Tied at the top

Who woulda thunk it?

Your Montreal Canadiens have 73 points, the same total as the mighty, Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa has more wins and a game in hand, so they’re still ahead.

But things are getting interesting, eh?

Canadiens played textbook shutdown hockey in the third period to secure a 5-3 win and a sweep of the weekend series against the Flyers. They finished their regular season series against Philly 4-0.

It was Canadiens’ 19th win on the road – and Carey Price’s third win in a row.

Price made 34 saves. Canadiens killed six penalties and got another huge effort from Francis Bouillon, who scored his first goal in almost a year. 



  1. N.B.habs fan says:

    Imagin wearing a jersey with all that s#$t on it,I feel the nascar jackets and hats are to crappy looking to wear anywhere.Just to many colours .

  2. Sbah Reverof says:

    I don’t get the line changes either; we need all the Tom Ks we can get against Philly. All I can hope for is by the end of the night we’ll be calling Carbo a genius because of Begin’s and Ryder’s combined eight-point performance.
    But don’t quote me on that.
    Unless it comes true.

  3. CDK says:

    This leaves me dumbfounded and angry but really not that surprised given the long list of douches running the NHL. Why is it necessary for this league to keep money-losing franchises afloat? And why is it necessary to propose such ridiculous methods to do so? Is it their mandate to force-feed hockey to folks who would rather watch paintball competitions? Wasn’t the salary cap and revenue-sharing supposed to help these franchises? Isn’t that why we missed a year in the NHL? You know that if the players are for it and it’s going to bring in 14 more cents, Bettman will be all over it.

    Anyway, this is what we have to look forward to:

    I would like to be able to tell the NHL that these ridiculous proposals will only drive-away hard-core fans with the net result of greater financial woes for the league. But alas, hard-core fans won’t bail. They can’t.

    Also, I would like Roloson to flesh-out his statement that advertising on jerseys is better than making the nets larger. So it’s come down to either/or? Or are non-sequiturs an inevitable result of having hunks of vulcanized rubber bounced off your forehead at 100 km/h for 23 years. Sorry Rollie but the only advertising you’re going to see is “Jimmy’s Shovel and Plough” on your beer league jersey (you can thank Mathieu for that).

    Each time the NHL or its players propose such nonsense it reveals how little respect they have for the league compared with its fans. On a related note, has anyone ever noticed the lack of knowledge many players have of hockey’s history? For example, a few years back Brian Boucher was asked by Ron McLean how it felt to break Bill Durnan’s consecutive shutout record; his reply, ” Who’s Bill Durnan”? I’m not saying every player needs to be Lefty Reid, but with knowledge comes respect (perhaps a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame should be mandatory for every rostered player in the NHL).

    Finally, why is Rich Winter – an AGENT – involved in this? Somebody better make sure that Eagleson is still in the clink and not slithering around in the City of Champions.

  4. MikeL says:

    hahahaha, I can’t stop laughing at Boone’s Nascar rant….which I whole heartily agree with

  5. Habs-Kat says:

    Its Carbonneau we’re talking about. We still won’t know the lines halfway through the game.

  6. Mike says:

    anyone know the lines yet>?

  7. G-Man says:

    European hockey teams do this and their jersey look like s**t. There’s enough bleeping advertising on the ice and along the boards. There’s an advertisement every 45 seconds or so on RDS. When does it become enough? Formula 1 and NASCAR and soccer make their jacket and jerseys look ludricrous. I’m cheering Manchester United, not SHARP. SHEESH!


  8. the_larry says:

    “The league should go back to catering for the overweight drunk lady banging…”

    HAHA! That might be the quote of the year!

  9. nightmare_49 says:

    I never liked the idea of no changes after winning a game , playing the winning hand , but these changes were made to keep everybody sharp in the bullpen or at least almost everybody.

  10. sadave says:

    On the jersey . . .

    AND on the pant legs (front and back). . .

    AND on the socks!

    Here’s a typical pic from action in the German league (DEL):


    And check out the glorious team photo of Frankfurt Lions. Then again, maybe they’re not so glorious:


    The players are the people standing behind the sponsors’ sign . . . the guys in the funny-looking jerseys.

  11. MAB the HAB says:

    While the list of players you provided seems accurate enough, I’d beg to differ on the ‘conservatism’ of Gainey’s trade method. He gets taken to task on this a lot, but I think people too often forget the big brass ones it took to trade Theodore. Few saw that coming, and it can hardly be qualified as conservative.
    Plus, this is possibly the first year that the re-building has stopped and the Habs are actually in a strong position to be players in the trade market – as opposed to before when we would have been on the over-apying side of most trades.

  12. Habs-Kat says:

    Whatever happened to hockey being a blue-collar sport?

    The league should go back to catering for the overweight drunk lady banging on the boards and not the fatcats in Versace.

  13. OldGrover says:

    Heh. It is a beard from a Santa look-alike, cut and pasted into place :)

  14. likehoy says:

    the top teams in europe have only 1 advert and ti’s placed on the middle of the jersey, as the team logo is normally a crest placed above the heart…Hockey is few and far one of the only professional sport to sport their team logo so proudly on the middle of the jersey.

    European Hockey teams (desperate for funding) have jerseys full of adverts. like i said…desperate for funding.

  15. Wencz says:

    NASCAR plugs and European soccer uniforms is the logical conclusion to this kind of experiment — I think it stinks. Here’s where I think this is going:

    Elliot Friedman: Great period, Marty, you look like you’re seeing the puck better than usual out there. What do you attribute to your recent success?

    Marty Turco (Guzzling Coca-cola): Well, it’s a team effort you know, BURP, me and the guys from Coke. I’ve been drinking this stuff like crazy lately and I’ve never felt better. BURP (fizz coming out of his nose)!!!

    Don Cherry to Ron (later): What did I say?! What did I say?! You kids at home, drink that Coke!!!

  16. Mattee. says:

    I can’t stand Al strachan. End of discussion.

  17. Erik says:

    have you seen some of those eurapean hockey jerseys…… ugh. O h well I almost feel they might not do it because who would buy these jerseys? and they are a big seller annd revenue generator right now.

  18. Rugger says:

    All of the Rugby teams do it now as well, including the National teams.

  19. likehoy says:

    well…it’s a good idea to make money…and after a few years…us “fans” won’t even notice it anymore. No one is complaining about the no-play-zone for goalies anymore…

    The revenues for soccer teams are 3 to 4 times greater than hockey teams. Real Madrid clocks in at 460m this year as the top Football team…and Leafs were the top hockey team at 119 million for 2006…The endorsements would make a huge difference and would allow the salary cap rise. As a league operation, I don’t see why they wouldn’t start…at least putting 1 advert per jersey could be a start, but on say the shoulder or the upper chest…as long as the hockey jersey doesn’t end up looking like the european ones or a nascar…

  20. Erik says:


    What a rediculous notion. Like anyone would want an add on dwayne rolosons jersey haha . I think this is dispicable.

  21. teamplayer says:

    yes im also improving my french by watching rds and reading all the french articles ppl love posting on here, keep them coming!

  22. teamplayer says:

    unfortunately for us and bouillon, he will never grow those 4 inches and without those inches 40 lbs aint gonna help him in this league.
    since hes been playing fairly well though, id be happy with trading him.

    he reminds me of rudy!

  23. JD says:

    RDS is the best. Pierre et Yvon are good Chantale ain’t bad either. I can’t stand cbc tsn coverage any more. Added bonus is improving my French.

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Ditto HabsKat. The only way Vinny comes back home is after next year when it only costs us money. We can re-adjust the payroll (and players) accordingly.

    The Original 24 Cups

  25. teamplayer says:

    yeh rds and tsn have the best picture with or without hd they win both categories
    then cbc easily
    then all those god damn versus channels, picture isnt good at all, wont wathc any of these games on versus unless its HD…

    ive been spoiled since i bought new tv and centre ice package

    i hate the buffalo go, hes too much for me to handle, hes gotta lay off coke

  26. 24 Cups says:

    Just got home. What’s this I’m hearing? Tom the Bomb isn’t playing against the dirtiest team in the NHL? Smolinski is out which leaves us with no 4th line centre? Naila is getting married? What gives?

    The Original 24 Cups

  27. teamplayer says:

    yeh thats a great idea, we could have like who should sit out the next game?

    and as for this poll, instead of putting every continent in almost where there might be one habs fan, you should have what major city are you closest to? just a thought

  28. teamplayer says:

    one thing that makes me happy about the changes in the lineup is that he actually changed his lineup. after everygame all season, carboneau never changed his lineup (not including goalies) and we end up losing the next game. maybe now he sees some bad plays and a winning game, which is how it should be!

  29. The Teacher says:

    Good idea, I think it’s been proposed before but kudos for you for doing something to initiate motion.

  30. MikeMcLaren says:

    First sentence in the CBC story:

    “Star centre Vincent Lecavalier will ask the Tampa Bay Lightning to trade him in the summer, and a possible destination could be Montreal, according to veteran journalist Al Strachan.”

    Al Strachan?

    Al Strachan is neither “veteran” nor a “journalist.”



  31. teamplayer says:

    heres bob mck latest blog http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/mckenzie/?id=229581
    he thinks prospal will be most likely to go.

    we may aswell just wait for lecavalier to be ufa, cuz tb gm is gonna ask way too much

  32. wd40 says:

    Hi all. Off topic, I spoke to Kevin Mio regarding implementing polls on H I/O. He mentioned this is on his plate and he’ll investigate the feasibility. I think polls are an interesting feature and would add to our site. As an example, I can imagine the “Who should get the start tonight, Huet or Price?” would have been neat. I’m sure you all can think of more interesting ones.

    In the interim, I set up a very simple poll to get a taste of where our H I/O community is from. It’s available here and takes 10 seconds at most… i’ve already voted :)



  33. likehoy says:

    when you’re desperate for a help…you’ll try anything!!

  34. Jonnyboy says:

    Pierre has been loving the Habs this year. He wants Komi for monster of the year and whenever he watches Price he can’t handle himself. Everyone else though…

  35. Jonnyboy says:

    I have heard someone claim this site will work:


    I just checked and the game is on there. I have looked a few times before and the game hasn’t been there. I have no idea what quality or anything else will be like.

  36. Habs-Kat says:


  37. Ed says:

    I have no idea what you are talking about, but page down, and watch the pretty movements. Or you could try Mike Boone. He also talks in foreign tongues at times.


  38. Jonnyboy says:

    The review is only for whether the puck crossed the line. If they started reviewing for other things such as the goalie being pushed in, where would they draw the line, they would end up reviewing pentaly calls.

  39. Ed says:

    Man oh man, I don’t know what that means, but it sure is funny.

  40. PattyBoy31 says:

    Makes the Hossa rumours irrelevant… http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/02/17/lecavalier-lightning.html?ref=rss

    I’d rather wait for Lecavalier than trade for Hossa :)

  41. The Kid says:

    so I only saw the 1st period last night…
    had to go to a neighbor’s party (Leafs fan) to see his new basement with big screen TV…
    started feeling nauseous after about 15 min…. at first thought it might be the onion dip but realized it was watching the Leafs in HD…they’re even more repulsive with all that definition. I could see zits on Stajan and Kaberle’s faces
    Glad Carey’s back in tonight….what I saw of him in the 1st I liked….and the highlights of the 3rd were (to quote Uncle Tom) “AMAZING”!!!
    glad Begin’s back as well….not impressed with Slowlinski or Kost lately…as for Ryder, don’t get me started!!!!
    at least one of my prayers was answered, prefer seeing Brisebois chow down on a chien chaud in the press box.
    Go Habs Go

  42. ebk says:

    I really like Getzlaf, he’s a somewhat local kid but AK46 is fast becoming my favorite Habs favorite player in waiting. Kovalev is still #1 in my books but the kid can dangle.

  43. Gormdog says:

    You tell em Naila!

    Karaoke tonight? 😉

  44. Chuck says:

    And even in regular definition, the picture on RDS seems a lot better than the CBC product.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  45. wd40 says:

    i’ve been watching the Habs on RDS for a few years now and as a fluently bilingual montrealer i can tell you i’ll never go back to the cbc. Pierre and Yvon do a fantastic job in my opinion.

  46. Naila Jinnah says:

    So called this one.

  47. Chorske says:

    Humph, I’ll bet you’ll have as little success as the time I asked if anyone specialized in the osmoregulatory physiology of polyopisthocotyle monogeneans.

    You’d almost think this was a hockey forum.


  48. Habs-Kat says:

    Yay! I’m mentioned! Hahaha

  49. Les-Habitants says:

    If Begin manages to do a decent job on faceoffs, he may have just found a way back into a regular slot in the lineup.

    Smokes has really been having an off year, where we’ve had him take the role as a defensive center. I guess he’s use to be in a secondary scoring role, but whatever it is, he doesn’t inspire confidence in me when I see him on the ice…man, I miss Bonk…

    But for Begin, Dandy and TK, they’ll be fighting for ice-time for the rest of the season. Such is the life of being a 4th liner in the NHL.

  50. Les-Habitants says:

    lol, I’m so glad that you found that out.

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

  51. Chuck says:

    Are you kidding? Most of us have trouble counting to 10 to calm down before we post!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  52. JF says:

    I’m glad to see Begin back in. This is being a tough season for him; he seems to be becoming a spare part, and must realize that his days a a Hab are probably numbered. But he is one of the grittiest players on the team and gives everything he’s got each game.

    Habs can’t expect Price to steal this one. Philly will be really mad; they haven’t played badly over their slump, things just haven’t gone their way. They’ll be determined to get the win; plus they’re sure the puck was in the net and Price was not pushed in by any of their players. Looking at the replay, they could have a point. At the very least, it’s strange the play did not go to review. On RDS this morning they said there was no review because the referee ruled that Price was pushed into the net, a call which is not subject to review – which makes no sense to me. Why not?

    Two things we have to improve on from last night: faceoffs and scoring. I couldn’t believe some of the chances we missed last night. Tonight we have to capitalize on our chances. And if we allow Philly to dominate us on faceoffs as they did last night, we’ll be chasing the puck all night and giving up even more shots than last night.

  53. mcLovin says:

    thanks. btw i think you look more like grover wearing way too much shaving cream, not an old grover. but i like it.

  54. likehoy says:

    ok this may be a stretch…but…

    is there anyone who specializes in Infrared Spectroscopy here?? if there is PLEASE help me!!

  55. OldGrover says:

    Mike Boone already ‘mea culpa’d for that – he acknowledged that he didn’t see the play right and that it was an Ovechkin-like goal, not a weak goal

  56. likehoy says:

    unless he hasn’t represented USA at a professional level…then he can’t switch to canada 😛 but he’s born and bred american…no way he’d switch his alliegance.

  57. stephen says:

    I like having Bégin in, so long as he fulfills his antagonizer role.

    If Ryder has any pride, and I know he does, he will come out with something to prove. I have liked his intensity and work on the puck in the few games he has played of late, so stick him on the LA-LA line and see how they go.

  58. mcLovin says:

    sorry if this (and it probably has but i’m lazy) has been talked about already.. but..

    in response to the GWG by Andrei K boone said:

    2P 16:08:

    Not pretty but it counts.

    A weak backhand is Andrei K’s 18th


    was that bad sarcasm? i’m lost

    regardless. go habs go baby!

  59. the_larry says:

    I think your out of luck. I just checked CBC and they have that gripping reality series Heartland, TSN has Auto Racing, and Sportsnet has poker.

  60. Sulemaan says:

    Does anyone know if the game tonight is on any channel besides RDS or Centre-Ice? Online perhaps?

  61. MikeL says:

    I just read a pretty interesting article on Yahoo. Eric McErlain, from the SportingNews, says his pick for captain of the 2010 Team USA is Mike Komisarek. He’s also my pick for the next Canadiens captain.


  62. piche says:

    Funny you say that about RDS. I have been watching RDS almost exclusively over the last couple of years (because they are carrying every game). I find I miss the French broadcast when I watch the odd game on CBC or TSN.

    I will take RDS over the other teams broadcasters that you get on center ice any day (although I do like Buffalo’s commentator). And you can get RDS for much cheaper than CI.

    Watch enough games and you will understand them (at least the hockey lingo)(I do now). Looks like you are off to a good start already.

    Cheers & GO HABS GO!!

  63. gohabzzzz says:

    my perfect lineup would be without ryder but I guess if you want to(or atleast try) get rid of him before the trade deadline, you have to let him play, that way he can show everybody some of his “skills”…..I’m happy that bégin is back. honesty, if I had the choice between Steve and Smolinski, I would take bégin anytime because he gives is 100% every shift, unlike smolinski, who sometimes doesn’t realize that there’s a game going on.

  64. Chuck says:

    Yeah… let’s see Getzlaf pull off a move like Kostitsyn did last night! Tee! :)


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  65. likehoy says:

    bouillon has had a good stretch as of late…hope he keeps it up…but there are times when he is still out-muscled in his own end.

    Andrei Kostitsyn is showing why we drafted him 10th overall and why he should have been a top 5 pick that year. The kostitsyn brothers flanking plekanec will be our top line to come for years…we should sign all 3 of them to 6-7 year contracts.

  66. Chorske says:

    Nice to see Steve getting back in. We’ll need his grit tonight against some very frustrated Flyers. I’m surprised Kostopoulos is sitting, thought he had a good game.

  67. ebk says:

    Carey Price was absolutely brilliant last night and has been the last two games. He deserves the start today.

    The team has two very good goaltenders, I just don’t understand all the crap about either. Huet carried this team for a large stretch of last season. He slumped when the team in front really started to stink and then he got hurt. He should not have played the game against the leafs but that is not on him. He has played better than the defense in front of ever since he took the job from Theodore. Whoever gets him next season is getting a damn good goalie.

    For those on the boones ‘About Last Night’ thread earlier wondering about Price’s passion and intensity. I’ve been around sports most of my life, I’ve seen lots of players who display their intensity outwardly, the guy I like is the one sitting in the corner quiet,focused and ready to go. That I think is Carey Price, think Ken Dryden. Price, like Dryden doesn’t wear his intensity on his sleeve but believe me it is there in spades.

    A day or so ago I said I thought Max was the Habs best penalty killer as a forward, I stand corrected. Facing their most important PK of the season, Markov and Komisarek in the box, Plekanec and Kovalev do an outstanding job keeping the Flyers of the scoresheet. Hamrlik did a good job as well and Price, well he helped a little bit too.

    A long time ago, when the Habs ruled the Hockey World, they had a flashy RW and a outstanding two-way centerman. Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn remind me of Lafleur and Lemaire of the early 70’s. Now I’m not saying the Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn are going to be as good as Lafleur and Lemaire but both should be in or around a point a game for the rest of their careers. I actually think Andrei Kostitsyn’s celing might be higher than that. He has that little extra to his game that can’t be taught.

    Frankie Bouillon is about 4 inches and 40 pound away from being K-Rex senior. The little man with the huge heart continues to impress me. He played great last night.

    Hopefully the Canadiens make Habs-Kat a happy girl and complete the sweep. They need roughly 93 points to make the playoffs and today sit 22 away from that number.

    Team improves to 16-4-4 without Patrice Brisebois in the lineup.

  68. nightmare_49 says:

    The lineup is fine with me cuz i believe you got to keep everybody freah and keep their timing to game condition standards that goes for Breezer also.

  69. Les-Habitants says:

    Spelt it perfectly

  70. N.B.habs fan says:

    I will say a prayer for Price and Ryder,hope they really do well tonight.I have to watch the game on RDS,dont understand French much,but I like the saying (la but)..did I spell it right?

  71. ebk says:

    I thought Kostopoulos actually played alright last night. Smolinski on the other hand, it is hard to believe this is his first healthy scratch. Michael Ryder, if he actually played as bad a Smolinski has, would be buried so deep in the press box, you would need the Hubble telescope to find him.

  72. Les-Habitants says:

    Well, Carbo likes doing this when he’s got fresh bodies to put in for back to back games.
    I guess we’re about to see how Begin’s faceoff skills have held up since last time (when was it??) he was a center.

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

  73. likehoy says:

    interesting..very interesting…someone posted this on last nights thread but since CBC published it…it might have some credentials until Bobby Mac makes another one of those TSN blogs “RUMOURS WITH HABS, NOT TRUE!!!” as he does bimonthly.

    doubt he’d come to montreal cause of gainey’s conservative trade methods…since Lecav will be commanding a trade, i doubt feaster will pull a rejean houle and sell him for less than he’s worth. Who are you willing to trade that won’t rip your team apart?

    Here’s a list of players that I’d put on my list of players Feaster can choose from.

    Perezhogin (long shot pick up but only 1 year till he’s eligible to return to the NHL).
    Weber (as much as I think he might be the next markov)

    You know what…might have been easier just to say “anyone except both kostitsyns, plekanec, markov, komi, hamr and price…”

  74. ClaytonM says:

    No one has, and yet everyone has for some “fans”

  75. wd40 says:

    Lats seems to be playing better.


  76. the_vipah says:

    Yuck. Now that was a horrible goal. Down waaaay to early.

  77. Mattee. says:

    nice lob. perfect chip.

  78. Angry Almond says:

    Price couldn’t see with Upshall skating by.

  79. wd40 says:

    You want to know why that goal went in? Price was on his knees.

  80. the_vipah says:

    Shh. Price is perfect.

  81. Chuck says:

    Of course… because goalies should always expect the shot to come in from 6 feet in the air…

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  82. MikeL says:

    That brought back horrid memories of Coliacovo’s goal for the Leafs against the Habs in the last game of last season

  83. Y says:

    Whisper (Infallible is the word)

  84. the_vipah says:

    More excuses. Wierd how you don’t defend Huet when he lets in garbage like that.

  85. Blitzen says:

    That was one ugly goal. Flyers getting all the breaks from the refs tonight as well. I guess someone at Laffs NHL central doesn’t want the Habs to win too much.

  86. the_vipah says:

    Ewww don’t bring up that nightmare :(

  87. Chuck says:

    Strange… that’s the first thing that I thought of, too!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  88. Mattee. says:

    those guys have a GPS signal on eachother. the kovy line

  89. howtathor says:

    They are not going quietly into the good night…what a strange goal.

  90. Mickey says:

    every game people are bashing Huet or Price, sometimes both. We have two solid goalies show some love, that was a weird bounce to say the least

  91. stephen says:

    Crummy goal off Komisarek’s stick. Off course Price is going to be down. Had it not hit the stick, he would have made a routine save. Hard to blame him for that one.

  92. Wops says:

    He was on his knees because it was a low shot… than it deflected…

    If he stands up, and the puck does not deflect, you leave to much space down low…called butterfly style…every goalie (except Turco) palys it..

    Fluke goal IMO.
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  93. the_larry says:


  94. Mickey says:


  95. the_vipah says:



  96. Blitzen says:

    RYDER SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HELL FREEZES OVAH!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. The Teacher says:

    YAAYYY RYDDDERRRR WOOOO Kovy’s ankle looks like it’s REALLY bothering him.

  98. Matt_in_TO says:

    Wow he remembered how to score

  99. Mattee. says:

    NO WAY! NO! NO I REFUSE… ryder? really?

  100. Forlando says:

    The dead is ALIVE!!!!!

  101. Mr Wonderful says:

    Ryder’s my all time favorite Hab!!! :-)

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

  102. MikeMcLaren says:

    Look how HAPPY Kovalev was that Ryder scored that.

    Great stuff.

    And can you HEAR the ole, ole’s in the crowd?

    Like I said: GREAT stuff!


  103. Rugger says:

    What a great grin on Ryder when that went in!

  104. Y says:

    Now what did I say yesterday about Ryder. I guess Carbo listens to me

  105. wd40 says:

    i doubt anyone needs the education on what butterfly means.

  106. Chuck says:

    I’ve never picked on Huet when a fluke has gone in.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  107. the_vipah says:

    I love Price. I just don’t think hes a starter yet. Mostly I’m seeing if the people who were going on .. and on… and on about him earlier are round to make up excuses for him now.

  108. Wops says:

    does not seem you understand it if you blame Price on this goal…

    Its a crap goal period. I’m not trying to defend the guy, its just a crap goal..
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  109. Chuck says:

    Wops was just offering his opinion on what happened. No need to get in a huff.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  110. Chuck says:

    Just the same as you’re bound to get on his case at every opportunity, eh?


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  111. wd40 says:

    fine. point taken.

  112. Cable Guy says:

    Smo being out is fine with me. I think Ryder will score in this one. Begin in for Tom is fine as well, they both play the same style of game. I feel good about tonights game.

  113. Mickey says:


    Classic Flyer gooooooooooooning, went for a big hit got burnt

  114. teamplayer says:

    wow good night for the blog, is hockey like football the games get better ratings on sunday nights?
    600+ comments and id say we hit 800 after all the postgame talk

  115. Blitzen says:

    That firmware upgrade for Laps is working wonders.

  116. Shawn S says:

    Wow, great play by lats, almost got caught with hiss head and down, and instead makes an empty netter out of it. 1st place!!!

  117. Mickey says:

    haha you know what 5 goals mean

  118. zamboni says:

    Memo to Carbo: This line-up shouldn’t be touched as long as this team is winning.

  119. The Teacher says:

    Habs Kat…about the slump..Habs scored 5..you convinced now?

  120. Matt_in_TO says:

    So……who starts Tuesday?

  121. howtathor says:

    What a weekend! Playoff hockey all the way! and what a statement by Carey Price and the Canadiens! We ARE for REAL!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!

  122. The Teacher says:

    But…it was touched :S

  123. Chuck says:

    Hey… I almost forgot about the free wings, too!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  124. wd40 says:

    i’m not going to say anything about that goal. great game. very complete.

  125. zamboni says:

    We just don’t like 3 goal leads

  126. Y says:

    Beautiful. Price is the future and he’s great but lets not get ourselves deluded before he proves anything. G’nite

  127. Blitzen says:

    Carbo gets exactly what he wanted: a win and with the Flyers scoring 3, he can play Huet next game.

  128. Mickey says:

    Price didn’t like that despite it being “meaningless”, he is a warrior

  129. kevrob says:

    LOL The Phillie commentator cheered like Cote scored the overtime winner.

  130. Habs-Kat says:

    Yeah, I don’t want to see anyone key on this team go for Hossa or whatever. We’ve got a contender.

  131. Keith says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 5-3 and it’s a wrap(it sucked them getting that 3rd goal)!! Tied with the Janitors! TIED WITH THE JANITORS!!!!!

  132. Blitzen says:

    Laps, Cube and Kovy for the Stars.

  133. Habifax says:

    yeah that was funny

  134. MikeMcLaren says:

    I’m local to Philadelphia… I think Flyers fans might “owe” us for Leclair and Desjardins. They don’t really give me too much guff when I go see games there with my Habs jersey on. You’ll get the occasional comment, but there’s something about the Canadiens being an original 6 team (that’s not the Rangers) that buys you some uncharacteristic good will, I think.

    I haven’t been to a Boston game, but I think that hasn’t been as bad in recent years as the Garden gets emptier and emptier from native fans.

    I’ve seen games in New Jersey without incident (we always lose, so there’s no controversy there I guess) as well as Pittsburgh (Habs fans had the building the night I was there, a 6-5 win with Aebischer in the nets).

    MSG was fine too – we sat up by Chris Higgins’ mom (I think we were in the Canadiens’ courtesy tickets section) so most of the section was Habs fans and friendly.

    I dunno, the Habs just aren’t hated here in the Northeast US.

    I was really surprised at how safe I’ve been in my Habs jersey in arenas around here.


  135. teamplayer says:

    right before cote scored could i hear a faint singing of hey hey goodbye?

  136. Chuck says:

    Very true… you could tell that’s exactly that’s what we was thinking when he shot the puck into the net as his teammates were getting ready to mob him.

    No harm, no foul.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  137. NLhabsfan says:

    Mike Philly is not my favorite place either…Just as bad as Boston or Pittsburgh.

  138. zamboni says:

    I want to see us beat New-York F. Rangers next.

  139. SUMO says:

    What a joke of a coach John Stevens is. He has Riley Cote out for the last minute and a half. Bush-league.

  140. the_larry says:

    And we’d have to give up far too much for someone whos not even guarenteed to show up in the playoffs. He’s not Canadian remember.

  141. Chuck says:

    I’m quite happy with my Laps v.2.1 right now.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  142. Flake says:

    What about Markov (3 assists) and Koivu?

  143. Chuck says:

    It was loud and clear!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  144. Flake says:

    Cool! Price had a nice week, 3 wins, one shut-out and an assist

  145. Mattee. says:

    soooooooooo…. who are we benching for tuesday? hmm??

  146. Chuck says:

    Price with another assist to go with his win tonight. Nice!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  147. RS says:

    Remember all the doom and gloom after the loss in TB?

  148. Blitzen says:

    Yep he got one instead of Laps. But I got two out of three!

  149. Mike Boone says:

    We’re going for 1,000 in the playoffs.

  150. the_larry says:

    656 comments so far. The highest number I’ve seen was when Ovechkin got his 5 pts against us. There were 850 or so comments lol.

  151. MikeL says:

    no one on our first 2 lines is canadian

  152. Blitzen says:

    My money is on Huet because if Price somehow shuts out the Rangers, he won’t be able to play Huet for yet another game.

  153. Ed says:

    Twice – you are cheating.

  154. 1010 says:

    Nice win! And really nice to see #’s 73 and 11 contribute. If that could become a trend, they could really scare some teams heading into the playoffs.

    GO HABS.

  155. Mattee. says:

    This just came to me:

    Only off-season aquisition to play tonight was Hamrlik and he played very well. Worth every dollar in his contract.

    Kostopolous has been doing what he was brought in to do. A couple of healthy scratch nights is fine. He comes to play every night and he’ll be skating hard when he gets his chance.

    Brisebois and Smolinski… can- well… just leave them where they are.

  156. The Teacher says:

    That’s going to be accomplished before the first faceoff IMO.

  157. CHiggins says:

    Just have a question: how can u see the total number of comments?

    And Huey is getting the start IMO…cuz if Price wins again, and again…

  158. the_larry says:

    Scroll to the top of the screen and you’ll see a bunch of links like MAIN, BOONE, PHOTOS, PUCKCAST and THE BLUES. Click on Boone. Then find the article you’re posting in

  159. The Teacher says:

    Ryder is.

  160. Jay in PA says:

    3P 1:30: All those Montreal fans. They’d get killed in Boston or Pittsburgh.

    You’re doing this just to bait the Pennsylvania residents in the crowd, aren’t you? I’ve gone to Habs games here in Pittsburgh, wearing my bleu-blanc-rouge, and felt perfectly safe. On the other hand, I fully expect those chanting Habs fans in the crowd tonight to be leaving the arena in Hefty bags.

  161. Ed says:

    To see the # of posts, click on BOONE just below the red heading at the top. Boone is just to the right of MAIN.

  162. Chuck says:

    Yeah, it would be a shame if we were to win, then win again, and win again… 😉

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  163. N.B.habs fan says:

    Great win.I was happy to see Ryder play so well,I did say it earlier that let him play a full game before picking him apart,well done Ryder.I do hope they play Price he deservies it,with this great win GO HABS GO

  164. CHiggins says:

    Got it…thanks a lot!

  165. CHiggins says:

    Would be terrible indeed..

  166. Blitzen says:

    I think Huet will need to come out big in that game if he doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the bench over the next couple of months.

  167. Chuck says:

    How could wins at this time of year be terrible? Take them any way you can get, with whomever can get them for you.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  168. Chuck says:

    Huet’s been off for a week. I can see him getting the start to keep him from getting too rusty. It’ll also allow him a chance at some revenge on the Rangers.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  169. Erik says:

    This team does NOT need a trade at the deadline for any hossa or Havlat. We have a great team! Great WIn! GO HABS!!!!!

  170. Scott in Montreal says:

    I didn’t realize that about Huet against NYR. I think Price plays for sure, just like Price was put in to kill the string of losses to Trawnna

  171. N.B.habs fan says:

    Timo,Weare tied for first ,can you belive that,I will have a hard time to sleep tonight..lol

  172. Scott in Montreal says:

    good point

  173. habitual says:

    So Philly scratches that knucklehead Downie, and Vandemeer is in the line up, challenging Georges to a fight as the Habs go up ice with the extra skater and score.

    Schneider and Clarke haven’t lost their love for goon hockey and as a consequence continue to lose. Hartnell, 3 penalties tonight to go with the others from last night. Comes down to no management of the Flyers.

    I hope after the display the boys put up the last two games, not only not backing down, giving as good as they get, all the talk about getting an enforcer is over.

  174. wild flower says:

    Ryder looked like he belongs. He was very noticeable tonight and I hope to someday see him win a cup with the Habs. We don’t need many changes. Seeing guys who have had a tough time come out of it and begin to succeed is good for team cemistry. We just need a game plan which shuts down Ottawa’s “one” line. Success in hockey is largely determined by chemistry and motivation. Just ask Detroit or Ottawa. The Habs seem to pulling for each other (inluding Huet and Ryder).

  175. N.B.habs fan says:

    Hey Teach…cant wait to wear my habs shirt tommorow ,the laff fans will be sick. lol

  176. MikeMcLaren says:

    Well he got both of us PA residents in the crowd riled up, so I guess it worked!

    I would be more worried about Philadelphia than Pittsburgh – I say that as a resident of the Philadelphia area.

    However, I have been to countless Canadiens games in my surrounding states (two games in MSG, two games in New Jersey, at least 8 games in Philadelphia, two playoff games in North Carolina)… well I guess I just counted so they’re not “countless” but you get the idea.

    I checked yesterday and I could have had tickets behind the players benches, center ice, row 15. That was still available less than 24 hours before the game. Tickets aren’t selling like they have in the past in Philadelphia.

    Here’s why I think the Canadiens fans tonight will be safe though. Flyers fans quit on their team easier. If they think they’re going to lose, they’re more interested in rushing to the parking lot to beat the i-95 traffic.

    If Montreal’s getting blown out in the Bell Centre, everyone stays to boo the team off the ice! :)


  177. Ed says:

    NHL.com does not have the standings updated, but TSN does. Montreal has a 3 game winning streak, tied with several other teams as the longest streak right now. The Division standings are on top, and if you scroll down, you will see the Conference standings.


  178. N.B.habs fan says:

    good post ,I still have faith in Ryder……

  179. roadrunner says:

    Price is winning…he will beat the Rangers. The team is playing,skating and even hitting more in the last three games. Hard work from ALL lines is really paying off.

  180. ebk says:

    went to the all-star game last year in Pittsburgh, really nice city. Loved Clemente Bridge and PNC Park.

    Next time I’m in Pittsburgh for a game or business, I’ll meet you at uglies for a pint or two. On me.

  181. N.B.habs fan says:

    and we were suppose to be in the bottom.

  182. habitual says:

    You have the best picture! Note that this was a clean hit too, Kovalev’s elbow is tight to his body – but then maybe that is because Kovalev’s body is tight to weasel boy’s face.

  183. Ed says:

    Yes, it’s great to see the so called experts eat crow. Most of them are leaf fans.

  184. N.B.habs fan says:

    next 4 games at home,lets do it habs…

  185. Wencz says:

    Begin and Bouillon were monsters tonight, loved that fight. Usually don’t like a take down, but he didn’t just take him down, he SLAMMED him down! Nice to see contributions from Koivu and Ryder, Ryder looked good out there, lookin for his shot.

  186. wild flower says:

    I still remember watching many Habs games over the last few years when the planets had to align for a timely goal to be scored. Then they did as I watched RDS, with the only French I could understand being, et la but Ryder.

  187. Mike says:

    I’ve been posting this for weeks!



  188. The Teacher says:

    I just thought of something.

    Do you think this upswing in their play has anything to do with the fact that Gainey’s retirement ceremony is in less than a week and they want the fans to be in a loud, good mood for that ceremony?

    P.S. The fans better rock the Bell. I expect no less. 10 min ovations. We need the return of the ghosts for the playoffs.

  189. Exit716 says:

    I hope this doesn’t infringe copywrite protection.
    Would hate to have Canwest take on Quebecor


  190. Blitzen says:

    Don’t know if I’m imagining this but it seems to me that every time there’s a ceremony at the Forum, the Habs come out soft.

  191. Mike says:

    No, i think the upswing has to do with hammer being back, the team feeling confidant, and o’bynre being here. I tryuly believe that team is so nervous every time brisbois is playing. With Ob here they dont have to worry as much and can play a strong and confidant game

  192. roadrunner says:

    Nice to see Ryder get one tonight. He’s tried so hard without results this year. The team has carried him all season…maybe he will get his game back just in time for the playoffs.

  193. Blitzen says:

    I keep pinching myself thinking I’ll wake up and find us in the cellar behind the Laffs.

  194. The Teacher says:

    God I miss the playoffs, don’t let us miss them again.

  195. ebk says:

    17-4-4 without Brisebois for all those wondering
    and for the growing Josh Gorges fan club
    22-12-4 with him in the line up

  196. Blitzen says:

    Agreed…I think you saw relief across his face and Kovy looked genuinely happy for him as well. If he gets going, it’ll be an even more amazing ride.

  197. Chuck says:

    Maybe the NHL can provide all of those folks that bough Briere jerseys a minus (-) sign that they could stitch in front of his #48.

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  198. Blitzen says:

    BreezeBy will take a page out of the Tonya Harding handbook and hire someone to break one of Gorges’ legs.

  199. Ed says:

    Sorry. Posted in wrong thread.

  200. Mike says:

    haha i can’t believe we got him and a 1st round for rivet. i mean rivet was a great guy but….

  201. Flake says:

    By the way, did we break the Sunday curse or what? :)

  202. Mike says:

    top defences in the league: (iin my opinion)
    1) Ducks

  203. Ed says:

    He was sure wrong about the Habs having a leaky roster. I wonder how long Briere’s jersey was the top selling one? I bet it was not for long, and we did not need Briere anyway, or his jersey.

  204. Ed says:

    Excellent point, and I don’t think that Boone picked up on it.

  205. Blitzen says:

    I’m betting UFAs will want to come to Montreal next year.

  206. The Teacher says:


    nice to see you so positive timo!

  207. Mike says:

    ryder has 1 goal plus most shots on goal while playing half the minutes. why carbo you wanted him to shoot more 😉

  208. nightmare_49 says:

    In November would anybody have thought that Gorges , Sergie K. , Max and O’Bey would be contributing so much and with decent ice time to this 1st place team considering that the injuries are few and there’s been no trades.

  209. Blitzen says:

    Barring injuries or REALLY bad play by some of our D-Men, I don’t think you’ll see too much of the Breezer going forward.

  210. ebk says:

    the Kiddie Corps have made a huge difference in the fortune of the Habs

  211. Blitzen says:

    Anybody who says they did would be a liar. I am absolutely loving this.

  212. RS says:

    If the Habs do finish anywhere close to the top of the NHL standings Carbo is going to be in the running for the Jack Adams (coach of the year). Wouldn’t that be fun?

    I’m not saying they Habs will finish up there (I’m still worried about a playoff spot) or that Carbo would deserve it. But that award often goes to the coach of the most improved team of the year.

  213. Jay in PA says:

    Sounds good to me!

  214. Blitzen says:

    Top story on TSN’s site. I thought they would have another analysis of the potential Sundin trade…

  215. Jay in PA says:

    I was hoping you’d weigh in. Frankly, the scene I think would be the worst would be to wear another team’s colors at an Eagles game. I’ve always had the impression that Eagles fans are particularly vicious (even toward their own).

  216. Mike says:

    I’m sorry but i still find it hilarious how Gorges told Vandermeer “im not gonna fight you, my team just scored”

  217. JF says:

    He says we “grossly overpaid” for Hamrlik. In the summer some fans thought so, but it really looks now as though Gainey got it right.

  218. Blitzen says:

    I’m sure that crow will taste real good if you can drown it with a sip from the Cup. Anyways most of us would have to partake in your meal. I wouldn’t have guessed Carbo could get that team to play the way they have.

  219. Jay in PA says:

    Oh yeah, we grossly overpaid for Hamrlik. Sure did. Good thing the leafs got such a bargain on their defensive corps.

    Hindsight’s 20/20 and all, but that man is a moron.

  220. showey47 says:

    Alot being made of how great the canadiens penalty killing has been in the last couple of games. Any coincedence that the best penalty killer is usually your goalie. The dman are also doing a good job in front of him, this is the best hockey i’ve ever seen the cube play.

  221. The Teacher says:

    lol, if you click on boone at the TOP of the page. you will see a list of his articles or blogs if you will. It will say “697 comments” or wherever we are now.

  222. Bill says:

    It would be pretty hard to deny that he’s a legitimate candidate. He’s got the team in a very good spot, and he has definitely done it his way. The guys who are still trying to bash him make me laugh: love those theories about how the only reason the Habs are doing well is because Kovalev is ignoring what Carbo says, those are especially rich.


  223. ClaytonM says:

    Tuesday will be one of those nights where I would love to own a PVR so I can watch the Habs and record the Sans game. I get a strong feeling the flyers will win big against them, and that it will be one dirty game. downie will be dressed as will mcgrattan, I bet. 7 losses in a row now? I was worried we’d lose one of these 2 games. Now I almost feel bad for the sans top line. My prediction is one of the 3 will not leave the game on his skates.

    Meanwhile we need to beat the rangers and solidify our standing in the East. Not that I think we can win one game and keep the top spot, but if we don’t start beating temas that “have our number” that means we’re not as hot as we think we are. besides, the pack is still right on our heels.

  224. Mike says:

    Line up that will beat the rangers:




  225. MikeMcLaren says:

    DEAD MAN WALKING if you do that.

    Especially if it’s a Cowboys jersey or any other jersey from the NFC East, really.


  226. ClaytonM says:

    Throwing snowballs at Santa Claus? Yeah, safe to say they’re a rowdy bunch.

    I wouldn’t even wear an Alouettes jersey to an Eagles game.

  227. MikeMcLaren says:

    It might also be coincidence that Brisebois has been out of the lineup…


  228. Wops says:

    Totally random but Grabovski is on fire

    5g, 5a in 3games… we might not rule him out just yet…

    CH is for Chris Higgins

  229. Wayne says:

    Yup, he’s had his chance. Too slow, too soft, sorry Pat, take a seat beside Benny. At least BG and Carbs gave him that chance for old time’s sake, he should know by now the laundry’s done, time to hang it up.

  230. wild flower says:

    I think every time the Senators have to listen to the Habs talking about 1st place, they become highly motivated to maintain it.

  231. likehoy says:

    well i thought gorges and max would be contributing and OB would be given a cup of tea…but i didn’t think sergei would be even close to this ready for the NHL…Dave Hunter knows his hockey.

  232. Chorske says:

    So this is what being in first felt like… I’d almost forgotten.

    Montreal’s on top, Toronto’s in the sewer. Reminds me of the late 70s.

  233. Exit716 says:

    Not bad for the Experts consensus 13th seed in the East, Up next Brendan “My wife won’t let me sign in Montreal” Shanahan and the vastly over-rated TSN panel’s 2008 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers..

    This game is over in the first 10 minutes as the Habs obliterate them.

  234. teamplayer says:

    well im going to buffalo and ottawa march 28 and april 1… im pretty sure i wont be harmed with all the other habs fan that will be there.

  235. stephen says:

    Haha, Mike, I certainly have to give you credit for persistence!

    I do like the looks of that third line, though, and wish Carbo would give it a go just once!

  236. SUMO says:

    In Bob we trust!

    As we are now tied for the eastern conference lead I thought it only fitting to look back at where we have come from. Check out the opening day roster for 2003-04 when Bob Gainey took over; (SOURCE: Hockeynut.com)

    We are a younger, faster and more skilled at every position. Only 7 guys remain from that day (Defence; Francis Bouillon, Mike Komisarek and Andrei Markov and Forwards; Steve Begin, Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Michael Ryder)

    2003-04 ROSTER

    30 Mathieu Garon
    60 Jose Theodore

    51 Francis Bouillon
    43 Patrice Brisebois
    28 Karl Dykhuis
    8 Mike Komisarek
    79 Andrei Markov
    5 Stephane Quintal
    52 Craig Rivet
    44 Sheldon Souray

    26 Pierre Dagenais
    15 Darren Langdon
    71 Mike Ribeiro

    22 Steve Begin
    38 Jan Bulis
    34 Jim Dowd
    90 Joe Juneau
    11 Saku Koivu
    94 Yanic Perreault

    24 Andreas Dackell
    27 Alex Kovalev
    73 Michael Ryder
    37 Niklas Sundstrom
    17 Jason Ward
    20 Richard Zednik

  237. teamplayer says:

    wow guys big night
    dont jump the gun too much habsfreak, two losses there couldve had us in a rough position
    boone i think youre getting a raise
    764+ comments tonight, although i thought we’d crack the 800 mark by now.
    still doesnt top the ovechkin 5 point night of 840 but is ahead of the night we beat the sens to move within a point when we had 753 comments… beyond the past few weeks i dont think there have been to many other bigger nights but im not searching tonight… im out, good dreams tonight for sure
    oh yeah the lineup from 2003-04, our forwards look like shit, how we do the season before and that one?

    p.s. HAPPY FAMILY DAY to all that are celebrating it tommorow

  238. Da Hema says:

    What a *%#!ty hockey team that was….

    I was hoping never again to think of Andreas Dackell. What a utterly useless player he was….
    “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
    –George Costanza, “Seinfeld”

  239. John Doe says:

    If you think Philly-Sens is going to be a fight club night and that one of the Sens top 3 is in danger, they should dress Emery, too. It would be interesting to see them wave Emery in saying “go ahead, kick some ass…we’ve got Gerber…”.

  240. Jay in PA says:

    Thanks for posting this–it’s a very interesting point of perspective.

    One thing, though: This can’t be the opening-day roster, because we got Kovy from the Rangers at the trading deadline that season (See Kovy’s NHL.com page). Nonetheless, your point still stands–we have a much better team (and a much younger one) than we did back then.

  241. obrien says:

    I prefer Kosto over Dandy.
    O Byrne over Brisebois.
    Chip over Slowlinski.

    I dare anyone to contradict me on this.

    So, why are Dandy and Smolinski dressed? They must do something right…

  242. Mike says:

    Do you know what the lineup is? also, putting ryder is, is that a sign that the trade failed? or are they trying to get someone to capitalize on the open opportunities.

  243. The Teacher says:

    Begin and Ryder in :S

    Now I’ve seen it all.

  244. wd40 says:

    i am thrilled to see Begin and Ryder back in. ok, edit, maybe thrilled is a strong word.

  245. Mike says:

    p.s. this is just my hope

    streit-begin-dandenault ????

  246. likehoy says:

    smo deserves the scratch but tom the bomb’s heroic dive into the net should merit him another game.

  247. Mike says:

    yeah i thought the same. If you look at my post just before, i would have put kost in instead of dandy

  248. the_larry says:

    I worry Price might be exhausted from last nights thriller

  249. Chuck says:

    All of the other players have to play back-to-back, so why not the goaltender?


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  250. Bean says:

    I think he’ll be alright, energy-wise. He’s so young and has had a fairly light schedule this year, so he should be holding up ok.

    I’m happy he got the call, he deserves it.

  251. Guy21 says:

    Well I guess Begin is still on the team. I think its unfair the way some people are benched for no apparent reason. Begin would be one that gives 100% all the time so its not that he isn’t trying. If there are too many bodies –rotate those that sit out for one game at a time….Ryder probably can’t wait for this year to be over….How can you get in a groove if you keep getting time in the press box and also leave the lines alone..


  252. Les-Habitants says:

    But that’s the reality when you are a 4th line player. Begin also always seems to play 2 games really well, then his play becomes a little sloppy. And he’s going to be fighting for a roster spot all season with TK, Dandy and I guess Ryder.
    It’s a result of having good depth, and for a coach, a really good problem to have.

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

  253. 1010 says:

    I think it’s a good idea for Carbo to give both these guys a shot tonight.
    Hope it works out for him/them.

    GO HABS.

  254. likehoy says:

    a goaltender’s ready-position causes a quick build-up of lactic acid in their legs…and they rarely skate to prevent the build-up…so it’s tougher on goaltenders the next morning.

  255. showey47 says:

    thats why carbo should have these guys riding the bikes after the game like the sens do. I know komi does it for this reason(so by association i guess higgy does also) but i don’t think many of the other players do.

  256. likehoy says:

    i agree..but..when was the last time you heard of a goalie who did some exercise?

  257. Habs-Kat says:

    Price is no pup. He’s 226lbs.

  258. Keith says:

    Yeah bloody redneck races, who needs it.

  259. wd40 says:

    “Instead, cracker mo-fos going around and around in circles like so many V-8 Sergei Samsonovs.”

    LOL. Killer.

  260. showey47 says:

    yeah but samy doesn’t go into traffic

  261. MPWRD42 says:

    Ya, I still can’t stop laughing… that has to be Boone’s best comment of the season!

  262. Barts says:

    Well I hope they start winning on Sunday’s since I’ll be at that March 9th game in Anaheim.

  263. arcosenate says:

    500 left hand turns.

    50,000 mullets.

    5 teeth.


  264. yathehabsrule says:

    I think the mullet count is a little low…lol


  265. Keith says:

    Good, finish off this NASCAR garbage and get to a REAL sport Montreal Canadiens Hockey! GO HABS GO!!!

  266. Hammer says:

    It was just about not on SATURDAY. Habs need some scoring and more grit from their third and fourth line.

  267. JasonM says:

    Sometimes when I attend games in between period while the zambonis start coming out we have some guys coming on the ice and “change” certain advertisements. I thought it was ludicrous and sadly funny.

  268. Mattee. says:

    oooo, now they have the blue boards that they change digitally for the viewers. anything to make a buck eh….

  269. Joe Habsfan says:

    I’VE GOT A GOOD FEELIN’ GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  270. Mattee. says:

    I’m having a tough time choosing between American Gladiators and Montreal Canadiens… somebody slap me…

  271. teamplayer says:

    *Slap* come on mattee, the new american gladiators just arent as good as the old ones, should be an easy decision

  272. The Teacher says:

    And Komi serves notice.

  273. Hammer says:

    Forgot to comment on the jersey idea. Maybe if they moved two or three more struggling teams to Hamilton( please RIM, please), Q city ( need a new rink) and Winnipeg ( have a new rink), they would not have to come up with such assinine ideas to generate revenue. Watched the Habs/ Thrashers on TSN last week and it looked like half the place was empty! Add this to twindling attendance in many US towns and they have more than a Jersey problem. By moving franchises to Canada, with a rabid fan base plus a strong dollar, many of the issues would be taken care of. Can you imagine the great CH pushed to the side so that we could have a logo of a brick of cheese with Saputo across the top. This to go along with ads on boards, ads on ice, ads on seats etc…. would we still be able to pick out the hockey players.

  274. Ed says:

    Koivu draws a penalty in the O zone.

  275. Angry Almond says:

    I like that Pleks has picked up Kovy’s 180 move on the high boards…

    Music is the best. FZ

  276. Angry Almond says:

    Higgy and Ryder look COPMLETELY lost out there…

    Music is the best. FZ

  277. linp says:

    Ryder can’t even hold on to his stick

  278. Mattee. says:

    the “first” line is, i can’t even say, it just isn’t right.

  279. Angry Almond says:


    Great pass!

    Music is the best. FZ

  280. Jonnyboy says:

    Anyone who wants to watch the game online:

    You just have to install a program Sopcast. Its just ESPN. The quality is….weak. But you can see it.

  281. J.T. says:

    My boy Pleky. Sign him Bob…sign him for a long, long time.


  282. The Teacher says:

    WOW, That was amazing. What flow, what passing, what awareness.AWESOME.

    Do we need Hossa. I say NAY

  283. linp says:

    I am grad we have this line. Thank god!

  284. Ed says:

    It’s official. Plekanec has eyes in the back of his head.

  285. Mattee. says:

    i am grad too.

  286. MikeL says:

    id say he’s everyones boy

  287. Keith says:

    Nice bang, bang play and goal :-)

  288. moser17 says:

    The look on Kovalev’s face after he scored says it all: “Holy !$%, Pleky, that was a sick pass!”

  289. Forlando says:

    Well….we might be a one line team….but boy…what a line!!!

  290. The Teacher says:

    LMAO, brown applesauce.

  291. Jonnyboy says:

    Do we need him on that line…no

    Do we need anything on our other lines. Yes

  292. Exit716 says:

    Is it just me or are referees getting in the way a lot. The game is so much faster than it used to be but we’ve got guys in their 40s and 50s that can’t keep up.

  293. The Teacher says:

    Perhaps, but not Hossa. A.Kost will grow into that role.

  294. Angry Almond says:

    He held onto his stick! Wow…nice…

  295. teamplayer says:

    other site i google “my p2p nhl” and they have the game most nights too and i was watching both at the same time and p2p is my place of choice, same channel, same picture, 2 seconds more of a delay on channelsurfing and p2p is always at the front of all programs

  296. Mickey says:

    we need to score on one of these, before they start going the other way. As i type, goal

  297. the_larry says:

    not good…not good

  298. Flake says:

    There’s no way Koivu would be playing if he wasn’t a captain

  299. The Teacher says:

    Really? Nittymaki robbed him there.

  300. Flake says:

    Still he’s definitly not better then Ryder, and when you add Higgins, we would have the whole first line watching the game from upstairs

  301. Mattee. says:

    but but…. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!!!

  302. the_vipah says:

    Weak goal.

  303. Chuck says:

    Yeah… what was Kovy thinking getting himself beat on a shorthanded 2-on-1?

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  304. Dintrox says:

    brothers k.. are from belorussia… they arent russians…

  305. Flake says:

    That’s a small technicality, it doesn’t count

  306. Flake says:

    So how do you like Price now?

  307. the_vipah says:

    Shh. It was a weak goal, but don’t mention that.

  308. The Teacher says:

    Markov didn’t really play that 2 on 1 well either.

  309. frank81 says:

    Why would you root against someone who is on our team?

  310. the_larry says:

    oh whatever, its one goal in like 100 shots. give him a break

  311. the_larry says:

    wow, Koivu gets robbed AGAIN

  312. Mattee. says:

    why didnt he shoot that first time?

  313. Jonnyboy says:

    Wow…that was a good fake.

  314. stephen says:

    Flyers doing a terrific job of getting in the lanes on the PP…

  315. the_vipah says:

    Excuses excuses 😉

  316. Wops says:

    What a goal by Richards..solid, good block shot, good speed good fake…nothing else to say.
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  317. The Teacher says:

    12 years?

  318. the_vipah says:

    He’s probably just trying to cool down the ridiculous hystaria with regards to Price.

  319. Flake says:

    I’m not, and I like Price, but Huet should be the one playing tonight. That’s a normal thing to do in back-to-back games. Now Huet will have to take on the Rangers, and that’s not good for anybody

  320. the_larry says:

    Koivu is beyond snake-bit. He’s got a Boa wrapped around him

  321. Mattee. says:

    tenderness has looked a lot better in the corners lately… solid.

  322. Mattee. says:


  323. Mattee. says:

    sorry Mr. Boone.

  324. Steiner says:

    I’m liking this French Connection line of Dandenault, Lapierre and Latendresse…

  325. stephen says:

    One minor knock on Pleks: Will sometimes try too hard to force a pretty play, instead of taking his chance to shoot. Rebounds can be pretty too Pleks! :)

  326. the_larry says:

    Nice shot block by Gui!

  327. Mattee. says:


  328. The Teacher says:

    WOW Begin! Great hit and great job taking Smith with you!

  329. Matt_in_TO says:

    Now that’s a takedown!

  330. Mattee. says:


  331. the_larry says:

    What a stupid reason for a fight. It was a completely legal hit

  332. the_vipah says:

    Begin just rocked two guys in a row. Nice.

  333. Keith says:

    He knock him into the next century.

  334. MikeMcLaren says:

    THIS IS WHAT GAINEY SAYS HE HATES. Clean check followed by a fight.

    That was a totally clean bodycheck. (he drove him upwards, he didn’t leave his feet).

    How is that charging???

    How is that not instigating on Smith???

    Wow. Terrible.


  335. Bean says:

    No kidding. That was quite the statement by SB!

  336. Mickey says:

    I hate how you cant give a big clean hit in the game without getting jumped. That said, not sure if that was perfectly clean, looked like he left his feet.

  337. Mattee. says:

    somewhere somebody is picking up teeth off the ice floor…

  338. Steiner says:

    well thats some mighty interesting reffing.
    no raised hand. and a penalty.
    doesnt make sense.

    and as i type that they show another angle, with the raised arm.
    my bad.

  339. wd40 says:

    Great hit, no call, until after the fight.. then he gets the 2 mins. What the…???!! Man did that guy look woozy. CHOO CHOO.

  340. the_vipah says:

    Awsome. Two minutes for cleanly hitting a player with his head down.

    The NHL continues to amaze me.

  341. MikeMcLaren says:

    “1P 7:00: Is Daniel Brière playing tonight?”

    So Boone, you complain about the booing in the Bell Centre, but at least you know if he’s playing or not. :)


  342. Keith says:

    Gettin chippy :-]

  343. Jonnyboy says:

    Why didn’t smith get 2 for instegating. He cleary went in for the fight.

  344. Chuck says:

    And no instigator, either.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  345. The Teacher says:

    Because NHL officiating is and has been a joke for 15 years.

  346. MikeMcLaren says:

    His momentum took him upwards. He left his feet after the hit started. Begin’s a short guy, he has to drive up on his hits.

    NOT a charge.


  347. NLhabsfan says:

    It was a great hit but his feet may have left the ice.Still nice to see:)

  348. Matt_in_TO says:

    Are they booing Briere?

  349. Mattee. says:

    I concur. (is that how you spell it?)

  350. the_larry says:

    Look at the ref too. He looks like he’s 14 years old.

  351. Mattee. says:

    I thought his feet left after he made contact… no?

  352. Bean says:

    Yup, every chance they get.

  353. The Teacher says:

    yup, it is. :)

  354. Sbah Reverof says:

    No, they are chanting Boo-riere.

  355. Matt_in_TO says:

    Ah good, I thought I was hearing things. I had to double check to make sure the game was in Philly for a second.

  356. Angry Almond says:

    Don’t worry Steiner…he shouldn’t have raised it anyhow…refs are paranoid about too many concussions in the league now…

    Calling everything, except the Kostitsyn hit!

    Music is the best. FZ

  357. teamplayer says:

    not sure but when youre a good two feet off the ground, he was definetly in the motion of jumping… why players cant hit eachother without jumping, before or after? thats why you will soon see minor penalties for any kind of hit to the head, which is ridiculous..

  358. Bean says:

    Hahaha, yeah, I did the same thing!

    Sbah Reverof, nice one. “I was saying Boo-urns . . . ” Classic.

  359. Wops says:

    That was not weak IMO, great fake.. it was like a double fake,

    faked the slap, fake the pass and than a quick wrister…solid goal. Period.
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  360. the_vipah says:

    sure sure

  361. Wops says:

    not every goal is the goalie’s fault IMO.

    CH is for Chris Higgins

  362. the_vipah says:

    If Huet let that in, there would be nothing but whining about him letting in weak goals. I’m just seeing how it works if I critique Price.

    I thought it was weak, Philly commentators felt it was weak. So -shrug-

  363. Wops says:

    Can clearly see you are not a goaltender….

    not weak, and its no protect to Price. Sometimes a goal is goal.

    just chill
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  364. the_vipah says:

    Actually I’ve played goal for 15 years. But whatever.

  365. Wops says:

    I’m goalie to…
    you must knwo that there is a little of deke you can follow then…
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  366. the_vipah says:

    In the NHL with the player that far over to the side and with a player right on him, I would honestly expect a stop there. Anyways like I said, not a horrible goal, but probably stoppable.

  367. Wops says:

    limit of deke. sry
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  368. Wops says:

    I respect your opinion.

    2-1. GG. Go habs!
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  369. ClaytonM says:

    I don’t, when there’s no mention of Markov having his stick blade on the ice to deflect the shot or interfere with Price’s vision.

    You’re gonna listen to the Philly commentator and go with that opinion? Really?

  370. the_vipah says:

    15 if possible. Habs dont have one single player as well rounded as him.

  371. Wops says:

    12 years what?
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  372. The Teacher says:

    You could say that’s how long Philly has him for.

  373. Flake says:

    Well, it’s actually Belarussian is more like Polish, just felt like sharing :)

  374. Bean says:

    How many players have been chased from the faceoff circle so far??

  375. Flake says:

    I take back everything I said about Price, those were couple of very good stops right there

  376. The Teacher says:

    and we score..but that was a dirty hit.

  377. Mickey says:

    i am hearing booing for briere aswell, might be habs fans. He is in a huge slump and has one of the worst +/- so i wouldnt be surprised if it was flyer fans.

  378. the_larry says:

    WOW. Good thing Georges didn’t fight there!

  379. MikeMcLaren says:




  380. Mattee. says:

    that’s the best payback.

  381. Sbah Reverof says:

    Take THAT, Philadelphia!

  382. Mickey says:


  383. Angry Almond says:

    Goon Flyers deserved that.

    Great shot Frankie!!

  384. Mr Wonderful says:

    The Cube comes through.

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

  385. Ed says:

    Bouillon, the sniper. This could be his breakout game. A really nice goal.

  386. Keith says:

    Way to go Cube!!! Dirty Flyers! No class all the way.

  387. Mickey says:

    HAHA that flyer dropped one glove and gorges just pointed down the ice as we score

    beautiful end the first

  388. Chuck says:

    Sweeeeet goal!

    But… no peanlty for the elbow, and no penalty for dropping the gloves! Un-freakin’-believeable…

    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  389. the_larry says:

    haha Huet chirps the fans 😀

  390. linp says:

    Gorges doesn’t want to fight. LOL! The whole Flyer team is expecting a fight!

  391. Mattee. says:

    Soooo.. Bouillon left wing? hmm anyone? carbo?

  392. Gormdog says:

    Do you have to drop both gloves to get a penalty?

  393. PattyBoy31 says:

    haha buddy drops his gloves…> gorges points to the other end and skates away

  394. Flake says:

    Gorges is one smart player! And the Cube, two games in a row!!

  395. The Teacher says:

    Not surprised. Reffing is always a joke.

    Their excuse will be that the goal nullified the PP.

  396. Sehs says:


    “Uh dude, by the way, we just scored.”

    “Wha- … ****!”

  397. NLhabsfan says:

    That was headhunting in that last play…but we hurt them with that goal

  398. RGM says:

    How smart was Gorges on that play? Flyers try to goon it up and get a whistle, particularly Vandermeer dropping his gloves to goad Gorges, who simply points his stick up the ice and hopefully said, “We just scored on you, dummy.”

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  399. Angry Almond says:

    I guess I don’t post during games enough…it took me until just a minute ago to figure out who ‘Cube’ was!

    *shakes head*

  400. NLhabsfan says:

    Begin can fight with the best of them….Should be an interesting second.

  401. PattyBoy31 says:

    haha Streit-Bouillon-Dandy could be our utility line

  402. ebk says:

    Frankie the Bull la But

    my french is horrid, sorry

  403. Mattee. says:

    begins feet left the ice on contact. That was clean.

  404. teamplayer says:

    i missed the hit, and yes you can drop one or two gloves without getting a penalty, it is quite embarassing though, specially when the other team scores like that.
    and did bouillon seriously almost just go end to end with that. small guy like him enjoys the open ice i guess, send him out 4 on 4

  405. frank81 says:

    Is Huet really trash-talking to the fans? haha

  406. Sulemaan says:

    Nicely done Mr. Bouillon.

    (Thanks to Hoegarden, JonnyBoy, Blitzen for the details to watch the game online.)

  407. NLhabsfan says:

    Perhaps your right.

  408. Wops says:

    agreed, momentum carried him up, clean hit

    I think the guy will be back in the minors… welcome to the big league! ahah
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  409. Wencz says:

    ya, that’s great stuff

  410. RGM says:

    Also known as “Soup,” Franky gets the “Cube” name for being as wide as he is tall. A little tank on skates, really, even comes with a helluva shot.

    See you April 5th at the Bell Centre!

  411. Wayne says:

    Boo to Gorges “psst,.. you sucker ’em all in while i go down and pot one”

    Seems this Phlyer team is more preoccupied with meeting everyone at the bike racks rather than doing some real schoolwork. Should get nastier as the night wears on.

  412. Ed says:

    O’Byrne only played 21 seconds in the 3rd last night. Now tonight he has only played 2:13 in the first, and is on pace to play even less than he did last night. I guess Carbo is going with the more experienced D, or maybe it has to do with the penalties. I don’t think so though, as his even strength ice time is the lowest of all D men.

  413. stephen says:

    I am more and more impressed with Gorges with every game I see. He can be a bit unsteady with the puck under pressure, but overall, he has been doing a stand-up job back there. Great to see him come to the defense of his teammates, too (and to just the right amount on Bouillon’s goal!).

  414. Flake says:

    Why would anybody think that Montreal is a soft team? A healthy Begin is all we need!

  415. Habhopeful says:

    this game is innnnnnnnnnnntense!!!

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  416. Wayne says:

    LOL, Begin re-scrambled his name and number on that one.

  417. sadave says:

    Nothing wrong with shortening the bench, IMO . . . also, last night was only, what, O’Byrne’s 3rd game back up? Needs to get re-aclimated. We’re already throwing one rookie (albeit a cool-headed one) into the fray!

  418. the_larry says:

    lmao I love that quote.. Knocked Up I think its from?

  419. teamplayer says:

    if momentum carried him up, does that not mean he was jumping? a clean hit should consist of going through your opponent, which may cause you to leave your feet but you dont end up 2 feet higher in the air.

  420. Habhopeful says:

    Yes sir

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  421. Keith says:

    The boys will laugh about that goal after the game. Hopefully a victory. I’ve always hated the Flyers and their goonish ways since the Broad Street Bully days of the 70’s. Now those games were examples of atrocities in it’s purest form. gorges made a very smart play and then pointing down the ice as Cube scores lol BRILLIANT! Why they still didn’t get a penalty with all the crap going down is beyond me. They should have got something.

  422. Rugger says:

    Watching the philly feed on Center Ice. They are saying that Gorges should have been called for a penalty and the play stopped!!

  423. zamboni says:

    Only first intermission and there’s already 6 pages of comments (275 and counting)
    Is Boone bribing :)
    He must be making a killing :)

  424. Angry Almond says:

    I think we’re all bored stiff usually on Sunday nights…this is a great time to comment and shout at the TV!

    BTW, anyone driving to Quebec City tonight, it’s snowing like mad here!

  425. Flake says:

    Is he getting paid per comment? 😀

  426. ebk says:

    anybody else like that 2nd PP unit. Kostitsyn II on the point with Hamrlik and Ryder and Higgins switched wings with Koivu. I think Ryder is better playing LW on the PP.

  427. Mattee. says:

    if it’s per comment, i want my cut!

  428. the_larry says:

    We’re making him a rich man then. Maybe he should give the person with the most posts 2 free tickets to a game at the Bell Centre.

  429. Habs-Kat says:

    Question: Wasn’t Vandermeer a former Hab or am I just imagining things again?

  430. Angry Almond says:

    Are you thinking Van Boxmeer?

  431. Mattee. says:

    nope. Jim vandermeer was never drafted and was signed by Phili.

  432. the_larry says:

    Nope never a Hab thankfully. He played for the Hawks for a couple years, then the Flyers. You might be thinking of Shawn Van Allen from a few years ago maybe?

  433. The Teacher says:

    Bob acquired him before last year. He then left. Good memory. Never played a game. Before training camp.

  434. RS says:

    Peter Vandermeer was signed by the Habs a few seasons ago, but he spent the season in Hamilton. Now in the Phoenix system.

  435. Mattee. says:

    maybe Ryder will score tonight. ohh, who am I kidding…

  436. N.B.habs fan says:

    At least wait till the end of the game to pick on Ryder,because he didn’t play that bad in the first.I hope he proves us all wrong and gets the winning goal.(Just wishing)

  437. Angry Almond says:


    Go buy a lotto 6/49 ticket!!!

  438. Flake says:

    what did you just say? 😀

  439. howtathor says:

    That was a scary hit on Kostitsyn. Glad he got up and hope he’s ok. If the Flyers want to goon it up, they can spend the night in the penalty box.

  440. Ed says:

    Gorges played only 3:21 in the first, but he is +2, and has 2 of the Habs 7 hits. That is how to make the most of your ice time.

  441. MikeL says:

    One thing I never understand is why Carbo puts Gui in the box when someone has to serve a penalty. Why not put in somebody with breakaway speed who could do some damage after the penalty expires? Why not one of the Kostitsyn’s? They dont kill penalties

  442. Habs-Kat says:

    That might be it.

  443. The Teacher says:

    yup, even mashed his name during a press conference shortly thereafter.

  444. Angry Almond says:

    I’ll trade ugly goals all night…as long as we come out on top!

  445. Shawn S says:

    Ryder! Praise the Lord!

  446. Mattee. says:

    WOW, I need to just apologize for this:

    Submitted by Mattee. on Sun, 02/17/2008 – 20:05.
    maybe Ryder will score tonight. ohh, who am I kidding…

    Maybe I have the reverse jinx…

  447. Ed says:

    I am glad that Ryder does not give Carbo the Dandenault stare/glare. He would never see the ice again.

  448. stephen says:

    He seems like such a happy-go-lucky guy, and I’m sure he’s just glad to be back and contributing.

    If nothing else this season, Ryder has been very professional, and has not let his personal situation become a distraction. Good on him!

  449. Blitzen says:

    Another stoopid OZone penalty

  450. kevrob says:

    sergei is learning some bad habits from koivu.

  451. Angry Almond says:

    Kovy will have to save little ‘tits’ ass for the next 2…

  452. Blitzen says:

    If the Flyers don’t score on that PP, the Habs will take over after.

  453. NLhabsfan says:

    Retaliation just doesn’t work…

  454. Mr Wonderful says:

    Is there a full moon tonight? The Cube scores his first goal in 74 games. Ryder scores, his first since the stone age. Flyers get a weird bounce goal.

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

  455. Habhopeful says:

    Ryder is noticeable in this game

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  456. Chuck says:

    The first 5 minutes he looked like he was getting in everyone’s way, but the goal made up fo it. :)


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  457. Angry Almond says:

    I’m digging the boos for Briere from the Habs fans in the crowd…you’re not safe anywhere…like the purse last night in Montreal!

  458. Mickey says:

    hitting is picking up, flyer fans arent near as fun to lisent to as hab fans. and philly has some of the more passionate ones…

  459. stephen says:

    I could HEAR Carbo cringing all the way up here in the Yukon as Dandy danced away from that last shot, instead of even trying to block it. Ugh.

  460. Jonnyboy says:

    sit down beire

  461. Mickey says:

    Kovy isnt looking himself, at all

  462. The Teacher says:

    His ankle is definitely bothering him.

  463. Blitzen says:

    O’Byrne should score on a breakaway to complete the Unexpected-Goal-Scorer Trifecta.

  464. Flake says:

    I wonder what Briere will have to say after this game, whatever the outcome.

  465. linp says:

    We should double shift Kovy. He can help out the 4th line also

  466. Mickey says:

    I think Lats broke smith’s nose with a hit

  467. Mattee. says:

    Ryder is looking good- i mean… terrible.

  468. Blitzen says:

    Wanna bet he STILL scores?

  469. Mickey says:

    We gotta score here.

  470. Steiner says:

    oh my.
    here we go

  471. Blitzen says:

    5 on 3. Time to salt that one away.

  472. Angry Almond says:


    Let’s run it up!

  473. Habhopeful says:

    awesome 5 on 3

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  474. Jonnyboy says:

    Smith: “wow they [habs] go down infront of anything”

  475. Mattee. says:

    woohoo. 5-3. Can Nittimaki pull a Price?

  476. Mattee. says:

    If we don’t score, I will be pissed.

  477. Blitzen says:

    KOIVU SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  478. Chuck says:

    That was in!!!!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  479. The Teacher says:


  480. the_larry says:


  481. the_vipah says:

    Yeah im sure theres still a couple idiots crying for his head on a plate, even now.

  482. Mattee. says:

    so umm yaaa… koivu… riiiiight. nice guy.

  483. The Teacher says:

    You sure it was peter and not jim? I’m pretty sure it was Jim.

  484. RS says:

    Yep, Peter, I think.

  485. Angry Almond says:

    Ryder again?

  486. Steiner says:


  487. Mr Wonderful says:

    It’s official. There is a full moon. Koivu scores.

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

  488. the_larry says:

    Koivu AND Ryder and in the SAME game! This is weirder than weird.

  489. Mattee. says:

    How’s that for an unexpected-goal-socer-trifecta?

  490. Angry Almond says:

    Unlikely scorer trifecta? I liked the O’Byrne comment…love to see him net one. Or Komo….

  491. Mattee. says:

    there is still time.

  492. Flake says:

    Now I have to take back everything I said about Koivu :)

  493. Flake says:

    Now I have to take back everything I said about Koivu :)

  494. linp says:

    We don’t need Begin.

  495. Mattee. says:

    I thought he’s played quite well tonight. One turnover… other than that.. some good play.

  496. 1010 says:

    I’m glad Ryder got one. Whatever the future holds for him, at least we haven’t heard him whining to the press like that litte bit#@ Samsonov.
    Get another one #73.

    GO HABS.

  497. Forlando says:

    Time to tough it up…the flyers will turn on the goon mode if they see this one is going away

  498. Blitzen says:

    No letting up in that game. Carbo needs to remind them all of the Rangers game that started the mini-slide.

  499. the_larry says:

    back to reality. Bad Koivu penalty

  500. zamboni says:

    Here we go again

  501. Mattee. says:

    this is new: d-zone penalty for koivu.

  502. Matt_in_TO says:

    At least he took this one in the second and not in the third

  503. Blitzen says:

    And right on cue, Koivu takes a penalty.

  504. the_vipah says:

    Second game in a row that I’ve seen Richards with a brutal dive.

  505. the_vipah says:

    There we are the pointless whining begins.

  506. 1010 says:

    Er… Samsonov is little- although he might be litte also.

    GO HABS.

  507. Wops says:

    Kovalev playing on one leg:

    1g, 2a +2…

    gotta love the man
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  508. Wops says:

    Can you actually believe Koivu as more penalty minutes than Komisarek!!
    CH is for Chris Higgins

  509. Flake says:

    To even things up he should also play with one hand tied behind his back 😀

  510. MikeMcLaren says:

    Boone, I think that’s minutes 78 and 79 with the latest one.

    That averages two minor penalties for Koivu every three games.

    That really IS surprising…

    …it feels like he has one of those every game.


  511. Blitzen says:

    I called SKoz’ penalty stoopid also. I’m not picking on your buddy Koivu. If he stops taking silly penalties, I’ll leave him alone.

  512. the_larry says:

    Actually I can! Komi is smart about the way he plays. He hits but their all clean hits. Koivu just gets lazy and hooks and trips alot.

  513. Mattee. says:

    I wouldn’t touch our defensive lineup for the rest of the season. Leave it just the way it is.

  514. Sulemaan says:

    Well at least he scored a goal? :-) Trying to think of something positive to say Blitzen because there are good penalties and bad ones.

    It seems like Koivu has taken a few bad ones this year at the most inopportune times.

  515. Mickey says:

    Hammer spins away from a check, gets the puck and calmly makes a perfect tape to tape pass out of the zone to start the transition. I love our D

  516. Mickey says:

    Ya, looks like Lats broke Smith’s nose, see the blood?

  517. the_vipah says:

    Watch the replay it was a dive.

  518. Sulemaan says:

    I agree. I think someone posted the other day that the team is 16-4-4 without Brisebois in the lineup.

  519. Blitzen says:

    I guess we can goon it up with the best of them!

  520. wd40 says:

    what would kovy say? “i have another leg” :)

  521. Keith says:

    He was hacked pretty bad and was pissed about it. Glad he knocked that worm down.

  522. Den says:

    Some positive news from Hamilton. 3 wins in 3 nights. And Grabovski is a 1st star for 3 nights in a row with 10 points. Looks like he wants to be back!

  523. Chuck says:

    Hot babe behind the Flyer’s bench. I love HD!



    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  524. Mattee. says:

    those six players are the best D we’ve had in a long time. Bouillon and Gorges can also bank heavy minutes if needed.

  525. zamboni says:

    What a save

  526. Sulemaan says:

    Chuck – Don’t DO that man! I nearly spit out my drink all over the screen when I read your post…

  527. Bill says:

    Yeah, let’s just keep taking those penalties …


  528. the_larry says:

    The ref in the corner didn’t even call it!! Terrible reffing

  529. Chuck says:

    Ugh… weak call!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  530. Mattee. says:

    Ding. no better sound.

  531. The Teacher says:

    Some of these Philly players must play a LOT of soccer.

  532. The Teacher says:

    LMAO, the NHL for you

  533. Mattee. says:

    easy now teach. eaaaassy. lol.

  534. Chuck says:

    I can think of 5 times vs. Ottawa where there was no worse sound! :)


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  535. Angry Almond says:

    Yeah, I noticed her too!

  536. Sulemaan says:

    Sounds like Grabovski and Chipchura could be on the way up. Great news in case we trade anyone. Ahem. Cough. Cough. (Brisebois, Smolinski, Dandenault).

  537. The Teacher says:

    Ok, must be watching Christian Ronaldo play a lot of soccer then?

  538. Angry Almond says:

    Is it me, or does Mike Knuble look like Beavis (or Butthead?)

  539. 1010 says:

    I’m only getting these scores through Mike, so I don’t know why Koivu got a penalty. But Saku has got an awfull lot of hooking and holding penalties this season. Barring any injuries we don’t know about, that usually means a guys’ feet aren’t moving. His season thus far has been just as unexplainable as Ryders has in my opinion.

    GO HABS.

  540. Blitzen says:

    Apparently Richards dove on the play.

  541. Mattee. says:

    woohoo! more penalties!

  542. the_larry says:

    ooooooh boy

  543. Steiner says:

    well this hasnt exactly been the best sequence….

  544. Bill says:

    ANOTHER penalty.

    Be nice to win a faceoff …


  545. Mattee. says:

    I have a theory for all the penalties: we’re trying to lower their PP percentage.

  546. Sulemaan says:

    I like that strategy Matee but you know the danger with playing with fire is that you ultimately do get burned.

  547. Blitzen says:

    Brière has King Kong on his shoulders.

  548. Mickey says:

    Price is looking strong

  549. Flake says:

    Looks like the refs are trying to even things out

  550. wd40 says:

    Flyers are frustrated.. .this could get ug-a-lee.

  551. Mickey says:

    I was about to say 5 on 5 to start the third, but im hoping the gooning of philly is called here.

  552. Blitzen says:

    I guess the Flyers can hook as much as they want in that game.

    3rd period coming up. Watch the goons make an appearance.

  553. Keith says:

    Even Price is shoving those Flyer goons put of his crease.

  554. wd40 says:

    nice check by Hammer.

  555. Bill says:

    Should be a power play for the Habs if there’s any reason in the universe.


  556. sadave says:

    Hey, Upshall. Your mom wants to know if you’re okay.

  557. Chuck says:

    What is it with these morons that can’t take a clean hit nowadays without getting pissed off?


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  558. Blitzen says:

    Looks like the Flyers will get another call their way.

  559. the_larry says:

    Ouch! Shots are 17-6 in the second for Philly… not good boys

  560. the_larry says:

    Ouch! Shots are 17-6 in the second for Philly… not good boys

  561. howtathor says:

    Another 5 on 3! THis kid is the real deal!!!

  562. Mickey says:

    Ryder is a great guy, hate to see his season going like this.

  563. Blitzen says:

    You just watch my friend, you just watch…

  564. Habhopeful says:

    I like ryders attitude, he says it lke he sees it

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  565. Rugger says:

    Send in the goons – don’t bother, they’re here…

  566. The Teacher says:

    They gotta represent man!!!

  567. Mattee. says:

    I’m just trying to think of how many more points we’d have if Ryder had been scoring this year. We’d be in first… maybe even comfortably.

  568. wd40 says:

    in this 2-game series i think we’ve started a period short-handed at least 3 times… that’s 2 straight games with 5-on-3’s we’ve manged to survive.

  569. Habhopeful says:

    its true if ryder was scoring like last year, we’d be all over the place

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  570. Mattee. says:

    it all depends on what angle your watching the play from. If you’re watching it from centre ice, with one eye shut and bent over, I guess it could look like we’re to blame.

  571. Blitzen says:

    Hopefully, getting a goal will get him going.

  572. Elbacky says:

    Number 11 with his 11th,
    Number 27 with his 27th,
    if only number 73 had his 73rd

  573. sadave says:

    Okay, someone remind the coaches to remind the players to stop dumping the puck out and stop hanging back (after PK, I guess, I mean!).

    Aided by all the penalties, the Boys fell into a shell that second half of the period. Fine. Great PK work. Just don’t give them the centre and blue lines all the time in the third.

  574. zamboni says:

    I’ll take that as long as we’re outscoring them 2-1

  575. the_larry says:

    Thats such bullshit that we come out of that scrum shorthanded. The Flyers clearly started it when Jason Smith was the third man into it. Upshall seemed to be trying to create more fighting too. I dont understand these idiot refs today. Yesterday was much better.

  576. Mattee. says:

    ps: if you flip to american gladiators right now, you can catch the last race.

  577. NLhabsfan says:

    Just how many points would we have LAST year if Kovalev had score like this year:)Maybe the playoffs.

  578. Bill says:

    WHAT? Habs are shorthanded? How the hell?


  579. ebk says:

    close this out fellas and they #1 seed will be yours. Who would a thunk it.

    Nice job give the Bull some ink, Mr. Boone. missed your reference to Frankie the Bull in ‘About Last Night’. He truly is a tough little bugger and that is not the word I wanted to use. Starts with M and ends with ER.

  580. The Teacher says:

    Haha thanks, did the men go yet?

  581. Blitzen says:

    I’d be OK with #73 just resuming a 30-35 goal a year pace.

  582. Elbacky says:

    or at least points

  583. Blitzen says:

    I still can’t believe the Bégin penalty in the first.

  584. Exit716 says:

    Well one of the officials is Denis “I didn’t see that high stick, sorry Saku” LaRue.
    I’m surprised that idiot is still in the league.

  585. ZepFan2 says:

    Motherbugger? 😉

  586. the_larry says:

    Yea that was retarded. Perfectly clean hit then he gets attacked by Smith. And somehow Begin gets the extra 2. It angers me

  587. ebk says:

    close but not quite.

  588. Mattee. says:

    ya it’s over! Mother of twins won and the school teacher won haha.

  589. The Teacher says:

    not quite. O-town has more wins 😉 But close we are.

  590. The Teacher says:

    Damn, Monica will be a hot gladiator next year lol.

  591. Chuck says:

    The NHL game summary doesn’t show a penalty as having been called. Strange…


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  592. Mattee. says:

    not to mention no penalty on the vandermeer/gorges confrontation… I don’t care if it would have been nullified.

  593. Chuck says:

    Not the “R” word!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  594. linp says:

    Both of his legs were off the ice.

  595. twilighthours says:

    Seriously, enough with the use of the word “retarded.”

  596. Mattee. says:

    yep. can’t wait.

  597. ebk says:

    geez teach, it’s close enough for a team picked to finish 13th in the conference.

  598. teamplayer says:

    tied for first then… which puts us in 4th? in the nba we would be 2nd

  599. The Teacher says:

    Hey, I didn’t pick them for 13th.

    but Facts are Facts after all 😛

  600. teamplayer says:

    if it werent intermission id be disappointed in you

  601. Mattee. says:

    not if you’re ice cold (a la Price).

  602. Flake says:

    4 successful PK, two of them 5 on 3, and another one coming up. Way to stay out of the box against the second-best powerplay in the league

  603. wd40 says:

    wow, detroit loses again (6 in a row). 1-0 to mikey ribs and the stars. and buffalo, the “hottest team in the league” has dropped two ugly ones.

  604. Ed says:

    After 2 periods, Philadelphia has 8 blocked shots. Komisarek has 7 of Montreal’s 17. Can you imagine the bruises he must have after every game.

  605. Habs-Kat says:

    If Ryder’s willing to take a price cut to stick with the team next season, is he worth keeping?

  606. The Teacher says:

    Well he has to play! and if he’s not on the first two lines, where then?

  607. Blitzen says:

    He’s a nice guy but I don’t think he’s stunned.

  608. Blitzen says:

    Well at least the goons won’t be on right away.

  609. Mickey says:

    Nice stat Ed. I doubt Ryder wants to come back next year

  610. Mickey says:

    Komi, no stick, no problem

  611. Mattee. says:

    It’s looking like old-school Begin out there. I like.

  612. The Teacher says:

    You are watching the NHL. Any more questions?

  613. zamboni says:

    Thank God Carbo realizes that Georges is infinitely better than his buddy Breezer

  614. Mattee. says:

    I don’t see Begin or Ryder losing their spot in the lineup for next game.

  615. Blitzen says:

    OMG Flyers get a penalty?

  616. Mattee. says:

    i’m sorry, did somebody say “penalite au flyers”? I do not believe…

  617. Chuck says:

    Not bad… 4 straight minutes of successful penalty kill.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  618. Flake says:

    Yey powerplay!!

  619. Shawn S says:

    Pleks needs to shoot a bit more.

  620. Mickey says:

    Oh Ryder that would have been sweet.

  621. The Teacher says:

    Ohh . the Mojo is a’flowing in ryder now.

  622. Mr Wonderful says:

    Stunned All the stunned people out there may write in and say they are offended. The word police may be sending you an email saying that the word stunned has been deemed inappropriate.It’s all a bit retarded to me. :-)

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

  623. Habs-Kat says:

    This is playoff hockey. I’m really happy the Habs are playing the way they are. I don’t think Cup aspirations are a fantasy.

  624. Mattee. says:

    I find myself on the edge of my seat whenever kovy sets up camp at the half-circle. I like that feeling, I’m going to hold on to it.

  625. The Teacher says:

    you are a joke, go away

  626. Chuck says:

    Gotta like what Ryder’s brought tonight.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  627. Forlando says:

    Best Ryder game in a good while…good news!

  628. Ed says:

    I can see S. Kostitsyn becoming a permanent addition to the point on the PP. He has great offensive abilities, and does not panic.

  629. the_larry says:

    That would have been SWEET if Ryder put that in.

  630. The Teacher says:

    Don’t jinx us!!

  631. linp says:

    Ryder is playing tonight.

  632. Blitzen says:

    If Ryder sits after that game, then we’ll know he’s definitely in Carbo’s outhouse.

  633. Mattee. says:

    Oh Rocky music! Only in Phili!

  634. The Teacher says:

    He got the puck back after a high stick. a no-no, but of course a no cal also.

  635. Blitzen says:

    Now we need for Komi to hammer Downie and the game will be complete.

  636. The Teacher says:

    $%^#@ these refs.

  637. Mattee. says:

    I wanna kick hartnell in the teeth.

  638. The Teacher says:

    Umm, downie is not playing?

  639. the_larry says:

    WOW my heart just stopped when Price got hit

  640. Chuck says:

    Got to admit that the call was rather questionable.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  641. teamplayer says:

    yeh apparently he has a mild concussion, when did i miss this last night?

  642. zamboni says:

    Seal the deal on PP please

  643. Blitzen says:

    I second the motion.

  644. zamboni says:

    Brutal Reffing, not complaining …

  645. Mickey says:

    haha finally saw the hottie behiend the flyer bench, you weren’t kidding

  646. Habhopeful says:

    holy crap that blonde behind phillys bench is smoking

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  647. Blitzen says:

    Not sure that was a penalty but I’ll take it!

  648. Keith says:

    Let’s get one and bury these goons!

  649. The Teacher says:

    The flyers are head-hunting.

  650. wd40 says:

    yeah, big time.

  651. The Teacher says:


  652. Mattee. says:

    The old koivu line is hustling and grinding them out. good thidrd period work

  653. Habhopeful says:

    boullion is a machine

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  654. Mr Wonderful says:

    The Philly announcers are saying that Komi pushed Hartnell into Price, Very homerish announcing. They are only missing the pom poms.

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

  655. Mickey says:

    4 hits by Frank then he clears it

  656. Mattee. says:

    Somebody give Bouillon a star.

  657. Chuck says:

    After seeing the replay, I’d have to agree with them.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  658. The Teacher says:

    long time no whistle

  659. Shawn S says:

    This game is ridiculous. I need to see the total hit count when its all said and done.

  660. Keith says:

    Habs are hungry for more. A very good sign.

  661. Blitzen says:

    Bouillon’s nickname should be Pinball. He always seems to have shifts where he’ll hit 3 or 4 guys in a row.

  662. Flake says:

    This is probably one of the best line combinations so far.

  663. Sulemaan says:

    definitely the star marked ‘1st’

  664. SUMO says:

    The Flyers are running at our skilled players; Pleks and Kovy.

    Komi or O’Byrne have to step it up physically. Boullion has now the bigger guys have to respond.

  665. RS says:

    Boone made the same comment, ie. that Komi pushed em!

  666. Mattee. says:

    Begin just outhustled everyone.

  667. The Teacher says:

    I love Ryder hitting.

  668. The Teacher says:

    Habs-Kat is inching towards being a very happy woman tonight.

  669. Keith says:

    Good D by the boys. If you keep it in their end they can’t score 😉

  670. Mickey says:

    3P 4:00: Montreal fans singing Olé

    and booing Briere gotta love em

  671. Mattee. says:

    What a complete game. Absolutely everyone in the lineup is playing very very well. No slackers on this night.

  672. Blitzen says:

    I almost feel bad for Brière. Nah, not really.

  673. Bean says:

    Not homerism, it was a push. The RDS guys called it that way too.

  674. Habhopeful says:

    am i hearing ole ole ole?

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  675. Matt_in_TO says:

    That’s a pretty big and very loud group of Habs fans

  676. Keith says:

    Hilarious! The Habs have their own cheering section. Love it!

  677. Mickey says:

    Higgins block then a hit, him and komi really are good friends

  678. the_larry says:

    Hopefully someone will call a time-out so we can see that blonde behind Stevens.

  679. Chuck says:

    Nice cheering section we’ve got in Philly!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  680. Blitzen says:

    Soooooooooooooooooooooooo who will sit so Smokes can play? You just know he will.

  681. Blitzen says:

    GAME OVAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  682. zamboni says:

    Awesome effort by Laps

  683. The Teacher says:

    ok, you can talk now 😉

  684. Chuck says:



    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  685. ZepFan2 says:

    Ryder, of course.

    jk…I hope.

  686. The Teacher says:

    ok, focus on stevens again already

  687. the_larry says:

    Shes even hotter when shes mad! Another reason why we should score more goals

  688. Chuck says:

    I’d hate to think what she was yelling out in the company of her kid!


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

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