80. fuhgawz says:

    didnt mean it as stick it to Jaro ….. more the Jaro fanboys …..Jaro is not my target and nor should he Halak has played amazing all year..frankly so has Carey

  81. notbigbird says:

    ” And when we’re down a goal in the third, we’ve used up so much energy
    and missed so many chances earlier that we have nothing left to come
    back with.”

    I posted something like this a few posts down, and I’m glad I’m not the only one to get it. I think someone in the brain trust really needs to calm them down before a game. They get too high, try too hard and blow chances because they are on edge. We need a sustainable three period effort. Otherwise, we’re done after a period or less in most cases.


  82. Captain aHab says:

    The people who still see this as a goalie issue suffer from ADD or are trolls. Price certainly played well enough to win his last two but his team quit in front of him.

  83. ManApart says:

    News flash, the Habs are not fine. They are actually pretty bad.

  84. Chester says:

    We are all going to die.

  85. fuhgawz says:

    I wish i could take every “fan” that was boooing Carey last night ship them off to Afghanistan.  what are these people thinking? Part of me wants Price to be traded to a team like Boston or Philly or Sens or Toronto and stick it to us EVERYTIME he plays against us and Jaro just to shut these idiots up.

    Boo Price cause Montreal scores 1 goal

    Boo Price cause Hammer carries the puck into the net

    Boo Price cause our PP in the 3rd resulted in better Canes chances (thanks for saving those Carey)

    Boo Price for leaving Stall all alone infront of the net

    Boo Price cause you HATE him SOOOOOOOOOOOO much it makes you look stupid

    Its funny how if Jaro was to lose 2-1 nothing is said about how shitty he is by Price fans or standing up and booing him — PM please trade Carey the kid does not deserve to be treated like this and this f’n city and some of its f’n fans do not deserve him to be on this team.  Carey i wish and want you to stay but to many a$$holes are not going to allow that good luck next season after you get traded and win a cup in 2011 you played a great game and have been doing so since the Olympic break. 

  86. G-Man says:

    So, everyone happy that Price played last night? Good. Enjoy golfing after the 10th. JM’s most bone-headed move as a coach this season. Way to go JM! WooHoo!
    Golf Habs Golf!

  87. Chuck says:

    Oh, please…


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

  88. Jbird says:

    G-Man, Price was not the problem last night.  

  89. smiler2729 says:

    Are you one of the baby brains that booed Price last night? By your comment, it would seem so. If so I’m ashamed to be on the same internet page as you, man.

    What next, set fire to cars on Ste. Catherine when we clinch a playoff spot?? Boo the National Anthem of the very country that provides you with all the freedoms you take for granted???

    I’m very ashamed of your kind of human being.

  90. smiler2729 says:

    I can’t wait until P.K. Subban is up here in his rookie season and he’s a minus -5 or something and after a couple of giveaways, the boobirds start.

    Then he’s packaged off with Carey Price for some overrated French Canadian superstar…

    And we wonder why the Habs can’t win anymore in the big picture. The fans, fed by the Media (see L’Antichambre) stifle and strangle the team with their idiocy.

  91. linp says:

    I think there are two areas our team needs to improve urgently.

    1.  During the PP and when we start with the puck from our zone, we need one of the two Dmen to carry the puck up to the opposing blue line and then we attack with all 5 guys ready. The last PP, we were so impatient. The Dman made those long passes from our zone and expected our forwards to fight through their defense. We failed misably and we couldn’t even setup the play.

    2.  Our offensive system is missing the play to attack from the middle. We need to have a guy going in front of their goalie and have the trailer firing a low shot from the middle. Their goalie either can’t see the shot or the puck can be deflected. We tried too much shooting or passing from the board. Their goalie can see and react to all our attacks. We make him look good from our stupid plays. Some of our shoots were from such a bad angle and resulted in giving up the puck. We always seem to face a hot goalie. In fact, it is our offensive system
    that makes their goalie hot.

    – The replay showed that someone kicked Sergei’s left ankle in the 1st period. Hope the injury is not serious.

    – Gomez is slowing down the past few games. Where is his end to end rushes?

    A good team creates his own luck. Our team was not playing smart and efficient hockey and we couldn’t even blame the Ref. for the loss. I would blame more on our coaching staff.


  92. baruch says:

    I’m surprised in the 1000 comments following last game no-one’s mentioned it.  The reason Price was booed was not because he played badly.  He had an alright 3rd period. They booed because Carolina scored on their 3rd shot after Montreal was coming on like no tomorrow.  The 3rd shot goal deflated them.

    Sure, they shouldn’t have been deflated, they should have bounced back.  The Habs were paniced to get enough goals before the first shot even came close to Price. On the few occasions the puck came into our zone in the first, players were flopping every which way to keep pucks away.  There is a general panic when Price is in the nets, which results in the team getting wired and unfocussed and prematurely tired.  

    Everybody points to the fact that the Habs tend to score less goals when Price is in. This is because they are nervous and overcompensate, being overurgent offensively and overcareful defensively.  The point is, they don’t trust Price to hold them in the game.  

    So he plays a good third period when it doesn’t matter anymore. The game was lost in the second period on the PK.   But, this is my interpretation, Cammy took the penalty in frustration knowing that they hadn’t gotten a second goal and he was getting exhausted (remember him flailing around defensively in the first period)? He’s still not back to 100% anyway.

    I can understand JMs bureaucratic style, Running a winning team is a delicate science, its not always about showing the players fire and brimstone.  Especially when the players are earning more than you and thereby assume they must be somehow better than you.    Though it wouldn’t be good for Hamilton, it would be nice if PG pulled a Bylsma though. 


  93. falconea says:

    I think Roman Hamirlik needs to watch a game from the press box.  He has been terrible in the last couple of games, his own goal last night horrific.  Call up Subban and give him a shot, he can’t be worse then Hamrilik and can only help our PP.

  94. Bob Barker says:

    I didn’t catch the 3 Stars last night so I missed the boobirds but I’m sure they were the minority. It’s up to the rest of the fans to drown out the boos with cheers. 

    L’Antichambre is a ridiculous show but I was impressed with one reporter’s comments to Carey Price telling him he played well and didn’t deserve to be booed. 

    Maybe some of these supposed fans should actually watch the game instead of focusing on one player. And If you’re going to boo, boo the whole damn team.

    They only scored 1 damn goal! Ward was good but they made it easy for him in the third period. Nobody was crashing the net looking for dirty goals. 

  95. Offensive DMan says:

    Tellin’ it like it is, Smiler.  Problem with some of the snaps you may take on this one is with those (more than a few) who have these ridiculous blind spots that hurt things so much.

    Appalling how the fans treated Price…and appalling how management has treated Halak overall….no, I am not throwing any fuel on the extremist goalie debate….we’re lucky to have both, very lucky.

    Maybe we’ll be very unlucky, and both will say ‘Enough of this ridiculousness, I’m outta here?’


  96. punkster says:

    I don’t claim to be any sort of hockey expert. I just love the game. There’s one thing I don’t understand though. Why does O’B get benched for a mistake in a critical game? Every one of these stiffs make mistakes, some more than others, and many times it results in a goal against. So why does JM bench one of his top D at a most critical time? Is it JM’s method of control, his way of saying “I’m the boss”? Is JM simply incompetent? Of all the moves he has made and not made over the past season this one confuses me the most.

  97. baruch says:

    ummm which country are you referring to, pray tell?

  98. falconea says:

    That’s not completely true, Hamirlik crashed the net and scored a dirty goal. 😉

  99. baruch says:

    As far as I interpreted it: JM thought we got a sh*tload of shots early on and only MAB’s went in.  We need a goal now so someone on D has to sit so MAB can get another shot.  It is just like playing with 4 forwards.   The problem is MAB is a liability anytime he is not actually winding up to take a shot.  Unfortunately we can only sit 20 players in a game.  It would be nice if there were an exception for players like MAB…maybe if we dressed him as the back-up goalie…but then….

  100. mrhabby says:

    been a habs fan for years. the booing just shows no class. wowowowowowo, no wonder we have a hard time finding players and keeping them….would not be suprised at all if a player like price moves on or others who grow quickly tired of all the hassle and want out. i don’t remember this type of attitude when i was younger…sad , sad…almost comical.

  101. Bob Barker says:

    Did you watch the goal? Price saved the semi-breakaway. Hamrlik barrelled into him and carried the puck with him. 

    It’s good to know that you’re so close to the team and can tell how they feel about individual players. 

    “So he plays a good third period when it doesn’t matter anymore. ” WTF is that comment? Since when is a game out of reach when you’re down by a goal? 

  102. smiler2729 says:

    CANADA! I’ve heard the Canadian anthem booed there when I was at a game in 2002, my wife (who is American) was shocked. I had to explain the whole Quebec separatist bull to her…

  103. Jbird says:

    That would be a funny joke in November – now its just depressing.  😉

  104. baruch says:

    oh ok… well I hope you could explain it.

  105. punkster says:

    …and another thing!!!

    Last night a few of us had a brief discussion (really just a few comments) about the upcoming Leaf game on the 10th. The gist of it is this:

    We’re loyal fans an we deserve more from this team than what they’ve showed us so far. No question this is a bubble team, always has been and nobody here ever had illusions of this being a top contender this season. However, with the talent (albeit limited) on this team we fans should have expected a better effort than what they have produced recently. They showed us more balls in some of their losing efforts from October to January than they have while trying to hold a lead since the Olympic break. We should somehow get the message across to these guys. Show us why we should continue to support you. Put in the type of effort you did in the first 4 months, win or lose. Give us a reason to cheer.

  106. notbigbird says:

    Am I the only one who cringed when they came out like gang busters last night? Has this kind of start ever worked? There’s only so much gas in the tank, both mental and physical, and there’s never enough left at the end of the game. They need to come out with jump but at a pace they can maintain for 60 minutes. Their early pace last night was unsustainable. It might be different if they could pot three goals when they’re on fire, but they can’t; they don’t have that kind of horse power. This is so evident to me that I’m shocked that no one else, coaches or pundits, ever pick up on this. Just play a good tempo game from start to finish, and they’ll win their share. This coming out with their hair on fire simply always always always backfires on this team.

  107. Rocket fan says:

    If anyone should be boo’d its the forwards. Only 2 goals a game in their last 6 games (not counting EN). Can’t expect to win the last 6 games 2-1 or 1-0. Goalies have done their job, forwards haven’t.

  108. baruch says:

    Read what I wrote.  I didn’t say Price let the goal in.  And on your other point, I take it back:  He plays a good 3rd period when it doesn’t matter so much.

  109. joeybarrie says:

    So I see it’s gonna have to be said again.

    When you can’t score more than 1 goal on the team that has the 2nd most goals against in the East you really dont blame your goalie. Especially when he only let in 2 goals and none of which were soft. Do you know how STUPID you sound? Pouliot can’t score because Carey Price is in the net? I know we expect more of our players because they play for THE Montreal Canadiens… Then in turn don’t you agree they and others should expect more from the fans. At least be able to give real criticism, instead of nonsense…

    You think a goalie who lets in an average of 2.5 goals per game would have changed everything? Then you blame the coach because of that?

    In the end we are fine. We will make the playoffs, and most likely go out in the first round. We have shown what we can do, and now we have to get to a place where we can do it consistently. Every team has its droughts. We have had a few, but because of our injuries to our key players this season we are behind. Its ok. Our future still looks bright.

    Hey notice how since Pleks is now 8 points in 16 games, i don’t see any “PG is an idiot because he hasnt signed pleks yet” posts.

    The fans in this city have the attention span and memory of a 3 year old.

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

  110. Jbird says:

    Pisses me off.  That said, I’m not sure when you were a kid but I gather it was a time when they could score some goals???  Watched some 70’s games recently and Dryden let in some softies – but the team scored more than 1.5 goals per game (to say little) What i’m getting at is that if the 09/10 Habs scored like the Capitals do Price would never be booed.

  111. Bob Barker says:

    They booed because Carolina scored on their 3rd shot after Montreal was coming on like no tomorrow.”

    So because the play where Hammer carried the puck into his own net happened after their third shot they booed Price?

  112. JF says:

    I’d like to write something optimistic now that my anger over last night has cooled a bit.  We stormed out of the gate, but when our total domination of the first period resulted in only one goal, I knew we were in trouble.  We’ve seen that scenario several times this season, only to watch the opposing goaltender keep his team in it long enough for them to get lucky, after which they raise their game a few levels and shut us down.  If we make a mistake or if our goaltender isn’t perfect, we’re done.  And when we’re down a goal in the third, we’ve used up so much energy and missed so many chances earlier that we have nothing left to come back with.

    Price played well, and, as so often this season, the loss cannot be hung on him.  Cam Ward stole this game, end of story.  But we’re still hanging by a thread to eighth place and we still, as they say, control our own destiny.  Find a way to win a few and we’re in.  Tomorrow night we’re unlikely to face goaltending of the calibre Cam Ward displayed, and the Flyers, missing Jeff Carter and Dan Carcillo, play tonight.  As for Saturday, if we can get a point off Buffalo, it would be positive.  Then there’s the Islanders, which should be the least impossible game – I won’t say the easiest, since no game is easy at this time of the year – and the Canes again, but I think we’re less snakebitten in their building than in ours.  Somehow we have to avoid going into Toronto having to win.  I’ll spend all week praying to the hockey gods.

  113. Jbell10 says:

    Scoring is the issue. When you have trouble scoring in tight areas and cant bring it to net hard and get the grinder goals its trouble at this point in the season. Better hope we put in 3 PP goals a game.


  114. StevieRay says:

    Panic is right !!! Team shows no consistency … no will to battle….no itensity… no bite … just plain soft

    How dare they fail to show up in the 3rd period last nite .. they should forfiet their milk fed salries for that game .. since they just don’t get it !!! They need to be help accountable to their fans .. many who paid BIG BUCKS for tickets ….

    8 mil + 5 mil + 4 mil = 17 mil = 3 smurks = useless when ” required ” to step up and atleast one of them score a goal !!!

    we had to rely on out .75 mil man to score last nite .

    JM and that touch of Grey useless asst coach he lugged with him from Florida via Ottawa…. news flash .. the game has changed .. you 2 have not ..do the right thing and step down , adious amigos… and give the reins to Capt Kirk …. at least he shows some emotion ..

    I’m as mad as hell and not going to take it any more … !!!! also sending Fraser a couple of bottles of champagne after the game ….WTF is this a country club !!! you morons just played the worst 3rd period of the season ..and in all likely hood .. will miss the playoffs !!!



  115. Chuck says:

    I’ll be there for the game on the 10th, and I sure hope that I see a better effort than they put forth in the 3rd period last night.


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

  116. RJ says:

    Amazing how few on this board realize the Habs are not good.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  117. gK_HabsFan says:

    Agreed…purely classless


  118. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah it really pisses me off that he got booed after being named third star. It doesn’t make sense.

  119. RJ says:

    Timo, just trying to be polite today after everyone called me NEGATIVE and cursed me yesterday for saying this team does not deserve a playoff berth. They deserve to go home when this pitiful season is done.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  120. PureGuava says:

    Maybe if they stopped playing their backup goalie in must-win games….

  121. PureGuava says:

    ….and why sit Pyatt when Staal’s in town? Members of Thunder Bay’s two roayal hockey families, you’d think Pyatt would have given us a spark.

    When Price lets in a goal, any goal, even when it’s not his fault – the team deflates. It’s a sad fact, but it can’t be argued. I feel bad for the kid, he’s played better hockey recently, but has to be the unluckiest goalie of all time.

  122. Shublips says:

    The Habs are just NOT able to score 5-on-5.  It is a horrible problem that has plagued this team for years.  Last night the same trend continued and as a result the Habs made Ward look amazing.  Don’t get me wrong, because Ward WAS amazing, but I just think that the Habs anemic offense tends to make goaltenders look even better than they are.

    Read my article about the game here:

  123. makka83 says:

    I know playing Halak against Jersey was a mistake…

  124. Bob Barker says:

    Moen’s the real T-Mo and he’d mop the floor with you. Everyone is frustrated with the loss but you’re honestly an idiot for that comment. 

  125. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Are you crazy? You can´t do that. Afghanistan already has enough problems. I´d recommend the “LOST” island.

  126. JD_ says:

    Pre Game

    A WTF happening for a WTF game. Everybody on RDS, and that includes Demers, was dressed to the nines. Every. Single. Dude. And I don’t even know what “dressed to the nines” means. I’ll have to ask Boone…or, yes, even Punkster. What the hell happened to Demers? Was he hijacked by one of those “You Dress Like You’re Homeless, So We’ll Fix It” reality shows? I’d suggest high-level kickbacks to pay for the tie, but he’s just a powerless senate appointee, y’all. The biggest bribe he ever sees is the cashier at the Parliament cafeteria not charging him for the extra pack o’ soda biscuits he takes for his soup.


    That’s our Tom. The Bomb. Plow the other team’s goalie, then look bewildered as the penalty is called. “What? What’d I do?” Ah, the memories. Poor Tommy. What crime did he commit to get relegated to fourth line duty with Mr. -29 himself, Rob “Paul Coffey Didn’t Know When To Quit, Either” Brind’Amour?

    The Habs have entered the Bizarro World. Used to be – i.e., way back at the beginning of the season – the Habs slept through the first period, then brought it for the second and third. Against Carolina, they kinda switched it up. Took their first-to-the-puck, short-passing, double-man-forecheck game, the one that had them totally dominating the first half, and pissed it away. Did Ward’s play lay that much negative mojo on them? You could almost sense a Canes collective “Hey, they want to be our b******!” mentality emerge early on in the third.

    No, but seriously. Carolina’s SOG were 2, 8, and 17 through three periods, respectively. I’m having difficulty – translation: I’m too lazy to check – recalling such overt capitulation by the Habs during a game this season.

    Speaking of high-level kickbacks. So, according to TSN’s John Lu, Kerry Fraser wore three ref jerseys last night, one for each period. The second was to be given to Scott Gomez – whazzat? – the third for a charity auction. The first? For PM Stephen Harper. In an ostensibly unrelated development, Fraser is scheduled to receive Canada’s coveted Order of Vidal Sassoon (OVS) this fall.

    Back to Tom. Tom intentionally ran Price at the beginning of the game. He knew exactly what he was doing. Didn’t bother Price. But, the idea was the right one. For all the Habs’ 35 SOG, which were evenly distributed across lines, suggesting the dominance was complete prior to the third period, we never really got into Ward’s face. I sincerely believe that would have made the difference. He was just about the least frustrated dude on the ice. That guy might win a Conn Smythe one day.

    The Halak/Price debate has finally concluded. Two-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Hart Memorial Trophy recipient, winner of the Frank J. Selke trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Lionel Conacher Award, two-time member of the NHL First All-Star and Second All-Star teams, and resident TSN panel mouth-breathing dingbat, Bobby Clobber, said the Habs should sign Jaroslav Halak. Well, the Habs now have no choice but to sign Carey Price.

    Post Game

    As for Philly?: Crucify them.

    Crucify them.


  127. PureGuava says:

    NEWSFLASH – Ottawa and Jersey are better teams, Carolina is not. Halak looked fine in both, as did Price last night, and for most of the Buffalo game. You’re missing the point. The entire sporting community except for about 9 morons on HIO, believe for whatever reason, that this team is better with Halak in net. The debate has been over for about a month now – roughly the same time that Price last won a hockey game.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  128. PureGuava says:

    They do though. We’ve all watched the same games. Poor Carey lets in a goal and they pack up and go home – it’s quite sad actually. They’ve scored only 8 goals in his last five losses!…Could that have anything to do with the virtually no confidence they have in their netminder? This is different team with Halak in net, with a much better record. Sure, they will lose games against better teams, and some against poor team – but that’s tbe expected from an injury-plagued, bubble team. Do you think that i’m happy that our fate is riding on a goalie, and that because of this debate, a fifth overall pick is being soiled? I wish Price nothing but success, but his season is over.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  129. Clay4bc says:

    Those 9 morons ae sure loud though, aren’t they? Kind of like the “tea-baggers” (lol) in the USA…


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

  130. PureGuava says:

    They’re worse! It’s kinda like being stuck sitting between Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh on a nine-hour flight.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  131. G-Man says:

    Yeah, right. Ward did not outplay Price. I believe in Peter Pan and the Easter Bunny, too!

  132. mrhabby says:

    hey, i watched many games in the 70’s , 80’s etc,etc. was at the cup parades in 86 and 93. i saw many goals just like you its just very frustrating to see us struggle..the 5 on 5 play has been a problem for years.

  133. Mr.Hazard says:

    He wore THREE jerseys in one game?? Come on, is that necessary? lol

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  134. Natrous says:

    Nice summary JD.

    One comment about ‘to the nines’ – I believe that came from WWII, when a bomber was being re-stocked for its next run; a full load of ammunition totalled nine yards in length, thus the expression ‘the whole nine yards’ meaning the same as ‘going all out’. I can only assume that ‘dressed to the nines’ has something to do with going ‘balls to the wall’, or whatever that means :)

    Keep up the good work!

  135. ttourneur says:

    Im really starting to hate some fans in Montreal. Carey can’t catch a break

  136. JD_ says:

    Fraser’s use of three jerseys was due to the fact it was his final game in Montreal ahead of retirement – and he wanted to have a number of game jerseys available for various purposes – not because he typically goes through three jerseys per game.

  137. BC HAB says:

    Luongo never gets booed over here in Vancouver and he has periods where he plays like sh#t. Price has played awsome in his last few starts.  Fans that boo him in Montreal are absolute idiots.  No class whatsoever.  I bet Price will not be resigned here, not because management does not choose him over Halak, but because Price will not want to stay here. 

    Mark my words my friends, Price is gonna end up kicking the sh%t out of Montreal when he plays against them. Which ever team gets him is also gonna win cups with him.  Lets just pray that he does not end up in the eastern conference.

    I agree that Halak has earned the number 1 spot. But this is as good as he gets.  In two years, which I think is the age diff. between the two, Price will be much better.  I totally agree with those out there who think that Price has the better up side in the future.  Just look at his size and technique. 

  138. RJ says:

    How many Cups has Dan Blackburn won — he who was drafted 10th overall by the Rangers in 2001? He had a great upside too.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  139. Stooof says:

    I hear you dude.  i dont know what has taken over the habs fans in montreal.  they are f#ing crazy.  Its amazing that just becuase of a losing record this season they have lost it.  its as if they are so drunk while watching the games they miss the fact that price has played pretty much brilliantly all season.  albeit with a couple blunders here and there, and with an incredible, nay, unbelievable amount of unlucky goals.  I have watched every game, and it really boggles my mind how many of his GA are off a skate, weird bounce, knocked in by his own team, or whatever.  Everyone who has half a brain should know those wont go in forever.  with experience he will start to understand how to stop those more often.  but aside from them, the kid has been stellar in net.  he makes stops that make my jaw drop… and he does it often.

    but you know i think that he will sign here.  he will prove people wrong.  the talk about his character by media and crazy fans is all bs.  every time he talks to media, he talks about trying to get better and never shows any panic. he is a calm kid and i have a feeling he doesnt even care that some idiots boo him.  he knows where he is playing, he was a habs fan growing up, and i think his intentions are to show this town what he is capable of doing.

    whether its next year or the year after, he is going to be a dominant force in net.

    of course, this is not to say halak isnt a good goalie.  he is.  hell let him try and prove himself for a season. i dont care.  but keep price around.  he will own this city soon enough. 

    GO HABS! 

  140. HabsFaith says:

    Blackburn was forced into retirement because of shoulder injuries in 2005…


    care to try again?

  141. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I get what people are saying about Price and all to a certain extent (and I agree those pricks booing him last night deserved to be kicked in junk), but to go as far as to say “I hope he burns us when he plays us” etc, not ONE player is bigger than this franchise. Plus he is STILL here right now. I hope we keep both young goalies. Not one of them has proven anything, especially to be #1. Right now, Halak is #1, but that could change, this luxury that the Canadiens have is a pretty good one, most people will agree that goal tending has really been one of this teams strengths, the ENTIRE season.

    Also to those saying Halak is never going to get any better, how the hell do you know? This is the first time he has been given any amount of time between the pipes, and he has been very consistent. Don’t beat down Halak because you want Price to look that much better. It is not fair to Jaro…


  142. BC HAB says:

    Imagin if you were in Price’s skates.  How would you feel if you were treated the way he is.  Lets be realistic, you would hate it in Montreal.  Its not like price is gonna flat out say that he hates being in Montreal.  Even if he re-signs, its probably because the habs own his rights.  Once he is ufa, he is gonna jet.


    I wouldn’t mind seeing him in Edmonton because the oilers are my second fav. team.  But who the hell are we gonna get back.  They have no players that we need.

  143. keepthefaith says:

    I cant believe i agreed with two posts in a row!  Watch out talkin that common sense around these parts boys. The inmates do not like that!

  144. BC HAB says:

    I’m not saying that I hope Price burns us when he is gone.  I’m just scared that that is what is gonna happen.  Look at our track record.  Ive been watchin Gui Latts stats with the Wild since he was traded and sometimes I even pray that he will start to stink up the joint and go back to his old ways but it just aint happening. It almost seems as if Benoit Puliot has become invisible.  I hope we didn’t lose that trade.

    My other comment is that I love Halak. I think he is an awsome goalie. Maybe he will get better. What if he doesn’t?  What if the NHL makes goalie pads smaller. Then what?

    I would love it if we could keep both goalies.  Besides, we own both their rights.  But I don’t think it is gonna happen.  Trading a goalie is our only chip if we want to get better.

  145. RJ says:

    May I, please? The list of “can’t miss” goalies picked in the first round who have flamed out for various reasons is endless. Pascal Leclaire picked 8th overall in 2001. A high draft position does not guarantee success for a goalie or position player — except on this board.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  146. keepthefaith says:

    If you cant see Carey Prices talent you must be as old as your picture!

  147. bluefleetwood says:

    ” Mark my words, my friends, Price is gonna end up kicking the sh%t out of Montreal when he plays against them.”


    Exactly. Anyone who doubts this can just look at how he’s been against the Bruins this year. It’s as if his attitude toward Boston is “You people made a fool of me last year, but I’ll be damned if you’ll do it again.”. Multiply that by about 500 when he plays against Montreal.

  148. Chuck says:

    Quick… what’s Carolina’s record over their last 30 games?


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

  149. Nina76 says:

    I agree with the last two posts big time,Price is younger & will be the best goalie in the next 2 years [this should keep the boobirds happy] but I don’t give a hoot they SUCK BIG TIME they do not know hockey you JERKS can talk to me when you are 85 yrs. old & have seen as much hockey as I have I won’t be around by the time you reach that but send in your posts anyway someone will take your head off for me. Stop your drinking & concentrate on the game….if you know how it is played [which I doubt].What a bunch of CRAP!!!!! GO HABS GO!!!!!I don’t know where we are going that is the only trouble. TO is playing well to-nite it will not be a cake walk when we play them for sure.

  150. Nina76 says:

    Mr Hazard………..SO WHAT ARE YOU JEALOUS????? WANT ONE BUY ONE!!!!!!!!

  151. Nina76 says:

    It does not matter who is in Goal they will boo anyway we all know that.

  152. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You being a former ref makes a lot of sense now… 

  153. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You being a former ref makes a lot of sense now… 

  154. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You’re an idiot.  Plan and simple.

  155. Scott in Montreal says:

    this game proves that for every start there is a fit with this version of the Habs

  156. Scott in Montreal says:

    Weird how they play better without #13 – same thing for Tanguay last year. Maybe the squid should take another #

  157. SeriousFan09 says:

    The fact that the goalie who prevented us from looking like an ECHL team in the 3rd period can get booed shows just how ignorant the average fan has become in this town, disgusting behaviour. I am ashamed to be associated with Habs fandom when I hear about these incidents.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  158. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Agree 100%, very sad indeed.

  159. EricInStL says:

    Too true. And it always seems to be coming from the same area. Bob Gainey had it right in calling them gutless pukes.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  160. Xtrahabsfan says:

    It’s simple ,play for the Canadiens then you play to win AND THEN WIN OR F**K OFF,period.That’s the deal and as a fan if you don’t like it  cheer for another team,simple …The absence from the Big Show Finals has gone on way too Long,new rule go big or go Home.

  161. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Myself included

    Habitant means


  162. J. Ambrose says:

    I was at the game, and there were about 10 people left by that point. The place was already half-empty by the 10 min. mark of the 3rd. So casting aspersions on the “average fan” is hardly fair. Most people were cheering Carey’s performance during the game. If you slander the entire “Habs fandom” due to a few lingering drunks, I can only ask if you are a fan. 

  163. wild flower says:

    OB on the bench. Pouliot on the 4th line. SK to the minors. Lats to Minni. Ryder to the press box. Something about MTL stlye is not working.

  164. EricInStL says:

    We are a nice little team. Nothing more nothing less.

    We might need an attitude adjustment after the playoffs.

    Get rid of fancy pants players and go for guts and size.

    I would seriously sacrifice both K brothers for a tough SOB player. A momentum changer.

    On another site, they talk about Nathan Horton, not sure he’s the guy.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  165. SeriousFan09 says:

    Never heard of Horton being the kind of guy who can turn a team around, he’s a pretty good player working hard on a basement team but I don’t think he can be a real cornerstone piece of a top team either.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  166. wild flower says:

    AK may seem lost at times (his fault? coaching problem?), but he is a thirty goal scorer – not many of those to go around.

  167. Number31 says:

    Horton is a floater…

  168. EricInStL says:

    I understand, but they are of no use if there’s no room. We need a wide body who will move people and make the room for our skilled and small players.

    So maybe trading one of our goalies ?

    Let me check the RFAs and UFAs coming up

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    So then seeing as how both goalies have now lost 3 of their last 4 games, you’ll tell them both to *** off right? Because it’s winning or nothing.

  170. EricInStL says:

    Actually he is on to something.

    Trade Price to Edmonton for their #1 = Taylor Hall (maybe)

    Trade Halak to the Flyers for Jeff Carter.

    And put in Cedric Desjardins who will be the next Roy and make the french media sooo happy.

    I’m obviously going nuts, but you never know….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  171. andrewberkshire says:

    Ha! I doubt either trade would be accepted, and we still wouldn’t have cap space for Carter.

  172. Xtrahabsfan says:

    It’s a game to game thing and at stake is the play-off’s …in Fact it’s all about the PLAY-OFF’S! iF OUR GOALIES CAN PLAY LIKE CAM WARD then we’ll make it….Cam Ward won this game  and  this is what our goalies HAVE TOO DO!

  173. EricInStL says:

    ooops double double.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  174. EricInStL says:

    ha good point.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  175. andrewberkshire says:

    You do realize that Ward has about the same record as Price this season, right?

  176. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Andrew ,I say apples and you answer oranges…The statistics have no relevance in how Cam Ward played tonight,lol

  177. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree about tonight, but that’s not how Ward has played all season. The point is that you’re saying He’s a franchise goalie, which he is. He has about the same stats and record as Carey Price, yet you slag Price all the time, and just now defended fans who booed him for being the best player on our team tonight. You don’t see anything hypocritical about this?

  178. Xtrahabsfan says:

    All I know  Andrew is it weren’t for the Fans we wouldn’t have seen the game Andrew or be having this conversation….In fact this show was put on for the fans and their job is TO WIN AND GET THE CUP….In your young life how many have you seen? I wish for you to see a lot more Hab cup wins and a good fan deserves this…Oh by the way if you can go way back and look me up on insideout ,you will see where I truly stand bout Price…….

  179. hab lifer says:

    Gainey should know. he signed those pukes, so it’s Gainey’s fault.

    notice how Gainey left when he did, because he knew this lousy team was his fault  and afraid to take responsibility for his actions.

  180. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gainey was speaking about the fans not that team you hater. Work on your reading comprehension.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  181. EricInStL says:

    It will be revealed that Gainey lost a power struggle with ownership over how to use Price and Halak. Why else would he leave ?

    Get serious.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  182. J. Ambrose says:

    There is something to that, I believe. 

  183. STZA says:

    I agree with what you said. The point I was trying to make was that benching him for almost the entire period is uncalled for. I’m almost convinced that Martin holds grudges, and not only is that wrong in general, it’s also wrong professionally. Four other players received a -1 on that play, and they were equally at fault. It was just a matter of a bad rebound, one that I think could have been controlled. 

  184. EricInStL says:

    Martin seems to be very high on him.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  185. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s very nice, but I don’t think we should really value Martin’s opinion on what it takes to build a winner…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  186. EricInStL says:

    I have a feeling if we either don’t get in or get the boot in 4 games in the first roung, the JM + PG team will redo the Habs in their image….

    For better or worse, and I don’t know wht to make of that.I still don’t know what type of hockey style Jm has or wants.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    PG can not afford to go for another transformation in the offseason if he wants to keep his job, that will ring as a major panic move and would likely send his butt out the door more than anything. The team was just reconstructed and PG is so panicked that he remoulds the team?

    I’m more worried of a single desperation trade like taking on the toxic Lecavalier contract.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  188. ProHabs says:

    THey have no flexibility, no cap space and no draft choices to really do anything,

  189. EricInStL says:

    I really think we are 3 moves away.

    PK in, a slow pylon out.

    1 tough SOB forward, Matt Cooke ? He’s an UFA….

    Trade one of our goalies for a # 1 draft pick

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  190. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cooke’s a dirtbag I don’t want anywhere near this team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  191. EricInStL says:

    But he would be our dirtbag….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  192. SeriousFan09 says:

    For me a dirtbag is a dirtbag, our team or not, I can’t stand those kinds of players.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  193. EricInStL says:

    I maintain we need a game changer in terms of laying on that big hit.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  194. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t see Matt Cooke as a big hitter so much as he’s a dirty player. I’d much rather go after someone like Troy Brouwer.

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    Emptying out by the 10 min mark of the 3rd? That’s pathetic. People pay how much for those seats and they won’t stay in for the final buzzer? That’s even more embarassing in some ways, fans don’t even believe enough in their team to see if they can pull out last-minute magic.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  196. HabFanSince72 says:

    We weren’t outplayed.

    Language wars have no place here.

  197. Will Longlade says:

    Not everyone will agree, but playing MAB is a move borne of desperation. The Habs are better than that. They should ice the best team possible for the last five games of the season. That  means Subban should get a call up and MAB should sit. If the Habs don’t make the playoffs, JM is gonna be gone.

  198. Captain aHab says:

    I want Subban to finish the year in Hamilton. Let’s not destroy another prospect please.

    JM will not be gone unless the Molsons are ready to swallow a huge chunk of change. We have him for another year for sure.

    MAB on the PP is a good idea but the PP is far too static and passes take forever. The other team barely has to move and they are always in good position. MAB draws a lot of attention – there’s a guy in his face most of the time, which should give us a 4 on 3. But guys are just standing with their asses glued to the boards and pass the puck around like a reefer in Haight Ashbury. There’s no one to pass to in the slot so guys end up taking shots from ridiculous angles. Does this team even know how to work the give and go?

  199. Captain aHab says:

    Why do we have no one in front of the net?

    Simple: when we dump the puck in, our guys are so weak on the puck that we need two guys to get the puck and one guy nearby to pass it to. Unless you are going to pinch a d-man and take a huge chance, these three guys will all be behind the goal line. Then the other team will pressure these three guys and as soon as one of them fumbles the puck a little, then it’s one on one on the boards and we lose the puck or you have to bring all three guys in again to get it. We need big guys who can fight for the puck and get it one on one.

  200. tony d says:

    Last night was no surprise. Let’s be realistic, are we expecting miracles? We all knew that even if we got in the playoffs, we’d be out after the 1st round, so why all the shock. The team is what it is, small, hardworking but offensively challenged. Can’t blame the goaltending.

  201. Jbird says:

    So true.  They are what most of us thought they are.  No grind = Zero grinding goals.  Zero!  (you’d think we could get one but . . . )    

  202. RetroMikey says:


    Not too worry, we have a healthy Markov, we are healthy as a team, we got grit and character,….etc..

    Yeah, whatever, dream on as I say.

    This team is heading nowhere even if we do squeak into the playoffs.

    I’m not afraid Boone.  Never was, but I am afraid or should I say
    fearful where this once proud franchise is heading after another ugly
    dismal season for seasons to come.


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

  203. mrhabby says:

    looks like i have to eat my words..

  204. Captain aHab says:

    So let’s ask the question again: we have the equivalent of one of our top lines inked for several years with small guys. Lots of people want us to ink yet another small guy long term. Should we? Pleks is gonna cost a mint considering who else is available. And that would bring back essentially the same team next year and for the foreseeable future. Why?

    I say break the mold and try something different. Maybe try Pouliot at C and then try to ink a couple of wingers with half decent size and skill for the same price Pleks would cost. Or bring up Trotter or Desharnais to be the next small C and with the savings try to get two large wingers with some talent.

    I have this sinking feeling that inking Pleks long term will lead to severe buyer’s remorse…

  205. Captain aHab says:

    On the goalie situation, I would rather they sign and trade or simply trade the rights to one of them than bring both back next year. I think this soap opera has lasted long enough and it’s time to cut the crap.

    And what do you do with AK46? The guy almost never drives to the net. When he comes in on the boards, he almost always stops and tries to circle back or pass the puck….a move which saw him get put on his ass by a d-man last night who simply doesn’t fear the guy going around him. He rarely hits with authority despite the fact that when he does hit, it seems to hurt the opposing player. Rarely wins puck battles on the boards despite being one of the few top line forwards with size we have.

    I know that everyone fears he’ll turn into John Leclair, Guillaume Latendresse as soon as he is gone but the reality is that he doesn’t seem interested in getting his nose dirty in Montreal. Package him with the rights to one of the goalies on draft day and try to get back something? I dunno…..just can’t understand why we would want to go into next year with just about the same team.

  206. projectpete19 says:

    I am sick of Montreal fans, I am beginning to be ashamed to be in the same class as the bell centre crowd, booing national anthems and booing players on our team.  Best fans in the league, give me a break.  how do you boo price, was it his fault hamrlik slid right into him knocking him into the net?

    we are going to lose price because of these idiots and any future stars that could have potentially come here.  i hate the leafs with all my heart but at least their fans have some sort of class

  207. smiler2729 says:

    The strategy is to finish 8th so a matchup with Washington comes to fruition. Out of the top 3, the Caps are, believe it or not, the best opponent cuz the Sabres and the Devils OWN the Habs.

  208. SlovakHab says:

    That Price booing is something unreal. Words cannot describe how stupid it is. He did everything he could to get us points. If he will be as good as they say he might get (time will tell), let’s just hope he ends up in Western Conference because he is going to beat us pretty much every time we play him just like Brodeur, Miller or Ward do. Talent + motivation is the best weapon to beat the Habs.

    As for the team effort, we are just not good enough to play teams with a defense-first system, so Buffalo and NJ would beat us in the 1st round. At least if we get swept by the Caps (we need to make the post-season first), it will be a nice, offensive hockey.

  209. projectpete19 says:

    I dont see a language war, management have come out and said that candidates must speak French, so it is a fact

  210. sprague cleghorn says:

    per Eric Engels:

    The Canadiens have scored more than 2 goals in 4 of
    Carey Price’s 25 losses (OT and shootout included). A goalie with a
    .912 SA% and a 2.77 goals-against has 13 wins in 41 games. Marty Turco
    has 21 wins with a .913 SA% and a 2.74 gaa, Chris Mason has 27 wins
    with a .914. Marty Brodeur has 41 wins, with a .914. Jonas Hiller has a
    2.76 gaa, and 29 wins. Nick Backstrom has a .903 SA% and a 2.70 gaa,
    and 26 wins.


    I am not a Price or Halak partisan.  I’ve made no comment in this ongoing, mind-numbing debate.  If it were up to me, I’d be playing Halak every game now.  BUT I would not be anxious to see Carey Price gone from Montreal without massive, franchise transforming compensation. Anything less we will live to regret.

  211. showey47 says:

    Anyone else think price is going to make gauthier’s decision alot easier on who to trade this summer? Congrats bell center idiots who felt the need to boo the games 3rd star instead of the guys who only scored one goal and blew countless other chances,or their hometown hero lapierre who hasn’t done jack shit all year and has been nothing more then a defensive liability and best of all who turned the puck over to cole which led to the game winner,or hamrlik who was beaten to the outside,fell down and knocked the puck in our own net. I wouldn’t doubt it price asks to be moved,why the hell would he want to stay and be ridiculed.

  212. punkster says:

    I believe cooler heads will prevail as July 1 closes in and they’re all (GM, goalies, agents) away from the boo birds and public whippings. That’s usually the case in pro sports. As for the errors both the coach and team make, well, I chalk it up to the worst case of putziness I have witnessed in the NHL in some time. But think back to other grossly inept teams of the past. Do you remember the Flyers of old, pre-Clarke? Or the Red Wings of the 70s? Or even (shudder) some of the the Leafs teams of the past 40 years? Geez pick any team and you’ll find long stretches of pure crap similar to ours. It is what it is.

  213. badbalance says:

    Lol having Halak as our franchise goalie? What a joke that would be. He can’t even beat good teams..Sure he stole some games but Price can beat the better teams. What like 14 games this season, this team couldn’t pot more than 1 goal in the net. I wish he joins another team and then if we meet him in the playoffs, i hope he tears the habs a third asshole.


    It all depends on the team, Halak was just fortunate his team showed up more games than they did for Price this season that’s all. Price will be the greater goalie later in his career and this team “HAS” to learn not to rely on the goalie all the time, they think they can score 1 goal all game and expect to win games, Who do they think they are.

  214. sidhu says:

    Price, Lapierre, and Spacek for Giroux, Coburn, and a 1st rounder.

  215. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Bell Center Idiots..I agree (and very nicely put)

    Lapierre…I agree. Big let down for me, he could end up turning out like Lats though, what do you do?

    Hamrlik…Not one of his better games but in his defense, when Markov went down, Hamrlik played Markovian minutes, so did Spacek. They did just fine so at this time of the year, more injuries later, the younger guys and the TOP guys ALL need to pick it up some. It could be fatigue? Markov, has been awesome since coming back, but every now and then, he looks like he has just given up out there.

    Price leaving…I really hope not. But I also want Halak. If PG can do it (as long as no crazy offers come to the table). Sign ’em both. If PG gets something that makes the team better, I would get rid of either.


  216. JD_ says:

    Just caught the headline: “Leafs To Tweak Jersey Next Season: Report”.

    Although the article starts out by stating, “The Maple Leafs will be sporting a new-old look on the ice in the next couple of years, a slightly altered version of their current sweater for next season and a new classic third jersey in the works for 2011-12,” one could be forgiven, based on the proposed new design, for describing the changes as more wholesale in nature.

    Features include:

    (1) After extensive focus group studies, the team is introducing a slightly modified team crest “Toronto Maple Loafs” which it grudgingly gathers better reflects the franchise’s zeitgeist. This change is being strictly confined to the jersey as the organization desperately continues to whittle down warehouses full of “Toronto Maple Leafs” letterhead left over from the Harold Ballard era, a period during which very few people in the Leafs organization dared put anything down on paper.

    (2) The NHL has granted the Leafs exclusive permission to introduce a new “Loser” designation to go along with the “Captain” and “Alternate”. Beginning next season, the player carrying the “L” will be responsible for explaining how “things are looking up for next year” once the Leafs are either mathematically eliminated from the playoffs or by game 50, whichever comes first.

    (3) An insignia commemorating the death of the franchise in 1967 is finally being added. The Leafs organization acknowledges that some recognition of the event was long overdue and that it has already set in motion plans for 2017, the 50th anniversary of the team’s passing.

    (4) A small tribute, in the form of a stitched “27-10”, is being added to the jersey’s right shoulder to honour Darryl Sittler’s 10-point outing against the Boston Bruins on February 20, 1976. The decision arose out of the overwhelming response to the focus group question: “Can you think of anything, anything worth celebrating since the Cup in ’67? Really. Anything will do. Conference final appearances, Doug Gilmour’s 2nd round OT goal in ’93 or, maybe, a Wendel Clark fight you really digged. Take your time but give me something. Anything.”

    (5) A small tribute to Brian Burke, in the form of a stitched “BB” is being added to the jersey’s left shoulder. It’s in his contract.

    (6) A small photographic patch of Brian Burke celebrating with the Stanley Cup after his Anaheim Ducks won it in 2007. It’s also in his contract.

    (7) A handy cup holder. Although seemingly placed awkwardly high, most players polled during the design process noted it would be easier to simply access a straw with their lips than to have to let go of their stick to reach the beverage. Management’s concerns regarding the need for the players to look down to get a refreshing sip were recently alleviated with the introduction of the NHL’s new blindside headshot rule, although players were advised to stop skating and face the boards if they get thirsty.

    (8) In keeping with the more practical nature of the new jersey design, zippered pockets are being added to each upper sleeve. They are designed to snugly hold various knick knacks, including player cellphones, Blackberries, and other handheld electronic devices required for in-game contact with agents during NTC negotations. Jerseys sold to the public will come with a crested blanket and inflatable pillow designed to comfortably interface with ACC seating.

    (9) In a unique, cross-marketing deal, all jerseys come with both a McDonald’s(TM) “$1Off any Angus Third Pounder Sandwich or Extra Value Meal” and Tim Horton’s(TM) “$0.49 Donut Offer” coupon-crest sewn on to each of the jersey’s two convenient tear-away lower sleeves.

    (10) Tastefully designed small while tags numbered 1-9 sewn on to the jersey to provide players with referenced descriptions of the new features being introduced to the Leafs jersey next season. The 10th tag is not a sew-on and is included in the picture for descriptive purposes only.

  217. doug19 says:

    Unfortunately the Rocket had more drive for the net and hunger for goals than Habs forwards combined.

  218. Exit716 says:

    Unfortunately, even in his present state, the Rocket still has more drive for the net than the Habs forwards combined.


  219. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    As down as I’ve been on our boys the last week or so, I think the Habs can, and will, beat the Flyers tomorrow night.

    As we saw just a little while back, a victory against Ryan F. and the Sabres IS possible, provided they play smart hockey for each and every minute of the game.  They can take that one too to get a cushion against Atlanta and the others, but it might still be too close to call.

  220. doug19 says:

    Is Brian Burke a genius? Well somehow he figured out and obtained the most overated player according to a sports Illustrated player poll (272 players). The magazine comes out April 5th but info came out recently. How did Burkey know Phanuf was head shoulders and hips ahead at 21% compared to the next at 7%. Before our heads swell too much a Hab was third. Carey only received two votes Luongo 3.

  221. Nina76 says:

    Not only want to play in Montreal who wants to listen to the YELLOW RATS who BOOED at a Goalie when he was the only one that played last nite. The players diserved the BOO’S, I am tired of the same old excuses from the players always the same should have done this & that. If they know how they should play then do it for love of Pete get your asses moving & give Price or Halak a hand, they can’t score the goald that is your job get to it. I don’t belive in making jest of anyone but really this is too much, I usually say GO HABS GO! but I am not sure what to say anymore.

  222. sidhu says:


  223. sidhu says:

    Thank you, Chelios, for getting beaten.  2-1 Caps over ATL.

  224. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the Silent Majority of Habs’ Fans are on average great passionate
    Fans …knowledgable ?. yes, but being a ‘knowledgable hockey fan’ is
    not exclusive to Habs’ Fans …I think We were at one time, but with the
    internet the Dolts have a platform and networking and this spills over
    to what behavior You are finding in the Bell Centre

    …it’s an
    interesting phenomenon how self-entitled many Habs Fans are …when they
    take it for granted the Players are but numbers and serfs they can
    degrade and treat without respect …above common-sense, respect and
    mutual humanity …most of Our Idiots not considering if they were
    treated in such a way in their family, employment or professional lives
    they themselves would tell their tormenters to stick their organs in
    physically difficult places

    …ironically, most of these Donkeys
    never personally witnessed a Habs’ Stanley Cup, and if they did were
    likely very young …even I Who has been around a long time as a Habs’
    Fan, have never fantasized or pretended My Fandom has had any influence
    on the 15+ Cups I have been lucky-enough to witness, except to have had a
    communal privilege to ENCOURAGE and fortunately reaped vicarious
    satisfaction of ‘feeling like a winner’ on the coat-tails of
    People/Players/Management/Ownership I hardly personally knew, with few
    exceptions, in My day-to-day ‘reality’ 

    …We were born in a
    great city and province (the birthplace of
    the game) and lucky to have had great ownership, management and Players
    …the success and satisfaction We had like I said was completely on the
    coat-tails of people We took into Our Hearts

    …the Habs are 100
    years young …We have been extremely good and lucky to have won the
    Stanley Cup in 24 of those 100 …which also means We lost or did NOT
    win 76 of the Cups we competed for …more than a few of those 76 years
    near-death years surviving as a franchise, almost empty of talent on
    the ice, led by near incompetent management …today We are closer to
    Our better years than to the worst …yet it’s a frustrating era to be a
    Habs Fan …mediocrity ain’t easy whether You are a young or older Habs
    Fan …there are Players ALL of Us justly have a right to make Our
    feelings known when They ain’t earnin’ Their pay

    …BUT …IF We
    really are PROUD of the Crest, the Legacy, and care for the best
    interests of makin’ Our Team winners again …it ain’t gonna ever be
    realized if We act like shite-headed Losers

    …Respect works BOTH
    ways …the Silent Majority of Habs’ Fans are proud and passionate …I
    hope the ‘silent’ will start speakin’ and standin’ up to the Donkeys
    that ‘think’ they are fans, but really are hurting Our Team and
    embarrassing Us 

    …IF that can happen …THEN, maybe, We may
    recover that reputation We
    once had

    …AND …start winnin’ agin

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  225. Mr. Biter says:

    GOD MUST BE A HABS FAN. FLYERS, THRASHERS AND BOSTON ALL LOSE WITH NO OVERTIME POINTS. Now for the pricks who booded (as 3rd. star) Price, who played a great game and almost had the game loser (tipped off bottom of trapper) yeah you paid your money and have the right to boo who you want. But remember prehaps this is why no free agents want to come to Montreal (who needs this s@&%). And no doubt RDS was extolling the virtues of Laps and Pioulet. Besides Price, Gomer, Gionta, Cams and MAB (who actually was back checking) the rest sucked after the 2nd. period. And to the idiot who was comparing Prices’ rebound and some of Ward’s rebounds in 99% of the time if the shot is straight on fron the front of the net the save bounces back to where it came from, If it comes from a bad angle it leaves the pads at the same angle towards the other side. BTW on TSN  broadcast midway during the 2nd. period one of their idiots comes up with “when are the habs ever going to take a penalty”. No doubt that would have also been said during a laffs game.


    Ladies the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    Zap Brannigan

  226. showey47 says:

    Not ragging on hamrlik,he was huge when markov was injured. My point is there were mistakes made and oppurtunities missed that led to this loss,it was not because of price. There he was be booed while being named the games 3rd star all the while there was plenty of blame to go around. To me,it looks like the bell center “faithful” has picked a favourite when it comes to goaltenders. Does anyone think halak would have been booed if the exact thing happened with him in net and getting named the 3rd star? Not a chance. I think no matter what a goalie is getting moved regardless,just because of the age of both goalies and their contract status. Like i said earlier,i wouldn’t be surprised if carey goes out of his way to help gauthier make his decision alot easier. I read some comments about “he should just suck it up” and “if he can’t take it”. When truth be told there are about 20 nhl markets where he wouldn’t need to put up with anything other then just playing hockey. Who wants to come to work,put up a 3rd star worthy effort and still get booed? Never mind what crap he probably has to listen too during his every day life away from the rink.

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