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Two minutes from the playoffs.
Then 1:49 of PK in overtime.
And a shootout loss.
“There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”
–Hunter S. Thompson
Since when has Buffalo been considered a team with size? Besides Tyler Myers… I can’t think of any particularly huge impact players on their roster. (maybe Vanek?)
Tough times for the Toon. Must say, I’ve never had a problem with Newcastle. Glad you’re back where ye belong
He is! ;D
Yup — too much coffee this morning.
They do in this one!!!, and…you promise?!
HAHAHA, This’ll get a few people into a tizzy.
“Do the day and let the day do you” JB
We found out last year how a small, perimeter playing batch of forwards fares against a large, aggressive opponent.
Washington is the only team I would want to play first round and have any hope of beating (still not much chance). They rely on a fast skating, goal scoring strategy that could match up well against our guys.
The other top teams have too much size for us to seriously compete with over a 7 game series, and given the way Brodeur plays us we sure as heck dont want to see them.
AND he’s better looking!!
“love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”
If we score 2-3 goals, I’d say it’s in the bag, because I don’t see NYI scoring more than that. After all, we kept Philly and Buffallo collectively to 0 goals!
Lecavalier’s is worse because it’s longer term, and higher salary than all those players. Campbell has his drawbacks, but he’s still an excellent player in his prime. Ask Chicago how good they are without him!
anyone else have a sick feeling in the pit of their stomach?
Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan are my Football heroes!
It’s not sacha baron cohen ?
Canadien en 5!
Never go Full Retard
We dominated teams lately, the team has been playing as a unit and more disciplined, Goaltending is great. If the habs come out the same way as they did against Buffalo, they will obliterate the isles….
newcastle’s back and they still kept a lot of key players that they had in the EPL, they just have to add a few more players and they could finish in the middle of the table next year
- Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.
Don’t feel like checking, but off the top of my head, I think Dipietro’s contract is the worst in the NHL. Redden’s is 2nd. Then Drury, Huet, Then Campbell, Vinny and Gomez.
they have internet in pubs in vienna?
arsenal will come back and tie it up and win on aggregate
I didn’t see this after Price’s last game, but nice to see Gill come to Price’s defence and take aim at the boo-birds: http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/296567.html
really? you believe it’s worse than
brian campbell soft like butter, on contract until he’s 37, avgs 50 points, doesn’t hit, he’s terrible defensively and being paid like a number 1dman and at 7.1 million
sheldon souray injured, 5 year contract at 5.4 million per year and has played 144 games in 3 seasons on contract, scoring only 30 goals and 73 points over that time. he’s constantly injured and he’s a defensive liability. paid like a top pairing dman, but he’s not.
cristobal huet gets paid 5.625 per year till he’s 37, and he’s the worst goalie in the NHL..’nuff said.
i would take lecavalier’s contract before any of those 3 guys
Twas grand for about 20 minutes. Then it all went to hell. The pub in Vienna in which I sit has become a very lonely place. Staying up till 4am to watch the habs better be a WHOLE lot more rewarding than this SHITE!!
When we go off topic, we stay there…:) I’m waiting for New Castle to get back to the Premiere League, looks like they’re playing there next season…
Let’s hope Habs make it easier on themselves by winning tonight. Don’t trip, like I did!
Read more at HabsAddict.com:http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/pre-game-primer-habs-in-drivers-seat.html
Doubt they would get Washington in the first, but i would take the Habs in 5 or 6 against them.
I just don’t see how the habs could NOT clinch over the next three games. It’s basically theirs to take on a silver platter. As Boone and JM suggested though, it’s not a question of whether or not they clinch, it’s a question of who their first round opponent is. The only team they have a legitimate chance to beat of the top four is Buffalo. If it’s anyone else in the first round, I won’t hold my breath for a second round appearance. I’d say that if the habs play Buffalo and win, anything could happen this year. But oh man… if they end up against Washington, NJ or Pittsburgh in the first round, I’ll be watching the playoffs with my hands over my eyes. Go habs go!
“… one CH to rule them all,
And in the darkness bind them.”
So who is a bullet-head and who is a skin job?
So say we all
You probably think Keano Reeves can act!
Happy Birthday Hal!!
Matthew McConaughey sux. You’re all McConauhites.
Not to argue for argument’s sake, but I suspect, if they are posting there, they are passionate movie fans. Sports isn’t the only place where passion comes into play.
That guy was terrible wasn’t he?
“Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante
the sad part is that we’re passionate sports fans…and the other site are movie watchers (internet movie data base) yet the sports fans are more civilized
the habs got rid off him because otherwise it would be waaaay to unfair for the other teams
“I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”
off topic but a good start to a sports day: Arsenal Gunners v.s. Barcelona starting in 10 minutes.
If what’s often found in here is not bad, I have no interest whatsoever to check out that site.
It was my first Lloyd film.
I was an instant fan.
Lecavalier is paid 8 million a year until he’s 40. And he’s been getting worse every year for 4 straight years. He’s also terrible defensively, and not accountable in a leadership role. It’s by far worst than any other contract in the NHL because of the extremely high salary and stupid term.
That might be it right there.
Sounds like, Tommy.
Everyone’s got their own breakdown of responsibilities. The trick is to find someone who complements you well. My wife took care of the indoor work, prepared the fixin’s for meals, baked pies, and provided help when needed on some of the yard tasks.
I’ll admit you wouldn’t want me anywhere near a carburetor, but I also wouldn’t want my wife swinging the chainsaw and taking a 25′ limb out of one of our maple trees. Which is what I was doing on Saturday. She was very helpful clearing the cuttings once they were all bucked up though. A definite keeper too.
The boys watch the girls while the girls watch the boys who watch the girls go byEye to eye, they solemnly convene to make the sceneWhich is the name of the game, watch a guy watch a dame on any street in townUp and down and over and across, romance is boss
Guys talk “girl talk”, it happens everywhereEyes watch girls walk with tender lovin’ care
It’s keepin’ track of the fact watching them watching back That makes the world go ’round“What’s that sound?” each time you hear a loud collective sighThey’re making music to watch girls by
That is awesome for Jaro!
Keep up the great work Halak!
The great Harold Lloyd defaced
“Safety Last!” One of the all-time great silent comedies. Rivals Chaplin.
Everything has happened before and will happen again. So say we all.
Not to mention he’s only played in 1/2 our games…
Well technically Gionta was the first to describe the Islanders as loose.
off topic but you know sometimes people say that HIO is out of control with trolls…I’ve seen the other side and I much prefer it here. You want bad, go check out the IMDB.com message boards.
you can give pleks 6 ill a year then if you want to
the lord of the rings trilogy contains fewer fantasy plot twists than this one post.
and yes, I would.
Expectations are the basis for everything.
It is why every Canadiens goaltender eventually ends up in the doghouse (Dryden and his 6 cups in 8 years included). Entering this season Halak had zero pressure and zero expectation. Next season that changes. This season a .915 SV% with a 15-10-5 record would have been viewed as a success, next year he could be 24-15-3 with a .917 SV% and the fanbase will wonder what is wrong with him.
This is now a new story in Montreal, it has repeated itself for 4 decades.
When the media smells blood they go for it. The media sets the tone, the fan base follows.
THe media continually writes stories about Price/Halak, where are the stories about the inept offense? Where are the stories about the flaws in Jacques Martin’s philosophy? Where are the stories about 60 pts from a guy the Habs are paying $7M per year for?
Instead it is a daily dosage of Price/Halak even though they are in the upper half of the league in goaltending and face one of the highest workload of shots.
Halak was named first star of the week by the NHL for his back-to-back shutout performances. He now sits in third place (tied with Vokoun and Ryan Miller) for the overall standings with 180 points (30 for first-star, 20 for second-star, 10 for third-star).
Ovechkin 210 points
Crosby 190 points
Halak, Vokoun, and Miller 180 points
Brodeur 170 points
Bryzgalov and Craig Anderson 150 points
Go to http://www.nhl.com/ice/threestarsstandings.htm for the complete list.
“Deserves” got nothin’ to do with it.
And next year Halak will be an open book to the league, which is why you cannot assess his future from half a season.
“how different are the media’s and fans’ expectations for Price and Halak
when either starts a game and how do those expectations shape the
subsequent assesments of each player’s performance?”
That was the title of my Master’s essay.
All joking aside, an excellent question. As an outsider, I am definitely more confident knowing Halak is between the pipes, and I don’t think I am alone in that sentiment – amongst outsiders.
Amongst the players, they may have played slightly tighter in front of Price (in the same manner that they play with a third period league on most nights). They may thought that a mistake is more costly with him back there rather than Halak, which may explain the low scoring by the Habs on those nights.
As for our assessments of the players’ performances after the games, our expectations are definitely shaped by our expectations. Halak will now be cut some slack whether he wins or loses no matter how he performs, whereas Price will be criticized harshly if he doesn’t get the W no matter how he plays.
BGL was on that team as well
Completely irrelevant. The league’s assessment that high glove side on Price does not translate one iota into the play of Halak.
Price has to figure out how to play differently in the NHL. He is an open book as a goalie right now and the league’s better players are all subscribers.
“7. No, he can watch like Jaro did last season.”
Right, because learning from last year’s mistake would be foolish. Go Spite Go!
Funny. Boone uses the term “loose” in describing the NYI, and 2 hours later I’m on TSN and they also use the word “loose”. I consistently get the impression TSN “borrows” lines from HI/O. Usually it’s from Stubbs.
worst contract in the NHL probably not, cause we already have that.
vinny has 70 points in an off year…worse contracts are brian campbells and cristobal huet’s contract…even sheldon souray’s worse
1. Definite maybe. 2. None of them-everybody’s being saying all season the West is so much better, so. 3.Detroit. 4. Montreal/Chicago, but then again I’m a delusional Habs fan. 5. Habs and Wings, yum! 6. Gomez. 7. No, he can watch like Jaro did last season. 8. Gomez. 9. Both, but if I had to choose…both, eff ‘em both! 10. Anything can happen- it’s the playoffs, so Yes!
Hate butting in on someone’s conversation, but I just felt very compelled here…my wife tended to the garden and the yardwork yesterday while I installed a new carburetor. She’s a keeper that one.
And have the 2 worst contracts in one team!
I wouldn’t trade for Vinny. I think he is going downhill and he is not leading that team when he should be. It wasn’t even him who played well when they won the cup. Just trying to kick some tires, see what people think. Personally, I like the kovachuk option, but that would have issues as well.
You’re going soft, Timo. I expected your response to Q2 to be: All of them!
Unfortunately one of those two murdered Edmonton’s goalie!
I use Royal Oak Lump Charcoal, but only because Canadian Tire has it in stock 12 months of the year and it’s a five-minute drive.
The only chance I get to do a proper fire grill is when I take the kids camping in July. If I want cedar at home, I’d have to start tearing planks off the fence. I’m fairly certain the neighbours would complain. And it’s pressure-treated wood. Affects the taste.
We don’t need/want Vinny.
No, Guastad is at least 2″ and 20lbs heavier. Guastad is huge, Moen is not. Dont forget Kaleta he’s pretty big too.
Had my first ‘qued rib-eye over the Ontario March break.
I am with you on the natural chunk charcoal. Is there a brand you’ve found that’s especially good? The last few years I’ve used Kigsford “Charwood”. It’s quite good, but I am always looking to enrich my experiences.
In fact, when I am really indulgent, I’ll split up some cedar and grill a few beauts on nothing but…. ummmm.. tasty!
Happy Birthday Ol’ Giller
Really? Take on the worst contract in the NHL? Why?
The rest are details.
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
8) Cammy or Gionta
10) ….Probably not ..i hope I’m wrong
1) Yes. Islanders will be tougher than people think, but if we win, I think either Phi or NYR will lose.
2) Pit. Crosby and Malkin are hard to keep down for a whole series. Was, NJ, and Buf all have bigger weaknesses that can be exploited.
3) SJ. Big team, roughed us up in the regular season. Don’t know if it matters too much, a lot can change by the finals, and that’s a big if as to whether we even have a shot.
4) Pit vs. Chi (East will come down to was or Pit, West is more wide open between Chi, SJ, Van, and possibly Det getting into the mix)
7) Depends on how the games are lost. If he’s playing well enough then I stick with him for the home games. a series is not lost even if a team is down 2-0.
8) Gionta. He plays hard, he goes to the net more than a lot of the bigger players.
9) Boston. Keep Chara and Lucic away from our smaller players, and wow is Mark Recchi not the biggest whining douche ever. That being said, if I knew Boston was seeded behind us, I’d think they’d have a better chance of pulling off an upset than philly behind Boucher, so that might help us get a better 2nd-round matchup if we both made it through.
10) Can we? Yes. A team needs to make it through the first round and then luck, momentum, and injuries start to play a role in every team’s fortunes. So any team in the dance can win it all, but the odds are not in our favor. Realistically, I wouldn’t bet on us doing that, but it’s possible.
Another gigantic goal by our tiny giant. Giiiiiioooonnnntttaaaa!
ONE POINT FO SURE!
Ask and you shall receive.
No problem. 40 solid minutes and we’ll come away with 2 points.
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Playing very lazy hockey.
booOOOOOOoooooring game. Yawn.
Third line is the only one skating/generating chances
Moore just got wallpapered from behind…
The ref didn’t see it cause he was too busy being on his ass.
The third line is the only line deserving of the 1st line title at this point.
“Is there a worse point shot than Gill’s in the league?”
At least Gill’s okay for reaching the net, Komisarek’s point shot was shoot, bounce off the defender’s shinpad, create odd-man rush the other way.
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
Team has forgotten to show up tonight. What is going on?
anyone wanna play the avatar game?
it’s simple. just change your pic to the same one Stubbs uses. Come on… it’ll be fun on a boring night… Who’s first?
Sexy Plexy the Turtleneck Man does it again.
It *sounds* like there are more Habs fans than Isles fans at this game.
/\\ikeGO HABS GO!
That was a great pass by AK.
A few people mentioned AK seemed like the only top 6 who had shown up. They’re right, he’s playing tonight.
AK’s hustle and passing sets up a Turtle Power shot.
Thank you boys….Plekanec especially (comme d’habitude!)
And they’re awake, snooze switch finally turned off! Great pass Andrei
Note to Molson’s do not sign Plecs,lol
Did Gorges make that back check in front of Halak that led to that goal? If so nice rebound after flopping all over the place.
Haha exactly my point.
Here we go with the OLE OLEs lol!
Finally waking up! Good!
Gotta make them pay here.
Hell no please don’t pffff…lol
Okay. Time for a garbage goal. A nice greasy one.
I don’t get it: Once they score it is a different team. Why can’t they play like this all game.
How the hell did we outshoot them in the third?!!
It has to happen enough times for JM to finally understand that his system has flaws.
“I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”
Now that’s what I remember our PP is being like.
That Plecks goal, talk about a MO changer!
If the Canadiens can’t hold the Islander’s off protecting one goal leads….oh yeah most of us already came to the conclusion this team sucks
Gotta love Gorges, he’s always trying and Gionta cashes in from his favourite spot
“submitted by Mike Boone on Tue, 04/06/2010 – 21:21.”
“He stole my girlfriend”
“I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~
(lightning bolt and thunder)
that guy plays like he’s 10 feet tall
Yah! KEEP IT UP!!!!
Gio. Our only giant who goes to the dirty areas
update: 3-2 BUF
I love it: Smallest guy on the ice can’t be out musceled by 3 Islanders!
Tavares REALLY looked like a rookie against Hammer there.
We finally have some mo
How are the Rags and Philthy doing?
I know, has any rookie forward really dominated the NHL in his 1st season since Ovie and Crosby hit the scene in 2005?
2P 15:30: Is there a worse point shot than Gill’s in the league?
My how we’ve forgotten Komisarek so fast.
Tonight, our superstars are scoring….GO Cammi Go!!! Now it’s your turn baby! Going for his 26th tonight!
Allot of Ole Ole here in NY. Hope the boys don’t turtle to protect the lead. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!
The golden glove hand.
Score another goal GO HABS GO!!!!
Kane and Toews both did pretty well, but domination? Nope. Tyler Myers is as close as that gets for a defenseman however.
No pass block, that was a goal, Sergei’s vision is incredible.
The Islander announcers don’t know how to pronounce names
Who wants to take guesses at Cammy’s next goal? I say 2nd period against the Leafs.
Malkin? 85 points in 78 games. 33 goals
“I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”
Really Boone? He sent the pass to Pleks that turned this game around.
2P Break: “Isn’t AK46 conspicuous by his cluelessness on the Pleks line?”
Didn’t he set up Pleks’ goal?
Hamilton winning 1-0. Subban +1 and officially the league leader in + minus. Pretty good for someone who is suposed to be weak defensively.
Make that tiny bastard Gionta captain already… He never takes a shift let alone a game off
Do you have an English-language feed?
My thoughts on Cammy… Hs seems to be a slow starter. Not sure if anyone remembers but it took him a while to get going this season. When asked about it early on he said he just had to keep playing his game, and the goals would come. I think the same can be said now. He’ll come around.
I think Sergei will score before Cammy does….
ak46 is on fire today!!!
Plekanec’s line looks good.
Go BS go!
Uhh Boone… AK46 is the only playing on that line tonight…
My thoughts exactly… I just hope the next two games are a little more ‘start’ and a little less ‘slow’.
Yeah, I’m not getting the hate.
How in the world did I forget him? Seriously.
AK had the bad luck of being drafted in 2003, it will always be held against him.
Not DOMINATE, but Matt Duchene has had a great rookie campaign in Colorado.
And the play-by-play guy was saying CALLA-MARY early on, too.
English feed is MSG on Center Ice.
I think it has more to do with the way he looks. He looks like a dumbass, always has a glazed over look on his face, and some people can’t stand it, and every mistake is blown way out of proportion.
Duchene is easily the best rookie forward of the 09-10 season, but no one has come out with a 100-point or 50 goal campaign since the two faces of the NHL entered action in 2005.
If anything that should only be held against the drafting staff, lol.
How it goes I guess, he has the shot and strength, Sergei has the vision and looks. Mix ‘em up and you’d have one of the 10 best players in the NHL.
now if price looked like him he would have less supporters also…i do think price will be a top notch goalie though
Absolutely, on both points.
really? how many goals has he scored in the past 5 games????
I think AK46′s biggest problem is reacting at speed. I have a feeling that on the international ice surface, with less play along the boards and more time to make decisions, he would be one of the best players in the world.
More than you ever will! Go back to LeafsSpace.com.
What part of the word “today” do you find most confusing?
haha i agree… and notice how he looks the exact same when he sits on the bench evrey single game.
exact same expression, exact same position… it’s funny.
as for the way he looks, maybe his meds for epilepsy are slowing him down? who knows.
esepcially after a hit like the one he got from Saeur, well you never know if pre existing conditions like that come back or not
Who knows, we’ll probably never know. But he’s been one of our better forwards the last few games.
He’s so effing stubborn. Why can’t he let them play?
Wins are the only thing that matter…
Did I say Halak was weak? Stop getting your panties in a bunch.
I blame that one on Gorges for backing up so far. You can’t have guys taking shots from that close al the time. Composite sticks make shots a lot faster these days.
You both have no idea….clowns.
Zzzzz. Very clever.
I guess we have good company -how the Lions doing?
Clever? No. I was describing the play of the team, which was weak, but you can continue assuming if you want.
Good relevant argument. You are a moron.
Grow up. See ya!
We can win this…DAMMIT!
There was no passing lane. Get over it. Laps made the right decision.
JM hasn’t learned anything.
we need a to turn the neutral zone into a potato field
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
Oh my god.
and boom, there goes the dynamite
what the ——-!!!!!!!
Agreed, Streit had great closing speed on Darche.
As long as we get the point…thats all that matters right now…
“I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”
SEE MY BELOW POST.
THIS IS ALL MARTIN’S FAULT. AGAIN.
Stupid commercial breaks; ow, my heart!!!
Good job halak (clapping slowly)
JM coaching will destroy us if we make playoffs.
Your comments are normally pretty lame and uninformed, but this may be worse then usual. Well placed shot, lots of zip and screened. End of story.
Let’s get some pushback going frakkers.
Halak needs some help. But man, that was a weak goal! A key save was needed there!
Markov is having one helluva crappy game tonight.
Again, if Halak made that save, it would have been a sick save. You can’t win consistently if you pray for your goalie to make difficult saves all night long.
great lost! but there are possitive angles we can take from this game. MAXIME LAPIERRE, was Great a Center.. won all his faceoffs. ( must be carbonzied..)Obyrne kiked butt.. and a point is a point! CHEERS HABS
<hate those teams like islanders, leafs… tooo loose…. u know with nothing to lose. YA MAX HAD THAT 3RD GOAL! NICE TOP CORNER! > to top this off ;rare that he lost a faceoff all night ,that was a well earned point. GO HABS GO!
Bang on. He’s an idiot.
I’d say we’re also challenged defensively. We had trouble getting the puck out of our zone all night.
We’re going in through the back door…how appropo.
It’s so easy for wannabe hockey analysts to lay blame on the two soft targets… Goaltenders and Coaches. The people who bash Price and Martin are not smart enough to analyze the real issues surrounding a loss on a given night.
#1, Price has had a good (not great) season, riddled with bad luck
#2, Martin has coached this team to a successful season, one where a brand new set of guys came together and worked through key injuries to make the playoffs (almost) and possibly make a run at things.
Those of you who blame losses on goalies and coaches need to reevaluate what you actually know about hockey and coaching before you let your emotions get the best of you. Sometimes, a loss is a loss. Here is a stat for you, 50% of teams lose the game (obviously). That means that sometimes your Habs will lose, so man up and deal with it before you start blaming the kid who sells the program.
Hate to say this again… unfortunately, I said this the day he was hired…
JM is a big problem… Mr. Molson,please bite the bullet with the playoff revenue and get us a real coach. Don’t carewhat language he speaks as long as he knows how to coach.
Nope. If the Rangers win out and one of those games against the Flyers is in OT, then they could both pass us. We also have to look at the Bruins. If they lose 2 games, we clinch also.
We all know that when your 2 minutes away from clincing a playoff spot you don’t play your 4th line!
Theo versus Huet. I’m thinking more like basketballian.
JM’s record speaks for itself. He is a washed up coach…
Phil needs one OTL to pull ahead of us. I was doing the math on this right away. NYR need to go 3-0, Phil pick up a OTL, Boston pick up 3 points, and us get none for us to miss.
If we get 1, we are in over the NYR because of the tie break. Plus many other senarios
Another missed opportunity to win blown by JM. Please Molsons, put him upstairs next season and bring up Boucher. I cannot take another year of this loser. Worst coach in the NHL. Has never won anything.
This place is sooo negative…chill out people, that was an exciting hockey game. Habs still rule and well be in the playoffs.
I will have a great day at work:):):):) the only thing that will suck it will be harder getting a tee time now with the Flames out
I personally don’t think the team played well. There were some bursts, but on the whole not a great game. The d zone coverage was not great; Markov and Hammer in particular had pretty poor games.
As Demers just said on L’Antichambre, it takes 60 minutes of effort in the playoffs. I haven’t seen that from the Habs in a while.
Oh wait. No shootouts in the playoffs…so the fact that we couldn’t beat one of the worst teams in the league during regulation is also excused by that fact? This team is extremely average, nothing more, nothing less. I am not pleased by that fact. I’d hope any fan would demand better.
The coach needs to go.
NO REST FOR THE WICKED! I’d be a bit more nervous about playing Carolina (please no Chris Lee) if they’re not as we speak blowing a 7-2 lead.
I may not be an expert but last time I checked Martin wasn’t wearing skates. So why the blame? There were about 20 guys tonight in Habs uniforms wearing skates (and they carried sticks too) who did as little as possible to win this game. It’s not new. They’ve done this before. Played 60 plus minutes of uninspired hockey, rarely pressing offensively, rarely providing defensive coverage, rarely clearing the puck cleanly from their own zone. It’s their trait this season. Play tough against the top teams (mostly) and play passive against the lower teams.
I find it odd that many teams try hard and can only muster a record of .500 or less because they have little talent. The Habs try hard maybe 50% of the time and have a near .500 or better record. I wonder how they’d do if they tried hard all the time.
Funny, Jaro blew it three years ago when we had a chance to clinch and we ended up missing the playoffs. I wonder if the same thing is going to happen this year. I say he starts from here on out no matter what happens and let’s see if he’s a money goaltender.
- Guy Boucher for head coach
wait wait wait…are you trying to tell me that Martin doesn’t tell his team to defend a lead by sitting back? I clocked it this time to make sure. It started at 7 MINUTES. From the 7 minute mark on they started dumping the puck and getting off. Even the guys on MSG were saying “Martin does this every game”.
At best, if we win our next two this will be the first time JM has coached a .500 team since the lockout in four seasons of coaching since then, that wouldn’t come close to cutting it in the West this season and is only putting us in the playoff contention here because of how utterly wretched the East is. His style is simply outdated.
His coaching style gives away the 3rd period and you can’t win championships that way, or reliably clinch a playoff berth.
What record… doesn’t he have a winning record? Oh, the past is the past, right?
His Habs record is a winning one.
That double-standard applies both ways. Depends on the glasses you are wearing. Jaro-bans or Price-tints.
your avatar is most appropriate. sure a loss is a loss but it’s the way they lose.
Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz have had some stinker seasons… why haven’t they been fired? Because the Buffalo and Nashville fan base isn’t so emotional. Neither is their front office staff… they put the onus on the players, where it should be.
Why does Martin play on half the sheet of ice once he gets the lead. Defensive shell does not win hockey games.
Halak worked very hard in the 3rd, and was tired for the shoot out. He had 20 mins of non stop action, 5 mins of 4 on 3 overtime and is expected to stone their best snipers.
Give your goal tender a bit of a break by playing in the other end once in a while Martin!!!!!!
Best defence is puck control and a strong offence.
Can Martin get us to the next level after doing a pretty good job to date.??
Sounds right Harani,
The Habs already took the spot and trying to hang on to make the playoffs, just that they will go against a tough team like the Caps or the Pens.
But so what? I think almost everybody was worried and wanted to go against the Sabres first round ’cause they’re easy to beat. Guess what? How did the Sabres clinched as the top 3, eh? In my opinion, the Habs could fall into a trap if they play the Sabres, and that last game looked like a gimme – no regrets in saying that, but I believe that’s true!
You should thank the Habs into even making in the standings and stop whining. But I understand they still have two more games to play, so they should wake up and realizing those two games should be serious.
Onto the last two, and wake me up ’cause I’m sleeping under a rock.
P.S. I want some Cammalleri,… er, I mean, change your avatar!
interesting avatar, i like it
The coach is merely a figure-head and has no real power kind of like the Governor General in Canadian politics. He’s only really there to take questions from reporters and do news conferences after the game. It’s purely ceremonial. The real power is with the captain.
Sooooo… do the playoffs really matter??
I mean really, how far can this team really go?
When did the Habs organization start making the ‘Playoffs” the goal.
We need to get back to the “Cup” is the goal.
You only hit what you aim for!
Time to do things the right way
Keep the 2 goalies, and get a new coach.., one who is not afraid to win, and doesn’t play not to lose.
I am getting so tired of this medeocrity.
They are pro’s for sure Dave and it is up to them to get the job done for sure. I don’t know how much to lay on the coach though. Once we have the lead he plays the 1–2–2 in only half the ice pad.
I think the real “soft” targets include the players on this team, where many of them don’t hit because they can’t (too small Camalleri, Bergeron, Gionta) or they’re too lazy (AK46) or too slow and old, like the entire Canadiens D.
And Martin has always coached like that. That’s why a talented Senators team never had playoff success and and why a no-talent team like the Panthers had no success when they were coached by JM. Sitting back on a lead nullify’s the Canadiens only advantage over other teams, their speed.
If, more likely when the Canadiens make the playoffs they will make a run straight to the golf course. There’s four top seeds right now that would love to play a small team that refuses to forcheck.
Can Martin get us to the next level after doing a pretty good job to
No, his career speaks to that and in post-lockout hockey defensive schemes such as his are even less effective than ever. Guy Boucher may be our next best option, but we should probably hold back to see how he coaches in the AHL Playoffs at the very least.
Martin cannot do the job
Halak, it’s all on you boy!
If the system doesn’t change, we may not even get to the next level.
I think a lot of the people on this board DO know hockey pretty well, and we can see our coach’s stubborn thought process manifest itself on the ice, be it bad “systems” in place, losing shift match-ups (on home ice!!!), not adjusting between periods, not calling timeouts, the near-halt in the development of our drafted players (AK, Laps, Lats, Chipchura, Patches, D’Ag, etc.) ; SK is Boucher’s work, O’B is the only markedly improved player since JM), we have A LOT to complain about, and more to worry about.
He’s doing everything Carbo did that got him fired, only now with a harder working, more talented, and less mercurial core (a team I think Carbo could have had in the top 4).
Plus, we’re sitting on an AMAZING coach in Guy Boucher.
A loss is a loss, but this one had Martin’s fingerprints all over it.
I saw in every press conference that JM wore that same blue Canadiens shirt. Must have not wash it ’cause he looks tight every time. I think it works that blood is circulating in his belly.
Whew, relax. Look on the bright side, Biron gave us a point we did not deserve, I’ll take it. Thanks.
The Habs played tonight like they were just trying to defend their place in the playoffs and not lose the game. They let the Islanders take the play to them. We’ve seen it before (ie last year), that you can’t just sneak into the playoffs. To have a chance, you need to go in with momentum and that 6th place is much more appealing than 7th or 8th. They still control their own fate, but two wins in the last two games is a must. They are two non-playoff teams that the Habs need to show they can beat easily. I for one will not be happy back-dooring into the playoffs and the Habs better not be content with getting in like that. Guys like AK46, Pouliot, and Cammy need to step up their play.
I don’t understand why he does this over and over and over…with the same result (or near same result)
I keep bringing it up but the guys on MSG were basically laughing at him. They even said “Here we go again.”
It’s known throughout the league now. If you’re losing to the Habs by one or even two goals, in the third they’ll start sitting back and then you’ll take them
Almost a full 2 min…. crap.
When the Price/Halak debate cools down, unhappy Habs fans turn to a new target. It’s safe to say that the “ABOUT LAST NIGHT” will blame the coach (as usual).
Fire Carbo turned into Fire Gainey turned into Fire Martin will turn into Fire Boucher…
I think Kirk Muller is our next head coach with Boucher assistant!
ACCORDING TO TSN WE ALREADY CLINCHED
No no no Timo, you’re forgetting. Playoffs is purely and simply only about goaltending. And since our goaltender is playing like a top 5 in the league, we’re atleast guaranteed second round, more realistically the semis.
The Islanders have been playing good hockey lately and are 6-0-2 in their last eight. Taking the Oilers lightly nearly cost us the game a couple of weeks ago. We can’t afford to make the same mistake tonight. Carolina always gives us problems, although I think we’re less snake-bitten in their building than in ours, and we absolutely cannot let it come down to the leafs game. If we win tonight, we’re almost certainly in.
Is Hell freezing over. JM’s calling a time out?
If the players play is unispired… it’s the coaches fault.
If they are not playing hard all the time… it’s the coaches fault
If the game plan has continually failed, and it has not been addressed… it’s the coaches fault
If the coach is consisitently at fault… and not corrected or changed… it’s the GM’s fault.
i think hell just froze over..JM called a time out!!!
OMG!?!?! JM calls a time-out!
look… all the team has to do is go 82-0 followed by an 16-0 playoff run and no one willc omplain.
is that really so much to ask for
Mr. Boone – positive attitude please.
……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.
Logic wont work here. You have to say something outrageous and provocative, almost insulting, to shake people out of their pre-conceived notions on this web site.
JM remembers we have Time Outs? Muller must have a copy of the NHL rule book with him.
Don’t even put him upsatirs… he’s a good a GM as a coach… just show him the door(make sure it doesn’t hit him on the way out)
I love Gill right now
I can promise you that I never called for Carbo or Gainey to be fired. I do think the players are the ones that usually lose the game themselves…but when the EXACT SAME scenario happens over and over and over and NO ONE does anything about it. I mean c’mon. They started sitting back with SEVEN MINUTES of hockey left to play.
This time, in all seriousness, it’s a coaching problem.
HAL GILL BEST PENALTY KILLER ON THE PLANET
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Yes they do! Anything can happen in the playoffs. Hot goalies, bounces, new stars, etc. and I think with this squad and those intangibles we all feel we can make some noise.
Plus, in perspective of a very new squad, new coach (who I hope is the old coach if he doesn’t surprise a lot of folks in April and May), a ton of key injuries, a playoff berth, possibly as high as 6th is nothing to sneeze at; it’s something worth building on.
Despite the refs hard work, we are heading to a shootout.
Hard to argue with the JM haters when just the other night we had a 2-0 lead on the Sabres and he puts Cammy and AK on the ice late in the game and we get scored on and lose in the SO..Great call on that one, but I guess that wasn’t Martin’s call..
JM screwed the pooch so many times late in the game this season and cost us valuable points so many times it isn’t funny..If YOU don’t see it, then I guess YOU know nothing about hockey..
————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!
Habs offense needs to get going and, in particular, Cammalleri and Kostitsyn. If those two can find the net over the next two games and beginning of playoffs, AND the 4/3th lines keep scoring, this could become a lethal team, a la the 6-game winning streak.
Here is what Habs Addict.com has to say about it:http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-long-island-habs-blow-lead.html
Wow. Same thought…
HUGE heads up play by Halak there! Knowing how much time was left (2 or so seconds) he swept the puck into the corner instead of covering it. Briliiant.
and Ian Cobb our new GM!!!
Yay, Boone’s wrong! For now…
That was Huet dude.
right now our formula to beat an elite team in the playoffs is to get out shot 2-1 …goal scoring chances 3-1 by the other team…be dominated most of the game ..have real problems getting out of our zone ..get unbelievable goaltending and score a few bad/flukey goals…how many years are we away when we can beat an elite team because we are better or just as good? looking at the roster and futures at least 4 years.
Mike Boone wrote: “… Parizeau is at the Jewish General Hospital: Money doctors and ethnic nurses…”
Wow… if Harper needs medical care, I would not make fun of it. Classless imo.
That being mentioned, Markov, Gomez, Pouliot, Cammalleri, and Hamrlik need to step their game up a notch… Go Habs!
Gill killed some valuable seconds there.
I’m thinking Plex, but with JM it could have been Gill on a hunch, Haha.
They were brutal tonight long before the 13 minute mark of the 3rd.
Well then, I guess the Islanders are due for a loss.
Pleks, Gionta, Sergei???
What work by Gorges! Our best d-man tonight.
Martin is the moron? You are the one who just suggested putting Price in for shootouts…
What Gill did is legal? I didnt know that!
BIG GILL!!! What a smart play!!
What Ian said about defensive shell reminded me of the film The Seven Samurai I have on DVD…
Watched it every time, and I noticed in one scene the leader of the ronins was instructing his right-hand man about the attack plan around the village they are protecting from thieves and murderers.
The leader said that there is four openings - each in every direction – and must close off three in order to leave one. The right-hand asked why; the leader explained, “you can’t win the fight defensively, so leave the one opening as a attack field.”
That should be the godd*mn system for the Habs in full 60 minutes!!!
Perfect play by the birthday boy at the end of OT there.
It’s not a bad idea — I’ve never seen it done before. Funny, SO is the only time I go “damn I wish Price was in net instead”
Oh like a closer in baseball? I like this thinking Timo, you’re on a roll.
Can we end this torture already??? it’s a mix of headache/stomach-twisting game
Ian – you called it.
I take a lot of heat on HIO for my opinions of bob gainey – after all , bob is a god.
well – I grew up in montreal, and i’ve lived all of my life here.
I saw bob play – as you did – in his prime.
he was the greatest 2 way player in the history of the game – and when tikhonov called gainey the best player in the world, at that time, he was bang on!
but – what was gainey thinking when he hired JM.
I tried – I really did – to stick up for JM – to give him the respect of his experience.
but the game has passed him by
and worst mistake gainey made – the players do not match the coach at all – we have the players to control the puck and keep the pressure on – its the coach who is not giving them the proper direction.
we are backing up so far I thought Gorges was actually in the net when that 3rd goal was scored.
talk about playing on your heals.
that’s another reason why I can’t wait to get PK up here NEXT YEAR.
PK is the type of puck control d-man that would help us close out these games.
Markov is playing VERY INJURED – !!!!! I’m afraid.
Actually Halak has a winning record in shootouts.
All great minds, Mr. Danno..
Headline “Halak Cracks Under Pressure: Lets in THREE soft goals”
Still think Gill’s a waste of money folks? Pushed guys right out of the crease and smothered the puck, I’d like to see Bouillon do that…
it doesn’t matter where your from, or who your favourite player is….all that matters is if you cheer for the Habs. Period.
Actually it was Jaro. A win against the Rangers would have put us in. Huet played the last game against the leafs.
can’t beat the 2nd worst team in the league! PATHETIC!
Timo, If I were behind the bench tonight, I would have put Price in for the shoot out. Only because Halak was very tired after N.Y. played solid in our end on him for 20min in the 3rd then 4 on 3 for 5 mins in overtime, he needed a bit of a break.
When is the last time the Habs had a coach that the fans actually liked or thought did a good job. Every year it is the same thing. Bitch, whine and moan about the coach. I guess it will never change. In 93 half the fans were bitching all season about the coach until the team won the cup and then they didn’t start bitching again until the start of the next season.
It’s a MAB MAB world.
Fire Carbo, Fire JM, Fire Boucher… don’t worry I can read fortunes.
The same old thing…the last 2 min of alot of games are cardiac min. eery time. A member of my family said to-night that the habs should win to-nite [he is a Boston Fan] my response was IT DEPENDS IF THE TEAM COMES OUT TO PLAY HOCKEY OR SIT BACK 7we now know the answer…..RIGHT!! Good game Halak it should have been 7-0 the way they played to-nite In the shootout WHY do you put out two players who have not done much so far ………..since MARCH?????? why not striet or Gionta????? I hope we get a new coach next year this Martin is nuts. This team is not going anywhere so forget it sorry but I have lost my faith in them I cannot say as I usually say GO HABS GO!! because they are not playing like they want to go hope every one here heard j. georges boy was he hopping mad. GOOD FOR HIM VERY GOOD PLAYER COMES TO PLAY EVERY NITE
Boone is hilarious.
Two minutes from the playoffs
and people cheered for lafleur long after he left as well… what’s your point.
Hey Jacques, quick, send out three your worst SO guys to try and deprive us of victory!
“Habs playoff chances get s’halak’ed.”
Timo, I don’t think they can change goalies when they’re at the shootout. Unless there’s a rule saying they could, I don’t think that would happen.
Beside, if Halak got that far, at least there’s a chance he can take a SO, but he didn’t. At least the Habs took a risk.
Weird. Why is this team tired in the third so often? It was like that all of last year and we see it again this year. So many people have told me that it can’t possibly be conditioning but if not that, then what? We’ve been told for a few years that this team will skate others into the ice and we keep getting it done to us.
Anyways, as someone commented, it’s easy to play when you have nothing to lose. Once in the playoffs, the grips on the sticks will loosen a tad.
Halak looks shakey
Nice deke by Molson.
hmmmmmmm, Streit was on the other team????
I knew it, Laps ??
On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.
Actually, as I remember, Halak went 10-4. Hardly “blowing it”, for a rookie.
“A win against the Rangers would have put us in”, only because Halak saved any hopes for playoffs in the first place, after Huet went down. Gosh. Way to bring up an irrelevant point.
LApierre??? Is JM HIGH?
NO HALAK DID NOT CRACK HE HAD NO TEAM IN FRONT OF HIM, ALOT OF RUBBER TO STOP & YOU DO GET TIRED & FED UP.
We will see if Halak is a #1 goalie OR NOT. This shootout is the test.
39 wins 41 losses
Halak not lookin so hot in the SO.
All up to Mike. Sigh.
We are seriously the worst shootout team in the NHL.
Halak saved JM’s ass in Philly. Did his best this game again (0.9286 SV%), but it’s not a winning system.
R.I.P. the mighty islanders prevail….
It’s been done a couple of times. The leafs did it once last season I think but I forget who the goalies were that they switched.
That was lame (((
No doubt Cammy is snakebitten.
Ron Wilson did it with CuJo once and he was laughed at for it.
I guess we get Price against the Canes.
JM read these wise words:
“However beautiful the strategy, you should
occasionally look at the results.”
Sigh, Jaro cost us a point tonight and the chance to clinch.
absolutely allowed to change goalies for the shootout.
BS… Halak has been great but that was WEAK on the shootout… He made the first move on both occasions and looked really weak…
Still, wanna blame this one on anyone? Blame the forwards in the first and the defence (except OB) for the rest of it.
So are people gonna blame Halak for this one for letting in a goal in the last minute then blowing the shutout a la Carey Price against Buffalo a week ago?
Or is it okay cause it’s Jaro?
What kid of bullshit is that? So you have to be from Quebec to be a Habs fan??
So what happened if the Habs get A point again?
So why is Carey vilified when the same thing happens to him?
what the f—- kind of game was this!!! so where does this leave us now??
So how was this game different compared to Price’s game against Buffalo?
NHL.com is hopeless for shootouts
#1, the fact that i’m from the other side of the country shouldn’t have anything to do with it. I watch the same games you do. I’ve sat through enough games at GM place where the Habs got trampled to know that i’m a fan.
#2, haven’t changed my ‘favorite player’ yet. I was a huge Saku Koivu fan, and I still am. I’ll change it when the time comes.
FIRE MARTIN FIRE MARTIN
ONCE AGAIN. COMPLETELY HIS FAULT
Not an irrelevant point. He didn’t win the one game that would have clinched a spot and I was just pointing that out. If he starts and loses the next two games and we miss the playoffs, should he not shoulder the blame regardless of how he’s played this season?
i don’t care. let’s limp into the playoffs with three straight losses and prepare for washington!
seriously, i don’t see what all the fanfare’s about. we’re a lock for a spot and that’s far more than i dreamed of before the olympics.
Ugly game, take the point get ready for Carolina
What has happened with Halak in the shootout? Thats 4 staight goals… He’s better than that.
ED! you know that if the season ended tonight I would have to say it was a success after dumping floaters and a few more off the roster and rebuilding a much better product for our entertainment.
So for that I thank Bob and Martin. But this team is now better than what they are playing and it is time to bring Martin upstairs and put in place behind the bench a fella that can get us to the next level next year.
Bringing up some of our developed kids on the farm and putting a few of the vets out to pasture. We will be a much better product come this fall my friend.
whyis pouliot never put in for shoot out?
I never understood this?
Good thing there is no shootout in the playoffs
Timo, you must have hit the alcohol cabinet hard and fast eh…
I agree with you though, Pouliot has been completly invisible for the last 6-10 games… maybe he has a lingering injury, I don’t know
WTF! How come this team can’t clamp down in the last 5 minutes?
Dump it deep and forecheck. Is that so hard?
Problem is we’re not a lock for a spot. This one point tonight could possibly cost us the playoffs.
It’s going to be a short playoff run. Halak not great in the shootout, forwards even worse. No goals on Biron? BIRON? A guy whos lucky to be backing up in the NHL? Unreal. Terrible squad. Will be pleased as punch when they blow this thing up again.
By my stupid calkulashuns, we clinched the playoffs.
Halak goes down faster than a porn star.
Exactly my point guys. This game wasn’t Jaro’s fault at all. He made 40 god damn saves. The team in front of him choked, yet when Price is in nets and the same scenario takes place – people here think he, himself blew away the game.
It’s the team – the coach needs to adjust these 3rd period meltdowns. And before the playoffs. Jaro played well in the regulation time and this should have never went to OT.
I’m never wrong
Isles aren`t the second worst team in the league. They`re 25th. And one of the teams along with the leafs that has a very good record after the Olympics. We did play like crap….Halak wasn`t amazing. On to the next game. What ought to happen will happen. Good night!
I don’t know how to take the first two statements. I’ll assume you’re joking as I can see no possible reason to “blame” anyone but the players for unispired playing and for not playing hard. They certainly were uninspired and not playing hard, weren’t they? Your third and fourth statements seem correct.
The result was poor but no one expected us to make the playoffs. Even less so with Markov going down for so long. If we make the playoffs I’ll give Martin credit for that. Doesn’t mean I have to be happy about the performance tonight though.
They will blame somebody… we can’t just simply take a loss and move on. Gotta blame somebody and run them out of town.
Uh oh….. Is it Habs lobotomy time?
Why is it okay for guys to rag on Price after a loss and not vice versa?
The Islanders are acting like they won the cup. Jeez.
no way rangers will win three straight. i know we’re not in technically, but call me 100% not concerned. if we can’t make it then, really, what’s the point? i see us perhaps losing both of the next two but i don’t think rangers get six and if they do will flyers win their other game?
i’m not paranoid enough, i guess.
Plenty of blame to go around for anyone in that kind of mood.
Different team. Different date. A possibility to clinch playoffs.
That is one that got away. Please don’t come down to needing a point against the Leafs. That would make the whole season for Leaf fans
My bad, my calculations were false.
You people are totally pathetic. Geez…
oh right… THIS shootout is the test.
not the back to back shutouts… or the games he stole for us single handidly.
nope… this shootout… a crap shoot where anything can happen…
I believe that if the Flames lose and the Avalanche win tonight, then the Flames will be eliminated from the playoffs.
just a little something to cheer you up
HALAK is horrible in shootouts! come to think of it, her was horrible all game long.
habs don’t deserve to make the playoffs.
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THE 2ND WORST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE- YOU’RE GARBAGE!
habs will be gone next week at this time anyways, what a waste.
JM is without a doubt the worst coach in the NHL along with his inderachieving lazy offensively challenged team!
I’m with you. It’s just with this team one never knows. Until that asterisk appears beside them in the standings I’ll be nervous.
Meanwhile you’re polluting the gene pool.
FIRE MARTIN FIRE MARTIN!!!
Rags have to win 3 in a row to bounce us, not to mention that Boston and Philly have to keep winning.
Price was better in that game than Halak was in this one. The team was better against Buffalo as well, until the last 2 minutes.
The worst chokers in the NHL
Senseless. A 4th liner who was in the press box three weeks ago.
It wasn’t. Same BS with “protecting” the lead by playing D in their own end.
Coming down to a war with Toronto Sat. night. Can we bring back Big George just for one game if he leaves his CODE at home. There will be blood on the ice SAT. night, the goons will be in town!
I believe one point and we’re in.
If NY wins all three and the last 2 against the Flyers in OT/SO and we lose the last 2 in regulation, then the Flyers and Rangers would have 88 pts vs. our 87.
David, what pre-conceived notions have I put forth when I suggest it’s the players who are at fault? The coach certainly shares responsibility for his part in pathetic showings such as tonight. But should the coach alone be hung out to dry? It’s a team game and every member shares an equal amount of responsibility, on and off the ice. Honestly I just get frustrated with the ongoing blame game this place loves to play. It always comes down to one individual. If (fill in the blank) were fired/traded/benched all our problems would be solved. Didn’t work when Carbo was fired, didn’t work when all those enigmas were let go in the summer, didn’t work when BGL was released, didn’t work when BG resigned and it hasn’t worked since JM took over as coach. So where’s the real problem? Or is there really a problem?
u on drugs???
he lost 2 games in a shootout… TWO… where anything can happen.
but yes.. wtvr you say man
I pray that it doesn’t come to that.
I don’t hate the Isles but i HATE Biron. What a loser.
I am choosing to focus on PK Subban having highest +/- in AHL in 17 years – for an OFFENSIVE defenseman.
Or focusing on how SK74 got back on the breakaway in overtime and has been a great player in the last 20 games when healthy.
I’m trying not to think about the team sans Plekanec and minus whichever young goaltending insurance we have to let go.
And out charge the Price-ians jumping on a Halak loss (in a shoot-out, mind you) to make the case for their hard-done-by hero. Ah yes, boys, keep the faith.
Bottom line, this team CANNOT protect a 1 goal lead for 10 minutes. So why do thry keep trying?? Max’s line at least realizes the best way to protect a 1 goal lead is to try and make it a 2 goal lead.
The neutral zone turnovers are AWFUL!!! I can’t count them all!!!
Always good to set parameters that make no sense. Shootouts have zero bearing on starting goalies.
I think it’s funny that you want Lats, because I’m pretty sure you really hated on him when he was a Hab.
And when I say that, I am not actually conjuring up any specific memory. I just know that it’s a sure bet that if he was a Hab and if he ever struggled – which he did mightily – then you certainly hated on him!
lets bring up all the dogz
You seriously believe Georges would make a difference? Probably best move of the season was letting that distraction go.
No shootout in the playoffs.
Je ne comprends pas. Maxim Lapierre en fusillade?
I really don’t get it.
Of coarse it was Doug, large waste of everything for two years having him around.
Harani, my day was crappy, got a parking ticket, came home to Habs losing and then I see your avatar…thanks again for brightening my day! lol
Boy, you guys are just sad sad sad…
So, what are the standings, and do the Habs still got the chance to even be in the spot?
Yeah the same Biron that stonewalled us 2 years ago in the playoffs.
6: MONTREAL | 87pts | 2 games remain
7: Flyers | 86pts | 2 games remain
8: Bruins | 85pts | 3 games remain
9: NYR | 82pts | 3 games remain
10: Thrashers| 81pts | 2 games remain
i am getting really tired of this team constantly,, and yes constantly is the proper term in this case… loosing games with minutes or seconds left on the clock.
this has happened so many times this season it’s pathetic.
why is tehre no coaching change for this issue.
There is only one scenario in which we do not make the playoffs: If NY wins all three and at least 1 of the last 2 against the Flyers in OT/SO and we
lose the last 2 in regulation, then the Flyers and Rangers would have 88
pts vs. our 87 or Flyers would be tied with us but they would have more wins.
A waste of space.
No we didn’t. Only if Philly had of lost.
It’s all moot anyways. Washington beats Chicago in the Stanley Cup final.
I am so sick of this shit.
I have nothing else to say.
4+1 pt for NYR would mean 87 point tie with us (if we don’t win any or go to OT). That means NYR gets bounced cause they lost more in OT. We have more regulation wins. Therefor, we make playoffs.
They NEED to win all 3 games.
This same Islanders team just beat the Senators a couple of games ago. So, relax.
You’re right about Martin though
I wouldn’t saying its jumping on him… It’s just pointing out the double standard that appears so often with the pro-Halakers.
We don’t need fans like you… in fact, nobody needs you.
nothing easy for this team nail biters every night , still a negative goal differential so if our goalies dont carry us it wont happen.
Then don’t take a look in the mirror! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist
Much the same way that the Price-haters jumped all over him after that game in Buffalo.
Price is clearly to blame…
Actually there are far more “fire martin” chants.
We need 1 point to clinch a spot.
The best defense is a good offense.
As a Price Fan, GOOD JOB HALAK… now all yoou have to do is perfect “the glare”
WRONG! FLYERS ARE TIED WITH US< THEREFORE FLYERS ARE NOW IN 6TH PLACE!
we gave up 42 shots on goal to the islanders…3rd period totally dominated in our zone….sorry halak haters but last 2 reg time goals 99.9% no goalie on earth would have stopped those shots….no shoot outs in the playoffs
This guy appears every so once in a while as habssomethingorother. He’s a retard. Leave him be.
um, are you even a fan?
no team no win … if you don’t get it
I really don’t think we have thing to worry about.Montreal will make the playoffs.So many variables to consider.Rangers,Phily and Boston all have their challenges.All of these guys would have to go undefeated…I doubt it.The schedule is not easy for either of them.
I completely agree! Even the MSG guys. They we’re praising the Islanders, they were bashing Martin.
THAT’S MORE THAN A FEW GAMES HE’S COST THIS TEAM
it’s the habs that are all LOSERS!
this team is toast in the playoffs
Personally, I would blame Price having the worst winning% in the league for a starting goalie. Halak plays the majority of those games and the Habs are in weeks ago. Definately Price deserves a huge portion of the blame.
On the bright side, We played well and Hal Gill was pretty awesome in the OT PK.
we don’t need this team!
seriously? dude, who cares? there are no shootouts in the playoffs.
What do you know about what he does in the 3rd. Are you that smart that you know a better way to do things? The players play the game, not the coaches. There is only so much he can do to change the game. Did the Almighty Lindy Ruff do anything to help his team the other day in Montreal? Figure it out, it’s not the coaches fault.
The only way the Habs don’t make it is if the Rangers win out and beat the Flyers in OT back to back.. Were in, bottom line.
Thanks, I guess they do have a shot at a spot, more or less going against a tough team in the first round instead of the Sabres, but heck, they’ll have to worry about that if they make it.
Flyers have 86 pts. 1 less than the Habs.
How can the Flyers be tied with us when we were leading them by two points before tonight? He’s right
Give Muller a crack at it or bring up Boucher! It seems the Habs play their best hockey in spite of Martin’s idiotic “system”.
With the goaltending those two teams have we can expect football scores for the series.
Hate too second guess but why does JM put these people out in a shot out and leave the likes of Plex, Gionta, Gomez and Markov sitting when the season is on the line. Cammi hasn’t done anything since coming back and yes Max scored a good goal from the ozone circle in but he is not some prolific scorer. JM ?
Agree with a lot of things you say. Might as well wait and see what happens. Difference is Jersey had some legitmacy in being considered Cup contenders. In reality, we are not right now. However if we miss or go out with little fight, I hope the bring in Boucher.
Game 7, Habs leading by a goal, 10 minutes left to play, JM decides to protect the lead.
WRONG! Flyers are 1 point behind us. Learn 2 Count
our goalies cannot have just a so so night or we lose . We are offensivily challenged and when we give up three goals we lose .
Just thought to mention that Price was roasted for losing in a game against Buffalo when Halak lost in the exact same way tonight, yet some would say it’s not his fault.
Yes he is
How about another OT/SO loss for that point?
Considering that we generally play to the level of our opponents, I’m not so sure.
JM is useless. Make him the GM till his contract expires and get him away from the bench ASAP!!!!!!!
Flyers only need one OT loss plus 3 Rangers wins and 2 Canadiens losses. This is not a far-fetched scenario, so no jinxes!!!
Of course, isn’t this just what you’d expect from the Habs right before they started ripping it up in the playoffs?
Full Breezer 4 Life
Of course Price is the problem. We had a chance to clinch a playoff spot tonight and look what happened. I mean how could the loss tonight NOT be his fault.
How dare you try to break down the comment of the most brilliant poster of all time!
we were sooo baaaad in our zone tonight, especially the Pleks line…. lazy passes and always a step behind.
Although there are no gimmes, they should have beat the islanders tonight, no excuses.
I’ll never understand why these guys have to make it so friggin hard to win. Arghhhhh!
Your a douche.
Please, either yourself or someone in the media PLEASE ask Martin why he gets his team to sit back every. single. bloody. game that they have a lead in. How many times have they lost this way? I was looking at how many times they’ve been to overtime / SO…..it’s unbelievable.
Someone please ask him.
The talent on this team is great but it’s the same thing almost every game. This is what I wrote earlier with 6 minutes left:
“Here we go. Dump and get off, Dump and get off, Dump and get off until the Islanders score.”
We all knew it was going to happen.
Laps has been money in the shootout — JM screwed the WAY before! Cammy was an odd pick, but hard to argue. Who would have been the 3rd shooter?
So can we please win vs. the Canes on thursday so that we can finally have some peace of mind on saturday?…
…My daughter’s birthday today, so had better things to do
…but the result against a team like the Islanders ain’t providing any optimism play-offs-wise
…I guess it’s The Way in today’s NHL that You can’t count Your chickens game to game, whether You are the Capitals or da Weedz (…OR da Habs) …but DAMN !, pleeeeese My Habs, just ONE bloody time …blow the MF other team out of the rink …would ya ???
Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
Technically, I think we clinch a spot simply because for the Rangers to surpass us in points, they would have to win the next three of their games and even if we lose both of ours, the Flyers will be the ones bumped simply because that’s who the Rangers play twice. The Flyers only have those two games left and if they lose both, they will be out.
So basically, we will be in the playoffs but the poisition is still up in the air,
What is Martin’s “system” again?
Only reason that shot ever made it through, Gorges didn’t close the gap on the forward fast enough.
Kostitsyn is an underachieving lazy hockey player.
Stupid Gorges. You can’t back up that far.
To be honest, only O’Byrne has been good on D tonight. Everyone else was just floating and making dumb plays.
I dunno what the habs are thinking at the end of games…”hmmmm cant wait to go out for beers and strippers…”
Can’t say an Isles goal was unexpected, we’ve been outplayed in the third and have sat back. Prevent D just invites the other team to try to score.
JM is an idiot, there, I said it.
JM Game plan… sit back with a lead…
How many OT has this been and how many blown leads has this team surrendered this season? It makes me SICK!!!
Gomez had a full second to gauge the pass to a guy he played with all season and for several years in NJ and he misses? That line has been terrible aside from Gio and he can’t do it himself.
oh wow… that is what sitting on your ass when you have the lead will do to you
MARTIN! MARTIN! MARTIN!
Even the MSG guys are talking about how bad his 3rd period coaching is.
Name me someone else. Please.
So what does the point, combined with a Rags loss mean?
Where have you gone Guy Carbonneau…Habs fans turn their lonely eyes to you.
(The defensive player and not the coach)
what a sorry franchise this has become,when hoping to ‘make the post season is the goal’
Rangers lost, Thrashers lost. We’re a goal away from playoffs.
Bring back Zone de Match!
No one. I’m just questioning the fact that you think O”Byrne has played well.
He did, he thumped some guys good, made some smart plays and didn’t really make any blatant mistakes.
#6 Montreal Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth…
* if they defeat the New York Islanders AND either the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyerslose in regulation to the Buffalo Sabres or Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively
* if they get one point against the New York Islanders AND both the New York Rangers andPhiladelphia Flyers lose in regulation to the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs, respectively
This team’s D folds like a broken ironing table. Right when you need it too!
With the Rangers losing, and us in OT, pretty sure we just clinched the playoffs.
I”m sorry you feel that way… I kind of like this sorry franchise.
Thats a pretty typical Habs scoring chance the last 17 years or so. Comedy.
Yep and winning is bad too. And cheering for your team.
A Kost is garbage. Get the F outa here ffs. Take your ZERO hockey sense with you.
If the refs HAD to call that, then they also HAD to call the 3 guys with their sticks parallel to the ice hooking AK46 in the third period before the Isles tied it.
That’s a CHEESY call!
Get that piece of crap off this team and bring up Trotter.
Boone: Feel free to rag on AK46. That was awful!
Players can do no wrong?
That’s a penalty in OT? After AK46 was hooked several times in the third? Come on refs.
it means next game
Ca va, mon ami. No need to argue, right?
Wouldn’t have started the comeback without him setting up Pleks FYI.
that was his only bad play… he was the only forward on the top 2 lines who showed up tonight…
but right wtvr
So Trotter should replace AK and Pouliot? What a player!
That puck was in.
I thought Trotter was replacing Pouliot, make up your mind.
So if we get a point and the Rangers lose, are we in?
what about alex henry, lets bring him up tooo
That was a penalty… refs had to call it.
I still like the franchise, it’s just sad to see what it has become…..using the word ‘clinch a playoff spot’ hahahahaha & it’s for the last spot.
Not a fan of his at all. Not seeing what you are sorry.
He has 10 hits tonight, how about that
No he can replace AK46 and Pyatt can replace Pouliot. Anyone with a little heart will do.
The Leafs have all the heart in the world. They still suck, though.
If Henry has heart than bring him up, lol.
I wouldn’t mind him behind the bench with this squad on the ice either…
You are an idiot. There, I said it.
He’s called me a moron in the past couple of minutes. Not a a nice boy here.
Your right. Then can Subban play forward, lol.
Means nothing, Aren’t the Leafs and Carlolina up there in the last 20-30 games? Bob can stay right where he is. When he left, Halak got his shot and the Habs ended up where they are. There is a huge chance that would never of happened if BG was around. Halak would never have gotten a real chance. Also before you thank anyone, let’s see if it’s 1 and out again come playoff time.
Like…Fashionably good? Is red really his color? I think he would look better in green but that’s just me…I know I know, you like “big” hockey players…We should get us a Hal Gill or a Paul Mara, there ‘effin huge!! Oh wait…Maybe Evgeni Artukhin?? The guys who’s been traded 3 times in 16 months and who is completely undisciplined and causes more problems than solutions to each team he’s on?? I’d rather a Gionta who plays “dirty” so to speak and actually contributes…
That Trent Hunter would look good on the C.H.
Both of them?
She must not appericiate your wit and intellect. You also have better hair than AK46.
Oh my, my heart!!!
Blog hiccup lol!
So…hypothetically speaking…if we win tonight do we make the playoffs?
Heard from Flyers and Rangers?
I’m seriously gonna have a heart attack…for Jesus Price God’s sake!!!!!!
That’s what I’m talking about. Wish more of our guys would go visit the net more often.
That Lapierre goal deserves an extra post:
Did Lapierre watch a Lemieux highlight reel on his IPhone before the game?
if Rangers or Flyers lose in regulation, then yes we do.
These guys can give someone a heart attack.
Come on Guys there is 12 min left. Don’t take the foot off the pedal yet.
Rags down 5-2, Flyers leading 1-0
Wow I must have been REALLY happy at that Laps goal if I triple posted.
come on, keep skating and keep playing hard!!!
“Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden
Better defense and clear the damned puck!!
We are doing now what Canada did to the USA with minutes left in the game. When can’t try to hold onto a one goal game when there is lots of time on the clock.
Really soft in the last 10 again, JM learn a new tune please.
Maybe a time out???????????? This is usually where our D takes it in the shorts.
Holy moly, I just saw 10 plays a second…. this is a fast game for a slow time.
Those of you with weak hearts turn off the TV
Sarcasm rules these boards.
Here we go. Dump and get off, dump and get off, dump and get off…Until the Islanders tie it….
3P 11:30: AK46 loses his stick during the unfamiliar practice of backchecking
Not sure what AK46 did to Boone, but he seems to have an irrational hate on for him. He’s been one of the best forwards tonight.
Here’s an idea — keep pressing the play in the offensive zone rather than sit back.
Rangers’ loss then? Where are the Flyers in now, 1st period?
SHUTOUT for Brian Boucher? SHUTOUT SHUTOUT SHUTOUT!
same demented Martin 3rd period strategy-sit on the lead, dump the puck in , no offense and hope Halak stops everything.
One more or at least kill the damned clock!!!!
How in the world did that play by AK46 not draw a penalty? He was hooked about 15 times!
5 mins left in 3rd. Doesn’t matter. If we win and EITHER Rags or Philly loses, we clinch.
He stole my girlfriend
tted by Mike Boone on Tue, 04/06/2010 – 21:21.
… the refs for tonite’s game are Dan O’Rourke and Kelly Sutherland.
Two things that may work in our favour.
1)The Sabres need to get their act together and will want to start tonight.
2)Maybe just maybe the Isles will be a little sloppy tonight because if they lose the know the Rangers could be out.
Lets hope Buffalo takes care of the Rangers for us so that I can watch the next two games peacfully before the playoffs start.
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Wow..5-1 Canes after the first.
BUF 4-2 NYR !!
Torts will be a tornado in the locker room..throwing bags, sticks and skates all over his players to show his “piss-offness”
With reference to the call up rules posted on the HI/O main site, does this mean we can’t call up Guy Boucher?
The torch be yours to hold it high!
4-2 BUF =)
I think we can at least make it to the second round in the playoffs and then see who we face, assuming we can get the Sabres in the first round.
All I want to do is to go deeper in the playoffs than the Sens so I can rub their obnoxious faces in it :o)
We’re going all the way baby!
ALL THE WAY!
4 to 2 Sabres
Pouliot is blind. Bench him. The puck was just in front of him and he was day dreaming.
Marginal call on Gomer.
Lol, usually I don’t side with refs but he blatantly cross-checked Sim behind the head.
I love these NHL History commercials, here a really funny one about Pierre McGuire..
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GUYS (and girls) HELP!
I’m stuck in Toronto working! I need two things
a stream for tonight’s game
a bar where they play the Habs in this ridiculous city
Here is a decent stream that is working:
As for a bar, this is the info I found online:
Best “Habs Bar” is Kilgour’s on Bloor, just west of Spadina.
A good “hockey bar” is the basement of the Madison – $9.99 pitchers and
.25 wings during all Leafs games and HNIC.
Okay boys. 1 to go. Concentrate!!!
gomez has to get rid of these selfish penalties he has been talking all year
yeah, an $8 million goal would be to the point….
I’m not an NHL coach – although I continue to play one on the Internet – but 15 shots a period is more like it.
pouliot has caught latts habs virus
Is there anyone else on the Isles other than Streit?
I was sad to see that guy go…
I think the brothers are playing like they care. Trying hard on every shift and not making bonhead mistakes. It’s time they wake up and get their game going.
Boone, AK’s been one of the better Habs tonight… In fact, if any offence was started, it’s because of him.
A nice quote from NHL.com about P.K., if it wasn’t shared already tonight….
“and defensively in even-strength situations. His current plus-46 rating
would be the highest in the AHL in 17 years.”
Good to see that Andrei is finally getting his leg strength back and is playing like a power forward again.
Honnestly, shut up.
Crosby inches closer to 50, he just scored No. 48, but the Caps lead 3-1 with Semin, Knuble and Fleischmann goals. I know their D sucks but when you have scoring depth like that to make up for it and there are no true powerhouse squads this year, the Playoffs are going to produce some odd results.
Pens aren’t flying through the late part of the year like they were last post-season, they will have to seriously step things up starting on the 14th.
Amen, Harani, and very nice to see.
Anyone watching the MSG feed?
Ayaay, I pulled a neck-shoulder muscle on that last goal..still hurts.lol
AK’s been lazy and opportunistic at times, but he got engaged made a nice pass and started driving to the net. we need to see more of this from him… and Pouliot. I got the feeling that Gomez and Gionta don’t really know where hes going anymore, seems he was much more predictable when he went to the net.
It’s more like Caps OWN Fleury!
Stat that should make you smile: Rangers are 1-24-2 when trailing after two. Sabres are 28-0-0 when leading after two.
Penguins completely sucking tonight, but Crosby has pretty much single handedly got them back in it with great hustle, an excellent snipe and a great pass.
Okay. Time to stick the dagger in. Deep.
Luc Gelinas don`t need no crate to stand on to interview Gio!
Boone woke the habs up when he mentioned that they don’t look like a playoff team. Show ‘em wrong habs!
Bylsma not as good as everyone thought I wonder, or the team just having a Stanley Cup hangover? Perron as a rookie coach didn’t last long with the 80s Canadiens either.
He’s going to be special. He should be on this team this year.
Biggest upgrade over last year: Gionta instead of Tanguay. What if Gionta hadn’t gotten hurt? What if Price’s luck had been just a *little* less horrendous? What if Markov hadn’t had that freakish game one slice? You have to think the Habs would be near the top of the East …
Solid hit by OB. Need more of that.
Is this another case of blame the coach if the team isn’t winning?
I think they’re a tired team, mainly Fleury. He’s has a despicable season, nearly as bad as Huet. Going to the finals two years in a row takes a lot out of a team.
What, what, what????
Quelle mauvaise jeu de Hamrlik …
Wow, Hammer just got totally played.
Halak’s been very good tonight, but he has to stop that.
That shot scared me just watching it.
hmmm Hammerlick sucked there.
hmm Halak should have stopped that.
Wow, Hammer. That’s horrible.
That was an absolute rocket. If he stopped that, it would have been a sick save.
Just a thought, several reasons why the team might be sliding, just voiced on one possible opinion.
Tell me your joking Andrew. Composite stick from ten feet away while he is skating into it. You try stopping that. I would crap my pants.
I think he should have challenged more, but his save a couple minutes later on Tavares totally made up for it.
You’re a life saver. GO HABBIES!
Tore my ACL while leaving the Madison (drunk) back in 2003. Tried to jump over the fence behind the bar. Didn’t work out so well.
Here’s another one.
How can we take Rick Curran seriously when he doesn’t even use Twitter?
There are no good catch-phrases that you can use with Plekanec. Haha
What rules govern how many callups we can use and how many regulars must dress?
“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)
if all u have is a hamrlik, you want your 5.5 million bucks back
joke! love hamr
What’s wrong with Halak starting the playoffs?
Start this game already!
Go Habs Go!
Yzerman ad, Rock on, you knew it was coming.
Did RDS seriously just list Biron’s save percentage as .994? Big typo.
Let’s do this boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Habs GO!!
Camera is very close to the action…
It’s .900 just heard on CKAC
Canadien en 5!
Those Stanley Cup ads give me chills…..can’t wait to win it!!!
Gorges and the Hammer?
have any of the reporters ever asked why gorges and hammer on second pp unit all the time when they have not done anything in this position all year. stupid is stupid
Looks like Halak might have to win this one for us.
I don’t like it.
Islanders are playing like their lives are depending on it.
We better get the 1st goal.
Happy Birthday Gill and Moen!
Chances are good he will……………
I have this odd feeling Richard Park is going to score tonight…Hold me to it…
Brother Andrei will score tonight!
Agreed Stephen, but I’d rather not throw him to the wolves like we did against Phili.
Martin – we have to score first before you start playing prevent D.
We do want to make the playoffs, don’t we? The team seems awfully ambivalent, as if they’ve already secured a spot.
Halak owns Park. He’s stoned him before.
The Count can’t seem to count. Doesn’t realize we are not ahead yet.
Well… Wake up guys.
You just knew it was coming!
A sobering stat for everybody. In the last 10 years only one team that finished lower than 4th over-all has won the Stanley Cup. Can you name that team? I’ll give you a hint; last year’s Pittsburgh Penguins at 9th over-all. The Devils won the Cup twice in that 10 year span coming in at 4th both times, the Red Wings twice coming in 1st, every other team was 3rd over-all or better.
Everybody gets on my case because I am supposedly the tanking guy. It’s more complicated than that. Tanking alone isn’t the answer, but drafting high is the first step, and without assetts to trade and a willingness to trade them there is only one other way to the draft high. The Habs are going to squeek into the playoffs higher than 8th only because the East is so weak. Over-all the Habs are 16th-17th. If you look back almost every team that has won the Cup since 1980 has been in the top 10 over-all. That’s the place to be. Can the Habs get there and stay there is the question. 10th to 20th is not good enough, playoffs or not.
If 10th to 20th is all the Habs can muster than 20th to 30th for a few seasons would be better because with that a team can conceivably build a top 10 team. Can this team be a top 10 team in the upcoming years? I don’t think they can without a better defensive corps and more size up front. I love Cammy, Plex, Gio, and Gomez as Habs because they are each individually great players. They’re all small however, and in the crunch that size differential spread out over two lines could prove to be the Habs undoing not just this year in the play-offs but in the upcoming seasons.
Regardless of my position about how I believe the Habs should rebuild, I am still backing them for their play-off run, because after all I am a Habs fan, whether any of you believe it or not and whether or not anybody approves of or agrees with my ideas.
Go Habs go!!!
Our D is just floating around.
P.K. Subban played 2 games and had 2 points and a +1. How many does Gorges and O’Bryne have?
Okay, Jacques, time to coach it like we have the lead anyway since that’s your go-to move.
“Parizeau is at the Jewish General Hospital: Money doctors and ethnic nurses.”
Now that is true wit, Mr. Boone.
Shite…I guess he doesnt own Comeau though! #$%@!
I don’t fault Halak on that goal, but if that were Price the haters would be vitriolic…
I hate no pressure teams like NYI who play like the worst smelling bullcrap all year round and then decide to play when they are long gone and done for.
There goes the shutout streak.
I think it’s pretty clear that it is Carey’s fault that went in
Recent study by the globe and mail found that Josh Gorges was the 5th best defensive defenseman in the entire NHL.
Meh, it was easy
Hey H.H. don’t sweat it bro…you just want a winning Habs team and I’m all for that, IT’S BEEN WAY TO LONG!
I was thinking the same thing. Plex looks good too.
Andrew he is one of our quicker defencemen. He loves to pinch and gets shooting opportunities but no points. We need some scoring from the back end and especially on the PP.
It’s called playing for next year’s contract.
He’s not very offensively skilled though. I’d be ragging more on Hamrlik and Spacek, both have been ice cold since the Olympics offensively.
I won’t pick on Hamrlik because I think doesn’t have anything else to give. Spacek is who he is. Nothing great but won’t hurt you. Did you see O’Bryne the other night when he scored. He cannot take a one timer. He has to stop the puck, make sure it’s in a perfect position, think about it, then shoot. It’s really pathetic. Just think the best AHL defensemen is not on this team.
Didn’t Anaheim and Edmonton get the Finals on an 8th seed? I’d hardly call the season a bust if we make it to the Eastern Conference of Stanley Cup Finals.
Anaheim was 3rd when they won and Edmonton didn’t WIN the Cup. I said WINNERS.
Brilliant Mike! Gee, did he not have a choice of French hospitals??? He could have checked with his ex-friend, Lucien.
JM clearly favours defense on D over offense, I don’t know if he’s right, but it can be frustrating.
Habs will play a well disciplined game, limiting the PP chances the isles get and Halak will eat the leftovers for his 3rd in a row.
4 and out yahoo!
Play-off’s …HERE WE COME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m sure he can work out a few turtleneck puns.
Rick Curran: working hard to provide you with your next set of turtlenecks.
Like a ReTort?
funny pierre mcguire history will be made parody video http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Revenge-of-the-History-Will-Be-Made-NHL-parody?urn=nhl,232372&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Ok. That made me laugh.
Which do you think is worse, Umberger telling some truths about a washington team and how they might struggle against certain teams in the play-offs (he shouldn’t have said that they play the wrong way, but he made solid points) or Ted Leonsis very loudly criticizing basically the whole blue jackets organization. I personally thought that umberger was asked right after a game, so he has the excuse of saying that he was emotional, but Leonsis?? This was a classless move. Sounds like Boudreau and Ovie are rubbing off on him..
Boone, looks like Martin lost a bit of weight on your picture there. Maybe BGL finally convinced him of the benefits of a vegan diet. hahaha
Happy 35th birthday to Hal Gill!
No rebound by Biron there!
Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen Hamrlik look worse than that all year. The guy just seems spent as an NHL player this time of year.
Its really strange because he seems to pickup his play whenever Markov is out
Hamrlik needs a rest.
Proof of why I listen to CJAD…Benoit is terrible
Hahaha RDS Translation:
Benoit: “O’byrne has finally found his niche with the Montreal, He has everything going for him, He is a righty, He’s big…”
Pierre: “He has Markov…”
\”I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~
Lebrun’s blog at espn.com looks at second half and post Olympic
records. The Habs have the second best record in the eastern conference
since the Olympic break(behind only Washingston) and have the third best
record, of any eastern conference team making the playoffs, over the
entire second half.(behind Washington and Pittsburgh)
This is an actual informed article. Who care who was really hot in october and november. If they haven’t been playing well lately, it is not like they can flick a switch and play well. This play-offs will be very interesting. Does anyone think the rangers or flyers will be swept by ovie and the caps? or that boston will be walked over by NJ? It is really all up in the air.. Should be a really good year to watch play-off hockey!!
The crazy thing is that while Montreal’s point percentage is 2nd in the East in the 2nd half, there are 9 Western teams ahead of us. Of the 11 best teams in the 2nd half, 9 are in the West — the lone Eastern standouts being Washington and Carolina. Brutal.
In other words, once our injured players came back (notably Markov) we turned into one of the better teams in the East.
Come back Bob. All is forgiven.
Haha!! I love OB tonight Here’s my glove on your face suckerrrrrrr
Hammer isn’t exactly having a great 3rd period so far.
my stream died and now its 1-0..
crap they better iwn, and i got a 20 page research proposal to write
Absolutely no jump in the scoring lines beside some AK moves really, going to be a very long night if we keep expecting Laps and Moore lines to make it happen.
Rangers helping us big time…2 – 5 Buff
These guys need to play like the want it. Right now it looks like they can take it or leave it. WTFU!!!!!!!!!
They do it all the time. This team is really messed up.
What a save! HALAK
Wow, that’s why Halak is our #1 goalie.
The boys need to step it up here or else we’re going to lose.
Nice f’en save Jaro!
Geee-zusss….get a goal and wrap this sucker up!!!
WOW! Sick save by Halak.
Needed that save, now it’s time for the team to make Biron sweat.
HON candidate right there!
WHAT A PLAY BY LAPIERRE!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I’m nervous…
That was unreal. Best goal i’ve ever seen Laps score.
Less yap, more of that!
Oh Max quel but mon osti!
Laps!!!!! Where did that come from?
What a GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LAPIERRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What sick moves on Lapps, LMFAO!!!
Quel jeux magnifique!
HOLY ****!!! THAT’S MAD MAX OF 08-09!
damned right it was un jeu magnifique!!! one more like that one please……
Laps! What a move!!!
who woulda thought?
Lappy’s GREATEST GOAL of his career!!!
That was the best goal of the year scored by a Hab. I don’t care what any of you say! Hahaha wow!!!
Yeaaaaaa!! Was that goal somewhat ‘a la Rick Nash’???
What a lackluster effort so far. We’re totally flat. “That’s what she said” – Michael Scott
The good news is, we only have to beat one Western conference team. ;o)
I love the positive thinking!
It’s always the same BS.. when we really really really need to win a game…they’re somewhere else, just not on the ice.
We didn’t need to beat Philly or Buffalo?
Pyatt has excellent defensive instincts. Absolutely loved the way he closed in on Streit there.
Anyone else catch Plekanec give Streit a shot as they were going to the bench?
Arguable the best defencemen in the AHL is not on this team. Do you think he could help us? I bet he would say that he could. How could the best in the AHL not be on this team going into the playoffs?
I so agree with that comment!
Refs blow once more.
some great play from O’Byrne
Team survives the PK, hoping for a team with a pulse in the 2nd.
Lucky it’s just 1-0
Never thought I would ask this but Where was Brian Gionta?
So we’re sucking 5-on-5, here’s a thought: switch up the lines! Put SK with AK, whose skating tonight. Cammy is cold, put him on with Gomer and Gio. Let Benny crash some bodies with Moen.
Not only did Markov get BLATANTLY tripped up but he was also going on a potential breakaway/2 vs 1…
What the hell is wrong with these blind bastard refs?!
They out-played us. Gomez’s line is very weak defensively.
Are the Islanders fighting for a playoff spot?? Did I miss something?? WTH
That was BAAAAAAAAAAAD! Do these guy’s really want to be in the playoffs? Smarten the F-up!!!
Wait… who’s trying to clinch tonight?
I should’ve drove to the Island. Didn’t even think about how easy a ticket would have been to get!
Well that was boring, time for supper
Biron with that .997 save percentage or whatever – he has a nice little shutout going on here.
ISLANDERS BEEN SNORTING RITALIN OR WHAT?
I’m not an NHL hockey coach – I just play one on the Internet – but 5 shots a period isn’t going to cut it.
Gomez’s line played bad. And they have the most ice time….
Hal Gill: the worst player in the NHL that is actually still useful in some way.
My dad believes it’s me. I was in New York this weekend and completely missed both Habs games, didn’t even watch a minute. And my dad thinks I may have jinxed it. Maybe I should stop and only watch them live.
”I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”
JM mistook the standings for a lead in the game, thought he could trap them out the whole game.
Our two first lines need to wake up. AKost looks like he’s trying but EVERYONE else including Gomer’s entire line is still fast asleep. They probably think hibernating til the playoffs is a good idea. NOT YET!
are the habs not the laziest team in the NHL?
the almight Islanders are dominating and manhandling the habs. Imagine what the Caps will do. And some of you want the habs to make the playoffs. Why?
habs playing like they don’t want to be in the playoffs.
AGAIN PLAYING DOWN TO THE COMPETITION OF THEIR OPPONENT, AS USUAL.
PREDICTION: HABS WILL BE SHUTOUT TONIGHT! wow, what a wonderful team we have.
By that statement he isn’t the worst in the NHL.
That made me LOL. But, I think you’re onto something. Bergeron is in the running for that award as well.
Looks like you have
I’d like to see a little emotion for a change. JM throw a chair in the dressing room or something.
Where’s that Internet NHL hockey coach game? I am tired of playing chess and tetris online.
ugh. let’s hope JM comes up with a trademark midgame adjustment. Time to shake the boys up a bit. “That’s what she said” – Michael Scott
(props to sidhu)
Hillen-Meyer (lol) (otherwise known as ???-???)
That is the top 6 defence we are being shutdown against.
Mark Streit. That’s it.
Read it again, Crab, you’ll figure it out.
Or at least Muller! Someone needs to light a fire under these guys butts.
If they play down to their competition, shouldn’t they play well against the Capitals then?
You’d swear this team wasn’t coming off two shutouts of the Flyers and Sabres.
How can we come out so flat?
15 to 5 shots for the Isles!?
JM = horrible coach
I heard that JM once gave them a furtive glance and shrugged. That’s about the range of his emotional spectrum right there.
Philly leading, Rags and Sabres tied, Habs looking mentally unprepared at best, completely indifferent at worst. Not sure if I’m mentally up for this evening’s events.
haha nice office reference. Great show.
I really wish that I was running this team. I really think that I could do better. Seriously, lol.
Replace “this evening’s events.” with “playoffs” or better yet “off-season golf”.
He should be the one to go off on them “Do you think we won a Cup in ’93 Playing like THAT? Where the **** are your testicles? Should we have the equipment guys go look for ‘em?”
I think they overestimated since they are currently playing well below their competition.
Stamkos ties Crosby and moves ahead of Ovechkin in the goalscoring race.
Lol, bet no one saw that coming at the start of the year.
By the time golf season is in full “swing”, the emotional scars, as usual, will have healed, and that wanton trollop, hope, will be hiking her skirts seductively.
haha good one.
I thought Stamkos would be better, but not even close to this. He’s amazing.
hahah… funny but sad
short memorys on HIO
Yes!! Baahh….sorry I’m just frustrated….
However, the Islanders have been playing good hockey tho…gosh…
Now THATS how you score a goal! I have not been brought out of my seat with a habs goals in a looonnggg time..
go habs go!
Damn. We’ll never be able to get rid of him now.
THAT’s why you don’t sit him out. As I’ve been saying, Max has a big offensive upside.
Yes but THAT’s why he was sat in the first place, because it took this long to get his ass in gear lol
5-2 Sabres. Whoo!
can someone teach MAB not to throw the puck right in front of the net.
i have never seen anyone do it as many times as him, he has the puck behind halak’s net and then he just throws it right into the crease
Okay, I switched away for two seconds to check on American Idol, and the Habs scored … so I can’t watch anymore tonight, can I?
I think you should watch the whole episode of American Idol and we’ll be happy to watch the game for you.
Yes, you can, but you must continually, check in on Idol.
please Sir, turn the tv off
Bill, I’m sending you the complete box set DVD all seasons to watch during the playoffs.
wooooohoooo Lapierre!!!!! It’s his twice a season magnificant goal heheh
I think Laps is making his case to JM to use him in shootouts.
For the last decade (and more) I’ve been always cringing at our goaltending, uncertain of when we’d get a softy scored on us.
Now, I feel so safe with our goaltending and I feel scared/anxious that our players won’t score!
MAB still doesn’t shoot during the PP. We still didn’t get guys in the crease during the PP. Is it the coach’s fault or the players?
No wonder why JM hasn’t won anything as a coach. Our D is playing hot potato again with a 1 goal lead.
Jaro Halak was 75 seconds short of breaking his NHL career best for shutout hockey.
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Sooooooooooo close. Bummer!
Has Cammalleri done anything useful since he returned? (Don’t take me wrong, I like this player. Just sayin’..)