Game turns on brutal call

After Tomas Plekanec scored a spectacular goal to complete the Canadiens comeback from a 2-0 deficit, Mike Komisarek was called for a trip that wasn’t.

Thomas Vanek then scored Buffalo’s second power-play goal and Daniel Paillé added an empty-netter in a 4-2 win that will stick in Guy Carbonneau’s craw for a while … or at least until Saturday night, when Buffalo is at the Bell Centre.

Wuz we robbed?

Yes … but the Canadiens played a poor game, on balance, and probably didn’t deserve two points.

But one would have been nice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

226 Comments

  1. The Ian Cobb says:

    JT–Point made well, that is also why i posted above that the best and fair way is 2 confrences, 15 teams ea.and we play each team 4 times or so. But you know it is not got anything to do with being right or fair, it’s all about the money!!!

  2. tareq514 says:

    i do believe that RDS contols the cameras at almost all the arenas they broadcast from and when they share a feed of the main camera, they definitely do have their cameras and cameramen at ice level taking the corner shots and so on…and those guys do turn around and look at the crowd from time to time.

  3. Yeats says:

    It’s like the hockey equivalent of the Electoral College here in the States.

  4. Rugger says:

    For example Carolina!

  5. Yeats says:

    I’m with you on the issue of ranking divisional leaders 1 to 3. It’s absolutely bogus. If your division sucks and no team makes the playoffs from it “TSCH.” In fact, you’re even worse in reality because the current schedule allowed you to play most of your season against inept competition.

  6. petemoss says:

    I’m not a fan of the schedule, but as a habs fan living in toronto, I LOVE habs leafs matchups.
    It’s usually awesome hockey, when the habs show up….

  7. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    Thanks for your kind words! Nice to know that the Dawson City nuggets are known outside of the Yukon!

    I will be bringing an RDS sign to try to get us on the Tube. I thinkI should make one that says HabsInsideOut too!

    Does RDS control the cameras at these arenas, so they would zoom in on us, or do they just buy the feed from elsewhere?

  8. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    Fantastic, Thank you for your very generous advice. Very Much appreciated and I will let you know how it goes.
    Thank you very Much!!!

  9. J.T. says:

    Well, I guess it’s hard to complain about Shepherd’s pie when your next meal is chopped liver. Suddenly, the ground beef and peas look appetizing.

    The schedule isn’t my favourite part of the Complete Habs Experience right now…especially because it means eight games against the best team in the league. But the thing that rots me more than that is the standings. I HATE that division winners are automatically ranked 1-3. So, if the season ended today, Montreal would be second in the east in points. But the other two division winners would still be seeded ahead of them, which would severely impact their competition in the playoffs. Instead of playing the seventh-ranked team, they’d have to play the fifth. And then, if they went further, they’d either have to play the first-ranked team instead of the third or sixth…or play one of the division winners who’d have home-ice advantage while having finished BEHIND Montreal. That’s really unfair.

  10. Sbah Reverof says:

    Does anyone know how to catch a game on the interweb?
    Any help appreciated, thanks.

  11. The Ian Cobb says:

    Klondyke Hab Fan. If you phoned the KINGS office in Inglewood Calif, at (310) 419-3830 and tell them your story, you might be surprised what they might set up for you. A good friend of mine that i know and have not spoken with in quite a few years by the name of Dave Taylor, you may have heard of him, might take your phone call if you mention my name. We go back to our OHL scouting days. He is, or was the Assistant General Mgr.and Director of Player Develioment. Good luck, And enjoy the trip. We will be looking for all your jerseys in the crowd.

  12. Morenz7 says:

    Hey Klondike:

    I’ve no suggestions—only applause. You, sir, are the real thing. Sorta like the Dawson City Seven, but without the sled dogs (plus you’re going to Cali, which is always a better bet than Ontario in March).

    Here’s hoping the boys don’t go partying the night before and blow the game on you. And make sure you take the girls to Disneyland!

  13. Sbah Reverof says:

    I agree that less division play would benefit more teams, esp. middle-of-the-pack hopeful contenders, but I’d like to see at least one home and away game against every team in the NHL, if only to stifle the yawning. How else would we know how we stack up against the league’s best or worst, and what to expect in the playoffs (which we will make, imho)?

  14. The Ian Cobb says:

    For me, it should be 2, 15 team confrences, and the only crossover takes place after the first round of the playoffs.

    Same # of teams qualify

    Then you play each team same amount in your confrence during the year.

    That stops 1 strong club in a weak division getting easy points all season.

    Maybe i should visit the board of governors.

  15. Sbah Reverof says:

    Except for Van-Cal-Edm games (and I’m sure those teams are sick of each other), it’s been difficult to catch a televised western conference game. I’d love to see more of Detroit, San Jose, and Anaheim, if only so I can sort out all the Swedish “quist” players once and for all.
    On the upside, when they do come to town, I suspect it will be full-throttle, end-to-end hockey, which seems to be the norm in the west.

  16. HabFab says:

    Try and do a tour of the arena before the game (like a couple hours).
    My friend works at the Bell Center here, and if she takes me on a Bell Center tour on a game night, I’m always sure to run into a few Habs.
    Can’t speak for LA, but my educated guess is that it would be the same idea.

  17. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    Hey All,
    I am a constant vistor to this site, and sometime I do write, but today I have a question and could use a few tips:
    I live in the Yukon and dont get to man many games. I think it is crazy that the HAbs dont play VAn, Cal and Edm this year out west.

    SO… I am taking my whole family to LA to see the HAbs play the Kings in MArch. I am so excited. My wife and two young daughters will all be in our jerseys and we will be going crazy!!! We all watch every game “a RDS”.

    SO how can I make this extra worth it for the family? DOes anyone know where to sit to get a chance at gettign an autograph? Or dare I even hope to maybe meet one of ‘Les Glorieux”???

    Any help, advice or good tips would really appreciated. My family is very pumped about this and we are not sparing expense, (as we are travelling to LA from Yukon). It would blow us away to get to meet any of the HAbs, even for a few seconds. Boone, are you at these games?

    Anyway, hope to get a few tips, and folks look for 4 crazy Yukoners in the stands in LA, in March. YEah Haww!!!

    Love this site, check it several times a day, 365 a year.

    Klondike

    GO HABS GO

  18. Bill says:

    Kotalik gave him just enough of a shove.

  19. Bill says:

    Markov, oh no.

  20. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nooooo not Marky!!!

  21. Naila Jinnah says:

    A very happy birthday to Saku :)

  22. Naila Jinnah says:

    RDS having a few technical glitches there… at least on my TV. A few green screens, rolling a commercial while Pierre and Yvon are talking… And Pierre sounds a tad out of it. The beginning of a cold, no doubt.

  23. The Ian Cobb says:

    See you people after the game, got to run to my buddy’s and catch it on RDS. Have a great game all, Iwill

  24. Yeats says:

    If McCabe played in the Western Conference, I would have voted for him on the All Star team.

  25. Keith says:

    Man it takes forever for this page to load, very annoying. Yes I will be glad when they change the schedule back to the way it was. I’m sick and tired of playing the laffs, Bruins and Sabres…not to mention the Janitors. It would be nice to see the Habs go on their usual western road swing as they usually do quite well on those. Does anyone know if Price will get the start against the laffs next tuesday? I sure hope he does, he did well against them last time. Thanks again McCabe! GO HABS GO!!!

  26. Andrea says:

    I find it ridiculus that we dont play any of the western Canada team and then we not pnly play every team in North East 8 times but the games arent even spread out like playing Buffalo 4 times in 1 month.

    On another note, I didnt realize that the habs play the blackhawks in Montreal. this is a game that I really want to see. they will have a good team for years to come with toews and kane and crew.

  27. Naila Jinnah says:

    IIIInteresting! Thanks for the link!

  28. Chorske says:

    Haha, am I the only one who finds it funny that there is a “vote again” button on the final screen of the NHL all-star voting site?

    Don’t tell my girlfriend, or we’ll end up Sanjaya playing defense and Marie Osmond in nets.

  29. Chorske says:

    Klondike Habs Fan, I was just in Dawson this past summer for work and the DCMF, and I had a fantastic time. You live in a beautiful area.

    Seems to me that the new schedule was designed to address a spectator complaint that there weren’t enough major rivalries developing under the old system. It was also designed to make travel easier to coordinate. There’s no doubt that playing these same teams so often generates bad blood and such, but I agree that it would’ve been nice to see the nucks or the flames come visit. It’s also not terribly fair, considering how tough our division seems to be this year.

  30. Dan23 says:

    From The Globe and Mail:

    National distribution of Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens games will increase on CBC over the next two months, says Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports.

    “It’s pretty clear we will be riding their coattails in the playoffs,” Moore said. “We hope the Toronto Maple Leafs make it, too, but Ottawa and Montreal are good bets.”

    Ah, The Globe and Mail: can’t alienate your Toronto readers, can you?

  31. teamplayer says:

    chuck, if they dont do well this time, next time you get tickets just send them to me, havent been to any this year but the last 4 games i have gone to they have won! just think about it
    vote for markov, koivu, huet and kovalev for starting all-stars

  32. Higgins21 says:

    While it does get a bit tedious watching the same teams over and over, I am just thankful for RDS so I can watch my beloved Habs EVERY game. Not too long ago, I had to wait for them to play the Loafs on a Saturday night and had to listen to the Hogtown Hornblowers (Cole, Neale, Cherry, MacLean, etc. etc) carry on with their one-sided and sometimes insulting commentary.
    Now I’m a bilingual hockey fan and the refrain of “Il lance et le but” is music to my ears.

    Go Habs Go!

  33. twitch says:

    I sent you an email via your contact form about it. let me know if you need any more help.

  34. JF says:

    The divisions should be abolished altogether. Two conferences of 15 teams each, and each team in the conference plays the others an equal number of times. Top eight teams go through. Right now we’d stand second instead of fourth.

  35. twitch says:

    Dave Taylor’s with the Dallas Stars now as the club’s director of player personnel.
    http://www.hockeyfights.com/news/51981
    http://stars.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=335491

  36. 81frank says:

    Good stuff Klondike! I’ll be checking the shots of the crowd for you guys. Some friends and I went to MSG for a game last year and although we didn’t meet the guys we got some pucks from the warm-up from Guillaume Latendresse who hit my friend right in the palm of his hand with two pucks from about forty feet. It was the highlight of the night however as the Habs played their worse game of the year (4-0 for the Rangers, on trade deadline day, remember that disaster?). Enjoy the trip!

  37. teamplayer says:

    With thanksgiving going on for the states I am actually able to watch a couple western teams play, so i chose to watch minnesota and columbus (considering I have gaborik, rolston and zherdev in my hockey pool). Now it would be awesome if I could watch gaborik skating around a pylon leaf defenceman. The Eastern conference may have more of the talented stars but there are still plenty on the westside, We should all play eachother atleast once, twice would be appreciated.

    vote for markov, koivu, huet and kovalev for starting all-stars

  38. showey47 says:

    I’m pretty sure that was the IHL, but none-the-less it is pretty weird to see bonk on such a scoring streak. I think i saw in an earlier post that he plays with arnott and legwand, if this is true it is a big upgrade over johnson and perezogin

  39. Chuck says:

    I’ll also be making the trip down to the land of the (Buffalo) wings tonight. But here’s what scares me: The last two Hab games that I’ve seen in the flesh (last Friday in Buffalo and Monday in Montreal) have both ended up with the good guys laying a big fat one on the ice. Will tonight break the streak? Or should I just stay home?
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    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  40. BataviaHabsFan says:

    I’ll be at the game tonight…can’t wait! It will be my first chance to see our boys LIVE. I root for Buffalo at most of their home games, UNLESS the Habs are in town. Then of course, my boyhood loyalties take over and I can hoot and holler for MY TEAM. Unfortunately, my wife insists on wearing her Sabres jersey (and she is the one from Montreal!).

    I agree that they bunch the games up too much against each team. Seems like they could spread them out a little bit over the season.

    I am also looking forward to seeing Chicago when they come to Buffalo. My wife and I got a chance to see a game between Chicago and Detroit (in Chicago) in early October. If anyone gets a chance to catch this exciting young team…DO IT. The line of Kane, Toews and Ruutu is as much fun to watch as any out their! Unfortunately, they only come to town once a year! So I understand how the people out West feel about not getting to see Pittsburgh.

    Hopefully, the Habs can avenge last weeks’ loss! Looking forward to everyone’s comments when I get back! GO HABS!!!

  41. howtathor says:

    The schedule is ridiculous! It’s as bad for Western Conference fans who don’t get to see Crosby or Ovetchkin or Kovalchuk, Lecavalier and on and on. Personally I would like to see at least each of the teams play once in Montreal and vice versa. That would be equitable to all fans.

    What else is ridiculous is Bonk having 9 goals! I believe that would top the Habs at the moment. They must play a lot more offensive style in music city. I checked the box scores last night and Bonk’s was a PP goal. Hard to imagine! I do think he was a scoring machine when he came to North America with the Las Vegas team of the ECHL but what I saw in Montreal was anything but soft hands!

    That being said, if we can steal one tonight we can use the home advantage tommorow and pick up valuable division points against Buffalo. That is the only thing about the current schedule that is good in that all the intra-divisional games are meaningful in determining a playoff berth.

  42. von says:

    We have played Buffalo 3 of their last 4 games. That’s nuts. Hope the boys play hard after their last disaster at the HBC.

    GO HABS GO!!!

  43. nightmare_49 says:

    Ian – I think Dave Taylor is no longer with the Kings, He’s the ex-GM.

  44. gmd says:

    Hey there Klondike,

    What I would do is go to the Kings game on March 8th, and then also watch the Habs play the Ducks on March 9th. I think the 2 arenas are no more than maybe 30 miles apart. I think it would be worth it since you’re already travelling a long distance.

  45. Naila Jinnah says:

    Also, if you google NHL autographs, you might find a description of the Staples Centre and where to get autographs after the game. I also suggest, if possible, showing up before and/or after morning skate, because players are more likely to stop and sign then.

  46. KamiDave says:

    That’s pretty cool! It puts my Kamloops, BC to Montreal trip to see a game to shame! (Saw the game when Boston came to town, was great to see 11 goals!)

  47. showey47 says:

    bang on ian, also the fact that all the eastern conference teams are battling for the same playoff spots it would also be fair that we all play each other the same amount of times, considering we do have the toughest division in the conference. Also the fact that we have to play the sens 8 times while teams from the other divisions in our conference only have to play them 4

  48. showey47 says:

    I don’t know if bonk was offered a contract but i do know johnson wasn’t, i talked to him this summer at the brian savage charity classic golf tournament. He also told me that he loved playing in montreal and enjoyed it much more than playing in toronto.

  49. Will Longlade says:

    There’s too much emphasis on the bad call by the ref and not enough on the Hab’s slow start and lacklustre effort in this game. The reality is you lose a few that way over the course of the season and you win a few exactly the same way. Get over it. There were way too many passengers tonight. That’s the real reason the Habs lost the game.

  50. ebk says:

    you sure your 13, nice comment.

  51. HabsProf says:

    If the Komisarek penalty was a trip (it wasn’t) then why did Afi not get a trip for taking the legs out on Markov at the end of the game? Markov had him beat to the puck, Afi takes Markov down from behind, no penalty, and Buffalo cashes the empty netter.

    Brutal, simply brutal.

    Mike is right – Montreal was not the better team this night. But still – they had the game tied, were dominating the play in the third, and then the refs take it away with a bad, bad, call. The only way that Komi is guilty of tripping is if he doesn’t touch the puck. And if he missed the puck, how did it get out of the zone so fast?

  52. Higgins21 says:

    for a laugh

    I was on the SI site a few minutes ago. Their Habs’ segment features among others—Sergei Samsonov, Rafek Bonk, and Craig Rivet. Check it out! A website on the go!

  53. Moey says:

    Exactly Bill, that’s why he’s only playing “x” amount of games. Huet is not going anywhere anytime soon,

  54. Girth says:

    I agree … I think 20 – 25 games should be about right for him this year. Then take the “hot hand” into the playoffs. (god willing)

  55. Girth says:

    This game was lost in the first period … not by the refs.

  56. Naila Jinnah says:

    Post game press conference highlights: Yeah, I didn’t see the replay, but I didn’t think that was a penalty. It’s tough to play your game when you get calls like that. – Carbo.

  57. Norman says:

    Montreal Loses to the refs and the sabres get the 2 points to show for it!

  58. Moey says:

    Saw that coming, is there any freakin’ chance they can win two in a row??

  59. the_vipah says:

    Err it was 1-0 after the first, in a period that the Habs outshot the Sabres and carried the play for much of the period. So im confused…

  60. The Ian Cobb says:

    I like this club this year, but we have a long way to go yet to take a run at the top. Better grab 2 points tomorrow, or i’ll have to make a phone call.

  61. Girth says:

    Perhaps we can learn from this and play a whole game tomorrow…

  62. Moey says:

    You’re right again Girth, one thing that sticks in my head, Ottawa vs Habs a couple of weeks ago, brilliant hockey, where did it go. Get it back, please.

  63. Bill says:

    I keep waiting for Price to blow my mind in some way. It hasn’t happened. NOT saying this was his fault, it wasn’t, just wondering why some people are so eager to dump Huet for him. 7 goals in his last two starts, outplayed by Miller tonight. I still say too much, too soon for him.

  64. Moey says:

    They carried it for about 3 minutes.

  65. Andrea says:

    didnt you guys think that their should have been a penalty on afinagenov for tripping on markov and then buffalo scored the empty net goal. the officiating goal was very frusturating tonight. but the habs have to play sixty minutes to win so i guess we cant completly blame the officiating.

  66. The Ian Cobb says:

    I’m afraid were going to make the playoffs alright, but we won’t do better than win one, loose one, tie one, blame the refs for one, and frustrate us all to hell. We will get better as the chemistry improves.

  67. MathMan says:

    Seriously… Every year it’s the same, Montreal should be used to terrible calls by now.

    But it’s gotten to the point where the refs are like the bounces — they favor a team completely at random. Any thing may or may not be called, regardless of whether it’s a penalty.

    It’s a joke, it’s like a complete roulette now.

  68. Girth says:

    My tendency would be to focus on some key fundamentals, like picking up players floating through our slot.

    Oooof …. that sounds a little weird.

  69. ClaytonM says:

    Seems we have to have a 3 goal lead to keep the brutal reffing a non-factor. I don’t mind so much when you see a blatant hook or hold against the Habs go unpunished, but to make those calls against us like Komisarek’s phantom trip (read your goddamned rulebook, refs!) and Kovalev’s one-handed tap they call a slash, it raises eyebrows.

    When will the league start over with a policy of transparency in it’s officiating? Does the Board of Governors have to push for a rule change so a challenge can be made against a call, or to pressure a review to get a call made?

    As for Mike Boone’s conspiracy comment, I’ve seen it clearly this year, last year, and in many years past. The Canadiens get the short end of the stick in over 50% of their games by the officials. It’s just more obvious when it results in a game winning goal. But by all means, everyone, keep your heads buried in the sand and delude yourselves into thinking the game is fair.

  70. Keith says:

    I would play Josh Gorges tomorrow. The NHL has to get it’s bloody act together and do something about the horribly inconsistent officiating. It’s a complete joke. Did you see Carbo clapping his hands as he left the bench? I felt the same way.

  71. Ed says:

    At least Hamilton beat Toronto 3-0 tonight, with Lapierre and Halak getting the 1st and 2nd stars.

  72. kevin m says:

    Buttman’s NHL

    I wish the referees would stop trying to “not miss any calls”. I prefer to let the players decide the games. I’m not blaming the officials because they have been instructed to call everything.

    I don’t think anyone in the building came to see the officials tonight or any night. So, why are they, like on so many other nights, standing front & center in determining the outcome of games?

    I say, go back to leaving the calls to the discretion of the officials. Butthead Bettman should go back to the NBA and destroy that LEAGUE. Leave the NHL alone. This guy is supposed to sell this game in the STATES. He couldn’t sell snow to an eskimo. Forget it!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. The Ian Cobb says:

    I have never blamed loosing hockey before on the calling of a game by the refs. But with the two ref system and the 0 talerence rules that are in place, it is getting pathetic out there. It is very frustrating for the paying public for every game to be decided on the volume of penilties called.

    The game to day is not decided by the play or which team was out coached, it is decided by the refs of the day.

    I have been embarrest this year on many calls, some in our favour. The best games to watch are when you hardly notice that the refs are out there. But when they become the show it is absolutly brutle, and the flow of the game is destroyed. Also they should have enough pride in there work to at least ware there name on there back.

  74. Keith says:

    I think they should go back to one ref instead of two as I feel that sometimes they try to outdo each other when it comes to calling stuff.

  75. kevin m says:

    When the NHL was created back at the turn of the century, the rink was made to be 200′ X 85′. The players were 5’8″ tall & weighed 165 lbs.

    As the game evolved the players have gotten so much bigger & faster with the average height being around 6’2″. There are even players who are tipping the scales at 250 lbs. and measure 6’7″ to 6’9″ in height.

    There is very little room out there anymore and many teams are playing defensive systems designed to shut down skating & passing lanes. With the size of the players & the complicated systems instituted by defensive teams there is precious little real estate left.

    What has the NHL done to alleviate this problem? They introduced another official into the game. They get in the way more often than not and are second guessing themselves much more frequently than before the lockout.

    I’m not blaming the officials, I’m blaming Butthead Bettman for having no vision and being a piss poor salesman of OUR GAME.

  76. showey47 says:

    i recorded the game and i just finished watching it and i was absolutly disgusted by the call on komi which essentially cost us at least a point. Then the refs put the whistle away and then let everything go for the rest of the game. Imagine that, kimmerly (ontario ref) sticks it to us in the third. I do agree with boone’s comment about conspiracy theory, i’ve said it for years. Any coincedence that about 40% of the leagues refs come from ontario and it always seems to be these guys who give us the dry hump.

    I met craig rivet over the past summer at the brian savage charity classic, along with mike johnson and craig told me that the one thing that he wasn’t going to miss about montreal was the way they were treated by the refs, especially the ontario ones, these were his words exactly

    Fine we didn’t have a very good start, but in no way did we get outplayed like last friday. We had alot of good chances but couldn’t capatilize. Lets hope for a rebound game tommorow night.

  77. showey47 says:

    The mock clapping by carbo the officials at the end of the game isn’t gonna do us any favours either. But i can understand carbo’s frustration and quite frankly i don’t know how he has kept his composure this long. You can pretty much guarantee the officials are gonna remember it for next time those bums officiate a habs game.

  78. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice try by Freddy et al.

  79. Naila Jinnah says:

    *speechless*

  80. Norman says:

    …….and thats why stupoid penalties are bad kids

  81. Girth says:

    The next few minutes COULD be pivotal …

  82. the_vipah says:

    Yawn, Miller sucks.

  83. Naila Jinnah says:

    GO HIGGY!!!!! Please?

  84. Norman says:

    HIGGGGGGENS!:D

  85. Keith says:

    Buffalo is a faster team than we are tonight, ooppss score! Higgy! He’s got it going now. Love it !

  86. P St. Pierre says:

    I don’t care if Koivu did knock Miller down…Crosby gets to do whatever he wants to any goalie and doesn’t get called for anything.

  87. Bill says:

    Damn game … making me sleepy … can’t … stay … awake …

  88. Naila Jinnah says:

    Close!

  89. the_vipah says:

    Bleh, making Miller look good.

  90. Keith says:

    How did it not go in????

  91. Naila Jinnah says:

    I think it might have been I.

  92. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice teamwork in the D-zone…

  93. Bill says:

    Hmm, Gui shot that straight into his glove, couldn’t have hit better if he’d aimed for it. Too bad, that was our chance.

  94. Naila Jinnah says:

    Kostitsyn was too much of a gentleman there…
    And I’m starting to worry about Higgins…

  95. Norman says:

    what happened to Higgens I must have missed it:S

  96. The Ian Cobb says:

    Went out to watch this one, came home, the exitement was killing me, it was like watching grass grow, not even the other kind! HO HUM It is to bad that I wanted the 2 points more than the team tonight. Is it still 2 zip??

  97. Norman says:

    Nope higgins scored one

  98. Bill says:

    Yes, Kostitsyn was a tad polite there. Why are you worried about Higgins?

  99. Naila Jinnah says:

    So close yet so far…

  100. Moey says:

    He will Naila, when Saku retires and I hope that will be after 25 is hanging from the rafters.

  101. Naila Jinnah says:

    He looks like he hurt his hand and RDS said he seemed to be having trouble skating too…

  102. Norman says:

    True but we showed a lot more this period!!:D

  103. Bill says:

    We’re getting out-tended. I don’t think we win when that happens.

  104. Moey says:

    Hi Ian,

    This one is good for insomniacs, but it’s picking up a bit. Higgy almost scored another one at the end of the second. Can you listen to it on the internet on CJAD? It’s better than nothing.

  105. Keith says:

    Higgins is BACK!! Could have been 2-2. Something to build on for the third period.

  106. Yeats says:

    Harry Neale: “Whoever wins the next period will win the game.”
    Pythagoris, Isacc Newton, Albet Einstein…Harry Neale!

  107. Naila Jinnah says:

    Every time he speaks, Christopher Higgins reinforces the idea that he will make a great captain.

  108. Girth says:

    “Boy would the Canadiens love a goal right now…” – Bob Cole

    Another genius

  109. Girth says:

    Sign him up for some french lessons now …

  110. Exit716 says:

    I thought I hated Neale because he was doing the Leafs games.
    Now he’s doing the Sabres games, I realize he has an ID 10 T problem.

  111. Yeats says:

    Imagine what those two could do with a chemistry set!

  112. Yeats says:

    Yea, Hobie Baker and all he blows. He could play for me any day of the week!

    Considering how many times he beats us, maybe you should just kill a chicken a walk backwards around your block three times before puck drop so that we win.

  113. Moey says:

    Jeer all you want guys, but their grasp of the obvious is pretty damn impressive.

  114. the_vipah says:

    Nice push into the boards by Kotalik. Garbage, soft player takes out our best d-man. Hopefully someone sends him to the hospital later in the game.

  115. Bill says:

    I sure hope that’s just a big ouch, wind knocked out of him kind of thing. Hard to tell if he hurt his head, back, knee or what.

  116. Ali says:

    it was just bad luck, markov was in an awkward position and kotalik was jockeying for position going into the boards…

    at least he seems okay

  117. Keith says:

    THANK GOD he got up! To lose him would be a TREMENDOUSLY HORRIBLE blow!

  118. Naila Jinnah says:

    I’m glad he got up on his own, in one swift movement. It seemed like not only a back injury but a knee injury!

  119. Moey says:

    That’s one thing about hockey, you know they’re hurt when they don’t get up. So unlike soccer theatrics, some of them writhe and roll in pain over a broken toenail.

  120. Bill says:

    And he PROTESTS the call? LOL!

  121. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice sequence by the Habs… They’re thinking out there!

  122. Bill says:

    Nice play, Ryder!

  123. Girth says:

    Ryder!!! … Waking up?

  124. Naila Jinnah says:

    Hey, think of it this way… Eventually, Ryder WILL score! And it will be a happy surprise :)

  125. Naila Jinnah says:

    Not Steve… is it going to be one of those nights?

  126. Naila Jinnah says:

    RDS re-uses the wings footage. Classy. (Not).

  127. Grabs says:

    Ryder looked like a bonafide power forward on that hit.

  128. Naila Jinnah says:

    Hmmm… the way I’m posting tonight, we should rename this blog the Mike & Naila show…

  129. Naila Jinnah says:

    That looked dangerous!!!

  130. Naila Jinnah says:

    Beat!

    At least it was a nice play!

  131. the_vipah says:

    Lol what a fluke.

  132. Grabs says:

    Perfect redirect, no chance.

  133. Moey says:

    I hate to say it but that was a nice powerplay by the Sabres.

  134. Ali says:

    that was an amazing pass by Afinogenov…

    that was alone worth more then the price of entry Mike..

  135. Girth says:

    That’s what happens when players are left unattended in the slot.

  136. Naila Jinnah says:

    Seriously. Injury night.

  137. Ali says:

    atta boy Kovy, draw that penalty

  138. Ali says:

    pass receptions are a problem for this team, and lately theres been a tendency to get too fancy in the neutral zone on the PP instead of getting it deep

  139. Norman says:

    Thats three times I almost had a heart attack in one night:D thats a record

  140. Ali says:

    Attention Michael Ryder: You are not Alex Kovalev

  141. Bill says:

    Looking like the last Buffalo game … deja vu, anyone?

  142. Naila Jinnah says:

    I’d be impatient too if I were Carbo. Or anyone else on the team.

  143. Naila Jinnah says:

    Hey, at least he took a shot!

  144. Girth says:

    Allot of low % shots…

  145. Moey says:

    Habs were looking good in the first three minutes…

  146. Keith says:

    Damn it I missed that goal. Got to even it up before the end of the first. Come on Saku! Score one on your Bday :-)

  147. Girth says:

    We really have trouble picking up open players in our own zone… seems as if everyone is just playing the puck.

  148. Naila Jinnah says:

    Are we sure this isn’t a re-broadcast of a previous game? Because I’m glazing over. Too much of the same.

  149. Ed says:

    Are you trying to give someone a heart attack?

  150. Naila Jinnah says:

    Pierre raises a good point: The Habs always make the simplest, most obvious play. And the Sabres are always there to intercept.

    And what a play by Price!

    PS: Pierre, they’re already in advance ;)

  151. Girth says:

    For two teams that claim to rely on speed … this game is slow.

  152. Moey says:

    You’re right Girth, it’s a bit of a snoozefest. Hopefully the boys will regroup and come out stronger in the second. THey can play much better than this, why can’t they do it two games in a row?

  153. Yeats says:

    That picture of yours, if only it were true we’d be looking forward to #25!!!!!

  154. CH1909-2009 says:

    Last year you really belived they could come back, happened all the time. This year they never do, doesn’t exactly instill confidence. What gives? Come on guys just once? Pretty please?

    GO HABS GO

  155. Habs-Kat says:

    Markov is having a hell of a game.

  156. Girth says:

    Give thanks for Markov…

  157. Exit716 says:

    Kostitsyn forgot he was with the third line. Just shoot the puck kid.
    Hopefully Latendresse lets Kovalev and Plekanec do the dangling with the puck and work in the corners and fight for the dirty goals.
    Kostitsyn, lots of talent but come on kid, get in front of the net use your shot.

  158. The Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks MOEy I forgot about CJAD

  159. Andrea says:

    lol that was good.

    Higgins is back! could have made that 4 goals in 3 gsmes. Kostitsyn has been really good tonight.

  160. likehoy says:

    the scheduling is ridiculous

    we finish playing the hurricanes before the second half of the season.

  161. JF says:

    I agree that the schedule is terrible. I’m sorry we’re not playing any of the Western Canadian teams; I love those matchups. But it’ll be nice to have done with Carolina, and I’m glad we don’t see Ottawa again until February. But “Toronto torpor” – those games always leave me with a knot in my stomach and a feeling of angry frustration when we blow it yet again. I wouldn’t mind a torpid game for once, provided we were on the winning end of it.

    Speaking of Radek Bonk, he scored the winner last night against Detroit and already has 9 goals this season. I believe he scored 13 all last season.

  162. Keith says:

    It would be the end of the world lol!

  163. saskhab says:

    I don’t know if we should be thankful we haven’t had to play Vinny Lecavalier yet. By the time we face him, he might have fully transformed into Superman.

    November is Month of Hell league wide for fans. It seems to be a designated “division only” scheduling format.

    It’s been hard for me to get too excited for the games recently. The same opponents over and over combined with the once-a-decade march by the Riders to the Grey Cup have taken a bit of the wind out of my Habs fandom for the time being.

  164. Habs-Kat says:

    PLEKS! MVP!

  165. Naila Jinnah says:

    PLEKY!!!!!!!

  166. the_vipah says:

    Miller would like his panties back. So fat, so slow, so beat.

  167. Moey says:

    Yeeeeeeeeessssssssssss……Where’s Plek-Andrew tongiht?

  168. CH1909-2009 says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS PLEKS BABY

    GO HABS GO

  169. Keith says:

    BeautY!!!!!Plecs!! What a goal!!!

  170. Girth says:

    Nice heads-up pass by KOSTSITSYN …

  171. Girth says:

    Hey … anybody ever notice that on the NHL.com event summary they spell KOSTSITSYN like this … “KASTSITSYN, ANDREI “

  172. Norman says:

    and by HAVS I obviously ment HABS!:D

  173. CH1909-2009 says:

    Kovalev is a different character this season. What a warrior

    GO HABS GO

  174. Andrea says:

    that was beautiful!!!!!!

  175. CH1909-2009 says:

    Yeah there are a few ways you can romanize the cyrillic alphabet: they also sometimes spell Sergei Siarhei

    GO HABS GO

  176. The Ian Cobb says:

    My friend just called and said i left to early, I told him i didn,t, im listening in english to the game, and posting with friends. 2 2 tie, carbo must have lit a fire in the dressing room

  177. Exit716 says:

    Two similar teams but neither one is close to Ottawa

  178. Girth says:

    That’s not tripping … touched puck first!

  179. the_vipah says:

    uuhh…. you get the puck first and its a legal play, its ALWAYS been that way. Except if you’re playing the whining Sabres I guess.

  180. Bill says:

    Might’ve been slashing.

  181. Andrea says:

    and derek roy is a diver!but for sure he hit the puck so komi shouldnt be in the box.

  182. Bill says:

    Replay reveals it to be a BRUTAL call! Referees is playing even-up, what a hack.

  183. Bill says:

    And we pay for it.

  184. the_vipah says:

    Sigh. MAN another goddamn BRUTAL penalty call costs us. Why the hell do these other teams always seem to get the exception calls??

  185. Naila Jinnah says:

    Back to square one? Carbo’s not happy…

  186. Moey says:

    Ian, don’t forget about CJAD, it was great when I was in Florida, I listened to a couple of games, sitting out on the balcony with the sound of the ocean in the background. Magic, a little bit of home.

  187. CH1909-2009 says:

    Perfect. Hurricanes win, Habs go down on a bad call.

    GO HABS GO

  188. Norman says:

    Great….quite possibly the worst timing…

  189. the_vipah says:

    … thats offside?

    This officiating crew needs a vacation.

  190. Andrea says:

    i agree that wasnt offside.

  191. The Ian Cobb says:

    How many times this year does a no show in the first half of a game kill us.

  192. Naila Jinnah says:

    I love that Carey makes the save and doesn’t move or change his positioning until the play leaves the general area. Unless he gave a rebound, of course, in which case he quickly shuffles to the right angle.

  193. ClaytonM says:

    “If, in the opinion of the Referee, a player makes contact with the
    puck first and subsequently trips the opponent in so doing, no penalty
    shall be assessed.”

    The problem with this rule is obvious. REFEREES SHOULD NOT HAVE OPINIONS. And if opinions are like assholes, we should only have one ref on the ice. 2 make the game stink all the more.

  194. saskhab says:

    It’s been suggested that both Bonk & Johnson were offered 1 year deals from Gainey, but both wanted multi-year. Worked out for Radek, but not for Johnson on the open market in that respect.

  195. Mike Boone says:

    Bonk got a two-year deal in Nashville: $1.35 million this season, $1.6 million in 2008-’09.
    Smolinski signed for one season at $2 million.
    The money is a push, the duration differs … and Bonk is having a helluva season. Nashville must be using him in a different role.

  196. Bill says:

    This is off-topic, but a funny and bang-on parody – like most Onion parodies – of the NHL’s constant search for validation:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/sidney_crosbys_one_goal_two?utm_source=slate_rss_1

    I mean, the game is pretty dull, so why not get a laugh somewhere?

  197. notbigbird says:

    It’s jolly good we’re not a six team league anymore then. No, I take your point. Really. :)

  198. Erik says:

    I Like the current schedule. Important divisional match ups can be intense and important games. Of coarse if they changed the schedule there wold be games such as atlanta vs columbus twice a year florida-nashville, atlanta la kings phoenix atlanta so maybe on a second thought….

  199. ColRouléBleu says:

    To me, repeated intra divisional matchups are only interesting in February, in November they just bore me to death

  200. JasonM says:

    I agree. I like watching watching Habs play Buffalo but honestly what will it be? 5 games in what 22 games or so? Ridiculous.

  201. Morenz7 says:

    Good to see some hard-core loathing re: the schedule.

    What slays me is the silence at the time on the part of the sports media (due respect to present company, of course) when these changes were introduced. Maybe I missed the dissent. What I do recall is near universal applause among the owners and certain media poodles for the idea of restoring “great rivalries”—you know: by having the Islanders play the Devils eight flippin’ times.

    While I’m sure it’s been an effective cost-cutting measure for the teams, I, like Mike, have had about had enough of Buffalo, and Toronto, and Ottawa. And for that matter, Boston. Beating them 7-4 is fun and all. But Zdeno Chara appeared to me in a nightmare the other evening. His Igor-like features staring down on me from on high … “You must play me five more times!” he roared. Then he laughed, like the Count on Sesame Street…

  202. Mike Boone says:

    Or like Count Floyd on SCTV

  203. Yeats says:

    Oooooooooooooo, scary stuff kids.

  204. the_vipah says:

    We need to stop shooting right at Miller. Who knows? We may score.

  205. Moey says:

    They frustrate me to no end with their roller-coaster hockey.

  206. Girth says:

    Mike is right about the sabre’s forchecking and team defence. They seem to have us confused…

  207. Girth says:

    You’re right … the idea is to play all 60 minutes.

    “Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.” – Paul Coffey

  208. Keith says:

    That wasn’t a penalty on Komasarek. He hit the puck first before th Buffalo player went down. Bad call and the refs job us again.

  209. Bill says:

    I LOVE the way Buffalo protects a one-goal lead late in the third. They’re taking it to us, the opposite of the way the Habs play … any chance we could imitate it?

  210. NLhabsfan says:

    Buffalo is clogging up the centre ice.Montreal has to shoot it down and fight for the puck….simple as that.

  211. Girth says:

    Nice try from Markov….

  212. P St. Pierre says:

    I was not impressed with that period at all. No energy from the Canadiens, who should have lots because they need to redeem themselves for their last effort against the Sabres.

    Montreal matches up well with Buffalo. I would say that they are even in almost all aspects except the Habs have more goaltending depth and a better defense. Now they need to go into that second period and show that they have the edge.

  213. Naila Jinnah says:

    And that’s a wrap! Nice effort though…

  214. the_vipah says:

    Lol that is the second “slashing” call that hasn’t been a slash at all against Montreal.

  215. Norman says:

    And thats game:(

  216. Naila Jinnah says:

    Oooooh… I like angry Carbo!

  217. Keith says:

    F^%$^^&& BULLS%^&^&&*!!

  218. Girth says:

    Carbo killing time …

  219. the_vipah says:

    How is that not a penalty against Markov? Yet we call Kommy on a perfectly legal play. Complete joke, and yet another game were the Refs decided the outcome.

  220. Girth says:

    “Hockey’s a funny game. You have to prove yourself every shift, every game. It’s not up to anybody else. You have to take pride in yourself.” – Paul Coffey

  221. Norman says:

    Carbo angry Carbo CRUSH!:o

  222. tareq514 says:

    i caught the Detroit vs Nashville game the other day and Bonk was used on the PP as a screen. He scored from the slot too.


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