Liveblog: The playoff express stalls as Canadiens lose 3-1


So boring.
And a familiar result.


  1. D Mex says:

    There’s absolutely no doubt that Cole is the leader of this team.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  2. Mondou6 says:

    So this sets up an upcoming 20th “must win” game in a row, right?

  3. nolts says:

    Guys like that are the reason really good players don’t like to play for habs.

  4. JIMVINNY says:

    Cole and DD both hooked and grabbed multiple times on that rush. The Devils have perfected the art of getting away with that.

  5. FlyingFrenchie says:

    Let’s face it…
    With possibility 6 exceptions..
    This team stinks!

  6. Coca Cola Kid says:

    Nice job clearing the front of the net Yannick!!!!!

  7. ffenliv says:

    Oh Boone you fatalist. You posted at the end of 2 that the only thing left was to determine the goal differential for Brodeur’s shutout. The Habs bag one and you’re full of excitement. The Devils get it back, and you’re bag to the sackcloth-and-ashes routine.

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    so much for the shutdown line.

  9. Danno says:

    It’s over


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

  10. danhabsfan says:

    why is it such an issue to get the puck out for this team, esp in the 3rd period. That one is all on Pleks

  11. ffenliv says:

    Last night in Vancouver, one of the Leafs players flubbed the most basic clearance you can. I, and everyone else I know, was making fun of me. Have to add Pleks to the list now. He had the puck for a few seconds, waited, waited, and crapped the bed.

  12. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    You still believe in Price??? …ask Carbo he’ll tell too!

  13. JIMVINNY says:

    Thank heavens. I was worried they were going to come back and win.

  14. habs17 says:

    let me guess, its not pleks fault, the guys perfect, he is a bust trade him

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  15. Dryden_29 says:

    Could you picture all NHL teams playing this ‘paint drying’
    game that the Devils have played for years…shameful but it works….sooo hard to enjoy!

  16. Propwash says:

    ****, another screen shot.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  17. habs17 says:

    ok lets not trade pleks i told u, u guys are clueless

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  18. jedimyrmidon says:


  19. Captain aHab says:

    If Cole is gone for an extended period, are we going to see 8 d-men?

    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  20. danhabsfan says:

    Why does this team take 40 minutes to show up?????

  21. Propwash says:

    Keep the pedal down guys!

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  22. 24moreCups says:

    Max Pacioretty is really becoming the player we all hoped he would be, I remember at some points people thinking he might be a bust but he’s really coming along.

    Really glad he can come back so strong after the injury.

  23. Mattyleg says:

    We’ve got them on the back foot!
    This is great.
    Shame we coudln’t have pulled this out earlier, but I like it now.

    What I DON’T like is these F*$&%(#ING commercial breaks that kill the momentum! They’ve GOT to get rid of that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habs17 says:

      LOL they will never get rid of commercials r u joking me get up with the times its all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ its not 1940

      President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

      (I support Scott Gomez)

      • db says:

        Between the M and SHIFT button are three of the most popular forms of punctuation.

        I agree, can’t live without commercials now. They even change the ads on the boards between periods.

  24. Captain aHab says:

    Where was all this skating for 2 periods?

    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  25. Pucknut says:

    How many shots have we fanned on tonite?

  26. habs17 says:


    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  27. Pucknut says:

    What’s up with Cole?

  28. Da Hema says:

    I believe I jinxed the shutout Mr. Boone.

  29. Captain aHab says:

    Cole is back

    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  30. habs17 says:


    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  31. savethepuck says:

    We have a hockey game again now,

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  32. Captain aHab says:

    Brodeur is beaten….Cole is in the dressing room.

    McGuire for GM!
    Roy for Coach!
    Sh*t for Brains!

  33. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Pucknut says:

    Game on !!!!!!!!

  35. habs17 says:


    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  36. habsfaninboston says:

    We have a pulse.

  37. Mavid says:

    yes sirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  38. danhabsfan says:

    ok… sorry I have to ask… what’s with “Martin F”?

  39. Mavid says:

    love how Zubrus jumps on the bench, like he can hide there..get in the bad dog box…

  40. kerrgte says:

    it’s like a game of keep away. the boys don’t win the 1 on 1’s. No intensity at all – just not on the same page with a much better NJ team.

    Puck possession time comparison between the 2 teams would would tell the tale.

  41. habs17 says:

    even CBC is falling asleep they show the game 10 seconds into the period

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  42. habs17 says:

    Why does every1 like pleks so much and give him a free pass the guy has been awful all year yet every1 gives him praise lol u guys are clueless We MUST trade pleks

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  43. FlyingFrenchie says:

    Boone needs a triple shot of caffeine
    with a double dose of smelling salts to get through this snoozer.
    Instead of filing a game report,
    perhaps an essay on knitting would be more appropriate.

  44. Marc10 says:

    We baldy need to channel some of that Gary Carter energy.

    I don’t understand the complete absence of will in this team. It’s not like the Devils have Scott Stevens playing or Brodeur in his prime for that matter…

    I’d put Bourque and White against Clarkson. I’d ask them to go and lay into the guy until he loses it. If that’s the way it has to happen… then let’s make it happen.

  45. Da Hema says:

    Boone: can you tell us now how many shutouts Brodeur has had in Montreal? I am serious. I am sure there will be one more after this snooze-fest is over.

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    The powerplay remains clueless. That has to be on the coaching staff.

    Why remove DD from his line for the first wave only to put him on the second wave with Gomez, another centre and setup man?

    Makes no sense.

    I’m liking the Bourque for Cammy trade less and less.

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  47. MannyR says:

    This is as bad as the 3-0 loss to Washington.
    Sunday games in Montreal need to be banned by the Catholic church.

  48. Propwash says:

    I’d say maybe 80-85% of goals scored on Price is due to a screen/deflection. If he sees it, he will most likely stop it.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

  49. boing007 says:

    Boone: And they wonder why the Devils don’t draw in Newark …
    It’s a wonder that the Habs draw in Montreal.

    Richard R

  50. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Clueless?? You have been clueless for the past 18 yrs supporting mediocre hockey….you probably believe finishing 8th is a succsessful season…

  51. habs001 says:

    the ice may be poor but our passes jump over our sticks but the devils handle the passes way better…looks like our 8th s/o coming up..pretty sure we will be in double figures by the time the season is over…

  52. novahab says:

    I think Cole is playing hurt you can see he is not himself. What this team needs is that special trainer like Ovie and the Leafs have that did so much good for Tiger. Have to smart like NJ just use it during the big games . Don’t be stupid like the Leafs, you can’t use it all the time . If you use it to much like the Leafs and it slows the muscles and you get the reverse results.

  53. EastCoastHab says:

    Is this Habs Inside Out or Habs Down and Out??

    Big comeback in the third…..3 – 2 Habs!

    You heard it here first!

  54. alfieturcotte says:


    Rene Bourque is horrible, soft, and is wasting whatever chance we have a=of getting Pleks going. Put him on the fourth line with Gomez and Darche. Play more AK46, Eller, anyone but Gomez and Bourque…..What a joke of GM and Coach we have!

  55. ooder says:

    and people were bashing Timo lol… this is very typical of the habs this season… they get assymptotically closer but the second there is a big game they blow it

    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  56. longtimehabsfan says:

    I’m sick and tired of watching this team this year. I really am. Whenever you think they’ve got it going they put put up a stinker. You think they have become more physical and they play like they’re afraid to take a hit. This is garbage hockey and in your own building. Please, enough with the PG made a good deal for Gill. What’s on the Ice?

    “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  57. JF says:

    This Devils team is looking exactly like the old Jacques Lemaire-coached Devils teams. Get one goal, keep the opposition to the outside, get another… I hate that team, and I hate Martin Brodeur.

  58. fun police says:

    Darche is getting way too much ice time. he works hard, but consistently double shifting him is idiotic. you are playing not to lose. he’s second behind pk for most ice time after 2. ridiculous.

  59. Timo says:

    Scumbags. A total no-show.

  60. habs17 says:

    PG please resign Campoli 5 years 20 million the guy is a stud (sarcasm)

    President of the Scott Gomez Fan Club

    (I support Scott Gomez)

  61. JayBee says:

    You can predict the outcomes of these kind of games. Anytime the Habs have a chance to really make things interesting they come up with a dud. This is game is going according to plan.

    I have no frigging clue why Darche gets so much playing time. Cuneny needs to put a 2nd line together that can score goals.

    Game over. Brodeur won’t even need to take a shower after the game.

    • Propwash says:

      It’s Jersey however, usually games against these guys winds up like this, and it sucks.

      Don’t let the wultures getcha.

      • JayBee says:

        If Brodeur was standing on his head (like he usually does) I’d have no problem. But the team hasn’t even shown up. Fighting for your playoff lines and you come out with this crap? Pathetic. Old ass brodeur’s going to get another shutout in possibly his last game at the Bell Centre? I feel ill.

  62. Mattyleg says:

    Lots of people on here who are happy that we’re doing so badly are also the same people who were FREAKING OUT this summer when we didn’t throw the kitchen sink at Dustin Penner.

    “He went out of the lineup because he was horseshit,” quoth Kings coach Darryl Sutter, discussing Penner being a healthy scratch for 3 games.

    Please, please fill us with more of your wisdom, oh knowledgable ones. Tell me again how many Cups we’ll win by losing this game. Please; your insight is boundless.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  63. novahab says:

    Good job by the Habs in the second they started to hit these guys. Only way your going to stop a drug laden team is to hit them. NHL is a digrace ,if there was drug testing no way NJ would skate this way. Still NJ gets all the breaks on the two goals. Anyone that thinks NJ can skate this way with out help. I have a lot of cheap land in Flordia to sell you.

  64. topher5468 says:

    I just can’t stomach Jeremy Roenick,

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

  65. Da Hema says:

    That’s the kind of season it has been — late-period goals, third-period collapses. At least no one now will be under any illusions about whether this team deserves to make the playoffs. Montreal is New Jersey’s bitch.

  66. Danno says:

    I think I’ll switch to the All Paint Drying Channel

    They have a two-hour special on beige tonight.


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

  67. Max says:

    Anyway,we all could have wrote that script well before the game started. Brodeur shutout with a 2-0 or 3-0 score. Goodnight lads!

  68. habs001 says:

    plecks -2 and now -16…

  69. L Elle says:

    Fortunately, last game vs Devils for the season.

    Bring on the Leafs and Sens.

  70. hockeydoc says:

    Yeah, Pleks, you’ll beat Brodeur with a backhand from an impossible angle
    Pleks never goes to the net on that play-he might get hit.

  71. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    Somethings never change crunch games and the softies Price gives up… Do you really want him for the playoffs?

    Tank Nation…all aboard!!

  72. boing007 says:

    Bourque is another Pouliot. A cream puff. What happened to all the hitting that we saw against Boston?

    Richard R

  73. joshbenn says:

    final score: 4-0 devils

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