About last night …

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Late additions: Mike Milbury tells it like it is. And this

What a wacky weekend!
Your Montreal Canadiens began the most difficult stretch of their season with back-to-back games against a pair of Eastern Conference powerhouses, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
In taking three of a possible four points, the Canadiens lifted themselves back into first place in the conference and, more importantly, served notice that they are no longer the female dogs of the brutes in black and gold.
The Canadiens will visit the TD Garden again on March 27.
Nine days later, Boston will be at the Bell Centre to complete the teams’ regular-season slate of four games.
So far, it’s one win each and a cumulative score of 5-5.
After a couple of years during which the Bruins had their way, the rivalry has resumed.
And it’s freakin’ intense.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien singled out Brandon Prust for his great leadership.

“It takes courage,” the coach said, “to do what he did.”

What Prust did, 15 minutes into the second period with the Bruins up 3-2 and cruising, was fight Milan Lucic.

He didn’t win. Guys who give away 35 pounds and a few inches only win movie fights.

But Prust is not Mike Komisarek. He hung there against one of the toughest fighters in the league and landed a couple on Lucic.

A half-minute later, Zdeno Chara tried to play Milan Lucic to Alexei Emelin’s Komisarek. The hulking Boston defenceman was penalized as the instigator and took a 10-minute misconduct. Chara was still cooling his heels in the third period when Max Pacioretty tied the game and David Desharnais scored the winner.

The stat sheet shows the Canadiens being outhit 30-24. They went 0-2 in the fights.

But I think they made an important statement: We are not Mike Komisarek’s Montreal Canadiens.

They don’t have a player on the roster – or in the system – who is going to strike fear in the hearts of a Lucic or Chara. But there’s some hoary sports wisdom that seems relevant to this year’s edition of the team:

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Brendan Gallagher didn’t fight Lucic or Chara. That would be suicidal for the 5’8″, 175-lb rookie. But his diminutive stature doesn’t prevent Gallagher from steaming into the dirty areas where many players  larger than he fear to tread.

En route to night of two assists and plus-3, Gallagher got in the faces of all the Boston defencemen – yes, including Chara – and crashed Tuukka Rask’s crease at every opportunity. With the departure of Erik Cole, Gallagher is solidifying his spot on right wing with Desharnais and Pacioretty.

For now, they’re the Canadiens’ number-one line. And that could last a while.

With the Canadiens on the road this week, perhaps Gallagher can light a hotel fire under his roommate.

Alex Galchenyuk is struggling. The Canadiens’ lottery draft pick, third overall last June, played 11:15 against Pittsburgh and 9:40 in Boston. He bounced around from line to line and did not register a shot on goal in either game.

The NHL may be too fast for the kid. Bear in mind knee surgery restricted Galchenyuk to eight games in Sarnia last season. And because the Canadiens are winning, there’s isn’t a ton of pressure on the kid.

And Galchenyuk is not the only Canadien who had a tough weekend:

• Michael Ryder was invisible in both games. He had two shots on goal against the Penguins, one in Boston against his former teammates. The addition of Ryder has not rejuvenated the power play.

• Travis Moen, elevated to supply some muscle on Tomas Plekanec’s line against the Bruins, had a grand total of 0 hits in Boston. Pleks, who endured a revolving door of lousy linemates last season, needs Rene Bourque back.

• Josh Gorges was minus-3 against Pittsburgh, minus-1 against the Bruins. But no Canadiens defenceman distinguished himself on the weekend – except for Tomas Kaberle (plus-3 against Pittsburgh, even in Boston), and who would have predicted that?

But hey, it was a bad weekend for bold prognostications.

Who foresaw Peter Budaj making 31 saves against Boston – including a game-saver off Tyler Seguin in the dying seconds? In his last three starts, Carey Price’s understudy has a 1.33 GAA and a save percentage of .949.

Goaltender controversy?

No way. But Therrien gambled and won on Budaj in Boston, and now it’s up to Price to get his poop in a group on the rest of the road trip, starting Tuesday night on the Island.

• On March 4, 2012, the Canadiens were 25-31-10 and in last place, 10 points out of a playoff spot. They had finished February with a five-game losing streak and had a goal differential of minus-14.

Your new, improved Brandon & Brendan/Teammates Defendin’/Goalies Tormentin’ Canadiens are 14-4-4. They are 10 points clear of the ninth-place Rangers and have scored 15 more goals than they’ve allowed.

 

 

524 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    Claude Julien is a crybaby who has zero class

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

  2. Ozmodiar says:

    Habs win, and I’m still pissed off. That’s how much I hate the Bruins.

    Julien rant, Marchand poke, Thornton run @ PK, x-check on DD, Chara goonery

    …and did I see a big green frog mascot wearing a Habs jersey? Was I seeing things??

    • Danno says:

      I saw that too. The Bruins are the scum of the NHL

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

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I didn’t see that Oz, but no surprise, the Bruins have a rich tradition of class to live up to.

    • Sportfan says:

      The Bruins are @$$ clowns and everyone knows it, they have no class what so ever (minus Bobby Orr) I didn’t watch all of the game but it was really hard to watch. The funny part is you hear how nice people from Boston are, but when it comes to sports they are some of the dumbest, ugliest and meanest fans around they make Philly look tame on nights. To justify the dumb part A they now have a Subban in there system still racist B they make all the offensive Canadian and French Canadian slurs yet their team has more Canadians and French Canadians than we do and have like 1 American they are so freaking annoying.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • J Haul says:

      If this frog thing is true, and it sounds like it is, the league definitely needs to at least hit them with an enormous fine. This type of open xenophobia can’t be allowed to exist in today’s day and age. It’s one thing for players and idiot fans to do it, but it has no place in being endorsed by a professional hockey league.

      • Clay says:

        I think it must have been a fan deal, and not from the team – at least, I hope so. As much as I hate to say it, you can’t punish a team for stupid fans. If you could, all teams would be sanctioned – the Habs included, because we have our share as well.

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

      • Habsrule1 says:

        The actually have a Frog dressed in a Bruins jersey too, as I found on Google Images, so I’m not sure what, if anything, it signifies.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  3. Fansincebirth says:

    I turned 55 this year and have many years under my belt cheering for Habs teams that have been so good it made you hoarse from screaming and teams that were so bad that all you could feel was disgust. In all my years of cheering for this team, I have always had a healthy but respectable ‘hatred’ for all things Leafs.

    I have never hated a team more than I absolutely hate the Boston Bruins, especially in their current format. They have had some great teams and have always been a hated rival but usually a team you could respect because of the talent they had on the ice. This edition of the Big Bad Bruins has some talent…a lot of talent but they also have a major degree of nastiness that does not belong in hockey anymore. Watching McQuaid challenge Eller to a fight like the a$$ he is brought back memories of him pummeling one of our guys with his elbow pad firmly in place on his right hand. Then to see the biggest A$$ on the ice, albeit a very talented one, Chara trying to knock Emelin senseless because he dared lay some lumber on Seguin, whose powers of recovery far outshine that of our own Wolverine made me sick to my stomach. Chara is a bully period. Like the biggest kid in the playground that would go after the smallest player who dared say anything against him, he attacks small players with a vengence with no respect for them or the game.

    After finally calming down after watching Chara in action and laughing my a$$ off when he got 17 minutes in penalties, I let out several expletives towards him (well, the tv anyways) when we scored while he was in the box. Reading what Claude Julien said after the game is all you need to know to see what is wrong with that team and the league. He thought it was perfectly acceptable for what Chara did and called us a bunch of divers….he’s an idiot.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Well said. Listening to Julien’s presser, what’s really embarrassing to the league is having a coach crying foul after a game instead of doing the right thing & that is giving the Habs credit. Like you said, the B’s might be talented but in my book, the most disgusting & embarrassing team in the league. We need to add another tough guy to this lineup just to take care of the Goons from Boston.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    In the post-game interview Prust admitted that it was him who started the fight with Lucic. He said he wanted to spark the team.

    That fight (according to Michel Therrien) and Chara going berserk are what turned the game around for us.

  5. D Man says:

    Still in Texas and listening to the Habs on XM radio. Great game and the Bruins announcers are pretty good, real good compared to the Bozo Leaf announcers. At least they know the names of the visitors. Habs surprised me, I almost gave up listening after Boston’s third goal.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      If you have WiFi and want to watch, you can try atdhe.net or first row sports.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Jack Edwards you must be joking!

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      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”

  6. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don’t care what any hockey expert says about Chara, good as he is, the gorilla is vindictive, dirty & yes he intended to cause harm to Max Pac. I pray that one day, someone in the league will put that bastard away for good.

  7. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Claude Julien & his team of goons are nothing but a bunch of cry babies after a loss. What a bunch of crap coming out of the mouths of Marchand & Julien. Can’t wait for the next game.

  8. forskis says:

    If I recall Julein’s coaching history when he was Habs coach, he beat the Bruins more than a few times…..tell me Claude, were the Habs embellishing then too since they were beating the B’s handily even back then with you at the helm?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  9. nastyHABit says:

    A big Thank You goes out to the N.Y. Rangers for not recognizing Prust’s contribution….He’s definitely worth every penny spent to acquire him…..and i think we’ll keep him around for awhile

  10. Curtis O Habs says:

    I find it interesting that Claude Julien, referring to actions the league needs to take, repeatedly uses the term ” we “.

  11. shootdapuck says:

    Doesn’t anyone remember the easiest way to beat Chara was to get him mad and let him go berserk and beat himself and his team!

    The idiot Norris or not is still a phsycho and looses it often.

    How I long for the years in the 60’s when the Goons were the doormats of the original 6.

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    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”

  12. HabinBurlington says:

    So Boston has Washington, Toronto and Philadelphia this week. Can’t remember the last time I cheered for all three of those teams in a game in one week before!

    Washington played a strong physical game against Winnipeg, Toronto has plenty of big boys who will want to show themselves well and Philly are still the Philistines.

    Perhaps Boston gets some of their own medicine this week.

    • Loonie says:

      Funny how some things come full circle.

      For example, some time in the not so distant future Chara will be at the end of his career or retired and Jared Tinordi will be hovering somewhere around the 230 pound mark.

    • Hoegaarden says:

      Do you want to bet that the Bor/Laffs game will be as quiet as they come ?

  13. Loonie says:

    Regarding Subban not being willing to fight.

    Last night I twice saw Subban stop and engage Horton and Marchand away from the play and avoid joining it. If he were trying to avoid fighting he had a funny way of showing it.

    And this is hilarious that Horton of all people is looking to fight Subban. I’m wondering where his courage was in the first period when he was engaged with Colby Armstrong and our #20 looked ready to go only to have Horton turn his back on him?

    Hilarious stuff.

    Jack Edwards was composed on twitter and Milbury is the voice of reason on a three person panel.

    TWILIGHT ZONE

    Edit: That’s Hockey 2 Nite just showed the clip between Subban and Marchand from last night where Subban goes to Marchand, chest bumps him and then takes one step back and shows he’s willing to fight, Marchand skates to the bench.

  14. Psycho29 says:

    A question:
    A player from team-B goes from his own end of the ice to behind the other team’s net to fight a player on team-A who obviously doesn’t want to (or can’t) fight.
    What is the rule? Is the instigator rule always 2-5-10; why wouldn’t it be a game misconduct in that case?

  15. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Boone said it best. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. Great win by the team. Happy for Budaj, I think he deserves few more starts. May be that will send a message to Price.

  16. Psycho29 says:

    WOW.

    http://nesn.com/2013/03/brad-marchand-claude-julien-both-call-out-p-k-subban-after-bruins-loss-to-canadiens/

    Three or four Bruins asked Subban to fight? Really? I must have missed that!

    • athanor says:

      The astonishing thing in that article is Julien complaining that Subban embellishes and thereby discredits the game of hockey. Umm, Claude, thuggery is a much worse sin in my books, and in the NHL’s books, if Chara’s penalties last night are any indication.
      And the gall of a coach who seems to encourage thuggery is mind-boggling

  17. Brinkley says:

    Galchenyuk seems to be struggling somewhat.

    But, Therrien has him playing wing, he is a natural centre. Playing on a line with Eller at centre is not going to help any rookie – Eller is trying to establish his own game.

    Tough situation.

    • Loonie says:

      Great point. Galchenyuk’s quiet slide here has coincided with his move to the wing. Take ice away from a kid who needs the game to slow down isn’t going to help him.

      But having said that I’m not going to criticize the move because Eller deserved to be given some good wingers.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t think it should come as a surprise that he is facing some adversity. The fact the team is still winning with him struggling is buying time for him to learn how to play at the NHL level.

      He will be fine at either center or wing as he learns the NHL pace of play. Given his physical size at this point, we don’t want him to have to do the defensive coverage in our zone which a center needs to do. He isn’t ready for that, in my opinion.

      But you are correct he is struggling, hopefully with some of the upcoming games he can get his confidence back.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      For all we know, the Golden Rookie may be a natural goaltender, which is just a sideways but friendly reminder that he turned 19 one month ago (he can now party with O’Byrne and Kotsopoulos in Ontario). His ally, The Little Ball of Great will turn 21 in May (he can then party all over the States without a posse). Brendan therefore has experienced a world more of scenarios, especially the interactions with coaches, teammates, opponents, fans, media, and apologies to those I’m forgetting……oh yeah, Trolls.

      Other teams put goons/enforcers on waivers. We had to cut into the salary cap to buy out Laraque, who comes off the books this year. Clearly, Gainey believed there was a need for a Laraque-type and for a handful of games against the Bruins, he was impactful. It’s befuddling that a follow-up action to releasing Laraque by employing a suitable replacement did not occur. Yet more deficient work by Gauthier.

      Timo in his longest post lately (ever?) at 1:38 am said it best when he posted that “Nice guys finish last,” is nowhere more valid than in the NHL. Peace, Out.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    First and foremost, it almost seems like it is time to stop questioning some of the moves MT is making. I would have started Price and wondered why MT started Budaj. I am starting to believe that MT indeed figured this would cause the team to put an extra effort into being defensively responsible. BUt regardless of the reason, what a decision it was.

    Brandon Prust, thanks for signing in Montreal, Trevor Timmins thanks for drafting Gallagher and Bob Gainey thanks for drafting Emelin.

    Team played very well, played with discipline and our own little giant DD scored the winner.

    Oh yah almost forgot, Julien lacks comprehension of hockey, he only knows how to tell his players to play with a pack dog mentality and fails to understand the puck still needs to be played in such a way as to result in goals.

  19. HABitual Fan says:

    In reference to the Mike Milbury link below…yet another reason to hate the Brooms! Were these guys watching the same game? I know we are all bias but I was yelling at the refs for the countless missed calls and these guys accuse the Habs of diving!!!! True, they have a bigger, tougher team and we don’t stand a chance in a brawl…but is it ever good to see the bully go down to defeat! And way to go Mike…I too have been impressed with your last couple of commentaries. (Best Monday morning in a long time…even the birds are singing sweeter in the trees this morning!!)

  20. Old Bald Bird says:

    I find it ironic how the Boston Bozos embellish the embellishments. Typical bullies, they whine and cry when they don’t get their way. It’s so odd; they’ve won a cup and owned the Habs lately, but they still feel inferior. As much as I disliked the Flyers, I can’t recall them getting hysterical like this.

  21. Loonie says:

    Okay. We have a perpetrator in our midst.

    Fess up, who are you? Come forward.

    Who here was able to enter Mike Milbury’s home and correct his brain’s frontal lobe?

    You truly deserve a Nobel Prize, no reason to hide.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Watching that clip below, I couldn’t believe how ridiculous that host is. That Milbury was the voice of reason was and is shocking to me. But I do have to congratulate Milbury for standing up to those idiots.

      Dupont has always been a whiner and almost seemed afraid to question Milbury, but the host is a complete Douchebag.

      • Loonie says:

        I’m sure at least part of his tirade was inspired by Julien because it didn’t seem that he could form an independent thought about hockey.

  22. Stuck_in_To. says:

    As much as I dislike Chara, Emelin has to understand that as long as fighting remains in the game he is going to have to take what he dishes out and the Seguin hit incurred an expected response. It’s just too bad Chara was on the ice. I’m fine with Emelin just trying to protect his face. He does not need to prove squat since fighting is not hockey and scoring two while Chara sat is darn near poetic, especially the Emelin assist on the tying goal.

    But I cannot imagine what the poor guy felt having that giant come down on him.

    Edit: the real petty guy in me hope Julien can be fined for his embellishment comments because that is just so classless … besmirching the hard working zebras!

  23. Cal says:

    Bask, bask. Glow, glow. 3 of 4 points. 1st place. Bask, bask. Glow, glow.
    This most horrible, too small, no heavyweights, no clutch goal scorers, soft D with powder puff goaltending leads the East. It is to laugh at all those who doubt the once great and getting there again CH.
    Bask, bask. Glow, glow.

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  24. adamkennelly says:

    I don’t care about Prust taking a few in the Lucic fight – not too many guys in this league can beat him. I don’t even really mind what Chara did – say what you want but he was sticking up for a teammate and Emelin is already known (good) for crossing the line and hitting hard. I have a problem with Thornton hammering Gally and Subban on the same shift – no penalty and no response from the Habs. Ryan White was on the ice and completely ignored him. Coaches orders? anyways – said it before and I’ll say it again – Habs need a true HW…can’t allow this stuff to take place. We already have 2 guys out with concusssions – do we wait until it happens again?

  25. CERF says:

    i know how many of you guys LOVE Mr. Mike Milbury, so here’s a video of him actually siding with the habs and going against a homer in Boston

    http://www.csnne.com/blog/bruins-talk/milbury-felger-debate-if-canadiens-were-embellishing

    • Curtis O Habs says:

      Wow, who would have thought Mike Milbury would be the voice of reason with those two over the top homers.

    • topher5468 says:

      WOW, I could not believe what I was listening to. Bruin Sportscasters are a bunch of babies. Thornton slamming PK was a good clean smack, well than Emelins crosscheck was also a good smack. Funny, I honeslty didn’t see all the embellishing Bruin land is crying about. Anyway, Good for Mike Milbury,

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

      • shootdapuck says:

        The never ending references to diving date back to Yappiere and the lowbrows in Boston now including coach Clod can’t come up with different excuses for loses!

        Coach Clod needs to install discipline into his hotheads and thats his domain nobody elses!

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        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”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      That’s twice in the last week I’ve agreed with him (Ovie). I think I might need to see a Doctor.

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    • native35824 says:

      Wow, just watched the clip I never thought Mike Milbury could actually be reasonable but, that is the most sensible thing he has said in a while. With this and the comments on Ovechkin he may actually might be turning into a good commentator.

    • HardHabits says:

      “What counts is the scoreboard and it was 4-5 for Montreal and they did it with hard work and resilience even after the Bruins went after them physically.” -Mike Milbury

    • The Cat says:

      Good lord, how does that guy in the middle even have that job…Ridiculously over the top.

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

    • nastyHABit says:

      I nearly spit up my 2nd cup….Milbury having a moment of clarity!…..WHODATHUNKIT!

  26. parkex says:

    When is 6’7 Tinordi moving on up?

  27. Curtis O Habs says:

    Did anyone else find it strange that the clock ran out, the ref did not blow the whistle and the buzzer did not sound at the end of the game? My wife was nattering at me at the time. Did I not hear the buzzer?

  28. Marc10 says:

    I loved watching DD come flying in crashing the net and banging home the winner against the big, bad, Betsies…

    That one was for those closet Leaf and Bruin fans on this site who pissed on the kid and our coach at every turn.

    You know who you are and the Therrien-DD fan club sends you their kindest regards and yet another helping of crow pie.

    Now eat up haters… Yum! Crow!!!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Yupper. Don’t forget the Markov haters, the Gionta traders, the Budaj’s sucks bunch, and my personal favorite, the we need a heavy weight to beat the big boys bunch.

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  29. HabCez says:

    Our boys were being out muscled but we played smart hockey.
    Glad Pac is shooting whenever he gets the chance.
    I always wonder why when he slumps, he stops electing shooting.

    Way to go Emelin. Took courage to stand up from that Chara hit and face em head on!
    Prust for taking on Lucic. Love this guy.

    I don’t think the game is too fast for Gally. I think he just has to keep it simple. And a lil more muscle and weigh on em and line mates that play a similar game.

    Hats off to Kaberle. He has played well defensively and even produced. When Diaz is back, I think we should cycle the D.
    Our vets need some rest. Gorges/Markov/Boullion

    I think it is time to separate Gio from Plecs.
    Cause every time i see them both together.. feels like they are defaulting to defensive roles like last year before Gio got hurt.
    Making that tandem too predictable.

    Pac – DD – Gally
    Prust – Plec – Ryder
    Chucky – Eller – Gio
    Armstrong – White – Moen

    “Emelin’s the real deal.”
    – HabCez

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Not sure about out muscled but we were playing smart gritty hockey. I think we were being out hit but not out muscled. The team was winning more battles for the puck then the goons. Our boy’s puck support was as good as its been all season and the Goons were surprised that their intimidation attempts didn’t work. It’s a different Hab team for sure.

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  30. Habfan10912 says:

    Claude Julian is the perfect coach for the Bruins. A goon coach for a goon team.

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    • athanor says:

      And then he has the nerve to complain about Habs’ “embellishment” and calls a stain on the game. But he doesn’t seem to mind thugs.

  31. Habfan10912 says:

    Dear Chara;
    Thank you. We really appreciate the two points. Keep on gooning dude.

    Sincerely,
    Jim

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  32. Habfan17 says:

    Chara is a cowardly goon plain and simple, as is Lucic. There is no one that will ever convince me that Chara did not slam Patches head into the stanchion on purpose. Sure he may not have neant to hurt him as bad as he did, but he did intend to hurt him in my opinion.

    Now, he goes after Emelin to get him to fight and Chara I am sure knows like we do, that Emelin can’t fight due to the plate and screws keeping his face in place. What coward. There are too many examples of the cowardess of Lucic to list.

    What really gets my goat is coach Julien constantly making ridiculous comments making his team out to be choirboys. They are one of the dirtiest, if not THE dirtiest teams in the league.

    Good on the Habs for holding it together and coming out with a win. I hate fighting in hockey and think it should be removed, however, I am not blind to it and it would have been nice if someone would have stepped in to help Emelin. I did not see the hit that upset Chara, but I did see a number of Bruns hits that were clearly dirty, late, early, and went unpunished!

    Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree 17. Chara should have gotten at least another 2 minutes for the cross check on Emelin. The ref was clearly calling that before Chara started wailing. Should have been minimum, 2 cross checking, 2 instigator, 5 fighting and 10 misconduct. I would have given him a game for the cross check as it was clearly an intent to injure.

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      • Habfan17 says:

        He has no class! @ The Cat, yes Chara does not have many players he can go after that are his size, but it is the way he hits players when they are vulnerable and can’t protect him self that I am referring to, like the hit on patches and trying to fight Emelin when he knows he has the plate and can’t fight. That shows intent to seriously injure not just hit. I have also noticed that Chara does not retaliate when the other players are his size or are fighters that are good! Not usually! He picks his spots like the coward Lucic.

        Habfan17

    • The Cat says:

      Lucic I agree is a coward but I dont know about Chara; just cause hes bigger doesnt mean hes not allowed to stick up for his teammate. I mean if youre going to complain about Laraque needing an invitation…Chara doesnt wait for an invite, hes doing what he has to do.

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

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Yep. Keep on gooning. 17 minutes in the box was perfect. Just what you want your best player to do. Come on Cat buddy. There are other goons on that team that could have taken a run at Emelin. Chara cost his team two points last night.

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        • The Cat says:

          I agree. I just dislike the notion that Chara cant do this or that cause of his size.

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

      • Habfan17 says:

        I agree it is hard to find someone his size to match up with, I say he is a coward because of the way he “attacks” players. When they are vulnerable and unable to protect themsleves, ie, Patches, or can’t fight because of the plate in his face, ie Emelin. How ofetn do you see Chara actually go after players like Scott or Orr?

        Habfan17

  33. HankHardball says:

    The real score was 4 – 2 if you take away Markov’s own goal.

    The Bruisers are the dirtiest team in hockey and Julien’s crying about the penalties. Go figure.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Julien should get a penalty for diving! Although, he plays the role of the clown rather well. He shouldn’t have any credibility with the league

      Habfan17

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      They are also the softest team in this league. They can´t take one hit without some stupid kind of retaliation. Holding, interference and late hits all the time are things a real tough team doesn´t need to use.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        For whatever reason (I have my theory) the Bruins abuse went mostly unchecked in their run to the Cup two seasons ago. They act shocked when the officials call penalties now. I hope Jerry Jacobs’ lobbying continues to fall on deaf ears.

        ———————————–

  34. AliHaba says:

    Hey Boone…..here’s a suggestion next time you’re photo-shopping….how about Chara with a nice set of goat horns?

  35. HAB - Have A Beer says:

    Goaltending usually wins or loses for us. we had both working against the Bruins. Offence and Goaltending. saturday Price didn’t have one of his best games at the same time I’m not blaming it all on him. most nights he’s the main reason we win.

    We have a very good over all team night in and night out. nothing to complain about. But I would like for the 4th line to help out on the scoreboard sometimes. other than that we’re doing great.

    Good game yesterday Guys. You deserve 1st place.

    • chanchilla says:

      I don’t think goaltending has really stolen a game for us all year long, the system allows few shots to get to the net, and they are usually low percentage shots when they do get through. Our defence and forechecking have been impeccable and that’s why we are winning games, a lot of the games price played budaj could have taken the win home too.

  36. le but says:

    A great team effort once again habs.Big bad Bruins should change thier name to goons.What a bunch of sore losers.Yeah Price sucked against Pits.,but everybody has off nights..He will bounce back.go habs go.le buuuuuttttt.

  37. topher5468 says:

    Claude Julien, what a freakin sore loser, funny how he didn’t mention Seguin’s embellishment, did the guy even miss a shift after such a horrendous crosscheck to his ribs. The NHL should do a better job of cleaning up the mess that teams like the bruins make when they play their goon style of Hockey. All Thornton did all night was look to fight. yea, great style of hockey, and when he was hit with a good clean check, again all he wanted to to was fight.

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

  38. TheAmerican says:

    How do you spell Calder? G-A-L-L-A-G-H-E-R.

  39. Coca Cola Kid says:

    I’m tired of Claude Julien embellishing the amount of embellishment!!!

    • The Cat says:

      Thats the main problem with hockey I find. yes its a much tougher sport than the others cause of the amounts of games and the physicality, but the amount of whining by players, coaches and fans is second to none.

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

      • malmn says:

        LOL! It’s true. The NHL certainly has a lot of whiners.

        GO HABS GO!!!

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes for players that pride themselves for being tough, they certainly look like a bunch of cry babies too often. I am not sure at what point it happened, but now players want to fight after a clean hit to one of theor team mates. That is such a loser mentality. I hate that it has crept into hockey. Even in the NFL when a received gets creamed with a clean hit, they help each other up, dust themselves off and move on.

        Habfan17

        • The Cat says:

          Very good points. I think its cause the NFL is larger than the players therefore the refs and league dont mess around when it comes to discipline, , but in the NHL,the players (some) and some teams are larger than the NHL, and when it comes to discipline, its like `hows it going to affect that market`or tv viewership might sink in the US if` type of thing..

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

      • boing007 says:

        A lot of whinging as well:
        whinged whing·ing or whinge·ing
        Definition of WHINGE
        British
        : to complain fretfully : whine
        — whinge noun, British

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

    • NL Hab says:

      Yeah, Claude Julien is a real sore loser. He always plays the embellishment card. Give it a break. Lose with a bit of dignity for God’s sakes.

      Et Le But

  40. Marc10 says:

    3 out of 4 points on a back to back Pens-Bruins… That’s amazing!

    Great work by Budaj! Prust is a warrior and good on Yemmy for risking life and limp against the big douche.

    If DD and Gally can do it, so can the rest. We’re well on the way here. Go Habs Go!

  41. holypricehabsman says:

    One thing I loved and didn’t expect tonight was Subban waiving off his guys who stepped in to defend him when he got launched into the net. Smart play so that no one takes a stupid penalty. Very mature of him.

  42. NightRyder says:

    I’m a fan of hockey fights.
    But I’m curious about the NHL’s rules when it comes to non-consensual (sounds dirty …) scraps.
    Chara completely ignored the play and went right after Emelin with the purpose of punching him in the face. Should this not be considered a deliberate attempt to injure?
    Or by nature is any fight a deliberate attempt to injure?
    It just seems a little hypocritical for the league to fret over head shots but give an extra two-minute penalty when a 260-pound monster repeatedly tries to punch someone in the face.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      All fights are a deliberate attempt to injure.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes, they are, but in this case it was with intent to severely injure and maybe end a career. I am sure Chara knows, like we do that Emelin has plates in his face and can’t fight. I can only imagine what would happen if Chara did get some hard shots in and damaged the plates, If Emelin might face had to retire? That just proves that Chara has no character and reinforces the fact that he was trying to seriously injure Patches, in my opinion

        Habfan17

    • Coca Cola Kid says:

      I find it interesting that Chara decided to go after the guys with the broken orbital bone in his face

    • Marc10 says:

      He’s a Bruin. They have a special rule book.

      Gregory Campbell plays for the Bruins = check
      Jeremy Jacobs owns the team = check

      Upon further review, Alexei Emellin gets a three game suspension for hitting Noble Warrior Chara’s fists with face.

  43. NightRyder says:

    It appears Bill Dauterive (King of the Hill shout out) is running his gums. yhoo.it/Vt1C5o

  44. Bardya says:

    Is Nokalinen ready to play? The 4th line needs a push.

  45. Stevie.Ray says:

    Could be a good draft for the Qmjhl.

    Mackinnon, Drouin, Erne, Mantha, Gauthier, Fucale, Duclair, Zykov, and Dauphin could all potentially go in the first round.

    Drouin is the superstar, and Gauthier gets a lot of love for his size (6’5″, 210 lbs), but I’m most curious about Anthony Mantha. I’ve seen him listed as low as 6’2″, 160 lbs, and as high as 6’4″, 200 lbs, but tsn has him at 6’4″, 190 lbs. Whatever it is 47 goals, 86 points in 62 games certainly stands out. He’s from Longueuil, QC, and plays left wing on a mediocre team. He appears to have the character that Timmins would be interested in.

    Apron Basu wrote a nice piece on him:
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=647144

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      General consensus says that he is a very good skater, smart offensively, has good hands and a quick release. Can be inconsistent, and defensive game needs rounding out. Uses his body well but is not extremely physical. He will also be the oldest player in the draft. Most compare him to James Neal, but he sounds an awful lot like Pacioretty too.

  46. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Call up Blunden.
    Trade for Peckham.
    Trade a gym bag for JF Jacques (to warm the press box) in case you want need that option.

  47. Timo says:

    Ok. I am off to bed. I still say that in 7 game series Habs are no match to Bruins. Habs need more muscle – Bergevin needs to wake up.

    Hasta mañana

  48. SteverenO says:

    repost from last thread:

    Win, but at what cost?

    if i was the HABS I would be sending some tape to the league. The Bruins consistently dishing out dirty hits, with obvious intent to injure. Instigating fights, Lucic against Prust and Chara versus Emelin were both fights that were instigated by the Bruins.

    There was a couple of dirty hits in the back on PK against the the boards and he barely avoided a few other attempts to run his face against the glass. Pacioretty was slashed in the face by a stick an “automatic” penalty even if it was accidental (which it was not), that wasn’t called. A bruin player took a two handed overhead slash at a Canadian (either Gallagher or Desharnais) in front of their net that just barely missed the HAB forward and could have easily hit Rusk but made no contact and drew no penalty. The bruins on ,multiple occasions cross checked HABs defencemen to the ground in front of our net, and assaulted Gallagher and anyone else who even stepped into their Goalies crease.

    It was very important that we won the game and, despite both goalies being assisted by the post brothers, Budaj won the battle of the goalies. The HABs won the battle on the scoreboard and the battle for first place in the division. The Guins, won a couple of fights and got away with a few muggings. The refs need to go back to reffing school.

    Giving out the occasional two minutes for interference and missing a half dozen “attempted murders”should be grounds for referees to be suspended. Do league officials ever look at the tapes?

    I must be getting soft in my old age. I used to enjoy the rough house style of hockey, but frankly I cant stomach it any more. If my kids were still young I would not encourage them to watch or play this sport. It “fun” on the playstation when a player obliterates an opponent with a crushing body check, but to watch guys headhunting and looking to not just take out their man from the play, or even the game, but trying for the huge hit, or that knock out punch, that can end careers , is not what I would call entertaining.

    Funny how things change when Budaj played last two games in a row where we gave up hardly any shots on net, let alone chances there was “noise” about the boring style of play.

    After this weekend , I think we would all appreciate a couple of snore fests (as long as they end in victories at least)

    Congrats to our Habs for a great victory, for not giving in to the goonery, and for standing up for themselves and each other.

    The only way that this type of “thug” hockey will end is when it becomes obvious that it does not produce winners.

    We may have won the game, and we may have escaped without serious injury this time, but going into that rink, with those refs, is a suicide mission. It is possible that both Prust, Emelin, Subban, and Pacioretty could easily have been seriously injured.

    If we can only improve our PP this team could never beat us playing this style of play.

    regards,

    Steve O.

    • Timo says:

      Maybe Jessica can ask Therrien and Bergevin why they are so reluctant to upgrade our 4th line.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Great post.
      There’s a distinction between “physical” play and dirty, but with the league and broadcasters and people like Cherry and Milbury using the former as a euphemism for the latter.
      Dirty is against the rules, endangers players and shouldn’t be allowed. The laissez-faire of the refs is incredible. Seriously, what internal logic is running through their minds when they see Thornton boarding PK, Horton putting PK into the net, Marchand flicking his stick in Prust’s face, McQuaid cross-checking Desharnais AFTER the score?

      • VancouverHab says:

        If you can send me a clip of Don Cherry advocating dirty hockey, I’ll send you a bottle of Canadian Club.

        If I can send you 10 clips of Grapes condemning dirty play, then you do the same for me.

        Okay?

        • Marc10 says:

          It’s true. Don always, always looks the other way. Remember what he said about Chara on Max? No? No one does… Silence is golden, ain’t it?

    • Marc10 says:

      Look. That’s how it is (and I don’t like it anymore than you do). The League made that crystal clear by looking the other way from Chara onwards.

      We need to build a team with this in mind. Bad arse mofos who can play and defend our skilled players. We’re not there yet. We’re still rebuilding and one season removed from ‘The Least of the East’. But expect this will happen over time as we cycle through the current lineup vets.

      Is it normal we have to build the Anaheim Ducks circa Brian Burke? Nope. But that’s how it has to be. Leave it to Bergie to figure it out. He will.

      Tinordi is coming. That’s a plus. We’ll need to find a couple more… Maybe Boyle in NYR at season’s end… And a real goon. 270lbs plus. If the Sabres don’t make the playoffs, I think we all know who we’ll be signing. Just in case…

      In the meantime, we’re winning some games and who knows. We might just give ourselves a look if guys like Moen wake up…

      • HardHabits says:

        I agree that the Habs need to get tougher as a team but at least they are on their way to getting there. Any heavyweight(s) has(have) to be able to skate and play the game. Having a player warm the bench for 55 minutes is not effective in my opinion.

        Obviously the Habs still need to bulk up but at least they are gritty now, which is a far cry from the too soft, too small reputation they garnered during the Gainey/Gauthier years.

        At least this Habs management team isn’t living in denial about the need for more size and grit, unlike the large body of ex-HIO posters who have fled to EOtP where hard facts play second fiddle to logical fallacies and wishful thinking.

  49. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Well so much for sleep from this high. I’m still confused,all this winning. Boy this team has some character.
    Gorges,i love the guy but he seems a little lost this season. It’s like his game was designed for JM’s collapse and block shots system. Would look pretty good in a Rangers sweater,maybe we can get Mcdonagh back :P Sorry about the squished noggin’.
    Now excuse me,i have to bath and put my measuring stick to bed. Wait…that didn’t come out right.

  50. Timo says:

    So what happened that made Boone’s blog hit almost 2000 posts? Usually when Habs win it has fewer posts, even if it’s against the bruins. Did someone snap?

  51. sossbauce says:

    First and foremost, I hope Chara broke his hand on Emelin’s face of steel. Second, I think it’s Prust that is fuelling the Habs’ fire right now. Whether its a point or a PIM on the game sheet, he always leaves his mark and that’s huge. Bunch o’ bauces!

  52. durocher says:

    Great character win for the boys. Lot of respect for Prust, Emelin, and the DD line. I’m concerned that no one on the fourth line (i.e., White, Army, Moen) tried to get some hits going and respond physically. I’m also concerned about the play in the D zone; we need to be more assertive and confident with the puck.

    As I am sure many others have stated, the refs lost control of this game and blew penalties, including the obvious high stick on Pacioretty in the last minutes of the third, the stick to the face of Prust, the cross-check on Gallagher in the slot after the play was dead. Chara should have been ejected for running and fighting Emelin. If his name was McGratton or Parros, he would have been out of the game (and rightfully so).

    I’d like to get more grit on the 4th line (we can’t put all the forwards’ strength on Prust’s shoulders), and on the blueline (where we can clear bodies and also respond physically).

    In any case, this was a very gratifying and satisfying win against a boorish, unsportsmanlike team.

    Go Habs Go!

    • Timo says:

      Time and again the fact the our 4th line is completely useless doesn’t seem to bother neither the coach, nor the management.

      • jctremblay says:

        Completely valid statment, IMO. It’s a test for Bergevin to correct this and soon. We can’t abide the complete lack of anything from the 4th line and expect to be decent

        • Habitted says:

          They did try to pick up Sestito… So my guess is they’re aware of the situation. Also what’s up with Moen… Doesn’t feel like he’s really interested.

          @habitted

          • chanchilla says:

            He had what would’ve been his best year in his career last year if not for injury and he got demoted to the fourth line. Might be a mental thing, and for once Timo i agree, we probably have the most ineffective fourth line in the NHL.

  53. durocher says:

    MT was asked a question after the game about Moen and White; it was in French, and his response was in French. Can anyone translate both the question and the response?

    Thanks!!!

  54. Timo says:

    I wonder if Berkshire is still online battling Bruins fans?

  55. NightRyder says:

    Great win. Couple of repeat notions though.
    1. Armstrong is performing like the worst player in the NHL and that includes the fighters and Scott Gomez.
    2. Would still like a freak in the system. Not to play regularly. Just to suit up once in awhile, cross-check Chara in the teeth, serve his suspension; skewer Marchand, serve next suspension etc. Prust cannot do it alone or he will eventually get concussed and/or killed.

    ALSO:
    1. Moen is stealing money.
    2. Nice to have a veteran who knows his role and does his job well – Budaj. Not so nice? The idiots who use his fine play to pile on Price. That’s like pining for Murray Wilson on the top line because Guy Lafleur had an off-night.

    • Shane1313 says:

      Kind of agree with a lot being said here.
      Both Armstrong and Moen should have been throwing hits from the start. It’s not like we are small, maybe not as big as those goons, but they need to do their jobs.

  56. Timo says:

    First of all props to Habs (most of them) for a great effort. Budaj was very solid and made saves when he had to (Hello Carey Price).

    D is still iffy especially when things get rough around Habs own net but loved the hit to the ribs Emelin delivered to Mr. I-dont-know-how-laundry-works. Would love to see more of that.

    Ryder sucks. Moen ditto. Galchenyuk could use some time in A, but I think they can’t cause he’d have to clear waivers.

    When Bruins 4th line is on even if they don’t score other teams always feel their presence. Habs 4th line is invisible. Moen, Armstrong provide zero physical presence or any sort of pressure on the other team’s D.

    Habs management has to one day figure it out that in this league you can’t rely on the refs or the league to administer discipline. You gotta have your own tough and when need be dirty players. Nice guys finish last is nowhere truer than in the NHL.

    Ok. At least they pulled it off. Hopefully no one is on the shelf after this one.

    If I were Therrien I’d give Budaj another start on Tue. Let Mr. Thoroughbread watch some videos and learn to stop some pucks.

    • Chuck says:

      He can start by reviewing the video of Budaj’s third goal against tonight. ;)

      ___________________________________________________
      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      You have to be at least 19 (or 20?) to play in AHL. They could send him back to Ohl, but then that’s where he would stay for the year. As long as he keeps being put in a position to learn, this is the best place for him to develop.

  57. chartraw says:

    Komisarek comments insulting and unnecessary. How many pro hockey fights do you have Mike Boone?

    • NightRyder says:

      He has destroyed many a pastry. Same thing?

    • Mike Boone says:

      Right. Let’s disqualify everyone who hasn’t actually played in the NHL. Then we can enjoy All P.J./All the time.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • NightRyder says:

        I think too many people view criticism of the players in the wrong light.
        “Oh, but they’re human beings – be nice.”
        Wrong. We’re simply viewing them as commodities. When I say Colby Armstrong is the worst player in the NHL (I’m guessing all of us would like to be the worst player actually in the NHL), it’s not a personal attack.
        It’s a viewpoint through a unique prism.
        When Boone hints that Komisarek may have feline tendencies on the ice, it doesn’t mean he’s not a nice fellow, a good dad, brother, friend, whatever.
        Much like when I see a pastry expert turned hockey writer and I question some of his opinions, it doesn’t mean he’s not a good guy.

      • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

        Well, I think its a somewhat legit point, as he is talking about fighting, which anyone can do, rather than actually playing hockey well.

    • H.Upmann says:

      LOL hey man you shouldn’t feel sympathy for Komi- he gets paid millions to warm the Leafs bench and goes home to Elisha Cuthbert(?) ..

  58. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well, this night was an ‘upper’ for Me …will sleep like a baby

    …and I’m out of here

    …before I go, I will leave the re-post of the link, provided earlier by Our ‘Bill’, to the Teddy Bears fan blog if You want some yuks before You sleep :)

    http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/03/03/claude-julien-calls-out-p-k-subban-canadiens-for-embarrassing-the-game-with-embellishing/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#disqus_thread

  59. Bouleau noir says:

    Talented, disciplined, gutsy….. what a brave bunch, BRAVO !!

  60. Chuck says:

    Bruins lose, in part because their head neanderthal takes 17 minutes of penalties making it easier for the Habs to come from behind. But according to them, it was a GOOD thing:
    http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=658448&navid=DL|BOS|home

    By the way, I’m so happy that Desharnais got the winner, especially with what took place after the tying goal. DD parked in the slot, goal goes in, and Adam McQuaid take a 2-handed swing with his stick at DD and thankfully misses… though McQuaid follows that up with a cross-check to the middle of the back, knocking DD to the ice.

    I’m guessing the Jabba the Coach was happy about that, too.

    ___________________________________________________
    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  61. H.Upmann says:

    Its funny because Julien has exposed his own flank despite being a SC champ: he is still bitter about his time as Habs coach… Or he has a complex about it. This win was important for not just the Habs but other teams as well.

  62. ari says:

    i dont want to ruin the party,but montreal ,boston games is always exiting and close like this.no matter who plays or coach/gm.still MB has alot things to do.but let face it ,,beside signing prust he didnot do much.he got 3rd over all pick thanks to the result of last season and he will have plenty of picks next year thanks to last gm.WE HAD ONE BIG GUY TO DRIVE TO NET AND MB traded that guy.unless there is some thing internal it does not make any sense.for making some cap space he could done other things(gionta,kabarel).but hey we are first and is march03.however we get lucky bounces a lot this year.still have a hard time to score.still dont have anyone to match against the other goons.no tough big guy on top 9 ,no scary guy on last three.and no one in defence can clear the blue zone or drop the gloves.if you think with this team you can go far in playoffs,SWEET DREAMS

  63. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …looks like cold-hearted Boone has left Little Jimmy on the railway track one more time :(

  64. Boomer says:

    One little weird rant before i go to sleep.

    I’d like to see Tinordi Gain 20lbs of muscle.
    And I’d like to see Timmins use a later round pick to select a future heavyweight. A Big kid that can be brought up through the system and tought to be responsible defensively and protect his teammates. Not a goon, but big hitter that can bring energy to his team and defend them if necessary. We have enough guys under 6′ with good offensive upside. Just one late round pick would be cool.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I know what you mean. In our last 6 drafts, we have drafted 11 out of 41 players at or over 6’2” and two of them are goalies.

      Tinordi (6’6”), Didier (6’2”, who?), Pribyl (6’3”, will he ever come to NA?), Nattinen (6’2”, won’t make NHL), Walsh (6’2”, won’t make NHL), Simila (6’6”, a goalie), Quailer (6’3”, there’s hope for him), Missiaen (6’8”, a goalie), Pacioretty (6’2”, who?), Stejskal (6’2”, bust), Conboy (6’4”, bust).

      In the same period we drafted 15 out 41 players at or below 5’11”

      • Boomer says:

        NONE of the guys you listed would stand a chance against Chris neil or Sean Thornton, except maybe Tinordi… Who needs to gain 20 lbs of muscle… lol
        When Timmins drafts a bigger guy like th eone’s you’ve listed, they have offensive upside and speed (Patches, Quailer) or good hands like Pribyl. I’m not talking about guys like that…

  65. MikeHabs says:

    Wow what a great feeling after that game! The Habs stuck it out and played their game in the third period to get the win. They didn’t fall into the goon trap. Well-done.

    Check out this week’s Habs prospect update as Archambault shines: http://www.allaboutthehabs.ca/prospect-update-022513-030313/

  66. Stevie.Ray says:

    Repost from last thread:

    Markov 27:03
    Subban 26:49
    This is nice to see except I would like Markov to be about 3-4 minutes lower.
    Gorges 20:05
    Emelin 19:33
    This is about right.
    Kaberle 13:46
    Boullion 12:44
    They both had fairly solid games, but it would be nice to be able to give these minutes (or some of Markov’s minutes) to a strong, big, shutdown defensive defenseman (Tinordi, someday).

  67. The Dude says:

    Ryder still feeling team vs Pitts and too many friends on Booins”When he played for them he had NO problem hitting the C.H. ” Lil D.D. and Gally have a big set each . Prust ,well he our next Captain.Subban drove them NUTZ and Emelin is crushing bodies again :) And it looks like we have a “MONEY GOALTENDER again” Moen .Armstrong and White need too talk to Deharnaise about MoJo,eh They should call them the estrogen line!
    Nine days for MB to get us a couple of heavy weights that can play “CLOWE please” cus the Bean eaters are now PISSED ! Special mention Patches and “I can’t believe I’m saying this” Kaberle. Go Habs Go

  68. Habilis says:

    Check it out, there’s at least one rational person in Boston:

    “Fluto Shinzawa‏@GlobeFluto
    Habs best team Bruins seen yet. Balanced, fast, smart, tough. Love to see in playoffs again.”

    Thought y’all should see that as a counter to Julien’s little baby act. What a crock coming from a man who coaches that group of thugs.

    Great job once again, Boone. ALN is always worth staying up for. Cheers.

    • H.Upmann says:

      Its funny because Julien has exposed his own flank despite being a SC champ: he is still bitter about his time as Habs coach… Or he has a complex about it. This win was important for not just the Habs but other teams as well.

  69. Sportfan says:

    Happy that we won the game actually very happy can’t wait for tuesdays game GO HABS GO!

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  70. Chips says:

    Wow……. I can’t believe we won that one!!! The team is really starting to make me and everyone else believe now. I hate seeing Moen on Pleky’s line and Chucky needs better line mates. We lost a bit of balance when we dealt Cole, but hopefully Ryder can contribute something too. Budaj played a heck of a game. And what else can you say about our “Little Ball Of Great”. Gally is fearless and never stops. Always remember when he sparked that third period comeback in the WJC, even though we came up short. He brings that all the time, shift after shift, and it’s so infectious. Another dangerous game against the Isles, but I have a feeling that they learned something from the last time and won’t let this one get away from them. Go Habs Go!!!

    25 in 2013

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      Pac-DD-Gally
      Chucky-Plek-Gio
      Prust-Eller-Ryder
      Armstrong-White- Moen

      Moving Chucky up to play with Pleks and Gio would be nice to see over a 4 game road trip against some weaker teams, but Pleks’ line usually gets some hard defensive minutes.

      • Chips says:

        I agree in principal with those lines and the problem they causes. I think it’s worth a try against some the weaker teams we’re about to face. Hopefully Bourque is back soon, but then who sits. Eller has been such a revelation and is not the same player as before…so much more confident!!! And Kaberle really deserves a shout out too, because after the first couple of periods in TO, where he was a bit shacky, he’s been pretty darn solid and hasn’t been as much of a liability defensively as I expected.

        25 in 2013

      • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

        I would rather see Eller with Plekanec and Gionta so he can fill Bourque’s role for the time being. Tough and strong on the puck, Plekanec needs him.
        Also, I think Galchenyuk needs Prust. He could play with him and Ryder.

  71. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Too tired to stay up any more. Thanks for the funny comments everyone. One final note: even if the Habs lost, I would have still been proud of them. What a courageous effort…

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

  72. Propwash says:

    Boone, seeing what you saw as a hockey writer, did the Habs embellish anything, or is Julian pandering to his knuckledragger audience?

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  73. SUMO says:

    BOONE: Whats the single game record for your live blog?

  74. foxscape says:

    Love the sand paper in Emelin’s game. You can see the guy gets under the other team’s skin and makes them do stupid things. Big hits and a couple of cheap shots, the guy is tough to play against.

    and tho’ We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
    –Alfred Lord

  75. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Missed the 2000!

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

  76. CanadienBoy says:

    Why is Blunden who happen to be the second biggest player at 6’4″ after Tinordi on the Habs not getting call up

  77. Sportfan says:

    Parros on our team would be hilarious, is he available?

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  78. Cal says:

    Blunden can’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. He’s a clean hockey player who’s at best a 4th liner. With no edge, he won’t get a NHL job.

  79. Sportfan says:

    It’s too bad he doesn’t have just a bit more skill a 6’4 guy could be really useful

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  80. Habfan17 says:

    He has skill, he did make the world junior team! and did well

    Habfan17

  81. Sportfan says:

    Not saying he doesn’t just if he had a tad more he’d be in the lineup here

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  82. Luke says:

    @Habfan17…

    Not sure why you have the Blunden love going, but i’m sure he appreciates it. However, you are looking at a career fringe player. He isn’t a fight and can’t score. He isn’t an upgrade on Armstrong.
    As for doing well on the juniors:
    1) that was along time ago.
    2) Justin Pogge did way better than Blunden at the Juniors. So did Rico fata.

  83. Bill says:

    No way can Parros handle Chara at this point in his career.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  84. Habsrule1 says:

    Nice job calling people doofuses cause they don’t agree with you.
    Right now the team is in first place so it’s kinda hard to prove the team needs changes.
    That said, I agree that we could get tougher on D. As far as a goon, I’d like another player like Prust, but bigger, but I’m not convinced that we NEED one.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  85. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    No need to call fellow fans names to make your point…we all have our own opinions.

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

  86. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Bill, I tend to disagree with almost everything you post. This included.

  87. HabinBurlington says:

    I like the part where a Hab player on the 4th line is a weasel. Ahh always good to read these posts…..

  88. commandant says:

    Habs are amongst the league leaders in goals against (go on a goals per game basis, since some teams have played less games).

    So no, I don’t think our defence sucks and is weak.

    But don’t let a little thing like stats get in the way of your ranting and calling people “doofuses”

    Go Habs Go!
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  89. Habsrule1 says:

    First of all, everything is for me to comment on…that’s what this site is about.
    Again, it’s hard to PROVE this team needs changes, given they are in first place, but I happen to think we could use a change or 2. That does not mean I would insult someone who disagrees. Chances are his argument for not making changes would be better than mine for making some.

    Oh, and you did not call out specific people. You just said there are doofuses. That’s not specific. Look it up.

    And finally, our defense doesn’t suck. We have the 4th least goals against in the conference. That said, I’d like to see a bit more toughness around our net.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  90. Bill says:

    I know, same with you pretty much, except you posted something really good yesterday … I forget what it was, but I totally agreed.

    Anyway, no, Parros is pretty done as a fighter. Lost to Scott, Erskine, and Orr already this season. He’s not terrifying anybody.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  91. The Jackal says:

    IF you think the team needs an overhaul, you aren’t watching the Habs!

  92. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    “kindergarten cop”..my reaction to the Bruins whining… :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO4X8_c80kg

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

  93. Chrisadiens says:

    You certainly are making a name for yourself here…

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  94. HabinBurlington says:

    I don’t recall any point in time in which I made you bash the team. I have no issue with making a point regarding improving the team. Just don’t understand the need to call players on the Habs weasels.

  95. boing007 says:

    Maybe they should find out what Prust and Gallagher eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

    Okay. Nix on weasels. Let’s call them turtles instead.

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

  96. Habsrule1 says:

    Whatever.
    For those of us who did not see those posts, but see yours, you sure are looking bad for nothing.
    Why even bring it up the next day.
    Anyhow, I agree with some of what you said, but you don’t seem like you really did a lot of homework, all things considered.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  97. Habsrule1 says:

    Well, our D is 4th best in the East, for one. Just because our D is not tough, does not mean it sucks.
    On some nights our 4th line has been very good. Not sure if you know this, but you don’t measure a 4th line on goal productivity.
    Every team can improve in some areas, but the Habs are doing great right now, so changes can also affect chemistry. I trust the management of the team. They seem to know what they’re doing.

    Your apology is accepted, btw.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  98. commandant says:

    Compare them to the rest of the league. The defence looks pretty darn good. And one bad game on Saturday Night does not change that. Every team in the league has a bad game.

    Go Habs Go!
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  99. commandant says:

    You sure seem to be acting like a child now. Calling people “kindergarten cops” and giving sarcastic apologies with #stopbullying at the end of them.

    Go Habs Go!
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  100. Habsrule1 says:

    Now we all have our panties in a bunch?
    We’re all wrong and you’re right.

    I guess we should be apologizing.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  101. Mr_MacDougall says:

    see above Bill.

  102. Loonie says:

    People understand your point. But Ottawa is a shell of what they were at the beginning of the year, the Leafs goaltending is more of the same flash in the pan variety and they have little to no depth at any position, the Bruins are the real competition and will be tough like they always are but there isn’t a team in the NHL that doesn’t have holes on its roster.

    The Blackhawks haven’t lost in regulation and they have weakness in the personnel department.

    Magically a team still manages to win the Stanley Cup every year. I’m not saying this team will. But they’re as well positioned as any team in the East.

  103. habstrinifan says:

    Enlightened!

  104. Habsrule1 says:

    I agree we can improve this team. In my opinion, we can use a physical D-Man more than anything else. Someone who will strike fear into opponents that get near the crease. These players are not easy to find.
    Hell, I even liked what Patrick Roy said on AC. Cross-check a player in the arm, even if it means taking a penalty. He’ll think twice about going back if he’s holding his arm on the way to the bench. You don’t even have to be big to do it….just give him a shot to tell him you’re not getting near Price.
    I think our 4th line has been ok. They’ve done a decent job of keeping the scoring down, but there is room for improvement there too.
    Just remember, talking about getting certain players is easier than actually doing it.
    I believe the Habs management are set on improving this team as much as they can.

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  105. Loonie says:

    Depends on what you have to give up to get what you want and what you’re looking to replace.

  106. boing007 says:

    Ridin’ high in April, shot down in May… That would be a pity.

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

  107. nunacanadien says:

    Look at the impact getting rid of Cole had on the team. Now imagine if you signed a real big player who supports the team, imagine what a better impact this would also have.


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