About last night …

Canucks
No less an authority than Donald S. Cherry says 2-0 is the worst lead in hockey.
But what about 3-0?
And what lead is safe for your Montreal Canadiens?

5-0?

8-2?

The party line, after the latest blown lead, was “Blame it on our youth.”

“We have a few young guys,” Carey Price said. “With a lead, it’s easy to tighten up.”

In his imitable eastern Ontario franglais, Jacques Martin said “c’est-ce-qu’on appelle growing pains.”

Maybe so. But history will record that the Canadiens skaters on ice for Sami Salo’s tying goal were Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges, Travis Moen and Hal Gill.

Veterans all.

Of course, they were killing a penalty to Lars Eller, who is a card-carrying member of the kiddie corps Martin had in mind when he tried to put a positive spin on the game.

“They learn,” the coach said of his young players. “They get better. It will bear fruit in the long run.”

The peaches will ripen, Canadiens fans. The bananas won’t stay green forever.

The trees will burst into bloom, and Mom will be busy making pies and jams.

We just have to be patient.

But man, it’s hard.

Combine the Thursday night loss with the Canadiens exhibition-game record and they are 4-16 on Bell Centre ice this season.

The team’s string of sellouts dates back to Jan. 8, 2004. fans are shelling out top dollar – for their seats and at the concession stands – and what they’re paying to see can be charitably described as mediocre.

Good times have been few and far between at the Bell Centre this season. But the Vancouver game was fun for a while.

The Canadiens  built their 3-0 lead on the first goals by defenceman since Nov. 16 and a patented Erik Cole right-wing rush. But when Mason Raymond popped the fifth shortie that’s been scored against the Canadiens, you just knew that the earlier Olé-Olé cheer was – in addition to being tired and annoying – way premature.

You can celebrate when the siren sounds and the scoreboard indicated the Montreal Canadiens have outscored their opponents.

Not a moment before.

Shall we chronicle the team’s blown leads, just to get really depressed while waiting for the apple harvest?

Oct. 13 in Calgary: Canadiens score first, Flames scores the game’s next four goals.Oct. 15 in Colorado: Canadiens lead 2-1 and 5-4 with four minutes left. They lose 6-5 in a shootout.

Oct. 18 in Buffalo: Raphael Diaz scores two minutes into the game. The Sabres win 3-1.

Oct. 22 at the Bell Centre: Canadiens lead 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3 against the Leafs, who tie it late and win in OT.

Oct. 24 at the Bell Centre: Erik Cole opens the scoring against Florida. Panthers win 2-1.

Nov. 14 at the Bell: Cole and Max Pacioretty give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. Buffalo ties it and wins in a shootout.

Nov. 25 in Philadelphia: Petteri Nokelainen, of all people, gives the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. Then Claude Giroux takes over and the Flyers win 3-1.

Nov. 26 at the Bell Centre: The Canadiens come back from 1-0 to lead Pittsburgh 3-1. The Penguins win 4-3 in OT.

Nov. 30 in Anaheim: Andrei Kostitsyn gets the Canadiens rolling on their California swing. Then the Ducks score four unanswered goals.

Dec. 1 in San Jose: Canadiens lead 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1. Sharks win it in a shootout.

It’s been that kind of season: Injuries, the Markov debacle, the ongoing Gomez toothache, the bench minors, the inexperienced D, Price’s shootout difficulties and his teammates’ 4-for-20 performance in SOs, the popgun power-play, the lack of an NHL number-one line …

And yet, your snakebit, non-clutch, frequently boring and overly home-ice hospitable Canadiens are one point out of a playoff spot.

I don’t entirely buy Jacques Martin’s vision of a bountiful harvest – and who knows if he’ll be around to do the pickin’ – but there is a promising agglomeration of young talent: Price, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Raphael Diaz and the emerging mainstay of the D,  Alexei Emelin.

The Russian Bear had four hits against Vancouver, including a cruncher that Ryan Kesler felt. Emelin moved the puck effectively and played 23:46, including almost three minutes at Andrei Markov’s left point spot on the power-play.

An Emelin pinch and AK46’s failure to cover the point sent Vancouver wheeling away to the shortie that put the Canucks back in the game. But he’s been on a steady upward trajectory of improvement as the team has surged and floundered.

Maybe he’ll be part of the fruit basket … or at least a beet in the borscht.

105 Comments

  1. gohabsjoe says:

    Good point B. AK was gettin back. What about Boone blaming Price for the shootouts losses. We haven’t scored in the last 2 shootouts.
    Come on booooooone

  2. redgorf says:

    You want to wake them up the vets. bench them , tell the rookies you a job show me, if you loose 6/5 its okay at least you’r showing me the way to go. As for you the vets,on the 3-4 lines all you are doing is reducing you’r market value wich might be soon. The firering of the coach is not always the answer…MANAGEMENT!

  3. bel33 says:

    WTF???? Did they just trade Spacek FOR KABERLE????????

  4. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I hate frakking shootouts! Jack Martin? Can we fire this team and just keep Price?

    • Hab-Q says:

      Price’s save % in shootouts is around .500. He wouldn’t be much help.

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      ~Rodney Dangerfield

  5. ont fan says:

    Sorry folks ..we will live and die with the powerplay. I guess it will be Markov that puts us in the playoffs. A power play will give ‘em confidence. As for a great team, that ship has sailed.

    • SteverenO says:

      What a farce! Martin is INCOMPETENT!

      I just posted a You Tube Video describing just a few of the mistakes this ignorant coach made last night.

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

      Ice time distribution is the most important job the coach has to mange during a game. How in heaven`s name can a team that is leading 3-0 two minutes into the second period NOT utilize their best defensive assets?

      Mathieu Darche, by far our best defensive forwards (in 5-5 situations this year,) plays only 4 minutes over the last two periods. Cammalleri played 12 minutes in the last two periods.

      Over the course of the season Darche had been on the ice for only one opposition goal against (even strength) for every 38 minutes of ice time. Cammalleri ? His average is one opposition goal for every 18 minute of ice time (even strength)

      Need to kill a penalty with 5 minutes to go and a one goal lead? Who would you put om the ice? Travis Moen _ He averages one Goal against for every 10 minutes of SH- TOI. Plekanec? His averaqe is one GA for every 13 minutes of Shorthanded TOI.

      How about Nokkilainen? – his average is one goal against for every 32 minutes of SH-TOI .
      Mathieu Darche? AVG 1 GA for every 18 min SH-TOI
      even Cammalleri would have been a better choice, his GA Ave when shorthanded is one goal per 15 minutes.

      Martin was too busy playing Cammy on the PowerPlay, where he has been awful this year. we have scored, as a team one PP goal for every 18 minutes of Cammys PP TOI..

      Last night Cammy played 3 minutes 24 seconds of PP time.
      Pacioretty? 28 seconds. WTF? Our PP averages one goal every 10 minutes when Paciorettys on the ice.

      This is shameful. They pay they guy a million dollars a year and he cant even make the most obvious decisions. If the GM doesn`t recognize incompetence, then it is he who must be fired.

      Stop the madness!

      visit http://www.youtube.com/user/Firethehabscoach
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      Every fan needs it!

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  6. mjames says:

    As usual your hate for AK46 interferes with your ability to accurately comment on the game. AK46 had carried the play into the offensive zone when Emelin pinched. As a matter of fact AK46 made a valiant effort to back-check. Where was everyone else. If you are going to call out AK46 why don’t you talk about some of the scoring chances he created with his sharp passing. Why don’t mention the dumb cross check penalty your buddy Gorges took to create the 5 on 3.

    Your hate for AK46 makes you look unprofessional and ill-informed.

    mjames

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      AK has been one of best offensive players all yr and last night, cammelleri n plekanec had a bad game (as usual) and they get 3 shifts in OT and AK gets none, thats why JM needs to be fired because he doesnt have a clue who is doing well out there and who isnt. I blame Cammelleri, Gionta, and Pleks for this teams struggles cuz these guys arent playing anywhere near where they need to be AK is playing above what we’ve come to expect, eller has been solid despite that penalty (wasn’t a selfish play) DD, cole, and pacioretty have been good too.

    • Hab-Q says:

      AK should be getting 1st line minutes and not being stuck with the 3rd line centre all the time.

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      ~Rodney Dangerfield

    • B says:

      I don’t get it either. Kostitsyn is on the right half-boards and taking a really good shot on goal yet Boone thinks he should be covering Emelin’s ill timed pinch from the left point? Kostitsyn did a good job of hustling back on that play. I don’t see calling him out for failing to cover Emelin’s point on that sequence.

  7. bellcentre hotdog says:

    Boone says, “The peaches will ripen, Canadiens fans. The bananas won’t stay green forever.”

    But the problem for many Habs fans is that this ‘Habs fruit tree’ has been ripening for 18 years! I’m beginning to wonder if this tree only produces pine cones.

  8. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Fans at the Bell Centre got what they deserved last night. My advice to them is to STFU and wait until the game is over. You guys make me sick & ashamed.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  9. habitual says:

    Unless or until the PP comes around it will be difficult to make the playoffs. The solution is more difficult, but the problem is that simple.

  10. port elgin says:

    Whoa everybody, reading this site this morning is making the cream in my coffee start to curdle. If they would have won all of you would have been low fiving your life size P.K posters til the early morning. But they didn’t. Did J.M take the shootout? Did he forget to cover the point on the S.H goal? NO. It’s not his fault. Life goes on, trust me they will make the playoffs and the Leafs won’t. All will be good, you’ll see,

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    Defensive coach who can’t hold a lead. What good is that exactly? Devils and other teams have been boring as hell to watch but at least they locked a game down when they had a lead. What’s the point of boring hockey if you just keep losing?

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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  12. That was quite a collapse last night. Things looked so good for a period and a half.

    http://www.puckbandits.com

  13. MikeL says:

    I’m certainly no coach, but on the Raymond SH goal, I’m almost certain that it was Gionta that failed to cover the point on the Emelin pinch. It was his indecision right before Raymond was sprung that caused the 2 on 1. Kostitsyn was the player who had and shot the puck when Emelin pinched, therefore there is no way he is responsible for covering for Emelin.

    Pointing out simply because AK46 gets way too much heat. Most warranted, but this one wasn’t.

  14. 44har48 says:

    Hahahahahahahaha…I just have to laugh that some actually think singing in the crowd is jinxing this team and that’s why they are mediocre, and in my opinion, underachieving. Wow…it has nothing to do with an old fashioned game plan that does’nt match the skill set of our players and the blatant misue of players?? Seriously??

    • --Habs-- says:

      There’s a game plan somewhere in there?
      Can somebody explain to me what that plan is?

    • Arrow77 says:

      Bad coaching cannot excuse premature celebrations. When your team is currently out of a playoff spot and facing one of the best teams in the league, you have to wait longer than the second period to sing “Olé, Olé!”. Otherwise, you’re teasing the other team and they know it.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Fans that chant the Ole crap early in the game make me sick.

      “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

    • athanor says:

      The Ole Ole, while tiresome, isn’t the song I hate to hear early in the game. That could be just to say we’re having a good time.

      The song I hate to hear is “Na na hey hey.”

      Singing that one should wait until the last minute and a four-goal lead. For this team, singing it any earlier is either delusional or tempting karma.

  15. RetroMikey says:

    We choked plain and simple.
    Where this franchise is heading is beyond me.
    I want a winner! No .500 team does it for me.
    Why do other teamsfind ways to be consistent during the regular season with a winning record like Detroit, Pittsburgh or even Philadelphia while we are always eking for a playoff spot?
    Face it, we need a major overhaul on our team. The million dollar smurfs are not carrying our team.
    Start the trading after Xmas to any takers for Plex, a Cammy, a Cole, etc..
    Wow, we choked…..again!

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

    • neumann103 says:

      Thinking that trading Plekanec is part of the solution is certifiably insane.

      Thinking that trading Cole is part of the solution is close.

      I was lukewarm on Gionta from the beginning, and Cammy has value and might benefit from a change of scene. I think he has been playing with some kind of injury. While I would not throw them under the bus I would entertain offers

      “Et le but!”

  16. 24moreCups says:

    I think the Molsons should give me free beer at least if they want me to keep watching! haha

  17. smiler2729 says:

    This is a decent hockey team with significant injuries playing bad hockey.

    Over to you, Jacques.

    “The System” or whatever you call your game plan is ineffective and outdated. You’ve stifled your players’ talents by making them play like cookie cutter robots. Defensive shells don’t protect leads, they only let the opposition back into the game.

    Pierre, your reputation precedes you.

    Your secrecy and distrust of the media only makes us fans question more. You’ve let useful players walk and replaced them with nothing. Even the stupidest fan can do your job then. Hell, I do nothing at work and I’d get fired.

    Over to you, Geoff.

    You bought this team to restore the shine that your family’s name instilled on this great franchise many moons ago. Now you sit and watch as we do as your coach handcuffs the players and your GM does nothing to fix the obvious.

    If we’re gonna suck, which we do, we may as well unload the veterans and let the Louis Leblancs, Nathan Beaulieus and Jared Tinordis play now.

    At least then we fans could live with the sucking.

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    • RetroMikey says:

      lol…always another lame excuse. Blaming injuries for our demise.

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

      • smiler2729 says:

        If you read properly, I didn’t blame injuries, pinhead, I blamed coaching and the GM.

        A DECENT team with significant injuries playing BAD hockey.

        Why do I bother even replying to you? It must be Christmas….

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  18. Bash says:

    Leblanc looked pretty good on every shift. He can skate and makes good passes in traffic, Martin could easily have moved him up with Eller but with a lead he always goes with the vets and plays protect. By the time Vancouver was on the move it was too late, at least for his conservative method.
    Pacioretty had some chances but is not much of a sniper right now. ..Squeezing the stick and firing hard wrist shots at the the center of the net.
    Emeilin and Diaz were our best PP blueline tandem…finaly Emeilin gets a chance! Vancouver didn’t give them any room to shoot.
    I hate to admit it but even at 3-0, I felt that the game was in jeopardy.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  19. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    Wow. Glad I fell asleep at 3-1.
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    They lost me 2 quarts of rum, better make it up next year with a cup!

  20. CHCanadien says:

    Points blown this season:

    10/15 vs Avalanche – 1
    11/17 vs Islanders – 2
    11/27 vs Penguins – 1
    11/30 vs Ducks – 2
    12/6 vs Bluejackets – 1
    12/8 vs Canucks – 1

    Total – 8

    They cannnot lose to teams they should beat and find ways to blow games with the lead. The Habs could be in first right now in the East.

  21. downeast hab says:

    I think the time is comng when have to realize the season is slipping by and so are the number of wins. Does Molson stay with Martin, then play what young kids you have and groom them. Then trade away useless vets. Or,let Martin go and try a new coach and a new system, because the players are not buying Martins system. Also, if Martin goes,get a coach that coaches and does’t necessary have to speak french,I don’t care if it is Russian.

  22. slimjim111 says:

    I think Jacques Martin’s lifelines are running out, fast. What a sorry exhibition of coaching?! Up 3-0 and you give it away and this is not the first time and I’m sure it’s not the last with him. And I’m sorry but you cannot blame it on youth or injuries or whatever excuse you want to use, you have to take blame at some point.

    Isn’t a good coach the type of coach that knows what he has in hand and knows how to manage it? If you KNOW you have youngsters, you have to KNOW more or less how they will react in certain situations and know how to manage them, so things don’t get out of hand… and blowing a 3-0 lead is one of those situations.

    If it weren’t for Price, we would DEFINETELY be down there with Carolina and the Islanders…

    7 OT losses… at least we are league leaders in some aspect.
    Oh and possibly one of the worst powerplays in the league…

    I remember when ‘making the playoffs’ wasn’t even an option as a Habs fan, it was a given. I wish I was young again…

    • The Cat says:

      Of course he said the reason the habs lost was special teams, the same old broken record he uses all the time. I guess talking about special teams makes a coach sound smart and analytical, like hes in touch with every detail that goes on in a game. St.Louis has a worse PP, Minny and NYR aint killing it either and theyre winning, and when they dont win -or do win, Im pretty sure they don’t go on anally about special teams like ITS THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING!

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  23. G-Man says:

    Eller’s brain dead penalty in the offensive zone was the last straw last night. Too bad, too, because the Habs had played well pretty much throughout the game.
    I knew as soon as it was in Gimmick Time the game was lost. CP stinks in ShootOuts this year and the Habs shooters are no better.

    • SKHab says:

      I saw from the box score that Carey let in one goal in the shootout. I think it would certainly help in the shootout if some of the Habs were able to score to put some more pressure on the other team.

  24. The_Franchise31 says:

    David dasharnis- givin every chance in to game to get points, plays with arguably the best hab at the moment in cole

    Lars Eller- Given no chance at any point in the game and until he found some love from ak47 has had no half decent line mates

  25. Bad Digestion says:

    I’m so glad I did not watch the game, waste of time really. Just pop in here , make sure they lost in the most pathetic way as always, and get on with my day! :) That’s the sanest support you can offer this team. Cheerio et vive le “System”.

  26. montreal ace says:

    I am not ready to say we wont make the playoffs based on the fact we cant win shootouts. The teams not getting many lucky bounces and we have had hard luck with injuries. It was nice to see the local boy Fred from St Denis street score with a well placed shot, who plays well for a guy so far down the depth chart. I can wait for the halfway point of the season to see where we are standing and which way PG should go concerning roster moves. The GM of a club should always being looking to improve the roster, so I am never against trades with players involved, not draft picks. JM has 26 playoff games in as coach of the Habs, I hope he adds to that number.

  27. Duracell3 says:

    Vancouver’s highest paid players:

    D. Sedin 6.1
    H. Sedin 6.1

    Montreal’s highest paid players:

    S. Gomez 7.3
    M. Cammalleri 6.0

    It’s not a secret why one team is better than the other.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      That’s casting a harsh light on our situation. I’d prefer you don’t do that.

      The big reason their highest paid players are stars and productive is that they are homegrown. The Canucks drafted these guys, they became a big part of the community after a bit of a rough start, and took a hometown discount to stay with their team, and ensure it would be competitive. We have had to overpay to attract free agents. That’s why I keep harping on the need to resist the urge to get rental players in exchange for our draft picks and prospects. Let’s suck it up for a year or two, and build our organization. Short term pain for long term gain.

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      • montreal ace says:

        Sedins took a big discount to stay in Vancouver, as they like the city and the life they have. I really admire the fact that they are not just about the money, and that family and community mean more to them.

    • malmn says:

      Perhaps but in today’s NHL players like the Sedin’s are only acquired via the draft. So unless the Habs finish last overall you can forget about having a reasonably priced superstar on the team.

      GO HABS GO!!!

      • HardHabits says:

        Hence my avatar.

        • Hab-Q says:

          It worked for Pitt with 5 top 2 picks, with Wash, the Hawks – and look at the Oilers this year.
          To add insult to injury Oilers sent a top d-man in Souray to the minors to enhance their tank strategy.

          Whats the reward to finish 8th anyway?

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          ~Rodney Dangerfield

  28. Mr.Hazard says:

    The peaches will ripen…. LOL

  29. dtoight says:

    The worse thing to happen to this team is getting that 1 point!!! For years we’ve seen teams tank so that they can rebuild (Pitt, Tampa, Chicago, Edmonton, washington, Anaheim) cause it’s the only way you can get a superstar on your team!! Let’s face it if you’re not picking top 5 it’s highly unlikely that you’re gonna land a superstar. I’d rather have our organization trade away all our dead weight for draft picks ( Gomez, cammy, gionta, Cole, pleks, moen, darche, kostitsyn, gill, spacek, Markov) and for us to get 2 years with a top 5 pick then to watch a B team try to barely squeeze into the playoffs and lose. We need to rebuild around our young talent with even younger and better talent!!! Price is the only player we have that’s close to a superstar and if I’m
    Not mistaken he was a top 5 pick!!

    It’s sad to say cause we even suck at losing!! The product on the ice is boring and it stinks!! Fire everyone and trade to rebuild!!!

    Geoff Molson you’re a joke!! But at least they now sell potine at the bell centre, but even that sucks!!

    • malmn says:

      Look in the mirror. Fickle fans like you are the joke.

      GO HABS GO!!!

    • HabsPEI31 says:

      J’accuse: overuse of exclamation points, and still said very little.

      Cole, Pleks, even Gio and Cammy = Dead wood?? You nuts? Cole is our second best scorer, Pleks is our do-everything-man, and does it well.

      “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

    • neumann103 says:

      Chicago tanked for a couple of years because Bill Wirtz was cheap and knew the Chicago fans would still pay.

      Pittsburgh tanked because they were on the verge of disappearing in bankruptcy and ownership limbo for years.

      Edmonton is just about the only recent model of multiple years of stinking out the joint (shortly after a Stanley cup finals berth and with stable ownership) giving at least the appearance of a programmatic tanking that is on the verge of producing results. But their fans are in Edmonton. They have nothing else to do.

      As I mentioned above, trading Plekanec would be insane. If you can get a decent return for Cammy at the deadline, then fine but he is really the only guy on your list (other than Cole) who might net a First Round pick.

      There will be teams that will be looking for leadership, secondary scoring, experience, Depth shutdown Defence, a second pairing powerplay Quarterback that make everyone on your list other than Darche a tradeable asset. Thing is, all of these guys have value primarily to good teams making a playoff run. Those are not the teams who typically have Top5 picks.

      I just remain slack jawed that the Tank Now! crowd assumes that it is a simple matter of deciding to shed assets and automatically generate multiple Top5 picks

      “Et le but!”

  30. The_Franchise31 says:

    First the molson ex zone HAS ruined the ole ole by singing it at pointless times. That song used to drive the visiting team and theyre fans crazy cuz when we were singing it you knew your team was losing and losing bad. Even the nah nah nah nah was reserved for eliminating a team from the playoffs. Now both of these songs are sang when ever and even other buildings mock us with them. Anyways unless these songs are used at the right time they are dumb and most of the time result in bad luck for us

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We mostly agree on this issue, but here’s my post from a prior thread.

      I think a lot of the naysayers, Mr. Boone possibly included, confuse or conflate the Olé Olé chant with the “Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” chant. I totally agree that the latter should only be sung when the game is well and truly won, at the Gatorade shower moment. Also, it probably should only be sung during the playoffs, or against teams that are classless and an embarrassment to the game of hockey and only have success through corruption of game officials, nepotism and skullduggery.

      As for the Olé Olé chant, it started out when I wasn’t watching many games a few years back, so correct me if I’m wrong, but the sense of it is: the Boys are skating and hustling, we’ve potted a few goals, we’re looking great, and we’re having a great time. In my mind, the Olé chant can happen anytime these conditions are met, or whenever the folks who paid $100 or more to attend damn well please.

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  31. HABZ24 says:

    again, play up to the good teams level, then choke and lose,and vs the bad teams like the jackets play bad and lose.how can we get three goals up last night and hold back a team like the canucks with the mostly rookie d we have.we cant.id love to have been a fly on the wall during the 2nd intermission in the habs room, “ok boys we have three goals, kitty bar the door,NO MORE OFFENCE and let price hold the fort” ya genuis. SHAKE THE TREE ALLREADY change the coach for a offensive,motivational coach.bench the slackers.

    GO HABS GO

  32. PeterD says:

    Maybe if the fans stayed home and stopped attending the home games then Mr. Molson would get the message…as long as Mr. Molson continues to rake in the huge bucks on the highest priced beer in the league and has full seats he will not be motivated to change management to improve this team…

  33. PeterD says:

    J. Martin sounds and acts like he is motivated to keep his job…by keeping Leblanc in the line up is sadly a ploy to appease the franco fans to take pressure off what is rapidly becoming a pathetic excuse for a team.
    Hey Jacques…if you are going to keep the guy, put him onthe third line so he can use is obvious offensive skills to help the team out. Fourth line minutes for Leblanc is a pathetic attempt to keep fans happy…but guess what Jacques…IT IS NOT WORKING. Fire JM and PG, Fire JM and PG…I can hear the chant from here on the west coast.

  34. Rob says:

    Forget this game, or the frustrating frequency of these Habs losses. You know what I’m really sick of?….people bitching about Habs fans singing. People who would apparently rather we be a boring arena like every other north American pro sports arena. I have great respect for Mr Boone, but he and the many others complaining about the singing are SO far off the mark on this one. Singing is part of sport ALL OVER THE WORLD!! Except in boring boring north America where all you get is the generic “go _____ go” chants. Have you never been to sporting events in other parts of the world? If so, don’t you WISH sports in north America could rival their atmosphere?? I know I do. Its embarrassing being at games in other arenas where responses to the action are robotic and emotionless. As if on a timer, people applaud only when goals are scored, and big saves are made. Montreal is essentially the only city (excluding American college sports cities) where there is any semblance of atmosphere and it’s thanks to the spontaneous singing that too seldom breaks out. And yet people would rather it be less?!?! Incredible. If anything, Habs fans should sing more! And more different songs. You want to create a real home ice advantage? Have the fans singing from start to finish like they do at any other large sporting event in any other corner of the world. But nooooo. We are Canadian. We cannot show emotion or spontaneity for fear of “jinxing” our team. What a crock. Habs fans….keep singing. Ignore the people who are stuck on this outdated version of appropriate sport conduct. Or don’t…and let’s just be like those “incredible” fans who fill the ACC. they wouldn’t be caught dead doing something as ill advised as….showing some life. Rant over.

    • kakey says:

      I saw some clips of KHL games and they do the full soccer like chanting/singing throughout most of the game. A quasi Euro town like Montreal should be like that.
      The Ultras are bringing it to Impacts’ games.

    • MasterHab says:

      Sure, why not sing continuously and turn a Habs hockey game into a European soccer match? The Habs already play like the sissies you see in soccer so it makes sense.

      I’ve been to a big league European soccer game and I now know why they sing so much: because soccer is BORING! At the game I went to, which ended 1-0, a score only Jacques Martin could love, the singing (and chanting and flag-waving and flare-lighting and bonfire-burning) started about 10 minutes after the gates opened. At one point I looked at the pitch and noticed that the game had started 10 minutes before but I hadn’t noticed because the crowd was so busy singing and flag-waving that they missed it. I honestly don’t think that most fans at soccer games even watch the damned game. They’re just there to get drunk and yell for a couple of hours.

      Personally, I don’t care if Habs fans at the Bell Centre are known for their singing prowess. I’d much rather have them known for what they used to be known for: astute hockey fans. Back in the day, crowds at the Forum used to be able to tell the difference between spit and shineola. Today the Bell Centre crowds are the same braying jackasses you see in every NHL arena from San Jose to Nashville to Raleigh.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I think a lot of the naysayers, Mr. Boone possibly included, confuse or conflate the Olé Olé chant with the “Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” chant. I totally agree that the latter should only be sung when the game is well and truly won, at the Gatorade shower moment. Also, it probably should only be sung during the playoffs, or against teams that are classless and an embarrassment to the game of hockey and only have success through corruption of game officials, nepotism and skullduggery.

      As for the Olé Olé chant, it started out when I wasn’t watching many games a few years back, so correct me if I’m wrong, but the sense of it is: the Boys are skating and hustling, we’ve potted a few goals, we’re looking great, and we’re having a great time. In my mind, the Olé chant can happen anytime these conditions are met, or whenever the folks who paid $100 or more to attend damn well please.

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  35. riz013 says:

    That was great game plan by Martin. Get a 3 goal lead 5 minutes into the 2nd period then sit back sapping any momentum we had. This coach is unbelievable, I have never seen this level of coaching in my life. Meanwhile as long as us stupid fans go to games, watch them on tv and buy Habs merchandise the owner doesn’t see anything wrong (money is all that matters). We will miss the playoffs and Martin and Gauthier will make sure that Price and PK will not sign long term deals with us. Why would they, would you with this level of management? I wonder when the trade demands start from the players signed long term??

    • HabsfanoftheHabs says:

      Know what I hate? People who twist the support of the team’s Fans as some sort of reason the Ownership doesn’t care about winning. I am a Fan and I will watch my Montreal Canadiens, I will support them win or lose, playoffs or no playoffs. To suggest the Ownership of our beloved Canadiens doesn’t care about winning is ignorant and flat wrong. This team sucks right now, changes are likely but don’t blame me for watching them on TV as I wear my CH proudly.

  36. Everlasting1 says:

    Geoff Molson in ’10: “That was some playoff run, huh!? I made a pile! If you want to see that kinda excitement again, I’ll have to raise tix prices, ya know?

    Geoff Molson in ’12: “Wow, that was fun. huh? But those young’uns will bear fruit! Growing pains, eh? My man Gomez, coach JM et al will lead them to the promised land! But first…this economy eh? Y’know?
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    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  37. HNS says:

    Here’s the problem, ala JM, by the time they get get it, they are ufa. Fix it.

  38. Danny88 says:

    If I was JM, I would make sure I would finish last, that way we can have the superstar every single habs fan has been dying to get. Either way we are not going to win the cup or probably not even make the playoffs. What I am trying to say is that, we are not going to win the cup this year so pray we lose as much games as possible to get 1st ovrl pick! Although I have to admit I am very impatient when it comes to Gomez and Cammalleri’s contracts…. 13.5 million dollars in the garbage… stupid Gainey

    Danny

  39. ponyboy says:

    Oh ya one more thing, if JM even considers sitting the Russian Bear when Campoli and Spacek are healthy, I officially give up untilJM is fired. Period.

  40. Michael says:

    Jacques Martin really seems to have something against playing in the opponent’s end. He hates to forecheck and it seems like half the time we gain the zone, he calls a line change! I think we abuse the word “system” when we discuss his enigmatic strategy.

  41. ponyboy says:

    So frustrating indeed. The worst part is the continual walk of the proverbial fence. Not so far out of a playoff spot that JM gets ousted and just mediocre enough to be within tasting a playoff spot. I can only hope this gut wrenching feeling goes one way or another so SOME action takes place. Not knowing is the hardest part…..

  42. Chuck says:

    So incredibly frustrating. At least my wine cellar is well-stocked… though that could change over the next couple of games!

  43. The_Franchise31 says:

    Maybe if Eller was not covered by DD’s 2 foot shadow he would score. I have no idea how David gets so much ice time and power play time and first shooter in the shoot out….

  44. Timo says:

    Anyone else thinking that perhaps it’s time for Eller to score a goal or two? YOu know, future is great and all but a goal tonight would have been great. Same goes for Max Pac. Did he do anything since that 2 goal game agaisnt Philly? Gionta, Cammillari are a lost cause, so no hope there. Argh… this team sucks.

  45. smiler2729 says:

    Let’s pray the next CBA has the shootout negotiated away into oblivion

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