Three stars inch Canadiens closer to the summit

Canadiens moved to within a point of Ottawa in the Eastern Conference standings by edging the Senators 4-3 in a game that got very tense – and occcasionally nasty – in the third period.

When it was over, Christopher Higgins – sporting his new beard and a fat, bloodied lip – talked about the line that stole the show en route to sweeping the post-game three stars.

Alex Kovalev, Higggins said, "leaves a couple guys open-mouthed on the bench."

"It’s really fun to watch that line," he added.

For much of the game, the Senators watched Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostistyn conduct a puck-control clinic. Each member of the line racked up three points in the win.

Kovalev said he and his linemates were happy with the way they’ve been playing, but the Canadiens need "one, two, three, even four good lines.

"You create plays, you try different things," Kovalev added. "Eventually you get to the stage where you pretty much know where everybody is without looking.

"I’m happy with the way our line is going right nnow. We should push ourselves a little bit more to be more successful."

In analyzing Ottawa’s comeback from a three-goal deficit after 40 minutes, Kovalev said Canadiens "stopped skating and putting pressure on their D and the game turned right away."

"We should have done that at the beginning (of the third period). It looks like it takes us a few minutes to wake up in every period."

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It took me the whole game to wake up to a technical goof (commited by me) that wiped out all my live blogging.

I’ve restored it … if anyone cares at this point. 

 

685 Comments

  1. Steiner says:

    and so it begins.

  2. Habs-Kat says:

    What the hell?

  3. the_vipah says:

    Nice give away.

  4. Moey says:

    Dear Breezer,

    Please have good game tonight, score a goal or two whatever it takes. You have no idea how painful it is on HIO when you make a mistake. You’ve got about 4 long suffering fans that are behind you, so please, for God’s sake do it for us.

  5. Keith says:

    Yeah Yeats, he’s kinda like those guys in the Jackass movies, you never know quite what to expect. It could be gross or it could be very painful or dangerous lol!

  6. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Not sure if anyone has already posted this, but this sort of thing is always nice to read:

    http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=352425&page=NewsPage&service=page

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  7. Yeats says:

    The Breezer’s suiting up tonight? Oh, Bacchus, I can’t wait. Most of you guys look at him as a defenseman. I, on the other hand, consider him to be an entertainer. And, the Habs blue line just got a hell of a lot more exciting. Got to get a Zantak 150, I think I’m gonna need it. You can’t make this stuff up. Hollywood would laugh at you!

  8. tony d says:

    maybe Ryder has part clown in him (laughing on the outside, crying on the inside)
    cause he sure doesn’t look like a player out there…. he had a good ride here (pardon le pun) but it’s time to move
    to a new circus

  9. KeepRyder says:

    Ryder played a team game on Saturday, and he gets the shaft again and again. Of course he isn’t going to say anything. Know why? Cause he knows the team is more important than the individual. Plus, what would whining about it do for him? It wouldn’t be favorable, especially because he wants back in there.

    He wants to play, sure. But he is not a whiner. Good teammate. Lots of GMs and coaches looking for that. Too bad Carbo doesn’t want that in the lineup.

    And hey, when is he going to do the same with Higgins? God knows he needs the kick in the pants too.

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    It can only get better!! Go Ryder, Go Habs!

  10. tony d says:

    chicken soup to the Hamrlik household…STAT!!!
    holy jeezer, we got breezer????
    say your prayers folks it’s gonna be a bumpy ride

  11. Ian G Cobb says:

    Timo–Spezza is the biggest flake in the league, fantastic skill for a chicken. One solid hit and he is done, now if Brisebois can catch him before Komiseric does. Now Fisher, that is another story.

    Got to go and watch this one, ketch up to you after the game, Ian

  12. ganderhab says:

    I don’t think Ryder owes us anything – he has scored 85 goals in the previous 3 years for a total compensation of $4.2 million. This off year is hurting his future more than the Habs present, and not playing is’nt helping anyone

  13. Keith says:

    Good news, the CJAD player is finally working :-) It wasn’t working on the weekend.

  14. likehoy says:

    i will make a fearless prediction…ottawa wins 3-1 mcgrattan hits koivu from behind.

  15. moser17 says:

    nicely put.

  16. HabsProf says:

    And if Ryder complained, indicating that he gave a damn, people would be all over him, a la Dandenault, for being a distraction to the team.

    Ryder has been our premier goal scorer for the previous three years. Through it all he has represented the Habs with class. We may be unhappy with his startling decline in output, but I refuse to pile on the guy; he has given me too many fond memories. I just keep hoping for a turnaround before the season ends. If he should depart either via trade or free agency, I’ll feel nothing but joy for the guy should he rediscover his form.

  17. moser17 says:

    No worries. Limitless hope for Breezer, and limitless patience … of course, the coaching staff shouldn’t have limitless patience, just us fans. Otherwise we’d all have serious heart trouble. :)

  18. moser17 says:

    No offense, Timo, I’m picking on everyone today: I think the quotation is “hope springs eternal”, like from a limitless source.

    It’s sure true of us Habs fans.

  19. Keith says:

    Ryder is either dying on the inside as you say Boone, which I hope , or he just doesn’t give a damn.

  20. Chuck says:

    You bring up a good point. Huet (and the entire team, for that matter) have bounced back well all season. I hope that trend continues!
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  21. TheCharles says:

    As scary as the D looks on paper, I’m expecting big things from Huet. I think having after the game against the Rangers, and now with Price back Huet will have a big game tonight.

  22. Chuck V. says:

    Dude he was on the Koivu line and didn’t find the net too much with all of that time either. Straight up Ryder is finished in MTL

  23. HabsFanInUSA says:

    “Adventures in the D-zone” is putting it mildly. (Anyone else think that sounds like a really bad B-movie?) I don’t even want to think about what this game could look like with Alfredsson and/or Heatley in the lineup.

  24. HabsFanInUSA says:

    From your lips to God’s ears!

  25. Chuck says:

    I like the way that you think, Ian!

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  26. Ian G Cobb says:

    Brisebois is getting a point on the winning goal to-night. Koivu will not take a bad penalty, and Huet only lets two by him. TWO POINTS

  27. Ian G Cobb says:

    EBK- sorry that I did not see your great story until just now. I also missed seeing what words you were referring to. But that is not as important to me as your expression of love for your son. He maybe a little challenged but to have you is a God send for him. A lot of teams that I have been affiliated with over many years have challenged young people working for them in a variety of ways. Most of them bond with the players and the players with them in a very magical way. Most of the young people with Downs that I have had the honor to know are just special people. They bring out the best in the rest of us and they can make grown men weep with there innocence.

  28. Chuck says:

    It may be politically incorrect to say so, but the Habs can be as addictive as crack.
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  29. Chuck says:

    Now tht you mention it, he has looke a little off for the past week or so… his passes haven’t been as crisp, skatink a little slower than we’re used to seeing from him. I hope he’s feeling better soon. The flu sucks.
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  30. NLhabsfan says:

    When Ryder is played he is given very little ice time.The stats will bear me out.My hope he will be traded….He deserves better.

  31. Ed says:

    Hamrlik was -3 in the last game against the Rangers, and -4 in the last 4 games, with no points. I have a suspicion that he has not been feeling well for a while.

  32. Erik says:

    Its a game ripe for the picking or should I say a game to win. Once again I look forward to watching the Kovy Pleks A.Kost line what speed what creativity. I expect three wins this week vs the sens and maple leafs.

  33. Les-Habitants says:

    Man, it’ll be interesting to see how the defensemen not named Komisarek and Markov step up tonight without the Hammer there to provide some big-time stability.

    That said, thank the hockey gods that Heatley and Alfie are out…heard phillips might be questionable too.

    Big statement game, regardless.
    Oh, just to brag, got tickets to the game :D. Hope everyone enjoys it tho!

  34. yukonhab says:

    What a shame for Ryder…. If he could only f4#%^& score!!!!
    Thing that sucks the most he will eventually break out of the slump next year on another team.

    But appreciate his good ole’ Newfoundland up bringing…respectful!

  35. The Teacher says:

    Booly with Brisebois? Poor Booly.

  36. yukonhab says:

    I have faith in the Team tonight….also we need some adversity now then later to prove to each Hab that we can still do the do, even if we lose a key player, let alone to the rest of the league.

    We will be in the ‘Big Show’ this year and we will only get better game by game.

    Shoot , pass kick there a**!

    Go Habs GO!

  37. ebk says:

    Biggest game of the year for the Hab. Win and they are a point back breathing down the Senators neck. Lose and they are five back, on a two game losing skid and more importantly didn’t be Ottawa with their two best players out.

  38. Chuck says:

    Let me be the first to hope the Brisebois has a great game tonight.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  39. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Equally annoying…when he yells “SCRAMBLE!!”

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  40. MikeL says:

    haha good one

  41. Keith says:

    That Janitors broadcast crew are as homeristic as the entire HNIC and TSN crews combined. That should be a penalty shot in my opinion.

  42. Moey says:

    Habs’s are getting me really frustrated, just get it in the net.

  43. the_vipah says:

    Tape to tape is a bad pass? Cube turned into the forecheck and lost the puck. Do you even watch much hockey?

  44. Forlando says:

    I guess calling me moron was not a pointless post…anyway, not gonna argue with a child.

  45. lemess says:

    lower body injury

  46. moser17 says:

    Ugh. And we’re subjected to those ‘sens army’ ads with quick cuts of painted fools.

  47. The Teacher says:

    This game has been entertaining so far. Habs working hard, Sens working hard. We’re not getting some bounces, but hopefully we can score on this PP to get it even.

  48. Vecs says:

    I’d take a power play over a gui penalty shot any day

  49. jew4jah says:

    vipah
    stop picking on the virgins

  50. Habs-Kat says:

    I could read Komi’s lips and they weren’t family friendly :)

  51. moser17 says:

    How about: “Bégin, with his stick set on ‘autodump’, sends it to the corner.”

  52. Mr Wonderful says:

    Time to put Boone’s face on a milk carton. Does he Blog from the game or from home? Seems strange that he has just stopped commenting.

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

  53. the_vipah says:

    What you did there was called “Trolling”. I called you on it. Don’t get all depressed.

  54. whitecat says:

    Am I the only one who hasn’t seen one post by Mr. Boone since this game started? Maybe my comp is screwed up?

    But!!!!!

  55. MatttheHabsFan says:

    I’ve said it before….the Ottawa Sens broadcasters are absolutely brutal. No objectivity or professionalism. The Sens have literally never been given a penalty they deserve, according to those guys. If you think they are bad on sportsnet, trying listening to them on their Team 1200 broadcasts

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  56. The Teacher says:

    wHAT A #$%^^^w%^$#^$%ING GOAL!

  57. moser17 says:

    YAAAH!!!!! KOSTITSYN!!!!

  58. Habs-Kat says:

    Well, actually, Gui’s always been a very skilled player. I think he could take a penalty shot like – GOOOOOOAALLL!

  59. the_larry says:

    WOOOOOT!!! nice PP goal!

  60. the_vipah says:

    Sick goal.

  61. sidhu says:

    What a pretty passing play, that line is amazing

  62. Mr Wonderful says:

    Oh my that was pretty.
    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  63. sidhu says:

    Meszaros got owned by AK46

  64. the_larry says:

    have you not looked at any other posts?? read down and allas you will have an answer

  65. 4227fan says:

    that a boys’! Even now, and time to take control of the game.

  66. Habs-Kat says:

    Nah, the Bell Centre’s Wi-Fi’s probably acting up. He hasn’t posted anything.

  67. moser17 says:

    On the up side, Dean Brown’s partner there on play-by-play seems to be pretty happy on the Habs. Good man.

  68. Mike says:

    haha what did he say?

  69. Chorske says:

    Four words:

    New Leafs General Manager.

    ;)

  70. the_vipah says:

    ;)

    It looked like a Trolling remark to me. Probably was too mean. Just get tired of reading all the negative comments about Habs players all the time.

  71. Keith says:

    Boone not blogging?

  72. Mr Wonderful says:

    Unfortunetly the only broadcast I can get of the game tonight is the Sportsnet team. The play by play guy is from Ottawa and he is continually bad mouthing the Habs. So far he has run down Kovelov, Lapierre and Latandresse. What a clown. Of course never a disparaging word about the team that signs his checks.

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

  73. moser17 says:

    I know!!! This guy is brutal.

  74. Forlando says:

    Well another soft goal by Huet…./sigh

  75. Steiner says:

    probably wireless issues

  76. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Who’s doing the play-by-play?

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  77. Habs-Kat says:

    Any guesses as to what happened to Boone?

  78. Bill says:

    There will be time for the Habs to murder and create. They have to beat this depleted Senators crew. Sens got lucky there, but they’re vulnerable and not mentally strong at this point.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  79. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Flu bug. Canadiens sent him home

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  80. Forlando says:

    Thanks for the free insult…I guess that is all you can come up…

  81. Steiner says:

    probably internet connection issues.

  82. the_larry says:

    I say he slipped and fell in the shower just before the game started.. or computer troubles haha

  83. MikeL says:

    I am pretty sure his name is Dean Brown…and ya, I can’t stand him. Him yelling “scores” really irritates me.

  84. Yeats says:

    A rogue band of leaf fans evidently abducted him.

  85. Bill says:

    Choked on his Guinness after the Kelly goal. Died cursing Breezer. Whispered something about “Rosebud.”

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  86. Steiner says:

    you just outdid me with your wit.

    *sigh*

  87. Gooner says:

    When your D-man coughs up the puck and his partner doesn’t know how to cover his man that is the result you get. No way in Hell was that Huet’s fault

  88. Habs-Kat says:

    I wouldn’t mind if Brisebois filled in for him. At least he wouldn’t be on the ice.

  89. Vecs says:

    Overdose on tranquilizers? valium?

  90. Yeats says:

    Like Dr. Evil, they want one million dollars!

  91. the_vipah says:

    Well if you’re going to make pointless posts, which are completely untrue, that only a leaf fan could respect, im going to go ahead and call a spade a spade.

  92. MatttheHabsFan says:

    well that’s not very nice at all

    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  93. bigjames says:

    he always gets into trouble when he leaves his net…he was never properly in position on that one

  94. Mr Wonderful says:

    Boone must be out having a smoke and got lost.

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

  95. Forlando says:

    In my opinion Huet is responsible for that one because he gave a bad pass….but that’s just me

  96. the_vipah says:

    Gerber looks very shaky tonight. Lots of pucks just slipping right by him, unfort for us, wide of the net.

    Obvious penalty shot call there, no balls on the ref tho and it turns into hooking :(

  97. the_larry says:

    ahh so close.. nice try Guy!

  98. Habs-Kat says:

    Gui’s slowness came in handy there. Who knew?

  99. Keith says:

    Very marginal call.

  100. 4227fan says:

    looks like the laffs gave up, 8-0 now

  101. Y says:

    Nice line change boys…

  102. MPWRD42 says:

    ok, so that save was the TSN turning point!

  103. MPWRD42 says:

    Koivu on ice.. well at least we know he won’t take a penalty since it’s in our end!

  104. MikeMcLaren says:

    Was it ever in doubt?

    :)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  105. linp says:

    That was too close for comfort!!!

  106. Alirio says:

    Chris Niel, COME ON!!!


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  107. 4227fan says:

    ole ole ole!

  108. MPWRD42 says:

    Whew… that was way too tense!

  109. The Teacher says:

    ZAMBONI, are you still with us?

  110. the_larry says:

    I cant take this for another 2 months. Im gonna have a heart attack

  111. Mr Wonderful says:

    We won but not exactly something to get excited about. 1 line did all the damage and we sagged again in the third.

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

  112. RiverviewCanadien says:

    its about time they waited until the end of the game :)

    GO HABS GO!

  113. zamboni says:

    OK I’m still able to breath.

    I think it’s up to the coaches to find a solution to this latest ailment.

  114. Keith says:

    Neil what a GOON!! Do we really want a piece of garbage like that on our team?

  115. Y says:

    Neil needs to be dealt with on Saturday

  116. Y says:

    Neil needs to be dealt with on Saturday…that is if he doesn’t get suspended

  117. sidhu says:

    Phew

    Heroes: the Pleks line, Huet, Streit, Tom the Bomb
    Zero: Mr Offensive Zone Penalty

  118. Sbah Reverof says:

    Why are we blowing these 2 or 3 goal leads? I need those fingernails!

  119. Rugger says:

    And Rangers, Isles & Bruins lose (and Laffs but who cares)

  120. MikeL says:

    Carbo benches Koivu until the most pivotal faceoff of the season….I like it…Very clever.

  121. Y says:

    How was Huet not a star?

  122. zamboni says:

    Thanks for checking Teach, for now I am, but the doctor Carbo better find the cure, or next time around, I might not be so fortunate.

  123. Forlando says:

    Whew….omg my heart…

    On a different note: Very sad to see how a guy that played his best hockey waiting all these years for a competitive team has completely vanished. I guess Saku can’t stand Kovalev leading the team…or maybe it is just sequels of his sickness dunno, but it really is sad and ironic.

  124. The Teacher says:

    sidhu, are you Jack Todd?

  125. MikeL says:

    B/c Plekanec, Kovalev and Andrei were better

  126. Y says:

    Yeah until 17 mins of the 2nd. Seems like the star selectors went to sleep at the same time as the Habs

  127. 24 Cups says:

    and Atlanta.

    The Original 24 Cups

  128. Chorske says:

    It’s all good.

  129. Chorske says:

    No, man, stick around, you are bang on. It’s been the same all year, every sports announcer knows it better than Carbo: we’re chucking the puck into the neutral zone (not even the offensive zone) and then hanging back and letting the other team dictate the play. The past couple of games have been like watching two completely different teams from one period to the next.

    Carbo needs to deal with this NOW.

  130. RS says:

    Sabres are starting to get on a roll. Look out.

  131. sanj91 says:

    which he lost btw…kind of representative of koicu’s season…he’s there…he’s got the opputunities…but he can’t do it…..blam eit on who ever you want, but its time we package koivu, ryder, and halak plus picks for someone who doesn’t need good linemates but rather makes whatever linemates he has good….

  132. Ali says:

    With the death of the Higgins-Koivu-Ryder line, its been the best line since Corson-Koivu-Recchi.

  133. Rugger says:

    Great passing by Andre and Alex. Hard to believe he is a rookie. By playoff time that will be the best line in hockey.

  134. king ddd says:

    we won the game but, it scares me how we are not playing once we are in lead.. lost to rangers after having a 3-0 lead and almost lost this one.. and i hope we dont trade ryder..so he has one bad season not every ones perfect.. watch if we do trade him hes gonna b a hab killer… remembr leclaire 50 goal scorer…) ribeiro… and ryder will be just like them scoring 50 goals

  135. vic says:

    Im 72 and my wife just finished giving me the paddles.cant take this
    going to lie down

  136. MPWRD42 says:

    Some stats from the game summary I noticed:
    Another monster game for Komisaurus – 7 hits and 5 blocked shots.
    Also, Koivu only 11:47 of ice team (and that’s all he deserved)… and over 3 minutes of that was on the PP. Hopefully that sends a message to him to get his head on straight.

  137. Y says:

    So…Price on Thursday vs the Marlies?

  138. fun police says:

    can’t handle the way carbo coaches with the lead. why not try and win 6-1 instead of falling back into a ridiculous 1-4 system. when we start to see too much of laps and tom the bomb, you know we are in a defensive shell.
    also, i cannot wrap my head around the fact that ryder is not in the lineup. i can easily name 6 other players that ryder has been playing better than. drives me crazy having a defensemen on the third line.

  139. SUMO says:

    In Bob we trust.

    Thank God for NHL Centre Ice. We barely hung on to win. Huet was stellar. PLEKANEC’s line was strong and the D-pairing of GORGES and BOUILLON were huge.

    My observations;

    - PATRICE BRISEBOIS is finished as a player. He couldn’t clear the zone and was consistently outmuscled by the Senators forwards. How can Carbo continue to put him in there? Bring up PAVEL VALENTENKO.

    When is RYAN O’BYRNE back? We sorely need another physical presence on D. Ottawa exploited this tonite.

    Check out SAKU KOIVU’s minutes. He was benched for much of the 3rd period for taking his nightly stupid o-zone penalty. Too undisciplined. Let CHRIS HIGGINS centre the 2nd line.

    Go Habs Go!

  140. leafs67_andcounting says:

    Absolutely! That’s why they called him up. He owns the Leafs. Then come back with Huet Saturday in Ottawa.
    The Leafs are in Huet’s head, let price play them. Besides don’t you usually let your back up play the weaker teams…Lol.

  141. MikeL says:

    Actually I do blame him. He is the guy turning the puck over the majority of the time for that line. He is not the same player he used to be, or at least he’s not right now. He can’t skate or stick handle anymore. Yea, he’s good at passing when behind the net on a powerplay, but that is a very specific situation. Saku used to make other players better, this is not the case anymore.

  142. Rugger says:

    wsn’t he the one who did the 3rd per. delay of game over the glass?

  143. sag says:

    would you really break up one of the best lines in hockey?

  144. RH says:

    That was Bouillon.

  145. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Man that was way too close”Gillette trax5 close”;thank heavens Heatley and Alfie weren’t playing!!!WE NEED A FIRST LINE THATS SCORING or were gonna hit road blocks !!!

  146. Hot_Pie says:

    Well, that win left a bad taste in my mouth.

    I completely endorse Carbo’s decision of benching Koivu.

  147. RH says:

    I guess you can now say we have 1 #1 line, and 3 #4 lines.

  148. Sulemaan says:

    You know Steve, for a Republican, Paul’s a pretty reasonable guy. Which to your point, probably explains the 4%. Now back to hockey! :-)

  149. Gooner says:

    He didn’t cover Kelly on the first goal.

  150. Xtrahabsfan says:

    AGREE 150%

  151. sadave says:

    I’ve been in places that costs extra!! ;->

  152. HabsInBlood says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re worried. Whenever we start brimming with confidence about our team, they pull a stinker out of their hat. Always best to expect the worst so as to be pleasantly surprised.

    Although I must say, the thought of Brisebois being back there scares me. Josh Gorges will sacrifice life and limb to clear the puck out of our zone. Brisbois will sacrifice puck and possession to save life and limb. The same goes for blocking shots.

    With Hamrlik out of the lineup it will be a good test, and if we win, all the more sweet.

  153. The Teacher says:

    Umm, I didn’t see Higgins the whole 3rd period. Someone told me he suffered an ugly-chin-to-lip gash???

  154. RH says:

    Yeah. His gash looked really good in HD.

  155. Gooner says:

    I believe it is because when they get that 3 goal lead Carbo puts them into D mode to try and protect it . I think they should just keep the peddle to the metal.

  156. doug says:

    Closing in on 700 comments and Boone took the night off. . . can’t be good for his job security! ;)

  157. RH says:

    Missed Ottawa’s first goal.

  158. sidhu says:

    But, as Dryden said in his seminal book, it’s the job of the veterans to assist the younger players, not vice versa. The younger players did something right in order to make it to the NHL and they shouldn’t adjust that play to the veterans.

  159. Mike Boone says:

    That’s the beautiful and talented Andie Bennett of he Team 990.

  160. Mike says:

    So, what should the line up be for thursday game?

  161. Rugger says:

    Thanks, I was watching split screen on the computer, tracking the election results coming in, so didn’t follow the 3rd very close.

  162. doug says:

    Where were you tonight, Mike?

  163. ClaytonM says:

    Every time the laffs lose, an angel gets their wings

  164. doug says:

    What does “tee” stand for, cournoyer?

  165. P St. Pierre says:

    As usual, Kovalev is bang on with his assessment of how the team played. I hope Carbo was listening. They need to get going in the third period and not let the other team have so much time controlling the puck. The Canadiens need to be a possession team. They need to want the puck all the time. Dumping that little disc into the neutral zone doesn’t stop teams like Ottawa or the Rangers from attacking.

  166. doug says:

    and i was a center in pee wee. . . in case you’re looking. i decided to become a doctor but am always willing to listen to reasonable 7 figure offers for my services.

  167. likehoy says:

    the defensive shell is frustrating to watch at this point of the season, but thank carbo in the playoffs when we can protect those devilish one-goal leads and squeeze out the important wins. Carbo is preaching how to win a playoff game, eventually it’ll click for the boys when their mindset is in playoff mode. So be patient with his 1-4 system to protect a lead.

    Koivu’s problem is the opposite of lazy…for 10 years he’s been in the spotlight, and he’s trying hard to keep his game up and contribute to the suddenly successful team. He’s trying too hard to do too many things, taking penalties, dangerous plays in his own zone clearing the puck…he has to simplify his game and adjust to his role. He’s the epitome of a leader with nothing to lead. He’s competing against himself, and trying to compete against his own teammates to regain the leadership. Partial contribution to this is how he has to carry his linemates night in and night out. If higgins and ryder had their games going, Koivu wouldn’t have to be trying so hard…Kostitsyn jr. does well but he’s still a rookie and don’t think Koivu’s not thinking he has to cover the kid’s ass here and there…Koivu’s just gotta go out there and HAVE FUN, keep things simple and play hockey and he’ll be fine. Kovalev and plekanec have repeatedly said that their line is doing well cause they’re confident in each other and they’re having a lot of fun. Koivu, Higgins, Ryder are not having any fun cause nothing is going right for them and it’s not for the lack of trying.

  168. doug says:

    tee hee hee… i thought it might be that. but that’s usually employed only by grade schoolers so i wanted to make sure.

  169. Hot_Pie says:

    likehoy, I happen to agree with your post 100%.

  170. ClaytonM says:

    A lot of negative comments about Saku tonight. Let me say I agree it was an undisciplined penalty and he needs to stop hooking in the O-zone. That being said, he was held and hooked as well during that play and lost his cool.

    When the zebras start calling a fair game in an intelligent manner (and pigs fly) then you’ll see a decrease in a lot of dumb penalties by the Habs. Besides, the guy took a dive anyways. Same thing for Kostopoulos’ penalty. He never hooked, held him or his stick. Even up time plain and simple.

    IMO what Saku needs is a sit down with Guy & Bob to clear the air. He also needs to be told who his wingers will be for the rest of the season. I hope it’s Higgins and Kostitsyn.

  171. Gooner says:

    he certainly saved us in the last minute. That is all you can ask.

  172. ebk says:

    my god, that might be the line of the century. Mind if I borrow it from time to time. I’ll credit the source.

  173. RH says:

    Wish the leafs could’ve saved there performance tonight, for Thursday.

  174. The Teacher says:

    Lost in the shuffle.

    Yet another home-ice win.

  175. Ed says:

    Mike, we care. I am glad you got your live blogging restored. Habs squeak out a win, and move within a point of first overall. Incredible! It’s too bad that the fans booed Ryder in the pre game intros when he is not even playing. That to me shows a complete lack of class.

  176. RH says:

    I think guys have to stop throwing there hands up in the air to say they haven’t done anything. Kostopoulos’ penalty is a perfect illustration. The ref couldn’t see the whole play, but was still contemplating when Kostopoulos threw his arms up. This made up the refs mind and, up his arm went for a penalty signal.

  177. howtathor says:

    Very well said!

  178. G-Man says:

    Refs cannot judge intent. They would have to be mind readers. A rule is a rule. It prevents D from continually throwing the puck over the glass. It’s frustrating because it works in tandem with the icing rule and not being allowed to change the players on the ice. It’s fair because teams with weak D get punished for it, not rewarded by delaying the game. Gerry Cheevers started this, along with Giaocomin of the Rangers. When in doubt, over the glass.

    Gilbert

  179. The Teacher says:

    Well he couldn’t stop the first.

    Spezza was in alone on the 2nd.

    The third was screened the whole way by four players.

    what is stellar to you?

  180. ClaytonM says:

    True, but sometimes they throw their hands up to show/draw a diving call. All I saw Kosty do was hold the guys stick down with his own. I missed him holding the stick or the guy.

  181. StillattheMapes says:

    I watched the game from mid-first on after visiting my new home under construction paint and upgrading in beautiful downtown Kanata Lakes on the ridge just in sight of Scotiabank Place. We are thinking of season tickets next year so I can see my Habs and a few other teams that we both like.

    A few comments.

    PKK are a thing of beauty. Man, they are great, have to be one of the best lines in the NHL, and it has been a very long time since I have had such pleasure watching a front-line from our guys, not since Lemaire-Shutt-Lafleur, or any line with such chemistry regardless of team. When this version of magic gets on, I actually sometimes get out of my chair to watch closer. If we could play them for 60 minutes with Komisarek and Markov, well we would be pretty close to cup champagne.

    Some of you won’t agree, but I do not think Huet is a closer, though he saved us several times tonight.

    As for Smolinski, I think that I have written to this site about 7-8 times or so, and more than a few times I have suggested that Mr. Bryan should not ever be on the ice, never mind on the team. I have a colleague from Vancouver who would agree based on previous and highly disagreeable Smokes experience. Same thing, one game on – four games off, and brutal timing. I would rather watch Chips learn than an aging veteran who does not bring what is expected. He costs us. He typically floats, and plays very badly just when you want him to step up and use his experience, which, judging from the current application, isn’t up to much.

    I was really impressed by Josh Gorges tonight. I don’t know who the stars were, but I would have picked him. He made several nice offensive plays, hung tough in a few situations where I thought he might shrink, but mostly he played good positional hockey. Sure he made a few blunders, but they were modest and retrievable. I think he is what people used to call a “heady” hockey-player.

    I continue to like Sergei Kost. He really epitomizes a “heady” hockey-player, has major nose for the net, and my goodness isn’t he just a tough little s–t.

    84 hit some people, good for you. Just starting. Don’t stop.

    Finally, I know there has been some recent debate about whether our boys need some physically added presence, and tonight it was raised on RDS yet again. Here’s my 2 cents worth — not immediately, but going into the playoffs — absolutely. Look at that s–t Neil goading Komi. I was yelling at our boy to put him out of his misery, but very wisely he set aside his emotions. This is only going to happen again and again. I don’t think we need a fighter per se ala Laraque, but we do need someone who can play decent (not embarrassing)hockey, bring the major (brutal) heat, and not cost us too much when he is sent off… hopefully with the other team’s version of Komi or someone similar (e.g., Pronger). Know anyone of this (Nilan) calibre in the NHL? Before the season began I had thought of Chris Simon, then he lost the place abit….

    I also think the Habs are going to wipe Ottawa on Thursday.

    Just a feeling, I think the Sens were lucky tonight. And after we cancel out first lines all things considered and healthy, I think we have a way better team. Better goalies for sure.

    Go Habs go

  182. Y says:

    That play that led to the penalty on TK was completely offside. Those blind mice totally missed it.

  183. 24 Cups says:

    You know Smolinski gets a rough ride on this site but I thought he played a decent game. Won quite a few faceoffs and hit a few people. He did what he was supposed to do. He deserves some credit tonight.

    In a related matter, this delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass has been bugging me for a long time. Trust me, one day in the playoffs this mickey mouse infraction is going to cost a team a playoff game or maybe even a series (shades of Brett Hull’s foot in the crease against Buffalo). I recall the history of why this penalty was put in the rulebook but couldn’t the ref make a judgment call as to the intent of the play when the puck goes over the glass? I can’t sleep at night worrying about us being down a man in the third period (Koivu for hooking) when all of a sudden we accidently misjudge a clearing shot that goes over the glass and puts us in a 5 on 3 situation. What a lousy way to decide a playoff series.

    Time to hit the sack.

    The Original 24 Cups

  184. Chris says:

    I have a hard time believing that Koivu is trying to “regain the leadership”…he doesn’t really strike me as a guy who has a lot to prove inside the room. Getting Dave Stubbs’ or Mike Boone’s opinion on this matter would be really interesting, but I suspect they would be loathe to speculate too much on players’ off-ice interactions/popularity within the team. I think you hit it more accurately when you said that he’s trying too hard to make up for his wingers’ shortcomings this season, not keeping his game simple, and consequently making mistakes. The penalty situation still makes no sense to me…the refs just seem to have his number for whatever reason. You really don’t have to look much farther than the lack of calls on Komisarek against Jagr on Sunday, when he was absolutely mugging him well after the puck was gone, yet Koivu gets called for Gomez taking a dive.

    That being said, Carbo needs to walk a VERY fine line here. I think one of the turning points for the Habs season last year was benching Rivet…humiliating veteran leaders on the team, even when they are struggling mightily, does not always have the desired effect for team morale.

    I worry a lot that Koivu lost his passion for playing in Montreal after the language flap earlier this season. Regardless of people’s feelings for his on-ice deficiencies over the years, it would take a pretty cynical person to deny that he has been an incredible inspiration to his teammates and Montreal over the past 10 years, that he has put a ton of effort and energy into being a great spokesperson for the franchise. To be treated in such a shoddy way yet again by elements of the Montreal media must have been a very draining experience, one that I know would leave me questioning whether it really is worth it in the end.

    At the end of the day for me, some of the often (but admittedly not always!) unfair finger pointing at Koivu and the questioning of his leadership skills and heart that regularly occurs on this site very much frustrates me. But all I have to do is remember the shivers I had watching Koivu come back to play against the Senators in the first game back from his cancer treatment, and the run he carried them on against the Bruins. His skills may very well have eroded this season (although I think we are perhaps premature in that evaluation, as Kovalev is proving this season), but there is no way anybody on here will ever convince me that his heart or leadership are lacking.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9dbVL7PKk

  185. StillattheMapes says:

    Agree on the immediate penalty, I think the ref has to make a call,i.e., deliberate or not. Smokes got caught tonight, but there was no way he meant it, just a regular clearing… no big deal.

    On Smokes generally, he is not my favourite Hab and I will just leave it at that.

  186. The Teacher says:

    You really want to give the ref discretion on this call? yet alone another penalty type????

  187. ClaytonM says:

    You mean like Spezza being a stride offside for his goal?

  188. Chris says:

    Yep, he was drafted as a centre out of Yale.

  189. StillattheMapes says:

    Hmmm. Well maybe this isn’t such a hot idea given the varied interpretation of the so-called discretionary rules, tonight, e.g., holding the stick. Anyways, I agree that I would not want to lose a series or let alone a cup on a cheap one…

  190. 24 Cups says:

    Teach – We arrived at this point in time because there were some players who were shooting the puck over the glass (on purpose) to gain a break in the action when their team was wilting from the sustained pressure of the offensive team. I bet that some guys even practised this ‘skill’. Hence, we landed up with the automatic penalty. However, I can’t tell you the number of times when someone has accidently shot the puck out of the rink on a clearing play. We’ve all seen it dozens of times. It always strikes me as such a crappy call that is too severe. All other penalty calls are discretionary so why not this one?

    The Original 24 Cups

  191. OldGrover says:

    My solution is to treat it the same as an icing – offending team just can’t change. No fuss, no muss, no lame ass penalty.

  192. The Teacher says:

    The reason it was made mandatory because it was deemed that it was impossible to tell whether it was a penalty or not.

    I prefer it this way. we might get the odd call at a wrong time, but then again, so does every other team. The play also flows much better. Even the playoff hockey has improved (imagine that!). I don’t know if you remember, but the playoffs had a lot of chuck it outs, which allows less skilled or lesser conditioned players to survive.

  193. 24 Cups says:

    Richard – Nice resume. I love the word ‘layabout’!!

    The Original 24 Cups

  194. Wayne says:

    “” It took me the whole game to wake up to a technical goof (commited by me) that wiped out all my live blogging.

    I’ve restored it … if anyone cares at this point. “”

    You kidding Mike? I love reading your take on the night’s game progress. You call ‘em as we see ‘em and it’s a gas to read most of the time.
    Chalk up another great game by the Habs – and yes, Kovy’s right, our other lines need to get the lead out soon or we’ll get burned.

    Regards, Wayne

  195. teamplayer says:

    cost a team a playoff series? wasnt it buffalo who shot it over the glass and lost that game and eastern conference championship series to the eventual cup winners carolina because of a pp goal on that penalty?
    eventhough that happened i still believe in the rule, as other ppl stated they are trying to take judgement out of the game. It keeps the puck in play more, makes defensemen lift their head look for a forward cutting across, taking the risk of making that pass instead of dumping high and off the board with an icing stopping the high speed and excitement that the game going and sending the game to a commercial break.

  196. StillattheMapes says:

    Hi. Would that they were all still here, I think this is the word that a number of our formerly beset and now sainted mothers would use to describe our contemporary behaviour…. like a very warped version of Diner. Ciao.

  197. Ryan says:

    Well I had the displeasure of watching that game on sportsnet, and I can’t believe how they allow this guy to do play-by-play(the colour commentator wasn’t nearly as bad).

    This guy, whose name I don’t remember, might even be worse than listening to Joe Bowen do a laffs game.

    A few tidbits for those of you looking for a laugh.

    “Latendresse, a player known for throwing late and cheap hits.”

    “Boullion, hits [player] along with boards with his gloves to the face…the Canadiens don’t receive a lot of penalties, do they”

  198. HabsProf says:

    Regarding the need to get another line consistently scoring….

    Shocking as this seems, Mark Streit is about to pass Koivu to become the third leading scorer on this team. That’s how moribund Saku has been.

    Though, of course, that’s also how excellent Streit has been.

  199. Odie Clegorn says:

    Great line about Breezeby’s willingness to sacrifice for the team…he is one of the best flamingos in the league especially when it’s a shot from the point on the powerplay!

  200. howtathor says:

    Welcome back Mike, better late than never! Missed your blog last night! What an awesome game, wish they could cool it on the nailbiters. Bring on the Leafs (8-0 sheesh!) they better trade Sundin soon! Scouts from Atlanta eh?
    Hosssssssssssaaaaa…

  201. howtathor says:

    I also meant to say: how great to hear the name of Peter Mahovlich. Obviously working for the wrong organisation but glad that he’s still in the biz. He must have come up to see the new brother combo usurping his mantle! I haven’t had such fun since 27 and 20 patrolled the forum ice. Now we have 46 and 74 showing such skill and youthful enthusiasm! Maybe it’s true about the ghosts of the Forum. They must be laughing all the way to the rink!

  202. howtathor says:

    I agree with you on Smolinski. It’s maddening to watch the floating at times, especially when it costs a goal. Bring back Chipper!
    The funniest moment last night was Neil jawing at Komi and Komi replied: “shut the f*** up”!
    We could use someone a la Downey who might not play every day but would sure come in handy for the Neil’s and the Laraques of the league. O’byrne should be coming back but judging by the way he broke his thumb I don’t know if he’ll be ready to drop em so fast in the future.
    I’ve always been a Jorges fan. He makes up for his size with intelligent play and crisp passing. I was glad to see Breezer relegated to the pine for the most part last night giving more ice time to the likes of Jorges and Boo.

    Can’t wait till Saturday, am going to Ottawa to see the game! Go Habs!

  203. RH says:

    That was probably Brian Murray doing play-by-play.

  204. Norm0770 says:

    I will admit that Koivu was MIA last night, but Koivu hasn’t had much help from his wingers this year. Higgins and Ryder shoulder the blame for squandering some great chances of off Koivu’s hard work.

  205. Norm0770 says:

    His name is Dean Brown and he is awful…

    Every comment is a snide remark about how the other team really doesn’t measure up to the Sens. Being in the US I watch the games of the Center Ice package, so most of the time we get the oter teams local broadcast, and the Brown is the most biased I have ever heard.

    It is one thing to hear the colour commentator go on about how great the team is for the local fans, and I’ll cut the guys doing southeren teams slack as most of their audience aren’t hockey fans so they have to try to generate intrest in the team. But Ottawa has a very good team and the people watching the Sens locally know the game, so you can’t pull the wool over their eyes with blatant favoutism.

  206. nightmare_49 says:

    IMHO he’s been worse in the past (Dean Brown) but i managed to make it through the game with him even though he had his scripted digs put in occasionally. It’s funny he can’t look at his beloved Sens the same way. I needed a break from RDS color man Yvon Ped……. and his bias , i guess.

  207. projectpete19 says:

    Im a canadian living in the US as well so I watch all my games on the center ice package. That game on sportsnet was even worse than watching a local leafs telecast and i didnt think that was possible. I have to say all the FSN networks do a pretty good job, and everytime the habs play on FSN they do a segment on the history of the Habs.

  208. projectpete19 says:

    whoever took those two shots by ottawa saved us in the last two minutes not Huet. maybe give him credit for the firts save (even though he let out the juicy rebound) but on the second shot it was shot right into him.

  209. The Teacher says:

    If it did, that would be life, n’est ce pas?

  210. 24 Cups says:

    Man, I’m drained. I’ll take the two points but some bad habits are really starting to take hold. Later. Gotta go and see if Senator Paul has won Super Tuesday.

    The Original 24 Cups

  211. The Teacher says:

    too fast

  212. MikeL says:

    I really think Koivu is TOO competitive. I know it seems ridiculous when refering to sports…but I think this is the case. He is so competitive that it is interfering with his own team. He wants to lead this team, and because he is not, his passion is not there anymore. I really don’t know what Gainey should do. This is a tough situation because the team is winning, but it’s obviously a problem. And a problem that will likely catch up to the team sooner or later.

  213. Keith says:

    Haha the laffs got demolished 8-0!!

  214. Moey says:

    Thank you God, thank you breezer, and to all a good night :)

  215. Bill says:

    He’s a congressman, not a senator, and not a chance in hell.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  216. Bill says:

    I didn’t notice Breezer all night …

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  217. Mike says:

    It’s the same thing as last year for kovalev. Exact same. My opinion, (my humble and stupid opinion) Put him on a line with sergei and ryder. he reason for this is because it has the possibility to work and if it does, it will make koivu feel as if he is contributing and thus he will improve. Whats the worst that can happen?

  218. zamboni says:

    We haven’t heard back from Boone, has he survived the cardiac Habs attack?

  219. Mike says:

    thats a good thing.

  220. 24 Cups says:

    Lighten up Bill – it was meant to be funny. Of course he has no chance sitting at 4% – that was the whole point.

    The Original 24 Cups

  221. RS says:

    Gorges 21:53, +1. Another great night from Komi.

  222. RH says:

    You’re right. I’m no where close to being a Brisebois fan but, I didn’t notice any mistakes from him tonight. Good for him.

  223. Ali says:

    put a real winger that can finish on his line, and you’ll see a different Saku. The guy is a PLAYMAKER, what do you expect when Higgins and Ryder are both strugging this season?

    The stupid penalties aside, you can’t blame the guy for his lower level of production.

  224. gauvinator says:

    How sweet if Pleks got his HT short handed…

  225. lemess says:

    Those crap cals happen when we play disciplined hockey – refs trying to even the game out…BS

  226. MPWRD42 says:

    Kovy … calm, cool, and collected as ever.

  227. The Teacher says:

    I think you can go further back than that.

  228. Ali says:

    well, like the Higgins-Ryder-Koivu set, we have to see if these guys can duplicate their success next year, when teams have the more time to develop ways to neutralize them.

    But theres no doubt, they give me goosebumps with their skill!

  229. linp says:

    The couches need to advise Higgins to pass more. If he keeps trying by himself, that line will never improve.

  230. zamboni says:

    I will die five years sooner just because of Huet’s puck handling.
    Everytime he leaves the net, I age faster.

  231. lemess says:

    You’re giving douchebags a bad name

  232. Gooner says:

    Huet doesn’t look too tired to me tonight.I do believe though that he has earned a well deserved rest. I am sure that Price will be in against the laffs on Thursday.

  233. MPWRD42 says:

    Wow – great forechecking by the muckers on the PK … and they got a good scoring chance!

  234. Shawn S says:

    Its ok smokes. We’re even outplaying the sens on the PK. Just terrific hockey.

  235. sidhu says:

    Great shift by Kosto, boy the fans are loud during this PK

  236. Ali says:

    is there a more exciting building in the league? its electric at the bell center!

  237. moser17 says:

    HUET THE NET!!!!

  238. Ali says:

    HUET! HUET! HUET! HUET!

  239. the_vipah says:

    Disgusting save, maybe keeps the ball in our court.

  240. Keith says:

    HuET< HUET!!

  241. CBrady12 says:

    HUETTTTTTTTTTT WHAT A SAVE !!!!!

  242. linp says:

    Like I say, Huet is solid. He is playing like a #1 goalie.

  243. Forlando says:

    Huet just earned his money!…chapeau

  244. The Teacher says:

    no, and yes :)

  245. zamboni says:

    That was premiere robbing by Huet

  246. whitecat says:

    Effing Huet is awesome !!!!

  247. Sbah Reverof says:

    How did Huet do that?

  248. Gooner says:

    What A Save!!!!! Huet Huet Huet !!!!

  249. Keith says:

    Crowds going right APEY!!

  250. MPWRD42 says:

    I was really worried about the PK in the first half of the season, but man I think this has to be one of the most improved areas for the team lately! Great job boys on a stupid penalty… that’s the last thing we would have needed to let them back in the game.

  251. Steiner says:

    what a game for boones blogging to be down.
    tragic.

  252. Vecs says:

    I don’t know guys. Maybe we should give Price a shot. Huet may be getting tired.

  253. Mickey says:

    You know things are going well when the other team is doing the line shuffling.

  254. nigel-ski says:

    The only real bad point in tonight’s game thus far, IMO, is another less than stellar Huet puck handling. He’s a great goalie, don’t get me wrong, but he should really work on his puck handling more in practice.
    I’m lovin’ having a feared first line for once–too bad about the Ryder-Higgins-Koivu line not playing so well (Ryder especially). Plekanec is playing great hockey, Kosy the Elder is showing that it was NOT a mistake to draft him 10th(despite the whole ceizures deal), and I’m starting to like Kovalev even. Never thought that would happen…

    Habs rule, Leafs drool…

  255. moser17 says:

    HUET THE NET!!! HUET L’ARRÊT!

    Huet …. sure bet?

  256. Ali says:

    Chris Neil’s a douchebag. Wish Emery had kicked his ass.

  257. Vecs says:

    Definitely time for Price

  258. Keith says:

    Neil being a goon in front of Huet.

  259. The Teacher says:

    wow what a joke call this is.

    after looking at the replay, it’s a pathetic joke.

  260. Moey says:

    You’re starting to like Kovalev? You been living in a cave?

  261. MPWRD42 says:

    Hey Neil.. forget it – it won’t work with us tonight!

  262. Wops says:

    Look at Huet’s stat compare to other goalies in the league, even if he mishandles the puck a little bit, we are golden with him… he stops the puck…

    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  263. sidhu says:

    haha Nice one

  264. moser17 says:

    better: they could have knocked each other out.

  265. Mr Wonderful says:

    Excellent

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

  266. sidhu says:

    Mr Gainey, your assignment during the second period is to resign Huet and Streit… and, if you have time, make sure Boone is not passed out on a pile of hot dogs

  267. The Teacher says:

    Maybe he’s in the bathroom after eating a tainted one?

  268. Rugger says:

    Watching Center Ice, as usual, it is the other team’s feed and they are interviewing Komi, seems like every network chooses him to talk to.

  269. Mr Wonderful says:

    Does Kovelev have 1 more year on his contract after this year? Anyone anyone Buehler Buehler
    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  270. MikeL says:

    I cannot remember the last time a PP goal was scored against us when Kovalev and Plekanec were PKing. That’s including a few 5 on 3s. They are amazing.

  271. Exit716 says:

    Let’s get through this PK. I didn’t like how Ottawa came on after the Smolinski penalty.
    We sagged a bit in the last part of the period.

  272. Gooner says:

    I believe that he does

  273. Mike says:

    yes, but i hope we sign him to an extension for at least 3 years.

  274. Mike says:

    higgins is killing the frst line. he needs to be demoted

  275. Vecs says:

    phenomenal,, kovalev is ridic with his stick in the defensive zone.

  276. RGM says:

    This is fun to watch. That top line is magic on ice, I’ve never seen this team in my lifetime have three guys that can pass the puck with the beauty that Kovy, Pleky, and Andrei K. do.

  277. Vecs says:

    It’s hard to give up on him. Look how he started last year.

  278. sidhu says:

    Yep – he will be a UFA after the 08-09 season, as will Koivu…. as will Lecavalier

  279. Mr Wonderful says:

    No one in this whole room knows if Kovelev has another year on his contract? anyone at all
    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  280. Wops says:

    The PK has been great,

    THE PKK has been even BETTER!
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  281. 24 Cups says:

    Yes he does but Montreal can’t re-sign him until he’s in the final year of the contract. Same goes with Koivu.

    The Original 24 Cups

  282. Wops says:

    He has another year

    http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=MTL
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  283. MikeL says:

    yes he does, 1 more year…www.nhlnumbers.com

  284. J.T. says:

    Yes, he does.

  285. Mike says:

    im not saying he isnt good. all im saying is that he isnt playing well now. He is 2 pressured. Let him spend time with lapierre and lats. They will help him by how they play. i.e. thoring the body around and throwing pucks on net. Sergei koivu and ryder will allow us 2 fully utilize our top 2 lines.

  286. The Teacher says:

    Is that rule official or new? seems kinda dumb IMO

  287. Mike says:

    hahah nice. pkk, psh u think ur all tough ;)

  288. zamboni says:

    Mr. Wonderful
    If you scroll down and read the responses to your question …

  289. Mr Wonderful says:

    Thank you J T You are a gentleman and a scholar,

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

  290. Gooner says:

    Higgins needs to be on a grinder line for awhile maybe with Lapps and Lats. Then Bob should go out and get someone like Jolkinen to play with koivu and Kots Jr. Hossa wouldn’t be bad either but I prefer Jolkinen.

  291. Yeats says:

    Don’t rag on the Capt. my friend from Queens! He can not be crticized on HIO under any circumstances. Lest ye endure the rath of the Bozos!

  292. 24 Cups says:

    Pleks and Kovy must be in the top 25 scorers by now.

    The Original 24 Cups

  293. MikeL says:

    I thought I would point this out since Boone’s communication seems to be limited tonite. Gorges, not Komisarek, is 2nd in icetime tonite among habs d-men.

  294. Wops says:

    hehehe!

    We should start a trend and call em that way from nowadays!
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  295. doug says:

    going into the third period with a three goal-lead (the least safe lead in hockey two days ago), a few observations:

    a. Huet through two periods has played one of the best games of the season
    b. Kovalev/Pleks/Kostitsyn are amazing
    c. Rumors of a collapse without Hamrlik were unnecessary
    d. Canadien regular who looks most out of place with the team: Guillaume Latendresse. If you can’t skate on a skating team it’s time to say so long
    e. Sign long-term deal for Plekanec now. Sign Streit now. Think about longer term deal for Komisarek immediately.
    f. Kovalev is one of the top ten players in the league right now. Best Hab offensive player since. . . Lafleur?

    If we win, and if the game continues as it has been thus far, can we give 5 stars? Streit/Huet/Kovalev/Pleks/AKots?

  296. The Teacher says:

    I thought J.T. was a she?

  297. Mr Wonderful says:

    It appears that Booner only has the energy to update after each period.

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

  298. sidhu says:

    Interesting – after two, Lapierre and Smolinski have played more than Koivu.

  299. whitecat says:

    alive but where?

  300. doug says:

    JT’s a woman. . . and a scholar.

  301. P St. Pierre says:

    Kovy has one more year after this one left on his contract. He says he wants to play in Montreal until he’s 50. It’s nice to hear players say they like Montreal.

  302. doug says:

    probably a blogging issue.

  303. sidhu says:

    This looks like the Habs I/O version of Crying Game, or the old SNL skit, “Pat.”

  304. Mr Wonderful says:

    Komisarek I believe has 2 more years on his contract. Gainey will probably wait until next year to try and resign him to a long tern deal.

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

  305. MikeL says:

    I don’t agree with the assesment of Gui. Maybe in October I would have agreed, but not now. Yea hes slow, but hes great down low and has good size. Plus he has some scoring touch. He’s playing 4th line minutes now, so I’m not sure what you are expecting.

  306. 24 Cups says:

    Something to do with the new CBA and not wanting players to renegotiate their contracts. I’m too pumped right now to remember!

    The Original 24 Cups

  307. whitecat says:

    The Booner ran into a hot chick(date) at the beer stand and is chattin her up……and that is why he isn’t bloggoing LOL

  308. MPWRD42 says:

    wow – Kovi doesn’t have the speed to beat most good skaters anymore but he is so smart with the puck it doesn’t matter… that would have soooo sweeet!

  309. Bill says:

    He’s been criticized unfairly for years, a lot of people don’t think it’s warranted and get irritated by it. Doesn’t make them bozos.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  310. the_vipah says:

    Hit that goddamn guy!@#

  311. MPWRD42 says:

    oh, oh… not that bastard Spezza again… c’mon boyz … plz not another collapse again!

  312. Alirio says:

    Uh oh…


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  313. Chuck V. says:

    Ryder saying he’d maybe be better off elsewhere: http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/245226.html

    your thoughts?

  314. The Teacher says:

    ok, renegotiate i can understand, but signing an extension is out also?

  315. sadave says:

    No more passive play! Stop dumping it out . . . be agressive. Don’t give up the blue line.

    I’ve seen this movie before!

    et, je me souviens Dimanche . . .

  316. Moey says:

    Interesting comment from someone who once called himself “Bozo McBozo”.

  317. The Teacher says:

    that’s not what he said

    He said he just wants to play.

  318. Chuck V. says:

    “Je serais peut-être mieux ailleurs”

    That means maybe I’d be better off elsewhere

  319. The Teacher says:

    Maybe Bantam, but definitely not Midget.

  320. The Teacher says:

    Does Ryder speak French? (That is what I meant)

  321. doug says:

    Just reacting to how slowly he skates. Don’t have anything against him – he’s just too slow to stick with such a skating team. Not saying he doesn’t work hard; just saying he doesn’t fit in in my opinion.

  322. whitecat says:

    OK that just sucks ……and penalty to us …Koivu

  323. likehoy says:

    call up valentenko

  324. Scott in Montreal says:

    Thou shalt not make blind passes behind thine back, even if your last name starts with the letters “KO”

  325. Chorske says:

    The Habs Ten Commandments if they want to make the playoffs.

    1. Thou shalt play every minute of the game like it’s 0-0.

    2. Thou shalt use your finesse to keep control of the puck- if the other team doesn’t have the puck, they cannot score.

    3. THOU SHALT NOT CHIP THE PUCK OUT OF THE ZONE, as this results in a turnover, and turnovers are hateful to mine eyes.

    4. Thou shalt NOT become pussies when the other team starts playing physical.

    5. Thou shalt never make lazy passes across the middle of the ice in the defensive zone.

    6. Thou shalt not take dumbass lazy hooking penalties.

    UM, thats just six. Help.

  326. The Teacher says:

    7. Thou shall not put cement in our skates after the second period

  327. Chorske says:

    8. The goaltender shall stay in his crease.

  328. Keith says:

    What a dipsy doodle move passes it over and a GOAL!!!

  329. sidhu says:

    Wow old man Smolinski just flattened a Sen.

  330. 4227fan says:

    I miss Booner

  331. The Teacher says:

    Lats is having a very strong game Shiloh.

  332. sidhu says:

    Hey Teach, you think Boone passed out already??

  333. sidhu says:

    Great work by Max and Lats so far, I don’t know if Dandy fits in well with them (culture and language aside)

  334. J.T. says:

    With Hamrlik out, we’re pretty much looking at last year’s defence in terms of basic competency and the Habs managed to win a couple against Ottawa even with Spezza making Souray look like the Prairie Pylon last season.

    Tonight they need to make up for their shortcomings on D by playing like the ’80s Oilers…all-out offence all game long. When Sather told Jari Kurri he needed to backcheck, Kurri asked if he needed two pieces of ID to cash it. Our guys have to go on the assumption that D is an illusion tonight, and hope Markov and Komisarek can play thirty minutes. And hope Breezer doesn’t get too fancy.

  335. Ali says:

    That goal was against Theodore, so it was 2 years ago.

  336. moser17 says:

    Can you assist a dummy (me) in understanding the meaning of that story about Jari Kurri?

  337. The Teacher says:

    and Koivu should already have 3 points this game.

  338. Mr Wonderful says:

    Will Higgy ever score again. He works hard but no luck.

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

  339. the_vipah says:

    We are dominating this game in every respect right now. Passing, hitting, skating.

  340. The Teacher says:

    You really have a mad-on for Koivu?

  341. the_larry says:

    OMFG!!! WHAT A GOAL!

  342. The Teacher says:

    WHOAAAAAA WOAAAAAAAAAA
    WHAT A $%^#$%^#^%#$^#^#^%#$^%$^#$’ING GOAL AGAIN!

  343. the_vipah says:

    I am disgusted by how sick that goal was.

  344. sidhu says:

    HOLY….. that was amazing!

  345. Yeats says:

    That was sexy hockey!!!!

  346. Mr Wonderful says:

    Oh My That was even prettier.

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

  347. Habs-Kat says:

    That Pleks line, man. Its definitely something else.

    Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Holmstrom move over.

  348. 4227fan says:

    atta boys! We’re pouring it on now!

  349. whitecat says:

    God I love Pleks …….goal!!!!!!!

  350. Bill says:

    What is this strange feeling inside of me? Something is burning, and I think it’s love. Plecanek-Kovalev-Kostitsyn forever!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  351. Steiner says:

    you just know Boone is DYING to blog after that one.

  352. Yeats says:

    Try that with a rod hockey game!

  353. the_vipah says:

    Pedal to the metal here boys. Blow these clowns out.

  354. Keith says:

    NOW THAT IS THE WAY YOU PLAY HOCKEY PEOPLE . A THING OF BEAUTY!!!

  355. stephen says:

    Absolutely jaw-dropping.

  356. The Teacher says:

    ya, he would have inserted a lot of these

    &^$^$%^@#$^%#@^$^#$

    LMAO

  357. Mike says:

    Anyone watching the game online? and if so, where?

  358. Chorske says:

    Wow, that was seriously one of the sweeter goals I’ve seen, they are looking so smooth. The game doesnt feel as close as it is.

  359. Moey says:

    Crap!!! I missed that one, I only heard it.

  360. 4227fan says:

    lets hope they don’t get ahead of themselves. We need to play a solid 42 mins now.

  361. the_larry says:

    It gets even better – Lowly Leafs are loosing to Florida 1-0 :D

  362. lemess says:

    This years team has had more pretty goals than I can remember.

  363. Mike says:

    now all we need is some dirt ones thatl allow us to rally back late in a game ;)

  364. linp says:

    I wish Higgins sees that he has to pass and look for his teammates to be successful.

  365. Vecs says:

    apparently we’re not allowed to talk about myp2p.eu on this site

  366. Sbah Reverof says:

    Please, no more coach interviews while the guys are still skating.

  367. Chuck V. says:

    You can go to nhl.com and pay for the subscription and get online streaming, but that only works in North America now. Anybody know where else to get it that will work in Europe?

  368. Yeats says:

    Sound didn’t do it justice!

  369. Mike says:

    it says the channel is offline

  370. Mr Wonderful says:

    Will the Sens start to get physical like the Rangers did on Saturday? Until we can prove we can win that kind of game the rest of the league will try to intimidate the Habs.

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

  371. Keith says:

    I’m really impressed with our physical play in this game after the Ranger collapse.

  372. the_vipah says:

    Man someone hit Spezza, im telling you, one solid hit and hes gonna be invisible the rest of the game.

  373. CBrady12 says:

    That goal was so nice i dropped my Heineken all over the floor!!!

  374. Vecs says:

    Sorry,, I had another link but I deleted it once I got sports pak. I can’t figure it out

  375. the_vipah says:

    Sorry I don’t read every single comment thats written, but thanks pal ;)

    Glad to see you’ve got a different battle to fight tonight.

  376. The Teacher says:

    No, you are the one who is quite pathetic, but if it makes you happy, go on believing it. Bye now.

    Don’t forget to relax and unclench ;)

  377. The Teacher says:

    look who’s sensitive today ;) bye now to you too.

  378. the_vipah says:

    For all your talk about taking the higher road, you really do enjoy playing in the gutters with the rest of us little people.

  379. RiverviewCanadien says:

    come on guys no negative posts, our beloved HABS are winning….check your pride at the door tonight guys (and I am not targeting anyone), lets just talk about how GREAT these guys are tonight. Thanks.

  380. the_vipah says:

    Read your posts, you toss around your thinly veiled insults. Then when faced with it you turtle. You’d make a good NHL agitator, play right till its time to dance then run and hide.

  381. The Teacher says:

    ok. ur the master. I bow down to you, whatever makes you happy.

    the king of assumption.

  382. the_vipah says:

    That you are.

  383. The Teacher says:

    wow, witty repartee

    just to die for. No you are.

    lol.

    please

  384. The Teacher says:

    I have no idea, I hope he’s ok. Probably just WiFi issues or he’s not blogging anymore.

  385. 24 Cups says:

    steady as she goes – no defensive shell Carbo

    The Original 24 Cups

  386. Forlando says:

    Where the hell is Saku’s Line!!!!!!!!

  387. The Teacher says:

    on the bench I presume?

  388. Y says:

    Chillin with Boone

  389. likehoy says:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=dXFfDtNCOOg

    fabian brunnstrom…interested anyone? 20 teams apparently are.

  390. MPWRD42 says:

    Boy oh boy, Sens have way more jump in this period… gotta pick up the pace and beat them to the puck!

  391. Mr Wonderful says:

    Let’s hope we get more for Ryder then we did for Ribero.

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

  392. the_larry says:

    …and that Ryder doesn’t magically find his game like Ribero has

  393. lemess says:

    Yes – let’s ask for TWO bags of pucks this time.

  394. JF says:

    I wish Sunday hadn’t happened. I was starting to have some real confidence in this team. I have to miss the first two periods tonight. When I come in at 9:00, it will be with fear and trembling that I’ll turn on the TV.

  395. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Better to fix whats broken now than later ,ya?

  396. The Teacher says:

    OH YESS, LATE NIGHT GAMES COMING UP :D

    West coast swing!!

    Team building !!!

    yesssss

  397. hound521 says:

    This game cannot end soon enough for me. Is it just me or does it seem like this third period is going on forever? The Sens are not going away.
    GO HABS GO!!

  398. the_vipah says:

    Oh boy. This could be it.

  399. Steiner says:

    Boones head is exploding.

  400. the_larry says:

    “he is literally stewing in his own juices”

  401. the_vipah says:

    Ribs never “lost” his game. He was traded for different reasons.

  402. The Teacher says:

    True that.

  403. moser17 says:

    Holy !$% the Sens look like Boston out there!

  404. the_larry says:

    GREAT finish to the period! That was a great 20 mins after their last 20 mins (sunday)

  405. the_vipah says:

    Annnnddd….I was right.

    Lucky goal on a bs penalty.

  406. Keith says:

    Man that was close. Almost got another one. The Kovalev line is absolute DYNAMITE tonight :-)

  407. The Teacher says:

    CRAPOLA

  408. lemess says:

    Nice to see Kovy is back – he looked a little invisble after the ….ahem…”elbow” on Sunday

  409. Forlando says:

    FU*****************!!!!!!!!!

  410. linp says:

    Koivu’s line misses someone like Kovy, who can control the game and free-up his linemates. During the 2nd goal, three Sens were focuing on Kovy leaving k1 and Plekanec lots of room to skate.

  411. 4227fan says:

    ugh! I can’t watch.

  412. zamboni says:

    This better not be a repeat of Sunday.

  413. Mr Wonderful says:

    Here we go again. Cheap penalties again are killing us. Dumb Dumb Dumb

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

  414. The Teacher says:

    And noooooow the Koivu line comes back. I don’t get it, was he resting Koivu?

  415. the_vipah says:

    Stick on stick and the guy trips. Bullshit call.

  416. zamboni says:

    That was bad penality by Koivu

  417. lemess says:

    You gotta be kidding me …

  418. Sehs says:

    They’re planning a trilogy of An Epic Collapse.

  419. sidhu says:

    Another Koivu penalty in the offensive zone!?!? Plus, the game is 4-3!!!

  420. Alirio says:

    COME ON!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  421. The Teacher says:

    Yeats will NOT be happy with that one.

    and Ian was wrong! unfortunately :(

  422. the_larry says:

    ooooh boy.. my heart cant take this

  423. MikeMcLaren says:

    Koivu hooking in the offensive zone?

    Seriously… how many is that this year? I REALLY want to know.

    Sigh.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  424. MPWRD42 says:

    And there is the traditional offensive zone Koivu hooking penalty at the worst possible time.

  425. Mr Wonderful says:

    There’s Koivu. Taking his nightly dumb penalty. Teams are going to love to play the Habs. You only need to play the third period to beat us.

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

  426. sidhu says:

    It’s a recurring pattern with him – same thing happened in the Rangers game, his offensive zone penalty led to the Rangers first goal.

  427. the_larry says:

    how i wish we could see Boone’s comments for this

  428. Chuck V. says:

    resting him to take an offensive zone penalty

  429. Y says:

    I can’t take this anymore

  430. 24 Cups says:

    unreal – I feel like I’m in a sitcom repeat except it’s not funny

    The Original 24 Cups

  431. Barts says:

    Cue the collapse

  432. The Teacher says:

    Komi really is a dinosaur

  433. leafs67_andcounting says:

    How many Hooking calls in Koivu going to take in the offensive zone this season?..

  434. Yeats says:

    There it is, as predictable as the tides. Koivu takes another candy-ass, stick-tweak penalty at the wrong time. Either throttle someone you pussy, or get of the ice. Beliveau he ain’t.

  435. The Teacher says:

    yeah i know half a second after I clicked on post.

  436. Chuck V. says:

    yeah, like the guy with the 5 thousand dollar suit is going to hold the elevator door for you

    come on!!!

  437. Chuck V. says:

    dude didn’t we just go over this?

  438. Yeats says:

    The Koivu penalty, or the comment?

  439. the_vipah says:

    Oh boy. Watch out, you may start another group hug.

  440. The Teacher says:

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  441. doug says:

    This is completely unacceptable. This was covered on an earlier thread – the word is offensive and hurtful and should not be used. I hope for you are not aware of the prior issue related to its use; please refrain from doing so again.

  442. whitecat says:

    sorry to say but Koivu seems to do that from one game to the next :P

  443. Ed says:

    There is nothing wonderful about people who insist on using that term.

  444. the_vipah says:

    I told you, now all the babies are coming out of the woodwork.

  445. The Teacher says:

    Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.

  446. doug says:

    Doesn’t look like it. I wasn’t here last time it came up. Just saw ebk’s passionate post on the subject and i’m on his team.

  447. Yeats says:

    I wasn’t trying to be funny. He should have been benched several games ago for those bullshit penalties. If there is a poster boy for European BS stickwork on the Habs, it is indeed Koivu. When was the last time you saw him throw a check, or got a penalty that evidenced malice. I’m waiting for your response.

  448. The Teacher says:

    oh, same two guys on saturday. They like hiding behind their computer screens.

  449. doug says:

    oh well; all we can do is stand beside those with civility and ignore other things aimed at being inflammatory. 99% of posters here seem like great people. . . or perhaps i’d even say “wonderful” ;)

  450. The Teacher says:

    He was throwing some checks last game Yeats.

    and his penalty this game was aggressive? lol (I’m splitting hairs on the latter now) LMAO

    yes, it was a candy ass penalty that was also selfish.

  451. doug says:

    i agree with the comment on koivu this time, yeats. too many times he’s done that to us.

  452. MikeL says:

    Ottawa is a very shallow team…I’m not sure where you are getting this “deep” assessment. Their record is pitiful when one or two of the big guys are out of the lineup.

  453. Forlando says:

    We really need Saku’s line to fire up. It would make things so much easier for the team. Plek’s line is just awesome. We need that second line to produce and take some pressure off them

  454. MikeL says:

    I agree. I think the key to that line being successful is Sergei. Although, I really have a feeling that Bob will make a move before the deadline to get a right winger on that line, and move Sergei back with Max and Gui. I didn’t say I want this to happen, it’s just what I think will happen.

  455. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Koivu has shown some skill tonight, I bet he will produce points before the night is over…

    5-2 MTL wins

  456. ebk says:

    can we all agree the Kovalev line should never ever be broken up again.

  457. Shawn S says:

    Jesus Christ that plek lines is just fantastic. Best top line we’ve had in years. Just dominating the competition. Go habs go!

  458. J.T. says:

    Hoping our ball comes up in the Stamkos lottery.

  459. RiverviewCanadien says:

    that guy is a joy to watch, and the best part is, he plays for the HABS!!!!

  460. MikeL says:

    There is a little more to it than that. Dandenault has played all year as a forward…It would be incredibly difficult to throw him on D without even a practice to warm him up…(Hammer was declared not good to go today at practice) Maybe if they had a little more time, they would do what you suggested.

  461. Odie Clegorn says:

    Timo,

    I’ve said it for years and I’ll say it again. Breezeby has photos. The guy jets to Paris in the middle of a season? No problem. He gets booed night in and night out for poor performances? No sweat. His GM publicly berates the paying customers and all is okay. Tell you what Patrice, we’ll transfer you to our Colorado office for a year and then bring you back later. Now he’s back. Older, more brittle, and still useless and we’re in the middle of a playoff drive for the first time in a decade and he gets to start!!!! Photos I tell you…

  462. the_larry says:

    BOONE!! good to have you back. we missed you!

  463. Yeats says:

    If they were wearing yellow jerseys and shorts, you would have sworn they were Brazilians on that second goal.

  464. Gooner says:

    I believe our habs are maturing. That first Ottawa goal was just a bad bit of luck. Earlier in the season when something like that happened they seem to come unravelled. Now they just go out and get it back. Go Habs Go!!!!

  465. Wops says:

    Kovalev will certainly want to have a goal like his linemates before the end of this one…

    This is Kovy’s new mentality!

    The Tits will play together one day, but certainly not in the near future, this line is Dynamite!

    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  466. MatttheHabsFan says:

    I hope you’re right. Didn’t we give up a goal to the Sens in the first minute in a game earlier this season??? At that time I didn’t have any confidence to climb back into a game like that. This time I wasn’t nearly as nervous…
    Alex Kovalev ~ “I still have four fingers left”

  467. 24 Cups says:

    Skill and skating. It’s what the game is truly all about.

    The Original 24 Cups

  468. Mike says:

    What are the two Kostis brothers initial positions. If im not mistaken a kost is a right winger and sergei is a left winger?

  469. hound521 says:

    I hope both those goals make the plays of the night on TSN so the whole country can witness the genius that is Kovy, Plek and Kost. WOW! That’s all I can say. Hope we win this one because these guys will come out strong at home on Sat night.

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  470. RiverviewCanadien says:

    both right, but Sergei may shoot left (don’t quote me)

  471. Mr Wonderful says:

    Looks like Boone has emerged from the shadows.

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

  472. The Teacher says:

    Don’t they both shoot left?

  473. MPWRD42 says:

    Luvin the passing in this game… and to boot, our old buddy Zednik has the Panthers up 1-0 on the Laffs.

  474. MikeL says:

    They both shoot left, and I’m pretty sure they both were originally RW, playing on their offwing. But they seem to be good on both sides.

  475. 24 Cups says:

    Mike – They play both wings and they both shoot from the left side.

    The Original 24 Cups

  476. MikeL says:

    P.S. I have a very weird skill of remembering which way any player shoots if I watch them only once. Basically I could name off the way most players in the league shoot. Weird, I know.

  477. MPWRD42 says:

    Ha! And just I check that game again… the Panthers score again 2-0.

  478. The Teacher says:

    go check it again, hurry.

    ok, you can wait till the commercial break.

  479. Mike says:

    so both brother shoot left. Ok, so im wodering why we haven’t put sergei koivi and ryder on the first line. I think that line would destroy.

  480. Mike says:

    sorry read previous comment

  481. The Teacher says:

    We MUST have done that at some point?

  482. Mike says:

    higgins lap and lats on 3rd line

  483. moser17 says:

    … my heart can’t take it

  484. Mike says:

    we havent, I dont understand why.

  485. CBrady12 says:

    The RDS guys keep talking about getting a ‘policier’ on the Canadiens. Every time these guys lose we complain about the same old things.

    “we need a scorer” “we need a physical player” blah blah blah….

    They are in the tops in the league in both those categories. I remember a few years ago when the Canadiens went into the playoffs in 8th place against the might Boston Bruins who were going to use their size to demolish our habs. And what happend? We used our speed and skill to beat them. Just because Anahiem had a lot of size a physical play and won the cup last season, does not mean that it’s the only way to go.

    53 games into the season and we are closing in on 1st place in the eastern conference without one so it would be pointless to bring one in for the last 30 games cause we all know those players don’t play in the playoffs.

  486. Sbah Reverof says:

    Holy moly, habs are on fire tonight. Hope they can capitalise on the PP.

  487. the_vipah says:

    And brisebois saves a 2-1

  488. moser17 says:

    Komisarek is looking like a good ‘policier’ to me. If they mean someone who is big and dumb and can run at people like a battering ram, well, why not have a guy who plays that role and also can play aggressive defense and set up his forwards?

  489. The Teacher says:

    Too many people to pass to Ryder it must be.

  490. stephen says:

    Didn’t you suggest that line in another thread? I’m glad to see Carbo trying it out. I think Higgins needs a good dose of hard work. If he bags a goal or two that way, I think he’ll turn things around for good.

  491. moser17 says:

    I mean, STREIT!!!!!!!! … yah what a shot!!

    the Sens certainly have the *bad* kind of goaltender controversy on their hands …

    (had to edit my post … I swore that was Higgins! I even watched the reply while I typed!)

  492. gauvinator says:

    missing some passes now…Neil almost hit us and then…STREIT!!!!!!

  493. the_larry says:

    WHAT a F*CKING SHOT!

  494. Mr Wonderful says:

    Goal!!!!!!!

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

  495. Forlando says:

    Streit is like a mini-MVP!!!!

  496. the_vipah says:

    As Cherry would say, never put your damned stick in the shooting lane unless you are committed to blocking it.

  497. sidhu says:

    Resign Streit tonight!!!

    Ottawa goaltending is in trouble

  498. Sbah Reverof says:

    Streit! 3-1, and they are looking good.

  499. Y says:

    Time to put the bib on Gerber!

  500. whitecat says:

    LOL hell yea!

  501. Keith says:

    A Swiss guy scores on another Swiss guy. Sort of made him look like Swiss cheese LMFAO!! I couldn’t resist!!

  502. the_larry says:

    We’re spoon feeding him now

  503. moser17 says:

    yah, everyone is switching to organic now anyway. It’s just as inexpensive as your regular brands!

  504. ebk says:

    somehow that just sounds nasty

  505. Yeats says:

    Some good things do!

  506. Barts says:

    Koivu providing that valuable leadership again…

  507. Bill says:

    Why are these Sportsnet a-holes such Sens homers? Shut UP!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  508. MikeL says:

    Cause they broadcast all the Sens games.

  509. Ed says:

    For the same reason we are Habs homers. They are Senator fans.

  510. MikeMcLaren says:

    Begin for Neil is a MUCH better tradeoff than Komisarek…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  511. Lee_D says:

    CAPTAIN HOOK STRIKES AGAIN!

  512. The Teacher says:

    Yes, he has looked more alive the last little while. He should already have 2-3 assists.

  513. The Teacher says:

    oh great, the dump it in and fall back system.

  514. Mr Wonderful says:

    Do we have a shot on net this period?

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

  515. The Teacher says:

    hmm, good question.

  516. Y says:

    All in favour of keeping Koivu in the box say “I”

  517. moser17 says:

    I’d rather see Komi and Markov, as a better balance. Komi and Breezer strikes me as a disasterous combination. Brisebois would try a 30-ft no look clearing pass to Komi who would miss it because he was beating on Neil.

    Habs 5, Sens 2
    Habs = 3 on the PP

  518. vic says:

    I see brisbois standing in front of the net with a man behind him no effort to stop the puck he also looks like he doesnt like to take a check and throws the puck away if a shadow shows up.
    Kovio favorite move

  519. Exit716 says:

    Does this team enjoy channelling last year’s collapse artists? Smolinski’s penalty changed the momentum of the game. Koivu can bugger off with those stupid offensive zone hooking penalties too,

  520. Moey says:

    If we blow this one I will be so pis%%ed, beyond words really.

  521. sidhu says:

    Give Kovy the “C”, hire Koivu as a Habs ambassador, and use the saved cap space to get Hossa or another top forward.

  522. Chach says:

    Well, Koivu has the second most penalty minutes on the team with 73, and can anyone remember him taking a non-offensive zone hook?

  523. NLhabsfan says:

    I am half afraid to mention it.

  524. The Teacher says:

    did Higgy just get his face cut or something?

  525. the_larry says:

    all hands on deck

  526. zamboni says:

    I don’t like the fact that we are always a step behind

  527. 24 Cups says:

    I can beat that, Koivu has the third most penalty minutes of both teams with only TTom the Bomb and Neil being ahead of him.

    The Original 24 Cups

  528. Mr Wonderful says:

    All in favour of Trading Koivu for a prospect.

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

  529. Dana says:

    What am I missing? Where’s Boone’s report?

  530. Y says:

    Wow, 1 shot through 13 minutes…

  531. sidhu says:

    Before tonight, Koivu has the third most minor penalties of all centers

  532. Ali says:

    lol, only last season it was Kovalev being run out of town.

  533. MikeL says:

    It’s looking like Koivu is benched….

  534. linp says:

    I saw Higgins in a checking line!!!

  535. Y says:

    On an airplane all the way to Phoenix…Mueller come on over

    j/k we still love you Saks

  536. MPWRD42 says:

    Habs really have to learn to play 60 minutes before we can be considered to be an elite team…

  537. 24 Cups says:

    Wow is time ever moving slowly – this must be what prison is like

    The Original 24 Cups

  538. Forlando says:

    I thought the problem was Ryder…then I thought it was Higgy…hate to admit it but it is looking more and more Koivu is the one to blame. And I really like the guy.

  539. MikeL says:

    Zednik has a hat-trick and the Leafs are losing 7-0….thought I’d pass that on during these tense moments…

  540. Yeats says:

    It’s about f’n time. How many CS/BS/OZ penalties is he going to take?

  541. Mr Wonderful says:

    The Make Believes are getting killed 7-0.

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

  542. Moey says:

    Seriously, if we can’t beat the Sens with one hand tied behind their backs, how far can we really go in the playoffs??? It’s a reality check.

  543. gauvinator says:

    no matter what happens here 8 nothing against the Leafs is sweet!

  544. The Teacher says:

    WOW TORONTO IS LOSING 7-0 LMAO LMAO

  545. The Teacher says:

    wow, florida scores fast!

    FIRE SALE ANYONE?

  546. Y says:

    Who cares about them, lets worry about our own ballerinas

  547. vic says:

    we cant keep winning with one line.the other teams will shut them down then who takes over.

  548. zamboni says:

    What a miss by Kovy, would have been sweet if he scored.

  549. MPWRD42 says:

    That missed chance by Kovy could turn out to be the TSN turning point…let’s hope not.

  550. sidhu says:

    Good for Zed, I thought he was never the same after that McLaren hit, but I’m glad he’s regained his old form

  551. Barts says:

    Someone needs to deal with Neil…

  552. sadave says:

    Bear down, Les Boys! If you want to move within a point, bear down. Killer instinct!

  553. 24 Cups says:

    Better than an elbow

    The Original 24 Cups

  554. gauvinator says:

    when you live out here in leaf-land having them get embarasses at home IS just as important as a Habs win…well almost…

  555. Y says:

    What nonsense, no penalty on that cheap move by Neil

  556. the_vipah says:

    wow, I guess the sens can have 8 guys on the ice and it’s ok.

  557. The Teacher says:

    To me the turning point is when all 5 Habs players filled their skates with cement.

  558. Barts says:

    8-0 in Toronto… Fire Cliff Fletcher!! haha

  559. habfan53 says:

    What do mean “first playoff drive in a decade” ??? We’ve been in the drive we are just 50/50 in bringing them home.

  560. The Teacher says:

    Maybe a solid playoff seeding drive?

  561. the_vipah says:

    They were completely and utterly dominated by the Ducks as well. Who cares if they made it to the finals? That team will -never- win a championship. Much too soft, crappy non-clutch goaltending. Also as has been said they are one injury away from missing the playoffs.

  562. Habs-Kat says:

    Don’t you just love it when one team botches a great scoring chance and the very next play is a goal the other way?

    Mark Streit: Taken Markov’s spot as one of the most underrated defenseman in the league.

  563. The Teacher says:

    Only when it’s not us getting scored on ;)

  564. Sehs says:

    Reminds me of the Edmonton-Dallas incident last season (or the season before?) That was classic.

  565. Sehs says:

    I loooove having AKost in my fantasy team.

  566. Ali says:

    I drafted him, he sucked the first 20 games, dropped him, then he got put on the Kovalev line, had a few good games so i picked him up again, he went cold again, my team had alot of injuries so i dropped him again, and as soon as I did he’s been on fire.

  567. yathehabsrule says:

    I have both Kostitsyns and Kovy….

    4-0 Panthers and Toskala is out…Raycroft in…Maybe Fletcher should sign JC Petit from the McDonald’s commercials….More Maple Syrup?!

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

  568. Mike says:

    Anyone else feel that streit maybe the package bg uses to trade ryder? maybe ryder streit and corey locke? or gabs. for a top 4 d and a top 6 winger?

  569. Sehs says:

    More like Dandenault I’d say. Streit is too important since he’s become a key element of the powerplay now.

  570. stephen says:

    Boy, it would be hard to part with a guy like Streit. He is verging on untouchable status, with me anyway. He is just so versatile, and guys like him aren’t exactly a dime a dozen in the league.

    I’m not certain he and Ryder, plus a prospect, would fetch a top 4 D, and/or a top 6 forward.

    Interesting thought, though…

  571. The Teacher says:

    Haha, there IS a reason why all the Habs-Sens games are on sportsnet this year.

  572. Mr Wonderful says:

    Maple Laffs getting smoked 4-0. It’s a wonderful night so far.

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

  573. Sehs says:

    They beat Ottawa last game so that made them reach their quota for February.

  574. The Teacher says:

    I thought I told you last night to stop following me!

  575. The Teacher says:

    You know what, keep following me, right down to St-Catherine’s for the parade. I won’t mind :)

  576. the_vipah says:

    Wow, that deflected Spezza shot looked like it came on a brutal offside.

  577. Ali says:

    um, wheres the blog?

  578. The Teacher says:

    I’m guessing Boone has discontinued it without notice?

  579. Y says:

    Boones been put in net for the Sens

  580. whitecat says:

    Ouch ! Dandy rams his head into the goal !!!! But!!!!

  581. gauvinator says:

    Pleks!!!!

  582. zamboni says:

    What a line

  583. moser17 says:

    HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

    I’m so happy!

  584. sidhu says:

    GERRR BERRRR, GERRR BERRRR, GERRR BERRRR

  585. the_larry says:

    4-1~!! Kovy with ANOTHER point :D

  586. Ali says:

    WOOOOHHHHH!!!!

  587. the_vipah says:

    Gerber is just garbage, it shows tonight. Without the full power of the Sens in front of him he looks like a minor leaguer. Funny that his mask would also impart that impression.

  588. Keith says:

    Man that Gerber is a seive lol!! I’m glad he is!!

  589. Chorske says:

    I love having PLEKS on my fantasy team. HUZZAH!!

  590. lemess says:

    Damn Pleky – It was Kovy’s turn:)

  591. 4227fan says:

    Sweetness people, sweetness!

  592. The Teacher says:

    Hahahaha

  593. zamboni says:

    Is there a hotter line in the league than Kovy-Pleky_Kosty right now?

  594. MikeMcLaren says:

    Man, a 3 goal lead in the second! They’d never give one of those up…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  595. Mr Wonderful says:

    Pleks the Man Goal!!!

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

  596. Mr Wonderful says:

    Pleks the Man Goal!!!

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

  597. MPWRD42 says:

    near impossible angle, but still finds a hole – AWESOME! ok, can Pleks, Kovy, and AK just play the entire 60 minutes for us please?

  598. rat says:

    And the good news from SW Ontario – Florida 4 Toronto 0.

  599. Sehs says:

    Pleks is one goal from 20!

  600. moser17 says:

    LOL!!

    Yesterday …… I mean, “Sundayyyyyyy”

  601. Yeats says:

    Suiting up The Breezer tonight was a statement to the Sens: 4Q.

  602. Rugger says:

    I love when Mr. Boone has a bad feeling about the game!

  603. gauvinator says:

    Flipped over to the Leafs game during the break and wow, ZERO atmosphere!

  604. CBrady12 says:

    This Kovy-Pleks-AK46 line is poetry in motion.

  605. linp says:

    Huet looks much better tonight though

  606. whitecat says:

    My man says Pleky will do a hatrick tonight ….and he knowa hockey better than I do . Anyone want to explain why I can’t see Mr. Boones blog right now?

  607. sag says:

    Kovalev, Pleks, and Kost are the Sherpa Line. This team has been virtually on their backs offensively for as long as I can remember now. If Koivu and Higgins get it going these guys are going to be too much to handle!

  608. zamboni says:

    Speaking of Boone?
    Is he off tonight?
    On another date perhaps?

  609. Vecs says:

    screw off neil,,, although i have him in fantasy and PIMs count. I made sure to keep him in my lineup tonight

  610. the_larry says:

    Neil’s gonna do something stupid by the end of the game

  611. MPWRD42 says:

    Way to go Komisaurus – stand up to Neil and stay disciplined – we can’t afford to have you in the box for 5 mins.

  612. moser17 says:

    He’s not posting. Maybe just during intermissions. Bad connection at Bell Centre is the suspect.

  613. TheCharles says:

    Great minds think alike ;-)

  614. The Teacher says:

    GOOOOOOOOOOOO HABS GOOOOOOO
    GOOO HABS GOOOOOOOOOO

  615. the_vipah says:

    Game saver.

  616. doug says:

    got your message down there, the_vipah. just wanted to know i read it.

  617. sidhu says:

    HUET HUET HUET

  618. 4227fan says:

    OMG, what a save!

  619. doug says:

    WOW. . . what a save.

  620. zamboni says:

    Sorry guys, if I don’t post again, someone please call 911, I can’t take this.

  621. TheCharles says:

    We could be real good? This team is real good! I still fear Detroit and the big teams in the west, but these guys are for real!

  622. MikeMcLaren says:

    Aebischer or Theodore would have let that Kelly shot in.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  623. The Teacher says:

    True that!!!!!

  624. the_larry says:

    WHAT A SAVE!!!

  625. sidhu says:

    SK74 all over the ice, leading rushes and backchecking like a vet

  626. Mike says:

    i Still wanna see how he would play with koivu and ryder. I feel that it would truly benefit every single player on that line.

  627. Chris says:

    Same here…because if the point was that Kurri was not a good backchecker, methinks you picked one of the only forwards on those Oilers firewagon teams that actually DID know how to play defence. Kurri was regularly receiving votes (including runner-up in 82-83 to Bobby Clarke) for the Selke Trophy in an era when elite offensive players were not usually even considered.

  628. TheCharles says:

    Wow I love Komi’s discipline. He never seems to get drawn into stupid fights and always keeps his cool. Enough already sign him long term!

  629. Forlando says:

    Will bob make a move before the deadline? and give us the best shot at the cup this year? or will he wait til next year?..Either way I think we are getting closer and closer to the promised land!

  630. Mr Wonderful says:

    Koivu is invisable tonight?

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

  631. lemess says:

    He has been for a while… with the exception of the odd good shift

  632. sidhu says:

    True, though I’d rather him be invisible than him getting noticed for taking another offensive penalty.

  633. gauvinator says:

    Can we finally beat these Sens? I now know a 3 goal lead isn’t much anymore (ahem, Super Sad Sunday) but can we do it? uh oh…delay of game…

  634. the_vipah says:

    Oh boy, here comes a goal against. Hate these stupid penalties.

  635. moser17 says:

    bite your tongue!

  636. MPWRD42 says:

    That totally wasn’t necessary Smokes – you had time!

  637. Gormdog says:

    I just don’t understand how it’s always the veterans who are taking potential momentum killing penalties… Isn’t that why they get the big bucks? To play the smart game?

  638. Yeats says:

    The Breezer is God!!!!!

  639. the_vipah says:

    Uhhg I hate it when those garbage ass players like Kelly score.

  640. Vecs says:

    Nice work in front of the net breezer

  641. the_vipah says:

    ….

    Man you people are pathetic. That was a giveaway 8 feet from the net by CUBE. A bang bang play results in a goal. Put away your blind hate.

  642. Steiner says:

    You just know John Paddock is going nuts on the bench.

  643. the_larry says:

    what a start.. very uncharacteristic play by boullion

  644. Mr Wonderful says:

    I hope and I don’t think Bob will make any moves that involve trading any of the Kids. I could see him trading Koivu for a youngster.
    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  645. Wops says:

    Did not see the goal, what was it??

    Does Boone have the flu too?
    _______________________________________
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  646. the_larry says:

    Boone’s out gettin beer for us all

  647. MikeMcLaren says:

    -1

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  648. Cable Guy says:

    where’s boone blog?

  649. the_vipah says:

    I didn’t say against whom ;)

  650. moser17 says:

    watching the Ottawa coverage on Sportenet East … announcer says “this line is particularly aggravating to play against … Latendresse has quite a reputation for late hits and so does Lapierre”.

    Everyone smells like crap outside the city of Ottawa. :)

    gimme a break.

  651. Vecs says:

    cube was second thinking his pass because breezer was on the ice and he obviously didn’t want to make the mistake of passing to him

  652. the_vipah says:

    His comment was dumb and I think we can both agree on that.

  653. the_vipah says:

    That is a brutal call. 100% sick on stick. Garbage.


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