About last night … with audio

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks

The Least in the East beat one of the Best in the West.
What did it prove?
For now, nothing.
For next season – and for the remaining years on Andrei Markov’s contract … well, ya never know.

AUDIO: Andrei Markov | Carey Price | P.K. Subban | Randy Cunneyworth | Blake Geoffrion

I harboured a few concerns heading into the game.

Given Markov’s injury history, was it really wise to bring him back against a lineup that includes Alexandre Burrows, Max Lapierre?

Markov played 17:09.

Misplaying Ryan Kesler on the Canucks’ goal, Markov was in danger of finishing minus-1 until he was on the ice for the Erik Cole goal that put the game out of reach.

Do you believe that for as well as he’s played, that was Cole’s first two-goal game as a Canadien?

(I’m too lazy to check, but I bet there were a few when he was in Carolina.)

Back to Markov: Everything we could have hoped for. Sure a hat trick, eight hits and a winning fight would have been great, but hey –  Canadiens hockey is not a Pixar animation film.

And if it were, what role would P.K. Subban play?

The lead.

Man, he has been great on the western swing.

My pressbox neighbour at Rogers Arena was Marc Antoine Godin. I asked him how his colleague, François Gagnon – whom I respect as much as anyone on the hockey beat in Montreal – could even think of trading P.K., let alone advocate it in his column.

“But if you could get Eric Staal in return,” Godin said.

Know what?

Not even.

I know, I know: the Canadiens have spent 20 years or whatever looking for a big centre.

But where would you place Staal among the NHL’s elite forwards compared to P.K.’s stature?

And in a league increasingly dominated by young players – how about that Claude Giroux shootout goal in Toronto? – who has the greater upside, Staal or P.K.?

There’s you Sunday debate material.

I need sleep on my last night inVan.


  1. Adidess says:

    Hahaha, is this what I missed while at work today?

  2. halifaxhab says:

    I believe there are some here that are facing a horrible addiction that needs to be cured. Endlessgoaliedebatitis.

    It’s a terrible affliction with two types.
    Type A – compulsively return to a two month period in time and demand to have it back.

    Type B – continuously on the defensive about going with the younger more “pretty” version

    Please. Join me in my Telethon of Hope to help stamp out this Scourge.

    Send your internet email money transfers to shut_the_heck_up_already@ffs.com

    Thank you

  3. L Elle says:

    @HH, the HHead Tanker, now the HHead HHalakalite.

    Last season Halak was not Prician, therefore, no Halakian effort was necessary in the postseason.

    This season, Elliott is PricianA and Halak is PricianB. We have yet to see if either of these two will be Halakian in the near future.

    After all, Gill, Lapierre, Cammalleri, Moore, Gionta, Gorges, AK, PK, etc. were all Halakian as well in the 2010 Playoffs.

    Too bad some are gone and the remainder haven’t been Prician at all this year, except Price who is always Prician, and will be Prilakian in the near future. 🙂

  4. habfan53 says:

    Hey great game by Markov. He is obviously back lets trade him while his market value is up there .
    I’m positive we can get any one of the following in a one for one deal Parise, Nash, Getzlaff, Ryan, maybe even Crosby hell he’s only played 8 games in the last 14 1/2 months (markov like totals)

    P.S. Now moving tongue to other cheek

    to paraphrase Nixon: If the Bruins do it, it is not illegal

  5. db says:

    I’m just gonna pretend I can’t read all the drivel below… but thanks for it, it let to me filing my taxes.

    Ufile.ca is fantastic by the way.

  6. joeybarrie says:

    Cause obviously my posts are filled with nonsense and stupidity. Yet you still don’t have an answer do you??

  7. badbalance says:

    Saku tribute video, about to get his 1000th point. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6LoNzo58KJM#! nobody has the right to ever question his heart and determination. Even though he never won the cup with us, I hope we retire his number.

  8. K-hab25 says:

    Price – 122 regular wins, 8 playoff, 2.56 gaa and 9.16 sv% (ages 19-24)

    Halak – 107 regular wins, 9 playoff, 2.41 gaa and .918 sv% (ages 21-26)

  9. Montreal1993 says:

    Are we seriously still debating halak and price?? let it go kids, let it go….

  10. Montreal1993 says:

    Are we seriously still debating halak and price?? let it go kids, let it go….

  11. SmartDog says:


    There is a obviously a serious halak of meaningful things to talk about.


    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  12. Shoowtime says:

    Are you guys serious??????? Still comparing Price to Halak common guys
    St louis has goal support a good all round team and Halak playes 50 games a season sharing time with Brian Elliot.
    Montreal has full of holes no goal support a shaky defence and Price Plays over 70 games a year.
    Hands down I still take Price.
    Halak had a great playoff run He played out of his mind I will never forget that but once the Habs come close to the talent the Blues have then we can compare and once Halak Plays over 70 games then we talk
    Until then PRICE all the way

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