Liveblog: Canadiens blanked in Toronto


They gave up a shortie.

They lost Chris Campoli.

The power-play was pathetic.

On to Winnipeg.


  1. Josh says:

    Seriously, Boone? The guy that nearly ended Crosby’s career?

    Sorry to break it to you but that’s all on the Pittsburgh organization for putting him back on the ice for multiple shifts and even the next game even though he clearly had a concussion.

  2. dougiehab says:

    how can we except a team to play with emotion and passion when the coach is stotic and unemotional….bye bye JM please


  3. Everlasting1 says:

    Subban doghoused after costly giveaways, Gomer retains the hack crown, and JM continues to confuse and confound.

    When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  4. TheChangeling says:

    I also forgot to say Price was absolutely great!!! No himming and hawwing whatsoever! Big Dumb Dion had a snipe on the second goal, sucks to say.

  5. Habifax says:

    Well if the Yankees lose the night won’t be a total loss! 🙂

  6. TheChangeling says:

    I waited too many months for this night. I’m not happy at all. Who is? Wanna blame it on Gomez, make him the “Post 2011 season annual whipping boy”? Toooo easy. He had more fire than most of the team tonight. Don’t get the Max Pac hate either. He was out there, seemed to be skating more than most of the team to tell you the truth. I don’t hate JM nearly as much as some on this site, but his handling of Cole was dreadful tonight. Listen, in terms of offense we have the pieces, Cole could/should be a Godsend. I’m 22, I’ve put up with anemic MTL offense since 1997 (sans ’07-08), I think we’ll be alright this year for scoring goals (keep laughing will you). To cut to the chase, our defense needs to be WAY more physical. So far we really don’t have it roster wise. YOU THINK THE LEAFS CAN COMPETE WITH THE HABS, SABRES AND BRUINS?! Dream on.

  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I played, but I never coached at any level
    …but, if We are on a PP or desperately trying to get back in the game in the last 2 minutes, doesn’t it make sense to put Patches & Cole out there with Gomez and/or Pleks …with PK and/or Diaz on the points ???
    …sometimes when I watch some of Martin’s usage of combos, I feel He has made bets in Las Vegas
    …strategies made to fail

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Habifax says:

      I coached the Novice level. Maybe JM doesn’t want the players parents mad at him so he gives guys a shift now and then.

    • punkster says:

      Just for argument’s sake just what the heck would Max or Cole or even AK have delivered, based on their overall performances tonight? Or PK for that matter? I mention this on the other thread. Darche and Moen tried, something those others didn’t really do tonight. Better to have players on the ice who want to win than players who are either coasting or simply flat.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • Habifax says:

        I just think that Cole, Max and even Ak have proven to be better players than Darche and Moen over their careers so far so that is my reasoning. I agree that the team needs good performances from guys like Darche and Moen to be successful but you have to give your better players more chances than your lesser guys. IMO.

        • punkster says:

          Not if your better players are not showing to be your better players over the 59 preceding minutes. We’re all so eager to jump on the coach. What about the players? They high priced help didn’t show up tonight and those who did (Gomez for example) had little or no support when they did do something good.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Habifax says:

            Sorry I can’t agree with pulling your goalie and then putting your 4th line guys out there. I get your point but I would still go with the more talented players.

  8. dudurules says:


  9. Caballero says:

    Last week I was at the Bell Centre waiting for my girlfriend. She was running late (train). I decided to read every single stone tablet that describes each Stanley Cup Win we have had, and the names of every player on those rosters. It was impressive as hell, and it is an impossible legacy to live up to.

    But I am tired of this style of play. It’s time for a change. I would rather we not make the playoffs for several years than feel and see that one of the greatest teams in the history of professional sports gets zero respect.

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    Could we show a little urgency and intensity Jacques?.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Marin putting Weber on the 4th line, it did happen to help tonight with the injury to Campoli, but overall is getting tiresome.

      Darche on the PP and Plekanec on the point is pretty lame as well.

      And a couple power forwards from the OHL would overpower Daiz and Spacek!

      • habsbeens says:

        I agree with part of what you said. I agree with the word 4th. Because that’s where the Habs will finish the season.

        4th over-all you say? Stop it you’re killing me!

        4th in the East? Getting warmer.

        4th in North East is my prediction.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        HH– I am not with you about Dias, I like him, he will get there.

    • Habifax says:

      Yes 14 on the point was bad last year so I don’t now why he is there now or than there is no one else. You would think that the power play units would be more set now. It looked like JM was pulling cards from a deck in the third period.

    • habstrinifan says:

      When I asked during the pre-season where was there evidence that the coaches came into this pre-season prepared I was called a chicken-little and told it was ONLY pre-season!

  11. Shane1313 says:

    AH. That wasn’t fun. Guys gotta skate a little harder. I think it starts with Cammy, he’s the guy that is capable of making it happen. Not the best of games for my boys PK or Max.

  12. Caballero says:

    Same old, same old. New faces, but same problems. Winning is not enough. The problems that are getting in the way of going all the way persist. I am starting to think JM and Mister Gauthier are not the men for the job.

  13. timothy13 says:

    The Habs played ‘flat’, what happened. Is it the coach? The goalie? Lack of scorers? Or what the heck’s with this squad, I mean, do they follow last year’s trend of being shut out often but come on by the laughable Leafs. This is a sad way to start the season. Can someone please tell me what happened to the D? I am shocked????!!!!

  14. habsbeens says:

    This game makes me think of a quote by Betty White

    Why do people say, “grow some balls?” Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!

    I’d say the Habs need to grow a vagina.

  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …got to recognize the Weeds have a more composed and uber-physical D this season …even Komisarek looked like the old Komosaur
    …they clogged in-front of Reimer, cleared the crease, dominated the boards …and, frankly, intimidated
    …We wilted
    …Reimer was solid …Carey was not as solid as Reimer
    …and Martin ? …what can You say …just makes calls that, right now, make no damn sense
    …it’s one game, and We have come back from the grave before, so don’t panic …yet
    …just sucks to lay a stinking egg in Toronto …of all burgs

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    • Man Dingga says:

      I beg to differ with you, Price was only reason the score wasn’t much worse. Not really sure if you were watching the same game I was because Price was good tonight.

  16. ooder says:

    what are you talking about.. DD and Darche on the PP
    Moen for the extra attacker?
    Georges as the D with the empty net..
    Bowman like genious!
    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  17. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s one game…

    However, that defense, even if/when Markov returns for good, has zero physical presence. Can Subban hit somebody at the blue line once every few games, sure, but aside from that we could be in trouble.

    Defense is supposed to be just that: DEFENSE!!!

    It’s great to make pretty outlet passes and look good on the PP but the bottom line is that you’re supposed to make things difficult on the opposition in your own end. And any opposing player over 5’10” and 180 Lbs isn’t worried about squat in front of Carey Price with this group.

    • Habifax says:

      Yes we seriously lack any size up front and on D. I actually had a thought in the third when I saw Steckel out there that he would be good down the middle for the Habs. That is how desperate the situation is. The size problem is not going to change overnight. So that said I am more concerned with the usage of the players we do have.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Could we be bigger up front, for sure. But, When Moen-Betts- White are together on the 4th line, Eller and Kostitsyn on the 3rd and Pacioretty and Cole are on the top 2, we can get by.

        But any championship team always has a collection of stay-at-home defensemen with an edge to them. This team has none.

        • ooder says:

          lets see what Emelin brings, unless JM buries him in the doghouse

          The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

          • Habifax says:

            Emelin looks too slow to me. Needs to slim down a bit and pick up the foot speed. If he can I think he can be useful. If not back to KHL.

        • Habifax says:

          I hope Betts plays ‘big’ because I find Moen doesn’t. Also after tonight I am a little worried about Patches. He didn’t look like himself tonight.

    • Caballero says:


      it’s not one game, every game we lose looks more or less like this. You have to learn and grow and change and move forward. We are stuck in this type of game. Too many men, size issues, lack of finish, weak PP, we stop skating after one goal etc. I am far from having anything resembling a hockey mind, but wouldn’t you jot this down and work on these issues consistently until a solution is found? I am starting to think the solution is new coach, new GM.

  18. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Credit to the Leafs for taking all the Habs’ time and space away. They played a very “physical” game, and the Habs failed (repeatedly!) to make them pay on the powerplay. We had, what, 5 pp’s? And how does Desharnais merit 5 times the minutes of Cole on the pp?! I like the kid, but my God!

    All in all, it looked to me like the extended try-out camp that was the team’s pre-season left them without any on-ice cohesion. The soothing mantra of “it’s only the pre-season folks” masked the fact that this team is not yet ready for the new season. And now the recommended hymn will be “it’s only the first game.”

    Mind you, the on-going injury curse placed on the Cdn’s organization by the hockey gods (for the centennial hubris and for turning the shrine/the Forum into a multi-plex) certainly hasn’t helped matters. We may be putting up our Christmas trees before we see the real 2011-2012 Mtl Cdns.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  19. habs001 says:

    camm is a big key for this team…he has to score and create chances…we can all hope that eller can help with the scoring but the reality is he has had very average scoring stats in every place he has played…players get better as they get older and get experience but very few become scorers in the nhh if they have very meager scoring stats prior…

  20. Habifax says:

    A few quick observations…..

    DD with more ice time than Gomez? If DD is our second center 🙁 27% on face offs and one shot on net? JM must be having a bromance with him.

    Like others don’t understand JM’s power play Darche and DD and with the goalie pulled Moen????? Under use of Cole.

    PK needs to be better. First Goal only dman on the ice and caught up. Second big give away.

    Liked the D otherwise and Price was good to very good.

    Luckily it only number 1 not number 82. No where to go but up from this. I hope!

  21. Habster says:

    Ok, this is only onr game, and the Leafs are usually pretty good for the first 10 games or so, but there were a few things of concern ::
    1) Cole on the 3rd line. This one makes no sense. Andrei had lots of time last year to prove he was a fit here. Lets not waste time with this. Put Cole where he belongs
    2) No Wiz at the point on the PP
    3) No Kirk Muller to coach the PP. Was it just me, or did anyone else miss Muller back there on the time out
    4) Alexi Yemelin is a young tough guy. Isn’t is better to bring him in early and give him a chance to play ? Its not like we got lots of tough defensemen

    I don’t mind losing .. but I give Martin a failing grade on this one

  22. DLN-CH4Life says:

    I just checked on the website, and I couldn’t go further than 2004, but we haven’t opened the season at home since before that.
    We’re always starting the season, traveling to other cities while other teams await us with the “home opening buzz”.
    I’m not making excuses for tonight. Not at all.
    PKs turnover was pretty bad, the following goal was beautiful, and Reimer played great.
    But it’s something to look at.


  23. The Dude says:

    Hey Toronto,this is the last time the Leafs are in first,enjoy it!

  24. ooder says:

    make fun of Grabovski all you want on this site but this guy is better then gomez, eller (for now but i believe eller is going to be much better), DD and any other center in our system other then pleks

    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  25. AH says:

    Well that was a dogs breakfast!!! Shut out by the Leafs, sigh! Only the first game but some disturbing trends continue to carry on from last year:

    -Trouble scoring.
    – Price getting run and no one paying for it.
    – Price keeping them in the game as long as he can.
    – JM juggling lines all night. what was cole doing on the 3rd line for most of the night?
    – Another player hurt in the first game against the Leafs.
    Cautious optimism?, not after that mess! Oh well, on to Winnipeg, where the fans will be stoked, and the Jets pumped. Can you say 0-2 going home?

  26. habs11s says:

    Semi-unrelated, What-the-hell is with those stupid numbers on the front of the helmets, appealing to Americans again?


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  27. habpunk says:

    it seems that as soon as the opposition scores, habs give up and stop playing. boy are they mentally weak.

    and can someone please explain why we signed Cole?
    wasn’t it to have a big body in front of the net, especially on the PP?

    so why the hell is Darche and Desharnais(2 4th liners) on the PP and not Cole?????

    JM is without a doubt the worst coach in the NHL now and forever!
    and so is our GM!

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My apology for triple post re HH previously …I guess HIO’s server overloaded making posting hang

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  29. habsbeens says:

    Nothing to worry about. It’s only the first game of the season.

    I predict the Habs will finish in the top 5…

    top 5 of the North East division that is.

  30. twocents says:

    Wow, looks like HI/O has a bumper crop of new whiners this year.

    It’s amazing, it’s like there’s an endless well.

  31. smiler2729 says:

    Just a couple of things…

    hmmm, how come the Habs are always guests for someone’s home opener (last year, Buffalo & Toronto, this year Toronto & Winnipeg)?
    Yeah, how come they never get to sit in their own barn and chill while some opponent has to put up with our warm, fuzzy, home opener buzz?

    hmmm, did that Habs team ever look bored and listless… JM, this is your last season.

    Just sayin’ is all…

    “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

  32. nova scotia vees says:

    That was pathetic. They actually seemed lost and confused. And at the risk of sounding like a broken record….Price should have had both goals and J.M. needs to go.

  33. doug19 says:

    Are we in first place for the draft pick?

    Had good chances in the first.

  34. ooder says:

    absolutely pathetic.
    other than pleks every other forward sucked the big one.
    wtf is with JM… we go out and get a power forward like Cole and he is completely underused… he put freaking Darche on the PP..
    speaking of the PP… absolutely pathetic..
    new and improved gomez is strangely similar to last years gomez.
    the defense wasn’t to shabby, but man the whole team was just piss poor.
    couldn’t score a goal.. tried the exact same play over and over again like it was nhl 09 or something

    The 2010-11 Stanley Cup was not won, but given

  35. MasterHab says:

    Another pathetic failure. Couldn’t buy a goal against a lousy Leafs team that was without Connolly. Totally quit after the first period and as soon as the Leafs started hitting there was no push-back. Price got run over and no one did a damn thing. If you think losing Markov hurts, try to contemplate a season with Peter Budaj as your #1 goalie.

    And then to have Darche on the power-play instead of Cole? Even Martin can’t be that dumb, can he?

    I can’t believe there are people on this board who actually believe that this team isn’t a “bubble” team but is actually a lock for the playoffs. If you think tonight was bad, just wait and see what happens when they play a good team.

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