The monkey disembarks … and calisse, it feels good!

Canadiens finally won one at the Bell Centre after four regulation and two shootout losses.

The team played 60 minutes of solid hockey, and Carey Price shut the Leafs out for 56 of those minutes in a 4-1 win.

Afterwards, Price made a dipping motion with his arm to display the movement of the Boyd Devereaux shot that beat him and offered a one-word expression of his reaction to losing the shutout:


Like most Quebec cuss words, it pwewrtains to religion rather than sex or bodily fnction. Calisse, usually used as an expletive or a pejorative noun, means chalice, the golden cup used to serve wine at communion. Price learned it from his road roommate, Francis Bouillon.

Encouraged, by Marc de Foy of the Journal de Montréal, to expand his French vocabulary, Price said "I’ll try, but it’s tough, man."

Tougher, one would suspect, than making 28 savves against a team that came into the Bell Centre riding a hot streak.

Saku Koivu got to Vesa Toskala in the first period, scored again early in the second and goals by Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev put this one out of reach.

"It was nice not to be booed," said Christopher Higgins, who had six shots on goal and was part of a season-best cycling game that kept the puck hemmed in the Leafs end for long stretches.

"We finally played the same way at home as we do on the road," Higgins said. "Everyone was pulling in the same direction.

"That’s how we have to play to be effective."

And Price has beaten Toronto three times … hostie! 


  1. yathehabsrule says:

    He’s like that bad referee the WWF/WWE used to have…Think it was Danny Davis…LOL

  2. CHasman says:

    Two missed penalties on the Leafs already. I hate Kerry Fraser.

  3. Yeats says:

    Is this hockey or football?

  4. showey47 says:

    roll the top 4 as much as possible

  5. Mattee. says:

    Run the goalie run the goalie,

  6. Ali says:

    Kerry F. Fraser

  7. Mattee. says:

    NO CALL on chips?

  8. Mattee. says:

    He’s on a role and we’ve played one minute. Picking up where he left off.

  9. showey47 says:

    surprise surprise weak call against the habs

  10. Mattee. says:

    Fraser, I hate you.

  11. Yeats says:

    They have to be very aware of what D-men are out there tonight.

  12. showey47 says:

    oh great kerry fraser, why do we get at least one ontario ref every time we play these guys, especially this guy who wants to be the first star every game.

  13. linp says:

    I don’t like the start. Komisarek just dumps the puck out two times.
    Komisarek played this PK much better.

  14. yathehabsrule says:

    Damn….Fraser in the stripes…. another “hair pulling” evening folks!

  15. showey47 says:

    agreed cube and gorges should not see the ice against sundin

  16. Moey says:

    Geez Yeats, you’re so shallow, me being so much more insightful knows it’s the shirt and tie combos that are killing our Habs.

  17. Yeats says:

    They always put his line out against the Sundin line and they have real problems countering the Leafs’ size. They should try to get the Koivu line away from them tonight given that they have the last change. Also, they have to be really careful with who is out on D against them. You put the Cube out there and bad things will happen.

  18. sidhu says:

    “Go Habs Go!” even before the national anthem… gotta love it

  19. Mattee. says:

    So, I’m going to suffer through CBC commentators tonight but only because I cannot pass up a Montreal Canadiens HD oppurtunity. However, there is only so much I can stomach, so it is only a matter of time.

    Dear RDS,
    I hope you know this is all your fault. Do you understand what you make me resort to?

  20. showey47 says:

    mainly because he doesn’t have a scoring right winger so that line is pretty much useless offensivley. Look back 3 years ago when koivu had kovalev and a productive zednik. That lined owned the thornton line in the playoffs

  21. Ali says:

    I agree completely. He’s also always on in key defensive situations, and remember that 5-3 for Philly the other night? Who was on the ice killing it off? The Captain.

    As for his offensive numbers, the only time the guy has ever truly had a great winger to play with was when he and Recchi provided for one of the best lines in the league with Corson.

    Other then that, the best winger to play with him has been Higgins. Ask Teemu Selanne if the guy is a true #1 line center.

  22. doug says:

    i think ron mclean is underrated in the annoying department

  23. sidhu says:

    Let’s go boys!

  24. Mattee. says:

    I’ll tell you Ian, but only after I have had enough to drink and you have had too much to drink. That is the only way we’ll both stay awake through the explanation.

  25. doug says:

    I thought PJ Stock’s comments on CBC were interesting about Koivu – says he always has to play defense against other team’s top line and it impacts his offensive numbers/performance and has been that way for years. Other opinions?

  26. Mattee. says:

    Gilles, your posts are easily my favourite. The irony and sarcasm are unmatched. Thank You.

  27. doug says:

    We got it with the haircut, Yeats. At lest three straight games. You don’t like it. I don’t think it’s so bad, and more importantly, I don’t care.

  28. yathehabsrule says:

    Hmmm maybe Gainey was looking at the stat sheet at an angle when he sent that trade offer sheet through? Maybe it shoulda been Ryder to Dallas?! LOL

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    Mattee– I have grade 4 and learned how to read and write after I was 50 years old but if I can help you with your biochem just ask. But first tell me what it means

  30. showey47 says:

    no doubt, we could of pretty much gotten bonk for two years what we are paying smolinski for one.

  31. yathehabsrule says:

    I liked the deal to get Kirk Muller (got Melanson with him) and gave up next to nothing..

  32. yathehabsrule says:

    Good deal but maybe keeping Bonk would have made it even better!

  33. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL that’s a classic

  34. Ian Cobb says:

    I meant to write it corectly the second time sorry yeats

  35. Mattee. says:

    I’ve still got another two exams, one on monday. But I can’t miss this… the exam can wait.

  36. showey47 says:

    garon for bonk and huet. Even though garon is playing well for the oilers

  37. Mattee. says:

    Ian, promise me we won’t talk chemistry tonight. I just wrote my biochem exam and the very word brings me to tears. Thanks! 😛

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    I know he looks a little nerdy, but don’t all rookies. He has to get the chemistry right soon or I’m afraid it will be teats up for him. Have a good game TEATS!

  39. Cable Guy says:

    Kordic for Courtnall

  40. Keith says:

    I got that tight rot-gut feeling this saturday night. We must be playing the laffs tonight 🙂 Hope my nerves can take it. GO HABS GO!!!

  41. Yeats says:

    Kevin is right that getting rid of them were net pluses.

  42. Yeats says:

    Until Carbo comes to grips with the fact that he has one of the worst haircuts in the NHL and remedies the situation, it is going to be touch and go game in, game out.

  43. Ali says:

    On 2nd thought, I agree, nobody could have predicted Samsonov and Theodore would suck as much as they did.

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    Here we go boys and girls, The leafs are ringing the door Bell Center. Will we invite them in or shut em out.

    Did Carbo bring the right chemistry set tonight, he is in charge of the lab you know. If he has the mix right, there won’t be any blow ups.

    He has been given good talent to put together, I hope he has it right.

    There is not one leaf left standing around here, i hope for the same at the bell.

    Enjoy, should be a good one for us!! IAN

  45. Yeats says:

    Good ones as well. Perfect examples of what a buddy of mine would call addition by subtraction.

  46. Yeats says:

    That one wasn’t too shabby!

  47. Kevin says:

    1. When they got rid of Samsonov.
    2. When they got rid of Theodore.

  48. J.T. says:

    Kovalev for Balej

  49. Yeats says:

    Trivia Question: When was the last time the Habs weren’t on the ass end of a deal?

  50. Ed says:

    He has another goal & assist this afternoon as Dallas leads San Jose 3-2 in the 3rd.

  51. Kevin says:

    It was defintely a surprise move (especially after signing him for 1 more year), considering what we got in return for a young player who was known to be very talented, but needed an attitude readjustment. I was definetely one of the fans who wanted to see him traded, but not for nothing.

  52. Ed says:

    I hope you are right, but I think it will be elsewhere. His days in Montreal are numbered. It’s time for him to get a fresh start somewhere else.

  53. Gilles Poisson says:

    I meant exactly what I thought. I am standing by my predictions. Thank you.

  54. Ed says:

    I would never call him a bum. Look at the season that he had in 2003-04. He was largely responsible for Ryder’s rookie success. Ribeiro had 65 points (tops on the team), & was +15 under coach Claude Julien. I don’t know how Gainey could have given up on such a young talent so easily. Ryder was 2nd with 63 points & was +10.

  55. Les-Habitants says:

    Riberio is having a good season, but he didn’t fit here and I’m glad he’s gone. That said, Ninnimaa wasn’t exactly a great return..but who would’ve known he’d be THAT bad?!?!

  56. Les-Habitants says:

    Riberio is having a good season, but he didn’t fit here and I’m glad he’s gone. That said, Ninnimaa wasn’t exactly a great return..but who would’ve known he’d be THAT bad?!?!

  57. Gilles Poisson says:

    Ed yer a nice guy and a stud for suffering through the Ryder jokes. He’s going to reward your patience one of these days, hopefully here. Thank you.

  58. Les-Habitants says:

    OUch about Bob Cole….I mean, the guy deserves some respect!!!
    Besides, even if the commentary isn’t as insightful as it use to be, his voice alone reminds me of hockey. Leave Bob Cole alone! and he still knows hockey a helluva lot more then would-be leafs GM, Glen Healy

    I’m really excited about this game, but gotta get some work done first if I’m gonna watch it. I like the look of our 2 offensive lines too!! D

  59. Ed says:

    Mr. Poisson, I enjoy your eloquent dissertations on all things HABS, whether they be compliments or sarcasm. Bob Cole goes back a long way, & should now be retired. During that famous series with Russia in 1971, I used to turn down the voice on TV (Foster Hewitt), & listen to Bob Cole on the radio.

    Your English is perfect, so I know it was just an honest mistake when you said you will “see” the mellifluous voice of Bob Cole. Do you know something that I don’t. Now, Danny Gallivan, there’s a voice that I would love to hear again.

  60. MAB the HAB says:

    Excellent post Ed. It goes to show that Ryder is working very hard. It seems to me he’s a combination of unlucky, pressured (by himself, the coaches and now the media and fans) and focusing on other aspects of his game to the detriment of his bread+butter – his scoring. These are not excuses for him, but serve as explanations.
    Also, Higgins has taken a role on that line that he didnt have last year whether by design or not: that of being the primary shot-taker, further leaving Ryder behind from his ‘natural’ role of first shooter on that line.
    We need to keep in mind that Ryder is working and keeping a generally positive attitude, which is harder to do than us fans give him credit for. See: Samsonov, Sergei (aka Natasha) for evidence of this.

  61. Kevin says:

    Dallas really owes us for that one!

  62. Kevin says:

    Anyone else notice that that “bum” Ribeiro is on pace for 40 goals AND 40 assists this season? He had to go, but its too bad we didn’t get more for him. Let’s just hope that the same mistake is not made with Ryder.

  63. yathehabsrule says:

    We all know his D has picked up but he wasn’t/isn’t focusing on his shooting enough…He’s a 30 goal guy so he should be showing in the goal totals.. Keep in mind his shot tally reflects that he was on the #2, 3, 4 lines or benched = less ice time, and still nothing to show..

  64. yathehabsrule says:

    Who’s calling the game for CBC??…

    Please tell me it’s not that walking corpse Bob Cole…

    Leafs may have alot of size and we could have used Gui tonight…But we have a lot of speed: Kostitsyn X 2, kovalev, Higgins….Komisarek (had to say that!)

    Someone mentioned Koivu with a better FO % over Sundin but face to face I think Sundin has an edge.. Could be wrong..

  65. Ali says:

    your guarantee doesnt make sense. It wont goto a shootout if your other two predictions come true, and Kosty Jr’s goal will end up being the winner.

    Brings a whole new meaning to drinking like a fish.

  66. Ali says:

    its sad to say, but I’ll even take the -29 Michael Ryder back at this point, considering the defensive improvements with Hamrlik and O’Byrne.

  67. Ed says:

    This is for the fans who are always complaining that Ryder can’t hit the side of a barn, is always turning the puck over, does not use his size, etc. No shooter is going to hit the net all the time, but to say that a guy can’t hit the side of a barn, or put the puck in the ocean is ridiculous. If you were to say he can’t put the puck in the net, well then you have a good point. His 4 giveaways are very low, & I know what some posters are going to say.

    Here are some comparisons:

    Higgins – 105 shots; 36 missed shots; 29 hits; 4 give aways; 24 take aways
    Ryder – 77 shots; 25 missed shots; 52 hits; 4 give aways; 10 take aways
    Kovalev – 75 shots; 25 missed shots; 41 hits; 26 give aways;10 take aways
    Plekanec -69 shots; 26 missed shots; 15 hits; 21 give aways;21 take aways

    His 52 hits leave him behind only Begin & Latendresse in the forwards, who are both at 60, & ironically are both out with injuries. Most people also don’t realize that Ryder is the smallest player on the team at 186 pounds.

    Here are the rankings for give aways. I am linking it for those who constantly criticise his giving up the puck. We can zero in on any player & find faults, while not noticing that no player is perfect.

  68. showey47 says:

    As long as we have any of the top 4 defence out there, their size is only a factor in our end. Their size affects our defence more than it does the forwards. Bouillon or gorges should not be on he ice against the sundin line at any point in the game, especially if we are short handed.

  69. Steiner says:

    Finally. No exam to make me miss the game.
    I’d love a photographer to take a picture of Careys pre-game sit.
    It reminds me of that Luongo picture, where he sits with his stick.

  70. Gilles Poisson says:

    Fearless prediction: if we lose it will be all the refs faults.
    Tonight myself and my fellow Quebecers are having a special treat. We will see the mellifluous voice of Hall of Famer Bob Cole. He reminds me of a songbird in my ear. To celebrate I will have a drink each time he will use the phrase “the Canadiens player” as in “the Candiens player moves the puck ahead to the other Canadiens player”. Peut-etre Madame Poisson will have to pick me off the floor after but that’s the life. Also we will be subject to the thoughtful analysis of sage Grapes and his eloquent young protege PJ Stock. With any luck we may also see Brian Mccabe get undressed.
    I am sorry for Michael Ryder that he have to go back to work today. This was not an easy decision for Coach Guy. He thought about bringing up a player, anybody, but he knows this is only temporary. I know it would take a miracle but, for you statisticians, Michael has a chance tonight to move ahead of Begin in goals.
    I am predicting, non, GUARANTEEING, the Habs will win tonight. Siarhei will score a goal in the first period, Kovy will get the winner in the shootout and Price will get a shutout. Thank you.

  71. Ali says:

    I dont mind that, but for defensive zone play at least, we should have Chipper out there in place of Kosty Jr, till just to bring some size, and once we break out, he can change on the fly for Sergei.

    Otherwise I think we’re just too small, and Sundin is very good on face-offs as well, and he always seems to win the key offensive-zone faceoffs or that killer late in the game one.

  72. showey47 says:

    i disagree with your second statement i think carbo should come back with the koivu line against sundin. I don’t want to see chipper, t.k. an dandy get 20 mins of ice time trying to shut down sundin meanwhile creating zero offence of their own and keeping our top 2 lines on the bench in the meantime. Koivu has a better face-off winning percentage than sundin and if we start of with the puck most of the time and attack the slower toronto D, we keep the laffs and the sundin line in their own end.

    This is much better than trying to put out checkers who will just chip the puck out and let the laffs attack with their forecheck over and over again cause sooner or later the laffs will score.

  73. Erik says:

    GO HABS!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BLOW OUT THE LEAFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PUMPED!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Ali says:

    Keys to tonights game:

    1.Carbo: DONT MESS WITH THE F*$#(*G forward LINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Gotta shutdown Sundin, Antropov and “Ponikahosky” (as Cherry likes to say). It has to be done somehow, someway. Koivu cannot match up against him physically, and I think given home ice and last change, Guy should matchup the Chipchura, Dandenault and maybe the Tom the Bomb, and Komisarek and Hamrlik against the Sundin line, so even when he goes behind the net, we have a big strong defenseman on both sides to give him hassles. Pair O’Byrne with Markov, and Gorges with Bouillon. I’m sick of seeing him going behind the net and having his way with Streit or Bouillon etc.

    3. Pressure the Toronto defense. They turn over the puck far too often, and we have to take advantage and watch for Tits Jr. to burn them to the outside. That means dont stop forechecking with a 1-0 lead.

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