About last night …

Pleks
What is there to say?
The biggest St. Patrick’s day sports story in Montreal unfolded at the Olympic Stadium, where the Impact played their first Major League Soccer home game.
The team drew 58,542 fans to a 1-1 draw.
About 46,000 of them won’t be at the next game, but it was an historic occasion in a city that likes that sort of thing.
The Canadiens shootout loss to the Islanders?
Not so historic … but Montreal hockey fans are used to that sort of thing this season.

The loss dropped the Canadiens into 15th place in the Eastern Conference. They have the fourth-worst record in the league, which augurs well for a top five draft choice in June.

But that’s not a certainty, because the Canadiens have developed the late-season/no-pressure/who-give-a-rip? habit of garnering points in all their games.

The team has not lost a game in regulation time since 11 days ago in Calgary. Since then, their record is 3-0-3.

What does it mean to avoid 60-minute defeat in meaningless games?

I think, draft lottery considerations aside, this has been a positive run for the Canadiens, offering a bit of encouragement for fans who have suffered since October.

Let’s chronicle the good news:

• Confounding the skeptics – myself included – Andrei Markov is back … and it’s the real Andrei Markov. He logged the most ice time yet, 21:49, against the Islanders and has resuscitated a power play that’s struggled all season.

The PP is 1-for-11 in games Markov has played. The goal came during a 5-on-3 in Vancouver, when Markov set up P.K. Subban.

But the stats don’t tell the story. With Markov on the left point exercising his vision and imagination, the power play is displaying puck control, creativity and confidence.

He still doesn’t trust his legs to rush down off the point à la vintage Markov. But that will come and so will the goals … but maybe not until October.

• Erik Cole plays as though he never looks at the standings. As the Canadiens tumbled out of the playoff hunt, there has been no let-up in his intensity and drive.

I lost count of the number of pucks Cole, having beaten an Islander Dman, fed into Al Montoya’s blue paint. Sadly, there was no Erik Cole there to convert them.

It is not an exaggeration to describe Cole as one of the best free-agent signings ever, in any sport. He is the diametric opposite of the UFA who cashes in and loses desire.

What a pro … and what an inspiration to young players such as Louis Leblanc.

• P.K. Subban played a ridiculous 28 minutes, filled with the kind of flamboyance that makes him the darling of the Bell Centre … if not necessarily of the dressing room.

I had an interesting chat with my great and good friend François Gagnon before the game. The La Presse columnist believes that the Canadiens desperately need a centre with size.

“To move forward, they need a forward,” Gagnon said. Had the deal been available, which it wasn’t, he’d have traded P.K. for Eric Staal in a New York nanosecond.

My great respect for Gagnon notwithstanding, I’m not so sure. Staal has some miles on him, and Subban is going to be very good for a very long time.

And he’s going to inspire the “P.K.! P.K.!” idolatry that sustains fans who have been paying major $$$ to watch too much bad hockey this season.

No one chants “Campoli!”

• Tomas Plekanec got a new right-winger: Lars Eller. There was some chemistry – enough that Pleks, Eller and Rene Bourque had 12 of the Canadiens’ shots on goal. And to the astonishment of many, Bourque scored in the shootout.

Against the Islanders, the Canadiens were a two-line team. Every forward wearing a white jersey had at least one shot on goal. Red jerseys who didn’t included Petteri Nokelainen, Brad Staubitz, Mike Blunden, Ryan White and, surprisingly, David Desharnais.

At least White celebrated his 24th birthday with five hits and a spirited fight against Matt Martin. Pacioretty had five hits and Campoli four – matching the defenceman’s giveaway total.

The Canadiens’ goal-scorers, Louis Leblanc and Aaron Palushaj, played 11:04 and 3:36, respectively.

I think the kids ought to be getting more ice time. Frédéric St. Denis played well enough Friday night in Ottawa to get a hometown start at the Bell Centre before being sent back to Hamilton late Saturday night. Blake Geoffrion was a healthy scratch again; and if he’s not playing, Baby Boom should be a Bulldog.

But Randy Cunneyworth has to go with the lineup he thinks can win games. This approach is both honourable and wise in terms of maintaining pride and dedication among the players who will be back next season.

After playing four games in six nights, the Canadiens are off on Sunday and return to the practice rink in Brossard on Monday morning.

454 Comments

  1. MiltonHab says:

    All this crazy Trade Subban talk…At he same period in their careers PK is ahead of where Larry Robinson was and look how he turned out. The future of this team looks very bright, PK, Price, DD, Maxpac, White, Eller, Cole even Plecks…we are two or three pieces from being a strong cup contender.

    • Chris says:

      At the 18, Bryan Fogarty was ahead of Bobby Orr.

      Extrapolations are not always useful. :)

      Let’s all allow P.K. Subban to be P.K. Subban instead of burdening him with expectations or comparisons that aren’t fair to anybody involved.

    • Badwich says:

      Gag has been bad mouthing Subban since day one because he has that typical “endzone” attitude. Play like humble Canadians of old or trade him is Gagnon’s only religion. Shudda been a priest.

  2. naweed235 says:

    Taking my Bruin hating to the next level!

  3. Cal says:

    AK rolling on in Nashville. 14mins 0 shots and -1. Oh, that Barry Trotz is getting to know AK. ;)

    • naweed235 says:

      Watch out for that team to make some noise in the playoffs now that Radulov is coming back… They really got some solid pieces on that team… Arguably a top 3 Goalie, best D-man pairing in Suter and Weber and a hell of a deep forward line up with guys like Fisher, bigtits , smalltits, Erat, Legwund, Hornquist and now Radulov…

  4. HabinBurlington says:

    Crippling loss by Jets in regulation to Hurricanes, Flames also big loss to Columbus. Bad night for Cdn team playoff chances.

    • ProHabs says:

      As bad as it has been to be a Habs fan this year, be thankful we are not Flames or Leaf fans. Those are 2 teams that are really in no mans land. No solid young prospects, a core that is getting older and will finish the season in 9th or 10th in the conference.

      To bad for the Flames but any team that loses back to back games against to 2 bad teams like Columbus and Edmonton when they are fighting for a playoff spot, does not deserve to make the danse.

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        I agree, but Baertschi could possibly have a great career. He’s been having a pretty good year in the WHL and a decent start in the NHL.
        And Jay Feester, who looks a lot like Peter Griffin, keeps feeding the Flames fans the same Garbage Burke does. Keeps saying there’s no need to rebuild, he thinks they have a good team yadda yadda.

  5. H.Upmann says:

    If Pierre McGuire wants to be GM of the Habs, I suggest he be assistant GM somewhere else first for awhile to see if he can prove himself or not

  6. parkex says:

    Btw MLS had higher avg attendance than both NBA & NHL in 2011. Also top 10 in world & more than either Brazil or Russia.

  7. parkex says:

    46,000 won’t be back again? 1-1 who like tgat sort of thing? Speak for yourself. Like the Habs 2-2 draw was that much more exciting as is hockey in general vs the 80s. Wait till LA & Beckham come to town in May when Habs are out golfing & then on strike/lockout in the fall. Impact captain already has half of Habs captain goal total. Impact has built itself from the grassroots up & growing with inmigration so old school guys like you will have to get used to end of the Monopoly. Habs should stop taking their fans for granted & give us something better next year, starting with quality mgmt.

    • Steven says:

      Arnaud has 4 goals in 2 games?

    • Cal says:

      Lol. Very amusing post. If soccer is oh so popular here in Montreal, why is the stadium they’re going to playing in being “expanded” (HAH!) to 20,000?
      Is it because maybe, just maybe, it isn’t as popular as you think?

      • Les Canayens says:

        After what happened to the Alouettes when they inadvertently moved to Percival Molson stadium (because of U2 using the Big O), and became more successful, it only make sense to have a stadium that is not oversized.

        Besides the average MLS attendance is under 20K except LA, Toronto and Vancouver where there are over 20K, and Seattle over 30K. So 20,000 seats is right in the ballpark.

        • Duracell3 says:

          This is a good point, in Seattle at Qwest field, it is simply way too large for their fan base so they cut off the large sections of the higher seats to bring it from 67k down to 38k.

    • Duracell3 says:

      Have fun getting 58,000 in Saputo.

  8. H.Upmann says:

    @habstrinifan: and you parallels between “The System” and defensive formations like 5-4-1… Or 5-0-0 lol

  9. Steven says:

    As the draft is getting near, I’ve been trying to learn more about the prospects.

    I’ve learned a good deal about Grigorenko, but haven’t found out much in terms of Filip Forsberg. Figuring that one of those two is likely going to be our pick this June, can someone give me the skinny on Forsberg?

    • Stev.R says:

      Apparently a lot like Landeskog but I don’t think he is as strong offensively. Mature kid. 6’2”, 180 lbs. Needs to get bigger and will probably stay in Sweden next year.

  10. Adidess says:

    I am late to the passing discussion on soccer and my take won’t earn me a single friend on here, but hey I don’t mind a nice muscular exchange…

    I love my Habs. I am also a sports fan who used to follow tennis, football, basketball and soccer and still do when time allows. I am not fascinated by baseball and I may have laughed at Cricket on one occasion, but I understand this has more to do with my personal taste / lack of interest in these sports than the ‘truism’ that they suck.

    Soccer has its oddities but it’s never given a real chance in North America. Diving is an issue no question, but this doesn’t mean there is no misconception about the game, even on toughness.

    - In hockey, you get hurt and you take it as a man … meaning you get up, shake it off if possible, or head to the dressing room, take as much time as you need to get fixed up (an entire period, if needed), and come back as a hero at some point. In the meantime, your team plugs somebody else in your position. Get 3 teeth knocked out and come back for more is sth we all love to see as hockey fans. I hear people say all the time, ‘you’d never see that in soccer’.

    Well, that’s true. You can’t go to the dressing room in professional soccer and come back to the field, because your team would have to be playing shorthanded the whole time you were out, for you to be allowed back in.

    We also forget that as tough as hockey players are, they’re back sitting on the bench after their 50-sec shifts. Yes, they’re going 110% while they’re out there, but they get to sit, drink sth, rest a moment, think, and shake off their injuries.

    - In soccer, you don’t get to sit once the game starts (not talking about your beer league). When you get hurt, it’s a little opportunity to get rest, you may take an extra 30 seconds to get up. When you get hurt, 90% of the time, it’s in those feet you use to run and kick the ball, the same ones where you have been kicked non-stop since you started playing as a young little prodigee. Those feet almost never get to heal completely especially at the high level. The feet getting kicked are already hurt. That is sometimes the reason why so many players can’t take a serious challenge around the ankle, tibia, toe area. But unless you know that, you think Messi is a pussy for not standing up while getting kicked in that region, but a dribbler like him has serious foot issues for repeated kicks in the same areas for the last 18 years.

    So yes, you need to shake it off quickly in professional soccer bc the moment you come out for treatment, if you’re not Messi, the coach is thinking about replacing you. Because the team can’t always afford to wait. That sort of changes how players (who in all sports want to stay in the game) react when getting kicked and after. You better show you’re fully able to continue otherwise coach will replace you. Soccer players are fakers, they fake feeling fine too when you see them running around almost normally after being down for 5 minutes.

    I am in no way saying diving isn’t an issue. I’m saying: 1) it’s not always diving; 2) those of us who love soccer don’t love it because of the diving. We love it in spite of it.

    This is not unlike how many hockey fans see hockey. Many people don’t care much for the fighting, but they love the game in spite of fighting. Next time you discuss soccer, try not to assume those who love it are fans of diving.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I personally really enjoy watching Soccer but primarily at the National Club Level. The Euro’s, World Cup et… Perhaps because the teams I follow closest are in the Bundesliga and not as readily accessible on TV.

      But the passion involved at the National level is arguably 2nd to none and that adds to the game. The Fans come out of the woodwork, perhaps the part I like the most is the winner take all one game decides during the playoff rounds. The tension is so high and every play takes on more importance.

      Unfortunately North Amerian Soccer has just never been at a level comparable with the top European and South American leagues (to a lesser extent) and I find watching the North American Leagues just seems 2nd rate.

      • Adidess says:

        Agree with you HabinB on North American soccer. I like that the game is growing across Canada and MLS is now in 3 cities, but still can’t bear to watch a full game on TV precisely because it feels/is second rate. The European club competitions and the international championships (World Cup, Euro Cup, Copa America) are the best!

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        I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

      • Dr.Rex says:

        Dutch soccer can be quite addicting. ITalian and Portuguese not so much.

      • Les Canayens says:

        The National tournaments’ quality has been going downhill for the last decade or 2 (what did we remember about the last 2-3 World Cup/Euro anymore) because they only play with each other once every 2-4 years and not all players in the national team are the best in their positions as those in top elite club teams.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Disagree, they also play qualifiers and friendly’s throughout every year. Just my opinion on the disagree part.

          • Les Canayens says:

            Those games usually do not have the same roster as the “A” team in real tournament.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Qualifiers? I disagree., but I really only follow the roster of ther German squad, I know they play their best unless injury or qualification is guaranteed, even then typically a squad for first half.

          • Les Canayens says:

            You may be right about qualifiers’ roster. But I still think the players’ complicity and chemistry are not the same as with their pro club teammates. Take Messi, who did f%^&k all in the last 2 world cups, yet he is on fire constantly in FC Barcelona.

    • Cal says:

      Soccer won’t really catch on in NA because of the low scoring. This despite the huge net size. The stupid offside rule. If I am on defense I just need to step beyond the forward before the ball is passed to him. Even when the ball has made it to the penalty box area. This makes for a dull sport despite how supposedly wonderful these players are. Most goals are from set plays or penalty kicks. All I can say is….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      Hell, there’s more action in the frigging stands than on the damned field.
      Faking injuries? Soccer players are pros at that. Do you remember that World Cup where trainers came out with their “magic sponge”?
      I blame FIFA for the NHL using the Gimmick at the end of OT during regular season.
      They bore people to death for over two hours and then have penalty kicks to decide the winner. How thrilling….NOT!

      • boing007 says:

        They bore people to death for over two hours and then have penalty kicks to decide the winner. How thrilling….NOT!

        Sounds a lot like the New NHL. Boring games, decided by a shootout.

        Richard R

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Soccer as a sport has caught on in North America. See how many kids play it, how many people watch games in bars and cafés. Walk through any city at world cup time.

      Sure it’s mostly immigrants who watch – but we’re all immigrants here.

      What hasn’t caught on is professional soccer. The main problem there is that the big European leagues hoover up all the talent. it’s inconceivable that a North American team could pay the better players to play here.

      Saying soccer hasn’t caught on is like saying that baseball hasn’t caught on in Canada because there’s only one major league team.


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

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        Here’s a link to an old clip about Canada’s 1986 World Cup team. The funniest part is when they say “soccer is on the rise” in Canada because a lot of children play it. Children’s soccer in Canada is just cheap day-care.

        Edit: guess I should paste the link eh? ; )
        http://archives.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/clips/13478/

        “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
        - Sean Bonjovi

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Well count me in DayCare this summer watching the Euro’s, perhaps they will serve beer at the pub where I watch it, may have to bring some fake id.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          I love sports and I’ll watch every minute of the European Cup that I can, I just don’t think soccer enrollment numbers in Canada have much to do with the games popularity is all. I played fast-pitch softball as a kid, but I’d never pay to see a game.

          “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
          - Sean Bonjovi

      • Cal says:

        Have a gander at how many kids are enrolled in baseball these days. Compared to when the Expos were here, pretty much none.
        Soccer is easy: shorts, t’shirt and cleats. Hell, I used to play when I was a kid. It isn’t boring…for the players.
        Even Saputo knows what size to expand Saputo Stadium to. A mere 20,000. He knows what the market is here. And it ain’t much. Like Expos Opening Day, the Impact drew a huge crowd. Next game will see a mostly empty Big Owe.
        And lastly, there’s nothing that cheapens a team’s jersey so much as to have to watch BELL or BMO on 11 “team jerseys”. They don’t even have a proper logo; that’s saved for the bleeping advertising. I’m surprised the damned ball didn’t say “American Express” on it. Pathetic.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      Here’s what I hate about soccer!
      Toronto and Vancouver have “football clubs” playing in a soccer league. The team in Vancouver plays in a gridiron football stadium on FIELD call “Bell Pitch”. North American English has several definitions for the word”pitch”, but “soccer field” is not one of them. There is a soccer team in the U.S. capital region called “D.C United”. Englishmen can use the word United without sounding ridiculous, because in their dialect of the language “united” just means the “greater area” as opposed to the city proper. The team near Washington should be called “Greater D.C.”. “Real Salt Lake” is just retarded!
      North Americans are sports sports loving people and our tradition of supporting spectators is not rivaled by people in any other part of the world. We have our own dialect of the English language and our own conventions for naming sports team.
      For some reason the ass-clowns that promote SOCCER in Canada and the U.S. feel the need to make their product feel foreign, and thus far have been very successful at alienating a large part of the culture with the Greatest tradition of supporting professional sports.
      Call them “Toronto SC” and I might take some interest. Call them the “Toronto Bears” and I’d probably watch a few games.

      “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
      - Sean Bonjovi

      • Bill says:

        Hahaha, have to agree with everything you said regarding the forced, mannered terminology used in soccer in North America.

        One thing I hate is people on this continent insisting that soccer should be called “football.” WOW that is lame and pretentious. In North America, football is football, and soccer is soccer. If you want to be European – and I wouldn’t blame anyone for that – move to frickin’ Europe!

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Soccer is actually a British word. It’s short for Association Football, which term was coined to distinguish the sport from Rugby Football.

          They do call it soccer in Britain – although football is much more common.


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

          • Bill says:

            I take it for granted that most English words are English … I was talking about standard usage obv.

            Full Breezer 4 Life

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am amazed at how many hockey people dont see the obvious similarities between soccer and hockey:..

      Triangular movement of attack.

      Danger of the blind side run.

      The late man joining the rush.

      The end to end dash.

      The dirty goals from goal mouth scambles.

      The dominance of the stars not through being ‘given the ball’ like in basketball or being put in propitious order as in baseball but through the sheer ingenuity and specialness of that player.

      The ebb and flow based totally on the play on the field.. a manager cannot draw up plays etc.

      So many to identify.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        “The ebb and flow based totally on the play on the field.. a manager cannot draw up plays etc.”
        Hockey’s losing that. It use to be a sport where players beat their opponents partly by making better decisions. Every play was a “broken play” and players needed to think for themselves. IMO, hockey gets worse every year as it evolves into a “American-Style” (my words) sport where the Coaches make the decisions and the players follow orders. I’d much rather watch Alex Kovalev work out a play with Andrei Markov than see Brandon Dubinsky “get the puck on net” as Brian Boyle “creates traffic” because John Tortorella told them too.

        “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
        - Sean Bonjovi

        • habstrinifan says:

          True! I watche dthe Pittsburgh-Philly game and couldnt help but come away with an admiration for Pittsburgh. They do look like a team that ‘think’ for themselves on the ice … offensively at least.

  11. Bill says:

    Anyone else watching The Walking Dead finale? Jeebus …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • habstrinifan says:

      I tried watching shows like that but I must be attetive disorder in my old age.. I stick to seinfeld re-runs and american pickers and pawn stars etc.

  12. habstrinifan says:

    Re the Sun blib that Mcuire is the ‘lead’ candidate for Habs GM job. I dont think this is the case although I think he would make a good GM FOR habs.

    It just seems to me that if McGuire were a candidate he would have benn in the job by now before he gets deeper into his obligations for NBC which are growing… he is already scheduled to do some summer olympics chores for NBC.

    • Cal says:

      McGuire is a good tv analyst with absolutely no experience for the GM job. Why take an amateur when the Habs can poach an assistant GM from a winning franchise?

      • HardHabits says:

        The way the Habs poached Gomez from the Rangers?

      • habstrinifan says:

        It is ok for you to not be impressed with hiis potential as a GM but to discount his credentials as cavalierly as you just did is wrong. He may be pompous and too effusive re his own assessments etc but McGuire knows his hockey and is vastly experienced in all aspects of the game.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I gotta go with Cal on this one, McGuire did GM once before, lasted less than 1 season and it was an unmitigated disaster. So what did he do in the meantime to improve on that? Well he was a scout for 2 years with Penguins back in the 90′s and since then has watched hockey and talked about it.

          These connections people talk about that he has, what really are they? Why have all these connections led to zero jobs in the NHL since he was a scout. Glenn Healy talks hockey, heck Nick Kypreos talks hockey, are any of us talking about them as GM, no because they didn’t even fail for one year like Pierre.

          I can’t get over how a TV analyst talking about active sticks and a Double Dion Hit qualifies a perons to be a GM.

          I am sorry if i sound condescending on Pierre, but he has done zero in his career to give me an ounce of faith in him having anything to do with running a hockey team. Not talking out of both sides or his mouth in order to convince tv viewers that he knows what is happening on the ice.

          • habstrinifan says:

            We woud have to agree to disagree. But the most important requirement for the HABS gm in my opinion is knowledge knowledge and zeal zeal…. else we can forget building a contending team within 3 yrs. A GM with the above who puts together a great staff (not a coterie of yes men) is what we need. I think knowledge is McGuire’s ace in the hole. I could be wrong.

            And dont ask me why he hasn’t gotten a GM job yet if he is so knowledgeable… I dont know why. Just as I dont know why that Buffalo coach has been almost ‘blacklisted’ from the coaching ranks.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I think Ted Nolan is a great hockey coach, but there is some professional conduct he was lacking in Buffalo that amongst players seems forgivable but amongst coaches appears unacceptable.

            Edit. And he did get a 2nd chance in Long Island. I would love him as coach, but there is no fit for him in Montreal currently.

          • otter649 says:

            McGuire was asst GM with Hartford I believe pushing 20 years ago & Gord Stellick was once a GM & asst. GM as well……..

        • Cal says:

          As a GM, McGuire is good on tv- I can mute him whenever I want.

  13. SlovakHab says:

    No Malcolm Subban in ISS top-50 rankings?
    Also, Czech players dropped heaps: Faksa is now 17th, Hertl 23rd and Frk 44th!
    Another Czech I never heard of (Tomas Hyka) appears in the rankings, 34th.

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Leaf fan today was telling me that only twice before Montreal and Toronto have both missed playoffs in the same year, does that sound right?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I think I heard that recentley but can’t speak to its validity. Who is this sites historian?

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      The Canadiens have only missed the playoffs 10 times in the last 85 years, so it’s probably true, but something similar could probably said of the Habs plus any other team in the league.

      “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
      - Sean Bonjovi

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        The Habs and Bruins missed the same year twice…(edit) … and the Canadiens and the Red Wings have never missed the playoffs in the same season.

        “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
        - Sean Bonjovi

      • HabinBurlington says:

        haha, yah you make a good point. I kind of jested at that with my leaf buddy. I told him you realize you are the guys that missed the playoffs more.

        Still found it pretty interesting, and tragic that whether we like it or not, the two most important teams to Canada are both missing the playoffs this year.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          Leafs plus Blue Jackets is 6, and Leafs plus Panthers is 7. Ask your buddy what he thinks of those numbers :)

          “Patch the holes, ride it out, Play for 2015″
          - Sean Bonjovi

    • showey47 says:

      I recall once about 5 years ago but i have no idea when the other time would have been.

    • Psycho29 says:

      I did a quick check, looks like they both missed the playoffs in 2007 and 1970…
      Toronto St.Pats and the Habs both missed in 1920 and 1926, but there was some kind if weird split schedule then…

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Cool, thanks for that info, given how many years they have been in the league, we are talking major futility for the majority of hockey fans in Canada.

      • otter649 says:

        1970 when The Habs missed the playoffs they pulled their goalie early in the third period in the last regular season game to try & score a bunch of goals since it was most goals scored to get in as the tie breaker ? but obviously failed……

        • melski says:

          That was a Sunday night game against Chicago so I could pick it up on the radio down here. The Rangers had scored 9 goals that afternoon against the Red Wings; Canadiens had to win, tie or score 5 goals. Once Chicago had scored 5, Vachon (?) was pulled; there was like 10 minutes to go in the 3rd. You’ll probably never see such a thing again. BTW, Habs lost the game 10-2

  15. petefleet says:

    Oops…double pump below.

    Pleks needs wingers no doubt but the draft is not the place to find them. PG needs to sign a UFA or RFA or trade for one. There are none in the pipe line at the moment.

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