The whiners are winners

At the beginning of the week, Cristobal Huet and Guillaume Latendresse weren’t happy about not starting against Florida at the Bell Centre.

In Washington tonight, Latendresse scored twice and Huet made 35 saves as Canadiens began a six-game road trip with a 5-2 conquest of the Capitals.


It was a good night for the Kiddie Corps: joining Gui! on the scoresheet were Tomas Plekanec and Sergei Kostitsyn.

And Mark Streit’s third-period clincher came off some industrious play by Kyle Chipchura.

A dozen Canadiens figured in the scoring, including Maxim Lapierre, who won a draw cleanly back to Gui1 for his second goal.

With a W in the bag, Canadiens have matched their total on last season’s holiday road trip.

Next stop: Atlanta on Saturday night. 


  1. JB_15 says:

    He is our Nik Antropov.

  2. doug says:

    Did anyone know that Mike Komisarek:

    a. leads the league in blocked shots, and,
    b. is second in the league in hits?

    Caps announcers just said that.

  3. showey47 says:

    Thats a big goal for us, thats where lats needs to go in order to be successful because most of our players won’t go there

  4. Alirio says:

    Try a little Tenderness… Yeah

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  5. doug says:

    Got to admit that Latendresse looks good today; has not been my favorite Hab but has looked good in last half a dozen games that he’s played in.

  6. JB_15 says:


    Gui Gui Gui!

  7. Steiner says:

    gui gui gui
    way to go.

  8. Steiner says:

    this would be a perfect time for a goal.

  9. doug says:

    i still prefer him to price in 2007-2008. if he played every game he’d be more and more solid. . . underrated player

  10. JB_15 says:

    Damn, that Brashear is a smooth skater.

  11. Y says:

    “…Huet is keeping it close”

    Plus ca change…the more it stays the same

  12. Cams Habs says:

    Just tuned into radio…

    Is Kovalev with Higgy and Koivu, or is it Sergei?

  13. doug says:

    happy 29th birthday andre markov

  14. JB_15 says:

    After a terrific start to the season, I find Alex Kovalev to be moving ve-ry slow-ly these-days. He is hesitating on shots, not really showing very much hustle, and I think we may have already seen the best that AK27 has to offer us this season.

  15. doug says:

    Huet playing very solid. He’s impressive.

  16. Moey says:

    My contribution to the Christmas jingles (sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

    Sundin sucks
    McCabe sucks
    leafs suck all the way
    Oh what fun it was to watch them lose on Saturday.

  17. Naila Jinnah says:

    Lats might have just earned his spot in the lineup for next game!

  18. Naila Jinnah says:

    Oooh! 2 shots!!

    And the Caps’ jerseys are butt ugly!

  19. JB_15 says:

    Alexander Ovechkin reminds me so much of Pavel Bure. For my money, no one in the league has the ability to skate with the puck the way he does. He is a game-breaker. Him and Kovalchuk are in a league of their own in this respect. But I give ovechkin the nod as number 1. He is incredible.

  20. Moey says:

    I agree Mike, you could really see the difference on that shift.

  21. Naila Jinnah says:

    HAHAHA! Because I have fun pointing out production errors… RDS guys start talking before they took the commercial. And are having audio issues. lol.

  22. teamplayer says:

    has there been a whistle yet?

  23. tony d says:

    no prediction for tonight’s game Mike?
    I’m still waiting for my Super 7 numbers
    so here we are, another game where we look up to the skies and wonder who will show up tonight
    Ryder sitting is good, I think he sees the writing on the wall and a change would be good for him and the team.
    When that happens, who knows but for all concerned, the sooner the better.
    Brisebois still out is an early Xmas present…
    fingers crossed everyone….1st period will tell
    if they come out confused and listless, we’ll know they’re in a free fall
    then no matter how many novenas my Zia Loretta says for them, we’re doomed

  24. doug says:

    Ryder’s career numbers against Washington: 12 games, 9 goals.

  25. Y says:

    Amazing how Ovechkin isn’t even in the top 5 for all-star voting and Sindy the Baby is #1. Shows you how much over-hyping something can lead to.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Bob could sign him for $10mill for 15 years?

    A man can dream…

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    Here we go again, RDS at my friends. Win or loose I can live with, as long as they don’t waist my time with poor effort like the last game.

    Enjoy !, everybody

  27. Zaskar says:

    This will be a successful road trip. Can feel it in ma bones.

  28. likehoy says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t agree with Dave Stubbs (I think, I might be referencing the wrong sports writer) saying that we should rely too much on our young guys. The truth is, as a young player, when you’re given the responsibility to lead, you will take it because they thrive on pressure. They wouldn’t be young potential stars if they didn’t have a natural sense of urgency and a little bit of leadership. Look at the Coyotes, running and gunning and their team is full of young guys. Chicago is being led by 2 young guys Kane and Toews. Players learn by experience, it’s fair not to rush a player cause it can hurt your team because they are still learning, but the veterans are there to balance that. I think Carbo did a great job (doesn’t happen often) earlier this year by calling upon gorges even after he made a blunder to show him confidence. There’s nothing that gives a young player more confidence than when you know you screwed the pooch, but 2 seconds later your coach is calling for you to get back out there.

  29. howtathor says:

    I don’t know if I agree. Carbo seems to have a pretty large doghouse. When O’byrne slipped and gave up the puck against Tampa Bay he didn’t see more than one shift the rest of the game. I know Ryder is not a “kid” but the only way is going to score is bieng on one of the top two lines and I don’t mean at the hot dog stand. I shudder to think what will happen when Smolinski and Begin come back. He has been patient with Chipchura and the Kostitsyn brothers although I would like to see the younger one get a chance on the PP. I won’t even go into how he handles the goaltenders. There’s a reason this team plays scared and I don’t mean desperate. They play as if they are afraid to make a mistake. I can’t explain how they can look so dominant one day and so dormant the next but that’s for another post.

  30. NLhabsfan says:

    I agree with you completely.Don’t want to do any Carbo bashing….but he seems to me to be very vague and disorganized in his handling of some of the players and the team.He has been out coached in several games this year.I am not saying this out of anger because Ryder is benched.I am a Montreal fan like no other and I feel, lousy when this team looses…Ryder is my favorite player from NFLD.I sooner see him play with a team he would be happy with and succeed.Instead of being jerked around like he is now..

  31. Moey says:

    Okay three minutes in, a stinker so far.

  32. NLhabsfan says:

    Well Ryder just as well not play if he gets 8-9 min.There is a problem there.I guess we will all find our when he is gone.Thats the way it looks from here.Lets hope there is a better effort this game by the team collectively.

  33. Naila Jinnah says:

    This’ll be fun!

  34. Keith says:

    Only saw about 5 mins of the first period but it looks like we’re lucky to have the lead (as usual), being out-shot 14-6. What is with these guy’s anyways? Getting tired of this :-(

  35. showey47 says:

    No kidding, only andrei kostitsyn has a shot on goal from the top 2 lines. Kostitsyn jr. had only 3 1/2 mins of ice time. Pretty low for a first line winger but i guess the powerplays and penalty kills had a role in it.

  36. gohabzzzz says:

    thank god were leading 1-0 and now we must build on it and beat them because we can’t afford to lose a game that we should win
    and I simply just love Cristobal Huet, he rocks!!!!!!:)

  37. doug says:

    agreed, although Halak should have started the last game last year!

    it’s not anti-price to be pro-huet. the guy has been solid as long as he plays regularly; the lack of confidence and playing time this year has been kind of classless. . . he deserves better.

  38. howtathor says:

    As much as I like Sergei Kostitsyn, I think he should be back in Hamilton and Ryder back on the first line. Even if you’re going to trade a guy you should showcase him. Bob should know that! It’s like selling a car and not allowing a test drive. In my heart I hope Ryder can recover the rest of this season given the chance. All it takes is one goal to turn it around.

  39. whitecat says:

    Posters MIA: Fewer than 50 Comments so far. I assume everyone is out Christmas shopping

    Nah just holding my breath hoping for the best 😉

  40. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice work on Ovy by Burner!!!

  41. showey47 says:

    great play by obyrne on ovy

  42. Chorske says:

    There just doesn’t seem to be too much to say that hasn’t been said. Which makes this post especially redundant.

  43. showey47 says:

    nice f’in goal

  44. saku11 says:

    what a play!!!!

  45. Ali says:

    wow he almost missed an open net!

  46. Chorske says:

    YAhh. Holy crap that was awesome.

  47. Keith says:

    COOL! Plecs banks it in off Kolzig’s pad.

  48. doug says:

    noticed the same thing. . . wow.

  49. showey47 says:

    bad penalty to take 180 feet from your own net. hope we can kill it off

  50. teamplayer says:

    nice pass kovy, nice trick shot plekanec of course we all know you planned that 😉

  51. Chorske says:

    Random thought. I’m glad I didn’t grow up with a name like Semin. I can’t even imagine how much teasing I would’ve had to endure.

  52. doug says:

    darn. . . saw that one coming.

  53. The Teacher says:

    Yup, Christmas shopping is where I was.. :)

  54. showey47 says:

    why can’t we clear the puck out? There was only one guy playing the point and markov puts it on his stick. just frustating

  55. Barts says:

    Jesus, how annoying is that siren in Washington?

  56. whitecat says:

    apparently we can’t :(

  57. The Teacher says:

    I don’t think semen means semen in Russia, but I get your point 😉

  58. doug says:

    come, now 😉

  59. whitecat says:

    very annoying

  60. Naila Jinnah says:

    Such an extended goal announcement… what’s with all the musical interludes?

  61. Ali says:

    is anyone else seeing this? The forwards are not going past the other teams blueline on the forecheck!!!!!

  62. showey47 says:

    I wonder if that penalty would even of been called if it didn’t turn into a scoring chance for the habs. It was a hold, but a pretty weak one

  63. VancouverHab says:

    I’m enjoying the blogcast, Mike — just not commenting ;–)

    OK: I will say that I’m ashamed for my wicked thoughts last week of Saku needing a trade. Love the guy — give *him* a new coach!

  64. doug says:

    Dumb Capitals announcers statements tonight:

    a. Rollie Melanson was one of the best goaltenders in the league so it’s no surprise he’s such a solid goaltending coach
    b. Hamrlik plays the exact same game as Souray
    c. (with 9 minutes left in the 2nd), this is a very fast moving game and this period is just about over.

  65. Chorske says:

    Yep, they’re being pushed back, playing too tentatively. That was one of the things they were doing right against Philly…

  66. doug says:

    Habs have zero shots on goal in the period. . . except the one that was going wide and hit Kolzig and went in.

  67. doug says:

    Meaning Habs have scored on over 28% of their shots tonight

  68. doug says:

    thanks for pointing that out. . . missed it. mjames would be sick about it.

  69. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice pass by Nylander!

  70. JB_15 says:

    Am I reading this correctly?
    We have 7 shots the entire game?

  71. Ali says:

    i want to see Kosty Jr, get the puck at high speed and see what he can do, he hasn’t gotten any real opportunities to show his speed and hands.

  72. Ali says:

    its our masterplan, we try and put the other goalie to sleep.

  73. JB_15 says:

    Whoa Condoleeza Rice in the house! Habs Fan?

  74. doug says:

    yep. . . and only 1 in the second, which was going wide but richoceted off of kolzig’s pad and into the net.

  75. doug says:

    the picture you attach to your profile is the perfect facial expression for that.

  76. Naila Jinnah says:

    And that’s why you can’t miss faceoffs.

  77. saku11 says:

    stupid RDS misses the goal

  78. doug says:

    8 shots, 3 goals. 37.5% shooting percentage (or, for Kolzig, 62.5% save percentage)

  79. Barts says:


  80. JB_15 says:

    lol, thats very true.

  81. The Teacher says:

    cause they want advertising money 😉

  82. Ali says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  83. Chorske says:

    Maybe she’s hoping to bump into Peter MacKay. Wonder when those two crazy kids are gonna finally just make it happen. bow chica chica bow wow

  84. Ali says:

    Oh thats why i was feeling off! The Sucker of Souls is in the house!

  85. JB_15 says:

    We just scored again? RDS is always missing stuff…ARG

  86. The Teacher says:

    Hey, if we take two shots and get two goals every period..I’d take that!

  87. Chorske says:

    Latendresse is making Carbo look like a frikkin genius.

  88. showey47 says:

    The importance of winning faceoffs guys and gals

  89. The Teacher says:

    I see they are letting hooking go again…Chips just got hooked there am I not correct?

  90. showey47 says:

    i noticed this happened alot in the florida game. The panthers did just enough obstruction not to get called for it

  91. Mike says:

    Is there anyway to watch it online? im out of town adn the sopcast is not working.

  92. Kilgore Trout says:

    sopcast is working for me @ channel 21661

  93. Blitzen says:

    Try Just looked and they have the game feed from sopcast.

  94. The Teacher says:

    Kolzig slashed Higgins on the head and no call?

  95. Kilgore Trout says:

    oh my god, kolzig actually got to make a save this period

  96. The Teacher says:

    If Koivu is bvreathing that heavily so soon after the faceoff, he shouldn’t have been out there in the first place…

    and is the Washington play clock on double speed or what?

  97. JB_15 says:

    Olaf Kolzig is no Jim Carey.

  98. showey47 says:

    why does koivu take such stupid penalties, another bad one in the offensive zone

  99. Ali says:

    the good news? We’re winning.

    bad news? The Caps suck.

    Overall good news? We’re scoring 5 on 5.

    Now if we could just figure out a way to beat the Panthers…

  100. Ali says:

    whos this guy they’re interviewing?

  101. Naila Jinnah says:

    Rofl! Max Bernier’s interview on RDS is great :)
    And different! Different is good :)

  102. JB_15 says:

    Maxime Bernier, Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada

  103. Ali says:

    oh! he’s a libertarian…very interesting! The Canadian Ron Paul?

  104. Mike says:

    can anyone send me the link to the game online. I am getting to links to the sopcast on the web. both channels start with a 1 . both are offline.


  105. Ali says:

    I strangely enjoy Crosby in a fight. Man he annoys me with his whinyness. But then we also forget the guys what, 20 years old.

  106. Yeats says:

    If Al MacNeil could bench Henri Richard in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blackhawks, Carbo should be able to bench Koivu! He continues to take these BS offensive zone penalties that merely highlight his lack of offensive production. I think The Flowers’ article was spot on!

  107. Blitzen says:

    Try The sopcast feed is on there and works just fine on IE.

  108. teamplayer says:

    Crosby fighting!! who did he fight and why?

    both chara and laraques fight ended within seconds with both guys going to the ground

  109. Blitzen says:

    I hope Ryder is taking notes from Lats on how to be a sniper.

  110. Blitzen says:

    It goes a little like this:

    a) Get your butt in front of the net

    b) Put it in the net

  111. teamplayer says:

    pretty fun fight to watch

  112. Chorske says:

    Did he win?

  113. Naila Jinnah says:

    Oh man! That was soo close!!!

  114. Naila Jinnah says:

    Apparently they don’t learn. RDS misses another faceoff.

  115. Chorske says:

    Too much messing around in the offensive zone. Two guys hanging around the net and the guys around the circles are making lazy passes to each other. Shoot the damn puck.

  116. Naila Jinnah says:

    Chipper makes me happy :)
    Especially when he draws penalties like that :)

  117. showey47 says:

    there is a big penalty 5 on 3, now we have sucked ass most of the of the night lets put ovy and crew away

  118. Chorske says:

    And I really think they should get rid of the stupid delay of game penalty for accidental shooting over the boards.

  119. Naila Jinnah says:

    EXCELLENT!! Koivu gives Kosty the puck! :)

    Go Baby!!

  120. saku11 says:

    first of many!!

  121. KamiDave says:

    Woo! Sergei!

  122. showey47 says:

    woohoo, big goal and i think it may of been sergei

  123. Ali says:

    congrats Sergei!

  124. Naila Jinnah says:

    I temporarily take back my song of praise for Chipper.

  125. mcLovin says:

    good for him. i bet andrei says something to him after this game. 😉

  126. Chorske says:

    That won’t be his last either, nice tip in.

  127. showey47 says:

    just like that, its a game again

  128. Alirio says:

    I wish I had a loonie for every time the Habs let in a goal within 30 seconds of scoring one….

    Phoquing BullshiFt

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  129. KamiDave says:

    Oh wow.. is that siren ever annoying.

  130. mcLovin says:

    this from the Yahoo box score: Montreal 9:34, Siarhei Kastsitsyn 1 (Alexei Kovalev)

    Siarhei? WTF

  131. Naila Jinnah says:

    lol! Probably phonetics!

  132. the_vipah says:

    Other then the two shots that the caps put in, they haven’t really had any super dangerous chances outside of the PP. Those shot totals mean nothing, as per usual.

  133. showey47 says:

    stop icing the damn puck

  134. Blitzen says:

    I’ve figured out our problems: since we never forecheck, I would guess we never do it in practice either so the D-Men have no idea what to do when they get forechecked.

  135. Blitzen says:

    The puck is like a friggin hand grenade out there.

  136. RS says:

    According to
    KASTSITSYN, SIARHEI and KASTSITSYN, ANDREI. They’ve always gone with that spelling of the last name.

  137. Naila Jinnah says:

    Wow! That was dangerous! Not just in terms of goals, but in terms of health too!

  138. Naila Jinnah says:

    Leap frog? That’s for kindergarden kids…

  139. mbplekfan says:

    Carbo’s system seems to consist of letting the opposition have the puck exclusively for the last ten minutes.

  140. showey47 says:

    smart play by hamrlik, put the puck on net and force a faceoff in their end

  141. Naila Jinnah says:

    Go Cube Go!
    followed by
    Go Chipper Go!!
    and of course,
    Go Streit Go!

  142. Keith says:

    Great work by the grind line and Streit scores!!

  143. showey47 says:

    imagine that, don’t sit back and go on the offence and the habs score. i call this the anti-carbo system

  144. Barts says:

    The Habs have no business being in this game, but there it is…5-2. We still have many problems, including being unable to get the puck out of our own end.

  145. showey47 says:

    no kidding, considering we are supposed to be a defence first team we rank 27th in shots against

  146. Fagstein says:

    Free wings! That’s good, because I think the stockpile at the Cage was about to expire.

  147. likehoy says:

    gosh darn it…latendresse sucks…send him to the minors!!!! 2 goals and a shot block, we don’t need his play on our team.

  148. Keith says:

    I know we got the win and I’m very happy about it but we have to do a much better job of clearing the puck out. Time and time again we fail to clear the zone and it costs us. Doesn’t Gui on an RDS interview looks like Teen Wolf?

  149. showey47 says:

    hey mr.boone i think its atlanta on saturday

  150. showey47 says:

    streit had 6 shots on goal, lats 4. half the teams total shots
    obyrne had a team leading 4 hits but was a -1 but that was because of chippers tape to tape pass to backstrom which ended up in our net.

  151. Erik says:

    Great win!!!! Hey RDS howa bout not missing faceoffs jeez

  152. von says:

    “Next stop: Carolina on Saturday night.”

    Uh, their in Atlanta Mike 😉

  153. Mike Boone says:

    Explanation: I went by the pocket schedule. Check it out: December 22 “CAR”.
    hey, if you can’t trust the pocket schedule … well, I guess there’s no Santa Claus.

  154. Mike Boone says:

    Penguins blow a 4-0 lead in Boston (Memo to Michel Therrien: Don’t buy green bananas), but how about Kris Letang in the shootout? He’s 3-for-3 this season.

  155. Yeats says:

    Who doesn’t beat the Caps? Crap, their wives do for God’s sake. Keep the Viagra at bay for another day folks!

  156. Yeats says:

    I love a good house league game! don’t you? It really stirs the blood.

  157. Moey says:

    At least Huet will get another game or two out of this, might stop the Huet sucks trade him crap until his next loss.

    Habs won, it’s not all bad, even if the Caps are Craps.

  158. Exit716 says:

    We used to have a big house league tourney in January when i was a kid. They should all get stickers for their helmets and a free coke and fries from Peggy’s Canteen.

  159. Yeats says:

    Just cop the two points. That’s all I want. The real battle will be fought several months down the road. Vinny killed the leafs tonight. And, that was beautiful, F’N beautiful!!!

  160. showey47 says:

    laffs blow another lead and vinny scores with less than one minute left in the game tampa wins 2-1. what a great night

  161. Yeats says:

    House league hockey is still the game at its purest!

  162. Yeats says:

    If we weren’t the current Habs, we could truely gloat!

  163. showey47 says:

    i don’t know if its a thing about trading him because he sucks, because he doesn’t suck. He is going to the all-star game again and his stock is as high as it will ever be. It’s pretty much guaranteed he won’t be back next season, he will not resign to be a back up and gainey won’t fork out the 4 million or so/season he could command on the open market. I would hate to lose him for nothing like we did souray. Its too bad, but thats the business of hockey.

  164. Moey says:

    Nowhere near as beautiful as their loss on Tuesday night, imagine this, laffs ahead 2-0, last three minutes of the third, they still have a minute left on their PP, decide not to shoot into the empty net, puck gets robbed, 2-1, then tied 2-2 they lose in overtime.

  165. Yeats says:

    Trying to be balanced. Never get too high, never get too low!

  166. showey47 says:

    i laughed so hard watching the end of that game, it was funny because it wasn’t us. the only downside was that the laffs came out with a point, unlike tonight.

  167. Yeats says:

    If we hadn’t stunk out the rink against against Florida, I would have cracked open another bottle of Port! But alas, our guys didn’t show up.

  168. saku11 says:

    Gaborik has 5 goals and 1 assist tonight so far, that guy is ridiculous

  169. showey47 says:

    win or lose it should qualify him for the first star, when was the last time someone scored 5 goals in a game?

  170. ebk says:

    ok, let me try. Huet was stellar, not hard to see with goaltending like that, why the caps are in the cellar.

    how did I do?

  171. showey47 says:

    ah crap you had to remind me, i had almost had that game repressed.

  172. Moey says:

    Let’s be honest here, especially for us old-timers, we get so frustrated with them because of the glory days. They’re not our Habs as we once knew them.

    Times have changed, but we’ve never shifted our expectations of them. Not fair to a mostly young team with no superstar veterans. I agree with Mike Boone, we are very demanding fans but that’s only because of the past.

    The best way forward is to support the rebuilding, bear with the mistakes, take the losses, celebrate the wins and just be behind them instead of shooting all around them when times are rough.

  173. JF says:

    Couldn’t agree more. In both Tuesday’s game and tonight’s, the Habs were pitiable in their own end. Even with what should have been a comfortable lead, I was nervous throughout the game. They have to be the worst team in the league at clearing their zone. Someone on RDS commented that if they had been playing a better team tonight or if Huet had not been excellent, there’s no way they would have won.

  174. teamplayer says:

    they won 6-3 he was in on all goals… im loving it, i have him in my pool and its about time!

  175. Naila Jinnah says:

    LOL! And Crosby fights! What has the (hockey) world come to?

  176. Yeats says:

    Sort of like a parent. I keep trying to convince my pair of heathens that I used to be a real guy too!

  177. Chuck says:

    It wasn’t pretty, but nobody remembers “pretty” in the win column. I’ll thake the two points, thanks!

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

  178. Moey says:

    Exactly. Who among us wasn’t thinking 5-2??? should have been 10-2 against a team like that. We have to focus on what they are, not what they once were. That’s my resolution for 2008, and besides, I don’t need any more bald spots.

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