It had to end some time

Playing their third game in four nights, the Canadiens ran out of gas against the Florida Panthers, who played smart hockey and got very good goaltending from Tomas Vokoun, who made 40 aves.


  1. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I hope Pacioretty makes it back to the NHL, but he looked terrible last year. White would be good, and Schultz is still an AHLer.

    The last habs player who tripped as much as Pouliot was LeClair. I, in my youth, thought that trade was good because old John fell too much. Once he got his footing though, I was proven wrong. I’m not saying the fact they both stumble a lot means they are similar talents, but if we’re giving Price a chance, let’s give one to Benoit too. I may have demolished any credibility I had with confessing about the LeClair trade, but I still think Pouliot will pan out.

    If he were in the AHL, everyone would be screaming for him to come up and save our offence. Let’s leave Pacioretty as the 2010/2011 Sergei. There’s always a hot scoring saviour in the minors, and Pacioretty risks being the guy everyone’s yearned to see for two out of the last three years. He should get a trophy for that….

  2. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    i’m only here to offer an opinion on a deficiency

  3. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    yes he’s got the size and can hit (sometimes), he should watch the tape of LAPS last night, that one shift LAPS had about 7 hits in a row, that was a game changer…

  4. Jbird says:

    Sure.  Possibly after they get beaten and beaten up by ANA, PHI, BOS, and PITTS (Wait – we played them already .. . ).  If they do. 


  5. twocents says:

    Nice return to the mix HP, picked up right where you left off.

    You’re a model of consistency. :o)

    A little more bang bang would be nice, but Pax and Shultz are not ready. White should be here though. I’d prefer him to Pyatt or Darche, though I do appreciate what they bring.

  6. Bill says:

    Isn’t Pouliot leading the team in hits? He’s not soft, except when he does that disappearing act.

    A team of Moens would be the hardest working, biggest heart team that ever finished at the bottom of the standings. Love the guy, but you still need your Plekanecs and Markovs and Kostitsyns. Oh, and a goalie :)

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  7. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    when will you see it? after we get slapped around by ANA, CHIC or PHILLY or even PITTS, then you will see it? i think its plain to see already, we have tons of speed/talent but aside from MOEN, LAPS and KOSTY on fwd we have nobody that can hit hard…notice us getting hemmed in our end? we can’t skate as fast as the puck moves and we don’t hit, we chase and it will cost us…

    i don’t want the 2nd or 3rd round if it means being outmuscled again…like last year.

    I respect the stratagem, its exciting to watch, and great to see the boys stick up for each other, we have something special and its improved, a step forward in maturity…along with the new arrivals (ie.HALPERN),

    but i also see that we need just that little bit of edge to make us elite…WHITE/SHULTZ/PAX can bring it.

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    Apparently, upon further review, it was Tavares.  According to Hickey, at least.


    “Tomas Plekanec scored for the third consecutive game while Travis Moen
    was credited with tipping in a shot from Brian Gionta for an insurance
    goal even though the replay showed that it was deflected by the
    Islanders’ John Tavares.”

  9. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    has he disappointed this year? i have not seen him fail yet…but we do see Pouliot tripping over the blue line consistently.

  10. Shiloh says:

    Beats Bob Cole’s inability to say Oilers – pronounces it Oh-lers.

  11. HardHabits says:

    I completely disagree. Those players need development. No need to rush or fix what aint broke.

  12. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    imagine PACIORETTY/WHITE and SHULTZ in our lineup right now… and remove POULIOT, DARCHE and ELLER and then tell me what kind of team we would be… better yet, could we compete with PHILLY after that simple move.yes.

  13. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Cross crease pass from Pleks???

    The Other Wing

  14. C3P1 says:

    I agree over the whole season, but right now, it’s nothing to worry about.  on green, we may have discussed this before, but, when you average over a point per game over 2 consecutive seasons – I think its like 150 points in 143 games – you’re nasty.  His defense was awful his first couple years, I agree, but he really has gotten much better as a defenseman.  my best friend is a caps fan and ive seen it.  hes no keith in terms of D, but his offense is ridiculous.  and on doughty, concussion or not, dude is unbelievable.  he could go on a lidstrom-esque run of norris trophies.


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still, he’s had some over-30 minute games already this season and 2 extra minutes per game doesn’t seem like a lot but add it up over 82 games in the season and it’s close to 3 hours more TOI. The guy’s going to need something in the tank for the playoffs.

    I think Keith is the best defencemen in the NHL right now, Green doesn’t have the defensive composure and hopefully, hopefully Doughty doesn’t have any lingering issues from his concussion.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    This one always takes the cake for me. What the skill players had to put up with back then to play the game…



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  17. C3P1 says:

    he played almost 27 minutes a game last season, this isnt new for him.  theres a reason he won the norris trophy, hes the best the NHL has to offer (well, along with doughty and green – I think that award could have gone to any of them last year).  I watched their game last night, hes used to it.  he only goes 100 when he really has to.  he’ll be fine. if I was JQ I would have to reisit the temptation to have him play 40 minutes a nights


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  18. HardHabits says:

    Moen tipped in Gionta’s shot for the 3rd goal.

  19. Willy the bum says:

    Let’s bring in the cougars…uh, I mean Panthers.

  20. JIMVINNY says:

    Moen has soft hands?  WTF are you on?  I didn’t even bother to read past that point.  There’s no way anything you said could have been more stupid than that.  You know that it was Tavares that tipped that goal in last night, don’t you?

  21. SoupStrainerMcPhee says:

    Fuhr’s mask is incredible!  Looks like he should be strapped to a vertical gurney.

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Keith will get a rest when Brian Campbell can get back into the lineup full-time for the Blackhawks, he’s expensive but he can at least eat 20+ minutes a night.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  23. nightmare_49 says:


       Frankie The Hands Gagnon tweets  …  Carey Price Back in net. With 6 wins, Price equals the total of the 3 goaltenders of Team Canada in Vancouver. Brodeur 3, Luongo 2, Fleury 1.  ……….  En passant, le Canadien est 7-2-1 en 10 matchs sans markov cette année. Il était 19-36-6 sans lui en 61 matchs depuis le début de 2005-2006.


  24. HardHabits says:

    Credit the Islanders adjustments, notably their forecheck. The Habs responded in the 3rd period. No team wins every period. Win two and you more than likely win the game. That’s what happened last night.

  25. Harani says:

    Can’t wait to see that backdoor signature Andrei Markov goal on the PP!

    And Canadiens record in the 61 games without him since 2005: 19-36-6 (Francois Gagnon tweets)

    “It must be love!”

  26. Former Jets Fan says:

    Ouf!  Gretzky notches his 6th point!

    Incidentally, I’ve noticed at least 3 two-handers that would be suspendable offences in this day and age, including Jim Kyte’s (the deaf guy) full wind-up, diving slash to Paul Coffey’s ankle, while the latter was on a quasi-breakaway.  No penalty.

  27. CBrady12 says:

    Some of you guys are nuts…the habs arent going to win every game nor are they going to dominate every period…not EVERY SECOND of play is do or die…to start saying that one off period out of what… their last 9 is the start of some sort of collapse is really just nit picking…How about we just ENJOY the fact that we have the best record in the league and stop being so worried that every little mistake is the end of the world…lets just watch our team and have fun..and if they start to collapse THEN we can start worrying but for now…GO HABS GO

  28. Exit716 says:

    Mr. Boone, your esteemed colleague in Windsor, Bob Duff was assaulted after writing a critical article about Mike Morencie, University of Windsor head coach….




  29. Former Jets Fan says:

    fair enough.  good response.

  30. notbigbird says:

    Agree for the most part, but that was quite a reversion in period two last night.

  31. VancouverHab says:

    No — Don Cherry is very much the man-on-the-street in his openly-irrational love for his favourite team: just like most of us here…

    And to be fair he sticks it to the Leaves pretty good when they screw up: Cherry is not a ‘homer’ in the simple-minded sense of the word.

  32. Bryan says:!


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  33. VancouverHab says:

    I guess I could simply never get past Don Whitman pronouncing the “Edmonton ES-ki-MOW-OUES.”

  34. punkster says:

    It’s about time you waded back into the deep end H-P. Or jumped, judging from your use of the phrase “insurgence of syndicated suppression”. Missed your unique views and eloquent turn of a phrase.

    Now as to your suggestion to bring up PAX as a solution to the Gs, haven’t we been down this dead end path before with Max? And hasn’t he continued to disappoint?


  35. Former Jets Fan says:

    And, WOW!  I wonder if they’re airing this game to get everybody pumped for Movember – there’s some real beauties in this game….Charlie Huddy, Dave Babych, Doug Smail (who sports the same style I do!  Awesome), and even Laurie Boschman is sporting the Jimmy Buffett-approved pencil-thin mustache.

  36. Josh says:

    It should be streamed on tonight.

  37. dean roberts says:

    anybody got a link for this game? don’t get rds, and wanna watch my boys command 1st place!

  38. Former Jets Fan says:

    So you really think the Leafs are playoff-bound?  Or just that Leaf fans shouldn’t lose faith?  And if all this happens, does that make me an astute hockey expert too, and a clairvoyant one at that? 

    And for the record, I’m on his side of the issues a good three quarters of the time, or more.   )Though the way he treats his co-worker MacLean is seldom “classy”.)

  39. DearyLeary says:

    Gomez as Robin Hood makes sense.  Stealing from the rich and giving to… himself?

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pacioretty isn’t developed enough to play with the team yet, Schultz has conditioning and skating work to do first before he’s an NHLer either.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. Chuck says:

    Wittman was great. Whether it was hockey, football, or any other sport, his voice said “Canadian sport”.


    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  42. Former Jets Fan says:

    I might be the only one who cares, but I stumbled onto game 4 of the 1987 Smythe division finals between my formerly beloved Jets and the Oilers on Classic NHL on the NHL Network.  (Jets classic?  I’m flattered)  The Oilers go on to win and sweep (Gretzky has scored twice in the last 3 minutes alone).  The teams faced each other I think six times in 8 years in the playoffs, and the Jets won a measly 4 games.

    All this is to say, though, that Don Wittman is calling the game.  Boy, do I ever miss him.

  43. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    face it, we haven’t played anyone yet… yes we are better than last season, the youth movement is making its way onto the lineup, but the transformation is not complete, nor is the danger of  a meddling GM.

    you want reality? we couldn’t shine the Devils shoes nor go the distance with Tampa… the real test awaits against the Bruins/Flyers and heaven knows whats in store for us out west…

    Its the same old broken record…lots of talent, speed, finesse, but not sustained grit… give me a team of MOENS’s and the cup is ours, soft hands, good in the corners, goes to the net and can drop them.

    You want to solve the GOMEZ/GIONTA fiasco? simple, bring up PAX, he has the speed, grit and talent along with the experience and vision…. forget about Pouliot, he falls down too much as well WHITE and SHULTZ will give us a chance against the likes of the PHILLY/BRUINS genre of hockey.

    can’t say enough about KOSYsr and his line..brilliant as always, and I like MARTIN’s system with our 4th line which is really a #1 line in 3years, speedy/skilled against the mongrols that form other teams 4th line composition….

    Markovs return should spell another insurgence of syndicated suppression…enjoy.


    1:The N.A.G. (North American Grit) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2:The NHL-Ref-Syndicate will do everything in its power to never allow the HABS to win another Stanley Cup. 3: TBA

  44. JF says:

    One thing I love about this team is that they’re far more consistent than most recent Habs teams.  With the exception of the Jersey game, which maybe was the result of a long layoff, they compete hard each game.  In previous years before a game, I always found myself wondering which Habs would show up, the ones who would play as though they wanted to win or the ones who would drift indifferently through the game.  Most frustrating were the games in which we would come out firing on all cylinders, only to collapse when the opposition scored first.  This team plays hard just about all the time.  It’s true that the second period last night was bad, but the team was able to rebound for a strong third period.  This year’s Habs seem far more resilient than recent teams.

  45. Redlight Racicot says:

    …and Gionta as a horse

  46. VancouverHab says:

    Dude: if that happens (which I think quite likely) it will be nothing more than confirmation that Don Cherry is (a.) an astute hockey expert and (b.) a rare class act in an age of dross.

  47. yukonhab says:

    Hey Ian,


    I will be travelling to Mtl on Friday from the Yukon. I will arrive in time for the game but possibly by the 3rd period.

    Do I have to register for this weekend and what about getting tickets for Saturdays game and the tour?


    Thx yukonhab (Peter)

  48. yukonhab says:

    Hey Ian,


    I will be travelling to Mtl on Friday from the Yukon. I will arrive in time for the game but possibly by the 3rd period.

    Do I have to register for this weekend and what about getting tickets for Saturdays game and the tour?


    Thx yukonhab (Peter)

  49. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    So pumped up for the game…All hail Andrei MARKOV!

    Can’t believe he’s back! WOO!

  50. Barts says:

    Ya, that’s exactly what the last place Florida Panthers should be worried about, seeking retribution for a meaningless pres-season fight. *Yawn*

  51. sag says:

    Just watched a few hordichuk videos after reading the article.  Nuts is a good description – never stops throwing punches and his fists treat helmets, visors and faces equally…. Hope Moen plays with his head up tonight. I’d put Laps, Moen and Halpern together tonight. Chicken with GG, Plex line, and give Boyd a night on the 4th. 

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei Markov Compliation to tee up his return.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  53. Chuck says:

    It would be great if they were in 1st place come next Saturday!


    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  54. Ian Cobb says:



    2010 HIO Fan Summit Itinerary Nov. 5th and 6th in Montreal


    Nov. 5th, We are watching the Habs vs  Sabers game at Hurley’s Pub
    1225 Crescent St.  on big screen around 6pm. Name tags will be given out.

    SAT. morning, Breakfast will be at Chez Coras 1240 Drummond St. at 8:30am


    at 10;30 Bell Center tour and Habs Hall of Fame tour. The “Rockets”
    granddaughter Cathrine Richard is putting on the tour for us this year.


    at 2:45 Pregame meal and The Gainey Children’s Foundation Raffle at The Baton
    Rouge Rest. 1050 Mountain St.

    Don’t forget to bring along something to
    contribute to the raffle please.


    Across the street at 7pm our Habs take on Kovalev and the Ottawa Senator’s


    game celebration. We have the second floor of Hurley’s Pub reserved for
    us. And like every year our Gazette leaders will be there to celibrate with us.


    Everyone is welcome, so see you all in Montreal.

    » Read Ian Cobb’s HI/O Blog

  55. Mark C says:

    Well stated, I think it is one of the hallmarks of a good team, being able to rebound from a poor period to win the next period.

  56. Harani says:

    Pleky was a hotdog.

    Moen was a witch. 

    Pouliot was a sumo.

    And Spacek was a Teletubbie! A purple one with a pink purse! LOL!

    Common factor: They all hated it. Check this video out to find out who else had bad Halloween costumes.

    “It must be love!”

  57. Shiloh says:

    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”

  58. WestHab says:

    Yeah that second period sucked last night but I like the way they turned it around in the third. Auld kept them in the game and the team made his effort count for 2 points. Nice work!

  59. Shiloh says:

    Okay, I’ll beware the claws. Should I shun the frumious bandersnatch as well?

  60. scrowe21 says:

    hahahaha….not bad

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    I am peversely enjoying it, with their war on good hockey over the last two decades they deserve it and more.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  62. Former Jets Fan says:

    I’ll take a stab at the sign-off pun too….

    “So…we see what Subban can do, while Tootoo may be in doo-doo”

    McLame comes by his name honestly.


  63. nightmare_49 says:


       Bob McKenzie tweets …..  Took in ECHL game last night in Ft Myers. Where are they now? MIN 1st rder AJ Thelen on Kalamazoo. MTL 1st rder David Fischer in Florida.

       J.F.Chaumont tweets …..  #Habs: Andrei Markov revient contre les Panthers et Alexandre Picard saute son tour.  …..   #Habs: Markov jouera avec Subban pour son retour au jeu.

       Jeff Marek Blog: Why you should know the name Ryan Strome.

       DGB …..  Shocking Revelations from Kerry Fraser’s new book …

  64. Number31 says:

    Noticed that too. And in the previous Islanders game, Pleky lined up for an o-zone faceoff while Cammy whispered into his ear to do something different. So instead of pulling the puck back, he took the faceoff forehand, the puck went to the net, and they all attacked it. Didn’t score but they got a good chance. Their communication on ice is just great to watch.

  65. Harani says:

    The fact that the Devils have a league-worst differential of minus-17 is absurd! The New Jersey Devils!

    “It must be love!”

  66. Chuck says:

    It wasn’t much of a fight, though I think that Gill got the first ever 5-minute penalty for holding a player at arms’ length.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  67. ooder says:

    btw no one mentioned it yesterday night but man there was one play by pleks that really impressed me.

    when the 5 – 3 was starting hamrlik lined up next to the islander player, pleks looks at him and points to hamrlik to back up.

    he wins the face-off cleanly and directly to hamrlik who clears the puck right away and thus began a great PK.

    after that i saw plekanec pretty much tell each player where to go and was directing the play on the ice.

    this guy is a freaking general out there, and ensures that when he is on the ice his 5 man unit plays in unison

    love it


    88 is the new 23

  68. Chuck says:

    Thanks! Now I can skip the first intermission and grab a sandwich instead!

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  69. punkster says:

    Agree. No needless penalties please as long as the Panthers don’t gang up on him. If they do then send our new fighter, Hal “The Terminator” Gill in to settle the score.

  70. Former Jets Fan says:

    Looking into my crystal ball, I’ll save everyone from having to watch Coach’s Corner by giving you a run-down of the rant. 


    A) Cherry offers up a “see, I told you so” for what happens when PK sets his mind to playing his game and not to disrespecting more tenured players, and then backtracks from his previous criticisms by offering effusive praise for Subban’s saucer pass leading to the game winner last night – his “this is what you kids should be doing” moment.  

    B) Calls Seguin “a real beauty”

    C) praises Mike “Captain Leadership” Richards for fighting Cooke 6(!) seconds into a game

    D) throws Tootoo under the bus for his charge on “Coliakov”

    E) tells Leaf Nation [shudder] to not lose faith as they are still playoff-bound.

    Nary an arched eyebrow from McLame, he agrees on all fronts.

  71. nightmare_49 says:


       Against HIO policy a post on a fighter:


    Colton Orr Will Skate With Pink Tonight

  72. Chuck says:

    Good. Let ’em target Moen. He can take care of himself. It would also allow some of our other guys to fly under the radar.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  73. nightmare_49 says:


       Everybody’s favourite Matt Cooke dares to dance with Mike Richards. FIGHTERSHIP! [Puck Daddy]


      -The Sabres made captain Craig Rivet and former Hab a healthy scratch last night.


      -ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun has a good read on former Senators/Flyers goaltender Ray Emery’s struggles to return from hip surgery.

       A mighty feat …  Lightning forward Martin St. Louis is expected to appear in his 400th consecutive game tonight.


  74. Willy the bum says:

    The Panthers have an off day and are in town last night?  I thought I saw a bunch of frat guys dressing up in their jerseys as the Loser Team for Halloween…

  75. FrederictonHabsfan says:

    I see Red felt the need to dedicate a whole article to the greatness of the St. Louis Blue’s Goalie.

    He’s now written more about the Blue’s goalie than he has about the Habs goalie this year.

    Maybe the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an opening in the cranky old man department?

  76. Number31 says:

    Praise be for playing behind the Trap City Snooze.

  77. nightmare_49 says:


       By Claw in your headline were you referring to the Hordichuk claw on Moen.

       “I’ve heard about that,’’ said Panthers enforcer Darcy Hordichuk, who was with the Canucks when the Moen-Gudbranson fight took place. “I’m sure that will change tomorrow. We’ll see how he likes it when somebody gets in his face. There wasn’t any need for that. That’s why I’m here to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen.’’

  78. habs001 says:

    if we can average 12 points every 10 games we are in very good shape for the playoffs..avoiding major injuries at the end of the season is also a big key…right now it looks like most of our games will be tight games it does not seem that important what position we finish in the standings as long as we are rested and healthy for the playoffs…chances are of the 7 other teams that make the playoffs there may be one team that is a favourable matchup …maybe one or two unfavourable and the rest pretty well the same…

  79. Wops says:

    Markov is backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!


    My D-pairing:

    Markov-Gorges –> 25 min ice time

    Hamrlik-Subban –> 20-25 min ice time

    Gill-Spacek –> 10-15 min ice time


    that way, u almost always have either subban or markov on the ice…

    but I know they wont split the pairings.

  80. kempie says:

    I like these pairings a lot. I hate to split up Georges & Gill but Josh needs to be playing top 4 minutes all the time and Spacek doesn’t. They can still kill penalties together. And I’d have to at least try Markov & Subban together on the PP if just to get it rolling and to see if it’s worth it to put your 5 best skaters out for the first 60-90 seconds and see what happens. It should be quite a force with Markov, PK, Plex, Cammy & AK.

  81. Number31 says:

    I don’t think every team wants to chance a 3-man forecheck like the Islanders though, because if someone manages to flip the puck out (like PK) you get a goal (like Halpern to Pouliot).

    Islanders are bold. But praising them for a 3-man forecheck or keeping a cherry picker high while the rest of the team is defending what basically turns into a 5-on-4 while one dude sits behind and watches, hoping he gets a breakaway pass (also known as Zach Parise Hockey)…I don’t know. Horton used to do that sometimes, but I doubt it was because DeBoer told him to.

    Also Darcy Hordichuk can buzz off.

  82. Danno says:

    Boone, if we don’t beware the claw, chaos ensues.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  83. Wamsley01 says:

    What the Isles do is high risk, in Thursdays game the Canadiens had an abundance of 2 on 1’s.

    The Bruins and Flyers are not as aggressive and are more concerned with not allowing odd man situations.

  84. howtathor says:

    What’s up with Moen this year? He seem to have a big chip on his shoulder. For a guy who sustained a near career threatening injury last year you’d think he would be more respectful of his union brothers. The hit on Wisnewski, the beat down on the kid. No need for that kind of stuff. He’s going to become a marked man.

  85. Number31 says:

    The Saskatcheplow!

  86. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t get this, we have a rock solid guy laying people out left and right and people bitch, yet when no one does it they bitch about not having a goon. This site is so bipolar.

  87. Former Jets Fan says:

    Tell me “The Gobbler” isn’t catching a little shut-eye and trying to sell the major, waiting for Lee’s arm to snap up.  A bonehead play from Moen, yes, but it wasn’t much more than a hate-tap.  Wiz sold it like Willy Loman.

  88. VancouverHab says:

    Spot on! Your diagnosis is absolutely accurate.

  89. rocketsglare says:

    The Panthers have always played the Habs tough, so this will be a very difficult game to win, especially

    after having played last night. If the D can continue to play team D, the PP can get untracked, and other

    than Plekanec score, then this is a very winnable game.

    Markov’s return will be an emotional lift and the team must take advantage by quickly taking control of

    the game by using their speed to gain possession and control of the puck. They can’t allow Florida to use

    their size and speed to cycle unopposed like the Isles did in the 2nd period. Jump on the Panthers early

    and often and send a message that the Habs came to play like a team leading the eastern division.


    Go Habs Go!

  90. RGM says:

    ToI: Duncan Keith is playing an
    insane 29:13. He’ll get hurt, and it will be more serious than his
    toofers. Top Canadien: Josh Gorges, 23:27, 35th in the league. My man
    Josh and Keith both played their junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets.”

    Shea Weber’s doing 25:33, good for 10th. Alex Edler’s doing 25:05, for 13th. Myers is at 23:35, for 35th.

    It’s a combination of that beautiful air and the system instilled by Bruce Hamilton out there. The place is a factory for stud D-men.

    Go Habs Go!

  91. Shiloh says:

    And Keith’s from Fort Frances – the farthest west you can go in Ontario – unless you hear from the folks in Rainy River or Emo.

  92. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kelowna really impresses me for what they’ve done for producing top defencemen. From the inception of the Norris Trophy until Scott Niedermayer in 2004 and Keith in 2010, no one born west of Ontario in Canada has won the Best Defencemen trophy.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  93. RGM says:

    Speaking of, how many emo kids does it take to change a lightbulb?

    None, they’d rather sit in the dark and cry about it.

    Go Habs Go!

  94. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bahahah! Good one!

    Here’s another one:

    How do you make a Maple Leafs player laugh on Monday morning?
    …Tell them a joke on Friday night! 

  95. nightmare_49 says:


       The refs for tonight’s game are Dave Jackson and Rob Martell.

  96. 21BIGGionta says:

    could be worse

  97. VancouverHab says:

    Come on: Travis Moen is not losing sleep over Darcy Hordichuck! Good grief. What a low-rent enforcer he is.

  98. HAB-PROFESSOR says:


    Panthers enforcer Darcy Hordichuk
    “We’ll see how he likes it when
    somebody gets in his face. There wasn’t any need for that. That’s why
    I’m here to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen.”

    this is what I am talking about… the new game plan against the habs…the cat is out of the bag folks, they want to crush us into the boards and beat our heads in, and only the versatile MOEN can take care of himself..and he is only a light heavyweight, this could turn into a blood bath tonight…

    tonight we needed SHULTZ and WHITE called up, even HENRY… i’d even insert OBRYNE to drop the gloves. 

    I hope we escape this game without injury, and i hope that LAPS is ready to contribute and throw them off their game plan which DEBOER said is to punish us physically…including targetting MOEN.

    If Martin is not addressing this threat, then it will be an unfortunate loss.


    1:The N.A.G. (North American Grit) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2:The NHL-Ref-Syndicate will do everything in its power to never allow the HABS to win another Stanley Cup. 3. up WHITE/SHULTZ/PAX now.

  99. Bryan says:



    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  100. SeriousFan09 says:

    Panthers should target McCabe for leaving Gudbranson holding the bag against Moen after he started the scrum than skunked off the second it looked like he was going to get in trouble. Was Moen supposed to stand there and wait for Gudbranson to punch him in the face? Their captain has a yellow streak a mile wide.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  101. Rugger says:

    Let them try it, Markov is back and we will destroy them on the power plays.  Blowing them out of the game is the best deterrent.

  102. 24 Cups says:

    H-P is back!!!  I wonder if it’s any coincidence that the prof has returned on Halloween weekend:-)

  103. Exit716 says:

    Hey Walsh! Minnesota isn’t Montreal. No one cares what you think about your client’s ice time. Just go back to being irrelevant, okay? Regards hockey fans everywhere.


  104. punkster says:

    One can only hope! Should be a great time my friend. As long as someone doesn’t mention that certain draft year 😉

  105. punkster says:


    Nope, not going there.

  106. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – Looking forward to seeing you next weekend at the Summit.  I trust that the headmaster will be buying us a round.

  107. Ayan_SB says:

    Found this on HFBoards:

    Mike Brophy(Sportsnet) was just on Hockeycentral and he said he’s
    hearing that Zach Parise no longer wants to be in NJ and he has been feeling
    that way for a while.

    Brophy said someone close to the team told him that Parise is willing
    to play out the season but he hopes he gets an offer sheet in the
    summer. He doesn’t want to re-sign with the Devils.

    I don’t have a link because it was just on TV. I also don’t know if
    Brophy actually has legit sources but that’s what he just said. Take it
    for what it’s worth.

    One of my favourite players in the league, he’s going to be an RFA next year, what do you think the Habs have to offer to get him?

  108. Harani says:

    Can’t wait for this to start but beware, Panthers might not look like a 30th place team because of the style they play. And Vokoun is always good against us. Or they might just be bad. We’ll find out.

    “It must be love!”

  109. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s effing huge! And the Devils killed themselves with the Kovalchuk signing, it’s obvious Parise doesn’t want to play with the guy.

  110. says:

    Time to stop bowing down to these losers!

    According to CJAD they haven’t made the playoffs in 9 straight seasons.  That’s disgusting!


    Submitted by Chuck on Sat, 10/30/2010 – 17:33.

    What kind of school did you go to where 7+2+1=11?

    Adam76 Habs Inside Out Genius

  111. SeriousFan09 says:

    A ton, they’d probably want PK Subban in any deal especially with their blue line troubles. If Lou has an ounce of sense, he’ll send him out West. Parise burning the Devils 4-6 times a season in the East, that would haunt them for over a decade. The Kings might go for him though, a LW of his calibre to play with Kopitar? They have a big stable of prospect defencemen to offer NJ.

    Brophy should be taken with a pinch of salt though, he actually wrote an article saying Kessel could contend for the Hart.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  112. Harani says:

    Feature on PK coming up on RDS!

    “It must be love!”

  113. cjhousegirl says:

    I can’t believe how excited I am about Markov being back. The General is BACK!!!! I am giddy beyond belief, which is also making me extremely nervous about the game. *taking deep breaths*

    With a point tonight, Marky passes defenseman J.C Trembly on the Habs’ points list. He’s only 8 pts back of Brisebois, and the potential to pass Serge Savard this year also exists. I really hope we get him signed and he spends his whole career with the Habs unlike Koivu, who I thought for sure would end his career as a Hab. *sigh*

    I’m looking forward to a good game from both teams considering the mouthing-off Hordichuk was doing about Moen.



  114. Ayan_SB says:

    IF he really is unhappy in NJ, I’m honestly not surprised at all. Parise is their franchise player, now that Brodeur’s getting close to retirement. This whole Kovulchuk fiasco must’ve been a terrible distraction on the team as a whole, not to mention the fact that he signed a $100 million contract.

    It’s one thing to bring in a superstar player in order to help the team win the Cup (Hossa to the Pens at the deadline) but it’s another thing to practictly give him the keys to the building, almost financially crippling the team for the present and the future. Parise’s got the heart and talent to win the Cup on a good team one day, why waste his years in NJ?

  115. Ian Cobb says:

    Hey Peter Johnston,

    Just show up at
    Hurley’s Pub. Make sure you tell them you are part of the HIO group. We
    will be upstairs watching on big screen. Write down the addresses of
    all the events. See you at the Pub or the Hotel or breakfast Sat.
    morning. Read the Summit page for more information. Just show up, no
    registration. And we will try to get a ticket for you somehow. Hope you
    see this

    See you there.

    I would e-mail you but you have no contact info on your profile.


  116. Ayan_SB says:

    If the Kings get him, with Quick/Bernier, Doughty, Kopitar and Parise, they instantly become one of the Stanley Cup favourites.

    How about the Pens? Parise + for Malkin

    Crosby – Parise

    Malkin – Kovulchuk?

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Lou and ownership had accepted the Devil’s time was over with Nied and Rafalski leaving via free agency, Stevens retiring and the calender flashing by Brodeur, they could actually be a better team today if they’d gone the proper route. They’ve been using band-aid solutions for too long and Parise could have been leading a rebuilt NJD squad by next season or this one.

    Parise could be a giant for any team that gets him, anyone looking to make the next step up should be in on him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  118. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I dunno, Mike Brophy tends to be full of BS so he’s one of the last “insiders” I’d listen to…..but I guess we’ll see, especially given how brutal that team has been lately

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think the Pens would deal Malkin myself, could happen but I think they want to keep Malkin-Crosby and try to draft some winger support for them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  120. Fansincebirth says:

    Game’s not on yet so, mmmmmmmmm, college football cheerleaders :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  121. Exit716 says:

    Brophy is an idiot.

    Last night he said Plekanec isn’t a first line centre and is overpaid.


  122. Harani says:

    Man Kirk Muller looks better everytime I see him.

    “It must be love!”

  123. kempie says:

    Let’s rock

  124. Harani says:

    Anyone else think that we have one of the best Top 4 in the league, in any order:

    Markov – Subban

    Gill – Gorges

    Hammr – Spacek

    The good thing for JM is that any of these trios can handle the top lines from opposing teams and that becomes an advantage on the road.

    “It must be love!”

  125. Harani says:

    Bill Clinton was the president of the US the last time the Panthers made the playoffs. LOL! (from RDS)

    “It must be love!”

  126. andrewberkshire says:

    I think they’d be more interested in stealing Price, as Brodeur is max 2 years from retirement.

  127. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely agree. No reason for him to waste his career there.

  128. Bryan says:

    The guy at the Bell Centre on HNIC looks like the Green Goblin from the Spiderman movies


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  129. TripleX says:

    So was Picard sent down or is he in the pressbox?  Can we carry O’Byrne and Picard?



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  130. win4ce says:

    Oh man if they had started Markov the building would of went NUTS!

  131. topher5468 says:

    Being at the game last night, Auld looked huge in the net. I never new he was so big. Whats up with the Alternate Captains, are the alternating them? Is there a method to the madness

    net”It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  132. J.J. of Turku says:

    I’ve been an idiot! Took me almost two years to realize, that if I connect my laptop to TV with HDMI cable I can watch Boone’s blog from laptop and Habs from TV…

    Oh Your God, how happy I am :)


  133. HFX-HabFan says:

    Former Belleville Bulls and Team Canada WJC teammates P.K. Subban and Shawn Matthias go head-to-head tonight.

  134. twocents says:

    Yes, we only had 22 before tonight.

  135. JIMVINNY says:

    Didn’t know whether Pleks could go up against the other teams best line on a nightly basis.  What a moron.

  136. topher5468 says:

    Definitely Spacek, Hamr can still play

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  137. kempie says:

    I was at the Buffalo game in January when Markov played his first game back in a long time. He started, the place went apesh1t.

  138. nightmare_49 says:


       Was happy to see that Glen Healy working the laffs game and Greg Millen doing the Sens match for CBC, who needs those drifts, now all we have to do is digest Bobby Cole, Go Habs Go.

  139. Steve in Kingston says:

    Bob Cole: Isn’t he dead?  Oh…

  140. TripleX says:

    Cool, thanks.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  141. JIMVINNY says:

    Cats are getting away with some early hooking, trying to slow les boys down.

  142. Habscore says:

    Thank you for that J.J. !!!! Amazing discovery ;)I’ll try that when I’m away from home!



  143. Fansincebirth says:

    brutal missed call on the trip on eller

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  144. Wayne says:

    Nice snag, Carey

  145. petrov14 says:

    Great pace and action…

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  146. J.J. of Turku says:


    Do I smell a little bit of sarcasm in your comment? 😉


  147. Danno says:

    Noticed a blatant hook put under Subban.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  148. petrov14 says:

    Juggling “A”s might be because Markov is back. Im pretty sure Markov and Gill are the official A’s

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  149. Habscore says:

    Of course not buddy!..It’s just a simple thing..and never thought about it…good for watching games on streams as well…



  150. Bill says:

    Like last night …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  151. Mr.Hazard says:

    Boone I love you.


  152. Jbird says:

    Isn’t that nice. 

  153. J.J. of Turku says:

    Anyone else wearing a teletubbie costume? 


  154. punkster says:

    J.J. Good to see you man. What do you think of the teams so far? Pumped yet?

  155. Ayan_SB says:

    Duncan Keith will play less mins when Brian Campbell eventually comes back. 

  156. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    absolutely SF09… but people have jobs and unfortunately MOEN again has to answer the piper… just as he did when he exited the penalty box last night. How long can we go with one guy taking the brunt of the abuse.  the guys is seeing good duty on the #1 line and fighting!…. amazing the element he brings to our club.

  157. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hey Punkster, long time no see!

    I have to admit, I’ve never been happier at this point of the season… 


  158. punkster says:

    Keep those avatar pics of you coming. Love the attitude.

  159. J.J. of Turku says:

    Thanks :)

    This is scary… I have only one beer left. We had a “boys night” yesterday and I’ve suffered a killer-hangover the whole day, couldn’t go outside the home to buy more. One of my idiotic friends thought yesterday it would be good idea to drink vodka with milk…


  160. le_vrai_jacques says:

    if he doesn’t, will you shut up?

  161. scrowe21 says:

    ^ hahahah

  162. le_vrai_jacques says:


  163. JIMVINNY says:

    Markov is jumping into the o-zone a lot.  I figured he’d take it slow his first game back, but I guess not.  Must have a lot of trust in PK.

  164. 21BIGGionta says:

    bouncy bouncy puck!

  165. win4ce says:

    Markov is pinching A LOT. I think he might be trying to do a little too much. A few shifts to get back into game form and he should be back to his usual dominant self.

  166. 21BIGGionta says:

    i hate bell…because of my lack of Signal for ONLY Cbc montreal, rds hd and rds i gotta watch the game on my computer (ONLY THOSE 3 CHANNELS DONT HAVE SIGNAL) …what are the odds!!!

  167. petrov14 says:

    The Hockey Gods are against you when……

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  168. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    where the hell do you live?? I live in Florida and get all my bell satelite channels.

  169. topher5468 says:

    Whats the story with the rotating “A”

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  170. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s not rotating anymore- Gill and Markov are the assistant captains.  In Markov’s absence, the second “A” was rotated.

  171. kempie says:

    absolute headshot!!

  172. HFX-HabFan says:

    Now we’ll see the difference between a Markov-led PP and a Markov-less PP!

  173. topher5468 says:

    Ahh, thanks, I was quite puzzled by that. I think Gorges should have an A

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  174. 21BIGGionta says:

    honestly im so pissed

  175. petrov14 says:

    Ahhhhh inept PP, I see your still here…

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  176. Fansincebirth says:

    are players taught to turn their backs to the play when they get close to the boards?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  177. 21BIGGionta says:

    where was everyone on that one?!

  178. HFX-HabFan says:

    Frolik was a healthy scratch the other night I believe- DeBoer must have woken him up.

  179. petrov14 says:

    DARN! Great 1st save by Price

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  180. punkster says:

    Lots of bounces there.

  181. Wayne says:

    Tad sloppy in our end. Not Carey’s fault. We’ll strike back…

  182. Fansincebirth says:

    come on guys, a little more support out there please

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  183. JIMVINNY says:

    Damn.  Second shot off his head and in.

  184. Norm0770 says:

    Habs kill penalties at both ends of the ice.

  185. Harani says:

    CRAP PP = Goal against!

    “It must be love!”

  186. The_Salted_One says:

    Markov looks like hes just knocking off some rust out there   i think he’ll improve as the game goes on.   price couldnt do a whole lot on that goal.

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  187. win4ce says:

    Let’s see if this new girl can steal Benoit’s job 😉

  188. petrov14 says:

    WHEW scary PK

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  189. kempie says:

    Last year this game is 2-0 FLA. Go Price!

  190. 21BIGGionta says:

    i guess playoff gill is gone….

  191. Wayne says:

    Price strikes me as one of those people who has, more than once, walked out of a washroom with toilet paper stuck to his shoe. Just sayin’

  192. 21BIGGionta says:

    we’re passing too much….

  193. SlovakHab says:

    Does anyone have a link to this game so I can watch it?

    Can’t find anything..

  194. 21BIGGionta says:

    its on

  195. Habscore says:

    Yea.. let’s give the guy some time to re-adapt to the “system”.

  196. petrov14 says:

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  197. HFX-HabFan says:

    Moen to Panthers: “He’s eighteen and he’s not even playing with you guys right now…do you really care that much about this?  Shouldn’t you be caring more about trying to make the playoffs for the first time in ten years?”

  198. Fansincebirth says:

    quick, let’s count Hordichump’s brain cells…


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  199. JIMVINNY says:

    Some is going to have to fight hordichuk.  That much is evident. 

  200. J.J. of Turku says:

    So, when does some Panthers’ player hit Vokoun with stick?


  201. Harani says:

    The passing is so screwed up today!!

    “It must be love!”

  202. SlovakHab says:

    thanks, but unfortunately. CBC streams are only available in Canada.. :(

    Need something else…

  203. Norm0770 says:

    Worst period I’ve seen the Habs play this season.

  204. petrov14 says:

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  205. HFX-HabFan says:

    Keith Ballard plays for Vancouver now.  Vokoun should be safe.

  206. SlovakHab says:

    Does adthe ever work for you, guys?

    My experience is that it only goes for like 25 seconds before requesting money to watch further.

    Just like now,

    Maaan, I don’t want to miss this game..

  207. JF says:

    Ridiculous.  It was nowhere near as bad as the second period last night or any of the periods against Jersey. Let’s see if they can have a strong second period, but it’s their second game in two nights.  I thought they looked a little tired at the end.

  208. J.J. of Turku says:

    Good thing Luongo’s hairgel works as a helmet too?


  209. HFX-HabFan says:

    Works for me.  I know sometimes it’ll require a specific video player or something, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything on adthe that asked for money.

  210. habs4real says:

    guess he’s not God after all.

  211. SlovakHab says:


    Maybe in North America, they have different policies. In Europe and Asia, Adthe doesn’t work without paying.

  212. SlovakHab says:

    Hey JJ! Where are you watching the game?

  213. petrov14 says:

    Okay, im digging deep now lol

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  214. J.J. of Turku says:


    I’ve purhcased that ESPN-Center ice…

    Problems with stream?

    One of my friend watches games via “justintv”… I’m not sure what it is… 


  215. ross says:

    Bookmark that one. Exou has a better feed that the ones on ATDHE anyway, even without the prompt to pay for things.  :)

  216. SlovakHab says:

    Same result as adthe, but quicker to refresh when it stops and asks for money.

    Well, thank you very much for the effort. Will patiently watch it here.

  217. petrov14 says:

    One more, last one in my bag o tricks

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  218. 21BIGGionta says:

    lol the west island of Montreal….its a little rainy…but still ! i want my channels!

  219. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I had to buy a 30 inch dish but I get all my Bell channels and I love it.

  220. petrov14 says:

    Gotta hit the net!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  221. petrov14 says:

    Ahhh It was blocked. my bad

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  222. Habscore says:

    Fourth game of the week and the boys don’t look tired at all.

    Love the constant motivation .but they seem a bit lost out there tonight….

    They’ll put in 1 soon!!!!!!!

    ………………………………………………………………. YES HABS CAN!!

  223. Exit716 says:

    Nothing happening again on the PP.

  224. HFX-HabFan says:

    Subban might need to practice that point shot…a) the wind-up takes too long, and b) it’s not hitting the net.

  225. Wayne says:

    Nice drive by Hamr, Subs – take note – keep it low and hard… keep the windmill to a min

  226. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Subban looks like the young Vlad Guerrerro out there – the way he’s hacking away at that puck.

  227. habs4real says:

    too bad he breaks his stick every time he shoots.

  228. Harani says:

    One word – SUBBAN = FASTTT! Damn!

    “It must be love!”

  229. Bill says:

    Hope the Habs can pull it out. You can’t win ’em all, and they’re due for a loss, but at the same time, the Panthers aren’t exactly a powerhouse. If they can get back to outshooting and outskating the opposition this one’s in the bag. Otherwise …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  230. Bill says:

    Granted Boston is awesome this year, but at the same time, you never know with those two teams. It’s like Habs vs Leafs, both teams always play each other tough. I think the Habs will give Boston trouble this year, personally. I certainly hope so, since the only game I’ll see this is year is the Habs in Boston in February!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  231. Harani says:

    We’ll be fine. Tim Thomas is our b*tch!

    “It must be love!”

  232. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    They will bow down in awe of our greatness.

  233. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I don’t think they’re as bad in that aspect as last year. They’re stumbling a bit tonight, but they have played at a decent level so far. That’s an improvement on last year.

  234. Habscore says:

    LOL !! You got that right!



  235. petrov14 says:

    @ Slovakhab if you google “hide your ip address” you should be able to get a program that lets you watch CBC streams. Thats how I use Hulu and other major american network TV streams.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  236. petrov14 says:

    I also have this link for ya as well

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  237. scrowe21 says:

    he broke his stick once, and broke a florida stick with his shot

  238. Johnny_D says:

    Habs looked tired in the 1st, busy week seems to be rearing its ugly head…


  239. Wayne says:

    Just shoooot

  240. SUMO says:

    gomez u had a burst. take it to the net!!!!!!!1

  241. MikeMcLaren says:

    So how do they call a winner on that faceoff that just ended in a tie?


  242. petrov14 says:


    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  243. Wayne says:

    Good hustle 52

  244. Fansincebirth says:

    drive to the net boys!!!! WTG

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  245. JIMVINNY says:

    WHAT A GOAL!!!!  Darche takes it to the HOUSE!!!!

  246. Danno says:

    Darche allright momma!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  247. HFX-HabFan says:

    The Junkyard Darche.

  248. MikeMcLaren says:

    And in Hamilton, Ontario Ryan White weeps…


  249. Johnny_D says:

    Yeah baby, better start to the 2nd…

  250. Wayne says:

    Wow – our D-zone coverage is a little suspect tonight.

  251. HardHabits says:

    Bob Cole is so slow he’s calling plays from last game.

  252. Fansincebirth says:

    AK is a bear out there

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  253. Wayne says:

    Price possibly the worst puck handling goalie (on some nights anyway).

  254. JIMVINNY says:

    Quite the opposite.  He’s rather adept at handling the puck.  it’s his decisions that are sometimes questionable.

  255. Wayne says:

    Having another strong game. He’s looking like the winger we hoped for.

  256. oshawahabsfan says:

    Likely the largest reason for the teams success thus far: a much improved bottom six

  257. pmaraw says:

    thats hilarious!  back to back games, good timing!

  258. le_vrai_jacques says:

    like shooting it in the crowd?

  259. Johnny_D says:

    Price is not handling the puck well tonight. Time for him to make simpler plays… Just leave it there for the D, man.

  260. HFX-HabFan says:

    He’s not always consistent, but most nights he’s on, and I’d put him just under Brodeur/Turco/DiPietro.  He’s certainly above average.  Halak made me more nervous when he’d wander out to play the puck.

  261. Habscore says:

    And why are we Ole Ole Ole-ingg??? In what occasion?? Jeezzz…



  262. Shiloh says:

    Price is playing far better this year, but puck-handling is not his strong suit.

  263. pmaraw says:

    reading all your comments i missed about everything since the last commercial, thanks a lot sholi!

  264. pmaraw says:

    I saw that tho!  WTG PRICE!!!

  265. Big Bird says:

    I used to do the same gig you do based out of YHZ/YYZ (10 years ago).  Respect.

    Make sure you don’t pick up the phone with crew sked during the game.  :) 

  266. Habscore says: know the deal!! Nice to see an AC brother here..:)



  267. 21BIGGionta says:


  268. JIMVINNY says:

    WHAT.  A.  SAVE.

  269. Danno says:

    That’s what they call end-to-end action.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  270. HFX-HabFan says:

    Booth is one of the fastest guys in the league.  Nice to see him back after Mike Richards’ destruction of him last year.

  271. Clay4bc says:

    That was a F**KING great save!


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  272. Chuck says:

    Hopefully that save changes the momentum.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  273. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Well that stop was as good as scoring a goal.

  274. RGM says:

    Time for another big stop!

    *edit* Damn. Speed kills.

    Go Habs Go!

  275. petrov14 says:


    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  276. HFX-HabFan says:

    Spacek wouldn’t have had to do that if Hammer had gotten that puck in deep.

  277. Big Bird says:

    Too many breakaway chances.  No question it’s a penalty shot.

  278. petrov14 says:

    DAMN! I thought Price had it

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  279. Harani says:


    “It must be love!”

  280. 21BIGGionta says:

    its because Price had a line of drool off his helmet…it just threw him off

  281. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Booth is talented.

  282. JIMVINNY says:

    F*ck. Sit Spacek.  I don’t give a sh*t that he’s a vet, Picard is way better.

  283. Danno says:



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  284. HabFanSince72 says:

    Terrible play by Hamr.


  285. Exit716 says:

    Great decision by Hamrlik to stickhandle through four Panthers at centre ice. Idiot.

  286. HabFanSince72 says:

    Nothing to do with Spacek. That was Hamr’s mistake.

  287. MikeMcLaren says:

    That Booth really *is* fast!  Sheesh!  Not right at this moment, but in general, I’m glad he’s still playing.


  288. ross says:

    That was a completely boneheaded move by Hamrlik.. skating straight into three Florida players was supposed to accomplish what, exactly?

  289. HFX-HabFan says:

    Booth is the only pure goal scorer this team has.  If he can stay healthy, he’s a 35-40 goal guy.

  290. 21BIGGionta says:

    yeah well him too 😉

  291. Bob Barker says:

    Why did Hamrlik decide to go full retard

  292. ross says:

    Yeah Spacek didn’t do much good either, but he wouldn’t have been in that position if not for Hamrilk going for a stroll.

  293. Harani says:

    Cammi trying too many fancy plays tonight. Two games in two nights…keep it simple!

    “It must be love!”

  294. 21BIGGionta says:

    because half wasn’t effective enough

  295. Wayne says:

    Time for the equalizer by the pluggers..

  296. punkster says:

    Boone’s right. Fancy pants passing is a burden.

  297. pmaraw says:

    those 2 breaks and the penalty shot by booth was a version of the classic rock paper scissors tactic, in best 2 out of three you go rock 1st 2 times and then on the 3rd time throw scissors as by this point our opponent thinks you’re going rock again.  booth went right 1st time, looked like it the 2nd time as well, then… penalty shot throws the ole scissors… err goes left on price.  I saw this coming and was praying price would cover his blocker side, but oh well, we’ll get it back.

  298. SUMO says:

    habs looked the tired team and the panthersthe restedteam. guess higgy didn’t take the boys out to st catherine’s st last nite.

  299. Johnny_D says:

    Why do Hamrlik and Spacek play together? They share a brain, and it often cramps.

  300. Big Bird says:

    Is the tandem of Spacek/Hamrlik is a $8M salary cap hit per year?  If so…Wow.

  301. 21BIGGionta says:

    Did they not learn from Darche’s goal? Dump deep and Crash the net….dirty goals are better than fancy plays

  302. Shiloh says:

    Yeah – you could get one centre for that – Gomez.

  303. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    Subban is very impressive, works his butt off every night

  304. Big Bird says:

    Totally forgot that.  Thanks for reminding me Shiloh!

  305. 21BIGGionta says:

    Is booth a habs killer?

  306. pmaraw says:

    higgins diving?  guess he learnt something from kovalev >.<

  307. pmaraw says:

    okay so he dove over the knee…. lol

  308. punkster says:

    So many good chances just not clicking. But they’re forcing the Panthers to make as many mistakes as the Panthers are forcing us to make.

  309. Yeats says:

    Sure he is. It’s hot in that gear!

  310. topher5468 says:

    I guess it’s penalty shot night, the rangers just scored one on the Leafs

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  311. Former Jets Fan says:

    and the Isles have one vs. Philthy too!

  312. HFX-HabFan says:

    Bleed, Darche, bleed!

  313. petrov14 says:

    I dont think Bob Cole has a clue why FLA got that first penalty, he called the play as off side

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  314. MikeMcLaren says:

    He had NOOOO idea.  None at all.  It’s amazing how he even follows any of the play.


  315. Fansincebirth says:

    here we go!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  316. Habscore says:

    Time for a Dirty Stinky Sticky goal…. Doesn`t matter who, how, what puts it in..!!!



  317. Wayne says:

    I agree, Subban should have gone for that knee.

  318. Johnny_D says:

    I’m watching the damn Panthers TV feed, it’s all I can get over here. They’re going nuts about the reffing :)

  319. Shiloh says:

    Nowhere near a TV – Who’s 5 on 3 – us or them?

  320. linp says:

    Jaroslav Spacek is so slow he is now worse than MAB.

  321. Fansincebirth says:

    I only got one look at the replay but I think it was a nice hip check by Subban, not a knee on knee hit

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  322. Yeats says:

    Don’t worry. Brian McCabe is due for a Maple Leaf moment before the third is over!

  323. Danno says:

    Okay. Time for a garbage goal. A nice greasy one.

    Who will get it?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  324. Fansincebirth says:

    5 on 3 for us

    “Without the strength of thepast, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  325. Fansincebirth says:


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  326. Harani says:

    1:26 5-on-3 when we come back, we don’t score, I think this one’s done!

    “It must be love!”

  327. banjopickinghillbilly says:

    what’s up with the music tonight???….maybe explains the play ,just scary, tomorow is holloween afterall

  328. Danno says:



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  329. twilighthours says:

    Man I’m furious with Hamrlik right now.  He’s playing in a tight hockey game where (I’m certain) the coaches are begging for safe play thru centre ice, and he decides to dangle?  Man what an awful play.  A seasoned vet should never make that play – one I would expect from Eller or Subban.  Just ugly.



  330. gumper says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing some juggling of first two lines in the third. Cammi is way to soft and seems disoriented tonight. Enough with the weak-ass stick checkin. 

    Also, Carey should stop handling the puck tonight. He hasn’t got it goin’ on at all.

  331. Johnny_D says:

    Soooooo … Halak let in 3 in the 1st period.  Now I know why the lovers aren’t filling the board with Halak this and Halak that comments.

  332. habs4real says:

    I wish Spacek would take a long walk off a short pier. he’s awful and needs to be sent ala Redden to Hamilton for good!

  333. gumper says:

    Another thought about the power(less) play. Screen is set up too late. The goalie is always square to the shooter because our guys aren’t creating enough of a screen to make the goalie lose track of where the shot is coming from.

  334. pmaraw says:

    halak is doing good, has 2 shutouts, it was a good trade for both teams.

  335. The_Salted_One says:

    they look tired tonight…   maybe JM should have changed the lineup and got some fresh legs on today. 

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  336. HFX-HabFan says:

    Bryan Allen has soiled the bed with some glaring giveaways in his own end tonight.  Hard to believe he was a fourth overall pick who was once compared to Pronger.

  337. Exit716 says:

    He doesn’t come off the books even if he’s sent to Hamilton because he was signed as a 35 plus player. Really poor signing by the Gauthier/Gainey tandem.

  338. Bob Barker says:

    Let’s not say things we can’t take back. MAB’s defensive ability is beer-league level. 

  339. Harani says:

    Mario Tremblay says Habs landed in MTL at 2:30am. 

    “It must be love!”

  340. Exit716 says:

    Does anyone find that Scotiabank commercial with the smug yuppies really annoying?



  341. christophor says:

    gomez. 6 shots.

  342. Mike Boone says:

    No one is worse than MAB

  343. habs001 says:

    islanders tired too 6-1 flyers..need one goal on this pp

  344. Yeats says:

    Spac needs to lay off the suds.

  345. zak says:

    send gomez to the dogs and free up some cap space just like TO did with Jeff Finger

  346. Wayne says:

    Don’t forget – big 5on3 comin up

  347. SUMO says:

    and the donuts

  348. Exit716 says:

    Did they get off the plane yet?


  349. Johnny_D says:

    Don’t wanna be negative, but if they don’t get one on the 5-3 they’re in sh@t

  350. showey47 says:

    and maybe do some squats,situps and pushups.

  351. punkster says:

    Hey Brian. How are you?

  352. Yeats says:

    Good, just very busy.

  353. HFX-HabFan says:

    4 forwards and 1 D to start the five on three…interesting.

  354. Fansincebirth says:


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  355. JIMVINNY says:

    Gionta is absolutely snakebit.  That is 2 he should have had.

  356. showey47 says:

    how did that not go in?

  357. Exit716 says:

    Nice game from Saku Gionta tonight.

  358. Chuck says:

    One skate in front of an open net, and Gionta hits it.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  359. showey47 says:

    even higgins might have possibly buried that one.

  360. christophor says:

    if i see another missed net i’m going to bite my finger off.

    also, gio gio gio…

  361. Habscore says:




  362. Harani says:

    Panthers playing the NJ trap!

    “It must be love!”

  363. Fansincebirth says:

    have the refs put their effing whistles away or are they waiting to call one on us??

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  364. Ali says:

    enjoy your seat on the bench for the rest of the game Lars

  365. ross says:

    I guess the latter…  :\

  366. Habscore says:

    Well… the boys don`t look tired from this week..but I gotta say the Panthers D is doing good tonight….

    ………………………………………………………………. YES HABS CAN!!

  367. The_Salted_One says:

    exactly what just happened…   un real.

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  368. JIMVINNY says:

    Total BS.  Let the panthers murder our guys in front, and call the first infraction the habs commit.  F*ck you, ref.

  369. christophor says:

    you called it.

  370. zak says:

    Time to look at some video of last years PP

  371. zak says:

    Time to look at some video of last years PP

  372. Yeats says:

    The way he plays, Gomez should be making 8 million Turkish Lira!!!

  373. Wayne says:

    Yup, U called it

  374. Harani says:

    It’s BS. They get away with so much and Eller gets called for that?

    “It must be love!”

  375. Ali says:

    ive never hated a player on my team as much as Gomez

  376. Johnny_D says:

    Wow what a bullsh!t call

  377. punkster says:

    We don’t have the accurate howitzers to score from the blue line. So many miss the net and they’re telegraphed hours in advance. Move in, get in the goalie’s face, quit trying to make the perfect pass, throw it in there.

  378. stephen says:

    A little confused as to why Markov wasn’t manning the point on the 5-on-3…

  379. punkster says:

    You’re not very old then I take it.

  380. SUMO says:

    Gio has Higgy’s curse

  381. Yeats says:

    I’d rather have The Most Interesting Man in the World centering our first line!

  382. The_Salted_One says:

    I guess they wanted Gionta on instead. that plan worked out quite nicely eh?

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  383. Ali says:

    no no, players have driven me nuts. but i can remember HATING a player, just to my core, on the team i cheer for.

  384. petrov14 says:

    $5,579,967.92 ? (according to Yahoo conversion)

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  385. Yeats says:

    It did. It took the whole night off!!!

  386. Wayne says:

    I gotta say too… I don’t really want to but for the $$ he’s getting, Gomez just blows

  387. Exit716 says:

    Eller had to get on the scoresheet somehow.


  388. pmaraw says:

    just think. if we get a sh goal our pk’ers will be scoring as much as our pp.

  389. Chuck says:

    Markov in the shootout to win it.


    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  390. Ali says:

    to be fair, you don’t put him out on the 5-3, kinda asking for it.

  391. HabFanSince72 says:

    You need to chill.

  392. Bryan says:

    Cammi, hit the goddamned net.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  393. Harani says:

    Cammi keeps missing and it’s really frustrating!!!!!

    “It must be love!”

  394. Yeats says:

    They must have issued new currency since the last time I looked several years ago?

  395. Ali says:

    what, i have to like arrogant, overpaid players? thats a sign of maturity i suppose. gionta’s not scoring, but trying, gomez just speedsvthrough the neutral zone and turns it over at the blueline.

  396. pmaraw says:

    is your daughter a lumberjack?

  397. petrov14 says:

    lol Japenese Yen is pretty worthless, lets pay him in that!! 8Mil = 99,570.60

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  398. Habscore says:

    Badaboom wooopss my bad.



  399. Habscore says:

    Anybody knows why Gomer has a semi-black eye??


  400. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    No, she’s a Great Dane.

  401. Yeats says:

    Yep, in 2005: The main difference is the new lira
    has 6 less zeros.

  402. Exit716 says:

    Because he sucks?


  403. petrov14 says:

    HA! quite the difference.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  404. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If that’s what you think Mutt then the Habs are gonna win tonight!

  405. habs001 says:

    this game shows why we would have much more problems vs the flyers…lack of size

  406. HFX-HabFan says:

    This will be the game right here.

  407. Harani says:

    Ok…Andrei time to show what you got!

    “It must be love!”

  408. petrov14 says:

    Okay PP, all will be forgiven with a goal here.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  409. Yeats says:

    One thing hasn’t changed. We tend to suck against really sucky teams.

  410. punkster says:

    Finally…here it is.

  411. Wayne says:

    Brainfart Weaver – we JUST gotta score on this one???

  412. Yeats says:

    It’s time for the old defective twig play! Do it now JM!!!

  413. Exit716 says:

    Christ, Bob Cole is out to lunch.

    They’re offside..oh wait it’s icing.


  414. SUMO says:

    Gomer softest $8mill player in the league. perimeter player.

  415. Yeats says:

    Well, it could have been worse. They could have played the Leafs.

  416. Habscore says:

    With all due respect, for the gazillion time it`s not the guy`s fault he paid that much!!

    He can`t score as much as the team can`t hit the net on a flippin PP!!!`

    ………………………………………………………………. YES HABS CAN!!

  417. zak says:

    Cary should stop handling the puck so much; he’s just causing problems

  418. Johnny_D says:

    Wow. I stayed up to 2:30am for this…

  419. Fansincebirth says:

    the ghosts are on a break tonight, no luck at all

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  420. Bryan says:

    Absolutey embarrasing


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  421. Mr.Hazard says:

    Good save, terrible D

  422. petrov14 says:

    Crap, thats all folks…..

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  423. Fansincebirth says:

    say goodnight Gracie

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  424. HFX-HabFan says:

    I hate pointing fingers, but Hamrlik has cost us those last two goals.  Some very poor decision-making from a veteran D.

  425. Clay4bc says:


    Our power play (or lack thereof) is killing us…

    And that was a bad time to give up a goal.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  426. JIMVINNY says:

    That looks a lot more like last year, with our d-men creating chances for the other team.

  427. Exit716 says:

    Figured they’d lose this one.

    It would be nice if the Two G’s showed up for a change.

  428. Harani says:

    OVER! Good Night Folks!

    “It must be love!”

  429. C3P1 says:

    aaaand AK46 goes back to his dr. jekyll and mr. hyde days


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  430. Xtrahabsfan says:

    The wheels have fallen off the Bus! ……… 1st star: Volcun

                                                                   2nd star : Volcun

                                                                  3RD star :Volcun

  431. ross says:

    Distressingly bad defensive plays..

    Hamrlik again decides he likes hanging around the Florida guys more than his d-zone, and we end up with a Florida player alone in front of a goalie who had to sprawl to make the first save.

    So that’s two goals because of brain-dead pinching by Hamrlik.

  432. Chuck says:

    Is there a good time to be scored on?


    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  433. topher5468 says:

    Was just thinking the same thing, Gio and Gomer need to get it going, Cammy needs a goal too. It’s hard to complain but this game was winable

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  434. showey47 says:

    nice initial save by price,bad pinch by hamr and a weak defensive play by ak

  435. Harani says:

    Just that kind of night! Oh well….just one game!

    “It must be love!”

  436. Exit716 says:

    Funny how Kostitsyn always draws the ire of Boone. Hmmm…How about the human quote machine Mikey C actually hitting the net for a change or Gionta and Gomez contributing something.


  437. Habscore says:

    It`s one game guys!! Don`t trip!! 6 points out of 8!!  2 nights in a row..!!!

    ………………………………………………………………. YES HABS CAN!!

  438. Barts says:

    Good thing we got Markov back to help out with the PP.

  439. pmaraw says:

    I still liked how our team looked and competed, maybe some twinks needed, but markov looks like hes jumping back in like he played yesterday.  we havent lost yet, but so far our only losses have come after long layovers, ie. summer – toronto, 4 days off – nj and tb.  now we lose one on the 2nd night of a back to back?  perhaps, but if these are the games we lose, there should be a lot more wins this year.

  440. petrov14 says:

    We miss the net soooo much

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  441. habs4real says:

    softest player period!!!!!!!!!!

  442. Yeats says:

    Yep, he really cut down on the shorties!

  443. mdl says:

    No kidding.  They don’t call it an ambush game for nothing.

  444. Clay4bc says:

    How about when you are up 7-1 with 20 seconds left in game 7 of the cup finals?


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  445. mdl says:

    What do you expect when he has to play with Spacek who has been\, and was again tonight, the habs worst defencemen.  Time to sit him, who cares how much he is making.

  446. Clay4bc says:

    That sums up that sequence nicely…


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  447. Clay4bc says:

    But it’s more the terrible power-play that the one loss. This poor play has been going on every game so far, and they need to correct it. We could have easily won this game with even an average power play.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  448. Jbird says:

    Yeah. When that happens I don’t seem to mind. . . . . . . . . .

  449. twilighthours says:

    So every other time is a bad one? 

  450. showey47 says:

    its in the wrong order,but you get the idea.

  451. Clay4bc says:

    Now where did I say that?


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  452. habstrinifan says:

    But you gotta admite he MUST try and earn IT!


  453. Bryan says:

    Markov’s been bad tonight


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  454. Mr.Hazard says:

    Beautiful PP…. I mean, PK.

    Wait a second….

  455. Wayne says:

    Gomez is dead weight

  456. Mr.Hazard says:

    0-1 with Markie in the lineup.

  457. Harani says:

    4 games in 6 nights. 2 games in 2 nights. 6 points out of  8. 41 shots on goal. Let’s say that the loss of Game 11 won’t keep me up all night!

    Bring on the Jackets!

    “It must be love!”

  458. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    G and G line is just pissing me off now. 11 games, get your god damn head into it.

  459. HFX-HabFan says:

    Ugh.  I know it’s their third in four nights, but it sucks to lose to a team that will likely be taking Sean Couturier with the second overall pick in June.

  460. pmaraw says:

    comic relief, leafs game.

  461. SeriousFan09 says:

    Guys, this was all my fault, went out to dinner with visiting family and couldn’t wear my 4 Ws in a row 15-16 CA Jersey, jersey rotation was broken and Habs snap their winning streak.

    It won’t happen again, promise.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  462. SeriousFan09 says:

    Holy crap, what a revelation! You mean to tell me they strategize in the NHL to shoot high on goalies where there is the least coverage?

    Nobel Prize for this man right here.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  463. light_n_tasty says:

    It looked like the PP FORGOT that it had Markov tonight.  Markov would get the puck and everybody was like “Oh right, we have a PP quarterback now…so what are we supposed to do again?”

  464. twilighthours says:

    Gionta and Cammalleri need to wear a sizeable chunk of this loss.  How can Gionta not score from 2 feet out with only a defenseman’s skate in the way?  And how many great chances did Cammalleri have where he missed the net?

    This was an even-up game and our best players didn’t show up.  

    The waiting game is over for Gionta – he needs to get his head out of his @#@#% now.

    I’m still pissed at Hamrlik for the needless turnover leading to the penalty shot, too.

  465. oshawahabsfan says:

    Goalies night. Vokoun on Montreal, Lundqvist on Toronto. It happens, no need to get our knickers in a knot. However I think Martin needs to devote a whole practice solely to the powerplay

  466. Chuck says:

    That might have been the quietest 40 shots that I’ve ever seen. Lots of rubber at the net, but not a lot of really good scoring chances.

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  467. 24 Cups says:

    He was partly responsible for the 3rd goal which was lights out. Leaving that aside, you’re not going to win many games when you only score once. H I/O fans are going to have to suffer through the trials and tribulations of Hamrlik and Spacek. They will probably run hot and cold all season long. A three man rotation might be the best answer but I can’s see Martin buying into that situation.

  468. tony d says:

    Our D was God awful tonight and pretty much secured this victory for Florida. Spacek and Hammer need some time in the press box. They were without a doubt the ‘Turnover Kings’ tonight.

    Our PP needs a defribillator stat, because it doesn’t have a pulse. Even Markov couldn’t bring it to life. Oh well, I’m sure they’re as frustrated as we are, bad bounces and bad decisions tonight. I guess they were due for one of these.

  469. Harani says:

    And Laffs and Sens get shutout.,,Laffs get shutout 2 games in a row. 

    “It must be love!”

  470. gumper says:

    No chemistry tonight. Third game in four nights will do that to you. Vokoun made some key saves. Wideman stopped the tying goal. The played well enough to win tonight, with a little luck, but I guess they ran out. I really wish people would stop with scapegoating Gomez. He hasn’t been terrific, but he hasn’t been nearly as bad as a lot of you would have us believe. Cammi and Gionta haven’t exactly been top shelf either. How come they get a bye? Right, because Gainey decided to pay Gomez too much. Not Gomez’s fault, folks, and constantly moaning about it is not likely to improve his play.

  471. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    He carried the team in 08-09 with 64(?) points.

    If not for him we would have failed to qualify for the playoffs. It’s his first game back.

    Give him time. He IS our MVP.

    If anything, bash Gomez or Gionta to get their heads into it.

    Streak end, so it’s one loss, but they need to start producing.

  472. coachdoug says:

    Not a pretty night…

    Gomez’s contract is getting like that fish left in the fridge a little too long…getting smellier as the days go by…His play this season has been horrible…not sure how we have made it this far without second line scoring…they need to get their sh#t together and put some pucks in the net…

    Overall it was a good week and you have to take all the points you can get when you can get them…Habs did that for the most part this week…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  473. habs_1993 says:

    I must say, Cammalleri is getting to be really frustrating, he can’t score those clutch goals when we need….like…how many times did he have chances and whistle them either wide or high??

  474. TripleX says:

    We have the QB but he has no howitzer to pass it to.  Without a threat from the point the opposition can key on the perimeter play down low.  No one in front of the net to screen or get the dirty goals leaves the PP pretty easy to defend against.  Do they practice the PP?  Does the coaching staff have a strategy for the PP?  Is PG looking for a someone to play the point?  Who knows?  But is sure doesn’t look like it.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  475. Habscore says:





  476. Former Jets Fan says:

    Yeah, over-rated, or rusty from not having played a game since April.  One of the two for sure.

  477. Clay4bc says:

    What about Gomez? Why does the 8 million dollar man get a pass? Just because he didn’t even get an opportunity? He is more to blame than any.

    So is the coach though – the terroble power play cost us the game.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  478. SeriousFan09 says:

    What was the Captain and his pivot doing tonight Steve?

    Predictable, Andrei has a bad game and everyone jumps on him. I was a booster for Gionta’s captaincy but if this is how he’s going to play with the C…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  479. Danno says:

    Well, I fully expected us to win this one and all remaining 71 games.

    But seriously, two games in two nights. Flight landing in Montreal at 02:30 am. To meet up against a rested Florida team.

    Up against a hot Vokoun.

    Can’t blame Price for the loss. The defense committed big errors that cost us.

    Luck was not with us. Several close plays where the puck just would not go in.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  480. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Doesn’t matter when you can only score 1 god damn goal.

  481. Clay4bc says:

    So first game back after a long recovery from a serious injury, and you expect him to be perfect?

    What I want to say is not polite, so I’ll pass.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  482. Harani says:

    SHUT UP!

    “It must be love!”

  483. light_n_tasty says:

    Also evident is that the Geezer pairing should be split up.




    If those are the pairings, the second penalty shot doesn’t happen, IMO.

  484. Harani says:

    Sorry bout that! I’m just really frustrated seeing ur idiotic comment.

    “It must be love!”

  485. 24 Cups says:

    With a whimper, not a bang. Vokoun once again shuts down the Habs while AK46 let’s down the home side (offensively and defensively).

    I’m happy being 7-3-1 but it’s tough to lose on home ice to a team that’s in the hunt for the #1 pick.

  486. ross says:

    “Third game in four nights” is a good take-home line from this.

    It looked like there was lots of desire from the Canadiens players, but just no gas left in the tank. The mental mistakes piled up, so that by the end of the third period we were too mentally and physically fatigued to try and rally.

  487. Former Jets Fan says:

    LMAO!!!! Cherry on Kadri playing in the AHL – “….I don’t know if the reason they’re keeping him down there is they know I want him up here…..”

  488. Komihater says:

    The only way we would have been able to take this game is if we got the lead early and just coasted with a trap and smart hockey. They didn’t so we spent most of the match trying to create anything. That’s how mistakes happen and oppurtunites given away, innevitable though they looked exhausted out there. Too many games they needed a break. Nothing to stress over, i sure won’t lose sleep over this loss, however by the looks of the comments many will. kinda pathetic, usuall dismissive attitude, more than typical on this site.

  489. twilighthours says:

    Who said I’m giving Gomez or the Coach/PP a pass?  All that stuff sucked tonight, too.  

    What I’m saying is that MTL gets in off the plane at 2:30 in the morning, battles uphill all night with gutsy effort, and sees their two best goal-scorers have some great chances to tie the game but don’t get it done.  

    What’s up with that icon and sig, dude?  Why so pretentious?


  490. SlovakHab says:


  491. punkster says:

    Bound to be a ton a whining, blaming and finger-pointing here tonight. I see no reason for that sort of silliness but the regular trash crowd will be out showing off their command of the language as usual.The usual minority of realists and clear visionaries I’m sure.

    On the other hand I look forward to reading what the majority of people have to say about this game. For my part I thought it was fairly exciting, lots of end-to-end rushes and the type of game a fast team like the Habs should be able to win.

    So they didn’t. Oh well, on to Columbus.


  492. solomio says:

    I don’t know what to say about that game. The Panthers are very very good at defensive board play and getting the puck out of their end. We didn’t have much control there.

    I remember 2 Florida goals were off 2 big CP rebounds and that in both instances the goal scorers were free range. Oh yeah now I remember…the penalty shot…. no chance but … if CP stops it perhaps the game changes.?

    I’m afraid that Spatch is making a lot of mistakes and turn overs every game. He looks gassed and not with it at all.

    Yes we ran into Vokoun and even thogh he had 40 shots I feel they were from the perimeter. We missed a lot of goal mouth opportunities. Thats the way the puck bounces.

    2 points gone. Sad. Very tough week coming up.

  493. habs001 says:

    most of our games will be tied or one goal games in the third…thats why i keep saying our record of 7-3-1 could be 11-0 or it could be 2-9…one bad bounce .one bad play or pp may make the difference between a l or w…if this is the type of team you are you may get wins in a row but just as easily lose games in a row…for this team the most important thing is to make the playoffs makes very little if any difference if we finish first or eight….

  494. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – We had our chances to tie it in the final 7-8 minutes but couldn’t finish off our plays.  Andrei missed at least three chances (falling down) and then shite the bed on the 3rd goal.

    It’s a long season and we’re still in good shape.  I just wish it had been any other team besides a bottom feeder.

  495. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I wasn’t trying to be mean bud…

    were you being sarcastic?

  496. TripleX says:

    AK46 let the down the home side?  What?  Do you expect him to be the offensive star every single game?  Maybe the G&G line and Cammy can take some of the load?



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  497. says:

    One of them Nights, oh well.

    Submitted by Chuck on Sat, 10/30/2010 – 17:33.

    What kind of school did you go to where 7+2+1=11?

  498. punkster says:

    Best we not engage the fools on a night like this. Must be the werewolf in the dawg coming out.

  499. Exit716 says:

    Really? Gainey didn’t pay Gomez that money, he just inherited the contract. I guess you’d rather have the fans vent on Carey Price then? Gomez is paid to produce more points than Halpern and Darche and so far he hasn’t. He deserves a ton of criticism.


  500. twilighthours says:

    Man, I’ll defend Andrei on that last goal.  With 3 minutes left and eveeryone pinching and pressing, odd-man rushes are going to happen.  He hustled back, tried to make the play… goals like that happen sometimes.  

    They should never have been in position to need to press that late in the game.


  501. SlovakHab says:

    I never like to see the Habs lose, but the team really looked tired tonight. And Vokoun was very good.

    Some games will just be like that. I am not overly concerned about the team just because they couldn’t get it done tonight.

    However, I am thinking that our D is pretty old and perhaps we should try to inject some youth by a trade.

    The Czech duo is sometimes all right, but I am thinking that if they look tired at the beginning of the season already, the future outlook doesn’t look too bright. How will they play in March?

    Any thoughts on this or realistic trade proposals for either Hamrlik or Spacek? I think either would be pretty valuable for a team with a very young D corps with some need for veteran mentorship. 

  502. 24 Cups says:

    I was focusing on the last ten minutes. I totally agree the 2nd line is putting a lot of pressure on the team. I shudder to think what might happen if a top line goes down to injury.

    Gionta as captain? I’m not going to judge a guy after ten games. My vote was for Cammy and you also have to wonder if Pleks might have been in the running. In the end, all three are good choices.

  503. Clay4bc says:

    They are obviously for people like you…

    LOL…have a nice evening.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  504. punkster says:

    AK wasn’t the only one who had chances but it’s in the books now so no use crying over it. Let’s see how they come back next week.

  505. Exit716 says:

    Really? Kostitsyn let the team down defensively? Wow. Awesome. I’m pretty sure I saw him hustling his ass off in all three zones tonight. Why not blame the tired old Czechs for the loss. That’s the real story. Idiot Hamrlik deciding to go one on three for the turnover and Spacek being well, Spacek which is the definition of a Gainey free agent signing, useless and overpaid. But if it makes you feel better to blame Kostitsyn go ahead. Don’t mention I’ve never met a Mic I don’t like Cammalleri and his dipsy doodling futility.


  506. 24 Cups says:

    Good point.  A team never should  expect to win a game in which they score just one goal (on home ice).

    I only singled out AK because he missed 2 or 3 great chances in the last 7 minutes. 

  507. SUMO says:

    Your points are noted. However, Cammi is getting his chances. Hes a streaky scorer, and his chances will come. Gio looks to be in a bit of a fog but you notice him every shift.

    However, for Gomez. Has he played like hes interested? How many times have you seen Pleks storm up and down the ice, or win races to loose pucks?

    Gomer is a goodplayer but he is not playing like he cares. Where is his play making? Hes also a giveaway machine. For nearly 18mins of ice and PP time you want to see some contribution. Anything. Its a tragedy to watch.

  508. SlovakHab says:

    I think the same applies for the whole NHL.

    Any team can beat anyone and the standings will be very close at the end of the season. Remember Philly and their Stanley Cup finals appearance? They barely made the playoffs after the regular season.

    Considering that we regularly out-shoot our opponents, our goaltending is solid and our 5-on-5 play has improved, this team isn’t too bad. We need to respond in 2 departments, mainly toughness and power-play. It the improvements are made in those 2 areas, we could have another solid season.

  509. habsfan0 says:

    The book on Price in the NHL is shoot high on him. I’d estimate that 95% of the shots that beat him are when he’s on his knees prematurely and shot goes high. I’m surprised Habs’ goaltending coach hasen’t  straightened him out on this.

  510. twilighthours says:

    Well, Clayton Paul DeGeorgio, you’re obviously a d!ck.

  511. zak says:

    Hey Gainey how do you like your signing of Nomez.Put him on waivers and him send him to the dogs because that’s what he is

  512. Shiloh says:

    Can anybody answer this: If a team picks up Souray or Fingers or Redden do they only absorb half the cap hit for this season or for the length of the contract?

  513. Exit716 says:

    You waited up until 10pm to post this?

    Shit. I hope the rest of your day was more productive…Next!

  514. habsfan0 says:

    Actually,it wasn’t. I’ve got the flu.

  515. Clay4bc says:

    Hammer did miss training camp with an injury…maybe he will get it together. Don’t know what’s Spacek’s excuse though.

    It’s great to think we can trade our underperformers, but who would want them at this point?


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  516. HabFanSince72 says:

    The problem is if we want to trade them because they are old and tired, the other teams will also know this.

  517. habs001 says:

    i agree thats why i believe it will make little difference where we finish as long as it is a playoff spot…the pp will be a huge key and i believe that will get going…scoring in the nhl looks like it is getting harder and harder…

  518. HabFanSince72 says:

    Only half.


  519. Shiloh says:

    This is a great site for hockey discussion on virtually subject except Price. They’ll swamp you with negativity for daring to suggest he isn’t heaven-sent. Every time I suggest he goes to his knees too early and too often I am bombarded with lectutres on the butterfly, notwithstanding that butterfly goalies go down with their legs splayed – unlike Price’s full-communion kneel.

    That being said, he is much better this year and full value for his record.

  520. 24 Cups says:

    The full term of the contract.  Half on recallable waivers.

  521. habs001 says:

    we need one more d with young legs like pk that can carry the puck out of our zone…too bad weber has not shown that he can play at the nhl level…

  522. SlovakHab says:

    re-entry waivers: half

    other way: full

  523. Shiloh says:

    I know it’s half, but for the entire length of the contract?

  524. gumper says:

    No, Gainey traded for Gomez, contract and all. And as far as venting on Carey, where did that come from? I try to make a habit of not “venting” on anyone. I don’t find it a very useful thing to do.

  525. SlovakHab says:

    the entire length of the contract

    And please no Redden or Finger. 

  526. Clay4bc says:

    Right you are…


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  527. gumper says:

    So you believe Gomez doesn’t care?

  528. Clay4bc says:

    Please, call me Clay.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  529. Shiloh says:

    Thanks. Makes you wonder if any of these guys is worth it to a team. Souray, if he is ready to play in February, might cost only $500,000 for the rest of the year – but he’s so injury prone – and he would cost over $2 million for another couple of years.

  530. SlovakHab says:

    I don’t see anyone good within our system. However, that Picard guy was all right.

    And O’Byrne? He’s still pretty young and has the size. I was hoping we could develop him into Hal Gill II.

  531. showey47 says:

    Hamrlik and spacek were my biggest concern over the summer. I was hoping one of them would be moved to put us in the volchenkov,paul martin etc… derby on july 1st,spacek was my first choice to be moved. It would be tough unless we take some big salary back unless they are moved to teams with plenty of cap space. Though more expensive hamrlik would probably be easier to move because his contract expires this year. I don’t see anybody willing to take spacek considering he has another year,unless its for another multi year bad contract like souray’s.

  532. 24 Cups says:

    Hamrlik has one year to go and I doubt there would be any takers until the deadline.  At that point in time, we would need an experienced Dman so what’s the point.  Spacek has two years left on a +35 contract.  I can’t see anyone picking up 3.8M a year on this guy.

    Souray, Finger and Redden are all in the same boat (Redden’s contract is brutal).  I say we tough it out and try and keep Picard and O’Byrne until we hit the playofs.  Why give up another 2nd rounder when you already have the guys here? 

    We can always go shopping next summer if we need another defenseman.

  533. Former Jets Fan says:

    A pretty fast-paced game, but not quite as well played by either team as the Phoenix game.  Several pretty freak occurences – two dangerous but inadvertent stick-swings hit Habs square on the noggin.  Subban gets away with a pretty blatant knee.  Refs swallow the whistles for long stretches only to take them out again when one of the teams get overly complacent.  Booth gets stonewalled by Carey on a breakaway, then gets a second opportunity a minute later.  Anyone-but-Spacek might not take a penalty there, and Booth gets a 3RD!! chance to skate in alone, this time, with no back-pressure, and a beautiful move executed at full steam proves to be the game-winner.  No goal-scorer in the league would miss a third opportunity like that.

    Sadly, the difference – and this isn’t blaming, just fact-stating – was Gio missing not one, but two tap-ins early in the 3rd.  If he makes just one count, I would have liked the Habs’ chances in a 2-2 game from that point on.  If Gio isn’t gonna contribute some goals, he might be well advised to learn a new phrase or two to appease and distract the impatients.  “Whee, sate oon dayboot de sayzone deefeeseal.  Eel pho allay oh feelay eh puhtetra les boo von veneer.”  Frankly though, I don’t recall Cammalleri catching this much flak when he had his slow start last year.  When the flodgates open, I guess (and that applies for trolls AND goals).

  534. SlovakHab says:

    I was hoping we could give more ice-time to Picard and have Hamrlik and Spacek rotate as a 7th defenceman to give them more rest and have them fresher as the season progresses.

    However, as Boone has stated several times, you don’t usually do that to a respected veteran.


  535. SUMO says:

    Can you think of ONE contribution in any game this season that hes made a difference or a significant contribution?

  536. HardHabits says:

    It’s the Pulitzer. I get the Nobel for all my work with the HIO trolls.

  537. Chuck says:

    Full-communion kneel? Care to check the video and re-assess your comment?

    Centre Hice: Suck on this, Leaf fans.

  538. Former Jets Fan says:

    He flashed the leather tonight.

    And neither of the three goals tonight was a result of the situation you’ve described. 

  539. Shiloh says:

    Care to re-read my post and reassess your response? I never said anything about tonight or even this year. It was the worst part of his goaltending last year and the year before – and he isn’t doing it this year – although I’ve missed about 5 periods.

    But it really doesn’t matter – my point was simply if you dare to criticize Price, the “experts” here go nuts.  

  540. Bill says:

    Agree with most of that except Gomez. He sucks. Dead weight. Salary Cap death. You could have three good players for what he costs. If I were the wicked witch of the west, I would write “RETIRE GOMEZ” all over the sky.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  541. HardHabits says:

    Cammy missed the net twice on clean shots fom the slot.

  542. showey47 says:

    gio’s was the worst. i don’t think the defenseman even had a clue what was going on.

  543. habstrinifan says:

    Not if we dress them up right. My wife was old and tired and I bought her a bright red dress, fishnet stockings and some black lipstick and traded her to this young one with fresh legs. Her TOI is outta this world.

  544. habstrinifan says:

    Cammi has been top shelf.

  545. SlovakHab says:

    So what’s Tim Thomas’ save percentage and GAA after tonight’s game?

    Like 98% and 0.1? lol

  546. SeriousFan09 says:

    I want the Habs to go loose on this flopper already, never seen anyone with such ridiculous luck with that lunging crap of his.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  547. showey47 says:

    Enough blame to go around tonight. You could easily start with hamrlik for his turnover which led to the penalty shot goal and getting caught pinching in the 3rd,gomez for not really doing anything,gionta for failing to bury a puck into an open net which would probably have brought this game to overtime and at least 1 point. We had to lose one sooner or later,sucks it had to be against a team we should beat.

  548. twilighthours says:

    That’s pretty much the nuts and bolts of it.

  549. habstrinifan says:

    I think the comments re Gomez are not based on tonight. There is no denying that his play is unproductive. Plain and simple unproductive. And it is the coach’s responsibility to point that out to the player and the player’s responsibility to set ‘remedial goals’ to imcrease his chances for ‘producing’. This is not happening and getting new linemates is not the real answer. A new linemate who takes charge of the line and imposes himself on the line will help. But failing that replacement Gomez must as Gainey once said of Kovalev… Gomez MUST improve his effectiveness with changes in his own play.

    It is same with our powerplay. I cannot believe how many are saying it will IMPROVE when Markov returns. It may! But it is up to the coaches t see that it is ‘unproductive’ and design different schemes for it. You cant keep doing the same thing time and time again futilely.

  550. SlovakHab says:

    Like, score 6/26 on him or something like that?

    Wouldn’t that be sweet..

  551. Harani says:

    Tim Thomas now 6-0, 3 shutouts, .984 SP, 0.50 GAA. That’s INSANE!

  552. SlovakHab says:

    Pretty impressive, huh?

    Moreover, he is also a very solid mentor for Tuukka Rask, who will benefit from this extremely in his career.

  553. Former Jets Fan says:

    Come Remembrance Day, we remind Julien why Flopper lost his job last year.  The Centennial Game all over again (hey folks – isn’t that a nice memory on this gloomy night?)

  554. SUMO says:

    D’Agostini bags another one

  555. showey47 says:

    nope,he got the helper.

  556. king ddd says:

    dang i missed the game tonight how did price do?



  557. SlovakHab says:

    I thought he was solid.

  558. Clay4bc says:

    Price did fine…

    the power play was the main issue. And some weak D.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  559. Former Jets Fan says:

    A penalty shot goal, and the two others were rebounds off of good saves on awkward shots.  He made a couple saves we’d call game-savers if the team had managed more than one goal.

  560. smiler2729 says:

    Markov’s bad luck, hope he breaks a leg!

  561. SUMO says:

    yeah, spoke to soon.

  562. showey47 says:

    either way he is having a good season so far.

  563. BeachHabFan says:

    lots of tired legs tonight, and the prancers took advantage of it with the forecheck, but still – find a barn, Jacques, and see if anyone can hit the side of it. i counted seven great setups that never came close – pleks twice, ak46, gionta, cammy, & subban at least twice. 

    pp is coming so damn close but there’s no movement in the five guys out there, ak46 is standing in front but he’s gotta back into the goalie a la holmstrom. get the flying henchmen out there – darche, pouliot, lappy – and rattle the cage a bit. Hey, can’t hurt, right? (unless one of PK’s high-and-risers clips you on the beak).

    not a great game, always hate to miss out on the points, but 6 of 8 in six days is a good week’s work… 



  564. ooder says:

    in an 82 game season

    playing 4 games in 6 nights stuff like this will happen.

    it’s not even that the habs played bad, its just vokoun was great and the habs lacked the extra effort and concentration to beat the panthers.

    it happens


    88 is the new 23

  565. vegas_habs_fan says:

    We think that once an idiot, always an idiot. (That would be you I’m talking about…idiot)

  566. punkster says:

    Somebody help me out here. Is this an example of dissociative identity disorder or dissocial personality disorder?

  567. VancouverHab says:

    I apologise for intemperate language….

    I still think that Spacek is a valuable player, relative to the younger alternatives.

    I also think that this site erupts in irrational negativity whenever we lose, and measured praise when we win.

    And I think that Gomez is working very hard along with Gionta — massive shots total, & they both clearly want it — and that it’s early days.

    Wasn’t it last year that Pleks was down in production, & there was incessant moaning about needing a better linemate than AK?

  568. Mr. Biter says:

    As I posted after last win, our PP sucks with or without AM. Who is the only part of the puzzle missing from last year? MAB! If not him who else is there out there who we can get fopr $500,000. per season who can score on the PP? Any answers.

  569. BeachHabFan says:

    on another note – what’s the over/under on briere’s pre-meditated high-stick? 2 games? he probably gets nada. god, i hate the flyers…

  570. TripleX says:

    My lineup if I was coach:










    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’


  571. larisalapointe says:

    Don’t know if it’s just me but the main page to HIO is only half there.
    Anybody else experiencing the same? Thanks

  572. Shiloh says:

    At some point they might try AK46 with Gio and Gomer. Even though they would be breaking up a powerful line to do it, it might put the first-line focus back on Cammy as the finisher. A guy like Darche or Moen might fit better with Pleks as opposed to Gomer. I thought Pouliot was the obvious choice to play with G&G (and he still might be) but he seems to be playing better on his present line – lots of speed with Pouliot and Max.

  573. dhenry1234 says:

    No need for people to get all upset. It’s not like the habs are going to go on a 35 game winning streak or something like that. We went 6 out of 8 points this week and thats not bad at all. I’m sure that Montreal will work hard to make sure that they win the next game. To me this game was very similar to the other games the habs played. It was our game we just couldn’t beat a hot goaltender. Patience is key. It’s still early.



  574. dhenry1234 says:

    Anyone notice a lack of Lappiere recently? He needs to step it up and start pissing off some opposing players.

  575. Mr. Biter says:

    Same here.

  576. billylove says:

    Habs Man in NORCAL

    Max could lose a spot very soon, but so be it. Habs may be better off without him. 

    After this short break, they enter a two month period that will be critical. There’s a tough run from 11-9 to 11-24 and then they face a brutal Dec. with 15 games, 10 of which are on the road. Dec. ends with 7 road battles over the last 12 days of the month! In total, they play 28 times in Nov. and Dec. If they can pick up 35 points, they will conclude the year with 50 points and be well positioned on 1-1-11. Reaching a top 4 spot would be realistic and a strong finish would actually produce a shot at the top of the Conf. 50 points on 1-1-11 and the Habs will be looking good.


  577. habstrinifan says:

    Hope they dont do that. Tired of HABS trying to solve line problems without addressing the real issue on the line. Happened with Kovalev too.

    Sit Gomez for a game.

  578. otter649 says:

    Why do you keep making up new usernames – Don’t you have enough already……..

  579. HardHabits says:

    I think Spacek needs a better +/- and Gomez needs to get more assists. Any more brilliant questions? By the way “genius“, is that what you make Eklund look like?

  580. punkster says:

    Good summary Clay. For all the pissin’ n’ moanin’ over individual players the whole team came up short. Tired? Not used to having Markov back? Whatever. We move on.

  581. habstrinifan says:

    Gomez does skate hard, I give you that. He is a fluent effortless skater. But his game has no purpose. One poster here commented that he passes into people’s skates and I am amazed at how true that observation was. The biggest deficiency in his game , and you can deduce it from comments he has made recently, is his unwillingness to accept the ‘sense of pressure and urgency’ a top goal producing forward MUST.

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