Liveblog: Game 77 – Playoff preview? Let’s hope not. Lightning win easily

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Misleading score

Until Alex Killorn's empty-netter, it looked like the fourth 2-1 game of the season between these teams.

But if it weren't for Carey Price's brilliance, Tampa Bay would have won 6-1.

Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring with his 19th and the Canadiens played a strong first period.

But the home team dominated the final 40 minutes, getting goals by Ryan Callahan, Tyler Johnson (shorthanded) and an empty-netter by Montreal native Alex Killorn.

Carey Price made 30 saves and was the game's First Star.

The Canadiens had 26 shots on Ben Bishop.

The win lifted Tampa Bay past the Canadiens into second place in the Atlantic Division.

Good news: Losses by Washington and New Jersey clinched a playoff berth for the CH.

Bad news: Douglas Murray almost certainly will be suspended for a late-game elbow on Mike Kostka.

Shortie is winner

With the Canadiens on a power play, the puck skipped on Andrei Markov and onto the stick of Tyler Johnson, who beat Carey Price to break a 1-1 tie.

Alex Killorn's empty-netter made it 3-1.

Lightning outshot the Canadiens 12-6, 33-26 on the game.

One scored, one disallowed

Taking advantage of a screw-up at the Canadiens blueline, Ryan Callahan lifted a backhander past Carey Price during a Tampa Bay power play.

Price later made a miraculous save on Teddy Purcell.

Purcell scored at the end of the period, but the goal was disallowed because J.T. Brown was in the crease and interfered with Price.

Replay showed no interference.

Another great night for Chris Lee.

Shots were 11-10 for the home team.

CH break on top

Teddy Purcell hit the goal post behind Carey Price, and the Canadiens goaltender made five frantic stops during a hectic sequence.

Canadiens took almost seven minutes to get their first shot on goal.

But the only goal of the period was scored by Brendan Gallagher, who got his 19th by tipping a loose puck past Ben Bishop.

Shots were 10-10.

Playoff preview?

It's likely the Canadiens and Tampa Bay will hook up in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Still to be determined is home-ice advantage.

The Tuesday tilt is a classic four-pointer: Canadiens sit second in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of TB, but the Lightning have a game in hand. Both teams have been hot in their last 10: The Canadiens are 8-2, TB 7-1-2.

This is the last regular-season game between the teams. All three meetings to date have gone to Overtime, and two were decided by Shootouts. TB has been on the long end of two of the 2-1 final scores.

We're talkin' tight, and this should be a good one.

Likely Lightning lines: Purcell-Stamkos-Brown, Palat-Filppula-Callahan, Killorn-Johnson-Kucherov, Malone-Thompson-Crombeen.

For the Canadiens, Lars Eller has moved onto the third line with Daniel Brière and Brian Gionta. Rene Bourque is bumped down to the fourth line with Ryan White and Michäel Bournival.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

1,197 Comments

  1. WindsorHab-10 says:

    If this was a statement game, man did our team blow it as they stunk out the joint. As Boone mentioned, without Price Tampa would’ve deposited at least 6. Looks like at least 3 games for Murray which is unfortunate for him. I still think & want Tinordi to be in the lineup regularly, but MT is on another planet.

    Does anyone know many shorthanded goals Montreal has given up this year? Which team gave up the most? Just wondering.

  2. The Jackal says:

    So cooling off from the anti-troll roll, it looks like the game was entertaining but ultimately we lost, obviously.
    I didn’t watch but I was following the blog.
    From what Boone wrote, it seemed pretty balanced but TB got the tilt from overall better play.
    Were the penalties weak and usual Peel BS?

    IMO, this is a different beast from the playoffs and the Habs can win the series. On the flip side, so can TB. There won’t be any easy match-ups in the East despite it being wide open. One thing for sure is that all the playoff teams have distinguished themselves as markedly better than any prospective wild card team except perhaps Detroit.

    TB has its strengths and weaknesses, and so do the Habs. It looks to be a series in which speed, skill, and good skating will get the main stage rather than goonery, so that bodes well.’

    Either way, it looks to be an exciting first round for all teams. Win or lose, Montreal has done well this year. I hope for a very good playoff run but no series in the East will be easy.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      1. From about the half way point it wasn’t close. They are a fast harrying team and we were on the back foot the whole time.

      2. It could have been 2-1 at the start of the 3rd. TB got a goal waved off that would often be allowed.

      3. The refereeing was comical. Tim Peel isn’t biased against the Habs. He’s just incompetent. Some obvious penalties not called, others were complete phantom calls. Embarrassing really.

      4. TB’s weakness is they make a lot of turnovers. Problem (for their opponents) is their big freak of a goalie bails them out most of the time.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

  3. chesterfiled says:

    Bad, miscalculated hit by Murray. If he takes possible suspension like a man, good karma for CH. I believe it was motivated by hits to Markov and Galchenyuk, accidental or good hockey play minutes before.
    With beer goggles on I say Chucky played ok. He has the talent to play double, but opposition veterans get in his head. He is still a kid and I agree with management to shelter with our market. I like that he is with Plek, his second and third gear will appear if he saves his signature deek moves come out after several shifts of economic and and graceful vision plays that confuse and anger opposition d.
    Eller, either he rebounds or starts to play like Plekanec.
    Subban is still my dude

  4. Marc10 says:

    So we lost again to Tampa Bay…

    The one positive is Carey Price. No matter what happens our man Carey has become the goalie we all hoped he could be. What a gem! Congrats to Stephane Waite on a stellar job getting the big man to the next level. He is outstanding.

    Now the rest of the team have to jack their emotional level to match their goalie’s. Lots of work to do, but at least between the pipes that question mark is gone.

  5. ooder says:

    Just saw that dd giveaway. Lol peewee stuff

  6. monmick says:

    Erik Gudbranson showed a lot of courage today dropping the gloves against Matt Carkner (2 Ottawa boys)…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • CJ says:

      I grew up with Matt. Played hockey and baseball against each other fir years. He’s tough as nails.

      • monmick says:

        He took on Krys Barch shortly after the Gudbranson fight. The Panthers took exception to a Carkner hit on Scottie Upshall, but it looked to me like Upshall was hit to the head by his own stick on the Carkner hit. Weird play…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  7. slapshot777 says:

    Habs have 5 games left, like to see them get to the century mark. It’s not a must or anything just a nice little goal since the so called “experts” picked them to just squeak in.

    • chesterfiled says:

      Yeah! Plus Detroit dominating, Phlyers flying, Rangers ranging, Senators holding seats…
      Is it me or the years Habs hold underdog status preseason, they inch out more?
      2012 for one

  8. monmick says:

    With Gorges out and Murray suspended, do the Habs call up Beaulieu?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • slapshot777 says:

      I don’t think we will see Beaulieu in this years playoffs unless the Habs have a lot of casualties on the back end.

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        Yes, anything to avoid having an upcoming young player upstage an old, broken down useless veteran player. The Habs coaching philosophy in a nutshell.

        • formerly known as the hc says:

          At this stage of the season, you are dreaming if you think a kid in the minors will come up and play lights out defense in the playoffs. Don’t kid yourself: the same folks screaming blue murder to have him brought up would be screaming for his crucifixion if he made a game losing error.

          -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

    • The_Truth says:

      No.

      Subban-Bouillon
      Markov-Emelin
      Weaver-Tinordi

      Gorges back next week

  9. slapshot777 says:

    The silver lining in this for the Habs is that they don’t really need Murray for a series against Tampa. If this was Boston, then it may have been a little different. Gorges and Tinordi in and Murray and Boullion out. That is an upgrade for the Habs.

  10. Habilis says:

    P.K. got his lowest ice time of the season tonight. Biggest game of the season (sort of) and our stud D gets less than 20 minutes?

    There can only be one explanation. MT was trying to lull Cooper into a false sense on security by doing wacky things.

    Seriously though, what is that? I didn’t see any egregious errors on P.K.’s part. Did I miss something?

    Edit: I’m not trying to troll MT here, I don’t think this is why we lost. But it’s confusing.

    • The_Truth says:

      Without all the Montreal penalties, PK would have been about at his usual TOI

      • Habilis says:

        Yep, didn’t consider that. Penalty calls did dominate this one. Won’t be like that come playoff time. Never is.

      • NCRhabsfan says:

        Yeah, Boston used to sit Orr when there were a lot of penalties and Robinson hardly saw the ice when there were a lot of penalties. Sometimes Weber doesn’t play at all if his team is short handed, because everyone knows you win games by sitting your only bona fida NHL star on the bench.

        • The_Truth says:

          Montreal is like 3rd overall in the league on the PK. Subban still averages 25 mins a game with a lot of PP time. There is no issue there. Doesn’t mean the MT haters won’t try to make one.

          • CJ says:

            Not trying to pick sides. IMO, you both make good points.

            IMO, great coaches separate themselves from good coaches based on their in game adjustments. You have to realize that your best defenceman has played 18 minutes. You need to find a way to get him on the ice. Therien is a good coach. We seem to be very good in the first period, which is indicative of preparation and getting the boys ready. Therien deserves an A for this, again IMO.

            However, his in game adjustments are sometimes perplexing, at best. In this category, I’d give him a C.

            Lastly, I won’t grade him on personnel moves because I’m sure Bergevin helps guide the process, with input from Therien. I’d rate it a B.

            Just my two cents….

          • The_Truth says:

            I am not sure what in game adjustments you wanted him to make. Put PK out there on the PK, when he hasn’t been there all year? How good was PK in his 18mins? Average I think.

            Outside of Price, it was a team loss. They came out not bad and then were flat. I could see it wasn’t their night after 10 mins. They just didn’t have it for whatever reason. DD line wasn’t very good and neither was anyone else really. Didn’t skate or compete very hard and a lot of bad penalties, which were the result of not skating and competing

          • CJ says:

            I agree PK has been average. IMO, this is the guy who we are talking about paying $8-$9 million a year. Put him in a position to succeed.

            If Tampa would have played half the game on the PP and Subban can no longer handle that assignment – this I don’t agree with – then he needs to be on the ice for the other 30 minutes.

  11. 24AW says:

    Teams lose when they don’t come to play 60-minutes, that’s what happened tonight. It’s simple, if you wanna win you have to out play the other team for 60-minutes didn’t happen tonight and lets hope they don’t do that in the playoffs.

  12. monmick says:

    Murray has zero lateral movement. If an opponent side-steps him to avoid a hit, Murray’s only option is to throw an elbow…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • slapshot777 says:

      True, but this hit was pretty much in front of him. We’ll see what happens in the next day or so.

    • D Mex says:

      His lateral is very limited – a north-south guy whose friend is the shortest (straight) route from point A to point B.
      His strength is playing in front of our net and just about any battle situation. It looks like he can only benefit from skating instruction (which he is well aware of) – an instructor who has worked with my teams also works with many NHLers in the offseason. Gaston Gingras was doing skating instruction with the Habs a few seasons back – they would have someone as well.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

  13. slapshot777 says:

    Habs have a couple of days to get ready Ottawa. They had better be prepared for that on because Ottawa may want to exact revenge on the Habs in more ways then one. I think this game they may just want to dress Parros if for nothing else then to have a deterrent.

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  15. monmick says:

    Michel Therrien = Rodney Dangerfield

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  16. Ozmodiar says:

    Keep those guesses coming on the murray suspension, folks.

    Shouldn’t be too hard to predict given the league’s track record, right?

  17. CJ says:

    I hated the Murray elbow. I wouldn’t like it if someone (Gryba) did the same thing to Max or anyone else. I’m guessing it’s worthy of a 2-3 game suspension. I’d seriously have no issue if it was 10+ games, but the league isn’t there….yet.

    Just my two cents….CJ

    • slapshot777 says:

      Not on that type of elbow and especially with a player with no history. Not making excuses for Murray, but a guy with no history of this I can’t see him trying to actually hit him in the head. It as a hit that just went wrong. To bad it had to injure someone.

    • Habilis says:

      With you on both counts. Murray’s history (clean) will play a big part here. The fact that he’s played so physical for such a long time without being suspended will lighten the sentence. I think you called it exactly right with 2-3 games.

      But yeah it was ugly. I don’t like seeing that ever, especially not from someone wearing the CH.

    • Le Jadester says:

      Just saw Murray’s interview on rds……I think he knows he effed up a bit. Camera on the play shows a lot. I didn’t mind coach cooper’s thoughts on it either.

      Habs, OLE !

  18. nek25plus says:

    I agree as per PK, he is stuck with Boullion and I don’t like taking B down as he has been a good vet in this league. Just don’t feel PK should have to sit back and mop up. He too offensively talented not to be used properly.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Boullion was last an effective NHL player in 2009. He is way past his best before date and his ice time is a testament to the failure of the Habs to understand that this type of player is NOT their future. Every minute of ice time he eats up is a minute that isn’t afforded to one of the young D trying to develop.

  19. Cal says:

    A night to forget aside from Gally’s rebound goal. Decent first period, followed by a poor last 40 minutes. Lots of trouble for the Habs handling a bouncing puck tonight, and TBay was quick to forecheck and take away time. Habs did that early but stopped doing it as the game wore on. DD made a few bonehead passes (he could have collected an assist on TBay’s winner), but his line seemed to be the only one to press their advantage.
    So, a probable 5 games for Murray, giving Tinordi more experience before the playoffs. Boo is horrible with PK. Worst pairing I’ve seen for a long time that has PK as one of the pair. PK looked a lot lost out there tonight.
    Price was a rock and played a spectacular game. No goal support, but he did send a message to the Lightning. He is ready.
    Better times directly ahead…or not.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      That one save was absolutely sick! Still not sure if he got it with the lip of the glove or the skate guard as he wind-milled, but that was sen-sa-tional!

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  20. danhabsfan says:

    We are almost out of depth. Boullion plays to much, PK plays too little. Bourque only lays after sitting out 7 games. Everything seems to rise and fall on Price. This team has to play better and MT needs to play the players that deserve ice, not ones he likes. If we don’t win the first round, MT needs to go.

  21. habkin says:

    No intensity after the first period. The team down played this game while TB were eager to win. Way too many penalties taken and called against the Habs. Price is ready for the playoffs. Hope the team gets that hunger to win back in them. Even though TB plays all but one at home, the teams they play are fighting for playoff seating. Montreal will win the series in 6.

  22. NCRhabsfan says:

    Ouch. If that Habs and TB teams show up in the 1st round, it’s over in 4.

    • slapshot777 says:

      Habs just had too much sun plus Plecky and Emelin both had to leave and come back for family reasons. It is hard to practice lines when your centreman is not there and your defense partner is not with you either. It’s not the reason they lost, just too much sun and fun in the end.

  23. nek25plus says:

    Douglas Murray has been in the league a long time. Has no past record of bad hits. It was unfortunate, but let’s not judge him so harshly that we make it easy for the league. I think we were a little too relaxed from our three days of sunny Florida. Let’s hope they get back on track. I hate as I’m sure does the Team, that we clinched a playoff spot while losing. Not the way I want to clinch or
    Get into the playoffs. GHG

  24. slapshot777 says:

    Any word on the status of Moen, Prust and Weise ?

    • CJ says:

      Prust and Weise are likely ready for the playoffs (based on previous communications bad time lines). Moen has a concussion. He could be back tomorrow, or he might be out for the rest of the season. Not that I’m in the business, but I’d shut it down for the season. He’s had at least two in the past two years that I can remember. You can’t be too careful.

      Pronger is still experiencing headaches. Savard is still sensitive to light. Players need to consider the long term implications. Everyone’s different, but whether it’s Moen, Crosby or anyone else these guys are dad’s, brothers, uncles…. They are people. They need to think about that.

    • monmick says:

      Even if Moen is cleared to play, I’m afraid he won’t be an effective player again until next year. It took him a very long time to rediscover his game after his last concussion…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  25. CJ says:

    Couple of quick thoughts before I turn in;

    Lots of talk about Chucky and Eller. Both players are struggling and have become lightning rods for criticism. I understand it to a degree. However, where is the accountability for our veterans? Bourque and Briere did nothing tonight. They had the least amount of ice time. What’s up with that? Chucky and Eller are only going to get better in the years ahead, here or elsewhere. Can you honestly say the same about Briere or Bourque?

    IMO, from the vantage point of my couch, we are prepared to win and lose with our veterans. We have zero confidence in our younger players. PK played under 20 minutes, just about the least of all defencemen. He is our best defenceman, yet, instead of partnering him with a player of similar skill and abilities, we sidle him with our 7/8 defenceman Bouillion. He is not trusted on the PK, yet we talk about giving him $8-$9 million a year long term. Talk about contradiction. Many have heard me say this, but nobody has yet answered, what other team does this?

    People might think this is an opportunistic post. Fact is, the only thing different tonight vs games during the past three weeks is the outcome. DD turns it over, Tampa scores, no big deal. Tinordi makes a similar mistake, doesn’t get bailed out, and he’s a goat. He’s barely played since. Speaking of getting bailed out, Markov owes Price a percentage of whatever his next contract is worth. The majority want to extend him another 3 years. I’ve counted two complete games that Marky has played since the deadline, against the Ducks (shoot out winner) and on the road against the Bruins. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this point and others further.

    Lastly, I want to add some positives. Price. Great game. I thought the first goal was weak, but he was on fire otherwise. Anyone else in net and we lose by 4 or more goals. He is one of, if not the best. White and Bournival. Awesome. Keep it going boys. I only hope you have done enough to earn the coaches trust. I have my doubts, but I hope I’m wrong because you both do your job exceptionally well. Pleks and Galley worked really hard and created secondary chances on the heals of their speed. Gionta tries very hard, so I also want to recognize the effort.

    Seems like a lot of people want the Captain resigned. Weaver too. DD and Galley are coming back, as is Briere. Looks like we will be small again next year. As much as I hate them, I have a perverse respect for Boston. Young, big, fast, strong. Sure, they are a bunch of xxxxx, but all they do is win. We aren’t following their model, so what direction are we going? Are we trend setters (going old and small) or are we slow to adapt to the new NHL?

    Looking forward to catching up tomorrow. We will bounce back in Ottawa – I hope (I pray). Take care everyone! Cheers, CJ

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Yeah, gotta say, that is Therrien’s fatal flaw. He leans so heavily on his vets, and has zero trust in his younger players. 17 minutes for Subban? Insane.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • CJ says:

        Not many teams can contain PK. I’m sure they game plan and go over ways to try and neutralize his skill and abilities. Little did they know, the best way to neutralize our best defenceman is to pair him with our 7/8 guy, who is 38 and 5’8″ and at the end of his career.

        To put that in perspective, it would be like the Sens pairing Karlsson with Gryba’s backup. Boroweicki? Joe Corvo?

        It makes no sense. You invest in your best players. We hired Waite, arguably the best in the business to support Price. What are we doing to support PK? I can’t even bring myself to mention Beaulieu any longer. I’ve kicked that stone so many times my foot hurts. I just want to see PK with a player of similar skill set. They were terrific together in Toronto in January, but instead of trying it again, we scrap the pair.

        Oh well. It’s late and I’ve promised not to go there again. We are winning right. I can’t argue following such a great stretch of hockey.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      CJ, If I understand you correctly I’m entirely in agreement with you. Markov, Gionta, Boullion et al are not the future of this team, Eller, Gally, Tinordi, Beaulieu and others are. It is very disturbing that they are struggling under a regime that should be doing whatever it takes to ensure their development. I don’t see any purpose in signing any of the veteran free agents. Does anyone really think Gionta, Markov, the cube and others will even be as good next year. Time to move on, and time to adopt a coaching philosophy that is entirely about developing a championship team in a couple of years and not at all about a meaningless brief appearance in the playoffs this season. Tampa Bay is a much better team than Montreal today. Maybe not next year or the year after, but as long as we send out Gionta, Desharnais, Briere, Boullion and Markov, they will own us.

      • CJ says:

        Thank you for sharing. Someone noted, please excuse the fact that I have forgotten who, in the game blog that Tampa had divested themselves of Vinny and Marty, in favor of salary cap flexibility and futures (picks, prospects and Callahan), yet they keep winning. They are a better team this year, yet they are also younger and more flexible going forward. If we lock into Markov for 3-4 years at $6 million a season, where’s the flexibility if something goes wrong? He’s not going to be better. Gionta and Weaver another two years each? Murray back? At some point we need to turn the corner.

        I’m a big baseball fan. The Yankees got themselves into the same mess. Fortunately they are able to buy themselves out of it. With the hard cap in hockey we don’t have that same luxury. As I said earlier, other teams are opting for younger, more cost effective solutions, yet we are getting older. Compounding that is the fact we want to sign a number of our free agents. So, we are bucking the trend. Does that make us trend setters, or slow to recognize new opportunities?

    • The Jackal says:

      Very good criticisms CJ, obviously our Habs did not look their best tonight, but that’s what we gotta roll with.

      I will reply in full tomorrow because I am at the saloon (yes, with a computer), but I sympathize with your critique and feel that we would do better breaking in the young guns already, but at the same time don’t think we need to, nor should we, emulate the Bruins. The Habs are going the way of the Hawks and that’s the model MB knows best, which is great for us.

      PS – Holler at a fellow U of T grad.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • CJ says:

        Thank you sir!

        With respect to the Bruins, I’m suggesting, as much as anything, their willingness to integrate young players. I don’t want to be a carbon copy of Lucic or Marchand, but I do like what they did with Krug and Hamilton. Repeated the process this year with Miller.

  26. Lil Snapper says:

    Ok in all honesty, The hit was awful. That being said, it may have appearred that Murray was going in for a mega hit then at the last second tried to bail (seeing the skater change position)but could only drop his elbow instead of his whole shoulder, thus delivering what appearred to be a dirty hit to the head. I am just stating what I saw, I wouldn’t like to think that Murray wanted him dead,, but you never know!

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      That’s the way it looked to me. Not to forgive him for a bad head-hit, but I don’t think it was an intent-to-injure thing. Just a bad panic response to missing the check at the blue-line.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Does it matter? Will the Habs miss him? Maybe now we get to see Tinordi who will be 10 times the player Murray ever dreamed of being. Don’t get me wrong, I like Murray and I like the physicality he gives the Habs D, but he just isn’t a part of the future, short, medium or long term. For the sake of the kids, I hope the league throws the book at him. It’s time to stop letting MT’s short sighted goals short circuit the Habs future.

  27. slapshot777 says:

    Gorges aiming for the Detroit or Chicago game. I can’t see how if he can’t slap the puck yet.

  28. fastfreddy says:

    Okay, they lost, people are upset, so I’ll vent a little. First, Bourque should not be on this team, waive him, sit him, talk of buying him out, do so. Second, Markov should not be brought back, at least not at the salary he’s making now, and not for longer than a year, he’s lost more than a step and he’s not getting younger or better. Bring up the youth, they’re faster, stronger, sure they’ll make mistakes,but they’ve got to learn at some point. Third, fire MT, he’s not a good coach IMO, awful powerplay. There, I had to get that off my chest, sorry for the rant.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  29. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Well, clearly that’s not the case if I’m the one correcting “your” grammar. Lol.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  30. Black Horse says:

    Ian, the brain has been the same 100 yrs ago as today. It has not changed. It looked worse that it was.

  31. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Oooo, Therrien got asked why Subban only played 17 minutes. That’s a first. His answer? “No reason.” Lol.

  32. C-Sword says:

    Best players for the Habs during the playoffs will be Eller, Bourque and Briere, just watch.

  33. Storman says:

    Holy Crap Columbus loses 3-2 to Avs but Columbus scores all 5 goals

  34. lizard ranger says:

    the I’m so angry I have to TYPE IN ALL CAPS crowd is out . I feel for Murray but he deserves the (likely) suspension . I’d like to think the Habs are the kind of team that wouldn’t employ the kind of guy that would ever intentionally hurt another player .
    twi, you’re cracking me up .

  35. w.p.d says:

    What happened to the days of playing guilty as Lafleur called it. If you’re going to hoot with the owls, better be prepared to soar with the eagles.

  36. boing007 says:

    Now that the Habs are playoff bound could MT please bench Cube and let Tinordi get some experience before the end of the season?

    Richard R

  37. Monahab says:

    Wow! Will be 5 for Murray and well deserved. Gives Tinordi his chance to get comfortable in a spot before the playoffs. Biggest factor this year is depth. I’m a strong believer that a series is most often decided by the bottom 6 forwards….it’s what they establish on a number of levels that gives one team or the other the sense that “we got this”. It’s that “sense” that decides games and almost every
    series. Pittsburg’s not going any further, this year for example than NYI’s would have in the 80′s without Butch Goring even with Trottier and Bossy in their top 6.


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