About last night …

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The worst part of the evening might have been the drive home.
After watching the Canadiens mount a comeback, blow a lead and lose 5-3 to the last-place team in the Eastern Conference, I clicked on the car radio to hear Ron Fournier, on 98,5 FM, doing the revised math on miracle playoff scenarios.
Fournier calculates the Canadiens have to win three and lose one through six more four-game sets.
While I was chewing on those numbers, I drove past a gas station.

On the way in to the Bell Centre, I noted a reasonably low price, by recent standards, to start the week: $1.32.4 per litre.Thought about filling up, then figured “nah, I want to get to the arena. I’ll do it on the way home.”

You know what’s coming, right?

$1.41.4

Bummer.

While Montrealers were watching their hockey team dig itself a deeper hole, gas spiked seven cents a litre.

Ever get the feeling there are vast commercial forces beyond our control that are really screwing us?

Which brings me – via a circuitous route that wasted fuel – to the two Montreal Canadiens who had the least ice time against Carolina:

Andrei Kostitsyn had six even-strength shifts and played four minutes and 20 seconds. During the third period, when the Canadiens were watching Carolina steal a game the home team needed desperately, AK46 played one shift that lasted 40 seconds.

Kostitsyn had no shots on goal, but he registered two hits.

Scott Gomez played nine shifts. His 7:49 of ice time included 2:20 on the power-play. The PP time was all in the third period.

Gomez had no shots on goal. He missed the net twice, had a shot blocked, won two of three faceoffs.

Between them, Kostitsyn and Gomez are making $10.75 million this season.

That’s a lot of Geoff Molson’s money nailed to the bench in a game the Canadiens had to win.

Aaron Palushaj makes less than $800,000. He played 9:57, had three shots on goal and three hits.

Mathieu Darche is making $700,000. He played 17:41.

David Desharnais, who had a goal and an assists, makes $750,000 to centre the Canadiens number-one line.

Shall we talk about salaries on the blueline?

Tomas Kaberle – who was brutal on the Eric Staal shorthanded goal that turned the game around – makes $4 million.

P.K. Subban – whose minutes were under control, as was his style, during the four-game winning streak – played 24:34, high on both teams, and busted his ass in  repeated efforts to get the Canadiens back into the game late.

The kid makes $875,000.

There’s a Bell Centre promo for an upcoming game featuring the Hamilton Bulldogs:

“The next generation will be here Feb. 24 …”

Hey, the Canadiens’ next generation has been here since the beginning of the season. The cupboard is so bare in Hamilton that Ian Schultz was called up, got in a pre-game warmup and then was shipped back to the farm.

There’s talent in the pipeline, but Nthan Beaulie, Brendan Gallagher, Jarred Tinordi et al are a year or two away from The Show.

By the time the next “next generation” arrives, Kostitsyn, Gomez and Kaberle will be gone.

And – let’s be candid – not a moment too soon.

This is the time of the season when the best players on the best teams play their best hockey.

Caroline is not one of the NHL’s best teams. But in outbattling the Canadiens and beating them in their own barn, the Hurricaes were sparked by their best player playing his best.

Eric Staal had two goals and an assist. He played 23:36 in all situations, finished at plus-3 and was the game’s First Star.

Staal makes $25o,ooo more than Gomez.

I know: I’m flogging a dead horse here.

We all know Gomez hasn’t earned his salary since Glen Sather gave him the ridiculous contract that Bob Gainey kindly took on … while giving the Rangers Ryan McDonagh as a gratuity.

But when the four straight wins rekindled the dream – or the fear, if you’re in the Tank Corps – of  postseason hockey, there was the hope that Gomez might recapture some semblance of his talent to help the stretch drive.

And perhaps AK46, playing for a new contract in Montreal or elsewhere, might crank his game up to the levels we’ve seen so rarely over the last five years.

Gomez and Kostitsyn didn’t cost the Canadiens the game.

How could they, with so little ToI when the issue was decided?

Carey Price has had better nights. His defence wilted under the heat of the Carolina forecheck.

But Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec played their hearts out. And their efforts provided a vivid contrast to the no-shows … and, in the case of numbers 11 and 46, the no-plays.

The Bruins at the Bell Centre on Wednesday, then a trip to Buffalo and New Jersey at the Bell on Sunday.

According to Fournier’s formula, the Canadiens – having started the week with a loss – have to win all three games.

Not easy.

118 Comments

  1. mindseatest says:

    Really???

  2. HabsFan1111 says:

    I really don’t like to criticize coaches since they are under tremendous pressure and must rely on others to keep their jobs, but Darche’s minutes are out of control.

    I really like Darche, he gives his all every shift and is a perfect 4th line energy guy. I only assume RC’s philosophy is that if you work your a$$ off, you get more shifts. A good philosophy, but when we need goals, Darche is not going to score them, plain and simple.

    A frustrating loss indeed…

  3. DorvalTony says:

    Stop and think how much tax there is on a litre.

  4. dsturge10 says:

    I do not think that I can hold this in any longer. I’ll put my neck out there for this one, but…………………..

    I am constantly reading comments about how bad the Kaberle deal was for the Habs. The guy is a huge upgrade on Spacek.

    Yes Kab is in the minus, but only 2 D men on the Habs are in the +. He’s got 15 pts in 28 GP. That’s good on this team! He moves the puck well, plays a much better D game than say MAB! He is getting blamed for Staal’s goal last night. Well I watched the game and that coverage was blown before it got to Kab and let’s face it a D man is always back there as the last defender. Trust me I seen more blown coverage over the last few years from a healthy Markov.

    The guy is making 4.25 this year. Spacek was making 3.83. 420,000 is what is separating these 2 guys. Not to mention Kab has been more durable than Spacek.

    If Kab never struggled last season, trust me some GM would have paid 6M per for this guy.

    I think that this guy will be dependable for the Habs for the next couple of years while PK, Beaulieu, Tinordi, etc arrive and we bid adieu to Markov, Gill etc.

    Bottom line on last night’s game. We got beat by a PP goal. Maybe we should talking more about Campoli who took the slashing penalty that lead to the PP goal. Not the ice time garnered by Gomez and AK or the effectiveness of Kab. The Habs made a terrific comeback in this game and fell short. Let’s not forget that Cam Ward made some brilliant stops in this game as well, or else we may be celebrating 5 in a row.

    • DorvalTony says:

      Agreed. Sure he looked lazy and weak on the Staal goal but so did Pricey. He fails to deliver WAY too often. (And Jaro, with his 6th shutout moved up to 4th best in the NHL last game btw.) SIGH.

      • wall2bay says:

        Jaro???? Really???

        Do ur homework and figure out the last time the Blues gave up 30+ shots in a game. Since Hitchcock took over they are a shutdown team defensively from period 1.

  5. RetroMikey says:

    The season was over long ago with this club, the cracks showed in training camp and not many fans see the day of light with this weak club we have.
    Plain and simple, we have to sell anyone come trading day, yes anyone!
    We win 3 games in a row and most fans still think we are going to make the playoffs.
    Reality has to set in with most optimistic fans, we are not good as we want us to be.
    So come trading day, PG better do alot of shopping!

    Tank I say! Tank!

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

  6. vegas says:

    Yup lets blaim it on AK, 4 minutes a dropped pass and 2 hits. He really hurt us out there last night.
    Was at the game last night and personally I think Cunneyworth was probably the most at fault.
    Eller looked alone on his line last night, why wasn’t AK beside him?
    Can someone tell Desharnais to shoot? He had 2-3 clear opportunities but he decided to make an impossible pass every time.
    Blame Pacioretty on the shorthand goal, he let Stall walk away with the puck and it kinda left Kaberle flat footed.
    Put yourself in AK’s skates, game lineup is given and you are playing on a 4th line with Gomez and no second winger while Leblanc and Palushaj are playing on the third line with Eller, Very Motivating. then I hear people screaming why is Palushaj on the ice with 5 minutes to play, why is Gomez on the last powerplay. Question should be why isn’t AK on the ice instead of Palushay and why wasnt Ak on the PP iinstead of Gomez?

    • mjames says:

      Could not agree more with your post. We will end up giving AK46 away and he will go on to play for a team that might appreciate him. If Boone’s employers treated him as the Canadiens treat AK46 , I am sure he would not be a truly motivated employee. It is only common nature.

      Even with AK46 playing at half speed he is still the best passer on the team. It Boone and others would care to watch they would see he is superior to all our supposed play-makers. He is still better than Eller, Pulshai, Lefevre, Pleks, Desharnais, Gionta, Gomez and others.

      How come Boone did not call out Pac’s on the Staal goal . He was as much to blame as was Kaberle. He did not because (i) he is North American and (ii) he has more goals. For someone who has sports background I am amazed at how inaccurate Boone can be sometimes in commenting or reporting on the game. He seems to manufacture things in order to fit particular view of the game or player. We all know he is biased against AK46. It must have made his night to see AK46 benched. It made writing his ABL so easy. We lose a game and he spends half his column p—— on AK46. Mr. Boone how about p—— on the guys who played as they were responsible for the loss.

      Why AK got paired with Gomez I do not know. I suppose it is another one of PG’ strategies to get the least for one of his players when he moves him.

      I really believe that when AK he will become a 30 goal scorer. I could see the Rangers picking him with us getting fleeced again.

      mjames

  7. scottyisback44 says:

    You know what I am really looking forward to??? july 1st. We will have a new coach to complain about. new players to complain about. No Gomez to watch embarrassing a storied logo. No Ak taking every other shift off. No Subban winding up to the rafters only to attempt to put a dent in the end boards with a wildly off track shot. Just simply NO MORE HABS!!!! Never thought I would say I need a break from this team. Being 5 hours from Montreal and only being able to see them on the NHL package from Directv really makes the taste even more bitter in my mouth. I really feel bad for the people that are as diehard as a fan as i am that live in the city. they have to go through each day breathing the stench coming from the Bell Centre. Please be a nice sunny summer!! I just bought a boat!!

  8. AnimalMother says:

    Scott Gomez, if you’re listening, please retire. Please.

  9. Armitagej says:

    Lets not forget, not only did we give the rangers McDonagh as a gratuity, we let them off the hook to sign Gaborik. With the gomez contract, they would have never been able to do so….

    • WHOA!

      For the last two years Gaborik has been the Rangers whipping boy and their entire fan base wanted him gone. Up until this seaosn, he has been nothing short of a bum with a huge retarded contract.

      Now he’s their savior?

      People need to get over the mistake of signing Gomez. It happens all over the NHL.

      You make moves and sometimes they don’t work out.

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      • habitual says:

        Finally, a sensible comment on Gomez. To me this is like the many on this site that screamed for Martin’s head, got it, and saw the team play worse.

        I’ve given in to moments of frustration and poked at him. But what about the others on this team? The lack of scoring from others (the departed Cammy, the injured Gio, the mostly mediocre Pleks) also play into the situation.

      • DorvalTony says:

        $8,000,000US for one goal? Where does that happen? Send him to the Swiss league. He’ll be a big cheese.

  10. canuckbot says:

    Anybody notice that we haven’t won any Monday night games? All of them should have been wins. Hot goalies and bad 3rd periods have made Mondays miserable.

  11. Strummer says:

    I don’t know what’s worse-

    Habs meltdown last night or

    The price of gas in Montreal!

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    -Dennis Miller

  12. New says:

    I figure teams win and teams lose. I figure a coach is the best guy to know who hasn’t shown up. I figure on each Carolina goal the Habs were scrambling and out of position (that includes some fan favorites). I figure on each Montreal goal the Hurricanes were well positioned and Ward saved them when Gomez couldn’t blast one in from two inches outside the goal line:-)

    So when you add all that figuring up the sum equals what you get: A faster and more organized Carolina team beat an undermanned and defensively disorganized Montreal team. On any given night it might be reversed. Kids.

    Looked good offensively against a primetime defensive committment by the Hurricanes though.

    • Strummer says:

      Yeah- RC’s a coaching genius.
      Hand picked by JM.

      It’s his job to make sure his players are giving 100%.

      He doesn’t speak French but unfortunately he doesn’t speak Burns, Hitchcock, Lemaire or Keenan either

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      • Benoitr says:

        All those coaches have been fired more than once….
        geniuses all. Every loss and someone needs to be fired…face it we just don’t have it this year. It’s a fine line between contender and non playoffs. Hopefully get a decent draft pick this year a couple of moves, maybe some luck and health and we’re back in it. RC is a good coach and he needs to be given a chance. Fire him and one day we’ll wish we had him.

  13. smiler2729 says:

    Ian Schultz farmed out?

    Why not give the kid a shot vs. Boston??

    PG = MORON… but we all know that.

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    • Kooch7800 says:

      why was he called up is my questions?

      • RGM says:

        What, you don’t see the rationality in making a kid that just played 3 games in 3 days get up early, fly to Montreal, take the pre-game skate and watch the game from the pressbox, and then send him back to Hamilton the same night?

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  14. smiler2729 says:

    These guys blew another 3rd period lead, RC can coach ‘em ’til he’s blue in the face but unless the guys on the ice execute, it’s pointless.

    These players go numb between the ears with 3rd period leads.

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  15. rhino514 says:

    To me Kostitsyn is a borderline top six player. He´s been averaging about 20 goals a year per eighty games. But this year he won´t hit twenty. He gives you the option of having someone who can score on the third line, which is good. The only reason he has stuck on the team is because of his size. The habs have players in the pipeline who can replace his production, but not his size. Because of that reason, and that reason only, I would sign him at 3 mil but I dont think that will be enough as there are other teams that will pay more.
    Two years ago you could have made the case that he was still young and could still improve but he has plateaud for the last four years. He´s not going to get any better, unlike his younger brother who made a jump last year and I would say is now slightly more talented (but with a nastier attitude which I don´t miss)

    • Kooch7800 says:

      sk is currently playing like AK did with Kovy….don’t worry sk’s attitude will cause him to slowly decline as well

    • steve17 says:

      I would say that Avtsin, Priebyl, and Quailer would add size and enough offence on the 3rd line at a fraction of the cost and Priebyl and Avtsin have a lot of upside. Trade Kostitsyn and give Avtsin a chance this year. Some players need to play with better players.

      Habfan17

  16. New says:

    HIO should have more ads from pharmacies.

  17. SmartDog says:

    I don’t know what’s worse, $10 million riding the pine in Gomez and Kostitsyn most of the game, or $4 million to Kaberle who played over 20, did nothing to help, and gave the game away with his horrible soft play?

    And I don’t know which is more stupid, Gpmez playing only 8 minutes but two on the power play, or Kostitsyn playing only 4 minutes while guys like Bourque floated and while borderline-NHLer Paloosh had 10 minutes of ice time?

    Either way, I’m starting to wonder about Cunneyworth. And again, how does PG keep his job? I’d boycott the games the rest of the year except that it’s the only time I get to control the tv without argument or negotiation. And I’ve already stopped drinking Molson beer. Tell your friends – no Molson as long as Gomez, Kaberle, or Gauthier are part of this team!
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    • r says:

      some good points,
      I am an AK fan, cannot wait for him to get traded so i can watch him score 30 plus goal with a team who will know how to harness his talent.

      • steve17 says:

        Good luck. If he won’t score 30 in a contract year. I think he is waiting for his retirement season to go out with a bang!

        Habfan17

      • Kooch7800 says:

        ….LOL I guess the team is the one that is holding AK back right. Give me a break. Don’t complain about his minutes cause when he gets top six his numbers don’t change much.
        I would resign AK as a third line guy who can play top six when needed and that is it.

    • steve17 says:

      Anyone going to the games in Montreal sould stop buying anything from the concessions , not just the beer. Maybe then Molson will get the point. Start a push on youtube abd facebook. No more Molson beer until Gauthier and Gainey are gone

      Habfan17

  18. Laramy87 says:

    U have to give credit to here credit is due. That canes team wanted to win it for Muller and played their asses off. Good on them. Save for a 10 min stretch in the 2nd period, Canes were the better team. It is upsetting though because we could have came within 5 of a playoff spot.
    However with caps losing and leafs starting a tough 3 game western road trip we could still be 7 out this time tomorrow with a chance to pull within 5. Go flames go lol.

    That and win friday in buffalo cause I’m going to the game,

  19. --Habs-- says:

    I read many here saying we couldn’t beat a last place team! Well the bad news is we’re one of them. Habs are 2 point from that position!

  20. RGM says:

    There really is no middle ground with some people eh? From the dizzying highs of a 4-game win streak all the way back to earth after a single loss.

    Habs’ record against fellow non-playoffs teams (i.e. those 9-15 in the East) in 8-7-1 this season. It explains a good deal why the Habs are among those teams. It’s frustrating because we would all like to think that the Habs are better than these bottom-feeders.

    Such is life. File and forget it. Move and conquer the next challenge.

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  21. HabsFansince49 says:

    Last night’s game vividly demonstrates how poorly the Habs are (and were) managed by Gainey and now Gauthier. For those who hope we will tank, keep in mind that Gauthier & Co will do the negotiating for the new era. Inspire confidence perhaps…?
    Gauthier probably told AK46 he is on the trading block. He’s done worse things as GM. Whatever, Kostitsyn has left the building. Didn’t Kaberle remind you of Phaneuf in the Leafs game when Eller sailed around him?

    • steve17 says:

      Let us pray that Molson has had a vision after last night’s game and is going to ask Gauthier and Gainey to take their show elsewhere.

      The Habs have an opportunity at the deadline to make some positive changes, but Gauthier would be fleeced again, so let him go….NOW!

      Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      At least Phaneuf bumps into other players once in a while. The last time Kabrele bumped into anything it was his friggin coffee table. Soft soft soft!!!!!

  22. SmartDog says:

    Not Price’s best game.
    Not Cunneyworth’s best game.

    But the real back-breaker came by way of a trade thanks to PG for a useless expensive guy who’s with us two more years – while the other team got a useful guy who costs less, and can be traded next week for something good in return. Kaberle cost us the game last night. Not for the first time. When’s the last time he won us the game? How the hell is Gauthier still employed?

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    • steve17 says:

      Gauthier must have pictures!! I agree, how does he keep his job and yes, Kablerle has points, but has he actually done anything when the game is on the line? No!!

      Habfan17

  23. Habfan10912 says:

    Emelin and PK excluded this has got to be the softest defence in recent memory. I think I actually saw Diaz French kissing a Cane in front of Price last night. One other rant, funny how we hear the nicest guys in the locker room, Gomez and AK are two of the laziest floaters on this team.

    I am stupid for allowing this team to make me care again after the 4 game streak. No more. Fire the while friggin lot of them. Cole Patches and Price. The rest can go. I hate this bunch of Habs. Make them wear the prison uniforms the rest of the season.

    • SmartDog says:

      Yeah, but how do you really feel?

      You left out Pleks who played his ass off and Desharnais who did as well. Leblanc played hard and Emelin threw a lot of hits. Eller was okay. That leaves about 10 guys (Gorges included unfortunately) who just seemed either lazy or lost. And then there’s the kings of the bench – Gomez and Kostitsyn.

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      • Habfan10912 says:

        Agree Dog. I am ranting like mad. More upset that I allowed this team to sucker me in again. I am an idiotic.

        • SmartDog says:

          The team’s a bucket with a hole in it. Most of it’s pretty good but then you have too many guys who half the time are just useless. At this level you can’t succeed like that. Only strong teams go far, and as a team these guys have too many that can’t be counted on.

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  24. habsfan0 says:

    On a brighter note, spring is just 5 weeks away.

  25. steve17 says:

    Yesterday, I wrote that I hoped the 4 game win streak would not cause Gauthier to get all giddy and think the Habs were now play off contenders. I still wanted them to move the UFA’s for whatever they can get now and start building for the future. I would rather they keep Moen if he wants to resign and for about the same money. But, Gill, Campoli, and Nokelainen, I would move! I would also move Kaberle, Kostitsyn, Weber, and yes Plakanec. I listened to a sports panel on the radio last night and they mentioned, again, that Chicago desperately want a 2nd line centre and defence . I don’t know that they want to give up a roster player, but they do have some very good prospects that Montreal could use. They may even take Kaberle if we trade Plekanec and Weber with him. Beach would add a player the Habs have been lacking for years. Since Chicago has a lot of wingers, maybe the Habs could get Stallberg who is fast, big and skilled. With the progress of Eller, DD. and LeBlanc and White set to return, the Habs have enough centres that are similar.

    Like everyone else, nothing personal to Gomez, but send him down already and trade Gionta, possibly back to the Devils for a pick. Make Gorges Captain and let the kids play for their positions next season. If they happen to squeek into the playoffs, bonus!!

    Montreal has enough depth on the back end with Nash, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn, Dietz, and a few others. They can always pick up a player during the off season. Emelin and Diaz will be that much better with one NHL season under their belts. Subban will be fine and Gorges is a rock. Markov may, or may not be back. Nash would have been in Montreal if not for his injury.

    For all this to happen, the Ghost and Gainey need to go. If Molson had any doubts, he should watch the Kaberle play on the short handed goal, over and over and over again. For those that say Kaberle is doing well because he has put up points, I say there is a lot more to being a good player than putting up points and when is he getting those points? Does he get them when the Habs need to score to win the game?

    Habfan17

  26. So Gomez is playing so bad that he doesnt even warrant 10 minutes of ice time… but at the same time over 2 of those minutes are on the PP including the PP the Habs had with under 5 minutes left.

    Can someone explain that to me?

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  27. lachaine says:

    RC said he wasn’t getting the line match-ups that he wanted.They’re on home ice,can anyone explain?
    Latch

    • gismo111 says:

      He won’t get the line match-ups, who do you match Gomez to?
      Or who do you put Kaberle against? And then i hear that Montreal might not be sellers because they mon 4 games in a row, what about the other 50 games? Gauthier will make up excuses again as to why they didn’t go anywhere…… They need a spring clean up and it starts with Gauthier and Gainey.

  28. topher5468 says:

    Funny, AK and Gomer were benched for their poor play, but that POS Kaberle was out there getting regular shifts after his disgustingly weak effort on Staals shortie. Lord I wish some team would take him off our hands

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  29. Bertuzzi says:

    No matter what happens from here on in, the most important victory is that we got rid of J. Martin. Cunneyworth’s style of game is much more enjoyable. I agree with what I saw him do last night: AK and Gomez sucked; give them very little ice time and play the heck out of your best players.

    As for Kaberle, I know it goes against popular opinion, but I don’t think he’s that bad. He has plenty of offensive skill and he’s putting up good numbers. He’s just getting too much ice time on a team with shallow defense. I’d worry more about getting rid of Gill.

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    I have never understood what people see in Andrei Kostitsyn. How many times does a player have to be seen gliding nonchalantly back to his bench as the opposition is building an attack.

    Usual problem – benching Gomex and AK meant the rest of the team was out of gas in the 3rd and we surrendered our Nth lead of the season.


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • Chris says:

      To be fair to Kostitsyn, the nonchalant glide back to the bench is such an infuriating part of almost every NHL player’s repertoire. For example, I noted one a couple of games ago where Cole put his arm up to signal a change while the opposition were counter-attacking and proceeded to coast from their blue-line, past the centre line and finally to the Habs bench. Nobody would every accuse Cole of not hustling in general, but the only difference between what he did and what Kostitsyn did last night was a goal was scored last night.

      I’ve always believed that if you can’t skate hard back to the bench, then you’ve either got to work on your conditioning or shorten your bloody shifts. There is no justifiable reasoning for dogging it on the way back to the bench.

  31. BLACK ICE says:

    I give credit where it is due. Carey Price was good all season & very good in the previous 4 games. Last night his boys scored 3 & he needed to come up with a couple more great saves to win that game.

    The Canes are the teams the Habs should be beating. With all the Conference teams the Habs will be playing, the Playoffs were a reality this season. Last night’s game was the turning point of the season!

    I can see a 3 game losing streak on the horizon. I hope I am wrong but …

    • The Cat says:

      I honestly dont see all the Carey Price ass kissing, everybody should be kissing Erik Cole’s ass! He is the MVP by a mile.

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

      • Carnegie says:

        Exactly. I am fed up with all this Carey Price ass kissing. He is a good goalie, but that’s it. He repeatedly does not make the key stops. How many games has he lost where he has lost “focus”? How many goals has he relinquished with fewer than 2 minutes remaining in the period? Sorry, but this guy is just too lackadaisical for me. Even the team does not have 100% confidence in him. Do you, when there is a shootout? Be honest, now. Montreal is constantly looking for the next ” Dryden” or ” Roy” but, instead end up getting guys like ” Theodore ” or ” Racicot” I hope the habs don’t give this guy a big contract. Not saying he has to be traded, but take him off the damn pedestal.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Who would you rather have in net? Optimus Rime? Price is a good goalie and this year he is struggling a bit but how many games have we been shut out this year? How many games have we only got 1 goal?

          Price isn’t the problem boys. This team has way bigger issues than its goal tending

          • Carnegie says:

            Didn’t say he was is the problem. Just fed up with everyone blaming Gomez, Kaberle, Kostysin, etc., but not even looking at Price. He, too, has not stepped up to the plate. And I keep hearing how the habs are gonna lay down the big bucks for him. And that is what peeves me.

  32. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Just what we were afaraid of happened last night.

    The Habs laid an egg.

  33. G-Man says:

    I guess somewhere in not playing AK and Gomez there was a point to be made by RC. The point being the one on his head. Habs have been winning with the pair getting 10 minutes a game. Not much I know, but wtf? Seriously.
    Yes, Kaberle was poor on the Stall goal for the tie, but so was everyone on the ice including Price. Looking back, this was a night to start Budaj.
    So, it’s time for the next Apocalyptic Streak™ to begin Wednesday. By then, most posters will have thrown pretty much everyone under the bus save their favourites. Right, Timo?

    • The Cat says:

      I can see lessening Gomez’s icetime. It seems whenever the other teams have sustained pressure in the habs end, he is on the ice.

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

      • G-Man says:

        Funny that it’s DD and Cole who were both -2 last night, along with PK and Kaberle.
        I guess the line matching didn’t work out.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          plus minus is just a stat…..Cole and DD were working their tails off last night. Kabrele was directly responsible for one goal for sure and it is the one that killed us.

          Gomez is to frank quite useless out there and I don’t think RC knows what to do with him. You can’t use him in top six cause he doesn’t produce and is a defensive liability and AK did not play well against Toronto and was invisible again when he was on the ice….what did you want him to do?

  34. The Cat says:

    Well on the positive side, the habs have largely been more entertaining with RC than JM. Plus I also like RC’s microphone skills, he can criticize a player without throwing him under the bus completely.

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

  35. Marc10 says:

    One thing about AK is he only plays well with Eller. That much we know. And Eller plays hard when he’s got a bit of pressure on… as in LL stealing his thunder and showing him up. So you pair those three together with the following instructions:

    “Bitches, I’m going to roll three lines tonight because WE WANT TO MF WIN THIS MF GAME. You’re going to play like you’re my first line and bring the intensity that LL brings every shift. You two clowns (Eller and AK), you just make sure you keep up with LL. You so much as think about slacking, I’m filling your spot with Gomez, Darche… or whoever I feel like double shifting. You play well, I’ll give you PP.”

    Now how hard is that? And then you go. The other guys will bring it. Get that line humming and you easily win this game. You ride those two clowns all game if you have to.

    Tonight the DD line delivered. Pleks, Bourque and Darche played well. How hard is it to ask the Third line to give you 15 odd minutes of decent hockey? F me !

    Where are my meds…?

  36. Da Hema says:

    From TSN:

    Staal liked seeing his teammate [Spacek] and coach so fired up against their former team. “They were both pretty pumped, as we all were. That was a big win for us,” Staal said. “Spatcho’s a great team guy. He’s got that personality where he never seems to be in a bad mood. And any time you score against your old team, I’m sure it’s a good feeling and it was for him tonight.”

    I am, admittedly, somewhat emotional right now. What frustrates me is having to watch that indifferent smirk on Kaberle’s face each time the Canadiens play. Of all players, one would think Kaberle would want to prove that he isn’t the worthless piece of sh*t as both player and human being that the Carolina Hurricanes publicly said he was after he was traded. Does Kaberle have no sense of dignity whatsoever? No fighting spirit at all? Are you even a man Kaberle?

  37. Adam says:

    Huh. Apparently people expected the Habs to go undefeated through the rest of the season. Obviously this loss also means they will lose every game from here on in.

  38. Timo says:

    One line f#^$ing team. Thanks PG for Kaberle. I hope now we can all stop kidding ourselves. Hope Bruins knock the life out of Kaberle, Gomez and AK who have done absolutely nothing tonight.

    There is no word in English or any other language for that matter to describe how much I hate this team.

    • slychard says:

      Don’t like Kaberle, Gomez…AK I’m on the fence. But to root for the bruins?
      We shoot deserters on (this) site!

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

      • Timo says:

        I am not rooting for the Bruins. I am rooting for Gomez, AK and Kaberle (and PG and his puppets) to get the f#$k out of town. Whether they leave on their own or get carried out on a stretcher. If the Bruins are the means to the end, so be it.

        • slychard says:

          Yeach! That is harsh. So ya want the bruins to bloody all for the sake of…what? To humiliate the habs? To denigrate the org for the sake of making a point? To clean house? To have the goon fans lavish in the sake that they were instrumental in cleaning house at the expense of the true universe of hockey ( fock Burke) Fock it, fock it all Timo. Really, a true fan don’t give nothing but hate for the op. I’m truly not on your track, at all.

          +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
          Kiss my hAbSS!!!

          • Timo says:

            The house needs to be cleaned for the sake of restoring this teams respectability (provided right people are brought in, which at this point I doubt too. i mean, time after time, coaches and GM’s have been sacked and even dumber more useless coaches and GMs have been put in place. )

            For a change I would like this team to win something for its fans and give back after years and years of fans shelling money and buying CH crap and paying for TV channels and having their hearts broken in every playoffs (when they make it). I have very little sympathy or support left in me for these overpaid millionaires who can’t win for their supporters. The organization is rotten and the worst part that we are still going to come back and watch this mediocrity. “Trade Gomez and AK” and “Get rid off PG” will be replaced with other names. 93 will become something that happened long long long time ago and there will be fewer and fewer Habs fans to remember what it was like to watch this team win a cup.

            I am in my thirties and I seriously doubt I will ever see a cup.

            I am just beyond pissed today.

          • slychard says:

            Cheers Timo, very much cheers. I’m off now, gonna drown my sorrows in the beatles anthology my friend lent me and pass out. I’m at the 3rd section, can’t wait to get to the abbey road section.

            +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
            Kiss my hAbSS!!!

          • Timo says:

            I’ll be my usual cheerful self tomorrow again.

        • Bogie Man says:

          I think you are going to be very disappointed after trade deadline passes along with alot of other habs fans including myself. We will not be able to make any major moves unless we buy out some ridiculous contract to get a player another team no longer wants. AK46, Gomez, and Kaberle are esssentially untradable as their value is ridicuously low. The issue we have now is that we have become to some extent the misfit island where misfit NHL players go when no one else wants them any longer. This method of acquiring players is catching up with us now where we are stuck with very little assets and no leverage to make good trades.

  39. montreal ace says:

    I would not be surprised to see AK traded very soon, why else would he have so little ice time.

  40. durocher says:

    If we don’t have Kaberle on this team, we win this game. He was horrible on the Staal shorthanded goal, not only on the coverage, but in gifting the puck away in the first place. He plays an emotionless game, which should be contrasted with the attitudes of Cole, DD, MaxPower, Eller, and others. Give me a guy who cares to win and competes, not just a guy who has some skill left in the tank and can get by. Why PG wanted Kaberle and his contract is beyond me, and is an error that by itself should cost him his job. It wouldn’t surprise me if his fellow stoic and trusted adviser, BG, approved of this blunder that is Kaberle.

    Games are that close. One listless, careless play can cost a team momentum and the game. We don’t have the luxury of absorbing a bad play here or there. Kaberle is a liability, plain and simple. Tonight proves the point.

    As for RC, what I don’t get is how Kaberle gets significant minutes after blowing the Staal goal. He should have been parked on the bench. Instead, Kaberle is allowed to go for a skate while his teammates battle for a tying goal — the goal to make-up for Kaberle’s unfortunate play.

    I suppose we are only as strong as our weakest link, and a team rises and falls together. It is a shame that Cole et al have to take a loss because others on the squad can’t or won’t step up.

    Get rid of the dead wood and replace them with guys who are hungry. Cheap, young, veteran, French, American, I don’t care. I just want hungry.

    • matt jordan says:

      don’t worry, Kaberle still has two more years on his contract to make up for his mistakes tonight!

      but yes i agree, kaberle trade dumbest trade since the Gomez deal.

      • Shane1313 says:

        Kaberle hasn’t been bad at all. Im not sure exactly, someone must know. But doesn’t he have 15 points in 25 games or so. He’s been fine. Not saying it was a great move.

        • slychard says:

          I’ll say to you what I said when PG made the trade…ugh! Why you dim wit why. (PG, not you, Shanerdouble13) It was, as you put it, not a great move, not a great move, at all.

          +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
          Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  41. slychard says:

    The future is not all bleak. Beaulieu did well in the past pre-season. He might make roster next season. Tinordy has been making incredible strides this season. He might be a keeper also. There are a few others like Gallagher, Bournival, Kristo still seems like an intriguing sleeper coming up, Holland has me on the fence, could be the surprise of the Cammy trade, Pribyl, if given a chance, could be a wow, 6’3 center. It’s not all good but it’s not so bleak. There are others on defense I won’t get into but what it all comes down to is, give them kids a chance.

    The Python’s said it best…always look on the bright side of life.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • Dulljerk says:

      Tinordi won’t play in the NHL next year, that’s for sure. I’ve seen him 5 times this year and he’s no where near where he needs to be.

      “Is the little dog going to yap, or is he going to bite?”

      • slychard says:

        Is he getting better at least? I see his +/-, hits, penalties, and what not on paper, along with the odd article and it seems like he’s night and day from last season over at the 519 code.

        +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
        Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  42. Roy93 says:

    It’s pretty terrible when you can’t beat the last place Hurricanes lol.

  43. darcy1 says:

    I’m happy as long as we win March 3rd and April 7th.

    Otherwise, lets #Fail4Nail … or someone in the top 3

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    - Jean Beliveau

  44. Shane1313 says:

    Oh. A loss. Everything is terrible again. Throw any good things from the 4 game winning streak out the window!

  45. keepthefaith says:

    Mr. Darche played too much. Mr. AK46 didn’t play enough. Mr. Cunneyworth wants to tank too.

    • Timo says:

      Cunnyworth is a worthless senators tool who shouldn’t be coaching in the NHL. He is JM’s puppet and hasn’t made this team any better. Hope he is gone and there isn’t a plan to offer him any position in the organization.

  46. Un Canadien errant says:

    Some fans described tonight’s game as a roller coaster, and I was on it. As soon as the Canadiens were down 2-0, I started thinking I should review Craig Button’s list of the top draft prospects for this June (http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=387718). Then as the Canadiens stormed back in the second, I was jumping off my couch, arms in the air, loving life, my disdain for Tomas Kaberle almost mollified by his contribution to the power play. Then when he reverted back to abysmal, playing like the Tin Man he used to impersonate back in Toronto and allowing Eric Staal to waltz around him for a shorthanded goal, I went back to mentally reviewing the expiring contracts we can liquidate at the deadline and formulating a lineup for the 2012-13 Hamilton Bulldogs.

    There are still a lot of positives, incredibly, in this loss to the cellar-dwelling team in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens do not need to be blown up this summer, just tweaked. Among the positives, the powerplay clicked and looked dangerous, René Bourque was flying and hitting everything that moved, the Desharnais line continued to produce and be dangerous. Raphaël Diaz and Alexei Emelin are picking up valuable minutes and improving every game. This team has heart and spirit, fights hard during most games, has excellent goaltending and a lot of solid veterans and promising youngsters.

    There are some headscratchers as well. Chris Campoli and Tomas Kaberle, two players who will not figure in the Glorieux’ future, log way too many minutes. Scott Gomez keeps popping on the powerplay, as welcome by fans as a cockroach on the dinner table. Andrei Kostitsyn is relegated to the fourth line and plays minimally, while Mathieu Darche gets a regular shift. Coach Cunneyworth is holding Andrei accountable for his many mental mistakes and lack of effort, but when the team is looking for a goal it takes stones to send on Mathieu instead.

    The biggest puzzle for me was the Canadiens decision to call up Ian Schultz, a player who at least until recently had been a major disappointment in Hamilton, reputedly for being out of shape. His being brought up made me wonder why, if we were in need of his skillset, Pierre Gauthier hadn’t put in a waiver claim for Anthony Stewart, a big winger for Carolina who didn’t look out of place in an NHL game tonight. I thought that there really must be some skeletons in his closet for the Canadiens, along with 28 other teams, to pass on the opportunity to claim his very reasonable contract, yet feel the need to call up Mr. Schultz. Until that is, they decided to send him down after the game, right back to Hamilton. Maybe this means that Travis Moen is healthy enough to play on Wednesday, but since it is against the Bruins, and on Friday the Sabres, with Paul Gaustad and Patrick Kaleta slashing, uh, leading the way, wouldn’t it have made sense to keep him up for a couple of games and play him as the 12th forward instead of Mr. Campoli?

    Tonight’s game will not please TSN’s ‘TradeCentre’ panel, as it only prolongs the indecision by a lot of teams as to whether they need reinforcements for this spring or assets for next season and beyond. Those guys are getting pretty anxious, they’re been hyping what may turn out to be a whole lot of nothing.

    ———————————
    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • slychard says:

      That roller coaster was barf inducing… let me clean up. My friend loaned me the beatles anthology, I’m gonna watch the 3rd installment and pass out.

      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  47. Roy93 says:

    Tonight’s game was the pitch fork into this terrible season. If you can’t beat a last place team in your own barn it’s time to get lost. I’m so pissed off about tonights game it’s not even funny. That Kaberle is a usless tool. Ship him and that piece of crap Gomez out of here. This is getting difficult to watch. Nightmare!

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      Well, mate, we are not doing that much better than the last-placed team. In fact, a couple of games ago we were at the bottom of the conference ourselves.

  48. slim wallet says:

    If you’re playing a checker almost 18 minutes against a guy that ends up +3 on the night and you lose the game while a proven scorer gets 4 minutes, you’ve played into the opposition’s hands. If your strategy isn’t working, change it, adapt.

  49. Shane1313 says:

    Proud of the boys. Fun game, bitter end. But way to give it their all.

  50. SmartDog says:

    True dat.

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    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  51. Habfan10912 says:

    HH I think we need to find a new word which is beyond “suck” for Gomez. Infinisuck? Massivesuck? Nuclearsuck?

  52. steve17 says:

    Very well put!!

    Habfan17

  53. RGM says:

    Dude lives in Manitoba and does have a life of his own outside of the delightful community that is Hockey Inside/Out.

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    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  54. Strummer says:

    You don’t think Spacek would have been responsible for his share of bad goals against if he was still here?

    At the same money and with no offenesive upside?

    ____________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”
    -Dennis Miller

  55. OneTimer says:

    Goddamn HH, you are more up and down than a yo-yo.

  56. Always in your head. Too easy!

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  57. TOO EASY!

    Shane Oliver
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  58. RGM says:

    The nerve of a Habs fan to show up and enjoy in the good times.

    ———————–
    GO HABS GO! 2011-12 is probably not our year!
    “Scott Gomez, a potential Hall of Fame player, has two Stanley Cup rings and a Calder Trophy that says ‘I’m a player whom any authentic NHL coach will rely on to fix a game problem.’” – VancouverHab

    Chat with me on Twitter @TheRealRGM81

  59. boing007 says:

    Kaberle is a veteran defenseman and he turtled. He played the puck, not the man. Price should have pokechecked Staal off his skates.

    Richard R


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