Not so tough after all

Okay, the Islanders fired 44 shots at Cristobal Huet.

But he stopped 43 of them, and by the time Mike Comrie spoiled the shutout bid, this W was in the bag.

Canadiens got two goals from Steve Bégin and singles from Christopher Higgins and Tomas Plekanec to rack up an impressive road win against a tough defensive team that’s been hot lately … and a goaltender who’s one of the best in the league. 

Third period shots were 20-4 in favour of the Islanders. That sounds like domination, but Canadiens were shorthanded three times during the period, and they took their feet off the gas pedal with a 4-0 lead. 

Three Canadiens goals were scored at even strength. And nine players – including Huet – got their names on the scoresheet. 

Most impressive stat: 327 Comments.


  1. Yeats says:

    Ditch it. As a fellow I used to play with would say, it’s addition by subtraction.

  2. P St. Pierre says:

    I like having a new page as well. I don’t think it needs to be changed. Having two pages allows everyone to view any changes on the main page while still keeping track of the blog and everyone’s comments.

  3. HabsInsideOut says:

    We’re reviewing the design of the karma feature, but it’s certainly not an effective way to “attack” posts. Rather, it lets the community make collective appraisals of specific comments, so if a few people read a troll post or something else offensive, they can mark it as such. Because one person can only give a small amount of karma to any comment (and there are other restrictions to prevent abuse of the system), their ability to “attack” is pretty limited — it would require a lot of effort and an email exchange among a bunch of registered users to coordinate any kind of significant karma attack. For us, if enough users give bad karma to a bad post, we’ll find it more easily and be able to deal with it more effectively. For you, if you’re scanning a post you missed and only want to read the best comments, voila, you’ve got a system to help you find them.

  4. Naila Jinnah says:

    I like new tab too, but I usually do it automatically anyway.

  5. Naila Jinnah says:

    LOVE your icon!

  6. Dave Stubbs says:

    I link Mike from the main page. It’s not easier to have a new page open? That can be done, but first I’d like to know if anyone feels strongly about it.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  7. nightmare_49 says:

    It depends on their coach and most of our picks seem to have coaches with good track records but some instructers at NCAA who have been around awhile are there politically or are kiss asses that talk the BS but then again there’s that in junior also. I’ve been involved with them years ago when they were recruiting and they left a lot to be desired in their scouting of players.

  8. TommyB says:


    It doesn’t help matters any that these people have been living on a Don Cherry diet for the last 15 years or more. God love him, but the game has gone way past Cherry. Things do evolve….even the dinosaurs didn’t live forever.

  9. Girth says:

    Breezer !!! Almost cost us another one.

  10. Ed says:

    The Islanders are again involved in a one goal game. HABS 1 Islanders 0.

  11. TommyB says:

    There are lots of stories like that, Brian. Parents put pressure on kids at a young age, and some of these kids have agents now when they are peewee age. It’s just the way people have been programmed here for ages. They think Major Junior A is the high road to the NHL. What happens to the great majority of players who do not make it to the NHL? Playing junior hockey and going to school at the same time are pretty much incompatible, so most of these kids have nothing going for them at that point.

    I started watching the college game about 10 years ago, and really had my eyes opened. That’s great hockey.

  12. Moey says:

    I flipped channels to check the sound and missed the goal. Geeez.

  13. Ed says:

    Steve Begin! Now if he can go on a scoring binge like he did several years ago.

  14. P St. Pierre says:

    Wow…great start.

  15. Chuck says:

    Woooo!!! Good to get an early one!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  16. Chuck says:

    Hey… where did the RDS sound go?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  17. Moey says:

    That’s a good start, the sound just went on RDS.

  18. Girth says:

    I’ve set my browser to open in a new tab…

  19. DD says:

    Old time hockey people think riding the ‘iron lung’ in Junior A builds character, although for the life of me, I don’t see how driving 20 some hours from Brandon, Man. to Victoria, B.C. or S Ste Marie to Ottawa helps anyone learn anything about hockey except maybe how lucky they are that they are not to be sitting beside some one fat.

  20. Sports1131 says:

    Request: Mike, in the future can you set it so links to your blog from the Habs Inside/Out homepage don’t open in a new window?

  21. Yeats says:

    TommyB: A fellow I knew in our TO office when I worked at Salomon Brothers told me this story. His nephew was good enough to play major junior at I think 15 and he tried to convince his parents that he would be better off playing a tier below so that he wouldn’t blow his NCAA eligibilty. If he was truely that good, he could get a full ride to a really good university in the US. (Remember, one of two NCAA championships Harvard won was in ice hockey.) They would have none of it, given the sacrifice that they made through the years. I really think Canada should take a serious look at rethinking the whole college hockey/major junior thing. Heck, you might even get a reverse mygration. I would not have any problem playing the equivalent of NCAA D-1 in Canada and say getting a degree for example from McGill.

  22. TommyB says:


    RDS doing a feature on NCAA D-1 players right now. Seems like people are finally starting to take notice of that calibre of hockey.

    Like you said earlier, an 18 year-old can be playing against 24 year olds. You learn to keep up real quick.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if here in Canada schools had the money and a system like the NCAA? There is no doubt in my mind that the college game is the way to go if you have the academic smarts to go with hockey skills.

    Unfortunately, most kids start with Junior B here, and take a natural progression to Junior A, which has it’s merits, but is nowhere near the game at the US college level.

  23. P St. Pierre says:

    I agree that the game tonight will probably be fairly low scoring and slow. It will probably resemble the second Boston game this season. I just hope that Montreal clears the front of the net and ties up sticks in the slot. In my opinion, that is what really killed the Habs against Ottawa. They forgot about playing D.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing the Chipchura line tonight, I think they will play well. Kostopolous gives them decent speed and really grinds opposing players down. I really think that Chipchura and Latendresse work well together. Latendresse is slowly learning defensive hockey and I still think he can be an impact player in 2-3 years. He’s simply going to take longer to develop.

  24. Yeats says:

    I think it is if you want to “anonymously” rate other members’ posts. My own view is that it is entirely bogus because, at its worst, it allows cowards to attack posters they don’t like rather than make their points in print and argue them like real “people.” Karma is internal. If a person feels they’re right in their heart, they constitute a majority of one. A high “Karma” score and $2.25 will get you on the subway in NYC.

  25. Kilgore Trout says:

    it’s for “scoring” other people’s comments. i personally like the idea, but i’d rather just have a +/- link instead of the seven options in the dropdown. keep it simple!

  26. Girth says:

    Can anyone explain the purpose of the “karma” on the top right…

  27. Yeats says:

    Ian: Damn, that’s a good picture of you. Glad you dropped by the room!

  28. Yeats says:

    Ian: At least, we know we have two local boys who will be very motivated tonight.

  29. The Ian Cobb says:

    I don’t have anything brillant to say. this is only for Mike’s totals. I have to go over to a friends place tonight to get it on RDS, so I’ll catch up on things here when i get back. Maybe the 2 points will be deposited by the time I get home. ENJOY THIS ONE BOYS AND GIRLS !!

  30. Moey says:

    I burned my firewalk t-shirt years ago.

  31. Ed says:

    What about that “putz” boss of yours? Since you posted this, almost everyone has stopped posting. Now see what you have done. I think that the replies do count, as there are 3 comments shown for the PuckCast, and one of them is a reply. It would not be fair to Boone to count replies for other HIO contributors, but not for Boone, whose boss has certain expectations.

  32. Yeats says:

    Aside from the fact that the guys have a “Plan B” if they don’t make it to the show, I think the general approach is better. You practice every day and at most play three games a week. So, from an instructional point of view, it is probably better than major junior where the opposite is true. Also, with a few notable exceptions, I would be willing to say that the coaching is in general better. Most of the guys coaching at top notch programs have been around the game for years and at their respective schools for a very long time. I’m thinking Red Berenson at Michigan, Don Lucia at Minnesota, Mike Eaves at Wisconsin and Jackie Parker at BU and Gerry York at BC. Also, there are very few traditional 18-yr old freshman playing D-1 anymore. (That’s what makes Max Pac all the more impressive.) Also, you can end up playing against seniors who are 24-25 years old. It’s really top notch competition.

  33. nightmare_49 says:

    The NCAA better be the right route as most of our drafted players are playing there, if not, we may be fighting the lafs for the bottom spot not the playoff spot.

  34. Kilgore Trout says:

    highlight of that series: barry melrose’s doughnut taunt to pat burns. shades of jim schoenfeld!

  35. Yeats says:

    Es muy posible.

  36. El Guapo says:

    Ah sí New Jersey, él debo estar en el mismo lugar que Jimmy Hoffa.

  37. Yeats says:

    No sabemos? Desde que hizo una observación sobre despectivos Newark, New Jersey, no se le ha visto.

  38. wd40 says:

    Nah, if the first 20 games are any indication of the next 62, we won’t be on the playoff bubble this Just for kicks and giggles, if we extrapolate from the current standings, this is what we’d get:

    01. OTT 69-13-00-138
    02. NYI 53-29-00-106
    03. CAR 47-23-12-105
    04. MTL 45-25-12-103
    11. TOR 30-34-19-78

    Like i said, totally meaningless, but it’s fun to see the Laffs in 11th ain’t it. On a more serious note, let’s hope the hot start is the only similarities we have with last season. The 2nd half of last season was agonizing.

  39. El Guapo says:

    Donde ahora está la energía dentro para Melrose?

  40. Yeats says:

    Mike: A friend of mine played for him at Adirondack. He left the game due to an injury and BM wrote him recommendations for graduate school. He ended up going to Columbia B-school. To be fair though, he played with Joey Juneau at RPI, so he had the goods without hockey. That’s why I am a big supporter of NCAA D-1 over Major Junior. At least the guys get an education.

  41. Mike Boone says:

    That’s not the worst of it. Melrose was and probably still is a Tony Robbins disciple.

  42. Mike Boone says:

    I’ll try to post totals between periods.

    Seriously, it’s nice to get a big response but I’m just goofing about keeping the totals up.

  43. Yeats says:

    I am watching the Kings/leafs ’93 semi-final on the NHL network. Is it me or is Barry Melrose the freakin’ “Master of the Mullet?”

  44. Yeats says:

    Chuck: The tech guys asked for it. I am off to get my copy of Magna Carta!

  45. Yeats says:

    Screw technology, just put the original posters name and a colon to reply. I don’t like this reply feature at all. It’s like the goddamn posting equivalent of doing suicides: blue line back, red line back, blue line back and all the way down. I hate, really hate, did I mention I hate, that damn drill!

  46. Wamsley01 says:

    If the 2006-07 Habs were any indication the Isles winning all these tight games will come back to even out come the second half.

  47. Chuck says:

    Crap! the comment counter on the main page doesn’t seem to recognise a “reply” as a comment. Looks like we’ll have to try a little harder than we first thought.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  48. Moey says:

    It’s my night, quantity and not quality, just like my usual posts. Suits me folks.

  49. Zaskar says:

    The early season successes have been many and the team finds itself in a solid playoff position. However, they have stumbled lately and need to quickly get back to winning consecutive games. They will be a playoff bubble team if they continue the win one/lose one approach.

  50. likehoy says:

    ryder will score tonight

    you heard it here first

  51. JF says:

    Mike, how do we know when we’re anywhere near the required number of posts since they’re not numbered anymore?

  52. JF says:

    I heard that Chipchura could move to the third line for tonight’s game. This would be a good thing as he seems to be rock-solid in his positioning and puck-handling. His ice time would be up and Smolinski’s down, which would make sense as he has been struggling lately.

    I hope our face-off improvement in the last two games continues tonight as it would help us with puck-possession in their zone and our own defensive zone coverage.

  53. fuhgawz says:

    2 points here tonight and 4 points against Buffalo — then back at it with the unstable laffs (oh how sweet last nights loss was). Alot of work ahead of us in a few short days. Ok Huet get it together tonight and the team has to play better infront of you. I wonder how we are going to approach this game …. gun and run or tight D? ….. any opinions as the NYI are terrific deffensively — as much as i would like us to run and gun againt these guys tonight and supirse them i do not think it will happen. Hopefully playing deffensively will not put Kovy in a funk. If Huet does not win tonight i think Price should get the next 3 starts to see what he can do. Sooner or later he has to play 2 games in a row so why not againts Buffalo ….and we all agree Huet is not good against the Leafs. just throwing it out there. Good luck tonight guys

    good luck mike on hitting your target.

    Go habs go

  54. Dan23 says:

    I think the Chipchura-Latendresse-Kostopoulos line is going to steal the show tonight.

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