The unDevils

Canadiens blew 3-0 and 4-1 leads and a wild, 70-shot 4-4 game went to a Shootout that Nashville won.

Guy Carbonneau told his players this was the low point of their season.

Cristobal Huet, bombarded with 44 shots in regulation and OT, then beaten twice in the shootout, said the Canadiens were "fragile between the ears right now."

In a somber dressing room where the only sound was tape being pulled off and flung away, Christopher Higgins described the loss as "embarrassing."

"We can talk all we want," Higgins said. "We’ve got to get the job done on the ice.

"We have to play with passion and with pride. How are we going to enjoy a day off (on Sunday) after blowing a 3-0 lead in our own building?"

Carbonneau took a while to amble over to his postgame press conference, and the coach looked good and pissed when he got there.

"It was a bit like our 10 last games," Carbonneau said. "We play a decent first half of the game and then the second half is a total disaster."

Without naming names, Carbo said the loss was attributable to weak play by "guys who are supposed to do the job at the end of the game."

Roman Hamrllik, Mathieu Dandenault and Mike Komisarek were on the ice for the third and fourth Nashville goals.

Carbonneau bristled when asked about Saku Koivu centring the third line tonight.

"Where do you get Saku on the third line?" he demanded. "Did you see my board. I don’t see where you guys get that."

Carbonneau maintained that the Koivu line was his first line – which means Mark Streit and Bryan Smolinski are on the wings of the number one line of the Montreal Canadiens.

As if …

Huet was more candid.

"I feel responsible," the goaltender said. "I didn’t finish the job.’

He had plenty of company at the low point – to date.



  1. TommyB says:

    I like the way you are thinking outside of the common train of thought here…you make a good point.

  2. Mike Boone says:

    You’re right: Kostitsyn was taken 10th and was considered a steal … which he still may prove to be. But Parise – bypassed by 16 teams – is a star now.

  3. nightmare_49 says:

    Sreit’s a pro and he did it last year and he also plays the point on our PP and sitting him would really screw things up. I don’t mind the moves as these grinders need a rest once in awhile especially after that grinding 6 games in 9 nights. Heal the bruises. Markov’s injury warrants this move and a few other grinders should rest in the future. Thumbs up.

  4. notbigbird says:

    I hope we never trade Koivu. We’ve let too many good guys finish their careers elsewhere, and we need to maintain (or find) a little class. Now, if some like Koivu wants to go, that’s a different story.

    About one of your other points: if they want to compete in future more than now, which is a good approach IMO, then there are certain guys who should go and certain guys who should be brought up. You’ve named some of them.

  5. likehoy says:

    he will be a star, just be patient, he’s a European still adjusting to the North American game.

    Players that you can look at that were slow to adjust are Frolov, Afinogenov, and the Sedin twins.

    Sergei Kostitsyn is apparently better adjusted. He played 2 years of junior in the OHL which could have accelerated his adjustment.

  6. notbigbird says:

    I’m pretty tempted to agree with your assessment of the defense and what should at least be considered to be done, at least in part. I have been pretty leery of the present group from the get-go — too many guys with little present upside and no future.

    But I’m flummoxed about the forwards. There’s just not much there to work with. There’s potential around, but nobody else seems ready yet. That assessment (elsewhere) about 2 second lines and 2 fourths is just about right on IMO. Three seconds and one third would be very livable, however. In fact I think that should be our goal for the immediate future, and maybe a genuine star or two will develop yet … in time … or not.

    But that sends me into another tangent. All of our potential youngins (except for one) must pay their dues in Hamilton and learn to backcheck (while losing some of their scoring ability it seems). I understand why they’re there in a way. It comes from the time when we were loaded and the kids had to pay their dues until they were ready. But we ain’t loaded anymore and haven’t been for a long time. Part of our problem may be that we keep trying to be respectable and aren’t willing to truly sacrifice a year or even two. Now, tell me how that’s so very much different than that Blue&White team.

    I need to stop and rest now. :)

  7. MikeL says:

    If I remember correctly, Kostitsyn was drafted 10th overall that year, not 7th, and it was considered a steal for the Canadiens at the time. Most scouts agreed that he was a top 5 pick if he didnt have health issues. I think he just needs time. He is essentially a rookie this year. He drives hard to the net, and seems less of a parameter player than many of the Habs.

  8. Bill says:

    Habs really need to try and close the gap on Ottawa some more. Hope Huet isn’t too rusty.

  9. likehoy says:

    it also seems like 2003 was a strong draft class

    25 of the 30 first round picks are NHL regulars, and there is at least 40 players out of that draft that are NHL regulars and not counting Jaroslav Halak and Maxim Lapierre, but take a look at some of the late rounders too like Stempniak and Pavelski.

  10. likehoy says:

    mike you shouldn’t mention that parise is in the same draft class at kostitsyn…

    we know what happened with the 15th pick that year…

  11. P St. Pierre says:

    The line changes make sense to a certain degree, but the Canadiens probably should just sit Streit and keep Begin in the lineup. Grabovski could simply play RW. I think that moving Streit up to forward, without much practice and without him playing forward at all this season is not advisable. It will probably make for a confusing game.

  12. Revolution No. 9 says:

    Huh. Huh. He said “leg wand”.

    Ah, puerility…

  13. Yeats says:

    5-2 Rangers final. It’s a shame, the Sens are giving us every chance to make up some groud on them.

  14. MICP says:

    Anaheim thought they had a deal multiple times, we see how that worked out. They wanted to move him but in the end they felt that it made more sense to let him go now instead of waiting for the trade deadline.
    Price maybe the future but do we go with Halak as his counterpart? Who would learn from who?

  15. Yeats says:

    For some reason you can’t figure out, you HAVE to be in Montreal this evening. Keep listening to that voice. “Go the distance, ease his pain.” OK, it’s my voice and my pain. But, if you can score and win draws you have two skills that are desperately needed by the Habs. I still can’t figure out how we pass on guys like Parise. He has what 20 more ponts to date than Kosty?

  16. sidhu says:

    Thanks for the feedback! I didn’t expect a very warm response. Does anyone foresee *any* workable trade of Koivu that would be beneficial to us? Don’t forget, he stated that he wanted to play with a contender last year.

  17. Kevin says:

    I’ve been commenting every game these past 2 weeks that Kovy should be on the first PP with Koivu. When the PP is not working, why not make a change that makes some sense: put your best elements together on the powerplay!

    And you’re right about Lats. Seems like everytime one of his moves actually works, he doesn’t know what to do with teh puck! And he can’t handle a good pass. He might be good at banging away at pucks in front of the net, but I don’t see what else he’s good at. Although I have to admit that he did hustle back very well yesterday after making a bad pass to Higgins in the 2nd, leading him to sprall across the ice to block a shot/pass attempt.

  18. likehoy says:

    you’re trading koivu (over the hill in your opinion) for demitra…who is also past the peak of his career (koivu 32, demtira 33)

    and bouchard is one of their top young players.

    we are sending our top centre for their top left winger (demitra doesn’t play centre for the wild) and 2 bit part players (cube and dandy) for 2 of their young stars…(schultz is no slouch).

    sure doug and bob are friends from their time with the habs, but I don’t think they’re good enough friends to make a lopsided move like that. Besides, they have younger koivu playing well for them.

    Though admittedly, schultz and bouchard could help our team, which i’m assuming is the bulk of the trade, but the trade doesn’t seem very feasible.

  19. Kevin says:

    I’m glad to see that Grabs and Gorges are getting to play.

  20. Kevin says:

    I think the deal with Bryzgalov also has to do with the salary cap… there was no way that Anaheim could afford to take a player in exchange for him since they need to resign some key players this offseason. And the teams who needed him probably did not want to part with draft picks as they are rebuilding… Montreal on the other hand has some cap space and could take a player in exchange for Huet. The market for goalies is a lot bigger if you have some room under your cap…

  21. Les-Habitants says:

    1) Trading Captain K is not advisable. This is a young team, and one of the most important aspects of developing young NHLers is to ensure that capable veteran leadership is around. Removing Koivu from the dressing room at this point would be disaterous, and the return we would get isn’t worth it. I am also pretty sure he has no-trade clause. Additionally, he has been one of the best players for the Habs so again…I’m at a lost.

    2) Cube and Dandy have no trade value. Additionally, you want to trade for Demitra: a highly skilled, highly injury prone player. The Wld, at this stage, are not going to trade him for his value is pretty low, but may very well sky-rocket by the trade deadline.

    3) Bouchard and Demitra are two of the main center-pieces of that team, and essentially you proposing a Koivu for them deal….not going to happen.

    A move like this, first would not happen. Secondly, the leadership in the room is essential and Koivu remains the heart-and-soul player of this team. Trading him for two players incapable of fullfilling that role would be foolish. Neither team would give up those pieces willing either, despite both Bouchard and Demitra being UFAs. If the Wild were a re-buidling team, they might consider such a move…but they’re not. Additionally, the addition of Koivu would help them how? Their main concern is remaining healthy.

  22. Les-Habitants says:

    I wouldn’t say that this is a sign of panic, the line changes do make sense.

    First, Markov has an injury, and carbo came out and said that’s why he’s dressing 7-dmen…they’re not sure how Markov can play.

    As a result, Kostopolous is being scratched on the RW where Streit will play, as he did last season. Begin is being replaced by fellow LW Grabovski because carbo is trying to shake things up, while infusing more skill and speed into the lineup against a fast nashville team

    That’s really at there is ladies and gents, or so I think.

  23. sidhu says:

    PJ Stock is on Hockey Night in Canada saying the Habs have two second lines and two fourth lines. I agree.

    With the present line-up (e.g., two defensemen on the forward lines), we won’t be able to compete with the top-tier teams. I realize that with the salary cap issues it is difficult to make larger trades, but I believe we are at a seminal point in the team’s recent history. Perhaps obtaining Recchi (one of Koivu’s best friends) for Cube or Dandy would help bolster our offense and kickstart Captain K (who is on track for only 17 goals this year as a first line center).

    Perhaps we should trade one of our better assets for greater depth. There is Huet, however, the market for goaltenders is weak (given what happened with Bryzgalov). So we may be at a stage where trading Captain K is advisable. There is no better leader or role model in the league, but he is 32 and slowing down, and we’ve only made the playoffs three times in the past eight years under his tenure. I think extremely highly of Koivu, but I care more about the ultimate success of the team than my attachment to any one individual player. Trading Koivu, Cube, and Dandy for Demitra, Bouchard, and Schultz would give us:



    This discussion assumes that the brass in Montreal want to compete with the big boys now. But, they could be on a long-term plan to be competitive in a couple years (when the contracts of Koivu, Kovalev, Cube, Dandy, etc. expire, and when players like Price, Higgins, Pleks, Komi, and Kostitsyn have further developed).

    I don’t mean any disrespect to Koivu or anyone else on the Habs – I’m just trying to envision ways in which we can improve the team, and I think we can all agree that more offense and better 5-on-5 play is crucial for the Habs’ future.

  24. JF says:

    These changes suggest that Carbo is beginning to panic as he did last year. The only ones I can see some sense in are using Streit as a forward and bringing in Gorges. Streit actually looked better at times as a forward last year than on defense, and at the moment he seems to have lost his confidence. As for Grabovski, he has speed and a nice shot, but he gets knocked off the puck too easily and he can’t finish. With him in and Begin and TomK out, where will our grit come from? Tonight might be a good game to skip – and Tuesday for that matter. Perhaps we can beat the Bruins again, although I wouldn’t bet on it.

  25. Naila Jinnah says:

    Very odd lineup… I’m confused.

  26. tony d says:

    I agree, although Begin is a bit of a bull in a china shop at times, he’s got heart and grit and hustle.
    I’d also like to see Streit and Breezer sit up in the nosebleeds eating nachos and watching.
    I think some young blood from Hamilton can’t hurt either, Kostitsyn would be a nice shot in the arm and although I don’t know how Maxim’s doin, he might bring some passion to the club.
    Get on the blower to Bob will ya??

  27. howtathor says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Whenever Lats has an opportunity to shoot he tries some bush league feint that may work in the Q but not in the NHL. Last night it resulted in a high-stick penalty and for my money I don’t understand how they called the other one after the play had gone on. But that’s another thing. The main thing is shoring up the defense which is weak on the bottom and bringing some offence to the table. Maybe Kovy could play the point on the number 1 PP unit replacing Streit and giving him the mobility to pinch into the slot for a one timer. His shot is really an AK27 this year and we owe it to the team to have him out there with Koivu, Higgins and Ryder and Markov.
    As for Tom the Bomb and Begin, I don’t understand this unless Grabovski is being showcased for a trade or sumthing.

  28. showey47 says:

    I don’t know doc, do the habs need a 6’2″ 235 pound center who can skate, score and win draws? i would love to though but i’ve got a game at sudbury arena tonight at 8:30. I think the habs should sign you, rock and myself to be the legit first line. We would dominate. Hey doc, i forgot to mention that when you and rock came out to play on that one friday night, our line combined for 29 points. Unfortuantly i didn’t see trevor timmins in the stands.

  29. tony d says:

    yo zamboni
    thank you, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Lats isn’t cutting it on the 1st line
    I was at the Bell Centre when they lost 3-0 to Buffalo and Lats looked lost out there and out of his league, he lacks the skills right now to make smart plays… having said that, I don’t know who belongs on the 1st line, it’s slim pickins

  30. howtathor says:

    I’m a little confounded by the scratching of Tom the Bomb and Beige. They’ve been the ones who have hustled the most in recent games. I would have scratched the Breezer and Streit because both have been coughing up the puck at the most inopportune times. Well Guy is the coach a paid to know what he is doing. Grabz should add some speed to the lineup but I feel that this is his last chance before a ticket back to Hamilton. Gainey has been in Hamilton this weekend and I wouldn’t be surprised to see O’byrne, and Lapierre get the callup. You know even S. Kostitsyn for a team desperate for offence. Last time I looked his linemates from London, Sam Gagner and Patrick Kane where not doing too shabbily. It’s time to shake things up as the status quo is not sufficient as evidenced by recent games. We’ll see…

  31. fun police says:

    showey, the habs should call you up for the game tonight.

  32. fun police says:

    we cannot complain about the habs inability to score five on five. we have 7 players that are from the same mold, begin, dandenault, smolinski, kosto, chips (the best of the bunch), lats (not exactly lighting it up this year). when we play a team like the devils who have a big shut down line, they take pleks line out of the game. that leaves us with one line to score. carbs insists on rolling four lines, everybody plays, must be fair. when things go bad, and we need goals, he moves dandenault up to the first line with koivu and higgins. makes sense, since dandenault is a hidden thirty goal scorer. instead of forcing the devils to play madden’s line for twenty five minutes a game, keeping parise and co. off the ice, carbo makes it easy for sutter to match lines. the habs must be easy to coach against in terms of match ups.
    tonight, we need scoring, carbo comes up with a brilliant idea, let’s have another defense play forward. now streit is playing the wing. that will help us score five on five.
    i’m frustrated with carbo already and we have a winning record.

  33. zamboni says:

    We have 3 good defencemen and 3 lousy ones.
    Markov, Hamrlik and Komisarek as the good,
    Streit, Breezer, and Cube as the lousy.

    Streit started the season very strong, but is now the weakest one in the bunch, he needs to sit out and watch the game, on so many occasions he rushes and dumps the puck, we can’t build any offense playing that kind of a game.

    Cube was playing good before he got hurt, he’s back to last year’s version of the Cube, just lousy.

    Breezer, is just Breezer, did anybody truly expect anything different.

    Streit, Gorges and O’Byrne though not ready yet, have an upside, I don’t see the point of wasting Hamrlik’s mentoring skills on Breezer.

    I would pair those 3 youngsters with the 3 good defencemen that we have. The sooner we bring them up to speed the better it is for us.
    Why bother keeping Breezer or Cube, there’s really no upside to them, and it’s not like they provide any defensive stability either.

    As for Carbo sitting out Begin and TK, I don’t know what’s he smoking, then again I’m sure Carbo defenders would rush back with some kind of twisted justification. Aside from handful of people, he can practically sit out the entire team, yet he keeps on picking on Begin, I guess he replaces Perezhogin as the designated whipping boy.
    The guys’ talents are limited, but well known, however those two are non stop machines, what kind of a message is he sending to his players?
    “It doesn’t matter how hard you work, if you don’t have talent, you sit out, we expect you to get better by watching the game from the press box”

    I don’t know who said Latts looks good on the first line, does he really?
    How often does he get a pass that would be a breakaway for any body else but the turtle Latts?
    Watch him closely, he has a difficulty placing himself in a position to receive a good pass, he’s good hiding behind the opposition or playing hard on the boards.
    Latts brings size, and that’s it, nothing else, size alone doesn’t turn a Turner Stevenson into a John Leclair or an Eric Lindros.
    The sooner we accept the fact that this kid is not going to be a power forward, the sooner we play him on a 3rd or 4th line, or better yet in his case, send him down to minors to get refined.

    We wonder why we couldn’t score on 3 PP opportunities during the first period.
    It’s time to put all your best players out as the first unit during PP, I know it disturbs the regular lines, but if we expect to capitalize on the opportunities, we have to do that.
    How often we see Kovy’s line (who happens to be our best PP player and the catalyst for the success of PP, and that includes last year as well) on the tail end of the PP, having to work with Breezer instead of Markov.
    The only times that Kovy is on the first PP unit is when Koivu’s line is just ending there shift prior to the PP.
    Kovy and Koivu should be on the first PP line at the same time, and yes, they can play full two minutes of it.

  34. showey47 says:

    3-0 rangers pounding the sens halfway through the first, why can’t the sens play this lousy against us?

  35. tony d says:

    sorry, I should’ve spelled it Mark F. Recchi, sorry Mark you fat____

  36. tony d says:

    Yo Kevin M, I just might check out those shows on HGTV, might be more sizzle than on the ice tonight. The Habs can offer some tips cause their turkey seems to get cooked in under 40 minutes.
    My son says I’m too hard on the HABS. I tell him after being a fan for over 45 years, I’ve earned the right to be hard on them. If the fans can be passionate, why can’t the players?? An interesting side note: a friend went to Phoenix on biz last week and brought his son along. They caught the game where the Leafs suffered an embarrassing loss. Coincidentally they were staying at the same hotel as the Leafs and ran into them before and after. He said after the game, the players were joking around, not fazed by the loss. Maybe as fans we have to do the same and not take it personally. I guess the hefty salaries they rake in probably help them psychologically.
    Us poor schmucks on the other hand have to face our friends and coworkers who like to stick it to us every time our team loses. Maybe it’s healthier to let it go…. che sera sera… who knows…
    This morn, my son said there are rumours floating of a possible trade for (wait for it) RECCI!!!!!?????? Are you kidding me???????? I’d rather see Youppi out there than that bloated has been. I’m turning on HGTV right now.

  37. ebk says:

    So let me get this straight, On a team that is supposed have so much depth, they are going to stick another defenseman on the forward lines. Brilliant.

  38. showey47 says:

    the predator to watch out for tonight is j.p. dumont, he has been a habs killer since his early days with the sabres. He wanted to be a hab but he wasn’t available until after we had already signed samsonov and he would of been a cheaper signing

  39. Les-Habitants says:

    Mark Streit is a forward???? Well, as long as Dandy remains a forward as well….

  40. Moey says:

    One bright spot, Ottawa has lost their last 5 games. Habs will probably win tonight, they’re back to the old pattern, win one, lose one. I’m going to miss this one, Christmas social outings are commencing.

  41. Richard says:

    Wait, maybe it’s because I missed last night’s game (thankfully) but I still need this explained: Why are we sitting Begin and Kostopoulos? Have they been that bad? Last time I looked they’re actually doing things when nobody else does. Has Tom really fallen out of favour with Guy that quickly???

  42. Ali says:

    so if i understand correctly, assuming Ryder and Lats are interchangeable for Carbo, our lines are:


    I think this is an arguement against the legalization of marijuana, but maybe Carbo is on something harder…

  43. Kevin says:

    I think that should be Kovy on the first and not Ryder…

  44. Kevin says:

    With 8 defensemen dressed, we can roll out a PK line with 4 D! Maybe Carbo’s on to something?

  45. Ali says:

    i think what you should be saying is, “Is Carbo on something???” or in another form, “What is Carbo on????”

  46. teamplayer says:

    you also have to remember bonk is playing a different role with nashville, he also didnt do so bad getting points in ottawa but in between there his role changed to checker/defensive specialist

  47. HabsProf says:

    A word about Bonk. A lot of people are lamenting that we let him go and he has now scored 9 goals with Nashville.

    1) He only has 2 assists, so he has only 11 points in 23 games. That is still only a half point per game. That’s better than what he did with the Habs, but he is playing on the top two lines in Nashville.

    2) He is -6, which is second worst on his mostly plus team.

    3) I want to see if he can keep it up for a season. Remember Marius Czerkawski? Looked great for the first month with the Islanders after we waved bye-bye to him. After that first month… well, it soon became clear why several other NHL teams had given up on him.

    Bonk had some use for us, I don’t want to deny that, but overall I don’t think Habs fans should mourn his departure.

  48. Ali says:

    Kovalev has won the Cup before, otherwise i’d be worried that he’d confuse the Molson Cup with the real one…

  49. The Teacher says:

    Anybody else notice Lats just LOVES the boards???

  50. craz11 says:

    These lines are ridiculous!

    Ryder needs Koivu. I believe that his issues thus far this season is that Higgins has become a shooter, and is taking the opportinites that Ryder had last season. Ryder never gets to touch the puck in his high-slot spot anymore, where he scores 80% of his goals. With Higgins playing with Kovy and Pleks, Ryder should play with Koivu.

    And here’s hoping the Habs don’t get ANY penalties, as their top 2 PK guys are sitting!

    Carbo’s knee jerk reaction to bad losses are wearing a little thin…

  51. Ali says:

    thats two bad giveaways in two games for Breezer…

    WHY can’t Hamrlik babysit O’Byrne???!??!?!?!?!?!??!

  52. Yeats says:

    The Breezer is a kick-ass D-man!!!

  53. showey47 says:

    Awesome job by breezer, the ice is 85 feet wide and shoots in into the guys shin pads and send him on a break away. Huet needs to be the first star tonight.

  54. Yeats says:

    Tonight’s Line Combos: Carbo’s remake of the classic “Reefer Madness.”

  55. Ed says:

    Why can’t you figure out what Carbonneau is up to? He is afraid that there might be some cliques on the team like there was with Theodore, Ribiero and Dagenais. It’s better to nip those cliques in the bud.

  56. Yeats says:

    Cliques of what? Suckfulness? There all members of that club.

  57. MikeL says:

    anyone else notice grabovski falls at least twice every shift…without anyone touching him. Looks like his skates are permanetely dull

  58. craz11 says:

    Don’t know why I just thought of this, but counting Streit and Dandaneault, we have 8 defencemen dressed tonight!!!!

    that’s right, EIGHT!

    and we were shut out the night before…

  59. Yeats says:

    He had Lats sharpen them.

  60. Kevin says:

    And Kovy will need a hat trick…

  61. Habsfan39 says:

    note to webmaster…

    putting the comment entry thing at the top of the comment list would be easier.

    kind of like how facebook does it.

  62. Ali says:

    Kovalev for the Selke!

  63. sidhu says:

    3 on 1, with the only guy back was Pleks?

  64. craz11 says:

    and he’s not even one of our 8 defencemen…

  65. showey47 says:

    yeah, carbo has changed his lines again, pleks is playing defence and breezer is now our #1 center

  66. Ali says:

    im getting flash backs to last year…some symptoms?

    1) Ringing it around the boards to clear it and hoping for the best

    2) Horrible passing, both giving and receiving..

  67. Ali says:

    And as often as Grabovski falls, he’s made some nice plays so far. Another player who would do well with a big strong winger that can score…

    where have i heard that before?

  68. Yeats says:

    The Capt looks disinterested tonight. Not good, not good at all!

  69. Chuck says:

    Huet’s having to work a little too hard early!

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

  70. Ali says:

    whats going on with Hamrlik? last few games, looks like he’s caught the Breezer disease, treating the puck like its a grenade.

  71. Habsfan39 says:

    where the hell are we on the forheck? everytime we dump the puck in we need a line change… lets go boys

  72. Ali says:

    talk about dumb luck, but we’ll takea 5-on-5 goal however it comes!

  73. showey47 says:

    good job higgy

  74. sidhu says:

    Phew. Congrats Higgy!

  75. Chuck says:

    Hey… it’s amazing what happens when you go to the net!

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

  76. showey47 says:

    The one line that makes some sense comes through early

  77. Yeats says:

    Well, it went in. Thank God!

  78. Keith says:

    YES! And a 5 on 5 goal exciting! GO HABS GO!!!

  79. Erik says:

    GO HABS!!!! How about a win huh

  80. Mike says:

    Maybe the habs will show up to this one? or are we going to get a bunch of pee wee players fighting for the puck on the boards again?

  81. Y says:

    Looks like I’m gonna skip this one.
    Wake me up when Bob brings over Ovechkin

  82. kevin m says:

    I’m going to have to miss this one too, because there’s something just a little more exciting on the tube at the same time.

    Home & Garden channel is showing a repeat episode of “Watching Kentucky Bluegrass Grow” followed by the Food Network’s “How to Cook a Turkey in 60 Minutes”.

  83. Yeats says:

    Just remember Bonk spelled backwards is Knob!

  84. TommyB says:

    LMAO, only you would figure that one out!

  85. Naila Jinnah says:

    Too bad I’m going to miss this one… I actually like the Preds, and it’s not just because I like Nashville music 😉

  86. Yeats says:

    Mike: Getting Ovechkin might be easier than you think. Do what they did to that U.S. Senator in Godfather II. Get George McPhee roofied leave him in a compromised state in a room and take pictures. Trust me, we’ll get Ovechkin for Lats and Ryder straight up!

  87. gohabzzzz says:

    yo the habs totally sucked yesterday, so they better show up otherwise I’m watchin the polar express on abc
    lets not boo radek, what has he done? show some class I say!:)

  88. showey47 says:

    begin gets more shots on goal than the entire first line last night with no powerplay time to boot and he is a healthy scratch, brutal. I like that gorges is in but how can breezer still be in? extremly brutal. So no grit on the fourth line with begin and t.k. out who are also valuable penalty killers. I just don’t know what carbo is doing

  89. HabsProf says:

    Yup. As I mentioned, he is playing on the top two lines, so it is a fair assumption that he is being asked to take a more offensive role.

    It really comes down to the idea of Plek in a second line role or Bonk. I vote Plek. Keeping Bonk in a 3rd line role? I wouldn’t have minded, but he probably wouldn’t have 9 goals. Smoke is disappointing me a little, but I’d still take him over Bonk.

  90. Keith says:

    From what I’m hearing the lines for tonights game are really messed up. Koivu playing with Smoke and Streit?? I’m not the coach but it just seems weird. Sitting out Tom the Bomb AND Begin?? What message does that send? They work hard every game. This is going down the slippery slope that we went through last year with sitting out Craig Rivet, losing the veterans. Now I realize he is trying to get everyone going 5 on 5 but all this juggling I don’t think is going to work in my opinion. I hope to hell I’m wrong. GO HABS GO!!!

  91. zamboni says:

    Where did you hear about Smoke and Streit playing with Koivu.
    If there’s any truth to that, it really takes the cake.
    For heaven’s sake where is the rational here? You have a struggling defenceman and a struggling 3rd liner.
    Is this rewarding their lousy performances? or Is this some magic solution to take them out of their misery?

    Hey Carbo, along these line of thinking why don’t we play Ryder as a defenceman, who knows he might turn into a Souray.

  92. Habs-Kat says:

    Call me an unpassionate fan, but I don’t think Carbonneau deserves to be criticized. He knows the team better than we do and he makes his decisions in the dressing room before we ever find out. If there’s a message being sent, then I’m sure Carbonneau – having be a player himself – would do it the right way. I don’t think the lines are bad at all.

    I do agree that we should call up Lapierre from juniors and I’d be willing to bet its being considered by management right now, but I’m a patient person. This team is still above .500 and we’ll bounce back. What we saw at the beginning of the season was no fluke.

    I think the market for a goalie is better than we’re being led to believe. Huet’s value is much higher than Bryzgalov’s. Huet has more experience as a starting goaltender, it looks like he’s on his way to a second straight berth on the All-Star Team, and he’s a Roger Crozier Saving Grace award winner. He’ll definitely fetch quite a bit. Even so, I wouldn’t trade him yet. If you think Carbo’s panicking, then it seems like its armageddon for Habs fans. No need to pull any triggers just yet. Like I said, the Habs are still strong in the standings. Its just a slump.

  93. Kevin says:

    I posted this earlier…

    I think the deal with Bryzgalov also has to do with the salary cap. There was no way that Anaheim could afford to take a player in exchange for him since they need to resign some key players this offseason. And the teams who needed him probably did not want to part with draft picks as they are rebuilding. Montreal on the other hand has some cap space and would want to take a player in exchange for Huet. The market for goalies is a lot bigger if you have some room under your cap.

  94. Yeats says:

    As long as we debate the merits of Lats or Ryder, this team is just not ready to contend. ‘nough said! And to be fair to Lats and Ryder, there are a lot of forwards, many who sport letters, who haven’t been worth a dman lately.

  95. Kevin says:

    Love that first line you wrote!

  96. Yeats says:

    Be careful about chanting “Bonk sucks.” He might just chant back, “The Habs suck.” And, to be honest based on recent performance, he’s right.

  97. Kevin says:

    I thought Kosto would stay in just in case the Tootoo train went off the tracks…

  98. yathehabsrule says:

    Oh sure CBC….Going on about great hockey bloggers….And our man Mike gets snubbed!!!!! WTF!!!!

  99. nightmare_49 says:

    Has Gorges ever dressed for a road game with the Habs in regular season.

  100. Ali says:

    These lines are insane…

  101. Yeats says:

    Just throw the forwards names in a hat for God’s sake.

  102. JasonM says:

    I think Carbo needs to take our entire defense and drill them on how to effectively perform a transition. Those passes look more like shots.

  103. sidhu says:

    Grabs may be getting knocked down a lot, but he has skills.

  104. Habsfan39 says:

    What line is NOT going to be good defensively…

    Ryder – Grabovski – Koistysten

  105. Ali says:

    Grabovski looks great. Ryder, not so good, his confidence has gone down the drain and so have his hopes of a big ufa contract…

  106. Chuck says:

    Well, at least Ryder shot. Now he’s just got to worry about getting it on net!

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

  107. Gilles Poisson says:

    Mon Dieu. Passing the puck to Ryder on the 2 on 1. A rookie mistake.

  108. showey47 says:

    You know with us having 8 dmen dressed tonight it wouldn’t hurt if one or two of them actually stayed back there

  109. Chuck says:

    True… what’s the over/under on odd-man rushes tonight?

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

  110. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Drat! you beat me to it!

  111. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Believe it or not, but we REALLY DO have 8 defensemen dressed tonight. Seems like all 8 think they are playing forward.

  112. ebk says:

    To say they played a decent half a game is nothing but crap. They were up 2-0 due to a horrible goaltender at one end and an outstanding performance at the other. By Boone’s count they had given up six breakaways after one period. Three goal posts were hit and numerous scoring chance were thwarted by Huet. Let’s get real and take the Hab goggles off. This game was lost from the get go, it just took the last seven minutes for the Predators to get to Huet.

  113. sidhu says:

    Why don’t we have any remarks from Koivu about tonight’s loss? As I understand it, he’s the captain and should be speaking on behalf of the team and it’s embarrassing third period performance.

  114. showey47 says:

    If price wins on tuesday against the wings then the number 1 job should be his to lose. Huet has played pretty well this season but always gives up that weak goal at the worst time or in this case 3 weaks ones. Plain and simple, price doesn’t give those up. Has price even been beaten by a point shot this year? If so, they are few and far between. Price oozes confidence and when your goaltending is playing confident, it becomes contageous. Wouldn’t it of been nice to have begin out there killing the penalty with t.k. at the end of the game.

  115. Gilles Poisson says:

    Wow seems like just yesterday when you were chastising everybody who doubted the Habs. Sad to see the most faithful and vocal posters all jumping ship. We’ll still be here when you come back, probably after the next two game winning streak. Bonsoir.

  116. sidhu says:

    O’Byrne was one of the last cuts and presumably was playing well enough during camp to earn some attention. I don’t understand why he hasn’t been called up yet. We need more of a physical presence on the blueline. Only Komisarek can clear the front of the net – everyone else is small and/or soft.

    The Brisebois experiment is ridiculous at this point.

  117. Derek says:

    I just got home from the game.
    I wish i sold the tickets to a scalper.
    It was the longest drive home of my life.
    I want to point fingers but i don’t have enough fingers for the whole team.
    From whrere I was sitting, it seemed like we had the luckiest bounces of hte game for 45 minutes.
    Then Huet gave that random goal. I laughed it off and said way to screw your own shutout.
    After that?

    I almost felt like laughing at the irony.
    Smolinski, suppose3dly bonk’s replacement… goes to the box with 2 mins left. Bonk scores game tying goal.

    Seeing up close out team winning for so long, i was so ready to come home and write how great some of the players were on the team. Then… god knows what the heck happened.
    I am too upset to critically evaluate the game.

    Can someone tell Ryder he needs to shoot AT the net?

    Can someone get Koivu to score?

    Higgins is the only lovely person I could say by the end of the game.
    Oh yeah….
    Patrice F. Brisebois.
    I was with you in your signing and your early play.
    Please retire after embarrassing yourself so tonight.

  118. Y says:

    Who are you to tell anyone to shut up?

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion and you sir have no right to disparage others remarks.

  119. Gilles Poisson says:

    Well that was fun but now I have to go put on my pajamas. I made a lot of new friends today. Thank you.

  120. Girth says:

    When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
    When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on
    Don’t let yourself go, ’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes

    Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along
    When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
    If you feel like letting go, (hold on)
    When you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on

    ‘Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends
    Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand
    If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone

    If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
    When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

    Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
    Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes
    And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on
    Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
    Everybody hurts. You are not alone

  121. J.T. says:

    This is the low point…to date. Because, come on…we know this isn’t the low point! We have the Christmas Slide to go into yet. But, hey, we can be spoilers at the end of the season. Yay…let’s screw the Rangers!

    Let’s boo Briere and the players who won’t sign in Montreal. Let’s boo all the D-men who are having great years (yeah, you Hainsey and Beauchemin) who were Habs property at one point…while we ice Bouillon and Brisebois. Yeah…that’s great fun!

    I’m mad. I’m sick and tired of all this. If we’re gonna have a team of losers, I’d at least like a little scrappiness among ’em. Is there one single player we can relate to in a Knuckles Nilan or Mats Naslund kind of way? About whom we can say, “Yeah, our team loses a lot, but they’ve got heart…just look at this guy!” No, we’ve got a bunch of guys who think they’re the league elite, with nothing to back it up. If they’d admit they suck and put a little heart into it, they’d at least be likeable. (Tomas Plekanec, by the way, is automatically exempt from any of my rants.)

    I know the D prospects look great. And Wyman and Pacioretty are tearing up college. And Sergei K. is going to be a good NHLer one day. But I’m getting old. I’m afraid they’re not going to win anything again before I die. This sucks. And I can’t blame Bob because he sees what I see…no room to manouver and no deals on the horizon. I wish I was a bear and I could hibernate through the suckiness. But no, I have to watch it. Night after bloody night. Thanks Habs. I’ll be taking you to court to cover the cost of my heart surgery.

    End Rant.

  122. JF says:

    When I saw the line-up for tonight, I seriously considered not watching the game. I thought it would be a joke. But it was a hard-fought, entertaining game. We blew two 3-goal leads when we should have won, but on the other hand we made enough mistakes in the first period alone that, had it not been for Huet, we would have been down by about 4 goals. So we actually got a point we didn’t really deserve.

    The main problem for this team right now is confidence. We don’t have it; we are fragile and we quit easily. The Predators do have it; they kept fighting and believing they could win. The only way we can rebuild confidence is by giving a solid, 60-minute effort every night, whatever the score. Games like last night are demoralizing. Games like tonight are possibly more demoralizing. I’m not giving up on the team, but if they don’t work hard for 60 minutes on Tuesday night (though whatever they do I expect Detroit will whip them), I might just take a holiday from hockey.

  123. Yeats says:

    Look on the bright side. When the late-December funk invariably sets in, it won’t be as noticable as last year. And, they have the Red Wings Tuesday night? Looks like Wednesday is gonna be a sick day.

  124. J.T. says:

    Okay…I thought I was done ranting…but I’m not.

    Josh Gorges isn’t the most physical D out there, but he’s young, he’s smart, he’s scrappy and he’s still got potential. Compared to…let’s say…Patrice Brisebois. Who is old, slow, soft (so soft he’s actually partially composed of cotton balls) and so far past potential he can’t read the letters on his rear-view mirror eye test. Gorges is the better man, yet we play Breezer in the number four slot. Every bloody night.

    We have Roman Hamrlik, who’s widely praised for making Dion Phaneuf into the D he is today. Yet, instead of playing him with a young D (mistake-prone though he may be) like O’Byrne, we’re playing him with Breezer. Because, maybe Breezer will learn something? I don’t think so.

    Huet, when he breaks his shutout, goes to crap. It’s as though, if he doesn’t get the shutout, nothing else matters. I love him, but COME ON!!

    We’ve talked about five on five and faceoffs as weaknesses. But, beyond all these is holding a lead. There is no excuse for not holding a three-goal lead with seven minutes to go. It reminds me of the year they were up 3-1 on Boston with a minute and a half to go and lost it in overtime. Wait…I think they won the Cup that year. But, no worries, the closest we’ll come to a Cup in the near future is if we suit up ourselves and put one on under our pants.

    Possibly End Rant.

  125. Yeats says:

    Don’t stop now. You’ve attained water-skiing speed. I was going to catch some Z’s before 6:30am pickup, but you’re on a roll. Huet said, “He didn’t get the job done.” What do you think of that? Why is Koivu under “deep cover?” He is the Captain, ain’t he? Just pouring some more gasoline on the flames!

  126. Exit716 says:

    So I guess Price starts Tuesday night?
    What is it with Huet and floaters from the freaking point.
    If Smolinski is one of the guys Bob said yes to at $2 million guaranteed, then what loads of dog crap were calling Gainey looking for work? He’s brought less than nothing to the team and has scored what 2 empty net goals? Whoopee!! His impact on this team this season is equivalent to the stellar contribution Michael “waiver king” Leighton made during last years non playoff run, and we all remember how that ended with another stellar Huet night giving up Tim Bit hockey calibre goals.

  127. jimbo82 says:

    i feel your pain J.T heck i’m 25 and i think i won’t see a cup!! its so frustrating to watch them i can’t handle it anymore

  128. Exit716 says:

    Is Koivu going to score another goal this season or is he waiting until they play Carolina again?

  129. Erik says:

    I think we can assume Price number 1 on Tuesday yes maybe

  130. yukonhab says:

    What the f@#$% happened there?? Sorry to say but this was the “”Habs”” the none believers were perdicting. An interesting line up which proved to be good for a bit then the foot slips off the pedal….Kinda wish we still had Bonk…10 goals could come in handy…oh well Jesus Price in net for Detriot…i hope to see some Dogs make their debut….lil Tits and D’Ag and Lapiere….GOHABSGO!!!

  131. showey47 says:

    I just got home from hockey and i watched the second and third period which i recorded and all i have to say is what the f^&k. A combination of huet being brutal in the third and the shootout, players sitting back trying to protect the lead and blowing it yet again and a brain dead penalty by smokes 200 feet from his own net.

    If price is in net he probably posts a shutout or damn close, but none the less we win easily. He makes he big saves, and doesn’t give up the soft one and can save our asses in a shootout. This team needs a shake up now, a point needs to be made that this garbage is unacceptable.

  132. Les-Habitants says:

    Carbo said it right, played a decent first half and the second was a complete and total disaster. Gorges does deserve a prolonged try-out on the defensive squad, at the expense of Patrice Brisebois.
    Dandenault in this game was awful, after being such a revelation as a forward so far this season. Huge regression again tonight.

    And didn’t you know it? Some weak goaltending on Nashville’s part GAVE the Habs a lead…a 4-1 lead. 3-0 after 40 minutes of play. If you cannot seal a game with a 3-0 lead going into the third, it’s time for a real hard look at the lineups of who deserves to stay and who doesn’t. Grabo and Dandy haven’t demonstrated any reason why they deserve to be in the lineup every night, and I thing Gorges should get Breezer’s spot on a 4-1 or 3-1 rotation. Begin should be there, but I think Lapierre deserves a callup to battle it out with Kostopolous and Dandy for a spot on the 3rd and 4th line. Grabo isn’t NHL ready…he can take Lapierre’s spot in Hamilton. Lapierre or Sergei, but it’s time to make more people work to stay in Montreal…and in the NHL.

    Huet plays a solid 55 minutes. In fact, I can think of few goaltenders that I’d rather have in net then Huet for 2 periods….but he has been unable to seal the deal, ESPECIALLY in the final 5. You can never fully blame the goaltender and that’s still very VERY true. The team completely caves in once there are 10 or less minutes to play. They lose all semblence of formation and fall apart. Same with the PK. PK is all about work, and I’ve felt completely nervous everytime we’re on the PK…there isn’t any sense of security, people are skating through the crease like no one is there! Last 2 games the goaltenders have been left out to dry.

    I should post an ad in tomorrow’s classifieds:
    Looking for one top 4 dman.
    Looking for Teemu Selanne.

  133. The Ian Cobb says:

    I’ve read every post and it has taken this long after the game for me to even want to post something about my club. I feel shame and total embarassement.

    If I owened this team tonight i garentee they would ALL play there next game in Hamilton and I would bring the whole Hamilton club to Mtl.

    Can i have been that out to lunch to think that Carbo, Mullar and Jarvis belong up in this league, Maybe send them to Hamilton along with the rest of these free loaders.

    The whole bunch are not even a poor AHL club yet. Maybe people are correct when they say we can’t make the playoffs with this group of under achivers, sad times are hear my friends, and there is no good reason for us to be playing this crap. WE are better than this, the boys and coaches should put there next pay checks in the Sally Ann Kettle!!!!

  134. Mike Boone says:

    Michael Stipe, si!
    Michael Ryder, no!

  135. Plek-Andrew says:

    ok everyone,

    just shut the hell up. No exceptions in this case.

    I was at the game and I can tell you you have to blame Huet for 3 out of 4 goals being weak on his part

    and Grabovski was fantastic tonight; I think anybody who says Grabosvki isn’t nhl-ready should shut up because if you were watching the same game i was, grabs almost had 3 goals and at least set up 3 others that certain people couldn’t cash (Ryder, for example)… this is not the first time he does this as he ALWAYS STANDS OUT GAME AFTER GAME. Anyways, who the hell cares about your opinions anyways… the organization knows their players better and see them do so much more than any of us ever will…

    you people are so damn pessimistic IT DRIVES ME NUTS

    Brisebois had a not-so-great game tonight but J.T, how the hell do you expect him not to play with Hamrlik when they handled everything incredibly well from the start of the season and speak to each other all the time on and off the ice? They have excellent chemistry and Brisebois has been doing great. You’ve been way too hard on him lately and for no valid reason.

    NOBODY IS TO BLAME TONIGHT except Huet. And God forgive me because I was the first person to call him a top-10 goalie in the league but when we were up 3-0, I told my buddy sitting next to me at the centre that Huet isn’t gonna be focused anymore. IT’S ONLY NATURAL! you’re so bored because the shots coming at you are routine saves and we’re scoring garbage goals so you take the game a lot more lightly.

    Huet said it himself. “I feel responsible”. And he is.

    I always liked Gorges but he has yet to prove anything. Has a lot of development left but will grow to be an INCREDIBLE leader, mark my words. You can see it.

    And Erik; thanks for stealing my Jesus Price joke. don’t act like you don’t know what i’m talking about.

    I don’t even bother reading half of these posts cuz when we win two in a row you guys are gonna be singing the Habs’ praises like you always do.

    I’m disappointed… J.T? Yeats? Really? of all the poeple, you guys are saying bad things about the Habs? Where’s your loyalty?

    oh and ladies and gentlemen I have two words for you.

    Tomas. Plekanec.

  136. Girth says:

    Carbo is right about the Saku line being #1… they did have the most minutes, from start to finish. Isn’t that what being on the first line means?

  137. MikeL says:

    Your jumpin the gun a little there bud

  138. showey47 says:

    How about going the route of the red wings and devils where you keep your core of talent and add through the draft and trade. We have excelled at the draft and it will show sooner rather than later. I would rather do this than finish last for 5 straight seasons. When carbo realizes that gorges is an upgrade over breezer it will be a step in the right direction and sitting your shut down guys is a bad idea when you are trying to protect a lead. Smokes and breezer should be the next pair to sit in the press box

  139. MikeL says:

    What are you smokin?…Grabovski is not NHL ready. He gets pushed aroound like a little girl. I dont think he will ever be NHL ready. I have never seen a player that weak in my life. Oh and by the way, I take your posts about as serious as Coach’s Corner every week. So next time you decide to write a novel of rants, keep in mind that most people completely disregard what you say. Not only are you arrogant and rude, but to go along with those fantastic attributes, you seem to have no clue what you are talking about.

  140. Girth says:

    Doesn’t that run counter to the tradition and principles we claim to hold?

    Besides, we already have great young talent. I would suggest that THEY should be occupying the ice(building experience and chemistry) rather than Smolinski, Brisebois, Bouillon, Dandenault and Huet.

    Let’s see Lapierre, O’Byrne, Georges, S. Kostitsyn and Price as #1.

    This, in my view, would be a more exiting product, albeit a much riskier one. I mean, who cares about chemistry between Brisebois and Hamrlik? Especially, when Hamrlik has experience mentoring a young player. (DION PHANEUF). Let’s see if one of the younger guys can benefit from an experienced partner.

    I suppose this is simply a conflict of priorities. Balancing the present goals(making the playoffs) vs. nurturing the future.

    Rant over…

  141. Sbah Reverof says:

    To everyone who had a stroke tonight:
    On the plus side, all of our goals were 5-on-5, the line-up changes seemed to invigorate the team and many players were standouts despite a really tough loss. This is a young team, they are not Cup-bound this year, or the next. Let them make mistakes, even hit rock-bottom if they need to; how else are they gonna learn?
    Hey, it’s very frustrating sometimes, but I believe the team is better than last year, slowly but steadily improving, and we all have to be more patient.
    I’m going to sleep now.

  142. showey47 says:

    It may be a young team but its the vets who are the ones making the mistakes, breezer, smokes, huet and carbo by sitting most of his heart, guts, character and shut down ability.

  143. JasonM says:

    I don’t believe this loss is due to individual mistakes (well Smolinski’s dumbbell penalty was a big one but the game was sliding out of our hands at that point) but much rather due to tactics coming from the bench to let up on our opponents in the final minutes of the game.

    To clarify, instead of going in with solid forechecking we wait for them at the red line and attempt (miserably mind you) to lock down the central zone. Instead of passing the puck up and trying to muster some offense, there’s panic and people try to chip it up the ice the moment they get their stick on it. We’ve seen this in the past when we lost to Florida, when we lost to Toronto, when we lost repeatedly to Ottawa… halfway into the third, there is little attempt to perform any offense. Heck, even 3rd or 4th liners get PP time when they could have put the hurt into the other team and that’s not only this game.

    So far this has cost the team not 1 or 2 points but now well over half a dozen points and it is ALWAYS the same story and has already enough that I’m able to tune off the game without feeling great anger/frustration and now simply feel quiet bitterness knowing that unless that coaching strategy changes, this will happen again and again and will eventually cost this team a chance to the playoffs.

    Carbo had it easy last year, being a rookie and all but now he’s a lot more accountable for his actions.

  144. JasonM says:

    “ok everyone, just shut the hell up. No exceptions in this case.”

    Who are you again?

    “Grabovski was fantastic tonight; I think anybody who says Grabosvki isn’t nhl-ready should shut up because if you were watching the same game i was”

    Apparently I wasn’t, was that before or after the 20+ times he fell to the ice after light physical contact? Sure, he can skate fast but boy is he easy to knock off the puck.


    I beg to differ. True he looked bad on the first goal but that was an odd bounce. Didn’t he stop twice as many pucks as the opposing goaltender though?

  145. wild flower says:

    to add insult to injury:

    from TSN

    Mike Johnson – Hot

    Bryan Smolinski – Cold
    Tom Kostopoulos – Cold

    Bonk is off the chart

    Mikey(11,13, +6), Jose and Sergei all won again last night. Still no Souray highlights.

  146. Habssince1983 says:

    You know what after a night of thinking about it, Replace Steve Begin for Smolinski and the Habs win. They were good lines.

  147. gohabs 25 says:

    haha way to give me something to think about today.

  148. Chuck says:

    The skinny red guys have the early lead in Molson Cup voting for December.

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

  149. showey47 says:

    b.s. luck but man i will take it

  150. Ali says:

    that was weak, but whaddya know?? TWO 5 on 5 goals tonight! AWESOME!

  151. sidhu says:


  152. Chuck says:

    WOW… that looked pretty harmless! Not that I’m complaining, though!

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

  153. Habsfan39 says:

    how unfair is this lol… ill take it.

    montreal needs to dump & chase, no more breakaways.

  154. The Teacher says:

    Shouldn’t we be losing like 5-0?

    whatever..I’ll take it! 😀

  155. Yeats says:

    It’s nice to face a stump after Marty B.

  156. showey47 says:

    nice move off the faceoff

  157. Keith says:

    We need to bust out a score a gaggle of goals tonight :-)

    GO HABS GO!!!

  158. sidhu says:

    Maybe Carbo’s strategy is to smoke up with the opposing goalie.. “I got the best stuff in Montreal, man. Just take one puff. You know you want to..”

  159. Fagstein says:

    A goalie replacement after two goals? I know that was a soft goal (he was kneeling on the puck but didn’t stop it), but that smells a bit of panic, no?

  160. Yeats says:

    There are no seeds in Carbo’s stuff!

  161. Chuck says:

    Goodie. Another odd-man rush.

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

  162. showey47 says:

    whats that 3 breakaways now? Come on boys here is our chance too put them down 3

  163. Kevin says:

    First star so far: Huet.

  164. Fagstein says:

    Wow, we really got to work on those PP giveaways. Giving the other team a shorthanded breakaway for no good reason really makes us look bad.

    (Fortunately this game isn’t being televised in English, so we have a chance of winning)

  165. Bill says:

    Why do the Habs play so much worse defense in front of Huet than Price?

  166. Chuck says:

    Apparently you didn’t see last night’s game. :)

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

  167. Chuck says:

    Vernon Fiddler sounds like something that you would name a horse, not a hockey player.

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

  168. Habsfan39 says:

    Im watching it in english. Fox Sports South on Centre Ice.

  169. Habsfan39 says:

    I like to Fiddler with my Vernon.

  170. Mike Boone says:

    That’s hilarious, man.
    Get your ass up here and blog the rest of the game.

  171. nightmare_49 says:

    That was the worst period our “D” had all year , how many breakaways can you give up as one is way too many.

  172. Erik says:

    I’m Liking Grabovski!

  173. Yeats says:

    After last night’s game, that was the only pleasure I had.

  174. linp says:

    If I were the coach, I’ll defend this lead and go for counter attack. Keep two D-men back.

    I don’t know what is wrong with Ryder. Everything he did is either unlucky or bad.

  175. MikeL says:

    Anyone else just catch that Don Cherry rant.

  176. Erik says:

    the line of pleks higgy and kovy is GOOOOOOOOOOD

  177. Gilles Poisson says:

    Grapes says Michael Coren is left wing. Compared to who, Duplessis?

  178. ebk says:

    you are right, he is Toe Blake. Tire them out with all the breakaways and hope the goalie at the other end gets board. It is a great strategy because it is working.

    All kidding aside, without Huet in net, this thing would be over after one. How can a team give up four breakaway’s in one period and come out of it ahead 2-0. Gotta love the game of Hockey.

  179. Chuck says:

    Nope. Got the Coles Notes version?

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

  180. MikeL says:

    typing it out wouldnt give it justice

  181. Ali says:

    compared to himself of course!

  182. Chuck says:

    How about just the subject matter?

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

  183. Yeats says:

    And, I’m John Maynard Keynes!

  184. Gilles Poisson says:

    Thats scary.

  185. The Teacher says:

    These linemen need to take physics lessons…Icing my a**

  186. sidhu says:

    “hehehe… what’s a blog?”

    Boone, have one of the Canadiens’ dancers meet me for drinks at the W Hotel after the game, and you have a deal

  187. sidhu says:

    Pleks line looks great. How do we give up so many odd-man breaks with 8 D in the lineup??

  188. Chuck says:

    Good hustle from Ryder. It looked like he won the foot race.

    The hit on Streit by the bench also looked like a crosscheck.

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

  189. Chuck says:

    Good replay. I stand corrected on the crosscheck.

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

  190. Keith says:

    I thought Ryder won that race clearly terrible call!

  191. sidhu says:

    Beautiful pass and move!!

  192. The Teacher says:

    Wow, first time a deke has worked all year for Lats…guess practicing does count after all 😛

  193. MikeL says:

    Chip and Lats heard ya Boone

  194. Chuck says:

    Best move I’ve seen from Latendresse all year!

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

  195. Fagstein says:

    Wow. What a goal. Fantastic pass from Chips.

    So is this a Carbonneau line-juggling success story? Or just a fluke?

  196. Fagstein says:

    And an uncredited assist, in my opinion to … Dandenault was it? For clearing a path in front of Latendresse.

  197. The Teacher says:

    AHAHAHA Guy wanted to nail Lats..and got nailed instead! And LATS stayed up! AHAHAHAHAHAH

  198. Deano says:


  199. Keith says:

    What a goal and WHAT a setup!! 5 on 5 baby! Keep on rolling Habs because this is just what we needed.GO HABS GO!!!

  200. sidhu says:

    Wow, Lats just bounced off Hamius.

  201. Girth says:

    That just looked weird!

    Do it again!

  202. The Teacher says:

    Don’t think anyone HATES Lats…just not ready for the prime-time is all….

    One goal does not a season make.

  203. Girth says:

    Missed the first half…

    Have the lines remained constant?

  204. The Teacher says:

    Uhhh…no..I’m not a Leaf fan

  205. sidhu says:

    Please let this Brisebois experiment end. Bring up O’Byrne who will make mistakes but at least will learn as he goes. Pair him with Hamrlik

  206. MikeL says:

    brisbois is getting worse by the game

  207. Ali says:

    Breezer, bad give away #3 in past 2 games…

    i just want Ryan O’Byrne for christmas, and I think Hamrlik is asking for the same thing.

    and Ryder once again forgets that he’s not Kovalev

  208. Keith says:

    Junior c move there.

  209. Chuck says:

    Odd-man rushes are supposed to mean at least a shot on goal!

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

  210. MikeL says:

    Grabs actually falls every shift…no exageration

  211. Girth says:

    Someone should give Ryder some footage of Mike Bossy for Christmas.

  212. The Teacher says:

    Hmmm, methinks if Steroids were legal, Grabs would be a prime candidate for a prescription!!!

  213. Habsfan39 says:

    Nashville commentators saying that there must be a better way to honor your players other than retiring their numbers, stating how montreal is running out of numbers between 1 and 20…

    I love american commentators

  214. Gilles Poisson says:

    Ryder is not Kovalev he is John Leclair. Just you wait till he pulls out of this. Just you wait.

  215. Chuck says:

    Has a Hab thrown an open-ice hit (on purpose) all year?

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

  216. Ali says:

    I’ll give Nichols credit for having the stones to question the call…

  217. Fagstein says:

    And here’s Breezer’s contribution to the game: bleeding on cue.

    (Do they give stars for that?)

  218. Yeats says:

    I’m an American and they’re just assholes.

  219. Chuck says:

    What’s their problem, and why should they care? Can they not count past 20?

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

  220. Kevin says:

    but he’s still faster than Lats!

  221. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Nashville announcers are clueless.

    First they say that Brisebois “turtled” after he got cross-checked in the face.

    Then when they realized how bad of a cross-check it was (there will probably be a suspension), they then accused him of slashing Nichol in the back of the legs (which is what Nichol did)

    Just now, they are saying that Brisebois “elbowed” Nichol when he actually hit him with his shoulder and followed through.

  222. Chuck says:

    Hey, it worked for New Jersey last night!

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

  223. Habsfan39 says:

    koivu caught flat footed… ouch

  224. sidhu says:

    I heard the same stupid remark – all you need is 22-23 numbers for a team.

  225. Gilles Poisson says:

    They just aren’t giving Ryder enough chances IMHO. Thank you.

  226. JasonM says:

    Ryder’s completely lost it. He can’t even hit the broadside of a barn anymore.

  227. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Stop being an ignorant fool. Terry Crisp was the announcer that was suggesting to retire the names. Last time I checked, Crisp is from Ontario.

    Stop hating on Americans.

  228. Chuck says:

    Somebody’s got to tell Ryder that the GM’s voted to NOT increase the size of the nets, and that he’s still got just 24 square feet to shoot at.

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

  229. Girth says:

    Still being out-shot…

    What’s with that?

  230. Ali says:

    Streit doesnt seem happy about being put up front

  231. Girth says:

    Good one… lol.

  232. Bill says:

    In fairnes to the Nashville announcers, our own Mike Boone also described Brisebois’s response as a “turtle”, but I’m assuming it was said out of love.

  233. JasonM says:

    Now now, there’s no need for that.
    Brisebois deserves more respect than that.

  234. Kevin says:

    Oh Carbo, PLEASE have a Higgins/Koivu/Kovalev on the PP together to start the 3rd!

  235. Keith says:

    That was a bad powerplay we have 41 seconds left better make the most of it.

  236. Chuck says:

    Crap. Laffs up by three after 2.

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

  237. Habsfan39 says:

    no need to pop in a comedy after this one..

    theyve put me in a pretty good mood!

    but no wonder they have no fanbase.

  238. JasonM says:

    Considering that Carbo was putting the 3rd and 4th line out there, I can’t say I’m surprised.

  239. Fagstein says:

    But I’m a Habs fan. I’m not supposed to be fair in my hasty, over-reactive judgments.

  240. ebk says:

    how about six and the team’s third leading goal scorer

  241. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I personally could care less what Boone thinks. The guy was freaking cross checked in the mouth. 99.9% of hockey players would have gone down like Brisebois after receiving such a cross check in that area. I didn’t hear anyone call Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler a turtle after he was cross-checked in the face by Jesse Boulerice earlier this year…by the way, Boulerice got 25 games for that. Nichol should get at least 5 games.

  242. Bill says:

    Those Penguins are a huge disappointment this year, most especially to us, tonight. If they ever get a coach, look out.

  243. sidhu says:

    Ryder needs to calm down. In fact, he could use some weed from George Gillet’s secret stash

  244. JasonM says:

    I’m willing to wager he won’t even get one. Wanna bet?

  245. DYCSoccer17 says:

    I’m not willing to wager, because I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t get one. The NHL is a joke when it comes to penalizing cheap shots. Since Brisebois didn’t get hurt, the NHL could care less about the play…

  246. ebk says:

    make that seven

  247. teamplayer says:

    so not being able to watch the game and just reading everyones comments. with all the odd-man rushes we are giving up and plenty of shots thus far. Are we outplaying them or being outplayed?

  248. Bill says:

    Well, we’re not outplaying them, for sure. The Habs have cashed every chance they’ve had, and Nashville has been stoned on more breakaways and 2 on 1’s than I can count. Other than that, it’s fairly even :)

  249. JasonM says:

    I’ll tell you what, it’s an exciting game with a lot of flow unlike last night’s game against New Jersey, which I promptly fell asleep watching midway in the 2nd.

    Preds were better in the first, I’d say Habs were slightly better than they were in the 2nd. Huet has been playing as an All-Star.

  250. Bill says:

    Poor Michael Ryder. This is worst game yet, did I actually see him break up his own 2 on 1? He needs therapy more than Larry Robinson needed hair-apy.

  251. craz11 says:

    Wow! The lines are starting to come together… Except for Grabs-Tits-Ryder… I still think Ryder should be with Koivu…

  252. JasonM says:

    I think Ryder should be in the pressbox IMO. Everyone who hasn’t been playing up to par has visited it, why can’t he?

  253. Fagstein says:

    Here’s my perfect line:

    Here’s why
    1. Their names have the same length
    2. They all have funny-sounding syllables
    3. “Grabs-Tits-Smokes”. ‘Nuff said.

  254. The Ian Cobb says:

    Hi guys, just got in, 3 zip!!! Whats going on with the lines?

  255. JasonM says:

    All 3 goals are on 5 on 5 IAN! ROLL THE PRESSES!!!!

    Higgins-Plekanec-Kovalev look great with 2 Goals.
    Lats had a highlight reel goal.
    Huet has been playing an ALL-STAR game.

  256. Girth says:

    The 3rd line has the most minutes so far… (after 2)

  257. The Ian Cobb says:

    Wow! Jason, that sounds fantastic, 5 on 5 Well well. Thanks for update.

  258. The Ian Cobb says:

    Who is playing with Koivu??

  259. Ali says:

    Streit and Smolinski….don’t ask

  260. craz11 says:

    Koivu-Smoke to start the PK, then Pleks-Kovy, AND we kill it off!!!

    Colour me surprised!

    Uh oh.. here comes another…

  261. The Teacher says:

    Komi is right…that WAS a dive

  262. Fagstein says:

    Not anymore. Another line change. Now it’s Koivu, Mike Boone and the Leafs’ Zamboni driver.

  263. Girth says:

    The refs decide to give one back… thanks guys!

  264. Chuck says:

    2 minutes for slashing the linesman… suspension, perhaps?

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

  265. Habsfan39 says:

    Ryder’s radar is off, hit the net budddy!

  266. Fagstein says:

    Hey Bouillon and deVries, get a room! You shouldn’t be hugging unless you’re fighting.

  267. teamplayer says:

    thanks for the update after two guys… no way for me to watch it here, got tv and internet, but no rds and no center ice package. any ideas? and sopcast isnt working for me tonight… but it sure as hell worked last night

  268. Habsfan39 says:


  269. craz11 says:

    Ryder needs to spend time in Hamilton to get his confidence back. He keeps skating the puck to the boards and perimeter instead of taking it into the slot like he always used to. It used to be that Ryder would take one stride towards the slot into traffic and uncork a laser beam of a wrister top cheese. Now he crests it to the half boards and takes himself out of the play…

  270. Chuck says:

    Nice bounce. Assist to the boards. Boy, are they lively!

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

  271. Bill says:

    Ooh, the ‘lively boards’ and Huet’s puckhandling ability bite us in the ass again. And the game is afoot!

  272. Habsfan39 says:

    uuuuuuuh, im pretty sure ryder isnt a 2-way player lol.

  273. Fagstein says:

    Stay tuned to HIO, Mike Boone and Dave Stubbs are planning to launch a puppet-theatre simulcast of Habs games.

  274. sidhu says:

    Lats! Nice goal big boy!

  275. Girth says:

    That’s 2 for Lats!
    Oddly enough, I believe all 7 of his goals are all 5 on 5.
    Don’t know how much PP time he really gets.

  276. Chuck says:

    Gui!!!! Right place at the right time!

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

  277. Chuck says:


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

  278. craz11 says:

    throw him on waivers.. no way anyone picks him up…

    although he’s only on a one-year, so I’m probably wrong…

  279. Habsfan39 says:

    i think it’s fair to say brisbois was out of position on that goal…

  280. Habsfan39 says:


  281. The Teacher says:

    I gave Brisebois a fair shot this year after hating him previously.

    Sorry to say…it’s time for him to breeze on out again.

  282. Ed says:

    Fearless prediction – Latendresse will get the winning goal.

  283. teamplayer says:

    radio sucks, I can barely hear it on a laptop… whats going on with the PP only 3 shots for during pp and 6 shots against

  284. Gilles Poisson says:

    I love Nashville’s jerseys. They remind me of my days at The Limelight. Tres chic. Thank you.

  285. Chuck says:

    Preds can’t say that they haven’t earned a few chances tonight.


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

  286. Chuck says:

    EVERYONE was out of position on that goal!


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

  287. Girth says:

    Shots are 36 – 20 for the Preds. 5:49 left.

    Let’s run like thieves in the night…

  288. teamplayer says:

    on another note, buffalo is winning 8-0 over carolina, ouch!

  289. The Teacher says:


  290. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Stop the soccer chants!!!

  291. Gilles Poisson says:

    Yes we’ve given up 40 shots again but only about half of them were excellent scoring chances.

  292. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Nice dive. God damn, atrotious.

  293. Chuck says:

    Didn’t need that. A bit enhanced, though.

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

  294. Fagstein says:

    Can we kill two minutes of a 6-on-4 for the win?

  295. craz11 says:

    This just in:

    Smolinski is garbage.

    HAs a chance to send Koivu on a breakaway, instead lugs it up slower than a Jason Allison penalty shot, and fires a 5 foot pass directly into Koivu’s skates. Then gets a tripping penalty 60 feet from his own goal.

    Quel surprise, tie game.

  296. Bill says:

    What a collapse.

  297. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:


  298. Fagstein says:


    That was insane. And Huet loses his cool over it.

    And to add insult to injury, the goal scorer: Bonk.

  299. JasonM says:


  300. The Teacher says:


  301. Girth says:

    BTW: We’re being out-shot 2 to 1.

    So much for a lucky win.

  302. sidhu says:

    Sundin goal. Bonk goal. Heartbreaking.

  303. Yeats says:

    Go ahead, rag on Bonk!

  304. Gilles Poisson says:

    That was a terrible penalty by Smolinski. If he keeps playing like that, he’ll end up on the top line.

  305. Girth says:

    Aye bonne celle la!

  306. ebk says:

    now that is funny

  307. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    and the fans are pissed, and so am I.

  308. fun police says:

    that is why price is the future. huet can’t close the door.

  309. Angry Almond says:

    Let’s not get on the goalies…if the 5 guys stop skating in front of you, there’s nothing Brodeur, Roy or Plante could do.

  310. Girth says:

    Shots are 44 to 22!

  311. Y says:

    As I recall Price couldn’t close the door either.

    Enough with you Huet haters

  312. JasonM says:

    Yes, let’s blame Huet and hop on the Price bandwagon. It’s all Huet’s fault. Let’s trade him immediately after the game.

  313. sidhu says:

    Imagine if Huet wasn’t on his game and some of those first period odd-man rushes went in. This game wouldn’t be close.

    Where’s Benoit Brunet, Mike Keane, and Vinny Damphousse when you need them??

  314. Keith says:

    I can’t believe we blew this F^%King game!!!!! BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!

  315. Mr Wonderful says:

    What a disgrace. Of course Bonk socres. It is mandatory for every Ex Hab to score when they play us. Big changes are need to be made. This team is horrrible but they sure can skate fast!!

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  316. DYCSoccer17 says:

    The Habs must be thinking they are playing Toronto tonight…

  317. Kevin says:

    If anyone were to tie it up, I’m glad its Bonk. But I can’t believe that the Habs squadered that… Koivu has to score a goal in overtime!

  318. Y says:

    Boone’s words are a curse.


    Please don’t use these words anymore :(

  319. The Teacher says:


  320. Kevin says:

    Mike Boone: What prompted you to start using the player’s middle initials?

  321. Fagstein says:

    So I guess that Nashville goalie change wasn’t such a bad idea.

  322. Ali says:

    i cant tell if you’re serious or not, the F is short for a descriptive, emotional curse word, and is appropriate in the case of guys like Brodeur, Alfie, Heatley, Gionta, Elias, and today, Bonk.

  323. craz11 says:

    Smoke needs to sit next game and hopefully forever. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll retire so we can call up Lapierre. We’ll lose in a shootout… my prediction

  324. Bill says:

    Wow, can’t believe the third period. Absolutely terrible. No offense, no D, and Huet’s luck ran out. You can’t Nashville didn’t deserve it. Carbo’s boys just lost it.

  325. teamplayer says:

    the F stands for F***in, it started in baseball some time ago, cant remember who the guy was, someone posted the answer earlier in the week .. and i think boones been posting initials since the boston game where they looked up at the rafters in all the retired numbers had initials

    good chance by habs then a breakaway? we havent given up enough yet?

  326. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Dan Ellis was a goalie in Hamilton for several years. I’m guessing if this goes into Penalty Shots that he will most definitely have an advantage. Huet sucks on Penalty Shots, too.

  327. Chuck says:

    Heart attack? What heart attack?

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

  328. Gilles Poisson says:

    Ryder in the shootout?

  329. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Can you say Gonchar’s hit on Bouillon?

  330. Chuck says:

    Put Price in for the shootout!!!

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

  331. craz11 says:

    edit: double post.. sorry!

  332. craz11 says:

    DId Higgy get hurt at the end there????

    God, I hope not….

  333. teamplayer says:

    nice so two players just got penalties and now theyll prob shoot, no mention of this rule from the gm meeting though

  334. sidhu says:

    Agreed – Lapierre brings us a lot of energy. He just needs to work on his discipline. But, I’d rather have a penalty called for being too aggressive rather than being too lazy (Smoke).

  335. DYCSoccer17 says:

    The NHL needs to fix the OT Penalty/Shootout Elgibility rule ASAP

    A penalty in the last 30 seconds in overtime should mean that the player cannot shoot AND that the team loses a shot.

  336. Angry Almond says:

    Boy did Carbo look disgusted handing the ref the shootout shooter list….no sh*t!!

  337. JasonM says:

    This isn’t the first time that the Habs collaped this season, every single time is because they get ordered to stop forechecking and this provides the other team to consistently get to the Habs zone with little to no effort. Habs stopped forechecking when there was 9 minutes left and the rest is history.

  338. sidhu says:

    Bonk is a class act. Just wish he wasn’t on his game tonight

  339. Girth says:

    Why does Kovalev always try the same move?

  340. ajpursell says:

    They don’t deserve the point. Disgusting.

  341. sidhu says:

    For a team with “four fourth lines” and eight D in the lineup, we aren’t a very good defensive, shut-down team.

  342. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I could fit a volleyball through Huet’s five whole.

  343. Y says:

    Wow…words cannot describe my disgust

  344. Girth says:

    Perhaps they just run out of gas.

  345. Angry Almond says:

    Saku keeps it interesting….

  346. teamplayer says:

    im gonna go curl up in a corner and cry now, that was pitiful

  347. Y says:

    I think I’ll join you

  348. JasonM says:

    Doubt it. They forechecked all night with 1-2 guys. This was a collective thing, Habs forwards were waiting for the Preds at the red line.

  349. whitecat10 says:

    I’m joinin’ you both :(

  350. Habssince1983 says:

    Bucky F. Dent

  351. Gilles Poisson says:

    Not a bad idea. He does have a good shot. Thank you.

  352. Chuck says:

    Exactly. It takes all six guys to play defense.

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

  353. Gilles Poisson says:

    Merci beaucoup mais je suis tres graves. Merci.

  354. Chuck says:

    Way to throw away a much-needed point, guys.

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

  355. Habsfan39 says:

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  357. The Teacher says:


    We didn;t deserve to win this game at all..Huet saved our a**es and now you guys want to hang him out to dry just like his teammates did…NO FORECHECK AT ALL AFTER WE HAVE A LEAD IS PATHETIC.

    HUET should get the first star…NO MATTER WHAT

  358. Angry Almond says:

    So who sits Tuesday night? Carbo? Muller? Huet? Price? Brisebois? This pressbox better be big…..

  359. DYCSoccer17 says:

    Remember December 01, 2007 if the Habs miss the playoffs by a point again.

  360. JasonM says:

    Turning point? Habs stopped forechecking completely. There’s a serious coaching issue in regards to that as I don’t think it’s something that collectively all the forwards decided to stop doing. That strategy does NOT work in the new NHL. Please stop trapping.

  361. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I think they’re trying to flood the neutral zone late in games instead of forecheck…. and clearly, it’s not working.

  362. Girth says:

    One word… nausea.

  363. Bill says:

    Habs have officially tanked. Oh,well, was nice while it lasted.

    We all know this team is a work in progress, and we have to basically live with it, still … something has to be done just to make a statement. Just what that something should be, I have no idea, I’ll admit it.

  364. Joe Habsfan says:

    FIRE CARBONEAU!!!! No coach in the league juggles lines like this guy! We need a true number one goalie cause if anyone can tell me who the last NHL team was that won a cup with a tandem was I’ll pay money! One other thing…Bonk is better than Smolinski! man that was depressing for a drunk Habs fan…

  365. MikeL says:

    Huet is the worst goalie in the league at shootouts. The Bryan Smolinski experiment has failed. He is less of an offensive threat than Steve Begin. And I havent seen any of his “good defensive game” he was supposed to bring. Play him only for faceoffs and give chipchura the third line ice time he deserves.

  366. Erik says:

    Wow how about a refund to all HABS fans who were at that game dispicable. Wheres the leadership with this franchise GAINEY GILLETE CARBO did i hear BAFFOONS Brutal

  367. Chuck says:

    Blowing 3 3-goal leads with 9 minutes to go… not cool.

    Strange, I thought that Gui had earned himself a chance in the shootout. :)

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

  368. howtathor says:

    We had the two points in the bag. Unfortunately our two best defensive forward were munching hot dogs while the Preds commited highway robbery at the Bell Center. What was Carbo thinking? Haven’t we seen enough of Grabovski and his falling down act? Why break up the best defensive pair? Granted something is hurting Markov and he can’t do the time with Komisarek as usual. I don’ agree with Koivu on the third line although it may have been the best offensive line out there other than the fourth. Can you imagine Higgins with someone like Legwand? If they ever have another fire sale in Nashville, Bob should be first in line. Bonk had an axe to grind and grind he did #%)&#%@)&% Good riddance!!!

  369. Erik says:

    And how about for now on no more Huet in shootouts god he looks good at the beggining of the game and then when the pressure is on…….

  370. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Wait so, who were the healthy scratches today?

  371. JasonM says:

    I’m sure Smolinski will have a tough time going to sleep tonight. Welcome to the Habs doghouse.

  372. howtathor says:

    Yup I think Gui should have been in the shootout. He had the hot hand tonight!

  373. Habssince1983 says:

    What a mother-f*ck*ng joke! I wish they had more pride.

  374. Chuck says:

    That’s a head-scratcher, especially considering he saved out bacon with the breakaways and odd-man rushes in the first. I honestly thought that Price would have come in to try and save the point for us.

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

  375. Chuck says:

    You didn’t need to be drunk to be depressed, my friend.

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

  376. Girth says:

    24 give aways for the HABS!

    We shouldn’t ever have had the lead…

  377. Angry Almond says:

    Folks, this game should NEVER HAVE GONE TO A SHOOTOUT!!! Huet stood on his head in the first 2 periods…it’s hard to stand back there when all 5 guys give up on being first to the puck.

    The Habs played 40 minutes of PENALTY-FREE hockey (disciplined, solid, first on the puck) and then sucked HARD for the final frame and OT. Shootouts with the same moves (Wasn’t that Saku’s move from last week or two weeks ago?) will result in the same result.

    This was a TEAM collapse…Huet’s not to blame for this atrocity.

    If Carbo’s telling his team to trap up 3 goals, maybe he needs to go back to school…we don’t have a trapping style team. D’s too unreliable and the forwards aren’t big enough to clog up the left side….

    Oy! This one’s going to be hard to swallow…what a terrible week to quit smoking and drinking!!!!!

  378. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    So you sit Smolinski and play Kostopoulos or Begin?

  379. Y says:

    Nice to see we have a great cast of hockey experts here.

    Goaltending is the LEAST of our worries!

  380. craz11 says:

    Smolinski was signed to replace Bonk, and put up head to head, Smoke gets the biggest bonehead penalty of the season, and Bonk scores on the ensuing powerplay.

    Things may also have been different had either Begin or Kostopolous were in the lineup, as our two main PK guys would definitely been on the ice at the end of the game to try to bail out Smolinski’s useless ass.

    I’m embarrassed to be a Habs fan tonight..

  381. Erik says:

    Smolinkski that penalty might quite possibly one of the dumbest things ive ever seen yup up by a goal just less than 2 minutes left and ill stick my stick out and trip a guy yup good on how can someone go from useless to having an purpose that is called screwing his own team

  382. FastRonnie says:

    This team sucks…. you cannot blow a 3 goal lead like that. They suck. I just can’t take hoping that things will turn around every game & every season. When they barely beat the hapless leafs the other night, a team tied for last place in the league for wins, I was holding onto my allegiance by a threat. You heard it here: I think the pre-season pundits had some insight when they predicted the Habs out of playoff contention again – the early season fog has lifted and I can see clearly where Mtl is headed. Friends, this team will not make the playoffs. I am officially throwing in the towel. My colors have changed from here on in. Ottawa Senators just gained a fan. After over 30 years of cheering for Montreal hockey – I am departing my first love. Goodbye…

  383. Chuck says:

    To be fair, the Preds player dove on that Smolinski penalty. That said, Smols had no reason to have his stick anywhere near him to give him the opportunity to draw the penalty.

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

  384. The Teacher says:


  385. Habssince1983 says:

    The worst part about it is that Huet deserved better. None of the goals scored on him were pretty ones. Carbonneau must be breaking helmets in the locker room right now.

  386. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Well… I wouldn’t say that. I’ll never leave this team. Ever. I’d just like to see some heart. And I live in Ottawa, and I will NEVER support them. The fan base here is garbage. They only show up as fans during the playoffs.

  387. Girth says:

    Good riddance!

  388. Erik says:

    People may keep saying sit this guy and sit that guy, well guess what Who do we want ON the ice.

    Bob Gainey, How long does he get

    I mean come on where is the progress on the ice

    Just pathetic Up 4-1 with less than 8 mins to go.

    Cristobal Huet honestly where is he in the clutch
    What a pathetic displayot too mention radek Bonk scoring goals arhgggggggg

  389. fun police says:

    huet is not the only problem, but he is a problem. luongo, brodeur, dipietro, lundquist, and many other true number one goalies would have shut the door.
    carbo is overrated. he rolls the lines like a peewee houseleague team. he mixes and matches way too much. relies too much on washed up players (brisebois, smolinski)
    habs have some work to do. i think they are above .500 despite coaching.

  390. Chuck says:

    In case you haven’t checked, Ottawa has lost 6 in a row. See ya. You’ll fit in with all of the other traitors.

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

  391. Erik says:

    Good God as frustrating as blowing a lead like this is you never bail on the HABS I mean Come on!

    Winning will only feel good with the HABS!!!!

  392. ebk says:

    1)Is Smolinski is an upgrade over Bonk
    2)That enough to shut up the Latendresse bashers?
    3)Can Brisebios be in the top two defensive pairings of a playoff team?

    1) He isn’t and anyone who thought so, should get their Hab goggles adjusted. The tint might be a little to biased
    2) Nope, He ain’t pretty but lately he is getting the job done
    3) Not a chance in he||

  393. FastRonnie says:

    Too bad about the fan base. The Sens have a good organization and have put together a contender for many years running. I’ll take my chances. At least I’ll have a team to cheer in April and May pretty much every year. As for the Habs, they’ll be lucky to make it in for a few years to come. And, frankly, I don’t know how many more years of frustration Gainey will be able to endure either.

  394. Erik says:

    Should the team look at the management I mean come on
    Mediocrity can be sickening.

  395. howtathor says:

    Smolinski and Brisbois have to go. It’s time to bring out Lapierre and O’byrne. Sorry to be so harsh but the future is now. No more washed up veterans taking lazy penalties and playing soft D. Time for some bone crunching checks and passion for the CH. There is no excuse for tonight. No excuse for switching to cruise control and allowing the Preds to come back in this game. I know the whole team is responsible but it is time to send a message to the players to the organization. No baggage on this Bus!!!

  396. Habssince1983 says:

    You guys are blaming the coach for rolling the lines??????? Carbonneau’s job is to coach, he’s not coaching peewee, atleast most of those kids listen. Grown men should play better, especially if they’re supposed to be professionals. Don’t blame Carbonneau, the team actually played alright offensively and suffered defensively. The thing is they should have kept scoring all evening and not have gone into a defensive shell.

  397. The Teacher says:


  398. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    And what happens if the Sens start to stumble? And all of a sudden you’re new favourite team isn’t all you thought it would be? Would you come back then? All I have to say is don’t. We don’t want you. I’ll bleed these colours until my good God comes and takes me away. Ibleedbleublancetrouge.

    You will never find dedication like this in Ottawa.

  399. FastRonnie says:

    Your “insightful” comment is Just like a short-sighted fan who sees only the immediate. Ottawa will be at the dance in April – no doubt about it.

    And, as for throwing your infantile comments at me as being a traitor: the Habs have cheated its fans for way too many years, so who’s traiting who?

  400. J.T. says:

    Okay…it’s December, so:

    Huet the Goalie
    Was a jolly, happy soul.
    With a three-oh lead and the game in hand
    and a chance for one more goal.

    Huet the Goalie
    Was as set as he could be.
    He was left alone
    and the Preds did own
    him before he could count to three.

    There must have been some magic
    In the old Bell C this night
    For when the Preds got in their groove
    The Habs just quit the fight.

    Huet the Goalie
    Stopped more than forty shots.
    But the team gave up.
    What’s a Stanley Cup?
    Now he’s thinking murderous thoughts.

    Huet the Goalie
    Is a shootout Racicot.
    Anyone can score
    It’s down in lore
    Ask McGuire where you should go.

    He led the team into the third
    As strong as e’er he could
    But he only paused a moment when
    the score tied while he stood.

    Huet the Goalie
    Had to hurry on his way.
    But he waved goodbye
    Saying don’t you cry
    I’ll be be back again some day.

  401. Y says:

    20 years of watching this team through it’s ups and it’s downs and as disappointed as I am with the team of late, I can never cheer for anyone else with the same passion. If I ever quit on the Habs, that will probably be it for NHL hockey for me.

  402. Girth says:


    The question remains: What can be done in the short/Medium term to stop the bleeding?

  403. J.T. says:

    He ain’t pretty…he just looks that way!

  404. Norm0770 says:

    So why is it that when the Habs have a one goal lead with a minutes to go they always end up running around in their own zone while the other team gets chance after chance? But then if they are down by a goal they deliberately bring the puck up to centre dump it to a corner spend 45 second there fighting for the puck to lose it then the other team sends them away to center? They have no poise in their own zone with time winding down, just like watching Timbits hockey everyone goes to the guy with the puck leaving 5 guys wide open, the difference is in Timbits no one can pass, in the NHL they can.

    The best way to keep the other team from scoring is to forcheck relentlessly for a whole game. The “defensive shell” is not working. At the very least you make it harder for the teams to bring it up ice rather than standing still at centre ice while the other team comes at you with speed.

    I’m not sure what the thinking was in scratching Being and Kostopolus. They aren’t great offensive threats but they have more speed and grit than Smolinski.

    The positive of the night, Chipchura looks better every game and Lats has finally found a centre who doesn’t play 3 speeds ahead of him.

  405. Girth says:

    That’s awesome!

  406. Angry Almond says:

    JT! Classic. Can you rewrite the words to Auld Lang Syne for the pressbox gang for Tuesday night vs the Red Wings. If you thought tonight was bad, wait until Zetterberg and his gang get up on us!!!

  407. ebk says:

    without Huet, they get blown off the ice. Wait can you hear it, the Huet bashers are just warming up.

  408. FastRonnie says:

    For some reason your bleeding ideology sounds like typical Leafs fan babble. Maybe Mtl will go without a cup for 40 years too?

  409. Girth says:

    Team defense works… we simply don’t have the right players to execute it.

  410. Chuck says:

    “Your “insightful” comment is Just like a short-sighted fan who sees only the immediate.”

    Irony noted, considering that you’re ready to bail on a team because of a loss, without taking into to account the bigger picture. Though we will continue to endure growing pains, this is a franchise headed in the right direction.

    And considering that the vast majority of Sens fans grew up cheering for other teams, how else would you describe their fanbase other than to use the word “traitor”?

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

  411. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I have no intention of being rude here. I don’t blindly support les canadiens like leafs fans. I too, like you, have invested a lot of time into this team. And they are improving, and there is a future (unlike in T.O) and all I know is when they do become contenders, I want to be there, don’t you?

  412. Gilles Poisson says:

    I agree they should never have benched Being and Nothingness. Thank you.

  413. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Also, if I’ve offended you in any way, i’d like to apologize.

  414. Gilles Poisson says:

    I will have to ask that you remove the avatar. Thank you.

  415. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I think the last player to blame is Huet, everyone else looked like they were chasing their tails out there.

  416. Bill says:

    Well, THANK YOU, I definitely needed a laugh :(

  417. FastRonnie says:

    Apology accepted. In the heat of the moment with emotions running high, it’s easy for all of us to rant without concern of our fellow bloggers. Sorry back at ya.

  418. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    Forgiven. But seriously, don’t go to Ottawa. Hang around a little longer.

  419. FastRonnie says:

    I will kindly remove the pic and myself when I feel like it.

  420. Gilles Poisson says:

    I’m afraid I will have to insist. Thank you.

  421. Gilles Poisson says:

    I’m not going to bed until you remove the pic. Thank you.

  422. Chuck says:

    Why? I thought that you were officially now a Sens fan… or are you hedging your bets?

    You have the same ammount of finish as Ryder.



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

  423. Chuck says:

    It must be the Christmas season, because tonight the Habs were definitely in a giving mood! :)

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

  424. Habs Suck says:

    I’m hanging around, but with only one foot in the door. It’s extremely difficult to completely walk away. But, you can be sure my comments won’t be flattering to the Habs because I expect much more of the crap they put on the ice vs. Nashville to return for quite awhile.

  425. JasonM says:

    Absolutely not.

    This has been prolly the 5 or 6th point they blown because of this.

  426. Erik says:

    Bring up Lapiere this guy is a pest and that what we could use. Smolinski? God What does he do? Remember in the summer Bob trying to sell the signing of smolinski Hah! what a bunch of crap!

    so sad just sad

    When it comes to Higgins god all those chances he gets how about burying some of them!

    what a team waddda team!

    Oh well we do have Kovalev GO KOVY!!!!

  427. J.T. says:

    I’m actually kind of interested, in an abstract way, in what they’re going to say to explain this. I’m guessing this:

    Higgins: “We had ’em where we wanted ’em, but two games in two nights, we couldn’t keep up with their determination in the third.”

    Huet: “We were tired at the end. I didn’t see the second goal. I’d like to have the fourth one back.”

    Koivu: nothing…he’s incommunicata after a loss

  428. Yeats says:

    We have to show up for the full 60 minutes.
    We have to play through adversity, it’s a long season.
    The coach has confidence in us.
    Have to develop that “killer instinct.”
    I could come up with more hockey cliches if I were so inclined.
    The simple truth is that the team that suited up against the Devils was the same team that dressed tonight.
    And, to be fair, if it weren’t for Huet, they would not have even gotten the loser point.
    But have faith, Carbo knows his hockey.
    Frankly, I’d rather watch the B’hawks coached by Denis Savard.
    At least, they let their prospects play.

  429. Erik says:

    So Carey Price is now the muber 1 goalie. I like Huet but come on. Lets ride the youngster. its time for price

  430. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I think Huet played well, he is still numero uno.

  431. Yeats says:

    Hey, I thought Carbo was Toe? I guess the answer was no, no, and no.

  432. J.T. says:

    Nah…it wasn’t so much the forwards as the D. I think Gorges should play every night. He’s better than Bouillon. And I think they should bring up O’Byrne. I’ve been down on that idea until now, because he’s only a second-year pro and he started the year with low confidence. Also, he’s looked weak on a lot of plays in Hamilton this year. But I’ve been won over to the idea of him playing with Hammer and learning from his mistakes. Bring him up!

  433. Erik says:

    Im liking Latendresse Good player when he has the oppurtunity. He will score for us when he gets the ice time GO GUY!!!! He really is a goal scorer for us

  434. gohabzzzz says:

    this is so wrong
    we’re leading 3-0 and NORMALLY that should be sufficient BUT that DOESN’T mean that you stop playing, EVER
    there is something terribly wrong with this team and this is a game we should have won( actually with the first period play and the third, its questionnable) and oo look, we’ve got a losing record( worsened ) and did it hurt to watch BONK, at of ALL people, score in the shootout
    only the habs are capable of blowing this and I’m sorry but the leafs hung on and won 4-2….but not the habs
    now thats really bad, especially that were talkin about the laughs

  435. J.T. says:

    Okay…I have a new philosophy. Let’s forget the Habs’ great history and the need to honour it by icing a good team. Let’s pretend we’re fans of one of the other teams in the league…you know…the American, southern market ones…and just laugh at how bad they can be. Hey, they’re our guys…don’t they suck? NO one can suck like our guys! A fond kind of no-expectations way of looking at them. I predict the number of Habs-related ulcers and heart attacks will decrease by at least half.

  436. Chuck says:

    You mean like being a Chicago Cubs fan?

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

  437. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I could live with that.

  438. Yeats says:

    I’m adopting the Blackhawks. Young, fun to watch. Have a coach who looks like he’s having a good time and is very comfortable behind the bench. A once proud franchise that has regained its soul — Bobby Hull, Stan Makita, Pit Martin, Tony O, Keith Magnuson, Denis Hull, and Billy Rea — tradition out the ying yang. And, the second best jersey in the NHL. What’s not to like.

  439. Erik says:

    I want a goalie who can play well in the clutch!

  440. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I’d like 5 players without pads to play well in the clutch!

  441. sidhu says:

    Agreed regarding O’Byrne. The fact that he’s a second year pro shouldn’t make any difference (see e.g., Marc-Eduard Vlasic, who jumped straight from junior to the NHL).

  442. J.T. says:

    No…more like being a Phoenix Coyotes fan. That way, if they do something good, we get all surprised and happy.

  443. ajpursell says:

    That’s gold. That is just brilliant. I’ve already found myself saying “The Sharks aren’t so bad” and not dying inside like I used to, I’ll switch that to the team of my birth.

    Maybe that way I won’t need my wife to stop me from getting the lighter fluid and going outside with my jersey.

  444. Yeats says:

    We’re on the road to leafdom, 1993 will be our 1967!

  445. Ibleedbleublancetrouge. says:

    I just threw up a little.

  446. Erik says:

    Where is George Gillete Watching his soccer team or his nascar team no, look what your putting on the ice at the rink!!!!

  447. Yeats says:

    That’s it! That’s the title of my book. The Road to Leafdom: How the Montreal Canadiens Abandoned Their Glorious Past and Embraced the Concept of Suck. $19.95 or $17.95 for those of you paying in C$.

  448. Girth says:

    Agree completely.

    I would rather miss the playoffs with the developing talent than watch veterans make mental mistakes. Perhaps it’s fatigue… what ever. Bring in the youth and get rid of these so called “role models” before they spoil what still looks like a bright future.

    Sometimes I wish they would just shut up and listen to the fans.

  449. mjames says:

    Who instructs the team to back into its end in the last ten minutes of the game. During this time we had no forecheck. We let Nashville come into our zone and set up, hoping for a break out. If this supposed to be a defensive strategy then I do not understand the game. At times I counted four Nashville players around out net.

    I am confused by this strategy. We do this on a regular basis. Someone has to ask why we always seem to give up the the crucial goal in the final two minutes. I do not blame the players. There is something else going on.

    What is more confusing is that no reporter dares to ask Carbo what strategy he employs. I guess everyone is intimidated by him. Everyone talks about the lines. That is not the issue in my opinion. I wish we could get a reporter in there to query the coaching staff on its strategy. The reporting is as useful as Carbo’s strategy.

    Lastly we do not need Simoloski and Kostopoulos on the team. Bring up some other guys. Funny how Bonk scores the winning goal. I can assure you he would never be used by Carbo at that point in a game if he playeed for us. Interesting that Bonk has as many goals as he had with us all last year. I think the majority of our players would have more impressive stats if they played for another team. I wonder why that is??????


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