D goes MIA

Canadiens fought back from a 3-1 deficit and took a 4-3 lead early in the third period, but then the roof caved in.

A bad cross-ice pass by Mike Komisarek: bada-bing, the league’s newest superstar, Evgeni Malkin, scores.

An ill-advised charge by Roman Hamrlik: bada-boom, Sergei Gonchar scores from the point – the Penguins’ second-power play goal … and one among many on which Cristobal Huet did not look great.

It’s a safe bet we’ll see Carey Price against Columbus on Bob Gainey Night. And maybe, after two five-goal games, we’ll see the Canadiens getting back to defensive hockey.

Which would please the Captain.

"The odds of winning when you’re down two, three goals are pretty slim," said Saku Koivu. "You can do it once in a while, we’ve had a few highliights. But I think right now we just have to relax and get that focus back, not think about what’s happened or what’s in front of us."

It’s the oldest cliché in team sports: one game at a time. In the case of Canadiens, it’s time to get back to their D game.

"At this point in the season, we have to realize we do have enough offence to score the goals, which was a question mark earlier," Koivu said. "Right now, what’s really made us successful is a defence-first mentality. And that’s what we have to get back to – not necessarily playing a fancy game or a pretty game but an effective one."

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Their Russians were better.

First star of the game: Malkin, one goal, two assists, four shots, plus-2

Third star: Gonchar, one goal, four shots, three blocked shots, plus-one

Alex Kovalev: Two assists, but two giveaways (a generous estimate), minus-1 and in the box when the winning goal was scored

Andrei Markov: one assists, three giveaways, minus-2

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Canadiens definitely hhad the worst Frenchman on the ice.

Huet gave up five goals on 30 shots, looked shaky all night.

 

 

 

494 Comments

  1. Chuck says:

    Does Dandenault get credit for that goal? ;)

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  2. The Teacher says:

    Huet ALMOST got the deflection

  3. Shawn S says:

    Laraque was dishing out the hits. Good Shift by Ryder. And opponent scoring first again. Don’t make this a habit!

  4. The Teacher says:

    KILLER SHIFT BY RYDER!!!

    WHO LOVES HIM NOW?

  5. lemess says:

    Thats what Komi used to do – let’s hope the kid develops as well as Komi did.

  6. The Teacher says:

    Whoever questions why OB doesn’t dish out more hits. You have your answer, because it leaves a HUGE hole if it’s not the right time to do it.

  7. PattyBoy31 says:

    Already Ole’ing hahahahaha!

  8. PattyBoy31 says:

    Gorges has been playing like a vet. lately hopefully he keeps it going

  9. HabsProf says:

    Certainly, Ryder did not get as many good shots.

    Souray was the big, well-publicized weapon on the power play, but I seem to remember Ryder getting a lot of goals from the left wing on cross-ice passes from Kovalev. One reason for his drop in production may be that Carbo has maintained the regular lines for the power play, which meant that Ryder has not been getting time with Kovalev. Instead, Kostitsyn the Elder has been getting that time.

  10. PattyBoy31 says:

    i think it pretty much crashed the site last time so they’ll probably have to change servers or work something out before the next chat

  11. The Teacher says:

    I think Pittsburgh will have to try and weather the storm for the first ten minutes tonight.

    A standing O before the game. I love it.

  12. HabsProf says:

    Yes, though that is only a recent development. I say keep it up (though I am not sure I like Sergei on the point). Maybe Dandy or Cube on the point for the power play.

  13. J.T. says:

    No way! He shouldn’t be with Koivu as long as Higgins is on the line. I’m convinced part of Ryder’s problem is that Higgins is taking more of the shots on that line than he used to. Ryder’s been scoring when he’s playing with other guys who are more inclined to dish the puck to him. I like him with Streit.

    I do agree he’s always looked more comfortable on the left wing, though. That big power move off the left wing boards with the hard shot from the circle was one of his patented moves in the past.

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  14. HabsProf says:

    Well, my point is that he has been producing lately.

    As for being one-dimensional, I’m not so sure. He is a plus player over this time and he has been throwing his weight around with some nice checks. Yes, Koivu and Higgins have a broader game, but Ryder is not that one-dimensional.

    Besides, if you are only going to have one dimension, it is a good one to have. While I am not going to say he is the level of Brett Hull, I remember when Hull was once dismissed as one-dimensional: “all he does is score goals”. Well, isn’t that the primary purpose of most forwards?

  15. MikeL says:

    He has been playing on the PP. Sergei plays the point with Koivu Higgins and Ryder up front.

  16. The Teacher says:

    TSN

    No line rushes but head coach Guy Carbonneau is expected to go with the same lineup and scratches from the last two games, with the exception of his goalie. Cristobal Huet will start in goal. Tom Kostopoulos, Bryan Smolinski and Patrice Brisebois are the expected scratches.
    Dany Sabourin will start in net for the Penguins, he is one of three Quebecois goalies who have either shutout or beat the Canadiens at the Bell Centre this season. Jocelyn Thibault (BUF) and Marc Denis (TB) are the other two. – TSN

  17. HabsProf says:

    Whatever line you play him on, I would probably make this change: he should get power play time with the Koivu line. I know Carbo has adopted the idea that his power play lines are the “regular” lines, but this might be an exception. He is willing to put Streit on the point for the power play even though he is playing forward otherwise. Given the past history of Ryder playing with Koivu and Higgins, it shouldn’t be too disruptive to put him up there for power play time, even if you keep him on another line otherwise.

  18. MikeL says:

    Because he is a one-dimensional player. If he is not scoring, he doesn’t have much use.

  19. showey47 says:

    I would actually move higgins off that and try ryder in his spot. As much as i like higgins, the guy either has no finish or one of the most snakebitten players in the league. Ryder is a better pure shooter than higgens and would benefit from having 2 good playmakers like saku and sergei.

  20. MikeL says:

    I’ve waited 15 years to be this excited. It’ll take more than a bucket of water to cool me down. Plus, I don’t think that was Boone’s intentions.

  21. HabsProf says:

    Maybe. But here’s the point – for every “easy” goal someone gets with a wide open net, there is some other point he doesn’t get because the goaltender robs him blind with a highlight reel save. Some say his shot Tuesday that went off of Streit’s leg was fluky, but these things happen and they still count. Even more so, they tend to happen to good goal scorers, and that is for a reason. I say credit to Streit for going to the net to screen Lundqvist and credit to Ryder for releasing a hell of shot that was deliberately aimed to go between Streit’s legs (the sort of shot good goal scorers take all the time – witness Kovalev).

    My gosh, we all love Higgins, but he has only 5 points in his last 17 games. Saku has only 10 points in his last 17. They each get more ice time and more power play time. No one is talking about benching either of them, so why is Ryder still in danger of sitting games out?

  22. Ian G Cobb says:

    Heading out to watch this one on RDS with Postie Jim.

    Hope you all enjoy how we get these two points.

    Later. –Ian

  23. HabsProf says:

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. It is not as if the current Saku line has been productive or shown lots of chemistry.

  24. wd40 says:

    are we doing the live chat again tonight?

  25. MikeL says:

    I just watched the Top 10 and it showed Marek Malik’s crazy shootout goal. It got me missing John Davidson as a color commentator. He was easily the best in the business. Any of you guys remember him doing the 2002 Habs – Bruins series? It was a joy to listen to.

  26. nick says:

    Better yet, we win, Penguins are 2 points behind us :)

    I think Mike means that no matter what happens tonight (well almost), it’s not going to be anywhere near as thrilling as the last half of Tuesdays game was.

  27. saskhab says:

    How can this game not be a letdown, Mr. Boone?

    If we win and Ottawa doesn’t, we’re in first place. For the first time since, what… 1992?

    I’d be pretty pumped about that.

  28. showey47 says:

    Should he be given another shot on the saku line while he has the hot hand? I am also starting to wonder if ryder should be a left winger, he seems more comfortable shooting from his off-wing, which would also give him a better shooting angle.

  29. sidhu says:

    More like, “my name is Patrice, how may I help you? Would you like fries with that?”

    (I’m just joking around people, I wish him well….)

  30. MikeL says:

    I don’t want to take anything away from what Ryder has done, but he has gotten quite a few bounces recently. His goal against Philly was an open net, and goals in last game were pretty fluky. The only vintage Ryder goal was his first one in last game. I hope he keeps getting bounces like he has, I just can’t see it happening.

  31. moser17 says:

    “Gino”? really? Nice.

  32. sidhu says:

    He must mean Martin Jagr, the best bus driver and skate sharpner in all of Europe.

    As for Jaromir, fuggheddaboutit.

  33. HabsProf says:

    Startling stat (at least it was to me): Michael Ryder has scored 11 points (7g, 4a) in his last 17 games. Over an 82 game season, that translates to about 34g, 19a, and 53pts. Has he been out of his slump for a while and we just haven’t noticed?

    Arguments that say no, he still is not out of his slump:
    1) Of those 11 points, 6 of them occurred in two games and he scored 0 points in 10 out of the 17.
    2) He just hasn’t been a “presence”, even if he wasn’t scoring, in most of those games. In the Rangers game, even if he hadn’t scored, you could see him moving and getting chances. Otherwise, he just hasn’t looked like the Ryder we’ve come to expect.

    Arguments that say yes, he has been out of his slump and we just haven’t realized it:
    1) As if those point totals in the last 17 aren’t enough, note that his ice time has been reduced (12.9 minutes per game over that 17 game stretch as opposed to 16.1 minutes last season). This makes his production even more efficient.
    2) He has been getting little power play time. In the past, over 50% of Ryder’s points have been gathered on the power play (89 out of 176 in his first three seasons). Of his last 11 points, only 2 assists were from the power play. That means he’s racked up 9 points in 17 games at even strength, often with 3rd and 4th line minutes and linemates, which is actually a higher rate of production than in his first three years.
    3) His shooting percentage until this streak was < 5%. Over this streak, it is almost 30% (his average over his first three years is about 12.5%). he was getting and taking bad shots at the beginning of the season, but now is getting open and taking great shots.

    What is the truth? I don’t know. I do know this – I would give Ryder more time and minutes, and wouldn’t just bench him after one game just to get someone else into the lineup. Ride that horse (no pun intended) for several games in a row and see if he continues to produce.

    HIO’ers, what is your opinion?

  34. Wayne says:

    No to a Hossa trade, myself.

    It’ll be a letdown if they come out flat again. Other than that, I’ll be looking for 2 things. Will they gel even more and appear as a team readying for the playoffs? For the next few games, I want to detect that “nuance” that will convince me they are on the right track. Number 2, Ryder scores again.

    Enjoy the game.

  35. MikeL says:

    Jagr, are you serious?

  36. RS says:

    Hossa was commenting the other day about the crazy Canadian media. And that was before the tempest over the hockey gloves!

    Okay, I think Gainey should lay low until July 1 and then try to sign Jagr. There’s your impact player.

  37. RS says:

    Now if only we could get Hamrlik out of the line-up!

  38. Blitzen says:

    I think the last game answered that in spades. I doubt anybody will take them for granted moving forward…
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  39. Blitzen says:

    Are we getting an experimental (or is that mental) chatroom tonight?
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  40. MikeL says:

    What time does the ceremony start?

  41. MikeL says:

    Nah, it’s really nice turning on sports shows and hearing about the Habs first thing. As a fan, I’m lovin it.

  42. likehoy says:

    i hope we lose…so we can fly under the radar again…

    don’t want to peak too soon.

  43. Rogie30 says:

    The three scratches are all from this years free agent crop, what a terrible crop that was, LMAO.

  44. moser17 says:

    Thanks Rachel Ray. :)

  45. PattyBoy31 says:

    the eyes of the NHL are on this game, everyones starting to think “is Montreal actually for real”?

    hopefully the habs can get the W and say yes

  46. Sbah Reverof says:

    Agreed, Boone.
    As wonderful as the comeback victory was, it ain’t gonna happen that dramatically or that often. I hope I’m proven wrong, but thanks for the cold shower nonetheless.

  47. the_larry says:

    Not Brodeur?? Thats a suprise

  48. Les-Habitants says:

    We win, and they’ll be 4 back.
    They win, and they tie us.

    Big game…every game is huge. Even the one against the jackets is, cause of gainey’s number being retired…and those 2 pts of course
    I love post All-Star hockey.

  49. Kilgore Trout says:

    penguin: it’s what’s for dinner

  50. tony d says:

    Brisebois?, table for 3 in the press-box!

  51. moser17 says:

    Sabourin, really? Conklin has been playing great lately, and got the last two wins convincingly: stopped 36 shots against Buffalo and was the third star of the game against Florida.

    Maybe Sabourin is starting because Conklin is tired? That would be good news.

    Or, maybe Sabourin is starting because Therrien has a theory about the Habs and goalies from Quebec.

  52. The Teacher says:

    WOW, What a shot by Rick Nash.

    That’s the definition of Top Corner.

  53. Blitzen says:

    Did Samsonov sell his soul or something?
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  54. doug says:

    Why is Begin out today? I missed that. Thanks.

  55. Blitzen says:

    That guy is a beast
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  56. Chuck says:

    He pulled something.

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  57. Blitzen says:

    Boone pulled his groin.
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  58. Will Longlade says:

    Ok, we have them right where we want them. The Habs have to tighten up in the D-zone and simplify things in the O-Zone. Far too many attempts to make fancy passes in the first two periods, w/most of them creating scoring opportunities for the Pens. Huet has to concentrate on keeping the puck out of the net and let his D-Men handle the puck. His escapades out of the crease in the 1st period really put him off his game. Streit is having a forgettable night as are Frankie and Markov. Hope we come back and win this one in OT.

  59. Axeman says:

    We’ve got the Pens just where we want them ……

  60. Blitzen says:

    Wasn’t Toskala a great signing? LOL
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  61. wd40 says:

    Blitz.. you’re into the sauce eh?

  62. Rogie30 says:

    Thats funny, because I was thinking the same thing, dont see any Brodeurs here, we may have to be a high scoring team from here on out.

  63. Blitzen says:

    If you think Huet is weak, you should see Toskala tonight.
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  64. Will Longlade says:

    The first goal on Huet was redirected at least two times before reaching the net. He didn’t have a chance on it. The second goal was pretty soft and you could tell he wanted it back. The third goal was kicked in by Streit, but Huet didn’t smother the rebound very well which would have prevented that from happening.

  65. Rogie30 says:

    Gainey may have to look for another Begin, a younger version that stays healthy. We always miss his intensity.

  66. Mike Boone says:

    I think he hit Talbot when he was down and the linesman was between them.

  67. Blitzen says:

    No idea.
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  68. Blitzen says:

    RYDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

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  69. Blitzen says:

    HIGGY!
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  70. moser17 says:

    WHAT A PASS!!! WHAT A GOAL!

  71. The Teacher says:

    Man I scream after every goal, someone is going to kill me soon. WHAT A PLAY BY BOTH KOVY AND HIGGINS

  72. Chuck says:

    That was one hell of a tip!

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  73. NLhabsfan says:

    Great !!!

  74. Blitzen says:

    Kovy basically bounced it off Higgins. Works for me.
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  75. wd40 says:

    OH YES. KOVY. He’s our PP QB. Kudos to Higgy for his great deflection.

  76. kevrob says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!! Kovalev magic, uses Higgins as a bumper!

  77. Cams Habs says:

    Atta boy Higgins!

    So glad Koivu and Higgy crack the goalsheet…

  78. Keith says:

    What a beauty re-direct by Higgy! One more and we’ll have 7- 20 goal scorers.

  79. kevrob says:

    I am glad to see Lapierre back if only for the last minute. Smolinski was logging to many minutes on the ice.

  80. Rogie30 says:

    Lets start tightening up the defense, and both goalies, WAKE UP.

  81. moser17 says:

    all we need now is Ryder!

    … but I’m pretty sure that Ryder scoring three games in a row is one of the signs of the apocalypse

  82. Blitzen says:

    Agreed I think we really need Laps with Bégin out. I hope Bégin comes back soon.
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  83. Chuck says:

    Buffalo up 4-1…

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  84. The Teacher says:

    Why would you want both goalies to wake up?

  85. Blitzen says:

    Hey look…there’s a beer in my hand. WTF?
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  86. Sbah Reverof says:

    Not to crap on anybody else, but Smoke is doing a decent job tonight. Habs are a little hung over though. They’ll hopefully wake up by the 3rd. Pittsburgh is having their way too often.

  87. Blitzen says:

    Penguins up by 1 going into the third. They can’t be all that confident that it will hold.
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  88. Blitzen says:

    Anybody else hoping that there are no trades during TSN’s 10 hours of coverage on Tuesday?
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  89. doug says:

    i’m with you, blitzen

  90. moser17 says:

    Right now I’d trade for the whole team that came back against NYR.

  91. doug says:

    love him. he’s the poster child for how to conduct yourself under difficult time. think of how he could have complained. what he could have asked for in terms of trades. how different he is from samsonov last year. he had a legitimate beef in my view – goal scorer who the media was on almost immediately. was just a long slump, but he showed up every day, answered questions, stayed calm.

    he’s a winner in my opinion.

  92. Gooner says:

    Ryder!!! The come back Kid!!

  93. wd40 says:

    ohhh that would have been so nice.

    YES here comes the mighty PP

  94. 24 Cups says:

    Boston, Atlanta, and Philly have lost – Laffs are losing to Buffalo.

    The Original 24 Cups

  95. zamboni says:

    Time to go 3 for 3 on PP and seal the deal

  96. wd40 says:

    FOR THE LOVE OF PETE !!!!!!!!!

  97. Blitzen says:

    Yeah we’re such a soft team…ask Sydor about it.
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  98. wd40 says:

    having the wind knocked out of you really sucks.

  99. Barts says:

    OMG I love watching Michel Therrien self-destruct.

  100. The Teacher says:

    RYDERRR I LOVE TO SEE HIM SMILE!

  101. wd40 says:

    Did you see Ryder laughing it up on the bench?

  102. wd40 says:

    Boone you said it. Malkin. 5 hole.

  103. Blitzen says:

    Komi having a rough night
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  104. The Teacher says:

    man, u back away from the blue line AND let a guy get behind you?

    Markov was asleep.

  105. Barts says:

    Would it be too much to ask for Huet to stop one??

  106. moser17 says:

    Blast, Gino, blast!

  107. Alirio says:

    Come On!!!!

    Can’t we make up our minds here Habs???

    Do you WANT TO WIN???


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  108. The Teacher says:

    UMM I DON’T SEE WHERE THAT #%^$^%^@^%t@#$ PENALTY WAS?

    WHEREW $%^%^@$#

    MOTHER$%^#$^ REFS

  109. Blitzen says:

    Not good. I guess we need to give them another lead to finally win.
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  110. the_vipah says:

    I’ve been one of the few defending some of our oft maligned players. Namely Koivu, Ryder and Breezer. Well I’d just like to say….Bob, please don’t trade the first two anywhere. Thanks.

  111. originalsix says:

    No Habs No….

    Ugh….back to work, I can’t stand watching this, gets my blood pressure up, and heart racing.

  112. MikeL says:

    Boys, this is killing me. I was dragged out of the apartment to come to a party. I am now at the party, in the host’s room on their computer, pressing refresh every 10 secs on here. I can’t believe I’m missing this.

  113. The Teacher says:

    LMAO the results to the RDS poll are hilarious.

  114. Blitzen says:

    Your photo is quite appropriate.
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  115. wd40 says:

    OMG i can’t believe that was a penalty. After all that whining after the non-call, i wonder if that had anything to do with it.

  116. The Teacher says:

    The Price is right.

  117. Barts says:

    Huet is friggin BRUTAL

  118. the_vipah says:

    Bad defense not bad goaltending. Use your eyeballs.

  119. Blitzen says:

    The Pens take the lead not knowing what’s good for them.
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  120. moser17 says:

    Be glad you missed what just happened Mike.

  121. The Teacher says:

    #5 was horrible.

  122. Y says:

    Damn Huet’s looking like swiss cheese

  123. wd40 says:

    lol. don’t they realize we only know how to turn it up when we’re down??

  124. the_vipah says:

    missed it :(

    Ah well now its Prices turn to pick us up.

  125. Rogie30 says:

    Lately, they have both been wrong.

  126. the_vipah says:

    Price was not great on sunday and was not great on tuesday. This move is a no-brainer. If he goes in there tonight and plays poorly, he may be on his way back to Hamilton to have his marbles checked again. Better to let him sit a couple out and work with Rollie on whatever may be wrong.

  127. Sbah Reverof says:

    I’d like to see Price in nets. If a player has a terrible game (but works hard), Carbo usually gives them the chance to redeem themselves. Look at Gorges, he’s been utterly solid since that awful D-zone giveaway back in the fall. Plus, Price has notched both of our wins against Pittsburgh.

  128. nick says:

    Good points. I agree, but I think Carbo is going to stick to his “winning goalie” strategy for a little while.

  129. MikeL says:

    But Gorges didn’t automatically become solid. He was a healthy scratch in 9 of the next 14 games following the giveaway.

  130. christophurrr says:

    this is some sloppy assed d

  131. Rogie30 says:

    Add Chipchura, Begin and Grabovski before the playoffs start, and please Bob, make a move, and tell one of the goalies we have Halak and Danis on the farm, and are a phone call away. Maybe that, ll shake them up. The veteran and the phenom, WHERE?

  132. Blitzen says:

    I was thinking the exact same thing last night. Goalies looked horrible across the board. Weird night. Saw the Neil injury too. That could be a huge loss for them.
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  133. KerryPrice says:

    thanks mr boone i appreciate it.

  134. sidhu says:

    Well we showed some more character again tonight in coming back — I especially liked the play of SK74, Ryder, Latendresse, and Gorges. We lacked discipline and were defensively weak. For example, Streit didn’t clear out the crease when Malone scored.

    In my view, Dandy and Smoke are not contributing and they should be replaced either with Kosto and Chipper, or someone we can obtain via a trade. At this point, I don’t think we need a Hossa, Sundin, or Jokinen. But, we could use a Gratton and a second-line winger like Hunter.

  135. Rogie30 says:

    When did losing become acceptable for Montreal Canadiens fans?

  136. jew4jah says:

    no one expects the team to win every single game.
    there are losses like tonight that are acceptable, ie the team shows up to play, battles hard and loses. after that show on tuesday, i’m ready to cut the guys some slack, file the tonight’s ticket stub and look forward to saturday. we’ve got a team again! needs some fine tuning but this is definately the start of something great.
    i haven’t had this much fun watching the habs in many years.

  137. Propwash says:

    I kinda saw this happening, we had a pile of chances and some nice goals, but Pittsburgh looked better in their passing game. It was a hard fought match for us but bad penalties killed us in the end in my opinion

  138. showey47 says:

    A combination of defensive mistakes, undisciplined penalties and bad goaltending, i will give the first goal which changed directions at least 2 times and the malkin breakaway, but the other 3 were pretty weak.

  139. howtathor says:

    Just got back from the game. Tried to log on to the blog but didn’t have access to the Bell Centre WiFi.
    The team seemed at first as if they wanted to be behind so they could mount a comeback again.
    I don’t blame them, the accolades haven’t stopped for two days. They looked like they were playing shinny out there with a lot of cute passes but little grit. Maybe a come down to earth is the best thing to happen to them. Like Saku said: they have to get back to their game which got them thus far and that is Carbo Jarvi Muller hockey!

  140. KerryPrice says:

    Was Begin a healthy scratch tonight? If so why?

  141. Mike Boone says:

    Groin injury

  142. wild flower says:

    Watch tonights NHL replays for all of the games. Try to remain unbiased and you will probably need to accept that Huet can’t be faulted for much tonight. Many of the goals scored looked worse than the ones Huet let in tonight. Not many goals stop shots tipped by their own forwards or taken by Malkin on breakaways. Check out Federov’s goal on Emery – that is poor goaltending. The Habs are fine (including in net) and are not many players away from being a “serious” contender. As a side note: Ottawa may have lost Chris Neil.

  143. Wamsley01 says:

    I am not suggesting they trade Huet, or that he is not the number 1, but
    the numbers say it all lately and Price should go once again until he loses.

    If you go back over each of their last 5 starts.

    Price 3-2 with a .926 Save Percentage and 2.37 GAA.

    Huet is 1-4 with a .852 Save Percentage and 4.95 GAA.

    I think those numbers are a pretty clear indication of who deserves the next start.

  144. Rogie30 says:

    Tonights game reminded me that defensive hockey is when the fowards back check, the defense clears the front of the net, and no giveaways,and the goalie makes the crucial saves. None of that happened tonight, we were too busy reading our Stanley Cup victory press clippings from Tuesday.

  145. Keith says:

    Momentum turns on a dime in this game.

  146. Cable Guy says:

    it would be really nice if Huet could save a damn puck!!!! JESUS!!!!!

  147. Cable Guy says:

    the only one that would have a hope in hell is komi and he’d be hanging on for dear life, he would kill the other three handidly.

  148. wd40 says:

    Komi, Bouillon, O’Byrne, Begin…

  149. fun police says:

    has huet made a save tonight? why not pull him? huet has played well this month. that is concerning.

  150. Blitzen says:

    Look at it this way boys: despite our D-Men and goalie sucking like Hoovers, we’re giving Pitt, one of the hotter teams in the NHL, a great run for their money.
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  151. moser17 says:

    And the refs are giving us a run for ours.

  152. Y says:

    What is up with the D tonight?

  153. zamboni says:

    how did Ryder miss that?

  154. The Teacher says:

    Lappy, next time you hit someone, get the puck

  155. wd40 says:

    i thought that was in.

  156. Chuck says:

    We’ve perfected the skill of missing an open net.

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  157. wd40 says:

    see the OLD Ryder i could understand…

  158. wd40 says:

    i dunno boys. i dunno.

  159. Y says:

    I think Hossa’s already here, he just put on a Ryder mask

  160. Cable Guy says:

    Is abby in net tonight and he’s just wearing Huet’s jersey?

  161. Barts says:

    There folks, is your brutal call of the night.

  162. The Teacher says:

    The refs…mnan, im quitting the NHL after the next Habs cup. i can’t take this garbage anymore

  163. Y says:

    Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad penalty

  164. Rogie30 says:

    No goaltending, quick playoff exit. We really have to get this problem straightened out.

  165. Keith says:

    Why in hell is that a charging call?! What a joke this league is.

  166. wd40 says:

    That interference call against Kovy was total BS.

  167. madhabsfan says:

    Huet looks amateurish at best.

    This will not cut it in the playoffs or anywhere.

    Anyone think Bob should look around for a “rent-a-goalie”?

    He cannot like what he is seeing.

  168. yehaken says:

    Halak please!

  169. The Teacher says:

    So was the charging call

  170. the_vipah says:

    They were really bad in NY, I actually thought that was the worst I’d seen a game Ref’d in recent memory. I guess their work is never done…..

  171. moser17 says:

    It’s actually Brisebois, just doing whatever he can to get in the game. Huet really is on quaeludes, he’s just passed out in the team meeting room.

  172. Cable Guy says:

    Rent a goalie? Ummm how about Halak who’s tearing it up in Hamilton and was amazing for us last year!

  173. wd40 says:

    i think Carbo should adopt the 3-goal rule. 3 goals and you swap goalies.

  174. The Teacher says:

    3P 9:38:

    That was on you, Miike Komisarek.

    4-4

    Uhh no Boone, that was Markov, he backed away and didn’t do anything other than that. If he had confidence in Komi he would have had a prime opportunity for a great shit on net.

  175. madhabsfan says:

    Does anyone here get that penalty on kovalev.

    Is someone paying this twit???

    Sickening

  176. Blitzen says:

    I wonder why they don’t try Halak for a bit…
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  177. Cable Guy says:

    i second that!

  178. The Teacher says:

    How about Price, who gave up two less goals last game than Huet has tonight.

    Huet has given up 7 goals in the last two games.

  179. Blitzen says:

    A great shit on net? Hate it when you miss those…LOL
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  180. madhabsfan says:

    oh yeah!

  181. moser17 says:

    You mean we get Sabourin?

  182. The Teacher says:

    NHL is sickening

    After the Habs win again.

    I quit.

  183. Y says:

    Lets go Blue Jackets!

  184. Tearson says:

    Come on really ? What’s Huet’s Problem. For him to be playing crappy now is unreal.

  185. moser17 says:

    There is some great shit on net tonight, my friend.

  186. Cable Guy says:

    Halak has to have pissed someone off. No way we go far in the playoffs with the goaltending were getting right now.

  187. The Teacher says:

    Ahahaha LMAO

  188. Scott in Montreal says:

    Remember: it was Huet who, earlier in the season, said the team was soft between the ears. I think he was making a call for help there.

  189. Gooner says:

    Markov looks like a plug out there. That Malkin goal was another mistake by him that cost us a goal.

  190. moser17 says:

    2-2 with 4:00 to go.

  191. Blitzen says:

    If you get a great shit on the top of the net, is that technically an upper decker?
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  192. Chuck V. says:

    Price on Gainey Night

  193. doug says:

    no hitting tonight. no intensity. they kind of took the night off. and begin is pretty damn important in that department.

    even when we were up 4-3 i was thinking to myself that it was kind of a boring game relative to others we’ve seen recently. sloppy and passionless.

  194. Y says:

    Hey at least I don’t have to listen to these lame-o American announcers again.

    i.e : Mark Straight!

  195. wd40 says:

    i just had to remind myself the Habs are probably not going to win all of the remaining games.

    Another save by Huet!

  196. The Teacher says:

    A very high one also.

  197. The Teacher says:

    Quick, someone think of a jinx

  198. leafs67_andcounting says:

    Never mind Hossa, Jokinen et al, we need some penalty killing.
    No point in making a trade if we’re not going past the 2nd round, which with the goaltending and pk isn’t very likely

  199. the_vipah says:

    Horrible defensive showing out there tonight. Gonna turn both of our goalies into headcases at this rate.

  200. wd40 says:

    The old Streit one-timer hasn’t been cashing in lately.

  201. moser17 says:

    Stop counting!!!

  202. nick says:

    For a split second, i thought i had read 1,000 minutes this season. Hahaha. Imagine?

    The city is still a little too high from the other night… am i the only one who feels like we just won the cup? Like we should be going on summer break for some golfing right about now or something.

    As pumped as the boys are, i just don’t know what to make of this one.

    Any word on whether Price or Huet is starting tonight ? (i would imagine Huet… but you never know)

  203. JF says:

    RDS is reporting that Huet gets the start against Sabourin, who was in goal last time, when the Penguins won 2-0. Despite the shutout, I don’t think he’s as good as Ty Conklin.

  204. Cable Guy says:

    I doubt Big George will playing tonight. Who’s he gonna fight on our team?

  205. Rugger says:

    The way we are bringing the physical play lately, I can see him coming on to retaliate against whoever checks a Pen hard.

  206. Chuck V. says:

    Anticlimactic or not, I’ll take the 2 points as we keep climbing in the standings and try to secure the #1 spot

  207. J.T. says:

    Ah…maybe they’ll get themselves in a 6-0 hole tonight and top the last one. If not, I’ll take the two points, thank you very much. Contrary to popular opinion in Detroit, winning never gets boring.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  208. Chuck V. says:

    posted this in another thread but it’s worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already. laughed pretty hard when i saw it considering i’ve been sitting at the computer all day hitting refresh on tsn and rds

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=TEui1FREhvY&feature=related

  209. OldGrover says:

    That’s awesome – I’ve been doing the same thing. Sad thing is that I watched it again to see if I could catch who was on the shirt when he turned around…

  210. jew4jah says:

    what? no trade yet?
    bob, you’re killing me here. i can’t wait for the 26th to come & go already

  211. Guy21 says:

    Sorry-not sure why it showed up twice….

  212. Guy21 says:

    The other teams usually play the Francophone goalies against the Habs-although the Flyers didn’t this time.I don’t think Sabourin has another shutout up his sleeve and who would worry about Laraques anyway.Thugs don’t worry Habs anymore-we just let them take a penalty and then score a PP goal.I’m kind of sick hearing about Malkin -let’s hope our guys have a great game and not a letdown..

    GO HABS GO

  213. The Teacher says:

    No trip[ping eh?

  214. Blitzen says:

    They should have pulled Huet before for all the difference it makes tonight.
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  215. the_vipah says:

    lol

    Maybe Markov on the bench would be a better idea, hes been brutal tonight.

  216. Bean says:

    Dear Habs,

    While I’m sure Commissioner Bettman appreciates these high-scoring games and values all your help in increasing the total number of goals-per-game, your fans would appreciate it even more if you stuck to scoring the goals, and stopped letting bunches in. As we’re all a lot taller and louder than Bettman, I think you’d be better off paying attention to us.

    Sincerely,
    Your Fans

  217. moser17 says:

    Ottawa Columbus to overtime.

  218. wild flower says:

    One week Koivu needs to go (now he is great). The week before that Ryder has to go (now he is great). Today Huet isn’t even good enough to play backup (two days ago he was the winning goalie in the Habs greatest comeback victory of all time – after replacing Price). Huet is statistically one of the top goaltenders in the league. Who do his detractors think the Habs should get to back up Price who is sometimes pulled in favour of Huet. Thankfully M Boone is just a blogger and Bob Gainey is charge. Are we going to start calling for Kovalev to be traded out of town after all his lousy giveaways today?

  219. the_vipah says:

    Huet is in a rough patch, Price as well. Wierd. Perhaps its not the goalies….Perhaps its the really good chances we keep giving to the other teams and the total lack of discipline on the ice??

  220. Y says:

    Sens-BJacks going to OT

  221. madhabsfan says:

    Anyone know the heimlich manoever?

  222. wd40 says:

    Ah well. WTF eh.

  223. Chuck says:

    The one that got away, folks.

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  224. Forlando says:

    VEERY bad game of our best D men and bad game from Huet. Can’t win like that.

  225. The Teacher says:

    LMAO didn’t take you long :P

  226. Habifax says:

    Bad D and below average Goaltender tonight.

    We got outworked in our zone tonight.

  227. Blitzen says:

    Oh well…can’t win em all boys. As I said, despite playing a bad game on many levels we still gave them fits.
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  228. kevrob says:

    Wow we really blew that with some stupid penalties and lazy playing. What a bummer.

  229. Keith says:

    F*** we should have won this game tonight. We did not have good goaltending tonight I hate to say it. Start Price on Bob Gainey night.

  230. doug says:

    Pittsburgh announcers were extraordinarily annoying homers tonight. Among worst I’ve seen this season.

  231. RS says:

    I guess its the old: What have you done for me lately?

    The Habs played poorly and lost tonight. Sorry folks, there are going to lose some more games this year. But if they manage to play 500 hockey the rest of the way, they should be in the playoffs. That is not something to moan and complain about.

  232. Blitzen says:

    The Pens should trade Crosby…seriously. They don’t seem to need him and imagine what they could get in return.
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  233. Barts says:

    Bob Gainey on the phone: “Don, hey sorry we got cut off earler, bad reception in this place, anyways about your guy…”

  234. doug says:

    spot on. nothing to panic about. bad game. period. next!

  235. RS says:

    I’m surprised you think they’re going to make the playoffs.

  236. Scott in Montreal says:

    Aaaaah, poop.

  237. MICP says:

    We did it to ourselves.
    How many shots in the 3p? 4?
    On the pk or even down the stretch how many faceoffs did we win?
    How many penalties did the Pens take once they had the lead?
    We have played them twice w/o Sid and lost both games.

    What scares me most is our upcoming schedule, so many teams have gone west just to lose. We start it off with dates vs NJ and Buffalo.

    I pray these 2 points dont come back to cost us.

  238. lemess says:

    Bright side:

    -Only our 20th regulation loss (2nd least in the league)
    -Ryder, Higgins, Koivu scored (in the same game!)
    -Max Lapierre’s “Incredible Hulk” impersonation (MAX SMASH)
    -BG night on Saturday – we will show up for that one

    Other than that, Huet will bounce back – if not, then we have Price

    NO NEED TO PANIC

  239. Y says:

    For sure, they were crying about how the puck “went off the skates” on Ryder’s goal and how “disappointing” it was that no one went to TO

  240. Moey says:

    Useless, I wish you’ed exit this site.

  241. Habifax says:

    Back to the trade rumor mill.

  242. doug says:

    my sentiments exactly. they should have played with more passion/intensity tonight but that will come in near future. just shows you can’t get too ahead of yourself – good lesson for young team.

  243. Scott in Montreal says:

    Post of the night. Yeah, they could use a goalie right? Straight up for any two of ours, I say.

  244. Gooner says:

    Cheer up boys !! It was a bad game by the whole team tonight, We are not going to win every game. Our goal tenders are not going to have brilliant games all the time. They are not gooing to stop every shot. And I forgot, sometimes the bounces are not going to go our way.
    Do not dwell on it and trade the team away. On to the next game and Go Habs Go!!!

  245. Blitzen says:

    Yeah…we usually don’t do very well on nights with celebrations so I’m a little worried about Saturday.

    I think Price will come back strong. The kid has done well at all levels and I think he’ll adjust. He was a wall for a few games and then got rocked when the Habs forgot to play early on against the Rangers.

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  246. Exit716 says:

    Why do you come back from the TV time out with 413 left with the third line?
    Geezus Carbo They were stuck on for two minutes and the defense was gassed by the time they got off the ice. Bad bad bad.
    Anyone think Price might have stopped a few of those shots tonight?
    Wait until the Kostitsyn brothers finally hit their stride, it’s going to be amazing.
    They seem to slack off when they don’t have Sidney to play against, the crowd just doesn’t seem to be in it as much.
    A lot of things to work on from tonight.

  247. The Teacher says:

    Markov played horrible. a major reason why we lost.

  248. RS says:

    Well Laffs, Bolts and Thrashers lost. Let the sell-offs begin! Actually it won’t be until Monday.

  249. Gooner says:

    We did not have a good Markov tonight either. Should Carbo send him to the press box for the next game.

  250. kevrob says:

    I agree. I am soooo tired of listening to these idiots. I really wish Centre Ice would show the RDS feed. I am assuming it is RDS that won’t allow it? Either way, listening to the announcers from opposing teams is driving me NUTS. If only I had a DVR so I could sync it with the CJAD.

    I can’t believe how badly we blew that lead, stupid penalties and lazy D.

  251. Wencz says:

    maybe Hossa for Brisebois?

  252. 24 Cups says:

    Habifax – that will be death by a thousand cuts. Can’t wait!

    The Original 24 Cups

  253. The Teacher says:

    Yaa for Crosby!

  254. jew4jah says:

    it looks to me like we got smooshed tonight because we took some bad penalties while pittsburgh managed to stay outta the box.
    definately exciting til the finish, but you can’t win em all.
    bring on nash!

  255. RS says:

    Now that’s funny!

  256. Y says:

    Shootout in ottawa. Go Leclaire!

  257. RS says:

    You mean Nash for Ryder? hahaha

  258. jew4jah says:

    i mean bring on nash for komisaurus to chew on

  259. Blitzen says:

    Such is the life of a young team…
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  260. fun police says:

    bad defensive game made worse by bad goaltending.

  261. stephen says:

    Hmm…

    The boards over at RDS are ablaze with talk of a Gainey press conference at “10:45″, as per RIS, apparently.

    Speculate as you like!

  262. Blitzen says:

    Can’t see it…
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  263. Samantha says:

    Agreed. it’s almost like the refs WANT to get booed

  264. Chuck says:

    I just flipped on RIS, and their graphic indicated a Gainey press conference at 10:45.

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  265. stephen says:

    Hate to reply to my own post, but there has been some sensible suggestion that it will be tomorrow morning, and that it will simply be to discuss his jersey being retired on Saturday.

    Sounds about right…

    Hard to believe Bob would have allowed anyone involved in a potential trade to play tonight, anyway.

  266. Moey says:

    Nah, you and you’re mates have already eaten it and more, and could spew out more crap in one season than a horse could in a year. You don’t deserve a cup, so in spite of all of you, Go Habs Go.

  267. jew4jah says:

    what phantom calls?
    not those two in the 3rd (when it counted) against kovy & hammer?

  268. Chuck says:

    Since the 24-hour clock is used in Quebec, the press conference would be tomorrow morning.
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  269. mjames says:

    I agree. Very very annoying. They were tedious.

    mjames

  270. N.B.habs fan says:

    Hey their slow down a little about the goaldies are not to blame here .If you watched the game instead of trying to find fault with the goldies.tonight I blame it on our D ,period.very sloppy and alot of bad passing.I know you dont like Huet ,if it wernt for him we would be in the bottom looking up.

  271. PGHABS says:

    “Huet’s trade value is not high, Price has been wildly inconsistent, and neither has performed significantly better than the other in recent games.”

    Price played one bad game this week, while the week before that he was sensational. He is the top rranked prospect for the Habs, and THN ranks Price as the top prospect in the league. In fact, he’s hardly a prospect as he could/should be the starter for the Habs this year. Price appears to be the next big thing in goal, as last year he won top goalie in three leagues/tournaments WJC/AHL/CHL. Price is a winner and he will continue to be a winner.

    Huet’s trade value is high because he has played three good seasons in Montreal each season posting respectable numbers on an average team. If Huet’s trade value is not high, I guess you assume it’s low?

    I’d have to say what I previously said was sensible: Huet should be traded, and we should ride Price for the rest of the season and playoffs for the best possible results.

  272. Blitzen says:

    Stop confusing the issue with all these facts. LOL

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  273. Gooner says:

    I don’t know how you peolple figure that seeing that it was deflected in by Gorges. And don’t tell me any other goalie would have stopped it.

  274. Gooner says:

    That’s your opinion!!

  275. wd40 says:

    and mine. :)

    anyway… come on boys. next goal and we’re back in it.

  276. Y says:

    Get your eyes checked

  277. the_vipah says:

    Hey you’re back. I thought after Price sh*t the bed 2 nights in a row you were off floating face down in your tub, nice to see you had second thoughts!

  278. Gooner says:

    That’s your opinion!! But you are one of those people who think evey goal scored on Huet is soft. Lighten up Buddy

  279. Tearson says:

    So when do we pull Huet for Price ?

  280. postie jim says:

    Gee I hope they give the puck to malkin a few more times so we can start our comeback soon.!

  281. Blitzen says:

    I missed the beginning of the last game and they fell behind. Same thing again tonight. But I’m back. So the Habs have that going for them.
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  282. The Teacher says:

    Wow, I guess Lappy CAN fight LMAO

  283. Alirio says:

    Max Lapierre fights someone???

    Bizzaro world at the Bell Centre….


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  284. wd40 says:

    Lats (sorry Laps) had a wardrobe malfunction!

  285. moser17 says:

    when the jersey rips, that’s old time hockey

  286. The Teacher says:

    talbot has got to pay, YOU RIP THE SHIRT, YOU PAY.

  287. Blitzen says:

    How far back ago was this fight planned?
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  288. moser17 says:

    Not only can he fight, he gets set like a Tekken character … LOL

  289. Chuck says:

    No great style points for Max, but he got the job done. Time to get out the needle and thread, too!
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  290. MikeMcLaren says:

    3 more Pens goals and we can start the comeback!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  291. Matt_in_TO says:

    Huet should have had that one

  292. Rugger says:

    Okay, just 3 more goals and we can start the come back

  293. wd40 says:

    so that was a LOT less exciting than the last period i watched.

    this come-from-behind stuff is gonna give me ulcers.

  294. Rugger says:

    You type faster than I do

  295. lemess says:

    Our all-star who looked like Bobby in the last game looked like crap on that one

  296. Gooner says:

    Sorry bud but that was another deflection by our D

  297. Y says:

    Yeah, if georges hadn’t have it bounce off his body

  298. MikeMcLaren says:

    Sorry :)

    I’ll give you the next one when the Pens score their third

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  299. Barts says:

    Where is the live chat??

  300. Chuck says:

    …and from his reaction, he knows that he should have played it better. His stick should have been guarding his 5-hole. Markov’s clearing attempt sucked, too. Is was just a busted play all around.

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  301. Gooner says:

    Not a very good period. We look flat and were outshot 15 – 8. Our D has not been good tonight so far.

  302. Rogie30 says:

    We better start forgetting a one game comeback, and focus on being a good team. These poor starts have me worried, BOB.

  303. wd40 says:

    yep. offensively we had some sustained pressure at times and some good chances. the D has been sloppy. I’d give Huet a B-.

  304. 24 Cups says:

    Came out pretty flat – anybody but Ruutu to score a goal. Gotta play with our skates instead of our sticks.

    The Original 24 Cups

  305. wd40 says:

    not available tonight i’m told.. stayed tuned…

  306. Rogie30 says:

    Too much celebrating for one game if you ask me, now its back to the old grind.

  307. Gooner says:

    Deflections that close in are the hardest shots to stop. Not many goal tenders could have stopped that one. Rememeber he is set for the puck coming one way and suddenly it turns direction on him when it is deflected. Just a bad bit of luck.

  308. Gooner says:

    I would give him an A- .He did make some good stops. The score could have been a lot worse.

  309. wd40 says:

    i’m glad Crosby is still out.

    how’s that chemistry going?

  310. fun police says:

    two softies by huet. even when he came in for relief of price last game, he gave up to weaker goals. he was good in the shootout, however his play of late is concerning. he hasn’t had a good game in a while.

  311. Gooner says:

    The Pens have been out skating us so far this game. We look like a slow team compared to them. The boys have to pick it up.

  312. stephen says:

    Gotta love Fisher’s cantankerous wit…

    If the Habs get one early in the second, and the crowd gets behind them, watch out.

  313. Gooner says:

    Ther was nothing soft about those goals. They were both deflections.

  314. fun police says:

    as many chances as dandy has had, i still don’t like him as a forward.

  315. fun police says:

    they were soft, especially that second goal.

  316. lemess says:

    Let Gui! wear Hossa’s gloves……

  317. yehaken says:

    I don’t think you’re allowed to say anything bad about “[Boone's] man Josh Gorges” on this site. But to stay positive, look at it this way: with our goaltending, we’re going to have to score at least 3-4 goals to win a game anyway, and luckily this team has the goods to deliver. SOOO much better than the era of Petrov-Zholtok-Zubrus as our top line! In those days, we’d have to pray that Hackett would stand on his head and statistics were less predictive than astrology…

  318. Rogie30 says:

    He disappeared, just like his man.

  319. Rogie30 says:

    Some fans belong to the Carey Price booster club.

  320. Chuck says:

    Agreed. But whatever it is, we’ve got to get our goals/game down: 10 in the last two games ain’t gonna cut it.

    Perhaps the “impact” player that Bob is looking for is a sound defensive defenseman.

    By the way, someone should tell the Habs that Cage Aux Sports doesn’t give away wings when it’s the opposition that scores five.
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  321. Rogie30 says:

    Pruce sucked on Tuesday, where were you, oh, right. Lmao11

  322. The Teacher says:

    Why i think we need a #3-4 D, but nobody seems to agree with me. Oh well.

  323. the_vipah says:

    Correction. Price let in 3 bad goals against Philly on Sunday and 3 more bad goals against the Rangers on Tuesday. Sorry to bring reality into all of this but those are the facts.

    Both goalies have been good one game and then bad a couple. I’m sure Price will get his chance next, its not cause he earned it, it will be more because Carbs has noone else to turn too at this point.

  324. the_vipah says:

    I do, if that helps. The only problem though is that it was our 1 & 2 D that let us down tonight. Perhaps its more just a commitment to team defense that needs to happen.

  325. wild flower says:

    Your list of backups look like starters to me (Conklin has played more than Fluery and Gerber more than Emery) I think any rational person would have to say Huet would be a very elite backup in any league. We’ve been giving up a lot of shots/chances and I doubt any goalie could avoid looking bad at times. Huet and Price are no exceptions. We can all give expamples of week goals on both. Tonight, I don’t think all the goals being called week really were. I saw one go off Dandenault’s stick, another was a breakaway by none other than Malkin, and there was some very week down low coverage by the D.

    Player TM GP MP GAA W L OT PCT EN SO GA SHA G A PIM
    Martin Brodeur NJD 56 3369 2.17 33 19 4 .919 6 4 122 1497 0 2 4
    Evgeni Nabokov SJS 58 3456 2.22 31 20 7 .908 5 6 128 1391 0 2 10
    Miikka Kiprusoff CAL 58 3398 2.79 30 19 8 .899 3 0 158 1563 0 2 4
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere ANA 48 2703 2.24 27 16 5 .918 4 4 101 1239 0 0 2
    Ryan Miller BUF 55 3214 2.43 27 19 6 .914 7 3 130 1509 0 1 4
    Marty Turco DAL 46 2690 2.30 26 13 4 .911 2 2 103 1152 0 2 10
    Henrik Lundqvist NYR 53 3175 2.36 26 21 6 .908 3 7 125 1354 0 0 2
    Roberto Luongo VAN 51 3051 2.22 26 18 7 .920 3 6 113 1421 0 3 4
    Tomas Vokoun FLA 55 3214 2.74 25 24 5 .917 3 4 147 1772 0 6 4
    Cam Ward CAR 50 2827 2.89 24 20 4 .900 3 3 136 1359 0 1 2
    Rick DiPietro NYI 54 3169 2.67 24 21 7 .906 4 2 141 1500 0 5 16
    Chris Osgood DET 33 1845 2.11 23 7 2 .915 0 4 65 765 0 3 0
    Martin Gerber OTT 38 2138 2.69 23 10 2 .911 3 1 96 1079 0 1 4
    Manny Legace STL 48 2693 2.23 23 15 6 .916 4 4 100 1185 0 1 4
    Niklas Backstrom MIN 40 2342 2.51 23 10 4 .914 1 2 98 1135 0 0 0
    Ilya Bryzgalov PHO 48 2689 2.48 22 17 5 .918 3 1 111 1351 0 0 0
    Vesa Toskala TOR 47 2700 2.64 22 18 5 .907 4 2 119 1278 0 3 4
    Cristobal Huet MON 38 2219 2.49 21 11 6 .918 4 2 92 1120 0 1 0
    Olaf Kolzig WAS 46 2716 2.96 21 18 6 .889 3 1 134 1210 0 1 8
    Tim Thomas BOS 41 2440 2.41 20 14 4 .926 1 1 98 1316 0 0 2
    Martin Biron PHI 43 2444 2.73 20 15 5 .915 1 3 111 1312 0 1 4
    Johan Holmqvist TAM 44 2409 2.96 20 15 6 .892 1 2 119 1101 0 0 0
    Pascal Leclaire CLB 43 2363 2.18 20 13 4 .922 3 8 86 1102 0 2 2
    Dominik Hasek DET 30 1769 2.07 19 7 3 .904 3 4 61 638 0 1 10

  326. Rogie30 says:

    Hope we dont have a hangover.

  327. christophurrr says:

    take it easy, man.. he’s not knocking price, he’s knocking the ridiculousness of the posters on here

  328. The Teacher says:

    WHAT A SHIFT!

  329. kevrob says:

    Very nice shift…great puck movement. It looked like they were on the powerplay.

  330. Keith says:

    La tenderness fans on it. Bummer :-(

  331. wd40 says:

    is it just me, or is kovy invisible so far?

  332. The Teacher says:

    You don’t notice him because Pleky is a dynamo tonight.

    Kovy’s also making the great breakout passes from our zone so the other two are usually flying at that time.

  333. Rogie30 says:

    You may be right, get something while you can.

  334. PGHABS says:

    I’d have way more confidence with Price in goal than Huet. He’s better with rebounds, playing the puck, positionally. I think Huet is a great goalie(obviosuly tonight there may be some different opinions) and that’s why we should trade him now for some another asset, such as Chris Gratton. If you watched the Tampa Bay game the other night Gratton dominated beacuse we have no one who could match his size, and that will continute to be a problem for us until it is addressed.

  335. Rogie30 says:

    Price is extremely weak to his right side, look where shooters go on him all the time, right side.

  336. Rogie30 says:

    Can you direct me to the Carey Price booster club?

  337. Rogie30 says:

    We know, we know.

  338. The Teacher says:

    What a ^%$$%$$# bull$%% call, he touched the puck FIRST

  339. Cams Habs says:

    Haha, Murray Wilson just had a spaz when they called that a penalty, he was something upset…

  340. The Teacher says:

    Kovy to Malkin, I still a Russian top dog dude. Watch it ;)

  341. Barts says:

    Tabarnac, it’s like we’re watching the Q.

  342. wd40 says:

    scratch what i said about kovy.

  343. Blitzen says:

    The next fight on the card is Bouillon vs Laraque.
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  344. wd40 says:

    oh crap…

    as Boone would say, “we have them just where we want them”.

  345. roadrunner says:

    The habs need to lay the body on them. They play better when they hit, even if they are a small team.

  346. Blitzen says:

    Why did Laps get 10 more?

    KOIVUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
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  347. wd40 says:

    OH YES!!!!!!!!! OOOOOOOO

  348. zamboni says:

    What a play by SK

  349. The Teacher says:

    whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    s. kOSTITSYN IS AMAZING, AND KOIVUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  350. Alirio says:

    I BELIEVE!!!!

    SAKU!!!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  351. tony d says:

    che passa?
    I missed the 1st period and most of the 2nd
    enjoyed their comeback to tie it up in the 3rd and then go ahead then….hmmmmm
    got a bit too relaxed maybe?? let Malkin walk in on Huet and oh oh..
    didn’t notice Begin out there…did he play?
    saw Smolinski on the bench and almost choked on a Dorito…thought he’d be up in the box, eating fries
    ok I guess it was a good reality check… gotta play the full 60 at full throttle, no coasting
    onto the next one
    Go Habs Go

  352. moser17 says:

    Walt Whitman was a HUGE Habs fan, in fact.

  353. Chuck says:

    Great hustle by Sergei!

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  354. Erik says:

    well what can say about this one? we had the laed but sloppy play is something we would be well to stay away from. One more game until the trade deadline. interesting times.

  355. moser17 says:

    THAT’s GRIT! SLICK GRIT!! LIKE THE OIL SANDS!

    … I sort of lost where I was going with that……

  356. roadrunner says:

    SWEEEEEEETTTT!!!!!

  357. Blitzen says:

    Barts, is your photo a seat from the old Forum?

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  358. wd40 says:

    bust open the floodgate!!!!

  359. The Teacher says:

    People who think fighting has no place in hockey need to think again.

  360. The Teacher says:

    Looks like an old blue.

  361. The Teacher says:

    LMAO @GONCHAR!

  362. Blitzen says:

    Malkin is hurt
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  363. wd40 says:

    was he the D who just almost scored on his own net? lol

  364. Barts says:

    Blitzen, it’s my Forum seat signed to me by The Rocket. One of my treasures.

  365. The Teacher says:

    Yup, funny how he takes a better shot at his own net than in the shootout.

  366. moser17 says:

    Damn. That happened in slow motion.

    Keep your stick on the ice, Cristobal!!!!

  367. Alirio says:

    COME ON!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  368. Blitzen says:

    Bad play by Streit here
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  369. kevrob says:

    what is that three weak goals now?

  370. Keith says:

    Why is Huet not closing his legs!

  371. Blitzen says:

    By the Rocket? Wow…how did you get it?
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  372. wd40 says:

    he can share that one with the D.

  373. moser17 says:

    swollen glands.

  374. Chuck says:

    And close your legs when you’re in the butterfly!
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  375. moser17 says:

    (Red Green was a HUGE Habs fan, in fact.)

  376. kevrob says:

    yeah it looked like streit actually kicked his pad off of the post to open the gap. what bad luck.

  377. PattyBoy31 says:

    im very angry right now, come on boone, say no comeback tonight already!!

  378. Bill says:

    The second goal was weak, but not the first or the last. The first ricocheted about three times, and the third was just lucky, should have been cleared by the D.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  379. Blitzen says:

    Pretty clear the guys will have to stay out of the box tonight.
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  380. The Teacher says:

    I have just one question.

    Why did it take them so long to call O’Byrne up?

    Breezer? seheeeeesh

  381. moser17 says:

    Boone: “So, Carey Price on Gainey Night?”

    What do you mean, MB?

  382. Chuck says:

    Is it just me, or do pucks moving slower than 10kph seem to give Huet huge headaches?

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  383. Barts says:

    Blitzen, had dinner with him about a year before he died, arranged through a family friend who knew him well and suggested I disassemble the seat and bring the wood backing. Along with my personalized Gretzky Oilers puck, it is my prized possession.

  384. wd40 says:

    On Saturday. For the retiring of Gainey’s #23.

  385. moser17 says:

    Ah, okay, thanks wd40. Didn';t know that was happening, that’s awesome for BG!

  386. wd40 says:

    i love huet, but man, it’s like he’s on qualudes tonight.

  387. moser17 says:

    It’s not just you.

  388. Blitzen says:

    Well…there’s a nice memory for ya.
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  389. Bean says:

    Oh, wow! What an experience, and what a great story! A seat’s a darn cool souvenir too.

    No kidding about prized possession, eh?

  390. Rogie30 says:

    For a team with great goaltending, our goaltending has been anything but great.

  391. Barts says:

    Streit needs to sit down for a while… I take back my comments earlier today about not trading him.

  392. PattyBoy31 says:

    I am fuming right now, I come back from hockey to see montreal lost 5-4…okay mtls comeback didnt happen, but wait they were winning 4-3. God d*** its like were back to where we started

  393. Samantha says:

    I’m not going to panic because we’re not gonna go on this crazy 20-game winning streak, but this was a crappy game.
    Our worst player tonight? STREIT
    Absolutely horrible. I don’t know if the trade rumours shook him up or something but he was awful. So was Markov.
    I love Huet, and I’m not a big Price fan, but Huet should’ve been pulled after the third goal and ESPECIALLY after the fourth. Sometimes i feel Carbo is a little unfair…which leads me to………….isn’t it about time he sits Latendresse? USELESS player, seriously! I think Smolinsky played a better match than him. But on to the good…..Georges is AWESOME. This guy is for real. Liked him last year in those few games he played, LOVE him this year. He gets better and better. Best D tonight by far. And Ryder and Koivu were also excellent. Higgins just keeps getting under my skin more and more though.
    but hey, there are a lot more games left and I’m 100% sure we’re making the playoffs where ANYTHING can happen.
    On to next one….we gotta win this one for Bob.
    GO HABS!

  394. Y says:

    I love Huet too (not a big Price fan either) but it seems like whenever the team has a crap defensive showing, he follows suit and plays horribly. I wish Carbo could send him a message and tell him “YOU ARE OUR #1″ as I think he’s shying away in the face of all the Price hype and the big shadow that comes with it.

  395. Erik says:

    Apparently their is an Bob Gainey press conference tommorow morning which might have something to with Saturday festivities. Apparently its on RIS which I personaly don’t have. Im sure they could skip whatever their showing and show the HABS news on RDS.

  396. moser17 says:

    Smokey Robinson was a HUGE Habs fan, in fact.

  397. Blitzen says:

    Yeah the “You’re my number 1″ strategy didn’t work so well last year. I think one guy needs to go on a 4 or 5 game solid stretch before Carbo can annoint one of them. Nothing worse than annointing someone and then having to pull him in the very next game.
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  398. Wops says:

    Can’t win ‘em all, at least they tried to come back in the third.

    Period.
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  399. PattyBoy31 says:

    I wish I felt that way…I need to just unwind

  400. Chuck says:

    The comeback part they’ve got down pat. It’s everything that happens after that they seem to have trouble with! :)

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  401. Chuck says:

    Damn… neither goalie has played up to standards over the last couple of games. We need one of them to step up and take the bull by the horns and say, “This job is mine!”

    Of course, it would also be great if our defense got back to making our goalie’s nights a whole lot easier.
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  402. the_vipah says:

    Who said there was any intelligence involved in the whining about goalies?

  403. wild flower says:

    It is intellectually dishonest to carp about the lousy defence in a game where the shots were 31 against and 21 for, and then also complain that the goalie is the main contributor to the loss.

  404. Mike Boone says:

    Whoah, two minutes for intellectual dishonesty. And five for superficiality.

  405. PGHABS says:

    We should trade Huet and ride Price. I think Price is the next big thing in goal. Huet’s trade value is high, and he’s going to leave at seasons end anyways.
    Huet will not be able to carry us deep in the playoffs, while maybe Price could.
    If we could trade Huet for a big centre, why not, you have to gamble a little bit to win, can’t always play it safe.

  406. the_vipah says:

    At this point I would call up Halak and send both Price and Huet down ;)

    Huet will not net us any real return. Its going to be a wash between keeping him and losing him to free agency or trading him for some untested youth. Better to keep him around as insurance, seems we need it.

  407. Bill says:

    You offer no reasonable persuasion for your ill-crafted “opinions”, none of which is remotely sensible: there is no reason to think that “Price is the next big thing in goal”, that “Huet’s trade value is high”, that Price could take the Habs “deep in the playoffs” while Huet could not, or that “Huet could be traded for a big centre”.

    Huet’s trade value is not high, Price has been wildly inconsistent, and neither has performed significantly better than the other in recent games.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  408. wd40 says:

    are you shitting me!?!?!? WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    went in off a skate.

  409. Alirio says:

    ABORT RYDER TRADE!!!!!!!

    ABORT RYDER TRADE!!!!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  410. Chuck says:

    Just what the doctor ordered!

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  411. jew4jah says:

    moser… can you hear the hoof beats of the ryders of the apocalypse?

  412. moser17 says:

    “And I saw on a pale horse a pale Ryder …..

    … and Bell (Centre) followed with him.”

  413. Barts says:

    Bob just hung up on Don Waddell

  414. wd40 says:

    Waddell: “… Bob… Bob? Hello??”

  415. doug says:

    just keep the guy already and sign him for another year. class act.

  416. Blitzen says:

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i60/munchkin_2/Beat_Dead_HorseSanitysBlog.jpg

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  417. the_vipah says:

    While the garbage keeps getting posted, so will the replies.

  418. Blitzen says:

    http://www.villagevoice.com/blogs/statusainthood/garbage.jpg
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  419. the_vipah says:

    Hey is that a Britney Spears album cover? :)

  420. Y says:

    The Apocalypse is coming…

  421. Alirio says:

    LMAO

    Line of the night!@!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  422. moser17 says:

    Ryder’s prayer each night:

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Pleks … “

  423. Rugger says:

    Very very happy for Mr. Ryder

  424. wd40 says:

    Keep it coming, boys. The 3rd is Kovy’s period.

  425. The Teacher says:

    Man, I should start going away more often..Every time i do, i miss a goal. sheesh LMAO, not that I’m complaining!

  426. Blitzen says:

    YEAH BABY!

    Do it again on the PP!
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  427. 24 Cups says:

    Why are we getting beat by a team who’s defense and goaltending is worse than ours (on paper at least)? Still hope in the third – just can’t let the Pens score anymore.

    The Original 24 Cups

  428. zamboni says:

    With the shot that he has, Kovy should shoot more during PP,

  429. zamboni says:

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  430. Alirio says:

    COME ON!!!!!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  431. The Teacher says:

    I DIDN’T MISS THAT ONE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  432. Blitzen says:

    PUT DA HAMMER DOWN BABY!
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  433. wd40 says:

    OMG. Hamrlik SCORES???? LOL… what a move by Koivu!!!

  434. Barts says:

    Don Wadell: “Hi operator, I seem to have been disconnected…”

  435. 24 Cups says:

    Me too Teach – I can’t type and watch at the same time.

    The Original 24 Cups

  436. The Teacher says:

    Talk about a bad goal by a goalie.

  437. wd40 says:

    The word is out.. no lead is safe against the Habs.

  438. Chuck says:

    I’ve never seen so many blocked/intercepted passes. And oh yeah, HAMMER!!!
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  439. doug says:

    i hate to say it but i almost expect us to win these days. what is going on? down by 2 early? big deal.

  440. NLhabsfan says:

    WOW great PP.

  441. doug says:

    very true. this IS their third string goalie after all.

  442. Keith says:

    Comeback kids strike again ;-)

  443. moser17 says:

    Confidence! Now in Habs Fan Size!

  444. moser17 says:

    Amen brother, isn’t it great!?

  445. The Teacher says:

    This is the second greatest comeback this week if it holds up!!!

  446. wd40 says:

    Therrien looks pissed. I mean more than usual.

  447. lemess says:

    Goals by Ryder, Higgy and Koivu?????

    Whens the last time that happened

  448. The Teacher says:

    what’s with the no call on the can opener on Sergei?

  449. The Teacher says:

    VERY good question!

  450. wd40 says:

    Keep pressing boys.

  451. Alirio says:

    LOL


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  452. Blitzen says:

    Refs figure they have to give the other teams a fighting chance…
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  453. moser17 says:

    FINALLY a power play

  454. The Teacher says:

    ABOUT TIME

  455. Barts says:

    Blitzen, I’ve since been told that he only signed two Forum seats, of which mine is one. Can’t verify that, but it’s going in the grave with me haha!

  456. Blitzen says:

    Great story man.
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  457. Blitzen says:

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  458. kevrob says:

    finally a penalty!! Lets do it boys, we all need some Kovy magic.

  459. wd40 says:

    OK. bring on the #1 PP in the league.

    Make ‘em PAY.

  460. frank81 says:

    I didn’t see the game, but I read that Ryder scored again. Is it safe to say his slump is over?

  461. Rogie30 says:

    Yep, and the goalie crisis has begun. BOB.

  462. Chuck says:

    Dang. The laffs are in the same position that we’re in, down 3-1.

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  463. Y says:

    They need to calm down, looks like the caffeine is still in their system from the other night. Way too many d-zone blunders

  464. Blitzen says:

    Kovy going for the far post again.
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  465. moser17 says:

    I trust him. When he misses it only breaks my heart a little … KWS is not just a defunct British dance/pop band … it’s the Kovalev Wrist Shot, baby

  466. wd40 says:

    wow. they let him setup in his favorite spot. i hope they let him do it again.

  467. Joe Habsfan says:

    Price is our number one goalie

  468. the_vipah says:

    We are in big trouble.

  469. Rogie30 says:

    On Tuesday, somone posted we should trade Price after Huet saved the game for us. What I wouldnt give for a Brodeur, its amazing when you have that one goalie for years,everything else falls into place. Just like having a closer in baseball, if you have him, awesome, if you dont, you can go years with a bullpen by committee. Right mow, we are goalie by committee.


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