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. Fack you Ryan Malone. Fack you.

    Good job by Gorges. That’s not his job though, but great job.

  2. Propwash says:

    They have the technology, they’ve built his knee stronger, better, and faster.

  3. riddler says:

    Is that a 10 gamer?

  4. Chorske says:

    Attaboy Gorges, that was a horseshit play.

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …on Quebec getting and deserving another team …I couldn’t agree more …anyone who lived through that passionate time of the Montreal-Quebec City rivalry remembers how much ‘fun’ it was
    …but what confuses Me is, if I was Geoff Molson, WHY ? would I approve sharing the Quebec market (7 to 7.5 million people) with a new Nordiques team plus Ottawa within 150 km of Montreal east & west ? …why would Bell want to share this market with Pelodeau ? …or Molson beer with whatever beer competitor Quebec City signs-on with ?
    …Toronto and Buffalo, NY can veto another team in Hamilton/Kitchener-Waterloo, and Our Habs have no similar competitive veto ?
    …please explain the logic and business sense of Our Habs saying yes to a relocation of an NHL team to Quebec City to this aging jock out here in the Land Of Lotus

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

  6. Chorske says:

    This is something of a scouting game for me: I have Stamkos, Hedman, and Cole in my HIO hockey pool.

  7. riddler says:

    I’s it gomezs contract year?

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Good news in Toronto, right now Lombardi is #1 centre. Grabo got hurt, Connelly is hurt, khadri hurt, and some other pylon cent reman hurt

  9. Chuck says:

    I think that Gomez has taken more shots this preseason than he did all of last year.

  10. Chris79 says:

    Few times i see Cole pushin people off of Price’s Crease.. when play stops… Righteous.

  11. jo_maka says:

    LJV is maaaaad :)

    I’m starting to think Cammy doesn’t like this rink
    _________________________________
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  12. C_exacte says:

    antichambre in quebec? get ready for a full hour of bergy, bergy!

  13. HardHabits says:

    Haven’t seen that from the Habs in a while. 5 on 5 and they looked like they were on the PP. Then after the puck gets coughed up at the blue line PK gets back and directs Gill to the trailer and covers the man going in. Pretty good execution and on ice communication.

  14. riddler says:

    MSL. Best little man in the game. Maybe ever.

  15. I don’t think it’s possible to not love Martin St. Louis.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Question: …are We playing that good ? …or is Tampa playing that bad ?

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

  17. HardHabits says:

    Was anybody really nervous during Pyatt’s breakaway down the right side?

  18. McKanadiens says:

    Gomez just shot first!!

  19. Propwash says:

    That coulda been fugly……

  20. Everlasting1 says:

    Absolute junk call on Moore.

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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

  21. The ice in QC looks better than 80% of NHL rinks. Give Quebec a team.

    http://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

  22. Chorske says:

    Desharnais draws a PK! On our old buddy Moore.

  23. Habs_Norway says:

    whats up with Engqvist ? since you dont like him, i mean :)

  24. Gerry H says:

    Wow, what happened here? Where did this D come from? Suddenly it’s no longer PK and then everyone else.

  25. HardHabits says:

    Those Habs are such kidders. Playing all those prospects during the pre-season to get a closer look at what’s in the pipes and losing all those games like that. Haha. What a bunch of leg pullers.

  26. habs-hampton says:

    I don’t want to criticize Gomez ’cause he’s playing great this pre-season, but I wish he’d quit using that move where he carry’s it over the blueline, stops and then waits too long and passes it to a TB defender. That move didn’t work last tear and it ain’t gonna work this year.

  27. slapshot777 says:

    Big difference tonight with a more complete team than Thursday night. The Habs with a healthy lineup is as good as anyone in the NHL. I guess Boucher’s master game plan not working tonight.

    I find the Habs have Tampa fustrated tonight, you can see it in their game, their body language and pretty much after every whistle.

    Refs should also be laying the penalties more on crap like what Tampa is doing tonight. I mean Downie that idiot is always with the cheap shot. He seems to have a reputation for doing that crap in preseason. Imagine on the Habs grabbing Stamkos like that. There would be a penalty period. Same with Malone on Price should have been goaltender interference.

    I see Tampa with lots of cheap digs, like Stamkos kicking with Campoli on the ice, whats wrong can use his stick to try and free the puck. Lots of good play tonight from players we need to be good on a nightly basis.

    Habs play like this on any night and they will on most nights come away with a win.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  28. C_exacte says:

    ah classic RDS!! up 4-1 after a 1-6 preseason and what do they bring up??? “we should’ve kept Dumont with the club”

  29. Chorske says:

    Something to ponder: seems to me, the nights we lose, there are six hundred posts. The nights we win, there are two hundred posts.

  30. Danno says:

    Gomez, in 8 preseason games is already at about 30% of last year’s regular-season goal production

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

    • slapshot777 says:

      Gomez will have a great comeback season. You can see it in the way he is playing already. He has a more determined effort to carry the puck in the offensive zone and he seems that he is willing to shoot more.

      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  31. jo_maka says:

    Gomez actually wins face offs, shoots, scores, defends…….I thought that can only happen on PS3.

    No complain, but a huge hope that he keeps up the good work or never remove that rabbit foot implant he stuck in there somewhere, whichever works :)
    _________________________________
    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  32. HardHabits says:

    Martin with Halak two season’s ago.

    Martin never with Lalime.

    Martin with Budaj last night. Boucher with Roloson (not Melanson).

    Martin with Price tonight. Boucher with Garon.

    Show me a good coach, and I’ll show you a good goalie.

  33. Chorske says:

    Quebec deserves a gorram hockey team. I hate to admit it, but.. listen to that crowd. It’s absurd that city doesn’t have a team.

  34. tote-road says:

    When considering the all time greatest Habs players ever to wear the storied #63, I’m afraid I have to give Craig Darby the edge over Engqvist.

  35. McKanadiens says:

    Love the ref’s face on that no-goal. The “I can’t believe you’d even try that” face.

  36. TOEmastro says:

    Saw a ‘diques jersey cheering the habs… Hold on while I push this flying pig out the window
    Olé, olé, olé oleé

  37. JIMVINNY says:

    PK just made Malone his biatch.

  38. LL says:

    Malone reminds me of Marchand, but without the talent.

  39. OneTimer says:

    Malone’s a son of a bitch but i’d love to have him on the Habs

    also: PK’s got some SOLID moves on defense sometimes

  40. Mavid says:

    uh…no goal…assholes..

    second place is just the first loser

  41. Chris79 says:

    lol..that was a goal.

  42. Propwash says:

    So, is Plecky going to be the newest pariah this year?

  43. JIMVINNY says:

    and then a two handed shove on Price. Real classy Malone.

  44. HabFab says:

    Love the Count complaining to Perry… “They just don’t listen, 4 goals before the end of the 2nd. Time and time again, we only allow 1 goal and score 2…that is THE SYSTEM!! Bag skate them tomorrow!!

  45. riddler says:

    Hardhabits. You got sore feet?

  46. JIMVINNY says:

    lol. What a terrible call. 2 minutes for being stronger.

  47. JIMVINNY says:

    palushaj’s best shift of the preseason.

  48. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Cole seems awesome so far. he seems to shoot the a little less flex when he tries for rebound on the pads and when he sees an opening, he really shoots it. Did that made sense? :P

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  49. riddler says:

    Corey Crawford and Carey Price the next two goalies for team Canada in Olympics????

    • SnowManHabs85 says:

      Don’t forget Reimer because he was in team Canada last year who everyone didn’t realize that the other best goalies were still IN the playoffs. lol

      “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

    • Sharks9 says:

      Don’t forget about Luongo or Fleury.

      25 before 14

  50. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Hmm, AK needs to wake up, duno if fighting would be wise tho…
    Where is Cammy, and DD needs to look b4 he passes…
    Really liking Cole and even Campoli

    Enqwist seems so big yet so invisible, 6″3 :S

  51. Chorske says:

    I hate to ask. I hate to be that guy. But anyone with a link to a stream of tonights game?

  52. HabsFanMTL says:

    and no ryan white or moen to drop them

  53. riddler says:

    Things getting nasty out there.

  54. Chris79 says:

    Remember when Gilmour was playin in MTL and Cole scored for Carolina… Cole had his hands up and celebrated in Gilmour’s face… LoL..!!

  55. LL says:

    lmao at the bi-polar disorder we, Habs’ fans, suffer from.

  56. riddler says:

    AK mixing it up?????wtf!

  57. HabsFanMTL says:

    kostitsyn bit off more than he could chew with downy

  58. C_exacte says:

    yeah 4-1!! jacques for jacks…….adams

  59. Mattyleg says:

    How can this be happening to the megamind genius that is Guy Boucher??

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Propwash says:

      After Tampa loses, they’ll somehow magically get the Stanley Cup anyway, such is the power of Boucher……

    • Everlasting1 says:

      No megamind can do anything about coughed up pucks. That’s all on the players, genius.

      ——————————————————————-
      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

  60. twocents says:

    Man, Yzerman really fleeced us on the Desjardins deal. The guy’s a genius. Cedric’s gonna be… oh wait a minute…

  61. HardHabits says:

    It’s only 4-1 after two. Can the Habs hold onto this slim lead. Because you know they are going to go into shut down mode for the next 20 minutes.

    • Mattyleg says:

      That’s right everyone, don’t be dazzled by that silver cloud. It has a dark, dark lining, and I for one am happy that HH has brought it to our attention.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HardHabits says:

        Am I the only one who’s confused by this out offensive out burst. Not the Habs but your comment. ;-)

        But seriously. I am sure JM had a talk with them to settle them down.

  62. riddler says:

    Please note. Gill on the back end breaking up the play and quick outlet. Score!

  63. t1tan5 says:

    Relax, people! It’s only pre-season.

  64. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Y’think there are a few Habs who could learn how to release a shot like Cole? That puck was behind Garon before he knew the shot had been taken.

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  65. stephen says:

    Love that Cole didn’t even look in Pacioretty’s direction for a possible pass. A goal-scorer going in for the kill.

  66. gK_HabsFan says:

    I just wet my pants seeing Max Pac and Cole on a semi 2 on 1 :D

    -GK-

  67. RedLight says:

    Remember 20 seconds ago when people were complaining about Cole tonight?

  68. Everlasting1 says:

    Bolts are awfully generous tonight!

    ——————————————————————-
    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:

      Almost as generous as Halak and the Blues were tonight.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        It’s for the kids. All for the kids.

        ——————————————————————-
        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

  69. JIMVINNY says:

    Get used to that….

  70. OneTimer says:

    ya boyyyyyyyy

  71. Mattyleg says:

    COLE!! Number one.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  72. Propwash says:

    Who wasn’t impressed with Cole?

  73. HabsFanMTL says:

    well its about time, now watch JM put him back up with Cammi and pleks


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