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That’s three losses to Toronto this season
7th round pick, same thing eh?
A proven power-play guy – and shootout as well. He would have been a smart pickup, especially at that price.
Waste of roster space. Pittsburgh can have him.
two more years isn’t that bad ..except when you look at the fact he’s clogging up the ” center ” position . We have pleks , DD ( economical version of Gomez ) and Eller. These 3 should be our top 3 centers based on their play . So is Gomez worth tying up 5 mi a year over his last 2 years as a # 4 center … I can’t see it so I think they will have to move him eventually .
I’d rather someone use stats instead of flagrant generalizations. One is accurate and the other is not.
And no need to get offensive when someone provides statistics to tell the real story and perhaps give you a friendly push in the right direction should you intend of making a point in the future.
Statistics, quite handy when backing up a statement.
Kovalev for free would have made our team worst.
And thats coming from someone who loved him when he played with us.
We’re a different team with a different system and team mentality. Kovalev wouldn’t have fit.
Kovalev to the Pens for a conditional 7th!
For that price, I would have taken the gamble. That said, the Pens are a high octane machine and we are a defensive one – not sure Kovy would have fit into our game plan
I don’t see him carrying the puck up ice as often as he used to.
Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?
Sure, a seventh rounder (conditional sixth) for a player with 27 points and immense talent seems like a no brainer for a player beloved in Montreal. But…
Kovy doesn’t fit JM’s system. He’s like PK earlier this year, too many high risk, highlight reel plays for JM to fret about. With great talent comes great responsibility.
The price right now is zero — we could get him for nothing. He carries a $2m cap hit, and is a RFA at the end of the season.
Wait…..a SEVENTH for kovalev? Hmm…..I think I would have gone for that, and I was very against bringing him back
How much has PK really reigned in his game?
I don’t want Kovy, but to say that he categorically doesn’t fit into a system is silly.
Flagrant generalizations huh? get a clue. You and stat boy should get a room.
How bout some stats to make your point relative there Jordy-boy? Thought so.
Dear God, it’s me, Chorske.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for removing even the slightest chance that Kovalev would end up back in Montreal.
lol,,! and agree about Kovalev the distraction the team does not need.
Bernier can perhaps catch fire for the Habs!
I agree. Bernier might be worth the risk. He has size and can grind it out. He seemed to have touch around the net back in the day too…
I am thankful that Kovalev is not a Hab anymore or again. While insanely talented… his production (aside from one year) was nothing better than medicore.
Kovalev is like the game of golf. Frustrating as all hell, 17 holes of crappy shots and bad lies, then a nice chip-in birdie from the fringe on 18 and you forget all about the 4hours of agony, swearing and rage that you just suffered through and proclaim “I love golf! It’s awesome!”
Does anyone know what time they open the doors in the Bell Centre so you can go in? Wondering what time I should leave Ottawa to get there for dinner and the game?
“Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden
Habs just traded Ben Maxwell,
no details yet!
Provide stats to prove something (eventhough I’m actually stating an opinion and not a point) that both hasn’t happened and will never happen….hmmmmm. do you think thats possible?
I did some research and found that before the 15 games Chris mentioned above (so the first 45 games of the season) Toronto faced the starting goalie of the opposing team roughly 36 times out of 45.
I say roughly because i split the two Neuvirth starts on either side and there’s some grey issues when it comes to who the Tampa starter actually was in the first 2-3 months.
Overall in the season the leafs have faced an oppositions starting goalie 46 times out of 60. Over 3/4 of the time. Kinda goes against what you were saying before, yes?
Its not personal, just statistics. Although based on your unecessary response my post above, perhaps you have taken it personal??
Can’t win em all eh?
Kovalev to Pens – confirmed by TSN for a 7th round conditional pick
Well…I’d say that Maxwell wasn’t looking like a good bet to break into the MTL line-up and 4th round picks usually put the crap in crapshoot so…I give the advantage to MTL on this one. Both Dawes and Maxwell are in the AHL so it kinda looks like Sopel for a fourth and I suspect that Dawes has a much better chance of breaking into the habs lineup than Maxwell.
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I like the acquisition of Dawe. Every time I’ve seen him play he has been involved and making things difficult for the other team. He’ll be back in the bigs soon, I think.
Maxwell was given a great shot last year and never made it happen. Desharnais ate his lunch. Good luck to Ben – hopefully he can turn it around in Atl.
It’s a “meh” trade.
Sopel adds NHL depth on D, Dawes (who i always liked) is a fringe NHLer who works hard, hustles and plays with some physicality.
So, yah, It’s good enough.
Alex Auld getting the start tonight from Marc-Antoine Godin.
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
My comment was a half hearted jab at the Maple Leafs. I sorry that it offended you two so much that you felt the need to search out stats in some half-assed way to prove me wrong. It’s rather pathetic. But if this sort of thing is how you get your kicks, then have at it Jordy. I’ll try to keep my Leaf bashing down to a minimum knowing how much it bothers you two.
ohhhhhh i get it!
You want me to use Kovalev stats from two years ago when he played for the habs when they had a different head coach, different players, different system, different team philosophy/mentality and use that useless information in order to prove my opinion and predict that the habs would be better off without kovalev now…
gee, why didn’t you say that from the get-go!
Habs get Brent Sopel from Atlanta.
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From Bob McKenzie Twitter
ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to MTL for Ben Maxwell and a 4th rder. Done deal.
haha, turn down the overreact dial a tad.
How is he supposed to provide stats for something that didn’t happen? The point is that he was given every opportunity in Ottawa and he friggin dogged it. Crapped the bed. And then, true to form, blamed everyone but himself. I don’t need stats to back up my opinion that he is a bum and we’re better off without him.
you need to give something up to get something. good luck to maxwell, and welcome sopel!
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This seems like a good trade, right? Please enlighten me O’Genius Armchair GMs of HI/O
Sounds good…Brent Sopel is reliable and Nigel Dawes was pretty gritty when he was with the NYR.
“I am guilty of using elipses…”
Auld??? The team survives on Price alone but hey, let’s throw Auld in.
I may avoid this game tonight because the last thing I need is a worse mood
Considering he has played for this team before, Im sure there are some stats that will point out if he made our team worse or not? Oh I get it, you only want to use stats if and when they support your point. pathetic.
good enough for me
Not I. It’s not just the pick. It’s the salary, the cap space, the expectations and attitude. The pick has nothing to do with it- the bigger issue is one of chemistry, of fit, of willingness to play under a defense-first system.
Bob Mackenzie TSN:
ATL trades Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to HABS for Ben Maxwell and a 4th round pick
F that noise… nothing personal against Auld but I’m hoping to go to the game tonight and suddenly those tickets feel less worthwhile. I know it’s a ridiculous feeling but it almost seems like an exhibition game or a “friendly” in soccer terms when Auld starts… Not a fierce late season Eastern Conference match-up.
Most teams play their backups against the Maple Losers. It’s like a league wide snub.
What does PGs dietary habits have to do with Hockey?
If anything that and his Marathoning reveal him to be a focused, dedicated & thorough individual who is not prone to making hasty decisions.
(Context: I’m a carnivore who has not run a marathon).
Huge game tonight. Bigger than Vancouver. It’s almost March, and we all know what that means in central Canada. The end of winter is nigh and the Toronto Maple Leafs have realized their season has started. It’s the customary last-gasp for ninth. Though we may be loath to admit it, these Maple Leafs are on the cusp and will in all likelihood carry this momentum into the next season and contend. So the Habs have to stock up on maple syrup tonight because Toronto won’t always be waffle. Win tonight, and there’s a good chance game 82 won’t carry so much weight. Reimer has been doing well, but he’s just a place-holder. The next real deal, of course, is that Finnish Fortress, Jussi Rynnas. His success is pre-ordained – he painted his agent on his mask, and he will make him famous when he signs a Dipietro-deal in the summer of 2012. And then there’s the Arab Gretzky… These buds will be very deciduous Leafs. I need some gloating ammunition now before the prophecy manifests itself.
I agree with you completely. This is not the same team that Kovy was last on, that team had a lot more firepower (believe it or not). This team is D first, something Kovy just doesn’t do.
We need another forward more than a D man, IMO, but Kovy just isn’t the answer.
Chris Neil or Milan Michalek would be nice.
I’d take Dustin Penner, but only if the asking price isn’t too high.
That said, I’d be comfortable with this team going into the playoffs.
Too bad Markov and Gorges aren’t in the lineup…if they were, we could have honestly thought about making a run
Probably not as special as you felt during this reply.
Great post Chris, as always.
As far as Gomez tradeability, it’s slim to none, not with that albatross of a contract. I do see something possible in two years time when his cap hit isn’t twice his actual value.
If Gauthier would trade him though, I’d be shocked. Very VERY shocked.
Regarding the Leafs:
Like Jane, I do worry a bit about this one for all the reasons she mentioned. The Leafs have been a decent team since January 1 (13-8-3), built largely off a hot February (7-2-2). Phil Kessel has seemingly woken up from his long slump (4 goals in his last 4 games after going scoreless in his previous 14 games), but the Kulemin-Grabovski-MacArthur line seems to have cooled a bit since Grabovski was possibly concussed in the Boston game last week.
Reimer has been playing excellent hockey for them since his promotion, keying the team’s improvement since January 1, as he has put up a 9-4-2 record to go with a stirling 2.12 GAA, 0.934 SV% and a pair of shutouts.
Leafs games are rarely gimmies, and with Reimer in net the Leafs seem to be a more confident team that has limited opposition scoring chances.
Regarding Scott Gomez:
Well, the trade deadline is just around the corner and I remain VERY interested in whether Gauthier has the interest and opportunity to deal Gomez. In sports, a significant amount of one’s success stems from a combination of four things: natural talent, hard work, opportunity and luck. It doesn’t matter who a player is, if they don’t have at least 3 of those things, they are going to struggle.
There is no question that Gomez is a talented player: he is an excellent skater and puck-handler. His shot is very much below average, but he has forged a long, successful career out of his skating and puck control, leading to an impressive career summary.
I think you could make a safe argument that he has had the opportunities in Montreal: he has received 18-20 minutes for most of his stay here, he has received some PP time (although not always on the first wave due to the emergence of Plekanec) and has often been given some of the team’s most talented wingers as his linemates.
So what’s gone wrong? I would argue it is his luck and his work ethic: Gomez is the kind of guy that looks like he’s working hard because of his speed, but is he really? He does not go to the net with the puck, preferring to peel off to the boards to avoid the high-traffic areas. His back-checking over the past two years has been resembling more and more that of Saku Koivu near the end of Koivu’s sting in Montreal: he hustles when he has the puck, but seems to lose a gear when he’s chasing. From the luck point of view, he has not benefitted from top-notch scoring linemates, which he has generally in his good seasons (Jagr in 2007-08, Gionta in 2005-06, Patrik Elias throughout his New Jersey career), and we’ve seen him miss a number of great scoring chances that even he would normally bury.
The most persistent defence of Gomez has been based on his leadership and experience. I continue to have a hard time with this one. Mark Messier was rightfully seen as one of the greatest leaders in all of sports, not just hockey. But even Messier was fallible: his stint in Vancouver was not successful, both because of a poor fit and his trying to replace a local hero (Trevor Linden).
I think Gomez is suffering that same fate: he’s never really been perceived as an on-ice leader in his career, partially because of his fun-loving and somewhat carefree personality, and he replaced Koivu, who very much was an on-ice leader and was a relatively beloved player in the community. He’s not a guy who can take a team on his back and carry it to victory, nor is he the kind of guy that inspires his teammates through his physical play or willingness to block shots or go the extra mile. He’s being unfairly maligned for his lack of goal-scoring, which is as laughable as the attacks on Laraque’s “lack” of fighting. It’s like people can’t look back at a player’s career and see what they did before. Cheetahs don’t change their spots when they are 30 years old!
Gomez, to me, is a guy who would benefit tremendously from a change of scenery. He can still be a very valuable NHL player in the right environment. But I can’t really see that Montreal is that environment anymore, and I’m not sure that the team stands much to gain by keeping Gomez if another team wants him (and that is the $7.3 million IF right there…), as Plekanec plays the same game, and to a lesser extent so does Desharnais.
The call will come down to Gauthier’s gut: does he think that Gomez has anything left in him to turn it on for a playoff run, or has Gomez hit the wall in Montreal and become a liability? I think it is the latter, but I’m not the GM.
Seems like a pretty good deal to me. Though I’m no armchair genius like some of the stat kings on this site.
whatever dude, let’s just let it go, and agree to disagree.
I don’t see much of him but what’s the fuss about Svatos??? Teams are tripping over themselves to sign, claim and re-claim the guy. I can even understand not wanting to take on $3m in cap space for Kotalik next season, but come GM’s out there:
Zherdev makes $2m, is a UFA, seems to play a strong game and was forced out after Philly brought in too many players… Suprised that some teams didn’t claim Rivet, good character, good size, HAD offensive skills. Not much risk and a UFA at the end of the year (hello Vancouver…)
I’d take a shot at Bernier if the price was right.He ‘s had enough years in the league to figure it out.On another note I don’t see Gauthier doing a dam thing except making another avocado and rice cake sandwich before the trade deadline . My beloved Habs are gonna be Humiliated for all times in this play off when they play Boston or Philly and the Molsons will then step in(If it’s was me It would be a Holmes on Holmes tear down to the foundation and rebuild!).
To be practical, assuming Auld is going to start one this week as it has been a while, it makes more sense to play Price against current #8 team Carolina.
Yeah, looking through their last 15 games, I see how that is the case
The Habs did as well second last time & the Habs lost.
Former first rounder, projected power forward, and homeboy Bernier is on waivers. Zherdev went unclaimed.
On waivers: Steve Bernier (FLA) Mike Smith (TB)
Claimed on waivers Thursday: Marek Svatos (NSH) claimed by OTT
Cleared waivers Thursday:Craig Rivet (BUF) Nik Zherdev (PHI) Jeremy Colliton (NYI) Ales Kotalik (CGY)
I think it’s the right game for Auld to play. It gives Price a nice block of rest time. It’s a long season.
In a few less words, Gomer doesn’t like the pressure in Mtl. His attitude is he likes us if we like him, but he has his fat paycheck to cuddle up to so he’s not invested emotionally as we are. I believe he’d be a great fit with the Bruins (who need a playmaker) OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!
Sopel will become an anchor on the blueline for Habs,
this guy is tough and has lots of pride! and is a Stanley cup Winner!
ONCE AGAIN PG pulls another trade straight outa his hat, and all habs fans will be saying AMAZING !
in very near future.
ALTHOUGH I sincerely think something further is cooking with PG
can’t wait to see what else happens by deadline day!
I like the fact that Sopel has a good plus/minus. Don’t really care to much for Nigel Dawes, not that I think he was a bad pick up. He will probably play in the farm I would imagine.
Where the hell was Gauthier on the Kovalev deal? A SEVENTH round pick! UGH!
Ward (x2), Pavlec (x1), Miller (x2) play for teams in the battle for the last spot, so it’s in different context.
The number of games over a recent time period may also factor into the #1s getting playing time against a lesser team. For example, if the Bruins only had two games in 5 days, then they’d be more lilely to play TT. if they played 3 in 4 then Rask would be more likely to see ice time. Especially if the other two were the Flyers and Pens… (pulled those #s/Teams outta my butt. They are not there for accuracy, just for discussions sake).
I think any time you can add a 5 or 6 d’man and a third of fourth liner with a little grit and determination for a 4th pick and a guy that will never make the big club, I think it’s a good deal and at least take care of a few of the gaps. I have a feeling that the Habs have a lot of money tied up in some offensive players and it will be up to them to step up. One thing that we can say about Gainey and Gauthier is that they always seem to pick out the good role players that don’t make big headlines, but end up making a difference in the end. (Moore, Halpern, Tom the Bomb, Pyatt etc etc)
A good trade, but it just plugs a couple holes in the boat. We already have the captains that need to steer the ship.
“I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB
Agreed. I always kind of liked Dawes. He is a bit undersized (5’9″), but he can definitely contribute. If he replaces Pyatt, I’m all for it!
And Sopel was good enough to play over 18 minutes per game for a Stanley Cup winning team. So he strikes me as a better fit for an injury depleted blueline than Paul Mara was.
I was never all that keen on Maxwell, but I share your hope that he discovers his game in Chicago. This was a pretty decent trade given that we’re giving up a prospect that doesn’t appear to fit our plans and a 4th round pick for a guy who should be able to contribute and a depth forward that can potentially help the team.
I’m sure Gauthier would at the very least seriously consider moving Gomez but with his sallary it will never happen. Two more years of Gomez for us which isn’t horrific but it aint good.
I won’t go as far as avoiding the game and I question your reasoning on that decision but I do agree with you on Auld being a poor choice. Price has owned the Leafs who will throw all they have at Montreal. Auld lost his only game against them letting in a couple of very stoppable goals. I haqve already received an email from a Toronta fan who is jumping for joy at avoiding Price. Coach’s decison and I can only hope Auld plays a great game.
hah, maybe I’m too unoriginal to create my own posts so i resort to keeping others accountable for what they say. All in good fun.
The Leafs will play hard now that they have a sniff at the playoffs. Its like their equivalent to winning the cup.
No question…I think that the frequency with which most #1’s play now makes it a bit harder to say that teams rest them against weaker opponents. In many cases, the back-ups get in during a back-to-back pair, whoever the team might be playing in those cases.
Other factors come in too…the Habs have seen their own fair share of back-ups over the past few years, especially if the back-up goalie is French-Canadian. Coaches seem to ride that hunch pretty often against the Habs.
Hopefully you find your being asked to get a room with me as amusing as I did, given that you’ve never been shy about taking me to task in the past when you disagree with me.
Congrats stat boy, you’ve earnerd yourself a cookie. I wasn’t talking about the last 15 games cherry picker, I was talking about a trend I noticed over the last couple seasons. It’s kinda creepy how all you do is come on here and try and use cherry-picked stats to prove people wrong. Does that make you feel special?
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill
Mara’s into the game.
I agree 100%. Don’t know if I’d lay all of that on Auld.
Anyone playing with Gomez could say exactly the same thing.
If I had a decent centerman……….
“I only like to watch and takes notes” JM
ya to throw up from aulds performance
GWG = game winning gionta!
Jacques has to call a timeout after the second goal. But whatever. I don’t have any illusions about getting back into this game. The officials already ripped it away anyway.
It’s going to take the entire game to get back those ten minutes. brutal.
Yeah, so I went to the store after the Hamr goal; figured a few beers would be good with the leaf-spankin…and I come back to this catastrophe…
What the hell did you guys do???
What the hell happend, I go to the bath room come back and it’s 3-1!
True. It ain’t Auld on him.
The refs must be from ontario.
Can you imagine how many goals Kessel would get if he had a decent centerman.
Great sniper when he wants but once that train gets rolling…
OK the Habs spotted the Laughs 3 goals time to take them back
How did that stay out?
Now do you still support Auld so vociferously?
What is his save %age GAA now?
Could stop a beachball! Again!
Some of the Habs went with you for a bathroom break.
ManApart and he gang of trolls will be out big time tonight telling us all how bad this team is… Oh Im too late Kool-Aid boy is already here.
At least make Reimer work for his saves.
wow so everything goes by auld..
and yet all our pucks bounce wide
I think we may have seen the last of Auld.
Get that joker out of the goal.
Poor guy. 2 crappy penalty calls and a failing D and Auld gets the blame. Too bad.
Blame PG he KNEW what he was getting in Auld. Some of us said it was a dumb move not to get a decent backup. Oh well.
hahahaha PRICE? Why now Martin? I thought he needed a break? I supposed it’s HIS fault now if they lose?
No surprise, Auld was still out west.
Terrible. The whole team is sucking.
Is that back to back starts Auld get pulled? Not what a backup is supposed to do.
Refs got their wish, totally took any momentum the Habs had.
PRICE? Why now Martin?
Have you been watching?
Dave Jackson is terrible.
Nice shift there.
“They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price
Do you think Martin will have the nerve to tell Jackson that he sucks after the first period? Maybe try and get a call here or there? Or will his sit there, take notes and look up to the clock and mutter “F-Me” every time the Habs get the short end of the stick?
I am most definitely not blaming Auld. He is playing as well as someone with his talent can play after sitting for two weeks.
8 different teams in like 9 years would indicate he is NOT a great goalie. But PG knew that right?
Not really on topic, but Stevie managed to dump his salary when he realized his mistake.
Ellis was a better bet than Auld. Or do you disagree?
How many back up goalies are great? Even your boy Stevie Y make a mistake signing Ellis.
JR is drunk on the kool-aid again, he does not see things as clear as the rest of us.
Oh well what can we do, JR troll is already here drinking his kool-aid saying how dumb PG is….
Imagine if DD had Gomez’s ice time and wingers?
Really Auld’s only mistake was the 2nd goal. He doesn’t play enough to really have a chance to get an momentum. Try to remember his sv% is pretty good. Better than Price’s…
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
Why isn’t DD playing more? JM doesn’t want any goals?
He has a bit of physicality to him, but I think he’s more of a positional defender like Gorges is. I don’t think he’s big enough or strong enough to be considered a crease-clearer.
Aw…you can’t even kiss and make up with a Halakite/Price-Bot (depending on your faction) while staring at the Apocalypse!?? Harsh!
Very good and well timed Ian. LOL
The day could have turned out differently – Kovalev and Rivet for a late draft pick. Instead we get Sopel and Dawes for Maxwell and a 4th. I might have preferred the former but I’m fine with who we picked up. Sopel may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered.
The only thing that would have been unacceptable is if Gauthier did nothing. We needed some help on defence and it’s good to have another experienced player. Sopel seems like a heck of a person off the ice, too.
Overall, a good day, which will morph into a great day when the final whistle blows in about 5 hours.
David was in his 5th grade class when the teacher asked the children whattheir fathers did for a living.All the typical answers came up – fireman, policeman, salesman, etc.. David was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father ?. ‘My father’s an exotic dancer in a gay bar and takes off all his clothes in front of other men, sometimes, if the offer’s really good, he’ll go out to the alley with some guy for money.’
The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some colouring, and took little David aside to ask him, ‘Is that really true about your father?’
‘No,’ said David, ‘He plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids.’
Kovy should have come back to his Kingdom … we worshiped him. I worshiped him. (Tear)
Is trading Maxwell smart? Oh ya gotta love that one eh?
Rick Dudley’s got an eye for these types of players. He’s a hockey genius that build contenders in Ottawa and Tampa Bay…
Since when is the Habs-Leafs game not on an English National broadcast? Weird.
He’s backup tonight.
I’d rather have a “midnight toker” in the middle!
Has Gomez been dealt yet?
Anyone see this photo of AK46 yet? This is the funniest thing I have seen in a while! http://xdoyou.tumblr.com/post/3490419732
I hope so too
yeah…. i hope i’m right..
i posted this originally to ian but i think i’ve got a good point in regards to our d(let me know what you guys think):
markov has given it all to this team.. he is a class act who brings a whole new dimension to the team…
now i am ready to accept the fact that markov post knee surgery is not the same markov..
however… i think markov is aware of that as well… a player of his caliber knows his limitations and i would gladly take him in with open arms… and hopefully the habs brass sees the same way as i do…
think about this d corp
markov, spacek, gill (maybe)
Wiz, Emeling (for that piece of nasty)
markov has given it all to this team.. he is a class act who brings a whole new dimension to the team…
now i am ready to accept the fact that markov post knee surgery is not the same markov..
however… i think markov is aware of that as well… a player of his caliber knows his limitations and i would gladly take him in with open arms… and hopefully the habs brass sees the same way as i do…
think about this d corp
markov, spacek, gill (maybe)
Wiz, Emeling (for that piece of nasty)
are you kidding? let me say one thing thats certain, we don’t have a defenseman of SOPELS calibre on the blue line right now, his toughness is at SOURAYS level, he is a leader and a veteran and he brings a truck load of GRIT. To compare him to WEB is a joke... this guy is going to bring some respect to our sweater.
He is, but I think it is/was for a sore hand…can’t see that keeping him out for two more weeks.
Halak’s more likely to be in Peoria by that time.
Didn’t see the whole game, VH, but it looked to me like there were long stretches with Kesler enjoying a cup of tea in the crease.
When you say soapy I imagine… ooh, nevermind.
That is a media narrative that has taken on a life of its own. Gill is aces at clearing the crease & he did his job. Mara likewise.
I’m looking for a spirited game tonight. Leafs will have been shown video of that last 3-0 shutout, so they’ll be up for revenge on our home court. Paul Mara will get in a fight.
love the punchline.
Judging on tonight’s speed I’d say no. Could be a major blackout in a making.
So if Sopel plays who sits? Weber? I presume so cause all the others are pretty much a lock as far as I am concerned. Also probably means that at least one of Hammer, Spach, Markov, Mara, Wiz?
Either way, I don’t see how this trade really improves our team since Dawes is sent to A and Sopel is a better than Weber, but only maybe…
Walsh clients aren’t welcome in Montreal anymore.
Mackasey lives in Montreal. He’s at every game
I thought Halak was on IR.
Small contract with performance bonuses maybe!
No repenting going on over here, mister.
Oh boy, pretty obnvious where this is going.
Well that didn’t take long. Idiot Phaneuf proving his frankenstein-ish intelligence.
this jason botcheford character is a bit of a moron. Never heard of or seen him before, and hope to never again. He is an embarassment to TSN.
Although another way of looking at it is as a way of keeping the No. 2 involved and fresh. And since the Leafs are currently looking like making a push, Auld will surely feel affirmed by the confidence being placed in him. I know they’re professionals, but they’re ultimately still humans as well!
Please smoke the Leafs tonight, I have to listen to Joe Bowen and the rest of the leaf blowers on Sportsnet
That was word for word Boone…. If you didn’t copy and paste it from some Goodfellas quote site, you just went up a notch in my cool book
Four Hab Fans suggesting Price had too much to drink after the Vancouver game.
The REAL pressing issue around here is whether the HI/O servers have been finally optimized. Because the Server Apocalypse is just 14 days away: the first meeting between Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak as opposing goalies!
The end (of HI/O) is near!!! Repent all you Halakites and Price-Bots!
If you’re right, then hopefully PG hasn’t finished horse-trading. Because Kesler owned our crease last night, his value not quite fulfilled because Price somehow stopped shots he never saw. Anyone from Boston or Philly scouting game tape will be in no doubt as to how to take us down.
Sopel. Kind of guy who would have escorted the likes of Ryan Kesler out of the crease?
I put this on the other page as well. For your review please:
One of my fav scenes…!
I don’t understand Auld getting the start.
Play Price tonight and Saturday (Carolina), and those two wins assure us of a playoff spot.
I find it a bit strange to hear that a goalie is “worn down” seeing that he gets a night off between most of his starts.
Well I don’t think we need him Honestly. I know he is great but we can handle the load without him. Sad too see the day he leaves though.
Something tells me that UFA Markov is done in Montreal.!!
Thanks SF09, looks like Florida gets Ryan Carter and a 2011 5th round pick,
just got posted at TSN tradecenter
Ellington’s “I’m Just a Lucky So and So”.
If there were stuff floating aimlessly around his head, I’d swear he was on the space shuttle.
I am torn, really like Markov, but I think he will be a shell of his former self,
If Habs do try him, like SeriousFan mentions, I would agree with that, although at what price?
Markov has not given us very much in the last couple of years, what is his worth now?
Toronto Maple Leafs Signing Bonus
During the summer of 2009 the Toronto Maple Leafs found they had to sign a few Free Agents and decided to offer additional signing bonuses. They promised any UFA who volunteered to sign a long term high dollar value contract an additional signing bonus of $1,000 for every inch measured in a straight line between any two points on his body. The UFA got to choose what those two points would be.
The first UFA who accepted asked that he be measured from the top of his head to the tip of his toes. He was measured at six feet and walked out with a signing bonus of $72,000.
The second UFA who accepted was a little smarter and asked to be measured from the tip of his outstretched hands to his toes. He walked out with $96,000.
The third one was Mike Komisarek an Unrestricted Free Agent from Montreal, who when asked where he would like to be measured replied, ‘From the tip of my weenie to my testicles.’
It was suggested by his Agent that he might want to reconsider, explaining about the nice big checks the previous two Players had received.
But Komisarek insisted and they decided to go along with him providing the measurement was taken by the Team’s Medical Officer.
The Medical Officer arrived and instructed Komisarek to ‘drop ‘em,’ which he did. The medical officer placed the tape measure on the tip Komisarek’s weenie and began to work back. “Dear Lord!” he suddenly exclaimed, ”Where are your testicles?”
Mike Komisarek calmly replied, ” Montreal ”.
Funny in what way?
“Funny”? I was trying for “disturbing”.
You would have preferred Rivet, really? I live in Buffalo… his career has become a joke. He is awful in every way. And he makes over a million dollars more. I know everyone has opinions, but I don’t think we’re talking about the same Rivet. But seeing as he’s been scratched since December while being Captain, I imagine you wouldn’t have seen him play too much lately…
What the difference between last night’s lottery winner and Scott Gomez? The former has a better shot and can hit the back of the net with it!
The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.
Nothing about Weiss, but Corey Stillman just got moved to Carolina.
Ahh, that’s the worst! I hate Sportsnet’s blackouts.
TSN Habs is carrying it if Ottawa falls in that region.
I said I might have preferred the former. I kind of wanted Kovy for the power play. I knew that Rivet was sitting out, but hadn’t realized that it was that long. I’m happy with the deal, though – Sopel could be a nice fit.
This is a huge game, I expect nothing less than a win. We need those 2 points and we need to crush the Leaf’s dreams of making a late run to the playoffs.
Gotta play him at some point.
I think MTL will give Markov at least another try first, he’s simply too talented not to try him for another season, even with PK Subban growing his game, MTL could use an elite defencemen, PK can learn a ton from just playing next to Markov for a year or two.
Montreal’s learned to play and win without Andrei, but it’s no doubt they’re a calmer, more composed team and just better when he’s on the ice.
Minnesota scout, huh…
We hard Havlat was none too happy in Wild world. His cap hit is not ideal, but I think the final 4 years of his deal are more promising than Kostitsyn’s next 4. Try to sneak Gomez in there too for Matt Cullen to center the third or fourth line… They get younger, we get some cap relief… and we get better. If we have to sweeten I would throw a pick.
that better have been either Megan Fox or Scarlett Johanssen…
You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f—ed up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f—in’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
Something tells me Sopes Twitter account will be growing exponentially after today.
Here is the original link over on 25th stanley to the same photo for those who are interested. (It took me a while to find the source of the original photo)
Nope, the joker is still in the deck.
Dregger just speculated that Stephen Weiss may have just been traded,
anyone have any additional info?
I shit you not, Gomez’s favorite song is “Take the Money and Run” by the Steve Miller Band! You can tell he is on the bench whistling it between shifts!
ok, anybody else finds Boone’s image… umm… funny?
Sportsnet Ontario is covering the game. I had to double check myself haha
Thats what i tought when we got the wiz, although hes been putting up the points and improve our power play, we have yet to see his nasty side, im afradi we might not even see it this season due to his facial injury. oh well
** Buck Fruins **
This better be a good game, I can’t stand losing to the leafs. haha
I live in Ottawa so, I have to watch on RDS, otherwise I can check in on pro darts from England as the alternative being broadcast due to blackout regulations.
Don’t. Ever. Give. Up.
Last time I was in Montreal my friends and I went to Boston Pizza in Brossard to watch. Food was good. The place was PACKED…… But then again so is/was Peel Pub……
That’s a little better.
Better off calling up Sanford. He’s been great for the last couple of seasons in the A.
He’s fine, he wasn’t in pain on the bench. Hamrlik is getting more PP time bacuse Subban is playing more PK, basically because Hamrlik was doing too much damage to us there. Either way, this late in a game, don’t use Hamrlik.
Leafs have 17 shots, 7 on the PP. We have 2 shots on the PP and 23 in total… We are dominating this game 5-5, if we can stay outta the box(refs), we should be able to win this game
Sheesh! Two potential rushes halted by the need for a line change.
you all think this bad refereeing is just an accident?
5 on 5 Laffs can never win,
this is corruption is what it is! where is the accountability in this league for the referees and the travesties that occur?
the only way is to create a complete aggravation, and it’s what the referees have been regularly doing,
it seems like every one of the habs players have had a ridiculous call by refs,
THERE NEEDS TO BE A THIRD PARTY THAT REVIEWS GAMES AND CALLS THE GUILTY PARTIES TO ORDER BY EMBARASSING THEM PUBLICLY AND PRESSURING THEM.
Right now there is notnhing and the corruption continues.
Keep dreaming! The fat lady sang.
“We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “
why is he on the ice!
JM NEVER plays the optimum offensive lineup. He always wants a plugger on the top two lines. Halpern???
Pouliot, AK and DD on the checking lines??? Is DD going to be benched in the third per usual? Actually has DD played much at all?
The most horrible passing plays the last minute. Skating up the ice was SERIOUIS business after a long game of no issues getting the puck up the ice. Every goddamn forward forgot how to recieved a pass.
Somebody Ream one on Reimer!
Thanks for the laugh.
I like the way that period came to a close, we cannot let this one get away!!
really a time out with 10 seconds left?????????????????????????????????????
“After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.
Looks like everyone came to play tonight.
Except Auld of course…
Good God. Thanks for the two points Jacques.
Regards, Toronto Maple Leafs.
Always beating you when it matters since 2000.
Thanks for starting Auld.
This team will go nowhere with Gomez masquerading as a top six forward.
whaa berky.. im totally on board the gomez dislike with you
this guy does everything that is asked of him and more… if this guy isn’t on your team forget last years playoffs as well as this year we would have been up shits creek as well (not as much because of the emergence of pk and webber)
This loss is squarely on Martin. End of story. No debate.
Dave Jackson being from Montreal very likely means that he’d like to avoid the accusation of a bias in favour of the Habs. And his crew is very likely aware of this as well.
And for that reason. Officials should not be assigned to call games with their hometown teams involved.
Refs can go f*ck themselves. They stole this game in the first.
I’m told not to worry about incompetent officiating, that it all evens out in the end. Will somebody let me know when that happens, cuz it’s getting late in the season.
Can YOU spell?
Time for Gomez to become the highest paid player in the AHL.
Well the NFL is run efficiently. Did anyone else catch Grabovski grab a Habs’ jersey, pull him towards him and then check him? That’s like the hockey equivalent to a rabbit punch.
I was having such a good day……………
This really sucks.
Of course he is, he is playing absurd minutes at 36 years old. Without him they really have no offensive threat D man that can do what he does.
People want to blame someone, blame the GMs for not doing shit about losing Markov…AGAIN!
It was sickening! Patches ties it up with ample time to re-group and they jack-off the rest of the way in the last 1:30. Gomez could have carried that puck out of the D-zone, instead, he chose to pass it through a dozen legs. They really don’t have any chemistry.
What are you on about?
Justin, my question was laying blame in twofold, Martin’s decision making on icetime, and also pointing out that Hamrlik hasn’t been good. For the first 30 games of the season, I’d agree with you about Hamrlik, but he’s a joke lately. Watch him on the PP, every time the puck comes towards him it goes over the line. Once he has the puck, I don’t worry, but he can’t receive a pass to save his life, and he never EVER skates to get a pass, he always reaches, allowing an opposing player to skate past him and get position. He’s lazy, and I can’t stand watching it.
If our other defensemen were gassed, I would understand his high ice time, but they weren’t. Subban only playing 20 minutes when he’s capable of much more and was the best of the bunch tonight by a long long shot, and Mara played reasonably well but only got 11 minutes. This game came down to horrible bench management by JM and Perry Pearn when it comes to defensemen.
I really don’t know.
Let’s not talk like that PLEASE! F*ck
We have all been through that before- F’n Leafs
two icings in a row. Looks like the linesmen remembered how to do their jobs.
Yes Mike, 3 Ls to Toronto, 2 to the great Islanders, & 2 to Edmonton. Embarrassing it is but at least were consistent.
Yes, the calls on both sides were bad (e.g., icings, Gio lifting the stick “hooking”, the Leafs interference with Price).
But, we lacked disciplined (again), our defensive coverage was poor (e.g., the Lebda goal and the Leafs 5th goal), and our D overall is just real weak (e.g., Hammer, Weber).
I am fine with Weber being packaged as part of a deal for some help.
Auld was not good at all on the 2nd goal. We need a real backup. Being good in the room is not good enough; we need someone who can play too.
Do you think a group of NFL officials would be given another game for the remainder of the season and playoffs if they had a game this bad?
Nope, they’d be fired the next morning.
You forgot stupid coaching!
Andrew, Hamrlik played over 28 min, who else is going to do that and create chances (besides PK), this isn’t about Roman, this is about terrible coaching decisions tonight. You want to lay that flaming brown bag of shit on someone’s doorstep so bad, but you keep putting it on the neighbor’s with the hot daughter. WRONG HOUSE!
This team would SUCK more without Hamr…bottom line.
Habs can’t buy a call!
Bottom line this team needs lights out goaltending EVERY game even against mediocre opposition to win. That is a VERY fine line between losing and winning.
Superior coaching? Won’t happen!
Superior forwards? Won’t happen!
Superior defense? Won’t happen without superior goaltending!
WTF was that? Halpern just got mugged, no call. AGAIN!!!!
Yeesh….plenty of blame to go around but I’m too tired.
Even the pro-Leafs Sportsnet is questioning the calls against the Habs.
……a team with heart and no fu&^in brains is a loser……..
ENJOYING THE NHL-REF-SYNDICATE YET?
His puck retrieval at the point is reaching MAB-esque levels.
I really think old JM is not long for this team,& that would be a positive.As it looks now Habs will start dropping games & be fighting for a playoff spot. My how the mighty have fallen,to be happy to ‘just make the playoffs’ I hope the Molson’s get pissed off enough to demand some real changes that provide Montreal with a winning direction again.
JM has to save PK for the PK. This team wins in spite of JM.
Will someone from the Gazette please take a stand and call out these corrupt officials?
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
The difference between Gill and Hamrlik is that Gill is effective with his stick, and Hamrlik isn’t.
What a poorly prepared team. It was clear within the first minute when Pleks was all chippy that the team was not focused on their game and was looking for scraps = penalties. No discipline at all, and no correction by the coaching staff. And no 4 lines rolling. I thought we only roll 3 against the best teams! Oh yeah, then there were the penalties in the o zone. A capital crime, or at least a capital crime for some players.
Well Hammer definitely wasnt the worst D nor was he the Habs’ best D tonight. He was ok tonight, had a ton of giveaways… namely the giveaway to Kessel on the PP, which doesn’t show up as a +/-…
I agree that Hammer has stepped up without Gorges & Markov. Problem is, Hammer is showing his age…
Kirk looks like the head coach behind that bench, when they were filming Kirk talking to Cami then Plex right after, didn’t see JM any where lol.
It’s unbelievable how much better Eller is at centre as opposed to wing.
The only scoring chance the Habs have had tonight they scored.
Enough being a drama queen. we should gotten the W, an easy 2 points.
Our team is just not big enough and not disciplined.
Stop making excuses for the loss, give credit to Toronto stealing 2 points forom us at home.
Desperation hockey from hereon in.
So right Smiler, pathetic!
Nope. It’s Auld’s fault that Gionta got penalized on a phantom call. That Schenn is allowed to do whatever he wants. That Toronto can ice the puck without it being called but we can’t. That Plekanec can have his hands slashed repeatedly with no call. That Auld and Price can be run 5 times in 30 minutes with only one call made. That two Leafs dive in a 5 minute span without being penalized and that Pouliot can get punched in the head, face washed and held by three Leafs and Travis Moen is the only player who gets called.
That’s all Auld’s fault. Not the officials.
SportsNet even questioning the refs … there that bad!
I thought that was the turning point too. They had the mojo, were on their way, and that just killed it. They were never the same. I think they knew the fix was in.
Even the leaf annoucers were confused by that no-icing, icing call…
They waived the Loaf icing – but called aours.
That sucks for Carey, too. Auld has a rough game, is scored on three times, but it’s Price that gets nailed with the loss.
You think about how many of the younger guys on this team have been told to watch from the press box since JM became coach and it just frosts me that Gomez has not been asked to sit in the BGL suite and eat hot dogs!
Icings now too. Leafs are allowed.
MARTIN SHOULD BE FIRED FOR STARTING THE SIEVE AULD.MARTIN HAS BEEN A LOSER HIS WHOLE CAREER AND WILL BE FOREVER.TIME FOR MULLER TO TAKE OVER AND BRING IN ROY TO ASSIST HIM .
One of my fav players ties the game, has the most shots, and the team pretends like there is 10 min left.
It is not April 1st yet boys…Joke? Nah, cruel punishment for cheering on the best (ok used to be the best) damn professional sports team in North America run by feckin eejits.
Yikes… they’re even screwing up the icing calls. That’s two blatant misses already.
When yer backup sucks, you either do that or call a guy up from the A.
i’m starting to think this team has a very very shitty sports psychologist
BTW Wiz just got obstructed, no call on the play.
boone give basu credit on that 135 minute stat, he tweeted that haha
Why on earth did Hamrlik play over 6 minutes on the PP? These dildonic personnel decisions need to stop.
Wiz gets leveled away from the play, no call.
Screw that! The E is calling! All he would do to the dogs is turn them into a pile of poop!
I mentioned that earlier. That last game in the ACC will matter folks. It will!
It’s just blatant now. Inconceivable actually.
i am actaully speechless by the refs this game
I just question his ice time? Sending him down is not going to happen but playing him on the third or fourth line is a no brainer.
Why is he still getting the ice time and PP time? And why do some people say his defensive skills are one of his intangibles?
If there is any plus … we now know we can score on this garbage team at will. … but will, thats what itll come down to.
I think all but one defenseman would have to be dead before JM uses 4 forwards.
Muller won’t be here next year if JM is still coach… and unfortunately JM is more than likely going to be back. Muller is going to be a very good NHL coach! Just not in Montreal… We will be stuck with Jock
“Its all been special teams here….”
Cause the fricken Refs have had MORE of the game on the PP than even strength.
They have been SHI*TTY for both teams. 1st person to be smashed………KOMI, 2nd Jackson, then Kozari…
When is Pleks going to show up?
not to mention montreal knocked off two of those “consistent cup contenders” in one run last year
PG is on the right track – and if so, Gomez and JM are gone.
it’s a shame this team has a “standard” for a francaphone coach – Muller would be perfect
*lightbulb* – bring in ROY and keep Muller as assistant
When are Markov and Georges due back?
That 5th Leafs goal was a vintage Gominus.
The real joke will be when the leafs knock them out of the playoffs the last game of the season.
Hamrlik had 2A and finished with over 28min TOI and +/- 0. Which was the most min played by any of our Habs. Why do people harp on Roman, he is good, and this club would not be where they are without him. Completely unfair of you or anyone else to call out Hamrlik as the worse D man on the ice tonight. Re-watch the game.
+1. I was just thinking that this team should look better with Sopes in the lineup.
Easy, the Vancouver game was a fluke; Price was able to carry the team and keep them in it.
That didn’t happen tonight.
I’m not saying that Price sucks — far from it — but the Leafs exposed the Habs tonight for what they really are: pretenders.
Nice icing call. No, they aren’t trying to give it to the Leafs at all.
LJH I have been a Habs fan for about 60 years. I just watch Habs lose to the leafs. Terrible.
Most useless player award goes to Gomez, Hamrlik & Gill. Time to cut our losses. Don’t resign Gill or Hamrlik they are useless. As for Gomez WHO would want him & his stolen money. What a waste. We have a couple of young guys that would give their hearts for the Habs, but they sit on the bench & watch Gomez float around & do nothing. If coach wants Gomez Then put him on 4th line. Can we send Gomez to Hamilton? Sorry I don’t want to wreck the DOGS.
GO HABS GO
Boston 8-6 loss was tough to sit through… So was the Heritage Classic… But yes I agree- painful!
Cammy tried to be fancy and got burned by the ref.
now the linesman are in on it too. great.
Laffs are surviving on calls alone.
There was a game, a couple years ago when the Habs played vs Carolina. Habs took 11 consecutive penalties. I considered that game the worst Reffed game I have seen.
Tonight, we’re halfway into this game and it’s already competing that title.
Agree 100% with the “Throw in stupid coaching where in a huge home game against a lesser opponent, JM starts Alex Auld and gives ice time en masse to Gomez and AK yet sits their most exciting hungry duo of DD and Pouls… What the hell is going on over there?? What’s with all the penalties, over and over and over again??? Sure the referees suck but rise above it!!”
Not how you follow a game versus one of the leagues best. Like said above by smiler2729, jetlag??? These are PROFESSIONAL athletes here… this is there job. Not like they are construction workers during the day, and playing hockey at night!
Can this team show up versus the SH*T teams out there?
Man, I try to be positive about this team, but c’mon, we cannot be the Islanders, Oilers, Ducks, 3 losses to the Leafs… Getting hard to watch these games sometime…
I am not giving up, but that is 7 losses, 5 in regulation, over the past 9 games… and 6 to teams with less points than us. That is GIVING away 12 points to the teams chasing us.
It’s a lose lose situation going down the stretch. Price plays every game and is beat to a snot come playoffs. Play Auld and loose a much need 2 points every game.
Anyone who’s still questioning the Sopel trade after seeing how bad our PK is tonight, you’re blind.
What screwjob? THAT SCREWJOB.
We’re crazy Andrew, referees don’t play favourites, ever. It’s just bad taste to think they could possibly try to decide the outcome of a game.
Two straight dives, two straight hab penalties.
No hate if you’ve ever spoken to the man. He’s a fair guy, with nothing against the habs. He’s having a bad night, and I wonder where he was when Kennedy got shot, but hey, the truth is no fun.
the team that can not keep up to the opposition takes more penalties, and the team that takes more penalties loses.
OK J. Martin, how do you put us into a position of being successful.? The ball is in your court Jacques.!
I hate saying this, but we were beaten by a better team tonight coach.
To go along with that -18, he has fewer points than such studs as Artem Anisimov, Valtteri Filppula (only 50 games), Joe Corvo, Bryan Bickell, Tyler Kennedy and Anthony Stewart.
Why must we be so undisciplined? Somebody blame that on the refs.
Gotta give DD more ice time. He is dangerous.
At least in the WWE they can hit the Ref!
I don’t think Reimer is as good as people say he is. Even Giggy is better. The Leafs only ever had one awsome goalie, and he plays 4 Boston.
Loss 3 games to the Leafs…and they are 4 pts out of a play-off spot.
Hope we don’t meet the Leafs in the play-offs.
But hey, with a couple of scoring forwards we might have had this one…sure hope Pierre isn’t done dealing yet.
DUMBEST COMMENT EVER………..
Hitting a LEAF is never dumb. In fact it should be required by every player in the league.
If this game wouldn’t give you a stroke, I don’t know what won’t.
What the hell is going on here?!
No need for the reminder of what Pleks does defensively Andrew, I will be his biggest supporter and critic at the same time. But he needs to score that 20th goal, you can tell it is frustrating him. I will never harp on Pleks for more than what I just said. He is a brilliant hockey player with smarts, just needs to get on a scoring streak.
What do you honestly expect from Hamrlik, you want to talk about not skating and just using reach…look no further than Gill my friend. Teams know exactly what hand he plays every night. He is very one dimensional. When pressured in their zone, he shoots the puck to clear it, often hitting the opposing player or icing the puck.
I just can’t believe the harsh criticism you are giving Roman tonight. Anyways, we can continue this some other time.
Basically you’re saying JM wanted Pearn and Gainey wanted Muller to stay.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, again 5-5 dominated by us, but another penalty
Every powerplay Hammer is on, we spend half of it retreiving the puck from our end, as he misses a 5 mile an hour trickling puck at the blue line. How anyone can miss so many pucks passed up the boards is beyond me. How hard is it to stop a puck from crossing a line.
Weber and Wiz are not the only ones who could play. Change things up, throw out 4 F and 1 D then…
Gomez should be sent down to Hamilton end of story. I’m sorry if it’s an insult to a veteran player. His continued presence on the big team is an insult to every other guy in the organization from the E on up.
so let me guess … we lose 8 -6?
How did this team lead the NHL PK?
The most painful game to watch since the 09 playoffs, glad I didn’t pay money to watch that one
Put the whistles away and let them play hockey!
This is true as well.
I’m not blaming them solely, but they’re clearly the two biggest reasons.
AK46 happened to create the Cammalleri goal that started the comeback, and he missed that chance because Tyler Bozak made a brilliant defensive play. AK46 also got the GWG last night.
My biggest problem with Hammer is the same reason I have a problem with Gomez, they’re both lazy players. They only skate when they feel like it, and both prefer to reach for pucks instead of skating for them or battling for them. It’s costing us big time as the games get more important. Pleks btw has been playing brilliantly on the defensive side of the puck, and had an assist tonight and finished +2.
So are you saying there is no chance Price plays the rest of the games. or that Gomez IS a game changer?
Terrible call on Wiz – refs doing their best for the blue and white.
Sooo, who’s Kool-Aid are you drinking?
So anybody want to blame Price for that one? No? OK then I will.
HA HA Schenn.
I gets ridiculous dunnit?
Weber didn’t have a good game, but he was by no means the worst defenseman tonight, that title belongs to Hamrik.
Gomez, team worst -18 if you don’t count Wiz who came from playing for that horrible early season incarnation of the Isles. I’m sorry, but that is unacceptable for 8 mil per. Imagine the quality we could have for that salary. I would put him on waivers. Pathetic.
Will i be the only one to give the struggling Gomez a shred of credit on Wiz’s goal?
Also… Leafs are a farce.
Truer words have yet to be spoken in the English tongue!!!
How can you blame Eller when he doesn’t see the ice? Same as DD? What’s up with that? You’re down two goals, play them for the love of God.
I find it curious that Jackson is making all the calls against us.
OK – the low point of the season came at the 18:40 mark of the 3rd period when Martin puts out USELESS Gomez when we need to score. All you who have been praising this guy – please tell me? What is the name of all that is holy is GOMEZ doing out there with the game in that situation. How I regret the day that Gainey bailed out that smirking a$$hole Sather. Gomez, when we have to make an offensive play – what was Martin thinking??
Another lame-ass call from the Jack-ass!
I’ve always given some the benefit of the doubt but after that game – HOLY SH&T!
Jetlag whatever, you either want to win a hockey game or you don’t, you tell me a team playing in Game 7 would use jetlag as an excuse??
No man, this team has passengers now, starting with the utterly confused, pointless game of floater extraordinaire Scott Gomez, the disinterested uninspired Andrei Kostitsyn and the fish out of water named Lars Eller.
Throw in stupid coaching where in a huge home game against a lesser opponent, JM starts Alex Auld and gives ice time en masse to Gomez and AK yet sits their most exciting hungry duo of DD and Pouls…
What the hell is going on over there?? What’s with all the penalties, over and over and over again???
Sure the referees suck but rise above it!!
Can the crap about the conspiracy stop now please? Thanks.
The only consistent playoff threat of the teams you listed is Detroit. Philly was the worst team in the league in 2006. The other two teams had some horrible years and stockpiled on prime first round talents. This allowed them to become contenders for the last 3-4 years after that many years of pure suck.
Did I mention Leafs suck?
and gomez with another -1 performance…
the 5th goal was just pathetic d coverage by him
the guy did 2 good things this game… screen Reimer and have that one shift where he protected the puck..
other then that.. uselesss
also.. how on earth does kostitsyn miss that effing puck with the empty net… so frustrating!!!!!!
as much as i hate the leafs the officiating is still ruining the game big time … lets play a game of power play….
It wasn’t just terrible coaching, but yes, using Hamrlik so much was retarded. And using Hamrlik so much made it necessary to put Weber out on the last shift, because Wiz was too tired and Gill won’t be creating any scoring chances.
So does JM play Price the rest of the season?
Can’t believe any sane coach would try it. But we are talking about JM who still thinks Gomez is a game changer.
about that conspiracy…
I thought that the team made a mistake in not signing Halak and I was flat-on-my-ass wrong. Price has been fabulous on and off the ice and then some, but there is only so much the guy can do. Martin makes decisions that just baffle the hell out of me. I could see him starting Auld tonight, but the problem is that the Leafs are no ordinary bottom feeder. As crappy as they are, they always bring their best against the Habs. What kills me is the fact that he continues to give that useless piece of flesh Gomez not just quality minutes, but at crucial times in the game. That guy needs to go. I would assign him to the E just to make a point.
This is what happens when habs play and the refs call fair game. We had 2 terrible penalties, and the leafs FINALLY getting what they deserved in the first
Since when were Washington and Philly contenders year in and year out, it wasn’t too long ago Philly was the worst team in the league and the Caps weren’t much better
Good job JM. NIce D pairing at the end.
Weber? Did he think there was time left on the clock? He better be benched in favour of Sopel next game. Horrible, he stood there watching, no urgency at all.
Martin is a genius for pulling Auld eh1
If we can’t some how move Gomez, bench him or send him down, he is efin useless. Why he plays and DD sits is beyond me. Gomez Sucks. Im sure he will be laughing it up and enjoying himself tonight, heck, I would too if I was stealing 8 million dollars and wasn’t going to jail
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
fatigue????? then put on the players that only played 2minutes, like POULIOT and WHITE and DD…
MARTIN can join the list of dunces.
All that guy does is whine about the Refs.
No blame on the team/coach or GM for this half assed effort. Nope!
They fought tooth and nail, imposed their will on the Leafs and in the end were undone by the corrupt officials.
Bright spot: Cammalleri shakes off the rust with 1 G, 1 A, +2, 4 shots and a hit
The officiating was poor–to put it diplomatically–but it was so for both teams. The Leafs did not win because of it.
Looks like maybe someone called the refs in the intermission and told them to start calling the game fair.
Auld should thank Carey for saving his win/loss stats. He should be 4-4 not 4-2.
He starts a junior B goalie and then continues to put Gomez – the most useless per-dollar-paid player in the entire hockey universe – on the ice at critical moments.
Guys, we did score 4 goals tonight..Offense is there, but we really need to tighten up in the slot area and in front of the goalie…Defensive play, especially on the PK, was horrendous..Has been for the last couple of weeks, actually..
—————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?
The people who think this team doesn’t have heart have forgotten about 2008-09
36 seconds left and 3 effin Habs standing around watching a Leaf hold the puck on th boards! Absolutely useless.
After they scored the 4th goal they did not make a effort to get the puck and score.
I am sooo angry and disgusted!!!
Do what Chicago did to Huet. Send him to Europe.
I agree. Do you really think Gionta lifting a guys stick a taking the puck is a penalty???
Orr…how about that sh#t call on Hammer?
Teams take on the personality of their coach… it’s time for Kirk Muller to replace JM
OK GM Gouthier ,you see it now fix it or puck -off!
I really hope the Habs miss the playoffs so we can actually get some changes in this city………..I am sick of scratching and clawing to be the 6th, 7th, 8th seed in the playoffs for the last 20 f’n years. When are we going to demand that this team gets better than that? When are we going to be a consistent Stanley Cup favorite year in year out like Detroit, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philly?
The playoffs are not good enough….we used to have high standards in this town…….Cup or bust.
Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.
MARTIN NUETERED THIS TEAM.
That last two minutes, I have never seen anything like that. They had no idea. They were just lost. I know fatigue sets in, but that was inexcusable.
I can’t disagree with you more.
Are you seriously trying to say they didn’t suck in the 2nd period as badly as the 1st?
Scapegoats of the night
First half of the game: Hamrlik and Auld / second half: Gomez
I’m not gonna complain about Gomez, but why is he out in the last minute to tie a game? The guy is ice cold.
Thanks for the Gong Show Dave Jackass. What a friggin’ farce. Just awful.
What a joke of an effort. Make excuses about not having a full defence corps all you want but what exactly do the Leafs have on defence?
You think if we spotted Carey 4 goals he would have lost the game?
The Maple Laffs are only 10 points behind us!
With a little lady luck and a winning streak, they could just topple us in the standings as well!
this loss. can be put on…
auld’s inability to make a good save
and the refs inability to call a good game
for those of you bitching this team has no heart… well a tem with no heart would not have made it close after being a day’s long travel from across the other side of teh country
a team with no heart wouldhave given up after their seive of a backup pretty much nearly handed the game back to teh leafs..
a team with no heart would have given up after getting penalty after penalty
give it a rest… this team lacks a few things.. size, scoring touch
but heart is something they do not lack
ha! wish it was that simple, how about TIMELY penalties, timely missed calls (courtesy of the NHL-REF-SYNDICATE) , and blatant coaching errors.
Too many habs players just don’t play the physical game enough.
Pathetic D. Undisciplined hockey tonight boys. They looked nothing like the team that played the Canucks a few nights ago.
Oh well. Let’s see how the new guy fits in this weekend.
How is it embarassing? Our crappy rental goalie sucked hard and got the game way out of hand. Learn from it, trade him away and get on with the season. Not hard for a compentent GM. I’d rather pick any of the guys in hamilton over Auld.
Through 64 games this season. The Canadiens have had more powerplays than their opponent 16 times.
Definitely no bias against this team this season.
The game turned on that Gionta call.
Up until then they were going well.
Yeah, you can thank the NHL Officials Association for the win you Blue & white douchebag!
Weber was awful, so was Auld. The only person involved with this game who was worse is RetroMikey. Retro, why do you even watch? You’re the saddest human on these forums.
why is gomez always out there when its important….honestly why?
PLEASE SOMEONE ON THE REPORTING STAFF ASK JM WHY GOMEZ GETS THE ICE TIME! PLEASE!!!!!
That was a pretty awful final 90 seconds.
Go Habs Go!
Martin stop chaning the goddamn line when there’s a minute left in the game.
Andrew, no matter how you slice and dice this, I will never agree that Roman was the worse D man on the ice tonight. Was his time mismanaged, sure I will agree to that. He plays BIG minutes almost every night…not too many 36 olds can do that on a nightly basis. The Habs are very fortunate to have Roman.
See my post below this one on the GMs of this club, that is the real problem.
I couldn’t even watch It hurt too much … how can we beat Vancouver on the road and then lose to the Leafs at home ?
Wouldnt it be great if these 2 teams meet on the last day of the season to determine who gets the last playoff spot?
I’ll disagree til the cows come home. You cannot blame Gomez and Hamrlilk solely, are you kidding me? Kostitsyn missed a perfect pass from Pleks (Tomas needs to get his mojo back big time BTW), and he falls down so frequently. There are plenty of players to lay blame on this loss tonight. But IMO, Roman ain’t one of ‘em.
One team wanted this game more than the other. It showed.
How in God’s name can a thinking coach put Scott Gomez out there in the final minutes??? How??? How??? F’n how??? Martin is an absolute bung hole!!!
The officials fu*&ed this game up at the point where Gionta was called in the 1st after Gionta’s awesome back check. The Habs D has had their heads up their ass for most of the night. They can’t even get the puck out of their own zone. Useless shits.
Say what you want, last 2 minutes we can not even get past center ice and pull Price. Toronto looks great vs us.
Why is Martin calling a time out? IDIOT
Blew away the last 2 minutes! Unbelievable! so close!
They were throwing the puck behind the net to no one, what the hell
Make up call city.
Wow, horrible. Goodnight.
Who was that working the screen in front of the net for the Wiz cannonading drive?
Just askin’ …
webber is weak
Yep, it’s a ref conspiracy all right.
That was the worst piece of hockey I have ever seen in my life. Disgusting!
Sportsnet factoid “Wiz’s 5th powerplay goal for the year. The Toronto defense core has zero”
No gas left…
“The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)
Feels sooo good!!!
OH MY GOD. That was pathetic.
Yup, that was a 7.3 million dollar screen. You get a cookie. Congrats.
Thanks Martin, next time don’t start Auld
can I just say that if there was a leafs site like this, I may pay money to look at some of the comments, because they have even more to be frustrated about than we do…
sickening…. they even had to ICE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
LEAFS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS… HABS WILL NOT.
Right on! JM needs to be replaced bigtime.
2 minutes for accidental contact? Jesus christ.
This is COMEDY GOLD.
a minute and a half left and JM puts Gomez’s line on the ice??? WTF?
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You think Gomez needs a shrink?
is this game ever going to be 5-5
Have to think you give Carey 4 goals he wins the game and we get 2 points.
TIO doesn’t mean he played well, it means the coaching staff was stupid enough to keep throwing him out there. Refer to my response up the page.
Last time I checked that was a clean hit but since they gave us the last few ,they figured they need to even it up again.
Price has to play down the stretch. No sense playing a backup who sucks wind.
May have been interference, but the leaf was already in the air when wiz hit him.
Thank the Hockey Gods for Patches!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do u actually think JM will still be coach by then?
He can’t even see goals for crying out loud. How does he have a job in the NHL?
We’re not done yet Jackass!!!
So we agree then it was terrible coaching tonight? Go back to my first post then, puttin Weber out there in the crucial time left in the game was a gaffe on JM…
It’s a fact, Jackson hates the Habs and the fans
ET LE BUT!!!!!
Any gas left to burn some leaves?
That axiom usually hold’s true, Ian. But not tonight. We outplayed the Leafs in pretty much every way possible, but they still got more calls. In fact the Leafs get more calls on most nights, despite being handily outplayed. We on the other hand, on most nights, hold the majority of puck possession and dominate the play, yet we rarely get calls and get called often. It’s absurd.
That one’s off Halperns leg too.
Why is our PK so shit… Sopel badly needed it seems.
Man what a tease…
Our PK has really lost it lately.
Absolutely out at sea.
Hamrlik is horrible.
Little too late boys
I hate the Refs and all but our PK stinks. Completely stinks.
God bless Halpern, but Pierre Gauthier has got to go out and find someone to stand in front of the f’n net by Monday…
So that’s 2 goals that Jackson has given the Leafs now. And each time he took away a scoring chance or PP for us… that could be a 4-goal swing. Ridiculous.
December 21, 2012. The Mayans predicted on that date the Canadiens will start getting games called in their favor, and then Hell would freeze over.
dammit I hope we aren’t done making trades!!!Offense cannot find the net!!! It is getting real depressing!
Im guessing subban is still injured and he is only playing cuz we have no more D?
You have got to be kidding!
You never know!
Oh no! I can just hear observer now… Mara was 9th on ANA’s depth chart…
Can U read? I said SOON. Go away kid U bother me.
Now that we’re back in it, refs are back to normal.
No surprise, we can;t even beat the Maple Laffs.
We are not worthy to be a playoff team.
Look out for Carolina and Buffalo, here they come sneaking for the 7th and 8th position!
What another pathetic performance, ….,,,,,,,at home!
God I need a drink if I am going to continue to watch this circus!
too little, too late
man this is hard to watch… like i said let’s play a game of power play..
that was a questionable call. They ran into each other, and the leaf fell down. 2 minutes for being bigger.
I wonder if they replace Jaques Martin with a cigar store Indian,if the boys would play any worse.This team needs direction,& I’m thinking a GPS built in to their sticks to point out where the net is & shoot at it.
Need Subban on the PP, not Hamrlik.
What is going on? This is the worst officiating I have ever seen in any sport – including WWF.
Can not understand why Hamrlik is still on the ice on the first wave PP when all he does is allow the Leafs to clear the zone with ease.
ABSOLUTE F***ING JOKE THE NHL IS!!! A TRUE BUSH LEAGUE!!!
Syndicate?? I smell a movie, starring Matt Damon…*yawn*
Kessel can go suck my Bozak!
Tip your hat to the loafs. They have not sat back, in fact they have out shot us and added their 5th goal. We were just out played by another team with a worse record than us. Were number 8!!!!!!
Back to business as usual. They sure are intent on ruining what could have been a good game. That was just brutal. That is nearly as bad as the Gionta call, and that one is the call of the season
The Canadiens have spent the whole year taking too many penalties. It hasn’t been corrected and I don’t imagine it will.
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Can’t a person make a comment. So the insults will soon fly right.
Are you saying that Sopol would’ve had the second one?
Grabovski killing penalties? Come on. Habs should be tearing this D apart.
Yes it is.
Why Pouliot and AK are not getting top 6 minutes is beyond me. This team needs offense.
You would have a point if the Leafs won a Stanley Cup after 67,but as it stands you just are as frustrated as the rest of us and should be calling Leaf fans imbecile’s for their team’s bullsheit!
Is this an NHL game or Ringette?
Collisions are inerference?
Gomez is annoying to watch, he causes to many turnovers in our own end. I get with markov out, he becomes the puck moving guy up the ice, but u would think they would practice him moving out of the zone and that way the D can adjust so when turnovers happen their will be compensation.
How is that not icing? Are you kidding.
Nope, they are completely impartial officials.
Take the hook out of your mouths people.
YOU’RE AN IMECILE IF YOU THINK THERE IS AN NHL-REF-SYNDICATE AT WORK IN THIS LEAGUE.
YOU HAVE NO CONCEPT OR UNDERSTANDING OF HOCKEY AND HAVE HAD YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON ABOVE YOUR SHOULDERS.
Now the Linesmen are catching what the Refs have
Even the players are astounded with the calls!
This is the game.
We can keep the “Leafs goalless in regulation against Price in Montreal” streak going though, right?
(Hope I didn’t just jinx him….)
Pleks was letting the 13 year old linesman have it after that icing call.
Every penalty killer was sucking wind by the halfway mark of the game because of that parade back and forth to the box. Auld made them look pretty good too.
Why Scott Gomez could never be a Communist: He refuses to seize the means of production!
Well, typical Habs stretch drive is in full gear.
plecks has to start to produce..so far has been making wrong decisions in the offensive zone…the leafs d is weak …we need to pressure them…wake up forwards
And yet JM continues to play him over the way more gifted offensively DD!!!!
He’s given one up already?
Yep that’s been the biggest issue with this team this year playing down and up to their opponents which never works out because as much as you try to play up to great teams your not one, you might win a few but it’s much easier to lose all of those games against weak teams then it is to play up to great teams and win.
Biggest reason to not believe in a conspiracy?
These refs are far too incompetent to ever come up with something so devilishly Machiavellian.
I hate how Kessel is a Hab-killer again, only this time in a different uniform
This has to be the most incompetently called game of the season. Brutal in every aspect.
The Leafs PP has been garbage. Until tonight!
“Gomez must lead the league in passes to no one”
That’s probably the best summary of Gomez’s season I’ve read.
Aside from the usual suspects,as to who is at fault for the Habs losing,fire JM, trade the stick boy,Refs are collaborating against us…..we are missing the obvious, this Habs team is just like the team of the last 17 years, Extremely Medicore. now I hope they go out & prove me wrong & beat this Powerhouse the Toronto Maple Leafs…….
The officiating in the NHL is just plain bush league.
Ain’t that the truth. He has that inverse Midas’ touch.
Martin spots the Laughs 3 goals & it just might be enough to win.
Yeah you’re right. It’s the refs. LOL
This team is lacking in skill, drive/ambition and toughness. That my opinion. Your opinion seams to be that they are the victims of the refs, injuries and bad luck. Sounds like a losers lament to me.
Does Price get the start or does he rest & Auld gets it?
The Habs are starting to chirp a bit after the whistles. I think they are finally reaching their breaking point and can keep their silence no more. They know what is going on and they are starting to call the refs on it.
So Price gets the Loss. That sucks for him.
I’m not disapointed tonight, I told all the Laugh Fools at work today that the Habs will give you 2 poionts with playing Auld. I hope I’m not correct
All of the above!
Really wanted to tie it up in the 2nd, would have felt better going in to the 3rd. Gomez needs to do something tonight, He is a good player, but he sucks lately.
YOU’Re AN IMBECILE IF YOU THINK THERE IS NO NHL-REF-SYNDICATE AT WORK IN THIS LEAGUE.
YOU HAVE NO CONCEPT OR UNDERSTANDING OF FINANCE AND HAVE HAD YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS AND HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE WHAT IS GOING ON SOUTH OF THE BORDER.
Seriously, shouldn’t PG shop around for a backup?
I don’t think starting Auld was his choice. This one is on Count Yerassoutoftheplayoffs!
Reffing conspiracy eh, well that explains Toronto winning all those cups since 67. The truth is the Habs should be KILLING these bums and if we’re not then we’re as bad as them!
7 Powerplays through 45 minutes of play is a good way to get out of that scoring funk now isn’t it?
Gomez needs his ass nailed to the bench in the 3rd. PooPoo, Pleks & Max need to pot one or two between them
Disturbing to note that many players and teams break out of offensive funks against the Habs. For a coach and team that supposedly stresses defense first you have to wonder.
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You can say that again
I hate it there. I only go if I get a gift card for there.
you know what is frustrating… if we loose this game thats 3 losses to the leafs this year, two to the oilers and two to the islanders… thats fourteen points= huge difference in the standings… also the inability of a team to get up for the types of games against inferior opponents is the sign of a weak team..
All the “collusion by the refs” aside..We really need to learn to kill a fricken penalty..Leafs have 3 PP goals..Unacceptable..
Kypreos is an idiot. He’s just taking a chance on being right so he can claim he had an inside “source”. Not unlike what eklund does, but on a much smaller scale.
My roll up the rim said “play again”
You all sound like Canuck fans. Whine bitch piss and moan. Fire the coach, conspiracy blah blah blah blah. Lots of time left and if not 20 more games to prove our worth.
Mario Lemeiux is right. The NHL is a garage league. I am a Montreal Canadien’s Fan. Not an NHL Fan.
Someone should print that on a tee-shirt.
That’s all Kypreos ever does.
or how about AK46 and Gomez never put on a Habs sweater again.
Im pissed i have to watch this game on sportsnet, i would rather TSN feed.
LEafs have 17 shots, 7 on the PP. We have 2 shots on the PP and 23 in total… We are dominating this game 5-5, if we can stay outta the box(refs), we should be able to win this game
the sad part is.. a game like this
does not display which team is better.. some freaksihly poor penalty killing by both sides..
anyways.. 5 -5 habs seem to have more pressure.. if auld had at least made a single save that was just a bit difficult.. htat would abeen nice
Worst display of officiating I’ve seen since the playoffs last season. Just pathetically incompetent. These guys couldn’t pass a urine test let alone an NHLOA test. My dog could call a better game and he’s an idiot. I have a house plant with more officiating capabilities than these guys.
Hit and miss depending on which location you go to.
Not the best place in my books.
Can’t stand Lemaire but I wonder what he could do with this same team?
I believe a great coach CAN make a difference. I also believe this team has far better offensive talent than we see on the ice most games.
Down by one goal going into the third, expect JM to give the bottom two lines at least twelve minutes. The System is terrified of giving up another goal.
Man, it’s going to be one LOOOOOOOOOONG day at work tomorrw if the Habs can’t pull this off. Oh my.
Looks like Subban may be hurt.
Auld sucks, but can I ask WHEN Martin SHOULD have started him? Saturday against the Hurricanes, who are closer in the standings?… No. Tuesday against the Thrashers in the same scenario? No… So unless we would like to wait ANOTHER whole WEEK to start him, tonight was the night. He blew it.
Mark this down now. That last game of the season against the Leafs will matter. It will determine whether or not the Habs get through to the playoffs.
Count me among those who don’t credit the conspiracy theory so much as ref incompetence. I just wish they weren’t seemingly more incompetent towards the Habs.
Gee Dave, that’s not nice.
It’s not your dog’s fault that he’s an idiot.
the Habs aren’t playing a spectacular game but it’s pretty hard to do when you’re constantly on the penalty kill and your D is missing a lot of pieces…no call on Phanuef for interference or the tripping on Gomez..hopefully Sopel can make a difference when he gets here because Spacek is gone for the season now and Hammer is going to die of exhaustion.
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vs the leafs you have to load up the lines…vs bad teams it really shows that we have too many forwards that are not scorers…
Elaborate. What’s the nature of the corruption? Who is profiting from it? Who is paying off who?
\this D is slow!
Watching the game on TSN Alternate, and for the record, EVEN THEY ARE SHAKING THEIR HEADS ABOUT THE REFS!!! Even the LINESMAN are calling a terrible game!
How does Dave Jackson skate wearing clownshoes?
If I’m Price at the age of 27 (UFA) I get the f*** out of Montreal, with that stupid “count collapse” style of hockey.
If Auld were to play more games, he’d be sharper, but a backups’ role is to be sharp at all times, fair or not.
So Price gets no rest; Auld gets no practice. Catch-22?
Maybe Auld should only play road games. He is a good goalie but obviously the Bell centre rattles him. At this level of play, he needs to be tougher mentally. Something Price used to be accused of.
The Gomez Line……….where wingers go to die.
Bugs. You were at the dep. You missed the total failure of our D.
Geoff Molson has far more invested in this franchise than any of us.
You really think if there was any discernible sign of a league wide referring conspiracy against his team, he would not speak out?
The ramifications of such a conspiracy to the legitimacy of the NHL far outweighs any possible upside. What would be the upside anyway? Do you think the Habs are so dominant a force in the league that we need a ref conspiracy to hold them back? LOL
The only way JM could motivate a team would be for him to don a chef’s hat and serve them pasta!
The officiating in the NHL is comedically dildonic!!!
There is no collusion by the Refs..Its simply incompetence..The League abruptly went to a 2 man system..Where do they get those officials? From the minor or lower tiered pro leagues..
Man, what a weird game.
Have to nail the Uniballer!
If that were Lapierre instead of Armstrong. Toronto gets the only penalty.
Kypreos tweeting that Spacek is definitely done for the season.
Don’t tell me he has better inside information than you Mr. Boone?
Cammalleri should not be able to flip players to the ice like a broken toy… lo and behold he did just that to Grabovski.
This team is SO frustrating to watch…..you think they are going to win a game and they lose…..think they will get their asses kicked they win……I am going on record saying that the Hurricanes will win on Saturday. They are so jekyll and hyde….frustrating.
Pearn has never been held in high regard. I wouldn’t be surpsied if his inclusion on the staff was a trade off meaning that Gainey got to keep Muller on the staff.
The Freddy Beach laff!
They can’t get icetime because Gomez is EARNING all the extra time.
Thats unlikely unless habs get one short handed.
5 PP’s & 2 shots on net
FIRE THE COACH THIS TEAM ONCE AGAIN IS NOT PREPARED TO PLAY BRING ON ROY.
I don’t even know what to say. They suck, and don’t look like they are going to compete for awhile if ever…………BUT F*CK I HATE THE LEAFS.
….. words cannot express the incompetence of these Refs.
let DD play with max pac and cammy.
let Gomer ride the pine for a bit.
I don’t blame Auld for this. It would be nice if our forwards could at least score on the 2 open nets per game they get.
F***ing JM keeps playing Weber! He f***ing suck! Can’t win battles, can’t make a first pass out of the zone. Ron Wilson just showed the count how really weak his defence is.
I really really miss the Big Three.
As I said to RC, for the first half of this season I agree, but just watch him Mikhail. He’s lazy, and massively over-relied on when we have better options. Playing him 28+ minutes tonight when Subban was playing much better and only got 20 was a massive difference, and could have been the game. Hamrlik single-handedly caused goals 2 and 3 by the Leafs tonight, yet was put right back on the ice after both of them, while Pouliot, Desharnais and White were benched most of the game. It’s time for some accountability, and no matter what past accomplishments are, we’re trying to win now, not last year. Gomez and Hamrlik aren’t helping in that regard.
8 different teams in 9 years. PG knew exactly what he was getting. Or he sure should have.
Gotta stay out of the f%cking box.
Yannick Weber. Why is he even playing?
that was on Gomez to me
If this were true the blown calls would be consistent for both sides, then it would be a non factor. Just watch the games. It is not. It is consistently blatant to one side. I don’t buy that they are incompetent. I believe they are given orders from above on how to call individual games.
Nope, no dive there.
here we go AGAIN
That’s all folks
Does Martin ever speak to his players to try and motivate them.Mabee he cant speak english .
Game over!!! Blame the refs for that!!!!!!
See ya Saturday night.
what a load of crap. Jackson’s f*cking enjoying this.
Must have been Price’s fault, right?
That was just flat out weak.
Several egregious brain farts in succession. Think this one could be over.
They call that ALL the time. No conspiracy.
JM is about as animated as a showroom dummy
Don’t hold yer breath bugsy.
If we miss the playoffs that might happen, except the Roy part.. it’d be Muller.
Thats unlikely…unless the habs get one shorthanded. oops …see below
Schenn knows that he can take a liberty with AKost and the Habs team in general. That has a big part in why this team just isn’t that good. Love it or not, hockey still has a lot of intimidation factor. Either you intimidate with your skill -OR- you do it with your physicality. Which one will this Habs team use?
All I can say is that the officials have GIVEN this game to the laffs tonight. The absolutely worse farce of a game I’ve seen in over 40 years of watching hockey.
good play by Bozak
….i just puked
There’s been a lot of that tonight.
Gomez is killing us.
Agree 100% Roy HC Muller and Big Bird or Carbo (I know unlikely) as assistants.
This is laughable. at about the 14:00 minute mark on the PK they are holding plecks by the back of the pants…but that an’t holding. But lets give hammer a hooking call…make sure he understands that the leafs need to be allowed to skate around freely.
How about for the rest of the season and not for four shifts in the third when JM needs a goal? His lineups on the forward lines are whack.
Habs are the only team in the league that at home never gets a homer call.
The laffs are flopping all over the place and we practically get mugged!
After this game, I’m going to have a special hate for Dave Jackson.
So we have the last change, and we are playing against a poor team not the best team, so how do we explain why DD and Benny aren’t seeing more ice time? And then there are those stupid selfish penalties in the o-zone by gionta nd Moen, shouldn’t they be fined as was suggested for Benny against the canucks?
How many games this season have they just decided not to show up for and compete and play hard for a full 60? Is it coaching, lack of focus on the players, motivation?
That’s BS. The rest of the guys on the ice can to his defence, and GIll got a penalty for it. Nice try though.
Granted “mine” (5 min walk away, tho in another country) is in a less-than-classy tourist area. More like a tacky carnival. Chains in those locations don’t usually perform well… Do they have any on the island? I go once a month or so haven’t seen one but I do not venture to the MTL ‘burbs
I hope a highly-controversial ref call gives us the win tonight.
Just to see the look on the conspiracy theorists’ faces, really.
Boy those Leafs are really good at dishing out bodychecks, from behind, seconds after the whistle and 20 feet away from the play.
Speaking of which, have they been called tonight for intereference or boarding?
No, he’ll call a game in a way it is supposed to be called. No favoritism, no makeup calls, no gimmies. Just call it. They ruined a great game tonight.
They could have reserved their stuff for a game I don’t care about, say… Jersey or Columbus.
“Man they’re making the Canadiens D look slow“
Webber, Wiz, Hamrlick even Subban look like 60 year old men!
JM’s goaltender decision surrendered this one just like the last one in TO.
Auld is what he is, a goaltender who has bounced from 6 ( soon to be 7) teams basically because being a nice guy doesn’t win squat in the NHL.
Face it this team plays completely different in front of Price!
Hope these guys are ready Saturday night!
Ouch ..that hurt . So we have some momentum afetr beating the Canucks .. we come to our own barn..to build off our big win .. so what does JM do …start Auld .. poor bugger , I feel for him .
Also my boy Benny plays 6 minutes and Gomez does 20 ..and is a -1 ..ALso his line was on in the last part of the game to give the Pleks line a rest so they can pull Price and what happens ..as usual.. gomez’s line can’t get the puck out of our end ..
Gettin’ tired of this BS ..
dave jackson one of the refs tonight is from montreal..WTF! i was a ref i would call non stop penalties against the leafs
There’s nuthing better than losing to the fk’n loafs ….thanks alot GM Goatf_@ker!
The Scott Gomez line……….where wingers go to die.
Never thought of it like that before. I think we’re in the same boat! Watching these refs ruins the game. What was that call on Gionta in the first period? Holy Crow! It may be the worst call I’ve ever seen.
Gomez and Hamrlik are plagued by the same dumb mistakes, they always reach for the puck instead of fighting for it or skating for it.
Ref have blown calls, and made ghost calls for both teams. When the Ref sucks for both sides, its usualyy just the fact that the NHL does not hold their Refs to a very high standard. All you gotta be able to do is skate apparently.
How about AK46 with Cammi and Plex for the 3rd?
How long until you’re banned again, Priceberg?
I used to buy this NHL conspiracy business, but I met one of the refs on the ice and I’ve gotten to know him a little bit and there’s absolutely no way in my mind it’s possible. That being said, I do think they’re having a rough night. All that I’m going to say is that the ref in question made clear to me the extreme difficulty of reffing a hockey game, and how quickly it can get out of hand. I’m sure these refs aren’t gonna be happy when they watch the highlights, the ref I spoke to had an endless number of stories about blown calls. I think it’s important to realize that even the best in the world at officiating will struggle on any given night. It sucks, but I’d like to know from everyone complaining: where are your bionic omniscient/omnipresent super refs?
Yep. And you can’t win when Travis Moen has been your best player.
Another Gong Show brought to you by the NHL Refs
Boring…where is the Offense..no heart, it was eaten by Zebras
i hope i am wrong but i have a feeling this will be a very frustrating game unless we comeback in the third…the leafs d is weak and their coverage is weak…we should be getting way more chances..time for pouliot,ak46,plecks and the rest to pick up their 5 on 5 play…this is the type of game where leafs get a flukey goal probably early…if we dont win this game it negates a big win in vancouver
JM has to stop fooling around and get the checking lines out there!
Canadiens have outplayed the Leafs 5-on-5… It wasn’t for the stupid Refs and Auld’s poor goaltending they would be ahead.
Find an insult in that comment and I’ll give you a cookie.
Bozak’s was on the PP
He';s an Auld killer
Grabovski grabbed the stick right out of Pouliots hands. And the muggings at the side of the leafs net? How are those not penalties?
it’s hillarious that many of you believe it’s just WOOPS REF IS HAVING A BAD GAME,
Really, like really,
it’s god damn corruption
They are too soft, too injured, too undisciplined, no focus, no heart……just disappointing.
There comes a time in a hockey game where if the officials won’t control it, you take matters into your own hands. And if I were a member of the Habs, the next time Luke Schenn took a cheap shot at one of my teammates would be the last.
His wrist or ankle would be broken.
Gee, I wonder what their game plan is
20 teams are worse.
How on this planet is our PP 10th in the league?
Close yer eye’s and imagine Lucic ,Giroux and Getzlaf……….
Yah, Lucic was considered such a longterm project due to his skating (and apparantly his spine and shoulder alignment aren’t exactly regulation).
Do that draft today and he’s top ten i bet.
Ben Maxwell was picked right behind Milan Lucic in 2006.
The same year they picked David Fischer two picks behind Claude Giroux.
Looks like the Laff’s are taking a page from the Bruins Beat Down….
Phaneuf = Overpaid meathead
What does that make Gomez? haha
What a horrible PP for Montreal
That was the intent, dumba$$. I think you just want to trade the future so you can keep biatching for the next 5 years!!
HOW IS HE WRONG???I swear 1/2 the posters here are so full of themselves . So are you implying the Habs can now take on Boston or Philly/ ….WHAT A JOKE!
It addresses our PK, which after being awesome in the first half has started to take on water. Sopel is a PK specialist.
You know I liked you post about the Jones and now you’ve gone and ruined it,lol…..You do realize that every year this is all about winning the Stanley cup ,eh?And you do realize it’s been 19 years of your RAH Rahing that hasn’t done sheit but put other Hab fans down for having their real opinions ? And you do realise YOU being wrong about something for 19 years is PATHETIC? So change your tune DUMB ARSE!+
He said the trade doesn’t address a serious need.
I said it addresses the PK.
Safe to say that was the worst PP of the season
Hey Lars, evelate the puck next time slugger.
maybe some viagra would help?
Halpern tipped that with his knee. Good show.
Plex not taking any shit tonight. I like.
Thank You my friend
My secret link keep it on the download dude
Komi AND Phaneuf really know how to target the big tough guys on the Habs, don’t they though? Watch Pleks turn it on now.
He’s actually stirring up the crap you’re referring to. Drawing penalties hopefully.
A Hab scores a goal, and your response is to rag on one of his teammates???
komi is such a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSer
Komisarek turned into a pylon by Pleks.
Komi going after Plecks. WoW. what a big tough guy he is.
Nice one Komi. Lucic robbed you of your manhood, so you have to settle for tackling diminuitive forwards.
Oh YEAH BABY!!
See that? Halpern, small dude parked in front – anything can happen. You taking notes, Gomer?
He should get an endorsement deal with Cialis.
Honestly, if I had to pick b/w Gomez, Phaneuf Or Komiserak, I’d take Gomez in a heartbeat.
try habsvision.blogspot.com Might need to download some HD software. They just changed it so you it functions only in HD.
Greg Millen. Another backup goalie commentator. And he is incredibly stupid.
I rewound the Cammalerri interview about a minute and a half before the game started because I had to pay the newspaper guy. I just realized it when people on here were calling things before they happened on my screen!
followed gloriously by “and the Canadiens open the scoring!”
That’s more like it!
Hey Boys, Any links. ATDHE not streaming yet
I think Eller kind of fanned on that one. He tried to get it up, but couldn’t.
Sportsnet commentator: “Phaneuf has to increase his odds by getting his shots on the net.”
Pac with Eller and Kostitsyn.
Gomer blasted over the blueline, curled and stopped, and then got rid of the puck. That may be the 2,000th time he’s done that this year alone.
Wonder if Lupol will put his money where is mouth is and drop them with PK? Would love to see Soobie feed him a few again.
Damn it! My boy Eller should have buried that.
Eller had to get that puck up!
Why do people care about Maple Leafs games? I care more about Buffalo than I do Toronto these days.
So the Laughs want to ruff it up eh.
Just bring it boys! Just bring it!
McArthur said in an interview that the way to beat the Canadiens is with physical play. So no surprise.
What I remember bout Sopel with the Nucks is he was always an Underdog and always had too prove himself to others …which he did. IMO he was a better performer when in his 20’s and not bad in the Black Hawks play-offs.
I’ve seen alot of Sopel here on the left coast. He has a great shot and was an offensive guy with the Nucks. Great character guy. Solid D. Blocks shots. Good first pass. Because they also got Dawes, it could signal that Darche and Spacek are more seriously hurt that it’s been said.
EDIT: I was looking at his numbers just now: Where did the offense go!?
Yup. I’d hoped for 7, but it is no to be
Mara or White needs to flatten Komi. He balls up like a 5 year old when he gets hit.
Habs 4 lines will roll tonight, Habs will win and the Gutted Laffs will feel shame once again.
Greg Millen is in a class by himself – so bad it’s impossible to describe.
WTF WAS THAT!?!?!?!
2 minutes for lifting the stick.
That’s a TERRIBLE CALL.
Thaks alot ref ya COCKS***ER!!!
Habs 1, NHL refs 1
never knew a stick lift was considered a hook…
And on that note, Big Bang Theory’s on so I’ll tune over to an intentional comedy rather than the joke the officials have turned this into already.
See that call? That’s where a real coach would give a Ref a piece of his mind.
That was a dreadful call.
To be fair, it was a great shot, but it should never have been a powerplay.
SHit! But wow, what a shot!
OF COURSE THE REFS ARE IN THE POCKETS OF THE LEAFS
LET THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES BEGIN…
What a joke of reffing
Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night
I get by with a little help from the ref’s
I get high with a little help from the ref’s
Gonna try with a little help from the ref’s.
plecks just cannot win draws in his zone
Gionta is livid, he’ll score a revenge goal before the night is over
That’s twice in the last little while Habs forwards have been called for hooking when they clearly lifted the stick of the opposing player. I hate having Dave Jackson call games in Montreal, he goes out of his way to screw the Habs. That was a terrible call.
Is that a joke??
What a joke
loud applause for the refs for that shitty call…
and auld sucks balls
Not even close to being a hook – dreadful call – absolute horseshit!@!!
LOL, good one.
Ya, he’s sooo gonna get his ass kicked.
Who was crying Komi when Lucic beat your Ass twice?
Ok Habs time to start crashing Reimer
WOW…..This is a joke so far of reffing….
Leafs are able to tackle us and no calls, but a simple stick lift….
I have been an avid watcher of the NBA, MLB, NFL, and the NHL and by far I have never witnessed such horrible referring as this league does on a nightly basis, no matter the importance of the game, no matter the teams. It’s high school out there, a complete joke.
Goddamnit Auld, you suck.
Please go back to just one ref, please!
Please pull Auld NOW!
This is total BS. If they’d called the AK trip, that penalty never happens. They are getting royally screwed.
Yikes, that was gross
One-Nut Phil is making a feast of Auld!
Wow Auld… wow….
Sportsnet crew insisting — with viseo tape — that P.K. turtled on the first goal.
Now, another Gio penalty another Kessel goal. Sigh.
OHHHH boys dave jackson looks to be in fine fourm …. sit back and watch a beautiful example of nhl officiating at its best…
Shitty incompetent reffing and Mr. No-nuts again!
Just tuned into the game about 3 minutes ago. That call on Gionta was nearly as bad as the call on Benny in an earlier game when he made an amazing defensive move and was sent to the box. What a joke.
That was UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGLY
Anybody think we might be seeing Price in net tonight?
Dude has not played in two weeks hard not to be rusty. But that looked awful.
Oh no, Auld isn’t a bad goalie. Stats stats stats.
Auld again not ready!!!
SOMEBODY wants Toronto to make a playoff run with the considerable interest that will cause in much of Ontario. That Gionta call is one of the most ridiculous yet this year. These guys were told, do what you can to help Toronto. Gionta knew it too. I hope he says something. Someone needs to say something.
Not a good night of referring…
DAve Jackson is a friggin’ knob.
Is this LAFFS TV?
Hard to know if there are two teams playing ?
LAFFS LAFFS LAFFS
Auld makes alot of people nervous. He just isn’t settled or ready at all!
BOTH penalties were horseshit. The non call was crap, and even the icing call against the leafs right before we scored was crap…………. REFS SUCK ALL AROUND.
Looks like it’s that 1 game out of 3 that gets completely ruined by inconsistent refereeing.
A real shame, the game was heating up to be a barnburner. Now I’m just pissed off.
How about Boston and Philly. And Toronto? Really? What are the chances they will make it to the playoffs? Toronto is just like a retarded cousin now… you just feel sorry for them.
Philadelphia. I think the last time the Habs beat the Flyers in the play-offs was ’76.
Personally, Boston, for the good of the Habs Psych, Philly.
As fans which would give you more satifaction having the Habs knock out of the playoffs?
Philly. No doubt about it.
That penalty on Gionta is a disgrace to the game. Brilliant play by him and the Leafs get a completely undeserved PP goal out of it.
That’s a potential two goal swing considering the chance Gionta had.
Could have easily been 2-0 instead of a 1-1
No call on that trip.
And of course no call on a real hook.
Good to know we have some biased refs tonight.
guys any rds stream, i cant stand these pro sportsnet bozos
Pull AUld now and trade for a NHL keeper.
Any half decent backup goalies out there to be had?
Which makes it all the more enraging, add in that AK46 was clearly tripped right in front of the refs on the next shift. And then Toronto gets another BS PP.
Yeah, and nothing will ever be done about it. They are the NHL cash cow and draw every call.
What I want to know is how a team so truculent and beligerent, and so unskilled is among the top 3 least penalized teams in the league.
Last I checked they were the least penalized per game, and have the largerst differential between powerplays and minor penalties. It’s a bloody joke.
Get Auld out of the nets.
Here comes Price. Tuque and all
Enter Carey Price.
Yea Gauthier ,it’s gonna be a great PLAY-OFF’S…#%$&6@
That’s Auld folks!
Price should play some Bulldog games on off nights as well, keep him sharp for the playoffs.
If Boone thinks this is a BIG GAME, it’s obvious JM doesn’t with Auld starting. I don’t get it, Price owns these wankers.
Get Auld and Hamrlik off the ice please.
What is also amusing is that some here lately have been harping on PG to give up some youth for “rentals”…well PG just gave up some youth for a potential “rental” and now they are harping that he gave up youth…
Good get in Sopel. We needed another body to play defence. Dawes might be a good throw-in as well.
Oh, but 7:30 means one more Creemore before I head home for the game.
As long as it’s not 10. My liver can’t handle anymore of those games.
Btw Price plays every game now agreed? Unless they trade / callup a real backup
Now that was a routine-slash-clutch save. Price is in.
Right after I post it. Schenn gives Cammalleri the stick in the chest. No call.
Completely biased reffing tonight. I can’t watch this.
C’mon Pleks & Cammy time to pot some goals tonight
Refs are gift wrapping this one for the Laffs
Unf*cking believable, how is there no leaf loser in that penalty box???
WOW Carey Price
LOOK MA, THATS WHAT A SAVE LOOKS LIKE
This is unbelievable. Worst officiating in a period of hockey that I ever seen. That was absolutely ridiculous.
And after a period where the Leafs get all the calls and get away with murder, Armstrong bitches to the refs and gets a pat on the bum. What a joke.
Andrew don’t hold back say how you feel… Calling it a joke is very nice. I won’t post what i think about seen that little lovefest with the ref and Armstrong….
I was trying to make sure I didn’t get moderated, what I said out loud was much more vulgar. If I was rich I would have tossed my TV out the window already in disgust.
What a fucking joke this league is. HE SLASHES PLEKS THREE TIMES
He’s a Leaf and obviously hometown Boy Dave Jackson is frightened to call the game evenly lest Blustery Brian Burke starts yelling and moaning to Hockey Dad Campbell. Montreal’s coach and management are too chicken poop to stand up for their players.
And of course we get screwed again!
This is FOUR now for the Leafs? My God. I am starting to feel like Mario. I need to re-evaluate whether I want to be a part of supporting this league.
Refs are at it again. no chance tonight!!!
Wow…Dave Jackson is about to join the Chris Lee club.
Are they going to call ANYTHING against the Leafs? There was an obvious hook on pouliot, just before he got the shot off. This is BS.
and we get the penalty. what a complete joke.
Why play the damn game?
Just don’t come out for the 2nd Jacques. Getting the message? There’s nothing you can do tonight. The Leafs will win and those zebras will make sure of that.
3 Leafs go after Pouliot and Moen gets a roughing penalty. How is this allowed to stand? How can these refs stay employed?
How is that not a hold call on Grabovski?????
Who’s crying now Mike. Can’t get far enough away from Moen.
Take his F***ing head off!!!
I swear if I ever win the lotto MAX, first thing I do is buy all the ad space on this site for 1 year, so I don’t to see that annoying Lotto Max ad telling me to buy a ticket.
Considering how useless Hamrlik is defensively, can he just give Kessel a flying elbow to the face? I wouldn’t mind the game misconduct.
Put DD with Pleks & Cammy
“and two d-men who were healthy scratches with the teams that traded them (Sopel and Mara).”
That’s three times you’ve posted this and three times you were incorrect. Congrats on the hat-trick.
Sopel played 59 of 61 games.
Did you not read the team release?
“Sopel, 34, played in 59 of the Thrashers 61 games thus far this season, recording seven points (2 goals, 5assists) while averaging 16:25 of time on ice. He totalled 40 shots on goal and 16 penalty minutes. Sopel currentlyranks second on the team, first among defensemen with a +7 plus/minus differential, and ranks second on the club,7th in the NHL with 130 blocked shots.”
That’s how I feel about it too. If a trade isn’t going to improve your team, why make it? PG might be one of those guys who just likes to buy things when they go on sale. Can’t say that a 5th/6th D-man addresses a serious team need. Weber was doing fine.
PG loves getting players on the cheap. But why give up assets, even ones of modest value like a fourth, fifth and Maxwell for Dawes (rumored to be destined for the minors) and two d-men who were healthy scratches with the teams that traded them (Sopel and Mara). I can’t believe a d-corp of Sopel, Mara, Gill, PK, Hamr, Wiz and Weber is demonstrably better than Gill, PK, Hamr, Wiz, Weber, Picard/Rivet/Souray/…
thank you sir,
and for your great posts