Game 1 Liveblog: Canadiens drop opener to Leafs 4-3


Eller scored twice for the Canadiens, who also got a goal from Brendan Gallagher.

James Van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf  were the other Leafs scorers.

Toronto outshot the Canadiens 38-36.



  1. jedimyrmidon says:

    Parros getting injured the way he did was just pure Habs luck. First game in and Parros and Murray are out. Hard not to believe Habs are ‘cursed’.

    That Raymond goal off of Bouillon’s skate was just… I can’t believe the things that happen in a game that are so unlikely that they ‘shouldn’t’ happen.

    You just can’t plan for stuff like that.

  2. habs1992 says:

    Don Cherry and P.J said it best.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  3. CHicoHab says:

    Tsn reports Parros concussion. It awake and alert. Can’t see him back till new year if at all.

  4. CHicoHab says:

    Just saw hi lite. Orr pulled on Parros sweater as they went down but not intentionally to smack his face to the ice. All instinct in a brawl hanging on a guy to the end of a fight.

  5. jimmy shaker says:

    VanRiemsdyk- lucky bounce
    Phaneuf – nice shot
    Bozak – lucky bounce from our hal gill cement skate defender markov
    Raymond – lucky bounce again.

    Really Price deserved better, made some great saves to keep the team going and then looked “CHL” level on the Bozak breakaway.

    Point being they should’ve came away with 2 points tonight, but more often then not it seems these guys find a way to lose and don’t have the push back or the compete level to want to come back.

    And then we have Marky, great with the puck, horrible without it. Looks like MAB in his own zone, has got to be slower than Hal gill and Murray combined, his knees are shot…….Give him a tape of Gonchar who is 4 years older to show him how to be an effective NHL d-man without speed.

    Shaker out!

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      On a scale of 1-10 for the difficulties of the goals scored Against tonight I would rank them:

      First goal: 6/10
      A 5-on-3, where an attempted backdoor pass takes a couple unlucky bounces off the inside of Prices leg and into the net. Unlucky but should have protected his 5 hole better.

      Second goal: 8/10
      A cross ice pass followed by a hard wrist shot placed just under the bar
      Glove side. Price going opposite way of shot. Would be a tremendous save if he had made it, but that’s a shot that’s going in 9 out of ten times.

      Third goal: 7/10
      A shorthanded clear breakaway. I maintain that a breakaway save has more to do with the forward screwing up than what the goalie does. Price a little shallow but Bozak made a good shot

      Fourth goal: 9.5/10
      Two-on-one pass that get unfortunately bounces right back to the passer after Price already made his move. Almost an impossible save to make. Unlucky.

      I don’t have a grade for all of the great saves Price made tonight, but his average rating for difficulty of goals is 7.625, and didn’t allow any softies.

      Anyone agree? I’m going to keep track of this all year because it seems sometimes people on here think Price gives up nothing but softies.

    • Mattyleg says:

      “more often then not it seems these guys find a way to lose and don’t have the push back or the compete level to want to come back.”

      Except when we did it enough times to finish #1 in our division and #2 in our conference, you mean, right?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • The Jackal says:

        Matty, don’t waste your breath. It is up the Habs to vindicate you and themselves, of course. The doubters are pervasive, and we must be even more resilient. Game 1? It was fun, we lost but we were a good team, gotta give credit to the laffs, but nonetheless it could have gone both ways. It will be a dog fight but overall, we are the team that is getting better and better each game.

        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Point taken…….but how many of those wins were the come from behind variety? It’s easy to play with the lead and for that matter a great game plan. If you’re always leading then I guess you always win. Point being; they rarely come back and well the playoffs, we won’t mention that. I just want to be able to watch this team going into a 3rd period down a goal or two and have the mental toughness to come back, not have to mail it in and turn the channel to teletoon retro to watch he-man reruns.

        Shaker out!

  6. slyCH says:

    I was watching the game on my I-phone at work and even on that small screen I could tell Parros had a concussion. He looked out of it. Shame he had to hit the ice the way he did. It was nice to see Moen come to Prusts defense though. Hope Parros gets back soon.

  7. John Q Public says:

    A new 5 year plan coming soon.

    People pay money for this shit.Ha.

  8. gumper says:

    Missed the Parros incident due to an unavoidable phone call. What happened? Did Orr deck him?

    And on an unrelated subject, something that drives me around the bend is the diving call when called in combination with an actual penalty. If it’s a crosscheck, how can it be a dive?

    Habs lost the game in the second. Got into penalty trouble, which disrupted the flow of the offence, then they couldn’t regain any mo till too late.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  9. cooper250 says:

    Not all bad. Loved that Lars proved (more than he had to) that he’s back. Price battled when out of position. Galchenyuk played very well away from the puck (2 unaccredited assists). Markov made a mistake that you won’t see again this year not to mention the big lug Phaneuf made a perfect shot within a 5 square inch hole in the top right corner…

  10. Habfan4lfe says:

    Lousy game. Horrible officiating. Lost control of the game and that was clearly evident in the last minute of play.

    Hope Parros is ok and I hope he watches the vid of what happened and remembers next time. Please add one punch for me.

  11. La Duke 16 says:


    Leafs take 8th playoff spot!
    Habs miss the palyoffs by 1 or 2 points!!

    Big loss tonight……

  12. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Let’s all just say it already. Bournival should be the 4th line center. He can kill penalties, win draws and has energy. He also has offensive skill so if a top center is playing poorly, he can be moved up.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  13. The Jackal says:

    Oh yeah habs1992? Confirmed?

    Any enforcer in the NHL is forced to risk their mental health in order to be on the team. Parros or another enforcer may want to play and may even be willing to get hurt, but it is a rough life and it is not comparable to a job in which your brain and mental health do not ultimately suffer.

    Fighters in the NHL get the short end of the stick. They have little in the subject of security even though they are athletes who can play at the highest level of the sport. Tough guys don’t have to fight. They can hit and intimidate without dropping the gloves. The fact is that they are forced to fight.

  14. Whatever says:

    People were bitching about Eller needing to step up very, very recently. He obviously played a good game. Maybe DD and Briere will play good games too.

  15. Habcouver says:

    Still love my Habs!
    The young guns (Eller and co.) didn’t disappoint me.
    Price had some tough bounces.
    I still see the lack of intimidation factor in the CH and teams like the Loathes are going to try to exploit that every game.
    Parros is a good fit but man, I see Tinordi as becoming a force in the years to come!

    Go Habs Go!

    Waiting patiently for #25

  16. SUMO says:

    TSN690 reporting Nathan Beaulieu sent back to Hamilton.

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      That’s strange. Beaulieu needs to be in Hamilton playing big minutes not sitting in the press box, but then why call him up? Trade in the works?

      • Arnou Ruelle says:

        I don’t see any trade, unless they said it will. Does the Beaulieu calling from Hamilton ‘really’ mean a Trade in the works?

        • Stevie.Ray says:

          They are about to go on a long road trip to the West and only have 6 healthy D. It does not necessarily mean a trade is in the works, but it is strange that they call him up for one day and then send him back down.

  17. Ton says:

    tough loss……..disappointments> defense all the way… well DD too small……..Briere will be ok……..but move DD. Price was good…..he was not the problem. I liked Moen….he played well.

    Parros> he did well and played well as well………tough break it was an accident.

  18. Stevie.Ray says:

    Shut up pj stock.

  19. port elgin says:

    Fire Therien…now

  20. habs-fan-84 says:

    **after a few shots of Crown:

    -Eller looks like a legit #1
    -Price looked solid
    -feel bad for Big George
    -Subban had an uncharacteristically quiet game
    -is the Bell Centre cursed?
    -It would be nice if Patch could stay healthy!? Remember last year with the emergency appendectomy?
    -frustrating 2nd period
    -I love fighting but I’m not surprised if it’s gone in a few years

    Should be a fun season!!

  21. haboholic68NJ says:

    Ice time management and faulty defensive pairings cost us this game. Coach to blame.

    Poor Parros. Ugly stuff. Wish him well.

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at

  22. habs1992 says:

    Live by the sword, Die by the sword. No one is making Parros or anyone fight, he chooses to. He can easily take a job 9-5 making 20 an hour, but he chooses not to be. Don’t tell people how to live there life. Let em Fight if they choose to and deal with the consquences when this stuff happens.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  23. montreal ace says:

    One game out of first, and still so much doom and gloom. I really wish someone would invent a magic elixir, to help fans get through the pain of being so far behind.

  24. shiram says:

    Not sold on Prust at center, he was not winning faceoffs. DD and Brière while otherwise not very effective playing with an injured Pacioretty, combined for a 64% efficiency on the faceoffs.

  25. piper says:

    Murray needs to be replaced soon if the playoffs are in the plans.
    If Parros is going to be out a while then DD needs to be moved for an enforcer. They can do without Desharnais but need Parros in the lineup.

  26. port elgin says:

    Another embarrassing loss to the leafs.

    Parros is a joke

    1st line is a joke

    defense is a joke

    why am I not laughing at all these jokes?

  27. Chuck says:

    By the way, what happened to Boone tonight?

    Anything is possible.

  28. mksness says:

    so here’s a question to stir the pot.

    Did Reimer outplay price in the crease?

  29. Stevie.Ray says:

    I will say this and it might not be popular opinion, but Plekanec’s line plays tougher minutes, and DD’s line goes up against the oppositions best D, which makes for much easier minutes for EGG line. So they might not get as many minutes, but they get easier minutes.

    That said, I’m not against giving the EGG line some tougher minutes. A lot of people are complaining about DD, which is surprising because I didn’t notice him on the ice once tonight (not a good thing), and I found Briere uninspired.

    But one game only. They’ll figure it out… Or MB will make a trade.

    • B says:

      If Desharnais walked on water, folks here would complain that he can’t swim 🙂 In other words, it doesn’t matter what he does or doesn’t do, minds have been made up.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  30. port elgin says:

    Please see below the positives from the game tonite.

  31. thehammer says:

    Don’t care what anyone says…that was a good game by two good teams.
    Watched the game with a bud who is a huge leaf fan. There are things he saw by the leafs he didn’t like and things by the habs he liked. And I could say the same. If anyone thought we were going to win every game then they need a reality check. ITS ONE GAME!
    Thought there’s were positives and negatives. Hope Big P is ok.

  32. durocher says:

    DD deserves some hate — he falls down way too easily on the puck, and he is not getting the benefit of the doubt if he’s trying to draw a call.

  33. 25Stanleycups says:

    Hat trick from Grabovski in Chicago.

  34. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    What really sucks about the “new” NHL is all the PPs. That first period was amazing to watch until all the penalties (even after the 5 on 3…it’s the sucessive penalties that ruin the flow).

    Anyway, thought the team played well for the most part. Real shame about Parros — speedy recovery!!

  35. The_Franchise31 says:

    But the call on Eller was bs and he hustled back cuz Diaz got caught pinching and gave up a two on one

  36. Chris says:

    I pity poor Mike having to do an About Last Night on this game.

    Here’s my abbreviated version:

    You cannot win an NHL game when only 7 players (Eller, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Diaz, Prust, Moen (grudgingly) and Parros) show up to play. The rest of them were simply AWOL: no hustle, no drive, nothing. People can blame the referees all they want, and they were not good at all tonight, but the refs did not cause this loss. Lazy play, stupid penalties and James Reimer were more responsible.

    If I have to pick on some guys, here goes:

    Plekanec-Gionta have to be better. Bourque was at least mediocre, but the other two were brutal.

    Briere-Desharnais was disastrous. Nothing positive whatsoever. Pacioretty gets a pass for playing with a bum wrist.

    Markov made a brutal play on the SH goal, and did not make up for that gaffe with any kind of solid play in any other department. Subban’s passing was awful tonight, and he didn’t seem as engaged as usual. Bouillon was not particularly great, but I can live with that from a 6th defenceman. Gorges was a horror show…he was Keystone Kops on pretty much every shift. Jarred Tinordi did not look at all ready for the NHL: routinely turnstiled on the rush, terrible pivots and reads, and poor decisions. Hopefully that was just jitters.

    As for the coaching, I’ve long since given up. Stat of the game, right here:

    SH TOI: P.K. Subban – 44 seconds, David Desharnais 1:39

    One of the worst defensive players in the entire league, David Desharnais, gets twice as much SH time as the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Somebody, somewhere, might have some idea what goes on in Therrien’s skull. That person is not me.

    Two other points:

    Get used to seeing P.K. Subban crowded on the power play. This is how every team is going to approach killing Habs penalties: charge Markov and Subban, forcing the forwards to beat you.

    Get used to seeing Brandon Prust be abused by non-calls. Referees were refusing to call checks from behind, and even gave him a diving penalty or two for getting rammed into the boards. I don’t know if this goes back to his time in New York, but it is starting to appear that the referees have a book on Prust, and we Habs fans are not liking the storyline.

    • twilighthours says:

      I am usually hard in you for being hard on the coaches. But I think you’re bang on with all of this coach critique.

      • habsfaninkw says:

        Perhaps a small thermonuclear device might get the message through. It’s starting to feel like that … already.

      • Chris says:

        I really didn’t want to be too hard on him. But it boggled my mind when I saw Desharnais and Pacioretty come out to kill Plekanec’s penalty immediately after a PP goal was scored. That just really surprised me.

        I think the idea was to get them some ice time because of the weird rhythm of the game. But then you would hope that Subban would get the same treatment. He’s not going to hurt your penalty kill, whereas the other two most certainly could. From 6:17 – 11:05 of the 1st period, Subban played 28 seconds. That simply isn’t good enough for a player of his talent…it is playing right into the opposing team’s hand.

    • mksness says:

      excellent post. shouldn’t PK open up space down low on the power play though?

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Agreed. Habs must be one of the easiest teams to cycle against in the league. Watching Gorges and Diaz on the PK was frustrating. Gorges is starting to look like a guy who made his name playing next to Hal Gill, one of the best penalty killing D-man.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • shiram says:

      To be fair DD got alot of PK time in first with both Eller and Plekanec in the box, your point remains valid on Subban.

      • Chris says:

        His first PK shift (22 seconds) came with both guys in the box. The second came after the goal was scored and Eller was available. He got 40 seconds in the 2nd period after Plekanec and Eller had each finished shifts. Plekanec easily could have gone out for that one…he’s done it a million times.

        But your point is valid…I was just pointing out the lunacy of keeping P.K. off the penalty kill in a game where Markov, Gorges and Tinordi were all struggling mightily. I just don’t get the aversion to using him there.

    • Bill says:

      The officials’ book on Prust is that he is a known diver. He’s a heart and soul player, a stand-up guy, and I love him, but he does dive. I noticed it as soon as he started playing for the Habs.

      That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get calls when he’s actually nailed, but the referees are pretty stubborn.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Le Jadester says:

      Yes sir…pretty bang on for tonight’s game.

      Habs, OLE !

    • Adidess says:

      I agree with everything you said here Chris.

      I have no idea what MT is doing in terms of in-game coaching. You may get into a game thinking you’re going to use a particular line a limited amount of minutes, but when they are the most dangerous line you have going offensively for two-thirds of the game, would it kill you to give them a bit more in the third?

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      1. Prust did actually draw a boarding penalty tonight.

      2. The PK was not the problem. Six pens and only one goal on the 5 on 3.

      The decision to save PK for the PP isn’t “stupid” by any means. It is maybe questionable but it isn’t a sign that Therrien is clueless.

      • Chris says:

        When the game features as many penalties as this one, taking your best skater out of the game for long stretches (28 seconds in 5 minutes) is not sensible.

        Subban played 2:50 of the first 6:17.

        Then he played 0:28 of the next 4:48.

        It didn’t really cost the team (they had the lead coming out of the first period), but Subban was never really on his game tonight. I just feel that having him sitting for long periods of time is not optimal. I hate the “He’s a thoroughbred” line, but if there is one player in the NHL that it applies to, it has to be Subban. The guy thrives on competition and wants to prove he is the best overall defenceman.

        The other guys are not doing the job. The PK was not great last year, and there were TONS of scoring chances on the PK tonight despite only conceding 1 for 6….the Leafs were buzzing and Price had to make some good saves and get some lucky breaks.

  37. 416erHabsFan says:

    Parros is a very smart man, Today was probably his last game. One freak injury like that usually set a person straight. On a side note…. How about Tinnordi jumping in for Prust, lol

  38. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    @harditya — agreed Moen looked good.

  39. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I’m feeling that Randy Carlyle’s style in making this Leafs team play against the Habs is simple – Let our big guys fight them.

    This is the same scenario that has been plaguing our boys from last season. Same old idiots from the likes of Phaneuf, Fraser, Orr, Kessel, and others.

    Our team can beat these guys through scoring. The question is, if they can’t beat them by the punch, how can they survive if they play against the Bruins?

  40. Sportfan says:

    Sigh we’ll have to deal with all the complaining till Saturday -_-

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    • habsfaninkw says:


      Although I think the whining is completely justified. No way in hell we should have given up the lead to end up down 4-2 to that group of blue/white … I’m too polite to finish the sentence.

  41. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    We all know this team is in transition and this game was a perfect example. We all knew the D was soft as well as the “top 2” lines. The young guys will slowly take over this year as Gionta, Markov, etc get ready to leave town.

    BTW if Eller keeps playing like this, Plekanec will be traded so his $$$ can go to Lars.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • mksness says:

      just a note on eller. he was in the box on one goal and got caught deep in his own zone on the 4th goal.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Still was >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> than DD and Pleks.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

        • mksness says:

          pleks was blah…DD and briere…. not even worth mentioning

          the egg line played like they cared. i mean i would bench DD and put anyone in his place. they guy is sooooo soft on his skates

    • Sportfan says:

      If Eller plays like this he’s in line for a HUGE contract him and Pk :S

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    • habsfaninkw says:

      This is an admittedly facetious comment, but how long now have we been “in transition”?

      You’re absolutely right, we are definitely in an in-between period and if all pans out, we have a “potentially” promising future. It’s just become incredibly frustrating watching a once-very-proud franchise struggle to maintain just a reasonable playoff chance – much less an actual chance at the Cup.

      Why, oh why, does Habs mgmt agree to go along with a Leafs opener/closer every single season. I don’t know about the rest of the Habs community, but everyone I’ve spoken to is more than tired of it all (and the inevitable outcome of bad reffing, etc.). That’s just one example of where they need to finally start thinking outside the box a little.

      • habsfan0 says:

        Would you be happier if the Habs opened up against Florida?
        Habs Leafs rivalry goes back quite a bit.

        • habsfaninkw says:

          You’re right, the “rivalry” goes way back – to an era where we had 6 teams. Even the Red Sox don’t open against the Yankees every year, Man United doesn’t open every year against Man City, the Celtics and Lakers don’t open each season … etc. Fla might not be my first choice for the Habs, but there are 20+ teams to choose from. How about Boston for a change, or this year Detroit to welcome them to the conference?

  42. Stevie.Ray says:

    I know the crying about the refs is cliche and annoying, but I have one gripe and it’s not just in regards to tonight.

    How come hits from behind NEVER get called ever in the NHL. When I played a hit from behind was an automatic game misconduct. Second time it was a three game suspension. I saw Prust take two tonight. One from Phaneuf and another from Fraser. And remember when Spacek was almost killed a couple years ago in the playoffs. And it’s not just against the Habs. It happens in every game against every team. At most it gets a boarding call. It makes me sick. It’s one of the most dangerous plays in hockey and it is NEVER called!

  43. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Game could have gone either way. And although DD and a majority of our defense prompted cringes, it’s easy to imagine us beating the Leafs on another occasion.

    And if you can imagine that, there’s no point in writing off the season just yet.

    Take care, GP. It looked terrible.

    • Bill says:

      I didn’t think they looked good against the Leafs at all. Missing the net, not getting many chances down low, totally unable to recover the puck in the defensive zone. The Leafs caught some big breaks, but I think the Habs lose that game 3 times out of 4.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        All valid points, hard to contest. But it was a one-goal game after all. Were we just lucky still to be in it late?
        Leafs outplayed us, and for long stretches prevented us from playing our game. They deserved the win.
        Let’s see how the season series goes.

  44. Bim says:

    Don’t know what everyone sees in Markov but he’s 34 and plays like he’s 44. Looks tired and slow and that was just the first game. Mb should package him and Louis LeBlanc for another big Centre and bring up Greg
    Pateryn. I can see this being a long season.

  45. DipsyDoodler says:

    Very similar game to the Ottawa series.

    * We start off very well – fast, skillful, they can’t contain us.
    * Several mistakes, most of which end up in our net (Pleks penalty, Markov, Diaz).
    * Some freakish bad luck (Parros injury, 4th goal)
    * Some very dubious officiating.

    And let’s not forget that Parros is only on the ice because Orr is out there trying to injure players.

  46. habsfan0 says:

    DD largely invisible tonight while Eller played a great game,scoring 2 goals and 1 assist.
    Which can only mean 1 thing.
    Therrien will still give DD twice the ice time that Eller gets.

  47. JF says:

    I used not to hate the Leafs, but now I officially do. They’re a bunch of goons.

    I wish the NHL would get fighting out of the game. It is stupid and mindless and breaks up the flow of the game. If people want to watch fighting, they can go watch a fight.

    The officiating sucks.

    Hope Parros recovers quickly.

  48. JO says:

    GRAVATAR! Sick of listening to them

  49. Clay says:

    Tough to see Parros laid out like that. Huge momentum killer as well. I just hope he will be ok.
    Always sucks to lose to the Leafs. Was it just me, or did Reimer not really deserve first star (as chosen by CBC)? I thought Eller was the best player on either team…nice to see after his brutal injury.

    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  50. La Duke 16 says:

    I have loved watching Markov over the years but it is obvious his time is over.

    Reminds me of Favre at the end of of his carreer. At moments he can still play, but he is mainly a liability.

  51. 25Stanleycups says:

    This is where I say management was stupid in using the compliance buyout on Kaberle for a single year remaining. When there could be 2-3 players that have multi year contracts left remaining that could prove to be disastrous.

    Tampa Bay, and Philly played that card much smarter.

  52. smiler2729 says:

    Hey, I’m back, how have you all been?

    I freakin’ hate losing to Toronto and the Habs do it ALL THE TIME.
    Montreal has a mostly gutless team, led by Plekanec (loses the opening faceoff of the season as per usual and then takes a dimwit penalty to give Toronto a 5-on-3) and The Statue of Markov…

    Desharnais is just not an NHLer, Pacioretty’s already MIA on his wing, ditto for Briere.

    Gorges and Bouillon look like they lost a step… whatever.

    No playoffs for this team.

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Hey welcome back (and I’m only just back myself), o you whose name is rather at odds with your analysis!

      • smiler2729 says:

        I’m just tired of sugar-coating shite for these guys, they should be better but they never are.

        They should be better than the Laffs yet they turn into gutless pukes every game against these idiots.

        Nobody fears playing against the Montreal Canadiens even in the Bell Center.

        And THAT is embarrassing…

        Jack Edwards is a clam.
        Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
        The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  53. habs1992 says:

    I Got a good feeling Parro’s will be fine, hope so. I can see him coming back sooner rather then later.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

  54. durocher says:

    Hope Parros is okay — he stepped up twice during his first game with the club.

    Our vets let us down today — Pleks (lazy double-minor during the first period); Gio (who should have had Phaneuf, who was wide open for his goal); and Markov (coughed up the puck for the shortie). The EGG line was our best by a country mile.

    Overall, I liked what I saw from the club — lot of speed, lot of character.

    Heroes: EGG, Parros
    Zeroes: Pleks, Gio, Markov

  55. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I hope Parros will be fine but it´s pretty sad how much influence he and Orr had today. This league would be better without both of them.

  56. Bill says:

    Best case scenario is that Parros is like Eller and Pacioretty and wakes up tomorrow feeling a lot better.

    Worst case scenario, his career is over. Definite possibility.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  57. Chuck says:

    Holy cripes, it the sky falling yet? Lots of folks on here need to take a chill pill or two. Too bad their chances at an 82-0 season is ruined.

    Anything is possible.

  58. habs1992 says:

    DD, and Danny Briere enough said. FIRE M.B

    I support Carey Price
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  59. SUMO says:

    Give some props to Moen for having a spirited game. He played well and fought Fraser for Prust.

    The Special Teams let the Habs down. Also lets hear it for Eller; the concussion is behind him. Great game tonight.

  60. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Tough loss, but a good game. I’m proud of the young egg-line.

    What I’ll say though is this:

    They really need to mandate this visor business! Players like Parros will get hurt if they don’t start wearing protective gear on their helmets. From the look on the fall, his face fell flat and I won’t be surprised if that ends in another concussion.

    The NHL “cannot” afford to have all young and veteran players refusing to wear visors. Its silly and its dangerous!

    Refs are like zebras again. Man, this league really needs a coaching challenge rule A.S.A.P.

    *Carey Price needs to get a little more serious. This new set of padding taking a few inches off has become a mental block on his part.

    • Chuck says:

      I’m confused about your lase sentence. How have smaller pads become a mental block?

      Anything is possible.

      • Arnou Ruelle says:

        I think so. Shaving off a few inches is making problems now for many goalies. Not only Price will be seeing this change in his game. We have Lundqvist and Fleury who are having a tough time adjusting to the new padding.

        • Chuck says:

          He’s be fine. It’s not like he only straps them on once a month. He’ll get used to them, as will the others.

          Anything is possible.

  61. CHicoHab says:

    I’m usually not supportive of Price but this game not on him.

  62. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Heros: Eller, Price, Gally, Chucky, Parros, Prust, Tinordi

    Zeros: Briere, Gionta, Markov, DD, Pleks, Bourque, HNIC

  63. habs1992 says:


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  64. Adidess says:

    Why the egg line isn’t playing more than those sleepy veterans is beyond me.

  65. Sal from the Hammer says:

    NHL still the worst reffed league of them all.

  66. Odie24 says:

    Lots of character on this team. Your tough guy gets hurt and aside from Brandon Prust, you respond with absolutely zero pushback until it’s too late. Daniel Briere?? Hellooo? Great FA signing. No way this team makes the playoffs, not with this lineup and the way the new format works in the east. Throw in a mediocre goalie, and they’ll be out of it by Xmas.

    • habsfaninkw says:

      Sadly, this is just more of the same. I really try to be optimistic, but it’s hard after so many years of mostly “just acceptable” play from this team.

      Another season opener with the Laffs (boooorrrringggg), another loss (could have predicted it), more injuries, bad reffing, unacceptable goaltending … the list goes on.

      Hate to say it, but we’re likely in for a very long and painful season. I sincerely hope they prove me wrong.

      • johnnylarue says:

        I agree–the Habs should just forfeit the season and spare us all the heartbreak. Or is that not what you’re saying…?

        • habsfaninkw says:

          Certainly not time to throw in the towel … not after 1 game. 😉

          But there is a depressing consistency in certain aspects of this franchise that we’ve all been putting up with for a loooong time now. I don’t know if it’s a “jinx” factor, or poor choices or whatever, but if we’re ever going to get to the big party, something big is going to have to change. And unfortunately, that hasn’t happened, and so far, the display tonight isn’t a great first step.

  67. Just A Guy says:

    God I really hope Parros is ok

  68. piper says:

    Great game by the Prust line while it lasted. Get well soon George.
    What can I say about the Eller line other than get your head out of your ass Therrien and reward the guys that deserve it.
    As for the Plek line and the DD line, well thats whats wrong with this team. They are not top liners.
    As for the D, good game Jarred.
    Carey should have had the third goal other than that he had a pretty good game.
    MB has lots of work to do now.

  69. CHicoHab says:

    Our PP was awful. When the nasty stuff goes away they show some life. But we keep losing the battles deflates us all the time. It’s almost a given lose to Leafs at home and then beat them on the road. Lots to take from this game. Let them work it out.

  70. Bill says:

    So Parros did end up going to the hospital. All I can say is I hope his concussion isn’t too bad, that he didn’t damage his neck, and that he heals up. He seems like a good guy. He’s gonna be out for a while though, so let’s welcome back Ryan “Dr. Evil” White.

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    • Stevie.Ray says:

      He had a big cut on the chin. Shots to the chin are the most likely to knock somebody out without causing serious damage. Let’s hope that’s the case.

      • Bill says:

        I always thought a chin KO was one of the worse ones … if there’s a good and bad way to get knocked into tomorrow, ha.

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        • Stevie.Ray says:

          It’s a lot harder to knock a guy out with a shot to the cranium.

          One of the main reasons players wear mouth guards is to prevent concussions from chin shots. So I guess it takes a lot less to get knocked out from a chin shot so it might not have been enough for a serious concussion. But I guess in turn it takes less to get a concussion from a chin shot.

          • Bill says:

            Yeah, I think it’s easier to get knocked out by a chin shot precisely because it jars the brain more easily … which translates into damage I guess.

            Concussion severity is very individualized. Everyone responds differently. We’ll have to see how Parros does.

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  71. Y’know, we’re always bellyaching about the fighting, the size of the team or any number of things, but how pathetic is the reffing? How can this be a professional league with all of the missed and poor calls? Why isn’t the NHL not doing anything about that major problem and it isn’t just against the Habs…

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    • Chuck says:

      How none of the FOUR guys in stripes can’t figure out that there’s SIX Leafs on the ice is beyond me.

      Anything is possible.

    • Bill says:

      I think it’s fair to say we always belly-ache about the refereeing too, haha. I know I do. They are awful. It’s not even the calls, it’s the non-calls that are the same infraction as the calls. Markov for diving but not Kadri, for instance. All the interference and cross-checking they allow.

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  72. Sportfan says:

    I had to stop watching the game so I could keep an eye on the MLB post season I turned the channel back and saw what happened to Parros, hope he heals quickly.

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  73. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Habs made too many mistakes and got burnt. The Parros injury was terrible luck. If he does not get hurt, the momentum the Habs would have had after Orr losing again and Tinordi pounding Ashton might have propelled them to victory.

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  74. jimmyjams says:

    Feel horrible for Parros and it double sucks cause he was showing he could get up in the play a bit too

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