About last night …

MASH

“Take a deep breath and hold it,” the Living (but, sadly, no longer writing) Legend of Sports Journalism would advise his Montreal Star and Gazette readers.
Fans were to hold our collective breath until Red updated us on the severity of whatever afflicted the team’s fallen heroes.
The LLSJ could usually ferret out solid information about five minutes after the team doctor made a diagnosis.
But we’ll have to wait for some time on Sunday to learn if Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Colby Armstrong and Alexei Emelin are going to be out of the lineup for a while.
The 4-1 win over the Flyers was an impressive team effort. And the W lifted your Montreal Canadiens into the dizzying heights of second place in the Eastern Conference.

But it might have been costly.

Gallagher was hurt after a hit by Luke Schenn , who is tied with Steve Ott for the league lead in that department. I don’t want to be Dick Downer, but Gallagher had a history of concussions in junior hockey.

Pacioretty’s injury was a result of being ridden into the Philadelphia goalpost. His injury history you know.

Armstrong took a deflected puck in the face. And Emelin was hip-checked heavily by Claude Giroux, who spent pretty much the entire game yapping at and attempting to nail the Canadiens defenceman.

The Giroux-Emelin unpleasantness was the only suggestion of old-time Canadiens-Flyers hockey. Although the visitors had a 32-20 advantage in hits, there was not much to suggest the bone-rattling intimidation Philadelphia teams have inflicted on their victims since the halcyon days of the Broad Street bullies.

The Flyers miss Chris Pronger’s malevolent presence on their blueline.

Wayne Simmonds spent a bit of time in Peter Budaj’s kitchen, but his ability to rattle opposing goaltenders was a pale shadow of the havoc Scott Hartnell routinely wreaks.

This was a pretty lousy Philadelphia team. The Flyers are sitting 12th in the conference, and it might be an uphill climb to the postseason.

Credit your Canadiens with getting an early jump that set the tone for the game. First period shots were 12-2 and the Flyers finished with 19. A Philadelphia writer tweeted that was the fifth time in more than 260 games the Flyers were held to fewer than 20 shots.

The Canadiens wanted to do a better job of defending in front of Budaj than they did in his previous two starts. Mission accomplished, especially while the game was still in the balance.

P.K. Subban made a sliding save with Budaj way out of the net. And the Canadiens’ superb penalty-killing units kept the visitors off the board through two consecutive Delay of Game calls after Daniel Brière drew the Flyers to within a goal in the second period.

That was it for the Philadelphia rally. The Canadiens had n 11-9 shot edge in the third period and got the clincher from Tomas Plekanec and their first empty-netter of the season by Rene Bourque – who didn’t really score, but …

Ah, it’s too complicated to explain. Bourque deserved his fifth – which matches what he scored in 38 games with the team last season.

Gallagher got his fifth before he was hurt. The mighty mite brought grit and energy to a new line formed with Pacioretty and David Desharnais. The Gallagher and DD goals came off  some exquisite tic-tac-toe passing – the kind of legerdemain that was rarely seen in the Philadelphia defensive zone back in the days when Pronger was there looking to cripple people.

The Canadiens don’t have any killers on their blueline, a lacune lamented by more than a few members of the HIO Commentariat.

But the team does not lack for speedy, puck-moving defencemen who make intelligent plays to clear their zone. And while Andrei Markov and P.K. are the poster boys, save some kind words for Raphael Diaz. The Swiss sophomore has been excellent all season and was not rattled by Philadelphia’s physicality. Diaz also brought some slick puck movement to the power play when Michel Therrien had him playing first wave with Markov.

So now we wait for bulletins from sick bay ahead of  a Monday night visit by Kirk Muller’s high-flying Carolina Hurricanes.

It would be a bummer if either of DD’s linemates were lost just as he was starting to find his 2011-’12 vintage game. If Gallagher and/or Pacioretty are out for a while, the Canadiens probably will look to Hamilton for reinforcements.

Gabriel Dumont? Louis Leblanc? Michaël Bournival had a hat trick Saturday night.

Every team in the league suffers injuries. The Flyers really missed Hartnell, and the Senators certainly could have used Erik Karlsson in Toronto, where they lost 2-0 Saturday night.

From where I’m sitting – 20 seats away from where Red Fisher used to sit in the Bell Centre pressbox – there are three players whose loss to injury would doom the Canadiens: Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.

Keep holding that deep breath.

• Last season, it took the Canadiens 2o games to get nine wins … The team has yet to lose a game in which they were leading after 20 minutes … The Canadiens won 38 of 67 faceoffs. Their winning percentage of 57 was a season high … The Canadiens are 27th in the league in faceoffs, and New Jersey is 28th … Alex Galchenyuk was 1-3 on faceoffs before being replaced on draws by Brandon Prust. The Canadiens should bring in Yanic Perreault to work with the kid on technique … Figure that Peter Budaj paddle save might make a few highlight reels? … Galchenyuk tweeted a nice picture of his family out to dinner after the game. They seem to like oysters … The Canadiens have not lost a game outside the Northeast Division … The Saskatoon Blades, with Canadiens prospects Darren Dietz and Dalton Thrower on their blueline, have won 11 straight … After the Flyers had 19 shots on Peter Budaj, the Oilers had 55 on Sergei Varlamov. Empty-net goal gave the Oil a team-record 56 shots – more than the dynasty ever had.

341 Comments

  1. Bripro says:

    Looking at Galchenyuk’s twitter picture with his family, I can’t help but being happy for the kid. So few get to live the life. Good for him. I just hope that his family remains front and center in his life, and he stays well-grounded. The last thing the team needs is another SK fiasco.

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    Clearly it is time to restart the chants to bring this guy back to NHL hockey with the Habs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdVKNsePOso

  3. the Octopus says:

    I dont get why the Habs were afraid of Schenn last night.
    I’ve seen him fight when he played for TO, he is not a good fighter at all, he got dusted on a fairly regular basis (if i’m not mistaken that was one of the reasons why he was traded).

    White would have put him in the ICU.

  4. Sportfan says:

    So if we have to call forwards up who do you call? I say Blunden and Dumont

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  5. commandant says:

    Sounds good for Patches and Emelin.

    I think Subban and Price are short term things too.

    I’m mostly worried about Gallagher because he has a concussion history, hope its not that again.

    Go Habs Go!
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  6. Danno says:

    Good news:

    Pacioretty amazingly made it to Brossard for the practice. So did Armstrong and Emelin. But Price did not show up but is on the mend from the flu. Budaj and Mayer were the two goalies in attendance.

    The only discouraging news is there is no sign of Gallagher…

    Edit – PK Subban off with flu-like symptoms…

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. OMG says:

    Tomorrow night will be a good game. Goalies game for sure. Both coaches have their teams playing pretty good.

    When the team is healthy. MT should try:

    Pacioretty Plekanec Gallagher
    Bourque Galchenyuk Gionta

    Prust DD Cole
    Moen Eller ????

  8. Chris says:

    Ales Hemsky sure looks recovered from those shoulder injuries he’d been dealing with for a couple of seasons. He was a guy I would have loved to see in Montreal. He fit an organizational need (right-handed shot) and he’s got speed and talent coming out the wazoo, a perfect fit for Montreal.

    When healthy, Hemsky is one of the better play-making forwards in the NHL. I’m happy to see him seemingly back to 100%.

    • 24 Cups says:

      5M cap hit. UFA after next year. Any trade is going to start with Beaulieu, Tinordi or Emelin.

      We already have Cole/Gionta/Gallagher/(Leblanc/Collberg) on RW. Which player gets dropped?

  9. HardHabits says:

    Excuse me. Enforcers and Goons? No, no no,!! The Habs don’t need those. Yes they need team toughness. Yes to a bona-fide heavy weight. Yes to Size and Grit™. But also yes to Speed and Skill™. Just not of the Soft and Small™ variety please.

    All the incidents where a Hab got hurt last night were hockey plays, unfortunate yes, accidents maybe, but the responsibility of the player on the receiving end to keep his head up and his wits about him.

    Going after a player a la Ryan White would have only garnered another double minor and could very well have contributed to another loss.

    I am not advocating rolling over. I am advocating bending like a reed in the wind. Then striking with impunity where it counts… on the scoreboard.

    • piper says:

      Yes to a true heavy weight? How many true heavy weights with skill are available?

      • bel33 says:

        Maybe Markov and Emelin know of some monster from Siberia… who’s big like a Russian bear… has the skills like AK27… and fists like a Russian hammer.
        The first 30 and 30 (goals/fights) man in the NHL!?!?
        One can day-dream…. no?

        Note: There may already have been a 30/30 guy back in the “day”. I didn’t research it. ;)

    • Andy and the habs says:

      All we need is a Maurice Richard. He was not a fighter but when he was being pushed around he would occationally the gloves. And when he did he would be just as good fighting as he was good playing hockey.

    • The Dude says:

      The suggestion that the Habs need 1 Heavy weight is ridicules …. They need 4 Heavy weights “that’s the problem when you ask short fans for remedies…they always come up SHORT! ;)
      And the premise that 1 person can take on a team like Toronto ,San Jose or Boston is ridicules! Somebody’s reading too many comic books :roll:

  10. Sportfan says:

    Well thats was a good game yesterday glad with the way we played. I do realize that it was a Flyers team missing some top guys but either way we won and thats what matters. I really hope that our injuries aren’t too serious and Bourque scored the best goal that never was!

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  11. Danno says:

    Although Rene Bourque was spared the formality of shooting the puck into an open net for the penalty shot, he was in fact awarded the goal:

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/boxscore.htm?id=2012020206

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  12. habstrinifan says:

    Hi Ian (or anyone with the answer).

    My fault but I haven’t been really paying attention to the plans re the tickets for this year’s summit/games.

    Do we just hold on to them and they will be honoured next year?

    Thanks for the answer.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Keep your game tickets that I sent you. And your hall of fame tickets.
      It is the only way to get replacements, exchange them with me when I get the new ones for next Oct. or Nov. when the schedule comes out.

  13. piper says:

    Anybody else getting tired of the Habs taking a physical pounding every other game. Sure it was a big 2 points in the standings but at what cost. If they are going to take that many penalties in a game they might as wel make them worth while. The Habs are way too easy to play against and the opposition knows there will be very little retribution.

    • HardHabits says:

      Gimme a break.

      Hit on Gallagher. Clean albeit akward.
      Hit on Emelin. Clean. Looks more like he got winded.
      Pacioretty. Freak accident.
      Armstrong puck to the head. Accident.

      What retribution? For not knowing how to fall or take a hit?

  14. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting quote from Gorges talking about how Cole got the guys together after the Leaf thrashing they took.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416188

  15. Danno says:

    With Pacioretty’s skin laceration in the rib area caused by a skate is it time to maybe consider Kevlar sweaters for the players or protective undergarments?

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  16. jrshabs1 says:

    injury update…. HIO powers that be may be hungover and unable to update
    MaxPac cut by skate in rib area..

    Go Habs Go!!

  17. JohnBellyful says:

    With the hiring of Jarmo Kekalainen as the new GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, making him the first European to fill such a position in NHL history, it’s time the league also looked overseas for someone to handle disciplinary matters: Nicklas Lidstrom.
    A Conn Smythe winner and seven-time Norris Trophy recipient, Lidstrom was assessed a total of 514 minutes in 1,564 games, with 50 minutes being his worst bad-boy season.
    In contrast, Brendan Shanahan, the current person responsible for player safety, collected 2,489 minutes in penalties in 1,524 games. He has brought a tough guy’s mentality to the administering of supplemental discipline and seems more sympathetic to those accused of deliberate acts of violence than what he shows toward the victims.
    I suspect if Lidstrom – or anyone who played the game at a high level and stayed within the rules – were entrusted with responsibilities Shanahan now possesses, he would be more inclined to follow the spirit as well as the actual wording of regulations that are designed to protect players from harm.
    Not everyone has the skills of a Lidstrom, but what he demonstrated, as much as anything by his longevity, is that no player needs to resort to violence to remain in the game. Those who think so need to be rooted out and if the GMs who hire them and the coaches who dress them don’t share that opinion, then the league should make it clear they will not tolerate such behaviour.
    Look at who has held the job of NHL disciplinarian since 1993: Shanahan, Colin Campbell, Brian Burke. Do you detect a certain mindset? Certainly not the kind that would assure the victims of thuggery that justice will be delivered.
    In fact, the NHL could send a clear message – and Don Cherry over the top – if it were to name a Lady Byng winner as its next director of player discipline. Someone like Martin St. Louis after he retires. He’s a highly skilled player who has overcome a lot – and certainly knows what it’s like to be mugged.
    If he were chosen, it might be the goons who start trembling in their boots.

  18. The Dude says:

    So where are all the DD haters ,eh??? DD a lil gem for under a million per and has more ball than most on the Habs! Schenn took out what ..3 Habs last night? Imagine the damage in a series! We need a uber heaveyweight Dman and Forward…..

    • HardHabits says:

      If memory serves me correctly you went on a little anti-small player rant recently. So take a look in the mirror.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I believe he is suggesting trading DD for a big anglo enforcer HH. ;-)

      • The Dude says:

        I never said I didn’t like all small athletes… Desharnaise is a great story bout an undrafted player who Carbo pointed out to management after his firing. And he “KICKED SOME ASS” in the AHL” as well ! Keep DD and trade Gionta….it’s a no brainer win win, if the Habs can get a young Kassian type . So wrong again HH :)

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I like DD, Gionta and Gallagher, but it is hard to have that many smaller players all on one team. DD and Max played really well last night, was very impressed by that line.

  19. Danno says:

    Are any of the cheap shots by the Flyers going to be reviewed by Shanana & company? Not that it will make any difference…

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    I think I have figured out the worst case nightmare scenario for our friend Timo. Habs win cup with Therrien as head coach. I am not sure how he would survive that. :)

    Of course a coach of the year award for MT would probably cause Timo to have an Apoplectic Fit.

  21. the Octopus says:

    the only concern I have from last night is this: Why The Hell Did No One Take Physical Retaliation Against Schenn????????

    we were ahead 3-1 late in the third period, we should have sent a message to the Flyers and the NHL that deliberate injury of our star players will not be tolerated.

    the worst part is that the Flyers have no one who is able to respond if the Habs had went after Schenn, we could have done as much as we wanted to him and got away clean!!!!

    so why didn’t they?

  22. 24 Cups says:

    The two laff games aside, this team has been stellar.

    I think it meant a lot for Budaj to have a solid game last night. The only goal against was on Markov which was balanced out by the Subban save. I think it’s important to not have any players out in nn man’s land the way we did last year.

  23. Habfan10912 says:

    We’ve heard much about poor officiating this season. While watching other teams games it appears to be crappy officiating without bias. Where I have seen some indication of bias has been with embellishing calls against our Habs. A few games ago Frankie B was called for one with a stick between his legs. Last night Max Pac got knocked down in front of the net and was called. There have been others but these two examples make me think the Habs have been targeted by Jacobs er ah I mean the league.

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    • Chris says:

      It’s highly doubtful…the risk to the league and its officials of such a thing is astronomical.

      More likely is that we are sensitive to that type of thing as Habs fans. I’ve seen embellishment calls in a few games that I’ve seen thus far this season, and some of them have been very dubious.

      But the NHL sent around a memo saying that they were going to crack down on players “selling calls”. So if you throw your head back demonstratively, even if the penalty was there, you are going to get one too.

      The Bouillon one was just a terrible call. Prust got one that I felt was undeserved when he was checked into the boards. Those were just flat out bad calls.

      The call on Prust last night (not Pacioretty)? I think you could argue that Prust sold that.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        You may be right, but lets not give this league too much credit, the email chain from Colin Campbell exposed some pretty obvious bias and he is still the man in charge.

      • neumann103 says:

        I think that on the Prust call last night you could say that he could have avoided the contact but put the official in a position where he was forced to make the call on the Philly player, and then Prust sold it a bit. I can’t really take issue with that call.

        On the broader issue of bias in officiating, I think fans of the Habs – or any other team – who think that officials are out to get them are being paranoid.

        On the other hand I do believe there are cases of bias in favour of certain teams. I think this can be an unconscious effect of growing up as a fan of a team (the Leafs) or an understanding of what team the League or the Media wants to succeed. Teams that have marketable superstars, or pull high ratings, are owned by particularly “active” NHL owners, or employ children of NHL VPs may get calls that others will not.

        So if the Leafs or Bruins get the benefit of a fairly consistent positive officiating bias I could see that. It would not surprise me if a team loaded with stars like the Penguins got calls, but I don’t see that. (this could just be sample size. I live in Toronto and inevitably see a lot of the Leafs and the bias is pretty clear).

        It does surprise me a little that teams that seem to have a number of factors in their favour do not seem to get benefit. It is not my sense that the Rangers, Red Wings or Blackhawks get special treatment like the Leafs or Bruins, but you would think that they would have enough of the institutional factors in the favour

        “Et le but!”

  24. Stuck_in_To. says:

    I hope the Armstrong tryout is over. I hate to see a guy lose his spot at the same time he is injured — if it is that serious — but last night on the PK Armstrong made a good move to grab the puck at the boards and give himself the room to get it out.

    I think it was the type of rare flash that keeps MT thinking the old Armstrong will reappear.

    But then Armstrong typically held on to it too long and ended up making a weak play that was smothered by Philly. In fact, they reentered the zone easily and with a vengeance.

    Armstrong has lost his game and I don’t see him finding it again.

    • likehoy says:

      Armstrong looked good the first few games of the season.. but I think he’s gotta really cause some physical ruckus on the forecheck and lay out a few more players. Maybe he’s not fast enough to get into the play like that.

  25. Habfan10912 says:

    Speaking of falling in a pile of feathers, do you think Bruce Boudreau misses Ovie and the rest of his Cap teamates?

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  26. HabFab says:

    Jonathan Drouin going coast to coast last night, too bad he is too small;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzj6i9p72TA&feature=youtu.be

  27. Timo says:

    Habs need to get meaner. And I don’t mean via getting a couple of goons. I mean if you see an opponent in a vulnerable position – nail them. Eff this nice guys stuff – it’s the NHL, nobody cares for that crap. I saw a couple of instances last night when a Habs player could have nailed a flyer and they just skated by.

    • likehoy says:

      and that is the reason why I think the NHL is stupid.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Timo – I am dead set against fighting, hacking and blindside hits. However, I also fully realize that the NHL doesn’t care. Reality states that Montreal must accept the true nature of today’s game.

      No need for goons or thugs. What a team needs today is about a half dozen players who have size and play with a real edge. These guys must also be able to take a regular shift and contribute on a nightly basis.

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        What the NHL needs is to lose a class action lawsuit for a few billion dollars for reckless endangerment, just as the NFL needs to lose the one they’re currently facing. Until the courts force these leagues into acting responsibly they will continue to sacrifice their skilled players on the alter of wanton violence. The game is rough enough without allowing all the headshots and between the numbers hits that the NHL routinely and consistently turns a blind eye to. The truth is the NHL does not care at all about the health of its players. Not even the tiniest bit.

        • 24 Cups says:

          One of these days a lawsuit is going to stick in terms of the NFL. When that happens, all bets are off.

          It’s the elephant in the room for the most successful entertainment business in the world.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          Exactly. The NFL has already taken precautionary action with suspensions and high fines. The NHL? Lax fines and suspensions, announcers and commentators who were former goons and showing fights and brawls on their website. Good luck arguing in court that they never promoted violence in their game…

    • issie74 says:

      Who knew, I would be thinking like Timo…I think it’s called *dirty*

      NorthTOHab

  28. Timo says:

    So if the choice was to have Max Pac or Gallager out with a significant injury… who would it be? (I think the majority would pick Gallager to come back sooner over Max)

    • habstrinifan says:

      OK I am gonna bite and run for cover cause it is a kinda sick question if I am right in the way I interpret your question..

      You seem to be asking who is ‘more important’ based on their current play and therefore whom do we wish back earlier.

      Unfair to say and just my humble opinion but I think Gallagher brings more to a team than Pacs even at this young age. Don’t get me wrong Pacs is great and dedicated but he is also fairly one dimensional.. although proven to be top shelf in that one dimension. Gallagher brings a more rounded game and presence albeit a less experience done.

  29. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Bourque already has the same amount of goals (5) and two more assists (5, compared to 3) than he earned in all 38 games with Montréal last year.

    This guy is a beast and has been the only acquisition via trade by this team that I was ever excited about. Gauthier did a few things right… just a few.

  30. wyatt.habs says:

    56 shots. I think thats more shots then they got throughout all last year

    • Timo says:

      I remember a game back when Roy was in Mtl against flyers when Roy had to face about 60 some shots. Habs lost 8-7 if memory serves me right. It was a total gong show.

  31. HabFab says:

    RenLavoieRDS – Deep cut (caused by a skate) in the rib area for Max Pacioretty. Don’t know yet if he’ll play Monday.

  32. Timo says:

    Btw, I wonder if Therrien even acknowledged PK saving Boodye’s bacon on that clearing attempt last night and then on the same shift flipping a great pass to Max Pac? I mean, doesn’t a play like that deserve a pat on a back from the coach? Therrien is a dick.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      They do not want to give any special gestures towards PK, he even intimidates the coaching staff with his exuberance and free style character.

    • likehoy says:

      so you’re expecting that both PK and Therrien will come out and tell the public “hey just to let everyone know, PK did a good job”

      we don’t know everything that goes on behind the doors.

    • Psycho29 says:

      You must be so miserable that that the Habs are 9-4-1

      Really sorry this team isn’t 4-9-1 to make you happy.

      • HabFab says:

        Timo reminds me so much of a buddy of mine from Montreal who moved to Calgary…hmmm! His oldest was named Michael too!!
        Anyhow back to my story, in the 76-77 season when the Habs lost only 8 games, he complained and bitched over each loss and tie. The wins, he just bitched about :)

  33. Strummer says:

    panel on TSN “the Reporters” sticking up for Matt Cooke

    Edit currently on TSN2
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    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    A great week, barring any serious injuries from last night.

    Here is where we place in a 30 team league compared to last week.
    In a short season like this one, this week is an example of how important every point in the standings is going to be at the end.

    Points——19, We are in 5th place.. Last week 13, for 11th place.

    Goals For–40, We are in 10th place.. Last week 31, for12th place.

    G. Against-34, We are in 8th place.. Last week 30, for 13th place.

    In just 1 month of hockey, we have come from the bottom of the heap last year to a 5th place hockey club. Can we keep this going?

  35. 24 Cups says:

    White in for Armstrong.

    Leblanc in for Gallagher.

    Kaberle or Weber in for Emelin.

    ????? in for MaxPac (Galchenyuk to left wing?)

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Move Eller up to center on that line, bring Blunden up to fill in on 4th.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I totally forgot about Blunden. I’d leave it up to the Hamilton coaching staff but Leblanc might be ready to move up the depth chart again. I think Blunden is strictly a placeholder these days.

    • Chris says:

      Emelin looked fine. He came out with the rest of the guys to congratulate Budaj.

      I would be surprised if Armstrong isn’t fine as well, although that play is exactly why visors are a good thing. It may still have caught him, coming from below like that, but the puck zips around far too quickly for these guys to be going without eye protection.

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting read in the Toronto Star this morning, discussing how little the fans seemed to care about honouring the ’63 Cup Champions.

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/02/16/maple_leaf_legends_deserved_better_from_fans_team_feschuk.html

  37. SmartDog says:

    Hey Boone,

    Nice giving credit to Plekanec (along with Markov and Price as the toughest to fill in for). I agree totally. He plays such a smart game. Always near the play, always ready.. and such poise on that goal. Awesome.

    Am I the only one that thinks there should’ve been a boarding call on the Flyers nailing both Galchenyuk and Gallagher from behind? Are they targeting our rookies? Great that skill kicked ‘grit’s butt all the way back to Phili.

    SD

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    • 24 Cups says:

      Moen’s hit was also a bit dicey.

      As Chris noted earlier, these are the plays that ruin today’s game. Just like that pathetic tape of Toews against Thornton that MB posted yesterday.

    • helluva habs fan says:

      I didn’t like either of the hits. Especially Schenn on Gallagher, he basically sandwiched Gallagher’s head into the glass. I’ve seen a lot worse, but I thought it deserverd a look.

      Such a shame if Patch and Gally go down, that line was buzzing all night long. But we still have lots of guys who can get the job done.

  38. rhino514 says:

    How can the Schenn hit not be a suspension? Does anyone know if the league is at least looking at it?
    It´s just not fair that it´s so easy to take aout a player for the season if anyone really wants to. Even if the player gets suspended for 3 or 4 games, that doesn´t equal to the demage to the team losing a good player for an extended period.
    Of course Giroux i don´t expect them to even look at it because it´s a marquee player and he camouflaged the hit in a way not unsimilar to Cooke´s hit.
    But Schenn´s hit was visibly boarding.

    • boing007 says:

      Right. That’s Roller Derby stuff. Low grade hockey. Shows up well the talent level of mediocre players. Imagine a 20 team league whereby most of the teams would have at least three good lines competing against each other. That would be cool.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  39. Strummer says:

    Here’s hoping last night’s injuries are just “flesh wounds”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RZ-hYPAMFQ
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  40. Ian Cobb says:

    Very good morning to you out there.
    Even though it is a sunny -18c, it is a very nice day, apart from 4 of our players injured.

    I can’t wait to start putting this weeks stats to paper, compared to last weeks, after a 3 win week. I will post it as soon as I am finished putting it together.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    So evidently the real reason Dave Keon was back in Toronto last night, is he apparantly has the last remaining parade route map. What the organization failed to realize is that his map still has a starting point on College St. in front of the Maple Leaf gardens.

  42. allantats says:

    Is P.K. on some kind of media ban?
    I don’t think I have seen a single post game interview on tsn or anywhere else.
    Last year he was the go-to guy for post game talk but now I see a lot more DD and Georges.
    Has anyone else noticed the lack of media attention?

  43. habstrinifan says:

    Who would have thought that we would be sitting here on a Sunday morning fearful that an injury to B. Gallagher could prove disastrous to the team’s fortunes.

    I pray he’s gonna be OK.

    I remember long ago posting that this young man would be integral to the HABS and while he wont be a scoring star, he would score ‘big’ and timely goals.

    I was wrong in uderestimating his scoring touch.

    Keeping fingers crossed.

    All the injuries make it kinda down AM.

  44. Mavid says:

    today is a great day..we won..Sens lost..the sun is shinning..its so quiet in Sens land you can hear a mouse squeak..

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    Watching the Colorado Edmonton game last night, what brutal teams defensively. I think Yannick Weber would be an upgrade for either team, in fact Kaberle wouldn’t look out of place on those rosters and could provide offense.

    • Clay says:

      I hope their GM’s are reading your comment! :)

      __________________________
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      • HabinBurlington says:

        How does Kevin Lowe still have a job in Edmonton. Sure they lots of talented young forwards, but the team has no defence, Dubnyk is already 27 and is not the answer in net. I realize Lowe is not GM but he has watched over this franchise tank for years and the team is nothing but some young individuals.

    • Cal says:

      One wonders why they haven’t been on the hotline with Bergevin. Both teams, despite youthful scoring, suck rocks. There’s no defensive discipline at all. Edmonton’s so-called high flying offense has only scored 35 times in 14 games for a 2.5 GFA while they have allowed 38 for an average GAA of 2.7. Not a winning combo.
      The Avs are worse. Of the two, the Avs should be trading or tanking. I get the feeling they’ll suffer for a couple more months and take the high pick.

      http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Both teams need depth at defence, it was like watching Matadors on ice as both teams dmen held red towels and sang Ole as the opposing forwards skated by them.

  46. Steeltown Hab says:

    Hoping for the best for Gallagher n Pacioretty, both sort of looked like shoulder injuries to me, but I only saw it briefly a few times.

    You just knew that line was going to be good. Pacioretty’s been slowly getting his game back and Gallagher is just on his game every single night.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  47. remi_10069 says:

    Giroux targeted Emelin’s knee no question. He should get suspended for it (and just might). I suspect the next time they play it will get very ugly. Bourque looks amazing out there, not sure what happened. He’s either off the sauce or on the sauce but crazy difference. Problem is he may have taken Cole’s Mojo, he looks like total shit. Too bad MB didn’t pull a PG and dump his ass when he opened his yap a la cammallari.

    pipes

  48. ed says:

    It was not a vicious hit to the head. It was not even called a penalty. But everything that Luke Schenn did on that hit against Gallagher was what I hate the most about NHL hockey.

    There were 2 men battling for the puck against the boards, Gallagher and another Flyer.

    Gallagher is entirely turned towards the boards with his back and numbers facing Schenn.

    Schenn sees the play, and purposely jumps into to it, so he can paste Gallagher from behind, into the boards, face first into the glass.

    Penalty? I’m waiting for the call. Any call? Of course not. Not in the NHL.

    Where real good hockey players, (guys that create offence, remember them?) are sacrificed every game, so that players like Luke Schenn can earn themselves 5 million a year.

    I am a huge fan of physical hockey. Good, clean, fair, physical hockey.

    But if a league thinks that Schenn’s hit is legal, and 2 refs apparently did, then I am not a huge fan of the NHL, and NHL hockey.

    • Chris says:

      Agreed. Those types of hits are just moronic.

      The NHL has a cultural problem. The hit on Gallagher, the extraordinarily late hit by Rinaldo on Subban (at least that was penalized), the nonsense from Giroux on Emelin…three silly hits against Habs players last night. On any given night, players from either team are likely to throw a similar number of borderline or across-the-line hits all in the name of wearing down their opponent.

      This is a coaching issue, both at the junior ranks and (especially) at the professional ranks. The emphasis MUST be on separating the player from the puck. If the puck is not there, the play should be a penalty. Period.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Hits are no longer for seperating the puck, they are all about intimidation and the infliction of pain on the opponent. You are also correct in speaking of this as a cultural problem being propagated by coaching.

      • neumann103 says:

        “If the puck is not there, the play should be a penalty. Period.”

        This is the key. It has not always been this way. In a much tougher era of hockey, lining up a guy from 30 feet away and hammering him three seconds after he got rid of the puck was penalized,not lauded as “finishing your check”.

        It needs to be rooted out, but it can easily start by instruction from NHL officiating simply saying “call these obvious fouls”.

        “Et le but!”

        • HabinBurlington says:

          You and I have both been preaching this finishing your check BS for a long time Neumann, unfortunately it appears the Choir (NHL Head offices) are deaf.

      • mal2478 says:

        Remove the instigator rule and problem solved! Guys wouldn’t pull some of these stunts if they knew a McSorley/Nilan/Probert like guy would be getting even next shift.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      It sure was a attempt to seriously slow him down

    • Fansincebirth says:

      The new NHL has been molded to appeal to the fans in cities where hockey doesn’t belong, where they have punch counters on the big clock and where they really wouldn’t give a rats ass if the team were to move.

      I hate the new brand of hockey where it’s more exciting to see a career in jeopardy from a hit instead of an end to end rush and goal or a scintillating save or spin-o-rama move. I’ve said it before…today’s game is all about separating a head from a player and not the puck….

      This brand of hockey sells in Bettmans world of hockey and it will remain until the owners start to wisen up and realize that their multi millionaire stars have their careers ruined by someone who can barely lace up his skates.

      NASCAR on ice

  49. Chris says:

    What a difference a season makes.

    Last year, it was pretty clear the players had quit on Jacques Martin, and injuries had taken a heavy toll on the roster.

    Last night, there was a play that has been emblematic of the season. Bourque’s attempt to cycle the puck to Gionta and Plekanec down low was intercepted and the Flyers broke out on an odd-man rush with Plekanec and Gionta trapped deep in the offensive zone. Bourque skated his butt off to catch up, but even more amazing was watching Plekanec and Gionta, at the end of a shift, drag-race the length of the ice to be back in time to cover players in front of the net by the time the Flyers got there. They were absolutely flying.

    Gionta and Plekanec may not always show up on the score-sheet, but they are Montreal’s best forwards. That line as a whole is working their rear ends off and are making opponents work all over the ice. That is beautiful hockey, even though no goals were scored. Maybe it is just the soccer fan in me that appreciates excellent positional play.

    • Marc10 says:

      Meh. Rates a C… Wait C+ ;)

    • Cal says:

      Determination and character. Two things that were lacking last season.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Effort is often underrated. I think you’ve captured the biggest difference between the two seasons, Chris.

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      • Chris says:

        To be fair, it still lacks from a lot of guys even on the Habs roster.

        I wanted to post this to illustrate just how special and under-appreciated both Plekanec and Gionta are. I can’t remember Habs forwards that work that hard to get back into good defensive position.

        Higgins would do it, and obviously some of the defensive specialists (Carbonneau, Keane) were masters at it. But those two players disrupt a lot of plays just by being everywhere on the ice, and then are expected to go down and score.

        Eller’s getting there, but he’s got some work to do both offensively and defensively to be in that category.

        And one player that I have maligned in the past that I will give special mention to is Brandon Prust. He takes a lot of stupid penalties, but one thing I love is that he doesn’t mail it in at the end of a shift and coast 80 feet to the bench. He frequently goes deep and forechecks while his linemates are changing, and then comes off himself. It means he’s frequently the last guy on the ice, but it also means that he’s preventing an odd-man rush just by working a bit harder. He’s the only guy on the team that I see do that on a regular basis.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Absolutely agree on Prust, while he may lack some skills, his effort level is top notch. He is a leader in that dressing room with his efforts and dedication to the team.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Chris. The soccer fan in me is loving the way the team plays this season. They hunt in packs, and it works.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Sorry about your Reds this year Boone, they really are struggling this season. Hope it gets better, in the meantime we got our Habs flying out there.

  50. Habfan10912 says:

    In case you missed it here is the Post of the Day from CitizenSanto:

    I’m gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy,
    if there’s a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy.
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  51. 44har48 says:

    I had to watch the CBC feed last night in the States…(sigh)…what the hell has happened to that station? That was a bad program from start to finish…I could cry thinking about how I used to look forward to HNIC (before they turned it into Hockey Night in Toronto) all week when I was growing up, and what it has become. I mean really???????????, nobody has 2 seconds to fix PJ Stock’s collar? and I found it sickening to have a game called by a senile old man that doesn’t know the players that don’t have a Maple Leaf on their jersey, can’t keep up with the play, and hates the Habs as much as the rest of the of the lackeys on the program. Sorry for the rant, but it’s really hard to watch that crap now and I didn’t have a choice last night. I usually take the other teams homers over CBC if I have the choice, they don’t usually hate the Habs, just love their team :).

    • HabinBurlington says:

      PJ really believes he is the next Don Cherry…. very scary.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning 44. Sadly I feel the same way. I’d recommend syncing the picture with TSN690 (tunein app) or using the mute button. I just get so upset listening to them I just stopped last year. No more heart attacks for this guy! :)

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    • aroma says:

      My sentiments exactly. An embarassment. Forgetting Cherry and Stock for the moment, whose shortcomings are well known to us. Bob Cole is so past his shelf life it’s mind-boggling. He covers the Habs often enough to at least have a better grasp of the team that the American broadcasters (to whom I’m exposed on Game Center) who cover the Habs far less frequently. But he doesn’t have a clue. Cole could be covering a Habs / Blue Jackets game and it would seem like he’s more likely to be the Columbus play-by-play dude. Absolutely shameful. And no one in Toronto seems to think there’s anything to improve on HNITo.

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s a disgrace. And the bias makes TSN look fair and balanced…

      • boing007 says:

        I watched a TSN feed of the Habs vs. Panthers with Dave Ranforf and Dave Reed. Good guys.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Do what I do when I’m forced to watch CBC & listen to Bob Cole. Mute your tv. Believe me, we all feel your pain.

    • GGtheHab says:

      I have been on the bandwagon for bob cole to retire for about 2 years now, he even called George’s Subban last week, sure both their numbers end in 6, but even the most non racist person in the world might have noticed the difference in skin colour..he sounds like he is watching a completely different game.

      • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

        Once you start noticing the extent to which Bob Cole comments on the the numbers – time played, time remaining, shots on goal, the score, etc.. you realize that he NOTHING qualitative to say about the game in front of him. I remember the old days (“here he goes again” says my kids) when you could hear Dick and Danny sit back and offer perceptive and objective commentary when the action stopped. Stopped watching HNIC a long time ago, as soon as they started offending Mtl. fans by having the pregame show from Toronto.

        • GGtheHab says:

          He says things like “now they will clear the zone, no wait, they don’t” looks like a penalty, we will have to see which team has gotten it..hmm, the one with the goalie streaking to the bench is the one going on the PP, Bob..it is so frustrating to me.

  52. Cal says:

    Let me say first that I really like Gallagher. His energy, speed, his dogged checking and unrelenting skating and quick shot. Unfortunately, his is a game that takes a very physical toll. Schenn boarded him last night and got away with it. I hope he doesn’t have a concussion, but I am thinking maybe he does. With Boone mentioning a history of them, his career may be this blip we’ve just seen. Of course, I am very much hoping I am wrong.
    This 9-4-1 club looks like it needs him badly to help with secondary scoring right now.
    Habs beat a decimated team and it may be they are quite decimated with injuries themselves.

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

    • Marc10 says:

      Damn straight that was boarding. He was in a vulnerable position, but I’m sure nothing will come of it as per usual.

      I’d really like to get that holdout kid in Colorado. What would it take?

      • Cal says:

        Odd position for the Avs to be in. They overvalue O’Reilly, yet don’t want to pay him. When I look around at the stupid contracts doled out to others after their ECL, it’s not a wonder he is holding out. However, I really don’t like players that try to force trades or force their clubs to eff up their cap plans. This is why I was pissed at PK.
        Avs probably want too much, and the way the team is going now, I don’t trade anyone unless a MAJOR player comes back in return. O’Reilly ain’t him.

        http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  53. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. On the post game show last night Chris Nilan speculated Gallagher’s injury may be a shoulder. With his history of concussions I’m afraid it might be his head. Pacioretty hopefully bounces back soon and I thought Emelin returned in the third. They say we’ll hear something more today. My guess. We’ll hear something like this. Upper body. Day to day. I hope so.

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  54. HabinBurlington says:

    What an enjoyable game to watch, aside from the injuries. I really believe the team essentially got a reset or focus when it was discovered Price would not be playing. The team came out with great coverage of the ice offensive and defensive. Seemed like they really were going to do their best to give Budaj a chance for a nice win.

    While we defeated a wounded bear in Philly, sometimes those wounded animals have some kick left in them. That was an important win, a game the team HAD to win given the circumstances. Sign of a team playing with a purpose.

    Injuries all looked bad to me, the area which Max strained isn’t that where the appendix would have been? Seemed like he really strained the muscles in that area fighting off the checker.

    I guess we just wait and see, but I suspect at least one is out on Monday and Mr. White may get his chance at redemption.

    Good Game boys!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Gerald. Louie L has got his game back on track in Hamilton. Do you think he gets a call if Gallagher or Pacioretty can’t go?

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        I wonder if they don’t first put White back on 4th line as center and Eller moves up. But if Hamilton is called, would probably do a lot for the confidence of Leblanc if they gave him a shout.

        Morning Jim

    • The Juice says:

      I was thinking the same thing, but his appendix was on the right side, Max was holding his left side…

      __________________________________________________________________________

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

  55. JF says:

    I keep looking at the standings in disbelief. Second in the conference, 9-4-1,… who’d have thunk it? We’d better enjoy it while we can because it’s likely we’ll be switching places with the Bruins later today. Go Jets go.

    That was a great game. Brendan Gallagher was all over the ice and could easily have had three goals. He provided the spark that Desharnais and Pacioretty seem to have been missing. Kudos to Therrien for making the change, one few people would have had faith in because Gallagher and Desharnais are both small.

    The guys on L’Antchambre were speculating after the game that Cole is out of shape. Said he seems puffed when he reaches the bench after a 30-second shift. I thought the last couple of games there were signs of the explosive acceleration we saw last year. Hope he gets it back soon.

    That third period was the type of third period we always need to play when protecting a lead. Keep hustling, keep pressuring the opposition, try to score another goal instead of simply dumping the puck. When we were up a goal going into the third last year, I knew every time we were going to lose. Partly because of the passive, sitting back style we played, but also because losing the lead became a pattern that sapped confidence. Last night’s third period was a confidence-builder (even though the Flyers are pretty bad). The guys should look at the video of it before every game to remind themselves.

    Therrien said after the game that he thought Raphael Diaz was very under-estimated. I have to agree with this. I can’t understand why he’s mentioned routinely after a loss among players people want to dump or trade away. He reads the play well and seems to have a very high hockey IQ, rarely making the wrong decision with the puck. I was glad to see Therrien put him back with Markov on the powerplay to start the third period. We didn’t score, but that powerplay looked much more dangerous than the previous ones.

    Speaking of Therrien, his press conferences have a lot more substance to them than JM’s. He doesn’t simply mouth platitudes, and, although his comments are guarded, they are to the point.

    Budaj was fine. I knew he could do it; he was very good at the end of last season, one of the few bright spots. His teammates helped him by protecting the front of the net well, but he also made some good saves (although he said he owes P.K. a supper for the one he made). He just needs to work on his rebound control a bit.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Its funny JF, when I first saw the line combinations before the game it was Gallagher/DD/MaxPac that concerned me the most, and yes I thought they would be too small. I think they were the best line on the ice all night. Perhaps why i sit here and post on the internet and don’t stand behind the bench. :)

      • habstrinifan says:

        Same her Burly… I was full out WRONG re my opinions on the line combinations.

        Unfortunately, unlike you, I never learn and am gonna still be giving out coaching advice before the next game. LOL!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      In regards to Diaz, I remember when the debate was around Weber and Diaz. They both were playing the same type of hockey. Fast forward several months and the development of Diaz has been just terrific. Of course it’d be nice if he were 6’2″ but puck moving dman are as vital in this league as crease clearers.
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    • HabFab says:

      I like your assessment of Diaz, “very high hockey IQ” probably covers it. Not big and therefore not the most physical player, just smart positionally and makes excellent work with his stick. Not the fastest or flashest player, just pin point passing and a hard accurate shoot that generally gets to the net. When the Canadiens first signed him and I was reading up on him from the Swiss league, a couple of things stood out. The Swiss hockey people were all saying that at age 25, he was better then Mark Streit was when he came over at age 27. And they expected him to play in the NHL right away, which he did.

    • Marc10 says:

      Hard to believe the coaches rate a C or lower from some of the Commentariat… Wait, actually that’s not hard at all to believe.

      • Chris says:

        I spelled out why I believe Therrien merited a C, laying out the good things and the bad things.

        I find it amusing, and highly telling, that you didn’t have much time to reply to those points, i.e., engage in a discussion, but seem to have the time to troll a couple of days later.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      ” I can’t understand why he’s mentioned routinely after a loss among players people want to dump or trade away.”

      Because HIO is bastion of reason after a loss, that’s why.

  56. commandant says:

    At least Louis Leblanc is playing better of late in Hamilton. It took him a while to recover from that high ankle sprain, but he seems to be skating a lot better and putting up some points now. He’d be the guy I look at if we need a callup.

    Go Habs Go!
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  57. adamkennelly says:

    Gallagher is the best pure goal scorer on this team…he’s gonna give us 40+ one day.

  58. HabFab says:

    Prospect watch from yesterday. Walsh had a goal and 2 assists. Hudon had 3 assists. Archambault had an assist as did Vail and Nystrom.

  59. HabFab says:

    Hi-lites of the Dogs win, their 4th in a row. Bournival with the hat trick;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4n_yA66fVM&list=PLFC0B176D1BC8544F

  60. Marc10 says:

    Great game. Well done by Budaj. He looked good and was solid when he needed to be. I hope all the boys return healthy, especially the spark plug… That kid is everything you want in a rookie.

    It’s good to beat the Flyers… Especially Danielle et Claudette!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree. Seems Budaj and DD have been getting a lot of hate from the fandom recently so I’m sure they both were happy with their performance. I know I was.

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  61. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …haven’t seen such quick hands like Gallagher’s on one of Our Players since Steve Shutt

    • savethepuck says:

      What an incredible steal he has turned out to be in the 5th round of 2010. I love this kid, he’s showed he can continue to excel at this level, as he has done in junior and the the AHL. Lucky for us to have him.

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

    • shootdapuck says:

      MB needs to invest more time scouting BCJHL!

      Get to know who is up and coming to the CHL.

      =================================================
      The cranial flatulence of PJ Stock:

      “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
      “Le game est tous de hard work”
      ” I have a pet peeve”

  62. ProHabs says:

    Sergay Kostitsyn 1 goal and 4 points in 15 games this year.

  63. ProHabs says:

    Micheal Terrien for coach of the year.

    • Clay says:

      Which team does he coach?

      __________________________
      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • Clay says:

      (His name is spelled like so; Michel Therrien)

      __________________________
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      • ProHabs says:

        Why did you ask what team he coaches if you knew who I was talking about. You must be one of those guys that likes to listen to himself talk.

        • Clay says:

          This is why.
          We live in a society; as such, communication is important. Why, you ask? Proper communication is essential to ensuring your meaning is understood. Spelling and grammar are part of that.
          For example, note the significant difference in meaning between these two sentences – all because of a comma:
          1) Let’s eat Grandpa.
          2) Let’s eat, Grandpa.

          __________________________
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          • VancouverHab says:

            Keep up the good work, sir.

            Best,
            VH

          • kbhab4ever says:

            get over your self ‘CLAY’. Who really cares? I believe he meant the gay part in Kos’s name as a joke.ligten up

          • Clay says:

            Do you think me such a fool that I didn’t see his pathetic attempt at humour? The fact is, calling someone or something ‘gay’ as a derogatory term is bigoted and puerile, and should be challenged whenever it is encountered. Now you know.

            __________________________
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      • shrack says:

        Good one klay.

  64. jedimyrmidon says:

    Schedule this week is brutal. Carolina at home Monday then in NY on Tuesday. Will the Habs look like tonight’s Flyers?

  65. Sportfan says:

    What a great game glad we won, hope the injuries aren’t as bad as they seem. Go Habs Go! Goodnight yall!

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  66. Phil C says:

    I think we can conclude a few things after tonight’s game:

    - The Habs play a stifling form of team defense with a lot of back pressure. They are giving up very few quality chances. This makes me believe the playoffs are likely this year.

    - The problem on the DD line was Cole. That line looked dangerous again so good on the coach to make an adjustment by adding Gally. Let’s hope he is okay and that Cole eventually finds his legs because Chucky is now stuck with him.

    - Diaz gave the PP some jump in the third. I don’t see how Therrien goes back to Subban after this, but we’ll see.

    - If Gally is going to play on the first line, he’ll have to face more big defensemen like Schenn. He won’t be protected by good match-ups like he was on the third line. Let’s hope he can make the adjustment without getting killed.

  67. HardHabits says:

    Repost:

    Good article on RDS about tonight’s win.

    Gallagher looks like Cammy in that pic.

    Down the article, and I am paraphrasing and translating here, Gionta says that the Habs style of play is to continually put pressure on the opponent, instead of playing back on their heels as they used to in the past.

    He says that their goal is to continuously fore check and impose their rhythm from the start of the game to the end and that they are at their best when they exert pressure.

    Therrien’s message.

  68. MrNax says:

    Anyone else think that the hit on Gally was from behind? A bunch of boarding calls were missed, which may have lead to this hit.

  69. Habilis says:

    Edmonton has 50 shots in their game so far, still 3:30 to go in a 4-4 tie.

    That’s nuts.

  70. WarWizardBieber says:

    It’s a team. Price isn’t the whole picture. A big part, yes. But not the whole dynamic. Markov, Pleks, Gally, Gally, Patches, Prust, Subban, etc. that’s what wins is 3 in a row. And let’s not forget the lesser regarded likes of Moen-Armstrong-Eller who stood out last game. No sir, price isn’t the only thing saving our beloved habs from “doom”. Just imagine if we can get a few of these lines in sync and steadied…

    …and many more (with some luck).

  71. lavie says:

    I think everyone will be OK tomorrow. I mean no injury.

  72. HardHabits says:

    Repost:

    From RDS about Pacioretty and Gallagher:

    « Il s’agit de blessures au haut du corps pour les deux, mais je n’en sais pas davantage, a répondu Therrien quand on lui a posé la question. On en saura davantage demain. » Le capitaine du Canadien, qui a lui aussi obtenu deux mentions d’aide, espère revoir ses coéquipiers rapidement sur la patinoire. « Ce sont des durs, je suis confiant qu’ils n’auront pas à s’absenter », a résumé Gionta, l’air peu inquiet.

    Loosely translated:

    “They both have upper body injuries, that’s all we know,” Therrien responded when asked. “We’ll know more tomorrow.” The Canadiens’ captain, who also had two assists, hopes to see his teammates on the ice soon. “They’re tough, I am confident that they wont miss any games,” said Gionta, who didn’t sound too concerned.

    • Timo says:

      It would be very crappy if Gallager gets injured. The dude’s on fire and he makes any player around him better. And he has been having a heck of a season so far. Fingers crossed he is alright, although the way he got nailed, I am afraid he might be out for a while.

    • citizenSanto says:

      I’m gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy,
      if there’s a clean bill of health from Dr. McCoy.

  73. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Sorry Mr. Boone. The only player whose injury would “doom” the Habs is Carey Price. There is nobody to replace him.

  74. JohnBellyful says:


    Edit: Meant to put a .

    Re-edit: Didn’t see game so have nothing to say, other than ‘Well done, lads.’

  75. Timo says:

    So what did I tell ya’ll about Boodye? I am officially starting a new controversy – Boodye is better than Price.

    Solid win (more or less).

    Any news regarding Gallager? That looked like a nasty hit.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      You know what, Budaj didn’t have a goalie coach in Colorado, I think there is some merit to your controversy; With some proper coaching, Budaj could very well be the next coming of Halak!

  76. Maksimir says:

    What timing… I literally got home from the Bulldogs against Houston and read about these injuries… Bournival got the hat trick – one an empty netter but he looked okay – lots of speed… Blunden didn’t look too bad either. LeBlanc I am sad to say looked bad.. couldn’t hold onto to the puck for more than 2 seconds and was completely a non-factor. I will say that Belieau (sp?) looked very good. That kid is such a smooth skater and great sense on the ice .. I look forward to him on the Habs PP. Tinordi also looked good – but as a stay at home defenseman if they don’t make mistakes, you don’t notice them and that’s a good thing.

  77. Habfan10912 says:

    You should have waited to post this after a loss or two. Many would have joined in. :)

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  78. Cal says:

    A 9-4-1 team trading away their best offensive Dman? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

  79. dano58 says:

    Sorry but the reason he is tired is because he is logging too many minutes in all situations. MT should use his other d-men in PK situations more than Markov. He is still a number one but should have less time on PK unit as that is for younger fresh legs.

    GO HABS GO!!!

    “Opinions are like assholes and everybody has one.”
    Hopefully the Habs brass only takes the best ones!

  80. Habfan10912 says:

    I think because of his size and speed I concur but he does have a Shutt like shot, eh?

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  81. Curtis O Habs says:

    Doug Gilmour comes to mind.

  82. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    More like Theoren Fleury…

  83. HabinBurlington says:

    THat quick release of a shot is great. Impossible to not love this kid.

  84. HabinBurlington says:

    Perhaps the best comparable I have read yet. Not saying he will become that, but I think that is a good style of player he could emulate.

  85. ed says:

    the way Gallagher plays hockey, he will make any line look good.

  86. Danno says:

    We’ll know more in about an hour. Keep your fingers crossed…

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  87. HabFab says:

    Patches has a deep skate cut to his rib area.

  88. GGtheHab says:

    what is your source?

  89. Danno says:

    RenLavoieRDS – Deep cut (caused by a skate) in the rib area for Max Pacioretty. Don’t know yet if he’ll play Monday.

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  90. 24 Cups says:

    Ed – I thought that Galchenyuk and Gallagher needed more seasoning and would be better suited joining the team next season. I was wrong.

    The Habs seem to be finally catching some breaks as they try and rebuild the team. Going fifth in the lottery to grab Price. Getting lucky with Subban as a 2nd round pick. A shot in the dark with Gallagher in the 5th round and a walk-on signing with DD.

    Not all picks work out but if one of Beaulieu/Tinordi and another of Bozon/Collberg make the team in two years then the youth movement wil have really taken hold.

    Man, it would be great to have a mulligan on the McDonagh fiasco. That was a self-inflicted wound.

  91. HabinBurlington says:

    I think he buys from the same guy as Boone buys from. ;-)

  92. HabFab says:

    Don’t look now but McDonagh is struggling this season…who knows!

  93. HabinBurlington says:

    That cheap shot from Cooke on McDonagh may still be a factor.

  94. GGtheHab says:

    well barring infection that shouldnt be long term, I would be more concerned about a broken rib

  95. issie74 says:

    Stubbs…called it …stinking skin laceration.

    NorthTOHab

  96. Danno says:

    The Wolverine should be good as new by 11:45 this morning

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  97. HabFab says:

    I have been collecting bail money to have when Burly goes off on some Laff fans some Saturday night… up to 3 rounds for the table. Guess it will depend on the physical damage to the pub.

    And what happened to your face?

  98. HardHabits says:

    I’m in on the bail money if somebody films it.

  99. HabFab says:

    Well, it does give you a handsome look. Looks just like my mirror ;)

  100. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Iron Man armour…


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