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Can’t this team do anything easily?
First consecutive wins in a month.
I’m not sure Auld’s numbers would hold up against 42 decisions as halak has.
Also, Auld has been big, bald, and bad lately.
Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.
Lost in all the trade deadline noise was the move the Habs should have made:
Offer a 1st round pick to Boston for Greg Campbell, instantly turning the refs in our favor.
Interesting stats. Auld has been everything we’ve needed him to and more. For $1 million per year, is there a more economical goalie combo in the NHL than Price-Auld? I doubt it.
“I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.” -Gordie Howe
Did anyone tell Yvon Pedneault that the Habs have 8 healthy defensemen signed and one who is due back in 4-6 weeks?
Why would we have gone out and gotten ANOTHER D?
Hamr, Wiz, PK, Gill, Sopel, Mara, Weber and Picard…. two of them we just picked up and haven’t even seen 3 full games from them.
We need someone who can consistently put the puck in the back of the net.
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
Arnott could have been a good addition especially come playoff time. That being said he wasn’t a necessary addition. I also get the impression he doesn’t want to come to Montreal.
Carey did bail Alex out of two games so far, so his record would have been 5-4-1
There was a certain sarcasm in my words hence the winkie smile.
Nevertheless, those numbers for Auld are not so bad and it is my opinion that had he played more frequently they’d be even better.
I never supported the numerous starts Price has had. It belies a lack of trust in the rest of the players IMO. It also puts Price in a position where his mental fatigue cost a few games.
There are 20 games left. Auld should start more than 2 of them is all I am saying.
Next season Price shouldn’t play more than 60 games either.
Quality vs. quantity? How many of the Habs D are 5-6 on a decent team?
Full Breezer 4 Life
Is there any chance of going back to the old game blog? I used to love being able to review the whole game by quickly scanning Boone’s entries. Seems a lot harder to do now … I find myself mainly looking at the comments in recent weeks.
Is there a technical reason for the new style?
I suggest he get a new camera and some decent lighting though. He’s starting to look like a character out of Night of the Living Dead.
It gives Boone the ability to post up the video segments. He’s been dying to be a movie star all his life and this is his chance. =)
I think it’s fair to give Gauthier a pass with regard to yesterday, but he should be judged closely as to his moves this summer.
I agree with you on that. I’ve never been much of a commentator until I’ve had to read the comments to get more feel for the game. Not that I don’t like writing up comments with you guys, just a strange effect this new blog has had.
Does it really matter what PG or any Montreal management actually does? They’re gonna get criticized for whatever they do. If he had gone out and made a deal, sure as hell there would be peeps criticizing them over it. It’s a no win situation. I mean just look at this place. We’re comfortably in 6th place and look at all the incessant ninnies who post here every day bashing the team and management, just think for a minute if we were out of a playoff spot?
It’s obvious why they brought in MacIntyre. Sanford will be Carey’s next backup, so they’ll need another G for the ‘Dogs.
We could have traded one of those D as part of a deal for a better one. Weber, for example, is sitting out tonight and he played ZERO PP minutes last game.
Is there a reason Jacques disregarded his win and you’re in philosophy? Mara sat last game, we won, now Weber’s out and Mara’s back in.
Wonder what Subban thinks about that?
if we were not in a playoff spot, it would be easy to just suggest to trade off all asset to garner draft picks and rebuild…aka tank.
but this year, there’s no Tank Campaign, so we gotta give it to the habs brass for putting us in a good position heading into the final 20 games.
- Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button
I think he’s losing some confidence in Weber to play his characteristic PP role. Weber played ZERO mins on the PP last game. So, why not bring in Mara who is more of a defensive guy and is bigger. Plus Mara is a L shot who can line up more naturally with the R shot Sopel.
I would honestly pick up Jose Theodore as Carey’s next backup.
Totally agree – I used to follow the blog on my Blackberry, and now that’s been taken away.
When I would work late, I would PVR the game and then forward to the times in Boone’s Blog on my phone in a “Canadiens Express”-like fashion…
Smartphone users are the highest growth area, yet HIO seems to be focusing only on those who access the blog with a PC/laptop…Even accessing the blog on an iPad is buggy.
I think others would agree that since the mobile site was introduced last year, the experience of accessing HIO through a smartphone has become worse and worse…Less functionality, forced redirects, no comments, and now, no Blog.
GO HABS DARN IT!
My vote is agreed.
Well said – I hope Weber can put on some size & weight this summer, and that PG is compelled to resign him at a really good rate.
Did anyone tell Yvon Pedneault that the Habs have 8 healthy defensemen
Yes. I did but he probably doesn’t read H I/O.
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
Mike Boone is the man as far as I’m concerned, but I miss the old format just like Bill does. I also wish we could post links like we did before.
It bothers me that the site has taken a step back, especially seeing that it has nothing to do with the hockey writers, but rather the IT aspect of the site.
I trust that it has nothing to do with money. Considering the success of this site, the Gazette should be spending right up to the cap.
Clickable links I suspect were a security concern.
“Mike Boone is the man as far as I’m concerned, but I miss the old format” — I agree with this sentiment.
Chris Campoli? Come on. The guy is horrible. Geez, if you’re going to criticize Gauthier, at least present a plausible upgrade on what the Habs acquired previously.
How about just Brunet? I like Pierre Houde…
I think Sanford is injured hence the trade.
I agree. I used to review it after each period, and sometimes during commercial breaks. A great read! I miss it.
Weber is not likely to get any bigger. The plan should be to bring him along slowly and hope that he turns into a Kimo Timonen type player. It will takes years as he needs to see a lot of games to learn to play with that size disadvantage.
Probably will be a platoon guy for another year at least.
I was in Italy for 3 weeks. Whats this ‘new blog format’ everybody is talking about?
______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.
Mike! If you hold a flashlight under your chin you’ll get better lighting for your video. Bon match!
There are 30 teams in this league.
Here is where we place this week, compared to last week.
As our goals against have increased, so has our place in the standings dropped from 9 place to 12th place this week, in the over all standings.
We have bolstered our defence up with acquisitions this week. That should help out this stat some next week.
Goals Against– 164. We are in 11th place. Last week we were in 10th place with 143 against.
Total Points—- 73. We are in 12th place. Last week we were in 9th place with 69 points.
Goal For——– 165. We are in 25th place. Last week we were in 28th place with 154 for.
Good move Martin…Mara and White in…..Pyatt/Web out, that about 150lbs of strength and at least a foot of height added…excellent, Atlanta is a goonery squad…. its not enough for March 8th, but willl do for tonight.
1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: 02/09/11 never forget the masacre 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/HENRY/PAX now.
I also miss the old format. I can’t follow along on my blackberry anymore.
Scott Gomez is #839 in the +/- category. He’s almost last out of a list of 849.
I hate to be ‘That guy’ but does anybody have a link for the game?
OUCH ! Danno.
I know there’s a joke somewhere in there: Boone’s “old format”! think, think, think….
WHOA! All of my links are dead! What happened in the last 3 weeks?
It should be more of a test for Martin to actually play Desharnais on the road.
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He’s been falling steady and is the worst player in the +/- category among teams currently in a playoff spot.
My links are blacked out. There is a US Federal badge that comes up saying the links are blacked out by Home Land Security.
Do they think we are in Lybia ?
So right Bill, it was great for those of us at the other end of the country who rarely get the Habs on TV as it is.
Maybe he needs to see the team schrink.
I’m working on it.
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
Will it work on his double chin Danno.?
I know where you’re coming from. I’m shelling out $10 a month for a JustinTV account. Hate to have to do that with the internet but it has been well worth it.
Put a cork in it, Tubbo!
AWESOME! you da man!
Maybe I’m just tired, but this flew right over my head.
Yea, thats where im at. Groan…..
uhhhhh… Are you telling me to wait?
Lars Eller seems to be trying to grow his face. hahahahaha
Loaded Bruins? Oh they’re loaded alright but not with good players!
Not even Subban is getting his regular PP time anymore.
I pay $3 per month for RDS HD
That Chris “Suitcase” Higgins line made me laugh my ass off. Kudos, Mike!
The team is icing 3 top 4 defensemen right now, but with the amount of injuries beggars can’t be choosers.
Why was Pedneault dropped as colour man on RDS? Surely he’s better than a laughing Oy! Oy! Oy!
Good news about tonight, famous Habs killer Rich F Peverly isn’t a Thrasher anymore. Albeit we still have to face him with the Bruins and their pack of degenerate thugs.
Here are some sobering numbers:
Jaroslav Halak 19W 17L 6OTL 2.63GAA .907sv%
Alex Auld 5W 2L 1OTL 2.61GAA .915sv%
And you people want to bring up Sanford?!?!?!?!
Alex Auld is the number 1 back-up. Sanford is a career minor leaguer.
As well, for all those crying about how Halak is so amazing. Well he isn’t even as good as the Habs back-up net-minder who’s played half of his games colder than the ice surface he skates upon.
Give your heads a shake people!!!
Get rid of Houde and Benoit “Ayoi” Brunet and replace them with Martin McGuire and Danny Dubé.
Can’t say I agree with you, Boone.
Auld has looked too hot in his few starts this season (granted i missed saturday’s game against CAR). I think PG may call up Sanford and give him a try. He is likely in better game shape coming from a starting role and – despite the jump to the big leagues – may be more comfortable than Auld. And if so, perhaps he gets one or two consecutive starts, keeping Carey rested for the playoffs.
This could be why PG brought in a goalie for the Bulldogs….
So Weber out, Paul Mara in. So glad we hung on to this fine young D, there aren’t enough youngsters in the pressbox these days.
I didn’t get it either, did he mean beard? It’s so Boonish.
Sanford is injured, hence why MacIntyre was acquired in case it’s long-term.
Chara would be our #2 defenceman and Lucic would be the power forward we are missing. strange comment.
So you’re saying he shouldn’t pick up that puck?
Sopel turnover but I’d like Gionta to provide more of an effort in getting that puck. There goes the shutout.
Well, that was not how I wanted to notice Sopel.
“Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.
That’s the price a team pays for trying to sit on a 2-0 lead. When will they learn.
Getting that BAD feeling
Habs sittin back AGAIN
God Damnit! That big stiff Andropoff!
How many dumb turnovers can we give?
Way to cost Carey a shutout, Sopel.
Go Habs Go!
Anybody else impressed by Enstrom? What an amazing, and underrated, player.
They owe Price dinner for that one.
Hey, Brent, forget which team you’re on now, bud? Brutal turnover. And that isn’t the first stupid giveaway he’s committed this game.
Did the Habs resign MAB?
You think Brent Sopel wants that pass back?
Maybe he thought he was still with Atlanta?
Brain fart by Sopel.
That was an aggregious turn over by Sopel.
UGLY play by Sopel …
Soapy slipped up.
Great clearance by Gomez to MaxPac…
Damn, now it gets interesting…..
Sopel F***ed that up royally.
My buddy the Vancouver fan warned me that Sopel’ll do that from time to time.
Oh well, batten down the hatches boys, let’s get the W!
Too long a shift for Gio on that goal….
Too bad for Price. He deserved the shutout.
He’s a plant. They sent him here to selectively screw up to help get the thrashers into the playoffs.
They’re gonna need a lot more help then that. They’d need to have had a real firesale to get enough guys all over the league to…
…wait a minute…
it is, NHL . com
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
Boone was getting downright Count Floydesque in his final video
Goaltending and opportunism is not the recipe for long-term success.
That being said, the Habs have not really been a team like that this year. The goaltending’s been there, but they’ve dominated possession like good teams should. They just can’t buy a goal.
Vintage 2009-2010 win. Goalie and special teams.
The Habs have lost more than their fair share of games they really should have won this year. So it’s nice to see the reverse once in a while. I’m not superstitious, but the Hockey Gods ™ still owe them a few.
Price, Patches the Wiz.
a needed two points…this is what the habs are they can win any game but lose also any game….if atlanta scores first we probably lose ..this game was not that much different than our 3-0 lose here earlier
I would give Auld the St. Louis game, the Tampa Bay game, the Atlanta game, the New Jersey game and possibly the T.O. game depending on how things look at the end. 4 games for Auld to 14 for Price.
My point is to spread them out so he doesn’t get cold and the rests periods for Price are equally well timed. The Habs can’t pussy foot and lean on Price too much. I’d play Auld against Minnie no problem.
It would be nice to have it all wrapped up by then and have Auld play all those games I mentioned and the game against the Leafs too.
Price is the team MVP and I want to see him hungry, fresh and rested for a nice deep play-off run.
I wouldn’t start Auld against a western team. Hopefully we’ll be a good enough position that he can take the start against Toronto as well on the last game of the season.
I’ve thought the same thing…I could never be so negative about a past time which I enjoy watching; thus devoting a certain amount of time in my life. Add to that I have absolutely no control over organizational decisions, it just makes think…”is it just the fans’ internet personalities or are some fans really this sour?”
I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!
4th and take on the Pens with Home ice.
Bruins. Big against small and quick. It would be awesome and when we beat them I can harass the crap out of 1/2 the east coast.
My only concern … March 8th … obviously WHITE plays … but do we have a minor league bully to call on?
Just take a look at my avatar for a quick flashback.
Google “Carey Price Superstar + habsinsideout + hardhabits” and ask me if I care what you think sonny
Let me make it easy for you
Makes sense to me.
Nice job on the lighting tonight. I like the rosy complexion much better than the ghostly one. I guess that puts an end to the “Boone Witch Project.” Heck, at least we now know that your circulatory system works. Either that or you were into the sauce during the game?
As for the game, yikes that was a very lazy effort by most everyone except Price. That’ll still probably be enough to beat Florida but a bad habit to fall into heading into some big games against some tough opponents. Yes, a win is a win but this team is making my grey hair fall out.
Actually…I would like the Habs to finish 5th and take on the Pens….
“I am guilty of using elipses…”
Gomez 1A +2 19:09TOI 56FO%
is that all you got…boy.
Gill scares the s… out of me.
I’ll be satisfied if he does that more often than not for the rest of the season.
Nobody there to applaud the 3 stars. Gary Buttman’s NHL, yeah right. Great visionary.
Hey folks. It ain’t a goddamn beauty contest. Two points is two points!
I don’t think I’ll ever understand why the default position in the Montreal media and with Habs fans seems to snark and pessimism.
In many ways, I miss the days before the internet – when I could happily be a Habs fan and be oblivious to this near-constant negativity.
At least 9 or10
I’m a little stitious.
Goaltending paves the way for this team.
Ovechkin with the goal of the week to beat the NYI in OT.
They managed to put three on their MasterCards today.
That was wierd man, I wonder if he knew the video was rolling, I would have had a take 2 on that clip
My major concern is this. There are 18 games left. How many does Auld start and against whom?
Thu Apr 7, 2011 MONTREAL at OTTAWA is a no brainer IMO
but Auld has to play at least one other one if not 1 or 2 more
I hope he gets the next one Thu Mar 3, 2011 MONTREAL at FLORIDA
and Sun Mar 20, 2011 MONTREAL at MINNESOTA
That gives him 3 road games against weaker teams and allows Price to not burn out while hopefully not rendering Auld to cold.
Desharnais 11-2 on faceoffs, nice.
Well, I guess JM is getting ready for a deep playoff run just like last year. You remember… get outshot 2-1 maybe get a goal here or there and pray your goalie can hold the lead.
The only problem… this was the Thrashers and they won’t be in the playoffs.
Every team will win game during a year where they’ve been outshot and outchanced.
Some more than others (*grumbles about the Bruins*), and it changes year to year.
Would you rather play Boston or Tampa in the first round? I’m torn. Both have great offence, but the Bolts have no defence … but the Habs are the B’s Kryptonite. Tough call.
Wow, thats impressive.
The Count press conference…
would be so nice to have more offense up front/size arghhh.
team MVP to date is Price. shameful for those who bashed him last year.
Just before he signed off he said: “We must conquer the NAHRRR-zzzzzzzzzzsss!!”
I watched Miller do us a favour against the Rangers at MSG. Who gives a rats A how we won on the road. 75 points without Markov and Gorges. We’re way ahead of last years pace and unless we self-destruct, we’ll be the 6th or 5th seed and it doesn;t matter who we play or match up against. Hopefully it will be another fun spring and we’ll surprise the sh-t out of everyone once again.
LOL-Ape. Never heard that one.
Go bake some bread grandma.
He was great tonight.
I thought he was parodying Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Slave Chicks….
Wow, what a goal by the great ape, islanders choked down the stretch of that game
I don’t know if I would qualify him as “great” but he did a decent job.
That’s too much information, my dear!
I guess the team would need to offer all the Billy Rays and Cletuses down there new Monster Trucks.
Ex-Vancouver Giant, and they’re starting to be something of a factory for NHL players. Cody Franson in 2005, Lucic from 2006, Blum from 2007, Kane from 2009 and hopefully in a few years, Brendan Gallagher.
hardly could be classified as a shot
He did say he had microwave mac/cheese for dinner. lol
Offering up a foreign car down south? More likely they’d get arson than fans.
Bogo-PK: Round Two tonight??
Geez Enstrom, can he just get up without you pushing him down…?
Oh Hammer, you don’t shoot the puck there…..
WTF was that? Pathetic Stewart.
He is +1 tonight, but there are 4 centres dressed for the Habs tonight that I think are playing better than Gomez this year.
Boone. Farting. *shudder*….
Atlanta’s D corps are among the best in the East; sadly, aside from Kane, Ladd and maybe Little, they don’t have much firepower up front.
Would Atlanta even get 5000 fans if the team offered every paying customer a new Toyota Corolla?
Kane is a beast
Funny comment by Boone!! “Get one early and take the crowd out of it”….. What crowd? Boone could fart and clear that arena out!
Kane is awesome… Wow.
They are crazy for hockey in the US south…sez Gary Bettman.
There’s an ENTIRE red section, just within in the Atlanta zone, except for like 4-5 seats is COMPLETELY VOID OF LIFE. That’s just shameful. Give the tickets to some people for christ sake if you can’t sell them.
MAX POWER! With the long bomb!
Atlanta really supports its hockey team. I had more fans show up to my high school’s football games….
Eller just makes smart play after smart play.
Are they playing The Price is Right theme in Atlanta?
That is soo annoying!
“THRASHERS’ POWWWWWER PLAYYYYYYYY”
Good PK. Now stay out of the box
That Arena looks pretty empty.
Hopefully it motivates Carey instead of the Thrashers….
So sad with hockey mad cities who can support a team are not “allowed” to have one, and Atlanta’s rink is empty.
You can buy a nosebleed ticket, and just move down.
Kane. that’s what you get.
Time to put MaxPac at the point on PPs IMO.
Oh how I love Pacioretty!
DD is really struggling
Mara has so far displayed the physicality that Weber never could. He might not always be the guy you want in the lineup, but against a team with a fourth line like Atlanta’s, he a good choice.
I’m very excited for Gallagher.
If only they knew where their Ford’s were made ; )
That might work, but they’d probably still be quiet unless free beer is served.
They don’t drive Toyotas in ATL..Only LTD’s and Eldo’s!!
The difference of development: Max Pacioretty had 6G in 86 NHL games going into this season. He has 12 goals in 34 games this season and I’d take him over David Perron.
Who the better player will be is still a toss-up, but I don’t think there’s any denying that Max fills an organizational need moreso than Perron, and so in that respect I take Max 10 times out of 10.
Perron’s injury weighs heavily in any evaluation.
And if he played for Toronto it’s be 30 right.
They owe Carey for 29 out of his 29 wins
The headline for this game tomorrow?
Canadiens Disappoint 59 Fans.
Price and Max-Pac easily the best Habs tonight. Not even close. P.K. definitely didn’t have his best game though. Gomez, as usual, sucked
And don’t forgrt Elvira and Cletus lol!
Did I hear Ole, Ole in the crowd?
if he played for philly hed have 15 shutouts
Habs won. Let’s get over it.
And Gionta could have gotten it.
Martin wrote “Gionta open-net goal. Bench Gionta next game.”
YES!!! That goal should have been the 3-0 goal if not for Sopes screw-up!
ugly win, they owe Carey big time
Another 2 points, baby. They’re all big.
Never in doubt!!!!!
What would Price’s stats be like on a really good team?
Carey SO deserved the shut out. Thanks Sopel
ouch, B’s up 1-0 against Ottawa
And Leafs fans everywhere rejoice!
Honestly, I never had a doubt. It’s the truth.
Will it be a two goal win?
Tonight’s attendance: George, Bob, Billy, Hank and Joe… but Joe had to leave early.
(The Atlanta announcer keeps saying the crowd’s getting into it now… umm both of them?)
Instead of doing the wave, the crowd’s just going to shake hands with each other
Gionta got that one back!
We can all breath now
Brilliant effort by the captain!
Gio turns on the after burners.
WOW! Did Gionta make Bogosian look slow there!
He wanted that. Explosion. We don’t get many empty netters, so nice to see
Gio just skated his butt off there, that is why he is great, always working hard.
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The Count pulled out his note pad. Not happy with our offensive explosion
Arret #40 ce soir. A masterpiece.
ok we got an important 2 pts but we got killed bad
Good win on the road. They’re never easy.
Yes you did.
Gomez did not suck by any standard — you’re just in bigotry mode. You don’t have to like a player, but you have to fair & give credit where credit is due.
I’m sure I spotted Bubba and his brother Bubba in the crowd too…
Fan since ’71
Classic Dean Dalley post.
someone got a penalty, question is who or did both
goaltending did and its doing it again this year
precisely because price is f*#$n awesome
So you’re saying the Habs will silently steal the Cup?
I remember my elementary graduation is bigger than the Atlanta crowd tonight…
A friend counted 26…but 17 Habs jerseys, and 2 Nordiques jerseys.
Half the Thrashers fans have left the building leaving only 12 at the final buzzer
3 goals for the Habs is an outburst of offense. JM is gonna bag skate them for sure now.
Pricey should get all 3 stars, Not going to win many games on this roadie with offense like that,
Boone, it was called. Habs PP to start the second.
Would that be Scott “Great Play on the Late Clinching Goal” Gomez?
Just askin’ ;–)
Ooh, anyone else nervous seeing Soctt “Minus” Gomez out there late in a 1-goal game??
29 wins for Carey. With the decimated defence he has dealt with I say he should get the Vezina
I geuss the Habs are going to back to what works. Get horribly outshot and score opportunistic goals.
Oh, Gomez chipping away at the plus/minus stat. Made up a couple tonight. He’ll be back to even in no time.
I know. It only took them to the ECF last year.
This kind of hockey will not make noise in the playoffs
Come on, Habbies. Do your Papa G proud.
Habs needed to take some points against the SE division, so far, 2 wins! I’ll take that.
A Goalie & two Thrashers defensemen tied up worried about Gomez in front of the net leaving the lane open for MaxPac to score disagree with you…
Watch the game, or check a boxscore.
I like Pietrangelo more as well. In fact I remember watching that draft and thinking Atlanta picked the lesser of the two. Then again, as Robert said if Bogosian had been allowed to develop slowly we might be thinking different. He’s a physical specimen.
Shocking statement. I cannot disagree more. Won’t go into details. Feels pointless after that.
He’s doing better at this point than Pleks — so why rag on him now?
If they’d let him play his junior time out he’d be a lot better today, but the rule is, you get drafted in the first round in ATL you’re off to the NHL to help them cover up how pathetic their financial situation is they stick every teenager they can on their playing roster on EL contracts.
Yeah, the pointshot threat is highly overrated…
I like Pleks on the point.
Gomez is killing me.
Show this video to your tech guy. These pros know how to use proper lighting…
Mason has sucked all season I hope he don’t decide to start playing tonight
Is Maxwell there or not?
Man, Habs are fast.
Or are the Thrashers kind of slow?
Or is it both? Good hockey so far.
It is embarrassing for the league to see an nhl rink like this. There cannot be more than 6000 people there. The sound is echoing like a practice. If oyu cannot sell the Habs in your home rink, it has to be time to close up shop.
Great hockey here! And now a PP!
We can win this one. Get on the board early here and take the “crowd” out of it.
The idignation of players who get smacked after digging at the goalie bugs me. If you’re going to slash at the goalie once he’s covered the puck, you better expect to get hit for it, and you’d better not whine.
Mara just annihilated that guy!
Keep it up, Carey!
Let’s go Habs!
One of these days, Mara is just going to snap.
Thats our habs. Who needs to know how to count. Its just the nhl screwing our boys.
Kane get’s that great chance because Gomez showed his usual complete lack of hustle to the loose puck along the blue line
Sheesh, there must be an epic traffic jam on the way to the arena in Atlanta.
That was a bad call. Moen was just coming off.
Boone, you need to raise the camera. It’s common knowledge in the film industry that low angles aren’t flattering for people over 30ish. Also, you can just turn on a spare desk lamp and shine it directly at your face (or let it reflect the light off the wall, but it seems like there’s a TV infront of you rather than a wall).
Just passing on some tips I learned in film class.
link for the game – http://www.justin.tv/exou09#/w/920829216
Too many men already?
STRANGE. That hasn’t happen this season!
Good LORD these penalties have to stop……how has it not improved since October?!?
Mike: do you know if RDS is picking up an American video feed or using their own cameras? Because it has that murky U.S. hockey look (without the filter that brightens the ice surface).
I remember Dec. 31, 1975
What a hit by Mara!
Just 7 minutes into this game you have to wonder how Atlanta could even dream of selling off Bogosian. That kid is a stud.
Preaching to the choir. Top notch player.
“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill
the internet rumours earlier in the season were that he was perhaps a little disappointed to be 3rd on the depth chart, and his sulking slowed his development. When he gets it together, he’ll be a #1 for years and years.
I still like Pietrangelo (#4 overall) a bit more though.
well the trend is if a goalie is on a slump, all they have to do to break out of it is play the habs. didnt we get beat by a 4th string goalie in longisland
** Buck Fruins **
He is, hardly playing though.
We now have 8 defencemen: Gill, PK, Hamr, Wiz, Sopel, Webber, Mara, Picard.
Pedneault wanted Gauthier to get a ninth?
Habs need a big guy that can play, fight, score at even strenght. Dime a dozen right?
Well chemistry does’nt just happen either put can be destroyed by one player.
Lets just see where we get and then do something in the summer.
Good job PG on replacing the injured d-men
The thing about those mentioned that should have been traded for is that they all average about 19 minutes a game while playing effectively. Whereas when Sopel, Weber, Mara, and Picard reach those kinds of minutes then it starts weighing negatively on their performances.
I should add that at the same time I’m pretty happy with what Gauthier did yesterday. The team doesn’t have the assets at this point to throw away as Hamilton is getting bare with the call-ups and since the team has been trading away too many draft picks over the years. Going for someone like Penner would have been suicidal with the future of the team for someone who’s on pace for around 60 points.
Anyway, he did address a small need in Hamilton as Sandford was recently injured. With a tight playoff race for Hamilton(just 6 points separates 1st place from 10th place), they needed a veteran goalie to further increase their chances to make the playoffs. Some people are probably thinking “well who cares if Hamilton makes the playoffs or not”, well it matters a lot for the further development of guys like Avtsin, Engqvist, Palushaj, and Nash.
I would as well.
Mmmm, Big Buff would be good too though.
Question, if Atlanta got contracted tomorrow, who would be your 1st pick off that team ?
I would pick Kane.
Pretty sure the “Price is Right” theme was just playing over the PA…
PURE HUSTLE BY GIONTA!!!
Eat it, Bogo.
Gio with the afterburners!
I jinxed it methinks.
Nice move Pleks. Try scoring a GOAL!
Boone started the jynx
Wasn`t gonna last forever.
Extremely weak call, the guy JUST let go of the puck.
Kostitsyn for campoli
Neil for Pacioretty would have been great too or maybe Kuba for Subban or Lehner for Price. Damn it!
Would never do that.
Damn! That’s a great idea, where were you yesterday!
“When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright
Wanna take that one back about Sopel?
I might get scalded for saying this but:
White is a major upgrade over Pyatt
Sopel is major upgrade over Spacek
Mara is a major upgrade over Weber
Faint praise, apart from Spacek.
Way to jinx Sopel.
Poor play by DD, I was wondering if AK46 was going to follow up his good game on sat with another one, Dont know yet, Im done wondering if Gomer will show up, I’ll bet no, His salary is guaranteed
Have to say they’ve had some good things to say about the Habs style of play.
There’s good karma in the DD line, all their jersey #s are from Cup Years.
I’d say we’ve done an adequate job of slowing down their momentum.
Fear it might get blocked and go the other way with no threat of being caught from behind
Gill’s slap shot will put fear in no man
It’s OK. All the shots against the Habs are from the perimeter… the perimeter of the slot and the perimeter of the crease.
If Atlanta scores we’ll all get an opportunity to hear what 58 ecstatic and screaming fans sounds like.
Haha Mara got away with one there.
Maybe Mara was not such a bad idea.
It’s weird, every time a Thrasher gets touched: penalty! Where can I find the penalty differential stats??
Random fact of the night: this game features both the fourth and fifth overall picks from consecutive drafts (’04 and ’05).
Please Boone, don’t jynx the Habs anymore. PLEASE
I don’t think I can watch 13 more minutes of this.
Gotta say, I don’t have a bad feeling about this one. Jinx?
Breezer 4 Life
I am not sure who these two rocket-surgeons are calling this game for FS South but they are the worst. Colour guy going on about the clutching and grabbing by the Habs. Said that is how they had success in the play-offs last year. I think this might be their first ever game
Nice hit AK, love that guy!
I just realized I’ll be at the next game, woohoo!
I hear ya. It sounds like they know absolutely nothing about hockey. My favorite comment came in the 2nd period from them. “Well there certainly was a lot of enery and enthusiasm on that penalty kill, but not enough composure.”
ALL Thrashers here. The Habs are pretty flat footed right now
Pass into double coverage instead of shooting or passing to the guy alone going to the net
Is Gomez not allowed to shoot in his contract?
Can someone please enlighten me as to how/why Bettman’s NHL had no problem getting a handle on the delay of game penalty (2 mins automatic) for coaxing the puck out of the rink, intentionally or not; but, cannot decide how to attack the major concussion issues plaguing the NHL this year?
A high stick that contacts the head area of an opposing player is an automatic 2 or 4 minutes.
Is it really that hard?
Every last one of the 153 people in the arena knew that Gomez was going to dish it off on that last odd-man chance. Why not surprise the goalie and, oh, I don’t know….shoot?
I don’t think Pleks is working out on the point on the PP. That’s three penalties tonight, two while on the PP.
Pleks new goal to get the most penalty mins
This goes back to what I said a few days ago. JM with a goalie of Price’s calibre will have his team score a few goals and then play 6 goalies on ice. Yes I am paraphrasing observer.
Finally, I get what Observer has been saying. Thanks HH!
why does that faceoff come outside the zone? The thrasher players are the ones that froze it in the back of the net.
If this game were called fairly Pacioretty would have drawn a penalty every shift.
I see your draft references in the 1st round and raise you 8th-round picks Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien from 2003.
AK strong like BEAR
They are the same two announcers who do the Monster Truck rallies….
edit: commented in the wrong place
Torch and pitchfork time!
Hahaha Boone good one. If Ramsey plays size against him….
Too funny, No one is smaller, since they are all on the Canadiens team.
What else are they supposed to do when he tries to dangle at the blue line? Charge ahead so they can be offside? Great tactic.
There are a lot of arm chair gms that I would have fired if I were the arm chair president.
Well played, good sir!
Nice line. I’m going to use that.
Definitely back on our heels again.
Price: “If I only had a D”
Gee, a non-uptight humourous guy who doesn’t take himself seriously –who needs that in a dressing room?
So, if he’s doing 1 on 4s, where the f!ck is everyone else? Watching?
That’s Patented Passes to Nobody®
” Gomez is “pretty happy with myself … they copy from me, I don’t copy from them”
I don’t see too many other Habs these days trying to do 1-on-4 rushes, passes to nobody, or stopping on breakaways to try to make a pass.
That’s on Sopel. He just blew that pass BIG time.
Is there a guy in Atlanta called “I’ll do ya”? I have heard it on RDS all night?
Shots were 6-1 a while ago, now 9-9
When I read your first line I thought wtf is this guy on, then as I finished the post I was relieved to see you were joking.
THANK YOU !!
Thank you soooooo much
link to the game
Pouliot just went after the thrashers d-man that roughed DD up.
Penner is NOT a power forward… watch more of his games, I usually watch western games after the habs games and the Oilers must be happier than virgin newlyweds.
Weber and a 1st would’ve been acceptale for me too and probbaly better for the Oil than Teubert++.
That would have iced this one.
God I hate Atlanta’s arena. From the ugly blue stantions to the odd lighting and terrible camera angles.
Here you all go this one works!!!!
Anyone got a link to watch?
My atdhe stream isn’t running for some reason.
Get Bell Express Vu Ian
I think it’s disgusting that “homeland security” has nothing better to do than make sure people aren’t getting free sporting events online. Do they work for the American taxpayer or the cable and satelite companies?
well thanks to the incorporation clause of ammendment 14 they are people
btw is the atdhe stream working for anybody?
We’re going to whup ‘em!
Enstrom has 5 points and is +5 in 2 games against the Habs
I kind of had a feeling. Thanks!
Ah, another Orwell fan!
powerplays to penalties
Habs = -23 (27th in the league)
Tor = +35 (3rd)
Only teams worse than us are Buf, Ott, and Col
Teams higher than the leafs are Cgy, and Car
Take outta that what you will.
Again, a Habs’ penalty, and again a fairly legit call. It’s not the penalties, it’s the refusal of the refs to call against the opposition that mystifies me.
Lots of calls tonight.
Pleks had to play that like a forward, and not pressure. And good on Gio for taking one for the team.
Bogosian saved a goal.
Cammi, soooooo close!
Cammy, Gio and DD up front. Hilarious.
Cause they’re mentally weak and afraid?
All that and they can buy a house for $200K there that would cost $1.5M here.
I’ll take that trade-off. Plus Gill and Hammer by now should have some of that legendary veteran leeway from the refs.
Remember the other day that Atlanta fan on EOTP who said Bogosian sucks? What in the world was he smoking? Aside from Subban and Markov he’s better than anyone the Habs have had in years.
Bill, that’s a great answer. You’ve reminded me of Orwell’s “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
Take Kovaloaf as an example. He was basically run out of Ottawa because the fans there know the extent of his physical activity during games is spraying water on his face. The players know this and hence prefer the US.
Dancing, dancing…. THe Wiz? WOW!
Was that Wizniewski or Paul Coffey?
This building just seems so dead. WHY would a class athlete want to play in these weak market tombs over great Canadian hockey towns?
Like right there when Little stepped on Plekanec’s stick? Yeah I agree. That one was weak.
Are Atlantians as passionate about curling and lacrosse as they are about “ice” hockey?
Geez. That is two in a row now. Use your head guys
yeah don’t doubt it Bill.. maybe we sound like homers, but it really does seem we come out on the short end more often than not.
Gomez is awfull, but he does apparently have a good sense of humor
You’ll look at the calls on the Habs and they were deserved, but the Habs are not going to get the benefit of the doubt on borderline calls that a high-profile team like, say, Boston, Philly, or Chicago might get.
In terms of penalties against vs. penalties for, I’m sure they’re one of the most shorthanded teams.
If that was Pleky behind Mason’s net it would be 3-0, or we definately would of atleast had a decent scoring chance. No shot on net…Mara should skate to the middle and rip it next time he’s in that situation with Gomez on the ice.. lol
Does Gomez not know how to protect the puck with his body? Cmon now…
All our penalties tonight were probably earned though. Even if two were of the chintzy variety. Price’s was just funny.
Dunno if anyone has mentioned this or not, but…
THE CAMERAMAN ON RDS IS DRIVING ME NUUUUUUTSSSSSS!!!
I’m sure he’s the Atlanta cameraman, but he REFUSES to show the PLAYER at the POINT!!!
He’s a lazy dick!!
(puffing and growling)
—Hope Springs Eternal—
Count on a weak ass effort by Gomez to kill the small momentum
Naturally the pressure ends with a half-hearted, no-look behind the back pass by Gomez. Three more years……..
The Habs don’t have relevance with the hype machine. No stars, not viewed as a Cup contender, and don’t play in Toronto. So the refs, subconsciously, don’t give them the benefit of the doubt.
There are teams that are as much of a non-story as Montreal, but they are rare.
Obvious goaltender interference not called.
5 power-plays for the Thrashers.
The Habs take WAY too many penalties. All year long. Makes no sense.
i had to check.. hard to believe we’re only the 19th most penalized team in the league (13.2 minutes per game). Which team is the most penalized? The Penguins!
Man Wiz is having a great game.
Great effort by Wiz!
I wanna be sedated? Be part of the attendees in Atlanta.
If that were Stamkos, it woulda been a penalty shot.
Time to lock this one up here.
Same money, lower taxes, better weather, no hassles from the media/fans?
If the refs are going to start calling interference calls again it’s going to be rough on Gill. Hammer, too, but he can adjust. On the other hand, Cammalleri is going to improve.
It would be interesting to see how the various teams stack up not only for how many penalties they were served but the differential between those they served compared with those served by the teams they played. If the Penguins’ oponents get as many or more penalties then this is actually favourable to the Penguins. It is not the amount of penalties that is important it is the difference between penalties served and power play opportunities that tells the tale.
HI/O Statisticians please provide…
If Pouliot took these kinds of penalties he’d be benched. Double standard
Is Boone ever optimistic before any game?
Me either but I couldnt find a link on sat i got fed up. I just couldn’t take wondering if I was gonna find a reliable link. I’ll work some OT and it will all be OK
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I dont wanna pay! *SOB*
already have centre ice just not at this house ):
I agree with that. This place gets nucking futs sometimes.
Hey I have my issues with the Habs too but this one and the last game has been the most negative place around. I figure a little optimism is warranted most games (Calgary excluded). They are in 6th place after all. We’re not the Leafs over here.
It’s called “humour”….
Nobody can accuse him of peaking too soon this season.
Gomez shouldn’t be happy with himself
Not quite a strong as when I was 22 but not bad for an old guy…What?…oh…
They are getting real hard to find, I had to finally had to buy NHL game center to watch, Refused to get Center ice when my Cable Provider doesn’t show games in HD.$80 , not so bad I guess
Hey guys I’m stuck at my dads tonight.
Anyone got a stream?
Don’t let the door hit yer ass on the way out.
I think I’m going to quit coming here. Boone has turned into a total negative nelly. Nothing but the negative, negative….
Who cares how many shots they’ve had? Carey is on his game and they know it so they’re trapping a bit.
You try getting hyped and energetic in Atlanta.
They’re winning for goodness sake.
If other people having opinions that differ from yours is a problem, then ya, maybe the internet isn’t the place for you.
Interesting observation. Perhaps the training staff can quickly change the names on the jerseys to Andreikostitsyn, Romanhamrlik, and Pernellkarlsubban.
Ah, so THAT explains Gomez!
They brought their f____ing toys with them!
I knew we should have been in on Langenbrunner earlier in the year.
The two goals were scored by Pacioretty and Wisniewski, the other best scoring chances belonged to Desharnais and Cammalleri. Basically, Habs must play their skaters whose last names have 10 letters as much as possible to win this.
any live streaming available
Pleks your killing me.
You don’t even remotely hear a cheer from the crowd when the Thrashers get a PP……sigh
I don’t like 2-0 leads. Hope the game finishes 3-0.
Keep your head up, Son. That didn’t look very late to me.
Almost an elbow.
ok im ready to watch them stand while atlanta skates and shoots
Mr. Boone meet Mr. Comb.
To be fair, the guy is in his basement talking about a game in Atlanta, not reporting live from the Oscars red carpet.
Boy, all those resources that Lombardi gave up for Dustin Penner yesterday because he so desperate for a top-6 forward. I bet he probably kicks himself everyday that he thought Matt Moulson (28th goal tonight) wasn’t gonna cut it and got rid of him. What a story Matt Moulson is!
“IF” our Habs can stay out of the sin bin in the turd, this game should be ours
All shoulder. And there was only head contact because Little was skating hunched over.
I should have caught dat
Carey on with the Priceless goaltending…
Price really needs to simplify his game with the puck or he’ll just keep hurting himself and the team with bonehead moves like that one
Is there any way to objectively prove the subjective appearance that Montreal must lead the league in “Delay of Game” penalties? Paging a stat geek … STAT!
That is the worst assessment of that rule I have ever seen. What a brutal, brutal judgement call.
2 minutes for…. knocking the puck out of the air in front of the net? lol
Kansas City needs a team.
Highly, highly doubt it. If Auld was in net it’d probably be at least 2-2 though.
NO!! Where have you been the past two years?? First there was Jaro “The System” Halak, and now there’s Carey “The System” Price. It’s really a very simple system, surprised you haven’t noticed
Stop being so negative Boone. Focus on the good. Our shooting % this period is second to none.
Incredibly weak call on Kostitsyn. So much for a PP.
It’s the Montreal Red Army with VladisPrice Tretiak in nets.
You bet it is. But sometimes you get lucky.
That type of opportunism is unsustainable.
Hope so, he was great with the Habs.
Usually it does a good job. But a team that’s behind by 2 is going to get more shots than a team that’s ahead by two, especially at home. And you need to be careful because Atlanta spent a lot more time on the PP than the Habs.
But yeah, puck possession-wise, even factoring in the outside factors, it is ugly. If Montreal scores on this PP, it’ll probably get worse, too.
If Auld was in nets the Habs would be pressing more.
The system at it’s finest.
If Auld was in nets the Habs would’ve had 25 shots by now instead of 6.
Habs have one shot through nine minutes. But at least it was a pretty decent shot!
Max-Pac is dominant!
Is THIS what a ‘defensive” system is supposed to look like? Or is this the “sit on a two goal lead and trust your all-star goalie” system?
Shots are 24-6 in favour of Atlanta. JM must be livid with this offensive outburst by the Habs.
Weird game. Shots are either missing, getting blocked, or going in the net for us. And Price is eating up everything that comes near him.
Price is ON!!!
They need one as much as Atlanta does. You guys can be really dense to sarcasm sometimes.
I am surprised that was called. Usually we don’t get that call on the road
So does Tobacco Patch Landing, FL.
Desharnais = Stephan Lebeau
Rhetorical statement alert: With 43 points, how in the world does Kovalchuk have a worse +/- than Gomez.
Isn’t Martin’s SYSTEM to keep shots down on the Habs?
Teams should be allowed to take their mascotts on the road!
Worst rule in hockey.
almost a shorty!
What happened to Cammalleri when he hurt his shoulder? All of a sudden he’s defensively responsible and playing on the PK!
That just blew a hole through Price
They had one, and it failed miserably. The Sprint Center is a nice facility, but it won’t be called home by an NHL club anytime soon.
what kind of hockey is this? wait for atlanta to score before we try again?
23-6 are the shots. Yikes.
The delay of game penalty notwithstanding, Carey is masterful at controlling the tempo of the game when it’s in the Habs zone. He knows when to free it up and when to freeze the play.
I know we’re winning but Damn, Let pick it up boys, Getting totally out played
Boone we can hardly see anything. Fruit flies. Jeez dude. Throw out those empties or cash them in.
The only way to rid yourself of fruit flies is those sticky strips.
The Zebra right there & no call on Atlanta?
This team should just move to Quebec and play at the Colisee until the new arena is built.
Atlanta could play their games in the Melonville Civic Centre and get more fans….
Hands off…..I want them in Winnipeg, and the arena here is ready to go!
Perhaps it’s already been stated, but I think I know the reason why Gauthier didn’t get Allen, Campoli, or Klesla.
1) Their salaries are too high (Klesla $2.95m for 4 yrs, Allen $2.9m for 2 yrs, Campoli $1.4m for this year)
2) They all commanded a hefty return, all got at least one roster player in return (Klesla got 2)
Not hard to figure out really.
I wonder if Hammer shot the puck knowing it would draw a penalty. Pretty sly move if he did.
The Plekanec penalty…looked to me like he was finishing his check.
The puck on the bottom part of net during the PP for ATL…should have been whistled dead.
The play with Halpern not being able to get up…should have been whistled dead.
The refs in the NHL suck, and yes this happens to every team. But I can’t stand how most games are officiated.
These Francois Gagnon piece is fantastic. I never knew how TERRIBLE things were for Atlanta…
And Florida is WORSE!
They should arrest Buttman for stealing & ruining our game
I guess the Scalpers in Atlanta are broke?
Nobody beats the Wiz!
What a pass from Andrei.
Andrei… on the PP? No Gomez? We scored? MMMM
Wow, just wow! THREE Habs go to the net!
Best parts of that goal were AK’s pass, and Wiz patience with the puck to softly lift it over Mason, when shooting it hard would have resulted in a stop or a miss.
Because, because, because, because becauuuuuuuuse….
Because of the wonderful things that he does!
Gomez got almost 7 minutes in the 1st period. FAR more than any other Habs forward.
Seriously, most junior hockey games have more life in the stands than this.
If a penalty is assessed after the end of the period, shouldn’t the the faceoff at the start of the next period be in the end of the penalized team? That seems to be an oversight or inconsistency in the rules.
consistency. 1 in the first, 1 in the second
Get your facts straight. Florida is doing WAY better than ATlanta. Try looking at the attendance numbers before you say stupid crap like this.
NOOOOO ….. BODY
Bad boy AK
Good things happen when you go to the net….
True and sad
Hey! A lot of people would look forward to being the future head coach of the new Quebec Nordiques
If ever a WHIZ there was!
From Dave Stubbs on Twitter:
“Maybe PK Péladeau could get Thrashers before next NHL labour dispute so he could lock them out, too”
the firsts period was not much different than the last time we played here but instead of them scoring we did…
How many fans did the Atlanta Flames used to get?
I can’t for the life of me understand why the NHL ever came back there… They don’t like hockey and it just makes the NHL look like a joke.
Matches Boone’s video. Looks like Count Floyd from SCTV
its like a funeral home in that place …Gary B..
Haha Goonsta’ Thrash got arrested LOL
so far, the PK has been great with the addition of Sopel. With Mara as well, it keeps Hammer and Wiz off the ice during the PK, and they’ve been better at ES for it.
Well, your video self does make you look like the Lord of Flies, Mr. Boone — so we should be very afraid….
This game isn’t helping Mason’s already-crappy SV%. His numbers in Nashville were clearly a product of Barry Trotz’ system.
Totally….and the guy couldn’t even stand above Dan Ellis is a platoon. Love that Trotz. Is there a better 1-2 than Suter and Weber though…
Price is certainly subduing the 24 fans in the stands….
so are we gonna sustain a forecheck ne time soon??
Is there any way to objectively prove the subjective appearance that Montreal must lead the league in “Too Many Men” penalties? Paging a stat geek …
Montreal leads the league with 12, Tampa Bay is second with 11.
I though I saw that, thought I was seeing things
That ref just two-handed DD in the chest! WTF was that?!?!?!
I thought I had hallucinated that!
Actually it was to point out maybe it’s an organizational problem, and not just Martin.
Did you throw in the “Tampa Bay is 2nd” part to mollify the Martin-bashers/Boucher-lovers? Or just being throrough?
You are ever reliable, Andrew, thank you!
Credit where it’s due, AllHabs just tweeted it, you just happened to ask at the right time!
Did a ref just knock down a habs player???
Mason’s stats gettin worse every year
Gill on a 4-on-4? WTF?
Wheeler is basically Viktor Kozlov, but whiny.
Anyone else find it hilarious how easy PK Subban is manhandling Blake Wheeler in this game? That guy is the softest 6’5″ player I’ve ever seen, if his name was Boris Voynov he’d a pariah.
All part of the new “plan”. Habs take 30+ shots and still lose, now they’re going the other way. Devious coaching y’all.
Funny? Ref just pushed Desharnais to the ice during play…
Obvious conspiracy. No team could be this dumb to take so many penalties.
I’m just teasing our Blogging Warrior….
Well that didn’t last long.
Two in a row AK, very bad boy
If White is going to keep playing like this, no reason to keep Pyatt on this team anymore.
Give away blew Carey’s shut out
1st + tinordi was reasonable.
LA just outpaid us and that’s that in the market of supply and demand.
Tinordi has 0 offensive upside…the first may hurt, but penner at least would give us the big body we crave and an established player for that matter.
alas, that’s in the past. now we focus on the draft and a big blockbuster draft day deal that sends scott gomez for anything at all for player movement.
I must be the only one with a smile over picking up D-Mac. Cheering for the Moose has been so much better in the last decade than the Habs. Even if that tastes dirty coming out.
Ach. We needed offence. Completely bowled over by how many people are screaming “overpayment” for Penner. Easily would’ve sent 1st + Tinordi, it’s not even a question. But philosophically I don’t go in for “we’re not close enough” or “the cupboard will be bare” or “it wouldn’t have put us over” type arguments. Losers are content to not lose, to me it’s just that simple. We need a mgmt team who wants to win and win now.
With 12,000 D-men I’m sure PG wasn’t gonna get more. Gonna be a puzzle this summer if anyone decides not to re-up so easily. Hopefully Gorges and/or Big Wizz don’t come back asking for the moon either.
Hope. Fk it, but it’s all we got.
Penner lives in Cali during the offseason and his actress wife works/lives there. He made it well known to Oilers management that he’d be leaving for California once his contract was up in 2012. That alone makes a 1st and Tinordi a gross overpayment, let alone that Penner was highly overrated by the media heading in to the deadline
Didn’t know Elliott Friedman participated in the French version of the Rickard’s commericals.
My poor liver can`t take this!
That’s right Carey come way out
Habs are going to get a breakaway any moment here.
Price is ON.
I echo Boone’s sentiment about Gorges – this is the type of situation where his awareness comes to the fore.
WOW – Price batted the puck as it was flying mid-air.
He’s done this three times now!
Spacek would’ve had two of those by now.
Cue the Price is Right theme
Hahaha so do I!
Every time the RDS announcers say “James Wiznewsk!i” I hear the little girl in Monsters Inc. saying “Mike Wizowski!”
Just sharing …
Well said. People tend to get the expectation that making trades in the NHL today is as easy as picking up the phone, offering up your garbage and voila! you’ve got a superstar in return. Other teams have scouts too, so it’s not as if we can just say, “Here’s Andrei Kosititsyn, we’ll take Dustin Penner, please” to Tambellini and just like that we’ve improved our team while laughing all the way to the bank.
Just because Gauthier did not complete any trades does not mean that he wasn’t actively working the phones in an attempt to improve the club. But as we saw with the Penner deal, prices were incredibly high yesterday. This is because there are really only 5 or 6 teams that are in true seller mode – Atlanta’s not going to part with Bogosian or their key pieces while they still have a chance at the playoffs, same goes with Dallas and Brad Richards, or any number of others. A limited pool means high prices, and if teams were looking at taking our top prospects and picks for rentals Gauthier did the right thing by walking away.
But hey, Gauthier’s an easy target because he’s the public figure that all the unemployed-by-the-Habs armchair GMs wish they were.
I don’t know why everyone is all up in arms about PG’s inactivity. Trade deadline transactions are usually lopsided and you end up getting shafted. As HabFanSince72 mentions below, we have a bunch of defencemen already and more that are injured. Did we really want to give up a prospect and a draft pick for a defenceman who will probably be a UFA at the end of the season?
I’d much rather PG waits until the offseason and attempts to shuffle the forwards around a bit. Now if PG doesn’t make any moves during the offseason then we can have this conversation. But really, what were we expecting to get now? The biggest catch of the deadline was a player who’s pretty much an Andrei Kostitsyn.
Thank you Carey Price !!!
I can understand PG’s critics asking about forwards and toughness but I do not get why they are getting on his case for not picking up another D-man…ANOTHER D-MAN???? He already traded for three of them and called two up from the minors…FIVE D out of a starting SIX and they think he should have traded for another?
If only one player is going to show up, at least it was the RIGHT player this time. Easier to stay alive when your goalie bails your butts out.
LOL Boone, you so gangsta!
Our problem on defence is overblown. The problem has always been goal support.
Enough with the sideshow, back to the main event. TWO MORE POINTS PLEASE!
Come on! We can do it. When’s the last time the Atlanta Flames won at home???
3 goals, the anti system
Any day with an SCTV reference can’t be all bad!
spotted a whalers jersey in the 100s as well
Boone needs to have Habs memoribelia behind him.
Does he have a mailing address where we can send some stuff?
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Closer than it should have been
You da man Big Ted. Nice work.
It could get real interesting in Montreal is Karri Ramo agrees to a contract this summer wtih the Habs. It may not be good if we have two young talented #1 goalies…so maybe Karri becomes trade bait for some skill or high picks…
Of coure the KHL is not hte NHL and I am not convinced the competition or pressure is at a level over there as it is in Montreal and the NHL. So Karri may be having a great season over there but still struggle here. But we will see, he may not even sign with us but instead agree to stay over in Russia.
I always liked O’Byrne…size, reach, could skate decently..had a few developmental and confidence issues…but I put those on the organization for not playing him and jerking him in and out of the line up and JM not really having confidence in him.
After he scored into our empty net you could tell it was over for him in Montreal…but many many D-men score into their own net atleast once…but still stick with their team and go on to have great long careers…
I am very happy for Ryan that he has found a home where the coaching staff has belief in him and his potential.
You are missing the point. Webber was in Hamilton but was DEPTH! OB would have been in the pressbox while Webber was PLAYING in the AHL. So what good would have it been to keep OB in the pressbox? Zero. And it made no sense for him to be in the AHL also.
The Habs had their top 6 all set and healthy. And already had depth in Picard/Webber. So they clearly made the right call at the time.
It is a blog post. You know what is funny about Montreal is the rumours. RDS starts the drum-em-out mill up and fans read this *stuff*. That doesn’t bother the players. What bothers them is when fans or friends ask them about this *stuff*. You’d almost swear the Montreal sports press was controlled by the Bruins or Leaf interests.
Although teams always want to give young players a chance to cut their teeth, make mistakes and learn on the job, coaches who want just to win will not stay with a young player with OB’s mishaps because they havn’t really seen what he is capable of unlike a veteran guy.
Which young player actually noticeably improved under Carbo?
Yes, 19 games with a knee injury at the start of the season, then 7 games when his mother was ill.
O’Byrne was never really benched last year (until the playoffs), it’s just a lie anti-JM people like to spread.
Cheer up Boone, I picked the Ravens to beat the spread. So if I end up winning I’ll send you a (postdated) cheque!!
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
- Bilbo Baggins
You know I think AK is playing exactly as the coaches have been telling him to play. When he gets a chance he knows they want him to shoot. He looks like a player who needs to shoot when he wants to, not when told to. Overall his game is solid. They will trade him though for a rental probably, then if he is lucky in the team he goes to, he could light it up. Heck of a heavy shot.
I doubt it will shock you to hear that I feel you are speaking to the same problem … coaching. In addition to being unable to deal with young players – will Subban ever regain his offensive game? – The System pretty much ensures that this squad will not score much.
Did you faint with surprise? I know, I’m a Martin-basher, I refuse to seek help.
I’m hoping Bournival works out. I think it was just that O’Bryne was big. To smaller people he probably looked slow. But O’Byrne appeared to be a good player who might arrive late, or be what he is good enough to play, rugged enough to stand the grind, and a quick learner. The thing is that when things are going good for anyone they think the parts they are not using aren’t needed. I guess O’Byrne was. Maybe someday Bournival will be.
He did play 55 games last year, and if I recall correctly wasn’t he also hurt for some of last year?
Carbo was good with young players. I shudder to think how Plecanek would be doing if Martin had been his coach. AK, Gorges, Sk, and even Latendresse did pretty well under him too. AK will be traded, and I can’t believe anyone doubts that he will suddenly start lighting it up, while continuing to hit.
So O’Byrne doing well suddenly is no big surprise. Now, an effective stay-at-home D-man is not an irrecoverable loss, but it is significant. And unlike you, I’m not optimistic about the return. A 5’11″, 179 pound LW putting up decent numbers in a soft league, drafted in the third round … his odds of making any impact in the NHL are pretty slim. Tell me I’m wrong, I’d love to be. But Bournival is a 10% maybe … O’Byrne is a definite NHLer. So in this trade we lost size, and certainty. Not a shrewd deal.
There was never anything wrong with O’Byrne. He didn’t fit with this regime. Another time and he would be fine. Now he is someplace he fits. Other teams build teams around players. They work on the strengths the players bring. A shooter is surrounded by people to get him the puck, a passer by shooters. Right side D-men play the right, not the off side. In Montreal it is all about the system right now. Even the Quebecois they draft or acquire are 20-25 goal minor league scorers groomed to be journeyman team players. Look at Lapierre. No way is he a star, but he is a NHL player in the bottom third of the league developed by Montreal to be just what he is.
Totally agree. Hated the trade when it happened.Dumb trade.Was this trade brought on by JM or was it all PG’s astute judgement of talent
It was Kozlov’s stick that Gorges put the puck onto. I remember that play, and thinking it could seriously hurt his chances of sticking with the team. I’m damn glad that wasn’t the case.
Karri Ramo voted to the KHL all star team
Regarding OByrne… what I don’t understand is why at some point last season he was still getting benched when Markov and Mara were injured. Correct me if I’m wrong, but was this what we were going with? :
Hammer – Spacek
Gill – Gorges
OByrne ? – MAB
Am I missing or forgetting something ? You would think that JM would use the guy more.
Finally starting to think you were wrong about OB? How was in not obvious to anyone that he was WAY better than Picard. What a joke it was to trade him . Sure its easier to say that now that we lost Marky and Georges, but it was pathetic how he was handled here. Guy makes one mistake and hes stapled to the bench and that clown MAB flopped around on the ice making mistake after mistake and never missed a shift. Good on OB.
I’m sure he was well liked in thr dressing room and the players didn’t understand why he wasn’t given a chance and why he was always being benched esspecially against Philly when they needed a big blueliner. I wonder if these kinds of things would undermine the confidence the players have in the coaching of JM Some of his moves just don’t seem to make sense.
It’s a lot easier to be +13 when your team is capable of scoring even-strength goals.
Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban
My apologies re: those two gentleman. I also realize Jackson is from Montreal, but I left him out because he’s not a French-Quebecer, and that is the group that several teams/American networks have accused of playing favorites towards the Habs.
I’ve got my fingers crossed for Cammi to light it up tonight.
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
These statistics don’t tell us whether we are getting hosed by the refs or whether we are an undisciplined team. I suspect that on occasion, each plays a role. But these are definitely the calls that are more subjective. There should in theory be less subjectivity when calling delay of game or high sticking or kneeing, but as we’ve seen this season, there have been a fair share of these calls missed too.
What I would find interesting now would be to go back through the stats from previous years to see if any of these trends persist (in terms of the type of penalty we’re taking or in terms of the refs who are calling them).
And Furlatt is French Canadian, born in Trois-Rivières
No, I went back through the game sheets and as I said, this only tells you who the refs were in the game, not which of the two actually made the call, but to a point the refs are responsible for what goes on in a game they ref in. It’s the best we can do without actually having the league give us the info (which I’m sure they don’t want us analyzing) or watching all the game film to find out.
Outstanding post – very well done.
The only comment I would make is that the “Category 1″ penalties include the most subjective types of penalties. This includes my personal favourite, which I’ve mentioned on HIO before – the inconsistent interference call when a defenceman gives the forward a little shove on a dump-in.
The questionable hooks, holds and trips are all part of this as well.
Whether or not it’s intentional, coincidental, or simply a subconscious act by the referees, it just seems that the Habs get penalized on more of the borderline calls, where other teams seem to get away with it. I realize I’m biased (as we all are), but I honestly feel this is the case.
O’Byrne is a great example. How many times did he find himself in the box when he wore the CH for these types of penalties? But suddenly he’s a golden boy in Colorado? He’s either COMPLETELY changed the way he plays in his own end, or something else is at play. And we all see what Pronger gets away with, as another example.
Just my two cents – and worth only that.
Weber was in Hamilton. Not an issue.
O’Byrne should have been rotated in to the lineup. Gill, Hammer, Spacek and O’Byrne taking turns in the box, not as punishment but as rest. Picard could have kept the hotdogs ready.
TSN also said Sergei Kostitsyn was in the lineup on Plekanec’s line a couple of weeks ago. I never take their word for anything. But nonetheless, I’d prefer Lundqvist only because I want the Habs to be able to beat opponents at their best.
Way, way back in the day in a game against Atlanta, when Carbo was coaching and Gorges was in his first season with the Canadiens, Gorges made an absolutely atrocious error coming out of his own end in a game against Atlanta. He put the puck directly on an opposing player’s stick, leading to a breakaway and a goal against. Carbo had Gorges back out on the ice the very next shift.
Now, I actually like the return Gauthier got for O’Byrne. I think Bournival’s a solid prospect with a good shot at making the NHL. But can anyone honestly say that O’Byrne ever got the kind of shot that Carbo gave Gorges? Any and every mistake he made ended with him stapled to the bench, soon to be shuttled off into the press box. The most telling part of it all to me are the interviews O’Byrne gave after he was traded. Unlike Latendresse, unlike S. Kostitsyn, O’Byrne didn’t bitterly slam management or the coaching staff or act like a spoiled child. The guy just sounded confused, and more than a bit down to be leaving Montreal. By all accounts, he worked his ass off in practice, never made his benching into a distraction for the team, and yet he still never got a fair shot at cracking the lineup.
Like I said, I do like the return the Habs got, but I can’t help but wonder – especially looking at O’Byrne’s stats in Colorado and especially reading Sacco’s comments about him – why he was traded in the first place.
Its so easy to simply come back and say that the team was wrong about a certain player. But that coin has two sides. The only example I will give is Grabovski. First line center on a team that is fighting to not give Boston a top 5 draft pick. Look at his points, he is doing well. On a team that is at the bottom of the league. So in that respect you can EASILY SAY look what we could have had??? So if you want to pick and choose, we could have ended up with this:
SK, Grabovski, AK
Latendresse, Moore, Higgins
Kovalev, Lapierre, D’Agostini
Dandenault, Metro, Chipchura
Then we would be getting the 1st round pick for a long long time….
All I can say about O’Byrne is two things, first and foremost I am glad he is getting good minutes and doing well, I like him and hope he has a long career. Second is look how great Komi looked playing with Markov… Now that he is in Tank for Boston city we are seeing a different 4.5 million dollar player…
It is par for the course that people here thinks we’re getting jobbed by the refs. It’s part of the fun!
OT – Not to mention that Tampa plays Carolina tonight while Atlanta takes on Dallas.
As Mike Boone states, “a chance to salvage the week.”
There’s no shame in blowing it up and building it from the draft and not just a mish mash of free agents. Two decades without a cup is incredibly bad in my opinion, where’s the honor in that?
Go to Habsaddict.com Great article
Yeah. A post like that has no place on HI/O.
I agree with your 2nd last sentence, Dave. Three years from now is a great time (in terms of contracts and players’ ages) to step back and really look at what G&G have done.
At that point in time we will have gone over 20 years without a Cup. Not even a sniff. No more renos, it will be a total tear down.
BT – How good is this post? I think Mike Boone should save it and make it a thread for an off day when the Habs aren’t playing.
It’s so easy to say that the refs are biased and hate the Habs. Thanks for taking so much time and effort to really study the subject in detail.
As Dave mentioned below, it’s stuff like this that keeps bringing us back to HI/O.
Very interesting. Supports what has been anecdotally observed many times, that the Habs are done in by interference-type penalties.
We have all noticed that the Habs are called on BS interference-type penalties a lot, but they also commit a great many of these legitimately. I’m sure Campbell has the word out to the zebras that the Canadiens are a “dirty little hockey team” and their reputation feeds the calling of unwarranted penalties.
Stop the hooking/holding and eventually the BS calls will stop too.
Why do they hook and hold so much? It could be a by-product of the size issue, getting over-matched in the D-zone. It could be mental error … it could be stupidity … or maybe we just have a bunch of dirty little players I love them anyway.
Larue is American. He’s not French Canadian.
You do know that trade went down when everyone was healthy.
(1) Markov, (2) PK, (3) Gorges, (4) Gill, (5) Hammer, (6) Spacek, (7) Webber, (8) Picard.
So where exactly did OB fit in there? He NEVER would have been in the lineup unless one of the top 6 was injured. The Habs had so much D depth so letting him waste in the pressbox made no sense.
Yes hindsight is 20/20, but again, who saw 2 season ending injuries occuring. The trade made all the sense in the world when done.
O’Byrne is +13 in his thirty-odd games with Colorado. To read the reports, he’s playing a strong, stay-at-home defensive game, and he’s picking up more and more ice-time.
Losing an effective defensive d-man isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not nothing, and of course the worst part is what it says about this team’s ability to evaluate, coach, and develop young players. As part of a bigger picture that includes Grabovski, Kostitsyn, Latendresse, and others, it’s what you would call a Damning Indictment of management and especially coaching vis a vis young talent. On the other hand, it does make Timmins look a little better when these guys he chose actually turn out to be as good he thought … even if it is somewhere else.
I would imagine it’s a trend that has not gone unnoticed around the league and hockey in general.
Give it up, there’s no honor in tanking and the Habs are better than that. If we win, I want it to be without being rewarded for consecutive seasons of deliberate suckitude.
Any chance to add a “vote on posts” feature in future?
Hell of a game in Boston, and Pittsburgh wins in regulation. Noyce!
tsn is saying Lunqvist is in net. True or false? I heard we were getting their backup.
Wow. Researched, well written, premises amd sound arguments supported by numbers and stats and a conclusion.
It is comments like these that keep me here and draw my attention. Good stuff BT.
Where did u find which actual refs made the calls for/against us? Is there a website?
I argued that point last season until I was blue in the face and along the way got accused of being a tanker, not a true fan, was told I was in favour of purposely losing and was reminded that the Habs don’t tank because if they did not only would hell freeze over but the rioting in Quebec would be so severe that Quebec separation from Canada would be imminent.
That’s why the Habs play a defensive style of hockey. They have no choice. No Stamkos, no Tavares, No Taylor Hall, no Kane, no Toews, nobody. Oh along the way there’s a lucky PK Subban and a Carey Price and hey they even got a #4 Pouliot for a traded up Latendresse.
We’ll see. I am giving it 3 more years after this season and if the Habs are still languishing in the middle of the pack I will start a full scale offensive to promote the Habs finishing in the draft lottery for a few seasons.
If by then the Bruins, Caps, or Oilers win the Cup or if Pittsburgh or Chicago repeats I will re-embrace the tank in advance and in full force.
No, that guy doesn’t deserve to wear the red, white and blue jersey of the Habs ever again. Plus, once we get rid of this Kostitsyn, I don’t ever want another one on this team.
Bad penalties have often been our downfall this year, so I
thought I’d go back through our scoresheets from this season and try to
tease out whether this is the case or not and whether our penalty
troubles can be attributed to indiscipline or to a handful of unfair
referees. The Habs are the team both this year
and last that have had the largest negative difference between the
number of PP’s they’ve had and the number of times they’ve been SH, so
either we’re terribly undisciplined or the refs are unfair to us or
both. Here are some interesting stats when you look at the penalty
situation this year:
- Excluding fighting majors, misconduct penalties, and penalty shots,
as well as penalties after the end of the game, the Habs have been
penalized 202 times this year and our opposition a total of 172 times.
- We have had 20 games (nearly half) where we have been penalized 5 or
more times. We have won 9 of these games and lost 11, decent when you
think about it, but a record that would not get a team into the
playoffs if maintained for a full year.
- In games where we take more penalties than our opponents, our record
is 10 wins and 13 losses. In games where we take fewer or the same
number of penalties, we have 14 wins and 7 losses.
I further broke down the penalties we are taking into groups:
1)Penalties that are often due to laziness or being out of place (Hooking/Interference/Tripping/Slashing/Holding)
2)Penalties of aggression (Roughing/Charging/Cross-Checking)
3)Penalties that are often dangerous in nature (High-sticking/Boarding/Elbowing/Kneeing)
4)Penalties that are often due to a lack of concentration (Too Many Men/Delay of Game/Diving/Unsportsmanlike Conduct)
In category 1, we have been penalized 123 times and the other teams 92 times.
In category 2, we have been penalized 42 times and the opposition 48.
In category 3, we have been penalized 19 times and our opponents 19 as well.
In category 4, we have been penalized 18 times and our opponents 13.
The issue then, if we look at is more closely, is not penalties of
aggression but penalties that we are taking because we are out of
position or don’t put in the effort to move our feet(31 more than our
opponents) and penalties due to a lack of concentration (5 more, but in
a category where there are few penalties, that is almost 50% more than
our opponents’ totals). This, in my mind, speaks volumes to issues
reflecting a lack of effort and focus on the ice and these are the
types of penalties that should be easily correctable.
With respect to referees, we all have our favorite targets for who we
believe target our team the most, so I decided to look into it. I won’t
report all the data, as this would make this post even longer, but I
will give you some of the salient features (again just for this year,
although I would like to look back at previous years too).
In terms of the number of penalties given out in games where the ref
was one of the officials (doesn’t mean he necessarily made all these
calls himself but it’s the best reflection we can make from pure
stats), the refs who were most in our favor were:
- Dave Jackson: 17 penalties against the other teams, 11 against us in 4 games
- Francois St-Laurent: 19 penalties vs. other teams, 15 vs. us in 3 games
The refs who made the most calls against us…:
- Mike Leggo: 24 against us, 16 against opposition in 4 games
- Frederic L’Ecuyer: 24 against us, 16 against opposition in 4 games
- Greg Kimmerly: 22 against us, 14 against opposition in 4 games
- Tom Kowal: 11 against us, 4 against opposition in 2 games
- Chris Lee: 17 against us, 12 against opposition in 4 games
- Eric Furlatt: 15 against us, 11 against other teams in 3 games
- Chris Rooney: 22 against us, 18 against opposition in 3 games
- Justin St-Pierre: 16 against us, 12 against opposition in 4 games
- Marcus Vinnerborg: 6 against us, 1 against Detroit in 1 game
However, what might surprise most people is that we don’t necessarily
do poorly in games reffed by the guys giving us the most penalties. We
are 2-1 in Furlatt games, 3-1 in Kimmerly games, 2 and 1 in Rooney
games, and 4-0 in Lee games! We do seem to do poorly in games where
Kowal (0-2), L’Ecuyer (0-4), and St-Pierre (1-3) were reffing.
And if you add up our record under the French-Canadian refs (L’Ecuyer,
St-Pierre, St-Laurent, Auger, Charron, Hebert, Joanette, Larue), we are
11-12, a record which is well below our record in games not involving a
French-Canadian ref. We have had 108 penalties assigned to us in those
games, compared to 95 handed out to our opposition, showing that there
is really no bias in favor of our team in those games.
I hope to be able to look at similar stats for past seasons but if
you’re looking at refs from this year who have been culprits in terms
of penalizing us, the list is above, so you can judge for sure which
guys you should be complaining about when you see their names.
maybe he could trade him for his brother
trevor timmons would probably pick the wrong guy
Watching Pitt-Bos. Pitt has great depth at centre, Crosby, Malkin, Staal. And it’s Stall who has picked up his game to replace Crosby.
We should finish last for a few years, get some high draft picks, restock and win some cups.
I am beginning to think it’s impossible when you draft 20th or so most years.
We could chat about baking and such on this site until we put a big, talented team together…
Joe Sacco the head coach loves him.Tells you how much you know. What’s Picard doing? Is he plus 13 and playing 20 mins a game? Dumb trade.
If you see Pierre Gauthier at the game tonight, can you ask him why he hasn’t traded AK46 yet. Thanks.
I have watched a few avs games and its the same old O’B. Bad turnovers, soft on the boards, dumb penalties. Not sure why his numbers seem better on paper, but on the ice, its the same. If anything he gets away with more BS in denver. He can get away with crosscheck in front of the net and hold in the corners far more then he was able to here. Maybe the old microscope is bright for refs when they show up here also.
Man…if the playoffs started today, I like the match-ups. I think JM could actually outcoach Boucher defensively against the Lightning in a best of seven, and despite their loss yesterday I like the Thrashers’ chances against our nemesis, the Flyers. If someone knocks off Philly, we have good chances of going to the SCF.
Wrong about OB, wrong about SK74, wrong about D’Agostini?
Yes, they did not put up the same numbers here, but it begs the question: why didn’t they succeed here? What is it about their new environments that allowed them to flourish and that precluded them from doing so here?
It has to be more than simply time/development — OB’s case demonstrates that, as he’s flourished immediately after being moved.
Exactly. How about anyone instead of AK and we are nt even having this conversation
The problem is poor picks. there have been good choises in the positions we in but we picked the wrong players. David fisher who we didn’t offer a contract to instead of David Perron.BG an Timmons seemed to like US college guys.
Also always liked Davidson. He used to be one of the lone brightspots on CBC during the satellite hotstove. And you’re right, he definitely deserves his job with the Blues, which he proves every year as that team keeps getting better (injuries this year are a set back).
So true. People in Halifax vote against anything that will bring even the smallest form of change.
Sent you an email, Dave.
You’re spot on. I do, however, miss John Davidson doing color, but given his knowledge of the sport he now has the gig he deserves.
Of all the local tv sports broadcasters I find the MSG guys to be some of the best. When a penalty is deserved by the Rangers, they say it. When the other team is playing better, they say it. None of the BS like you get from Edwards at NESN or the idiots who do the Penguins broadcasts.
Remember the “wave”…what ever happened to that…so amazing to watch the crowd do that spontaneously during a game.
Veteran guys like MAB and Picard eh.
Oh my god i am sick of hearing this same crap over and over. Stop living in the past man. This is a salary cap world we live in. Montreal doesnt just get all the best players anymore . There are more than six teams in the league now in case you didnt notice. We are missing our top 2 defenseman and people want us to beat every team 5 or 6 nothing everynight. Montreal has a hard job luring the big free agents, how do you expect we compete every year for a cup? We spend to the ceiling of the cap. Do you think they are wanting to lose on purpose?
I am as upset as you to see the floundering of our once mighty and proud team.
Problem is we always finish too high in the standings to get the #1 overall pick which typically can be a “franchise player”…I think we either need to get incredibly lucky with our trades to arrange for a deal like hte one that got us Lafluer back in the day or like Boston did to get Sequin last year…otherwise the best we can do is try to be respectible year after year and never be able to get the franchise player to build around.
I seen that +1
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Dubinsky again lol
Spacek playing on his natural side still sucks.
Subbie > Dubbie
spacek made a nice boby orr style fall lol
Really good game tonight so far.
Nice to see someone from the other team pull the repeated-dumb-penalty play.
Still tryin’ to make amends.
Good stuff so far. We have to hammer another nail in the Rangers coffin though now. I don’t want to only have a two-goal lead going into the third.
i am not a fan of dubinsky but he would look awesome in blue blanc rouge
C’mon guys, pot another one!
Maybe that’s OK, you know? He’s young and I don’t expect alot out of him for another few years really.
Lordy I would love to see the Habs put a team away instead of watching anxiously until the very end.
An important announcement from the Government of Canada:
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It’s a shame Weber can’t take advantage of this opportunity. He’s proving to be no better than Picard, maybe even softer. Wish team would consider the big guy Alex Henry.
Jesus, what a save by Lundqvist….
Should be 4-1
Holy crap PP… Lundqvist is one lucky goalie, he just keeps getting hit, not tracking the puck at all.
If Weber could consistently get his shot on the net (he has a rocket) he would score more goals & be a much younger/more mobile version of Spacek.
The dude needs to shoot about 100 pucks a day, every day, lol
What the HELL was Wiz doing WAY up at the blue line, asking for the puck?? We had them cornered and scared!??
That was a hell of a PP, but Hank was amazing.
Henrik had 5 beautiful shots! according to cole lol
“I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~
Lundquist channeling Billy Smith. He has to be made at his team, not just at Max Power.
Crash that net I love it ….finally !!
This guy tore up the OHL few years ago, played pretty good in the AHL and has played in the Olympics.
He has only 23 NHL games of experience. Be patient before everyone starts whining that he is just another O’B. And we all know how that has been turning out lately.
See that switch by PK when he realized that GIll’s guy was behind him? Seems he learned something from tuesday’s game.
I thought we were going to a penalty….
Love how Subban throws caution to the wind in the last minute, hit everyone, cheat in every way possible.
At least the officials had the decency to blow the whistle when Carey caught that puck. I was expecting them to let the Rangers whack the snot out of him until Price and the puck were in the net….
Lie cheat steal!
Big win !!!
So… about those Price bashers, he ended up stealing this game.
We got lucky
A ‘W’ but barely
Good WIN !!!!
wow Habs, thanks for the heart attack, I’m only 25
EDIT: that was a badass triple low-five
My heartrate can go back down now.
Horrible period — after two amazing periods, we allowed the Rags to take it to us.
OMG last second … that was close.
Phew …. that was close, take the 2 points and run boys! Go Price!
Price bashers “suck it”
18 shots against in the third period.
Thank god Price stepped up his game or this was over.
SIT ON IT FONZIE!
SIT ON IT!
Lotta bashers won’t show tonight. The usual crowd.
Seriously, how Lundquist doesn’t get 1st star is the reason why they need to make away with fan selecting the 3 stars.
Thank goodness that we have Carey Price, and they have not.
It shouldn’t have been allowed to get like this – I hate that the team goes into a shell when it’s got a lead in the third period. To allow 21 shots against in the 3rd period is setting the team up to fail and puts way too much pressure on the goalie and the defence. For all the talk about how a run-n-gun game would kill the geezers on our blue line, look at what a mess the play in the Habs’ end has been ever since Gorges left. They were barely hanging on before he was gone, and it’s even more precarious now.
Honestly, just for that brutal pass the Wiz made across Price he should not have been a star….
So can we send Jacques Martin to the presser for the next game to teach him the same lesson that O’B, PK, Eller et al have learned – how NOT to F’k the team over when you’re in command of a game? Come ON! The Rangers had no business being anywhere near that game and we were a few posts and whiffed shots from OT.
How can a coach knowing he as a winning formula for two periods then chage it and say lets see if you guys can tie it up you have twenty minutes to do it. Those of you who say JM did a good job dont know nuts from bolts about winning, the only thing that saved the game were the post. Had they scored PRICE would have payed the price for the loss….POOR COACHING.
Never in doubt
Edit – Hey, that’s the headline on top now!
*sigh of relief*
Was that the worst period of the season? Only Carey realized there was still one period to play.
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag
I gotta find somethin’ else to do on Saturday nights.
My heart beat a little… but not so much during last playoffs with the habs holding on a 1-0 lead in game 7, into the third against washington.
Love the Headline.. Never In Doubt…The good old Dave Van Horne line after a close Expos win.
EDIT: Price stopped 20 of 21 shots in third period.
21 SHOTS ARE YOU SERIOUS??
Nice one Price….. ah this weather… @#@$!.. I want spring and playoffs !!!!!
Price sucks, Halak totally would have had that 2nd goal.
How does Price not get a star tonight…he saved the game for us in the 3rd…making 20 out of 21 saves…
I hate JM. with his stupid style always trying to protect a lead.
that’s the reason this team never wins by more than 1 goal.
when they get a lead, they ALWAYS STOP PLAYING!
someone should tell JM: the best defence is a good offence.
when you get a lead, you need to stay aggressive, but no this team is always satisfied with a 1 goal lead.
I HATE JM.
Tired of him being presented with the Molson cup then having a bad game.
I loved you Mats, but when our opponents start heavy forechecking we wilt. That’s not coaching.
The Habs didn’t sit back though. THeir keeper was inhuman.
By the way – we won.
JM just out coached Tortelini…what do you want from the guy…
Nice to see you around man.
So let get this straight Moen is tripped right in front of the next and the refs are not going to call that. Then Gill’s sticked is grabbed and helded and he goes to the box. Oh I understand why because the Tort man complains about Refs and the Ranger’s management complains about refs and so the refs give them all the breaks.
JM hates you with your stupid posting style always trying to stir the pot.
that’s the reason this blog always has a good laugh when you post more than 1 post.
when you post something we ALWAYS LAUGH!
someone should tell you; it sometimes better to be seen and not heard.
when you get a notion to post, you need to rethink your position, but no you’re always satisfied to make a silly comment.
JM hates you.
Good post. It was a good move at the time. Question: would anyone put O’B in for Picard or Weber?
I’m sorry – i thought everyone watched that 3rd period. I can understand your comment if you didn’t. They took 21 shots in the 3rd… and their keeper was inhuman? lol whatev. Great winning strategy by JM to never control the puck in the 3rd period.
Rangers Post game panel lauding PK Subban, saying ” Hate him as an opponent, love him as a teamate, People are finally starting to understand PK, Now if we could just lose Spatcho,
well played, sir
I saw that too. I guess the only qualification to be an NHL official is to have a functioning brain stem–and preferably nothing beyond that.
sure, and thats also the reason why we continually dump the puck with NO chase in the third. nothing but icing attempts and line changes for us.
so true, they gotta let the right people pick
CBC took the first star away from Wisniewski and gave it to Price, if that makes you feel any better.
yep, pretty lame call
Thanks Andrew! Been on vacation (Thailand), and with work, the daughter, and the masters degree, not a lot of time. Still watch all of the games though! Mostly not live though – via NHL torrents. That site is a godsend. How is your new year going?
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag
Maybe somethin’ healthier… like meth.
you got that right
I thought I liked Gaston Therrien, but come on man, he’s calling out Gionta (of all people) on Antichambre
Tortellini is delicious!
I can’t stand CBC but I did see that…LOL
And people are calling Torts an early Jack Adams candidate.
Well, in the team’s defense, it’s been documented that teams that are behind shoot more but score less, while teams that are in front shoot less but score more. People begrudge the Habs for sitting back with a lead, but every team in the league does it.
Which makes the Habs’ two-period dominance even more significant — they were comfortably ahead and they were still all over the Rangers. Lundqvist’s second star was well-deserved; without a fantastic performance from him (abetted by the Habs’ continuing lack of shooting luck) the third period would’ve been garbage time.
That was hard on the nerves at the end. BIG win with a busy week coming up and first place in the division is within reach. The guys can finish better than 8th place if they keep gutting out wins like tonight. Just don’t do it like this every game. I don’t need to have a stroke lol! GO HABS GO!!!
To those complaining about the third period, remember one thing, there are two teams on the ice, and one of them was already beat by the same opponent this week.
Sure, I’d love complete domination from buzzer to buzzer, but it doesn’t happen in back to backs when you’ve one the first one, very often,
The Habs are just getting their mojo back after a poor stretch in December. This was a good win for the team.
If they can get the spirit they had to start the season back, they will start winning consistently again. Tonight reminded me of their play in October/November.
Man, scary third period but they managed to pull through! I’m gonna go celebrate.
Come on over here. We baked 4 banana/nut/granola loafs and a chocolate cake for a birthday party tomorrow. We put off the bacon and cheese quiche until tomorrow because the game kind of exhausted our energy.
also comparing PK to Claud Lemieux. Nice. Lemieux was awesome…..
5-1-1 in our last 7 games. Nice rebound after a rough last half of december.
My impression of Gaston Therrien is that he has a very thin and superficial grasp of the game. He presents his ideas and himself well, but the goods he delivers are Zeller’s quality.
Great win! The only thing that was missing was my steak at Keen’s Chop House before the game last Tuesday night. Damn, I really could go for that right about now!
I think they meant Sam Adams
It’s a bit early for that, but I see the same style, Claude Lemieux scored some HUGE goals during Stanley Cup Play, I hope Subee can emulate that some day
…They enjoy seeing Us sweat, don’t They ?
…Carey came through when needed, but 2 soft goals, which He should hopefully learn from…
…entertaining game …and still awaiting a replay of “Our Decolleté Honey” …preferably in 3D”
Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
Yes, big win. For once, though, I would like to watch a game where (a) there isn’t a 30-second interval between Carey securing a puck and the officials blowing stoppage of play, and (b) a penalty is called when our opponents are draped over Subban’s back like a WWE wrestler.
Great push back
Price got less help from Weber and Spacek on those goals than I did when I asked a blind man to help me authenticate a Van Gogh.
or jack edwards
OK now I don’t like Dubinsky, I doubt he’ll be winning any Lady Bing trophies either but is always running his mouth about other players, I agreed with him once, now he’s just a douche
Trembley is 15934 times better as a TV personality than he is as a coach.
The heavy guy is pretty good too.
Chuck’s onto somethin’.
Is there meth in the loaf?
Sure, but that stuff builds character.
Rogie looks pretty good. He looked after himself when the playing days were done.
When they read out his credentials it sure drives home the point that he should indeed be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t know what could be keeping him out. His son sure is one tall guy. He really stood out in that line.
Blame it on that virus circulating around HAB central. Or just the “typical” lack of effort in crunch time.
Whatever Tort and Lund said to those shadows during 2nd intermiss should have been recorded for future reference.
Great 2 periods and powerplay… Darche,PK, Pleks and even #46AKA “The Mummy” were effective.
Add the Rangers to the beatable category… however those Pennsylvania teams are another story… and the Thrash and the…etc…
Meth just paves the way to the heart attack these kinds of games will eventually give me. I need some kind of opiate to take the edge off third periods like that one.
I’m high on life, man. Say NO to drugs.
…I’m not blind Robert, but thanks for pointing out the obvious anyways …WHAT I am saying, is the little things keeping Carey from being a truly great goalie are His occasional brain-numbness in certain situations
…Lundqvist also was a victim of defensive breakdowns …THAT is wny the goalie position exists Robert
I didn’t say I liked him.
Going pretty well, booked a date for the wedding this summer in Mexico.
No offense mate, but Carey can’t be faulted in both those goals
Best part of the third was PK rush up the ice ala Robinson. Not sure if he got off a shot or puck deflected off a Ranger
got some help from the dallas stars tonight beating the thrashers 5-1very late in the 3rd.
Speaking of Moen, great photo on cover page. Awesome wallpaper
…absolutely no offense taken
The Habs have taken 9 out of 12 points so far this (new) year.
I also liked the way he cleared Rangers from the front of his net, Spatcho could learn a little something there. First goal was all about Spatchos’ inability to clear Boyle from in front of Price
Totally agree. Do people really expect to win 5-0 every night? Without Markov and Georges? C’mon people.
Your post would be punchier with a “discuss” to conclude.
Price the first star? I gotta get a better t.v. This 50 inch is not big enough to see his brilliance. Lundquist was star #1. We should have had 6…
And, how about the league’s favourite team….Toronto. Another power-play in the last 2 minutes while trailing. Happens all the time, while the reverse happens to us, quite often.
Okay Punkster,You never followed up on this, so I’ll just throw it up. In no particular order.
In a Silent Way- a great way to start a weekend morning. Some of the most beautiful free floating sounds I have ever heard, without getting mindless like new age stuff.
‘Round About Midnight- the record that hooked me 15 years ago. The sound of Miles playing the mute is as close to pure emotion communicated I’ve ever heard, sans cheap sentimentality. Coltrane is great here too. The (sort of) title track is one of my absolute favourites.
Bitches Brew- mind bending, without equal.
Kind Of Blue- One of the most perfect records ever recorded. Not a single note wasted, extraneous, or missed.
Nefertiti- One of the most consistently engaging records I’ve heard of his. Subtlety challenging stuff, brilliant playing. This is the only record I own of the first four from his second great quintet and I want to explore the rest.
Tribute to Jack Johnson- One hell of a great rock record. John McLaughlin is the star, but Miles is the maestro. McLaughlin never sounded this good again in his career.
I like many others, but these are the tops. There are still many more for me to explore. which I intend to do.
Few game thoughts:
Hammer had lots of jump tonight-Did he get lucky last night or something?
D.Desharnais looks very strong defensively. His shifts seem to be very short versus his other linemates. He is always the first guy off and leaves his forwards offensively to dry as he is subbing. I know he wants to please his coach but finish your 4o-45 second shift.
spacek and weber look scary.
Cammy was on fire. He will break out soon. I know – we all say it.
The “Never a Doubt” Just dripping with sarcasm!
The “system” just can’t handle a two man forecheck and Spacek and Webber panic at the sight of opposing forwards!
“The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”
The late PP is in the HNIC contract!
Got to feed the moonies some hope or they won’t pay attention and use the appropriate bank.
Webber and Spacek terrifying?
AK46 would be an upgrade!
Okay. So Price actually made the save there.
I don’t like this hanging back now.
If I’m coach this is where I try to slow things down a bit. Throw out your fighter (if you have one), call a time out, do whatever it takes to calm the boys down a bit and get things going.
Nice play by P.K.
Bob Cole calling Michael Sauer “Mark Sauer” for the second time in the game.
Nice block by Eller.
Jack Johnson. Great pick. Been years since I heard that.
My Miles picks:
Someday My Prince Will Come – the last recording Coltrane made with Miles and the contrast between Coltrane and Mobely is beautiful Mobley laid back and in, Coltrane completely out there and crying out for help.
Bitches Brew – saw various versions of this group at least 4 times back then and each one better than the last…an unreal experience every time.
Milestones – the first Miles album I owned and it never gets tired (Cannonball Adderley!)
Live at Lincoln Center – the 1964 live double album where almost evey tune is played at double time (Hancock, Williams, Carter, Coleman)
Filles de Kilimanjaro – This was the band Miles had when I first saw him live.
Beautiful shot block by Eller!! Very nice!
Why is it our opponents can crawl on Subban’s back with impunity?
WTF happened to the team that played so well for the first 40 minutes?
Wow, didn’t expect the Habs to sit on the lead and that’s exactly what’s going on.
Cmon guys – you played a great 40 minutes! Let’s win this!
how is Price at fault here
We already burned our timeout, and our most frequent fighter already answered the bell once tonight.
Martin burned the time out in the first period.
We need a goal here, I hope the collapse isn’t on, but the Habs are just hanging on,….. I need a Habs goal just so I can exhale ^ get my heart back in sync.
They’ve used their time out. Maybe Price needs an “equipment malfunction”.
JM already used his time out.
Getting killed here, desperately need a good ofeensive shift
He’s not saying that Price was at fault. There was speculation that the shot went directly off the post, but the replay showed that Price got a piece of it first.
This could be really bad …or very good…
they are pinching on everything – that means that we should be able to take advantage. we need to stop giving up the puck at every opportunity.
Or just another average Saturday night.
The system is really working well
Just wait, the weak penalty call is about to come.
It is in the script!