Ask me about us

Alex Kovalev had a request for the horde of cameras, microphones and notebooks surounding him in the winning dressing room.

"Don’t ask me about Ovechkin," said the Russian sniper, whose 22nd goal capped a 4-0 Canadiens win.

"Talk about our team. We played great."

He had a point. The Canadiens got a solid effort from all four lines, the defence was outstanding and Cristobal Huet was brilliant, earning his 15th career shutout with 35 saves.

Ovechkin – OK, we have to talk about him a little – had four shots. But he was controlled in one-on-one situations by Mike Komisarek and Josh Gorges, both of whom contributed to a team defensive effort.

"I know he’s scored a lot of goals, but we do our job and it doesn’t matter who they have on their team," Kovalev said before he declared a moratorium on Ovechkin assessment.

Kovalev was impressed by Canaadiens’ effort in the second period, which has tended to be a team weakness this season.

"We’re learning from the past," he said. "We had a good second period, played 60 minutes and it paid off."

Kovalev said he may have sustained a broken thumb, but "I still have four fingers left."

Canadiens scored two power-play goals, one shorthanded and another at even strength. Kovalev said the team has taken "a long journey to get to the point where the guys are more confident with the puck."

"Sometimes we have to dump and chase," he added. "But I see a lot more guys who are comfortable, moving the puck around, making passes and making plays.

"When you have to skate hard for 60 minutes, you can get tired annd make mistakes. If you control the puck 60, 70 per cent of the time, it’s definitely a lot easier to play the game."



  1. teamplayer says:

    yeh the problem about the radio is that i cant hear much b/c its on my laptop

  2. Bean says:

    teamplayer it’s not quite as fun as watching it, but you can listen to the game online at just click the Listen Now link in the upper left-hand corner. The CJAD commentary isn’t half bad and the audio feed is really smooth.

    (Teach, hahaha, I warned ya, one of those days. The CJAD option might be one for your friend too, no?)

  3. teamplayer says:

    patty, i tried that link man and it aint working, the usual my p2p nhl i usually go with doesnt have the game either. This is good news though, cuz games i’m not able to watch are always outstanding for habs fans.
    can everyone keep me upto date unless there is another online link to watch the game?

  4. The Teacher says:

    Sorry, the internet! haha

  5. MatttheHabsFan says:


  6. Keith says:

    I take it Dandy’s sitting again same line-up as last game?

  7. teamplayer says:

    yeh its was run as part of a bunch of commercials, ya know the ones that “our part of our heritage”

  8. Bean says:

    Teach, the Net as Rogers SportsNet, or the Net as in the Internet?

    (forgive me, it’s been one of Those Days!)

    I can tell you it’s not on Sportsnet East, but I’m not sure if/where it’s being streamed online.

  9. PattyBoy31 says:

    youre in luck…maybe, i’m doing a first time try at streaming it, i have to go to hockey so my computer may crash and itll get cut off but its the best i can do…

    password = brandy

  10. The Teacher says:

    Anyone know if the Habs game is on the Net tonight? Have a friend who would like to know.

  11. TheCharles says:

    No coverage on TSN. Looks like it’s CJAD for me again 🙁

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Habs-Kat – Based on your definitions, there will be quite a few Eeyore’s on this site if our Habs don’t win tonight:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  13. 24 Cups says:

    Naila – True love travels down a gravel road. Hopefully, your long standing affection and dedication will be rewarded with a 25th Stanley Cup victory.

    The Original 24 Cups

  14. Keith says:

    Thank God the “show” is back on after the All Star Follies from the weekend. I think it’s time for the Habs to put on a home winning streak starting tonight 😉

  15. 24 Cups says:

    This guy is a defenseman who plays like a forward for half of the game. And we’re not talking Dandy here!

    The Original 24 Cups

  16. Naila Jinnah says:

    1998 was the year I fell in love with the Habs!

  17. 24 Cups says:

    Melrose is a distant cousin of Glenn Healy. It’s no wonder he’s dropped his prediction of the Rangers winning the Cup and he’s totally dreaming if he thinks San Jose is getting past Detroit or Anaheim.

    The Original 24 Cups

  18. nightmare_49 says:

    Plek A – Yeh, but that’s not fair , cuz Kovy probably told you that , you are Habs Inside/Out’s personal “Insider” lol.

  19. Moey says:

    Thanks guys, dopey ole me. But I do recall reading that Winnie was an actual pet bear of a Canadian solider in the 1940’s. He was named after Winnipeg. When the soldier shipped out, Winnie was put in a zoo. Okay enough of that.

    Are we winning tonight? I say Habs 5-3.

  20. G-Man says:

    You got that right, DYCSoccer17. Love to see all the great predictions by the “knowledgable” hockey people being flushed down the tubes. First, Brian Wilde on CTV in Montreal said 12th for the Habs. Last Saturday, he ate crow live on tv, acknowledging what the whole management team and the players have accomplished so far. Now, Melrose. If only we could believe like Melrose, except with a happier ending.


  21. Habs-Kat says:

    Tigger is bouncy and always seems to be excited and happy. Eeyore, on the other hand, is dull, gloomy, depressed, and pessimistic.

  22. Mattee. says:

    Eeyore is known to be a little bit of a pessimist whereas Tigger is happy, springy and all in all optimistic. basically…:)

  23. G-Man says:

    Wouldn’t it be more fun to be Piglet, Mike? That way you can stutter wh-wh-when the Habs take 2 tonight. 🙂


  24. Moey says:

    Okay Mike, I’m a little thick today, I don’t get the Winnie the Pooh reference.

    Anbody care to explain?

  25. Mattee. says:

    As much as I love the habs, I cannot help but enjoy Ovechkin’s game. That guy is fantastic and you can tell that he loves the game for the game. “Money’s money”.

  26. Mattee. says:

    I hate the wait between one game and the next, or even worse; one season to the next.

  27. Plek-Andrew says:

    Plek-Andrew said Brodeur’s old ass would choke. he did.

    Go plek-Andrew!

  28. Mattee. says:

    “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.” – Michael Scott, The Office.

    I Heart “System.”

  29. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Trades and free agents are an important part of it. I think Ian does make a relevant point that building within is of utmost importance, especially in the salary cap era. Look at the Wings, and even the Sens. Zetterberg, Holmstrom, Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Alfie, Spezza, Heatley (acquired for Hossa who they drafted). Building a dynasty is done through the draft (Detroit), not through free agency (NYR). Give the kids a full year to develop and hopefully the team will become legitimate contenders. At that point, if there is a logjam of high-end prospects who will not have a spot on the team, trade one or two for that missing peice. I can see such a situation potentially developing at D for Montreal. We have a tonne of excellent young D, and maybe in a year or two we can turn that into a scoring winger, or whatever the need may be at that time. For now though, I hope Timmins, Gainey and co. continue to build from within.

  30. Habs-Kat says:

    Ack, I hate the wait between game time and getting home after school.

  31. MikeL says:

    Saying that nobody is going anywhere and that there will be no trades….well i think that’s a bit premature. The trade deadline is about a month away…lots can happen between that time. I’d say there is little to no chance of Ryder finishing the year here.

  32. nightmare_49 says:

    If i remember correctly ,mate , everybody was writing about Brodeur’s magic and the winless streak against the Devils before that game , i could be wrong ,

  33. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I don’t know if anyone saw this on or not, but Barry Melrose has updated his Stanley Cup picks. Before the season started, he picked the Rangers to make the Cup Finals. He recently changed his mind:

    I hate these sorts of jinxes. What happened last year after the main stream media started talking about us? Oh yea, we went in the tank. I hope that it doesn’t happen again this year, although I wouldn’t be too surprised if it did. Koivu needs to take a page out of Kovalev’s book (this year) and he needs to start leading on the ice.

  34. coutNY says:

    Except against the Devils…

  35. Bouleau noir says:

    Drafting and players developpement are but parts of the whole enchilada,… trading and free agents aquisitions are equally as relevant… its all about getting more successfull results than the contrary with any and all of them.

  36. nightmare_49 says:

    Everytime HI/O siters start beating their chest about our Habs we come up with a bummer.

  37. drecha says:

    I don’t think it is possible for “Big O” to get tired. I am sure he will be primed tonight.

    The tank is full, now let’s map the route for the drive to 25!!

  38. Ian G Cobb says:

    Sure hopes he sneaks into one of Komiseric”s thunderous knock downs.

  39. Ian G Cobb says:

    O darn! RDS only to-night, I’ll have to go out to watch this WIN,!

    Sure hope the Big O is tired from playing all-star.!

  40. Ian G Cobb says:

    I think we will blow them right out of the water tonight. The Big O will get his point to-night, but we will beat them by 3.

    Also this team will stay together, nobody is going anywhere, and for sure we won’t be bringing any one in to upset this chemistry. We have the horses now to get us deeper into the playoffs than most folks believe.

    Some of you are making up these wild fantasy trades. I suppose it is just another way of enjoying. But remember the day of the cap and developing your own is the new reality.

  41. roadrunner says:

    Habs have better goaltending and defence than Washington. The offence still hasn’t peeked in my opinion. The Canadiens have a bad habit of playing at a lower level against weaker teams. Not sure but I think alot of the losses have come against bottom feeders. With all the young guns coming up through the system, it’s really hard to tell how good this team is.

  42. MatttheHabsFan says:

    I think Mike was referring to Gainey’s comments made in his mid-year review press conference. Since that time I think Pleks and Laps have both picked up their faceoff %, and Chips with his 43% ratio is now in the minors. I saw BG’s comments more as a wake-up call to some of the guys on the team of how important he feels this aspect of the game is.

  43. Mike says:

    hes going to hire perrault and ask him to coach our boys instead of play? what? lol jk

  44. arcosenate says:

    win or lose, the way these two teams are playing, it should be pretty entertaining. i have a funny feeling saku is about to pick his game up a notch in the second half. anyone see the comment by gainey that the only change he would make is to pick up a face off specialist?

  45. howtathor says:

    Who’s Toby? I think the Komi/Marky duo can shut down Ovetchkin and co. tonight. Their defensive game is a bit lacking so hopefully we can put some points on the board. Time to turn the home advantage around!

  46. mbplekfan says:

    Anybody heard how Dandy is taking the news?

    He will demand a trade by the weekend, unless bob has already told him it is coming.

  47. Mike says:

    The keys to this game will be skating hard, puck possesion and TRAFIC IN FRONT OF THEIR NET. This is a major issue that the habs tend to forget.

  48. drecha says:

    Thank god hockey is back!!! I am geeked for the game tonight, I would like to see them get three points out of the home and home series, but I would settle for 2. This team is no longer the Crapitals of old, Boudreau has this team firing on all cylinders, so they better not take them lightly, we also know how primed Ovechkin gets when playing in Montreal, so the first goal is key in this one. Hope you all enjoy the game!! Should be a good one!

    The tank is full, now let’s map the route for the drive to 25!!

  49. JF says:

    I’d be satisfied with a split against Washington, more than satisfied with 3 points. Since Bruce Boudreau took over, they’ve become a very good team, and I think they’re poised to take the lead in their division. As for Ovechkin, he has to be the most exciting and dynamic player in the League. That being said, if we can minimize his impact, get behind their defense and create traffic in front of their goaltender, we have a good chance. I just hope the all-star nonsense will not have caused us to lose any of the momentum we had gained in the last couple of weeks.

  50. mprdft says:

    I believe goaltending depth is one of the reasons he cited even.

  51. HabsFanInUSA says:

    Me too… Melrose said last season, on December 28, that he thought the Habs would win the East. I’m sure we all remember how that turned out.

    But, on the bright side, if Huet were to get injured this year we wouldn’t be relying on Aebischer down the stretch. That can only help.

  52. mprdft says:

    On, Barry Melrose picked a Sharks v. Habs Cup Final. That disturbs me a little, but also interesting.

  53. RH says:

    Six Degrees of Seperation? How about the guy who does Eeyore’s voice,(Peter Cullen), being from Montreal? Huh? Huh? Is this out of left field or what? BTW, I got that info from Wikepedia so, it COULD be wrong.

  54. Rugger says:

    3 1/2 hours to go, this break is way too long. Move it to after the season like the NFL. No one watches that one either.

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