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AUDIO: Tomas Plekanec | Hal Gill | Jaro Spacek | Claude Julien | Jacques Martin

Home-ice advantage: Gone.

Series momentum: Gone.

Confidence?

We’ll see.

This was a bitter one for the Canadiens and their fans to swallow.

After playing their best 20 minutes of the playoffs, after getting goals in 55 seconds to take control of the game in the second period, the home team washed away like wet doggie doots down a drainpipe … if it ever gets warm enough for that to happen in Montreal.

When Andrei Kostitsyn (who was good again in Game Four) scored to make it 3-1, the Canadiens had a 29-12 advantage in shots on goal.

With his team reeling, Claude Julien called a timeout.

“I told the guys to relax and keep their focus,” the Boston coach was to mention later. “We still had half the game to play.”

Over the next 34 minutes, Boston outshot the Canadiens 23-12.

Andrew Ference, of all people, scored a goal and was captured on TV elevating his middle finger to the self-styled Greatest Fans in Hockey.

After the game, Ference’s explanation was he was trying to do a fist pump and his finger got stuck.

C’mon, man!

Julien, who claimed he hadn’t seen the gesture, said he couldn’t believe it had happened because “that’s not Andrew.”

Maybe the Canadiens can use the avian flip as a rallying cry for Game Five at the TD Banknorth Garden.

They need something. In a subdued losing dressing room, Tomas Plekanec, Hal Gill and Jaro Spacek talked about hanging back, taking their foot off the accelerator after all that early pressure making mistakes, watching the Bruins skate through the neutral zone.

My colleague, Patrick V. Hickey, asked Spacek whether the Canadiens felt “too comfortable” coming home after sweeping the first two games in Boston.

“That’s a good question,” Spacek said. He didn’t offer a definitive answer, but Games Three and Four revealed something lacking in the Canadiens’ game, either overconfidence, complacency, an inability to deal with never-say-die character on the part of the Bruins or all of the above.

Contrary to what some of the nonsense during the regular season suggested, Boston is not outsmuscling the Canadiens. They are, however, outworking them.

And while the Canadiens have pretty much neutralized David Krejci, Nathan Horton and big, bad Milan Lucic, they’re being killed by a Boston second line line – and, in Game Four, a third line – that are beating the Canadiens at their own speed-and-skill game.

Patrice Bergeron, centring Mark Recchi and pesky-but-effective Brad Marchand, won 17 of 29 faceoffs, had seven shots on goal and four hits. Scott Gomez could not handle Bergeron, and Jacques Martin gave the assignment to David Desharnais in the third period.

That left Gomez and Brian Gionta, each of whom were minus-3, and Travis Moen (minus-2) matched against Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder.

That didn’t turn out well at all.

Ryder, of all people, had two goals, including the winner in overtime. Kelly, playing with a full face shield to protect an eye injury, had a goal and two assists. Peverley had two assists.

Spacek talked about mental mistakes, turnovers, bouncing shots, failure to cover Bruins in front of Carey Price – a litany of screw-ups the Canadiens avoided in Boston.

They saved all the bad mojo for their rabid hometown fans.

More in the morning, after I’ve slept on this mess.

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  8. habsfan0 says:

    When Geoff Molson addressed the fans in March,he said he was looking forward to a deep playoff run. Wonder what he’ll do (if anything) should the Habs lose in first round to Bruins.

  9. thirdstone says:

    Hal Gill put it best when he called it away-ice advantage. Habs aren’t out of this. I think if they want to win it has to be in the next two; they need to get in the habit of winning at home.

    It amazes me how quickly people who hate Price get back on their horse after a bad goal in game 3 and a below stellar performance in game 4. This guy has had an amazing season, has been great more than half of this playoffs (and just good the other half) and some people are all over him as if he’s an awful bum.

    The point I’m trying to make is that these criticisms are not grounded in his play, as it’s been 95% fantastic, 4% great, 1% a few bad goals. Some people clearly dislike him and it’s just silly.

  10. Tony McLean says:

    Price sank the ship again. He has lost seven straight playoff games at home. Yeah it’s Pouliot’s fault.

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  11. NCRhabsfan says:

    Brutal. This team has no killer instinct. When they have you on the ropes they go to the prevent defence, that’s the one where they they stop playing offence and go into passive defencive mode and that prevents them from winning. When they do get the odd chance, they fail to bury the goal that would put the game out of reach. Maybe that’s how JM likes it, maybe that’s why he has never won the big prize.

  12. ths says:

    OK thats it im thru with Habs. Bunch of Euro floaters with an over hyped goalie who chokes in the playoffs…
    Go ‘nucks go ! Canada’s team all the wa oh hang on a sec ………

  13. 24 Cups says:

    Just read all the sword fights from last night. What a waste of five minutes.

    Reminds me of an afternoon indoor recess.

    24.2 Cups

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Say what you will about games 3 & 4, the Habs handed both to Boston on a silver platter. We get the finger from Ferrence with no retribution to add insult to injury. I personally blame all of this on the coaching staff & lack of leadership. Wasn’t too impressed with Price either.

    “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

  15. 365fan says:

    What does it say when JM can’t trust Gomez and has to turn to the smallest guy on the team (albeit with the biggest heart)?

    The Habs also have to figure out how to make things somewhat easier for themselves. At some point in the playoffs a team has to win a series in 4 or 5 games in order to gt the necessary rest and healing. We were perfectly set up to do this coming back from Boston but not now.

  16. Big Ted says:

    The league needs to suspend Ference. That’s outright disrespectful behavior to the fans, and anything less than a suspension would be further disrespect from the league. You could tell the Bruins new what he did and pooled together for their best excuse since to a man they all came out with the same lame excuse.

    If you look back in recent years, however, Avery, Wisniewski, and Grabovski have all been suspended for lewd gestures like this. But one player got away with just a fine… Boston Bruin Milan Lucic (for flipping the bird to the other team). Guess it helps if you play for Daddy’s Team, but this is not just a gesture to the other team. If the league doesn’t get that players can’t show that behavior to the people who fund these players’ salaries, then it should just fold.

    • The Cat says:

      Nah, Ference isnt like that. At worse a lewd gesture is worth a 2 min penalty, not a suspension. Besides its not like fans are that respectful of the players.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • ths says:

      Agreed. They better get this right. Daddy can help with attempted murder of opponents but there should be zero tolerance of disrespect to the paying customer. It wasn’t as if he did it to one particular knob he did it to all paying customers.

      Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

      • The Cat says:

        Come on now its not that big of a deal, and IMO opinion it was accidental. If it were a SJ player doing it to a LA fan, youd be laughing about it rather than bellowing that its a massive injustice…Besides hab fans boo anthems, boo their own players etc etc, close to dead last of all NHL fans that should even talk about disrespect.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  17. Captain aHab says:

    Remember last year when the Habs were “done” against the Caps? How did that work out for the Caps?

    I think the boys will come back and play a strong 60 minutes next game.

  18. The Cat says:

    As soon as the habs went up 2 goals, they started to play defensively too much. Whether thats the coach or the players human nature who knows…All I know is when the habs had their foot on the pedal, the bruins couldnt touch them.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Mill4ever says:

      Maybe the players were thinking ‘oh 3-1 – wait, the SYSTEM will take care of the rest, no need to worry. We can stop skating now, our work is done.’ It looked like that when they cared, Boston had no answer.

      I like Spacek, but he can’t move his feet right now – bring in Weber or Mara.

  19. DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

    Frustrating and depressing way to lose but it boils down to a 3 game series now. It’s not 2-2, it’s 0-0. Nobody can predict the outcome. Home ice means nothing, momentum means nothing…if they did the Habs would have swept tonight. Each and every game is its own and the previous one will not determine the outcome of the next one. It’s anybody’s series and if Carey plays like Carey, this puppy is ours.

  20. shakey says:

    brutal, brutal, brutal loss. reminded of the team canada juniors collapse – seemed like the habs were skating in sand for the last half of the game.

    and what a terrible way to end – pk makes a rush and a high risk pass, has to hustle back and is therefore too tired and makes an awful change to cost us the game.

    painful. this team has character, but the shortcomings that were so well covered up in boston have been painfully exposed – inconsistency, an aging defence decimated by injuires and patched together with journeymen, and a lineup that is just a little too thin to play anything less than a perfect game and come away with a victory. even price has made mistakes that have been costly, although neither of these losses are on him.

    DD was an incredible bright spot though, playing a whale of a game. and mostly the kids seem alright – pk has to play within himself, and he was just trying to do too much all game long – spinoramas at the offensive blueline, lazy one hand push passes at our blueline. when he’s contained, he is awesome. with more time and experience, he will dominate. but that still doesn’t make this easier to take.

    in a best of three, i still like our chances though. i was just so hopeful that with an early series ending quickly, we might have a chance at a deep run. now it seems this will likely go to seven games, and we will once again burn out if we go any deeper. argh! nothing but frustrating to watch this one.

  21. GROS BILL says:

    The coach gets paid the big bucks for the strategies we overlook but am I the only one who feels that when the team plays with rhythm and timing, and wins, no move should be made to compromise that? Why the heck did he insert Spacek into the lineup? The guy has been gone for weeks. He is out of shape, with brain-dead reflexes,and out of position whenever he is on the ice. On the Bruins winning goal he might as well have been shopping on St. Catherine
    for all the good he did. I know he was somewhere to the right of our goal but I couldn’t spot him even after several replays.
    The Habs have a numerous coaching staff. Couldn’t they tell Spacek was a continuous casualty as the play went on?
    It wasn’t a matter of if but when he would choke big time.
    Perhaps Martin suffers from the “little man complex” and refuses to listen to his assistants and be the absolute ruler.
    Frankly, I think his coaching has been absolutely deplorable.
    Boston in 6 or 7.

    Hasta la vista, baby……….

  22. Rainrocket16 says:

    OK its been almost 4 hours I am done being pissed, now I am depressed. Tomorrow at about Montreal time of 7pm, I wont give a damn about any of this, I will spend a great night with my family and meet back here Saturday, hopefully to pick on the goons some more. Shake it off!! Have faith and stock your fridge with beer damnit! And don’t forget your easter eggs!

  23. dre1744 says:

    Lots of people jumping off the wagon here…… Man we have to keep the Faith and Believe this team will win this series in 7!!!!!! Great teams overcome adversity and this is just a little adversity the habs need to overcome.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I definitely have the faith but most of us are ticked off at the lack of commitment from all the players in 2 home games that we should’ve at least won one. This series should be over by now. Not impressed by Boston a single bit. We gave them life.

      “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

  24. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Usually I prefer to watch the games on HD at home, where I can concentrate on the action. But tonight I watched it in a bar with an inordinate number of very beautiful women around. So my concentration was severely limited. Still, here’s what I saw:

    The Habs dominated the puck possession game in the first, and T2 was generously handing out huge rebounds (again!). Quite frankly, we could’ve notched 6 or 7 goals.

    But those two goals top-corner, glove-side, on Carey (a familiar refrain there) seemed to take the wind out of their sails. So often this season, the team gained energy in the latter stages from big, timely Price-y saves, just as they did last post-season from Jaro’s heroics. But Carey had no rabbits in his hat tonight, and the rest of the team turned tentative and unconfident. Is he wearing down after playing now 76 games?

    Sopel and Spacek certainly didn’t help. Jaro looks every day of his 37 years now, and not in a cagey, wily veteran way like last year. But neither did the forwards help. The Gomez line was particularly bad. Scott’s pretty assist in the second didn’t make up for his lazy-ass back-checking.

    But now here is where I get confused, and must defer to all you Jackie M supporters who so often trumpet the brilliance of his coaching. When the Eller line was the only one still showing jump in their stride, and when Ryan White had such a big impact on the tone of the games in Boston, why does JM end up using them for only single-digits? Eller and White got one shift each in the third, and none in OT. I understand shortening the bench in the crunch, but why not banish those who weren’t playing well (hello Gomez and Moen)? I simply don’t understand JM’s devotion to Gomez and his aversion to younger more promising players. Who is likely to have more spring in their legs after 60 minutes, a 21 and 23 year old, or a 31 year old?

    One good thing: Thomas got the win, so he’ll continue to start, and thus continue kicking out those delectable rebounds onto the sticks of oncoming forwards.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  25. slychard says:

    It’s just so frustrating when a win like this is handed to the bruins… Of all teams THE BRUINS. I’d rather remarry my first wife… And that’s saying more than you know. Okay done venting. On to game 5 mode in Boston. Go habs go!!!! Asti de tabarnac!!!!!

  26. Habbu says:

    All year long….the inconsistency…..has led to one continuous series of ups and downs….but tonight was really tough to take. It was supposed to be a “Good Friday”.

  27. harrow15 says:

    I have more faith in this Habs team this year than last. We even have a better team this year! No disrespect intended, I would gladly take Eller, Desharnias, Wisneiwski and Sopel for Lapierre, Metropolit, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Ryan O’Byrne respectively.

    Both Boston and Montreal know how to dominate when they play their respective games, the difference is, we know how to come back from adversity, while Boston know how to choke.

    Have a little faith in your Montreal Canadiens.

    -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

  28. Jdub1985 says:

    Hey Boone … that wasn’t a MUST WIN?
    you’re right I rather be in this situation then up 3 – 1 in a best of 7 series.

    • harrow15 says:

      If we’re up 3-1 we are vulnerable to take our foot off the gas like in game 3, lose momentum in the series and quite possibly choke like B’s did last playoffs.

      If we’re tied 2-2 its anyones game at least, and if you want to value trends then theoretically we should win game 5 and 7 because the road team has won all the time so far in the series.

      -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

  29. ooder says:

    so are we all so impressed with gomez’s two assists in game 1 still…
    look at 2 different players..
    cammy and gomez
    cammy struggled with injuries and not a veyr good season by any means.. the playoffs come around and he begins to tear it up and dominate.. even ak46 is playing great
    scott “at least i give good interviews and am defesnsively responsible” gomez has not stepped it up a bit… in fact he sucks on the faceoffs, sucks defensively, and can’t score for sh!t…
    also spacke and sopel were crap
    and price could have stopped the first 2 goals.. but u know what, even if your goalie has an off night… you should still be able to win games… but when a rookie like eller and DD completely outplay your 7 million veterna, what do you expect
    i would hate to be this guys teammate

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    GWG = game winning gionta!

    • HabsFanInVictoria says:

      I’m still impressed. He may never prove himself to the nay-sayers. It’s impossible for him to earn his salary. But I still believe in his ability to come up huge. There is still lots of hockey left to play.

      • ooder says:

        i’m sorry.. but when in MTL has he ever shown to “come up huge”.. he has had ample oppurtunity.. including this monday where he had a wide empty net and messed it up..
        you know guys like hal gill, cammy, gionta, darche all proved the nay-sayers wrong
        when has gomez ever done that?

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        GWG = game winning gionta!

        • HabsFanInVictoria says:

          I believe he was pretty good last playoffs. He’s got 3 points right now. I’ve got faith in him. I think he’s been given the “Roy” treatment all season.

          Did you see Jack Todd’s article today? I don’t think any current Hab deserves that.

          • ooder says:

            no i didn’t read it.. look i hope he steps up but there is nothing to show me that he will

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            GWG = game winning gionta!

    • punkster says:

      You might want to pick another scapegoat tonight. Gomez was not the issue.

      Oh, of course, when in doubt pick on Gomez.

      Never mind, silly me….carry on…

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • ooder says:

        oh please… the guy has been as useless as tits on a bull…
        couldn’t contain bergeron or any other center to save his life…
        although being on the ice with spacke and sopel sure couldn’t help

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        GWG = game winning gionta!

  30. PrimeTime says:

    Man, a loss sure brings out the stupity in a lot of people. Perhaps they are just drunk or high. If you are gonna be a critic, who by the way knows a tiny smichen about hockey compared to players and coaches, then use some common sense and compare our this series to the other 1st rounds. If you thought after 2 hard fought wins and that the remaining 2 games to take the series was gonna be easy then you just don’t get it. I suspect couch potatoes most of your lives and never competed at a high level of any sport. Your opinions are like empty bottles of beer. When did so many Hab fans turn into like Leaf fans?? No offense Deandalley but either your trolling or just ridiculously delusional or clueless.

    “Extremism only serves one’s selfish desires”

  31. slychard says:

    Ferrence isn’t that type of person, glove malfunction a la Jackson, Chara isn’t that type of person, he didn’t even know who he elbowed into the stanchion… The level of bull that comes out of that dressingroom is, to say the least, scatological. And rest assured the league will take a pass… Yet again. Just like the offside in the winnig OT goal and the countless non-calls throughout this game. Yeah… what a league. So Ryder had his moment in the sun, bully for him, but it won’t save the dreadful season he’s had and if the coach finally benches Spacek for Mara and we return to our style of play of the first 2 games in Boston well be back on track. By the way saw the Ferrence replay on YouTube and the posts are brutal. Stop booing the anthem it’s retarded and still a sore spot for Americans. And one more thing… Ole ole ole should only be chanted at the END of the game when it is assured of a W not midway of the 2nd period… If at all. Stupid chant. Like na na na hey hey. Just retarded. ENOUGH!!!!

  32. It’s hilarious that so many are ready to throw Price out after 5 goals, when Halak let in 9 in just over 2 periods of hockey last year against Washington.

    The series isn’t over. A great game tonight was ruined by two brutal missed calls.

  33. harrow15 says:

    Taking the foot off the gas when you’re ahead is the WORST thing you can do in the playoffs. I thought we saw enough from WSH@NYR and SJS@LAK games until tonight. After each goal you score your intensity should increase, and you work hard to get the job done accordingly, because the best defense is offense. But hey, if Boston can do it, we sure can.

    Boston are known to lose series they should win, while Montreal are known to win series they shouldnt, enough said.

    I called this series for Montreal in 6 games and I stand behind my words.

    -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

  34. shootdapuck says:

    So when will this team and these coaches EVER put away a team when they have them by the neck?

    This has happened so many times this season it is pathetic!

    Did JM pull the switch after going up by two and abandon what had been working so effectively all night or did the players take that decision on their own?

    Doubtful that the entire team went passive automatically especially with a control-freak for a coach!

    This suspiciously looks like the game plan being followed to a letter:

    ….If leading after 10 minutes of the 2nd then:
    -abandon the forecheck.
    -bench all players with less than 12 years experience.
    -abandon the neutral zone like it has herpes.
    -pray like hell Price can hold the fort!

    Lastly what has happened to Price who in the last two games is doing his best imitation of himself from last year. Two games in a row he has reverted to soft goals at inopportune times and surrendering the top of the net like it was a replay of 2009-2010?

    The coolness now looks like nonchalance!
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    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

    • HabsFanInVictoria says:

      I know where you’re coming from. They have had a few periods this year where they look like they’re the best team in the league. Unfortunately, they don’t get the goals to support their hard work. It’s as frustrating for the players as it is for us. Gotta believe that when it counts, they’ll be rewarded.

      • shootdapuck says:

        But does that justify what appears to be quitting?

        or

        Is that looser mentality being passed down from the top disguised as a “SYSTEM”?

        ********************************************************
        … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

        Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

        • HabsFanInVictoria says:

          I don’t think it’s a loser mentality. I think these guys are playing above and beyond their abilities because of good coaching.

          I don’t think they quit. I just think that when players have something to lose (Up 2-0 in the series, losing a 2 goal lead), then the pressure starts to kick in.

          • shootdapuck says:

            They quit for sure!

            It usually happens when playing a goaltender who is standing on his head!

            They don’t score and just abandon ship!

            But they were up by 2 goals and well in control.

            No reason to quit or start playing cutsie.

            It must be the system/game plan kicking in.

            What do you think JM has in his hand game in and out?

            ****************************************************
            … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

            Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  35. dre1744 says:

    we will win this in 7 games!!!!!!

  36. Bill J says:

    I’m surprised no one is talking about clear as day offside on the GWG

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2010030134

    Click on the video for the Ryder GWG – ARGH!!!!!

  37. howtathor says:

    Did anyone think this series would go anything less than seven games? These scenarios are drawn up high up above us by men only Dave Stubbs would know. Montreal was guilty of some very un-Montreal like driving, ie taking their foot off the gas when the race was virtually won!

  38. LL says:

    WOW, I read 5 comments and I stopped. When the Halakalites are out on their weekend pass, what is there to discuss around here?

    How about simple math…it takes 4 friggin’ games to win a series.
    Nothing is over until the fat goaltender sings, K?

  39. Curtis O Habs says:

    I am crushed, I witnessed a truly inspired effort. Thank you Andrew Ferrence for more bad Boston Karma. Dig your own grave you bunch of meatheads.

  40. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Lots of bitching and moaning going on here again, some of it just plain juvenile. Half of you were planning a bloody parade after the Habs went up by 2 and now that it’s tied up, the series is lost. Well the series is not lost…not so fast there writing the Habs off. The team played really well for most of the game and Carey didn’t have one of his better games either. The Bruins never let up, yet JM orders the players to go into that defensive shell,trap…sit back mode bullcrap and it fails damn near everytime.I think we got out-coached in this one. Why would JM not call a timeout with just over 2 minutes to play and we are going on the PP. Could have gave the guys a short rest and maybe discuss some strategy on how to score on the PP to win the game in regulation. Too many mistakes in this game that cost us dearly. Anyway, now I’m starting whine, it’s done, over, we lost…move on…Go Habs Go !!!

  41. TINMAN17 says:

    Hardest working player of the game: David Desharnais.

    Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  42. EricInStL says:

    Great took a parlay, van-chi over 5.5 and sj-la over 5….

    Seriously van-chi 1 more……..

  43. punkster says:

    Come on losers, bring it on. Talk about how we’re done. Vent. Get it out there. Don’t hold back.

    Then be prepared to eat your words. This team is not done.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  44. C-Sword says:

    Eller on the 2nd line with Gionta and Darche please! Gomez is playing like he did during the regular season. Weber and Mara should return to the lineup. Sopel and Spacek are not meant to play together, they’re way too slow.

  45. deggy24 says:

    Dress 7 d-men. Use Weber in the second half of the game so we have 3 d-men who can skate.

    Habs Win!

  46. deuce6 says:

    This game wasn’t about Price saving our butts and bailing us out..We scored 4 goals and Price couldn’t hold the fort..Simple as that…I am a huge Price fan, but I can call a spade a spade..He HAS to be able to make the routine saves…Which the 1st 2 goals were..

    ——————

    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • aroma says:

      he’s been shaky since the bad third goal in game three. Something’s gotten into his head and suddenly he’s like the Carey of Playoffs past. He’s the reason the game was lost. Habs can’t win with weak goal tending.

      • HabsFanInVictoria says:

        He’s been near perfect all season. I trust that he’ll bounce back. Goaltending is a streaky position. I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.

      • showey47 says:

        He’s been shaky since the 3rd goal in game 3? I’d say he could be responsible for goal #2 tonight depending on whether he was screened by hamrlik or not. Other then that he was left hung out to dry by some piss poor defensive coverage.

  47. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I can’t stand you fairweather fans. The bipolarism on this site makes me ashamed to be a fan of the same team as some of you. I’m not going to accept “we’re passionate” as an excuse. Now’s the time to jump off the bandwagon if you wish to do so. No hard feelings, seeya later. I hear detroit has a good team.

    If you’re still around, give your head a shake and stop bitching about things you don’t know about. Prices lack of concentration? Are you serious? Have any of you played sports?

    It’s 2-2 in the series and they lost a game they could have won. Sports ebb and flow and they will work things out. Believe in the team and you’ll be rewarded when they win (2010 playoff run). For those of you who CONSTANTLY bitch out the players, management, coaches, etc., and you don’t deserve a piece of the excitement. I don’t care how “passionate” you are, or how many cup’s you’ve witnessed, you don’t deserve it.

    I’m grateful to have this site and a place for Habs fans to unite. Unfortunately, some of you chose to join in on the fun. Share the disappointment, share the glory, but leave the crazy to Charlie Sheen.

  48. punkster says:

    Lay your blame, jump off the bandwagon, predict your doom and gloom. It’s what you do and you do it so well. Why stop now?

    Habs win this series. No doubt.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  49. I left to pick up my daughter at the end of the third when the Canadiens blew their last and final lead. I had a bad feeling in my stomach and figured we would lose anyways. Hockey fans know in their stomachs when a team keeps blowing leads, can’t get the puck out of the neighborhood, legs stop moving on Spacek (time to go), Hamr can’t find the net on any of his shots, even P.K. had a poor night making errant passes, poor clears (yes he scored, but something seemed off with him tonight). Doesn’t look good when we return to Boston. They have had the grit and perseverance that Montreal doesn’t seem to have. Gotta give them credit for that coming back each time instead of getting deflated. Once again, they didn’t play 60 minutes, what’s up with that. I also won’t be watching on Saturday. I’m so fed up with the lack of effort after a wonderful first period (until the last 2 minutes). Oh and yes, Price was a workhorse throughout the year, but not winning 7 games in a row at home, is a very, very bad omen. Seems he’s a little shakey in the playoffs, not a good sign either and yes, we weren’t supposed to make this a series, but why walk out of it when we had our boot on their neck?

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  50. BKAK72 says:

    If you want to see just how stupid the GOMEZ contract is compared to the rest of the league then go to: http://www.nhlnumbers.com

    Justice would only be served if the HABS drop this guy to Hamilton and bite the bullet on the balance sheet like the NYR did with Wade Redden. I can’t imagine this guy being a positive influence on anyone asked to back-check or risk losing your roster spot (which is essentially anyone not on the top two lines).

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  51. Bill says:

    Well, my belief was Habs in seven, and it stands. But it will fall if Price doesn’t play better than that. Three blown leads. Full credit to Boston, who showed what they’ve got by never quitting and storming back on the road, no less, but someday, somehow, Price has to win in the Bell cente during the playoffs, and he’ll never get a better chance than this. Bruins deserved it. Lets hope the Habs deserve the next two.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  52. Led says:

    Pretty simplistic but part of my game plan would be to keep shooting low from the wing and ALWAYS have the other winger stay on his own side to pot the big, fat, rebounds. There were tons of those tonight and we failed to bury them.

  53. Tony McLean says:

    Still think Price has the royal jelly? What a sieve. Oh wait, it was Pouliot’s fault. Or O’Byrne’s, or Brisebois’s or Gomez’s or….

  54. Timo says:

    So that Gomez is great in playoffs or what?

  55. HNS says:

    Effin RYDER. When he played for us he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Now the shithead wakes up? Keep your garbage Boston.

  56. ManApart says:

    Crazy game tonight. Price was not good at all. I thought Montreal was the better team tonight, but Price was subpar for the second game in a row. Even series, but Bruins have the momentum with 2 out of 3 at home. Good series so far.

  57. DarthWade says:

    This really bothers me to say this but we don’t deserve to win this series. We don’t show up for half the game in game three and then tonight we let three leads vanish.

    I know the series is tied but I don’t have a great feeling about this. Last year we were down 3-1 to Washington but the Bruins aren’t Washington. We have history and you know the B’s are going to be out for blood on Saturday.

    I think they also need some aiming practice. If we had scored on those wide open nets we probably would have been up 5 goals.

    Worst of all this happens against Boston. That makes it even tougher to deal with.

    Maybe this will be one of those series where we win on the road but lose at home. If so, we win in Game 7. God I hope so.

    Ference will get a pass but if it were Subban (or anyone on our team) we’d hear about it for the next decade.

  58. veryhabby says:

    Well I am not very habby tonite. Still have a sick feel to my stomach that I can’t go to sleep. why do I care so much…well it’s what makes us passionate fans I guess. Played great…yet made too many mistakes and it cost us. How can a team do both in one game. Problem was sitting back, and Price not being absolutely perfect cause our D always makes a bunch of mistakes (most teams do) but difference when we win is Price being perfect to cover those mistakes. 4 blown coverage goals…2 Price could have had if playing “perfect”…2 no chance. so we would/could have won the game if he played “perfect”. But seriously he can’t do it all the time.

    Bring on game 5…hopefully I will get to sleep by then!

  59. BKAK72 says:

    Chicago 5 – Vancouver ‘nil’ … at home.

    yuk

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  60. Rainrocket16 says:

    So after Saturday there will be no more televised games for us U.S. Habs fans who live outside the Northeast. At least it says so on NHL.com’s schedule, Thanks NHL! Probably don’t want to watch it anyway after tonight!

    • Timo says:

      I sure as hell don’t. Definitely won’t be watching the saturday game, thank god for the kid’s play date. Will be a lot more enjoyable.

      • HabsFanInVictoria says:

        Seems like you are either skipping games cause you would rather not watch this ‘disgraceful team’, missing games for various personal reasons or turning off games out of disgust. You have an awful lot to say for somebody who barely watches.

        Can you honestly even forge an opinion?

        Your negativity is constant and you don’t even watch the games regularly. You sir, are a phoney.

  61. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Spacek is garbage. Take him out, and put Mara in.

    What was Wisniewski doing chasing guys at the point on the Bergeron goal? Other than watching the puck in front of the net, what did Gomez do on that goal? Is it really that hard to just put a stick and body on your man in front of the net?

  62. PrimeTime says:

    Mess?? I’m sure ALN will be more realistic after a night’s sleep. Could we have won? Sure. Give credit to the B’s for fighting back. Diss the Habs for not holding the comeback off. But mistakes were made by both teams. Habs haven’t blown anything yet……heck they weren’t even supposed to be in the near vincinity of being close in this series. It’s 2-2 and both teams know they can win. It’s a great series and battle to the end. Habs in 6…..mark my words!

    • TINMAN17 says:

      I’m with you PrimeTime!, I can’t believe all these F’N fairweatherers on here. I’m from F’N Boston and I never give up on the Habs until it’s all said and done. Lot’s of positives to take out of the game tonight. The one thing they have to do is keep the foot on the gas. The result tonight was because of leaving your goalie hanging in the breeze. I said Habs in Five, and I think it would have went that way if Thomas didn’t turn into Tretiak tonight. Habs in 6, never stop believing!

      Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

      • TINMAN17 says:

        I just read some more comments and have calmed down, I’m disappointed too. So, I understand where everyone’s coming from. I think we can win this series though. The B’s looked horrible in the first two games for a team that was supposed to dominate us. We have yet to look as bad, so I think we can pull off the “upset”.

        Born and Bred in Enemy Territory (Boston).

  63. habs001 says:

    price had a great regular season …it may not be fair but the the habs lose this series the hockey world will question is price a clutch playoff goalie and no matter what type of great season he has next year people will question him till the playoffs start…

    • Timo says:

      Or the rest of the team could simply return a favor to Price and tighten up on D and win one for their goalie for once. after all, Price has saved their sorry overpaid a$$es so many times this season. These players have no heart or pride. After Max Pac nearly got killed they went and blew it in Boston. (I anticipate same type of blowout the rest of the way). There was not a single clutch game this season that these players played well in. Price may not have had a great game (by his standards) but it sure as hell would help if the rest of the stiffs in front of him did bail him out for once.

  64. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve bloody well had it with Gomez and Spacek, every time they’re on, they manage to create a situation that screws the Habs over. Don’t want to see them back next season, at all.

    Andrei Kostitsyn, the popular goat for his draft position in 2003 is giving it all he has in this series and you believe he’ll actually score a goal when he’s on the ice, hell I’d bet cash Pyatt scores in this series before Gomez does.

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

    • Tony McLean says:

      Yeah Mr. 2 goals, he’s great. It’s Gomez’s fault Price can’t stop a beach ball. Or Pouliot’s wasn’t he in Montreal tonight? Blame him.

      “Gionta is ten times the captain Koivu was.”

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        How about for once the team helps him out when he has trouble rather than have to save them every night he plays? They’re in the playoffs because of him, they could at least return the favour once in a while.

        Halak blew a playoff game or two for MTL last year too, remember him giving up a nice fat lead of Game 2 of WSH-MTL? His moronic charge out of net in PHI game 5 that let Richars score a SH goal that swung the entire momentum of that game? Couple more examples as well. Oh and his not being able to handle the RS schedule in STL this year and them finishing out of the playoffs.

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

  65. Timo says:

    I don’t know… I ask myself the same thing. The players don’t seem to give a flying… you know what. All the tradition everyone loves to talk about is in the past. For the past 17 years our tradition has been the same as that of the Bruins, or Leafs or Atlanta – not winning. Bobo’s 5 years plan at work year 7. Argh… whatever. Two more game and this crap show of a season will be over. Done and out.

  66. Bill J says:

    You should seek a professional opinion on the matter – none of us are qualified to answer those questions about you.

    As someone else said earlier this evening, you are by far the worst bandwagon fan & worse still, you’re here year round!

  67. Trisomy 21 says:

    I’m not sure, but I hope you get over it when you wake up tomorrow, your negativity is as bad as the Bruins fans posting here. I’m half expecting you to jump ship to boston if MTL doesn’t tilt the series their way again

  68. Timo says:

    WHy? I thought HIO has experts in all areas. For example, I ahve been offered opinions and advice on my family life as well as my professional life. I learn so much from the very knowledgeable people on this site. A true goldmine of knowledge.

  69. Tony McLean says:

    Not with that goalie.

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  70. Tony McLean says:

    Thank you. Good to hear not everyone is a member of the cult and gives him a pass when he shi*s the bed. He was terrible both games and the problem is between his ears.

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

  71. Trisomy 21 says:

    But this does:
    Habs in 6! Price is awesome!
    Habs lose, series tied at 2:
    Price sucks! series is over, I give up.
    I hope Montreal wins, not only cause i’m a fan, but so i can continue getting a kick out of you

  72. BKAK72 says:

    I actually saw an excellent HABS roster throughout the mid-late 80s where the decade was dominated by the NY ISLES and OILERS.

    1984 – Conference Final
    1986 – Stanley Cup
    1987 – Conference Final
    1989 – Stanley Cup (finalists)

    Everything after 1993 has essentially been one big tease or an insult to the institution. I feel sorry for kids cheering on this team that actually believe we are in any way shape or form a ‘contender.’

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  73. That is how it seems. The Habs of the 21st century are going the way of Chicago (40+ years folks until Molson or whomever buys the team and moves them to the US in the next 30 years) gets fed up with losing and dropping leads.

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  74. harrow15 says:

    Would you say the same about Philly from last playoffs? When we play our game we can dominate any team, and in the playoffs anything can happen. We’ve at least got half of the puzzle right, Carey. Each team that has won the Cup has had outstanding performances from their goaltender (Niemi, Fluery etc.). Look for C.Price to rebound next game.

    -Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre in 2011

  75. Led says:

    Y’know, I see both the positives and negatives of Martin’s “system”. It’s too bad he couldn’t meld the great offensive gameplan (1st half tonight) with his often stifling defensive gameplan to create an all around great system.

  76. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Yup. Your both winners.

  77. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Fully agree. But it’s embarrassing to see people jump off the wagon so quickly. It’s a brand new series.

  78. Led says:

    I’m worried about them getting down too. But they gotta get over it. This is where the oft-praised leadership core has to make them get past this loss. Just look back to last year as proof of what they can accomplish. Take the good from this game (there was a lot) and learn from the mistakes (this includes the coaches). Forget the loss and “man up” for a best of 3.

  79. Rainrocket16 says:

    I thought we scored enough goals to win big, our D is failing us! 4 goals tonight against the Vezina candidate is good by me. Now protect the damn lead and we will be all good, worked in the first 2 games!

  80. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You’re proving my point there bud.

  81. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Embarrassing. You might as well book a tee time.

  82. Trisomy 21 says:

    Must be used to cheering for the leaves

  83. citizenSanto says:

    All of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

    ………………………………………………….
    Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
    — Augustine of Hippo

  84. Trisomy 21 says:

    dean’s no prize. He says things along the lines of
    ‘here’s my address @@@@@ come and pay me a visit i’ll teach you a lesson tough guy!’
    I wouldn’t expect more from him

    or his turtle neck

  85. punkster says:

    Pretty dumb comment. To be expected.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  86. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You’re an expert? Martin is a good coach. Why do care anyway. You already stated that Boston has already won and you don’t care.

  87. Bill J says:

    I wonder how long till you are banned ? You’ve been trolling awful hard tonight.

  88. punkster says:

    Well, she is.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  89. punkster says:

    You don’t really care about much DD, that’s obvious.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  90. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Where were you hatched? Seriously. Are you implying they don’t care?

  91. punkster says:

    Another brilliant insight DD.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  92. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Yah. We were. I’d say making the conference finals is an accomplishment. I’m not going to buy into the “cup or nothing” mentality. And you’ll never be rewarded. You’re going to wake up tomorrow morning and still be you. That’s the opposite of a reward.

  93. punkster says:

    Enjoy :)

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  94. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    More like good riddance.

  95. punkster says:

    Then it’s good luck.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  96. Rainrocket16 says:

    Tuesday right?


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