The first half of the season ends

Not with a bang but with an OT winner by Washington defenceman Mike Green.

5-4 Capitals in a ding-dong game in which Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead, then fought back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits to earn a point at the halfway pole.

When it was over, Carey Price sat at his cubicle waering a baseball hat, his white goalie pads and the doleful expression of a man-child who’s had better days in his short career.

"I had to play better than that," Price candidly admitted. "The guys played hard in front of me. They earned a point."

Price was asked if rust was a factor. He hadn’t played since the Dec. 23 Dallas Debacle.

"A little bit," Price said. "But that’s not an excuse. There’s no excuse for not being ready and not playing well."

There were scattered boos after Capitals’ goals, and Price heard them.

"It’s deserved," he said. "I wouldn’t be happy if I was watching that.

"I got my chance and I blew it," Price added. "That’s what’s disappointing. Definitely we had a good game as a team. We should have won it."

"I don’t think he had a good performance," Guy Carbonneau said of his goaltender, "but he’s not the only one."

The coach said gaining a point was the only positive he could derive from a game in which his team stopped working after the first period, as had been the case against Tampa Bay.

"We talekd about it before the game, we talked about it after the first period," Carbo said. He lamented too many plays that were "lazy" and listed a litany of sins: "penalties in the offensive zone, not covering the guy, losing faceoffs."

Questioned about his decision to play the Kostitsyn brothers in OT, Carbonneau pointed out that five seconds before Green’s winner, Andrei K had nearly converted a pass from his brother at the other end.

"I would have been a genius," Carbonneau noted, with chagrin.

• • •

Captain Saku Koivu, assessing the last 41 games, said there had been "a lot of good things" during the first half of the season.

"We’ve been pretty consistent," Kovu said. "We have a lot of young players, and their adjustmen has gone fairly well.

"But the first half is behind us and we have the same number of games in front of us. The real battle starts now, and every point counts."




  1. Will Longlade says:

    RDS will switch to the WJT feed as soon as the Habs game is over. Just regurgitating what I read somewhere yesterday. Can’t recall exactly where though.

  2. The Teacher says:

    Haha I understand, but…three or four games does not a season make.

  3. P St. Pierre says:

    Haha…I’ve given up calling it the second line. It’s the number 1 line in my books.

  4. JB_15 says:

    Nothing wrong with expressing a little confidence in the team. It is a great feeling when they do well – and we all spend so much time complaining, I will take this saturday afternoon to express my wholehearted satisfaction and gratitude for their efforts as of late.

  5. Shawn S says:

    I really want to see Captain K have a Ryder like night and pop in two goals today. He needs it!

  6. The Teacher says:

    Sssshhhhhh, they might hear you.

  7. The Teacher says:

    no idea, people always say sopcast though?

  8. JB_15 says:

    I know this is washington…and last game was TB…but watching this canadiens team, i mean, i legitimately think we will not only make the playoffs but that we could find ourselves battling in the conference finals. This is the best theyve looked all year.

  9. P St. Pierre says:

    Beautiful start to this one.

  10. Mike says:

    Anyone watching the game online? if so, where? or if you know where it is being played, where?

  11. The Teacher says:

    Koi-i-i-i-vu’s baaaaack

  12. showey47 says:

    or as lafleur would say “our second fourth line”

  13. JB_15 says:

    Great shot pleks.

  14. Chuck says:

    Man, I can feel their confidence all the way from the other side of Toronto!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  15. showey47 says:

    nice passing

  16. linp says:

    Our 2nd line is still our best line

  17. Yeats says:

    The result of doing something stupid!

  18. Shawn S says:

    Pleksico! Beautiful start!

  19. The Teacher says:


    Highlight of the DAY!

  20. showey47 says:

    higgy should let kovy pull those kind of moves

  21. Yeats says:

    Hockey Rule 37: When you suck, don’t try anything sexy on a four-on-one.

  22. linp says:

    4 v 1 and no shot.

  23. Chuck says:

    So THAT’s how you screw up a 4-on-1…

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  24. The Teacher says:

    Haha, nice piroquette by Higgins.

    The Habs are definitely skating, and now it’s PP time. perfect setup.

  25. MatttheHabsFan says:

    haha…glowing puck…speaking of bush-league….

  26. von says:

    The gold medal game starts @ 2? The Habs game won’t be over by then anyways….

  27. The Teacher says:

    Ahh, Ryder, first shift, great play and pass. Nice to see you calming the doubters.

  28. The Teacher says:

    Seems like both teams came to play already.

  29. von says:

    This 12:30 start time is crap. I have to listen on the radio instead of watching the game tonight after work. 🙁

    It wouldn’t be so bad if RDS broadcasted it on their website, like TSN does for the world juniors.

  30. Ed says:

    Mike Boone, if you saw the Michael Ryder interview on RDS, I have one question for you. Are you jealous?

  31. Shawn S says:

    I would think Habs on RDS would way outdraw NFL on RDS. Could be wrong. Someone must have the bell centre booked tonight. Celine Dion in town? 😛

  32. The Teacher says:

    They do carry all 82 games plus playoffs, I’m sure that costs a pretty penny. They can be forgiven for demanding at least something, no?

    After all, the FOX made a lot of teams (albeit American) suddenly start playing afternoon games on Saturdays during the glowing puck era.

  33. The Teacher says:

    I don’t know how it accomodated it? Seems a 7:30 start would better accomodate it?

    However, they ARE broadcasting NFL. Funny, did the Habs get bumped for the NFL?

  34. TommyB says:

    RDS carries that much influence???

  35. The Teacher says:

    somebody should tell RDS it’s not Saturday Night…it’s Hockey de Samedi Jour boys. Wake up!

    Or were they also invited to the Living Legend’s house?

  36. P St. Pierre says:

    Let’s go Habs! I’m pumped for this game.

  37. Mike says:

    any chance this game is online? I only have my laptop today since im out of town. i didn’t see it on sopcast o the other site.

  38. Will Longlade says:

    The early game was scheduled to accommodate RDS’s broadcast of live feed from the WJT Gold Medal game.

  39. Shawn S says:

    Why is this game on so early btw? Someone else have the bell centre booked on a sat night??
    (Not that I’m complaining though)

  40. Will Longlade says:

    According to an earlier thread, same line-up as Thursday night with the exception of goaltender. Huet is under the weather.

  41. Mike says:

    What are the offical lines for today?

  42. fun police says:

    u.s.a hockey does not have a selection camp. from what i heard is that they barely even scouted the players they picked. there are numerous people involved in u.s.a hockey that were pretty upset with some of the players left off the roster, including mcdonough and a few goalies. they are discussing using a selection camp similar to hockey canada. until then, they have to live with their choices.

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