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In the words of the old spiritual: All our sorrows, Lord, soon be over.
Did he win a Stanley Cup or is this gonna be his first?
Gauthier was the guy that decided Janne Niiniimaa was worth trading Ribeiro for.
Sergei Samsonov, Georges Laraque,…..
He’s the pro scout so what does that tell you?
That there’s a real bee’s nest that could carry over to the Habs….I have always wondered how the Hell these athletes recover from very serious injury sooo fast?
Just because JM has coached over 1000 games, does that make him a winner ?
Earl – It’s too early to tell, but I figure that Subban will get the call. Of course he has to earn it in training camp. The other new Dman has to be a guy with size who can clear the front of the net. If that happens then MAB may not be needed.
You also have to wonder if Carle or Weber will be around next year. What the hell happened to all the good young defensive prospects that we had in our system such a short time ago?
Great to here from you again on H /IO. I trust that all is well with you and yours.
BTW, I went out and golfed today. For the first 10 holes I was on fire and played like Andrei Markov. Then I blew a tire and played like crap – just like Samsonov:-)
Anybody else hear about the steroid/performance-enhancing drug allegations against the Capitals?
The CAT in shorts and flipflops? Just don’t give Boone the idea he can do the same. Not a pretty sight.
I just KNOW, that if we ended up facing Buffalo, Miller would be killing us. Same with Brodeur in NJ. If it had been one of those two goalies in Game 1, we’d already be down 3-0 in the series.
“love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”
Bergeron is one of Gainey’s better FA signing, and was a huge plus for the team despite his limiatations. If he’s only considered half a player, then the roster is littered with many 1/4 and 1/10 players filling out the roster.
Ideally yo replace him but he’s palyed well and I’d have no problem with him back on the team.
Drew Doughty talking trash to a Canucks player during the game, you could read his lips, he says:
“Keep yappin’ buddy, keep yappin’. I got all day. Come my way then, come my way then, I’ll F. hipcheck the S. out of you”
Check it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNy-tQXy1vc&feature=player_embedded
The countdown is on…
I know! It’s crazy! I’m sweating in a t-shirt!
That pretty much sums it up! Already top shape + top-of-the-line therapy & monitoring + top facilities, etc.
Eeeeexactly. Especially considering they scored 5 goals last game and 6 goals the game before.
Yuck. Although, in general, I’d prefer get lots of hits from Buffalo than Philly… Most of Philly’s are late/using the stick/lower back/dirty/etc. lol…
Yet Nagel’s steroid supplier admits he dealt with the Caps.
Boone talks about Philadelphia’s physicality, & how Montreal matches up better with Buffalo.
Pittsburgh leads with 163 hits in 4 games
Buffalo has 128 hits in 3 games
Philadelphia has 111 hits in 4 games
Montreal is last with 59 hits in 3 games
NHL = bush leaqgue.
Chris & Dave – Pat Hickey told me that Mike Boone shaves his legs. I guess that must be a turn-on for Penelope Cruz. Hey, whatever….
An optimistic look at the Habs’ situation
mb – Right now, at this point in time, there is no way that SK74 is a better hockey player than Metro (that’s just me being picky with your list).
I also think that another reason for Sergei (or any other forward ) sitting out is the MAB factor. If O’Byrne plays, that means Bergeron wastes a spot up front. Your 4th line is basically no line at all. In light of that fact, I would just double shift some of the guys from the third line (onto the 4th) so that we can at least rotate four lines.
I really appreciate what Bergeron has done for us this year. However, he can’t return next year. We can’t afford to have a half player take up an entire roster spot for the entire season.
Really like the goal breakdown feature for the playoffs. Its done quite well and no real favortism is shown
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qu’elle avance? Et bien il appert que non…
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W. C. Fields also said
“Always carry a
flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small
snakebite, I have to think that at some point in his coaching career Jacques
Martin suffered a bite that has caused him to somehow annually get his teams to
underachieve as the season progresses. All those years with very talented
Senators teams produced how many Stanley Cups? And now, albeit with a much less
skilled club, he seems destined to repeat. As we all know the Habs seemed to be
coasting to a fifth or sixth place finish with just a handful of games
remaining and on a streak. Then the JM venom kicked in and lo and behold they
back into the playoffs in eighth. As an example, you can go right back to the Buffalo
game – Habs leading 2-0 with a couple of minutes to go when they give up a
goal. Big Mo shifted, Buffalo would pull its goalie giving them a two skater
advantage over the penalized Habs. Does this situation call for a “Time Out”
maybe?!?!? Seems not; and you know the outcome. The Habs’ woes begin behind the
bench I am afraid – let’s hope the off season is a long way away, but unless it’s
delayed until about mid-June, the brain trust has to either make a coaching
move or provide JM with a much needed flagon of whiskey for next year!!
that’s rough because tonight’s game is going to be a delight.
yes, yes it will.
Something I wanted to mention is that Markov has to play better. I
personally think that he is a better overall defenseman than Mike
And from what I have seen in this series so far, Green
has been horrible. But Markov, although he hasn’t been horrible, he
isn’t making the impact we need him to make. Maybe he’s injured, he
needs to be more engaged and be able to make stuff happen.
I hope JM puts SK74 back in tonight…he plays well with Moore and Moen but it would be great if he took control of that line by saying to both Moen and Moore, “Get to the front of the net and I will get you the puck.”
“I am guilty of using elipses…”
I’m going to be missing the damn game tonight bcuz of work!! I won’t know what the score will be until 2 am tonight–What a torture!! Or maybe the torture would be to watch the game??!…:S
I’m pretty sure that in some cases they are used and I know in some cases in the States H.G.H. is used as well(Seen it on 60 minutes) as well when Doctor prescribed it’s legal plus there are other steroids (pregasone)spelling ? and what have you.
Plus, 2 goals or less against washington is an accomplishment. I think that only happened 5 or 6 times this season. Even with a loss, letting them score 2 goals wouldn’t be bad for a goalie.
Have to agree with your assesment. I cant imagine what Sergei did to push himself behind Tom Pyatt, M Darche, Lapierre, and Metro on the depth chart.
Sergei has skills that these guys can only wish for.
Putting OB into the lineup is a positive development but only if you allow him to play physical and knock some heads if they bang into Price. A tentative OB is no good, he has to be mean and aggressive to be effective.
No kidding. Hockey players heal faster because they have the money to get the best treatment. Not to mention being an athlete also gives you a leg up on the average person as far as healing goes.
lol, same with testosterone. Imagine men all healed faster than women?
It obviously means something to me!! My statement is: regardless of the turnout, if he allows 2g or less, I will be happy.
just went outside for lunch – people are still wearing their winter jackets. maybe the game will be closer than i think.
SK is not better than Metro who is coming back after a long layoff due to a separated shoulder? Wow dude!
The fact that the entire Pleks line is -4 for the series and MAB is -5 puts major holes in your arguement.
How many goals does MAB have to justify his errors? I would have no complaint if the punishments were applied equally to every player.
Can someone in the media please ask what it is Sergei is or is not doing that has Martin so pissed at him? surely it can be phrased diffrently. If we get eliminated I would love to know the truth abouthis situation…..what s the real deal because there has to be far more to it. We all see the games and know that Sergei deserves to play and far more opportunity than he gets. Is he really that much of a dink at practice or off the ice? Soemone could probably write a damn book on this and thousands of copies would sell to HIO alone……why? what is the logic here….if we lose him to the KHL because Martin is an idiot it will be horrible….we could potentially lose 2 players befcause our coach is an idiot…or maybe Serei is that bad off the ice? I don;t know but I know enough to see that he is and has always been better than the guys we dress instead of him. Do coaches really need to have a scapegoat? I think coaches should get healthy scratched every know and then….d sucks, d coach sit it out and insert Boucher into the lineup, Martin sucks…insert a flying monkey into the lineup…actually let’s just go ahead and do that one anyway. It is so frustrating and people can say that a guy who scored 7 goals doesn;t make a difference all they want…this team has only ever shown any promise in the last several years when it had depth…..
That does not really mean anything…Price allowed only two goals by Carolina and still got booed…
at least muller is always talking to the guys.
Really!? I never see him talking during a game, but I always hoped he at least did it sometimes when the camera was not pointed at the bench. That’s depressing.
If we win tonight, it’ll be thanks to O’Byrne. Even if he sucks!
CAREY I PROMISE TO LOVE YOU FOREVER IF YOU LET IN 2 GOALS OR LESS.
Anabolic steroids don’t make you heal faster.
Depth players need to show a higher level of commitment than S.K. does to be effective and S.K.’s offensive output is not hight enouph to compensate for his errings…. his shift following our fourth goal in Washington was everything you dont want to see from a third line player and the reasons why Washington were able to score their second goal and be back in the game before the ending of the second period.
JM’s vendetta against Sergei is a crock of droppings. The guy makes a couple mistakes here and there, but he’s working on it.. They need to give him ice time and a chance to grow instead of giving it to someone like darche who ain’t gonna be helping the team going forward.
Fire JM before getting rid of Sergei if it’s between the two.. Goddamn egoist!
The reason JM says nothing to his players during the game is that he’s too busy taking notes.Multi tasking isn’t for everybody, you know.
Too true! This team plays NOT to lose, rather than playing to win. JM needs to go. The game has clearly passed this guy by.
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He’s won it a bunch of times. Well, in his imagination anyways… I’m sorry, I shouldn’t say that. He has no imagination.
We should win by default.
Wow, that one was beautifully edited, the colours and transitions are very much like the authentic ones.
Take a gander at the one I made about Price. Will i be eating my shorts tonight?
I heard on the team 990, quoting McGuire who stands between benches saying: “JM says absolutely nothing nothing to his players during the game”.
so I guess that explains why this team neber comes back in a game when they’re behind and never has any confidence. If your coach isn’t willing to give positive affirmations, you’re done .
there isn’t a team that is less fragile than this 1, and their psyche is 1 of fear and afraid to lose. that’s why they always play to not lose, instead of playing to win.
JM is the absolute worst choice for coach of this team. If only the Molson Bros could see what the entire world sees. GET RID OF JM OR NEXT YEAR WILL ACTUALLY BE WORSE!
If only he ate meat,lol
Those stats are obviously skewed.
Pittsburgh and Ottawa are in the same series – 1 and 2.
Detroit and Phoenix – 3 and 4
Buffalo and Boston- 5 and 8
Montreal and Washington – last and 3rd last
The biggest gap between two teams in the same series is 5 – Nashville and Chicago.
So, those stats are pretty series dependant, and I wouldn’t put too much value into them.
Lucky we had Theo to kick around for a game and two goals.
omg, the reffing is absolutely one sided. cmon martin, can you get mad?
Cammy has to punch OV in the head like he did to havlat (but knock him out)
Right in front of the net? And the ref can’t see it?
sometimes they just let him talk to fill space. Those are the worst games.
MUP (most useless player) so far Hamrlik
They were watching the front of the net with their eyes closed.
Wow, that PP completely sucked. Too lackadasical in the neutral zone, just get it in deep and retrieve with the same determination that we’ve showed thus far.
Caps this Caps that, stfu Mcguire! we dont care about how Belanger was picked up for this reaosn, or how good Carlson is for a 20 year old, or how strong Ovechkin is when hes fired up. HONESTLY
As valuable as he was during the regular season, I’m not impressed with him so far in this series. He seems totally dazzled when having to go up against the skill guys on Washington and seems ready to commit a stupid penalty in any given play.
Thanks for clearing that up. I was thinking they did not have eyes at all.
He Can’t Handle the Playoffs. Single Handedly he could cost us the playoffs.
He actually assisted that goal but for goodness sake get him off the powerplay
He’s clearly burnt out.
Hopefully they can get him off the books come summer to make room for some youngsters and Pleks.
Great shifts by OB and SK — both of them have showed up tonight.
hard not to love this team tonight. did anyone notice how cammy had the opportunity to likely break that guy’s femer or at least take out his knee, and stepped out of the way at the last minute? nice
I’d rather see a game start like this – with chances at both ends – then the way the last game started when it was all Habs in the first. Too many times I’ve seen team come out great in the first period and falter after not scoring in the first. But seriously… Price makes me nervous…
Nice net presence!
The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD HE FOUND THE WHISTLE
Finally, a PP.
Let’s go boys!!
It’s about funkin time.
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
NICE WORK – Moen, Lapierre, Moore!
love this team right now!!!!
Capitals are horrible defensively.
Great work at the net! Go Habs! and FINALLY a freaking PP
Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!
Time for the defective twig trick!
WHEW! It smells like rotting ref in Montreal…
I can smell the stench all the way in Cali…
Oh wait… no… that’s the Sharks…
If Mcguire talks about our for-check one more time I’m switching to RDS. Jesus, usually I can tolerate him but he is getting annoying tonight.
And the ref felt around in his rear and finally found his whistle. That is how far his head was buried.
Tim Peel intercepts Gomez pass. Why don’t you just put on a Caps jersey?
Honestly, will we have to tank to build a mega powerhouse just so we can overcome these playoff series where the referees honestly believe the other team can do no wrong?
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
Man …. I love your quote. Always makes me laugh
Play with an edge, but keep your cool.
I like how we’re actually trying to crash the crease this game, we can get Varly off his game and the Caps’ D can’t move us out if we show this sort of grit and determination.
Bruce at a loss for words =)
Too many men!
“operation twig snapper” now!!!!!
Uh oh, they replaced Knuble with Semin
WHY IS MAB ALWAYS ON AFTER A GOAL???????
C’mon, les boys, get another to close out the period. No! Not a penalty!
Make up call
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
and there’s the bullshit call
Oh, who was that who was on the ice? Oh, number 8? Okay, penalty.
BS call. That’s just a tough play on a tough guy.
F**** THESE REFS HARD
FUCK THE FUCKING REFS!
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
Varlamov has a hell of a glove.
Its up to price now on the PK, Our best Pk’er is gone
“I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~
ov needs his skates sharpened
When will Varly come back down to earth?
WHAT THE HELL DOES HE HAVE IN THAT GLOVE……………………..
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
Is it me or does Varlomov make the easy saves look hard?
Only at the NHL level would they make that call in the playoffs.
What a diver Ovie is.
Is it just me or did our PP just move up to the next level?????
a time what?
“I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”
Yo Boone. Habs won 1st game. It can’t be a sweep.
Did Scotty Bowman ever say “I’m much, much better than that guy and he’s a freaking idiot!” no, a coach, regardless of his opinion of the other coach isn’t going to say that guy’s incompetent or that he’s better than him. There’s a code involved in these things that they don’t wage media wars and trash the other because it makes you look bad and it might fire up the other team as well.
JM was fine in pre-lockout hockey, the new game doesn’t suit him at all and it’s been shown time and again this year, he hasn’t been able to adjust to the changes in the format of post-lockout hockey.
Yep. There are several areas where Halak is better. I just pointed out an area that has had an impact so far tonight.
One more year actually.
I think we all knew it didn’t matter who was in net. Just like last game with Halak, none of the goals were really the goalie’s fault, although the 4th one he lost track of the puck, but a backdoor play like that, not sure it mattered.
Agree that Halak can have the next game, but I’d be much more happy to sit Hamrlik. We know we’re not winning this series, send a message to Hamrlik.
Haha. Idiots. No wonder they looked so good.
If the Habs win the series, would they play Pittsburgh (assuming they beat the Sens)? Yikes.
The Canadiens were beaten by a better team, but they put forth a tremendous effort for most of the game. The Caps just have too much firepower. And they had better goaltending tonight, too. That’s not faulting Price, but praising Varlamov. The officiating was spotty at best, but it didn’t make the difference.
Well that’s poor cheating Bruce lol!
Okay. I’m out of fingernails. Off come the socks now.
Thank god they caught that!
sidhu = A hole
WOW, the Refs almost let them play with an extra player too…
Hear hear!!! GO HABS GO!!!
Martin, Hamrlik… Gomez… whoever. I blame the Capitals for that loss, man, they’re dangerously good.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Don Cherry lives!
You mean SK?
I’m sure Martin will punish Sergei for playing well tonight!
Look up his record as a coach, it is recorded for all to see. He has a good reord. Most of the comments here deal with how stupid he is, and then finish off with saying he only got the job because he is french speaking, or that we should hire an english coach. Neither of these statments are true in the slightest degree.
Nice!!!! I guess Elmer Fudd can’t count…budee budee budee!!!
“Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”
Yep, I’ll have my mother-in-law make a few pounds of the german stuff with the bacon in it!
AGAIN, AGAIN, PP GOAL. Too many men, we got them on the run, CMON BOYS;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
I am not impressed with Varlamov at all. Montreal haven’t forced him into that many big saves. He usually just has to make an easy first save on a long shot, and no-one crashes for the second chance. If they get a good opportunity, Semin can trip the Hab with impunity, or Sergei will shoot it a mile wide. If anyone on the Habs besides Gionta was heading to the net, Montreal would be winning by a pair.
Full Breezer 4 Life
Wrong – he has one year left on his contract. He’s gone 2010-11.
Or maybe Bruce was saying how he feels É Would like to know how you know Brue was lying.
Boudreau is SUCH a good coach.
What a Jr. B hack.
Amazing how we can’t catch a break here.
Yeah but so is all beer from big corporate breweries. Molson, Labatt, Coors, Bud, it’s all miserable.
These two teams were very even on their season split this year I understand, and Desjardins was yanked on 3 goals on 7 shots last game so he might be having some trouble as well. What’s different is you can expect Hamilton to actually fight back from these things.
Nice, Caps neutralize their own PP
TSN really sucks. I have watched a lot of the Caps coverage and they are a better crew. Less of a homer for the Caps than TSN is.
Hammer is too old…get him OUT OF THERE.. he can’t handle this..
F*ckin refs! Takes 10 secs. to find they have too many men on the ice?
So you think he got this job , why, Really, do you really believe that. If his name was Smith, would you still be defending him.
I have splinters in my ass from sitting on the edge of my seat all game.
Habs showing some offensive gusto with Price in the net…..this is a good thing
Jeus murhpy that was fast!
Ovechkin was lucky he didn’t get charged with assaulting a woman in a Vancouver airport after the Olympics. He is slime.
“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”
–Hunter S. Thompson
does that mean that bruce boudreau will take over from don cherry on coache’s corner one day?
What ya gonna do? Superstar in action.
Edit: Meant as a response to Semar Chand’s comment only.
GET HAMMER OFF THE ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate that guy.
Maybe not lying, but Bruce Boudreau is hardly considered one of the best in the NHL either so maybe his opinion isn’t to be considered a valuable one? But if he didn’t think JM was a good coach, we wouldn’t know anyway.
No he’s on the books next year for $5.5 million thanks to Bob.
It’s Hamilton for him or a buy out.
It’s been a good year guys
look at pouliot just floating back
fucking harmlik again.
Ovie makes Gill look stupid…
______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.
Another blown check
Like I said in my prediction: Habs in 8. Just hoping no one has broken my car outside. Good night guys!
P.S. Anyone who blames Price for this loss is a moron!
RIGHT TROUGH MY F**KING HEART!
because our defensive line couldn’t handle the caps defensive line.. let alone thier first
“I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”
ANOTHER shortie…..come on boys, shake it off, shake it off
Oh wait, there ‘s Pouliot, Efin Loafing, right Boone
Hey, great effort tonite, Price was awesome…give him the start in game 5. Caps didn’t finish first for nothing.
It was fun while it lasted.
FOR FUCKS SAKE!!!!
I knew this would happen ((
Listen, honestly, what chance did we have before this started? None. So it was amazing we won in OT. It sucked we lost after leading 4-1. It’s heartbreaking.
Pleks’ comment about goaltending was true but this series was not about goaltending, it was about scoring. We’re a decent-scoring team, but the Caps can score AT WILL. It was over before it began.
I’m not upset. They fought hard, they showed up every game to play near-perfect 1st periods etc. We did not rollover or fold.
Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe
Lollygagging on the pp FFS!!!
That’s why he’s better than any Hab.
And I dislike him a lot. Hopefully no Cup for him.
Flyers (if they win) will play Washington. They will do what we didn’t — be physical with Ovy and Green.
What a shit team.
Ovechkin only needs a moment…
8 and change to tie it.
Same ol’ same ol’. A team that folds like a cheap suit and last year’s goats nowhere in sight.
These guys suck
PRICE HAD NO CHANCE ON THAT blah blah balh blah.
Price will eventually sign with the Nashville Preds.
So you’re not going to buy the cook book Bob and Brian Lawton are going to put out in time for Christmas?
It’s called “It’s all his fault….recipes your wife should know.”
Crap, thats a 50/50 chance in stopping a bullet like that.
In the playoffs, it all comes down to goaltending. Varlamov kept the Caps in the game in the second period and that was the deciding factor. We would have won this game if he would have played less than excellent.
OH FUK FUK FUK FUK…..WHY IS HAMMER ON WITH SECONDS LEFT???? JM YOU ARE SUCH A STUBBORN DUMBASS!!!
Bergeron u fuck!!!
Oh how sweet that would be! We’ve shown that we can play with these guys, just need to cut out the brain farts. Montreal should be up 3-1 but because of the smallest breaks from the gameplan they’re down 3-1.
Love him or hate him, Ovie is unbelievable when given a little room.
And the implosion shall begin.
Thanks Hamr! You are making MAB look like an all-star compared to you
JM comes back with hamrlik and bergeron
Washington’s 3rd and 4th lines gave them a lot, and ours gave us little. This is the biggest advantage for the Caps, in my opinion.
Urrr. Bruins win. Up 3-1.
Roman Hamrlik gets caught EVERY SINGLE GAME on the PP. I’m sick of him on the PP.
PRICE HAD NO CHANCE ON THAT EITHER blah blah blah blah
Any other time Moore’s end to end goal would be getting rave reviews. But in these circumstances it just goes down as too little, too late.
Give them a shorthanded breakaway why don’t you…
CALL A TIMEOUT DUMBASS…..OMG
What a weak @ss powerplay…sitting back…MAB and Hammer are killing us…Sloppy
Montreal has never won a playoff series against a team from the South East Division.
2002: Carolina 4 Montreal 2
2004: Tampa 4 Montreal 0
2006: Carolina 4 Montreal 2
2010: to date Washington 3 Montreal 1
Habs record versus South East Division all time 5 wins 15 losses.
A stellar .200 winning percentage.
RYDER WITH AN INCRDIBLE PASS TO SATAN IN DOUBLE
OVERTIME. BRUINS WIN.
F**** why the hell Hammer is even on PP?
Can’t 47 and 79 play 90 seconds of pp?
Now we’re really unravelling. Thanks for the effort. Losers.
It all comes from the same toilet.
Imagine if we had PK up on the PP instead of that $5.5m dolt, Hammer.
EVERY SINGLE FORWARD GAVE UP ON THAT PLAY.
And it looked so promising in the 2nd. Well I guess we’re not good enough.
lindy ruff gets nailed with a too many men penalty in overtime and the bruins win.
On the lighter side, if were a comic book artist and I invented
a comic strip called Fœtus Man, Boudreau would be my model.
Time for another overhall.
That was just plain woeful!
Went to the game and here’s what I saw:
1) Ovechkin = classless. Showered the kid with snow before the game, cheered like a dufus after he scored, cherry-picked all night long. You really don’t see how much of a cherry-picker he is until you see what goes on behind the play. Had two very good shots that he desrved to score on but what an unsportsmanlike piece of work. IMO deserves to be suspended for what he did before the game.
2) MAB wasn’t as bad as he was the last two games but still can’t seem to get his passes all the way to the target. For a guy with a hard shot, he gets nothing on his passes. Hamrlik was the only guy worse. Really wondering if he might be playing hurt. yes, he’s old, but the drop-off the past 2-3 weeks has been so shocking. OB was great, possibly the habs best d man. Markov was okay but he pinched at weird times, Gill and gorges were solid but had a couple of break-downs this time around. OB was fresh and it showed.
3)Pouliot showed good spark through the neutral zone but he still can’t control the puck in the O-zone. I am still pushing for Cammy-Gomez-Gio, SK-Pleks-AK as the top two lines. Sergei and lapierre were IMO the Habs two best forwards tonight. SK deserves to play on the top two lines over Pouliot right now. Let Pouliot play on an energy line and use his size.
4) Price played well despite the 4 goals. JM could legitimately go with Price or Halak next game, and mark my words, who he starts will be a strong indicator of who the habs think will be their number one next year. My money says they go back with Price. Not really sure why he got that unsportsmanlike penalty at the end, after the game the refs called where they let a lot of little things go, you’d have to think it would be something really major to dish out a 2 minute penalty with 8 minutes to go and the habs down 2.
5) We still haven’t played a full 60 minutes. Game 1, we were outplayed the first 30 min. game 2 we stopped playing in the third. Game 3, we forgot to play the second. Today, we were flat and out of gas in the third. The Habs stars look tired and the ability of boudreau to give his depth lines more minutes is showing. Gio, gomez, MAB, markov… the big guns were pooped come the end of the game. JM needs to manage his bench better.
6) Pretty sure everyone is convinced the season is over. it looks pretty dismal. The optimist in me says we just need to win game 5 (like we did against the bruins when we came back from 3-1), then we take it home and try to build on crowd energy again. If we win game 5, it’s a series again, so we’re really only one win away from being back in this. I know the flip side (one loss and we’re done) is more likely but it’s not over til it’s over. Crowds at both games so far have been great, might give us an energy boost i we can bring it back for a 6th game.
put sergei on the point on the pp instead of hammer
OK this is a bit much……and now Carey is all shook up and probably takes a penalty
totally agree. I can’t help but think how immature Price is. The shot fired at schultz tonight, the fist through the wall at GM place, the comment that the team sat on its ass in the last five minutes of the Buffalo game after all the blown goals he has allowed. Not to mention all of his very decorative and suggestive helmet art when he’s barely a proven NHL netminder. I hope he does well somewhere else but it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see him go.
Yes I would, because even as Mr Smith, the job he has done has been good.
Hamrlik is playoff kryptonite.
Hammer on the ice
MAB on the ice
Well, at least we get to see PK next season.
Wonder where Halak gets traded to. Wonder who else may be traded (SK/AK?).
Ha Ha, lol. That is so painful it hurts.
Price is being left out to dry by his team. If Gauthier re-signs Bergeron this summer i’ll be physically ill
Not exactly a fair or true comment, considering Montreal outplayed Washington for 2/3 of the game. Washington is a better team, it’s just how it is.
Hamrlik, is suck a useless, USELESS player!
WHY the F’IN 4th LINE AFTER A F’in GOAL-
JM IS A RETARD- F U
can’t blame the team tonight. good game, nhl officiating (say whatever you want). we played well, me missed spach. hammer, hammer, hammer. aye yie yie.
especially at the end of a period.
And that’s the series… Well they battled tough enough. I’m still proud of em.
They have Pekka Rinne.
Two shorthanded goals given up by the Habs in this series. Totally unacceptable.
A long time ago, this is how the Habs used ot kill other teams.
This team is not as far off from a serious run in the playoffs as you might think. The future is kinda bright.
TWO GOALIES ON THE ICE and the best one is….?
This team blows. C U next year.
chances are…..were boned, but still…..all we gotta do is bury our chances. There were lots of them this game. Next one BAALLS TO THE WALL!
I’m all for setting up a fund to buyout JM and Hammer.
- I Hab Faith
That’s it, boys.
Ovy has a pregame ritual that he does every game. He skates hard back to the bench and sits first. He does not know Montreal has a little kid standing by the bench dude. Get serious!
AGAIN!!! F&**(&(*&)(K HAMRLIK ON THE FREAKING POWER PLAY!!!! AGAAAAAIAIIININNNN!!!!!
Why do we give up so easy?
F Game 5 it’s over, just deal with it
Would trying Sergei on the point end the universe?
True, but they folded after the 3rd goal.
I wish BG had stuck to baking bread. At least the Habs might have a decent future.
5 seconds left and we give was some momentum going into the third…
JM writing down excuses to give the media for using Hamrlik so often on his little sheet there.
Hey everyone. It’s not over till its over. Bold predictions. Habs in 7.
Can we please buy out the hammer after this season.. He is starting to piss me off!
6 game home ice playoff losing streak.
They should have tanked!
We’re done, just shut it down
Geez, you people need to chil with the blame game. WASHINGTON IS A FREAKING AWESOME OFFENSIVE TEAM.
I thought the Habs played a great game despite the loss, they didn’t deserve to lose BUT AGAIN – WASHINGTON IS A FREAKING AWESOME OFFENSIVE TEAM… I hate ‘em.
IT ain’t officially over but I’m proud of this team, I can see what Gainey was trying to put together and with a couple of strokes of good luck (a key acquisition or a prospect or AK46 finally coming thru), this team has the chutzpah to be an entertaining playoff team in the years to come.
How is Roman’s boneheaded play JM’s fault?
WTF is this? As soon as Markov gets into the game all the other D think it’s time to go into hibernation?
TERRIBLE defence… just absolutely atrocious and they really blemished what should’ve been a close series.
Ya that penalty was uncalled for. But did Price mean to throw the puck at the Caps celebration? No. He was simply pissed and threw the puck away from his net. He’s not “still a kid inside.” Give me a fn break. The fact that the refs called that is BS I think. But hey, at the point, it didn’t really matter. Or did it?
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He was really useful when Markov was out and I really appreciated what he’s done for us in the regular season.
However, he won’t be any younger or faster next season. For 5.5M, you can get yourself a hell of a player. With Gill, Spacek and Markov, we have plenty of veteran leadership on the back end already.
HAMRLIK AND BERGERON ON DEFENSE TOGETHER EQUALS LOSS
Im in Shock.MAB Sucks, can he pass the puck,
“comes from” or “ends up in”??
He didn’t do it last game and he without a doubt direcdted his snowplow at the little kid on the other side of the line. Not a chance he did it by accident.
IF THAT WAS O’BYRNE OR SK THEY WOULD BE ON THE NEXT PLANE TO SIBERIA. JM …..OMFG
CEDRIC! CEDRIC! CEDRIC!
I’ll supply the booze.
JM should of called a time out after that 3-2 goal to get his team back in order & let them know they just got to keep doing what they have been doing all game… oh well. Season over, hopefully we can fight hard in game 5.
If these playoffs are any indication I don’t epect to see Hamer back next year, nor MAB.
A big question for me is between Metro and Moore, who do you you got after and try to keep?
Hahaha….OMG He was dissing on JM…are you the only one that did not catch the dripping sarcasm??? WOW!
This is the second year in a row that Hammer has worn down as the season has gone along. The Habs need to dump a contract to re-sign Pleks and frankly he’s the most obvious choice. Subban can take his spot next season. That was a brutal mistake at the offensive blueline
If that was OB, he’d be placed right on a bus to Hamilton with his gear on.
Hamrlik & Bergeron: Pairing made in heaven.
yeah I’m not gonna lie that’s pretty BOLD
Most here don`t seem to get that.
If O’Byrne makes the same garbage play Hammerhead just made, he sits. WTF????
“Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
- Sam Pollock
Hamrlik – MAB
Brooms are for sweeps, at worse they will go out in 5 games which is not a sweep. Hopefully they will go back and win another one in Washington.
I DESPISE MARTIN’S COACHING DESPISE IT!!
HAMRLIK ON THE PP AGAAAAAIN….AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS
Stupid, childish move by Price. He’s out of here and the sooner the better, I’m now changing my position on the golatender controversy. Price out of Montreal.
Ok you cynical fans who arent happ witht his team!!! Just shut the hell up and be proud of a team that was thrown together by a desperate GM. We did good this year, At least we know where our weaknesses are, and It is not in our Offense. Relax and be proud for once, they tried!! They played against one of the best teams assembled and we have no superstars on our team and we faired well every game. We just had bad Calls in game 2 thanks to Bettman and the NHL and thats what killed a major part of the Habs spirit, and ours as fans. As Fans, lets be proud and respect the CH!!
No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.
Well I say thats the game GD Hammer come on how stupid is that. Bring up PK Subban and sit Hammer come on we need more speed and skill back there.
I DON’T CARE IF JM HAS THREE YEARS LEFT ON HIS CONTRACT…..HE HAS TO BE FIRED AND SENT BACK TO FLORIDA…
Can some Gazette reporter PLEASE ask Hammer what happened on the shortie? I’d like to hear him defend himself, or at least try to. The last words of a hated Montreal blueliner.
yup yup, keep playing Hammer out there JM….stick with the tried and true
If we ever come out winners, it will be in spite of JM.
Now I gotta hear about this at work. Just like I have to hear about it every year this time of year.
just got back from my test.
wtf??!?! was that hamrlik… he actually tipped it to the guy.. and then went to cover the same guy as Gorges..
That did it. It was a crazy season. Good try tonight. Price had no chance on any of those. He didnt even get a chance to be great. They are too good at finishing, they had way too much space and clearly we are not great at finishing.
How can we not shadow Ovechkin? Whatever we’re doing now is not working. Why not try to shadow him? I don’t get it at all.
Just think …. Subban is playing on the farm. That’s messed up!!
yup yup yup MAB and Hammer, what a playoff team
this team is a few tweaks from being a lot better.
we need a younger d-corp thats for sure.
keep gill and spacek and dump Hammer
and hoesntly.. unless Moen and Pouliot need off season surgery there is no excuse for thier play
Let`s ask Bruce….he sounded sincere to me.
Ugh! Is this the goal that will kill us? My heart bleeds bleu-blanc-rouge… Hamrlik, what were you thinking?
You know, the Habs can outplay the Caps all night long,
but the fact remains that they know how to score, and we don’t.
Now this is a good beer.
It’s still 2-2 boys, we’ve outplayed them, just keep it up and good things will happen.
Hammer gave up on that play, no doubt. He was caught.
DON’T GIVE UP ON ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!
I really think i can blame thsi whole series on Hammer, and we have one more year of him, Brtual!
What did Price do to get the penalty? Just mouth of?
Go Canucks Go!
The Habs pay $5.5 million a year for that?
Sorry. He can sit his butt in Hamilton next year.
Screw that. Montreal needs that money to sign players. Just retire old man.
I don’t blame Pricey. We were screwed by the NHL and Buttman from the get go.
I pray that Friday is the last game that Martin is behind the bench. Him and Pearn can find employment elsewhere. I hope the Geoff Molson sees what we see and cleans house.
The Habs had some post Olympic success playing OB and SK while missing MAB. I can’t understand what could have possibly gone wrong since then (he said sarcastically).
Pretty weak penalty call.
I couldn’t hate Gainey more right now… yes, a couple of different bounces and we could easily have won that game (before the meltdown) and should have won that blown 4-1 lead…
but forget that for a second and think about the team that we iced tonight. Forwards are ok, I suppose, not great, but ok. Our defence is terrible!!!!!!! I’ve always liked Hamrlik, but he cost us the game tonight and continues to show his age. He’s simply being leaned on too heavily because we’ve got no other options. Best of a bad situation, I guess, but who does tha fall on? Yes that’s right… the man who built this team and bailed halfway through the season that’s who.
Ladies and gentlemen, Bob F Gainey
IF WE LOSE…..IT IS ALL ON JM…WE HAD ALL THE MOMENTUM…JM YOU ARE SUCH A DUMBASS
Support your local micro brewers.
Don’t remind me. Why we pay these moronic d-men top dollars to screw up is beyond me.
Totally agree, proud of the Habs, and all the Leaf fans going for Wash. can kiss my blue,white and red derriere.
OK 10 cents a case to buy out.. JM…Hammer..Gomer .. maybe we need to start a facebook page ! I donètb evan drink Molsons .. but I will ..
We have the best young d-man not playing in the NHL and they are going leave him down there. Come on Gautheir give your head a shake. This team is playing their guts out bring up the help they need.
Im so sad.
give us all an f’in break buddy…
like the goalies are the problem
worst time to give up a shortie.
Hey Roman dump the puck in the corner for the love of God.
No. If you read the bottle carefully, it is listed as an ingredient.
You almost had me there you joker,
Roman Hamrlik – Killing our cap, 3 years in a row.
It’s not Price’s fault … but anyone who was boldly predicting that he would make any kind of a difference is getting a wake-up here.
I say sign pleks if we’re unable to sign another centre who’s better than him. He played passionately tonight and i like that.
knowing the way habs GMs are. I’m assuming that we won’t sign him, or someone better. We’ll sign a grabovski style player, call him our number 1 centre, and then eventually trade him for a late pick where he centres a normal team’s 4th line.
If that’s the best Hammer’s got then send him to the press box. OB and SK played solid but yet Hammer got more icetime.
Hammer has no business being on the PP. I can’t wait for Subban next year. I just hop the can unload Hammer in the offseason.
Brian Burke = Overrated Loud Mouth POS
He shot the puck at Schultz during the celebration
I hope the caps are paying hammers salary
uh yes, they quit after Wash scored. 2nd game Wash made it 4-2, habs folded.
3rd game Wash scored to make it 1-0, habs folded.
tonight Wash scored to tie the game, habs folded.
HAMRLIK, YOU ARE FIRED!!
Grow up Carey. You lost fair and square.
All in all, as sad as this may sound, this was our best game I think this year. The old bad habits bit us in the ass again.
Was this Prices fault? no. But the goaltending battle was the difference.
I think the biggest hole on the team so far has unfortunately been Hammer. He’s been pretty decent all year but washington soon realized that when the attack on Hammer’s side, good things happen.
Oh well, one last chance to sport the ol’ Jersey, then on to golf.
The sad thing is that we are mediocre at best. Will draft crap and continue in this vein for the next 4 years or so.
Think about how everyone else will get better in the east. While we dwell in the cellar fighting with the Panthers of the hockey world. All the other teams have 1 superstar, we don’t. Maybe with PK next year, but the way JM coaches the rookies you can imagine if he makes an error, he’ll bench him…
Also SK will be lost and will be very good with another team who will be smart enough to make a lowball offer to the Habs and we’ll do it as JM will say he is uncoachable….
At least the NFL draft is tomorrow….
In Guy Boucher I trust.
Mac T says Varlomov has never played better…..what is it with G’s always at their best against us?? The score should be 4 or 5 – 2
It was a dumb penalty.
Montreal outplayed Was most of the game, if this team won’t give up and keep confident, they can comeback. It’s really not over until its over. Until you see third period with the clock at 0.5 seconds left, it’s not over. This team just needs to click and start bagging goals, they showed they can this series. What you think the Habs are just gonna pack up and let Was take it? Lets just hope we can get some momentum and win the next game.
The only good that could come from this loss is perhaps it will quiet the yahoos on here who constantly harp about this goalie or the other (depending on their bias — in the case of guys like S.Aces, its more a manic obsession) as being the cause of all that ails us, or the shining promise of success… if only JM would start him. This is NOT, nor ever has been about whose between the pipes. It is about who is between the boards, and how far they stay away from those boards.
This is a team with loads of individual talent, but hastily assembled from spare parts like Mary Shelley’s monster. This was not a squad carefully constructed with a thought to who would fit well with whom (other than the Gomez-Gionta pairing), and what sort of players were needed to play different sorts of teams and different styles of play.
We have talent and we have heart, but we are sadly lacking in some key areas. Goaltending ain’t one of them.
However, I fully realize my first plea is hopeless. The Price-ites and Halakians will continue to hurl stones at one another punctuated by asinine claims that we’d be so much better if we had more english coaches and english players.
Outshot 14-3 this period.
Wow people………we played as best as we could, and lost to a better team. There is absolutely no shame i that.
I like what you say, but we cant win at home. Maybe play all or games on the road
Nobody said it was going to be easy….
Best hockey from the Habs in years…
Gotta stay positive and keep our momentum going….
GO HABS GO!!!!
You know… everyone wants to say Caps D is terrible… Well, it is.
Ours is just worse.
Go Habs Go!
Here’s the D I’d like to see next year, not sure about the pairings, but this is what I would like.
Markov, OB, Spacek, Georges, Gill, PK and Weber.
you know what’s really deflating?
this team won’t get better for years and years due to Gainey’s wonderful contracts. nothing to look forward to with this team. Did you enjoy the last 17 years of mediocrity? well then expect at least 17 more years of the same crap!
Ugghh.. horrible shift to start the third.
Hamrlik’s a MINUS three in this game and a minus 40 in his career in the playoffs
I’d rather be eliminated on the road than at home.
Are you f’ing kidding me?
Maybe one of these Goalies who obviously are not good enough to be starters can get us a solid defensemen in a trade in the off season.
you know you’re absolutely right – the only problem is that we may not have the cap room to make these tweaks. i might also argue that revamping an entire d-corps is not just a small tweak, but that’d just be in keeping with my sour mood so i’ll refrain
Hammer…at fault for both shorties…throws away their best period of the season…
I guess one possibility that never occurred to us is that neither Halak nor Price are quality NHL goalies….
PG better buy out Hamrlik’s final year.
Hamrlik is a stupid piece of !@#$%^&*. He just cost the habs the game. now Wash has all the momentum. so even tho habs played superior to Wash, they’re only tied.
HABS CAN’T BEAT WASH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SERIES OVER! Habs are an inferior team. Habs best play= tie only with Wash.
all in takes is 1 goal for habs to fall apart. LOSERS! LOSERS! LOSERS! SERIES DEFINITRELY 100% O V E R !!!!
I love the Montreal Canadiens, but god HOW I HATE THIS TEAM!
Hamrlik, mab kostistyn bors BETTER ALL BE OFF THIS TEAM NEXT YEAR! i want their assses gone!
Habs could play their heart out and still wouldn’t be good enough!
Friday night I won’t watch them. I won’t watch Caps celebrate at home. I’m going to a movie instead of watching losers play.
That fact isn’t very fun
Get out the broom and bucket, me gonna throw up.
We finally realize this club of ours is heading nowhere now or in the future.
Markov has been invisible as well as all the other healthy players in our lineup.
We can;t even win with a healthy lineup!
Bobby, you made a mess for years to come!
We need to clean house. Pierre Bovin has to go!
Yup, the future looks bright for this club even when you have a prospect or two in Hamilton with a slim chance of making this team in the fall.
“We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “
Refs cost us this series when they screwed us over in game #2 which we should have won. Had the refs not screwed us over in game 2 this series would be a lot different. Someone on the habs should just try to hit the refs with a slapshot over and over again until the NHL takes their point.
Habs won’t win this game
Habs won’t win this series
Habs won’t win the stanley cup
Back to the drawing board for this team.
I can’t wait until Guy Boucher is our coach.
the critical Washington 3rd and 4th goals…were both BERGERONS fault… he was lazy and slow during the powerplay that led to the disrupted flow and turnover…and he failed to move the puck behind the net for the 4th…
really, where the heck has OBYRNE been this series…. and another fact, PRICE is not elite, nor touching on elite, nor have moments of eliteness…if he was then OVI doesn’t score twice… not that HALAK is better, just a tad more consistent.
again another game where the HABS should have won (aside from the breakdown shorthanded killer)…how is it possible we can say this now for all 4 games, but still be on the verge of being sweeped…
something wrong with this picture.
oh…and one more comment…GREAT DOMINIC MOORE!, this guy was Torontos best player a few years ago and I was thrilled when we picked him up, he is excellent defensively, very FAST, good headsup stickhandler, and you all saw what he did tonight, END TO END GOAL….nobody else did that…not even OVI.
1:The N.A.G. (North American Grit) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2:The NHL-Ref-Syndicate will do everything in its power to never allow the HABS to win another Stanley Cup. 3:Take it easy on the boys, they are going 110%
Yeah…I guess…Go Knuckle heads go!
Hamrlik, buy him out, for the love of god. We have skilled players who can play the whole year we have to sign, let’s get some cap relief.
Maybe Daffy Darryl in Calgary can use another high-priced defencemen?
Caps came out strong this period, we didn’t.
I blame – Hammer, JM.
For all you loud mouths that came out of hiding saying Price would be the saviour, there you go. As I said, it would make no difference who was in nets. Price was average tonight and outplayed by Varlamov. It was probably the Habs best effort as a team. Price is now 0-9 in his last 9 playoff games, which is obviously terrible. He’s won 3 games in the past 5 months, and couldn’t get the job done along with the rest of the TEAM. Start Halak next game, not because it matters any, but it’s fitting that when the team goes down, he be the one to go down with them, because he was the better goalie this year.
Everyone start drinking Molson beer please….they need the big profits to clean house again. This team sucks the big one with little players.
Wow…that was Hamrlik’s fault…with a weak chip/swing of the stick that allowed the puck to be corraled….
What’s done is done…the Habs have played a very good game…they just have to keep it up…20 shots in the 2nd period…
GO HABS GO
this loss is on:
Washington is a team where their coach can essentially say, “ok, score 2 more goals and bury it” and it happens.
Habs score two goals this period and win in OT.
The shame is that Montreal charges fans top dollar for a mediocre product.
People expect value for their money. They don’t get it with the Canadiens.
Is everyone thrilled at year after year after year of middling results and first round eliminations?
Let’s get a real GM and a real director of player development and gut this organization to the foundations.
Screw this tired old crew of Gainey cronies.
They’ve had their run. They should be done.
Now we’ll see if we’ve got cojones…
U gotta be Fu*&(*& kidding me.
think anyone will want that?
Wow, I hate the Caps even more now.
Not only for this, but Hamrlik deserves to be traded or buried in the minors.
IF THE MONTREAL PRESS CORPS DOES NOT TAKE JM TO TASK OVER HIS BAD COACHING DECISIONS….THEN THEY HAVE NO INTEGRITY.
JM COST US THIS GAME
A Kost (despite the trick) and Moen were absolute duds in this series.
We have to remember that the Habs barely qualified for the playoffs and are playing against the team with the best regular season record.
Like all season long, the Habs have simply failed to capitalize on their chances throughout this series and it is coming back to haunt them.
Re: the Caps, I personally don’t see how they can win the cup. The Habs are exposing them as a defensively weak team, with sick offense. Ok, so what happens when they play against a REAL team like, say, the Pens, or The Canucks, or Detroit. I don’t see them winning.
Why was Hammer out there??? . . . . . Spach is not around . . . . .
Sergei playing with everything he has, so I guess he’s scratched for Dache next game.
This team has a great deal of talent. It certainly does not need a complete overhaul, as some are claiming. It needs a little more size on offense and a little more speed and mobility on defense. Our goaltending is fine if we are able to keep both goaltenders, and it will improve. I’m not sold on the coaching it now has, however. J.M. is too cautious–and he’s too quiet, too, particularly when we are the victims of horrible officiating. And at times he makes bewildering decisions.
yes, ob has made some big mistakes this year, some bad decisions. he’s what 6; 7″? took boxing lessons this summer, has a bit of a nasty side? yeah, we better sit him and humiliate him and put him in a suit in the pb for the night. too risky.
And to think we could have gotten further if we avoided Washington in the 1st round..
And to think we would have avoided them if we had beaten poor teams at the end of the regular season…
Too soft…Too small !!!!!
Why do the habs always have ONE guy who’s head is not in the game? Tonight it’s no doubt Hamrlik. What the hell is this crap? It’s the PLAYOFFS. You don’t want to play here or something? Go home then. Jesus.
and 2 of those teams won the cup,one went to the cup final and the other is the presidents trophy winner.
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It just seems we’re damned….
Price = Ovie’s Bitch.
LETS START A PETITION TO GET ROMAN HAMRLIK TO RETIRE….
Really, this is price’s fault all of a sudden? Puuuuhleeeeeeeeeeease.
Nope, further south or west coast US city. As far from rabid fans and media as possible.
Excuse me while I go puke.
dude, we get it
u don’t like Price….and Average?….i might have to disagree with that….he played well
We’ll come out stormin’ in the third — JM will fire les boys up!
Stick a fork in us Jerry, Were done!
Must be so discouraging as a player. The team is playing better most of every game but the damn caps are just better at putting pucks in the net. Oh well… Good effort guys.
Hamrlik needs the press box next game. The bench for the third
halak is not the answer.
Holy crap? Pouliot is playing? First time I ‘ve seen him tonight.
Well Vancouver’s media and GM stood up for their players and fans so did Colorado but where is Geoff Molson I am proud of the player I am ashamed at the ownership. Your players and fans were screwd over in the second game and the first two periods tonight. I can’t believe what a bunch of cowards the media is in Quebec for not ask questions about the Steroid cover up by the NHL and the Caps . Thank god for S.I. for telling the truth.
It’s Gainey’s actually.
There is such a huge discrepancy in talent between these two teams. Montreal had to play a perfect game to win tonight. They did, for 39 minutes, and then Hamrlik….
They showed a lot of hearth, though. Infinitely more than last year’s team.
Want to bet Hammer still gets his minutes on the PP? Benching a veteran is a no no in the JM coaching book, only young players have to be perfect.
Hey, not talking about his game. Talking about the dumb, childish, immature penalty. This guy hasn’t grown up yet and I’d prefer he practice his crap elsewhere. Good goalie? Maybe some day. But not here.
We need a superstar or two or three or four. Just like the Crapitals. Unfortunately the only way that it will ever happen is if we tank for a few years or if the stupid NHL will include every team in the draft lottery.
Hammer should not play the point on the PP ever again. Ever.
Crap. I woke up.
I must say I was glad to see O’Byrne back on the ice, he even had a few decent offensive shifts thrown in there
Jdub1616, you are a racist and you ought to be banned from this blog.
Edit: The comment to which this responded was removed as were all his other comments. He referred to Jacques Martin’s Francophone background in a derogatory way.
hamrlik and bergeron again and they almost score…. absurd
What game were u watching … I thought it started when Gomez let one of his patented blistering snap shoots go … with no Habs insight .. it missed the net ..of course ..came of the boards and away the Caps went .
Why the heck he wouldn’t carry it in a keep possesion until he had some company ???
Gomez -3 for 8 million … MAB -3 for .75 million … give me MAB anyday !
First, we gave up a 4-1 lead in game 2. Now, we gave up another lead to go with a huge momentum we’ve had in the 2nd period..
…the Habs didn’t give it all up and lead 3-1 after tonight?
History will be made.
JACQUES MARTIN IS THE REASON THIS TEAM DID NOT GO ANYWHERE THIS YEAR.
Maybe, but I think thatll just screw over his trade/re-signing potential. Mind you if we can re-sign him and Price on the cheap, were good to go in the goaltending situation.
Frick! We are blowing them off th ice most of this game.
Minus 40? damn.
Any sugestions then? Who do you think they should try and get? A real brusier would be a nice addition.
What a piece of garbage
Koivu – You will be missed.
I HOPE THAT WAS AN ATTEMPT AT SARCASM.
if hammer and his contract are here next year and pleks or halak or price are not as a result i will not be a happy camper!
We got him from Calgary remember.
Gents, maybe we have to take a step back to take two forward — if we lose this series, there’s a greater chance JM will be fired.
I Rather Hal Gill on the PP now Why Hamrlik is the nhl paying you more than the habs are ????
Well, see you next season!
I liked Obyrne a lot tonight actually..the odd bad pass in his own end but better than average!
I’d rather have Brisebois out there…
The Habs troubles started long before Bob Gainey. However he is gone and it is for his succesor to now make this team his own, But how? with what?
in someone going to help me carbomb varlamov, or am i doing this alone?
Halak = Backstrom’s bitch?
i hope 44 retires. during intermission.
3 games in a row the D can’t keep their composure and blatantly cost us the games.
Please. Single malts.
yeah, hey who wants hammer at 5.5? he’s a veteran. He’s hard to hate when he did what he did when markov was out. but pick it up man. early easy. common hammer.
Habs cant cash on perfect chances…washington’s stars dont need a perfect opportunity…thats why they scored about 100 more goals this year, thats why they will win this game…that and hammer is a hab…
Will anybody take on Hamrliks contract?
Let’s see, who we throwing the blame at tonight….
probably the coach, seeing as were all experts on why this team is not winning
Hamrlik cost the Habs 3 goals in game2, the last three WSH goals. In Game 4 it was his lazy pinch that lead to the SHG for the first goal against when all the momentum was on the Hab’s side.
Boone, or Stubbs or Hickey or Mio – please ask Jacques Martin what he sees in Roman. Is this guy the most charming mother in the NHL? 5.5m dollars a year for a non-physical, no slapshot, aging, slow, and listless player?
Every goalie is Ovie’s bitch
look at the bright side guys, with #47 sucking, we can sign him back cheap
Im proud of my fellow habs fans for not crucifing our goalie after tonights loss, As we know we are solid at that position. Hamr should be done. I know Boone loves Pouliot but I dont, I thought he was going to score some goals, I guess I expected more from him. Oh yea, I dont care where he’s from. Gio should be this teams Captain, I wonder why he’s not already.
Hamrlik is destroying my sanity. He should never see another PP shift in his career.
If the Habs lose this series, my only hope will be that the Caps do not win the Cup. I don’t have any respect for this club.
Manapart = Halak’s Bitch
Perhaps you should contact “smiling bob”
Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”
I agree 100%. And to add to that it should be the last game that Hamrlik plays as a hab. Buy the bitch out. Bring up Subban now. Nothing to lose bringing Subban up.
Well, at least we get that awesome draft pick, right?
Shit Defence, missed oportunities, and crap coaching = LOSE. This team is no better than the one that played their last game against the leaves.
Definately Thought we would come up for a win tonight…..Hamrlik…..oh man…..what are we gonna do with u………… Offence…..all rite i guess……Defence……all rite as well, Gill and Gorges played pretty well, O’Bryne was also decent….Goaltending…..Pretty good as well….but lets face it….we aint gonna win by letting our goaltender steal games, Washington just has 2 much firepower….I would go back with Price for Game 5….and, when the last game is played, thats when the series is over! Go Habs Go
With the way Varlamov’s playing, that Hamrlik F’up has reallly really made me nervous.
The Habs have played hard and deserve respect. They’re outgunned and outclassed, and when the chips are down, it really shows. For these Habs to beat these Caps would take awesome goaltending, great coaching, and lots of luck. Needless to say, the Habs have none of that.
Hamilton, Cincinnati or a good beer league team.
Coming into the season I actually diluted myself into thinking the Habs D would be better this season. Instead all those ‘great’ veterans (ie. Hammer, Gill, Spacek) have physically worn down because Martin refused to give them a break this season by using the occasional call-up more ofter when Markov and O’B were out. As much as we all love Georges for his heart and effort he’s a #5-6 dman on a good team, he can’t pull the workload of a #3-4.
This loss isn’t on Price. I actually liked the show of frustration, just to show that he actually does care. I’m starting to shift back to Price in the franchise altering goalie decision of the summer of 2010
Whats your opinion on Pouliot
All because of blowing a 4-1 lead in game 2. How different this series would look right now. It will be a long offseason as has become the norm around here? We have become a shell of are former selves. Does anybody really care in the Habs organization though? I hope we keep both Price and Halak and somehow get some hockey players who are big, tough, and score goals this offseason.
Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.
Moen and Pouliot like SK and AK, need a coach who encourages them to do what they do. This team has become frighteningly non-physical under the direction of JM and Moen was force on the ice to start the year, then became less so as the year went on, coincidence? Doubtful. JM thinks he’s coaching non-contact hockey where 3rd-period leads are invincible.
This team maybe small but this team has a big heart the problem with this team is they need a coach and he is in Hamliton.
Well, we’ll get ‘em next year. See you guys at the draft…. :_(
Our defencemen were heroic. They were the main reason we took game 1 and had a sniff at the others. There is noe single scapegoat in this team Hamrlik looked rough in the series at times, but where are we without him filling Markov’s shoes in the regular season? Probably 10th place. The team showed well against the most offensively gifted team in the league, one that I don’t think anyone expected us to have any chance at, and they were proved wrong because it really was THAT close at some many times.
Signed him as a FA from there I know, but Sutter’s obviously flipped his lid so we might as well take advantage of the inmate running the asylum.
Thanks Hamrlik for your wonderful effort at the end of the second, we had all the momentum! we have got to dump this guy in the offseason! Too small, too soft, bums like Bergeron getting a regular shift, and a frickin’ pop gun offense! At the end of the day it’s men against boys..sigh. At least they’ll be able to get some weekend tee times.
6-3 by the way.
Classic Habs. Always find a stupid way to give up momentum.
I think Cedric Desjardins should be habs #1 goalie next year. After all he was the best goalie in the AHL.
and JM, send him on a 1 way ticket to Siberia.
Would be the biggest mistake this franchise ever made.That penalty was just as bogus as Gomez’s misconduct or Pleks unsportsmenlike penalty the other night. But it does show who has passion on this team
OK, Hamrlik had a brain cramp. Let’s all get over it. If someone had told me we would be tied after two periods then I would be feeling like we were in good shape. Let’s hang tough.
MAnApart = My bitch now get your ass back in the kitchen (sorry REAL ladies i really do not mean this)
Why is Hammer on the PP? Stupid Martin doesn’t get it.
The only way to beat the Caps is to pressure them. Hang back, even on the PP and they will burn you. If the Habs do not figure this out during this intermission, then say good by to the game and the season.
Caps won’t make it out of round 2. Guaranteed. That is…if they make it there?
Hamrlik and MAB will make sure they do, though.
it seems every little mistake costs us. habs dominated and hammer ruins it. hammer has been bad for the last month. he was brutal against toronto, he has been bad this series. he deserves to sit. poor price, the only shot he faces is a two on one.
caps will not win the cup…. they can not beat pittsburgh… varlamov will show why he sucks…. remember that the habs make every goalie look like dryden
SK PLAYED 8:17 AND WAS A PLUS TWO IN A GAME WHERE WE LOST 6-2!!!!!!!!
DUMBASS DUMBASS DUMBASS DUMBASS
Calgary? Sutter seems to have gone totally insane.
You think JM would do something out of the box and pull the goalie out now instead of the last 30 secs?
and we are paying Gomez ..how much ??? some bargin he is …. he should be good the next game because he didn’t do anything tonite …EXCEPT… his weak wrist shot let to the caps 3rd goal which broke our backs and then there was another 4-2 just like that …Gomez …invisable
So now Halak starts ….so what …. enjoy the summer !! it’s over !!!
JM …sucks !!!
That cardboard cutout made sure 44 was on the ice so he could screw us again. It just took the heart from me can u imagine what it has done to the team after they played so well in the 2nd
I HOPE PRICE, HALAK, O’BYRNE AND THE KOST BROS. ALL GET MOVED….THEY DON’T DESERVE JM AS A COACH………
Mike, I dont expect you to admit this, as you must work among them, but honestly……………….29 teams dont care what language there coach, GM or Captain speaks. Only 1 franchise has to worry about that. Reasonably thinking…..does that help us?……………..I’m going to go out on a limb and say no. We won’t win a Cup anytime soon….just like the Leafs
because ONE mistake caused it. Had Hamr not been on the ice we’d be 2-1 after 2. That’s why.
I hope you’re right, Al
Oh, I did not realize Hammer took it upon himself to play the PP with seconds left in the period. Sorry JM.
The difference here is, they can score and we cannot. I think Varlamov will be 1st star. But we came fairly close. We beat them in more periods this series. Problem is when they beat us,they score 2-3 at a time.
I will never be that desperate. Go Kings!!
Mr. Boone. Can you get the moderator who is deleting my posts for no particular reason, to stop please. It’s an abuse of privilege I would think.
Hey, I haven’t got a problem with Price’s play. Both he and Halak are good, young tenders with great futures. But I’ve had enough of Price’s childishness. That penalty was uncalled for. It was stupid. Did it change the game? No. But it shows he’s still a wet behind the ears kid who needs to grow up.
So sad to see the Habs play with such determination and grit, Gio, Gomez, Metro, SK, OB, Pleks, Cammy, etc., only to be let down by a guy who gave up on a play.
You never, ever give up on a play, especially in the playoffs.
It’s little league 101 – you run through the first base bag no matter what!
Did they just give Price the ol half-hearted yay after he made that easy save.. I always used to talk shit to all my toronto friends about how Montreal has the best fans… I’m starting to think we have the worst fans.
Think Mr. Boone or any other press person will stand up in the same manner for SK, AK or O’Byrne?? Not a chance.
Pouliot is SOFT and has been a total bust and should have been replaced on his line and the PP with SK. But JM and Mr. Boone LOVE Pouliot because he is sooooooooo awesome.
Would they also have mentioned that the Habs were up 2-1 until a huge, momentum-changing SHG allowed the Caps to tie it with 30 seconds left in the 2nd period?
A little late there, JM
I’d rather they win as many as they can.
TO? Why now JM?
trade Hammer, bring up PK/Carle… bam the d-corp is complete
If I’m the coach I tell my guys that 40 mins means squat. 2-2 and we should be ahead doesn’t equal a win. It happens. Good teams don’t always win when they’re playing well. Sometimes you have to suck it up and keep working. Don’t feel sorry for yourseves, get mad!!!!
Not fair? Outshot 16-6 in the third period of a crucial game you controlled most of. Coming out flat with the game on the line. In a winnable series they folded, again. Washignton may be the better team (they won’t win the cup) but they were ripe for the pickin’, many times.
They have to shot for the five hole are you kidding me you can drive a bus through those legs. he over playing the glove and blocker but he leaving his legs wide open. Quick Boone send someone down to the locker room and tell the boys, That save of Cammy was a joke all Cammy had to do was slide the puck on the ice.
I think they’re going to lose, but they’re giving their all. Can’t ask for much more.
Maybe we could hire an English coach!
Haha..Im just joking…I know
Oh now JM calls a time-out, that’s great!
Noone cares, we lost as a team. Stop with your scapegoat, Halak blew 2 games before that, what is he in the playoffs anyways 1-3?
Who else would you play with Spacek out? Gill? O’Byrne?
I give full marks to our offence for battling…but the D gave them nothing. Spacek and Gill were the better d-men… Gorges too… but as soon as Markov starting firing up, everyone just sat back and watched.
Our D-core is appaling.
I hope the vegetarian puts some meat on next year’s blue line.
I agree 100%… i find it hard to believe that Moen compltely forgot what got him in the NHL and what won him a stanley cup.
he has been a monster during his entire career.. and now.. as dormant as a house cat
Well we have nothing to lose
Markov……..yes (no brainer)
OB…………..yes(had less mistakes then Hammer)
Spacek……..yes(and finally let him play his natural side, should have at least let him play his side for half the season and shift Hammer to the other)
Georges…….no(too small, too soft, but I still like him but would try getting someone bigger.
Gill……………yes(showed he’s a playoff guy)
PK…………….yes(proved himself for a whole seaso in the ahl, might even win mvp)
Weber………no(didn’t have a good second season try him another seaso in the ahl to see if he can brinng his game up)
The Habs are playing great….forget the goal and keep pushing…the Habs will come out and play the same great way they have all game…the entire season hinges on this coming 3rd period whether it be 2-2 or 2-1….
A few bad apples shouldn’t spoil the whole bunch…….but I know what you mean
price pulled great time to put hamr on the ice to help pad the caps stats
This might sound kooky and maybe it’s the beer talkin’ but… Kirk Muller for Head Coach. There, I said it, I’ve want to say it for about a year now and there had to be a reason he was the only assistant held over from Carbo’s boys…
If Boudreau, Bylsma and Clouston can coach well in this league, well, Kirk would make this team never take a shift off ever.
Yeah yeah, he doesn’t speak french well but he’s the kind of guy that would learn.
Kirk Muller for coach.
Markov Has to Take Hamrlik aside and kick his ass
The problem is we cant win a draw, be carefull here
Meh. After calming down you know what? They played great save for that crappy messup by Hamrlik. Get rid of that worthless schmuck along with MAB and probably Spacek too (since he hasn’t panned out as an offensive defenseman) and start over with younger AHL’ers. I want to see Subban, Weber and Belle on defense, White, Palushaj and some off-season signings who are preferably big (pssst…trade for Buy-fug-lin)
Thats true he might be ripe for the picking.
wow.. this team can’t buy a bouncer or a break.
wow.. JM is a genious.. now he calls a time out
not when the caps were coming back against us when it was 4-3…
I like what Hamerlik brings to the game most of the time but on the PP he is killin’ us. As bad as watching MAB trying to hold the blueline in the offensive zone sometimes.
canadiens=no finish+no defence=losers btw where is plekanec?
uhh that’s his point.. there is no scape goat.. the goalies are not our problem
Calgary or New York. We could use the 5.5 million.
My thoughts exactly. Add scoring touch to the grocery list….
But I’m impressed. Every game this year in the playoffs they fought back.
The miracle goaltending didn’t show up, and the Caps are natural born killers.
Montreal is out hitting Washington 22 to 13 after 2, but has only won 12 of 42 faceoffs. Out shooting them 33 to 18.
Maybe, like most coaches, you wait until you have possession before you pull a goalie.
No. He had a few good shifts but otherwise nothing special.
Rare Markov interview. What an oddball.
why is mcguire still talking?
I’m watching C-SPAN 3 to calm down during intermission…. C-SPAN 3 for crying out loud. Thanks, Hammer!
No coaching on this team to improve faceoff ability, one of JM’s worst failings this season.
OMG listening to the JM press conference. What a bunch of pussies! Ask some tough questions!
That’s it. Well at least we didn’t get swept this year.
Maybe he’s from the future and knows all
Sergei for the winner. You heard it here first.
Don’t worry about that.
SK was excellent tonight. I used to think he was going to be a star, and then some stuff happened and I thought I was wrong. Now I realise I was right, he just needs the right opportunities/situation.
…and Hamlik is still out there….good luck.
Carle’s too fragile for the NHL, he’s faced injury every season in the AHL and I’ve never seen anything special from him. Not big and he doesn’t add any more physical power to the blueline. I say keep an eye on College FA Brendon Nash we acquired, 6’3″ so there’s potential there.
Miller seems to have found his game, Buffalo holding a 2-0 lead on the Ruins right now after 40 minutes.
Mosienko scored three in 21 seconds…..not over yet…….right?
i was beginning to wonder if i was the only one in Montreal who could not stand Hamrlik…good to know i am not alone…
Duuuuur lets pull a goalie when we cant keep it in the zone and we’ve lost 70% of faceoffs! DUUUR
habs always find a way to lose. good teams (Wash) find ways to winwin, and crappy teams (habs) always find ways to lose.
I have two contradictory wishes for the next game:
1. Habs are loose and win it, and do he same in game six to force a game seven.
2. Caps destroy us 10-0, and Martin is subsequently fired (or more likely promoted upstairs) and Boucher is hired after the Bulldogs win it all.
I don’t blame Hammer…he’s obviously tired. I blame MARTIN!
He still uses him on the PP when SERGEI had something like 10 points in like 7 minutes on the PP last year. He has a blast and is MUCH fater…but no. Martin is a baby when it comes to Sergei. SO ANNOYING.
MARTIN is the reason for the struggles of this team. I’ve said it for the last half of the year.
At least O’Byrne and Pyatt played a decent game.
Go Canucks Go.
I dont mind losing the way we did b/c other than game 3 we played better than what the “experts” predicted. but hate the fact that we lost to that jumping idiot’s team.God i hate ovechkin, i wouldnt have minded losing to pittsburg. and hell a washington team with out ovechkin. watch everyones going to say how ovechkin won the series for them.. Backstorm was the better player through out the series.
geez i dont remebr me hating anyone as much as i hate ovechkin.. i guess its because of his face.
.::moen for captain::.
He’s whining and bringing ups Price after this loss,
I have a sick sick sick feeling Carey Price is gonna let a bad one in. God I hope I’m wrong.
Tonights game just proves to me we had no business thinking we could beat this team.
They are playing to go to the Cup finals, we are playing to steal a series. And it shows.
GO CANUCKS GO
What a horrible 3rd period. Outshot 18-5.
Is in way too big a hurry to give the puck back to Gomez all the time. Needs more confidence to take a little more time. Also, has really bad shifts where he does nothing. But is still really young with great tools.
Hey Booner, can the Habs call up the Subbanator? The team needs a lift right now. Hope JM finally tunes in to the folly in playing MAB. Hope Spacek is back for Game 5. He could have made the difference tonight.
That first stumble……:( I hope that’s just vintage stoic Markov and not a case of “oh shit….we’re screwed”
Habs look trashed!
JM says he is doing the best with what he has to work with. What???
Talk about powder puff questions. Just brutal.
Its official, I done looking at Hamr stupid face, He should be benched
I think Jacques Martin’s hiring reveals decisively why affirmative action does not work. Language over merit. This organisation blows.
Hamrlik’s given such a free pass by Stubbs & Co. it’s ridiculous.
GO HABS GO!!
agreed so sad. I really thought when they played their best they could win. I’m not mad at them for playing badly because they didn’t so it’s just hurt. boo
I would agree with your choice for coach, but it will never happen as long as Pierre Boivin is President of the club.
Perry Pearn handles the defense. He’s the guy that replaced Doug Jarvis.
I miss Jarvis. Pearn sucks.
Another tired Martin crony sitting on the bench just staring back at the fans just waiting to suck.
Washington was a joke when Gainey became the Habs GM.
Now they are a powerhouse.
What are the Habs now that Gainey sits on his ass collecting a pay cheque as an advisor?
He should have quit last season after he ripped everyone in Montreal for the Habs lousy season except himself.
“I did my best.”
You know what. We’ll be dealing with the residue of “your best” for the next five seasons.
I hope the Molson kids and their investors were factoring in a few out of the playoff seasons when they purchased the team.
I’m looking forward to the next home playoff game, sometime likely in 2014.
Molson has to clean house.
I’m tired of this changing the coach every year, but this is the first time since Tremblay that I don’t want to give a second chance to a coach. But I remember Kirk speaking french in interviews when he played here.
I was hoping for another win, but the difference between these two teams is pretty clear. The Habs played almost a perfect game in the series opener and still only eked a win in OT. Time to lick our wounds and look towards next season.
MAB won’t be back. Subban will take over his role.
Halak is gone. It will be Price’s team, for better or worse.
Mara? Goodbye. Metropolit is history, as is Darche and Moore.
But the team doesn’t change much otherwise. Montreal will try to keep Pleks but that’s not a sure thing. Sergei will be traded. Not enough money for a high-profile free agent.
Hello, Brock Trotter!
If Hammer sees another pp second I am flipping to the buffalo/boston game…f me…still in shock
Bruins/Sabres headed to OT…..if Boston pulls off another comeback tonight, I’m gonna rip my hair out
After all Canadian teams are eliminated, I am done watchin these playoffs.
Huge test of character to see how the boys come out.
They know if they lose this period, it’s over. This period will make or break the rest of their season. No coming back from 3-1 going into DC.
Come on boys, I BELIEVE!
Huh, good for Moore…
Thank you, I thought I was the only one.
if you knew anything about hockey you could see that the goalie is not the problem, did you even watch the game
SK played 2:27 in the first and was dynamic and a plus one. Was he rewarded with extra time in the second???? NOOOOOOOOOOO
Did he get any PP time??? NOOOOOOOOOO
Will he play in the third when we need offense??? NOOOOOOO
Will Hammer get a regular shift plus PP time??? YESSSSSSSS
No one expected this team to make the playoffs. They did. No one expected them to make the playoffs when Markov got injured in the first game of the season. They did. No one expected them to make the playoffs prior to the Olympics. They did. No one expected them to even beat Washington in one game. They did. If it wasn’t for the meltdown in Game 2 they would be up 2-0. Even if the team loses on Friday, they beat expectations. I can live with that.
Is there a lot of work to be done? Absolutely. Do they have major player personnel issues to answer? Yes. Do I dislike Jacques Martin as a coach. Yup. Do I think the future looks good with 2 young goalies and players like Subban and a coach like Boucher. Yes.
They made the playoffs when EVERYONE thought they had no chance in hell. You beat I’m disappointed they lost but a little perspective please. I’d say they deserve at least a passing grade for this year.
stop, just cuz the leafs are out doesn’t mean we want you here
Not now Mike, I already feel like i’mma throw up.
Moore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just maybe????
I’ve thought the same thing a few times.
Easy to be critical when nobody here ever makes a mistake at their work. I understand their frustration but heck it’s an error, stuff happens. Move on. The Habs are playing an awesome game, best of this season I think. Lets enjoy that aspect while it lasts.
Actually weren’t you the one saying that Halak is much better than Price and given the opportunity in the playoffs he will do great?!
Time to shut up. Both sides got it wrong!
depends if Hamrlik decides to have another brain cramp and slide into him, or play the puck weakly, or forget his man, or just be himself
JM, Habs village idiot…….history will be made
Do you think he was a factor tonight
Well, thats what you get with a #8 vs #1 seeded team. Caps are just too good of a team.
Good job Moore!
French press will never have the stones to call out a Quebecois coach, which is why they keep getting hired. Mike Babcock would be run out of town by those hacks in a minute though.
Not sure if Jarvis was that much better, but he was good at instructing our guys in the faceoffs, the faceoff numbers this year suck.
WTG Moore! At least somebody is trying.
I will say this, I ragged on Gill big time when he first joined the Habs. I thought he was way too slow and one-dimensional to be worth a spot or $2m+ in salary.
But he’s turned it on towards the end of the season and has been a rock in the playoffs. He’s stepped it up and earned my respect.
He has passion and intensity which this current version of the Habs definitly needs. He has a competitive fire inside like Roy.
haha you know what would be funny? We comeback and take the series in 7. Oh my gosh. IMAGIN?
“That goal was a real kick in the goolies” – LOL
You guys come good and all liquored up!
I wouldn’t associate “tape-to-tape” with the Habs in these playoffs (aside from those last two PPs, big improvement)
Remember way back when, when we’d matchup a defensive line specifically against the best offensive line of the opposing team?
Why didn’t we do that this series? Why not matchup our best defensive forwards against Ovy and Backstrom? Instead, we have the Pleks line out against them, or the Gomez line. And what happened – guys like Pouliot miss their check. Defensive guys wouldn’t.
Good ole C minus, woohoo!!!!
what a world-class douche
If he does….fine.
But the reason we lose is because of Hammer.
like i said varly’s not that good
How the hell does our D let him have 4-5 stabs at it???????
Moore just made like Larry Robinson against Gilles Gilbert.
Wow! What happy drink are you having, I want some.
That’s something little Halak could not have done. Just not enough weight or strength.
Exercise in futility. Too little, too late.
I hate making the comparison but the compete level is much better than in last year’s playoffs.
Can’t win a faceoff: Check
Terrible Defence: Check
Guys who can’t finish: Check
Goaltenders will take the blame: Check
Hamer lick should be playing with the oldtimers…. he washed up!
Strong Legs Carey, good job!! that felt wierd to say
Can’t wait to see P.K Suppan in a Habs Uniform.
Yes it would be wonderful, but I don’t think Boudreau will start Theodore for the next 3 games either.
Bad news. JM playing for the tie.
Give us d-men who don’t choke and we match this over-hyped Caps team stride for stride.
Our D made the mistakes all series long against this team.
Caps are EASILY the most overrated team in the playoffs and will get hammered once again by Pittsburgh, should they play again.
Hell, I bet Buffalo or Boston will be too much for them… At least those teams have a defensive game.
Boone,didnt anyone ever explain to you the concept of a SWEEP i.e. 4-0.
Get out the brooms ??? Really? Last i checked its 3-1
I don’t get it. This site used to be really good. It still is but is going down hill a bit, imo. It’s because some of the people on it not the site itself.
Any chance they can loan JM to a KHL team next season?
I used to get the beats for getting a C.
I thought Spacek and Gill have been great this series. Miles better than Hamrlik. His time with the Habs is up.
im just not getting angry at this situation. Noone played bad. it was a great effort.Washington is just the more skilled team. thats it.
I was thinking the same thing.
Yep. I was thinking the same thing. NHL atttendance is way down state-side. Canadians should just boycott the NHL. And Junkies should boycott heroin.
Same crappy result
Montreal Canadiens still mediocre after all these years
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
The problem in Montreal is the fans who feel entitled !!! No one in the world gave us a chance to win this series……now when we don`t everyone wants to throw them under the bus . Not me…..against HUGE odds they gave it all and made me proud. No, they didn`t win, but neither did they back down.
Are you blind? You must be or just looking at the scoresheet before ranting about shit you have no clue. OB has been is the press box you dummy. Last night was his first game and he played good. ONly D that was a plus. NO goalie could have stopped those two OV shots, not Halak, not Brodeur nobody. Man some people.
lets start watchin the hamilton bulldogs game so we can see a coach who knows what hes doing work!
All I can say is that we are not even in the playoffs without Hamrlik’s play in the first half of the season. Are we all in this together or not? Christ, give the guy a break.
Now I understand why Timo is the way he is.
I said from early this year that Halak was the better goalie yes. I said the only way the Habs get into the playoffs is if Halak was made #1. I said before the series, the Habs have no chance and would lose in 5. I put most of the blame on Gainey for having a team that was not built for playoff hockey. Seems like I was pretty dead on all year.
I am all about going with the hot hand and Jaro had it most of the season. But Price is doing great tonight. Just what we needed to shake up the team.
MAB was better tonight but still sucked. GONE next year.
Hammer cost us this game and is horrible. Buy him out.
Start Price in game 5. Play our #1 goalie that will be with the team next year.
GET BIGGER !!!!! BIGGER!!!!
If the dog didn’t stop to shit, he would have caught the rabbit.
Well we need at least a point..
Price is out of this town once his indentured service is done. He won’t want to stick around this this city where every move he makes is under a microscope. Off to a southern sunbelt team I think.
mee too, i hope we dont ruin him though!
JUST FILLING THE NET.
Thanks for the season, Mike. See you next year.
C’MON THERE MR BOONE, What did ” Your Man Benny” do tonight , Please tell me, I really want to know. You were quick to point out Ovechkin loafing on Plecks winner, What about ” YOUR MAN BENNY” on OV’s 2nd tonight. Please enlighten Me as to your expertise
enjoy your movie date with peewee herman.
F-off ref, Caps and NHL!
Not sure if anyone mentioned this already or if people even saw it one tv, but pre-game, Ovechkin skated out of the tunnel straight across the ice and showered the little kid with the Habs flag with snow. Definitely on purpose, he sat on the bench right after and all the other caps high-fived him. Worthy of a suspension in my opinion, what a classless and unsportsmanlike play from a guy who has shown this year that’s exactly what he is. Did they show this on tv???
Caps keep knocking their net off, no call.
Not sure if resigning Plekanec would help the cause moving forward.
I got angry after that replay timeout in game 2. After that my gut feeling was saying “we’re not going to win. I enjoyed the first 2 periods tonight and knew it was over when they didn’t capitalize on their chances. I still want to knoe what happy drink you’re drinking though.:)
Friday April 23, 9:45pm — The 17th Annual Habs Elimination Bitchfestapalooza
Guest of Honor Poster: Jacques Martin
Topic: Where The System Went Wrong
No one not posting under the influence of something will be replied to.
A buffet and grain-alcohol punch will be served!
A pos+ attitude, thanks. Grace in the face of defeat, which is a whole lot better than all the crap in here.
nice slash Price,,your crease!
And Molsons beer is horse piss. A perfect corporate marriage.
I like how you say we lost as a team now, after all the garbage you spewed on Monday. I’m sorry, but you come off as a total hypocrite.
Anglo fans will never consider that he is doing the best he can with what he has because he speaks a different language.
i want to see hamrlik out of one
guys ..I can’t watch anymore …i’m scared for my health!
any team that marc andre bergeron plays 21 minutes a game and is somewhere around -7 for the series is a team I can not cheer for. if this continues next season i think i will end my life long devotion to this team. he is the worst hockey player in the league coached by the worst coach in the league
I want what yer smokin dude!
what’s a link to the game. had to change computers.
Halak should finish the series off for all he’s done this year!
I got my tickets!!!!
Hey, Is Pouliot playing, hes a no show again
And MEANWHILE, Boston ties it up!! Who could have played the Sabres in the 1st round if they played well for the last 3 games of the regular season? Who could it be?
The Habs, that’s who.
Didn’t really like the start of the period, but we’ve settled down now.
Let’s go boys!
Aw crap, this is killing.
All hail to the Habs!!! They don’t frigging quit.
Last year they would have packed it in back in the middle of
the second period. I love their heart. Immense respect dudes.
Such positivity about the Habs from TSN… NOT! If you see any of their anouncers, toss them back on the turnip truck heading to Toronto.
Okay. Time for us to score a garbage goal. A nice greasy one.
…… he’s -8
Well they played hard and never gave up thats all I can ask.
Now lets see what management can do in the off season
Laps smashed him in there. keep it going guys, itll work for us. We need to get back the game. They are getting too many chances. I cant take this. CMON HABS………
People I do not want to see back next season:
MABHammerMooreDarcheLapierreSpacekPrice or Halak (one has to go, don’t want both)
Sometimes a person’s best isn’t enough, Hamrlik may be doing his best out there with what he has in that ancient body of his but that simply isn’t good enough.
He speaks both languages, but he can’t communicate with his players in either.
Now comes all the ridiculous comments. So im gone, one more game for fun. World Cup coming up. nothing else for the summer I guess……
He just had a massive backcheck on Ovechkin last shift. His offensive side hasn’t shown up, but defensively he’s been solid.
There’s always next year. See ya next season fellow Habs fans.
I think the core of this team is pretty good. Some talent and some real character. We’ll see what Gautier can do in the off season. A few tweaks here and there, one more impact player, and we might really have something.
You can thank Gainey for the last 7 years. I’ve been laying most of the blame on him all year for the mediocrity this team has shown the past half decade or more. Not sure if you were in agreement or not, but I think everyone can finally understand what I have been saying all this time.
I love that Keystone Beer commercial. Cracks me up every time lol!
oh man you’re useless
Whatever the result turns out to be, what a magnificent effort by our team tonight.
agree on all points
Hey thats my last name, Howd you know that did you peek. JM is awful, I repeat, I dont care where he is from,
Dust off the golf clubs. They can put bags over their heads and get good tee off times.
Caps have the deepest group of forwards the league has seen in many years, and it shows more and more every game.
What game are you watching?
O’Byrne and SK74 palyed a very good game.
expect them to be scratched.
nice to OB throwin his weight around,
Markov was palying like a man posessed but there is only so much he can do.
Price.. had a good game.. not outstanding but i am happy with his performance.
I like how lindy ruff coaches. Buffalo just gave up their 2 goal lead and he calls a time out to get his team back in order.
I’d give Halak the game 5. This game just showed whether it’s Price or Halak we get a similar result.
Kudos to Price for an okay game after not playing in a long time. Knew he would be rusty.
Are you efin serious, Anglo fans, JM is a joke I dont care where he is from. Nice time to pull the goalie on a face off. I think we won 5 all series. Please, That was the worst thing Ive ever seen
topher = Jacques Martin
Do they really have to go to D. C.? Let’s just call it a series and avoid another drilling by the Caps.
Maybe some of the guys haven’t been to Ford Theatre yet.
Don’t you love being a tuneup for Washington before the real playoffs start?
3 shots on net. He will get one soon, just hope its SOON ENOUGH, so its not on the golf course.
I used your indentured service statement below. I’ve officially had it with Price. Not the goaltender, the immature child.
By the way, I’ve cancelled my party and will attend yours instead. I’ll bring the ham.
I will bookmark and continue reading your blog in the future! Thanks alot for the informative post!
Andrew, You had to jinx it didnt you! 2-2 Buf Bost
Hamrlik sucked the life out of the Habs. I guess there is always next year. PLEASE GOD MAKE HAMRLIK DISAPEAR FOREVER.
Bulldogs leading Manitoba Moose 1-0 right now in the 1st period.
Captain of the Moose? One former Canadien some of you might know, Mike Keane. Coming up on his 43rd birthday in May, he has been playing in the A for the last 5 years.
He didn’t even look where he was shooting the puck Dave, the penalty was complete horse manure.
right in font of the ref.
The other coach thinks highly of our coach….so do many others who have spent their life in the game. Roger Nielson mentored him into the NHL. Maybe, just maybe his language is blinding you to his abilities É
Turning point Hamrlik letting in a short handed goal
I just want to give Gainey a final thumbs up and thank you for the great job he’s done on his second 5 year plan. Strange enough it reminds me of the first. Gainey’s bad decisions has and will continue to hurt this team for years to come. For those of you who continued to disagree with me all year, you now understand what i always saw but you couldn’t because of hope and faith.There is no doubt about that now.
On the street, dude woulda been hauled in to the cop shop for mug shot there…
Can you bring the potato salad please?
Cammy, that inside curl move is becoming predictable. Just fire that baby!
Hamrlik blew this one…….. that SH goal was all they needed to spark it up. Roman has been horrible this whole serie. 5.5 millions? I supported Roman through all his rough patches during his time in Mtl… but now, I’m done. I really wish we get rid of him this offseason… but now who will take him? Waivers anyone?
Another place Price kicks the crap out of Halak? Playing the puck.
The last time an 8th seeded Canadiens was down 3-1 to the 1st seed, they came back and won the series.
WOW! That’s unbelievable, and TOTALLY CLASSLESS of him to do such a thing, and his teammates to high-five him on the bench afterwords. Kinda like when he got upset at the woman with the camera, NO-CLASS OVIE shows his true colours. JERK-OFF!
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Could someone who is a little more objective than me explain how that wasn’t a trip? Are the refs really hosing Montreal again?
I think this playoff series has shown alot of people (fans) that even though they hate on Price or Halak, that is not the real problem with the team. Our defence has been exposed time and time again this series.
Great idea …. I am all for that .. lets buy out JM … just put the price of Molsonès beer up a a cent or two… allmproceeds to firing JM and hiring ,,, who
Carey carey carey carey !!!!!
Sorry to those who though Pouliot played a good game, My only memory was him loafing on Ape mans 2nd goal. Great coaching by JM Pull the golaie on a face off, I mean we were just doing so well on those
wow what’s wrong with Hamilton.. they are losing 4-3 aftyer the 2nd
Yes Price! GO HABS GO!!
A broom is for a sweep, Boone.
how the hell you leave Knuble alone?
Nice save by Price, but why did Knuble have a giant bubble of personal space???
price fires the puck at the caps! someone coulda been killed!!!!!!!!!!! ffs
Habs D is so weak it’s laughable.
Absolutely serious, the language thing is sickening. We have done a good job in this series. We are losing because the other team is just plain better, not because our coach isn`t named smith…….
HABS DON”T SUCK
Shout out to the Molson’s……Please do something for christ sake.
The first round is not great. But for the team we have right now it isn’t bad.
If you think I’m satisfied with just making the playoffs you don’t know me very well my friend. I’m no Leafs fan!
Hammer contract is over this year so he gone.
Price, Plekanec, Obyrne to Columbus for Rick Nash and go from there.
Hey hey both of them have their own pros and cons.
We are just not good enough to play a 60 Minute game with Washington. We had our moments this game, but one goal against and we cant compete the next period. Great teams battle through that. Some tweaking in the off-season will help this team a lot.
-Halak it alot because the Price is right-
Hamrlik has to go. Useless
Poti with a punch to the back of Metro’s head – no call.
just knew after the shorty this team would pack it in…goals in bunches for Wash all season cause this team sits there and feels sorry for itself…
Martin – I was one of the fools who thought you would be good for this team…oooooops
so… why not put the price of a case of Molson export up 5 cents ….and have all proceeds go to buying out JM and Gomez !!!
Last game was not so bad but tonight? About 4 calls that have to be made by a ref with eyes.
Great way to shit da bed.
Nash .. no way !
For the love of god pleeeeease…..please hockey gods
Seriously, I think his Language is your issue. Why is he a good coach, has he ever won anything, His Florida Panthers havent made the playoffs in years, that was his team.
Thats funny Boone, hes not mentioned in your Blog, CSN guys havent said his name once, I guess My bad
Your right but I am talking about last game. F**K seriously.
HALAK WAS GARBAGE!!! GARBAGE THE LAST 2 GAMES HE PLAYED, FACE REALITY MAN, YOU ON HALAK’s D*** TOO MUCH man, HE SUCKED, 8 goals on 26 shots? thats a fuckin joke. He has a lot of growing to do….
Think about it dude. Look at the goals scored last game. First one he got knocked into his own net, second he was big time screened and the last…no chance. A lot of people blamed him so I’m just saying that that was worse. What’s wrong with that? I’m not picking on Price. It’s a shot to those that blamed Halak.
It has nothing to do with Price, Its just so annoyingly sickening and obvious that we jump all over the weak goalie on the first goal…………SAD
What about the tying and winning goals in game two?
First time that I did it. Check my posts. Halak didn’t let us down.That’s “my” point. It was a well deserved posts for the people who jumped on Halak.
I give up. I don’t even know if you are talking to me or someone else, lol.
No, i’m English, lol
i am too,lol
I’m still not sure why Sergei was bench. That guy plays with fire in his eyes and….
Hope Price comes back from that, but can’t say I love his body language in the game so far.
Hey McGuire. Was that a one and out play on your beloved Capitals?
YES! Bodies in front of the net!
That was a weak goal…come on Price – get it together.
Well, at least the team did! Great effort!
Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.
Great shift after a goal.
Dirty goal, all effort there.
GO HABS GO!
Ya Baby! They scored we get one back! Dont stop till ya get enough oh ya!
Wooooooooooooooooooooo! Go Cammy!
Good news we score,bad news we scored so that means more phantom calls against us.
Here we go…quick tying goal right back in it…SK’s got some jump tonight
On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.
That shows you — Green is a weak D. Keep pressuring him, going after him. He is worse on D than MAB.
heh… Was my thought too.
Carey needs a big save to get in this game, looks a bit nervous
That is what SK brings……speed and some offense first thinking.
Metro’s second game back. All those who dumped on him in his first game back can eat crow now.
Nice work by Metro – that guy has a lot of heart. I have to go out – taping the rest, can’t be avoided. Biggest Halak fan here, but I agree with the Price start. It’s time for him to steal a game.
HOW IS THAT NOT A PENALTY! HOW!
Great work by O’Byrne!
The fix is in