The Canadiens look ready for the opener

Montreal Canadiens' Brian Gionta scores a goal on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon during the first period of play of their NHL pre-season game at the Colisee in Quebec City

POSTGAME AUDIO from Pat Hickey in QC: Steve Yzerman (between periods) | Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | P.K. Subban | Hal Gill | Jacques Martin

PREGAME AUDIO: Tom Pyatt | Guy Boucher | Mike Cammalleri | Hal Gill | Jacques Martin

Unplug the panic button.

Five sleeps till the opener.

Playing without Andrei Markov, Lars Eller, Ryan White and Travis Moen, the Canadiens looked great against a very good team, romping to a 5-1 win.

Carey Price is ready for the regular season.

So is Scott Gomez.

The team looked great in all aspects of the game … including courage, as evidenced by Josh Gorges going after the thug Ryan Malone, who tried to decapitate Chris Campoli

762 Comments

  1. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Nice win. I thought we looked very strong.
    As far as I’m concerned, the rules for elbowing should be adjusted. Elbowing being called when players are not skating, like in a scrum or fighting for the puck along the boards and headhunting being called when the offending player is skating into the hit. Headhunting would get an automatic five, game and Shannyview. Malone is creep and Gorges did fine. A little blood ain’t nuthin’!

  2. kitbeyer says:

    where are all the chicken littles today?

    Oh, out looking for a viable enforcer.

    • Tony McLean says:

      “Viable” should not be the operative word, it should be “Probert.” They should have one of the league’s best ‘tough guys who can really play’ like Fergy or Nilan. In the old days Malone would have been served a knuckle sandwich long before he cheap shot-ted poor Campoli. If you want to be one of the league’s dominant teams you look after your players. Gandhi Gauthier and Mohatma Martin don’t.

      You have two choices: Break Chara’s nose and win or grab your ankles and lose. There are no other choices. Make a choice.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Just finished watching the game on tape!

      Count me in as a chicken-little eating a heaping helping dose of CROW.

      Dont know if team looked great because of the WIN or team WON because they looked great! Euphoria is clouding my brain NOW!

      Gonna spend a great Sunday reading HIO and nodding and smiling.

      Feels good being ‘WRONG’… until opener anyways!

  3. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …any argument saying Malone should not receive Shanahan’s apparent ‘norm’ of 5 games for reckless/intent to hit Campoli’s head is assinine
    …the time and vision, height disparity and body alignments Malone had before his premeditated contact should have told him there was no way the resulting impact would have avoided the head …plus Malone’s last moment emphasis to explode into Campoli tells Me, if Shanahan is consistent, that 5 games is the minimum he will receive
    …that was EXACTLY the type of hit to the head that has to be taken out the game

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • Hab-Q says:

      There’s going to be a an adjustment period for the players just like when they cracked down on obstruction and teams were getting 15 PP’s each per game.

      I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.

      ~Rodney Dangerfield

    • petefleet says:

      Not only that, if Shanny watches the game from start to finish, he’ll see Malone had more on his mind than playing hockey. He was causing sh*t all night, the hit was just the icing on the cake. He’s a dick.

      ******************************************
      I didn’t say you were lying, I said I don’t believe you.

      ***Habs Forever***

    • habstrinifan says:

      I think 5 games is enough in this instance. Malone’s reaction after tells me he was mentally going ‘oops’. If we are to allow players a period of adjustment to the, correctly, severe application of the rules (and that for once is what the NHL(Shanahan) is doin), each instance must be evaluated in context

      5 games would be fine now. I say this so that when a habs player makes the same error..as one will sooner or later.. I can be justified in asking for the same leeway for non malicious-type hits during this adjustment period.

      No less than 5 games but no more!

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Stephen, aka ‘The Dude’ posted: “…I knew this rich guy from India who everyone called King and he once told me that back in the Punjab he would hire all the crooks so as to stop people from stealing from him and never had a problem.”

    …Stephen, I am nominating You as The Poster Of The Night !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  5. Timo says:

    Man, I tell you guys, the only reason Habs won is because MAB took it easy on them. He read Mtl papers following the previous game loss and just felt bed for his old buddies, so he gave them one seeing how it’s pre-season and all.

  6. j2w4habs25 says:

    great win tonight although its just the pre season. But it looks they are ready as a team to take on the reg season :) cant wait.

    Carey Price #31

  7. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Malone gets 5 min. If not Mr. Shanahan is a douche.

    Watch the replay, I am sure Brendan is going to watch the same video if not more. He lined him up, no excuse, exactly what needs to get out of hockey.

    Mike Richards is right, although he lacks it, respect…

  8. habsfan1001 says:

    i will sleep better tonight. I went from panic to oh yeah we r ready for TO big win tonight

  9. Da Hema says:

    Boone:

    Not to be picky, but “unplug the panic button?”

    How does one “unplug” a “button?”

  10. AH says:

    Whats all this about 2-4 games for Malone? If you watch that video review of Smith on Smith, I don’t see a lot different in how Malone pasted Campoli. In Shanahan’s summary, he mentions that Smith was a first time offender, and he gave him the rest of the pre-season and 5 games. Campoli was injured I presume because he didn’t come back, so how can Shanny give Malone less than Smith?

  11. solomio says:

    Look…somebody needed to punch Malone’s lights out. He was looking for trouble all night long. He had free reign over the Habs and he actually acted like he knew it. If someone had nailed Malone earlier in the game that head shot may never have happened.Yes Malone can play hockey and he’s a bully.
    And he has to answer to Josh Gorges. Yes so its hard to find a respectable player who’s 6’3 and 220lbs and can throw ‘em good and contribute offensively / defensively. We still need him regardless. Now I’m not talking an idiot goon I’m talking a good hockey player with whom you don’t want to mess and who will smack down trouble before it gets ugly.Like it did tonight for Campoli.

    “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

    • Chorske says:

      Now I’m not talking an idiot goon I’m talking a good hockey player with whom you don’t want to mess and who will smack down trouble before it gets ugly.

      So NAME ONE magic player with this ability to foresee problems before they happen. Maybe we can get the guy from LOST to design the software to spot those guys.

      • AH says:

        LOL, or get the guy from “Person of Interest” to plug his “machine” into all the games and then let the “enforcer” know who is about to get whacked on the ice, or, who’s going to do it!

      • The Dude says:

        Corske,if you didn’t see what was coming from Malone after the first this is what I’d do if I was you…:a)never ever go hang out at an establishment”Bar” whom is patroned with the crowd from an Ultimate fight production!
        b)Don’t buy land in Arizona from a guy that states it has lakefront!
        c) Don’t ask a virgin on Broad st for a date without your wallet!
        d)Don’t ever buy a 4 banger small car from the big 3.
        e)Never go too war dressed in Nerf!
        f)And never ever expect A hole’s not too pick on you or someone you know…..(if it happens hopefully you’ve got back-up!)…. always be alert!

    • 365fan says:

      I agree.

      I will make the following statement and I ask someone to disagree with it:

      Every Habs team that has one a Stanley Cup has had a member that could stand up to and deter the biggest bully the rest of the league had to offer. Does this year’s team have such a player?

      I really like this team, but my biggest fear is that about March 20th PK, Pleks, Markov, Cammy (fill in the name) is taken out for a season ending injury by a guy that wouldn’t be acting so tough if we had a Nilan, Ferguson, Bouchard, Ewan, on our roster.

      • kitbeyer says:

        Every habs team who won the cup was 18 years ago or more so not sure that is relevant in today’s and hopefully tomorrow’s game. Besides that I agree that I would have liked to have seen Malone get lambasted a lot earlier in the game but not sure I would have enjoyed giving TB a powerplay and possibly changing the complexion and ultimate outcome of the game. People make the argument that we need to get a tough guy because we lose because we get pushed around. No tough guy, one guy did some pushing around, but we won big time.

  12. DEANDALLEY says:

    I just finnished watching the game.

    WTF was up with Malone all night?

    If the goal was called off, why was there not a pentaly on the hit to Price in his crease?

    • Number31 says:

      Be thankful the ref even called that (no matter how obvious it was). They allowed the Oilers to score after two-handing Luongo into the back of his net leaving him flailing like a turtle on its back….

      And Malone always plays like that, especially when he’s on the losing team. Dude’s still stuck in the Junior league.

  13. durocher says:

    What’s the latest on Campoli?

    Someone on our team needs to ring Malone’s bell the next time these two teams meet.

    Gorges is a team guy, but we need someone to clean Malone’s clock. White perhaps?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Short answer is we have no one capable of taking on Ryan Malone 1 on 1. Hopefully the suspension incurred will exact justice and the need for street justice will be negated.

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      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Chorske says:

      Campoli returned to the game. I’m assuming this means he was OK, and that he passed the concussion tests sans probleme.

    • savethepuck says:

      What you are saying is part of the problem the NHL is facing. The retaliority get him back BS has been proven that it’s not good for the game we love. BTW, I was proud of Josh for what he did. but didn’t think it should’ve been neccessary for him to do it.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • solomio says:

        You’re saying Gorges shouldn’t have done it?

        “I figure PG has one or 2 moves left to bring the Habs that extra step closer to perhaps being the best in the league.” – Einstein

        • savethepuck says:

          No, I was saying it shouldn’t of been necessary for Josh to do it, but I was proud of him doing it. It’s the BS we are trying to get out of the game we love.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

          • kitbeyer says:

            It shouldn’t have been necessary because this kind of behaviour should have been weeded out decades ago through harsh suspensions and stiff fines for teams who employ idiots.

  14. Miltie01 says:

    The most disappointing thing about the hit was it need not have happened at all. With seven minutes to go, in a pre season game, when you have no chance of winning, and you are in no danger of losing your roster spot….you have no need to try and really ding another player. A vet like Malone knows that……..lack of class !!!

    • durocher says:

      Well said. Classless play when the game was out of hand.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Shanahan will likely consider it in determining his decision.

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      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  15. C_exacte says:

    et le but x 5!!!

  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    Aaaaah, that feels much better. We saw a near-NHL-lineup on the ice for the Canadiens, and the veterans seemed to understand that it was time to get going. The team played with more resolve and authority. Having a legit goalie in our net helped as well.

    There were nice moments. It was cool to see Jaro Spacek contribute offensively, and that all-around good guy Mathieu Darche benefited. Seeing both acknowledge each other was great. Also great was the sheepish look on Scott Gomez’ face after his ping-pong ball goal, and Andrei’s beaming smile also, before he reactivated his cloaking device and disappeared for most of the game. Obviously Steve Downie’s sensors are of the finest quality, since he managed to find him for a bullspit fight. Mr. Downie must have some modesty, he could have chosen Mr. Desharnais to pick on, but instead targeted a middleweight. Of course, Mr. Downie could claim to have the colour of right, since he was avenging a very late hit by Andrei, whose low hockey IQ was in evidence again.

    Encouraging signs from the lethal Erik Cole, who will hopefully snap quite a few wristers like tonight’s during the regular season. He will be able to accomplish what Benoit Pouliot could not, provide a fast and physical presence on the top line with the ability to finish. Scott Gomez is showing that his conditioning program is paying off, his upper-body strength is obviously improved, based on the shots he took. Last year, his shot was his last option, and it was a fluttering floater that goalies would pluck out of the air as they stifled a yawn. Tonight he took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that was legitimate. He also is no longer routinely curling east-west when he crosses the offensive blue line, he now sometimes goes to the net.

    Aaron Palushaj finally showed signs of life, showing speed and driving to the net. Unfortunately, Andreas Engqvist couldn’t do the same. He should have been checking Vincent Lecavalier on the lone Tampa Bay goal. Granted, that’s a tall order, but it should be something he can accomplish since he comes advertised as a defensive specialist.

    We also saw good things from the Campoli-Gorges combo, these two complement each other quite well. They’re not bruisers, but they are sure-handed with the puck and get it out of the zone quick. We can only hope that Mr. Campoli is not injured badly.

    I heard the Antichambre denizens calling Ryan Malone a goon, to which I have to disagree. He played like the biggest baddest dude out on the ice, which he was. We would welcome such a player on our team. My impression is that he’s a good player who committed a dirty play and will pay for it, but he’s not a habitual offender. I also heard them say the Canadiens need some big tough players who can play hockey. If only we could find a Rod Langway and Mike McPhee on the waiver wire, we’d be set.

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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gomez looks like he has his game back. Important but not completely surprising. NHL players all have a certain level of pride about what they do and can do and Gomez letting his career fade into obscurity at 31 is hardly something I think he would allow to happen.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • Toe Blake says:

      Dude, you have got to be shit’n me vis a vis Gomez. We have fuckin’ miles to go with him!!!

    • Propwash says:

      I hope he keeps it up and redeems himself. He infuriated me last season, but I don’t think he was exactly mailing it in either. There are tons of players that have dry spells and suddenly things go their way again. I’m somewhat surprised that people haven’t thrown Pleki under the bus yet so far this preseason, you know, overpaid, useless, ect ect.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      It was one pre-season game. Hold off on that assessment, will ya?

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      When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  18. Everlasting1 says:

    Seriously, the consensus is 2-4 games? Way to send the message. That’s a slap on the hand and certainly no deterrent.

    ——————————————————————-
    When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      It’s not the consensus people would prefer but due to no prior history (Due to the limp-wristed Colin Campbell) Malone will likely not get that much being a ‘first-time offender’.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Like the consensus here on Chara’s hit. What you all deemed fair on that one. Got it.

        ——————————————————————-
        When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

        “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

        • Chorske says:

          What? Is this English?

          Most of us knew Chara deserved 40 games minimum- or a Bertuzzi-esque “indefinite suspension”. In my darkest thoughts I was prepared to gag down a two- or one-game suspension. I was NOT prepared to gag down what happened, i.e., the league explaining to me (a lifelong hockey fan) that the play I witnessed that February evening was a typical “hockey play”. So if Shanny is doing anything- ANYTHING- to shake up THAT status quo, I’ll raise my glass to him, and say CARRY ON.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          I’m pretty to a man (and woman for that matter) we wanted Chara banned for the rest of the year if not beyond that. Not that you’re really into going with the facts or anything but I thought I’d point that out.

          One of the most reckless and dangerous hits in league history and we were saying we’d be okay with a 4-game suspension? Bull****.

          - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • Everlasting1 says:

            Any hit can be dangerous, and running into a stanchion has been known to happen. Chara’s intent? Who’s to say? But it was a first offense, and you were all calling for his head on a stick. Even called the cops. Perhaps some were biased because it was Chara and the Bruins. Perhaps Campoli is no Patches. Perhaps it’s only pre-season. But don’t let the facts get in the way.

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            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

          • HardHabits says:

            I don’t even think he knows.

          • Everlasting1 says:

            S09 first line? lol

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            When the Hebrew scouts investigate the Promised Land of Canaan and return to discourage the other Hebrews from entering it..”We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” [Numbers 13:33]

            “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    • savethepuck says:

      based on what I’ve seen from Shanny’s videos, that’s what I expect. As a Habs fan I hope he gets 20, but that’s far from reallistic. the guy has never been suspended before and I’ve seen worse hits in the pre-season, thus my unbiased comment

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  19. gohabzzzz says:

    Preseason is like the 1st couple of dates before you decide if couplehood is a good idea. This year, we say yes because the habs saved the best for last (although we would say yes anyways because we love them so much). The season is the ups and downs of the relationship. Sometimes you get to 2nd base or even 3rd base, sometimes you don’t get anywhere. If they get into the playoffs, the couple is ready to move in together because they are just so excited (like Kevin Garnett…anything is possibleeeee!!!!) Now the playoffs makes or breaks the couple. If they get deep into the playoffs, then marriage looms. And the cup would obvs be the baby of the family.

    Divorce will always be an option, but hey guys, we’re habs fans. we aaaalways come back to our boys, no matter how emotionally distraught we become :P

    GO HABS GO!!!!!! :D :D :D

  20. Toe Blake says:

    OK , just got it. What’s tonight’s wank?

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    PJ Stock is a complete douche bag. CBC is chalk full of kife!

    • Marc10 says:

      +50

      I’m glad I live abroad and no longer pay taxes for a biased, stupid network that has clearly lost its way.

      “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different”.
      Andy Warhol

      Go PK Go!


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