About last night … with audio

PKBoarded
Josh Gorges’ probably played his best game of the season at Scotiabank Place.
The defenceman blocked 10 shots. He had six hits. His 26:39 of ice time included 11:20 while the Canadiens were shorthanded.
The guy is a warrior. But we knew that.
Gorges, the captain in waiting, is going to earn every nickel of that contract extension that the team, in a departure from policy, signed him to during the season.

Gorges leads the NHL with 212 blocks this season. That’s 41 more than runner-up François Beauchemin of Anaheim.

You have to admire the courage, the absolute indifference to pain of guys who do this for a living. As we saw with Alexei Emelin in the Friday night game, blocking shots can be hazardous to your health.

Watching all those shots being blocked, however, is hazardous to the mental health of Canadiens’ fans – because Gorges wouldn’t have to be rising life and limb every night if the puck were in the other end more often.

Which it hardly ever is, unless David Desharnais, Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty are on the ice.

Against Ottawa, even the Two and a Half Men line had an off-night. We’ll cut them some slack: DD & Co. have carried this team all season, and it was difficult to get any rhythm or flow going due to the ridiculous amount of time one team or the other was on a power-play.

Tomas “Whom Do I Have to Sleep With to Get Decent Wingers?” Plekanec played 11:49 shorthanded – scoring the goal that held up until the third period – and 11:03 at even-strength.

That’s absurd for a player who’s your Number 1-A centre.

Plekanec, Gorges, Carey Price and P.K. Subban were the best Canadiens in Ottawa. Minus their heroism, the score would have been 7-1 in regulation time, and the Canadiens would be coming home without the stupid point that – given this team’s luck – will end up costing them in the draft lottery.

Ottawa had 33 shots on goal. Gorges and friends blocked 25, and the Senators missed the net 21 times. That includes five shots that hit posts or the crossbar: it was a carillon concert in Kanata.

Corresponding numbers for the Canadiens: a season-low 14SoG, 11 blocks by the Senators, three misses.

Nine Canadiens had no shots on goal. That’s not entirely surprising in the case of Petteri Nokelainen, Brad Staubitz and Aaron Palushaj, the fourth-liners who played minimal minutes.

But P.K. didn’t have a SoG. And neither did Louis Leblanc – playing with Lars Eller, who had three, and Mike Blunden, who had a shot to go with his six hits.

Which brings us to Pleks’s linemates:

Ryan White: Zero shots. Not even an attempt. But he had three hits.

Rene Bourque: No shots. One blocked – by Erik Karlsson, on a play where Bourque should have driven to the net and drawn a call against the Ottawa Dman. Oh, and one non-thunderous hit.

Randy Cunneyworth called Bourque out after practice on Thursday. The coach said the team needs more from a player with size, speed, grit and – on the evidence of back-to-back 27-goal seasons in Calgary – a nose for the net.

Michel Bergeron got off a good one on L’Antichambre. He said the Canadiens always end up with the wrong guy: Marcel Hossa instead of Marian and Rene, not Raymond, Bourque.

In 27 games with the Canadiens, Bourque has four goals and three assists. He’s minus-16.

Bourque is well on the way to being enshrined in the Canadiens Hall of Shame: the Perry Turnbull Wing, reserved for power forwards with size, speed and skill who manage to piss away their talent in a CH sweater.

Recent inductees include Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot. Off his play to date, Bourque makes those two stiffs look like Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk.

I think Cunneyworth will make Bourque a healthy scratch against the Islanders at the Bell Centre Saturday night. Blake Geoffrion will draw in, with another chance to prove that great gene pool hasn’t grown too shallow.

Perhaps Andrei Markov will be back against the Islanders. He’ll help a power play that went 0-for-4 in Ottawa.

I hope Frédéric St. Denis gets another start. He was mesmerized by Daniel F. Alfredsson on winning goal in OT, but that will happen. St. Denis played a decent game – better than his D partner, Chris Campoli.

The league’s top-ranked penalty kill had another perfect night. Ottawa was 0-for-9, including 1:33 of 5-on-3.

Again, though, the number of times the Canadiens are shorthanded is indicative of the extent to which they’re chasing the puck and fouling in a futile effort to get it back. Ten minor penalties is brutal … even when Chris Lee is one of the zebras.

Deliverance from all this at hand, peeps: 10 games to go.

97 Comments

  1. roady says:

    Plekanec….pppffftt !!! Dump that soft little prick…get someone with balls instead….he’s a pussy

    take your drink to the end of the bar buddy…come on now, don’t be a fool…

  2. petefleet says:

    Missed all but the last 2 minutes of the third period last. Read Boones blog and got the jist of what was going on. I think it would have been a hard game to watch in it’s entirety. The league has been really soft on penalties since Xmas until last night. What gives? The Habs are not in a position to win anything and the league is still out for them. Not really. I’m it’s because they were chasing the puck all night. Only 3 shots in the last 2 periods each, that would have to piss off the coaches. Sadly, I’m in the “winning is losing” camp and found myself very torn in the OT. I always want my Habs to win but man they could use a high draft pick to jump start their future. Tonight they play at home and that should provide them with a loss, sigh.

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  3. Mavid says:

    for those of you that think its wonderful that the turds have knocked out the bruins..you obviously don’t have to live here…there heads will no longer fit through any doorways…

  4. HNS says:

    This team even tanks 1/2 assed. Unreal.

  5. Captain aHab says:

    We need to lose correctly tonight: in regulation. That would put the Isles back in front of us and give Edmonton two games in hand on the Habs.

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  6. HNS says:

    Can someone tell Borque to go to the net? He as as much hockey sense as George Bush had running the US.
    Now we have another boat anchor to unload.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      He needs to add jam to his game IMHO. Got to give him next year before we give up on him don’t you think?

      • Captain aHab says:

        I have to think that if Cole doesn’t give him enough of an example, then he’ll never get it. At the very least, drive to the net and make the other team take a penalty.

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    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      It’s time to update your routine. Bush has been gone for almost an entire term and the new guy needs to be splattered in a drive by now and then. You know, like, 15 trillion in debt? What did he do? Sign Scott Gomez?

      • HabFab says:

        You idiot, it was the Republicans who accumulated the first 13 trillion. The new guy had to take the last 2 trillion to keep the country from going under. Unfrigging believable!!!!!!!!!

        • Cal says:

          Republicans have been in denial since 2002. Remember, they can do no wrong because they are right.
          Bush put the final nails into the USA’s financial situation by throwing money at the people who caused the failure in the first place. Instead of being a free market capitalist, Bush bailed out his constituents. If he had any balls at all, he would have allowed them to rot in the mess of their own making.

      • boing007 says:

        Federal Debt during the Bush years:
        Arrival:
        Jan 2001 5,728,739,508,558.96
        Departure:
        Jan 2009 10,699,804,864,612.13

        Richard R

  7. Cal says:

    A limerick for St. Paddy’s

    There is a winger named Bourque,
    Who was allergic to work.
    Traded from Cow east to Habtown;
    Nothing’s improved.
    He still looks like a jerk.

  8. HabFab says:

    NCAA hockey is having it’s Hockey Madness and Hab prospects playing;
    Josiah Didier and his University of Denver took double O/T to beat Scott Kishel’s (1A) Minnesota Duluth and advances to the WCHA final.
    Danny Kristo (1A) and Mark MacMillan (1A) with North Dakota went into the third down 3-0 and scored 6 goals to advance to the WCHA final against Didler’s Denver team.
    Greg Pateryn and Mac Bennett’s U of Michigan took double O/T to beat Bowling Green and advance to the CCHA final

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Go Jets Go! Did anybody watch the highlights of the game? The entire crowd in Winnipeg was chanting/screaming “Crosby’s Better” The crowd in the Peg is absolutely incredible.

    Jets are now 2 points out of a playoff spot but have I think 7 of their remaining games on the road including 1 in Washington.

    This would be a great story if they can make the Post Season.

    I am hopeful CBC and TSN will start giving this squad more national televised games so we or maybe just I can watch them.

    • Cal says:

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed for them. Their fans deserve it.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Gerald. Having the NHL Centre Ice package I was able to watch most of the Jets game. Although it was Washingtons feed( the color commentator is qualified for the CBC *sarcasm*) the crowd at that barn is as good as any I’ve seen anywhere. Play-off hockey there would be tremendous. Wonder what the players think when they reflect back on the good old days in Atlanta.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Good Morning James, I have said before, I am amazed at the passion from people in wpg regarding the Jets. There are members of my family who in the past life of the Jets barely knew they existed, now these same people are talking Jets hockey every chance they can.

        It is just a wonderful opportunity for people to embrace their own team. I became a Hab fan growing up in Wpg. because there was no NHL team there. The WHA was different and I liked the Jets, they may have had an aging Bobby Hull, but the Habs had Lafleur and played in the Big Leagues. For kids growing up in Wpg now they can have their own big league team. Very exciting times in the Peg.

  10. HNS says:

    I hope he wasn’t serious. I hope.

  11. smiler2729 says:

    Senators pass Bruins, suck it, Jack Edwards.

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  12. Habfan10912 says:

    I replied to a post this morning in regards to Eller still adjusting to the speed of the NHL game due in part to his lack of ice time last season and parts of this one. Player development in this organization seems to be an issue at times. Why is LL up with a last place, going no where team, and not playing a regular shift. This makes no sense to me. The Habs are not fighting for a friggin play-off spot. Play the kid or send him down for crying out loud.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think that question goes to PG. RC’s only job as a coach (Especially an interim Coach) is try and do whatever to win each and every game. It is what he is graded on and how he will continue to gain employment. Having said that, PG needs to then go to RC and tell him that he needs to see how certain players do down the stretch therefore more minutes. However, I even have concern for that happening. Realistically a GM provides players and is supposed to trust his coach to use them appropriately.

      Your point is very valid, unfortunately end of day, Players play, coaches coach and both of them do this to win. It should be an ingrained habit that should not easily be broken.

  13. Castor says:

    Man I am so torn on Pleks
    DD makes him expendable but I love him….
    Pleks is also our best trade bait to free up space and somehow, someway get a big center. Unless we draft Grigorenko..then we just have to wait a year…. decisions decisions.

    Do you guys think we could get a good return for Pleks+Weber+Diaz+Pick? (Or something like that?)

    • Cal says:

      No one will take Weber and Diaz together. If it were Shea Weber it would be a different story.
      Pleks gives value. Check the league leading centers at NHL.com. There are only 10 #1 centers in the whole league right now. No team would give one of those players up.

      • Castor says:

        Yeah… kind of stuck huh? If we draft someone like Grigorenko (Which is a possibility. If we draft third. Jackets would take Yakupov, Edmoton needs defense, leaving Grigorenko for us)
        then something could really kick up in 2014… but 2012 / 13 would be a wash.

    • neumann103 says:

      Torn? Not really.

      Plekanec is the #2 or #3 Penalty killing forward in the NHL

      In a season that everybody regards as a disaster, particularly offensively, he is currently ranked the #30 Center in the NHL in terms of points. That’s right, there are 30 teams in the NHL. With Desharnais at #18 apparently the Habs have two #1 Centers.

      Yes Plekanec could be the key piece in a trade for a superstar. He is one of only a couple of Habs who have trade value on their own, anywhere commensrate with their value because just about anyone around the league other than bitchy Hab fans understands the huge value of a Plekanec.

      “Et le but!”

    • boing007 says:

      Who is this Big Center that will become available in July?

      Richard R

  14. twilighthours says:

    When we shipped off Akost, I was glad to see him go as I really don’t want anybody on my team that needs to be motivated just to skate hard once in a while.

    Unfortunately, bourque has become that player (or always was).

    I think he is very tradeable though. Particularly to Edmonton. Not worried about his situation (yet).

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I really hope the NHL sends its players to Sochi, that will be a great atmosphere for Team Canada, shades of 72? There are some big tough decisions ahead for Stevie Y to make.

      I think we’ll see PK and Price there.

  15. Bertuzzi says:

    Bourque reminds me of AK47. They always seem to be 2 seconds behind the play, as though their minds are working in slow motion or they’re thinking too much.

    This is the opposite of Eller who is in spastic mode all the time. His quickness is fine in the corners, but Eller needs to slow down when he is on the power play.

  16. 24 Cups says:

    Every year the Hab faithful choose a player to be their whipping boy. I predicted that next season it might well be Rene Bourque. It looks like he’s already getting a head start on that dubious honour. I sure hope the 2nd rounder turns out to be half decent.

    If we land up getting a crappy draft pick you can blame it all on Carey Price.

    After watching the past two games, you really have to wonder if Ottawa is going to be sticking around for long in the post season.

    The Penguins have won ten games in a row and are now +49 in terms of GD. They also have Crosby and Letang back in the line-up and Jordan Staal is playing the best hockey of his life. Not to mention that Malkin is off the charts (again). Pittsburgh will probably play the 5th place seed which may well turn out to be the vastly improved Philadelphia Flyers. I sure hope that’s the series TSN decides to televise.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’ll be having a few Harp lagers this afternoon as I sit outside enjoying another day of 20 degree temperatures.

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  17. otter649 says:

    Two and half man comment has been around as long as the line has been together with no one able to take credit for making up the phrase – First time I saw it was on Twitter & grew from there……

  18. slychard says:

    When the two and a half man joke was posted I chuckled.
    I never watched the show (don’t watch TV) but am aware of it, so to me the joke was witty and funny, a joke I give credit to a mind striving for humor, a one time shot kind of deal you dole out for the sake of a laugh at the expense of an individual. A shot. A shot you receive from friends and reciprocate with a shot…then you move on, but…
    Boone’s been using it as his’ since, and I find it tiring, tiring and offensive.

    Why?

    It’s offensive to DD, a player who busted his @zz all those years, surmounting odds against all odds, from one level of play to the next, persevering and turning a deaf ear to every devil in his path, “too short”, “too this” “too that” la la la, yet he reaches his holy grail only to be denigrated in print by a beat writer as a half man, A HALF MAN. And Boone still has the b@lzz to ask him questions in the locker after games he scored and busted his soul in knowing this is what he has to do every game to keep his job because he is not considered…a WHOLE man in this league. Good one Boone. Keep it up… make sure you make the dead-line, at DD’s expense. DD might be a half man joke in your posts but he’s twice the man you’ll ever be.

    2nd
    Not only Boone use’s a poster’s joke as his (sure he gave credit initially) but the fact he use’s it ad nauseam just cheapens the joke in my mind, and if I were the poster I would feel quite vexed by this.
    I’ve noticed rampant plagiarism when it comes to jokes, story angles, and what-not lifted by Boone from posters on this site. Did Boone set this HIO site in order to get the Gazette gig and should we posters start a union…

    LOL y’all, LOL!

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …got to agree with You Sly …but plagiarism is the lifeblood of most in the media

      …if they were Dostoevskys and Joyces, and were capable of original thought they likely wouldn’t be sports writers

      …so got to give Booner some slack :)

      …He is what He is, …and HIO is a saloon worth frequenting if You are a Hab Fan

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      • Jim Edson says:

        Chris, does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?

        So many petty bichy posts these days it’s seems that the Habs losing season has had some detrimental effects on the comentariat’s social skills.

        You see people complaining about posts not about the content but about the grammar or spelling and questioning the veracity of the posters because of small inconsequential errors.

        Do the errors make the posters’ intent more difficult to comprehend, is it just pent up anger with nowhere to go or a group of frustrated Middle School English teachers?

        There are quite a number of posters here who do not have English as a mother tongue but aren’t cut any slack whatsoever.

        Folks get a grip!

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        In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

        They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

        ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

        • Cal says:

          It’s all about comprehension. It’s sad to see so many errors when reading a post that you must edit it in order to make sense of it.
          Ian Cobb has posted about how this site has helped him learn to read and write and it’s a pleasure to read his thoughts. The high school kids on this site should learn from his example.

          • Jim Edson says:

            Last night someone posted about Weber and got jumped cause he spelled it Webber.

            It’s not like it confused the object of the post but he got jumped for misspelling the name probably cause the tribe didn’t agree with what was said.

            Posting from smart phones makes errors almost systematic as the spell checkers don’t compensate for words in languages other than the default language of the phone, they just change them up.

            Anyway enough!

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            What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

            In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

            They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

            ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Slychard, I think the moniker is given with a nudge and a wink, affection, and lots of admiration for the ‘Half’ man. I suspect David doesn’t have a problem withe it. It’s not like they’re calling it the Donut Line, as Steve Shutt laughingly referred to him and Guy Lafleur being ‘forced’ to play with Pete Mahovlich.

      As far as our friend and host Mike Boone, I think you are off-base. His employment at the Gazette greatly pre-dates his launching the HIO website. And I believe that when he uses the Two and a Half Men line, he does so as a homage, not as an insult to Mr. Desharnais. All you have to do is read his columns to know he holds him in high esteem.

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  19. Un Canadien errant says:

    Watching That’s Hockey 2 Nite (ugh… is Prince the exec producer on this show?) and Kevin Daneyko says “Daniel Alfredsson gives the howdy doody to the Montreal defenceman, I believe that’s Desjarnais”. And it’s not a typo, he pronounced it as a cross between ‘Desjardins’ and ‘Desharnais’. Motormouth Steve Kouleas retorted: “I think that was Mathieu Darche actually, number 52″.

    The jersey number was there clear as day, number 62, it was Frédéric St-Denis who got deked by Mr. Alfredsson.

    How unprofessional is it for these two clowns to just wing it like that?How hard is it to check the rosters on the game recap on nhl.com?

    When I comment on this site I take 5 seconds to check hockeydb.com or Wikipedia or CapGeek, I don’t say “I think…”, I state a fact. These guys have staffers, a budget, they have no excuse.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      There’s more. They replayed the goal a couple of minutes later, and Mr. Daneyko says Daniel Alfredsson does the “Howdy Doody on a forward there, not a defenceman….”

      If you’re so unclear on what’s going on, so confused that it encroaches on your commentary, don’t you just stop rolling the cameras and do your homework and come back once you’ve got your facts straight?

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      • slychard says:

        Easy Errant man, once Howdy doody is mentioned credibility is chucked out the window… We are the chosen few, the numerous, the proud… the Habs.

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    • The Cat says:

      I havent seen Kouleas on TSN hardly but I used to watch him on The Score and for my money hes probably the most top-of-the-head-without-script knowledgeable hockey guy there is. Sure he can make mistakes but hes earned the benefit of the doubt, in my book anyways.

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

    • boing007 says:

      I love it when Motormouth says ‘we’re just getting started’ before the commercial break. Dutchy too.

      Richard R

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, I admit the language is a little strong. Both those guys aren’t clowns, I take it back.

      I do stand firm on the fact that their fumbling around on the identity of the mystery Canadiens player was amateur hour, like a college station production.

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  20. The Cat says:

    Another thing I dont get, the habs dont really practice that much indicating theyve gone into dormant mode you could say, but then RC turns around and calls Bourque out for not playing hard enough. Its like the whole season has been full of mixed messages.

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

  21. The Cat says:

    Seems if I was coach Id give Gorges a couple of nights off. Blocking shots like that in meaningless games. I mean he wont have a very long career if he keeps up that pace.

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

  22. The Cat says:

    That was a nice goal by Plekanec.

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

  23. Corson27 says:

    There is no reason to slander AK and SK, and you know this because you read it in some rag?

  24. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Canadiens get a C for effort and a E for results. They squander a draft-position-solidifying loss by hanging on, in the face of a 33-14 shots-on-goal disadvantage, to a 1-1 regulation tie, and cough up the win in overtime. At this rate we’re going to fall in the standings at a slower pace than the Maple Leafs.

    There is a bright side. By losing to the Senators, we allowed them to vault all the way to second place, dropping the vacillating Bruins to seventh in the Conference, with champion of personal freedom (IN HIS PRIVATE LIFE!!! DON’T MISUNDERSTAND HIM! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS PERFORMANCE AS A HOCKEY PLAYER!) Tim Thomas leading the swoon.

    EDIT: Just to be entirely clear on my feelings about Mr. Thomas…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=8EUS5c-qHtk

    Our boys tried hard in a way. We can assert this by relying on their penalty killing prowess, whereby they killed off 9 powerplays, which doesn’t happen without a lot of sweat and pain. Ask Josh Gorges, who blocked 10 shots, and Tomas Plekanec, who played 12 of his 27 minutes shorthanded. What was missing was a little bit of passion or magic. I saw René Bourque and Ryan White chugging hard to skate back for backchecking duties, but there was a resignation in their bearing, as if they were performing a duty, as if they were trying hard for the cameras and the coaches, almost giving themselves plausible deniability, instead of being driven by a hatred for losing and a hunger for the puck. In stereo, both stood up and stopped skating as soon as they crossed the blueline, their job seemingly done.

    Carey Price was cool, almost clinical in keeping us in the game. He has a few detractors among Montréal fans, but received nothing but plaudits from the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast crew, despite their documented Toronto bias. He was described as a superstar and a no-brainer choice for the 2014 Team Canada squad. We should cherish him and refuse to take him for granted.

    The Two and a Half Men line didn’t get on the scoreboard, which goes a long way in explaining this loss. If this team is going to have a chance to win, they can’t have an off-night. We saw during the game broadcast Max Pacioretty having words on the bench, reportedly with P.K. Subban, after the latter sent a rocket from the point on the powerplay at him at earlobe vicinity, while he was trying to screen the Sens goalie. The technical crew then played earlier footage of the powerplay squad drawing up the play on the ice during a break, with Erik Cole assigning tasks, and Max skating off with a smirk on his face, as if he knew what was coming. Erik has had issues with P.K.’s shot before, I wonder if it was in the back of his mind as he told Max “You go stand in front of the net, I’ve done my share this year already.”

    Which bring to mind the question, why are the guys drawing up their plays as if they’re playing shinny, instead of their coach? Why is Mr. Cunneyworth having a debate with his third pairing defenceman Chris Campoli during a TV timeout, and why does Mr. Campoli feel empowered to retort and provide his views on the subject?

    Bill Parcells famously said that ‘you are what your record says you are’, so never mind about potential and injuries, if you’re in last place you’re a last place team. In Mr. Cunneyworth’s case, he took a mediocre team 2 points out of a playoff spot and turned it into a bad team and drove it to the bottom of the standings. So, even bearing in mind that he was put in a difficult situation, he is what his record indicates. He must be replaced next season. I’ll repeat that I want a coach who’ll provide strong leadership, and will put an end to the bickering on the bench and between players. My inclination, as stated before, would be to hire Patrick Roy, a strong passionate man with credentials who won’t tolerate shenanigans, and who’ll make the trains run on time.

    Tomorrow the Islanders. Go Habs go! No half-measures. Win outright, or lose, but no regulation tie please.

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I’ll get to the point quickly, Normand, because I must sleep :) …We are of same mind that Patrick Roy are both Our choices as the next Coach
      …too bad, because, despite Our descent to the bottom of the sea, I like the character of Randy Cunneyworth
      …ahh !, BUT !!! unfortunately, character only gets You so far Normand :)

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    • boing007 says:

      … hire Patrick Roy, a strong passionate man with credentials who won’t tolerate shenanigans, and who’ll make the trains run on time.
      Too bad Mussolini and Hitler are dead, they were very good at making sure that the trains ran on time. Unlike British Rail.

      Richard R

  25. Exit716 says:

    Gauthier has an impressive record of recommending talent for the Habs. As pro scout, he had a big role in getting Gomez for McDonagh and then as GM Kaberle and Bourque this season. Oh and a third or fourth line centre for Halak. Bravo Pierre. Hopefully Molson rewards him with an extension.

  26. H.Upmann says:

    Hahagahagagsv I meant Bourque lol bah all the same

  27. H.Upmann says:

    Kaberle doesn’t want to be here, neither does Gomez, or Kabs, or who was that clown #17 yapping back? Ah doesn’t matter. Lotta guys who get paid to enjoy mtl nightlife but dont play hockey

  28. NCRhabsfan says:

    RC has lost the room. No team gets 14 shots that is the least bit worried about what their coach thinks. What were they outshot over this home and home. 80 -30? Without Price they get beat 5-2, 7-1, it’s no wonder that like JM before him RC won’t let Budjah anywhere near the net most nights. Worst coach ever, in any language. I hope he’s enjoying his 15 minutes, because there will not be a sequel, anywhere for anyone.

    Don’t put Bourque in the booth, either send him to Hamilton or send him home and tell him to come back with a new attitude next season. That will get some guys attention.

    Put Gomez on IR for the rest of the year.

    White is not an NHL calibre player on any line.

    Thank goodness we have Gorges, Subban, Emelin, Eller, Pleks, Price and the two and a half men line. Beyond that, time to start over.

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Tells us how you really feel. I agree though on every one of those points. Why the hell do we get stuck with stiffs like Bourque? Lazy, doesn’t give a shit about his teammates or the game. I hope the next GM sends his floating ass out of Montreal on the first thing smokin.

  29. FanCritic says:

    I don’t know what’s with Bourque. it’s like he doesn’t want to be here.

  30. Castor says:

    Is Pierre Gauthier still around,

  31. Malreg says:

    I really like Eller, and I think he has a ton of potential, but he has a lot of moments that have me questioning his hockey sense…

    How many times does Eller try to skate the puck out from deep in our zone, often times cutting right in front of the net, leading to a giveaway? Drives me crazy… He takes so many risks in our zone.

  32. durocher says:

    A heroic penalty kill and overall showing by Gorges and Emelin. If I’m the Habs, I give Gorges the “C” once it’s announced that Gio is out for the season. No disrespect to Gio, but full and proper appreciation for Gorges.

    Penalty killing aside, the 5-on-5 play was inexcusably bad and the PP was horrible as well. Pleks has only been dangerous offensively this season when he’s on a breakaway or similar situation. I don’t know why Pleks is exempt from criticism and why his linemates take all the blame instead. Isn’t the job of a “1-A” center to improve your linemates, to put them in a position to score? This is not to say that White and Bourque are Pleks’s responsibility, but it is to say that the blame for the line’s woes should be shared by, you guessed it, the line itself. And, a harder look should be given to Pleks’s 5-on-5 play — he is -20, the WORST on the entire team.

    Blame also has to be assigned to RC — White is miscast as a 2nd line player with offensive-types Bourque and Pleks. Putting Blunden on the ice in OT made no sense either. Geoffrion should have played instead of Nokia — we struggle to score outside of the top line, and Geoffrion at least looked like he was developing some chemistry with LL. For tomorrow, I would do the following:

    MaxPower-DD-Cole (score)
    Geoffrion-Pleks-LL (score)
    Bourque-Eller-Paloosh (check, chip in offensively)
    Staubitz-White-Blunden (hit, crash, fight)

    Each line has a defined role, an identity. Our lines now (aside from the DD line), are a confusing blend of lines that lacks a singular focus and thus fails to contribute to the whole. That’s on RC. 10 more games before he hits the unemployment line (hopefully with PG, BG, Gomez, and Kaberle too)

  33. Bill says:

    I don’t know if Cunneyworth can bench Bourque without pissing off the GM he would embarrass by doing so. I mean, I don’t think Cunneyworth has anything to lose, but he might think differently.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Mothstoflame says:

      I was at the game….. My father who does not know many players had the privilege of watching Bourque skate up and down the ice… We both noted 2 things… the little girl who missed 4-5 shots during 2nd break was faster and played with more heart… And so did Chris Lee our favorite Hab lover… You know when you see Refs go down and you might feel bad… well… Errant pucks tot he face woulda been nice..

    • Gerry H says:

      Fair enough, but PG would have to weigh that against the four pointer in the draft sweepstakes that this game represents. Et bien…

    • Boomer says:

      Well said. He’ll probably cut his ice time.

  34. Stev.R says:

    What do you mean we? You aren’t doing a thing.

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    In fairness, I would probably be seriously knocked off my game by lightly bumping into a mobster’s Ferrari – let alone impregnating his daughter.

    If it was me I’d have been in Paraguay under an assumed name.


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

  36. roady says:

    No to trading DD…or Eller. Trade Plekanec…YES…or move him to the 3rd line where he belongs, would much rather they just get rid of him and Rene Bourque…

    take your drink to the end of the bar buddy…come on now, don’t be a fool…


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