M.I.A.

Personal business precludes attendance at the Bell Centre tonight.

Red Fisher won’t be there, either. He’s being inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame tonight.

No Boone + No Red = No reason to go on living.

But I’m counting on the Commentariat to amuse themselves during what should be a tough game against the Kings.

Jacques Martin worked his team hard at practice yesterday.

We’ll see … that is, you’ll see what effect it has.

Puck drops 7:35ish.

Have fun without me (as though that were possible!)

484 Comments

  1. Chorske says:

    I’ve never managed to convince myself that Williams did that on purpose. He was careless with his stick, rot his soul, but I have watched replay after replay and never seen a deliberate intent to injure.

    It’s a bit the same way with Staal’s weird knee on knee collision with Markov. Staal is an idiot for making that play at a meaningless point of the game, but I don’t see intent to injure.

  2. heavy-evy says:

    Gomez will score tonight>>>if he can hit the net

  3. SPATS says:

    O’Byrne loving Colorado, with nice things to say about the Habs

    http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/Byrne+having+Avalanche/3874865/story.html

  4. MathMan says:

    You DO realize that a team that goes 6-4-0 over 82 games will end up with 49 wins, 98 points, and a surefire playoff berth right? With no OT loser points whatsoever?

    Personally, I’d be quite satisfied if the Habs won 60% of their games…

  5. Danno says:

    Boone don’t leave us. We can’t blog if blogging is without you.

     

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

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Justin Williams is one of the leading scorers for the Kings this season. You may remember this particular SOB as the one who put his stick in Koivu’s eye in the 2006 playoffs. Here’s rooting for a puck to his face tonight.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  7. P St. Pierre says:

    I’d still do that trade…Eller will be the number 2 center soon enough anyways…he looks good, just needs some finishers on his wings, in my opinion.

  8. avatar_58 says:

    OK -Gomez for their 1st round pick

  9. OneTimer says:

    G-Man: you sir, have just been owned

  10. Mr.Hazard says:

    Yeah! And then they could unload Souray on us. Then we get our former high-scoring defenseman and PP point-man for half the price :)

  11. obrien says:

    We would probably get Horcoff back, which I don’t think is reason enough to trade Gomez

  12. G-Man says:

    20 games does not a season make- Habs are 6 -4 last 10. They are showing their truer nature; a team that will barely make it. This season, it isn’t Price letting the team down. It’s someone a little more expensive.

  13. sidhu says:

    Maybe we can send Scotty to Edmonton, they are looking for a center ;)

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=342670

  14. smiler2729 says:

    LOL. Yeah, I don’t miss all those Halakians, maybe they moved to a Blues sight.

  15. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Anybody seen Slovak in awhile? I haven’t noticed him posting articles about Halak in awhile. Just asking.

  16. MikeL says:

    I know it seems foolish to a lot of people when line combinations are brought up, but I really don’t like our current lines.

    I have two proposals.

    1) Put Gionta back with Gomez, and find them a 2nd line winger. That means putting the very effective Pleks, Cammy and AK46 line together as well.

    or

    2) If JM insists on keeping Gionta, Pleks and AK46 together, let Cammalleri play with Lars Eller.

    Gomez is a very interesting player. His whole career he’s been labeled as a passer. But does that actually mean he is a good passer? Gomez is a pass first guy, obviously. But, IMO, he is not a good passer. His skill is his speed, and that allows him to create chances by getting the puck to his line mates. The problem is, most of his passes are inaccurate, or even bouncing. The reason he has such great success with Gionta in the past was because Gionta has incredible hand eye coordination. He can knock those knuckling Gomez passes down, or even knock them out of the air and into the net.

    The problem is Cammalleri is a sniper. He needs a pass which is fast, and more importantly, flat to the ice. He tees up his one timers often on the complete opposite side of the ice to where the pass is coming from. Gomez can’t do this for him. Gomez likes to make very quick, short passes. Give and go type plays.

    Cammalleri needs to play with either Pleks or Eller. I really like Lars Eller (maybe more than most) and I feel he has a lot of Saku Koivu in him. Works hard, wins battles, strong on his feet, pass first type of player. Like Koivu, speed isn’t his greatest asset, but he makes up for it with smarts.

    I just can’t see the current line combinations bringing us success over the long term. Maybe JM knows this and is just trying to wake up certain players, but he eventually needs to go back to what works.

  17. Wayne says:

    LOL, true Hab fans employ auto-nard lockdown during games. Good to see you on the board at this time of night J.J. I’m diggin’ that Turku cam too. Thing is, the couple of times I watched it, the same guy rides a bike through the shot.

  18. HardHabits says:

    You sir have some excellent self control skills!!!!

  19. Habies says:

    And now it’s in the net, pumpkins!

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Indeed, Kirk should tap PK on the bench and remind him that’s one of the reasons Doughty is Top 5 in the NHL.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  21. Just A Guy says:

    Hmmm Kostitsyn loked good on the point there on that 6 on 5. I wonder…

     

  22. JIMVINNY says:

    Tht was such an obvious penalty, but I thought for a second it wasn’t going to get called.

     

  23. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s funny, Kostitsyn just had a dominant shift.

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    Biggest difference between Doughty and Subban, Doughty uses a wrist shot.

  25. sidhu says:

    Agreed — no way we are getting Eberle or Paajarvi. 

    If we give up Gomez, we’d have to get struggling players and/or big contracts in return.  No way we will get top rookies like Eberle.  It would be something like Gomez, Pyatt, Pacioretty for Cogliano, Brule, and Gilbert.

  26. VancouverHab says:

    Cammi not playing well — neither is AK

  27. Chorske says:

    Habs chasing the puck a bit here. Not a great start.

  28. Keith says:

    L.A has no problem going to the net. But I like our push-back.

  29. Chorske says:

    Some pretty sloppy play in our own end to start things off.

    The Kings look fast.

  30. andrewberkshire says:

    Subban with a very bad read.

  31. Chorske says:

    Detrot is close at 2.8 ish. But who needs goaltending when you’ve got that depth.

  32. JIMVINNY says:

    Betcha 19year-old clifford was telling PK to give him respect….

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    I hear this 6’4″ Centre called Sean Courturier will likely be available in June this year for EDM.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  34. Chorske says:

    Even the Flyers spend more on goaltending. And we all know what THEY’RE like.

  35. Keith says:

    Not the same without Mr. Boone but we’ll manage like  we’ve had to when his mom passed away a while back. Hope he and Red have a good time. Looking for alot more skating tonight than monday’s game. the Habs stopped skating in the second, and when the Habs stop skating and playing the type of game they need to play, then the result is usually in the loss column. GO HABS GO!!!

  36. J.J. of Turku says:

    How sweet is this:

    I got permission to watch game in bed if I wear headphones and don’t type too hard while watching (incl. no yelling or moaning or any kind of loud, disturbing noise :)

    Looks like I’ve played my cards well…

    Let’s have a good one!

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  37. JIMVINNY says:

    A play on which every Kings fan in the world claimed there was a hold by Higgins.  How the guy with puck commits a hold, I never figured out, but whatever.

  38. Chorske says:

    So we’re facing the backup? Quick is listed at $1.8, Bernier is listed at $800k.

    As an aside: that’s gotta be the lowest combined goaltending salary in the league. I had a quick scan through about a dozen teams and LA’s $2.6 was the lowest.

  39. TB says:

    awesome someon in the comments of that article suggests this trade

    eberle and hemsky to montreal for gomez, moen, lapierre and pyatt or eberle, hemsky and pajarrvi to mtl for gomez, moen, lapierre, pyatt, eller, darche.

    Tambellini would have to have breadpudding for brains to make this trade

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    RDS Stream if you like.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  41. MICP says:

    link for us in the USA please.

  42. joeybarrie says:

    You know what they say about assumptions….

     

     

    Submitted by G-Man on Fri, 06/18/2010 – 04:43.

    “And I think we all know that Price is a lot better than Niemi and
    Leighton.”

    No, he isn’t.

    Submitted by G-Man on Fri, 06/18/2010 – 04:49.

    Price has proved over and over that he sucks. This team’s management is
    beyond mentally challenged. My question is: did Goatier trade Halak because
    some1 hit him with a sledgehammer on the and then say, “Ok. YOu’re
    prepared. Make a trade.” Because the net results are the same. Worst trade
    since Roy was
    moved.

    Submitted by G-Man on Fri, 06/18/2010 – 04:59.

    Enjoy last place.

    I think it is safer for you to comment about things AFTER they happen.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Drop the effin’ puck, I’m going to hang myself on that Western road trip.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  44. HFX-HabFan says:

    If memory serves me correctly, the last time the Kings came to town was during the (ill-fated) centennial season, and we won on a Chris Higgins (straightarming of Drew Doughty en route to a) breakway goal.

    One of the last few happy games before the barber pole uni game where we lost Lang and Latendresse and all Stanley Cup dreams went up in flames soonafter.

  45. Ayan_SB says:

    Should be a good game.

    Subban, Simmonds, Bernier and Doughty are former teammates from the 2008 Canadian WJC.

     

  46. HFX-HabFan says:

    For those of you who missed it earlier:

    Continuing the “debut roster” series, here is a roster comprised entirely of current NHLers who made their league debut in a Los Angeles Kings uniform:

    Cammalleri-Kopitar-Brown

    Frolov-Jokinen-Simmonds

    Blake-Belanger-Purcell

    Moulson-Reinprecht-Parros

    O’Sullivan

    Visnovsky-Doughty

    Johnson-Gleason

    O’Donnell-Corvo

    Harrold

    Quick

    Bernier

    Total cost: $54.3million, or $5.1million under the salary cap.  A pretty deep group of forwards, a capable blueline, and a good young tandem in net (a few years ago, the duo between the pipes would have been Huet and Legace…my how times have changed).

  47. ths says:

    Guys lets try and blog the game using the comments

    Would be a great service for us not able to watch cheers !

    I’ll start if someone can post a pic of Chantelle for me to comment on

     

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  48. habguy says:

    like Gainey?

  49. HabFab says:

    So Boone’s the “living legend of sportswriters” dinner date??

     

    Verrry Interresting!!!

  50. PureGuava says:

    I’d make that trade. Souray for Gomer. Done deal…..Hell, i’d take Redden at this point.

  51. hab_skill says:

    Haha Eller! That was pretty sweet,.

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    True enough, granted it’ll be between them and Isles who can suck their way to a Franchise defencemen more.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  53. Castor says:

    Class act that guy. Too bad he didn’t work out here. Hope he does well!

  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    You forgot:

     

    Submitted by G-Man on Fri, 01/18/2002 – 04:49.

    Saddam’s got weapons of mass destruction.

     

     

     

     

  55. Danno says:

    Dirty Danny belongs on the Island of Misfit Toys

    Ohhh wait….

     

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

  56. Ayan_SB says:

    From HF Boards.com:

    Danny Briere the elf.

    http://i52.tinypic.com/357hfs1.gif

  57. Ayan_SB says:

    EDM has a terrible defence. Adam Larsson can possibly change that if he’s drafted by them.

  58. andrewberkshire says:

    If Eller and Gomez get it going at the same time, that’s 4 solid lines folks.

  59. Danno says:

    Loved the celebratory face rub

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

  60. Bred says:

    What the heck is the crowd chanting?

  61. Hockey Socks says:

    So its plainly obvious then that Mathieu Darche is the team’s MVP.

  62. HabFanSince72 says:

    Maybe they’re just having an off-night but based on this the Kings are not Stanley Cup contenders. Compare the way they are playing us to the way the Flyers played us on Monday.

  63. ShangaDoo says:

    Man, I am absolutely LOVING the game tonight! 

    AK46 for the Gordie Howe!

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  64. twilighthours says:

    Just dump the puck into his corner and he’ll win the battle.  Unheralded but such a key guy.  

  65. habsruleworld says:

    bernier, bernier, bernier

  66. HardHabits says:

    Burr-neeeee-ay! Burr-neeeee-ay! Burr-neeeee-ay! Burr-neeeee-ay!

  67. Ayan_SB says:

    Moar bag skates!!!

  68. Bob_Sacamano says:

    They have been struggling a little bit lately but I saw three or four Kings games at the beginning of the season and they were absolutely impressive.

  69. Chorske says:

    They’re calling BERNIER. It’s lame. It’s the shits.

    The crowd at the Bell << the crowd at the Forum

  70. HardHabits says:

    I’d rather compare the way the Habs are playing them as compared to the way they played the Flyers on Monday.

  71. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think the Kings need more than 1 playoff round loss to get experience among their core before they can really make a run myself. I’m calling the Red Wings to represent the West in the SCF this year, I think they’ve got a run left in them with Lidstrom playing like a cyborg again plus Datsyuk, Zetterberg back to normal.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  72. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    One of my happiest moments of the season, RIGHT THERE!!!!

  73. avatar_58 says:

    ELLER!!!! YES!!!

  74. Chorske says:

    YAY LARS!

    And boo to those who say JM isn’t goo dwith the kids. After that lame penalty, I might’ve benched him.

  75. Wayne says:

    ELLER! Congrats kid.

  76. NoTinFoilCups says:

    ELLER! YYYEEEESSSS! Whoohoo!

  77. Keith says:

    Eller gets his first!! Nice to see the kid smile after that one!

  78. twilighthours says:

    There’s a guy who deserved a goal.  Awesome stuff.

  79. Danno says:

    A great day for a great Dane! Bravo Lars!

     

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

  80. SUMO says:

    Lars breaks his cherry!!

  81. Norm0770 says:

    Eller just tied Halak for goals!!

  82. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lars Eller! He earned that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  83. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Jaro who?

    :-)

  84. HABdriven says:

    Terrific Eller!!!!!!!

  85. B says:

    Eller gets his first on a Lapierre’ian spin-o-rama!

  86. Habhopeful says:

    Good for him he deserves it, he works hard and judging by his teamates reactions, he is being integrated into this team

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  87. JasonM says:

    Kings gameplan is down the potty.

  88. PrimeTime says:

    LOL This site is sooo bi-polar

     

    Congrats Lars on #1 !!

     

    Picard is having a great game.

  89. Larry says:

    Pretty obvious the boys like Eller and appreciate the effort he has been putting in. They were very happy for him. That is good to see. This team is gelling, they like each other and it is a pleasure to watch.

  90. HardHabits says:

    If you have Digital 5.1 audio the commentary is on the middle speaker only. I watched the game at a friend’s Saturday with no commentary only the crowd noise. (only works for games at the Bell Centre or places with digital audio).

  91. Sheldon says:

    No, but your poor-man’s Nostradamus act wears me thin!

  92. RGM says:

    Classy.

    Go Habs Go!

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    Beautiful rush by Andrei, slick pick-up and pass to Pleky by Gio, 3-1 for the Habs :)

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  94. VancouverHab says:

    GREAT rush by AK….  And the RDS announcers judge that it was accidental contact on Price.

  95. Keith says:

    What a rush by Subban, and a great set-up to Plecky for a beauty goal!!!

  96. punkster says:

    AK playing well tonight, as is Gio. Actually lots of guys in red playing well.

  97. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    the Mullet Man needs to watch out..Cammi is going to go postal on him

  98. JasonM says:

    Why can’t Benoit Brunet get injured? I can’t take him anymore.

  99. JIMVINNY says:

    Shut up, Smythe.  You deserved a penalty on the goal, too.

  100. SUMO says:

    The Kings spend alot of time bitching abt calls.

  101. Keith says:

    Great play by Cammy to keep it in!

  102. andrewberkshire says:

    That was about as dominant as a PP gets without scoring.

  103. JD_ says:

    Cammy’s leg went a bit volchenkovy there for a sec. Heart skipped a beat.

    Is Smyth bawlin’ in the box, you know, that way he does?

  104. JIMVINNY says:

    Accidental or not, if the goalie’s in the crease, it should be ruled no goal. The ref doesn’t have to assess a penalty, but it cannot result in a goal.

  105. avatar_58 says:

    Cammy’s angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry….

  106. joeybarrie says:

    WHO SAID GOMEZ SLUMP ENDS TONIGHT??????????????

    I DID BITCH*S….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  107. Yeats says:

    Kings are going nowhere until they wake up and don their old purple unis!!!

  108. JasonM says:

    Gorges is such a good dman. I cannot say this enough.

    What did we get for him again?

  109. shootdapuck says:

    You should have heard Scuderi whining between periods on the King’s broadcast.

    “we’re just thinking too much about what the ref will call!”

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  110. since1988 says:

    We gave up Rivet..also got Sharks 1st round pick who turned into Pacioretty

     

    “When people agree with me i always feel that i must be wrong” – Oscar Wilde

  111. VancouverHab says:

    Yeah–that sure looked scary.

    Great rush and diagonal pass across the front of the crease by P.K.

  112. JIMVINNY says:

    The kings can whine about the reffing all they want, they were gifted a goal on a terrible missed call.

  113. JD_ says:

    Yeah, that one.

  114. Sheldon says:

    Did anyone ever call you a gaping anus? Let me be the first!

  115. Keith says:

    Hauls down Moeman and no call!

  116. JasonM says:

    Moen gor rocked there.

  117. VancouverHab says:

    This is a question not a comment: what’s the logic behind Moen with Gomez & Cammi instead of Pouliot?

  118. joeybarrie says:

    Are you not happy Gomez scores

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  119. JasonM says:

    “we thinking too much because we don’t know if the refs will call goalie interference or not”

  120. B says:

    One of the best things that Gretzky did for the Kings was getting rid of the cartoon colours.

  121. JIMVINNY says:

    On another note, it appears that our boys learned their lesson about sitting back with a two-zero lead.  They are running the kings ragged so far in the second period.

  122. VancouverHab says:

    Hmmm… thanks for that info.

  123. JasonM says:

    Pouliot doesn’t deserve to be demoted to the 2nd line?

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    Pacioretty has 2 goals tonight, 10 in 19 games now.

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    Who now has 6 goals in his last 3 games Btw, he’s having the perfect development year in Hamilton. He’ll be great for MTL  next season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  126. SUMO says:

    I’m watching their feed. Even the announcers are complaining. Waste of breath.

  127. Habhopeful says:

    then should they have taken gomez’s goal
    away?

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  128. Wayne says:

    One of the few lopsided trades going the Habs way.

  129. JIMVINNY says:

    That particular D pairing can get into a lot of trouble when under a heavy forecheck.

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    Hamrlik just mauled Dustin Brown. When he lines a guy up Hammer is actually a devestating checker.

  131. Castor says:

    It’s because Pouliot found a role on the line with Darche and Halpern and we don’t have anyone else to fill that role. (That’s why they even tried Pyatt a couple of weeks ago)

  132. JasonM says:

    We should call him up and put him on our 4th line!

  133. larisalapointe says:

    Benoit Brunet is a closet Kings fan. All he talks about tonight is how great the Kings are. ???

  134. Wayne says:

    Pyatt’s mind is still in Steeltown I think.

  135. SeriousFan09 says:

    He went 1st overall in his draft year for a reason, slowing down but he still brings it on a lot of nights.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  136. JasonM says:

    I’d pay extra money for a MUTE BRUNET feature on RDS.

  137. Wayne says:

    Terrible King’s PP. Looked like ours last game.

  138. JIMVINNY says:

    I remember his pounding Lucic in the playoffs two years ago, and Ovy last year.

  139. JasonM says:

    Everytime Justin Williams get on the ice, I’m afraid we’re going to lose someone for the rest of the season.

  140. Wayne says:

    Surely you meant Drew Doughty? EDIT- woops my bad.

  141. larisalapointe says:

    haha, he started well this season but I think he has a man crush on Kopitar :)

  142. shootdapuck says:

    Had the same thought.

    Face high sticks are a trademark.

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  143. SeriousFan09 says:

    No, Roman Hamrlik was 1st overall in 1992, going to hit 1300 career games and 2 points short of 600 career. Not bad numbers for a defencemen.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  144. king ddd says:

    missed a great game tonight! anyways i shouldnt be talking trades after a great win like this, but is there any possible way that MTL can go after Richards. i mean he has decent size and performs well in playoffs. just curious. i know we have to get rid of gomez salary and might have to risk  good prospects and if we do get him we have to find a way to sign him and markov.

     

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  145. HardHabits says:

    Gainey did not get Gomez for Gauthier to trade him.

    Get this through all your thick heads. GOMEZ IS NOT GETTING TRADED.

    He’s a team player and everyone on this team likes him and wants him to stay and that includes management. 

  146. HardHabits says:

    i know we have to get rid of gomez salary

  147. Ayan_SB says:

    Eller with a goal, Subban solid at the backend, notching up an assist and Price with another good game. The future core of this team is looking good folks.

  148. habsruleworld says:

    EMERGENCY

     

    please go to TSN and vote for SJ Green’s catch as the best!

     

    it’s BS that Saskatchewan is voting for dressler’s catch!!!

  149. HOGGIE says:

    pacing himself for a 30 point season?

  150. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Agreed.

  151. FormalWare says:

    Go, Riders!

  152. apprentice says:

    Markov?  Who is Andre Markov?

  153. darcy1 says:

    boo… Als all the way

  154. punkster says:

    Your last paragraph…I agree.

    (So glad you’ve decided to wade back into the discussions)

  155. punkster says:

    I have no problem with all you say about his value in the room and to the team overall. However, as I just commented above to Chris I agree with his last paragraph. In that regard if Gomez has not shown marked improvement by the end of the playoffs (and I by that I mean great stats) then PG should likely seek out a buyer.

  156. habstrinifan says:

    Hardhabits, I totally agree with Chris’s response below. And as fas as Gomez ending his career in Montreal. Only two ways that is happening. a) If at end of his current contract he retires  or b) he resigns dirt-cheap as a 3rd/4th line player. No way Gomez will be offered a renewal as a top whatever forward.

     

  157. HardHabits says:

    That I agree with. I see b) as being the the option to be pursued.

  158. Chris says:

    While Gomez is not getting traded, your logic for why is ricidulous.

    Being liked by your teammates and working your tail off on the ice has nothing to do with the business of hockey.  If it did, Mike Keane never would have been traded along with Patrick Roy.  Nor would the Habs have refused to re-sign Robert Lang after his sole season in Montreal.  Francis Bouillon, a great team-mate that was well liked by everybody and was a perfectly adequate third-pairing defenceman with strong ties to the community, would have been re-signed.  Craig Rivet, one of the few Habs on those teams that was a leader in the dressing room and a great team player, was dealt for what appeared to be peanuts at the time.

    That Gomez is not getting traded has EVERYTHING to do with that contract.  That is the sole reason…it has nothing to do with being a nice guy, it has nothing to do with his ability to meet the HardHabits criterion of ”not being Saku Koivu” and it has nothing to do with the fact that he is a team player. 

    If he was earning $3-4 million per season, you can bet your house that Gauthier would have explored trading him during this hellish start.  Because at the end of the day, hockey is all about money and production.

    Gomez is a salary cap anchor, which was fine when he was producing and making those around him better.  Last year was disappointing, this year has been abysmal.  If Gauthier didn’t think about getting out from under that rock, he is an idiot and should not be an NHL general manager.  That he can’t is the reality, something that many of us thick-headed neandrethals understand quite well.

  159. punkster says:

    Chris, you had me on board until you got to your supposition that he will not be traded solely because of his contract. That thought patently ignores his abilities, his record and his history. You say it yourself, “…which was fine when he was producing…”. Sure, he’s paid too much. So are many of the players in this league, some more than others. So HH may be reaching but his suggestion is one of many reasons, including the salary issue, why Gomez won’t be traded. Salary and cap space are not the be all and end all.

  160. Chris says:

    We’ll see about the mea culpa.  I don’t mind dropping a mea culpa when it is warranted (see my defending of Chris Higgins…man, what a waste his career has become).  But thus far, I’ve not seen any significant on-ice upgrade over Saku Koivu through ~100 games, which was the last thing people were assuring me that I would be soon posting a mea culpa about.  :)

    And I agree whole-heartedly that the Habs have no replacement at the moment.  Eller is clearly a year away from being that type of player, at least.  Maxwell does not appear to be that player.  And Leblanc might develop into that player, but many scouts project him as a 2nd-3rd line center in the NHL.  That was the same sort of pre-career talk about Higgins, who Leblanc was recently compared to, and I think most would agree with me that it would be terrible if Leblanc ends up playing a role for which he really wasn’t suited as Higgins ended up doing.

  161. SUMO says:

    The guys responded well to a disappointing loss. I’m sure JM will be pleased with the effort he got tonight.

    Price is setting the bar high now for expectations. Good for him.

    Lars got a well-deserved goal. Still playing less than 10minutes a game. Would like to see JM give him more ice. Same for Benny.

    Gomez and Cammi seem to have a bit of chemistry.

    Pleks was much better tonight.

    The old guys on D continue to do the job. Hats off to Hamrlik, Spacek and Gil & Gorges

     

  162. king ddd says:

    dude chillz!

    i didnt cry to trade gomez. it was just a question?

     

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  163. Chris says:

    First up, I should apologize to HH…that post came out harsher than I intended.  That will hopefully teach me not to write something immediately after waking up and post without first reading it.

    You are correct when you say that salary and cap space are not the be all and end all.  But salary and cap space do become pretty critical when dealing with a player who is simply not performing in the role expected of them.

    History, ability and record are also important, but even Gomez’s biggest supporters have to acknowledge the possibility of a disturbing trend…his play over the past two seasons plus the start of this season has not been particularly good by those historical standards.  Even in the playoffs, where Gomez normally earns his cheques, he has been decent but not good…he was held scoreless in 14 of his last 26 playoff games and earned a plus rating in only 4 of those 26 games, as compared to earning a minus rating in 10 of the 26 games.

    I believe that Gomez will turn it around at some point this season.  But in today’s NHL, where every point is so important for all but a handful of elite teams that can afford slumps, I’m not sure that a general manager can afford to sit on a “star” player that mails in his play for 2 months of the season. 

    All but a handful of the elite players in the league (the likes of Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Crosby, Ovechkin, Backstrom and Stamkos) are tradeable under the right circumstances.  Gomez has already been traded once, after the Rangers gave up on his lack-lustre play just two years into his contract despite having a desperate shortage of centres after that deal was made.  I’m reasonably confident they have never looked back on that trade.

    If Gauthier thought that there was another team out there that had the cap space and willingness to take a struggling Gomez, I have to think he would seriously entertain that trade offer.  I actually believe he would jump at the opportunity…Gomez’s play has not been at a level that he could not be replaced.  But I also believe that no such trade opportunity will present itself for at least another year, so we might as well make use of the expensive asset that is Scott Gomez and hope for the best.

  164. twocents says:

    Anyone see ManApart lately?

    ;o)

  165. PrimeTime says:

    Apparently he/she is too knowledgeable for us mortals

  166. Habscore says:

    Our boys are on fire!!! They are taking off, and they are flyinnnngggggg!!!

    Not that I wish on anybody to lose their job, but who’s the next coach to be fired?? I call for… Wilson ?
    ……………………………………………………………….
    YES HABS CAN!!

  167. Larry says:

    I think Boone showed how indispensible he is to this ritual. it was not the same without him. Hope he doesn’t take too many nights off. We need him here.

  168. Yeats says:

    I am convinced that of all the guys on the Habs’ roster Gomez has really embraced the “regular-season-as- house-league” view. He is going to frustrate the hell out of us until game 72 when he decides to step-it up for conditioning purposes!

  169. Larry says:

    Starting to get excited for the Grey Cup. Looking forward to the weekend

  170. HardHabits says:

    Gomez is not getting traded because a) he is a play-off performer and b) because Gainey brought him in as part of a grand leadership restructuring. Gio as captain seals Gomez’ fate. Not only that, Gomez in all likelihood will finish his career as a Hab. The best thing about having Gomez is he kept us out of the Kovalchuck sweepstakes. That in itself is worth 100 million dollars.

  171. HardHabits says:

    Accepted but don’t sweat it. I have a great deal of respect for you Chris even though we don’t often agree. The problem is the Habs don’t have a replacement, yet, for Gomez.

    Now hear me out. It’s part of a leadership thing. It’s part of a development thing. It’s also a part of a team defense thing. Gomez has value. He has been taken aside by Muller and readily admits he has been cheating.

    That type of candidness is highly valuable. You can see how much the players like him. He is a team guy. He doesn’t care about his stats as long as the team is winning. He will step it up.

    Gomez is durable and intelligent. Our training staff and coaches are top notch. They’ll squeeze the best out of him. You’ll be on these pages mea culpa-ing soon enough. ;-)

  172. joeybarrie says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn hits the post against Halak in the shootout to take the loser point……….

    Very happy cause the guy im playing against in my fantasy league has Pekka Rinne…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  173. HardHabits says:

    It’s a marathon not a sprint. He’s pacing himself.

  174. habs001 says:

    we have played 5 more home games …a tough december coming up…the team has looked good this year even with scoring issues….only concern is that we looked like last year in the playoffs in our last game vs the flyers…this is where ellercould make a difference by season end

  175. twocents says:

    ’nuff said

  176. Bill says:

    Pretty damn convincing.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  177. Yeats says:

    The truth is that I am of that view as well. I am going to try to just enjoy the reg season and view it as the house league that it is. Make the cut, get there healthy and let ‘er rip. For the most part I like our team, we just need a tad more trucluence. I was neutral on him, but Mr., and I mean Mr., Price has been the bomb. I can’t think of enough great things to say about him!

  178. habs-hampton says:

    Good solid win. I just want to know where Benny buys his skates and who sharpens them. I haven’t seen anyone fall that much by himself since my kids finished their “learn to skate” program. Just imagine how goos he wouldbe if he could stand up!

  179. habsruleworld says:

    Man alive, if a hab player ever deserved a goal it’s certainly Eller!

     

    This guys is going to be a great player, I am convinced, I watch his shifts and he has got game!

  180. Propwash says:

    So happy to see Eller break the ice.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  181. Chuck says:

    What I’m really impressed with is his rebound control. More often than not that first shot is being steered into a corner. His passing to his defensemen was flawless tonight, too.

    Centre Hice: documenting one fan’s attachment to the Montreal Canadiens

  182. Marc10 says:

    That’s more like it. Gomer was backchecking, Cams was moving his feet and Pleks made everyone better. When the best play their best, it’s pretty much in the bag.

    Can we now all agree we have the best goalie in the league. I haven’t seen poise like that since St Pat… He makes every save look routine and shows zero panic. Whoever the goalie coach is, keep doing whatever it is you’re doing!

    Carey, Carey, Carey, Oi, Oi, Oi!!!

  183. HardHabits says:

    It’s two-fold. They got rid of Melanson and replaced him with Perry Pearn. Last year Pearn was with the Panthers their goalies were #2 and #3 in save percentage.

  184. PrimeTime says:

    Where did all the “experts” go from this site…banned??? ManApart, TripleX, Xtra, Nuna, and the rest???

    BG Pg JM all suck…lol

    When this “team” chooses to play, they can with anyone….and the best part….they are only going to get better!!!

  185. Chorske says:

    They usually show up after a big loss (which we haven’t had), or a losing streak (which we haven’t really had either). Hence their resounding silence.

    Even trolls need to sleep, I guess.

  186. HardHabits says:

    Just goes to show who the actual Habs fans are versus who are the Hab-hating trolls.

  187. notbigbird says:

    Nuna dropped in earlier today to say something inane.

  188. Chris says:

    Scott Gomez’s career totals (0.20 goals per game, 0.60 goals per game and 0.80 points per game) are remarkably similar to those of Saku Koivu (0.25 goals per game, 0.55 assists per game and 0.80 points per game).  Both players are pass-first centres than generate the bulk of their points off of assists. 

    A stat from baseball that I’ve always found interesting is when two players’ statistics are compared season-by-season with the common factor being the player’s age (see below for the totals, if you are interested).  Obviously there are issues with doing this:  when Saku Koivu was 26, the NHL was in the midst of it’s “dead-puck” era of the early 2000′s, while when Gomez was 26, he played in the offence-friendly post-lockout year where power plays were way up and the crackdown on obstruction in the neutral zone allowed many speed-based skill players (Gionta and Gomez amongst them) to thrive.

    What stands out to me is that players like Gomez and Koivu are very consistent throughout their careers and there is not really any reason to expect that Gomez’s slowdown is due to age.  More likely, he is just having an off year, in much the same way that he did in his second season.  The reason I chose to look at goals, assists and points per game was to factor out injuries, but also to illustrate that Scott Gomez’s “low” goal totals of the past couple of seasons are really not that low, but are actually pretty much on par with his career averages.

    Gomez benefitted from playing on Stanley Cup calibre teams in the early part of his career with New Jersey, but even then there were clear good seasons and off seasons for Gomez.  It is my sincere hope that Gomez’s numbers continue to track those of Koivu so well, as it will mean that the Habs will have a perfectly adequate 2nd line centre throught the remainder of his current contract.  Yes, the salary is an aberration based on his production and his role, but the combined salary for Gomez and Plekanec is perfectly reasonable for a #1 and #2 centreman in today’s NHL. 

    If Gomez has his usual mid-season kickstart, I think the current hysteria around Gomez being an anchor on the team will die off.  If you look through his career game logs, Gomez has a history of going on torrid scoring streaks when he breaks out of his funks…let’s hope another one of those is right around the corner.

    ——————————————–

                       Saku Koivu                      Scott Gomez

    Age       GPG      APG      PPG          GPG      APG      PPG

    20                                                 0.23      0.62     0.85
    21        0.24      0.30      0.55         0.18      0.64     0.83
    22        0.34      0.78      1.12         0.13      0.50     0.63
    23        0.20      0.62      0.83         0.16      0.53     0.69
    24        0.22      0.46      0.68         0.18      0.70     0.88
    25        0.13      0.75      0.88                 LOCKOUT
    26        0.31      0.56      0.87         0.40      0.62     1.02 
    27        0.00      0.67      0.67*        0.18      0.65     0.83
    28        0.26      0.61      0.87         0.20      0.67     0.86
    29        0.21      0.60      0.81         0.21      0.55     0.75
    30              LOCKOUT                     0.15      0.60     0.76
    31        0.24      0.63      0.86         0.10      0.19     0.29
    32        0.27      0.65      0.93
    33        0.21      0.52      0.73
    34        0.25      0.52      0.77
    35        0.27      0.46      0.73
    36        0.39      0.17      0.57

    *  Saku Koivu missed all but 3 games when he was 27 years old due to his cancer diagnosis and recovery.

  189. Jordio-oh says:

    I crunched some numbers to prove the ‘Gomez is a notoriously slow starter’ and the results are pretty intriguing.

    Year              Points Per Gam Oct-Dec           Points Per Game Jan-Apr

    00-01            0.70                                     0.95

    01-02            0.43                                     0.82

    02-03            0.56                                     0.78

    03-04            0.60                                     1.06

    05-06            0.85                                     1.19

    06-07            0.93                                     0.76

    07-08            0.92                                     0.81

    08-09            0.74                                      0.77

    09-10            0.69                                      0.82

     Only twice in his whole career (not including his rookie year because i didn’t find his monthly point totals for that year) has Gomez had more points per game in the first half of the season than the second (06-07, 07-08). The difference in his split season stats leading into the lock-out represent an alarming difference. I’m not defending his low point total right now but before people throw him under the bus for good, they should know this is a trend in his career, and at times the difference is substantial. Gomez won’t get 70 points this year, but I don’t see why he can’t get it into gear and finish off with a respectable 55-60 points.

     

     

  190. joeybarrie says:

    It is doubtful that there will be an end to the Gomez dispute. Production is the ONLY indicator to fans in this city. The memory is 10 games old and when the team does better the expectations go higher and it brings a new level to the bashing. Its funny to me that we are all about SAKU KOIVU and no one had a problem with his salary, but Gomez is a different case despite their lack of goals. Now I know Koivu had a lower salary, BUT no one ever said 5 million for a guy who only scores 16 goals???

    Doesnt matter what happens, the fans will pickone particular player and blame all the teams lack of production or play SOLELY on him. Alot of fans don’t see anything but the goals and assists. They don’t account for puck possesion, and how the team forces the opposition to play. They don’t recognize that despite the fact that a team doesnt score, as long as they do not get scored upon, that particular shift has been successful. Look at JM’s style of game, and Gomez success in NJ as a shut down team. People don’t realize that you can’t do that with a player like Lacavalier. Another thing is people do not realize that just because they think we can acquire a player, does not necessarily make it so…

    As long as Gomez is the highest paid player, fans will expect 40+ goals from him. Regardless of the players acutal function on the team. I always makes me laugh when some people ACTUALLY believe they could run a team and coach it better than the experienced professional who currently do it. I know TSN’s coverage is quite good, but I don’t think it is THAT good.  LUCKY THAT NHL2011 HAS AN OVERRIDE BUTTON FOR TRADES…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  191. HardHabits says:

    Jordio-oh, good reply but dude kill the white space. I didn’t reply to your post because if I did you would not be able to edit it. ;-)

  192. VancouverHab says:

    Thanks again for providing the factual component to the debate.

    I read the article, and I have tried, but for the life of me I can’t find the sense in its central argument: the claim that Gomez has become predictable because coaches are now studying him closely because he’s come to Montreal. In other words, nobody analysed a player of Gomez’s calibre before he came here. Now that just has to be false: Gomez was minutely analysed by Central Scouting, by each and every team in the NHL, esp. come playoff time. That’s the modern game–Hell, that’s always been the pro game!

    I’m not talking about Robert L, but it seems to me that some people are just culpably dense. Plain as a pikestaff: a player can have an off season and still be a brilliant NHL’er. Doug Gilmour had off-seasons. But no-one gave the self-righteous, mean-spirited, pack-attack that we in Montreal are giving to Gomez. And gave before to Koivu to some degree. And to Mike Keane, and and and.

    I love what you say, Chris, about how much better it is to have a Gomez or a Damphousse, who start slow & then build to excellence in the playoffs, than, say the Sedins who hav ethe exact opposite trajectory.

  193. habs001 says:

    i dont know how the kings have a very good record as their forwards are way worse than ours in scoring…they have hardly any impact forwards

  194. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kopitar is a great player and Dustin Brown is the kind of player missing from MTL’s Top 6, but they need another impact forward, you look over their scoring group last season, not many players piled up the points.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  195. Chris says:

    It is somewhat hard for any NHL player to maintain a consistent level of excellence through the entire season.  I’d rather have the slow starter, like Gomez or Damphousse, than the players who fade late in the season. 

    If the Habs make the playoffs, Gomez will almost certainly be ready to play.  He’s one of the league’s clutch performers come playoff time, historically.  The Habs have more than a few who disappear late in the seasons, so I suspect the target of fan vitriol will shift onto one of those players as the season moves on.

  196. habguy says:

    playoffs? playoffs?

  197. TB says:

    I agree – I think if Gomez finishes strong and has a good payoffs like last year the majority of the fans will look at this start as a minor blip on a good season

    if he doesn’t come around it is gonna be a long summer for management

  198. Antho says:

    yeah a professional with zero cups…keep loving martin and watch your habs never win a cup

  199. Norm0770 says:

    Check out the box score from the Tampa/NYR game.  Tampa leads 5-0 and 25-7 in shots through 2 periods.  Unreal.

  200. HardHabits says:

    Sather is such a better GM than Gainey or Gauthier. NOT!

  201. Wayne says:

    Like a good parent, Boone just twittered me to tell everyone “it’s time to get in our jammies ’cause it’s bedtime right after the game.”

  202. andrewberkshire says:

    So aside from Kostitsyn, who’s been the best player tonight?

  203. The Capitalist Pig says:

    Pleks has been solid, but we have come to take that for granted.

  204. HFX-HabFan says:

    AK46 has been head and shoulders above tonight for sure.  Price has been steady, Cammy and Pleks have had chances, Subban has made some great plays…I might even put Eller up there; he’s created some chances aside from his goal.

  205. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Subban had a really nice defensive play on 2 on 1 and he has an assist, so I’m gonna go with him. But Pleks, Gio, and Gomez have played well tonight too. No real weak links that I’ve noticed. Granted, I’m doing homework while watching the game. 

  206. andrewberkshire says:

    My thoughts are Gomez and Subban. Gomez’s best game of the season.

  207. Chorske says:

    Pleks, as usual. Although I think Halpern has been good too. But the player I noticed most was Picard. So many unremarkable but smart plays- I love the way he shovels pucks onto the net from the point- it’s not elegant but it’s effective.

    So my vote would go to Pleks first, Halpern (or Hamrlik maybe), and definitely Picard.

  208. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even when he had a blank check to build the Rangers pre-cap he couldn’t pull it off.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  209. The Capitalist Pig says:

    The real question is how many more periods before Torts has a stroke. I’ve got the under at 15!

  210. Habies says:

    Bobby Holik.

  211. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Apparently Jacques Martin gettin’ all feisty was exactly what this team needed. I felt they totally lost their edge and killer instinct on Monday, and you just cannot afford to do that in the NHL. And look at them out there now! Good coaching, good playing by the skaters. Keep it up, boys, you ain’t out of the woods yet. 

    P.S. For those interested, here’s the new Columbus Blue Jackets 3rd jersey 

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Pass-or-Fail-The-third-jersey-for-the-Columbus-?urn=nhl-289108&post_comment=1&success=1&nbsp;

  212. Chorske says:

    Not sure I am digging the civil war-era cannon. It’s kind of hokey.

    Columbus is an awesome city. Maybe a plane or a jet would have been better?

  213. HFX-HabFan says:

    Stamkos having another big night.

  214. Habies says:

    They’re outshooting the Rangers 25-7 for heavens sake and he’s got three points. What a story.

  215. Jordio-oh says:

    Kirkie was so happy for Eller. I loved it.

  216. habguy says:

    Gomez is nowhere.

  217. chilehabfan says:

    Don’t worry, Gomez won’t be there either.

  218. smiler2729 says:

    LOL! Cruel but fair.

  219. JD_ says:

    That’s not the first time Eller pulls the blind turnaround. He’s done it a few times, includin’ the first game of the season against the Loafs, missin’ the open side by a mere hair. The kid’s got mojo. Hopin’ he spends the summer on the weight bench.

    Or roidin’.

    Nah.

    The Kings are better than this, but they’re probably gonna get gassed pretty early in the 3rd. Gotta keep the pressure on and continue firin’ pucks on Bernie. Give him nightmarish WJC flashbacks.

  220. Ayan_SB says:

    Pacioretty happy to keep developing in the the NHL

    “Last year was really my year where I struggled. Sometimes it’s tough
    to deal with, whether it’s the media saying I’ve stepped back in my
    career or hurt my career, or am a first-round bust. Learning how to
    deal with all that stuff and to overcome adversity is all part of the
    process of making it to the NHL.”

    “I just feel that down the road, I’m going to be able to contribute in
    a top-six role,” Pacioretty said. “In order to reach my goal, I need to
    get my confidence to the point where I can put up top numbers on a
    team, whether that’s in the NHL or the AHL.”

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=544449

  221. Chorske says:

    A big deal was made of his I-like-being-in-the-A comments a little while back.

    I have no problem with a first round pick projecting himself into a top six role. Heck, it’s what every first round pick should do. And I have no problem with a kid gaining confidence in the A, I mean really, isn’t that what keeping these guys in Hamilton is all about?

  222. PrimeTime says:

    Now they’re playing like they want a day off tomorrow. Nice forechecking!!

  223. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Solid puck possession by the Habs in the 3rd…keep it up!

  224. JIMVINNY says:

    Eller comes close again.  Kid’s feelin’ it.

  225. Habies says:

    Maybe last year will be the same revelatory learning experience it was for him as it was for Price.

     

  226. Samovich says:

    Hello everybody, I am a long time reader first time writer, Since my family came to Montreal when I was nine I have passionatly followed the Habs. My all time favorite Hab is Mats Naslund. Anyway great game tonight, good to see Eller get the Gorrilla Off his back!!

  227. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh, they are going to call goalie interference now?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  228. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  Keep whining, Smythe.

  229. PrimeTime says:

    Good choice of games to finally join the zoo. Welcome!

  230. Hockey Socks says:

    PK is having serious skate issues.

  231. PrimeTime says:

    Would love to see him win a cup someday….preferrably in a habs uni

  232. JIMVINNY says:

    Shock, surprise, the PP suks.

  233. andrewberkshire says:

    Of the Scuderi-Gill pairing from Pittsburgh, we very obviously got the better player.

  234. JIMVINNY says:

    I liked him when he was in Edmonton, he played with a lot more heart there.  He seems jaded since he left.

  235. Hockey Socks says:

    Lars Forsberg?

  236. andrewberkshire says:

    All of a sudden Eller looks like he’s going to score every single shift.

  237. Wayne says:

    Yes people, I know we’re winning but our PP needs some serious Pyramid Power.

  238. Keith says:

    Wow! Eller has really stepped it up tonight! Having his best game of the season.

  239. Danno says:

    Hope Eller gets a star tonight

     

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

  240. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Eller looks darn good!

  241. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eller showing his talent level this game, he’s got a bright future.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  242. Castor says:

    They scored on the PP

  243. twilighthours says:

    The only problem I had with it was the way he said it, it sounded like a shot to all the guys on the 3rd and 4th lines on the big club.  

    It kinda read like “oh, when I get there, I won’t have to toil in the bottom 6 with the rest of the career pluggers.  I will get better ice time.”

    Kind of a slap in the face to those guys.

    Otherwise, i like the fact that he’s got high aspirations.

  244. Wayne says:

    Welcome to the boards.

  245. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Islanders extend their losing streak to 14. 

  246. Chorske says:

    RDS guys are pointing out what a difference that ice-breaking goal may have made for Eller- they think he is playing with a lot more confidence and MOXIE (I can’t stand the usual buzzwords)

  247. JIMVINNY says:

    No doubt.  Cheaper, too.

  248. notbigbird says:

    From Twitter

    All_Habs  All Habs (Canadiens)
    @ArponBasu @renhockey @JeffMarek Pacioretty dominated at both ends of the ice on the weekend. It was man against boys. #bulldogs

  249. Hockey Socks says:

    Scuderi is rotten tonight.

  250. Chorske says:

    He’s playing well- I agree with the poster who suggested that his play will improve as he beefs up. A couple times he misses out because he is shoved a bit too easily from the crease.

    But the fact that he gets into the crease in the first place- and does what he can to stay in there- bodes incredibly well for his future.

  251. HabFanSince72 says:

    What’s the point of the Islanders?

  252. HardHabits says:

    Not that much of an issue considering the Habs are great 5 on 5, have a great penalty kill and are in Jennings Trophy territory. PP gets better the Habs look ridiculously good.

  253. SeriousFan09 says:

    Obscure NYC statute that they have to have two teams for every pro sport maybe?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  254. andrewberkshire says:

    I think he’s actually pretty strong already. I’ve said it a few times, but he reminds me of a bigger, stronger Plekanec.

  255. andrewberkshire says:

    A lot cheaper I believe, isn’t Scuderi making nearly 4 million?

  256. HabFanSince72 says:

    Dive.

  257. twilighthours says:

    Doughty does enough to get the call.  That’s a vet play from savvy kid.

  258. Chorske says:

    Tone is everything, I guess.

    Seems to me he was saying exactly the right thing, which was, I am happy with the role I have been given and my progress in this context, but I aspire to much more.

    One thing is sure, Pax got a crash course in media relations that week. I’m glad its blown over.

  259. Hockey Socks says:

    In preseason, he reminded me of Peter Forsberg – although not as elite of a talent obviously.

  260. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Yeah, I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. He likely didn’t mean it like that. I think he was really just referring to what he wants for himself and what he thinks he’ll one day deserve rather than what other players aren’t good enough for. At least that’s what I’m gonna think. I mean, he hasn’t shown himself to be outwardly rude or classless in the past, so I’ll just assume the best for now. However, I’m biased, my home Habs jersey is a Pacioretty one haha. 

  261. JIMVINNY says:

    Add “diver ” to Doughty’s list of attributes.  That was shameful.

  262. Habies says:

    From a sweaty morning in Myanmar, welcome.

  263. showey47 says:

    lmao,thats a hell of a dive.

  264. HardHabits says:

    Thrashers hand Red Wings their (only) 4th regular season loss.

  265. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gettin’ ready to rep Canada at the 2012 Games for Diving.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  266. JD_ says:

    Strikes me he is showin’ more barney, tonk, and welly.

  267. Chorske says:

    Maybe it’s just me. I am now of an age that there are no active players my age, which means that many of the players look kind of young and small to me. I look at Eller and he looks like a teenager to me.

  268. Hockey Socks says:

    I think Max has that spot locked down.

  269. Habies says:

    Lars Eller. The best Dane to every play in the NHL. Says a lot about Denmark.  Forsberg, arguably the best Swede (though we have Naslund, Nilsson, those twins, Lidstrom, etc…)

    I have several friends from Denmark and they all say his Dad was famous… Lars’s just a kid playing an odd sport called hockey and barely making a ripple.  If any team though can get him from page 59B to page 3 in the Kobenhavn Sports section, it’s the Habies.

  270. Habies says:

    To make ridiculous websites and No Habs No campaigns. Oh, and to make Tavares vanish.

  271. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s younger than me too, which I find weird to watch. I also find it incredibly weird that Taylor Hall is the same age as my kid brother.

  272. shootdapuck says:

    Atlanta were deserving of the win.

    They handed Detroit a solid beat down and their questionable goalkeeping was exposed.

     

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  273. andrewberkshire says:

    Ouch and a half.

  274. HardHabits says:

    I am still grappling with Chelios’ retirement. Starting to feel old now.

  275. notbigbird says:

    I miss John Ferguson.

  276. Hockey Socks says:

    I would be very disappointed if PG didn’t at least kick tires in Calgary for Iginla.

  277. Mats Naslund says:

    Too bad those same commentators told the LA audience that Montreal was in their 94th year…. Oof.

    After 2 straight years of centennial celebrations!

  278. habstrinifan says:

    This is probably the most sensible comment on the game. While the habs played well, I think the Kings were unimpressive. They are certainly speedy but definitely unorganized and porous in defence.

  279. JIMVINNY says:

    Well done on the stars, fans!!!  Those were three very good choices.

  280. VancouverHab says:

    So if Eller is the real deal, then PG is looking very good about his Price-Halak decision ….

  281. punkster says:

    Anybody (other than Adam76) think Eller needs time in the AHL? Would he benefit from the playing time there?

  282. larisalapointe says:

    The only complaint I have about this game is it should’ve been a shutout for our team except the (deleted) referree didn’t call goalie interference.

  283. Hagar says:

    I’m unimpressed by the mighty Kings

  284. JIMVINNY says:

    I thing I really like about Eller is that he WANTS THE PUCK.  When a d-man dumps it in instead of passing it to him when he’s got even a little bit of space, he’s visibly disappointed.

  285. JD_ says:

    Great job tonight.

    Although, if L.A. had any class, they would have pulled Bernie and given Price a chance to pop one.

    *cough*

  286. punkster says:

    Wow. Deleting your own (deleted) language. That’s (deleted) awesome LL.

  287. PrimeTime says:

    Kudo’s all round including the Coaching Staff!!

  288. Wayne says:

    Another one in the books. Solid 60 minutes.

    3 Stars:

    Cammy / Eller / Ak

  289. HardHabits says:

    Are the Habs this good? Am I dreaming. Please don’t wake me up!!!!

  290. avatar_58 says:

    Triple low followed by Darche…as usual

  291. Norm0770 says:

    Great bounce back game against a quality opponent.

    Nice to see Eller finally get his first goal, he looked great all over the ice tonight.

  292. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    SOLID GAME!

    Team scores 4; all different players scoring.

    Eller pops in his 1st of the year – well deserved.

    Price, again man this goalie’s on fire. Keep it up, Carey!

  293. Chorske says:

    I will mention this again because I am amazed at this stat:

    Price now has as many wins as he got all of last year.

  294. MNaslund26 says:

    hey booner, ya missed a helluva game. 

  295. avatar_58 says:

    Haha did anyone notice how fast Martin left? He had an air of “Damn right….”

  296. Chuck says:

    The only thing that sucked about tonight is that it should have been Price’s 5th shutout.

    Centre Hice: puttin’ on the foil

  297. JIMVINNY says:

    Yep.  Can thank Furlat for that.

  298. Chorske says:

    you know Carey won’t rest until he gets one, too

    Heck, at this stage, I bet Carey is gunning for the Gordie Howe.

  299. Chuck says:

    To be fair, he’s getting to play more this season.  :)

    Centre Hice: puttin’ on the foil

  300. Keith says:

    Very nice bounce-back win! Great to see Eller get his first and I really liked that we didn’t let up. these guys know what it takes to win and what they have to do after a disappointing loss. You missed a good one Boone.

     

    GO HABS GO!!!

  301. notbigbird says:

    System, system, it’s all about the system.

  302. sholi2000.com says:

    +1

    Great team Win.

     

    They Call Me Shane

  303. thorandresson says:

    By the way, Paccioretty had 2 goals tonight, 10 goals, 23 points in 19 games, he’s looking pretty close to ready to making the jump.  He’ll definitely get a call up once one of our top forwards gets injured, which is bound to happen.

  304. Just A Guy says:

    I was watching a Kings feed, and he cut the game short with a few minutes left to go, who were they?

  305. Danno says:

    Boone’s not here. If anyone is having fun… STOP IMMEDIATELY!

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

  306. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah, that was definitely interference

  307. Chorske says:

    Hey, is that the moose from Saint John, NB? The one down by the Alehouse?

  308. Peter Young says:

    Kings TV commentators Bob Miller and Jim Fox, a former player–around for decades and too knowledgeable to be outright homers–say they’re extremely impressed by the speed and awareness of the Canadiens.  They know where everyone is at all times, said Miller.  Me:  I wish the Canadiens played the same way every game.

  309. avatar_58 says:

    Cool beans but can we not wish that?

  310. Samovich says:

    Great Game!, but to have your Shutout broken by a guy named Martinez! must, well I think  that is a first! , But our player with Spanish roots  had a better game)

  311. JIMVINNY says:

    1st – AK

    2nd – Eller

    3rd – Cammy

  312. larisalapointe says:

    The one and only. Spend 6 months in SJ last year working on a project…the best time I ever had!!!!

  313. punkster says:

    OK then Dan. Now what?

  314. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Yeah, but on the bright side, Price handled that issue very well. He was upset, of course, but then he got right back to business. That’s not what Price would have done last year. It shows a level of maturity that is far more rewarding in the long run than any number in the SO column of the stat sheet. Go Habs Go!

  315. thorandresson says:

    it’s bound to happen, hopefully it wont’ be serious and for a short period.

  316. Propwash says:

    Eller came VERY close to having his second. He wants it bad. This kid is gonna skyrocket soon methinks.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  317. tony d says:

    Solid effort, JM got the results he wanted.

  318. Chorske says:

    There’s a reason for that, wouldn’t you say? :)

  319. habs001 says:

    solid performance…eller may get his scoring confidence going…gill had a bit of a tough game and second half the plecks line was dominated by the kopitar line…picard played well and gomez for the first half of the game…

  320. Chorske says:

    I was at UNBSJ for a few years. Lived on Queen, and then on Germain. Like you, I had an amazing time.

  321. SUMO says:

    Bring him up for a 5-game audition. Sit Pyatt.

  322. Chorske says:

    I think he will be fine.

  323. larisalapointe says:

    I lived on Princess, cross street to Germain neighbour. :)

  324. PrimeTime says:

    A full solid season in the A is what Max Pac needs. He’ll be up and better for it soon enough.

  325. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – I just noticed that you refer to Mike Boone’s online blog  as his “soap box page”. 

    “A skilled and effective ‘soapboxer’ has to be quick on his feet, figuratively and sometimes literally, having the ability to express opinions with clarity, to have ready answers for common objections, to be able to deflect hostility with humor or satire and to be able to face difficulty or danger with fortitude.”

    It would appear that the term fits the headmaster to a tee:-)

  326. Dave Stubbs says:

    Just Hickey and myself, Michael. Talk about the ugly stepsisters.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  327. tony d says:

    You’re too harsh Dave. You and Hickey have great faces for radio.

  328. Chorske says:

    Maybe we should invite a guest blogger on the days Boone isn’t available.

  329. VancouverHab says:

    Why not you, ‘Tom’?

  330. VancouverHab says:

    So I nicknamed your nickname :–) I’ll just use the last name from now on…..

    Those are good chocies for guestblogger — but ‘worked up’ would be fun to read.

  331. Chorske says:

    I would be a terrible choice. I get WAY too worked up about the games. I was thinking more along the lines of guys like 24cups or seriousfan or JD. Not Berkshire cos his head is big enough as it is, haha.

    BTW the real name is Chris. “Chorske” is a nickname I got tagged with back in the 90s that kind of stuck. I get a ton of questions about it, and I think when I first joined HIO either Stubbs or Boone wondered in a post whether I was the Chorske. But I am not. I’m just some dude. But the nick has stuck with me so long that I actually feel a connection to Chorske the former Hab.

  332. HardHabits says:

    50 goals in 50 games at this rate.

  333. JFriedman says:

    I won’t be watching the game either Boone… I’m going out of town for a couple of days. Hopefully I will have some great highlights to watch of a Habs’ W!

  334. Keith says:

    I didn’t know that “Ole Ferret-face” Frank Burns coached L.A.?

  335. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    ANDREIIIIIIIII KOSTITSYN!!!

    AK46 WITH A BULLET!

  336. VancouverHab says:

    AK not playing well…until he scores! And as AB says, he had a dominant shift before that — even playing point on a MA.

  337. andrewberkshire says:

    Quick, call out more players so we can run the score up.

  338. Trenton_Romulox says:

    A plane or a jet would have been too anachronistic for the Blue Jackets team though, and what their moniker is all about. But I agree that it’s kind of hokey. I really, really like the colouring though, it’s perfect for what the good ol’ patriots wore (navy blue + powder blue uniforms during battle.) I’ve never been to Columbus, but I plan on driving all around America for a summer at some point in my life, so I’ll be sure to at least drive through the area. Go Habs Go!

  339. Chorske says:

    Funny, I was planning to do that trip this summer– until my gal got preggers. I had the route all planned out so I could visit friends in MA, RI, DC, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, etc.

     One day, eh… maybe with the boy!

  340. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Congrats on the preggericity of your gal! 

    You have friends in Massachusetts? Dude, that’s gross. Haha, just kidding, I’ve got friends in  Mass too, but I don’t ever tell people that (except right now.) 

    Yeah, if you really wanna make the trip, then someday you will. And it’ll be even more special if you have the whole family with ya. I may have moved out of America for the awesome that is Canada, but it’s hard to deny just how many special and diverse places there are in the U.S. of A. But I’ll always be partial to my home state of Maine. 

  341. 24 Cups says:

    T – I may be missing the point (or the humour) of your comment.  I’m sure that Mike’s comments were tongue-in-cheek and I’m also sure that Dave’s soap box label was sent with a wink to his fellow Gazette writer and friend.  Which is why I responded in kind.

  342. TOEmastro says:

    I take it more that his rant above seems holier than thou, so he’s up on his soapbox. but yours works too.

  343. Keith says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Nice to see AK46 get back on board!!!

  344. JIMVINNY says:

    When he gets ahold of a shot, it’s a bullet.  What a nice goal, thanks to PK.

  345. Chorske says:

    AK!

    I’m sure Bernier was thrown off by the defenseman’s stick, which seemed to pass in front of AK’s stick just as he shot the puck.

    Which reminds me of some shite advice Don Cherry keeps giving. DOn’t get me started.

  346. topher5468 says:

    AK has a great shot, nice play py PK TOO

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

  347. Clay4bc says:

    Man, I hate shootouts.

    __________________________

    I had some hockey taglines, but I don’t know where the puck I put them.

  348. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone else loving that we haven’t had to watch a single shootout in 22 games? I mean, they can be entertaining, but I’d much rather the games end without them. More integrity.

  349. HardHabits says:

    If I am not mistaken the Habs only went to OT once. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  350. byrneoNL says:

    So far so good. Spacek must be trying to conserve energy for later periods tho. Boy he’s failing to get pucks out something crazy. Turnovers, waek passes up along the boards, everything but a zone clear . And he’s not recovering from the mistakes, once he coughs it up he’s flat footed and out of the play. Ay ay ay,

    *Edit: Woot 2-0

  351. Clay4bc says:

    Pardon me for asking, but what does our coach being a Jack Adam’s candidate have to do with the “trade Carey” posters?

    __________________________

    I had some hockey taglines, but I don’t know where the puck I put them.

  352. PrimeTime says:

    At this rate our overaged, out of touch, can’t manage young players Coach is a viable candidate for the Jack Adams. Wouldn’t that be a slap in the face on the same “trade Carey” posters.  

  353. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Agreed!

  354. HardHabits says:

    Or the 88 point, 47%, BG and PG standing pat crowd, who effectively are getting clobbered by two-handers this season.

  355. ShangaDoo says:

    On NHL.com, he’s listed as a runner up for the Adams Trophy ironically, behind Terry Murray, coach for the LA Kings

     

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  356. Clay4bc says:

    As much as it pains me to say it, Gomez had a good game last night.

    He went to the dirty areas and worked hard. Still snakebitten, but it was a much better game thast his last 50 or so. maybe he will begin to improve his game by first doing the little things right. We have to hope so, as he is untradeable.

    __________________________

    I had some hockey taglines, but I don’t know where the puck I put them.

  357. icemachine says:

    Job well done, pretty much a complete game. Now if only Gomez would wake up

    ———-

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

  358. notbigbird says:

    JM took notes after that goal, which probably means he wasn’t happy with it. :)

  359. HardHabits says:

    That kid Eller can’t buy an assist.

  360. JIMVINNY says:

    Eller may not have have a lot of points yet, but he looks better carrying the puck than several of our vets.

  361. Keith says:

    Gomer has got to play with more jam at least.

  362. JIMVINNY says:

    Brown would certainly know what an an elbow looks like, he throws his around all the time.

  363. Keith says:

    Pleky gave him a bit of an elbow, but Brown embellished it.

  364. punkster says:

    Caught the goal on radio but missed the rest of the period. Anything interesting?

  365. MICP says:

    Gomez lives!!!!!!

  366. andrewberkshire says:

    WOW! Now THAT is the Gomez everyone wants to see. Great skill play to knock the puck down, then getting in Bernier’s face.

  367. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    well that waas a beauty!!! ET LE BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  368. HardHabits says:

    Suck it up Gomophobes. In the dirty zone screening the goalie.

  369. Keith says:

    YEAH!!! And Gomer is in front of the net for the screen!

  370. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez seems to have woken up.

  371. JIMVINNY says:

    Gomer deserved that one, but looks like it’s cammy.

  372. Keith says:

    I don’t know if Gomer got that, but whatever, I’m sure he’ll take it.

  373. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s the second boarding that Doughty has gotten away with.  Nice to see the superstar rules in effect.

  374. byrneoNL says:

    Gomer goes to the front of the net, gets up in the goalie’s business, and good things happen. Lets hope this strategy continues.

  375. punkster says:

    Think he read some articles today? ;)

  376. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    Very happy to see Darche back in the line up. He works so hard every shift and might not be the most talented guy but he earns his time out there.

  377. SUMO says:

    Another 2-goal lead.

  378. Wayne says:

    I missed that goal…

  379. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gomez is certainly awake, the whole team really. Although, 40 more minutes to go against a top team.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  380. Chorske says:

    That is a textbook way in which Gomez can contribute and yet not have any point on the play.

    If he finishes with 30 points and does THAT every game, I won’t be unhappy.

  381. VancouverHab says:

    Cammi looked great (so I’ll stick to my day job) and Gomez follows his rough play after the whistles against the Flyers by getting dirty between the goalie & defender.

    See the players all patting Gomez as the team left the ice at the end of the period? His teammates obviously like him….

  382. Propwash says:

    LA is a good team, I expect a pushback in the 2nd.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  383. punkster says:

    This won’t satisfy the whiners.

  384. JD_ says:

    That’s the piss ‘n’ vinegar Gomer Hab fans want to see, implicatin’ himself through to the end of the play.

    Gotta keep the mo’ alive at the outset of the 2nd cause there’s gotta be some motivatin’ stuff goin’ down in L.A.’s dressin’ room right about now.

  385. HABdriven says:

    Good to see Gomez on the scoreboard!

  386. HardHabits says:

    As do you and and I VH!!!! ;-)

  387. habguy says:

    that dreaded 2-0 lead.

    now habs will do what they’re famous for: protecting a lead, and lose the game.

    too bad this team isn’t capable of being aggressive.

  388. Chorske says:

    I saw that too. Of course they all know he’s struggling, and they are all cheering him on.

    I think it was Gill. I really like what Gill brings to the team.

  389. punkster says:

    Think the F-bomb’s gettin’ dropped in there, do ya?

  390. habsruleworld says:

    good signs!

    If the coach was mad, HE NEEDS TO BE MAD AT HIMSELF!

    For being so ridiculous to take Darche out of the line up as the headed into Philadelphia??!!!

    Great to see Gomez showing he is willing to do anything, By going to the net and disturbing the goalie!

    Price not really tested yet, but we all know he will be there when we need him.

    Subban is awesome, the way he always seems to get the physical upside against his opponent,,

     

    let’s go boys, keep er rolling!

  391. SeriousFan09 says:

    Of course he did and he stopped by Habs I/O, he’s just the kind of guy who would do that and with his sense of humour, his posting persona is…

    Habs-Professor.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  392. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t go and give me delusions of grandeur!

  393. HardHabits says:

    Bookmarked for later reference.

  394. punkster says:

    Moi aussi!

  395. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Hear! Hear!

  396. punkster says:

    Ha..beat me to it…good work HH.

  397. JD_ says:

    Yeah, but strictly for motivation purposes. Nothin’ gratuitous.

  398. habsruleworld says:

    and when they do the exact opposite of your negative  post,

    will you come back and say how drivellous your post was?

  399. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone who ever questioned Gomez’s likeability in the room, and around the team is ridiculous. The biggest positive of Gomez on this team is his leadership and personality.

  400. CBrady12 says:

    “now habs will do what they’re famous for: protecting a lead, and lose the game.”

     

    think before you write…last night was the first game the lost after scoring first and the first time they lost after leading going into the third…which means it was pretty much the first time theyve given up a leaf in a quarter of the season…FAIL

  401. punkster says:

    NNNNOOOooooooooooooooooooooo……

  402. VancouverHab says:

    Hey! It’s a Bloc … :–)

    It’s heartening that all the Gomophobia here (including the Professionals, and Jack Todd) has not supressed the encouraging attitudes.

  403. habguy says:

    I meant TRYING to protect a lead.

  404. habguy says:

    leadership??

    you mean LAZINESS!

  405. VancouverHab says:

    Have to say you’ve been really good and consistent on this point.

  406. Robert L says:

    Called to me to say he read yours!

  407. VancouverHab says:

    “drivellous” — love the neologism!

  408. andrewberkshire says:

    If you read interviews with Price and Eller, they both credit him as a great room guy. I think he has a good reputation around the league as well.

  409. andrewberkshire says:

    HA!

  410. Jordio-oh says:

    haha, cheers. I erased all the content in the chart, but wasn’t able to get rid of it in the actual text box and then when i hit ” postcomment” it made this enormous, annoying white space. ah well.

  411. HardHabits says:

    Just hit edit and then cut and paste the text into notepad. Then re-copy and paste back to the comment box. ;-)

  412. Samovich says:

    Thanks for your welcome, I thought a 3 goal lead would have everybody in a good mood!, Eller is playing really well and I think Picard is having a fantastic game, smart decisions, and a great wrist shot ON NET! that made Ellers’ goal Possible.

  413. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    PRICE!

    HOLY!

  414. SensFanSpezza says:

    Detailed, yes.  But if that’s brilliant writing, the Archie comics will blow your mind!

    Also, the premise that Gomez has been deconstructed because he plays for the Habs and has more media exposure is a pretty shaky theory.  He’s been around a long time and I’m sure playoff coaches have studied him in great detail.  He’s just playing some soft, noncommittal hockey and you can be damn sure he’s perfectly aware of it…and why.

  415. 24 Cups says:

    Robert L takes a detailed look at the Gomez dilemma.  It’s a brilliant piece of writing and a must read for all Hab fans.

  416. Chris says:

    Definitely an interesting read!  One point I think was missed, though…Gomez lost his place as the centre on the first wave of the PP last season.  As a player who has generated roughly 75% of his career points off of assists and 33% of his career points off the power play, that lost opportunity to get his game going with the best offensive players on the team is certainly a factor.

    Regardless, I do disagree with Robert on the assertion that Gomez has become too predictable.  As Robert stated, Gomez has played his entire career in that manner and it has worked out to the tune of 0.80 points per game.  The more troubling thing for me is his shot total…it is way down, based on his career norms.  When you get the puck on net, you can get some cheap assists off of rebound goals.

    Gomez is a notorious slow starter, which is of course part of it.  And I do agree with Robert that the pressure in Montreal might be getting to him…he had never seen anything like it before, where the microscope can crank up the heat quite quickly when a player is struggling.  I still have faith he can get it going, as he’s still young enough that the inevitable decline should be a couple of years off.

  417. smiler2729 says:

    Gomez should just keep plugging away and it’ll come but it is AMAZING that these notorious ‘slow starters’ who get paid MILLIONS can’t get it in gear right away… EXCEPT Mr. October Brian Savage

  418. andrewberkshire says:

    Even in games where he doesn’t need to, Carey Price makes an unreal save. WOW.

  419. JD_ says:

    He’s easily on a HON per game pace.

    His prowess on the odd-man rushes this year has been mindblowin’.

  420. HardHabits says:

    Unreal to think how good Price is this year.

  421. sidhu says:

    Boone’s personal business = trying to get on the new TV show with Anne-Marie Withenshaw.   Hey if he can’t have Chantal, maybe this one will work out?

  422. Keith says:

    I thought L.A had a SURE GOAL THERE! Pricey is unF&*^ing BELIEVABLE!

  423. odber says:

    agree,but he needs a winger or wingers who are willing to crash the net to get those rebounds,,where are they?

  424. Danno says:

    Oh! Et quel arret spectaculaire de Price!

     

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

  425. Samovich says:

    Quelle Belle Arret de Ro… PRICE!

  426. Hockey Socks says:

    Price’s mo is really starting to build some character.

  427. SeriousFan09 says:

    At this rate, the Vezina voting will be a formality.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  428. Chorske says:

    Certainly over the first quarter of the season he has been dominant. The key is deciding how to look at his stats- as the typical Habs scenario of betting the farm on stellar goaltending to make up for porous defense- or as a general sign of a team that has finally bought into JMs hermetic defensive system. Given the number of shots against, which have been generally lower than last year, I’d say Price owes at least some of his success to his D. That said, he has been spectacular.

    RDS just mentioned: Price has equalled his total wins from last year.

  429. andrewberkshire says:

    I love this Wayne Simmonds kid. Great energy.

  430. shootdapuck says:

    Looked more like the energy of Richard Simmons!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  431. AH says:

    Watched the Kings play live out West here last year, he was their best player that night, he’s a good one!

  432. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s been something to behold.

  433. avatar_58 says:

    Anyone else want a shootout to show case it?

  434. B says:

    A guy goes into a bar and there is a robot bartender. The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says “Martini.” The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “168.” The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

    The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Martini”. Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “100.” The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.

    The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Martini”, and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “Uh, about 50.” The robot leans in real close and says, “So.. you gonna cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs again this year?”

  435. punkster says:

    POST OF THE DAY!!!

  436. CBrady12 says:

    haha…awesome

  437. novahab says:

    Great joke I especially like how you give credit to the Leaf’s fans for having a IQ as high as 50 very kind of you.

  438. novahab says:

    I like Gomez sorry to all you Gomez haters but he fun to watch at times. Hope they don’t sit on this lead and a shout out to the refs you miss a few against us so what is up with that. I would think we are going to be in the box a few times this next period to make up for those missed calls. Where would this team be with out PK he is all world. He is so strong in his own end and can get the puck out. Note to JM no more putting Gill on when you have a 4 on 4. Go Habs Go

  439. solomio says:

    Without Boone this is futile.

  440. byrneoNL says:

    I’m willing to bet he’s sneaking bathroom trips to check in on us via his bb

  441. Danno says:

    Earth to Martin –>  KEEP THE GAS PEDAL DOWN!

     

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

  442. Yeats says:

    Scoring a goal with Gomez on the ice is like finding a bar of gold in a dumpster!

  443. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Rarer.

  444. JIMVINNY says:

    Doughty’s whiny.  And he gets away with a lot.  Like a d-man Crosby.

     

     

  445. Trenton_Romulox says:

    I’m not sure why it wasn’t. But on a different note, HABS GOAL!!!!

  446. andrewberkshire says:

    That was insanely clear goalie interference.

  447. JasonM says:

    Benoit Brunet : It’s not a penalty because it’s ACCIDENTAL goalie interference.

  448. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    that is how you respond!!!!!! Et LE BUT!

  449. habs001 says:

    no boone till we loose…

  450. Just A Guy says:

    Haha, I wonder, lets get Hickey to tell Boone he’s been ousted.

  451. MICP says:

    No Boone-     1-0

    No more blogging until Habs lose again.

  452. PrimeTime says:

    Quick Hit #1. Picard and Eller were good tonight….very bright future

  453. dicktracy says:

    Les Gros Lars!

    Alright a half thousand goals and a mitt full arings to go but holycow I like the stuff.

    !ST Star Eller, 2nd Andre, 3rd, Price

  454. andrewberkshire says:

    Twice, a win against Phoenix and a loss against Tampa.

  455. Danno says:

    Habs remain unbeaten in the new non-Boone blog era

     

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

  456. likehoy says:

    bulldogs currently 1st in their div..

    it makes me wonder if we have a great collection of youth that will break into the NHL in coming years…or a great collection of youth turning into career AHLers.

    - Gomez is holding down the suck button

  457. SeriousFan09 says:

    Some of them will be career AHLers likely but you never know for sure who’s who on that list so all you can do is track their progress and hope they make the show. Although I find it nice that we’ve got so many prospects on the Bulldogs who could transition to the NHL.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  458. Shiloh says:

    Saw the title MIA and assumed it was about Gomez…

  459. Chorske says:

    Amazing what a bag skate will do for a team.

  460. olematelot says:

    Pierre Groulx is the goalie coach, Pern coaches the defense

  461. Bob Barker says:

    The goalie coach is Pierre Groulx. 

  462. HardHabits says:

    Thanks for the correction guys. I can’t confirm the other claim yet but I was sure they were up there.

    EDIT: got it!!

    1 Tim Thomas BOS .933  
    2 Tomas Vokoun FLA .926  
    3 Craig Anderson FLA .924

  463. SUMO says:

    Ryan Smyth belongs in a beer league. Did you see that take out of Spacek.

  464. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez is really battling hard along the boards.

  465. twilighthours says:

    Nice to see Cammalleri actually take a hit for a change.  

  466. Chorske says:

    AK with Halpern? he’s being double-lined

  467. JasonM says:

    Ok, please leave Andrei on this line.

  468. andrewberkshire says:

    ELLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  469. JIMVINNY says:

    FINALLY!!! Eller gets one.

  470. Chorske says:

    I think he was doubled up- jm has done that before.


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