Ignominy avoided

The Brothers Kostitsyn click on the power play – Andrei to Sergei – to deprive Henrik Lundqvist of a shutout.

Canadiens managed all of 19 shots in their 4-1 loss. The Rangers had 41.

Canadiens PP was 1-for-8 – including two blown 5-on-3s.

The only unembarassed player in a white jersey was Jaroslav Halak, who stopped all 13 shots he faced after relieving Cristobal Huet in the third period.

 

629 Comments

  1. HKisses says:

    hahaha no no…come on now i know better then that….their’s no”fun” in forum flirting

  2. showey47 says:

    was he bowing because he predicted that the bruins would get screwed by officiating if the game seven went back to montreal? That is what i heard, not sure if it was true though

  3. likehoy says:

    is this some forum flirting?!

  4. showey47 says:

    i watched the game, it was a physical first period but no-one targeted downie in perticular. Lucic layed him out once but other than that nothing worth talking about.

  5. Chuck says:

    ‘Twas indeed, Showey. That might just be the most exciting Hab goal that I have ever witnessed. The clip of Cherry bowing on the bench in the opening montage of Coach’s Corner is from that game.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  6. HKisses says:

    lol Habs Kat….ur an ideal G/f for a Habs guy fan lol…unless u already have a habs guy fan b/f

  7. showey47 says:

    i think it was 1979, but anyway it doesn’t matter cbc is an embarrasment to hockey and don cherry isn’t far behind

  8. howtathor says:

    Carey is 2-0 in Hamilton, hope he’ll be back soon!

  9. howtathor says:

    Nice one! That’s our boy Sergei! Couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow!

  10. Chuck says:

    …not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  11. howtathor says:

    CBC is so offensive in their coverage of the Habs. I don’t think that Bob Cole can even say Kostitsyn! Why do they even bother. I don’t mind the western coverage which I usually tune into after the Habs game. Maybe by that time I’m so mellowed out I don’t care anymore. The worst aggrandisment of the CBC is Coaches Corner with the inimitable Don Cherry, who’s still po’d about his too many men on the ice penalty in 71′ (is that the right year?)
    Ever since then I’ve never heard him utter the word Hab again!

  12. Rugger says:

    Any one know if the Bruins got after him today? That’s all the Boston announcers talked about during Thursday’s game. It was all over this afternoon before I realized it was a 1 pm start.

  13. Habs-Kat says:

    I went out and bought a Carey Price t-shirt today :)

  14. howtathor says:

    I meant to say Gord Miller and not Mckenzie! DUH

  15. howtathor says:

    I have admit, I will take Mckenzie over Houde anyday although noone can call “du BUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTT” the way Pierre can! I do get enough RDS because of their great home and road coverage. TSN is a refreshing change as Mckenzie is a wealth of anecdotes and Mcguire is…well Mcguire! I have a lot of respect for the man but ever since he came up with his “book on Huet” statement I found it quite absurd. When Huet came up 2 yrs ago and was so hot, Pierre claimed that there was a “book on Huet” and soon NHL shooters would solve his enigma. Well, I guess they haven’t been studying the book too dilligently! Pierre has mellowed lately in his attitude toward the Canadiens (I think he picked them to finish 10th or lower). In all fairness, they were pretty bad last season and noone could have predicted the resurgence we’ve seen this year! As far as his knowledge of the game he is bar none as an analyst!

  16. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Nice!

  17. Ryan says:

    Just to give you guys something to get you pumped up for tonight, while looking for the hit Kostitsyn II laid on Lucic last night, I came across a big hit he delivered on Steve Downie in the OHL, enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb8kVOp-zEU

  18. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Thanks for the info.

  19. Ryan says:

    I also remember that. He was also talking about how important his physical game was for the leafs, then showed a clip of Belak kneeing someone.

  20. showey47 says:

    i just checked the lineup for tonight and it doesn’t even have the habs game listed on the nhl package but that can change closer to game time. Maybe its because cbc is showing it on channel 206.

  21. Chuck says:

    Showey, Now THAT was funny! I’ve got to remember that line!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  22. HKisses says:

    I luv Pierre(no homo) …..he us to cover HABS games for the CJAD mainly why i liek him so much…..i like how he gets excited ,when he does gets excited he often points out good things in the game

  23. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Will the MSG feed be on NHL Centre Ice for today’s game???

  24. showey47 says:

    lmao, only a moron like healy would think belak has an “important role”, he gets less ice time than the guy who drills the holes for the nets after a zamboni flood.

  25. MatttheHabsFan says:

    If Canadiens fans are lucky, Glenn Healy will be the next JFJ:). I still remember when Belak scored his only goal of the year, Healy was going nuts about Belak’s “important role” on the Leafs. Please let Healy be the next GM of the Leafs

  26. showey47 says:

    i also like bob mackenzie mainly because he is the only on the panel with any clue, pierre maguire gets a little to excited for my liking and needs new material other than “livley boards” and “active stick”. Glenn Healy is the next bob cole and harry neale all combined in one pathetic package.

  27. MatttheHabsFan says:

    When you speak of biased broadcasts I think the worst of the bunch has got to be Sportsnet. I still like watching TSN based mostly on Bob Mackenzie, Pierre McGuire (although Pierre tends to get a little over excited at times), and Gord Miller. That being said, when Glenn Healy is talking, the mute button becomes very handy.

  28. HKisses says:

    “Its like the CBC stands for Communist Broadcasting Corporation”

    Haha Love it…..and agree with u 100%

  29. HKisses says:

    Haha nice Dandy is to sick….iunno y he was a scratch but he should be in the lineup all the time …..he such a fast skater …ur guranteed to beat out some icing calls with him in the line up….as for CBC i have nothign else to say but TBC…..honestly even TSN is better now with showing habs games….i remember they us to be somewhat like CBC as well….But **** CBC ……and Cudo’s to RDS

    >>>>>GO HABS GO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  30. showey47 says:

    agreed, i think sportsnet is by far the worst for covering laffs stories. What makes it even more disgusting is the fact is after they cover the laffs then they switch to the raptors or bluejays, (all depending on the time of year) instead of sticking with the rest of the hockey news or high lights. But since i have rds also, i never watch hnic or even tsn since glen healy is just as bad as the hnic announcers. I also agree with your statement about children being brainwashed by being force-fed the laffs. Its like the CBC stands for Communist Broadcasting Corporation.

  31. Ryan says:

    I haven’t got a big problem with what the CBC is doing in terms of being able to enjoy the Habs because I’ve got RDS, and while I don’t speak French, it doesn’t take away from watching the game. Also, TSN decided to show 13 Habs games this season.

    What I do have a problem with is that children growing up are basically brainwashed to like the Leafs. If they only get to watch hockey night in Toronto, the Leafs are the only team they get exposure to, not to mention practically every sports station covering the Leafs stories first, and spending the most time on them.

  32. Chuck says:

    I too have a signature pose… but it’s not for public consumption, I’m afraid.

    :)

    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  33. calvee123 says:

    I went and signed the petition. Great idea!

  34. calvee123 says:

    How do we, the people here try and change the CBC? That I would love to see done. I for one have written the CBC on many numerous occasions telling them they are so biased it is pathetic! They did write me back and say why they do what they do. I’m with all the Hab fans who feel royally ripped off when our tax paying dollars goes towards showing a team which toils in the dirt, toronto mpl. We(Canadiens fans) should get way more broadcasts than what we get!

    We all need to do a write in to the CBC to try and change this! I have written them to try and change them, it would be nice if they did change.

    So all, write in to the CBC and complain about their biased schedule of broadcasts towards the toronto maple loosers! We might be able to change things!

    What else could be done? I don’t know, anyone else have any ideas?

    Thank God for RDS. I am a english speaking Albertan but even I have learned many words in French from RDS.

  35. showey47 says:

    Free nhl package to bell expressvu custumers till january 16th for those who are customers and didn’t know.

  36. tony d says:

    hey keith for what it’s worth, I signed it
    don’t know who watches HNIC anymore…. those clowns pale against the great danny galivan (sp)
    for those of us who can, RDS is the way…. before that, I used to listen to the games on my computer
    from the CJAD broadcast
    I guess the CBC figures the hundred or so Leaf relatives that tune in each week are enough to keep it on the air
    I’d rather watch Hinterland’s who’s who or old episodes of Hymn Sing than the Leaf games
    go habs go

  37. N.B.habs fan says:

    thanks keith..think they will listen ,I had to get centre ice to get my canadines games ,but it is worth it………

  38. Chuck says:

    Why “paper the house” when you can force your patrons to do it for you? Not cool, especially with such short notice. What happens if you’re in line and can’t afford tickets to the other games? You miss out on the game that you really want to see, and the tickets end up in the hands of those with a conveniently large bankroll on them: the scalpers.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  39. Keith says:

    http://www.petitiononline.com/habshnic/petition-sign.html?

    Please sign this petition if you haven’t already. It has been around for well over a year and I thought it was important at the time, but I went out and bought RDS and haven’t hardly watched HNIC. That show has been ruined beyond repair in my opinion unless the new guy does something drastic ,like fire EVERBODY and start from scratch. Merci RDS!

  40. teamplayer says:

    That is a joke, I thought ottawa wouldnt have to do things like that to sell tickets, I got 2 tickets for christmas to april 1st game in ottawa vs habs.
    although ya hear about so many stories in the states where you can go out to dinner and theyll give you a pair of tickets to go see a game, I find stuff like that sad and comical, yet im a litle bit jealous, although the fans their just dont have near the enthusiasm or knowledge that us habs fans do for the game

  41. tony d says:

    me too
    I’ll be cheerin le bleu blanc et rouge on RDS in my best franglais
    ET LE BUT!!!!!
    You have to wonder what Sundin is thinking these days….he must feel like he’s
    in The Twilight Zone…. a bad dream that he can’t wake up from
    he probably can’t wait to hop a train outta Palookaville
    I live in Ontario as well but I bleed blue, blanc et rouge
    Go Habs Go
    the best jersey in the league, the best history, the classiest guys
    your honour, the defence rests (that doesn’t go for you, Markov, Komi, Bouillon, Jorges etc)

  42. DD says:

    I just purchased the 12 tickets for the Feb. 9th, Habs vs the janitors tilt here in Ottawa. I stood in line for 4 hours in sub zero temperatures to be told 10 minutes before the tickets gates opened, that if you buy tickets for the Feb. 9th game, you had to buy the equivalent amount of tickets for the Feb. 7th Panthers vs janitors or the Feb. 12th Sabres vs janitors tilts. The more I deal with this team, the more I realize what a mickey mouse, bush league, classless, fly by night, wanna be organization they are.

    I will have no problem flipping the Florida game tickets I was forced to buy but I just found it extremely cheesy. Remember, this is a team that has been bragging about selling out 18 of their last 21 games so far this season.

    Of course they had some poor ‘$8.00 an hour Moe’ explain this to some extremely pissed off people. I don’t believe in shooting the messenger so I didn’t say anything to him. I actually felt sorry for the guy, because this gutless organization didn’t have the cajoles to send someone from the front office out, to at least explain their latest foray into screwing their loyal ‘ex-leaf’ fans or to face the music.

    ……and some of my friends have the nerve to ask me why I never switched to my hometown team when they were awarded a franchise.

  43. P St. Pierre says:

    The CBC is a joke. National broadcasters? Yeah, right. The biggest Leaf fans in the world work at the CBC. I’m currently living in Ontario and know and play hockey with many Leaf fans. After our game last night, many of them were talking about finally switching teams if this season continues to be so bad for Toronto. You know the Leafs are a brutal team when their young fan base is ready to disown them. Why the hell does CBC need to continue pumping the biggest joke on ice?

    I still like to think that Quebec matters to the rest of Canada, so why can’t Quebec’s team be shown nationally on a consistent basis? The other five Canadian teams get plenty of CBC coverage. I don’t mind watching Ottawa and Detroit. I realize that they are the best teams in the league and watching them should be exciting. However, the Canadiens are the greatest hockey franchise in the world. A little respect please.

    I’ll have RDS on this evening.

  44. Yeats says:

    Thanks for the “heads up.” I have been debating scalping tickets at MSG tonight. Maybe, I’ll just watch from the comfort of home.

  45. P St. Pierre says:

    Thank you.

  46. Habs-Kat says:

    My signature pose… don’t ask.

  47. N.B.habs fan says:

    kat what are you doing in your picture?

  48. N.B.habs fan says:

    Kat PLEASE GO BACK TO BED,mabe you will have a better dream,LOL

  49. N.B.habs fan says:

    Mikel…..I agree with you on the CBC putting the Sens.on and not Montreal ,makes me boil to not be able to see The canadians,but the dont care about the martimes.

  50. Habs-Kat says:

    I had a dream about this game. It wasn’t a good one, so I’ll keep it to myself ;)

  51. The Teacher says:

    I agree, CBC is becoming more pathetic every year.

  52. tony d says:

    i feel your pain Mike L
    I am so sick of those biased Leaf broadcasts that the CBC continues to air ad nauseum
    I’d rather watch local Bantam House League games than that bunch of
    whiny losers
    I finally caved in and ordered RDS from my cable supplier a few weeks ago
    at least the Ottawa – Wings game should be an exciting night of hockey,
    something you’ll never see in a Leafs broadcast

  53. MikeL says:

    I know this is somewhat off topic, but I wanted to share my frustration. I am English speaking only, and although I enjoy RDS’s broadcast, I don’t really understand them. So I look forward to English speaking broadcasts. CBC decided to put Ottawa’s game as the national broadcast and the montreal game only in Quebec. That is not much use to me out here in Nova Scotia. Anyways, here is an email I sent to CBC. My TSN comment was bascially out of anger and I would actually be sad to see HNIC leave CBC.

    “I checked the NHL schedule this morning and was excited to see Toronto played a late game. Since your station loves showing the near last place Leafs over any other team, I seen this as a great but rare opportunity to watch a Montreal game. Instead, you decide to make us on the East Coast watch the Senators. Are you kidding me? The amount of Montreal fans in comparison to Sens fans out here is not even close. Yet you continue to throw Ontario hockey damn the rest of this country’s throats. Not to mention how happy the West Coast viewers will be when they get to watch those high flying Leafs tonight over their home-town teams. The day that TSN takes over Hockey Night in Canada will be a great day for hockey.”

  54. Habs-Kat says:

    Just did, lol, no comment.

  55. Chuck says:

    I feel like I’m back in high school for some reason… :)
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  56. likehoy says:

    i wonder if she’s read any of this haha…

  57. The Teacher says:

    Well no, they scored a touchdown somewhere in there ;)

  58. Ali says:

    make it 40 something

  59. Ali says:

    true say, I’m gonna be channel flipping like crazy between whistles, gotta hope the Sens and Pats lose!

  60. sidhu says:

    Yep, you’re right – I caught that hit too. SK74 ran over the Bruin at our blueline. It was a great hit, I’m hoping the Habs staff noticed it because it was a rough game and the hit demonstrates Sergei doesn’t shy away from contact.

  61. Rugger says:

    Sorry, Cowboys won’t get past NYG tomorrow. Very rare for one team to win 3 times in one season.

  62. NLhabsfan says:

    I watch RDS regardless…understand little French….but would rather watch RDS and KNOW when the Habs score.CBC stinks….

  63. HKisses says:

    Lets Riot like Habs Fans…..We r one of theb est rioters behind Soccer fans

  64. P St. Pierre says:

    But yeah…she seems cute.

  65. NLhabsfan says:

    Yea dough head Domi over a GREAT player like Geoffrion showed their priority.

  66. PattyBoy31 says:

    honestly though everyone, its Detroit vs. Ottawa, that is quite the matchup, i’ll be watching the habs on RDS trying to decifer le francais (i need to keep going in high school french) but if I wasnt a habs fan and the habs game was on instead id be pretty upset.

  67. NLhabsfan says:

    In my area it’s Detroit at Ottawa.

  68. Ali says:

    wait a sec…my videotron illico schedule tells me that CBC is showing the Habs-Rangers game…they actually were supposed to!

  69. PattyBoy31 says:

    I like Don as long as hes not bashing montreal. Hes pro canadian so im happy with that (he also talks about Taylor Hall so thats cool, i played with hallsy last year in minor hockey for the preds). i made a highlight video, hes in there (#4), im the goalie with the yellow pads http://youtube.com/watch?v=39X8bPMgllU

    p.s. sorry this isnt habs related :P

  70. Ali says:

    CBC hit bottom of the barrel when instead of covering Bernie Geoffrion’s retirement ceremony on the day of his death, they covered Tie Domi’s 1000’th nhl game or something like that. A disgrace.

  71. The Teacher says:

    Pretty good early comeback by the Pack, eh Boone?

    Make that 35 straight unanswered points.

  72. NLhabsfan says:

    CBC are cheerleaders for toronto.Quite obvious with the little TV time they give Habs games.Bob Cole is sickening to listen to with his bias.Cherry is Cherry,rude,obnoxious and very pro toronto.

  73. P St. Pierre says:

    Hopefully Maxim Lapierre’s faceoff work in practice will continue to pay off for him. He had a good game against Boston. Bryan Smolinski used to be a very good faceoff guy. Hopefully he steps it up a notch this evening, though I have my doubts.

  74. The Teacher says:

    Hey guys, do you think if she picked one and everyone else started rioting, We would end up calling it the Kat Riot?

  75. P St. Pierre says:

    I don’t think anything like that will happen, although I suppose it would be kind of funny. Habs-Kat is an insightful poster like almost everyone else on here and we value her opinion, plain and simple.

  76. The Teacher says:

    Maybe that’s the point..We don’t depend on smolinski to score goals for us..do we?

  77. Sulemaan says:

    So you put him on the PP. That makes sense.

  78. The Teacher says:

    Called sending a message to the rest of the team maybe?

  79. showey47 says:

    no kidding, slowinski couldn’t score in a women’s prison

  80. Sulemaan says:

    I think taking a timeout and give them a blast of heat is a more appropriate message. Putting a guy who is absolutely useless on a 5-3 powerplay when we are down 3-0 isn’t strategic at all.

  81. The Teacher says:

    Hey, don’t shoot the messenger lol, just trying to figure out why he’s there.

    Screaming at grown men usually doesn’t work.

  82. Sulemaan says:

    Sorry Teach. Nothing personal. I’m not pissed off the Habs are losing 3-0. I’m pissed off that they aren’t even trying.

  83. The Teacher says:

    no need to explain ;) I’m ticked off at them also…hence why I missed the fourth goal….

    was it a softie? (just saw the replay and ooooh yes it was)

    CAREY CAREY CAREY? LMAO

  84. Sulemaan says:

    And what has Smolinski done in this game to deserve PP time?

  85. Yeats says:

    I think what was most frustrating about tonight’s game is that if the boys put in the effort, we could have won easily. Man, for once, the officiating was justifiably one-sided in our favor. What a waste!

  86. Chuck says:

    True… just a little post-game frustration showing through. Thanks for the reality check. Post edited.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  87. Yeats says:

    I have it on good authority that “The System” went to Keane’s Chop House for dinner and lost all track of time. It did not get to MSG until late in the third. And sadly, it was loaded.

  88. sidhu says:

    I know what Teach wants to hear – trade Koivu for Marleau!!

  89. The Teacher says:

    Why would I want to hear that? lol

  90. Chuck says:

    Laffs just scored on their first shot on goal. Maybe “The System” got on the wrong flight and landed in San Jose instead. Either that, or maybe Bob traded the “The System” to the Laffs. I wonder who we got in return?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  91. Yeats says:

    Sometimes, “The System” just does the damnedest things!

  92. Yeats says:

    You’re just splitting hairs, especially tonight. It was an across-the-board, absolute group suck to be matched perhaps only by the Dallas game.

  93. Chuck says:

    It was undoubtedly a suck of epic proportions!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  94. The Teacher says:

    I still say the buffalo game early this year was worse…

  95. Chuck says:

    With firsthand knowledge of that one, I’d tend to agree.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  96. Chuck says:

    Apparently, we’ve just proven that “The System” can’t be trusted!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  97. Yeats says:

    Man, this is just turning into a late-night suck fest!

  98. Mattee. says:

    OH! Are we playing the system game? I LOVE THE SYSTEM GAME!

    I Heart “System.”

  99. Yeats says:

    I think that from this night forward “The System” is suspect.

  100. The Teacher says:

    Too bad it’s not as enjoyable as other varieties of suck-fests.

  101. Yeats says:

    “The System” is having a rough go of it tonight.

  102. Chuck says:

    We’ve currently issued and Amber Alert for “The System”. It didn’t show at MSG tonight, and we have our suspicions that it might be on the West Coast.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  103. Yeats says:

    Be careful Teach. You don’t want to be flogged, oh I mean flagged, before 11:00pm.

  104. The Teacher says:

    Dang, that’s true!

    but Mike is watching football, maybe it’ll go through :P

  105. Yeats says:

    “The System” a closet leafer? I’m devastated!!!

  106. Mattee. says:

    haha, get it, haha. sorry guys, I just don’t know what to say here, i’ve been curled up in the fetal position for the past hour…

  107. The Teacher says:

    Awww Mattee, did the “system” get you all tangled up?

  108. Mattee. says:

    she tied me right down. She knows best, what can I say.

    I Heart “System.”

  109. Mattee. says:

    I have a confession… the system didn’t make it tongiht because I kept her at home. I’m sorry. She’s been out so much all week… I- I- I don’t know what I was thinking… kidnapping is so not like me…

    I Heart “System.”

  110. Bill H says:

    LOL…right on cue.

  111. sidhu says:

    Another PP. Please, no Smoke and Brisebois.

  112. Steiner says:

    im liking the brothers kostitsyn.
    probably too little too late though.

  113. The Teacher says:

    i’ll laugh if the score make it 4-2, then come back and win it..that’ll serve all the deserters right lol

  114. teamplayer says:

    wow plekanec just tried some kind of hipcheck thing and got tossed into the boards like a rag doll

  115. showey47 says:

    another powerplay, we can still make it interesting its too bad we waited till after the second to make the goaltending switch. I’m not blaming huet,even though the last goal was weak a goalie change is used to shake a team up and alot of the time it works.

  116. JB_15 says:

    See, did anyone see that? They are completely preventing our sneak attack from the side…they know exactly what we plan to do….That’s the secret…The quick one timer with the streaking winger/defenseman with a pass from the hashmarks on one side to the tip of the circle on the other…you stop that pass, you stop the PP

  117. Chuck says:

    It would be interesting to see how many passes the Rangers have intercepred tonight.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  118. Chuck says:

    Close enough!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  119. Yeats says:

    The first two weren’t much better. The Habs are going to need much better goaltending than they are currently getting to make a serious run in the second half of the season. And to think, this was one area where we thought we were really solid. Maybe it’s time for Halak to save the day again?

  120. JB_15 says:

    If I am coaching the other team I am telling my guys to just break up passes. To do whatever it takes to redirect our movement of the puck. You eliminate the puck control, you shut down the whole team. Use the body or whatever it takes, just get in the way.

  121. showey47 says:

    true, if halak can hold the fort tonight i wonder if he gets the start against isles on tuesday

  122. Yeats says:

    Napoleon had much better odds on the retreat from Moskow!

  123. Sulemaan says:

    This game was over a while ago but kudos to everyone who hung to the bitter end. So the question is for the Islanders game, do we start Halak. I would say why not.

    I also think the team is going to get hammered by the press and fans for this showing tonight so they should show up. Also, Higgins and Komisarek will being playing in their home-town so I expect them to show up as well.

    Let’s see if the rest of the team remembers to show up for the team bus.

  124. sidhu says:

    I don’t think Brisebois has returned since getting hurt.

    Maybe there is a silver lining to this game.

  125. Yeats says:

    I’d give him a shot. It seems to me the only pucks Huet is stopping are those that literally hit him.

  126. JB_15 says:

    The only silver lining is on his hair.

    Get it. Because he’s old. And crappy.

  127. The Teacher says:

    The silver lining would be if he decided to retire and get his salary off our books.

  128. sidhu says:

    Rags hit a post and were playing without Shanny. This could have been a lot worse.

  129. The Teacher says:

    NE missed a 35 yarder…14-14 into the half most likely

  130. showey47 says:

    one positive, pleky was 78% in the faceoff circle and halak looked solid

  131. Chuck says:

    Can’t wait to read Boone’s post mortem on this one…
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  132. JB_15 says:

    Thats two positives. And I agree.

  133. showey47 says:

    well i thought there was only one but accidently stumbled on two

  134. Chuck says:

    Outshot 41-19. Ugly.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  135. JB_15 says:

    Evidently the leafs have cancelled their team photo. Weird. Trades maybe? Sundin out?

  136. Exit716 says:

    Told my wife after the first period, I’ll watch the first five minutes of the second and see where they are at before deciding whether to walk the dogs.
    Prucha’s goal did it.
    Pathetic.
    I just hope this isn’t the bell weather game of the season like last year’s Bruins debacle was.
    That being said, it’s only a game. Let’s take some time to send our thoughts and prayers to our friends in Bathurst New Brunswick who are dealing with a tragedy tonight.

  137. Yeats says:

    Have to go with Halak against the Isles Tuesday night. Considering what he did for the team last year, he deserves his shot. And, if he wins, let him play until he loses.

  138. Chuck says:

    Gainey wasn’t on the ice tonight, and didn’t force them to play like crap. STFU.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  139. Yeats says:

    Average NHL goalies don’t even let in the howlers he does.

  140. Mike Boone says:

    Never has the “mortem” part of post-mortem been more appropriate.
    What’s to say? They sucked.

  141. The Teacher says:

    3-2 for Ottawa 2:30 left in third

  142. Sehs says:

    I think what we need to do is NOT sign anybody unless he can *effectively* play on the first or second line (read: unlike Samsonov). Otherwise, we have lots of young talent that can play and produce more energy on this team than we have veterans bringing “experience” imo.

  143. Sehs says:

    Good lord, I just noticed Brisebois finished -4.

  144. Yeats says:

    With those two 5-on-3’s, the refs gave the Habs every chance of making a game of it tonight. You can blame the loss on everyone, including the Rangers, but not the guys wearing the striped shirts.

  145. Yeats says:

    But, it was a quality minus four!!!

  146. Chuck says:

    Agreed. He certainly played well enough under trying circumstances to earn more ice time.

    That said, Huet traditionally plays well the game after stinking the joint out, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the start.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  147. The Teacher says:

    Ottawa wins 3-2..Emery in nets..

  148. showey47 says:

    i think the only thing gainey was guilty of was underestimating his youth, if he knew chipper would be this good, he never would of signed slowinski. Same goes for breezer, he isn’t bad on the powerplay but he sucks at everything else and gorges would be an upgrade

  149. The Teacher says:

    Are you surprised?

  150. Keith says:

    Just a horrible, horrible game all around which I was afraid of after that amazing game against Boston the other night. Have to regroup against the Isles on tuesday night. GO HABS GO!!!

  151. Yeats says:

    Is it me, or did they look better against Dallas?

  152. Chuck says:

    Quick, efficient, and right to the point. I like you’re style, Mike!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  153. Sulemaan says:

    Chuck – I agree with a lot of stuff you say but let’s not get personal or crass. You’re way above that big guy.

  154. Yeats says:

    “The System” takes absolutely no responsibility for what happened on the ice in New York City this evening.

  155. showey47 says:

    agreed, we had every chance to make a game of it especailly in the first when we had what looked like a couple of tap in goals. I say start halak on tuesday also.

  156. The Teacher says:

    I’m waiting for all the bashers to show up. should be any time now… might have forgotten their way after our recent good spell….. lol

  157. Sehs says:

    3 would be ok, 4 is a lot lol

  158. The Teacher says:

    Leafs man!

  159. nightmare_49 says:

    Breezer wasn’t -4 , it’s an error. He was even and not on for any goals , but does it matter.

  160. The Teacher says:

    but are you surprised?

  161. Yeats says:

    Because you and I agree, Carbo will start Huet just to piss us off.

  162. Chuck says:

    ??? The NHL event summary has him listed as being even for the night.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  163. Sehs says:

    Leafs!

    Whenever any thing’s gone bad this season, you can always look down and see the Leafs doing worse and it cheers you up.

  164. Chuck says:

    “The System” didn’t even get off of the plane in Newark.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  165. Yeats says:

    “The System” refuses to fly.

  166. Chuck says:

    In fact, he, Pleks and Ryder were our only three players that weren’t in the minus… they all ended even. Brisebois was one of out top three players tonight! :)
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  167. The Teacher says:

    I don’t count the regulars like you ;) The others are not bashers, but the usual people who comment rationally. I’m talking about BASHERS (I’m sure some people here can figure out who i mean ;) )

  168. sidhu says:

    Well put – we can see now there was no need for Smoke or Brisebois, though I still question why we went after Brisebois of all players to fill a defensive slot.

  169. The Teacher says:

    The “system” hit major turbulence

  170. Chuck says:

    So that was the problem… it took a bus and arrived late. Hey, maybe The System knows where Locke’s equipment bag is!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  171. Yeats says:

    There isn’t really much to bash tonight. It was an all around group suck. The team knows it, the coaching staff knows it, the posters know it, you know it and I know it. Suck is an absolute, not relative concept.

  172. Yeats says:

    Are you inferring that “The System” intentionally delayed his NHL debut?

  173. Chuck says:

    I’m inferring that The System and Locke’s bag need a better travel agent. :)
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  174. Yeats says:

    Agreed! What’s the point of the team showing up at MSG, if “The System” doesn’t? “The System” should get a hefty fine for this one!

  175. The Teacher says:

    No, but the reality is, we have 1 regulation loss in the last how many games?

  176. Chuck says:

    Maybe The System looked too much like a tourist and got the scenic view from a yellow cab on its way to MSG.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  177. The Teacher says:

    HAHAHA, sometimes!

  178. Chuck says:

    And what a loss it was! It’s like it contained all of the “suck” that should have occured in the past six games!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  179. The Teacher says:

    Not necessarily absolute. You CAN suck more than others, or better, but I digress. :)

  180. The Teacher says:

    6 games no suck, one game all suck. i’ll take it!

  181. Sulemaan says:

    I agree Timo but it is. They simply didn’t show up tonight. And I think tonight’s disaster rests solely with the players. Sure Carbo did some curious things with 5-3 and stuff. But theplayers are the ones to answer the questions from my vantage point.

  182. The Teacher says:

    Thank you.

  183. Chuck says:

    That’s probably the best spin that you could put on this one. Now if only we could follow that pattern for the rest of the season… we’d be playoff-bound for sure!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  184. JB_15 says:

    I know, but that doesnt mean he has to be played.

  185. Sulemaan says:

    I agree with you.

  186. Ed says:

    Mike Boone’s comment
    “3P 2:00:

    Was Michael Ryder dressed for this game?

    Christopher Higgins?

    Guillaume Latendresse?”

    Michael Ryder – 11:08, 1 shot, 5 hits, one of only 3 players who was not a minus.

    Christopher Higgins – 17:27, 2 shots, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot.

    Guillaume Latendresse – 13:10, 1 shot, 6 hits.

    They had 4 of the 19 shots, and 12 of the 35 hits. Yes, Mike, they were all dressed, and were definitely not the worst players on the ice.

  187. MikeL says:

    By all the stats you looked up, I think you took that comment a little too seriously.

  188. Ed says:

    Teacher, where’s your picture gone? Have you got a bag over your head? :)

  189. The Teacher says:

    NE comes back with a 33 yard pass to the Jacksonville 45

  190. The Teacher says:

    Pats to the JAX 27

  191. Chuck says:

    Man, I just want to see some hustle!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  192. sidhu says:

    Carbo – please sit Brisebois and Smoke, put Kosto and Chipper back in.

  193. showey47 says:

    hey cristobal is that you blogging from the bench, your insults are just about as good as your ability to make a big save.

  194. The Teacher says:

    NICE play by higgins..I THINK LUNDQUIST IS GOING TO GET A SHUTOUT TONIGHT

  195. sidhu says:

    Best shift of the night, great move by Higgy

  196. Mattee. says:

    I’m pretty sure everybody has said it but… SMOLINSKI ON THE PP? Really? I mean… um.. what! is that really the best 5 players we can put on a 5-3 when we’re down by 3? Did you have a hunch Carbo? Am I ranting? I’m ranting. I’m sorry… SMOLINSKI! Dear God…

  197. the_vipah says:

    Nice hit by cube. About time someone made the marshmallows on NY pay for ice.

  198. Chuck says:

    Nothing came of it, but that was the best shift of the night!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  199. The Teacher says:

    AND IT’S 7-7 Pats score on a TD pass to Watson.

  200. showey47 says:

    i honestly don’t agree with carbo shaking his lines up, it was the lines he came up with tht started us on our winning streak. The talent is there, the effort isn’t plain and simple

  201. Chuck says:

    Good plan… jinx the shutout!!!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  202. Ron says:

    The Detroit game was bad but this is total pathetic against a poor team that we should out skate and play.

  203. The Teacher says:

    Haha, glad you caught that one :P

  204. sidhu says:

    Halak, Halak!

  205. Barts says:

    Sit down Cristobal.

  206. linp says:

    Time to take out Huet

  207. showey47 says:

    well, there is the softy we were waiting for

  208. Chuck says:

    Anyone wanna defend Huet tonight?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  209. The Teacher says:

    4-0? i missed that one…oh well..Halak will play the third now for sure.

  210. Keith says:

    Time to pull Huet. Not having a good game and neither are his mates. That goal was the back breaker.

  211. Sulemaan says:

    Mike – It looks like your man Josh Georges is -3 so far tonight. Not his best showing.

  212. JB_15 says:

    Guy Carbonneau needs to take his head out of his a** and go back to
    Sergei Koivu Lats
    PLeks kovy kosti
    ryder lapierre higgins
    dandenault chipchura kostopolous

    streit hamr
    markov komi
    bouillon gorges

    We have an outstanding youth movement and its getting wasted tonight, which is a shame. Its one game. Its not a big deal. But this had better get fixed, and fast.

  213. Chuck says:

    So far, a stellar 14-shot performance. The Rangers are doing a great job of blocking passes.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  214. The Teacher says:

    My vote is still the buffalo game..and still by far…that was pathetic…

  215. sidhu says:

    Question for the second intermission for those of you still left –

    Who do we go after at the trade deadline and what do we give up?

    Here is a list of 2008 free agents (and potential rental players):
    http://www.nhlnumbers.com/freeagents.php?team=none&pos=none&status=ufa&type=salary0708

  216. RH says:

    I think the entire team is serving up a stinker tonight. I just don’t think the Habs were ready to face a desperate Rangers team.

  217. The Teacher says:

    MIKE IT’S 7-7! Get with the program..the game is so boring you should be reading the comments and the updates!

  218. Chuck says:

    That’ll be tough considering that Chipchura is in Hamilton.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  219. showey47 says:

    no kidding it was this lineup after the dallas debacle that turned the team around. why change it

  220. Sehs says:

    While we’re all pondering and such. Could someone please tell me again why Smolinksi was on the 5 on 3?

  221. The Teacher says:

    FUMBLEEEEEEEEEEE.. Pats ball at the JAX 30..mike Vrabel of course…

  222. The Teacher says:

    Carbo mistook him for Ryder?

  223. howtathor says:

    Maybe I can make a 9:30 movie. This is Fright Night at MSG. Even at their worst meltdown the Habs haven’t sucked this bad. They seem to be falling all over the place. Worst is the failure to compete. Hope we see Halak in the third. I would have put him in earlier just to shake up the team.

  224. The Teacher says:

    Did huet start all three of those games?

  225. Chuck says:

    Absolutely no excuse for not hugging the post with the puck on that angle. And the rest of the team — save for ONE shift — has sucked just as bad.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  226. RH says:

    I don’t think the Habs should go after anybody at the trade deadline. They need to develop some more and become a true Cup contender before they start thinking about trading prospects for a guy they won’t likely sign in the off season.

  227. Sehs says:

    Agreed, Chipper and Kosto are better then the current setup.

  228. Sehs says:

    At least Bouillon got a nice hit!

  229. howtathor says:

    Will the guy who’s been masquerading as Carbo for the last 2 weeks please report to the Canadiens dressing room!

  230. Gooner says:

    Yeah Me!!!! That last goal was bad but let’s face it the whole team stinks tonight. The score could easily be 10 – 0 . He has made some good saves but it looks like it is him against the rangers.

  231. Sulemaan says:

    Can’t argue with you there.

  232. howtathor says:

    Hossa and Blake…giving up? not much I hope!

  233. Chuck says:

    Thanks for reminding me of that one. I paid $120 for my ticket. I could have a 4 “Buffalo Street Specials” for that price.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  234. Gooner says:

    yeah something like your head. The only reason we’re not down by 10 is because of Huet.

  235. Erik says:

    who give a crap about overhyped nfl!
    Theres more pressing matters at MSG!

  236. The Teacher says:

    Hmm, ok, I think you might be right….trying to trip Courny12 up to get him off his Huet kick HAHA

  237. JB_15 says:

    lol, obviously this lineup is contingent on recalling chipchura who in my opinion should never have been sent down in the first place.

  238. The Teacher says:

    You’re really thanking me for reminding you of that sorry excuse for a hockey game?

  239. JB_15 says:

    While i disagree with your assessment of our opposition, I fully agree with your assessment of our coach.

  240. Chuck says:

    No… got to work on my sarcam, I guess! :)
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  241. showey47 says:

    wow, good one

  242. Chuck says:

    Huet’s concentration has been horrible all night. You don’t usually see this many rebounds at a Knicks game!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  243. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha, Showy…

  244. The Teacher says:

    Tried to change it..might as well put a bag tonight though…

  245. JB_15 says:

    That would make sense, if it werent the case that smolinski and brisebois DO continually disappoint. If you had made a comment about them, or someone else (individually) Id be inclined to agree.

    But to generalize that the whole “team” is embarassing? Come on, I think you know smolinski and brisebois are not the habs. They in no way have contributed to the success of the team this year. At all.

  246. Sulemaan says:

    That’s because he screwed up on the last 5-3 PP and were he allowed the puck to go offside.

    It’s also no secret that he makes people nervous playing the point as penalty-killers often blow by him and score short-handed.

    So no, I’m not kidding you Vipah.

  247. The Teacher says:

    Hahahahaha! nice..Brisebois is kidding himself I think.

  248. RH says:

    Yeesh! This is getting ugly. I’m listening to the rest of the game on the net from here on out. The Rangers are playing like a team that’s lost five in a row, got embarrassed by Philly, in the last game, and are desperate for a win.

  249. sidhu says:

    We could use a Mario Roberge or Todd Ewen to take on a Ranger to get some momentum. I appreciate Kosto’s heart, but the guy can’t fight.

  250. The Teacher says:

    and the Jaguars get the ball to start the game.

  251. RH says:

    Talk about forechecking hard and clogging up the middle. This is a classic defensive game. This is the reason why I thought the Rangers would be legitimate Cup contenders this year, with the Gomez and Drury signings.

  252. PGHABS says:

    wwaive bouillon, he sucks. always has, terrible contract extension. 5′ 8″ defenseman only make it if they can score. when can we let him go?
    terrible game…. no one is playing well, hollweg, orr and betts are outplaying kovalev and co.

  253. JB_15 says:

    The game isnt even half over.

    We get one this period and we’re down 2 going into the third.

    The team usually wakes up late when they play like crap early.

    I’m hanging in for this one, New York isnt that good, we can beat them.

    What I think is completely ironic is that Montreal fans expect their team to battle hard when theyre down, and to show a little resilience. Yet when the team gets down 2 or 3 nothing, everyone bails and starts bashing the team.

    So you guys expect the team to have heart even though you havent got any? Right…way to stay consistent.

  254. The Teacher says:

    OOH Jags look good, 4th and one, play action, garrard throws for 34 yards to the NE 8

  255. Chuck says:

    I find it hard to believe that we have 11 shots on goal…
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  256. The Teacher says:

    Another PP

  257. PGHABS says:

    the rangers have already beaten us three times this year? hmmm, about to be four….

  258. The Teacher says:

    NE bends, but doesn’t often break…

  259. Sulemaan says:

    He has one bad game and you want to waive bouillon?

  260. The Teacher says:

    OOHH GREAT PLAY BY GARRARD, COMPLETES a TD pass while about to get sacked…knee might have been down already!

  261. JB_15 says:

    I’m not saying this in a mean way.

    But can we save the posts here for stuff related to the game? People talking about the habs are getting bumped down the page for football comments, and its kind of annoying.

  262. showey47 says:

    thats pretty impressive considering this is only our second game against them

  263. The Teacher says:

    That’s what I was thinking….

  264. teamplayer says:

    theyre up 3-0 and they just ran our goalie over twice.
    yeh bouillon did not push drury in, he pushed him oneway drury goes huets way… atleast they got a penalty and not a goal on this one

  265. RH says:

    Does anyone here really think the Jags can upset the Pats? In there own backyard? This seems to be the big upset game of the week for some reason.

  266. The Teacher says:

    Boone asked for updates ;)

  267. JB_15 says:

    Five on three.

    SCORE!!!!!!!

  268. sidhu says:

    Another 5-on-3

  269. showey47 says:

    another 5 on 3, ok guys how many more chances do you want to get back in this game

  270. JB_15 says:

    In that case.

    Carry on.

  271. The Teacher says:

    another 5 on 3

    and smolinski….aigh

  272. the_vipah says:

    Ok here we go. These are the garbage calls that we always get scored on. We need to execute here.

  273. Sulemaan says:

    For the love of God. Do NOT put Brisebois and Smolinski on the PP.

  274. PGHABS says:

    a HNIC comment, the sens game

  275. Keith says:

    5 on 3 NOW is the time to get into this bloody game!

  276. showey47 says:

    smolinski on the powerplay, ah man the real carbo is back

  277. sidhu says:

    Didn’t Carbo learn his lesson?? He has Brisebois on the point again. Smoke on the ice for some reason.

  278. JB_15 says:

    This is so stupid. WHY ARE BRISBOIS AND SMOLINSKI ON OUR G-DAMN POWERPLAY!??!!?!?!?!?!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! THey ar eboth totally useless and negate the man advantage entirely.

  279. The Teacher says:

    I dont know what he did to deserve PP time…but…..

  280. the_vipah says:

    Brisebois was the only guy not to F$#% up on that PP. Are you kidding me?

  281. showey47 says:

    sorry, coming from hnic now it makes sense lol

  282. The Teacher says:

    AND another TD by the pats makes it 28-17.

  283. Ed says:

    It was no trouble at all. They are provided by HIO.

  284. the_vipah says:

    Boone has a way of blowing stuff WAYYYY out of proportion.. Sorta like all the cry babies on here who hate anyone and everyone on the team on any given night.

  285. Ed says:

    On CBC, they just had a great interview with Mike Komisarek. It’s obvious that he loves to play hockey, especially when it gets very physical. After the interview, they referred to his grandmother’s death just this past week. I seem to remember that he had a very close relative pass away either last year or the year before as well. He had to take some time away from the team because of it. Does anyone remember the details on this?

  286. The Teacher says:

    It was his Mom (I’m pretty sure), and they gave him time off to go be with her. About 2-3 years ago.

  287. Ali says:

    It was his mother, who I believe lost her battle with cancer. He was granted a leave of absence from the team.

  288. showey47 says:

    i think it was his mother who passed away last year

  289. Chuck says:

    Will Huet avoid doing his best Statue of Liberty impersonation this time in the Garden? Only time will tell… :)

    Go Habs Go!!!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  290. showey47 says:

    kovalev is only 6 points shy of his entire output from last season very reachable by the end of the roadtrip

  291. Ali says:

    hey, CBC IS showing the Habs game! Must be Quebec only…

  292. Sulemaan says:

    If you go on to CBC.ca you can watch the Habs/Rangers game online.

    Unfortunately, west of Montreal you have to watch the Sens/Wings on the main television network.

  293. Mattee. says:

    I have to say, best Smolinski play on that 5-3 was dumping the puck behind then net when he could have shot. I mean, THAT my friends is creative. Not even Kovalev would have thought of that. Brilliant.

    With Carbo, you just don’t know what’s coming. Bless his heart…

  294. The Teacher says:

    WOW, AMAZING pass by Brady with pressure all over him.

  295. The Teacher says:

    Wow, Brady trying to set another record…this one playoff completion percentage..he’s at 97%, the record is 88%

  296. The Teacher says:

    wow 657 comments for a suck-fest.

    200 related to the “system”

  297. Chuck says:

    What have we won with Huet as our goalie?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  298. Mattee. says:

    my beloved system, all grown up.

    I Heart “System.”

  299. MTL LOVE says:

    Errr…horrible, just horrible!

  300. Chuck says:

    “The System” (or the absence thereof) was easily the most interesting part of tonight’s game.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  301. Yeats says:

    Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

  302. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    Yes, tonight we were duds to be sure.

    Anyone else notice the sunglass lines / sunburn on komisarek. See, he is a pale fellow like me. I know what happened: The boys spent the day in the New York sunshine looking at New York skirts, and did not realize they were pooped befored teh game. It happens. On to Tuesday.

    However, did Brisebois even get off the ice? and Smolinski too. I guess after his line scored 2 Carbo thought he was awesome.

    Terrible coaching. I dont even think the 1st was over before we started seeing the slot machine running the lines again. Boys were slit up before they had a chance.

    Ohg Well.

  303. The Teacher says:

    POSITIVE news.

    The Sharks have tied it up against the Laughs 2-2

    and now went ahead 3-2!!!

    LMAO

  304. ebk says:

    That was hopefully just the inconsistency of a young team showing. That is the only explanation that makes any sense to me. How can a team look so good for the past little while and then so bad tonight. Maybe the boys minds were a little to much on the clubbing they were going to be doing in the big apple on a saturday night.

    After a very good game on Thursday, the 4th line went out and laid a huge egg on Saturday. Bad thing was so did all the other lines. Best thing that can be said about the 4th line, is that they have other bodies who can step in and do the same job. I said Friday morning, play the fourth line until they stink the joint out. They did, Kostopoulos and Begin should be dressed if healthy for the next game.

    Not fair to single out the 4th line because the whole team was just terrible.

    One thing from this game that really stumps me is Carbo’s need to constantly pull line combos out of his butt. He pulled some out a number of games ago and this team clicked on offense like it has not for a number of years. Why throw that away after a bad 20 to 25 minutes. Granted it was horrid but does not the past success suggest you should maybe show a little patience. Would not the teams lack of success at mounting comebacks so far this season, also suggest that maybe Carbo needs to try a new approach?

    All the above being said, the East is parity central, The Habs look to be as good as any team not named Ottawa and should strongly contend for a play-off spot and it was one bad game after a stretch of picking up 20 out of a possible 28 points.

    Thanks for reading

  305. yehaken says:

    Was at the game tonight. Worst effort I’ve seen this year from the habs in terms of 60 minutes. Because it was 60 bad minutes. Usually we get one good period. This time we got no minutes of quality play. The refs handed us opportunity after opportunity to get back in it, and we kept letting them down.

  306. Chuck says:

    Other than our goal, I can honestly remember only one really solid shift. That just ain’t gonna cut it.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  307. sidhu says:

    Paul Maurice looks like he’s about to cry, he looks worn out. Poor guy.

  308. The Teacher says:

    LOL, Sundin just pushes a lineman and CBC making all kinds of excuses for it….

  309. The Teacher says:

    Yeah , he does…I do feel sorry for him for having to be a laugh….

  310. sidhu says:

    Suspend him one game for the push… and ten games for being the captain of a suck team

  311. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha, TSN headline, “Rangers Dominate Canadiens”…. it figures…I guess I can’t disagree. However, I think it was more a case of “Canadiens Slumber in New York” than anything the Rangers did.

  312. The Teacher says:

    Bowman seems to be selling himself for the Laughs Job…that’s scary…

    seems like they said no…what idiots!!!

  313. Chuck says:

    Yeah… we were masters of our own destiny, but credit to the Rangers for taking full advantage of our lapses. That’s what a good team has to do to win.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  314. Chuck says:

    Kind of a joke whe they said that he probably didn’t even recognize that it was an official. Duh… that’s why they wear the zebra stripes! It wasn’t a huge shove, but you can’t tell me that he didn’t know what he was doing.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  315. The Teacher says:

    Especially since the linesman had skated almost completely by him at that point….

  316. Chuck says:

    One of the greatest coaches in hockey history offers to come in and analyze your organization from top to bottom and work to get it back on track, and they decline.

    No wonder they’re in the shape that they are!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  317. The Teacher says:

    Pitssburgh vs. Montreal on CBC next Saturday. Maybe you Nova Scotians will get this game?

  318. Chuck says:

    …and was standing directly in front of him.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  319. Chuck says:

    I was getting ready to hand him a tissue.

    Honestly, I do feel sorry for him. He obviously cares about the product on the ice and the guys in the room, but his bosses won’t give hime the talent that he needs to get the job done.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  320. Chuck says:

    Don’t kid yourself; CBC won’t be carrying that game because the Habs are playing. Pittsburgh, and especially Sidney Crosby, will be the main focus of the broadcast.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  321. likehoy says:

    “halak you! do you like me?” – Borat (Kazhakstan native, formerly part of the Soviet Union)

    we need more russians…bring back perezhogin…someone should start a bring back perezhogin petition

  322. The Teacher says:

    I know, hence the Nova Scotian reference :s

  323. The Teacher says:

    Heatley’s out of the all-star game.

    Kovy to replace him?

    who’s playing in the young-stars game?

  324. New says:

    Mike,
    I admire your endurance. This was one of those nights when you just knew within the first two minutes.

    Huet is human, he has off nights. Breezer and Smolinski are human, but once in a great while have on nights. I think mid Nov, 2002, was the last “On” for either. But they sure are fans of Huet. They must be because they were standing around on the ice looking at Huet all night. Thank the lucky stars no one accidently twisted an ankle or something going around them.

    For those posters who think that Huet should be traded while his value is high, you’re right. Goalies don’t win you games, they keep you in games so you can win them. That’s why every goalie looks so bad when the team doesn’t show up.

    Football was good though.

  325. The Teacher says:

    did you read what I posted?

  326. New says:

    You’re right. Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur are excellent goalies who kept their teams in the game until they won it.

  327. New says:

    In the regular season the Habs won 50 games with Huet, lost 34 games with Huet, and lost another 12 games in OT with him. In the playoffs I think they won two and lost four with him in nets.

  328. showey47 says:

    koivu wins the first draw against drury, good start

  329. Habs-Kat says:

    I’m missing it! I’m missing it!

    *runs with laptop*

  330. showey47 says:

    oh god breezer our there against straka and jagr

  331. Ali says:

    read my mind man…read my mind!

  332. Ali says:

    I don’t like Breezer being anywhere close to the ice while Jagr is on…

  333. sidhu says:

    Looks like Ryder was ready to go with Avery but Avery skated away

  334. The Teacher says:

    Hahahahaha!

    did you miss the goal?

  335. fun police says:

    huet hasn’t had a strong game in a while and the offense would bail him out. today, offense wasn’t there, huet was on his own and stunk. halak should start next game. bizarro carbo also showed up again today. smolinski on five on three was ridiculous considering the players we have. breezer is done.

  336. Chuck says:

    Just goes to prove that if your offence sucks, your goaltending can’t.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  337. Yeats says:

    Spot on! Every point you made was right on target. Halak deserves legitimate shot between the pipes, if for no other reason than what he did last year. The offense took the night off, but you could tell very early in the game that Huet certanly wasn’t going to “steal” this one.

  338. Yeats says:

    This team won’t be successful against the better squads in the League with average goaltending. (IMO, lately Huet has been decidedly below average.)

  339. Chuck says:

    You can afford to have a less-than-stellar outing by your goalie only if your scoring is top-notch. Grant Fuhr was hardly one of the league’s greatest, but with Gretzky and his lot going for you every night, he didn’t have to be. Our offence isn’t quite up to that standard, so if the goalie isn’t there to bail you out on an off night, you’re screwed.

    Interesting, considering many asserted that Price wasn’t ready for that very reason, and that Huet should be given as many starts as possible. Unfortunately, Huet has looked consistently shakey for a while now. It’s just that a lot of people hadn’t noticed because the offence was bailing him out. Let’s hope that they continue to do so.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  340. ccs says:

    Yeah we should have been desperate after the first but I guess our desperation was no match for theirs.

  341. JB_15 says:

    wow. nice goal.

  342. fun police says:

    huet has been average for a while, the offense would bail him out.

  343. The Teacher says:

    Hey, Huet moved this time, to look in back of him, LOL

  344. Ali says:

    turnovers are deadly.

  345. sidhu says:

    Flip, that was nice.

  346. Steiner says:

    and here we go…..

  347. showey47 says:

    nice goal, gotta give them that marcel hossa always looks like his older brother against us

  348. Sulemaan says:

    et puis ca commence…

  349. JB_15 says:

    This could be a long night…

  350. The Teacher says:

    That was a bit from behind…..

  351. Sulemaan says:

    i’m a big bob gainey fan but i stil don’t understand the murray for hossa trade.

  352. showey47 says:

    yeah bad turn over but we got the pp and hopefully we can even it up

  353. Habs-Kat says:

    Lets just hope they don’t come out of the first trailing.

  354. The Teacher says:

    NICE hit by Kostitsyn

  355. The Teacher says:

    How is that NOT a holding penalty??

  356. Ali says:

    he was going to be sent down, we would have to put him on waivers, so he traded him for whatever he could get I guess. Or maybe it was a favor for getting Kovalev for free basically, since Balej was a bust.

  357. JB_15 says:

    Why is latendresse playing with smolinski?

  358. Sulemaan says:

    I don’t know what makes me more nervous. Huet coming out of his net to play the puck. Or the fact that Brisebois is playing in front of him…

  359. showey47 says:

    that was the same season, plekanec, higgins and perezogin all had a better camp than hossa, but hossa was on a one way contract. Gainey knew that someone would claim him if he was sent down so he traded him instead

  360. sidhu says:

    The brothers can definitely hit

  361. Chuck says:

    Huet moved; too bad Markov didn’t. He looked like he was daydreaming about how cool he was going to look in the All-Star jersey.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  362. JB_15 says:

    Maybe the guys are tired of winning?

  363. Barts says:

    There are more Staal’s in the league than over-payed players on the NY Rangers.

  364. Sulemaan says:

    That shot block by Higgins (without stick) reminded me of Carbo…

  365. Sulemaan says:

    Your explanation (and Showey’s) make sense. Thank you.

  366. showey47 says:

    there is still one more to come, he is playing junior A in sudbury

  367. JB_15 says:

    Marc Streit
    Is it pronounced strite or straight?

  368. Chuck says:

    So far it looks like they’ve left there energy back at the hotel.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  369. sidhu says:

    I’m still optimistic, the boys are skating well – they need to get more pucks at the net instead of trying to make the extra pass and pretty play.

    The Rags are without Shanny, we “should” win this game.

  370. Ali says:

    symptoms of a crap Habs game: Poor passing, poor pass receptions, failure to clear the zone, failure to gain the offensive zone.

    I’m seeing alot of those things so far tonight, hopefully we can close out the period on a positive note.

  371. Exit716 says:

    Congrats CBC and HNIT, Mark Lee is far worse than Bob Cole.
    Pick it up boys, this is a very winnable game.

  372. The Teacher says:

    Pretty sure it’s Streit, lol

    Strite, that is.

  373. Ali says:

    RDS pronounces it as “SHTREIGHT”, but i think its “Strite”

  374. Habs-Kat says:

    The only possible explanation: The flu.

  375. sidhu says:

    Not sure, but it seems that “Josh Gorges” is pronounced “Jeff Gorges” and “Lapierre” is pronounced “Laperierre”

  376. showey47 says:

    lmao, the most dreaded word on this site

  377. The Teacher says:

    2 non-calls?

  378. Chuck says:

    No penalty there?!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  379. showey47 says:

    i think they missed a tripping call there

  380. Sulemaan says:

    Oh heavens, please no…

  381. JB_15 says:

    Dont get me started on how much I hate Gord Miller.

  382. sidhu says:

    Oh no, the f word.

    There is another possibility – the team took advantage of New York’s nightlife and its morally casual entertainers.

  383. JB_15 says:

    There are way more (and better) casual entertainers in Montreal than New York ;)

  384. sidhu says:

    Sergei isn’t 21 yet, so we need 5 or 6 from him tonight

  385. Erik says:

    all I can say is this where is the compete level what a bunch of crap smolinski and Brisbois out there on the 2 man advantages arhggggggggggggg.

    Can you say Bag Skate!!!!!!!!!

  386. Sehs says:

    Brisebois didn’t do all that bad on the PP but Smolinski was horrendous.

  387. RH says:

    Anyone hear, or read, that some clown ran Carey Price, at the end of the Bulldogs game last night?

  388. Yeats says:

    Can’t blame the refs tonight gang. Two 5 on 3 and they didn’t do jack with them. The fellows in stripes gave the Habs every chance to get back into this game. Huet has been awful, but if we don’t score, we can’t win. He gets a pass from me tonight, although he doesn’t deserve it. Let Halak play the third.

  389. Gooner says:

    The first three goals he had no chance at all on. I don’t consider him awful I consider the whole team awful. Including our All-Star defenceman.

  390. Chuck says:

    How about this for a 5-on-3:

    Kovalev, Higgins, Plekanec, K1, and K2.

    I mean, if you REALLY feel like you need a goal to get back in the game, put the guys on the ice that have the best chance at getting it for you.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  391. yukonhab says:

    Smolinski and Brisbios on the 5 -3…..wholly f#@%
    thanks, but no thanks…
    Kostitisyn’s looking good!
    worst game of the year though
    GO HABS GO!

  392. showey47 says:

    i don’t mind having breezer on the powerplay its the rest of the game where i don’t want to see him

  393. The Teacher says:

    Ya he’s ok on the PP but taking his eye off the puck and going offside on that 5 on 3 was ridiculous.

  394. showey47 says:

    yeah the offside was terrible but at least he’s not in our end where breezer really hurts us

  395. Y says:

    Must be a full moon or something tonight.
    Samsonov gets an assist and the Habs are stinking up MSG.
    Glad I’ve got an exam and didn’t bother watching this one.

    ‘Till next time

  396. The Teacher says:

    14-7 Patriots

    1 yard run by Maroney

  397. Yeats says:

    Astute coaching on Muller’s part: Issuing a fair challenge to a player and seeing him meet it!

  398. likehoy says:

    i have a feeling kirk muller is the better coach…he was the better player :p

  399. The Teacher says:

    ok, to be picky…the first goal he didn’t protect his post enough especially since the puck was to the right of him.

    Prucha’s goal. He didn’t even think a pass was going to occur, he just went down and waved his glove..doesn’t show me he’s in the game when he doesn’t know there’s a guy next to him (yes the defence should have been there)

    Last goal…plain pathetic.

  400. Yeats says:

    Neither side of the equation, the offense or the goaltender, adhered to “Yeats’ Two Goal Rule.” As a result, they will leave MSG without two points. I agree wholeheartedly, it was an all-for-one, one-for-all, total team suck tonight.

  401. Gooner says:

    You should learn to pay attention. The first one was Markov’s fault. The second one was a deflection and the third one Patrick Roy himself could not have stopped it.

  402. sidhu says:

    Apparently San Jose, Toronto, the Rangers, and Calgary have asked about CuJo’s availability. If so, these are teams looking for goaltending. Perhaps we can ship Halak to them? As I’ve said before, I’d love to see Lombardi in a Habs uniform.

  403. The Teacher says:

    Mike Boone and I.

  404. Ali says:

    HALAK! HALAK! HALAK! HALAK!

  405. Ali says:

    HUET! HUET! HUET! HUET!

    Robbed Prucha!

    Im such a fickle fan.

  406. howtathor says:

    My mistake Chuck! Thanks for the correction.

  407. The Teacher says:

    WHY THE ^%$& DID everyone back up and let Jagr handle the puck??? FOUR guys with sticks sticking out and their but pointed towards the sky, what the HECK was that.

  408. The Teacher says:

    Samsonov has an assist for Colorado?

    did Carolina already put him on waivers and ANOTHER team picked him up?

  409. Chuck says:

    Brutal…
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  410. tony d says:

    I wish Ryder would get more POed
    I’m happy with their start so far in ’08 but I don’t want to get too excited. note to Huet, stay in your net, you can’t handle the puck, never could, probably never will…some goalies are just naturals, you’re not….and I say that with the utmost love and respect….who’s the cutest crystal ball? yes you are!!
    Lot of work still needs to be done in clearing the puck out of our zone. You can almost tell every-time when the other team will score, usually as a result of sloppy attempts to get the puck out (.i.e. Saku’s fumble last game that resulted in a goal. And as much as I like Kovalev’s renewed energy and zest for the game, I wish sometimes he’d just pass or dump it in. Lately, he’s producing as many turnovers as the Pillsbury Dough Boy (Speakin of which, is it just me or does the dough boy look like the illegitimate love child of Bonhomme Carnaval?) I digress…
    go habs go
    as much as I poo pooed Brisebois return, I was glad he scored. Although he did seem to stand around and watch as Boston scored their 2nd goal. Little brain fart I hope.
    I’d like to see Tom back, don’t know who’ll sit when he does….nice to see the youngsters stepping up though
    hope I get to scream many “Et le But!!” tonight

  411. Barts says:

    F’N BRUTAL!!!!!!!!

  412. The Teacher says:

    Hey Dave, seems I can’t post cause my IP address posted spam??? on the site?

    I have no recollection of that.

  413. linp says:

    Why we have Smolinski playing?
    Who says we can beat those top teams?

  414. JB_15 says:

    Because Carbonneau is taking a page from the JFJ playbook – play your slow, aged, useless players as much as possible in an attempt to embarass yourself on national television.

  415. The Teacher says:

    LOL, where’s Riverwind?

  416. The Teacher says:

    anyways, seems to work now, so i’ll post what i wanted to.

    GO HABS GO!

  417. Chuck says:

    Look at that! Halak’s already been an improvement! :)
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  418. P St. Pierre says:

    I’m really looking forward to tonight’s game. Hopefully the Canadiens can play like they did last time against the Rangers (who are struggling) but with a better result. The top line of Plekanec, Kovalev, and A. Kostitsyn has been absolutely on fire, and I look for them to continue their torrid pace this evening.

    The Rangers have a good goalie in Lundqvist, but he’s been very average of late and no one on their blueline could really be considered a top flight defenseman. Hopefully that allows the Canadiens forwards to have their way in the Rangers zone. Now if they just could win a few more faceoffs…

  419. Chuck says:

    Habs had a great game in the faceoff circle against the Boooins; hopefully they’ve realized the importance of winning faceoffs, and that trend will continue tonight.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  420. Sulemaan says:

    Four guys around Jagr and he makes them all look silly…

  421. Sulemaan says:

    Halak is in. Huet is out. But 28 shots is a lot for 2 periods…

  422. RGM says:

    I’m watching football for the rest of the night. You could tell that Carbo had officially dropped this game into the mailbox when Smolinski was out there for the 5-on-3. At that point, there was at least still faint hope, and with a team that has guys that can score, putting out Smolinski just says “good night, Irene.” And so it is. 82 game season, so we’ll move right along to Tuesday, yes?

  423. The Teacher says:

    4-0, and no prospect of a fight..pretty sad..

  424. Chuck says:

    What’s with all of the coasting? Why aren’t they skating?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  425. showey47 says:

    ah crap a cold halak and a rangers powerplay, this isn’t good

  426. Naila Jinnah says:

    Maybe they’re bummed about having the rookie dinner tomorrow without their two favourite rookies.

    Or maybe they just don’t feel like it. Hockey players can be moody too! And if it’s anything like PMS, they’re all getting it in the same time…

  427. The Teacher says:

    I wonder if the Rangers players will be saying we’re the best team they’ve faced all year after this stinker?

  428. PattyBoy31 says:

    Will we see Halak next game? I wonder.

  429. The Teacher says:

    HAHAHA that PMS comment cracked me up.

  430. Yeats says:

    Time for “The Flying V.”

  431. teamplayer says:

    Just reading the hockey news right now, and they made an all-star lineup and they didnt just pick the top 18 guys in each conference, they would actually pick the best person for each spot. Montreal fared a lot better, Markov as 1st line defencemen is the same but they picked Carey Price as Backup goalie and Tom Kostopoulus as 4th liner.
    I know off topic but im more interested in this paper then the game right now

  432. The Teacher says:

    another nice pass by Garrard..14-13..pta to be attempted

  433. The Teacher says:

    Hey, that’s what they said after the last time we played em.

  434. JB_15 says:

    Pierre Houde makes a good point re: carbonneaus lines. “If you win, its a great decision, if you lose, its bad and people start asking questions” I think thats what the last part said but i wasnt really paying attention.

  435. Naila Jinnah says:

    ROFL!!

  436. sidhu says:

    PP – hopefully we can break the goose egg

  437. Naila Jinnah says:

    lol! Because we all know it’s so very true :P

  438. Keith says:

    Time to get a goal on the pp and at least show an ounce of pride in this game for F&^% sakes!

  439. Chuck says:

    We need to score at least three goals on this powerlay.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  440. showey47 says:

    put kovy out for the full powerplay, he leads the league in powerplay points

  441. Chuck says:

    Well, there’s one!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  442. showey47 says:

    nice goal

  443. linp says:

    Who still wants to sign Huet to a 4 millions/year contract?

  444. RH says:

    THANK GOODNESS!

  445. The Teacher says:

    KOSTY TO KOSTY

  446. Naila Jinnah says:

    Finally!
    Baby Kosty had a huge smile!

    Uh oh, someone’s injured!

  447. JB_15 says:

    I agree. Its so painful to see our talent get mismanaged. They deserve a lot better.

  448. tony d says:

    fyi in the photo of my post, that’s me on the left with the goofy grin….my son’s on the right
    with the Habs jersey. Nothin beats a father and son catchin an exciting game at the Bell center.
    Like they say in those Mastercard ads, priceless…. kinda like tonight’s game (in nets I mean)

  449. P St. Pierre says:

    Haha…that was kind of funny.

  450. Habs-Kat says:

    That was horrible. We’re like the Washington Generals out there.

  451. The Teacher says:

    You got THAT right!

  452. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Saku will be wearing a “Hockey Fights Cancer” patch on his right chest tonight as a part of an NHL promotion. All of the NHL captains will be wearing them this weekend (last night, today, or tomorrow).

  453. Chuck says:

    Can we use a mulligan to reset the clock and start over?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  454. The Teacher says:

    WHAT a dirty-ass duck!

  455. Ali says:

    NEED to score on this PP.

  456. showey47 says:

    about time they call a tripping

  457. Sulemaan says:

    Finally a tripping call.

  458. The Teacher says:

    YES, they have mike Boone, the first one of the game.

  459. The Teacher says:

    What time does the Patriots game start?

  460. wd40 says:

    we need the next goal or this one is going to get ugly.

  461. Ali says:

    These guys need to wake the hell up with their passes.

  462. Steiner says:

    I’m finding this extremely frustrating to watch.

  463. Ali says:

    BAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  464. The Teacher says:

    Nice pass-tip by Breezer to Gui..I can’t believe I just said that….

  465. showey47 says:

    how did we not score there

  466. wd40 says:

    looks like one of those nights where we can’t buy a goal..

  467. Barts says:

    Brisebois has a wide open Kovalev at the side of the net and tries to Mario Lemieux it around Lundqvist… I am like the guy who had seizures when he heard Mary Hart’s voice on Entertainment Tonight; everytime I hear the name Brisebois, or see 71 on the ice I begin to shake involuntarily.

  468. showey47 says:

    still alot of time but huet looks shaky again

  469. sidhu says:

    Shots are 12-4 Rangers, faceoffs are 10-3 Rangers

  470. The Teacher says:

    At least the 4th line came to play.

  471. Sulemaan says:

    Be nice Timo. It’s still only the 1st period big guy.

  472. sidhu says:

    Poll of the night – should Halak start the second, at least in part to shake up the boys?

  473. The Teacher says:

    Well, at least they’re the only ones providing the entertainment :P

  474. The Teacher says:

    Not Carbo’s M.O.

  475. Chuck says:

    Not surprisingly we lost 75% of the faceoffs in that period, which translated into lots of quality puck posession for the Rangers.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  476. Chuck says:

    sidhu suggested to do it to get the team’s attention, not because Huet is playing particularly poorly.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  477. JB_15 says:

    Why is the number 2 behind each net?

  478. linp says:

    We are playing bad collectively. Every opportunity we just dump the puck out from our zone. Up to now, I didn’t see a single player played up to his level.

  479. Chuck says:

    They’re going to retire Brian Leetch’s #2 on January 24th.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  480. Habs-Kat says:

    Okay, so the Rangers have studied and know how to beat the Habs. A good team knows how to change it up to overcome a well-prepared opponent. Lets see just how good our beloved Habitants are.

    40 minutes to go.

  481. showey47 says:

    besides halak was red hot in hamilton before he was called up.

  482. Chuck says:

    Well, we’re trailing after a period. Time to call this sucker over?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  483. showey47 says:

    huet looks about as comfortable as a chicken in colonel sanders barn

  484. MikeL says:

    I wish Brian Smolinski would have a career ending injury.

  485. Sulemaan says:

    i love that line showey.

  486. showey47 says:

    agreed, plenty of time left i do think halak should start the second though

  487. Gooner says:

    You can’t blame Huet for this. The whole team looks shaky. By the way the second goal deflected off of one of our players.

  488. Chuck says:

    A fat chicken, at that.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  489. Ali says:

    thanks Showey, i wasn’t sure what to have for dinner!

  490. Habs-Kat says:

    They haven’t. They’re winless when trailing after one, but there’s a first time for everything.

    Lets hope my dream last night doesn’t come true ;)

  491. showey47 says:

    i know but it looks like he is fighting the puck again, even the easy saves are looking tough

  492. The Teacher says:

    Ok, we need more info on that one Kat.

  493. Proudones says:

    Shame on you!
    That’s a shitty thing to wish on anyone, let alone a player of your own team.
    I may not care to see Smolinski on the ice either, but wishing him harm is pretty low.

  494. Proudones says:

    If that’s business to you, remind me never to deal with you.
    You ought to be ashamed of yourself!

  495. Chuck says:

    Higgins was one of the few with a bit of jump tonight, For some reason, Kovalev was falling all over the place tonight. maybe he needed his skates sharpened.

    Don’t get those of us who criticzed Huet’s performance tonight wrong. Other than a very few bright spots, the entire team sucked. Unfortunately, that exposed the fact that Huet hasn’t been as good as he has been for a while now. I just hasn’t been as noticeable because the offence had been firing on all cylinders and the team had continued to collect points.

    That didn’t happen tonight.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A banner for Vezina must hang from the rafters!”

  496. Habs Suck says:

    forget karma… he wanted to show them he can still play and score. It was a “take that” kinda goal. Good for him, cuz he got the short end of the stick in Pitts.

  497. The Teacher says:

    That’s what I say ;) Atl 2 Pitts 1..pathetic

  498. showey47 says:

    recchi scores the winner against his old team, how’s that for karma

  499. Yeats says:

    And, it was a pretty goal to boot!

  500. The Teacher says:

    Timo, three posts on top…seems they have started to trickle in ;)

  501. Sulemaan says:

    Hmm, Smolinski wasn’t on that PP and we scored…

  502. showey47 says:

    u read my mind

  503. The Teacher says:

    THE SHUTOUT JINX WORKED!

  504. JB_15 says:

    Brisebois looks hurt! Quick, grab a bag of salt and throw it in his wounds and then deny him medical attention.

  505. Sulemaan says:

    So we either put Streit or Dandenault on defence or call up someone from Hamilton such as Valentenko or Carle. I’m cool with that.

  506. Sulemaan says:

    They’re having a tough time. (Don Cherry in reference to the Leafs.)

    I’m glad they did the Don Wittman montage. I had the pleasure of meeting Don and he was one of the classiest people in broadcasting. A real gentleman.

  507. Fagstein says:

    “Sergei’s third goal of the game” according to CBC.

    Sigh.

  508. sidhu says:

    Nice play Hamrlik

  509. sidhu says:

    Wow, Cherry wearing a Leafs tie and Leafs cuff links. Instead of starting off with other hockey news (e.g., Ovechkin’s contract, the all-star selections), he begins the segment by talking about “our” team and what “we” need to do.

    Horrible.

  510. wd40 says:

    F’ing joke.

  511. Yeats says:

    I’m heading over to the Michigan/Western Michigan game. 4-1 Wolveries with 16:40 to go in the second. Hope Max Pacs plays well.

  512. RH says:

    You must be a hardcore hockey guy if you’re watching that.

  513. Ed says:

    A look at the Main Page shows we have never come back when trailing after the first period. Let’s hope that changes tonight. Coach’s corner is over, and surprise, surprise, no mention of the Habs or Komisarek’s physical performance the other night.

  514. Sulemaan says:

    I guess he’s still bitter that he never won the Stanley Cup because of Montreal. I can live with that. ;-)

  515. JB_15 says:

    We somehow just managed to turn a 3 on 2 into a 1 on 4.

    Talk about disorganized.

  516. The Teacher says:

    Price gave up 5 goals on 13 shots tonight.

  517. Yeats says:

    He and Huet had a banner night then!

  518. Chuck says:

    How’s that flu of his coming along?
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  519. JB_15 says:

    Chipchura and kostopolous.

  520. RH says:

    I thought I read that Valentenko got hurt last night? And what about Price?

  521. Gooner says:

    I believe we will have a better second period. The Flyers went down 2 to 0 before coming back to beat these guys. Have some faith our boys.

  522. The Teacher says:

    What flu?

  523. Chuck says:

    I mean the flu that Had Price under the weather. I’m wondering if he’s completely over it if he played that poorly.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  524. The Teacher says:

    Must have been since he won his three previous starts ;)

  525. Yeats says:

    The doctor told him to lay off stopping pucks until he felt better!

  526. Habs-Kat says:

    RDS in Standard Def looks nasty.

  527. Sulemaan says:

    So did the Habs in the 1st Period.

  528. Yeats says:

    There is just so much hockey on the dish, the toughest thing is picking the “right” game on a Saturday night. As the knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade would have said, “In picking the Habs’ game, I chose poorly.”

  529. RH says:

    How did the guy die in that movie? He aged out really fast didn’t he? I think we’ve all aged a bit, watching this stinker tonight.

  530. Yeats says:

    Want to borrow my walker?

  531. sidhu says:

    Here we go boys, this is our shot to get back into the game

  532. The Teacher says:

    Lundy’s playing well..maybe a 5 on 3 will help

  533. JB_15 says:

    That alex kovalev is one smart fellow.

    5 on 3. Lets go.

  534. showey47 says:

    ok fourth straight powerplay and its a 5 on 3, if we don’t get one here we are in serious trouble

  535. Chuck says:

    SMART play by Kovalev… give up the puck to get a longer 2-man advantage. You don’t see that often enough.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  536. Sulemaan says:

    Smart play by Kovalev to get the 5-3 quickly.

  537. The Teacher says:

    COME ON BREEZER

  538. JB_15 says:

    Brisebois you are the WORST.

  539. Ali says:

    F’ING BRISEBOIS!

  540. Habs-Kat says:

    Come on Breezer! Keep it in!

  541. Steiner says:

    nothing is going right.

  542. sidhu says:

    Freakin Brisebois on the 5-on-3??? Ridiculous.

  543. showey47 says:

    only breezby could make a brutal play like that, 5 on 3 and puts himself offside

  544. The Teacher says:

    OH GOD, GET BREEZER OFF…. Habs need to work on lifting the puck when in close.

  545. MatttheHabsFan says:

    For those of us not watching….what happened???

  546. Habs-Kat says:

    Every other team in the NHL is going to be studying this penalty kill.

  547. Ali says:

    You know what farmers do to injured animals, they put em down. I think its time to put Brisebois down, for good. He cannot play in this league anymore. I’m willing to start booing him just so he gets the message and retires. It’s ridiculous.

  548. JB_15 says:

    The Rangers are stopping our PP because they are cutting off the long cross ice passes that are characteristic of our powerplay. We move the puck very well, but they must have done a great job picking up on our favourite spots to send the puck.

  549. sidhu says:

    Streit should have been with Markov on the 5-on-3 to start.

    (Btw, I think Lundquist was far more deserving of an all-star nod than Gomez)

  550. kevrob says:

    Kovalov? The NY announcers keep saying Kovalov. It is really annoying me!!!! You would think an original six team would have knowledgeable announcers. Hell he even won a cup with the freaking team. I wish Centre Ice should the RDS feed. :(

    Oh well atleast I get to watch the Habs play. GO HABS GO!!

  551. Sulemaan says:

    I suspect all the Brisebois defenders will now start giving you grief for criticizing him Showy. (I got your back buddy!)

  552. Chuck says:

    Especially since he used to play for them!
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  553. sidhu says:

    Wow, wide open net

  554. Ali says:

    get Huet out, he was a bit shaky to start with and his team is giving him no support. Get Halak some playing time.

  555. showey47 says:

    god i hope it didn’t go it, but i think it did

  556. Sulemaan says:

    Well that will be going for review at the next stoppage. But that was a goal.

  557. JB_15 says:

    Dude just order RDS – its like 6 bucks a month or something.

  558. The Teacher says:

    Yup, that’s in.

  559. Chuck says:

    3-0
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  560. JB_15 says:

    Trois a zero.

    Fin.

  561. linp says:

    There is only one team playing. Even 5 v 3 there is no good passes. One of the worst game we play this year.

  562. Habs-Kat says:

    Okay, my beloved Patriots have a game now. Bye everyone :)

    In my dream, the final score was 10 – 2.
    Kovalev had the Habs’ only two goals.

  563. kevrob says:

    Can I order it from the States?

  564. JB_15 says:

    At this point it could be done, so yeah, id put in halak to give him some practice. He may even help.

  565. Ali says:

    you’re psychic. I’m predicting thats tonights final score.

  566. The Teacher says:

    Ahhh, a Brady bunch member :P

  567. showey47 says:

    by brisebois defenders do you mean both moey and ian? lmao its ok i like ian, his posts are always interesting

  568. Sulemaan says:

    I was thinking of others actually. But I do like Ian as well. Good guy.

  569. showey47 says:

    you mean there is more than 2 defenders?

  570. Sulemaan says:

    scary, isn’t it?

  571. Yeats says:

    Could have been far worse. We could have paid up and scalped tickets at MSG this evening.

  572. sidhu says:

    HALAK, HALAK! Not necessarily blaming Huet, but at this point there is no value in keeping Huet in. And, the boys need something to jump-start them.

  573. Dan23 says:

    Doesn’t sound like things are going too good. I’m not watching the game, but I’m kinda hoping we do to the Rangers what the Flyers pulled this week – the Rangers led 2-0 after one, then got dominated for the next 40 minutes and lost 6-2.

    Come on, Habs!

  574. The Teacher says:

    20 minutes left until the Pats game starts?

  575. likehoy says:

    bon…mes chums…

    partie fini..

    i’m going to go watch a movie this is just embarrassing!!

  576. Steiner says:

    and here come the line changes…..

  577. Keith says:

    This isn’t the same team that went toe to toe with the Bruins the other night :-(

  578. Yeats says:

    The Bruins don’t have the talent the Rangers have. And, when they decide to play…….

  579. Sulemaan says:

    Perhaps it’s time for timeout and Carbo give the team the hair dryer treatment…

  580. Ali says:

    switching to the Pats game guys. Have a good night!

  581. Chuck says:

    Huet has the rebound control of a trampoline.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  582. Sulemaan says:

    You know, I’m enjoying the zingers here more than the game. This one and Showey’s KFC one really made me chuckle.

  583. likehoy says:

    phew!! only a trampoline! could be worse! could be the rebound control of aebischer!

  584. Yeats says:

    I could rag on him tonight. But, unless he pitched a shutout and could get it to a shootout they weren’t going to win anyway. And, even getting it to a shootout would merely delay the inevitable.

  585. PGHABS says:

    tongiht, we are worse then the leafs, didn’t show up at all, not skating….i also am swithcing

  586. JB_15 says:

    Chill out.

    Are you so indignant and oblivious that you cant understand the concept of a team being in disarray for one night? We’ve been playing outstanding hockey lately, and this is a poor performance.

    Deal with it and stop calling out the entire team like they’ve consistently disappointed the entire year.

  587. the_vipah says:

    Boohoo. Cya.

    Always whining about something, win or lose.

  588. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Amen

  589. sidhu says:

    hahaha nice one!

  590. The Teacher says:

    Only problem is…the puck never hit Abby, always went in the back of the net ;)

  591. Yeats says:

    Glad I didn’t trek down to MSG this evening. I would be blaming myself for the result.

  592. howtathor says:

    What a stinker! Brisbois was -4! Can we put an end to this experiment, put Streit back on D and bring Tom the Bomb back from exile?

    I think Halak has to start in Long Island. Carbo has to send a message to his players that this is unacceptable. It was not Huet’s fault although the 4th goal was a total loss of technique and concentration.

  593. Chuck says:

    Brisebois wasn’t a -4. He was even tonight, one of ony three players for us not to be in the minus.
    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________________
    “A Vezina banner must hang from the rafters!”

  594. Yeats says:

    At least ATL beats the Pens in a shootout 3-2.

  595. The Teacher says:

    NICE fake by Brady!

    21-14 NE

  596. PattyBoy31 says:

    lol i was going to say that. It was pretty tricky though

  597. ccs says:

    Lets send Huet to Hamilton to work on his game…Please can someone make Breezebye and Slowinski go away. Halak in the next game as well as Kostopolus who is a big step up from Slowinski…I hate when we play teams that are desperate for a win.

  598. showey47 says:

    thats the problem, you have to play desperate in order to win and when you don’t play desperate, well you saw the game tonight

  599. Barts says:

    Why is Smolinski on the PP?????????????? This is what I hate about Carboneau.

  600. Keith says:

    These guys do not want to win this game. It’s as simple as that.

  601. JB_15 says:

    Whats it going to take for Carbonneau to realize how useless smolinski is? Anyone? Any ideas?

  602. Sulemaan says:

    1 year contract for $2.0 million with a no trade clause. Unless we send him to Hamilton we are stuck with him for the remainder of this year.

  603. The Teacher says:

    Lappy’s playing like crap, without his usual energy….

  604. MikeL says:

    I wish that Smolinski and Breezer were not on the team, so that they would not be an option. I don’t care if Smolinski wins faceoffs (which I don’t even think he does), he is slow and basically does nothing. No energy, no offence, not much defence (see strakas goal). I also think that we should trade Huet. I know everyone will jump down my neck, but he has rarely been a difference maker lately. Would there be that much difference between having Huet instead of Halak or Price? I say we get some return on him while we can. Huet is a good goalie, but has too many holes and really cannot handle pressure.

  605. showey47 says:

    smolinski 36% faceoffs, no worse than the chipper. But having chipper on the powerplay would not be as embarassing

  606. Sulemaan says:

    Actually I figured it out. Carbo put Smolinski on the power-play to prevent the Rangers from scoring while 5-3. He doesn’t want a short handed goal scored against us. There is a method behind the madness!

    Wait a minute. Smolinski isn’t a defensive specialist. So scratch that. I haven’t figured it out.

  607. The Teacher says:

    I figured that he put him on cause no one else deserves PP time? Maybe there IS a method to the madness.


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.