Closer than it actually was

Good news: the Canadiens won’t lose any more home games this year.

Florida took a 3-0 lead into the third period and withstood two goals by Andrei Markov and a late-game flurry to end 2007′s home schedule on a sour note for Canadiens.

At least they didn’t leave the ice with boos echoing off the rafters of the Bell Centre. With snow wreaking havoc in Montreal, many fans were gone by the time Markov scored his second, with 24 seconds remaining. Those who stayed saw Canadiens press for the equalizer, to no avail.

Christopher Higgins described the loss as a "weird game" with a lot of play in the neutral zone.

"The biggest thing," Higgins said, "is we weren’t moving he puck deep. We weren’t skating, and we didn’t have any bite to our game. There was no sustained offensive pressure.

"A fast start is key for our team" Higgins added. "We didn’t have the aggression we need in our game.

"If we’re nnot taking the game to them, we play into their hands. They clog the neutral zone, they do a great job backchecking. We had to put pucks into the right spots on the ice."

Mike Komisarek lamented Canadiens’ inconsistency.

"We take a couple steps forward," he said, "then we’re back to square one."

The season, Komisarek said, is "a grind – 82 games and it’s a challenge every night.

"There are no easy games, no easy shifts."

And no excuse, the big defenceman added "for playing soft."

 

212 Comments

  1. likehoy says:

    i don’t know who really follows the premier league here…but liverpool is in a position where push comes to shove.

    For years now they’ve been signing second-rate players to try to fill out roster spots and trying to compete for the title (kind of like the canadiens did trying to make the playoffs for many years). Rafa wants to sign some top rate players with big money and he’s going to need ample money because his team’s track-record is just OK for a big team in europe. Teams like AC Milan, Man Utd, Chelsea and Real Madrid (and many more) have more spending money PLUS they are more credible teams.

    Liverpool needs more results to lure more players, but they need the money to form a team capable of obtaining these results.

    Gillet and Hicks are building them a new football stadium which is great money-wise and maybe the americans believe just a little patience will yield enough income through the stadium to provide Rafa with his spending money, but Rafa’s job will be on the line if he continually scores 4th place finishes in the EPL and may not be around when the money becomes available. At least what looks good on his record is that he’s very good in europes UEFA champions league.

  2. likehoy says:

    then we’ll be moaning that he should have called one at a more appropriate time.

  3. Ed says:

    Mike Boone, I am waiting for the Boone Reverse Jink. It is now 2-0, & it would be great to go 3-0.

  4. OldGrover says:

    Did you hear the interview? He suggested he might call a timeout in the first few minutes, just so people couldn’t say he didn’t call one.

  5. Dan23 says:

    Already the last home game of the year…where does the time go?

    I honestly have no idea whether the Dr. Jekyll or the Mr. Hyde Canadiens will show tonight. Hopefully Price will offer an outstanding performance to justify Carbo’s faith in him, and I’d like to see Sergei K. get his first NHL goal.

    Other than that, I just hope they win.

  6. Wops says:

    Its going to be a tough one…Jacques Martin style.
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  7. Ali says:

    Whats the over/under on Carbo calling a time-out tonight?

  8. Les-Habitants says:

    Heading to the game tonight :D, although I guess I choose an odd one to attend…but hey, tickets are hard to come by for a decent price.

    There isn’t an explanation for why the Panthers are the only club with an all-time winning record against the canadiens. The way the habs have played in their last 3 games, you would expect the Bleu-Blanc-et Rouge to come out flying and press the advantage. They got a great home-win on Saturday, and I see no logical reason why the habs will lose. I mean, wtf, we’re the better team here!!

    Anywho, Go Habs Go, looking forward to being part of a loud Bell Centre crowd.

  9. Moey says:

    I’ll check him out and get back to you.

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    What about me? Chop liver?

  11. Habs-Kat says:

    Rick DiPietro is far and away the best looking guy in the NHL.

  12. Moey says:

    Shelly was and still is in a class of his own, if you’re going to dream, dream big is my motto.

  13. Habs-Kat says:

    Off the top of my head: Higgins, Chipchura, Komisarek is cute, Brisebois ain’t bad for an old guy, CAREY PRICE, Lapierre looks good with short hair

  14. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree…game OVER!!! Pull Price and get Huet some ice time

  15. Y says:

    Price pulled a Patrick there. WTF were you thinking?

  16. Keith says:

    Well, I hate to say it but… that’s probably the game. They will trap us into the ice the rest of the game.

  17. Keith says:

    I hate playing this team more than any other team because of piece of S&^T system they employ. IT’S GARBAGE TRAP HOCKEY. The NHL should outlaw such garbage as it ruins the game in my opinion.

  18. P St. Pierre says:

    I hate it when the Habs play the Panthers…

  19. Barts says:

    Bad pinch by Komisarek, but weak play by Koivu to create that situation.

  20. The Teacher says:

    Bad decision by Komi

  21. The Teacher says:

    I dunno, there’s a bit of hitting going on..it’s fun to watch.

  22. bigjames says:

    watching from hong kong on nhl.com. getting the panthers feed. denis potvin is colour guy and was commenting abt the bulldogs. kept getting the ahl championship wrong..called it tons of things including memorial cup. finally had to come back a few mins later and explain it was calder cup….would not have expected that of ol’ denis…

  23. P St. Pierre says:

    Yeah, this is a bit slow to start. The Canadiens can’t use their speed much with the Martin Trap in place.

  24. Keith says:

    God another Yawner game against these guys. It seems everytime we play the Jacques Martin Panthers it’s always a tight uninspiring game. The last game we blew it with 10 seconds left and lost the game in overtime I think. We cannot let that happen again. Let’s win our last home game of the year in fine style. GO HABS GO!!!

  25. Moey says:

    Hey Kat,

    Which guys do you think are hot?

  26. The Teacher says:

    So far SK74 and Price have looked great tonight.

  27. linp says:

    Florida is playing a trap. There is not much room to skate.

  28. Habs-Kat says:

    I have a feeling this isn’t exactly gonna be a model New NHL game.

  29. Habs-Kat says:

    You know, I thought the team’s overall hotness would take a hit with the departure of Sheldon Souray – but they still look pretty great! Sheldon who?

  30. TommyB says:

    I won’t blow her/his cover, but I think I know who your seatmate is tonight!

  31. The Teacher says:

    Ohhh, nice energy at the start

  32. The Teacher says:

    Mike, you’re right..Traffic IS insane…took me 2 hours to get home in St. Laurent from Lacordaire…..

    and I drove!

  33. Alirio says:

    Mike you’re too generous…

    Panthers win 3-0


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  34. Ed says:

    It’s official. The Boone Reverse Jink has been declared, & it has worked for the last 2 games. GO HABS GO!!!

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Got to go out to my friends dish to catch this one, post when i get back.

    By the way, I have 2 points in my pocket that J. Martin gave us tonight. Not to spoil your game this evening i’ll post them for us later when i get back in. Don’t want to tell you the outcome in advance.

    Relax, enjoy, its in the bag!

    IAN

  36. GrimJim says:

    Beware the let down game after two high-emotion matches.

  37. Mattee. says:

    depends, have you been watching Catwoman again cournoyer? :P

  38. Mattee. says:

    Good evening all. Are we starting a football thread? Perfect. My two favourite sports all rolled in one.

    Rafa is an excellent coach. He’s taken second tier players and put a strategy into place that works with the talent he’s got. It doesn’t hurt having a guy like Steven Gerard as you’re captain. I’m not a big fan of English football, but Gerard is the real deal, very few can strike the ball as consistenly as he does. This year has been different for Liverpool however, they’ve always been the most difficult team to cut through. Excellent defense, and they make it impossible to go up the middle. All I saw last year were lobs from the outside falling right into the keepers hands. Games all finished 1-0 or 2-0. This year however, I’m seeing the cracks up the middle. They need to fix up that back end, it’s falling apart. It hurt losing to Man U. over the weekend, got razed a little by those hooligan friends of mine. Bottom line anyway, I can hardly blame Rafa, bring him something golden to work with already.

    You’ll never walk alone. Oh and.. Go Habs Go…

  39. GrimJim says:

    Leave the lines alone. Does mess with what ain’t broken.

  40. Chach says:

    What is your opinion?

    Should the lines of S. Kostitsyn – Koivu – Higgins and Kovalev – Plekanec – A. Kostitsyn remain as they are with the recent Hab’s success, or, should the brothers be put together with Pleks and Kovalev moved up to the first line with the potential to augment the offense further?

    Although things are clicking right now my vote is to put the Kostitsyns together (it was fun to watch them together for that one shift against Philadelphia).

  41. likehoy says:

    defence may be the issue for putting the young guys together. small tits has good defensive awareness according to his junior coach dale hunter…but it will still take time to adjust to the NHL. big tits is okay, he backchecks but is rather lost sometimes. Maybe if we need a goal or 2 we’ll put them together, but also carbo has put them together late in the last 2 games when we were sufficiently up and it constantly puts pressure on them in the offensive zone because of their ability to control the puck. A good offense is always a good defense ;)

  42. P St. Pierre says:

    The idea is intriguing but if it ain’t broke…

  43. tleblanc says:

    Although its tempting to play around, I would say let everyone play together through this game and the road games coming up and then make an assessment but whatever they do they should not mess with success.

  44. howtathor says:

    I don’t mind the U2 but I’m not “crazy” about the player introductions. I much preferred the way they did it last year to music (Crazy). I would’ve changed the song but not the format. I still like the Coldplay (Fix You) when they come out and Vertigo when they score.

  45. howtathor says:

    I would hope that the team would be better prepared in their game plan. Don’t they have advance scouting?
    The Panthers played a very aggressive forecheck with sometimes two player going a the puck carrier.
    You’d think they would work on this in practice by making quick passes to the open man, albeit they only had one day to prepare. They seemed totally hapless out there in the face of the Florida forechecking and it’s Carbonneau’s job to react to this type of strategy. To just send your players out there willy nilly is not called preparation.

  46. fun police says:

    did they (fourth line) score? i don’t care how well you work the puck down low. if we are down by a goal or two, the guys with 1-3 goals on the year are not the guys you count on.

  47. Habs Suck... Again says:

    That video was really cool. It just kept going and going. Either the fans truly love and support their team or the beer is better over there!!! NHL fans, unfortunately, are fickle, especially the ones upstate New York north of the 49th parallel. A send-off with that kind of exuberance and energy would have been incredible after b**ch-slapping the Leafs last Sat. It might have been the energy needed to carry the enthusiasm onto the ice for Tuesday’s affair with the Panthers.

    BTW, could it be that the Habs play poorly against the Panthers because they just don’t care much to play a team from Miami??? How anti-hockey boring is that? I know I’m digging deep to find excuses and that one certainly cannot be legitimate.

  48. tleblanc says:

    Its not Miami its Sunrise and don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. But wear a coat. Its the coldest arena in the league.

  49. Sulemaan says:

    Like I said, vive la difference. I think the team deserved to get booed off the ice. It’s not whether they are winning or losing but if they put in the effort. In previous post-game interviews where the team played badly both Higgins and Komisarek admitted they deserved the booing and said if they were fans they would have done the same.

  50. Naila Jinnah says:

    You know, I didn’t really like the intro too much, but it’s starting to grow on me… and it’s funny seeing the guys trying to speak French ;)

    But apart from that, well, you all know I was crazy about “Crazy”.

    “Fix You” is what really gets the crowd going!

  51. Mattee. says:

    Bottom line, nobody took Florida seriously.

  52. NLhabsfan says:

    Well my thoughts…Price should have been out to the face off circle to stop that 3rd goal.To little to late.Am I wrong guys, but isn’t it the best way to combat the trap is to shoot it in and race for the puck.

  53. yathehabsrule says:

    UH Mike..your comment “Good news: the Canadiens won’t lose any more home games this season. ”

    don’t you mean ‘this year’ ???

  54. Moey says:

    You’re right, they thought it would be a cake walk. C’mon guys, bring you’re A game everytime.

  55. whitecat says:

    Mike …don’t take this the wrong way … but I friggin LOVE you ..quote”3P Break: Here’s a scoop: Our team needs a finisher. 19 shots, and none have made VVokoun sweat.

    3P 6:00: Florida will shut this sucker down now.

    correct sad to say.

  56. Blitzen says:

    You’re right if the other team isn’t allowed to interfere with the players trying to chase. But the Panthers were allowed to do it all night.

  57. Sulemaan says:

    I hope no one is going to go on about not booing the team. Sorry but after the effort in the first 2 periods, they deserved every single boo they got. The effort was nothing short of pathetic. If they had showed up for more than 20 minutes they would have won the game. Brutal.

  58. whitecat says:

    I love Boones’ writing style ….you summed that up in a friggin nanosecond dude!!!!

  59. doug says:

    i think boone meant to write: “good news: canadiens won’t lose any more home games this year”, not “this season”

  60. whitecat says:

    agreed………..nothing more to say

  61. doug says:

    hate booing.

    yet agree with you.

  62. Wops says:

    Boone Reverse Jinx does not work ANYMORE!

    HE PREDICTED A 3-2 WIN by the Panthers!

    Blame Boone! ;-P
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  63. Blitzen says:

    Come on folks: we’ve got a promising young team playing in a league with increasing parity. There will be rough spots but I like the future outlook.

  64. doug says:

    we’d have looked better with your 13 goals in the lineup, radek.

  65. Wops says:

    Get this straight, Radek would not have 13 POINTS with the habs, he would not have PP time.

    and with Radek on your PP, you are 13th in the west…

    EDIT: and oh, he is minus 10…
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  66. Blitzen says:

    I say the boys are going to ace that road trip.

  67. Moey says:

    To boo or not to boo..that is the question. No we’re not going to go on about it, to each his own. But you have to admit…after Habs-Kat started the cheering section, they scored 2. Basic law of physics, for every action there is a reaction, for every negative a postive…for every ying a yang…the defense rests.

  68. RiverviewCanadien says:

    maybe the boone reverse jinx will work and they will not lose anymore home games this season…everybody wish on the next shooting star they see…it could happen

  69. Bill says:

    I agree that the Habs will do well on their road trip. This is the first time they even looked capable of making a comeback all season, and I think they were pissed that they didn’t manage it. Price will rarely spot the other team a couple of softies, and Huet is back as well, so look for the competition to raise each netminder’s game. The offense is flowing a little better too, despite the first two periods tonight. I think this is a case of a team coming out sleepy after a big win. It’s probably just as hard for the players to care about the Florida Panthers as it is for us, after all.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  70. Mike Boone says:

    Thank you.

  71. Mike Boone says:

    Indeed, I meant “this year.” A two-hour commute in the snow and 60 minutes of Jacques Martin hockey produced a regrettable brain fart.
    My apologies.

  72. mjames says:

    I will grant you that the Panthers played a stifling checking style tonight and deserve full marks for their win but I also felt there was interference on the part of the Panthers. I thought on numerous occasions a Panther held up A Canadien when the latter tried to go around to get the puck. Maybe it was just me but i thought there was interference.

    mjames

  73. big_daddy says:

    I have applaud your optimism Habs Nation but the truth is as long as Carbonneau is coaching we won’t be able to have any continued success. Sure we won a couple of games but Toronto was tired from the previous nights game. It pains me to see the Habs struggle like they do, but anyone with half a brain can see that the coaching is well below par. Didn’t Claude Julien get the boot a couple of years ago when the team was doing no worse than it is now? I guess its not what you know but who you know! Gainey has to realize that every day he lets Carbonneau keep his job he looks more and more weak. We are all in it to win it, friendships aside, if I were in Bob’s shoes I would fire my own mother if she performed like Carbonneau. Didn’t he look pathetic out there calling for the refs attention to add a second to the clock at the end of the game. Sorry Carbonnea, but that second you so desperately desired would not have changed the outcome of the game. Maybe you should put more energy into your line up so you don’t have to fiddle with them every shift during the game. How much longer do we have to put up with this guy??? I honestly think the Canadiens have a solid team that could contend with the best of them, Guy Carbonneau, you are the weakest link, you have to go.

    Spring is no fun without the Habs!

  74. fun police says:

    fourth line played about five minutes more than our third line. not sure what to make of that. i’d personally rather have chips on the ice than lapierre. to me, lapierre is over rated. he gets the puck, bounces it off the boards (most of the time, it doesn’t even clear our zone) and then he’s not quite sure what to do. chips has creativity, plus he’s much better in our end than laps.
    bizarro-carbo showed his head again today for a while. he finally shortened his bench, and low and behold, we made a game of it.

  75. kevinhabs says:

    i thought the streit-lapierre-dandenault line was the best for us tonight. It seemed everytime they came on they would get the puck in the Florida zone and cycle it around. I didn’t see the other 3 lines doing really anything consistently like the laps line.

  76. Sulemaan says:

    You’re right Guy, I got pissed off with the game. I used to coach and with kids, you’re proud of the result (win or lose) as long as they put in 110% effort. Especially when you know what they are capable of achieving. No excuses. The Habs simply did not show up for a full 60 mins tonight.

    My view is NEVER to boo them if they are losing but only if they are not trying. I believe that is a big difference and most fans can differentiate between the two.

    Totally agree with you on the size quotient being a priority at the next draft. Players like Pacioretty and others are important. I just fear we don’t solely go for big guys and end up with big kookaloos like Lindsday Vallis, Brent Bildeau, Terry Ryan, Brad Brown in the 1st rounds of the past.

    In some respects, I think those poor first rounders hurt as much as anything else in the late 90′s and early 00′s.

  77. Sulemaan says:

    Vive la difference Moey. I may not agree but I do respect your opinion. And I do admit you make some valid points. I guess we’ve got a hung-jury in this case. ;-)

  78. sidhu says:

    Just watched the game on my DVR, and I thought the game was a lot more lopsided than the 3-2 score indicates. We were dominated in many aspects of the game and were offensively embarrassing (aside from the last-minute, desperate rushes). We couldn’t handle Florida’s aggressiveness, though one would think that our speed would have been able to overcome that.

    Were it not for Price and Komisarek’s mental blunders, we would have had a better shot to win the game, but we still only had 3 shots in the first period and were still very flat in the second (even though we were down).

    This was a disappointing way to follow-up our magnificent play against the Leafs. Perhaps a road-trip is what the doctor ordered….

  79. sidhu says:

    A blog post from the New York Times, entitled “The Most Joyous Seven Minutes of Hockey Ever?”:

    http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/14/the-most-joyous-seven-minutes-of-hockey-ever/

  80. nightmare_49 says:

    That’s the way i see it. You go with the line that’s working well and not the center.

  81. Naila Jinnah says:

    You know, I was at the game, and I was pretty frustrated too… But I totally disapprove of booing the boys off the ice after the second. Do you really think that’ll get them all motivated for the third? The second period was actually pretty decent, especially compared to the first… Or at least it seemed that way at the Phone Booth.

    I really got pissed off at the crowd for booing them at that point. It’s ridiculous.

  82. Naila Jinnah says:

    Baby Kostitsyn (also known as Junior) ALMOST scored his first NHL goal tonight… but not quite. The new line is interesting, but Kovy looks lost on the first. But I’m not sure how to fix that.

    Lapierre played an excellent game, as did Chipchura… and Price, well, was Price. Surprising us, as always. Just not in a good way this time. I’m glad he got his stick-handling confidence back by the end of the third, and you can bet he thanked his posts after the second goal. Still, he’s gonna take less risks (i.e.: A perfect cross-ice pass opportunity to Kovalev midway through the third that he definitely would have made prior to this game), and that might cost us.

    Oh, and Christopher Higgins’ French is really not that bad!!! Definitely better than Komi’s ;)

  83. Steiner says:

    I would kill to see Andrei Markov on skis on the Bell Center ice.
    That was unbelievable. If only we’d receive such send offs… but i suppose we have to make it to the playoffs first.

  84. tony d says:

    Mike, I’m likin your predictions
    any numbers for me for this Fridays’s super 7 draw?
    here in Ontario, another die hard Habs fan cries himself to sleep
    Why Santa why? why can’t the Habs go on a winning streak??

  85. Plek-Andrew says:

    Guys I FIGURED OUT WHY THE HABS KEEP LOSING AT HOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    By show of hands, how many people here attend the Bell Centre games?
    Personally, I’m fed up. And I’m 20. and it’s not because we keep losing but because I’ve been to like practically all the home games this year lol.

    I digress.

    Remember last year? How “CRAZY” by Gnarls Barkley would get the entire crowd CHEERING LIKE CRAZY and set the tone for the rest of the evening?

    Well, i’ve been wanting to say this for the past 3 weeks but I keep forgetting.

    the Habs suck at home because of the freakin BORING-ASS INTRO!!! no disrespect to Bono, but U2 must be the most BORING music to listen to before a game! Nobody’s cheering during that crap… everyone’s texting their buddies in the Centre, writing “You know how I know the habs are gay?…”

    Plek-Andrew strikes again.

  86. the_vipah says:

    Bleh.

    Two garbage goals given to two garbage players on a garbage trapping team.

    In a word: Garbage.

  87. NLhabsfan says:

    Well it may be the trap but unless our guys shoot it in go for the corners …we are gone.

  88. Barts says:

    Now this is the Canadiens I know, who were those imposters the last two games?

  89. The Teacher says:

    Already off the bandwagon I see

  90. Alirio says:

    Habs will score four unanswered goals in the second… two from Sergei Kostitsin


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  91. The Teacher says:

    He IS playing well.

  92. RiverviewCanadien says:

    They SHOULD be able to, but hey this is Florida, we can’t play .500 against this crappy team

  93. MICP says:

    The Habs have not won a single game all year when down after a period. As I think about it there might have been some years we did not even score a total of 3 goals vs Florida. Oh well, better luck next period.

  94. Exit716 says:

    Ever notice we dominate teams that can’t skate, but against decent skating teams we are in deep deep cow poop?
    Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my impression of the last few weeks.

  95. Habs-Kat says:

    I think the philosophy of the Habs for so many years now has been to be a speedy skating team – and that was well before the lockout. However, in keeping with that, management lost sight of the changing philosophy of the rest of the league and now we’ve lost a great part of our strength.

  96. Ed says:

    Only 3 shots in the 1st, & 2 of those were by the defense.

  97. NLhabsfan says:

    In a lot of games 2 zip leads don’t last.

  98. RiverviewCanadien says:

    We have the team to do it, but I think the lines will have to be shuffled a bit, Lapierre is playing great…he’s the only player I have really noticed

  99. whitecat says:

    Some random thoughts ….

    so much for reverse curses ….is there such a thing as a reverse reverse curse?

    Brutal and ugly …understatements :P

    There is still hope we have 2 periods to TRY to pull it together thankfully things can change with a quickness in the game of hockey!

  100. Mattee. says:

    Hey all, that was both a painful and boring period. I shoulda taken a nap.

  101. Blitzen says:

    Come on now…everyone send out positive vibes NOW!

  102. Mattee. says:

    Nice D by the ref there on Dandy.

  103. teamplayer says:

    Time to get rid of the .000 after trailing after 1 on the preview stats, start off with a quick goal!

  104. Mattee. says:

    AHhhh poop.

  105. Wops says:

    We need a lucky bounce and an early goal!

    Pleaseeeeee
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  106. tony d says:

    i hope we’re not all singing “It’s beginning to look a lot like last Christmas”
    a huge win followed by 1 or 2 stinkies, then maybe a shoot-out loss followed by another horrible loss, then a spirited win followed by a string of stinkies….
    I don’t want this team to become a broken record
    let’s hope they turn things around tonight and light a fire huh?
    this snow is depressing enough to deal with
    go habs go

  107. whitecat says:

    well said …someone please tell me they aren’t playing on the 23rd ….

  108. Rugger says:

    Is it me or have the ref’s/linesmen been constantly in the habs way this period?

  109. Mattee. says:

    We’re doing the perimeter shot thing again tonight. Nobody feels like stepping in front of Vokoun and screening him. You’re not going to score too much on the perimeter. Especially when you’re shooting at the goalie who gets the most shots in the league. It looks like warm-up for him out there.

  110. Mattee. says:

    Take your pick, they can either make calls against us or play defense against us. haha. We just can’t win.

  111. Mattee. says:

    Take your pick, they can either make calls against us or play defense against us. haha. We just can’t win.

  112. Wops says:

    Lil Tit’s playing well, creating good chances for linemates
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  113. Ali says:

    the bright side? i have Vokoun in my Yahoo league.

  114. Moey says:

    I know, it’s either feast or famine with the Habs…..

  115. Wops says:

    We need a late goal, give us some hope for the third!
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  116. the_vipah says:

    If Florida ever got called for the interfering they do, they’d never play even strength again.

    Watching all the picks and holding/hooking is painful

  117. The Teacher says:

    and 2nd ;)

  118. teamplayer says:

    Time to get rid of the .000 trailing after 1 and 2 now on the preview stats, start off with a quick goal!

    vote for markov, koivu, huet and kovalev for starting all-stars

  119. Ed says:

    Mike Boone, you were right about the give aways. They are 16 for Montreal & only 6 by Florida. Ten Canadiens had give aways, with Price having 2, & we know what happened to one of them.

    Was that Kovalev playing with Koivu & Higgins at the end of the 2nd? It should be interesting to see what happens in the 3rd.

  120. Erik says:

    wow I know whata buncha crap

  121. Moey says:

    Okay, let’s take a poll here, can they comeback in the third and at least tie it or win it?

  122. Habs-Kat says:

    ALLEZ LES HABS! GO HABS GO! YOU CAN DO IT! OLÉÉÉ, OLÉ OLÉ OLÉ!

    I figure cheering is more encouraging than booing.

  123. Exit716 says:

    Vokoun was selected in the expansion draft.

  124. Habs-Kat says:

    They CAN, but WILL they?

  125. Blitzen says:

    I agree and that’s disturbing to me. I’ve noticed that uncalled interference has crept back. Used to be that a guy could dump the puck over a D-man and if said D-Man so much as stepped in the way of the player, it was a penalty. Now that stuff never gets called anymore and you see more uncalled hooking than before.

    I stopped watching NHL hockey years ago when hooking and grabbing was the norm and started watching again when it was removed from the game. I hope I don’t have to take a vacation from the game again…

  126. RS says:

    I’d rather see our guys, especially Koivu, Huet and Kovalev, get a rest during the All-Star break.

  127. RGM says:

    I was thinking exactly the same thing. I’ve never seen a team run interference so well without get penalized for it, as there could easily half been half a dozen calls through two periods.

  128. Mattee. says:

    I’m with Habs-Kat, I say yeaaaash. We may need a couple powerplays though…

  129. Habs-Kat says:

    Hey Mike,

    The only way to counteract a perfect game by your opponent is by playing a perfect game yourself. Habs have to figure that out.

  130. the_vipah says:

    The reality here is the Panthers are playing a perfect game tonight that would probably make any team in the NHL look bad.

    Montreal literally gave away the game on two horrible goals and thats the end of it.

    The only way to counteract what Florida is doing is to hire Refs that know what interference, hooking, holding and picks look like and then actually call them. Until that happens shitty teams like this will continue to hang around in the middle of the pack.

  131. NLhabsfan says:

    Not much you can say it looks like one big cluster …never mind…just these guys are not going anywhere this game unless they shoot it in and muck it out in the corners.Which they are or their coach is not willing to do.I’d turn the channel, but my wife insists on watching every moment.

  132. Ed says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn is going to be a good player, but he seems to be having trouble getting shots away. He has now played 8 periods & has yet to record a shot on goal. Could this be a reflection on his line mates who like to carry the puck, & especially on Higgins, who carries the puck a lot & prefers to shoot rather than pass.

  133. Blitzen says:

    The other day, someone suggested the league get a ref in the rafters to call penalties for trap D play to make the game more interesting.

  134. P St. Pierre says:

    The Martin trap is putting me to sleep. The Panthers just wait around for Les Canadiens to make mistakes…it bores the hell out of me. Maybe the Canadiens should run a few Panthers and get them running around and out of position.

  135. The Teacher says:

    Definitely with you on needing the powerplays, however, the refs don’t seem to be seeing any Florida infractions…

  136. The Teacher says:

    Bingo, it sucks.

  137. Mattee. says:

    That was Matthew Barnaby. Can you believe that, Matthew Barnaby is an analyst now… Je suis shocked.

  138. Habs-Kat says:

    A very good one at that.

  139. Moey says:

    You’re so right about that Kat..I agree 100%….yeah Habs, (they just scored)see it’s working.

  140. Mattee. says:

    Well, he isn’t too bad. He just never seemed like the type. It’s like Avery becoming an analyst… I just don’t see it.

  141. Ali says:

    what a shift by kovy!

  142. Blitzen says:

    Two goals and two mistakes by young guys. I think we need to get used to that for a while.

  143. Sulemaan says:

    Well whoever was questioning when Huet would see his next game just got their answer. I still think that it was the right call to play tonight in spite of the result. Absolutely pathetic effort by the team after two periods. I honestly don’t care if they win/lose so long as the effort is there…

  144. Mattee. says:

    crap. crap.

  145. Blitzen says:

    Well I’m thinking Price will take a seat for a couple of games…

  146. MikeMcLaren says:

    On the bright side, Patrick Roy used to let in a lot of those types of goals…

    …anyone?

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  147. Habs-Kat says:

    CJAD guy goes:

    3 – 0 CANADIENS! … trailing.

  148. the_vipah says:

    Sigh this game is a f$$%ing joke.

    Florida commits atleast 3 different infractions on a Montreal rush and then skates down the other end and scores a complete shit goal.

    Why do we even bother having refs on the ice anymore…

  149. Blitzen says:

    We have a pulse! The patient may be saved.

  150. Alirio says:

    FINALLY

    But two minutes too late…..


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  151. Mattee. says:

    wow, we try everything and THAT goes in? I-I, what?

  152. vic says:

    well they just scored one

  153. nick says:

    about freakin time.

  154. whitecat says:

    is that too little too late ?

  155. The Teacher says:

    Wow, I’m actually falling asleep…

  156. bigjames says:

    habs get one more and boone’s prediction comes true!

  157. Moey says:

    Okay everyone, no booing, just scream GO HAGB GO at the TV, it can’t hurt.

  158. The Teacher says:

    The refs suck man! wow! always in our way tonight also

  159. Mattee. says:

    I think Florida games should be watched with a case of red bull.

  160. Blitzen says:

    They need to score.

  161. Ali says:

    bleed Alex! get a 4 minute PP!

  162. P St. Pierre says:

    You know if Montreal scores one more goal and the Panthers win, the Boone jinx will have failed. Mike, you will have actually predicted the score of the game. I hope not, but…

  163. Mattee. says:

    Powerplay… this is it. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen right now.

  164. The Teacher says:

    Wait a minute, they called a penalty..

    I’ll try this again,

    The refs suck man!!! always in our way tonight also

  165. The Teacher says:

    and cournoyer12, i’m with you on those bruisers who can go in front of the net..sheesh..

    bob DID try to get Ryan smyth..but….

  166. Keith says:

    Well maybe it isn’t over yet. Talk about leaving things to the last minute (kinda like my christmas shopping lol!)Pour it on boys!

  167. Ali says:

    Markov can be dominant when he skates and gets creative in the offensive zone, its surprising sometimes!

  168. Barts says:

    Imagine this power play if we had a ‘true’ sniper.

  169. Moey says:

    And a side order of alka-seltzer.

  170. Ali says:

    FREAKING SHHHTREIGHHHTT!!

  171. Mattee. says:

    Was I the only one who pulled chunk of hair out with K1 open in fron of the net?

  172. 24 Cups says:

    The Lousy Leafs were ahead of Carolina 2-0 with two minutes to go in the third and lost the game 3-2 in overtime. A small consolation.

    The Original 24 Cups

  173. Moey says:

    We used to have one….sniff….well maybe not a sniper, but a laser for sure.

  174. whitecat says:

    LMFAO thank you !

  175. Bill says:

    Not a pretty game to watch. Interestingly, the Panthers are playing … the sort of game the Habs are supposed to play, according to Carbo? One has to conclude that they simply play it better. That, and that the Habs have suffered a perhaps inevitable let-down after that big win at home against the Leafs.

    I will say this: the Habs cannot go through an entire season without coming back to win a game they trailed after the first period, or after the second, for that matter. If they want to be a good team, they need to find a way to overcome the odds once in a while.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  176. Mattee. says:

    Do you guys find we don’t look for that extra pass enough? I know Hamrlik was alone on that pass, but he had someone back door (Koivu, Higgins?) who woulda just needed to tap it in. I’m not critisizing, I just like players who can find that last pass.

  177. yathehabsrule says:

    Dear Santa: can I please have the Habs come back to win JUST ONCE after being down after 2 periods…

  178. Mattee. says:

    This would have been the perfect night to pick up some points in the east. Boston, Toronto, Rangers, Phili all lost.

  179. doug says:

    Man what a boring game. . . Florida hasn’t allowed any lanes.

    Price’s weak goaltending and pass to the opposition the difference.

    No place to move. Really frustrating and boring hockey, but they killed us.

  180. whitecat says:

    Mike …don’t take this the wrong way … but I friggin LOVE you ..quote”3P Break: Here’s a scoop: Our team needs a finisher. 19 shots, and none have made VVokoun sweat.

    3P 6:00: Florida will shut this sucker down now.

    correct sad to say.

  181. Mattee. says:

    Dear Santa, I wouldn’t mind a finisher. I don’t really care what his last name is as long as he can put the puck in the net.

  182. doug says:

    i love mike, too. clever guy. great fan of the game.

    but imo knows less about hockey than your average street cleaner in montreal. . . albeit more than jack todd. would be shocked if he’d played the game.

  183. doug says:

    although he called the final score with the jinx.

  184. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I wish the HABS could do stuff like that, how come we are the only team that can’t…sniff sniff

  185. mjames says:

    Agreed

    mjames

  186. mjames says:

    Disagree

    mjames

  187. nightmare_49 says:

    That is so true , the sign of a good team is if they have the ability to comeback , always been and always will be. It’s called confidence.

  188. doug says:

    it’s looked like they’ve had an extra guy out there all night. we have zero room in the offensive zone. . . how can they look so dominant over us?

    have a good night, guys/women.

  189. Ali says:

    TIMEOUT CARBO!!! I CALLED IT!

  190. Ian Cobb says:

    Another one of these games! It was all over when Price scored. Before that we only had 3 shots on there goal.
    First goal, defence pinches, caught 2 on one. Its a game of mistakes.
    They can’t wait to get on the road with Huet.

  191. The Teacher says:

    Think Carbo wants to stagger the traffic exiting the Bell?

  192. Mattee. says:

    Yay! 21 seconds!

  193. Alirio says:

    Wha?

    No….

    You don’t think, maybe…..


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  194. Ali says:

    look at the Captain! Nobody comes to his aid when he’s getting jumped, but he backs up his 2nd line center!

  195. P St. Pierre says:

    Right on.

  196. Ian Cobb says:

    If only they put in the same effort for the other 57 min. of the game!!!

  197. Keith says:

    Close but no cigar :-(

  198. the_vipah says:

    Theres the story.

    We give up 3 really bad goals. Thats the difference against a team that plays that style of hockey. We actually should have won this game, they simply took what we gave them.

    On the flipside the Habs kept working and earned two goals of their own nothing was “given”.

  199. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Blame Price? No, butlLearn from the mistakes kid. Hey listen Roy did not have the greatest of records when he played his rookie season, but look at what he did. Just one of those nights, not like Price had a team in front of him…the whole team lost the game…not just the goalie, Lapierre should have been teh top guy for PP

  200. Bill says:

    To say that Price should not have allowed two of those goals is not unfair, not cruel,and not out of line. It’s not to say that he isn’t a good goalie either. But he should’ve had them, and you can bet he knows it. Take away those two, and the Habs at least pick up a point. Learning curve …

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  201. Higgins21 says:

    Hey Mike,
    We’re done with Carolina, remember? We play in Atlanta Saturday night.

  202. J.T. says:

    Those of us who occupy permanent seats on the bandwagon may or may not move over. The fairweathers may have to stand in the aisles. Drinks in the dining car after 10…win or lose. Can’t say there won’t be grumbling if it’s the latter though.

  203. P St. Pierre says:

    I’m looking forward to tonight’s game alot. If the third and fourth lines bang some bodies, the top line cycles and the second line scores off the rush, the Canadiens will have the Panthers confused with what kind of offense they’re playing. Because each line plays a different offensive style, the Canadiens should be able to create many O-zone chances and hopefully some goals.

  204. likehoy says:

    doesn’t halak remind you a bit of vokoun?

    A 3rd string european goalie with no room on the habs cause of hackett and theodore (thibault?)?

    it seems like halak’s name appears in plenty of trade rumours and just watch him be traded and bite us in the ass like vokoun once did.

  205. likehoy says:

    sorry it wasn’t hackett…it was thibault and whoever backed up thibault that year…’96-’97 and theodore had a few games in too that season…

  206. Alex Leduc says:

    I think for now you have to stick with whats working, but if we end up stinking again or doing really well, id like to see these the brothers together, a precursor for an all-Belorussian line next year with Sergei, Andrei, and Mikhail.

  207. yukonhab says:

    Also looking forward to tonights battle…King Price will rule! The two top lines will wreak havoc on the Cats…meeeeeeeeow!

    GO HIGGINS GO!
    GO TITS GO!
    and the rest of the special “K”s

    GO HABS GO!

  208. Chach says:

    I know I’m completely jumping the gun here (by assuming the Habs are on a roll after only two wins) but does having the coach make a ‘proactive’ change to the lineup help show the players that the coach is in control and knows what he is doing vs. a ‘reactive’ change as what is seen during a slump in which is it appears he is scrambling for something to make a difference?

  209. StillattheMapes says:

    I am not sure what to expect tonight, though I am somewhat optimistic that the boys will play hard, and this usually leads to good things happening. But I do hope that if any of the youngsters make a mistake or have a so-called “bad game” this doesn’t run them immediately up to the press-box or worse. Along with a number of posters, I’d rather see the kids play and learn even if we lose, at least they are entertaining and show some promise with careers ahead, unlike some of our baggage. This team is in (sort of) an analogous situation to the early 70s, with a host of new players coming in, thinking back it is amazing to remember how this all came together. But then Scotty Bowman was the coach and he knew how to handle the mix, and we did have No. 10, though even he took 3 years to get comfortable. I still vaguely recollect an interview with the Rocket between periods early in Lafleur’s fourth(?)season when he was still struggling. When asked about Lafleur, Rocket said something about him wearing a helmet, I think he may even have said something along the lines that he seemed a little afraid on the ice. Can anyone remember what Rocket said? In any case, Lafleur took off the helmet next game and the rest is history, i.e., he just started scoring… and we started winning

  210. Moey says:

    Like that handle, the old Mapes that burned down much to the neighbourhood’s delight? Hung out there a couple of times myself back in the day.

    Just wanted to comment on your remarks about the youngsters being sent to the pressbox if they make a mistake. In the case of O’Byrne apparantly he told Carbo he was feeling rattled after the giveaway that lead to the oppositions goal. Carbo gave him less ice time to take the pressure off. Why is it that the blame is always put on Carbo. We don’t know the story behind it but people are so quick to pass judgement.

  211. Ali says:

    We had a few goalies around that time, but i can’t remember which order. Eric Fichaud, Andy Moog, Freddy Chabot, Jablonski (He was Roy’s backup), Stephane Fiset was in there somewhere too.

    Wow, this team has gone through alot of goalies in the past 10 years.


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