Liveblog: Game 29: Budaj wins on the road again as Eller, DD score in Shootout

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Crazy game

Two defensive teams, right?

The Devils and Canadiens combined for five third-period goals before Lars Eller and David Desharnais secured two points in the Shootout.

With the Canadiens aheda 1-0 on Brian Gionta's first-period goal, the home team tied it up and took the lead on third-period goals by Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder.

Then after Eller made it 2-2, P.K. Subban put the puck on Patrik Elias's stick and the Devils' veteran made no mistake.

A 3-2 lead with 66 seconds left on home ice?

Over, right?

Wrong.

With 37 seconds left, Desharnais deflected Gionta's shot past Cory Schneider to send the game into overtime.

After being beaten by Reid Boucher – playing in his first NHL game – in the Shootout, Peter Budaj made saves on Travis Zajac and Elias for the W.

New Jersey outshot the Canadiens 34-30.

On to the Shootout

Max Pacioretty had his stick explode on him while steaming toward the NJ net in OT.

Brendan Gallagher hit the post behind Cory Schneider.

The Shootout

Boucher (first game in NHL): Goal!

Eller: Goal!

Zajac: Save

DD: Goal!

Elias: Save!

Dull game goes nuts

Four third-period goals?

Crazy!

After Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder made it 2-1, Lars Eller broke out of a slump with his eighth of the season.

With 66 secopnds left and OT looming, P.K. Subban coughed up the puck to Patrik Elias, who snapped it past Peter Budaj.

Then with Budaj on the bench, David Desharnais deflected Brian Gionta's shot past Cory Schneider.

On to OT

Scoreless second

No goals, but New Jersey enjoyed long stretches of puck possession.

Shots were 10-7, the Canadiens' total boosted by a late-period flurry that saw Cory Schneider get lucky on a Tomas Plekanec blast.

The opposite of Monday

The visiting team outshot the guys in red jerseys 13-9.

And the Canadiens got a lovely goal by Brian Gionta, off a perfect feed by Daniel Brière. It was the first goal on Cory Schneider in his last three home starts.

The goal came after NJ's Eric Gelinas rang one off the post behind Peter Budaj.

It's déja vu all over again

For the second time in three nights, your Montreal Canadiens play New Jersey.

This time the game will be in the Devils' home barn, the Prudential Centre in Newark.

Other than a different locale, little will change.

As has been the case for decades, New Jersey will play disciplined defensive hockey. They will minimize errors, take away the middle of the ice in their zone, frustrate their opponents and anaesthetize fans.

It almost worked at the Bell Centre Monday night.

The Canadiens won 3-2 despite being outshot 30-17.

(And if you thought that was impressive, how about Dallas beating Chicago 4-3 Tuesday night while being outshot 50-18.)

Good piece on George Parros

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750 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    Aye Captain!

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  2. adadi says:

    Briere sure can pass the puck. Yeeha.

  3. RockinRey says:

    Nifty pass by Briere!!

  4. Samovich says:

    beauty pass!!

  5. ffenliv says:

    That was one. slick. pass.

  6. Propwash says:

    Wow that rang off the iron loudly.

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  7. temekuhabs says:

    I don’t mind a guy standing up for his teammate, but there is WAY too much fighting in retaliation for a clean hit

  8. ABHabsfan says:

    Matt Moulson would look good playing LW on the Pleks line. Just throwing that out there

  9. ffenliv says:

    I like Prust, but the league should take steps to eliminate fighting over clean hits.

    What’s Prust standing up for there? No one is going to think twice about laying a big, legal hit over a meaningless fight like that.

    • Samovich says:

      i agree completely, the best way to ” stand up for you team mates” is give a solid clean hit in return

    • icemachine says:

      Janssen hit Prust late just before that. Janssen was definitely looking to stir stuff up

      • ffenliv says:

        But why engage him? Why give a guy from the other team what he’s looking for? Shouldn’t, be definition, the Habs be avoiding things the Devils want to do?

        I’m largely opposed to fighting in hockey, but I keep myself back just a teensy bit from ‘ban fighting!!’, to allow it as a tool to punish the league’s true arseholes.

        Galchenyuk might appreciate it, but it’s not going to do anything. Jansen has been hitting and fighting his entire career. So all that Prust accomplished there was getting one half-assed shot in on Jansen’s chin. He’s going to keep doing it.

        Fights after good, clean hits accomplish *nothing*

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    Prust sure does stand up for his teammates. I can only imagine how much Galchenyuk appreciates, respects Prust.

  11. Samovich says:

    I don’t understand a fight after a clean solid hit?

  12. habsfaninboston says:

    Good on Prusty.

  13. Danno says:

    In Prust We Trust

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  14. NLhabsfan says:

    That was a long tilt.

  15. slyCH says:

    Prust wasn’t gonna let that one go.

  16. Reflektor says:

    Boone, your buddy Ward says P.K. doesn’t belong on Team Canada. He says Subban is nowhere near being on the Olympic team. You think he has credibility?

  17. habsfaninboston says:

    Scary pass by DD.

  18. HabinBurlington says:

    Is this game in Toronto? Lots of empty high priced seats to start the game.

  19. Samovich says:

    Drunk cameraman?

  20. Et le but says:

    Have a tepid feeling about this one
    Hope they are not looking ahead to tomorrow

  21. Dave Jones says:

    Emelin is excellent. Say what you will about the DD signing, MB certainly has done the right thing with number 74.

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Bill, here is an interesting breakdown of goalies drafted and the success rate. The stats seem to say if you are going to draft one, your highest success is 1st or 2nd round picks.

    http://ingoalmag.com/news/team-team-breakdown-nhl-goaltender-drafting/

  23. The Puckhound says:

    Just catching up on today’s new. Michael McCarron didn’t make the USA juniors. 9 points just didn’t cut it.n Did the Habs make a mistake…he’s not tearing up in the OHL!…. Maybe Anthony Mantha was a better choice??

    Go to the net and keep your stick on the ice!

    • Chris says:

      Not necessarily, but I think McCarron made a mistake going to London in a Memorial Cup year. There was just too much depth on that team and too much focus on hosting the Memorial Cup run for the Knights to be as patient with McCarron as they were with Tinordi. Hurting his shoulder also delayed his development significantly.

  24. jols101 says:

    Go Habs Go!!!

  25. Et le but says:

    On the road the Habs PP and PK is no. 1 in the league

  26. icemachine says:

    If anyone needs a feed, this looks good

    hockeyreality.com/stream04.html

  27. JayK-47 says:

    Hey Boone, maybe Frankie Boo is appreciative he has a place to play and a 2 year contract that he may not have had otherwise. I think “grateful” might be the word.

  28. Hobie Hansen says:

    The Poll question is a tough one. I hate Marchand because he’s a dirty little weasel, I hate Thornton and Lucic because there was a time they’d bully all our players and we had no answer for them. I hate Chara because there’s still nobody with an answer for him.

    • adadi says:

      Marchand is a weasel and Chara is a dirty player. I still cannot believe some of the stuff he gets away with. Lucic seems like a good guy but sometimes his emotions run away with him and he does some stupid stuff.

  29. monmick says:

    Nobody wants to say it but if PK doesn’t make Team Canada it will be because people (Yzerman, Babcock and company) are afraid he will not be accepted in the room. PK is not liked among his peers — some would even say the most hated player in the league. Even among his teamates, PK just rubs people the wrong way…

    To be politically correct, Babcock, Yzerman, MacKenzie and others say that it is because he is “too risky”, “the coaches don’t trust him”, “not sound defensively”, “there are too many other great right handed Ds”. Those are only excuses and code for what they really think: PK is not liked by the other players and he would be poison in the room.

    I personnaly think that that is a load of Krap, but truely believe that that is really what is behind this whole controversy…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • kempie says:

      Eventually, these people have to accept that it is desirable to have the best dman on the planet in your room. Even if he is one of the Russian guys in Goon, skullf***ing the goalie’s helmet, it’s worth the trouble.

      Now, PK strikes me as a pretty good guy and probably a really good “room guy” so long as he’s in YOUR room. If he’s in the other room, well, it would be real easy to dislike him.

      And that’s what I think. These people hate PK because he’s just that OMFG good. And he’s not on our team. Not race, not the chirps but he’s just that frighteningly good.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      “PK is not liked among his peers — some would even say the most hated player in the league. Even among his teamates, PK juat rubs people the wrong way…”

      Monmick, hopefully that’s just a theory. If not please cite a source or point towards some kind of evidence (other than the thinly disguised speculation of media).

    • Chris says:

      I have my doubts. Subban’s best friend in the NHL is John Tavares, who will certainly be on Team Canada. People hate playing against Subban, but I think the off-ice dislike for Subban is overstated.

      Team Canada had no problem finding room for Corey Perry last time around, and that was the year before he won the Hart Trophy. I have an awfully hard time believing that NHL players respect P.K. Subban any less than Corey Perry, and Subban’s got that shiny trophy on his mantle going into the selection process.

      If some of the usual suspects were tearing it up and Subban were struggling, I could understand leaving Subban off. But Subban is playing as well as anybody right now, and he’s no riskier on the ice than Doughty in 2010 or Pietrangelo this season. Pietrangelo was a train-wreck defensively for much of last season, forcing the Blues to bring in Bouwmeester to stabilize him. I would put Bouwmeester on the team LONG before Pietrangelo gets considered.

    • adadi says:

      Sorry guys but this is all code for racism. PK is the most exciting player in the league bar none. On open ice there is not another D that can even come close. This is BS.

      • monmick says:

        My theory does not exclude racism, but I don’t think it’s the only, nor primary, reason…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          You have a theory — which can include racism if needed — to explain something that hasn’t been established. You do realise, right, that by treating it like it’s something real, rather than as the cheap media-driven nonsense it is, that you will make it seem real to the kind of people who don’t question these things.

          • monmick says:

            How much evidence do you need? Sure the SI article is an opinion piece, but surely there is some truth to it.

            Was PK disliked by some of his teammates on the Habs initially? Didn’t some coaches take a long time warming up to him, and thus teated him unfairly?

            Sure, the media tends to overplay some of these things, but to simply discount all of it as totally unfounded is simply turning a bind eye to a legitimate issue…

            ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      So by that logic Sid shouldn’t have been on the 2010 team. After all, everybody hated him too.

      • monmick says:

        Ever hear of Crosby being disliked by his teammates, or of creating problems in the dressing room?

        Also, where is the evidence that “everybody hated Crosby”? Calling a star rookie, who yaps too much, a cry baby just doesn’t cut it…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  30. kempie says:

    “Sportsnet says the Canadiens may be sniffing around a deal for Paul Stastny.”

    Because having eight centres just makes sense.

    Stastny, Plex, Eller, DD, Galchenyuk, White, Bournival, Briere

    • Chris says:

      Pure rental. Galchnyuk won’t be a centre this season, and neither would Bournival.

      But I agree…this deal only makes sense if they are also looking at dealing one of their centres (Desharnais? Eller?) for more goal scoring help.

      I’m more concerned that Stastny is just another playmaker on a team that has a surplus of playmakers and a shortage of snipers.

      • kempie says:

        Yeah, if it was for DD and to shed the team of DD (freeing up that C spot) and load up for playoffs then I’m good with it. But, I fear that for Stastny they’ll give up more than just DD and that’s where it might get sketchy.

        • Chris says:

          It wouldn’t be for Desharnais. The Avalance want wingers or defencemen. Desharnais would be a secondary deal.

          So you’re right that it would cost more than just Desharnais, but who knows what multiple deals could bring in. I doubt that this is really in the works, because Montreal has been so good at keeping their deals away from the media before they happen.

          But I do think that Bergevin is going to go for it this season if the Habs get through the road trip in good shape. The East is wide open, although I still think Boston and Pittsburgh are the elite teams. If Montreal could add some scoring wingers and/or stalwart rental defencemen, I think Bergevin serious contemplates that move even if it is expensive in terms of assets.

          • Dave Jones says:

            I agree! It’s obviously a smart approach to plan for the future, to build through the draft, to be patient with assets, etc. But this is the NHL, in the age of parity. It’s irresponsible not to adjust your plan if you suddenly find yourself with a top-tier team. And the Habs this year might just be that. Have to be open to making moves, and paying the price.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Sportsnet says “We get to show all the horckey games next year!”
      “Sorry, that should read “all OF the horckey games.”

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  31. HabFab says:

    Luongo tweets Henrick…

    Strombone – You sure about this @HLundqvist30 ???

  32. likehoy says:

    @Boone, That Suarez kid is something special.. also a total jerkoff like Brad Marchand.

    My team (Manchester United) look more confused out there than a John Tortorella team. Champions League football or David Moyes has to go!

  33. Dunboyne Mike says:

    The poll.

    Would Bill or anyone else share this view of Chara? A player upon whom the red mist descends, after which he does not control his formidable rage. This does not make him any less despicable for his criminal assault on Pacioretty.

    However, it distinguishes him slightly from Marchand, whose efforts to injure fellow players seem deliberate and coldly calculated, an habitual part of his game mentality. For this reason he is, for me, even worse than Chara.

    As for Lucic, I’ve often said here that he is a great but classless player that I would hate to see in a Habs uniform, his talents notwithstanding. But I’ve never articulated it as compellingly as does Dipsy below:

    “My team is the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the team of Beliveau, Cournoyer, Gainey, Robinson, etc …

    That spouse-abusing offspring of an ape and a moose can stay in beantown.”

  34. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Woohoo! 88th!

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  35. Edman says:

    Stastny would be nice, but might put us in a whole. He’s a great player but I’d rather save that money and offer something to Setoguchi next year

  36. 24 Cups says:

    Stastny has one year left at 6.6M. Any part of the deal is going include one of Tinordi or Beaulieu plus other decent assets. This ain’t going to be Diaz, Dumont, a 3rd rounder and Dave Stubbs’ bowtie.

    • Chris says:

      One of the defencemen is definitely a requirement for that deal, but I don’t think the Avalanche are crazy about that salary. They have been strangely reluctant to spend post-lockout given the depth of their ownership group’s pockets.

      And Stastny is a UFA at the end of this season, so he is a pure rental.

    • likehoy says:

      where is this stastny rumour coming from?
      DD or Eller would have to be part of the equation

      DD for cap hit purposes.. Eller for potential.

      The question is if we’re better with Eller or Stastny?
      (since we obviously know DD can go and who would care?)

      • Chris says:

        He’s a rental, and with MacKinnon, O’Reilly and Duchene all natural centres, the Avalanche have an embarassment of riches at that position. Stastny will not be back with the Avalanche next year under any circumstances, so they are undoubtedly looking to parlay him into some assets rather than letting him walk away for nothing.

        I sincerely doubt Eller would be the required return on that deal. The Avalanche would be looking at wingers or defencemen.

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Attn: Stu, Mike, Dave and all other HI/O staff. THe poll is broken, clearly it should read 100% of HI/O readers want Gainey to take Chara for a walk alongside the St. Lawrence along with a Giant Bodyguard who can double as a swimming instructor.

  38. slyCH says:

    Bergy on 5-7 just pleaded the Olympic bids for Carey and PK, did a damn good job of it, even calling it bullsh!t. I guess it’s not swearing when done in English on a French channel. you go Bergy, well done!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I’m still pissed off at Babcock for saying “you need someone you can trust” when asked about PK.

      Canadian hockey is so conservative and stupid.

      Even Mike.

      (And BTW his speech at McGill convocation that someone linked to was completely vacuous. At least the first 5 min were ’cause I stopped watching after that. )

  39. naweed235 says:

    I guess with the filming of 24/7 starting soon and during a time where the Laffs are in a free fall with no end at sight, will make the episodes more enjoyable to watch.

  40. Psycho29 says:

    Bob McKenzie‏ @TSNBobMcKenzie 16m

    Henrik Lundqvist will earn $11M, incl an $8M signing bonus, in Year 1 of his extension with NYR. He will receive $5.5M in final year (7th).

    • 24 Cups says:

      8.5M a year for 7 years for a 32 year old goalie is insane. The only goalie who has recently excelled into the age bracket would probably be Brodeur. Maybe Hasek before him.

      When’s the next lockout coming?

      • likehoy says:

        I think you’re forgetting a few goalies
        Tim Thomas – Vezina winner at 37
        Evgeny Nabokov – SVPCT of .922, .914, and .910 in his last 3 NHL seasons (not including this year
        Dwayne Roloson – one of two relevant goaltenders in Edmonton and TB in the last 10 years (Nikolai Khabibulin wasn’t too shabby in his old age either)

        yes 8.5 is excessive, but there’s some quality goalies up there in age

      • Chris says:

        Lundqvist is the face of that franchise, and he’s been a stalwart for them for closing in on a decade. This is a deal that rewards his career, even if it doesn’t make huge financial sense in its latter years.

        In 2020, the last year of the deal, Lundqvist would be 38 years old. Will he still be the best goalie on the planet at 38? Probably not. But he has been for the past 5 years.

  41. Phil C says:

    The Parros article was a really good read. Amazing how he has avoided concussions throughout his career until now. I see him as an enforcer rather than a goon in that he fights to defend his teammates, not to intimidate or injure the other team. I think that is an important distinction.

  42. Attention HIO, please disregardmy below comment. I thought I read Which Bruin do you want on the Habs.

    Good God, this has been going on all week. Not finishing sentences, making tons of graphic mistakes and just plain old tired.

    Sigh.

    Of course the answer is Marchand. I Suck!

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  43. Bill says:

    I voted for Chara, because he’s a lying scumbag for trying to murder Pacioretty and pretending it was an accident.

    If he had the honour to admit he was trying to hurt Max, I maybe could have voted for Marchand, who is a worthless, gutless little puke in dire need of a punch in the mouth.

    But I didn’t, I voted for Chara, and come on, Habs fans, you all should have.

  44. Bill says:

    Kulikov has been being shopped for a while, but apparently they want quite a lot for him.

  45. Bill says:

    To be fair, there are also drafts like 2005, which was weak everywhere except for goalies. Price, Rask, Quick, Pavelec, and Bishop were all drafted that year. But that draft is a major exception.

  46. Propwash says:

    That poll is like dividing by zero!

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  47. PADPZ says:

    According to Mathias Brunet from LaPresse, Kulikov could be dealt by the Panthers.

    I hope MB is on the phone with Dale Tallon.

    As we speak.

    EDIT: It was actually reported by Mackenzie yesterday.

    • PrashadHabs says:

      I heard that it might be to Avs, which then might make a trade with Habs

    • SlovakHab says:

      Elliot Freeman reported that they talked to Leafs and almost pulled off the deal. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes there. They traded away one of their D prospects recently (Blacker).

      Habs have plenty of D prospects in Hamilton, so I am not sure if they want to add something there. At some point, you want to give chance to Tinordi and Bealieu, who are also L shooters.

      For this reason, I don’t see him being traded to the Canadiens at all.

  48. kempie says:

    I voted Chara. Freaking eight food douche nozzle.

  49. naweed235 says:

    Bill, those are some pretty impressive (or not so impressive stats) for those goalies. I guess only time will tell how Zack’s gonna turn out. I guess at this point I can only say, I have a good feeling about him. On that note, Cheers, and enjoy the game

  50. Marc10 says:

    One thing that must suck for the Wings is that having Babcock as their coach they have the top end of Canada’s players wanting to make a statement when they play his team. That’s a lot of talent with extra motivation to bury you.

    It’s only a matter of time before Babcock seems for himself just what PK can do. I look forward to it. No way he’s leaving him off the team.

  51. I’m sorry HIO, I almost never call out anyone but right now, 48% of you are clueless.

    Milan Lucic is by far the only Bruin I’d take on this team. He’s everything we need.

    Marchand? He’s horrible!

    Anyway I’m gonna puke now, Bruins Suck, ALL OF THEM :lol:

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    • Buzz Lightbeer says:

      No doubt.
      Marchand is a piece of you know what. We have Gally,10 times the hockey player.
      Chara tried to decapitate Max.
      Lucic is the type of player we have been clamoring over for years and probably the least douchey on the list.

      • I would have voted for Chara had this been 10 years ago, but his days in the NHL are slowly coming to an end. He’ll probably play until he’s45 (defense) but I still wouldn’t take him over Lucic.

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        • Buzz Lightbeer says:

          I agree with you totally.
          But ya,lets just end this conversation now i’m getting a little nauseated myself.

          They all suck and the thought any of them pulling the bleu blanc and rouge sweater over their heads is gut wrenching and vile.
          Please remove poll HIO. :D

      • shandrew says:

        I would love Lucic on my team but as a Bruin I despise him…The Emelin injury, his run at Miller…don’t forget he essentially ended Komisarek’s career by beating him mercilessly! Marchand’s just a punk who can’t really even play…he’s perfect for Boston.

        • True true true but these hockey players in the end would get over it (Lucic in Montreal). BaRF!

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        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          shandrew, I picked Marchand because he’s classless, but I wouldn’t agree that he “can’t really even play”. He’s fast, a good playmaker, and can score.

          Lucic’s run at Miller — and how he spoke about it after — is among the many reasons why I would never want to see him as a Hab.

    • *sigh* I’d take Lucic too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shower. I feel dirty.

      DDonais

      • dr. gesundheit says:

        I would take Lucic in a nanosecond…some say he doesn’t have enough class. to play for the Habs..really?…you mean he doesn’t extend his pinky finger when he sips his Earl Black Tea? Gimme a break…I guarantee you’d say the same thing about Prust or PK if they played for the Bruins.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I would take a hard nosed skilled and physically powerful player on my team, but not Milan Lucic.

      My team is the Montreal Canadiens. It’s the team of Beliveau, Cournoyer, Gainey, Robinson, etc …

      That spouse-abusing offspring of an ape and a moose can stay in beantown.

  52. JF says:

    New Jersey plays disciplined defensive hockey, but they don’t really use the neutral zone trap, at least nothing like to the extent they did under Jacques Lemaire. Since Peter DeBoer became their coach, the basis of their game is unremitting hard work and an absolutely ferocious forecheck. It used to be the case that in order to beat the Devils, you had to figure out a way to get through the neutral zone and to the net. Now I think the way to beat them is to outwork them in the corners and along the boards.

    Last game the Habs looked as though they were not prepared for this. They were expecting a boring, passive, patient game with few chances. Instead they found themselves facing a team that checked them into the boards and the ice and was constantly first on loose pucks. It took them about half the game to adjust. I hope tonight they’ll be more prepared and pounce early.

  53. JohninTruro says:

    Timo I want to give you plenty of warning that if the Habs don’t play a lot on RDS next year I will not renew my monthly subscription. Your $4 will be removed from your income so do what you want with this but please don’t hold it against me.

  54. 4loorplay says:

    Tonights game . Mtl will get the win. Just a gut feeling.

    Nirvana is earned…

  55. JohninTruro says:

    Where is Boone hiding? Game against NJ he should be here early with PLENTY to talk about…

  56. Bill says:

    Take your word for it, Ed, as always! My comment was not about Fucale exactly, more about how hard it is for a goalie – even a high pick – to make the NHL.

    It puts the pick of Price in perspective too. He was picked at #5 because he was so obviously so talented he couldn’t miss.

    But a lot of Price’s main rivals were low picks or just signings. Such a crapshoot.

  57. HabFab says:

    EOTP’s compares PK with his competition, for a spot on Canada’s Olympic Team, using advanced stats;
    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2014-sochi-olympics/2013/12/3/5172530/how-does-p-k-subban-compare-to-other-team-canada-defense-hopefuls

  58. Bill says:

    Naweed: Goalies drafted in 2007 for example:

    Joel Gistedt (2nd round)
    Antoine Lafleur (2nd round)
    Trevor Cann (2nd round)
    Jeremy Smith (2nd round)
    Timo Pielmeier (3rd round) (Hi Timo)
    Josh Unice (3rd round)
    Tyson Sexsmith (3rd round)
    Kent Patterson (4th round)
    Mattias Modig (4th round)
    Linden Rowat (5th round)
    Scott Darling (6th round)
    Dan Dunn (6th round)
    Allen York (6th round)
    Brad Phillips (7th round)
    Nick Eno (7th round)
    Sergei Gayduchenko (7th round)
    Atte Engren (7th round)

    Total NHL games played by all those goalies combined: 1 game.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  59. mrhabby says:

    Hope iam going to make it through snore fest #2. Nice scheduling NHL. Come on Habs don’t fall victim to this trap game. Bruins are waiting back at the Bell.

    • Eddie says:

      Ok. Lets see who will end up calling this one, me or SB Nation.

      Bennett has everything except the last 2 inches of height. He has all of Gorges defensive skills, awareness, and great leadership, but he’s a much better skater. He also has great puck skills, passing, handling the puck etc.

      He has a family tradition in the NHL.

      My call has always been that he will sign, go to Hamilton, and then make the NHL after that.

      Did I mention he went to Hotchkiss Prep school? He’s real smart!

  60. HabFab says:

    Goaltender Mike Condon is ECHL rookie of the month for Novenber;
    http://www.echl.com/condon-named-ccm-echl-rookie-of-the-month-p188986

  61. Reflektor says:

    No Bourque. Does this mean a game with both Bournival and White? If so, nice!

  62. HabFab says:

    Happy Birthday to the Habs, who are 104 today and to Dave Stubbs, who is working towards it!

  63. naweed235 says:

    Bill, you said “Odds are hugely against Fucale ever even being an NHL regular.” On what grounds are you basing that? So far, every single expert I’ve heard talk about this kid has extremely high praise for his talent, competitiveness and hockey smarts. He was the 1st ranked goalie prospect in his draft year and is starting for team Canada juniors. So please do explain…

    • Bill says:

      I base that on the fact that the vast majority of goalies who are drafted never play more than 10 games in the NHL. It’s a pretty simple calcuation.

      Yeah, some beat the odds, and Fucale might too. But I am not counting on it. If you think that Fucale is “going to be star”, then you must think he’s a sure thing. Maybe you are the one who should explain!

      I’m just stating the reality of the draft, obviously.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  64. Bill says:

    That’s a great article on Parros.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  65. shiram says:

    It’s difficult enough to muster excitement for a game against the Devils, but 2 in a row?

  66. donmarco says:

    8th. Made the playoffs

  67. Say Ash says:

    No. 5 is alive!

  68. Scout says:

    Here’s hoping FATSO doesnt pitch another shutout!

  69. Et le but says:

    Happy with 3rd…

  70. Bill says:

    First?

    So close.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  71. B says:

    I hope they have a better start to this game than the last one.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  72. Propwash says:

    My favorite Overly Manly Man meme is Babies? You mean sex trophies.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  73. duffy says:

    Absolutely habsalutely !

  74. Reflektor says:

    Hey that rhymes with my username.

  75. Reflektor says:

    They’ll be at Wanda’s until it closes.

  76. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’m sure they’ve had some hard practices but nothing close to playing two full games and the travel. It’s possible they were at a strip club one night but I doubt it.

  77. 25insight says:

    I like this one. A lot. But as at it stands, don’t fix what isn’t broken.


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