An epic collapse

Penner in OT, off a Cammalleri turnover

422 Comments

  1. Clay4bc says:

    You made me laugh…but yeah, so true. “journalism” is niot what it used to be.

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  2. andrewberkshire says:

    JD, you’re really gettin’ sh*t on from all sides today.

  3. Chorske says:

    JD thinks of Price that way, apparently

  4. Chorske says:

    Just remembered Rexall is one of the older venues in the NHL- if not the oldest- this sounds like posturing by the owners to get a new arena. My bullshittometer is beeping.

  5. Chorske says:

    What in heck would THAT solve for them? Am I supposed to believe that QUebec City has more money than Edmonton? And would do a better job at supporting a hockey team?

  6. VancouverHab says:

    Great point about the goalies–and the Sedins are still an unanswered question in playoff performance (Luongo is an answered playoff question: he fails!)

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    They’re all over the Canucks the last two years, saying they’re the best Canadian team despite all evidence to the contrary. Outside the Sedins, Vancouver isn’t better than Montreal in any facet of the game, and Montreal has a far superior goaltender.

  8. Matt_in_TO says:

    I wonder if that’ll change if Rogers buys the Leafs and TSN loses them

     

    – In Price We Trust

  9. C3P1 says:

    can we make the body not taper at the top and take the handles off the chalice? I want to see that cup

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  10. Just A Guy says:

    Looks like I just don’t remember them winning the game, the 5-4 win is the only thing that comes close, no high shot counts, and habs had the lead twice.

    So…trap game then?

  11. C3P1 says:

    hey boone – molson cup tonight or saturday?

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  12. C3P1 says:

    haha hadnt thought of it like that…

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  13. andrewberkshire says:

    No love for the Habs on TSN, what a surprise. Haters gonna hate.

  14. JD_ says:

    Less pornstarry.

  15. VancouverHab says:

    The Hall of Fame is what I’m hearing…. ;–)

  16. C3P1 says:

    carey looks much better sans-moustache

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    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  17. Samovich says:

    I am on Bell and nothing is on, any suggestions on what to do? a link? a Prayer? a damn signal!!!

  18. king ddd says:

    YOU forgot georges larauque who played his best hockey for the oilers

     

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  19. J.J. of Turku says:

    Propaganda, Do we have to believe that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

     

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

  20. Ian Cobb says:

    ready for the garbage now!

  21. Just A Guy says:

    haha I guess so

     

    Now I have to go figure out which game I’m thinking of. was a Canadian western team that spanked us. God help me if im imagining the whole thing..yeesh

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    We are OK here in Belleville on TSN

  23. Samovich says:

    Anyone else has their cable out? no signal in Cornwall Ontario((

  24. MICP says:

    Link for those of us in the usa, please?

  25. Max_a_million says:

    How sad. Jim Kelley was a great hockey writer.

  26. tony d says:

    Two minutes for incomplete aliteration!

  27. yathehabsrule says:

    A look at the Oilers from their broadcast booth.

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

  28. sholi2000.com says:

    In the 90’s we were big fans of our Anthem singer too!

    They Call Me Shane

  29. Danno says:

    Not quite as valuable then…

     

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

  30. punkster says:

    Definitely Cherry. Compared it to an autograph on google images.

  31. punkster says:

    Outstanding VH! Good catch.

  32. J.J. of Turku says:

    I miss those days when news’ headlines didn’t end with the questionmark. ๐Ÿ˜‰

     

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

  33. Danno says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s Wayne Gretzky

     

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

  34. Kaptain K says:

    Hey guys, check out this LIPDUB to “Stayin Aive” done here in our very own Cote-St-Luc by my fellow volunteers at EMS! 

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

     

    (Sorry for the re-post… we want it get views!)

  35. Danno says:

    Charles Prevost Linton has an easy night tonight, with only one song to sing.

    The man has good pipes. And fantastic hair.

     

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

  36. VancouverHab says:

    Unless I’m mistaken, I’m guessing that Mr. Boone, with his fellow journalists, failed to notice who has autographed the Habs side of the split-jersey over on the main post….

  37. Malreg says:

    Someone hasn’t read the 1st article on the main page ๐Ÿ˜›

    “Both of last season’s
    matchups were won by the home team and decided by a single goal, with
    Nikolai Khabibulin stopping 33 shots as the Oilers won 3-2 on Oct. 10,
    2009, and Andrei Kostitsyn scoring in the fifth round of a shootout to
    give the Canadiens a 5-4 victory on March 11, 2010. โ€“ NHL.com”

  38. Just A Guy says:

    Trap game? Last year the Oilers came into montreal and burned our barn, lets hope the habs didnt forget that as well. I seem to remember a 5-1 score last year.

  39. sholi2000.com says:

    I had to read it twice to see if it was a joke. 

    I can’t imagine the Oilers ever moving.  If that doesn’t light a fire under the Edmonton’s politicians, nothing will.

    I vote

    They Call Me Shane

  40. yathehabsrule says:

    Troll!!!

     

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  41. 24 Cups says:

    Just trying to stir the pot a little:-)

  42. Malreg says:

    Stubbs reported yesterday that Price was shaving it off.

  43. Malreg says:


    Darren Dreger

     

    Relocation is not being discussed in
    Edmonton. Todays meeting with Q.City is simply an exchanging of
    strategies for similar arena projects.

  44. DearyLeary says:

    The Toronto Sun is a rag.  I wouldn’t trust a word they publish.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    Oilers talking about moving the franchise to Quebec City?

    God help the Habs if they do and then draft Sean Couturier this summer.

     

  46. DearyLeary says:

    What’s the over/under on players getting seriously injured in tonight’s Philly/Boston game?  I’m hoping for the over.

  47. habaholic68NJ says:

    Not bad.  Your progressions are a little predictable but catchy.  Here is my latest track if you care to listen.

    http://web.mac.com/ptolias/iWeb/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  48. AH says:

    Complete trap game Boone! I have a bad feeling about this one; the boys have been off for 3 days = cobwebs, we always play DOWN to our opposition, and those dam Oilers always play us tough!

    I smell a loss.

    GO HABS GO!

     

  49. WarHero says:

    Right on! Thank you!

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  50. HFX-HabFan says:

    For those who missed it earlier- in honour of playing the Oilers tonight, I’ll continue with the “debut roster” series.  Below is a roster comprised exclusively of current NHLers who made their league debut with the Edmonton Oilers.  Here it is:

    Smyth-Arnott-Hemsky

    Hall-Gagner-Eberle

    Paajarvi-Horcoff-Grier

    Chimera-Stoll-Pisani

    Cogliano

    Poti-Gilbert

    Smid-Greene

    Hejda-Peckham

    Henry

    Conklin

    Dubnyk

    Total cost:  $54.45mil, or $4.95mil under the salary cap.  Lots of talented young forwards (many of whom are with the club today), an underwhelming blueline, and a below-average duo between the pipes.  It’s interesting to note that Edmonton has done a far better job in producing speedy forwards (left off this roster were names like Comrie, Brodziak, Winchester, Schremp and Stortini) to go with the NHL’s fastest ice surface, compared to the D and goaltender positions.

  51. Danno says:

    Did Price slash the ‘stach? Did he mow the mo ? Did he trash the moustache?

    An update is urgently needed.

     

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

  52. Shiloh says:

    I think that you hold off as long as you can. The more space you have, the better the chance of addressing a need at or near the trade deadline. Let’s say we have a forward injured who’s likely done for the year and Markov is going to return – we have to try to land a forward.

    I don’t know how this works but let’s say that the Habs trade for an expensive rental player this year and then Markov returns. Wouldn’t we be over the cap unless we sent somebody out?

    The other possibility is sending Gomer to Hamilton for three weeks – that would clear almost a million bucks in cap room.

  53. fuhgawz says:

    Tisdale Saskatchewan – a tad far.  But i will keep my ear out for you guys!

  54. Chorske says:

    Cheers Mike, thank you. I wasn’t sure what the rule was.

  55. WarHero says:

    If you live in Ottawa dn think you could give it a go. Let me know :)

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  56. fuhgawz says:

    need someone who has a kurt cobain raspy growl mixed with an eddie vedder baritone lol i even come equiped with the plaid

  57. MikeMcLaren says:

    Teams can retroactively put players on IR… not exactly sure of the full salary cap implications of such a move, however.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  58. oshawahabsfan says:

    Sorry, posting from the BlackBerry, it goes a little nuts sometimes

  59. habsruleworld says:

    Hey! Where are all the HIOReporters at?

    Price 2nd star of the month in NHL. and Max Pac 1st star of the month in AHL,

    and no articles here on HIO?  Strange

     

    Reporters must be hunting for big busted blood donors,,,lol

  60. WarHero says:

    Thx man we really appreciate that, just wait till we get the words on it :) Should be pretty epic! lol

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  61. fuhgawz says:

    Hey WarHero — not to shabby man ! …its got a REM meets Pearl Jam saying hello to Blind Melon and good bye to Silver Chair thing going on.

  62. DearyLeary says:

    If Markov’s out, and we’re still in the top 3 in the conference, I go looking for a top 3 forward rental at the deadline.  

    Picard has shown himself to be dependable, no reason to panic on our back end.  Goals will always be something this team fights for, and if we can find another player who can put the puck in on a consistent basis that makes us much more dangerous for the playoffs.  Moen in the top 6 makes no sense, and at this point in time I don’t think Eller or Pouliot make sense either (they’re logging good minutes, but haven’t shown the consistency demanded of a top line producer yet).

     

  63. Chorske says:

    With the team doing so well in the standings, I see no reason to commit the “found” cap space just yet. Where’s the fire? The team is winning. So I don’t expect anything to come of that cap space until the Habs drop a few and take a dip in the standings.

    Markov is not on IR yet- seems to me that his cap hit still applies for as long as he is listed as day-to-day. Correct me if I am wrong. If I am rigt, this would confirm that the team is not anxious to make any moves at this point.

    If and when Markov is listed, I would think that space is being saved to pick up a killer rental in Ferbuary. It is what I would do, at any rate.

    I’m a huge poolie, and one of my rules is to never pick a guy with a recent concussion. It’s a friggin BRAIN INJURY, people act like it’s a petit bobo but a concussion is equivalent to brain damage. So I would keep a healthy distance from Johnsson.

    Besides, we are stacked on D. WHat we need is a scoring forward.

  64. WarHero says:

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  65. cautiousoptimist says:

    So if you’re the GM and Markov is out until at least April, do you use all that cap space to pick up a replacement for him?  If so, who?  Or do you tough it out and hope that our PP improves all on its own?

    I’d actually give Kim Johnsson a call — does anyone know if he’s back in game shape after that concussion in March?  If there’s uncertainty, a tryout in Hamilton might be a good test.  Landing him wouldn’t require us to give up assets, so that might be my Plan A.

    If not, I wonder what it would take to pry Wisniewski out of Long Island… Or Christian Backman out of Sweden?

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  66. arcosenate says:

    Ken Dryden just did a nice tribute to Red Fisher in the H of C., it was very good.

     

  67. sholi2000.com says:

    haha, you’re a clickywhore!  :)

    They Call Me Shane

  68. oshawahabsfan says:

    PK is on Off The Record tonight at 5:00 on TSN. Considering how many times he’s been talked about lately on the show it should be a good interview

  69. oshawahabsfan says:

    PK is on Off The Record tonight at 5:00 on TSN. Considering how many times he’s been talked about lately on the show it should be good interview

  70. oshawahabsfan says:

    PK is on Off The Record tonight at 5:00 on TSN. Considering how many times he’s been talked about lately on the show it should be good interview

  71. scrowe21 says:

    Watch out for Theo Peckham.. Have a feeling hes going to crush someone tonight.

  72. 24 Cups says:

    Peckham hails from Richmond Hill, Ontario (who the hell would ever want to visit that town:-)  That’s also the hometown of our own Mike Cammalleri.  I wonder which guy would win a speed skating contest!

  73. Danno says:

    Surely you mean Teddy.

     

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

  74. habs001 says:

    this year our play in our zone has been mutch better than last year…last year we had many nights where we had real problems getting out of our zone…our g.a.a. is #1 and our pk is #2 for this the goaltending,d and forwards have to be given A+….scoring is 23rd exact same position we finished last year and pp is #20..

    now we will have nights where we get a pp goal maybe even two but i believe if these 2 things dont get resolved we will have a very mediocre pp all year

                     1) besides pk if we keep using our present d as pointman on the pp we will have a bad pp all year. there is no way that these guys can generate consistent offense for our pp…

                      2) plecks is having a very good year and gomez is not…but both have to be way better at pp faceoffs. this has been a pet peeve for me…plecks is very bad at winning a pp faceoff at the start of the pp…usually the opposition team wins the draw and clears the zone so we miss out on about 30 seconds of pp time and subban time…              

     

  75. DearyLeary says:

    We need to string some wins together.  Beating teams we’re supposed to beat is what will help us sustain our lead in the NE.  Beating teams that are supposed to be competitive is just the proof that we belong atop the division/conference.

  76. habs001 says:

    the lack of scoring can be improved if we can fix the pp…during the reg season as shown by the standings you can get away with a poor pp and scoring issues….you may even win one or two playoff rounds.but the lack of scoring will eventually lead to a heartbreaking series defeat..where you play great but are on the wrong end of 1-0..2-1 and 3-2 type games…we really need to fix the pp. 

  77. Ian Cobb says:

    The PP is not broken 001, we are just holding it in reserve.

    Never want to peak to early.

  78. HardHabits says:

    I can’t wait for the road trip. That’s where we separate the men from the boys. I don’t mean in the standings. I mean here at HIO.

  79. DearyLeary says:

    Yeah, western road swings are always fun.  We get to see Boone fall asleep at the keyboard and his blogs look like this:

     

    LK;;;QHTPPPewi;ooooookml;jI;OOOOOOOOKL

  80. Ian Cobb says:

    HardHabits–If you have room in your car on the road trip for me, I’ll split the gas and hotels!!

  81. Rudy says:

    What about a Southern road trip (ie FL)

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

  82. Timo says:

    Our biggest PP weapon has not been deployed yet… Just wait.

  83. likehoy says:

    I can’t tell if it’s going to be full Breezer, MAB, or Weber.

    I guess it’ll be a surprise

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  84. Lafrich says:

    Maybe Gaston Gingras?

  85. dhenry1234 says:

    I can imagine bob gainey saying to PG at some point this season: “It’s time to deploy Operation Powerplay”

  86. HOGGIE says:

    Stephane Richer!

  87. Timo says:

    Hey Ian, if you guys are making your way across to the west, mi casa es tu casa. You can wake up with my 1 1/2 year old at night :)

  88. Ian Cobb says:

    I did that number with my 3 kids for many years Timo. But I can read yours a bedtime story now.!

  89. Timo says:

    It has to include Elmo.

  90. GrimJim says:

    If you’re road-tripping take my advice, do NOT stop at Fuddrucker’s for a lunch of chili-cheese dogs…

    What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?

  91. sholi2000.com says:

    I’M IN, where do we meet :)

     

     

    They Call Me Shane

  92. TOEmastro says:

    well, you’d be screwed! (sorry if someone else commented on your sig, i’ve never seen it before)

  93. GrimJim says:

    You’re the first I’ve seen get it right. Someone posted “a golfer” which me and my +36 handicap found hilarious. I haven’t seen any other comments

  94. andrewberkshire says:

    Carey Price is the second star for the month of November.

  95. DearyLeary says:

    And the first star of Movember.

  96. Harani says:

    Price was named the second star in the NHL for the month of November. Shocker! NOT!

    In 12 games, he went 8-4-0, 4 times 1st star, 4 times 2nd star and 2 times third star. That’s a star in every game except 2 games for the Habs. A 1.59 GAA and .952 SV%. Can’t ask for any better! Go Carey! Go Habs!

    “It must be love!”

  97. cautiousoptimist says:

    To be fair though, the three stars are probably chosen more objectively in other teams’ barns.  But still, hot damn what a month!

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  98. DearyLeary says:

    While they might be more objective elsewhere, is it even possible to argue that Price didn’t deserve those stars?

  99. cautiousoptimist says:

    Can’t really argue with that.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  100. Timo says:

    Happy Hanukkah to all Jewish HIO fellow members!!!

  101. diehardhab says:

    Thanks Timo!

    Dont forget cammalleri and halpern too!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  102. McManager says:

    Gerber was assigned to Oklahoma? I thought he was starting tonight?

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/

  103. ESundy36 says:

    I believe he was called up on an emergency basis so as soon as Khabibulin was cleared to play he had to be sent down.

  104. leafs67_andcounting says:

    That’s exactly what happened, Khabibulin has been activated. Dubnyk expected to start tonight though.

  105. Castor says:

    ouch. But this is the place that backup goaltenders shine.

    GO HABS!

  106. sholi2000.com says:

    TB, Panthers 30,31  Perfect family vacation for me and the two little ones.  Hmmmmmmmmmm

    They Call Me Shane

  107. Timo says:

    is it kosher for them to be playing tonight?

  108. DearyLeary says:

    Of course, Canadienism surely outweighs Judaism.

  109. thebigguy says:

    This isn’t a holiday where you take any time off. The only holidays where Jewish law commands them to take time off are the high holidays in September/October (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) as well as the first 2 nights of Passover (Pesach) which is normally in April.

    If they were very devoted, they also wouldn’t play Saturday afternoon games.

     

    I wonder if there was a practicing Jew on a team, if the league would try and acount for that with their schedule?

  110. Timo says:

    But how are they going to explain this to their mothers? :)

    Dude… i was kidding, right? 

  111. habsforthecup says:

    Halpern actually sat out Yom Kippur in 2006.
    – A

  112. SeriousFan09 says:

    Walkom is calling this game? Okay, forget getting a goalie interference call tonight.

     

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

  113. Chorske says:

    Pretty good game so far, I like the energy. They aren’t looking like a team that has had four days off.

  114. JIMVINNY says:

    Oh, Spacek.  Stay on your own side of the ice, and that doesn’t happen.

  115. JIMVINNY says:

    Pricey just got enough of that.

  116. Matt_in_TO says:

    Do people not pay attention to the start time of the game?  I’m surprised by the number of empty seats.

     

    – In Price We Trust

  117. Mike Boone says:

    Weather is awful today. Heavy traffic all over town.

  118. Chuck says:

    Bruins/Flyers. Is it possible for both teams to get 0 points tonight?

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  119. andrewberkshire says:

    Scary sequence.

  120. Matt_in_TO says:

    This one is shaping up to be a dandy of a game

     

    – In Price We Trust

  121. HOGGIE says:

    style of game suited for pleks and AK 46’s style of play fun to watch so far

  122. VancouverHab says:

    Benoit Brunet looks like a stereotypical accountant….

  123. HOGGIE says:

    i have turn away everytime he stares straight into the camera it creeps me out

  124. gumper says:

    Hmm. Oil’s PP looks decent, and with Walkom, it’ll get plenty of ice time tonight.

  125. HOGGIE says:

    nice hustle rewarded by a pp

  126. andrewberkshire says:

    PP is trying to be way too cute.

  127. JIMVINNY says:

    Gomez gets the ugliest goals.

  128. Hockey Socks says:

    Mathieu “One-Way Contract” Darche!

  129. Matt_in_TO says:

    Gomez!!

     

    – In Price We Trust

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez? About time!

  131. Danno says:

    Worth every penny!

    Ohhhh, wait…

     

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

  132. Chuck says:

    I don’t care if it was another lucky goal for Gomez. He’s due, and they all count!

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  133. HardHabits says:

    Trade him now quick.

  134. VancouverHab says:

    In the ‘credit-where-credit-is-due’ department, agreed that Gomez has been busting a gut the whole game so far?

  135. HOGGIE says:

    oilers are pretty good on offence but the deffensive zone play is just a trainwreck

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    Worth slightly over half the pennies, could be a worse deal.

  137. showey47 says:

    I agree. Its now how,its how many.

  138. andrewberkshire says:

    Hey Jones, wear a visor.

  139. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s just bad luck.  But pouliot should know better than to wave his stick around with another player nearby.

  140. andrewberkshire says:

    Ok Refs, you got the game tied, now start calling all the hooking the Oilers are doing.

  141. JIMVINNY says:

    What a shot.  Holy sh*t.  Top corner and everything.

  142. C3P1 says:

    gotta have that

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  143. showey47 says:

    Very frustrating when stupidity costs you a goal.

  144. Matt_in_TO says:

    At first I thought Price was screened by Georges but after seeing the replay, that was a heck of a shot.

     

    – In Price We Trust

  145. VancouverHab says:

    Yeah, but bad time to take an avoidable penalty. :–(

     

  146. JIMVINNY says:

    This is ridiculous.  We’re badly outshooting them, outplaying them as well, and they have a 3 to 1 edge in PP’s.  Cammalleri is lying on the ice with an oiler stick in his skates, no call.  Vandermeer buries Darche from behind, no call.  WTF is going on?

  147. andrewberkshire says:

    Even more frustrating when you dominate the period at even strength. This has been a thing with the Oilers lately, get dominated but they still get all the powerplays.

  148. olematelot says:

    Are you serious, that was a laser!

  149. JVF says:

    Too many penalties, ostie!

  150. andrewberkshire says:

    Walkom is just a terrible ref. And the Oilers have been getting a ton of breaks lately. 6 straight PPs on Monday against Ottawa.

  151. sholi2000.com says:

    Thanks for the chuckle!!

     

    They Call Me Shane

  152. JIMVINNY says:

    The Cammy no-call, was SO bad.  The stick is right through his skate, and gagner skates away, leaving him lying on the ice, and there’s no call?  Total BS.

  153. sholi2000.com says:

    Even slow motion couldn’t slow that shot down.  I say let’s trade for him lol.

    They Call Me Shane

  154. twilighthours says:

    I dont think we’re outplaying them.

  155. 24 Cups says:

    The Oiler basically scored on his own net but Gomez needed some kind of luck so who cares.  We’ll take what we’re given.

  156. Chuck says:

    I’m sorry, but on a shot like that, from that range, you’ve only got enough reaction time to throw your glove up there and hope that the puck hits it.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  157. HOGGIE says:

    never thought i would ever see the names Andrei markhov and kim jung il in the same sentence lol

  158. Just A Guy says:

    Wow Markov news, not suprising its only one sentence long. Maybe they are going to make a move and need the cap space?

  159. showey47 says:

    maxpac scores again, 1-0 for the dogs leading abbotsford.

  160. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty sure we’re outshooting them 13-4 at even strength.

  161. C3P1 says:

    I know….Im joking, relax.  poking fun at (insert your best guess here)

    _________________________________________________

    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  162. andrewberkshire says:

    Wow. I hope he scores 50 down there.

  163. Keith says:

    Missed most of the period dealing with an insurance issue, more like dealing with the Mafia.

  164. Hockey Socks says:

    With how little information we get about Markov, you’d think management was in cahoots with the KGB.

  165. HardHabits says:

    Maybe they’ll bring him up near the end of the season to see if he’d be a good addition for the playoffs.

  166. Keith says:

    What a stop by Pricey!

  167. JIMVINNY says:

    Why is idiot mcguire so convinced that Price is a fatty?

  168. larisalapointe says:

    I guess when you’re a fathead, you see everything fat.

  169. Matt_in_TO says:

    Who cares what that mouth thinks. 

     

    – In Price We Trust

  170. Keith says:

    Playing dopey hockey.

  171. Matt_in_TO says:

    That was one long sequence

     

    – In Price We Trust

  172. Hockey Socks says:

    Damn it! This weather knocked out my satellite signal!

  173. SeriousFan09 says:

    My internet’s been twitchy all night, I feel your pain. Stream cuts in and out without warning. Reset my damn router and it still isn’t quite right.

     

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

  174. andrewberkshire says:

    The Oilers are hooking constantly.

  175. JIMVINNY says:

    Why do the oilers deserve the Pittsburgh treatment?  Did crosby get traded there or something?

  176. JIMVINNY says:

    If you don’t have a good angle on Subban when he goes behind the net like that, you might as well peel off, because there’s no way you’re slowing him down without taking a penalty.  As Jacques found out.

  177. Matt_in_TO says:

    That’s not a good sight…..

     

     

    GOAL!!!

     

    – In Price We Trust

  178. andrewberkshire says:

    Please don’t be injured Andrei…..

  179. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    ET LEE BUUUUUT!

    DARCHE – CAMMALLERI!

  180. Keith says:

    CAMMY BABY!!!!!

  181. JIMVINNY says:

    Yay for the second wave.  But I sure hope AK’s okay.

  182. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice!  Did that go in twice?

  183. win4ce says:

    Oh wow, Plek rolling Andrei to the bench and you can visibly see Gome laughing on the way on the ice. I cant stop laughing myself

  184. Matt_in_TO says:

    LOL at Pleks pushing AK46

     

    – In Price We Trust

  185. Habhopeful says:

    Hahaha bad roll, pleks isnt on his game tonight lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  186. Keith says:

    Man, I hope AK46 is alright. It looked kinda funny when Pleky pushed him towards the bench.

  187. andrewberkshire says:

    Vandermeer has a 2-on-1 with Paajarvi and takes the shot? Ooook. That would be like Gill on a 2-on-1 with Pouliot and not passing.

  188. VancouverHab says:

    Yes, that was great work by Gomez on the second goal too — I agree.

  189. JIMVINNY says:

    That was beautiful.  And Pouliot was awesome there.

  190. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!

    WHAT MOVES BY POULIOT!

    NICE JOB HAMRLIK!

  191. HOGGIE says:

    gotta love Hammer’s smile right there

  192. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha!

  193. Matt_in_TO says:

    Hammer looking like Markov there.  Nice pinch.

     

    – In Price We Trust

  194. Danno says:

    Roman!

     

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

  195. RJB says:

    HAMMER!!!!!!!

    “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.โ€
    – Bilbo Baggins

  196. Keith says:

    Milestone moment for Hamr, 150 goals and 600 points.

  197. andrewberkshire says:

    Wow. What stickhandling from Pouliot!

  198. twilighthours says:

    Looks like AK took the shot on the inside of the thigh.  If so, it’ll be a big bruise but nothing long-term or serious.

  199. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Eller gets another point!

  200. Hockey Socks says:

    Kind of saddens me that this is probably Hammer’s last year in a Habs jersey. Love him, just not his contract.

  201. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    KOSTITSYN’S BACK – WHAT A SIGH OF RELIEF!

  202. Habhopeful says:

    Carbo may have not been a great coach on the ice…But he must have taught Plekanec that bowling technique of his lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  203. ShangaDoo says:

    Go Habs!

    But a part of me feels bad for the young ones,

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  204. showey47 says:

    LMFAO,i was going to post the same thing but you beat me too it.

  205. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Attaboy Price!

    Keep it up!

  206. showey47 says:

    I’d like to see him on a breakaway/shootout then pull off a marek malik type goal.

  207. twilighthours says:

    I’d resign him for cheap, for sure.  He gets way too bad a rap around these parts.

  208. SeriousFan09 says:

    LOL, I’d love to see a 2-on-1 break with Gill on it.

     

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

  209. Just A Guy says:

    one of the more funny comments I’ve ever read, given the context. Glad to see AK looks like he will be fine.

  210. VancouverHab says:

    I could not care less about his contract — he’s a stud: the most underrated player on the team.

    Anyway, as long as the pieces all work successfully together the cost of individual pieces is an irrelevance.

    Now Luongo’s contract — that’s a different story ;–)

  211. Habhopeful says:

    ๐Ÿ˜‰

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  212. andrewberkshire says:

    That would be the goal of the decade.

  213. Danno says:

    Yet another clutch save.

     

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

  214. scrowe21 says:

    Edit* AK BACK.. YES!!

    Congrats to Hammer time on the 600th point. Nice play

  215. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    TAKE THAT HALL!

  216. Danno says:

    And yet another clutch save.

     

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

  217. HOGGIE says:

    woot ak is back

  218. JasonM says:

    I don’t think I can take another year of Spacek.

  219. punkster says:

    He’s been getting kind of tired of you too Jason ๐Ÿ˜‰

  220. JIMVINNY says:

    Pricey is playing lights out right now.  The oilers are getting some great chances.

  221. Danno says:

    How was that icing?

     

     

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

  222. Keith says:

    This Oiler team isn’t giving up. Better be careful Habs.

  223. pricefor25 says:

    still cant stop laughing on pleks rolling AK46 to the bench..hahaha..

  224. punkster says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen AK play this possessed. Impressive.

  225. Keith says:

    Wow, what reflexes Pricey has!

  226. petrov14 says:

    Man, Price is SOLID!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  227. Danno says:

    Another clutch save. This is getting boring. Almost.

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

  228. JIMVINNY says:

    Of course they call us, the first chance they get.

  229. Habhopeful says:

    without tryin to sound awkward…Careys got great legs!

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  230. Malreg says:

    Obvious call…

  231. JVF says:

    Second stupid penalty for Halpern tonight — What’s up with him?

  232. Danno says:

    And another….

     

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

  233. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HOLY! WOW!

    Price is on!

  234. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HOLY! WOW!

    Price is on!

  235. Keith says:

    OMFG PRICEY!!!

  236. iHeart Les Habitants says:

    Pleks gotta shoot on those 2 on 1’s and let Moen crash the net.

  237. HOGGIE says:

    i can’t begin to imagine where this team would be w/o Price and Pleks

  238. JIMVINNY says:

    Unreal.  What a couple of saves.

  239. JasonM says:

    Fantastic. Who is this guy?

  240. Habhopeful says:

    And hands…

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  241. Malreg says:

    JM has to get Spacek away from the Hall-Eberle-Horcoff line, their speed is eating him alive tonight.

  242. punkster says:

    Who’s this goalie the habs got now, this Cory Spice guy, whatever his name is?

  243. ShangaDoo says:

    THAT WAS A DIRTY F***** SAVE!!

     

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  244. twilighthours says:

    It’s hilarious and sad watching Plex saucer those passes over to Moen only to have him fire it right into the goaltender.

  245. andrewberkshire says:

    Watching AK46 this year I just can’t see it being all due to a contract year. The guy has been fantastic in every facet of the game.

  246. ShangaDoo says:

    Scary Spice

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  247. JIMVINNY says:

    Hall got a little handsy with Picard there, kind of smacked him in the face.

  248. Castor says:

    I was thinking that today. Imagine we let Pleks go to sign Halak… eeeesh. 
    It was a gutsy (and risky) move Gautier made. So far it’s paying off.

     

    (meant as a reply to the post above yours, sorry)

  249. larisalapointe says:

    “The spice is wight”…Elmer Fudd.

  250. punkster says:

    Damn. Missed half the first (both goals) and now I gotta miss the third.

  251. Danno says:

    Brother of Auld Spice

     

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

  252. habaholic68NJ says:

    Anyone going to the Habs-Devils game tomorrow at the Prudential Center?  I will be in section 9 row 18 and would love to meet-up with HIO posters before or during the game.

  253. andrewberkshire says:

    Looks like Halak isn’t going to repeat the same feats against Washington tonight, sucks for my pool.

  254. Chuck says:

    Good. Maybe the Habs will score a couple more while you’re away.  :)

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  255. VancouverHab says:

    Wow! Another good one, ‘Book ‘Em’ — do you do amateur standup?

  256. JIMVINNY says:

    Edmonton is 1-11-2 when trailing after 2.  As long as we don’t try to go into a defensive shell, we should have this one in the bag.

  257. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Completely agree. Heยดs playing very well offensively but also much better defensively than ever before and I think especially the latter has nothing to do with his contract year

  258. JIMVINNY says:

    It’s only 1-0.  STL can come back, hopefully.

  259. Matt_in_TO says:

    Who are the chicks and how do I get to be in the next one?

     

    – In Price We Trust

  260. Danno says:

    Two thumbs way up Jdub!

    Strange. Now I have a hankerin’ for Doritos…

     

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

  261. Matt_in_TO says:

    lol

     

    – In Price We Trust

  262. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m just looking at the shot count. Washington is being more discerning, only took 7 shots in the first period. I don’t think Halak is as good when he isn’t being barraged from every angle. Here’s hoping Washington gets frustrated and starts peppering him with shots to boost my stats.

  263. andrewberkshire says:

    St. Louis has been terrible offensively lately, also what I said to Jim.

  264. BJT says:

    Hey Andrew, are you taking part in the HIO ESPN/TSN one as well?

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  265. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s how I feel as well, the committment to defense isn’t usually something that shows up in contract years all of a sudden.

  266. Habhopeful says:

    100X better than your Chris Lee video…but pretty good dude

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  267. andrewberkshire says:

    Nope, I’m in 4 pools but not that one.

  268. Nahlsy says:

    I haven’t been reading along so if it’s been said, oh well, what can ya do?

     

    Are Pouliot, Eller and Darche the ‘Roid line?  PEDs?

  269. Habhopeful says:

    Whatever they do I hope they keep Max Pac in the A for the season, let him deeeevelop

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  270. JVF says:

    It is now absolutely FORBIDDEN to lose this game.

  271. Ian Cobb says:

    Have a happy Hanukkah to all our friends!

    I just realized! Enjoy your families.

  272. Ian Cobb says:

    I mentioned this the other day about Miss Grey and Stanley holding hands in the spring parade.

    We may have a hell of a wedding to party at in Montreal this spring folks.

  273. bwr says:
    About –
    “Carbo: Big hand when he appears on the board. Do they forget how crap that team was?”
    He did bring “that” team to finish 1st in the Eastern conference. Although, nothing close to what the team is now.
    Also, let’s not forget Carbo as a player too ๐Ÿ˜€
  274. Matt_in_TO says:

    Another rookie not showing any respect

     

    – In Price We Trust

  275. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s a high stick? Are you kidding refs?

  276. JIMVINNY says:

    Hall is getting a little big for his britches.  Subban might need to have a chat with him about respect.

  277. showey47 says:

    Use the timeout JM. Your line is gassed and just iced the puck

  278. JIMVINNY says:

    Gionta was choked because Hall came in with some pretty high elbows.

     

  279. yathehabsrule says:
     

    Gionta indicates emphatically to Hall that there are ways to treat a veteran.

     

    Hall sold that, and Hamrlik didn’t like it “

     

    — Hmmmm…..lack of respect there, I think…Get on it, Don Cherry!!!! ;P

     

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  280. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Gomez has 8 points this season. That’s 1 million per point! His job here is done!

     

    “So why call her bad? From her, Kings are born”

  281. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pacioretty with another 2-goal game in Hamilton tonight, why do I even bother deciding who’s my 1st Star of the Week anymore?

     

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

  282. byrneoNL says:

    What a great story Darche is writing for himself, man.

  283. andrewberkshire says:

    Gill has been atrocious tonight. Speed is killing him.

  284. JIMVINNY says:

    How is that not interference with gagner pushing Gorges into Price?

  285. Keith says:

    Damn, I sawe that one coming.

  286. Chuck says:

    That’s how you beat Price this season: have his own player take him out.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  287. king ddd says:

    maybe im blind but how is that not agoalie interfernce on that goal

     

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  288. habs001 says:

    pyat on for the pp goal and on for this goal..0 goals ..maybe time to look at someone else in his spot…

  289. JVF says:

    Nail-biting time…

  290. showey47 says:

    lets go, 3 for 3 here.

  291. andrewberkshire says:

    HOW WAS THAT NOT A PENALTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  292. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    oh..

  293. JIMVINNY says:

    That is total BULLSH*T. 

  294. Keith says:

    We got buned bad for that non-call!! BULLS*it!

  295. C3P1 says:

    now that one, he needs to stop to bail out his team.  atrocious period

    _________________________________________________

    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  296. Chuck says:

    No call on the trip, then PK takes himself out of the play. Not cool.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  297. twilighthours says:

    Borderline non-call on cammi.  Price needs to have that short-side shot.

  298. JIMVINNY says:

    Whoever that ref is, someone in the habs organization needs to say something. That was a textbook trip, and he just stood there watching like an idiot.

  299. showey47 says:

    the refs obviously blew that call but subban needed to be alot smarter there.

  300. Chuck says:

    What we need to do is not give up shorthaned 2-on-1’s.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  301. olematelot says:

    Again you don’t know what you’re talking about, that was a perfect shot

  302. C3P1 says:

    you misunsertand me…great shot indeed, but those are the kind of stops hes been making this year that he just didnt tonight…thats all

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    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  303. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Yes he has. And that is why we have been winning. But he can’t always be saving their asses. He’s not some type of God. He will let them in, it’s inevitable. Price is not to blame here. He has played amazing this season. Don’t blame a defense breakdown loss on Price. Once again I say… Price gets paid 2.5 million a year to stop the puck. The players in front of him get paid 52 million to score and defend him. I don’t think it’s Price we should be worried about here, my friend. 

    “So why call her bad? From her, Kings are born”

  304. Danno says:

    Trap game indeed.

     

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

  305. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Relax, people, P.K. is a rookie – and a rookie learns from his mistakes.

  306. gumper says:

    Despite lots of blame to go around on that last goal, really bad decision by P.K. Rookie mistake.

  307. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s having a nightmare tonight.

  308. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cmon Soobie – you are better than that!

  309. Malreg says:

    Horrible decision by PK on that play.  You’re up 1 goal with 6 minutes left in the 3rd and on a PP, you don’t try to dive at the blueline to keep the puck in.  There was no good that could have came out of that play.  Even if he keeps the puck in, he most likely trips the player while doing it and gets a penalty anyways.

    All that said, Price should have made the save.  I won’t complain about 1 softie every 10 games though.

  310. Chuck says:

    That goal happened 140 feet from our net.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  311. andrewberkshire says:

    Brule goes knee on knee with a Hab, no ***ing call.

  312. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK, letting the Flyers come back from 2 goals down was perhaps understandable.

    Getting completely overrun by the worst team in the West isn’t.

     

  313. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Refs have shoved whistles up their a**es.

  314. habsfaninboston says:

    Shite! This game should have been won in regulation.

  315. king ddd says:

    habs 3 – REFFS 3

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  316. Keith says:

    Brutal period against the worst team in the NHL.

  317. HabFanSince72 says:

    Back to the old win one lose one pattern?

    Maybe we’re not very good.

     

     

  318. andrewberkshire says:

    How did Walkom ever become director of officiating? He rivals Chris Lee.

  319. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs beat Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 in SO, SO goals by Palushaj and Dumont.

     

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

  320. HNS says:

    McGuire is a total blowhole…..

  321. HNS says:

    McGuire is a total blowhole…..

  322. TomNickle says:

    BEAUTIFUL BACKCHECK BY MICHAEL F. CAMMALLERI.

     

  323. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    2 points given to Edmonton, served on a golden platter.

  324. C3P1 says:

    price picked a bad time for a letdown there…yike

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    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  325. habsfaninboston says:

    Unf’nbelievable.

  326. Matt_in_TO says:

    Well that just sucked.

     

    – In Price We Trust

  327. punkster says:

    Damn. Missed half the first (both goals) and now I gotta miss the third.

    Edit: no idea how this coomment ended up here. I made it at the end of the 2nd. But I thought I’d leave it anyways because, well, nothing else of interest seems to be happening.

  328. HNS says:

    McGuire is a total blowhole…..

  329. C3P1 says:

    price picked a bad time for a letdown there…yike

    _________________________________________________

    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  330. JIMVINNY says:

    What a sell out by Cammalleri. saw the hit coming, so he just let the puck go. That one is on him. The tying goal is on PK and the ref. Lots of goats tonight.

  331. HabFanSince72 says:

    That was disgraceful. Stopped playing again after 30 minutes.

    We were completely outplayed.

    And there was only one Norris candidate on the ice tonight.

  332. HabFanSince72 says:

    PK’s pass was terrible.

  333. Danno says:

    Bring back the mustaches.

     

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

  334. habguy says:

    that’s why habs are a mediocre team.

    leading by 2 goals, with less than 10 minutes to go, and get beat by the worst team in the NHL at HOME!

    PATHETIC TEAM!

  335. TomNickle says:

    If Gomez EVER showed that much of a lack of effort his ass WOULD be benched.  That wide turn and coasting backcheck after turning the puck over was sickening.

  336. JVF says:

    Unacceptable. It’s going to be hard to take the Habs seriously until they learn to hold on to two-goal leads… especially against young, inexperienced teams like Edmonton. 

  337. Anonymous says:

    Subbans worst game as a hab, edmontons first ot win in five tries, over 3 goals scored against, jersey tomorrow… sleep well.

  338. gumper says:

    Reffing may not have been grade A tonight, but this one can be blamed on too many OHL level giveaways by the Habs. Methinks les boys enjoyed their brief holiday a bit too much. First game with more that 3 goals allowed? Take the point, Jersey tomorrow.

  339. twilighthours says:

    Some of you guys pick on Gomez, but Cammalleri is the real dog on this team. He’s been absolutely brutal! He rarely wins a puck battle or race, and was so soft on the tying goal (no, I didn’t think it was a trip, I thought he was just weak).

  340. JVF says:

    Pffffft! I’m dรฉgoรปtรฉ!

  341. olematelot says:

    Why are you putting this on Price, last 2 goals were the result of brutal defensive breakdowns.

  342. Chuck says:

    That play started when Subban put the pass into Cammy’s skates. He’s the cause of that turnover, not Cammy.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  343. TomNickle says:

    WHAT HE SAID!

  344. Danno says:

    Not quite. We lost to Tampa Bay 4-3 in OT as well…

    And as Chuck says, the streak is for allowing no more than three goals in regulation time..

     

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

  345. Chuck says:

    The streak is allowing 3 or fewer goals in regulation, which is still intact.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  346. TomNickle says:

    Does that give Cammalleri a free pass to just coast on the backcheck there when he’s within 2 strides of the player on a breakaway in overtime?

    That was disgusting to say the least.  Bad passes are a part of hockey Chuck, and an acceptable part of it from time to time, a lack of effort to that extent isn’t tolerated at any level.  I’ve got visions of Kovalev dancing through my head right now.  

    That was pitiful.

  347. the_larry says:

    Tampa isnt a garbage team though.

  348. C3P1 says:

    im not putting it on price…im one of his biggest fans.  but tonight he was not his usuail self, the last 2 goals are saves he has made this year, thats all

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    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  349. Chuck says:

    No, it doesn’t. But neither does it make it right to make him the full donkey on the play when an accurate, 15 foot pass is all that’s need to sent the puck up the ice. If PK is going to play those minutes, he needs to be better than that.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  350. TomNickle says:

    I guess I’m a little different in that I’m not going to fly off the handle over a loss where a mistake was made but the players worked hard.  It’s very difficult for me to stomach the calls for Gomez’s head on this site(not from you) when Cammalleri is playing the way he is.  It took a game clinching play for people to start realizing it but now they finally are.  

    This has been his effort level the entire season.  I don’t know if he’s hurt, if that playoff run went to his head or if he’s enjoying the spotlight in Montreal and the spoils that accompany it, but his effort level has been right in line with what Kovalev’s was on bad nights(Kovalev’s bad nights).

    I would once like to see him backcheck hard, try to beat out an icing or take a hit to make a play.  He shows zero effort as far as I’m concerned and as I said, it’s sickening to watch Gomez play elite defensive hockey and get shit on daily and then turn around and watch Cammalleri go a point every two games but coast for 20 minutes/night.

  351. AH says:

    Best summary on here tonight, no rose colored glasses.

  352. JVF says:

    Pffffft! I’m dรฉgoรปtรฉ!

  353. Samovich says:

    THe worst Reffing I have seen in a long time!!!!! Wallcom and those idiots deserve to be fired !!!!!

  354. habstrinifan says:

    Dont blame ref

     

  355. JVF says:

    Pffffft! I’m dรฉgoรปtรฉ!

  356. JVF says:

    Ooops! Sorry! Triple post — But I AM dรฉgoรปtรฉ!!!

  357. longtimehabsfan says:

    I am disgusted!  JM is an idiot!  How can you lose a game like this?  Cammy is really off his game.  What a disgrace!

  358. habstrinifan says:

    Agree with you for plaxing blame on JM. Hall Gill was dead tired on shift before Oilers 2nd goal and JM should have rested him a bit. He was absolutely responsible for Oilers 2nd goal which gave them momentum.

     

  359. Willy the bum says:

    I think I just oiled myself.

  360. krob1000 says:

    karma police strike again……shouldn’t have made fun of those Leafs….

  361. tony d says:

    was thinking the exact same thing…and we go and do our best Leafs impression tonight…. pretty fugly, considering this one shoulda been a W in the books

  362. twilighthours says:

    In the grand scheme of things, giving away a point to Western Conf team is no biggie.  The important points are the ones against Northeast opponents, and Habs are getting those wins.  Habs will take all the sting out of this one by putting a beating on the Devils tomorrow night.

  363. JF says:

    Good point.  We’re not competing with the Oilers.  Hopefully tonight’s collapse will motivate the team and they won’t do their usual disappearing act against the Devils tomorrow night.  Also, we gained a point on Philly.  I was nervous about this game all day, fearing we would blow it, so it could have been worse.

  364. andrewberkshire says:

    This site needs new servers. 10 minute reloads on 50mp/s internet is a bit ridonk.

  365. twilighthours says:

    I enjoy the speed of this site.  Between refreshes, I can take a wizz, walk the dog, write a novel…. very productive!

  366. the_larry says:

    Nice hustle on the backcheck by Cammy. That was embarassing. I hope Martin reams his ass out tonight for that one. Even after the turnover, Cammy just casually skated around rather than stopping on a dime to fight for the puck.

  367. iwardhabs says:

    This is a troubling and very disappointing loss. In the post-cap era of parity, we can’t afford to give up a 2-goal lead, and precious points, to a team like Edmonton (with all due respect to the good people there). The regular season is an effort in building a ladder to the playoffs, and we missed out on a easy rung tonight. Given how difficult the rest of our December schedule is, we didn’t have the luxury of tossing that one away. Our schedule being what it is, “Clutch Time,” and the run to the postseason, began yesterday. We’re well past the quarter-pole, and there are no more nights off.

    A positive (we can’t, after all, end on a negative): Darche was a terrific leader tonight – my sense is that, if he put up better numbers, or was younger, he would be in JM’s “leadership group.”  I remember, from the days when I was “studying” at McGill, how often Darche (a rough contemporary) was reported on in the McGill Tribune (not the cool McGill paper, I know, but the Trib had way better sports coverage); this guy is a natural-born leader, and don’t be surprised if the end of his playing career lands him in the Canadiens organization in some kind of player development capacity.  

    Cheers.   

  368. longtimehabsfan says:

    There is no excuse for losing this game.  Reffing?  So what?  PK played like crap.  Cammy, is out of it.   We gave up a point for nothing tonight.

  369. Harani says:

    I just want to say that those who are blaming JM have no clue what they’re talking about. It’s not his fault PK crapped the bed on the PP and that Cammi didnt backcheck after turning the puck over. Seriously, it’s simply an excuse you people throw out there.

    I honestly think this was a team loss, everyone played liek shit in the third. Maybe they were saving up for tomorrow’s tilt in NJ or something, but that was just a brutal effort against a team with lot of firepower. And we got burned. We got a point, on to the next one.

    Let’s just stop being all negative, it’s one game. Habs are still 15-8-2. We win some we have no business winning and lose some we had to win. Shit happens.

    “It must be love!”

  370. krob1000 says:

    PK and Cammi have not “lost their Mojo”……this is clearly the handy work of Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard……

  371. olematelot says:

    It’s hilarious on here after a loss, the comments are a hoot. All I’ve got to say is “shit happens” on to the next game

  372. floatingineather says:

    CAMMI – LESS

  373. TomNickle says:

    When the loss isn’t a result of laziness it’s usually a little more tame in here.

  374. longtimehabsfan says:

    I’ve had enough people.   I’m tired and i’m going to bed.  i believe this was the worst loss of the season.

  375. Chuck says:

    Hey, at least our collapse wasn’t quite as epic as the Leafs’!

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  376. habs_1993 says:

    Well….if our current pace of the way we play games keep up…we should be able to crush New Jersey Tomorrow

  377. Harani says:

    On a side note, it’s the curse of Carey’s moustache.

    “It must be love!”

  378. Keith says:

    Good assessment, but it’s the way we collapsed that has me worried.

  379. vic says:

    I dont see Gills name on the blame list .The second goal was his .he lost the puck in the corner again and ended up behind the net.

    I dont belive he is as good as people make him out to be he doesnt check anyone and makes stupid passes..

    MY OPINION

  380. vic says:

    I dont see Gills name on the blame list .The second goal was his .he lost the puck in the corner again and ended up behind the net.

    I dont belive he is as good as people make him out to be he doesnt check anyone and makes stupid passes..

    MY OPINION

  381. RiverviewCanadien says:

    This was brutal loss and what makes it even more brutal, I owe an Oilers (part time Pens fan, umm I mean Crosby lover) a beer! FACK!

  382. habs001 says:

    we have more problems vs the poor teams because we are not an elite team based on talent that can overpower the bad teams…when we play the top teams we can better define who to check and how to play them…we are very hard pressed to score more than 3 goals even vs some of the worst d teams…we have too many forwards that are not finishers no matter how many chances they get…

  383. AH says:

    AAAARRGHHH!! I called it, a loss…dam it!! Sure enough the sleepyheads had too much time off, and facing a garbage opponent is a sure recipe for a Habs loss. What the frick is with this team and this win one, lose one BS!, why is this team so bi-polar? One word: coaching, (and perhaps leadership or lack thereof?); we can’t even win 2 games in a row against crap teams like Buffalo and Edmonton? Subban sucked tonight, and Cammi has had a brutal year so far. Oilers stayed stuck in and eventually wanted the game more. the shots are deceiving too becasue how many of the Habs shots we’re really hard for Dubnyk to handle?

    I’m ranting more than usual because the teams I absolutely can’t handle Habs losing to are: 1A) Bruins and 1B) The Oilers.

    Now I have to put up with my Boss and my son..frickin hell!

  384. RJB says:

    Epic collapse? We lost a game, we didn’t have a huge lead, the Oilers are a fast hardworking team much like the Habs and they won. Habs lost a step, but an epic collapse? Thats an overstatement. 

    “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.โ€
    – Bilbo Baggins

  385. punkster says:

    When has a loss never been a result of laziness?  ๐Ÿ˜‰

  386. matrags says:

    good teams can finish it . a killer instinct that puts teans awawayNo mercy. in philly and again tonight we showed that Martins system of retreat and rope a dopewith a lead is flawed . grinders set the table and hot shots failed to show . ah millionares  they ant never hungry.

  387. SUMO says:

    Bag Skate them JM.

    Our prized rookie had a tough game and his defense partner, Picard, didn’t have his best game. PKs decision making was off tonight. He also nearly castrated AK46.

    Lets just hope its a mulligan.

  388. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So Cammalleri appears lately to be out of it. but he had 2 A tonight.

    Isn’t he paid to score goals though?

    PK…what can you say, he seems very selfish at times and makes really dumb passes. That pass should have been off the boards and to Pleks…ah rookie mistakes.

    How better this team would be with Markov.

  389. floatingineather says:

    Have we blamed the AL’S yet

  390. Keith says:

    I’m going to bed. Too depressing to think on this loss. Another big game in Jersey tomorrow night. Wonder which team will show up? Good Night.

  391. The Teacher says:

    Dumb loss.

     

    On a positive note, has Andrei Kostisyn ever played a better game?

  392. larisalapointe says:

    No he hasn’t been decent, he’s been spectacular.

  393. HardHabits says:

    Here’s a situation where shortening the bench could’ve wielded a different result. PK made some glaring blunders which contributed to this loss that should’ve been pre-empted.

  394. The Big O says:

    Looked like PK was too busy tyring to one up his team canada teammates there with all the cute (and most of the time dumb) plays tonight….

  395. Chuck says:

    True, but their loss was more spectacular.  :)

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  396. drivefor25 says:

    Agree 100%. Markov’s absence is reflected in these seesaw performances.

     

    Fan since ’71

  397. habsfan0 says:

    I blame tonight’s loss on the fact that Price shaved his moustache.

    Rumour has it he’ll start growing a new one tomorrow.

  398. Chuck says:

    True, but to be fair to the kid, he’s been playing some pretty decent hockey and earning a shot at those tough minutes. Chalk this one up to a learning experience in which he’ll have to write “Keep It Simple Stupid” 100 times on the chalkboard.

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  399. HardHabits says:

    PK was on a blunder roll tonight. He could learn just as much with his butt glued to the bench.

    When PK was skating out of the zone last play I saw the winning goal coming like an Eric Lindros concussion.

  400. habguy says:

    take a look at breakaways from last year.

    didn’t save 1.

  401. HNS says:

    No, or shootouts

  402. larisalapointe says:

    Take a look at this year dumbass (word I learned from HIO guys). Perfect word for this situation.

  403. larisalapointe says:

    haha, there’s been no shootouts this year. Nice try;)

  404. Propwash says:

    Defensive gaffs is what killed them tonight.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  405. Richard says:

    Don’t know if someone’s made this comment yet:

    WHO’S CRAZY IDEA WAS IT TO PLAY THE OILERS ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF HANNUKAH!?!?

    Maybe Cammalleri and Halpern conspired to allow a comeback out of respect for the holiday. They probably shared a few too many latkes with their teammates. That’s my only possible explanation for such a terrible effort. The oil outlasted us. The 15th team in the West beat the 3rd team in the East. It’s absurd! It’s like a small group of Israelite rebels defeating the Greek empire! Some might even call the Oilers win tonight “a miracle” (I guess it depends which team you’re cheering for).

  406. ooder says:

    man.. and on Chanukkah especially.. man it was the freaking oilers 

    ——————

    88 is the new 23

  407. Johnny_D says:

    Gotta win against bloody teams like this.  Total loss of control in the 3rd period. Damn, with the speed the Habs have, you should be able to completely neutralize a team just by playing keep-away.

    I said I would be happy with an 8-6-1 December … might have to be happy with a 7-6-2 December instead.  


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An epic collapse

An unSuper Sunday for your Montreal Canadiens, who blew a 3-0 lead and watched the Rangers score FIVE unanswered goals in the second and third periods.

"I think they just picked it up and started to skate more," said Saku Koivu in response to aa suggestion that the Rangers’ physical playย  had turned the game around.

"In the first period we got pucks in their end and were able to get chances because of that. Then in the second half of the game we weren’t skating as well and we didn’t get the pucks deep. We kind of got away from our game plan."

ย "You couldn’t ask for a better start," said Mike Komisarek. "We have to find a way to bury a team and close the gate."

The Canadiens defenceman said the Rangers began to win battles along the boards as the game progressed. Echoing his captain’s analysis, Komisarek said the Rangers’ physical play hadn’t intimidated the Canadiens.

"When we’re prepared to battle, we can play that kind of game. It’s more of an attitude and mentality we have to have, to keep pushing. You can’t let a team like that back in the game.

"We tried too many fancy things instead of sticking with what worked for us."

Christopher Higgins said the Rangers began to win neutral-zone battles in the second half of the game.

"They clogged it up and we played right into it," Higgins said. "Instead of chipping it by them we were trying to make those cute passes. Instead of making them go the whole length of the ice, they only had to go half the ice.

"We stopped skating. That’s what it comes down to."ย 

"These are the kinds of lessons we have to learn as the season goes on and into the playoffs," Komisarek added. "When you have a team down you have to bury them."

Was there a sense that things were slipping away?

"I don’t think so," Komisarek said. "It was just a hard-fought game. Playoff atmosphere, the buzz in the building, the intensity, the battles.

"They got better as the game went on. As a team, we have to feel that pressure and push back."ย 

 

508 Comments

  1. doug says:

    sounds like perhaps no trade but he’s ticked off for being back out of the lineup? thanks for the info.

  2. jimstr says:

    on radio – CKAC Danny Dubรฉ said so.. he left in fury with his complete gears.. we’ll see..

  3. stephen says:

    I thought Ryder played a very involved and inspired game yesterday, and so I am somewhat puzzled by his being scratched. Is something up?

  4. PattyBoy31 says:

    has ryder been traded, somebody just said ckak said hes been traded/ left rink with sticks and bag?!?!?

  5. The Teacher says:

    WHAT AN ATMOSPHERE ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. jimstr says:

    Inquire Sir Boone ! Ryder left the building with all his gears – skates, sticks and bag!! please!

  7. Keith says:

    Tom the Bomb and Begin are in and I’m glad. We have to counter Avery an Hollweig types with some of our own.GO HABS GO!!!

  8. The Teacher says:

    I’m getting all goose-bumpy!

  9. Gormdog says:

    I get to watch the game on NBC. Neat-o.

    Been a long time comming. Interesting to see what the US commentators will say.

    (Komi Picks the Gaints to win the SB. Some guy named “Provo” is singing the anthem.)

  10. Steiner says:

    Ryders out.

  11. The Teacher says:

    Ahhh, a Habs love-in or what on CBC?

  12. The Teacher says:

    Especially if we don’t have four players with their butts out and sticks out surrounding him and let him beat you.

  13. Ed says:

    No, he would not. He would never say anything favouring the Habs, and that is why he has been so quiet. He can’t find anything to say. The Habs are playing too well for him. It must be driving him up the wall.

  14. The Teacher says:

    Funny how CBC gives the Laughs 30 minute pre-game shows, but they show up 2 mins prior to the Anthem for our Habs.

  15. The Teacher says:

    Oops, we’re at home.

  16. The Teacher says:

    I wonder who’s a minor-leaguer now!

  17. Ian G Cobb says:

    This will not be a walk in the park EX, Mike as we well know. I believe if we skate like we can, and somehow tie up that big lug Jager when he is behind our net and stay out of the box. We have a good shot at taking these guys by one goal.! It will be a battle.

  18. showey47 says:

    brilliant doug, abosoluty brilliant but at the same time, man am i dumb, lmao

  19. likehoy says:

    it’s a mock video game cover of the Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Edition ’08. With a picture of Mats Sundin’s face superimposed on Mike Weir’s body playing golf.

  20. nightmare_49 says:

    Forsberg rumour : As for the Habs having interest in Peter Forsberg , this is unknown and it seems the Habs haven’t shown much interest but you never know with Bob. Many teams have done their homework and pursued Forsberg vigorishly like Philly , Van , Dallas , Detroit etc. IMO GM Bob would have a better chance of finding a salesperson at Canadian Tire than signing Forsberg , but that’s debatable.

  21. PattyBoy31 says:

    atta boy komi, elisa cuthberts a babe! (wasnt she going out with avery tho :P)

    http://www.justin.tv/habs31
    password: brandy

  22. Alirio says:

    I’m in my seat (last row) and I still don’t know who the starting goalie is …


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  23. doug says:

    And now for something completely different. Haven’t been on here for a few days but was in NYC on business and the NY Posts had a story about Mike Komisarek’s girlfriend (Elisa Cuthbert) and Paris Hilton.

    I’m not a big fan of tabloid junk or celebrity gossip but if a Habs’ main squeeze is involved I just hope it isn’t distracting.

    http://www.usmagazine.com/exclusive_paris_hilton_and_elisha_cuthbert_seen_making_out

  24. Barts says:

    Brisebois to the press box FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. doug says:

    for those of us without it, what/who is it?!!

  26. doug says:

    that’s what dvr was made for, showey. . . synchronize, synchronize!

  27. Chuck says:

    If there’s on thing that I could tell the Habs in the locker room, it would be, “NO looking ahead to Tuesday!”
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  28. showey47 says:

    Sorry, i just don’t have the stomach for cbc or nbc hockey. I’m english and still choose to watch it on rds. In a perfect world i would have the game on tv and the satelitte radio on cjad but the feed is usually 10 to 15 seconds behind what is happening on tv.

  29. Rugger says:

    Being in the States, I will be watching NBC.

  30. Chorske says:

    If Cagerattler were still here, he’d point out that the Habs are playing back-to-back games, whereas the Rangers are rested since their win vs NJ on Friday.

    Or maybe he wouldn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. 24 Cups says:

    Is anyone going to volunteer to watch the game on NBC today? I would offer but I’m in that heart attack age bracket and can’t risk the shock or stress. I assume it will be the same guys covering the game for CBC today. They did a good job yesterday.

    The Original 24 Cups

  32. Will Longlade says:

    The Habs are poised to exorcise another demon this afternoon. I hope the players remember how they were totally dominated in their last match against the Rangers and play with an edge. The Sens are hearing footsteps!

  33. doug says:

    where’d you hear this?! would exclaim the random benching today. . . must be going somewhere?

  34. Keith says:

    Great start already!!Markov Scores!

  35. The Teacher says:

    YAHOOO! Markov is DOMINANT so far!

  36. doug says:

    even Pierre McGuire is calling Huet “Hue-ette” on NBC. what gives? he knows the mans name.

  37. Chorske says:

    High five to Komi. I hope he posts the videos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. doug says:

    Sign Komi to longer term deal already. Sign Pleks to long term contract. Sign Streit. Sign Huet!

  39. stephen says:

    Lundqvist looks a tad shaky and unsure thus far. More shots from just about anywhere should be on order…

  40. Chorske says:

    Hey, are you broadcasting? I’m trying to log in and it keeps telling me your pass is not ‘brandy’.

    I’m away, so any internet feed for this game would be appreciated.

  41. Chorske says:

    As I said in an earlier post, he has fantastic stats this year, but he is actually incredibly inconsistent. I hope he loses but not by a landslide: I have him in my hockey pool.

  42. Steiner says:

    “Hue-ette” is actually the correct pronunciation. I saw Huet in an interview once, where he said when he started playing in the NHL people started calling him “Huet” (the way we have been known to say it.) So actually, Huet-ette is correct ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. doug says:

    Thanks, guys. Doug

  44. Chorske says:

    I hate to ask, but does anyone know if I can watch this game via internet? I’m in NY and its all superbowl, all the time over here.

  45. Yeats says:

    It’s on regular TV in NYC Channel 4.

  46. stephen says:

    You could check out cbc’s website. I think they often broadcast the games online.

    Alternatively, check out http://www.myp2p.eu for online options. You might have to download the required software, though.

  47. The Teacher says:

    Well, it’s a Habs love-in on CBC, but NBC might focus on your baby more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. Habs-Kat says:

    NBC or CBC? Which one should I watch?

  49. Steiner says:

    I love Pierre McGuire, but I cannot stand the voice of the other commentator.
    I’ll switch between RDS and CBC.

  50. MikeL says:

    CBC for sure. Jim Hughson is by far the most knowledgeable announcer in the league. He doesn’t even need a color commentator…that’s how much he knows.

  51. the_larry says:

    gotta go with NBC. they need the ratings help, which in turn helps the NHL.. then again, better ratings for a CBC Habs game might mean more Habs in the future and less Leafs.. Im still sticking with NBC tho lol

  52. Mr Wonderful says:

    Doug:
    I mentioned yesterday that Huet’s name has been mispronounced for 3 years. Yesterday he told CBC that the T is pronounced so now that is the pronounciation.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  53. doug says:

    thanks; much appreciated, my friend.

  54. doug says:

    thanks; much appreciated, my friend.

  55. Keith says:

    Goalie interference? Come on ref!

  56. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Don’t forget that NYR’s Marek Malik is on the trading block.

  57. The Teacher says:

    Ge got RAN in!

  58. doug says:

    I would imagine any Ryder trade would be for draft picks and cap space. We have enough talent without him for short term and might trade that pick and use that space for a bigger splash later. Would make sense to clear room now, earlier in the month before a bidding game for Koivu’s power forward later in Feb

  59. sidhu says:

    Interesting stat, thanks Showey. His penalties are a product of laziness or fatigue or plain stupidity, with even the smallest hook will lead to a call.

  60. sidhu says:

    Thanks Saku – the Rangers scored on the PP after you took another offensive zone penalty, and you failed to backcheck the Rangers opposing center, Drury, when he scored.

  61. sidhu says:

    I’ve read that Hossa has made it clear he won’t resign with ATL in the off-season.

    I wonder what the trade is (if there really is one): Ryder, Grabovski and a 1st for Hossa?? One can only hope.

  62. ebk says:

    if gainey can trade for Hossa and only give up that little, I’ll truly believe he is the magic man.

  63. habjay93 says:

    I didn’t see the 3rd period, big deal it is one loss, don’t go cancelling the parade yet. We will bounce back. I thought all the cheep shots got us off our game.

    However I think we need a goon, a heavy weight. They should get Wade Belak. Problem solved. If Bob makes one trade that should be it. It also fixes a gaping hole on the Habs, the lack of a good Saskatchewan boy.

  64. The Teacher says:

    Wonder if anyone will die in the riots?

    Plea for calm courny boy.

  65. 24 Cups says:

    ebk – That’s what I told Teach yesterday but he said I was wrong – you realize what these know it all teachers are like:-)

    Score Update:-)
    24 Cups – 3
    Teacher – 2

    The Original 24 Cups

  66. The Teacher says:

    I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I realize Hamrlik was in front of the net with no one else there, however, going into the zone there were 3 opposing players, Koivu initially had the guy on the side closest to the camera (Drury), but then veered to his left quite sharply. Perhaps this confused Hamrlik a little as he had marked the 2nd man coming in at first.

  67. fun police says:

    first off, dandenault is not a third line player, this is when bizzaro carbo takes over. ryder is a better player period.
    secondly, the fourth line on with two minutes left is ridiculous.
    that being said, canadiens are a tougher team than people give them credit for.
    halak should have started, huet is the number one, but he ain’t brodeur either. he needs a break once and a while.

  68. Yeats says:

    My thoughts on the game for what they’re worth:

    We toyed with the Rangers the way we did with the Isles, building a three-goal lead that should have secured the two points this afternoon.

    The game turned on another one of Koivu’s candy-ass, bullshit, totally unmanly offensive zone stick-tweak penalty. Drury said as much in a post-game interview. Stuff like that is the hockey equivalent of the Trojan Horse. Once you open the door, you all know….

    The Kovy hit on Holweg looked like an elbow to me. The Rangers — not the most manly of franchises — seemed to get additional energy from that.

    The hit on K the younger disturbed me, not because he looked injured, not because it was delivered by Holweg and not because it was cheap. The response from the guys on the ice makes me wonder about whether this edition of the Habs truely has the stomach for the frey to come. That towering figure of Jeff Gorges ran hellbent to the aid of his teammate. Chris Higgins, CH, future of captain of the Habs, did jack and was conspicuous by his merely standing there. I guess “team toughness” is still an issue with this squad.

    I’m not going mental, I have to get ready to cheer on the Giants, but we still have a long way to go before we can think about a Cup. The boys might have been truely tired this afternoon, but there is still much work to do. Unlike the Isles, other teams will fight back. I grew up in NYC and gave up rooting for the Rangers after they broke my heart in Game 6 of the ’72 Finals while I sat in the blue seats in MSG that day. Yet, the way they played this afternoon, you had to admire their performance.

  69. ebk says:

    This bs about them being tired, running out of gas is pure crap! Give the Rangers some credit folks they didn’t quit, battled back and took two points from the Habs. It happens but to not give the Rangers credit is wrong. They habs are good enough that they don’t need lame excused being made when they lose.

    The Jagr line dominated the 4th line from the start of the 2nd period on. The puck was in Montreal’s end for the first four minutes of the 2nd period. That set the tome for the rest of the game. Montreal had the Rangers chasing them for the first 20 minutes and the Rangers turned the tide and had the Habs chasing them for the last 20.

    I really like the kid line, was very disappionted that the trio of Latendresse,Lapierre and K2 were broken up for this game. I thought they were playing very well together.

    It was a big game and they came up short, certainly not through lack of effort. Plekanec line was dangerous all game long and for the first 40 minutes, so was Koivu’s. Komisarek and Markov were the best two players on the ice for either team. There are some positives to draw from this game.

    There are also some negatives. If Carbo and the rest of the coaching staff are as good as they are supposed to be, they certainly will not be using
    lame excuses to explain this loss.

  70. Will Longlade says:

    Not the outcome everyone expected and hoped for, but a good learning experience for a young team.

    The lows:

    1. Hamrlik was -3 on the day; a team worst. Not an afternoon he will want to remember.
    2. The Koivu line played well offensively, but they couldn’t finish and got caught standing around a couple times in the D-zone.
    3. Kovalev was not his usual stuff today. I think the Blueshirt’s strategy was to rough him up a bit early in the match to get him off his game.
    4. Not being able to convert on the 3:00 minute PP. This was the turning point in the game IMO.

    The highs:

    1. Mike’s man Gorges mugging Holwegg after his cheap shot on S. Kostistyn. This kid is game and he plays smart positional hockey.
    2. Markov and Komi played MVP type games.
    3. The Kostitsyns continue to impress with their laser like passes. The kid showed that he can shoot’em like his brother.
    4. Frankie holding his own against Orr in an ex. mismatched fight.

    Nothing to be worried about. The Blueshirts have owned the Habs during more than one regular season. H/e, if I recall correctly, the Habs returned the favour by dispatching them in the playoffs in quick order.

    Not sure why posters are dumping on Higgins. I think some may be trolls or possibly Laff fans who would luv to see Higgy in a Bud’s sweater.

  71. HotHabs says:

    Well, what a rollercoaster ride! Habs should be embarrassed by the loss. You can’t allow 5 unanswered goals at this time of the year. It was, as Boone mentioned, a 5-on-5 loss. Special teams were sharp, but even strength was lacking. Full credit to the Rangers for shutting down shooting lanes and clogging up the middle in the 3rd. Lundqvist played a pretty solid game, especially with the save off the Pleks break. However, Dubinsky got a lucky one on an innocent looking shot that hit the top corner. I thought they’d go to the replay to see whether it actually went in after it looked and sounded like it hit the post squarely.

    -Carbo’s line matching was not the best tonight and his choice to start Huet is suspect. Halak should’ve had a chance to play. Would that have changed the end result? Very possibly, as Huet was average with only a couple of nice saves. Nevertheless, it was a tough call…

    -Kovy hit may get a review from the league, and if it does there’ll be a suspension. Same goes for the nastier Hollweg hit from behind on Kosti jr.

    -A very entertaining game with tons of hits. Habs showed lots of grit and a determination not to get pushed around. Komi was a monster! Man is Jagr tough to pry off the puck!

    -Kovy was well covered tonight again and gave up a lot of forced plays. It reminded me of his play/coverage in Washington the other night.

    -Habs need more offensive production from Higgins. He’s playing hard but not smart – kind of a ‘spinning your wheels’ performance.

    -did fatigue play a factor as some are saying? perhaps, but not to the extent that it allowed the Rangers to score 5 in a row.

    -do the Habs need another big power forward? YES. It would have made a difference tonight and every game from this point forward.

    -Are the Habs in a bad way as a result of this loss? NO. They just need to refocus and prepare for Tuesday’s dance with the Sens.

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  72. MathMan says:

    Nobody’s trying to take anything away from the Rangers, but the Habs did let them back in because they were tired. The Rangers, an experienced team, knew this might happen, never panicked, never gave up, buried every chance they got in the second, and came back to win.

    But let’s face it — the Rangers didn’t dominate this game, or even the span they outscored the Habs 5-0. They didn’t really outchance Montreal. They gave up several odd-man rushes that the Canadiens couldn’t cash. They were opportunistic and Montreal weren’t; Montreal’s speed and passing was increasingly off as the game went on.

  73. Exit716 says:

    This one is a learning experience. It shows the difference of being able to sign marquee free agents compared to Dollarama left overs.
    That being said, which young core do you want? Montreal’s or the Rangers?

  74. Kovaholic says:

    Hey everybody I have been following this site for a long time now and finally decided to start an account mostly because I have a few bones to pick (which isn’t suprising) after montreal blows yet another game due to a comfortable lead. With that being said i give all the credit in the world to our team we kept outplaying the rangers throughout the game and sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way nomatter how hard you work. my main problem with the habs this superbad sunday wasnt the team itself but rather one particular player who in my eyes caused the turning point of this pathetic collapse. now ill probably get some heat for this but GIVE ME A BREAK SAKU when you are up 3-0 and on the powerplay you take an offensive zone penalty? please these errors could be excusable from a minor league player to even maybe an nhl rookie but not from the captain of a team gunning to overtake ottawa for first place in the eastern conference. Now i have loved koivu for a very long time and have always been the first one to his defence in any habs related topic but when I watch a our beloved habs playing as well as they are I can’t help but notice koivus recent inability to stand on a pair of skates that coupled with his recent lack of hockey sense has me wondering who should be wearing the “C” now koivu has proven to be a leader through and through on this team but you dont have to wear the “C” to be a leader and you sure do have to lead by example when you hold such an honor especially when guiding such a gifted youth movement and lately i could name about 10 players for the habs much more capable of doing so. I am not calling for a change of any sort except for maybe making koivu a healthy scratch for a game to put things into perspective for him. Ryder maybe in just as much of a funk but atleast he manages to keep his footing (with and without defenders around)phew now with that out of my system might i say congrats to little kostitsyn on a beautiful PS and congrats to the canadiens for continuing to show up every game thus far in 2008 (minus the first rangers game)and perhaps i will also congratulate koivu for his assist even though he seems to be doing more harm than good lately

    GO HABS GO and ottawa watch out cause kovys a comin!

  75. J.T. says:

    A couple of thoughts:

    First, I think the loss was NOT Huet’s fault. He didn’t look helpless or tired to me, so no big deal starting him in the back-to-backs.

    Second, I think the Habs weren’t scared of anybody. They fought when they had to fight, they stuck up for their own and they were tough on the boards most of the game.

    Third, this loss wasn’t because of fatigue or intimidation. It was bad D…period. Kovalev made one rotten pass that led directly to a goal, and Hammer had a less-than-stellar day. Too many Rangers left unattended is what cost this game. Nothing more, nothing less.

    It’s a good thing they can learn these lessons now and hopefully remember them in the playoffs. We have to remember this is a very young and inexperienced team. Lousy losses will happen. They have to put this one behind them, remember what they did wrong and crush Ottawa on Tuesday.

  76. Yeats says:

    You have to admit NBC got their money’s worth this afternoon ahead of the Super Bowl with this game. It was a much better display of hockey for the great unwashed down here in the lower 48 than the All Star nonsense on Versus. Like all of you I wasn’t happy with the result. But damn, that was really hockey!

  77. Yeats says:

    It’s a very long way to the games that really matter. The Luger is always in the drawer, but I don’t see any need to clean it just now. Big week coming up, I have to pace myself. And, GO GIANTS GO!!!!

  78. ebk says:

    Excellent post.

    I agree 100% with your highs and lows, gotta acknowledge the good and the bad.

    Looks like Frankie the Bull is the Habs resident tough guy. Colton Orr is a heavy-weight and a good one. The Bull showed up and didn’t get killed which is a big bonus. Think he an Komisarek are the only Habs to win a fight this year.

    The Kostitsyn brothers are going to be very good hockey players. I like Senior a bunch but Junior aint nothing to sneeze at either.

    Again nice post

  79. ebk says:

    It was a really good hockey game, I agree with you yeats

  80. ebk says:

    excellent post again J.T. Agree 100% with what you posted.

  81. Yeats says:

    I’m squarely in your camp. Under BG and Carbo, this team is on the right track. There are things that the Habs need to work on as a team before they will get to the promised land. I try to give credit where credit is due and to try to highlight the few things that are good or bad that I notice.

  82. mjames says:

    Yes – I agree

    mjames

  83. ebk says:

    They had 26 shots, numerous scoring chance, banged home 5 goals. They were full marks for the comeback.

    Excuses like they were tired are for losers, this team is far from a bunch of losers. They got outplayed, it happens.

  84. mjames says:

    agree – disappointing loss but I think we will take something positive away from this.

    mjames

  85. Yeats says:

    That was the game of hockey, not that caricature known as All-Star weekend. I would have liked a different result, but this afternoon’s game was a great advertisement for our game.

  86. mjames says:

    I saw the game as you did. I am not taking anything away from the Rangers but we were not outplayed. The Rangers made the most of their chances. As a matter of fact we had several chances which we did not finish.

    mjames

  87. MathMan says:

    Actually, they didn’t get outplayed, IMHO. They outplayed the Rangers for the first half far more than the Rangers outplayed Montreal in the second. And the Rangers only outplayed Montreal in the second due to fatigue, IMHO. Their passing was off, they were missing a step.

    The Habs couldn’t bury and the Rangers buried just about every chance they got. Game right there.

  88. ebk says:

    you and me both.

  89. ebk says:

    You can believe what you want to believe, maybe you are right the Habs dominated the Rangers more the first half of the game. It is kind of a moot point. Bottom line is they lost. Again it happens.

  90. Yeats says:

    Quote of the Day from pickup hockey this morning:

    As I came off the ice this morning, we were sharing our locker room with a pee wee travel team from New Jersey. I walked into the room wearing my Habs white jersey — Number 10 for Teddy Harris of course — and a “little Devil” informed me that he hated the Canadiens. I just looked him in the eye and said, “I have it on good authority they hate you too!”

  91. likehoy says:

    on the topic of powerforward…latendresse was in the thick of things when the game got grittier, which i’m happy to see…just has to work on his finishing.

  92. likehoy says:

    hockey’s a game of bounces and the rangers got every single one of them when they needed it.

    The boys put in a good effort, but when dubinski gets a lucky shot lasered top shelf, and roszival pulls off a slapper top shelf out of nowhere, and markov breaks his stick during the gomez goal…it means it’s not our day.

    The rangers weren’t exactly brilliant and they got their bounces then drained the game out in perfect fashion, kudos to tom renney on being opportunistic and shutting us down.

  93. Ian G Cobb says:

    You are exactly correct about our leader, he has lost a step due to age etc. but his brain should still work, i put this loss squarely on his shoulders. He has taken a stupid penalty in nearly every game, and often in the other end. That is not leadership Mr. Captain. Pick it up a little.!!!!

  94. Chris says:

    I do think they were tired, as any team in that situation would be, but I agree with you 100%…give the Rangers credit. We did not lose this game, the Rangers won it. It happens, and hopefully the Habs will take a lesson from it. We’re still a young team and need jolts like this every once in a while.

    My positives for the game:
    – Koivu looked like he’s got his passion back the past few games…his reaction after the Kovalev goal was more reminiscent of the fiery Saku of old
    – Plekanec is gaining more and more confidence all the time. Just wish his scoring touch was a bit better, because he generates so many scoring chances for himself with that speed
    – Markov was absolutely fantastic today

    My negatives for the game:
    – FACEOFFS! Ugh…we were pretty bad in that department tonight. Even when we won, the Rangers often ended up with the puck.
    – Kovalev has to reign in that temper sometimes. He really should have got at least a minor for that elbow, which only served to rile up the Rangers. Hollweg bumped him, completely within the rules, and Kovalev lost his mind. Kostitsyn payed the price.
    – Saku needs to learn how to fall down when other players’ sticks touch him, because half the penalties he takes in the O-zone are things he puts up with all the time from defenders. Gomez sold that one brilliantly.
    – Carbonneau should have, in my opinion, called a timeout early in the third period after Komisarek got out of the penalty box. The Habs were on their heels and the defensive pairs were a mess for the first 10 minutes of the period because Markov got caught on a long PK shift while Komisarek was in the box…didn’t get straightened out until the first TV time out.
    – Way too many giveaways in our own zone in the 2nd and 3rd periods…we stopped making good passes and either gave the puck away, shot it to centre ice for the Rangers to come in again or iced it. This is where I think the fatigue factor was obvious, although the Rangers also started checking the Habs much more tightly.
    – Still not a big fan of Gorges on defence. I give him credit for sticking up for Kostitsyn (although props have to go to Koivu too for trying to jump Hollweg even though he got steamrolled), but he seems to let guys go around him wide once or twice a game.

  95. showey47 says:

    saku is fourth in the league for penalties among centers, he was third behind chris gratton and steve ott but these guys also fight and get 5 minute majors. Antropov passed him because of his misconducts he got against the hurricanes last week.

  96. Chris says:

    That penalty call was a beautiful sell job by Gomez, nothing more. This is something that bothers me a lot with officiating in the NHL: Koivu has for some reason been targeted for some of these soft, chintzy O-zone penalties that occur on EVERY shift in every game. I really don’t get it…Koivu’s game is all about puck control and fending off checkers yet he very rarely draws penalties (maybe because he doesn’t hit the ice every time a stick touches him). But EVERY time he gets his stick near a guy he’s getting called. I’m not sure if he’s a chirper or something and the refs have his number, because I have never felt like Koivu gets calls the same way other top players do…one need look no further than the Jason Williams incident.

  97. likehoy says:

    man quit your koivu bashing

  98. Keith says:

    Great piece. I like the players analysis as the game unfolded. They know what they did wrong and will make adjustments to correct it for the next game. We had a few good chances to bury these guys and we failed to do so unfortunately.

  99. NLhabsfan says:

    I don’t think he is bashing koivu …I believe it is the truth.

  100. ebk says:

    it’s like a merry go round, were the blame stops nobody knows.

  101. NLhabsfan says:

    I don’t believe in lucky bounces….We just didn’t play as smart a game as the rangers.

  102. Yeats says:

    That BS, CA offensive zone penalty changed the Karma of the game. What is going through his head. I have Koivu to go!

  103. Chach says:

    A rumour from one of the posters on HockeyBuzz alleges that Ryder has been traded to Atlanta. I know, no credit to this rumour but still conversation-inducing.

  104. Hot_Pie says:

    Halak sent down to Hamilton as per RDS

  105. VancouverHab says:

    Mr. Boone — thanks for the indispensable game blogs.
    My response to this one: are we never supposed to expect them to loose? Carbo’s attitude is the right one today, I think: we can’t win them all. Didn’t quit, learned a lesson, moved on!

  106. Mr.Hazard says:

    HALAAAAAAKK! NO!!

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  107. Bill H says:

    Great game. Very entertaining. Habs played well. They showed a lot of grit and character.

    Kovy deserves a suspension, I liked his aggressive play. He just took it too far on that play. I’m glad K2 is okay. The ranger guy who blindsided him deserves 10 games.

    There were some defensive lapses. Komi was amazing though. Gorges played well, as did Higgins. Koivu took a dumb penalty, but his play has improved over the last 5 games.

    This was not a blowout, even if its not much fun to blow a 3 goal lead. I think we will do well against Ottawa.

    I hope Halak gets a few starts. One start wouldn’t be fair. He needs a chance to show us what he can do. I think we are overstocked with first rate goalies and if we don’t trade one, we will lose one. So let’s trade.

  108. howtathor says:

    Has anyone heard a rumour of Michael Ryder leaving the Bell Center with his equipment? Maybe that’s all it is, a rumour…

  109. ebk says:

    you are a prophet, Mr. Boone.

    I now realize your headline ‘Epic Collapse’ was not meant for the Canadiens. It was foreshadowing the Patriots demise in the Super Bowl.

    I shall doubt you no more!

  110. Chris says:

    My lord…he wasn’t Koivu’s responsibility. Koivu went where the center is supposed to go when there is a defenceman (Hamrlik) standing on that side. In front of the net. Blame the right guy…that was Hamrlik’s mistake, and it happens.

  111. 24 Cups says:

    Good one ebk!

    The Original 24 Cups

  112. wild flower says:

    I think he has a lot of gas left in the tank but has the same problem Kovalev had last year. That is, the wrong people playing with him. We all know about Ryder’s problems (which I think are somewhat overblown – I wish he had been playing today) but what about Higgins? Koivu still makes a lot of great passes (the ozone penalties are getting beyond ridiculous – maybe they should introduce a fine policy) but Higgins, the same guy who talked earlier about the potential for 40 goals, is on target for the same point totals he achieved during the previous two years (including last year injury shortened season). He generally works like Clydesdale but often seems to have the finish of a 3rd line plumber. The object of the game for a โ€œ1st lineโ€ winger needs to be scoring goals, he seems to be satisfied with cutting towards the net and pushing the puck into the goaltenders pads. He talks a good game but I not sure that he has it.

  113. The Teacher says:

    No you can, he was at fault for both those things. But people overreact and say he didn’t go to Sergei K’s defence, when he was the first person. That shows people are just picking on him.

  114. The Teacher says:

    Yes it was Koivu’s fault DRURY WAS THE THIRD MAN INTO THE ZONE

  115. Bouleau noir says:

    So whats your point,.. ok bring the rocks and lets lynch him along with anyone who had a defensive lapse during the game.

  116. Bouleau noir says:

    …magic man gainey is not.

  117. sidhu says:

    I also give respect to Gorges for jumping in as well – Mike’s boy definitely has character. It’s not surprising he was a captain in junior.

  118. sidhu says:

    “[B]ring the rocks” and “lynch him”? A little harsh, no? The “point” of my post was to point out two specific issues that I found problematic — Koivu’s offensive zone penalty which enabled the Rangers to score their first goal, and Koivu not covering Drury on the GWG.

    Koivu deserves a lot of respect, but no player is above honest criticism for their mistakes, even if he is a captain. That said, he is the captain of our team and I wouldn’t want to “bring the rocks” or “lynch” anyone wearing who wears the “C” on the CH sweater.

  119. Bouleau noir says:

    OK,.. too harsh it was.

    Finger pointing players for their odd defensive lapses that might have lead to a goal is not my cup of tea,… on the other hand your reference about Koivu’s penaltie certainly falls in a different categorie… he is a repetive offender and it as create problems before during the season… and was worth of mention.

  120. Chris says:

    Yes, he was the third man in. But Hamrlik was on that side with NOBODY there. Streit played the man with the pass, leaving a Ranger wide open down in the corner who Koivu went to cover.

    “Centre covers third man in” is a great mantra if the other D is occupied with the 2nd man in. He wasn’t, so Koivu covered the guy who was not covered. That’s the way I saw it, so I guess we’re agreeing to disagree.

  121. ebk says:

    Kelly Hrudey identified Drury as Hamrlik’s responsibility, which is what I was thinking. I’ll take Hrudey’s word for it.

  122. Bill H says:

    Actually I liked the way you expressed your criticism of Koivu’s play here. Rather than just trashing him, you pointed out his mistakes in a constructive way while balancing it with a comment about him deserving respect. I think if Koivu himself read your comment, he might agree with it, or at least take it under advisement. Some comments, on the other hand, are just disrespectful. I wish all posters would be more considerate, not necessarily less critical.

  123. Chris says:

    Perhaps…but Hamrlik had plenty enough time to recognize the situation and get set up more properly. Instead, he got caught flat-footed with his stick on the wrong side…not a lot he could do. But if Koivu had taken Drury, he would have been hard pressed to do much with him without taking a penalty himself. So Saku was pretty much between a rock and a very hard place on that play.
    But we should also give a lot of credit to Nigel Dawes…he put that puck in the only place that Koivu and Hamrlik couldn’t touch it while still allowing Drury to deflect it.

  124. The Teacher says:

    LMAO, I didn’t know we were keeping score. I better boost my effort up to 100% now ๐Ÿ˜›

  125. RH says:

    In two years, the Habs will be a true Cup contender. Right now, the Rangers are looking like a true Cup contender. They’ve won, what, 5 of there last 6 and have gotten 13 out of a possible 20 points, in there last ten games. Yeah, I think they’re on a roll. Season’s not over by any means but, lets give them credit for starting to live up to expectations.

  126. RH says:

    …uh….okay. Fairweather huh? I guess you’ve NEVER read any of my posts. Tell me, did you read Boone’s blog where he typed, and I quote “Five unanswered goals. That’s @#$%ing embarrasssing.”? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    The Habs have yet to beat the Rangers this season, and they blew a 3 goal lead, in an emotional game. Me thinks that before you start calling people FICKLE, you might want to start reading there posts. I don’t need to tell you that though because, you obviously know me SOOOOO well. Have a good night.

  127. doug says:

    I agree with Bill. I’d rather not have fairweather fans. Honestly – lithium is needed for Habs “fans”.

  128. doug says:

    i don’t know your posts as well as some of the other people. Yes I read Boone’s post. I don’t agree with him, either. He’s a fan for the most part, just like you or me, not a hockey writer by profession.

    Calm down.

  129. Mike says:

    If we move our feet. And have a body in front of the net then we will win this game

  130. showey47 says:

    Mr. Boone was there any word about if huet was gonna start or any lineup changes? I really think we need either begin or t.k. in the lineup and all defencmen not named patrice playing defence, like u said these guys are not the islanders. These guys are much more talented and physical.

  131. Chorske says:

    This Rangers team looks great on paper, but Drury has been having all kinds of trouble adjusting to his new team, Jagr sleepwalks his way through many games, and Lundqvist is a hot/cold goalie who occasionally has horrible, horrible games. I know this intimately because I have/had all of the above in my hockey pool, and let’s just say that as a general rule, my Rangers have underperformed. I worry about Straka and Gomez, but that’s pretty much it.

    Just cos a team looks great on paper doesn’t mean they’re tough to beat. I’m not guranteeing a win or anything- the Habs still need to stick to their game plan and not get frazzled when pressured. And Huet needs to be his usual stellar self- I predict that NY is going to register 35-40 shots.

  132. 24 Cups says:

    Chorske – I like your line about Jagr “sleepwalking his way through many games”. He has had some big games lately but it’s always best to just leave this guy alone when the effort isn’t there. Let sleeping dogs lie. One guy who has been hot lately is this Dubinsky kid.

    The Original 24 Cups

  133. Mr Wonderful says:

    The expression is New York New York the city so nice they named it twice. Come on Boone wake up.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  134. Kilgore Trout says:

    poetic licence

  135. PattyBoy31 says:

    big big game today and I have to miss it for my hockey :(

    http://www.justin.tv/habs31
    password: brandy

  136. Habs-Kat says:

    I’d support any decision Carbo makes on the goalie situation. I want to see Halak play and I think Huet deserves a rest before Super Tuesday. But then again, Huet’s on a roll and this is an important game too.

  137. Mr Wonderful says:

    Halek hasn’t played in a month. Can they really risk playing him when every point is crucial. Has anyone heard how Price is doing?

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  138. Alirio says:

    I’m on my way to the game.

    CKAC reported that both Begin and Tommy K are in but that Carbo hasn’t decided who’s out.

    Any news on who’ll be watching the game from on high?


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  139. PattyBoy31 says:

    whoa, well it can’t be dandeneault. i’d say move streit back, scratch breeze, and its going to be a surprise for which forward gets scratched

    http://www.justin.tv/habs31
    password: brandy

  140. showey47 says:

    he probably wants to sit ryder but with having the scouts in attendance, gainey will want both ryder and dandy playing.

  141. Will Longlade says:

    I’d put my money on Breezer and Dandy even though Dandy played one of his better games of the season yesterday.

  142. Will Longlade says:

    I didn’t hear which scouts will be at the game. Could you please enlighten me? I would really like to see the Duck’s scouts at the game. The trade I’m thinking of would be difficult to pull off, but absolutely brilliant.

  143. showey47 says:

    rds showed them yesterday and i read it on here somewhere, i believe the ducks, canucks , bluejackets there were at least 2 or 3 more but i can’t remember the rest of them. Maybe someone else here can help me out.

  144. Mr Wonderful says:

    NBC.com might have the game on the net?

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  145. Keith says:

    Love the exchange between Gomez and Komisaurus! He’ll be in his face(Gomez)all afternoon! GO HABS GO!!!

  146. Habs-Kat says:

    You’re not helping!

  147. NLhabsfan says:

    Interference my foot.

  148. Alirio says:

    First time I’ve ever seen glass shatter live.

    The Cube is stronger than I thought ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Gotta go. Wave starting up.


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  149. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Did anyone see that fight between Riley Cote and George Parros yesterday?

  150. jimstr says:

    it is indeed a really intense match up! loving it so far..

  151. stephen says:

    Love Sather’s old-time GM look, chewing on the cigar.

    …I suppose he IS rather old(time).

  152. Keith says:

    Beer break :-}

  153. Mr Wonderful says:

    Smoking is retarded!!! I couldn’t help myself.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  154. Habs-Kat says:

    The trade talk has got me nervous. I’m not as keen about trading anyone on the team now that they’re really gelling.

  155. The Teacher says:

    Nice interview by Shanahan.

  156. Keith says:

    And were back :-)

  157. The Teacher says:

    I guess you’re the fanatic ๐Ÿ˜‰

  158. doug says:

    what’s the crib notes version?

  159. Habs-Kat says:

    WOAH!!!!! Beautiful!!

  160. Mr Wonderful says:

    Yes!!! Beautiful K Man

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  161. linp says:

    Kovy the great!

  162. Sulemaan says:

    Another fine play by Markov to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Three plays like that in 2 game = 3 goals. One against the Islanders and Two against the Rangers. Brilliant.

  163. Chuck says:

    Just freakin’ deadly.
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  164. nick says:

    You know what… this really is a different team since mid/end of January. I love it.

  165. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha, watching the replay, Kovalev does hide well. But how does the D forget him?

  166. 24 Cups says:

    Thanks Rosival.

    The Original 24 Cups

  167. MikeL says:

    Another thing I noticed about the two broadcasts….CBC has much better sound and captures the Bell Centre atmosphere much better than NBC.

  168. The Teacher says:

    pleky..oh pleky my pleky, your pleky, OUR pleky!

  169. Sulemaan says:

    I like #46 but that was an indisciplined penalty. Gotta keep our cool when the other team takes cheap shots and then punish them with our powerplay.

  170. MikeMcLaren says:

    Well, I for one am DELIGHTED by NBC’s coverage.

    Always a rarirty for those of us in the US with Comcast as a cable carrier to see a Habs game in HD. (We get Center Ice, but only in SD, not HD).

    I enjoy Mike Emerick’s play-by-play. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of side-stories and backgrounds of players. Some might find him overly chatty, but I enjoy the energy and knowledge he brings to the telecast. Unlike Monsieur Cole, he knows players on more than just one team despite being the Devils’ main play-by-play guy.

    Eddie Olczyk is fairly insightful as a color guy, having played, coached, done color for the Penguins, etc. He has good chemistry with Emerick.

    Throw in McGuire too and I think you’ve got a quality broadcast going on right now – a real treat for us south of the line or for those of you who want something a little different than the CBC north of the line.

    OH, and something VERY important: The play-by-play team isn’t cheering against the Habs, unlike what we’ve seen from CBC and TSN for years and years…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  171. Habs-Kat says:

    This is the fastest I’ve seen the Canadiens all season.

  172. stephen says:

    Beautiful backhand saucer pass by Bouillon just then. Too bad it didn’t quite work out…

  173. Chuck says:

    Yep… all he had to do was keep his skates on the ice.
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  174. The Teacher says:

    Pleks is definitely an untouchable. He’ll be GOLD in the playoffs.

  175. Habs-Kat says:

    If you’re watching NBC, there’s gonna be a Mike Komisarek feature during the 1st intermission. I’ll be tuning into that.

  176. The Teacher says:

    Just pretty Candid, said it was his hamstring, not his back that was injured. He also said they’ve realized they’re a defence first team. He mentioned he is impressed with Staal and Dubinsky. Etc.

  177. Rugger says:

    So far, NBC announcers have been fine.

  178. Mr Wonderful says:

    Is Boone at this game? He hasn’t said anything about Ryder leaving the building? Too busy eating the free food and sneaking out for a smoke.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  179. The Teacher says:

    Evfery time I turn to NBC it’s on a commercial.

    now the first face I see is milbury. No thanks..back to CBC

  180. MikeL says:

    I would have agreed with you completely if Bob Cole and Harry Neale were doing the game today. But CBC is beginning to realize that those guys really don’t have it anymore. Now they have Jim Hughson, who is very similiar to Doc Emerick. As for TSN, they are very neutral when it is Miller and McGuire. Healy is a different story, although I really like Chris Cuthbert too. I personally like Hughson over everyone, but that’s just my opinion.

  181. Kilgore Trout says:

    in a nutshell: the key to the team’s recent success has been to play a defensive-minded game.

  182. linp says:

    Our team looks faster without Brisebois and Ryder.

  183. MikeMcLaren says:

    Jim Hughson is absolutely one of the best in the sport as well, don’t get me wrong! CBC needs to use him more and put Cole and Neale out to pasture permanently (enough with the phasing out)… or at least bring BACK Dick Irvin!!

    I don’t even get a chance to see the CBC feed today, but I’m already hearing that Ron MacLean is badmouthing the Habs in between periods, so again, that’s what you get to put up with from the network that your taxpayer dollars help fund.

    What’s really interesting during the NBC intermission is that they aren’t even bothering to talk about the Rangers! Pretty comical. McGuire and Milbury were mentioning the too-many-men on the ice game, there was a feature on Komisarek, they’ve shown replays featuring the audio from Pierre et Yvon.

    Not trying to overly gush here, I just like how balanced the broadcast is and that it looks great too.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  184. 24 Cups says:

    You said it all Teach – Milbury is a clown.

    The Original 24 Cups

  185. Keith says:

    Idiot MacLean bad mouths the Habs again. What a tool!

  186. doug says:

    what was said?

  187. Sulemaan says:

    Did the spirit of Russ Courtnall enter the locker room? The Habs are flying down the ice tonight. Let’s hope the Ranger cheap shots don’t start anytime soon. They’ve already started taking runs at Komisarek.

  188. stephen says:

    What a great testament, though, to Komisarek’s emerging and imposing presence out there. You know you’re important when everyone is looking to throw you off your game.

    I’m sure the big guy revels in it!

  189. Chorske says:

    Arg, dont have cable, or bunny ears. I’m an internet guy.
    C

  190. Gormdog says:

    Asking Komisarek about the Super Bowl again, this time on RDS. You can see it in his face. “Can’t we *%&%ing focus on what’s going on right now?”

  191. sag says:

    any shots of ryder in the press box on cbc, rds, or nbc??? someone said he left with his stuff…him sipping a beer beside breezer in the press box would squash that rumour

  192. Chuck says:

    Who said that he left with his stuff?

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  193. Sulemaan says:

    Hrudey thinks Markov should be up for the Norris trophy. “This guy is really special.” Tell us something we don’t know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  194. Sulemaan says:

    You’re right. If O’Byrne comes back and plays with an edge in his game. McDonough being called another Komisarek type of player. Our defence is looking good for years to come.

  195. Ian G Cobb says:

    I’m enjoying this one, so much so i’ve nearly worn out the cushin on my chair. Our speed when we use it like this is just fantastic. If we roll 4 lines, they will be ours in the third.

  196. Steiner says:

    NBC doing a special report on Komisarek.

  197. the_larry says:

    is it just me or does Pierre sound like he has a crush on Komisarek??

  198. Gormdog says:

    Who doesn’t?

  199. Steiner says:

    Haha.
    Wait till you see him talk about Dion Phaneuf, its even worse.

  200. NLhabsfan says:

    Bob Cole and Harry Neale are to biased.Jeez enough to turn a dogs stomach when you hear them do play by play.

  201. stephen says:

    I think CKAC has reported that Ryder is in the building, and watching the game from the room.

  202. Keith says:

    They were interviewing some Ranger player and MacLean asked him who his favorite team was and he said the laffs then MacLean said, “Thank God it wasn’t the Habs”. I kid you not.

  203. Chorske says:

    Maybe he meant, “…because in that case today’s game would be difficult for you.” He does have a wry sense of humour.

    As a general rule I haven’t detected much antiHabness from MacLean. He’s Hab-neutral, I would say.

  204. Mr Wonderful says:

    On NBC they comapred Komisarek to a young Larry Robinson!! High praise.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  205. the_larry says:

    Oh I know!! On TSN he sounds like a high school girl talking about her crush

  206. showey47 says:

    not nearly as disturbing as healy talking about sundin though

  207. lemess says:

    ha ha – when he talks about how “good” he looks and how he is in great shape.

  208. showey47 says:

    yeah, healy would definatly “pillow bite” for mats anyday, lol

  209. Habs-Kat says:

    Not a great start.

  210. Sulemaan says:

    That last stretch was pretty bad. We were getting hemmed in our own zone.

    Could someone please explain how that was not a penalty for a hit from behind on Gorges?

  211. stephen says:

    It’s so crucial for the D to quickly get the puck up and out of their end when the Koivu line is out. The lack of size and muscle up front means they can’t afford to get into battles for the puck along the boards and in the corners. We’ve seen that line struggle that way too many times this season.

  212. Habs-Kat says:

    Huet looks like Carey Price ๐Ÿ˜›

  213. Habs-Kat says:

    PENALTY SHOT!
    :)

  214. Gormdog says:

    Penalty shot… Go big AK!

  215. sag says:

    penalty shot for a rookie!…adrenaline anyone!

  216. nick says:

    K2 with a BEAUTY!

  217. Habs-Kat says:

    Thank you Sean Avery :)

  218. the_larry says:

    PENALTY SHOT!!! and WHAT A SHOT!

  219. Mr Wonderful says:

    Yes!!! Beautiful shot.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  220. Gormdog says:

    Absolutely filthy.

  221. Sulemaan says:

    Kostitsyn scores on a penalty shot. And to boot it was because of Avery. How sweet is that! (And we still have a power-play left.)

  222. NLhabsfan says:

    What a bomb!!

  223. Keith says:

    Slats is going to break that cigar in half Penalty shot and GOAL!!!

  224. Ed says:

    Please tell me why Sergei Kostitsyn does not shoot very much. That kid has a great shot, as shown on that penalty shot goal.

  225. doug says:

    what a frigging shot!!!!!!

  226. Habs-Kat says:

    Even the linesman wants to be a Canadien :)

  227. nick says:

    the really funny thing , is after that penalty shot… we’re still on a power play.

  228. The Teacher says:

    I love the Kostitsyn’s parents for bringing them into this world!

  229. Habs-Kat says:

    He has a 33% shooting percentage!

  230. Chuck says:

    Koivu? For hooking? What are the chances?
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  231. Mr Wonderful says:

    Gomez, Drury and Jagr are all invisible so far. Free agents are not always the answer. Just ask the Oilers.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  232. stephen says:

    I swear you could see the fun this team is having in the face of Lapierre as he broke in on that 2-on-1…

    Lovely!

  233. the_larry says:

    bullsh*t goal

  234. Habs-Kat says:

    Can you hear the boo’s?

  235. Sulemaan says:

    Was thinking the exact same thing.

  236. MikeL says:

    I wish Kovalev and Plekanec could kill every penalty for the full 2 minutes.

  237. Chuck says:

    How so? That was a killer shot!

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  238. doug says:

    were there really?

  239. Chorske says:

    Haha, it’s part of the Koivu hat trick. A goal, an assist, 2 minutes for hooking.

  240. 24 Cups says:

    He looks like he is the president of the longshoremen’s union.

    The Original 24 Cups

  241. Ed says:

    Yes, but he had only 16 shots in 22 games before today. He needs to shoot more, especially with a shot like that.

  242. The Teacher says:

    Huet should have had that one. Especially since he seemed to see it all the way.

  243. Gooner says:

    I do believe he was screened on that one

  244. Mr Wonderful says:

    This last half of the period will be critical. Momentum could be changing after that goal.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  245. Steiner says:

    oh my.
    game on.

  246. The Teacher says:

    Time to switch for a minute. Let him get calmed down again.

  247. Habs-Kat says:

    No one’s smiling right now.

  248. Mr Wonderful says:

    Huette down on his knees again . Gut check time.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  249. Chorske says:

    OK TIME OUT CARBO

  250. Sulemaan says:

    Time to pick it up boys.

  251. nick says:

    any one see Avery face slam Dandy… someone needs to get goond.

  252. The Teacher says:

    At the end yes, but they replayed it 3 times. His head sure seemed to follow the path of the puck.

  253. Gooner says:

    he was trying to look around the players in front of him to see it.

  254. Chuck says:

    C’mon boys… get it back.
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  255. Habs-Kat says:

    Good move by Carbo putting the energy line out first to change momentum.

  256. doug says:

    We will win this game. . . . Rangers can enjoy fact they won two minutes midway through the middle period.

    We are simply better.

  257. The Teacher says:

    OHHH KOVY DIDN’T LIKE THAT HIT AND GAVE AN ELBOW TO THE FACIA!

    MAKING SURE HOLWEGG KNOWS HE BETTER NOT CHEAP SHOT HIM!

  258. Habs-Kat says:

    Not nice, Kovy, not nice.

  259. Chuck says:

    Rangers definitely look like the better-rested team right now.
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  260. DYCSoccer17 says:

    wow…serious elbow by Kovalev

  261. Keith says:

    Kovalev ain’t backing down! Take that Hollweig!!

  262. Sulemaan says:

    Reminds me of the Darcy Tucker hit although he should have gotten a penalty for it. Then again, Hollweg took a run at him earlier in the game.

  263. Gormdog says:

    Now he knows how Darcy Tucker felt…

    Kovalev Cares!

  264. Exit716 says:

    So, do you think the thugs want a piece of Kovalev now?
    TKO

  265. MikeMcLaren says:

    No call on the play, but VERY worried Kovalev might get a one-game suspension for that elbow…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  266. Chuck says:

    Who says that we need to go and get a tough guy?
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  267. Vecs says:

    Hopefully he doesn’t get suspended a game for that

  268. Alirio says:

    The crowd is tense.

    The Habs keep pressuring the Rangers though.

    Nice hit by Kovy!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  269. stephen says:

    Call me crazy, but something tells me we won’t be seeing Kovalev on Tuesday against the Sens, by order of Mr. Campbell.

  270. Blarneylad says:

    hahaha absolute violence i love it!! ala messier!!

  271. Kilgore Trout says:

    hahaha – my thoughts exactly

  272. The Teacher says:

    He might.

  273. Chuck says:

    Just like the universe, everything ends up balancing out.

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  274. linp says:

    Huet needs a rest.

  275. doug says:

    My thoughts exactly.

  276. doug says:

    Koivu is different player the last few games

  277. nick says:

    I’ll garauntee you that if we meet these guys in the playoffs… it won’t be boring.

  278. doug says:

    I agree. . . he looks a little shaky. . . He’s dog tired.

  279. The Teacher says:

    Bouillon-Holwegg fight soon enough from the look of Holwegg’s face!!!!!!!

  280. Habs-Kat says:

    Is it ever boring if Sean Avery’s playing?

  281. The Teacher says:

    Are the playoffs ever boring?

  282. Habs-Kat says:

    On TSN a couple of days ago, they were surveying the panel to know who the biggest hockey pest is and Ryan Hollweg was a name that came up. Something makes me think he deserved the elbow.

  283. Keith says:

    No penalty call he shouldn’t be suspended in my opinion. But it’s the Habs afterall.

  284. The Teacher says:

    Hmm, Rangers doc should check hollwegg out again, he didn’t look good in that last shot.

  285. nick says:

    ok wickedly awesomely entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜€

  286. The Teacher says:

    Oh he did, his elbow glanced off of Kovalev 2 seconds before.

  287. The Teacher says:

    God-damnit

  288. nick says:

    why the hell didn’t a forward give Markov a stick!?

  289. DYCSoccer17 says:

    fundamental hockey…when your defenseman loses his stick, you give him your own if youre a forward.

  290. Sulemaan says:

    Time-out now Carbo? Or do we wait until it’s 4-3?

  291. linp says:

    Smolinski is such a pain to watch

  292. MikeMcLaren says:

    Look at all these chickens I have!!!

    Wait… what do you mean they haven’t hatched yet? Why can’t I count them?

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  293. The Teacher says:

    Colton orr is a punk

  294. nick says:

    cheap bastards.

  295. Habs-Kat says:

    You knew this was coming. I hope the next time the Rangers come here, someone breaks Hollweg’s jaw. I don’t care about a one-game suspension.

  296. The Teacher says:

    I hopew next time the Rangers come here we call up Mr. jimmy Bonneau to play one shift.

  297. Habs-Kat says:

    Seriously, in hockey, bullshit like that should be responded with clear punishment.

  298. Keith says:

    Hollweig needs his face rearrainged! Cube in a fight with Orr!? Love it!!

  299. The Teacher says:

    20 games anyone?

  300. linp says:

    Playing Huet back to back is a mistake. He is not sharp at all. Smolinski is so slow moving his fat ass.

  301. Ed says:

    Previously you said the team was much faster without Ryder and Brisebois. Looks like Smolinski is your new whipping boy now that Ryder is not in the lineup.

  302. Gooner says:

    you cannot blame huet for this. It seems we had some bad defensive end play and a bad break on kovi,s pass.

  303. sag says:

    anyone got chris nilan’s number?

  304. the_larry says:

    i say Hollwig will get 3-5 games for that.. I WISH it was 20

  305. The Teacher says:

    IMO that was worse than Downie. Clearly premeditated and from behind 100%

  306. Sulemaan says:

    That should wake-up the team now. Key word being ‘should’.

    Say what you will but Koivu has heart and he went straight after Hollweg as did Gorges.

  307. nick says:

    Any news on wheather K2 is ok? They haven’t said anything on RDS.

  308. Keith says:

    Hollweig started that whole mess yet CBC almost absolve him?

  309. Chuck says:

    Methinks that Hollwig might be getting his own little suspension.
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  310. Bill says:

    I can’t tell if Kovalev’s was an intentional head-shot or not. But Hollweg’s was, and it was as dirty as I’ve seen. What a loser.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  311. doug says:

    he’s fine – on the bench.

  312. Yeats says:

    Does Higgins have any balls???

  313. The Teacher says:

    I LOBE KOMISAREK, ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM.

  314. Ed says:

    Absolutely disgusting display by the Rangers. I hope that S.Kostitsyn is ok, and hats off to Gorges, Bouillon, etc., for stepping in for their teammate against much bigger, and stronger opponents.

  315. doug says:

    WHY NO HABS PP?

  316. nick says:

    meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee too.

  317. Yeats says:

    Higgins just stood there!!!

  318. PGHABS says:

    get one for sergei

  319. The Teacher says:

    Yes, he did.

  320. Bill says:

    Sergei’s back, hope he’s okay.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  321. The Teacher says:

    Sergei K, what a sweeet pass.

  322. Habs-Kat says:

    He better be, otherwise somebody’s gonna get hurt real bad.

  323. the_vipah says:

    Thats what happens when the Refs miss a blatent penalty like they did on Kovalev (elbow). Idiots like Holweg feel like they have to take matters into their own hands.

  324. nick says:

    hahahha i love Komi.

  325. doug says:

    komisarek takes a run at avery –

    elisa cuthbert must be proud of her man.

  326. Chuck says:

    OK guys, get back in the room and regroup and come back out playing smart hockey.
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  327. the_larry says:

    I love this game! This is playoff hockey!

  328. The Teacher says:

    True, but if the instigator wasn’t there, would it have been settled then and there?

  329. nick says:

    she’s too busy partying it up with Paris at the Super Bowl party this weekend.

  330. stephen says:

    Somewhat lost in all of this is the fact that the Habs have given up a 3-0 lead.

    I think the look on Carbo’s face at the end says it all.

    They were soft for a few minutes and it cost them.

  331. doug says:

    What are you talking about?! Higgins is not overrated. . . ease off on the testosterone injections, yeats.

  332. Ed says:

    Yvon, where have you been? You were not very big in your day, but you were good, eh roadrunner.

  333. Sehs says:

    Somebody… I won’t say who… But I think you know him very well.

  334. PGHABS says:

    that was a bad period, habs better come out flying

  335. nick says:

    Gomez just asked the RDS announcer if he knew what the SuperBowl was haha.

  336. doug says:

    i’m sorry to hear that you say “you habs fans”; you’re implying you’re not one so please return the moniker you’re using.

  337. the_larry says:

    ~FWI~ On CBC, George Gillet interview in 2 mins

  338. Exit716 says:

    Yup, they got a little too comfortable.
    They can bounce back and bury them in the third.

  339. likehoy says:

    komisarek adds the classic line “stay away from my girl” at the end of his check

  340. Bill says:

    I would take him out of the game, myself, can’t take chances with head injuries.

    Hollwegg is a marked man. He’ll get his.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  341. the_vipah says:

    Perhaps. Im not convinced that Kovalev would have defended himself or accepted the challenge, which just perpetuates the whole thing (ala Bertuzzi, Moore).

  342. doug says:

    He was good, but NOT deserving of having his number retired. I can’t understand why he got his # retired. Any other opinions? Not in the top 15 Habs of all time by my watch.

  343. 24 Cups says:

    Forget Ottawa, this is the game we have to win. Playoff hockey. Gotta win some more faceoffs in the 3rd period. Komi don’t let Avery take you to the penalty box and out of the game. Cmon’ Higgins – kick some butt.

    The Original 24 Cups

  344. ebk says:

    If Carbo always Renney to get the Jagr line against his 4th line as much as he has so far, they will have big problems.

    Bad play by Kovalev, stupid penalty by the Captain and the defensive line caps of the Rangers comeback.

    Good team respond, lets see if they do.

    Kovalev looking at least a game suspension
    Hollweg 3 to 5

  345. doug says:

    100% agree. . . don’t take the chance. Let him leave and see how he feels tomorrow. Too much at risk.

  346. MICP says:

    We were up 3-0 and then our captain took over. Not just an O-zone penalty but one while were on the pp. I sure hope he is happy. If not now maybe after NY wins this game.
    Am I expecting too much out of this team?

  347. Yeats says:

    Once again, Koivu takes a candy-ass, stick-tweak penalty in the offensive zone and it changes the whole nature of the game. Kosty the younger gets throttled from behind and who comes immediately to his aid? The towering Gorges. Higgins just f’n stood there with Koivu. What were they going to do? Pick up the gloves after the altercation? It’s displays like that which reveal the character of a team. Does anyone remember Justin Williams?

  348. doug says:

    No regulation losses in 2008. Third best record in the entire NHL. Great game by Koivu overall with many good chances and lots of drive.

    You asked the question at the end of your post so I’ll answer it: YES. Don’t expect to let you back on the bandwagon if we actually go through a rough stretch.

  349. doug says:

    Why don’t you choose another team if you can get this angry in the midst of the best Canadiens streak in 15 years?

    I can’t believe people are ALREADY complaining after the amazing stretch we’ve been on. I truly wonder if Habs fans deserve a winner.

  350. The Teacher says:

    Koivu didn’t just stand there Yeats, come on. Higgins did though.

  351. Yeats says:

    Doug: They are admittedly playing well, but stuff like that is a killer. I’ll pass on the bad Koivu penalty, it’s been going on all season, but Higgins just standing there after K the younger got hit from behind frosts me. When we last went down to Carolina in the playoffs, it wasn’t because Koivu was injured by Williams, but because no one did a damn thing after it happened. The ‘canes took the measure of the team right then and there. Watching Koivu and Higgins standing there after I got pasted from behind would really piss me off. What can I tell you, Long Island is a hell of a long way from the Bronx.

  352. Yeats says:

    You’re just splitting hairs!

  353. doug says:

    fair enough, yeats. i’ve “known” you too long to disagree or be patronizing. i generally like your commentary as i hope you know.

  354. Yeats says:

    It’s just little things like that are so important when the stakes rise. Higgins didn’t have to open a can of woop ass, but he had to be “involved.”

  355. The Teacher says:

    Now I can agree ๐Ÿ˜‰

  356. Chris says:

    All I can say is watch the replay. Gorges charged in, overskated and there was Koivu trying to tackle Hollweg before he got steamrolled. Question his size, but not the guy’s heart. Koivu jumped right in.

  357. Alirio says:

    The crowd here went crazy during that brawl. It happened in our end and people were just going crazy after that hit on Sergei.

    I expect Kovy to get into a fight in the third. And Koivu will get an o-zone penalty leading to a Rangers go-ahead goal.

    GO HABS!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  358. Bill says:

    Not a great night for the refs. A couple of marginal calls resulted in goals for both teams. The Rangers comeback was keyed by a particular weak call on Koivu. Then they blew the elbow call on Kovalev, which would probably have defused the situation. This game could get U-G-L-Y. Actually, it already has, I guess. I hope the Habs win, but mainly I just don’t want to see any injuries … seeing K2 on the ground was pretty scary.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  359. Ian G Cobb says:

    This come back started with a penalty to Koivu in there end, he has lost a step,still a good player. but I’m getting very upset with him lately. he takes a stupid penalty every game and this one might cost us big time.

    They have successfully got us out of our skating game, and we better get back to it.

  360. lemess says:

    Agree 100% – that was one of our best first periods of the year. While we can’t let people push us around, we must continue to use our speed and puck handling skill.

  361. doug says:

    et tu ian?

    keep up your chin. these are OUR habs. support them.

  362. Bill says:

    Yeah, well AFTER they scored on that PP it was still 3-1, are you going to blame Koivu for all three goals? This is the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, Habs have a whole period to dig this one out.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  363. yehaken says:

    Huet is not playing well. Huge PP to start the 3rd period. This intermission will be a real test of Carbo’s coaching ability. Time to get it done boys.

  364. yehaken says:

    Make that a penalty kill. Looks like Komi got called for roughing at the buzzer. So 4 on 4 for 41 seconds and a PK.

  365. JasonM says:

    Koivu really needs to stop that bad habit, he single handedly gave the Rangers momentum. Once again, Koivu takes a stick penalty in the offensive zone while on the powerplay of all things.

    That’s just stupid.

  366. Kevin says:

    That Koivu penalty is definitely the turning point thus far.

  367. RH says:

    So, I guess all those 5-2, and 5-1 Habs scores that some boldly posted earlier today, have gone out the window.

    Where’s O’Byrne when you need him?

    COMPLETELY disappointing second. Habs had the game and let it slip. Or, maybe the Rangers just woke up. I guess we’ll find out, next period.

  368. Keith says:

    Great interview with Mr Gillette on HNIC, but MacLean just P^SSes me off so much with his assinine questions. I could choke that miserable SOB! George was classy and gracious and gave HNIC a plus as well.

  369. the_vipah says:

    “Alex Kovalev levelled Ryan Hollweg with a shoulder check. Perfectly legal .”

    Boone, seriously, you need to check your glasses :)

  370. The Teacher says:

    Haha yeah!

  371. RGM says:

    This one’s going to be wild in the third period. Great intensity. Not too happy about the 3-0 lead evaporating, but this team has enough resiliency to not allow it to get into their heads. Come out flying and score early on the PP, and the momentum is back in our favour.

  372. Kevin says:

    Will the hit on Higgins yesterday ever get reviewed? I hope that both hits (today and yesterday) lead to suspensions. Disgusting.

  373. Steiner says:

    Nice piece with Ron and George Gillette.
    Not so sure what he was talking about when he mentioned providing fans with well priced food and seats… but i’ll let it slide.
    He actually cares, and enjoys the fans.
    I have half-season tickets and I sit right in front of his box and I often turn around to high-five him when we score. Sometimes in exchange for food or wine! (Not too shabby!) He likes to be involved with the fans, and tries to get in on the action when he can.
    He’s a good man, and he honestly cares – from what I can see.
    Just my experience.

    The rest of the game should be something else…
    here goes nothing!

  374. ebk says:

    Alex Kovalev levelled Ryan Hollweg with a shoulder check. Perfectly legal .

    you have to be kidding, Alex has been great but that was a dirty hit to the head with his elbow.

  375. Moey says:

    Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

  376. the_vipah says:

    Higgins turned his back when he was 2-3 feet from the boards on a player he knew was coming. Its pretty much agreed by most people that while the hit was stupid, so was Higgins turning his back. I don’t see any suspension, and there shouldn’t be.

  377. doug says:

    Boone the clairvoyant between the first and second period:

    “… A test of Carbo’s no-goon philosophy: Sean Avery and Colton Orr are going to try to start something before the afternoon is out. Probably means Francis Bouillon will have to go with someone and Tom the Bomb might catch a few…”

  378. 24 Cups says:

    Be careful what you ask for – Kovalev may get suspended as well. As least that CBC’s take on it.

    The Original 24 Cups

  379. The Teacher says:

    Hmm he went into the boards with his back turned already. That deserved a suspension, at least 1 game, not more.

  380. the_larry says:

    I enjoyed the part about him driving down the street and stopping to thank a fan for wearing a Habs sweater. He seems like such a great guy

  381. The Teacher says:

    Damnit Pleky!

  382. the_vipah says:

    It looked like that in slow mo, I thought at full speed it looked alot more like Higgins turned his back. Anyways i’ve heard comments on it in several places and thats the word on why no suspension.

  383. Chuck says:

    I’m pretty sure that Boone was being sarcastic.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  384. The Teacher says:

    Now THIS is a game.

  385. Steiner says:

    He thanks me for coming to games.
    I tell him the pleasure is mine.

    Hes really kind. He knows what a special team this is to own. And hes aware what this team means to the people of Montreal – and everywhere else.

  386. The Teacher says:

    Pleky’s gonna make me cry.

  387. Habs-Kat says:

    I want this over in regulation. Rangers don’t deserve a point.

  388. The Teacher says:

    Does Jagr? ๐Ÿ˜›

  389. nick says:

    I must say… I’m getting pretty darn impressed with Gorges lately.

  390. the_larry says:

    Thats awesome. Sounds like a really classy guy. Does he really give you free food and wine?? lol

  391. Exit716 says:

    Uncle George…We need more teams in Canada.
    Translation….”I’m sick of signing welfare cheques”

  392. MikeL says:

    This is unbelievable..so intense..im shakin

  393. doug says:

    two afternoon games in a row. i’d give them the point. . . i want a point out of this at least.

    i’m not sure what to do about huet on tuesday. poor guy needs a rest. hindsight being 20/20 i might have started halak tonight and played him tuesday.