Liveblog: Game 62 – Canadiens blow lead but beat Leafs in OT

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Bye-bye Bell ... for a while

The Canadiens won't play at the Bell Centre again until the Bruins visit on March 12.

In the interim, the Canadiens will play three games in California and visit Phoenix.

They ended their post-Olympic homestand with five of a possible six points.

But it wasn't easy.

First-period goals by Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty staked Peter Budaj to an early lead.

But the Leafs got a late goal from James Van Riemsdyk. And after a scoreless – and thrill-less – second period, the Leafs scored twice – JVR and Phil Kessel –in 2:25 of the third period to take the lead.

P.K. Subban made it 3-3 on a power play.

The Canadiens had two PPs in Overtime, and Pacioretty scored on the second man-advantage.

Canadiens had a 30 shots on goal, to 25 for the visitors.

Max!

Pacioretty's second of the game, on an Overtime power play, gives the Canadiens a W over their rivals

A shorthanded goal by James Van Riemsdyk tied the game at 2-2.

Then Phil Kessel, robbedearly in the period by Peter Budaj, gave the Leafs the lead.

P.K., on a Canadiens power play, secured the point that will keep his team ahead of Toronto

I didn't pay to get in, but stil ...

20 minutes of excitement-free hockey.

And it seemed longer.

When the highlight of a period is Douglas Murray hitting the crossbar ...

Leafs will start the third on a power play.

Great start

The Canadiens had two goals before the visitors had a shot on Peter Budaj.

AlexGalchenyuk's 11th of the season and Max Pacioretty's 28th gave the home team a 2-0 lead over the sluggish visitors.

But with less than three minutes left in the period, James Van Riemsdyk tipped a Phil Kessel past Budaj.

The Canadiens had 14 shots on goal to six for the Leafs.

A genuine four-pointer

The Canadiens and Leafs resume their Original Six rivalry in what should be a raucous Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

The home team sits third in the Atlantic Division with 73 points in 61 games.

Toronto is fourth with 71 points in 61 games.

This is Gary Bettman's Parity Dream:  A tight race for playoff spots.

This is the clubs' third meeting of the season, which began back on Oct. 1 when Toronto spoiled the Canadiens' opener with a fight-filled 4-3 win.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game and added a shorthanded goal as the Canadiens won 4-2 at home on Nov. 30.

James Van Riemsdyk scored the third-period winner and Joffrey Lupul added an empty-netter in a 5-3 W Jan. 18 at the Air Canada Centre.

Peter Budaj makes his third consecutive start in nets for the Canadiens as Olympic hero Carey Price continues to nurse what everyonbe suspects is a knee knack.

 

 

1,197 Comments

  1. NLhabsfan says:

    I HATE THAT CALL..What a laugh there giving credit to a leaf player rather that a mistake by Budai

  2. Mavid is a Canadian and Golden Price is OUR MAN says:

    there is something wrong with my live blog. still shows the event is in 3hrs and 27 min..and the alert is still there..anyone else have issues

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  3. Et le but says:

    Big kill here

  4. bsamsona says:

    Come on Bourque get a pulse. I seen what you can do against the caps when we first got u

  5. ffenliv says:

    Isn’t it great to see a *real*, meaningful rivalry with the Leafs again? For so many years, one or both teams have been bad, and the rivalry had no real standings/season/playoff implications.

  6. NLhabsfan says:

    Signature hip check by Subban..what is that??

  7. Rob Maguire says:

    Does anyone else have this annoying event reminder at the top of Boone’s live blog?

  8. bsamsona says:

    Probably leafs fans. They come to MTL because the atmosphere is better. Can’t blame them

  9. danhabsfan says:

    Wow, Eller dished it out. Do it again Eller, flatten Kadi

  10. AH says:

    So when is Parros going to send Clarkson a message?

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Cmon

  12. CJ says:

    What this game needs is a few more whistles. There have been what, 15 stoppages in five minutes. Let’s get some flow.

  13. Habcouver says:

    Is it dem annoying Laff fans booing PK?

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  14. bsamsona says:

    I hope tinordi plows somebody tonight makes a name for himself

  15. db says:

    Nice chance there..

  16. bsamsona says:

    Penalty to make up for no call on hit in ok

  17. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Kessel’s head looks like a boiled ham.

  18. NLhabsfan says:

    Clear penalty there

  19. Luke says:

    I blame Lars Eller’s haircut for tonights loss.

    ( or credit it for the win).

  20. danhabsfan says:

    That hit on PK was late, if PK had made it, they would have called a penalty

  21. db says:

    SOmeone hit Kessel HARD!!

  22. D Mex says:

    I would like to see the Habs offer Ted Nolan a spot in the organization. Success accompanies the man wherever he goes …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  23. twilighthours says:

    I’m a say it: I’d rather cole than hughson

    • Habcouver says:

      Hughson rapidly losing my respect with his notable bias to… you know what team.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  24. Danno says:

    Sing along with Madame Bibeau!

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  25. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Almost 4 hours til the game starts. Whoa…

  26. Mike Boone says:

    Language, dude! Cool it with the anatomical cuss words.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  27. Danno says:

    Who will play tonight?

    Doctor PK Jekyll or Mr. Pernell Hyde?

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  28. CJ says:

    Mr. Boone, if we must have a picture which includes the leafs, is there any chance you could add the handshake photo between the Rocket and Allan Stanley? One of the best photos that honours the rivalry, IMHO.

  29. Psycho29 says:

    Time to sign off, before the live blog starts….
    Enjoy the game tonight everyone…..GO HABS GO!!

  30. habstrinifan says:

    Haven’t been keeping up with hockey news. Can anyone tell me? Did Lafontaine hire Murray.

    If not .. think he didnt like the recent trade?

    Or is he really not the daily hockey grind executive type…. found that out.. and said sayonara.

    I feel it’s a case of the latter.

  31. BJ says:

    Hope we don’t get mugged tonight like the bulldogs did today. We won the game but had pateryn go down after a heavy from behind hit, I think it was Macenauer that took a ton of lefts fromStaubitz (liked him for the short time we had him) and finally leblanc got mugged by Duca, left with what could be a broken nose. Anyone else tired of taking beat downs from the Blue and white?

  32. Psycho29 says:

    @ CJ:
    here you go; Rivet vs marchment from 2004….Before HD ! !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fogo53_KPsA

  33. Danno says:

    It’s kind of odd that the equipment manager for Team Canada Pierre Gervais would receive a gold medal and an Olympic ring – but not the coach Mike Babcock. But that’s the IOC rules.

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  34. AliHaba says:

    I guess the mods didn’t like my comment about HNIC so I’ll try to be a little softer. If HNIC continues their pro-Leafs bias, I’ll be changing to RDS quickly.

    • ffenliv says:

      Now, I’m not suggesting truth is held by either side here, but if you head over to a site like hfboards, there are *mountains* of Leafs fans who think the guys on CBC have it out for the Leafs.

      I think it’s all just a matter of perspective. Fans, for some reason, like to feel persecuted. Somehow it enhances the experience.

      • Da Hema says:

        It is true that fans tend to feel their team is always treated in a biased manner. However, can anyone objectively claim HNIC is not inherently and implicitly (I would say explicitly) supportive of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

        • Mavid is a Canadian and Golden Price is OUR MAN says:

          Oh there is no doubt there is bias..fans of a certain team may be more sensitive..but that doesn’t mean the announcers don’t have their favorites..if any of you have ever listened to Denis Potvin doing a Sens game..you know what I mean..for those of you who have not give him a try..I dare you..

          Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  35. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Hamonoc or Haminuck whatever, the nyi guy deserves more than 1 game.

  36. Habcouver says:

    So if Lafontaine is out, same goes for Nolan, yes?

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Buffalo sounds like a pretty dysfunctional organization. You can’t blame a GM for wanting his own coach if that is the reason Lafontaine is leaving.

      • boonie says:

        He left the Wang hanging on the Isle when Charles picked Snow over Patrick.

        Pat’s got a good sense of knowing when someone doesn’t belong.

        Plus, you have to admire someone willing to put the team’s best interest ahead of his own career.

  37. Habcouver says:

    Agree that Luongo was snubbed for Heritage Classic. No wonder I can’t stand the Nucks management and all they try to be.

    I’m glad Strombone is laughing all the way to the bank, with all the crap he puts up with.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  38. CJ says:

    Pat Lafontaine out in Buffalo. There must be a lot more to this story….

  39. crane says:

    I can see keeping Markov,and Thursday he blows his knee,just our stupid luck.

    • ProHabs says:

      If Markov is still a Hab on Thursday, then this management team is no better than Gainey and Gauthier.

      • AliHaba says:

        So you’re going to trade away your most reliable defenseman especially when your #2 man is struggling?

        • AliHaba says:

          How do you intend to replace Markov’s 25+ minutes?

        • ProHabs says:

          Yes, because you could probably get a good young defence prospect that is just about to enter the NHL and a good young power forward plus a draft pick for Markov. We need players that are 20-21 years old that are really good prospects as we have nothing in Hamilton right now (especially up front). I am a huge fan of Markov but sometimes you need to take a step back to take 2 steps forward. Beaulieu can be brought up to the NHL to help absorb the lose of Markov.

          • AliHaba says:

            I guess we agree to disagree.

          • UKRAINIANhab says:

            Nate is no where close to Markov yet

          • ProHabs says:

            Trading Markov would not be easy Ali. Like I said, I am a huge fan of his. But it is time to get good young prospects between 20-24 on the Habs and you have to give up something to get something.

            I am not saying Beaulieu can replace Markov now. But he can play 15 minutes a game. PK can easily handle more minutes as can Emelin.

          • BCG says:

            So who would be the trading partner for the Habs, and which players are you thinking about? I’m all in if you get a good young power forward and defense prospect plus a draft pick – and Bergevin would be too, I think – but what team will/can do that for a 35+ UFA with wobbly knees?

      • A. Berke says:

        Exactly.

        Ali B.

      • A. Berke says:

        darn edit function doesn’t work
        my reply was to ProHabs

        Ali B.

      • UKRAINIANhab says:

        Wow…

      • thebonscott says:

        agree 100%, this is not a cup year, we need youth and depth, pull the trigger MB

        C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

      • thebonscott says:

        agree 100%, this is not a cup year, we need youth and depth, pull the trigger MB

        C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • boonie says:

      That’s not luck. That’s managerial incompetence.

  40. dabouz says:

    what are the current trade rumors for the habs?

    db out.

    • AliHaba says:

      Eller and Bouillon for Crosby

    • ProHabs says:

      Not sure what the rumours are but if Bergevin doesn’t take advantage of trading Markov at this years deadline then maybe he is not the right GM for this team. It is not about making the playoffs, it is about winning the cup, remember this Bergevin.

      • boonie says:

        Markov is the best of the rental D at deadline. Virtually ever contender would like to fill or upgrade that role (perhaps not Chicago). A market-savvy GM would create a market for Markov to maximize the return. We’d be hearing rumored deals everywhere to build interest and provide the other teams feedback on the current asking price.

        I really wonder if Bergy is up the responsibility associated with WINNING a Cup here.

        • BCG says:

          I wouldn’t do anything different that MB. You build through the draft – I wouldn’t be looking to dump players. If a trade proposal comes through that helps the team, then great. But you can’t fool other GMs anymore – unless their initials are MM – so this idea of creating demand where none exists is a fools errand and likely just decreases your reputation as a knowledgeable GM within the GM circle.

  41. JohninTruro says:

    Boone, how are ya feeling tonight?

  42. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Apparently a lot of Leafers. Just do not let them get louder than hab fans. That would be kinda embarrassing.

  43. Maksimir says:

    Calling it right now: Habs win tonight.

  44. boonie says:

    @HabsFan17
    98%.

    You had it almost perfect. Yes, this the right time to move players that aren’t part of the team’s long term picture. In fact, it’s better now than in the off-season because, “teams overpay at the deadline.” Letting UFAs walk for nothing is tantamount to gross managerial negligence.

    The Markov thing is signing is where you (IMHO) lost two point for the dismount.

    Why bother to sign AM to a one-year deal?

    The upside is he plays here the balance of this season and (hopefully) the playoffs. He helps us win more games than we lose and we win a round (ok, maybe two). We move up in the standings and lower our draft choices. Then we have the same should-we-trade him discussion at next year’s deadline. If he’s playing well and healthy, fine. Arguably we’d get a similar return a year from now for a slightly older AM with an expiring contract.

    The downside (in addition to the aforementioned lower draft picks), is he gets hurt and we get nothing or substantial less than he’d fetch now.

    Let’s go back to square one. This is the RIGHT TIME to move players that AREN’T PART OF THE TEAM’S LONG TERM PICTURE.

    We aren’t — this — close to the final dance. Markov is in his mid-30s and playing after two knees surgeries. Why even consider signing him to a one-year deal. He’s done here. He’s given us everything he had, we appreciate.

    At the risk of being callous it’s not about him — it’s about US. It’s time to move on and maximize OUR return on one of OUR key assets.

    As someone here pointed out in a prior thread today, if it’s about class, we would have re-signed Koivu. Gainey showed us the organizational damage letting UFAs walk.

    A GM truly in it for US would say, “we wish to thank him for his service. Markov is not part of our long-term plans. We have decided to move him to a team that has a chance to play for a Cup while he can make a meaningful contribution. Since we intend to trade him, we have decided not to let him play through the deadline.”

    98/100.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      boonie, totally hear what you are saying, they would maximize value by trading him now. A 1 year contract means we have him for the playoffs and there may be a chance to trade him at this time next year depending on the circumstances we are in.

    • Habfan17 says:

      @ boonie, completely agree. That is how Pollock would have done it!

      Habfan17

      • boonie says:

        My current sports management fav is Bill Belichick. The guy is team FIRST and everything else a distant second. He keeps players that HE wants on his terms and moves the rest for assets that keep the Pats near the top.

    • A. Berke says:

      Boonie
      that’s exactly what I was thinking.

      Very thoughtful post, but because of the possible petty greed of the management (for one more round of playoffs – maybe) not to mention the lack of appropriate cojones, this probably will not happen.
      Sincerely hoping to see players who won’t be in the future picture of the team moved now.
      cheers,

      Ali B.

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        You’re probably right and what a missed opportunity. Playing it safe is all well and good but if you don’t have the guts to make a big move this team will get no where fast.

      • boonie says:

        It’s not like Molson needs the money from an additional round. I mean, sure he’d like an extra few million bucks. But this is a rich franchise that makes boatloads of money.

        This is about winning.

        I question MB’s guts. I don’t see anything at all cutting edge in his moves since he arrived. If he doesn’t move Markov (and frankly, Moen, Gionta, …) at the deadline I’m not optimistic for our progress during his tenure here.

        Markov is our most valuable moveable asset. He could/should pick up other pieces for other less attractive players.

        • BCG says:

          With all due respect, it’s not all about winning. It’s about winning and finances, and Molson’s responsibility to the shareholders over the fans. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t like this. But Molson knows the fans won’t leave – shareholders and corporate value are a different story. And if Markov means millions and doesn’t net a great return hockey-wise, then taking the risk of a playoff round and the potential millions and then letting him walk is a positive, corporately speaking. But I agree – hockey wise, it doesn’t make as much sense.

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      Exactly Pollock had a nack of trading declining players for key pieces. Having Markov in the playoffs won’t change the ultimate outcome. The teams in the west are just too strong.

  45. Ron says:

    An awful lot of twitts going on right now from Barnaby and crew that Tim Murray wants Nolan gone. In order to get this he has to get Pat Laf gone first. Barnaby says its looks like it could get ugly.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Was Murray in Ottawa when Muckler was there? Muckler and Nolan had huge issues, Muckler in my opinion is who blackballed Nolan out of the NHL for quite some time.

      I really like Nolan, and Lafontaine hires Murray and this is how Murray repays his chance at being a GM? Wow, pretty ugly quickly if true.

      • D Mex says:

        Lafontaine is the owner’s man and just 3 1/2 months into a fresh mandate and, potentially, a new era.
        Something doesn’t add up.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • Habfan17 says:

          Yes, this whole thing is weird. I read the blog from the Buffalo news, the link is posted below. It is very weird indeed! They say that Lafontaine was totally against trading Miller, and it goes on to say, when he didn’t agree with Wang when he was with the Islanders, he left after a very short time.

          Habfan17

          • D Mex says:

            CJ MARCH 1, 2014 AT 6:34 PM
            ” Pat Lafontaine out in Buffalo. There must be a lot more to this story…. ”

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

      • Ron says:

        Sounds like alot of behind the scenes crap with the front office. Matt Barnaby is close to the team. In his words “its far from over and could be real UGLY”

    • boonie says:

      Nolan is 9-12-6 with Buffalo. The same Buffalo team went 4-15-1 under Rolston this year. That’s nearly double the points/game. While not a huge sample size, statistically, Nolan’s team and Rolston’s aren’t in the same league. How could the Sabres even consider shedding Ted?

  46. JohninTruro says:

    Gregoire now with 2 goals and an assist, his 33rd and 34th goals of the season. Big improvement over last year.

  47. doug19 says:

    I watched the last period of the Owen Sound London Knights game yesterday. Domi is the real deal, a great player.

    Mcammon what can I say positive? He is big.

  48. Habfan17 says:

    Bergevin has had enough time to know who should stick around and who doesn’t fit into the long term plans.

    This trade deadline is the perfect opportunity for him to do what Gainey refused to do. Get something for UFA’s that will not be back.

    Sure, it may mean slipping a bit, but there is no reward without some risk. I am not saying huge moves, since there is still the summer to make more changes, but at least move out the players that won’t be around.

    In Markov’s case, if he really wants a longer term than two years, I would see what teams would offer. If the offers give the Habs pieces that will help long term, move him. If not, wait until the off season and if he still won’t take the deal Bergevin offers, then trade his rights to the highest bidder.

    Habfan17

    • ProHabs says:

      You will not get much by trading Markov’s rights in the off season. A 3rd round pick if your lucky. You could get alot for him at the deadline. Teams overpay at the deadline every year. Now is the time to trade him.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Agree with your thoughts, interesting to see what Markov’s worth might be. It’s very competitive in the west, he could be a difference maker on the right team. On the other hand part of me wants him to stay a Hab it depends on what he is willing to accept, I think a 3 year contract is too big a risk.

    • boonie says:

      sorry, meant to reply here. It ended up at the top instead. You came this close to nailing it. Just a couple of minor deductions for the dismount.

  49. CJ says:

    Sorry, in the history of Montreal and Toronto, could we not find a better
    picture for the top of the page?

    Nitpicking…. Hopefully we have lots of positives to discuss following a win this evening.

    • Psycho29 says:

      I’m surprised they didn’t go with Parros being pulled down by Orr in the opening game.

      • CJ says:

        I was hoping Front was around. Thought maybe the picture, better yet the video, of Craig Rivet vs Bryan Marchment in 2004. That was a wild, toe to toe fight.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          He is in Jamaica now, I’m guessing he is singing Bob Marley at the hotel piano bar with a single malt in his hand and a sweet smell in the air emanating from his ashtray.

    • Walmyr says:

      your comment about the picture is just perfect…have a good game man!!!
      CHeers

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You are showing your rookie status, this is all part of Boone’s master plan, this is how he starts to stir the pot.

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      I think it’s rather fitting…Orr taking down the self-proclaimed successor to his namesake, the Great #4. Okay, so PK never said he’s Bobby Orr but he sure puts on airs like he is.

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        Please. He’s a thoughtful well spoken young man. Didn’t complain about Babcock, doesn’t complain about his contract negotiations and doesn’t complain about Therrien’s piss poor coaching. How is he “putting on airs” exactly?

        • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

          Did you not hear PK describe himself as an. “elite player in this league” with “nothing to prove to anyone.” Who talks about themselves like that? Sounds to me like someone who’s full of himself. Being thoughtful and well spoken doesn’t negate that kind of hubris. But that’s just me. I like my heros gracious and self-effacing. I dare say I’m not alone in that.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      No kidding CJ, I expect to see that pic on the Leafs site. Oh well, as long as we kick ass tonight.

    • Habanero78 says:

      I thought I was on a certain Toronto Sports Network website with that pic. Can’t anyone show support for the Habs?

  50. Psycho29 says:

    Probably going to be a loud Bell centre tonight:

    Conor McKenna ‏@mckennaconor·
    There are a LOT of Toronto fans downtown and by the looks of it, they’re gonna be HAMMERED by the time the game starts.

  51. Ron says:

    Hamilton Bulldogs win 3rd straight. 5-2 over Toronto Marlies. Lets cap this day off with the Habs sending the laffs home beaten and hurt.

  52. SmartDog says:

    There was a bunch of discussion about Therrien with some people saying “look at our record – how can he be bad?”.

    The answer – there are LOTS of ways he could be bad. But most important are TWO THINGS….

    ONE. Is he getting the most out of the team;
    TWO. Is he giving all players – but especially the developing ones – what they need to succeed (teaching, opportunity, confidence).

    In terms of ONE he seems to be getting a pretty good show out of a middle-of-the-pack team….EXCEPT when it comes (so far) to the playoffs. But let’s give him that since we don’t have a lot of data yet.

    TWO is where he sucks. And if by now you can’t see that, you’ve got your head in the sand. Listen to PK on with Knuckles talking about how confidence is a crucial part of the game… and then think about Therrien. Therrien is a soul-crushing a-hole. He is a dry drunk of anger management. It’s there for all to see. And that’s the problem. It’s why he was tossed out of Pitsburg (with a winning record) and it’s why he’s gonna get tossed out of Montreal.
    I just hope he doesn’t get some decent guys traded for hockey pucks before he goes.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  53. on2ndthought says:

    I’ve missed all the action here since before the O break (crazy robotics competition).

    Think Buffalo wins that trade, but if StLou wins the cup in the next two years, its a ‘loss’ any GM would take. First good move by BUF front office since Pegula opened his wallet.

    Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gionta
    Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
    Weise-Eller-Bourque
    Moen-Briere-Parros

    When White, Bournival and Prust (a pretty good third/fourth line on their own) return, what happens? (I refuse to hear any talk of trading White or Eller, to a lesser extent: Moen, Weiss, the former pair because they WILL develop into players you would regret trading; the latter because the return will not justify the loss)

    We are all trolls, but Hab trolls are welcome here!

    “a cannonading drive”

  54. JohninTruro says:

    Gregoire buries his 33rd.

  55. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Now that Briere has showed that he does have some scoring ability why is he not on with the 2nd?

  56. smiler2729 says:

    Leafs SUCK

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

  57. hbghab says:

    Curious as to what you guys think about the Olympics now that Price got injured there. Are you over looking the injury to our #1 goalie since Canada won gold? Personally I’m ticked that we won’t have him during this critical part of the season. And as an owner paying paying his salary I would be posses too. Maybe its sour grapes because my country didn’t win squat.

    • AliHaba says:

      Hoping that Price is ready for Monday night in LA. If not then I will be pissed.

      • Saintpatrick33 says:

        Same here. Losing a star player always sucks but losing him this way and during a time when we need him the most, I can see now why the NHL is balking at not wanting to send players next time.

    • on2ndthought says:

      ask Carey if the chunk of gold at the end of the ribbon is worth missing a couple of games. Club play is important, and the Stanley cup is the most prestigious award in club play on the planet (IMNHO); but international competition at the highest level is what athletes and casual fans want. Soccer handles a world cup every 4 years; if the NHL dumps the olympics it will have to create a similar model.

      “a cannonading drive”

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      You can get hurt stepping on a puck in practice, or winning an Olympic gold medal.
      I’ll take the second. At least we got to see what Carey Price could be with a strong defence in front of him.

      If I were an NHL owner, it’s the excitement of the Olympics that would scare me, not a few injuries that could happen anywhere, anytime. The NHL has a hard time competing. When is the last time a Habs fan was on the edge of his/her seat about a game that really mattered as much as the Women’s final?

  58. Paz says:

    According to RDS yesterday, Therriens former employer, Beaulieu had attitude and work ethic issues during the Olympic break and that is why he was not recalled.

    The discussion I saw had everyone agreeing that they thought Beaulieu played well enough to be recalled but the reports out of Hamilton were not favourable.

    And the saga continues…….

    • D Mex says:

      I read this and am reminded of how he slid in the 2011 draft before being selected by the Habs. He appears to have all the tools …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  59. 24 Cups says:

    Jagr scores #700. Gartner and Esposito are next on his list with 2015 being the target date. That would put him in 5th place all time AND he played three seasons in Europe a few years ago.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444983

  60. 24 Cups says:

    Even though the game is in Montreal I still think Subban will step it up playing against his hometown team.

  61. scrotchland says:

    laugh at me all you want, but you all know I am right.
    This habs team is the worst I have seen in over 40 years of watching.
    Weak defense with pom pom gorges and lead foot murray. The sisters up front, Danise Desharnaise and Danielle brierre.
    and of course the coach. dimwit therian. Lord give me strength.

    For all intensive purposes, this teams playoff hopes are done.

  62. AliHaba says:

    Maybe tonight is Eller’s last home game as a member of the Habs.

  63. habs001 says:

    Does D or O win today…Leafs have scored 32 more goals than the Habs but given up 38 more…

  64. Saintpatrick33 says:

    I hope they beat those Laffs tonight.

    The Halak trade had me thinking. I was on the Halak band wagon back when the trade was made and was sorry we kept Price. I’m glad the goat had the good sense not to cave in to public demand and kept Price. Just imagine if it had been the other way around, yikes! Having Halak in our division could make playing Buffalo actually interesting.

  65. D Man says:

    Anybody else getting tired of all the piling on Gorges? I mean come on, it’s so easy, you don’t even have to think. Give it a rest, ya know?

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  66. stevieray says:

    Caps beat the Bruins today …a win tonite would be great

  67. AliHaba says:

    Tinordi in a tussle tonight?

  68. BriPro says:

    The HIO fans and our Habs!

    I don’t want to work
    I want to bang my keyboard all day
    I know what to say
    I want to bitch about the coach all day

    Ever since I was an HIO boy
    I don’t want bad hockey
    I don’t want to be toyed
    I read some shtick on our old hockey clan
    I bang on the keys ’til I got
    Blisters on my hands because

    They don’t want to work
    They want to bang their keyboards all day
    They know what to say
    They want to bitch about the coach all day

    When I defend MT they think I’m a fool
    The commentariat think that I should be schooled
    Games catch me pounding on the desk with my hands
    But their licks are so hot
    Habs make the die-hards wanna dance
    And that’s why

    I don’t want to work
    I want to bang my keyboard all day
    I’ll mostly complain
    Catch my whining about the coach all day

    Listen to this
    Every game watching our team work
    I feel so frustrated
    The coach is a jerk
    And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
    And I pound on the puck like it was the GM’s head
    Because

    I don’t want to work
    I want to comment the game all day
    I know what to say
    I want to bitch about the team and PK

    I can beat that bum
    Hey, you wanna take a shot at it?
    We can do this all day

  69. Timo says:

    Anyone else doubts Orr will try to goad Parros into a fight? I hope Parros has smartened up and declines. And if Orr continues he sh!t against other Habs players Murray tunes him up.

  70. CJ says:

    Bulldogs, on the heals of their win last night, lead the Marlies 3-2 in the second. Andrighetto has his 14, while Pateryn has two more assists and is plus 3. Not sure how much more Pateryn can prove in Hamilton. His tenth goal of the season last night ties him for third among all AHL defencemen in scoring.

  71. Sportfan says:

    GO HABS GO BEAT THOSE LAFFS

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    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  72. AliHaba says:

    Briere is the one to watch tonight. Going on a points streak methinks.

  73. johnnylarue says:

    I’ll be first, then!

  74. D Man says:

    I guess that’s your French accent, eh? How novel.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  75. Mike Boone says:

    Please cease the dumb-ass mockery of how Therrien speaks English. I bet it’s better than your French.

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  76. johnnylarue says:

    Oh he id, id he?

  77. JohninTruro says:

    Well you could have picked a lot more than that from the post, so really you were being nice…

  78. boing007 says:

    You’re darn tootin’.

    Richard R

  79. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Totally agree. Who the **** would fire Nolan.

  80. AH says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! We have no rivalry with these bums, only with the Bruins.

  81. duffy says:

    Wasn’t she Avery’s old girl?

  82. Strummer says:

    I’m sure the call on Bernier was correct I’m curious as to how far he can come out and still cover up the puck.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  83. slapshot777 says:

    Correct call on Gleason as well. Toronto should have been penalized for that same play three times before that. The Ref finally had the balls to call it.

  84. slapshot777 says:

    You haven`t a clue about the rules so why form an opinion on it if you don`t know them.

  85. slapshot777 says:

    He can only cover a puck outside the crease as long as he can reach the blue paint with one leg. Iff he can`t touch the blue paint it is illegal to cover the puck.

  86. piper says:

    I’d be shopping him hard right now. But it will be the same old story.

  87. AceTen says:

    Yes trade him now and give up all hope for the next 2-3 years hoping that some draft picks will work out. We have a chance now, why would we wait 4-5 more years for picks that aren’t even a guarantee. Last year we had injuries and Price was off his game.

  88. third generation haber says:

    Hope of what??? we are an average team with him in the lineup. He will not be a star player in 3 years time, but wants to be payed 6 mil. during that season. To make matters worse, his softness is glaring in the playoffs when the going gets much rougher.

    I agree with u on draft picks; it’s young forward prospects (goal scorers) aged 20-21 that we should be looking at. Guys who have already established themselves at the AHL level or who have cracked the NHL and are making an impression.

    Markov will never again be as good as he is now.

    j.p. murray

  89. third generation haber says:

    I’d love to see him get green-lit by Neil. The leaf goons would then make the mistake of trying to muscle up against the Sens.

    No Fraser, Orr and McClaren not themselves (too many concussions?), and Clarkson confusing himself for a tough guy.

    Kadri is the cockiest piece of s$%& I’ve seen in ages, and had Burke not traded for Martin Gerber at the deadline that year, the leafs would have drafted Matt Duchene.

    j.p. murray

  90. AceTen says:

    Without Markov Subban’s 8 mil will be a complete waste. Without Markov Pk doesn’t win the Norris. Without Markov we don’t make the playoffs. Unless MB completely knocks it out of the park he won’t deal Markov.


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