The CH stands for character

One of the best third periods of the season: 19-3.

But too little, too late.

But credit a gutty effort.


  1. showey47 says:

    Yup,then afterwards we went to this strip bar called “fanny’s” in north bay and i think it was amateur crackwhore night. Very bad night all around.

  2. Keith says:

    Just askin, (and none of my biness)but what did Newfie Dawg do?

  3. CBrady12 says:

    Babcock just said Price was the best goaltender in the league right now….also had lots of praise for the habs

  4. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    It’s a secret clause Sather worked into his contract, he got to pick one team he would never have to play, so he chose the Wings.

  5. avatar_58 says:

    What is this “measuring stick” game nonsense? It’s been said about quite a few teams the habs beat, like San Jose. Even if they lose tonight I’m not going to see the sky as falling. This is a good team, win or lose. For once in many years they play as a TEAM not just on the back of one or two skilled individuals who show up “when they feel like it”.


    So win or lose, go habs go

  6. jbroderi says:

    agreed. and it one of the reasons why they are successful. If the refs really called the game right in any game philly played, they’d be in the box all night.

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

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    Worst. Birthday. Ever.

  8. win4ce says:

    Wow that brawl was brutal. Who punches the goalie without being provoked? Considering this isnt the first incident in the KHL, that league is losing credibility fast

  9. Mark Light says:

    The new Habs don’t need a distraction like Kovy now. They need a guy that shows up every game and plays the team plan.

    I expect PK to be a little more conservative now that he has had the view from the top. We don’t need hot dogs we need relish.

  10. TOEmastro says:

    Montrealers always have a big measuring stick, we should do movies 😉

  11. jbroderi says:

    only lushes drink chardonnay.  Boone like Boones!!!


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

  12. OneTimer says:

    Welp, I think tonight’s game will be a better indication of where we stand as a team.

    If Toronto beats us tomorrow I wouldn’t think too much on it because we all know the S U C K but they play like their lives depended on it against us every time.

    Tonight will be a more interesting game to watch, for sure. Can MTL handle the West’s cream of the crop?


  13. showey47 says:

    lol,sorry. Its a tough day for me to forget since it happened on my birthday 15 years ago.

  14. andrewberkshire says:

    Hard to hate a team that plays hockey the right way. Tons of skill, little to no goonery.

  15. andrewberkshire says:

    Didn’t Gomez miss last year’s game against the Wings as well?

  16. king ddd says:

    there are lot of champonship caliber teams that i hate ( colts, chelesea,boston celtics,washington caps, canucks,yankees and many others,, did i mention th colts, god i hate the COLTS with passion.) but the wings i like , dunno why



  17. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m willing to bet there won’t be a tie.

  18. andrewberkshire says:

    Why did you have to bring that up!!!

  19. Josh says:

    There’s a reason that Kovalev gets called out on every team he plays on.

  20. Keith says:

    Good post, and I completely agree. My support for HNIT ended when they decided to glorify that odious TOAD Tie Dummy on the same night that Boom Boom Geoffrion’s number was to be retired, the same night that he passed away, and YET the CBC basically pissed on the Montreal Canadien’s by doing what they did imho. Some day the CBC will lose saturday night hockey and I for one will not shed one bloody tear over it.

  21. OneTimer says:

    haha, not bad Mr. Dagger

  22. OneTimer says:

    Sucks bro, I’m living in North Carolina and I watch only on my computer now too

  23. showey47 says:

    Lets not have  a repeat performance from 15 years and 8 days ago against the redwings.

  24. twilighthours says:

    So the Wings are either going to win or lose tonight. Got it.

  25. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Sorry, Mr. Boone :(

  26. king ddd says:

    wow. l’antichambre turning into l’attaque a 5, first it was michel langevin, now tony marinaro, whos next jean perron, and pierre page


  27. ths says:

    Fly in your Chardonnay tonight , Mike ?

  28. jbroderi says:

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

    You hate Cherry? You must be a left wing pinko!!! hahaha

    he is such a moron!!

  29. VancouverHab says:

    If you’re a University student and serious about your studies? Then tonight and tomorrow night. Otherwise you’re just mailing it in…

  30. Mike Boone says:

    I was being ironic. See the Prediction

  31. 24 Cups says:

    Detroit has just lost their last three games in a row.  How many times does that happen?

    They are either going to continue their early season slump, or they are going to come out ready to kick butt.

    It’s all up to Carey Price in the first period.  If we can survive, then we just might pull off an upset.

  32. ths says:

    Can you ask him about the Iggy for PK rumour ?

  33. king ddd says:
    It’s in the bag:

    The Canadiens have never lost to Detroit on a Friday in December


    merci MR. boone. jynx for the night?


  34. Former Jets Fan says:

    One side-effect of having OTL’s which displeases me is the fact they aren’t included in a ‘Streak’ in the standings. 

    The Red Wings have lost 3 games in a row – though the first of those was an OTL – leaving Montreal and Boston as the only two teams without a 3 game losing streak.

  35. andrewberkshire says:

    As much as I’m not a Kovalev fan, I have to agree with him a bit about how he’s treated in Ottawa.

  36. HabmanSanDiego says:

    Going crazy down here in San Diego..

    Center Ice carries the Habs games EXCEPT when NHL Network airs the games. Only problem is NHL Network is not shown on my cable carrier here (Time Warner).

    Both the games this weekend (against Detroit and Toronto) are on NHL Network. Wonderful..

    So I am relegated to watching the games on my computer .. JustinTV.

  37. TheMostCupsPeriod says:
    It’s in the bag:

    The Canadiens have never lost to Detroit on a Friday in December


    Uh Oh!! The Boone jinx, I prefer your ” I have a bad feeling about this one” or the like….

  38. Big Ted says:

    I think we all know that Don Cherry completely advocates settin players straight, and just like Mike Richards, he supported someone trying to teach PK a lesson physically – an irrepsonsible message for a commentator to be sending. Also, in terms of the reply you received, Cherry having watched PK develop is not in any way praising him, it is a statement of fact. The CBC trying to pass this off as Cherry supporting PK is unfounded. As I’ve always said, the CBC has not been relevant for many years. Their views are Toronto-centric, overly supportive of the league, and in Cherry’s case are often biased and bordering on hateful and racist.

  39. J.J. of Turku says:

    Maybe Dave saw wrong Hockey Night?


  40. BC HAB says:

    I hate them too, but I respect the team they have.

  41. Danno says:

    I got the same kind of answer from the CBC as everyone else did regarding Don Cherry.

    Here it is…


    email concerning comments made by Don Cherry about P.K. Subban
    following the first game of Hockey Night in Canada’s November 27
    doubleheader was forwarded to me for reply by the Office of the CBC
    Ombudsman and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications


    It is unfortunate that you believe Don’s comments represented a “hateful vendetta” against player P.K. Subban.


    a number of weeks, Subban’s play has been topic for players, coaches,
    fans, and the media. Don’s job as a commentator is to talk about the hot
    issues around the league, and this is a hot topic.


    have reviewed the tapes of Don’s short comments about Subban on
    November 27 and comments he made about this player earlier in November. I
    must strongly disagree with your assessment of them. He did he say
    anything which could be construed as “openly encouraging violence.” He
    neither “incited” nor “justified” violence toward Subban. Indeed, he has
    not only praised Subban’s talent – noting that Subban is a player Don
    has known of and watched develop for many years – but he also stated
    outright that he did not condone players deliberately hurting each


    Again, thank you for writing. I’ve shared your comments with my colleagues at HNIC.




    David Masse

    Senior Director,

    CBC Sports


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

  42. TheDagger says:

    I see Nordiques fans are sending another message that they want a team there…

  43. likehoy says:

    didn’t you get the memo? the season is just an 82 game measuring stick to see where you can start the playoffs

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  44. TheDagger says:

    Also, if they were trying to send a message with a pastry (are waffles pastries?) I feel they should have thrown turnovers on the ice. Message sent.

  45. says:

    I hate the Red Wings!

    Go Habs Go

    Friday Night Hockey = NOICE!

    They Call Me Shane

  46. habaholic68NJ says:

    Best game of the season and I have to go out with the wife and others after the first period.  Then I ditch them to play a game and will not start watching the second period until after 1am.  Not much sleeping tonight.  Go Habs!

  47. TheDagger says:

    Maybe they are sending a message via anagrams…. WAFFLE = WE LAFF.

  48. Clay4bc says:

    Montreal – Detroit > Montreal – Toronto


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

  49. GrimJim says:

    Good thing they weren’t upset about when someone sits…

  50. kempie says:

    Sooooooooo, because awful rhymes with waffle, fans throw the latter on the ice? Hmmmm I gotta think about this.

  51. jew4jah says:

    don’t let school interfere with your education.

  52. jew4jah says:

    waffle = awful

    fans expressing their opinion of the maple queefs

  53. kempie says:

    Could anybody please explain to me exactly what happened last night in Toronto with the waffles? What’s the deal?

  54. Rugger says:

    Here’s wishing you never ever ever see another Habs Game!!!

  55. Chorske says:

    Basically, they’re all must-win, yardstick games.

    Can’t be easy to convince a bunch of guys that there are 82 games, every single one of which counts. You gotta admire the coaches & captains who can get their players into that mindset.

  56. Gorges_the_great says:


    I figured they’d play tonight since the players are only arriving in camp tomorrow.

  57. doogmac says:

    leblanc isnt playing for sure. im not sure about bournival but i would assume he isnt either

  58. Bill says:

    Just study all weekend.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering the Habs record when you study, I suggest you look to the greater good and hit the books tonight, it’s Detroit.


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

  60. TOEmastro says:

    Finished an exam today, next is Nutrition of Sport next thursday. Beer and hockey on a friday, oh how I’ve missed you

  61. Harani says:

    But losing to the Leafs still sucks! Losing to Detroit, they ARE the best team no?

    “It must be love!”

  62. Bill says:

    Tonight, it’s better if they beat the Wings. Leafs need points, it’s looking too good for Boston.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  63. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Seems like that to me too

  64. captaink4life says:

    The prodigal son returns to the lineup.

    Should be a dandy in Motown :) 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  65. Gorges_the_great says:

    Does anyone know if Louis Leblanc and Michael Bournival are playing their QMJHL hockey game tonight? Was thinking about checking them out but I’m worried they might not be there because of the World Juniors camp.

  66. captaink4life says:

    At least you don’t have to study tonight AND tomorrow 



    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  67. Harani says:

    Big question: Study tonight or study tomorrow?

    “It must be love!”

  68. Bill says:

    That’s an awful lot of debate over which rookie D-man sits and which plays.

    I have missed the past three games and the Habs have won ’em all (was directing a play, couldn’t be helped) so I will be sitting the games out until they lose. What this means is I haven’t even seen Weber.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  69. Chorske says:

    This is Montreal’s 29th measuring-stick game.

    That’s how it seems to me, at any rate.

  70. goat_007 says:

    I wanted to be the first person to comment but didn’t know what to say. Go Habs Go! That is all.

  71. tony d says:

    LOL, excellent

  72. HardHabits says:

    Better than saying, “First!”

    I’ll second that Go Habs Go!

  73. ricardamundo says:

    Is PK in or out tonight? Here’s a link to a column by Cam Cole at the Vancouver Sun:

    Maybe that’ll provoke a little more activity on this board!

    Am going north tonight and won’t have my RDS/PVR connection. Will have to watch CBC on a rabbit ear signal on an old TV … where’s the damn puck? At least the Buffoon (McLean) and the Bonehead (Cherry) will be nicely blurry.

    Go Habs … a win in Detroit will be yet another statement game (there’s been a few of those lately).

  74. ricardamundo says:

    Oops, just went over to Main page and noticed that PK is in. That’s great … too bad it has to mean Weber sits. What a great problem to have! Two great young defencemen who have trouble breaking into the lineup. If the Leafs were their team instead of the Habs, they’d both be playing every game with lots of minutes. Pity the Leafs, that’s all you can do.

  75. Topham says:

    Bets on how many Habs games Cam Cole has watched? I’d start with a single game, the Vancouver one.


    Lions in Winter:

  76. christophor says:

    The guy’s being torn a new one in the article’s comment section.

  77. TOEmastro says:

    The columnist is being chastised for nothing. Honestly, I think he’s right (not the racism undertones but the overall message). There are very few interesting things that come out of hockey players or the media for that matter. You know why I read the online eeeee-mail? Because it isn’t the same boring formula we catch from all the other reporters. No disrespect to Mr. Hickey, but his game story is as dry as a 90 year old hooker. Give me Mr. Boone, Mr. Gomez and Mr. Subban anyday. 

    Not to sound like an elitist, but this is ENTERTAINMENT.. ENTERTAIN ME!!!! 

  78. Jordio-oh says:

    My friend, a Wings fan who doesn’t read Habs I/O, sent me the same article linked above. Its a good read, if you have a few minutes.

  79. king ddd says:

    habs gotta play really hard tonight, wings on two game losing streak, and habs 3 games winning streak. something gotta give! say what you want about him but scotyG’s presence will be mised



  80. cautiousoptimist says:

    Hi Boone, I love this site, and I know there are financial requirements and expectations with a site like this, but man that banner ad is annoying — the one that follows you around and covers the bottom bit of the page no matter how much you scroll…

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  81. Propwash says:

    Firefox and Ad Blocker Plus addon (all free) works wonders


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  82. habsruleworld says:

    as per that article and the good old days

    I hope we kick those square head english basturds butts,


  83. JIMVINNY says:

    Although Weber may be disapointed that he was pulled from the lineup, he has to be happy with how he acquitted himself in the time he was given.  I can see him being a third pairing/PP guy for some time to come.

  84. DearyLeary says:

    And unlike the Streit’s, and Sourays, and MAB’s of the world, he’s not a complete disaster in our end.  Quite the contrary, he’s very stable.

  85. christophurrr says:

    you can also just click the x to close it

  86. jbroderi says:

    Two fast, skilled teams: This will be fun to watch. No Chris Neil/Patrick Kaleta crap

    No, but I’m sure lapierre will yap a bit. It’s funny how Lapierre plays like crap when he runs his mouth. Does anyone else notice that? When he is effective, he’s scoring or controlling the puck, not spouting off. I think sometimes he thinks that his yapping is integral to the team or something. It inly works when you play good, Lappy, so keep playing like you have been.

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

  87. SeriousFan09 says:

    Someone have a lassenge for the PA announcer?


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

  88. king ddd says:

    creepy is it just me or the wings announcer sounds like bill clinton



  89. MikeMcLaren says:

    That is QUITE a belt buckle!


  90. thorandresson says:

    Watching on CBC, and when they interviewed Babcock he had a lot of praise for his opponent and also said Price is the best goalie in the league right now (can’t argue with that)

  91. OneTimer says:

    Newfie Dawg’s gone? A single tear rolls down my cheek as another troll bites the dust

    That guy was so up and down though, not your typical HI/O troll I guess

  92. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Not a moment too soon IMHO.  Unfortunately he’s had like 4 profiles here so far, so I’m sure he’ll be back.

  93. christophor says:

    quote of the night belongs to Mike Babcock, about the Habs:

    “They’ve got a user friendly back end”

  94. SeriousFan09 says:

    So Canadian, American anthems, Swedish is next right?


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

  95. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Doesn’t the Joe double as an Ikea?

  96. Keith says:

    Sounds like there are alot of Canadien fans at the Joe.

  97. scrowe21 says:

    I thought the post about the brawl was a joke until I watched the video.. WTF WAS THAT? Garbage..

  98. king ddd says:

    in my top 10 things i wish to witness before i die, is stanley cup finals between habs and detroit



  99. Ayan_SB says:

    Elliotte Friedman mentioned that Pleks is looking forward to play against Datsyuk tonight. Every center measures themselves against Datsyuk.

  100. JIMVINNY says:

    And Pleks starts 2-0 in faceoffs against Datsyuk.

  101. Habhopeful says:

    does the game seem further away or is my tv just shiite?


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

  102. Keith says:

    Oh goody, no Knob Hole, just maybe I’ll give CBC a try…but I’ll probably switch to RDS lol!

  103. notbigbird says:
    “RIP, Newfie Dawg: Humanely
    euthanized. Snarled at me once too often.”
    Do we still have The Mod Squad or is Boone it?
  104. showey47 says:

    I think those waffles that were thrown at the ACC last night had more icetime then colton orr did.

  105. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He was taking some pot-shots @ Boone, so I would imagine Boone canned him.

  106. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s a chinzy call. 


  107. JIMVINNY says:

    Hope Gill’s okay.  He looked shaken up there.

  108. Hockey Socks says:

    Detroit is an intimidating team to watch the Habs play against.

  109. thorandresson says:

    great kill!

  110. Keith says:

    It look to me like the camera’s are a mile away from the ice surface.

  111. TOEmastro says:

    It’s one thing to have a heated argument, its quite another to be disrespectful. Stay classy… PLANET EARTH

  112. andrewberkshire says:

    Eller looks fantastic tonight.

  113. JIMVINNY says:

    Bah.  Right into his stomach.

  114. Rob Maguire says:

    Seems to be a lot of empty seats in Hockeytown. 

  115. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Welcome back Dean Dalley, Priceberg, Newfie Dawg, and god knows how many others you’ve had.  That was quick.  Quick piece of advice, insulting the guy who has access to the ban-hammer is not a wise move.

  116. TOEmastro says:

    Jim Hughston reminds me of the old NHL ’98 game, grew to love the voice, and loath the fact that he normally only does Leaf games

  117. SeriousFan09 says:

    Some old arenas don’t have the best sight lines. Than again, some of the modern ones suck too, like ATL.


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

  118. thorandresson says:


  119. Hockey Socks says:

    I’ve said it a million times but Eller looks better every game. Haven’t seen a player improve this consistently and this quickly in a while.

  120. solomio says:

    Brunet just blamed PK for another sliding error!!! Yeah he took out Spatch but the play he made was great and it worked.

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lot of unemployment in Hockeytown unfortunately.


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

  122. thorandresson says:

    it’s Detroit, probably one of the scariest cities in the US so not surprising

  123. Mike Boone says:

    I can take plenty. But not cheap insults on my own blog. 

  124. habaholic68NJ says:

    Eller not happy with himself shooting in the middle of the net

  125. Hockey Socks says:

    “Lets Go Red Wings Go Habs Go”

  126. TOEmastro says:

    Boyd has to shake off 2 months of rust, yeesh

  127. JIMVINNY says:

    Rafalski is the Detroit D-man that our forecheck should target.  He’s old, small, and not exactly durable anymore.

  128. Habhopeful says:

    Datsyuk is a treat to watch…although i dont watch him much, he is a good un-enigmatic russian id love to have…


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

  129. SeriousFan09 says:

    Best Russian in the NHL this season.


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

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    Glenn Healy needs to stop saying “jam’.

  131. HOGGIE says:

    high pace hockey am loving this game

  132. Hockey Socks says:

    CBC or RDS?

  133. Keith says:

    Yeah, I find MSG is the same.

  134. jbroderi says:

    By the look of him, he has to stop eating it too!!!

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

  135. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    You were acting like an idiot, ergo he called you one.

  136. thorandresson says:

    Hughson just said “the Canadiens not only survived the first 10 minutes, but they even got a few chances”, seriously?  They have one of the best records in the league for a reason!

  137. jbroderi says:

    this isn’t David vs Goliath, for Chrsit’s sake!! Montreal is a real contender from the East. This will be a good match, but it’s a shame if they have to make it into an underdog thing. This will be a good marker for the redwings too!!

    ga habs go!!

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

  138. jbroderi says:

    The thing that impresses me about the Red Wings organization is their ability to retain and re-sign their players. Could you imagine Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lidstrom playing elswhere?? They have a winning attitude that drips down from management and has given them years of success. I hope the Habs can start something like that. I also hope the redwings lose their next 20 games!!

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

  139. ctony says:

    yep. i watched it.  you play your stars at that point in the game.  i could understand it if those players had scored tonight.  they didn’t.  cammi was motivated back in michigan.  gionta was fresh, from not playing much earlier.  for what it’s worth, darche and laps played 11 minutes each.  he (jm) wasn’t double shifting them toward the end.  he was using eller (who was on the ice), pouliot, and cammi…

    btw, i love the immediate response “did you watch it”.  very thoughtful.

  140. Matt_in_TO says:

    NHL Rule book, page 56

    Rule 94c – No player that commits a foul while wearing a Red Wing jersey shall be called for said foul


    – In Price We Trust

  141. andrewberkshire says:

    I can’t believe all the slobbering over Howard for the save on Subban. It was a one handed chip under pressure going about half a km/h. The media just wants so much to love Detroit. ****ing pathetic. And Howard gets 1st star for one period’s work.

    This league needs to take a good long look at how terrible the officiating is, it’s inexcusable for a professional sports league. Today was a ***ing gong show.

  142. notbigbird says:

    That’s a loss I can take satisfaction from.

  143. shootdapuck says:

    Story of this game…..bad line changes!

    Datsuyk’s goal, too many men penalty and that empty netter!

    I don’t know who is causing the confusion on the bench but whoever lost this one!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  144. twilighthours says:

    We are often guilty of blaming the refs for a loss. 

    In this case, it is legitimate.  You could see how an official might call the penalties that were called on the Habs.  Sure, OK, we deserved our penalties.

    But how the Red Wings got away with only 1 minor penaity, and none in the third when they were scrambling for 20 minutes, is absolutely MIND BOGGLING.

    By far the worst-officiated game of the season.  By far.  Disgraceful.  Pathetic.

    I am #%@#%#$%@ fuming right now.

  145. coachdoug says:

    Getting taunted via text messages from Wings fans in my beer league…

    Fack them Wings…good effort by the Habs tonight…showed they can play…PG needs to get us the icing on the cake with that Cap space because this team is for real…

    Oh Yeah…Fack that stupid Journey song too…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  146. JIMVINNY says:

    This game was decided before it even began.  The half dozen blatant penalties they got away with in the third make that quite clear.

  147. notbigbird says:

    I guess Spacek will be benched for three games for that.

  148. topher5468 says:

    EXACTLY RIGHT, The game need to be called the same way in the 3rd as it is in the 1st, not so tonight. I loathe Glenn Douche bag Healy

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

  149. Da Hema says:

    Heheh. It would explain a great many things!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  150. DearyLeary says:

    More horse crap officiating.  In the last 4 there were at least two obvious penalties (a hook and an interference call on the ‘venerable’ Lidstrom).  Played ’em hard, got hosed, we could take them to 7, and potentially win a series.  As long as we don’t get that damned Swede as a ref.

  151. Rainrocket16 says:

    All I know is we played pretty damn good in the third and didn’t quit. Red Wings only had one penalty, gimme a break, worst reffing of the season thus far against us. BS!! I think we play them again and we will destroy them..they are not that good!

  152. Exit716 says:

    PK was off balance when he made a half hearted stab at it. Howard is nothing special. A weak ass Tim Thomas clone that has zero technical skills.

  153. TomNickle says:

    I’m not usually one to blame officials for losses.  And I certainly won’t directly blame them for this one, our boys had several chances that they could have buried.

    However, and a big however due to the five penalties called against the Habs in the first 22 minutes of the game to Detroit’s none.  Yeah, none.

    Now people who don’t like to criticize officials will say that there wasn’t a penalty called in the third period and that the officials just let the teams play hockey.  That statement, or similar statements couldn’t be further from the truth.  The Red Wings through pics on every shift, hooked and held on the walls and the most disgusting non call on the night for me was in the first period…..Pleks was on a one on three rush, shorthanded of course and was held for more than five seconds by Lidstrom with no call made.

    Our penalty killers were tired at the end of the first and that played a part in giving up a goal which proved to be mighty important now didn’t it.

    The Wings were allowed to do what they wanted, when they wanted, quite reminiscent of the two playoff series against the Capitals and Penguins last season.

    In spite of the loss I am tremendously proud of the team for the fight they showed not only against unfair officiating, and it was, but also a very game opponent.


  154. Larry says:

    We lost but this was a positive game. We were the better team. 10 minutes shorthanded in the first two periods was the difference. The Wings were lost in the third. They could not play with us and by the looks of them at the end I think they know it. You could see it in Babcocks’ face. Sort of an “Uh-oh. These guys are for real.”

  155. Samovich says:

    GUTLESS refs!, You mean to tell me that Detroit only did one thing wrong? Call the Peace prize comitte in Stockholm! According to the refs, that was the best display of passive resistance since Ghandi!

  156. twilighthours says:

    And if this game was 5 minutes longer, Habs would have tied it.  Great, great effort by Les Boys.  Really proud of the effort.  Awesome stuff.

  157. ctony says:

    1.40 left. down one.  faceoff
    to the left of howard.  price is in
    net.  darche, laps, and spacek among the
    five players out there.  can someone
    explain that?

  158. TomNickle says:

    And headed wide of the net.

  159. habguy says:

    habs didn’t lose because of penalties.

    Detroit is a much better team. habs are supposed to be able to kill penalties but couldn’t.

    and if habs had more talent they would have scored.

    talent wins, excuses lose!

  160. punkster says:

    Years we’ve been saying this Andrew. Years. They won’t look at the officiating. It will never get any better as long as the present management is in place on both sides, the league and the NHLOA.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  161. Larry says:

    I agree. The officials were the difference. Dominating the third like that, the Wings just hanging on,there were tons of non calls on Detroit.

  162. Matt_in_TO says:

    I guess one positive about this is our record after a loss heading into Toronto.


    – In Price We Trust

  163. TomNickle says:

    Lapierre was dominant in the Red Wing zone tonight, Darche has been one of our best offensive players for weeks and Spacek was our best defenseman tonight.

    Just my opinion on all three though.

  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    Always funny when people post when they obviously weren’t watching the game.

    Killed 5 of 6 and the only time they scored was on an undeserved 5-on-3, Habs were also missing Gomez and Markov.


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

  165. TomNickle says:

    Could have fooled me, looked to me like the Red Wings had 6 powerplay to our 1 and that we lost by a half foot on Boyd’s shot.

    Nice try though.

  166. topher5468 says:

    HNIC is awful, If the Leafs aren’t playing its like well, lets just root against the Habs. 

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

  167. JD_ says:

    Loss in the books but arguably a moral victory.

    The Habs demonstrated that, when the reffin’ is consistent, they can go toe-to-toe, if not outright take it to the ostensibly mighty Wings. Solid team effort in the 3rd.

    Tomorrow night at the ACC: Operation Pack Yer Bags, Ronnie

  168. iwardhabs says:

    Like I said below, the important thing, at this stage, is that we be competitive with elite teams for a full 60 minutes.  Give us a 7-game series with the Wings, and you’ll see an all-out war.

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    If I was there tonight, I’d toss a waffle at the refs.

  170. Bill says:

    Or, maybe the Habs just take a lot of legit penalties.

    Give them credit for putting up a fight against an actually superior team. The Habs don’t have a Datsyuk and a Zetterberg, much less a Lidstrom. Banged up Habs don’t even have a Gomez.

    I only watched the third, but I thought Subban looked pretty tentative. I liked Picard’s game.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  171. twilighthours says:

    I often wonder, were I a coach or player in the NHL, if I would rip the refs afterwards and take the fine. 

    In the long run, it’s probably not worth it.  NHL officials are a petty group – you screw them once, they screw you forever. 

    Just look what they’ve done to Ribiero, Lapierre, Kovalev, Alex Burrows….

  172. Da Hema says:


    Play Auld tomorrow night?


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  173. RJB says:

    Habs allowed 1 pp goal, before you troll check your facts.

    “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

  174. topher5468 says:

    This habguy just likes to annoy people, it would be better if we just ignored him, Just don’t respond to his asinine posts.

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

  175. punkster says:

    What I want to know is, who’s bringing the waffles?

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  176. twilighthours says:

    This is the Jdub that I’ve missed all these months.

  177. TomNickle says:

    No, you would do what Sheldon Souray does and shoot the puck so hard at the nearest official that they don’t dare try to screw you over again.

  178. topher5468 says:

    Its not about our penalties, its about the ones not called on the wings in the 3rd, there could have been at least 2

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

  179. Keith says:

    YES! We need to do a dismantling of the laffs tomorrow night. I wanna see more waffles on the ACC ice lol!

  180. twilighthours says:

    Those guys were good all game.  Did you watch it?

  181. JIMVINNY says:

    The legitimacy of the Habs penalties is not is question.  The penalties not called against Detroit in the 3rd are my issue.

  182. andrewberkshire says:

    You know what the worst thing is? Tonights officiating is considered a job well done by the NHL. If you look at the Campbell/Walkom emails they applaud letting everything go in close games, especially in the third.

  183. Rudy says:

    I thought the same thing when they showed Babcock, “don’t celebrate too much boys, you got lucky, they had you in the 3rd”

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

  184. Mark says:

    Gotta get back to working on math, so I’m gonna keep this short. I’m so pissed at those idiots in the striped shirts tonight, they ruined what was otherwise a fun game to watch. I wouldn’t have had a problem losing tonight, had the game been actually called fairly. That Swede they had as the ref was obviously mesmerized by Lidstrom and Zetterberg, and forgot to call the roughly 10 million holding penalties the Wings committed. I mean, honestly, it was getting stupid towards the end, and to start the game off with 6 penalties in a row? This is like the Carolina game last year where we took the first 11 penalties! I say next game we take a page out of that movie “The Longest Yard”. If the refs don’t wanna call a fair game, just keep firing pucks at them till they do!

  185. Keith says:

    I’ll bring the syrup! Got some good blueberry stuff mmmmmmmmmm!

  186. Matt_in_TO says:

    Something tells me that security at the ACC is going to be checking everyone for Eggos.


    – In Price We Trust

  187. coachdoug says:

    AK46, a bag of pucks and some 100th Anniversary T-Shirts to Dallas for Brad Richards…

    Make it happen PG or the waffles will fly at the Bell Center…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  188. RGM says:

    How’s he doing nowadays?

    Go Habs Go!

  189. twilighthours says:

    When did that happen?  That’s wicked.

    A part of me wished Souray was still around.

  190. Matt_in_TO says:

    If I was going (and I still might) I’d bring a box of Eggos.


    – In Price We Trust

  191. olematelot says:

    WTF did you even watch the game troll

  192. showey47 says:

    If you constantly rip into the refs on the ice or through the media they are collectively going to stick it to you in return.

  193. TomNickle says:

    Always did it, every time he was on the ice killing a penalty as a hab he would rifle one at the closest ref or linesman.

  194. JD_ says:

    After tomorrow night, three off nights before a couple of big games next week. I’d be tempted to play Price in the next three and have Auld take Sunday against the Avs.

  195. KenD29 says:

    There’s always RDS. Pierre Houde one of the best play by play men in the business.

     “C est le but”

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  196. Chuck says:

    The Wings missed an open net, too. What’s your point?

    Centre Hice: my last Canadiens game at the Forum

  197. twilighthours says:

    Is this you Newfie Dawg?  

    If so, please take a much-needed rest.

  198. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yeah and I’m sure that made the officials love us even more.


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

  199. JD_ says:

    “Leggo my ego.” – Brian ‘Burkie’ Burke

  200. TomNickle says:

    If a guy keeps shooting the puck at you and your co-workers at 100mph you gonna start waving off some icings against them or let their players get away with a bit more?


  201. ctony says:

    ride your thoroughbreds when the game is on the line.

  202. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes, it’s definitely Newfie_Dawg, Priceberg…. etc.

  203. twilighthours says:

    Well, had you watched it, you would have noticed that the shift with Lappy et al started with about 1:40 left.  Too early to put your stars on.  The last shift of the game would have started about 40 seconds later, and that’s when you would have seen Gionta, Plex, Cammi.

    So while you might have been watching the game, you really weren’t thinking about what you were watching.  

    Thanks, Tony!

  204. Samovich says:

    You are simply a poor deprived person, who needs special attention, by a team of doctors ! That is simply the worst game by a team of Refs for a long time! ten minutes short handed! and the Red wings Did ONLY ONE THING WRONG!!, that is crap and your comment is crap!

  205. ctony says:

    martin was double shifting plecs for minutes before that.  he was going for it.  this was a chance an aggressive coach would have taken.  faceoff in the offensive zone. play your stars.  cammi and gionta were well rested from not playing much earlier.  if you don’t want them on the ice, at least go with pouliot.  he just scored and IMO was playing at least as well as laps and darche.  

    you don’t even understand things when they are s-p-e-l-l-e-d out for you. so don’t bother to pretend you understood the game play in real time.



  206. ctony says:

    yeah, bummer they made games 60 minutes like a hundred years ago.  

  207. topher5468 says:

    Yes I hate Bertuzzi, and I didn’t like the early take down on Gill, it was kind of a slew foot, hes a cheap 7uck

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

  208. andrewberkshire says:

    How did that happen? No complaints!

  209. C3P1 says:



    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  210. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    MOEN THE GRASS!!!!!!!

  211. Hockey Socks says:

    Cheesy goal but I’ll take it!

  212. thorandresson says:

    It’s funny, just as the commentators mentioned the Habs haven’t won when the opposition scored first, they score!

  213. JIMVINNY says:

    Another goal against Detroit scored from behind the goal line.  Remember when Kovy did that two years ago?

  214. MikeMcLaren says:

    WOW.  Always proud of how well Habs fans travel.  As someone who sees a fair chunk of “road” games, it always makes me proud to be a part of that.

    Best fans in the NHL.


  215. Danno says:


    That’s what I call a garbage goal. A nice greasy one. Beauty!


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

  216. Keith says:

    WOW! You’d think the game was in Montreal by the sound of the crowd.

  217. OneTimer says:

    Bank shot!

    Also, Plekanec directing the defensive play, what a boss seriously

  218. king ddd says:

    atta boy MOen top 6 baby!;)



  219. Habhopeful says:

    What a grea signing halpern was, 2x better than dominic moore and 2 x cheaper than him too


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

  220. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice for Moen to get one, you have to like the grinders like him, tough but clean.


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

  221. Hockey Socks says:

    There goes the season.

  222. win4ce says:


  223. king ddd says:

    sOB, pleas no injury lpease no injury!





  224. JIMVINNY says:

    That was dirty.  No question.

  225. Matt_in_TO says:



    – In Price We Trust

  226. avatar_58 says:

    CLASSIEST EH?? Goddamnit.

  227. Habhopeful says:

    he looks okay, he doesnt seem in pain judging by his face, doubt its the knee, maybe a charlie horse, knee wasnt stuck out, as far as i could see


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

  228. Danno says:



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

  229. andrewberkshire says:

    Plekanec will be fine, he skated off under his own power. I think he was selling it a bit, hoping the refs woudl call a knee.

  230. usversusthem says:

    Sweet jesus please no, please not this. 

  231. Shiloh says:

    Sure looked like he got him with the knee.

  232. Keith says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! He had him beat so he throws out the hip! Classless bum Rafalski is!

  233. SeriousFan09 says:

    Heart just sank into my leg with Plekanec taking a hit.


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

  234. TheDagger says:

    Oh he’s fine.

  235. Matt_in_TO says:

    Thank God he’s okay.  Looks like he got it more in the shin.


    – In Price We Trust

  236. topher5468 says:

    Someone please shut Healy up, When did he ever take a hit.1993 Healy you Douche

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

  237. Trenton_Romulox says:

    That isn’t really how Pleks plays. It was likely a charlie horse. Something that hurts really bad but goes away fairly shortly. I doubt he was lying there for looks.

  238. CBrady12 says:

    firstly, he wasnt beat, pleks dumped the puck, second, pleck tried to avoid a hit, third it was hip on hip….Rafalski is no bum..

  239. Keith says:

    I wish he’d stayed in the NHLPA.

  240. andrewberkshire says:

    Pleks does a lot of gamesmanship, especially on high sticks. He’s also a bit of a dirty player. His game is that he’ll do anything to win.

  241. jbroderi says:

    they don’t want him there!!
    Usually the rule is that the worse player you are, the better analyst you make, because you have to study the game harder. Healy is huge exception to that rule. Dumb and useless!!

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

  242. JIMVINNY says:

    Rafalski threw his knee out there.  Now I really want them to forecheck him hard.

  243. andrewberkshire says:

    There was no knee Jim.

  244. avatar_58 says:

    Holy shit my heart started beating again…..thank you god/buddha/xenu

  245. olematelot says:

    Terrible missed call

  246. TOEmastro says:

    ASIS… pointy part of the hip bone in front, gonna sting a bit but he’s a tuffy

  247. Habhopeful says:

    Seemed like pleks was like “Owwwwwwwch! Wait, that didnt hurt….Im already lying here…What do i do?? Im just gonna lie here………………Ahhh crap….nothing!….”


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

  248. JIMVINNY says:

    That was ridiculous.  Bertuzzi basically jumped on Cammalleri’s back to make him touch the puck.

  249. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Well that was pretty stupid. 

  250. nick says:

    Uh… Plekanec is skating around on the ice right now… What game are you watching?

  251. HardHabits says:

    So now that Markov, Gomez and Plekanec are injured, how much cap space does that give the Habs?

  252. C3P1 says:

    how does he do it?


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  253. JIMVINNY says:

    That was an important freeze. Pyatt had no stick.

  254. C3P1 says:

    hey, this dude is good


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  255. Keith says:

    I thought they would have called a penalty on the stick in Pricey glove play.

  256. MikeL says:

    If that wasn’t a penalty on Cleary, why was the whistle blown?

  257. Keith says:

    Kill some time Pleky!

  258. Habhopeful says:

    i love this team!


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

  259. OneTimer says:

    carey price = boss

    plekanec = boss

    that is all

  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pleks is kind of good on the PK isn’t he?


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

  261. thorandresson says:

    yah just kinda good

  262. andrewberkshire says:

    That was the weakest hooking call I’ve ever seen. This is beginning to remind me of last season against detroit when we were shorthanded for 9 straight minutes because of BGL being an idiot.

  263. thorandresson says:

    i think they’ll get burned on this one

  264. TOEmastro says:

    Like a BOSS, make a save like a BOSS

  265. JIMVINNY says:

    This penalty BS is getting out of hand.  Rafalski puts a potentially season-threatening hit on our best player, no call.  But they’re calling everything they can against the habs.


    F*CK YOU, REFS!!!!!

  266. Shiloh says:

    Boy – if the zebras protected Kovalev the way they protect Datsyuk, Alex would score 100 a year.

  267. andrewberkshire says:

    This is getting stupid. Come on refs.

  268. Matt_in_TO says:

    I can’t believe they called that.  Weak.


    – In Price We Trust

  269. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rafalski also has an Olympic silver for diving it seems.


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

  270. avatar_58 says:

    What a f’in dive! A slash yes, but falling down????

  271. Danno says:

    Refs are going to rob us tonight.


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

  272. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    Such bull!!!!!

  273. Keith says:

    How in Hell is that holding, he chopped him!

  274. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Wow. Eff you, Rifalski! First you hit Pleks dirty. Then you forget how to skate. Ridiculous. 

  275. andrewberkshire says:

    Smart time out JM.

  276. C3P1 says:

    wait, BGL did something boneheaded?


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  277. Johnny_D says:

    What … total … BS … reffing.

  278. Habhopeful says:

    Its unbelievable, the change in Carey this year

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  279. jbroderi says:

    Detroit, the little darlings of the league!!! they can do no wrong, I guess!!

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

  280. Shiloh says:

    Do we think the idiotic zebras will call chintzy stuff on the Wings?

  281. thorandresson says:

    if they manage to survive this… wow!

  282. C3P1 says:

    ride em cowboy


    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  283. Matt_in_TO says:

    Man I love Gill.


    – In Price We Trust

  284. Johnny_D says:

    Two guys on the ice with an A … solid.

  285. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I love when Gill lay’s down on the ice to take away the pass.  It’s like someone cut down a redwood and laid it out on the ice.

  286. MikeMcLaren says:

    *LOVE* Big Hal Gill just lying down on the ice to block the back door passes on the 5-on-3.


  287. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    No goal?

  288. Keith says:

    Time ran out!!!

  289. MikeMcLaren says:

    MAN, that sucks!


  290. TorontoHabsFan says:

    sooooo close to getting out of the period there!

  291. SeriousFan09 says:

    NHL bush league officiating gets the Red Wings a goal.


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

  292. Johnny_D says:

    Are you happy you F-ing refs.

  293. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Hey, referees, go to hell. 

  294. Shiloh says:

    What horseshit – and the HNIC commentators are just gushing over the Wings. The refs tied the game.

  295. Keith says:

    What f;ing BS HORSESHIT!!!

  296. andrewberkshire says:

    That was retarded. Montreal better get some PP time coming up, this is ridiculous. Exactly like the game last year, completely biased officiating.

  297. Captain aHab says:

    Well the refs finally got what they wanted….now maybe we can get some calls our way.

  298. topher5468 says:

    Wings/refs 1- Habs 1

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

  299. C3P1 says:



    Avon Old Farms: 2007, 2008 & 2010 New England Division I Hockey Champions – #5

  300. MICP says:

    If it was not for the refs we would be 82-0.

  301. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    What a shame! I get what gorges was doing trying to tie up the play to kill time but anyways price is still phenomenal.

  302. RGM says:

    Hold it behind the net and kill the clock. It was a good idea but the execution was lacking…and kudos to Holmstrom for going back there and not just letting Josh do it.

    Go Habs Go!

  303. Rob Maguire says:

    I think Martin’s strategy of keeping the same Gorges and Gill on for the entire PK fell short by about 1 sec. 

  304. iwardhabs says:

    Intermission thought:

    At this stage of the season, the most important thing is that we battle, play intelligently, and keep it competitive for a full 60 minutes.  Neither of these teams is going to win handily.  The key here is to keep what Cammy calls our “compete level” high for a full 60 minutes, so that even if the Wings win, it’ll have been a game that could have plausibly gone our way.  Come spring, where we get up to 7 attempts at each team we face, that’s what will matter most.  

  305. JIMVINNY says:

    The reffing basically ass-raped us in that period.  Total BS.

  306. CBrady12 says:

    Lol i think hes getting as much support as possible on a 5-3

    man no one here knows dink about hockey!!!

  307. Hagar says:

    I despise Lidstrom. Shouldn’t he be retired by now?

  308. Habhopeful says:

    Killing time, just .8 seconds not enough lol


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

  309. Ayan_SB says:

    I’m surpirsed Hamrlik didn’t replace Gorges aftert the timeout.

  310. topher5468 says:

    I know its not his style, but just once I would love to SEE JM give the the Refs the business. Do a Lindy Ruff

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

  311. stephen says:

    I’m not knocking Gorges by any means, but couldn’t he have simply jammed the puck against the boards with his skate to help eat up the waning seconds?


  312. DearyLeary says:

    Some real horsecrap calls… no wonder the Wings are so tough to beat at home, their house rules are 5 Wings to 4 Visitors.

  313. TOEmastro says:

    LOL, there are ads for Source des Sexe christmas party in the banner now… gazette is getting a little more risqué or what?

  314. Rugger says:

    I do love the penalty kill Goalie tandem of Price & Gill.  I don’t know why no other coach ever thought of putting two goalies on the ice at once.

  315. win4ce says:

    I think he was trying too but was just outta gas and lost the puck to an aggressive forcheck

  316. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Yeah. I think he could have done better. But, with that being said, he was dead-tired. You can’t get too mad at a guy when he’s barely able to stand up out there. Still a good period considering what the referees were doing out there. 

  317. Larry says:

    I can’t believe they called Plekanec for HOLDING. What a joke. The ref saw a Wing go down and just made up his mind to call it then had to think of something fast. Four straight penalties. They are handing it to them.

  318. Ayan_SB says:

    The referee is a Swede.

  319. novahab says:

    The NHL looks like a joke with refs like this that was a disgrace, Price has a Detroit players stick shoved into his glove and he was ready to call the Habs. Plek was intrfered with that late cheap shop hip check no call and Gill was trip in front of the net killing a penalty. Yea refs miss a few all against the Wings. I would love to own the Habs for one reason, When crap like this goes on I could fly to NY and meet Bettman and lay off and bam right betweenhis eyesand known that a-hole right on his back. Then tell him if your refs pull a joke like that again I’ll be back.

  320. Josh says:

    Great play by Gorges? lol..

  321. JD_ says:

    Habs need stick to the game plan and not give the refs any more excuses. Their calls are a hair beyond the margin – somethin’ I imagine Cammy was sharin’ with the ref durin’ the timeout – but it’s a bit late in the game to go marchin’ on NHL headquarters.

    There’s no reason why the Habs can’t use their own speed to even things up with guys like Rafalski and Bertuzzi out there.

    Hughson’s colour guy is gratin’.

    Price is ridiculous. Love it.

  322. JVF says:

    Bon. very funny, now can we get a real NHL referee on the ice for the final two periods, tabarnak!

  323. bigdave says:

    The Ref is a Swede calling a Swedish League game; expect more of the same!

    All his homeboys in Detroit know how to avoid the calls. 



    “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”

  324. JIMVINNY says:

    Oh, Friedman, why don’t you just get on your knees and blow him.  And then Datsyuk and Zetterberg.  We know you want to.

  325. HardHabits says:

    Gomez absence is noticeable.

  326. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Shh…mustn’t remind anyone of Gomez’ value. Ever.

  327. twilighthours says:

    If the Gazette is serious about this whole “online newspaper” thing, then it’s time to hire some proper techies – the repeated server crashing is beyond frustrating.

    So much for 99.999% uptime.

  328. SeriousFan09 says:

    Someone get a new bottle of water for the Habs I/O Hamster.


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

  329. nick says:

    LOL. Pleks dropping F bombs.

  330. Matt_in_TO says:

    I don’t think Pleks is too happy.


    – In Price We Trust

  331. Trenton_Romulox says:

    They let that go ALL the time. Oh. My. God. 

  332. Shiloh says:

    Brutal call – just horrific – Halpern was within 2 feet of the bench and not involved in the play.

  333. Johnny_D says:

    Bush league

  334. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even CBC didn’t think that was a penalty and they hate us.


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

  335. Hagar says:

    No more penalties. This is ridiculous.

  336. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I don’t get it, with the obscene amount of traffic you guy’s get here you’d think HIO would be able to afford a decent server that doesn’t crash every 2 minutes?

  337. CBrady12 says:

    I dont think you understand how the internet works bro…

  338. andrewberkshire says:

    This game is retarded. To open the period Datsyuk chops Gill’s stick
    in half, then Zetterberg grabs the puck out of the air, holds it for
    over a second and changes it’s direction to put it on his own stick, and
    MONTREAL gets another penalty. These are the kinds of games that lead
    people to believe hockey is rigged. Utter BS.

  339. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I understand that there are servers that are perfectly capable of handling the traffic generated here, and there are cheap alternatives that crash every five minutes.

  340. JIMVINNY says:

    absolutely brutal.  The wings are hard enough to beat, without the refs making it worse.

  341. twilighthours says:

    The only thing in the world more frustrating that this game is this website.  Oh the crashing!

  342. JIMVINNY says:

    And another bad read by PK.

  343. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    Finally they call something so obvious

  344. Rob Maguire says:

    Hughson: first Habs PP of the game? Didn’t they score on one in the first? 

    Not a great night for the refs or commentators.

  345. Johnny_D says:

    Wow. A call.

  346. showey47 says:

    WTF is with the site issues. Its pissing me off more then the garbage officiating.

  347. Johnny_D says:

    This game is officially bullsh!t

  348. MICP says:

    Game over boys!! Tip your hat to Detroit.

    Great show by Detroit tonight and we see why their so good.  Better luck tomorrow night.

  349. hablifting says:

    Zetterburg and Datsyuk could lead the league in scoring if they wanted to? Lol. Good luck to them. They need about 5-10 guys ahead of them to retire.

  350. Harani says:

    I’m going to go study. Let’s see if that helps them out! Go Habs!

    “It must be love!”

  351. Matt_in_TO says:

    Did Campbell send out a e-mail today wanting the Wings to win?  These calls are sad.


    – In Price We Trust

  352. hablifting says:

    Good old Detroit.  Always hated these clowns.  Hook and hold all day long and never get called.  You even touch one of those guys and their diving all over the place.  Watching them get booted out of the playoffs is always a great joy of mine.

  353. showey47 says:

    I’m guessing the one ref who keeps calling shit on us is the swedish one.

  354. Habhopeful says:

    Its not over, get through this period. any momentum we had was killed by the refs in the first & second


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

  355. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dan Chorra, is that you?


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

  356. since1988 says:

    The wings are a good team i still feel we can play with them and beat them when we see them next (cup finals) so long as we don’t take a bunch of penalties 


    “When people agree with me i always feel that i must be wrong” – Oscar Wilde

  357. B says:

    Boone’s blog! What a choke!! :)

  358. showey47 says:

    LMAO,and its not dan chorra,its dave cherra or someting.

  359. CBrady12 says:

    no i dont think you understand where the money from a website comes from…

  360. olematelot says:

    Nope, it’s the other one, the Swede called the one on Det

  361. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    It comes from advertiser’s. Which is driven by traffic.  The more traffic, the more a company is willing to pay to have their advertisements displayed.  No?

  362. SeriousFan09 says:

    Palushaj heating up with HAM, a goal and assist tonight for a 2-0 lead halfway through their game with the Rochester Americans.


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

  363. JIMVINNY says:

    I don’t care how much some of you hate Gomez, he would help.  Especially in a puck moving game like this.


  364. Bill says:

    By the looks of things it’s probably safe for me to watch the third. Won’t be my fault.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  365. twilighthours says:

    This game is not a true representation of a Habs-Wings matchup.  Some very questionable penalties completely ruined a good tilt.  MTL has been even – territorially – with DET when not killing a penalty.  The only glaring mistake was Pouliot’s gross turnover on the boards that led to Datsyuk’s goal.

  366. Axeman says:

    As long as we don’t lose to the Laffs tomorrow, I’ll take whatever the hockey gods mete out for tonight’s game.

    But a W would be nice ……………

  367. Wops says:

    The benching really did the job for Subban…. …. (great decision)…

  368. JVF says:

    So that’s why the Kommentariat is regularly purged: To save on bandwidth.

    Now, the dirty little secret is out…

  369. Da Hema says:

    Someone needs to say something to Eller about shooting the puck into the opponent’s empty net. That is the kind of thing a Philadelphia Flyer would do.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  370. spos080808 says:

    This is a sarcastic post correct, in response to the amazing in game commentors on CBC

  371. vic says:

    From what I see of Subban  JM has screwed him up ,confidence gone.


  372. olematelot says:


  373. Wops says:

    amen, he’s not the shadow of himself…

    stupid decision

  374. Tharsis says:



    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  375. spos080808 says:

    Hes still using the body.

    Hes still chirpping with some guys.

    Hes still pushing and shoving after the whistle.

    Hes still flying all around on the PP.

    I see no difference at all.

  376. JVF says:

    Another turning point? Pouliot loses the puck at the Wings’ blueline on a line change, Datsyuk rushes back up ice and scores. 3-1, ouch!

  377. habs001 says:

    no doubt ak46 has played much better this year but he has to score in big games and vs elite teams…he cannot keep chocking on his scoring chances in these type of games like he did in the entire playoffs except for one game

  378. MICP says:

    I think that the referees keep screwing up our site.  I really believe that this is a part of the nhl conspiracy.

  379. JVF says:

    Gotta claw our way back into it — With a little help from our friends the referees?

  380. Matt_in_TO says:

    Just checked eBay for tickets for tomorrow night.  Some douche is selling 4 golds (good seats) for $5.  Shipping is $1800.


    – In Price We Trust

  381. B says:

    Don’t blame the refs for this game so far. There may have been some borderline calls, but the Habs have to play smarter and stop taking dumb stick penalties in the other teams end. You just can’t take that many penalties against a team like Detroit.

  382. olematelot says:

    If AK46 had of buried that cripple it’s a tie game

  383. Da Hema says:

    Detroit certainly has had the benefit of the sixth man tonight, and I am not referring to their fans….


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  384. punkster says:

    Just got in, only heard 2 minutes on the radio. Are they being schooled or are they turning in a stinker?

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  385. Wops says:

    Boone, you should think about putting an autorefresh option on your blog. Just a suggestion

  386. MikeMcLaren says:

    eBay doens’t charge commission on shipping, only the value of the item sold.  That’s why you’ll see some things like that.


  387. Da Hema says:

    I understand what you are saying, but two of the calls were deeply questionable.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  388. OneTimer says:

    it’s not looking good, but things happen when Eller’s on the ice

  389. showey47 says:

    I had a real issue with pleky’s penalty. It was a weak call and pleky was walking in alone. We very well could have come out of the first up 2-0 instead of being tied.

  390. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Ya Baby!!!

  391. OneTimer says:

    SICK shot by Benny P

  392. tote-road says:

    Benny looked like Stephane Richer in his prime on that one

  393. Da Hema says:

    Sweet! Just don’t give the Wings a fourth goal now!!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  394. showey47 says:

    Nice shot by benny. The guy has a cannon,he really needs to use it more often.

  395. Matt_in_TO says:

    It’s frustrating at how good he can be sometimes.


    – In Price We Trust

  396. JIMVINNY says:

    That was huge.  I seriously think we ought to try pouliot on the point on the PP.

  397. HardHabits says:

    What a bullet.

  398. Keith says:

    BENNY!!! HUGE goal!!!

  399. spos080808 says:

    Great insight right there!!

  400. Hagar says:

    Forget MAB. Benny’s got a howitzer.

  401. coachdoug says:

    AK46 your needed at the Joe ASAP…please show up for the game

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  402. Keith says:

    Great atmosphere at the Joe. We need to play Detroit more often, it’s a crime we only play them once or twice a season.

  403. Da Hema says:

    What is your problem? Settle down.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  404. spos080808 says:

    Pleks clearly chopped at Rafalski. It was a penalty. Was Rafalski a little soft on the play? Sure. But regardless it was a clear penalty. Not even a little doubt there. Pleks did not go for the puck. He took a clear chop at Rafalski’s body.

  405. spos080808 says:

    I agree.

    Detroit is a pleasure to watch. I love watching them on my Center Ice package.

    Just a GREAT team!!

  406. spos080808 says:

    Just saying your post about not letting up a 4th goal was amazing. I mean nobody on earth was thinking that. It was not obvious either. Like I said, amazing insight. I appreciate you bringing that to my attention. If it was not for you, I would not have even thought about the consequences of Detroit scoring a 4th goal. Thank you sir. Please give me some more insightful comments.

  407. B says:

    61.1 Slashing – Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

  408. Rudy says:

    Who pissed in your Corn Flakes?

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

  409. Da Hema says:

    It was an expression of support. Are you not being a little hysterical?


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  410. showey47 says:

    If the game was actually called by this rule there would be more time spent on the PP then 5 on 5.

  411. spos080808 says:

    Are you not take something a little to literal?

  412. B says:

    They will call it every time if the guys stick gets chopped in two, but you don’t have to break a guys stick to get that call.

    I understand your frustration. There are calls made that could have been let go, but it was not a stretch to make those calls tonight. I thought Rafalski was a bit late on sticking out the hip on Plekanec who did not have the puck, but that’s the way it goes some times. There were some borderline calls that could have gone either way and as a Hab fan I sure would have liked to see them go Montreal’s way more tonight, but I just don’t see blaming this game on the officiating. There were not any brutally obvious mistakes that I saw, but that’s just how I saw it.

  413. Da Hema says:

    That is the second time I have seen him do that. If you think that is cool, then fine. I don’t.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  414. spos080808 says:

    It is no different than slamming the puck into the boards like Cammalleri has done numerous times after a penalty or offsides is called. Eller just happened to slam the puck forward. You are reaching big time! MANY player just shoot the puck the length of the ice in disgust after a call etc.

  415. Da Hema says:

    If it is no different than slamming a stick into the boards, then why players get so angry when it happens?


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  416. spos080808 says:

    Wow, man you are so reaching. Go back to blaming the refs for this game.

    Players get mad if you face wash after a whistle.

    PLayers get mad when you stand near the goalie after he covers it up.

    Players get mad if you score a goal.

    I mean come on. You are so ridiculous.


  417. hockeydoc says:

    you’re the one that’s reaching- it’s an unwritten rule of hockey that you don’t shoot it on net after a whistle or into the open night.

  418. spos080808 says:

    You are missing the point. This guy is making it out to be some huge deal.

    Arod walks over the mound? Who cares.

    Stealing signs in baseball? Who cares.

    Thowing at a batter? Who cares.

    Shooting a 3 and staring down the other bench? Who cares.

    Hanging on the rim? Who cares.

    Grabbing some man junk at the bottom of a pile? Who cares.

    Point is, this happens ALL THE TIME!! These so called unwriten rules are broken all game long by all players. It is no big deal at all. Is he disrespectful? No. Is someone gonna take his head off? No. Give it a break.

  419. Matt_in_TO says:

    Amazing how well we can play when not getting the shaft from the refs


    – In Price We Trust

  420. JVF says:

    What a valiant effort!

  421. OneTimer says:

    I like the fight back in this team, I counted them out and they’re putting on a show in the 3rd…keep it up, Go Habs go!!!

  422. coachdoug says:

    If we could get some Habs fans at the Joe to throw a waffle or two at Howard we might distract him…it really screwed with Beauchemin last night…he looked dazed…should be a Belgium waffle…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  423. punkster says:

    The whole waffle thing is gonna be priceless as the season rolls along 😉

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  424. spos080808 says:


  425. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Next game I go to I’m gonna throw a bottle of Maple Syrup just to be differen’t.

  426. JIMVINNY says:

    How about some swedish meatballs?  Might distract the ref who is intent on penalizing the habs.

  427. ross says:

    Waffles? Don’t you mean carrots?!



  428. twilighthours says:

    Amazing that after all this pressure, no penalties to Detroit.

  429. topher5468 says:

    Thats a joke

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

  430. topher5468 says:

    Is this a Red Wings broadcast or HNIC, I cant efin tell

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

  431. athanor says:

    I got  so sick of it after a period that I watched the rest of the game on RDS. From the way the game is being called you would think the Wings were Canada’s team. That or hockey gods

  432. Hockey Socks says:

    It’s all about winning the battles now. Get the puck deep, forecheck hard, and win the battles. If they don’t do that, they can’t break the Detroit phalanx.

  433. coachdoug says:

    AK46 phone home…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  434. Keith says:

    Come on Habs, tie this game up!

  435. JIMVINNY says:

    How they didn’t give Detroit a penalty on the sequence is amazing.  There were several penalty-worthy plays by Red wings there.

  436. Rudy says:

    No tripping call there behind the net

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

  437. Shiloh says:

    Testing – each time I try to post I get blasted into web-Siberia.

  438. punkster says:

    This reminds me of some of those games last season when the team started to show signs of the elusive gelling so many checkled about. They’re working together now and I like their no quit attitude.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  439. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Does Colie Cambells son play for the Red Wings or something??

  440. Keith says:

    Give that guy some mustard.

  441. hablifting says:

    Lol.  How the hell does Detroit always make these sub par tenders look so good?  Brutal.

  442. coachdoug says:

    T@barnac!…Howard thinks he’s Price…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  443. twilighthours says:

    I can’t get ovet the hooking that’s going uncalled.

    And if Moen was a legitimate top-6 forward, this game would be tied.

  444. Shiloh says:

    There’s a lot of clutching by the Red Wings not being called.

  445. hablifting says:

    Clear hook again for the garbage Wings.   No call.  Habs need to dive like the Wings do if they want some calls.

  446. andrewberkshire says:

    If Montreal had this same lead against Detroit, and they were exerting this much pressure, guaranteed they’d be on the PP the whole period. So stupid.

  447. hablifting says:

    They’ve been pulling that garbage for 15 years.

  448. Matt_in_TO says:

    WTF was Spacek thinking????


    – In Price We Trust

  449. Shiloh says:

    What bullshit – blatant holding not called – and we get screwed by the refs again.

  450. showey47 says:

    Tonnes of pressure and scoring chances by the habs in the 3rd and they didn’t have to spend 10 minutes on the PP in 1 period to do it.

  451. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Sorry but the refs in the 1st set the game.

    Positive note…the Habs were the BEST team!

  452. Hockey Socks says:

    What a joke. Penalties ruined it what might’ve been a classic.

  453. Samovich says:

    THE WORST REFS !!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS A DISGRACE!!!!!

  454. Trenton_Romulox says:

    Thank you, referees. Hey, Red Wings, great work with the holding, really good stuff. One of the most frustrating games of the year (and I was at the Oilers collapse.) 

  455. aemarchand11 says:

    Hmmmmmmm the penalties were quite balanced… rediculous!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Habs Go!

  456. smiler2729 says:

    1st Star – The Officials

    2nd Star – Carey Prix

    3rd Star – Moe Howard

  457. punkster says:

    Well, it’s a tough one to lose like that but they didn’t really push until the 3rd. Overall they could take the Wings if they put in 60 minutes.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  458. matrags says:

    ah early penalties  cet la vie

  459. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hard to put in 60 minute when the refs put you in the box for the first half.


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

  460. andrewberkshire says:

    Impossible to push when you’re on the PK that long, puts everyone out of sync and makes it impossible to roll 4 lines

  461. Keith says:

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!! Well, you can tell from the look on the bench that these guys hate losing. Can’t fault the effort, just the officiating a little.

  462. Hagar says:

    If ever there was a time to hit a guy, that last goal would’ve been it.

  463. B says:

    A good push back in the 3rd, they didn’t just roll over and give up.

  464. showey47 says:

    Spacek a blind pass to nobody in a white jersey.

  465. CBrady12 says:

    No kidding, he had a guy right infront of him,,,,but noooooo lets try the behind the back blind pass at the blue line!!!!

  466. SeriousFan09 says:

    Officiating what could have been a classic, garage league stuff sometimes.

    Looks like the Habs might actually need Gomez, whodathunkit?


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

  467. smiler2729 says:

    Every Hab in the 3rd period was RELENTLESS in their pursuit to tie the game… except AK46, what a useless putz.

  468. Da Hema says:

    A tough but honourable loss. The Habs can beat the Red Wings. I look forward to their next matchup!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  469. SeriousFan09 says:

    See you at the Cup Finals then :)


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

  470. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think there’s much honourable about being beaten by the refs.

  471. Harani says:

    WTF is wrong with you? You don’t play 20 minutes and win the game.

    “It must be love!”

  472. Da Hema says:

    I am an optimist by nature!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  473. Da Hema says:

    I too am not happy about the officiating. But the honour derived from the thrid period effort.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  474. andrewberkshire says:

    I get you, I’m just being bitter, Da Hema. Thought we deserved at least a point.

  475. punkster says:

    Let me. The Habs played a 20 minute game, the Wings played 40 minutes.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  476. Chuck says:

    I’m not one to mention officiating in loss, because regardless of the hand dealt to you you’re still responsible for busting your ass and and playing responsible hockey. But CBC just showed the replay of Subban having his stick held–no call–and Pleks being called for holding on what should have, if anything, been called a slash tells me that calls are being made on the basis of the aftermath of the play, and the infraction itself is being missed. That isn’t good enough.

    Centre Hice: my last Canadiens game at the Forum

  477. coachdoug says:

    I thought the Plek call was weak…I also thought a French judge would have given a 9.0 for the dive too…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  478. vic says:

    Maybe if the coach would complain to the Refs once in awhile they might pay attention

  479. olematelot says:

    complaining to the refs accomplishes nothing, remember Carbonneaus’ rants, they sure helped eh!

  480. punkster says:

    ND? That’s you again, right?

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  481. olematelot says:

    What good would blowing a gasket do exactly. The Habs looked pretty motivated tonight, guess Martins’ calm demeanor also motivates a team.

  482. joeybarrie says:

    Yeah, your right. Cause what we needed in the 3rd period was to be motivated… DID YOU EVEN SEE THE GAME??????

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

  483. novahab says:
    Tom Kowal, Marcus Vinnerborg These two fixed the game tonight case closed. The NHL is a disgrace a absolute disgrace to allow what went on tonight.
  484. novahab says:
    Tom Kowal, Marcus Vinnerborg Vegas called your money is ready.
  485. novahab says:
    Tom Kowal, Marcus Vinnerborg the WWF called they want to know if you can ref some matches you two are the best.
  486. olematelot says:

    Kowal called all the penalties on the Habs, Vinnerborg called the lone one on the Wings

  487. Rob D says:

    Habs got hosed by the refs in Detroit. Not the first team that will happen to and not the last. Stanley Cup winners get a lot of slack; it’s just part of the way the NHL has always operated. Habs got LOTS of calls in the glorious 70`s..Islanders in the 80` etc. But this was the kind of officiating that drives me nuts. Have a 6-1 advantage in calls to start the game, get Detroit all the momentum and then ..let the boys play!!! in the 3rd. That’s horse spit.

    Having said that, you can see how we despartely need another top 6 forward. Beyond desparate actually. I am through waiting for Kostitsyn and Pouliot to magically turn into clutch performers. They are each players with ability and AK can be dominant at times for sure..but he’s just not a guy over 10 games who will consistently bring it. And he never will, IMO. Just not enough fire in his gut.

    Perhaps with that sal cap room (Markov) we can do something about it. The nasty part of me wishes Gomez would go away for the rest of the year as well. I know ..I KNOW..he contributes and he would probably have been a big help tonight with his speed, in particular. But he is the kind of player who makes my teeth hurt when he plays…Yep, that’s my scientific analysis of his talents. Hey, if we get Brad Richards (and it ain’t happening but..) maybe Ron Maclean and HNIC would have to pretend to like the Habs. That would be cool cause they actively root against them as it stands now. They don’t do that when the Sens or Leafs or Canucks or Oilers or Flames play…fancy that.

    Is Hal Gill the biggest giveaway machine in the NHL? Good lord…he finds another way to hand the puck to the opposing forward every game that I haven’t seen before. And his sticks seem to break just by looking at them. Tonight one of them broke when a high pass hit it! Why do lumbering d-men with no shot need one of those tootpicks anyway. Get a piece of wood, man. You’re not Bobby Orr. Or McInnes. Or Guy Lapointe.

    It’s a nice team overall and watching the Red Wings tonight made me see how HockeyTown is just a tad past its prime as a contender. Still a threat but they don’t scare me like they used to. Other teams are younger and more dangerous but they don’t have Carey Price. I Like our team, Our coach and the never say die attitude they display against superior teams. It will pay dividends later this year, I am sure of it.




  488. joeybarrie says:

    There was a lack of discipline for a short period while they got 5 straight penalties. Some of the calls were weak. Unfair really when you look at the too many men and pleks’. Ref’s should try to be fair when they can. It was too much. Detroit is a really talented team and they played well.

    I have to say we really missed Gomez tonight. I really believe we would have done much better, and not gotten ourselves in as many holes with him.

    Very happy to see us come back like that. We deserved more, but got killed by a goalie who pulled a Price on us. Missing 2 great players we kept it close with Detroit. In the end we have a chance this season. I hope we KILL Toronto tomorrow.

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

  489. ddonar says:

    Blaming the refs for this loss is no excuse.  The Habs got outplayed in the 1st and got called for it.  But it was fun to watch two high flying teams play instead of the clutch and grab common in the league.  If Howard keeps this up, Wings win the cup this year.  This was a great matchup…I would love to see a rematch in June.


    The league needs to have more original six match ups.  Hab fans travel well and it would be nice to see the teams play home and away series.   Buttman for some reason insists on having lame schedules that deny true hockey markets from thriving.  We deserve better games and this weekend would have been perfect to showcase the habs/wings game at the largest outdoor venue in the world.  Today the hockey attendance record will be shattered in Michigan when UM/MSU play…I can see a 117,000 stadium filled with a classic rivalry like the Habs/Wings.   Detroit is only 3.5 hours from Toronto and 8 from Montreal, but they might as well be on the other side of the globe.


    Any ways, the NHL needs to celebrate its heritage more and that starts with Original 6 teams playing at least twice each season if not more.  And one of those matchups should have at least one outdoor venue!



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