Road warriors do it again

Canadiens have won 10 games away from the currently unfriendly confines of the Bell Centre.

4-1 over the red-hot Flyers.

Two goals on the PP, two more 5-on-5.

Brilliant play by the PK … including a crucial kill of a 5-on-3 at the end of the second period and the beginning of the third.

A suddenly resurgent first line, keyed by the hustling Captain, an Energizer Bunny Christopher Higgins and the addition of Sergei Kostitsyn, who may be difficult to dislodge.

And if it weren’t for a lucky bounce off Mike Knuble’s skate, Carey Price would have had his first NHL shutout.

RDS’s Renaud Lavoie had it exactly right: "a really calm 60 minutes".

And two sleeps until we see Sergei against the Leafs’ defence.



  1. Moey says:

    Molson is drinkable in a pinch because it’s been through the horse twice.

  2. Yeats says:

    If it’s not made by Belgians or Trappist monks, you might as well just flush it in my opinion.

  3. Moey says:

    Agreed, let’s argue this one. Some people can be very easily offended. I don’t want to turn into “miss goody two shoes”…gag me with a spoon.

    Only brews allowed in my house are Guinness and Kilkenny.

  4. moser17 says:

    et le but! CHRISTOPHER HIGGINS!!!!

    THAT was brilliant.

  5. GrimJim says:

    Look, Ryder may need to play but where is he going to play? Your not going to break up the Kos-Pleks-Kovy line and everyone on the board/blog is clammering for Kost the Younger on the Koivu line. Ryder isn’t a checker/shutdown guy and he’s not an energy guy. Sad to say because I like the guy but he’s the odd man out.

  6. Yeats says:

    Well, we pissed all over “Karma” and they got rid of it. Maybe, we should just do the same to “Flag as Offensive.” Let’s give it a go. With the exception of some micro brews, American beer sucks and under no circumstances will I let it enter my house. Bud is Spanglish for Crud.

  7. Habsfan39 says:

    Little K looks like he has some confidence already, early chance to pass across to saku in front. got checked but he looks like he has some size….

    koivu/higgs/kots need to get more icetime that the kostopolous like, hopefully that happens….

  8. Moey says:


    I had to laugh today when I saw that flag, I guess the only thing you’ll be grating now is cheese. As for me, if they add an obnoxious flag, Ill be toast….LOL

  9. moser17 says:

    Habs gonna win tonight. Price gonna play well. Little K gonna get a point.

  10. Yeats says:

    The Flyers’ announcers are going on about how good the Habs are. Man, I had a feeling you could get some really good dope in Philly if you had some dough.

  11. Yeats says:

    Question: If two bloggers flag each others’ posts as offensive, are they considered coincidental, or do they both have to play down a man?

  12. Mike says:

    A few comments,

    firstly, To me, it was no surprise p.k. was picked. I have watched him a few times and can’t wait to see him play for the habs. him and pavel valtenkov are two prospects that i am very excited about.

    Secondly, The sitting of ryder is a joke, (unless they don’t want him to get injured because of a trade, which i doubt) How can someone get out of a funk, if he is not played, or if he is too scared to play. Also, how is he suppossed to find his grove if he is booed at home and sits on the road??? anyways, its goinmg to be along season boys


    Even if we win this game, and the one against toronto (which im gonig to) This season is over. Horrible coaching has killed this season. The boys are scared. afraid to make mistakes, and are playing rediculous hockey because there guts and knowlage is telling them to play one way, while there monkey of a coach is telling them to play another. Carbo may be a goos coach somewhere in the future. but for now, all we have is carbo the player, standing behind our bench.

  13. Habs-Kat says:

    Habs haven’t won a game if they’re losing after 1, which is a pretty sad statistic in my opinion.

  14. TheMock780 says:

    Something tells me bad things await the Habs tonight at the Wachovia centre. I think they’ll get their butts handed to them but mini Kostitsyn will have a good first impression to make and he will. And congrats to PK Subban, he looks like a keeper and he’ll bring that cocky attitude he has to the team in a few years that the Habs desperatly need.

    And Mike and everyone else, did you guys note that the Flyers handed out a 12 YEAR CONTRACT EXTENTION!!!! today to Mike Richards? While the term may look ridiculous, ala Rick Dipietro, but Richards is lighting it up along with being their top 2 way player and is captain material. Good move by Holmgren.

  15. MikeL says:

    I didn’t read all the posts, but did anyone else notice that defenseman PK Subban, Montreals 2nd rounder from last years draft, was a surprise pick on Canada’s World Junior team. Great news for yet another promising prospect. He is suppose to be pure offense, no defense…which worries me. But hopefully this will set him in the right direction to filling out his game.

  16. Gilles Poisson says:

    Coach Guy will not worry if the Flyers play the rough game that has them near the top of the league. If they do, we will stick to our game, turn our cheeks, and run the other way. Bob and coach Guy have assembled the right players for this. If worse comes to worse, he will make faces at the other coach and the referees.
    Like all of my friends here, I can’t understand why coach Guy is putting Ryder off the bench again. Ryder should be very disappointed with the Habs this season. If you saw how he kept yawning at practice the other day, you would know he is getting tired of this.
    Also coach Guy must be careful with the young players. For instance, at this stage of their development, if you want the Brothers Tits to grow, coach Guy will have to handle them properly. There will be bumps on the road, and they might sag a little. When this happens they will need a lift. A tonguelashing will not help. Thank you.

  17. howtathor says:

    The only reason I can see for sitting Ryder is that they are crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on a trade and don’t want to risk injury. That being said, I have two Ryder jerseys for sale, size L. Any offers? So frustrating being a Habs fan! Even though we didn’t make the playoffs last year, my boy got a hat trick in the final game and things were looking up. I guess the writing was on the wall when they let him get so close to arbritration. Michael my boy you’re supposed to prove them all wrong!

  18. P St. Pierre says:

    I hope there is a little brotherly competition tonight because I think both Kostitsyns are capable of putting up some decent offensive numbers. Both are playing with good offensive players and (hopefully) both get quality ice time.

  19. P St. Pierre says:

    I would say that Plekanec and Kovalev are tied for being the best forward. They seem to feed off each other very well. That combo has been the most consistent and dangerous this season.

  20. Sehs says:

    Flyers haven’t lost a game if they’re winning after 1…

  21. Forlando says:

    Don’t think Bob’s job is on the line. Carbo’s might be depending of how many games we lose and how we lose them.

    Talking about Carbo. I love the man…but I don’t think our team is as bad as it looks….I don’t think we have bad players but they are all (with very few exceptions) playing badly…now, is that a players’ problem or a coach’s problem…I am starting to think Carbo might not be the man of the hour.

  22. NLhabsfan says:

    I didn’t say Ryder was the answer. Confidence is a wonderful thing when a coach has none in you. Check out the number of times Higgins and Koivu coughs up the puck. I am sure Koivu and Higgins 16 goals together matter with all the ice time they have been given. Ryder opens his mouth he is gone comment like “it’s cold in the Press Box”. Is about all he can say when a coach treats him like dirt.

  23. tleblanc says:

    Yes I would agree. Now we need to get another going. anyone!!

  24. Ali says:

    I fear for the job security of Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau if we lose these next two games.

    I also fear what panic stricken move Gainey might make in a an effort to save his job. GM’s never make good trades in these situations. Gainey’s calm and ability to be patient (sometimes overly so) has been both his biggest asset and weakness at the same time.

    its a lose lose situation right now.

    On the brighter side, REALLY looking forward to little Kosty’s debut tonight. That line will be so fast, but so small at the same time. Should be interesting how it works.

    And finally, do you guys think Komisarek was peeved that Carbonneau didnt try him out on the first line after he scored that beaut in OT against Toronto? He’s the power forward we’ve been missing!

  25. tleblanc says:

    I don’t think anyone is arguing with the fact that he should not be on the first line. I think the press box is just a lousy place to put him. There are spots in between which would be more effective. With respect to his comment about the press box I think he was trying to make light of a situation.

  26. Hot_Pie says:

    Right now, Plekanec is the best forward on this team, bar none.

  27. Geoff F says:

    Ryder is not the answer. If he isn’t scoring he is literally useless. I don’t have anything against the guy but from a talent perspective he can’t stickhandle and he has Zero vision, all he has is a hard/precise shot! I’ve seen him opt to shoot when he should pass and vice versa so often that it is extremely frustrating. His decison making skills are poor and his vision of the ice is likewise. Often times he boxes himself out and loses the puck leaving everyone out of position. His game is to set up in the slot and one time a pass, anything else is just not his game. While he has been playing better defensively, if he isn’t scoring he is a detriment to the first line. The first line needs someone who can handle the puck and feed the creative guys. I think the Kostitsyn promotion might help Koivu & Higgins. We’ll see what happens but Ryder is not a scapegoat. If he doesn’t help he hinders bottom line.

    I hope he finds his game by watching from the stands. Oh and one other thing it might work better if he makes observations other than “it’s cold in the Press Box”. Even though i’m sure that was taken out of context it might help if he took a more clinical approach to his funk rather than making those kinds of observations.

  28. Plek-Andrew says:

    Oh and call me biased but I was at the last game and I had a theory earlier that keeps being proven to me over and over.

    I’ve always compared Pleky to Koivu in that they both play their hearts out. I even said that slowly and surely, Pleky is becoming more of a leader than any of us might show. He has this intensity that he brings every shift… looks like he absolutely wants to have his line score a goal EVERY single time…

    But what proves a lot about my beloved PLeky’s character are two things he’s done in the past 3 days that made me appreciate him more.
    On Tuesday’s loss, Price made a save on one of the tampa bay shooters… afterwards, it was pleky’s turn to shoot… he hops off the bench and the first thing he does is go all the way into the corner where Price was (he was skating around after a big save) and smacked his pads… told him nice save bla bla bla…

    Nobody else did that. Not even Koivu…

    And the second thing he did was be the first guy on the ice with O’Byrne. Ryan was really hard on himself but you can see that he REALLY loves playing. He REALLY wants to be up here and really loves the game.

    Just tryin to show a different perspective on the Plekster. He’s got heart people. A whole lot of it. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him wearing an “A” next season.

  29. Mike says:

    award for worst nhl coach goes to………

  30. NLhabsfan says:

    Tony d once again the untruths raise their ugly head. Ryder played 8 min last game. And was only put out on the power play for 25-30 seconds very ineffectual. Check my facts. Same thing the game before. This inapt coach has its whipping boy…someone to blame.

  31. Plek-Andrew says:

    everyone, go check out this link.

    It’s a report from a trade rumor guy who was at the Wachovia center this morning and he’s reporting all of this.

    Apparently, Kid Kostitsyn looks FANTASTIC… has the team CHEERING… imagine that…

    oh and he’s rocking the white 9k pumps like kovalev. Can’t wait till this game I’m so damn excited. My team versus my little brother’s team… both teams having the need to prove something… gonna be quite insane…

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