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.

  75. Grabbed The Cup says:

    That’s the smartest thing you’ve ever written.

  76. Grabbed The Cup says:

    It’s not the comment that’s offensive, it’s his odor.

  77. doug says:

    what had you said?

  78. Ali says:

    I miss how RDS used to show the 3 star selections. Would have liked to see Saku’s ovation.

  79. Mattee. says:

    Is there a reason why they don’t anymore?

  80. yathehabsrule says:

    naturally CBC skips it…shoulda got on CJAD as they are 30 secs behind online..

  81. Sehs says:

    I don’t know if this was mentioned earlier, but I think McCabe learned a new trick:

    If worse comes to worse in front of your own net, drop down face first and play dead. Maybe someone should give him a cookie for his acting?

  82. Ali says:

    They get more money from showing commericials I guess.

  83. Mattee. says:

    what a waste.

  84. Mattee. says:

    I’ll be upset if he’s injured, now we have to rely on wosnooski to embarass himself on their back end.

  85. Girth says:

    Happy birthday CARBO!

  86. Sehs says:

    There’s also Belak!

  87. Keith says:

    This is the best Christmas present I could this year the Habs beating the laffs. Better days are ahead for us folks, huge confidence builder win. GO HABS GO!!!

  88. Mattee. says:

    McCabe hand broken in three places.

  89. RH says:

    I guess it didn’t take #40 long to get his big league legs back. I loved this guy last year and I think I love him even more this year. It’s a shame he didn’t start the season with the team.

    Hamrlik and Kostopoulos continue to be the solid acquisitions that Gainey envisioned.

  90. Exit716 says:

    Not one comment about the Habs game, but a shout out to the legendary Jeremy Reich who had his butt handed to him by Bouillon. God Hockey Night with the Village idiot is a real joke

  91. Mattee. says:

    I was thinking that too. I was also wondering how Cherry ever got into commentating in the first place. And his own segment? Am I mad?

  92. DD says:

    Nothing better than kicking the snot out of the leafs right before Christmas. Santa came early boys and girls!

  93. mysterycog says:

    Awesome Game

  94. Sbah Reverof says:

    Great game, Habs firing on all cylinders. They stopped working for a couple of minutes after the Leaf goal, but overall they played like it was already April. Hats off to Kovy, Koivu, Kosty I & II, Hammer &esp Price. Even Ryder had a decent game, and contributed. Hard work is the key, and it was evident in spades tonight.

  95. Ian Cobb says:

    That’s what I’m talking about, a couple of 20 year olds to fire up the vet’s. I’m thinking Lapiere, Little tits,and O’byrne stay up. I’ve got to say that Ryder looked very good with the Chip line. Well I was asked not to talk chemistry tonight, but we did have some for a change.

    There was a 6 min. time frame in this game that I thought for just a short time i was in the old Forum back in 1959–60. It was vintage Montreal Canadians Hockey.

    GEE ! I hope everyone could tast it, I don’t want to get my hopes up to high, but can we bottle that 6 min and show it to the boys and let them know thats what makes dynasties!

  96. doug says:

    i always enjoy your blend of optimism, history, and modesty.

    have a good night, ian.

  97. DD says:

    I really like the play of Kostitsyn Junior, I think we got a keeper!

  98. Moey says:

    I heard that too, don’t like to see someone getting a bad injury, even if it’s a laffs player. Remember the movie “Braveheart” even though you hate them, you can still respect a worthy opponent.

  99. DD says:

    The fans were probably just trying to help the poor fellows out. Lord knows they will never get a chance to drink beer from the Cup because the curse of Loserville.

  100. Gilles Poisson says:

    Shameful. Wasting beer like that. I’d wash my feet with the stuff before I’d pour it on those guys.

  101. Y says:

    How sad it is when TSN has to make up excuses for you.
    I bet there will be a civic day of mourning with the blessure to McPylon back in Taranna.
    Lovely win, probably the best 60 min effort I’ve seen in a while.
    One thing does need to be changed or worked on though, Streit at the point. He keeps giving me heartattacks with his fark ups.

  102. Moey says:

    On another note, I’m now watching Van vs Edm, my boy Shelly is playing his first game since his injury…Santa’s come early for me too. Double header tonight, Habs win and now Shelly for some eye candy.

  103. wild flower says:

    My thoughts:

    Fraser gave his usual biased performance, with few Habs powerplays until the game was decided and some cheap calls in favor of the Leafs. Less Carbonneau chirping shown tonight – but that was probably because he was more relaxed with a commanding lead.

    Ryder did not look like someone that should be benched let alone traded.

    I liked O’byrne and the young Russians.

    Cole on CBC must have been instructed to sing the praises of Price who was very steady except for the week goal, which only he paid for (a shutout lost). Does Mike B still think the Habs goaltending is “a mess”?

    People who want Koivu traded for almost any rumored return, will likely end up looking as ridiculous as the ones who would have long ago had our lineup stripped of Kovalev.

    Thankfully the team is managed by BG and good luck to anyone who thinks he can be easily upgraded (including nostalgia lovers who would have a senior citizen like Scotty Bowman takeover).

  104. RS says:

    If it’s his first game back, then how did Shelly get points in the last two Oiler games?

  105. RH says:

    HUH???? Phoenix beat the Devils?

  106. Moey says:

    Stop nit picking, first game that I know of…LOL

  107. Exit716 says:

    We outside the GTA don’t call it the Toronto Sports Network for nuthin!
    Also how was Kostistyn fighting for a loose puck and knocking McCrap into the boards a cheap shot?

  108. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Doug, How are things in carolina, You are there are you not? Ian

  109. Gilles Poisson says:

    Hey Mike Boones are you home yet? I have a bone to pick with you. Actually, I just wanted to thank you for once again watching the game with us. Your (dry) sense of humour and the way you don’t kiss up to all the players like Uber Diplomat Mr. Stubb (jk) has added a dynamic. My wife, Madame Poisson, wants to know why I watch the game in my office now? How do I tell her it’s because I need to be with my peeps? Thank you.

  110. Ian Cobb says:

    Come on Moey, you can ask to get in the shower with him later, but now he is the enemy, and his CH tatoo has been removed. There is lots of eye candy in Hamilton and Mtl. don’t you think? And that toothpast is still on your forehead.

  111. Moey says:

    Please fishman, don’t be so blinking naive, Dave is a feature writer, his writing has to be based on facts or who would talk to him? You’re comparing apples and oranges, Mike talks as much sh*te as the rest of us, it’s entertainment and he does a damn good job too.

  112. longtimehabsfan says:

    I saw the replay on McCabe’s injury about half a dozen times. If the Leafs thought there was a cheap shot by anybody, they are suffering from delusions. Looks like McCabe simply caught his wrist on the boards.

  113. Gilles Poisson says:

    Mademoiselle, with all due respects, Mr. Stubb is every bit as capable of nonsense as the next guy and he proves it every day. Thank you.

  114. Moey says:


    Two differnt jobs, one team. I’ll leave it at that.

  115. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Little fish has a problem with Dave since his last account here was terminated, he’s a troll in disguise, trust me.

  116. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Welcome back buddy, you’ve been missed around here.

  117. Ian Cobb says:

    Any man that grabs our cup for us knows what a troll is, I trust The gtc and he doesent smell like fish!

  118. Gilles Poisson says:

    Mademoiselle you are right and the only reason I am admitting as much is that my last post doesnt look funny like I’d hoped. If I was being honest I’d say that Dave Stubbs is a guy that appreciates hockey history and his writing reflects it. Not that flavour of the week stuff,or trade rumours, or articles about which bars the guys hang out at.

  119. Gilles Poisson says:

    Mr Grabs, your picture just screams “I swear… I’m NOT gay”

  120. Moey says:

    Anyone who calls himself Gilles le poisson is suspect.

  121. Yeats says:

    To be fair, when they decide to play hockey, they ain’t half bad. That’ll do pig, that’ll do, indeed!!!

  122. Gilles Poisson says:

    I apologize for the comments below. This Mr. Grabs guy has like a weird fascination with me. I’ll try to keep it on the level.

  123. Yeats says:

    Any poisson who calls himself Gilles could be suspect as well. Oh hell, just round up the usual suspects, as Claude Rains said in Casablanca.

  124. Gilles Poisson says:

    Im not sure what that means. Can you elaborate? I’ve never had an account terminated and I’m not wearing a disguise.

  125. Gilles Poisson says:

    WTF is the matter with these people?

  126. Moey says:

    With any luck, they should beat Florida & Washington this week so we can have ourselves a Merry Little Christmas.

  127. Yeats says:

    Well, tonight’s game salvaged my weekend. The little Habs that I coach got waxed this afternoon by the little Rangers 6-1. (I admit it, I’m not the second coming of “Toe.”) Is it me or is a “learning experience” never the result of a positive event?

  128. Moey says:

    Right again babe.

  129. Grabbed The Cup says:

    As I said before, your garbage has been recognized.

  130. Yeats says:

    Should is a four-letter word!

  131. Ian Cobb says:

    Good night boys and girls, its been a fun night. By the looks of things the morning won’t be as much fun, Calling for 2 ft. snow over night. GOODNIGHT HAB FANS!!

  132. Grabbed The Cup says:

    How about those three big hits at the end of the second period… worth the price of admission right there.

  133. Ian Cobb says:

    That a girl, 4 points will be great! Good night IAN

  134. JF says:

    Great game, outstanding effort from everyone. Mike Boone quotes Chris Higgins: “That’s the way we have to play to be effective.” LET THE TEAM AND THE COACH REMEMBER THAT!!! The way for this team to be successful is to play a really aggressive offensive game and forget about trying to play the trap.
    Their best games this year – and this was probably THE best – have been played that way. It’s when they forget that and try to play a defensive game that they get into trouble.

    I’ll be upset if Ryder is benched next game. He made some outstanding plays. Actually everyone out there deserves to be in the line-up next time, which could create a problem for Carbonneau if Latendresse is recovered. Hopefully the line-up will remain more or less as is, and Smolinski and Brisebois will be used sparingly if at all.

  135. Moey says:

    Good night Ian, we’re supposed to get about 40 cm’s tomorrow. Fun times!

  136. Yeats says:

    You know it’s coming, but I’m just waiting for O’Byrne to lay his career hit on someone! I was hoping for Sudin tonight.

  137. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Ahh profanity, the way a feeble mind expresses itself.

  138. Yeats says:

    We still measure by inches down here. Lazy as I am, I don’t fell like doing the conversion right now, so I’ll just assume it’s a lot.

  139. Moey says:

    It’s Kilroy..or Killjoy…depending on how you look at it.

  140. Yeats says:

    Then, where is it? Or did you think we needed to see another “talkin’ fish” plaque?

  141. Yeats says:

    It could be the return of the infamous “Jacques-too-tight” but I’m just speculating.

  142. Gilles Poisson says:

    Im sorry Mike Boones. I’ll try again. It seems my “garbage was recognized before”. I thought I was saying thank you but Mr.Grabs showed me what we do with peace loving people. Thank you Mr.boones

  143. Mattee. says:

    I think everybody misunderstands Gilles Poisson humour. I for one enjoy it. It’s very ironic and sarcastic. I am not joking. I think your posts might be my favourite.

  144. Mattee. says:

    Grabbed the cup, I think you’ve got his humour all wrong.

  145. ebk says:

    nope there is a group of web police who don’t

  146. Yeats says:

    My hat is off to you. The first person I have seen have a post “flagged as offsensive” and removed. Man, I would have gone all out and gotten a fiver, not the equivalent of a BS hooking minor.

  147. Grabbed The Cup says:

    It has nothing to do with his humor.

  148. Grabbed The Cup says:

    You’re a sharp one Moey.

  149. Gilles Poisson says:

    I cannot battle with great minds like Zoey and Mr Grabs. But I applaud them for their sense of humour. Except for Mr.Grabs. He’s just an idiot. See you tomorrow.
    Go Habs Go.

  150. Grabbed The Cup says:

    OOh… good comeback, did it take you long to come up with that one?

  151. Gilles Poisson says:

    My post wasnt flagged as offensive.

  152. Moey says:

    Get in the shower with him? I’d be more likely doing his laundry, I’m practically old enough to be his ma.

    Sorry Ian, he’ll never be the enemy to me.

  153. Plek-Andrew says:


    Just thought I’d annoy the hell out of everyone tonight seeing as how I’m at the game tonight. My first ever Toronto-Habs game… and my throat is sore…

    Oh and I’ve never been more excited about a prospect as I have about JR Tits… I’ve never been so hyped about a player in my life… Don’t ask me why…

    Heard he has a history of bad attitude though… and i’m sure he loves to party. He’s my age for chrissakes… I’ll find him in a club sometime and let you guys know lol..
    But the attitude thing… anybody have any idea what it’s about?

  154. Ed says:

    You’ve never been so hyped about a player in your life? Based on your reactions to Plekanec’s fine play, I think that you are going to be too hyped. You better take it easy young man. Your blood pressure is going to go through the roof. Even young people should not get overly excited all the time.

  155. Les-Habitants says:

    Plek-Andrew, he was cited as having an attitude problem because he felt he belonged in the NHL and not the AHL, and people knew. Similar with when he was sent down to junior last year, however, I’ve also heard it’s just been over-exaggerated and that he’s simply a pretty competitive guy…and the truth is, he does belong in the NHL. Btw, been to a few Leaf-Habs games Plek, and they are always awesome.

    I too am pretty pumped about this latest call-up. Let the youth movement begin in full force, there’s what? 6 rookies on this team who are not only playing quality minutes but having a real impact. Loving it, although I do feel a little sorry for Hamilton who’s really depleted right now….well, maybe not that sorry.

    Liking tonight’s lineup a lot, especially our d-corp. O’Byrne really gives this team a physical edge that it was missing. With both teams playing well, this should be a fun game….HUGE game really, and I’ll be yelling at the TV in no-time. Ryder, however, is not a third line player…I dunno what to say about this guy, we all know he can score! I’m really at a lost, but hopefully he’ll be a sniper again giving us 4 lines that can score. I like Ryder, more so now since he’s cut-down on his give-aways, but it really does look like he’s going to be traded or leave as a UFA. “They” say the two teams montreal is talking with is edmonton and SJ, but “they” are often wrong so we’ll see.

    Final note: Go Habs Go

  156. Kevin says:

    I just hope that Gainey starts signing his young players to long term contracts. Would hate to see a guy like Komisarek leave as a free agent soon as his current contract is over.

  157. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Leafs-Habs is always a great party. However, to say both teams are playing well is quite the exaggeration, don’t you think? I mean, TO has played rather well lately, but the Habs??? I think not. One game vs. Philly does not qualify as “playing well”.

    I’m not going into this game with too much optimism. In talks with some of my friends who hail the blue & white, I have already expressed my hesitation in claiming victory. I think Mtl. has something positive to build on from Thursday’s game, but reality says we are in for a tough one. The only break we might get could be found in the fact that Leafs may lose some steam about halfway through because they played last night. But, as one poster mentioned already, the last time we played a “tired” team the final result took the wind out of our sails.

    I’d like to see Higgins on the second line with Pleks and Kovy. Then, have the Kosti brothers flank Koivu. It would be experimental, but with lots of promise.

    Habs will have to play with lots of physical presence!!!

  158. Kevin says:

    The last time the Habs played a team at the Bell Center that should have been “tired” from the previous night, things didn’t turn out so well… And for some reason, Lecavalier doesn’t scare me as much as Sundin.

  159. showey47 says:

    True enough but that was the game huet gave up 3 softies and cost us the game, just like he has many times in the past against them. Price would of posted the shutout. Huet will never play against the laffs again unless price is hurt of if huet gets traded to another team.

  160. Chach says:

    Predicition: Ryder with the game winner tonight.

  161. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Has #73 been traded to the Leafs???

  162. nightmare_49 says:

    So tonight the CBC team cannot start crying about the lafs many injuries as the only player on the IR is Carlo Colaiacovo who the league should name the IR list after.

  163. CHasman says:

    I watched a fair bit of the Toronto-Atlanta game last night and I think it will help us because Atlanta sucked. They played to get rid of their coach, got a new one and played well for a while and now they suck again. Anyway after the easy game the Laffs had last night they’ll be in shock tonight.

  164. kevinhabs says:

    top 5 players so far this year for the habs:

    1. Alex Kovalev- Big reason why our PP is such a force. Once he gets in his favorite spot on the right wing boards… watch out!!!

    2. Tomas Plekanec- Almost #1 for me. I guess you could argue he is the reason Kovy has 13 goals. He’s turning into a point-a-game player.

    3. Saku Koivu- Struggling a bit now but had a hot start to the year. For the last years, he’s been so consistent and after last year it looked like he was due for 80 points this year. He will break out again soon… hopefully tonight

    4. Chris Higgins- In a few weeks, he could be top 2 or 3 on this list. He was kind of in a Ryder slump at the beginning of the year, but he broke out of it. He’s aiming for 30 this year.

    5. Andrei Markov- Should be higher but has done nothing in the last 3 weeks. Where is the guy that was eating up the NHL in the first month? He hasn’t been the same since that Buffalo game when he flew into the boards and was down for quite a while.

    Honorable Mention: Mark Streit, Carey Price, Roman Hamrlik

  165. ColRouléBleu says:

    Have you seen Markov’s last 2 games, specially, the last one? he’s totally back I tell ya 😉

  166. Ali says:

    Streit has sucked the past 10 or so games. He’s lucky he can do a Dandenault and play forward. His powerplay game has gone a la Ryder, and gives up the point way too easily. Time to try out Gorges there IMO.

  167. kevinhabs says:

    holy crap

    how come cannot get the kostitsyn’s right it was always andrei KASTISTYN for the longest time but now they’ve finally corrected it

    now his brother is getting hassled with SIARHEI KASTITSYN

  168. Ali says:

    Russian players names are translated phonetically, so there is no correct english spelling. Originally, even Andrei was spelled Kastsistyn but then they changed it. and Siarhei is also not incorrect, but the generally accepted english version is Sergei.

  169. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL yeah I saw that Thursday night too… A third Kostitsyn??? LOL

  170. Kevin says:

    I was refering to the Tampa game that Price started a few days ago at the Bell Center. Tampa was playing the second game of a back to back, and still had more legs than the Habs that night for the first 55minutes.

  171. Kevin says:

    Let’s hope that Price has started a new tradition… he never loses to the leafs!

  172. showey47 says:

    oh i thought you were refering to the last time toronto played in montreal and the laffs played the night before. But to add to the tampa game, it was actually their 3rd game in four nights.

  173. showey47 says:

    Yeah his bobbles at the blue line are very brisebois like, i really don’t know what thats all about. I counted 3 times on the powerplay against the flyers, but it does happen every game and it kills the powerplay.

  174. DYCSoccer17 says:

    What the hell is Paul Maurice bitching about? McCabe was along the boards and was checked. He jammed his wrist into the boards. I don’t see any cheap shot there at all. A. Tits had his left arm around him at the very end of the hit after the contact was made. If anything, A. Tits was pulling him way from the boards.

    It’s too bad that coaches can’t be fined for stupidity. Maurice and Carbonneau would be fined the most.

  175. likehoy says:

    I’s not dirty in any way, if anything it should have been a 2 minute penalty for holding.

  176. JasonM says:

    I agree. To me it’s you eat what you reap.

    Most of the night there was always a Leaf jersey in front of a Habs player chasing another Leaf with the puck causing interference all night long, eventually someone got fed up and pushed someone out of their way.

    Long story short McCabe fell awkwardly into the board and hurt himself. It is unfortunate. Yet they cannot go out there and state it was a cheap shot, far worse was done during this game.

  177. Mattee. says:

    I’m already ticked and it has nothing to do with habs play.

  178. Mattee. says:

    Hit from the back on Pleks. No call. That makes three. Let’s keep count this time. Three and counting.

  179. Ali says:

    Michael F. Ryder

  180. Mattee. says:

    I saw that coming.

  181. Gilles Poisson says:

    If only he could get some decent chances.

  182. Moey says:

    Now I’m really concerned, Paul Maurice could be on the cover of GQ…Guy take notes!

  183. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah he does dress well… lol..

  184. doug says:

    not called for. so sick of people picking on ryder.

  185. Yeats says:

    The poor guy is busting his ass out there. Did you see him hustle on the backcheck?

  186. doug says:

    we’re going to score on this pp

  187. showey47 says:

    leafs are being aggresive on the pk gotta pass the puck around quick

  188. doug says:

    why did we back off player after leafs playher lost frigging stick in own zone on a pp?

  189. yathehabsrule says:

    no team can seem to keep Kovy from getting to ‘that spot’ on the PP…alwys left there open…even if he misses…

  190. Ali says:

    Why isnt Kosty Jr getting any PP time???

  191. doug says:

    because we have the number one pp in the league.

  192. Habs-Kat says:

    Habs are skating, definitely, but they can’t seem to keep up with themselves at times. They’re making the pace of the game too fast for themselves even.

  193. Yeats says:

    That PP was just awful. Create some havoc in front of the net for God’s sake.

  194. Blitzen says:

    They have trouble headmaning the puck. They’ve been hitting skates.

  195. Mattee. says:

    looks like they’re not used to receiving the puck when they’re actually skating at top speed. Do they practice at half speed?

  196. Ali says:

    Anyone else notice how dreamy Bob Cole’s voice gets when he talks about Sundin.

    Someone should tell him he can legally marry him now.

  197. Habsfan39 says:


    Thats a pretty good waste of playmaking,

  198. showey47 says:

    interference on ryder no call

  199. showey47 says:

    i think because ryder took his shift on the powerplay

  200. Ali says:


  201. Mattee. says:


  202. Yeats says:

    The Capt comes through!!! Nice to see hard work rewarded for a change.

  203. showey47 says:

    woohoo, was that saku or sergei

  204. sidhu says:

    Great work by Captain K. Never a bad play to get the puck to the net.

  205. Habs-Kat says:

    Lucky goal, but maybe it’ll get Saku going :)

  206. Moey says:


  207. sidhu says:

    Sergei’s first point!

  208. CHasman says:

    I’m so nervous I can hardly drink my beer. Acouple of bad passes by the Canadiens. I wish Ryder would have scored on that great chance he had.

  209. doug says:

    ridiculous to blow whistle when it hit him stajan on the face. give me a break.

  210. saku11 says:

    Saku 1 Sundin 0

    Way to go Saku!!!

  211. yathehabsrule says:

    CBC just saying how Sundin gets a lot of goals that way…and the captain does it for us! …12 game streak snapped!

  212. Moey says:

    Now now be charitable.

  213. CHasman says:

    Looked like a TO goal.

  214. Mattee. says:

    that makes four.

  215. Kevin says:


    can coaches file official complaints with the NHL about the officiating?

  216. Habsfan39 says:

    phew! back out there with koivu and gets a point. lovin it

  217. doug says:

    it was a backhander and he was up immediately… remember when coffey went down in the playoffs ten years ago and the other team scored and knocked his team out of the playoffs? get up; this is hockey.

  218. linp says:

    We should play puck control. Instead we are again back to our defensive mode.

  219. Ali says:


  220. showey47 says:

    yeah but the nhl refs are a tight group and if your complaining about one of them, your complaining about all of them. You will end up paying for it down the road one way or another.

  221. Mattee. says:

    Sergei is a little twitchy. haha.

  222. Yeats says:

    Be careful, the last poster who wanted that was accused of being racist.

  223. Ali says:

    Question: WHy does Matt Stajan love the Bell Center?

    Answer: It’s the only NHL arena where he hears cheers when he scores.

  224. Kevin says:

    I’d like to see a KKKKK on the PP hehe

    Kost Koivu Kost
    Kovalev Komisarek

  225. Ali says:

    Yup, i’m bigoted against defenseman who play on the top two lines.

  226. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah….Koivu Kostopoulus Komisarek (but we already have 2 d-men playing forward)….

    LOL Just kidding!

  227. Yeats says:

    Well, that would put to rest the racist allegations.

  228. Ali says:

    Its okay Sergei, you only get to draw a penalty if the cross-check actually takes your head off.

  229. doug says:

    i know i must be thick but i don’t get it.

  230. Ali says:

    you think anyone can wear a Satan jersey to church on the Island? Unfair i say.

  231. Habs-Kat says:

    Hmm, Sergei should be tried on a line with Latendresse or someone else thats tough and quick. He can’t be allowed to be banged around like that – too much skill in those hands and speed on those feet. He can’t use them if he’s lying on the ice.

  232. Mattee. says:

    Are they booing Ryder? I can’t tell.

  233. Yeats says:

    Good point. It’s not like his number is 666!

  234. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah I missed it too

  235. Mattee. says:

    I um, I don’t get it either. Why wouldn’t hear cheers at the ACC?

  236. Sulemaan says:

    No kidding. I can’t stand Kerry Fraser…

  237. yathehabsrule says:

    Now THAT…is funny :)

  238. Girth says:

    Don’t get it …

  239. showey47 says:

    were you using both tough and quick to describe latendresse ? lmao i’m teasing ya

  240. Moey says:

    Oh Lord, let’s not got there again….I was hung drawn and quartered when I made that suggestion.

  241. doug says:

    but there’s nothing funny about KKK in the absence of the other meaning. . . there’s no other reason for the post. no one’s accusing you of being a racist (i don’t think).

    if you’d say “i want a Special K line made up of Kovalev and the two Kotstitsyns” no one would bat an eye

  242. Ian Cobb says:

    NO he is playing well on this line!!

  243. Ali says:

    I guess i didn’t makea funny. The ACC is known for all the corporate types who go there, and don’t make too much noise. When Leaf fans come to the bell center they make much more noise.

  244. yathehabsrule says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh now that I understand……Ever notice lots of empty rows at the ACC at the beginning minutes of periods??

  245. doug says:

    gotcha – your best line surrounded cole and sundin – that was so true. if you’re going to be funny you’re going to miss the mark once in a while 😉

  246. Ali says:

    Yeah, and Ryder really contributed there. If he’s gonna be in the lineup, put him on the top line, don’t put him on the 3rd and throw him out on the PP.

  247. doug says:

    i wouludn’t point out another mistake as a reason for not making a mistake


  248. linp says:

    It is very clear. The way to beat this team is to force the play in their zone.

  249. yathehabsrule says:

    ummmmmmmm you can level a guy after the whistle I guess?? (Antropov on Lapierre) ???

  250. Mattee. says:

    Kovalev hates the leafs, and I hate the leafs… so, in a way… I love Kovalev…

  251. Ali says:

    Sundin whines like a Carbonneau

  252. Steiner says:

    Is it just me or is it every time Carey price makes a safe the refs take FOREVER to blow the play dead?!

  253. Girth says:

    40 years and counting!!!

  254. sidhu says:

    Sundin whining? Big surprise. As sure as the sun will come up in the morning, Sundin will whine like a baby.

  255. showey47 says:

    i don’t think we have had a shot since the goal was scored. don’t tell me carbo has the protect the lead mode already in place

  256. Yeats says:

    It’s like soccer. Carbo just want to get the game to penalties.

  257. Mattee. says:

    um showey… yes. yes he does.

  258. Girth says:

    Nope… granted there were a few deflections and closes misses.

    Shots are 13 – 6 for the bad guys.

  259. Oprah says:

    score 1-0 = not bad.

    shots 6-13 = ick.

  260. JF says:

    We had fewer shots but a couple were dangerous.

  261. Habs-Kat says:

    The quality of Leafs shots have been terrible. The amount of quality chances the Habs had definitely outnumbered Team CBC’s.

  262. Ali says:

    Maybe he just wants to keep the shot to goal ratio very high.

  263. Mattee. says:

    Not even in soccer do we sit back on a lead that early (unless you’re Greece)

  264. Yeats says:

    No fair. You are Brazilain if I recall correctly. The Habs used to be the Brazilians of hockey, but they have turned into the English over the past 14 years. No, I’m wrong, the Italians!

  265. Mattee. says:

    Good memory. That’s scary, I can’t stand the Italian team. Can we be anybody else?

  266. Yeats says:

    They should not have even gotten by the Australians. Talk about a bullshit call!!!

  267. doug says:

    Yeats – you must have a hard time finding sports buddies in suburban new york. . . any other hockey/soccer fanatics?

  268. Mattee. says:

    I KNOW! What a dive in the box! Which diver was that… not zambrotta, pirlo, totti.. either way.. major dive.

  269. yathehabsrule says:

    CBC audio on Sundin’s icing complaint: “I’m Mats Sundin…I got all three stars in a game…you can’t call icing on me Fraser…we paid you to ..oh…never mind…”

  270. Sulemaan says:

    nice one…

  271. CHasman says:

    Now I get to hear Cherry brag that the Leafs outshot the Habs and for us not to worry, his Leafs will come back.

  272. linp says:

    We start to play more as a team. I like Koivu keeping the puck in our zone and making good passes. Keep control of the puck as much as possible.

    Sundin should receive an unsportslike penalty.

  273. RH says:

    I’m always surprised at Dandenaults speed. I think he manages to lure unsuspecting defensemen into a false sense of security as well.

  274. RH says:

    In all fairness though, Sundin did touch the puck on that icing.

  275. CHasman says:

    Christmas party to go to tonight with a huge Leafs fan in attendance. Habs gotta win this. Cherry says Saku is so unhappy just because he doesn’t have a fit after scoring, sheeesh.

  276. yathehabsrule says:

    ‘There I am drinking out of the Calder cup on my DVD…..cause I blew it with the Bruins and that’s all I could do…”

  277. saku11 says:

    what the hell is Cherry talkin about? “poor saku, he’s so unhappy”. God I hate Don Cherry.

  278. Steiner says:

    I just switched of Coaches Corner after Cherry talked about Saku’s goal, only to say how unhappy he looks. He didnt celebrate… blah blah blah.
    Honestly, last time I watch it.
    You can all hold me to it.

  279. CHasman says:

    That was a great play not giving up puck control on the line change. Huge! Go Koivu.

  280. Keith says:

    Well at least we’re not down by a goal. Habs are playing smart hockey I only wish we could make a freekin accurate pass out of our zone for crying out loud. Huh? Don Cherry being a dink commenting about Saku’s season in Montreal. How would he know how he feels anyway? What a jerkoff! Let’s have a great second period. GO HABS GO!!!

  281. doug says:

    agree; was a ridiculous comment.

  282. doug says:

    agree; was a ridiculous comment.

  283. JF says:

    RDS said the Leafs are at or near the top of the league for goals scored in the second period.

  284. Ali says:

    Don Cherry is like a grandfather always whining about how things were better in the good ol’ days, except if you disagree with him he’ll insult you.

  285. Mattee. says:

    Cherry makes me gag. My dad calls him a clown. And my dad doesn’t tell jokes.

  286. MAB the HAB says:

    Hey Mike Boone, you seem short on words today. What’s up? For those of us who follow online from abroad your between period analysis and in-game remarks help round out what little we get via internet radio. So pick it up! Rant a little….hehehe.

  287. CHasman says:

    Being on the west coast I’m usually watching RDS so I don’t watch Cherry. Blah blah blah is right.

  288. doug says:

    not reacting to your post, JF (i.e., not nailing the messenger). . . but that’s a useless stat. means nothing. first period and third period goals would mean something. second period? just an artifact – predicts nothing, imo.

  289. yathehabsrule says:

    I used to like coaches corner…now he’s all over the place… scattered…MacLean needs to simplify/shorten the topics..

    At least John Maddden knows what he’s talking about during the NFL games…even if we don’t understand what he’s saying..

  290. doug says:

    loved that last sentence; hilarious

  291. Mattee. says:

    aww Esposito feels like a failure… I forgot Cherry was is also a “fully qualified” psychiatrist.

  292. Sulemaan says:

    Probably all the trade speculation and french media carping on Koivu the past few days according to Cherry. But this coming from a man whose claim to fame is putting too many men on the ice and never winning a Stanley Cup.

    I think if Koivu was unhappy it’s because his team lost the last 6 in a row at home and Koivu is a competitor. All the trade rumours about Koivu are garbage because Koivu has a no-trade clause and doesn’t want to leave.

  293. CHasman says:

    I don’t know if it means anything but Toronto has played really well in the second period this year.

  294. Moey says:

    There were also comments during the game about the Saku trade rumors. He has a no trade clause and he’s never been asked to wave it and according to Saku, he doesn’t know why year after year it’s the same old rumor.

    Nobody deserves to skate with the cup more than Saku, NOBODY.

  295. Gilles Poisson says:

    Excellent analysis from Mr.Grapes. Fisher deserved the head-butt because he fought with a visor. Excellent. Thank you.

  296. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Some thoughts on the 1st:

    -Price looks great and in good position. Keep that up and a W is in the bag.

    -Koivu playing with some passion. I think he likes his new kid winger. Fluke goal ( off Gill’s skate), but hey anything to get the engine going!

    -Kosti jr. has lots of energy and picks up his first of many many more to come. This kid is money in the bank.

    -I think I heard some booing when Ryder touched the puck, which is not fair if it was. He’s not my favorite, but he doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment from the home crowd.

    -PP looks like it needs a shot in the arm. I noticed Kovy playing on the left side, which is not his sweet spot for the one-timer.

    -PK was effective

    All in all, not a bad period. The shots on goal do not give an accurate picture of the play. It was pretty even, but Leafs couldn’t get much going in close so their shots were coming from the outside.

    2nd period will be telling of the outcome.

    Here’s cheering for Kosti jr. to score his first in the NHL!!!!

  297. Ali says:

    Im hard on Ryder, but he’s on pace to play 10 minutes or less tonight. Thats not how he’ll get out of the funk. He needs #1 winger minutes before he’ll start scoring.

    He’s also really suffered due to the loss of Souray on the PP. Because people used to overcommit on Sheldon, the backdoor pass thru the crease always used to be open and Saku would find him. He scored a ton of goals that way last year. Thats gone now since they play everyone more closely.

  298. showey47 says:

    cherry is an idiot just another pathetic pawn on the cbc/mlse payroll

  299. sidhu says:

    Komi giving Mr Beliveau a big handshake… seeing him has to be inspiring before you get on the ice for the 2nd.

  300. Exit716 says:

    Hey you beat me to it.
    It was bad enough that the doddering village idiot from Kirk Muller’s hometown was plugging his crappy dvd then he comes up with that doozy.
    I guess Don figures it’s okay to run the other team’s goalie.
    Can we have a parliamentary inquiry as to why our tax dollars go to support this buffoon?

  301. Ed says:

    Boone mentions that Ryder played only 3:33 in the 1st, but does not mention that he has 1 of only 6 shots. Kovalev has played only 5:41, and will have trouble reaching Carbonneau’s promised 20:00 per game.

  302. doug says:

    so based on your last sentence, you’re kind of saying that for his sake you’d be ok with him being traded? 😉

  303. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Love that “Piggy-backing” commercial. LOL

  304. Sbah Reverof says:

    Saku unhappy? Is Cherry now Saku’s drinking buddy?
    At least it isn’t Glen Healy yapping away.

  305. Girth says:

    Hey Mike …
    Could you get them to switch the “Flag as Offensive” link to the other side. Maybe it’s the beer, but I’ve already mistakenly clicked on it.

  306. Moey says:

    Oh ye of little faith!!

  307. Gilles Poisson says:

    Our tax dollars support a host of buffoons.Thank you.

  308. RH says:

    Judging from the comments, I guess I missed another lousy coaches corner segment. What is with this guy? I thought REAL hockey players didn’t celebrate after scoring a goal? Did he do his usual ‘Sako Koyvo’ mispronunciation?

  309. Sulemaan says:

    Gilles. I’m not a Don Cherry fan for many reasons. One being his pathetic defense of Dale Hunter after he checked Pierre Turgeon into the boards (1993) after Turgeon scored a goal and got a 21 game suspension.

    But I do think it’s wrong for a guy to fight with a visor on against another guy who doesn’t have one. It’s not right. Having said that, no justification for a head-butt aat all.

  310. Gilles Poisson says:

    At least he doesn’t call him Sako anymore. To be fair he corrected that after only 10 years, and it is a long name .

  311. Mattee. says:

    Yes he did. I remember that other segment where he praised Lindstrom and Yzerman dor not being celebrators and now he’s saying Koivu is upset for not celebrating. WHO”S CELEBRATING NOW! HAHAHAHA

  312. Gilles Poisson says:

    I’m probably the biggest Dale Hunter fan around. It was a dirty hit, no doubt, but I shared a few of Grapes’ complaints. The celebration, in a game that was a foregone conclusion, the length of the suspension (at the time), and the opinion that P Turgeon embellished it.

  313. doug says:

    i think we’ll be in the running in two to three years. don’t know if koivu will make it that long but hope so and agree with your comment about him. awesome person and player.

  314. showey47 says:

    ah man time to break out the crown royal then. It will make the last 40 mins alot easier to watch and chances are i will forget most of it

  315. doug says:

    so true. i have to get drunk.

  316. Mattee. says:

    Got anything a little more… potent? Maybe something toxic, like… arsenic?

  317. Mattee. says:

    Yeats, the diver in the box against the socceroos was Fabio Grosso. To my disgust.

  318. Yeats says:

    We can’t buy a call can we?

  319. Ali says:


  320. showey47 says:


  321. Girth says:

    Get your hats ready!

  322. doug says:

    LOVE IT! beautiful.

  323. Yeats says:

    The Capt is playing like, well er, the Capt!!!!!

  324. Mattee. says:


  325. Keith says:

    WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!Two for Saku!!!

  326. Sulemaan says:

    I guess Koivu looked happier on that 2nd goal Mr. Cherry…

  327. yathehabsrule says:

    Saku didn’t look unhappy there grapes you dillusional old fart!

  328. Girth says:

    Wow … a smile.
    Stick that in your $#% Cherry!

  329. doug says:

    Cherry the psychiatrist is now suggesting a lower dose of antidepressants for poor Saku

  330. showey47 says:

    ouch that was one hell of a stretch by toskala though, i felt that from here

  331. showey47 says:

    ouch that was one hell of a stretch by toskala though, i felt that from here

  332. Mattee. says:

    Or a differennt product all together. Valium or Lithium…

  333. Fagstein says:

    I believe we have our first star of the evening.

    Welcome back, Captain K. We missed ya.

  334. Sulemaan says:

    Gotta say I’m rather impressed by Lapierre’s hustle tonight. He came very close to scoring a goal in the first period…

  335. MatttheHabsFan says:


  336. showey47 says:

    2P 16:51: Hey Don Cherry: Blow our captain!
    Perfect pass from Higgins and it’s 2-0


  337. Mattee. says:

    Even when Hamrlik gives up the puck I can’t help but admire his calm.

  338. yathehabsrule says:

    Did he not have a big night after that whole ‘non french’ incident too… He knows how to repond to pressure…in a good way..

  339. CHasman says:

    Gotta love that Lapierre hustle.

  340. Kevin says:

    Bouillon gets his first point of the season!

  341. Yeats says:

    Mr. I Can’t Count to Six!

  342. yathehabsrule says:

    “Hey Don Cherry: Blow our captain!”

    lol nice one Mike!

  343. Gilles Poisson says:

    That’s too bad. That was becoming a remarkable statistic for a regular.

  344. Ali says:

    brilliant shift.

    and what a pass by Price!

  345. saku11 says:

    the first line is money!!!

  346. Sulemaan says:

    What a pass by Carey Price…

  347. Mattee. says:

    Oh my. go habs go. wow.

  348. sidhu says:

    Can’t remember the last time we had an extended shift like that… Skating hard, working hard… This is great Montreal hockey.

  349. Oprah says:

    I know there’s a lot of game left, but it’s very good to hear that crowd.

  350. doug says:

    i’ve been really impressed by lapierre this season. really looks a lot better than last season. kind of proud of him and surprised how well he’s playing. good energy and good skating and better playmaker and hands than last year.

  351. Rugger says:

    Best two minutes I’ve seen this year

  352. Exit716 says:

    Twice this period, too.
    Boullion with his first point as well!

  353. Yeats says:

    Showey: You play and you know that last flurry down in the Leafs end was a kiler for them. We just have to keep our feet moving and press the attack. They’ll have to haul us down and even Kerry Frasier will have to call them.

  354. doug says:

    oprah – i agree. remind you of the rally in s.c. with obama?

  355. linp says:

    Puck control and force the play in their zone. That’s it!!!!

  356. Gilles Poisson says:

    I’ve never seen a goalie pass like him.

  357. doug says:

    agreed. . . hilarious

  358. showey47 says:

    exactly, they can’t score from their end and with our speed it will be only a matter of time before fraser accidently calls one of the laffs

  359. Mattee. says:

    Yeats my friend… you give Fraser waayyy to much credit. Sundin can hook his whole blade in Komi’s mouth and Kerry would scratch his butt with the whistle.

  360. doug says:

    you still paying for branded Prozac? it’s generic.

  361. Yeats says:

    Even the Romans eventually felt sorry for Christ.

  362. Oprah says:

    it’s one of my favourite things.

  363. Oprah says:

    I agree, but six shots (and a couple of good shots that missed the net entirely) is still really lame.

  364. yathehabsrule says:

    Why did I have Queen’s ‘Under pressure’ in my head in that last 2 minutes…great work by our boys..

  365. Ian Cobb says:

    That is the best 6 min. of hockey this year. It’s about time!!!!!!

  366. JasonM says:

    That was prolly the best sequence I’ve seen from the Habs all year, total domination.

  367. Yeats says:

    I want a shorty. I want a shorty!

  368. Ali says:

    Kerry Fraser is a douchebag.

  369. Sulemaan says:

    Markov got a stick in the face and we get a penalty. Kerry Fraser strikes again. Jerk.

  370. Yeats says:

    This football crap has got to go!

  371. JasonM says:

    I don’t think the Refs are doing a good job at all.

  372. Mattee. says:

    haha. No Jason? You don’t think? they are killing us.

  373. showey47 says:

    as usual fraser with another weak one to help the laffs get back into the game

  374. Mattee. says:


  375. saku11 says:

    Sundin’s got nothing on Price

  376. Ali says:

    is there a schedule for referees? I want to goto the next MTL game that Fraser refs, just so I can get thrown out for dumping a drink on him.

  377. doug says:

    leafs fans must be cursing kaberle tonight. out of positio0n on second goal and let that puck out of the zone on the pp

  378. showey47 says:

    The reffing is an absolute joke

  379. Gilles Poisson says:

    Price is playing “aggressive”, attacking the puck.

  380. yathehabsrule says:

    That waqsn’t holding Fraser..Plek’s turtle neck slid up his arm and he was trying to straighten it out…

    Seriously…how do you get holding by stretching your arm out like that?

  381. doug says:

    … and i want to go there to see you get kicked out

  382. JasonM says:

    I’d like to point out that Lapierre has had a sound game. Good hustle, first on pucks, wins fights in corners. I wish he did this consistently.

  383. CHasman says:

    That was a stupid icing play. Something Montreal does too often. I can hear the play by play already going the way of the Leafs. RDS is only a flick away.

  384. Mattee. says:

    So what’s the deal with that. Are we not allowed to tell the refs off at games anymore? What would a “Fraser Sucks” chant yield as penalty to the fans?

  385. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Oh no…Kaberle is an absolute saint among Leaf fans…he can do no wrong…did you know he is definitely a top 5 D in the NHL?…he’s also an excellenet two-way defenseman despite the fact he plays 0 shifts on the PK..

  386. JasonM says:

    Do you guys see that replay? 10 Leaf players on the ice.

  387. doug says:

    totally agree. said the same thing a few minutes ago and looked back and three people had beat me to it. seems like we all think he’s playing a great game. he was noticeable even before “the shift” and the ensuing semi-breakaway.

  388. showey47 says:


  389. Mattee. says:

    haahha! Yeaasshhh.

  390. saku11 says:


  391. Ali says:

    Komisarek: The Leaf Killer!

  392. doug says:

    when komisarek scores we almost always are winning big and on a good shift. i’d like to see the scores of the games he scores in. . .

  393. sidhu says:

    Now it’s Sergei’s turn

  394. JasonM says:

    Nice deflection from A. Kosty.

  395. showey47 says:

    i think that hit andrei kostitsyn

  396. Sulemaan says:

    Nice. 3-0. Don’t be surprised if Belak goes on the ice and decides to goon it up now. Wouldn’t put it past the stupid Leafs.

  397. doug says:

    scratch that; kotstitsyn goal

  398. Yeats says:

    Did you guys notice how Kovy extended his leg to protect the puck? Man, that is f____g smart hockey!

  399. Gilles Poisson says:

    Yeah there are some bad calls and some missed calls, but if my son, little Gaston Poisson complained about the reffing like we do, I’d pull him out of hockey. I bet the refrain is similar on Leafs blogs.

  400. MatttheHabsFan says:


  401. saku11 says:

    Kostitsyn scores again. Nothing like a little sibling rivalry to get you going.

  402. Mattee. says:

    Well ladies and gentleman, Toskala has yielded 3 goals for the first time- it doesn’t even matter!

  403. doug says:

    if you’re responding to me – that’s still fine, dumping a drink has never been 😉

  404. doug says:

    i love the way you talk about your wife, madame poisson, and then here your son, “little gaston poisson”. it’s so cute it almost seems that you’re pulling over one on us.

    you should lay off the beer for gaston, though.

  405. Gilles Poisson says:

    That’s him. Thank you.

  406. Kevin says:

    Kovalev’s impact so far this season is a lot greater than his numbers suggest.

  407. MatttheHabsFan says:

    So true….that being said his stats are still good.

  408. Yeats says:

    Keep attacking, offense is fun, it brings peoples’ asses out of their chairs across North America. Defense is work and is boring!

  409. saku11 says:

    that wasn’t offside

  410. showey47 says:

    no kidding

  411. Ali says:

    Sergei looks like a little kid. So cute.

  412. Gilles Poisson says:

    One of the brothers must be the mailman’s kid .

  413. saku11 says:

    this line is awesome!!!

  414. showey47 says:

    stop singing that damn ole ole ole song, that game is not over yet

  415. Mattee. says:

    But it is such a nice song. And the words are so easy to remember…

  416. Sulemaan says:

    Totally agree with you. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  417. MatttheHabsFan says:

    I would agree with you…but I know a bunch of Leaf fans that go absoultely crazy every time the Bell Center fans are singing that….

  418. JasonM says:

    Another great shift by Lapierre.

  419. Sulemaan says:

    “And the Leafs who have been very good in the second period this season, have not been tonight.” Probably the only fair/balanced comment to come from Bob Cole tonight…

  420. doug says:

    LOL. andrei n’est pas joli, that’s for sure! a face only a mother (and perhaps the mailman) could love.

  421. Mattee. says:

    SO here are a list of the players I really think we’re missing tonight:

  422. CHasman says:

    I need to see a fourth goal and then I can start breathing properly. The beer is tasting better already though. Can’t say enough about Lapierre… energy energy energy

  423. showey47 says:

    does anyone remember the ottawa game a month ago when we were up by one and the habs fans in ottawa starting singing it and then the sens came back to win 3-1

  424. doug says:

    yes. it’s not a song for a middle tier team. . . only a taunting dynasty could use that for effect.

  425. Yeats says:

    Did you guys see that poor kid in the Leafs’ jersey? Someone should buy him some beers!

  426. saku11 says:

    good hustle by Ryder

  427. Mattee. says:

    I think Hamrlik just killed a man.

  428. sidhu says:

    Three huge hits. This is the best I’ve seen Montreal play overall perhaps all season.

  429. Ali says:

    Forget Don Cherry, Fraser should blow the fans.

  430. yathehabsrule says:

    Blake never went down!!!

    Nice hitting by the Habs!

  431. showey47 says:

    ok this is getting rediculous with the one way calls

  432. JasonM says:

    What is with Jason Blake and his habit of consistently losing his balance and falling down all the time?

  433. Yeats says:

    Koivu has got to stop these BS hooking penalties once and for all.

  434. Ali says:

    hahaahha, who else saw Wellwood flying accross the crease courtesy Komi.

  435. Mattee. says:

    I quit counting at about 67.

  436. CHasman says:

    Man do we need this penalty kill.

  437. saku11 says:

    Did you see Sergei lay the body on Steen? Sweet

  438. showey47 says:

    nice hit by sergei this kid should be here to stay

  439. DYCSoccer17 says:

    There is no place for Smolinski on this team. Lapierre is a SIGNIFICANT upgrade. He’s so much faster, much more intense, as good defensively, and is a threat offensively. Oh yeah, he’s a hell of a lot cheaper, too.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we put Smolinski on waivers once he is healthy.

  440. doug says:

    it’s a powerplay and i’m about to be crucified by the rest of you because i’m not superstitious. . . but price hasn’t let in a goal in five periods other than the totally fluky one against the flyers.

    habs up 7-1 in goals over last five periods.

    incredible turnaround from earlier in the week in terms of the way the team is playing at both ends of the ice. they’re really playing solid d and blocking shots.

  441. CHasman says:

    If there is such a thing, that was a good penalty by Koivu. At least the hook was 12 feet from Price.

  442. Mattee. says:

    NO PENALTY AGAIN! Ridiculous.

  443. Ali says:


  444. JasonM says:

    HOW was that not a penalty???

  445. sidhu says:

    Sergei almost had his first.

    Awesome period in all three zones

  446. Sulemaan says:

    Are you telling me when Kostitsyn JR. just got pulled down that was not a penalty?

  447. yathehabsrule says:

    Please confirm ALL 3 goals were even strength??

  448. Gilles Poisson says:

    Carey has been on the edge of his crease the last two games confronting everything, since Coach Guy said he was playing too far back. Credit where it’s due and I’m sure Rollie deserves some too.

  449. saku11 says:

    that should have been a hooking call. Complete BS.

  450. JasonM says:

    I agree on the part that Lapierre is doing a great job.

  451. doug says:

    i agree; smolinsky is a waste. keep the youth movement.

    and keep sergei up as well. i’m incredibly impressed by him. i gave boone a hard time for going crazy after one game but nwo i owe him an apology.

  452. JasonM says:

    Yes, yes they were….

  453. showey47 says:

    yes they were. Its a wonder though if we will get another powerplay this game

  454. doug says:

    can’t stand carbo the coach. . . but excellent point.

  455. JasonM says:

    3-0 on the Leafs? Unless it’s absolutely fragrant… don’t count on it. :(

  456. RiverviewCanadien says:

    He doesn’t look small tonight against TOR, Price is ICE

  457. JF says:

    Because we’re playing the Leafs. As usual, phantom calls on our guys, nothing on them.

  458. JF says:

    They’re playing the way they did against Philly on Thursday. Have they finally figured out that when they play this kind of game, they have a chance to win whether on the road or here? Let them stick with this kind of game plan! No more trap! No more backing up and trying to be defensively hermetic.

  459. Yeats says:

    The officiating is absolutely woeful this evening! I hate bitching about the refs, but at some point it just strains credulity.

  460. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree, everytime I mention reffing, I get booed. but I have seen a few games where the calls have been ‘questionable’. SK74 can hold onto the puck, and let it go, not jumping the gun wiht this kid, but he can hold his own.

  461. Grabbed The Cup says:

    It’s a friggin joke, as it usually is when we play the loafs, but with fraser reffing you can double the usual level of BS.

  462. Gilles Poisson says:

    Saku’s parents are at the game tonight. I didnt know that.

  463. Girth says:

    Let’s buy them season tickets and a condo in westmount.

  464. Deano says:

    It is called “Calling the Score” … sad reality in all hockey games … at all levels

  465. Girth says:

    You’re right…

  466. Keith says:

    The refs are missing call after call after call against the laffs and it’s so blatent it makes me sick! We need to finish it off against this team in the third and hope the refs don’t burn us on a chincey call to help them get back in the game.

  467. linp says:

    We need to keep this going. Don’t start to play defensive.

    If we continue to force the game, sooner or later, the ref. will have to call one against them.

    I like K2’s puck control skill in the offensive zone. His check on Blake behind our net started the counter which resulted in our 2nd goal. This kid will get better.

  468. Kevin says:

    My favorite subway commercial:

    Unfortunately, I don’t see any makeup calls heading our way tonight…

  469. CHasman says:

    Great penalty kill and then no call in the Leafs zone against the leafs. Ridiculous. Killing the penalty at the end of the period was the TSN turning point. A goal there by TO would have really given them a lift.

  470. RH says:

    Oh man. I’ve missed all three goals tonight. With my son asleep now though, I hope I don’t have to witness all three leafs goals in the third.

    On another note, I’m glad to see the ‘cube’ get his first point of the season.

  471. doug says:

    thanks for pointing that out, monsieur poisson. LOL Girth.

  472. Girth says:

    Shots are 24 – 14.
    Is this what carbo meant when he said our goalies need to steal games!

  473. JasonM says:


    Price has been playing good but he’s not “stealing this game” yet based on “shots”. Comon now. :)

  474. Mattee. says:

    Did one of the CBC commentators just mention the movie Borat as evidence of the poverty in Kazakhstan? That’s worse than using Wikipedia as a reference for your thesis.

  475. sidhu says:

    That was horrible – “what are they going to pay their tickets with, goat’s milk?”

  476. RH says:

    I thought CBC commentators were supposed to be too intelligent and sophisticated for a movie like Borat?

  477. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I was saying the same thing during the game…it ruins the game. Just make the same call on both teams and all will be fine, if everything is being called or not.

  478. Ed says:

    After 2 periods – Montreal are 61% on faceoffs; only 6 giveaways; 22 hits; and Koivu & Higgins have 7 of the 14 shots.They are a collective +15, probably a season high; & Kovalev has played only 10:52.

  479. saku11 says:

    they’re not going to move Saku. I hate CBC

  480. Ali says:

    Ron Maclean stands up for our captain to that moron (is moron a strong enough word?) Al Strachan.

    Blithering idiot. I like that more.

  481. showey47 says:

    i wonder if we will see raycroft in the third

  482. Keith says:


    I missed it what did he say?

  483. showey47 says:

    thank god for rds, and i’m not even french i will never watch a game on the Communist Brodcasting Corporation ever again when they show the laffs. I do like watching the second game though from the west

  484. Mattee. says:

    Well, for all of you watching; that may have been the very worst Hotstove segment I have ever watched in my life. It was embarassing, unacceptable and amateur at best. I don’t know what else to say…

  485. saku11 says:

    Al Strachan looks like a pedophile, he just has that creepy look.

  486. JasonM says:

    These type of comments are as bad as fans chanting the victory song halfway into the 2nd period up 1-0.

  487. Ali says:

    Strachan basically said that there are fans and Carbo who are not happy with his play as of late, and Maclean replied with “How can you not be happy with Saku Koivu”

    And thanks for the clip, that should remind everyone what this guy brings to the table.

    Tonight goes to show what leadership by example means.

  488. doug says:

    strachan sounded like an idiot but he’s pretty connected. that comment concerned me. i’d hate to see koivu on the short end of the carbonneau-koivu rift. . . glad he has no trade clause but won’t use it if doesn’t like coach.

    please let carbo be the one that goes first. great game, horrible coach.

  489. mcLovin says:

    yah i was tempted to flag it as offensive.

  490. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Al Strachan is a moron. You see the way McLean toys with him? LOL

  491. doug says:

    so frigging funny

  492. Ian Cobb says:

    Hey!!! Do yuo see what I see, A real charlie hussell hockey game. Better speed , forecheck, backcheck, and you know, they are starting to have FUN, it is a game afterall!

  493. doug says:

    i’m still laughing. . . that is just such a spot-on comment. . . man, thanks for making my night.

  494. sidhu says:

    They’re not going to get much credit, but the third pair of Gorges and Cube have been solid tonight (knock on wood)

  495. Girth says:

    Seems Ryder couldn’t score in Chez Parre with a fist full of fifties.

  496. doug says:

    what a shift.

    i’m pretty sure that someone at cbc is calling the nhl right now yelling at them for getting a saturday night habs-toronto game when toronto played the night before

  497. Yeats says:

    They can play hockey Ian. The question is what in God’s Holy name motivates these guys. I have no answer.

  498. Yeats says:

    I want to see O’Byrne really paste Sundin before the night is over!

  499. Ali says:

    Streit wants back on the #1 line

  500. Mattee. says:

    hahahah. I cannot stand that guy. 10 minute misconduct should be taken off the air, forever.

  501. saku11 says:

    did you see Streit dangle?

  502. doug says:

    streit was so shocked to get all the way in there he just kept stickhandling straight into toskala

  503. Yeats says:

    At least, he’s trying though!

  504. Sulemaan says:

    I used to work as a flight attendant and we had Al Strachan on one of our flights. He was such a lovely fellow….not. He actually tried to scam us into getting a friend of his into business class with him. When we asked for his credit card to put his friend into business for free, he then declined. One of the most arrogant people I’ve ever met.

  505. Sulemaan says:

    Bang on Ian. Bang on buddy.

  506. Girth says:

    Fair enough…

  507. Ali says:

    I like this Sergei 1000 times more then the last one.

  508. Alirio says:

    O’Byrne looks sooo nervous tonight

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  509. saku11 says:

    good play by Ryder!!

  510. doug says:

    when was the last whistle?

    beautiful play by my man ryder. keep it up, dude!

  511. Girth says:

    And getting good shifts in the third…

  512. Mattee. says:

    I’m starting to think it isn’t so much what motivates them as much as it is what slows them down. The pieces that hurt, distract and slow them down aren’t in tonight and it shows.

  513. saku11 says:

    definitely, the kid is pure talent

  514. JasonM says:

    This game has truly been a joy to watch.

  515. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Darcy F. Tucker has been invisible tonight.

  516. Girth says:

    It’s prolly a little fast for him out there… he’ll catch up.

  517. yathehabsrule says:

    The key to stopping the Habs power play? Pay off the refs not to call any for them!

  518. Mattee. says:

    I agree, they play very well together and we aren’t talking about them because they aren’t doing anything wrong.

  519. Ali says:

    Yeah I was just gonna say, hes not as annoying as usual. He just came back from an injury I think, so hes not in full douchebag flow just yet.

  520. Girth says:

    Tried CBC for a sequence… what happened to them?

  521. yathehabsrule says:

    just catching up on the posts… NAH that wouldn’t happen!

  522. doug says:

    i think carbo has a big part of it. when they’re down he makes them feel worse and hasn’t a solution. this is the true team, as was the pre-january team last year and the pre-slump team this year. they fly when they’re confident and having fun.

  523. showey47 says:


  524. Bill says:

    O’Byrne better stop grabbing people. He’s getting away with stuff. YAYYYYY Goallllll!

  525. JasonM says:


  526. doug says:

    don’t agree with the point.

    agree even less with censorship, though

  527. Yeats says:

    I think both of you guys are right on target!

  528. Habs Suck... Less says:

    He’s trying… but that was funny!

  529. doug says:

    good point. only noticed him once when ryder was almost holding him.

  530. Girth says:

    LOL …
    game’s not over yet … but he has done everything he needs to do so far. However, you’re right, if the game ended here Saku gets the first star.

  531. JasonM says:

    Indeed. Let’s all pray we don’t stop forechecking in the 3rd.

    GO HABS GO!!!

  532. doug says:

    Couldn’t believe it, either. The reference to wikipedia was priceless

  533. Mattee. says:


  534. Yeats says:

    My beers are tasting pretty good this evening. How about yours?

  535. Mattee. says:

    delicious and nutritious.

  536. Girth says:


    uh … pretty good!

  537. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Keep the pedal to the metal boys, crush those whiners.

  538. Kevin says:


  539. Ali says:

    I want the tour-de-chapeau for Saku!

  540. yathehabsrule says:

    I got a name for the Koivu line:

    The Euromerica line ….What do you guys think?

  541. doug says:

    i’m pretty sure there is another line with an american and two europeans. . . i’ll pass

  542. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah that was a stab..

  543. Habs Suck... Less says:

    Kostitsyn is not European. He’s Russian and I think there’s a big difference. Keep trying.

  544. Girth says:

    Ryder is actually having a good third period…

  545. Yeats says:

    He is trying and working hard. That’s why I find it hard to slag him. Another positive tonight is that Koivu is trely leading by example. These guys can play the game when they want to.

  546. Keith says:


    Against the laffs no less!!!

    Don’t start singing that song yet though!!!

    G O H A B S G O !!!!!!!!!!!

  547. Mattee. says:

    We are playing like superstars tonight. What do I have to do to never see Brisebois and Smolinski in the lineup ever again.

  548. Gilles Poisson says:

    Wait a year.

  549. Yeats says:

    They’re about as close to Brazilians as you can get these days. Not quite up to “sexy hockey” status yet though.

  550. Mattee. says:

    Did they say that some habs fans poured beer on the laffs fans?

  551. JasonM says:

    LOL at the Leaf players getting a Beer Shower. :)

  552. Keith says:

    We’ll put those CBC laff lovers in their place tonight which is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SWEET!!!

  553. yathehabsrule says:

    Hmmm when Maurice is mad he looks like Dwight from ‘The Office’..

  554. Alirio says:


    A Leafs’ penalty???

    That’s unpossible…

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  555. JasonM says:

    Hammer has been sound tonight and this season, hopefully he pans out long term with us. One of my favorite Habs.

  556. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Now that it no longer matters, asshead fraser finally makes the call.

  557. Alirio says:

    Mother Trucker CBC Analyst just said the S word.. trying to jinx Price…


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  558. Girth says:

    They really look like they are having fun…

    Good on ya…

  559. Sulemaan says:

    This is only their 2nd power play of the game and we’re deep into the 3rd period. Guess it would have looked bad if the Habs only had one power play in the game…

  560. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah Millen’s a ….

  561. Alirio says:



    Battlestar Galactica…

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  562. doug says:

    think kovalev doesn’t like koivu. was waiting in the corner forever with the puck to try to thread it through to the captain.

  563. Sulemaan says:

    Yeah, and all people it was Greg Millen who was a former goalie who should know better. But he used to play for the Nordiques so go figure…

  564. Girth says:

    only 5 penalties total so far… 4 minutes left.

  565. Ali says:

    GREG MILLEN! WHY DID YOU SAY SHUTOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  566. Mattee. says:

    Ah poor Price.

  567. yathehabsrule says:

    and there it is..

  568. JasonM says:

    Price was prolly in dreamland thinking of a shutout.

  569. Alirio says:

    Damn CBC bastard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Said shutout knowing exactly what would happen!

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  570. Fagstein says:

    Poor Price. He deserved a shutout tonight.

  571. Habs Suck... Less says:

    well, the jinx worked… Millen is a loser!

  572. Yeats says:

    Let’s just get two back!

  573. Keith says:

    That goal sucks I think it changed direction on him a little bit maybe.

  574. Yeats says:

    Someone needs to throttle Sundin. That candy ass gets away with so much crap out there. Tell OB that he drinks for free at the end of the game if he puts him through the boards!

  575. Mattee. says:

    (My Favourite friggin show ever) Bear eats beets… MICHAEL!

  576. Gilles Poisson says:

    Mike Boones, ever the proletariat, going after the boors in the Reds.

  577. doug says:

    not to be a jerk but you can’t deserve a shutout and let in a goal from that far out. a shutout is a perfect game; they’re so commoditized now people get them with less.

  578. Exit716 says:

    ever notice we always let the Motor City Smitty leaf types score against us.

  579. Girth says:

    That is just another example of exaggerated, sometimes fabricated, stories and rumors the media seems to need to extract and extrapolate from comments made by players. Moreover, these are 2 players who don’t have english as their first language, making it even easier to manipulate quotes and sound bites.

    They have been successful all year together on the PP… I’m not worried.

  580. Bill says:

    Good call! Was trying to figure out who he reminded me of…

  581. whitecat10 says:

    I agree I was hoping he’d get it.Still be good to break the home ice curse LOL

  582. Bill says:

    Another even-up call, a-holes.

  583. Mattee. says:

    At least someone is taking out the refs. Sergei, it seems I respect you more and more by the minute.

  584. Ali says:

    Even the linesman loves Kosty Jr.

    When can i get my 74 jersey?

  585. doug says:

    cute exchange between kostitsyn and the ref. looked like a dad ref at a squirts game.

  586. Girth says:

    2 goals in last 6 periods almost 70 shots … can’t complain.

  587. doug says:

    would LOVE a koivu third goal

  588. ebk says:

    what do you mean the media, read the posts on this site sometime. There are more fabricated rumors and wild baseless accusations then even the media can be blamed for.

  589. Girth says:

    Perhaps the word “media” doesn’t really capture my intent, however, there is no shortage of oppinions, GM’s and pseudo-analysts eager to pontificate on the subject of the HABS.

    Some see things that are simply not there. Others, like you and I, can represent the voice of reason.

    lol… at myself.

  590. ebk says:

    excellent post. lol at myself as well.

    have a good night

  591. Mattee. says:

    there has to be another way.

  592. Mattee. says:

    you don’t just get sexy hockey over night. It needs time…

  593. Ali says:

    COME ON SAKUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  594. Mattee. says:

    That felt good.

  595. Ali says:

    Koivu’s upset he didn’t bury that 3rd one. What a competitor!

  596. yathehabsrule says:

    Habs beat Leafs….In regulation…!!

  597. Exit716 says:

    Habs KO Leafs

    Koivu, Kostistyn, Kovalev!!

  598. Mattee. says:

    Ryder didn’t score, but he played very well.

  599. Yeats says:

    They deserve the ovation tonight! I am standing with everyone else wearing a pair of shorts in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Way to go boys!!!

  600. doug says:

    say hello to bill and hillary

  601. ebk says:

    yeats, I’ll throw you a bone, the goal he let in was a real stinker. :)

  602. JasonM says:

    Much deserved win. Good game. Have a good night guys and gals.

  603. whitecat10 says:

    Awesome game!!!

  604. Mattee. says:

    I think Lapierre deserves a star.

  605. Yeats says:

    If the guys in front of you can pot four, no one cares at the end of the day about the one you missed.

  606. ebk says:

    you are correct once again, sir

  607. Yeats says:

    I’m a Republican, so I don’t get many invites for cocktails at their place in Chappaqua.

  608. Mattee. says:

    Carbo’s sideshow act. haha. I don’t think Price’s glove is that bad, it was one of those Alfredson type-use the dman as a screen shot. The shutout will come.

  609. Chorske says:

    You’re right- I had a chance to see the replay later and Devereaux made a good move pulling the puck to his forehand and using the Dman screen. Still, the shot was from 35-40 feet out and Price’s left hand was down and his left shoulder was dropped. I’ve seen him do that before and it’s a bad habit. But hey, otherwise this kid played brilliantly and it’s great to have a Leafkiller again.

  610. Chorske says:

    Awesome: forechecking! See what happens when we hurry them up? Also: Sergei’s confidence. Koivu’s renaissance. Kovy’s mastery. Lapierre playing so responsibly. And Kostopoulous- he didn’t do anything flamboyant but it felt like every shift he was doing something smart. And STREIT. I don’t care what people say, he’s awesome- that play where he split the defense in the third period made Toronto look like pylons. Staying out of the penalty box.

    Not so awesome: Price’s glove hand. O’Byrne’s tendency to get muddled down the middle. Poor Ryder’s bad luck continuing (but some good chances!)- but he played a solid game for a guy who has seen so little playing time. A couple a lacklustre attempts at zone clearing that would’ve spelled trouble had we been playing a better team. Carbo’s ongoing sideshow act.

    Overall: good times, great game. Lots to be positive about.

  611. ebk says:

    agree with most of your first paragraph but all in all yes, it was quite an improvement.

  612. mjames says:

    I agree. On occassion I have also suggested more forechecking. I truly belive this complements our team’s skill.


  613. Mattee. says:

    I will second everything you said. I also happen to enjoy giles poisson’s posts. The sarcasm is priceless.

    With regards to the Kosts Konnection, I’m loving every minute of it. If they keep challenging eachother like that, they’ll be filling the net game in and game out. The more the merrier I say.

  614. likehoy says:

    I like giles poisson’s humour for one thing. Seems like he knows where to pick his sarcasms and fallacies and it’s a thinking man’s humour, so my hats off to you Gilles, keep up posting, but keep down the profanities.

    Onto my analysis, Andrei Kostitsyn has been playing like he has something to prove and I love it. It seems like the moment his brother got called up, he was probably feeling the sibling rivalry and has to strut his stuff and prove he’s the better brother. And when they play together, they fly, that’s the sibling relationship and communication, we’ll have many more years with these guys and I’m loving it.

  615. mjames says:

    I believe you are spot on in your analysis of AK46. He seems to playing like a man possessed. He has jump, he is finishing his checks, he is back checking and he seems more active in our zone. All in all – much more confidence. If this is the effect SK74 has on AK47 then jr. needs to be kept here based on that alone. As concerns SK74 play, well he has changed Koivu’s line. They have a completely different look, a new dimension. They really look like a threat. I think the kid deserves to stay.

    I have also enjoyed Poisson’s comments – one of the more erudite posters. I think I know the posters that went after him. If one reviewed some of their past posts, you would note that most have made racist/sexist comments at one time or another. They must have impunity on this site.

    Those are my views.

  616. Girth says:

    Agree completely…

  617. Chuck V. says:

    Went to the game tonight and was able to see it from up close. First of all, I have to say that I came away impressed with all of the young players on the team at the moment. They all deserve to be on the team and that could spell the end for Smolinski, Brisebois and (unfortunately) Begin. O’Byrne is great and a huge physical presence and I thought that Gorges played well tonight. Kostitsyn brothers were awesome and the top 2 lines seem to be set for now. Chips and Lapierre were also sound. Chippy has great hockey sense and underrated offensive flair and Max is really fast!

    Overall great game and good to see them thump the Leafs at home! The Bell Centre was buzzing tonight. Playoff atmosphere

  618. ClaytonM says:

    I guess I shouldn’t bother catching up on what’s new on the site, eh? If habs fans are at each other’s throats after beating the laffs, I can only imagine the playground mentality when they were on their little losing skid. Speaking of which, where’s that jag-off east coast habs fan who said they’d never win 2 in a row? Back under his rock?

    I’m happy they won but thrilled about how they won their last 2 games. They dominated philly and toronto and played THEIR game. It looks like a little winning streak is in the near future. Now is the time for them to build a lead on the pack.

    Oh, and maurice should stfu until he sees a replay. It was a fluke injury, and he should be happy mcklutz is out. Instead he shoots his mouth off and calls him a premier blue liner??? Too funny.

  619. RH says:

    I’m not in tune with all this computer lingo so, I had to google the word ‘troll’. I get it now. Poisson, gone fishing, trolling. It all makes sense. However, I have to say that I’ve never found anything Gilles Poisson said, provocative. I find he has a good sense of humor and though he may be a little crass at times, I enjoy his witty takes on everything Habs and George Parros.
    By the way, I for some reason, decided to google Gilles Poisson as well and, it turns out Gilles Poisson was a wrestler back in the seventies and eighties and is enshrined in our Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. It also turns out that I didn’t even know we had a Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame.
    Youtube even has a clip of said Poisson wrestling one Mr. Dino Bravo. Now there’s a guy who was a Montreal icon.

  620. kilroy says:

    That is the beauty of the internet. I am a “troll” because a small minded individual has decided I am a troll. And all he has to do is send an email to an equally small minded individual and I get banned. I have never initiated any ill will to any poster. I enjoy posting here. But I’ve never backed away from anything in my life and if you want to fight dirty you picked the wrong guy.

  621. mjames says:

    I agree. What did Poisson do that was negative? I read through the various posts and I did not see anything that deserved banishment. Could someone please enlighten us? It hardly seems correct if someone is cancelled based on whim. If that is going to be case then it should be included in the rules. I have seen people make racist comments in error and they are still around. I seem to recall the lady with horse picture made a racist comment a few weeks back. While it served to expose her ignorance all was forgiven.

    I think people should have some recourse if they feel they have been treated unfairly. Those are my thoughts.

  622. RH says:

    I was thinking about this the other day but could never remember to post it. All this booing of Michael Ryder reminds me of when Andres Galarraga wore the horns for much of the ’88 or ’89 season for the ‘Spos. I think it was ’89. At any rate, he couldn’t buy a hit, was striking out mercilessly and we, the fans really turned ugly on him didn’t we? Anyway, he went to Colorado, adjusted his stance and the rest is history.

  623. kilroy says:

    It would be too easy to register another account with a variation of the handle I used. I think my thoughts are unique enough to distinguish myself. But this is a matter of principle and I won’t let it rest without at least an explanation. I apologize to everybody this doesn’t concern. I feel like Lenny Bruce. Not the funny one, the obsessed one.

  624. Higgins21 says:

    About McCabe’s injury. Could it be, after all these years, finally payback for Sittler breaking Lafleur’s wrist.

  625. RH says:

    I should flag that as offensive comparing a third rate, overpaid windbag like McCabe to the “flower”. Sheesh!

  626. kilroy says:

    So, like I was saying, my account (Gilles Poisson)was deleted. I’m not sure why unless it was for profanity in which case the penalty is harsh and the decision was certainly made with prejudice. I would like my account to be reactivated please. Thank you.

  627. doug says:

    I love this site and it’s been an invaluable source of fun, information, and exchange for over a year. I hope that we can keep it above board and keep Dave and Mike interested and motivated – that’s a very tall order when they have day jobs and it’s always a fight against time to keep away people with goals beyond serving our community.

    I don’t have a position on Kilroy/Poisson or Moey or Grabs the Puck. I am 39 years old and just enjoy this site’s information and exchange of ideas. I would simply ask that we all treat each other civilly and not put the site’s administrators in the role of high school vice principal. I think it’s pretty obvious what will put you at risk of being removed:

    a. personal attacks
    b. swearing
    c. racism
    d. other similar related “hate crimes”

    I don’t think we need a “code of conduct” to be posted to know that this site is a privilege, not a right; that’s common sense when a site asks you to register.

    I have had hockey-related disagreements with several posters and have posted criticisms of Mr. Boone as well, a man who I have great respect for because of his aforementioned somewhat selfless devotion to us and for his great wit. I have not been banned nor do I fear such action.

    Use your brains and act as you would if not behind the veil of internet secrecy and you’ll be allowed to continue. Do something stupid (which I’m not directing to Kilroy or anyone else; I have no idea nor do I care) and run the risk of lifetime banishment. It’s a moderated forum for a real newspaper, not a blog run by some guy out of his basement – that’s part of the power and scope of it.

  628. nightmare_49 says:

    I found Kilroy’s posts in the past pretty informative and he knows his hockey and has a different point of view than many but some of the redundant stuff i’ve read or to be truthful stopped reading in the past weeks makes me wonder what’s going on , and i don’t really know what kilroy did but i’m sure he’s served his term and should be given another chance probably with a warning but who am i to say anything as i’m no angel.

  629. doug says:

    RE: Kilroy, and apparently poisson, i have enjoyed his posts as well. I have no idea what the offense is and would hope that the punishment fits the crime but leave that in the hands of the authorities, as per my below post.

  630. kilroy says:

    I have no wish to argue with you Doug. I’m not looking for advocates either. This is not directed at you personally. The power and scope of “it” is no bigger than the people running it. If I feel it’s abused, I’ll exert my own. I swore, yeah. I see it pretty much every day here. Also, in a previous post that has been whitewashed, I apologized for it and provided the weak defense that it was provoked. Personal attacks seem to be okay depending on who is involved. As for racism or anything “hate”, I’ve spent a good part of my life fighting that.

  631. kilroy says:

    The offense is there for everyone to see, no more no less. The revisionists are very selective about which posts they delete. My fauxs pas are left for all to glare at, while more offensive posts by pet posters, one in particular which initiated this, are deleted. Wouldn’t want to embarrass our buddies However, I anticipated this and copied the page prior to Herr Goebbels getting ahold of it and will post it on my website later.

  632. nightmare_49 says:

    About Kevin Lowe and Kevin Prendagast being at the game is interesting as i always thought the Habs should look their way for a trade as they have a lot of interesting forwards on their team and in the system. They are the brain trust of the Edmonton Oilers , by the way , and have a lot of talent which doesn’t mean it all fits in the mould and i’m sure they would like to do a little tinkering. Edmonton used to be affiliated with the Bulldogs a few years past and they are familiar with our system as we are of theres. Jared Stoll (CR) , Raffi Torres (LW) have been in the doghouse lately and they have names like Schremp , Pouliot , O’Mara and Nash in their system to name a few and a few heavies , one i’m sure you know. Just food for thought. Also Lowe and Prets are from the Montreal area so they may be here just for a visit to their old stomping grounds , who knows.

  633. kilroy says:

    File this one under “Things Boone doesn’t want you to know”. An entire thread where people supported me below was removed. Don’t bother asking anyone why.

  634. kilroy says:

    Thanks Mattee. They know about it alright.

  635. Mattee. says:

    Well Kilroy, if you are Gilles Poisson, I just wanted to say thanks for the excellent posts, both as kilroy and GP. I don’t really see why you should be banned. I read every single post last night and I also copied the thread that has since been deleted, and I was going to bring it up to Dave and Mike, but apparently they already know about it. All the best.

  636. sadave says:

    Two strong games in a row! Great job, Les Boys. Back-to-back 60-minute efforts. And I appreciated the strong showing vs the Laffs — and esp. in December!! It felt real good tonight.

    My last post was after a very poor effot . . . so it’s only right I post after the Canadiens play so well.

    Re: Maurice – others have commented, so I will be brief. He obviously commented without seeing any replay. Even the Toronto TV Cheerleaders said is was “freak”-ish. Maurice was trying to deflect attention away from a rather poor showing by his team and trying to defend his hurt player. However, his words are irresponsible. Best of luck to McCabe in his recovery . . . hate to see anyone hurt with so nasty a break (three, actually!)

  637. ClaytonM says:

    Thank you very much for making a post about the game. Much prefer to read this over all the bickering and whining.

    This is not a forum for people to vent their inadequacies or curry favour using the martyr mentality, everyone. It’s a place to talk hockey and occasionally (I hope) a chat room to wish others well on personal matters.

    If you want to rant and rave, go to McGill metro station and do it with the rest of the schizophrenics.

  638. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Good to have you and your sense of humor back Clayton.

  639. madhabsfan says:

    I don’t what was said, but I do know that the administrators of this site have put up with more than their share of crap since the opening of this site.

    Ladies and gentlemen. this is a free site, moderated by three seasoned sports columnists who most certainly have many other things they could be doing. It is the one site that gives anglophone habs fans all the info and analysis they need, from a Montrealer’s perspective. It also gives us an open forum to express opinions and share ideas – something almost unheard of here in Quebec for anglophone sports fans.

    I think the rules are both clear and reasonable. I also think that the moderators of this site and knowledgable enough and experienced enough to know what is tolerable and what isn’t. We are not entitled to this site, nor are we entitled to the services required to maintain it. Let’s stop acting like it!

  640. ClaytonM says:

    Thanks. i guess I touched a nerve though. I received an email from killjoy. Now I can see why Dave and Mike banned him for what, a month or more? to me
    show details 1:08 PM (9 hours ago) Reply


    kilroy ( has sent you a message
    via your contact form ( at
    Habs Inside/Out.

    If you don’t want to receive such e-mails, you can change your settings at


    If you want to meet me at Mcgill metro I can be there at 6. I’ve had more
    than enough of your mouth and you told us how big you are so it shouldn’t
    be a problem. I was going to wait until the next Summit but I’m in the
    mood for it today. Let me know and we can make the arrangements, unless you
    just like to shoot your mouth off on the internet. Thanks

    So killjoy, will you be the one screaming about the bugs crawling on your skin? Let me know how to recognize you. I’m sure everyone here is interested in what you have to say. I mean, you’re clearly the Bestest Blogger Ever.

  641. Girth says:

    Agreed … now let’s talk hockey!

  642. 24 Cups says:

    Please re-read your last sentence and then ask yourself (again) why you think your posts keep disappearing. You are not only insulting Dave Stubbs and all of the hockey fans who are part of this site but you are also insulting the memory of all the men and women who served in WW2. Your personal vendetta has gone far enough.

    The Original 24 Cups

  643. kilroy says:

    Thanks mjames. Problem is, I didn’t go to the Habs Summit and Yeats and grabbed the Cup did. It’s that simple. I don’t grovel at Stubbs’ feet. I have a hard time believing Boone had anything to do with it. My posts here are pretty hard on the Habs sometimes so obviously I’m not out to make friends. But this is wrong.

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