Liveblog: Another lead blown, but a Shootout W

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Two leads, actually.
1-0 and 2-1.
It’s that kind of season.

Shootout

Max-Pac: Save

Michalek: Sprawling stick save

DD: Backhand goal

Spezza: Save

Markov: Save

Alfredsson: SAVE!!

767 Comments

  1. Castor says:

    I love Pleks. But I fear that the emergence of DD has make him expendable. Simply because we now have a really small center and an average sized center (Eller) and we need a big one for our second line. Added to which we can probably get something decent for Pleks (+ maybe a pick or prospect or Webber) and we can pay DD much less.

    It’s unfortunate but it’s also the truth.

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …test Me quick for for illegal intoxicants !!! …because I actually thought I saw Campoli look like a real hockey Player tonight :)
    …was it just me ???
    …maybe I should stop sniffing the Mr. Clean bottle on my work counter :)

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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • Phil C says:

      I agree, I thought Campoli played very well overall and the coaches must have agreed because they gave him over 23 minutes. He also seemed more confident. The combination of a short training camp and the injury really set him back. I doubt he is in Montreal’s plans for next year, but he is making it a tougher decision to let him walk.

    • savethepuck says:

      I thought he played a good game too.

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

    • habstrinifan says:

      I hought so too. But then ….

  3. jedimyrmidon says:

    It’s insane to what level Cole-DD-Pacs both as a line and as players carry this team offensively. We absolutely NEED Gionta back and another scoring winger. Then we’d have a pretty solid top 9 group.

    Defensively, of course, we still need that shutdown D on the 3rd pairing to compensate for Kaberle’s mistakes and defensive lapses for next year. In a couple/few years with Beaulieu and Tinordi (and hopefully a guy like Ellis), the Habs will hopefully have one of the strongest D corps in the league.

    • HardHabits says:

      Subban – Gorges
      Markov – Emelin
      Kaberle – shutdown D

      looks good on paper.

      The other areas of concern include as you say the other top 6 forward but also IMO a meaningful 4th line, and by that I mean a real energy line, full of sand and grit, a group that can hammer the opposing D.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, Habs do need a 4th line, but I do think they have a decent one now (certainly MUCH better than the one earlier this year with Weber-Nokelainen-Darche). I think the impact of having White back and Staubitz in the lineup has been tangible.

        I think a line of Staubitz (or a player like him who can contribute a bit more offensively) – White – Darche is pretty good. Now, I know a lot of people seem to want Darche off the team, but I think he’s pretty useful on the 4th line. Good defensively, good on the PK, can chip in some goals (though not as much this year).

        • ProHabs says:

          Darche should never play another game with the Habs if we want to move forward. He should be offered a job as a player/coach in Hamilton. A great role model for the youngins but that has to be it.

    • Bill says:

      I really hate to sound negative, which I do every time someone brings up Tinordi, but … what makes so many people on this site so sure he’s going to be a good NHL player? Convince me, I’d love to be convinced … but he seems like a bit of a long-shot/project to me.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this is first game I watched Erik Karlsson for 60 minutes …the other day I commented PK is far superior defensively, which He is …but I also mentioned I thought PK will also develop into a far superior offensive D than Karlsson
    …I think I have changed My mind :)
    …Karlsson is incredibly gifted offensively, PK is unlikely to match him
    …yet, OVERALL, with PK’s combination of above average offensive skills, PLUS His defensive genius I still think PK is right there with Karlsson, if not overall more valuable

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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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  5. ProHabs says:

    This team is f’ing blowing it. We are officially the Leafs, pressure is off towards the end of the year and they start to win. This really sucks. Middle to bottom of the league type team for another 2 decades.

    • Cal says:

      Awwwwwww, the Habs won again. What a shame!

      • Propwash says:

        Frig sakes, Habs can’t do anything right.

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      • ProHabs says:

        When you think about the big picture and long term, it is a shame they won. All season, when there was an important game (a 4 pointer) this team could not do it and disappointed us. Now the pressure is off and they decide to play some decent hockey. It is easy to play when the pressure is off and there is nothing to play for. Ask the Leafs. These wins are going to ruin our draft pick and give a false sense of the team. The way this team is, it is not very good. They proved that from OCt-March.

        • HardHabits says:

          I hear what you’re saying. PG can turn to Molson and say that the team is not that far off now that Markov is back.

          In which case keeping Markov healthy and protected would be the goal over the summer. That means the Diaz and Weber experiment has to end. It means the 4th line that can kick ass experiment has to start.

          • Propwash says:

            In no particular order, Moen, Staub, and White seems pretty decent to me.

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    • Mondou6 says:

      I think Markov’s return has made a huge difference. He’s really stabilized a wobbly team.

      But yeah, I agree with you. We need the high pick more than these garbage time wins.

      The shootout 2 points are even more insult to injury, given we couldn’t win one before March.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      This team is NOT the Leafs. The Leafs manage to collapse every year. Not so with the Habs who are going through a hellish season – an anomaly. I will not say the Habs have been a contending team in recent years, but they did make the playoffs unlike the chronically inept Leafs.

  6. Gerry H says:

    Man, it just doesn’t get old. Every time RDS replays Cole high-fiving the referee, the guys on l’Antichambre start giggling and this stupid, Cole-esque grin breaks across my face.

    The guy’s a card.

  7. timothy13 says:

    It was a nail biter and the finish was everything and more for this team that can only be proud. Yes, the Habs played well and seemed to get better as the night wore on. Carey Price was excellent in the shoot out. His poke check save in the SO was truly classic!! Now onto Ott for game two. Go Habs Go!!

  8. Laramy87 says:

    Anyone know if Kristo will be playing in Hamilton next year? I dont think he will make the team yet, but is he done his schooling?

  9. habsolutely416 says:

    give erik cole the C..period.

    ill be in the slot ;)

    • Habsolutely says:

      I seriously doubt Cole wants the team to strip Gionta of the C and give it to him. Something tells me the players have a tad more respect for Gionta than folk like you. Keep dreaming though.

  10. 2shoes says:

    You want them to win,they lose!
    You want them to Lose, they Win!
    Enough to drive ya Crazy!!!

  11. habstrinifan says:

    I hated how we sat back after the 2-1 lead for too long.

    Keep Eller! Keep Eller. Have patience ..he will be good. And will be a great penalty killer too.

  12. Bill says:

    So, 2-0-1 with Markov, eh?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  13. HardHabits says:

    PJ Stock is an idiot. Somebody should explain to him the concept of Restricted Free Agent.

  14. habaholic68NJ says:

    We keep up this winning thing and we could end with the eight pick.

    Anyways, that new lazy guy whose name sounds like the swedish chef has no skill or finish and should be put on the third line, along with Larry and LL. He should then simply head and park in front of the goalie letting the other two to cycle and put pucks on the net. I think this would work and hope to see it next season by which time we should have a second line.

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

    • savethepuck says:

      I think after # 1 overall the rest of the top 10 is a crapshoot anyways. Those guys have been fluctuating in the rankings from month to month in the rankings since September.

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

  15. Mavid says:

    #2 pencil? not a HD one? why pre-tell

  16. savethepuck says:

    So the team that sucked earlier in the season in shootouts has won 4 of their last 5 shootout games.

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

  17. Cal says:

    Nice win against yet another playoff team. Hope they do the same Friday and warp more minds here! :)

  18. HardHabits says:

    Believe it or not. The Habs are a .500 team this season if not for their record against the South East division. That is if one counts OTL’s as ties.

    Boston has marginally worse record against the SE than the Habs, but they have dominated the NE by a wide stretch, and that my friends is how you win your division.

    An other interesting observation. Boston is 5-0-1 against the CEN division (the NHL’s strongest division). 11 of 12 points.

    • Cal says:

      Boston will not make it out of the East this season.

      • Muckbringer says:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ERSVtU571k

        Conan: Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
        Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man’s heart.
        Conan: It’s never too late, Subotai.
        Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
        Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.

      • HardHabits says:

        I wouldn’t count them out. I think there is a good chance for an HIO nightmare. Bruins and Blues in the final.

        • Gerry H says:

          I’ve been pumping the Blues’ tires wth my hockey buddies since that 3-0 pasting they laid on the Habs in January. That was the most dominant performance I’ve seen this year. They did everything right. I really think they’ll go deep.

          I think Boston’s mojo is seriously broken and it begins with the confidence they had come to take for granted with respect to goaltending and which they no longer enjoy. It’s positively weird how it’s affected their scoring. I think Pittsburgh is going to be nearly impossible to beat.

  19. slychard says:

    Every time I hear PJ Stock speak his asinine bull in that broken French of his I want to puncture my ear drums with a #2 pencil.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  20. Mavid says:

    Halak doll night in the basement….hahahahaha

  21. Mavid says:

    i am disapointed that Stabby did not take out cement head..hope he is saving himself for Friday..

    • Propwash says:

      They were chirping before afaik. Could go to fisticuffs next game, especially since he was running Price all night.

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  22. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …You know, I WANT !!! that Top-3 draft-choice …BUT ? …in the moment, HOW ??? can Ya not cheer for this Team ???
    …GO HABS !!! …go !
    …(I will save My more rational disappointment that the Weeds are 1 point closer to Our Malkin-clone for da mornin’ …rather like wakin’ up in the mornin’ and wondering HOW ??? I wound up in this bed, …and WHO ??? is this woman laying next to Me ???) :)

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    …the Montreal Canadiens organization and Our Fans, as a whole need to feel this current cold frigid splash of reality, …this process will, hopefully, give Us a long needed sense of humility, not humiliation …and help to revive and renew Our tattered culture of high hockey ideals, and ultimate success in the near future
    …ride the wave, is all We can do as Fans: …Ownership must make the right choices, persevere, and act not talk

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • Muckbringer says:

      i for one dont want a top 3 European pick who cheers for the name before the crest. we will still pick 3-8th and that will be a piece, not a godsend. finish the season strong and go into the next with confidence.

      Oh Friggn Lay!

  23. Laramy87 says:

    I have seen this for the last 5 years living in Toronto, no pressure so the team starts to win.

    If this is how we will play next year, I am okay with that. We are a better team than our record shows, just sucks that everything that could have gone wrong for the habs this year went wrong.

    We will still get a top 5 draft pick.

  24. HabInToronto says:

    Oh boy….we can kiss our draft pick goodbye…..Carolina and NYI have Philly and St.Louis up next…..this is not good…

  25. Adidess says:

    Oh TSN is still showing us in last place, even with win. Woohoo!

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    I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

    • Storm Man says:

      Hmmm funny no manparts and his Halak gang tonight… Must be halak doll night in his basement.

      • Ron says:

        Hahahahahahahahaha

      • HardHabits says:

        be careful lest they have the last laugh at the end of the season

        • Storm Man says:

          How so HH is it Halak ball cap night? oh right sorry about That Halak will need his ball cap come playoff time.

          • HardHabits says:

            St. Louis is definitely a favourite to make it to the finals this year.

            As for Halak, it’s only two season’s ago he was being touted as a Conn Smythe candidate.

            All I am saying is this. If the Blues win the Cup and Halak the Conn Smythe, MA and the Halakites will be all over this web site for quite some time.

            But keep dumping on one of the better players who came up through the Canadiens system, who was almost single handedly responsible for the most exciting play-off run since 1993.

          • English is not a Crime says:

            By going 9-9 with a 2.55 GAA and getting yanked at least once in each of the first two rounds that saw the Habs go 7 games in each round? Ya he had no help whatsoever in that playoff run, whether it be from Cammy with his 13 goals in 19 games or Gomez with 14 points in the same 19 games. NOBODY had anything to do with it except the goalie who was average for a few weeks, but nobody seemed to notice just how average because they were too busy slamming the other goalie.

            By comparison, Price was a game under .500, lost 3 of the 4 games they lost in OT and had a 2.11 GAA last season when the same group complained about how terrible he was. The save percentages between the two were identical by the way. Amazing is in the eye of the Halakaholic

    • habsolutely416 says:

      theyre the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked. -homer simpson.

      ill be in the slot ;)

  26. HNS says:

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

    • Chuck says:

      RetroMikey, is that you?

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    • Bill says:

      Ah, the famous blind squirrel … I feel bad for him, always falling out of trees and such, probably … :(

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    Would love to see Jets make it, but they are running out of games. It would be nice to see the Winnipeg White Out at the home playoff game again.

  28. Chuck says:

    Haha… Sabres snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with less that one second in the 3rd.

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  29. MattZ says:

    Another win, this is not the time to do so… For once I had accepted losing for the draft choice. Maybe its just coincidence, but since the return of Markov the Habs of let in 2 goals or less in regulation in all 3 games. For those ready to criticize Price’s shootout performances, just thought I should mention he has won 4 in a row now, but its always the same recipe. DD scores and Price has to stop them all (except the win against the Pens).

  30. Adidess says:

    A win. Yeeaah!

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    I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

  31. HNS says:

    Eat it Buffalo, just eat it……That’s what you get when you wear the Blues old hand me downs.

  32. ffenliv says:

    Watching highlights from meaningful (in non-draft ways) games makes me sad.

    I was outside today, and it really felt and smelled like spring out there, and that’s something I associate with rabid Montreal playoff crowds.

    Depression, here I come.

  33. Corson27 says:

    Moved up two spots, Laffs will pick before us for sure.

    • Chuck says:

      No worries. They’ll pick the crap player first… or trade the pick.

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      Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.


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