Sixth place

But it shoulda been easier.


  1. i gloriosi says:

    thanks mate

  2. doogmac says: is their “new” site site i believe

  3. C3P1 says:

    then how did henrik sedin win the hart trophy last season? he beat crosby out by, what, 3 points? and scored 30 more goals than him?  I agree with you that toews is the sexier name, but people view him as an offensive juggernaut, which he is not.  the american press is doing their best to bring kesler to the forefront; the first sports illustrated hockey article in a month was centered around him.

  4. TomNickle says:

    But when he doesn’t have the Sedins flanking him he’s seeing the oppositions’ #2 line, which should, but won’t work against him in consideration.  

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kesler will probably get it this year with Datsyuk out to injury this long.


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

  6. C3P1 says:

    ryan kesler is superior to toews in almost every category, including blocks, hits, goals, shorthanded goals, and points.  he also plays on a better team, which usually helps.  I think he will run away with it

  7. TomNickle says:

    Toews’ faceoff percentage and takeaways alone will win him the award.  The award almost never goes to the player most deserving.  I feel that Pleks is a better defensive player than Staal, Bergeron and Richards but he won’t get consideration due to his lack of star power.


  8. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I know who hates that trade: Florida and the Islanders, as they own the 2 second round picks we would have in 2011.

    EDIT: Just noticed you never mentioned 2011, that was a poster below. Little quick on the draw, my apologies.

  9. king ddd says:

    as much as like fisher. hes a bit overrated. i dont like the idea of losing webber, since hes been good in last few games.. if p.gautheir wants a forward and wants to spend money and trade our assets for him, then i think he should really go for someone big (iginla,backes, clowe.. i wouldnt mind steve downie aswell)

  10. Keith says:

    Nice little TSN feature on Tomas Plekanec where Brian Gionta pays him a big compliment. He truely deserves Selke Trophy consideration.

  11. tony d says:

    Here’s a site that gives a pretty good summary of the whole UBB topic and what we can do about it.

  12. Bill says:

    Contact me at the email I have on the site is not working!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  13. moser17 says:

    it will also mean less (affordable) hits to, which is crucial to Habs fans without RDS :(

  14. habs4ever2894 says:

    Doubt it would happen , Fisher is signed through 2013 and i doubt ottawa would only want Maxwell , weber and a 2nd especially because we are in the same division. He is also a center and all of our centers are looking comfortable right now.

  15. DearyLeary says:

    Nope.  I don’t understand what people see in Mike Fisher.  On top of that, Weber’s a roster player right now, who replaces him on the back end?


  16. Rugger says:

    I sent you a message about the tix

  17. Bill says:

    Anyone live near Boston? I have three tickets to the Habs-Bruins next Wednesday, Feb. 9 and cannot use them. Section LOGE 8, row 19, seat 19-21. Contact me through through the site if you are interested.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    It’s a statistical fact that 33% of RJ  Umberger’s goals have been scored against the Habs.

    If he gets traded to us his goal production will plummet.


  19. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Another start by the Auld-man-out…Is there another way out?
    Maybe Gilly in goal?

  20. The Teacher says:

    Kovalev should shut his mouth and try to play with some heart.


    LMAO @ the laffs signing Brown.

  21. andrewberkshire says:

    Nope, not at all.

  22. Harani says:

    Plekanec for the Selke? For sure! Here’s the TSN clip mentined below where Gionta, Spacek and JM talk about Pleky:

    “It must be love!”

  23. TomNickle says:

    Not happening as long as Kesler, Datsuyk, Toews, M.Richards and Jordan Staal are playing in the NHL.  Staal isn’t worthy but he gets credit for defensive ability because he’s a big name who can’t contribute offensively.

  24. Robert L says:

    I don’t look at it that way. How the teams perform defensively will tie in to the vote. Those players are Pleks competition and he’ll need to outperform them as two-way players. Staal missed too much time to get votes this year, Chicago is not strong enough defensively to merit Toews winning, and presently Montreal has better goals against than Detroit. Kesler and Richards will figure in, but my vote would go to Patrice Bergeron. Plekanec will only have a ligit shot should the Habs tighten up big time in the goals against dept from here on. Currently, they are 6th best, 15 GA back of Philly, and their PK is seventh. Both stats will figure in for Pleks.

  25. Bill says:

    Still pretty pumped about last night’s win! Hope they can dig deep for another big one tonight.

    Auld needs extra protection, so hopefully the D and forwards are conscious of who is in nets tonight!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Until Plekanec works his faceoffs into the 55% territory he isn’t getting a shot at it, I think he should get on the final ballot but there is no clear idea in hell about what makes a guy a Selke candidate anymore when you look at the yearly balloting for it. 1/3rd think it’s an award for the best 2nd-line center scoring, 1/3rd all just picking the guy on their team beat and 1/3rd vote based on reputation.


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

  27. Mr.Hazard says:

    From Stu’s article:

    But there’s a nagging sense the Heritage Classic is a burden for the league, an obligation to the sport in its birthplace that won’t bring them any tangible benefit in U.S. TV ratings, sponsorships or merchandise sales. Canada is a mature hockey market and the growth possibilities in the U.S. seems to inspire the league far more.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  28. C3P1 says:

    and toews is flanked by either hossa or kane every night, with patrick sharp and one of the 2 aforementioned wingers on the “second” line for the hawks.  I would think that teams don’t always play their top line against toews’ unit (in fact I know they don’t), because they really have two top lines.  toews is a terrific player, one of the best centers in the game in every way, but kesler is having a better year for the better team.  therefore, he will (and should) win the award.

  29. OneTimer says:

    Right on dude, same to you! The Habs community truly is international :)

  30. i gloriosi says:

    help… urgent.. streaming needed seems to be a problem with other options pls

  31. Rainrocket16 says:

    I predict 3-1 Habs tonight!

    Go all out or Gomez!

  32. TomNickle says:

    I don’t disagree, but what you have to realize is that this is a name award.  The sexiest name gets it.  Toews will run away with it because he strikes into the heart of American fans, much like Staal.


  33. Rad says:

    I would not trade Weber. He is emerging as a legitimate NHL defenceman, and will form an important part of the young nucleus that will be instrumental in the Habs’ future success, along with Pacioretty, Eller, Subban, Price, and Pouliot. All 6 of those players are untouchable, IMO. Weber’s emergence likely means that the Habs will not re-sign Wisniewski in the off season. Unlike Wiz, Weber has had no significant injuries, is a better skater, and has just as good a shot from the point as Wiz — not to mention the fact that he will cost way less money.


  34. andrewberkshire says:

    Stu Hackel has it exactly right.

  35. ShangaDoo says:

    Feed seems excellent so far…hope it works

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  36. Exit716 says:

    Stu speaks the truth!


  37. 24 Cups says:

    AK46 couldn’t tie up Dick Duff’s skates.

  38. moser17 says:

    Excellent. Thanks.

  39. ShangaDoo says:

    No problem, best feed I’ve seen in awhile

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  40. sidhu says:

    Video of the huge Umberger hit on Seabrook — I’d love to see RJ in a Habs jersey, but doubt it will happen:

  41. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Kristo’s winter walk-a-bout… Crack-ish?

  42. Max_a_million says:

    When they showed Cammy skating yesterday, he was incredibly ginger with his shoulder.  He isn’t close to being back.  

  43. StevieRay says:

    aaron  Ward ..genius !  bring back Panger …

  44. Mr.Hazard says:

    Ol’ Auld’ll ‘old his own vs.’is ol’club.

  45. Hockey Socks says:

    If PG decides on trying to acquire a big forward instead of a defenseman, R.J. Umberger is the prototype. Strong, physical, and a regular 20-30 goal guy. He’s in the prime of his career right now and could be a huge addition to a team like the Canadiens.

  46. Rugger says:

    As will our Goals Against average

  47. Keith Anderson says:

    My hometown newspaper Grand Forks Herald article regarding Kristo.  Heard rumors of this two days ago and that he was drunk.

    If they all had the heart of Saku

  48. PeterD says:

    I feel bad for Danny Kristo…frost bite is no fun and if it is bad enough he may have to have the toe (big toe)and maybe more amputated to remove the damaged flesh in order to safe his foot…without a big toe on one foot could seriously impact his hockey career. Bummer.
    Hope the kid is going to be OK…

  49. habs001 says:

    with the trade deadline approaching it will be interesting to see what the habs do…since the beginning of last year our line up has shown that it fits into somewhere in the  22nd to 25th spot in team scoring in the nhl…to change this we would need to add goal scoring forwards that more likely will not be available in a trade….i believe the decision will be made that if we add any players it will be to bolster even more the defensive aspect of our game..our strong points are goaltending,team d,d and pk…we have to get even better in these areas..we need the pp to click so it helps out our lack of scoring….

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    Shoot out to Mike Boone—

    Any chance to put the picture up on the site tonight that I sent to you today, to share with the HIO gang. There is still a couple of players in the picture that I do not remember. Who knows them all.?

  51. habs4ever2894 says:

    add phillips and Umberger and this team is a contender…..

    To Montreal:  D Chris Phillips

    To Ottawa: 2nd rd pick 2011

                    F Ben maxwell


    To Montreal : R.J Umberger

    To Columbus : Andrei Kostitsyn


  52. clichabs says:

    Seabrook was only on one leg at the exact moment he was checked – no way he gets pushed around like a minor league 160lbs rag doll like that – Umberger ain’t THAT strong!

    Then, did you see how close his skate came to hit Umberger’s face, that would have been ugly

    My 2 cents

  53. hab_skill says:

    Anybody like this trade?


    To Ottawa: Ben Maxwell, Weber, and 2nd round pick

    To MTL: Mike Fisher, 4th round pick

  54. PeterD says:

    Booth from Florida for AK46 and a draft pick
    Knuble (UFA) from Washington for a 2nd rounder,

  55. habs4ever2894 says:

    off topic , but does anyone know about this usage based billing that canada is putting into effect in march? Im interested in knowing more about it but too lazy to do the research . I find that its a suitable topic on this site because it could mean less hits for habsinsideout .

  56. DearyLeary says:

    I see someone’s feeling generous tonight.  

  57. DearyLeary says:

    Alex’s hand gets tired from endorsing all the cheques he’s been signing.  It’s why he’s not performing up to par… and he’s got a really big handicap.

  58. gmd says:

    Enough about Kovalev.  I still fail to see the attraction about a guy who showed up maybe 20% of the time. 

  59. Exit716 says:

    Dear Alex,

    No one cares why you left Montreal, except maybe you.

    Thanks for chequeing in again.



  60. bigjames says:

    off topic but just want to wish all HIO readers happy chinese new year, Kung Hei fat choy! it is new years morning here in hong kong, first day of the year of the rabbit. prosperity, health and silverware in june to the habs!

  61. Habbu says:

    I wish we had someone that gets extreme pleasure in wiping smiles off of opponent’s faces.

  62. Klondike Habs Fan says:

    So true, so good, so boone

  63. mrhabby says:

    they blew out ottawa 7-1..

  64. Jdub1985 says:

    PK and PP are garbage … but they keep winning … so who cares.

  65. habstrinifan says:

    No pun, Just a nice turn of a phrase, in my opinion, from Boone’s blog.

  66. OneTimer says:

    I don’t get it, is there a pun in there?

  67. habstrinifan says:

    “Slick play by Eller. He and AK46 are developing vague chemistry”…… nicely done Boone!

    I see Pulitzer prize if u keep that phrasing up…. or at least a Sports Media Canada Achievement Awards.

    Great stuff!

  68. Da Hema says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing someone wipe that smarmy smirk off Stall’s face….

  69. HFX-HabFan says:

    Considering the complete acting performance Prust gave, Staal received more than enough discipline. 

  70. ooder says:

    a win is a win.. great effort by the boys.. from what i saw anyways

    ok unless Gomez has a ridiculous playoffs or goes on a torrid scoring streak from here on in this season will be a compelte and utter failure for this guy

    yes he’s fast, yes he rushes the puck not to badly.. but man oh man.. i dunno everything that’s been said has been said

    oh and the NHL continues to be a joke by not doing anything to Jordan Staal… laughable discipline comity


    88 is the new 23

  71. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    OOhh…Say what u will about Patches,but Pleks brings out the woman in me.

  72. iwardhabs says:

    Totally agree, and fantastic expression – which I’m totally stealing :)

  73. Clay4bc says:

    Franzen with 5 goals tonight.

    One more, and he would have equalled Gomez’s production in his 50 games this season.



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

  74. PeterD says:

    Good win for us…love that Pleks line…

    Rumour thoughts…where would we fit Weiss in … there has been some rumors of Habs looking at Weiss…he looked pretty slick tonight…but I don’t see him Centering the first or second line and he seems too good for our third or fourth line.

  75. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t know man, I don’t think Auld is v…..oh

  76. iwardhabs says:

    Unsung hero from the last 48 hours: Moen.

    I saw him play in person yesterday @ the Verizon Center, and he was very impressive – ditto tonight.  When his line is out, there is puck control, offensive pressure, and relentless forechecking/backchecking.  He doesn’t score, but has a very good command of the play that keeps pucks and bodies in the opposition zone for significant stretches of time.  For a team like ours, which relies on goaltending, special teams, forward support of the defense, and razor-thin margins of victory, Moen’s contribution is extremely important: he eats up big amounts of time in the opposing zone.  

  77. twilighthours says:

    I love Patches.  He is a legitimate power forward in-the-making.  Wins races and puck battles – just throw it into his corner and he’ll come out with it.  I think he’s a gem.

  78. dpthehabsfan says:

    Say whatever you want about the 3 stars….but two of them are the best players the Habs have.

  79. Propwash says:

    I’m feeling more comfortable when Auld starts, he’s capable of getting the job done, which is all that’s asked of him.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  80. Da Hema says:

    Yep. Auld looked like a picnic table in a blender making his saves, but he made them!

  81. punkster says:

    Say what you want about our backup. He kept them in the game and made some big saves when required. My new hero, Jaro Auld.


  82. Clay4bc says:

    Great win, all things considered. Too bad about the late goal (thanks Gomez!) to make it close, but really, another semi-dominating game by the Habs. This time last season we were getting consistently outshot, and relying on goaltending to keep us in the games. This season, we are controlling the play a lot more. Thanks JM? Whatever the coaching staff is doing, it seems to be working.


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

  83. Da Hema says:

    Will the Habs ever again win a hockey game by more than one goal?

  84. Bill says:

    Freaky night for Franzen in Ottawa: five goals?? Never happens. He had never scored more than two in a regular season game before … weird!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  85. Ayan_SB says:

    He does have 3 hat tricks in the playoffs though.

  86. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Now that you’ve mentioned it…that is pretty embarrassing.

    However I would not blame Gomez for his lack of production today. Not with AK46 and Eller as his linemates.

  87. showey47 says:

    gionta would have also,probably closer to 40

  88. oshawahabsfan says:

    Agreed, although I even thought at the time the trade was ridiculous, not only because the obvious value of draft picks, but the fact that there wasn’t and still isn’t a centre in Toronto anywhere near as good as what he had in Boston

  89. Chris says:

    I’m hoping the Leafs make the playoffs and lose to Montreal in the conference final. Another top pick going to Boston scares the living heck out of me. That team is getting dangerous, and there are enough good defencemen in this year’s draft (Larsson, Ryan Murphy, Dougie Hamilton) that the Bruins could get a much needed piece of their puzzle from anywhere in the lottery. Ugh.

  90. 24 Cups says:

    Chris – Burke’s only hope on this deal is if this year’s 1st rounder turns out to be a bust for Boston.  I’m hoping for Toronto to finish around 10th in the East so Boston doesn’t get one of the top four kids.  If the Bruins draft Larsson or Couturier, we might as well move to the Western Conference.

    Burke had the perfect window of opportunity when he arrived.  The fans and owners were willing to wait a few years as Burke grabbed some of the best kids in the entry draft.  They could then become the next version of the Oilers.  But he wanted to do a quick turnaround (and be the hero) which led to the Kessel deal and the UFA signings.  Instead of having Seguin and Larsson as building blocks, he now has Kessel and Komisarek.  And for big coin.

  91. Chris says:

    It was a terrible trade in retrospect, as the Leafs were far worse than they thought they would be.

    But Kessel is 23 years old and is on pace to score more than 30 goals for the third consecutive season, something that not a single member of the Montreal Canadiens roster has accomplished.

    In fact, the ability to consistently score 30 goals or more in the league is an exceedingly rare talent…I would hazard a guess that there are 20 guys or less that could pull match that consistency if they score 30 this season.

  92. Chuck says:

    Hell, I think that even 5 of the 6 goalies got on the score sheet.  :)

    Congrats, Toranna. You got yourselves a sniper that couldn’t even register a point in an All-Star game. And all for a couple of measly first-rounders.

  93. oshawahabsfan says:

    Cammalleri minus injuries last year would have

  94. Chris says:

    He probably would have hit 30 last season were it not for the injury. But injuries are a big part of the game, and while people haven’t been harping on it as much as they do with other players, Cammalleri is not particularly durable.

    He missed 17 games with a rib injury in 2008, 17 games with a right MCL in 2010 and will probably be missing 10 games or more with his current shoulder injury.

    I’m not arguing that Kessel is better than Cammalleri, and definitely not arguing that he was worth a #2 overall pick and possibly another top 5 pick. But he’s a pretty decent little player in his role, which is scoring goals.

  95. Rugger says:

    I was very impressed with myp2p feed last night, better than I usually got on Atdhe.  Good timing with the 6 Nations Rugby starting this weekend.

  96. king ddd says:

    if the salary cap didnt exist i would like to see a make over ala real madrid













  97. Mats Naslund says:

    If the salary cap didn’t exist I’d love to see:





    Gill (for the inevitable knee injury to Markov).

    Send Spacek wherever will take him.

  98. bwoar says:

    You can forget Emelin in the AHL.  He’s a well-paid star in the KHL and won’t play in Hamilton, ever.  Gill, to my mind, is unlikely to return, nor Hamrlik as we continue to get younger.

    I don’t see the Habs waiting around for a year for Weber to develop beyond the bottom 6, they’ll sign Big Wizz and Weber will become odd man out / #7  You can imagine the logjam if Emelin comes over, but if not the depth will still be decent.

  99. Mark C says:

    Don’t forget Weber, he’s really playing his way into the future plans of the team. His D has been getting better and he has a lot of offensive upside.

  100. CHsam says:

    Thanks! How could i forget ? I guess no matter how one looks at it, OByrne was definately the odd man out

  101. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Thats why it was a smart move by JM, or the defense coach to pair up PK and the Wiz on the top PP pairing.  Then if they try to take away the point shot there’s another available.  Smart move IMO.

  102. Chris says:

    They still need that shooter, though, even when they aren’t producing goals themselves. As a team with little net presence (although Pacioretty has been developing in that regard), keeping the box loose with a big shot out at the point makes it easier for the forwards to do their thing.

    If the PP struggles, its because the forwards are not doing THEIR job of making the opposition pay for pressuring the point-men.

  103. avatar_58 says:

    Could happen, but he’s not worth a huge amount of money in my eyes. I like the Wiz, but he has some defensive issues. Once teams figure out he’s the shooter (like they did with MAB) his use might even start to wither. I noticed last night they were all over him, not allowing the shot.

  104. king ddd says:

    i hope we can sign him, however if his signing hinders with markov’s contract negotiations i dont mind letting him go.

  105. kempie says:

    I don’t think PG would have traded for him if he wasn’t in our future plans. We need a big shot and he’s got it. Even, as someone mentioned below, once teams figure out that they have to cover his point shot, that opens up some room elsewhere for other guys on the PP. He plays with a bit of an edge and he seems like a nice fit. The D is due for a retooling this summer and I hope that Wiz is part of it.

  106. bwoar says:

    No doubt he’s part of Gauthier’s long term plans, I expect he’ll be back for sure.

  107. CHsam says:

    As I recall it, last summer, PG informed Moore and Metro that the club would not be seeking their services for the coming year. As twocents noted below, I think it’s on if both parties are interested….. Hmmm, I think we should resign Gill for cheap. His veteran leadership is valuable and he seems to be a good influence for Subban.

    Hopefully we’ll have prospects like Tinordi and Emelin with the AHL. Guess we’re stuck with Spacek.

    Markov – ?

    Spacek – Subban

    Gill – Gorges ?

  108. sidhu says:

    What does everything think about our chances of signing The Wiz after the season is over?  He is a UFA.  I would like to sign him, but we haven’t had the best of luck signing UFA’s we acquire (e.g., Dominic Moore)

  109. twocents says:

    He was very enthusiastic when he arrived, and not just in the typical way. With Hamrlik’s and Gill’s money being freed up, I think there’s a real chance it might happen.



  110. 24 Cups says:

    As an UFA, he should be able to grab $5M a season, long term.

    I appreciate what he has done on the PP but he’s a bit of a disaster in his own end.  Gets beat at the blueline and runs around a lot.  Not a good positional Dman in my eyes.  I also worry about his three leg operations (his signing would mean three guys on the defense with bad pegs).

    If Markov comes back there certainly is no need to re-sign the Wiz.  Not with Subban and Weber here to help provide offense from the back end. 

  111. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I agree with 24 cups,  I think he’ll get a lucrative offer from someone like Burke and he’ll take it.

  112. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Maybe he got drunk and passed out in a snowbank?

  113. oshawahabsfan says:

    Went for a stroll in his housecoat and slippers

  114. Natrous says:

    Kristo hospitalized after walking in -11F (-23C) because of frostbite? How does that happen, was he wearing sandals??

  115. Mats Naslund says:

    If that ever fails there is also which usually has all games in all sports covered. 

  116. Stuart in Alberta says:


    If you tried to watch last night’s game on the net at you would have seen a posting by the “ICE – Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office” — it’s very official looking and makes me think that it was designed by the same Nigerians who send out all those requests for assistance in moving money (they appear to be diversifying; good for them).

    But happily, for those without RDS, etc. is that you can now go to  Looking forward to tonight…

  117. TheDagger says:

    PING!!! Got to see this shot off the post…

  118. samTHEman says:

    ouch! blue balls

  119. CHsam says:

    LOL . wearing a pink shower cap and smoking the butt end of a Players light. Halitosis as well.

  120. oshawahabsfan says:


  121. C3P1 says:

    hey folks my roommate and best friend is a caps fan and he started this blog on them…as people who know hockey and can appreciate good journalism, I wondering what you thought.  of course, it’s made better by a habs win! 😉


  122. oshawahabsfan says:

    Anyone see former Hab killer Umberger’s massive body check on Seabrook last night?

  123. nick says:

    Unlike other cities battling the snow… For some reason I suspect there will be more than a 1000 at tonights game.

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely agree.

  125. andrewberkshire says:

    Well, I think most people thought you were wrong on Price! ; )

  126. showey47 says:

    It’s tough enough to play (and play well) when you are only playing twice a month,then throw in the lack of offensive support on top of that. Auld has been pretty good aside from the flames game. Wasn’t very good against the leafs either but neither was the rest of the team. Its alot to ask from your backup to pull out a win when you only score 1 goal for him.

  127. Propwash says:

    Yeah, both in being an experienced mentor, and Price having no pressure on having to compete for the NO.1 job.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  128. Clay4bc says:

    Good point. And I have to say, I was wrong. I had zero faith in Auld. Or Price, for that matter.


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

  129. andrewberkshire says:

    I like him as a backup too, I think he’s done wonders for Price.

  130. PrimeTime says:

    maybe PG??

  131. habs001 says:

    now if we could work on pouliot

  132. Da Hema says:

    Martin ruins everyone and everything. He is evil.

  133. Just A Guy says:

    Can Hamrlik and Spacek trade contracts? I know, I know….

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

  134. chevy013 says:

    you mean not score?

  135. RJB says:

    Brent Johnson took down Rick “The glass-man” Dipietro in one punch tonight. Pretty good stuff.

    “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

  136. HabFanSince72 says:

    Last year.

    Not saying he did it often, but Latendresse could do that.

  137. Clay4bc says:

    Not surprising – he has a better GAA and save % than Price this season…and NO, that’s not a dig at Price, who is having a great bounce-back season. Really impressed by him.


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

  138. punkster says:

    Oops…said the same thing above to Andrew. But I forgot, JM ruined PK as well.


  139. JIMVINNY says:

    That cannot get any closer to in.  The spin on that puck took it past the goalline after it hit the ice, luckily it was already past the post.

  140. punkster says:

    And here I thought JM ruined him.


  141. Da Hema says:

    But Jacques Martin ruined him. And Subban.

  142. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Auld has been bloody fantastic this period!

  143. Da Hema says:

    Good things happen when you go to the net….

  144. andrewberkshire says:

    When’s the last time the Habs had a power forward who could do what Pacioretty just did?

  145. HFX-HabFan says:

    Patches and PK with a pair of helpers each tonight.

  146. SeriousFan09 says:

    Remember when Pacioretty was a useless bum last year? Good times.


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

  147. andrewberkshire says:

    Auld has been very good and very lucky in this game. Impressive performance from him.

  148. Propwash says:

    GIOOOOOOO! The captain strikes again. Sweet effort from Patches too.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  149. sidhu says:

    Gomez, come on.  A veteran Assistant Captain needs more discipline than that.

  150. avatar_58 says:

    WHAT. What about the retaliation punch?

  151. Clay4bc says:

    Gomez with yet another selfish penalty…hard to like that guy.


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

  152. sidhu says:

    DiPietro, owned by old man Brent Johnson!

  153. olematelot says:

    would his numbers be the same if he played as many games as Price

  154. Propwash says:

    Hopefully Muller tells Gomer to “knock that s*** off” when he returns to the bench.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  155. moser17 says:

    Wow, just saw the highlights of Brent Johnson punching Rick Dipietro in the side of the face.

  156. moser17 says:

    Awesome, I just saw that on TSN. DiPietro went down smiling, but I think that’s ’cause Johnson severed a nerve!

  157. Clay4bc says:

    Likely not. And let’s hope we don’t have to find out. But did anyone in the off-season think Auld would be doing so well?


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

  158. andrewberkshire says:

    Imagine if JM hadn’t ruined him! Cam Neely.

  159. andrewberkshire says:

    Considering that every game he’s played, Auld has had to go in about 8-10 games cold, he’s played fantastic. He does have a bit of a horse shoe up his butt, but who cares? I’m very pleased with what we’ve gotten from Auld so far.

  160. TOEmastro says:

    I love how they hired the old man from UP … and the Gionta goal I guessOlé, olé, olé oleé

  161. JIMVINNY says:

    NICE!!!!  Beautiful power move by Patches.

  162. OneTimer says:

    That was ALL-STAR driving the net from MAXPAC!!!! BOOYA!

  163. avatar_58 says:

    Props to Auld and Weber – if they don’t stop that error goal….

  164. HabFanSince72 says:


  165. CBrady12 says:

    Alright lets get the pp goin boys


  166. HFX-HabFan says:

    Penguins shut out NYI in a game featuring a fight between Brent Johnson and Rick DiPietro.

  167. Propwash says:

    I like Auld as a backup. He’s notorious at being inconsistant apparently as a no. 1 goalie afaik.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  168. JIMVINNY says:

    wow.  Not much there.

  169. TheMock780 says:


  170. andrewberkshire says:

    Latendresse could blow by defenders with speed and take it to the net? No, he couldn’t. He still can’t. Latendresse will never have the speed to be able to do that.

  171. saskhabfan says:

    You are intelligent? Doubt it,you are not even smart enough to know how to cover your tracks when you jump from user name to user name. Let me guess,you also think you can hid in anonymity while trolling on the internet? Intelligent? Not even close.

    I think I know more than most about hockey and believe my opinions are almost always reasonable and thought out.-manapart.

  172. SeriousFan09 says:

    4 goals. Franzen is one of the most dangerous playoff guys in the NHL, DET are the kings of stealing picks out of Sweden, I’m honestly surprised they didn’t draft Enstrom looking at the results of that 8th-round pick by ATL.


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

  173. Da Hema says:

    Heheh. Sorry. I meant a platyrrhine primate!

  174. HFX-HabFan says:

    And my fantasy team is certainly appreciating the effort.

  175. Habbu says:

    Therein lies the difference between a leader and passengers.

  176. Propwash says:

    Well, he’s a totally lucky rich douche.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  177. Da Hema says:

    Welcome! Your first contribution to the site will win the Moron-Of-The-Night Award! Well done!!

  178. pmaraw says:

    how many did he have in that playoff game last year vs sj? i thought it was 5… most likely wrong

  179. king ddd says:

    i dont care hes banging elisha Cuthbert

  180. andrewberkshire says:

    I love Franzen, but it’s against the Sens, doesn’t count.

  181. Mr.Hazard says:

    Darche seems afraid of the net when he has the puck!

  182. JIMVINNY says:

    How is that not a penalty?  Crosschecking, interference, delay of game, take your pick.

  183. SeriousFan09 says:

    A most pleasant ovation to Mr. Johan Franzen, first NHLer to get 5 goals in a game since Marian Gaborik in 2007. Crosby hasn’t done it, neither has Malkin, Ovechkin or Stamkos.


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

  184. chevy013 says:

    I guess wasting 8 mil on a garbage player was WISE SPENDING right illiterate one?

  185. Da Hema says:

    Milan Lucic looks like a primate. He’s vastly uglier….

  186. chevy013 says:

    I’m intelligent. you’re just a moron and insulting too!

  187. pmaraw says:

    i always thought mats ‘bleeding gums’ sundin was pretty ugly

  188. doogmac says:

    seriously its like they have some sort of spending restriction, like a cap for salaries

  189. Just A Guy says:

    Hmmm pretty sure it hit Gionta’s stick there.

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

  190. punkster says:

    Welcome to the site. Everyone is allowed their opinion here. Everyone. (sigh…everyone).


  191. olematelot says:

    would you like a little cheese with that whine troll

  192. pmaraw says:

    i have a few friends in the DC area and they are surprisingly knowledgable.  they know the game, the rules ect.  and you’re right, totally enthusiactic about hockey.  but they also wouldnt have a clue who dino was, its OV thats bringing it to the capitals, altho hes lost his stride this year.

  193. moser17 says:

    Agreed, but at least goals are being scored. ‘Barn burner’ by 1979-1991 Smythe Division standards. :)

  194. avatar_58 says:

    Haha nice greasy one for ya

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    The only thing in hockey uglier than that goal is Mike Ricci.


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

  196. HFX-HabFan says:

    Ugly, but we’ll take it.

  197. JIMVINNY says:

    Problem with that is the penalty for exceeding the cap is automatic loss of every game played while over the cap.  We’re not talking luxury tax here.

  198. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  199. Da Hema says:

    That’s a sobering dose of cold, reality water.

  200. iwardhabs says:

    I was at the Verizon Center for the game against the Capitals last night, and boy, was PK special.  Not flawless – by any stretch – but reading the play smartly and working very hard (and, for the most part, effectively) against Ovechkin.  His penalty was stupid (and “Kirkie” apparently had words with him to that effect), but when he gets possession, a number of assets come into play: speed, vision, toughness, and obnoxiousness (the Caps fans were booing him heartily every time he touched the puck).  He’s going to be a big, big deal. Not surprised to see him involved in the Halpern goal.  

    BTW, Washington fans are fun – they way more hockey enthusiasm than hockey knowledge.  I had to explain to a bunch of them sitting next to me who Dino C. was…  

  201. larisalapointe says:

    2P 11:30: Good thing the bus company didn’t freeze Auld’s horseshoe LOL

  202. pmaraw says:

    I say we go big next year, spend 200 million over the salary cap. take the penalties for it and win the cup!

  203. moser17 says:

    Every single time the Canadiens play the Panthers, I prepare myself for a boring game. I don’t know what law is operating over that regularity, but I have passed from anger, to denial, through to depression and firmly into acceptance. Tonight is no exception, but it’s just a little extra hard to take while there’s a barn-burner on TSN featuring the one Canadian team with fans utterly undeserving of any excitement whatsoever. So, just thought I’d complain a bit.

  204. andrewberkshire says:

    Desharnais is having a brilliant game. Working hard everywhere, nearly impossible to knock of the puck.

  205. JIMVINNY says:

    Are you stupid, or just a troll?  The Habs have spent over the cap for the last couple of seasons.


  206. JIMVINNY says:

    That was a moronic pass by Gomez.

  207. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Man I wish we could draft a Franzen type player!

  208. chevy013 says:

    too bad habs management are such penny pinchers.

    they tried to save $$ by getting a career minor leaguer goalie, Auld, who’s horrible.

    also giving away Halak for a career minor leaguer, Eller,  who couldn’t score if his life depended on it.

    spens some money PG and show the fans you’re more interested in winning, rather than saving $$$.

  209. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Panthers lack truculence. 

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    A few months late to tempt people with the idea he’s useful. He needed to score tonight to pull ahead of Halpern.


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

  211. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Subban now has 20 points (and counting) in 46 games..

    Markov only had 23 points in his rookie season…just saying.

  212. JVF says:

    Kovalev has 1 goal & 2 assists against the Red Wings — Think he’s showcasing himself?

  213. punkster says:

    The Leafs!


  214. Da Hema says:

    Florida reminds me of the old New Jersey Devils…except without the talent, skill, and Stanley Cups.

  215. Ian Cobb says:

    Not to sure about Auld in a shoot out!

    We better take this one in regulation time.

  216. HabFanSince72 says:

    They showed the highlights of Ottawa – Detroit and it’s only a “barn burner” because the keepers are useless.

  217. habsfaninboston says:

    Now we’re talking

  218. Da Hema says:

    What an ugly goal. I love it!!!!

  219. OneTimer says:

    WOO YA HABS! So lucky Patches (?) got a piece of that pass in the neutral zone!

  220. andrewberkshire says:

    What was that? Who cares.

  221. TheMock780 says:

    If only Kostitsyn and Pouliot had the gumption to drive the net like Gionta does………..

  222. king ddd says:

    tyler kennedy is fuglier

  223. JIMVINNY says:

    You mean like that last scoring chance?

  224. OneTimer says:

    Walked right off the evolution line one or two steps before the rest of us. Homo Riccius?

  225. Propwash says:

    Dion Phaneuf looks like a total douche.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  226. dpthehabsfan says:

    Just gorgeous how Pleks picked up the puck in neutral ice…. great hockey vision to do so.

  227. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  228. HabFanSince72 says:

    Well, Brad Pitt  also looks like  a primate.

  229. chevy013 says:

    talking to me ahole?

  230. showey47 says:

    I think we only have 1 all year,not sure though.

  231. Larry says:

    Should have been easier, yes, but a big win for Auld. Glad he got a star.

  232. Da Hema says:

    Seems like it, doesn’t it?

  233. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    This team never scores an empty net goal haha

  234. Propwash says:

    And it’s once in a blue moon when there is a goalie in the net too 😉


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  235. bigdave says:

    Not permitted under the JM 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”

  236. Clay4bc says:

    great goal.


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

  237. Harditya_CareyPrice says:



  238. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Woah Yannick! Keep yer head up boy!

  239. habsfaninboston says:

    Jeez Webber, almost gave me a heart attack.

  240. HabFanSince72 says:

    Old style NHL reffing.

    Habs will get one – just watch.

  241. PrimeTime says:

    How is that NOT a penalty????

  242. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    I guess its legal now to cross-check Darche into your own net to avoid a potential scoring chance.
    Reff off!

  243. Just A Guy says:

    Consistent game by the refs? Seems Wiz was called for that exact hit earlier. “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  244. HFX-HabFan says:

    Looks like the all-star break was restful for Captain Gio; he’s been playing with all kinds of jump these last two games.

  245. habsfaninboston says:

    No way refs call another one on the Panthers.

  246. KamiDave says:

    Not just you..!

  247. KamiDave says:

    No kidding, that had goal all over it. 

  248. Da Hema says:

    Aie yie yie!

  249. CBrady12 says:

    yeah or the fact that there are virtually no true scorers on either team…

  250. andrewberkshire says:

    Vokoun’s starting to break down a bit, rebounds are coming and he’s losing sight of the puck more. Just as he has all season he gets weaker as the game goes on. Habs can capitalize in the 3rd.

  251. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oh God hahaha!

  252. avatar_58 says:

    He didn’t impede his shot at all

  253. Mr.Hazard says:

    Still had a solid scoring chance.

  254. HabFanSince72 says:

    Now I understand. It’s essentially two Jacques Martin teams.

  255. avatar_58 says:

    Nice blueline work by all on the PP

  256. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Rien de spectaculaire des deux clubs” – Benoit Brunet.


  257. Mr.Hazard says:


  258. JIMVINNY says:

    How is that not a PS?  He was a full stride past him!

  259. TheMock780 says:

    second wave PP is horrendous

  260. Mr.Hazard says:

    Another pass through traffic by Gomez. Another turnover.

  261. Mr.Hazard says:

    It’s all you’ll ever need. You don’t ever have to ask again.

  262. king ddd says:

    the wiz is making a case for the MAB trophy

  263. JIMVINNY says:

    wideman – “Me?!?”

  264. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    It’s getting a little better as the Florida defence breaks down, but what a messy, dull game.  Half the attacks look like drunks trying to pick up ping pong balls.

  265. Mr.Hazard says:

    That was not holding…

  266. andrewberkshire says:

    Great job by Desharnais to draw that call, because it was DD who committed the foul.

  267. MICP says:

    a link for us late arriving from the states please.

  268. HFX-HabFan says:

    Really wondering why Subban didn’t shoot that puck.

  269. Mike Boone says:

    It’s just you … and me .. and everyone else watching .. and playing.

  270. habs001 says:

    why do the hab players loose their skate edge way more than the panthers…pathetic game so far

  271. OneTimer says:

    It’s been the Habs’ game from the 2nd onwards IMO, like yesterday right?

  272. SeriousFan09 says:

    What were Gomez and Subban thinking on their shift? That passing was just… I can’t think of words to describe how badly aimed they were.


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

  273. JVF says:

    We’re playing rope-a-dope…

  274. habs001 says:

    pyatt and moen not good vs bad teams

  275. SLYDER says:

    Pouliot needs top 6 minutes


    thanks for the link!

  276. avatar_58 says:

    Sorry but I don’t think Auld can make a glove save. He just swats at it, causing a large rebound. This is why stats don’t tell the whole story, and why scouts need to pay attention. Anyone else watch him on other teams? Does he make regular glove saves? I’ve seen maybe one or two on this team.

    Very very shakey.

  277. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Good save Auld.

    Am I the only one who thinks he’s usually TOO deep in his net?

  278. Max_a_million says:

    Is Auld drunk!

  279. HabFanSince72 says:

    Is it just me…


    or does this game suck?

  280. HabFanSince72 says:

    Also vs good teams.

  281. Da Hema says:

    Now we know why Florida is such a draw around NHL circles.

  282. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I am really enjoying this game! (watching a hockey game after a while….blame the exams! )

  283. Ayan_SB says:

    Nah, the clubs in Ottawa are pretty lame.

  284. HabFanSince72 says:

    Now I know why they want Nabokov.

  285. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    6-5 Detroit over Ottawa – 10 minutes left in the 3rd.

    Did the goalies hit the club last night or something? This is embarrassing man!

  286. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah, that jinx seems to have worn off… And thanks!

  287. Propwash says:

    Execrable!  *darn already said…


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  288. Mr.Hazard says:


    ps. Nice avatar.

  289. andrewberkshire says:


  290. Propwash says:

    Absolutely redonkulous!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  291. Mr.Hazard says:

    Simply deplorable.

  292. sidhu says:

    Nice rush by Pleks

  293. thebonscott says:

    u would think with all the ice time gomez gets, he would at least outscore halpern. i predict either next year or hopefully the year after they wade redden his ass, especially since his cap hit is 7.3 but his salary drops off

  294. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s a soft call as well.

  295. Just A Guy says:

    Come on, he barely tapped Booth.

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

  296. Mr.Hazard says:


  297. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WTF Auld!!! I got a heart attack! 

  298. habsfaninboston says:

    Time to wake up.

  299. Mr.Hazard says:


  300. sidhu says:

    Nice play by PK

  301. OneTimer says:

    beau jeu de Subban!

  302. JIMVINNY says:

    Nice moves by PK to get it to the net.

  303. HFX-HabFan says:

    For the second night in a row, the Habs are in a game featuring two of the league’s seven #52s going head-to-head.  Also, with Timmins, the Florida rookie, wearing number 75, Hal Gill is no longer the only one in the league currently donning that number.

  304. Mr.Hazard says:

    Our offence is so depressing.

  305. punkster says:

    When did we get one of those?

    Edit: Never mind…


  306. JIMVINNY says:

    How did that hook on PK not get called?  He actually got pulled to his knees.

  307. Clay4bc says:

    Since the net is changing, here is a new link for the games…

    The Habs game tonight is here…


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

  308. Bill says:

    YAWN. Martin vs DeBoer = boring, crap hockey.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  309. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    They have better attendance numbers than the Stars, Avalanche, Ducks, Devils, Blue Jackets, Thrashers, Coyotes, and Islanders.


    And thats $59 for any two games in February.  Which means their sched this month is full of crappy teams so they have an offer like this to get some people out. 

  310. vic says:

    Gill on for two last night and one so far tonight.Too bad he doesnt take his man out.

  311. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Gosh just watched the replay.

    I understand that Auld was out of position but Gill was REALLY soft there.

    Cmoon bud!

  312. Psycho29 says:

    $59 at the Bell Centre gets you 3 beers…..

  313. JVF says:

    OK. Now they got the famous JM pep talk during the intermission and they’re raring to go in the second!

  314. habs001 says:

    because we have one of the lowest scoring forward groups in the nhl, games vs the weaker teams will be just as close as vs the top teams..the way the team is made up they have more problems with teams like the panthers,leafs than capitals,bruins or penguins

  315. bigdave says:

    Other than the goal this is a JM wet dream!


    “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”

  316. Ayan_SB says:

    It seems to be going well in Tampa Bay, but then again, it helps to have players such as Steven Stamkos.

    The last time the Panthers made the playoffs, Bill Clinton was president.

  317. Just A Guy says:

    I wasn’t really waching the shot count but it did seem low. I think most of the habs shots came in the late stages of the period, when it seemed they got their legs back. Nasty travel home?

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

  318. pmaraw says:

    and anderson silva defends his title in 3 days…  oh wait, thats a real sport

  319. Mats Naslund says:

    2 games (any you choose) in the lower bowl in Florida: $59 – you get parking, a locker room tour, player signing.

    Is there anyone out there that thinks hockey might be succeeding in Florida? That is sad. 

  320. king ddd says:

    geez what a snooze fest..feel sorry for the peepz who pay 200$ to watch this..

    in other news those of you who follow wrestling.. diesel and booker T are back to wwe. wtf!

  321. punkster says:

    I’ve seen this flick before and the action doesn’t get started until later. Maybe I’ll set the alarm for 9pm, have a nap and catch the ending.




  322. punkster says:

    Sloppy too, on both sides.


  323. andrewberkshire says:

    Great play by Subban to cut to the middle! Excellent tip by Halpern!

  324. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Fantastic work by Subban and Moen!


  325. punkster says:

    Exactly. Come to think of it…the Habs offence REALLY SUCKS.


  326. habsfaninboston says:

    C’mon Auld.  Wake up!

  327. andrewberkshire says:


  328. punkster says:



  329. Propwash says:

    And blows!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  330. king ddd says:

    I envy auld. He get paid  1 million dollars to: stay fit, warm up the bench on most game nights, travel around north america. goes home to a super hot business woman

    and if panthers decide to sell, is there anyways we can grab either booth or weiss from them

  331. JVF says:

    What a snooze fest…

  332. Jdub1985 says:

    I’m sorry, but if they can’t convert on this PP opening the 3rd – they don’t deserve the W

  333. samTHEman says:

    From what I’ve seen, Engqvist should replace Moen and White should replace Pyatt. Size, grit, speed, and definately more offense!

  334. Da Hema says:

    This game is like watching a playoff match between the Albany Muffhawks and the Red Deer Bush Pigs….

  335. HFX-HabFan says:

    Franzen with four goals tonight against Ottawa.

  336. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  337. HabFanSince72 says:

    f…ing Gomez

  338. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Too bad that didnt bounce off Gomerz head.

  339. moser17 says:

    Hey, Nietzsche: Now we got a game worth watching here! :)

  340. showey47 says:

    as usual, we have to make this closer then it has to be. Stupidity of gomez’s part.

  341. HabFanSince72 says:

    Especially since it’s Molson’s.

  342. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, the last line was pure gold!

  343. andrewberkshire says:

    Wouldn’t you feel good about selling the beer? You’d be making the game more entertaining for so many people!

  344. Bill says:

    A shamefully boring excuse for a hockey game. It’s kind of awkward that Bell Centre tickets are so expensive on nights like this. If I were selling the beer I’d be feeling guilty all night.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  345. OneTimer says:

    He’s been pretty good tonight

  346. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    hahah, oh boy! Poor Booth (Spacek)

  347. Da Hema says:

    That would deny fans the opportunity to watch world-class professional hockey….

  348. rogieshan says:

    Let’s just go to the shootout already.

  349. VancouverHab says:

    Well, he picked the top corner (open) and missed by 2″. Hardly a hanging offense….

    (Beware a counsel of perfection)

  350. habsfaninboston says:

    How does Gomez miss from point blank range?

  351. HugeHabsFan says:

    This particular scrub happens to be a very hard working, dedicated young man.  He deserves every goal he gets.  An absolute ace in the faceoff circle his determination and leadership led the Windsor Spitfires to back to back Memorial Cup championships and he was part of the Kitchener Rangers team that went to the Memorial Cup the year prior.  He’s a great kid and even though I’m (no pun intended, lol) a huge Habs fan, I’m completely thrilled for Scott.  This is a night he will never forget – win or lose.  The only thing that would make me happier, would be to have him in a HABS jersey! :o))


    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE. Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  352. StevieRay says:

    Please JM …..

  353. bigdave says:


    As someone who grew up on the prairies walking around in -24 degc or -11 degf with a wind was no big deal!

    Something just doesn’t make sense here!


    “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”

  354. doogmac says:

    -11 farenheit is about -24 celcius

  355. habsfaninboston says:

    Maybe that will wake him up.

  356. TheMock780 says:

    Considering he plays in the States and that’s where the story came from, I’m guessing it was -11 degrees farenheit which is colder then -11 celcius

  357. Da Hema says:

    It is if you are passed out for three hours in the snow without shoes before someone notices you….

  358. Mr.Hazard says:

    That hit on AK looked a bit head-y…

  359. punkster says:

    Did it have to do with BBQing fish (skate)?


  360. JVF says:

    Florida PP is 9 for 36 in its last 10 games…

  361. Mr.Hazard says:!!!

  362. Sheldon says:

    How to break in skates was one of the all-time classic threads in the early days of HIO.

  363. pmaraw says:

    i was surprised he didnt get 4

  364. andrewberkshire says:

    I was also going to ask, but I’m afraid of the answer.

  365. TheMock780 says:

    Weber’s improved play in his own end in the last month alone is astounding. Pearn deserves a raise for his coaching of Subban and Weber

  366. punkster says:

    Well, that’s Brian for you. He’ll marinate anything.


  367. punkster says:



  368. Sheldon says:

    On the breaking in skates issue, you have to track down a guy who used to post on HIO named Pelks Andrew and have him marinate them for you.

  369. Keith says:

    It’s a power outage not a powerplay, ouch!

  370. doogmac says:

    funny i was thinking the same thing

  371. andrewberkshire says:

    PP is terrible tonight.

  372. JIMVINNY says:

    I’d like to think the Habs have been more disciplined the last couple of games, and that’s the reason we’re getting more PP’s than PK’s, but it’s not.  Last night we got way with several penalties, and tonight so far, Gomez crosschecked Reasoner with no call, and when Pouliot hits Allen in the back of the head, they only call Allen for the retaliation.  The calls that had been going against are now for us.  If our PP wasn’t totally inept, I’d be happier about it, but it’s better than being shorthanded all the time.

  373. Propwash says:

    Oof Hammer, wtf was that?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  374. sidhu says:

    Get Benny on the top 6

  375. JVF says:

    Now a PP goal?

  376. Keith says:

    Keep the speed up Habs! The Panthers like to slow the game down.

  377. HFX-HabFan says:

    Hard to believe that Allen was a 4th overall pick way back when.

  378. JIMVINNY says:

    Swing and a miss by PK…

  379. JIMVINNY says:

    That is just crappy luck.  A blocked shot ending up directly on an opponents stick with the yawning cage in front of him.  I bet the Habs give up the most “first of his career” goals in the league.

  380. Jdub1985 says:

    Habs need to be down by 2 before they excercise their energy … godforbid they came out swinging

  381. Exit716 says:

    I’d like a stat to see how many times Montreal allows some scrub to score their first career goal against them in Montreal.

  382. TheMock780 says:

    Asleep to start the game for the second game in a row and Peter DeBoer is a lot better at keeping his team in line then Boudreau is

  383. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs continue their tradition of getting guys their first NHL goals.


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

  384. OneTimer says:

    hahaha, “inodore, incolore et sans flavore” my favorite Joel expression :)

  385. Propwash says:

    No chance for AA on that one.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  386. andrewberkshire says:

    Kind of a listless start. However all year the Panthers have started well and broke down in the third period so it’s not much of a worry.

  387. Mr.Hazard says:

    It just ain’t a PP without Price playing the point!

  388. andrewberkshire says:

    Did Spacek just get a penalty for Gionta getting high sticked? What happened there?

  389. SLYDER says:

    can anyone give me a link for a game feed? THANKS


  390. HFX-HabFan says:

    A couple of listless PPs thus far.  It is maddening how night and day our PP is between being electric on the road and disorganized at home.

  391. bigdave says:

    Come on, what was Kristo wearing on his “stroll”, flipflops?

    Eleven below in any degrees is hardly a killer temperature.



    “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”

  392. andrewberkshire says:

    Vokoun made himself big, forced Gomez to pick a corner and he missed.

  393. OneTimer says:

    Gomez you *&$% I defend you enough around here, you gotta hit the target bro!! EDIT: on the replay it looks like the puck was rolling but STILL

  394. Mr.Hazard says:

    I think he better spend Auld-day tomorrow working on rebounds.

  395. JIMVINNY says:

    Well that really looked like a thrown stick…

  396. andrewberkshire says:

    WHAT THE HELL!!! That’s a penalty shot! Ellerby threw his stick!

  397. JIMVINNY says:

    Spaceman must hate Booth.  Last season he re-concusses Booth, and now he pounds him face first into the crossbar.

  398. HFX-HabFan says:

    It actually goes back to his childhood.  Spatch had a lisp and when he wanted to go outside, the other kids would laugh at him because he would say “booth” instead of “boots”, to the point where “booth” was his schoolyard nickname.  Seeing Booth out on the ice brings back the bad childhood memories.  True story.

  399. Rainrocket16 says:

    ok or just walk on them when they are wet.

    Go all out or Gomez!

  400. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve heard heat was the way to go. Wouldn’t that also be really cold if you’re outside? Don’t want to pull a Danny Kristo.

  401. Mr.Hazard says:

    Skate in them WHILE they’re WET?

  402. andrewberkshire says:

    Nope, looked like Pouliot alone took 4 hits from behind.

  403. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    yup, got it ryan – thanks!

  404. CBrady12 says:

    I got em molded in the heater at the store but I didnt find it was hot enough to do anything so I put em in the over for about 5 minutes got em nice and hot and put em on for 20 minutes…they fit like slippers ever since…

  405. JIMVINNY says:

    Where did you buy them?  Most reputable hockey shops (even the big-box stores) have heat-mold machines, and even if the skates aren’t marketed as heat moldable, performing the process on your skates should certainly shorten the break-in time.

  406. VancouverHab says:

    Get them wet and wear them around the house (the old school technique ;–)

  407. punkster says:

    Loan them to Gomez. He skates alot. Doesn’t go anywhere but he REALLY skates alot.


  408. punkster says:

    Skate more.


  409. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone have any tips or tricks for breaking in skates faster?

  410. Rainrocket16 says:

    Soak em in water and skate on them a few times. It is uncomfortable at first but then they mold to your feet.

  411. zak says:

    wear them around the house

  412. HardHabits says:

    Skate harder, fasster, longer. Hmmm. That might break in your feet instead.

  413. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Thanks Mikey!

  414. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  415. pmaraw says: or so i hear

  416. SeriousFan09 says:

    ATDHE has migrated to check it out.


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

  417. Bryan says:


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  418. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WHAT THE HELL?! has been seized??

    All channels on have been closed???

    “It is unlawful to reproduce copyrighted material” blah blah blah…like that little RDS logo ain’t showing up on the stream. F YOU ALL.

    How will people like me watch hockey then?? I am just a regular teen whose parents just don’t let him get either RDS/TSN on the Rogers cable box (which is a useless piece of junk)

    This is the BS I get after 2 weeks of physics/ advanced functions/ english exams???

    F YOU.

    Ugh…I rest my case.

  419. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Thanks bud!

  420. Keith says:

    Practically MUGGED FFS!! COME ON REF!!!

  421. Mr.Hazard says:

    So it wasn’t just me!!

  422. andrewberkshire says:

    Holy crap the Panthers lay a lot of questionable hits. About 6 hits from behind in one shift there.

  423. TheMock780 says:

    DD may be a smurf but he’s one tough little guy. He’s got some definite grit to his game.

  424. sidhu says:

    Hard working shift for the homeboys

  425. Keith says:

    Crash the crease on em Habs!

  426. JIMVINNY says:

    That looked like he jumped. 

  427. Mr.Hazard says:

    Looking like a boring AHL game.

  428. andrewberkshire says:

    Looked like Ellerby jumped into that hit, big time.

  429. andrewberkshire says:

    Good to know, I also have size 9 feet, and have similar problems with width vs length. As far as shoes goes, I’ve found that Merrells are a god send. They’re a very comfortable sole, wide enough at size 9 and not too long. The funniest thing for me to try on is ski boots. I have a pair of size 12 ski boots just to get them around my calves.

  430. Chris says:

    Hope they do.  I have weird feet (Size 9, but EE) so it’s hard to find shoes/skates/cleats that fit well.  If they are wide enough, they are usually too long.  I can’t wear Adidas shoes because of it (they are the narrowest on the market, as far as I can tell), but Avia, Asics and New Balance are fantastic.

    CCM (especially Tacks skates), Bauer and Nike are all too narrow for my foot in general and I find it harder to find anything wider than a D for those brands (although you should have more luck in Montreal).  My Easton’s are E’s and they are glorious…never a second of pain with them since the first day of them, whether I am playing outdoors in -25 or indoors. 

  431. andrewberkshire says:

    CCMs are what I have… Damn. Hopefully they’ll get better as I skate more.

  432. Chris says:

    If you’re getting a ton of pain, the skates probably aren’t the right size. I used to think your feet should hurt while you break them in, but most skates today are a lot easier to break in.

    If you have wide feet, I really recommend Easton’s. I love them. CCM and Nike/Bauer are just murder on my feet, but I’ve never had an issue with any of my 3 pairs of Easton’s. Only problem with them is that stupid blade they use can break due to shear if you are heavier.

  433. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah, I just bought new skates a couple weaks ago, hadn’t skated in 5 years. Tried them out last Sunday, 20 minutes later I couldn’t believe the pain. I also have wide feet so it takes awhile to get used to it. Gonna have to go several times a week now.

  434. Keith says:

    Auld didn’t know where it was.

  435. pmaraw says:

    yes he did, but he was on his knees the whole time lol

  436. andrewberkshire says:

    Will do if they don’t get better after a couple uses.

  437. punkster says:

    Bingo! And if the place you bought them doesn’t have that take them to any Fraser Sports and they’ll do it for you right.


  438. JIMVINNY says:

    Based on the movements of reasoner’s mouth after Spacek fell, he wasn’t entirely sure the call was deserved.

  439. andrewberkshire says:

    Weak call by the ref, barely a trip.

  440. TheMock780 says:

    Gomez is so soft on the puck

  441. JIMVINNY says:

    Subban might be the best I’ve seen at knocking pucks out of the air.  Amazing hand-eye coordination.

  442. punkster says:

    Touche (freakin’ language geek 😉


  443. andrewberkshire says:

    Whenever someone writes ‘alot’ instead of ‘a lot’ I always think of this:

  444. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Pierre Gauthier and Dale TallonArpon Basu Tweets they had a very long talk in the media lounge

    Heheh.. hand over David Booth for Andrei Kostitsyn + picks/prospects, Mr. Tallon. :)

  445. JIMVINNY says:

    If anything, our now-miserable PK should be able to stop their ever-miserable PP.  Hopefully.

  446. Ian Cobb says:

    We need the 2 points, stay out of the box and skate.!!

  447. ProHabs says:

    Mr. Mike Boone, I would be curious to your thoughts on Phil Kessel being drafted last in the All Star draft. Did you feel bad for the guy.

  448. Matt_in_TO says:

    I’d like to know if Kessel was more embarrassed being picked last or being the only skater to not register a point in the game.


    – In Price We Trust

  449. Matt_in_TO says:

    Should be be expecting an Auld sighting tonight?


    – In Price We Trust

  450. C3P1 says:

    speaking of the heritage classic, does anyone know when they are going to sell some stuff?  I want a price t-shirt, damn it!

  451. JIMVINNY says:

    Desharnais got held about 3 times on that sequence.  Definitely should have been a penalty.  I don’t care if he’s small, it’s still a penalty.

  452. HabFanSince72 says:







  453. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man this Higgins kid had so much potential…

    His career is going downhill really fast …some horrific stats the last couple of seasons.

    He’s capable of scoring a lot more.

  454. gohabsgo25 says:

    this is a good game, im in class having a big smile on my face teacher thinks im weird but oh well im a habs fan living in calgary

  455. bigdave says:




    “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”

  456. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    The Canucks actually got Luongo through Florida for Auldy and a few others…Who’s the Auld-man out in that deal?

    Da Pantas don’t know diddly squat.

    But tonight they seem to have some bite… and tha Auld one’s having flashbacks.



  457. andrewberkshire says:


  458. Clay4bc says:

    Finally, a forward who is willing to go to the net.


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

  459. Propwash says:



    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  460. avatar_58 says:

    Thanks ref, lets call another one and tie it up

  461. Larry says:

    They never make it easy do they

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  1. Bryan says:

    I love PK as much as anyone else, but there’s not a chance he gets Calder consideration unless he really lights it up in the next 35 games.  Jeff Skinner/Logan Couture pretty much have it on lock down.


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Mike ! I warned you two years ago to get ready for this PK kid. Are you now saying the City is ready for him.!

    I told you he was a cross between Bobby Orr and Brad Park, and you ain’t seen the whole show yet my friend.!

    will own this town, and the best part about it is, he won’t even know
    it. He will just take it all in stride having fun and being himself.

  3. observer says:

    They don’t even mention him for rookie of the year NOW, we’ll see by the end of the season if it’s the same?

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