About last night …

PricePens

What’s to be said about a crazy game like that?
Shall we accentuate the positive?
Everyone thought it was all over but the crying 13 minutes into the second period. The Penguins, who had looked much the better team to that point, scored three unanswered goals to go ahead 4-2.
Over.
Done and dusted.
But your Montreal Canadiens did not quit.
They clawed back to tie it.
They took a 5-4 lead and blew it
They trailed 6-5 and tied it again to send the game into OT, gaining a point that might be valuable when April 28 rolls around and the NHL is filling out postseason dance cards.
So credit the lads with character and resilience.

More positives?

Brendan Gallagher cemented his spot on a line with David Desharnais and MaxPacioretty, the only Canadiens trio that ended the game intact. I’m very keen to see Gallagher against the Bruins on Sunday evening.

Brian Gionta, who went seven games without scoring in February, found the net for the second straight game and had his first two-goal effort of the season.

P.K. Subban scored the goal that made it 4-4 and played 22:19 – up from the high-teens games with which Michel Therrien eased him back into the Canadiens defensive rotation. By the end of the game, P.K. was partnered with Josh Gorges on the second pairing, and that’s probably where we’ll see him in Boston … even though Gorges was minus-3 and they were on for Brandon Sutter’s overtime winner.

Max Pacioretty had seven shots on goal (as did Pittsburgh’s Sutter) and scored his seventh goal in as many games. Max-Pac has arrived for the 2013 season. He and the super pest on right wing have brought DD’s game to life.

Oh, and Tomas Kaberle had two assists and was plus-3 in 12:36 of ice time.

Thus endeth the positives. I may have omitted a couple. It was a hectic night.

Negatives?

Carey Price was lousy. Any goaltender who gives up a converted touchdown is off his game.

But Price didn’t get much help, as evidenced by the 14 shots fired at him  by the Penguins in the first period. Pittsburgh was the first opponent to rack up a double-digit first-period shot total since the Leafs had 12 on that Saturday night we have tried to forget – an amnesia aided and abetted by how well the Canadiens had played in the three weeks since.

And with all due respect to Tyler Bozak, Clarke MacArthur, James Van Riemsdyk and the other stars of that Leaf romp, they aren’t Sidney Crosby, James Neal, and Chris Kunitz.

And Dion Phaneuf  isn’t Kris Letang.

Even without Evgeni Malkin, the Pittsburgh lineup packs firepower equalled by few in the league. The Penguins have size, skill, the incomparable Crosby and, on Saturday night, a game plan that pressured the Canadiens, reducing the home team’s time and space as few have managed to do this season.

So while all the usual suspects crawl out their damp places under rocks to knock Price – some caller to the TSN 690 postgame show suggested the Canadiens trade their franchise goaltender for a big centre – the Canadiens lost this one as a team.

That said, even the most enthusiastic Price fans – and I count myself among them – have to acknowledge our boy has yet to steal a game for the Canadiens this season. Maybe Sunday in Boston, since I’m pretty sure Therrien will come back with his number one goaltender against the Bruins.

I’ll not hazard a guess as to the coach’s forward lines, other than the DD unit.

By the third period on Saturday night, Lars Eller had replaced Tomas Plekanec between Brandon Prust and Gionta, while Tomas Plekanec was centring Michael Ryder and Alex Galchenyuk. Travis Moen also had a couple shifts on that line, as Galchenyuk struggled and played 11:15 – less than any other forward except Ryan White.

Perhaps Therrien will just write off the 7-6 gong show as the aberration it was and go back to the forward lines and defence pairings that had  carried the Canadiens to the lofty perch atop the Eastern Conference from which the Bruins dislodged them by beating Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The Canadiens can regain top spot by winning in Boston.

After losing to the Leafs three Saturdays ago, the Canadiens went down to Florida and beat the Lightning to begin a five-game winning streak.

They have not lost a game in regulation since the Leaf Laugher, picking up at least a point in 10 straight starts.

That streak was not built on the basis of the kind of run-and-gun hockey the Canadiens tried to play against a Pittsburgh team that has superior runners and gunners.

It will doubtless be back to basics against the Bs.

266 Comments

  1. otisfxu says:

    Price has watched the winning goal now 10 times on replay and still hasn’t seen it, let alone move on it.

    As I said a couple of days ago, and got blasted for it, this team can play hockey against the bad teams, and more than half this conference is bad.
    It is still a soft team, no sniper, not a great playoff team.

  2. Arrow77 says:

    I hope Therrien plays Budaj tonight. If the games weren’t played back-to-back, I’d give Price another chance but last night must have been exhausting and his confidence must be a little shaken. Which goes for the rest of the team as well.

  3. GRECOHAB says:

    We have a 13-4-4 record and there are 27 games left. It is said that in order to make the playoffs, a team must reach the 55-56 point plateau, which means that for the rest of the 27 games, we can have a record of 10-11-6, good for a total record of 23-15-10, and 56 points. Personally i predict we will amase even more points, so the playoffs seems a very decent possibility, against all odds.

    So i guess we will be buyers at the deadline…What kind of buyers though, is something worth great consideration from the teams management. Keeping in mind that Bergevin’s moves so far indicates a rather intelligent manager, i suppose that any move, even as a buyer, will have to be according to the future stracture plan of this team.

    I would rather not mess with the chemistry of our forwards lines, barrying injuries of course, although i think that we have an expandable centerman, not named Galtsenuyk and Plekanec. Desharnais and Eller are actually two candidates for one spot, but for now i wouldn’t made either available.

    We do need though, to shore up our defense. We aren’t going far with the current tandems, and we need to add size back there. Markov-Emelin is a great 2nd pair unit, and i really liked the Diaz-Gorges tandem also. They are good as a 3rd pair unit. So this leaves Subban-Bouillion as a tandem and Kaberle, Weber as extras. We all know that Subban can be a top line player, but he needs someone better than Bouillion besides him. Franky is a great acquisition, and a very servicable 7thD, that can fill in when needed. So we have Kaberle and Weber as expendables in order to land a top pairing defensemen. Is it possible?

    I think it is, actually if we sweeten the pot a little. At first who top pairing D is available? Obviously a sellers-team that needs to get younger or shade salary. Options?

    Jay Bouwmeester (CGY), might be available, and for his services i would offer Kaberle (salary reasons), Leblanc (decent prospect) and CGY’s 2nd rd pick in 2013 back. Its a very good offer i think that CGY can’t easily reject, and serves both sides equally. A Subban-Bouwmeester tandem would be great.

    Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), might be also available. In this case though there isn’t much salary involved, so i don’t think FLA would take Kaberle back. I am quite sure that with the obvious departure of Weiss, they would be looking for a centerman, and i would consider a one on one trade of Eller for Kulikov.

    • Sportfan says:

      I think we’ll still get the amount of points we need people shouldn’t freak out so much, but I would touch J-Bou with an 1000 foot pole the poor guy has really bad luck and severely overrated wouldn’t want his cap hit either.

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      One of the Habs weaknesses Crosby exposed last night was the lack of a number one, 25min/game, shut-down denfense pair. Only PK can play regularly 25min/game against the other team’s best. Completely agree with you about going after Bouwmeester. He and Subban would form a good #1 pairing.

      Your trade proposal, however, makes no sense. Calgary is not giving up their best defenceman without getting value back. This means a regular defenceman, good prospect and good pick. My suggestion would be: Gorges+good prospect (not Tinordi/Beaulieu)+2nd round OR Gorges and a first rounder (since it will be low this year). Gorges is a solid defenceman but not an All Star. He is easily replaceable. Just move Emelin back to his natural left side.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  4. L Elle says:

    A little Shakespeare mixed with sarcasm. Worth a repost. ;)

    Ode to Jaro

    Oh Jaro, my life…my life is no more
    The deepest darkest despair in the abyss of my soul.
    How can I live without those blue eyes now gone to the Blues.

    When the soldiers came and took you away…I cried a Babylonian tear
    The evil King Caesar Price has destroyed our land our hope our future
    Pillage, rape, famine and plague, not to mention the Stats, the Stats

    Oh dear Gods, please please hear me.
    Alas, no one listens……no one cares
    I must leave this cold Jaroless world. The horror, the horror

  5. Boston Habs Fan says:

    Any idea if Price or Budaj in net tonight? Big game and I think the Habs will come out flying and need to score first

  6. frontenac1 says:

    Have to agree that Mike looked stoned after the game. So was I ,so who cares?

  7. Mondou6 says:

    The main problem with Price is the Salary Cap. The cap is $64M next year, and Price is taking $6.5M of that. As CapGeek’s motto says, “It’s a numbers game”. We can’t be like the Yankees and blow endless money at players we like.

    In 2013, Price is 10th in the league in GAA, and 16th in SV%. Unless he plays like a top 1-3 NHL goalie this year, then he’s not worth $6.5M of crucial cap space. Plain and simple. I’m not sure any goaltender is worth 10% of cap space, but that’s another matter.

    People fail to understand the ramifications of the salary cap, and that you can’t just throw money at players that are fun to cheer for. The cap ended that.

    Price plays solid enough, but unless he plays like a top 3 NHL goalie, then his salary is a drain. It doesn’t make sense to say, “Price is good, and I like cheering for him, therefore, it’s smart to allocate 10% of our cap space to him. Anyone who disagrees is a hater.”

    Fans hate talking about salaries, contracts, and money, but with a salary cap, that is the only way you win. Unless the team’s goal is just to sell more 31 jerseys. Look at how the Colts unceremoniously dumped Manning. That was pure cap logic.

    The cap makes this a cold numbers game. Successful teams have to ruthlessly manage their assets and payroll. Price’s value is tied directly to his $6.5M salary, and he isn’t playing up to that number. At his salary, he cannot just be “good” or “solid”, we need more out of him than that.

    • Habfan17 says:

      When Price was signed to that contract, no one new the cap would go down to $64 million. As well, it seems the league is doing very well in terms of increased attandance and revenue, so his salary will not be 10% of the cap space in future seasons, just like this season. One last point, stats do not tell the whole tale!

      Players like Kaberle are more worrisome when it comes to cap space.

      Habfan17

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      According to your logic, Price, Rinne, Lundqvist, Miller and Luongo should be dumped. Wait till the playoffs and relax…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • habs-hampton says:

      Teams that don’t value a goalie like Price become the Philadelphia Flyers. No thanks. He’s worth 10% of the cap.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        Bryzgalov makes about 9% of the Flyers’ total. They value a starting goalie, they’re goalie just has no value

        “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • Arrow77 says:

      10% of your salary to your best player isn’t that bad and a goalie that can play as often as Price does is invaluable. As for the stats you’re talking about, it’s unfair to mention them the morning right after what should be his worst game this year and where all his stats all took a hit.

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Just as an fyi.
    Halak, 9 game played, 1.90 gaa, .901 sv. %, 2 shutouts
    Price, 15 games played, 2.20 gaa, .915 sv %, 2 shutouts

    Both goalies are playing well, one is younger and appears to be a little less injury prone.

    Both are very good, fail to see how us having a starting goalie who plays less games due to injury helps the team.

  9. nychabsfan says:

    nychabshan

    To all the negative posters on Price,GROW THE F$%$%K UP !
    It is 1 game people,get over it and move on .
    When you display this behavior you are no where close to the greatest fans in the game,your spoiled children.
    Price will be fine,probably steal a few games(or at least make key saves at the right time)and you will all be on the bandwagon again,do you see a pattern here….

    • habsguy says:

      Took the words out of my mouth. The rest of the hockey world calls Price one of, if not the best in the world, all the experts have already penciled him in as the stater for the worlds.
      But here with the ( so called ) greatest fans in world, one bad game and hes gone.
      I’m sure glad alot of you guys don’t run the team.
      Actually with your self imposed one bad game and your out rule, who would we have left….?

    • laughingb says:

      Price already stole a game for us too, 1-0 in Flordia.

      He has advanced the butterfly style for goalies as he keeps his upper body vertical while he slide on the ice. No one really moved like that until he came along. The kid is top 5 goalies in the league for sure, and he’s only 25.

      Very tough game last night but I wouldn’t hang Price out to dry just yet….

  10. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Believe it or not, have to give PJ Stock credit last night for sticking with the criticism of Calgary’s GM. While most in the media are making excuses for Uncle Feaster (probably to cover their butts too), PJ refused to let him off the hook last night. How Uncle Feaster still has his job after almost giving away the potential number one pick overall for nothing is insane.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  11. TheHotGlove says:

    Great Beer League game last night!

  12. jrshabs1 says:

    # 31 had a bad game last night. The grim reapers are out this morning. If the Habs traded #31 today who would be the replacement? Budja? One of the 2 back ups in Ottawa? #31 laid an egg last night for sure, but, Sydney Crosby was allowed to play like SUPER Sydney Crosby all night. Sydney was not only SUPER last night, he also had the power of invisibility, especially on his goal where he skated from his bench to the puck inside the dot and shot it in without being touched..don’t even think anybody saw him. Crosby was given way too much respect…Habs need a big mean D-man who chops limbs like trees in front of the net. Crosby wouldn’t be so SUPER then.
    To be positive….Brendan Gallagher is awesome!!!

    Go Habs Go!!

    • New says:

      Not only on that one. Crosby was free and clear 10 feet off the post several times. Once he didn’t get good wood on it and several other times the Pens couldn’t get him the puck. The Pens know how it works. Bring two to you and someone is alone.

    • HabsFanInTampa says:

      Relax, nobody in power is going to trade our franchise player. The Grim Reapers calling for Price’s head are emotional fans with delusions that trading our best player will somehow fix everything (nonsense). Premium goalkeepers are difficult to snatch up and when you have one, you KEEP him. Everybody has a night off (remember the great Roy against Detroit? Nuff said). Just ask Tampa Bay how hard it is to acquire a great goaltender. Ever since they let Khabibulian go after their Stanley Cup run. They haven’t had a decent goalkeeper since. and that was 10 years ago!

    • boing007 says:

      Crosby wears a cloaking device?

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

  13. habsfan0 says:

    Sadly,your story could very well be true.

  14. HNS says:

    Get Halak back ASAP!!! The wrong goalie was traded. End of Story.

  15. habsfan0 says:

    Carey Price has a history of playing well after a previous poor outing.
    I think he’ll bounce back tonight,giving the Habs a reasonable chance of beating the Bruins.

    I also think Michael Ryder will be extremely motivated tonight,and we’ll probably see him play his best game since his return.

  16. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    BTW if your name is Léger, you should not have more than one chin…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  17. Propwash says:

    Today is another day, hopefully they’ll have some left in the tank for the bruins.

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  18. commandant says:

    A look at Team Sweden for Sochi

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/03/an-early-look-at-team-sweden-for-the-2014-olympics/

    Go Habs Go!
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  19. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    You will have to cook short noodle soup with the alphabet soup so your vowels can have accents…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  20. munch17 says:

    Three positive notes from last night.
    1. We got a point on a night we didn’t deserve one ( Price was bad but Vokoun was worse).
    2. I thought Lars Eller is looking more and more like a top 2 center.
    3. Kaberle’s value went up. I think there are ages teams he can help.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Agreed. Eller looked like the only center that could hang with Crosby. I rip Kaberle as much as the next guy but I’ve never questioned his ability to put up points. His issue is his contract.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  21. Habfan10912 says:

    I liked what Gumper said. A lot!

  22. PoolFool says:

    Let’s not forget the Pens lost two in a row before this game and we’re due to come out with a strong effort. I didn’t think we hit as much as other games.
    Let’s take the point and regroup

  23. AnimalMother says:

    Forgot one point….
    -Is it me or has Kaberle looked really good the last to games? If Diaz stays injured for a little while longer we may be able to deal this guy! +3 last night with 2 pts lol

  24. ths says:

    I agree withe prevailing mood on here :
    Habs don’t have a lights out superstar goalie
    Habs don’t have a heavyweight bludgeoner
    Habs don’t have monster shutdown D Man
    Habs can’t go deep in playoffs with these issues

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

    • The Cat says:

      Habs do have balanced scoring, and thats a very good sign. The habs arent that far off from serious contention. A d-man and a better backup.

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

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Other than that everything looks pretty good eh?

    • commandant says:

      Price played well for 20 games and then had one bad night.

      Can you show me this mythical “lights out” superstar goalie who never has a bad night?

      Go Habs Go!
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      • New says:

        You know they can’t do that. They’re just delighting in the loss and painting over the memories. They know if you say it loud enough and often enough people ignore what they witnessed and just go with your version. Advertising works the same way. Ignore them.

    • Mr.Habs71sv says:

      We haven’t a goalie worth a —— since Roy was dealt almost 20 years minus Halak. We’re number 8! We’re number 8!

      Till next time….

    • Mr.Habs71sv says:

      Minus Halak we have not had a goalie worth a blank since we dealt Roy. I guess as long as we make number 8 success is achieved. Not. Time to throw some more bobbles at the faithful.

      Till next time….

  25. AnimalMother says:

    Well that was an unusual game to say the least…

    Couple of points from a very satisfied fan:
    -Price has had a couple bad game yes, but it usually coincides with the team having a lousy defensive day. “No Excuses” he has to be a bit better, not a lot.
    -is anyone aware if something personal is affecting Josh Gorges? He has not been himself this year AT ALL! Maybe Gill is his Yang?
    -when last nights game was 4-2 I (and probably most of you) was ready to write that game off. This is a great brand of heart filled hockey that Therrien has these guys buying into!! Good job MT!
    -Patches is on fire. Could have easily had a hattie last night.
    -gotta get bigger. Period. If I’m MB I’m looking at the Sharks very seriously and considering trading some pieces for Clowe & Murray. Problem solved.
    -if we can pull off a win tonight, I will be convinced that this team can succeed in the playoffs against the B’s. easier said than one lol
    -trade DD

  26. DorvalTony says:

    Carey Price. The few cheers of the franchise.

  27. Adidess says:

    The link between Molson Cup presentation and team performance is loose correlation, not causation. How can it be?

    If the hypothesis is that on nights where there is a ceremony (Molson Cup or otherwise), Montreal players are generally less focused and inevitably produce a worse performance (win or lose), that statement may have some merit. You could actually study it.

    But if we’re saying that on Molson Cup nights, the team will lose no matter how well they play because of the supposedly bad luck/curse of the Molson Cup, I don’t buy it. Sounds like superstition to me.

    • The Cat says:

      It does have merit. All teams screw up more often than not when theres a celebration. It looks worse for Montreal cause they cant stop carting out the old-timers onto centre ice.

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

  28. topher5468 says:

    Sometimes I think people will never be happy unless the team goes undefeated and Price has 82 shutouts. Guys, Even Mickey Mantle went 0 for 4 and committed errors. This team was dead last last year and much to my surprise anyway the CH are 12-4-3. Goaltending is not our issue, This is a team that has to learn how to win and play consistent 60 minute hockey games. Evidently they’re not there yet.I love watching this team, yea I prefer them winning but I also expect them to lose, and yes sometimes ugly.

    EDIT thanks to lafleurguy 13-4-4, my bad

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

    • HabFab says:

      You should have been around in 1976 when we lost 8 games… the whining, crying and bitching that occurred. And that’s without the www.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Unbelievable….just remember being able to hear the boos coming through the audio on HNIC broadcasts if EVER Dryden let in a third goal in a game. The Ole-Ole chants didn’t transmit over the air in those days but we have better technology now.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • gumper says:

      Yup. Agree with everything you say. Not sure where to set my hopes and expectations right now, but I try to keep in mind where they were to start the season. At that point I would have been happy just to be watching a team that came out to play every game, even if it meant another last place finish with another high draft pick. First year of the next five year plan and all that. I’m pretty sure that a lot of people on here were in the same mindset. However, now that the team is not only coming out almost every night, but also getting points most nights, it seems that a lot of us have moved the target upward dramatically. Well, that’s human nature, but I prefer to try to keep my expectations in a more reasonable range. While I will know better what this team is really capable of after the next week or two, I think it’s now reasonable to expect these things.
      1. They will make the playoffs
      2. They will likely finish in the middle or lower range of the top 8 but could finish higher
      3. They will continue to play like a team throughout the season, showing up to play at least 80% of the time
      4. They will avoid prolonged losing streaks

      I, too, love watching this team. Every game but one this year, I’ve been able to hope/believe that they could pull out a win. Not bad for a team that finished last in the conference last year, and seldom gave you the feeling they were capable of winning a game.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • boing007 says:

      Like the Blackhawks?

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

    • Gazza Strip says:

      Excellent points topher. I agree completely. Hell, I’m old enough to remember the salad days of the 70S and the 80S. Here’s a news flash people. Those days are over and we likely will never see that kind of domination from our team or any other again. What we do have is an entertaining team wearing the CH again. It is nice watching a game and feeling our boys always have a chance to win. After the Hell we went through last year this edition looks pretty damn good from my humble perspective. I am at this time in Boston and so pumped to be wearing my Guy Lafleur jersey to tonight’s game. Go Habs Go.

  29. Lafleurguy says:

    Pawel was a first-time poster at 4:48 am. He will be visiting from Europe and asked for help in getting tix for the March 6th Boston game. Jim suggested StubHub. Who is your favorite scalper?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • PLHab says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post… In the past I have always bought tickets right before the game from scalpers. I am just worries, the game being a premium game and all, prices might be a bit steep outside the Bell Centre

  30. HabFab says:

    Crunching the numbers based on the $2.4 bl over 48 game schedule;
    - $3.3 bl over 82 games at 57% works out to $1.53 ml per game
    -$2.4 bl over 48 games at 50% works out to $1.67 ml per game
    -the dollar amount per game for the players share increases by 9% even after the dropping from 57% to 50% share of HRR
    -large part of this would be the $205 ml NBC TV and $10 ml European Cable TV deals
    -this along with the “transitional” funds should eliminate most of the player’s escrow “roll back”.
    - Other then the reduced amounts for the shortened season.

  31. BJ says:

    I could almost barf every time that chant comes up. And somehow it always seems to bite us in the ass…..

  32. Lafleurguy says:

    The Ole-Ole chant is like the Wave. They both can be entertaining but rarely. Can’t ever recall a more poorly timed Ole,Ole. Don’t blame the fans in other buildings using it which happened a lot last year.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • BJ says:

      The above post should be here clicked on the wrong reply.

    • New says:

      Yeah, it is irritating unless you are doing it. As irritating as the broadcast crew bragging up goalies and rookies then watching each have a disastrous night. Then again if the Habs had been able to complete plays at the speed the Pens could the score might have been 7-0 and we’d all be chanting the Bell Ole.

  33. BJ says:

    After watching last nights game it is apparent that other than getting a couple of bigger, tough guys that can play. One on D and one forward. We will also need someone who can convert our touchdowns. Converted touchdown was the difference last night. Hoping a field goal will suffice tonight in Boston.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    FUrther to HabFab’s point about revenues, here is Larry Brooks recent suggestion that regular season be a 70 game season.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/cut_nhl_sked_to_games_BkzWHvtTgfhPdXnsX2QvFI/0

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If the NHL wants to increase revenues maybe they should do something about their best players not playing because of concussions but what do I know…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • HabFab says:

      I wonder what his friends in the NHLPA will think of that one.

  35. Strummer says:

    What??
    No Kraper-le jokes this morning?

    ______________________________________________________
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    • HabinBurlington says:

      That was quite the birthday present he got, a game with less hitting and more pond hockey like so he could fit in just fine. I don’t think he gets the same present tonight in Boston.

    • HabFab says:

      While many are surprised by the fact that the Habs have been for real this season, the Bruins aren’t.

      “I think Montreal, as bad as their record was last year, I think they’re a way better team than what it showed last year,” Rich Peverley said. “… Nothing’s set in stone, and they are a good team with obviously one of the best goalies in the league.”

  36. Habfan10912 says:

    Getting ugly on the Island.

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/county-says-islanders-smg-owe-millions-1.4741417

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  37. AlexTheNextOne says:

    Great, just friggin’ great. We’re losing a point from blowing these leads, and Boston just keeps on winning their games.

    I mean, I know they are a better, more complete team, but I was really hoping we would be able to keep pace with them considering how many more games we’ve played.

    Also, just an aside, not confident at all about today’s game.

    • The Cat says:

      Boston has to be considered better, simply because their offense gets it done without the PP.

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

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    So with all the talk of attendance up league wide etc…. next years salary cap is set at $64million right? It can’t go up no matter what until the season after, is that correct?

    • HabFab says:

      The Cap can’t be lower then $64.3 ml. However escrow was projected to be “reducing” each players salary by up to 12%. This would just reduce or eliminate the escrow reduction.

  39. ont fan says:

    So I just watched the game in silence on my PVR. Got to say it kind of looked like pond hockey. Seemed like they rushed up and down and traded chances with very little hitting. Kind of dangerous with a team like that, but real entertaining for the fans.

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    So yesterday afternoon the question was brought up about whether or not Crosby is the best player in the NHL or by how much. That play he made on one of the early Penguin goals where he catches the puck in his skates in full stride, was simply amazing. It is plays like that which he makes demonstrating his unbelievable skills.

  41. Danno says:

    I blame the Molson Cup

    ________________________________________

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

  42. L Elle says:

    The usual suspects are out in full force this morning, and have stayed up all night to diss Price. Wow. He is allowed to have an off night or 2 or 3, especially when it looked like an all-star game…no defense.

    All this bashing says more about the basher than Price.

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    That was a highly entertaining game last night.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning and a point (maybe not deserved) to boot.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      I actually enjoyed the twists and turns a lot Burly. Thought they were done at 4-2. There should be tons of posts (posters seem to be able to focus on only one subject at a time) on Subban’s goal, Gionta’s good game, DD’s great hands and puck control, and most of all, the superlative play of Gallagher. Gallagher had the Penguins D on their heels in the same way Sidney Crosby and Matthew Cooke had the Habs D bungling all night. Mike Boone summarized the positives very nicely.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  44. HabFab says:

    HIO is a dish consisting
    Mainly of “Habs Inside Out” with
    A good mixture of “Hockey Inside Out” and
    A dash of “Hockey Idiots Online”

  45. Habfan10912 says:

    Morning all! As ridiculous as it is for fans to wait for any goal to attack Price its equally ridiculous for Price supporters to attack fans when his game is off as it was last night. Look, he’s entitled to a poor game now and then but when he does let’s be real about it and critique his play fairly. He stunk last night (along with the team’s defense) and the team was fortunate to get a point. My point, and admittedly I am saying this poorly, is Price should not get bashed unfairly as many do here but at the same time Price should not be above the criticism either. He stunk last night and fortunately for the club it does not happen very often. He’ll come back strong tonight.
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    • Lafleurguy says:

      Mornin’ Jim. Agree except that Budaj should get today’s start! Luongo was left in nets for all 8 goals against last week. Marc-Andre Fleury was probably pulled but the Pens were hammered 10-3 in a playoff game. The point is, one bad game shouldn’t define a goalie. When the Canadiens upset the powerhouse Bruins in ’71, Dryden let in 8 (8-3 loss), but I can’t remember Kenny ever letting in 7 since.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  46. 24 Cups says:

    In an off the wall game like this, it would have been pure luck for the Habs to have taken two points. On the other hand, it would have been devastating to lose in regulation time. I’m quite satisfied to gain a point. After all, three point games rule in today’s NHL, especially in a 48 game season.

    The Habs remain nine points up on the 9th place in the East. I’ll be happy if they can maintain that lead by the time the team leaves Florida next Sunday.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      That’s the way I prefer to look at it too, Steve. Last year we lose that game in regulation. This year? We get a less then deserved point.

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      • Danno says:

        We have lost a total of eight games so far this season. Price was in nets for six of those losses and Budaj for two. Of those games two were overtime losses and two were shootout losses. So even when we lose we manage to walk away with a point half of the time.

        ________________________________________

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

        • 24 Cups says:

          Last night was pure entertainment. I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire game. It may not have been textbook but who cares.

          I’m really starting to take a shine to Eller and Gallagher. Out of the five centers, Eller is the last guy that should be switched to wing.
          Right now, this very second, Gallagher is the better rookie on the team. Prust? He has exceeded all expectations. He may be playing over his head right now, just like the team in general, but I’ll take what comes my way.

          Final thought. Two days ago, we were all talking about Carey Price being the starting goalie for Team Canada. Now it appears he can’t even play for Canada Dry. HI/O is sometimes like a teeter totter.

          • Habfan10912 says:

            Teeter Totter? LOL I like to think of it as a weather vane.

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  47. SynysterDiablo says:

    I’m not a Price hater but he’s allowed an awful lot of soft goals lately. Making the tough saves but letting in the fluke softies reminds me a lot of that goalie that use to wear #60 back in the day. Price is a much better goalie than this, needs to get back on track!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I don’t remember a lot of soft goals lately. This team is 13-4-4 and Carey Price is a BIG reason for it. Let’s be fair. He had an off night last night but he has been stellar in net nearly every night this season.

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    • commandant says:

      Price let in 12 goals in his last 8 games before last night.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports
      http://lastwordonsports.com/

  48. twilighthours says:

    Why can’t we leave it at “Price sucked last night”? Because that’s the truth. Instead, it’s “Price sucks always” – which isn’t true at all.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Exactly. You said what I wanted to say above in two sentences. I should have just copied your post.

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  49. Cal says:

    Price is so terrible he leads the league in wins.
    He is having his best year yet and, once in a while, has an average to below average game. Shrug it off, so-called fans. Habs are in Boston. Ought to be a blast.

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

    • Lafleurguy says:

      You are a paragon of faith!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Mustang says:

      Cal, the ability to shake off a bad game is what separates the really good goalies from the rest. Everyone has a bad game once in a while but if you are not able to forget the bad outing, it will drag you down. Price seems to be able to quickly forget the last game and move on to the next challenge. Let’s hope that he can forget last night and blank the Brooins tonight.

    • SynysterDiablo says:

      League leader in wins really don’t matter, in my opinion. If all goalies played equal number of games it might but there is a difference in number of games played.

      Actually Price shares the lead in league wins with Rask and Bryzgalov, with Rask playing 3 less games.

      How do you figure Price is having his best season yet? His stats this season are as followed… .915 Sv% and 2.20 GAA… In 2010-2011 he had these stats… .923 Sv% and 2.35 GAA… In my opinion, Sv% is a more important stat and I’ll take a .923% over .915% any day…

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Normally I would agree with you but the team is no longer getting out shot 35-14 night after night as in 2010. I tend to go along with the Bill Parcell’s theory of you are what your record says you are. That plus the GAA says it all. You think Price plays in front of a stellar defensive corps? I don’t see how anyone who watches Carey Price night in and night out can not be impressed with his play. I shudder to think where this team would be without him.

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      • Cal says:

        I use my eyes and not just save %. I observe how he plays. For example, I watch how he is moving from post to post in his butterfly during the game. Is he moving too far past the opposite post or too short. Is his stick covering the 5 hole as he is moving across? Is his glove in position? Is he tracking the puck or does he have no idea where the puck is?
        This season is the best I’ve seen him play technically. I am amazed you can’t see it, but, perhaps, you’ll have to look up from your stats sheet and actually watch him play.

        http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

      • boing007 says:

        The team playing in front of Price has been playing pretty well too. It’s a team game.

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

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Way to educate us all the time, HF. Louis Leblanc is coming on a bit after injury. Ditto for Greg Pateryn who Burly said looked good. Bad +/- for both Nathan Beaulieu and Morgan Ellis, but they’ll both make it in the future.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • RealtorRichg says:

      What’s with Louis Leblanc? One more point than Tinordi?

      Why don’t we hear more from Ken Dryden, one of the smartest and most thoughtful man in hockey history???

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Nasty high ankle sprain last October, before Geoffrion’s skull fracture. Probably just rounding into game-shape. He was stuck at 2 goals for a long time and now has 8.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’ve never been a fan of Josh Gorges. I had nothing against him mind you, but the notion that he was the next Habs’ captains was always absurd.

    Even at his best he was nothing more than a solid d-man, and this year he’s not at his best. He gets pushed off the puck in his own zone. Even when he seems to have the time to move the puck an opponent can pressure him into a turnover.

    Maybe we can sucker the Sharks into taking him back in exchange for Clowe?

  51. HabFab says:

    SpectorsHockey – As per @NYP_Brooksie , the #NHL is projected to make $2.4 billion on this shortened season.
    - TV viewers are up
    - percentage of seats occupied increased by 3.5%
    - 10 teams showing double figure attendance increase

    God save us from the experts!

    • The Cat says:

      Im surprised by those numbers, especially when you consider the spectacle hasnt been that good.

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

  52. HabFab says:

    Dave_Stubbs – #Penguins Crosby: “That looked like the ’80s kinda out there, everyone got their money’s worth tonight… I thought I was in Rimouski again”
    - I asked #Penguins coach Dan Bylsma when he last played in one like this: “I don’t EVER want to remember being in one like this again.”

    And this from the team that won.
    So it’s over and done with, move on!!

    • The Cat says:

      Pitts allowed 16 goals in their last 3 games. Byelsma has good reason to be in a bit of a bad mood.

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

  53. Danno says:

    To those detractors who claim Price NEVER steals a game I’d like to point out the following: Price was key in at least three games this year. The 2-1 win over the Sens on Feb. 3rd and the 1-0 win in OT over the Panthers on Feb. 14th. He also shutout the Rangers on Feb. 23rd in a 3-0 win.

    In addition, there have been three games this season where we lost 2-1 with Price in nets. Jan. 19th (Leafs), Feb. 6th (Bruins) and Feb. 25th (Sens) in OT. Those were all winnable games but Price did not get much goal support.

    All I’m saying is yes, he had a bad game, but let’s just file it and forget it. All good goalies have a stinker every now and then.

    ________________________________________

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

    • The Cat says:

      No offense man, but I dont think youre clear on the concept of stealing a game.

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

      • Danno says:

        OK. Why don’t you explain it to me then?

        ________________________________________

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

        • The Cat says:

          A goalie steals a game when the rest of the team is badly outplayed or doesnt show up. Team A has 46 shots on goal and team B has 19, yet team B wins 2-1, we can say the goalie on team B stole the game because team B had no business winning the game.
          Mind you the habs have showed up with great effort this year, so Price hasnt had many chances to steal a game. Ill go further than Boone and say that Price has never stolen a game in a habs uniform. Thats not to say he sucks, because he does not suck. But if hes to be considered elite, he has to steal games once in a while.

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

          • boing007 says:

            Right on.

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

          • habsfan0 says:

            In other words, steal a game similar to what Halak did to Washington and/or Pittsburgh during the 2010 postseason.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “He hasn’t stolen a game” is the “everybody hates PK” of March 2013.

  54. JF says:

    That was the kind of game that makes a coach’s hair turn grey and gives fans multiple heart attacks. It was certainly Price’s worst game of the season, perhaps in two seasons. Equally certainly, the defence misses Raphael Diaz. But we kept coming back, while last year’s team would almost certainly have folded.

    On to Boston. We need to play them the way we did last time, without the brain cramps to start the third period. If Price has found his game, we have a chance.

  55. The Dude says:

    I’d like to see Price experiment a lil and break the butterfly up a wee bit, be more Brodeur and Dryden like.Because of Carey’s size when he goes into the butterfly stance,it nearly covers to complete bottom half of the net,but the top half is open and Carey does not have a good catchers mitt,so everyone knows to shoot high”stick and glove top corners” too get her done.And you will see this every third period with 10 minutes to go,lol , and for the last four years!Again ,time for a style adjustment,$6.5mil per worth.

    • makka83 says:

      You just described every butterfly goalie. If Price was at his best today, the game would have been 6-4 Habs.

      Any goalie in the league will struggle to stop guys shooting from 10 feet away all alone or shots that they see in the last possible second.

      Price will bounce back. I just hope that people stop acting like every goal Price lets in is a softie.

      • The Cat says:

        Youre right, people do act like every goal he lets in is a softie. IMO the goal that made it 4-2 was the only bad goal he let in. But at the same time, people act like Price is the almighty, other goalies get screened or have pucks deflect too. Price could move his arse a little more back there and depend less on his size and positioning.

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

        • boing007 says:

          ‘Price could move his arse a little more back there and depend less on his size and positioning’.

          On the money. Especially on last night’s winning goal.

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

    • Mustang says:

      Price covers the bottom part of the net better, or as good as, any goalie in the NHL today. He also has a very good ability in reading the play and getting into the best possible position for the coming shot. Look at how many saves he makes with his chest. That requires perfect position.

      In my very humble opinion, on occasion Price goes down into the butterfly too early leaving the upper corners of the net wide open. However, he is a big guy and he covers lots of the net. All of the snipers know that they must shoot high on a butterfly style goalie.

  56. PLHab says:

    Hey Guys,

    I’m re-posting my earlier msg, I need a bit of help with tix

    a long-time reader and follower, first-time poster ;)

    I am coming to Mtl (I am a Canadian living/working abroad) in April to catch the Bos-Mtl game on the 6th, I’d like to show my Euro-girlfriend a hockey game :) anyone know a good site for tix or perhaps someone who want to sell 2 tix to the game that night.

    Cheers,
    P.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Cheers! Repost this later and we sleepyheads will have someone answering your question. I live near Toronto, so of no help.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Clay says:

      I would love to help you as well, but I have no idea either, being in Shanghai. Good luck though.

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

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Glad you posted. Not sure if there is a good place for tickets. StubHub is one that I’ve used in the past but be prepared to pay premium prices. There is also a site affiliated with the NHL called ticket exchange. I’ve never used them but I assume they will comparable to Stub Hub. There are also a couple of scalpers outside the Bell Centre who have been there for years and that might give you your most reasonable price but you’ll have to be patient and wait for close to game time to begin your negotiation. Let us know how you make out. CHeers.

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    • PLHab says:

      Thanks Guys! I will check out stubhub – if I don’t find anything reasonable I’ll pick-up a pair when I am in town :)

  57. malmn says:

    Carey Price needs to stand up more!!!!
    He goes down way too quickly and way too often!
    He is ALWAYS on his knees. The top of the net is ALWAYS open.
    He so freaking predictable!!!!
    It’s been a problem for something like 4 years now and it’s getting worse.
    There is a reason Martin Brodeur has been successul for so long. He’s only on his knees when he needs to be.

    GO HABS GO!!!

      • shootdapuck says:

        Check Budaj he’s on his knees as the play crosses the blueline!

        =================================================
        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”

        • halifaxhab says:

          Thats because hes praying.

          I love Barry Manilow .

          -Scotty Bowman

          • shootdapuck says:

            Truer in more ways than one!

            =================================================
            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”

    • makka83 says:

      It’s easier to move your hand and arms to catch a puck going up then to move your legs and lower body to stop a puck going 5-hole. I agree with you to an extent but i feel the big issue is that Price is going away from what makes him successful, his positioning.

      He’s been off his game at times this week, positioning wise. Also, the Dmen are blocking a lot of shots, this means that easy shots might get through because the goalie is screened by a Dmen who thinks he can block it.

      Even Brodeur and Roy had nights like this.

    • H.Upmann says:

      Pierre McGuire likes this post.

    • boing007 says:

      Papillonitis.

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

  58. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Was this the Toronto game again? Only this time we scored?
    If so, it counts as a significant positive.

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    @HabsFan0

    …Phil Gally11 is 20, Gally27 only 18/19

  60. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I remember, a couple seasons past, e-mailing the director and producer of Coach’s Corner/HNIC

    …I was livid about some disrespect of the Habs by Cherry, and I went off like a heat seeking missile

    …I remember I was surprised to receive a return e-mail from said producer, very straightforwardly he/they have no intention to remove Don Cherry because of the eminence and gravitas he has with the majority of hockey fans

    …of course, at the time this only, as a Habs Fan, simply infuriated Me to the boiling point of nuclear fission

    …I remember feeling I won’t take this shit from some corporate wonk at the CBC, opened my Word to draught a flaming registered letter back to the batard, cc’d to the CBC President, the CRTC AND Prime Minister Harper

    …halfway through My feverishly impassioned profane documentation of the perceived and real slights of said Mr. Cherry over the many years, I suddenly felt weary …I then, began smiling, then chuckling lightly …finally I was uncontrollably laughing so loud My daughter knocked on My door nervously thinking Her Dad was having a nervous breakdown

    …what I was doing, though, was coming to the realization, and acceptance, this is what Cherry is all about

    …I started to ask Myself, what would I do without Don Cherry to so viscerally loathe and disdain ???

    …Don Cherry entertains Us …or, more accurately he ‘preoccupies’ Us, he gets Our blood bubbling

    …I have since learned to enjoy Cherry as a clown that sometimes makes sense …unlike PJ Stock, for instance :)

    • shootdapuck says:

      Chris, the end is near for Cherry and the managing editor controller of content Ron MacLean.

      CBC doesnot have the dinero to fight Bell or Rogers for the contract.

      NHL moves on money not culture or pop fiction!

      TSN and Sportsnet have proved that Tabloid Journalism is not required to successfully broadcast NHL hockey in Canada!

      =================================================
      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”

    • boing007 says:

      If I want to see a clown, I’ll go to the circus.

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

  61. makka83 says:

    Imagine, Price is playing his worst games of the season and the team is goes on a 7-0-3 run. :)

    And the 3 games we lost, we should have won (against the Pens, Isles and Sens). But Price will turn it around as he always does. Every player has a slump during the season.

  62. jimmy shaker says:

    3 games in a row that Price has let in some softies……Bertrand Raymond was right that Budaj should’ve started vs the pens and a rested refocused Price ready to steal some points and out duel a rested cub team. Oh well, they got a point. Price will play again tonight, but MT has to keep him on a very short leash.

    Shaker out!

    • shootdapuck says:

      Bertrand Raymond’s record of NHL success is exactly what?

      His management or coaching success at any professional level.

      Credability equal to Stock, Bergeron, Tremblay, Cherry and MacLean.

      Zilch!

      Another talking head who yells loud enough that people assume he knows something!

      =================================================
      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”

    • makka83 says:

      Yeah but the team managed at least a point in those games.
      The team is playing better than last year in general. Price is in a bit of slump right now. Just like Pacioretty/DD were in the beginning of the year, or Gionta up until 3 games ago etc…
      But our D hasn’t been as good in recent games either. I am sure Price will turn it around but it’s better to have this kind of slump now, than in April.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        I’m just saying that if I can see the soft goals starting to add up on Price and back to back sched of games plus a travel date in there, it was a perfect opp for MT to get Budaj in there and leave a rested Price ready to steal some points sunday. Budaj did have a donut his last game played. Now MT is forced to go back to Price sunday just to get that taste out of Price’s mouth. Oh well….Price will bounce back, I just hope it’s tonight for everyone’s sake on here.

        shaker

    • The Jackal says:

      Bertrand Raymond? Maybe its because I used to read FHF blog, but I can’t take that guy seriously!

  63. savethepuck says:

    Strange game tonight, it was like one of those last shot wins road hockey games. Obviously disappointing, but if les boys keep getting a point every time they lose, I’m OK with that. Blame Price if you want, but it was just one of those games. Lucky bounce off Emelin onto a Pens stick on goal 1, he got a little turned around on goal 2, and goals 3 and 4 were unfortunate screens. After that 1 of 2 things can happen, either the tender rebounds and plays well, or he has confidence issues and doesn’t rebound. Scenerio 2 happenned tonight, but that won’t be the case every night. I too assume he’ll play Boston tomorrow night abd I haven’t seen him play 2 bad games in a row all year. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  64. Whatever says:

    Entertaining game tonight for the CBC. Any chance they will show more Montreal games nationwide on a Saturday nights? Any chance the CBC will suggest that Coaches Corner might possibly mention, in even a brief aside, a team playing in the game they are actually covering when the game doesn’t involve the Leafs? Looking forward to Cherry talking ad nauseum about good Canadian boy Brendan Gallagher during the Leafs game next Saturday.

    Sigh. Why do I care? CBC doesn’t even try and pretend to hide the fact they are the original LeafsTV. The team hasn’t won 3 playoff rounds EVER! Seriously, are you kidding me?

    • shootdapuck says:

      Payback for the CBC is coming!

      End of contract 2014.

      Bi Bi Cole, Galley , Stock, MacLean and of course Cherry!

      =================================================
      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”

      • Whatever says:

        I sincerely know how futile it was, but I sent this to the CBC Ombudsman:

        Please don’t stop reading after the subject title. (Complaint about Coaches Corner)

        Saturday March 2, 2013, CBC Hockey Night In Canada aired a hockey game between Pittsburgh and Montreal. So why is it that during the first intermission, Coaches Corner failed to even briefly mention the game or teams that were actually being covered? At least half the airtime of the segment was devoted to a player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. How many Toronto Maple Leaf fans that would be interested in such a topic were actually watching a Pittsburgh and Montreal hockey game? Seriously?

        Here’s a suggestion. If Toronto isn’t playing on Hockey Night In Canada on Saturday, maybe replace the tax payer funded Toronto/Boston #1 fan with someone who is actually respected for their hockey knowledge, like maybe Scotty Bowman or some other former coach that can unbiasly talk about the game from the perspective of someone of success in the sport, that actually involves the teams playing during the broadcast.

        Look forward to hearing from you.

        • shootdapuck says:

          You’ll get a reply stating that the office of the ombudsman doesn’t handle such complaints ……..blah blah.

          The CBC accept zero criticism of its cash cow HNIC nor do they pay a seconds attention to the public which funds it!

          Like pissing in the wind.

          =================================================
          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”

  65. HardHabits says:

    Price was too deep in his net on a couple of goals. The Habs played sloppy defence and Price was not on his game. Fortunately they scored goals. 7-0-3 in the past 10 still means my avatar is still on a roll.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Not to forget the sight of DD cruising behind the play on the winner!

      4 on 4 the center has to play better D and certainly cannot quit.

      This was indeed a team effort or lack thereof.

      =================================================
      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”

      • krozzt says:

        Yeah, everyone on the ice fell apart on that OT goal. That said, the goalie with the 3rd highest cap hit in the league should be able to bail out his team once in a while, which he has yet to do this year (and I honestly can’t remember him doing last year either).

  66. Bill H says:

    What a wild game. I am so impressed with Gallagher. He is phenomemal. What was he? A fifth round pick? With a short stop over in Hamilton due to the lock out, he has gone straight from junior to the NHL without skipping a beat. All our 5th rounders should turn out so well.

    While it would have been nice to get the 2 points in regulation time, I always keep a sharp eye on the column that shows our record over the last 10 games. We are 7-0-3 for a total of 17 points out of a possible 20. In the East, only Boston has matched that with a 8-1-1 record. Our team is doing amazingly well.

  67. Timo says:

    It was interesting to see Therrien in a good mood after this game. I wonder what made Mikey so jolly?

  68. mb says:

    Certainly not the best game for Carey, but I’m sure he’ll be the one in nets tomorrow.

  69. The Dude says:

    5th goal for Higgins….

  70. Whatever says:

    Well, that’s one way to play a game.

    I think even Price would say tonight, “Whoooooa, Bomboooooooooo.”

  71. Sportfan says:

    UH yeah if you like lots of scoring that was a hell of a game if you like goalies playing lights out hockey you watched the wrong game. Again though we walk away with a point which is nice Bring on Boston tomorrow any word on who’s in nets?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  72. CranbrookEd says:

    Price could not be faulted for the first four Penguin goals . . . that said, he did look slow to react all night!

    CranbrookEd
    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . . What ever happened to Johnny Jelly-Bean!?

    • krozzt says:

      I agree,

      That said, while price is usually a very solid goalie he is vastly overpaid. He should not be the 3rd highest cap hit for a goalie in the league. I honestly can’t remember him stealing a game or making a ridiculous save in the past two (maybe 3) seasons. He’s a good goalie, but he doesn’t seem to be a game changer at this point in his career.

  73. HabinBurlington says:

    Especially when it’s obvious that if we had a McGratton in the lineup last night there is no way we lose! :)

  74. Habfan10912 says:

    I haven’t seen that but I haven’t gone far back in yesterdays game blog. That’s pretty dumb.
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  75. Mike Boone says:

    Oh, never underestimate the stupidity of people on sports phone-in shows.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  76. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I could not stay on line last night with all the criticism towards Price. One thing these people never do…is suggest an alternative. Why? There isn’t one…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  77. L Elle says:

    Don’t go back Jim, you’ll get indigestion. ;)

  78. topher5468 says:

    100% agree

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  79. The Juice says:

    Who is “we”?

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


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