First win in Van since November, 2000

And the homeboy goaltender was pretty darn good.

948 Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Replying to the post below about optimists’ vs. pessimists’ record when it comes to the Habs…

    As somebody who was frequently labelled a pessimist when the previous incarnation of the team was blown up, my contention was always that I am not sure that the Habs in their current incarnation are that much better than the Habs were in their previous incarnation.

    Over the two last two seasons of the Koivu-Kovalev-Markov Habs, the team went 88-55-21, averaging 3.12 goals per game while conceding an average of 2.86 goals per game.

    Over the past 1.75 seasons of the Gomez-Gionta-Cammalleri habs, the team has compiled a record of 70-55-17, averaging 2.61 goals per game while conceding an average of 2.65 goals per game.

    So only in the unlikely event that the Habs close out this season on an 18-0-4 run would they match the regular season record of the team that was blown up.  If they go 10-8-4 over their remaining 22 games, a reachable target, they match the record of the much-maligned 2008-09 Habs that self-destructed in the second half. 

    But the playoff performance was much better!

    True…the Habs went one further round than their predecessor was able to make it.  But let’s see how each team fared in their final series…

    2009-10:  Montreal loses to Philadelphia 4 games to 1 in the 3rd round, being outscored 17-7 while being shut out 3 times.

    2008-09:  Montreal loses to Boston 4 games to 0 in the 1st round, being outscored 17-6

    2007-08:  Montreal loses to Philadelphia 4 games to 1 in the 2nd round, being outscored 20-14

    When it came to facing a more physically intimidating team in the playoffs, the current edition of the Habs laid the same egg that their predecessors did.  But they get extra credit for two huge upsets before they got there, giving them the edge.

    And the judges say…

    Thus far, I’m willing to grant the split-decision victory to the current edition based on their playoff run last year, but I reserve the right to void the decision should the Habs get demolished in the first round this spring!

    If we’re going to talk optimists vs. pessimists, the Habs need to be better than the team that was blown up for me to concede they’re exceeding my expectations.  Because when all the moves were made, I was pretty vocal (and admittedly pessimistic) that this team wasn’t all that much of an improvement over their predecessors.  The jury is still out on that front, but I remain a skeptical.  (Or stubborn…)

  2. habsfan1001 says:

    I live in NB but I told my wife I’m going to try and stay up to watch the game, because if I go to bed I will be laying there wondering what’s going on. She said obviously you have to be crazy, maybe she is right but at least I know I am not the only crazy one.

  3. solomio says:

    Before I get to reading all the posts here just want to say I woke up with a good feeling for the Habs this game.
    Call me crazy but expect a victory tonight.
    And for once I liked the look of JM’s lines if they hold true from last practice.

  4. Castor says:

    Yeah
    Facts aren’t always facts. Who knows what the record of the most recent Habs would be with a completely healthy line-up. One of the reasons 08 was so great (that rymes!) was because we had ZERO injuries ALL YEAR.

    Imagine how much better this team would be with markov and Georges playing at 100%? And Cammy not missing ten games? Or last year when GIO missed a month and Cammy missed a month and Markov missed his entire lifespan.

  5. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Hmmmm…interesting. If you drop the C’s and turn the M into an H his name becomes a-hole.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    O’Byrne only fits into the Top-4 of a team’s defence when he’s playing next to a guy like Markov or Liles, when he isn’t, he’s 3rd pair. 3rd-pairing Ds are not impossible to find last I checked.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  7. TomNickle says:

    It’s worth noting that on their worst day, the older edition of the Habs never thought of having the amount of significant injuries that this roster has.  When Koivu was out, we still had Plekanec and Lang.  With Markov and Gorges out, we’ve had no viable replacements for either one.

  8. habaholic68NJ says:

    That’s one theory.  Another is that the problem is Martin’s antiquated 5 man System which I believe does not work in today’s NHL.

  9. G-Man says:

    Yeah, he’s stinking Denver up.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m going to say that this is an opportunist posting considering the slump, and how heavily the slump has effected GF and GA. Not to mention that the previous team included Markov playing all but 4 regular season games, and this current edition has seen him miss 90 games of 142 games played. Keeping in mind that Markov generally adds about 0.5 goals per game to the team when he’s playing, this analysis is far too simplistic.

    There’s also no note made of the period where the Habs were an entirely new team from coach on down, and how they adjusted to that and the time it took.

    Edit: for the record I don’t think you’re a pessimist. I think you fell in love with the team that got blown up, which is why you still think Komisarek is a good player. And you don’t have that same feeling towards the new team. I don’t get why you feel this way, but that doesn’t matter.

  11. ShangaDoo says:

    You’re a habs fan, you are absolutely entitled to a bit of crazy maybe even delusional…but that’s reserved for leafs fan :)

    What time doe sthe game start for you anyway?   

     

     

     

     

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  12. Timo says:

    Unlike you folks, I am only an hour ahead of this debacle, and even I am not staying up.

  13. ooder says:

    um where is the part where you refute all of this?

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  14. TomNickle says:

    The market for defensemen has been set pretty high.  He doesn’t have a contract beyond this year but he’ll command at least a 2nd round pick if more than one team wants him.

  15. HotHabs says:

    I’m foreseeing yet another 3+ goal win by the western home team.  And because I want another Habs loss like I’d love a root canal, I’m hoping the eternal HIO optimists are correct in their predictions!

  16. Captain aHab says:

    If we give up a lot for a Chris Phillips rental, I’ll be pissed.

  17. Captain aHab says:

    You know what I would like to see? Switch Halpern and AK and stick with these lines for 10-12 games, not 10-12 seconds. To me when a line goes great for several games and then has an off-game, this shouldn’t be an invitation to blow it up.

  18. Wamsley01 says:

    You are totally ignoring health in regards to this discussion though.

    The 2008 team had zero injuries. They didn’t miss any significant players for any length of time.

    The 2010 and 2011 team has lost Markov for close to 100 games. Cammalleri for 30+ games, Gionta for 20+ games.

    The 2009 Habs were rolling and then the injuries began to mount and they collapsed.

    So I don’t think you can simplify it to the level that you did by just using records.

  19. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    Chilling at the hotel, flew in from Whitehorse this morning. Pumped to see the game live tonight! Last game I went to was in LA, where I bumped into George Gillett! Got my signed Dryden jersey out and getting ready. Got a good feeling anbout this one.

    Anybody got any tips on how to hang around and get autographs? My kids are all kind of hoping to get and autograph. I bougth my kid a jersey today and she asked “Daddy, are we going to get mine signed now too” (she was with me last week when we saw Ken Dryden in Whitehorse and he signed my jersey.

    Do the players walk out of the Rogers /GM place somewhere special?

  20. twilighthours says:

    Most telling, in my opinion, are the last few games of the Koivu/Kovalev era: the sweep at the hands of the Bruins.  A pathetic performance.  Totally gutless and without pride or effort.  Made me embarrassed to be a fan.  Completely different than the series against Phil last year, where we give it a yeoman’s effort but simply weren’t good enough and ran out of gas.

    Say what you want about this edition of the Habs, but they rarely (if ever) mail it in.  And that’s something I can get behind.

  21. matrags says:

    no blow out tonight it will be a tight checking game low scoring , and we will have a great shot at winning it.smiles…..

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Thanks for the report, always like to get some firsthand thoughts about a player.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  23. Timo says:

    Was there really a rumor like that? Damn… for me, “Gomez to Phoenix” and just stop right there sounds pretty good. I hear since the attendence in the desert is through the roof they got some $$$ to burn, so why not on Gomer.

  24. HardHabits says:

    It’s only a good thing if he misses the rest of the next season too!!!

  25. Mr. Habs says:

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

  26. longbow says:

    If we see a page full of Z’s in your blog can we assume you fell asleep on your keyboard ?

     

    Einstein’s definition of insanity – “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

  27. Timo says:

    one thing you are right about Chris. The “rebuilt” team is not all that much better (if at all). One set of overpaid unproductive forwards was replaced with another. Defense is still inconsistant at best. Goalies still don’t get any help. The System is still gelling. I say nothing is really change. Chances Habs go 3 rounds this year – I will bet my MAB jersey they won’t.

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Who’s his defensive partner, Liles? Not exactly nobody. OB looked like an easy Komisarek replacement on a cheap cap hit last season when he partnered w/ Markov. He’s Top-4 when he’s playing with a No. 1 guy who can clean up the fact that he lacks hockey sense.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  29. SLYDER says:

    Sportsnet is reporting that Spacek will miss the rest of the season….

     

  30. SLYDER says:

    on a similar note – i dont have any desire for phillips as a rental, or any rentals for that matter unless they involve a gomez salary dump

  31. notbigbird says:

    Yes but that team totally imploded in the last quarter or so of that two year stretch, and this team had to rebuild almost from scratch, especially with the injury situation factored in. I just don’t think those stats reveal much in this particular case.

    I’m still waiting for Carbo’s truth to emerge.

  32. SLYDER says:

    whatever came of the gomez to pheonix rumours?

     

    gomez for jovo and a pick?

     

    id take gomez for just a pick at this point

  33. greggiemchabfan says:

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in this particular scouting report. I watched Bournival play in Cape Breton last week. The kid is a powerful skater. He slices through the ice with authority. Among the many terrific things I noticed about his game was his skating. If you don’t believe me, QMJHL games are available online for about $3 bucks or go see him in person. The kids a keeper.

  34. HardHabits says:

    My bold prediction. If the Habs win this game they’ll get two points.

  35. Mr. Habs says:

    I agree. We will have this game in the bag by the start of the 3rd.

  36. HABSsince92 says:

    Even the most optimistic of Habs fans would have to be high to predict anything other than a blowout tonight. This could get ugly for Price just like last season’s visit but hopefully it won’t ruin the rest of the season for him like last year’s game did.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  37. Timo says:

    Bold prediction – Gomez will be a minus tonight.

  38. Timo says:

    how often does this really happen?

  39. Timo says:

    Not true man. Spach is a good Hab and the reason he is not playing well is because he is playing out of his element. At this stage of his career he is a 10 minutes per game kind of guy. Same goes for Hammer. I like both of these guys and if Habs had enough depth (thanks BG and PG) on D, these two would be number 5 and 6.

     

  40. ooder says:

    well in all honesty i don’t thinkd epth on d is an issue…

    with guys like gorges and markov out for the season it’s hard to blame PG for that…

    thankfully we’ve had guy like weber and subban stepping it up like crazy (that’s depth for ya)

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    From Hockey Prospectus regarding Habs Prospect C Michael Bournival

    “Drafted by Colorado in the 2010 Draft, Michael Bournival was dealt to Montreal this year in the Ryan O’Byrne trade. While Bournival has put up decent counting numbers over the last two QMJHL seasons, he doesn’t have much offensive upside and projects as a bottom-six guy at best. He is solid physically around the sideboards and is displays good work ethic. He excels in the cycle game when he can protect the puck and work it around to his teammates. His puck skills are fair, but his skating is the real issue that will hold him back. He’s a fringe skater and looks very awkward at times especially when trying to burst up the ice. His even-strength defensive awareness is fine, but his penalty killing could use some work.”

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. Timo says:

    Sounds like a keeper.

  43. Timo says:

    Misha, the D is not the reason period. The reason Habs don’t win 4-0 games is because we have overpaid bums up front who do jack all season long, and don’t help out in our end. Our defense can be decent and usual is when a) they get help from the forwards b) any of the useless guys with the Forward designation score at least couple of times in a game.

  44. joeybarrie says:

    Player bashing continues. But try to remember some of these things…. We have won only 1 game without Gomez in the last 2 seasons, without Spach we are 9-12 and without Gill we are 6-12….

    So you guys can hopefully do the math, but in case you cannot. WE ARE A BETTER TEAM WITH THESE GUYS IN THE LINEUP.

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

  45. joeybarrie says:

    80-65 is the current HABS OPTIMISTS RECORD….

    65-80 for the negative Habs posters….

    WHO’s winning in the last 2 seasons???

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

  46. ooder says:

    Misha #2… i totally agree that the offence is umm.. laughable at times

    just addressing the fact that if there is one thing we shouldn’t complain about is our d and goaltending

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

  47. Habnofear says:

    Oh yeah….well I say zero goals for AK tonite!

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    I haven’t even seen the kid play, it’s hard to outright refute analysis of a 3rd-round draft choice from a Hockey Prospects site. I take what I can pick up and share it around. I like the hard-work players at a young age though, some of them have that ethic that simply makes them a better player later on.  Not sure if Bournival is for sure one of those guys but he was well-thought of to nearly make the WJC as an 18-year old (and would have if Cizikas hadn’t played for the HC Of Team Canada’s OHL team).

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  49. Keith says:

    More like 11:10 AT here in Freddy Beach, N.B. Too late for me.

  50. mbplekfan says:

    So we traded a large sized NHL roster defenceman for a Q-League maybe?

    I am not filled with confidence. A serious undervaluing of OB and a major steal for Colorado.

  51. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Happy birthday bud! Enjoy the game!

  52. itpf says:

    Hoping for a great game tonight. It’s my birthday, and I’m going to the game!

  53. greggiemchabfan says:

    Besides his skating, I forgot to mention all the freaking elbows he was throwing. He’s got an edge to him, too.

  54. TomNickle says:

    Can we talk about Tanguay without discussing his refusal to play in the playoffs?

  55. Habnofear says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,   I can’t leave saskhabfan because of misguided fans like you who keep telling everyone  that every thing is fine and that only you know about the Habs (which you know nothing!)  So instead of harping bout your bad judgment and blaming good fans like me ,WATCH A GAME WITH YOUR EYE’S OPEN AND YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

  56. greggiemchabfan says:

    No problem. I was really charged up about Bournival’s potential after seeing that game. Love your weekly prospect updates, by the way. Please keep them coming.

  57. Timo says:

    Sedins, Samualsson (or whatever his name is), Kesler, even that jerk Borrows… the candidates are plenty.

  58. G-Man says:

    And the brain trust traded O’Byrne for a kid that can’t skate? Typical.

  59. TomNickle says:

    They were not missing those guys for a full season Chris.

    You’re really gonna bring up Dandeneault?

    They missed Lang for a half season, that’s the closest any of those injuries came to being comparable to what’s happened in the last two seasons.

  60. G-Man says:

    Yes, I will be wearing my bag after the 1st period.

  61. AH says:

    I’ll bet the Canuckleheads are shaking in their boots after seeing those Habs lines at practice! LOL!

  62. G-Man says:

    So, like teams that don’t have scoring forwards win?

    In what universe?

  63. Rad says:

    Sounds like this trade could work out nicely for the Habs after all. Bournival sounds like he could develop into a nice 2-way forward. Sure would be nice to see him come up through the system, maybe play in Montreal one day. Do you think the kid can play in the AHL next year, or do you think he needs another year in the Q?

  64. SeriousFan09 says:

    O’Byrne couldn’t think.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  65. Jordio-oh says:

    I don’t think the Habs’ win-loss record (1-3-2) without Gomez says anything at all.

    During those games we played the Red Wings twice and the Capitals and Penguins once, along with the Blue Jackets and Leafs. Aside from the Leafs and Blue Jackets, who the Habs beat to get their only win without Gomez, those are great teams we played. Its easily arguable that we would have lost those games with or without Gomez.

    In addition, two of those losses (3-1 to the leafs on 11/Dec/10 and 3-1 to the Penguins on 25/Nov/09) came on the second day of a back to back match.

    So while its sexy to say ” we’ve only won one game without Gomez” its important to remember how many games we were talking about and which teams we played and what the schedule was like during said stretch.

    I know you already know this. But a reminder is helpful.

     

    ***I feel like its important to note that I’m not a Gomez basher at all. In fact, I’m mostly likely in the minority percentage that doesn’t hate him.

  66. Bill says:

    I’ve got some: a defenceman will be injured, most of the Canadiens shots will come from the outside, the Canucks will crash Carey Price with impunity, and JM will put Halpern on the top line and bench Eller.

     Full Breezer 4 Life

  67. andrewberkshire says:

    I believe it was Lions in Winter that did a breakdown last year of the Habs GF with Markov vs GF without Markov, and it was close to 0.5 goals per game more with him in the lineup. The winning percentage was also significantly better. Last season the team was under .500 without him, and close to .600 with him. That’s a massive change. And remember that Markov coming back isn’t just Markov having that effect, it’s allowing players who are playing out of their depth to slide back down the depth chart, playing against easier competition.

    As for similar players, I’ll grant you Gomez and Koivu or Moen and Kostopoulos, but Streit vs Spacek is a red herring as Streit was already gone that year. And Cammalleri and Tanguary don’t play similar games at all. They’re both LW, and that’s it. Cammalleri is a sniper and Tanguay is a playmaker, they don’t even come close in playing style. The players brought in were also younger, so whatever window you’re talking about closing, will stay open longer with these players than it would have with the last set.

  68. twilighthours says:

     I recognized his limitations when everybody else was making him out to be the new Scott Stevens or Mark Tinordi.”  Is this a thinly-veiled “I’m so much smarter than you”?

    I think with Markov’s ability to control both ends of the ice, it’s not a (huge) stretch to think that he contributes to a +0.5 goal swing for the Habs every game.  

    As for Komisarek – karma’s a b!tch.  He’s getting what he deserved.

  69. Bill says:

    Bottom-six sluggish skater who cycles well and has decent defensive awareness? He’s tailor-made for THE SYSTEM, I can see the attraction!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  70. TomNickle says:

    I completely disagree with the Markov assessment.  We’ve been a top 3 Powerplay with him in the lineup for more than consecutive years.  Souray, Streit, Schneider, Brisebois and others have all come and gone, Markov was what made our powerplay elite.  Now, without him, it’s mediocre.

    And on the goals for and against subject with him.  Teams attack us on the forecheck like never before due to his absence.  You can’t send two men in deep into our zone with Markov on the ice, if you do, it’s an odd man rush going the other way almost every time, like clockwork.  He not only accounts for a goal every couple of games but he eliminates forechecking pressure that often results in us giving up goals without him.

    His value to this team rivals Price’s.  With him, we’re running away with the division right now, without him, well, you see the results.

  71. saskhabfan says:

    Really?? I tell everyone that “everything is fine and i’m the only one who knows about the habs”??? I will make a bet with you. If you can find one post i made that says those EXACT words i will never post here again. If you can’t prove it, you disappear for good. Not that you would keep your word since your word is about as good as a mesh condom. Anytime you want to try to shut my mouth for me,just let me know,idiot. Good luck finding a post that says those exact things that i apparently tell people. Looks like you will be forced to leave and come back with another user name,again. Looks like your the one who needs to keep his mouth shut,dickwad.

  72. Chris says:

    Again, no question.  But if I’m hurt and already have a pattern of shying away from the rough stuff. a brutal series where I’m being targetted for hits probably limits my effectiveness.

    He’s performed in the playoffs in his career.  Some years he’s been great.  Other years, invisible.  I’m not sad to see him go, although I do think Carbo’s steadfast refusal to unite Koivu, Kovalev and Tanguay was a big mistake.  It’s putting all your eggs in one basket, but it was one heck of a basket…  :)

  73. TomNickle says:

    Good game.  Reminded me of the Red Wings game with slightly less screwjobbing and a little more poise at the end of each period.

  74. Larry says:

    Carey won this for us. I hope his folks were at the game. Good third hanging in guys.

  75. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good team effort. Solid performance by Price. Solid win.

  76. Mr. Habs says:

    The curse is broken. The Monkey is off their backs.

  77. andrewberkshire says:

    Gill deserves a star for his last two shifts alone. We have a losing record on the western swing, but we won the most important game, and it was a statement game.

  78. JasonM says:

    Well done boys!

  79. andrewberkshire says:

    Mason Raymond is one of the top 5 fastest skaters in the NHL, Gill has beat him to loose pucks twice in a shift. That is amazing.

  80. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    Think I will take a pass on this one and give my blood pressure a break.

     

  81. showey47 says:

    wooooooohoooooooooo

  82. sidhu says:

    Big win!  Of course, the game ends with a Canucks player flat on the ice.

  83. Rad says:

    Big Hal is my boy!

  84. sidhu says:

    Good on JM to play Eller, AK46, and Moen towards the end

  85. zozotheclown says:

    Great 4th line shift again, and go Gill for being tall

  86. joeybarrie says:

    WHAT A GREAT DIVE BY GILL….

    HA GILL HAL GILL HAL GILL…  He gets bashed, but im glad he is on our team…

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

  87. Larry says:

    Atta boy PK. He made the call. The ref was going to let that go.

  88. andrewberkshire says:

    LOVE Gill’s effort on that play. Twice now he’s beaten Mason Raymond to a loose puck in the last couple minutes.

  89. PeterD says:

    Eller put with less than 60 sec. left…JM is destroying the kid.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  90. Timo says:

    Gill with a dive to get icing… great play.

  91. temekuhabs says:

    Methinks he’s gassed

  92. JIMVINNY says:

    The other brother just got away with a huge tug on gill’s jersey, that stopped him from getting to the puck.

  93. temekuhabs says:

    For the penalty, 200 feet from his net, Benny got his ass nailed to the bench (as he should)

  94. showey47 says:

    Its called JM’s reverse trap,where you hem the opposition in your own end.

  95. Samovich says:

    the Canucks are Ghandi and the Habs are the British imperial forces!!!!

  96. Habnofear says:

    This game is in the bag….go habs go

  97. Hali_Hab says:

     Yeah that’s true, I often wonder what kind of message leaving him IN the line up sends to the rest of the players espically the young guys..?m oh well he our rubix cube…sigh.

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  98. Rudy says:

    Right, it’s way past my bedtime

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

  99. Timo says:

    Not in the standings it doesn’t.

  100. Mr. Habs says:

    No contract comming up?

  101. Larry says:

    I think he is hiding an injury.

  102. TomNickle says:

    The Shell is stage four of the system.  PAY ATTENTION!

  103. Habbu says:

    He sure looks tired to me

  104. Timo says:

    Notice how AK is playing a lot better now that he is off Gomez line?

  105. Nahlsy says:

    Time for a Canucks powerplay, pull the goalie and finish the game 6 on 4. That’s what it says here in the script anyway.

  106. WarHero says:

    Great hit from AK!!

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  107. Habbu says:

    Ok Carey…get ready for the 20+ shots comin’ your way.

  108. zozotheclown says:

    4th line playing big minutes, and with good reason. Some great plays and big hits by that line.

  109. stephen says:

    There’s also the matter of the 100-odd assists that Henrik tallies.

    Not knocking you, as I’m sure many a team would take a flyer on AK, but I’m not sure the Henrik goal stat is relevant.

  110. TomNickle says:

    Or because he feels bad about the crap return the Habs will get for him.

  111. Hali_Hab says:

     Yeah i agree but seriously how long does it take to develop confidence 90 games is a bit much i think,?! plus he is a huge reason for the musical lines this year moving people around trying to get him going. he has been a chemistry killer.

     

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  112. Led says:

    I guess they missed all of those Canuck penalties in the first so they’re calling everything on us now. What a joke. Only reason they got any life and are now in the game.

  113. patience is a virtue says:

    for sure – see that hit?  nice.

  114. FormalWare says:

    I am Ozzy-Pooly-Ben, Hab of Habs
    Look on my works, ye flighties, and despair!

  115. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WHAT A HIT BY AK46!

    WOW!

  116. habs001 says:

    what a difference when we win the faceoff in our zone with halpern…plecks is just terrible at winning key faceoffs ..

  117. Shiloh says:

    Can’t decide whether he’s channeling Alfred Hitchcock or trying to look like Price’s outdoor mask.

  118. Hockey Socks says:

    Glen Sather adds another day to his tenure as GM every time Gomez misses the net.

  119. punkster says:

    But Tom, that can’t be right. I mean everyone here says if you yell at the refs they’ll stop calling penalties against you or it proves you’re a man or…something…I forget.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  120. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LMAO

  121. Bill says:

    Can’t believe I’m still awake for this. Gonna be a long day at work … go Habs go … please no more Gomez on the power-play.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  122. dhenry1234 says:

    Booner perhaps you should start bloggin for Flyers inside out. Montreal will beat them in the playoffs this year. You’ll see.

  123. Rad says:

    You’re not going to beat Price from the outside if he can see it.

  124. JIMVINNY says:

    Benny should say to Ballard – “Think you can stay on your feet long enough to drop the gloves, or will the draft from my fist knock you over, too?”

  125. andrewberkshire says:

    So frustrating to watch Gomez shoot, and every time he misses the net, and the puck clears the zone, goes over the glass or ends up on a Canuck’s stick. Offensive black hole he is.

  126. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    How about comparing his goal total to Daniel’s!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  127. Timo says:

    i’d watch that.

  128. TomNickle says:

    LOL.  I’ll never forget that moment.  I remember saying to myself in disgust.  ”If a non-call or a call gets Jacques Martin screaming at you, you should chalk it up to a mistake on your part”.  I mean, that guy never screams during games.  It has to be pretty blatant to make him lose his cool.

  129. Habbu says:

    In 2005-06 Gomez scored 33 goals for the Devils……………….Ripley’s Believe it or Not!!

  130. Ian Cobb says:

    We never make it easy on ourselves.

    Pouliot should be fined, he takes one or two of those every game.

  131. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I am absolutely LOVING the new videos by Mr. Boone.

  132. Led says:

    Except it was only a one-handed push and a dive. Or maybe Benny’s really strong.

  133. TomNickle says:

    He’s actually called the majority of the penalties but Watson sure does have a knack for piling on that right time on behalf of the opposition.

     

  134. JasonM says:

    This is very interesting. Good post.

  135. showey47 says:

    What if your best friend is also your wife/girlfriend?

  136. habsfan1001 says:

    Can we go 20 more minutes shorthanded against Van We will have to stop touching them.

  137. dhenry1234 says:

    No you’re not Booner.

  138. Marvin says:

    JM is going with 3 lines. No DD, BP or White.

  139. Mr. Habs says:

    Next goal wins

  140. Larry says:

    Do you think the Canucks are diving because they KNOW the officials are biased and are looking for any excuse to call anything on us? Teams scout, they talk, I am sure the word is out. They know it.

  141. Bugs says:

    You quit easy, Mr.Ian. Something I previously noticed.

    When you have a stallion, you train’m to run in the Derby.

  142. Rainrocket16 says:

    Wanna take some bets that Benny fights tonight!!!??

  143. PrimeTime says:

    Cammi get slashed in a scoring position…no call! We barely “hook” when short handed and up goes the arm….unreal!

  144. Sheldon says:

    I ain’t gonna make it to the end folks. Played Sunday morning; played last night and hyperextended my elbow. Played OK on both occassions, but feel like shit. As St. Peter, I think once said, fight the good fight or if that doesn’t work, kick them squarely in the nads! Good night all!!!

  145. dhenry1234 says:

    honestly i think on pouliots penalty the canuck should have been called for diving. He layed there as his team went up the ice and sold it only to skate off laughing later. That deserves a diving penalty I think.

  146. Rudy says:

    C’mon boys, make this late night worth it!

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

  147. Shiloh says:

    Interesting stat on the screen – Kostitsyn with one less goal this year than Henrik Sedin. AK will find lots of dance partners if he’s a free agent.

  148. WarHero says:

    Love it when he plays like this!

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  149. Timo says:

    I believe the default gelling period is 25 games. Of course, there are exceptions.

  150. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s also had at least 57 assists in each season since the lockout, which is more points than AK has had in any of his seasons.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  151. Bugs says:

    Phew!

    Benny Poolio escapin the box and sendin a message “I’m a bad muthafugga; I WILL crosscheck your azz into the boards without a second thought. Fear me and despair.”

  152. Hali_Hab says:

     hahaha i was thinking that as i typed out that comment ” some one is going to call me on moen” haha.. But i seriously dont know why gomes is getting pp time over DD..  it is apperently all right for one to suck worse than suck it self on this team and be rewarded with major minutes..  USEEEEEEELESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

     

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  153. JasonM says:

    “Hello Habs fan here, quick question… is your equipment manager on strike? If so, it could explain so many players losing the edge of their blades as they skate up the ice, or find themselves remotely close to an opponent. If not, think you can send the video to the Italian National soccer team? I think they can use these dives as research material. Thanks!”

  154. TripleX says:

    JM has a habit of benching DD in the third in close games.

    Why????????    DD always impresses me in every game.

  155. punkster says:

    You’ll be here in spirit. Well, at least one or two of you will ;)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  156. stephen says:

    As effective a penalty-killer as Pleks is, it kills me to see him burning up so much fuel shorthanded every game. It all adds up by the end of the year. Being one of the most penalized teams in the league (minors) has got to catch up to a few of our stalwart pk’ers come playoff time.

  157. Buster says:

    where are Desharnais and Pouliot? are they injured?

     

     

     

    Whooooaa baby!!! WHAT is goin’ on in Pennsylvania!!?

  158. Nahlsy says:

    Over/Under on the PPs the Canucks get in the third is set at 3.5

    I’m picking over

    Habs PPs is set for 0.5

    I’m picking under

  159. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Gomez is incapable of hitting a wall with the puck… even while standing in front of the Great Wall of China.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  160. Habbu says:

    somethin’ isn’t right with Pleks. He’s either hurt, sick or just plain pooped

  161. Mr. Habs says:

    Watching Gomez is as painful as watching your hot ex making out with your best friend

  162. NLhabsfan says:

    Can’t blame him for  the refs bad calls.

  163. habs001 says:

    hammer getting way too much pp time…sometimes i just dont get martin

  164. Bugs says:

    1st line centre.

  165. zozotheclown says:

    Close one, dumb penalties but some good killing to go with it atleast.

  166. temekuhabs says:

    LOL..timo: the ever optimist..

  167. Habnofear says:

    Great …fun game ! I phoned my son who lives in Van and is a NuckleHead and he asked me to never contact him again,lol.BIG 3rd COMING UP AND IT’S GONNA BE AWSOME!!!!

  168. WarHero says:

    oh Ak, why must you torture me with flashes of your hidden brilliance? WHY?!?

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  169. Ian Cobb says:

    Boys have to stay out of the box. Stop reaching with the stick and skate.

  170. Timo says:

    Canucks better looked out – Gomez is on the ice.

  171. showey47 says:

    I made the suggestion 2 years ago they should hire yanic perreault for that reason.

  172. shootdapuck says:

    There’s Benny benched for the rest of the game!

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  173. Rudy says:

    HOLY SHITE

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

  174. The Teacher says:

    How about Scott Gomez and a pick for Paul Statsny?

     

    Two tough contracts to move, but Statsny has more upside and shorter contract.

  175. TomNickle says:

    Jacques Martin and Kirk Muller screamed at Brad Watson in game one of the Capitals series last playoff for not calling a late body check penalty on Eric Fehr for running Bergeron after an icing.  They embarrassed him on TSN because he had called the same exact penalty on Travis Moen for doing the same thing to Shane Morrissonn less than 10 minutes earlier.  Ever since that game it’s been a never ending parade to the penalty box when Brad Watson is doing a Hab game.

  176. TomNickle says:

    I know.  Moen never misses them.

  177. Rad says:

    Alright boys, bring it home ..

  178. badbalance says:

    AK playing well

  179. Rudy says:

    They have to keep #17′s butt out of Carey’s face

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

  180. Mr.Hazard says:

    LIFT IT AK!

  181. Timo says:

    How is that a good plan? The good plan calls for falling back and protecting the lead. You clearly haven’t followed the Habs much.

  182. showey47 says:

    he should be buried like one.

  183. WarHero says:

    Agreed :)

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  184. Mr. Habs says:

    How many games will it take Cammy to warm up?

  185. andrewberkshire says:

    Refs better call the rest of this game even for **** sakes, they’re the biggest reason Vancouver is back in this.

  186. TomNickle says:

    Jacques should impose a strategy on Gomez.  The only word he’s allowed to say until April is “finish”.  Hi Scott, how are you this morning?  

    Scott:  Finish.

    Dude:  So you’re doing well then?

    Scott:  Finish

    That is all.

  187. Mr. Habs says:

    PK has to beat down 17 for God sakes!

  188. Mr. Habs says:

    Not one Hab in front of the net on the PP

  189. Ian Cobb says:

    First period was ours, second was theirs. Let see if we play with the puck and forecheck or sit back and try to dump it out and blow it.

  190. Timo says:

    why is Gomez on this team?

  191. deggy24 says:

    Gionta has to challenge on that. Finally, they get a penalty. What a terribly refereed game. Make them pay boys!

  192. showey47 says:

    lmfao,awesome avatar.

  193. Mr.Hazard says:

    Our powerplays are severly lacking in power & plays.

  194. Timo says:

    What?! Gomez missed an open net?! Haha… this guy is just amazing.

  195. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That was beyond pathetic – cmon Gomez, my grandma would have potted that in.

  196. TripleX says:

    COME ON GOMER!!!

  197. Habnofear says:

    Nice play by Kessler….why can’t our forwards do that!

    Gomez can’t hit space itself!

  198. showey47 says:

    come on mara,bleed damn it,lol. j/k,but seriously bleed.

  199. Shiloh says:

    He only missed by a couple of feet.

  200. Mr.Hazard says:

    Gomez misses net? What? UNHEARD OF!

  201. RJB says:

    Gomez, come on son. Couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a banjo

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

  202. Timo says:

    Ok, the stage is set for an “exciting” finish. Sit back and enjoy 18 minutes of play in the Habs end.

  203. Mr. Habs says:

    Two goals two screens. The D have to clear the man so Price can see

  204. JasonM says:

    Lots open on the blocker side there.

  205. TripleX says:

    Why is DD not on instead of Gomer??????

  206. TomNickle says:

    Brad Watson my friend.  Halpern wasn’t even close to doing anything illegal.

  207. andrewberkshire says:

    L’Ecuyer is a treasure as well.

  208. Habbu says:

    All Price saw on that one were two huge numbers….One & Seven

  209. Hali_Hab says:

     WHY THE HELL IS GOMES GETTING PP TIME??????  Only he could miss an empty net…

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  210. PrimeTime says:

    whats vigneahlt smirking about?

  211. WarHero says:

    I’m guessing 5

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  212. The Teacher says:

    oh man, why do I feel that missed net will cost us?

  213. JasonM says:

    I can’t take Gomez anymore.

  214. RGM says:

    Great shot, Pyle.

    Go Habs Go!

  215. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ll go get the spade, we won’t need to bother drawing a map eh?

  216. JasonM says:

    … why is Gomez on the PP?

  217. WarHero says:

    Benched for the penalties?

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  218. TomNickle says:

    Gomez couldn’t hit sand if he fell off of a camel.

  219. HardHabits says:

    JM’s blood pressure is rising.

  220. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Gomez couldn’t hit the broad side of a damn barn!

  221. Timo says:

    neither do his players.

  222. JIMVINNY says:

    F*ck, Gomez….  

  223. WarHero says:

    Or ties :)

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  224. Mr. Habs says:

    See kessler take a wack at Carey there?

  225. TomNickle says:

    1. He’s Scott Gomez, and you want him to play with confidence.  Putting him on the bench in favour of Desharnais in that situation embarasses him.

    2. This has been his best game this year despite his tendency to miss the ocean while jumping off of the cruise ship.

  226. Timo says:

    Oh no! I did not see this coming.

  227. showey47 says:

    lmfao,nah,we will bury him in the regular spot with the other useless artifacts. Like leaf playoff tickets or lats wrap around videos.

  228. JIMVINNY says:

    Well the douchebag refs are getting their wish.  What a joke they are.

  229. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    My boy Eller is playin with some moxy tonight.

  230. TomNickle says:

    Haha.  Not quite Ian.  Halpern isn’t exactly working well on the right wing but if they win it doesn’t matter I guess.

  231. TomNickle says:

    Andrei showcasing for suitors tonight.  Good for him!

  232. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    CRAP!!!  We gotta game boys and girls.

  233. JasonM says:

    The Belarussian Bear just ate someone in the corner.

  234. shootdapuck says:

    That was Gomez going for a skate and letting Van out of their zone!

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  235. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Best game from AK i’ve seen in a month at least.

  236. Mr. Habs says:

    Get # 17 away from our net!

  237. Timo says:

    WTF was that? A 5 on 3?

  238. Ian Cobb says:

    Never in a hundred years Bugs.

  239. TomNickle says:

    Haha.  Yeah it’s a long time but it’s not like you can hid the guy in your lineup.  If you bench him or demote him you might as well hang a for sale sign around his neck.

  240. TomNickle says:

    Pouliot has a little brother who plays centre?  Where?

  241. Mr. Habs says:

    The Nucks always got a guy in front of the net

  242. Bugs says:

    The references are Historical and Literary.

    All I’ll say.

  243. JasonM says:

    OMG how was THAT not a penalty??????

  244. Rainrocket16 says:

    Haha!! Well played Sir!

  245. HardHabits says:

    As much as I can’t stand AK I am really liking him with Eller. Maybe they should put another scoring winger like Pouliot or Pacioretty with them.

  246. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    My wife’s from Victoria BC, she’s a huge Nucks fan. She went to bed when it was 2-0. hehehe

  247. Rudy says:

    No, it’s called the SYSTEM

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

  248. The Teacher says:

    Where is the “like” button?

  249. TomNickle says:

    He’s hurt.  Ference acted as if his stick were an axe and Plekanec’s right leg were a tree and chopped.  And chopped hard I might add.

  250. Ian Cobb says:

    All lines are working well Timo.!

  251. Bugs says:

    My boy gettin the shaft!

    Dezzy and White too, what the hell?!

  252. stephen says:

    Given his video segments, this site becomes something entirely different if he does. Eesh!

  253. TripleX says:

    I think that hip injury is acting up again.  Pleks is not a slacker if he can help it.

  254. Habbu says:

    He lives in one, so it makes him feel right at home.

  255. JasonM says:

    He’s gassed after all that PKing he’s been doing.

  256. Timo says:

    i am so impressed with Gomez tonight though. what a game he’s having.

  257. Nahlsy says:

    Ya but do they tie it or do the Habs get a short handed empty netter to ice it?

  258. Bugs says:

    But not Halpern, whose penalty was the one they ACTUALLY scored on…

  259. TomNickle says:

    Nope. 6 on 3.  You forgot about the cheese whiz call that comes once we’re already short handed.

  260. Timo says:

    I think your boy is sitting cause of the shaft he delivered to the head of the vancouver player. Personally, if you ask me, I liked what he did. I wish more Habs did that kind of stuff and more often. 

  261. WarHero says:

    Great game tonight folks! The calls aren’t going our way, but I am loving the aggression. Let’s hope they keep it up in the 3rd :)

     

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  262. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh THAT one!

  263. Bugs says:

    Go with the second.

  264. TomNickle says:

    Gill is my hero!

  265. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    please’s esplain bugsy

  266. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    For the love of God Boone, please, do NOT put on the cheerleader skirt.

    -Dustin-

  267. JIMVINNY says:

    WHAT A PLAY BY GILL!!!!!

  268. TripleX says:

    Effective use of his star players with regards to playing time is not one of JM’s strong points.   Pleks gets tired every season because he plays too much on the PK.  I am worried about Price with all the games he is playing and Auld is not getting a break not playing either.

  269. Habhopeful says:

    Steamboat Gill! good play…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  270. Rudy says:

    Why does Hodgson wear a cage?

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

  271. showey47 says:

    awesome play by giller

  272. Samovich says:

    I agree 100% ! There should be a faceoff coach, just like a goalie coach, in todays game starting with the puck counts for a lot.

  273. Mattyleg says:

    Fudge Yeah!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  274. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I think Booner compared them to Nazi’s last year, so I’d doubt he’d be too popular over there.

  275. RJB says:

    Carey Price, wow what else can be said? What a Win

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

  276. TomNickle says:

    Pacioretty’s cross check was the funniest call.  If that was cross-checking they’ve missed about 30 more.

  277. Mr.Hazard says:

    Ex-Rollie-goalie beats current Rollie-goalie.

  278. Bugs says:

    You mean the “put the fear of God into the other team” penalties the opposition doesn’t capitalize on? I can dig THOSE.

    So, if by “fined” you mean “treated to a round of drinks from his teammates”, I totally agree with you, Mr.Ian.

  279. Mattyleg says:

    Drink. That’s what I did with 5 minutes left, but I’m still shaking like an autumn leaf…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  280. WarHero says:

    Huge win fokks! Great game from AK/Eller/Moen :) Wooooo!!

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  281. HardHabits says:

    Over/under on when Everlasting1/demigod comes back to rant about Price the choker and how much better Halak is.

  282. Larry says:

    Laugh now Vigneault. We have beat you twice now this year.

  283. Rudy says:

    WOO HOO indeed Mr. Boone. And on that note, good night

    wish I could have seen the triple low five.

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

  284. TomNickle says:

    Gill deserves two of the stars.  I’d give em three if Andrei didn’t show Hab fans Worldwide once again why they hate him.

  285. Top Corner says:

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET !!!!

    Iam going to sleep through games more often….what GREAT news to wake up too……

  286. Rainrocket16 says:

    Great way to end the Road trip woes!! Very proud of the gang tonight!

  287. temekuhabs says:

    Good to see Price have a better game then the last time he played at home. Props to Martin for having AK46 out there in the last minute(he played great tonight)

  288. Flabadagub says:

    I love how the frenchies kept saying Al Gill and Sam Wilson.

  289. Rob says:

    Probably around the same time when you start going on about your tanking nonsense.  Don’t really see how one is worse than the other.

    The Montreal Canadiens: sporting the best AND worst fans since 1909!

  290. Chris says:

    Maybe they should just send Gomez out alone…with no teammates, he will have no choice but to try and go to the net instead of peeling off to the left half-boards!

  291. HardHabits says:

    Opposites attract.

  292. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’ve allowed fewer goals in two games against VAN than we did in any game we had with CGY or EDM, odd isn’t it?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  293. TomNickle says:

    Yeah but he wasn’t on the team then.

    I would’ve loved to have seen the Bruins reaction to Wisniewski, Moen and Subban fighting Bergeron, Marchand and Seidenberg.

     

  294. TomNickle says:

    I agree about Washington.  And if I were to pick a Cup winner today it would be them.  Offensive talent like theirs doesn’t stay cold for full seasons and their offensive guys are buying in.

    People are having fun at their expense but I don’t expect that to continue into May and June.

  295. Miltie01 says:

    JM was very wise with Kostitsyn tonight. Put him with Moen and Eller. Simple game style, all he has to do is skate, hit, find open ice and shoot…..nothing fancy. He also gave him PP time just in case he felt he was being demoted. Pretty much saying ..”Hey, need to work on a few things, but I got faith in you”. Giving the kid that bone seemed to pay off…….little things that don’t get enough appreciation.

     

    Good coaching from Jacques but a great response from the kid.

  296. habstrinifan says:

    Unsure which player in your post you are describing as gutless. Is it Subban?

  297. habstrinifan says:

    Calagary plays us with more physicality than Vancouver and Edmonton throws a more varied attack  at us.

  298. PeterD says:

    Seems like “Martin’s Magical Mixmaster” (ala Stubbs) found some good magic tonight.  All 4 lines played well putting pressure on the Canucks…good bash, crash and offensive movement.  At least until the bench got shortened I assume because of an undisciplined penalty by Pouliot limited that lines ice time.

    Seems AK is effective in a less than top 6 role and I like that he comes to play when he is with Moen.  Eller , Moen and AK looked very good tonight.

    I think Cammi will refi9nd his magic with Pleks and then we could see some good offensive hockey.

    It was very obvious at a point in the 3rd period that JM implmented the defense, protect the lead game plan…but I thought he let them go hard offensively for most of the night and that felt good as a fan to see the boys go hard to the net and make plays in teh O-zone for a change.

    As long as JM lets them play some offensive game in order to get the jump pon the other team, I have no problem with him kicking in the protect the lead ad some point to preserve the win like he did tonight.

    Thank you Habs for winning this for me…living out here in Canucks land these Canuck fans are A-Holes (read Cam Cole, John Garrett (colour jerk for Sportsnet) my brothers wife, and so many more that were laughing at me/us before the game.  So thank you Habs for putting in a great 60 mins of hockey and for shutting them up for a while.

  299. heartandgoal says:

    Wow! What a game! What an exciting game.  Hard to believe they held the lead.  The Canucks gave them all they can handle, and then Kostitsyn ADDED to a LEAD?!  Pretty certain I haven’t heard that sentence in a while.  He had a great game.  Very involved.  Looked very threatening.  Awesome body language.

    I love the way Mara muscled that forward off him as he went for the puck, don’t you?  He’s not a magician with the puck, but he has fresh legs late in the season, and he looks like he’s alert and trying hard to help.

    Price wanted this one and he battled for it.  He also looked human tonight – not in a bad way, but he didn’t have that robotic cool.  And it was fun to see him care that much.

    Hal Gill’s reach is still wondrous.  He made several great poke checks

    Plekanec was on his game.  He’s a gem, that one.  He competes in every zone, every shift.

    I like Pacioretty.  A lot.  He uses his body, he can skate, he’s got hands, he’s got smarts, and he’s got heart.  I’m not worried about this kid not panning out.  

    I think Eller has improved a lot since the season’s start.

    Like having Cammalleri back?  Me too.  He’s a top flight talent and he’s a competitor.  We’re a much better team with him in the lineup.

    Gionta was great tonight.  Strong leader.  The team plays with pride. He helped to forge it last year in the playoffs, and it’s been hardening since.  Good mentor for Pacioretty, the American boy? You betcha.

    I just feel sorrow for Gomez now.  He’s such a likeable guy.  This city so desperately wants to cheer for him.  Has he simply forgotten that?  Does he think we’d never like him again even if he started scoring?  We should all write him letters of support.  And we should all write to Geoff Molson and ask him to hire a sports psychologist.  Lets do it!

    Wow.  What a game.

     

     

  300. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think anyone is Cam Neely anymore. But I would take Chris Stewart on my team any day.

  301. TripleX says:

    Are the Habs short handed?   I have seen this movie before.

  302. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wow, it’s pathetic watching the nucks dive all over the place.

  303. habs001 says:

    now we need to win the next two at home…vs leafs no reason not to play 4 lines all game…pp should be wiz,pk weber and hammer second half of the pp only…major pull back of the offense after 2-0 lead… brutal faceoff performance….keep hoping but still have a feeling ak46 on his fool me once performance..accept this is about the 50th time in his career..is he now going to score thurs and maybe sat and be invisible for 10 games after sat

  304. andrewberkshire says:

    Burrows diving everywhere.

  305. TomNickle says:

    And Moen.  Levels Subban from behind and they both go after him.  His reaction?  Find the nearest linesman.  He’s gutless.

  306. andrewberkshire says:

    Moen has had a fantastic defensive game.

  307. andrewberkshire says:

    Capgeek is much more accurate, and they have it as what I typed out.

  308. TomNickle says:

    It’s called the shell, and it’s stage 4 of a Jacques Martin game.

    Stage 1:  Get an early Powerplay goal.

    Stage 2:  Your goaltender stands on his head.

    Stage 3:  You get an insurance goal on the Powerplay.

    Stage 4:  Bottle up tighter than 50 year old wine.

  309. Shiloh says:

    I think you’re right. The year we drafted him (I think it was 10th overall) he was a concensus top-3 but other teams shied away from him because of his illness. The Habs medical staff said it was controllable so we picked him. Some games he’s clearly not 100%. It’s only one game but I love the space he has when Eller is at centre.

  310. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah, why isn’t Markov or Streit on the PP.

  311. Mike Boone says:

    Oh, I’m sorry. Not waving the pom-poms quite enough for you?

  312. andrewberkshire says:

    Lucic ran away from Wisnwieski in that game, so no way that would happen.

  313. TripleX says:

    It was a dumb selfish penalty.  But I really like the aggressive new Pouliot we are seeing recently.  He is finally using that big body and if he puts on some more muscle he could be a power forward.

  314. Will Longlade says:

    The zebras suck again tonight. There’s been more than a few Hab’s shifts in the 1st and 2nd when multiple infractions could have been called on the Canucks. Many of them the non-discretionary variety. And then they make the bullshit calls on Pacioretty and Halpern. Halpern’s been tackled in the goal crease twice and interferred with or tripped about four or five times during the game. Not a single f’ing call. I agree with the poster who said that the fix is in. It sure is and it’s been that way for the Habs all year. I hope the Habs overcome the adversity. They’re a better team than their record suggests and they can compete against the league’s best on an even playing field.   

  315. TomNickle says:

    Yes he is.  But I won’t be confusing him with Cam Neely anytime soon.  The bloggers of the World and knee jerk reactionary sports writers of North America have been calling him the prototypical powerforward.  I don’t know, maybe somwhere along the line the criteria for that label changed.

  316. SeriousFan09 says:

    The ‘Nucks player embellished, if Pouliot had taken that shot it wouldn’t have been called.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  317. TomNickle says:

    He can’t stop opposing players from looking for the bottom of the swimming pool Ian.

  318. TomNickle says:

    Or maybe he’s intelligent for not getting into a battle with the face of the franchise who makes $9 million annually.

    You ever hear of a coach challenging Peyton Manning?

    When they iron out the details of becoming what they’re developing into now.  They’ll be a team that can win any style of hockey game you want to play.  Tight defensive, wide open, physical.  Won’t matter.  They have two very talented goalies, a ton of fire power, blue chip defensemen and big physical presences.  And they’re pretty fast too.

  319. Bugs says:

    Do you really think I would explain my boy’s master-stroke if there was even the slightest possibility of anyone’s affecting its outcome?

  320. SeriousFan09 says:

    I partially suspect the medication he takes to control his epilepsy throws him off a bit. Not a lot, but just enough to cost him in the game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  321. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yup, it’s sad the autonomy and level of power tripping NHL ref’s are allowed to get away with.  There’s a scene in the 24/7 HBO doc, that really displays this, but I’m too drunk to recall specifics.

  322. oshawahabsfan says:

    Well said, Jacques did well in trying AK and Eller together and leaving them together. It was nice to see them on the ice so late in a one goal game

  323. HardHabits says:

    NHL numbers has the Habs Cap Space at 3.255

    http://nhlnumbers.com/teams/MTL?year=2011

  324. andrewberkshire says:

    I think the difference is Stewart is just much more effective, and younger, and cheaper. Lots of allure there.

  325. SeriousFan09 says:

    Coach’s responsibility to hold a player accountable and it shouldn’t have taken the team four years to start balancing out with defence. Boudreau has enabled Ovechkin more than anyone, something as simple as abusing shift time should have been rubbed out years ago.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  326. Shiloh says:

    AK – could he need corrective lenses? He has a heck of a time picking up the puck when it gets deflected or when there’s a scrum. In open ice he’s poetry. Do the players get their eyes tested regularly? 

  327. SeriousFan09 says:

    WSH will win when Boudreau is fired.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  328. TomNickle says:

    You dog him way too much Robert.  It isn’t his fault that the owner lets Ovechkin do whatever he wants.  He’s a good but not great coach and you could be eating your words sooner rather than later.

  329. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs lead the league in statement games ;)

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  330. andrewberkshire says:

    No, my math wasn’t wrong. The Habs actual salary room is $1,031,006. That comes out to an ability to add a total salary of $4,168,850. Not to be rude, but it’s probably a good idea to check the facts before you insult someone HH.

  331. TomNickle says:

    That’s fair.  But throwing zero hits through pretty much a full game’s worth of icetime doesn’t exactly make him the havoc wreaker that he’s touted to be Andrew.

    Kostitsyn hits much more than he does.  A lot more.

  332. andrewberkshire says:

    Mara can drop ‘em as well.

  333. TomNickle says:

    I would like to add that we do need a winger who can attack Chara and Pronger consistently however.

  334. Chris says:

    Making the playoffs makes you a contender in the East. After that, it is good goaltending, discipline and getting the right matchups.

    I still don’t like the Habs shots against Boston or Philaelphia on paper.

    I think they matchup well with everybody else, although Washington still scares the heck out of me because I think they’re learning how to win the hard way, which makes them a more dangerous team come playoff time. If they dump Semin, I like their chances that much better. I still think they beat Montreal if they had stuck to the gameplan of running everything through Backstrom, instead of suddenly trying to let Ovechkin and Semin try and do everything individually later in the series.

  335. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    To make room for him at center, Halpern had to move to the wing, where he looked not bad at all. Much better than Eller did there. So JM may have found a solution.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  336. andrewberkshire says:

    More to being a power forward than hitting, namely taking hits and keeping the puck, and barreling through people to the net. Like Kostitsyn’s goal today, that was a power forward goal.

  337. TomNickle says:

    I still think Markov’s and Gorges’ prolonged absences will catch up.  But I also reserve the right to maintain the opinion that good goaltending and special teams make you a contender in the East.  So I really don’t care which way Gauthier goes as long as he doesn’t mortgage the future.

  338. andrewberkshire says:

    Very odd.

  339. TomNickle says:

    The only thing that damn game revealed is that the Habs don’t have more than four players who can fight.  Pouliot, Moen, Subban and Wisniewski are fairly good with their fists.

    Does Boychuck, Thornton and Campbell targeting Pyatt, Hamrlik and Spacek justify some misguided opinions about the toughness of the Habs?  Nope.  In fantasy land it might, but not in the real world.

  340. HardHabits says:

    It was a good win but there are still holes in the Habs game. The Boston beat-down still leaves a bad taste in the back of my mouth.

    Nevertheless a statement game.

    It still doesn’t change my POV that the Habs still need to build their farm and work towards getting better draft picks and better positioning in the entry draft.

  341. FormalWare says:

    This team is 7% predictable. (Leaving 93% frustrating, exciting, stoopid, scintillating, Plexistensial….)

  342. PeterD says:

    Like that Eller was on in the final minute …shows JM has increasing trust in the kid and hey why not he played a hell of a good game at centre…hello JM – THAT’s HIS NATURAL POSITION – leave him at centre – enough of the trying to make him a winger.

    Like all 4 lines tonight…good compete level and crash and bang mixed with offense…

  343. TomNickle says:

    Chris Stewart.  You know, everyone’s favourite powerforward.  0 Hits through three games with the Blues.

    Maybe it’s time people just referred to him as a goal scorer.

  344. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahaha so you’re elevating him above the 3 stars?

  345. HardHabits says:

    Facts disturb you?

  346. HardHabits says:

    It’s my very own juju.

  347. HardHabits says:

    Says the University student who still hasn’t mastered grade school math.

  348. TomNickle says:

    Until he comes down from this season long high he’s been riding……yes.  He’s the Vezina winner as of today.  I’d like to see Tim Thomas deal with the workload and pressure he’s been under and thrive the way he has.  Four words.  NO WAY IN HELL.

  349. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree, but Vezina voters won’t.

  350. TomNickle says:

    Does one win erase two bad losses?

  351. andrewberkshire says:

    Math was never my subject, but where exactly did I fail?

  352. andrewberkshire says:

    When it’s against the top team in the NHL, yes.

  353. HardHabits says:

    Kovalev’s cap hit if the Habs acquire him. You seem to forget his 5 million would be pro-rated so it would be somewhere between 1 and 1.5 million.

    BTW. I never was on the band-wagon nor am I am back on. I am not a follower. I trail-blaze.

  354. Shiloh says:

    Damn right – PK shamed him into it.

  355. andrewberkshire says:

    One win and he’s back on the bandwagon.

  356. TomNickle says:

    No.  He gets a gold star.  He doesn’t even count in the three stars.  The guy has had two bad games all year and has been great in just about every other game all season.

     

  357. stephen says:

    Your goal-scorers the last time the Habs beat the Canucks in Vancouver?

    How about Craig Darby, Martin Rucinsky, Brian Savage and….P.J. Stock.

    Assists collected by the likes of Juha Lind and Patrick Poulin.

    Also dressed that night for the Habs…Andrei Bashkirov, Eric Landry and Christian Laflamme.

    I don’t care what happens for the rest of the season, let’s just thank the Lord that we don’t dress the likes of that motley crew anymore. Yikes.

  358. punkster says:

    Thank you for returning to the HH avatar. :)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  359. patience is a virtue says:

    nicely said.

    furthermore, i would just like to thank The JM System for totally shutting down the most dangerous offence in the league during the third period.  a thing of beauty was that.  great team effort.  awesome coaching!  :)

  360. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    You needed to bring this up why?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  361. Rad says:

    Hit ‘em Andrei!

  362. Mr. Habs says:

    Home province Timo

  363. rdiddy says:

    why is the DD-BP-White line benched after being one of the better, more consistent lines in this recent losing skid?

  364. TomNickle says:

    Yep saved a goal by deflecting a back door pass on the pk in the second period too.

  365. badbalance says:

    Only 2 threats in the East for the playoffs in my opinion are Philly and Montreal.. Of course we might see surprises….

  366. Larry says:

    Haba are hanging tough. I smell a biased, weak assed penalty coming.

  367. Mattyleg says:

    Yeah, AK seemed to have a little ‘thing’ going on with Young Lars.

    I like.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  368. JasonM says:

    Subban tripped by one of the twins as he was pivoting to the corner.

  369. habstrinifan says:

    Guess I am a Negative Nellie. First 10 minutes of the game was brilliant hockey by the HABS. Either through the coach’s design or the the players becoming too ‘passive’, they mostly allowed Vanc to take the game over after that. But they WON and I am happy because it means the playoff spot gets more secure. You can dump on me as a Negative Nellie all you want if it gives you the air of superiority which you seem to clamour for with your name-calling.

  370. HardHabits says:

    That’s part of the fun.

  371. JIMVINNY says:

    PK tripped, no call.

  372. Timo says:

    Anybody else has an impression that Plekanec has been playing way too casual in last dozen games or so? 

  373. Bugs says:

    My boy’s penalty is what ripped Couvie’s heart out. They were terrified after that.

    Shame the coach put his conformist apron on and even so, I fail to see why Dezzy and White had to suffer as well.

    Anyway, rant about it tomorrow; g’night, you circus animals!

  374. andrewberkshire says:

    To which obvious infraction are you referring?

  375. punkster says:

    I would like to be the first to thank all the Negative Nellies who showed up here tonight trying to rain on our parade. Dare I say the usual suspects. You made this game particularly satisfying with your standard whines and rants, your livingroom couch coaching expertise and your Atom D hockey experience. You shone through and made this a completely enjoyable experience for us all because we love it when your own words get shoved up your collective nether regions. We won and you didn’t.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  376. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re forgetting about Price!

  377. OneTimer says:

    That was tense. But here’s the difference from last year (‘s regular season): Habs under the JM system can properly lock down a game in the 3rd. Heart palpitations ‘n all. >:)

  378. habstrinifan says:

    Guess we do nothing at trade deadline now. We beat ‘best team’ in the league so we are SET for the playoff.

     

  379. Exit716 says:

    Does anyone want to dedicate Friends in Low Place to Cam “The Habs are nothing more than Nashville with a better crest” Cole?

  380. HardHabits says:

    Halpern got the infraction while defending Poopoo’s penalty.

    Also Pouliot is young and will be a Hab for longer than Halpern. It’s part of his learning process.

  381. larisalapointe says:

    It was worth losing sleep over.

  382. oshawahabsfan says:

    STFU John Garrett! These guys give NESN a run for their money

  383. Timo says:

    Ok… the parade is back on, folks. Sweet win. AK was great tonight… more players should NOT play with Gomez and we’ll be ok. 

    Glad Price got a win in his hometown which is nice that for a change our goalie did that. 

    Go Habs and go Gomez!!!!

  384. TomNickle says:

    He almost ruined Price’s career before it got started.

  385. king ddd says:

    mr.boone u gotta try your about last nigts live, it would be awesome

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  386. Habbu says:

    Happy days are here again
    The skies above are clear again
    So let’s sing a song of cheer again
    Happy days are here again

  387. joeybarrie says:

    HOW THE HELL CAN I GO TO BED NOW?????????????

     

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

  388. avatar_58 says:

    HAL! Hero of the game right there.

  389. Sheldon says:

    Gozer the Gozarian running the Leafs!

  390. patience is a virtue says:

    cool, thanks!  i thought that one was shut down, but it looks like they’re back!

     

  391. Sheldon says:

    Yes, you do. I just view it as a signal for the original Christmas truce in December 1914.

  392. Mr. Habs says:

    Not only Lou can make the big saves

  393. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Torres doing his job, being a dick and getting under habs skin.

  394. RJB says:

    NOW I remember Paul Mara

     

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

  395. HardHabits says:

    Who’s this team in red? What happened to all that peripheral play? Was there a trade while I was napping?

  396. topher5468 says:

    Cheap call on Mara

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

  397. punkster says:

    Slick combo, no doubt.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  398. twocents says:

    Always.

    Nice period.

    The DD, Pouliot thing is a very nice addition to this team.

     

  399. TripleX says:

    I would almost swear he was clean shaven to start the game.

  400. Rudy says:

    Yep, he’ll be the next to have a “comment”

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

  401. oshawahabsfan says:

    It’s a sure thing. I was very happy to see Gill step in and just toss him aside when he was in Price’s kitchen. There hasn’t been enough of that. Mara will certainly help in that regard he can just beard guys out of the way

  402. andrewberkshire says:

    Total scumbags, and great hockey players. How annoying!

  403. patience is a virtue says:

    hugs and kisses bugsy!

  404. punkster says:

    Hangin’ in there Eric?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  405. SeriousFan09 says:

    Who wants to bet Kesler will gripe about PK in a post-game interview?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  406. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    This is an important kill.

  407. zozotheclown says:

    Great blocking by Moen

  408. HardHabits says:

    To refill the Viagara prescription?

  409. andrewberkshire says:

    Kesler never stops bitching, and Crosby has a bad rep?

  410. joeybarrie says:

    Way to take a few for the team Moen…

    MAN WE REALLY NEED TO STAY OUT OF THE BOX…. They are gonna kill us if we take any more penalties…..

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

  411. Sheldon says:

    From the original Wall Street: A man looks into the abyss…..

  412. stephen says:

    Is it just my TV, or do Pierre and Brunet sound like they’re crowding around the microphone on Boone’s laptop?

  413. Rudy says:

    My god these Vancouver announcers are annoying

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

  414. Sheldon says:

    If the Habs keep this up for four hours, I’d say they better see a doctor!

  415. HardHabits says:

    I taunt them with my avatars!!!! ;-)

  416. Bill says:

    Oh, the Habs love to take their hooking penalties.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  417. PeterD says:

    John Garrett…worst colour man ever.

    I thought CBC sucked but these guys on Sportsnet are really bad.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  418. joeybarrie says:

    That Paul Mara can grow a full beard in about 10 seconds can’t he….

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

  419. joeybarrie says:

    Now the Refs are back to normal and trying to kill us. WEAK CALLS, and nothing against us as PK get leveled in the corner by two Nucks,,

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

  420. Mr. Habs says:

    Refs want to make sure the Nucks tie this up before the end of this period

  421. hablifting says:

    Somebody break Kesler please. Thanks.

  422. Mattyleg says:

    Anyone else notice Super Gino behind the Habs bench?

    Check out that giant gold chain, that Napoli jacket, that massive gold ring…

    Looks like a halloween costume.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  423. patience is a virtue says:

    anybody watching (free) online?  link please?

  424. hablifting says:

    Ahh Garret and Shorthouse.  Doesn’t get any more homerish than these two.  The worst commentators in the business if you’re not a Canucks fan.  I would give Galley and his boyfriend in Ottawa a close second.

  425. oshawahabsfan says:

    For a big dude, Kesler sure acts like a little b!tch out there

  426. Mr. Habs says:

    Carey doesn’t get any quick whistles at all

  427. Sheldon says:

    No! Priopism! It could be dangerous!!!

  428. hablifting says:

    Kessler is a good player but he dives a ton and chirps more then most players.  Pretty funny how nobody ever mentions that.  Must not be quite good enough to get noticed.

  429. hablifting says:

    Yup.  I would take either of those scumbags in a split second.

  430. RJB says:

    Theres been all of this talk this year about how Ryan Kesler is a new player because he no longer lets himself retaliate as much as he did before and just focuses on his play. I would LOVE if this was the night that it all came undone for him, thanks to PK and the gang.

    Devils winning again against Dallas…but no way they are making the playoffs right?

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

  431. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Kesler needs a good beat down.

  432. andrewberkshire says:

    It was mentioned a lot earlier in his career, but I think Burrows being on the Canucks takes attention away from Kesler’s chirping. Both would be welcome on my team.

  433. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    What a great reaction save by Carey. 

  434. avatar_58 says:

    I missed most of the first, videos of the two goals?

  435. oshawahabsfan says:

    Pouliot springs Desharnais with a beauty pass, breakaway dekes backhand goes through Lou’s legs. Second one PK lets a hard wrister go, big rebound drops right to Gionta, we don’t miss a gimme for once. A few other chances right after that pulled off the line. Could have been 4-0 at least halfway through the period

  436. FormalWare says:

    Amen! (“Centre”, BTW.)

  437. zozotheclown says:

    Despite the shot difference, we’ve had more good scoring chances in the first 10 minutes today then we had the last two games, I like that we’re not just firing perimeter shots with no traffic.

  438. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Looked like that Nuck player bear hugged Halpern to the ice there.

  439. stephen says:

    Can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see Paul do that. You don’t have to do anything daft, just let the little twit know you’ve got his number.

    Good on him!

  440. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Habs are flyin out there.

  441. Mr. Habs says:

    Does it look like Martin is so excited?

  442. TorontoHabsFan says:

    And with that assist Gomez ties Plekanec for the most points by a Hab since December 1st with 24.

    Just sayin’

     

  443. Mr. Habs says:

    MAKE UP CALL

  444. habsfan1001 says:

    Hammer has to get  his usual dumb penality

  445. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely are.

  446. oshawahabsfan says:

    Luongo getting lucky, should be 5-0 already. Hope they can keep up this pace

  447. scrowe21 says:

    Good for Mara letting Torres know whats up..he tried to take Pacs head off.

  448. Malreg says:

    Eller looks so much more comfortable at Center, they have to find a way to leave him there.

  449. larisalapointe says:

    Habs – Giant killers. But they need good ice. ;)

  450. Bill says:

    Red sweaters in front of the opposition net … end times are nigh. Can they please go there every night??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  451. PeterD says:

    JM’s line “mix-o-matic” seems to have come up with good mix for tonight.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  452. andrewberkshire says:

    Funny thing is, Luongo has been spectacular IMO, this could be 5-0 by now.

  453. zozotheclown says:

    Man we’re giving them fits, Canucks not skating at all right now though.

  454. Sheldon says:

    Moen scores and I am preparing myself for the coming of The Messiah!!!

  455. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    That Eller, Moen, AK line could be very effective with Eller mucking it up in the corners and Moen in front of the net.

  456. PeterD says:

    Liking the Eller 4th line…goods mix of grit and skill there.

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  457. HardHabits says:

    Using facts to argue a point. Pfffft!!!

  458. HardHabits says:

    How dare you call that outburst a game’s worth. That’s easily worth two games.

  459. Nine1one says:

    ANyone else notice how well moen and ak seem to play together? If only they could finish

  460. Bugs says:

    I’ll have what they’re having, please.

  461. Mr. Habs says:

    Big Lou will be beaten to a snot by the 3rd

  462. habs001 says:

    need to bury a few more as canucks looks like saw this as an easy 2 pointer…no flukey goals to wake the canucks up or bad penalties

  463. kempie says:

    They boo a hand pass?

  464. shootdapuck says:

    This is scary a whole game’s worth of scoring in the first period!

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  465. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Beauty save by Lou.

  466. JIMVINNY says:

    That was totally holding the stick. what a brutal call.

  467. joeybarrie says:

    Nice little role reversal here, from our play of late. It’s nice to be up by two right away and have the other team chasing. Seems like the Nucks aren’t getting the calls either.  SO THIS WHAT ITS LIKE…

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

  468. hablifting says:

    Uhhg.  What a pointless penalty to take.  Why would you hook some non factor like Raymond.

  469. HardHabits says:

    Nobody get excited. It’s 2-0. Next team that scores wins the game.

  470. king ddd says:

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=99312

    exactly what the habs need, what does it take to get him here

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  471. Mr. Habs says:

    The Habs had him, didn’t work out too well

  472. Sheldon says:

    Boone: It’s a three-goal lead that is the worst in hockey. But really, can you see the rings of Saturn from your video site?

  473. twilighthours says:

    I dunno.  It’s freaking me out.

  474. Mr. Habs says:

    Ok, what adventure awaits the Habs fans in the 2nd ?

  475. FormalWare says:

    Yep… *hic* … got ‘em right where they… *hic* … want us!

  476. Mr. Habs says:

    Carey takeing notes from Hammer?

  477. OneTimer says:

    We’ve seen this before, will they hold or will they fold?

  478. Bugs says:

    Screw the Bruins. So what? We just need to worry about OUR biness and nevermind them, man.

    Tradition for nigh on 80 years betwixt us. Been workin pretty good for us so far, no?

  479. Mattyleg says:

    Thank you!

    Some people seem to think that Martin actually tells the team to stop trying and sit on a lead.

    Yeesh.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  480. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    ron u sleeping yet

  481. Mattyleg says:

    You see that guy behind JM? He’s out of control.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  482. habs001 says:

    this new jersey streak is unbelievable..is it nhl planned? lol….boston looks like will win in calgary…marchand 19 goals and picked 71st by boston

  483. king ddd says:

    oops wrong link lol,

    i was talking about rick nash and his beauty goal against the preds

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  484. Bugs says:

    Reckon the Boys know that. A goal here would help…

  485. FormalWare says:

    I’d like to see what this team can do on pure preparation. Unleash them, let them build a 14-2 shots advantage, and 2-0 on the scoreboard–and then Don’t coach them! Don’t give them any guidance, Don’t rein them in, Don’t remind them to mind their defensive responsibilities. Just let ‘em play!

  486. andrewberkshire says:

    PP is terrible with Hamrlik on the first wave. Why did JM split up Wiz and Subban?

  487. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Brain fart by Pricey.

  488. joeybarrie says:

    GOTTA STAY OUT OF THE BOX….. PLAYING WITH FIRE HERE.

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

  489. OneTimer says:

    Ayoye Carey

  490. andrewberkshire says:

    Unlucky bounce of a block. Good screen by Kesler.

  491. JIMVINNY says:

    They can’t let Kesler stand there.  GOTTA move him.

  492. zozotheclown says:

    Nice call Boone, I guess we’ll have to blame you

  493. TripleX says:

    Wow they make it look so easy.

  494. RJB says:

    Carey has bailed us out more than he’s let us down, I forgive him 

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

  495. Bill says:

    Only picked 71st because he’s a midget, he’s got skilz. Watched him a lot with the Wildcats. He’s a tool though.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  496. Mattyleg says:

    I’m telling you, I’m obsessed with Super Gino.

    It’s insane.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  497. topher5468 says:

    NJ wins again, holy crap, I want Jacques Lamaire, Its gotta be him

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

  498. Rainrocket16 says:

    Mother Effin BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  499. BJT says:

    you need a ‘like’ or +1 option for your live thinger posts, boone!

     

    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’ ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  500. temekuhabs says:

    2-0 got em right where we want em!

  501. Mike Boone says:

    That analysis ignores the fact there are two teams on the ice. The Canadiens don’t have to go into a shell for a team like Vancouver to take the initiative. They’re good.

  502. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Super Gino,  lol

  503. Mr. Habs says:

    That’s fine let them enjoy it. Let that Luchicken wear his smug smile.

  504. SeriousFan09 says:

    Very good blackmail on the entire Cans organization for a Gomez-Staal swap.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  505. punkster says:

    Somebody better be getting them pumped up in the room because the Canucks are going to come out flying. This is too one sided for reality.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  506. habs001 says:

    we need the next 3 goals(lol) …but it looks like we are starting to pull back…i think martin has hypnotized this team and evrytime they show some offense in a game and take a lead they fall back to hang on mode…we have to keep attacking the vancouver d…but i am afraid they will revert to the rope a dope d that martin loves

  507. Habsfan2310 says:

    Great commentary Boone … Love the Video :)

  508. stephen says:

    “Gotta post something just so my mug isn’t at the top of the live blog.”

     

    Gonna take more than one line I’m afraid, Mr. Boone! ;)

  509. saskhabfan says:

    Tim Horton’s just blamed subban.

  510. ProHabs says:

    Oh ya. I just won $100 Tim Hortons card on the Roll Up the Rim. Take that Scotty Gomez.

  511. Bill says:

    jinx

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  512. andrewberkshire says:

    Mara and Weber look solid as a pairing.

  513. SeriousFan09 says:

    I like Hamrlik but I call it like I see it, his game is really having issues in this final leg of the season. It took to the playoffs last year for him to really go down but it’s happening earlier this year. I just think the NHL schedule is a bit too much for the guy, he doesn’t play a soft game and he’s close to being 1300 games in the NHL. Takes a toll sooner or later.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  514. Bugs says:

    Fine. But hasn’t taken a toll YET.

    You will show our most reliable defender the proper faith until it does.

  515. ProHabs says:

    LOL. The key to winning is you just have to shut up and play.

  516. habs001 says:

    moulson 27th goal..mcarthur 18th…if he is a free agent would we look at mcarthur next year?

  517. ABHabsfan says:

    Mcarthur would be a good grab. That is the nicest thing I can say about a Leaf.

  518. ProHabs says:

    No thanks. He is a very average player having a career year because he is playing big minutes on a bad team (just like Jason Blake did with the Islanders and cashed in). Plus,  Jaro Spacek wouldn’t like it as Mcarthur gave him a pounding earlier this year.

  519. habs001 says:

    hammer on the pp is a joke..he is to slow and not agile enough anymore..martin makes some strange decisions

  520. habsfan1001 says:

    No soon though the way its going

  521. zozotheclown says:

    1 every 4, that means they cant score here…. right?

  522. andrewberkshire says:

    Ok, this is getting stupid. Canucks fall behind and it’s been a parade to the box, mostly for Canucks dives. Time to call it even refs.

  523. C3P1 says:

    that penalty is a tough go for pricey.  he played well 1st period tho, and he had no chance on that goal

  524. Rainrocket16 says:

    Discipline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  525. JasonM says:

    Lots of Vancouver players can easily change sports and play soccer instead.

  526. shootdapuck says:

    They look like they are skating in cement!

    What the hell has happened?

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  527. twilighthours says:

    I think he’s come light-years from where he was.  I’m excited about his future and I wouldn’t trade him.

  528. JasonM says:

    “Get demoted to the Gomez line”

  529. rogieshan says:

    He reminds me totally of a young Stephane Robidas: quick and mobile, but prone to mistakes in his own end. 

  530. Nahlsy says:

    Four penalties in a ten minute stretch (80% of those ten minutes) will do that to a team.

  531. stephen says:

    Thanks for the input.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d ‘like to like him’ for our blueline, but I tend to consider his value relative to our existing strengths and weaknesses.  I figure the likes of Subban, Markov (healhty) and Wiz can provide the offensive upside, Gill and Gorges provide a solid shutdown pairing, while Hamrlik and Spacek might very well be gone by next year, leaving two spots open. Given the top 4 I’ve listed, I’d rather fill the last two spots with bigger, mobile guys than a Weber. That’s just me, though. At a push, I guess he could be a 7th, so long as he’s well-insulated by a bigger body that can move.

    I’m likely just rambling at this point, but just trying to work out my conflicted mindset about #68!

  532. showey47 says:

    We also lack youth and offensive upside which he brings. I feel he has been a much better option then spacek and picard. Never mind all the upcoming ufa’s we have on defense this upcoming summer. We can’t afford to trade him IMHO.

  533. JasonM says:

    I swear to god there’s a Canuck player falling somewhere, somehow every 15 seconds. We’re like the Bruins or somethings.

  534. HardHabits says:

    The Habs need to score another goal. Trying to win this 2-1 is not a good strategy.

  535. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve seen better acting in home videos.

  536. Aerobiz says:

    I’ve seen your old highschool drama department. They were awesome.

     

  537. andrewberkshire says:

    Isn’t Ballard the one who laid the knee on knee on AK46 last year that put him out for 20 games?

  538. PrimeTime says:

    woukd love to have those flex boards in da bell

  539. Larry says:

    That cross check call on Max was beyond weak. Letter of the law, yes it is a cross check. But that kind of contact happens 20-30 times a game and is not called. They look for things. Anything against us. I don’t care what anyone says, there is a bias against Montreal by the officials in this league. It is not whining, not excuses, I see it every game, night after night.

  540. Mr. Habs says:

    Where did the 1st period Habs go?

  541. showey47 says:

    I believe you are correct.

  542. JasonM says:

    OMG NUCKS FALLING EVERYWHERE

  543. stephen says:

    This is by no means to pick on Weber, as he’s done a serviceable job overall, but I simply don’t see him as a viable option on the blueline. Yes, he’s a warm body back there whilst Markov and Gorges are out, but does anyone see him as a permanent piece of the puzzle moving forward?

    On a blueline that is already marked by a lack of effective size and physicality, can we afford to keep a Weber around? His diminutive size and difficulty holding off or boxing out opposing forwards down low has been especially glaring in recent games, it seems to me. Also, I haven’t seen much sign of his apparent offensive upside.

    For the sake of conversation, just looking for others’ opinions!

  544. showey47 says:

    To the penalty box.

  545. andrewberkshire says:

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t like him!

  546. JIMVINNY says:

    Yep.  Played for Florida then.

  547. Larry says:

    They were outplaying the opposition in the first so the officials stepped in and put a stop to that

  548. PrimeTime says:

    and so does every fan for their team.

  549. andrewberkshire says:

    WHAT A PLAY BY ELLER AND KOSTITSYN!!!!

  550. kempie says:

    That was a beaut!

  551. Mr. Habs says:

    HOLY SH!T AK

  552. JasonM says:

    Kosty not playing with Gomez? Scores.

     

    Just saying.

  553. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    trade AK right now

  554. andrewberkshire says:

    And Lapierre tried to fight him, and got pummeled.

  555. HardHabits says:

    Awesome call!!!

  556. badbalance says:

    EXTRA EXTRA, GET YOUR FREE SLUMP, JUST PLAY WIH GOMEZ ON THE LINE!

  557. TripleX says:

    He played well with Pleks as well!  Hmmmmmmmmm

     

    Nah can’t be Gomez.

  558. Larry says:

    But the stats don’t back them up. They back us up.

  559. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve seen better acting with my old high school drama department.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  560. JIMVINNY says:

    They better start calling these both ways.  And that was a dive.

  561. sidhu says:

    Unreal. 

    On the Canucks’ goal, Weber has to take the body, and Hammer was in no man’s land.  I’m beginning to think he is no longer able to play a strong game.

  562. twilighthours says:

    Brutal call on Patches.  Horrific.

  563. andrewberkshire says:

    That last penalty has nothing to do with discipline, the guy fell INTO Pacioretty’s check, it was a dive.

  564. vegas_habs_fan says:

    ruh roh

  565. Mr. Habs says:

    Didn’t matter who got that penalty they were bound to score on one PP tonight

  566. OneTimer says:

    I was going to say, stay out of the box and this game’s ours

  567. RGM says:

    Wonder if we’ll hear any CAREY! chants in Van-city tonight.

    Go Habs Go!

  568. sidhu says:

    Amazing!  Nice forecheck and play by Eller

  569. sidhu says:

    PK standing up to Kessler, love it.

     

  570. Danno says:

    Fearless prediction…Price will see more rubber than a Quality Control officer at the Trojans factory.

     

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

  571. longbow says:

    And the Nucks will find more holes !

     

    Einstein’s definition of insanity – “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

  572. Bugs says:

    Lars!

    AK!

    Unberlievable!

  573. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    van is killing them selfs lol

     

  574. habsfan1001 says:

    AK i am dreaming for sure

  575. Rainrocket16 says:

    Who said AK wasn’t gonna up his trade value!!

  576. Sheldon says:

    This is what we’re risking here: dogs and cats living together!

  577. punkster says:

    Pestilence, flood and famine.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  578. PrimeTime says:

    The Ox with a big one!!

  579. punkster says:

    Trade them both while their stock is high!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  580. Former Jets Fan says:

    Way to go Andrei!  Nice to see his demotion to the “4th” line doesn’t have him sulking.

  581. temekuhabs says:

    He’s ALIVE!!!!!

  582. sidhu says:

    AK46 flying now… another point for The Wiz

  583. sidhu says:

    I guess I’d be satisfied if just Gomez is moved off the team.  AK46 bought himself a reprieve… a temporary reprieve.

  584. JIMVINNY says:

    About time sometime said something to the refs.  These missed penalties are getting out of hand.

  585. badbalance says:

    WoW the Habs are playing… Ho__ey

  586. Shiloh says:

    Eller and AK are stretching the Canucks out. I really like them together – two of the better skaters on our team.

  587. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t limit it to rookies, ALL young players. Price, White, Pouliot and even Nash in just two games!

  588. oshawahabsfan says:

    Portugal are the worst in that category

  589. Mr. Habs says:

    Who got the match?

  590. andrewberkshire says:

    Never heard of him! Yer makin’ things up!

  591. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    i was thinking the same thing they fall over everytime a hab gets close to them wow looks like a team full of max lapps lol

  592. The Teacher says:

    Agreed, I feel they have both been getting a bum rap this year.

  593. andrewberkshire says:

    Two of the stronger forwards as well.

  594. HardHabits says:

    2-0 is the dangerous one. When it went to 2-1 and the way the Habs were playing I was worried, however that 3rd goal makes me breath a bit easier. A bit. 24 minutes left to play.

  595. notbigbird says:

    Let’s just say he did his best.

  596. Habbu says:

    AK..For the life of me I just don’t understand you…

  597. FormalWare says:

    As I said, before the game: Eller is a CENTRE. Start him at CENTRE–in Hamilton, if you have to.

  598. punkster says:

    JM ruins all the rookies. PK, Max, DD..you name him he runied him.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  599. notbigbird says:

    No no. They must immediately be rend assunder.

  600. JasonM says:

    WOW, no call on an OBVIOUS slash

  601. The Teacher says:

    Kostitsyn would do well in the West. Great pass by Eller, great release by Andrei.

    Great break by Desharnais.

    Nice battling by Gionta.

    Good solid skating and battling by the team tonight. Two goal lead is the worst in hockey, let’s hope they can go three up by the third.

  602. SeriousFan09 says:

    Remember that kid named Pernell…somethingorother, sat him a bit, now he’s a go-to PK player. A role Guy Boucher didn’t give him and had to learn in the NHL, under JM.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  603. twilighthours says:

    I like the last several minutes of play.  A lot calmer.  Nice job boys.

  604. JasonM says:

    Canucks need to wear the Italian soccer team colors, they go down so easy.

  605. Larry says:

    The Leafs are a point out of ninth and playing well of late. We have to win this tonight as THursday will be no gimme.

  606. HardHabits says:

    Gomez isn’t playing like a forward, he’s more like a backward.

  607. sidhu says:

    Solid shift by Hammer.  I’ve hated on him quite a but gotta give credit where it’s due.

  608. Habnofear says:

    Ha ha …AK,good timing buddy!

  609. NLhabsfan says:

    I love it!!!!

  610. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    AK 46 finally the slug scores

  611. Mr. Habs says:

    The Balirus Bear has awaken

  612. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn buried a goal from the left circle, I’ve seen everything.

    He should stick with Eller, they have something going.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  613. andrewberkshire says:

    Eller with 2 points in 3 games since he was a healthy scratch, JM ruined him!

  614. Shiloh says:

    AK!! – and his work along the boards on that one may have been as good as the quick shot. Eller at centre is a nice thing to see.

  615. joeybarrie says:

    OK now its time for Cammi to catch on fire…

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

  616. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He can be an ace for us, just gotta watch his minutes.  He’s no spring chicken. 

  617. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamrlik was having a good game right until that penalty, fatigue is killing his game.

    He’d probably be an ace in the KHL with a 50-odd game season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  618. Bugs says:

    Put the arsenic down, Yahoo. No need to off the old man just yet.

  619. punkster says:

    Number 11, whoever that is.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  620. punkster says:

    The new NHL is no match for the new Transylvania.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  621. PrimeTime says:

    did Gio over-celebrate? :)

  622. hablifting says:

    Nice, hopefully the Canucks don’t wake up.

  623. temekuhabs says:

    Good Start!! Foot on the gas! foot on the gas!

  624. topher5468 says:

    I guess some people are gonna be up late tonight, myself included, Nice start boys, PK looks quick, 

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

  625. habs001 says:

    still early but the team looks sharp…if only ak46 had some of gions fire and effort..

  626. punkster says:

    They’re working on a whole new version of suck tonight ;)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  627. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    It’s all about the Poo Poo eh bugs?

  628. PeterD says:

    Canuck fans are insufferable A–holes…that includes my brother and his wife who were bugging me before the game.

    We need to pank these guys to night…GO HABS

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  629. Mr. Habs says:

    Based on tonight’s scorers, Cammy & Gomer should be next

  630. Former Jets Fan says:

    Pouliot got the primary helper….not sure if there was a 2nd

  631. Habnofear says:

    It’s all bout a balance Mr Punkster…one needs the other.

  632. Sheldon says:

    ‘nucks are just screwed. With only composite sticks on the bench, they have no wooden stakes. Beautiful, f’n beautiful!!!

  633. andrewberkshire says:

    Pouliot and Hal Skill.

  634. Former Jets Fan says:

    It’s a blowout!!!!!!!!

  635. Sheldon says:

    Maybe they just ain’t an outdoor squad?

  636. CHsam says:

    WTF is going ON HERE ???????? GOMEZZZZZZ

  637. joeybarrie says:

    SMURFS 2 NUCKS 0

    GO SHORT BOYS

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

  638. punkster says:

    great work by Gionta!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  639. Mattyleg says:

    That’s it, I’m off to bed. This is terrible.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  640. Habnofear says:

    It’s a midget attack!!! Go Habs

  641. Sheldon says:

    Habs are f’n vampires! They can’t play in the sun!!!

  642. andrewberkshire says:

    Good call by Vigneault to call a timeout.

  643. EricInStL says:

    Ah now that’s more like it. Refs not calling an obvious penalty. Ah the NHL.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  644. RGM says:

    Who are these guys? And can we keep them instead of the lot that played in Edmonton and Calgary? :)

    Go Habs Go!

  645. ooder says:

    lol wtf

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  646. Mr. Habs says:

    Martin, have your boys to GO GO GO & not slack off

  647. punkster says:

    These guys are way to small to be playing in the NHL.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  648. Habsfan2310 says:

    Did I read somewhere that Alain V was laughing during the Habs practice :)

  649. punkster says:

    Who assisted on the DD goal?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  650. JFriedman says:

    I’m in shock….

  651. Sheldon says:

    Way too pale to play in the sun!

  652. Bugs says:

    Great pass from Poolio.

  653. DearyLeary says:

    What in god’s name is going on here?

  654. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    By 10 pm eastern I should be nicely toasted on Stella.  Carey’s gonna have a big game tonight.  I hope the team in front of him steps it up a notch.

  655. showey47 says:

    I agree the canucks have been diving all over,that call on maxpac was probably the worst one. But at the same time you can’t put yourself in a position to give the refs a reason to call something like pouliot did.

  656. JD_ says:

    Why stop if it’s workin’? Poolio’s braincramp was st00pidity of the highest order. He’ll be lucky to see a shift in the third.

  657. JasonM says:

    OMG HE GOT SHOT! BRING DETECTIVE COLOMBO RIGHT AWAY!

  658. Mr.Hazard says:

    Last we’ll see of Pouliot tonight?

  659. JasonM says:

    The Italian soccer team will be checking tapes of this game to improve their diving game.

  660. andrewberkshire says:

    What a joke these refs are.

  661. badbalance says:

    WTF that was a hook? what a joke…

  662. punkster says:

    OK, now your justing taking shots in the dark. Ridiculous observation.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  663. Larry says:

    They SURE do catch all our infractions.

  664. andrewberkshire says:

    L’Ecuyer was the architect of the game where the Habs had 11 straight penalties called against them in Carolina. Obviously not a Hab fan, or desperate to prove he isn’t biased.

  665. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed, but the diving has to stop, the Canucks have been brutal for it tonight.

  666. shootdapuck says:

    Then who takes the D-zone faceoffs?

    Subban with one hand on his stick?

     

    “I only like to watch and takes notes” JM

  667. andrewberkshire says:

    So will Christiano Ronaldo.

  668. Aybara says:

    It’s impressive… Very thorough officiating with regards to the players in red.

  669. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’d think Habs would get a break from a guy with a last name of L’Ecuyer, must be a Nordiques man.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  670. sidhu says:

    I am not a Halpern fan — if we were sellers, he would fetch a decent return since he’s good at faceoffs and brings a veteran presence.  If we can get a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him, take it.

  671. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    lol, so true.

  672. Mattyleg says:

    To quote Benoit Brunet: “Oooo!”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  673. Mattyleg says:

    You’re silly. Halpern works his butt off every night.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  674. andrewberkshire says:

    Do the Canucks practice diving? I mean they’re really really good at it.

  675. oshawahabsfan says:

    Wow, 10 for that dive!

  676. larisalapointe says:

    White is a little pest. Love it.

  677. RJB says:

    Pouliot, use your head for more than a hat rack…come on now

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

  678. Bugs says:

    If they don’t score, it was an excellent taken penalty by my boy.

  679. Larry says:

    That was just stupid. But that being said, he sure did lay there for a long long time from a little push.

  680. showey47 says:

    Stupid play by benny. Even though it looked sold,still no reason to do something like that 200 feet from your own net.

  681. JasonM says:

    The fix is in.

  682. JFriedman says:

    PHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW!!!!!!!!!!

  683. rogieshan says:

    Zebras running wild tonight.

  684. Habbu says:

    Benny you are no longer Benny. You are now ‘Stu’ short for …………..STUPID!

  685. JasonM says:

    2 minutes for tapping the opposition stick below the gloves. Terrible call.

     

    The FIX is in.

  686. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    C’mon boy’s, big kill!!

  687. Samovich says:

    My Kingdom for a faceoff win!!!!

  688. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Poo Poo takes a bad penalty.  Bugs will go batshit.

  689. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    omg

     

  690. Shiloh says:

    They have to call the dive too.

  691. Former Jets Fan says:

    Those are their retro jerseys, which didn’t have nameplates back in the day.

  692. MikeMcLaren says:

    They’re throw-backs.  That’s why the Habs are wearing their reds.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  693. 21BIGGionta says:

    Why don’t the nucks have their name on their jerseys?

  694. topher5468 says:

    We need to get better on the freakin draws, its gonna come back and bite us eventually

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

  695. Rudy says:

    I had to mute them, they were making my blood pressure go up

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

  696. Mr.Hazard says:

    “His eyes were as wide as the proverbial saucers”

    - Sportsnet commentator, talking about Gionta almost getting the puck in the slot.

  697. Chorske says:

    What a great article by Cam Cole. Part of the problem may be that East and West teams play each other so rarely. If Montreal and Vancouver played eight times a year, I’d bet dollars to donuts he’d feel differently. But as it is now, the Habs visits to VAN are like the Royal Family tours: kinda nice, kinda meaningless, devoid of real significance or intensity (mostly because the Habs love to lay eggs when they’re out West). So who can blame him?

  698. andrewberkshire says:

    I think he was speaking more to the idea that the league is full of 30 roughly equal teams, and none of them have special status anymore. Although the comparison to the Predators is an obvious attempt at bashing the Canadiens in terms of recent success. I found it humorous because Montreal has won the same number of playoff series since the lockout as Vancouver (3), and made the playoffs 4/5 seasons to Vancouver’s 3/5.

  699. G-Man says:

    Cole points out he has been biased against the Habs his whole life. Great scoop of poop. Hope his Canucks continue their 41 year re-tooling program.

  700. zozotheclown says:

    Defensive shell the rest of the game? I’m feeling it, shots are too one sided right now for it to last. I just hope we can keep atleast some offense going the rest of the way.

  701. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s a hell of a good start so far!

    Pouliot threw a great pass and Desharnais finished with the smooth breakaway/SO move he honed in Hamilton, Gionta cashed in on Subban’s rebound. That invincible Western Conference that kills small players is getting knocked around by smurfs.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  702. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    any guesses how long it takes the habs to break our hearts and let van back in it to tie it lol

  703. habsfan1001 says:

    I must have fell asleep and dreaming we just scored to goals. I hope i don;t wake up

  704. Sheldon says:

    Boone: This video shit from the space station is creeping us all out!

  705. EricInStL says:

    Way to go Mara…..

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  706. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Mara letting his presence be known.

  707. stephen says:

    Atta boy Paulie!

  708. JFriedman says:

    Almost another!!!

  709. JFriedman says:

    THE HABS ARE PISSED!!!

  710. Shiloh says:

    He must have said “double-echec” about three times.

  711. JIMVINNY says:

    Benoit is an idiot.  There was no cross check there at all.  He was going to net after a loose puck.

  712. PrimeTime says:

    welldone Whitey

  713. sidhu says:

    Whatever they ate at the rookie dinner should be their regular meal now

  714. showey47 says:

    sweet move DD

  715. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    he is so sick

  716. sidhu says:

    Benny and DD bromance continues!

  717. Mr. Habs says:

    YEAH BABY YEAH

  718. Former Jets Fan says:

    Double D’s!!!!!!!!!!

  719. EricInStL says:

    Wow great play.

    Our Marty St-Louis ?

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  720. CHsam says:

    F*** YEAAAH !!!! GOOOOOOMEZZZZZZ

  721. PeterD says:

    DD what sweet goal…

     

    “And Scott Gomez is still missing. He’s the original hole in the donut. The place where odd-man rushes go to die.” Jack Todd

  722. TripleX says:

    Who says DD can’t play in the NHL?  BS!

    He should be our second line center.

  723. andrewberkshire says:

    However Gomez was the original cause of it, and he gets put right back on the ice to start the PP.

  724. sidhu says:

    Head shots like that should be a 2 minute major — the team on the PP can score as many times in 2 minutes

  725. Habsfan2310 says:

    I wonder if AK46 is hurting, communication wise.  Hasn’t he been on a downward spiral ever since Markov went down ?

  726. sidhu says:

    Red jerseys on the road, as it should be

  727. Mr. Habs says:

    WOW Gio, 10 ft away & shoot wide like that!

  728. andrewberkshire says:

    Woah, horrible giveaway by Weber there. Probably his worst play this season.

  729. zozotheclown says:

    Good start, close one there though… big PP right now

  730. JIMVINNY says:

    That should have been a 5.  That’s clearly targeting the head.

  731. habsfan1001 says:

    You still up great give away

  732. EricInStL says:

    Note to White, elbow someone on the Canucks for retribution.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  733. ooder says:

    weber? 

    that was the dumbest play by gomez yet

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  734. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    I AGREE RON

     

  735. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I knew it!!! Molson ponies up $350 million and we start getting some calls!!  lol  =)

  736. sidhu says:

    White hasn’t had a scrap since he got called up – maybe tonight’s the night

  737. andrewberkshire says:

    MAN do I ever love Desharnais!!

  738. RGM says:

    Little body, big talent!

    Go Habs Go!

  739. zozotheclown says:

    HUGE!!! By the little dude!

  740. Habnofear says:

    DD …..Wowzers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  741. JIMVINNY says:

    And again with the dives!!!!  unreal how easily these tools go down.

  742. leafs_SUCK247 says:

    i was just about to wright that i havent seen a goal in ages lol and DD scores lol

  743. sidhu says:

    GIOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  744. The Teacher says:

    After this game we are going on a run. I’d say win 9 lose 2

  745. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    The rout is on!!

  746. Rudy says:

    Carey looking nice and calm

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

  747. JFriedman says:

    I really like the Heeb line!

  748. zozotheclown says:

    Didn’t predict this…. wow what a start

  749. Rainrocket16 says:

    Yahoo-Sports-NHL is streaming it for free! good quality!

  750. Mattyleg says:

    Wow! Nice work. I’m very impressed. Don’t think I could hack it.

    Mind you, I also notice you chose the shortest month of the year…

    …clever…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  751. Mattyleg says:

    Could have been worse if you lived in Ontario.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  752. larisalapointe says:

    Another bold prediction:  Danno will make me lol at least 3 times. ;)

  753. Former Jets Fan says:

    Respectfully disagree, and my reading comprehension skills are just fine, thank you.  Watched a Habs game at Nassau Coliseum recently?  The last time the Habs rolled through Long Island, it seemed like an even split between Isles, Habs and Nordiques fans. 

     

  754. Aybara says:

    Pretty sure Crosby and a first are heading to Toronto for Gustavson.

  755. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Holy crap these late games are hard on the Beer supply.  Had to run across the street to the grocery to stock up, could have been bad if I’d run out in the second period.

  756. Danno says:

    Hey Mike! You need to have it set up so that you can view via video all the commentariat in their various basements.

     

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

  757. Former Jets Fan says:

    I thought the article was off the mark.  Cole’s point that the Canadiens are now the Predators with nicer uniforms is foolish.  Habs fans travel better than any other fanbase in the league, and I would hazard a guess that all those owners whose teams play to less than capacity are more than a little envious, while at the same time grateful for the extra gate receipts when Montreal rolls through town.

  758. clichabs says:

    hahaha now we’re talking!

  759. Mike Boone says:

    We’ve got our tech people on that. Just to be on the safe side, zip up your pants now.

  760. Chorske says:

    Whoa, is this HIO or Chatroulette?!

  761. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I didn’t really take offense to the article, it came across as tongue-in-cheek.

  762. Mike Boone says:

    On the wagon for February. Seven more sleeps … but who’s counting?

  763. larisalapointe says:

    Fearful/less prediction: Pouliot and Price make the difference tonight.

  764. Mr. Habs says:

    Pleks will score tonight along with Max-Pac, Squid & PK

  765. Chorske says:

    Really doubt that VAN is having trouble selling the seats.

    Also really doubting that expat Habs fans make a statistical difference anywhere outside of Florida and Ottawa.

    Also, you missed the point.

  766. SLYDER says:

    habvision is off the air – what is the other good link for a streaming game?

    thank you

  767. RJB says:

    Don’t see Liles in Toronto, apparently he is really good friends with Ryan Miller, and the new Buffalo owner announced during his presser today that there would be no financial restrictions on the Sabres front office…so maybe Liles ends up in Buffalo??

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

  768. Mr. Habs says:

    Are the Habs in the hunt for anything?

  769. habsfan1001 says:

    My prediction is I will probably being going to bed in 45 minutes

  770. Habsfan2310 says:

    Quick start boys ..Lets go !!

  771. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.

    I actually liked that Cam Cole article. Good humour.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  772. Bugs says:

    Hey, Mikey, when do we get our hyperlinks back?

    Did I miss a memo or sumpin?

  773. temekuhabs says:

    Let’s hope “Les Boys” come to play tonight

  774. Habsfan2310 says:

    Hey Boone, every decent player in the league is Toronto bound at some point :)

  775. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Maybe now that Molson and the NHL are in cahoots we’ll start getting a few calls to go our way eh Booner?

  776. habs001 says:

    boston leading in calgary…while not enough games leafs reimer in 14 games 2.20 gaa and 932 sv%…

  777. CHsam says:

    If the first period is garbage (which is probably a guarantee), I think I’ma call it a night

  778. king ddd says:

    ialways said it,ill still say it canucks are overrated, sure they have strong seaon, might win the president trophy, but come playoffs they are the boston bruins of the west. chockersss.im not jealous, hell i just want a canadian team to win the stanley cup. but vancouver isnt that team. this team will not get past 2nd round. luongo will not get it done

     

    ** Buck Fruins **

  779. RJB says:

    Didn’t Nash get a divorce this year?? Right after his wife gave birth to their son? Yikes…

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

  780. habsfan1001 says:

    I need a party to keep me awake

  781. habs001 says:

    well at least the bruins first pick may not be that high…leafs with the win are one point out tying for 9th spot

  782. clichabs says:

    double post

  783. Chorske says:

    Why the hate on for Cam Cole? Are we so fragile between the ears that we need to crap on anyone who isn’t a Habs superfan? The article was funny, honest. I feel the same way about a lot of teams- for instance, I don’t give two craps about Tampa Bay, Guy Boucher or no.

  784. EricInStL says:

    The Leafs are a decent team. Might not make it this year. But you gotta like the moves Burke did.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  785. Habnofear says:

    If the Habs win this game …..it will make a tiny lil team full o tot’s a wee bit bigger laddy!    Go Habs GO

  786. HardHabits says:

    It wasn’t Hammer and the Mammaries who were connected to the Russian Mafia. It’s Markov and Halak as can be attested to in this photo.

    http://www.crystalkiss.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/russian-2.jpg

     

  787. Mike Boone says:

    Cam Cole is a great sports columnist and there are too many people in the Commentariat suffering from diaper rash.

  788. Habsfan2310 says:

    Mr. Boone, the Habs just may surprise a few people this evening !

  789. Danno says:

    Bold prediction – Kostitsyn remains unremarkable

     

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

  790. habsfan1001 says:

    I like that White

  791. Rainrocket16 says:

    My prediction is we come out real strong..Only to be beaten badly in the second…then I will be at the gym the rest of the evening…

  792. JFriedman says:

    I think Cam Cole is looking for trouble…

  793. Danno says:

    We need the Mother of all Reverse Jinxes to pull this one off. Mike?

     

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

  794. Mike Boone says:

    Mom has the night off. Past her bedtime.

  795. Led says:

    John Garrett…biggest homer ever! I feel your pain. The man has made me hate the Canucks.

  796. SeriousFan09 says:

    AK is shooting like a 4th-liner and has the hockey sense of one right now, not like he’s earning Top-6 time.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  797. TripleX says:

    AK has to earn top 6 minutes like Gomez.

     

    Oops, forget that I said that.

  798. 21BIGGionta says:

    i have to be up at 530 tomorrow……joy. this better at least be entertaining! :)

    GO HABS GO

  799. habsfan1001 says:

    A must win oh well so is everyone it don’t seem to matter. Go Habs this is a must must win

  800. Aybara says:

    Grrr… Malhotra, traded him to my team in NHL 10 and then he scored the goal to put the Sharks up 3-2 in the tight game last year where Price was @ something like 50 saves.

  801. DearyLeary says:

    Bold prediction, we only lose by 3 this time.

  802. HardHabits says:

    That’s a stretch.

  803. Danno says:

    C’est absolument capotant!

     

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

  804. Bill says:

    All this ribbing gives me pleasure.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  805. Chuck says:

    Strangely enough, I couldn’t get up for reading Cam Cole’s article, either.

  806. Mike Boone says:

    I can’t imagine why

  807. JonoPEI says:

    You can feel the pessimism settling in around this community. 

  808. Shiloh says: