Liveblog: Four in a row

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But man, it was not easy.
Ottawa came alive to dominate the third period.

But the Canadiens hung on to win 2-1.

And they’re finally at .500

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Jacques Martin | Craig Anderson | Chris Neil on new linemate | Kasper Daugavins | Paul MacLean

413 Comments

  1. piter says:

    When is Gomer returning? Did he travel with the Club? Anybody?

    • DEANDALLEY says:

      Never, I hope!

      Martin will juggle the lines as he did last season to get Gomez going. We all know how dat turned out!

      “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  2. PrimeTime says:

    Friday night or no one has anything to b*tch about?? Where are all the experts?

  3. HabCez says:

    We had 2 great periods..
    last period.. well.. rookie Diaz mistake to go after the puck when there was only a few secs left on their PP..
    after that JM pressed the collapse button.. which instantaneously continues Sens momentum..
    but we won so.. happy dance.. (plus top 5 again in our fantasy pool.. hehe.. )

    keeping Cammy out of PK duty is a smart thing(bout time).. not that i think Cammy isnt defensively sound.. but id rather have him press his offensive game..
    Gio though smaller then Cammy.. has better stamina and experience in the PK unit.. (still think they use someone else for Gio though.. Darche/Blunden?)

    Wonder what Pierre McGuire (and other so called hockey anals) thinks about Eller now..
    4th 3rd liner my A55..
    yes yes still has to prove he can play the whole yr.. blah blah

    Subban.. you need to remember the way u play the game will draw the eyes of the men in stripes..

    Cole just getting better.. and AK earning his pay..

    Carey.. i love the “not Cool Carey”
    another solid game.. kept his stick play simple..
    he played as the Goalie not as a Forward

  4. punkster says:

    Well that game can only be described as Gomezlessly great. A few Gomezlike gaffs from PK and Diaz but apart from that not to shabby.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  5. Neutral says:

    Tomorrow against the Rangers – we have the better team – all we have to do is play like we have the better team – and we’ll come away with the 2-points.

    we played good enough to squeak one out tonight.

  6. Sean Bonjovi says:

    Kuba and Karlsson were each only minus 2 tonight and not minus 4 as I had predicted. I was wrong.

    Edit: Kuba was only minus one. He’ll save the game tape for his kids.

    “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
    - Sean Bonjovi

  7. C_exacte says:

    At this pace we should pass the Leafs by…..next Saturday!!!

  8. Say Ash says:

    Wtf? The Ottawa station’s three stars:

    Cole
    Anderson
    Neil

  9. Habitoban says:

    Fun game for 2 periods and a bit. Cole seems to get bigger every game — in size and personality. Great chemistry developing between him and Cammy. Same goes for Sergei and Eller. Now if we could only stop reverting to the prevent defence.

  10. PrimeTime says:

    Luongo loses again…..and we worry about Gomez?? VAN’s window to win it all will close long before Lu’s contract becomes a large cap problem. Our window is after Gomez is done.

    • Matt. says:

      These long term contracts are great for players and a total handicap for the franchises, why they keep getting handed out is beyond me.

      Supply and demand i guess.

    • Hab-Q says:

      Hey- It’s “Lalongo” don’t you know?

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      ~Rodney Dangerfield

  11. PrimeTime says:

    Good effort considering so long since last game. Sens came on in the 3rd but was it b/c Habs stopped forcing the play?? I think JM has a new “less trap” system this year but it reared it’s fugly head after Sens goal. Gotta keep pressuring the opposition…..got skill, speed, and more size this year. Cole has been real good as of late. I worry about PK….sophmore jinx or not, the kid has a lot to learn. He’s got the skills but still needs to mature. Good win and important 2 pts.

    • savethepuck says:

      Very happy about the way Cole’s been playing of late, but wasn’t like most on here earlier in the season biatching about his ice time. JM said earlier that he wasn’t impressed with the way he played without the puck ( very important in the JM system ) and Cole said in an interview that he was adjusting to a different role on the forecheck in a different system where he has been used to being the first man in.

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

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Great post!

      I don’t get why they stopped forechecking? It’s a thing of beauty watching them when they do. It also leads to more and better chances to score.

      I’m hoping it was just the layoff that kicked in and we’ll see the heavy forechecking once again tomorrow night.

      crosses fingers

      Also agree about PK. Maybe he needs to sit a game or two?

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    • Gerry H says:

      I agree as well, but would defend the more defensive approach to the third by bearing in mind that tonight was the first of a back-to-back pair. Calculated risk to save their legs for tomorrow night, i’d guess.

      • athanor says:

        I imagine the twisting and turning and stopping and changing direction involved in playing Kitty bar the door is just as tiring as forcing Ottawa to do all the above.

  12. kerrgte says:

    The boys were badly outplayed in the third period

    This totally defensive play, designed to protect a 1 goal lead for an entire period, simply leaves their opponents in the offensive mode all the time. Anyone who plays knows that the opposition gets better and better when you hand the momentum over to them.

    This strategy needs a serious rethink !!

    • HardHabits says:

      It was so obvious.

    • savethepuck says:

      I’m thinking that maybe it wasn’t so much the Habs sitting back and playing defensive as much as it was the Sens coming on and bringing the play to them like they’ve done in almost every game this year that they’ve been behind and a lot of times against good opposition and succeding. Usually they’ve scored 3 or 4 goals in the 3rd period while they were behind, but only got 1 on us on a mistake when on the PP, so I’m definitely not upset about the way the Habs played with the lead. The Sens are run and gun, the Habs held the fort. I think it looked scarier than it actually was.

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

  13. Mick says:

    Does Price get the game against the Rangers?

    • RGM says:

      I don’t see why not.

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    • savethepuck says:

      JM said 2 days ago that Carey was starting against Ottawa and he would make a decision about who started against the Rangers after tonights game. Based on that and the way Carey played against Bodston in his last back to back, I’d be shocked if he doesn”t start tomorrow night. Carey and King Henrik sounds like a 2-1 ( maybe 1-0) shootout win to me.

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

  14. Sharks9 says:

    Unfortunately, Tampa Bay and Buffalo both won their games.
    But a win tomorrow would help us catch them!

    25 before 14

  15. deuce6 says:

    I never knew we had new players suiting up for this game…

    Who the F@@K is Spacik, Moin, and Gorgis?

    You would think that SN would at least spell the player’s names correctly when running the starting line ups across the screen..Who did they have doing that job? Don Cherry?

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  16. Mavid says:

    its Sensnet..I mean sportsnet..not surprised they had 2 stars in a losing game….surprised they don’t do that stupid hardest working sens..like on the team 1200 so they can get an extra one in there when they don’t deserve to be mentioned…

    second place is just the first loser

    • Hab-Q says:

      the sportsnet local broadcasters are total homers.

      Joe Bowen the Sportsnet Leaf play by play guy is over the top.
      He does Leaf radio games and Leafs TV games so he’s on the Leaf payroll

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      ~Rodney Dangerfield

    • otter649 says:

      RDS has 3 Habs as their stars – 72-31-81…..

  17. RGM says:

    Ryan O’Byrne scored in his own goal again tonight.

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  18. joeybarrie says:

    Marc Andre Bergeron just won the game in Tampa. What a season that kid is having so far. Good for him.
    What kind of stupid comment is bashing the coach after winning against one of the hottest teams in the NHL…???
    Simply IDIOTIC.
    Great game boys… Great win, do it again tomorrow.

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

  19. Chorske says:

    Is it just me, or is it hard to get excited about a game against the Rangers? A) Sure, original six, but who cares? and B) ever since the 5-0 comeback, every game against them has paled?

  20. habfab14120 says:

    SportsNet 3 Stars
    1. Erik Cole – 1 Goal, 3 Hits
    2. Craig Anderson – 24 Saves
    3. Chris Neil – 3 Shots, 2 Hits

    What!? Chris Neil. Really?

  21. topher5468 says:

    Going to the game tomorrow night, just wondering, is there a way to find out what jersey the Rags will wear. Sometimes when these 2 teams play, they switch road/home jerseys.

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

  22. Mavid says:

    I guess Pothead missed the lame call with less than two minutes in the game….not surprised at his stupid comments that is typical of the sens homers…

    second place is just the first loser

  23. Da Hema says:

    Did everyone see Cole give Price water out of the bottle at the end of the game? That was interesting.

  24. SUMO says:

    Anyone else notice JM had Yannick Weber out there in the last minute toprotect the 1-goal lead. Seems the old coach is trusting the young defender.

  25. habsfaninboston says:

    Didn’t like the way we played the last period. Protecting the lead usually comes back to bite us in the arse.

  26. HardHabits says:

    They started trapping mid way through the 3rd. The 0-1-4. Dump and change. Maybe it was fatigue. Maybe it was psychological. Maybe it was a directive from the Alien over-lords. Whatever the cause the Sens were pressing but as long as the Habs fore-checked it was close. Once the Habs trapped, the Sens were increasing their chances and the Habs weren’t getting any.

    The Habs have 12 points in 12 games and have won 4 straight. There is a tough month ahead but they have entered November strong.

    I think their major strength or weakness will be their mental fortitude.

  27. Laramy87 says:

    Denis Potvin, ” The Sens are down, not because of their play, not because of the Habs play, but because of the stripes”

    Are you kidding me? hahah this guy is absolutely terible

  28. JD_ says:

    Sens did what they had to do: Put the body to the Habs’ D and crowd Price. Diaz braincramped on his own, but the Sens responded appropriately.

  29. Psycho29 says:

    Whine and complain all you want…..but it’s a W….

  30. Habbu says:

    Saved by the bell….whew an important 2 points

  31. jo_maka says:

    Congratulations, Carey Vezina !!!
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  32. Mavid says:

    awsome…take that senaturds…the horseshoe up your ass in the last two minutes has fallen out…

    second place is just the first loser

  33. ffenliv says:

    The shot at the end that showed about 1/2 the crowd in Habs sweaters, cheering for the win, should shame EVERY Sens fan out there.

    • Viruk42 says:

      It’s always like that when Montreal or Toronto come to play in Ottawa…it doesn’t really shame the Sens fans, there’s just too many Toronto/Montreal fans in the city for them to cope.

      • ffenliv says:

        The Shame should stem from the poor number of season’s tickets they seem to sell. There shouldn’t be gazillions of seats for the opposition fans to get at all.

  34. SOLID! WOOOO

    UNE AUTRE VICTOIRE WOOO

  35. Hab-Q says:

    Whew!

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  36. NLhabsfan says:

    WE WIN!!!!!!!!

  37. punkster says:

    Hey, it worked.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  38. habs178 says:

    They play worse when they’re “protecting their lead”! I HATE when they play that way!

  39. The Pickle says:

    Did anyone else catch the chick behind the Habs bench mouth something and then “sleep with” during the timeout?

  40. Habbu says:

    Oh well now they can ice the puck

  41. NLhabsfan says:

    Can’t believe that call… What a pile of s…….

  42. habsfaninboston says:

    Damn it!

  43. HardHabits says:

    This is the kind of hockey I hate seeing the Habs play. The Habs are holding on for dear life. Once they stopped skating forward and started standing still and skating backwards the ice has tilted in the Sens’ favour.

  44. habsfaninboston says:

    Hangin’ on for dear life!

  45. Habbu says:

    Standing and puck watching…..skate

  46. Mavid says:

    if your looking for a penalty it should go to Gonchar for pushing him into Anderson…dufus

    second place is just the first loser

  47. habsfaninboston says:

    Nice take out Patches!

  48. Habso says:

    Boo Hoo, they have been running Pricey all night.


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