Shootout!

Every point counts in April.

But still.

The Islanders, for pity’s sake.

Gionta: Save

Schremp: Save

Max-Pac: High and wide

Nielsen: Save

Plekanec: Wide

Parenteau: Wide

Pouliot: Save

Okposo: Goal!

 

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My technical screw-up made second-period blogging disappear.

it’s up now.

Sorry.

822 Comments

  1. punkster says:

    I’d prefer the W to revenge.

    Just sayin’.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  2. forskis says:

    I think the Habs need tweaking, like all teams in the playoff hunt do…but the change that people are hollering for, I am not fully onboard…HOWEVER, since people are throwing names out there…how about crazy, old Chris Simon?  He seems to have skills in the KHL and will not cost anything in a trade.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  3. PeterD says:

    I agree with you Managment created the line-up…AND Management needs to take action to change it.

    Action one – dump Gomez and his “big head” and small contributions.

    Action two – get rid of AK, he is proving repeatedly that he does not want to be here.

  4. RGM says:

    Having the 23rd ranked offence in the NHL is sufficient is it?

    Go Habs Go!

  5. itpf says:

    Please, quit your NAGging ;)

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well I think HH is about to have another personality switch ATM, if he has another before the season is over I suspect he’s actually going to have a complete psychological break and disagree with himself every time he posts.

     

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

  7. longbow says:

    I heard Simon won the accuracy competition  in the KHL skills competition. 4 for 5. lol

  8. SLYDER says:

    sounds like a great way to slide out of a playoff position real quick

     

    how many games do the habs play like that a season? let alone any team?

     

    sure, prep for those games – except they will start happening against NYI and the Leafs because the habs will be bottom feeders

     

    smoke another one pal

  9. habs001 says:

    of the top 10 teams in the east we are the only team that is under 500 on the road…we are tied for 21st in goals scored and are 9th in goals given up…we are still in the hunt for the division despite these stats that would make most teams be out of contention…we pretty well win games that we grind out and score goals at key moments…games are not won on paper as our talent level is average and slightly better than many of the bottom teams…

  10. scrowe21 says:

    and Gorges.

  11. Will Longlade says:

    Hey Mike, any impression in the press corps that the Wiz has been playing hurt? I know he isn’t the second coming of Josh Gorges, but he’s been a train wreck in the D-zone for the last six or seven games. Contrast that with his play when he first arrived. Competent in his own zone and good first pass. What I see now is soft on coverage and too many high risk clearing passes. I liked the trade,  but he has to play better in his own end. 

  12. RGM says:

    He likely stopped reading after “you never fail” and took it as a compliment.

    Go Habs Go!

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Final part of my review of Gauthier’s 1st year as GM completed.

     

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

  14. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    on March 8th….

    who is going to DESTROY LUCIC for sucker punching Price in the face…

    who is going to teach CHARA the lesson he needs to learn for going after a rookie and punching him repeatedly while on the ice, and cross checking, slashing injuring our star players…

    who is going to wipe that CAMPBELLS face all over the ice for fighting a non-fighter Pyatt…

    I want revenge, and this organization better GROW SOME BA)(*^_(*&_+LLLLLSSSSS fast.

    I want callups of muscle NOW. I want trades for muscle NOW…. the joke must end NOW.

    you want immediate results, immediate GRIT, change the character of the team without losing our speed/talent:

    WHITE in PYATT OUT

    HENRY in WEBER OUT

    SHULTZ in DESHARNEIR OUT

    this is the simpliest, fastest and most cost effective move, and should be made immediately.

     

    1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: The NHL-REF-SYNDICATE will do everything in its power to deny us the cup. 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/PAX now.

  15. Chuck says:

    Hmmm… I wonder what Alexander Perezhogin is up to nowadays?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P12PCfQYj9U&feature=related

     

  16. Propwash says:

    LOL. I was wondering about that.

  17. Chris says:

    Listen, you…when I cherry pick a stat like one Stanley Cup in seven years, knowing full well it really is two in eight, you’re not supposed to call me out on it! ;)

    I agree whole-heartedly.  I think people put too much emphasis on winning the Stanley Cup as a measure of “success”.  No team is going to have a run like Monreal’s in the 1970′s ever again (now watch…the Penguins will win 7 in a row just to make me wrong!).  Being a contender year after year is the mark of a successful team.  Winning a Cup or two is obviously a necessity to be an elite team.  But if Detroit, with all the talent they’ve had, can only pull off one in seven, that indicates just how difficult winning the Stanley Cup truly is.

    And I agree with the goon show from Boston being irrelevant.  I’m more concerned with the playoff performances the past two-three seasons.  The team has been re-made, but there is still some cause for concern there.

  18. punkster says:

    Like what? Spanish Fly? LSD? Hey, couple of phone calls and a few grand and we can save on the trades and such.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  19. PeterD says:

    Agreed…

     

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  20. Habnofear says:

    That’s actually a real good idea about grabbing Rypien.

  21. PeterD says:

    “well he has a big head”…Too funny LOL

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  22. punkster says:

    Do us proud and cheer ‘em loud!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  23. king ddd says:

    i dont like the idea of gooning up our team, but i would be happy if pg decides to trade in some big body. personaly i would send gomez and ak to columbus for boll and umberger. now i dont even now if this is possible, and gomez is really expensive but, columbus needs a centre for nash. a change of scenery might help gomez.

  24. longbow says:

    I wonder what Gomez’s value is after last night.Face it,we’re stuck with him.Nooooooobody is gonna take that contract.

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    They’re expecting Brassard or perhaps 2010 draftee Ryan Johansen to be Nash’s #1 in the next few years and Columbus is not an earning team ATM, they can’t afford to take on giant contract like Gomez if they’re not going to give out performances equal to their pay.

    I might be willing to make that deal, but I doubt CLB ever would. Umberger’s a hero to them right now.

     

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

  26. king ddd says:

    ive got a sloution for march 8th. can GSP skate?

  27. avatar_58 says:

    No one cares what you want

  28. MNaslund26 says:

    its been a couple of years, but i used to do it in the middle of the first period or first intermission and sit in the nosebleeds. I used to bargain with the scalpers for around 10 bucks a ticket. They are desperate to get rid of them at that point. 

  29. Lafrich says:

    You think last night changed anything?

  30. Bred says:

    To PHX: MTL 6th round pick

    To MTL: Paul Bisonette.

     

    MAKE. IT. HAPPEN. PG.

  31. Exit716 says:

    That’s my life’s slogan.

     

  32. Timo says:

    Say Hi to Gomez for me, will ya?

  33. Jdub1985 says:

    I absolutely agree … PG has failed to protect this team. Blood was spilled last night because of it. 45 year old defenceman forced to fight is disguisting.

    I hope the team took a good look at Pyatts face and will act accordingly.

  34. Timo says:

    True that… nobody would take him before last night either. He is worthless.

  35. mjames says:

    To those suggesting we blow up the team based on last night I have question. How come the Red Wings don’t seem to have our problem? They do not go out and get goons  along the lines of the Bruins or the Flyers nor do they get into scraps like we did last night. The Wings just win games with a punch of non- fighting skilled Euros who play, unlike like our Euros who play once in a while. Maybe PG should focus on that instead of goons or fighters.

     

    mjames

  36. habsfanmandy says:

    I checked the NHL summary after the game and the last-minute brawl does not list Gregory Campbell as being the one who fought with Pyatt. Are the refs so afraid of Colin Campbell as to falsify something that everybody saw on live TV??

  37. Jdub1985 says:

    What the Habs need are the Winklevoss twins…

  38. sidhu says:

    A major difference is that the Wings are in the West, and as a result they don’t play the Bruins or Flyers as much, and thus do not have to contend with the same issues as regularly as we do.  Plus, their line to the Stanley Cup is not obstructed by the Bruins or Flyers; it is for us.

  39. PattyBoy31 says:

    Has it come to blowing up the team?

    I felt a bit embarassed about losing and getting beaten up but I don’t think this team is as bad off as this tide has some people feeling.

    P.s. I posted in another thread about maybe a few of our recent send-offs would have made the loss less embarassing. To clarify; I didn’t mean I think it would have made our team better.

  40. Timo says:

    I wouldn’t call what Chris Simon has “skills”, but we definitely could have used him. I also am pretty sure that if he played on the top 2 lines he would have scored more goals than Gomez by now. That is almost a guarantee.

  41. jbroderi says:

    Dreger is a good hockey insider, but his knowledge of the game is about as useful as vaginal discharge.  Montreal’s only weakness last night was that they didn’t have a bunch of no class goons who pick on people that aren’t in their weight class.  Case Closed.  The habs stayed right with them the whole game and didn’t back down.  I think if they got a solid, big stay at home Dman and maybe a gritty forward with a mix of toughness and a little skill, then they would be able to deal with these types of flare ups.  The main issue is that the officiating did not do a good job in diffusing the situations that Boston was creating last night. 

    If a team wants to give cheap shots and goon it up after the whistle, I have no problem with that.  What I DO have a problem with is when they don’t suffer the consequences of their actions.  If you play that style, you should be short handed most of the night.  Montreal should have has a two man advantage after the goalie fight, not to mention all of the other nonsense that the refs turned a blind eye to.  If you want to bully other teams, fine, but you should have to deal with the power plays that will come the other teams way.  Too often we see goon teams like Boston and Philly actually rewarded for this dirty crap.

    I think the habs fought through it quite nicely, and in a play-off series, I still like Montreal’s chances.  The guts Montreal showed told me a lot more about the habs than it did the Bruins!!  If we can add one or 2 guys that are hockey players first, but are also big and tough, then I think we might be set up for potential play-off success.

  42. matraque says:

    LOL… have you seen his twitter?  This guy is out of control ;)

    ——

    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  43. jbroderi says:

    Montreal’s only weakness last night was that they didn’t have a bunch of no class goons who pick on people that aren’t in their weight class.  Case Closed.  The habs stayed right with them the whole game and didn’t back down.  I think if they got a solid, big stay at home Dman and maybe a gritty forward with a mix of toughness and a little skill, then they would be able to deal with these types of flare ups.  The main issue is that the officiating did not do a good job in diffusing the situations that Boston was creating last night. 

    If a team wants to give cheap shots and goon it up after the whistle, I have no problem with that.  What I DO have a problem with is when they don’t suffer the consequences of their actions.  If you play that style, you should be short handed most of the night.  Montreal should have has a two man advantage after the goalie fight, not to mention all of the other nonsense that the refs turned a blind eye to.  If you want to bully other teams, fine, but you should have to deal with the power plays that will come the other teams way.  Too often we see goon teams like Boston and Philly actually rewarded for this dirty crap.

    I think the habs fought through it quite nicely, and in a play-off series, I still like Montreal’s chances.  The guts Montreal showed told me a lot more about the habs than it did the Bruins!!  If we can add one or 2 guys that are hockey players first, but are also big and tough, then I think we might be set up for potential play-off success.

  44. mrhabby says:

    hahaha..lmao…jesus…

  45. king ddd says:

    webber> henry offensively

    desharanis>shultz offensively,

    if you ask me i rather the habs win games than try to go after the bruins. the reason we lost its because we started playing their game, which is not ours. our speed is our stregnth.

    my perfect revenge would be on march 8th, habs humliate the bruins and the flopper  on the score board. score 8 goals and dont stop. win a lopsided game. if they scored 6 goals with out trying i mean surely they can score more with abit of motivation

  46. Timo says:

    Maybe not blowing the team completely, but we could 3-4 players tougher than we are right now. Some younger, meaner, tougher SOBs would do the trick.

    Detroit doesn’t have goons per se but a lot of Detroit players have an edge to their game, they are not afraid of physical play and don’t shy away from it.

     

  47. punkster says:

    Just like the old days around here, isn’t it MH? Good times :)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  48. Chris says:

    It’s not the fighting, it is the ability to fight through the grind of playing against bigger players.  But Detroit is not a great comparison…they have a handful of players that are quite simply a tier or two above our best players in terms of talent.  Zetterberg is a very tough guy, especially when you factor in his astronomical skill level.  Datsyuk is simply twice as talented as anybody else we have.  Lidstrom has been the best player in the NHL.  Brian Rafalski would probably be our best defenceman if he was traded to the Habs tomorrow.  We don’t have that kind of talent.

    The Red Wings have their own guys who can wear down the opposition.  Kronwall is a devastating hitter.  Franzen is nicknamed “The Mule” for a reason…he goes where he wants to go because nobody can stop him.  Holmstrom can handle himself physically.  They brought in Bertuzzi to help in the physical department, as well as Ruslan Salei.

    The problem with the Habs is that they don’t have a great balance.  We have lots of speedy players.  But we don’t have a lot of guys that can thrive against stronger opponents, and we don’t really have anybody that grinds down the opposing team’s players with physical play.  That was supposed to be the role of Lapierre and Moen.  One guy is gone, the other guy should be.

    And I feel it necessary to point out that despite having one of the most ridiculously talented teams in the NHL for the past 7 years (1st overall three times, 2nd overall once, 3rd overall twice and 7th overall once), the Red Wings have one Stanley Cup to show for that dominance.

  49. mrhabby says:

    like the ground hog..comes out of his little hole looks around then scurries back in.

  50. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I wonder if Ottawa got a nice Gibson guitar made at the Nashville plant and auto’d by Carrie as part of the deal?

  51. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    keep that avatar… it seems not even that masacre woke people up.

  52. Graves says:

    Very well said.

  53. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    against those BA)(*STARD*&_S there is only one way to the “W”.

  54. PeterD says:

    Agreed…The key to success doesn’t depend on the country the players come form or even their size totally, a lot depends on the abillity to play the game with edge and skill.  Look at Detroit…

    Forwards…

    Holmstrom (Sweden), Fransen (Sweden), Zetterberg (Sweden), Datsyuk (Russia), and a couple of Canadian guysBertuzzi (Canadian), Cleary (Canadian)

    Defense…

    Lidstrom (Sweden), Kronwell (Sweden), Ericsson (Sweden),

    Not bad for a Euro-focused team…

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  55. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Isn’t there some rule that say’s a coach is supposed to get fined for putting on goons at the end of a game?  How is it there is no word from the NHL about last nights game? Someone needs to start a petition to get enough votes and have Colin Cambell fired.  This is getting to be a joke.

  56. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you find it funny that your team is massacred and you have no solution but to move on…

    only a blip along the road…not all teams are Bruins B.S. thats why we are where we are.

  57. punkster says:

    There’s a couple we haven’t heard from yet. One young feller who normally jumps on the opportunity to slag the boys and he is missing his golden opportunity. I will not mention the “Unmentionable Name” but it will be interesting to see if he surfaces today.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  58. punkster says:

    Uh…lemme see…score more goals?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  59. habsnyc says:

    he is not worthless. his salary is way below his cap hit for 2011-12 and 2012-13.  his cap hit of 7.3 million is well below his cash salary of 5.5mil in 12-13 and 4.5mil in 13-14.  so if monteal traded him to a cash poor team, it would help fill up their cap to the nhl minimum and save them $5million in salary.  so if montreal took back $3mil a year in salary, gomez would cost someone only an incremental $4million over two years.

    in a year, this is a great trade for someone like phoenix, atlanta or long island. 

     

     

     

  60. 24 Cups says:

    You’ve got to like the Nashville trade.  They need somebody at centre and get Fisher who will be elated to go there.  He also has two more years at 4.2M.  Fisher will start contributing right away and enhances Nashville’s hopes of making the playoffs.

    Ottawa is now in full rebuild mode.  Kovalev to Pittsburgh is next.  A 3rd rounder should be enough to make it happen. 

  61. Propwash says:

    I’ll have to look down, as he is out of my normal field of vision.

  62. Rugger says:

    I think the Sens missed the window on moving Kovy to Pitt now that there is a large lack of centers in Pitt to feed him the puck.

  63. HabFanSince72 says:

    But Gomez’ cap hit is  higher than his salary from now on.

    In 2012 his salary will be  5.5M and in 2013 it will be 4.5M

    Perfect for a team that isn’t planning on reaching the cap.

     

     

  64. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    rebuild????? switching 3 players who contribute little with 3 players who can handle the heavy hitting and after whistle masacres is a rebuild??

    why are we so SCARED TO DO THE RIGHT THING… BRING SOME MUSCLE IN THIS DAMN LINEUP.

  65. WarHero says:

    Agreed, but it depends on Crosby. Kovy was supposed to play with him according to the rumors.

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    Follow Anthony on: Twitter & Ottawa 67′s Live Blog & Facebook

  66. GrimJim says:

    It’s only if someone gets an instigator penalty, then coach gets fined… unless Colin Campbell likes the player… coach…team…then it’s not a fine

  67. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Acquisition of Umberger and JF Jacques (who admittedly should be in the pressbox except for certain calendar dates) would be enough to make this team a little better equipped to deal with most goons. I would really love to get Spacek out of th line-up too. He brings little upside, he’s painfully slow and weak, and frankly I just don’t want to see another year of him. He was not good here in Buffalo, and has gotten worse. Hell, despite Weber’s newbie weaknesses, I honestly think Spacek makes HIM look bad sometimes. He looked better with Picard. Peckham would be an excellent replacement.

    Expendable players and assets:

    Kostitsyn
    Pyatt
    Gomez
    Spacek
    2011 1st Round Pick
    Yemelin
    Carle
    Maxwell
    Palushaj
    2012 3rd Round or later pick
    I’m sure I am missing some bubble prospects…

    Some combination of that junk should be able to obtain those players, or someone LIKE Peckham.

  68. habsnyc says:

    dreger is mistaken.  the chippiness did not start until after the bruins had a two goal lead.  you can’t be chippy without a lead. if the book on montreal is you need to have a lead on them to beat them, well i guess the secret is out.  the book on montreal actually is that they are 14th out of 16 playoff teams in goals per game. goonery has nothing to do with it.  if you can get montreal to bench their first line for half the game, you can beat them. 

    i think the six goals against pretty much exposed tim thomas’ weaknesses.  the book on him is out as well. 

    dreger has no concept. 

  69. HabFanSince72 says:

    I agree with what you said, but the Habs do play with physicial teams. The goon show from Boston had no bearing on the outcome. We lost because of our terrible defending.

    As far as Detroit is concerned, one Stanley Cup in 7 years is not bad in the cap era.

    And in fairness they’ve also won 2 in 8 years. No other team has won more than one in that stretch  and most importantly none of the other winners have remained consistently competitive.  Tampa, Carolina, Anaheim, and NJ had horrible seasons after winning the cup.

     

     

  70. punkster says:

    H-P, you never fail to disappoint, I’ll give you that much.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  71. Chuck says:

    Yeah… we need a little “Everlasting Love”…

  72. 24 Cups says:

    Good post, Steve.  Here are a few more points to consider.

    Fisher and Underwood are going to be in seventh heaven over this deal.  He will be able to get a contract extension at the end of the 2012 season and should be able to sign for another four years at a reasonable rate that satisfies his ego as well as the tight budget of the Preds.  Underwood gets to continue her career without having to commute for eight months of the year.  Looking long-term, Fisher is a good looking guy who will be able to join up with his wife to help promote the game and the team.  They will be the darlings of Nashville as the “it couple”, which can only help sell tickets for the Preds.  The team only needs another 2000 a game to be over the top.  It won’t take long for the city to forget David Legwand.  He’s now country music’s version of Scott Gomez.

    Fisher gets to play on a team that has some upside instead of being on the Titanic which is headed for the basement in lieu of an iceberg.  Besides, do you want to live in a political hell hole like Ottawa, or be residing in the capital of the American music scene?  Instead of having dinner with stiffs like Spezza and Alfredsson, Fisher will be out and about with hotties such as Faith Hill and Shania Twain.

    Talk about a win-win situation.

     

  73. HabFanSince72 says:

    No AK was there. It was just an incomplete change.

  74. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Is Dandenault still a UFA? lol

  75. MICP says:

    Islanders need to win when trailing after 2 at some point.  Why wouldnt it be vs the habs.

  76. JVF says:

    This is depressing.

  77. andrewberkshire says:

    So many odd man rushes, what’s happened to the system?

  78. MICP says:

    Hate to say it but I will be happy with a point. 

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d take Chelios over him right now.

     

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

  80. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    maybe Chantal walked by again?

  81. PeterD says:

    It like a Monty Python skit a hockey game…hillarious….of course I have finally lost my mind

  82. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Rookies  = Subban and Weber

  83. sidhu says:

    A defenseman’s job on a 2 on 1 is to make sure the pass doesn’t happen — what does Hammer do: allow the pass.

    Kostitsyn, you are not Ovechkin, stop trying the toe-drag-screen shot.  It’s not working for you.

  84. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Pyatt on a line with Eller and Gomez now.  AK in JM’s doghouse?

  85. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hamrlik on day two really looks slow.

  86. avatar_58 says:

    Both the Gomez and Halpern lines are terrible. Sucking momentum away. I suggest he shorten the bench

  87. olematelot says:

    Rookies????

  88. SeriousFan09 says:

    Aye aye to that, Gomez line goes on the ice, everyone expects a goal in our net.

     

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

  89. Da Hema says:

    Boone: It is probably best not to use the phrase “it’s up now” when you were earlier discussing viagra.

  90. Hockey Socks says:

    Gauthier drafted him.

  91. PeterD says:

    Spacek 37 tomorrow…and looking like everyday of it tonight

  92. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Loss of Gorges and Markov is catching up.

    Spatcho and Hammer can’t log in the minutes. That leaves us with 2 rookies, Picard and Wisniewski.

    Habs NEED a d-man.

  93. PeterD says:

    Love this line…white, dd & benny

  94. Da Hema says:

    Oh Lordy, please don’t let us lose to a team starting its twelfth-string goalie against us.

  95. JIMVINNY says:

    Poor White.  That was a really bad shift for him.

  96. andrewberkshire says:

    How the hell is that a penalty against White? Who are these zebras?

  97. Keith says:

    Sleepwalking! Playing down to the opponent.

  98. punkster says:

    Man you can always count on the Habs playing down to their competition. Would rather have played the Canuks or Wings tonight. This is just brutal.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  99. joeybarrie says:

    SUBBAN…. Is this kid EVER gonna stop getting penalties….

    He got lucky there.

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

  100. Cool Ice Price says:

    Poor Martin, he looks so confused.

  101. king ddd says:

    i love it too, but for some reason JM doesnt like keeping his best line together for more than 2 games

  102. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I won’t be surprised if that deal took place.

  103. Hockey Socks says:

    There’s no doubt about it now. Defense is #1 priority for PG.

  104. habs001 says:

    halpern having a tough night

  105. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Dodged a bullet there.

  106. The_Salted_One says:

    oh no…    is this going to be a 5 on 3…?    no?  wow  thats surprising…

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  107. HabFanSince72 says:

    Kovalchuk beats the Leafs in OT. He will soon have more goals than any Hab.

     

  108. PeterD says:

    Isn’t Chelios like 80 now?…but I think you are right…I would take him too.

  109. punkster says:

    Twit of the year Olympics:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

    ***Subbang!!!***

  110. PeterD says:

    Go down to 2 lines…

    Gio – Patches-Pleks

    Pouliot-DD-White…

    sit everyone else for the love of God…

  111. sidhu says:

    Good shift by White after the b/s call.

    I’m still upset about the Grabner goal — Hammer skated by the net, and around to get back.  He should have stopped at the net and stayed with Grabner.  I can’t wait to get him and his $5.5m contract off the books.

  112. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Sorry, my bad. I guess it’s just wishful thinking on my part the Gomez/AK experiment will come to an end.

  113. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s Kovalchuk, he SHOULD have more goals than any Hab.

  114. PeterD says:

    THanks for that…too funny

  115. JD_ says:

    Haven’t seen that many odd men rushin’ since the Spock t-shirts were slashed 50% at TrekkieFest XVI.

  116. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I wouldn’t be opposed to that, only question is if Ottawa will risk making a conference rival better and trade with us.

  117. topher5468 says:

    SPATCHO HAS SOME SHINER, Great play by DD

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

  118. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    PACIORETTY WITH THE CAMMALLERI-ESQUE MOVE

    WOOOOOOOOO

    NICE WORK DESHARNAISSS!

  119. TheDagger says:

    WHAT A GOAL!!!

  120. showey47 says:

    nice pass DD

  121. notbigbird says:

    DD and Pax. So nice.

  122. JIMVINNY says:

    Okay, it’s clear that the refs are trying to make sure they don’t lose control like they did last night.  But this is getting ridiculous.

     

    Each team is going to be 0 for 10 because of all the 10 and 20 second PP’s.

  123. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Awwww yeaaaah! PATCHES, my boy, nice shot. 

  124. Les-Habitants says:

    Man, what is with this crap passing.  That’s the 2nd penalty PK has had to take to bail out his team

  125. OneTimer says:

    Lucky make-up call for the Habs?

  126. Keith says:

    Pp after pp, no flow at all.

  127. king ddd says:

    wtf is going on, is a penalty marathon.

    brunet should hang himself

    wheres the live blogging mr.boone

  128. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Disastrous PP

  129. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    PENALTIES EVERYWHERE

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    Subban really can’t touch anyone without getting a penalty, and the long pass to Wisnewski needs to stop happening, two breakaways caused by it.

  131. Trenton_Romulox says:

    He hit the puck first, that’s a questionable call. 

  132. HFX-HabFan says:

    We might see some 5 on 5 at some point tonight.

  133. byrneoNL says:

    Refs are destroying the game

  134. byrneoNL says:

    Wow what a display by Desharnais and Patches .. what a finish

  135. andrewberkshire says:

    K, whoever has said Desharnais isn’t an NHL player is insane. That kid is so damn intelligent with the puck, and he shakes checkers like no one’s business.

  136. OneTimer says:

    Wow what a goal! I think lil DD has a spot on this team huh? And what about that MaxPac!!

  137. Danno says:

    Patches on fire!

     

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

  138. HardHabits says:

    I said he was a small player on a team stacked with small players. It’s a numbers game.

    Gomez 5’11″

    Plekanec 5’11″

    Halpern 5’11″

    Desharnais 5’6″

    add Desharnais’ size to Cammy’s 5’9″ and it’s short up the middle and small up front.

  139. Keith says:

    Max Pac! A la Mike Cammalleri!!!

  140. oshawahabsfan says:

    Who was that impersonating Cammalleri?

  141. RGM says:

    Well isn’t that great! We’ve gone a full minute without a penalty and we get a goal!

    Go Habs Go!

  142. HFX-HabFan says:

    And that’s why I picked up MaxPac in my pool.  The kid is on a nice run, like 10 points in his last 8 games.

  143. Mike Boone says:

    Probably better than David Desharnais, in his underwear, trying to kick someone.

  144. Da Hema says:

    But gets five even-strength goals scored against him….

  145. byrneoNL says:

    A couple of reckless passes, but a short shift with intensity anyways

  146. jbroderi says:

    but not as funny!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  147. GuyDoon says:

    OK, now I’m curious: Who’s GSP?

  148. Barts says:

    It’s the coach showing confidence in his players, which after last night, and the firestorm in the media, they need.

  149. JIMVINNY says:

    Well at least Martin has a sense of humor.  Making the Gomez line the starters cannot be considered anything other than a joke.

     

     

  150. byrneoNL says:

    Fearless Prediction: 3 point night for Gomez

  151. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    please don’t depress me anymore than I am.  ps, I have a few bottles of scotch hidden away here as well as some Cohiba’s I’m saving for just such a special occasion.  =)

  152. spcbrass says:

    GSP would look great in a Habs uniform!

  153. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez line starting the game, I guess JM is counting on them wanting to prove something.

  154. MICP says:

    any link available for those of us in the usa?

    thank you

  155. Rugger says:

    We always make a big deal about playing ex-habs and how they really want to beat Montreal,  Hope Wiz has the same approach tonight and gets a hat trick.

  156. avatar_58 says:

    OH HOLD ON HABS PROF HAS A DEMAND! EVERYONE GET BACK

  157. mrhabby says:

    team does need  another larock..just some more grit , nastiness and ugly to play against…1 or 2 is better than none…i saw the habs get pushed around it will be the recipe of other teams  as  we get close to the playoffs….just some nastiness no one useless like larock.

  158. Big Ted says:

    With regards to the Hickey explanation, I understand that the refs backed down and only gave majors to Thomas and Price so they didn’t have to expel anyone, but that doesn’t make any sense. Either it’a fight or it’s not, and there were a number of guys with gloves off throwing punches, which is to me, a fight. If it had been called what it actually was, instead of some make-up nonsense to bend the rules and avoid any controversy, then Chara would have been thrown out automatically for being the third man in on a fight that Pacioretty was already in with another Bruin and thomas would have been thrown out for instigating a fight after the original scrum.

     

    I will note two exceptions to the rule, which I posted earlier today:

     

    1. Thomas could have been thrown out for instigating the fight with Price (which he clearly did) even if the original scrum wasn’t called a fight in the penalty summary. It only takes an original “altercation” to deem any subsequent fight ejectable conduct… so long as the Thomas-Price affair is called a fight and there were already players involved in an altercation before the goalies fight, then Thomas should have been ejected like Chara.

     

    2. The rule permits the refs to not throw out a player involved in a secondary fight, so long as the other player is an instigator. So if the refs had called Thomas the instigator, then Price would not have automatically been thrown out.

     

    All this to say that the calls on the ice were handled incorrectly and that Chara and Thomas should definitely both have been thrown out, and that Price could have been thrown out (but wasn’t mandated to be by the rulebook) at the refs discretion. Yet the officials chickened out multiple times last night, lost control of the game, and we have players out tonight because of injury and others who were put at risk by dangerous hits and barrages of punches using plastic equipment because of it. Shame on the league once again.

  159. punkster says:

    By then you’ll be on Canada Pension and unable to afford my scotch requirements. Come to think of it I’ll be too old to drink by then. You’ll have to run it intravenously.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  160. Anthrage says:

    This is quite possibly true. However, I still would rather have one, than have none. There are plenty of players who would not simply be taking up a spot on the bench until it’s time for them to drop the gloves…I can think of a few tough guys who can actually contribute in other ways as well.

  161. billylove says:

    Right on the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche get hurt last night? White is taking his spot.

     

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

  163. billylove says:

    I haven’t seen anyone here say we need “goons.” We need size and toughness. Does anyone really believe the NHL will come to the rescue of smaller, softer teams? That will not happen. The only way to stop it is ON THE ICE!!!!! That requires size and toughness. I hate seeing our undersized players getting knocked off the puck too easily. Our smaller forwards would really thrive if the team had some size. Very frustrating. 

  164. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    any word on the lineup? or is it still too early… i am expecting big changes, actually demanding.

    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.

  165. RJB says:

    Scary article about Crosby. We need him, he is an incredible player. This league is better with him in it

    “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

  166. HUDSONHAB says:

    Here’s the problem with picking up a tough guy. “The George Laraque Syndrome”. If you only have one guy riding shotgun, the other team simply doesn’t fight him and he sits on the bench while a young prospect sits upstairs or in Hamilton.

    You need a line of tough guys who can hurt you with the fist, body and score when given the opportunity. The Habs don’t have 9 consistent forwards who can do the job every night, they need what a fourth line can give by way of offensive support because with good D and great goaltending you don’t need many goals. But the Habs still hav’nt be able to get 2 lines to give them those few goals every night.

    ….Hab4life….

  167. Rad says:

    How non-professional of you Nick! Aside from that, I have to agree with you. Unless the Habs were going to win the cup, (which, alas, is NOT going to happen), let’s get rid of some of our baggage, keep our draft picks, pick up a few more, and re-tool for next year. 

    “There’s always next year,” said the Montreal GM, 18 years after last winning the Cup.

  168. jbroderi says:

    I have to agree with you.  I have no problem making a couple of moves for the play-off push, but only if there is a chance for those players to be part of the Canadiens going into next year.  I think that we shouldn’t mortgage anything for a cheap fix, but if a guy like Phillips, Neil, Brewer, or another big forward is available and might fit in for the habs for a few years, I’m ok with making a change.  It just has to be a change that is made with more than just this year in mind.

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  169. GrimJim says:

    I think the best response to this is to quote Herm Edwards…

    “You play to win the game. Hello? You PLAY to WIN the GAME. You don’t play it to just play it. That’s the great thing about sports: you play to win, and I don’t care if you don’t have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin’ me it doesn’t matter, then retire. Get out! ‘Cause it matters. So… I… That…That, that, that… This whole conversation bothers me.”

  170. SeriousFan09 says:

    For me, the team should have the approach of “what happens, happens” in the post-season missing 1/3 of their defensive core. IF they can make a deal for the long-term interest of the club before the deadline well and good but a rental I am completely against.

    Habs missing the playoffs in 2007 helped generated today’s current success with P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber picked up at 43rd and 73rd overall.

     

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

  171. nick says:

    Everyone keeps saying, we need to get this before the playoffs… we need to get that before the playoffs…

    Perhaps I’m missing something here… But aside from a few extra games at the end of the season, and a 1/16 chance at the cup whats the benefit? Sure… MTL can make a trade here or there, give up a couple young players and get a decent UFA to finish the season, and sure there is the possibility that they resign with MTL. Theres also a good possibility they sign else where.

    Each round MTL makes in the playoffs… draft picks get a little lower…

    Do this for a couple years, and you end up with lower picks to begin with. Add that to those you end up throwing away for rentals… And you get the ol burning the candle at both ends. Quite honestly I don’t think MTL can keep doing this year after year. In my non-professional opinion (which I’m sure many will point out), MTL needs to take a good long hard look at the fact that both Markov and Gorges are out for the season, and perhaps… PG should be going into the trade deadline looking to sell rather than buy.

  172. showey47 says:

    If you are going to rebuild by bringing in some kids,you are still going to need someone who can take care of business. All i’m saying is that if i’m the new sens g.m.,he isn’t one of the guys i’m going to part with unless its one heck of a deal and i have a backup plan to replace what he brings.

  173. TheDagger says:

    Loved Benny’s one-punch KO on Krecji then not pumping him while he was down. Had a Bruin got any Hab down like that he would still be swinging. Classless mouth-breathers.

  174. ooder says:

    in russian knopka means button…

    and that’s why i always liked zenon konopka and lawyas traded for him in nhl 06 !

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  175. JasonM says:

    He’s turning 32 soon and are in a rebuilding stage?

  176. showey47 says:

    I don’t even know why ottawa would part with chris neil. Why would ottawa trade a type of player that they would be looking for to toughen their own lineup next season?

  177. jbroderi says:

    Great article from Stu.  I am surpirsed that no one else in the media thought that it was suspension worthy.  It was a quite dangerous play and I don’t buy that he didn’t realize that his elbow pad was down.  3 game suspension for attempting to take someone’s eye out.  I won’t whine about the boys getting beaten up, but dirty plays are dirty plays.  It boggles the mind that the league doesn’t take a bigger stand on dirty tactics in fights, since as much or more damage can be done during a fight as by a dirty hit. 

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  178. Rad says:

    Konopka wants to play here. so let’s go for it. He’s not the best fighter in the league but he’s at least tougher than Pyatt. Besides, he plays center, so that means we can send Gomez to the AHL, a la Wade Redden and Sheldon Souray. “Zenon Konopka” even SOUNDS better than “Scott Gomez.”

  179. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Thats why management should be held accountable in the courts…they are directly responsible for the masacre.

    1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: 02/09/11…never forget 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/PAX now.

  180. king ddd says:

    my physics teacher in cegep was a 80 year old man zenone. it was a total nightmare and still gives me creeps. i kid you not, but the guy seriously looks lke alber einstein, more like einstein’s zombie. he would lecture us and sputter couple of phrases in italian randomly.

  181. JasonM says:

    So, they’ll be saving money from not paying overpaid lazy blue collar workers? Sounds like a deal.

  182. New says:

    I’m not so sure they lost because they got pummelled, although they certainly did get a thumping. To me they lost because they fell apart. Philly does that to them all the time. I was not happy watching Gomez and I suspect neither was Mr. Martin.

    Overall I enjoyed the game. There is a lot of truth in the Boston viewpoint, although Marchand is a poor spokesperson for it. Montreal does back away, taunt, and goad. So do a lot of teams. It is not an attractive style.

    I also recall a year when the Big Bad Bruins owned the Habs. The final game of the regular season meant nothing. The two teams were destined to meet in the playoffs. The Habs attacked the Bruins. It wasn’t a case of winning or losing. It was a case of “you’re going to pay for everything.”  That was a long time ago. The Habs won that series and many subsequent ones. The end season game was a large factor.

    What goes around comes around. The Montreal Canadiens could have beaten the Bruins last night. The Bruins lost it, but the Habs fell apart.

    At least that’s the way I see it. And yeah, Campbell gets special treatment. Duh!

  183. light_n_tasty says:

    I read on cbc.ca/news that Quebec City is going to cut 500 municipal jobs in order to fund the new arena.  Now there’s a city with its priorities in the right place [sarcasm].  Especially seeing as Winnipeg will get a team before Quebec City [not sarcasm].

     

  184. JasonM says:

    Food for thought:

    Habs need to get an energy line that can play good 2 way hockey. Players that finish their checks, don’t back down from fights and play with intensity and make their opponents pay for their liberties. Many folks won’t agree with me but if Ottawa is dumping players, how much would a Chris Neil cost us? A 4th or 5th round? A player like that can do some interesting things for us short term. 2 more years a 2M a pop? That’s doable. This man is known to score 10-15 goals and is tough as nails.

    How would a Moen/White/Neil line look like?

     

  185. hablifting says:

    Martin says that both the Caps and Pens were “physical teams we beat last year in the playoffs”.  Really?  I’m sorry but you’re out to lunch pal.  Big time.  In actuality only the Flyers really played that physical and thats why they won and easily at that.  The Caps and Pens tried to skate with the Habs and ran into a wall in Halak. 

    These guys in charge are a little in denial or what?  Yes, I 100% agree.  We do not need a 4 minute player who can only throw the knuckles.  What we do need is more 10-15 goal guys who will punch in your face if you pull that sh*t we witnessed last night. 

  186. showey47 says:

    781 draws,43 fewer then team leader john tavares. 36th overall in the league in faceoffs taken. 10 more then gomez :)

  187. punkster says:

    And I’d love to have a guy named Zenon on the roster.

    But how many faceoffs did he actually take to get that percentage?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  188. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “I don’t subscribe to the favoritism charge leveled at Colin Campbell and Hockey Ops”

    I have to disagree with Stu on this one, Cambell was caught sending inappropriate emails to ref’s about penalties they assesed his son.  So there’s no question whatsoever in my mind that he is guilty of favortism.  The fact that he has a son in the NHL should be enough conflict of interest alone to exlude him from being league diciplinarian, the fact he was caught red handed and is still in his job?  The NHL is bush, there is no question.  Laughing stock of the pro league’s because of the clowns running it.

  189. PeterD says:

    But “time” won’t help the team grow taller.  Trades will.

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  190. showey47 says:

    I mentioned on boone’s quick hits about picking up konopka. League leader in penalty minutes but is also a face off ace at 58%. Only taveras has taken more draws then konopka for the islanders this season.

  191. Bill says:

    In the clear light of day, it is important for us all to resist the urge to have the Habs try to toughen up and play a more physical game. Or maybe it’s more important for Gauthier and Martin to resist that urge … which I’m sure they will.

    It’s impossible. The whole team is too small and too soft from top to bottom, and they can’t just start trying to play a game they’re not built for.

    You can call up middle-weight Ryan White, and you can make a trade for a tough winger or D-man, but it just isn’t going to be enough to make the Habs the kind of team that can deal with the punishment Boston handed out last night.

    As much as it sucks to say it, they’re going to have to take the abuse, avoid retribution, and try to capitalize on the power-play. Should Gainey have allowed the team to develop into one this small? Probably not. But it can only be addressed with time.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  192. 24 Cups says:

    New rink in Quebec CIty – Is it just me, or does the mayor of QC look a lot like Allan Eagleson?

  193. jbroderi says:

    from tsn:

    One of Campbell’s elbow pads slipped down so it appeared he was punching Pyatt with the pad, which likely was one reason the Montreal winger emerged with a black eye and a seven-stitch cut on his face.

    Reports on Thursday said that the NHL disciplinarian, Campbell’s father Colin, did not see any cause for any fines or suspensions.

    I thought mike murphy was supposed to deal with the Bruins, not Hockey Dad 5.0??

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  194. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Bush.  The comment made when the fur was flying over Cambells emails concerning his son, that Murphy would handle Bruins stuff has just been proven as BS.  Nothing changes.  I will be throwing a party when Cambell and Bettman get shown the door.

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    RDS Feed

    http://www.justin.tv/exo01#/w/851819200

     

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

  196. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei should buy a barn so he can practice shooting at it. Ridiculous shot, but you’d swear he never takes any time to work on his accuracy.

     

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

  197. olematelot says:

    Maybe you didn’t notice but the puck was bouncing

  198. JIMVINNY says:

    PK being lazy again.

  199. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    …and a late one …just great.

  200. Da Hema says:

    Wizniewski has been a disappointment. I thought he was supposed to be tough? If he plays like this, let him walk at the end of the season.

  201. andrewberkshire says:

    15 points in 16 games, and he’s been sick the last 3 weeks.

  202. TheDagger says:

    WIZZZZZZZZZZ WHAT!!!

  203. HardHabits says:

    Submitted by HardHabits on Thu, 02/10/2011 – 20:26.

    Putting AK with Gomez is useless. Those two have no chemistry.

    reply

    Submitted by gumper on Thu, 02/10/2011 – 20:35.

    Yeah, but it saves spoiling two lines.

  204. Hockey Socks says:

    This is their 5th string goalie?

  205. sidhu says:

    The separation between Spacek and PK was crazy on that goal. 

  206. PeterD says:

    They don’t belong on this team.

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  207. andrewberkshire says:

    Habs not covering the middle AT ALL.

  208. showey47 says:

    spacek-anyone = disaster. Spacek has been brutal pretty much since training camp.

  209. JIMVINNY says:

    Save of the year.

  210. MikeMcLaren says:

    I am old enough to remember him playing for the Canucks.  Although his brother Dave was the more famous Canuck.

    Sigh.

     

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  211. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    COME ON WISNIEWSKI FFS!!

  212. Danno says:

    Highlight reel stop for Kostinen

     

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

  213. icemachine says:

    watching a MSG stream, CBC and TSN  hould take note of what a proffesional broadcast sounds like

     

    Its time to switch to whiskey, we’ve been drinkin’ beer all night

  214. OneTimer says:

    13 points in 15 games

  215. olematelot says:

    Do we ever win any board battles

  216. Hockey Socks says:

    Out 2-3 hours.

  217. HardHabits says:

    Bright lights:

    Price, Subban, Pacioretty = A+

    Pouliot, Desharnais = A

    Eller, Weber =  A-

  218. king ddd says:

    cjad 800 (english) ckac 730(french)

  219. The_Salted_One says:

    PLEKS!!!!   after a semi-decent shift from the gomez line     good stuff boys! good stuff!

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  220. oshawahabsfan says:

    Pleks is so gangsta, what a fake and shake

  221. Hockey Socks says:

    Spacek – Subban = Disaster.

  222. PeterD says:

    Frees up some cap space at HIO…

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  223. thebigguy says:

    I don’t know what AK and Gomez were talking about on hte bench, but they’ve been playing much better since that talk.

  224. Habhopeful says:

    Perfect! always take the shot…with andrei to your left lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  225. showey47 says:

    somehow i knew that wiz missed chance would haunt us.

  226. notbigbird says:

    I think Boone has a lower body injury.

  227. Da Hema says:

    That’s a good point too. But I don’t think the Habs have the luxury of keeping a defenceman almost exclusively for power play purposes. In my opinion, he must bring more to his game than that.

  228. punkster says:

    Wow, I don’t know if anyone noticed this but Gomez and AK just do not belong together.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  229. OneTimer says:

    he almost never gets a clean wrist shot off. When he does, this happens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoiZc7Wofw (very first goal…PING!!)

  230. Da Hema says:

    After the viagra, he pulled his groin.

  231. N.B.habs fan says:

    could somewone tell where i can listen to the game on the radio?

  232. showey47 says:

    Except a PP point shot which we seem to lack every year since streit was allowed to walk. How about we keep this guy so we don’t have the same issue next year and years going forward.

  233. win4ce says:

    He’s only 26 and still has his prime years ahead of him. If he can work with Perry Pearn and improve his work in the defence zone then he can easily become a premier defencemen in the NHL. Considering he’s coming from the Islanders, I would imagine he’s excited to play with a contender and is more than willing to work on his game.

  234. N.B.habs fan says:

    thanks for the info,don’t understand French..

  235. Keith says:

    That line was scary slow. Couldn’t get the puck ou to save their lives.

  236. Hockey Socks says:

    I find he just chooses terrible times to shoot it. 80% of his shots land directly on a defenseman’s leg or stick.

  237. punkster says:

    Hey, pretty good. You’re paying attention. Only two guys bit ;)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  238. Habhopeful says:

    I think the Habs PR people set that shot of Gomez and Andrei talking hockey lol

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  239. Hockey Socks says:

    Jack Capuano: Never heard of him until tonight.

  240. JD_ says:

    One more season to go.

  241. Da Hema says:

    I agree he has helped the power play. But Gorges or Markov bring more to the ice.

  242. JIMVINNY says:

    F*ck that.  The islanders have already been hooking and holding with no call.  Now Pouliot gest called because Gervais can’t stay on his skates?

  243. habs001 says:

    carolina lost so we need points…ak46 does the same play all the time

  244. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gervais fell down all by himself. Pouliot was whistled for being next to him and being a Hab.

     

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

  245. byrneoNL says:

    What a dumb penalty by Benny. God this guy is frustrating.

  246. habs001 says:

    carolina lost so we need points…ak46 does the same play all the time

  247. Da Hema says:

    Testing. Is this site working?

  248. duffy says:

    This team is in big trouble if they cant beat a 5th string goalie.The Leafs had no trouble .

  249. Hockey Socks says:

    Kostitsyn took 4 shots on that sequence.

  250. OneTimer says:

    he should’ve passed when PK was calling for it though. He was wide open

  251. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Actually, if you read the column, Darren Dregger highlights the exact same weaknesses the Habs have had all along and offers nothing more than a look into them with recent evidence at hand. He’s also a wonderful personality, solid writer, and very good at his job. Take off the blue-blanc-rouge glasses and stop complaining. You have no basis for it, let alone basis to slam the guy as a clown.

  252. Natrous says:

    I beg to differ, he simply postulates that this is a deciding moment to how the rest of the season will play out, based on how they respond to the sound beating of last night.

    “The sense going into the day is that Montreal will either bond from this experience or go on a major tailspin” hardly equates to “Montreal’s season is over”.

  253. SLYDER says:

    just read it – what a donk

  254. Mats Naslund says:

    What is ludicrous is that he asks what could have changed had Price rag-dolled Thomas. Clearly Price had the upper hand. He implies that had Price won, he may have saved the Habs chances.

     

    What would the Habs chances be if he had fought Thomas and broke his hand last night? How would the Habs fare with Alex Auld the rest of the way? So dumb. Not worth the risk. The Bruins would never be able to do half of what they got away with in the playoffs. This game was an anomaly. Oh well. The Bruins are tougher. We still beat them more often than not. As Carey would say – people need to chill.

  255. Exit716 says:

    If you read Darren Dreger’s column at TSN, the season is over for the Habs. What a clown that guy is.

  256. avatar_58 says:

    Dreger is a tool. Last time I checked it was a 2 goal difference and the fights went both ways, leaning towards Boston’s way in the final minute (against players who do not fight, who simply stood their ground)

    “Soundly Beaten” but when the leafs lose fights they are good guys for giving it their all. Mhm. Funny how that works.

  257. DearyLeary says:

    Bueller?

  258. RGM says:

    Referees are in the spotlight tonight eh?

    Go Habs Go!

  259. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei has not shown anything tonight when this should be do-or-die to argue his stay in MTL. He’s finished, gone before deadline?

    I don’t know what it is with him but he is on a different planet too often.

     

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

  260. OneTimer says:

    I’d be shocked if he wasn’t traded, but can we get a decent return for him? Would Kostitsyn for Penner straight-up work?

  261. Chuck says:

    He’s not -4, which looks pretty good right now.

  262. andrewberkshire says:

    Calm down Robert, he’s had like 3 shifts.

  263. Danno says:

    JM’s fine grooming products. For that smooth, slick polished look…

    http://www.jiffyshoe.com/gallery/pict12.jpg

     

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

  264. RGM says:

    They look so good in their little striped outfits. If this keeps up I’m going to strongly chastize a Foot Locker employee tomorrow.

    Go Habs Go!

  265. andrewberkshire says:

    Love Auld’s new mask. And a great flurry of saves there. Would be nice if the refs either called it both ways or let them play tonight.

  266. Matt_in_TO says:

    Didn’t you know, we tune in to watch them, not the teams

     

    - In Price We Trust

  267. doogmac says:

    everything that has been called tonight probably wouldnt have been last night

  268. The_Salted_One says:

    not the bounce back i was hoping for after the bruins game… habs aren’t looking all that great right now. 

     your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  269. SeriousFan09 says:

    Look Andrew, you know I’ve been in Andrei’s corner a long time but sooner or later even my patience for a skill player to break out runs dry. He’s not shooting, he doesn’t seem engaged in what’s happening with the team. He’s not playing like he belongs.

    I don’t know what it is, but it’s time to turn the page in MTL.

     

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

  270. OneTimer says:

    I think the NYI coach needs a little of JM’s hair gel

  271. Rainrocket16 says:

    My god we never learn!!! And it will cost us a loss to the Isles if we don’t stay out of the box. Jesus JM!! Where are your balls!!

  272. HardHabits says:

    Gomez not looking good so far.

  273. Mark C says:

    9.3 on that flop

  274. JIMVINNY says:

    That looked like a dive on the replay.

  275. Da Hema says:

    If it’s more than four hours, we better call the morgue.

  276. geo_habsgo says:

    Habs will get the first one. Auld is shutting them out tonight.

  277. Danno says:

    Way to go Wiz – draw the penalty!

     

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

  278. JIMVINNY says:

    Teams are starting to go after the Habs physically now.  Someone took a run at Pleks from a long ways away.

  279. RGM says:

    If it’s more than four hours we’ll need to call a doctor.

    Go Habs Go!

  280. Mark C says:

    The refs stink in this league.

  281. JIMVINNY says:

    What a load of sh*t.  Patches gets called for another weak islanders skater, and no call when PK gets crosschecked face first into the boards.

  282. Ed says:

    That must be Boone’s picture above. Guess he could not stay awake any longer.

  283. byrneoNL says:

    Incidentally, for anyone who flicked to TSN’s intermission… is it just me, or does Ray Ferarro looks more coked out tonight than Glen Healy on any given saturday?

  284. Keith says:

    CHINTZY CALL!

  285. Da Hema says:

    I think he downed some Viagra. He’ll be back in five minutes. ;-)

  286. SLYDER says:

    holding???

     

    i didnt see his free hand touch the islander….i did see him reach for the puck with his stick though…weird

  287. Da Hema says:

    Jesus Christ. Are the Habs even allowed to breathe near our opponents?

  288. JIMVINNY says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  How is that a penalty?

  289. Trenton_Romulox says:

    That’s a weak call. Looked incidental to me. Then again, I like Pacioretty, so I’m very biased. 

  290. SLYDER says:

    ill take a tall boy, boone

  291. SLYDER says:

    anyone have a solid HD feed? Habsvision isnt cutting it for me right now

     

    is that a greedy question?

  292. nick says:

    He’s still producing more than more than Gomez at half the salary… Has the most hits on the team and one of the best +/-.  He’s a streaky player, always has been, might always be… With that said, he’s still on the same point per game pace he’s been on the last 2 seasons…

  293. grosbill4 says:

    you’re right – he’s on a bender for sure – he was cola’d out last night too (“David Day-Shar-Nay”).

    That’s it. Ferraro vs. Healy fight – winner gets Joe Rogan…

  294. JIMVINNY says:

    That was Gomez and his line’s best shift of the night, but did you see AK totally ignore a wide open PK?

  295. Da Hema says:

    The NHL isn’t a beer league. Last night’s result against Boston was a perfect example of what happens when the Habs just do whatever their “skill levels” dictate.

  296. Habhopeful says:

    Upper thigh it seemed…

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  297. Trenton_Romulox says:

    When and how did you determine that the “players are not enjoying playing the game…”?

  298. B says:

    I hate how slowly Subban gets his big wind up slap shot away :(

  299. andrewberkshire says:

    For all the complaints about Subban’s shot, he’s scored goals in back to back games, and 5 in 2011.

  300. notbigbird says:

    On the knee?

  301. olematelot says:

    Also great work by Pouliot to get it to White

  302. rbby_habs says:

    the Habs will never be a successful team, under JM’s “system”.  Sure – they’ll sneak into the playoffs…but does that equal success?

    The personnel that this team was built with, was not for the “system” type of game.   It was for a fast pace speedy offensive team.    But now w/ the “system” they are on the lower end of the standings when it comes to goals for.  Players are not playing to their skill level and potential.  In the end….players are not enjoying playing the game, which is NOT a good thing. 

    I know this is not news and is something everyone knows…but just want to vent.

  303. showey47 says:

    great work by white

  304. Keith says:

    White did all the dirty work on that goal! Great job!

  305. The_Salted_One says:

    that 3rd line has been a lotta fun to watch this game.  another good shot by pouliot. exactly what i lioke to see from those guys!

      your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  306. Hockey Socks says:

    Woohoo Ryan White!! That’s what a little bit of toughness and grit does.

    Also, lets make Gomez the number one center… of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

  307. sidhu says:

    Big shift by Benny “Mike Tyson” Pouliot!

  308. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Nice work by Pouliot. Good work by White. Nice finish by Pouliot. 

  309. andrewberkshire says:

    Amazing shift by Pouliot and White!

  310. Wayne says:

    It’s like, he’s bloggin from another dimension?

  311. showey47 says:

    gomez sets up the best scoring chance of our PP,for the islanders.

  312. Trenton_Romulox says:

    And you know what’s worse? He didn’t even look frustrated after that turnover. That’s so much worse than the turnover itself, I think. 

  313. sidhu says:

    We boo’ed Brisebois for years, and let Gomez skate without consequence.  It’s time we give him the business until he improves or is forced out of MTL.

  314. OneTimer says:

    also: 2 out of 3 NHL teams would have scored on us on that turnover just now

  315. Hockey Socks says:

    fffffffffffffffffffng gomez

  316. Keith says:

    Gomer’s line is just plain awful!

  317. OneTimer says:

    PK should reduce his slapshot wind-up by about half. I know, I know, we’ve been saying that for a while, but still.

  318. andrewberkshire says:

    Why are we making Koskinen look good? This is a 5th string goaltender we’re talking about here.

  319. Danno says:

    Gomez and Kostitsyn are pissing everyone off

     

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

  320. andrewberkshire says:

    Jesus Gomez, wake the hell up.

  321. samTHEman says:

    nice pass white!!!!!

  322. Habhopeful says:

    Hahah DD punched (accidentally) an Isles player putting his hands up on the goal

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  323. Da Hema says:

    I’d prefer the Habs send him to Hamilton like Edmonton sent Souray to the minors. That sends a clearer message.

  324. rbby_habs says:

    uhm…your right;  i don’t know for a fact that they’re not enjoying the game.   I just think of Cammy before he got hurt, and how he only had 12 goals mid way through the season….and he just didn’t seem to be enjoying himself.  I’m just assuming a guy who’s use to putting the puck in the net more often, might not be enjoying the game as much if he’s not scoring.    but…true, I don’t know for a certain. 

  325. byrneoNL says:

    Personally I think Boone is blogging away, and due to some technical issue he doesn’t actually realize none of us are seeing it.

  326. Cool Ice Price says:

    I really can’t get into this game tonight.

  327. byrneoNL says:

    I love how fast Weber got that shot away.

  328. sidhu says:

    Solid shift by White

  329. Ian Cobb says:

    How is it on Boones page we have to scroll to the bottom to post instead of clicking on comments. Does he just forget to put it on the page.????

  330. habs001 says:

    team sloppy today but we will go on another winning streak…winning games 2-1 3-2 because we score key goals and get great goaltending and solid special teams..we just dont have a line up that is better than the majority of the teams..we win because of effort and grit but lack of talent does catch up sometimes..even the leafs on paper are they that much worse?

  331. sidhu says:

    A sloppy, disjointed first, particularly by the D making breakout passes. 

    Let’s hope the boys get it together in the second.

  332. Wayne says:

    That’s basically it but I’ll bet the Habs’ undies had more skids than the Bruins.

  333. rbby_habs says:

    Last night’s game had nothing to do with their skill level dictating the game. That was just an odd game where both teams let their emotions run wild, and as a result the game was full of penalities / fighting, and both teams paid no attention to positioning, leading to defensive breakdowns.

  334. olematelot says:

    Shouldn’t even have been a penalty,Subban got the puck first

     

  335. HFX-HabFan says:

    That probably could have been called a penalty shot and I wouldn’t have been surprised.

  336. Josh says:

    Looks like Boone had a pre-planned nap when he used that yawning pic.

  337. habs001 says:

    4-3 plecks on the draw ..what else is new…this guy cannot win a draw at the start of a pp

  338. Rugger says:

    I’m am becoming happier and happier with Maxpac, I think we will see a Claude Lemuiex 1986/John Leclair 1993 type of play-offs scoring many of the key goals.

  339. punkster says:

    There’s not enough single malt in all of Scotland for that.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  340. PeterD says:

    I think Pierre G. should take the Columbus GM out and get him drunk then make the trade – Gomez and AK for Rick Nash.

     

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  341. howtathor says:

    There must be teams that actually have to get to the cap floor who would take Gomez and his ridiculous salary just to fill up the books.

  342. JIMVINNY says:

    Gomez seems to playing with more intensity, it just doesn’t appear to be helping all that much.

  343. CBrady12 says:

    I wonder what everyones reaction would have been if last night the habs would have still gotten beaten up physically but had won the games rather than lost. 

     

    Why? I found that even while they were getting into all of those scraps, the habs kept coming back in the game.

    There was one factor of last nights game though that was a BIG reason why we lost. Gomez, Kostitsyn and Eller were all on the ice for 4 goals against and 0 for. On at least 3 if not all of them, they were absolutely terrible. 

  344. JVF says:

    Anything less than a big blow-out win tonight will be embarrassing. We need to bounce back in a BIG way. How about scoring six goals again? We haven’t done that too many times this year.

    An added benefit is that it might shut up all those asking for more goons on the squad. We need more scoring, not fighting. The only acceptable goon is one who can also play hockey, i.e. John Ferguson or Chris Nilan.

    No more George Laraque, please. That was embarrassing.

  345. Habhopeful says:

    Holy shite, Max is everything weve always wanted, maybe he can take boxing lessons, then hed be a complete package…That and we need to clone him…

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  346. HardHabits says:

    The 10 million dollar duo.

  347. Keith says:

    He tipped it ffs! Such incompetence!

  348. topher5468 says:

    any chace he was on our side of the red line because he definately touched it

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

  349. The_Salted_One says:

    that was an awful icing call

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  350. Timo says:

    Wonder if his brother could teach Tom a few things about fighting…

  351. king ddd says:

    wonder if cambell would pick a fight with pyatts brother

  352. JasonM says:

    Gomez is really not making himself any favors. He needs to play better. Salary aside, this is unacceptable.

  353. HardHabits says:

    This loss is anticlimactic. Ho-hum.

    It’s lets see if the Habs can make the play-offs time again and they appear to be where most pundits picked them, vying for 6th-8th in the East.

  354. punkster says:

    I fully expect the whining to reach epic proportions over the coming hours and days. EPIC!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  355. Cool Ice Price says:

    Wearing that stupid A$$ togue yes

  356. RetroMikey says:

    Pathetic…..will be disgusting when we lost to the Laffs on Saturday Night.

    Folks, our Montreal Canadiens need a major overhaul next season, retool as they say?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  357. ManApart says:

    No, that was yesterday ;)

  358. avatar_58 says:

    There’s a new one – Martin doing idiotic things behind the bench. Can’t say I’ve seen that all year

  359. JFriedman says:

    I think the Habs are doing OK, considering Gill, Cammy, Markov and Georges aren’t in the line-up…

  360. waisguy says:

    Stop whining everyone! So with one point we’re tied with the Caps for 68 points. Does this make us 5th in the standings?

  361. Cool Ice Price says:

    Why is anyone upset here? This team is where it is supposed to be with out their two top D-Men.

  362. olematelot says:

    What a bunch of whiners on here,it’s really pathetic, sound like a bunch of whiney kids.

  363. larisalapointe says:

    It’s all Price’s fault

  364. SLYDER says:

    Auld was brutal on all three goals

     

    i know the third was a 3-1 (a proverbial bed-shitting defensively)…but get that paddle down, he fanned on it for christs sake

  365. Habnofear says:

    So first we get the shiet beat out of us and then we lose to the worst team in the N.H.L. who have in net their 5th string goalie…WoooHoooo here comes the playoffs!!!!!

  366. HNS says:

    Team played like a beat dog……

  367. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s more embarassing than what happened last night.  The f*cking ISLANDERS.

  368. Jdub1985 says:

    Embarressed in Beantown and Embarressed in Montreal … this team is in serious trouble.

    blow 3 leads to the worst team in the NHL (and this after what happened last night) … what a waste of my time.

     

  369. duffy says:

    Next up ,A WIN FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS.

  370. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am officially not watching any more games against ShiSse ass teams!! We absolutlely deserved to lose tonight and we deserve not to make the playoffs the way we are playing right now!

  371. Cool Ice Price says:

    I have to LMAO

  372. sidhu says:

    Well, at least White had a good game. 

  373. HabFanSince72 says:

    Terrible game.

    That beating by the Bruins really hurt.

     

  374. RGM says:

    That’s what she said.

    Go Habs Go!

  375. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    0-2-1 and facing Toronto next?

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  376. Cool Ice Price says:

    Well that sucks now don’t it

     

  377. RGM says:

    Crap.

    Go Habs Go!

  378. joeybarrie says:

    CRAP

     

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

  379. Keith says:

    I’m sorry but Plek is not good on the shootout.

  380. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Auld needs to buy his posts a steak dinnr after tonight.

  381. JIMVINNY says:

    He’s just so BIG.

  382. Cool Ice Price says:

    Auld will be hearing pinging in his sleep

  383. 24moreCups says:

    They should send PK out!

  384. RGM says:

    Zoinks.

    Go Habs Go!

  385. joeybarrie says:

    We will win the shootout…..

    Bunch of negative nellies………

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

  386. RGM says:

    Goalie’s best friend.

    Go Habs Go!

  387. 24moreCups says:

    I think Wiz was giving Auld some tips about his old team, hopefully he can get’r done.

  388. Da Hema says:

    Damn. Just lost justin tv. Anyone have another link?

  389. Cool Ice Price says:

    Is that goalie French?

  390. OneTimer says:

    Timo, you are such a suck it’s unbelievable. Mr. Boone, can we ban this clown again?

  391. thehabsfan29 says:

    Hopefully hes gone before the deadline

  392. Matt_in_TO says:

    I get the feeling we won’t be coming away with the extra point

     

    - In Price We Trust

  393. AH says:

    Going into a shootout with these bums..but we don’t need to make any moves at all do we? We’re primed and ready for a deep playoff run right? NOT!

  394. andrewberkshire says:

    This is one of those games where a win is more of a relief than a joy.

  395. HFX-HabFan says:

    Grabner Tavares Okposo

    Pleks, MaxPac, Gio

  396. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrei will not be a Hab in March.

     

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

  397. Keith says:

    Sure ain’t like last night’s game. Zero excitement value.

  398. The_Salted_One says:

    shoot-out…    didnt think i would see one tonight, but i will try to remain positive untill the end! come on habs! lets get the 2 points and recover from these back to back games

     your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  399. Keith says:

    So has Auld ever been in a shootout, and what are his stats I wonder?

  400. TheDagger says:

    Auld getting the scouting report from the Wiz, nice,

  401. TheDagger says:

    WHAT A JOKE!!! jusintv channel just closed… grabage.

  402. RetroMikey says:

    I think you are mixed up with the different Weber playing in the NHL.  Yes, Shea Weber has adapted well in the NHL finely and with Nashville not Montreal with Yannick Weber, who is too small and fragile to play in the NHL.

    You have not been in Hamilton to see Weber play as often as I have being a regular patron at the games, and are basing your comments on reading too much what scouting reports say about him on the net or some other from of media.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  403. avatar_58 says:

    Hello….it’s over if its a shootout. SO…..

  404. sidhu says:

    Schremp is a joker — he belongs in a roller hockey league where he can dangle.

  405. avatar_58 says:

    …..aaaand good night. Prove me wrong Auld. Prove me wrong

  406. RGM says:

    Helps to hit the net.

    Go Habs Go!

  407. RGM says:

    Nice stop.

    Go Habs Go!

  408. thehabsfan29 says:

    i think its impossible for AK46 to hit the net

  409. HabFanSince72 says:

    Koskinen is a monster!

  410. Cool Ice Price says:

    Les Poo Poo

  411. Rudy says:

    They must be so brutally tired

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  412. 24moreCups says:

    Well that sucked..

  413. avatar_58 says:

    Told ya. Thanks for the 3rd GAA Auld.

  414. MICP says:

    first win when trailing after 2. Congrats NY, you played better.

  415. hablifting says:

    A loss to the Isle.  Amazing.

  416. MICP says:

    second game in a row.

  417. SeriousFan09 says:

    Two nights straight, Gomez line cost us a game. Not sure what JM was thinking but he blew it coaching tonight.

     

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

  418. HardHabits says:

    Gomez, Gomez, Gomez, Gomez.

  419. OneTimer says:

    Slumps will happen people, we got out of the last one and we’ll get out of this one

  420. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sorry but he isn’t the nightmare everyone thinks he is behind the bench. The Canadiens are not good enough to battle around bad coaching and have this record but he has lapses and the last 2 days are pretty indictative that for reasons beyond understanding, he seems to like Gomez when he’s antithema to his philosophy.

     

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

  421. punkster says:

    Halak, Halak, Halak, Halak.

    (Actually I can’t disagree with you there. Between Gomez and AK the entire evening was a bust. Not that the D played any better than last night either)

    ***Subbang!!!***

  422. Ian Cobb says:

    Salt is a disinfectant, works well.

  423. Cool Ice Price says:

    We only need to go .500 down the stretch to make the playoffs …

    We only need to go .500 down the stretch to make the playoffs …

    We only need to go .500 down the stretch to make the playoffs …

    Keep tellin yourself this

  424. hablifting says:

    Bloody typo… ;)

  425. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Wait until the Leafs beat us up… LOL

  426. ManApart says:

    No, it isn’t JM. Eller has been given quite a lot of opportunity really.Eller does not have the offensive skills or hands to be a top 6. He can maybe be a good 3rd line guy one day, but he has to learn in Hamilton for a while. Anyone can do what Eller has done this year. What’s the point of keeping him here, To ruin his confidence? White showed tonight he is a very adequate replacement. Let Eller pay his dues like Patches did. Eller doesn’t have Patches’ skills, but it certainly can’t hurt for him to be the number 1 center in Hamilton for half a season.

  427. olematelot says:

    Speaking of Marchand….and they said PK was being disrespectful….this weasel took it to a whole new level.

  428. nick says:

    Hey how many Habs are out of tonights game as a result of last nights foonery?

  429. Hali_Hab says:

      You know what else will be awesome, in 2-3 years we should be rid of gomez hahah!

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  430. RetroMikey says:

    Didn’t you quote here that you didnl’ give a damn about the Bulldogs to me several months ago?

    Didn’t I tell you that DEVELOPMENT=SUCCESS=WINNERS in Hamilton many times on this site?

    Would it not be wise to send down Eller and Webber to Hamilton to work on their game, especially on defense for both of them, especially after watching Eller’s performance against Boston ?  These 2 guys I cringe when they are on the ice and are both defensive liabilities on our club which they should work on their game under Cunneyworth.

     

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  431. SeriousFan09 says:

    I care about the Bulldogs ability to develop NHL players and I support them, but at the same time I think their success is secondary to Montreal’s in terms of importance. Weber is adapting well to the pro game right now and deserves to be in MTL.

     

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

  432. lefreak says:

    what makes you think eller would be any different? The only reason he is still in the nhl is because of who the habs traded to get him.

  433. Timo says:

    Hey, this is an improvement since yesterday, right? Right? I mean, getting a point against Islanders is better than not getting any against Bruins, right? Right?

    Too much negativity on here.

  434. habs001 says:

    for posters who are upset at the habs and martin do you really think this team should have that many more points than it has

  435. habs001 says:

    good points…we should be happy where we are in the standings and be realistic that this team is a good 2  -3 years away from being a true contender …

  436. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs will make the playoffs and they’ll give whoever they face a damn hard fight.

    I support the Bulldogs in their efforts to develop NHL-quality players for the Canadiens, they’re a farm team, their success is MTL’s success.

     

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

  437. rwparent says:

    that is a good way of looking at it – really though, everyone understands that this team will go as far as Price carries them – we are not scoring enough for anything else to be a factor – it is all about Price at this point unless Gauthier can find a way to make some upgrades fast and tonight was a good example of why Auld cannot start too many

  438. Hali_Hab says:

     I didn’t say anything about my assessment of the tallent level on this team if anything i made a point that the team was over achievening. There are things i like about this team and there are things i cant stand. But in the end i dont compare them to the bruins or the flyers because they are not those teams and are not built like them, The team is in the second year of what was a complete overhaull as where most other teams in the east have been adding pieces for a few years now. So i feel it would be unfair to measure the tallent level of the team against teams that have had 5 plus years to build.  I measure the habs on a year by year basis this being year two .. and they are a little bit better this year than they were last year with a whole lot less. So that would indicate that the team is heading in the right direction. there is a core and a foundation to build on in another 3 years or maybe sooner i think it would be fair to measure this team against the likes of the eastren power houses and untill then one should have resonable expectations.

     

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  439. RetroMikey says:

    I support the Dawgs 100% with or without Desharnais, Webber, Subban, and Pacioretty. 

    Do you? 

    I didn’t think so.

    Perhaps this core of players we have in Hamilton might have made a game out of it against the lowly Islanders tonight.

    You will be the angry one when our so called mighty Habs have a disappointing playoff exit in the first round. 

    That is, if we make the playoffs.

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  440. rwparent says:

    first shooter in the SO from now on should be the WIZ blasting a high hard one at the goalie’s head

    …rattle them a bit – then send out the snipers like Gionta or Pleks to pick spots

     

  441. habs001 says:

    i agrre with his talent in most areas you mentioned but again he has not proved he has the hands to score…69 goals in 5 years does not provide you with enough goal scoring experience to produce goals in the nhl

  442. The_Salted_One says:

    a few good points: the kids played well.  that pouliot, DD, white line was great tonight. the pleks gionta, patches line have build pretty good chemistry, and patches is turning into one of our best forwards (thank you Rivet)   and this game was right after the brutal goon show the night before. being tired after the first back to back game is one thing   but those habs were tired and banged up.    kinda off topic, but there was an article on this site written by Stephen Harris from the Boston Herald. before the Habs play Boston again, that article needs to be pinned up in the habs dressing room with all of Marchand’s comments highlighted.

     lineyour friendly neighborhood Salted One

  443. ManApart says:

    Gainey cost us the game by aquiring Gomez and drafting AK46 instead of the slew of other guys who are stars in the league. PG then lost the game by aquiring Eller for Halak and keeping him with the team, when he doesn’t belong here. JM lost the game by keeping them intact after last night’s disasterous performance.

  444. Cool Ice Price says:

    Naw, his hard drive is shot!

  445. rwparent says:

    do you really think anyone would be producing points playing with those 2 right now? be serious

  446. habs001 says:

    other teams have had more injuries and to impact players as well..the overall talent on this team is very average compared to the rest of the nhl…determination and effort is the reason where we are in the standings…very few hab fans would say that this is a very good team if the line up we had was called the bruins,leafs or flyers…we have about 14 players that are no better or worse than most teams have

  447. rwparent says:

    people keep talking abou this lack of offense – there are lots of other guys that are not producing points- check the team stats

    he has not had a lot of minutes or consistent linemates

    Eller works harder than most – finishes checks, blocks shots and plays in both ends

    if everyone did that it would be a better result some nights

    it is too early to tell if he is a top 6 guy or not but he certainly has the hands, wheels and size to be one so maybe Jacques is not doing a great job with this solid prospect? is that possible?

     

  448. bigdave says:

    The loud noise you just heard was a “SYSTEM” crash.

    Time to reboot the “SYSTEM” JM!

    JM Please reboot the “SYSTEM”!

     

     

     

    “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”

  449. FormalWare says:

    “Medicore”. Sounds like a health services firm. (Although That would probably be spelled “Medicorps”…)

  450. SeriousFan09 says:

    I know you’re upset Desharnais, Weber, Subban and Pacioretty aren’t in Hamilton but you have to find better outlets for your anger.

     

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

  451. lefreak says:

    i’m not all doomsday…but after a whooping like last night…i am disapointed in not taking 2 at home against a bottom feeder.

     

    if the weekend goes bad, then it will be time to worry.

  452. lefreak says:

    eller needs to prove himself in the ahl..he is not nhl ready, never mind being top 6.

  453. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah hell, what’s that rumbling sound in the distance?

    Pundits called that with Gorges + Markov in the lineup.

     

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

  454. habs001 says:

    lets be realistic the nhl is not so easy as you think…a player who is 21 and prior to the nhl has a grand total of 69 goalsin 5 years is not going to be a top 6 forward right away and based on those stats probably never …best bet he will be a third line player…

     

  455. Habnofear says:

    whining bout the whining eh…..

  456. Hali_Hab says:

    Man chill out people..this has to be the most bi-polar place on the web. 1 point in the second game of back to back nights after having to endure a war the previous night is all right in my book’s espically when you factor in the quality of man power they are missing from the line up. If anything people need to have resonable expectations for this team because they are playing through one hell of a season. Opnion on this page changes on a game to game basis, does any one step back and look at the big picture? There are a lot of positives to take out of these last two games, one being the play of the young core of the team..Yes this team is not perfect and could you some additions but i will tell you one thing this team is way further ahead than where they deserve to be considering the injury circumstances. I figure this is because of the playes that play the game and the “system” implimented by the coach that every one seems to jump on for his flaws.. he is a very calming influence in an enviorment that can be a shit storm on a day to day basis for various reasons.  Bottom line were in a play off spot. hell some of you people should move to Toronto so then you would really have somthing to complain about.

     

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“ Guy Lafleur.

  457. Ian Cobb says:

    We are still alright folks, we are in 10th place out of 30 teams.

    And we are in 6th place in our conference.

    And 2nd place in our division.

    Not to shabby, considering our walking wounded.!

  458. hablifting says:

    Yup.  Damned fans!

  459. ManApart says:

    That’s right. They are playing up to their talent level. Nothing overly surprising. The question is why are they still stuck in bubble playoff team mode after 7 years of Gainey/Gauthier. The answer is not simple. The solution is to can their asses and bring in some young bright minds along the lines of Yzerman/Boucher. Should have been done 2 years ago.

  460. ManApart says:

    Sorry to inform you, but Eller IS NOT a top 6 guy. Doesn’t take a genius to see that. Unless you’re talking Hamilton.

  461. larisalapointe says:

    It’s the pompom I think :)

  462. olematelot says:

    It’s always the same bunch that constantly whine

  463. hablifting says:

    The vision for this team by Gautheir and Gainey is in a word: medicore. 

    Now do you really expect Habs fans to accept that?  Seriously?  You should expect the complaining to get loud.  I would expect no less, I’d be dissapointed if it were quiet.  That would mean everyone has given up.

  464. punkster says:

    I’m not sure sure it’s that he likes Gomez so much as he is trusting (hoping?) that Gomez the professional will figure out how to get out of this slump thing on his own. JM is giving him every opportunity to do so. You’d think by now there’d be some sign of life there, wouldn’t you? Maybe the critics are right and Gomez is done.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  465. DanielTheRussian says:

    What happened to the RDS stream from Justintv? It got closed right before the shootout started.

  466. olematelot says:

    You have absolutely no idea of what you’re talking about

  467. AH says:

    MATHMAN, where are you??? We’re in a mini slump, but it’s all only “bad luck’ and a “fluke” right?..right? Send your post in quick before it gets really bad on here! LOL!

  468. rwparent says:

    Gomez and AK are so lazy and disinterested – they are robbing Eller of his chance to prove he is a top six guy.

    I sure hope Gauthier can make a move soon – they got pushed around again tonight and clearly we need help.

  469. larisalapointe says:

    I actually LOLed.

  470. ManApart says:

    LOL, are you serious? Have you watched the last 3 games? Since when is Gorges our 2nd best Dman anyway? All teams have injuries, that’s no excuse. The islanders are the worst team in the league. So to be Ho-Hum about losing to them is very odd.

  471. Rainrocket16 says:

    I guess at least we are sucking at the most perfect time of year! right before Trade deadline, something has gotta happen here people whether you like it or not. Yes we are slumping and have serious injury problems. But we do need an enforcer. I think a defensive enforcer is best!

    Why do we lose to Goalies who are brand new to the NHL and play on crap ass teams?

    Is Gill really hurt or are we saving our only solid D man left?

    I really think Gomez should return his jersey number, he does not deserve #11!!

     

  472. hablifting says:

    Habs unable to expose a 5th string goalie.  The same goalie that the Leafs torched for 5 the other night.  Not only that but the Habs soundly outplayed.  Dreams for a cup are just that for this crew.  Not their fault however.  Same old story, inept management :(

  473. HardHabits says:

    Not really. This loss is just salt on an already open wound.

  474. JVF says:

    Gomez is a disgrace. It’s time Mr. Gainey take him out for a walk.

  475. Cool Ice Price says:

    Only one comes back?

  476. Rad says:

    Time to take him to the wood shed, i.e. Hamilton.

  477. sidhu says:

    It’s Gainey’s fault that Gomez is here.

    Both of them can go for a long walk to Hamilton or elsewhere as far as I’m concerned.

  478. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOOO

    PLEKANEC

    ONLY BIG-DOLLAR MAN EARNING HIS PAY-CHECK! 

  479. showey47 says:

    Maybe the sens just wanted a first round pick to do a complete blow up and rebuild instead of taking back salary.

  480. habs001 says:

    very nice goal…sadly zombie46 is still up to his tricks…no way you can rely on this guy in a playoff series..

  481. JIMVINNY says:

    0 for 3 on the PP, with less than 2 minutes of total PP time.  That’s terrible.

  482. JIMVINNY says:

    That looked exactly like 6 of the goals scored last night.  Terrible coverage. 

  483. samTHEman says:

    Am I the only person who thinks Auld plays way to deep in his net?

  484. Wayne says:

    Sid will come back one more time in April or so… after 3 games, he’ll pack it up and his career will be over. Lindros part deux.  Shame.

  485. SeriousFan09 says:

    When I saw him play in the A, he never seemed to have that extra step on his competition, good speed but not great speed and that was the AHL. I give him credit, he seems to have added extra speed to his game this year because I don’t ever recall seeing him move this fast before.

    However, Canadiens have an issue with smaller players already, I’ve said before I think DD might make the NHL full time but I did not think his long-term future involved the CH.

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

  486. oshawahabsfan says:

    Always liked Fisher, was hoping he’d be a player Montreal would pursue. That being said his contract is another one that pays the player too much for what he brings. His blend of grit and skill is what everybody and their dog has been going on about since last night

  487. JVF says:

    If we play like this, we’ll get slaughtered by the Leafs. Ugh!

  488. oshawahabsfan says:

    Yeah I really fail to see the interest in this guy. 12 points and minus 20. Not what we need, I don’t care how big he is. Our larger forwards are developing nicely – Pouliot, Pacioretty, Eller. If AK ever gets it together on a nightly basis we’ve got a good core of bigger forwards who can score. Be nice to have a little more offensive prowess in the bottom six forwards however

  489. Wayne says:

    I think Fisher to Nashville was inevitable. I don’t think Neil would like it in MTL but, I don’t know him personally.

  490. ManApart says:

    Ya, i agree. It really is not very good to have our top 2 centers so small. I don’t know what should be done right now with that. Need to see the rest of the season to play out.

  491. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Never know, teams sign and trade all the time if it benefits them.

  492. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Well he’d have to part of a bigger package for sure, but teams may look at how Sergei is playing on a new team and surmise that the same thing could be possible with AK. 

  493. ManApart says:

    Nothing new there, But actually that would have been an amazing deal for the Habs.

  494. Caper says:

    We need 2 d-man

  495. JIMVINNY says:

    Moulson just re-signed a contract.  they’re not trading him.

  496. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think he has NHL-class hands and hockey sense, my concern is his size and the average size of the Canadiens. I think to succeed long-term he’d need to always need two big wingers around him and even then, that handcuffs the Canadiens to make sure he has that size around him all the time to handle the dirty areas because when he does go in there, he gets mugged a lot and the refs don’t call it often blaming him for being small.

    I just don’t think his long-term road in the NHL runs through MTL, I’ve wanted him to get a shot but I don’t think his real future is here due to the lack of big players in MTL.

     

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

  497. samTHEman says:

    probably….

  498. Habhopeful says:

    at the rate gomez is going, it wouldnt be shocking if some sort of move was made, be it waivers, or some sort of trade, buy out is not an option because cap space is key in this league, if PG can find a replacement, he wouldnt hesitate to do something but that being said, he cant dump gomez without havin the opportunity to pickup a “first” line center///and thats the problem

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  499. showey47 says:

    That goal is on hamrlik,though he did make the original block he had the puck on his stick afterwards and instead of pushing it out of harms way like towards the boards or in the corner he pushed it right back up the slot on to tavares’ stick.

  500. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even if DD was kept, I think for full-time success he’d need two big wingers on his line to really succeed. Pacioretty, Pouliot might make that work but again it’s debatable if we want to have a Top 2 center group that’s max 5’10″.

     

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

  501. gumper says:

    Can’t imagine who would trade for AK. Cold as ice and upcoming FA. Who would think that he’s the missing piece they need to either make a run, or generally improve the team?

  502. olematelot says:

    Auld had the bottom of the net covered, Tavares roofed it over him with a great shot

  503. NoTinFoilCups says:

    SF09 is actually somewhat of a neophyte to the game. Good at analysis of our upcoming talent based on stats. But if it were up to him we would be drafting nothing but Russians.

    As to putting a team together he has no clue. But please keep the stats coming.

  504. gumper says:

    Our D looks beaten and battered. Soft passes off target in our zone. Sure hope last night’s beatdown doesn’t end up costing us two losses.

  505. Habhopeful says:

    Sadly, I agree with you, i dont think hamilton would be a bad thing for Eller, he has the tools to be good, its better to refine them with Cunneyworth, and its not a bad thing, sending down Max Pax was probably the best thing for him, Eller can be replaced, im really likin DD though, would be best to insulate him with bigger players, max pac is a good start once cammalleri returns, he can play with gionta and pleks

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  506. JD_ says:

    Awesome Patch laser.

    Outside of that, the Habs short-passin’ game is non-existent tonight. Hopefully, won’t have to watch PK march back-and-forth to the box just because he’s the only D fast enough to clean up other guys’ braincramps.

    Between his size and the mask, half expectin’ Auld to lean on his stick durin’ the stoppage in play.

    AK’s been into the weed again.

  507. Hockey Socks says:

    David Clarkson is another guy who I’d love to have but makes too much for what he brings. 2.6 million cap hit for a career-best 17 goals and 32 points?

  508. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Montreal is getting hosed in that trade.

  509. king ddd says:

    you got most points right, but AK is gonna be a 30+ scorer but not in montreal

  510. ManApart says:

    It’s tough because this team is small. If there was only some way to dump Gomez we could keep DD. Damn you Gainey!

  511. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I say we put together a package that includes AK, to the Isles for Konopka and Matt Moulson.

  512. Mike says:

    A little food for thought. Anyone think we could have gotten fisher and Neil for Eller, AK and a 2/3rd?

  513. SLYDER says:

    after the initial shot – which was blocked by hammer – he was down and out and never recovered…never attempted to move his body with tavares

     

    brutal goal – max-pac was way soft and auld wussed out

  514. Danno says:

    The Breakfast of CHampions®

     

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

  515. The_Salted_One says:

    after sitting on the bench during the bruins game for being a -4, the gomez line should have something to prove. the only thing they seem to be proving so far is that they need to stay benched…

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  516. JVF says:

    Man, we’re playing a SLOPPY game!

  517. Hockey Socks says:

    Plays small for a big guy.

  518. Da Hema says:

    At least the Habs aren’t down 2-0, as they always seem to be….

  519. ManApart says:

    I agree with you. i’ve been following DD since his MVP year in the ECHL and have been a big supporter of his the whole way. I’ve been talking about the guy for a whilw now. Seriousfan wasn’t a bif fan saying he was too slow for the NHL, whick I think is not true at all. After seeing him for almost a month now, I am convinced he can be a productive player in this league. 2nd line center probably. He is a lot better than Eller is and has shown more skill.

  520. JIMVINNY says:

    Holy turnovers batman.  This team looks broken.

  521. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Sloppy period.

    I will not be a happy guy if the Habs lose tonight. 

    Not the time to lose 3 in a row. Especially to t he Islanders.

  522. OneTimer says:

    whoever said Kostitsyn doesn’t pass to Eller – that might be true, y’know…

  523. Shiloh says:

    Did Tavares ever elevate that puck – shot it almost vertically.

  524. oshawahabsfan says:

    That’s Tavares, gotta take the stick on him, he can put the puck in from anywhere

  525. geo_habsgo says:

    DD is really asserting himself in this game. I want him to stay on this team. And wonder why Patches has been tearing it up for us the past few games? He is our only big player with skills. He is the kind of player we need on the team I hope we get more of his style player.

  526. Habhopeful says:

    SF09, I creep and read here more often than I post but I enjoy most of the stuff you write, although I have some disagreements with somethings you write,, i havent been around as much but i recall reading some somewhat negative ”reports” from you about Desharnais, just wondering about your thoughts on him now as his NHL “career” begins, mind you i understand his size defiency but i thought he “could” and still think he can become our poor mans Martin St. Louis, just wondering ya thoughts on him now

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  527. HabsProf says:

    The Canadian Wildlife Foundation reports that there are now confirmed sightings in Montreal of the animal Habius Powerus Forwardius.  Officials at the CWF are very excited as this animal was previously thought to have been extinct, with the last known sightings occurring over a decade ago.

    _____________________________________ They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  528. Chuck says:

    Hey Boone… press “ENTER”.

  529. thebigguy says:

    Mike get stuck in the bathroom? Why aren’t we getting updates?

  530. Shiloh says:

    I don’t see the live blogging by Boone …..

  531. Keith says:

    Maybe Boone took some cold medicine, Viagra and some Molson Ex.

  532. JIMVINNY says:

    What happened to it’s not a penalty if you get the puck first?

  533. The_Salted_One says:

    thats funny….  thats exactly what i just screamed at my tv just now.  it seams like they are calling everything possible right now.  

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  534. RGM says:

    If a player makes contact with the puck first and the opponent second, it’s not tripping.

    This is farcical.

    Go Habs Go!

  535. Josh says:

    Actually it is tripping. Some refs just don’t like calling it.

  536. ClaytonM says:

    Maybe that’s true, but I still won’t piss on lucic if he’s on fire.

  537. christophurrr says:

    agreed. his unconventional style and status as a bruin originally made me hate the guy, but he just seems like such a good dude.

  538. PeterD says:

    “fighter’s manners”…must be code for “the code”…

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  539. avatar_58 says:

    Thomas:”He fought with ‘fighter’s manners,’ as far as not hitting you when you’re down,” he  said. “We were just in the all-star game together. “We’re on friendly terms. It was business. But once business is done, it’s done.”

     

    See this is why I respect the man more and more lately. I used to just hate because he was a Bruin, but come on. How can you honestly hate Thomas – the man, not the Bruin? I would find it hard to punch the guy, let alone do it when he’s on the ground vulnerable. I’m sure Price felt the same way

  540. christophurrr says:

    his impact on my fantasy hockey team is also helping him out in my books (though i dressed both he and price last night, mrrr)

  541. JIMVINNY says:

    I bet Patches has more goals than Cammaleri between when Cammy gets back and the end of the season.

  542. Chuck says:

    THAT’S the kind of toughness that I want to see. Anyone can punch someone else in the face.

  543. Da Hema says:

    If the referees called those last night, that game probably wouldn’t have turned into a slugfest.

  544. nick says:

    They appear to be going for more penalty minutes than last night…

    Nice goal for Max Pac…. Looked like he was channeling his inner Cammy there.

  545. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Did Boone take a Viagra and see Chantal walk by or something?

  546. Wayne says:

    Am I the only one who hasn’t seen this Chantal? I just googled her and there’s not one decent shot of her bustifications!

  547. Da Hema says:

    Evidently Chantal is his Viagra….

  548. JIMVINNY says:

    Great save by Auld. 

     

    And they need to start calling more of those dirty hits.  That is so dangerous.

  549. arcosenate says:

    Gomez hopefully.

  550. Rainrocket16 says:

    Max Pac looked like Cammy on that Snipe!!

  551. ManApart says:

    Don’t make things up. I never said they wouldn’t be close to a playoff spot. I said they would be a bubble team fighting for 8th. They are pretty much exactly where I thought they’ld be. Maybe slightly better. And a fan doesn’t mean closing your eyes to the reality of a situation. Lying to youself about the truth, doesn’t make you a great fan.

  552. ManApart says:

    Fist of all Gorges it not one of our 2 most important players and the injury excuse is getting old. Every team has injuries and significant ones. Look at Pittsburgh for God’sake.

  553. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Wiz won’t be re-signed if he keeps this up. He’s having a nightmare.

     

  554. HardHabits says:

    MABnieski!!

  555. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wisniewski having his 2nd really bad game, has New-Team Performance Boost already worn off?

     

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

  556. ooder says:

    hahah awesome

    ——————

    GWG = game winning gionta!

  557. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Wiz played so good when he first came to Montreal. What gives?

  558. Da Hema says:

    Patrice Brizniewski.

  559. thehabsfan29 says:

    wow what was that. wiz is terrible lately in his own end!

    Hammer&spacek are useless. Hopefully PG isnt dumb enough to re sign hammer

    halperns line is struggling

    gomez line is useless.

    AK46 does the exact same move everytime. and everytime it hits someone in front. AK46 better be traded by the deadline!

    Gios line loooks pretty good

    while DD’s line looks amazing tonight

     

    we need these two points. but ill be happy with one. with the way we played so far we dont even deserve one

  560. andrewberkshire says:

    Still sick.

  561. Cool Ice Price says:

    I work cheap!

  562. joeybarrie says:

    Thats why Spach and Hamr were some media pros top two defensemen in the league together…

    Tough game yesterday, tough season for the older D… Listen to McGuire… He knows what he is talking about… IN THIS CASE ONLY…

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

  563. joeybarrie says:

    Why?

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

  564. OneTimer says:

    desharnais with the overtime goal

  565. HardHabits says:

    OTL = Over Time Loss

    OTL = 1 Point

    OTL = Loser Point

  566. JVF says:

    Brutal. Pond hockey again, but of another kind. Amateur pond hockey.

  567. Thenumber11 says:

    Price has a sweet touqe on.

  568. PeterD says:

    I think that is it…playing is old team and trying too hard…and having just come back from Strep Throat…gotta be a bit off.

  569. joeybarrie says:

    In fact you didnt even think they were gonna be CLOSE to the playoffs at the beginning of the season, so i think maybe you should give them a little credit… But then again, the word FAN means something different to some in Montreal… Try supporting.

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

  570. Da Hema says:

    If Martin pencils in Wizniewski for the shootout, I will hire an assassin.

  571. joeybarrie says:

    Again if this was my FULL team , then maybe i would be a bit more worried. We come off a tough game yesterday. Missing 5-6 guys and 3 of them are top 5 guys. The young players who started the season in the AHL on our team can more than make a full line…

    I look at the WHOLE season, and i see our team in 6th and missing our 2 most important players and our number 1 scorer lately….

    Did you really expect them to go 10 – 0 – 0 at this time?????

     

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

  572. Cool Ice Price says:

    Max, Pleks & Gio in the shootout

  573. Shiloh says:

    Each team gets a point for a regulation tie. One more point to be awarded for an OT win. There is NO loser point. Repeat until learned.

  574. ManApart says:

    You do know this is the worst team in the league, and the Habs are lucky to get a point. I mean if that doesn’t concern you, then nothing ever will.

  575. Cool Ice Price says:

    But we would be due for a win though

  576. Cool Ice Price says:

    I want to see Big Bad Bald Auld in a shootout

  577. Da Hema says:

    I won’t rub it in Andrew….

  578. joeybarrie says:

    Wiz hasnt been great lately, but remember tonight he is playing against the guys that know him really well.

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

  579. Shiloh says:

    Desharnias, MaxPac, Weber – it’s the Bulldogs out there.

  580. thehabsfan29 says:

    true but theres no excuse for that brutal giveaway that almost cost us the game

  581. RGM says:

    This game has been the antithesis to last night’s highly spirited, hotly contested affair.

    Go Habs Go!

  582. JD_ says:

    Kudos to NYI. Didn’t think they’d bring it.

    Poolio at 2:11.

  583. joeybarrie says:

    Unless this team is winning by 3 goals there really isnt alot of support is there. Bunch of bums cant beat the Isles by 10 without 5 players in the lineup…

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

  584. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Habs better win. It would suck facing the Leafs with a 3 game losing streak.

  585. sidhu says:

    The Wiz and Hammer is not a good combo…. Maybe Hammer and anyone isn’t a good combo.

    At this point, Alex Henry can play instead of Hammer.

  586. avatar_58 says:

    Anyone still want to pay 5mil for Wiz? Not me. He gets 2 or the hell with him

  587. Keith says:

    Wiz almost blew it for us there.

  588. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    POST! Habs have been so lucky tonight.

  589. king ddd says:

    good lord wiizizi

  590. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Dodged another bullet

  591. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    GOSH WIZ!

    This D will give me a heart attack!

  592. Jdub1985 says:

    lets call every penalty tonite boys….except of course the one missed call that could have broken PK’s arm. In order to make all the little calls, refs must first forget to call the big ones. 

  593. Da Hema says:

    That was a lovely play by Desharnais…

  594. HardHabits says:

    DD is better than Gomez so far.

  595. RGM says:

    Methinks these refs are making quota on calls for the week.

    Go Habs Go!

  596. Hockey Socks says:

    Great to have John LeClair… I mean Max Pacioretty on the Habs again.

  597. Rugger says:

    I wasthinking that too, being a Vermonter, I hated that trade.

  598. andrewberkshire says:

    Soon might be an understatement.

  599. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    He already has. 

    Well jokes aside, Gomez really needs to step it up for the rest of the season. 

  600. spcbrass says:

    Gomez has another stinker like last night and sooner may be sooner then you think.

  601. ManApart says:

    I stated about 6 weeks ago, before DD was called up, that I would take him over Gomez on our 2nd line. I said he could be just as productive and come at 1/14th the cap hit. Many thought I was crazy. Not so much anymore I would think.

  602. Shiloh says:

    Nice goal – great pass. Desharnais will soon move past Gomer on the depth chart for centres.

  603. PattyBoy31 says:

    I think everyone would have had a much different perspective if last night were played in the Bell Centre. Seeing the Boston fans cheer their ‘warriors’ after some distinct points may have fooled us into thinking that maybe thuggery is something to be proud about.

    Go to youtube, in the comments for the fights I’m sure you’ll see this reflected by all the Bruins fans calling our guys you-know-whats. 

    Had the mismatch fights been followed by boo’s and perhaps some beers poured on the B’s, we might have felt less of a sting. But that is hockey.

  604. Jdub1985 says:

    Ruutu … Corvo…Penner?

    That might toughen the Habs up.

  605. Mike Boone says:

    No, no, maybe

  606. Castor says:

    Mike Fischer to Nashville… I wonder if his girlfriend had a say?

  607. PeterD says:

    I suspect that with his NTC clause, he simply told Management that if they want to move him it will be to Nashville only.

  608. RGM says:

    I would suspect that his wife would have a greater influence on the matter.

    Go Habs Go!

  609. HardHabits says:

    Putting AK with Gomez is useless. Those two have no chemistry.

     

  610. gumper says:

    Yeah, but it saves spoiling two lines.

  611. VancouverHab says:

    OK: since Mr. Boone’s blogging is not appearing at present, here’s a question:

    Is Scott Gomez the only high-level player in NHL — heck, in Habs — history to have a sub-par regular season?

    Because around here it has become tribalistic the way Gomez is treated: as if he is villanously lazy and incompetant.

  612. SeriousFan09 says:

    Someone’s not right in his head or he’s got something distracting him, he’s a very good player when he’s on but something is just taking him off of his game and focus. He hasn’t been good at all this year and it’s hard to put up with, seeing other guys clearly outwork him each night earning 1/10th of the money.

     

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

  613. JIMVINNY says:

    I don’t think there’s EVER been a top-ten paid player who has had as bad a statistical year (proportionally) as Gomez has had so far this year.  He’s not the first to have a bad year by any means.  But this could very well be the worst ever dollars-to-points year of any player, in the history of the NHL.

     

    Edit* My apologies, top-FIVE paid player.  There are only 4 players making more than Gomez this season.

     

  614. topher5468 says:

    Its the damn money, Hes a good player but he makes super star money. I know thats what my issue with him was until I just let it go. He was awful last night but that happens to everyone. 

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

  615. Cool Ice Price says:

    This new mask is an insult to Dryden.

  616. HFX-HabFan says:

    Auld sporting a new mask?  What happened to his Dryden/Roy design?

  617. samTHEman says:

    some dude was wearing a bruins t-shirt at school today. i came real close to cussing him out twice. i probably should of.

  618. sidhu says:

    Next time bring a 2 x 4 to class a la Hacksaw Jim Duggen, or just use a folding chair on his back

  619. Cool Ice Price says:

    U should have laid the smackdown on his candy A$$

  620. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Of course you have no doubt, you also have no clue, funny how that works eh?

  621. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    Gomez -6 over his last 5 games… and this game isn’t over yet… JM 4th line his ass with ak … play them 6mins a game.. I don’t care

  622. Hockey Socks says:

    Desharnais could make Cammalleri a 50-goal scorer.

  623. Just A Guy says:

    I can’t believe you can go from a game like yesterday then play today where the refs are calling almost anything and everything. How the hell are the habs supposed to get a rythym going where from one game to the next a simple shove makes them hesitate? The 2nd largest contributor to revenue sharing in the NHL need to speak up.

    The one thing I am noticing though, The bulldogs are really coming through on this one (Pleks is also a Bulldog if ya wanna split some hairs, where Kostitsyn hardly spent anytime with the club) and it makes me think Eller would be much better served with them. Waiting for Cammy to come back I guess, or is PG really that stubborn that he won’t let JM put him in the minors because of who he was traded for? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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

  624. The_Salted_One says:

    aaaaaand its tied…  this is the worst team in the NHL. the habs should not have this much dificulty against them

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  625. novahab says:

    Time to send Eller to the Dogs the season had passed him. He young and looks tired and lost and going to the Dogs won’t hurt him. We need a tough wingers to put on with Gomez and AK so they can create some ice. PG where is the trade waiting to the dead line may cost you the playoffs.

     

  626. ManApart says:

    I think when Darche comes back, White should stay and Eller should be sent to Hamilton. Let’s face it, he’s mostly here so PG didn’t look Dumber than he already did for the return on Halak. White can’t do worse and adds some toughness. Eller can get top line minutes and learn to be a better player like Patches did. He just doesn’t bring much to the team and it certainly must be bad for his confidence/development to be playing over his head, like he is.

  627. Keith says:

    That was just plain SLOPPY! Like in sloppy seconds!

  628. Wayne says:

    They won’t get refused. My feeling is that Bettman is clearly aware which side the bread is buttered. He’s officially pissed off more people on this side of the border that he’s now realized he has to give 1-2 franchises to us and quietly closed 1-2 down in the states. Should happen once the QC arena is complete.

  629. PeterD says:

    ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  630. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Please show me the post’s where I said to trade Price and keep Halak, and please show me the post’s where I troll like manapart does, till you provide those posts stfu.

  631. andrewberkshire says:

    Talk about a jinx.

  632. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m normally in JM’s camp but not tonight. He’s throwing away momentum every time he uses the Gomez line, they’re horrendous and they need to sit. If the Habs have to push back, they’re the wrong line to start each period with and they’ve been the wrong line to try and bring offence.

     

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

  633. JD_ says:

    Yeah. Strike that. That line is killin’ me.

  634. ManApart says:

    Says who, you lol?

  635. Cool Ice Price says:

    WOW I mean just WOW

  636. punkster says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ***Subbang!!!***

  637. hockeydoc says:

    and the habs are the second worst team

  638. Hockey Socks says:

    Gui’s rehabbing his love handles.

  639. ManApart says:

    I stand by wanting to keep Halak. Price has been doing a good job for the most part, but I have no doubt, if Halak were here, he would have done just as well up to this point.And if you can’t see ,my point on Eller, then you’re i’m sorry to say, you’re the moron.

  640. ManApart says:

    You talking hockey with me, is like Gomez telling Crosby how to score goals.

  641. JIMVINNY says:

    That was a hell of a skate by Max to beat out the icing.  Particularly because his line needed a change.

  642. Keith says:

    Glad yer back with us Mr. Boone ))

  643. andrewberkshire says:

    ……

  644. punkster says:

    Hmmm…

    ***Subbang!!!***

  645. SLYDER says:

    on second thought…send gomex back to new jersey in an attempt to get roloston or arnott….or both :)

  646. The_Salted_One says:

    welcome back, Boone.

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  647. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I agree. Good post. 

    If it worked for Max-Pac, then I am all in for Eller going to the AHL and further develop his game.

  648. punkster says:

    Hey, Mike…your server on ludes man? Awful s-l-o-o-o-w t–o—n—-i—-g—–h——t—–

    ***Subbang!!!***

  649. vic says:

    Gomez line not working and has not been since it was formed AK cant control a puck and Gomez doesnt know where he is.Do they practise together at all.

    Wiz not the answer on defence hes out of position most of the time.

    Hamerlik and Spacek both look about burnt out.

    What next ?

    Are we playing just to make the playoffs or win the cup?

  650. doogie says:

    totally agree and I like the kid Eller. Needs some ‘dog time.

  651. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    You were one of the morons who wanted to trade Price and keep Halak.  Who cares what you think troll.

  652. win4ce says:

    We’re winning. Doom and gloom is for when we’re losing. Please re-read the H/IO rules.

  653. Castor says:

    Good idea. With white up he can be with Gomez and Darche. Seriously.

  654. JIMVINNY says:

    Based on what the call-ups have managed to accomplish, it’s hard to disagree.  As long as it’s made clear to him the reasoning for sending him down, I can’t see him being upset.

  655. Rob Maguire says:

    Pot, meet kettle?

  656. king ddd says:

    so the diiques are getting an arena good for them. i want that rivalry revived. but we all know that schmuck bettman. so my question is what happens if he refuse to give quebec city a team?

  657. punkster says:

    Epic post. EPIC.

    Unfortunately…fail.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  658. SLYDER says:

    couldnt have put it better myself ManApart…dont listen to that other guy, he’s probably a closet Thomas fan ;)

  659. HabFanSince72 says:

    It ain’t Bettman, it’s the owners.

  660. habs-hampton says:

    I agree, but he is the best player on the Gomer line. Those 2 guys are going to destroy his confidence.

  661. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    The second line (should be the 3rd line) sucks… Gomez/AK/Eller have nothing going on…  I feel bad for cammy when he comes back cuz he’ll prolly get stuck with Gomez again.. Bright spots the Pleks/gio/Max line has tons of chemistry and I’m liking white on the DD/Pouliot line.. the 4th line .. haven’t noticed them

    But i agree with the whole BG/PG take gomes for a walk a la kovalev… because watching gomez lately is reminding me of kovalev…. and the pain those games were…

  662. JD_ says:

    More jump out there. More KFC® passin’.

    Poolio looks good but, other than a rough patch earlier in the season, he’s been consistent. I’ve completely forgotten about Chubby McMarshmallow. In fairness, not much to hear about when you’re rehabbin’ yer hips.

    Not anticipatin’ much pushback from the Isles if the pressure’s maintained.

  663. PeterD says:

    I like Benny’s fire tonight…I think he liked knocking out David Krejci

  664. avatar_58 says:

    Pacioretty seems to bury everything he can if he has an angle. He wanted a top 6 role? He’s got it.

    On the flipside could Cammalleri PLEASE get back? Watching Gomez and AK46 is god awful. Good. Lord. I mean come on, they have no idea how to play together. Maybe it’s time to give Desharnais and Pouliot more time and far less to the 7 mil man.

  665. Hockey Socks says:

    That Latendresse trade tastes sweeter every time Pouliot has a game like tonight.

  666. The_Salted_One says:

    i’m really liking what white has brought to this game too. i dont know what they are feeding those kids in the AHL, but it seems to be working.

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  667. HabFanSince72 says:

    I like Pouliot-Desharnais-White.

     

  668. Castor says:

    MaxPac is going to get near twenty goals in half a season!

    I think when Cammy comes back it should be Cammy, Pleks and Gio and MaxPac, Deharnais…and whoever we trade for.

  669. SeriousFan09 says:

    Or moves like he isn’t carrying around a daily Jumbo Poutine lunch.

     

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

  670. SLYDER says:

    lovin white, desharnais, benny, and max-pac tonight

     

    i hate gomez more and more with each game – saddens my hab loving heart that no GM in their right mind will get rid of a jug of gatorade for him 

  671. punkster says:

    Hey Boone, what’s with the blog?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  672. SeriousFan09 says:

    Right now, doubtful. Cammy’s streaky and something’s been bothering him all season, he should already have 20 goals this year really, number of times he’s missed it when last year he’d just bury it is crazy.

     

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

  673. JIMVINNY says:

    Pouliot.  He can play in the top six.  Just needs a good center.  Putting DD between two big guys is what you need, anyways.  Trade AK for a d-man, and bury Nomez on the fourth line.

  674. JVF says:

    They better come out roaring in the second…

  675. Habnofear says:

    You remind me of the flat Earther’s whom too this day swear “THE EARTH IS FLAT” regardless of today’s technology!What did you not see last night and how did you and others not see this comming…..

  676. Shiloh says:

    In talking to two people who know Dreger, both think he’s full of himself.  

  677. Exit716 says:

    So what you’re saying as a Gainey fan is that you don’t think the team Bob has constructed is tough enough to do the job?

     

  678. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Only in the inane universe you’ve concocted does being a fan of someone mean you consider them perfect. I like Bob Gainey and I think he’s a brilliant hockey mind, and I think his success speaks for itself, but that doesn’t mean I think he’s incapable of mistakes or without shortcomings.

  679. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    His personality is separate from his journalism. He isn’t my best friend, he’s a guy I guy to for journalistic purposes. In that respect, he’s top rate.

  680. Habnofear says:

    Agree 100%

  681. Gormdog says:

    You mean our dominant record against the Bruins?

     

    Saw that coming from miles away, in fact!

  682. DanielTheRussian says:

    weber, picard, subban, hamirlik, spacek, wiz

  683. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    What are the D pairings? We only have 5 dmen tonight?

  684. Rad says:

    Spacek wearing a nice shiner. 

  685. HFX-HabFan says:

    The odds of it happening are incredibly low, but I’d love to see Pyatt get one tonight.

  686. king ddd says:

    iam not seeing what many in HIO see in penner. yes hes big and natural winger. but is he tough? we need a guy who has hockey skills and willing to go to the net and piss off the opposing goalie. we need guys like umberger,steve ott, steve downie

  687. punkster says:

    Now THERE is a man who knows how to stir the pot. Good suggestion.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  688. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m shocked that PK didn’t get called for a slash there.  Would have been the perfect opportunity to put the Habs on a 5 on 3 pk.

  689. byrneoNL says:

    Boone must be in the Beer lineup. Hey Boone, say hello to Danny for me if you see ‘em. He’s at the game tonight too

  690. Da Hema says:

    This town needs a enema.

  691. punkster says:

    Enemas. That’s what these guys need. Enemas.

    They’re all bunged up. You can see it their eyes.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  692. showey47 says:

    atta boy pleky

  693. OneTimer says:

    Plekanec: what a pro. Love his expression when he scores

  694. Hockey Socks says:

    Tomas Plekanec is my hero.

  695. JIMVINNY says:

    Big goalies like Auld and Koskinen just can’t get their massive five holes closed quick enough against Good shooters.

  696. Danno says:

    How many chances did Gionta miss tonight?

     

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

  697. king ddd says:

    id rather get avery

  698. RJB says:

    Wouldn’t take Cooke ever, he belongs in the league as much as Todd Bertuzzi does…no place for those morons.

    “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

  699. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cooke is human filth.

     

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

  700. Gormdog says:

    JM would pull his hair out but… Matt Cooke for a 5th round pick?

     

    Penguins, surely, are tired of the bad press, and the Habs, surely, could use a douchebag player who can also play hockey. I don’t like that brand of hockey, at all, but it irked me a bit that, through the sea of cheapshots, that it would be the Habs calling up players to replace injured ones while guys like Lucic and Marchand hit people in the numbers without a care in the world.

     

    I probably don’t even really want Cooke… I just want one player that “has a reputation for being dirty”, not in a Plecky (stick) way, but in a “Whoa, you just elbowed Gio in the head? Don’t go chase any pucks in the corner next shift because you WILL get hurt” kinda player…

  701. ClaytonM says:

    I wonder what they’re asking for Max Lapierre…….

  702. Ian Cobb says:

    This guy looks toaked not stoaked.!

  703. Hockey Socks says:

    He and Gorges are the best thing Craig Rivet ever brought to Montreal.

  704. JIMVINNY says:

    Pacioretty is quickly becoming the second best forward on the team. 

  705. RedLight says:

    Gomez wins a faceoff!

    We can’t lose.

  706. Da Hema says:

    Wow. That’s quite a call….

  707. Cool Ice Price says:

    Uper-body injury for Gill. Not because he faught anyone!

  708. topher5468 says:

    Where the f was Hamr going out for a leisurely skate, 

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

  709. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    BREAK – UP – THAT – GOMEZ – LINE.

    PUH-LEASE!

  710. gumper says:

    Wiz has been just freakin’ brutal tonight.

  711. ManApart says:

    I’ve been very impressed with Grabner tonight. The Islanders got a hell of a player there.

  712. Hockey Socks says:

    Eller and Gomez to Hamilton and Kostitsyn to Dynamo Minsk.

  713. JIMVINNY says:

    What a joke these guys have become in their d-zone.  What is Hamrlik doing pinching with a lead?  Especially with that line on the ice.

     

    Let them go, you douchebag refs.  Weber just got slewfooted behing the net.

  714. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Ilses giving the Habs this much trouble? AYE AYE AYE

  715. Castor says:

    I wish HabsInsideOut had a LIKE button.

  716. RGM says:

    It was an international news event for the weekend that it happened. Didn’t you catch all the Princess Leia jokes that came out of the wedding?

    Go Habs Go!

  717. Castor says:

    and you’d suspect correctly. I’m not up to date on the marital status of Ottawa Senators or country singers.

     

    GO HABS GO!

  718. spcbrass says:

    I would, but I would have some matches very close by!

  719. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    If you take off the blue, blanc, et rouge glasses, you’d see that the game was nowhere near as close as its score suggested.

     

    if not for Carey Price, the Canadiens were buried after 20 minutes. It’d be 4 or 5-0 and night night nurse. That the game remained close due to Gionta’s quick strike speaks volumes of Gionta’s leadership abilities, but certainly does little to erase the early dominance by the Bruins. The 2nd period was close and back-to-back. It was even and run-and-gun, but no side had a decided advantage. The 3rd period was old-time Bruins hockey at its finest. They dominated the scoreboard and they dominated the physicality. Yes, it takes away when you consider the guys being picked on (Spacek? Really? Good partner, tough guy) but it doesn’t change the results. The Habs lose a critical two points, they walk away bloodied and beaten.

     

    Of course it’s room for concern. The size factor’s been front stage and center in Montreal for ages. Last night it came to its bloody conclusion.

  720. HabFanSince72 says:

    This reminds me of that pre-xmas slump.

  721. Caper says:

    I live just before Hamilton. Ask them to stop in for a beer.

  722. Keith says:

    Shoot, shovel, lime and shut-up.

  723. VancouverHab says:

    Valid points all — my thanks.

    The money’s not a metric for me (it’s not mine after all ;–) but I do see how others could feel strongly about it.

  724. Lafrich says:

    Is there any chance at all, using any formula whatsoever, where we can rid ourselves of Gomez?
    Even if we have to pay half his salary, I would rather him play somewhere else at this point.

  725. Cool Ice Price says:

    U mean nice save POST

  726. Shiloh says:

    Nice save Alex!

  727. rogus says:

    Hal was MIA last night. He had the best seat in the house for a couple goals last night.

  728. Rad says:

    Maybe Hal should learn how to mow his own lawn first, as in defending his own goaltender when he’s attacked by an opposing forward.

     

  729. PeterD says:

    I think the Islanders are below the cap floor and I think they need veterans to help Tavarres.

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  730. The_Salted_One says:

    there doesnt seem to be any live blogging. not sure why, but hopefully boone will let us know why or someone will have it fixed soon.   hopefully

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  731. Les-Habitants says:

    Is there anyone else who is not seeing any live blogging on the site? Tech issue?

  732. Cool Ice Price says:

    Prediction: NEXT GOAL WINS

  733. Habnofear says:

    I know exactly what happened to Boone.After last night this 1st period was a comedown and I passed out…

  734. JVF says:

    Tom Pyatt isn’t going to score from there, but it was exciting

    Yeah, right.

  735. Da Hema says:

    Jeez Boone. Next time don’t mix Molson Ex and viagra before a game.

  736. DearyLeary says:

    We’re boned tonight… we used up our weekly allotment of goals last night.

  737. ManApart says:

    Ya, fatigue is really showing on a team that was battered by the Bruins last night. At this point, 1 point in the bank is a victory.

  738. Rugger says:

    Crazy idea, put Price in for OT so he is there for the shootout.

  739. hockeydoc says:

    “Why can’t this team put anyone away?”           Because they are a mediocre team themselves.

  740. JIMVINNY says:

    I agree, though the shot did produce an excellent scoring chance with Gomez missing (NO WAY!!!) the net.

  741. g says:

    It’s like someone wearing no. 99. It just isn’t right!

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  742. Chuck says:

    Kind of liking Auld’s ‘new’ mask.

  743. Propwash says:

    I’m so lucky. My seats are way better than I thought. Section 113 row U center ice baby!

  744. topher5468 says:

    We scored our first first period goal in nearly 2 weeks, since before the all star break, Auld looks a bit shaky to me. I miss Pricer, even though he let up 8 last night , 

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

  745. Danno says:

    What’s the frequency Boone?

     

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

  746. VancouverHab says:

    I’m a Yorkshireman and I really really hated that trade. I mean, hated.

  747. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He’s a regular Mean Mister Mustard.

  748. Da Hema says:

    Wasn’t aware of that. Boone is a dirty old man.

  749. Keith says:

    Don’t forget Penelope Cruz too.

  750. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    any trades? any emergency call ups? is WHITE in the lineup? what about HENRY?, SHULTZ has someone called LAROCK? we need POWER… we need to go from the weakest team, to the toughest and it needs to happen fast.

     

    1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: The NHL-REF-SYNDICATE will do everything in its power to deny us the cup. 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/PAX now.

  751. RJB says:

    The scariest thing about Matt Cooke, is that when I got to learn more about him via the HBO series, its clear that he is a family man. And yet he has complete disregard for his fellow players on the ice, players who like him have families. Imagine if he was like Savard, and he could barely watch tv with his own kids, let alone do anything physical like lift them up. He may have ruined Savards life and he is still allowed to play hockey. I just don’t understand it.

    “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

  752. Keith says:

    God Damnit! Scratch that! PLEC!

  753. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pleks doin’ what he does best.

     

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

  754. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahaha that’s awesome!

  755. MikeMcLaren says:

    Mike Cammioretty!

    Nice knee drop on the PP.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  756. Bill says:

    I will donate my own stash to the cause.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  757. PeterD says:

    But one can hope and dream…

     

    “Sorry dad, I didn’t mow the lawn.” “Well, sorry doesn’t mow the lawn.” – Hal Gill

  758. habsfan1001 says:

    What u are saying Boone having a large protest at the Bell Center to get rid of Gomez would have the same effect as Tahir Square is having. Nothing

     

  759. zedder81 says:

    Heading to Montreal tomorrow with two extra tickets to the Laughs and Habs. Section 404. Not great seats but hoping to get them to a habs fan. Make me an offer if interested and you can pick them up at my hotel.

  760. HabsFaith says:

    I keep looking into the future and wondering where AK will be signing this summer… my best guest and I think it mostly will happen, unless someone else is stupid enough to offer him more money… Pittsburgh… They’re desperate for talented wingers (which he is, on a good day) and he can play with a fellow russian (Malkin)… and I have a feeling playing on a team with two of the better centers in the league would be a good motivation for the guy…

     

    I honestly don’t see a better fit for him

  761. DearyLeary says:

    Listening to the Fan 590 at lunch right now, and they’re talking to a Bruins broadcaster, missed who it was, and he’s talking about how ‘the rivalry is back’.  

    Did this rivalry ever cool down?  Seriously?  Just because we’ve won the last few games doesn’t diminish the rivalry.  What an idiot city.

  762. HFX-HabFan says:

    Sorry, meant to say I wouldn’t have been surprised if the refs called that, given the utter incompetence of today’s generation of officials.

  763. The_Salted_One says:

    those kids aren’t going back to the AHL anytime soon! good stuff!

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  764. Castor says:

    You know what I was just thinking? Carey totally had the upperhand on Thomas and could have CLEANED HIM UP…but he didn’t. Because he is a good guy. Carey could have taken Thomas out and upped our chances of cathing the Bruins if Thomas was out with a fractured face. Then people could have defended it with “That’s Hockey”

    Good for Carey and our boys for showing some class against the classless.


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Perry: Save

AK46: Save

Ryan: Goal

Gionta: Save

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745 Comments

  1. Wayne says:

    Kyle Chipchura hat trick

     

    Mike, I thought your reverse jinx’s had to contain, as a rule, some plausible logic. A hatrick for Chips is just laughable.

    Anyway, the Habs needed that ego boost last night to loosen themselves up. Anybody see how much PK was holding back on his late goal? It was funny watching him force down that slice of humble pie knowing his sphincter was going all bazookas LOL.

  2. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    He is coming home…and you could tell when he stated that playing here, while wearing a Ducks jersey, was going to be “weird”. A year later and then some, and you couldnt help but see it in his face…

    ” Oh sh**, I’m a Duck.”

     

     Sad but true. Kiitos sydan Koivu.

  3. HardHabits says:
    I am worried about this game. This is like being only recently married and seeing an old flame at a party. Yes things are great with the new bride, but one can’t help but think of all the good times had in the past.
    I just wonder how the fans and new team will feel with all the mixed feelings.
    Hopefully the Habs will trounce the Ducks. No holds barred.
    Once the puck drops, wipe the tears and kick ass.
  4. Frank2468 says:
    Of all the players that have been traded and then came back to applause and then the boos well thats ok, it is what it is.  But boo Saku after all he has been through with the Habs and all he has done for the Habs and the city of Montreal would be a totally classes thing to do.  If you view the yutube video of him his heart is still in Montreal. To this day I have never seen a player for the Habs that came back for a game and press conference actually be close to tears.  If we all remember it was BG that decided not to resign him and yes Saku agreed to it but what would you want him to say after BG made his decision.So I really hope the fans at the bell center tonight show class and cheer Saku and cheer him when he touches the puck and if he should score a goal cheer even louder for him.  This man loves the city of Montreal and the Habs and according to Saku it feels like he is coming home tonight.  So if there are any fans going to the game tonight and should come on to HabsInside/Out before for going to the game show some class as I know you will. 
  5. Willy the bum says:

    Kyle Chipchura hat trick: press box – hot dog – beer

  6. Da Hema says:

    Whenever a handful of posters yearn for Kovalev, I think to myself we should instead debate how many angels dance on the head of a pin–a proposition that at least has greater relevance. After all the time and energy Kovalev drained from his teammates, his coaches, and his general manager by the sheer force of his childish personality, only someone like Brian Burke would be stupid enough to even consider trading for him. Gauthier would never, ever trade for Kovalev. That is a guarantee.

  7. Shiloh says:

    Let me give you a scenario:

    If Cammalleri is out for a couple of months and we could get him for the last month of the season and the playoffs I’d consider it. It would be relatively cheap and he’d be playing for a contract. I would consider it, not jump at it.

  8. RockinRey says:

    How would anyone in their right mind want Kovalev back? I dont care about all his skill set and all this bs about him being one of  the most talented guys in the NHL. Sure he can do tricks on a pond and with no other player around. And yes he has a decent shot. But his malingering, selfish play, lack of heart are all reasons not to bring him back. Plus by some accouts he contributed to the devisive room in Koivus last days.

    As Bergeron said. He is a morning glory!

    Anyone but him!!

  9. likehoy says:

    so if ottawa goes on a sale mode..

    anyone think we can get alfie for a 1st and a 2nd?
    he has 2 years left on his 3.75 cap hi contract.

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  10. Da Hema says:

    Tells us how good Markov is to turn Komisarek into a one-time all-star. Still, I wish Komisarek hadn’t run for the money, and instead chose to be with a good team with a great defensive partner. Despite what some posters think, Komisarek was physical enough to take some pressure off Markov. They were a good combination. Komisarek is wealthier, but the rot that is the Toronto Maple Leafs will in the long run hurt his career.

  11. Matt_in_TO says:

    The System doesn’t allow it

     

     

    - In Price We Trust

  12. Chuck says:

    HI/O needs a ‘jealous’ button.

  13. Da Hema says:

    The claims against Komisarek are still being investigated. We don’t know yet whether her claims are true. Hockey players, like all celebrities, are frequently the target of false allegations. Let’s see what happens with the investigation before we condemn Komisarek.

    As for Grabovski, he is a little piece of shite. My grandma would kick his arse.

  14. DearyLeary says:

    lol, that was my first reaction as well

  15. Les-Habitants says:

    You lucky….

    Well, I’m jealous.

  16. avatar_58 says:

    Hey so once again – the picture-upload isn’t working. I have a nice pic of subban I want to switch to but it’s not letting me, saying the folder (/tmp/something) is not writeable. Boone? Anyone?

  17. The Teacher says:

    I was thinking more along the lines of JUST a 2nd..and even that would be cause to think. He has REALLY fallen off.

  18. The Teacher says:

    I am going. Can’t wait!

     

  19. ProHabs says:

    Classy group those Toronto Maple Leafts. First of all, in the greatest event to UNIFY the world, Grabovski gets into a bar fight last year. Then, Mike Komisarek decides that it is OK to punch a girl in the face.

    So Don Cherry gets all over PK for everything he does. I wonder if he will be all over Komisarek tonight for doing something far worst and cowardly than anything PK has ever done.

  20. Bill says:

    “NHL Star”? At least he didn’t steal her purse.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  21. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Your cred on this site just took a small hit.

     

  22. Les-Habitants says:

    Welcome home, Saku.

  23. 134 says:

    All the love for Saku- standing ovation, hat trick, etc, etc, and an OT win for the Habs so that Saku goes back with a point and we can still remain in the 6th, in case NYR wins tonight.

  24. Wayne says:

    That would be interesting. Or Moen or Wiz,.. or even Gio.

  25. Chuck says:

    “defensive powerhouse”?

  26. Matt_in_TO says:

    No cause this isn’t Toronto.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  27. Wayne says:

    Where’s the formatting!

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Getzlaf is still on IR, fortunate for MTL but much to the chagrin of me and the two fantasy leagues I have him in.

     

  29. HardHabits says:

    Andrew. Don’t be so simplistic in your analysis. Go to iihf.com and look at all the team rosters and the numbers of each player. It has nothing to do with who played better. It’s about who is where in terms of perceived depth of each team.

  30. habs4ever2894 says:

    I want to see the ovation already! its going to be awesome. Is Getzlaf playing?

  31. Da Hema says:

    The Chipchura hat trick idea is kind of funny, but I wouldn’t exclude the possibility of Lapierre doing so.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    The best forwards on the juniors were in the 10-16 range? Louis Leblanc was the second most effective forward on the team the entire tournament and he was number 20! c’mon HH!

  33. gumper says:

    That line would be blanked too many nights.

  34. smiler2729 says:

    And where does Steve Weiss fit in? He’s a top 6 center and the Habs have two of those. Can he play the wing?

  35. FSLN says:

    Hi all,

    So this starving student is looking for some cheap tickets for tonight so my girlfriend and I can join her friends at the game. Craigslist doesn”t have anything cheaper than $100 and so I was thinking about going five minutes after the game starts and trying to catch a panicking scalper but if anyone has tickets they”re trying to get rid of please e-mail me at ethanwrites@gmail.com.

    It’s way too ridiculous to get tickets for a reasonable price in this city, so if anyone can help me out I’ll really appreciate it!

    Thanks,

    Ethan

  36. Da Hema says:

    Alfredsson is a shadow of what he used to be. Giving up such valuable draft picks for him would be madness.

  37. RGM says:

    You don’t trade your franchise player for a pick in the high teens/low twenties.

    Go Habs Go!

  38. RGM says:

    I’d prefer to have the Habs continue to honour their exceptional past.

    Go Habs Go!

  39. Da Hema says:

    Chipchura was a very promising prospect until his Achille’s tendon was severed. He was never the same after that. That’s just bad luck all around for Kyle and the Canadiens, not bad drafting.

  40. RGM says:

    Curse that Timmins for not being able to predict that Chipchura would have his Achilles tendon sliced only a couple months after he was drafted eh? Knob.

    Go Habs Go!

  41. The Teacher says:

    I took Perry :)

  42. RockinRey says:

    I hope they blow the roof off the building tonight for Koivu. I hope he has a great game and the Habs win.

    That said to put his time in Montreal in Perspective; He was a great Captain, did the jersey proud, a class act, extremely professional, fiery and competitive, fairly resilient and by all accounts a great guy.

    But he did only score 191 goals during his time here and really was more suited to be a Number 2 or 3 center. When I saw his stats on TV I was a little surprised at his low goal total. His assist totals are impressive and that is the way I always saw him – as a playmaker.

    Maybe most telling is that when the Habs had the opportunity to land a big name in FA and they were told who the number one center was and who they might be playing with and these players balked at coming to MTL.

  43. likehoy says:

    well bryan murray would want the best deal possible regardless of inside the conference cause his team already sucks, so it’s not like any players going to really go back and bite them in the ass, they’ve already bitten themselves!

    - Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  44. Harani says:

    I think Bryan Murray would be insane to trade within the conference, let alone the same division. 

    “It must be love!”

  45. le_vrai_jacques says:

    A Leblanc, White, Weiss line would be interesting…

  46. OneTimer says:

    CHsam applied for the job of head scout, but didn’t get it, can you believe that?

  47. MikeL says:

    hahah that’s great.

  48. smiler2729 says:

    More like 49% or less on faceoffs, minus 1 or more on the ice and less than 10 minutes of ice time.

  49. HardHabits says: