Liveblog: Barnburner at the Bell, and another L

Habs vs Leafs

Crazy game.
The Canadiens led 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3.
This is a team that can’t stand prosperity.

Mikhail Grabovski wins it in OT.


  1. J.J. of Turku says:

    Come on guys. Win this one. My godson’s uncle lives in Ontario (not a common thing in Finland) and he has a quite strong opinions about the Habs. He did bring me a nice habs t-shirt, but the things he said about the Habs aren’t suitable for the children…

    • icemachine says:

      Lots of Finn’s up in Timmins, and a few more around in other parts. My Great-Grandmother emigrated from Hyvinkaa in the 1920’s

      Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  2. HabinBurlington says:

    Interesting, turn to the world series, and my blood pressure drops, i stop swearing uncontrollably, and my wife says I know longer look like George the monkey from Seinfeld.

  3. dallyd31 says:

    I love Darche…but for what he is…a solid 3rd/4th liner. This is crazy. I don’t get it. No fault of Darche’s though.

  4. Ian Cobb says:

    Great! the 3 stooges behind the bench communicating well with each other, but no one talks to the team. Two bench penalties, no coaching, no power play again. It is going to be a long winter!
    KIRK,KIRK, where art thou!

  5. RC-51 says:

    It’s pathetic we can’t even make any passes out of our zone

  6. Habbu says:

    Grandma may not see so good anymore but she sees good enough to know “the red team stinks”

  7. Danno says:

    Jacques Martin is rumoured to be considering another job offer:!/TwineTales/status/127480195274899456/photo/1/large


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

  8. rogieshan says:

    Perfect night for Desharnais to step up and he’s almost invisible.

    This is the most disoriented the team has looked since Martin took over.

    Is Cole still playing into shape – why else would Martin not use him?

  9. DearyLeary says:

    The Fail for Nail is on!

  10. JF says:

    They look a little better than in Pittsburgh, but they could hardly look worse, so that’s not saying much. Passes are off the mark, there’s little cohesion, the powerplay is a mess, and the penalties are driving me nuts. Leafs will score again early in the third, and that’ll be it. I don’t think a coaching change will make a difference, but JM had better start polishing his resumé.

  11. duffy says:

    This continues Jean Beleveau will be looking for a paper bag.

  12. Coca Cola Kid says:

    We’re going to get slaughtered Thursday night especially with Darche getting first PP minutes

  13. Ton says:

    Something must have happened with Cole. Anyone know. I cannot believe you go out and get a 4 million $ guy and play Darche over him. Absolute bull shit. Anyone know if he had words with the coach. Antichambre suggested he did.

  14. BKAK72 says:

    The whole idea of “must be French speaking” to be a GM and/or coach on the Canadiens is retarded. Hire the best one available. If they don’t speak French who the f*uck cares? Run your business in English and let RDS, La Presse figure it out themselves. This is a professional hockey team for f*cks sake, not a public/political venture.

    DAMN IT!!!


  15. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Glad I decided not to watch. Decided last game that I’m not even going to try and watch this sad team with the count behind the bench. Just out of curiosity I went to check the score online and decided to catch afew

  16. topher5468 says:

    The Monster has more big save than Price. This team doesn’t win unless Price plays spectacularly and hes below average so far. IMO.

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

  17. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Nothing to be said that hasn’t already been. Darche? Really? That’s our PP answer?

    Only silver lining is we’re only one behind with a period to go. I don’t know what happens between periods in dressing rooms, but someone better f#$kin’ stand up and motivate this team. The Leafs aren’t playing well at all. If we play like we care and with a bit of fire, we’ll win this thing no problem. But something needs to be said.

  18. morivera says:

    Let’s go guys, win the 3rd and we take the game. Let’s go!

  19. Danno says:

    Sal was right about Jacques Martin…


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

  20. RC-51 says:

    Think it’s time to get FIRE “the count”!! Any good coaches looking for a job?

  21. Chuck says:

    15 goals in one period under 7 games… and 10 of those 15 came in 2 games.

    That doesn’t bode well for a comeback.

  22. duffy says:

    Why is it this team can never get a natural GOAL SCORER.


  23. Matt. says:

    i remember a few years ago, i used to laugh at my brother ( a senators fan) because of the coach the Senators had.
    the coach was boring and emotionless, and kept a talented sens squad from fulfilling their potential.

    His name was Jacques Martin.

  24. Habzfan says:

    To many men again and again. This just goes to show how much of a connection there is between the players and the coaching staff.

  25. Bill says:

    Haha, looks like Boone had enough …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. HabinBurlington says:

    Is it written in COle’s contract he can’t play power play, will that last sequence end the Darche PP experiment, INQUIRinG MINDS want to know?

    • The Big One says:

      Absolutely no clue why Cole isn’t playing more, especially on the PP.

    • southbound says:

      Cole looks lost in JM system, seems to always be looking around wondering where he should be positioned in the neutral and defensive zones.. Its killing his game..
      We need more energy on the 4th line.. ( white ) someone to come off the bench and land 2 or 3 good hits per shift..
      Keep forwards off the point on the PP!!!

      • showey47 says:

        Its not hard to play defence in your own end as a winger. Its about the same in any system,you cover the point between the defenceman and the net and try to keep everything outside the slot area. I have no idea what JM’s issue is with giving cole such little ice time.

  27. tote-road says:

    ” I love Darche, but …”

    Me too, but having Darche on your power play would be like using Engqvist on your fourth line.

  28. Sheldon says:

    This team has no jam whatsoever! And, that buffoon behind the bench couldn’t coax a turd from an incontinent dog’s ass in the depths of winter.

  29. habsolutely says:

    I have to say, I’ve seen a lot of Booth here in Florida. He is a dandy hockey player.

  30. Sharks9 says:

    Put Cole on the freaking PP instead of Darche!

    He won’t score a goal this year if he doesn’t get any ice-time.

    25 before 14

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Gustafson comes out to start the second instead of Reimer
    …let’s one-up-them, …I saw JM slithering into the tunnel …and hoping for a more than pleasant surprise of seeing Kirk Muller leading Our Team to the bench to start the third ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  32. HardHabits says:

    I hear rumbling in the distance…

  33. PureGuava says:

    I have to think that win or lose tonight we are watching Martin’s last game behind the bench.

    2 too many men on the ice penalties!
    The one Center (Eller) that has generated any offence tonight banished from the anemic power play.
    This has to end.

  34. Lancer says:

    Darche on power play instead of Cole–totally ridiculous!!

  35. kempie says:

    Mr. Boone said it recently, and I’ll paraphrase but it bears repeating: It may be too early to really panic, but Geoff Molson will be on the phone first thing Monday morning with some questions and Mr. Gauthier & Mr. Martin should start thinking of what their answers might be.

  36. Jdub1985 says:

    I hate Darche but…… he can’t make most teams in the league cause he’s not good enough. But he’s good enough for JM the master of all things such as choking with the Sens, destroying the Panthers and now scribbling on a piece of paper. Maybe we need to put an accent on the E in Cole so JM thinks he’s French.

  37. Captain aHab says:

    What a collection of morons RDS has assembled this year.

  38. C_exacte says:

    For the love of God, bring us back the Expos!!!!

  39. Taipei 101 says:

    I gotta tell ya, I haven’t been this frustrated with the Canadiens…EVER!!!
    Please change the coach. Any team that takes too many men penalties at a greater percentage than they score on the power play needs a serious wake up call. Hell, I’d rather have Ron Wilson as a coach…am I NUTS!?!?

  40. Bill says:

    Comment 666?

    EDIT – just missed but I’ll take the ’69 …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  41. 1010 says:

    What’s with Pleks? He looked like he was out for some public skating on that breakaway.
    It’s like his head isn’t in it at all.
    Are they trying to fire the coach like Philly did a couple of years back?

    GO HABS…

  42. avatar_58 says:

    The effort is awful by certain players here. They grab momentum then proceed to pass like AHL’ers and miss second chances.

    Shit is going to hit the fan if they lose, so wake up

  43. JayBee says:

    Martin should be fired for the PP alone. Why do Darche and Desharnais get so much PP time? Where’s Eller or Cole? Why even get Cole if he’s going to be used like this?

  44. DEANDALLEY says:

    This a way beyond pathetic now! Way beyond!

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  45. Martin are you Fuc&ed in the head??

    Darche seriously??!!

    I am sooo close to jumping on the Fire Martin bandwagon.

  46. DOAHABS says:

    Can we play the rest of the season in Winnipeg please

  47. Captain aHab says:

    Darche must have photos of JM at Chez Paré. FFS.

  48. Sheldon says:

    I still can’t understand why they didn’t name Darche captain!

  49. danhabsfan says:

    why is Darche on teh PP??? Please, someone explain this to me.

  50. NorthernHab says:

    They need a smoke and a beer during the break.

  51. Jdub1985 says:

    JM – Muller = 0 for ……………………………

  52. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the MuppleWeeds are playin’ like …well, The MuppleWeeds
    …and the score is 3-2 MuppleWeeds
    …kinda says it all, huh ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  53. Captain aHab says:

    Please find someone who can win a draw cleanly.

  54. stephen says:

    No Darche on the first wave? That’s the last straw.

  55. Danno says:


    Time to put the cork back in the popgun.



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

  56. DOAHABS says:

    Is that ref crazy ,he just called the leafs for one…..

  57. NorthernHab says:

    Bad call, but I’ll take it

  58. gmd says:

    jM better put Cole out on this power play

  59. zozotheclown says:

    Please no momentum killing PP… please…

  60. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Duno, we play better on 5v5 than PP, i think getting a PP is only going to reduce our chances of scoring

  61. HFX-HabFan says:

    We’ve actually been carrying the play the last five minutes. Time to finally get one on the PP!

  62. Bill says:

    More Power Play Futility brought to you by JM … where is Darche …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  63. twilighthours says:

    Another 2 minutes of frustration.

  64. Remi says:

    Max-Pac just hasnt been the same since his injury…

  65. scavanau says:

    Eric Cole… Paging Eric Cole. Please report to the game.

  66. DEANDALLEY says:

    Will pleks ever score a goal again?

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  67. dallyd31 says:

    this is a bad team beating a terrible one

  68. Jdub1985 says:

    can’t buy a goal cause the habs dont fight for second chances

  69. twilighthours says:

    Desharnais line is terrrrrrrrrible tonight.

  70. Sheldon says:

    I am coming to believe that JM is single handedly making a tanking inevitable!

  71. Habbu says:

    Maybe JM & PG should both go. Try something different….open up a Fishing Lodge together

  72. JayBee says:

    can’t score in the dirty areas. Too small, too soft.

  73. immortalhab says:

    What?? How do we not score when the passes are only two feet off the ice??

  74. habsolutely says:

    holy crap, is that Moen or Lemieux??

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