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.

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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."

 

 

615 Comments

  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!
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  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:

    TABARNAC! SEEING EYE PASSES!!!! WEHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    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…
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  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? :P

  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.

  43. Keith says:

    Kovalev is absolutely flying out there! What hussle.

  44. Ian G Cobb says:

    In another year and a half, these close games will be in the bank by now. But it sure is exiting with this young team right now.

  45. Chuck says:

    He’s not the best player in the league for nothing!
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  46. The Teacher says:

    Thank God you’re still with us.

  47. The Teacher says:

    I beg to differ. Crosby is.

  48. sidhu says:

    No more breakaway speed for 11

  49. Girth says:

    Imagine listening to this on the radio…

  50. The Teacher says:

    Ouch…Price….

  51. wd40 says:

    wow that was a SH*T goal.

  52. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Lecavalier and Luongo would get my vote before Ovy too

  53. Mattee. says:

    I fully blame price there.

  54. linp says:

    Carbo should have taken out Price after two periods.

  55. sidhu says:

    Flip. If Carey was the Carey we know, this wouldn’t have been close.

  56. HabinVan says:

    So now that Huet has secured the number one spot, does Price stay up and get minimal minutes, or do they send him down to log time in hamilton and call up Halak??

  57. Chuck says:

    How about fully blaming our transition game that had us caught up ice allowing the odd-man rush?
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  58. wild flower says:

    If Koivu and Markov converted after Ovechkin’s cute play at the end of the game – his hero status would have changed to goat.

  59. Gooner says:

    That might not be a bad idea. Carey needs some conditioning time in Hamilton. He has not looked good at all in the last few games he played. The standings are too close to have any patients in him gaining back his confidence

  60. Fer_hab says:

    could somebody please please please tranalate to the french montreal canadien fans, and even to the english fans to stop freakin chanting that stupid “ole,ole,ole” when montreal isn’t even winning by like 2 or 3 goals. All it does it fuel the other team to shut the fans up. I’m not saying they shouldn’t chant it, but atleast save it for when we have a HUGE lead or for the last minute or two.

  61. wd40 says:

    No goal.. phew… dodged a bullet.

  62. Mattee. says:

    Bouillon and Brashear as dance partners. Could there be a more unlikely pair?

  63. The Teacher says:

    Maybe it’s a chant to spur us on as well?

  64. Shawn S says:

    4 vs 4, OT preview.

  65. howtathor says:

    I agree, I was there, It’s almost like jinxing the home team!

  66. wd40 says:

    we’ve already had this discussion, it’s not a victory chant. they paid their money, they can be excited. it’s an exciting game.

  67. The Teacher says:

    Not if Ovy keeps getting on the ice..he scares me

  68. sidhu says:

    Caps are taking long shots, this is almost embarrassing.

  69. yathehabsrule says:

    Frankie B coulda took him..

  70. The Teacher says:

    Great blocked shot by Booooly!

  71. sidhu says:

    Get the point boys

  72. wd40 says:

    hmmmm… Chara vs. Tucker? (that would just be so much fun to watch).

  73. The Teacher says:

    I agree, but Brash is a monster

  74. yathehabsrule says:

    Ovechkin leads league in shots…

    Solution: Don’t give him room to shoot!!!

  75. The Teacher says:

    Haha Mike is excited!

  76. Shawn S says:

    Koivu looked way to dangerous out there. Here’s hopin he pots the game winner.

  77. Girth says:

    Nice last shift from Koivu…

  78. sidhu says:

    You would have thought the Chipper line would have been out for the last minute or so, but looks like Carbo was going for the win.

  79. yathehabsrule says:

    Man late pressure by the Koivu line! So close !!!

  80. Chuck says:

    I thought that was the plan going into the game! Looks like the plan needed a little reworking.
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  81. Girth says:

    Easier said than done!

  82. The Teacher says:

    arghh 2nd period already started Canada up 2-0

  83. Mattee. says:

    Kolzig to Ref: “So ummm, how much do I owe you for that early whistle back there? Is an extra 2000 allright?”

  84. KamiDave says:

    Nailbiter, and I’m only listening to this on the radio.

  85. Girth says:

    That’s what we’ve all been asking for … no?

  86. linp says:

    I have a heart attack whenever Ovechkin shoots.

  87. Ian G Cobb says:

    Hi Tommy, Yep, this one will not be a walk in the park, forced give aways will be the difference in this one. Hope we come out on top.

  88. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Maybe they should try putting anyone of these guys on waivers:
    MCCABE, BRYAN 6.15M
    BLAKE, JASON 4.0M
    KUBINA, PAVEL 5.0M
    TUCKER, DARCY 3.0M
    GILL, HAL 2.075M
    BELL, MARK 2.167M
    Everyone talks about the Lightning being hamstrung with 24M tied up in Lecavalier, Richards, St. Louis, and Boyle. How would you like having over 22M tied up in that group?

  89. yathehabsrule says:

    Don’t worry…they’ll trade their draft pics to get some ex-leaf or “veteran” to make a stab at it..only to still tank out…

    And there’s a big Kostitsyn goal! 2-0

  90. yathehabsrule says:

    Anyone got Kubina’s agents number….If he can get him 5 million…

  91. The Teacher says:

    And Price shows his remarkable puck-handling once again, it’s a beauty to see.

  92. howtathor says:

    Chipper has to learn to win a faceoff at a crucial time in the defensive zone!

  93. The Teacher says:

    The ice looks particularly soft and chewed up already.

  94. Mattee. says:

    to sleep or not to sleep…

    I Heart “System.”

  95. showey47 says:

    great work by the grinders and it draws a holding penalty

  96. sidhu says:

    Chipper line continues its fine play. Wonder what will happen when Begin is ready to play. Kosto out? Keep Begin out?

  97. linp says:

    good hustle from the 4th line

  98. Keith says:

    Great shift from the Chipchura line. They deserve to be rewarded for all the hard work they perform.

  99. showey47 says:

    great passing on the powerplay, i wonder if ovechkin is thinking about what it would be like to be at the recieving end of those passes. i know i should not mention it but damn would it be nice to have a pure sniper like that.

  100. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Let’s just hope it’s not Chipchura out…

  101. P St. Pierre says:

    Lapierre’s play since being called up has been very impressive. He works so hard and has nice speed to go with his grinding style. Fred’s line also looks good, with him being the glue holding it together.

  102. sidhu says:

    Though risky, I love seeing SK74 on the PP point.

  103. The Teacher says:

    Even if they don’t score, this PP was a thing of beauty to watch.

  104. Mattee. says:

    funny thing about hockey… u need the puck…

  105. showey47 says:

    no kidding, if bob knew chipper was gonna be this good this soon he never would of signed slowinski

  106. sidhu says:

    Ahhhh that would have been sweet. I thought Captain K had the open net

  107. Keith says:

    How did he miss that?????

  108. Chuck says:

    Nice post, Saku.
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  109. showey47 says:

    koivu had time and space to go to his forehand

  110. Chuck says:

    Yep… all he needed to do was pull it over and tap it in. Maybe he needs some stickhandling classes from Price. :)
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  111. sidhu says:

    Solid period – all lines skating.

    Hey Teach, you think Boone is going to hit the bottle even though it’s an afternoon game?

  112. linp says:

    You are right. He moved too deep and lost the angle with the backhand.

  113. sidhu says:

    Laffs put Simon Gamache on waivers. Oh yeah, that’s going to solve their problems.

  114. P St. Pierre says:

    You are absolutely right.

  115. linp says:

    Time for them to put the whole team on waivers and start from scratch.

  116. Chuck says:

    According to Boone, Habs had 111 shots in the first. Damn that Kolzig was hot!
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  117. Mattee. says:

    boone hits the bottle with his cheerios.

  118. Chuck says:

    According to Toronto radio, he asked out of the organization. At least the kid has smarts.
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  119. wd40 says:

    Mike, read the article you mention by Rejean Tremblay on Carbo. Interesting point at the bottom of the page raised by one of their readers on the idea of using Price in the shootout in games where Huet is a starter, similar to the relief pitcher concept in Baseball.

  120. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL and that trade aquistion Bell is now out indefinitley…Wonder if he can use that off time as part of his post season jail term???

    A team so desperate for goaltending now that Toskala pulled a groin and Raycroft is so bad that they are looking at Cujo as a possibility… Gee I thought Justin Pogge was supposedley better than Price? yet he’s still with the Marlies :)

    Not to mention I really enjoyed watching Ruutu beat Tucker like a rag doll the other night!!

  121. Mattee. says:

    free ticket out of hell.

  122. The Teacher says:

    According to an article in the gazette, Boone has bee tipping them back since this morning at the Living Legend’s house.

    111-6 either he’s wearing Red’s glasses or a few too many. I’m not sure which.

    i have also thought of something else. Perhaps he’s making a few subtle jibes at Jack Todd.

  123. P St. Pierre says:

    Nice stats from Darren Dregers blog on TSN regarding the Leafs…you’ll enjoy it.

    http://tsn.ca/blogs/dreger/?id=226486

  124. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha, looking at Cujo..oh boy!

  125. NLhabsfan says:

    Lapierre is great so far this game.Looks like Carb is playing with the lines again.I would still like to see Lapierre Ryder and Higgins together.”MAX line.

  126. Mike says:

    umm boone, it must of been quite a period if we had an 111-6 shot advantage :)

  127. Will Longlade says:

    I think Smokes may be relegated to the wing on the fourth line when he returns & also see some time in the press box. Hopefully he can elevate his game and make a contribution to the team’s success down the stretch, although I wouldn’t scratch any of the youngsters to make room for him. He may have to be content with being a role player on a team which could surpass expectations.

  128. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Felix Potvin would make a solid back-up to Cujo

  129. Yeats says:

    Pretty crappy shooting percentage!

  130. Chuck says:

    I’ve been in favour of that concept all along. If Carbo employs it, he owes me rights fees.
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  131. TommyB says:

    should come out of that defensive shell

  132. Yeats says:

    Well, we have the proverbial one-goal lead to protect.

  133. The Teacher says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Ahhhh, that was good! Thanks Sidhu!

  134. Chuck says:

    Tucker looked like he was throwing them in slow motion!
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  135. Ian G Cobb says:

    Mike Boone– Just a thanks for your coverage, can,t get RDS, so i follow along here.
    IAN

  136. The Teacher says:

    Hatcher’s become a cannibal?

  137. MatttheHabsFan says:

    The best part is that Bell is signed for 2.5 next year…

  138. The Teacher says:

    Can we have a replay of the first 2 minutes from the 1st period? early PP goal, perfect setup?

  139. TommyB says:

    Hey Ian, good afternoon. Waiting for the Junior game, no doubt?

  140. Ian G Cobb says:

    Brian–always quick wit !

  141. sidhu says:

    Let’s give Tucker some credit, he did land a lot of punches on Ruutu’s shoulder pads

  142. wd40 says:

    well, then great idea Chuck :)

  143. yathehabsrule says:

    Love it! Thanks !

    Almost as good as the Kovy hit on him…. which is a classic

  144. yathehabsrule says:

    Spilt my coffee on that one! LOL

  145. The Teacher says:

    Ah, Kovy uses his non stick hand like a magician. Kids, watch it! How he holds it out so stiff.

  146. wd40 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  147. Girth says:

    You’re hired!

    NOT!

  148. RiverviewCanadien says:

    And who are you to jump in and make a dumb comment like that, lets hear your thoughts

  149. Will Longlade says:

    Price was pretty brutal in goal today, but reading some of these posts you would think that he singlehandedly lost the game for the Habs. In fact, Price and the team played well enough to eke out a win today had the refs not blown it with an early whistle during a goal mouth scramble in the third. But those are the breaks when you play an 82 game schedule. Some bounces go your way and some don’t.

    Anyway, isn’t this version of the Habs ex. fun to watch? I can’t remember being as excited to watch a Habs game in a long time. AK46 scored a gem of goal. SK74 is looking more and more poised out there. Pleks and Kovalev were fantastic. Kovy appeared to be feeding off Ovechkin’s passion. It’s also apparent that Kovalev is relishing AK46’s recent success. These things all bode well for the team’s future.

    Best of luck to the Habs as they begin the second half of the season.

  150. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You say Price was brutal in nets and that he did not lose the game, I beg to differ, he DID lose the game, all by himself. A big guy like that allowing so much room in his net from soooooooo far away.

    Anways, I love the way most of the team (not the whole team) is playing this season, very exciting hockey, and I am so glad Kovalev is top in points. they have a lot of talent that is getting better by the day, but, and I say but, our goaltending is strange…we change goaltenders too often, Huet should be getting more consecutive games than he is, ride hime till he loses bad. What is the purpose of a number 1 goalie if he is in nets 50% of the time.

  151. Chuck says:

    You certainly didn’t sum up any of my thoughts.
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  152. Naila Jinnah says:

    I believe this is the first time Price has admitted he was less than stellar. Usually, when asked if he should change his game, or if he could have been better, he’d give some sort of response that would indicate that he thought he was pretty good, and the rest of the team kinda screwed up. Or that he shouldn’t change because he’s good enough.

    Well, there goes the cockiness. Hopefully, the confidence didn’t leave too…

    A few minor changes, and he’ll be the Pricer we all know and love!

  153. RH says:

    Posted this waaaaayyyy back on page 3. Thought I’d re-post it again for some on here.

    Actually, Price IS our goalie of the future. These are the games that will shape his mental toughness and make him work harder to hone his skills and adapt to the professional level. The more adversity he faces, the better he will be down the road. And, for all we know, ‘down the road’ may mean, in two, three years, next season, or even in March. A goalie of that talent doesn’t just fall by the way side. The way all the teams, in the east, are so close in the standings, I think the Habs can afford to play Price more often because every other team in the conference is going to have stinkers, and lose winnable,(winable?), games, just like the Habs. I think it’s the beauty of parity.

  154. Girth says:

    LOL… Easy… it’s only a game. Right?

    Anyhow..

    Although I agree with some of what you have said in the various threads below, my feeling is that most of your substantiating statements are based on very recent developments. For example, to say that Price has been less than outstanding in the last 3 games he’s played warrants a demotion is IMHO quite premature. I do agree with your point that Halak may have deserved a start(or 2). However, he is in the unfortunate position of being #3 in an organization that has both an all-star and a future franchise player as #1 & 2.

    Remember, the decision to have Price stay with the club was made before the season started. I believe there were some marketing/business considerations within that decision making process. Long story short, unless he really fails to live up to the hype, Price is here to stay.

    Let’s face it, both Huet and Price have had good and not so good moments this year. They have good chemistry and both seem relatively satisfied with the current picture. As for Halak, he will likely get bundled into a trade somewhere down the line…

    In any event, it will be interesting to see what happens this trading season.

    I only see 3 untouchables… Price, Higgins & Komisarek.

  155. Girth says:

    Love the new picture…

  156. RH says:

    As I said in the post, a goalie of Price’s calibre doesn’t just fall by the wayside. Their is a reason why he’s a highly touted rookie. Huet is a good goaltender, no question about it. But, he won’t be around in four years. Does Halak deserve a shot? Possibly. He certainly has been playing well of late, in Hamilton.

  157. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Yes the decision was made, but Carbo wanted Halak, not Price, so the head coach wanted another goalie, because he knows that Price needs conditioning, but not in Montreal, in Hamilton, maybe he will be ready by the end of March, or he might have to be ready by the end of Feb, depending on what happens with Huet. I think it would be a shame to lose Huet right now, he has had an excellent GAA in the last 3 years, he deserves better and the outright title of number 1, right now, no one knows who the number 1 goalie is…

  158. likehoy says:

    it’s nice that you’re able to assess a game for a game and a play for a play but you’re very narrow-minded in your overall analysis using aggression as your best weapon, and you clearly have no knowledge in management at all.

    To REALLY sum up what most of is thinking
    Your arguments hold no basis.

    Huet was 30 when he first played on our team. It was his second full NHL season, the previous with the Kings and he had an OK season. After only 1 big season are we inclined to sign Huet to a big long-term deal? At 30…a 15 year contract a la dipietro would simply be ridiculous…what is Huet going to do for his last 5 years of his career? take over rollie melansons job? What happened last time we signed a goalie to a big long term contract…oh ya Jose Theodore stank it up and became The Odor in the dressing room. Do you want another example?

    The original contract that BG offered Huet was telling him that he deserves low-end number 1 goalie pay, but because he has very little credentials, he has to work hard to prove that he deserves a second contract offer that may be long term and may even include more money. Would you rather have Huet here for 2.5 million a year for 2 years or Toskala for 4 years at 5 million…We didn’t overpay Huet which is great.

    Looking at Huet in the future, there is a chance that Huet will resign with the Habs, but a long term contract is not in sight. As previously mentioned by many posters before me, Price is considered the future of our goaltending (how can we say that you’ve asked? umm…he’s a prospect and playing in the NHL at a young age…if you ask me he will figure in the future…it’s just like saying Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane is Chicago’s future…). There is no point in having Huet here long-term since it won’t be necessary in terms of Price’s development.

    and in terms of salary cap. Huet will be offered a 2 year contract MAX, as Price’s 3 year entry level contract will expire by then and Price may be commanding number 1 goalie money, or more since he will be RFA and if people are talking about offering OV 10 million during his RFA status…Price may be pried away from us. IF we have Huet around for say 5million for the next 5 years…how much does that eat into our cap to give Price a new contract? and it’d be silly to cut into the amount of money we need to contribute to the forwards and defense to keep 2 goalies. In 2 years if we need to off-load huet…he will be an aged goalie…and it will be tough to off-load a big contract with years still on it.

    Another reason why Huet won’t get a long term contract…injury prone. He has missed significant time 3 years running. According to TSN player profile:
    18 games missed 05-06
    20games missed 06-07
    5 games missed 07-08

    It’s a risk to sign a goalie, and any player to that matter, long term with such an injury history. Look at Sheldon Souray, he’s played 16 games for the Oilers. How do you think Kevin Lowe feels after the Gazette reporting recently that Souray is making close to $400,000 per game?

    Since we DO have him, we CAN play him, and he IS winning. Price may not be as good as Huet at the moment, but potentially, he’s done as well as any other goalie in their first full NHL season. Price deserves his shot and by no means has he blown his chance (nor has Halak, but Halak lost out on the numbers game).

    Another perspective to Price playing this afternoon is that Washington is considered a weaker team in our conference, and it’s a good spot to put in our backup goalie to give our number 1 time off to rest. In light of Huet’s injury history, rest is much needed when possible. For example, someone posted the other night that Toronto has faced 19 back up goalies in 41 games…clearly it’s a good idea to play your back-up goalie against weaker opposition, and Price OUR BACK UP has played Toronto 3 times already…go figure.

    Sorry for the book I wrote but you pissed me off with your ignorance.

  159. The Teacher says:

    No, my problem is the way you post, calling people morons, and telling them they smell like %^&#$, you can have an opinion, state it properly along with why you think so.

    Then don’t follow it up with idiocities.

  160. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I believe it was only you.
    Good day

  161. doug says:

    100% agree. Price lost this game, almost singlehandedly, but if they play like that they’ll win most games.

  162. Girth says:

    Huet is #1 … has been all year.

    Does he deserve better?
    From a contractual perspective, he’s doing quite well(2 year deal worth $2,750,000/year) for a guy who’s only in his 4th NHL season. That’s good!

    His big problem is that he’s a bit of a late bloomer… at 32.

    He’ll likely get his biggest contract next time around and be a markee player somewhere. Maybe here…

    Either way, I don’t see Gainey giving up the reigning Roger Crozier winner for a bag of pucks.

  163. The Teacher says:

    okie dokie, good luck with that one!

  164. The Teacher says:

    LIKE HOY,

    brilliant, just brilliant, I can’t believe he even replied to you after this post.

  165. The Teacher says:

    You sound remarkably like KJDavid

  166. The Teacher says:

    HAHA, I was right, you’re also getting flagged all over the place I’m sure. go take a chill pill somewhere.

  167. RiverviewCanadien says:

    flagged for what?

    what you can’t come up with anything so you have to jump on with someone else, nice

  168. The Teacher says:

    Flagged for telling e I smell like ^&%$% I smell just fine thank you ;)

  169. RiverviewCanadien says:

    take a joke baby, oh crap did I offend you, are you going to flag that as offensive.

    Well don’t compare me to someone (KJDavid?) I am not, come out and say what you want…it will not hurt my feelings…The HABS losing with a rookie while a hot goalie like Huet hurts my feelings and probably alot of others :)

    HUET HUET HUET

  170. Girth says:

    The idea, i believe, is to attempt to balance immediate objectives(making the playoffs) vs. nurturing future prospects… Price included.

    That is a difficult task… and not without its risks.

    In that sense I think I can see where some of your frustrations originate, however, I think they have managed to achieve acceptable results while allowing many of the youngsters an opportunity to develop… again Price included.

  171. The Teacher says:

    I’m certainly taking the joke in, that’s for sure.

  172. Girth says:

    Very good… looooonnnnnnngggggg…. but bang on.

  173. The Teacher says:

    Obviously you have a VERY short term/selective memory. A good day to you too.

  174. RiverviewCanadien says:

    who are you talking about?

  175. wild flower says:

    I agree with the sentiment that the Habs are not far off now, and therefore, should be trying to go the distance this year. After watching Detroit suffer injuries and Ottawa stink some nights and eek out a win against Tampa tonight, I think a strong case can be made. No one can convince me that it is a certainty that Ottawa and Detroit will be in the finals. That said, Halak is better than 20 year old Price and possibly should be the backup (he even handles the puck like Price). Sure Huet has bad games (remember the Nashville melt down) but not three in a row. The reason the Habs goaltending is basically stable is because Huet is generally money in the bank. People who talk about trading him before Price (or Halak) is proven dependable are ridiculous. How does anyone talk about trading one of the leagues current best goaltenders because they hope Price will be the answer? These people should check out the Peguins – they are winning because of Ty Conklin. I doubt anyone saw that coming when Fleury was a 1st overall.

  176. RiverviewCanadien says:

    all these people are betting on something that may never happen, let them live in a fantasy world

  177. mjames says:

    You are so wrong. See my other posts as to why !

    mjames

  178. mjames says:

    We let them skate to the top of the circle or slot before the shot. Price was partially screened on three goals.

    mjames

  179. Norm0770 says:

    First of all, what is with the name calling?

    That was Price’s first start in 13 days. Huet has gotten 4 starts in a row. As mentioned previously Huet is fairly injury prone, so give him a rest.

  180. sam says:

    [ Carbo ] lamented too many plays that were “lazy” and listed a litany of sins: “penalties in the offensive zone, not covering the guy, losing faceoffs.”

    hmm, when is losing faceoffs a sin? i mean, i would understand not winning any, being atrocious at it; but i don’t think that was the case today, was it? seemed like we won our fair share of faceoffs this afternoon. is he going for perfection here? ’cause if he is, i don’t know if he knows this but hockey ain’t the place for it. it’s a human game of split-seconds and where other people are playing against you towards the same goal as you are. so, you win some plays and lose others.

    same applies to goaltending, btw. some nights you’re hot, other nights you’re not.

    i’m getting sick of him talking like this to the media about his players. Guy, you’re not helping your team any.

  181. showey47 says:

    i’ll take those odds over huet playing more than 45 games(because of injury) or better still huet not blowing a game against the laffs.

  182. likehoy says:

    i’m going to re-iterate one of my points…you have no management skills. ’nuff said

  183. Naila Jinnah says:

    Thanks!

  184. The Teacher says:

    Nah, Price just sucked…But mannn, you need to set this guy riverwind or whatever his name is straight! I can’t even think of a way to argue with him, he’s singleminded with no specific facts or reasons to back himself up

  185. The Teacher says:

    Take a random guess.

  186. howtathor says:

    There are a lot of threads here so I’ll just take the biggest one and run with it. I buy into the thinking of Huet as our current no.1 goalie. His experience and maturity is evident in his play. At the same time, he has never played more than forty games in a season and last year blew out his hamstring, partly due to overwork. I actually think he has been playing a lot lately. Carbo has deviated from his previous alternate scheme. Carey Price has had three shakey games in a row (FL, DAL, WASH) but at the same time Huet was less than stellar against Nashville.
    I think it all boils down to how the team plays in front of them. They are both excellent goalies but succeptible to a team which tends to take the odd period off! If they could play sixty minutes we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
    Needless to say, I wouldn’t sign Huet to the future because Price is the future and to have Huet for another 3 years would further retard Price’s developement. Any goalie needs to face shots in battle. Any amount of practice cannot make up for Ovetchkin letting go a blast. To sign Huet would be akin to signing Smolinski in case Chips was a bust or Breezer in case O’byrne was a bust, even Kostopolos in case Lappy was a bust. You get the picture.
    The kids have proven to a certain extent that they deserve to play and that includes Carey Price.
    I think to sit him on the bench displays a lack of confidence which can hurt the kid. I think Carbo should go back to his two goalie system. It worked before and it can work again.
    I’m sure Huet has 3 good years left in him, but not in Montreal where he will have to accept a diminished role.

  187. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Look what is your problem, let it go. I have an opinion and so do you. Obviously I get to you :)

  188. New says:

    I think he said it before, a couple times. I didn’t see the whole game, but I don’t think his lateral movement was as good as it has been. You don’t suppose his style is being changed? Maybe he’s being turned into a Melanson goalie.

  189. RiverviewCanadien says:

    To sum everyone’s thoughts up, Price is number 1 so I guess Huet is trade bait, so just get rid of him, who will be the next scape goat, shall we bash Kovalev again, or how about LaPierre for a bit, maybe Latendresse again. Yes there are other issues, but today they should have won, Price did not make any great saves, and lost the game all by himself, there I said it. Huet deserves to be treated like a #1 goalie, he is not getting that in Montreal, DiPietro gets a 15 year deal and what did Hust get for giving us a chance 2 seasons ago, not much. Now he will be picked up by another team and given a huge contract, then that will come back and bite us in the @$$ for sticking with him, and banking all our chips on a 20 yr old who has alot to learn…..well maybe in 2 season we will make playoffs, we will this year if Huet is still between the pipes

  190. The Teacher says:

    OH WOW, WHAT A PLAY AKOST WHAT A PLAY THAT IS HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT FOR SURE!

  191. sidhu says:

    Woah!!!! Great moves!!

  192. Chuck says:

    Holy shit!!!
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  193. Shawn S says:

    HOLY Andre K!!!! Goal of the year!!!!!!!

  194. linp says:

    I like our new 1st line

  195. Naila Jinnah says:

    WOW! What a beaut by Kosty!

  196. Mattee. says:

    ladies and gentlemen, your highlight of the night.

  197. JB_15 says:

    Hands down best goal this year in the NHL period.

  198. Keith says:

    Definately a highlight reel goal! I was jumping up and down(still am).BEAUTIFUL!!!

  199. nick says:

    Wow…. it doesn’t get prettier then that!

  200. wd40 says:

    Someone get Green a new jockstrap.

  201. The Teacher says:

    I’m thinki9ng highlight of the year! He was going in slow motion it seemed like and then just made that move and roooofed it top corner…WOW!

  202. sidhu says:

    I think Ovechkin will be spending the second intermission talking to his agent, trying to get a trade to Montreal for the third.

  203. Chuck says:

    Not sure about that, but it’s definitely up there for consideration!
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  204. Yeats says:

    He was completely denuded on that play!

  205. Mattee. says:

    Hey Sergei, you’re up.

  206. NLhabsfan says:

    That’s was an AK 47…oh no AK 46 what a shot!!

  207. Ian G Cobb says:

    By the sound of all your postings, i would have liked to have seen that one.

  208. wd40 says:

    denuded.. i like that.

  209. Mattee. says:

    you go shop for the jockstrap, i’ll find him some new socks, pants, skates, shin pads, shirt, elbow pads, helmet, shirt…

  210. The Teacher says:

    Most definitely Ian! You’ll be seeing on TSN no doubt!

    you might also see the shot Ovechkin just scored on…lol

  211. Shawn S says:

    Damn, what a release by Ovechkin on that one.

  212. Ed says:

    I just saw A. Kostitsyn’s goal, & all I can say is WOW! What moves he made. That line had 16 points in the last 4 games, & was a combined +10. They continue to roll along today. They are a delight to watch.

    I noticed Koivu leaving the bench area on the ensuing face off. I hope it is just for equipment repairs.

  213. Chuck says:

    Another D-zone face off lost on the PK brings predictable results. Nice screen on the shot, though…
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  214. wd40 says:

    sniped by Ovechkin. 2-1.

  215. Ian G Cobb says:

    I thought the big O was in montreal?

  216. Keith says:

    Price didn’t stand a chance on that one. Habs PLEASE win more defensive zone faceoffs…especially on the penalty kill.

  217. sidhu says:

    Come on boys, Caps are back in this one.

  218. The Teacher says:

    It is and he is.

    you just gave him a marketing idea if he ever comes here!!!

    Let’s sell him on it! Quick Markov!

    wow, how’d he miss the empty net wraparound!

  219. Mattee. says:

    that’s the price i’m looking for.

  220. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Keep in mind this is TSN we are talking about…Canadiens highlights at 10 tonight will probably fall somewhere after in no particular order US-RUS, CAN-SWE, NFL playoffs, Leafs, Sens, Flames, Oilers and Pens.

  221. sidhu says:

    Strong shift, looked like a PP

  222. wd40 says:

    MAN how did someone not pop that one.

  223. The Teacher says:

    It was Chipchura who lost that one. don’t worry, he’ll learn.

  224. Mattee. says:

    what is going on here! This is like the fourth time i’ve confused K2 with Kovalev. He’s beeen watching him closely. Either that, or Kovy is truly everywhere.

  225. Chuck says:

    That was just more proof that shutouts are indeed a team stat.
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  226. linp says:

    We’ll win the cup if we had Ovechkin.

  227. The Teacher says:

    HENRI-HENRI-HENRI-HENRI!

  228. Chuck says:

    Looked like his stick was lifted as he circled the net.
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  229. The Teacher says:

    He is everywhere!

  230. The Teacher says:

    Yeah, but it’ll be a HON candidate for sure!

  231. The Teacher says:

    sheesh what a shot by the big-O

  232. Mattee. says:

    Price is too deep in his net.

  233. Mattee. says:

    the was the medium sized B.

  234. The Teacher says:

    True that, he’ll learn too! :) I’m just bursting with optimism. The Big-O is awesome.

  235. Chuck says:

    He could have come out of the D had commited to taking the pass away and allowed him to concentrate on the shooter.
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  236. wd40 says:

    i guess Greene got his jockstrap back. dammit.

  237. Chuck says:

    Well that sucked. Great passing play to end it… and we came back to earn a point.
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  238. Keith says:

    Well we blew that one. At least we got a point out of it :-(

  239. KamiDave says:

    Damnit. I liked how the fans didn’t boo Ovechkin when he received the first star… the conference is so ridiculously close.

  240. sidhu says:

    Green now leads the league in goals by a defenseman (11)

  241. Mattee. says:

    we got a point. but we deserved two.

  242. Barts says:

    I have some thoughts regarding Carey Price and a beach ball, however I’ll keep them to myself…

  243. Chuck says:

    He was while Huet was out.
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  244. Chuck says:

    So you’d prefer to hang Halak out to dry by riding the pine with the Habs? So what good does that do him when he finally has to play?
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  245. RiverviewCanadien says:

    what are trying to say, i don’t follow

  246. Chuck says:

    What I’m saying is, if you think thassat Halak is a better goalie than Price, then why would you bring him up just to sit him on the bench?

    If your organization is deep in goaltending, then why not use it to your advantage and give everyone some playing time?

    Lets’s not forget that Price has earned 21 points in his starts, vs. 26 for Huet… with 5 fewer games for Price. That sounds like a damn good tandem to me. May not as quite as lofty as Detroit, but not too shabby, either.
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  247. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I thought that Halak should have played at least 2 games when he was called, that was not my decision , that was a mistake not to play him

  248. Chuck says:

    I guess that we were too busy playing our #1 goalie at the time.
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  249. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I guess so, Price is #1 now is he

  250. JB_15 says:

    Carey price has been consistently bad the last 3 games. I do not expect him to get many starts in the near future.

  251. sidhu says:

    We got killed on face-offs again, and a face-off loss led to a goal by Ovy

  252. The Teacher says:

    Pleks got three points? Man, that must have been the quietest 3 point game ever.

  253. Bobby Ward says:

    Price blew the game.

  254. sidhu says:

    Chipchura, Dandy, and Kosto only got 6-7 minutes each. Even Brashear had 9 minutes… and the Chipper line has been consistently strong.

  255. The Teacher says:

    ALRIGHT, ALL TOGETHER NOW

    GO CANADA GO

  256. wild flower says:

    I don’t think Price enjoyed the afternoon. The combination of Price and Ovechkin was scarry. I don’t fault him for some of the regulation shooting gallery but the OT goal was also bad – it dribbled in. The good news from today was that we also have talent both AK’s looked almost as good and Ovechkin.

  257. Keith says:

    I think Price suffered from a little rust not having played in a while. Ease up on the guy a bit.

  258. Erik says:

    Wow what is it with overtime and shootouts and this team

  259. Chuck says:

    I think it was more a matter of Ovechkin putting on a display and showing why he’s the most dangerous player in the league. Without him, it’s a Habs win pure and simple.
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  260. sidhu says:

    What’s up with Koivu, it doesn’t seem like “his” team anymore, his skills are diminishing and he’s increasingly irrelevant on the ice.

  261. The Teacher says:

    It’s ok, think about it..you have to hate to lose.

    I figure if they lose enough, eventually they’ll hate it enough and start to win them and we can see a repeat of 1993.

  262. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Amen…The guy’s worst game of the year and we still get a point. 9-7-3 with a save percentage of .910…excellent season so far, as far as I’m concerned

  263. The Teacher says:

    Nah, Price didn’t play well, but the Big O is awesome.

    no need to dwell on this game.

  264. kevrob says:

    The way he flopped over on the OT goal was reminiscent of Aebischer…I shudder to utter that name. I am certainly not comparing him to Aebischer but he had a rough game. Washington was continuously firing slap shots from the blue line for the last half of the third. They found a week spot and were definitely trying to exploit it. Poor kid, I wonder if Carbo is going to call him out.

  265. The Teacher says:

    He’ll learn.

  266. The Teacher says:

    Canada is just amazing.

  267. Gooner says:

    It’s a matter of Price playing badly that cost us this game. You can’t let in 5 soft goals and expect to win. Yes they were all soft goals!!!

  268. Chuck says:

    Agreed. He’s been in goal for 21 of our 47 points… not too shabby.
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  269. snowdonsteve says:

    No kidding… it seems too easy… mason must be bored has Hell !!! every year … the same story.
    Go HABS Go

  270. MatttheHabsFan says:

    The comparison is implied, and completely ridiculous

  271. wild flower says:

    Hopefully not the same way Marc Andre Fleury is.

  272. RH says:

    A Couple of comments on here made me laugh. Beach ball…..heh heh. Anyway, Two bad goals by the “Future” took the wind out of the sails of the good ship Habs, and Kostitsyn was robbed of a goal in the third. On the plus side, they got a valuable point out of it. I think Price is going to have to make sure he’s got the right contact lenses on next time.

  273. Gooner says:

    Price has been uneasy the last three games he played.Let him go to Hamilton to get his confidence back. We can’t afford to keep losing games like this.

  274. Chuck says:

    I think that Ovechkin was putting on a show for Gainey!

    Folks can make themselves look foolish and crap on Price all they want, but he’s the future of the franchise… and would anyone rather have Abby instead?
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  275. wild flower says:

    check the points – he is not irrelvant. If it seems that way, it is because we now have some other talent, which hardly bad news. Notice how we don’t struggle as much to score more than 3 goals?

  276. RH says:

    I thought Koivu looked a little tired out there today too. He’s a resilient player though, and he’ll be back. Just when you think he’s down….

  277. Chuck says:

    If we send Price down, then we may as well send down every skater that misses his d-zone coverage and allows great scoring opportunities. Defence isn’t something that you can only blame on the goaltender.
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  278. snowdonsteve says:

    hey what’s the swedish translation for: hey guys i think we got lucky last time we played them !!!

    when pierre mcguire take the time to explain to people that this is 5 on 5 hockey… you know the swedes are’nt playing that good of a game

  279. Chuck says:

    Gooner, I think that you need a higher-resolution TV screen.
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  280. Mattee. says:

    sending him to hamilton might have the opposite effect.

  281. RGM says:

    Not Price’s best game, that is for sure. He’ll bounce back. The first two goals were both deflected by Habs sticks on plays that I’m sure Don Cherry will be talking about and raising his blood pressure tonight. Ovechkin was playing like a man possessed, and demonstrated why Washington must lock him up ASAP or else another team will offer him the League maximum on a long-term deal come July 1st. Great game to watch, unfortunate finish but that’s the way she goes sometimes.

  282. The Teacher says:

    For once! I agree with everything you said.

    Price didn’t play well, but he’ll learn from it.

    Kost46 has a shot and a half, and how about SKost74’s ability to play defensive as well.

  283. The Teacher says:

    The Don doesn’t care about the Habs.

  284. Gooner says:

    Just because someone gets sent down doesn’t mean you are giving up on them. Would you rather see him keep struggling and maybe have Carbo sit him on the bench for weeks at a time or have him play and get his confidence back. You should quit being an ass!

  285. MatttheHabsFan says:

    yeah getting 1 out of a possible 2 points is a very good reason to potentially destroy the confidence of our future franchise goalie…If he had a 4-14 record like Fleury did in his rookie year then I’d say yeah send him down…but the kid gets us points and for the most part has played really well.

  286. Chuck says:

    74 has to teach 46 how to pick up his check. :)
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  287. showey47 says:

    Especially if the habs win, but considering they lost i’m sure he will make some time for the habs tonight on coach’s corner. Lets just hope the laffs are getting their asses handed to them again by then.

  288. Moey says:

    Some of you guys never disappoint, I was waiting for it… trade ‘em or send ‘em down. Always the same old crap.

  289. Remember theReal Habs says:

    Well it doesn’t look like the’Price’ is right……does it?
    Too bad ,everytime the Habs show some promise,they find a way to lose,…….. Price is not the Saviour.Let’s get some scoring talent up front,and stop relying on the ‘maybe when,& if only ,so& so would start scoring,…..
    It’s time to do something big,…and I’m sure Bob Gainey is always working towards that goal,but I sure wish it would happen soon, it’s hard to even stay interested in the game,when we haven’t seen any winners since ’93’ and ’86’ before that,.(even then it was a miracle to win)
    This team ? was successfully dismantled as far back as the grundman days,…..and has not really been able to recover,
    too bad ,I suppose I’ll always be a deep down Habs Fan,but no longer even care if theey are even on the tube anymore.
    ps: ( I still enjoy them beating the leafs or the Bruins,) but that’s a sad commentary on todays team,when we have to appreciate them beating the likes of the leafs….(when they can)

  290. The Teacher says:

    I agree how is he being a behind?

  291. The Teacher says:

    I know, the more things change, the more…..

  292. JasonM says:

    Price left a lot to be desired.

    Other things of note :

    Referee robbing the Habs of a goal.
    Habs not cashing in opportunities to score goals, they should have been up 4-0 easily by the time Ovechkin scored.
    We need to work on faceoffs, we are brutal.

  293. The Teacher says:

    According to a Gazette article, Kost74 doesn’t teach AK46 anything because “He’s older”

    :S must be a Belo-Russian thing ;)

  294. The Teacher says:

    I wouldn’t put it past either of them

  295. MatttheHabsFan says:

    It was this type of irrational, mercurial attitude that lead to our last true franchise goalie being traded. Some “fans” need to learn to be more supportive of our stars and most importantly our future stars.

  296. mjames says:

    A few observations on the game:

    (i) I liked the way the Habs team skated.
    (ii) I got concerned when the Habs missed some of their early chances (i.e. Lapierre, Tenders, and Koivu).
    (iii) I am not going to dump on Price. While he was not sharp three of Caps goals (i.e. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Gordon) were scored from either the top of the circle in our end or the slot. Our defense just collapsed in thereby at least partially screening Price.
    (iv) I have been harping on this all season but we continue to let the opposing team enter our zone unmolested since our defense collapses in. If we are going to play Carbo’s famous trap system then we should stand at our blueline forcing the opposing team to turn it over or dump it. We are giving the opponents free shots by collapsing in. I can not blame Price for all of the goals.
    (v) Why does Price always drop to his knees on virtually every shot? I have to believe that limits his catching flexibility as well as covering the top of the net.

    mjames

  297. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Your ignorant comments are both amusing and sad

  298. showey47 says:

    The two things that need to be addressed the most are:

    1) face-offs, i think we were below 40% again today
    2) taking penalties in the offensive zone,we had them down 2-0 and lapierre took a stupid one and got them back in the game. Koivu takes at least one of these a game.

  299. Chuck says:

    Huet has earned us 27 points, while Price has earned us 21… while playing in 5 fewer games. Not too shabby for a backup goaltender with not even 45 games under his belt as a professional.

    As far as goal scoring, we’re tied for third in goals/game average.
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  300. showey47 says:

    For anyone who has the channel “the score” which is 410 on bell expressvu, they are showing the marlies and bulldogs at 4p.m. if anyone is interested. Of course after the canada game

  301. Chuck says:

    A lot to learn from this game, tossed together with a lot of “what if?”s. That happens with a young team. But I also feel confident for the first time in a great number of years that we also have a team with the talent to do something about it.

    Go Habs Go!!!
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  302. likehoy says:

    sergei kostitsyn reminds me and kind of looks like sami kapanen (who used to be a scoring forward…now a shut down 3rd liner..and occasionally a defenceman..)

    Andrei Kostitsyn’s goal was a leaf out of Kovalev’s book.

    Price still has a long way to go. He has to better himself with the tendencies of NHL shooters. He was beaten by clean shots from Backstrom, Gordon, and Ovechkin.

    Kovalev played one of his best games, but he couldn’t do it alone.

  303. The Teacher says:

    WOW, Gainey’s gonna talk to the press on monday.

    Is that unusual or what?

  304. kevrob says:

    that one goal reminded me of aebischer. His entire game is definitely not comparable to aebischer. I should have been more clear.

  305. Ian G Cobb says:

    Mike- second half will improve to the point of not being blowen out like in Dallas very often. By the end of the second half we will be in the top 10 teams in the league. All our kids will have a few more miles on them and i keep saying, two more years and you will have champagn for tears in the dressing room !

  306. Chuck says:

    To be followed by the Marlies’ parent team getting pasted by the Flyers this evening; just too much hockey to watch!!!
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  307. RH says:

    Actually, Price IS our goalie of the future. These are the games that will shape his mental toughness and make him work harder to hone his skills and adapt to the professional level. The more adversity he faces, the better he will be down the road. And, for all we know, ‘down the road’ may mean, in two, three years, next season, or even in March. A goalie of that talent doesn’t just fall by the way side. The way all the teams, in the east, are so close in the standings, I think the Habs can afford to play Price more often because every other team in the conference is going to have stinkers, and lose winnable,(winable?), games, just like the Habs. I think it’s the beauty of parity.

  308. Chuck says:

    Mid-season, State of the Team address?
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  309. Joe Habsfan says:

    The first real evidence that they are ruining Carey Price…this kid should be playing…if not in the N than in the A. This kid will win a Vezina, Conn Smyth, and maybe even a Hart…no Theodore here..This kid is the real deal as long as they don’t ruin first.

  310. The Teacher says:

    Marchand left his feet. PP Sweden Canada up 2-1

  311. The Teacher says:

    pretty possible

  312. Chuck says:

    Carbo must have read your post; he mentioned both of those points in the post-game press conference.
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  313. The Teacher says:

    Thank god Mason started

  314. The Teacher says:

    I HATE automatic icing

  315. showey47 says:

    lost face off and sweden ties the game

  316. The Teacher says:

    OVERTIME at the World Juniors

  317. The Teacher says:

    They are resembling the Habs in many ways since they scored their second.

  318. The Teacher says:

    Do you support anyone? Are you ALWAYS at 100%?

  319. The Teacher says:

    UYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA CANADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  320. The Teacher says:

    haha, now to reply properly to your post ( I was interrupted by joy)

    I understand your comments, but you can still give 100% and have a bad game, right. Didn’t see any slackers on the ice today, is all I’m saying.

  321. Uwey says:

    I don’t think it would hurt the kid (Price) to go s down to Hamilton & play a backload of games to work on his game & getting his confidence back. He certainly will not be able to work out of this funk sitting watch Huet play 4 or 5 games in a row before getting another start.

  322. Gooner says:

    Chuck, I have High Def TV. maybe you need glasses.I know it’s not the end of the world but those type of goals will bite you in the ass evry time.

  323. Gooner says:

    I didn’t see Price make any big saves today.All he did was make me nervous. I believe he needs to be sent down to Hamilton for awhile. It looked like he would have had trouble stopping a beach ball today.

  324. yathehabsrule says:

    Price with some big stops now..maybe he woke up…

  325. Shawn S says:

    Cot damn backstrom. I think the book is out on Price.

  326. The Teacher says:

    LOLL the book is wide open FOR Price.

  327. yathehabsrule says:

    bugger…tied up!

  328. Chuck says:

    I though we were supposed to be covering Ocechkin more closely? Hell of a shot right off the post.
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  329. Mattee. says:

    Did Kovalev just pick up and throw a man?

  330. Mattee. says:

    is that even legal?

  331. The Teacher says:

    lol, he turned suddely and ran into a Washington player, turned at the right time too,, lol. He’s everywhere.

  332. Shawn S says:

    Kovy throwing his body around. I like it. Don’t let this one get away boys!

  333. sidhu says:

    Nice hit by Kovy on Backstrom. Good shift by a leader whose probably upset by the score.

  334. The Teacher says:

    OK PEOPLE, MOVE YOUR FEET!

    everyone is standing still, awestruck?

  335. Ian G Cobb says:

    The big O is 60% of there team, if you don,t hit him hard and often, he will kill ya.

  336. The Teacher says:

    Good point Ian…what do we do if no one can catch up to him to hit him?

  337. Mattee. says:

    As long as nobody fights Brashear. Something about that guy scares the crap out of me.

  338. sidhu says:

    I remember when Brashear schooled Downey last season.

  339. wd40 says:

    Has Brashear ever gone head to head with Chara?

  340. Chuck says:

    How big do those wide-open net opportunities look now? If only we had cashed at least one of them…
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  341. wd40 says:

    i hope they don’t come back to haunt us in the 3rd. we need to stay out of the penalty box.

  342. Ian G Cobb says:

    Teach– I guess I,ll have to lace them up then. They call me the streek, i’m so wide now i never miss !

  343. sidhu says:

    Offensive zone penalty in a 2-2 game. Come on.

  344. Mattee. says:

    the score is level, but we’ve been the better team. Keep it up and we’ll take this one. AND NO FRIGGIN PENALTIES!

  345. Chuck says:

    What a crummy call…
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  346. The Teacher says:

    Hehehe, no one has ever put a Sumo wrestler in net, have they?

  347. Moey says:

    C’mon boys, we know you can do it. You have the technology.

  348. Mattee. says:

    hahahahaha, Komi is teeing up everybody on that corner! hahaha

  349. wd40 says:

    Freakin’ Ovechkin is FLYING!

  350. Ian G Cobb says:

    Sounds like were not skating, lazy reaching penilties will cost.

  351. The Teacher says:

    Agreed, it WAS crummy.

  352. sidhu says:

    Kovy is doing everything tonight. His only mistake was that 1st period penalty.

  353. The Teacher says:

    2 out of five players on the ice are forgetting to move their feet. Or forgot to for a few minutes there.

  354. wd40 says:

    Dammit. A weak one by Price.

  355. The Teacher says:

    Well, this was a replay of the one of the goals Huet let in a few nights ago. Is anyone going to bash Price now? you won’t be hearing me do that, that’s for sure. but it was a bad one.

  356. Shawn S says:

    Go high on Price is what every scout is jotting down in their notebooks right now.

  357. Chuck says:

    Off of Kostitsyn’s stick. Ouch…
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  358. Keith says:

    Price should have had that. What a bummer :-(

  359. The Teacher says:

    That’s what everyone wrote about St. Patrick early in his career also.

  360. JB_15 says:

    Carey needs to learn not to go down so fast.

  361. Ian G Cobb says:

    Sounds like a regular home game to me !

  362. MikeL says:

    This is unbelievable. Price just does not react to shots. As I said about a month ago, He relies too much on his positioning. Some goalie guru told me I was an idiot, but I would beg to differ. On another negative note, Koivu absolutly cannot carry the puck anymore. If anyone but Sergei carries the puck on the line, it’s disaster.

  363. snowdonsteve says:

    one year ago today… price was stopping the US at WJHC … starting what some might call is “Legend” … this afternoon Price is playing is worst game of the season… when you think of it… last year this guy was still playing junior hockey

    Go HABS Go

  364. wd40 says:

    excellent point by Pierre & Yvon.. the butterfly is NOT the position of choice on a slapshot from 30 feet… great for when guys are in close and there’s traffic around the net. GRRRRR. crappy way to end the period.

  365. Shawn S says:

    He’ll fix it, I’m not worried, but that seems to be his flaw right now.

  366. yathehabsrule says:

    1-0 Canada!

  367. The Teacher says:

    will we win our first game of the year after being down heading into the third?

    20 minutes and Carbo smashing a few sticks will tell.

    1-0 Canada over Sweden.

  368. Mattee. says:

    There’s still plenty of hockey left and I still think we’re the better team out there. Let’s just put a few in and quit messing around already.

  369. Chuck says:

    That’s also the book on every NHL butterfly goaltender… which is pretty much all of them.
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  370. Ian G Cobb says:

    I better go watch the Jrs They just took the lead !!!

  371. Moey says:

    It’s open season to bash any dopey plays our guys make, the difference is you don’t scream for them to be traded because of it.

  372. linp says:

    Reply shows that the puck didn’t hit Kostitsyn’s stick.

  373. Chuck says:

    Last April he was playing Junior hockey. He hasn’t even been pro for a year yet.

    Perhaps two weeks off at a time isn’t the way to handle the big guy.
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  374. Chuck says:

    I saw the replay too, and it sure looked like the puck turned on its side as it passed K’s stick. Still a stoppable shot, though.
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  375. yathehabsrule says:

    I agree…Mike said it too that Price hasn’t played in 10 days…

    People seem to jump on him on every mistake… Reminder: he’s 20 years old! He wasn’t even expected to make the team this year… He’s going to have a few bad moments but he will be the future of this team

  376. MatttheHabsFan says:

    No kidding….lay off the guy already.

  377. The Teacher says:

    Or sent down, or think The Pyramid’s have fallen either, Point taken ;)

  378. snowdonsteve says:

    first … no one’s bashing him… second, this is a blog’s forum, where people express their opinions. i think every one agrees Price is gonna be great, but i think he left that greatness in the locker room today …but then again Ovechkin and bacstrom goal … were good shots

    Go HABS Go

  379. howtathor says:

    Just getting ready to go to the game. I have to admit it feels a little weird leaving at 11 am! Too bad they don’t have a Beauty’s concession at the Bell Center. Hope we don’t get served a mish mash from the Habs. Basically that’s what we’ve been getting, two good periods, one bad etc. Bless em’, they are growin’ together and are a delight to watch. Looking forward to Andre Markov getting reacqainted with his buddy Ovetchkin. If we can shut him down we have a good chance to win. Go Habs!

  380. ColRouléBleu says:

    As Demers said a little while back, Komisarek and Markov are as good together as bacon and eggs. 12h30 is a very good hour for a bacon and eggs brunch so hopefully the tandem will neutralize Ovechkin for the second time this season.

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  381. Deano says:

    Ever since US went down 4 – 0 (now 4 -1), Pacioretty is finally playing. He saw very limited ice time against Canada yesterday. When he is out he is as physical as anyone out there and is quite strong on the puck. Doesn’t jump out at you, but does not look out of place. Looks reasonably smart (does not get caught out of position).

    The more glaring gap on Team USA is the Defence. It is very weak. What did McDonagh do to piss the coach off. Also, Fischer must be a bust.

  382. snowdonsteve says:

    Max Pacioretty, playing on the fourth line… eh… he’s a good skater, most deffenetly not a playmaker. I personally think (and hope) he’s gone devellop into a faster Guillame latendresse, from what i saw and it ain’t much. he’s the same type of player, crash the net, decent hands, he showed some carachter after beeing sucker punch by a canadien defenseman yesterday…

    Anyone noticed that PK Subban ain’t seeing much ice time since the tournement started what’s up with that !!!

    Again Anyone noticed that Mcdonaugh and Fisher did’nt make the US team… are they good… good enough.. or montreal draft pick !!! They have to take those kids out of university Hockey … i think Sergei Kots is the proof that The CHL is the best to devellop for future NHLers… University hockey is good for MAJOR talent ex: Toews, Johnson… middle of the pack players need those 80 games and grade 4 reading classes.

    BTW the US just gave up… there’s just no point in watching this anymore

    let’s hope for a win GO HABS GO

  383. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Based on the fact he’s a 2007 second rounder, the Canadiens are probably pretty happy that Subban made the team at all. Playing at that level will open his eyes to any faults in his game that need to be corrected.

    As for McDonaugh, the consensus between Miller and McGuire seemed to be that the Americans would have been much better off with him on the team.

    At this point, the jury is still out on Fischer. From everything I’ve heard he is more of a raw talent, which doesn’t translate well into success in such a short tournament.

  384. MikeL says:

    As I said in an earlier post, I am really not impressed with Max Pacioretty. He seems uncomfortable with the puck. He almost seemed out of place at times. He would get the puck and lose it in his skates, then be forced to dump it in. His skating seems good as well as his aggressiveness. Hopefully his offensive skills came can improve. Or maybe I am wrong, which is very possible.

  385. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Give him some time…he’s playing on the top line in college, and is good enough to play on a highly skilled American team. Not too bad for an 18-year old late first rounder.

  386. The Teacher says:

    LMAO LMAO YOU ARE HILARIOUS

  387. The Teacher says:

    LMAO LMAO Chcuk!! give it up!!

  388. The Teacher says:

    Man..you’re RIGHT! The Pens and Capitals should have sent Crosby and Ovechkin to the AHL in their first season! you are too smart dude!

  389. The Teacher says:

    HAHAHAHA, too funny!

  390. RiverviewCanadien says:

    go watch a DET game…those goalies hardly ever face shots, and the Dominator can still stop better shots than Price

  391. RiverviewCanadien says:

    there is a difference there, we have great defense…and how many games straight has Huet played this season?

  392. Chuck says:

    Our great defense has us tied for third-worst in shots against; Toronto actually allows fewer shots/game, so that argument doesn’t hold any water.
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  393. RiverviewCanadien says:

    and for the ones that get past the D HUET can take care of them

  394. Chuck says:

    Except for the breakaways and the 40-foot floaters, of course.
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  395. RiverviewCanadien says:

    wow all you guys need a shaking…why are you so effing negative about a comment on our #1 goalie. HUET is #1 until he leaves…

  396. showey47 says:

    you forgot the shootouts and every game against the laffs. The sad part is if we actually won today all would of been forgiven and there wouldn’t be any negative posting going on.

  397. Chuck says:

    I don’t think that anyone is being negative about Huet. He’s our number one goalie, as evidinced by the number of gamed that he plays, and he’s got the stats to back it up. But at the same time, sitting your backup on the bench for long stretches (Price, Halak, or whomever) then having to rely on a rusty goaltender when they do have to play does your team absolutely no good at all.
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  398. Chuck says:

    I was lumping the shootouts in with the breakaways. :)
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  399. RiverviewCanadien says:

    well van does it just fine, and if price is that good, you bring him back up from ham to play, that is if halak can’t do the job, which i highly doubt

  400. Chuck says:

    And Detroit has a pretty good tandem with Osgood and Hasek. Osgood has played in 22, Hasek in 21. A strong tandem without a defined #1 seems to work well for them!
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  401. RiverviewCanadien says:

    if we won today it certainly would not be because of price

  402. Chuck says:

    What job would there be for Halak to do if you were to give Huet all of the starts?
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  403. showey47 says:

    i do agree huet is the man for now. But huet will not be here next year, he will not resign for 3 or 4 years knowing that he will probably be an expensive back up in the not so distant future. I also doubt gainey wants to invest that kind of money in huet either. Price had a bad game, we know it, he knows it and just like huet rebounded from his bad games so will price.

  404. RiverviewCanadien says:

    so why have a number one

  405. Chuck says:

    You win as a team, and you lose as a team. It doesn’t all hang on the goalie. If we had converted a couple of those open-net opportunities for a win this this afternoon, I’m guessing that you wouldn’t even be posting about Price.
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  406. Chuck says:

    You tell me… that’s the basis of your argument. :)
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  407. RiverviewCanadien says:

    why is everyone jumping the gun and stating that Price is the future, what has the guy proven since being here in Montreal? oh yeah nothing, he is a good goalie, but can’t make the saves when they are needed. Everyone jumped on the Price band wagon when the season started, I still think it should be Halak up and Price down at least for a while, look at what Halak did last season, he proved it BIG TIME!!!! now play the #1 (huet) and when he needs a break, play the back up whcih should be Halak

  408. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Huet is number 1, play him…

  409. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I bet you I would be posting about how Price let in some really bad goals

  410. Chuck says:

    But unfortunately, Huet doesn’t have a track record of being able to handle the majority of the seasons’ games. In fact, he’s never played in more than 42 games in an NHL season.
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  411. Chuck says:

    Would you be posting about missed scoring opportunities and poor defensive coverage in front of him?
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  412. showey47 says:

    nobody is even mentioning the fact that 3 of the 5 goals were deflected in by his own players including the winner that went in off gorges

  413. Chuck says:

    Now now… didn’t they teach you in debating class that name-calling is no way to win an argument?

    My point is that there are far more reasons than just a poor outing by Price as to why we lost the game. You can’t blame him for poor defensive zone coverage in front of the net or for the missed scoring chances at the other end. You have to look at the whole picture. That said, there was a lot of good that came out of the game, too.
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  414. The Teacher says:

    You better apologize UWEY!!! LMAO this guy is hilarious

  415. RiverviewCanadien says:

    wow the season is barely half gone, and you are already looking to the off season…sheesh, we need to finish this one first

  416. Uwey says:

    Because this season is a stepping stone to the future.

    It’s about the long term of this team, not just this season.

  417. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I realize that, just why bring up the off season already?

  418. Chuck says:

    I’m sure that Gainey is already thinking about it.
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  419. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Then let Gainey think about it, that is his job, but he should be thinking about what the heck to do about goal tending.

    WE CANNOT HAVE 2 NUMBER 1 GOALIES, SOMEONE IN MONTREAL HAS TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HUET! HUET! HUET!

  420. Uwey says:

    My mistake!!!

    I apologize for straying off topic.

  421. RiverviewCanadien says:

    apology accepted :)

  422. Chuck says:

    I’m sure that he is thinking about the goaltending situation. But the path that he takes in that regard also depends on who gets signed for next year and the year after, how much cap room he’ll have to play with, etc.
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  423. Deano says:

    Subban = Young … will be there next year. This year is for seasoning.

    Pacioretty = Average player now. I agree with the good skating and strong comments.

    McDonaugh = must have pissed the coach off. No reason whatsoever not being there. The US Defence is a disaster (and 3 of them are early 89s). McD is a mid 89.

    Fischer = Worried he is a bust.

  424. MatttheHabsFan says:

    I’m not so sure you can declare anyone a bust based on their participation in this tournament. Plenty of good players, especially from countries with great depth such as Canada or the US are passed over. Conversely, many players who star in this tournament make little impact in their NHL careers.

  425. The Teacher says:

    Nobody ever said Price was the number one. do you not know Huet has the flu, you’re running all over the place with your arguments dude.

  426. RiverviewCanadien says:

    so he caught the flu in the last 2 days, why was he playing back up then? He should have been in nets…Price is not ready for the NHL, funny how price can’t stop these 60 ft shots…

  427. The Teacher says:

    lol, you’re a funny guy

  428. RiverviewCanadien says:

    what is so funny, prove me wrong then. why pull a hot goalie…

  429. The Teacher says:

    I have no clue how to respond to your statement?

  430. RiverviewCanadien says:

    and you call yourself the teacher…do all your students fail? price must be one of them :)

  431. The Teacher says:

    AHAHAHAHA!

    Well, when you make a statement like- So huet has got the flu in the last two days..(what am I gonna say..you can get a flu in 2 minutes :S)

    then you go on and say that he should have played….so a sick goalie is better than Price?

    Calling up Halak would be a waste of cap room.

    Price has obtained 21 of our 47 points and he can’t play in the NHL…

    need I go on?

  432. The Teacher says:

    double post

  433. The Teacher says:

    if you label a goalie a failure after what? 18 games of NHL experience, don’t quit your day job :)

  434. Chuck says:

    … and keep in mind that Price’s 21 have come in five fewer games than Huet’s 26 points. I think that we’re lucky to have both of them on the team! Perhaps Bob could find a way to keep the tandem together for next year, too. Or am I hoping for too much? :)
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  435. Uwey says:

    Hey Teach, IMO Price needs playing time to work out of his funk, that in itself would be the reason I would like to see him sent down to Hamilton. Give him all the playing needed to refresh his game. Coming off of that Calder Cup hangover, it must be hard for this kid to get in any sort of a groove.

    If Huet is going to be Carbo’s #1 & not making the playoffs is an option, I see no reason to have this kid being the doorman on the Habs bench.

  436. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I bet Huet can play better with yellow fever…They played the Caps and lost because he can;t stop a puck that is 2 feet wide…Halak would probably play better, Turn the page back to last year, the guy was undefeated at home…Price needs a stint back in the minors for a few games straight…ride Huet and play Halak if need be.

    Oh and maybe a couple of those games Price did win, but look at the players in front, don’t tell me that Price got all of those 21 pts himself

  437. The Teacher says:

    i’d love to hear you argue with Timo lol!

  438. The Teacher says:

    I think it send the wrong message to demote a guy when he hasn’t played particularly bad. Once he made the team, it’s alearning experience, going backwards is not the answer.

  439. RiverviewCanadien says:

    send him my way

  440. howtathor says:

    Price was rusty. The kid is not a backup goalie and needs the playing time to stay sharp.

  441. RiverviewCanadien says:

    so are you another fool thinking that Price is already number 1 or should be?

  442. showey47 says:

    i agree, he is a player who thrives with work even though he didn’t look it today. When price played with the bulldogs at the end of last season and the playoffs price had a better record when he faced more than 30 shots and actually had a losing record when he faced less than 30 shots. Maybe he needs alot of work to stay in the game. Look at the 3 wins he got against the laffs, all games where he faced 40 shots or more and he stole all of them. Its just a thought.

  443. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Yes but you cannot have two number 1 goalies, you cannot bank on Price this early in his career…All I say is play Huet while we have him, he may not be in Montreal after February. How many times has Luongo sat to give Sanford ice time, not many. If Price needs ice time, then send him to hamilton where he can play 80% of the games to get rid of the rusty bugs and see how he does as a number 1 and bring up Halalk to be exactly what Price should be, a Back-Up goalie

  444. howtathor says:

    What happened to 1a and 1b???

  445. arcosenate says:

    i was surprised at how much ice time pacioretty actually got. he wasn’t even mentioned by tsn when discussing the team. but he actually logged quite a bit of ice time. and didn’t do a damn thing. he fit right in on an american team that didn’t show up after the first 5 minutes. however he does have size and some toughness. he should have played junior.

  446. Habs-Kat says:

    I’m not going to call Fischer a bust until he starts playing pro. Get him up in Hamilton and then we’ll talk.

  447. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Exactly…There is no need to rush this guy either.

  448. showey47 says:

    agreed, the only thing that seems to be lacking is the offensive numbers. I wouldn’t consider a 6’4″ defenceman who can play strong defence, skate like the wind and make good outlet passes a bust. Besides, you don’t win the mr.hockey title in the state of minnesota by accident.

  449. showey47 says:

    It’s hard to judge pacioretty while playing a minimal role, it was a surprise that he even made the team as a first year college player so he must of done something the coaches liked. Next season he will probably have a bigger role on the team and then we will have a better idea of what kind of player he is. At this point i’m much more curious about j.t. wyman who may really be our next powerforward, minus the bowl haircut he looks like a hockey player.

    http://habsprospects.hockeyhq.net/wyman.html

  450. Will Longlade says:

    He must be good. In 2001/02, while playing for Blake School, he notched 8 goals and 10 assists w/o playing any games.

  451. sidhu says:

    Come on boys, we need a third period like the last game.

  452. Erik says:

    cool start time I like getting up and having the HABS on this early! GO HABS!!!!

  453. Mattee. says:

    ohhh my gooodness
    are you watching this?

  454. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Mike, I really hope your comments about the Hu-et chants were a joke…

  455. Chuck says:

    And from the top of the circle is hardly a 60-footer. I think Boone’s got his “mean on” right now. :)
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  456. wild flower says:

    agree – it should probably Halak, Halak

  457. snowdonsteve says:

    already 1-0 for the canada junior team WOO HOOO

    Go HABS Go

  458. Moey says:

    They’ll get a good spanking between periods and come out smoking.

  459. Yeats says:

    Why Price goes down and gives up his size advantage just mystifies me. What ever happened to standing up and cutting down angles? He has been very, very weak this afternoon. The Silver Lining: They can’t go to the 1-4 sytem trailing in the third. The Not-So-Silver Lining: The System requires the kicker to hold the opposition to two goals or less.

  460. Mattee. says:

    all praise the system.

    I Heart “System.”

  461. Moey says:

    I’m watching this on Comcast for the first time, who is calling the game? He jinxed Price, just after calling him the real deal Price starts letting them in.

  462. Chuck says:

    He’ll learn. Don’t forget that his entire professional career consists of 24 games for the Bulldogs and 18 games for the Habs.
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  463. linp says:

    We need Huet if we want to make the playoff.

  464. yathehabsrule says:

    ANYONE REMEMBER THE LAST PLAYOFF GAME IN OVERTIME WHEN SOMEONE IN THE #39 JESREY LET IN A WEAK BLAST FROM THE BLUELINE (NOT SCREENED MIND YOU) AND WE WERE OUT?

    They can’t stop them all. Price would love that last one back but even Roy would have missed the first goal…

    Tie game now!

  465. Habs-Kat says:

    Telekinesis!

  466. Chuck says:

    Great first period, followed by a mediocre second. Am I starting to see a trend here?
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  467. The Teacher says:

    as long as it’s followed by an outstanding third.

  468. Mike Boone says:

    I am no wisecracks please length challenged. But it was a horsespit goal regardless.

  469. Chuck says:

    Agreed… we’ve got to stop the long ones.
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  470. The Teacher says:

    nice open ice check in the Junior game.

  471. Yeats says:

    Joe Benninotti and Craig Loughlin.

  472. Yeats says:

    The System will be avenged!!!

  473. Mattee. says:

    It will rise once again and crush the enemy.

    I Heart “System.”

  474. The Teacher says:

    System will go Down

  475. Mattee. says:

    Never!

    I Heart “System.”

  476. Yeats says:

    Nope. You can count on three things in life: death, taxes and The System.

  477. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Instead of laying all the blame at Price’s feet, maybe you should consider whether this;
    2P Break: Shots are now 16-15. Canadiens have stopped skating and can’t complete any passes.
    is the bigger factor in the downturn of the Canadiens fortunes

  478. The Teacher says:

    LOL, I haven’t heard anyone bashing Price yet. Just mainly preemptive defending. it’s funny.

  479. wd40 says:

    i’m going to go out on a limb here and “predict” a 3-goal outburst by the habs in the 3rd… a little fuzzy on what the caps are going to do.. i see Ovechkin handling the puck, skating.. lol

  480. The Teacher says:

    What’s Komi doing?

  481. NLhabsfan says:

    Price is young..needs time like all young goaltenders.Huet is our number one goaltender…always was.Comeback guys.

  482. Mattee. says:

    ET LE BOO!

    I Heart “System.”

  483. The Teacher says:

    And yess,Hamrlik gets a rebound off of the “snappy” boards LMAO

  484. Yeats says:

    Never doubt The System! Not ever!!

  485. Mattee. says:

    I will once again renew my pledge of allegiance to the system.

    I Heart “System.”

  486. Chuck says:

    Hey… someone hit an open net!!!
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  487. Yeats says:

    Glad he didn’t try to pick a corner!

  488. Moey says:

    Mr. Boone’s not on the sauce, he’s developed a stammer.

  489. sidhu says:

    Slew foot (sp?)!!

  490. The Teacher says:

    Man, the crowd called that one. Refs on delayed reaction

  491. Keith says:

    Tough decision to make. Should I watch the Habs, who have just tied the game or should I switch back to TSN and watch the World Juniors. Keep switching back and forth I guess and I’ll get a sore thumb. OOOH power play for Canada.

  492. yathehabsrule says:

    Penalty to Ovechkin?! little late calling it!

  493. Mattee. says:

    well, I liked the way bouillon came back and shmoked him.

    I Heart “System.”

  494. The Teacher says:

    Canada up 2-0

  495. Keith says:

    WOOOOOHOOOOO!! 2-0 Canada!!

  496. yathehabsrule says:

    2-0 Canada…

    Yeah didn’t the caps touch the puck once before the whist;e went?!

  497. The Teacher says:

    Jesus Christ Ovechkin

  498. sidhu says:

    SK74 has to keep the point shots low for potential deflections

  499. Mattee. says:

    my friggin… crap crap crap.

  500. Yeats says:

    Very stump-like in my opinion.

  501. linp says:

    Time to take out Price for this game

  502. yathehabsrule says:

    For crying out loud!!!

  503. Girth says:

    Bad line change …

  504. Chuck says:

    There’s something that you don’t see everyday: a three-player screen!
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  505. Yeats says:

    Why go down and open up that huge five hole? Why? Why? Why?

  506. The Teacher says:

    need to have possession.

  507. Mattee. says:

    well, ovechkin is a terrible shooter so why not make it more interesting/challenging for yourself?

  508. showey47 says:

    wwwwoooooooohhhhhoooooooo, canada wins gold

  509. The Teacher says:

    And Ovechkin DID score two goals!

  510. sadave says:

    Effort! Drive! GOAL!!!

  511. The Teacher says:

    I LOVE SUBBAN!

  512. The Teacher says:

    I remember Rivet #52 tipping it ;)

  513. The Teacher says:

    IAN, that was an UN-forced turnover that was the difference in this one!

  514. Uwey says:

    I think were Carbo screwed up in OT, was that he had the third pairing of Bouillon & Gorges out there on the ice with the Kostitsyn kids. He should have had a combo of two of either Komi, Markov or Hamrlik out there with them!!!

    Oh well, chaulk it up to as a learning experience & move onto the Hawks game.

  515. sidhu says:

    Caps are really trying to take the body

  516. The Teacher says:

    Semin is out? Why?

  517. sidhu says:

    Injured tailbone

  518. Mattee. says:

    mmmmm… nothing like rolling out of bed and watching plekanecs pot one… good morning.

  519. The Teacher says:

    and a good morning to you as well. Welcome.

  520. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Why play Price today when Huet has been great in nets…play Huet until he loses a bad one…Price shows how vulnerable he is…Huet is number 1, if everyone thinks that Price needs ice time, send him to Hamilton to see if he can get a win there…Huet needs to play as much as he can while we still have him…

  521. The Teacher says:

    Huet has the flu

  522. Chuck says:

    I’ll tell you why… all you have to do is look down the 401 for the answer. Toskala played in 12 straight for the laffs, which meant that Raycroft hadn’t seen action in over a month. Taoskala gets hurt, Raycroft is rusty, and gives up almost 5 goals/game over the next three starts… so then they give Clemmensen a couple of start, and he hasn’t looked any better than Raycroft.

    While it’s tempting to ride a hot goalie until he loses, the consequenses of not giving your backup enough work is just too high.
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  523. The Teacher says:

    Aggressive puck pursuit when Washington defense have it in our zone, it took them a long time to figure that one out.

  524. The Teacher says:

    PP for Canada

    Tavares is 17-4 on face-offs in the tournament.

  525. Chuck says:

    Anyone know if Markov had a pre-game chat with his buddy Ovechkin?
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  526. The Teacher says:

    I’d rather no one know if they did.

  527. snowdonsteve says:

    take 2 and scores one… god i wish this guy was wearing an habs jersey… we would built shrine , we would pillage, i would name my first born Alex, we would beat komisarek until he gives is number away !!! please god ear my prayer

    Go HABS Go

  528. yathehabsrule says:

    LOl… Beat Komisarek…bring a big stick….you’ll need it

  529. Mattee. says:

    have you notice how are zone breakouts looks sharp today? They’ve been eating their wheaties.

  530. Mattee. says:

    and by are I meant our.

  531. The Teacher says:

    I said a while back they had moved away from the system of where the centermen receives the puck around the hash marks to 3 feet out from there and the wingers cover the D. They didn’t do that when they were playing crappily, and are doing it again. This is why we can get the puck out of the zone better. RDS just showed an example of Koivu’s shift where you can see where he receives the puck, allowing him a clear break out of the zone and two viable pass options.

    Prior to that, they were all collapsing in front of the goalie.

  532. The Teacher says:

    It’s ok, you just woke up.. ;)

  533. Sulemaan says:

    anyone know where i can watch the game online as i don’t have access to RDS (sigh)

  534. Mike says:

    im in the same situation, as of riht now im just listining to it on cjad. sopcast isnt working for me.

  535. The Teacher says:

    HE never should have whistled, that’s BS

  536. Chuck says:

    Screwed by an early whistle!
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  537. yathehabsrule says:

    lol…CJAD mentions Souray with chronic shoulder probs and having probs in back to back games……………whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaaa

  538. The Teacher says:

    nothing new there.

    Good PK so far.

  539. wd40 says:

    Yeah.. i like Souray and wish him all the best, but seems we dodged a bullet there. Related story.. read about Samsonov?

    Man I really like Lapierre… too bad he couldn’t finish that one.

  540. NLhabsfan says:

    Quick whistle…yea ref ask the goaltender.

  541. yathehabsrule says:

    yeah and they took there time on the Ovechkn boarding whistle too…see a pattern…?????

  542. wd40 says:

    ref: “uhhhh.. .sorry guys… sorry”

  543. The Teacher says:

    K, Brashear should have got a mugging penalty.

  544. Guy21 says:

    I know its a site for opinions but lets not get too negative here -we all have one thing in common. We love the Habs and us older folks do remember a time when there were hardly any rookies on the team.Lets not forget that Washington have beaten Ottawa three times this season….The Habs will be fine and learn as they go along into the second half of the season.Even Dryden had bad games( New Years eve against Russia)
    AK46 is on fire and maybe starting to prove why he was drafted so high….I really enjoy this team and Kovy is really something else this year…GO HABS GO !!!!!!!

  545. Uwey says:

    Indeed, Gainey’s #1 priority this summer should be getting Plekanec, Higgins & Komisarek signed to long term extensions, before extending Kovalev’s or Koivu’s.

    Plus, A. Kostitsyn, Lapierre, O’Bryne & Halak are all RFA this season.

    There is all kinds of talk about Ryder & Huet being UFA this summer, but noone has mentioned Streit becoming an UFA this summer.

  546. Shawn S says:

    AK27 seems to be taking alot of penalties lately.

  547. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah they mentioned on CJAD that Kovy has a bad habit of doing that when he takes one hand off his stick…

  548. Chuck says:

    As long as he keeps drawing them, too…
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  549. Gooner says:

    I just hope all you guys who think we should trade Huet realize now that Price will someday be good but is not ready to take over just yet.

  550. The Teacher says:

    Thanks

  551. vic says:

    Watching Price for awhile I really believe he was brought up too early.He looks like he has lost his confidence to me and freezing or fighting the puck.If this keeps up the kid will be destroyed.I wouldnt have put in in Montreal until he got some wins under his belt or give him some time in Hamilton.

  552. sidhu says:

    Good hustle, Max. Ovy couldn’t catch up to him

  553. wd40 says:

    Mike… rope-a-dope…they get tired.

  554. Keith says:

    What a great saturday afternoon in the good ole Maritimes to watch the Habs. Lapierre on a break, almost scores.

  555. The Teacher says:

    And KOVY pulls a move of his own!

  556. sidhu says:

    Kovy!!! That’s what leaders do – score at big moments in the game.

  557. Chuck says:

    Major league shot there!
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  558. NLhabsfan says:

    WOW WOW!!!

  559. JB_15 says:

    YESSSSS.
    Way to not give up KOVY!!!!

  560. wd40 says:

    Wooooo! There’s 2 (3, actually) … 1 more to come.

  561. Girth says:

    Think he’ll get a star?

    LOL

  562. The Teacher says:

    The Habs have now come back twice being down a goal :)

  563. The Teacher says:

    Hey what the he** That was a hit from behind on Lats!

  564. sidhu says:

    Where’s the cross check on Lats!?

  565. wild flower says:

    Ovechkin – Kovavlev quick release hockey school

  566. Mattee. says:

    If that isn’t enough to energize you, I don’t know what is.

  567. wd40 says:

    How was that NOT a MUGGING PENALTY on Latendresse????!!?!?

  568. JB_15 says:

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  569. wd40 says:

    Are you guys PUMPED!?!? Holy.

  570. JB_15 says:

    Washington is shooting from everywhere!

  571. Mattee. says:

    INTERFRIGGINFERENCE!

  572. Shawn S says:

    What a game, I’d love to be in the bell centre right now.

  573. sidhu says:

    Kovy is everywhere.

  574. wd40 says:

    YESSSSS…. here comes the PP.

  575. Girth says:

    and the refs give one back… NOT!

  576. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha Markov hooking Ovechkin after the whistle and Ovy holding it. funny

  577. linp says:

    Our new 1st line is our money line.

  578. Chuck says:

    Nah… both Price and Kolzig just suck.
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  579. Mattee. says:

    3P 11:00: I don’t understand a “system” that allows your opponent to consistently gain your blueline at speed.

    Now now Mr. Boone, are you talking down to the beloved system?

    I Heart “System.”

  580. Shawn S says:

    I thought we had a PP???

  581. wd40 says:

    i’m just glad we have a 1st line.

  582. sidhu says:

    We definitely give up the blueline very easily. We’ve been doing that for years though.

  583. yathehabsrule says:

    wonder if he goes home to mommy between games (because that’s why he signed there) to put ice on it? :O

  584. yathehabsrule says:

    What’s that team Samsonov’s playing for now? The puck hogs or something like that????

  585. wd40 says:

    The Blackhawks junior team is called the Rockford IceHogs. Sounds fitting somehow. I can still picture the way he would circle around the net, along the boards, along the blue line, only to cough it up or fall down.

  586. wild flower says:

    I’m in MB and the GM of the Moose is still talking about how Halak stoned them a few days ago. After watching 2 periods of today’s Hamilton – Toronto game, I understand what he is talking about. Maybe Locke is left with the Bulldogs out of sympathy to Hamilton fans (he scored again today the one time the dogs got out of their own zone). Price can’t have many more games like the last three or it will be almost criminal to leave Halak where he is.

  587. RiverviewCanadien says:

    thank goodness there is someone else around that is not still drunk from the holidays. Everyone says that Price is the future, WTF does that mean when we still Huet.

    Gainey I have a ton of respect for you, but if you read these, please send Price to the minors for about a month and play him like 10 straight and see how he does, bring up Halak to back up Huet when a backup needs to play, not play the backup to gain ice time.

  588. The Teacher says:

    ZWESOME DEFENSIVE PLAY by Kost74 behind our own net on TWO players!

  589. Ian G Cobb says:

    Looks, I mean it sounds like cjad should put a screen on there signal, we don,t need a shootout. Come on Ryder, put one in!!

  590. The Teacher says:

    OUCH! The big O is awesome

  591. wd40 says:

    WOW… .how did that not go in. Dare I say, game saver right there by Price. Let’s wait for the replay.

  592. Hammer says:

    To lay the loss of this game solely on a 20 yr olds shoulders, is being a bit unkind. For example, if the Habs centre wins the draw instead of losing it so cleanly on the first goal, there may not have been a goal. Yes, Price crapped the bed a few times, but he had a lot of help today. Where is the killer instinct when the team is up 2-0? How about lazy O Zone penalties. The Habs made the Cap’s look like the 79 Bruins out there!!!!

  593. RiverviewCanadien says:

    i have already stated that koivu need to be demoted to the 4th line. NEXT!

  594. Shawn S says:

    That better have not went in. I know the caps are begging for a replay on that one.

  595. sidhu says:

    I thought that went in, phew

  596. Mattee. says:

    I think it may have…

  597. Ian G Cobb says:

    Face offs are terible in our end.

  598. Girth says:

    38% overall… today

  599. The Teacher says:

    no goal

  600. Chuck says:

    Close… off Price, then off the crossbar!
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  601. Dan23 says:

    With the first half of the season over, I have to say I am pretty optimistic about the second half. If the Habs continue to play the same way they’ve played the first 41 games (and I believe they will – meaning our fair share of losses, stinkers and embarrassments along with many wins, highlights and spectacular efforts), I’m confident they’ll make the playoffs.

    The big question is undoubtedly what will Gainey do at the trading deadline. I think much will depend on the rest of the league – the trading market has been quieter than a mouse this season. If it doesn’t heat up leading into the deadline, Gainey can be comfortable standing pat. If everyone else starts wheeling and dealing, there will be a ton of pressure to make a deal.

    After today’s game, let me just say that I would very much like to see the Habs go after Ovechkin as an RFA this summer (if he’s available)!

  602. wd40 says:

    kovy is a fricken’ horse.

  603. sidhu says:

    Long shift fot Kovy, seems like the fans are really appreciating his play


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