Capital punishment

Good thing Canadiens don’t have to play in London or Paris.

Alexander Ovechkin scores four goals to beat them in Washington.

That one required overtime. In the capital of our great country, the Senators needed five minutes to put this one out of reach. The line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson scored six goals and amassed 15 points. Spezza had a career-best three goals and three assists.

Canadiens had not lost a game by five goals since january 2007 – in Ottawa.

Otawa’s defence controlled the Tomas Plekanec line and threw a blanket over the Canadiens’ power play. Canadiens hit five goalposts and showed signs of life after falling behind early, but when Heatley made it 4-0 in the second period, that was pretty much the ballgame.

It might be time to stop thinking about first place … and worrying about the playoffs.

803 Comments

  1. sidhu says:

    I’ve met Scott Stevens a few times when he played for Washington – he was a beast on the ice and a pure gentleman off it. Komi is a great hitter, but I knew Scott Stevens, and Komi, you are no Scott Stevens.

  2. The Teacher says:

    KEY TO THE GAME

    REBOUNDS
    REBOUNDS
    REBOUNDS

  3. MICP says:

    I think the Sens will be happy to have their first line back and its going to show. Alfy and Heatly will both be on the score sheet as Sens win 5-1.
    We are getting better but still not as good as Ottawa. Just look at their line up. Like us losing to Toronto that is why you play the game. We should have won but they were the better team on Thursday, lets hope were the better team tonight or Huet just steals a game for us.

  4. lemess says:

    …and he gave the puck right to Alfredson

    BREEEEEEEEZEBYYYYYEE

  5. Keith says:

    Yeah that’s weird.

  6. The Teacher says:

    Hey, hope the anthem singer is ok. He doesn’t look like he did last year.

  7. HotHabs says:

    Later Timo… Remember: “Serenity Now!”

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  8. nightmare_49 says:

    The Dawgs lost to the Marlie’s 3 – 0. Halak stopped 32 of 35 for the loss.

  9. sidhu says:

    Brisebois doing the ceremonial face-off for our team???

  10. HotHabs says:

    So True!

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  11. Habs-Kat says:

    Don looks as nasty as Goldberg too.

  12. jew4jah says:

    gotta love the juxtoposition of the CBC showing this don cherry crap right after. heroes & zeroes……..

  13. Keith says:

    The Donald is hamming it up on HDIC. Start the game!

  14. nightmare_49 says:

    Yeates in New York – Are you sure your not working for Gary Bettman , promoting U.S. hockey,lol.

  15. Ali says:

    what is this nonsense for Cherry? They followed his whole entrance from into the arena till he got onto the ice…

    reminds me of the entrance the wrestler Goldberg used to have back in the days…

    how cheesy.

  16. The Teacher says:

    ajhahahahahah

    DON FORGOT HIS GUM WAS IN HIS MOUTH!!

  17. HotHabs says:

    Ya, saw it too. Great guy and doing a super job up in the far north with those kids!

    Also, nice to hear a positive comment from an HIO poster about CBC! LOL

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  18. Yeats says:

    Class act. A buddy of mine played and roomed with him at RPI.

  19. jew4jah says:

    that was a great piece on juneau. (on CBC) what a good guy!

  20. HotHabs says:

    I’m curious about the HIO posters’ predictions for the game tonight.

    Anyone willing to give their 2 cents worth? Score? Stars? OT? Shootout? Blowout?

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  21. The Teacher says:

    Start the game already!

  22. HotHabs says:

    TSN.ca reported that Redden wants to stay and win a cup with the Sens. He has no interest in leaving to SJ or anywhere else.

    enjoying the high’s of being a Habs fan

  23. Keith says:

    Looking forward to this game since tuesday night. Damnit! The Ottawa Janitors play by play guys are calling the game on Hockey Day in Canada. Looks like RDS maybe and CJAD of course lol. GO HABS GO!!!

  24. fun police says:

    dandy out a mistake? how do you figure? all the goals he scores? all the fights? his great passes? his “energy”? we have a fourth line already. dandy in, usually means ryder out, i’ll take ryder anyday.

  25. yathehabsrule says:

    C’mon CBC, it’s Hockey Day in Canada…put Rick and Murray from CJAD in the booth instead of Galley and that other 3rd stringer.. I’d listen to CJAD online but the feed is out by 30 seconds..getting RDS next year I think!

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/users/2098-Kevin_van_Steendelaar

  26. Yeats says:

    Just in case we need a Plan B for this evening, Michigan (#2) is playing Miami of Ohio (#1) at 7:30pm. If you have DirecTV, Channel 636. Michigan knocked them off 4-2 last night in Miami’s barn. Max Pac got the final goal for the Wolverines. I’m looking for a big win in Ottawa tonight, but you can’t blame me for covering all my bases.

  27. Mattee. says:

    ummm… ummm… really? he doesn’t seem bear like to me. more umm, in the form of a gorilla.

  28. Habs-Kat says:

    He’s like a teddy bear off the ice and a grizzly bear on the ice.

  29. yathehabsrule says:

    I’ll take the Steelers by 14…Flyers will be tired after losing to the Rangers this aft! LOL

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/users/2098-Kevin_van_Steendelaar

  30. lemess says:

    4-1 Ott
    Emerys shutout is ruined after catching a glimpse of his own relection in the ice, a Patrice Brisbois slapshot blows by his head.

  31. The Teacher says:

    I think they need to trade or waive, in this order,

    Lidstrom to Montreal for a 7th round pick, and Ryder.
    Datsyuk to Edmonton for Jarret Stoll
    Zetterberg to Anaheim for Todd Bertuzzi
    Chelios to Toronto for Dominic Moore and a 6th round pick.
    Osgood to L.A. for Dan Cloutier.

  32. Odie Cleghorn says:

    Not only that, but Breezeby undoubtedly has a games played bonus much like Ryder had a goals scored bonus last year. Let’s watch how that plays out in the media if Breezeby gets to claim the cash, or, pardon me, “achieve that performance goal”. But, “he wants to play in Montreal”. Because, to the best of my knowledge, once your name is pencilled in the lineup card, that counts as a “game played”.

  33. Barts says:

    Two thoughts…

    Mistake keeping Dandenault out, and how can Jason Spezza be making $8 mil and Alfredsson only $5.5???

  34. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah I saw that too..

    Love how Komi is always grinning and smiling off ice and in interviews….then unleashes the monster on the ice!

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/users/2098-Kevin_van_Steendelaar

  35. Yeats says:

    You think he has the cap space for them?

  36. Odie Cleghorn says:

    His photo album contains more, much more, than Carbonneau and dates way back to the Corey/Houle era.

  37. Chuck says:

    Interesting… over the last few days the Wings have lost to the Kings and the laffs. Perhaps they’re already in coast mode heading to the playoffs.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  38. The Teacher says:

    So, Komi patterned himself after Scott Stevens and Vladimir Konstantinov. Very good choices i might say. And for Fact Rattling sake, they didn’t fight too much either!

  39. Y says:

    I’m guessing its time to blow up the Wings!

    Anyways, at least that decreases the chance the Laffs will get 1st pick

  40. Yeats says:

    Man, that was a tough result to swallow just now. Cliff Fletcher is now going to be a big buyer before the trade deadline!

  41. sag says:

    It must be worse to play him this much…Carbo must have won a pig hunt when they were teammates back in the day!

    Stinking laughs just potted one in OT

  42. sidhu says:

    What could it be? Brisebois could be a) Carbo’s dealer, b) in possession of some racy photos of Carbo (like Tlustly), c) threatening to slash Carbo’s tires and egg his house, or….. ?

  43. Norm0770 says:

    You and every other fan! He must be holding something over Carbo’s head.

  44. sidhu says:

    Glad that Ryder is getting another chance and that the old top line is reunited. But, I’m troubled that Brisebois remains in the lineup over Dandy. I hope OB gets in game shape soon because I don’t think Brisebois should play another game for us this season.

  45. ebk says:

    best stretch of games the Habs have had, these were the lines. Mess around with the 4th line all you want but let these three lines play together for the next 5 games or so. A little patience would be a good thing right now.

  46. tony d says:

    I’m glad Dandenault’s sitting tonight…he’s been pretty invisible out there…too soft on the offense
    don’t expect much from Ryder (the bull in a China shop) but maybe he can run into someone and get them off the puck… the boys have to bring their A game tonight and not just in the last 2 minutes
    glad to see the cristol ball back in nets… even with Carey’s time in Hamilton…didn’t see much improvement
    he’s still a little Huet behind the ears
    Go Habs Go

  47. sag says:

    Hammerlik isn’t too flashy but he is currently proving why he is one of our mvp’s. I just don’t feel comfortable with him out of the lineup. Three for the genie in the lamp:

    1. break out game for koivu line, including a hat trick for Ryder
    2. huet stands on his head
    3. Solid game by the Breezer


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