About last night …

WhiteFight
April hockey came early to the Bell Centre.
And the Canadiens’ thrilling 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins was a treat for long -suffering fans who are not likely to see any playoff action this season.
The great rite of spring – Montreal vs. Boston – almost certainly won’t be happening this year.
That’s lamentable for many reasons – not the least of which is the tendency of these teams to bring out the best (and often the beast) in each other.

The game wrapped up the season series between the teams. After the Canadiens beat Boston twice in three nights in late October, the Bruins won the next four meetings – by scores of 1-0, 3-2, 2-1 and 4-3.

Final cumulative tally: 13-12 Boston.

When the puck dropped Wednesday night, 15 points separated the Bruins and Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston had a goal differential of plus-61, the Canadiens were minus-2

Boston is cruising toward the postseason and a chance to defend its Stanley Cup.

The Canadiens are in 12th place, eight points out of eighth and no one’s favourite to hoist a 25th banner any time in the near future.

But I never got the sense, in this game or in the previous five, that the Canadiens were playing a hugely superior opponent. The Bruins did not match the mastery of the St. Louis Blues, who took the Canadiens to the Bell Centre woodshed when they won 3-0 in January.

The Bruins were fast out of the gate and had a 12-5 shot advantage in the first period. They dominated Overtime to the tune of  seven SoG to three for the home team.

But the second period was fairly even, and the Canadiens owned the third. A couple of bounces, a little luck getting to the fat rebounds Tim Thomas allowed and this might have ended in regulation with fans maybe looking forward to another meeting in April.

But the bounces haven’t gone that way for the Canadiens this season. And bad plays at critical times did them in.

• Hal Gill, who probably will be traded to a Cup contender, got nonchalant with the puck behind the Canadiens’ net … and that’s dangerous with Brad Marchand in the vicinity. The über-annoying Bruin got the puck back to Andrew Ference at the point for the game’s first goal – with Gill screening Carey Price.

• Chris Campoli, another defenceman mooted to be useful to a playoff team, was undressed by Benit Pouliot, of all people, for the Bruins’ second goal.

• Randy Cunneyworth’s shootout choices were bizarre. OK, fine to lead off with Rene Bourque, who’s had some success at shootouts. But after Tyler Seguin snapped one past Carey Price (who has nightmares about shootouts), the Canadiens’ last chance was entrusted to Lars Eller, who was ice-cold, having spent most of the second and third periods on the bench after taking a double-minor for high-sticking.

Not used in the shootout: Erik Cole, who had embarrassed Zdeno Chara to score his 22nd goal of the season, tying the game and sending the Bell Centre into playoff-level pandemonium.

Or David Desharnais, who has the best hands on the team.

Ah, let’s not go too hard on the coach.

Cunneyworth knows he won’t be here next season, so he’s not afraid to be bold. Example: Using three forwards and a defenceman – the DD line, plus Raphael Diaz – in overtime.

You gotta like that, just as you have to admire Cunneyworth benching Scott Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn against Carolina, then giving them double digit minutes – including 2:15 each on the power-play – against the Bruins.

Other likes:

• Tomas Plekanec playing 24:37, leading the Canadiens with five SoG and – like the good guy he is – checking on Chara’s injury while the cretins booed.

• P.K. Subban played a heroic 25:23 and did not lose his cool despite the Bruins taking numerous runs at him. He’s playing his best hockey of the season when the team needs him most.

• Mathieu Darche – a goal, six hits, 19:41 – is playing his way into another contract, if only as a shining example of hard work and dedication, to be emulated – we hope – by Louis Leblanc and whatever other youngsters make the team next season.

• Erik Cole. That is all that need be said.

• Alexei Emelin  rocked Shawn Thornton early, survived a dirty hit at his knee by that reptile Marchand and was not remotely intimidated by the Bruins.

• Ryan White gave away inches and pounds but still hung and earned a draw against Adam McQuaid. White will be fun to watch as this sorry season plays out, and he’ll be back in September.

• Josh Gorges padded his league lead with four more blocked shots. And then the Canadiens de facto captain stood in the room and told the media this team will battle as long as there’s a chance of making the playoffs.

Which there still is.

But the Canadiens are running out of track.

Let’s hope, though, that we can enjoy some Canadiens-Bruins type hockey against other teams a few more times before the curtain falls.

66 Comments

  1. boing007 says:

    You would think that after all the years Hal Gill has been around he would have improved his skating by now. Every year, little by little. He looks he’s skating in mud most of the time.

    Richard R

    • foghorn11 says:

      when r the habs going to add some toughness to take care of guys like that yellow lucic who wouldnt fite larouche or thornton or marchand last nite was ridiculous and somebody has to amswer the bell even agains toronto brown was gettin outa hand

      t lett

  2. petefleet says:

    Trying to be upbeat at this point in the season is not easy but I believe there is always a positive way to look at everything, including the Habs. Not based soley on last night’s game but on the season as a whole, I believe the Habs are not far from being a good team, not great, but good. If you look at the season series against the Broons for instance, most of the games were decided by one goal and overall the sum of the games was a difference of one goal. You may hate the Broons, but they are the Stanley Cup Champs and for the Habs to go toe-to-toe with them and stay that close, it says thay are not far off a winning formula. Add to that the # of times they led games this year but eventually lost the game. Add to that also how they have played against the elite level teams such as Detroit and NYR. The plan needs some refinement but overall I believe the Habs are close. If they were getting beaten bad every time they lose a game, there would be alot more room for concern.

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  3. Chris L says:

    The Kaberle slapper from centre ice (or often times the wrong side of centre ice) is a momentum killer and needs to be taken out of his game. It is brain dead hockey and he did it again last night on the power play that was easily cleared. He could skate in or wrap around the boards. A few weeks ago, he did it from the wrong side of centre in the 3rd period in consecutive games. WTF does he expect to happen, it is never on net and only into the lively boards causing an icing or an easy clear. This seems like the easiest flaw in his game to fix (other than him not getting on the ice).

  4. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    Fun game to watch, even if it cost me a bottle of Rum. That was my Stanley Cup last night, and I gotta say I felt pretty good watching it, even with the shootout loss.

    I don’t want to tank, but I’d be fine with seeing the veterans (save Cole, Pleks, Gorges and Moen) find new employment between now and deadline day, hopefully for picks and prospects.

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  5. Castor says:

    I’ve become really proud of our team once again. They showed heart and grit. PK,MAX,LL,COLE,DD,PRICEY,ELLER,GIO,WHITE, EMELIN

    Guys. We have the makings of a good team. A bigger and tougher team than we’ve been before.
    I might be alone here but recent games haven’t saddened me. They’ve excited me for the future.
    A couple of pieces here and there and maybe just maybe Markov comes back and we got ourselves a playoff bound team. Take heart everyone. Go Habs Go

    • bleedhabs81 says:

      Yeah, Gio showed lots of heart and grit last night. (Sorry, just being a douche)

      I was thinking the same thing. Fix some of the holes in defence (hopefully that fix is Markov, not holding my breath though), and suddenly this team looks pretty good.

      Last night they showed they can play just as physical as the bruins. With cammy gone and gio out, they are not that small anymore. Replace Gomez with Gio and we are a way better team. Even the lack of a big #1C doesn’t seem like that big of a deal right now (with the size of the wings we now have)

      Pleks is playing big, DD (although easily pushed around in the corner) is shifty as hell… White has wheels and can hit. I don’t agree with the Eller benching (I didn’t see the high stick penalty, as I was out of the room at the time)

      • Badwich says:

        Pleks, newly annointed as Montreal’s new Carbo (sorry, he doesn’t come close) is playing not as big as we think me thinks. He sometimes misses his man coverage on the PK and it costs. See the replays please.

        And, how many times has he passed the puck away (they may be long distance turnovers but turnovers none the less), failed to clear the puck when given the opportunity on the PK and missed wide open nets in recent games.

        I think he’s tired as the result of being asked to do too much, too often and all year long. And yet while on the 4 minute kill he skated right by the bench instead of getting off while he still had energy. In retrospect it was a bone headed move plain and simple. Gil could have gotten off at the same time if he was able to move those legs a touch quicker. No, the same four guys ran around for almost 4 minutes and guess what?

        Taberwitt

  6. The Juice says:

    A few thoughts:

    -The Habs have been playing “watchable/enjoyable” hockey for the past 6 games and for that I am grateful.
    -Standings are so tight that the Boys could be in the hunt until the last 2 weeks and still finish last in the conference
    -Trade/Waive/Demote Campoli now, this guy is like Dion Phaneuf except no one is overrating him…
    -Not sure how Eller gets the high-sticking penalty when he was following through on an (albeit missed) dump in.
    -Leblanc’s goalie interference penalty was ludicrous as Thomas was 2 miles out of his net
    -With respect to the current poll, Gomez is playing better, so as long as there is no better option to replace him, keep him where he is, if a better option comes along and the team needs cap space, demotion is obviously the right call.

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  7. RetroMikey says:

    How can others be excited for our team knowing we are out of the playoffs?
    We still lost to a Bruins team who played the night before and in my opinion, are coasting from hereon in.
    Tank I say! Tank!

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

    • Chuck says:

      Coasting? They haven’t even clinched a playoff spot, never mind home ice. The Bruins still have a LOT to play for, and once again, an injury-depleted Habs squad gave them everything they could handle. There is a lot to like going forward.

      • RetroMikey says:

        Bruins made the playoffs even with their hands tied back before the season began.
        Injuries are a lame excuse Chuck to blame for our demise. We are not a very good team, maybe for the optimistic fans like you, but for me and others, we stink.
        They are a very good team of toughness and skill with a solid coach in Julien and Chiarelli as their GM.
        Sometimes, we have to look at what other teams do to make them a success and not go back to old retro days like firewagon wagon what Bobby Gainey wanted to mould his teams into while he was the GM here.
        The experiment failed and we are now facing the consequences that our club has to tank and rebuild in order to be a winner.
        You are too optimistic that they will make the playoffs.
        I hate to disappoint you and others but tough years are coming ahead for our club, we really don’t have talent in HAmilton and you can;t guarantee players like Kristo, Tinordi, Gallagher, etc. to name a few are going to crack it in the NHL, you are going to have to hope and pray.
        Yes, the mighty Bruins and the Maple Laffs will make in the playoffs, no surprise to me but to others.
        We need to tank, do a lot of shoppping before the trade deadline and start over again. That is the only solution.
        Tank I say! Tank!

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

  8. JF says:

    That was a great game, and we certainly played our best third period of the year, but it highlighted just about all our weaknesses. We have only one line that can be effective on a regular basis, our defence contains too many guys who can carry the puck quite well but are vulnerable when trying to defend, the powerplay, despite its recent successes, is still a non-factor in most games, and we can’t win shootouts. I know Price struggles, but if none of our guys can score, he isn’t the issue. I’d like to see the players stop this wide, slow approach and instead race in and make their move at top speed – the way Koivu and Kovalev used to do. That’s how we won the shootout against the Penguins last week.

    As for the defence, we give up at least one goal in most games because of defensive breakdowns. Kaberle and Campoli should not be on the ice together, since both are the cause of frequent turnovers. I’m hoping both, and Hal Gill, will be gone next year, to be replaced by Andrei Markov and at least one big, tough, stay-at-home defenceman.

    But that was some third period. The team showed the kind of push-back we’ve been waiting for all year. Down two goals, they absolutely poured it on, and if they’d been able to pounce on one of Thomas’s fat rebounds, they’d have won it in regulation. But it’s the one and only time this season that we’ve come back in the third period from being two goals down, and I feel more like celebrating that than lamenting another shootout loss.

    • The Juice says:

      Agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph.

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  9. The Cat says:

    I dont understand why Eller got benched. He didnt deserve it. Maybe thats why RC put him in the SO… Eller AK and Leblanc should be a line left alone.

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

  10. Marc10 says:

    That was a great game, but the usual issues were ever present… except for one. We finally and convincingly brought the physical game to the party!

    But yeah… We can’t finish, we suck on shutouts, and we’re still a one line hockey team.

    • RH says:

      That little runt is the scourge of the league who’s crassly going about running people’s knees and being an all-around dirty piece of excrement because he’s got his lap dog bee-atch, that pea-brained dolt Thornton, around to bully everyone into not going after him.

  11. Habsman1970 says:

    On another topic, does anyone think Marchand should be (or will be) suspended for the clip on Emelin?

    ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

  12. HNS says:

    If Price only won 1/2 of his total shoot outs we wouldn’t be in this mess. Unfortunately we have a GM that would get nothing in return so why bother.

    • BLACK ICE says:

      Not Price’s fault fully in the Shootouts. He let in one goal yes but the Habs only need one goal to extend the shootout last night. The shootout before last VS the Pens the Habs scored! How many shootouts this season did the Habs score NO goals?

    • The Juice says:

      Not Price’s fault.

      I would also ask the question of why the Habs would willingly choose to go first in the shootout: Given the goalies have the edge on any given shot, wouldn’t it be better to let Price make the first save, get some momentum, and take the pressure off the first Habs shooter that if they miss, the shootout will still be tied.

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  13. BLACK ICE says:

    WTF was wrong with RC before the shootout last night? Where was the reporter chick to ask him why he didn’t put Cole in the Shootout?

    WTF is wrong with Price the past two games? The last two Broons goals were easily stoppable. On Poo Poo the goal he left a 5-hole big enough to drive a smart car through & the PB goal he need to stay up!

    Price could have won the last two games for the Habs no problem …. I love Carey but ….

    • Habsman1970 says:

      I think the biggest problem with Price in the shootout is confidence. Granted, he sucks at shootouts (and always has), but you could see it on his face during some of the closeup shots that he just didn’t want to be there. It’s just not his cup to tea, so when you second-guess yourself so much you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s just what we saw last night…

      I think having a record of 2-8 in a shootout tells it all and I think RC knows this about his goalies so hence why he went with a stacked line in OT as we had better odds going for it then than we would in a 3-man shootout.

      ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

    • The Cat says:

      Didnt you get the memo? How dare you criticize the best goalie on the planet! If Price cant stop that puck, no one else in the WORLD can! Without Price it wouldve been 9-3 for the bruins, easily.

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

      • BLACK ICE says:

        Cat

        I am the biggest Carey Price fan & he could have won the past to games with ease. I am so pissed at this season. I am so close to have a bloody stroke from this team!

      • Habsman1970 says:

        I am not saying Price is a bad goalie because he rocks, but he sucks at shootouts! :) 2-8 Speaks for itself :)

        ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

        • BLACK ICE says:

          AND so does the players in the shootout as well. They suck more than Carey!

          • Habsman1970 says:

            110% agree. Overall, we suck at shootouts and I dread getting in to them. So your point is totally accurate, and again why I believe RC was loading up the lines in OT.

            ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

        • The Cat says:

          Come on lets be honest, Price barely stops 50% of the shots he faces in shootouts.

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

          • BLACK ICE says:

            News flash:

            Habs can’t score – Bottom line.

          • The Cat says:

            Newsflash: Its the other goalies pulling their weight in SOs.

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

          • bel33 says:

            News flash: Other goalies pulling their weight because Habs can’t score/hit the net on shoot outs. You going to keep going on this?

      • Badwich says:

        Price is a good goalie, not the best.

        Any truth to the rumor he’s a binger?

        No consistency in the young man. Got to be traded or we need to become a high scoring team. How likely is that?

        Tabberwitt

    • The Juice says:

      I’ve seen Cole take a few shootout attempts this year…not his strength.

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  14. The Cat says:

    Boston were competitive mainly because of their small players. The big guys like Chara and Lucic didnt show up, tired from the night before I guess. I was surprised by the lack of physicality and lack of ‘edge’ by the bruins. Other than the Thornton revenge body check on Emelin, it was pretty ordinary on the bruins’ part.

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

    • The Juice says:

      That is why it is still hard to fathom how this team won the Cup. Chara once again demonstrated why he is more overrated than Phaneuf.

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      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

      • bleedhabs81 says:

        Ya… I hate the big Ogre, but he is not overated. Not in the slightest.

        He is huge, generally has good positioning, can shoot, he hits, never loses a fight…

        Maybe you should back up why you think he is overated instead of just stating it.

  15. filmnoir2012 says:

    When the puck dropped Wednesday night, 22 points separated the Bruins and Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston had a goal differential of plus-61, the Canadiens were minus-2

    Huh!!! Montreal after the game is 16 points out, does someone need a calculator?

  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Bruins often accuse the Canadiens of being a chippy team, a yellow team that slashes and spears and hits with their stick but refuses to fight. They claim that they are more manly because they are willing to square up man to man and drop the gloves and settle things like men. This is a question of perception, however, since I see them as a team that beats up on Tom Pyatt and Jaroslav Spacek but runs away from Georges Laraque and hides behind the ref after receiving an attitude adjustment from Colton Orr (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzecGFw2M_o&feature=fvsr).

    Another meme propagated by the slimy Jack Edwards is that the Canadiens are a team that dives to draw penalties. Well tonight, we saw the mother of all dives by Sean Thorton, a player lionized as a warrior and a worker and who is currently ranked second behind Doug Gilmour on the list of NHL’ers most likely to be fellated by Don Cherry. Mr. Thornton got creamed in the first period by Alexei Emelin, splattered himself against the glass, turned to see if the refs were calling an infraction, went into a spasmodic collapse during which he, curiously enough, first rose on his feet and straightened, before he gently came down on the ice, carefully, on his hands and knees and then softly onto his elbows, before finally stretching out on his yellow belly. At which point, for a second looking for all the world as if he had been knocked out cold, he lifted his head to see if he had drawn a penalty for his Razzy-worthy performance, then got up and carried on, miraculously revived. It was a dive of European League soccer quality, one for which he should be ashamed, and publicly humiliated and scorned from without. He should get a ten games suspension for undermining the integrity of the league, which can easily pick out these dives on HD slow-motion replay. The refs have a difficult job as it is, without having to worry about these crumplers. Also, they threaten to muddle the picture of what to do about concussions. If everyone who receives a bodycheck crumples to the ice and clutches at his face or head to draw a penalty on the other team, it will make the diagnosis of concussions that much more difficult.

    The Max Pacioretty-David Desharnais-Erik Cole was again the best trio for the Canadiens, working hard and showing teeth all game. Max seems to be completely recovered from the injury he suffered last season, and the suspension he incurred for his head hit on Kris Letang. He’s trying some Erik Cole moves and trying to muscle around defencemen on the rush, but his real ace in the hole is his shot, and the way he snaps it off quickly. David again showed how he plays bigger than his size. On their shift after the Mathieu Darche goal, he showed heart and intelligence, first by forechecking effectively against Jordan Caron and just bumping him off the puck, and then pursuing it to the other corner where he pressured Brad Ference into a giveaway.

    Speaking of giveaways, Hal Gill committed a doozy in the first which led to the first Bruins goal by Brad Ference, who didn’t have a problem with his finger getting stuck in his glove on that particular sequence. Mr. Gill can’t make too many mistakes like that, or they’ll depress his trade value. When playing against the Bruins, we can understand that a defenceman might be a little skittish when trying to retrieve the puck in the corner, but Mr. Gill’s stock in trade is steady dependable play in his own zone, so we could have hoped for a little more concentration and determination on that play.

    Brad Marchand again contaminated the game of hockey tonight, going low on a hit he delivered against Alexei Emelin, and on a hit delivered by P.K. Subban. We can dream that the NHL will be consistent and will hand down a ten-game suspension against Mr. Marchand, after dishing out five games in response to a similar infraction against Sami Salo of the Canucks. What’s more likely is that Brendan Shanahan and Colin Campbell will feel they painted themselves into a corner and will contort themselves to rationalize why Mr. Marchand will walk scot free.

    Overall, the game was enjoyable and entertaining, but finished with the worst result the Canadiens could have hoped for. The Bruins skate off with a win and two points on our ice, but we are saddled with a loser point that will hurt our chances at a high draft pick, a veritable lose-lose.

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    • scavanau says:

      I love your 2nd paragraph

    • shootdapuck says:

      Salut Normand!

      Since the departure of JM the hockey is indeed more of a spectacle and who knows where Eller, Emelin, Blunden and Leblanc would be if JM was still around?

      Probably in the pressbox plotting their return to whence they came!

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  17. scavanau says:

    At least we caught up, to lose. Not blew a lead, to lose…

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Alas, we DID get bounces — one post and one cross-bar behind CP. No shoot-out point without those.

    Good to see us winning the physical game, especially vs Boston.

  19. third generation haber says:

    I love Cunneyworth, and can see the impact he’s having on Subban, Darche, Pacioretty, Plekanec, and Eller, but what was he thinking putting our ringette team (Campoli and Kaberle) out there together. It’s like putting a non-contact jeresey on every bruins player on the ice!

    I hope Kaberle and Gomez are playing in Hamilton next year. I’d rather see St. Denis and Avtsin get some nhl time once we’re mathematically eliminated.
    j.p. murray

    • savethepuck says:

      So you think benching Eller after an incidental high stick on a follow through on a shot that the Kid gets 4 minutes that was a questionable 2 was great coaching?

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  20. shootdapuck says:

    Does anyone reckon the blindside hit by Thornton on Emelin warrants a look by Shamahan?

    Looked very from behind on TV.

    Lastly how does Mcquaid escape a penalty when clearly the fighting strap on his sweater was not attached!

    Or is it just more Boston gets away with BS?

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    “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
    “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

    • third generation haber says:

      Was borderline, but direct hits from behind don’t even result in penalties, so obviously the NHL and more importantly the NLPA aren’t serious about cleaning up the game. Rats (see Marchand) are getting away with murder.

      j.p. murray

    • savethepuck says:

      You are wasting your breath when Bruins are involved. We all have to stop kidding ourselves hoping for the B’s to pay for what the BS they do. After Emelin hit Thornton clean tonight it was painfully obvious to everyone but the guy with red stripes on his sleeve that he was going to try to get him at all costs. He tried several times, one time was an obvious charge, so I effin give up on having faith in the NHL to do what’s right. It’s an effin joke and I’m getting sick of it.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  21. temekuhabs says:

    Sure could of used the two points, it ain’t over till its over, but it’s getting awful close to that

  22. savethepuck says:

    “P.K. Subban played a heroic 25:23 and did not lose his cool despite the Bruins taking numerous runs at him. He’s playing his best hockey of the season when the team needs him most.”

    Well said Mr. Boone. PK is now playing the flashy fancy plays but not taking as many chances and making the lazy “cute” turnovers. The Darche shorty was all PK ( although I have to give Darchie credit for getting in the open to receive the pass for the empty netter).
    My view of the game:
    Goal 1: Gill made a lazy clearing attempt and then compounded the situation by putting his 6’7″ frame in front of Price so he couldn’t see anything. All Gill, but he doesn’t get benched because the team needs him on the PK and he’s a veteran.
    Goal 2: Pouliot made a great move, but why does Campoli try to play the puck instead of putting him on his ass? He makes a move off balance and Campoli appears to be staring at his chest. Knock him on his ass and worry about the puck later. Maybe Carey should of had that one in the 5 hole, but I’m sure he was surprised Pouliot even got the shot away.

    Les boys did a great job coming back down 3-1 after 2 against the Bs who have won 22 in a row this year with at least a 2 goal lead. As much as I hate them, I know they are good at protecting a lead.

    Stupid comments tonight I’ve read are:
    1: Price is at fault for the shootout loss. When the Habs go 0 for 3 it is ridiculous to blame the goaltender.
    2. Eller shouldn’t of been in the shootout:
    The kid is 1 for 2 this year in shootouts and 1 for 1 in penalty shots. That makes 2 for 3 or 66.7%, find another Hab even remotely close to 50% and you’ll be wasting your time. He should get more opportunities than he does. Carey was asked recently who is the toughest at practice to stop on shootouts, his reply was “Lars Eller, the kid has skills”

    I would of been much happier with 2 points tonight, but I’m not going to go apeshit about the team losing a freaking skills competition. Unfortunately the Laffs won in OT and we are now 8 points back, but this team was 13 back 11 days ago.

    The views from someone who has never jumped off the bandwagon.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  23. jimmy shaker says:

    I like Price, but man do I hate him……why is he such a sieve in the shootouts……Take your pick as to why this team is not going to the dance this year. Injuries, lack of pp production, blown leads leading to L’s or the shootout ( price sucking and nobody forward or on the d with any skills remotely dangerous for the opposing tender). The blown leads and the poor shootout record really chap my arce!
    Shaker

    • BLACK ICE says:

      Jimmy

      Did the Habs score a goal in the Shootout?

      Think before U type kid!

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Thanks for the tip dad! Did price look like a deer in headlights and get beat quite easily, like on most occasions this year in the bonus round? Ya the team needs to score, but when your tender can’t make a save, (look at his shootout percentage) it’s adds extra pressure to an already fragile bunch of forwards and D-men. The tender is supposed to instill confidence for his team, but how is he supposed to do that when he has none himself? And like your tonic…..think before you type! I did admit that the team doesn’t have anyone that is really dangerous in the shootout which also contributes to the poor record. Be consistent and be honest, then try again my friend!

        Cheers,

        Shaker

        • Man Dingga says:

          How about this, Price doesn’t have any confidence going into a shootout because he know’s if he doesn’t make the saves its over. As much as saves inspire the players, goals inspire the goalie. Especially the one’s that have struggled with them like Price has this season. I think he is over thinking, but I will say this Seguin uses some sick moves in shootouts. I’m a huge supporter of Price but last night was an off game for him. I think a night off will do him some good. Although Pleks should of scored on that breakaway in the 3rd, WTF you can’t raise a puck on your backhand? Thomas was done. Story of the season though, can’t score when it counts.

  24. The Dude says:

    What a bust…this season was over before it started really and yet fans are still as wishy-washy as the Habs with statement like “the future looks bright”.Gauthier has too go,Gomez really has to go and Kabernay AND Krapolie suck as well,FORE!

  25. Propwash says:

    I’ve come to grasps that the Habs won’t make it to the big show, barring epic meltdowns of the teams in front, but I like what I see with the team moving forward.

    _____________________________
    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  26. The_Franchise31 says:

    Desharnais best hands on the team? I don’t think so Boone. Sure he’s having a good season but cole and patches are driving that line and I’m sure alot of center men would over achieve on that line

  27. Corson27 says:

    *sigh*
    There is always next year.


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