Did the Canadiens ever need that one!

And they got it.

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  1. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Yeah I love how people and the media warp “from” and “born” to their liking. So I can say Tyler Myers is FROM Texas and Stastny is a Quebec NATIVE. Why not, man, why not.

  2. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I’m kind of thinking its a lock. Epic collapses are always an issue you can never predict. But the teams chasing are just slightly more shitty and streaky than we are. Sabres, Thrashers, Leafs, DEVILS… just don’t  see it happening for any of them. No reason to.

  3. Habnofear says:

    And Alex Auld should netmind in Cold Lake Alberta……

  4. Habnofear says:

    For the Habs to make the play-offs it will take the resurgence of the GOMER…..we’re fk’ed!

  5. punkster says:

    Right on RM. You never fail me :)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  6. smiler2729 says:

    He’s not dense. I do believe the troll was being droll.

  7. OneTimer says:

    The title for today’s game is “we don’t mean to be alarmist, but…” with a picture of an hourglass. It’s getting uncomfortably tight for us, so no, nothing’s a lock yet. Are you dense? Or just trolling as per usual?

  8. Barts says:

    Sopel might have some gas in the tank??? He won the Cup last year and is a plus player on a minus team. Talk about ‘what have you done for me lately’…

  9. smiler2729 says:

    You are the expert on constant negativity.

  10. RetroMikey says:

    Won’t matter if Sopel comes in…he’s old and not the same player when he played in Vancouver.

    We obtained a short term rental player, a gamble again by Gauthier.

    Weber just too small too play on D and I cringe when I see him play on D.

    Face it, we got serious issues on this team and the cracks are starting to show.

    Too old on D and too short upfront is Gauthier’s recipe for disaster.

    We had a great playoff run last year. I will be surprised if we eke into the playoffs and have the same run as last season.

    Philly or Boston in the East folks, believe it.

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  11. avatar_58 says:

    Wait, isn’t Markov and Gorges nameplates still there? Last video I saw Markov still had a spot and we all know he’s done for the season, questionable for next.

    Does this mean they are getting rid of Spacek or something, or that there’s just no room?

  12. HardHabits says:

    1st bit of good news in a while. Hopefully Sissy retires.

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    I have a large laundry bag I could lend the Habs. Fill it with socks and put it in nets. No worse than American Airlines.

     

  14. shootdapuck says:

    New superstar callup goaltender in STL.

    Had a shutout last night!

     

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  15. HardHabits says:

    It’s all a futile excercise. Get to the playoffs. Make the fans have hope. Earn a few home stands extra pay checks. Get ousted in the 1st or if they’re lucky the 2nd round.

    Last season’s visit to the ECF was a fluke as much fun as it was being a Habs fan I’d be surprised to see this year’s edition go that deep again.

    Price is way better than Halak but Price has played too many games this season. He can’t carry this team the way Halak did last year.

    Auld should’ve gotten at least 1 start in every 6 games played this season.

  16. longtimehabsfan says:

    This team needs to get back to playing hockey the way they did at the beginning of the season.  But will they and how?  At least one third of the team is new: DD, MaxPac, Weber, Mara, Sopel, and Wiz did not begin the season with the Habs.  Their best d men are gone in Markov and Georges.  They’ve failed to gain two points in seven games against the Isles, Oilers and Leafs; lost twice each to the Thrashers, Devils and Sabres; and once to the Avs. That’s 14 games to currently non-playoff teams.

    Clearly, the Habs are not an elite team as they cannot win games they are expected to win, at least at some kind of regular basis.  Sure, they seem to get up for the league’s better clubs but so does everyone else, except the Senators.  And JM and PG are struggling in their roles as are a few of the star players.  The underachieving Gomez aside, the Habs have not gotten their moneys worth from Cammy and Markov [yes he’s injured but that’s a 6 million dollar gaping whole that’s been filled with mediocre signings]. Combined, that’s one third of payroll that has held back this team.  Of the high salaried players only Gionta, Pleks and Hammer have lived up to their salaries. 

    As for the Auld signing, PG blew it big time.  And JM has mismanaged it — a night off for Carey Price is simply not a sure thing.  So what we’re left with is a team that will go only as far as its goaltender and special teams [whose PK has been reeling of late] will take it.  That 3rd period against the Red Wings seems like several seasons ago.

    The 13-15 record is also deceiving considering the Habs began the season winning 6 of 8 outside the Bell Centre.  Overall, the Habs have been slightly less than a .500 team since their 18-8 start which does not give me much confidence for the stretch run.

    Still, there is only one team in the Eastern Conference that should be feared, maybe a second in Boston that appears to be improving as the season progresses.

    As it happens every season, one to two teams will emerge down the stretch that will be a force in the playoffs.  The Habs have the opportunity to be one of those teams but I just can’t see it with their current roster and with JM limiting the minutes of some of the hungrier younger players on the team.  To this end I say unleash them — let them go, let them play.  We need to find out what these players can do and what better time to see it than at crunch time.  Veterans need younger players as much as the latter need the experienced guys.  They need to feed off each other and the chemistry will come.  JM needs to loosen up a bit and stop coaching the team as if it’s a tired, old constipated geriatric. 

    There are some young, likeable talented young players on this team.  Let them play.

  17. smiler2729 says:

    Louis Jean says Price is sick, no word if he’ll play or not… Sopel in for Mara.

  18. SLYDER says:

    Clearly, the Habs are not an elite team as they cannot win games they are expected to win, at least at some kind of regular basis. 

    On the other side of this coin are some very timely and key victories against teams they had absolutely no business beating

    -Vancouver

    -Boston 

    -Washington

    -Pittsburgh

    -San Jose

    …And dont forget how super sexy it was to beat Washington and Pittsburgh in last year’s improbable playoff run. Time and time again this season and last, this team has stepped up when it matters.

    …And now it matters…again. Let’s just see what happens. Maybe Sopel and his enthusiasm for playing in montreal just might be the trick down the home stretch

  19. punkster says:

    Don’t fret, man. Things will look a bit better after a few wins. I don’t have illusions (or as one guy said last night “dilusions”) of this team going deep and as we agreed last fall on here (remember?) we’re a couple of years out from a real contender. I’m enjoying the ride so far. Frustrating and exciting, back and forth, good and bad. Chill and we’ll see how the next year or two pans out, hopefully the way we thought it would.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  20. 21BIGGionta says:

    Sopel should be in for Weber!! The kid has potential but i definetly wouldn’t feel confident if he was the last man back.

  21. billylove says:

    My heart wants to believe, but my head is telling me otherwise. Initially, the team found ways to overcome the loss of Markov and Gorges, but now it seems we are bailing water at a furious pace. The cracks are just too big. A loss tonight will further weaken team confidence which already seems fragile at best. This team has shown a lot of heart but heart alone isn’t enough to sustain for the long haul. My heart wants to believe another magical playoff run is possible, but that will be impossible if we don’t make the playoffs and a loss tonight will really hurt our chances! It is highly unlikely we will suddenly start a big winning streak on the road. We must get every point possible while playing at home. Don’t break my heart boys, it’s too soon! 

  22. showey47 says:

    What do you expect? The majority of the time of his call up he has either been paired with spacek or picard and was the better of the 2 in both cases. I would even say he has been better then hamrlik as of late. I also think weber is being showcased for a trade now that we have 4 right handed defencmen on the roster. Though i don’t like the idea unless its for a player that will help us in the long run,we only have 2 dmen under contract next year and the bad news is one of them is spacek.

  23. SLYDER says:

    so much doom and gloom

     

    come on, its a saturday night game at home…and its a big four pointer!

     

    get up for it!

  24. HardHabits says:

    I did my best to defend Gomez. He failed. He has these play-offs to prove me wrong, but another slow start to the season next year and I’d rather bury him in the minors.

    I also defended JM and the system but management keeps on doing the same little tweaks that do nothing more than squander draft picks.

    I’ll pull out my favourite BG quote: “We want an exciting team, a quick team, a fast team, a puck-moving, skating, attacking team, and to do that you need to put players in place who have those skills.”

    So then why make them play a stodgy defensive game? A game with is turning out to be a defenseive game.

    I am not pleased at all. The Habs need size and grit and also need to get rid of 3 of the following

    Gionta, Desharnais, Cammy, Gomez and Plex.

    I say keep Plex and Cammy. The other 3 just make the forward lines too small IMO. No way we win a cup with those tiny tots up front.

    So what’s the point. The Habs could be rebuilding proper but instead seem intent on building a team whose only goal is making the play-offs.

    I don’t like it. It’s the same pattern I’ve seen since Roy was traded.

    The day the Habs trade a player for a 1st round draft pick is the day management is completely replaced. I am tending to agree with those who say that BG and PG are old men in a young man’s game.

    Not when I see teams like Philly turn it around in 1 season. Not when I see teams like Tampa Bay turn it around in one season.

    The Habs need to tank. The sooner the better. Imagine having Stamkos and Hedman as young players. There’s only one way to do that.

    I am also beginning to doubt the Habs will even have a sniff of the Cup in the upcoming years based on what I’ve seen this season. The biggest glaring examples are all the injuries, injuries due to the system and to the infrequency of Auld’s starts.

    This team is spinning it’s wheels in the mud again.

  25. avatar_58 says:

    If Auld is playing I don’t even want to know the score. Jesus H…..can we get a decent backup please?

  26. smiler2729 says:

    No kidding!

    Saturday night, a home game, it’s snowing here, I’m getting a six of Export, SWEET!!

    I think this is only one of two or three more home dates on a Saturday night this season…

  27. Danno says:

    Auld in nets? DON’T PANIC! Ever notice how people react when they’re told not to panic?

     

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

  28. sidhu says:

    Claimed on waivers Saturday:
    Marco Sturm (LA) claimed by WSH
    Nick Boynton (CHI) claimed by PHI
    Craig Rivet (re-entry, BUF) claimed by CBJ

    Placed on waivers Saturday:
    Brett Carson (CAR)
    Jason Jaffray (ANA)
    D.J. King (WSH)
    Nathan Lawson (NYI)
    Rob Schremp (NYI)
    Pascal Leclaire (OTT)
    Ty Conklin (STL)
    Curtis McElhinney (TB)
    Tim Stapleton (ATL)

    Cleared waivers Saturday:
    Kris Newbury (NYR)
    Wade Belak (NSH)
    Todd Ford (WAS)
    Mike Commodore (re-entry, CBJ)

  29. SLYDER says:

    i cant wait to crack a beer an see the new guy lace up

     

    dont get so down on auld – remember what happened the last time everyone got down on price?

     

    go habbies!

  30. likehoy says:

    I think if Auld was able to play more games, he wouldn’t be as bad.

    when you throw a goalie out there cold turkey, it’s tough for them to get a groove in.

    – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button


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