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. Bill says:

    Kotalik gave him just enough of a shove.

  2. Bill says:

    Markov, oh no.

  3. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nooooo not Marky!!!

  4. Naila Jinnah says:

    A very happy birthday to Saku 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Yeats says:

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

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. Naila Jinnah says:

    IIIInteresting! Thanks for the link!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. twitch says:

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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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  23. 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!!!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!!!

  26. nightmare_49 says:

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!)

  30. 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

  31. 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!!!

  32. 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.

  33. Yeats says:

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

  34. Rugger says:

    For example Carolina!

  35. 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.

  36. 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….

  37. 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?

  38. 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!!!

  39. 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.

  40. Sbah Reverof says:

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

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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)?

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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


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