Never in doubt

Can’t this team do anything easily?

First consecutive wins in a month.

611 Comments

  1. ed lopaz says:

    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.

  2. Captain aHab says:

    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.

  3. Greg says:

    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

  4. joeybarrie says:

    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…

  5. Sehs says:

    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.

  6. Mr. Habs says:

    Carey did bail Alex out of two games so far, so his record would have been 5-4-1

  7. HardHabits says:

    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.

  8. Bill says:

    Quality vs. quantity? How many of the Habs D are 5-6 on a decent team?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  9. Bill says:

    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?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  10. punkster says:

    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.

    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1800339993/

    ***Subbang!!!***

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    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.  =)

  12. Shiloh says:

    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.

  13. Habitoba says:

    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.

  14. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    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?

  15. Chuck says:

    It’s obvious why they brought in MacIntyre. Sanford will be Carey’s next backup, so they’ll need another G for the ‘Dogs.

  16. sidhu says:

    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.

  17. TomNickle says:

    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?

  18. likehoy says:

    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

  19. sidhu says:

    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.

  20. likehoy says:

    I would honestly pick up Jose Theodore as Carey’s next backup.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  21. bigjack says:

    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.   :(

     

  22. Castor says:

    GO HABS DARN IT!

  23. Natrous says:

    My vote is agreed.

  24. Natrous says:

    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.

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    Did anyone tell Yvon Pedneault that the Habs have 8 healthy defensemen

    Yes. I did but he probably doesn’t read H I/O.

  26. Danno says:

    Me too.

     

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

  27. 24 Cups says:

    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.

  28. Duracell3 says:

    Clickable links I suspect were a security concern.

  29. OneTimer says:

    “Mike Boone is the man as far as I’m concerned, but I miss the old format” — I agree with this sentiment.

  30. Exit716 says:

    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.

  31. OneTimer says:

    How about just Brunet? I like Pierre Houde…

  32. punkster says:

    I think Sanford is injured hence the trade.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  33. habs-hampton says:

    I agree. I used to review it after each period, and sometimes during commercial breaks. A great read! I miss it.

  34. mbplekfan says:

    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.

  35. petrov14 says:

    I was in Italy for 3 weeks. Whats this ‘new blog format’ everybody is talking about?

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  36. Danno says:

    Mike! If you hold a flashlight under your chin you’ll get better lighting for your video. Bon match!

     

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

  37. Danno says:

    You’ll see…

     

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

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    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.

  39. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    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.

  40. gmd says:

    I also miss the old format.  I can’t follow along on my blackberry anymore.

  41. Danno says:

    Scott Gomez is #839 in the +/- category. He’s almost last out of a list of 849.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/app?service=page&page=playerstats&fetchKey=20112ALLAASAll&viewName=summary&sort=plusMinus&pg=28

     

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

  42. petrov14 says:

    I hate to be ‘That guy’ but does anybody have a link for the game?

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  43. Ian Cobb says:

    OUCH ! Danno.

  44. GuyDoon says:

    I know there’s a joke somewhere in there: Boone’s “old format”! think, think, think….

  45. petrov14 says:

    WHOA! All of my links are dead! What happened in the last 3 weeks?

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  46. Josh says:

    It should be more of a test for Martin to actually play Desharnais on the road.

  47. Ian Cobb says:

    7:00 PM EST

  48. Danno says:

    He’s been falling steady and is the worst player in the +/- category among teams currently in a playoff spot.

     

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

  49. Ian Cobb says:

    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 ?

  50. AH says:

    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.

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Maybe he needs to see the team schrink.

  52. Mike Boone says:

    I’m working on it.

  53. SeriousFan09 says:

    http://www.atdhenet.tv/

     

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

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    Will it work on his double chin Danno.?

  55. NoTinFoilCups says:

    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.

  56. Mike Boone says:

    Put a cork in it, Tubbo!

  57. petrov14 says:

    AWESOME! you da man!

    Thanks

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  58. andrewberkshire says:

    Maybe I’m just tired, but this flew right over my head.

  59. petrov14 says:

    Yea, thats where im at. Groan…..

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  60. petrov14 says:

    uhhhhh… Are you telling me to wait?

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  61. larisalapointe says:

    Lars Eller seems to be trying to grow his face.   hahahahaha

  62. Maksimir says:

    Loaded Bruins? Oh they’re loaded alright but not with good players!

  63. Josh says:

    Not even Subban is getting his regular PP time anymore.

  64. Mr. Habs says:

    I pay $3 per month for RDS HD

  65. merch says:

    That Chris “Suitcase” Higgins line made me laugh my ass off. Kudos, Mike!

  66. andrewberkshire says:

    The team is icing 3 top 4 defensemen right now, but with the amount of injuries beggars can’t be choosers.

  67. habsfan0 says:

    Why was Pedneault dropped as colour man on RDS? Surely he’s better than a laughing Oy! Oy! Oy!

  68. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  69. HardHabits says:

    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!!!

    ;-)

     

  70. G-Man says:

    Get rid of Houde and Benoit “Ayoi” Brunet and replace them with Martin McGuire and Danny Dubé.

  71. SLYDER says:

    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….

  72. bwoar says:

    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.

  73. larisalapointe says:

    I didn’t get it either, did he mean beard? It’s so Boonish.

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sanford is injured, hence why MacIntyre was acquired in case it’s long-term.

     

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

  75. mbplekfan says:

    Chara would be our #2 defenceman and Lucic would be the power forward we are missing. strange comment.

  76. HardHabits says:

    So you’re saying he shouldn’t pick up that puck?

  77. JasonM says:

    Sopel turnover but I’d like Gionta to provide more of an effort in getting that puck. There goes the shutout. :(

  78. Just A Guy says:

    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.

  79. HardHabits says:

    That’s the price a team pays for trying to sit on a 2-0 lead. When will they learn.

  80. Larry says:

    Getting that BAD feeling

  81. Mr. Habs says:

    Habs sittin back AGAIN

     

  82. Keith says:

    God Damnit! That big stiff Andropoff!

  83. longtimehabsfan says:

    How many dumb turnovers can we give?

  84. RGM says:

    Way to cost Carey a shutout, Sopel.

    Go Habs Go!

  85. Ayan_SB says:

    Anybody else impressed by Enstrom? What an amazing, and underrated, player.

  86. HFX-HabFan says:

    Antropov?  Really?

  87. Chuck says:

    They owe Price dinner for that one.

  88. Trenton_Romulox says:

    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. 

  89. HardHabits says:

    Did the Habs resign MAB?

  90. habsoul says:

    You think Brent Sopel wants that pass back?

  91. RGM says:

    Maybe he thought he was still with Atlanta?

    Go Habs Go!

  92. habsfaninboston says:

    Brain fart by Sopel.

  93. t1tan5 says:

    That was an aggregious turn over by Sopel.

  94. Bill says:

    UGLY play by Sopel …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  95. punkster says:

    Soapy slipped up.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  96. VancouverHab says:

    Great clearance by Gomez to MaxPac…

  97. petrov14 says:

    Damn, now it gets interesting…..

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  98. Keith says:

    Sopel F***ed that up royally.

  99. TorontoHabsFan says:

    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!

  100. VancouverHab says:

    Too long a shift for Gio on that goal….

  101. JVF says:

    Sopel, huh?

    Too bad for Price. He deserved the shutout.

  102. JIMVINNY says:

    He’s a plant.  They sent him here to selectively screw up to help get the thrashers into the playoffs.

  103. MathMan says:

    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…

  104. topher5468 says:

    it is, NHL . com

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

  105. Mr. Habs says:

    Never mind

  106. Danno says:

    Boone was getting downright Count Floydesque in his final video

     

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

  107. MathMan says:

    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.

  108. MathMan says:

    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.

  109. Danno says:

    Price, Patches the Wiz.

     

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

  110. habs001 says:

    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

  111. The Teacher says:

    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.

  112. HardHabits says:

    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.

  113. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  114. filincal says:

    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!!!

  115. Rugger says:

    4th and take on the Pens with Home ice.

  116. Caper says:

    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.

  117. Jdub1985 says:

    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.

  118. HardHabits says:

    Google “Carey Price Superstar + habsinsideout + hardhabits” and ask me if I care what you think sonny

    Let me make it easy for you

    http://www.habsinsideout.com/main/36370

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    Makes sense to me.

     

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

  120. ricardamundo says:

    Mr Boone,

    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.

  121. forskis says:

    Actually…I would like the Habs to finish 5th and take on the Pens….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  122. HardHabits says:

    Gomez 1A +2 19:09TOI 56FO%

  123. mrhabby says:

    is that all you got…boy.

  124. vic says:

    Gill scares the s… out of me.

  125. TorontoHabsFan says:

    +1

  126. t1tan5 says:

    I’ll be satisfied if he does that more often than not for the rest of the season.

  127. Keith says:

    Nobody there to applaud the 3 stars. Gary Buttman’s NHL, yeah right. Great visionary.

  128. Da Hema says:

    Hey folks. It ain’t a goddamn beauty contest. Two points is two points!

  129. TorontoHabsFan says:

    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.

  130. Mr. Habs says:

    At least 9 or10

  131. RGM says:

    I’m a little stitious.

    Goaltending paves the way for this team.

    Go Habs Go!

  132. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ovechkin with the goal of the week to beat the NYI in OT.

     

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

  133. HardHabits says:

    They managed to put three on their MasterCards today.

  134. topher5468 says:

    That was wierd man, I wonder if he knew the video was rolling, I would have had a take 2 on that clip

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

  135. HardHabits says:

    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.

    Thoughts?

     

  136. Bill says:

    Desharnais 11-2 on faceoffs, nice.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  137. habs-hampton says:

    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.

  138. MathMan says:

    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.

  139. Bill says:

    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.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  140. petrov14 says:

    Wow, thats impressive.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  141. Danno says:

    The Count press conference…

     

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

  142. mrhabby says:

    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.

  143. longtimehabsfan says:

    Just before he signed off he said: “We must conquer the NAHRRR-zzzzzzzzzzsss!!”

  144. Caper says:

    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.

  145. Propwash says:

    Practice.

  146. Caper says:

    LOL-Ape. Never heard that one.

  147. HardHabits says:

    Go bake some bread grandma.

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    He was great tonight.

  149. Da Hema says:

    I thought he was parodying Dr. Tongue’s 3-D House of Slave Chicks….

  150. topher5468 says:

    Wow, what a goal by the great ape, islanders choked down the stretch of that game

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

  151. The Teacher says:

    I don’t know if I would qualify him as “great” but he did a decent job.

  152. Da Hema says:

    That’s too much information, my dear!

  153. Da Hema says:

    I guess the team would need to offer all the Billy Rays and Cletuses down there new Monster Trucks.

  154. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  155. olematelot says:

    hardly could be classified as a shot

  156. larisalapointe says:

    He did say he had microwave mac/cheese for dinner. lol

  157. andrewberkshire says:

    Offering up a foreign car down south? More likely they’d get arson than fans.

  158. HFX-HabFan says:

    Bogo-PK: Round Two tonight??

  159. Willy the bum says:

    Geez Enstrom, can he just get up without you pushing him down…?

  160. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Oh Hammer, you don’t shoot the puck there…..

  161. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WTF was that? Pathetic Stewart.

  162. Norm0770 says:

    He is +1 tonight, but there are 4 centres dressed for the Habs tonight that I think are playing better than Gomez this year.

  163. Da Hema says:

    Boone. Farting. *shudder*….

  164. HFX-HabFan says:

    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.

  165. Danno says:

    Golly!

     

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

  166. Da Hema says:

    Would Atlanta even get 5000 fans if the team offered every paying customer a new Toyota Corolla?

  167. olematelot says:

    Kane is a beast

  168. Rainrocket16 says:

    Funny comment by Boone!! “Get one early and take the crowd out of it”….. What crowd? Boone could fart and clear that arena out!

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    Kane is awesome… Wow.

  170. Da Hema says:

    They are crazy for hockey in the US south…sez Gary Bettman.

  171. JasonM says:

    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.

  172. petrov14 says:

    MAX POWER! With the long bomb!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  173. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    MAX PACIORETTTTYYYYY!

    WOOOOOOO!

  174. Da Hema says:

    Atlanta really supports its hockey team. I had more fans show up to my high school’s football games….

  175. andrewberkshire says:

    Eller just makes smart play after smart play.

  176. Bugs says:

    Are they playing The Price is Right theme in Atlanta?

  177. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That is soo annoying!

    “THRASHERS’ POWWWWWER PLAYYYYYYYY”

    Geez.

  178. Danno says:

    Good PK. Now stay out of the box

     

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

  179. petrov14 says:

    That Arena looks pretty empty.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  180. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Hopefully it motivates Carey instead of the Thrashers….

  181. larisalapointe says:

    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.

  182. JIMVINNY says:

    Kane.  that’s what you get.

  183. JasonM says:

    Time to put MaxPac at the point on PPs IMO.

  184. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh how I love Pacioretty!

  185. topher5468 says:

    DD is really struggling

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

  186. JIMVINNY says:

    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.

  187. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m very excited for Gallagher.

  188. Duracell3 says:

    If only they knew where their Ford’s were made ; )

  189. andrewberkshire says:

    That might work, but they’d probably still be quiet unless free beer is served.

  190. Rainrocket16 says:

    They don’t drive Toyotas in ATL..Only LTD’s and Eldo’s!!

  191. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  192. Former Jets Fan says:

    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. 

  193. Mike Boone says:

    Perron’s injury weighs heavily in any evaluation. 

  194. HardHabits says:

    And if he played for Toronto it’s be 30 right.

  195. Mr. Habs says:

    They owe Carey for 29 out of his 29 wins

  196. Da Hema says:

    The headline for this game tomorrow?

    Canadiens Disappoint 59 Fans.

  197. TheMock780 says:

    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

  198. Keith says:

    And don’t forgrt Elvira and Cletus lol!

  199. habsfaninboston says:

    Did I hear Ole, Ole in the crowd?

  200. Antho says:

    if he played for philly hed have 15 shutouts

  201. JasonM says:

    Habs won. Let’s get over it.

    And Gionta could have gotten it. :)

  202. Da Hema says:

    Martin wrote “Gionta open-net goal. Bench Gionta next game.”

  203. Keith says:

    YES!!! That goal should have been the 3-0 goal if not for Sopes screw-up!

  204. olematelot says:

    ugly win, they owe Carey big time

  205. habsoul says:

    Another 2 points, baby. They’re all big.

  206. HardHabits says:

    Never in doubt!!!!!

  207. Bill says:

    What would Price’s stats be like on a really good team?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  208. Mr. Habs says:

    Carey SO deserved the shut out. Thanks Sopel

  209. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    ouch, B’s up 1-0 against Ottawa

  210. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    And Leafs fans everywhere rejoice!

    :-)

  211. Bill says:

    Honestly, I never had a doubt. It’s the truth.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  212. Mr. Habs says:

    Will it be a two goal win?

  213. Nahlsy says:

    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

  214. JasonM says:

    Gionta got that one back!

     

    Woo!

  215. larisalapointe says:

    We can all breath now

  216. andrewberkshire says:

    Brilliant effort by the captain!

  217. habsfaninboston says:

    Gio turns on the after burners.

  218. TheMock780 says:

    WOW! Did Gionta make Bogosian look slow there!

  219. habsoul says:

    Le Capitan!!!

  220. Larry says:

    He wanted that. Explosion. We don’t get many empty netters, so nice to see

  221. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    Gio just skated his butt off there, that is why he is great, always working hard.

    _____________________________ Know someone getting married in the Edmonton area or having a special occasion? Visit my dessert blog to order. http://www.fabulouslydeliciouscreations.blogspot.com/

  222. Danno says:

    The Count pulled out his note pad. Not happy with our offensive explosion

     

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

  223. RGM says:

    Arret #40 ce soir. A masterpiece.

    Go Habs Go!

  224. Antho says:

    ok we got an important 2 pts but we got killed bad

     

  225. HFX-HabFan says:

    Good win on the road.  They’re never easy.

  226. HFX-HabFan says:

    Yes you did.

  227. VancouverHab says:

    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.

     

  228. drivefor25 says:

    I’m sure I spotted Bubba and his brother Bubba in the crowd too…

    Fan since ’71

  229. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Classic Dean Dalley post.

  230. topher5468 says:

    just Stewart

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

  231. topher5468 says:

    someone got a penalty, question is who or did both

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

  232. Antho says:

    goaltending did and its doing it again this year

  233. Antho says:

    precisely because price is f*#$n awesome

  234. HardHabits says:

    So you’re saying the Habs will silently steal the Cup?

  235. Willy the bum says:

    I remember my elementary graduation is bigger than the Atlanta crowd tonight…

  236. RGM says:

    A friend counted 26…but 17 Habs jerseys, and 2 Nordiques jerseys.

    Go Habs Go!

  237. Danno says:

    Half the Thrashers fans have left the building leaving only 12 at the final buzzer

     

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

  238. HardHabits says:

    3 goals for the Habs is an outburst of offense. JM is gonna bag skate them for sure now.

  239. topher5468 says:

    Pricey should get all 3 stars, Not going to win many games on this roadie with offense like that, 

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

  240. Mr. Habs says:

    U sure?

  241. JIMVINNY says:

    Boone, it was called.  Habs PP to start the second.

  242. VancouverHab says:

    Would that be Scott “Great Play on the Late Clinching Goal” Gomez?

    Just askin’ ;–)

  243. zozotheclown says:

    Nope ;)

  244. Bill says:

    Ooh, anyone else nervous seeing Soctt “Minus” Gomez out there late in a 1-goal game??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  245. Larry says:

    29 wins for Carey. With the decimated defence he has dealt with I say he should get the Vezina

  246. HardHabits says:

    I geuss the Habs are going to back to what works. Get horribly outshot and score opportunistic goals.

  247. punkster says:

    Oh, Gomez chipping away at the plus/minus stat. Made up a couple tonight. He’ll be back to even in no time.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  248. HardHabits says:

    I know. It only took them to the ECF last year.

  249. Antho says:

    This kind of hockey will not make noise in the playoffs

  250. Mr.Hazard says:

    Come on, Habbies. Do your Papa G proud.

  251. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs needed to take some points against the SE division, so far, 2 wins! I’ll take that.

     

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

  252. VancouverHab says:

    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…

  253. HFX-HabFan says:

    Watch the game, or check a boxscore.

  254. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  255. JasonM says:

    Shocking statement. I cannot disagree more. Won’t go into details. Feels pointless after that.

     

    :)

  256. VancouverHab says:

    He’s doing better at this point than Pleks — so why rag on him now?

  257. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  258. Bugs says:

    Yeah, the pointshot threat is highly overrated…

  259. andrewberkshire says:

    I like Pleks on the point.

  260. JasonM says:

    Gomez is killing me.

  261. Danno says:

    Show this video to your tech guy. These pros know how to use proper lighting…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwvIZ4y_TQM&feature=related

     

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

  262. Mr. Habs says:

    Mason has sucked all season I hope he don’t decide to start playing tonight

  263. Bugs says:

    Is Maxwell there or not?

  264. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man, Habs are fast.

    Or are the Thrashers kind of slow?

    Or is it both? Good hockey so far.

  265. ABHabsfan says:

    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.

  266. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW

    HITTING!

    SCORING CHANCES!

    Great hockey here! And now a PP!

  267. HFX-HabFan says:

    We can win this one.  Get on the board early here and take the “crowd” out of it.

  268. JasonM says:

    Gomez is killing me.

  269. JIMVINNY says:

    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.

  270. andrewberkshire says:

    Mara just annihilated that guy!

  271. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good save!

    Keep it up, Carey!

    Let’s go Habs!

  272. HFX-HabFan says:

    One of these days, Mara is just going to snap.

  273. MICP says:

    Thats our habs.  Who needs to know how to count.  Its just the nhl screwing our boys.

  274. TheMock780 says:

    Kane get’s that great chance because Gomez showed his usual complete lack of hustle to the loose puck along the blue line

  275. Former Jets Fan says:

    Sheesh, there must be an epic traffic jam on the way to the arena in Atlanta.

  276. JIMVINNY says:

    That was a bad call.  Moen was just coming off.

  277. Kristopher7 says:

    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.

  278. andrewberkshire says:

    Too many men already?

  279. Mr. Habs says:

    STRANGE. That hasn’t happen this season!

  280. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Good LORD these penalties have to stop……how has it not improved since October?!?

  281. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    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

  282. JasonM says:

    What a hit by Mara!

  283. andrewberkshire says:

    Just 7 minutes into this game you have to wonder how Atlanta could even dream of selling off Bogosian. That kid is a stud.

  284. EricInStL says:

    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

  285. Former Jets Fan says:

    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.

  286. king ddd says:

    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 **

  287. Duracell3 says:

    He is, hardly playing though.

  288. HabFanSince72 says:

    We now have 8 defencemen: Gill, PK, Hamr, Wiz, Sopel, Webber, Mara, Picard.

    Pedneault wanted Gauthier to get a ninth?

     

  289. HUDSONHAB says:

    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

    ….Hab4life….

  290. Josh says:

    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.

  291. petrov14 says:

    I would as well.

    Mmmm, Big Buff would be good too though.

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  292. EricInStL says:

    Question, if Atlanta got contracted tomorrow, who would be your 1st pick off that team ?

    I would pick Kane.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  293. HFX-HabFan says:

    Pretty sure the “Price is Right” theme was just playing over the PA…

  294. RGM says:

    PURE HUSTLE BY GIONTA!!!

    Go Habs Go!

  295. HFX-HabFan says:

    Eat it, Bogo. 

  296. Propwash says:

    Gio with the afterburners!

  297. HardHabits says:

    I jinxed it methinks.

  298. Mr. Habs says:

    Nice move Pleks. Try scoring a GOAL!

  299. Mr. Habs says:

    Boone started the jynx :)

  300. Propwash says:

    Wasn`t gonna last forever.

  301. andrewberkshire says:

    Extremely weak call, the guy JUST let go of the puck.

  302. Antho says:

    Kostitsyn for campoli

  303. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Neil for Pacioretty would have been great too or maybe Kuba for Subban or Lehner for Price. Damn it!

  304. Shiloh says:

    Would never do that.

  305. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    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

  306. RGM says:

    Wanna take that one back about Sopel?

    Go Habs Go!

  307. HardHabits says:

    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

  308. Bill says:

    Faint praise, apart from Spacek.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  309. punkster says:

    Way to jinx Sopel.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  310. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  311. habsoul says:

    Have to say they’ve had some good things to say about the Habs style of play.

  312. SeriousFan09 says:

    There’s good karma in the DD line, all their jersey #s are from Cup Years.

     

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

  313. HFX-HabFan says:

    I’d say we’ve done an adequate job of slowing down their momentum.

  314. JasonM says:

    8th? Wow.

  315. ABHabsfan says:

    Fear it might get blocked and go the other way with no threat of being caught from behind

  316. Mr. Habs says:

    Gill’s slap shot will put fear in no man :)

  317. HardHabits says:

    It’s OK. All the shots against the Habs are from the perimeter… the perimeter of the slot and the perimeter of the crease.

  318. Da Hema says:

    If Atlanta scores we’ll all get an opportunity to hear what 58 ecstatic and screaming fans sounds like.

  319. Just A Guy says:

    Haha Mara got away with one there.

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  320. wd40 says:

    Maybe Mara was not such a bad idea.

  321. Bill says:

    It’s weird, every time a Thrasher gets touched: penalty! Where can I find the penalty differential stats??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  322. HFX-HabFan says:

    Random fact of the night: this game features both the fourth and fifth overall picks from consecutive drafts (’04 and ’05).

  323. Mr. Habs says:

    Please Boone, don’t jynx the Habs anymore. PLEASE :)

  324. habs-hampton says:

    I don’t think I can watch 13 more minutes of this.

  325. Bill says:

    Gotta say, I don’t have a bad feeling about this one. Jinx?

    Breezer 4 Life

  326. ABHabsfan says:

    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

  327. Bill says:

    Nice hit AK, love that guy!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  328. wd40 says:

    lol, rocket-surgeons.

  329. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I just realized I’ll be at the next game,  woohoo!

  330. spcbrass says:

    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.”

  331. TheMock780 says:

    ALL Thrashers here. The Habs are pretty flat footed right now

  332. Norm0770 says:

    Pass into double coverage instead of shooting or passing to the guy alone going to the net

  333. Mr. Habs says:

    Is Gomez not allowed to shoot in his contract?

  334. kevin m says:

    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? 

  335. stephen says:

    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?

  336. JIMVINNY says:

    I don’t think Pleks is working out on the point on the PP.  That’s three penalties tonight, two while on the PP.

  337. Mr. Habs says:

    Pleks new goal to get the most penalty mins

  338. HardHabits says:

    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.

  339. larisalapointe says:

    Finally, I get what Observer has been saying. Thanks HH!

  340. JIMVINNY says:

    why does that faceoff come outside the zone?  The thrasher players are the ones that froze it in the back of the net.

  341. andrewberkshire says:

    If this game were called fairly Pacioretty would have drawn a penalty every shift.

  342. SeriousFan09 says:

    I see your draft references in the 1st round and raise you 8th-round picks Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien from 2003.

     

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

  343. Da Hema says:

    Bill! Shhhh.

  344. Mr. Habs says:

    AK strong like BEAR

  345. Da Hema says:

    They are the same two announcers who do the Monster Truck rallies….

  346. Just A Guy says:

    edit: commented in the wrong place

  347. Propwash says:

    Torch and pitchfork time!

  348. EricInStL says:

    Hahaha Boone good one. If Ramsey plays size against him….

    Too funny, No one is smaller, since they are all on the Canadiens team.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  349. RGM says:

    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.

    Go Habs Go!

  350. likehoy says:

    There are a lot of arm chair gms that I would have fired if I were the arm chair president.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  351. petrov14 says:

    +1

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  352. RGM says:

    Well played, good sir!

    Go Habs Go!

  353. OneTimer says:

    Nice line. I’m going to use that. :)

  354. HFX-HabFan says:

    Definitely back on our heels again.

  355. Mr. Habs says:

    Price: “If I only had a D”

  356. VancouverHab says:

    Gee, a non-uptight humourous guy who doesn’t take himself seriously –who needs that in a dressing room?

  357. G-Man says:

    So, if he’s doing 1 on 4s, where the f!ck is everyone else? Watching?

  358. Danno says:

    That’s Patented Passes to Nobody®

     

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

  359. RGM says:

    ” 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.

    Go Habs Go!

  360. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s on Sopel.  He just blew that pass BIG time.

  361. Mr. Habs says:

    Is there a guy in Atlanta called “I’ll do ya”? I have heard it on RDS all night? :)

  362. olematelot says:

    Shots were 6-1 a while ago, now 9-9

  363. HUDSONHAB says:

    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.

    ….Hab4life….

  364. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    THANK YOU !! 

    WOOHOO!

  365. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Thank you soooooo much

  366. HFX-HabFan says:

    THANK YOU

  367. JIMVINNY says:

    Pouliot just went after the thrashers d-man that roughed DD up.  

  368. AK_PK_Usay says:

    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.

  369. bwoar says:

    Weber and a 1st would’ve been acceptale for me too and probbaly better for the Oil than Teubert++.

  370. HFX-HabFan says:

    That would have iced this one.

  371. andrewberkshire says:

    God I hate Atlanta’s arena. From the ugly blue stantions to the odd lighting and terrible camera angles.

  372. Rainrocket16 says:

    Here you all go this one works!!!!

    http://www.justin.tv/exou09#/w/920829216

  373. habs-hampton says:

    Anyone got a link to watch?

     

  374. HFX-HabFan says:

    My atdhe stream isn’t running for some reason.

  375. Mr. Habs says:

    Get Bell Express Vu Ian

  376. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    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?

  377. Nine1one says:

    well thanks to the incorporation clause of ammendment 14 they are people ;)

     

    btw is the atdhe stream working for anybody?

  378. JVF says:

    We’re going to whup ‘em!

  379. EnglishHab says:

    Enstrom has 5 points and is +5 in 2 games against the Habs

  380. Danno says:

    I kind of had a feeling. Thanks!

     

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

  381. Bill says:

    Ah, another Orwell fan!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  382. Aybara says:

    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.

  383. Bill says:

    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.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  384. andrewberkshire says:

    Lots of calls tonight.

  385. JIMVINNY says:

    Pleks had to play that like a forward, and not pressure.  And good on Gio for taking one for the team.

  386. andrewberkshire says:

    Bogosian saved a goal.

  387. Propwash says:

    Cammi, soooooo close!

  388. JasonM says:

    SO CLOSE!

  389. HardHabits says:

    Cammy, Gio and DD up front. Hilarious.

  390. TheMock780 says:

    Cause they’re mentally weak and afraid?

  391. spcbrass says:

    All that and they can buy a house for $200K there that would cost $1.5M here.

  392. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  393. petrov14 says:

    Aybara…….Perrin??

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  394. VancouverHab says:

    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.”

     

  395. Da Hema says:

    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.

  396. JIMVINNY says:

    Dancing, dancing….  THe Wiz?  WOW!

  397. TheMock780 says:

    Was that Wizniewski or Paul Coffey? :P

  398. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW

  399. Larry says:

    This building just seems so dead. WHY would a class athlete want to play in these weak market tombs over great Canadian hockey towns?

  400. andrewberkshire says:

    Like right there when Little stepped on Plekanec’s stick? Yeah I agree. That one was weak.

  401. Da Hema says:

    Are Atlantians as passionate about curling and lacrosse as they are about “ice” hockey?

  402. Larry says:

    Geez. That is two in a row now. Use your head guys

  403. wd40 says:

    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. 

  404. topher5468 says:

    Gomez is awfull, but he does apparently have a good sense of humor

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

  405. MathMan says:

    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.

  406. Mr. Habs says:

    Bobby Whiz

  407. Bill says:

    In terms of penalties against vs. penalties for, I’m sure they’re one of the most shorthanded teams.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  408. samTHEman says:

    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

  409. samTHEman says:

    Does Gomez not know how to protect the puck with his body? Cmon now…

  410. andrewberkshire says:

    All our penalties tonight were probably earned though. Even if two were of the chintzy variety. Price’s was just funny.

  411. Mattyleg says:

    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—

  412. Larry says:

    Count on a weak ass effort by Gomez to kill the small momentum

  413. TheMock780 says:

    Naturally the pressure ends with a half-hearted, no-look behind the back pass by Gomez. Three more years……..

  414. MathMan says:

    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. 

  415. JIMVINNY says:

    Obvious goaltender interference not called.

  416. Bill says:

    5 power-plays for the Thrashers.

    The Habs take WAY too many penalties. All year long. Makes no sense.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  417. wd40 says:

    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! 

  418. andrewberkshire says:

    Man Wiz is having a great game.

  419. habsfaninboston says:

    Great effort by Wiz!

  420. Propwash says:

    I wanna be sedated? Be part of the attendees in Atlanta.

  421. larisalapointe says:

    If that were Stamkos, it woulda been a penalty shot.

  422. HFX-HabFan says:

    Time to lock this one up here.

  423. Bill says:

    Same money, lower taxes, better weather, no hassles from the media/fans?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  424. MathMan says:

    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.

  425. Danno says:

    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…

     

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

  426. zak says:

    If Pouliot took these kinds of penalties he’d be benched. Double standard

  427. Mr. Habs says:

    Is Boone ever optimistic before any game?

  428. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  429. petrov14 says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I dont wanna pay! *SOB*

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  430. Nine1one says:

    already have centre ice just not at this house ):

  431. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I agree with that.  This place gets nucking futs sometimes. 

  432. Castor says:

    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.

  433. VancouverHab says:

    It’s called “humour”….

  434. Danno says:

    Nobody can accuse him of peaking too soon this season.

     

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

  435. gmd says:

    Gomez shouldn’t be happy with himself

  436. punkster says:

    Not quite a strong as when I was 22 but not bad for an old guy…What?…oh…

    ***Subbang!!!***

  437. Ian Cobb says:

    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 ?

  438. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  439. Nine1one says:

    Hey guys I’m stuck at my dads tonight. 

    Anyone got a stream?

  440. HardHabits says:

    Don’t let the door hit yer ass on the way out.

  441. Castor says:

    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.

     

  442. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    If other people having opinions that differ from yours is a problem, then ya, maybe the internet isn’t the place for you.

  443. Da Hema says:

    Interesting observation. Perhaps the training staff can quickly change the names on the jerseys to Andreikostitsyn, Romanhamrlik, and Pernellkarlsubban.

  444. HabsProf says:

    Ah, so THAT explains Gomez!

     

    _____________________________________

    They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  445. HFX-HabFan says:

    I knew we should have been in on Langenbrunner earlier in the year.

  446. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  447. matrags says:

    any live streaming available

  448. EricInStL says:

    Pleks your killing me.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  449. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    You don’t even remotely hear a cheer from the crowd when the Thrashers get a PP……sigh

  450. HardHabits says:

    I don’t like 2-0 leads. Hope the game finishes 3-0.

  451. JIMVINNY says:

    Keep your head up, Son.  That didn’t look very late to me.

  452. EricInStL says:

    Almost an elbow.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  453. Antho says:

    ok im ready to watch them stand while atlanta skates and shoots

  454. Da Hema says:

    Mr. Boone meet Mr. Comb.

  455. stephen says:

    To be fair, the guy is in his basement talking about a game in Atlanta, not reporting live from the Oscars red carpet.

  456. TheMock780 says:

    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!

  457. Mr. Habs says:

    “IF” our Habs can stay out of the sin bin in the turd, this game should be ours

  458. JIMVINNY says:

    All shoulder.  And there was only head contact because Little was skating hunched over.

  459. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Yes Dean.

  460. Mr. Habs says:

    I should have caught dat :)

  461. JVF says:

    Carey on with the Priceless goaltending…

  462. TheMock780 says:

    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

  463. Bill says:

    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!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  464. JIMVINNY says:

    That is the worst assessment of that rule I have ever seen.  What a brutal, brutal judgement call.

  465. JasonM says:

    2 minutes for…. knocking the puck out of the air in front of the net? lol

  466. HardHabits says:

    Kansas City needs a team.

  467. andrewberkshire says:

    Highly, highly doubt it. If Auld was in net it’d probably be at least 2-2 though.

  468. Bill says:

    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 :)

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  469. MICP says:

    Stop being so negative Boone.  Focus on the good.  Our shooting % this period is second to none.

  470. andrewberkshire says:

    Incredibly weak call on Kostitsyn. So much for a PP.

  471. HardHabits says:

    It’s the Montreal Red Army with VladisPrice Tretiak in nets.

  472. MathMan says:

    You bet it is. But sometimes you get lucky. :D

  473. HardHabits says:

    That type of opportunism is unsustainable. ;-)

  474. Bill says:

    Hope so, he was great with the Habs.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  475. MathMan says:

    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.

  476. HardHabits says:

    If Auld was in nets the Habs would be pressing more.

  477. HardHabits says:

    The system at it’s finest.

    If Auld was in nets the Habs would’ve had 25 shots by now instead of 6.

  478. MathMan says:

    Habs have one shot through nine minutes. But at least it was a pretty decent shot! :D

  479. JVF says:

    Max-Pac is dominant!

  480. JIMVINNY says:

    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?

  481. HardHabits says:

    Shots are 24-6 in favour of Atlanta. JM must be livid with this offensive outburst by the Habs.

  482. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  483. filincal says:

    Price is ON!!!

     

     

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  484. HardHabits says:

    They need one as much as Atlanta does. You guys can be really dense to sarcasm sometimes.

  485. Larry says:

    I am surprised that was called. Usually we don’t get that call on the road

  486. Da Hema says:

    So does Tobacco Patch Landing, FL.

  487. Lafrich says:

    Desharnais = Stephan Lebeau

  488. wd40 says:

    Rhetorical statement alert: With 43 points, how in the world does Kovalchuk have a worse +/- than Gomez.  

  489. Mr. Habs says:

    Isn’t Martin’s SYSTEM to keep shots down on the Habs?

  490. Mr. Habs says:

    Teams should be allowed to take their mascotts on the road!

  491. habsfaninboston says:

    Worst rule in hockey.

  492. wd40 says:

    almost a shorty! 

  493. andrewberkshire says:

    What happened to Cammalleri when he hurt his shoulder? All of a sudden he’s defensively responsible and playing on the PK!

  494. Mr. Habs says:

    That just blew a hole through Price

  495. HFX-HabFan says:

    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.

  496. Antho says:

    what kind of hockey is this? wait for atlanta to score before we try again?

  497. RGM says:

    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.

    Go Habs Go!

  498. topher5468 says:

    I know we’re winning but Damn, Let pick it up boys, Getting totally out played

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

  499. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    lol

  500. HardHabits says:

    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.

  501. Mr. Habs says:

    The Zebra right there & no call on Atlanta?

  502. JFriedman says:

    This team should just move to Quebec and play at the Colisee until the new arena is built.

  503. Da Hema says:

    Atlanta could play their games in the Melonville Civic Centre and get more fans….

  504. Former Jets Fan says:

    Hands off…..I want them in Winnipeg, and the arena here is ready to go!

  505. TorontoHabsFan says:

    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.

  506. Danno says:

    I wonder if Hammer shot the puck knowing it would draw a penalty. Pretty sly move if he did.

     

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

  507. RiverviewCanadien says:

    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.

  508. JasonM says:

    These Francois Gagnon piece is fantastic. I never knew how TERRIBLE things were for Atlanta…

     

    And Florida is WORSE!

  509. Mr. Habs says:

    They should arrest Buttman for stealing & ruining our game

  510. Mr. Habs says:

    I guess the Scalpers in Atlanta are broke?

  511. habsfaninboston says:

    Nobody beats the Wiz!

  512. JasonM says:

    What a pass from Andrei.

     

    Andrei… on the PP? No Gomez? We scored? MMMM

  513. Former Jets Fan says:

    Wow, just wow!  THREE Habs go to the net!

  514. JIMVINNY says:

    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.

  515. Danno says:

    Because, because, because, because becauuuuuuuuse….

    Because of the wonderful things that he does!

     

     

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

  516. habs-hampton says:

    Gomez got almost 7 minutes in the 1st period. FAR more than any other Habs forward.

    Curious…

  517. HFX-HabFan says:

    Seriously, most junior hockey games have more life in the stands than this.

  518. Rob Maguire says:

    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. 

  519. MICP says:

    consistency.   1 in the first, 1 in the second

  520. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Get your facts straight. Florida is doing WAY better than ATlanta.  Try looking at the attendance numbers before you say stupid crap like this.

  521. Mr. Habs says:

    NOOOOO ….. BODY

  522. petrov14 says:

    The WIZ!

    ______________________________________ Long live Captain Gionta.

  523. Mr. Habs says:

    Bad boy AK

  524. mrhabby says:

    the wiz..

  525. Da Hema says:

    Good things happen when you go to the net….

  526. Danno says:

    True and sad

     

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

  527. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey! A lot of people would look forward to being the future head coach of the new Quebec Nordiques ;)

     

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

  528. Mr. Habs says:

    If ever a WHIZ there was!

  529. andrewberkshire says:

    WOOO!!!!!!!

  530. HFX-HabFan says:

    WIZ!!!!

  531. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    JAMES WISNIEWSKI!!!!

    WOOOOOO!

  532. Mr. Habs says:

    Poor Ramsey

  533. SeriousFan09 says:

    From Dave Stubbs on Twitter:

    “Maybe PK Péladeau could get Thrashers before next NHL labour dispute so he could lock them out, too”

     

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

  534. habs001 says:

    the firsts period was not much different than the last time we played here but instead of them scoring we did…

  535. JFriedman says:

    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.

  536. Danno says:

    Matches Boone’s video. Looks like Count Floyd from SCTV

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m_2fQ5LC70

     

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

  537. mrhabby says:

    its like a funeral home in that place …Gary B..

  538. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha Goonsta’ Thrash got arrested LOL

  539. JIMVINNY says:

    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.

  540. VancouverHab says:

    Well, your video self does make you look like the Lord of Flies, Mr. Boone — so we should be very afraid….

  541. HFX-HabFan says:

    This game isn’t helping Mason’s already-crappy SV%.  His numbers in Nashville were clearly a product of Barry Trotz’ system.

  542. Former Jets Fan says:

    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…

  543. Da Hema says:

    Price is certainly subduing the 24 fans in the stands….

  544. Bill says:

    Ahaha!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  545. Antho says:

    so are we gonna sustain a forecheck ne time soon??

  546. Bill says:

    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 …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  547. andrewberkshire says:

    Montreal leads the league with 12, Tampa Bay is second with 11.

  548. topher5468 says:

    I though I saw that, thought I was seeing things

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

  549. JIMVINNY says:

    That ref just two-handed DD in the chest!  WTF was that?!?!?!

  550. Chris1138 says:

    I thought I had hallucinated that!

    — Chris

  551. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually it was to point out maybe it’s an organizational problem, and not just Martin. ;)

  552. Bill says:

    Did you throw in the “Tampa Bay is 2nd” part to mollify the Martin-bashers/Boucher-lovers? Or just being throrough? :)

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  553. Bill says:

    You are ever reliable, Andrew, thank you!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  554. andrewberkshire says:

    Credit where it’s due, AllHabs just tweeted it, you just happened to ask at the right time!

  555. Mike says:

    Did a ref just knock down a habs player???

  556. Mr. Habs says:

    Mason’s stats gettin worse every year

  557. Da Hema says:

    Gill on a 4-on-4? WTF?

  558. andrewberkshire says:

    Wheeler is basically Viktor Kozlov, but whiny.

  559. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  560. EricMelvin says:

    All part of the new “plan”. Habs take 30+ shots and still lose, now they’re going the other way. Devious coaching y’all.

  561. Just A Guy says:

    Funny? Ref just pushed Desharnais to the ice during play…

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  562. MICP says:

    Obvious conspiracy. No team could be this dumb to take so many penalties.

  563. Da Hema says:

    I’m just teasing our Blogging Warrior….

  564. habsfaninboston says:

    Well that didn’t last long.

  565. Mr. Habs says:

    Two in a row AK, very bad boy

  566. JasonM says:

    If White is going to keep playing like this, no reason to keep Pyatt on this team anymore.

  567. Mr. Habs says:

    Give away blew Carey’s shut out

  568. likehoy says:

    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.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  569. bwoar says:

    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.

  570. TheMock780 says:

    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

  571. Former Jets Fan says:
    Go Habs Go!
  572. HFX-HabFan says:

    Didn’t know Elliott Friedman participated in the French version of the Rickard’s commericals.

  573. Propwash says:

    My poor liver can`t take this!

  574. Mr. Habs says:

    That’s right Carey come way out

  575. habsoul says:

    Habs are going to get a breakaway any moment here.

  576. andrewberkshire says:

    Price is ON.

  577. RGM says:

    I echo Boone’s sentiment about Gorges – this is the type of situation where his awareness comes to the fore.

    Go Habs Go!

  578. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOW – Price batted the puck as it was flying mid-air.

    He’s done this three times now!

  579. HardHabits says:

    Spacek would’ve had two of those by now. ;-)

  580. showey47 says:

    gioooo woooohooooo

  581. Danno says:

    Cue the Price is Right theme

     

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

  582. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahaha so do I!

  583. Bill says:

    Every time the RDS announcers say “James Wiznewsk!i” I hear the little girl in Monsters Inc. saying “Mike Wizowski!”

    Just sharing …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  584. RGM says:

    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.

    Go Habs Go!

  585. Sehs says:

    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.

  586. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Thank you Carey Price !!!

  587. forskis says:

    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?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  588. Nahlsy says:

    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.

  589. Propwash says:

    LOL Boone, you so gangsta!

  590. DearyLeary says:

    Our problem on defence is overblown.  The problem has always been goal support.

  591. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Enough with the sideshow, back to the main event. TWO MORE POINTS PLEASE!

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  592. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Come on! We can do it. When’s the last time the Atlanta Flames won at home???

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  593. topher5468 says:

    3 goals, the anti system

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

  594. HFX-HabFan says:

    Very true.

  595. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Any day with an SCTV reference can’t be all bad!

  596. christophurrr says:

    spotted a whalers jersey in the 100s as well

  597. JFriedman says:

    Boone needs to have Habs memoribelia behind him.

    Does he have a mailing address where we can send some stuff?


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  1. Danno says:

    You da man Big Ted. Nice work.

     

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

  2. PeterD says:

    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.

  3. PeterD says:

    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.

  4. spos080808 says:

    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.

  5. New says:

    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.

  6. HUDSONHAB says:

    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.

    ….Hab4life….

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    Which young player actually noticeably improved under Carbo?

  8. Mark C says:

    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.

  9. RJB says:

    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

  10. New says:

    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.

  11. Bill says:

    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.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  12. New says:

    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.

  13. Rugger says:

    He did play 55 games last year, and if I recall correctly wasn’t he also hurt for some of last year?

  14. Bill says:

    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.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  15. New says:

    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.

  16. zak says:

    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

  17. JIMVINNY says:

    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.

  18. zak says:

    Karri Ramo voted to the KHL all star team

  19. CHsam says:

    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. 

  20. keepthefaith says:

    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. 

  21. zak says:

    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.

  22. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Excellent posting.

  23. Chuck says:

    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

  24. Big Ted says:

    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.

  25. Propwash says:

    I’ve got my fingers crossed for Cammi to light it up tonight.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  26. Big Ted says:

    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).

  27. le_vrai_jacques says:

    And Furlatt is French Canadian, born in Trois-Rivières

  28. Big Ted says:

    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.

  29. ArmyFan says:

    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.

  30. Born in a Bad Year says:

    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.

  31. Hockey Socks says:

    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.

  32. Graves says:

    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.

  33. joeybarrie says:

    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
    Komisarek, O’Byrne
    Spacek, Boullion
    MAB, Souray

    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…

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

  34. Propwash says:

    *LIKE*

    It is par for the course that people here thinks we’re getting jobbed by the refs. It’s part of the fun!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  35. 24 Cups says:

    OT – Not to mention that Tampa plays Carolina tonight while Atlanta takes on Dallas.

    As Mike Boone states, “a chance to salvage the week.”

  36. arcosenate says:

    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? 

  37. zak says:

    Go to Habsaddict.com Great article

  38. Chuck says:

    Yeah. A post like that has no place on HI/O.   ;)

    Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban

  39. 24 Cups says:

    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.

  40. 24 Cups says:

    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.

  41. Bill says:

    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.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  42. Exit716 says:

    Larue is American. He’s not French Canadian.

     

  43. spos080808 says:

    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.

  44. Bill says:

    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.

     

     

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  45. OneTimer says:

    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.

  46. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Mike,

    Any chance to add a “vote on posts” feature in future?

    thx

  47. OneTimer says:

    Hell of a game in Boston, and Pittsburgh wins in regulation. Noyce!

  48. dhenry1234 says:

    tsn is saying Lunqvist is in net. True or false? I heard we were getting their backup.

  49. HardHabits says:

    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.

    A1+

  50. showey47 says:

    Where did u find which actual refs made the calls for/against us? Is there a website?

  51. HardHabits says:

    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.

  52. ProHabs says:

    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.

  53. Big Ted says:

    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.

  54. zak says:

    maybe he could trade him for his brother

  55. zak says:

    trevor timmons would probably pick the wrong guy

  56. arcosenate says:

    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…

  57. zak says:

    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.

  58. ProHabs says:

    Hey Boone,

    If you see Pierre Gauthier at the game tonight, can you ask him why he hasn’t traded AK46 yet. Thanks.

  59. Gindan69 says:

    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.

  60. OneTimer says:

    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.

  61. sidhu says:

    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.

     

  62. keepthefaith says:

    Exactly. How about anyone instead of AK and we are nt even having this conversation

  63. punkster says:

    I’m in!!!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  64. zak says:

    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.

  65. andrewberkshire says:

    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).

  66. HFX-HabFan says:

    So true.  People in Halifax vote against anything that will bring even the smallest form of change.

  67. andrewberkshire says:

    Sent you an email, Dave.

  68. Sheldon says:

    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.

  69. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  70. PeterD says:

    Remember the “wave”…what ever happened to that…so amazing to watch the crowd do that spontaneously during a game.

  71. zak says:

     Veteran guys like MAB and Picard eh.

  72. keepthefaith says:

    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?

  73. PeterD says:

    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.

  74. WarHero says:

    I seen that :) +1

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  75. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Dubinsky again lol

  76. HabFanSince72 says:

    Spacek playing on his natural side still sucks.

  77. sidhu says:

    Subbie > Dubbie

  78. king ddd says:

    spacek made a nice boby orr style fall lol

  79. andrewberkshire says:

    Really good game tonight so far.

  80. JIMVINNY says:

    Nice to see someone from the other team pull the repeated-dumb-penalty play.

  81. JD_ says:

    Attaboy Doobie.

    Still tryin’ to make amends.

  82. Danno says:

    Dumb-inski…

    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.

     

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

  83. king ddd says:

    i am not a fan of dubinsky but he would look awesome in blue blanc rouge

  84. Propwash says:

    C’mon guys, pot another one!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  85. punkster says:

    Maybe that’s OK, you know? He’s young and I don’t expect alot out of him for another few years really.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  86. Da Hema says:

    Lordy I would love to see the Habs put a team away instead of watching anxiously until the very end.

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  87. Propwash says:

    Wow, Lundqvist!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  88. rogieshan says:

    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. 

  89. Da Hema says:

    Jesus, what a save by Lundqvist….

    Should be 4-1

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  90. zak says:

    What goaltending

  91. andrewberkshire says:

    Holy crap PP… Lundqvist is one lucky goalie, he just keeps getting hit, not tracking the puck at all.

  92. WarHero says:

    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

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  93. Mr.Hazard says:

    What the HELL was Wiz doing WAY up at the blue line, asking for the puck?? We had them cornered and scared!??

  94. JIMVINNY says:

    That was a hell of a PP, but Hank was amazing.

  95. Habhopeful says:

    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~

  96. sidhu says:

    Lundquist channeling Billy Smith.  He has to be made at his team, not just at Max Power.

  97. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Crash that net I love it ….finally  !!

  98. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    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.

  99. JIMVINNY says:

    See that switch by PK when he realized that GIll’s guy was behind him?  Seems he learned something from tuesday’s game.

  100. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    I thought we were going to a penalty….

  101. andrewberkshire says:

    Love how Subban throws caution to the wind in the last minute, hit everyone, cheat in every way possible.

  102. Da Hema says:

    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….

    ————————

    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  103. JasonM says:

    Lie cheat steal!

  104. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Big win !!!

  105. andrewberkshire says:

    So… about those Price bashers, he ended up stealing this game.

  106. Montrealer2 says:

    A ‘W’ but barely

  107. Top Corner says:

    good gawwwwd

    Good WIN !!!!

  108. OneTimer says:

    wow Habs, thanks for the heart attack, I’m only 25

    EDIT: that was a badass triple low-five

  109. habfab14120 says:

    My heartrate can go back down now.

  110. sidhu says:

    Horrible period — after two amazing periods, we allowed the Rags to take it to us. 

  111. JasonM says:

    OMG last second … that was close.

  112. WarHero says:

    Phew …. that was close, take the 2 points and run boys! Go Price!

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  113. olematelot says:

    Price bashers “suck it”

  114. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    18 shots against in the third period.

    WOW

    Thank god Price stepped up his game or this was over. 

    WIN!

  115. Danno says:

    SIT ON IT FONZIE!

    SIT ON IT!

     

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

  116. punkster says:

    Lotta bashers won’t show tonight. The usual crowd.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  117. JasonM says:

    Seriously, how Lundquist doesn’t get 1st star is the reason why they need to make away with fan selecting the 3 stars.

  118. RGM says:

    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.

    Go Habs Go!

  119. Da Hema says:

    Honestly, just for that brutal pass the Wiz made across Price he should not have been a star….

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  120. Mats Naslund says:

    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.

  121. redgorf says:

    redgorf
    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.

  122. Danno says:

    Never in doubt

    Edit – Hey, that’s the headline on top now!

     

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

  123. Clay4bc says:

    *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

  124. JD_ says:

    Eff’ me.

    I gotta find somethin’ else to do on Saturday nights.

  125. JasonM says:

    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. :)

  126. Exit716 says:

    Love the Headline.. Never In Doubt…The good old Dave Van Horne line after a close Expos win.

     

  127. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    EDIT: Price stopped 20 of 21 shots in third period.

    21 SHOTS ARE YOU SERIOUS??

  128. CHsam says:

    Nice one Price….. ah this weather… @#@$!.. I want spring and playoffs !!!!!

  129. JasonM says:

    Price sucks, Halak totally would have had that 2nd goal.

  130. PeterD says:

    How does Price not get a star tonight…he saved the game for us in the 3rd…making 20 out of 21 saves…

  131. habguy says:

    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.

  132. Danno says:

    Tired of him being presented with the Molson cup then having a bad game.

     

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

  133. Da Hema says:

    I loved you Mats, but when our opponents start heavy forechecking we wilt. That’s not coaching.

    ————————

    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  134. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Habs didn’t sit back though. THeir keeper was inhuman.

    By the way – we won.

  135. PeterD says:

    JM just out coached Tortelini…what do you want from the guy…

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    Nice to see you around man.

  137. novahab says:

    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.

  138. punkster says:

    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.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  139. OneTimer says:

    Good post. It was a good move at the time. Question: would anyone put O’B in for Picard or Weber?

  140. Mats Naslund says:

    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.

  141. topher5468 says:

    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, 

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

  142. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty much!

  143. OneTimer says:

    well played, sir

  144. Da Hema says:

    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.

    ————————

    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  145. Mats Naslund says:

    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.

  146. olematelot says:

    so true, they gotta let the right people pick

  147. Chuck says:

    CBC took the first star away from Wisniewski and gave it to Price, if that makes you feel any better.  :)

    Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban

  148. olematelot says:

    yep, pretty lame call

  149. Clay4bc says:

    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?

    __________________________

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  150. olematelot says:

    you got that right

  151. OneTimer says:

    I thought I liked Gaston Therrien, but come on man, he’s calling out Gionta (of all people) on Antichambre

  152. Clay4bc says:

    Tortellini is delicious!

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  153. Propwash says:

    HA! Awesome!

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  154. PeterD says:

    I can’t stand CBC but I did see that…LOL

  155. Ayan_SB says:

    And people are calling Torts an early Jack Adams candidate.

  156. MathMan says:

    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.

  157. Keith says:

    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!!!

  158. twocents says:

    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.

    No passengers.

    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.

  159. PeterD says:

    I can’t stand CBC but I did see that…LOL

  160. Graves says:

    Man, scary third period but they managed to pull through! I’m gonna go celebrate.

  161. punkster says:

    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.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  162. HNS says:

    also comparing PK to Claud Lemieux. Nice. Lemieux was awesome…..

  163. showey47 says:

    5-1-1 in our last 7 games. Nice rebound after a rough last half of december.

  164. twocents says:

    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.

  165. Sheldon says:

    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!

  166. HNS says:

    I think they meant Sam Adams 

  167. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  168. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …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

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  169. Da Hema says:

    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.

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  170. olematelot says:

    Great push back

  171. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

     

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

  172. Da Hema says:

    Grizzly Adams?

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  173. showey47 says:

    or jack edwards

  174. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  175. twocents says:

    Trembley is 15934 times better as a TV personality than he is as a coach.

    The heavy guy is pretty good too.

  176. JD_ says:

    Chuck’s onto somethin’.

    Is there meth in the loaf?

  177. twocents says:

    Sure, but that stuff builds character.

  178. Larry says:

    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.

     

  179. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    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…

  180. Graves says:

    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.

  181. punkster says:

    I’m high on life, man. Say NO to drugs.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  182. Habitant in Surrey says:

    dbl

  183. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …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

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  184. twocents says:

    I didn’t say I liked him.

  185. andrewberkshire says:

    Going pretty well, booked a date for the wedding this summer in Mexico.

  186. Propwash says:

    No offense mate, but Carey can’t be faulted in both those goals

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  187. HNS says:

    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

  188. showey47 says:

    got some help from the dallas stars tonight beating the thrashers 5-1very late in the 3rd.

  189. HNS says:

    Speaking of Moen, great photo on cover page. Awesome wallpaper

  190. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …absolutely no offense taken

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  191. 24 Cups says:

    The Habs have taken 9 out of 12 points so far this (new) year.

    Enough said.

  192. topher5468 says:

    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

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

  193. keepthefaith says:

    Totally agree. Do people really expect to win 5-0 every night? Without Markov and Georges? C’mon people. 

  194. twocents says:

    Your post would be punchier with a “discuss” to conclude.

  195. nova scotia vees says:

    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.

    So FIXED.

  196. twocents says:

    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.

  197. bertuzzisucks says:

    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.

     

     

  198. bigdave says:

    Boone:

    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”

  199. bigdave says:

    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.

     

    “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”

  200. bigdave says:

    Webber and Spacek terrifying?

    AK46 would be an upgrade!

     

     

    “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”

  201. JIMVINNY says:

    Okay.  So Price actually made the save there.

  202. Keith says:

    I don’t like this hanging back now.

  203. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    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.

  204. zak says:

    Nice play by P.K.

  205. HFX-HabFan says:

    Bob Cole calling Michael Sauer “Mark Sauer” for the second time in the game.

  206. sidhu says:

    Nice block by Eller. 

  207. punkster says:

    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.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  208. WarHero says:

    Beautiful shot block by Eller!! Very nice!

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  209. Da Hema says:

    Why is it our opponents can crawl on Subban’s back with impunity?

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    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  210. JIMVINNY says:

    WTF happened to the team that played so well for the first 40 minutes?

  211. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    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!

  212. olematelot says:

    how is Price at fault here

  213. HFX-HabFan says:

    We already burned our timeout, and our most frequent fighter already answered the bell once tonight.

  214. Exit716 says:

    Martin burned the time out in the first period.

     

  215. Montrealer2 says:

    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.

  216. Chuck says:

    They’ve used their time out. Maybe Price needs an “equipment malfunction”.  ;)

    Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban

  217. Danno says:

    JM already used his time out.

     

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

  218. olematelot says:

    wow!!!!

  219. topher5468 says:

    Getting killed here, desperately need a good ofeensive shift

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

  220. Chuck says:

    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.

    Centre Hice: Bruins blogger gets racial on PK Subban

  221. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    This could be really bad …or very good…

  222. Mats Naslund says:

    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.

  223. gumper says:

    Or just another average Saturday night.