Liveblog: Game 58 – Hat-cioretty bags three as Canadiens win battle of Olympic goalies


Max-ed out

What a night for Max Pacioretty!

Three goals, to give him 26 on the season, and TWO missed penalty shots.

Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec got the other Canadiens goals.

Christopher Higgins and Alex Edler, both on power plays, scored for Vancouver.

Carey Price made 42 saves ... and WASSN'T one of the game's Three Stars.

Roberto Luongo stopped those two penalty shots, but was beaten on four of the 28 shots he faced.

Vancouver made it briefly interesting on a power-play goal by Alex Edler.


In the long glorious history of the Montreal Canadiens, no player has ever had two penalty shots in a game.

Until tonight.

Max Pacioretty had two in the second period and missed them both.

He also failed to score on a penalty shot against Roberto Luongo Oct. 12 in Vancouver.

Christopher Higgins' 16th, scored on a power play 2:30 into the period, had made this a one-goal game.

Vancouver outshot the Canadiens 15-8.

PP clicks

The Canadiens recently popgun power play got its seconds goal in as many games when P.K. Subban fired through a forest of legs and Max Pacioretty tipped it past Roberto Luongo.

Ryan White doubled the lead with his first goal of the season as two Vancouver defenders tied up Michäel Bournival and Luongo was down, looking in the wrong direction.

Carey Price made 12 saves.

Luongo was beaten on two of nine.

The Canadiens will begin the second period with Tomas Plekanec in the penalty box.


This is not just another regular-season NHL game.

It's High Noon at 7:40 p.m.: Canadien vs. Canuck for the Team Canada goaltending  job.

Not that Mike Babcock is going to designate Thursday night's winner as his Number 1.

Team Canada's head coach probably has a pretty good idea of how he'll manage goaltending duties at Sochi next week.

But make no mistake: Carey Price will want to win this game.

And so will Montreal homeboy Roberto Luongo.

Their teammates will be eager to help, and that should make for a cracker at the Bell Centre.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.


  1. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I met Elmer Lach as a kid in the 70s. My friend’a stepdad was his chiropractor. Grow Habs Grow!

  2. Reflektor says:

    Enjoy the game Boone. Stay classy.

  3. smiler2729 says:

    Two seasons ago, March 2012, it was the late game on CBC in Vancouver, the Habs won 4-1…

    Yeah, baby, they made me 10/10 for the night and I won $3,200 on Pro-Line Pools.

    I’m hoping we do it all again tonight (I have a Pro-Line Point Spread ticket with 9 games on it, pays $1,200).

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  4. Habilis says:

    Let’s be honest here, if they play Diaz against us for 25 minutes, we should win going away.

  5. Reflektor says:

    Boone, we know you disappear to somewhere during intermissions, so if you aren’t sporting PJStock-branded diapers and are sitting down relieving yourself, maybe watch this on the iPad. #19 is bang on:

  6. Danno says:

    Measuring-stick game?


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  7. Rad says:

    Habs with the W tonight at home. Vancouver is reeling. Weise gives us a short term shot in the arm.

  8. RockinRey says:

    Anyone have a stream link for RDS?

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  9. CHasman says:

    The Eller line with Prust and Bourque has been building some chemistry and generating chances. The new fourth line looked really good last game. Briere doesn’t look as bad as usual on the Pleks line and our top line is getting some good looks too. Our defence isn’t crapping the bed as much. I like our chances, 4-1, Montreal.

  10. Habilis says:

    My fervent hope for this game is that we start with some intensity. Lately it’s been too much “Carey will save us”. We can’t afford to just phone in these next 2 games. We need points.

  11. zorro says:

    who’s this arse hole bashing Carey Price on TSN?
    Saying Luongo is so much better.

  12. MikeHabs says:

    Even though the Canucks are missing quite a few ‘big’ named players, they will not be an easy opponent. Montreal has to come ready to go. Last game the 4th line of Bournival, White and Weise set the tone early. They were definitely the best of the night. Need more of that and other guys need to follow suit. Should be a good one. Should..

    Curious Case of Michael McCarron:

  13. ClutchNGrab says:

    Don’t Push Me:

    It could be a hit.

    • RockinRey says:

      Very funny stuff on Torts!

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  14. jrshabs1 says:

    The entertainment showed up on time. Reflektor, RockinRey and Rad. The Boone bashing is kind of dumb but I’m sure it only gets better from here.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

    • RockinRey says:

      I am not bashing boone I happen to think reflector has nothing better to do. Its not racist….

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • Et le but says:

      Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
      H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
      Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
      H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  15. Marc10 says:

    The Canucks’ power play is at 9.5 per cent, 7/74, in their last 23 games.

    Diaz would undoubtedly be a welcome addition on the PP for Van. That stat is brutal! No Sedins. No Nucks. They’re dead in the water. They should retool with a vengeance and dump Burrows and Edler if they can get away with it.

  16. gordispitz says:

    love all those stats ,, keep em coming, it pumps me up.. we will have no problem ce soir,,, right ?

  17. CJ says:

    Watched the golf this afternoon from Pebble Beach. Certainly on my bucket list. My wife’s cousins went two years ago. Hard to imagine much in life being worth that kind of expense, but am told it’s worth every penny.

    Turning my attention to the game this evening, I expect Montreal to get the two points. All indications are that this will be a low scoring game, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Montreal win 4-1.

    Huge night in the NHL. So many games with playoff implications. Three wins in a row and you are a buyer, while three losses could relegate you to the status of seller.

    Go Habs!

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I voted for Smith, not because I don’t want Carey to be Canada’s number one …but out of sympathy knowing the HIO votes for Smith to be so infinitesimal that My innate sympathy had to throw him a bone

    …that, being said, whether it’s Luongo or Carey, I believe our Achilles Heel in Sochi will be our goaltending

    • SlovakHab says:

      I reckon Price is the best goalie in the world right now, and if he is in net, it will be Canada’s strength.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I hope You are right, and I am wrong

        …but, I don’t think I am

        • SlovakHab says:

          Who do you reckon is better than Price?

          • Dulljerk says:

            Well, let’s see:

            Josh Harding 1.65 GA
            Ben Scrivens .935 SP

            Carey Price 2.37/.923

            No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

          • SlovakHab says:

            So you would rather have Scrivens and Harding on your team, based on this logic, right?

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …I don’t feel Luongo is better than Carey

            …I feel Canada, as a country, no longer has the edge in outstanding world-class goal-tending we once had

            …like Marc10 says well below our goaltenders will have a world-class D in front of them

            …but, as a position, our goal-tending will be our Achilles Heel

          • Dulljerk says:

            Logic? eh….ya, based on their performance. Or are you going on what kind of goaltender Price is “supposed” to be. Team Canada’s biggest weakness is in net. That’s the question mark on the team.

            No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

          • SlovakHab says:

            I agree that the edge isn’t there wil Lundquist, Rask, Miller and other elite goalies against Price or Luongo.
            But at the same time I see Price as an elite goalie that won’t be a weakness. Wouldn’t trade him for any other goalie in the world.

      • Dulljerk says:

        ? to Slovak. You might want to look at some stats lad.

        No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

        • SlovakHab says:

          Price’s stats fell off the cliff, as our defence system is bleeding high-scoring chances.
          Prime example: Ottawa game.
          Price was fantastic even though he let in 4 goals.

          • Dulljerk says:

            And he let in two stinkers against against Winnipeg.

            No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      You are a kind soul, HiS. 🙂

    • Marc10 says:

      We’re so stacked up front and on D, I would say goaltending would be the only question mark… If only because the rink is larger and the angles are different. There’s a level of adaptation there that can’t be easily predicted when guys play in smaller NHL rinks for most of their lives.

      And as we’ve seen in Nagano in 98, one goalie can win you the gold. Let’s hope that goalie is our number 31. Behind an All-star Cast, there’s a very good chance he could do just that.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Home Boy Smitty! The pride of Verona Ont. He should be #2 right behind Carey. Crawford should be #3. F#ck Lou Lou! Saludos!

  19. I convinced Coach Therrien to attack all night long. If my prediction doesn’t work out it’s not my fault.

    Off to the rink, we have a game vs the Oil Kings and I know we’re going to score at least 6 goals…that’s the way I roll.

    Habs 6
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  20. Dulljerk says:

    ” None of the Canucks wears a helmet for warm-up”

    Everyone knows girls don’t like to mess up their hair.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  21. Reflektor says:

    Nice to see you made it Boone. Stay Charles Piercesque classy and drop the ‘Euro’ trashing tonight. You know you can do it.

  22. RockinRey says:

    @Boone- Mancrush on Pierce? starting to sound like stubbs who writes those pieces for teenage girls

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    Chris Stewart from St. Louis is available. If this isn’t exactly who the Canadiens need I don’t know who is? If we removed Brian Ginota on RW and replaces him with Stewart, look out! He’s 26-year-old, makes $4.1 mill, 6’2, tough as nails, his goal totals keep increasing. I’d offer him six years at $6,000,000 per!

    • RockinRey says:

      Interesting fit.

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • Rad says:

      We should throw everything including the kitchen sink at St. Louis in order to get Stewart. He would be the perfect antidote to what ails the Habs. I hear Stewart eats nails for breakfast.

    • smiler2729 says:

      He knows the Malakhov Trick too, he can disappear for games at a time…

      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • boing007 says:

      Who’s Brian Ginota?

      Richard R

    • Marc10 says:

      He’s a 13 to 15 goal scorer with a lot of sandpaper. His Plus/Minus is average on a stacked defensive team. One good season with the Avs with a compelling rags to riches personal story.

      Someone is going to give Stewart $5mil plus (depending on tax rates where he signs). Rumour is the Rangers are going to go hard after Paul Stastny in the off season and try to team him up again with Stewart…

      He’s a third liner. I wouldn’t give a UFA on the third line more than Prust money unless they are a major playoff performer. And not for that term. 4 to 5 years depending on his conditioning and off ice behaviour (ie, healthy lifestyle…)

      But do we need a guy like that to come up from the draft… Oh yeah. Big time.

      My two cents. I do like Stewart. I just don’t think you necessarily get a can’t miss guy in him and you’ll overpay for sure.

      • Rad says:

        I don’t know, I think he would make an excellent Top 6 to ride shotgun for Galchenyuk, Gallagher, etc. Would be a huge asset on the power play. Just stick him in front of the net, from where he gets most of his goals. That would solve the Habs’ major weakness on offense.

    • Dulljerk says:

      Why is Chris Stewart available?

      No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

      • anotherhab says:

        I agree, why did Colorado trade him and why is he available again? He has less points this season than last — all we need is another Bourque type player!

        • CJ says:

          I watched Stewart live against the Sens in Ottawa before Christmas. He scored two nice goals. Great hands for a big guy. I’m not sure why he is being floated in trade rumours, but he is a great player.

      • That, sir, is the right question. Contenders like St. Louis don’t sell gritty scorers at the deadline — they buy them.

        Incidentally, Stewart scored more than 18 goals just once in his career: 2009-10. He’s on track for 22 this year.

        Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

        • gordispitz says:

          i read something in the DISPATCH, newspaper, about a month ago,, the blues are so strong that they do not need a 3rd , 4th liner making that dough,, so cap, productivity, and they also said that halak maybe not the savior [ sp] ,,,

  24. Rad says:

    So what does the Boone Reverse Meter say about tonight’s game — are we going to win because Boone thinks we are going to lose? Or is it vice versa, keeping in mind that vice versa is well nigh impossible since Boone never predicts a win…

  25. habs001 says:

    Chances are when Canada plays one of the main hockey countries the games will be very close and both countries will have very good goaltending…The decision for Hockey Canada is which goalie can win a game that is tied in the third or in o/t and while both teams goalies are playing great who will blink and maybe not make the great save that he cannot be blamed for not stopping but the other goalie does stop that chance…

  26. habsfan0 says:

    The last time the Habs played the Canucks in Vancouver,Lars Eller scored a goal while sitting on the bench.
    I’m hoping to see the same tonight.

  27. habsfan0 says:

    So,if Diaz scores a goal tonight vs the Habs, will the Bell Centre faithful give him a standing ovation?

  28. Marc10 says:

    Habs win 2-0.
    PK with the winner. Carey Price with the insurance goal.

  29. RockinRey says:

    Habs 4 Euros 1

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  30. db says:

    I predict Habs win and Burrows gets his first goal.

  31. Plekasuares says:

    Habs 3
    Swiss 1

  32. habs001 says:

    Many posters believe that the Leafs would be a good playoff match up for the Habs..I think it would be a bad match up based on the rosters today..While Leafs D is suspect they will play tighter in the playoffs and Habs scoring is not a big worry for most teams anyway…So the games will be close and the odds of scoring the tie breaking goal or o/t goal will be with the Leafs as they will have way more forwards that can get that all important next goal….

    • Reflektor says:

      Also, refs.

    • Timo says:

      Are those the same posters who thought Sens were a good matchup for the Habs?

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        Both would have smoked us in the first round last year. The Laffs brought the Bruins to the brink and if it wasn’t for the epic choke job they could have easily bumped them off.

    • RockinRey says:

      I think the Habs would have a tough time with the Leafs. If Price does not stand his head they lose that series…Pains me to say that

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Certain teams seem to always give other teams trouble, no matter where they are in the standings.

      We’ve dominated the Bruins, yet have a losing record to the Leafs. Don’t get it, but it happens. Styles don’t match up well for some reason. I imagine it happens to other teams too.

      • habs001 says:

        Not saying the Habs would beat the Bruins in a playoff series but i would rather play them…

        • Ghosts of the Forum says:

          Me too — funny, there was an article in the Boston Globe a few days back that was posted on here about how the Bs wouldn’t want to face the Habs in the playoffs. Nice to hear that said about us for once!

          • RockinRey says:

            Ghosts of the Forum are sure taking their time to move over…….

            You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  33. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Nice to see players from Switzerland on the other team for a change…

  34. I have no spidey sense at all about tonight’s game. Not sure either way.

    But, we seem to be better at stopping other teams on a roll than against slumpers. Hopefully the second tendency doesn’t hold true tonight.

    Defense wins championships

  35. Saintpatrick33 says:

    I predict a 0 – 0 tie with 20 shootout rounds with DD scoring the winner …. Well maybe not

  36. Castor says:

    Habs fans are part of the reason for this team’ s lack of success. Bitching about trading Diaz when he hadn’t scored in two years. Calling for Pacioretty to “wake up” when the guy already has 23 freaking goals.

  37. habs001 says:

    With the bronze medal game being on Feb 22 and gold game Feb 23..It will be interesting to see who will be in the lineup for both teams on Feb 26 when Habs play Detroit…Sabres and Carolina are the only teams that play on Feb 25

  38. arcosenate says:

    I’m all in tonight, big win, I can feel it.

  39. scarboro_habitant says:

    starting to find that after watching a habs game i really get a good night sleep. that game vs calgary really hit the spot. heres to another solid 8 hrs.

  40. DipsyDoodler says:

    How bad does your life have to be, shitty girlfriend, lousy low-paying job with a boss who you consider to be a jerk but is probably justifiably annoyed at your utter lack of ambition and talent, and fantasizes about one day writing you the mother of all bad letters of reference or maybe replacing you with a monkey, lack of prospects, despair, soul-sapping despair, nothing to look forward to except the next sporting competition, for you to wish that a Canadiens player would injure Raphael Diaz tonight?

  41. habs001 says:

    Looks like another 2-1 type game ..Vancouver has scoring this year like the Habs…Habs need this game and sat in Carolina..Based on the Habs position in the standings they have to make the playoffs otherwise the season has been a major failure…It looks very likely if they miss the playoffs they would not be picking in the top 10.

  42. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Please Fonzie play Diaz 25 minutes tonight…

  43. 416erHabsFan says:

    we are 1-0 with Weise in the line up! let’s keep the ball rolling.

  44. Psycho29 says:

    Another Blockbuster!

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    NEWS ALERT: the #Pens have acquired forward Spencer Machacek from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Paul Thompson.

  45. Reflektor says:

    Boone, promise there will be no doncherry-like ‘Euro’ trash talk tonight?

    • RockinRey says:

      Give it a rest…..You have a tough time letting go eh?

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • bwoar says:

      Kid, please settle down and take a seat at the back. No room at the front of the bus for you yet.


    • Et le but says:

      The only trash talking, slagging and character attacks around this have all been on you Reflektor, directed ad nauseam towards Mr. Boone for an innocuous comment made during Tuesday night’s blog.

      Please le it go or get some professional help for your relentless obsession.

  46. JF says:

    Last time we faced a team in a slump, they hammered us 5-0.

  47. Danno says:

    Is Torts back?

    EDIT – I see that’s already been asked and answered.


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  48. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    How could anyone not want St. Louis on the team? He lead the league in scoring last season. He has accumulated the most points since the last Olympics. He is playing well this season WITHOUT Stamkos. What the heck more do you want him to do??? Thank god none of you are my boss…

    It is too bad that Stamkos and St. Louis are not on this team together. Everybody focuses on Crosby-Kunitz or Getzlaf-Perry but nobody lights it up like these two guys. I would have loved to see a Tavares-Stamkos-St. Louis line.

    • RockinRey says:

      I agree….though if they can’t put the puck in the net there will be all kinds…all kinds of second guessing . I am not sure Giroux or Staal were better options in terms of pure ability to put the puck in the net…..

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • New says:

      Well…you could be a Habs fan but a Swede, or US, or Russian…or James Neal or Claude Giroux…or Mrs. St Louis…or any of a million reasons.

  49. RockinRey says:

    We know something is seriously wrong with the Habs!!! This we know. They seem to rise to occasion against decent teams but they are really not a serious threat for the cup.

    If they can’t beat Vancouver with at the shite they are dealing with….well there is absolutely , absolutely no hope.

    I expect a big effort. Eller where are you? Patches….paging Max!

    They need these guys to start pulling some weight and contributing……..

    I predict a Habs win tonight!!!

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • Timo says:

      Maybe it’s not that the Habs rise, more like decent teams don’t take them seriously and let up?

      • RockinRey says:

        Could be but I think we are the only two on here that would not mind a house cleaning. Nobody should be untouchable on this team. Save for Gallagher, Pk and Price….and the latter two? I would quietly entertain offers…..but PK is heir to Markov’s role……Price? I think he is ok…..I just dont know what Habs fans can expect from him. If he doe not win a round this yr( assuming Habs make the playoffs) ,which i believe they will by hanging on for dear life, he will be considered the goat…..And if you believe that it will take time Like MB says….then it wont be a few years before we see Price have a team capable of doing anything more than winning a round or two by fluke.

        You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • boing007 says:

      Car 54 Where are you?

      Richard R

  50. Mattyleg says:

    Pierre McGuire just twice referred to Hamhuis as ‘Danny’.

  51. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    MT should start Parros-White-Prust-Weise-Murray…LOL.

  52. Mavid says:

    here is a good one, earlier today before they announce St. Louis some folks here were actually wonder if Spezza would get asked..hahahaha good one..hahahaha

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  53. Timo says:

    Man, Bergevin continues to build the cup contender. I am impressed.

  54. Mavid says:

    I have a fairly new addiction to twitter..follow me if you dare @Mavid

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  55. Psycho29 says:

    Dave Stubbs‏ @Dave_Stubbs ·1 hr
    Good trade for Habs Bergevin in GM Scrabble tourney. Quailer (16) for Czarnik (22)

  56. commandant says:

    Henrik Sedin is out for the Olympics, (and tonight).

    Marian Gaborik out for the Olympics

    Go Habs Go!
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  57. adadi says:

    I’m guessing Stevie Y and Mikey B will be paying close attention to this game. Don’t care what the goalers say, they’re both going to be up for this game. So it’s either going to be a very low scoring affair or a blowout. That pretty much says it all.

  58. kerrgte says:

    A bit of a meaningless transaction with LA.

    I’m just wondering if there might be more to come here.


    • commandant says:

      With LA, doubt it.

      This trade is two struggling 24 year old prospects/busts being moved in the hopes that a change of scenery will rejuvenate them, nothing more IMO.

      Go Habs Go!
      Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

      • kerrgte says:

        Rather depressing then.

        The 2 players have done essentially nothing so far. Maybe they should get on with an exciting career, say in plumbing.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        If the Habs made Markov available, I think the Kings would be interested.

        • RockinRey says:

          I hope they trade Markov…he still has a rep despite a decline in mobilty and his play. His name just carries goodwill around the league….

          You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  59. jimmy shaker says:

    how is robbie lu’s french? don’t think i’ve ever heard him speak french if that is his native tongue.

    shaker out!

  60. Psycho29 says:

    TSN 690 reported that Henrik Sedin will NOT be going to the Olympics. So those special side by side toilets were a waste of money after all…

    • D Mex says:

      Can Daniel survive ? …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • bwoar says:

        Daniel’s mired in a career-worst slump and didn’t look good during Henrik’s return vs. the Jets. Some speculate that Duncan Keith’s goon shot from last year has done permanent damage.

        Either way, 2 Sedins and 1 Burrows struggling = door WIDE open for my Jets. Time for Carey and the boys to go to work tonight and do themselves and everyone else a favour. Vancouver looks very much like a team that needs to be put out of its misery lately.


  61. shiram says:

    Last time Habs faced the Nucks, we had Hamhuis and Luongo to thank for the GWG.

  62. krob1000 says:
    clifford for gagner deal possibly in works ..would think there would have to be more involved

  63. jimmy shaker says:

    Comment of the day so far concerning the deal between the kings and habs over on the TSN comment section:

    It’s too bad that stories like this are getting buried by the Stamkos / St. Louis situation.

    now that was a good laugh!

    Shaker out!

  64. krob1000 says:

    Tamp top 3 forwards in scoring ar 5’7″ St Louis (also 38 yeasrs old), Valterri Filppulla (5’11” 174 lbs soft Euro) and 5’9″ rookie Tyler Johnson, Bruins have Marhcand and 2Torrey Krug at 5’9″ playing big roles. Rangers have Callahan at 5’10” and Mats Zucarello at 5’7″ as their captain and second leading scorer.
    In case anyone hsan;t noticed….the NHL is moving back towards needing some speedy and shifty little guys….now cornering the entire market isn;t wise as the refs do not call the game in favour of them…but we should really take note that several young good little guys are making their way back inot the game and this may explain Timmins drafting approach in going for the most skilled players without worrying about size if the player has transferrable skill.

  65. rhino514 says:

    Hey everyone. Moen, White, Bournival, Weise and Prust will compete for only 3 spots when Galchenyuk comes back.
    Prust is a shoe-in, so which two guys will sit? One thing is for sure, either Weise or Moen will have to sit, which is strange, since we gave up a pretty decent asset for Weise, and Moen has been a perennial regular and is our top defensive guy on the left side. Quite a log-jam. And it looks like Parros is pretty much done.
    Did anyone notice Cristian Thomas actually looked pretty good out there when he was up with the club?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Parros done?
      Who is better with Pleks and Gio — Bournival or Briere?
      Is there absolutely no chance Weise plays third line, does the dirty work?

      • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

        Consider a back to the future scenario a la camp. EGG line re-unites, Briere goes with DD and Max P, Bourque rejoins Plekanec and the 4th line has white/prust/moen with spares …

        pending the all but assured by HIO trade of Gionta of course …

        “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Further to that, I wonder does Biff play hockey? Could be the big Dman we’ve been looking for?

          But seriously, what about Bournival? Doesn’t he bring jump and a bit of physicality to the Pleks/Gionta combo?

      • Timo says:

        Parros with Pleks and Briere.

    • jols101 says:

      There will be a log-jam when everyone is healthy. You would think a trade is coming maybe.

      No, I didn’t notice Christian Thomas at all. Maybe it was the little ice-time he received.

  66. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Most lop-sided HIO poll ever?

  67. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Nnnnnnnope! Quailer. 6’4″ 209lb. Czarnik. 6’1″ 188lb. Crap. GROW Habs! GROW!

  68. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I only saw the first period of the Calgary game. Is Weise capable of delivering useful passes to the crease/slot from the boards/corners?

    • CJ says:

      I thought Weise gave us 12 good minutes. The fourth line was very good. Perhaps the best fourth line game the team has enjoyed this season. I really liked the chemistry between all three players. Based on their play Tuesday, points will follow.

      Mind you, the opposition had Big Mac and Westgarth, so I will reserve final judgement until the quality of opposition has improved. The road trip following the Olympic break will be a great test.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Cheers, Cj, Peter and Jim.

        Having speed on your bump-n-grind line is a terrific asset. Just no laser passes, I guess. Still sounds like a good trade for both partners.

    • PeterD says:

      Not really…he was always in the crease messin with the goalie and d-man. 🙂
      Actually he does have good speed and gets into the corners and fights for pucks along the boards…but what I liked was his desire to drive to the net and cause screens and annoy the goalie…not like Gally does it but a lot better tban the rest of the forwards.
      It’s good to have at least one more player go to the net.

  69. Luke says:

    Well… it is almost Beer O’clock.

    Hope you all enjoy the game tonight.

    I’ll raise a glass to the end of the Qualier era, and welcome in the reign of the Czar.

  70. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Earliest. Liveblog. Ever. Czarnik better be taller and heavier than Quailer… Grow Habs Grow!

  71. TheDagger says:

    Just so everyone knows, apparently Weise is known as the “Dutch Gretzky”. He played over there during the lockout, and tore it up.
    “Weise leaves the Dutch League with 48 points in 19 games (22 G, 28 A). But beyond the individual success is the team success. During his time with the club, the Trappers went 16-0-1-2, outscoring their opponents 108 – 43.”

    • jols101 says:

      He put up big numbers in the vaunted Dutch Hockey League? Really? Hard to believe.

      C’mon now, a lot of great things come out of the Netherlands. Their hockey acumen isn’t one of those things.

  72. Bripro says:

    OK you guys suck!

  73. shiram says:

    Hoping for a statement win tonight.

  74. TheDagger says:

    Number. One.

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