Afternoon delight

A PERFECT road game.

And an eighth shutout for Carey Price.

490 Comments

  1. Ronin says:

    I was thinking the same thing as I read this….he WOULD be perfect.

  2. Ronin says:

    I was thinking the same thing as I read this….he WOULD be perfect.

  3. Bugs says:

    Oh, ok, I see the confusion now.

    I never said “ignored”.

    For me to suggest we ignore someone’s opinion isn’t worthy of me at all. Kinda surprised you would think that of me actually.

  4. Shiloh says:

    I’m certain they would find Bettman’s actions very puzzling. I’m sure they would concur that any other CEO who shat all over a major sponsor would be looking for a job. Cohen won the Edward R. Murrow award and is chief analyst for CBS – not Harvey’s Bar and Grill. I don’t think there would be too many with his credentials.

    Your sweeping response – that he can (and should) be ignored because he disclosed that he is a fan of the Habs – is not worthy of you.

  5. Bill says:

    Let’s see: the best players on each team are injured because they’re targets in a cheap-shot, embarassingly amateurish “major” league. Also, a corrupt league office has, as usualy, deployed a pair of WWE referees to do its bidding. Finally, our tax-payer subsidized “national” broadcaster has sent its C team to deliver the play by play.

    Think I’m skipping this one too. Get well soon Max!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  6. punkster says:

    Wanna run that run on sentence by me again Bug? Starting with “It could be just…”. I think you’re asking where the sponsors were on earlier hits? If that’s the case then, hey, there’s always a tipping point, a unique event, that starts the ball rolling. A tsunami doesn’t start on its own. It takes a certain size earthquake in a special location to get it going.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  7. Bugs says:

    I don’t know if I would qualify The Atlantic article as a “great piece” considering the author identifies himself as a lifelong Hab fan. I usually like my objectivity NON-partisan as much as possible but what the hell.

    The “great piece”-ness of it here seems to be an exact rehash of what everyone else is saying against the NHL in the wake of Chara avoiding suspension.

    It could be just as much a “great piece” defending the NHL for not throwing Chara to the wolves to appease its sponsors despite him having not transgressed worse than Cooke on Savard who was also acquitted, according to the rules in place and when same said sponsors were nowhere to be heard from.

    I think the “great piece”-ness of it in this situation rests on which you side you agree with.

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Stephen “What’s Goaltender Interference” Walkom and Brad Watson are the officials today.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. SLYDER says:

    Boone, I LOVE Saturday afternoon hockey – great way to start Saturday night.

    …plus the afternoon tall boys make it easier to listen to Grapes

  10. Danno says:

    Great article Spats.

    I guess it’s getting harder and harder for Buttman to keep this under the rug. Nice to see an American magazine calling for him to step down.

    This isn’t finished.

     

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

  11. zak says:

    Read your article Mike but he just signed a new 5 year contract. What’s that say about the people who run the league?

  12. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mr Boone -

    the author of that excellent Atlantic piece is Andrew Cohen.

    There is a columnist called Richard Cohen who writes for the Washinton Post and is one of the most insufferable pompous windbags on the American pundit scene. He is the guy who wrote:

    “Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. Only a fool — or possibly a Frenchman — could conclude otherwise.”

     

     

  13. Mike Boone says:

    You’re right. I fixed it.

  14. Mike Boone says:

    Another great thing about the Internet: Stupidity instantly rectified

  15. yathehabsrule says:

    Though Sopel’s left hand is the one broken, I took a look at his last shift against Boston. He was tied up with Ryder and crashed awkwardly into the boards.

    http://habseyesontheprize.com/2011/3/11/2044896/habs-sopels-injury-likely-a-result-of-on-ice-collision

    Quite possibly this impact aggravated the hand or it’s a combination of the two.

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  16. yathehabsrule says:

    Dryden, as always, puts it well into perspective.

    Meanwhile, last week Steve Simmons (the semi self proclaimed king of all hockey media in Toronto) tried to contact him on the already dead horse beaten topic of teams moving back to Winnipeg or QC.

    He got blown off initially, and posted this blog which is humorous as Simmons was an initial skeptic to blogging/bloggers.

    http://blogs.canoe.ca/sportszone/general/what-happened-to-the-ken-dryden-i-know/

    He got a response, after Dryden read his whiny blog, afterwards.

    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/columnists/steve_simmons/2011/03/03/17486916.html

     

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  17. sidhu says:

    I am glad that the hit is getting attention outside of normal hockey circles. The Atlantic is a widely read, respected publication.

    I’ve had friends who don’t follow hockey at all approach me about the hit.  They’re turned off from the league — and I will no longer try to recruit fans to this sport.

    I don’t have any interest in watching non-Habs games anymore.

  18. sidhu says:

    I get the Post every day and it’s part of my routine to bypass his columns. 

  19. avatar_58 says:

    Once again I just don’t care anymore. I really hope this feeling goes away soon, or at least next season. As of right now I have nothing but disgust for this league. Win or lose, I honestly don’t feel it

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bob Cole’s been released from his cryo chamber early to call the game for CBC.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Didn’t watch last game – and still debating on whether or not I should watch this one.

    Oh whatever, I’ll watch it today. But I am just not into it.

  22. HardHabits says:

    I am not sure this is going to change things but imagine if the numbers swell beyond the millions. Maybe it could be one salvo in the process of removing this slime bag from our game. Please sign up to this FB page:

    The Fire Gary Bettman Movement

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fire-Gary-Bettman-Movement/77919447251

  23. Shiloh says:

    I don’t know, Bugs. The following appears with Cohen’s byline.

    Andrew Cohen has served as chief legal analyst and legal editor for CBS News and won a Murrow Award as one of the nation’s leading legal analysts and commentators.

    The fact that he is a fan of the Habs doesn’t detract from his inciteful description of the position in which Bettman has placed the league. As an accomplished legal analyst and a Murrow Award winner, I’d give him a pass on his choice of team.

  24. Josh says:

    I’m still lacking interest in hockey but I’m going to try and watch this game.

  25. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    like!

  26. OverseasFan says:

    A report from the other side of the world.

    I was really surprised to see the MaxPac hit in articles in the London-based Financial Times and the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post today. East Asia is NOT a hockey market. We never get NHL stories here.

    The stories were mostly on whether the NHL can suffer blows from the criticism, horrible violence, and sponsors threatening to pull out over health matters like Max Pac’s hit. They made Bettman’s comment about not flying Air Canada to look really stupid.

    Of course, they weren’t about the Habs/ Bruins. But Max’s broken neck, and the NHL’s lack of response, seems to be making noise outside hockey circles.

     I hate it when the only attention hockey gets is when something goes horribly wrong. But I’m also glad that this issue is getting attention.

    Boone — Thanks for the shout-out to Japan. It was a thoughtful reminder that there’s life outside of this game.

    Go Habs Go!

  27. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Let’s go Habs – win one for Max-Pac.

  28. Bugs says:

    Ergo, any award-winning chief legal analyst and legal editor would agree with him, yes?

    Even if they were.., let’s say, lifelong Bruins fans?

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    Do you think Bettman will show up at the game Tuesday night in Montreal?

    Listen to this,–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO4XPedB9mA

  30. RGM says:

    Too bad that the apologists everywhere will simply point out that Dryden is just another biased Habs fan, that if it was a Canadiens player doing it to a Bruins player he would be silent, ask where was he before on other violent hits, and Gary Bettman himself will say that they can always turn to Rogie Vachon if they want the opinion of a goalie from the 1970s.

    Go Habs Go!

  31. Graves says:

    In an almost perverse way, I’m actually looking forward to hearing what Don Cherry has to say tonight on Coach’s Corner. See, the last few weeks Don’s been absolutely adamant that Steckel knew what he was doing when he hit Crosby. How’s he so sure? Simple: Steckel never looked back after the collision. Well, Chara never looked back either. And since every single person watching in the rink and at home heard the sickening sound of Max’s skull impacting on the stanchion loud and clear, you’d think that if Chara hadn’t known what he was doing he’d have looked back to see just what the hell had happened. Not to mention the fact that he’s shown next to no remorse – unless you count “huh-huh-huh, unfortunate, huh-huh-huh” as remorse.

    Ball’s in your court, Don. Not that I’m holding my breath.

  32. Lafrich says:

    For all those who think that the Chara hit was a hockey hit gone wrong, can anyone show me a clip of an interference play similar to that of Chara’s along the boards on the other side of the rink where, in a similar manner, the defenceman lays out the onrushing player by drilling him head-first into the non-dangerous part of the rink?

    I just want to have a comparison. Can’t find one? So defenseman usually don’t interfere by CRUSHING a player into the boards? You’re saying they usually just slow them up? Just as I thought.

  33. Miltie01 says:

    All this whinning and moaning, editorial writing, political intervention, corporate self rightousness etc. etc. will do nothing !!! The only people who can effect immediate change in the NHL are the players. They are the ones who make the dangerous hits. They are the ones who choose to make them irregardless of the consequences….whether it be a suspension from the league, or more importantly the injuring of their fellow player. Until they decide to get their heads out of their asses this will not change.

     

    If the league really wants to help in the process I have an idea. Make them start next season wearing pads from the 1940′s. Respect and safety would be established within the first 5 games !!!

  34. Shiloh says:

    I actually think that Cherry will come down very, very hard on Chara. Ron (the Weasel) MacLean will do his level best to carry Bettman’s water.

  35. temekuhabs says:

    Benny has got to get going!!

  36. Habnofear says:

    you tube Scott Stevens….In fact  ,a crushing hip check given to Bobby Orr who by then had no lateral movement and pretty well ended Orr’s Career,  by Larry Robinson to the applause of the fans at the forum!

  37. Danno says:

    NO.

    That weasel-faced money-grubbing bastard is going to hide his weasel @ss deep down some weasel hole.

    Mr. Bettman you are not welcome in Montreal. You have been warned.

     

     

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

  38. Shiloh says:

    Apologies – you did not say ignore. You did suggest that his choice of team precluded the article from greatness. I don’t agree.

    But – I’m calling a huge game for Benny this afternoon. Two goals, an assist and a couple of big hits.

  39. Bugs says:

    No, I’m suggesting his partisanship may preclude his article from objectivity, and that a “great piece” could’ve just as well as been written exposing contrary views.

  40. Shiloh says:

    His article concentrated on legal and CEO-performance issues – neither of which touches on his choice of teams. It would be well-nigh impossible to construct a “great” argument in support of Bettman’s regime.

  41. jew4jah says:

    Boone,

    there’s a BIG difference between a nuclear power plant exploded & there was an explosion at a nuclear power plant.

    chara = חרה

  42. smiler2729 says:

    Not to wish ill will on some fellow human being but…

    if Gary Bettman was mugged and the perp shoved him after taking his wallet, I sure hope he sustains a concussion.  He’d want the police to catch and prosecute the thug and we’d all call it a walk gone horribly wrong and see nothing wrong “these things happen”.

  43. SPATS says:

    Just read the Atlantic article. Nice to see this isn’t going to go away. While I don’t want to see another riot, it would be nice to see Bettman remain in the crosshairs along with Chara (and for that matter Lucic after what he did to Dominic Moore) The nepotism/cronyism is absolutely disgusting. As if Murphy isn’t kissing Clarence (oops I mean Colin) Campbells arse. Of course I’m biased, but c’mon! And props to Boone for posting the RT link to the blast at the Nuke station. Maybe a few of the sheep here will dig into RT. Very biased of course, but so is Fox news. Nice to get the other side of the story every once in a while. Kinda like the polar sides in our beloved MaxPac debacle.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  44. SPATS says:

    Agreed

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  45. smiler2729 says:

    Ron Wilson, professional moron.

    Brian Burke, professional ubermoron.

  46. nick says:

    You know… I don’t remember Ron Wilson having such a cavalier attitude when Kostopolous hit / hurt Van Ryan.

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ron Wilson has a future after coaching with HNIC with stupidity like that.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. Danno says:

    Ron Wilson the Leafer and the brains of a leaf. Blames the stanchion and now the internet.

     

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

  49. RGM says:

    Come on now, Boone, they have at least eliminated headshots to Sidney Crosby. After taking them in two straight games, he hasn’t had another in over two months.

    Go Habs Go!

  50. smiler2729 says:

    His self-importance cracks me up. CBC keeps him (and others) yet dumped Chris Cuthbert.

    Someday… maybe… they will lose HNIC to a rival network.

  51. temekuhabs says:

    Ron Wilson is a putz…

  52. Shiloh says:

    CBC – full out offensive to assist Buttman and Colon. Since when is Ron F. Wilson an expert on officiating and suspensions? I guess Burke told him to pucker up because Toronto gets the calls and Montreal gets the shaft.

  53. habsruleworld says:

    although he is stupid, he’s not completely stupid,

    doubt Cherry will go against all of Canada who know it was a travesty not to suspend chara.

    even here in Calgary, 70% believe Chara should have been suspended

    BC Is up in arms also, they are even more pronounced now that Henrik Sedin has been so vocal about how the NHL F” up by no call on Chara,

     

    Love what Sedin did!

     

  54. Laramy87 says:

    Ah yes, that is correct, forgot about that actually.

  55. SLYDER says:

    im not seeing the goonery – cooke got smoked, and wouldnt answer to ryan white and went after weber

     

    so what – we all know cooke is an idiot, that doesnt mean the pens are turning to thuggery…and rupp is no saint either

  56. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t care. I hope he’s on Max’s side, but since I don’t respect his opinion what difference does it make right?

  57. notbigbird says:

    What do CBC/HNIC have to do with comments made by a TO coach? They asked for an opinion and got an answer. It just so happens to be a stupid answer.

  58. shootdapuck says:

    Mike,

    Wonder if Burke wrote that tirade for Wilson.

    Sounded an awful lot like the LAFF company line!

     

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    We may dislike Don but he carries weight so if he’s on board and the people he usually calls pinkos are in as well, it helps the cause.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  60. HardHabits says:

    That is either a rhetorical or you already answered the question.

  61. shootdapuck says:

    They provide a forum to Burke, Wilson, Cherry and Stock that’s what!

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Penguins are gooning it up, did they watch BOS game tapes?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  63. Laramy87 says:

    Is a new fad in this league to boo Subban. I cannot think for the life of me why he is being booed. I dont care, he probably likes it, but im curious.

    I cant stand Cooke, really can’t. He is comparable to my hatred for Lucic.

  64. smiler2729 says:

    Betcha it’s colour. Sad to say….

  65. larisalapointe says:

    Just annoyingly good. :)

  66. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    It’s always “in the mix”, but cannot be the sole reason. Allegiance w/ players is fickle and always disposable, but they’ll always remain loyal to the franchise(masters of their universe).

    “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  67. Exit716 says:

    LMAO. Did Mario just buzz Campbell and company to get that BS call on PK? What a load of shorse hit that is.

     

  68. Jdub1985 says:

    DD could of ended it … now a PK

  69. Thenumber11 says:

    lol Bob Cole doesn’t think PK deserved a penalty. Can’t say I agree :p

  70. Danno says:

    Okay. Third period. It’s time for a Hal Gill goal. He’s due.

     

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

  71. Shiloh says:

    Gill made the save on Kovy.

  72. SLYDER says:

    cooke wouldnt even fight ryan white…kept goading weber

     

    what a donk

  73. SLYDER says:

    PK deserved that penalty – and he deserved a high stick right before that cooke/white/weber/rupp scrum

  74. shootdapuck says:

    Wait for it! here it comes from Stock what a great guys Talbot and Cooke are!

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  75. larisalapointe says:

    Add Pens to the goon list. It’s a good thing they don’t have a 6’9″  T-rex on their team.

  76. avatar_58 says:

    Anyone else NOT watching Cherry later this evening? I don’t care what old bigot has to say, and frankly I have better things to do.

  77. t1tan5 says:

    Subban broke Staal’s something in last year’s playoffs.

  78. showey47 says:

    I’m pretty sure it has to do with staal being injured by subban during last season’s playoffs.

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m actually tuning out of curiousity, I have no idea how he’s going to come out for this.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  80. habs001 says:

    both sopel and spacek could be available by playoffs…again in the playoffs i believe the main guys will produce but ak46 and pouliot will be the key that they produce and chew some minutes up so we dont end up with our forwards over used and nothing left like last year

  81. smiler2729 says:

    And the unBoston become Boston… what is it about the Habs that bring out the barbarian in the opposition? Are they yappers more than normal, are they dirty, what is it??

  82. Jdub1985 says:

    Everyone prepared for the “system”?

  83. Marvin says:

    I’ve been asking the same question for years: How the heck does PJ Stock get a job on national tv, as well as on the radio? His comments are totally ignorant, and mindless.

  84. showey47 says:

    That would be pretty stupid considering,you know, other pittsburg teams like the steelers and pirates.

  85. RGM says:

    Ron Wilson affirms himself to be an idiot.

    Go Habs Go!

  86. Graves says:

    Nice. First goal is always key, but considering the circumstances it’s more important than ever.

  87. temekuhabs says:

    YESSS!

  88. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cammalleri has become defensively responsible. Good to see.

  89. showey47 says:

    He is going to be looking or a serious raise due to his status as a regular top 6 forward.lol

  90. temekuhabs says:

    Like Moen, as he is from my neck of the woods..But, he’s got hands… like feet!

  91. Danno says:

    UnBoston, maybe if you take away Cooke

     

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

  92. Shiloh says:

    Has L’Artiste been on the ice yet?

  93. Danno says:

    He’s a regular Picasso with the puck

     

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

  94. ooder says:

    lololl

    nice!

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  95. Danno says:

    Travis Moen hands of stone

     

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

  96. t1tan5 says:

    Stone hands Moen strikes again.

  97. Shiloh says:

    Mara at least gets it through to the net.

  98. Keith says:

    Mara has been solid since he came back imo.

  99. showey47 says:

    Now 58:25 of JM shutdown lead protection hockey,lol j/k.

  100. showey47 says:

    woohooo great start

  101. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    PLEKANEC!!

    WORTH EVERY PENNY!

    NICE PASS BY CAMMY!

  102. petrov14 says:

    WOOOOO! PLECS!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  103. RGM says:

    Pleky! Boys are awake for this one!

    Go Habs Go!

  104. Danno says:

    Plecky!

    Just like pickin’ cherries!

     

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

  105. Keith says:

    PLEK!!! Nice to see him score!

  106. Top Corner says:

    What a  FACEOFF WIN / PASS / and then a beautifull goal !!!!

  107. habsinnyc says:

    I also think there is some chance that Cherry will come down against the Chara hit.  There’s the point below about Steckel on Crosby by Graves. Cherry is also consistently against hits from behind (and always shows his stop sign stickers) and hits when trying to prevent icing.  The latter are not “hockey plays” in his mind.  Maybe, just maybe, he will have the same view on a blatant interference in a very dangerous spot.  Or not.  

  108. t1tan5 says:

    Wow Subban. Way to take yourself WAY out of position for that hit.

  109. HabinBurlington says:

    Bob Cole with the call, once again it will feel like Pittsburgh is the Capital of Canada

  110. Keith says:

    Can’t listen to Knob Hole. RDS and CJAD it is!

  111. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    GO HABS GO! WOOOO!

    GO HABS GO!

  112. Shiloh says:

    Beauty – and a point for Cammy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  113. HabinBurlington says:

    great patience by cammalleri

     

  114. punkster says:

    WOO

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  115. Shiloh says:

    Was Pleks hurt on that rush?

  116. Danno says:

    Yes. Considering he calls it from his cryogenic chamber.

     

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

  117. Samovich says:

    Yes just not the on he is watching

  118. punkster says:

    Used to call a great game. He misses half the play now when he rambles and tries to catch up.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  119. smiler2729 says:

    Aww c’mon man!

  120. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just typically not the one he’s actually watching.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  121. tony d says:

    New Drinking Game…everytime a Habs player falls down take a drink…we’d be in an alcoholic coma after 1 period.

  122. temekuhabs says:

    Lots of mistakes by BOTH teams, afternoon games muck them all up

  123. ooder says:

    did i hear that right on RDS.. that reebok also spoke up about the incident?

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  124. smiler2729 says:

    Especially watching John LeClair in his first couple of years… and then he went to Philly

  125. jew4jah says:

    it’s the time’s (frequent) when he has no idea what’s going on on the ice.  whistles confuse him… is it icing? penalty? offside?

    chara = חרה

  126. Shiloh says:

    As soon as Bylsma is about to answer “yes” as to whether Chara should have been suspended, the feed is mangled. Coincidence, of course! First time I can ever recall CBC HD going to snow.

    MacLean is an a$$hole – he’s drunk the Buttman Kool-Aid

  127. SeriousFan09 says:

    Travis Moen, one-timer specialist, who knew?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  128. temekuhabs says:

    I take back what I said about Moen, what HANDS!

  129. Jdub1985 says:

    Moen should give Cammy a quick clinic on finishing.

    OFFENSE is the best DEFENSE

  130. Mike D says:

    NO FKN WAY!  MOEN!!!!!!!!

    - Honestly yours

  131. Danno says:

    The Golden hands of Moen

     

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

  132. habs001 says:

    hands of stone moen…hands of stone pyatt, hands of stone white….maybe this works

  133. punkster says:

    Ha! A scorer…really?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  134. larisalapointe says:

    Moen himself can’t believe it. lol

  135. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    MOEN! WOW

  136. Graves says:

    I’m so tired of this “if it had happened anywhere else on the ice” business re: the Chara-Pacioretty hit. It didn’t happen anywhere else on the ice. Period. End of discussion. At least Bylsma said he should’ve been suspended.

  137. jew4jah says:

    re blysma mclean

    to get him to say it was like pulling teeth though.

    chara = חרה

  138. SeriousFan09 says:

    MacLean thinks before the Instigator nothing nasty happened ever and if it did, the guy who did it was beaten to hell and he never did anything like it again.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  139. Mike D says:

    Like:  The early goal and the lead.

    Like:  Non-goon hockey (so far at least).

    Like:  Mara’s overall play.  Hoping he can keep it up and give us true depth at D.

    Dislike:  Moen on the top-6 again.  Seriously JM, WTF??  Why break up the AK-Eller-Moen line?

    Dislike:  Didn’t see much of DD at all that period.

    - Honestly yours

  140. spcbrass says:

    WE had one a few years back where we played at 8am one day then our next game was at 1am the next morning.  First match and last match of the day!

  141. larisalapointe says:

    Yesss!!!!!!!!!!

  142. t1tan5 says:

    WTF? Stone hands Moen???

  143. Danno says:

    The Golden Hands of Moen! Beauty!

     

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

  144. Keith says:

    Yes! I heard it somewhere else. The NHL needs to change and fans are fed up with the regime. Bettman and his cronies HAVE to go! MOEN!!! WOW ! A sniper is born lol!

  145. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Did Bylsma just say that if his son ever gets in a fight, that he “would be the first to hit him, don’t worry about the refs”….?

    I’m guessing he wants that one back….

  146. Keith says:

    I don’t have enough Picaroon’s Ale for that Tony. But it sounds like a fun game.

  147. CDK says:

    Agreed.  Well said.

  148. ooder says:

    good on bylsma.. calling the league out..

    unfortunately the guy has matt cooke on his team.. sooo

     

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  149. Top Corner says:

    Crackin’ a few beers for breakfast too ??  LMAO   Love those tourneys…..My league has the WORST times…..last ones available…10:45 / 11 pm….egh…you dont sleep untill 3am….LOL

  150. RGM says:

    I think that’s the first time someone’s ever accused Cammalleri of not talking.

    Go Habs Go!

  151. Jdub1985 says:

    Cammy wins

  152. Jdub1985 says:

    I love it cause when the game is over its lunch time for me :)

    Are we to see a JM 40 min PK?

    Hope not.

    Mara should tell Neal to try and act tough without the sheild.

     

     

    ——-

    No Malkin, No Crosby, No problem. NEXT!

  153. Keith says:

    PJ Stock is a POS!

  154. punkster says:

    Hey, no big deal. He was the voice of the Leafs I remember so well in the 80s. He was great.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  155. Danno says:

    Pouliot alone would warrant an intervention

     

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

  156. smiler2729 says:

    Sometimes, I play at 8:30 am in some tourneys.

  157. t1tan5 says:

    I agree that his dramatic calls are indeed great, but his performance during normal situations in the game leave something to be desired.

  158. smiler2729 says:

    Re Bob Cole comments.

    All funny comebacks and maybe a little true but you the viewer are watching the game do you really need some guy holding your hand thru it?

    Bob Cole’s voice, cadence and knowing when to raise the excitement level are still classic Gallivanesque!

  159. punkster says:

    Didn’t like that sequence at the end there. Pens trying to start something chippy.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  160. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Pleks and Cammy have had no chemistry all year, yes… I know they were in on the goal, but overall they do not jive….no communication whatsoever.

  161. Danno says:

    Hammer’s bum tapped by Price. Good sign.

     

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

  162. Larry says:

    Carey has been SO painfully close to a few more shutouts this year as well. He could easily be in double digits now. Just a fantastic performance all around. He has had, maybe, two off nights all season. Incredible consistency in that pressure cooker.

  163. Cape Breton says:

    Right on bud. Like Wilson says, a slapshot off the toe is comparable violence as an arm/elbow shot angled right off the noggin into that post that knocked our poor guy into next week compliments of Mr. Chara. Of course like u say, Mr. Cherry will no doubt give us a bunch of crap later on, for sure.

  164. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Stop with all the CP Vezina yap — fercryinoutloud. How much ammo do you want his agent to have at the end of next year?

    Remember what happened after fans voted him and Komi into the All-Star game.

    It’s a team sport after all.

    However, if CP is the Stanley Cup MVP this year – then all bets off.

     

     

  165. Rugger says:

    Moen, Mara and Weber I think also played very well today.  Mara winning against Talbot kept that from being a potential turning point.

  166. habs001 says:

    pk while still makes some mistakes you can see that besides his talent he has very good hockey sense about where he is on the ice and what play is developing…pouliot on the other hand  has talent but is lacking hockey sense on how to utilize his talents and when opportunities occurs on the ice take advantage of them…

  167. G-Man says:

    Sweet. Great effort by Price, who led the Habs today. Great finish in their limited chances but what a great 3rd period to seal it. Put the Pens to sleep.

  168. novahab says:

    What makes me sick is the poor people of Japan are suffering and Bettman gets of the hook because hes knocked of the front page. Then we have to listen to that idoit Wilson on the CBC are you kidding me. Now you know what Cherry is going to say. I hope Buffalo blows them out of the water tonight and shuts up all those a-holes.

  169. Number31 says:

    That really helped heal my shattered hockey heart. Love the way the guys played today. Perfect team game. Price was awesome.

  170. HardHabits says:

    If he plays like this next season too whether he wins a trophy or trophies will be moot. Price will be due for a raise regardless. His play is worthy of both Hart and Vezina considerations already IMO.

    However I also believe that the final outcome will depend on his play-off performances as well.

  171. HNS says:

    Another new Banner hangin from the rafters would be sweet and grabbing it from those hand banana booins would be sweeter…..Oopps, too much mexican today. Gonna take a Chara,    later….

  172. Cape Breton says:

    It looks like a basement Mr. Boone. I admire you for having such a popular website coming from an everyday, ordinary dude like urself. I log in at least 4 times a day. No Bullshit’ I really enjoy your stuff. As well as Hickey’s and Mio’s, and Stubbs’ and everybody else’s. Keep up the great work.

  173. Danno says:

    It’s actually not his basement. It’s a set made to look like one built by HI/O props department at a cost of $4.9 million. Hey it’s a bargain compared to what our dear leader is willing to spend on CF-18 fighter jets.

     

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

  174. Nahlsy says:

    You won’t like that there are several sources (US sources at that) starting to put the Hart next to Price’s name as well. A Goalie loses his top three defenders for significant(/all season/most of the season/) amounts of time and still compiles a run like this after the crud he had to deal with last year….. Can’t say I wouldn’t love to see him vindicated with a Hart for the heart he’s shown.

  175. Larry says:

    Well Cherry did exactly what I thought he would do. Blame the Habs, blame Molson and the Bell. His montage, not one of those show the guy directing his head into the stanchion. Chara, when you watch it closely DIRECTS Maxs head into it. He meant to hurt him, not that bad, I will give him that, but he meant to hurt him.

    And what a complete lack of respect. Know the guys name before you go out there and do your blow hard piece

  176. Cape Breton says:

    I’ve have actually been to Churchill’s Bunker…If only we could send Harper and his cronies there! and maybe drop a few bunker-busters their way, maybe they will be kind enough to protect their single malts! Chivas Regal 18 yr MMMmmmmm…Or A Glenlivit 12 yr…Stay safe and remember Harper still Knows the Bush…He might have a spare bunker buster for you too. Keep your head down! Stay safe my friend Boone.

    Cape Breton…At least I know Harper will not send one my way!

  177. OneTimer says:

    I just saw the game, awesome bounce-back win! A few thoughts:

    - as Boone et al have said, a dominant road game by the Habs. I know the Penguins are without their superstars. But with the Habs’ brilliant defensive play and goaltending, the ’09 Cup champs didn’t look dangerous all game. They looked helpless. And that was impressive.

    -holy moly, I can’t stand the CBC’s weasely anti-Habs bias! Whether it’s calling Cammy “shifty” – how about “great player”? – or dumping on the Habs’ “boring” shutdown style…it’s so obvious. Newsflash, CBC. Montreal plays the type of hockey that wins playoff series. How about you give them a little more credit, rather than a single backhanded compliment at the end of the game. >:(

    - so, what’s the deal with Bylsma pulling the goalie at 3-0? Does this seem petty to anyone else, to risk a (more likely) empty-netter only to bust Carey Price’s shutout out of spite? I’m so glad we still got it, CP was really impressive today and he really deserved it. Also, how excited did Bob Cole sound that the Penguins might score in the dying minutes? Haha, eat it, Hab-hater.

    - on a final note, Jordan Staal took a really mean errant stick while on the bench. Looks like it really hurt. Broken jaw? Broken tooth? Either way, looks like it really hurt, and I feel bad for the guy. Perhaps slightly overrated, but J. Staal is a good, honest hockey player who’s had it really rough in the last year. I hope he’s OK.

    Justin

  178. Danno says:

    I really like the look of this…

    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern/Northeast/Canadiens.html

     

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

  179. Cape Breton says:

    I have little respect for our PM either.

  180. Mike Boone says:

    I like to think of it as a bunker. I’ve got enough canned food and single malt to last me five years if Harper ever gets a majority.

  181. Cape Breton says:

    Carey has been amazing all year. God luv ‘im.

  182. Larry says:

    Oh My God did they ever eh? That is all Cole talked about for the last 5 minutes.

  183. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Good to know. ‘Nuff said.

    Sweeping statements are not my specialty.

  184. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t get RDS. I might be lucky and get it on a stream…. if not, the Crosby Corp will have to do. It’s rare they even show the Habs in my region.

    There’s always the mute button.

  185. habs-hampton says:

    I agree, a short suspension would have allowed Chara to say he did his time and then move on. Now he will always be the guy that got away with one because of favoritism.

  186. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Ignore my name, I’m from Nova Scotia, and trust me, not everyone down here is so enamoured with Sid the Kid.  We don’t like pompous and we don’t like weird parents.  All I’m gonna say. 

  187. HardHabits says:

    Let’s grab this division BizNatches.

  188. Chuck says:

    Well, CBC did everyting that they could to jinx it!

  189. punkster says:

    Think this will put a sock in Stock? Naaa, he’ll have something dumbass to say in a couple of minutes.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  190. Rugger says:

    Had a nice discussion with a big Bruins fan at Rugby practice on the beach this morning, very sensible, he said he was sorry Chara did not get a 2-3 game suspension so it would be over and done with, now, Chara and the Bruins will have to live with it for the year.

  191. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    He’s a robot numbnuts.

    CBC bashing Crosby…uummm…who’s the crackhead, so for you, they don’t pump up his image enough.

    You are kidding?

    And don’t bring the kids crap into this, their innocent bystanders or publicity ploys.

    Keep your Crosby bias in N.S.

    “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  192. JF says:

    From a Bruins point of view, he’s right that a suspension would have been better.  I’m sure most of the guys on that team, whatever they say publicly, think there should have been a suspension.  Plus they know that most of the hockey world thinks the same way. The aftermath seems to be affecting their game, since they’ve given up leads in two successive games.  Long may it continue!  For the Habs, on the other hand, what happened should bring them even closer together as a team.

  193. Keith says:

    I think it’s attainable. The way the team has come together since the Chara/Pacioretty incident, my answer is yes!

     

    GO HABS GO!!!

  194. habs-hampton says:

    If we don’t get at least 14 points in the last 13 games, I will very disappointed (and very surprised). I’m hoping for a 100 point season. Very reachable. 8-5-1 will do it.

  195. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    I refuse to watch those bunch of dirt bags, RDS all the way for me and if I really have to TSN.

  196. Larry says:

    You know what is amazing? The Leafs have NEVER had a 100 point season in their history.

  197. Larry says:

    I am betting Cherry defends Chara. I would be pleasant if he came out against but I would be shocked

  198. Danno says:

    With 13 games to go – and he would play most of them – it’s possible.

     

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

  199. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m rootin’ for it certainly, I think it can happen.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  200. JF says:

    Agree.  (I said something sinmilar above.)  The Bruins showed a lack of mental toughness last playoffs; hopefully this will undermine them further.  And if they meet us in the playoffs… a scenario they certainly don’t like the look of.

    As for getting bigger up front, I think we’re doing it gradually; the addition of Patch and Eller helps, and we’re generally drafting begger.  On the back end, the addition of Sopel and Mara makes our D a bit tougher.

  201. Danno says:

    Will Cherry sing from the same old song sheet as the others or will he be a maverick tonight?

     

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

  202. RGM says:

    Discussion question: Carey just notched win #33 on the year. Habs have 13 games remaining – can he hit 40?

    Go Habs Go!

  203. punkster says:

    Hey Boone…you can go back upstairs and change out of your PJs now.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  204. mrhabby says:

    agree on the bigger up front..

    not sure bruins care all that much. there quickly gaining on the flyers as the dirtiest team around. i like joe thortons comment a few days ago..bruins get special treatment.

    ps..i don’t expect much out of the gm meetings. if more sponsors came out and more players it would add more pressure.  still many neanderthals running teams not to mention media types.

  205. Thomas says:

    haha, I love it, Boone’s a legend

  206. Rugger says:

    Magic number down to 18 points

  207. Keith says:

    So the idiots on CBC are making fun of Mario? Did I miss something?

  208. Chuck says:

    Boone’s videos scare me.

  209. Rugger says:

    Yes, Chara should live with it forever if he has a soul, but what I think the guy meant is it will definately be a detriment to the B’s larger than missing Chara for X number of games and by the way he did not try to defend him and agreed that Chara’s hand/elbow left Max no choice but to hit the post.  All in all a much more sane discussion than I expected.

  210. HardHabits says:

    I think the whole incident is going to get into the Bruins’ heads far worse than they’d admit. The amount of negative energy that team is contending with, the self doubt, etcetera can and hopefully will disrupt them considerably.

    Don’t forget the Habs have been beating bigger, badder Bruins teams at hockey regardless how much they try and thug it up.

    I still want to see the Habs get bigger up front to counter the abuse but never to resort to those tactics. The Habs have always represented skill as well as toughness, but gentlemanly toughness, not thuggish brutality.

  211. Danno says:

    This game goes out to Max!

     

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

  212. mrhabby says:

    nice win..nothing spectacular , a boring kinda martin win. tough games coming up. i hope sopel is around soon enough.

     

    ps..i can’t wait for the old geezer tonight..

  213. nova scotia vees says:

    People like you MAKE ME SICK.  The CBC has done nothing but bash Sidney Crosby, led by idiot Cherry, since he came into the league.  Geeez…imagine a moron like you taking issue with showing Sid visiting with sick kids.  Crawl back in your cave neanderthal.

     

  214. Keith says:

    So we have inferiour ability do we MacLame?

  215. HardHabits says:

    <sarcasm>Yeah I know. All an announcer needs to do is mention the word “shut-out” and it’s a sure goal. Unbelievable how Price managed to preserve the goose egg with CBC mentioning the word who’s name shall not be mentioned. I’ve got some used voodoo dolls for sale if you’re interested.</sarcasm>

  216. twilighthours says:

    Possibly the most boring game I’ve ever watched.  And exactly what was needed.

  217. Keith says:

    A victory for the Jedi over the Dark side of the Force! GO HABS GO!!!

  218. Danno says:

    The System® is all!

     

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

  219. dhenry1234 says:

    crazy interview with mara

  220. punkster says:

    Never underestimate The System!

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  221. smiler2729 says:

    Live with it for the year?? How about live with it forever.

  222. Chuck says:

    All hail the System!

  223. HardHabits says:

    Can you please stop asking this stupid question.

  224. Danno says:

    Price. Only one shutout behind Rogie Vachon and three behind Georges Vezina.

     

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

  225. punkster says:

    I hope the Leafs get a SHUTOUT tonight, don’t you?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  226. Shiloh says:

    Nice win – sorta boring in parts, but nice. Cammalleri busting out at a nice time of year.

  227. dhenry1234 says:

    Just curious. Whats the status on Markov? How’s his rehab coming? could he make it back for playoffs?

  228. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    The CBC ( Crosby Broadcast Corp.) is in full lament for their “kid”, bashing the Habs for playing like Jersey, ruining their afternoon w/ their neutral zone pressure. The bias towards the Pitts is sickening coming from a Canadian broadcast…and Carey w/ the 0 just to salten the wound. Priceless.

     ”The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  229. danedmunds says:

    vezina anyone?

  230. Keith says:

    SHUTOUT!!!!! Way to go PRICEY!!!

     

    And Big Paulie Mara for a star of the game as well!

  231. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carey Price, more shutouts any goalie since Ken Dryden tended Net for Montreal.

    Not bad.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  232. PrimeTime says:

    F#k you NHL and HNIC!!!

  233. Danno says:

    Nice job Carey!

    Martin getting a little carried away with the celebration there. I saw him shake some hands.

     

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

  234. Cape Breton says:

    And how about as boring as 2 men fishing,  like Millen said. Indeed if it was Toronto playing and beating Pitt tday well, you know, eh?

  235. HNS says:

    Who’s Thomas?………Eat my arse Chara….

  236. Chuck says:

    Love the avatar, btw.

  237. Danno says:

    Mr. Flippy Floppy is now playing with a team that has a dark cloud hanging over it. They are already on a losing skid. Thomas is going to be dragged down along with the rest of the team by the Chara spiral of shame.

     

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

  238. spcbrass says:

    Double digit shutout numbers & 40+ wins and he’s got a decent shot at it.

  239. 1010 says:

    During the nhl power rankings segment yesterday Bill Clement  named Price as the leading Vezina candidate.

     GO HABS…

  240. JIMVINNY says:

    If he can get to 40 wins, 10 shutouts, and get his GAA below 2.20, he has a good chance.  Everyone knows the injury problems we’ve had, especially on defence, and I think that might count for a lot if he can get into the top 3 in all the major stats.

  241. larisalapointe says:

    Floppy’s numbers have fallen to earth…it is possible and likely if this continues.

  242. C3P1 says:

    ok here’s a question on price. does ANYONE see him overtaking thomas for the vezina?  I mean I hate floppy mcfloppersteen as mush as anyone but his numbers are out of control. anyone see it happening?

  243. SeriousFan09 says:

    Final stretch, Carey gets to 40Ws, his GAA goes down and his save % goes up, it’s very arguable, but so is the Hart. Carey’s been playing w/o Markov this season essentially and Gorges out more than half the year. MTL has lived and died on his season and it’s been magnificent for a young man not even in his prime. Thomas has always enjoyed a stout defence this season, that ape Chara has been keeping him out of trouble all year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  244. Nahlsy says:

    Forget the Vezina, it’s time to debate the Hart

  245. OneTimer says:

    I don’t care who wins the Vezina; give it to  the flopper for all I care. Carey Price is the better goaltender. He’s making amazing saves in every single game, and he just oozes confidence now. The future looks bright for us.

  246. punkster says:

    LOL…NAG Rules!!!

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  247. SLYDER says:

    Boone,

     

    Habs have been just as sloppy – they have just capitalized on their opportunities…you cant be telling me you forgot that one post very early on?

  248. larisalapointe says:

    haha, yes still excellent but considering he was 1.50 and 9.50 (approximate) over the season until about 2 months ago, that’s quite the drop.

  249. C3P1 says:

    I dont know about “fallen to earth”… a 2.03 and .938 is still unrealy.  god I hate him, price overtaking him would be awesome.  especially because he plays in front of such a worse defense.  thanks for your responses guys just wanted to make sure I wasnt crazy thinking so!

  250. Danno says:

    Can someone please explain because I’m confused. Is there some kind of contest going on to see who can make the most assinine, stupid and/or ignorant remarks about hockey violence? There must be a huge money involved because there’s plenty of competition for the prize.

     

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

  251. RGM says:

    Don’t worry, it’s all meant to gear up to Cherry tonight, who will no doubt trump ‘em all.

    Go Habs Go!

  252. smiler2729 says:

    Well put it this way.

    Cherry hates Europeans, Cherry likes North American players especially the gritty fearless ones preferrably from Kingston, ON.

    BUT! Cherry loves the Bruins and loathes the Habs. Chara’s a Boston Bruin and Pacioretty’s a Montreal Canadien.

    Tough one to call. Cherry likes the sound of his own voice and doesn’t really like to be a follower so I doubt he’ll take the National Headshot League partyline and call it a hockey play gone wrong. I DO THINK he’ll blame the Bell Centre.

    In the end, who really cares what Cherry thinks anyway?

  253. jew4jah says:

    i’m not looking forward to hearing cherry defend chara but is it possible that the biggot clown will surprise us all?

     

    chara = חרה

  254. Rudy says:

    Didn’t Mike say Moen would only score once more this season?

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  255. Danno says:

    Hear me now, believe me later. It will be the Bruins’ demise…

    The Chara Spiral of Shame®

     

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

  256. Larry says:

    I tend to agree with that. i think Boston is doomed now and I think the wave that was annointing Thomas earlier is going to have a good look at Carey, and what he has been up against with the injuries and all. If he finishes strong he is a candidate for both Vezina and Hart

  257. Habifax says:

    When Cooke and Rupp went after Webber and Suban the referee was looking at the whole thing in front of the Habs net. Cooke was pushing Webber and trying to get him to fight. The puck was down the other end of the ice. Why was the whislte not blown straight away and penalties not called? I say because they wanted to see a fight start. This is part of how the NHL plans to ‘sell’ the game in the USA. They want fighting and violence. If a referee sees players pushing and shoving with the puck in the other zone doesn’t it deserve a immediate whistle and penalties? Or maybe I am wrong maybe pushing and shoving trying to start a fight is a ‘hockey play’.

  258. shootdapuck says:

    Could it be most “hockey fans” south of the border see the game as an extension of MMA!

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  259. punkster says:

    Oh DD.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  260. Keith says:

    PRICEY!!!! What a save!!!

  261. Jdub1985 says:

    Tough guy with a visor got robbed.

  262. larisalapointe says:

    Our team looks really good after the “event”. No Crosby and Malkin= NY Rangerslike.

  263. RGM says:

    “The goalies are having a not-so-difficult time” say Bob Cole 20 seconds before Mike Cammalleri makes it 3-0.

    Go Habs Go!

  264. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Cammy! Pens are a mess today

  265. temekuhabs says:

    YEESSSSSSSSSSSS!

  266. punkster says:

    Hohohoho….it’s Christmas again!

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  267. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jordan Staal: Selke Trophy my ***.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  268. RGM says:

    And Fleury gets pulled. LOL

    Go Habs Go!

  269. Shiloh says:

    Nah – Halpern can’t play on that line. What patience!!!

  270. punkster says:

    It was a leading question really. I know where you’re going with this. Take your head out of the 70s and get with the program.

    (and there’s a setup line for you so take your shot)

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  271. Graves says:

    Wow! That was pretty. Great patience by Halpern.

  272. zozotheclown says:

    Wow that is some bad D, awesome.

  273. Thenumber11 says:

    Great patience to take advantage of that clustercuss.

  274. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CAMMALLERI! 

    WHAT A PASS BY HALPERN!

    OUT GOES FLUERY!

  275. punkster says:

    Just curious. Why the visor comments?

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  276. Danno says:

    Et encore un autre arret spectaculaire de Price!

     

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

  277. Keith says:

    Microbrew is the way to go dude.

  278. t1tan5 says:

    Beauty of a play by Halpern!

  279. petrov14 says:

    CAMMALLERI!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  280. Danno says:

    The Price is right!

     

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

  281. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Stick ‘em up Neale

     

  282. smiler2729 says:

    The Game’s first PP… Boone, I’ve had several, drinking this Miller Lite I brought back from the States… yuk yuk yuk

  283. Shiloh says:

    Huge save!

  284. icemachine says:

    Carey! Carey!

     

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  285. Jdub1985 says:

    Cooke  + Neal  = visors

  286. Shiloh says:

    Went upstairs to make a sandwich – luckily I put the kitchen TV on to see Black Snake Moen pop a dandy.

  287. smiler2729 says:

    I think Fleury is just scared sh*tless whenever Moen shoots at him! Last year in the playoffs and today, Travis needs to play the PP vs the Pens.

  288. punkster says:

    And another dramatic protest from PK. He better watch out.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  289. smiler2729 says:

    I know… it was cheap

  290. Habnofear says:

    Wilson…”If I coach a team and the team SUCKS  ,should I get blamed? We got to be careful here!”

  291. icemachine says:

    http://instantrimshot.com/index.php?sound=rimshot&play=true

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  292. ooder says:

    guys lets be honest… that was a pretty reckless hit by weber…

    although i dont really feel bad for matt cooke

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  293. Graves says:

    Agreed. Bad spot and no puck.

  294. Mike Boone says:

    Agreed

  295. Danno says:

    Wilson is the prelude or the trial buffoon for the speech that Cherry’s going to give tonight.

     

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

  296. Nine1one says:

    Boone could you clarify Mario is freaking out on Matt Cooke


  297. zerolegel says:

    well, you got the point.

  298. jew4jah says:

    took me a second too….

    mario tremblay on RDS

     

    chara = חרה

  299. Graves says:

    Wilson: “If I get hit in the head with a puck…”

    If only, Ron, if only.

  300. spcbrass says:

    I’m thinking he’s been hit in the head by one puck too many!

  301. Chuck says:

    Greta. Get ready for a HAB-PROFESSORPALOOZA tonight…

  302. showey47 says:

    Ian schultz gets his first ahl goal.

  303. Danno says:

    The sniper pose! Cammy’s back. MAF leaves in a flurry and a hurry.

    Winning it for Patches!

     

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

  304. Cape Breton says:

    Folks, piss on the Vezina, with Pricey leading the way, we just might win the Cup. Bring on the playoffs!

  305. Shiloh says:

    So if this goalie sucks will Bylsma have to pull his Johnson in front of a packed house?

  306. punkster says:

    Well, I think that…oh…I see….

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  307. jew4jah says:

    could this be the 4th 4-1 game in row?

    chara = חרה

  308. MikeMcLaren says:

    I think it would be better to see 21,273 people in the stands wearing eye PATCHES.  (That would be a very cheap handout for the Canadiens)

    Sure, it would look like a pirate convention, but it would hit every highlights package across North America and bring some attention to the show of support.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  309. Danno says:

     

     

    Great idea C3P1. We will never forget what happened to our number 67 on game number 67.

    History will be made…

    http://dennis-kane.com/

     

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

  310. GrimJim says:

    Here’s my idea, a “MAxPac” chant during the pre-game introductions for every game until he returns. And whenever Chara is in the Bell Centre instead of booing him, chant “MaxPac”. Never let him forget what he did (and almost did)…

  311. Keith says:

    Getting chippy now! PP time to make it 4-0!

  312. moser17 says:

    some great goals, but kind of a quiet, boring game … the Pens fans are mute … and even Bob Cole just said he hasn’t heard a crowd in Pittsburgh this quiet in some time … and now I have to go check whether I’m having an onset of early dementia because I think I just endorsed one of Bob Cole’s in-commentary observations …

  313. drivefor25 says:

    If you need a laugh after the emotional roller-coaster of the past few days, check out the latest DownGoesBrown column on “The NHL’s application form for new owners.”

    I loved this particular question: “Hey, you’re not planning to be one of those owners who write open letters, are you?”

    ( ) What?

    ( ) No sir!

     

    Fan since ’71

  314. Keith says:

    GO MARA GO!!!

  315. Jdub1985 says:

    Wow … two fighters going at it …thats how you build energy. 

    I thought the only way to get your team going was getting your goon to run the opposing star player into a sanction.

  316. Rudy says:

    AK needs to stay put with Eller, he doesn’t do well switching lines

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  317. Rugger says:

    the big bad Penguins going after DD and Weber and running away from White.

  318. Keith says:

    Oh yeah! Cooke gonna fight Weber? What a goon!

  319. Jdub1985 says:

    Pens have to have an extra here!

  320. showey47 says:

    Price saves hamrlik’s ass.

  321. showey47 says:

    Big fan of mara.

  322. larisalapointe says:

    I never thought I ‘s say this, but I’m disliking these fights alot…just dumb.

  323. Keith says:

    Glad we got Big Paulie back!

  324. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Really impressed with the way Mara has played for us this time round, he’s been steady defensively and he can chuck em when needed.

  325. Shiloh says:

    Way to go Mara.

  326. Keith says:

    Wiz almost kept that in.

  327. HardHabits says:

    Stanchion

  328. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Both Cammalleri and Gomez seem to be hitting a bit of a stride of late…if those two get going  Montreal will be just fine.

  329. shootdapuck says:

    Subban just too cute with the one hand on the stick BS!

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  330. HardHabits says:

    It’s the crowd response that’s dumb. They should be cheering louder. JUST KIDDING!!!

  331. habs001 says:

    ak46 starting to turn into the ak46 we love most of the time..lol…i just dont get this guy

  332. Jdub1985 says:

    found your place on this site fixing typos … mazel tov

  333. Keith says:

    We are NOt going to be intimadated! By the opposition OR the NHL!

  334. Graves says:

    So much for the Penguins being the un-Broonz.

  335. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Oh god, get Cooke away from Subban NOW

  336. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOOK AT THOSE FACKERS GOING AT SUBBAN.

    F YOU ALL BAST&*^%

  337. Thenumber11 says:

    Give him what ever extra penalty you want, what White does in these situations is valuable. He consistantly looks out for the other guys, and he’s fearless. He’s shown a willingness to match up against it seems any size opponent. 

     

    Well he didn’t get called, but even if he did I like the way he plays. 

  338. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Look how tough these c*cksuckers are going after 22 year olds.

  339. Shiloh says:

    So we are penalized why???????

  340. larisalapointe says:

    A few more fights and the crowd gets loud. You’re right on. lol

  341. HardHabits says:

    Writing stacnhion would be a typo. Writing sanction displays a lack or regard for the language.

  342. ooder says:

    pretty reckless play by weber there… but its matt cooke so its all good

    however..major props to ryan white!

    im lving this kid.. doesnt let his teammates get ssmacked around

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  343. temekuhabs says:

    Cooke goes after Weber..wants nothing to do with White, that Cooke is a gutless puke! I’d would’ve like to see White kick his ass!

  344. HardHabits says:

    I was about to say at least the Pens aren’t Bruining the game when down by 3.

  345. Shiloh says:

    Fine edit.

  346. MICP says:

    With these videos from Boone, I am starting to think of him as the godfather.  

    If any thing happens to Chara my money says Boone did it.

  347. Mike Boone says:

    Chara sleeps with the fishes. And now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to enjoy my daughter’s wedding.

  348. WestHab says:

    swell idea

  349. notbigbird says:

    Al Pern made it happen.

  350. Jdub1985 says:

    Cammy knows his role – on his knees!

    Pen killer at work!

  351. smiler2729 says:

    I don’t know how much fact is in it but Bob McCown yesterday said that Crosby’s family are trying to talk him into quitting for the sake of his future health, that Sid has pretty much accomplished everything at age 24 and placing himself at risk of further concussion damage is not smart.

    Now what would Gary do if the National Headshot League’s BEST player, its marquee showpiece, its icon hung ‘em up at 24 due to head injury?

  352. petrov14 says:

    Johnson comes in……Dont fight THAT guy Carey!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  353. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Soooooo close DD!

  354. Bigdawg says:

    gotta love Ron Wilson “If i trip a player and he goes into the net and breaks his collarbone should I get suspended?” – Hell yes that is exactly what this is about!!!! tripping is illeagle and if you trip and cause an injury you should be disciplined. Doesn’t take much to figure that out.

     

    I’m an oxyMORON -love the leafs and the habs

  355. Jdub1985 says:

    What happened to Kovy’s goldilocks?

  356. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wow, Bob Cole is really starting to look like the Crypt Keeper.

  357. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Wait….do they have a Tim Horton’s in Pittsburgh? Looks like Bob and Greg might be coffee trafficking

  358. Habifax says:

    I really like the way that Eller is playing lately. Seems to be playing well at both ends of the ice and with more confidence for sure.

  359. Psycho29 says:

    Fleury looks down…..No “Word Up” gesture from him today????

  360. punkster says:

    Pyatt must have more underdeveloped talent and potential we’re not seeing. A future I guess.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  361. Danno says:

    The System® is stifling the Pens

     

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

  362. Keith says:

    Very pleased how the team is playing right now.

  363. Graves says:

    I really like what Mara’s brought today. Solid, physical, and smart.

  364. Psycho29 says:

    Thanks! Big Dryden fan…loved that original mask, didn’t care for his second one…

  365. HardHabits says:

    Hilarious.

  366. RGM says:

    Some faint Ole Ole chants. :)

    Go Habs Go!

  367. dhenry1234 says:

    Cammelleri…Everywhere!`–Bob Cole

  368. danedmunds says:

    haha love it

  369. Keith says:

    Cooke being a dink!

  370. projectpete19 says:

    im pretty sure yeah you would be blamed for that, legally.

  371. showey47 says:

    nice set up by DD for benny

  372. smiler2729 says:

    The Puberty Line

  373. notbigbird says:

    I think it’s nice that we have a player worth booing.

  374. Danno says:

    Must be tough without any vocal chords :-)

     

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

  375. showey47 says:

    ouch,just the thought makes it painful.

  376. Shiloh says:

    Cammy (13), Pleks (14) and Halpern (15). The Sequence Line? The (x + 1) Line? 

  377. spcbrass says:

    “If I accidently coach my team into the playoffs…”

  378. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I am shouting back from “old Europe”.

  379. Keith says:

    Almost a fourth one.

  380. Danno says:

    Don’t bother. The moment we give a line a catchy name JM disbands it.

     

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

  381. Ayan_SB says:

    You know why they boo Subban? There are a few Pens fans who actually believe that PK intentionally injured Staal with his skate.

  382. Danno says:

    Wilson – “If I drive my car through a red light and kill someone should I get blamed? You’ve got to be careful there. Not my fault the stupid light was red.”

     

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

  383. Graves says:

    You can blame Matt Cooke for that one. Wasn’t an issue until he came out and insinuated Subban was going around doing it on purpose.

  384. Keith says:

    The boy’s are putting in a pretty solid effort so far.

  385. Shiloh says:

    I think we’re going to score in the next minute.

  386. Chuck says:

    “If I choose to coach a team that routinely trades away all of its draft picks and signs overpriced, broken-down veterans, is it my fault if I have a losing record?”

  387. HardHabits says:

    I hope this game doesn’t go to a shoot-out. Neverthless a big shout out to all Habs fan world wide.

  388. Danno says:

    “If I put my wiener in a meat grinder and turn the crank a few times is it my fault I’m dickless?”

     

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

  389. Keith says:

    Who the HELL cares what Ron Wilson, Big Mouth Burke, and all the rest of the Tarranna media types think of the hit. IMO, they are part of the problem with the NHL. We need to usurp the goon faction from the NHL.

  390. HardHabits says:

    Hilarious.

  391. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wilson is a hypocritical idiot.  If it was his team, and his player, he’d be up in arms.  Since it’s a Hab, he’s like “Oh well, why’s everyone overreacting?”   I can’t stand him and that loudmouth media-whore Burke.

  392. Habifax says:

    Hey! Like your avatar. Only one that could be better is a picture of Dryden when he used to play for the National team in the days where only amateurs were allowed.

  393. Shiloh says:

    Wilson: “If I accidentally throw a match at a gas pump and it explodes and kills 10 bystanders, you gonna blame me for that?”

  394. Habifax says:

    Penguins really missing Crosby, Malkin etc… They seem to lack any finish around the net.

  395. Jdub1985 says:

    make up call

  396. t1tan5 says:

    DD misses an open net. WIIIDE open to be more specific.

  397. Keith says:

    So this is what the NHL want to sell? No wonder everyone is attacking them.

  398. JIMVINNY says:

    I just watched the NHL.com replay of the Weber/Cooke incident, and I’m not sure why some people think Weber was out of line.  Cooke was looking right at him, and they engaged at the same time.  That was simply a case of Weber being stronger, so Cooke got the worst of it, and wasn’t happy about it.

  399. Cape Breton says:

    And another thing Ian: Go SABRES Go Vs da LEAVES tonite.

  400. Cape Breton says:

    Ian, it’s 2 points behind da Boons, not 4 . And just 1 behind Tampa. GO, GO FLORIDA vs Tampa tonite !!!

  401. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two points back of BOS now Ian. Breathing down their necks, beat them on March 24th and that could clinch the whole thing.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  402. Danno says:

    I believe we’re only two points behind Boston now after this win – Boston having a game in hand.

     

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

  403. Ian Cobb says:

    The boys had a lot of jump right from the 1st minuet of the game. When they play well, they are a very good squad. When they come out flat like the last game, its over from the get go.

    This team is well bonded with each other. There is a great team spirit, and they are going to make a huge noise come play off time. Especially if they can knock the Bruins behind them, we are only 4 points back now.

  404. larisalapointe says:

    Even my grandmother woulda put that in the net.

  405. tony d says:

    with her bad hip and one hand tied behind her back (LOL)

  406. smiler2729 says:

    I play a lot of hockey too but my motto is I’d rather play it than watch it… but then again, I can always catch Canadien Express or PVR it.

  407. 21BIGGionta says:

    i hate it :p i have a game at 4 in Laval….which is an hour away from where i live..so i won’t be watching anything…sucks.

  408. showey47 says:

    Habs only 5 points behind last years season total.

  409. temekuhabs says:

    White should be out there (or Moen) everytime Cooke is, so he don’t try any shit

  410. Jdub1985 says:

    Mr. visor blows snow at Carey … wow

  411. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nothing in my box Ian, just checked.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  412. Ian Cobb says:

    Two is right.  Did you get my e-mail Robert

  413. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Moen with a one-timer?

    I think Cole would have been justified in another “What is going on in Pennsylvania?!?”

  414. Jdub1985 says:

    That all started thanks to a forced Cammy pass

  415. Graves says:

    Nice hit by Eller.

  416. Danno says:

    Thank you Alex. Still a Canadien

     

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

  417. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Nice play by Gomez to intercept that clearing pass.

  418. doogmac says:

    MOEN  – top six forward!!

  419. geo_habsgo says:

    Always knew he had those soft baby-angel hands. 

    With a confidence-stint in hamilton he will become our premiere offensive talent. 

  420. 100HABS says:

    Byslma is saying they talked about it in the room and that the onus should be put on the player doing the hitting. This basically says that Pens, as a team, believe Chara should be suspended.

  421. Keith says:

    F-off Knob Hole!

  422. Shiloh says:

    How is that not icing?

  423. notbigbird says:

    Interesting Staal tactics.

  424. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Star # 1 Travis Moen

    Star #2 Mike Cammalleri

    Star #3 Carey Price

  425. HabinBurlington says:

    Yes will be very interesting to hear the reports next few days.  Of course was great watching Ron wilson comparing Max pac to when a shot is blocked with feet, or better yet he said if he gets hit with a puck in the head will there be a rule.

    How about next game we start firing shots Wilson on the bench until they make it a rule we can’t!

  426. showey47 says:

    Leaf prospect joe colbourne laid out in a marlies game with a blind side hit. They haven’t said concussion but it is very possible. Looking forward to seeing the leaf media do a 180 in all their opinions they have made in the last 4 days.

  427. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Agree,  put Carey there for the SO. That’s 8… Mara played a good solid game. Nice win…

  428. Keith says:

    Mara should be a 3 star for sure!

  429. Danno says:

     

     

    *Re-posted from the other page…

     

    I had an idea the other day and maybe it’s crazy but I’ll share it with you anyways.

    And perhaps Geoff Molson reads this site from time to time and may like what I am about to suggest.

    Molson’s produces many fine beverages. The company recently released a beer called Molson Canadian 67 which is a calory-reduced beer with only 67 calories per bottle.

    I was thinking about Max Pacioretty who is number 67 of the Montreal Canadiens.

    And wouldn’t it be a noble gesture for the company to donate some of the proceeds of the sales of Molson Canadian 67 to the cause of fair play, sportsmanship and the movement against violence in hockey?

    In light of the tragic events which have occured to our beloved #67 of the Montreal Canadiens I see it as possibly being one more way the Molsons can continue to exert pressure on the NHL to change its attitude — towards such an unacceptable situation which is being allowed to continue without any appropriate response by the league.

    We will never forget what happened to Max. And maybe this idea could help the cause just a little bit.

    A video promoting Molson Canadian 67

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=274-qc0FZ3s

     

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

  430. C3P1 says:

    I would agree, i think that is a great idea.  What I want to see at the next game at the bell centre is everyone wear no. 67 in warmup, I think that would be a sight to see

  431. DearyLeary says:

    I like it, I might actually buy a case of the stuff if that were the case.

  432. Danno says:

     

     

    About 75 concussions in the NHL this year and counting.

    And all we get from Bettman, Murphy and Campbell is like those three monkeys…

    See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak on evil.

     

    http://oneyearbibleimages.com/hear_see_speak_no_evil_hg_wht.gif

     

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

  433. Deano says:

    Too bad Ken Dryden’s intellect is wasted on politics (where he is limited by the bumbling of his friends and foes) … he would make a perfect commissioner.

  434. yathehabsrule says:

    Also a shame he used his hockey intellect by taking a job with the Leafs, at a time where he could have been used and treated better in Montreal.

    ___________________________________________

    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  435. tbovs says:

    There has to be……HAS TO BE!!!!…Some way to end this garbage..i.e. get rid ofthe current brain trust.  I am almost used to Bettman being a jerk and indefferent to injuries in the NHL…but when you call out one of your major sponsors and throw a school yard diss at their feet….its time for you to go.   Especially because of the retarded bias Campbell and Murphy have shown and as well as the actions there of by not suspending Chara…They need to go.

    I have not seen this much idiocy in  short period of time before by so called leaders of our game than from the Richard riots which also involved a Campbell.

    It just seems like there is no way out.   Bettman gets his contract renewed and Campbell and Murphy are still holding eachothers you know whats and things just aren’t going to change.

    There is no petition or amount of missing sponsorship dollars that will end Bettman, Campbell, Murphy and we’ll throw in Daly for good measure…cause seriosly …. what does he actually do except be bald…really….reign.  They aren’t going anywere.  So unless we fire up a good ole coup detat at least how I see it…..WE ARE STILL SCREWED!!

     

    GO HABS GO

  436. DearyLeary says:

    Oh, damn… i forgot this was an afternoon game.

  437. Keith says:

    Personally, I can’t listen to those guys. I think Bob Cole is really suffering from some sort of dementia, seriously. It’s sad.

  438. smiler2729 says:

    Cole calls a great game

  439. Exit716 says:

    I believe he’s calling a 1969 encounter between the Habs and Penguins.

     

  440. punkster says:

    Anybody know which game Cole is calling? Is it this one? Hard to tell. No idea why I’m watching this one CBC really other than just curious to hear what they have to say about things.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  441. Danno says:

    Pyatt can’t buy it.

     

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

  442. shootdapuck says:

    Pyatt falls, Pyatt overskates, Pyatt misses the net.

    Just another Pyatt performance.

     

     

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  443. Shiloh says:

    Shoot, Yannick!

  444. Keith says:

    That was a bad sequence of events.

  445. punkster says:

    Oh boy…Keystone Kops in the last 2 minutes.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  446. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Pyatt = zero…get Dawes up here ffs

  447. habs001 says:

    could pyatt become a d? lol…sorry pyatt you try but i have seen very few pro players that have his lack of instincts on offense…

  448. habs001 says:

    3 lines now have players who may not score more than one goal for the rest of the season(moen,pyatt,white) and the other line has halpern who has scored but seems out of place with plecks and camm

  449. Shiloh says:

    Benny with AK and Eller – could be a great line.

  450. Graves says:

    It’s crazy how much more comfortable Pouliot looks when the spotlight’s off him.

  451. C3P1 says:

    HUGE game for les boys today.  I feel good about it! let’s see what we can do!

  452. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WELL EARNED WIN.

    SHUTOUT AGAIN.

    CA-REY! CA-REY! CA-REY!

  453. RGM says:

    Great team win!

    Go Habs Go!

  454. petrov14 says:

    S-O Price! I might yet grow to like afternoon games.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  455. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    I hate afternoon hockey, but the Yanks luv it…Go Habs Go !! This one is for Max…hell, all of ‘em are. Get ‘er done !!

  456. Keith says:

    I’m still not really into the game today. It’s a really nice day back in Freddy Beach, having a beer, I’d rather be outside getting the Hog ready for the spring, but I love the Habs. Do it for Max boy’s!!! GO HABS GO!!!

  457. Josh says:

    Sniper Moen on the Gomez line? This game is in the bag.

  458. C3P1 says:

    win it for the hero boys! let’s go

  459. showey47 says:

    cmon carey take a shot at the open net if you get the chance.

  460. punkster says:

    Nice game. Just what was needed.

    ***STOP THE MADNESS***

  461. fuhgawz says:

    start the game already

  462. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    GO HABS GO!!!

    HELL YEAH!

  463. bbezza says:

    Boone you’re hilarious.

    You should try saturday MORNING hockey as we call it here on the left coast…

    just back from a long walk in the rain and now ready for some hockey…

    Go Habs Go !!!

  464. Danno says:

    If Don Cherry comes down hard on Bettman and Charra, it will be a defining moment bigger than when the Pope finally said it’s okay to use condoms.

     

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

  465. SeriousFan09 says:

    Latendresse hurt again. Lower body

    Poutine gravy burns on his legs again?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  466. SeriousFan09 says:

    Going to have to be careful when Cooke is on the ice, he’ll be hunting PK.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  467. Habifax says:

    Yes that’s my point the NHL strategy to sell the game in the USA is to promote the fighting/violence angle. I’m convinced of that. This is the main reason the Chara hit is a ‘hockey play’.

  468. Nine1one says:

    ahh lol 

  469. Keith says:

    Almost got one in close.

  470. Graves says:

    The beard is loose!

  471. jew4jah says:

    team 990 plays him everyday if i’m not mistaken.  (i doubt they get it for free)*  and everyday i don’t care & i’m not interested in what he says.  but today, i’m interested, because he does represent something, like it or not.  he represents the CBC as they put him & keep him there as their moronic mouthpiece.

    *i’m sure boone, hickey or even <gulp> jack todd could use the money and provide a hugely more entertaining & relevant soundbite each day in his place.

     

    chara = חרה

  472. DearyLeary says:

    Unfortunately, a lot of idiot Canadians care about what Cherry thinks.

  473. RH says:

    Matt Cooke going after Weber. Huh, I don’t hear anything from Mario Lemieux. Maybe he forgot to take the soother out of his mouth.

  474. moser17 says:

    What a save by Johnson on Desharnais …

  475. showey47 says:

    seriously DD? Even pyatt would have had a 50/50 chance of putting that one in.

  476. habs001 says:

    pyatt .00005

  477. HardHabits says:

    All this thuggery is bruining the game of hockey.

  478. Shiloh says:

    Reminiscent of Kovy on Tucker – but really stupid at this stage of the game.

  479. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, I was playing a tourney that weekend afternoon when Price shutout NYR 2-0.  I PVR’ed the game.

    It didn’t matter, I got a text from two fellow Hab fans telling me the score as soon as I got back to the dressing room.  It turns out I didn’t miss much and I got to play hockey so just play and hope it’s a snoozer.

  480. 21BIGGionta says:

    True. But there’s no way i’d be able to escape someone telling me the score. Live is better; my motto!

  481. SeriousFan09 says:

    No Orpik Boone, he’s out with injury.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.


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  1. Danno says:

    Who knows how JM’s mind works?

     

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

  2. yathehabsrule says:

    Thats what I was thinking. LOL

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  3. avatar_58 says:

    I for one am astonished the HABS for once have an ironman. I thought that wasn’t possible? We always get stuck with the injury prone or whiney (Tanguay….)

  4. Mike Boone says:

    This hockey, man. He could have anything from a broken neck to Asperger’s Syndrome.

  5. SeriousFan09 says:
    My lucky day: The Molson cannon just fired a tee-shirt into he pressbox. Guess who was in the right place at the right time?

    It hit the pressbox? Someone’s been juicing that sucker up.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  6. Danno says:

    Sort-of-rhymes-with-”loot”-bags…

    Fresh-fruit bags?

    The Molson cannon just fired a tee-shirt into he pressbox. Guess who was in the right place at the right time?

    Dustin Boyd?

     

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

  7. Chris says:

    Sitting out a few games to watch, reflect and adjust his game last year sure didn’t seem to harm Carey Price, judging from his performance.

    Sometimes you need a kick in the rear from your coach to get the message. And maybe it is something different, such as a nagging injury. With the amount that Subban gets run by the other team, I wouldn’t be shocked if that were the case. And the team certainly wouldn’t advertise it if it were the case, as the opposing players would target him even more if they knew he had a nagging injury, much the way they did when Komisarek’s nagging injuries became known in his last couple of seasons here.

  8. tony d says:

    But Mike, does the T-shirt fit?

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Craig Anderson was never starter-quality under he worked with Groulx though, he’d been bouncing around the league until a couple seasons working with Groulx and now he’s the #1 goalie for the Avalanche.

    Melanson tried to make Carey switch his style, that style that had to that point, had led him to the most successful single-season performance in junior goalie history with the WJC, CHL honours not to mention his AHL Playoff MVP title. He tried to change Price and it did nothing but damage his ability. Groulx got him back to playing the way he should play.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  10. joeybarrie says:

    PK SUBBAN’s name is on the score sheet for nhl.com.

    But does it mean he is playing???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. Thomas says:

    Could be, but then you’d think it’d be Gorges sitting, not PK.  Who knows the mind of Martin, the guy is made of stone

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gomez better work hard, he’s now 1 goal behind Ilya Kovalchuk!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  13. Chris says:

    “Looking at every goalie he’s coached they’ve all turned in great performances consistently.”

    The same could be said of Roland Melanson, with the exception of one young kid who is widely acknowledged to have had questionable work habits until he was forced by Jacques Martin to fight for his job last season.

    Price was pretty much expected to be the #1 goalie for Canada’s world junior team when he was 18, but turned in a poor season and had a poor tryout with the team, ultimately losing a job that was his to lose to Justin Pogge.  Melanson had little, if anything, to do with that failure on Price’s part.

    Price was a young kid who needed to get his butt kicked.  Martin did it, and we’re seeing the rewards of that.  I don’t see any reason to point solely to Groulx for this, as he was also in place last season when Price had his worst year as a professional.

    Instead, I think the credit belongs to Melanson & Groulx as goalie coaches, Martin as a head coach who finally forced Carey Price to become accountable as a professional hockey player and most of all to Carey Price himself for re-dedicating himself to his craft and learning the very, very hard lesson that was given to him last year when he lost his job as the #1 goalie.

    By the way, Groulx was only the goaltending coach in Florida for two seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09)…prior to that, he served as the video coach for the Panthers for two seasons after five seasons as the Ottawa Sentors’ video coach.  So I’m not sure we really have that much of a sample set on which to judge his efficacy…he’s only coached 4 goalies at the NHL level (Vokoun, Anderson, Halak and Price), with three of those goalies already somewhat establishing their career arcs before he began his tutelage.

  14. avatar_58 says:

    Btw – does anyone know what Gorges injury is? He’s playing through it lately, but what is it? When did he suffer it? I mean he gets banged up night in and night out, it’s hard to tell. Ironman-Josh is a warrior

  15. Danno says:

    Just a theory. Maybe PK was sitting not only because of his gaffes. Maybe he was tired and possibly hurting a bit. And maybe Webber’s role will be to relieve players when they need a small break from the action. It’s good to have depth in the D like that and it could result in much fewer injuries.

     

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

  16. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – I doubt that Calgary would ever let Iginla go, but if they did it would cost the Habs a fair bit.  He has two more years to go (after this year) at $7M a season so that might negate re-signing Markov.  Everyone is ready to spend the Hamrlik cap space but most of that is going to have to go to shoring up the D.  We would also have to re-sign Price and Subban in the last year of Iginla’s contract.  Our top six forwards would be making a combined $34M before we even look at the remaining 16 players.

    Then there’s what Calgary would want in return.  They need to save face with their fans (especailly after Burke picked their pocket) so at least two regulars need to go the other way.  Who would they be? Well it won’t be Boyd.   As well, they would want a top prospect, probably two.  I’m not talking about the Hamilton wannabes, it would be more like Kristo, MaxPac, or Tinordi.

    We’re talking about a premiere player who is the face of the franchise and plays for Team Canada.  He won’t come cheap.

  17. Thomas says:

    Don’t know if this is official or not, but here’s what their saying on CJAD

    http://www.cjad.com/Blog/HabsNews/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10169961

  18. Danno says:

    RDS is reporting that it could be Gorges sitting today meaning both PK and Webber would play.

     

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

  19. WarHero says:

    +1

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  20. OneTimer says:

    Haha…I don’t get it.

  21. PeterD says:

    I agree with JM if PK sits another game…the kid is very talented but still raw and needs to refine his game to be less individual and more team focused…we win or lose as a team…his flambouyance and soo bee doos are exciting but too risky in the big league…HE IS A ROOKIE!

    Sitting out a few games to watch , reflect and adjust his game will not break him..I believe it will only help improve his game and very quickly he will be even more reliable that he i.s today.

     

  22. jew4jah says:

    i say give gumby (gorges) a rest. 

    i think he’s playing hurt. (i think he always plays a bit hurt, he absorbs everything)

  23. Josh says:

    Is Gorges in the warm-up as well?

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    Groulx deserves a ton of credit, as does Habs management for hiring him. Looking at every goalie he’s coached they’ve all turned in great performances consistently.

    Martin should definitely be considered for the Adams, however this sitting Subban thing is making me skeptical. It’s very easy to see Subban is one of the best defensemen and players on this team when you look at his play in all 3 zones and the underlying numbers. Ridiculous to keep him out of the lineup in favour of Picard.

  25. Rugger says:

    So if I understand you correctly, you would prefer to have the Habs be a one D team, if PK’s out the D sucks.  I would prefer a shut out to show that no matter who plays, the D is solid.

  26. 24 Cups says:

    Pete – An interesting and detailed post.  I agree with many of your points and player evaluations. 

    Hamrlik was great last year when Markov was injured but he kind of fell apart near the end from overuse.  Spacek runs pretty hot and cold and is doomed to play the right side.  Picard seems calm, cool and collected and should be able to play 3rd pairing minutes throughout the year.  Weber has just played one game so who knows what he can handle, especially when playoff style hockey begins.

    MAB and Johnsson?  They can both move and shoot the puck but are shaky in their own end.  Health issues are are also a concern for both players.  As well, neither guy brings any kind of a physical presence to the game.  Top pair minutes?  In their dreams.

    In terms of the elusive sixth forward, I think we have to be careful when we automatically assume that MaxPac or Eller can handle the job during the playoffs.  Both these guys are pretty raw with very limited NHL experience.  They show promise but may be a few years away from being able to handle a pressure packed role.  Pouliot probably stands the best chance, but if that’s going to happen then he needs to take on the role right now.  Let him get climatized to the position before the playoffs begin.  Moen gets an A for effort but doesn’t belong on a top line.

  27. JFriedman says:

    RDS reporting Martin is sitting PK again….

    What the heck is this guy thinking!?!?!

    Mr. Molson, please fire him!

  28. WarHero says:

    Like i say, I’m knocking Subban, I love the kid!! However, what he did in Edmonton was stupid, and unfortunately, Martin won’t put up with that. I seriously dont think Martin is doing it to hurt the kid, nor to hinder his style, it’s a simple “Don’t do stupid shit like that when we are leading the game” message, nothing more. PK will get it, come back and thill us all once more … just not when were leading in the 3rd ;)

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  29. sholi2000.com says:

    If anyone other than puckdaddy wrote an article like that I’d consider it. Say Bob Mac, or Jason M lol, heck especially Julie.

    They Call Me Shane

  30. avatar_58 says:

    Hard to say, because I suggest if we lost Plekanec we’d have a far worse record. Price can only stop so many you know.

  31. darcy1 says:

    love the sharks intro that they have on that page.

  32. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I’d say so.  To put up the kind of start he has in this city, in light of all the trade controversy, fan “love,” and so on.  But if he gives up four today, trade the bum for a bag o’ pucks!

    -Dustin-

  33. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t know about you, but if I see Spacek dive and trip up a questionable breakaway one more time…….it’s like he doesn’t even attempt to over skate the guy. Just DIIIIIIIVE – SLASH – another penalty for Spacek. He drove me nuts all last season with that stuff.

    Whereras I can link a nice video of Subban not only overtaking the skater, but pokechecking the puck with touching him illegally. That to me is worth more than a failed soobie-doo or two.

  34. HardHabits says:

    It’s nice to see Price get recognized, but to be honest, I’d say no. Vezina maybe. He is playing outrageosuly well but give credit to JM’s system. Credit the Habs with making goalies look great. It’s part of their tradition. I’d love to see Price get some hardware though. One that gets his initials engraved on it. ;-)

    I seriously think JM shoud be a coach of the year candidate though. Anybody who thinks this team’s success doesn’t lie squarely on JM’s shoulders doesn’t know squat about hockey.

    Pierre Groulx (thanks for correcting me a few threads ago guys) has worked wonders with Price and has undone Melanson’s damage so he should be given kudos as well.

  35. Bob_Sacamano says:

    If true that is just a completely ridiculous decision by JM. Why not give Spacek a break or Gill? Yes, Gill is sometimes fantastic shorthanded but FFS: You scratch your most talented D-Man and let one of the slowest in the league play for the second consecutive game? I really hope we play a real bad game defensively and get a lucky and undeserved 6-5 win in OT.

  36. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Clearly this afternoon start has shaken my game.  I haven’t even gotten a chance to start thinking (drinking) yet.  Thank you for setting me straight!

    -Dustin-

  37. WarHero says:

    I’d say he pretty damn close Steve. The only other player I would look to right now is Crosby, considering the start that the Pens had. That kid is a hockey machine.

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  38. Just A Guy says:

    In this world of equals, one should always carry a measuring stick.

  39. christophurrr says:

    that article is barely readable. so many ads and other stupid shit strewn throughout. damn yahoo!

     

    he’s gotta be considered at this point, though.

  40. OneTimer says:

    What are you talking about Dustin, being an HI/O member entitles us to second guess every one of the coach’s decisions! Don’t you know we’re on the same level as him? Shape up your attittude son ;)

  41. RJB says:

    Anybody know why we are playing at 2, is Bieber back again tonight? I know Boone has tickets…

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    - Bilbo Baggins

  42. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Agreed!  I liked his game better when he was just a jerk!  ;)

    -Dustin-

  43. WarHero says:

    I can’t agre that PK has been the worst, but I agree that he seems to be the only one taking crazy chances that are costing us big goals. That being said, you can’t sit the vets who aren’t making those kinds of mistakes.

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  44. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I had been one of Martin’s biggest critics, but he’s proven me wrong over the past year or so.  From my perspective, I don’t understand sitting PK again today.  My perspective, however, is from the edge of my couch with a cold one in hand.  I’m glad I don’t get paid to make the hard decisions.

    -Dustin-

    Anyone going to the Habs game in Minnesota, March 20?

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    Stubbs reports Gorges is taking warm-up but is questionable, JM will not confirm Subban’s status for the game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  46. avatar_58 says:

    You’re joking right? Gill – allowing several breakaways, Spacek and Hamr not being able to clear the zone, etc? Gorges having bobbling issues in our own end?

     

    I say our D in general has had issues the past few games. If not for the epic PK abilities we’d be calling for their heads. Really silly to suggest PK is the worst of the bunch.

  47. HardHabits says:

    PK’s game changed when he started respecting his opponents.

    BTW it’s Weber

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not really, Gill and Spacek have had some very bad outings in the last stretch. Our over-35 crew tend to have good and bad nights and we don’t know when those nights are going to be.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  49. 24 Cups says:

    Is Carey Price the most valuable player in the NHL so far?

  50. HardHabits says:

    As long as the team plays team defense your post becomes moot. Markov absence hurts short-term but the Habs got by without him for most of last season and most of the play-offs. Their achilles heel was up front against the Flyers. They got shut-out in 3 of 5 games. Markov in the line-up might’ve changed a few goose eggs bit invariably it was the inability of the forwards to penetrate the dirty zones that killed them in that series.

    The expression if it aint broke…..

    I’d rather the Habs wait until the trade deadline to see what’s available. If at any point a team is desperate it’s still better to deal from a strong position. I doubt that the Habs are going to sell the farm at a one-off anymore. Building a championship team takes time and baby steps.

    My choice is that the Habs get a true bonafide top 6 power forward, with soft hands and that can scrap. Iginla would be the type of player I’d hope the Habs seek out. Hopefully Calgary decides to rebuild and tank a few seasons like Edmonton is doing. If that’s the case the Habs would have to give something up, but not need to completely lay bare the cupboards.

    Nevertheless, it’s still early in the post-Markov era. Let’s see how the cards fall after the December road trip. If the Habs prove to be road warriors then I’d say stay the course. If not I’d have to say cross that bridge when we get there.

  51. Wops says:

    Totally disagree

  52. Wops says:

    Fearless prediction:If habs trail in this game. Will hear some PK! PK! PK! PK! from the stands.

     

    Ridiculous to sratch your third best player…

    for 2 mistakes…after playing 25min….off course when you try you make mistakes…maybe he should just flip the puck on the glass all the time…that way JM wont scratch him…great decision

  53. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely disagree. Gill has been atrocious during that time. Gorges has been struggling ever since he got his injury. Spacek only looks good when Hamrlik is playing his ass off.

  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    This will be controversial but …

    I would suggest that over the last 10 games or so PK has been our worst defenceman. He makes more mistakes than the others, some of which lead to goals. He has not figured out how to be the qb on the pp.

    He’s going to be a good one for sure, but right now I’m not sure he deserves to play if Webber can continue to do the job (a big if).

     

  55. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Andrei Markov has been the Habs ATOI leader the past several years, a top five PP QBack who produces more points than most 2nd line players in the NHL, and a top pair D-man on most NHL teams. It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of Markov to the Habs defense, despite recent team success without his services.

    With Markov out for remainder of season – is there support within the Habs organization to cover top pair minutes?

    ·          Although PK has the confidence of a future top pair D-man, recent events show that it may be best for his growth and Habs long term success for JM to slot PK as 2nd / 3rd pairing with bonus PP time, for now. 

    ·         That leaves Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill, & Gorges. Probable over short term, possible for remainder of season, and questionable if Habs have significant playoff hopes.

    ·          Hamrlik and Spacek are prime candidates to wear down if top pair minutes on a regular basis.

    ·          Gorges is a solid #4 D-man and has been Habs ATOI leader this season.

    ·          Gill as #5 works. Terrific on PK, a team leader, but susceptible to speed burn from top line forwards.

    ·          Picard has performed admirably as #6 / 7. Not a top 4 for Habs.

    ·          Weber performed well against NJ and can assist the PP but has not yet shown consistent top 6 D-man skill.

    ·          Carle is a lighter mix of Picard & Weber, and may not get another look.

    What I am suggesting is that there is no true #1 D with Markov out, no current top flight #2, at least four D-man that fill spots #3 & 4, and a competent mix of last pairing. Does this cast resemble a top 4 playoff seed?

    A number of posts suggest the Habs should bring in a top 6 forward with the LTIR $$. Really? Really??  JM appears to have internal options to fill the 2nd line opening (Pouliot, Eller, MaxPac) when & if he feels the need.  Yes, the D has been successful up to this point, but could we not agree that JM’s Team D philosophy and CP’s Vezina like start have as much or more to do with the Habs success? What happens when CP has several tough outings?  Is this D strong enough to cover?  Is there is one D-man on the roster capable of playing top pair minutes over the long haul?

    Should PG be seeking a top flight D option outside the organization?

    UFA signing? (MAB / Kim Johnsson)  How many of us were holding a collective breath with MAB in the D zone last year or how about on the PP where a relatively simple pass would inexplicably leap over MAB’s stick, creating a SHG rush by the opposing team? Yes, there was the booming shot and several PP goals, but I would ask you if there has been a less reliable D-man in a Habs uni over the last several years?

    Trade now? Habs Org depth is starting to rally over the last couple years – does PG trade valuable assets for a top pair D-man? Keep in mind there are only a handful in the NHL that may be available and note that PG would not be dealing from a position of strength if seeking a trade based on need over the next few months.

    Wait for Feb 28th trade deadline / short term rental?  Maybe. Would hope any PG move to bring in a D-man would be for more than a short term rental. With Hamrlik and Gill UFA at end of season, with the need to lock Gorges up LT, and with the uncertainty of Markov’s future, the D situation may become a serious issue going forward.

    This setback will impact negotiations and term potential on Markov retention, but as several posters have noted “ Markov at 80% is better than anything the Habs could possibly find on the market”. PG will likely sign this 32 yr old for multiple years, as Habs Mgmt & fans know that Markov has a Canadian size heart to match the citizenship status.

  56. punkster says:

    Just a few pre-game musings from punkster’s armchair:

    • I’ll miss the opening faceoff whilst driving to relatives. Maybe that’s for the best as this game should be a doozy, HI/O will be on fire and the rampup is already getting on my nerves. A nice drive in the country before settling in to the game may help.
    • If PK sits again they will be a storm of protest on here. Unfortunately JM will be the target whether we win or lose, particularly if we lose. I think it’s important to remember two things; first, who made the on-ice errors and second, who is the coach. It’s a learning process and JM is a teacher of the highest order. (and that comment alone will bring a wrath of unreasonability down upon my head)
    • It will be interesting to see who the Sharks try to check the closest today. Will it be the Pleks line or will it be any line Gomez happens to land with? Oddly enough I think this may have a considerable impact on whether we win or lose today.
    • This place can be such a hoot. Between insensitivity or misplaced humour on one side and misinterpretation or over-reation on the other the comment counts just keep on rising. I wonder, do any of us actually click on the ads or is it all about posturing?
  57. christophurrr says:

    ugh, will have to sit price in fantasy tonight, i think.

     

    i have thomas, bryz and price. bruins  vs. leafs (thomas better start!), coyotes vs. panthers.

     

    not to be a debbie downer, but i like the other guys’ chances more than price’s

  58. ajpursell says:

    The Sharks are shakiest on their D right now, and both their goalies can be really inconsistent. Logan Couture is a talent to watch, but the forwards whiff the puck a lot, and they can play a horrid passing game that makes some of my friends out here drink. If the Habs can play the full 60 they should be able to break the W-L streak they have going on.

  59. WarHero says:

    Well folks, just woke up and remembered that todays game was on @ 2pm.
    Since I have nothing to do today, that is just wonderful news! The “A” game better be in place and for the full 60 minutes. That
    line of Thorton, Marleau & Heatley can burn you at any moment if
    your not carefull. Let’s also not forget, Clowe & Couture. I am sure
    Couture is still riding the high from his 2 goal performance against
    Ottawa.

    Bold prediction: Cammalleri gets 2, including the game winner!

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  60. Chris says:

    Read my original reply, and tell me what statement was wrong, Andrew.  And please tell me where I’ve inferred that you are wrong.  I did nothing but state MY OPINION.  Who do you think you are to then state that my opinion, which I have formed on my years of watching hockey, is less correct than your own?  THAT is unreasonable, and if you can’t see how that is so, then this conversation is pointless.

    You can not be wrong when stating an opinion.  I can disagree with your opinion, but I can’t in good conscience state that you are wrong in that opinion because I am discounting your ability to form your own opinions.  I disagreed with you, I posted my reasons, and nowhere did I attack you.  The only fact I will claim to have posted was that Groulx has only served as a goaltending coach for 2 seasons previous to coming to Montreal.  Based on that fact, I stated my opinion that there is hardly enough of a body of work on which to judge Groulx’s ability to work with goaltenders.

    Your reply, that I was wrong based on the first year performance of Melanson with Luongo behind a banged up patchwork defence in Vancouver this season, was confrontational.  Do you not see the utter inanity of that comment being used to reinforce your argument that Groulx hasn’t failed with a goalie when you look at the year Carey Price had last year?  Seriously…that is some seriously flawed logic.

    You take issue with my saying that Vokoun had an off-year, basing your rebuttal on his save percentage.  Take a look at his goals against average versus the numbers he posted before and after that season as well as his career average…is it not equally fair for me to base my opinion on that number?  Are we not both basing our arguments on “observable facts”, as you called it?  So who is wrong, then?  Does somebody have to be wrong? 

  61. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re free to disagree with me, stop acting like I’m being unreasonable, Chris. It’s petty and immature. You’re allowed to be wrong too, you know.

  62. Bob_Sacamano says:

    No, you did not.

  63. Chris says:

    Sorry to disagree with you, Andrew.  It won’t happen again.

  64. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t know what info you’re using, because Vokoun has been above his career average numbers every year in Florida for save%. You stated that the same things could be applied to Melanson, but they can’t. He’s been very limited for several years now, basically good with about half the goaltenders he’s worked with, bad with the other half. Bad for Luongo and Price, good for Halak and Huet. Groulx has been good for Vokoun, Anderson, Price and Halak. Unquestionably. This isn’t a matter of opinion, Chris. It’s very simply observable. So yes, your statment was incorrect. You were wrong.

  65. Chris says:

    Should I point out that Vokoun had one of his worst seasons the first year he played for Groulx?  Or that Carey Price had his worst season as a professional last year while working under Groulx?  Does that make you wrong too? 

    We differ in opinion.  Doesn’t make either of us right or wrong.

    The need to be “right” or annoint the other side as “wrong” is pretty lame, Andrew, and completely beneath you.  Take that advice how you wish.

  66. andrewberkshire says:

    And Roberto Luongo, who’s been atrocious all season, so you’re wrong.

  67. yathehabsrule says:

    Must be serious to shelve him. He took a slapshot off the bucket last season and , if not mistaken, only missed the next practice.

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  68. joeybarrie says:

    PK’s name officially OFF the roster.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  69. notbigbird says:

    A hotdog on a roll? heh heh

  70. andrewberkshire says:

    Nice to see the team pick it up a little bit.

  71. MICP says:

    After the “what are they trying to tell me” maybe he should just be glad that it was not a diaper.

  72. Mr.Hazard says:

    Pyatt is magic.

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    Give him Kovy’s hands,  he’d be a Canadian Bure.

     

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  74. Chris says:

    I would be a little surprised if the Habs featured 3 of the league’s top 20 scorers.  Partially because I question the talent (I’m not sure Gionta is consistent enough of a scorer to get to such a lofty position), but more because of the nature of the team.

    Cammalleri is off to a very slow start and it will be difficult for him to pick up his scoring pace enough to get the roughly 80+ points he would need to be in the top 20.  On a team that is seemingly buying into a strong team defence mentality, that becomes even more difficult.

    I will be quite happy if Plekanec makes it, but I won’t be upset if he doesn’t as long as the team is still winning the majority of its games on a consistent basis.

    Not sure if I would give the Masterton Trophy to Price…he’s a young guy that went through the same growing pains that countless players before him have endured.  I agree it is harder in Montreal, where the market sometimes eats its young. 

    I think the Habs have a better candidate in Mathieu Darche, a guy who is, against all odds and expectations, playing a pivotal role on a very good hockey team.  The rejuvenation of Jeff Halpern, a good guy who saw his career potentially end after a catastrophic knee injury while representing his country in the World Championships back in 2008, is another feel-good story on a team that seems to have a lot of them.

  75. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Masterton Trophy? I doubt it. It usually is given to a player who overcame great physical ailment or a deep personal tragedy.

    Joffrey Lupul makes it back on the ANA roster and contributes, he’d likely win it, him or Kurtis Foster as he continues to play on after the tragedy last summer of losing his infant daughter. Mark Recchi might also win it as something of a lifetime achievement award.

     

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  76. tbovs says:

    Mark my words both Camellari and Gionta will be close if not over 30gls by the end of the season…as much maligned as they are the talent …. regardless of who they end up playing with will come out.  Pleks could have a 30-60 – 90 year this year with the pace he is going.  All that being said we have 3 of the top 20 scorers by the end of the year.  They are too good not to be.

    Price provin everyone wrong…this story should be the biggest in the NHL…he should getthe masterson for dealing with the montreal press and coming back.  I think we all forget how much he was villified and how much his own personal character was called out and questioned by people who didn’t even know him.  This story is big but it should be bigger.  Everyone is waiting for the hammer drop on Price and the damn to let go but i don’t think it will …. he is going to be like this for a long time.  We kept the right one and got us a pretty good PF in return

     

     

    GO HABS GO

  77. Danno says:

    He hasn’t had one really bad game yet. That, in and of itself is truly remarkable.

     

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  78. C3P1 says:

    if I told you how we pronounce his last name, I’d get banned. ;-)

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  79. Timo says:

    Correction… they only do the dumping… no chasing.

  80. yathehabsrule says:

    Sharks? Nah, they always find a way to tank before the Cup Final

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  81. kempie says:

    JM getting his money’s worth out of the new LineJuggler 2.0 software.

  82. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    All Gomez and Cammalleri are doing is dump and chase…

  83. PeterD says:

    “A very soft Gomez forecheck”.
    The way Gomez has been playing I doubt he could check his own baggage.
    Zero intensity…maybe he should be lined up with Dache and halpern to see how real players check.

  84. sidhu says:

    Ugh, Cammy can’t even get it in deep.  I like the guy, but he needs to sit more than PK does.

  85. Trenton_Romulox says:

    That looked like interference on Plekanec…and nevermind. Woo!

  86. sidhu says:

    NEVER IN DOUBT!  ;)

  87. WarHero says:

    PLEKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  88. andrewberkshire says:

    Plekanec is such a brilliant player. Seems to struggle and then he just breaks out.

  89. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    FINALLY! Plekanec!

    See, get shots on goal! This is Niemi for god sakes!

  90. zozotheclown says:

    Plektastic

  91. P St. Pierre says:

    Cammalleri looks like Kostitsyn last season…uninterested. He skates three strides and then tries to beat 2 guys on the boards. He should hustle like the Captain instead of seemingly giving up because he doesn’t get to play with Pleks.

  92. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I’m still trying to understand how Ferriero is apparently pronounced Ferriault.

    Should it not be Fair-EE-air-oh?

  93. Timo says:

    YES!!!! Hey, Doggie, the last time Plek’s scored is… umm… about a second ago :)

  94. Danno says:

    Plecky!

    Poetry in motion. Deserving every dollar!

     

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  95. JasonM says:

    Niemi didn’t see anything thanks to a great screen from Lapierre.

  96. yathehabsrule says:

    For those still wondering, and I doubt there’s few left (who am I kidding), as to why Halak was trade…Number 14 just answered part of the question.

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  97. t1tan5 says:

    What a play by Plek! He was really strong on the puck there.

  98. Keith says:

    I saw that one! Pleky with a BEAUTY GOAL!!!

  99. Wayne says:

    The Surgeon gives them breathing room.

  100. sidhu says:

    Boone before the Habs went up: “I saw the Habs play on their 101st birthday, at home, against a Cup contender, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”

  101. Shiloh says:

    So many good things happened. Weber sprung the forwards. AK46 gained the zone and took the hit to spring Tomas Jagr. Then Pleks made a couple of magic moves. A thing of beauty. 

  102. t1tan5 says:

    Depsite the shot count, I don’t feel that SJ is dominating the game. It’s a pretty lethargic effort from both sides, if you ask me.

  103. yathehabsrule says:

    Phoenetics as per NHL.com : FEHR-ee-oh

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  104. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Yeah, he’s definitely worth the money. He seems to be a good guy that works hard and produces at a near point-per-game level. I love his style of play and his demeanour on and off the ice.  

  105. yathehabsrule says:

    and again, Niemi didn’t :p

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  106. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Bah, sounds too much like me own nom de famille. It’s driving me bonkers :)

  107. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Does anyone else think this site would benefit from some sort of a real-time chat implementation? I’m not sure how it would be integrated, but I’m sure it’s feasible. The commenting system is kind of old-fashioned for this sort of a context. Then again, I’m a teenager with no patience. So maybe I’m the only one that finds this game-blog commenting process to be clunky. 

  108. Timo says:

    I think it’s been tried. And I don’t think many cared for it. I could be wrong.

  109. billylove says:

    Habs Man in NORCAL

  110. MICP says:

    I thought that I was the only one.

     Bay area by any chance?

  111. C3P1 says:

    I can’t believe that no one has come up with this yet…I don’t think.  but it’s so perfect! Lars is danish, lanky, strong, skilled…he’s THE GREAT DANE

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  112. notbigbird says:

    Serious question. Does anybody know why the Sens let Picard go? Was it a cap issue?

  113. PeterD says:

    Top two centres now are Plecs and Eller…

  114. SeriousFan09 says:

    Great Dane has been mentioned b4 actually, mostly in pre-season.

     

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  115. t1tan5 says:
    “2P 2:09: Scary to think what the score would be without Price”
    Scary to think what our record would be without Price.
  116. habs001 says:

    camm will have a 12 goal 15 game stretch before the season is finished…right now he has no confidence…

  117. WarHero says:

    Shame to say, but Picard was terrible during his time in Ottawa. He was a giveaway machine.

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  118. yathehabsrule says:

    Bad enough that the top six are not getting any shots, but they’ve only put up a handful of blocked or missed shots as well.

     

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  119. Mike Boone says:

    True that

  120. andrewberkshire says:

    RDS has the scoring chances at 9 for the Habs and 7 for the Sharks. What game are they watching?

  121. Mike Boone says:

    He’s bounced all over the league … as have Darche and Halpern. It’s a good season for reclamation projects.

  122. C3P1 says:

    I figured, it was a prayer that maybe I had come up with a good nickname haha

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  123. Josh says:

    How is Moen still in the top 6? Is it his bullet of a shot or is it his on ice vision to find the open man with the puck?

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    His nickname was the great Dane in Peoria.

  125. HardHabits says:

    Am I the only one who noticed Gomez on the 4th line?

  126. tony d says:

    Spatch could use a lil R&R in the pressbox

  127. twilighthours says:

    Habs much better in the last part of that period.

    J Thornton is such a d!ck.  I think every interview I’ve ever seen him when he’s played against MTL he has said something like “we’re the better team, they are just hanging on.”  

    I enjoy the fact that his legacy will be that of the biggest playoff disappearing act in recent NHL history.

  128. tony d says:

    I know (bangs head on wall repeatedly)

  129. HabFanSince72 says:

    We’re a defence first team.

     

  130. Mr.Hazard says:

    RDS likening PK to a crooked sapling loll.

  131. tony d says:

    I don’t think it’s a confidence issue…I think his ego is getting in the way.

  132. Mattee. says:

    CBC just threw up a bar graph of shots taken by each line… i’m not sure why I find that funny. And then Stock talked about european legs and pleky spreading his… 

  133. twilighthours says:

    Also, Halpern has been uncharacteristically terrible today.

  134. WarHero says:

    Nope, loved it!

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  135. Danno says:

    Will he keep the streak alive?

    Gomez is a goal-a-game player in the post-Movember era.

     

     

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

  136. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chokin’ Joe can shove it, perennial disappointment in a clutch situation. The no-show of Marleau-Thornton-Heatley when it mattered at the OLY was pathetic. Toews could create more momentum in 5 seconds than Thornton could for his whole shift.

     

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  137. yathehabsrule says:

    Peacock shoulda said. “So, Plekanec owns you in the playoff circle so far, eh?” LOL

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  138. patience is a virtue says:

    Weber is not so stellar today, but the D is playing well sans Markov and Subban vs. a power offense team.  Price is playing well, but the Habs D deserves more credit (I especially like Picard and Georges this aft) than you are giving them Mr. Boone.  You certainly are down on our division leading, game leading team.  Always expecting the worst and highlighting the negative.

    On that note, Moen is just brutal out there.  He drags Cam way down by making him the only option.

    Eller, Darche and Benny deserve the credit you are giving them.

    Pleks is a force.

     

     

     

  139. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s hilarious that Thornton thinks he’s on the better team, considering his team is 14 places behind the Canadiens.

  140. PeterD says:

    Gomez has consistently played himself onto the 4th line this season…good to finally see him there…next stop the press box.

    Just do it already JM…he is a liability out there the way he is playing.

  141. CHasman says:

    So many turnovers in our own end. Spacek is brutal.  The play is sloppy.  I think these players really don’t like afternoon games.  The Sharks are still on west coast time playing a morning game. Darche and Pouliot with Halpern, good line.  Darche and Pouliot with Ellar, better line.  Sure would be nice to pull one out here.

     

     

     

  142. notbigbird says:

    I wonder why the difference?

  143. avatar_58 says:

    Yep. Keep em down to 5 shots? lol? I hope they do and all 5 go in you arrogant SOB. Durr we had the momentum the whole period, that’s why we are down a goal and can’t hold on to the puck.

  144. Exit716 says:

    Remember when the Expos used to lead MLB in those?

  145. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah I wasn’t happy we signed him. Pleasantly, just like Moore and Halpern, I am proven wrong. Our GM is a wiley one.

  146. yathehabsrule says:

    Sharks hits 26-17 Habs have 13 giveaways to the Sharks 2

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  147. twilighthours says:

    The last time I saw Weber play in the NHL was last year, on that September west-coast trip.  He was horrific and directly responsible for about 5 goals in 3 games.  

    He’s come a long way.  I actually think he’s been pretty good so far today.

  148. Tharsis says:

    I understand Gomez’ demotion to the 4th line but, how useles is Cammy with Halpern and Moen.  The new 2nd line should be Eller, Benny and Cammy (atleast for this game).

     

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  149. MICP says:

    For all that money that he is making, he better be consistent. 

  150. J.J. of Turku says:

    Huh…

    A little too exciting…

     

    But nice to watch game with volume up without waking up neihgboors.

    I have my laptop connected to TV and TV connected to my Geneva soundsystem… Sweet, feels like the crowd screams in my livingroom

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  151. sidhu says:

    Any thoughts on when Auld will or should play next?

    I am very happy with Price’s play, but I am concerned that he’s played so much and may get burnt out (like he did some seasons ago). 

    We face OTTAWA at home on Tues, DETROIT away on Fri, and TOR away on Sat.

  152. avatar_58 says:

    Is anyone even worried when we get penalties anymore? I basically “meh, they’ll kill it”.

  153. avatar_58 says:

    NO. That is all

  154. Da Hema says:

    He had one potentially disasterous shift in the second, but otherwise I agree he has played within his means.

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  155. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed, he’s been better than Gorges and Gill today IMO.

  156. Exit716 says:

    An actual Saturday night game for you. Cool.

  157. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That is simply amazing!

  158. patience is a virtue says:

    i guess auld plays against toronto.

  159. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d give Auld Toronto. One of the weakest teams in the NHL, despite the rivalry.

  160. C3P1 says:

    a) you just mentioned it

    b) he’s not working on one

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  161. Chuck says:

    Price didn’t get burnt out. He suffered a high ankle sprain.

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  162. andrewberkshire says:

    Ridiculously short sited to be sitting again. Whether we win or lose it’s a mistake.

  163. yathehabsrule says:

    +1

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  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    This is a mistake the Habs will feel in this game.

     

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  165. Larry says:

    I think that is the key right there. The weight that was on him this year, the pressure, (remember the first preseason game?), and the way he has played is remarkable. Another well earned first star. MVP I say, never mind the Vezina

  166. Chuck says:

    Consistency is probably the best trait that you can have in a starting goaltender. And he’s been nothing if not consistent.

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  167. yathehabsrule says:

    Stock analyzing Subban’s turnovers…Sad.

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  168. Danno says:

    Just one more reason to watch RDS

     

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

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    What’s even more sad is that he’s right about Cammalleri being more to blame on both plays. When Stock is right about something I’m always shocked.

  170. SeriousFan09 says:

    Stock analyzing hockey is like making a blind man the curator of the Louvre.

     

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  171. avatar_58 says:

    Wut? CBC says not happy with the last 10 games with Subban?

    I’m at a loss. I don’t get it anymore and I’m beginning to hate this coach more and more. Sorry.

  172. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Looks at avatar_58′s picture…

    No, but seriously. I’m surprised at him getting benched a second game in a row. I think one was sufficient. 

  173. HardHabits says:

    The 5 best teams in the league are:

    Washington, Detroit, Montreal, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

    4 of the 5 best teams are in the Eastern Conference.

    Of course the Habs have to keep it up but this year’s Eastern Conference play-offs is going to be a dandy with serious grudge matches brewing!!!!

  174. avatar_58 says:

    Habs need to be more consistent versus Philly. Once they solve that nugget – lookout

  175. Chris says:

    Washington still scares me the most.  I think they needed the upset by Montreal in last year’s playoffs to truly understand what it takes to win in the NHL, much like the run-and-gun Oilers of the 1980′s needed to lose to the Islanders before they could win.  They got away from their game plan against the Habs, something Boudreau should never have allowed, and started trying to play too individually.  The fact Ovechkin has been in a bit of a funk this season and Green’s focussing more on defence and yet they are still #1 overall indicates how strong they are.

    If McPhee can land the Capitals a bona fide veteran #1 goalie, that team has too much talent to not be a significant threat to go all the way.  With Alzner and Carlson in Washington for a full season, their defence corps is MUCH more mobile than it was last season.

    Nonetheless, it does look like an interesting hierarchy that is developing.  Don’t count out Boston in that “elite” 4, as they are only 6 points back with 3 games in hand on the Habs.  They are also the only other team than the top 4 that has a +20 or higher goal differential on the season.

  176. billylove says:

    Sharks D will make mistakes when pressured – go Habs!

  177. yathehabsrule says:

    Man CBC’s budget is bad… Can’t even afford combs or hair products for their on-air crew.

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  178. Danno says:

    It’s why they hired Bob Cole.

     

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  179. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 100%. Although it’s not even a competition between Crosby and Ovechkin right now, Ovechkin is so far back he can’t even see Sidney’s dust trail.

  180. Chris says:

    As much as some posters dislike him, I can’t think of a better signing over the past few years than Roman Hamrlik.

    He (not Cammalleri or Gionta) was the first marquee unrestricted free agent to sign in Montreal.  Yes, the coin is probably a bit high, but the guy plays heavy minutes against the other teams’ best players.  He has been a great mentor for young defencemen.  He plays the second wave of the PP and PK, and does reasonably well in those roles.  When called upon, he has filled in quite admirably for Markov when he’s gone down to injuries the past two seasons.

    He’s not fast, he’s not flashy, but he gets his job done.  And in the first couple of rounds, he and Spacek were pretty solid in their back end.  Especially against Washington, where they were called upon to mark Ovechkin, perhaps the most dangerous individual player in the game (note the italics…I still think Crosby is a more complete hockey player).

    He’s played out his contract and does his job without complaint, even when his name got caught up in that awful Mobgate BS three seasons ago.  As much as many are writing him off next season, I look at the UFA rolls for next summer and I don’t see that many defencemen that are significant upgrades on Hamrlik.  If he could be re-signed on a year-by-year basis (and fat chance to that, but I can dream), he is certainly worth considering, albeit only if the contract comes down a bit.

  181. Ayan_SB says:

    Speaking of Hamrlik, here’s what Cammy had to say about him:

    “He’s surprising when we do bag skates. He can go forever. He’s like a mule out there.” Arpon Basu interjects that mules aren’t quick. Cammalleri replies “But they keep going and going and going. I didn’t say he was a cheetah, I said he was a mule.”

     

  182. HardHabits says:

    On behalf of myself, and I am sure many others here will agree, let me just say how happy I am that after your brief hiatus you’ve decided to grace these pages once more with your well written and well thought out insights.

  183. ebk says:

    He’s been solid all four years. Not a big fan of his but your post and points are valid. He should be a priority this summer over the other UFA Dman.

    Weber looks like a keeper as well. Young and will make mistakes but look to have the skillset of an NHL D man. Handled the Sharks forecheck better than some of his teammates today. Moves the puck and sees the ice very well. 

  184. TheChangeling says:

    Thank you Chris for sticking up for my favorite Czech D-man!!!! This man has carried the workload while Markov has been consistently injured. Hamrlik has a good sense of both ends of the ice. He pinches well at oppurtune times, and is usually back in time as well. He’s bound to get burnt here and there, he’s not the world’s quickest and he’s pushing on 37. No one in the NHL at that age can fill his shoes as far as I’m concerned. Just wished Hammer would play the body a little more, because when he hits he HITS! I also stand up for Spacek too. Spacek is more sloppy, and I wish that clapper of his would put up more points. I remember worrying about him back when MTL played the Sabres. Martin has had these two vets as the shut-down guys against the Ovechkin’s, Crosby’s and Heatley’s…… and I’ll be damned if they haven’t done an excellent job in that regard!!

  185. scrowe21 says:

    Lol @ Laraque..I was ok with the first scratch, and I know Weber played great, good enough to earn another game…but c’mon..

  186. yathehabsrule says:

    I beleive Laraque is still collecting checks from the Habs, and he can comment at will!

     

    Meanwhile fans were seathing when a 5 time Cup winner and Hall of Famer makes his observations.

     

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  187. JFriedman says:

    PK HAS TO BE IN THE LINE-UP VS OTTAWA!!!

  188. HardHabits says:

    He’s a victim of his own inflated image.

  189. andrewberkshire says:

    He might be nice to fans, but he seems like a cocky douche.

  190. andrewberkshire says:

    JM should be a candidate for the Adams, but pretending all the people who hate JM and bash Gomez are young people is ridiculous. These are for the most part nameless, faceless posters with no names attached.

    This all comes down to PrimeTime’s massive superiority complex. Coming in here gloating about being right (which is all PT has EVER done on this site) when he wasn’t right about anything in the first place, he just bitched about people bitching, is not mature. It’s pathetic.

  191. HardHabits says:

    I am sure he wasn’t singling out you but the oher posters who lament Gomez’ salary or the others who think JM is yesterday’s man.

    I have had my share of discussions with PT but lately he and I are very much on the same page.

  192. andrewberkshire says:

    For sure he wasn’t singling out me, he was laying out a blanket insult to everyone he disagrees with because he’s a gutless troll.

  193. PrimeTime says:

    My post was not intended to attract response or make “friends”unlike others here…..although I do miss some of the trolls that have dropped off. If you feel personally offended I apologize but it was more a general statememt to remind some here that Teams win, not marquee players. Leave the smaller market teams with the stars to sell tickets… I’ll take a team that wins and creates star players any day.

    Besides, if I wanted to take a shot at you I would ask you to remove you pasty white hairy chest of this site but then again you like to show your ink to draw attention to seek approval :)

  194. HardHabits says:

    Ahem. I agree with PT. He’s very correct. Like all the Gomez bashing. That is the immature talk.

    Team play. Team character. Team players. Team defense. All on the same page.

    I said it earlier today. JM should be a candidate for the Jack Adams award this year. Kudos to the whole coaching staff.

  195. scrowe21 says:

    Why? He did a good job of analyzing the play, and he was right about Cammy on both plays.

  196. Danno says:

     

    Well, if he did that then good on him. I thought he was dissing him from some of the above comments. He’s right about Cammy being at fault.

     

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  197. RJB says:

    Really? The coach that took them to the Eastern conference final, and has them sitting first in their division? He is the wrong coach for this team? Maybe he’s wrong about PK maybe he isn’t, who knows?

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  198. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m hoping Weber has a fantastic game, but Subban is pretty much the only defenseman on this team who can clear the zone under pressure, and we’ll be under a lot of pressure. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Price face 40+ shots.

  199. MICP says:

    “Price will have to be heroic.”

    If we are to win this game I think that Price will have to steal it.

  200. Exit716 says:

    Was this guy operating the T-shirt cannon, Mr. Boone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IEloix3U1Q

  201. habaholic68NJ says:

    I get the education schtick but I am a selfish fan and want to see PK play.

  202. Malreg says:

    No, the player has to be on the lineup that the coach hands over before the game.  If he isnt on the lineup then he cant play.

  203. yathehabsrule says:

    My guess is that Martin saw the Best Buy ad and assumed he had to scratch PK.

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  204. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Wow, Pleks just threw a couple of nice hits. Love to see that. 

  205. BrianSkrudland says:

    Boos for Heatley. I love it!

  206. WarHero says:

    That’s awesome about the T-shirt Boone :) I almost spit out my drink when i read your your comment about it hitting Red :)

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  207. MikeMcLaren says:

    Why haven’t they scored twice yet?

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  208. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think you’re being selfish for wanting one of the team’s 6 best defensemen (including Markov) to play in the top 6.

  209. C3P1 says:

    I played against benn ferrieiro’s youner brother.  douche.

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  210. andrewberkshire says:

    +1

  211. andrewberkshire says:

    Wow. Habs owe that goal to the referee.

  212. C3P1 says:

    MAGIC HANDS!

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  213. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Thank you, linesman. Yes!

  214. Shiloh says:

    Darche – such an honest player. A huge goal!!

  215. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Another nice early one to set the pace!

  216. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    DARCHE!!!!

  217. Danno says:

    Goal by #52 Mathieu Darche, assisted by #52 Mathieu Darche…

    Scores on his own pass to himself from the backboard. Awesome!

     

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  218. zozotheclown says:

    Darche/Pouliot/Eller have been amazing together

  219. Keith says:

    Damn! I missed that goal!

  220. Malreg says:

    Assist to the ref on that one?

  221. yathehabsrule says:

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  222. HardHabits says:

    So after reading responses to my posts last night:

    LA Loyalist and light_and_tasty are upset because the Habs scored.

    SmartDog is pissed because Gomez was on the ice.

  223. WarHero says:

    Best 550,000k ever spent :)

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  224. HardHabits says:

    I agree. However Gomez was on the ice not Eller.

  225. MikeMcLaren says:

    HA!  I play against him (ref, Ian Walsh) in the summer in men’s league and he’s a douchey player.  Couldn’t happen to a better guy!

    /\\ike
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  226. andrewberkshire says:

    Nope, a lot of people, including myself were very wrong about Darche.

  227. Trenton_Romulox says:

    They definitely have played quite well together. Eller is really starting to come into his own, and the results will keep on piling up for him. And Pouliot is playing like how he should have been playing all along. And Darche is just working hard and getting things done. Good line, for sure. 

  228. t1tan5 says:

    It is way too early for a hockey game. Do kids really go to bed early on a Saturday?

  229. HardHabits says:

    Another one I was right about.

  230. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not me, never thought he’d be this good and give Darche credit, he seems far better conditioned this season.

     

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  231. MikeMcLaren says:

    Indeed.  Is White even the first one they’d call up now?  The biggest thing he has going with him is he hasn’t done any interviews discussing Martin’s coaching of rookies.

    /\\ike
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  232. yathehabsrule says:

    So did Niemi

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  233. SeriousFan09 says:

    Knee injury for White, he’s out for probably at least two more weeks with HAM.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  234. andrewberkshire says:

    Weren’t you making fun of me last week for saying I was right about something?

  235. Chorske says:

    I totally predicted this would happen, like, back in July

  236. Wayne says:

    Darche is to Pouliot is what Dill Harris is to Boo Radley.

  237. P St. Pierre says:

    The Eller line, Pouliot in particular, is so exciting to watch. And they make smart decisions too.

  238. Mr.Hazard says:

    I wasn’t specifically referring to stats, just from observation lol. They’re not “bad” giveaways, but the other team somehow always ends up getting it, so I’m like “what’s the point” lol.

  239. yathehabsrule says:

    Agreed. The giveaway stat for a goalie is rather misleading.

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  240. andrewberkshire says:

    Very very misleading.

  241. andrewberkshire says:

    Last year Green’s numbers went down from the year before, and media types raved over how much Green had improved his defensive play. I didn’t really see it last year, and sure enough in the playoffs he was as terrible as he was the year before. Washington is #1 because they’re a great offensive team, but I still don’t see any improvement from that team defensively. They still think they can score their way out of trouble in the playoffs, I don’t think they’re going anywhere until they get a more structured coach than Boudreau.

  242. SeriousFan09 says:

    Fire Boudreau and do whatever it takes to get Trotz from NSH.

     

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  243. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah I felt the turnover on the winning goal was due to Cammy not watching the play.

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  244. andrewberkshire says:

    Not to mention the tying goal was him making the risky move and putting Subban in a terrible position.

  245. ooder says:

    i agree… team canada exposed ovechkin and the habs did as well.

    his primitive way of playing is very stoppable

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  246. andrewberkshire says:

    I still think he’s the most talented player in the world, but Crosby is by far the hardest worker. He does all the little things perfectly, whereas Ovechkin only cares about on part of the game.

  247. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Ah, alright. I’ve only recently started to hang out on here during games, so I have no idea what has been done before, even last season. Thanks. 

  248. bigjames says:

    well they smoked the  sens…. as did the oiler, but the oilers beating the sens did not alert the habs to their danger. so wake up boys!

  249. habsperspective says:

    Price not a superstar?

  250. PrimeTime says:

    No superstar players and a great team record…..sorry to disappoint the younger generation but I hope you’re learning that team play is better than having a few “stars” ….and YES PG and especially JM get a lot of credit, again much to the younger fans dismay, with the latter potentially winning the Jack Adams. 

    So few so right and so many so wrong!

     

     

  251. andrewberkshire says:

    Ageist tripe. Grow up and stop trolling for responses if you’re so old, so right, and so mature. Pathetic.

  252. ooder says:

    just got in guys to catch the third.

    is gomez really demoted to the fourth line?

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  253. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t understand this comment, if I had a Price pic I can’t comment about him…..I use subban and I’m not allowed to comment on subban….

     

    Forgive me for being a fan…

  254. Timo says:

    So… why is Gomez line on against Thornton line? Is it because Gomez and Cammilleri are so amazing defensively? It is, isn’t it?

  255. rocketsglare says:

    Question now is, can the Habs hold the lead and pick up 2 pts.? Gut check time for the boys.

     

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  256. Saint-Laz HabsFan says:
    double post
  257. Danno says:

    Who’s the number one goalie in the NHL?

     

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  258. Shiloh says:

    Price is in the top ten this year for sure.

  259. yathehabsrule says:

    GLOVE!!!!

    Cole going on how Price had only faced one shot up to that.

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  260. kempie says:

    We really need PKS against a forecheck like this.

    Edit: Woot!

  261. Saint-Laz HabsFan says:
    >> Jonathan Duhamel: World poker champ. Sitting in section 423. He’s givving $100 G to the Canadiens Foundation. GET HIM BETTER SEATS!

    I concur!!

    But now I don’t feel quite as bad about my 405s that I happened to snag right at game time – a very impromtu birthday treat for my wife – she actually enjoyed the ‘atmosphere’ in the rafters, but I still like my 112s … oh well!

  262. Mr.Hazard says:

    Sharks are playing fiercely.

  263. andrewberkshire says:

    Would be really nice to get some insurance. And Hammer makes it happen. He’s been UNREAL lately.

  264. rocketsglare says:

    Cammalleri’s a riot. LOL.

    Go Habs Go!

  265. Mr.Hazard says:

    NEEEOOOOOOO!!!

  266. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    ET LE BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!

    NICE WORK HAMRLIK!

  267. scrowe21 says:

    SJ is giving them barely any room to move, seems like theyre having a really hard time getting out of the zone

  268. yathehabsrule says:

    Well taht was different!

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  269. Propwash says:

    WOOOOOOOOO Hammer and Cammi!!!!!!!

     

     

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  270. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Yikes, not even sure how that got in there

  271. WarHero says:

    Hey Newfie, who else hasn’t scored in awhile? Go CAMMY!!!!!

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  272. C3P1 says:

    STOP!

     

    HAMMER TIME

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  273. ooder says:

    Hamrlik is a better play maker then gomez!

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  274. Exit716 says:

    And Cammy with the Steve Shutt goal.

  275. avatar_58 says:

    HAMR! All HAMR’s work there

  276. Danno says:

    Newf Dog buy a lotto ticket!

    Since I’m on a roll, when was the last time Cammy scored a goal? – Newf Dog

     

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  277. SeriousFan09 says:

    Roman Hamrlik found the Fountain of Youth in the last couple of weeks I think.

     

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  278. scrowe21 says:

    STOP

    Hammer Time

    ahh someone beat me too it already.. I was starting to wonder if Cammy could even hit an empty net

  279. HardHabits says:

    Bob Cole just said (before the goal) that “Heatley almost got this place jumping” with his shot.

    What place? The CBC broadcast booth!!

  280. yathehabsrule says:

    Anyone notice that Thornton couldn’t catch Hamrlik??? Too funny

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  281. Mr.Hazard says:

    Cammy accomplishes what Benny couldn’t manage on 3 occasions tonight: lift the puck lol

  282. Exit716 says:

    Thanks for staying on the ice for an hour there Jumbo Joe.

  283. andrewberkshire says:

    Punkster says: WOOHOO!!!

  284. Rugger says:

    What the hckl was Thornton doing on the ice for about 3 minutes, the Sharks deserved to get scored on.

  285. Shiloh says:

    Great work by Hammer – fast as I’ve seen him move in a Habs jersey. Nice finish by Cammy – and I flipped to CBC to hear the reaction by the Hab-hating announcers. “And it’s been all San Jose!!” shrieks Cole. What a maroon..

  286. J.J. of Turku says:

    I’d like to see what happens if JM puts Eller, Darche and Cammaleri to the same line…

     

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  287. Harani says:

    Joe Thornton was on way too long on that shift. Overrated! 

    “It must be love!”

  288. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    NEWFIE IS ON A ROLL!

  289. twilighthours says:

    Love the fact that Cammalleri got involved.  

    Loved it more that Thornton was the goat on that goal.  What a d!ck.

  290. Danno says:

    Make another one please!

     

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  291. WarHero says:

    Eller, Poulie & Cammy :)

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  292. Propwash says:

    CBC mic picked up an F bomb lol

     

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  293. twilighthours says:

    I love Eller.  I trust him in every situation.  He’s been so good lately.

  294. C3P1 says:

    hahaha

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  295. Hagar says:

    Does that make Weber +3 now? My comment about Weber maybe not being a good fit might have been premature. Weber is the total package. He’s gonna keep it rolling, and snag the Norris.

  296. C3P1 says:

    You’re in a good mood today…I LIKE

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  297. P St. Pierre says:

    Haha…I doubt it, but I also may have been wrong about Weber. I still think PK is the better overall option, especially long term, but I have no problem with some competition between the team’s youngest defensemen.

  298. SeriousFan09 says:

    The moment I feared most about the OLY roster was Thornton being selected to it, I knew right there, one guy Team Canada would not be able to rely on in the big games. Thankfully Toews was around to actually get the job done.

     

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  299. C3P1 says:

    come on carey!

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  300. yathehabsrule says:

    Did that go glove  or blocher side on him?

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  301. JFriedman says:

    it wouldn’t have happened if Pk was there…

  302. Shiloh says:

    What did that hit? The inside of Price’s pad or someone in front?

  303. andrewberkshire says:

    And already San Jose’s forechecking makes me wish Gill was scratched for Subban. Ridiculously horrific defense on that goal.

  304. Mr.Hazard says:

    Andrei Kostovalev

  305. Danno says:

    Okay. Time for a G-Love garbage goal. A nice greasy one.

     

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  306. C3P1 says:

    both I think

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  307. t1tan5 says:

    I still don’t understand what happened on that goal. Weird stuff.

  308. avatar_58 says:

    BLAH…..if they had buried that Neimi mistake it wouldn’t have mattered

  309. zozotheclown says:

    I think that was sniped over Carey’s right shoulder, hard to tell, replay wasn’t slow enough, what a shot if thats the case though.

  310. WarHero says:

    That save was a beauty :)

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  311. Mr.Hazard says:

    The Sharks seem to consistently double-team whoever has the puck.

  312. andrewberkshire says:

    What’s going on with Gill and Gorges lately? Everything looks so panicked.