For whom the Bell does not toll

 It was the first time Carey Price’s parents have seen him play at the Bell Centre.

All they got was 40 minutes. 

 For the first time in his NHL career, Price got yanked after giving up four goals on 29 shots. Jaroslav Halak played the third period and was beaten once as Carolina laid a 5-1 thumping on a team that has lost five straight on home ice.

If he could have, Guy Carbonneau would have yanked his whole starting lineup.

Canadiens were that bad – and 21,273 took notice.

Once again, the team was booed off the ice.

"The booing is deserved," said an admirably honest Mike Komisarek.

"If one good thing comes out of tonight’s game, every guy has to remember this feeling. We have to hear those boos inside our heads."

The recent home-ice debacles, against Buffalo, Nashville, Detroit and Carolina –  raise a question:

Just how bad are the Boston Bruins?

"We played well in Boston," said Komisarek, "and then we come home, play a very good team and we don’t respond.

"The fans have every right to boo. Those peeople pay good money to see us play."

"The booing is tough, it wears on players when we get booed," said Christopher Higgins. "We played a simple, effective game on the road and then we come home and it goes to shit."

Guy Carbonneau said he had "no explanation" for why his team falters in the theoretically friendly confines of he Bell Centre. On the road, the coach said, "the focus is there, we keep things simple and it works."

 Carbonneau described Price as a 20-year-old goaltender who is learning the pro game and is "probably ahead of the curve."

"In the situation we’re in right now," the coach added, "we need goalies and everybody else to play well." 



  1. sidhu says:

    Can we trade him and Ryder during intermission? In the meantime, we can put Muller and Jaro on the forward lines.

    Seriously, if things continue in this fashion, I wouldn’t mind making a trade well before the deadline for promising younger players – Bernier and Marleau perhaps.

  2. Bill says:

    Sorry there, Chuck. Is it okay with you if I state the obvious?

  3. Moey says:

    I agree, but what happened to the big spanking we gave them last time? Any chance guys???!!!!

  4. Chuck says:

    Bill beats up on Price. How predictable. 🙂

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  5. Ali says:

    Hurricanes are quick, and they make short, crisp passes and have great presence in the middle of the ice in our zone. Very impressive.

  6. Moey says:

    THey ain’t looking great so far. Sighhhhhhh…….

  7. Bill says:

    Amen to that, I hate watching the Habs play these guys.

  8. Bill says:

    That’s how easy it is to score a goal. Whitney strips Chipchura, passes it off, over to Cole – unmolested by Hamrlik or O’Byrne (it’s not the size, it’s how you use it, I guess) – who owns the increasingly beatable Price.

    Now that we’ve spotted them one, can the real game start?

  9. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Nice screen by the ref.

    Eric F. Cole

  10. Chuck says:

    Ugh. Chipchura gets his pocket picked. Phenominal shot by Cole though, off the far post.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  11. Ali says:

    I’ll say it for you Mike:

    Erik F. Cole

  12. sidhu says:

    Cole is a Habs killer.

  13. Naila Jinnah says:

    And that’s the bad news.

  14. Moey says:

    John Lennon’s death was a very big deal for a lot of people. I’m glad Mike posted that, I fogot it was the anniversay today.

  15. Naila Jinnah says:

    I can’t believe RDS just called him Corey Price. Thought that was over…

  16. Naila Jinnah says:

    The good news is, this is the last time we face the ‘Canes! 😀

  17. Wops says:

    Boone, could be a good idea to have an auto-refresh button on your page. Just a suggestion!

    Might screw up the stats for your # of reads though..
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  18. Keith says:

    I hear Micheal Ryder has family and friends at the game tonight should be some incentive to go out and work hard and shoot the puck instead of trying the backhand deke move we all have grown to hate. Is Erik Cole playing (hope not), he kills us. We have a hard time against these guys a victory would be a huge confidence boost. I wish Gorges was playing. I just don’t understand it. GO HABS GO!!

  19. Chuck says:

    That #3 looks awfully good on Rhino.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  20. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    mmm… we’ve finally got some size on D… delicious…

  21. mcLovin says:

    I don’t know what point your trying to make. I just wish it always wasn’t the great people who got shot, and the tyrants who lived to be old.

    but that’s not for here. GO habs GO! I’m sure if lennon grew up in montreal he’d be an habs fan!

  22. Chuck says:

    Laffs are facing another backup goaltender tonight. What is it with them facing sub-par goaltending this year?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  23. CHasman says:

    Most goals scored for Montreal in the last three years. We can’t afford to lose that. With his shot, he should be out on a 5on 3 situation. Ryder will be back. I just hope it’s for us.

  24. Mike Boone says:

    I wouldn’t call it buzz. There is speculation Saku could be traded, depending on where the team is at as the deadline approaches. Pierre McGuire ranks Koivu behind Mats Sundin and Olli Jokinen as trade deadline targets for Cup contenders. Marian Hossa might be in that mix as well.

  25. Chuck says:

    Not a Lennon fan, I assume?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  26. Ed says:

    Let’s hope, for Michael Ryder’s sake, that if there are any 5 on 3’s tonight, that he will get to play & not watch from the bench as he did on 3 consecutive occasions earlier this year. At the time, he was in a slump, but it was not nearly as pronounced as it is now. That would have been an ideal time to get him going. Instead he was benched, and that had to affect his confidence.

    Also, he was hardly ever used in the 3rd period, if they were leading. We know how well the Canadiens have fared while trying to be defensive, & protect those 3rd period leads. More often than not, they have blown them.

    Pierre Lebrunn, on Sportnet, just now said that Ryder is only playing tonight because of the injuries to Smolinski & Begin. This is another example of the lack of confidence that Carbonneau has in Ryder. It is going to be difficult for him to get going tonight, especially playing in Montreal, where the fans are just waiting to boo him. He is in a no win situation.

  27. RH says:

    Let’s see, important people in history who were shot. Abe Lincoln……Martin Luther King Jr…….JOHN LENNON?????!!!???? HUH???

  28. sidhu says:

    PJ Stock is on Hockey Night in Canada’s pre-game show, saying that the buzz around Montreal is whether Saku Koivu’s “reign in Montreal is finally over.”

  29. howtathor says:

    AHHH the anticipation! 45 min till puck drop…can’t wait! CBC is showing the Leafs as usual. That’s ok, Cole wouldn’t know a Hab from a Hab not 😛 Pierre and Yvon have got this down to an art form. Is there anything more thrilling than hearing TIR DU BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!!! Thanks Pierre!
    What’s up with this fight tonight between Merryweather and Hatton? 54.95 to rent! Oh well will have to settle for Lapierre/Brind’amour Yeah right! Well, I’m rootin’ for Ryder tonight! It’s been a long time since that hat trick in April!
    Here’s a little ditty to the tune of Michael Row Your Boat Ashore

    Michael put some points on the board, Hallelujah…
    We know you can score 27 more, Hallelujah
    Michael put some points on the board, Hallelujah


  30. Erik says:

    Like to see a great win GO HABS!!!

  31. likehoy says:

    I haven’t heard any legit rumors with any credibility. Most of the rumors I’ve heard sound like water-cooler talk.

  32. Les-Habitants says:

    Top 4 d from last night is the same, meaning that O’Byrne is playing with Hammer. Brisebois has been paired with Bouillon

  33. nightmare_49 says:

    Seeing that Breezer is back i hope The Big Redwood is kept with Hamy for the whole game as you know our coach has a tendency to panic and ruin new players confidence even when their playing solid.

  34. Chuck says:

    Great pun, Mike!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  35. Cable Guy says:

    Lets get another 5 power play goals against Carolina tonight. I have a feeling Kostityn is going to have a huge game tonight.

  36. Les-Habitants says:

    Carolina and Habs games are ones I’ve enjoyed watching, and this should be another good game. Habs need to pull off a big win at home, and I think the boys will do so tonight.

    If both Begin and Smokes are placed on IR, I would hope that the Habs callup someone from Hamilton. Streit is not a forward, although I have a feeling that Carbo wouldn’t be against using Streit as a forward until Begin or Smokes return. I’d rather see Ferland get a callup though (seeing how it’s for a defensive-forward spot)

    On a rumor note, has anyone else been hearing the Ryder rumors?? I was wondering if anyone knew if there was ANY truth to them. The one I’ve seen a few times is Ryder, 1 d-man, and 1 prospect for a top 6 sniper.

  37. Mike Boone says:

    Obvious link: Marx and Lennon.

  38. CHasman says:

    Personally, Smolinski’s loss means nothing to me, he’s soft and sometimes lazy and has taken some bad penalties. Begin hurts though.

  39. Kevin says:

    From TSN:

    Bryan Smolinski (out indefinitely with a right knee injury – awaiting results from MRI Friday) and Steve Begin (out indefinitely with a left shoulder separation) are out and will likely be placed on IR. When that happens, the Canadiens could call up replacements.

  40. Chuck says:

    Never mind the communisim angle, a lot of stations in the US bible belt had a big problem with the first line, “Imagine there’s no heaven…”

    Years ago WKRP in Cincinnatti did a wonderful show relating to John Lennon’s “Imagine” and the censorship issues that were raised because of it; you should check it out if you ever see it in re-runs.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  41. Chuck says:

    Go Rhino Go!!!


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  42. likehoy says:

    lennon’s song is arguably about communism…I heard the tune was banned on several radio stations upon its release

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