Three pucks … and counting

The pucks are arrayed on a shelf at the back of Carey Price’s cubicle: one for his first NHL win, one for his first assist and, soon to be added, one for his first shutout.

34 saves – seven of which came during a 5-on-3 Philadelphia power play, with Canadiens’ best two defencemen – Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek – in the box for an agonizing 1:53.

"It seemed," Price said, "like it was eight minutes long.

"They came hard. You have to give our penalty-killers credit. They only let them shoot from the outside."

Price was his usual quiet, unassuming self as he faced the cameras, microphones and notebooks in the winning room. But in his last two starts, the rookie has faced 70 shots and allowed one goal.

In addition to a shot barrage, Price faced swarms of Flyers crashing his net.

"They go hard, kind of like Toronto," he said. "They have guys who like to go to the net and pick up the garbage."

Price is in the zone.

"I’ve just been reflecting on my habits in practice," he said. "I’m just kind of trying  to practice focusing on the puck and standing up on shots that are going high and following the puck with my body. I think it really helped out."

Will the red-hot goaltender be in the nets tomorrow evening in Philadelphia?

"You guys, that’s all you want to know," Guy Carbonneau said, while not tipping his hand except to concede that Price is playing as well as he did early in the season.

"In Florida, as the game went on he got better," the coach said. "Tonight he just took over."

Carbo praised Price’s poise, patience and confidence. Price’s saves, he added, "seem to be easy for him."

Price planned to phone his parents, who had been watching their son’s first shutout at home in B.C. He said he was ready to go in Philly and "Carbo will let us know what’s going on tomorrow."

Across the room, Roman Hamrlik talked about a busy night: 23 gruelling minutes in his first game back after missing three with a flu that has become a skin rash

"It wasn’t easy for sure," Roman Hamrlik said. "I just went out there and tried to play simple.

"I think everybody tonight picked it up. That’s the way we have to play. Pricey made some unbelievable saves and that’s why we won the hockey game.

621 Comments

  1. The Teacher says:

    Pretty good pre-game assessment J.T.

  2. The Teacher says:

    Yup, the only player I would want also. He is also what I regard as our top off-season priority, a true #3-4 defence-man.

  3. Chuck says:

    Could be if he’s traded to team “X” who uses him as leverage and turns around and trades him for what they want from the Habs.

    It’s still a moot point if the Leaf player won’t waive his NTC.

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  4. The Teacher says:

    Well, they aren’t making the playoffs, so I’m assuming everyone in the hunt besides Montreal.

  5. wd40 says:

    i wonder what team is trying to get who i assume to be Sundin. hmm. Can you see the leafs trading him to a team in the east?

  6. The Teacher says:

    Signs that the trade deadline is near and fast approaching-

    TSN has a link reading “Report: Kings to trade Bibby to Hawks” and you get excited, but alas, it’s a basketball trade.

    pfttt lol

  7. Wayne says:

    Prediction: I think we’ll blow’em out tonight and on Sunday, by the skin of Downie’s chinny chin chin. We’re due for another masterpiece anyway.

  8. The Teacher says:

    It can always happen in a roundabout way ;)

  9. Mike says:

    The leaf player wouldn’t becoming here.

  10. Chuck says:

    I think that the only laff player that I would be interested in would be Tomas Kaberle. He’s a good puck moving defenseman whose singned through 2011 at an average salary of $4.25 million. Unfortunately he’s already gone on record as saying that he won’t waive his no trade clause.

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  11. tony d says:

    i just soiled myself on that bit of gossip

  12. Mike says:

    Even though hockeybuzz is 99.9999% wrong, i decided to share this with you guys.

    “According to an email from a VERY trusted source: I have a BIG clue for you. the Habs are on the brink of making a large deal, but there is a catch. The whole deal is contingent upon and tied directly to the team the Habs are dealing with being able to make another trade that is currently held up by a “player on the Leafs with a NTC.”

  13. showey47 says:

    actually i think you are the one that is right we are 5 points out of 8th and 6 points out of ninth, my bad.

  14. The Teacher says:

    24 Cups-

    If someone replies, you can’t edit the post.

  15. 24 Cups says:

    showey – You’re right. I realized that as soon as I made my original post and then clicked on edit to change it. When I pressed reply again it said that “access was denied”. I therefore had to make another post. Strange.

    5th Montreal – 69
    6th Philly – 65
    7th NY Rangers – 65
    8th Buffalo – 64
    9th Boston – 63
    15th Laffs – 55:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  16. wd40 says:

    here’s my take: 2 points: ok. 3 points, great. 4 points, wow. we don’t need to win all remaining games, (and back-to-backers are tough) but i have to admit a nice little streak would sure help wash away the lingering taste of that mini-slump.

  17. wd40 says:

    i really hope we don’t see any cheap crap by Philly. i don’t mind a hard hitting, physical game but we all know what Downey and the boys are capable of. for some reason i have a bad feeling, but then again, it might just be pre-game jitters.

    GO HABS

  18. 24 Cups says:

    Habs-Kat – ebk and I have taken note of what you’ve said! You’re right, let’s go all in with our chips and win both games this weekend.

    The Original 24 Cups

  19. showey47 says:

    Actually i think that makes us 6 points out of 8th, the sabres and bruins are tied. I hate to do it but we should be cheering for the laffs tonight since they play the bruins.

  20. J.T. says:

    Philly might come out smokin’, but after five consecutive losses, they’ll be demoralized easily if they should get down early. If the Habs come out and score a couple in the first, the deficit will look like Everest to the Flyers. Then the Habs just have to depend on Price to hold the fort and hope Philly doesn’t beat on them too badly.

    Nice to see a full NHL-calbre D on the ice for our side for the first time in a while.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  21. 24 Cups says:

    Make that 6 up on the Bruins.

    The Original 24 Cups

  22. wd40 says:

    man i did not expect that.. the Sabres have been on fire lately.

  23. 24 Cups says:

    Rangers beat Buffalo 5-1 this afternoon with means New York is now tied with Philly and Boston has fallen into 9th place. Montreal is 5 points up on the Bruins.

    The Original 24 Cups

  24. Habs-Kat says:

    I’d be angry if the Canadiens lost both games against the Flyers, I’d be upset if they lost one, and I’d be satisfied if they won both. I think this series is going to be a preview of the playoffs, and in the playoffs, 50% doesn’t cut it.

  25. Les-Habitants says:

    Or we leave Sergei there to develop a bit more and we go get my main man.

    The Bobby Holik campaign:
    “He may not be Hossa, but he won’t cost us Higgins”

  26. howtathor says:

    Mike, caught the game last night…it was too freakin’ cold to go out! If the Jackets do fall out of the race, David Vyborny would look good in a CH or maybe Nicolai Zherdev would like to visit Moscow on the St. Lawrence…

    Glad that Kovy is going tonight. He’s better on one leg than half the players in the league on two! Hope he gets some protection from thugs like Steve Downie. O’byrne should snatch the purse right off of Briere. Wonder if the Briere boo birds will be in attendance? Should be old fashioned playoff hockey tonight!

  27. howtathor says:

    Just floating out some of the names that could be on the move…come Feb 26. My wish is for a proven forward to play with Higgins and Koivu even a rental:
    Tanguay, Jagr, Hossa, Nagy, Blake, Priessing, Fedorov, Liles, Lapointe, Modry, Stuart, Sundin, Jokinen, Mezei, Dvorak, Prospel, Campbell, Lang, Havlat, Richards, Boyle, Pitkanen, Satan, Malik, Gratton, Bernier, Backman.

  28. wd40 says:

    you know you make a very good point. higgins has been snake-bit for much of the season and ryder.. well, you know. even at that, the guy is still tied for 3rd in team scoring. give him a damn break. besides, he’s coming alive. he’s mr. april.

  29. stephen says:

    Sorry, Exit716, it’s nothing personal, but I had to chuckle a bit at your comment. Sometimes it seems as though the “CBC complex” of Canadiens fans has run a bit too deep.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a Canadiens goal or two on previous intros. :)

  30. Sulemaan says:

    I agree. Koivu is not someone who should be traded. Forget his regular season stats, look at his playoff stats. I always wonder what would have happened if Williams hadn’t high-sticked Koivu that year.

  31. Ali says:

    He passed Peter Forsberg that game, and suffered the knee injury in the very same game. Against the Blackhawks. Breaks my heart.

  32. showey47 says:

    Agreed, koivu is still solid. Would probably still be leading the team in points if his wingers were scoring like last season. Makes you think where we would be in the standings if ryder and higgins were producing. Does anyone else remember back in 1995 when saku was leading the league in scoring before suffering that brutal knee injury? Makes you think what kind of career he could of had without all the serious injuries and over coming cancer.

  33. Exit716 says:

    Do you notice that they never show the Habs scoring on the intro to Hockey Night In Toronto? Never.

  34. The Teacher says:

    We should score 5 goals on Nittymaki. He’s not French-Canadian and is a backup.

    GO HABS GO!

    Surprised Biron didn’t get the start here, it is very odd.

  35. linp says:

    We’ll win if we use our team speed.

  36. wd40 says:

    feels like it’s been a week since the last game! go habs

  37. Sehs says:

    Quick move the TV!

  38. Mike says:

    try watching it online

  39. MikeL says:

    yes u can. Live streaming on cbc.ca

  40. Habs-Kat says:

    :( My parents have company over and the only TV working right now in the house is in the living room. I can’t watch the game!!

  41. Mike says:

    your kidding right? koivu is not done, he just needs linemates he can trust.

    A lesson on what refs call as hooking for him would be greatly appreciated tho ;)

  42. MikeL says:

    I’d prefer if you’d save the ranting until at least after the next loss

  43. doug says:

    i agree. i think it’s ridicuous. there’s not any point to the divisions the way they’re set up except for one disaster scenario where a stinker gets in. i would propose to take two from each division and two wild cards or scrap it altogether. right now it’s not enough to fuel divisional rivalries but enough to allow for stupid things like what’s happening in the southeast. and remember these sucky teams have all played each other (i.e., other sucky teams) and STILL aren’t in the playoffs on points alone at this point. pathetic.

  44. The Teacher says:

    We won’t be getting Cole and Neale?!?! YAY!

  45. Keith says:

    The idiots at HNIC and their infinite stupidity are only showing the Habs in Quebec and the West while us poor slobs in Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick) are stuck with the laffs. Looks like RDS and CJAD. I know, I know I shouldn’t be that concerned. At least I won’t have to listen to HNIC’s anti-Hab bias. GO HABS GO!!!

  46. Ali says:

    does anyone know who this idiot is on Sportsnight 360? I know Francois Gagnon, Pat Hickey but whos the 3rd guest?

  47. MICP says:

    kjdavid,

    I am glad to see that I am not the only Hab fan in northern california. I am a college grad from csu-sacramento living in the east bay. March 3 can not get here soon enough.

    Go Habs Go!

  48. The Teacher says:

    If Price wins, expect him in nets tomorrow.

  49. MikeL says:

    They should switch it up so it is similiar to the NBA. Each division winner is guarenteed home ice, but not 3rd place. Last year in NBA standings, they were
    1. Detroit —
    2. Cleveland 3.0
    3. Toronto 6.0
    4. Miami 9.0

    Detroit and Cleveland were in the same division, and the Heat were the southeast division winners, but finished 4th.

    By the way, they are discussing this topic next on Sportsnet’s HockeyCentral

  50. Barts says:

    I AM GODDAM GLAD BRISEBOIS ISN’T PLAYING!!!!!!!! hahaha…. sorry Mike, couldn’t resist.

  51. Habs-Kat says:

    Hey, he almost has the same birthday as me!

  52. Mike says:

    AND they get home ice advantage. anyways, the league really needs to change the ranking system. I think that in the next 5 years we will the see that the top 3 of each conferance will get a playoff spot but they wont be given the home ice advantage

  53. The Teacher says:

    I’m assuming you think gorges will be moved in that case?

  54. Mike says:

    Someone asked about my boy Pavel Valentenko.
    Position: D
    Height: 6-2
    Weight: 202
    Shoots: Left
    Birthdate: 1987-10-20 Age: 20
    Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

    Read this website.

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/9357/valentenko_a_big_hit_at_the_wjc/

    Pavel is really good friends with sergei, during the habs rookie open pratice this year you saw them kidding around all the time and pulling friendly pranks on each other. It was alot of fun to watch. Can’t wait for him to come up and join the habs.

  55. doug says:

    Gillett’s other team just choked big time – unprecedented. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=508578&cc=5901

  56. showey47 says:

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

    here is some of this season’s stats, he is pretty much a shutdown type dman with a heavy shot. From what i was told anyway. http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/pavel_valentenko

  57. nightmare_49 says:

    Gainey likes those three team trades. Right Huey.

  58. showey47 says:

    hockeybuzz is about as accurate as a scud missle, and yes tucker has a ntc and i pray to god he doesn’t end up here.

  59. nightmare_49 says:

    Chuck – I know you see a lot of the Dawgs games and do you think that Valenkenko is ready for the show next year or should he still develope in Hamilton.

  60. OldGrover says:

    I’d love to see Holik come here – great player.

  61. Chuck says:

    Hmmmm… Markov, Komisarek, Hamrlik, Kaberle, O’Byrne, Streit, Valentenko… :)

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  62. The Teacher says:

    Just for you I went back to check ;)

    The Sacramento Bee report that the Kings have reached an agreement in principal to send guard Mike Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks for guards Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue, center Lorenzen Wright and forward/centre Shelden Williams.

  63. wd40 says:

    Why was Price DOWN before the shot.

  64. The Teacher says:

    He wasn’t actually!

  65. wd40 says:

    you’re right.. i stand corrected.

  66. SUMO says:

    hahaha! good one

  67. The Teacher says:

    Easy to say after seeing the replay, I admit ;)

  68. JasonM says:

    I love how S.Kosty likes to get his nose dirty.

  69. wd40 says:

    i really like Price.. just hate to see the butterfly on long shots. i tend to overreact. ;)

  70. Third Eye Clear says:

    “2P Break: The old Gui! Gui! Gui! cheer – for a forecheck.”

    lol and Briere is being booed

  71. The Teacher says:

    Dave Jackson, need I say more?

  72. The Teacher says:

    PRICE
    PRICE
    PRICE
    PRICE

    never mind gui.

  73. Ali says:

    great recovery skills shown by Price.

  74. The Teacher says:

    What a beauty of a hit..that was no knee.

  75. Ali says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn with a big hit!

  76. KamiDave says:

    Haha, that avatar is great.

  77. KamiDave says:

    No love on that 2 on 1.

  78. JasonM says:

    Philadelphia’s Schedule :

    8AM : Wake up call.
    9AM : Power breakfast.
    10AM : Training
    11AM : Aerobic Diving
    12PM : Lunch

  79. MikeMcLaren says:

    Higgins is still on pace to score 25+ goals. He just gets himself into position so much that the “lack of finish” might be a bit of a misnomer. He’s still developing and I think the goals will come with time.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  80. The Teacher says:

    I’m happy he didn’t sign here. booing is better than cheering him that’s for sure.

  81. linp says:

    He has only one knee down. It is an improvement, LOL!

  82. lemess says:

    Hey Boone – watch the replay of that goal again

  83. Mike says:

    Andrei is now a man, now that he has his 18th goal

  84. 24 Cups says:

    Interesting goal – Kovalev did all the work and Andrei K barely touched the puck – I’ll still take it. We were a little too fancy on that last PP, gotta shoot the puck more. Is just me, or does Riley Cote look like he had a bit part in the movie, The Exorcist? Habs are outhitting the Flyers and that’s what we need to continue to do in the 3rd period. No defensive shell yet Carbo!

    The Original 24 Cups

  85. The Teacher says:

    Hmm, hot stove saying vinny wants out, but the again, it IS strachan.

  86. Mike says:

    1:30: nap
    2:30: Ufc classes on how to kill (literally) your opponent
    4:30: nap
    7:00: game

  87. linp says:

    Here in Montreal, we are booing those french hockey stars who didn’t want to play here. Lecavalier gets the same treatment also.

  88. Y says:

    I’ll have what he’s smoking

  89. The Teacher says:

    If Vinny comes, Kovy is gone after next year.

  90. KamiDave says:

    It’s pretty ridiculous, in a good way.

  91. The Teacher says:

    No said Vinny will ask for a trade in the off-season. Tampa needs and wants a top flight goalie, so might have to let him go, especially if he wants out for the 2nd time.

  92. stephen says:

    I’m somewhat indifferent to the booing of visiting stars, but I do find it amusing, and quite impressive, how the fans can turn it on and off so quickly, almost as though they are responding to the waving of a conductor’s baton.

    I almost wish Briere would pass it back and forth with a teammate, just to see how well the fans can keep up! :)

  93. JasonM says:

    Dear Mike Boone,

    Briere will have to get used to with the booing when playing Montreal until the day he retires as Habs fans will forever feel he turned on his “heritage” team. He’ll also have to get used to the BOO as well as when he’s playing in Phily apparently for his poor play.

  94. JasonM says:

    :)

    Glad you guys like it.

  95. HotHabs says:

    Another energetic period and very entertaining to watch. Patrons getting their money’s worth tonight.

    Unbelievable second effort by A.Kosti which paid off and allowed all of us a collective sigh of relief. But, without Kovy’s genius and creativity there might not have been a play.

    Speaking of Kostitsyn, the jr. has a big heart! He’ll never win much in a fist exchange, but this kid’s like a bulldog.

    Koivu line seemed invisible for the first 10 minutes of the period, but came to life later. They are still snakebitten, just not as noticeable tonight because of the overall team effort.

    I am loving our D tonight. Philly gained momentum in the second half of the period, but the D is pushing them to the outside on most plays. And, how about Bouillon playing 6 inches taller and 30 lbs. heavier than his pint size! Can’t get over O’Byrne’s reach too – a freakin’ albatross!

    Concerns:
    – 1-0 lead isn’t enough to make me breathe easy.
    – Faceoffs: I hope they don’t come back and bite us in the ass tonight and toward the end of the season.

    Here’s to an insurance goal in the 3rd.
    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  96. gohabzzzz says:

    Is carey price on fire or what??!:) boy, it makes a huge difference with hamrlik in the lineup..good game..hopefully the habs’ll kill the penalty and score, cuz it’s better to have it 2-0 or 3-0 or 4-0…anyways, gohabzzzz

  97. HotHabs says:

    ROFL!!!

    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  98. moser17 says:

    what?! those two get along like peas and carrots! Didn’t you see the love in Tampa last week?

  99. wd40 says:

    Cube is getting into it… we’re due for a Bouillon youtube fighting video.

  100. The Teacher says:

    GOD, I LOVE HAMRLIK!

  101. JasonM says:

    I missed him dearly in the most heterosexual way possible.

    :)

  102. The Teacher says:

    hmm, two nice setups by Mr. koivu.

  103. wd40 says:

    we’re a very different team with him in the line-up.

  104. JasonM says:

    Lats/Laps/Dandy have been very effective tonight.

  105. wd40 says:

    i guess ryder feels like john ferguson jr.

  106. Ali says:

    you mean Koivu’s capable of doing anything remotely useful? I’m shocked!

  107. MikeMcLaren says:

    From Boone’s summary between the 2nd and 3rd periods:

    “The goal won’t make the Andrei Kostitsyn highlight reel, but what the heck … it was a biggie.

    The only one of the game: a weak backhander that snuckk intto thhe far side of the net.

    Andrei KK’s 18th … and another PP goal for the Canadiens. ”

    The first line is the parody I was going for here… AK’s goal WAS AMAZING.

    As was Price’s performance.

    Yes, I was being sarcastic. (Guess it’s not funny if you have to explain… oh well)

    /\\ike
    Go HABS GO!

  108. likehoy says:

    we’re not playing NYR…it’s philly again.

  109. showey47 says:

    that doesn’t look right at all, there is no way the faceoffs were that close.

  110. The Teacher says:

    Umm.We play Philly tomorrow and NYR Tues. I think Huet’s going in tomorrow and then Price will go Tues (NYR) and Thurs (PITTS) with Huet back in for Columbus on Saturday.

  111. Uwey says:

    The kid played his balls off tonight, no need to bury him with another game in 24hrs & again, just a hunch, but I’ll bet that Huet stands on his head if he gets the start tomorrow in Philly.

  112. gohabzzzz says:

    ryder couldn’t even bury half a puck and dandy wasn’t the only one who missed chances, the whole team did. like I said, it ain’t a great game offensively
    just saying

  113. Bill says:

    I don’t know that I’d say everyone had a good game considering the Habs generated very little offense, were dominated in the third, and won the game solely on the heroics of their goaltender against a team that had had lost five straight and allowed 19 goals in that span. Habs were lucky, and good for them!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  114. Bill says:

    Leafs won in OT, good thing too, they’re getting to close to Stamkos.

    Cherry talked about Price for about 10 seconds. Then it was the Tucker show!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  115. Mike says:

    check yahoo stats

  116. likehoy says:

    uhhh no we weren’t dominated in the third..if you’ve watched the habs all year…it’s called “carbo’s fool-proof let them take it to us and we’ll stop them” defensive plan…it was a psychological game..Flyers thought they were dominating…but they were falling right into Carbo’s trap…

    we created sufficient offense throughout the game but it was a battle of goaltenders (and shots that miss the net i.e. dandy and saku)

  117. showey47 says:

    Nhl.com verifies it, it just looked like we got slaughtered in the faceoffs

  118. likehoy says:

    and by torch i hope you don’t mean that little red light behind him…

  119. 24 Cups says:

    Teach – point well taken. I can live with that – you have a well mapped out plan. I also agree with your other post, all the Habs played well tonight. Solid game highlighted by Price. Time to sit back and relax as we smile about how our boys played tonight.

    The Original 24 Cups

  120. 24 Cups says:

    showey – especially in the third period.

    The Original 24 Cups

  121. Bill says:

    Yeah, too bad I haven’t watched the Habs all year.

    One lucky goal is not “sufficient offense”, and the only “goaltender’s battle” was Carey Price vs. the Flyers.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  122. likehoy says:

    so are you suggesting we should make the nets wider so we can score more goals? this game was awesome goals or not…

  123. The Teacher says:

    We outplayed them the first two periods, they outplayed us the third, and as you have been watching the Habs all year, should be no surprise (especially with a lead).

  124. showey47 says:

    half of their shots in the third came on their 5 on 3. I don’t get why the hell carbo puts smolinski on the powerplay, we have much more talented forwards to put out there.

  125. The Teacher says:

    We should be mugging anyone close to the net. Take a penalty if we have to. It makes the icing easier.

  126. NLhabsfan says:

    A first!!

  127. JasonM says:

    Price gets first NHL shutout!

    Glad to share the experience with you guys.

  128. linp says:

    Price is the 1st star by far.

  129. wd40 says:

    His first SO, but not his last. Well done.

  130. moser17 says:

    Sweet. Take it to Philly, Boys. And take Price with you.

  131. ZepFan2 says:

    Yessssssss

    One of many for Carey!

  132. The Teacher says:

    Keys to the game

    1. Price has arrived
    2. Did we play physical or WHAT.
    3. Discipline.
    4. The Hammer was back
    5. The fans, booing Briere and cheering our good play. OLEEEEEEEEE OLEEEEEEEEE OLEEEEEEEE

  133. the_larry says:

    Uh oh, I saw one of those stupid tin-foil Stanley Cups. I thought only Leaf fans were dumb enough to bring those

  134. Flake says:

    Ouff… I can finally exhale..

  135. Forlando says:

    Price: Chapeau!…the kid is for real. What a game!

  136. Keith says:

    What a great display of goaltending tonight by Carey Price. The future looks very bright in nets for many years to come :-)

  137. MikeMcLaren says:

    The shutout won’t make the Carey Price highlight reel, but what the heck … it was a biggie. .

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  138. Ali says:

    Price was spectacular tonight! He’s the only thing worth talking about.

    goodnight folks!

  139. Exit716 says:

    Is Danny giving any exclusive interviews to the french press tonight about HOW superior the Flyers are?
    Eat that loser.
    Timmins is a God.

  140. 24 Cups says:

    I’m a man who usually likes to see lots of scoring but that was an exciting game. No complaints about any Hab players tonight. Carey Price, we’ll see you tomorrow night!

    The Original 24 Cups

  141. Keith says:

    I don’t believe it Grapes actually saying something nice about Price and the Habs, and CBC going to the Habs/Flyers game after the laffs fluke out a win, way to go for once.

  142. Flake says:

    AND Ottawa lost! It just keeps getting better!

  143. Dru says:

    I thought the goal was pretty huge (in addition to being the crucial game winner). It went in off of niittymaki, but if you look at the replay, Kostitsyn took the shot while he was spinning upside down in mid-air. Shades of that Ovechkin goal from last year, except that it went in off the ‘tender.

  144. RGM says:

    Pretty sure you’re being sarcastic, but I’d wager that 3-on-5 performance will be on the reel.

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  145. showey47 says:

    Do you think the people who think price isn’t ready might be starting to believe yet?

  146. Y says:

    Great game by Price, loved how Huet was talking it up with him at the end.

    How many chances did dandenot have tonight? Put Ryder in tomorrow, at least he can bury 1 out of 100 chances

  147. Uwey says:

    I would play Huet tomorrow.

    & I’ll bet he matches the kid in play. Huet seems to play better when challenged!!

    That said, I would then give CaPri the game against the Rangers, who seem to have had the Habs number this season!!!

  148. Gooner says:

    I would say that it looks like first overall in the east is up for grabs. Go Habs Go !!

  149. ebk says:

    unsung hero of the night, Frankie the Bull, nice game.

  150. likehoy says:

    yea true but kostitsyn had it on net…went off nittymaki’s paddle then pad…it wasn’t as nice as ovechkins…but maybe more acrobatic

  151. Sulemaan says:

    Brilliant game. Be interesting to see who plays tomorrow night.
    What would be the ‘cost’ if they don’t? ;-)

  152. showey47 says:

    Huet actually played his best hockey when price was in hamilton

  153. Gooner says:

    Huet is a great team guy. It looked like he was happier that anybody about the shut out. We have two great goalies.

  154. The Teacher says:

    Noted, but everyone had a pretty good game tonight. There were really no passengers.

  155. SUMO says:

    agreed, frankie came to play tonight.

  156. Mike says:

    the final in faceoffs were 36-35???

  157. teamplayer says:

    how the leafs win? before ot?

  158. HotHabs says:

    Phew! Glad this one’s over!

    Great to see Price live up to his prior accolades tonight. He was sharp, positionally superb, gave up only a handful of rebounds, and held a badly outshot Habs team in the lead. Hope he can consistently show up like that.
    When was the last time we saw a standing O at the Bell Centre for the team’s play??? Price deserved the shutout – congrats, kid!

    Full credit to Kovy who played excellently at both ends of the ice. He opened the door to the first and only goal of the game. And, he closed the door on the tying goal with a desperate swipe at a puck about to trickle over the line.

    Don’t know quite why O’Byrne was benched for most of the 3rd period. He had an intense game up to that point. Maybe I missed something…

    I hoped our poor faceoff % wouldn’t bite us at the end of the game and I was on the edge of my seat when Koivu took the last draw. Thankfully it was one of his few wins.

    One thing I noted that made a huge difference this game. Both teams played well although the Habs had the edge, but there was little in the way of heavy hitting forchecks from Philly. Conversely, Mtl. played the body hard. Had Philly played a more physical game in our end, would it have taken them off their game? I’m glad they didn’t.

    I think the refs liked the sound of their own whistles in the 3rd.

    Overall, very entertaining to watch, Habs played quite well. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Enjoy the 2 points and hope for 2 more.

    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  159. likehoy says:

    yea i noticed OB we was benched…i’m guessing they needed mobility on the backline and some vet experience? i only really noticed bouillon hammer markov and komi for the last 10 of the game…didn’t even see gorges.

  160. The Teacher says:

    You HOPE it pisses him off ;)

  161. showey47 says:

    Great game by price and there were no passengers tonight, once we can win some faceoffs and keep smolinski off the powerplay we will be alright

  162. 24 Cups says:

    showey – agree on Forsberg – can’t believe 3 years for a guy who can barely play 3 games in a row. Also agree on the faceoffs – especially late in the game. Smolinski? He’s here to the end of the year and everyone is going to have to live with that fact.

    The Original 24 Cups

  163. ebk says:

    and off the ice in the last two minutes of a game, our shutdown line almost shutdown Price’s shutout.

  164. gohabzzzz says:

    hey, RDS reports that Forsberg has signed with Chicago for 3 years/10 million

  165. showey47 says:

    hope its true, keep him out of the east. The hawks won’t even make the playoffs

  166. Rugger says:

    Saw the offer, didn’t hear that he signed

  167. Exit716 says:

    I only want to go to a contender or sign for way too much money.

  168. nightmare_49 says:

    I can’t wait , the deadline and the entry draft are my kind of days.

  169. ebk says:

    if Ryder is done in Montreal, they need to get something for him.

    I like your idea of a partner for Hamrlik. It would help him a lot. I’d like to see O’Bryne and Bouillon as a pairing if they get someone for Hamrlik to play with. Gorges and either of the other two would be ok as well

  170. nightmare_49 says:

    ebk & 24Cups – Nordstrom (UFA) a good rental and has been in the doghouse with coach Tippett while Daley (RFA) seems to be logging steady ice time. There’s also St.Louis with 2 UFA’s in Barrett Jackman 26 years old having an off year and Bryce Salvadore 32 years old and having a decent year and both play the same style and the Blues have other “D” men with the same style so i wouldn’t be surprised if GM Davidson may be dangling them but they could be costly while the Wild have Keith Carney (UFA) whose spent time in the doghouse and may be cheaper as would the Canucks Aaron Millar (UFA) who may be expendable if their defence ever gets healthy and they need to free cap space. Flyers Jim Vandermeer (UFA) and his knuckles may also be available. Doghouse players seem to fly at the deadline as the GM’s know that their coach has little confidence in them.

  171. ebk says:

    it will be an interesting 10 days or so, that is for sure.

  172. showey47 says:

    even if florida keeps their first rounder and mid prospect, we probably still win this trade. Hence, not a chance

  173. Mike says:

    Any thoughts of Nathan Horton + 1st round pick + mid prospect for ryder,dandy,milroy+1st rounder

  174. Les-Habitants says:

    I’d do it, Nathan Horton is a really underrated power forward, and the only reason he isn’t getting more press is because he’s playing in florida…i mean olli is as good as Sundin, and he barely gets mentioned except for trade rumors

    The Bobby Holik campaign:
    “He may not be Hossa, but he won’t cost us Higgins”

  175. likehoy says:

    asking for too much..

    horton is contracted to a 4 million a year deal…Florida recognizes his potential…there is no way we can steal him with the players you’ve mentioned as they are all underachievers and almost worthless.

    If we don’t want dandy…why would anyone else want him?

  176. Mike Boone says:

    Florida would not trade Horton. He is the cornerstone they’re building on … which probably pisses Jokinen off.

  177. Blitzen says:

    I say they’ll go to Philly tomorrow and absolutely throttle them.

  178. likehoy says:

    i dunno…stevens probably gave a pep talk in the locker room like “we can play with these guys…these guys are good but we matched them step for step…they got a lucky fluke goal and that’s it and we can beat this guys” or something like that…after losing 6 in a row…a back to back is what you need to break out of the slump…

    Flyers are going to come out hitting tomorrow to try to get into our heads right away…but if we start strong the Flyers will lose their confidence even quicker. If we let them take it to us…their momentum from the end of this game will carry through.

  179. Flake says:

    Too bad the Leafs finally beat Boston tonight… They are going to steal Price’s thunder.. On the news that is

  180. Gooner says:

    yeah but that puts thaem 2 more points away from getting a good draft pick we don’t want them to have

  181. 1010 says:

    Hope the Laffs continue to win a few. Just enough so that they can’t get their hands on Stamkos. That’ll really piss the T.O. media off.

    GO HABS.

  182. teamplayer says:

    now that was an excitingly scary 3rd period to watch, we cannot be outshot that bad in the final period, specially when holding onto a 1-0 lead.

    now i wasnt able to watch the whole game and 3rd period and when i was it was on a 3″ screen but how can everybody be saying that all lines were playing great? i saw alot of chances for the flyers to score.

    now im so happy that we won tonight but you cant just critic bad play when our team losses

  183. likehoy says:

    did anyone else get shivers during that almost 2 minute 5 on 3 and carey price stopped everything and then they gave him a standing O?

  184. 24 Cups says:

    likehoy – I loved it – worth the price of admission my friend:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  185. showey47 says:

    I was hoping the laffs would win in regulation.

  186. sag says:

    Random answers to some posts:

    why would you play Huet tomorrow? See the Flyers shaking their heads…he has their number and is too young to be tires.

    Somolinski on the PP? I am assuming Carbo was in to the electric lettuce before making that decision…more than once.

    Boone saying Kost’s goal isn’t hilight reel worthy….did he see it? I know it drobbled in, but it was an ovechkin/orr style goal nonetheless.

    Kovalev proves once again that his Dad’s chats with him over the summer sank in to the core….he is worth my RDS subscription on his own.

    Congrats Carey! What a wall. They should tell him now if he has the day off tomorrow so he can hit st catherine street to celebrate!

    koivu and dandy–hands of rock. total of 48sq. feet missed by the two of them when we needed insurance….hope those two pot one each tomorrow.

    see yall tomorrow night. Hopefully we can get the brooms out!

  187. HabsInBlood says:

    Price will play Sunday, unless Carbo feels that he would be too fatigued playing back to back when he faced 34 shots in the 1st game.

  188. MikeMcLaren says:

    Boone, you do realize that lots of people are comparing that goal to the amazing Ovechkin goal from a couple of years ago, right?

    It’s not quite that pretty, but it’s fairly amazing, shows a lot of effort, determination, concentration and raw talent.

    If you think it won’t make the AK highlight reel, will the league’s highlight reel work for ya?

    Pretty sure it will be goal of the night on “NHL on the Fly Final” tonight…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  189. Blarneylad says:

    ya no kidding, the guy was knocked off his feet and batted it out of the air while he was all in a twist. Orr didn’t score while he was in the air, he took flight after the goal, AK scored while he was in the air.

  190. likehoy says:

    TSN has to stop with this bias leafs crap. After Price’s heroic evening…darcy tucker scoring twice for a team that’s not going to make the playoffs is deemed more important as it is the main headline on the frontpage.

  191. showey47 says:

    considering they will have to win 19 or 20 of their last 22 games to even have a chance to make it.

  192. CDK says:

    Which TSN are you looking at?

  193. showey47 says:

    I just went to nhl.com and they say the faceoff were 51% to 49% for the flyers, does that sound right at all. It looked like we got slaughtered

  194. gumper says:

    Icing on the cake. Dogs win in shootout in Hamilton tonight. Trotter picks up an assist.

  195. zamboni says:

    I agree with the previous posters.
    Boone must have been watching the laffs game and missed the replay of AK46 goal.
    Though not as great as Ovechkin goal, but equally hard and acrobatic, and it deserves the recognition.

  196. The Teacher says:

    Watching the Oil-Nucks game and Price looks bigger in his net than Luongo does.

    (not that I’m comparing them really, just an observation)

  197. The Teacher says:

    This is nuts!!!

    . – Rick DiPietro came up 77 seconds short of a shutout, and the Islanders set franchise records for fewest shots allowed and shot discrepancy in New York’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

    DiPietro needed to stop just nine shots, while the Islanders pelted Kari Lehtonen for 49.

    guess they want hossa gone fast?

  198. Flake says:

    Off topic, Forsberg sings 3 years, 10 million per contract… What was the point of the salary cap again???

  199. Bill says:

    Looking at the standings, and liking the idea of the Habs playing the Pens in the first round a lot more than the Habs playing Jersey. There is no easy match-up anywhere, however.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  200. likehoy says:

    i don’t think he signed…RDS reports that chicago offered him a contract…and it says he’ll decide by monday

  201. Flake says:

    I’d go with Huet, he seems to get worse the longer he sits, and that way Price can play the Rangers on Tuesday, because Huet is useless against them

  202. Mike says:

    We play huet tmrw, price the game after and huet the next 2 games. Then we decide after.

  203. The Teacher says:

    I think Huet is going tomorrow, Price will get NYR and Pittsburgh (as he’s beaten them) and Huet back in against Columbus on Saturday.

  204. showey47 says:

    Price just gave the best goaltending performance we have easily seen this year and you want to play huet 3 of the next 4? Sorry bud, ride the hot hand, its about doing whats best for the team, not whats best for huet. I’m not bashing huet, but how can you deny the kid the oppurtunity to play again tomorrow after a game like tonights?

  205. ebk says:

    Well Boone, you have been asking for the kid to steal a game, does that qualify?

  206. Mike Boone says:

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
    Missed it completely. If I get any worse I’ll bbe reffing in the playoffs.

  207. The Teacher says:

    Took you long enough too! :P

  208. showey47 says:

    I guess because it didn’t go in cleanly but bounced in off the goalies pad, but it sure was sweet none the less.

  209. frank81 says:

    I think he’s gone 5 periods without letting in a goal. I’d say this qualifies.

  210. 1010 says:

    I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why Smolinski gets power play time. What could the upside to that possibly be? Is he trying to send a message to the second PP unit?

    GO HABS.

  211. Exit716 says:

    Price plays tomorrow.
    Absolutely no question.

  212. Wayne says:

    I’d go with the hot hand here again. Price was the proverbial 8ft Pillsbury Dough Boy with an attitude tonight.
    Besides, the Phlyers don’t have much time to review the tapes on him anyway.
    My concern is overall goal production,.. especially after tonight. In spite of the Ovechkin-esque-pseudo-fluke goal through the blackhole of Calcutta!

  213. teamplayer says:

    so the question i ask myself are we out of our slump yet? we just beat florida who had what 8 starters injured? then we beat phily tonight whose on a worse slump already 5 losses in a row, somewhat due to injuries too. We only scored 3 goals in the past 2 games and we needed extra time for the first one. so price is played great and defense was better at shutting down, our scoring lines arent rolling together yet. i guess the next 3 games vs (a team whose not happy to losing), rangers blew away buffalo (damn avery) and penguins malkin whose doing pretty good on opposing goaltenders. we’ll see if the slump is done after those games

  214. Mike says:

    Incase pleks is thrown off the draw.

  215. Mike says:

    i think huet is gonna play.

  216. The Teacher says:

    Koiv, kovy, Smokes and Markov were on that time I think.

    Getting thrown out of the draw is one reason. To have a right handed shot is another. Smokey almost scored there.

  217. teamplayer says:

    did you not see the one-timer he took? id say hes challenging kovalev for best one-timer shot on our team ;)

  218. The Teacher says:

    You were right the first time, it was Koivu on with Kovy there.

  219. Wayne says:

    Especially after forgetting to stick the blade into the shaft of his own stick – TWICE. Jeez i hate those things! They’re a liability in most situations. I say bring back the 12 pound KOHO’s and make them mandatory before some cutesy poo in the crowd gets impaled by a boomarang!

  220. Mike says:

    haha thx, wasn’t sure

  221. showey47 says:

    I know and its nothing against huet, we are in a playoff race where every point matters. Ride the hot hand and if price has a bad game then put huet back in.

  222. The Teacher says:

    I’m thinking Carbo will go with Huet also. He hasn’t played since Tuesday. It’s a back to back game, kind of a no-brainer.

  223. zamboni says:

    To your defense, my first impressions were like yours, until I saw the replays.
    Were you at the Bell Center? That would explain it. :)

  224. Exit716 says:

    Shhhh!
    Just two points out of the division lead.

  225. stephen says:

    “Three Pucks and Counting…”

    Given that title, I thought coming into this thread that we would be talking about Dandenault’s trade value, coming off a fairly inspired game on the LA-LA line.

  226. Exit716 says:

    We can play better offensively.
    Tomorrow night move Streit to with the kids and Dandenault to Smolinski and Kostopolous.
    Or bring in Begin for Dandenault who has cement hands

  227. wild flower says:

    The Huet bashing is disgusting. Price and Huet are still on the same team therefore I want them to both do well. Hopefully the coach knows how to increase the likelihood of this happening. Who cares which one plays tomorrow as long as they win? Some of you guys seem to want Huet to fail. I’m not so unrealistic as to fail to consider the possibility of Price getting lit up by Malkin next week with the result being that he looks like a wet behind the ears kid. Hopefully not, but it is possible. I think Carey’s shutout tonight was great, but the Flyers are not exactly a scoring machine.

  228. wild flower says:

    Fair enough. Let’s just play Huet against Washington. It would be less demoralizing to see Ovechkin light up Huet than the “franchise”.

  229. howtathor says:

    Just got back from the game…what an awesome performance from Price! That 5 on 3 was somethin’ else! All in all not a great game by the Habs but give credit to Philly for clogging up the slot and not allowing a lot of good chances let alone shots. I was lucky enough to have AK’s goal right in front of me. Price was in a zone, what can I say but WOW!!! Let’s smoke em’ tommorow night!

  230. The Teacher says:

    Well, we’ll see. It’s always fun to speculate.

  231. frank81 says:

    “…but the Flyers are not exactly a scoring machine.”

    The Flyers have the third most goals in the league, only behind Ottawa and Detroit.

  232. wild flower says:

    Since the beginning of Jan the Flyers have been shutout five times.

  233. likehoy says:

    i think maybe carbo wanted smokes to play defense for the other team…he might figure it’ll help us more than it’ll help them.

  234. likehoy says:

    so when is price going to score a goal??

    last few games he’s picked up an assist…and a shutout…does that mean he’s going to score tomorrow night? :D:D

  235. likehoy says:

    since the beginning of January…Montreal has let in 4+ goals 7 times…

    all of a sudden our posts have become irrelevant…

  236. Wayne says:

    That was funny! Harsher still is my opinion of giving that whole line snow scrapers instead of sticks to save on zamboni fuel. That line, as gramma says, “stinks to high heaven”.

  237. RiverviewCanadien says:

    70 shots and allowed one goal!!!!!!!!!! in two games.

    WOW WOW WOW…I have watched goaltending and then I wathced Carey Price, that kid knows his game now…

  238. J.T. says:

    I love Huet. But I loved Doug Soetaert too. Price must start tomorrow night.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  239. wild flower says:

    Hamilton wins with Danis pulled infavor of Halak (stopped 22/22). Trotter plays his first game and gets a point. Grabovski has scored 4 goal plus one more in the shootout in the last two games (hatrick against the Marlies).

    http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/index.php?module=newser&func=display&nid=742

  240. ebk says:

    not what I meant. don’t need to look it up, if you are referencing who shared the goaltending duties with Roy in his Rookie season. Penney was in the mix as well. Soetaert, Roy and Penney all played that year.

    I always liked Hayward, when patty was a young puppy. He was a good calming presence.

    was going to clarify it but you jump on it so quick, I didn’t get a chance.

  241. J.T. says:

    Sorry…you’re right. Hayward was great too and I really liked him in his day. I’m a sucker for goalies. :)

    Who does Price remind you of most?

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  242. ebk says:

    nothing to be sorry about. That is a nice post on your blog, btw

    He is bigger than most goalies. Really quick for a man that size. Watching the Canucks/Oilers maybe Loungo

    who does he remind you of?

  243. J.T. says:

    Honestly…tonight he reminded me of my favourite Hab of all time…Roy. That 5-on-3 reminded me so much of the overtime in game 3 against the Rangers in ’86. If he can come close, I’m a happy camper.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  244. The Teacher says:

    What a crazy, great late game on CBC.

  245. ebk says:

    good memory, hope you are right.

  246. The Teacher says:

    crazy crazy I LOVE IT!

  247. the_vipah says:

    Man I wish I could see into the future like you can.

    As of right now Price has been bad as much as good this year so I’m gonna go ahead and say that for now hes a decent backup.

  248. the_vipah says:

    Price in his last 12 games 33 GAA/4 wins/1 SO
    Huet in his last 12 games 28 GAA/7 wins/1 SO

    Easy choice, play Huet.

    Your stats are meaningless because at the end of the day Huet has played better then Price this year overall and by a pretty good margin.

  249. G-Man says:

    Spezza is one of the few left still using wood. I’d say that’s a pretty good endorsement. Those carbon graphite things for $300 are total s**t.

    Gilbert

  250. G-Man says:

    The Thrashers are no longer thrashing around, being competitive. They are a gang of losers with no pride. I’d bench anyone who has that attitude around the team. However, Waddel is in one hell of a hole that he dug for himself. He will be gone at the end of the season, and maybe the franchise, as well.

    I say good riddance. There are too many southern teams where no one gives a tinker’s bell about hockey. In fact, the NHL could lose Atl, Car, Fla, Tam and Wash, then move a franchise to Winnipeg, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Halifax. Then Canada, the first nation of hockey, will be treated properly and fairly by Buttman and his group of trained sea monkeys that run the NHL.

    Gilbert

  251. ebk says:

    JT

    doubt you will be back to read this but how about your all-time favorite backup Hab goalies. I only go back to the early 70’s but I would say
    Brian Hayward
    Bunny Larocque
    Richard Sevingy

  252. Uwey says:

    Not to argue with you, but Halifax cannot support an NHL on a regular basis.

  253. The Teacher says:

    Western Canada gets Habs-Flyers.

  254. yathehabsrule says:

    Yes and us Ontario Habs fans have either the Loafs or the Janitors to endure so I’m watching it online…..

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/users/2098-Kevin_van_Steendelaar

  255. Exit716 says:

    Bouillon could also be counted as drafted as well, couldn’t he?

  256. The Teacher says:

    From 5-10 minutes ago I’m assuming.

  257. CDK says:

    Correct. TSN puts the headlines up as the games finish. Given that the Leafs game finished a few minutes before the Habs game, the Tucker headline went up first and was then subsequently replaced by the ‘Price is Right’ headline. In other words, there is a logical explanation and no Toronto/Ontario conspiracy (which is often hastily evoked).

  258. likehoy says:

    actually for about 20 minutes i was checking to see if TSN would report the Chicago/Forsberg deal…and the Tucker ordeal was up ahead of Price during the time i was checking…Price was the subtitle on the front page…but soon after they switched the order…i’m sure someone at head office had something to say about it.

  259. doug says:

    I would say that 0 out of 4 points this weekend would mean Habs likely to miss playoffs, 1/4 likely out, 2/4, bubble, 3/4 upper bubble, 4/4 in.

    This is a huge series because we’ve been struggling for the last couple of weeks and need to avoid repeat of last feb/march.

  260. Keith says:

    I see the laffs are honoring Bill McCreary in their pre-game ceremony. Are they desparate for wins or what?LOL

  261. Ali says:

    WTF!?!?!? CASSIE CAMPBELL IS DOING COMMENTARY??

  262. MikeL says:

    she’s actually quite smart

  263. wd40 says:

    trust me, she’s waaaaayyyy better than cole or neale.

  264. The Teacher says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW

    %^#^ DAVE $%^#$^$ JACKSON

    I’m not talking about the penalty, it was deserved, I just hate Dave Jackson.

  265. the_vipah says:

    Ahh let the bitching and whining begin.

  266. Blitzen says:

    Way to go Saku

  267. Ali says:

    hey, it wasn’t a hook. this is getting to breezer level with the guy.

  268. Ali says:

    no doubt about it, but you’d think CBC would dare to put her on for a Leafs broadcast?

  269. Sulemaan says:

    Koivu is up to his old tricks again. Jeez…

  270. JasonM says:

    IT NEVER FAILS

    Koivu with another hooking penalty in the offensive zone.. this is getting REAL OLD.

  271. The Teacher says:

    Yawn, it was a high stick.

  272. Ali says:

    IT WAS HIGH STICKING, NOT HOOKING PEOPLE

  273. wd40 says:

    well at least he got the penalty out of the way early in the game… grrrr

  274. the_vipah says:

    No less then 5 people crying already.

  275. Blitzen says:

    It was still a dumb penalty, wasn’t it?

  276. wd40 says:

    to see price off-ice, barely a pulse. then you see him out there moving so incredibly fast, head snapping left and right. quite the contrast! so far he’s looking good.

  277. The Teacher says:

    Downie pretended like he was gonna skate over Price’s glove, Komi swatted at him already..hmmm

  278. Ali says:

    I cant believe Dandenault is playing ahead of Begin. Thats sad.

  279. Blitzen says:

    Laps is looking like he cares tonight.

  280. Mattee. says:

    Price loooks soooolid. Third line looks interestingly decent… weird. Line four: what do you bring to the table?

  281. wd40 says:

    was just going to say that.

  282. The Teacher says:

    woooo OB, I like the fans cheering when they hit, will spice it up.

  283. Ali says:

    high sticking usually is accidental, where hooking and other penalties is usually from a lack of discipline.

    but hey if you think so, as long as you bitch out every other player that takes a high sticking penalty its cool.

  284. Blitzen says:

    Great action so far. Gonna be one heck of a two-game series.

  285. JasonM says:

    Game so far had more action in it than the whole Panthers game.

  286. The Teacher says:

    You got THAT right!

  287. the_vipah says:

    Forget about it man, these guys need something to cry about, let them.

  288. Exit716 says:

    Is it so hard for CBC to actually have the English “C” crew add one or two comments about the Habs during their Flyers love-fest?
    Oh by the way, Cassie, good thing you’re related to someone at CBC, you are horrible.

  289. Blitzen says:

    Not bitching. It was a dumb penalty in the O-Zone by someone who has taken more than his share of them this year.

  290. wd40 says:

    kovy’s face looks a little better. more importantly, ankle seems ok too.

  291. Sulemaan says:

    True and let’s hope to get the same result as well.

    BTW – Your icon is one of the best I’ve seen.

  292. Blitzen says:

    Yes…put the pressure on!

  293. JasonM says:

    Habs PP. Pleks like is fresh.

    GO HABS GO

  294. Sulemaan says:

    The CBC online feed isn’t working ‘Please standby for live coverage’…

    Heaven forbid we display anything but the Leafs on the main network.

  295. BigHabsFan says:

    has anyone had any luck trying to stream the game online?

  296. Mattee. says:

    how did streit miss that?

  297. Mattee. says:

    Cherry would have a stroke. Do you want that on your conscience?

  298. JasonM says:

    RDS is working fine.

    That was a nice save by Price.

  299. sag says:

    nice glove….the kid looks confident tonight

  300. the_vipah says:

    It is bitching. Complaining about stuff you can’t change or wont change is bitching, plain and simple.

  301. Blitzen says:

    Komisaurus is looking like he’s actively searching for guys to hit.

  302. Sulemaan says:

    We’ll I’ve always wanted to become eligible for the Order of Canada so…

  303. wd40 says:

    they’d sooner put on anne of green gables than switch to the habs feed.

  304. linp says:

    good game so far. Briere is like a punching bag.

  305. JasonM says:

    Markov with a crushing hit. WOW!

  306. Sulemaan says:

    The Kovalev line is just magic to watch…

  307. The Teacher says:

    Nice hit by Markov two games in a row. He must read HIO because someone said he was as weak a s the Breezer 3 games ago!

    I think he was banged up but they were keeping it on the down-low.

  308. JasonM says:

    Did you notice Briere skating EVER SO MUCH SLOWLY when he saw Komi come towards him? I was like LOL.

  309. Mattee. says:

    haha. well, then…. umm.. you got my vote.

  310. CDK says:

    In the pre-game, the CBC interviewed Carbonneau and then Stock talked about Montreal’s last few games – is that not a “love fest”?. Should 100% of their discussion focus on Canadiens to the exclusion of the visiting team a la Cole/Neale and Toronto?

    Out of curiosity, who is Cassie Campbell related to at the CBC?

  311. Sulemaan says:

    The fire hydrant that the dog ‘decorated’ outside my home is better than cole or neale. :-)

  312. wd40 says:

    hahahahah. good one.

  313. JasonM says:

    YAWN, it was another penalty in the offensive zone.

  314. The Teacher says:

    Double yawn, name me one player who hasn’t :P

    We’re playing well, let’s focus on that :D

  315. BigHabsFan says:

    can i ask where you are getting the game online?? cjad is great, but ya know…

  316. The Teacher says:

    2 points behind after tonight?

  317. Habsfan39 says:

    cant say crap like that man common

  318. Michael N. says:

    Anyone remember Samsonov, wow, did he ever come and go in a hurry, like he never was.

  319. Blarneylad says:

    actually i just today went and checked out his stats this year, 12 points in 16 games since being acquired by the canes

  320. ebk says:

    a good third period,a Senator loss and the Habs are right back on Senators butts

    Kostitsyn I is going to be a beaut. He’s going to take over from Kovalev as the team’s most dynamic forward

  321. Uwey says:

    With that said, I don’t remember a kid so young on the Habs, that looked so well rounded that the younger Kostitsyn does, well, with the exception of that brainfart late in the second.

  322. Ali says:

    Having Hamrlik back will be huge, especially against a team that has size up front like Philly and can forecheck aggressively (Knuble, Hartnell, Carter, Upshall, Downie, etc). Markov and Komi will have to at their best in their own zone. (THANK GOD NO BREEZER!!!!!!)

    But again, the reason we’ve played this team so well is because of their lack of speed on defense, which is the way to beat them.

    Saku and Higgins have picked up their games, and if the Pleks line can keep it going, we should be in for an entertaining night of hockey!

    Oh, and for pucks sake, please play Begin and Kostopolous on the 4th line, we need those two guys in case the Flyers goon it up.

  323. PPQB says:

    “and for pucks sake”<—bloody brilliant!!

  324. Sehs says:

    Guillaume Latendresse for a hat trick tonight and a 4+ point night tonight with strong physical play in front of the Philly net on the power play!

  325. KerryPrice says:

    ha ha ha ha ha ha your crackin me up bigtime. first of all gui im the coaches favorite latendresse and the words strong phsical play do not belong together. A hat trick and a four point night? I don t think so , maybe if you can spread it over 12-15 games

  326. tony d says:

    hate to piss in your cheerios but I don’t think latendresse can get 4 points
    in a game of street hockey against neighborhood kids… unless it’s Mr. Roger’s neighborhood

  327. Uwey says:

    Do not read this as me comparing the two, but does anyone else think that in the last 5 periods of hockey, Price looks a lot like Roy with his stance in the net & his movements???

  328. The Teacher says:

    Price looks like Price to me!

  329. The Teacher says:

    It was a question, your opinion is appreciated and duly noted :)

  330. moser17 says:

    yah, what a common thing to say. :P :D

  331. KamiDave says:

    hahaha :) ah nice shorthanded chance

  332. JasonM says:

    Not to get on Koivu’s case but whatz up with his skates? He’s falling all the time. :(

  333. Blitzen says:

    The RDS crew said that Philly fans have begun booing Brière. LMAO and the guy didn’t want to come to Montreal because of the pressure.

  334. Uwey says:

    I was talking about how he stands bow-legged in the net & holds his trapper about halfway up his torso.

  335. The Teacher says:

    Ya but he misses the key ingredient with the neck tick.

  336. moser17 says:

    and the suffocating sense of entitlement.

  337. wd40 says:

    and i haven’t seen him talk to his posts yet.

  338. Keith says:

    Great hit by Markov.

  339. wd40 says:

    i’d be very surprised if 1 goal is going to do it tonight.

  340. Les-Habitants says:

    Glad to have OB in the lineup, because now there is going to be a better, and bigger, physical response when players starting leaning on Kovy too much. I’m looking at Begin, OB, Cube, Gorges, TK and of course Komi to play huge roles in tonight’s game. For our team to score and be succesful, they are going to have to match the physical presence that Philly will try to impose.

    Tender will look to hit hard and not fall over. If he does that, and gets a couple shots, I’ll say he had a good game.

  341. Les-Habitants says:

    Oh, I’m offically starting the “Get Bobby Holik” campaign.

    I have decided, in all my wisdom, that he is what this team needs to make a deep playoff push…that, and still have draft picks left for next season.

  342. Mattee. says:

    oo, dandy ate board there.

  343. Blitzen says:

    Indeed. Hey Harper is at the game trying to look like he likes hockey.

  344. The Teacher says:

    BOONE, DON’T YOU DARE SAY IT.

  345. Ali says:

    Dear Habs Insideout Staff:

    Please add an ignore button.

    Thank you.

  346. Mattee. says:

    do you have ANYTHING positive to say? Anything at all?

  347. the_vipah says:

    All you do is complain, go watch the laffs game.

  348. moser17 says:

    uh-oh. This is where Carey has to shine.

  349. stephen says:

    Question for all the bright hockey minds out there:

    On two straight faceoffs, the Canadiens player had his stick down before the Flyers player.

    I thought it was the home team’s advantage to put the stick down last. No?

  350. The Teacher says:

    It is in the Olympics. I had thought they changed the rule accordingly, i thought so as well. but I cannot confirm.

  351. The Teacher says:

    AWWWWWWW KOIVUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  352. The Teacher says:

    OUCH, this will be difficult….

  353. wd40 says:

    Gulp. Price, can you be absolutely amazing? this would be the time.

  354. Ali says:

    can you imagine this 5-3 without Hamrlik in the lineup? Our two other best dmen are in the box!

  355. The Teacher says:

    Price is definitely standing up more.

  356. The Teacher says:

    He was absolutely amazing once so far.

  357. wd40 says:

    i’m sorry but you need to be a bit lucky to survive a 5 on 3.

  358. The Teacher says:

    PRICE
    PRICE
    PRICE
    PRICE

  359. The Teacher says:

    great %^#$^ job!

  360. moser17 says:

    Carey. Price. is. rocking. the. show. period.

  361. wd40 says:

    my heart stopped.. somebody have a defibulator?

  362. The Teacher says:

    Price has ARRIVED.

  363. JasonM says:

    The Price is right!

    Great PK!!!

  364. The Teacher says:

    I bet it got shocked back into beating just there LMAO

  365. Keith says:

    Carey Price is God.

  366. Ali says:

    the future is now. I BELIEVE!

  367. wd40 says:

    i can’t remember being this wired for a game. holy cow.

  368. teamplayer says:

    wow kovalev made a great save campbell but he almost was the one that put it in the net… and now the ole?

  369. The Teacher says:

    This is enough. running price every shift

  370. 24 Cups says:

    Why put Pleks out on a 5 on 3 PK when he can’t even win one of three faceoffs? Brutal.

    The Original 24 Cups

  371. gohabzzzz says:

    CAREY PRICE=AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  372. MikeMcLaren says:

    So if AK’s goal was merely a “weak backhander” I’m waiting for Boone to say that 5-on-3 penalty kill was just “so-so”…

    :)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  373. JasonM says:

    What a game!!!

    OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE OYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEE

  374. Ali says:

    i hope they drove his head into the ice nicely! Downie is the Tucker of the Flyers.

  375. Keith says:

    Somebody needs to take Downie’s head off and FAST!!

  376. The Teacher says:

    We’re singing to support the team

    I for one LOVE the OLEEE’S

  377. Forlando says:

    JESUS PRICE!!!! is back!

  378. teamplayer says:

    i seriously do have one right beside me. but i may need it for myself

  379. likehoy says:

    two words: Trade Huet

  380. wd40 says:

    “decent showing by Price”. lol

  381. likehoy says:

    errr don’t you mean ole?

  382. wd40 says:

    LOL.. Downey in the box trying to find out what number he’s going after next!

  383. JasonM says:

    “Komisaurus slightly upset at Phily players running Price”

  384. stephen says:

    Agreed! The Ole Ole song has been misunderstood as a victory song, when it’s really just to celebrate any stretch of good play by the team.

    I love hearing it fly around the Bell Centre..

  385. JasonM says:

    …yes…….

    OLEEEEEEEEEE OLEEEEEEEEEEEE OLEEEEEEEE

    OH YEAH is the big red guy right?

  386. Flake says:

    I think we should show some appreciation, he’s been better then average so far

  387. wd40 says:

    yeah i love it!

  388. The Teacher says:

    That would be Youppi.

  389. wd40 says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  390. likehoy says:

    OB better throw a big hit…it’s been like 12 NHL games and no huge crushing komisarek-esque hit yet!

  391. Mattee. says:

    i-i-lost for words…

  392. NLhabsfan says:

    jeez how did he miss that one.

  393. JasonM says:

    I think that a Philly player’s stick got a piece of it.

  394. JasonM says:

    Wow, what happened there??

  395. Blitzen says:

    I guess Saku needed a cherry on top of that one.

  396. Blitzen says:

    Oh I’m sorry. I guess I was bitching. The pass didn’t come soon enough.

  397. sag says:

    yawning cage missed by el capitain…cant believe the crowd gave him a break

  398. The Teacher says:

    GREAT CALL, Smith knew EXACTLY what he was doing.

  399. JasonM says:

    PP, Pleks line is fresh, let’s make this 1-0.

  400. Ali says:

    i can just picture a similar Philadelphia board somewhere on the world wide web:

    “Jason Smith! Another inteference penalty???? Trade this sucker!”

  401. JasonM says:

    He completely whiffed.

  402. Mattee. says:

    mmmhmmm. He’s standing a little more too.

  403. The Teacher says:

    Why am I feeling like this will be a rerun of that early-year Florida game

  404. the_vipah says:

    Oilers fans did nothing but bitch about this guy and wish for his departure for years.

    You are exactly right, I remember reading that crap on the TSN message boards the last few years.

  405. JasonM says:

    Jondean,

    If you have criticism, please be constructive with it.

    Thanks.

  406. Mattee. says:

    my oh my lapierre looks eager out there.

  407. Blitzen says:

    Lapierre must have had a firmware update since the last game…

  408. the_vipah says:

    Wow brutal dive. 360 spin off a slight nudge.

  409. JasonM says:

    Nice embellished dive.

  410. Sulemaan says:

    OS X 10.5.2 :-)

  411. showey47 says:

    ummmm…..nice dive

  412. Boomer93 says:

    Yeah just don’t say anything, you get old real quick.

  413. Keith says:

    That guy pulled a swan dive. What a joke call.

  414. The Teacher says:

    We wish we could, but alas….

  415. The Teacher says:

    Did Dave Jackson make that call?

  416. wd40 says:

    ok ok… i gotta say it.. that’s an OS not firmware. :)

  417. Mattee. says:

    lol haha.. wd40.

  418. Y says:

    As an aside, I think the CBC team for tonights game is doing a much better job than old man Cole and friends

  419. the_vipah says:

    Gross why toss that crap onto there?

    This isn’t a kids game

  420. Mattee. says:

    on another note, JasonM. Best avatar since that guy with the canadiens/superman style one.

  421. Blitzen says:

    I’m sure he’d stop that little (&?(&?$ Koivu :snicker, snicker:

  422. wd40 says:

    dude, get back on your meds before you hurt yourself.

  423. JasonM says:

    Great first period, very exciting. Habs could have been easily up 1-0 2-0. Lots of hits, good on PP, Philly has been playing a sound game on both ends as well.

    Should bode well.

  424. Blitzen says:

    René Lecavalier’s casket would do a better job than Cole.

  425. Mattee. says:

    it was more of a flop. not quite dino ciccarelli good. That man had hollywood calling…

  426. JF says:

    I always worry when the Habs miss as many chances as they did this period. After a while the chances dry up.

  427. JasonM says:

    Thanks! I fully support #3 and think the whole situation was a prank gone wrong.

  428. The Teacher says:

    WD40, that’s the second new avatar you’ve had today. I liked both.

  429. 24 Cups says:

    It was an exciting period to watch although I thought the Habs kind of let some chances go by – Koivu in front of the net. Hey, it’s easy to criticize in my family room. Nice piece on Joe Juneau by CBC. Need to score on our next powerplay. Should be a great game.

    The Original 24 Cups

  430. Blitzen says:

    Nah…this isn’t the same team that played early in the year. I don’t think they’ll give up.

  431. wd40 says:

    ok now i feel self-conscious :) was time for a change.. my wife preferred this one so…

  432. Sulemaan says:

    you caught that. although 10.5.2 is an update if it helps…

  433. ColdHabs says:

    Pretty good start to the game. Habs have some energy early tonight, just couldn’t cash in on their numerous chances. I don’t know the official stats, but seems to me Mtl. had a lot more puck possession. Price looks good, but hasn’t been tested with many quality shots – nevertheless, emanating confidence! How Koivu missed that open net? A mystery, even after watching the replay I’m baffled! Poor Capt. K!!! Lots of hustle from all 4 lines – nice to see. Great to have Hammer, Markov (who laid out an uncharacteristic hip check along the boards), O’Byrne and Komi: 4 big solid and smart D-men. Next year Komi will be fighting for his “hit crown” with O’Byrne nailing everything that moves!

    The only part of the game I don’t like so far? 0-0 score… Hopefully that same momentum will carry forward into period 2 and the Habs will find the target.

    Fun game to watch.

    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  434. Sulemaan says:

    Agreed. Juneau is/was always a class act.

  435. J.T. says:

    I don’t like this. The longer it goes without a Habs goal, the more confidence Philly will get. Habs need to capitalize soon and remind the Flyers they’ve lost five straight.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  436. Mattee. says:

    ps: i think the pink looks better on him, although, it clashes a little with the bleublancrouge.

  437. Sulemaan says:

    Don Cherry would make a great republican. Classic Grapes tonight on CC.

  438. JasonM says:

    Nice one Sir.

    LOL

  439. Xtrahabsfan says:

    You hear that ,Don CH erry says the Canadiens are the best!!! way to go Don ,lol

  440. the_vipah says:

    Boone: “What’s the point of dressing them? Steve Downie played 1:09″

    The point is that when hes on the other bench all the Canadiens players will keep their heads on a swivel or they risk getting clocked. Pretty much it makes them uncomfortable. Also Downie has 11 points in 22 games so he can easily be an offensive player if needed.

    Any team could use a player like that.

  441. JasonM says:

    One thing I noticed is that Hammer really made the Habs D look great. I liked him being on the 2nd PP wave, he kept in that puck quite a few times and kept them in the offensive zone.

  442. the_vipah says:

    The thing that would separate him from a real Republican is that he speaks his mind, and cares nothing for being PC. In other words he is honest. I can respect him for that.

  443. Sulemaan says:

    Kenneth, I’d never lump him with you guys. He’s a Canadian ‘treasure’ after all…sigh….

  444. Sulemaan says:

    So are most klansmen but why split hairs right?

  445. the_vipah says:

    You are going to compare a Klansman to Cherry.

    Wow. Just wow.

  446. HotHabs says:

    I wondered how he would play coming off a flu. But, he’s been excellent! He really does change the face of the Habs D corps into a force to be reckoned! I hope he has enough gas in the tank to last the entire game.

    enjoying the high’s & enduring the lows of being a Habs fan

  447. Sulemaan says:

    He’s a bigot vipah. So yes I would.

    Guess we’ll agree to disagree here and move back to hockey.

  448. the_vipah says:

    That is a completely ridiculous comment. The history of the Klan is rape, torture, killing and segregation. Cherry prefers Canadian players over Europeans on his team. I happen to agree with that. I guess I should go grab a hood.

    Thanks for clearing it up.

    Ahh i see you are running away, figures.

  449. Sulemaan says:

    I prefer Canadian players as well. That doesn’t mean either of us need a hood.

    My problem is not his views of Canadians but other ones he has. And the history of the Klan is also of racism. And Cherry has enough of a history of making racist comments (Russians, French, Swedes, etc.)

    My old man used to work 30 years with the CBC and the were many occasions where Cherry got reprimanded for making very ‘colorful’ comments off camera and on camera. That is where I’m coming from.

    (I will also add that perhaps the klansman term was extreme and perhaps just stating I think he is a bigot would suffice. Nothing personal.)

  450. Mattee. says:

    anything to win a crowd.

  451. Keith says:

    Actually I hear he is quite knowledgeable, a hockey historian.

  452. Sulemaan says:

    indeed. leopards don’t change their spots (or weasels for that matter) but i digress and will get back to hockey.

  453. the_vipah says:

    Good. Now STFU.

  454. Mattee. says:

    I think this might be personal… did koivu not sign your hat at practice or something?

  455. wd40 says:

    i’d rather read For-Fact-Sakes then your belligerrent bullspit.

  456. the_vipah says:

    Nah man, you just happen to be wrong in every respect.

  457. The Teacher says:

    You sound familiar, but anyways, let’s concentrate on Habs-Flyers.

  458. Ali says:

    no, when he misses an open net feel free to criticize, just dont blame him for the bad weather, etc.

  459. Blitzen says:

    Why would I blame him for bad weather?

  460. Flake says:

    Price has got hockey gods on his side this time :) And Downie is just waste of uniform..

  461. wd40 says:

    Huet: “I coulda done that”

  462. teamplayer says:

    home team put their stick down last

  463. Flake says:

    Conscious or not, as long as he’s stopping the pucks :)

  464. ebk says:

    Big game and a big weekend for the Habs, they need at least a split after this mini-slump(hopefully) they were in. A sweep sets them up nice for a good run to the play-offs. A Flyers sweep and the are right back in the soup with the rest of the Eastern Conference

    If this team is to solidify its spot in the NHL play-offs, they need to cut down on the number of shots and more importantly the number of quality scoring chances they give up. Either goalie has made the defense look better than they have played. The debate on the other thread is a moot point unless the the Habs starts playing better team defence. Huet or Price will be fine, although I prefer Huet for the remainder of this season, as long as the defense starts to improve.

    Markov is playing like a Norris trophy candidate and Komisarek has emerged as a legitimate top-pairing defenseman. The two of them are arguably as good as any pairing of defenseman in the NHL. Getting Hamrlik back will help but more importantly getting back the Hamrlik of the first 25 to 30 games. He played really good the first bit of the season and its not as though he is playing bad, just that he certainly can play better. A steady defensive partner might be all he needs.

    Let’s hope for the sweep

  465. likehoy says:

    except the norris is locked up over with lidstrom…+39…assists leader…and averaging a point a game…

    markov’s my hero but he has NOTHING on lidstrom.

  466. 24 Cups says:

    ebk – I also thought that a split wouldn’t be too bad – hopefully with us winning tonight’s game. Markov was great against Florida and that deflection could have happened to anyone. It wasn’t pretty but hey stuff happens. I had heard that Dallas was trying to get another scorer and they might bite on Ryder. Norstrom would be a great rental while Daley would be another possibility who may stay around for awhile after this spring(although he’s a bit small).

    The Original 24 Cups

  467. lemess says:

    That 5 on 3 would have looked a lot worse without him…

  468. KerryPrice says:

    Are you on halusagenic drugs . Bobby Holik? I`m gonna start a F Bobby Holik Campaign.

  469. Les-Habitants says:

    Really????
    Look: he’s 8th in the NHL at faceoff percentage.
    He’s 6’4”, weighs like 220 lbs, and is a great defensive centre who works his ass off.

    Plus, he’s a UFA this season.

    I think that’s a pretty solid rental pickup, one that wouldn’t break the bank.

    The Bobby Holik campaign:
    “He may not be Hossa, but he won’t cost us Higgins”

  470. MikeMcLaren says:

    I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised then. I have a feeling that although Waddell has been heavily scouting the Habs presumably for a Hossa deal, that more than likely Holik will be the one coming to the Habs. (might even be a straight up for Ryder, who knows?)

    I have a gut feeling Holik is coming this way.

    He has size, played on the Devils, was a shut-down center (not sure if he can still be considered one) and he wins more faceoffs than he loses.

    Basically he fits into what Gainey has publicly stated he’s looking for.

    I wouldn’t be shocked at all if they picked up Holik.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  471. PPQB says:

    This idea has merit and it seems one of those “outta left field” moves BG would pull off too. I’d be for it, but only as a rental player. In no way should he get a contract for next season from the Habs if this move should happen.

  472. MikeL says:

    I agree. Not sure what the guy above you is talking about. Holik is exactly what we are missing. As much as everyone loves a scorer, our real need is a shutdown player with size and faceoff skills.

  473. tony d says:

    please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    if we’re gonna wish for someone, let it NOT be for Bobby Holik!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  474. The Teacher says:

    Anyone thought about Vasicek. Showey told me his face-off percentage is somewhere in the 54.6 % area. He’s a big boy and wouldn’t cost too much IMO.

  475. the_vipah says:

    Please no, anyone but that waste of space.

  476. tony d says:

    i’d take Vasicek over Holik any day
    I’m still dreamin for Olli but I know that’ll only happen when Florida officially becomes another province, or if we have snow-less winters from now on

  477. wd40 says:

    10 more minutes of this. oh my.

  478. Ali says:

    thats a BS penalty, Markov barely touched him!

    edit: nevermind.

  479. Keith says:

    Pretty chincey call there.

  480. the_vipah says:

    Nah lets trade away Halak, Huet and Danis. I’ve seen the light. Price all the way….

    I saw Theodore do this, and Thibault do this. Sorry if I’m not impressed. Huet will be in there as #1 soon enough. I’m gonna enjoy seeing all the crying then.

  481. The Teacher says:

    Wonder what you call smokes being on the PP then?

  482. tony d says:

    hey Mike loved the fellow no-lifer reference (lol) yes i did catch the Red wings-Blue jackets game, my wife was having a hen party upstairs and I was in the basement watching the game…had to help clean up their mess after…those feathers are a pain to vacuum.
    Hope you’re right about Jorges…I was smiling and whistling last few days withe the prospect of Breezer in the press box…. was nervous to hear that Ryder might take Kovalev’s spot (almost shat myself)
    but Sportsnet claims AK27 is starting,( fingers crossed)
    I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of opportunity to use my trademark!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but hopefully it’ll follow “ET LE BUT’
    reassuring that Roman’s back…. I’ll be worried when they cut to the guys on the bench and they’re scratching themselves more than normal
    Go Habs Go!!!!!!

  483. Wayne says:

    “” my wife was having a hen party upstairs and I was in the basement watching the game…had to help clean up their mess after…those feathers are a pain to vacuum “”

    Tony, any purses left behind? ( GROAN )

  484. NLhabsfan says:

    That’s holding….what a stretch.

  485. JasonM says:

    “Boone wrong … again: Andrei Kostitsyn’s goal was a highlight reel job. Carey Price, watching the replay, said it reminded him of Ovechkin”

    About time! Weak backhand, PSH.

  486. teamplayer says:

    ak’s goal was #1 on the nhl network for the night

  487. wd40 says:

    finally they’re calling that crap on those runs on Price.

  488. teamplayer says:

    smolinskis one-timer not as good as kovalevs

    jones not happy with prices exageration. hahaha

  489. moser17 says:

    God love Price. He sells those dives like Dunder-Mifflin sells paper.

  490. The Teacher says:

    “they’re going to protect the goalies every time”

    they say that every time there is a GI penalty called and it is SO NOT TRUE!!!

  491. Keith says:

    On Markov that is :-)

  492. JasonM says:

    “The goal won’t make the Andrei Kostitsyn highlight reel, but what the heck … it was a biggie.The only one of the game: a weak backhander that snuckk intto thhe far side of the net. ”

    I BEG TO DIFFER BOONE. So does everyone else!

    Learn to read comments!

  493. JasonM says:

    Habs need an insurance goal.

  494. gohabzzzz says:

    why can’t habs establish a proper attack that will last more than 2 seconds?????

  495. The Teacher says:

    BOONE EOLE OLE OLE IS A RALLYING SONG

    NA NANA NA HEEYY GOODBYE IS A VICTORY SONG…GET IT STRAIGHT!

  496. gohabzzzz says:

    I agree, I found that goal pretty sweet

  497. wd40 says:

    we need an insurance goal like Dunder-Mifflin sells paper ;)

  498. Flake says:

    Great sell by Price?? what about all the non-calls? He deserves a break

  499. vic says:

    I am enjoying the game except for the yapping going on,on the c b c

  500. moser17 says:

    “Carey Price the rookie has stood on his head, stopping 34 shots in this hockey game so far”
    -CBC colour guy.

    So there we have it. If no one was convinced that we had a head-stander against Florida, it’s on record that the TBC folks stated the case for the rookie this evening.

    Boone got his wish. Of course, we ought to wait until the clock strikes zero.

  501. wd40 says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  502. teamplayer says:

    yeh toronto takes the lead over boston

  503. teamplayer says:

    sorry double post, will change it… ottawa losing to NJ dont know which team i want to lose i just know i dont want a 3pt game there

  504. gohabzzzz says:

    we always screw up goood plays!! GAAAA!!

  505. gohabzzzz says:

    its like our billionth pp, and if we screw this one again…..

  506. wd40 says:

    3 – 2 Devils.. 6 mins and change…

  507. moser17 says:

    The yapping is brutal.

  508. The Teacher says:

    Wow they finally call a penalty for doing something to KOIVU, FINALLY

  509. wd40 says:

    i dunno if Markov was good or lucky there.

  510. moser17 says:

    “I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious.” — Michael Scott

  511. Ali says:

    it was a charity call. ;)

  512. moser17 says:

    Agreed, no worries. And he got his break: He drew a penalty. Masterfully. On a great sell. :) All part of the game of a smart young goalie.

  513. wd40 says:

    there’s still 4 mins left.. JOKE

  514. The Teacher says:

    come onnnnn we need this one boys.

  515. The Teacher says:

    Hahaha Streit pulled a Pleky there.

  516. The Teacher says:

    15-1 shots..WOW….

  517. wd40 says:

    being outshot 15-2 in the 3rd. yikes.

  518. Sbah Reverof says:

    Mike, fyi, I have a life, it just revolves around obscene amounts of hockey.
    Columbus will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years, if they stay sharp. I know the Wings are slumping, but the Jackets managed to make “Team Sweden” look more like Team Monaco.

  519. wd40 says:

    yep. Nash is something to watch.

  520. Habs-Kat says:

    I’d do it, Florida wouldn’t.

  521. mbplekfan says:

    Hey, if we are going to make up ridiculous scenarios Im going to propose (maybe thats a bad word Kat) Ryder, Dandy,Bouillon, Grabovski, Halak, Locke, and a 5th round pick for Ovechkin.

  522. Sehs says:

    Have to get my hopes up for something now don’t I?

  523. JasonM says:

    Something interesting :

    Price may have secured his first career shutout but his souvenir puck has gone AWOL thanks to public enemy No. 1, Daniel Briere, who decided to flip the game puck into the stands after the final siren sounded. It’s safe to assume that Price wouldn’t mind having the missing puck back should the lucky fan who caught not have already put it up on Ebay.

  524. teamplayer says:

    do you think he would give that somebody a signed jersey or stick in return? i’d do it for that or even a diff puck with him signing and i would keep it
    stupid briere more reasons for booing

  525. frank81 says:

    Carey was named the NHL’s first star for Saturday:
    http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?page=ThreeStarsPage&service=page

    :)

  526. tony d says:

    LOL
    nothing that matched my Habs jersey

  527. BigHabsFan says:

    i just watched coaches corner for the first time in quite a while…i forgot what a self-congragulatory jackass don cherry is, yikes!

  528. G-Man says:

    Since you’ve made false accusations against my kin, I say, “Baaa! baaa!” to you. BTW, Price is the 1. The other is either panicking or coming back from an injury all the time.

    Gilbert

  529. originalsix says:

    I like Carey Price even more.

    Like Infinity + 1.

    So nah nah :D

  530. Bill says:

    I think the Habs should resign Huet. I guess that makes me less of a fan? I don’t see why I can’t give Price credit for a great job tonight though. He deserves it. He’s a good goalie and a great prospect, but I would like to see Huet in town for another two years.

    By the way, I’m sure you and the other die-hard, never-wavered, always-had the-same-opinion Price fans were cheering just as hard for Kovalev two years ago as you are this year, right? Because you hate bandwagon jumpers so much and all, I mean!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  531. wd40 says:

    i think the worst thing i’ve ever said about Price is that he was unproven at the NHL level. i said this based on his performance prior to the last 2 wins where frankly his confidence seemed greatly diminished, as did his positioning. as for Huet, i think he’s a good goaltender and that his stats speak to that. good and bad, he’s a known quantity.

    now, after the last 2 games — what is that 69 of 70 shots — obviously i’m very excited about Price. he appears to have regained the stellar form, coolness, and confidence he showed in his first few starts.

    to those like you who stuck by him, kudos.

    GO HABS GO

  532. Mattee. says:

    “just don’t come out flat in the second, just don’t come out flat in the second…” :clicks heels:

  533. The Teacher says:

    you only said it TWICE!!! I thought the rule was 3 times ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  534. G-Man says:

    Your Huet assessment is appropriate for Koivu, too. Habs won’t win anything with him as #1 or #2 center. He hasn’t had it all season and it’s just getting worse.

    Gilbert

  535. Keith says:

    Cherry is very xenophobic and narrow-minded. Yes he would make a fabulous Republican politician lol!

  536. wd40 says:

    when Huckabee was still in the race I’m sure he was thinking “hmm… he’d sure make a good running mate”

  537. G-Man says:

    The 3 goalies you mention have 1 thing in common: they haven’t won ANYTHING. Huet’s days as #1 are officially over. Watch and see.

    Gilbert

  538. wd40 says:

    the missed chances are frustrating, but at least we are playing hard. i can take it when they play hard and lose. as we’ve seen this year, good things happen when they show some desire and grit. i’d rather look at it as a good warm-up period. :)

    price was solid; he’s got to be careful he doesn’t go down too quick.

  539. Blitzen says:

    I agree. Win or lose is Ok as long as they play like they mean it.

  540. ebk says:

    said candidate, not winner

  541. RGM says:

    Oh yeah well in his Facebook group and I have his rookie card, so nyah nyah nyah! :p

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  542. 24 Cups says:

    Sulemaan – Just as a point of reference. I’m watching the game on CBC on Rogers cable, channel 130 (York Region). How are you picking the game up in Toronto?

    The Original 24 Cups

  543. Sulemaan says:

    Steve – Only have regular cable so I’m watching it online on cbc.ca. Thanks for the heads up. I’m tempted to upgrad to Rogers cable or Express Vu.

  544. Ed says:

    The Habs are outhitting Philly, but the forwards only have 2 hits – one each by the Kostitsyn brothers. The defence have the rest of the hits with 2 by O’Byrne, and 1 by each other D man, except for Gorges who does not have any. Where are our shut down, and our energy guys?

  545. Mattee. says:

    LOL, I-umm- sorry? haha.

  546. 24 Cups says:

    Teach – So that’s where you came from – the land of Oz. I get it now:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  547. The Teacher says:

    LMAO The wizard of Oz dude!

  548. Mattee. says:

    I know! I just didn’t think i’d get caught for it, I got lazy after the second run through… could have copy pasted.. haha.

  549. JasonM says:

    Nice hustle Lats.

    Habs PP. COMON SCORE!!!

  550. The Teacher says:

    T.O. 3-Bos-3 YUCK, they both get a point..more so yuck for boston.

  551. wd40 says:

    OK Kovy… quarterback us a PP goal.

  552. MikeMcLaren says:

    Done and done.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  553. The Teacher says:

    NOBODY SAY IT. I’M WARNING YOU.

  554. moser17 says:

    So what are you
    Hoping no one
    Utters before the clock
    Ticks past
    One second and gives
    Us victory over
    The Flyers
    ?

  555. JasonM says:

    WHAT A GOAL!

  556. wd40 says:

    ARE YOU SH&TTING ME.. WOOOOOOO. LIKE OVECHKIN!

  557. The Teacher says:

    GREAT PICKUP BY AKOST, so smart.

    Wonder if TSN will call that play as the yeat seeing as he was in an even more improbable position that OVECHKIN was?

    hmmm?

  558. Blitzen says:

    What a play….did you see the D-Men move back when Kovy came in?

  559. Keith says:

    What an acrobatic goal by Kost the elder!

  560. the_larry says:

    WOW! scores flying through the air! That was amazing

  561. JasonM says:

    That has to be like TOP 5 goals of the year! Ovechkin-esque.

  562. Blitzen says:

    AKoz is gonna be one hell of a player.

  563. wd40 says:

    we’re going to be watching that goal a few times this week…. :)

  564. MikeMcLaren says:

    That’s one you don’t quite figure out live and you need the replay to see.

    Effing amazing!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  565. The Teacher says:

    ouch, Koivu got rattled there.

  566. PattyBoy31 says:

    that = 10X better than ovechkins goal

  567. Forlando says:

    OMG what a goal!!!!!!!! top 5 of the week

  568. Flake says:

    Just my pride talking :) have to point out that all the names on the scoresheet are Russian :D

  569. Habsfan39 says:

    R U KIDDING ME!!! I CANNOT BELEIVE THAT GOAL!

  570. The Teacher says:

    LOL Boone said that last goal wasn’t pretty. :S

  571. wd40 says:

    Mike Boone: “Not pretty but it counts. A weak backhand is Andrei K’s 18th. 1-0″

    WHhhhaaaaaa? what game are you watching?

  572. teamplayer says:

    i agree with campbell, nice move by kovalev pulling 3 defenders towards him. and kosts never gives up on trying to score.

  573. wd40 says:

    go take your meds.

  574. Forlando says:

    Boone …are you listening to the game on the radio???…if you are watching the game how can you say thta!!!! that Goal is GOLDEN!!!!

  575. JasonM says:

    I see the potential on O’Byrne. He’s big, he likes to be physical. Looks to be defensively sound. He’s however missing a little in terms of motion and is very cautious. I assume that will get better with experience. Overall, he’s a good prospect that will probably be a major player next year, a solid 4th/5th d-man as our 1st round prospects get older.

  576. linp says:

    K1 backhands the puck while falling down.

  577. Exit716 says:

    Mr. Boone, you missed a classic Coaches Corner, so don’t worry you’re still up on Cherry

  578. JasonM says:

    I love seeing Komisaurus skating backwards like that, the older player panic so much. LOL.

  579. The Teacher says:

    Haha it WAS funny, that great big butt coming right for ya.

  580. wd40 says:

    i was at a game recently and i don’t know if it was just coincidence but i saw komi line up a guy along the boards and the guy saw it coming and got off the ice. it was hilarious to see.

  581. Flake says:

    It’s ok to be jealous :)

  582. JasonM says:

    BUTT OF PAIN!

  583. wd40 says:

    those tricky russians! gotta love ‘em!

  584. The Teacher says:

    enough with those LAZY CLEAROUTS!!

  585. JasonM says:

    Smolinski should know better.

  586. The Teacher says:

    IF THAT’S A GOAL..I’M GOING TO LOSE IT..talk about hack hack hack.

  587. wd40 says:

    Stevens wants to go to Toronto. I can just hear F-F-S tomorrow.

  588. JasonM says:

    I was wondering… how many players we can fit in a net? Not counting Komisarek.

  589. the_larry says:

    Theres no way the ref saw the puck the whole time. He took forever to blow the whistle

  590. teamplayer says:

    you cant see the puck, so they cant call that a goal

  591. The Teacher says:

    AHHHHHHH

    how long did it take you to think that one up LMAO

  592. moser17 says:

    LOL I have to say I felt pretty bad posting it during that scrum before I knew they weren’t going to call a goal…. :D (whew)

  593. The Teacher says:

    LMAo, now THAT’S funny!

  594. The Teacher says:

    To be fair. I think that things have changed remarkably in the last 5 days where we don’t have shadow posters anymore. There are no Huet or Price bashers, just guys who care about how the Habs do.

    As for the Vipah, he said he remembers Theo and Thibault having a good run, so he is still not going to go all Carey all the time, I can respect that. However I think Carey is a looong way away from anything Theo was. Theo couldn’t move laterally to save his life.

  595. wd40 says:

    That was a set play.. he was trying to miss the net.

  596. Mr Wonderful says:

    Classic Boone. He said the goal wasn’t pretty? Step away from the bar Boone. That was one of the best goals of the year.

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

  597. JasonM says:

    “a weak backhand”

    I DON’T THINK SO BOONE, TOP 5 of the YEAR.

  598. The Teacher says:

    I love Riley Cote. give us another PP you donkey.

  599. JasonM says:

    A well deserved penalty.

    GO HABS GO

    Plek’s line is on FIRE!

  600. linp says:

    Plekanec has to practise faceoff. He has lost many critical ones resulting in goal.

  601. teamplayer says:

    why is cote playing? i guess to help the habs, gorges was not even close of pushing him there, his foot was wrapped up with prices foot before gorges even knew he was there

  602. Mattee. says:

    Crap. Missed the goal, now i’m pissed. and the girlfriend is calling… I hate valentines week… later boys and girls.

  603. The Teacher says:

    LOL, the Kovy and Marky showwwwwww

  604. The Teacher says:

    Oooh, that Booing IS quite loud, LMAO

  605. gohabzzzz says:

    CAREY CAREY CAREY!! good game defensively, offensively it wasn’t great, goaltending: superb
    and boy do some of the media ask stupid questions
    tomorrow, habs have to be alert because I’m sure philly ain’t happy at all which means more goons will be looking to go hunting..scary thought but hey, that’s how the flyers are
    fellow habs fans, we’re only 2 behind ottawa!!!
    gohabzzzzz


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