Domination … again

And a comeback W.



  1. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Don’t worry bud, patience, you’re due.

  2. helluva habs fan says:

    I was wondering about that myself. Two slashes, one for each ankle… and he strolls around laughing about it afterwards. I guess they’re not reviewing it because there was no major penalty? I think they’d rather keep his name out of the papers all together, so sweep this one under the rug. How about the Letang hit he got a game misconduct for? I thought that was clean and totally the fault of Comeau who mishandled the puck and was looking down. Will he be disciplined?

  3. helluva habs fan says:

    The Canadiens have a great opportunity to get their season on the right track tonight. I’m hoping we see the Gomez line shake some of the early season jitters and start finding some chemistry out there. If they can start clicking along side the plucky Plekanec trio, less time will be spent fighting tooth and nail protecting one goal leads. 

    Price has been Steady Eddie out there, which is very encouraging. He’s kept all the games close and given his teammates a chance to win each and every night. It’s a good thing too, since the two wins to date have been squeakers. I’d like to see Jacques Martin keep using him and let him really establish a groove he can carry through the season.

    Although the Canadiens have had trouble getting puck in the net on the PP, at least they’ve had no trouble getting pucks on the net. In the absence of a quality QB like Markov, this is exactly what they need to keep doing. Keep shooting and those 2nd and 3rd chance opportunities will start going in.


  4. habber86 says:

    I like watching games at Pub101 (pretty good beer prices and nice projector and tv’s) in the market, and Hooleys on Elgin is a pretty good spot.

  5. notbigbird says:

    Is tonight the night?

    This is exactly what I keep asking my wife.

  6. Rob Maguire says:

    Where is a good place to watch the game in Ottawa?

  7. Philly-Poo says:

    Hiya folks!

    Well, its been a little while since I’ve posted here, I’ve been a little busy with school and mid-terms, and this isn’t even about tonight’s game… Anyways… I’m watching hockey highlights last night, and something that transpired in the Rangers VS. Leafs game REALLY caught MY attention, and, I’m also hoping it got the attention of those in charge of disciplinary actions in the NHL.  I will point out that I find it slightly disturbing that I’m about to defend a Maple Laugh, but, this must be said.  Sean Avery during the course of the game appearently wasn’t too happy with Komisarek, and at one point delivered one slash, followed by another slash on Komisarek’s legs.  The second slash sent the tree down, and Avery got a two minute penalty, and that was that, I didn’t hear any talk about further disciplinary action.  WTF, seriously?  As I recall, in preseason, Cammalleri did pretty much the same thing to that NYI rookie, AND got a one game suspension.  Shouldn’t Avery, who is most definitely a repeat offender get at LEAST one game?  If Avery doesn’t get suspended the NHL will once again prove their competancy, or there lack of, for dealing with issues in their own league… 

  8. Aybara says:

    Fully agree with you. Houghson just seems like a pretentious know it all.

  9. Jbird says:

    I stand by that Bob is way better than Jim Houghston.  He is horid.

  10. JD_ says:

    I don’t have all the answers, PK, just most.

  11. JD_ says:

    Leave off one year of term or $500K and Kovy’s agent has to “get back to him”.

    As easy as pie.

  12. Jbird says:

    I have given up my beer buzz, pregame anyways.  It being 3 PM on the west coast.  really miss the whole Night part about this. 

  13. showey47 says:

    lmao. If that was true then its going to be a lonely winter for all of us,lol.

  14. win4ce says:

    In his defence he did coach Florida who barely qualified to play in the NHL

  15. scrowe21 says:

    ^ Pretty much exactly what I was going to say..Maxpac can be the power forward we need in a year or two. I think Gainey was also talking about Weber and Carle. 


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke


  16. geo_habsgo says:

    Lol you’re probably right but its that 18.24% that worries me. Kovy is the Enigma after all.

  17. Bryan says:

    I think MaxPac will make it as a Hab.

    Deharnais and Maxwell don’t fit in the team’s plans right now.  We’re too deep at centre.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  18. geo_habsgo says:

    That’s interesting. I can see us getting rid of a lot of them before they crack the Habs roster. We seem to have given up on some. Maxwell will probably be an NHLer but i doubt it will be in a Habs uniform. Same for Max Pac it just seems like we don’t have the space or the patience for them anymore. It is a little disheartening but what can you do?

  19. habs001 says:

    it may be unfair but ak46 and pouliot playing well like moen,boyd,halpern,lapps, or pyatt but  producing like them will not be enough…we have players in the ahl who can hit,check and grind and not score…we cannot have 8 forwards who have limited scoring touch on the team plus gomez who may score 15 goals…ak46 and pouliots job description is not to play and produce like bottom 6 forwards…

  20. Ayan_SB says:

    “Didn’t specifically name  them, and also noted that they wouldn’t necessarily be playing for the Habs.”

    David Desharnais for example?

  21. geo_habsgo says:

    Great. Amateur hour.


    I’m joking cool info!

  22. yathehabsrule says:

    Bob Gainey was on during the second intermission of the Bulldogs games. He noted there are 6 or 7 players on the current roster that will be in the NHL within a year or two. Didn’t specifically name  them, and also noted that they wouldn’t necessarily be playing for the Habs.


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  23. nightmare_49 says:


       The refs for tonight’s game are the Montreal duo of Dave Jackson and Marc Joannette. Jackson is coming back from a serious injury last season and is from the West Island while Joannette is from Verdun.

  24. yathehabsrule says:

    Weber from Pacioretty

    Here’s the gamepage.


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  25. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Beer Buzz ahoy!

    AT 6:05

    For some reason… and desperately unlike Buffalo – I love watching Habs/Sens hockey. 

    Awnyhoo. Hello Commentariat.

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  26. Da Hema says:

    My advice would be to stay with him, but don’t hit him or anything like that. The probability is 81.76% that he will sleep through the game.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  27. geo_habsgo says:

    I always have this irrational fear whenever we play against a team with a former Hab on it that they will know exactly how to score on Price and make us pay. Hence, our game against Kovy and company is really scaring me right now even though Kovy has been the epitome of crap his first few games.

  28. Da Hema says:

    I think your speculation has merit. Gainey is experienced in bargaining, so he no doubt would have known Kovalev’s agent would not accept the first offer–no matter the substance of the offer. I was surprised Gainey made any offer, but you are right there was a loud contingent of fans who thought Kovalev was some superstar rather than an aging, egoistic pouter whose very presence in a locker room, like a wet-vac, sucked whatever team enthusiasm existed right into a dark vortex.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  29. Bob Barker says:

    I doubt he would have offered Kovalev a 5-million dollar contract if he didn’t want him to sign it. What would Gainey say if he had signed it? “Damnit! Called my bluff”

    He just wasn’t willing to wait while other free-agents got signed. 

  30. yathehabsrule says:

    Then Kadri gets his first pro goal on a crappy bounce. Leaf fans will be told he skated past three players to score.


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  31. Da Hema says:

    Welcome! As the old saying goes: it takes a thousand voices to tell a single story…or some crap like that.



    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  32. Chuck says:

    Forgot to post this last night, but a great song selection by the Buffalo
    production staff to serenade the Sabre faithful out of the arena after
    the Sabres collected 1 out of a possible 8 points in their first four
    games: “Up” by Shania Twain.

    It’s ’bout as bad as it could be
    Seems everybody’s buggin’ me
    Like nothing wants to go my way 

    Yeah, it just ain’t been my day
    Nothin’s comin’ easily…

    There’s no way but up from here

  33. Bill says:

    Yes it is. I live in Moncton, actually, just drove here for the show.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  34. scrowe21 says:

    Maxwell is rackin up some points in his first 2 games in Hamilton..

    Robert Mayer scored on his own net. lol


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  35. tbovs says:

    Mr. Carrie Underwood



  36. tbovs says:

    I play like ol’ muffin head Erik Lindros…head down lumbering through everyonel…must be why I’m not playin in the NHL and why I can’t remember my name….sometimes….OR….I just suck….sometimes.




  37. HFX-HabFan says:

    Boone is quite right, Fisher always gives us a hard time and is a thorn in our side.

  38. yathehabsrule says:

    Joe Benoit had 144 points in 185 games, He left the Habs for two seasons to serve in WWII.

    When he came back, his linemates Toe Blake and Elmer Lach had a new guy on the right wing…



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  39. HFX-HabFan says:

    Welcome aboard, and as others would say, keep your head up.

  40. HFX-HabFan says:

    Maybe it’s a like a Claude Julien against Montreal thing: too many fond memories of your former employer to have that “killer instinct” to get the job done.

  41. tbovs says:

    My first post after 3 years of watching and reading and i decided to actually formulate an opinion and put a virtual signature to it.   The senators are playing like TBay right now with a hefty forecheck and grinding line that can score(mr Carrie Underwood).  They are going to have to play tight and Price will have to be on his toes(or knees or whatever he uses to make the save).  Price should start (barring injury or mental lapses) the first ten games in a row to give them and him some confidence and a decent record to start with.  Then you can go to Auld for a break for back to back games or so.  Lets hope they do that so Pricey can get his game grooved.




  42. HFX-HabFan says:

    Didn’t realize you’re in Halifax.  Rainy day here today.

  43. Chuck says:

    He sounds like he went to the Rick Jeanneret School of Hockey Announcing… and failed.

  44. Les-Habitants says:

    So AK46 is already a top 100 most productive Canadien ever?  Not bad…especially, if he continues at this pace.  Gotta say, getting Sergei out of town was a great move on our part (assuming he was an aspect in distracting his brother..and not even mentioning Boyd).


    Looking forward to this game…another big one against a tight divisional rival.  Would be very satisfying to knock em down

  45. scrowe21 says:

    Jacques Martin against Ottawa

    4-13-1. Cory Clouston against the Canadiens: 7-2


    Thats brutal..


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  46. scrowe21 says:

    Who got the second goal & assists ? I missed it. I find the play by play guy is really good, aside from the dumb line at the first.


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  47. Bill says:

    A reporter from La Presse claims Vincent Lecavalier was there.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  48. Bill says:

    Yeah, I’m pulling for Price to have another great home game AND get the win, he deserves it. Loving his start, he just looks confident this year.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  49. Bill says:

    Ha, no, professional. Neptune Theatre in Halifax. I’m looking forward to it – I’m a Shakespeare guy – but my previous live experiences have been the Royal Shakespeare Company and Rupert Goold, so I’m trying to keep my expectations reasonable. Just like I try to do with JM’s offensive strategy (that was a joke).

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  50. yathehabsrule says:

    You sure know when the Dogs score though! LOL


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  51. Willy the bum says:

    Ha ha!

  52. Willy the bum says:

    My hope goes out to Price, may he bring his win on home ice and shut those Leafs fans and its tidbit gif.  Yeah, I said “its”.

  53. Bill says:

    No lie, I was at a show in NYC last spring, checking HIO between scenes, and accidentally swore loudly when the Capitals scored. People were mad, but c’mon, it was the playoffs!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  54. punkster says:

    Will this be a professional performance or a painful high school “must attend”?

  55. HFX-HabFan says:

    My favourite part of last night’s win was in the dying seconds: Ruff sent out his goons, and Gaustad, who has 9 inches and 55 pounds on Gionta, went after our captain.  Hal Gill came to his captain’s defense and tied up the big lug.  What a teammate.

    These guys play for each other.  That will go a long way.

  56. Willy the bum says:

    I just hope that the actress who plays Juliet would say, “Oh Romeo, where are thou?”, and you scream out, “YEAH, HABS SCORED!!!” as you looked on your phone.

  57. yathehabsrule says:


    Stubbs also mentioned on Twitter, that Doug Harvey made his debut on this day in 1947.


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  58. punkster says:

    OK, that solves that one (wipes hands).

    Now, was there more than one shooter in Dealey Plaza?

  59. Bill says:

    Going to a production of Romeo & Juliet, so missing the game. I’ll follow the game on HIO from my phone, so if everyone would be as descriptive as possible with their posts, that would be great, thanks :) If Martin is the coach Boone says he is, I’ll be expecting to hear about another solid defensive effort.

  60. JD_ says:

    Thought a lot about this one, back in the day.

    Gainey wanted to sign Komisarek. That much is clear.

    Don’t think, however, Gainey wanted Kovy. He was goin’ to rebuild the team and couldn’t have this hugely talented, albeit chronic underachiever in the room. At the same time, Bob had to be careful how it played out with the public.

    Unlike Komisarek’s deal – which was open for around a week, if I recall – the offer to Kovy came off the table almost as fast as it hit it; i.e., the moment Kovalev’s agent hesitated, possibly just to confer with Kovy on term and/or salary, Gainey pulled the offer. Very, very shortly after that, the Gionta deal was announced.

    Why would Gainey do that? Cause Kovy was immensely popular in Montreal – recall the marchers with their placards – and Gainey did not want to be seen as havin’ gotten rid of him.

    So, history has us believin’ Gainey tried, but Kovy went elsewhere on his own accord. I am almost 99% certain, this was not the outcome Alex anticipated. Look back at how bewildered he was, after the fact. Think he might have been overseas when this happened.

    Yeah, I’m theorizin’, but the circumstances and timin’ surroundin’ what went down back up the overall shrewdness of Gainey’s move.

    Machiavelli would have been proud.

  61. Chuck says:

    There’s a reason why he’s broadcasting AHL games. Or maybe they’re grooming him to take over from Bob Cole.

  62. mdl says:

    HNIC National Game tonight: Does this mean we will be spared having to listen Bob ‘Maple Leaf’ Cole?

  63. yathehabsrule says:

    According to RDS’ Renaud Lavioe, Kovalev says his knee is still not 100%, and his challenge is having to play with it.


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  64. notbigbird says:

    I’m trying to plan my evening. At what time is the server scheduled to go down?

  65. notbigbird says:

    What if both Kovy and Komo had taken the money? Thankfully, they were greedy.

  66. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah Avstin got banged up by a Rochester player, who then felt the wrath of Alex Henry.

    Sanford took a puck to the throat during the Friday skate, so he’s missing his start.

    Bulldogs play-by-play guy on Marlies goalie: “He’s 0-1-0, with no shutouts” Ya think!


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  67. scrowe21 says:

    Listening to the Bulldogs game on the radio…is there ever any streams for their games? Avtsin and Palushaj BOTH out with injuries already.. bummer


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  68. Chuck says:

    I labeled myself as being from Montreal so that I could take the survey… then messed with all of the answers to teach them a lesson.  :)

  69. MikeMcLaren says:

    Ladies and gentlemen!

    In your red corner, weighing in at 175lbs of pure heart, everyone’s favorite big little man, oh captain, my captain: Brian Gionta!

    In your… other red corner, weighing in at 225lbs of pure talent, everyone’s favorite enigma, Alex Kovalev!

    Very psyched to see this bout in person tonight.  I’m sure Alex will go for some razzle dazzle in front of his favorite crowd – one that may well boo him.  And of course, my hope here is that Gio’s scrappy work ethic gets it done tonight.  It would be nice for the captain to help secure a home win for his goaltender and remind everyone that sometimes opportunity knocks in funny ways.

    Oh what could have been, huh?  Still an interesting game of “what if’s”.  What if Kovy took the money?  What sort of adventure would we see with Kovalev on Gomez’s wing?

    So far, I think most would agree that the club is probably a fair amount better off without Kovalev and Komisarek.


  70. MikeMcLaren says:

    Same thing happened for me just now when I selected “Outside of Canada.”

    I guess they *don’t* want to hear from me after all!


  71. Keith says:

    Ya know, I could really care less what some laffs blog like Pension Plan Puppets thinks of Carey Price and the Canadiens (and no I didn’t read the article because I really don’t care)and the last time Price won at the Bell Centre. As someone wrote below, they should count the last time they made the playoffs, or the last time they won the cup. Now THATS alot of days we’re talking about.

  72. yathehabsrule says:

    It did that yesterday too.

    “Oh you’re from Ontario? Never mind!” LOL



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  73. MikeMcLaren says:

    Well the next time I’m in Ottawa I know where I’m going to try and get a discount!


  74. 1010 says:

    Terrible call on the Letang hit. Totally feel Comeau’s at fault on the play. And it’s a disturbing call to say the least. Refs will be making these calls to get the message out and it will definately be costing teams games. Trying to end head shots in hockey is going to lead to a lot of problems

    I heard the genious Bob McGowan say that if they can do it in football then they shouldn’t have any problem in hockey. Well, he’s wrong. It’s a much faster game and a lot of these calls are gonna get screwed up. Everybody wants head hits out of the game-of course- but the cost will be high.

    The refs make a lot of costly mistakes as it is and those numbers are about to go a lot higher. And it will be the Laps type of player who will never get the benefit of the doubt on these hits. Even if the ref suspects the hit may have been a little high these guys will get called.

    GO HABS…

  75. yukonhab says:

    I would recommend McLaren’s on Elgin. Big TVs and Good beer, plus not alot of noise

  76. Shiloh says:

    That’s less than we’re paying Gomer – thanks again, Bob.

  77. Harani says:

    Joe Thornton’s new extension: 21 million$/3 years. Too much? Discuss.

    “It must be love!”

  78. Bryan says:

    He’s one of the top producing centres in the game right now.  Playoff performance aside, he’s worth every penny.

    A team like Columbus or the Leafs would have definitely offered him north of $7.5 million if he hit the market.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he shows up in the playoffs? Excellent deal considering his playmaking talent. If he’s a no-show again than SJ was probably better off trying to land Brad Richards in the next UFA period.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  80. Wops says:

    A good answer would be

    Gomez 7.4

    Redden 6.5

    Thornton 7



  81. Shiloh says:

    Ottawa goal was not Price’s fault – he got a piece of the first shot. I think we’ll have a good 2nd period.

  82. habs youngtimer says:

    game isn’t over. TB will come back and win it.

  83. 1010 says:

    Hope nobody missed that excellant segment of coaches corner. Two ‘other’ Canadian teams are playing hockey and Don talks about the leafs, his love of staged fights, and a soldier’s getting engaged.

    Really good stuff. Too bad his chat gets interfered with by those other Canadian teams playing hockey.

    GO HABS… 

  84. MathMan says:

    Boucher isn’t God. He’s still better than Martin though. But his goalies are worse. ;)

    Seriously, it’s hockey. It’s a percentage game, and sometimes the goalie sucks.

  85. habs youngtimer says:

    check back with the final score.

  86. showey47 says:

    I agree about the hits but faceoffs are a very important part because winning draws leads to more puck possession since winning the draws gives you the puck. But then again its up to the guys to know what to do with it. Which is probably the bigger issue. But anyway,faceoffs are huge,especially at either end of the ice.

  87. habs youngtimer says:

    a good team? LOL


  88. habs youngtimer says:

    I guess Boone and all the journalists on this site are wrong.

  89. Castor says:

    Yeah there’s a lot of negativity tonight. Shots were 11-8 and we owned the first half and they came back in the second half (coincidentally when I turned it to CBC…back to RDS)


    Plus we’re leading in hits and fo wins.

  90. Wayne says:

    Sure, but it’s no secret that it IS one of his weaknesses. The good news? So far he’s on track to correct and compensate for it.

  91. SlovakHab says:


    So true! 

    When will it stop?

  92. Norm0770 says:

    Kostitsyn has expended more energy, and displayed more desire in this game than he did all of last season.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    That entire bad sequence that nearly scored on us? Darche couldn’t get going when he got the puck, Pyatt would’ve been off to the races and creating something offensively.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  94. zozotheclown says:

    That little offensive zone dive is a good example of how much more he’s trying

  95. TorontoHabsFan says: has the shots as 11-7 (8 with that last Gomez shot before the break). Just sayin’.

  96. topher5468 says:

    agreed, he looks motivated and playing physical

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

  97. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s true, the guy is totally flying out there tonight.  Hope he keeps it up, we need him playing like this!

  98. JIMVINNY says:

    Hamrlik just about put two pucks past Price there.

  99. P St. Pierre says:

    Spacek is scaring everyone on here I think. Its only the first period and he’s making me pull my hair out.

  100. Norm0770 says:

    He’s actually back-checking too.

  101. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, saw that too. Darche couldn’t take it deep. Just dump the puck man!

  102. Shiloh says:

    We’ve had two good chances – one goal and a crossbar. That’s it.

  103. Keith says:

    Man, Gorges is just so clutch.

  104. Wayne says:

    No more pre-game meal second helpings for Spacek ’cause he tends to nap during the game.

  105. SlovakHab says:

    “Corey” Price?

    did I hear it right?

  106. ooder says:

    it appears that when we traded Sergei, we not only got Boyd but we also got Andrei back


    88 is the new 23

  107. showey47 says:

    and to think he was seen drinking a redbull in the dressroom,or maybe it was nyquil

  108. habs youngtimer says:

    habs are being outshot, as usual.

    and why do the habs play so poorly at home?

    they’re always dominated at home, and tonight is no exception.

    Ottawa is clearly the better team.

    going to be a  loooooooooooong season folks!

  109. quentin_stuckley says:

    kinda scratching my head at the darche for pyatt move.  i guess darche’s fresh pair of legs over pyatt’s speed.  not that pyatt would make a difference.  seems to me the entire third line was caught napping on the rush that resulted in the sens goal.  

  110. mdl says:

    Gorges is amazing.  Class act!

  111. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, I’m off to the bath to slit my wrists. 

  112. punkster says:

    Do you think Cherry will play this video of his pronouncement when the season ends?

  113. mdl says:

    Unnecessary negativity!  This is a good team that cares about winning and will improve all season.

  114. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey guess what, Florida is beating down Tampa Bay 4-0 right now.

    I guess Boucher isn’t God, who knew?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  115. tony d says:

    missed the 1st 10 minutes but didn’t like what I saw since. Carey’s not getting much help out there. Hope they get their shiatsu together for the 2nd.

  116. SlovakHab says:

    Screw Cherry and his drooling over the sucky leafs. What a puke!

  117. punkster says:

    This is exactly why Cherry must be removed. Staged fights? Get with the times Don.

  118. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Dan Ellis has looked horrible ever since he’s been playing with TB.

    Or maybe their D is that horrendous. 

  119. JIMVINNY says:

    Good riddance… ;)

  120. HFX-HabFan says:

    Dan Ellis was yanked fifteen minutes in.

  121. TripleX says:



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  122. Chuck says:

    Does this mean that Florida is going to kick our ass?   :)

  123. SeriousFan09 says:

    I really thought that new programming director they brought in might try and change things a bit. Than again, can’t control Dan Chorra, can only really work around the rest of the content.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  124. MathMan says:


    14-7 for the Canadiens. Hits are 10-6. Why aren’t they leading?”



    Because hits have largely no bearing on who wins, and faceoffs has pretty low correlation. What’s most important is puck possession, and it’s an area the Habs have sucked out loud for awhile.




  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    Their D is bad and Ellis has a lot of problems.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  126. topher5468 says:

    Cherry likes to see 2 guys going at it, I think he should keep his personal preferences to himself

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

  127. Wayne says:

    LOL – What I find puzzling, is that he has enough experience in this league NOT to panic but to take his time to look around first before making a decision.

  128. solomio says:

    Mr. Boone that goal on Carry was totally a freak. Nothing to do wqith CP’s glove hand. Hit the post/crossbar came out the other side and dropped right at the feet of Mikhalek ( sp ). No fault to any Hab imo.
    We’re playing pretty well but need a couple of insurance goals in the second before the wind drops out of our sails in the third

  129. ross says:

    Outshot 11-11, and outscored too, 1-1!! I agree: completely brutal, one-sided game.

  130. TripleX says:

    When the starting goalie lets in 3 goals in 15 shots kinda hard to blame the coach.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  131. punkster says:

    What was that Zappa tune? “I figure the odds be 50-50. I just might have something to say”

  132. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now we’re facing a complete rookie and Elliott’s out?

    No excuses at ALL.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  133. HFX-HabFan says:

    Knowing our luck, this kid will play out of his head.

  134. Propwash says:

    Elliot pulled????


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  135. JIMVINNY says:

    Damn. I was hoping the first shot would be a good one, not a slow trickler.

  136. quentin_stuckley says:

    shoot boys, shooT!!

  137. punkster says:

    Na…forget it.

  138. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche makes his line ineffective, that’s all I have to say. They get hemmed in every shift, like watching last season with Stewart or Laraque on the 4th.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  139. t1tan5 says:

    Here comes Elliot. Apparently had tacos for lunch.

  140. TripleX says:

    Imagine how Ryan White feels if he happens to be watching this dog taking his rightful spot.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  141. phillyhab says:

    AK: 98th all-time!

  142. SUMO says:

    Gotta love AK46 in a contract year!

  143. habs youngtimer says:

    how come habs shots are never on the net.

    they missed 3 open net goals. shame there’s so little talent offensively.

    habs need to go to school , for shooting 101.

  144. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Can’t deny, all Hab fans are bi-polar (isn’t this someone’s signature?), including me.

  145. scrowe21 says:

    What happened with Gomez and JM?


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  146. HFX-HabFan says:


    Rollie the Goalie is doing his thing for your fantasy team so far tonight.

  147. Yeats says:

    I really hope JM doesn’t try to sit on the tie!

  148. scrowe21 says:

    Pleks shot went off Elliots mask, Hammer hit the post.. theyre close.. Spacek is brutal though


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  149. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bout time I had some goaltending go my way, Hiller killed me this week.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  150. Propwash says:

    JM threw him on a line he didnt want to be on after his penalty


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  151. Bryan says:



    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  152. twocents says:

    Boucher’s coaching up a doozy tonight. ;o)

  153. JIMVINNY says:

    Looks to me like the ten minutes with no shots really got Price off his focus. The best thing about this young season is that he appears to have worked hard to be able to regain that focus when something bad happens, and not fold like he used to.

  154. Chuck says:

    I put the odds at about 50-50.

  155. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boone: Plan on asking JM what’s with Eller’s TOI getting hacked away every game? It’s not like Darche has been a revelation out there and Eller’s made some good plays.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  156. saskhabfan says:

    You are quite possibly the most useless troll ever. If you want to change your user name on a weekly basis to troll and not be found out you might want to invest in a PHP or a data base driven ASP.

  157. scrowe21 says:

    Eller ToI

    4:21, seven shifts. No one on either team lower


    Like I said before the season started…He should be in Hamilton right now playing first line minutes, Ryan White should be with the big club.


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  158. Yeats says:

    He should coach the US soccer team!

  159. Norm0770 says:

    Eller need ice time.  Martin has to manage his young players better.

  160. TripleX says:

    T. Conklin has a 2-0 lead for St. Louis over Dallas after one period.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  161. mdl says:

    Eller ToI

    4:21, seven shifts. No one on either team lower



    What the hell!  The kid has all the skills. He plays hard.  Smart for a rookie.  Martin just has no patience with rookies.  He has to change or this team can never get better.  With the cap being what it is and the big contracts already on the books the only room for improvement is the young guys whose confidence Martin consistently kills.


  162. TripleX says:

    Not in his makeup.  JM prefers veterans over youth and grinders over skill.  Can’t see that changing.

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  163. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BRYAN! I was thing…What was his name..Bobby? Bernard?

    Sorry bro ;)

  164. win4ce says:

    Elliott out?

  165. punkster says:

    I think JM knows a bit more about handling young 20ish year old pro hockey players than anyone here. And your inference that he is not smart is baseless.

    You’ve been chasing this one all night man, give it up.

  166. TripleX says:

    Grasping at straws?  I correctly stated Eller was benched as punishment because he happened to be on the ice for two goals against.  JM confirmed it in his own words.  He was benched not to learn but as punishment.

    Now your buddy TorontoHabsFan WAS grabbing for straws.  His suggestion that good old JM was benching Eller because he was injured was laughable.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  167. punkster says:

    You’re incorrigible.

  168. TorontoHabsFan says:

    You really gotta learn to accept when you’ve lost an argument, shake it off and come back another day.

    The great majority of Martin’s career has been in the 1990s and 2000s, not the 70s. There is nothing outdated about his coaching style – if you want to say he’s boring, then fine – he is, no argument. But to try and argue that a man who averages the 2nd most wins per season in NHL history (amongst the current top 15 winningest coaches) isn’t smart is just foolish and frankly, shows your age.

  169. TripleX says:

    I believe JM is past his before date, you disagree.  That is your prerogative as it is mine to have a different opinion.  Live with it.  I don’t have to give up anything in a free forum.

    I did not say JM was not smart, I am suggesting he is too stuck in his ways to adapt to modern players.  There is plenty of evidence to suggest the man is stubborn.

    Just because he is the coach of the Montreal Canadiens in no way makes him an expert on young people.  


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  170. punkster says:


  171. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I said he might be injured, not that he *was* injured.

    Odd, I wonder why you neglected to share Stubbs’ next tweet:

    “Martin: A new game on Thursday, I like dimension Eller brings”


    Doesn’t sound like a player in the doghouse of a curmudgeonly old coach now does it?

  172. Rainrocket16 says:

    No injuries against Ottawa is always a plus. I like Halpern’s style, he like to be involved in every play and can get gritty. A very great win for the Boys.

  173. t1tan5 says:

    Cam is being a bit of a hog out there. Gotta pick better times to shoot.

  174. Keith says:

    Our pp sucks.

  175. t1tan5 says:

    Make up call on the way, boys.

  176. Shiloh says:

    Gomer should not be the 1st line centre on the power play.

  177. FormalWare says:

    How poetic! +1

  178. Bryan says:




    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  179. Harditya_CareyPrice says:





  180. Chuck Chuck Goose says:


  181. punkster says:


  182. zozotheclown says:

    Plecks and AK, what a night for both

  183. SlovakHab says:


  184. HFX-HabFan says:

    PLEKS!!  Sign him, Bob!

  185. Yeats says:

    That’s the ticket! Full Breezer!!!

  186. Hockey Socks says:


  187. Da Hema says:

    Screw you Ottawa!


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  188. t1tan5 says:

    See what happens when you skate, AK? What hussle.

  189. HFX-HabFan says:

    Stupid flashbacks.

  190. HFX-HabFan says:

    (in honour of Chorske)

  191. TripleX says:

    Jim Hughson just called Pleks our No.1 center!  YESSSSSSS!


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  192. Shiloh says:

    Tomas Jagr and AK46 – what a pair!!

  193. Jbird says:

    PP? Who needs a stinkin PP.  (well it would be nice) Pleks!

  194. Norm0770 says:

    To Quote Boone: “Worth every penny”

  195. Keith says:

    WOW!!! What a goal!!! Pleky!!!

  196. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Plecky’s a stud!!!

  197. MathMan says:

    He has been since last year, but it’s more 1A-1B, with Pleks being a clear A though.

  198. Bryan says:

    C’mon Carey, hold the fort!


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  199. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Nice work again by AK.

  200. Mrs.Price31 says:

    I think everyone knows who Tomas Jagr is now. PLECKY ATW!!!

    “So why call her bad? From her, Kings are born”

  201. Rudy says:

    Who is wearing #46??????

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  202. phillyhab says:

    The sun sets on one AK and rises on another.  Helluva game for Pleks and Kostitsyn!

  203. Shiloh says:

    Has Hamrlik been out in the past 15 minutes or so? Is he hurt?

  204. SeriousFan09 says:

    The second Cammy hits his streak, Pleks-AK-Cammy is going to terrorize the NHL like crazy.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  205. Propwash says:

    Kay….. I thought maybe… just MAYYYBE I’d take Kovy back at a reduced price….then figured….naaaaah….


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  206. mdl says:

    Amen.  Been one of the best Habs this year.

  207. RGM says:

    Alright, less than 2 minutes to go. Odds on a penalty?

    Go Habs Go!

  208. SlovakHab says:

    FLA – TB 6:0

  209. RGM says:

    Alright, less than 2 minutes to go. Odds on a penalty?

    Go Habs Go!

  210. Puck Bard says:

    Sportin’ wood.

  211. JIMVINNY says:

    That line is much better with Pouliot. Glad to see JM put him back where he should be.

  212. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Love to see Cammy get the empty netter here

  213. Shiloh says:

    First star should be AK46 – as long as we hang on.

  214. RGM says:

    Character victory tonight. Way to go boys!

    Go Habs Go!

  215. SlovakHab says:



  216. zozotheclown says:

    Carey won 2 for us, we won 1 for him, woooo!

  217. Keith says:

    BIG WIN FOR PRICEY!!! So happy for him tonight! Time for another beer!!!

  218. phillyhab says:

    [double post]

  219. Larry says:

    3-1-1 with a 1 for 16 powerplay and no Markov. The PP will pick up, Markov will return. Looking good folks. I like this team.


  220. t1tan5 says:

    A Fuhr-esque performance by Price. Mediocre stats, but he made the saves that kept us in the game.

  221. phillyhab says:

    Anyone remember the last time Habs won back to back nights?

  222. Propwash says:

    Lovin the Subban/Price slap


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  223. Bryan says:

    How does Cammalleri get a star?


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  224. TripleX says:

    WTF?  No AK as a star?  Cammy?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  225. Jbird says:

    JM’s record VS Ott; price: high glove side (which goalie doesn’t alow goals there); AK is asleep . . . Blah F**&GN Blah.  3-1-1.  Can they catch Toronto???  lol

  226. phillyhab says:

    AK!  what a rockstar.

  227. punkster says:

    Yep, that JM. Can’t coach his way out of a paper bag. And he doesn’t know how to handle the kids. Yep.

  228. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs picked it up and covered up for Price after he had some trouble tonight, that’s huge. The team has to have confidence he can bounce back and he has to believe they’ll get him out of trouble when it happens.

    That was a great step as a team.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  229. zamboni says:

    How does AK46 is not even a star?

    Fans …

  230. Shiloh says:

    And AK doesn’t even pick up one of the stars – unreal.

  231. mdl says:

    This team seems to really like each other.  Goes back to the playoff run last year.  Everyone giving their all for everyone else.  Fun to watch!

  232. phillyhab says:

    1 star:AK

    2 star:Plek

    3:Milan Milachek

  233. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Great overall effort.  These guy’s are playing like a team,  and are hanging in games every night.  So nice to see.  Price has been a rock so far this season and we have found ways to win.  Hopefully they keep this up all season long.

  234. SlovakHab says:

    My 3 stars:

    1. Plekanec 2. Kostitsyn 3. Michalek

    (3. Cammalleri, if only Habs)

    What are yours?

  235. HFX-HabFan says:

    He didn’t at the Bell Centre.

    The CBC was oblivious and picked their own stars, completely ignoring AK46, who was the actual first star (and should have been).

  236. Jbird says:

    Aren’t we, the fans, voting for that these days.  Gunna have some issues.

  237. christophor says:

    just look it up in an hour on

    Never the same stars.’s usually make more sense.

    edit: forgot the fan choice thingy. does that stick for the picks?

  238. JasonM says:

    AK was first star.


    Gave out free pucks.

  239. TOEmastro says:

    Well done boys! Everyone together now…Olé, olé, olé oleé

  240. Norm0770 says:

    Great win.  Habs dominated for long stretches of the game, albeit without scoring, and got a Huge Ape offof Price’s back.  He’ll be a little more relaxed now and the Leafs blog can stop counting the days…

  241. MathMan says:

    Bizarro World: the Habs dominated possession, laid 40 shots on the opponent, outshoot the other guys 2-1 and won without needing their goalie to stand on his head.

    I’m stunned. But this is exactly what I’ve clamored for since time immemorial, so I am extremely pleased.

    Habs, hear me: MORE OF THIS IN THE FUTURE PLEASE. Price won’t give 3 goals on 19 shots very often.

  242. HardHabits says:

    You’re one sick puppy.

  243. doogmac says:

    cbc had different stars than the ones the fans voted for. ak46 was number one au centre bell

  244. Da Hema says:

    Cammalleri had a very good game; so did Kostitsyn. Kostitsyn produced, whereas Cammalleri did not. I would have selected Kostitsyn.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  245. solomio says:

    Where you guys getting the stars from. They just announced Kots 1 Pleks 2 and an Sens player

  246. JasonM says:

    Yeah, I really don’t like the fact fans can vote for stars, most of the people can’t even get good data plans for their phones, much less be able to properly vote for those who deserve the aftergame nods.

  247. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CBC didn’t pick AK46 as one of the stars.

  248. Rainrocket16 says:

    I like this energy!! PK is a little too hyper but I dont care. Gio is the man! I am glad to see AK and Pleks playing well together as well. This is a great comback victory that Carey Price will not soon forget. Huge win boys!!

  249. Propwash says:

    I just saw that hockey musical commercial, and the only thing I can say is…..huh?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  250. coachdoug says:

    Solid win…I hope AK46 continues this kind of play…Plek keeps earning the big dough…

    Tell PPP they can stop there stupid Price countdown…Leafs will resume their usual play soon…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  251. TheMock780 says:

    Two observations after tonight:

    -The team is finally starting to play for Price (first time they’ve ever come back for him)

    -This is the best Kostitsyn has ever played in his career. Another level even above where he was with Pleks and Kovy a couple of years ago.

  252. HFX-HabFan says:

    He was first star at the Bell.

    The CBC picks their own stars and they were clueless as usual.

  253. TripleX says:

    Yes another virtuoso performance by JM.  Would never have won the game without his brilliant strategy.  I thank the Lord we have him behind the bench.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  254. HardHabits says:

    So what is that now every game so far decided by 1 goal?

  255. mdl says:

    Cherry just showed 3 perfect breakouts by the Habs. One thing in common?  Eller made the right play each time!  Where was he the rest of the game?

  256. avatar_58 says:

    If the leafs want to count something – count how many days since they’ve even played a single playoff game.

  257. punkster says:

    Now that’s funny and soooo true.

  258. topher5468 says:

    Cherry calls him Platanic, 

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

  259. 1010 says:

    Quality win for les boys tonight! Their third game in four nights. Carey lets in a…deflating?, goal to put Ottawa up by two (not a shot at Carey guys, just an observation). The  powerplay continues to draw blanks. But they scratch out a victory anyway. Impressive.

    Really think AK has been overlooked in the 3 star department the last couple of nights. He’s really got it going.

    GO HABS…

  260. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Man the CBC loves Cammy.

  261. Rudy says:

    Wish I had seen that. Good on ya AK46.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  262. coachdoug says:

    I agree..we all know how well that works for the All Star game…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  263. yathehabsrule says:

    It’s just under 16,000


    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  264. ross says:

    Sounded like ‘Plekanik’ to me.

  265. punkster says:


  266. Fansincebirth says:

    Dare we ask “How many days since the Laffs won the Cup?”

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  267. TripleX says:

    Ask TorontoHabsFan  he believes JM had valid reasons, such as a huge injury to Eller’s confidence.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  268. punkster says:

    We’ll see how this goes in the coming weeks. I’ll bet it gets canned before Xmas.

  269. Da Hema says:

    Can you imagine if he had signed with Toronto? The Toronto media made Sundin out to be Gordie Howe.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  270. topher5468 says:

    I guess its better than Plutonic

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

  271. Chuck says:

    Maybe he meant “platonic”.

  272. scrowe21 says:

    Great win, AK was a monster. 

    If Eller is only going to be playing 4 minutes each game right now, SEND HIM TO HAMILTON. He needs to play.


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  273. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn, living up to 10th overall finally.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  274. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Alfie, Spezza, Havlat, Hossa, Vermette, Chara, Redden, Phillips, Volchenkov, Bonk, Yashin, Weiss, Booth, Horton, Bouwmeester, Ballard…nope, Martin doesn’t know nuttin’ about playing young talent.


  275. Kaptain K says:

    Stars (habs only):

    1. AK 

    2. Plek

    3. Cam

  276. Shiloh says:

    Nice start to the season – especially without Markov. We’ve played well enough to win every game. Pleks and AK46 really have it going. Gomer has been quiet – if he picks up the pace we’re capable of scoring 5 or 6 every night.

  277. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    LoL. So damn true!  He’d be Jesus now if he play’d like he has with us, with them.  He does a lot of promo stuff and does it well.  He’s a dream for all those Ontario based media outlets.

  278. Jbird says:

    Imagine if he signed with the Laughs.  uhg. 

  279. ShangaDoo says:

    Good game, just a quick thought. Does everbybody in the NHL seem to know that Carey Price is easily beat by his glove side? Is there any other other goalie whose weakness is so blatant?

    I am not coming down on Price, I’m really just wondering…

  280. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Uh Oh! A Panther hurt a bolt tonight,  i’m not too sad.

  281. scrowe21 says:

    Wasnt that the thing with Halak too? Shoot high? lol


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  282. punkster says:

    I wouldn’t panic about Eller. He’ll be back in the lineup. He’s just a kid and he needs to learn. Learning sometimes means you have to take the lumps.

  283. TorontoHabsFan says:

    You have some problems with reading comprehension don’t you? I said “maybe” he had an injury, not “definitely” has an injury.


  284. Willy the bum says:

    Thank you E.T.

    C.P. win home tonight!

  285. TripleX says:

    Did not realize they all played for the Habs.  Must have been in the shower.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  286. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Agree 100% – but you’re being too level-headed for the denizens here.

    (I swear if it wasn’t for you and SF09 I’d stop dropping by :)

  287. Chuck says:

    Both Picard and Subban were +3 on the night. I think that Picard had the quietest +3 ever. 

  288. punkster says:

    TX has got a JM hate on tonight. It’s always something ;)

  289. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Now let’s put on our thinking caps and think real hard – what do these players all have in common?

  290. Chuck says:

    Vinnie took a slapshot off the forearm.

  291. quentin_stuckley says:

    came in late.  what’s the general panic here?  do most think eller is being abused by JM?

  292. punkster says:

    Haven’t chatted in a while. How are things? Loving this team yet?

  293. JF says:

    In March we beat Philly 1-0 on a Friday night and Buffalo 3-0 on Saturday.

  294. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yup,  off a McCabe Slapshot.

  295. Chuck says:

    They targeted his glove side all night. If he was easily beat, the score would have been 10-4. He made some great glove saves tonight.

  296. quentin_stuckley says:

    there goes some fantasy points for me.  damn.  anyone know if he finished the game?  6-0.  yikes!  boucher’s jack adams trophy is in jeopardy!

  297. punkster says:

    It’s the old “JM can’t handle kids” hand wringing. Let ‘em kvetch. Like a dog chasing its tail, there’s no point but it looks pretty funny.

  298. quentin_stuckley says:

    no gio?!  didn’t he score.  i know cammy had one hundred shots, but i thought gionta played well enough to merit a star.

  299. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Ya know what? I do. I think the top six are starting out slow (Cammy is clearly snakebit, but that’s life with a sniper – you take the feast with the famine). The bottom six are our secret weapon (Boyd and Halpern were huge signings), Price has his mojo back (knock wood!), and when Markov comes back, the PP is gonna really hit its groove.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them battle for top spot in the NE.


    Oh, and Eller will be on the 2nd line by Christmas – these lumps are part of the journey.


    What do you think?

  300. quentin_stuckley says:

    we should sign AK to another one year contract.  it’s in those contract years he comes out of hibernation to play like a grizzly.

  301. TripleX says:

    None of them has ever worn a Montreal Canadiens sweater?  Do I get a cookie?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  302. quentin_stuckley says:

    doo doo.

  303. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Nope, we’re looking for positive associations, not negative. Try again kid…I know you got it in ya :)


    p.s. Bonk did.

  304. scrowe21 says:

    Gionta deserved it more than Cammy, He was infront the net all night trying to create a the first goal..


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  305. punkster says:

    So far so good, though I’m not expecting the return of Markov to be the return of a PP powerhouse. That will still take time to click as the guys get used to having the QB on the point. In addition I like the effort from Pouliot, AK and Gorges and as much as people grouse about Hamrlik and Spacek they’re doing just fine. Then there’s PK. If the guy settles down, and he will, we’re in for a treat. Great expectations!

  306. Da Hema says:

    What I find most troubling is the brutal play of Hamrlik. He is playing like Alex Kovalev would were he a defenceman. He is going through the motions out there. I hope JM can use his “coaching genius” (as some contend here) to light a fire under Hamrlik’s arse. I suppose the silver lining is this will be Hamrlik’s last year in Montreal.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  307. Scott in Montreal says:

    oh it is so nice when Gionta is on his game. And AK46. And Pleks. And PK. I hate ottawa like a true Quebecker.

  308. K-hab25 says:

    It’s the “weak” spot for every butterfly goaltender. I always get a kick out of people who say, they’ve figured out how to beat Price, high gloveside, or Halak, shoot high, because that’s how you beat any butterfly goaltender.

  309. habs001 says:

    these are the type of games we need from ak46….price still looked good…some  d issues from  6 and 44….pouliot may just be a 10-12 goal a year player….time to beat our nemesis thursday…

  310. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Agree on all points.  I’m also thinking that White will be up sooner rather than later and Darche will be sent down (1 way contract or not, he’s been underwhelming in his role).

    I think back to 2 years ago, and I find it completely unfathomable to imagine this team being as disjointed as that one was. For that reason alone I’d be happy – that they got some skill to match the effort makes me very pleased.

  311. Scott in Montreal says:

    I think it has to do with these back-to-back games with him playing 20+ minutes and having less conditioning from missing the pre-season and first two regular games. At 36, it isn’t easy and his performance was lacking tonight, just like Spacek’s. Don’t be too hard on him.

    But considering that, I wonder if O’Byrne is in the doghouse. If Martin had any confidence in him, you’d think he would have been inserted into the line-up after last night’s tough game in Buffalo.

  312. quentin_stuckley says:

    it can be a little ludicrous, yes.  i don’t think that eller is JM’s doghouse.  i think he decided to shorten the bench, and double shift the vets in this game, because he knew how important winning this game is.  losing the first two games on home ice would stink.  so, pull out all the stops in this pretty sloppy game.  which means eller watches more in the third.  i got no problem with that.  i think he’s making the right decisions on the ice, so if he’s going to sit, it’s only to teach him.  next game, he’ll be in.  

  313. fuhgawz says:

    bad game for Carey but i liked the glove save he made shortly after the boys tied the game 3-3.. I dont expect him to play shut out hockey ever night but it was good to see him shut the door on that one. Good character comeback win tonight guys. AK has been outstanding.

  314. twocents says:

    If I remember right, he was barely able to play in pre-season due to injury. He is likely just getting his game back in order.

    He has proven his value over and over again when he’s needed most: in the playoffs and when Markov’s been out for long stretches. I feel pretty good about him being able to be a positive contributor over the big picture of the year. Not a 5.5 million contributor, but a solid veteran who can be put in any situation.

  315. thebonscott says:

    i would like the name of Andrei Kostitsyn’s Doctor, in case i ever need a heart transplant, cause obviously he got one this summer. He is playing off the charts.

  316. quentin_stuckley says:

    o’byrne, when is he not in JM’s pouch pen.  it’s too bad, really.  his size is an asset that we lack.  it just seems that with p.k. on the team, o’byrne will not crack the line up without an injury to our defensive corps.

  317. HardHabits says:

    Youth is wasted on the young.

  318. punkster says:

    JM didn’t coach over 1200 NHL games and not learn how to handle young players. He may be a bit old school as some suggest. So what, he’s got cred. More than most of the posters here.

  319. Bill says:

    How was the game? Who was good? I had a rough night what with Romeo & Juliet dying and all.

  320. Da Hema says:

    I agree Hamrlik is 36, and he isn’t Chris Chelios. He was pinching all night long, and was caught at least three times. Gill is getting better with age, Hamrlik is not. I still say I am glad his tenure (contract) is near finished.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  321. Ian Cobb says:

    Just got home, watched the game with postie Jim. This one kept us on the edge of our seats tonight.

    !st I have to say that was the best game I have seen from Mr. Kostitsyn in a very long while, hope he got 1st star.

    Our best special teams play is our penalty kill, but there were times that the power play started to look like, well maybe soon.!!

    Price made some great saves, especially in the first half of the game.

    Halpern looks like he knows how to play this style of game for JM.

    Rutu needs another black eye!

    Spezza is still a flake.!

    It was nice to be able to come back in this one, nothing comes easy for us. We are going to have to earn every point this year by skating all out each game for 60 minutes.

    We still don’t have players that can stand in front. The tender can see every shot and we make him look good by not banging in the rebounds in tight. Maybe Halpern is the next experiment with Gomez and Gionta.

    All in all a good performance, we skated hard and competed hard in both ends, but we must get better with our finish around their net.

    No injuries and 2 points in the bank, can’t ask for a lot more than that. Great night of hockey entertainment.

  322. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think the doctor’s master stroke was removing those 200 pounds of uselessness that had become fused to AK’s back.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  323. Da Hema says:

    Perhaps I was a bit harsh, but as my comment below suggests, he is not playing like a “solid veteran.” Such players don’t get caught up the ice with the frequency he does. The Habs will be able to replace him next year, and create additional cap space.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  324. quentin_stuckley says:

    i agree.  maybe the first snafu of the fans pick?  cammy could win a star every night.  don’t get me wrong, i like him.  he does make plays, and he’s a helluva guy, hard worker, quick wit, goal scorer, the total package.  i just think gio should have gotten some recognition tonight. 

  325. Aybara says:

    Kostitsyn was heroic, I highly recommend checking out sports centre to see his contribution on the final two goals.

    Price played a so-so game, bouncing back after the habs tied it at 3.

    Cammi was dangerous all night, but was unable to cash.

    Gill has picked up right where he left off blocking shots and being solid on the back end.

    Pleks played well getting a g and an a

    Oh yes, and as Ian said above. Halpern seems to be fitting in well. He’s making smart plays and has been great in the faceoff circle


    All in all an exciting game in which we dominated and put forth a cohesive team effort to come back for the W. Quite impressive.

  326. TripleX says:

     Dave Stubbs 

     Martin on Eller: Learning process for him, he was -2, seemed to be struggling, played well in Buffalo


    What a surprise?  Well not for most people anyway. (:

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  327. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I don’t buy this “JM hard on rookies” stuff. Scotty Bowman made Martin look like Barney when it came to handling young players – and look at how many Scotty ruined.

    There’s nothing wrong with making people accountable – it’s the NHL, not a Quebec classroom. If Eller wasn’t executing and that got him some sit and think time, so be it. He’s been coached since he was a kid, and should be smart enough to get the point.

    Maybe if the people around him had spent less time on his self-esteem, and more on teaching responsibility and cause and effect, Sergei would be a respected hockey player playing to his potential now.

    Martin’s not ruining O’Byrne. The kid is big and we’d love him to be good, but he is a marginal NHL defenceman right now, and maybe forever. There seems to be reasonable work being done with Subban, Price, Pouliot and Eller. At the end of the day, it’s up to the coach and the players, but the kids have to learn and progress. The season is new.

    Tonight was a good game, and another good win.

  328. twocents says:

    The solid vet part of my post is in reference to what his game will settle into once he’s got his timing and fitness back. I agree he isn’t playing well right now, but as I mentioned, you have to give a guy a chance when he missed camp for an injury.

    As far as his contract ending, I am in agreement, he shouldn’t and won’t be re-signed, but I still hope to value what he brings in his last year as a Hab.

  329. TripleX says:

    Scotty Bowman was a coach in a different era.  What was common practice with regards to the raising of children 30 years ago is now a criminal offense.  Times change and people have changed.  Applying outmoded thinking with regards to coaching is nothing to be applauded.

    Scotty Bowman probably is smart enough to adapt.  JM not so much.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  330. punkster says:

    Grasping at straws now TX?

  331. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crosby’s recovered from his diaper rash, 2G 1A tonight in a 4-1 game over the Flyers right now.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  332. TripleX says:

    JM is so frustrating.  It is obvious Pouliot has some extra jump tonight.  Maybe reunite him with Gomez and Gionta who also have some jump?



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  333. punkster says:

    Maybe his extra jump is because he’s not with the Gs?

  334. Yeats says:

    Is OB in the BGL memorial hot dog suite?

  335. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He’s in the press box working on his paper airplanes.

  336. punkster says:

    Yep. Workin’ on the club record for number of dogs downed in regulation.

  337. SeriousFan09 says:

    And Michael Ryder Memorial Paper Airplane Museum!


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  338. Shiloh says:

    Just a thought – would Gomer do better with a couple of bangers – say Moen and Darche?

  339. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche isn’t quick-witted enough for Top-6. Got fed the puck, was far too slow starting off and it became a turnover that became the near 2-1 game for OTT. Pyatt would’ve taken off like lightning and created something the other way.

    If Pyatt didn’t injure something in pre-game skate, terrible lineup choice by JM.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  340. JIMVINNY says:

    Are you thinking something like Eller between Gio and Pouliot? Because that would be interesting…

  341. Puck Bard says:

    JM should try it. It might work.

  342. HabFab says:

    Thanks Kevin, that explains why my head feels like it is going to explode sometimes…I can remember the Laffs winning that Cup and unfortunately a couple others!

    Just under 16,000 you say…ouch!!

  343. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Why the hell is Eller benched??

  344. TripleX says:

    I’m sure JM has a valid reason.  Cue…..sarcastic rolling of eyes.  I guess with no O’Byrne JM needs someone else to put in the dog house.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  345. zozotheclown says:

    He’s playing it as a lost edge, but he probably just had to poop.

  346. Mrs.Price31 says:


    “So why call her bad? From her, Kings are born”

  347. Shiloh says:

    PK is not sharp.

  348. JIMVINNY says:

    Cammi and AK with Skate problems.

  349. mdl says:

    3P 17:00

    Eller benched. – Martin has to go.


  350. JIMVINNY says:

    Then take Gomez out of the top 6.

  351. Shiloh says:

    I love Tom Pyatt – he’s a local boy and I know his Dad, but Darche can’t sit forever. When the injuries come, we’ll need him. Pyatt is taking his turn in the press box – that’s OK.

  352. Keith says:

    Why is Eller benched? Good a pp opportunity.

  353. MathMan says:

    Blown defensive assignment, I think.

    Martin is NOT patient with the kids. He loves his vets.

  354. Yeats says:

    Is JM running a hockey team or a commuter rail line? Too many passengers dressed tonight!

  355. punkster says:

    And people here keep askjing why so and so is benched. Some of out guys are just going through the motions.

  356. Keith says:

    Oh shut up Galley!

  357. Shiloh says:

    Yeah, I would put Eller up there – but then Gomer would be a 7.4 million 3rd line centre.

  358. Puck Bard says:

    Ya… ouch.

  359. Wayne says:

    Would it matter if it worked and generated pts?

  360. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eller was on the ice for 2 of Ottawa’s goals tonight according to @renhockey, That’ll get you benched with JM.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  361. mdl says:

    Only one of which was he remotely responsible for. Let’s not screw up the key piece of Halak deal!

  362. TripleX says:

    Valid only if the goals came as a result of a missed assignment by Eller and or laziness.  I admit I did not notice anything and the CBC commentators did not bring his name up.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  363. dleb84 says:

    Pleks is a great influence on AK.  I really believe on and off the ice he is helping him.  He’s skating and back checking.  That never used to happen. 

  364. Yeats says:

    I heard tha BGL has given up eating entirely. Someone convinced him that plants feel pain!

  365. Norm0770 says:

    Gotta make this PP count!

  366. Shiloh says:

    Put AK46 out there.

  367. solomio says:

    Puhleeease wil you get MAB on the PP blueline? We’re begging here.

  368. Mrs.Price31 says:

    This PP is HUGE! We really need to score to give the team some confidence. But then again, we don’t have Markov. But we need to make adjustments! That’s what great teams do.

    But on the flip side, atleast most of our goals have come on 5-on-5. Unlike last year….

    “So why call her bad? From her, Kings are born”

  369. t1tan5 says:

    Fisher just socked Halpern in the head. No penalty?

  370. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Good work boy’s! Keep it up.

  371. 1010 says:

    I’ll state the obvious: Our powerplay is killin’ us.

    GO HABS…

  372. punkster says:

    So close on so many passes and shots. Timing!

  373. JIMVINNY says:

    Fack. We have to get one soon. They’re doing the rope-a-dope thing again. Only two shots through 10 minutes.

  374. Yeats says:

    Some Hab needs to grab this game by the throat and go “full Breezer!”

  375. JasonM says:

    Trust me when I say this, the moment a Habs player will breathe on a Sens player and cause him to fall, we’re on a PK.


    Punch in back in the head = No Call? Of course!

  376. Jbird says:

    Hey, there’s Darche – he makes no sence on the Gomez line – but that looked good for a bit.

  377. Shiloh says:

    After letting a couple of close calls go Ottawa’s way, they better not call a chintzy penalty on us.

  378. TripleX says:

    Eller will become O’Byrne the II under JM.  Benching a dude because he happened to be on the ice for two goals against?  How does he begin to get better or become confident on the ice?  I can’t stand JM.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  379. win4ce says:

    3P 11:00: Even-up call coming?

    If it happens Boone is officially a gypsie..:)

  380. MathMan says:

    It would be extremely ironic that for one rare time that the Habs actually dominate possession and control the play, they lose.

  381. punkster says:

    I’d prefer him in a Leaf uni. He has the skill set to impress Toronto fans, doesn’t he?

  382. Yeats says:

    It’s time for JM to double shift the fourth line.

  383. Propwash says:

    Good on ya Ruutuu


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  384. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Of course he could be injured…but don’t let a lack of information get in the way of your fun or anything.


  385. HFX-HabFan says:

    Again, I repeat:

    Ruutu = embarassment to hockey.  Cut from the same cloth as Avery/Kaleta/Ott/Carcillo.

  386. JIMVINNY says:

    Methinks the refs around the league might finally be getting wise To Ruutu.

  387. Yeats says:

    This is the opportunity that JM has been waiting for to get Matt “The Hands” Darche on the ice!

  388. TripleX says:

    Why take that shot Cammy?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  389. Puck Bard says:

    OK, I’ll bite… in theory, could we afford to sign MAB at this point?

  390. TripleX says:

    I think the CBC would have brought that significant fact up.  But don’t let reality get in the way of your love for JM.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  391. punkster says:

    We can NOT afford his defensive lapses.

  392. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I’m sorry, did you hear them say anything about him being benched due to poor play? I might have missed it when I was in the shower at intermission.

  393. Puck Bard says:

    Pair him with Spacek and call it even?

  394. TripleX says:

    Yeah, Mr. Boone and the entire CBC broadcast team missed that broken leg suffered by Eller.  You sure about the timing of that shower?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  395. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So that would be a no then.

  396. habs youngtimer says:

    last year Gomez got paid $600,000/goal. must be nice!

    what a thief!

  397. Chuck says:

    I make a lot less than that, but scored NO goals.

    Makes Gomez look like a bargain, eh?

  398. Wayne says:

    Eller’s a keeper! Can’t wait…

  399. Yeats says:

    OB will be a Leaf and will fulfill his truculent destiny!

  400. thirdstone says:

    Benny needs to bury that.

  401. topher5468 says:

    OH Benny, If you shoot it. they will come

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

  402. mdl says:

    Don’t think Darche skates well enough to play with the rest of this team.  That line was better in previous games with Pyatt.

  403. SeriousFan09 says:

    He doesn’t, that line has been missing a step with him.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  404. TripleX says:

    I can see what JM is doing with Moen on the line, he goes and stands in front of the goalie.  But when the Gomez line is on the rush he is useless, so they have effectively a two forward line on the rush.  It is very limiting just to have a guy in front of the net.  All I’m saying is Pouliot gives them more options.  If Pouliot will go to the net.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  405. TripleX says:

    This team would be helped significantly if they had an energy guy they could throw out to aggravate the opposition and fire up the crowd.  Can you say Ryan White?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  406. 1010 says:


    GO HABS…

  407. dleb84 says:

    Darche is an AHL player on good nights.  No salary cap would mean no Darche.  I know that could be said for alot a players in the league. 

  408. topher5468 says:

    Benny is playing well, I like it

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

  409. punkster says:

    Hey, they’re working hard. Just not clicking yet. Pouliot is making his own chances and he’ll start converting them, Gomez is a workhorse and his linemates will eventually catch up. Timing seems to be off by everyone except Price and Gorges.

  410. JIMVINNY says:

    Get Pouliot back with Gio and Gomez. Please. His play deserves it.

  411. HFX-HabFan says:

    Ruutu = embarassment to hockey.  In the same class as Avery/Kaleta/Ott/Carcillo etc.

  412. Keith says:

    Well that was one big rubarb.

  413. yathehabsrule says:

    Were Gomez and Ruutu discussing barbers???


    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  414. topher5468 says:

    Rutuu is real tough with Gomez, and Kelly hit Gio up high, 

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

  415. Wayne says:

    Ruttu: Ulf Samuelsson clone

  416. JIMVINNY says:

    Eller should see some PP time with Gomez in the box.

  417. scrowe21 says:

    Lol @ Gomez getting stuck in his jersey


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  418. showey47 says:

    agreed,we’ve missed 4 or 5 golden chances this game.

  419. topher5468 says:

    I cant take Spacek on the PP, he can’t hit the efin net

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

  420. SlovakHab says:

    The powerplay is pretty bad!


  421. JIMVINNY says:

    Or not, I guess Halpern gets Gomez’s PP time.

  422. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Holy cow, stop trying to be creative on the PP, just shoot!

  423. showey47 says:

    spacek misses the net again,if the cap hit was even close to being a trade off i would consider moving him for souray.

  424. Puck Bard says:

    Agree with the Punkster: timing and a lack of confidence. Take the shot. 

  425. JIMVINNY says:

    Nice little swim move by Hammer there.

  426. Shiloh says:

    PK is slowing down the play too much on the power play.

  427. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    AK46 is into it! 

  428. SlovakHab says:

    And the whole Leafs squad.

  429. Chuck says:

    Markov’s back when?

  430. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Or bring back M.A.B….

  431. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BOONE! WHY????????????????


  432. scrowe21 says:

    2P Break

    Through 10 minutes, Ottawa doesn’t have a shot. That means the first one will go in, right?


    Nice one…..


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  433. punkster says:

    Looking at other games around the league it’s the same for many teams. Takes a while to get settled in and in the mean time bottom feeders like the Leafs can come out looking way better than they really are. In time the better teams will come together and the players will develop a rhythm.

  434. scrowe21 says:

    honestly at this point he couldnt be any worse.


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  435. Malreg says:

    This year’s Stanley Cup favorites and the winner of the Jack Adams award are losing 4-0 against Floriday half way through the game.

  436. showey47 says:

    nice call boone

  437. SlovakHab says:

    2P Break

    Through 10 minutes, Ottawa doesn’t have a shot. That means the first one will go in, right?



    Thanks, Boone!

  438. zozotheclown says:

    Well they didn’t shoot in the chest, see the difference?

  439. C3P1 says:

    no chance


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  440. Rudy says:

    Mike Boone jinxed that

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  441. Shiloh says:

    One shot in the 2nd – one goal.

  442. Keith says:

    Well you called that one Boone!

  443. frank81 says:

    Dammit Boone!

  444. solomio says:

    Sens are playing a very good road game.

    Habs seem to be lacking some focus, Based on opportunities we should have a 2 goal leed.

    We can win this game as Ottawa doesn’t look that good but I think Spezza is a Habs killer.

    Again Habs PP not the force it should be.

  445. MathMan says:

    “2P BreakThrough 10 minutes, Ottawa doesn’t have a shot. That means the first one will go in, right?”




  446. Xtrahabsfan says:

     Carey Price must play BIGGER in net!

  447. Malreg says:

    Spacek is just absolutely brutal.

  448. JIMVINNY says:

    Where the F is the coverage? All 5 guys are on one side of the ice.

  449. Ali says:

    gomez is such a selfish prick

  450. Norm0770 says:

    Boone called it.

  451. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, that was weak. He wasn’t moving well on that shot at all.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  452. SlovakHab says:


    This game SUCKS!!!

  453. t1tan5 says:

    Now that was a softie.

  454. Ali says:

    keep your effing glove up!

  455. punkster says:

    Oh-oh…this otta bring out the trolls.

  456. zozotheclown says:

    Softie, first this year though

  457. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s not good at all.

  458. showey47 says:

    spacek undressed again,but carey probably should have had that one.

  459. scrowe21 says:

    that was a siiiiick goal…. Carey coulda had it though..


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  460. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    don’t boo Price…….don’t boo Price……..

    (but man oh man, that was baaaaad)

  461. C3P1 says:

    killing us, carey.  cmon


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  462. Propwash says:

    Price sucked on that one.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  463. JIMVINNY says:

    First bad goal in a while, Carey. Shake it off.

  464. Wayne says:

    Spatch with a stick check? Take the man next time…… rookie error IMO

  465. Shiloh says:

    Very weak goal – first real bad one of the year. Ottawa is horrific to watch – just chippy defensive crappy hockey.

  466. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Definitely man, I understand it’s back-to-back, but that was a stinker.

  467. Propwash says:

    CBC basically says Martin is the main factor in the first goal, shuffling Gomez around.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  468. Chuck says:

    Between the glove and his pad; you want to see him get those.

  469. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Leafs beat these guys 5-1, our boys gotta make a comeback

  470. Chuck says:

    The first was a bullet under the crossbar; tough one for any goalie to stop. I bet he’d like another shot at that second one, though.

  471. TripleX says:

    Leafs made the Senators look like an AHL team.  Kinda scary thought.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  472. Bryan says:

    Well, my plans fell through.  Now instead of me watching the game and getting drunk with my old roommate, I’m doing it by myself.

    Ah well!

    *cracks open number three*


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  473. Keith says:

    You’re ahead of me. I’m only on number 2 lol!

  474. yathehabsrule says:

    Marlies beat Bulldogs 5-3. Dogs blew a pair of two-goal leads. Desharnais came close to tying it up late, but was robbed by the Marlies goalie.


    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  475. yathehabsrule says:

    OK they are highlighting Bob Cole on HNIC.

    They just showed the Russians leaving the ice during that game against the Flyers… He says’ “In ’74 they’re going home..”

    Pretty sure that game was in ’76


    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

  476. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not sure what Darche can do that Pyatt can’t, Pyatt can work the PK for one glaring example.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  477. C3P1 says:

    anyone have an rds stream?


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  478. Puck Bard says:

    Searching, will let you know. It’s usually:

  479. Puck Bard says:

    Ok, you can get the French now:

  480. Puck Bard says:

    I normally watch RDS… say it ain’t so: Nickleback is now the official anthem of HNIC?

  481. JIMVINNY says:

    That “saturday night” remake has been on there for a few years now.

  482. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Pretty cool that Cammy was singing the praises of Van Morrison….me and my wife had “Someone Like You” as our first dance in August :-)

  483. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why is it Ottawa, a team with one of the worst records with goaltenders in the ENTIRE NHL and we can’t score on the hacks they put in nets?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  484. MathMan says:

    Because the Habs are a defensive sit-back club. The Habs only score on the PP, basically, and without Markov they don’t have much — not that they will get many PPs by being, well, a defensive sit-back club.

  485. HFX-HabFan says:

    Chris Neil always looks like the pouty-faced bully who always gets in trouble at school.

  486. Tharsis says:

    haha the CBC intro was well done




    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  487. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche in over Pyatt? When’s the last time he could kill a penalty?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  488. Jbird says:

    Wow – Ron really messed that up.  What?  I’d feel bad for him if I liked him one bit. 

  489. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I gotta think Pyatt must be a little sore or something tonight, because it seems like a pretty pointless decision to replace him with Darche

  490. SeriousFan09 says:

    If the rest of the broadcast was at the quality of their montages, HNIC would be outstanding.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  491. C3P1 says:

    is that a bad thing? about time the bell centre got behind him


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  492. Keith says:

    So will HIO crash early tonight?

  493. SlovakHab says:

    Why is Martin 4-13-1 against the Senators?

     – He coached them so well he can’t beat them even after left.

  494. Chuck says:

    Oh Captain, my Captain!!!!

  495. Puck Bard says:

    Eat that.

  496. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    AMAZING……look at those wheels on the Cap’n

  497. topher5468 says:

    The captain

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

  498. RJB says:

    Called it!! wooo hooo! GIO


    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  499. OneTimer says:

    SO SICK!!!! Little G!!!!!

  500. SlovakHab says:


    Welcome home!

  501. P St. Pierre says:

    Nice start…

  502. Keith says:

    GIO!!!!!!!!!! Beauty goal!!! Great to see him get on the board!

  503. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gionta’s explosive speed, hard to match and it’s fun to see them fail to keep up :)


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  504. Wayne says:

    Why Hughson? He’s the absolute worst. I can’t stand his voice coupled with horrible play by play that goes back to his TSN days. I’ve always found him lacking and is nothing more than an eternal wannabe. Hey, it could be worse, and no, I don’t mean Cole, I was going to say,.. Vic Rauter.

    Breakaway, Pavarotti… est le but!

  505. joeybarrie says:

    Brian Gionta with a Captain’s goal…. Very happy we have scored first in almost all our games…

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

  506. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Great defensive play by AK46?

    Wow, this really IS a different team….

  507. P St. Pierre says:

    Is Guy Carbonneau wearing 46 tonight? Kostitsyn with the crazy nice backcheck…stupid dive from Spezza.

  508. JIMVINNY says:

    I LOVE the new AK. Should have traded Sergei two years ago.

  509. thirdstone says:


  510. t1tan5 says:

    What a dive!!!

  511. TripleX says:

    OMG I can’t stand passive houndog face JM.  He has the Habs playing like his personality, dull with a mixture of somnolence.

    Price let in a softy but he kept the team in the last two games.  The team owes him one.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  512. RJB says:

    Nickelback sucks, but that cover always gets me in mood for hockey!

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  513. Puck Bard says:

    Don’t watch man, no fan of the CBC. RDS all the way.

  514. Puck Bard says:

    And there it is, the RDS link: I could give a rats ass what Ontario thinks.

  515. solomio says:

    Damn I just missed seeing the Sens second goal and just saw them score their third !! Double damn!! Price should have had that no question.
    Thank goodness this is Hamrliks last year and we’ve got to find a way to move Spatch. We need some young blood there.
    Can we come back and win this game? No. Ottwa is good enuff to prevent that from happening and being the Habs second game in 24 hours our third period will be too fatiguing to score 3 goals.

  516. Shiloh says:

    Big goal!!!

  517. Keith says:

    Goal and a fight! FU Ottawa!

  518. t1tan5 says:

    We have life!

  519. showey47 says:

    sweet,then all hell breaks lose,hope we can get a pp out of this

  520. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Wow Sens are a bunch of dicks, look at Carkner deing a douche after the goal.

    EDIT: hahahaha

  521. JIMVINNY says:

    Halpern, off the Dman’s skate.

  522. JasonM says:

    Carkner complains about being high sticked, meanwhile replay shows absolutely nothing gets close to his face.

  523. Ali says:

    just observe boone. no more opining from you

  524. Sheldon says:

    Good to see a little truculence out there!

  525. zozotheclown says:

    Jesus what a goal by Halpern, complete accident but wow.

  526. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Haha, looked like Campoli kicked in his own net……not pretty but we’ll take it!

  527. Larry says:

    The CBC guys were very very very subdued on that goal call. One would almost think they were disappointed

  528. Steve in Kingston says:

    I MUST SAY, in passing, how nice it is to be hearing Jim Hugheson instead of the decrepit Bob Cole.

  529. Keith says:

    Our new Metro! Halpern!

  530. t1tan5 says:

    Alfie with the nice pick n roll off Plek. But this isn’t basketball so he’s going to the box.

  531. HFX-HabFan says:

    It really is a game of momentum, folks.

  532. Shiloh says:

    Great call by the zebras! Alfredsson does that all the time – drop pass then run interference.

  533. JIMVINNY says:

    Good call. Gotta score on this 4 on 3.

  534. Propwash says:

    Looks like Ottawa is losing focus?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  535. JasonM says:


  536. JIMVINNY says:

    Off his mask.

  537. Shiloh says:

    Great save my ass – lucky it hit his mask as he ducked his head.

  538. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I can imagine Subban foaming at the mouth trying to get a goal here

  539. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Bring back M.A.B!

  540. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    OMG Goodness gracious, score a PP goal already!!!

  541. Wayne says:

    Sub’s gotta keep it simpler and stop with the “set up of the century”.

  542. Keith says:

    Horseshoe up his arse.

  543. showey47 says:

    He did,it went off the goalies head while he was sliding across the crease.

  544. Shiloh says:

    Gomer – the rush killer.

  545. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Damn PP is killing us!!  C’mon Marky, get back so we can score on the PP!!!

  546. Propwash says:

    Elliot is Halaking us! WTF!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  547. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m not just talking about tonight, for years the Habs have had a bad record against the Senators that is just really bad considering how many lousy goaltenders they’ve had over the years. Missing playoffs or nearly missing them because they couldn’t even split a season series.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  548. win4ce says:

    Looks like Spezza got shot

  549. Keith says:

    Spazboy, what a diver!

  550. JIMVINNY says:

    Fucking Spezza. What a dive.

  551. OneTimer says:

    Spezza: what a f**

  552. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Spezzza is floppin around like a fish out there!

  553. JIMVINNY says:


  554. Keith says:

    I hate these F*&^ing lame-assed calls!!!

  555. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Holy crap, this team can’t do anything on the powerplay without MAB or Markov.

  556. Propwash says:

    MAB….eeh notsomuchhhhh




    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  557. t1tan5 says:

    The Moen call was reasonable, but the AK penalty was a total dive.

  558. zozotheclown says:

    Rushed things on the PP way too much, there’s so much more time on a 4 on 3.

  559. JIMVINNY says:

    What a save. Unreal.

  560. Keith says:

    How did Carey keep that out?

  561. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Good job Carey.  Very focused.

  562. showey47 says:

    nice dive by spezza,the other one though was pretty weak still is an actual penalty. It wouldn’t bother me so much if we got those same calls once in a while.

  563. P St. Pierre says:

    Hal Gill is a machine on the PK…he just gets in the way of everything.

  564. thirdstone says:

    Hey I know that ref, his name is Dave something… maybe Dave King. Nice guy.

  565. phillyhab says:


  566. Harditya_CareyPrice says:



  567. Puck Bard says:

    Jaroslav who? 

    Jesus Price.

  568. showey47 says:

    Hal gill is a hero 10 feet in front of his own net,its the other 190 feet that give him troubles.

  569. JIMVINNY says:

    Halpern is a faceoff genius. His faceoff % alone is enough to justify his being on the team.

  570. topher5468 says:

    Killing Kovy on CBC, I agree, he was quite lazy fighting for that loose puck. 

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

  571. joeybarrie says:


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

  572. Chuck says:

    Time to pot the 2nd power play goal of the season.

  573. topher5468 says:

    Not on that clearing attempt during the PK, 

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

  574. ShangaDoo says:

    Love the avatar

  575. showey47 says:

    nice rush by gomer and hamr rings it off the cross bar

  576. RGM says:

    Gomez wave looked good but no finish again.

    Go Habs Go!

  577. Puck Bard says:

    Fast team: love it.

  578. JIMVINNY says:

    Hammering the post…

  579. topher5468 says:

    Damn, Benny just can’t get a break. Finallly some life from Gomez.

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

  580. phillyhab says:

    Handsome PP from Gomez line.  Hope they bury one tonight!

  581. Keith says:

    The pp had some moments, but I sure wish they could pop a few.

  582. OneTimer says:

    hell of a PP, could’ve been like 3 goals there

  583. phillyhab says:

    What’s up with booing Kovy?

  584. Norm0770 says:

    Great second wave of the PP.  That is the best Gomez has looked so far this season. 

  585. Keith says:

    Damn Janitors!

  586. JIMVINNY says:

    Cannot give that guy room to skate and shoot. Terrible coverage by the forwards.

  587. P St. Pierre says:

    You’re totally right. He iced at the end of the PK needlessly.

  588. P St. Pierre says:

    Thanks…don’t you miss that guy? I do. Yours is hilarious.

  589. quentin_stuckley says:

    i think that’s cammy’s first real shot on goal.  not knocking him, it just seems like he’s just been throwing the puck at the net more so than firing a shot on goal.  that one timer looked like cammy  of last year.

  590. showey47 says:


  591. Ali says:


  592. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Jeese ,if Price plays like this  all the time  he’s going to get  a HUGE pay raise n 20 months….Maybe the same as Loungo.Loved Big Hal Gill last night and as far as I’m concerned he saved the game from going into Xtra overtime….He put down his big skate and said no you dosen’t in the last 2 mins to Buffalo’s fowards. Oh and what happened to Buffalo anyway,they have no firepower……….

  593. krob1000 says:

    No Pominville, 5 million UNDER the cap and in the armpit of the US that is Northern New York State….nobody wants to play there on the road let alone all year…..Ruff and Regier find ways to be competitive but who in their right mind would move their family to BUffalo? .

  594. JIMVINNY says:

    WHAT A GOAL!!!!!

  595. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Another SWEET goal by AK!!!

  596. punkster says:


  597. Harditya_CareyPrice says:





  598. Xtrahabsfan says:


  599. Wayne says:

    K-tits you maniac!!!

  600. zozotheclown says:

    He REALLY deserved that one

  601. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    always a nice treat when I can say this: AK46 for first star!

  602. C3P1 says:

    Sacre bleu, blanc, et rouge!!!! whole new ballgame boys


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  603. TripleX says:

    WOOHOO  another highlight reel goal by AK!!


    Hands up who wanted to trade him for a bag of pucks?  Not me!



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  604. HFX-HabFan says:

    (je suis) ANDREI KOSTITSYN

  605. solomio says:

    Are you kidding me Tits !!! Now that’s what we’re talking about buddy !!!

  606. Puck Bard says:

    Playing like a bull like he was always meant to be. 

  607. scrowe21 says:

    YESSSSSS! AK…. So glad he got that


    2 on 1 Fake pass deke

  608. Keith says:

    AK46 is back!!!

  609. quentin_stuckley says:

    AK!!!!!!!!! what a difference!

  610. showey47 says:

    huge save by carey

  611. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Love the glove Carey.

  612. Propwash says:

    Carey’s back!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  613. JIMVINNY says:

    Nice save, Pricey. Way to stay on your feet.

  614. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES Carey! Keep it going!

  615. Wayne says:

    Hey waddya know, carey’s gloves DOES work! Nice save….

  616. Chuck says:

    AK’s come to play this year. And Carey with the HUGE glove on the 2-on-1!

  617. Shiloh says:

    AK46!!! Makes the check, starts the play and then puts it upstairs! I think in terms of natural ability he’s right up there with Cammy and Markov.

  618. Keith says:

    Atta boy Carey! Keep battlin!

  619. Wayne says:

    Hey waddya know, Carey’s trapper works!

  620. t1tan5 says:

    That’s a very good sign for the third. Price has been shaky today, but came through with that great save.

  621. quentin_stuckley says:

    that a boy carey.

  622. Wayne says:

    … I heard you the first time.

  623. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Indeed – A very skilled forward that just needs determination.

    Right now he has it – hopefully keeps it going!

  624. RJB says:

    I’m feeling a goal by the captain tonight. Lets go boys

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  625. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammy will find the net in his favourite barn and Gio will notch his first of the season, you heard it here first.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  626. RJB says:

    Actually you heard it from me first, right below you, six minutes earlier :P

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  627. Fansincebirth says:

    Any word on Marky being in the lineup tonight?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  628. P St. Pierre says:

    That would be insanely awesome…make my week for sure.

  629. Mike Boone says:

    The word is one more week.

  630. P St. Pierre says:

    Guys, I apologize, its been forever since I posted anything on here…I log on every day, but usually only post during games on The Big Boone Blog. Unfortunately, I’m a bartender at a sports bar so I almost am always working during the games…kind of sucks. Anyways, I’m back and I’m gonna try to keep up more.

  631. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    It’s all right bud, work does come first – so you’re doing great.

    Here’s to hope you get see more Habs games – I know I was dying for hockey by the time training camp ended.

  632. RGM says:

    Looking forward to another big victory tonight. Puck drops at the same time my apple cider beef stew is done in the slow cooker. Lots of awesomeness around the RGM household tonight!

    Go Habs Go!

  633. t1tan5 says:

    Price should not have allowed that initial shot past him. Also, where the hell was the backcheck? Michalek was wiiiiiiiiiiide open.

  634. Chuck says:

    Looked like it was in and out of his glove.

  635. zozotheclown says:

    It may have been from far, but that was a very well aimed rocket.

  636. C3P1 says:

    gotta be stopped.  it’s ok, get ur confidence back carey, let’s go!


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  637. PrimeTime says:

    I don’t know how any fan can be critical of this team the Bob and Pierre have put together with an experienced coach and hockey mind of Captain Kirk. We are a smart and fast team that makes for good excitment every game. Are we the biggest – no; are we the most talented – no; do we have skill, speed, and a good mix of veteran and young talent – yes!These guys care and play with a ton of heart and want to win! No complaints here.

  638. showey47 says:

    it looked like harmlik( i think ) got his stick in the way. once there is a commercial i’m going to go back and check

  639. Chuck says:

    I tought that Price got a piece of it with his glove, then it fell down to the opposite post for an easy tap-in.

  640. Sheldon says:

    Price’s glove hand ain’t half bad when he stays up!

  641. ross says:

    Wasn’t that puck swatted in mid-air by a red jersey past centre ice?

  642. Les-Habitants says:

    We heard rumor last week that Markov might be returning…for saturday.

    Any updates on how our MVP is doing?

  643. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov’s still looking for final medical clearance to play and should begin contact drills starting Monday, Thursday against NJD or Saturday for another date with Ottawa as possible returns.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  644. Wayne says:

    Wake up Spatch!

  645. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Pricey was solid @ the end of the second, keeping us in this game.  We need someone to pop Neil and someone to score another sweet a$$ goal.

  646. showey47 says:

    what a crazy assed sequence that was

  647. topher5468 says:

    Spacek is pissing me offf

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

  648. punkster says:

    As AK scored I was typing:

    They’re making the PP too complicated trying for the perfect shot, perfect pass, back and forth with the D then pass to Cammi for a shot. They always have someone in front of the net so at least that has improved  Maybe they need to simplify and just shoot, throw pucks at the net and for heaven’s sake tell PK to settle down, relax, use your given skills,

  649. TripleX says:

    That is why Markov is so good on the PP.  He is unpredictable and can dictate the pace, either slowing things down or amping up the tempo with a lazer cross ice pass.  PK needs to be more of an ice general setting up the play and not rushing to make a one timer.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  650. JIMVINNY says:

    Too close, guys…

  651. OneTimer says:

    Spacek is such a goof

  652. mdl says:

    What did Eller do this time to get benched?

  653. Shiloh says:

    Les Boys clawed back!

  654. showey47 says:

    it either hit carey’s glove or the crossbar but i think alfy’s initial shot was deflected by hamrlik.

  655. JIMVINNY says:

    I think it went glove-crossbar-tap in.

  656. RGM says:

    That was an interesting period. Glad that it’s on an even keel after 40 minutes. Good play by both sides, some strange bounces, brother Andrei is looking good. Good luck in the 3rd!

    Go Habs Go!

  657. TripleX says:



    2P 12:00:

    Benny with G&G



    That is the problem with JM it takes him forever to realize the obvious.  Is it stubborness or something else?

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  658. Propwash says:

    Two finger typist?…..


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  659. Da Hema says:

    Why is it our opponents know where our goalies’ weaknesses are, and always shoot to those weaknesses, whereas our team makes barely-serviceable NHL goalies look like Jacques Plante?

    So frustrating.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  660. SeriousFan09 says:

    MTL’s always had an issue with scoring on OTT. They’ve had one of the worst goaltending groups over their whole existence and the Canadiens don’t have a solid record against them despite that.

    Something about the Bell Centre that makes B and C-goalies play over their heads.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  661. JIMVINNY says:

    On the goal that AK scored, it looked to me like Elliot must have seen the goal he scored against Tampa, and was not at all ready for a shot to the short side. That being said, not too many guys can lift a rolling puck at an angle that sharp. Truly a beautiful goal.

  662. Da Hema says:

    As good an explanation as I can see. But on the other hand, what does it say about the organisation’s advance scouting or our players who cannot seem to find the weaknesses in our opponent’s goaltenders?


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  663. SeriousFan09 says:

    They just seem to ignore the secondary goaltending of teams is the issue, too much focus on beating the #1s and not the guys behind them.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  664. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov’s return will be huge for P.K.’s development, Markov can teach him a lot about just picking your spots playing against NHL competition.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

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