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First loss when scoring first.
First loss when leading after two.
And let’s be honest: First-class effort by a very good hockey team.
By occasional Bob Cole senior moments do you mean his occasional CBC broadcasts?
It’s no wonder Richards is monkey-see-monkey-doing the Cherry veiled threat tango. I remember Cherry gushing over his little pit-bull Richards during last years playoffs.
What has Cherry won let alone done in Hockey? One measly Jack Adams award? There’s the pinnacle of his career. A year the Habs won the Cup over those other hockey boors the Filthydelphia Flyers.
The fact that neither Richards nor Cherry have been reprimanded for their actions has to be addressed. This is a travesty. Both the CBC and the NHL are looking toothless. Maybe they think that’s Bobby Clark chic for acting tough.
Indeed sir! Good points and thank you for the info I appreciate it!
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Nicely said. The real “culture” story is not about the rookies but about the poor role models that the up-in coming players have in Richards, Kovelchuk and at times Crosby. The kid has a passion to play that surpasses the commercialism of today’s superstar veterans. Maybe Gio’s and Gomer’s salary is worth it if they can continue to mentor PK. PK hasn’t “bad mouthed” any player in the press and has always shown respect to Crosby and Richards types in the media.
Right on the money Boone.
…is this the continuation of the Bettman-Crosby love affair?
Dear Mr. Bettman:
Since you became Commisioner of the NHL some 17 years ago, we’ve seen expansion of the league into new markets and we’ve seen the owners in most cities generate higher revenues, so I suppose that in their eyes, you’ve been a success. But in doing so, you’ve put profit and marketability in the southern United States ahead of everything else that matters to the fans that have supported this league through the years. Ticket prices in most markets where fans actually attend games have sky-rocketed, while the quality of the product has been diluted by the addition of those extra teams. Heated contests against past rivals in cities like Winnipeg and Quebec, where fans are passionate and knowledgeable about hockey, have been replaced by meaningless games against opponents in Atlanta, Nashville, Carolina, and Phoenix, where the atmosphere in arenas is dull and fans cheer for goals and for cheerleaders but seem to have little understanding of the intricacies of hockey. And the officiating, which was once at least consistent and respected, has become nothing more than a joke, with referees who either can’t discern what is and isn’t a penalty or else can but choose to make calls on the basis of who the player is, what team he plays for, or what the score is at the time.
One would have to believe this isn’t surprising, after incriminating evidence was made public recently showing Colin Campbell, the man you put in charge of discpline, was using his power to influence on-ice officials’ calls, if not using his own position to rule on suspensions on the basis of his personal opinion of players. Now perhaps Mr. Campbell was merely venting rage as a parent of a hockey player, but as fans with no access to what goes on behind closed doors, we have no way of knowing how impartial Mr. Campbell actually is. And therein lies yet another problem with today’s NHL, an utter lack of transparency into the rulings that are made. On-ice penalties and off-ice punishments are handled in such a way that there is no real explanantion given for why certain calls are made and others not. And there is no accountability, for the media have no access to the officials following games and teams are forbidden from criticizing their work unless they wish to be fined.
More recently, another example of your lack of judgment has come up, in the incident involving P.K. Subban and Mike Richards. In every day life, if one man were to threaten another and tell him he was likely to be hurt in the future, he could be arrested and charged. In other sports leagues, that player would certainly be fined and put under watch for his behavior. In your league, no action is taken and the player making the threats comes out the beneficiary both in terms of the intimidation factor he is able to instill in his opponent and in the eyes of certain media members such as Don Cherry, who not only fail to reprimand this type of behavior but actually commend it. Is this the type of league you are choosing to run? Is this the message you hope to pass on to young children and teenagers learning to play the game of hockey? The Flyers have always been and likely always will be a team that plays the game outside of the rulebook, but for fairness to be had by all the teams that for the most part, do play by the rules, players and teams have to be subject to the consequences of bending or breaking the rules. Since you have been in charge of the league, the rulebook has always seemed to have been interpreted loosely according to what the league feels is best for its premiere teams and economic interests, when in reality, it should be interpreted the same for all.
Mr. Bettman, you are a smart man, as evidenced by your education and time spent atop the NHL and in the NBA before that. As such, I am sure every move the NHL makes or doesn’t make is calculated and done with the utmost consideration for its consequences. And so I find it puzzling why this lack of transparency, accountability, and consistency persists after all these years. Certainly, if the NHL was interested in the opinion of its fans and the integrity of the game, it would have done more than brush off Mike Richards’ comments and it would have given a more detailed explanation of Colin Campbell’s actions, with better reasoning as to why he shouldn’t be fired or suspended. In the absence of this type of improvement, one can only assume that you yourself are not capable of running a league that is anything more than a for-profit business and that furthermore, you are incapable of appreciating that the only reason the NHl is even still afloat is that you have taken advantage of the common fan’s love for the game, something you yourself seem to have lost.
Apparently he has a lot of the same flair as PK from what I’ve read, concerns are he might not get as big as his brother but I think PK himself said he thinks Joran will be better than he is. I imagine there will be some attempts to trade up in the OHL draft to grab him and tap that hockey bloodline.
– I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
Nice! Would love for it to be the 67’s so i could see him all the time, but they are going to finish way to high for that pick.
Woud you compare him to PK?
Whoever winds up in Toronto might as well sign up to join the PGA tour as well.
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
Younger brother Jordan is eligible for the OHL draft this year and is favoured to go in the 1st round, a defencemen himself. OHL teams are going to be after him.
Anyone remember during a Philly vs. Habs game last year. I think it was still the regular season. Might have been PK’s first game. There was a play where PK was going for the puck near the boards and Pronger was taking a direct run at the “numbers” on PK’s back. But PK’s spidey sense was tingling (or somebody called out to him) and he dodged the hit. PK made the play with the puck and avoided the hit. Pronger face plated into the boards. Obviously humiliated, he turned to PK and called him a “person of cowardly standing” well thats not what I read on his lips but I’m sure you understand. Anyway, the replay showed there is noway Pronger could have mistaken it being a hit from behind.
No doubt rookies gotta show a little bit of respect. But vetrans have to be held to a high level as well. I know Pronger is no saint. Like that crap with the puck the other night is somewhat childish even. These “vetrans” have to lead by example. SO Richards can say all he wants, but with a teammate like Pronger, Richards loses all credibilty.
Totally agree with you. I love the fact that the Habs only usually dish 5 year (max) contracts. But like you say … as for Subban … i’d like ot ssee him get a bit more.
Which reminds me … got to see his little bro Malcolm in nets versus the 67’s on Friday. he played well but his defense left him high and dry a few times.
I think I might know what has gotten Richards so pissed off at PK.
I would imagine that a veteran like Richards would be really angry at PK taking a Nike endorsement contract that should be going to someone with real NHL experience. Imagine the nerve of that rookie.
Hey Richards, go back to pimping local used car lots. At least you got BMW’s to sell, it could be worse, it could be Kia’s. (That was the only endorsement deal I could find on Richards, but it was pretty funny that even a blogger with the handle “PhillyFever84″ said “he looked straight up retarded in that commercial”)
I’m not, strict policy of not wanting to the Habs to have any contracts that last a decade not involving players named Subban, Doughty or Stamkos.
Good! All though, I must admit I am intrigued by a Gomez for Vinny trade (straight up) That being said, I’d still say no. I’d prefer to keep Gomez for his defensive abilities.
The miracle of tech we call PVR could save you. Perhaps it could work as well for students as it does for dads like me who have bath-time come up in the middle of the 2nd period.
Thanks for that Dru. It’s a pleasure, and, due to the infrequency, a surprise, to hear an intelligent viewpoint well articulated.
Was he a big Shayne Corson fan, or did he become a Shayne Corson fan after he went from Montreal to Toranna?
Dude, you were practically the only one defending Cherry on Saturday. Just give it up.
If Richards wants to win something, he’ll have spend a lot of his contract on lotto scratch tickets if he goes to TO.
Damn, I have to write a final essay for tomorrow, so I’m going to miss tonight’s game. Luckily, there’s always Canadiens Express on RDS.
If the laffs dump Grabovski next summer, they will have 13M coming off their cap. Lots of room to sign Richards.
Eff that crap, word’s getting around that Vinny is damaged goods.
hahaha, i hope not. ALso, beware the return of the dreaded Vinny to the Habs rumors now that Stamkos has safely stolen his spot.
Generally (& legitimately) true, SF — but he adores Patrick Roy, and did before he left us, and there are others. He was a big Shane Corson fan.
I will predict that when (not if) P.K. finishes the season like he will, and does (let’s be fair) drop the early Sid the Kid act, Cherry will praise him to the skies.
Time will tell if I’m right or wrong — & I’ll admit & do pennance if I should be proven wrong.
The only reason Richards would trash talk Subban is to get him off his game. He certainly isn’t worried about PK’s health or career prospects. The only reason for wanting to get PK off his game is because PK scares Richards (skill wise).
Scared people do stupid things. Richards has already done some. More may follow.
With a remark that is so cliche you could put in French and you’d swear a French Canadian of note and a pending free agent said it about Montreal, Brad Richards made mention of his upcoming UFA status prior to tonight’s match against Toronto and playing in a market like Toronto. That’s it, Brad Richards is the new Kovalchuk to the Maple Loafs fans, be ready for 7 months of Richards to TO stories.
The kid (a rookie at that) has twice the class and poise in his little finger, than has the CBC Cherry clown and Richards put together !
Nothing will come of this now for sure. Richards and Cherry look like fool’s already.
Richards wears the C for his hobby, Cocaine,!
Agreed Ian! Just wish we could score more then 2 or 3 goals on a consistent basis.
Here are this weeks statistics on where we place in this 30 team league, compared to where we were last week.
By far the most important stat is first. For it reflects the total teams performance to date.
Goals Against—39, We are in 2nd place. Last week we were in 4th place.
Total Points—–27, We are in 3rd place. Last week we were in 5th place.
Goals For——–51, We are in 21st place. Last week we were in 15th place.
These are championship winning statistics folks, that we have not seen in Montreal for the past 25 years.
It takes great vision over time, by great management boys and girls.
speaking of racism
I only say him play in the OHL about five times, but I think it’s safe to say that players have been taking runs at Subban for years. He is one guy that I’m not too worried about, he is used to it.
And after Richards opened his mouth, the league (believe it or not) will be watching. The Flyers would have to be stupid to try anything tonight. Well, in that case, maybe I am worried.
Don Cherry has never been a friend of anyone who wears the CH since they embarassed him 4 times straight in the 1970s which was basically the end of his coaching career.
It’s Xtra dontchaknow.
I think aside from the occasional Bob Cole senior moments, CBC still does a great job with game coverage. It’s the pre-game and intermission coverage that’s boring and uninspired.
I wuould agree, he would be a great replacement. The only downside is that Hamrlik still has better hands, but it’s not like he scores a tonne anyway.
Didn’t you know?
Don’s known “whatshisface” since he was 14!
great news he is gone but the season is lost…meanwhile the habs are playing very solid d and great goaltending…pk is great…the team knows that they will not win too many games where they give up 3 goals…it still would be nice to have at least one more forward with goal scoring ability…
High drama indeed.
So beating the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins qualifies as? Also, for all your praise of goon-play, the Flyers certainly got their asses handed to them by the Blackhawks.
Also, ‘Adulterate the rules’? We’ve got ourselves a bonafide troll here, folks.
I find Friedman’s commentary vapid and uninspired. There is nothing redeeming about the CBC’s coverage fo the sport.
Truly sad when American coverage of the sport is better than an icon like “Hockey Night in Canada”.
not old yet not young but a very solid and steady dman .. i would love him with the habs
I would simply point out that Philly didn’t win the Cup. They were outskilled.
“From friends like Cherry”
Oh, you were being serious?
Here’s the rest of the article by the way.
1. Winnipeg and Quebec would be in it – Columbus and Phoenix wouldn’t
2. Burnsie would be in the HHOF
3. Jeremy Roenick would be commissioner – no wait a second……. .
A man’s attitude… a man’s attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin’ you agree with?
The Globe had an article about the threats against Subban and racism today:
Bettman and Campbell would be exploring meaningful relationships at Pelican Bay State Prison.
Elliotte is the only credible CBC Sports personality. Love the guy!
Pedant. I was obviously just indicating where my comment was going to be, i.e. ‘here’, and then repeating it to avoid confusion.
Rats, that doesn’t sound believable to me and it’s my lie.
We crap all over the Flyers all the time for being classless goons… Is it because we’re racist against people who wear orange? Probably.
Back your statements up… This is anecdotal inanity. Quick – name 5 of the countless other trash-talking swaggering rookies from years past who didn’t get their share of abuse back.
Teemu? Ovy? Roenick? Avery? These guys were all criticized just like P.K. is.
Rookies get put in their place. Confident players open their mouths. It’s how it goes.
Naive to discout race? I think it’s foolish to jump to that.
I don’t think Richards was seriously threatening the kid. If PK was a trash-talking agitator, and thus just doing his job, Richards wouldn’t have said anything. It’s that Richards can see the talent. PK backs his mouth up with his game, and I think he successfully managed to get under the Flyers’ skin. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
Could be since Hamrlik mentored him in Calgary
the same coyotes team that finished with almost 30 points more than the habs last year in a far superior conference? hahaha Im with you on the fact that the location is a joke and that is the worst experiment in the history of professional sports, besides maybe the california golden seals, but gotta give credit where it’s due
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This could be the day — the very day — that P.K. makes his mark on the league.
As the wise heads below correctly say, he’s getting the attention because he looks like he’ll be an elite. If he can rise to match this — let it motivate him to excellence — especially tonight in a game this meaningful and with his most prominent critic, then he’ll be in.
He’s getting the Sid Crosby treatement — from friends like Cherry — and foes like the whining threatening typical-Flyer Richards.
This could be great.
Is robyn regehr going to be Hammers replacement after this season? …
It would be very beneficial for the Habs to pot one on their first PP. Let them know if they want to run around like idiots the Habs will pound them on the scoreboard.
Soft Euro play. You mean fast, skilled, right? What a drag THAT is to watch.
So much more fun to watch the truculent clutch-and-hold grinder “North American” style hockey, eh?
Agreed, I think PK is a very mature person and hockey player. Seeing all this criticism from homers cheering on other teams, just tells me that this kid is the best player we’ve drafted since Markov.
* Hear! Hear!
Chris Lee would be selling costume jewellery at Yonge & Dundas
The Phoenix Coyotes would be a softball team.
Officiating would be more reality-based and less sucky.
I think that a strong work ethic (which this club has in spades) is far more valuable in the long term than being ‘chippy, crazy mofos’.
From CBC’s Elliotte Friedman‘s weekly column 30 Thoughts:
22. Very interesting that Montreal’s coaches would
break up the successful Tomas Plekanec/Mike Cammalleri combination to
get Scott Gomez going. I think they’re getting really frustrated with
Gomez, who seems to be behind the play a lot.
23. Boy, is Max Pacioretty
coming on. Get the sense that if the Canadiens could do it again, they
wouldn’t rush him to the NHL. He played one season in the USHL, one
season at Michigan and half a year in the AHL before getting his shot.
Of course, when Jeff Marek relayed that theory to Pacioretty during
Sunday’s AHL on CBC game the winger shot it down like a World War I biplane.
24. Think Pacioretty also got a Clockwork Orange-style attitude adjustment from the organization.
25. For all of the craziness surrounding PK Subban,
there was an example of his maturity Saturday night. With a 2-0 lead
late in the third period, he did one of his spinaramas on a solo rush
near centre ice. Instead of continuing forward, though, he pulled up
and got it deep. Small thing, but a big thing. Smart play.
Here! Here! Well said, indeed. Richards strikes me as crying foul because a kid made him look bad and was part of the defense team that shut him out. PK handles himself with relative humility in the media scrums. Richards is the one taking his ball and going home. In addition to the level of play, what’s also at stake here is the level of maturity. PK still wins the day, so far, in my book.
Let’s start a “If this were a pro league… ” list, shall we?
1. Punishment would fit the crime
2. Leafs would not be in it [next]
While it could certainly be a contributing factor, I think the biggest reason PK is getting all the hate is because he’s an elite level talent. It reminds me of how much crap Crosby got when he came in the league. By all accounts Crosby chirps, he whines to the officials too. However Mike Richards does the exact same stuff, so does Getzlaf. Corey Perry has the reputation of being the dirtiest, and most gutless player in the NHL, but you never heard crap about them in their rookie seasons. The difference is that Perry, Getzlaf and Richards took a season or two to catch up to the NHL, and develop into the excellent players they are today. PK was nearly an elite defenseman from the moment he stepped on the ice against the Flyers last February, and he’s embarrassing veterans on a nightly basis by being plainly BETTER than they are. That’s why Mike Richards is pissed, because he was shown up by a kid.
Considering that we just pulled a player of PK’s calibre out of our farm system it really doesnt owe us anything. Nash might develop into a player given enough time but other than that our Hamilton defence is stocked with career AHL’rs.
Going to be a few draft years of 1st round defenders to restock the farm.
Of course you would.
Even though no one is admitting it, I have trouble believing that the color of PK’s skin doesn’t have a little something to do with all of this. It’s just a little odd that there have been countless other swaggering, trash-talking rookies with way less talent than PK, and no one’s said boo to them. The only major difference between those guys and PK is that he’s black.
Seems a little naive to totally discount the possibility, anyways.
agreed. white is out with a knee injury though.
Unfortunately White sustained a knee injury on Saturday’s Marlies-Bulldogs game and is out for at least a couple of weeks according to reports.
Was fortunate to catch the Bulldogs game yesterday on NHL Network. Looks like we’ve got a good group of forwards but we’re thin on defense. Curtis Sanford had to bail them out.
I’d like to see White in a game like tonight’s. I’d like to see him on the 4th line with Moen and Pyatt, bump up Eller to the third line with Lapierre and Halpie, bump up Benny to play with Gomez and Cammy, leaving AK46 with Pleks and Gio. No offense to Weber, I hope he gets a chance to shine somehow.
Lots of truth in that.
Damn, what a post. Quoted for F. truth!
People are going to hate Subban for a long, long time because of how good he is and how bad he makes the other side look at times and in 5 years, oh my. All the great players have this against them, Flyers make voodoo dolls of Sidney Crosby before he’s in town, Pittsburgh fans have Ovechkin dolls, the hockey fans in the state of California loathe when they see Drew Doughty or Ryan Getzlaf take to the ice against their team. You think people jump for joy when they see 40-year old Nick Lidstrom making their best defencemen look like a Junior A player in comparison?
Subban being this disliked just shows what we’ve got in him.
You know, if this league weren’t bush there would be no teams south of the Mason-Dixon Line. You know, where you can’t grow ice naturally?
Let’s face it, the Flyers will pull said bush league crap tonight, we’ll not have the meat heads to retaliate and the world will continue to spin.
Now if our PP works maybe the former pacifist coach Laviolette will actually return to his senses and reign in his ham and eggers.
But that’s not going to happen is it?
The Habs must win tonight. My in laws are staying with us for 10 days so I need something to live for. If they lose, Im headed to Boones place.
Just drink some Four Loko while they are staying with you.
THIS IS BRIAN BOUCHER. SHOOT DA PUCK
It’s all Gomez’ fault. If he wasn’t on the team the Habs would be leading 25-0. They would have no losses. We could’ve had both Halak and Price and Kovulchuck and Lecavalier. Gomez needs to go. JM needs to go. BG needs to go. Sather is a genuis.
That’s how effin’ stupid you all sound. Relax. It’s a 1 goal game. Team’s lose. Grow up some people.
Good shift for # 11
i think its too late 21 games in….He’s lost the respect
Ok so basically we have NOBODY to park their fat asses in front on the other teams net during the PP.
We need to get that someone who has size. How about Gill in front. It<s not like he<ll be on the point and it will force the other teams D to drop back a bit.
Since we don’t have a power forward….
ROMANES EUNT DOMUS…..
Making Boucher look better than Patrick Roy – SHOOT THE PUCK.
All im saying is, he’s not putting the effort in…he’s making lazy plays and not hitting the net…
Sounds like they’re saying DOUCHEEEEEEEE LOL!
I don’t mind the occasional loss. I’m worried about the way the Habs are getting dominated, but that’s because I’ve not been convinced by the Habs’ radical turnaround and keep fearing they’ll revert back to last year’s form.
20 games in, Lapierre has more dominant games than he does. That’s crap by any standard HH.
I crap Philly.
Habs are playing a decent hockey team. Philly is pretty good when they actually play hockey and not put on a goon show.
I am clearly upset lol
They thought they had it in the bag after first and Philly got going. If they play like this on Wednesday, they’re going to get smoked.
– In Price We Trust
Habs need a shot of something up front. Max Power?
look the point is that when other players have a game off other players have to step up.
gomez is the only guy not to have stepped up once.. i honestly can’t think of a single game where he was a difference maker.
every player he plays with gets dragged down.. seriously..
ak46, cammy, gio.. everybody who plays with him plays badly..
every single other center plays better then him.. eller, pleks, and halpern have all outplayed him.
he is very soft in the d-zone as well as the o-zone
he just isn’t playing well.. other players have bad games as well don’t get me wrong
but this is 21 but games now
88 is the new 23
Have a dwarf.
Ah HH, you’re so darn cool. Thanks for the laugh.
Sounds like there was a meltdown, I left for dinner & Habs were outshooting the Flyers & winning 2-0 I come back & Flyers completely outshooting the Habs & win 3-2………..??? Glad I missed it I guess.
Gomez has run out of time. Sorry, but send him to the Bulldogs.
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
I’m very pissed off that we lost this game. Habs did not work hard at all from the second period onward.
Simply put, we were outworked and outcoached after 20 minutes and all our scoring ONCE again came from our checking lines. The Gomez situation is costing us points and breaking up another line to get him going is detrimental. He well below .500 faceoff wins, loses most of his battles for the puck and is a turnover machine.
And when a player does things making it look effortless. Dudes. Laps got both Habs goals. Laps!!!!! And we’re blaming Gomez. Un-friggin-real!!!!
Webber! solid call up JM when max pac is tearing it up and your stil using a grinder in a top 6 spot
Well if you are playing against a shakey minor league goalie shoot more.
Oh, and is there a player more useless than Gomez? Not only is he unproductive, he takes playes that are on fire and puts then on ice.
Weber was also tearing it up.
Blown leads have happened to EVERY team in the past. We were the victim of one tonight. They will happen in the future as well. Something definitely has to be done to spark Gomer but he’s not the only one at fault here. Another solid outing by Price and I really liked PK finishing his check along the boards with about 5 seconds left.
You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku
I understand the sentiment, however I doubt the Copps Coliseum is worth $8.million (roughly) let alone have a player getting that type of cheque………..lol
The count is using a 5’10” defenseman to grind against the flyers LOL
Still no production up front; no scoring from top lines? do they exist here?
2 lucky goals, thought it was in the books and instead turned out to be a game from the eastern conference finals; habs shifts are to clear the puck to center change, new shift comes on and plays D
Relax?? Did you read your post? Who sounds stupid? If you don’t like reading about people critiquing their hockey team, don’t come here.
Tonights loss really underscored what a detriment that Gomez has been this season imho.
At least the Habs weren’t subjected to this kind of assault tonight (although given they’re in Philly, they probably got off lucky):
he was tearing it up on the pp with no pressure
6’2″ 210lbs max pac would have been good on the top 6 instead of webber; completely lost
ugh.. It did feel like that didn’t it.
Yes but does Gomez take that inopportune offensive zone penalty near the end of the game while the Habs are trying to make a last minute come back. Thanks but no thanks to Koivu. Watch l’Antichambre tonight to make y’all happy. It’s gonna be a Gomez-bitchfest.
Can’t play 20 minutes against the Flyers than wait until 8 minutes are left in the 3rd to get going again. These are the kinds of efforts that are manageable against Edmonton or the Islanders, not a Cup Contender.
I’m seriously HATING Gomez. And dont even want him anywhere need the Bulldogs. From today, everything is Gomez’ fault. Sheesh!
And if we play like this on Wednesday, the Kings will eat us alive. Seriously, have 3 Kings in my pools, watch them a lot, and no kidding they’re THAT good!
“It must be love!”
Reminded me of last spring. They elevate their level of play in periods 2 & 3 and we simply had no response. They’re good and big to boot & I hate them.
if Boucher was a good goalie, habs would’ve been shutout.
Philly is awesome! an offensive juggernaut.
I’m picking them to win the cup.
How is it they have so much talent, and habs have so little talent?
1 reason, Pouliot, AK and Gomez are on this team. they need to go!
habs need to make a trade for a top scorer, and a QB with a shot on the PP.
their PP is just awful!
Yeah, but I think it would be a mistake to bring Max up right now. They clearly brought him up too early, he said himself he wanted to spend the year in Hamilton and rebuild his confidence..He is just starting to do that now.
i don’t see your point. Yeah laps got two goals, we’re not “blaming” gomez, but he’s the one on the team who consistently, over a 21 game period, hasn’t shown effort. Or at least thats my point.
The NHL is a bit of a rock-paper-scissors league. Every team, without exception, has a team or two that are kryptonite to them. For years, that team was New Jersey.
Unfortunately for Montreal, their kryptonite now is Philadelphia, who have enough big forwards with speed that they can skate with the Habs while still being able to push them around. It happens. The Habs can obviously still win a seven game series against them, but it will require the team to play at its top level for a sustained period of time…that is the nature of the game.
The effort was lacking, but that will also happen over an 82 game season. Ask the Capitals fans, who watched their team get spanked 5-0 by the lowly Devils.
They just don’t get it HH.
Koivu’s mistakes were far exceeded by his heroics, Gomez’s heroics are far exceeded by his mistakes this season and most of last.
One we should have won for Price and PK
The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.
I mean it. We can replace him. Send him down.
Peeeuw what a stinker!
The inability to score and bury a team comes back to bite them. They had Philly standing around in the first!
Then tried the standing around for the next two periods with less than perfect results.
I hope and pray the passivity in the second and third wasn’t the good JM protect the lead strategy resurfacing!
“The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
1st star: Henri Richard
2nd Star: Doug Harvey
3rd Star: Jacques Plante
Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″
When the Flyers are not gooning it up, they are a damn good team. And without Carey Price, this game was over long ago. Philly won this game, but we shut them out less than a week ago…..chill out.
they wrecked him putting him as a grinder hes a top 6 forward but JM has no patience…yet he has patience and does everything he can for gomez
HAHAHAHAHA. l’Antichambre are suggesting bringing up Desharnais to replace Gomez. OMFG.
Yawn, you keep posting the same crap over and over
Words of wisdom right there.
Well, to be fair, HH, Gomez really sucks. In terms of production by salary, he must be one of the worst in the NHL. And then to see him just mail in that weak, wave-at-you backcheck on the winning goal … *barf*.
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while it is one game i dont think we can beat the flyers with this line up in the playoffs unless we win the games 1-0 or 2-1…we would have real problems scoring on them in the playoffs…with no pp we will have problems scoring vs any team
oh btw..i hope pple don’t start freaking out on JM.
u can tell how pissed he was with his team just standing around.
he had them going and ready and then it fell apart.
coaches are not responsbile for everything.. what is he supposed to do when our centers dget dominated on the faceoffs.. or that pucks go off the post.
he got us this far…let’s not forget that.
cammy has two game winning goals. oh, and he has double digit points. shall i go on?
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Gomez needs to either sit or play on the 4th line for a bit.
Put Eller with Cammy for a game and see how it goes. I would bet a lot that it’ll be better than Gomez/Cammy.
Price was great again.
Spacek, not so much.
cant play rope a dope like we did in the second . Cant expect to win on gift goals every night, We nedd some phisacalty up front , an edge that will contest fron t of the net . Price carried us again , time to help him with some offence.
“And let’s be honest: First-class effort by a very good hockey team.”
The Habs certainly made them look good.
I’ve heard worse ideas, thats for sure.
If the last 40 minutes of this game become a trend we’re in
a pile of trouble. Hopefully Jacques learns something from this game. Don’t sit on leads, make adjustments after
getting outshot 21-5 in a PERIOD, come up with new game plans from time to
On the optimistic side, I love pleks hes doing everything right this year, im glad hes locked up
Some folks like to make a playSkate the puck away like a D man shouldHop it right to where its out of reachOr make a pass no good But I’m skating aroundOn my own blue LineI’m in a New York state of mind
I’m not like other hockey starsthey’re trying hard and I’m so routineI’m high in hockey’s terms with defensive schemesSo what if I’m not competingAnd skate around and waste more timeI’m in a New York state of mind
We could have played so much better! This wasnt a case of them being a superior team, it was us being stupid and unconcentrated and making the necessary efforts to win a game on the road. Not the end of the world. We’ll know on wednesday!.
Gomez should just play in the AHL until Game 41, when he actually decides to start showing up every year.
Okay I dislike Gomez to a great extent right now, but DD is one Chara bodycheck away from the morgue.
Shame on the Habs and JM. They play a smart first period, keeping the flyers out of our zone, playing in the middle of the ice and using the quick pass transition game to play to their speed. Result, a lead after the first period where we out shoot and out chance the bad guys. We would have beaten their ass if this style continued. But what do we do? Play on our heals for two periods (protecting the lead) in our end against possibly the most offensively talented team in the league. Carey standing on his head for nothing.
Gomez taking the heat here but I didnt see anyone else outside of Price and maybe PK working much harder. What did Cammy do? Gio? Pleks? AK46? All played a little scared of a weak Flyer D. Phillie outworked and wanted this one more….especially after being down 2-0 at home. Gonna be a fun rivalry !!!
Although they’ve won two playoff series’ recently, we’ve won the majority of regular season games against Philly.
I think the Habs’ kryptonite is teams that are uninteresting. Carolina, Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta, and the west coast teams come to mind. It seems when they don’t play a conference rival, they don’t play their best.
Play Desharnais for 20 minutes a game and I’m betting he gets a shot on goal. Which Gomez did not do tonight in that amount of time.
Agreed, the two people I WOULDN’T blame for this are JM and Carey Price. Last people I’d blame.
Meh. Bagskate those guys not wearing goalie pads. Men who stare at pucks.
Also, take away their iPhones. No more Angry Birds for you!
The difference is that each one of those other players has contributed in a big way this year, whereas Gomez has been a consistent disappointment.
gomez gomez gomez…do we need to go back and discuss how bob’s formula was to fix a broken leg with bandaids?
That was a no brainer for sather, i mean at least we got pyatt…..but they have gaborik
It’s one friggin game people need to chill out.
Oh chill….stop trying to jump on the mob-wagon, again!
Win two games, lose one… keep that pace up all season and the Habs have a 48 win season.
Where’d the team go after the 1st period? When are the big guns showing up to score? I can tell Weber’s not going to cut it on the PP. Has Gomez completely lost his mojo? Just some musings…
I don’t care if other people agree or disagree with what I’m saying, I haven’t read anything on this blog tonight, so I’m not joining any mob. I’m expressing what I’ve seen all season, which is a player who’s the highest paid Canadien in history, doesn’t show up, EVER.
If Desharais was named McDonald I bet they would talk about other things.
Simply speaking, on a team that is defined by hard work, Gomez is a major problem in the room.
I obviously don’t endorse demoting Gomez, but I don’t buy that argument against Desharnais.
He’s played his whole career with guys trying to run him through the boards to intimidate him due to his diminutive size. I’m sure he’s learned how to cope with that at this point in his career. At 5’6″ and 177 pounds, he’s got to be pretty solid. Martin St. Louis is 5’8″” and 176 pounds, Brian Gionta is 5’7″ and 170 pounds, Theoren Fleury played at 5’6″ and 180 pounds while Mats Naslund played at 5’7″ and 160 pounds and didn’t get murdered in the old confines of the Boston Garden, as points of comparison.
The reason people are freaking out isn’t because of this game, it’s because of 21 games of utter futility on behalf of Gomez.
Pleks I agree. The others not so much. But none contributed tonite or worked harder than Gomez.
Let’s hope we don’t have to play the Flyers in the playoffs.
If there is one constant this year (apart from Price’s solid play) is that no matter how well Eller plays, and how poorly Gomez plays, the former still receives low TOI while the latter gets much higher icetime.
And they played Weber on the left whereas most of his goals come when he is on the right. Why not play Darche tonight instead of Weber?
The Habs got goals from Laps and hit two posts.
ctony had it right. JM was outcoached. No adjustments were made for the 3rd period.
I am commending the Flyers for playing hockey. They earned it.
Good news: Habs still havent’t been blown out, although that was one crappy 2nd period. Not Gomez’ fault. I am tired of hearing the Gomez banter.
Price is a stud. We’re OK people.
Nevertheless, management will assess Gomez. If they feel he’s mailing it in, he’ll be sat.
Again, Gomez for Komisarek. Any takers?
audition over. whatever meagre amount of offense they may gain w/ weber is more than offset by the loss of darche’s shutdown capabilities. philly drove in unabated. i know gomez is struglling but i counted 5 different passes that weren’t handled, at least he drew a penalty i guess. overall, not enough shooting, did they not see lappy’s goals? ah well, see ya wednesday
you’re kidding, right?? All you do is try to join the crowd then act all pc when you try to form your own opinion. It’s been your MO for 2 years!
One giant overpriced mistake for another? Pass.
Go Habs Go!
He isn’t strong enough for his size to handle the NHL season IMO, I track him in case he proves he me wrong but I doubt he’s ever going to see regular time as an NHLer. I’ve seen him in the AHL and NHL pre-season, bigger players one-hand shove him around without much trouble. Some people are born with a greater natural strength than others, it’s why a lot of small guys who are highly skilled don’t make the draft or the NHL. They simply don’t have the physical strength to make it and in terms of speed, he isn’t as quick as Gionta either.
Theo Fleury, St. Louis, Naslund and Gionta are pretty much freaks of nature for strength at that size, Desharnais does not appear to be similar. Gorges and Subban are the same height, Subban seems to be about twice as strong as Gorges though, natural strength and frame play into this.
Lets waive…..JM xD
Mike F. Komisarek has as many points as Gomez this season.
Given how frustrated I am with Gomez, I’d even play Hal Gill at center. Geez! It’s all cause of Justin Bieber!
It’s the playoff series that stand out. I think the regular season games are sometimes not particularly important because they don’t illustrate how teams can wear down.
Playing a big, fast team like the Bruins or Flyers a couple of times a month in the regular season is fine, and the Habs do well. But when they run into those same teams in the playoffs, they really struggle. Sometimes we win (albeit usually in 6 or 7) and sometimes we lose. That size advantage, combined with the ability to not be skated into the ground by our speedy forwards, wears the Habs down when they have to fight it for 4-7 games in a row.
Like you said, the Habs have played down to their competition in recent years (don’t forget our lack-lustre record against the Leafs in that list, a team they SHOULD be able to get up for). But come playoffs, you aren’t likely to get ambushed by a lack of effort. That’s where the rock-paper-scissors comes in for me.
The 82 game pre-season is just jockeying for position.
Name 2 forwards on the top 6 that worked harder tonite
did we watch the same game ??? The man can’t get the puck out of our defensive zone ..turnover machine … the 3rd goal can be pinned on him !
Hey, I don’t think taking your frustrations on Andrew are going to solve any problems. Perhaps a step back would be a good idea mate.
Though, I’ll point out, there’s no bandwagon. This is no goalie debate. The Habs are playing well thus far but Gomez is a huge problem and let me tell you, if they go on a losing streak, it’ll be all you’ll hear.
And as far as I know, everyone is welcomed to comment here. As long as it’s constructive (hopefully) and respectful.
This comment isn’t even worth replying to. By far the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on this site, and I’ve read a lot of posts by Tony242.
Hey, they played a stinko game. They laid an egg. They choked. When Laps is your number one scorer (with two fluke goals and 6 shots at that) you know the rest of the team missed the bus. But of course blame must be laid and the lynch mob is gathering for a good old fashioned hangin’.
I know, let’s hang Gomez. Pffft. This had nothing to do with one player. It was simply a total team loss.
What I saw tonight was a number of our high-priced help mailing it in. Gionta, Cammy and AK in particular often looked disinterested, out of position and not willing to give the extra effort. Not the entire game mind you but often enough to make the difference. For the rest, Price was great, the D was good enough but again, and for the 20th time this season, where the heck are the goals? Well you can’t score if you don’t try and tonight many of these guys just weren’t trying.
Oh well, on to LA, Atlanta and Buffalo. Busy week. Be a good time for a few of these guys to play up to their potential don’t you think?
Impressive stat from Twitter: “When Gomez plays 18:40 or more, Canadiens are 1-6-0. When he plays 18:39 or less#Habs are 12-1-1.” ‘Nuff Said!
Memo to Carey, ‘remind your teammates the game is 60 minutes, not 20′.
Pleks and Gio, no-brainer
I haven’t watched him enough to say. To be honest, I find a lot of players get pushed around. What separates the NHL’ers from the AHL’ers if how quickly they get back up and whether they go into the heavy traffic areas on their next shift.
Saku Koivu gets pushed around a lot. But when he wants to get somewhere, he finds a way. And he often found his way into the traffic areas and would cannonball into a guy like Chara if he thought it might inspire his team.
If Desharnais learns to play fearless, he can make the NHL and contribute with his offensive skills. If he doesn’t, he will have a nice career in the AHL, Europe or the KHL.
Name one game this season where Gomez was the best player on the ice, sooner or later he has to answer for this 21-game crap that he’s on, his only goals are flukes and he’s blown more empty nets than anyone.
A shitty night all around. We lose to Filthy, and the laffs win 4-1 against Dallas. Think I’ll go to bed now, too depressed to listen to the post game and the negativity.
I understand now. I’m sorry I was so harsh with you, it’s obvious you’re not actually able to watch the games but you want to get involved with other Habs fans. Unfortunately your inability to watch the games is affecting your comments because it makes you look like a fool. Gomez had 2-3 hard working shifts, never resulting in any good chances because he ruins a play every time he touches the puck. It’s a joke. He’s 100% responsible for the GWG because he doesn’t look before he does anything, and assumes everyone else is operating on the same retarded wavelength that he is.
Oh now you’re just asking for trouble, dragging Koivu into a Gomez bash-fest!
I still haven’t forgotten how many people assured me when the Habs acquired Gomez he would easily out-produce Koivu, including many of the most vocal Gomez-bashers tonight.
Kostitsyn, Gionta, Plekanec, Moen. All played WAY harder than Gomez tonight. You’re absolutely delusional.
Senators eking one out against the Kings was a bummer too…..oh well, thank god for Stamkos on a night like this
I’ll take it.
His contract is more managable and shorter.
I’d send him to the NHL and call him up if needed to patch holes.
Every other player on this team has stepped up in key situations for this team, except Gomez. At some point the excuses run out, and he needs to be held accountable for his sh!t play. It’s getting ridiculous, and the only player in the NHL that’s underperforming at a worse rate is Ilya Kovalchuk.
and 8 million $$$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Constructive? Now that’s something we don’t see often enough around here 😉
Relying on insults now, are you??? I saw the game just fine thank you. All I’m saying is Gomez tried much harder than the other top 6 tonite. Don’t get so high with the wins and so pissed with the losses…they happen to all teams. So far from I see we doing fine….not perfect but the season is a journey….this “team” has the skill to get there but needs to play better than tonite…..it’s not on 1 player. Just like the losses weren’t all on Price last year, remember??? Chill Man!
JM. Stop with the experimenting. Put these lines together and stay with them for 10 games. You will not be sorry.
AK46-Pleks-Cammi (line was on fire at the start of the season, one of the hottest in the league)
PHD (our second best line to date – why is Darche siting?)
Gio-Gomer-MaxPac (No one understands how to play with Gomer more than Gio. Gio was getting chances with Gomer but was snake bitten. MaxPac is burning up the AHL and needs to be brought up immediately)
Laps-Eller-Moen (fourth line bangers with some skill)
JM learn from this game?
he alway’s tries to protect a lead! that’s his problem! his teams aren’t ever aggressive!
this team needs to play offensive hockey for 60 minutes. and stop trying to protect leads.
it never works!
The fact that a guy is burning up the AHL for a short stretch does not mean he should be called up. The Habs did that in his first season, and it was clear he wasn’t ready. They did it with Matt D’Agostini, and after a short burst to start his career he didn’t accomplish much.
Let’s see if he can sustain it for a while first. Subban did just fine after being allowed to burn up the AHL for an entire season.
“Relying on insults now, are you???”
Says the guy who does nothing BUT insult people on this website, including your first reply to me tonight.
So name one player, apart from Price and the D, who stepped up tonight. And as for “being held accountable”, really Andrew there’s no such thing in pro sports and you know that. They pays their money and they takes their chances. And just how would you hold Gomez accountable? Tell him we’re only 16-7-1 because of him? Tell him he can’t play in the sandbox with the big kids anymore? Dock his paycheque for every game he doesn’t get a point? Hey I know it’s frustrating but to date while Gomez has not lived up to his billing he also has not cost us any games. In fact I can’t think of any member of this particular team who has cost us a specific game, can you? It’s a good team Andrew, way better than the crap we’ve watched over the past 17 years or so.
My point being…what…what was my point…I don’t know…ah, yes…point being, have patience. We had patience when Price stunk up the joint last year. We had patience when Gill looked like a dud last year. We had patience when the team looked like they’d fold all through last season before ever gelling. Just have a bit of patience with Gomez and enjoy the fact that we’re a top flight team for a change.
Pretty much what I’ve said, Subban ruled the AHL for a year and look what it produced. If we make the playoffs, sure call him up as one of our “Black Aces” but leave him be for now and develop his offensive talents. One 7-point weekend does not an NHLer make.
I get all that. But Gomer and Gio need a big body that can bang and put the puck in the net. We seem to have one on the farm and playing with confidence. I still want to see him for 10 days. If it doesn’t work, send him down again.
Max-Pac can’t bang that effectively, not that strong, the key is developing his offensive talents so he can use his speed and reach to be an effective player, if you’re looking for Holmstrom or Knuble, he isn’t that.
I blame Jacques Martin for this loss.
First, why break up the PhD line against a physical team like the Flyers?
Two, if you’re going to call up Weber, why do you have him on left wing? He’s a defenseman with a good shot, and he should have been manning the point on the power play, so he could blast away. Playing him on left wing where he’s never played is bordering on the ludicrous.
Third, Martin lacks the killer instinct. The team was up 2 goals, and Martin should have had his team go for the jugular in the 2nd period. Instead, he had his team go into a shell on the road, thereby putting pressure on his own defense and giving the opponent an opportunity to come back.
Fourth, Martin needs to stop juggling his lines so much. They’re not getting a chance to develop any chemistry.
And Fifth, putting Eller on the first power play unit looked like a desperate move by a desperate coach. I agree Eller deserves a chance on the PP, but not at random, without any practice. Desperation doesn’t win hockey games, it just shows the Coach has lost his marbles.
Wake up Coach!!!
Richards is just ugly. See even I can make immature comments that noone really cares about.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something regarding why Subban is getting all this attention. It’s not because he yaps, or because he’s “cocky”. Most people spouting off about this are afraid to address this topic out of fear that their real agenda will be revealed. But here it is folks, I’m just going to come right out and say it. The real reason that PK gets all this attention is because he’s (wait for it)…. really really freaking good! It drives guys like Richards & Cherry batpoop crazy. They see what he’s doing in his rookie year and they know that he’s only going to get better. They see him take crazy risks that would normally result in what we call rookie mistakes. They see him get burned and still have the skill and strength to get back up & cover for himself. They watch him one-arm guys like Richards out of his way while he stickhandles around him with his other hand, making him look like a fool. Richards can’t handle that and when PK woofs at him afterwards he gets all goofy. Cherry is losing his mind because he sees the future of the Habs and compares it to that of the Leafs and, well, you know.
The clinical term is PK envy.
Wait a minute I though Kadri was going to put up 50 goals this season … plus they have all of their none first or second round picks remaining as far as I can tell for years to come. Not to mention Komisarek is starting to rack up assists like the one he delivered to Cammalleri on Saturday. Toronto is on the come my friend.
this is the kind of game where i miss having one extra set of knuckles in the lineup – steve begin, bouliion, even o’byrne – to back up moen and lay out a little justice if need be; not a brawler, just someone who will throw down and have a chance (no offense, lappy, but you haven’t convinced anyone yet). i have to believe our captain isn’t too happy about their captain threatening one of his boys, but what can gio do other than have a chat? (he doesn’t seem like the type to fight or run the guy, and i’m glad for it, but still) i know they want to focus on hockey and get them by winning, but the Lividelphia track record is filled with a litany of headshots, high sticks, sucker punches and nasty hits, and i’d hate to see PK or anyone go down because nobody pushed back against Richards, or hartnell (he choked me!) or Shelley (i had to go on the power play!).
with all that said, it will probably be a snoozer now that everyone is so worked up about it…
And off the 3, O’Byrne was the worst fighter… haha
Canadien en 5!
Never go Full Retard
Boone has exactly hit the nail on the head here. The NFL has eliminated bounties and threatening players with cheap dirty shots. Very disappointing that Richards is not called to the carpet for his crap.
I showed one of my friends a Flyers highlight video, at least every other play is a suspendable offense. Leaping into checks, teeing up guys kneeling on the boards, sucker punches, etc … They celebrate this team in Philly though, because they ‘love action’.
Ironic that the city named the city of brotherly love is thug capital USA.
Hey Boone, if this were a pro league:
– Head shots would be eliminated.
– Campbell would be fired or at least reprimanded.
– Pat Burns would be in the HHOF (I know, the NHL doesn’t run the HHOF).
– THe Ott-Car game last week would have been postponed as respect for an assistant coach with 21 years playing in the league, instead of forcing Ottawa to drag themselves into Carolina for a 7-1 thumping in front of a handful of fans.
Stone cold bush.
Very very sad state for sure.
Agree with everything you say except the rescheduling. NFL did not reschedule for JFK, the forced the Saints to play away games in place of home games to maintain the schedule after Katrina. They would not have moved the game for the Asst. Coach.
why isn’t darche playing?
yannick weber is going to be invisible yet again.
and why didn’t we call up max-pac instead??? ahhh 13-6-1–habs fans are never pleased. haha
Well, he was invisible last game largley due to the fact that we only had one powerplay.
I suspect there will be more power plays tonight. Hopefully Weber unleashes his megatonne bomb of a shot and makes the Flyers pay for their transgressions.
I think this Richards thing is getting blown out of proportion. Really, a Flyer (any Flyer, and more than one) was going to run some Hab (any Hab, and more than one) at some point tonight. This is nothing new.
If Mike Richards does cheap-shot PK, he will get a lengthy suspension, and I doubt that little runt will hurt PK very much.
Same game plan as last time: Habs score a couple of goals and the Flyers forget about hockey and start running everyone. Easy points.
The Habs better be focussing on Philly’s offence and not their threats, because the threats are meaningless. Like PK Subban is shaking in his skates, I’m sure.
Bottom line, Richards has absolutely no credibility after almost decapitating David Booth.
If we can shut them down until the 3rd, our speed game should carry
us the rest of the way. But we have to check them tight all night.
Game of mistakes, whoever will force the errors, will win this one.
Any one else need some foil?
Centre Hice: How do I hate thee… let me count the ways
Oh to have Knuckles in the line up!!!!!!!
They Call Me Shane
Biron is the key tonight.
Score early, and he’ll fold easier than that suit JimGrim was wearing a few weeks ago!
I hate these Bums, beat them on the score board Habs.
I think he meant Boucher. It’s kind of like when I referred to Lats being a Minnesota North Star.
I just heard on TSN that Snot Hartnell was complaining that in the game last tuesday night against the Habs, that Max Lapierre choked him when they were in a scrum on the ice. Obviously Max didn’t squeeze hard or long enough.
Yeah, Hartnell is still crying about that
I’m surprised the NHL didn’t vote Lappy an award.
That’s what i was thinking
I still have nightmares about that series myself, so I’ll forgive the slip.
Jeff Halpern – He was part of the package that went to Tampa for Brad Richards.
Is there a better UFA pick-up this year in terms of performance and salary?
Only other one i can think of could have been a UFA, but didn’t make it there.. Mathieu Darche
I miss the North Stars … Bring back Jon casey!! lol
Nice move by the Devils. It might be the only thing that they do right this season.
Centre Hice: puttin’ on the foil
I’d say the Nashville game was a total stinker. If that’s what you mean…I’m very worried about tonight’s game for some reason. Prove me wrong boys.
Hey Pat, so you love watching Chelios elbowing Propp into lala land. Smart, very smart coming from someone who is practically crying to the NHL to protect Subban.
Listen Subban yaps and yaps. Players don’t like it so at one point someone is going to do something about it and shut him up.
If it’s 1 vs 1, no problem, if it’s 3 vs 1 then I have a problem with it.
Get over it.
hey boone – that nashville game certainly qualified as a stinker in my books…no?
Overdue for a stinker? What do you call being shut out by Nashville?
Ah, I see what you did there. (ahem)
Just saw a shot of Price’s ‘stache and got a hankerin’ to buy a used car from him.
I was about to say, since when does MTL getting shut out not count as a stinker, what are we, the Islanders?
Low mileage, easy on gas, a real beaut…let me talk to my manager for a minute.
My sentiment exactly. If anything this is a game to get up for. How could you not be motivated? Winner claims 2nd place in the east, recent playoff history, recent ‘media drama’… If we drop an egg in this game I’ll be rather disappointed.
We should start up a petition: After Movember, Carey keeps the moustache of power.
Pronger’s toughness? Elbows every chance he can get, gets away with everything and never drops the gloves.
…as a bit of that mornin’s donut glaze slowly crumbles off the thing.
would be nice if we had boogard or belak with us in the lineup tonight
Talk about quick start.
I’m guessing that it’s the Boone reverse jinx at work.
Every shift’s a penalty.
Damn it, that would’ve been a perfect start. There should have been two penalties on that sequence. The one they showed wasn’t called.
Nothing I’d like more than the Habs to go up 1-0 on a PK blast from the point
RDS’s hate on for Pyatt is ridiculous. He’s second in PK ice time among forwards on the best PK in the league.
can we win a faceoff in the opposition zone on the pp
I don’t see any red marks on Hartnell’s neck. I think he’s a faker lol!
Why is either Moen or Lapierre still on the second line?
That shot by Laps was terrible!
Shelley is such a moron. Apparently hard hits are only allowed if you’re wearing black and orange.
Tonight’s a night where I’m a big Lapierre fan.
I like the way Subban is handling things up to now. Good passes. Cool and composed. Keep it up, our future captain…
Habs speed is frustrating those Flyers, good control so far.
I think he was at the end of his shift
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
Gill just totally owned Giroux. Physically, and with the puck.
Oh man. We have to bury one soon here.
Auctioning their jerseys to benefit the Burns family’s charity of choice.
Punk Briere. MY GOD I HATE THE FLYERS.
Briere should be suspended for that. What a load of sh*t.
No wonder Eller went ballastic! The guy went for his family jewels.
What a goon Briere and the Flyers are. Thay suck and will never win the cup..
Briere is a little pr$ck never liked him.
Liking the fire in Eller. No way JM can be pissed at the kid for that.
Two Flyers on him and Subban still makes sure the puck goes MTL’s way, love it.
GO MAX GO!!!! YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
HAHAAAAA TAKE THAT FAGGGGGGGS
YES!!! What a seive Bouch is lol!
Way to go Yappy!!
R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yappy Lappy. A garbage goal. A nice greasy one!
There’s the Flyer goaltending that we know and love!
Bwahahahaha eat it flyers.
Hey, whoa. None of that stuff here buddy. Show some class.
finally Lapierre scores.
boucher prob. thought he was going to cut far too the right and shoot a pathetic normal shot of his.
Not cool, dude.
Lovely goaltending choice on the night Philly, you couldn’t beat us with your No. 1 so you use your No. 2? Genius.
Hopefully we can get a few more before the Flyers wake up, They’re playing terribly
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
Attaway to sign ’em, Holmgren.
The spirit of Bobby Clobber lives on…
Easy with the “fag” thing, dude. I’ll not spend two days questioning CHerry’s bigotry, only to accept bigotry on this site.
ok i am furious at what brier did..
those filthy flyers want to talk about respect aand they go and spear Eller where the sun don’t shine.
good on eller for reacting like that.. should swung at that midgets head instead but oh well
88 is the new 23
flyers look dead…hopefully we can get a couple more goals before they wake up
I hope Colin Campbell’s working on his list of excuses for Briere now. That was a clear spear to an area that is a no-no among this so-called code that Mike Richards speak sof so freely… and Briere was already supsended this year for a similar gartuitous shot at a face-off. I think this suspension has to be 10 games minimum because obvioulsy Briere doesn’t get it. Absolutely disgusting.
Gomez turned over the puck 3 times during that play.
gomez pathetic in our zone
Eller showing some attitude this game. I like it
So much of every philly play revolves around getting away with penalties. If a ref wanted to, he could call a penalty on them on every single shift.
You know as well as I do that not only will there be no consequences or repercussions, the NHL will not even acknowledge that it happened.
The G.D Filthy Farters are by far the dirtiest team in the NHL. They get away with alot of crap.
Thanks for helping us Habs fans look classy.
Gomez makes everybody he plays with look bad.
Stuck watching the Flyers homer feed. Pathetic homers in love with their goons.
Typical Briere, he was never so brave with Buffalo cause he didn’t have the goon to fight his battles!
He is now days a cheap shot artist with the stick!
GO MAX GO!!!! YAPYAPYAP!!
Lappy baby scoring at will!!!
there is no such thing as “zero tolerance” anymore, just an excuse for e ref to occasionally make a brutal call and justify it by saying zero tolerance. The flyers are the perfect example of the late nineties early 200 clutch and grabbers..
“I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB
The thing about Richards whining about PK and ‘respect’ is that it sounds like your typical sad bully the first time someone punches back.
he’s just pathetic period.
To me that’s almost as bad as kicking skates, which is a definite no-no.
I’ll laugh if he gets a hatrick.
Imagine how much talking there will be on the ice if that does happen! LOL
laps again? woohoo. 2 helpers for benny.
THIS GUY SUCKS
Since when did Cammy start wearing #40?
Respect the Yappy!
Awesome work Benny
Credit to the Flyers d-man for one great deflection.
Give the puck to Lappy!
Lapierre is disrespecting Boucher tonight, big time. It’s always hilarious when he scores.
One more crazed knuckleball floater away from a “Laps Hatty”.
Is there a legit reason why their backup goalie is playing Montreal tonight other than a stupid coach decision?
The goalie net that Carey Price is backstopping looks like it came out of the Art Ross era, looks old and shabby, just like Filthy!
Just got in. Just got the feed goin’. Wow, SWEEEET. Go Habs Go!
Benny is quietly playing a great game tonight. Throwing the body, making things happen in the Flyers’ end.
The poor fourth line just can’t buy one.
god pyatt has no hands. eller put a goal on his stick.
40 more minutes of this.
Getting booed by their own fans! I LOVE IT!!!
Hahaha I bet Hartnell loves it. The icing would be Subban popping one in as well
im starting to feel bad for eller..
this kid is palying great out there and would have wy more then 1 point if he was playing with guys who could finish
Happy Yappy Lappy heading for a hatty tonight.
Hmmm…that “notoriously loud” Philly crowd was awfully quiet.
I think I heard Richards’ name mentioned once that period.
Apparently Bobo whined to the Russian media that he’s exhausted. Then he let in like 6 goals the other night.
I suppose Mike Richards will now complain that Max Lapierre making a funny face at Boucher when he shoots is disrespectful and distracting him.
Awesome period. If Pyatt had any hands, it’s 3-0, Eller giftwrapped one for him. Not faulting Pyatt, but maybe Eller could use a winger who can score? Like whoever is playing with Gomez right now, how about those guys.
pyatt gives great effort but has no scoring ability at all..
Inside the mind of a Leafs fan (*cough* Don *cough* Cherry *cough*):
The Habs got lucky. It should be 2-0 Flyers now.
Is Jeff Carter playing ????
Excellent first period… we didn’t get out-muscled and we definitely set the tone with our speed. Lapierre’s goals were lucky, but we could have easily had a few more with so many chances. Eller’s getting really close, as is Pyatt, and after what Briere pulled, I’d really like to see Eller pot one and hand Briere a -1.
like, seriously? who cares? two found twine…thats the only number that matters
Couldnt ask for more in a period. We keep this up and they will get worse with the dirt, and start to get alot of calls. We can keep them on their heels and tired from killing penalties……..
I REALLY HATE THE FLYERS
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
I’m so happy for Benny, The kid has evidently turned his hard work in to becoming solid hockey player, maybe he can teach it to Gomez
Or maybe it distracted Mezsaros, leading him to deflect it into his own net.
I’m loving the look on the Flyers but the Habs better not take the next two periods off because Laviolette is gonna give it to them in the intermission. Concentrate and play smart!
how about Eller getting a goal?
he belongs in Hamilton. nothing more than an AHL player.
I see how you took the scenic route on that one, very nice. RDS saying maybe eller should have shot but I agree with you, if just for a game to maybe wake up the Gomer.
Why does it not surprise me that you would say something so stupid.
Unfortunately Pyatt is not alone!
The hands of stone syndrome afflicts several members of this years team.
GO AWAY! how many goals does nazem kadri have this year? was he even playing on saturday? I sure as hell didnt notice him…and yall are excited about him?
He looks better than that to me: you disagree. We’ll know in a couple of years.
Eller already proved himself in the AHL.
This proves how little you know about hockey. Eller is playing awesome tonight and has been for a while now. 10 minutes of NHL time is better than 20 minutes of AHL time.
are u really this dumb or are you trying really hard to be
and the most over-used joke on HIO of the year goes to…..
i am relaxed and chil…because 2 found twine. be happy, were winning
Pyatt can’t buy it.
Now that period was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time.
A face only a mother could love.
the funny thing though is that the flyers are all ugly beefs…like carcillo. ugliest dude in the NHL. and lappy is, of course, les fracophone…
Max is a heartthrob in the Montreal nightlife scene.
flyers didn’t show up.
hope habs don’t wake them up.
Here we are near the top of the league, winning 2-0 against the Flyers, and some of you still have to criticize Gomez.
Of course you could reply that I’m just criticizing the people who are criticizing Gomez.
Anyway, well done Max. Way to show ’em.
Hey Boone, if that were Darche, he would have burried it, Ha Ha Ha
Flyers chirp, Habs play, results speak for themselves.
The Score is reporting PK left with lower body injury. Is this true?
Neither him nor Picard saw the ice after the 2:13 remaining mark, but he didn’t miss a shift, as far as I know.
“Catch me if you can” hockey seems to work against Filthy Plyers
Good for you Boone that is absolutely right on the nail. I been saying that since that baby Richards shot of his mouth it’s threats. Samething from Don Cherry when you say a player has a big mouth and will get hurt you asking for meatheads to take a shot. As for the game the Flyers look like they have cement in their skates instead of their heads. Habs should be up at least 4 and bully for Laps thats the way to rub it in. I say if the Habs keep this up they could be up 5 or 6 in the third and look out then.
Was it really a vicious spear on Eller? My feed skipped as it was happening, all I saw was the trip/dive job Briere pulled. Thought they were giving Eller a penalty for that…
It was more the old “how do you do?” stick between the legs and lift than a spear, so yeah, pretty vile.
Flyers are pissed. They are clearly afraid of our speed as they cautiously attack and we counterpunch and catch them up the ice. They are going to step it up offensively in the second to get bak into the game so watch for the pressure in our zone and their D-pinching in. If they fail and we counter with another goal or two, then look for the goon show in the third period.
Off topic, but how the hell is Kovalchuk this bad? I’m not a fan of his game but he’s a better player than this, it’s getting ridiculous that he’s got Gomez-like numbers.
He’s playing on a team that suits him as well as Don Cherry and a book that doesn’t have pictures in it.
Damn it Gord Miller. He said the ‘S’ word.
It might be a little soon to say this but..SUCK IT Richards 😛
-“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk
no points for him but 3-0 devils over caps end of one
hey, anyone know of any streams online? my usual ones are down and i’m trapped at work without access to rds
here is a nice stat 10 million 10 points -10
I can hear it now on the Flyers fans boards.
“The Flyers are too big, they’re too slow, they have no finesse.”
So I guess Max is not thinking pass from here on.
Never a penalty.
Man oh Man! I am deliriously on eggshells. Are we really this good? WOW!
We got the Habs, Leaf fans got “Battle of the Blades” finale on. Fitting.
News out of Philly Richards said that Youppi is disrepectful to their mascot and if he doesn’t show some respect someone is going to get him and Don Cherry agrees. Don said he been watching Youppi since his days at the big O and he has talent but he talks to much. Rumors has it Colin Campbell sent a e-mail to have Youppi fired for sticking his tongue out at his son.
Love it when Price clears the puck.
And that was right in the throat.
How scary was that??
Don’t know about visuals, but the CJAD radio feed accessible by clicking “Listen” at http://canadiens.nhl.com/index.html is excellent.
OHH! Pricey felt that one burn.
That shot literally left a mark. Ouch.
Price has been very sharp with his stickhandling in his last stretch, I bet he’d have a lot of fun with no trapezoid.
Drive For 25 Is Alive!
They even suck at booing!
i wonder if anyone actually has Lapierre in there fantasy league
laps hit the post,damn
Oh, Lappy. The Natural would have been sweet.
I can’t believe he just came that close to a natural hattie
and of course we are shorthanded again.
Thanks. Hopefully it’s a reporting error.
or that your just trying to convince yourself
Great… now laps will never pass.
Wonder what the Vegas numbers would be for a natural HAT from Laps against the Flyers in their own barn.
how does he do it? what did he eat over the summer?
Something consecrated on the grave of Jacques Plante obviously.
Halak it. Halak it a lot.
Price is the best penalty killer in the league right now.
best penalty killer, best goalie, best moustache, best attitude…
Flyer fans enjoying Carey’s clinic? Dude’s got radar at this point… beauty.
We seem to be playing like they did last period.
Price is a warrior
Great PK….Flyers lookng frustrated
while the pk has been great moen is sometimes to soft in our zone…plecks cannot win a draw when we are on the pp or on the pk
Laps really is on fire
Lapierre should stick to shooting. That was NOT a great pass.
Richards with the high elbow on PK
Love it when Flyers just bounce off PK, the kid is a bull.
Shots are 16-2 this period…
Shelley just LOOKS dumb. No matter how many times he asks, Lapierre is not going to oblige.
moen and gomez.. uuh
It’s amusing me. What level of penalty will it take for a Flyer to get a penalty?
Bitchards will be throwing cheapshots at PK whenever they tango. And I would expect PK to give it right back to him.
“Meet me on the scoresheet”
Never heard that one before, definetly stealing it and claiming it as my own 😉
A little puck poccession time would be nice
Has Gomez received a sit down yet? He’s dreadful.
Fun fact, the only #2 overall picks since 2000 James Van Riemsdyk is outscoring right now is Jordan Staal on IR and Goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Gomez. Seriously. WTF?
how do we get rid of Gomez? 2 icing clearings tonight
Even when the whistle is blown Filthy still manages to crowd our goalie. God how I hate them.
Which is why fighting goons are pointless. Unless he wants a penalty he can’t touch Lappy
If it was icing why the commercial break?
Gomez looks disinterested!
not playing badly? Icing it twice isn’t playing badly? come on man?
I think Gomer want off the team. At least by the way he’s playing this season.
It’s the Habs’ rope-a-dope.
Season or lifetime? If it’s lifetime, gotta include Seguin.
What are they gonna do with Gomez? “
Nothing. He’s not actually playing badly, but nothing goes in while he’s on the ice. He’s a case study in how results color the observation of the process.
What are they gonna do with Gomez? “
Nothing. He’s not actually playing badly, but nothing goes in while he’s on the ice. He’s a case study in how results color the observation of the process.
here comes shiloh
Season, Seguin’s ahead with 4G, 4A.
I meant in general.
2 goals in 20 games. yeah fantastic.
when has he looked interested?
F*ck. That goal has been coming for a long time.
What to do with Gomez? Get Guy Carbonneau to teach him how to be Guy Carbonneau
only was a matter of time. Falling asleep here
i always like Letterman better…
Refs aren’t calling anything Flyer side.
i guess crosscheking a guy in the back is not a penaltie for philly players
Who Shelly on AK ? Legal hit my friend did not see any crosscheck.
WHAT A GOOF!!! and why are they fans booing???
gomez finally does something and draws a penalty.
Look, I’m watch snatches of this game on feed at work, and I’ve seen Gomez make three or four elite-level defensive plays (a perfect backhand lob from behind Price during intemse Flyers pressure, for example.)
This penalty Gomez created by pushing back and hassling just enough to draw a penalty without comitting one. He takes a punch in the mouth for the team.
And the comments here? “Gomez is only good for eating a punch.”
We are having this lack of class toward our own player??? What the Hell is with this?
Gomez is good at one thing – eating a punch.
Do they really wonder why that’s a penalty?
I knew they’d start gooning it up. Filthy is stupid!
Nice fall Gomez.
ok Gomez, draws a nice penalty, and had a decent shift
Why is Gomez on the PP? WHY?
the only good thing gomez did this game was getting punched in the face lol
Only in Philly could they boo that penalty – they could’ve called three on him.
His centerman is the worst player on the ice.
Just me, or has it been since Campbell’s been covering his backside, refs think it’s back to pre-lockout rules on what obstruction is?
There is still something terribly wrong with the PP.
One period for the Habs, one period for the Flyers.
Laps hurt… hopefully will be back in the 3rd.
Money save there.
Not really, but I heard that the Habs are thinking of changing everyones family name to Campbell…
I guess we survived that one??? Not good
Why does Polliot fall down all the time?
21-4 shots this period?? yikes.
This is the way to play hockey. None of this Bettman/American basketball on ice BS. Low scores. That is real hockey. Teams that let in 5-6-7 goals should in theory not win Cups. OK. Maybe if you’re the 1980’s Oliers, but still.
My thought exactly!
because he’s no good.
Habs have to be a HELL of alot better in the 3rd if they want to win this game. Filthy won’t roll over easily, if at all.
Is it just me or does Hammer look like the least mobile player on both teams. Good thing for our own net or else he wouldn’t have any refuge when dragging the puck back during our pp.
That was a gomophobic statement.
2A tonight, and he’s actually been really good lately. Begone, troll.
Weber experiment not getting better. Kid’s still pretty much invisible and hasn’t had an impact on the PP. If Lapierre’s hurt, Pacioretty or White?
atta be Hal, wind up and take a big slap shot and blast it into Lappys ankle when he is standing directly in front of you..
Well, that’s what happens when you only win 4 faceoffs the entire period.
Yes but our actual faceoff guys seemed to get thrown out of the circle for every 2nd draw at one point.
Devils beating the Caps 5-0!
Could be a problem with a skate.
He set up both Hab goals – not sure what game your watching.
Poliot’s beeb better than Gomez lately
Guess who’s injured. Coincedence?
What’s this, pointing out something that Gomez does well? This is not allowed on HI/O.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Look, It’s A Team game Dude, Gomez needs to step up his game, period. He desreves what he gets, Laps has more goals then him thats pathetic
On seeing the replay of the Philly goal… was it deflected, or a clean shot?
Clean shot, just outside the shoulder where it’s pretty tough for a goalie to get his glove to.
can habs please forfeit their next PP!
imagine if we had a coach who believed in offensive, instead of trying to protect leads, which NEVER WORKS!
obviously JM never heard the expression:”the best defence is a good offence”!
oh I forgot, habs have no offence.
And you really know about offending!
can somebody please delete habguy’s account!
imagine if we had fans who believed in not being offensive, instead of trying to post utter garbage, which NEVER SAYS ANYTHING OF VALUE!
obviously habguy never heard the expression:”children should be seen and not heard”!
oh I forgot, habguy has no sense.
“Canadiens haven’t been dominated that bad this season.”
until the next period you type that.
Bruins getting blanked by the Tampa Bay Bouchers, 3-0 midway through the second.
That period looked a lot like most of our playoff games last season. Outshot, outplayed, no continuity in the offensive zone, Pouliot falling down and a goalie standing on his head. We better turn this around.
How is Jersey winning 5-0 against the Caps?
Caps are playing their backup.
who the hell is washnigton’s goalie?
.::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.
Why does Pouliot fall down all the time? All by himself and down he goes. So once in a while you lose an edge and once ina while you mess up but, Benoit just seems to fall.
There was a point in that period where he had the puck, and it looked like the beginning of a good scoring rush and he fell down, letting Philly do the rushing, in the other direction.
After a great first period by Montreal, I suspect the Philly team were subjected to a little speech between periods. The third period, as Mike alluded to, should be a “barn burner”
If we are talking about the same play,my first thought was that he might have stepped on the puck because it was passed in his skates.
Yeesh. TSN pointing something out that I’m afraid will become a big issue if the Canadiens go through a slump this year – what to do with Lars Eller?
Put him with Cammy and try Gomez as the highest paid checking forward in the NHL.
They need to sit Gomez on the PP and try Eller. Can’t be worse….kid makes nice passes and can actually gain th puck off f the boards.
Tampa up 3-0 on the Bruins. That’s very good.
Mike Johnson’s colour commentary is steadily improving. He’ll be a great Habs voice by the end of the season.
Habs gave up the middle too easily that period. Time to resort to the style we played in the first: close the middle, hold the blue-line and counter punch.
Man, you could cut the Gomez negativity in here with a knife. It’s like people have nothing better to do than to look for something to hang on him. You make huge issues out of simple things, like icing. Like you did last season for Price, Halak, Spacek, Hamrlik, Gill, Pouliot…and on and on. Like I did for AK. We were all sooooo right about those weren’t we. Which is why not one of us is an owner, GM or coach in this league. We’re all a bunch of crybaby whiners, no better than any other fans of any other team. Difference is our team is presently, shockingly, unbelievably one of the elite in the league.
Get a grip folks. Enjoy the freakin’ ride. I am.
Joel Bouchard is good
“Kovy: 1,000 points. Cool. HoF career?”
Nope. It’s the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Pretty Good.
And we’re back…
Tampa’s handing it to Boston!
For the sake of everything I hold dear (including my sanity), can we please limit Gomez’s ice-time for the 3rd?
Fools and their money. $50,000 for Denis Brodeur’s Nikon?
Totally, Ridiculous. Maybe one of Marty’s rings is stuck in the shutter?
Giroux…French player strikes again.
Aw man. Hal out of position.
Well at least we drafted David Fisher instead of Claude Giroux. Errr….never mind.
this is becoming an annoying habit…leaving people alone in front of the net
Okay, time for another garbage goal. A nice greasy one.
Price – sliding around on his knees for the first time this season. He might not have saved it – but he can’t pop back up into position when he gets down into a church kneel.
Was Gill really covering Giroux?
J.C. Trembley on a bike!!!
4th line getting killed out there
Where is the team from the 1st?
2-0 leads. *sigh*
Shiloh, the shot was coming right along the ice. He has to go down there.
Against the Flyers at home?
I’m sorely disappointed that they basically stopped playing when they had it — and I just hope that’s what happened — but it’s not like Philly is a bad team.
Gomez and Gionta really have a tough time even-strength against the Flyers. It was a problem in the playoffs last season and its a problem now.
I predicted that comment the second it happened.
Subban is outperforming their 2nd overall pick JVR all night long.
I’m hoping it’s not simply a case of the Flyers being this much better.
But really, I don’t think so. The Habs ought to be able to play them closer than that.
Your actually going to blame that one on Price? Seriously?
Shut up. he cant stop the initial shot with his pad unless hes on the ice. interesting how you only come out and comment to rip on price
Besides the puck never even hits price,it deflected off gills stick and right to giroux.
He was well positioned for the dozens of other shots.
Thanks, I missed that.
Price has been brilliant, Boucher terrible. Otherwise it would be 6-0. We can barely keep up.
They better start making some calls the other way.
Yeah, that’ll happen.
They score, we’re boned…
Hey JM this strategy isn’t working. Can you make some adjustments?
hey shiloh: no church kneel on that one, and its in the net
Nobody’s bashing Price – but that was his big weakness the past two years. Alright – Hartnell in the box.
haha, ok old timer. keep on hating. 40 shots and you’re talking about the goalie.
Hate to say it, but lack of size shows. Always seems to happen against the pathetic Flyers.
I’m not too worried. At least half of the time the Flyers’ size has been said to be a big deal in a Habs loss, it’s been demonstrably false.
That infamous 07-08 playoff series would be Exhibit A.
Finally they call one against the STUPID F&^%ing GOONS!!!
Every powerplay the Flyers immediately send two guys to the front of the net. Habs, take note.
thank God Gorges didn’t get hurt.
F’ing blew that one!
Gomez very weak on that one
Gomez is a f*cking idiot. That was all his fault.
WOW where’s the D?
Guess this is what I get for taunting him all night long.
Seriously, 3 unanswered goals!
Pathetic! No other word to describe it!
After the first period our boys have mailed it in!
Get Gomez off this team. I’ve had enough.
Seriously, Gomez is not only a waste of salary, but of a roster spot as well.
Scott ^%$%^ing Gomez. He cannot win a single battle – not one. He is awful. Ship his $7 million ass to Hamilton.
OK, you Gomez bashers might have a point.
See, this is exactly what I mean. It was Gionta who missed the coverage, not Gomez.
Since when did our D-men decide it was ok to no longer mark up in our end?
Gio was like 7 feet away. Why the bullet pass?
I’ve worried all year that the Habs were really still a bad team playing above their heads. Everything seemed fundamentally strong, but you can’t turn around from a team that’s two goalies away from a first overall pick to something like this so quickly, right?
I do hope this game isn’t the beginning of the end.
And Gomez who fights for control, gets a perfect pass off and Gionta who misses the shot.
I blame SF09 for pointing out JVR’s offensive ineptitude.
Gomez had a two on zero down at the other end that he totally f’ed up. That’s where the mistake was.
The entire team is sucking except Price, Gorges and Subban. But as I was saying this afternoon the Flyers don’t have to goon it up. They’re faster and more skillfull. Thank God they don’t have a keeper.
Gomez turned the puck over dude, forget the coverage.
JM, just bench Gomez already, his play is inexusable if he was on Halpern’s salary.
But who coughed up the puck to begin with!
I’ve never been sold on the notion of Philly as an elite team — for too long they had too many of the same warts as the Habs — but I may need to revise my position this year.
Which is annoying because there is no more despicable team in hockey, if not pro sports.
No, Dave. Gomez had a clear path to the net and made a stupid pass that was too hard for Gionta to get, which caused everything else to happen. He’s playing like a ***ing idiot out there and it’s getting ridiculous. At some point people have to stop blaming EVERYONE else for Gomez sucking.
And yet, JM had him out there 4-on-4.
The love of my life? My car doesn’t care. It’s got an adjustable seat and steering wheel. :p
Kovalev – darn right it’s a Hall-of-Fame career. And – if the officials called half of the fouls against him, he’d have another hundred points.
He’d be at 1500 if he tried every night.
Based on talent? Sure.
Based on his off-ice work in the community? Absolutely.
Based on his career production? Zero chance.
On his career, he’s ranked 76th in NHL history in points and 74th in goals. That is just not going to cut it, especially with the backlog of players that were better than him that are waiting to get in and the Hall’s need to add more women and ultimately more international stars.
hey shiloh, how about that Price save??????
Guys are bailing out on Carey Price tonight. He has every right to be pissed off! Good another Filthy penalty!
Price saved their ass there.
2nd and 3rd replay of last years playoffs so far…plecks invisible in these type of games
no im not complaining about gomez’s salary..
what pisses me the hell of is that this supposed number 1 center is playing like he’s the number 1 center in the AHL.
he is literraly the worst center on the team.. every palyer that plays with him gets dragged down, cammy, gio, ak46
who can honestly say that pleks, halpern, eller is playing worst then gomez.
even when pleks is having an off night you would expect gomez to start playing.. nope
defensively he’s no good, can’t win a face-off… loses 90% of his battles.. can’t shoot and can’t pass
you should also complain about his salary. its the worst part
i think i hate briere more than richards
I’m beginning to think Eller can’t finish.
And that’s the reason he’s not a porn star.
The lack of goals is a hint.
thats not going to work twice, PK
Funniest line of the evening by Benoit Brunet, on the bad penalty by Briere: “Et le Canadien va en profiter”.
I don’t think so.
HIT THE NET
Lars Eller, who hasn’t scored this year, on the first wave of the PP… says all you need to know about Gomez’s performance.
Why are all the shots on the PP coming from the efin point, we have more men on the ice, find the open man
Goal scoring is such a major issue with this team.
Pleks Cammi Gio Gomez all need to play better. All playing perimeter hockey again.
Do you think RDS will ever show a question in the style of “Hey Joel, why is Benoit Brunet still on TV ?”
Anyone else’s blood boiling right now?
Why the hell did they think that the pathetic playstyle that fluked them in the playoffs was a good idea all of a sudden?
They were due for a stinker, right? It’s just a one-off thing, right? Because if they’ve decided to be a lottery quality team again, it’s a bit late to tank.
Price is playing very well – some great saves. I guess if you point out anything that doesn’t anoint him for sainthood the starry-eyed kids on here go nuts. He has been awesome this year, but he was out of position badly on the second goal. Learn to live with it – he isn’t the Redeemer.
MEMO to JM; Gainey sat Kovalev for a game……..sent him home to “think”
Wow, the negativity around here is getting crazy.
So the reason that we are losing right now is all Gomez? No-one else is screwing up?
People here need to read about themselves in The Personality of the Scapegoater:
The Habs were god-awful last year. People aren’t quite convinced by this year just yet.
6 min lets think positive we got this
And the Yannick Weber experiment is not working. He’s taking up a roster spot so he can essentially play on the PP only, leaving a hard working sturdy forward like Darche in the pressbox. Yannick Weber is NOT what you want on your fourth line!!!!!!!!!!!!!
neither is jaro. get used to that.
How do you blow a 2-0 lead to these blumpkins???????
Glen Sather must be chuckling while watching this game. Sorry but when you take +$8M per season you have to deliver. I’d argue when you take $2M per season you have to deliver…
Having said that – a lot of other players have missed the team bus today. The problem is that Gomez has done that on a regular basis this year hence the frustration by other posters on here. I can’t entirely blame them for that.
Done like dinner…
The sad part is that in the course of the season Gomez hasn’t even been bad, just unlucky. He’s actually been on the ice for more scoring chances for than Pleky (playing weaker opposition will do that), but the Habs are converting at a fraction of the rate they are when Pleks is on the ice.
Unfortunately, it may be getting to him. He needs a stretch of good luck to get himself going.
I’ve been okay with Gomez, i’ve been understanding of people having slow starts but now it looks like he jsut doesn’t care. He’s not busting his ass evertime he on the ice when someone whos having a slow start should do. He’s making lazy no look passes, he can’t hit the net and he doesnt know the meaning of Stop and Starts not circles which i think i learned in Atom…. I’ve had enough send him to Hamilton make him a healthy scratch its time.
Shut the hell up Filthy fans! You and you’re team suck farts!
Price deserved a better team in front of him tonight
How was he out of position, he made the initial save. Why was Giroux all alone to cash the rebound.
“Total domination. It’s the playoffs all over again.” Hey Boone, thanks for making my point. This time it only took you 20 minutes to reach my conclusion.
The team’s offense needs help.
Can’t score more than 2 on Boucher.
Philly is not exactly a crap team and they’re playing at home.
I’m more worried about the extent of the domination. Hopefully it’s a one-off thing.
So was Gill, bad play all around.
At a certain point Gomez needs to take some accountability for his LACK of action.
Honestly, as of tonight I’m changing my opinion and it’s going to take an 80-point season or a Conn Smythe performance from Gomez to alter that, never should have let Koivu go.
2-0 came to easy and the boys looked for an easy night. Philly is a good team and they woke up and we havent responded. Playing desperate now to tie it.
wow i should proof read..my english is terrible..sorry about that.
i know right the guy has played 18 min has 0 shots and is -1 give him a break
Philly wasn’t good in the first habs were getting the job done…philly came out to play in the second. the habs didn’t adjust and now this is whats happening…
There’s the whole thing about being on the ice for more chances for than Plekanec.
Gomez is a case study in how results (lack of scoring) can color perception of the process (he’s not doing anything). At some point he’ll get lucky, the points will start racking up, and people will talk about how he’s rededicated himself. Odds are he won’t have changed anything, but the results will color the process again.
Ridiculous. Seriously. Youthful hormones. You kids make me laugh.
I’d rather the Conn Smythe if we have a choce.
If he’s been on the chance for more QUALITY chances than Plekanec, I’ll eat my shirt.
What good is Gomez’s speed if he can’t make a good decision at that speed for the season so far? IT’s like waching Cogliano in EDM, all that speed and doesn’t know what to do with it.
Halak is gone so i unno why he keeps popping up in these game discussions.
Perception isn’t reality, although most people believe it is. That’s why magician’s are so good at suspending disbelief in others.
My brother always used to describe Russ Courtnall as “Million dollar speed, ten cent hands”.
Gomez is just a good example of inflation… “7 Million dollar speed, ten cent hands”.
It deflected off of Gill right to Giroux, had nothing to do with poor positioning.
You should talk, Duddly. Google NPD.
Chances around the net every game and he can’t capitalize. The rest of his game is fine, I just hope we didn’t trade for another Gomez
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