How’s the weather up there?

On Feb. 29, 2008, your amazin’ Montreal Canadiens are in first place in the Northeast Division.

If they beat New Jersey at the Bell Centre on March 1, 2008 – and if Ottawa beats Pittsburgh – the unbelievable, unreal Canadiens will be in first place in the Eastern Conference.

It’s all a dream.

Bobby Ewing is going to step out of the shower any minute.

But for now, let’s enjoy it. 

435 Comments

  1. Mike says:

    At the begining of the season him and graboski were interchanging on the kovalev line

    http://habsexpress.blogspot.com/

  2. Chris says:

    You could also look at Cam Ward the year the Hurricanes won the cup (no playoff experience), Giguere the first year he guided Anaheim to the finals (no playoff experience) or Kiprusoff the year the Flames made the finals (4 games, 1-1). In the absence of loan agreements like those commonly seen in European soccer, its kind of hard to gain playoff experience unless you are allowed to play. Win or lose this spring, we win in the long-term as Price gets more time in the net.

  3. drive for 25 says:

    why would andrei kostisyn ever be benched?

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    Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new
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  4. OldGrover says:

    Argh! Relatives in town to entertain tonight/tomorrow – gonna be a tough call between either taping the game to watch later or between obsessively checking out Boone’s game log on my blackberry all through dinner…

  5. 1010 says:

    I would have had a tough time making that trade also.

    GO HABS.

  6. Will Longlade says:

    Besides, if some of us (including myself) had been in Gainey’s shoes, we wouldn’t have traded Higgins straight up for Hossa. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but Habs fans who are are still mumbling about what should have happened need to get over it.

  7. von says:

    “Free at last: Granted parole from Tortorellatraz, Brad Richards had five assists in his Dallas Stars debut.”

    That had me LOL’ing

    Isn’t it interesting the 2 most useless players on the team have sat out the least amount of games? The real head scratcher is that Smolinski isn’t even French! lol

  8. wd40 says:

    Roberto Luongo… good goalie, right? playoff experience: 12 games (5-7).

  9. Blitzen says:

    4-2 Habs tonight. Higgy scores 1, AKoz and SKoz one eahc and Grabs gets the other.
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    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  10. Cable Guy says:

    Here’s any easy way for Montreal to win, I’ll just get a proline and pick a buffalo victory and montreal will for sure win.

  11. wd40 says:

    hmm.. Kovy and/or Pleks are due. Kovy gets one from his favorite spot.

  12. Wops says:

    I think CHip will be in the lineup next year for sure. He learned a lot in his time with the habbies.

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    CH is for Chris Higgins

  13. Habs-Kat says:

    I never actually disliked Mike Ribeiro when he was in Montreal. He was an underachiever, but he always seemed like a guy who couldn’t take the pressure of the city. His success doesn’t irk me at all. Good for him.

  14. howtathor says:

    yeah, but he was our marquee free agent signing last summer.

  15. howtathor says:

    I don’t think Higgins was part of the original deal but came in when Pittburgh got in on the action. Shero and his “hoist petard” lol, wasn’t even in the game until late in the deadline. I heard that Huet was flipped because Hedberg for Halak was part of the deal. When the deal fell through at ten to three, Cristowall was gone and Bob must have been saying #%RQ(^&#!!! I’m sure it will work out for the best. Everything happens for a reason!

  16. RS says:

    Ever hear of Roman Hamrlik?

  17. New says:

    That would be nice for him. Dallas is a good team.

    Sundin is a class act.

  18. mjames says:

    If the Habs can survive their remaining schedule and make the playoffs, this team will be battle tested and so will our goalies. They have a brutal schedule. I hope they are up to it. I think there will be a lot of jumping off and on the bandwagon during the next few weeks.

    It is going to be a bumping ride. Lets see how many of us can hang on as there is no point leaving if things get rough.

    mjames

  19. nick says:

    hey is Grabovski in tonight or will he be in the press box?

    Personally , I’d love to see the kid in the line up. He’s shown alot of improvement since his first stint here with the Habs. Most noticeably, he stays on his feet!!

  20. CHiggins says:

    Grabs is in

  21. sanj91 says:

    excellent….i agree with the comment before u…he does manage to stay on his feet…he’s got disgusting speed….buffalo is a fast team….we need to be faster….i hav a feeling that our defense will play well tonite…they manage to play well against fast teams….mite be cuz their practising with one…best of luck *not that he needs it* to carey price….

  22. frank81 says:

    Did anyone else catch SportsCentre tonight? One of the correspondents tried to revive the rumour that Brian Burke would come to Toronto to serve as GM. He also mentioned that the Leafs were interested in Bob Gainey!

    I know such reports are best taken with a whole mine full of salt, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.

  23. showey47 says:

    I like grabovski he definatley has break neck speed and offensive upside. I worry about his upper body strength but doesn’t seem to get knocked around like he did at the beginning of the season. I am pretty concerned about his faceoff skills though at 31%.

  24. Les-Habitants says:

    Healthy scartches seem to be Breezer, Dandy, and TK.
    Begin’s injured his groin, so Smokes is in.

    Defensive pairings will be the same…in fact, everything will be the same except that Smokes is centering the 4th line instead of Begin. I like Lapierre on the RW better anyway.

    Here’s hoping the Caps game vs NJ is a hard-hitting affair that goes to OT and then a lengthy shoot-out, with Huet eventually saving the day…leaving Martin F. Brodeur exhausted for tomorrow :D

  25. 1010 says:

    I would imagine the leafs will sign both of them as soon as the season ends. Everybody knows that everybody wants to play, coach, manage or even just be the water boy in the ‘centre of the hockey universe’.

    GO HABS.

  26. 1010 says:

    If Higgins and a combination of three[players or picks] others’ were Waddell’s demands then Gainey did the right thing. Imagine making that trade, not going deep in the playoffs[a vary good possibility] and then Hossa going elsewhere. We’d of been chirping about it next Halloween. Gainey had no choice but to stand pat on this one.

    GO HABS.

  27. ZepFan2 says:

    “Flynn asks if Halak and Grabovski were so good, why did they spend weeks chasing Marian Hossa?”

    Probably for his proven experience.

    Besides, just because Gainey said Halak and Grabs are good, didn’t necessarily mean he was comparing them to Hossa.

  28. nightmare_49 says:

    His faceoff % is about the same as Malkins.

  29. showey47 says:

    Yeah bob gainey would leave a team that is so close to being a consistant stanley cup contender every year which gillett gives bob full control over to being the next mlse puppet. Not a chance.

  30. showey47 says:

    Now only if grabs had the potential to be a league leader in points. I hope he does well and can stick with the team. I know he spent some time playing the wing in hamilton, this maybe a better option if the faceoffs become an issue.

  31. frank81 says:

    The absurdity of the rumour is what I found interesting. I think the Brian Burke rumour is equally absurd.

  32. showey47 says:

    yeah i know, i laughed for about 10 mins

  33. wd40 says:

    Mike!!!! lol…Chantal would be offended.

    Hey at least he got rid of those ridiculous glasses.

  34. Les-Habitants says:

    wow…if Mike’s comments are any indication, gonna be one hell of a hard-hitting affair.

  35. wd40 says:

    he’s the energizer bunny out there, as Boone said, skated 175 miles last game.. hopefully he doesn’t try to do too much. Like A.Kostitsyn, the confidence will come once he adjusts.

  36. linp says:

    Plekanec also needs to improve his faceoff skills.

  37. nick says:

    one thing i noticed last game, was any break away – he would turn into a 2 rush. A funny example was when he Sergei had the puck, Grabs was trailing (for a split second)… Sergei went for a drop pass to Grabs, but by that point Grabs was right beside him. I had a good chuckle ;)

  38. Cams Habs says:

    All right! Quick PP goal boys.

  39. Mattee. says:

    Wow Mike, it’s still early… lol.

  40. showey47 says:

    right now he is at 49.1% a large upgrade from where he was a month or so ago.

  41. Mattee. says:

    Kerry Fraser is the best. oh who am I kidding, he makes me sick…

  42. Cams Habs says:

    I LOVE Rick Jeanneret!

    “THE POPULATION OF POMMINVILLE GROWS AGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIN!”

  43. Mr Wonderful says:

    Yes!! Love the passing.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  44. Mattee. says:

    I love today.

  45. Keith says:

    WOW! What a save. And a GOAL!! Plecs!

  46. showey47 says:

    Nice shot pleky

  47. Mr Wonderful says:

    Watching the game on Centre Ice and I have to turn the sound down because the Buffalo play by play guy is just terrible. His voice is so annoying and he is such a homer. What a pro.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  48. showey47 says:

    I hate talking about the refs but kerry F. Fraser, why do we get stuck with this guy

  49. Les-Habitants says:

    PP to start. :)

  50. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If the Habs don’t get it ,I’d want Ribs to get the big ring de stanley!You know the underdog thing.

  51. Les-Habitants says:

    Someone might have already gotten to this, but Begin’s out meaning Smokes is centering the 4th line, with Lapierre on his RW and Tender on his left.

    Just wondering what Gainey has planned for next season… Since the depature of Bonk, we’ve really lacked a true defensive center. I think one of the main reasons that Gainey let him go (wish we still had him) is that he thought Chip was going to be able to step up at some point. Smokes has been on/off, and Chip will benefit/needs this season in the AHL.

    Big game tonight…with the Sens in a downward spiral, we have no more excuses about not getting the no.1 spot in our division

  52. tony d says:

    at dinner time, excuse yourself and go in the kitchen…swallow a mouthful of pea soup or something mushy…come back and puke that mouthful over the dinner table…then say you’re feeling crappy…the flu or something…tell them you’ll go lie down for a bit and go upstairs and watch the game…. bingo!
    Go Habs Go

  53. Les-Habitants says:

    Pretty obvious choice: you do both.

  54. wd40 says:

    you bet fellas. i just think we need to relax a bit on the lack of playoff experience comments. it’s just one element.

  55. Rugger says:

    Not worried, the west is notorious for first round upsets.

  56. dudefella says:

    My sentiments exactly. Let’s face it, the Canadiens are a long shot at the cup this year anyway, and Gainey’s plan all along was to be cup contenders in ’09, next year. So any experience Price (Or Halak, I wouldn’t count him out as the possible #1 if Price faulters) gain is just insurance for next year.

  57. Les-Habitants says:

    Man, looking at the schedule that piche put up…I’m not even sure you can call the game against L.A. an “easy one”…they’ve been playing well as of late.

    I was kinda of hoping we’d have games against Colombus or Tampa, with the trades those teams made this year I think it’s pretty apparent they’ve completely given up…Richards and Foote were such important guys on their respective rosters.

    Buffalo play a very similar style of game, so it’s gonna be an awesome one to watch. Habs have got to keep the “defense first” mentality, and not be drawn into a run-and-gun game. Not so much because I think we’d lose if that happened against the Sabers, but I don’t want to see the Habs get use to playing that way…especially against teams like the Devils and Sharks.

  58. likehoy says:

    laffs are playing tonight…i hope they win!! then miss the playoffs in 9th or 10th and miss out on stamkos and sundin retires cause the ORGANIZATIONS not FAITHFUL to him…

    who else is scared that mickey ribs might win a stanley cup before saku koivu?

  59. krob1000 says:

    Sorry to make it longer but it’s a 7:30p.m. start tonight.

  60. Habs-Kat says:

    Ugh, what a long day! I wish it was 7 already!

  61. Exit716 says:

    Huet shuts out Marty F Brodeur

  62. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Don’t get ahead of yourself. We haven’t got this game against Buffalo wrapped up yet. Based on the last 4 weeks, we have seen that ANYTHING can happen.

  63. wd40 says:

    agreed… and if you were to ask Bob, he’d say, well, that was the idea wasn’t it? ;)

  64. J.T. says:

    True. (I’m turning three times and spitting to the north to avoid bad karma as we speak.)

  65. wd40 says:

    i’m sure Kolzig is LOVING it. LOL.

  66. zamboni says:

    Price is next.

  67. Flake says:

    I’m happy for Huet :) First game and he gets a shutout

  68. Gooner says:

    I believe this is koivu’s team. He is still wearing the “c”. He didn’t have the best cast of players over those 12 years but he has stuck with the team. he could have easily signed with someone else when the team was in the tank. Hey are you related to Price or what?
    I know he is going to be good and has been playing well but give me a break.

  69. zamboni says:

    No call again

  70. RS says:

    If Andrew Peters was dressed, I think he’d be out to stir something up for the Sabres in the third. Maybe it’s left to Adam Mair to try. Or more likely, Ruff gets them to come out flying for the third.

    Bernier is a good young prospect, but thus far in his NHL career, he’s not an “impact player” to borrow a phrase.

  71. bradyst says:

    I’m happy for Huet…. Although I have faith in Price and Halak, I miss that guy.

    Mike said….

    “Ruff looks like a s— salesman with a mouthful of samples.”

    CLASSIC!!!

    Oh, and Kostitsyn just potted a nice one!!!

  72. Gooner says:

    Again I say just by looking at your reply that if the shoe fits wear it. You are a baby. If you can’t come up with a better argrument than Huet’s gone then don’t waste my time.You are not the expert that you think you are. You are acting like a child with your little hockey hero. By the way it didn’t become Roy’s team until after he proved himself to be a great goaltender. I believe that was a few years later. But then again I was there and you were either not or too young to remember.
    By the way Huet wasn’t my favourite Hab. You just assume he is because I agreed when Price was sent back down.Well look what it done for him. Oh yeah but I don’t know hockey do I. I guess Bob didn’t at that time either.
    And she did not refer to it as Price’s team. She mentioned three players and I gave an opinion and you started on the Huet crap again. Maybe you need to get over it.

  73. Gooner says:

    What has this got to do with Huet moron. Like I said before why don’t you grow up you big baby! It’s people like you who make it hard for other people to like Price. But even so I happen to like him. And by the way I was a habs fan before you were even a gleam in your Daddy’s eye and have seen lots of people traded. I get over it quickly cause I cheer for the whole team not one guy.
    By the way when the habs won the cup with Roy as a rookie it didn’t suddenly become roy’s team

  74. Gooner says:

    Well now we have to insult seniors on here. Now your maturity is really showing. By the way is that a threat.Seems your pretty brave on here yourself. Besides I thought winning the cup was a team effort.
    Like it or not us seniors as you put it have every right to express our opinions whether you like it or not.

  75. Cape Breton says:

    Excellent work by No. 21. Like he says,

    the pressure of the trading deadline is off.

  76. Rugger says:

    How many times was Streit traded this week? So glad we didn’t make any other moves

  77. habsfan2442 says:

    One more goal we all get free buffalo wings.. ;o)

    I wish….;o)

  78. wd40 says:

    3 assists for Kovy.. 3 goals for Pleks. PRICEless.

    and man am i glad to see Markov back out there.

  79. Les-Habitants says:

    Count it…first career hat-trick for Plek

    And the first line is back.
    Now we have 3 producing lines….man, very nice.

  80. Rugger says:

    Is it me or has this period lasted forever?

  81. Mickey says:

    can someone punch that fan in the face?

  82. DYCSoccer17 says:

    FYI – The Habs’ ECHL team, Cincinnati Cyclones are an amazing 41-8-3 on the season.

    I’ll be seeing the ‘Clones play in Stockton, CA tomorrow night. I am sure I will be the only person there with a Cyclones jersey.

    On Monday, I’ll be in San Jose to see the Habs play the Sharks. Are there any other Habs fans on here that live in Northern California?

  83. zamboni says:

    oh man that was so close

  84. wd40 says:

    2P 00:22: That hit woke up Markov. He’s playing angry.

    Markov: “you won’t like me when I’m angry”

  85. zamboni says:

    It felt the same way for me too.

  86. linp says:

    Plekanec and Kovy just know where to go. They play so well together.

  87. Rugger says:

    5 minutes to go for Huet!

  88. Les-Habitants says:

    I saw the ECHL stats earlier….another testament to how good our depth is!

    Enjoy the sharks game, I’ll be glued to a tv here.

  89. Habs-Kat says:

    The Carey Price era is starting to look like a legendary one :)
    Actually, here’s a question: If this team stays intact and experiences success, will history look at it as Price’s team, Koivu’s team, or Gainey’s team?

  90. RS says:

    Olivier Latendresse has 9 points (1G, 8A) in 4 games with the Cyclones.

  91. teamplayer says:

    yeh i heard they were doing great the other day and that a bunch of their players have been called upto hamilton and theyre still playing good hockey and now hamilton is also playing good too.

    congrats to pleks!

  92. Les-Habitants says:

    I would say all 3…look at how we percieve the 86, and 93 cup wins.

    Gainey has been the first good GM we’ve had in ages, Koivu is one of the longest standing captains in Habs history (and I don’t think the image of Koivu hoisting the cup would ever leave my mind) and Price, who will be filled next to Roy and Dryden.

  93. wd40 says:

    either the devils are lacklustre or the D is playing inspired in front of him .. only 18 SOG.

  94. Rugger says:

    Montreal’s Team!

  95. DYCSoccer17 says:

    4-nill Warshington.

    I wonder if we will see Brodeur tomorrow?

  96. RS says:

    All I can say is that the next 5-10 years of Habs hockey are going to be a lot of fun to watch.

  97. Gooner says:

    4-0 for the caps with three minutes to go

  98. wd40 says:

    to me, this is very simply the Team that Bob Built.

  99. Mickey says:

    Go Huet I’m cheering for you, and not just cause your playing the devils

  100. JasonM says:

    Huet to me is still part of the team. Shutting out the Caps for his team and ours! After tomorrow night, Habs will be #1. YEAAAAAH

    GO HABS GO

  101. Les-Habitants says:

    Caps 4-0 over NJ with less then 3 mins to play.

    So far, 30 shots on Brodeur. Not the 50 I wanted, but I’ll take it.

  102. RS says:

    The Dogs and Danis are not doing so well tonight. Down 5-0 last I looked.

  103. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Mathieu Aubin had a hat trick last game. It will be interesting to see how they do now that Cedrick Desjardins is with Hamilton. I think Dov Grumet-Morris (another really solid goalie who is a UFA) is up on loan in Milwaukee of the AHL.

  104. Keith says:

    What a game. Getting just like playoff hockey.

  105. J.T. says:

    Funny how things work out. Two weeks ago when we were all lamenting not getting to play Ottawa for first, who would have thought the Habs would be playing Jersey for first tomorrow?

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  106. Rightwing says:

    Been watching some of it. The Caps have been impeccable. Scoring chances counted as 19-4 by the Devils announcers, so it’s been a breeze for Huet, though.

  107. JasonM says:

    That’s all that matters to me, till the playoffs!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  108. wd40 says:

    very true, J.T.

  109. J.T. says:

    If this is the Habs’ version of playoff hockey, I’m really going to enjoy April.

  110. Gooner says:

    Shut out for Huet!!

  111. ClaytonM says:

    bit of a dive, I thought. Besides, the penalties Koivu tends to get called for are retaliatory. If the 2 blind mice would call the games properly, Koivu would avoid the penalty box. Instead he loses his cool at times after getting hooked, held, etc. and does the same, and THEN the ref decides to call something.

    I’d argue with the schmucks who are bashing Koivu but what would be the point? I’d have better luck getting my house plant to talk sense.

  112. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Imagine that, another lazy, stupid penalty by Koivu?

  113. Cams Habs says:

    85 PIM for Saku.

    2 Behind Komisaurus.

    OUCH.

  114. Les-Habitants says:

    Dammit…
    defense first.

  115. Cams Habs says:

    UGH crossbar, price, then in.

    GROSS.

  116. Mr Wonderful says:

    Here they come.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  117. wd40 says:

    it went in off his head or back. crap goal. stupider (sic) penalty.

  118. linp says:

    Plekanec really needs to improve his faceoff skill.

  119. Keith says:

    Fluke goal. Very bad penalty to take :-(

  120. Cams Habs says:

    Get it back on the PP boys!

  121. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Koivu needs to go. He’s a good guy. Good for the community. Has a great heart, but he needs to leave.

    Too many stupid penalties. Takes too many games off. Just not a good player.

  122. Les-Habitants says:

    WTF!!
    And all you guys back off Koivu…man.
    What other team is lucky enough to have a 2nd line center as productive, skilled, with leaderships skills to boot as Koivu.

    He’s a great, and essential part of this team.

    3-1
    love it.

  123. zamboni says:

    Don’t you love it?

  124. wd40 says:

    xerox of their last goal.

  125. Cams Habs says:

    ET LA BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT

  126. MikeMcLaren says:

    Nice replay!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  127. Mr Wonderful says:

    Oh My So pretty

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  128. Ali says:

    LOVE the adjustment on the powerplay…they cover Kovalev on the right side? put him on the left side and switch Streit and Markov…brilliant!

  129. wd40 says:

    i don’t love it, but halak it.

  130. Rugger says:

    Well that makes up for the fluke of Price.

  131. Mickey says:

    Most of this Koivu bashing makes me sick, some of you are worse then leaf fans.

  132. Les-Habitants says:

    I don’t even understand where its coming from…
    He’s been playing awesome these past couple games, and people still bitch.

  133. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Please elaborate on his leadership skills, because I haven’t seen them this year. He takes stupid, lazy penalties. Our captain shouldn’t be spending 85 minutes in the box, unless he’s fighting, which he certainly isn’t doing.

  134. Angry Almond says:

    Plekanec is money from there…M. Gainey better think seriously about signing him for a longer deal than just through 08-09. He’s UFA after next year….

  135. Cams Habs says:

    Not bashing… 85 PIM speaks for itself, it’s not like people are asking for him to be benched.

  136. zamboni says:

    The only problem with this setup is that Kovy can’t take his signature shots from the left side, but who’s complaining, Pleky will …

  137. Angry Almond says:

    I’m not Koivu bashing…I’m discipline bashing…that was a weak play. Anyone in a red sweater who takes one like that deserves the wrath of the coach!

  138. Mickey says:

    i agree, he has been playing very well of lately, including this game. I dont know about that call either, i missed a good replay but it didny look like he got a knee out, just hit him with his hip/body

  139. Les-Habitants says:

    Yah, it was a bad penalty..but Koivu is so valuable to this team, even despite it.

    He’s so clutch during the playoffs and during the final stretch run, plus he rallys this team like no other. Everyone forgets it though, but whatya gonna do?

  140. zamboni says:

    Not benched, worse, they’re asking him to leave.
    And who’s going to take his spot? Smoke?

  141. Cams Habs says:

    Out of town scoreboard watch:

    Veilleux pots one to put Wild ahead of the [b]Panthers[/b]2-1, halfway through the 2nd.

    [b]Devils[/b] and [/b]Capitals[/b] game starting right now. Still 1-0 for the Caps (A montreal win and Jersey loss puts us 1 point behind NJD, with equal GP)

  142. Les-Habitants says:

    Is Markov hurt?????

  143. wd40 says:

    Houde was just saying that while some people are blessed with skill, others keep trying to develop it. he spoke of Kovalev this morning after practice. everyone had left and Kovy had three pucks on the ice and did drill after drill… i missed the rest.

    crap as i write this Markov looks really hurt. dammit.

  144. Mr Wonderful says:

    That was an elbow Needs to be repaid. Can’t have our star being hit like that.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  145. teamplayer says:

    to do bold you cant use [b] you have to use <> around the b

  146. ClaytonM says:

    I suppose it was only a matter of time the bandwagon showed up to the party :)

  147. RS says:

    Well, that was fun. I’m starting to believe the Habs really will make the playoffs.

  148. teamplayer says:

    wow, very uptempo till the last 20 seconds in a 6-2 game… thats why they should be on tsn and not toronto… let tsn know by writing in.

  149. Les-Habitants says:

    No.1 in the Northeast Divison
    No.2 in the Eastern Conference

    16 games left to play.

    I think Carbo may have found his playoff team tonight, good game by everyone on the team.
    And while the Koivu line has been scoring the goals recently, Plekanec, Kovalev, and Kostitsyn just wanted to remind us that they are still the no.1 line in Montreal.

    3 lines that can score, and a big 4th line the hussels?
    Defensive pairings that are showing good chemistry and are improving still!

    Wow.
    On to NJ…I hope Brodeur gets an upset stomach or somethnig.

  150. Flake says:

    They have to take over the lead, if not they draw Rangers in the first round

  151. Mike says:

    The Habs will finish 13th in the coferance?? I guess the boys at tsn don’t kbow what it means to be a team!!!! Clear.ly not since they critised sundin.
    http://habsexpress.blogspot.com/

  152. nick says:

    You know… I hope they keep these players on the ice.. with the exception of perhaps a gritty game… then you might want to go with two of Smo / Begin / Kost, instead of one. Grabovski on the ice brings a whole new level of danger to which ever line he’s on. He’s a little anxious and needs to settle in a bit, but i think he should stick around unless he’s proving to be more of a liability.

    How about that KO by Lats!

    Lastly – Price should have pulled a Jose Theodore on that first goal. ;)
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=pGHRfWbAUHk

    Awesome Tonight, lets hope they play this way tomorrow.

  153. Rugger says:

    Magic Number down to 27 points.

  154. Flake says:

    And it’s a tough break for Ottawa, they went from second to fifth

  155. Les-Habitants says:

    Them…or Boston.

  156. wild flower says:

    Huet shut out came after only 18 shots. That almost warrants an asterisk. Regardless, I’m happy he’s off to a good start.

  157. coutNY says:

    I say play a Jr. Kosta-Graba-Streit… Reuinite the Ryda-Higa-aKvu and keep the Plec-Kost-Kolev firing on all cylenders. Rotate a Danda-Begin-Kostopo-lappy-Laten on the 4th trio.

  158. wild flower says:

    They are losing their dominant aura with many teams. For me it remains until the Habs beat them.

  159. wd40 says:

    yeah we’ll purolator them a box of tissue.

  160. RS says:

    Yep, one point for them tonight is good. Hopefully they are on their way to a 9th or 10th place finish, out of the playoffs and out of the lottery.

  161. the Maritimer says:

    I’m lovin’ it.

  162. Flake says:

    I agree, especially since we still have three games against them

  163. coutNY says:

    27? To make the playoffs you only need 93 pts… with 79 the magic number would be 14…right? 27 pts would put us at 106. With only 34 possible left in 17 game 13-3-1 which is possible but it’s a little lofty given the busy schedule in March.

  164. Habs-Kat says:

    I’m loving the Brothers K and Grabovski. They’re gonna make it the “The Bel’s Centre” one day.

  165. Flake says:

    Hmmmm… Boston…. :D

  166. wd40 says:

    oh you’re good. :)

  167. wd40 says:

    Leafs fought back to 2-2 end of regulation. why. don’t. they. just. DIE.

  168. Rugger says:

    27 is the mathamatical number to finish ahead of the 9th place team, even if the 9th place team wins all their games – not a realistic amount of points needed to get in.

  169. Chach says:

    So would you rather have Pittsburgh beat Ottawa tomorrow to pad the division lead or would you rather have Ottawa win with the chance to move into first overall. I say put as much room between Ottawa and the Habs as possible.

  170. frank81 says:

    I’d be happy with either result. Just as long as it’s not another 3-point game.

  171. Keith says:

    They should eat S*&t and die LOL!

  172. RS says:

    Yep, winning the division would be huge. But, ahem, I still just hope they make the playoffs.

  173. wd40 says:

    Boyle scores on the PP in OT for TB. Leafs get a point for the loss.

  174. Habs-Kat says:

    Nah, I’d rather they didn’t get a top 5 draft pick.

  175. wd40 says:

    BTW, I just saw another angle of the hit on Markov. There is no FRIGGIN way that was incidental contact. BRUTAL non-call.

  176. sidhu says:

    What a fantastic game – Kovalev, Pleks, and the Kostitsyn brothers were amazing. Unreal pass by Kovy to spring AK46 for the breakaway. Gorges was solid, Hammer was mixing it up. Price hardly let up any rebounds.

    Kaleta, Mair, Gaustad all need to get it.

    I absolutely loved hearing the Habs fans sing “Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye” with about 15 minutes left in the 3rd.

    Bring on Marty F. Brodeur….

  177. sidhu says:

    Yeah, and b/s call on Komisarek. Since when is a hip check a penalty?

  178. wd40 says:

    good night everyone.

    GO HABS GO.

  179. likehoy says:

    i’m expecting halak to get a shot at one of the wester teams…probably SJ…if not Phx.

  180. notbigbird says:

    Habs page on TSN says “Beats of the Northeast.” At least it doesn’t say, “Beets.” I’m sure they’ll change it soon, but that’s what it says right now.

  181. JasonM says:

    On TSN

    “Andrei Kastsitsyn and Siarhei Kastsitsyn also scored for the Canadiens, who had lost the last three meetings against Buffalo.”

    They still can’t get their names right. Damned Leaf fans.

  182. 1010 says:

    Can’t believe the devils tonight. Two shots in the third period? Must be restin’ up for tomorrow night.

    GO HABS.

  183. Mike says:

    Sick game Defensive hockey wins championships

    http://habsexpress.blogspot.com/

  184. saku11 says:

    god this team’s good!!!

  185. Will Longlade says:

    Ok, a 5-1 win in the first post-trade deadline game; a 6-2 win in the second. Hmmmm. Does that suggest a 7-3 pasting of the Devils tomorrow night?

  186. dicktracy says:

    yup….doesn’t it feel good to be alive and living as a Hab fan…making me thirsty

  187. dicktracy says:

    lets put the wood to em

  188. Will Longlade says:

    This might be one of the things Bob had in mind when he shipped Huet to the Caps. The ulterior motive? Ensure the Canes have an early golf season.

  189. piche says:

    LMAO – Jay – your picture takes the purse… I mean cake. Where can I vote for best picture? Still laughing… too funny.

  190. Bouleau noir says:

    Ils sont incroyables ces Canadiens !

  191. The Teacher says:

    Since a Canadiens player learned how to throw one I presume?

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  192. ClaytonM says:

    true, but that’s only due to the simple fact that after you’ve been crucified once, you’re not in any hurry to repeat the experience.

  193. ClaytonM says:

    Here’s a few comments I saved earlier in the season. What can I say? They made me wanna puke and I knew I’d get a chance to throw their words back at them.

    Michael Farber: My thumb is down to the Montreal Canadiens and more specifically what has happened to the once glorious Montreal Canadiens. Will they make the playoffs – possibly, but if they do it’s going to be another year of those eighth place dances of death that have become so popular in Montreal in recent years. What’s the problem, well in a word – talent. Look at the roster that Montreal will ice against Carolina on Wednesday and is there one player in the top 100 of the National Hockey League, probably one – defenceman Andrei Markov. The Canadiens are just not good enough and when Montreal is not good enough the NHL is a poorer place.
    —————-

    DIVISION DIAGNOSTICS, PT. 3
    by Adam Proteau

    Why 5th? Because, especially at center, size matters. And the Habs’ current contingent of pivots could easily fit into a clown car.

    There are many important building blocks already in place – their embarrassment of riches in goal, up-and-comers such as Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn and Chris Higgins – but the departure of Souray will leave a major leadership void in Montreal’s dressing room and Hamrlik is far from an appropriate replacement in that department.

    If the Canadiens have any hope at the playoffs, they’ll need notoriously inconsistent winger Alexei Kovalev to consistently produce, their average defense corps to overachieve, and all of their youngsters to enjoy career seasons. In my humble estimation, that’s too tall of an order.

    ————-

    MONEY POORLY SPENT
    by Adam Proteau

    3. Roman Hamrlik to the Montreal Canadiens for four years and $22 million. Five-and-a-half million a season for a guy who hasn’t put up more than 12 goals and 42 points in a single season since 2000-01 isn’t my idea of bang for your buck.

    And when you consider the 33-year-old has missed an average of 12 games a year due to injury since 2001-02, you can see why some believe Hamrlik will be cashing more and more of his checks on crutches in the days to come.
    ————

    RANDOM THOUGHTS
    by Adam Proteau
    Once a year, I like to clear out my list of thoughts, observations and musings on not only the hockey world, but life in general. And with a week’s holiday less than two weeks away, it’s about that time.

    So, here are 20 random things that have been on my mind over the last little while. Feel free to submit any or all of them to your local shrink for further discussion and analysis. I know I have
    6. First NHL coach fired in ’07-08: Guy Carbonneau. Second: Denis Savard.
    —————-

    So, that being said, what do you say we start a write-in campaign to get Adam Proteau fired from his job? Anyone have his boss’ email?

  194. Boomer93 says:

    you lose.

  195. nightmare_49 says:

    Firing is a little to harsh for a laf lover and anyway they would only hire another center of the universe genius with blinders.

  196. Guy21 says:

    The Habs are -DIVISION LEADERS-great stat eh

    Hammer was tough

    Latendresse dropped a Sabre

    Pleks was in the ‘zone’ and with linemates like he has——WOW

    GO HABS GO

  197. Chuck V. says:

    From Darren Dreger:

    “In the meantime, Toronto’s search committee will continue probing the business and hockey community for details on other potential targets; among the most interesting, Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey.”

    Are you serious Dreger? That’s even dumber than the Koivu for Jokinen rumour!

  198. MikeMcLaren says:

    Toronto = Center of the Universe

    If the center of the universe is a black hole for logic, then this explains everything.

    Guess Dreger didn’t watch the Gainey jersey retirement or he would understand that Bob *is* a Montrealer and wants to see through what he’s built and is building in MONTREAL.

    And Burke’s not going there.

    No one wants that crappy job, face it, Toronto media!!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  199. zamboni says:

    They’re allowed to dream aren’t they?

  200. wd40 says:

    i can’t even remember…

  201. Rugger says:

    10-5-3 gets us to the 100 pt mark for the first time in a long, long time.

  202. DYCSoccer17 says:

    hell of a pass@@@

  203. wd40 says:

    OH MY GOD. 4 Assists for KOVY and WHAT A GOAL BY KOSTITSYN!!!!!! 1 more assist and the performance by Richards will be forgotten!

    9 points by the Pleks line. not a bad night.

  204. Mr Wonderful says:

    Oh My. Pretty Pretty Pretty. Kovey has 4 pts.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  205. zamboni says:

    I’m speechless

  206. Les-Habitants says:

    Kovy 4 point game
    And Andrei shows why he should have been a top 5 draft pick

  207. habsfan2442 says:

    Chicken Wings…. Buffalo Style Ole Ole

  208. MikeMcLaren says:

    WINGS!

    (I don’t live in Montreal, but I get excited about that anyway for those of you who do!)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  209. DYCSoccer17 says:

    And where were the posters that were bitching earlier this year how we made a mistake in drafting A Tits over Getzlaf?

  210. Ali says:

    those few games as a healthy scratch earlier this season was the turning point for him.

  211. RS says:

    “Astonished” Yes!

  212. Keith says:

    Huet gets a shutout. Good for him and Thanks. Kost the elder scores!! 5-1!!!

  213. bradyst says:

    I’m happy for Huet…. Although I have faith in Price and Halak, I miss that guy.

    Mike said….

    “Ruff looks like a s— salesman with a mouthful of samples.”

    CLASSIC!!!

    Oh, and Kostitsyn just potted a nice one!!!

  214. Les-Habitants says:

    4th line will be gettin decent ice-time this period, in an effort to keep the players as fresh as possible.

    Also a great chance for Smokes, Lat, and Lap to make a case for getting the call tomorrow too.

  215. wild flower says:

    Ryder is starting to look like Wayne Gretzky

  216. Les-Habitants says:

    Well, he is having an awesome game but…comeon, lol

  217. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Good Bye Chant in Buffalo….GOTTA LOVE IT

  218. wd40 says:

    how can you not love Kovy.

  219. MikeMcLaren says:

    Hey-Hey-Hey Goodbye chants…

    GREAT WORK BUFFALO HABS FANS!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  220. RS says:

    Have you seen Gretz play recently? He is pretty rusty.

  221. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Hamilton and Toronto Habs fans.

  222. wild flower says:

    Its safe to say the Habs are second in the east (at least until Saturday).

  223. Rugger says:

    Gonna be tough to pick 3 stars with 3 guys with 4 points plus Price playing great.

  224. J.T. says:

    I guess there are a lot of flightless chickens in Montreal these days.

  225. DYCSoccer17 says:

    2 minutes on Komisarek for a clean hip check.

  226. Bill says:

    Komisarek: “What? I barely touched him!”

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  227. zamboni says:

    Easy,
    1- Pleky
    2- Kovy
    3- Streit

  228. wild flower says:

    It looks like the Leafs will again need to adjust their expectations from play off run back to Stamkos.

  229. wd40 says:

    Halak tomorrow? me thinks not!

  230. Les-Habitants says:

    1. Plek
    2. Kovy
    3….the team?

  231. Les-Habitants says:

    Damn.
    well, tim connolly is a good player..nice shot.

  232. Ali says:

    he didnt have the puck, its interference.

  233. Les-Habitants says:

    I dunno, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with putting in another goalie in back-to-back games.

    I hope to see Halak soon, regardless.

  234. nick says:

    Mike – your boy Gorges is playing a helluva game!

  235. Ali says:

    thats the 2nd time this season that Prices mask has fallen off…get a tighter fit there bro!

  236. wd40 says:

    i have no problem with that.. just figuring Carbo will probably go with the ‘hot hand’.

  237. wd40 says:

    8 guys in front of Price.. not sure how he saw that. glad he saw that.

  238. RS says:

    Hard to believe he sat in the pressbox for 20 games!

  239. zamboni says:

    Hey guys: Save a few for Martin F.

    Mike,
    This team is the second highest scoring team in NHL, I’m sure they have saved special few for Martin F.

  240. DYCSoccer17 says:

    i wonder if Carbo is gonna give us a taste of Hell’s Bels?

  241. wd40 says:

    “This team is the second highest scoring team in NHL”.

    i love the sound of that.

  242. zamboni says:

    Thanks to Breezer

  243. nick says:

    Won’t be happening again any time soon.

  244. Rugger says:

    And Northeast Division LEADER!

  245. RS says:

    Maybe he got this good by watching Breezer? ;)

  246. wd40 says:

    aw man, that woulda been the final nail … still who can complain!

  247. MikeMcLaren says:

    Same difference :)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  248. wd40 says:

    that’s a greater injustice than the refereeing. and that’s saying a lot.

  249. zamboni says:

    You’ve got that right, he’s top 4D on our team.

  250. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Speaking of Hell’s Bels….

  251. wd40 says:

    GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  252. nick says:

    Wow… I love all these kids.

  253. zamboni says:

    You’ve got your wish, with a cherry on top. :)

  254. coutNY says:

    Next stop Eastern confernce! Brodeaur will be tough tomorrow coming off a shut-out loss courtacy our old buddy Huet…

  255. Will Longlade says:

    Some observations from last night’s game:

    1. Although I generally like what Lats brings to the team and see that he has a lot of upside, I think he needs to drop the gloves more often to fulfil his role. He has the size to punish his opponents. The Habs could definitely benefit from him playing w/ a bit more of a mean streak.

    2. Mike’s man Gorges continues to impress. What he lacks in tools he makes up for w/his heart, smart positional play and nifty outlet passes.

    3. Pleks, Kovy & AK47 were on fire last night. Kovy is intent on putting his stamp on the team. The pass he made to set up AK47’s goal was pure highlight reel. Nice line to watch. Talent to spare.

    4. Although I thought Carbo was over utilizing Streit early in the season, it is now evident that he’s a lot more durable than I gave him credit for. Another guy who brings it every night and plays smart hockey.

    5. Grabovski continues to impress. It would be nice to see him have a breakout game at this level.

    Anyone else think the boards in Buffalo are a little on the lively side? I can’t recall seeing this during games earlier in the season. New boards maybe.

  256. ClaytonM says:

    I was gonna make a comment about the glass at the HSBC as a little shot at ryan miller, that whiner ;)

    Does anyone know what he was bitching to the refs about at the end of the 2nd? Did he go talk to magoo and fraser and tell them they weren’t calling enough of a one-sided game?

  257. wd40 says:

    i’m gonna pull a pleks-andrew… i told you Kovy/Pleks were due! lol wooooooo! :)

  258. Les-Habitants says:

    Called it!! Along with every other person who posts here.
    Plekanec and Kovy on the scoreboard

  259. Sulemaan says:

    Anyone knows where to watch this online – please share…

  260. Cams Habs says:

    NHL Center Ice only, I do believe.

  261. Mattee. says:

    channelsurfing.net if that doesn’t work, there’s a plan B.

  262. Mr Wonderful says:

    Need to continue our good puck persuit. Don’t give them time to think.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  263. wd40 says:

    holy cow that was dangerous!!!

  264. Mattee. says:

    I don’t know why, but when I look at him, he looks like an older, fatter Bonk.

  265. Mattee. says:

    GOAL GOAL GOAL!

  266. Les-Habitants says:

    2-0
    bOYAH

  267. Keith says:

    The boards must have microphones attached to them, very loud bodychecks, and another GOAL!! ;-O

  268. Mr Wonderful says:

    Beauty!

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  269. NLhabsfan says:

    NOW that passing!!

  270. Mattee. says:

    I was just thinking we should resign him and he goes ahead and scores. Case and point.

  271. Ali says:

    why the hell didnt they stop the play????

  272. Mattee. says:

    This is difficult to say but, Smokes isn’t playing too too bad.

  273. wd40 says:

    come on kovy… short-hander!! nice check!

  274. Habs-Kat says:

    That little bit right there reminded me of something. When I was a little girl and didn’t know so much about hockey, I thought Roman Hamrlik was an enforcer :D. He has the perfect name for one.

  275. Mattee. says:

    Interest note Boone. Sabres were pissing campbell eh?

  276. Habs-Kat says:

    Campbell’s soup, anyone? Just hope its not the Chunky kind… ouch.

  277. notbigbird says:

    “Sabres piss Campbell on the point.

    I love typos.

  278. Mattee. says:

    yes, or maybe just bigger? wrong synonym. maybe heftier? more full? rounder? no?

  279. Les-Habitants says:

    Loving our top 3 line combinations, and how our top 9 forwards are playing.

    If we can just get the fourth line to being a strong defensive line, then I will be sooo happy. That said, Smokes, Lapierre and Lats are playing well. Smokes has good size, though its sometimes hard to notice.

    GREAT SAVE

  280. wd40 says:

    i assume that was a typo but with Boone one can never be certain :)

  281. Mattee. says:

    LOL. that’s gross kat. come on… gosh haha.

  282. Les-Habitants says:

    “RDS guys raving about Gorges. Well, hello!!!!”

    Well, no one can say you didn’t call how well Gorges would progress

  283. Ali says:

    love the habs fans in buffalo!

  284. MikeMcLaren says:

    LOVE the attempts at “GO HABS GO” and “OLE, OLE, OLE” from the crowd!

    The Buffalo fans are kind of drowning them out with boos. Hopefully by the third period Habs fans will be eating wings, the Sabres fans will be gone and the chants will go unchallenged!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  285. Habs-Kat says:

    Lacking a bit of rough stuff, but I think this game so far has a sort of playoff atmosphere.

  286. Mr Wonderful says:

    Let’s not forget that Buffalo is a very good comeback team.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  287. Exit716 says:

    Very soft period by Andrei Kostitsyn.
    Pulling up on the forecheck, cherry picking for the pass in his own zone.
    Wake up kid. Show the same fire your brother has.

  288. Les-Habitants says:

    So, Carbo was saying earlier (in justifying his lineups) that the players on the first 2 lines have earned their roster spots, so have the d-pairings, and Streit, who is invaluable on the PP.

    I think you can now say the third line is going to be one that we’ll be seeing a lot of.
    A. Kos – Plek – Kovy
    Higgins – Koivu – S. Kos
    Streit – Grabo – Ryder.

    That leaves Dandy, Begin, Lapierre, Lats, Smokes and TK all playing for time on the 4th line.

    Exactly how it should be.
    Oh, and I guess Breezer can be “upgraded” to 7th d-man…just because I’m in a good mood.

  289. wd40 says:

    0-0 in New Jersey 9:00 2nd Period.

  290. Gooner says:

    The Caps are up 1-0 on the Devils in second period

  291. nick says:

    1P 15:00:”Lindy Ruff a l’air bougon.” Means he looks pissed-off.
    Thanks for the translation Mike! Hahaha.

  292. Rugger says:

    Caps up 1-0 now – Go Huet!

  293. Les-Habitants says:

    Let’s go Caps and Huet!
    I want to see 50+ shots on Brodeur

  294. Keith says:

    Man I love Gorges. He never gives up.

  295. wd40 says:

    i agree. he was great on that last sequence. how many guys did he out-muscle…

  296. Mr Wonderful says:

    The game is on the MSG tv network in the states. Maybe they are streaming it??

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  297. wd40 says:

    nice play by higgins between the guy’s legs.

  298. Habs-Kat says:

    Habs look very tentative and nervous. They’re missing checks, not receiving checks well, missing passes, shooting early, missing the net, or not shooting at all. That being said, they’re also playing very up-tempo hockey. Carbonneau should just tell them to relax a bit and start being more physical.

  299. Mattee. says:

    I agree. It’s a choppy game already. Maybe no relaxing though, but a more physical presence would be nice.

  300. Mattee. says:

    Lapierre’s line is having some problems defending…

  301. wd40 says:

    price looks cool as a cuke and ryder is tres implique. he’s got his puck drag back.

  302. subdoxastic says:

    thank-you mattee!
    it worked and i’m watching as I type this.

    big thanks

  303. Mattee. says:

    nooo problem! Not bad quality eh?

  304. Mr Wonderful says:

    6-2 If we can beat Matin B tomorrow then this team has really turned the corner.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  305. wd40 says:

    i hope bob is smiling now. maybe just a smirk? anything???

  306. Ali says:

    Do Pierre and Yvon realize its OLE, and not OYE?

  307. Bouleau noir says:

    I never trusted their eyesights,.. seems they have hearing problems as well… too bad RDS couldn’t trade them at the deadline.

  308. J.T. says:

    Hell’s Bels: Line name of the decade.

  309. subdoxastic says:

    Teacher:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence on the “Belorussian Solution”. Looks like Hell’s Bels has been deemed the winner (let’s hope when used it is properly punctuated) by the majority. I can see their point; it’s pithy. It will be even more suitable if the line develops some toughness/grit/edge.

    The upside of the “solution” moniker– it doesn’t provide an easy excuse to play more AC/DC at the games.

    I look forward to your update on the farm team’s progress.

  310. The Teacher says:

    Well on the way to T.O. tonight, I had just passed Peterborough when I get a text message telling me Habs 2- Sabres 0. I knew then we were going to win even though I hadn’t seen any of the game. I managed to get in fast enough to catch the third period. Was kinda surprised to Smokes on the ice and that Gui had a fight. But it seemed to work.

    I’ll be at the bulldogs game on sunday afternoon so I’ll let you guys know what I think about our farm club at the moment after that game.

    P.S. I thought the Belorussian solution was a good moniker also.

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  311. sidhu says:

    From the quick footage on the Buffalo feed, it seemed that Gui dropped or at least took down Pyatt.

  312. bradyst says:

    Mom and Dad Kostitsyn must be proud of their boys on after that play!!

  313. Alirio says:

    Top of the division baby!!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  314. Ali says:

    Obviously I would love for us to finish the year in 1st, but even if its just for a while, I would just love to see us win tommorow and be the BEASTS OF THE EAST!

  315. Mickey says:

    Ya, i have always wanted to see that!

  316. moser17 says:

    “Hell’s Bels!!!” LOL I have to admit I like it, though I like my “The Belarus Abuse” too.

  317. Keith says:

    Do you believe that crowd? Just like a home game. Lots of Hab fans. Dominating performance great goaltending by Price and Plecs had his best game of the year. Lets do the same thing to Jersey tomorrow night. GO HABS GO!!!

  318. wd40 says:

    off topic, but Crosby has been “close” to coming back for almost 2 weeks now.

  319. ClaytonM says:

    meaning he would be playing now if they were losing games, but since they’re hot without him, they’ll play it safe and wait until he’s 100% healthy.

    IMO

  320. wd40 says:

    just saw Huet .. still in his Habs mask :( made a great save off Parise.. Kolzig eat your heart out.

  321. Rugger says:

    Only thing I see thast needs to improve is some communication with Price when he is behind the net holding the puck. Several times a sabre has flown in from behind and almost grabbed the puck.

  322. rbt259 says:

    As a Habs fan out west, Saskatchewan, what do I get to see on the Toronto Sports Network? You guessed it…the Laffs and the Lightning. I HATE TSN and wrote them a nasty email just now. I wish you all would do the same. Thank God I have RDS. Though I don’t speak french, I love watching my Habs and haven’t missed a game in years. Great 1st period.

  323. teamplayer says:

    can ya post the link where we can write them

  324. wd40 says:

    welcome rbt… you’re preaching to the choir!

  325. wd40 says:

    agreed. no easy games, and every game is huge. over the next 18 games, we’re about to find out what this team is made of. ideally i’d like to see us go at least 10-6-2.

  326. piche says:

    We need between 15 and 20 points out of a possible 36. We need to play 500 hockey and we will be fine… BUT our remaining schedule is a bit scary. Check out our last 8 games: Boston*2 followed by (Ottawa, Buffalo, Toronto)*2. YIKES!!

    February:
    29th Montreal at Buffalo

    March:
    1st New Jersey at Montreal 7:00 PM
    3rd Montreal at San Jose 10:30 PM
    6th Montreal at Phoenix 9:00 PM
    8th Montreal at Los Angeles 4:00 PM
    9th Montreal at Anaheim 8:00 PM
    11th New Jersey at Montreal 7:30 PM
    13th Ottawa at Montreal 7:30 PM
    15th NY Islanders at Montreal 7:00 PM
    18th St. Louis at Montreal 7:30 PM
    20th Montreal at Boston 7:00 PM
    22nd Boston at Montreal 7:00 PM
    24th Ottawa at Montreal 7:30 PM
    28th Montreal at Buffalo 7:30 PM
    29th Montreal at Toronto 7:00 PM

    April:
    1st Montreal at Ottawa 7:30 PM
    3rd Buffalo at Montreal 7:30 PM
    5th Toronto at Montreal 7:00 PM

  327. piche says:

    The playoffs for us start a bit early this year (March 20th).

  328. DYCSoccer17 says:

    there is only one “easy” game on that remaining schedule, and that is the game at Los Angeles.

    Even though we are 6-0 versus Boston this year, I HAVE to figure that we will lose at least 1 or 2 of the remaining games against them

  329. Les-Habitants says:

    I really like this team…lol.

    I was hoping Gainey wouldn’t do any trades, and man here’s the reason why…great depth, 3 good lines and if Smokes continues to play like this, it’ll leave only 2 roster spots for 5 players.

  330. Cape Breton says:

    According to New Jersey announcers Chico Resch & Mike Emrik, pronunciation of Hu-et is back to Hu-eh. That’s what he now wants to be called. Whatever, he has made some fine saves and the Capitals are shuting out the Devils 1-0 heading into the third. GO HU-EA!

  331. MikeMcLaren says:

    Anyone else think it’s more weird that Huet is wearing #38 than it is seeing him wear a Caps jersey?

    David Steckel wears #39 on the Capitals.

    Also interesting: the Capitals’ top two goalies are born in France and South Africa.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  332. The Teacher says:

    IMO La solution Belorusse, fits better than the French version of Hell’s Bels, which would transalate into Les cloches de les Bels.

    Then again, the Hell’s Bels moniker goes well with a team from Quebec also ;)

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  333. Les-Habitants says:

    Demoralized Tampa team up 1-0 on hapless Laffs.

    I love the my new NHL v.3

  334. Les-Habitants says:

    Defense first guys…
    Remember, we may be one of the better teams in the East, but we can’t play like this against Western teams.

  335. teamplayer says:

    price comes out makes himself look big and roy doesnt get a good chance… did price get a piece of it… hard to tell im watching on laptop

  336. wd40 says:

    good one. not speaking German, obviously i had to look it up. where in the world did you come up with that???

  337. tony d says:

    hey Mike, one could say that Hossa’s injury sparked a Schadenfreude in Habs nation

  338. Mickey says:

    that is what is wrong with hockey. Should be a suspension with that dirty, gutless hit

  339. wd40 says:

    dammit we lose Markov and not even 2 minutes because they are saying the contact was incidental.

  340. zamboni says:

    How is that not a penalty?
    It would suck if we would lose Markov.

  341. Cams Habs says:

    Out of town update:

    have just scored (Kozlov), now 2-0 ahead of the Devils. 19:00 left in 3rd.

    Minny juts added another from Brent Burns, now 3-1 ahead of the Panthers>/b>.

  342. NLhabsfan says:

    No call that is sick….the refs are blind.

  343. Rugger says:

    No he’s not – he’s Fraser!

  344. Mickey says:

    there is our pp… edit ARE YOU KIDDING ME… edit sneaky sneaky pleky. but where was the call on markov

  345. Les-Habitants says:


    great refing….

  346. Keith says:

    What the hell are the refs doing?

  347. habsfan2442 says:

    I am watching the center ice feed… The moron announcers said that wasnt a bad hit.. OMG….

  348. wd40 says:

    the the RDS feed, regardless of the replay you couldn’t see what happened at the point of contact however Pierre and Yvon seems shocked there wasn’t a penalty assessed.

  349. NLhabsfan says:

    Thought I’ve see it all.

  350. Cape Breton says:

    Capitals 2 Devils 0 early in third.

  351. Mickey says:

    atta be hammer, mair makes me want to vomit

  352. wd40 says:

    i want us to bury them.

  353. teamplayer says:

    i love how the habs defense are fighting with mair and price is not even paying attention or worried about it.

  354. Les-Habitants says:

    Wow…I was wondering why the refing was so bad.

    Look no further then that over-weight walrus, McGeough.

  355. Ali says:

    in a a games thats so physical, so dirty, isnt this when a guy like Lapierre is supposed to step us and get into it?

    edit: its sad that teams know that Lapierre won’t drop the gloves but know that Sergei Kostitsyn will…

  356. Cams Habs says:

    Marvelous..

  357. NLhabsfan says:

    Why is that Fraser can never make a decent call our way..The guy stinks!!

  358. DYCSoccer17 says:

    lifting an opposing player’s stick = hooking?

  359. Les-Habitants says:

    Big PK, comeon boys

  360. Mickey says:

    good to see markov back out

  361. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Nice to see Markov back out there.

  362. Les-Habitants says:

    Explanation: Fraser and McGeough

  363. RGM says:

    Team is looking really good tonight. Don’t like the penalties we’ve taken, but the PK is doing a pretty good job tonight. Buffalo had best be wary of taking any more penalties because Kovy and Pleks are ripping it up.

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  364. Mickey says:

    rds just showed a good replay of the penalty, stick on stick 100%

  365. MikeMcLaren says:

    Kovalev’s “active stick” on the PK is *amazing*. Isolate on him and just watch what he does. It’s super fast and takes away passing lanes. He looks like a spazzy forechecker or street hockey goalie, but it’s great work. Just one of the many little things that he does so well.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  366. zamboni says:

    The replay just showed that it wasn’t even a penalty on Grabs

  367. Cams Habs says:

    Good PK kill…

    3-0 Washington ahead of Jersey, so as long as we can hold on here we’ll be in great shape in the conference.

  368. wd40 says:

    honestly i hate complaining about the ref’ing but my god… Mr. McGoo (sic) and Fraser are killing me.

  369. Mickey says:

    HUET HUET HUET

  370. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I think Buffalo’s PP is realizing how much they miss Brain Campbell.

    I hear Jim Campbell is a UFA…

  371. zamboni says:

    Maybe that was part of the plan ;)

  372. Cams Habs says:

    Bob is a genius, but…

  373. zamboni says:

    Finally Fraser calls our way

  374. Mickey says:

    wow interferance!!! there we go, how did mcgoo miss that one…
    TENDER BABY, ONE POP

  375. wd40 says:

    that was an *interesting* fight.

  376. Les-Habitants says:

    If he does that more often, I might not be able to call him Tender anymore…nicely done.

  377. RGM says:

    How do you do, Mr. Pratt?

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  378. teamplayer says:

    thats a crazy stat buffalo tv showed… only 6 habs players have 5 yrs of experience or more, im assuming they meant roster players

  379. Cable Guy says:

    Wow I had to wiki hoist petard.

    “to be harmed by one’s own plan to harm someone else”

  380. Will Longlade says:

    Sounds like something you would put in a sandwich.

  381. Wayne says:

    Yeah, it’s basically like throwing a live grenade only to have it hit a tree and bounce back into your own foxhole. The intent is there, but not the luck. Wiki, Shmiki,.. cartoons, the best education in the world.

  382. wd40 says:

    unbolded you…

  383. Hot_Pie says:

    Mike, you’re quite the wordsmith!

  384. Sehs says:

    If we lose these next two games, we’ll be dangerously close to 8th place…

  385. tony d says:

    Well said Mike…….took the words right out of my mouth….except for the ‘hoist petard’ (I’ll have what you’re having)

  386. Rugger says:

    I thought they started a few days ago in New York?

  387. linp says:

    Latendresse has some quick rights!

  388. Angry Almond says:

    LATS with a 2 punch knockout!!!

  389. Rugger says:

    Very nice to see! Who did he hit?

  390. zamboni says:

    Seal the deal boys, and hat-trick for Pleky?

  391. Dan23 says:

    Love the Ray Shero comment, Mike.

    I’m kind of hoping we can continue to dominate Boston as we have thus far.

    Although Carbo will probably go with Price tonight and tomorrow, I’d play Halak tomorrow night – he had a great home record with the Habs last season. Price seems like more of a road warrior.

  392. Keith says:

    TKO for Tenderness!

  393. zamboni says:

    That will teach them not to take penalities

  394. tony d says:

    shouldn’t Brisebois get his seat with a brass nameplate by now?
    20 ….ouch….. he must go home and brise a lot of bois

  395. Les-Habitants says:

    Oh man, I love it

    Is that a Plek hat-trick???????!???!

  396. Cams Habs says:

    HATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT TRICK!!!!!!!!!!1

  397. tony d says:

    ‘hoist petard’ used to be my stripper name

  398. wd40 says:

    THE PP IS KICKIN’ TONIGHT!!!!! Make ‘em pay boys.

  399. Mickey says:

    ET LE BUT!!! Hows it feel Mair… Pleky

  400. wd40 says:

    actually, let’s hope it doesn’t!!

  401. zamboni says:

    I’d like to see Kovy score his 30th to go along with his assists tonight.

  402. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Droped!

  403. OldGrover says:

    Three quick right-hand jabs and Pyatt went down. Damn good job by Lats – he had a good game overall, I thought

  404. The Teacher says:

    Haha, yea he did drop him. Looked like Pyatt was jawing at him in the third. Anyone else think the subject matter was the visor of Latendresse?

    “Are the Habs ready to pay the Price?”

  405. likehoy says:

    someone’s gotta start tabbing kostitsyn stats

    how often we win when one scores, how often we win when both score (which i’m assuming 100%) cause those are stats that we will be collecting for the rest of their career as habs.

  406. zamboni says:

    Let’s see if my other call comes true, oh maybe not, otherwise I’ll start believing in ….

  407. Dan23 says:

    Good game, boys. Now then, as for the Toronto Sports Network, you can keep dreaming. Gainey is on the right side of the 401…

    http://www.tsn.ca/tsn_talent/columnists/darren_dreger/?id=230928

  408. Xtrahabsfan says:

    At this point and time in history,if Christ was to re-appear,he wouldn’t take the job either ,as we all know the making of the Leafs a cup winner would be MORE than a miracle could offer,lol

  409. wild flower says:

    Brad Richards hoisted Jay Feaster on his own petard last night.

  410. OldGrover says:

    Avenue Q, maybe? (Musical comedy/Muppet parody) – they had a song with that title. It is a GREAT word.

  411. usversusthem says:

    According to WordCount.org, it’s the 76,291st most common word spoken in English. So… not that uncommon.

  412. Will Longlade says:

    IMO there are no gimmes at this time of the year including the games against LA & Boston. The Habs often play poorly on these inter-conference junkets and Julien has the Bruins playing excellent hockey. The Habs will have to be prepared for all these games. The back to back games against Boston should be fun to watch.

  413. Will Longlade says:

    He needs to that more often. He’s too tame for his role on most nights, whereas, he could become a feared power forward.

  414. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Just watching University of Minnesota vs University of Alaska-Anchorage play and David Fischer is severely underwhelming…


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