Liveblog: Finally, a W!

PCL-Scotiabank-Place

If you were outside Scotiabank Place at about 10 p.m., you saw a terrified money running through an Ottawa snowstorm.
It was the one that jumped off Randy Cunneyworth’s back.

574 Comments

  1. dgdsgd says:

    http://yep。it/qpmsmn Look !!!,how the nice film pictures !!!

  2. montreal ace says:

    Its great to read some positive comments on the team and the win tonight

  3. sy0409 says:

    finally, a good game! the one thing I’d ask for next game… LEAVE THE LINES! Cammy looked good with LL. Eller looked in step too. At least let the experiment run for a couple of games… other than that, no complaints :)

    congratz RC! many more to come, for sure..

  4. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Honestly could you guys just leave this poor team alone and let them play. I’m very happy for Randy C, because this poor guy got thrown into the wolves by our dumbass of a GM Pierre the monkey…who should have seen this situtation happening a mile away with the francophone media and fans. But now finally after a couple days off and getting to spend some real time with the team instead of using the broken pieces of Jacque Martins system he was able assemble some lines he thought would work well and look what happened?? A WIN! Now yes a couple of them were softies and lucky bounces…but for a team that had all that going against them give them some time to learn how to unleard playing trap hockey.

    Today was the first game I’ve seen Cammi actually skate hard for the first time in weeks (GOOD SIGN)

    Keeping Darche on the 4th line and off the PP (GOOD SIGN)

    PK scoring but being PK (GOOD ENOUGH)

    And on top of that hopefully we can have a legit 4th checking line when white comes back keeping Blunden with Nokka and scratching Darche who I find incredibly useless.

    Good things are coming give it some time

  5. Bill says:

    Looking at the time on ice numbers is interesting tonight: ice time leaders for forwards were Moen, Eller, and Kostitsyn, in that order. AK46 played over 18:00, Moen and Eller over 19:00.

    Max played 11:50. Only Leblanc played single digit minutes, and he was very nearly in double at 9:48.

    These are pretty different numbers than we’re used to seeing.

    No surprise on D as PK and Gorges played basically half the game (about 25 minutes each).

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  6. Un Canadien errant says:

    A new beginning, with a team fresh off Christmas break, or a sieve in goal for Ottawa?

    A return to form for a spirited and proud team, or a dead cat bounce?

    Whatever the correct analysis, this is a breath of fresh air for the team and its fans, and a welcome boon for Randy Cunneyworth who is caught in a difficult situation. The team has been unfortunate quite a few times this season, getting few bounces, hitting posts, and running into hot goalies on a couple of occasions, it’s about time they got lucky.

    Many changes brought in by Mr. Cunneyworth, he rolled the dice on a few hunches and came up sevens on practically all. Lars Eller and P.K. Subban both made their way back onto the lineup, and played a positive role in the win. Chris Campoli was relegated to the pressbox and had a much better game, with no defensive gaffes to his debit. The coach also shuffled his lines, since at this point he has nothing to lose and was trying to find a spark.

    David Desharnais was stripped of his hulking power forwards and thus was rendered ineffective, as many fans contended would happen. He was kept off the scoresheet. He was a measly #2 on the night. Uh, and he also happened to be on the ice for the lone powerplay goal the Good Guys scored. And his wingers Mike Cammalleri and Louis Leblanc each had a goal and an assist. The same Mike Cammalleri who hadn’t scored since December 1. Hmmm, maybe we need to revise our theory that David is only effective because ‘he has Cole and Max’.

    Lars Eller showed some finish, finally, scoring a short-handed goal that came shortly after a Senators goal and may have plugged a hole in our leaky morale. It’ll be interesting to see how long he keeps Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty, the trio is intriguing in its potential.

    Rafaël Diaz chipped in three assists, which were very welcome, and need to keep coming in his case. He can’t contribute physically like Alexei Emelin does, so he needs to bring smart passing and some offence to the table.

    Andrei Kostitsyn was, again, invisible for long stretches of the game, which is inexcusable for a veteran player of his considerable skill. He needs to go on a long productive streak so that when we unload him at the trade deadline his value will be inflated.

    Louis Leblanc, on the other hand, is chipping in some points and plays hard every night, which Aaron Palushaj and Andreas Engqvist were not able to do in their extended auditions with the Grand Club. He is doing his job, which is to make the management team think twice about sending him back to Hamilton.

    Carey Price was his usual unflappable self. I did notice during the first penalty kill that he ably cleared the zone himself all the way to the other end. On the next play, he tried again, but this time was intercepted and this led to a dangerous opportunity for the Sens. Carey needs to continue helping his defencemen by handling the puck, but can’t get lazy about it, the rest of the league can watch video of him and they’re now expecting his long clears through the middle.

    Lots of goals by the veterans who should be scoring, setups by the defencemen, solid goaltending, this team shouldn’t have many more five-game losing streaks.

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    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Bill says:

      It was nice to see Cunneyworth give Eller and PK so much ice-time after scratching them: he sent them a hard message, but then he gave them an opportunity, which is a refreshing change. Obviously they responded well, and Eller looked transformed. If Cunneyworth can get that out of him every night things will be different!

      Loved Leblanc. RC sort of protected him and definitely managed his minutes, but he looked poised and smart. He’s one of those guys who really “gets” hockey more than your average player, and he just makes good plays. The goal was sweet too.

      Disagree about Kostitsyn. He didn’t get any points, but he was effective. RC threw him out in all kinds of assignments and gave him lots of ice, so he must have liked what he was seeing.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Maybe I’m being unfair to Andrei, mostly because I expect so much from him. I know he’s talented and useful, but his slumps and sulks and disappearing acts really grate on me, and I fear he’s going to walk at the end of the season. He wants to play with Sergei? Why don’t we ship him to Nashville tout de suite and get something in return? Like a 6’4″ defenceman with a cannon and a mean streak?

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        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  7. Propwash says:

    Funny how a W doesn’t get a thousand comments, but when a loss happens, the fit hits the shan, and everyone suddenly becomes “instant know it all General Manager” of the team.
    Ride it out until the end of the Habs’s run before giving up on them.

    _____________________________
    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  8. habaholic68NJ says:

    Been a while since the Habs closed a game. Kept pushing for three periods. What a novel concept! Let’s see in RC can keep these guys going.

    *Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  9. Propwash says:

    Terrified money?

    _____________________________
    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  10. Bozo McBozo says:

    Parade routes! Parade routes? Who the hell is talkin’ about parade routes?

  11. JayBee says:

    Nice to finally get a win under Cunney. I do like that the team plays more wide open style. I just don’t know if they have the horses to generate a lot of goals. Still, the team is less boring to watch.

  12. Rad says:

    Randy the Macho Man Cunneyworth pulled this one out of a hat. You can see the players like him and wanted to win for him. Now let’s see what happens in Florida before we start planning the parade.

  13. habscout says:

    Is that “terrified money” the same as a terrified monkey ?! :-)

  14. Bozo McBozo says:

    Huge win. Didn’t see neither a second of it nor highlights, but it had to be huge! Huge I tell you! Epic? Piss off. It had to be Homeric!!!

  15. Phil C says:

    Great first win for Cunneyworth! Lots of positives to build on:
    – 25+ solid minutes from Gorges and Subban;
    – 3 assists and +3 in only 16 minutes for Diaz. This guy was playing in the frickin’ Swiss league last year, now he is a very important part of this team;
    – Eller had a great game. Its amazing what can happen when the coach shows faith in a player;
    – Cammalleri showed a lot of chemistry with Leblanc, and RC was smart enough to finally give him some line mates that match his hockey IQ. If LL keeps this up, the Habs may have some tough decisions when everyone’s healthy as he’s getting better every game. LL has a nice quick release when he shoots, which will serve him well;
    – The Habs blueline is now a little tougher to cross thanks to Emelin.

  16. Ian Cobb says:

    JM’s style of boring hockey is finally over for good!

    Cunny created and played 4 different lines, rolling them all to perfection.

    6 goals from 6 different players.

    He had fresh legs out there for the 3rd period, to hold off the late charge. It was a real treat to see two way hockey again.

    One win does not save the season, but at least we can sleep with a slight smile tonight.

  17. Mavid says:

    you need your wife to learn to love hockey as much as I do and you will be set…and your right “the wife” is very very bad….

    second place is just the first loser

    • Propwash says:

      Yeah, she was right next to me when I wrote it, and she ain’t mad, so no worries.

      _____________________________
      Being negative has its advantages,
      you’re never disappointed.

  18. jmsheehy19 says:

    Stoked about the win, but can we please put Gill and Kaberle together and limit there even strength to 8 minutes?

    Gorges and Subban continue the brunt of the work and Emelin and Diaz play 18-20.

    I appreciate Kabs and Gill’s importance to the PP and PK, but man they aren’t too easy on the eyes 5 on 5.

  19. 86ontheice says:

    I wonder if they will still have the Anglo coach protest planned for the next home game if they win both games in Florida. I really hope Habs sweep Florida just to see if they do protest.

    • Canayens says:

      The scalpers and kids raising funds for their hockey teams will out number them in any case.

      “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.”

    • wall2bay says:

      Those people need a life (and probably a job)!

      “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  20. Propwash says:

    Looking at the video recap on the highlights, Price was an animal out there. The wife wanted to watch the celebrity roast marathon, so I was only able to watch during commercials.

    _____________________________
    Being negative has its advantages,
    you’re never disappointed.

  21. HardHabits says:

    Tampa beat Flyers 5-1 tonight and Florida beat Leafs 5-3. It doesn’t get any easier for the Habs.

  22. deuce6 says:

    When the Habs traded for Lars Eller, I compared him to a Jordan Staal…Does anyone else this potential in him? 2 shorties and is starting to lean on the defender while corralling the puck…

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    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      No. Jordan Staal is a beast. They’re both roughly the same age, but Jordan Staal acclimated much quicker to the league and has been productive, whereas Lars is still all unrealized potential.

      The last game we played against the Penguins, both these guys went into the corner battling for the puck, and Mr. Staal shrugged Lars off like an itchy blanket.

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      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  23. Psycho29 says:

    ERIK COLE IS A MONSTERRRR!

    Sorry….I was channeling Pierre McGuire…;-)

  24. Nina76 says:

    Good game guys.WAY TO GO!!!!! glad for Cunneyworth he deserves, it he has shot the French press down to-nite so SHUT UP. I hope that the coach does not change the lines they seem to work great. CONGRATS CUNNEYWORTH & THE TEAM……………..Let’s beat Florida we have alot of Hab fans there to cheer you on…..GO FOR IT I BELIEVE!!!!!!


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