For 20 minutes, a great game

And for 60 minutes, a powerful statement by the league’s number-one team.

It ain’t over.

But Jaro might be.

1,316 Comments

  1. duckie says:

    I’m not knocking Darche, I like what he brings (for the most part). I just don’t agree with putting him in over Sergei. The Caps are all about offence….we need to defend them but we also need offence to beat them. Why not put our more offensive players in?

  2. habs4cup says:

    Darche is french.

  3. ooder says:

    just for saying that?

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    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  4. ooder says:

    ahahahah that is the funniest other possible situation.

    either it’s his old mask or you are mentally challenged lol

    most people would have wrote 

    … or am i wrong lol

    that was funny

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    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  5. Jbird says:

    Sitting him worked well against the Leafs. . . . . not to be pessimistic. . . . . I guess Darche adds more grit.  

  6. Instant Karma says:

    sounds about right coming from JM, no need to make any sense!

  7. Jbird says:

    Well Serge is out – Tits and all!

  8. duckie says:

    What does Sergei have to do to get some minutes? Seriously, this is ridiculous. He’s been good at both ends of the ice.

  9. matmacat says:

    Yea… don’t know how I feel about that. SK can actually pull out all the stops and score if a good opportunity is found. He can be a game changer. We’ve seen him have a 3 pts game this year.

  10. jimhasbeen says:

    are you kidding, darche could shoot the puck in his own net and still not get benched over serge tits

  11. Skotbot says:

    This is alot more difficult then I thought.. ESPN Center Ice is only for Europe? Im here in Montreal…

     

     

     

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  12. Chuck says:

    It’s a photo from before last season. Check out the neckline on the jersey; it’s not the new Reebok Edge jersey.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re good, that is his old mask, the new one has the Slovakian flag on the back and a brick wall with 41 on the chin.

     

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  14. Chuck says:

    Well, I guess the secret’s out as to how HABWARRIOR spends his non-HI/O computer time.

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  15. jimhasbeen says:

    isn’t that halak’s old mask?

    or am i retarded

  16. Chuck says:

    Jaro has played a LOT better than he did in game 1.

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  17. SlovakHab says:

    Well if only we all could be as cool as you..

  18. SlovakHab says:

    Who is Bouchard?

  19. RiverviewCanadien says:

    seriously, you’re an idiot for saying that!

  20. Jbird says:

    Looks like SK is out and Metro is in.  I thought Darche may sit.

  21. Skotbot says:

    DISCLAIMER

    I dont watch TV. I dont have cable. Last time I turned on my TV was to make sure it still worked.

     

     Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  22. Game 7 says:

    This is the NHL’s site. I don’t know any further details about it though.

     

    https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/loginform?id=2009030113

  23. habs4cup says:

    Bouchard is a smart coach.

    JM is a dumb one. there’s no way Halak should be in goal, unless of course you enjoy losing.

  24. habs001 says:

    the key is not to get too high for the first 15min and get gassed for the rest of the game…it only works if we get 2 goals ….better to play reserved but with the crowd noise that will be hard 

  25. Skotbot says:

    Interesting.

     

    This might be a good option. does it work well? A poster above suggested some streaming site, though I dont want to sit through a buffering screen, or lag while Cammy scores the GWG.

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  26. Max_a_million says:

    There was a moment in the game when Halak gave up a goal, pulled up his mask, and was squeezing water from his gatorade bottle.  He was struggling with the bottle, shaking, and his eyes had a look of fear in them.  We both looked at each other at the same time, and said man he is nervous. 

    I think it was bull how much they were allowed to run Jaro, and we will have trouble if they continue to swallow the whistle.  I don’t want to be one of those crazy conspiracy types, and one game is just one game.  It still bothers me, and worries me. 

    I hope Jaro gets it together … c’mon boys. 

  27. Skotbot says:

    Thanks

     

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  28. HabsFanNorway says:

    ESPN Center ice. $ 9.95 for the game.

     

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  29. MikeL says:

    Or watch a replay of his own Game 1 performance.

  30. jpage says:

    Hey,

    Scroll through this page (http://www.channelsurfing.net/), I watched many games via this while I was abroad

    Cheers

  31. Ayan_SB says:

    DamoSpin


    Varlamov to get call in net tonite for Caps

    #NHL

  32. Skotbot says:

    Live streaming for free doesnt sit well with me.

    I assume it wont work, is illegal, etc. Id rather pay a few bucks to get a good quality view of the game.

    In all my infinite wisdom (lol) I cant find where nhl.com offers it.

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

     

     

     

  33. Skotbot says:

    Anyone know how I can watch tonites game?

    I dont have TSN/RDS and would like to watch the game at home (not in a bar)

    I remember RDS used to offer games online for 2-3$ but I dont think they are doing that this year.

    What are my options?

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  34. habbifier says:

    Here’s a prediction…tonight’s GWG will come from the stick of the Glen street Metro.

  35. Harani says:

    If you have some time to spare, check out this 5-year-old kid. Pretty cool! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  36. habbifier says:

    One of the details i really enjoyed from game 1 was the Moen hit after the whistle on the icing call. We killed off the two minutes with ease, and kept the Washington D on guard. The caps are only dangerous when their confidence as a team is on the rise (and it doesn’t take much for that to happen).

    Also, the timing on the Gomez fight in game two might have been ill advised, but the gesture gets a BIG thumbs up from fans like me. These are the playoffs, and if your number 1 centre is will to fight a 6’3 215lbs defencemen (perhaps some NYR history with the two) then every player on the team needs to activate their grit and passion to full blast.

    Here’s to more of that tonight…

  37. wd40 says:

    Yeah, so far, as Backstrom goes, so do the Caps.  

  38. Will Longlade says:

    I totally agree with what you’re saying, but it’s possible that there’s  connection between the Caps getting into his crease and the dip in Halak’s performance. I don’t see the Caps letting up, so I hope the refs call it closer.   

  39. Chuck says:

    Who cares about whether or not a few ignorant fans boo? I’m sure that Carey doesn’t. And the playoffs are about winning, not protecting someone’s feelings. If Jaro isn’t getting it done tonight, then you’ve got to make the switch before the game gets out of hand.

    That said, I fully expect Jaro to have used to day off yesterday to do some reflecting, and will be back at the top of his game tonight.

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  40. Bob Barker says:

    We must destroy Backstrom and the rest will crumble. He’s the hive mind that controls the offense. He needs to be targeted. 

  41. Shublips says:

    “But as an authority on goaltending, my great and good friend David Stubbs, points out, goalies adhere to routines.

    Jaro is not being Jaro. And that’s worrisome.”

    On man….that makes my stomach turn.  You know that “we’re gonna lose” sinking feeling in your stomach?  Well, Boone’s line makes me feel that way.

    Not that I necessarily think the Habs will lose tonight.  In fact, they just have to keep doing what they’ve been doing as, while they are clearly playing against a more skilled team, they are holding their own and making things close.

    My concern is also Halak.  While I think/hope he will bounce back strong tonight, I wonder if Ovie chirping about him being nervous will get to him or not.  Boone is right in that tonight is likely the defining moment in Halak’s career and I am expecting big things from him.

    Deep breath.  Exhale.  This is going to be a doozy!  Gotta get the first goal!

    K.

     

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  42. Bob Barker says:

    Cammy scores 2 tonight. AK46 will get another. Pouliot will bury a feed from Gomez. Bergeron scores on the PP. 5-3 Habs. 

  43. SlovakHab says:

    I also think the Habs crowd is a bigger problem here than Washington’s snipers. Quite a problem, I think.

  44. PrimeTime says:

    I have been accused my some of being a Price “fanboy” and such and I have on occassion used that accusation to have some fun to poke back this year (Halaka) but truth be told, I couldn’t care less who’s name is on the jersery as long in any position as long they play with pride and respect. I witnessed many Goalies come and go over the years beginning with the Plante unlike many here who began to watch our Habs when Roy was King. Saying that, I think Jaro deserves and will start tonight. However, a couple of thoughts come to mind.

    1. Jaro didn’t finish the season strong but he started Game 1 and made key saves throughout. The shot totals, as is usually the case with WAS, were high but many were routine. As long as you can control the rebound and your D is in position to clear you limit the scoring opportunities. Our D game limited time and space, clogged passing lanes, and WAS began missing the net. Jaro played well early and the Team took over the game for a win.

    2. In Game 2, much of the same from the 2nd half of game 1 continued until the 3rd period. In desperation, WAS put on a full frontal push for offense at the risk of odd man rushed against. This was the 1st real test for Jaro this series and he flubbed on 3 goals…the OV poke between his legs (puck never should have touch ice) and the 2 glove save misses from 30′ out. As in 90% of goals against you can look at the D to blame as well as was the case with backing in on both the final game tying goal and the OT winner.

    3. Can Jaro bounce back tonight? It will be a good test of his mental strength and I hope he ciomes through with flying colours. The team should be high as a kite in the 1st 10 minutes and come out blazzing putting the pressure back on the the weaker WAS D and Goalie(s) and it needs to continue throughout the game. Jaro as always needs to make the key saves until we win back the battle for momentum. If he doesn’t then he needs to go just as Theo was in game 2. It’s not a knock on Jaro but the game is bigger than one player. As has been stated by Martin and Co. both Goalies are capable and IMO a loss tonight will be the 1st of the finishing nails needed by WAS take this series.

    My last point is the D. OV told Boudreau to switch his playing wing and it worked. Unless Spacek can play both sides, JM needs to adjust his D lines to reduce the impact OV has on the game. Hammer couldn’t do it. Fearless prediction of the day is WAS goes as OV does. 1 goal and 3 assists in Game 2 after being held off the scoresheet the 1st game tells the whole story. Perhaps a 4-1 lead un-focused our players a bit but they can’t let up on this guy for 1 shift because we haven’t anywhere near the firepower WAS has probably won’t have the luxury of scoring on our 1st 2 shots.

    It may be over-simplifying the game, but OV is the game. Reduce his impact and have a chance to win…if not GAME OVER no matter who is nets.

     

     

  45. ZepFan2 says:

    Boudreau on the Poti fight: “It gave us life.”

    So let me get this straight. It took a crappy fight (against the 8th seeded team) to give life to the Presidents cup winners.

    Pathetic!

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  46. nick says:

    Same here.

    Although I think Halak should be the one starting tonight. It’s my opinion that Price is on a shorter leash with the home town crowd than with JM. All it’ll take is one goal (bad or good) before the boo birds show up and start chanting for Jaro or Huet or something stupid like that.

    The only way your going to get the fans to support Price is if Halak has a poor performance. Price doesn’t need to be battling both the home crowd and Washington. Let Halak start tonight. See how it goes from there.

  47. Trots says:

    I’m confident in the boys. Just forget the 3rd period and go back to standing up at the blueline and they will be fine.

    Also, Washington’s D is pretty lame and they have shaky goaltending. This will be a walk in the park.

  48. habbifier says:

    I admire and respect the work Jaro has put to get to where he currently is, i really do. Despite being a “CP guy”, i think Jaro undoubtdely needs to play the rest of the playoffs. I explain myself.

    Jaro and Halak will give us an overall similar performance from the goaltenting position right now. Despite their different styles and short storied pasts, Halak and Price are TODAY capable of similar overall perfomances. There is no urgent need to play Carey. There is no urgent need to remove Jaro from the starting lineup. Doing so would mess with Jaro’s phsyhe, reduce his off season value and not necessarily bring us more assurance from out net minders in this series. Throwing Carey to the wolves in front of the unique montreal crowd (playoff crowd especially) is a huge risk.

    Our team is not yet at a level where a small increase in our goalie’s performance would represent the difference between being a Stanley Cup favorite or not. We are in a learning stage, with many of our core players in the initial stages of multi year contracts. Allowing Halak to gain confidence and to be our clear cut number 1 for the rest of the playoffs will do much towards his confidence and his off season value. Once we’re able to look back at our season and assess our summer needs (keeping in mind the team’s financial status), we’ll be grateful to have given Jaro a full number 1 treatment down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    Carey will be cheaper than Jaro and will likely require fewer years on his contract. He also still represents the better future goalie in many’s eyes (including the organization’s imo). It is not worthy to risk anything with him at the moment. It is however very worthy to allow Halak’s confidence and value to increase.

    Give me a first and a third rounder for Jaroslav Halak in the off season (once he signs for 3-4.5M per year elsewhere) and a reasonable contract to Carey and our team looks even better for the future.

  49. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    I beleive you can watch it on nhl.com for the same deal. 2 or 3 bucks. But i’m not sure about the exact price. Also, there’s always free live streaming that you can find in the internet…

  50. Norm0770 says:

    I don’t know if the Caps have gotten into his head, but they have certainly gotten into his crease.  For goaltender interference being something that the refs were supposed to watch closely the Caps got away with running Jaro all night Saturday, if they call it closer he should be fine.

  51. SlovakHab says:

    I would like to see Carey Price in goal during this series.

  52. Will Longlade says:

    Tough decision for JM. Personally I would like to see Price between the pipes tonight. Jaro has been pretty average in four of the Hab’s last five tilts and the Caps have gotten into his head. Price played exceptionally well aginst the Caps this year. And starting Price tonight still gives you the time to go back to Halak. All that being said, I think Halak gets the nod and his performance tonight determines whether we see Price in game 4 or not. I hope he regains his form.   

  53. Harani says:

    It’s the FanJam from 4 to 7pm. And Lucian Bute is the special guest who’ll be there today. I’ll be going as well..hope it’ll be a good night! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  54. avatar_58 says:

    I STRONGLY disagree. This is not for his career – it’s one game. This is the problem with habs fans. It’s ONE game. We lose? So what, still lot’s more hockey to be played including yet another home game. Jaro will have to be sharp, but one cannot blame him for the loss unless he completely falls apart.

    This is Washington. Expect 5 goals or more. That much is guarunteed. Can our forwards match them? That’s all that matters, not whether we have Roy in net.

  55. Ayan_SB says:

    Does anyone know what they call the party outside before the game, and when it starts?

    You mean a tailgate? Do we even have those in Montreal?

  56. HABSIN09 says:

    I’m pretty stoked, heading to Montreal for the game tonight.  Does anyone know what they call the party outside before the game, and when it starts?

     

  57. HABSIN09 says:

    Yes, when I went to the game last year, the had shut down the street next to the Bell Centre, and there was live music, and beer etc. (I hope they’re doing it this year) But there’s a name for it, I just forget what it is.

  58. forskis says:

    I am confident as well…the Habs have proved that they can either stop the Caps or score with them.  Keep Halak in, to pull him would be throwing him to the wolves and to put Price in would be throwing him to the wolves.  Halak got us in to the playoffs, it will be up to him to keep the team in the playoffs (unless the team is down 3-1, then put Price in).

    And remember the words of Ryan Miller on Saturday:

    “It doesn’t matter in what order you win the games, you just need to win four games.”

    GO HABS GO

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  59. habs_1993 says:

    Big Game tonight. Confident that we’ll win…but it may be a high scoring affair again….. If the Caps are going to crash the net again…Halak is gonna hafta be strong and start throwing in some pushes and shoves……Or else…if they get to him again……May see Price

  60. longtimehabsfan says:

    Should be interesting to see how the refs call the goalie interference tonight on both ends.  The odd games are the key games.  1-3-5-7.  Win tonight guarantees we have at least a Game six at home.  My guess is that Boudreau tries to simplify things tonight and has his team playing defense.  If he doesn’t, it will be a helter skelter series that could go either way.

  61. Jbird says:

    I’m with you all the way.  I can only be reminded of the game where in the last minute, down one, Sk backed off when going into the corner – the Caps are incredibly offensive but they are also big and grinding as well and you need to take the hit and play the man.

    What I do like is that my Man Metro is in!  I hope he can win some faceoffs.

  62. shootdapuck says:

    Hoping Yappierre would sit!

    Get some heart into the side!

     

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  63. forskis says:

    In all honesty, it is probably fair game…I mean, how many times after a loss this season have the Price-haters said that Price was too busy crying to win the game or some such nonsense?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  64. forskis says:

    Price will only get a chance IF the team is down 3-1…if it is a loss tonight but Halak looks good, Halak gets Game #4 as he should.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  65. TripleX says:

    Game 1 was not a BIG game and game 2 was?  Some kind of failed logic there.

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still, it remains that Halak lost 4 of his last five “Must Win” games so it can’t be stated he is a Winner in the big games unless he pulls it off tonight in a very convincing way. You earn your starter position in the playoffs with solid play through the season, but if towards the end of the year and starting the playoffs you are losing those big games, it can’t be argued you are a big game player when you’re losing the big ones at the most critical stage.

     

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  67. forskis says:

    Fair enough..maybe not you exactly but in this wonderful HvP debate, we have always had “if H/P were in, we’d have won”…moreso with Halak earning the #1 spot…but you gotta admit, against NYI and TO and Game #2, he did not look good, against Carolina, he was abandoned, but Game #1 was all Halak….if we really want to nitpick – 5 big games and he is 1-4…not fair to do, but with so many convinced of his greatness…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  68. captaink4life says:

    So if you play well in 1 out of 6 big games, you’re a big game goaltender?

    My point exactly…

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  69. andrewberkshire says:

    Less than great? That’s giving a lot of credit where none is deserved. Look at your own bias before calling out other people for having biases. Halak let in 5 goals on 15 shots over the last 22 minutes of the game on Saturday. That’s not “less than great”, it’s atrocious. If Price had done the same thing you’d be leading the lynch mob on this site with Shiloh.

  70. Skotbot says:

    REPOST (sorry, just hoping someone has some sort of solution)

    So.. living in Montreal am I at the mercy of RDS/TSN?

    ESPN center ice doesnt seem to let me watch the game here. Same a NHL.com (blackouts?)

    can someone confirm? help?

    I just want to watch the game from the comfort of my home.

     

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  71. jbroderi says:

    sounds good, but the way the reffing is, he’d get a 5 minute major for intent to injure, while they can be all over him.. 

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  72. captaink4life says:

    Yah I think RDS and TSN are the only networks that broadcast the games (besides maybe Versus for Caps fans). All of the the online feeds are usually taken from one of those two networks also. 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  73. forskis says:

    Do we really need to start this HvP debate again?  Halak is in net tonight as he should…the more important thing is:  SK74 over Darche/Lapierre???? 

    I am not worried about the effect this would have on AK46…he has his own stuff to worry about, like maintaining his performance…5 points in 2 games…not too shabby at all…besides, he has never appeared to be a prima donna or a headcase, just very inconsistent…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  74. jbroderi says:

    this is how its going to be, like it or not.  Halak will start tonight, but if he falters at all and the habs lose, or lets in a couple softies, we will see Price.  THIS is the perfect storm for Price to prove his worth!!  I hope he doesn’t get the chance to, but imagine him coming in next game and going on a run!!   I don’t care who is in net, let’s just beat the Caps and rub Ovie’s ugly puss into it!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  75. jbroderi says:

    Boone will stick it to either one of those guys.  We all know he is all over the place, and if Halak plays well, he’ll be all for halak.  Boone is not only a fair man when it comes to goaltending, but also an extremely hansome man!! 

     

    Go habs Go!!

    I want to be able to watch highlights tomorrow without cursing and swearing!!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  76. captaink4life says:

    You had me until handsome

    :P

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  77. topher5468 says:

    I would say too

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

  78. Skotbot says:

    ya, as I mentioned earlier, RDS is not offering online games this year,

    so living in Montreal, I seem to be screwed out of watching a habs game unless I have RDS/TSN !

    What a shame. horrible marketing if you ask me.

     

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  79. joeybarrie says:

    If the game is on Versus, then you will see a NHL.COM, ESPN, and NHL Center Ice blackout. I really HATE Versus. Comcast Sports Net is the one who covers the Caps in DC.

    Being in Montreal, unless you illegally have Directv then you are out of luck. BUT the coverage on RDS and TSN is much much better than listening to Craig Laughlin and Joe Beninati talk over and over and over how great Ovechkin, Backstrom and company are.

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

  80. Gus says:

    It is disappointing to see Jaro turn in some mediocre, or even poor, performances since the back-to-back shutouts in the playoff drive.  I am beginning to worry that Jaro is not up for turning in strong performances each night in a starter’s role – is he similar to a Toskala who shone when given a 30-40 game workload, but crumbled when given the starting reins? 

     

    I think that if Jaro has one or two more below standard games and the Caps win this series, PG’s mind has to be made up that Jaro was given his chance and that Carey’s greater upside is worth the risk of trading Jaro away, as he cannot be counted on for strong games each night when they count. Here’s hoping I’m wrong and Jaro’s great these next few games.

  81. joeybarrie says:

    Not to disagree, but to call you on your statement. WHICH BIG GAMES ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

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

  82. captaink4life says:

    http://www.justin.tv/nad_et_pic_4

    That’s a pretty good online RDS feed.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  83. captaink4life says:

    ……Or Jaro wants to focus on Game 3 and doesn’t see the need to answer questions that will adversely affect his confidence.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  84. jbroderi says:

    He is, and has always been, a true douchebag!  Everyone says how great he is for the game??  really?  His play and talent, yes.  He is an exceptional player.  But his personality is like a cross between FlavoFlav and Borat.  He is becoming extremely arrogant and I would love to see nothing more than him come crashing back down to earth.

    Now that the hate is out there, Backstrom is some player!!  I would love to see him in a habs uni, for sure.  I think we can get him off his game too, but he is the mastermind in that duo.  Ovechkin is probably the better player, but get to backstrom and Ovie will begin to try too hard, like in game one.

    I hope the habs can pull one out here

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  85. Mr.Hazard says:

    Hilarious Pierre “Guru” McGuire spoof of “History will be made”. Sent it to Boone yesterday! lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEMzM8JNW-U

    Ray’s face says it all.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  86. likehoy says:

    for those of you going to the game, I hope you guys are prepared to get into the swarlamov’s head! as well as the refs.

    i want to hear incessant booing and some “theo, theo, theo!” chants after varlamov lets in the first goal!

    the fans will teach the league a lesson about messing with the canadiens!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  87. Mr.Hazard says:

    You can usually get an american feed (not ideal quality though) on atdhe.net, if you’re not a fan of TSN or RDS.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  88. captaink4life says:

    *like*

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  89. Mr.Hazard says:

    Also worth seeing: Joe Thornton (and the Sharks), Marian Gaborik, Sean Avery, and Cristobal Huet.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  90. SeriousFan09 says:

    This just went to the top of the list for me in parodies.

    Dan Boyle!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  91. joeybarrie says:

    I disagree with Boone about the winner here taking the series. If we lose tonight and come back with Price and he steals the 4th game, its back to 2-2 and we took the first in WASH… We can do it again.

    On the flip side of that coin, if we take tonights game and they come back to tie it up, its 0-0 all over again.

    ONE THING IS FOR SURE, if we want to win this series, we SHOULD start with tonight.

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

  92. joeybarrie says:

    Bottom line. Halak has not proved himself time and time again. I’ve been reading so much nonsense its ridiculous. He has 1 playoff win, and this has been his only season where he has played the bulk of the games. He has done well so far this season, but of late has been playing below the bar he set for himself with his play this year. It happens, if we had a better team and more firepower like the Caps do then it wouldnt even be a discussion. But the fact remains that if we are to be successful, Halak must play GREAT.

    AND HE ABSOLUTELY CAN, but hasnt YET. Tonight is his must play great night. He will be judged for awhile by how he plays tonight. Does it mean he isnt number 1 anymore? NO, but he is barely our REAL number 1 as it is. We do not have one yet. And for the other side of this argument, NO PRICE HAS NOT PROVEN HIMSELF YET EITHER. If Halak messes up, He (Price) will get his chance. But we may simply see Good Play from both. AND THAT WILL NOT BE ENOUGH to beat the Caps. Doesnt matter, cause Halak can play the game of his life out there and if we dont play well as a team, then it means nothing….Cause we will lose.

    BUT, tonight we will see if Halak can really make a permanent claim on the number 1 position in Montreal. Which in the end along with a toonie wont even get you on the BUS… Because even the best goalie in the last 25 years can be run out of this city. IN HIS PRIME. Just remember we are a ‘what have you done THIS WEEK’??? kind of city.  And even if we succeed on beating the best team in the league, it still wont be good enough to show that this team just might be pretty good.

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

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    We didn’t run Roy out of town, we’re pretty good at booing people but Roy left because he and Tremblay got along as well as Ulf Samuelsson and Cam Neely.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  94. RetroMikey says:

    I have confidence that Jaro will bounce back. 

    Even with Price in the nets on Saturday night, Washington would have scored 6 goals on Price.

    Halak brought us to the playoffs not Price.

    We just have to be tougher on the D and what’s with little Sergei?  The guy only played 9 minutes Saturday night?  Not good for a guy that’s been labelled our best Habs talented prospect by the media and by the fans.

    Metro coming back is a plus.

    Look for an exciting game tonight and I hope someone like Moen stands up agianst that putz in Mike Knuble.

    Habs win 4-2 tonight.

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  95. jbroderi says:

    Ovechkin is, and has always been, a true douchebag!  Everyone says how great he is for the game??  really?  His play and talent, yes.  He is an exceptional player.  But his personality is like a cross between FlavoFlav and Borat.  He is becoming extremely arrogant and I would love to see nothing more than him come crashing back down to earth.

    Now that the hate is out there, Backstrom is some player!!  I would love to see him in a habs uni, for sure.  I think we can get him off his game too, but he is the mastermind in that duo.  Ovechkin is probably the better player, but get to backstrom and Ovie will begin to try too hard, like in game one.

    I hope the habs can pull one out here

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  96. Chuck says:

    I think that Halak will have a good game tonight, but if he sucks, you can’t wait until the game is lost before you change your goalie. If that means seeing Price tonight, then that’s what you do. Going down 2-1 in games before doing something about the goaltending isn’t an option.

    That said, Jaro’s success tonight will have a lot to do with how his defense handles the Caps forwards, and their desire to crowd Halak. But Halak will also have to take the initiative and stand up for himself in his own crease.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  97. joeybarrie says:

    Yet somehow TREMBLAY was the one who stayed????  Its not like it was UNKNOWN beforehand that Tremblay and Roy didn’t like each other, yet we still picked him as coach…  Its all a part of it.

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

  98. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tremblay got the job because he was a friend of Houle and Cournoyer and Houle decided the coach had to be more important than any 1 person on the team and it looks bad if you fire your coach in the same year you hire him as well. I didn’t say it was a good decision but what in the Houle regime was a good idea? Not everyone has to like each other to make it all work either but Tremblay didn’t grasp that and Houle didn’t realize Living Legend > Coach.

    Pittsburgh let Scotty Bowman go because he and Mario Lemieux were in conflict because they knew Lemieux as the Franchise was more important than Bowman the coach, that was a good decision, but Houle didn’t see it that way unfortunately.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  99. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sorry but Halak was soft on 3 goals on Saturday night, the last two and his patented failure to handle a breakaway when Fehr potted one. Maybe Price would have allowed 6 goals but we can’t know that because he didn’t play. Halak’s lost 4 of his last 5 games, if Price was starting tommorow night with that record the comments section would already be 10 pages long.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  100. DLHABSNUT65 says:

    DLHABSNUT65

    I can’t believe they’re going to sit SK74…I thought Lapierre should sit!! I wonder what their record is like without him?? I really thought OB would be in the game tonight too after all the liberties taken with Halak during the last game!! OB is their most physical so…I’m just saying!!

  101. likehoy says:

    best talent doesn’t mean sergei’s absolutely ready for the big show. talent has to be nurtured.

    he made a clear mistake leading to the caps 2nd goal and he’s on a short leash.

    now i can’t blame him fully on the play, because it looked like he wanted to pass up but both his line mates (moen/moore) seemed to have been too far out of the picture so it was a whole line messing up, but he should have done better with the puck.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  102. Chuck says:

    Who said that the playoffs were about fairness? The coach plays the players that he thinks give the team the best chance to win. And if they aren’t getting the job done, then it’s up to the coach to explore other options. The regular season means nothing in the playoffs. It’s all about “what have you done for me lately.”

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  103. captaink4life says:

    Theo won 20 games in a row and Boudreau had no problems putting in Varlamov when our old friend Jose let in a couple of weak goals. 

    Jaro should start Game 3, I have no issues with that. However, if he doesn’t play well and we lose, JM will definitely be thinking about putting Price between the pipes.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  104. likehoy says:

    if by the logic that price would start tonight cause halak was weak on 3 goals on saturday, then the caps should be starting neuvirth in nets.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  105. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche made the same mistake and he seems to be absolved, he wasn’t benched after handing the Capitals a goal. JM’s tendency to heavily punish his youngsters but ignore his veteran’s mistakes is such antiquated coaching that it should be an HOF exhibit going “This is how we used to do things.”

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  106. captaink4life says:

    LMAO

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  107. likehoy says:

    darche is a serviceable player playing 7-10 minutes per game, but sergei has a lot of potential. I’m okay with benching sergei for the rest of the game, but for the next game too? it just seems like JM hates sergei and writes his name on the gamesheet with a scowl on his face. any chance he gets to semi-legitimately bench sergei, he’d do it!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  108. joeybarrie says:

    While all this is correct, I feel the policy has something to do with the pressure by the fans in this city and the requirement that the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens must be French or from Montreal. To me this has a direct correlation with running Roy out of town. Tremblay and Roy has fist fight before he was the head coach. Didnt anyone care? Lastly, you are correct about Bowman and Lemieux, however Bowman has MANY MANY more Cups than Lemieux. Not only that, but during that time, the Penguins has arguably their BEST seasons.

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

  109. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche handed the Caps a goal as well though, coach is fine with playing him for a clear that went directly to a Capitals stick and ta-da, goal. This is him just choosing to punish the guy he doesn’t like over the veteran, again.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  110. topher5468 says:

    Not only that but he rewards Darche with PP time right after. 

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

  111. likehoy says:

    we need o’byrner

    we need grit! o’byrne could get under players skins! all he has to do is tell ovechkin that he’s a criminal in the US and he’s going to steal OV’s mother’s purse!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  112. likehoy says:

    would have gone with sergei on the PP. It’s inexplicable that sergei doesn’t get ANY PP time at all. even during all the injuries, we saw trotter, desharnais, and darche get PP time before sergei did.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  113. Morocco says:

    http://www.myp2pforum.eu/nhl-icehockey/ Pretty good chance a french feed will be up there, pretty much gurantee an english feed will be up there.

  114. Big Ted says:

    If you or I were the Caps’ coach, we’d start Varlamov too. But we probably wouldn’t have lied about it to Theodore and tell everybody he has “a long leash.” Agreed that fans need to get on Varlamov early with a “Theo” chant every time he’s involved in the play. As for the game, I really feel like some of the Habs’ shooters are going to come out strong tonight. Think we’re in for big games from Cammalleri, Plekanec, and Pouliot, and I think Gomez and Gionta will play strong again. Need to do a better job clearing rebounds and traffic, like we did in game 1 and would not be displeased to see OB get a chance to do that, but overall the team is playing well and wouldn’t mess with the lineup all that much.

  115. Lafrich says:

    Man, do I agree with you.

    I can not stand this Ovechkin character. My problem is not just his personality, which you correctly described, but his style of play goes over the edge all the time, and he only gets slaps on his wrists. Everybody tallks about the two hits at the beginning of game 2 – the second hit was a charge! He left his feet, and no one says a word. As for the hit on Bergeron, what a tough guy. I have never wanted Lucic in our lineup more than right now. Maybe we should put O’byrne in on O, and have him shadow OVIE all over the ice. Let him pick on O’byrne and see what happens. He will only hit him when he isn’t looking – that poece of—.

     

    I am getting worked up. Time to calm down.

    Go Habs Go.

  116. likehoy says:

    not only should we add some “theo” chants, but mix in some “MILLER! MILLER! MILLER!” chants, and when pleks scores we all cheer “JAGR, JAGR, JAGR!’

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    They didn’t care enough, they figured Roy and Tremblay could be professionals about it, well that **** blew up in their faces and so began the Dark Age. Bowman also had from the 60s to 2002 to win everything he did, Lemieux played under 1000 NHL games, Bowman coached over 2000 to compare, with some of the greatest NHL teams in league history.

    Take away Lemieux’s health problems, the power of the Penguins franchise would have been nigh-unstoppable for the 90s as well, not fair to compare. He could make Ray Bourque look bad when he played against him. Lemieux playing another 500 NHL games would’ve probably meant at least 1 more championship for the Pens and him being 2nd all-time at the very least in NHL scoring.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  118. rut1212 says:

    I’ll be pissed if Sergei is the one to get scratched. For what? He was noticeably one of the hardest working players out there, he thoroughly impressed me with the way he battled for the puck the last 2 games.

  119. phillyhab says:

    SHOCK THE RED!!!   Love it.

    ———————————————————————————

    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  120. topher5468 says:

    Can’t explain that at all. Im not saying that SK can’t be real weak at times but JM has issues with SK that go beyond anything I know about. 

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

  121. fuhgawz says:

    Mr. God or Satan whoever would like to respond

    for trade one soul.  I would like to trade my soul to one of you if and only if you take the montreal canadiens all the way to the stanley cup finals, they win it, and you make me wealthy enough that i dont have to be at work right now and i could spend the rest of the playoff run in Montreal having fun with the rest of the glorious fans of this team and i wouldnt have to work another day in my life.  Thanks for your consideration and actions.  

     

    yours truley : fuhgawz

    GO HABS GO

  122. Harani says:

    RDS reports that Jean Beliveau will be back in his usual seat for the first time since being sick. That ought to be inspiring. I’m also leaving now, have a good game in here and I hope to come back with at least some voice because I have a oral tomoro! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  123. Big Ted says:

    I used to like Ovechkin. Compared to Crosby, he didn’t whine and he played hard. But over the past couple of years that toughness has become more reckless. Each time the NHL fails to suspend him for any significant period of time, he realizes he can get away with whatever he wants and proceeds to do so. Totally agreed that his hit at the beginning of last game (the one after he hit Bergeron) should have been a charging penalty, he clearly leaves his feet and propels himself at the Habs player (?Markov), who didn’t have the puck. I have more respect for guys like backstrom or plekanec, who seem to play the game with respect. When the media talks about the NHl having to create stiffer rules before someone gets killed, Ovechkin is right up there as one of the more likely candidates of players who might actually kill someone with an illegal hit. He doesn’t care about other players’ safety, he’s big and he’s fast. Someone needs to put him in his place just like Kane did to Cooke. Only thing is because of his name, that becomes harder to do without the NHL trying to protect him.

  124. phillyhab says:

    I’m not sure how perfect the sync is, but you can mute the TV and listen to CJAD [cjad.com | 800AM].  They’re fantastic.

    Or ever better, just keep hitting F5 on Boone’s blog and “listen” to a hundred very colorful commentators!

     

     

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    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  125. jbroderi says:

    Hopefully we’ll get the benefits of the calls tonight being home..  Oh wait, we don’t have Ovie!!  Oh well, maybe we’ll just have to play through the 4 bad calls every game and still win!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  126. phillyhab says:

    When Price started fighting his own fights in the crease in the Flyers series 2 years ago, it took him off his game big-time.  Fun to watch though.

    ———————————————————————————

    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  127. joeybarrie says:

    Im ashamed of myself for forgetting, but it isnt mine. I got it from a fan who posted it. I loved it so much i stole it…

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

  128. joeybarrie says:

    While I agree with you, I have to point out, as is my nature to be argumentative. The Pens last Stanley Cup with Lemieux was with Bowman…

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

  129. phillyhab says:

    I think the thinking is that we are THRILLED to split the series in Wash, and keeping the home advantage now is BIG.

     

    ———————————————————————-
    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  130. phillyhab says:

    Miss that helmet — it’s so baddass!

     

    ———————————————————————————-

    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  131. Danno says:

    Boone, you rascal you. You’re pulling a double reverse confuse-a-cat  jinx aren’t you?

     

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

  132. Habscore says:

    Have fun !!! don’t worry about it, it’s worth losing ur voice for this game!

  133. SeriousFan09 says:

    True, but they won the previous year with a different coach and I’m sure they could’ve found another coach soon enough, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to coach Lemieux and Jagr? Lemieux playing the 90s with no health issues, my god the possibilities…

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  134. jbroderi says:

    Hey Boone, I’m quiting work and coming to montreal..  Mind if I stay with you for a few months??  I’ll look for a place once we hoist the cup!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  135. Danno says:

    Oh man! That is going to raise the roof to high heavens! We cannot lose now.

     

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

  136. Habscore says:

    The Jagr chant would be hilarious!

  137. likehoy says:

    repeat after me, JAGR! JAGR! JAGR!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  138. matmacat says:

    And if we were playing the Pens…

  139. nick says:

    I fail to see how this one play of SK74, caused the spiral down fall of the entire team. If MTL’s mentality is this frail, they have no buisness being anywhere near the playoffs. Or the NHL for that matter.

    Other players made mistakes far greater than that over the course of the evening, yet your entirely comfortable putting the last 3 goals on his plate.

    Bravo.

  140. kempie says:

    Absolutely awasome

  141. Big Ted says:

    I’m still not a fan of Crosby, but he is slightly more tolerable now than when he first broke in. Two or three years ago, I would have backed Ovechkin over Sid, now not so sure. I’d take either one on my team without hesitation, but man are some of the things Ovechkin does defenseless.

  142. DLHABSNUT65 says:

    DLHABSNUT65

    Exactly!!

  143. jew4jah says:

    true dat!  unleash that big dog. 

  144. craz11 says:

    Jaro was not available to the media as he was fuming about all of the goaltender interference that WASN’T called. The team didn’t want him to get fined/suspended.

  145. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    HIO members who are at the game: make the Jagr chant happen!

  146. Mr.Hazard says:

    That’s an ooollldd picture of Jaro lol.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  147. MikeMcLaren says:

    I’m on it!  I want it to happen, too!  I’ll be at the game and I’ll be chanting it.  We need Pleks to score to help this out though!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  148. craz11 says:

    who do you sit for O’b?

    MAB and Marky have been very good together and are integral to our PP.

    Gorges makes up for Gills lack of mobility, and Gill has been using his size and reach very effectivley.

    Spacek and Hammer are veteran conerstones that help keep the corps to task.

    Our worst D-man in the series thus far IMO has been Hammer. You wouldn’t sit him for O’B now would you?

  149. Hockey Socks says:

    I agree completely. Now is the time the Habs really need O’Byrne.

  150. showey47 says:

    yet darche did the same thing which led to the 3rd goal and was rewarded with PP time and probably a promotion to the 3rd line tonight?

  151. mrhab says:

    I agree, if Gomez is gone to the sin bin, why would SK not be the guy to take his place on the pp?  i mean he does have some offensive skills, more than darche i would say

  152. Mr.Hazard says:

    Ovechkin on Halak:

    “I watched the replay when Fehr scored the goal and his arm was shaking
    when he drank water
    ,” Ovechkin said of Halak after he allowed Eric Fehr
    to score on a breakaway in the first period of Game 2. “So, he’s
    nervous
    . He knows all the pressure is on him and that’s a good sign for
    us.”

    lol. As if he’s gonna talk about our goaltender, when Theo (their amazing 20-0-3 starter) didn’t last 2 shots in that game. And Varly wasn’t spectacular either.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  153. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think Jaro could grow facial hair in that picture. He looks SO young!

  154. likehoy says:

    i’d sit laps or darche

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  155. TripleX says:

    Mr. Boone your love affair with Carey Price is once again evident in this unfair and less than objective analysis of Halak.  Halak has shown throughout his career that he can play the BIG games.

    I know it pains you not to see Price leading the Habs onto the Bell ice, but please try to have some journalistic objectivity.

  156. petrov14 says:

    I KNOW! Why does he always get the shaft?

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  157. petrov14 says:

    I think Tremblay might have helped Monteal lose Turgeon and Brashear as well. With Savage ready to go as well before upper mgmt. got fired.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  158. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except Finland-Slovakia for the Bronze, Game 2 against the Capitals with a trio of questionable goals and the last week of the regular season where we needed points for a playoff appearance and we escaped with a couple of loser points instead off of questionable Jaro performances. Halak has failed in some huge games this year.

    These are the Big games right now, points needed for playoffs, critical win on away ice to get a 2-0 lead in the series and Halak was not up to it in those games.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  159. petrov14 says:

    Oh man, thats going on my FB!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  160. petrov14 says:

    Only way we see Price is if we go down by 3 or by 2 early. If we lose close games I dont see him getting a chance.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  161. keepthefaith says:

    Is this the first time reading Boones Blog? No way does he have a love affair with Price.

    Halak has never shown anything since he didnt have the chance. This is his chance.

  162. TripleX says:

    A good goalie manages to keep his team in the game even when playing less than optimum.  Halak had a less than great game unlike in game 1, but he still gave his team a chance to win.

  163. captaink4life says:

    Are you freakin kidding me? 

    Boone has been (and is being) more than fair to Jaro this season. 

    Also, just out of curiosity, which big games has Halak show that he can play? Would it be the last game where we had a 4-1 lead that turned into a 6-5 loss? Or how about the bronze medal game in this years’ Olympics, where Slovakia had a 3 goal lead only to see it evaporate before the final buzzer. You might even say that the last 3 games of this season were BIG games considering we still needed 1 point to clinch a playoff spot. How did that turn out? We got 1 point and 1 point only, with some very unspectacular goaltending down the stretch. 

    Halak hasn’t won any big games yet and you’re only kidding yourself if you think he has.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except for the 5-5 tying goal, and the winning goal. Halak blew it on both of them and that’s why we’re looking for a bounceback rather than a potential 3-0 lead in the series. He was huge in Game 1, but it didn’t carry to game 2, even with all the goalie interference he blew goals he would’ve stopped cold in Game 1. Keeping your team in the game means making that save on those winning/tying goals, if Price had flubbed those chances, the firestorm we’d have on here…

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  165. TripleX says:

    Mr. Boone has obvious fave players and those he is more critical of.  Pouliot is one of his golden boys and AK is one of the ones he has a tough time praising.  His preference of Price over Halak is more than transparent.

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    Halak has proven nothing of the sort. He was atrocious in the three games we had a chance to clinch a playoff spot before the postseason, and he was nothing special last game. Add to this his complete breakdown in the bronze medal game for Slovakia and I really don’t see what big game situations you’re talking about.

  167. captaink4life says:

    Agreed. 

    It would be total anarchy lol

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  168. forskis says:

    You might be lacking a bit of objectivity of your own here…when Price was pissing away winnable or must-wins…many on here, including yourself stated that had Halak been in net, the win would have been assured…Halak HAS proved himself time and again, but as the go-to guy now, he needed to show that he can win the clinchers and big games and he hasn’t (except for Game #1)…so here we are now, we had games that were must-win or winnable in the past two weeks and he didn’t….Halak is the man now, he will be subject to criticism and judgement, isn’t that how it is supposed to be as the man?  Or is Price the only one that should be judged and criticized?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  169. TripleX says:

    I fail to see the controversy.  Halak has earned his starter position with his fine play this year which allowed the Habs to even make the playoffs.  His winning percentage was far superior to that of Price.

    To even contemplate starting Price in a critical game 3 at HOME is more than ridiculous.  It is unfair to both Halak and Price, and no coach would do that to either player.

    If, and that is a big if, Halak falters tonight then Price will get his chance to prove he is the ONE.

  170. keepthefaith says:

    Agreed , he is just a fan with media credentials but dont agree on the Price Halak thing. I seem to recall him bashing Price all year.

  171. Hammer says:

    One solution to the Jaro crease crowding thing. Just show him  a few videos of Battling Billy Smith of the Islanders. Noone EVER stood in his crease without being administered copious amounts of lumber to the back of the ankles. All Halak would have to do is chop down a few and he would be able to see from Montreal to Vegas!! Time to return to ole time hockey.

  172. TripleX says:

    I have NEVER said any such thing.  I have criticized Price at times for a perceived lack of interest in certain games, but I have never said that Halak would have won if her were in.  That is a silly comment to make because who can ever predict such an outcome.

  173. king ddd says:

    btw did jm ever try putting gui with gommez and gio

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  174. HabsBlogger says:

    I didn’t mind the refereeing that much in the first 2 periods but the 3rd seemed a little lopsided towards Washington.

    They called some bad penalties on us and missed some on the caps. For example the pPouliot penalty was pretty week and then they missed a high stick on Markov with 2 minutes to go right before the caps tied it.

    I also feel they should of told the caps that they are not going to be afraid to stop the play do to goalie interference and then actually followed up on it.

  175. smiler2729 says:

    I dunno but with a name like Simeon, you could all show up wearing monkey masks… get it? Simian?

  176. smiler2729 says:

    The refereeing only sucks when ya notice and it apparently sucks in a lot of series.

  177. Y says:

    Hopefully Price gave Jaro some tips on how to clear the crease.

     

    This will be the game that swings momentum in favour of the victor.

  178. zozotheclown says:

    Vaaarrr – Laaaaa – Moooooov

    Works like Theeee- oooooo – dooooore

    Not quite as nice, but it works out the same I think, nothing beats Raycroft though

  179. showey47 says:

    I went back and looked at it from the highlights from the nhl.com website. It looks like knuble gets in jaro’s space and bump’s him,then gill pushes him after the fact. To me,the goal never should have counted.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009030112

  180. Danno says:

    Don’t laugh, but his real name is Semen Varlamov. Semen as in sperm. He changed it when he came to play in North America.

     

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

  181. yathehabsrule says:

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  182. fuhgawz says:

    anyone other then me have an UNREAL good feeling about this game ?

  183. Miltie01 says:

    Everyone worried about scratching Sergei, Darche, Lapierre ? Scrath them all I say !!! I want some of these guys……..Gainey, Carbo, Lambert, Trembley, Jimmy Roberts, Houle, Skrudland, McPhee, Keane. Those are the kind of third fourth liners you can wi a cup with !!!!

  184. diehardhab says:

    No.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  185. showey47 says:

    Your right about the ref getting ready to blow the whistle,watch the replay from the nhl website. You can see when the puck hits jaro,the ref brings his hand up to his mouth. There is now way the ref could have acutally seen the puck from where he was standing. The entire 3rd period looked like a script written up for the WWE. It was f$%kin pathetic.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009030112

  186. Carta-Hab says:

    This is gonna be a typical, nerves run raw type of game to watch.  I expect it to be close, believe it or not, but the outcome I really can’t guess.  I really hope that the lads come out and play hard, not discouraged by the blown tire that was game two.  I am very scared, however, of the caps actually playing to their potential like in the later stages of game two.  They have the offensive ability to over a game in a few shifts, and our defence as well as our forwards are going to have to be ready for that.  I expect a huge game for Metro, and although he may not score, I think he will be visible at both ends of the.  Halak is a question mark.  I think he will bounce back, but if the caps turn the heat up, will he be able to battle through?  Will be an interesting evening.

     

    Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and PJ Stock….The three stooges of HNIC.

  187. diehardhab says:

    No arguments from me.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  188. scott9002ca says:

    (i’m a minor hockey ref) when a play goes to the net I usually put my whistle in my mouth in advance so when the goalie freezes the players dont have a chance to chop away at the goalie before I blow my whistle. I don’t think he would have blown the play dead for a goalie interfierence, just had a delayed penalty.

  189. linp says:

    The 2nd Washington’s goal was a clear goaltending interference.

  190. Iceberg84 says:

    Hey Boone, can you or the rest of the HIO crew try to post the Hickey interview on TSN later? I’d like to watch it when I have time (as I’m sure would the rest of the peanut gallery)!

  191. vaya_ says:

    but halak is usually stellar at home…

  192. baruch says:

    after dutifully analyzing Ace analysts Robert L and Chris Boyle break down the 11 Game 2 goals, I have figured out how we can beat the Caps.

    We have to not stop scoring goals.  After we score, wes hould not stop or rest, but we should score another goal.  After that goal we should not ask questions or dither or wonder or wander we should score yet another goal. And later pursuing this mode of engagement in the game, in the third perdion when we have scored 8 goals, we should score another goal. And then, when the final siren has sounded we will be surrounding Jaro joyfully because we will have won.

     

     

  193. kempie says:

    i’d like that too

  194. Danno says:

    Put shovelfuls of pucks behind Semen Varlamov.

     

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

  195. Bill says:

    I’m pretty happy with the series so far. The second game was disappointing, but that’s what happens when the habs goalie doesn’t play lights-out against Washington’s offence. Don’t kid yourselves, the Habs D is the weakest in the playoffs, and they’ll need game-one style tending to win games. It’s not fair to the goalies, but whatever.

    I think the Habs can get the goaltending to win another two games just with that … maybe they’ll get lucky and the rest of the team can win one together.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  196. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Go to TSN.ca Click on “Watch more in our video player!” then go to “Video Library”, Find “Off The Record” on
    and click on the video ” OTR Panel Michael and the Panel discuss the problem of goaltender interference and Mike Green’s play.”
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  197. kempie says:

    we need to just relax, change the sheets, and realize where we are. this team can play with this other team and we need to play the way we have been (like in the second period of game 1.) to see this thing through. we’re good enough, we’re smart enough and, gosh darn it, we can do this.

  198. Clay4bc says:

    Actually, his REAL name is spelled in the Cyrillic alphabet, and is spelled nothing like that at all. Try to show a little class at least…

    _________________

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  199. jbroderi says:

    Sorry, I was running two thoughts together at once.  Ovie’s wasn’t goalie interference, backstrom’s first was, but it looked like the ref was ready to blow the ovie one dead.Why not, no puck in sight))  I think the crowd played a big part of the refs decision, so hopefully it will work for us (why do I think that won’t happen??)

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  200. HabsBlogger says:

    wait… All we got to  do is score goals to win? ok this should be easy now :-p

  201. Propwash says:

    LOL Thomas Jager shirts

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  202. floatingineather says:

    I dont’t know, after game 2 all I felt was drained to the very core, my spirit was completely trampled.  sure hope the boys recovered much better than I did

  203. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Go Habs Go!

  204. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don’t suppose we get to see Gio come out on the ice wearing a C? Nah, too much to hope for.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  205. jbroderi says:

    hahahahaha

     

    I have the same feeling as usual.  Crippling anxiety, teetering on despair or jubilation, depending on what happens..

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  206. habsfanmandy says:

    lol I know!! Hilarious!

  207. SeriousFan09 says:

    That should be official Habs merchandise!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  208. Danno says:

    I didn’t make it up. Relax.

     

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

  209. jbroderi says:

    nothing more classy than sperm.. It’s where we all cum from!!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  210. MikeL says:

    I can see us coming out firing, but won’t be able to score, and then Washington will slowly get back into it. It’s how all important games at home start.

  211. fuhgawz says:

    Hockey Gods are you with the right team tonight?

    Fellow Hab fans at the Bell center IF Carey happens to be put in goal from a Jaro stumble can you PLEASE not Boo the kid thanks !! God bless you Jaro have a strong game dude like game 1 think game 1

    GO HABS GO !

     

  212. yathehabsrule says:

    Watching OTR.

    1. The Guru is, well you know how I feel.

    2. Did Patrick V just defend the fact Knuble was pushed, yet the Washington Post’s Tarik-El-Bashir said Knuble make much effort to avoid it? Who writes for which team?? LOL

     

     

     

     

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  213. captaink4life says:

    No chance. We’re the lowest seeded team and they finished 6th. Only place we could meet them is in the Conference finals.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  214. Danno says:

    What’s the chant for Varlamov? Too bad we can’t go Theeeee ooooohhhhh!

     

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

  215. Danno says:

    Caps tying goal was offside.

     

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

  216. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL Demers loses track of what team he’s talking about on OTR.

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  217. topher5468 says:

    Hey Mr Boone, Im sure the Directv boycott of Versus for most of the season hurt those numbers. 

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

  218. SeriousFan09 says:

    What he said, chalk one up for Bettman’s spectacular TV contract deals on Gopher Hunting Central and letting NBC broadcast the NHL on NBC for free.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  219. fuhgawz says:

    within my reach i hold the balance of time. within my reach i carry the burden of my life. within each hand i raise towards the sky and thank my lord i was given to fly

  220. jbroderi says:

    You knwo how the rule for blowing a play dead is when the ref makes the decision to blow it dead, not the actual sound of the whistle.  When Ovie scored, the ref was putting the whistle in his mouth, which we would assume he made the decision to blow it, but then let ovie give it one more push and he almost crapped his pants pointing at the puck in the net.  When three tsn guys say it looks like goalie interference, my god!!!

    A true disgrace, not to mention the high stick which hit markov in the face, or before gomez fought, the caps player knocking the net off so the habs couldn’t put the puck in the empty net.  Just a sickening joke!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  221. crabvader says:

    Habs need to pick up that tonight, cross-checking is a legal offense.

    Next game is yet to be seen.

  222. T-roy West says:

    If only we had the size and skill to match the intensity. Good effort guy’s now lets go to the net in the second. Go Habs Go!!

  223. Keith says:

    Screw you Ovie. Is he all that TSN cares about? They are madly in love with the guy, sheesh!

  224. PrimeTime says:

    Cmon….let’s pot one here!

  225. Habsfan_jay says:

    AWESOME!!

  226. showey47 says:

    thats funny.

  227. SeriousFan09 says:

    Silly Fleischmann, if you’d cross-checked Markov you could’ve gotten away with it!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  228. PrimeTime says:

    Ahhhhhhhh for F’s sake!!!!!!!!!

  229. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BS.

  230. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamrlik, you’re done after this year, I swear you’d better retire.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  231. crabvader says:

    Again, the only thing beating the Habs is themselves.

  232. Keith says:

    FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  233. TripleX says:

    QUIT BACKING INTO OUR GOALIE!!!  OMG!!

  234. Shiloh says:

    Spacek took out Halak.

  235. Propwash says:

    Sorry, but after that, i think we lost the game.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.

  236. showey47 says:

    what the hell is wrong with hamrlik? He’s been bumbling everything on the offensive blueline.

  237. PrimeTime says:

    Cmon crowd…get back into it!!!

  238. Bryan says:

    Our lack of finish will be the death of us.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  239. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Or traded he pisses me off
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  240. T-roy West says:

    And that is what I was trying to say. Go to the net. Not a hard concept. Been the same for years. Maybe someday we will learn.

  241. Rainrocket16 says:

    We are done!! Spacek sucks, we get 3 shots on 2 PP and a goal against.

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  242. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hamrlik is brutal! Wake up man!

  243. danedmunds says:

    he should have just jumped on varlamovs head there to even things up a bit

  244. zozotheclown says:

    Pouliot and Hamerlik should not get PP time, both seem completely lost. Varlamov looking alot like Ward 2.0 out there.

  245. showey47 says:

    Oh our players went hard to the net and crashed the goalie,too bad it was our own.

  246. TripleX says:

    No sense of urgency on the PP, they have more drive on 5 on 5.  I don’t understand it either.

  247. T-roy West says:

    Lol, to funny Showey but so true.

  248. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Caps are ripe for the picking.

    Pouliot just needed to pot that golden chance.

    We’re getting the better of them.

    Hal Gill is playing like a monster, mainly because he hasn’t been burnt yet. But I lke.

  249. novahab says:

    If the refs are going to throw the game then its time to take Ovie out to even things up come on Laps take out his knees.

  250. headbanger_33 says:

    Hey y’all, I know you missed me.

    To sum up this mixed bag of a first period:

    1)GREAT F’IN ENERGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2)Un-f’in-believable non-calls on Benny on the PP and on Max in the Caps’ end, pure garbage.

    3)Jaro looks steady, aside from the glove blunder.

    4)PK is looking friggin’ phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5)Caps’ PxP and color guys are a joke, so GD biased.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  251. tony d says:

    Gill is a monster on the PK…..actually he’s a monster just with skates on.

  252. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Mcguire is an idiot… simple as that. I think he has a man crush on Carlson too!

  253. Clay4bc says:

    I’m with you and Danno below…why not? Let’s do this!

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  254. Storm Man says:

    4. Not benching MAB

  255. T-roy West says:

    Look at the guys on the ice right now. Pleks, Bergeron, AK46. Which of these guys can defend themselves. That is why we are losing. Two many guys that are the same.

  256. TripleX says:

    Yes, it is unfortunate he does not possess the winning record of Price in the playoffs.  DUH???

  257. novahab says:

    MAB has to sit and you play O’Bryne we need the size and toughness plus you put Price in because he can handle the running a little better.  Second the Molson have to speak out about the refing because we can ‘t have our playing doing it come on boys protect your team and the fans. I think you have to bring up PK Suban and sit Hammer and you bring up Neilson and let him go at their goalie. You put him on with Gomez and Gionta and he will create some room. I know one thing if that idoit JM does nothing this is all over.

  258. captaink4life says:

    Yes she is haha

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  259. Bill says:

    The referee isn’t even trying to look neutral here anymore.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dogs aren’t doing well either, 2 goals on the first 4 shots by Manitoba on a pair of PPs.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  261. DOAHABS says:

    Stop being an asshole,…………Price blows most palyoff series he’s evr been in. However now is his time to maybe become a winner….so far he’s only proven he’s a loser…Let’s hope if he’s in nets then he turns things around….Tonights Habs were f^789ng $hit…….

  262. thirdstone says:

    Boo. They had to pot one there. Boooooo.

  263. badbalance says:

    Halak got his chance, played like swiss cheese, not it’s time for Price to show him how it’s done in the “PLAYOFFS”. Nobody can saya nything, I’m tired to people defending Halak for their lives.

  264. PrimeTime says:

    Refs will need security tonight

  265. Keith says:

    Give it to em Cammy. Bunch of incompetent cheaters!

  266. habsfaninboston says:

    Agree.  Total waste!

  267. joeybarrie says:

    Have we EVER had a worse period???????

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

  268. thirdstone says:

    Cammi on offside: “Me? ME?! No F(*$&IN WAY! NO WAY!” Good lip reading.

  269. topher5468 says:

    He shouldn’t be

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

  270. SeriousFan09 says:

    Refs are handing us a **** sandwich and telling us to enjoy it.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  271. sidhu says:

    Aside from your plea for civility, your comments are the same sort of value judgments that are expressed by other people here. 

  272. danedmunds says:

    well that is the perfect sum up to the season

  273. danedmunds says:

    love it…. i would run varlamov again…… who cares… just full speed run him over

  274. ooder says:

    maybe the would have scored but the refs threw out one of the main players on our PP 

    for telling hte refs they don’t know how to do thier job

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  275. mrhabby says:

    lmao…that maybe true..

  276. vic says:

    Well I guess we know what we need.Bigger faster players .Lets see what the great management team comes up with starting with the coach.

  277. crabvader says:

    You know… I really do think our HUGE problem is lack of puck control from our D.

    We need a guy like Subban up here… Too bad it has to wait til at least next year.

  278. StillattheMapes says:

    Jaro who. You must be kidding. Live and die by the team, but he is not the next one, and was not. Too bad. He had the chance, and now can play in the KHL. With the Ove, he wasn’t all that good either.

    Not over yet, but clear the deck. Bring me the young ones with Price. Sorry folks, he’s my goalie going forward…

  279. Keith says:

    Losing their cool bad! FU ref! Buttman’s just lovin this!

  280. Danno says:

    Was Cammy offside or not? He looked furious with the call. Don’t have a PVR or whatever they call it…

     

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

  281. BrianSkrudland says:

    The Habs have shown (at times) that they have that type of play and commitment in their arsenal. Unfortunately, I can’t recall the last time I saw 30 minutes of it, let alone a full sixty. They would be one dangerous squad if they ever put it all together. Sadly, that is one big IF that I don’t see coming to fruition any time soon.

  282. SeriousFan09 says:

    San Jose makes the playoffs every year, then they fold a card table.

    If you can put your team into the playoffs, but choke in the last 3 games where you need points to win a playoff spot, then fall apart starting in Game 2 of the playoffs, I wouldn’t consider you a clutch goalie, I’d call you Nabokov 2.0.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  283. TripleX says:

    They are too busy counting the money from two home playoff games to really care.

  284. PrimeTime says:

    Give it up Timo….punch your teddy bear.

  285. TripleX says:

    When Buffalo is behind they will often play FIVE forwards on the PP.  Of course JM will do something outside the box when hell freezes over.

    We are behind JM, maybe think about going 100% offense?

  286. SeriousFan09 says:

    That eating JM’s contract literally and financially is preferable to another year of this?

    That and raise holy hell about NHL officating, being the Montreal Canadiens shouln’t mean you should be targeted for punitive measures.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  287. Rainrocket16 says:

    Give me a stick I will do it!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  288. Ian Cobb says:

    They are having an X.

  289. doug says:

    This is the night in which the Habs brass gets the opportunity to forget everything Halak has done, restore their plan, and not sign Halak.  This is the day I knew would come because no one had the nerve to go for the little guy over Price.  We will now see how weak between the ears Price is over the next couple of years.  I’ve never liked him, and that’s my right.  I hope he proves me dead wrong and becomes what everyone seemed to believe he can become.  I’ve not seen much to like, but maybe he’ll grow into form.  He can lose weight, he can work on positioning. . . but I’m worried that what he really needs is a brain transplant.

    In other news, the loss of control by Habs here is embarrassing.  Lose with dignity and beat them next game.  Don’t get so unglued.

  290. zozotheclown says:

    If we can keep this up, we should be able to save face and go into game 4 with atleast an ounce of the momentum.

  291. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Backstrom is showing ecery game that he is way way way better then any player we have.

  292. Habscore says:

    Sad atmosphere, but not as bad I thought it would be…

  293. spos080808 says:

    Very well said! Guy is a complete joke.

  294. Hockey Socks says:

    It didn’t look it to me. The puck was in the air.

  295. topher5468 says:

    Please explain that

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

  296. SeriousFan09 says:

    Stop watching and supporting it than you whining malcontent.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  297. Habsfan_jay says:

    The fight in game 2 was stupid, but I really can’t fault him for this.

  298. danedmunds says:

    i know that!

  299. MatttheHabsFan says:

    You must have a very sad sad life.

  300. Lafrich says:

    Not to sound like a poor loser, but they miss their offsides and call us on anything close on the offside, and they almost never are!!!

  301. spos080808 says:

    Timo play hockey? HaHa. Now that is funny. Guy is a joke. Has no idea what hes talking about. I bet if he did play hockey and his team was down 1-0 he left the bench and went crying to his dad saying things like “This team has no heart, they suck, etc etc”

  302. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Gomez is pissed WTF poulio(t)
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  303. Clay4bc says:

    …and you would be the coach, to make that decision?

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  304. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    i am sooooo beyond f8ing pissed, this reffing is pushing me over the edge, caps were all over halak but er go anywhere near thier goalie and it’s extra tim cause they feel like it

  305. HardHabits says:

    Dont tempt him. He’ll put 4 defensemen on the PK.

  306. EricInStL says:

    oestie…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  307. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    i am sooooo beyond f8ing pissed, this reffing is pushing me over the edge, caps were all over halak but er go anywhere near thier goalie and it’s extra tim cause they feel like it

  308. topher5468 says:

    Pouliot sucks

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

  309. HardHabits says:

    Player TOI

    G. Metropolit 2:52

    M. Darche 2:18

    T. Pyatt 4:35

    I said if Martin doesn’t roll 4 lines we lose. Guess what? Why not dress 8 defensemen the way the forth line is played. I don’t mean that. 

    The glaring memory I have from this is Martin trembling and reaching for his note pad. The guy isn’t a playoff coach, less than the Habs are a playoff team.

  310. HNS says:

    This team is horrible. Hit someone for christs sake!!!!!!!!

  311. ooder says:

    i tuned into the game in the middle of the second period and here are some thoughts.

    Jaro not impressive, especailly after watching Anderson’s, Niemi’s and yes even Nabokov’s( who made some very nice saves) performances.

    Defence, weather due to nerves or scared that Jaro won’t back them up was horrible and weak

    playing metro, who hasn’t played in over a month and has yet to practice with the team after a very serious injury over sk74 who is younger faster and was playing very well. This is NOT a knock on metro but a game like that is not a place to bring someone in. 

    Price was not super impressive but at that point of the game, who cares really… he gets the nod for the next game.

    the refs are disgusting scum bags… when the players finally stand up for themselves and the goalie they get penalized. They actually went up to JM and told him that the players have no right to talk to them or complain any more.

    that to me says volumes.

    Moen… used to be a warrior and hurt people, what happened? weather it’s a passive coaching issue or a coach who can’t fire up his palyers i don’t know. But after years of palying a style that got him into the NHL and won him a cup, this guy is a ghost of his former self.. and that’s very strange.

    Pouliot… lol

    on to the next game, hopefully they bounce back, but who knows.

     

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  312. andrewberkshire says:

    The Bulldogs that are losing?

  313. sidhu says:

    1) So why watch — if you know the Caps are going to win?

    2) You honestly are speaking for “most” people on this site?

    Give me a break.  Some “fans” are disappointing in that they think the team is fated to lose.  How do you explain game 1?  How do you explain 60 minutes of game 2?  How do you explain today’s first period?  Destiny was not working its course?

  314. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs now fighting Back from a bad 4-0 deficit, 4-2 now thanks to
    some sharp work by guys like White and Anderson. Boucher is coaching to WIN.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  315. JVF says:

    A sad sight to behold as our team unravels before our incredulous eyes…

  316. dysonsphere says:

    why does pouliot always turn around. drive to the net big guy!

  317. TripleX says:

    LMAO….you kill me dude

  318. danedmunds says:

    MAB is USELESS

  319. Habsfan_jay says:

    Sit Darche for SK.

    OB in for MAB. Use SK on the PP instead.

    Roll 4 lines.

    Forecheck and try to limit the Caps space, as they did in game 1.

    Get some net presence as Varly is a rebound machine.

    Start Price.

  320. EricInStL says:

    One thing for sure in this years draft, we need someone with these types of stats:

    6’1, 100 minutes of pms and +, and at least 50 points…

    Also we may have crapped on Komi but at least he was the ONLY one to at least hit or whack someone in front of the net. We have no one to do that, we always play a no-hitter. Having small players is not a problem, ut when you only have small players, at one point yoy cannot turn around the momentum of a game.

    Wash is #1 for a reason, we had a chance but with no killer instinct we let it slip in game #2, remember against Carolina way back when ? Well same thing here.

    Big decisions during the offseason. Lets hope we can draft and trade well.

    We will be better with PK next year, but we need to protect him as other teams will go after him, he’ll be a marked man. We need some size.

    I hope the fans won’t boo or cheer in a moking manner as our team is out-manned. They have bazookas and we have sling-shots.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  321. PrimeTime says:

    Blow the GD whistle!!

  322. ManApart says:

    He had almost no chance on any of the goals. How was it his fault? The Habs scored 1 measly goal. Price let in 2 in half a game, it’s not like he could do anymore for a team that was physically dominated. Either way, Price or Halak, next game, the result will be the same, if the Caps feel like making it the same.

  323. Matt_in_TO says:

    You’re talking about the officials right?

     

    - I Hab Faith

  324. EricInStL says:

    Our guys brake instead of going for the hit. When you are out-sized you’ll have a tendency to do that.

    Size matters……

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  325. EricInStL says:

    see below…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  326. Spoons91 says:

    i hate our stupid fans.. were just chanting carey sucks?? wow

    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  327. badbalance says:

    3 goals in 10 minutes COME ON!!! I STILL BELIEVE!!

  328. showey47 says:

    they got outshot 51-17 and they were blocking shots? I saw the same game,anderson was blocking shots but that was about it. Probably would have 60 shots if heatley  was playing. Would you have praised the habs if we got outshot that badly and only won because a guy shot it into his own net? Who are you kidding timo,we all remember your posts after we win a game after being outshot and outplayed badly,its nothing like you just posted.

  329. Habscore says:

    Well, just came back from Bell Center’s La Cage aux Sports & the Tailgate party…deceiving game, but I still see good potential. The boys wanna win this!

    I haven’t read everybody’s comments yet, but I’m glad to see that most here are still believing in this team…and Am I hating the Caps even more or WHAT!! I’m really starting to hate Ovy and his arrogance,,ppff!!

    I used to cheer for them last yeat…well this year: F*** That!! Ha!!

  330. Larry says:

    After all they have let go against us the last two games and they call that. The officials in the National Hockey League are on the take. No doubt about it.

  331. Storm Man says:

    I will tell him that on Wednesday from my seat ;)

  332. Bill says:

    If I believe for a second that JM could possibly get fired I’d content myself with that. But he’s in the first year of a four year contract, he’s Gauthier’s best pal, and he speaks the right language (sort of). He’s not going anywhere.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  333. EricInStL says:

    Now now, it’s his first year with us, go after Lapierre first please…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  334. Habsfan_jay says:

    The problem with dressing 7 D is the Habs can’t roll 4 lines.

  335. SeriousFan09 says:

    Will someone, the Coach, the GM, the Owners call out the blatant BS that is NHL officiating?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  336. vlamonde says:

    True.

    I was thinking of a few comments but my thought about it were really more about the name calling that was in it so I guess I only have one point.

    My bad, I by no means meant to judge anybody’s loyalty to the Habs, sry if I came out that way.

  337. notbigbird says:

     Come on man. You’ve been shaming yourself lately.

  338. topher5468 says:

    Extremely, no way he should be in over Burner

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

  339. Storm Man says:

    What to do with JM for next year

  340. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Knuble is a mother…goof.

  341. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    i think the most upsetting thing was watching Gomez and Plecky stick up for themselves and the team and getting sh*t on by the refs, can you blame them for exploding and saying some not very nice things? And i know the refs were not the reason we lost but JM needs to step up, not let the players be punished for telling the truth. All year it is the same story and for once I was hoping the refs would stay out but it just isn’t possible. I do not believe it is possible to beat the Caps and the refs, the Cap have too much power as do the refs.

     I love the Habs and want to see them win but this was so deflating and I can only imagine how the guys feel right now.

  342. Habscore says:

    And..hold on,  did MAB almost score in his own net with Carey in it??? WTH?!

  343. spos080808 says:

    You really need an ass kicking. God I wish I could meet you in a dark alley or bar.

  344. danedmunds says:

    it’s about time… that is ridiculous.. i would 2 hand varlamov

  345. HNS says:

    More like Price starts and were down 3-1

  346. Keith says:

    It’s about they called one on the crease crashers!

  347. badangel says:

    You do that, you go to the box, you know. FOUR minutes, by yourself, you
    know and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free.

  348. EricInStL says:

    Time for a little Billy Smith whack job….

    Do it Carey and I will buy your jersey…….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  349. showey47 says:

    is there a free video feed available or just audio?

  350. sidhu says:

    The goaltender interference call on Knuble should have been called last game!  This call was one game too late :)

  351. ShangaDoo says:

    And we’re stuck with Dumbo…

    Which period?

  352. habsoul says:

    Not at all! I’m just saying that Montreal doesn’t have the talent that the Caps can put on the ice. Any team can win on a given day, but the Habs needed a “perfect storm” of execution to have a chance in this series. The goaltending had to be nearly perfect and it wasn’t. Are they destined to lost? Of course not, but the odds are stacked against them.

  353. habsfaninboston says:

    OMG.. They’re actually calling goaltender interference on the Caps?

  354. SeriousFan09 says:

    AHL Video feeds dried up a while ago, I’m reading the boxscore on theAHL.com

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  355. SmartieHab says:

    Well the refs dont call no interference or any penalites on all the crap the Capitals do game 2, let that be noted it lasted for 60 minutes all their shit. And now we defend Price, or get mad at the refs = MISCONDUCT DOUBLE MINORS – what a ***ing joke. Go stupid god damn refs.

     

    Good rebound control for Halak. Boone I have no idea how you can blame the ‘crap D’. Goalies aren’t supposed to give a damn rebound each time a soft shot hits him.

  356. SeriousFan09 says:

    What the hell’s this penalty about? Running over a goalie isn’t allowed? Wow the League does pass new rules fast these days, must’ve happened between periods.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  357. SuperStarz says:

    Hey Buddy,
    If you’d watched the game without your head up your arse you would have seen halak get owned physically and offensively

  358. Clay4bc says:

    You’re dreaaming…Price is not the better goalie.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  359. HNS says:

    These two homos on Comcast deserve to call Islander games. Incredible talentless blowhards.

  360. zozotheclown says:

    Terrible way for us to end this game, completely given up, no fight left, only frustration. Hopefully we save face in the 3rd and lose 4-2 or something the like.

  361. zozotheclown says:

    If that call gets made last game, who knows where we are right now.

  362. habs3161 says:

    The last time I looked.It’s the best of 7 Not the best of three!!!!!!!!!Washington didnt go 82-0..We proved they are beatable!!!!

    keep the faith people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There’s plenty of room on the LAFFS band wagon

  363. Keith says:

    Complete and total MELTDOWN! Making it  look easy for the Caps.

  364. mprdft says:

    That can’t be right.

    It’s not a penalty to hit our goalie.

  365. Storm Man says:

    Yo Ian good thing you did not make that bet with me, I would have had beer on your 50 bucks ;)

  366. BrianSkrudland says:

    Any predictions for the final score? I will guess 31 goals for the Caps to -14 for the Habs.

  367. sidhu says:

    hahaha nice one! 

  368. badbalance says:

    LoL, Halak put us in  this whole, gave caps all the momentum they can handle and Crowd chanting against Price? Somethign is seriously wrong with these fans.

  369. Rainrocket16 says:

    It has been done before!!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  370. SeriousFan09 says:

    2nd, 5 left with an even shot count 13-13.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  371. 21BIGGionta says:

    your a hockey fan and you don’t have a stick? well..thats sad to hear

  372. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    price “you may have pushed around halak, but halak’s european and doesn’t fight, ya wanna push me around i’ll kick your A_SS”
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  373. Rob says:

    take it easy.  apparently you have gord miller quality hearing.  they were chanting “ref you suck”

  374. yathehabsrule says:

    More bad news: Bullldogs down by two vs Manitoba afterthe first.

    ___________________________________________

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  375. ooder says:

    wtf is this.. we clear the crease and get a penalty.

    gomez gets thrown out.

    pleks pushes a guy into varly.. something the caps have been doing all game long on saturday and gets 4 minutes?!?!?

     

    wtf is that all about?!?!?!?

    i wish our coach had the testicular fortitude to call out the refs.

    then again we didn’t score a single goal

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  376. JVF says:

    Can you spell G-O-A-L?

  377. Storm Man says:

    If he is I will be booooooooing him in the pre-game skate

  378. habsfanmandy says:

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  379. habsfaninboston says:

    Wrong. Sounded like “referees suck”

  380. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Caps announcers complaining about officiating.

    -Dustin- “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  381. TripleX says:

    Why is Ryan White not playing with the Habs.  He has impressed me everytime he has been brought up.  I seriously question this clubs ability to assess NHL talent.

  382. Larry says:

    They want to make sure we are beaten soundly tonight for daring to try to compete with one of Bettmans’s chosen teams. It is only going to get worse.

  383. Lafrich says:

    These washington announcers are utter morons and homers. It is torture watching it with the Caps feed.

  384. Larry says:

    Pretty easy to see now why Minnesota gave up on Pouliot. I HATE  exceptionally talented but lazy, gutless, arrogant floaters like him.

  385. davecessna says:

    Ah shaddup you bunch of morons, we didn’t have a chance in hell at beating this team.

  386. kempie says:

    goaltender int? this must be a dream

  387. DOAHABS says:

    You Know What is a Real Laugh is all the ’20/20 Hindsight’ coaches here who could’ve ,would’ve, should’ve changed the game in the Habs favour…..Grow Up…..just as in the regular season,this Habs team is not very good & hasn’r been for near 20 to 30 years,with only 2 exceptions (’86 & ’93) and for those who enjoy losing ,perhaps the ’89 version of the Habs who were the ONLY TEAM to LOSE a STANLEY CUP on FORUM ICE.

     This years team is lucky to even be playing in the post season,and you only have to look at the last game with  the Leafs………Habs are $hit & that’s a fact.

  388. eagle says:

    +1 try and injure backstrom while we are at it, if buttman wants caps to face pittsburg in the conference finals then we can let them go with half their starting roster

  389. TripleX says:

    I think he is saying and I agree, that playing Price is very risky and possibly damaging to Price.  The crowd will be very ready to jump on any perceived weakness in his goaltending.  Is it fair to put him in such a pressure cooker when our chances of winning this series is miniscule at best?

    Also it is unfair to Halak.  I say start Halak with a very short leash, that way the pressure is lessened on Price.

  390. ShangaDoo says:

    Agree with JM needing to step up.

    I want to see him angry dammit, he acts like he’s too cool to bothered by anything. It seriously irritates me

  391. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    you know, it’s games like these where I wish Roy was the coach, at least he would speak his mind and not lose his players for unsportsmanlike conducts because they have to stnd up for themselves, he would just go crazy and get his point across and himself thrown out

  392. ooder says:

    wow so teh refs actually came up to JM and told him that the habs players have no right to talk to them anymore and they will get a penalty if they do

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  393. likehoy says:

    how to sum up the last 20 minutes of hockey.

    washington scores 4 goals

    jacques martin to halak: Rage Quit

    Scott Gomez: Rage Quit

    Brian Gionta: Rage Quit

    Tomas Plekanec: Rage Quit

    MAB: BOOM! HEADSHOT!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  394. SeriousFan09 says:

    Screw that, make ‘em call Devils games.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  395. 4EverHabsFan says:

    HaHa!!! Why do you ever post here Timo? I can’t remember reading any of your posts that were ever positive or better yet worth reading… 

  396. topher5468 says:

    Craig Laughlin says there protecting the goalies too much, God forbid if a Caps goalie was whaked, hacked and run over, he would sing a differnt tune

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

  397. Larry says:

    What are you talking about? The four years the islanders won the Cup the team with the best cumulative overall record in that time was the Montreal Canadiens. They had one bad year when they nearly missed the playoffs then Steve Penney darn near got them to the Final. In 89 they were one point behind Calgary for the overall regular season title. They lost because their power play was awful. In 94 they repeat if Roy doesn’t come down with an appendix attack right befoer the playoffs.

  398. projectpete19 says:

    Since our D cant clear the crease Jaro has to start throwing blockers to the backs of the Capitals heads when they get close to the blue paint

  399. HardHabits says:

    I still hear Jacques Martin talking about how close all the series games are, er, were.

  400. habsfan2442 says:

    See Ovey on that call.. HEY REF your not supposed to call that on us.. Gshhh whats wrong with you..

  401. topher5468 says:

    Hey Boone, I hope I can put this one in my DVD collection, It would be sweet if they showed some Guard Damn Respect 

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

  402. dysonsphere says:

    i see, it has to be an all out tackle to get the interference call

  403. yukonhab says:

    Best post in a while…

  404. Keith says:

    I think all the BAD calls and NON-CALLS that this team has endured all season has finally EXPLODED tonight!

  405. punkster says:

    Let’s go here.

  406. habsoul says:

    Got to agree. This was Jaro’s chance to seal the deal as Montreal’s #1 goalie for next season. Now he’s as good as gone. Nice guy. I hope he is successful at his next stop. A lot of teams will want him, despite his performance in this series. It’s Carey’s team now.

    The benching of SK74 bugged the hell out of me. One of our most talented players and you know he’s not going to be back. Next season, we’ll see him score 28 goals for the Nashville Predators. It shows me that Martin would rather make a point than win. 

    I would make one major change to this team. Make Guy Boucher the coach and put Martin on the blood drive committee or something like that.

     

  407. JVF says:

    One word: Dispiriting.

  408. JVF says:

    Pouliot and MAB have not been very good. Nor have Pleks, AK46 & Cammalleri…

  409. captaink4life says:

    Actually, I think it was Dominic Moore!!!

    How was the atmosphere after the game??

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  410. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    we just can’t afford to lose our better players for misconducts, the coach needs to take care of that part of the game, plus now the guys are afraid to go anywhere near varlmov or even sneeze on a capital players because we are guaranteed a least 2 minutes if not more.

  411. Larry says:

    The fans need to call it out. They should chant FIX FIX FIX to get the message out.

  412. Stooof says:

    habs up 4-1… goatender int?  whats that?

     

    habs down 4-1, goaltender int?  THATS NOT ALLOWed… oh yea

  413. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    lol what?

    Halak loses 2 games and people jump the bandwagon.

    Watch Price lose next two, and people will jump the bandwagon again.

  414. Rainrocket16 says:

    Do I smell something burning?

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  415. Danno says:

    These refs are the biggest @ssholes ever.

     

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

  416. forskis says:

    I am a Price guy…but you have to put Halak in net for Game #4….to not put him in would be to throw him to the wolves and if you start Price in a must-win situation and he loses, then he gets thrown to the wolves as well.

    Halak got the team into the playoffs and for a while helped make the team look good in the playoffs, it will be up to him to make them look good again.

    Besides, the goals were not really his fault:  the first was symptomatic of the entire season of a D corps that gets in the way of the goalies and the other two were the result of people just watching the puck.  Price’s first goal was the same thing of just watching and I missed the fifth goal.

    The D were still blocking shots and trying to hit the Caps but they were guilty of a lot of puck-watching…

    BTW….get SK74 back in there…the mojo he has with Moore and Moen is needed.  Sit either Darche or Lapierre.

    The team still has a chance because neither team has won four games yet.

    I do not have much problem with Gomez getting 5 for fighting last game and a 10 min. misconduct this game…somebody has to show emotion.  Also, this is not the first time the Habs have wet the bed for a highly anticipated game.  They will be much better for Game #4.

    GO HABS GO

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  417. yathehabsrule says:

    A useless fighting major in Game Two, and tonight a 10 minute misconduct… Who wants Gomez for Captain???? (Rolls eyes)

    Way to welcome back the franchise’s greatest captain tonight, guys.

     

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  418. habsfaninboston says:

    WTF!! A makeup call?

  419. zamboni says:

    Don’t waste your energy on a coward, not worth it.

  420. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Andrei WTF!

  421. topher5468 says:

    The 2nd goal was stoppable, sure it would have been a nice save, a big playoff type save, but he didnt make it. Thats my point. Like goal 5 and 6 in game 2.  You can’t critique Price in a wash up, Lets see when the score is 0-0 to judge his performance

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

  422. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …where are the mods when We need them ???

    …you are SICK Timo

    …get some professional help

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  423. Habsfan_jay says:

    OH MY GOD!!!! WTF!?!?!?!?

  424. SuperStarz says:

    Allright Yoda

  425. kempie says:

    absolutely!!! absolute coaching failure here if we don’t run varlymov hard. if you’re gonna take that penalty, take it hard.

  426. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Wow.

    -Dustin- “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  427. showey47 says:

    just went back and watched the original pleky penalty. The exact same thing the caps did to us in game 2 and we get nailed for it now. Pure b.s.

  428. habsfan2442 says:

    Nautrally

  429. JVF says:

    Who starts game 4? Who cares?

  430. badbalance says:

    BETTMAN CALLED IN AND SAID!!! GIVE THE HABS A PENALTY NOW!!!. NO WAY WE CAN LET THEM BACK INTO THE GAME

  431. forskis says:

    Not sure what you are talking about…Pouliot was hitting and fighting for the puck and skating hard…it was his line that looked dangerous the entire night….meanwhile, Pleks’ line were all -4 EACH….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  432. Keith says:

    Jesus H F’ing Christ!

  433. BrianSkrudland says:

    Definitely they are. Didn’t you see the refs failing to defend against Caps’ players in front of the net for easy goals? The refs are undoubtedly respsonsible for defensive lapses by Habs players. They control the players’ actions.

  434. usversusthem says:

    WEAK CALL.

  435. topher5468 says:

    Jaro had his chance, he stunk in game 2 and was no better tonight. Couldn’t deliver the big save when we needed it, Hes done to me

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

  436. topher5468 says:

    Brutal AK

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

  437. novahab says:

    The call on AK in the third while they were on the powerplay said volumes about the refs. That was a agenda call he didn’t want to give the Habs any life . So long as management sits on thier hands and do not  speak out about this it will continue I am proud of the players but I am ashamed of the ownship and management of this team. The ownership of this team has let these player and the fans down they are a bunch of cowards and a complete disgrace to the history of this team.

  438. danedmunds says:

    that is absolute horseshit

  439. andrewberkshire says:

    How about we stop worrying about the players AND goalies’ feelings, who’s “earned” what, who “deserves” what and we play to win. Halak has allowed 8 goals on his last 28 shots against, in just over 2 periods of hockey. No team can win with goaltending like that. The blame isn’t entirely on him, the defense needs to get back to playing the way they did in game one and most of game 2, but Halak blew it.

  440. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even TSN’s ANti-Habs guys think that’s BS.

    Can we start seeing some articles about how the NHL is trying to fix the playoffs?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  441. SuperStarz says:

    What you did in the post season really doesn’t matter
    if you Knew hockey you would know that
    look at carolina in 06
    cam ward was ok all season and Darth Gerber was bombing in the playoffs
    WARD WON THE CUP

  442. rut1212 says:

    As much as the game score isn’t their fault, i’m still pissed at the refs. That’s BS when this is exactly what Washington got away with before. If the Caps get called for this stuff, do they come back in game 2?

  443. mprdft says:

    even Mcguire doesn’t like that call and he hates the habs, and is a huge ref apologist.

  444. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because he plays with his heart and grinds his way through the game, that’s a bad player in the JM scheme.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  445. danhabsfan says:

    Hey folks,

    If we have one bad game like this and they all the bad stuff over with at once.

    The boys need to get the ball rolloing again in the 3rd period

    Can’t blame the ref’s, the Habs are not going to the net – that would be basic hockey.

  446. Larry says:

    They make the call now because the game is out of reach. That is how refs who are on the take work. They make it look like they are neutral but I know better. It is not what is called, it is when it is called.

    It wasn’t called last game because we were in it, and could have won.

  447. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I can’t believe how fickle some of you are. Halak has one bad game and all of a sudden all the “experts” come out with the I told you so’s. Typical I suppose, hindsight is 20-20 after all. 

    Anyhoo, we should stay optimistic here, this team has proven that they can hang with these guys, it’s just a matter of focus, easy right?..well I guess we’ll see.

    Go Habs!

  448. habs001 says:

    we are very poor at faceoffs and over a game we lose a lot of puck time…at this stage it is not a teaching issue its a lack of talent in this area…i think there will be no pressure next game on the habs as it will be like game one…even if our top forwards match their top forwards we will get killed by their secondary vs ours….maybe you can win a cup or be an elite team with one of moen or metro…but 8 of these type up players even the most ardent hab fan has to admit no chance…beyond our top 5 forwards the rest of the forwards are interchangeable with hundreds of forwards

  449. PrimeTime says:

    No conspiracy eh, Boone>>>> WTF do you call that??

  450. Larry says:

    he hasn’t scored a goal in God knows when. Can’t remember the last one.

  451. K-hab25 says:

    Well atleast you finally admit your hatred for Price. I’ve been calling you on it for over 2 years with you denying it, but it wasn’t hard to see. Maybe you could talk to the other haters and ask them to come out of the closet like you boston doug.

  452. usversusthem says:

    Honestly it is becoming so hard to feel like the Habs are getting a fair shake from the refs. 

  453. forskis says:

    Caveat…if Halak loses or is losing…Price the rest of the way short or long.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  454. Clay4bc says:

    LOL…I bet you’re a popular guy.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  455. rut1212 says:

    Again. Honestly. Do the Caps come back in Game 2 if they called for this pansy crap?

  456. andrewberkshire says:

    TSN panel is insane. Halak has let in 8 goals now on his last 28 shots. Make as many excuses as you want, but that’s unacceptable in the regular season, let alone the playoffs. He deserves to sit on the bench.

  457. TripleX says:

    Ummmm….Pleks scored??????

  458. forskis says:

    Oh, I agree…no goals in a long time…but he is not floating out there anymore unlike during that slump in the regular season.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  459. danedmunds says:

    is that a word?

  460. Shiloh says:

    That’s it – we’re screwed. This is horrific officiating – it’s basically cheating.

  461. HABSsince92 says:

    How can anybody be surprised by the score and results right now? Year in year out, playoffs in playoffs out I have seen this situation a hundred times. Team A should have won such and such game and the next game played is totally dominated by the winning/comeback team from the game before. I have seen this situation happen over and over to much better teams then our Habs are this season. That’s how it goes, the series was won in game 2. The Habs have nothing left mentally and physically, it was left on the ice in game 2.

     

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

  462. mprdft says:

    it can only be a makeup call if the first one is weak.

  463. andrewberkshire says:

    Not sure exactly why my last comment was moderated, considering some of the trash that gets through on this site.

  464. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Poor Halak his playoff stats are taking a beating.

  465. vlamonde says:

    Agreed. Not what I meant but I realize it could be interpreted that way…

    I wasn’t sure how to name it but habs loyalty wasn’t a good choice. I guess pessimism would be more accurate but as you said, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m just optimistic kind lol.

    No harm meant.

  466. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    This team so desperately needs a mean SOB defenceman willing to rip an opposing players head off if they crowd our crease.

    Someone for those who remember him like Lyle Odelein

     

    ________

    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  467. showey47 says:

    make up call much?

  468. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Many people here wanted Carbo gone… We got Jock to Joke… Who doesn’t wish we still had Carbo now??? Too bad we won’t see that… Stuck with this playoff LOSER… look at that W-L record in the playoffs he has and remember he had the Sens when they were tops in the East for years… He is crap

  469. badbalance says:

    Why did Price not start this game?

  470. danhabsfan says:

    i was wondering.

    I hear that there is a restaurant/bar in the Toronto area where Habs fans gather to watch games.

    Does this really exist?  If so, where?

    I move to the Toronto area last summer.

    If you have this info, please reply.

    Thanks

  471. Spoons91 says:

    guess i heard wrong then… let’s down hang our heads eh? still a lot of hockey to play

  472. ooder says:

    oh wow…

    the habs better keep thier mouths shut though.. or the refs feeling might get hurt

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  473. ShangaDoo says:

    I know. It’s pathetic.

  474. novahab says:

    There you go Molsons I hope your happy this team was cheated in the frist ,then are you kidding me Gomez 10 minute for yapping. I don’t think Boudreau got anything in the first two games when he was yelling at the refs. Oh wait a minute yes he did he got Montreal in the box the whole third period of the second game and his player were allowed to run our goalie.

  475. East Coast Habs says:

    HA HA HA.

    sorry guys. Im changing teams. Go Refs Go!  

  476. topher5468 says:

    Halak has let up 9 goals in just over 3 periods, sure not all his fault but not making a change is worse. Did Buodreau care about Theo, no he made a decision that was best for the team.

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

  477. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Agreed.

  478. Larry says:

    FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX FIX

  479. Ian Cobb says:

    Martin never played half the team and the other half he skated into the ice. Shame that he does not have confidence in the 2 other lines.

  480. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Mad Max’s Mission -> HIT OVECHKIN OVER AND OVER AND OVER
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  481. sidhu says:

    I agree 100%

  482. andrewberkshire says:

    Technically Halak has only played bad for 2 and a half periods, unfortunately over this time he’s let in 8 goals on just 28 shots. That’s unacceptable in the regular season, let alone playoffs.

  483. joeybarrie says:

    This sucks, but a blow out like this might help us play better in game 4. If we win it, which we can, itll be 2-2 and back even going in to Washington, where apparently we play better than at home.

    Want to feel sick. We are down 6 to 1 in the last 3 periods.

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

  484. danedmunds says:

    hammers best days are behind him i think

  485. SuperStarz says:

    I know you weren’t there but after the second goal in game 2 (4-2) i was screaming for halak to be pulled
    in real life not on the internet

  486. jimhasbeen says:

    great lineup jacques! may as well put maxwell in for pouliot too

  487. T-roy West says:

    Semin goes to the net. But we can’t. Go figure.

  488. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Nick Bjugstad will be our pick; a 6’3″ centre.  Oh, and he’s a Minnesota HS player…

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  489. habaholic68NJ says:

    WTF was that call on AK?

  490. topher5468 says:

    2 bad ones, and 5 out of last 6

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

  491. Habsfan_jay says:

    Carey starts game 4 Boone, no doubt.

  492. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamrlik and MAB together, I don’t think there is a medication to deal with that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  493. habs-hampton says:

    Uhhh… A slump doesn’t make you “lazy, gutless, arrogant”.

  494. ooder says:

    I agree… that is no good.

    especially after watching Anderson last night

    that is not good at all by Halak

    Price all the way 

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  495. topher5468 says:

    Hamr is just awful, he should give the team money and quit

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

  496. forskis says:

    I agree that he blew it, but the incompetent D that Price had to put up with, Halak has to put up with it now….it is not worth throwing both goalies to the wolves….the team will end up with Sanford and Desjardins as their tandem next season if they switch.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  497. DOAHABS says:

    Sorry ,but when the Islanders won 4 in a row,.THEY had the best record & that’s the 4 IN A ROW……..

    In ’89 They ( The HABS) LOST on FORUM ICE,….that in my books doesn’t make them a great team…….

    and even mentioning Steve Penney as a possible great for the Habs in your words ‘NEARLY’ getting them into a Final,doesn’t really register as a great year either.

    “WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING————-IT’S THE ONLY THING”——– Vince Lombardi

  498. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …NO !!! …it’s YOUR fault dimwit

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  499. captaincanadien says:

    just BRUTAL reffing….horrible

  500. duffy says:

    I refuse to buy anymore Molsons beer until they ice a legitimate NHL team.

  501. showey47 says:

    I’ve been saying that for years.

  502. rogieshan says:

    Kilgours on Bloor St. West near Bathurst. Cheers.

  503. topher5468 says:

    Fehr, Laich, Fleishman, we just can’t compete when we have Moen, Moore, Darche, Pyatt. 

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

  504. Keith says:

    The Crapitals always seem to get second and third chances, where we only get one.

  505. sidhu says:

    The play by play guy, Joe B, is the worst in the league. 

  506. forskis says:

    The Caps have no issue throwing Theo to the wolves…he is UFA after this season and that is a few million coming off their books and they still have Varlamov…the Habs have to preserve one or both their goalies as best they can.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  507. badbalance says:

    Halak Failed us, Whoever here said Halak is our Number one and should stay in montreal shoudl reconsider. Halak is breaking down big time.

  508. sidhu says:

    Oh yeah, that 2nd round pick was definitely worth it.

  509. topher5468 says:

    I think its more towards the team, on both sides of that, not the Country

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

  510. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Become a Laffs fan already… for the sake of the rest of us!!! PLEASE!

  511. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    It’s alright Andrew, we’re all frustrated right now.

    The problem is our defense. If they keep playing like they did today in the 2nd, the goalies might as well demand a trade so they can play behind a ‘defensive system’. The ‘system’ is not working. Coach’s fault or not – I am not sure.

    Bergeron, Hamrlik are a huge part of the problem. I don’t like pointing out specific players, but this is true.

    Up front Pouliot, Moen, Darche aren’t doing any better. Why Sergei is not playing is beyond my thinking. 

  512. linp says:

    JM should not coach anymore. You can’t beat Washington with 3 lines. We need our lines to be fresh to compete. Mistake is going to make when you are not as fresh as the other team. We will never go far with JM as the coach.

  513. danedmunds says:

    price is going to get a shutout in game 4, i cant wait

  514. habsoul says:

    Hey Sidhu, we all feel badly about them getting crushed tonight but I doubt many fans feel like the team is fated to lose. There have been many times that a lower-ranked team has gone far in the playoffs but logic tells us that Washington should be favored. The Habs played great in game 1 and game 2, but Washington is the better team right now.

  515. captaincanadien says:

    price is looking sharp though, should have been his game

  516. AH says:

    MAB is one of the worst “nhl” hockey players I have ever seen. It’s absolutely sad and pathetic a guy like this is even wearing the CH. Did he get an assist on the 5th Caps goal?, he should have, he gave it away to to them twice, pathetic!

  517. TripleX says:

    Habs have to use the third period as a setup for the next game.  They have to show some push back and gain some needed respect back from the Caps.  If they don’t?  OMG game four will be not pretty.

    Come on guys, at least win ONE period!

  518. ManApart says:

    The Habs players are just getting boxed out so easily. Varlamov sees all the shots and nobody can even get close to all the rebounds that pop out. Way overmatched in the physicality department. Caps are just cruising now.

  519. K-hab25 says:

    Haters!!!!!!!

  520. topher5468 says:

    Along with Pouliot

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

  521. andrewberkshire says:

    Both goalies are RFAs, they can’t just leave. I would rather play to win than play to not offend the other goalie. Price was very solid tonight, and the way he fought off Knuble when he was being interfered with is exactly what we need.

  522. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Andrew ….stop being so f**king ditsy.lol

  523. doug says:

    It’s just one game and a 2-1 series.  Let em score ten more.  They can only win one game at a time.

    As for blaming this on anyone other than some great goaltending by Varlamov in the first and some inadequate goaltending by Halak in second – it happens – let’s not whine.  They’re up 4-0.  Yes the refs are now making stupid calls, but we were down before that.  The Gionta call was stupid and the ref is a showman idiot, but he was warning both teams from the start and we just got out frustration. 

    I’ll provide my verdict at 10 p.m. on Wednesday night.  Right now the Caps just took a one game lead in a 7 game series.  Yes we’re unlikely to win, but that was the case before the puck dropped last Thursday night, and the guys made me proud up until this second period.  Thankfully they have more intestinal fortitude than we do.

  524. showey47 says:

    If you think its bad now, just wait till the league gets chris lee in town for game 4.

  525. bigjames says:

    same level of reffing as in the game…

  526. sidhu says:

    Some “fan” you are.  Why are you even on this site or bothering to watch the game? 

    Do something else with your time if you know we were going to lose.

  527. Clay4bc says:

    Because he’s not the best goalie on this team…

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  528. ManApart says:

    How has Halak played bad in this game? The team played pretty bad, but to say Halak played bad is not accurate. If Halak played bad for the 1st half of the game then Price played bad the 2nd half…..More accurately, the team got blown a way by a Caps team that wasn’t even firing on all cylinders. Some of us saw this coming a mile away, it’s not a surprise. The Caps are laughing at how easy this is.

  529. HabsFanNorway says:

    Can we use Laraque in the third and give him an extra million to go mental on Ovi??? I didn’t think I would ever say this, but I would want Komisarek also! He may lose the fight, but at least he would try to kick some butt out there. Can anyone stand up for this team tonight???

     

    Everyone from Sweden, Finland (swedish speaking), Norway, Denmark: Join the Facebook group “Montreal Canadiens Fan Club Scandinavia”!

  530. HABSsince92 says:

    Just a side note but is anybody watching the game on CSN aka The Caps play by play team of Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. They were talking about OT and ’93 earlier and Beninati said something about LeClair and then Laughlin says how he remembers Claude Lemieux scoring a few OT winners that year for us. It amazes me how dumb and unknowlegable most of these commentators are. 

     

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

  531. SuperStarz says:

    I don’t think you completly understand
    its not about preserving Ego’s its about winning a cup
    if they can’t take it who really gives a $hit

  532. novahab says:

    I like the way you think right on

  533. captaincanadien says:

    agreed

  534. habs-hampton says:

    I don’t know why they didn’t spend the last 10 minutes, running Varlamov. When you are getting pounded, you might as well try and send a message.

    Forsome reason Washington is allowed to go whereever they want (on top of the goalie) and wearen’t even allowed to protect our crease, but we’re not allowed anywhere near their net.

    Bettman wants Ovie and Crosby to meet, and he’ll make it happen.

  535. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Not 1 goalie in the NHL would have stood up for that shot, not one.

  536. habsfanmandy says:

    Oh man this is getting hairy. We need to crash the net

  537. TripleX says:

    Theo is a UFA next season and very unlikely to return to the Caps so he had nothing to lose pulling him.  The goalie situation in Montreal is far different.

  538. Rainrocket16 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC_Z-EPSVaI

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  539. topher5468 says:

    Pouliot sucks, sorry my friend but that just my opinion. 

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

  540. topher5468 says:

    Pouliot sucks, HE  SUCKS

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

  541. Richrebellion says:

    The goals were not Halaks fault but people wake up this is the playoffs either you elevate your game or your out. Example Craig Anderson 51 save shutout last night and got his team the win! Halak was average at best for the past 2 games.

    The fact is Varlamov was way better at the other end and when the habs pushed early he kept them off and changed the game. I say start price he looked good and although Halak carried us here as did theodore for the caps and people have to stop with this loyalty crap and go with who can win for us!

     

  542. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    See price grab markov
    Price” Dude, im not european, i can fight my own battles”
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  543. danhabsfan says:

    thanks  Hope to get out there on Wed night

  544. Lafrich says:

    Heard it.

  545. topher5468 says:

    Pouliot is no Gianta, but he could be, 

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

  546. badbalance says:

    I fail to see that, when it matters, I think Price is the better goalie. Halak can win all the season games he wants, He will still get analled in the playoffs and in games that matter

  547. sidhu says:

    I like it!  I don’t know if that conforms with your Buddhist views, but yes, I like it a lot.

  548. danedmunds says:

    i will have to quit watching and miss my first game of the season

  549. coachdoug says:

    Not sure which team was more bi-polar…last years team or this year…right now we are one game better than last years edition…all that “dynamite” and Cap Space to blow up the team for one more post season game…

    A couple of the boys must have some new putters they want to try out is all I can figure…

    I think the Molsons will be paying Martin to do commentary on RDS…Question is…who do we get to replace him?  Another blow-up this summer?  

    I am hoping the Habs don’t embarass themselves again Wednesday or it will be real ugly…Butt ugly…Fugly…MoFugly…And just plain bad…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  550. spoonfullofjelly says:

    We’re missing Tom the bomb to go out and lose the fight.

  551. Clay4bc says:

    A lot of you here seem to be under the delusion that TSN is anti-Habs, and that’s just not true. They try to be impartial. But when you are as fanatically pro-Habs as (almost) everyone here is, impartiality looks like bias against.

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  552. nova scotia vees says:

    If you are from Nova Scotia then that means we  bluenosers are two of the only people not wearing the NHL issue “rose colored glasses”.  The call on AK was absolutely an agenda call.   I tape all games and check the replays.  He did nothing….

     As well, can you imagine giving a key player on another team a 10 minute misconduct!!! For what???   And then to hit Pleks with 4 minutes!!! 2 of our very best out for 14 minutes in the middle of a PLAY-OFF GAME!!!

    Remember the Canadiens have been scr—-ed all year by the league.  Last in the league in P.P.’s and last in the league (-50), in the crucial P.P’s versus short-handed stats.  Last!!!!  Now Boone and Hickey…go ahead and explain that?

    There are none so blind as he who will not see….

    As for Halak…as McTavish and the boys said…not even Plante could have stopped those…Did anyone notice where Markov and Bergeron were on the second goal?  Not anywhere near the front of the net…Check the tape…it doesn’t lie…

  553. badbalance says:

    Halak should not play against the Caps period. He should sit until the end of the series not matter how they go. Halak just can’t stone a good team.. 8 goals on under 30 last shots is pathetic. THats how you separate Men from Boys or an NHL goalie from a Playoff goalie..

  554. captaincanadien says:

    POULIOT is so DUMB with the puck, does he ever look before he passes?!?!

  555. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Don’t worry, now we’ll get all the calls the Caps were getting in the dying minutes of game 2.

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  556. sidhu says:

    I know this is blasphemy, but Markov has been underwhelming this series — he’s -2 tonight, and his giveaway pass in game 2 was a critical mistake. 

  557. andrewberkshire says:

    There are so many things to pick apart it’s unreal. 

  558. 24 Cups says:

    bb – Sorry, but Hamrlik, Spacek, Gorges and MAB failed Halak tonight.

  559. habsfanmandy says:

    Oh my gosh, I just realized we’re gonna lose this game. Crap. What chance do we have now?

    What a fold.

  560. dicktracy says:

    Considering the Caps were 30 points and 100 goals more than us these teams are closer than I thought. A little help on defence next year and a few forwards that play with size and we’re in. 4 or 6 new players should do it. And a coach.

  561. danedmunds says:

    pouliot needs to see the view from upstairs….. only problem is there is no one to replace him

  562. East Coast Habs says:

    i remember vile Lyle the pile driver! ha ha ha!

  563. Harani says:

    I’m not going to rant unlike others (okay maybe yes but it’s a positive rant). I completely lost my voice in the first period and then saved it for my oral tomoro (although I have close to none left). I think people are just being too cynical and negative. Washington is the best freakin’ team in the league with 101 goals more than us and 33 points ahead of us. Yes, they are beatable on some nights. And, as much as a cliche it is, hockey is a game of momentum and when they scored on our PP, the Habs flew out of the building. 

    I still believe we can take it to them. Some more preparation and study of their game coupled with an extraordinary performance by Price who has resurfaced at the face of the planet. Price is up for an RFA contract. He knows that one of he or Halak will have to go. If he can’t stay, he would want to show others that he’s NOT a first round bust. What better can he do that carrying the Habs into the playoffs?

    Price is certainly capable and from what I just saw on his interview with RDS, he seems mature and ready to compete and come back (he made a couple of really good saves tonight). And heck, it’s the playoffs and stranger things have happened before. We are down 2-1 in a series of 7 games to the Washington Capitals for crying out loud. 

    Sure this game leaves a sour taste but Wednesday, I am ready to guarantee that the Habs will win. Watch my words. I’ll check back then. Good Night! I still BELIEVE!

  564. SeriousFan09 says:

    A BS 10 minute that a Capitals player never would have served.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  565. PrimeTime says:

    He is tonight

  566. forskis says:

    I do not think the goals were all his fault but the stats do not support him…Halak: 3 goals on 13 shots in over 28 min. and Price 2 goals on 23 shots in 32 minutes…

    Not a good night for Halak…I would throw him in for Game #4 but you must admit, Halak is 1-5 in the last six meaningful games…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  567. diehardhab says:

    MEMO TO JACQUES MARTIN:

    Your timeouts don’t rollover like your cellphone minutes!!!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  568. Clay4bc says:

    I just love xenophobes!

    ________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  569. sidhu says:

    The Benny haul down in the slot in the first period was highway robbery.

    The refs are helping the Caps get to that eventual showdown with the Pens.

  570. topher5468 says:

    Pouliot should just watch Gio, he might learn something

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

  571. wotever says:

    Go offence go! (Carey or Jaro can only keep us in the game now)


    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  572. nickster13 says:

    And the useless players of the game award is shared by Pouliot, Hamrlik and MAB. all useless. And our forwards really dont try and hit either. Like there is no reason why moen shouldnt be hurting people

  573. habs3161 says:

    AHH

    ITS GOOD TO SEE A LAFF TROLL ON THIS SITE!

    What got tired of watching golf!!!!!!!!

    HAHA

  574. dhenry1234 says:

    so if habs end up losing the series it seems suitable that refs are to blame for taking away our mojo during game 2. Game 2 would be the turning point and an entire series will be finished with refs to blame. this series should be 2-0 canadiens before this game started. Typical bullshit. I don’t know how someone can enjoy nhl playoffs if refs determine who wins what series.

  575. 24 Cups says:

    O’Byrne starts game 4, no doubt.

  576. ProHabs says:

    Probably a moderator tired of reading you bash Halak.

    The reason the team lost is not because of Halak. Washington is just a much better team. They are alot bigger, stronger and deeper than the Habs. THe Habs spent the whole year winning 1 game, losing 2, winning 2 losing 3. It is not going to be any different in the playoffs. After 82 games we should know what this team is like. They are not going to change just because it is the playoffs.  

  577. danedmunds says:

    mab needs to join sk74

  578. Storm Man says:

    You have seen the light

  579. EricInStL says:

    And to think Boston has the 2nd pick…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  580. ManApart says:

    You people make me laugh. How did Price look so much better than Halak this game. If Price was in nets the whole game, It’s 100% we still would have lost. You guys are missing the problem. The team is no good, especially for playoff style hockey. I’ve been telling people all year.

  581. HardHabits says:

    Just please run the goaltender or something. Man we need Rocket Richard.

  582. TripleX says:

    You fail as a hockey fan of this franchise and even more as a knowledgeable one.  Halak had absolutely no support on any of those goals as did Price.

    This loss is a team effort.  If you think Price, Roy or Dryden would have won this game you are delusional.

  583. zozotheclown says:

    Pouliot looks lost when he gets the puck, he’s really slowing down the other two today. Maybe try SK there next game, even though I know theres no chance of that happening.

  584. joe-hab-nuno says:

    conspiracy theory #289

     

    Yes they did lose the game by themselves, but the refs made sure it stayed that way. Bunch of very soft calls towards us. Didn’t watch the third period until there was about 5 min left just to watch 2 other bulls*** calls on us again.

    Funny when we where up by three 2 nights ago, how the refs tried helping Caps come back. i thought I was paranoid in the beggining of the season with the calls, but they make it so easy to see there is something against some teams

  585. Felicity says:
    I
    admire what you have done here.
  586. danhabsfan says:

    why did it take so long to see Price?

     

    He should have started this gaem, esp after the way Halak played game 2.

    And I like Halak, but I like winning more

  587. habsfaninboston says:

    A makeup call nonetheless since they weren’t “supposed” to call interference on the Caps.

  588. andrewberkshire says:

    Halak wasn’t awful, but how can you possibly say he wasn’t bad? He wasn’t fighting at all, even on the first goal Spacek barely bumped him and he couldn’t hold his position at all. Halak has let in 8 goals on 28 shots, in what world is this acceptable???? Be honest with yourself and think whether you’d be defending Price this same way in a similar situation.

  589. shootdapuck says:

    Down 3-Zip and no sign of the Great APE!

    This is a familiar scene frustrated in the first then give up bad goals and get hammered!

     

     

    “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″

  590. badbalance says:

    That doesn’t mean Halak didnt let in 5+ goals in like 10+ games he played

  591. habsfanmandy says:

    Why are we not cashing rebounds??? Varly gives such fat juicy ones!

  592. HardHabits says:

    Nobody knows, but we sense it and if the Habs win it’s all the more exhilerating. This isn’t Superman as my avatar with his “S” maligned into a “CH”. No! It’s Underdog!!!!! Which is what the Habs are this series.

    Game 1 up to the 4-1 meltdown and tonight’s 2nd period are what’s killing the Habs. Plus it’s momentum. Momentum gained when the Caps came back from 4-1 and won in OT. Momentum that has exploded for 4 goals in 1 period.

    Can the Habs turn that momentum around? How many people would take that bet? I would, only the odds would be so high, but I wouldn’t expect to win it. But that’s what sports are all about. Every once in a while an underdog makes some noise and comes close to winning it all. Rarely if ever do they go all the way, and those are the stuff that movies are made of.

    I prefer having a team that’s the favourite that goes all the way, because they have more opportunities to go all the way thea the underdog.

  593. ooder says:

    i really expected a bit more out of him.

    like they like to say back in the good ol’ USSR: nam pizdetz

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  594. TripleX says:

    Is Pouliot under the impression that this is a no body-checking league?  Come on dude use your size!

  595. topher5468 says:

    So what are you saying, play Halak, OK and if he sucks what then.

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

  596. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I don’t like seeing my team fail, but that substitution should have happend 5 goals ago (in game 2)
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  597. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    The fact that halak got pulled does not surprise me, what was shocking was that PRICE got cheered when he was put in, and you know win or loss Price will talk to the media
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  598. JVF says:

    Yeah, but he’s also -3…

  599. forskis says:

    Actually they both can leave…Halak can turn down the arbitration result and Price can refuse to sign the qualifying offer.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  600. T-roy West says:

    If people think that Halak had much of a chance tonight then you are clearly being emotional and are really not using better judgement.

  601. HABSsince92 says:

    Can we thank Halak as well for the 3 straight losses to end the regular season, which is the reason why we are being spanked by the Caps right now instead of playing against Nj or Buffalo?

    Of course the 3 straight losses are not all on Halak just like he ISN’T the reason why we made the playoffs. Hockey is a team sport Halak and Price both got us to the playoffs by backstopping wins.

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

  602. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Lil’ Tits
    ———–

    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  603. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s what I was thinking haha.

  604. ooder says:

    the issue i have is that JM is that he is way to calm for such an intense sport.

    sometimes that’s good and helps the team be focused.

    but when your team is constantly abused, and you don’t stick up for them, well then why would hte players want to play for you.

    also his whole grudge thing is riduclous…

     

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  605. Shiloh says:

    Because he was quite lousy most of the year.

  606. Larry says:

    Best cumulative record over the four years is what I said. From their Cup in 79, until the mid 90s when Roy left they were there every year, usually top 5. You said they have not been good for 30 years. I say they had some very very good teams through the 80s and into the 90s.

    I didn’t say Steve Penney was a great for the Habs. But in that year, 84 I beleive, they shocked the Bruins, Shocked Quebec, and were up 2-0 against the Islanders before they came to Earth. He had an incredible run that playoff year. I remember Dave Hodge and Don Cherry both picking Montreal as the most likely to be swept in the first round against the Bruins and it is Montreal who swept them.

    And yes they lost in 89, in game six of the Stanley Cup final. Against a very good Calgary team. For God sakes they had 120 points that year, one behind the flames in the regular season. That makes them a pretty darn good team in my books.

  607. danedmunds says:

    couldnt agree more

  608. danedmunds says:

    price looks so bitter he hasnt played in a long time

  609. doug says:

    Whatever – I’ll be his biggest fan if he plays well.  He hasn’t and was anointed prematurely.  I don’t think we’ll be in great shape with him back there, but like I said, I hope he proves me wrong. 

    I’m glad that you remember everything I’ve written.  I haven’t a clue who you are.

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  611. linp says:

    JM is playing again only 3 lines. Darche played only 1.49 min. The other
    lines are not fresh. We always lose when playing 3 lines. JM will never
    learn.

  612. usversusthem says:

    Yes. 

  613. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Price has stopped 17 of 18 shots. Not bad considering he’s playing after a loooong time.

    Carey in game 4? If he has a weak game then I am all in for Halak in game 5.

  614. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s not bashing to point out the facts. 8 goals on 28 shots. That’s not acceptable.

  615. wild flower says:

    If this ends the nonsence about trading Price, it is worth it for the greater good. This team has too few Canadians as it is with out trading our Canadian gold medal hero. It would be like the Hawks looking to deal Toews because they favor Kane.

  616. topher5468 says:

    Halak didnt help himself any either, Last game is still in his head, how he choked

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

  617. EricInStL says:

    I think it’s becaus he’s smaller that the Washington players…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  618. forskis says:

    You sort of understand…however, it is not all about just protecting Price…it is protecting Halak as well…two bad games and then toss him to the side?  I do not think that it is a good idea…like you said, he gets Game #4 to show confidence in him but a short leash.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  619. badbalance says:

    The difference between a playoff goalie and a nhl goalie is the way they keep their team in the game at situations like this. 3 goals on 13 shots doesn’t cut it.

  620. JVF says:

    Jacques Martin — Just the right amount of blandness to make your listless team go from bad to worse. And those ties…

  621. PrimeTime says:

    not against WAS

  622. badangel says:

    not the first time varlamov has stoned the habs

    this is sad

  623. punkster says:

    I feel sorry for Halak and Price equally. Not their fault. The goalie gets a great team in front of him for 20 minutes then the Caps turn up the heat and the Habs choke in the second. But the key I think has been the poor officiating in general and the non-calls on goalie interference among other missed calls on the Caps. Criminal. I can understand it’s playoff hockey and the refs usually let the little ones go but this is absurd. The Habs penalties have been deserved but where are the Caps calls?

    Where did the 1st period Habs go?

    Oh and our leading SOG? Laps with 4. WTF?

  624. topher5468 says:

    It is what it is, Markov is another no show tonight, and your right, Brutal play in game 2

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

  625. andrewberkshire says:

    Based on how both goalies played today, I don’t think we can win with Halak. He wasn’t battling today, he had zero fight in him.

  626. TripleX says:

    We were winning the first period with speed ,  speed and more speed.  That requires quick line changes and four lines to sustain the pressure.  JM is a dumbass.  But we all know that.  Unfortunately the mangement of this franchise is equally brain dead.

  627. Lafrich says:

    Wrong. I live in the US. I watch all games on the other teams’ feed. Soome are impartial (Islanders) and some are horribly partial (Caps, Bruins, Panthers, etc…). TSN is on the partial side.

  628. topher5468 says:

    Getting our butts kicked. I want to hurt Craig Laughlin

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

  629. andrewberkshire says:

    Stephen, facts are facts, Halak is not Patrick Roy, and he’s been atrocious.

  630. HABSsince92 says:

    What about Varlamov certainly he wasn’t the beter goalie for the Caps while Theo was undefeated for like 25 games. I give Boudreau all the credit in the world for pulling him and putting in Varly in game 2. It has paid off for the Caps we can only dream about what could have happened if JM had the balls to do that.

     

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

  631. ProHabs says:

    When you point it out on every post that you write, it is bashing.

    Just reading the post quickly and I can see you have written it on at least 3 straight posts. It is called bashing.

  632. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Attaboy Price – be a wall and give your team a chance!

  633. SeriousFan09 says:

    And the “Best” goalie threw 4 very big games in his last 5 before tonight even started. Where’s the Clutch play he’s apparently so renowned for?

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  634. ManApart says:

    Hey, he was not good enough in game 2, true. I was disappointed, because if he was better the team wins that game. Now the Caps woke up, and it’s game over. I don’t blame him for this game. The team was losing this game the whole time, no matter wahat happened. If Price plays, I wouldn’t be up in arms. I guarantee they still lose, so It doesn’t matter anyways.

  635. Ron says:

    Next game take your chances on the PP and get MAB to the press box, dress OB. Shit MAB can’t even piggy back right. Horrable passive smurf.

  636. Habsfan_jay says:

    In order for anyone on the Habs to run Ovie, we’d need a coach like Tortorella or Crawford. JM will never tell a player to go and take out another.

  637. sidhu says:

    Maybe we can get Laraque to run over Varly??

  638. topher5468 says:

    Why do we suck at home

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

  639. EricInStL says:

    http://www.mynhldraft.com/NHL-Mock-Draft/

    says we get another smurf…..

    Lovely….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  640. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    EUROPEANS DON’t FIGHT
    PLus im a minority hahahahaha
    ———– ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  641. andrewberkshire says:

    Halak can’t turn down the arbitration reward if the Habs match it. It’s actually illegal. The only way either of them can leave if the Habs offer them contracts is if they sign in Europe.

  642. badbalance says:

    Game over

  643. usversusthem says:

    This would be so much funnier if we weren’t losing 4-0. 

  644. Matt_in_TO says:

    If only this team didn’t piss away points that last week of the season.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  645. wild flower says:

    he also looks so bigger.

  646. captaink4life says:

    They’re winning 4-1 and they still have a forward playing up high near the red line when they breakout…

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  647. badbalance says:

    Ok, let Halak play the rest of the games. He will let in 5 goals in each of them, he is rattled. Time for Price to shine. get over it…

  648. Propwash says:

    Notsomuch….

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  649. Mr. Biter says:

    Where’s the poster who questioned me earlier today about starting Price over Halak (4 goals 15 shots Sat. 3 goals 6 shots today) and then questioned our lack of scoring comparing quote” we have the same ammount of goals as the caps”. Also if the refs were bad Sat (and they were not ) today Zebras suck and i am starting to believe bettman want the caps to win. These refs are brutal and should’t be doing pee-wee games. I hope we score 4 in the third but however I’m also waiting for a date with Miss world. Maybe both would be nice. If Prcie does not start game 4 I’m off the the Moose / Hamilton game. 

  650. Bill says:

    Tough to be optimistic about this series. The Habs have looked pitiful offensively tonight: no tough saves for Varlamov, no second chances, ABSOLUTELY NOONE near his crease, much less in his face. Most disappointing Hab for me is Pouliot: he has the size and skills to be a force, but after his strong start with the Habs he has been on vacation for quite some time.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  651. PrimeTime says:

    Boy when it rains, it pours.

  652. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Even though I want to see Price start a game in the playoffs, I hope Halak gets the start Game 4. Halak started losing his mental balance and toughness once Capitals started dicking and pushing him around.

    Unfortunately, no one on this team has the balls to support our goalies.

    This is where size matters.

    The D has been brutal. It needs a makeover. I’ve mentioned it several times. Hamrlik and Bergeron need to be replaced by Subban and a hard-hitting defenseman. That would be a good start.

    But I am not Pierre Gauthier. He has the magic keys.

  653. captaink4life says:

    Agreed.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  654. forskis says:

    Saying Price would lose 100% is just pure guessing…besides, Price had better stats than Halak this game…Halak:  3 goals in 13 shots in over 28 minutes and Price 2 goals on 23 shots in under 32 minutes…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  655. duffy says:

    This series was all over in game two when they blew a 4-1 lead.They will not win another game.

  656. habsoul says:

    Hey guys, let’s take a reality check and stop attacking each other. Montreal is a #8 seed playing the best team in the league. We have a lot of talented players but the Canadiens are not on the same level as the Caps. The series isn’t over but it’s a steep uphill climb from here. I think it’s Carey for the rest of the way and maybe he will elevate his game. 

  657. Clay4bc says:

    Islanders are the best, I agree…but I guarantee you that TSN would rather the Canadian team won here. problem is that Pierre MaGuire is an idiot, and makes them all look bad.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  658. crabvader says:

    F this team… giving up the way they did. I’m not watching this crap.

  659. habsfaninboston says:

    Agree.  It shouldn’t have come to this.  He could have called a TO when they were down a couple of goals and settled them down.

  660. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche, Hamrlik sit, OB and SK in for Game 4, Price starts.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  661. DOAHABS says:

    Wow is that all you could come up with ,.well your a regular genius arne’t you………….hahahahhaha

  662. habsfanmandy says:

    It’s over. change of jersey be right back

  663. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Will not change anything… It’s Ovie-Crosby all the way… Anyway…

    Man… TSN is a f’in joke! I think they are all little Caps puck bunnies… Drooling over Boudreau and his fluffies… Done watching this for tonight…

    Anyone tell me how TSN got this series and CBC got Boston-Buffalo??? Not that I want to listen to Craig Simpson or Greg Millen… but Gord & Pierre and the so-called expert panel is painful!!

  664. Shiloh says:

    Lapierre’s penalty was tame compared to the shit they didn’t call against Washington.

  665. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oy, oy, oy..

  666. floatingineather says:

    agreed, so the players start sticking up for themselves and voicing their frustration to the refs, as you said our coach doesnt react, this is hockey not the opera!

  667. sidhu says:

    Lapierre should test the new head shot rule?

  668. andrewberkshire says:

    When we’re talking about who should start the next game, using evidence to support your argument is logical, it’s not bashing. Saying Halak sucks would be bashing. I’m not saying that, I’m saying he’s not playing well enough to deserve another game.

  669. 21BIGGionta says:

    Hall Gill By Far The Best D on tonight…if hall gill is the best …thats saying something about our D..COMON GUYS PLAY LIKE IT MEANS SOMETHING TO YOU!

  670. zozotheclown says:

    TSN consensus says Halak wednesday. I would go with Price, no hesitation, I don’t blame Halak for any of the goals but you have to try and change momentum somehow. Price has a good lifetime record against Ovy and theres no reason to believe he’ll play poorly. Its really about changing things up and trying to get the team going, because no goalie will win game 4 if we play like we did the 2nd today.

  671. danedmunds says:

    mike green sucks

  672. Sami says:

    I believe too Harani………!

  673. hablifting says:

    Deep in the net and down early.  Yup, there’s Price.

  674. DOAHABS says:

    Sadly the real Habs have shown up…….

  675. Keith says:

    Didn’t stand a chance on that. Game over ((

  676. HABSsince92 says:

    No, unfortunatly there is no way of ever knowing what would have happened if Price started or if Roy was our goalie, and so and so forth.

     

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

  677. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    If we had a smart coach
    ———–

    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  678. tony d says:

    I can’t stand that friggin clown!!!!!!!!!!

  679. Mr. Biter says:

    P/S Halak just played himself out of a large new contract.

  680. topher5468 says:

    Please dont let that douche over hyped Green score, PLEASE

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

  681. BrianSkrudland says:

    What age is too old for a grown man to cry?

  682. captaink4life says:

    So gents (and ladies)… would you like some cheese with your whine? 

    We’re getting beaten. Badly. Shit happens sometimes. The good news is that we’re still in this series. 

    Keep the faith!!

    P.S. Price for Game #4

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  683. EricInStL says:

    He might still be injured. He should have rested during the Olympics….but he played

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  684. spos080808 says:

    Perfect shot by OV. Absolute snipe.

  685. Hockey Socks says:

    So who do we see in nets Wednesday?

  686. habsfanmandy says:

    It said 3-1 on RDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  687. AH says:

    THUD!!! and the Habs come crashing back to earth…and reality. Washington has woken up. Too small, too soft, and a pop gun offense. Bring on the tee times.

  688. TripleX says:

    Price has 5 wins in 15 playoff games.  Hardly inspiring.

  689. 21BIGGionta says:

    this is total BS. can’t believe this shit.

  690. Habsfan_jay says:

    God I hope so!

  691. Lafrich says:

    Caps announcer:

    “anytime you score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs, more often than not you’re going to get the W”

     

    This is what I am stuck listening to.

  692. doug says:

    i’m ducking out of this joint before it gets ugly. . .

  693. joeybarrie says:

    I wonder where your from….

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

  694. RH says:

    82 games of mediocrity, during the regular season and people are STILL blaming the refs. GET OVER IT!!

    I actually thought the Habs would make a series of this but, if Halak’s gonna crap the bed every night, from game two on out, then this should be over soon. Unless, of course, Carey Price……….awe screw it.

    This “defensive team”, as Pierre Macguire put it the other night, aren’t very good…..especially on defense.

  695. EricInStL says:

    mmmmmm pasta….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  696. T-roy West says:

    What could he have done with the first one. The second he was screened and the third the defence left him high and dry. But you probably know better.

  697. gK_HabsFan says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, what you’re seeing out there is a little something called REBOUND CONTROL!!!

    -GK-

  698. ManApart says:

    Like I said, Halak was not good enough in game 2. He was good in game 1. This game had nothing to do with goaltending. Call him in between this game then. Hey, start Price. I have no big issue with it. I am almost sure they lose the next 2 no matter what, anyways. It won’t make any difference with this team. For a shot at a momentum shift and because Price may be mentally sharper, go for it, I say. I’m just very saddened and discouraged that I wasn’t wrong about this team

  699. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yes, here are the goofs that will start blaming Price for this game now.

  700. rut1212 says:

    I was thinking the same thing…

  701. danedmunds says:

    carey carey carey

     

    should have been in net tonight

  702. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Once they moderated one of my posts, don’t know why..won’t repeat cuz they might moderate this one, but I’ll give you a hint. It’s from a seinfeild episode where they line was “Not that there is anything wrong with that”. With some of the c*** i read hear I was really surprised they took that out. Been afraid to post here since that. LOL

  703. thirdstone says:

    two weeks after last game minus a day for each goal scored against us this series

    so… last week

  704. Clay4bc says:

    Not that Doug needs me to speak for him…but get over yourself. Doug (and myself, and MANY others) were quite upfront on the feelings about Price. It’s you who needs to account for your hatred of Halak.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  705. shootdapuck says:

    Philosophically, and there isn’t much else at this point:

    Halak played awfully in the last 3 games of the regular season( he wasn’t alone BTW) but a win would improve the playoff cede so pressure was on! ( not to mention two of the last 3 games at home and the additional pressure to perform in front of the Bell Center faithful).

    When a point was needed in a last chance situation against the LAFFS Halak looked and played like a nervous kiddy at the dentist.

    Playoffs vs Caps:

    Game 1, the expectations were low and pressure non-existant and Halak played well.

    Game 2 “the collapse” whether interference or whatever the cause, the pressure ramped up and Halak folded.

    Game 3 Say no more. Expectations were high, home crowd, pressure on and voila!

    I wonder what Alan Walsh is posting on Twitter tonight??? “anyone looking for a good but very fragile goaltender?”

    Today, right now, the Canadiens have neither Elite or Consistent goaltending and as a group a very slow, soft and positionally poor defense. The level of play of both are up and down as often as the drawers on a Bangkok bar-girl

    Game in and game out neither can be depended on for a consistent result or the big play.

    Game 2 vs Caps a case of deja-vu going back eerily similarly to the collapse vs. Carolina 2002 they surrendered a three goal lead in the second period and then promptly dropped the next two and the series.

    This 2009-2010 team if frustrated offensively early as they were in the first period or get a bad goal scored on them consistently will throw its hands and the air and quit and the penalties just flow.

    The back-end of this team needs a flush similar to the one done on the front-end last year!

     

     

     

    “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″

  706. forskis says:

    I was disappointed in him in Game #2 as well…but I thought the team would be able to save his butt for once in OT…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  707. punkster says:

    He’s gotta stop those? He shoulda had that one? That was stoppable? He was screened? That was goalie interference? Take your choice.

  708. sidhu says:

    Well, we are where we are “supposed” to be – Caps with 2 wins, and Habs with 1.

    Habs need to direct their energy and frustration into a strong start on Wednesday. 

    We haven’t run their goalies in the way they’ve run ours, we haven’t targeted Green physically like the way they’ve targeted MAB.

  709. danedmunds says:

    why does mab play half the game?

  710. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – Hal Gill, our version of Allan Stanley, is our best player tonight.  That’s not a knock against him, but rather an evaluation of how the rest of the Dmen are playing.  It’s not the refs, it’s us.  We’re still a team that can’t handle the physical aspect of playoff hockey.

  711. ooder says:

    just a thought..

    i love metro the guy is a great palyer, but he is coming back from a serious shoulder injury way earlier then expected.

    he hasn’t practice with the team either.

    so his ice time gets limited and is not very effective…

    so why on earth sit SK74 who has been playing well, for him.

    once again nothing against metro, but this decision is stupid. JM seems to be really stubborn and holds a grudge like a woman (no offesnse ladies)

     

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  712. 21BIGGionta says:

    your watching the habs play…its okay to cry at any time

  713. habs4cup says:

    and making the playoffs by 1 F%#$^ing point is somrthing to be proud of?

    for what? this S@#$%&^*(t.

  714. BrianSkrudland says:

    Imagine having paid big money to ticket scalpers to be at the Bell Centre for this nonsense tonight?! At least the rest of us have had the luxury of quick access to booze/vomit bags/pain killers at home.

  715. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone else think Metro isn’t ready to return? He’s a warrior for trying, but it reminds me of Bouillon last season in game 3, who got reinjured on his second shift. It sucks the life out when one guy can’t keep up.

  716. tony d says:

    If they don’t score 1 before the end of this period…..say g’night

  717. sidhu says:

    On the bright side, the Caps are just reclaiming the home ice that we “stole” from them in game 1. 

    2-1 Caps is where it’s supposed to be in the series.

    The rest of our character will be this third period and game 4.  We better not come out flat this last 20.

  718. sidhu says:

    WHY IS MAB EVEN ON THE ICE???  IS HE MARTIN’S SON IN LAW???

  719. Clay4bc says:

    There you go, Priceberg! (only for you!)

    For everyone else…the team looks like thay have given up. Poor Carey, or any Habs goalie now, because there is no effort on D.

    JM, where’s the god-damned time-out?

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    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  720. danedmunds says:

    if marc andre bergeron plays 1 more game for the montreal canadiens jacques martin confirms that he is not watching the same thing we are

  721. ManApart says:

    Oh ya, it’s a real stretch. The team scored 1 and Price let in 2 in half a game as it was. How do we win if he plays a full game? Price had better stats this game. So f#$%ing what! He was on pace to let in 4. it’s so irrelevant it’s not even funny. This team has no  chance….put in who you would like. I don’t care.

  722. Deasia says:
    i
    would love to read more from you on this
  723. Habsfan_jay says:

    Totally agree, not his fault at all

    1st goal, pushed into net by Spatch

    2nd goal, never even saw the puck there was so much traffic

    3rd goal, hung out to dry

     

    Now poor Pricey has to put up with it…

     

  724. rogieshan says:

    Markov taking less risks because MAB is his partner. Plekanec still loses too many faceoffs cleanly.   

  725. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Well now I know  what it feels like too be shot thru the hart with a golfball,lol

  726. habsoul says:

    I just realized that this may have been the last time we see Jaroslav Halak in goal for the Montreal Canadiens.

  727. andrewberkshire says:

    CAN WE END THE GOD DAMN BERGERON EXPERIMENT!??!?!??!?!?!?!?!?

  728. vin23 says:

    “Does anyone think that victory is possible without facing danger? At times like these we all need to be reminded who we truely are. That we will not give up or give in”

    -President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Pearl Harbor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xTv1zuyhA&feature=related

    Sure this is a tough one to swallow and many of the performances were sub-par but we musn’t feel sorry for ourselves. Time to pick it up and continue supporting, and our boys will put in the effort. We’ll have all summer to shit on eachother and the players who we believe are at fault, but now, for right now it’s time to rally together.

  729. spos080808 says:

    You are a joke.

  730. nickster13 says:

    well that was embarassing Bergeron, its safe to say you wont be playing next game, PP presence or not

  731. Propwash says:

    Well, Habs are on a wing and a prayer at this point

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  732. Shiloh says:

    Hey – this is the top scoring team in hockey we’re playing. We just have to win the third period and play well on Wednesday. I’m not ready to give up.

    It sure is funny to see the Price Patrol falling all over as they pat themselves on the back. Hey brainless ones – if Halak doesn’t play awesome this year we’re not in the playoffs. He has outplayed Price for two years. I agree with Martin’s decision to bring in the backup, but really, Price-lovers, you are collectively sickening.

  733. Matt_in_TO says:

    Thank God MAB will not be on this team next year

     

    - I Hab Faith

  734. Bryan says:

    Plek’s line is -3 on the night…

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  735. DOAHABS says:

    I wonder if slipping Price in ,will allow him to redeem himself & become a legendary Montreal Goalie ala Ken Dryden, Patric Roy………I know I’m dreaming but wouldn’t that be a good thing……

  736. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, MAB is money on a PK situation…

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  737. forskis says:

    Alright…I am over my disappointment…I still believe the Habs have a chance because the Caps have not won four games yet…the Habs WILL come out better prepared to NOT just watch the puck in the defensive zone…

    The Habs have played nine periods of hockey and have been impressive in FIVE of those periods…this was a meaningful game, ie. first home playoff game of the season and they always wet the bed in a meaningful home game.  They will be much better in Game #4.

    The series is not over yet.  GO HABS GO

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  738. badbalance says:

    Halak gives the caps fire, Price has to eat his shit now

  739. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Nothing against Halak at all, but I’d like to see Price start the next game.  Both have played some great playoff games, and some not so good.  For whatever reason, Halak had a chance and couldn’t get it done.  Give the reins to Carey for a game.  If he craps the bed, at least we feel better about losing him next summer.  What’s to lose?

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  740. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow – this D is brutal you can put Patrick Roy or Ken Dryden in nets and they’ll lose as well.

  741. andrewberkshire says:

    I think we’re all saddened and discouraged, but honestly I’m not near as pissed about this game as I was about the last one.

  742. duffy says:

    They need to lay some HURT on Varlamov.

  743. habsfanmandy says:

    This is so sick. I am not, not getting upset over this.

    MAB getting suckier on D as we go, why isn’t OB given a chance?

  744. doug says:

    I saw the comment.  It was directed at Clay I think and was just a personal attack, basically.  It was more about that than any other point, so it was deleted.  When Boone stepped in a few months ago he said that personal attacks without hockey content might be deleted.  At the risk of being deleted, I’m not trying to be personal but you have tendency to get personal, whether with foul language or just in a somewhat patronizing way. 

    That’s the way I see it, anyways. . . for however long this post may or may not exist.

  745. 21BIGGionta says:

    hahah guys are blaming price..thats hilarious. Guys who blame price= dont know hockey

  746. mrhabby says:

    i hope our defense is upgraded in the summer. needs to get faster, uglier and younger if possible. alot of goals being scored down low we cannot match the caps is this area.

  747. habsfaninboston says:

    Good job clearing the rebounds boys.

  748. forskis says:

    Not debating who to put in….just countering your claim that Price did not perform well.

    For the record, I believe Halak gets Game #4 but on a short leash.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  749. topher5468 says:

    Yea, thats good, Halak wasnt much better, Take out your frustration on someone else, 

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

  750. JVF says:

    I’d start Price, SK74, O’Byrne and sit Metro and Darche or Lapierre.

  751. punkster says:

    He has to stop those. That was stoppable. He was screened. The D let him down again. Take your pick. Whatever.

  752. andrewberkshire says:

    Think it’s safe to say that Sergei Kostitsyn would be more useful than Darche or Metropolit has been.

  753. SensFanSpezza says:

    It’s great to say Halak had an .820 save percentage in two games.  He deserved it for the last game he played.  But he didn’t deserve it tonight.  His defenceman fell on him on the first one, and left him open to multiple shooters and screens on the other two.  Tonight wasn’t his fault, but he’ll get screwed for it anyway.

  754. T-roy West says:

    Just like Halak didn’t stand a chance?

  755. punkster says:

    This ain’t over.

  756. Clay4bc says:

    Yeah, some rebound control on that last goal, wasn’t it?

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  757. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice of him to come in though and take the L on his record rather than have Allan Walsh have to defend it when he Twitters his contract demands for Halak.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  758. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Wonder what Gomes yelled at the refs when he got his miscontuct, but i bet it went something like this ” Why don’t you f&*% heads do your job ad call the right calls”

  759. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Lets Go Boys!

    Price is going to keep them in it…he does NOT want to lose. Great call by Martin to pull Halak, he was rattled by the 1st goal (not good), but thank goodness our backup (weird eh) is CAREY PRICE. We’re in good hands. We need guys in Varly’s face from the start of the third!

    GO HABS GO!

  760. Exit716 says:

    Let Washington get this one game out of their system. They’ll get all cocky and start playing stupid hockey again.

  761. showey47 says:

    holy fuck mab 2 giveaways in 4 seconds and they score.

  762. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM’s making it much easier for there to be reasons for Boucher to have his job next year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  763. joe-hab-nuno says:

    WOW! it’s still here.

  764. HABSsince92 says:

    All because of Saturday night.

     

     

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

  765. eagle says:

    top 5 pick sounds pretty good right about now, what i would do for gudbranson……

  766. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    PG needs to blow this team up and bring in a ton of new guys who will bring a new face to this team.  Yup, that oughta do it.

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  767. punkster says:

    Disagree.

  768. East Coast Habs says:

    carey left out high and dry on that one

  769. showey47 says:

    “As well, can you imagine giving a key player on another team a 10 minute misconduct!!! For what???   And then to hit Pleks with 4 minutes!!! 2 of our very best out for 14 minutes in the middle of a PLAY-OFF GAME!!”-I agree,the refs get an earful all the time from players and you never see them get a misconduct. Especially a top 6 forward. If that was the case crosby would the leagues penalty minute leader every year. Then pleks gets nailed for doing the same thing the caps were doing all game 2? I’ve been saying for years the league reeks of corruption and have gotten some slack for it. But man,i watch a boat load of hockey on a daily basis (i have a hockey loving wife) and you see differences in the way games are called compared to habs games.

  770. Keith says:

    Get OB back in next game. At least he will hurt guy’s.

  771. Clay4bc says:

    Wasn’t me, but I’ll question you right now. Halak deserved the start tonight, and NONE of the three goals (nor the one on Price) were even remotely the fault of the goalie(s).

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    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  772. Big Ted says:

    Line-up for next game:

     

    Cammalleri-Gomez-Gionta, SK74-Plek-AK46, Pouliot-Moore-Moen, MAB-Lapierre-Pyatt

    Markov-OB, Hamrlik-Spacek, Gorges-Gill

    Price

     

    Metro was not ready, he ws too far behind the play and had to short-shift. We can’t afford to have him in right now when we have a player like SK with more to offer. I think his value and Andrei’s go up if they play together. Cammi looks tentative going into corners, he needs to play with guys like Gomez and Gionta who are playing there hearts out right now. Pouliot is skating well but he is having problems controlling the puck and cammi does that better to support Gomez and Gionta. Darche sits over Laps (who is playing fairly well) and Pyatt (who is a better skater and can play PK). MAB is not an NHL defenceman, and certainly not one in the playoffs. OB has better size and is a decent skater. He can’t pinch as much as he has in the last few regular season games though cau