What a soap opera!

Two minutes from the playoffs.

Then 1:49 of PK in overtime.

And a shootout loss.

Moulson: Goal

Max: Save

Nielsen: Goal

Cammalleri: Post



  1. TommyB says:

    Don’t take my post too seriously.  That was just yesterday.  One day out of the 12,399 days we have been married.  Suffice it to say, there have been some days where I help her out just a little bit.  I might say I earned that little break yesterday. 😉



  2. Smiss says:

    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?)

  3. Rob says:

    Tough times for the Toon. Must say, I’ve never had a problem with Newcastle. Glad you’re back where ye belong

  4. Rob says:

    They do in this one!!!, and…you promise?!

  5. mbplekfan says:

    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.


  6. andrewberkshire says:

    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!

  7. J.J. of Turku says:

    Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan are my Football heroes!



  8. matraque says:

    It’s not sacha baron cohen ?


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  9. likehoy says:

    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.

  10. ManApart says:

    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.

  11. likehoy says:

    they have internet in pubs in vienna?

    arsenal will come back and tie it up and win on aggregate 😀

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  12. likehoy says:

    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

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  13. Rob says:

    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!!

  14. J.J. of Turku says:

    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…



  15. Rugger says:

    Doubt they would get Washington in the first, but i would take the Habs in 5 or 6 against them.

  16. Iceberg84 says:

    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!

  17. GrimJim says:

    “… one CH to rule them all,

    And in the darkness bind them.”

  18. GrimJim says:

    So who is a bullet-head and who is a skin job?

    So say we all

  19. twocents says:

    You probably think Keano Reeves can act!

  20. Price_31 says:

    Happy Birthday Hal!!

  21. Price_31 says:

    Happy Birthday Hal!!

  22. JD_ says:

    Matthew McConaughey sux. You’re all McConauhites.

  23. twocents says:

    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.

  24. 21BIGGionta says:

    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

  25. likehoy says:

    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

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  26. likehoy says:

    off topic but a good start to a sports day: Arsenal Gunners v.s. Barcelona starting in 10 minutes.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  27. twocents says:

    If what’s often found in here is not bad, I have no interest whatsoever to check out that site.

  28. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  29. twocents says:

    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.


  30. RiverviewCanadien says:

    That is awesome for Jaro!

    Keep up the great work Halak!

  31. Chris1138 says:

    Everything has happened before and will happen again. So say we all.


  32. light_n_tasty says:

    Not to mention he’s only played in 1/2 our games…

  33. Krang7 says:

    Well technically Gionta was the first to describe the Islanders as loose.

  34. likehoy says:

    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.

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  35. Chorske says:

    the lord of the rings trilogy contains fewer fantasy plot twists than this one post. 😉

    and yes, I would.

  36. Wamsley01 says:

    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.

  37. HabsProf says:

    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).

    Current standings:

    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.

  38. Wamsley01 says:

    And next year Halak will be an open book to the league, which is why you cannot assess his future from half a season.

  39. Lafrich says:

    “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.

  40. mbplekfan says:

    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.

  41. Mr.Hazard says:

    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.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  42. likehoy says:

    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

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  43. TommyB says:

    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.

  44. matmacat says:

    And have the 2 worst contracts in one team!

  45. jbroderi says:

    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.


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  46. JD_ says:

    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.

  47. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    We don’t need/want Vinny.

  48. twocents says:

    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!

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    Really? Take on the worst contract in the NHL? Why?

  50. JD_ says:

    Right on. Forgot to mention the BBQs gettting fired up.

    Threw on the first steaks of the season on Saturday. Natural chunk charcoal at high heat, baby. Only use the gas for mass production of hotdogs and wotnot, when we have the need for it.

    The taste of freshly home-grilled meat has already taken hold again. Was out picking up some stuff at the grocery store last night and wandered over to the meat section. Always do. Had an ominously thick rib steak in my hand and was actually considering taking it home to grill. It was 11pm-ish.

    Like the tree thing. Very thoughtful of you.

  51. Odie Cleghorn says:

    Wow, I cannot believe how scared evebody is about our season coming down to “having to play the Leafs”…bring on the !@#$ards…but it does speak volumes about the fragile state of mind and unrealistic expectations of our fan base.

    Which leads to something I’ve been pondering lately. Setting aside all the numerical stats of our goaltenders, 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?

    Go Habs Go 

  52. Cable Guy says:

    When I just read Aebischer I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  53. jbroderi says:

    What about pleks rights, goalie and hamrlik or spacek, l leblanc for vinny

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  54. jbroderi says:

    what do you say. dump hammer, laps and a goalie for a young top six player (van remsdyk would work) let pleks walk, turn pouliot into a centre and snag kovalchuk.  May not be the best scenario, but would any of you complain if PG pulled this off??


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  55. twocents says:

    We all do. I am sure there are worse things we could have turned into.

    I did yard/garden work all weekend, it felt great. Barbecued every night. Strung up the hammock. Raised the swing. Planted a tree up at the elementary school, transplanted from my yard.

    But, next hot weekend day I am going to have find an excuse to go into Kingston, to ah um.. check out some stuff…. yeah that’s it.

    … hmmm. I wonder if my Dad ever pulled that kind of maneuver.

  56. JD_ says:

    It must be a sign of our respective ages, but I threw in a bunch of yardwork yesterday, as well, and found it utterly satisfying.

    Made the garage pristine last week. Immensely gratifying.

    I’ve turned into my dad.

  57. twocents says:

    The springtime sights in Montreal are of the finest order. Oh, how I miss them and how utterly less uplifting are those found in my current place of residence… the garden’s looking good though!

  58. JD_ says:

    The great Harold Lloyd defaced. For shame.

    Although this and a buck will get you a cup of coffee, I’m feeling upbeat about tonight’s prospects. The Habs’ outing against Carolina woke ’em up from their slumber, the Isles are flying too close to the sun, and there’s a buzz in the air.

    Springtime in Montreal. Habs flags popping up like dandelions. Illegal ball hockey being played in the streets. (First game was yesterday. I thought I played well but acknowledge some grossly overt defensive lapses. Ok, so I’m a shameless cherry-picker who leaves the running around to the 14 year-olds. Sue me.)

    And, of course…

    Who’s that lady (who’s that lady)
    Beautiful lady (who’s that lady)
    Lovely lady (who’s that lady)
    Real fine lady (who’s that lady)
    Hear me callin’ out to you
    ‘Cause it’s all that I can do
    Your eyes tell me to pursue
    But you say look, yeah, but don’t touch, baby…


    “Let’s do this!” – Joe Swanson

  59. 21BIGGionta says:

    Come to think of it a lot of our previous goalies had nice hair….Theo..Huet…Aebischer..now Price…COMON HALAK you can’t just be a good goalie in this town you need great hair if you wanna make it.


    “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

  60. Les-Habitants says:

    The 3rd and 4th lines have been playing very well, but we need our top 6 to start firing (along with our powerplay) if we’re going to make some noise.  Hopefully our offensive players start producing both 5 on 5, and with the man advantage

  61. RJ says:

    I still think Price should have started the last two games.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  62. jbroderi says:

    Me too, Too many wobbly pops last night!  :)


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, statistically speaking, the players with the better hair have better careers in Montreal.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  64. jbroderi says:

    i have a good feeling about tonight, and I usually don’t.    lets wrap her up tonight and have fun until the nervous sweats and cursing and throwing things, that is the play-offs


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  65. Da Hema says:



    “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

  66. ShangaDoo says:

    He is!  ;D

  67. cautiousoptimist says:

    Yup — too much coffee this morning.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  68. jbroderi says:

    HAHAHA, This’ll get a few people into a tizzy.


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  69. Mr.Hazard says:

    AND he’s better looking!!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  70. Mr.Hazard says:

    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!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  71. nick says:

    anyone else have a sick feeling in the pit of their stomach?


  72. badbalance says:

    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….

  73. cautiousoptimist says:

    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

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  74. Shublips says:

    Let’s hope Habs make it easier on themselves by winning tonight.  Don’t trip, like I did!

    Read more at HabsAddict.com:

  75. JF says:

    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.

  76. Hockey Socks says:

    Well then, I guess the Islanders are due for a loss.

  77. Habscore says:

    Halak, it’s all on you boy!

  78. Castor says:







  79. Willy the bum says:

    Almost a full 2 min…. crap.

  80. RudeMood19 says:


  81. Danno says:

    Is Hell freezing over. JM’s calling a time out?

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  82. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    i think hell just froze over..JM called a time out!!!

  83. Habsfan_jay says:

    OMG!?!?! JM calls a time-out!

  84. HugeHabsFan says:

    Mr. Boone – positive attitude please.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM remembers we have Time Outs? Muller must have a copy of the NHL rule book with him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  86. Kaptain K says:

    I love Gill right now

  87. Spoons91 says:


    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  88. crabvader says:

    Despite the refs hard work, we are heading to a shootout.

  89. Danno says:

    Wow. Same thought…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  90. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  91. rut1212 says:

    Yay, Boone’s wrong! For now…

  92. Keith says:

    Gill killed some valuable seconds there.

  93. gumper says:

    Pleks, Gionta, Sergei???

  94. J. Ambrose says:

    What work by Gorges! Our best d-man tonight.

  95. Willy the bum says:

    What Gill did is legal?  I didnt know that!

  96. Habsfan_jay says:

    BIG GILL!!! What a smart play!!

  97. habfab14120 says:

    Perfect play by the birthday boy at the end of OT there.

    Thanks Hal.

  98. Habscore says:

    Can we end this torture already??? it’s a mix of headache/stomach-twisting  game

  99. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    All great minds, Mr. Danno..

  100. SeriousFan09 says:

    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…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  101. hab lifer says:


    can’t beat the 2nd worst team in the league! PATHETIC!

  102. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Fire Carbo, Fire JM, Fire Boucher… don’t worry I can read fortunes.

  103. HardHabits says:

    Boone is hilarious.

    Two minutes from the playoffs 

  104. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey Jacques, quick, send out three your worst SO guys to try and deprive us of victory!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  105. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Why watch?

  106. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Halak looks shakey

  107. t1tan5 says:

    Nice deke by Molson.

  108. HabsoluteFan says:

    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.

  109. Kaptain K says:

    LApierre??? Is JM HIGH?

  110. Nick_Habs1 says:

    We will see if Halak is a #1 goalie OR NOT. This shootout is the test.

  111. t1tan5 says:

    Halak not lookin so hot in the SO.

  112. Big Bird says:

    All up to Mike.  Sigh.

  113. t1tan5 says:

    We are seriously the worst shootout team in the NHL.

  114. DOAHABS says:

    R.I.P.    the mighty islanders prevail….  

  115. Keith says:

    That was lame (((

  116. habsfaninboston says:

    No doubt Cammy is snakebitten.

  117. habsperspective says:

    I guess we get Price against the Canes.

  118. Matt_in_TO says:

    Sigh, Jaro cost us a point tonight and the chance to clinch. 


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  119. crabvader says:

    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.

  120. Aybara says:

    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?

  121. Willy the bum says:


    So what happened if the Habs get A point again?

  122. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    what the f—- kind of game was this!!!  so where does this leave us now??

  123. SeriousFan09 says:

    So how was this game different compared to Price’s game against Buffalo?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  124. Tighthead says:

    NHL.com is hopeless for shootouts

  125. Castor says:










  126. HugeHabsFan says:


    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  127. Tighthead says:

    NHL.com is hopeless for shootouts

  128. HabsoluteFan says:

    Ugly game, take the point get ready for Carolina


    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.

  129. Habsfan_jay says:

    What has happened with Halak in the shootout? Thats 4 staight goals… He’s better than that.

  130. badangel says:

    whyis pouliot never put in for shoot out?

    I never understood this?

  131. Kaptain K says:

    Good thing there is no shootout in the playoffs

  132. Norm0770 says:

    WTF!  How come this team can’t clamp down in the last 5 minutes?

    Dump it deep and forecheck.  Is that so hard?

  133. hablifting says:

    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.

  134. crabvader says:

    By my stupid calkulashuns, we clinched the playoffs.

  135. rut1212 says:

    Halak goes down faster than a porn star.

  136. Mike Boone says:

    I’m never wrong

  137. Harani says:

    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 gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  138. Big Bird says:

    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.

  139. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    They will blame somebody… we can’t just simply take a loss and move on.  Gotta blame somebody and run them out of town.

  140. Flabadagub says:

    Uh oh….. Is it Habs lobotomy time?

  141. T-roy West says:

    The Islanders are acting like they won the cup. Jeez.

  142. gumper says:

    Plenty of blame to go around for anyone in that kind of mood.

  143. Tighthead says:


  144. matmacat says:

    Different team. Different date. A possibility to clinch playoffs.

  145. Larry says:

    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

  146. crabvader says:

    My bad, my calculations were false.

  147. Harani says:

    You people are totally pathetic. Geez…

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  148. ooder says:

    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 like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  149. hab lifer says:

    HALAK is horrible in shootouts! come to think of it, her was horrible all game long.

    habs don’t deserve to make the playoffs.


    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!


  150. hablifting says:

    Meanwhile you’re polluting the gene pool.

  151. Castor says:


  152. crabvader says:

    Rags have to win 3 in a row to bounce us, not to mention that Boston and Philly have to keep winning.

  153. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Clueless troll…

  154. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  155. HNS says:

    The worst chokers in the NHL

  156. Tighthead says:

    Senseless.  A 4th liner who was in the press box three weeks ago.

  157. Norm0770 says:

    It wasn’t.  Same BS with “protecting” the lead by playing D in their own end.

  158. Caper says:

    I believe one point and we’re in.

  159. t1tan5 says:

    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.

  160. ooder says:

    u on drugs???

    he lost 2 games in a shootout… TWO… where anything can happen.

    but yes.. wtvr you say man


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  161. crabvader says:

    I don’t hate the Isles but i HATE Biron. What a loser.

  162. J. Ambrose says:

    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.

  163. habs-hampton says:

    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!!!

  164. andrewberkshire says:

    Always good to set parameters that make no sense. Shootouts have zero bearing on starting goalies.

  165. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    lets bring up all the dogz

  166. Norm0770 says:

    No shootout in the playoffs.

  167. ShangaDoo says:

    Je ne comprends pas. Maxim Lapierre en fusillade?

    I really don’t get it.

  168. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    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

  169. Willy the bum says:

    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?

  170. havok says:

    Wow…just wow

  171. Matt_in_TO says:

    Yeah the same Biron that stonewalled us 2 years ago in the playoffs.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  172. phillyhab says:

    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

  173. ooder says:

    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.



    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  174. t1tan5 says:

    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.

  175. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    A waste of space.

  176. T-roy West says:

    No we didn’t. Only if Philly had of lost.

  177. HardHabits says:

    It’s all moot anyways. Washington beats Chicago in the Stanley Cup final.

  178. ArmyFan says:

    I am so sick of this shit.

    I have nothing else to say.

  179. crabvader says:

    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.

  180. Castor says:

    This same Islanders team just beat the Senators a couple of games ago. So, relax.

    You’re right about Martin though

  181. Aybara says:

    I wouldn’t saying its jumping on him… It’s just pointing out the double standard that appears so often with the pro-Halakers.

  182. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    We don’t need fans like you… in fact, nobody needs you.

  183. matrags says:

    nothing easy for this team nail biters every night , still a negative goal differential so if our goalies dont carry us it wont happen.

  184. matrags says:

    nothing easy for this team nail biters every night , still a negative goal differential so if our goalies dont carry us it wont happen.

  185. Matt_in_TO says:

    Much the same way that the Price-haters jumped all over him after that game in Buffalo.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  186. makka83 says:

    Price is clearly to blame…

  187. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually there are far more “fire martin” chants.

  188. phillyhab says:

    We need 1 point to clinch a spot.

  189. HardHabits says:

    The best defense is a good offense.

  190. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    As a Price Fan, GOOD JOB HALAK… now all yoou have to do is perfect “the glare”

  191. hab lifer says:


  192. habs001 says:

    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

  193. HardHabits says:

    This guy appears every so once in a while as habssomethingorother. He’s a retard. Leave him be.

  194. ice_queen says:

    um, are you even a fan? 

  195. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    no team no win … if you don’t get it

  196. Castor says:

    I completely agree! Even the MSG guys. They we’re praising the Islanders, they were bashing Martin.


  197. hab lifer says:

    it’s the habs that are all LOSERS!

  198. hockeydoc says:

    this team is toast in the playoffs

  199. Price_31 says:

    On the bright side, We played well and Hal Gill was pretty awesome in the OT PK.

  200. hab lifer says:

    we don’t need this team!

  201. ice_queen says:

    seriously? dude, who cares? there are no shootouts in the playoffs.

  202. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    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.

  203. rickmonbren says:

    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.

  204. Willy the bum says:

    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.

  205. t1tan5 says:

    Flyers have 86 pts. 1 less than the Habs.

  206. Castor says:

    How can the Flyers be tied with us when we were leading them by two points before tonight? He’s right

  207. phillyhab says:

    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”.

  208. Norm0770 says:

    With the goaltending those two teams have we can expect football scores for the series.

  209. Ron says:

    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 ?

  210. Caper says:

    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.

  211. HardHabits says:

    Game 7, Habs leading by a goal, 10 minutes left to play, JM decides to protect the lead.

  212. badbalance says:

    WRONG! Flyers are 1 point behind us. Learn 2 Count

  213. matrags says:

    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 .

  214. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  215. Storm Man says:

    Yes he is

  216. Willy the bum says:

    How about another OT/SO loss for that point?  😛

  217. t1tan5 says:

    Considering that we generally play to the level of our opponents, I’m not so sure.

  218. HNS says:

    JM is useless. Make him the GM till his contract expires and get him away from the bench ASAP!!!!!!!

  219. phillyhab says:

    Flyers only need one OT loss plus 3 Rangers wins and 2 Canadiens losses.  This is not a far-fetched scenario, so no jinxes!!!

  220. Bill says:

    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

  221. Matt_in_TO says:

    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.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  222. andrewberkshire says:

    How dare you try to break down the comment of the most brilliant poster of all time!

  223. tony d says:

    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!

  224. badbalance says:

    Your a douche.

  225. Castor says:


    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.

  226. phillyhab says:

    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?

  227. Habscore says:

    So can we please win vs. the Canes on thursday so that we can finally have some peace of mind on saturday?…

  228. Harani says:

    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, 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  229. Willy the bum says:

    What is Martin’s “system” again?

  230. habsfaninboston says:

    I’d say we’re also challenged defensively.  We had trouble getting the puck out of our zone all night.

  231. rogieshan says:

    We’re going in through the back door…how appropo.

  232. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    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.

  233. danhabsfan says:

    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.


  234. t1tan5 says:

    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.

  235. falconea says:

    We all know that when your 2 minutes away from clincing a playoff spot you don’t play your 4th line!

  236. HardHabits says:

    Theo versus Huet. I’m thinking more like basketballian.

  237. danhabsfan says:

    JM’s record speaks for itself.  He is a washed up coach…

  238. Mike from Ktown says:

    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

  239. habaholic68NJ says:

    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.

  240. Komihater says:

    This place is sooo negative…chill out people, that was an exciting hockey game. Habs still rule and well be in the playoffs.

  241. Habsfan_jay says:

    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.

  242. hablifting says:

    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. 

  243. phillyhab says:

    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.

  244. punkster says:

    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.

  245. Matt_in_TO says:

    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

  246. Castor says:

    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”.

  247. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  248. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    What record… doesn’t he have a winning record?  Oh, the past is the past, right? 

    His Habs record is a winning one.

  249. J. Ambrose says:

    That double-standard applies both ways. Depends on the glasses you are wearing. Jaro-bans or Price-tints.

  250. hockeydoc says:

    your avatar is most appropriate. sure a loss is a loss but it’s the way they lose.

  251. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    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.

  252. Ian Cobb says:

    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.??

  253. Willy the bum says:

    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!

  254. ShangaDoo says:

    interesting avatar, i like it

  255. HabsFanInVictoria says:


  256. HardHabits says:

    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.

  257. danhabsfan says:

    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.

  258. Ian Cobb says:

    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.

  259. The M says:

    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.

  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  261. danhabsfan says:

    Martin cannot do the job

  262. habsfaninboston says:

    If the system doesn’t change, we may not even get to the next level.

  263. phillyhab says:

    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.

  264. Willy the bum says:

    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.

  265. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Whew, relax. Look on the bright side, Biron gave us a point we did not deserve, I’ll take it. Thanks.

  266. Big Ted says:

    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.

  267. Castor says:

    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

  268. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    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… 


  269. Ian Cobb says:

    I think Kirk Muller is our next head coach with Boucher assistant!

  270. spoonfullofjelly says:

    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.

  271. danhabsfan says:

    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.

  272. ooder says:

    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


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  273. HardHabits says:

    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.

  274. danhabsfan says:

    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)

  275. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Hehe… nice.  

  276. Castor says:

    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.

  277. phillyhab says:

    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.

  278. deuce6 says:

    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..


  279. phillyhab says:

    and Ian Cobb our new GM!!!

  280. phillyhab says:

    That was Huet dude.

  281. Ron says:

    I’m thinking Plex, but with JM it could have been Gill on a hunch, Haha.

  282. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    They were brutal tonight long before the 13 minute mark of the 3rd.

  283. phillyhab says:

    nice one!

  284. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Martin is the moron?  You are the one who just suggested putting Price in for shootouts… 

  285. Willy the bum says:

    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!!!

  286. phillyhab says:

    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”

  287. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Oh like a closer in baseball? I like this thinking Timo, you’re on a roll.

  288. ed lopaz says:

    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.


  289. habsfaninboston says:

    Actually Halak has a winning record in shootouts.


  290. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Headline “Halak Cracks Under Pressure: Lets in THREE soft goals”

  291. spoonfullofjelly says:

    it doesn’t matter where your from, or who your favourite player is….all that matters is if you cheer for the Habs. Period.

  292. Matt_in_TO says:

    Actually it was Jaro.  A win against the Rangers would have put us in.  Huet played the last game against the leafs. 


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  293. Ian Cobb says:

    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.

  294. idle says:

    Reasonable point.


    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.

  295. Nina76 says:

    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

  296. ooder says:

    and people cheered for lafleur long after he left as well… what’s your point.


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  297. Matt_in_TO says:

    “Habs playoff chances get s’halak’ed.”


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  298. Willy the bum says:

    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.

  299. Captain aHab says:

    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.

  300. spoonfullofjelly says:

    hmmmmmmm, Streit was on the other team????

  301. Mr.Hazard says:

    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.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  302. Nina76 says:


  303. bigbighabsfan says:

    39 wins 41 losses

  304. Mr.Hazard says:

    Halak saved JM’s ass in Philly. Did his best this game again (0.9286 SV%), but it’s not a winning system. 

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  305. idle says:

    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.



  306. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Ron Wilson did it with CuJo once and he was laughed at for it.

  307. Danno says:

    JM read these wise words:


    “However beautiful the strategy, you should
    occasionally look at the results.”

    Winston Churchill


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  308. ed lopaz says:

    absolutely allowed to change goalies for the shootout.

  309. idle says:

    What kid of bullshit is that?  So you have to be from Quebec to be a Habs fan??


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  310. Matt_in_TO says:

    So why is Carey vilified when the same thing happens to him?


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  311. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    #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.

    #3, shutup. :)

  312. Matt_in_TO says:

    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? 



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  313. doug says:

    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.

  314. Ian Cobb says:

    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.

  315. ooder says:

     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


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  316. Matt_in_TO says:

    Problem is we’re not a lock for a spot.  This one point tonight could possibly cost us the playoffs.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  317. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    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. 

  318. punkster says:

    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.

  319. Paulin98C says:

      Goalie Team Home: W L SA GA Sv % Road: W L SA GA Sv % Total: W L SA GA Sv %
    13 Jaroslav Halak MTL 3 0 9 0 1.000 2 2 12 5 .583 5 2 21 5 .762
  320. Matt_in_TO says:

    Why is it okay for guys to rag on Price after a loss and not vice versa?



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  321. doug says:

    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.

  322. ooder says:

     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 :)


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  323. Matt_in_TO says:

    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.


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  324. Ian Cobb says:

    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!

  325. punkster says:

    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?

  326. Matt_in_TO says:

    I pray that it doesn’t come to that. 


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  327. doug says:

    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.

  328. doug says:

    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! 😉

  329. doug says:

    You seriously believe Georges would make a difference?  Probably best move of the season was letting that distraction go.

  330. Ian Cobb says:

    Of coarse it was Doug, large waste of everything for two years having him around.

  331. t1tan5 says:

    Then don’t take a look in the mirror! I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist 😀

  332. NLhabsfan says:

    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.

  333. ManApart says:

    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.

  334. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …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


  335. Storm Man says:

    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

  336. Storm Man says:

    The coach needs to go.

  337. habs001 says:

    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.

  338. zorawar says:
    do i get more information on this
  339. Shublips says:

    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:

  340. Kjell_Dahlin25 says:

    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!

  341. bettan says:
    this is very interesting indeed.Would love to read a little more of this.
    Great post. Thanks for the heads-up…This blog was very informative and
  342. tegal says:
    would love to read more from you on this
  343. howaar says:
    would love to read more from you on this
  344. Bash says:

    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)

  345. jimhasbeen says:

    if all u have is a hamrlik, you want your 5.5 million bucks back

    joke! love hamr

  346. Jbell10 says:

    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.



  347. JD_ says:

    Ok. That made me laugh.

  348. jbroderi says:

    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..

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  349. jbroderi says:

    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


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  350. rogieshan says:

    Happy 35th birthday to Hal Gill!

  351. Xtrahabsfan says:

    That Trent Hunter would look good on the C.H.

  352. Habhopeful says:

    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…

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  353. twocents says:

    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)

    Gel that.

  354. jbroderi says:

    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!!


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  355. cautiousoptimist says:

    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.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  356. HabFanSince72 says:

    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.

  357. twocents says:

    The good news is, we only have to beat one Western conference team. ;o)

  358. cautiousoptimist says:

    I love the positive thinking! :)

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  359. ManApart says:

    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.

  360. nightmare_49 says:

    … the refs for tonite’s game are Dan O’Rourke and Kelly Sutherland.

  361. HUDSONHAB says:

    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.


  362. Joe_Habs says:

    Lets hope Buffalo takes care of the Rangers for us so that I can watch the next two games peacfully before the playoffs start.


    http://www.habshangover.weebly.com <—My Blog, new post on Habs vs Islanders Preview. Feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you think!

  363. diehardhab says:

    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!

  364. Fansincebirth says:

    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)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  365. Danno says:

    We’re going all the way baby!




    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  366. originalsix says:

    I love these NHL History commercials, here a really funny one about Pierre McGuire..



  367. Castor says:

    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

  368. originalsix says:

    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.

  369. Castor says:

    You’re a life saver. GO HABBIES!

  370. twilighthours says:

    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.

  371. SeriousFan09 says:

    How can we take Rick Curran seriously when he doesn’t even use Twitter?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  372. crabvader says:

    There are no good catch-phrases that you can use with Plekanec. Haha

  373. RudeMood19 says:

    What’s wrong with Halak starting the playoffs?

  374. andrewberkshire says:

    Start this game already!

  375. sidhu says:

    Go Habs Go!

  376. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yzerman ad, Rock on, you knew it was coming.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  377. andrewberkshire says:

    Did RDS seriously just list Biron’s save percentage as .994? Big typo.

  378. Habscore says:

    Let’s do this boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Habs GO!!

  379. habs4ever2894 says:

    Camera is very close to the action…

  380. matraque says:

    It’s .900 just heard on CKAC


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  381. Habscore says:

    Those Stanley Cup ads give me chills…..can’t wait to win it!!!

  382. ooder says:

    Gorges and the Hammer?


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  383. habs001 says:

    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

  384. andrewberkshire says:

    Looks like Halak might have to win this one for us.

  385. Danno says:

    I don’t like it.

    Islanders are playing like their lives are depending on it.

    We better get the 1st goal.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  386. Harani says:

    Happy Birthday Gill and Moen!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  387. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Chances are good he will……………

  388. Habhopeful says:

    I have this odd feeling Richard Park is going to score tonight…Hold me to it…


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  389. Harani says:

    Brother Andrei will score tonight!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  390. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed Stephen, but I’d rather not throw him to the wolves like we did against Phili.

  391. sidhu says:

    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. 

  392. crabvader says:

    Halak owns Park. He’s stoned him before.

  393. Danno says:

    The Count can’t seem to count. Doesn’t realize we are not ahead yet.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  394. andrewberkshire says:

    Well… Wake up guys.

  395. Harani says:

    You just knew it was coming!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  396. HardHabits says:

    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!!!


  397. crabvader says:

    Our D is just floating around.

  398. Matt_in_TO says:



    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  399. T-roy West says:

    P.K. Subban played 2 games and had 2 points and a +1. How many does Gorges and O’Bryne have?

  400. Danno says:



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  401. SeriousFan09 says:

    Okay, Jacques, time to coach it like we have the lead anyway since that’s your go-to move.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  402. VancouverHab says:

    Parizeau is at the Jewish General Hospital: Money doctors and ethnic nurses.”

    Now that is true wit, Mr. Boone.

  403. Habhopeful says:

    Shite…I guess he doesnt own Comeau though! #$%@!


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  404. VancouverHab says:

    I don’t fault Halak on that goal, but if that were Price the haters would be vitriolic…

  405. crabvader says:

    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.

  406. HardHabits says:

    There goes the shutout streak.

  407. Matt_in_TO says:

    I think it’s pretty clear that it is Carey’s fault that went in


    – Guy Boucher for head coach

  408. andrewberkshire says:

    Recent study by the globe and mail found that Josh Gorges was the 5th best defensive defenseman in the entire NHL.

  409. Mike Boone says:

    Meh, it was easy

  410. Xtrahabsfan says:

    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!

  411. kempie says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Plex looks good too.

  412. T-roy West says:

    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.

  413. HNS says:

    It’s called playing for next year’s contract.

  414. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  415. T-roy West says:

    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.

  416. phillyhab says:

    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.

  417. HardHabits says:

    Anaheim was 3rd when they won and Edmonton didn’t WIN the Cup. I said WINNERS.

  418. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Brilliant Mike! Gee, did he not have a choice of French hospitals??? He could have checked with his ex-friend, Lucien.

  419. andrewberkshire says:

    JM clearly favours defense on D over offense, I don’t know if he’s right, but it can be frustrating.

  420. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m sure he can work out a few turtleneck puns.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  421. crabvader says:

    Rick Curran: working hard to provide you with your next set of turtlenecks.

  422. ooder says:

    my stream died and now its 1-0.. 

    crap they better iwn, and i got a 20 page research proposal to write



    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  423. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  424. HNS says:

    These guys need to play like the want it. Right now it looks like they can take it or leave it. WTFU!!!!!!!!!

  425. T-roy West says:

    They do it all the time. This team is really messed up.

  426. kempie says:

    Nice push-back

  427. sidhu says:

    What a lackluster effort so far.  We’re totally flat.  “That’s what she said” – Michael Scott

  428. Habscore says:

    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.

  429. MikeL says:

    We didn’t need to beat Philly or Buffalo?

  430. andrewberkshire says:

    Pyatt has excellent defensive instincts. Absolutely loved the way he closed in on Streit there.

  431. MikeL says:

    Anyone else catch Plekanec give Streit a shot as they were going to the bench?

  432. T-roy West says:

    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?

  433. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I so agree with that comment!

  434. crabvader says:

    Refs blow once more.

  435. ooder says:

    some great play from O’Byrne 


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  436. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team survives the PK, hoping for a team with a pulse in the 2nd.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  437. Danno says:

    That sucked.

    Lucky it’s just 1-0


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  438. Harani says:

    Never thought I would ask this but Where was Brian Gionta?

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  439. sidhu says:

    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.

  440. crabvader says:

    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?!

  441. linp says:

    They out-played us. Gomez’s line is very weak defensively.

  442. Habscore says:

    Are the Islanders fighting for a playoff spot?? Did I miss something?? WTH

  443. Keith says:

    That was BAAAAAAAAAAAD! Do these guy’s really want to be in the playoffs? Smarten the F-up!!!

  444. phillyhab says:

    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!

  445. oshawahabsfan says:

    Well that was boring, time for supper

  446. kempie says:

    Brooooooodle period.

    Biron with that .997 save percentage or whatever – he has a nice little shutout going on here.

  447. Xtrahabsfan says:


  448. JD_ says:

    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.

  449. linp says:

    Gomez’s line played bad. And they have the most ice time….

  450. twilighthours says:

    Hal Gill: the worst player in the NHL that is actually still useful in some way.

  451. Harani says:

    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!”

  452. andrewberkshire says:

    JM mistook the standings for a lead in the game, thought he could trap them out the whole game.

  453. crabvader says:

    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!

  454. hab lifer says:

    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.


    PREDICTION: HABS WILL BE SHUTOUT TONIGHT! wow, what a wonderful team we have.

  455. crabvader says:

    By that statement he isn’t the worst in the NHL.

  456. MikeL says:

    That made me LOL. But, I think you’re onto something. Bergeron is in the running for that award as well.

  457. Aybara says:

    Looks like you have

  458. Danno says:

    I’d like to see a little emotion for a change. JM throw a chair in the dressing room or something.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  459. HardHabits says:

    Where’s that Internet NHL hockey coach game? I am tired of playing chess and tetris online.

  460. BeachHabFan says:

    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)

  461. crabvader says:


    Hillen-Meyer (lol) (otherwise known as ???-???)


    That is the top 6 defence we are being shutdown against.

    Mark Streit. That’s it.

  462. twilighthours says:

    Read it again, Crab, you’ll figure it out.

  463. Aybara says:

    Or at least Muller! Someone needs to light a fire under these guys butts.

  464. MikeL says:

    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.

  465. sidhu says:

    How can we come out so flat?

    15 to 5 shots for the Isles!?

    JM = horrible coach

  466. Danno says:

    No. Ajax.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  467. HardHabits says:

    I heard that JM once gave them a furtive glance and shrugged. That’s about the range of his emotional spectrum right there.

  468. gumper says:

    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.

  469. MikeL says:

    haha nice office reference. Great show.

  470. T-roy West says:

    I really wish that I was running this team. I really think that I could do better. Seriously, lol.

  471. crabvader says:

    Replace “this evening’s events.” with “playoffs” or better yet “off-season golf”.

  472. SeriousFan09 says:

    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 shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  473. gumper says:

    I think they overestimated since they are currently playing well below their competition.

  474. andrewberkshire says:

    Stamkos ties Crosby and moves ahead of Ovechkin in the goalscoring race.

  475. crabvader says:

    Lol, bet no one saw that coming at the start of the year.

  476. JD_ says:

    All Melrose.

  477. gumper says:

    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.

  478. Habscore says:

    LOL! great.

  479. MikeL says:

    haha good one.

  480. andrewberkshire says:

    I thought Stamkos would be better, but not even close to this. He’s amazing.

  481. ooder says:

    hahah… funny but sad


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  482. phillyhab says:

    short memorys on HIO

  483. Habscore says:

    Yes!! Baahh….sorry I’m just frustrated….

    However, the Islanders have been playing good hockey tho…gosh…

  484. Habscore says:

    ..and bipolarity

  485. crabvader says:

    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!

  486. linp says:

    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?

  487. Dave Stubbs says:

    Jaro Halak was 75 seconds short of breaking his NHL career best for shutout hockey.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  488. Habsfan_jay says:

    Sooooooooooo close. Bummer!

  489. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Which of these teams is in the fight of their lives for a playoff spot? If we leave this til the Saturday game, i’ll have a stroke!

  490. Habsfan_jay says:

    We’ll see a different Habs team in the second period. Just not sure if they will be better or worse… I think better though.

  491. linp says:

    I think Pouliot is feeling too comfortable. We have to demote him or bench him to shake him up.

  492. SeriousFan09 says:

    If this period comes in like the first, should we test the Canadiens for Performing Reducing drugs?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  493. HardHabits says:

    The knives are always sharp here. Very few dull blades in this drawer.

  494. Danno says:

    A combination of Prozac and Viagra. Slow, but horny.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  495. Areid13 says:

    My first comment on the site just got an account so I’ll make it as positive as possible… At least I’ve seen Lapierre hit someone that’s good for something right, oh and Halak’s the man

  496. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Missing too damned many easy passes….wake up!!

  497. habs001 says:

    we at least 12-14 players on the team that are interchangeable with hundreds of pro players in the nhl and many in europe…we have not enough high end players to be an elite team and to dominate games …we make the playoffs we should see it as a bonus…reality is to only way we beat an elite team is by getting unbelievable goaltending and most of the breaks…we will be badly outplayed and dominated in most games but like the 3rd period in philly we still won….

  498. Joe_Habs says:

    No problem. 40 solid minutes and we’ll come away with 2 points.


    http://www.habshangover.weebly.com <—My Blog, new post on Habs Vs. Islanders Preview. Feel free to comment, I’d love to know what you think!

  499. Keith says:

    Playing very lazy hockey.

  500. HaloHabsFan says:

    booOOOOOOoooooring game.  Yawn.

  501. sidhu says:

    Third line is the only one skating/generating chances

  502. crabvader says:

    Moore just got wallpapered from behind…

    The ref didn’t see it cause he was too busy being on his ass.

  503. crabvader says:

    The third line is the only line deserving of the 1st line title at this point.

  504. andrewberkshire says:

    “Is there a worse point shot than Gill’s in the league?”


  505. tabletop hockeygrrl says:



    Just sayin’….



  506. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.

  507. habaholic68NJ says:

    Team has forgotten to show up tonight.   What is going on?

  508. HaloHabsFan says:

    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?

  509. andrewberkshire says:


  510. habsfaninboston says:


  511. Danno says:

    Sexy Plexy the Turtleneck Man does it again.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  512. MikeMcLaren says:

    It *sounds* like there are more Habs fans than Isles fans at this game.


  513. habsfaninboston says:

    That was a great pass by AK.

  514. Habsfan_jay says:

    A few people mentioned AK seemed like the only top 6 who had shown up. They’re right, he’s playing tonight.

  515. SeriousFan09 says:

    AK’s hustle and passing sets up a Turtle Power shot.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  516. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Thank you boys….Plekanec especially (comme d’habitude!)

  517. oshawahabsfan says:

    And they’re awake, snooze switch finally turned off! Great pass Andrei

  518. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Note to Molson’s do not sign Plecs,lol

  519. HardHabits says:

    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.

  520. andrewberkshire says:

    Haha exactly my point.

  521. Habscore says:

    Here we go with the OLE OLEs  lol!

  522. Keith says:

    Finally waking up! Good!

  523. andrewberkshire says:

    Gotta make them pay here.

  524. Habscore says:

    Hell no please don’t pffff…lol

  525. Danno says:

    Okay. Time for a garbage goal. A nice greasy one.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  526. Norm0770 says:

    I don’t get it:  Once they score it is a different team.  Why can’t they play like this all game.

  527. habs4ever2894 says:

    got it

  528. andrewberkshire says:

    Ask and you shall receive.

  529. andrewberkshire says:


  530. habsfaninboston says:


  531. punkster says:

    I’m dancin’!

  532. Keith says:

    YES!!! Back in business baby!!!

  533. sidhu says:

    Gio!  Small guy in the middle of the tough area.  Three guys around him, still scores.

    Nice play by JG at the point.

  534. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Play-off’s …HERE WE COME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  535. hab lifer says:

    4 and out yahoo!

  536. phillyhab says:


  537. Danno says:

    Another gigantic goal by our tiny giant. Giiiiiioooonnnntttaaaa!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  538. Habsfan_jay says:

    Now that’s what I remember our PP is being like.

    That Plecks goal, talk about a MO changer!

  539. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gotta love Gorges, he’s always trying and Gionta cashes in from his favourite spot :)


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  540. JD_ says:


    Tremendous two!


    (lightning bolt and thunder)

  541. kempie says:

    that guy plays like he’s 10 feet tall

  542. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Yah!   KEEP IT UP!!!!

  543. habaholic68NJ says:

    Gio.  Our only giant who goes to the dirty areas

  544. phillyhab says:

    update: 3-2 BUF

  545. Norm0770 says:

    I love it:  Smallest guy on the ice can’t be out musceled by 3 Islanders!

  546. andrewberkshire says:

    Tavares REALLY looked like a rookie against Hammer there.

  547. sidhu says:

    We finally have some mo

  548. kempie says:

    3-2 Buffalo

  549. Danno says:

    How are the Rags and Philthy doing?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  550. SeriousFan09 says:

    I know, has any rookie forward really dominated the NHL in his 1st season since Ovie and Crosby hit the scene in 2005?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  551. HardHabits says:

    2P 15:30: Is there a worse point shot than Gill’s in the league?

    My how we’ve forgotten Komisarek so fast.

  552. Habscore says:

    Tonight, our superstars are scoring….GO Cammi Go!!! Now it’s your turn baby! Going for his 26th tonight!

  553. HNS says:

    Allot of Ole Ole here in NY. Hope the boys don’t turtle to protect the lead. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

  554. Keith says:

    The golden glove hand.

  555. HABdriven says:

    Score another goal GO HABS GO!!!!

  556. andrewberkshire says:

    Kane and Toews both did pretty well, but domination? Nope. Tyler Myers is as close as that gets for a defenseman however.

  557. SeriousFan09 says:

    No pass block, that was a goal, Sergei’s vision is incredible.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  558. Castor says:

    The Islander announcers don’t know how to pronounce names


  559. HaloHabsFan says:

    Who wants to take guesses at Cammy’s next goal?  I say 2nd period against the Leafs.

  560. habsfaninboston says:

    Philly 1-0

  561. ooder says:

    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.”

  562. SeriousFan09 says:
    2P Break: Isn’t AK46 conspicuous by
    his cluelessness on the Pleks line?

    Really Boone? He sent the pass to Pleks that turned this game around.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  563. Castor says:

    2P Break: “Isn’t AK46 conspicuous by his cluelessness on the Pleks line?”

    Didn’t he set up Pleks’ goal?

  564. T-roy West says:

    Hamilton winning 1-0. Subban +1 and officially the league leader in + minus. Pretty good for someone who is suposed to be weak defensively.

  565. Areid13 says:

    Make that tiny bastard Gionta captain already… He never takes a shift let alone a game off

  566. phillyhab says:

    Do you have an English-language feed?

  567. Habsfan_jay says:

    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.

  568. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    I think Sergei will score before Cammy does….

  569. ooder says:

    ak46 is on fire today!!!


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  570. linp says:

    Plekanec’s line looks good.

  571. Danno says:

    Go BS go!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  572. ooder says:

    Uhh Boone… AK46 is the only playing on that line tonight… 


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  573. usversusthem says:

    My thoughts exactly… I just hope the next two games are a little more ‘start’ and a little less ‘slow’. 

  574. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah, I’m not getting the hate.

  575. andrewberkshire says:

    How in the world did I forget him? Seriously.

  576. SeriousFan09 says:

    AK had the bad luck of being drafted in 2003, it will always be held against him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  577. phillyhab says:

    Not DOMINATE, but Matt Duchene has had a great rookie campaign in Colorado.

  578. habfab14120 says:

    And the play-by-play guy was saying CALLA-MARY early on, too.

    English feed is MSG on Center Ice.

  579. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  580. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  581. crabvader says:

    If anything that should only be held against the drafting staff, lol.

  582. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  583. habs001 says:

    now if price looked like him he would have less supporters also…i do think price will be a top notch goalie though

  584. Habscore says:

    Oops, thnx!

  585. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely, on both points.

  586. hab lifer says:

    really? how many goals has he scored in the past 5 games????

  587. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  588. andrewberkshire says:

    More than you ever will! Go back to LeafsSpace.com.

  589. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    What part of the word “today” do you find most confusing?

  590. ooder says:

    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


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  591. andrewberkshire says:

    Who knows, we’ll probably never know. But he’s been one of our better forwards the last few games.

  592. Price_31 says:

    Wow..5-1 Canes after the first.

  593. Habscore says:

    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”

  594. kempie says:

    4-2 Buffalos

  595. Price_31 says:

    4-2 BUF =)

  596. T-roy West says:

    4 to 2 Sabres

  597. linp says:

    Pouliot is blind. Bench him. The puck was just in front of him and he was day dreaming.

  598. habsfaninboston says:

    Marginal call on Gomer.

  599. crabvader says:

    Lol, usually I don’t side with refs but he blatantly cross-checked Sim behind the head.

  600. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    for all your online hockey needs

  601. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Okay boys. 1 to go. Concentrate!!!

  602. habs001 says:

    gomez has to get rid of these selfish penalties he has been talking all year

  603. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    yeah, an $8 million goal would be to the point….

  604. JD_ says:

    I’m not an NHL coach – although I continue to play one on the Internet – but 15 shots a period is more like it.

  605. habs001 says:

    pouliot has caught latts habs virus

  606. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Is there anyone else on the Isles other than Streit?

    I was sad to see that guy go…


  607. Harani says:

    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.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  608. crabvader says:

    Boone, AK’s been one of the better Habs tonight… In fact, if any offence was started, it’s because of him.

  609. HabLion says:

    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.”

  610. linp says:

    Good to see that Andrei is finally getting his leg strength back and is playing like a power forward again.

  611. monsieurx says:

    Honnestly, shut up.

  612. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  613. gumper says:

    Amen, Harani, and very nice to see.

  614. phillyhab says:

    Anyone watching the MSG feed?

  615. Habscore says:

    Ayaay, I pulled a neck-shoulder muscle on that last goal..still hurts.lol

  616. habs-hampton says:

    I agree.

  617. Just A Guy says:

    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.

  618. Harani says:

    It’s more like Caps OWN Fleury!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  619. Harani says:

    Stat that should make you smile: Rangers are 1-24-2 when trailing after two. Sabres are 28-0-0 when leading after two.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  620. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  621. Danno says:

    Okay. Time to stick the dagger in. Deep.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  622. Harani says:

    Luc Gelinas don`t need no crate to stand on to interview Gio!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  623. Spoons91 says:

    Boone woke the habs up when he mentioned that they don’t look like a playoff team. Show ’em wrong habs!

    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  624. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  625. T-roy West says:

    He’s going to be special. He should be on this team this year.

  626. Bill says:

    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 …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  627. habsfaninboston says:

    Solid hit by OB.  Need more of that.

  628. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Is this another case of blame the coach if the team isn’t winning?

  629. HabsFanInVictoria says:


  630. andrewberkshire says:

    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.

  631. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    What, what, what????

  632. Bill says:

    Quelle mauvaise jeu de Hamrlik …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  633. sidhu says:

    Wow, Hammer just got totally played.

  634. andrewberkshire says:

    Halak’s been very good tonight, but he has to stop that.

  635. T-roy West says:

    That shot scared me just watching it.

  636. Nick_Habs1 says:

    hmmm Hammerlick sucked there.

    hmm Halak should have stopped that.

  637. t1tan5 says:

    Wow, Hammer. That’s horrible.

  638. t1tan5 says:

    That was an absolute rocket. If he stopped that, it would have been a sick save.

  639. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just a thought, several reasons why the team might be sliding, just voiced on one possible opinion.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  640. T-roy West says:

    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.

  641. Bill says:

    Really? Sarcasm?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  642. andrewberkshire says:

    I think he should have challenged more, but his save a couple minutes later on Tavares totally made up for it.

  643. HNS says:

    Like a ReTort?

  644. Bill says:

    No rebound by Biron there!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  645. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  646. Habhopeful says:

    Its really strange because he seems to pickup his play whenever Markov is out



    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  647. linp says:

    Hamrlik needs a rest.

  648. diehardhab says:

    Proof of why I listen to CJAD…Benoit is terrible

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  649. Habhopeful says:

    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~

  650. Habscore says:

    Haha!! I love OB tonight 😀 Here’s my glove on your face suckerrrrrrr

  651. t1tan5 says:

    Hammer isn’t exactly having a great 3rd period so far.

  652. Habscore says:

    Rangers helping us big time…2 – 5 Buff

  653. t1tan5 says:

    What a save! HALAK

  654. sidhu says:

    Wow, that’s why Halak is our #1 goalie.

    The boys need to step it up here or else we’re going to lose.

  655. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Nice f’en save  Jaro!

  656. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Geee-zusss….get a goal and wrap this sucker up!!!

  657. habsfaninboston says:

    WOW!  Sick save by Halak.

  658. SeriousFan09 says:

    Needed that save, now it’s time for the team to make Biron sweat.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  659. Habhopeful says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!!


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  660. t1tan5 says:

    HON candidate right there!

  661. andrewberkshire says:

    WHAT A PLAY BY LAPIERRE!!!!!!!!!!!

  662. Willy the bum says:

    Now I’m nervous…

  663. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    That was unreal.  Best goal i’ve ever seen Laps score.

  664. sidhu says:

    Beautiful goal!!! 

    Less yap, more of that!

  665. 420cups says:

    Oh Max quel but mon osti!

  666. habsfaninboston says:

    Laps!!!!!  Where did that come from?

  667. Xtrahabsfan says:

    What a GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LAPIERRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  668. T-roy West says:

    What sick moves on Lapps, LMFAO!!!

  669. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    That was unreal.  Best goal i’ve ever seen Laps score.

  670. Danno says:

    Yappy Baby!

    Quel jeux magnifique!

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  671. SeriousFan09 says:

    HOLY ****!!! THAT’S MAD MAX OF 08-09!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  672. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    damned right it was un jeu magnifique!!! one more like that one please……

  673. phillyhab says:

    Laps!  What a move!!!

  674. Norm0770 says:


  675. kempie says:

    who woulda thought?

  676. Keith says:

    Lappy’s GREATEST GOAL of his career!!!

  677. ross says:


  678. Keith says:

    Lappy’s GREATEST GOAL of his career!!!

  679. crabvader says:

    That was the best goal of the year scored by a Hab. I don’t care what any of you say! Hahaha wow!!!

  680. Habscore says:

    Yeaaaaaa!! Was that goal somewhat ‘a la Rick Nash’???

  681. Willy the bum says:

    Oh my, my heart!!!

  682. Keith says:

    Blog hiccup lol!

  683. Big Bird says:

    So…hypothetically speaking…if we win tonight do we make the playoffs?

  684. Willy the bum says:

    Heard from Flyers and Rangers?

  685. Habscore says:

    I’m seriously gonna have a heart attack…for Jesus Price God’s sake!!!!!!

  686. HNS says:

    That’s what I’m talking about. Wish more of our guys would go visit the net more often.

  687. SeriousFan09 says:

    That Lapierre goal deserves an extra post:

    Did Lapierre watch a Lemieux highlight reel on his IPhone before the game?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  688. phillyhab says:

    if Rangers or Flyers lose in regulation, then yes we do.

  689. HNS says:

    These guys can give someone a heart attack.

  690. T-roy West says:

    Come on Guys there is 12 min left. Don’t take the foot off the pedal yet.

  691. habfab14120 says:

    Rags down 5-2, Flyers leading 1-0

  692. t1tan5 says:

    Wow I must have been REALLY happy at that Laps goal if I triple posted.

  693. Fansincebirth says:

    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

  694. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Better defense and clear the damned puck!!

  695. T-roy West says:

    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.

  696. SeriousFan09 says:

    Really soft in the last 10 again, JM learn a  new tune please.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  697. HNS says:

    Maybe a time out???????????? This is usually where our D takes it in the shorts.

  698. Willy the bum says:

    Holy moly, I just saw 10 plays a second…. this is a fast game for a slow time.

  699. Habhopeful says:


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  700. Danno says:

    Those of you with weak hearts turn off the TV


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  701. Flabadagub says:

    Sarcasm rules these boards.

  702. Castor says:

    Here we go. Dump and get off, dump and get off, dump and get off…
    Until the Islanders tie it….


  703. Norm0770 says:

    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.

  704. sidhu says:

    Here’s an idea — keep pressing the play in the offensive zone rather than sit back.

  705. Willy the bum says:

    Rangers’ loss then?  Where are the Flyers in now, 1st period?

  706. Harani says:


    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  707. hockeydoc says:

    same demented Martin 3rd period strategy-sit on the lead, dump the puck in , no offense and hope Halak stops everything.

  708. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    One more or at least kill the damned clock!!!!

  709. andrewberkshire says:

    How in the world did that play by AK46 not draw a penalty? He was hooked about 15 times!

  710. habfab14120 says:

    5 mins left in 3rd.  Doesn’t matter.  If we win and EITHER Rags or Philly loses, we clinch.

  711. Mike Boone says:

    He stole my girlfriend

  712. Mike Boone says:

    He stole my girlfriend

  713. Habhopeful says:

    tted 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~

  714. HardHabits says:

    Both of them?

  715. Norm0770 says:

    She must not appericiate your wit and intellect.  You also have better hair than AK46.

  716. jimbo82 says:

    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!

  717. punkster says:

    Damn. We’ll never be able to get rid of him now.

  718. J. Ambrose says:

    THAT’s why you don’t sit him out. As I’ve been saying, Max has a big offensive upside.

  719. Habhopeful says:

    Yes but THAT’s why he was sat in the first place, because it took this long to get his ass in gear lol


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  720. phillyhab says:

    5-2 Sabres. Whoo!

  721. linp says:

    Resign Lapierre.

  722. ooder says:

    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


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  723. Bill says:

    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?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  724. Willy the bum says:

    I think you should watch the whole episode of American Idol and we’ll be happy to watch the game for you.

  725. habfab14120 says:

    Yes, you can, but you must continually, check in on Idol.

  726. kempie says:

    please Sir, turn the tv off

  727. Danno says:

    Bill, I’m sending you the complete box set DVD all seasons to watch during the playoffs.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  728. badangel says:

    wooooohoooo Lapierre!!!!! It’s his twice a season magnificant goal heheh 😀

  729. badangel says:

    wooooohoooo Lapierre!!!!! It’s his twice a season magnificant goal heheh 😀

  730. habsfaninboston says:

    I think Laps is making his case to JM to use him in shootouts.

  731. HNS says:

    No wonder why JM hasn’t won anything as a coach. Our D is playing hot potato again with a 1 goal lead.

  732. SlovakHab says:

    Has Cammalleri done anything useful since he returned? (Don’t take me wrong, I like this player. Just sayin’..)

  733. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    assist in his first game back

  734. T-roy West says:

    Pouliot is a useless tit. I would rather see Trotter take his spot.

  735. t1tan5 says:

    Ok Laps, you never shoot on a 2 on 0.

  736. Habhopeful says:

    Here we go again, SHooting gallery vs halak


    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  737. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    You just know Lapierre isn’t going to pass…



  738. phillyhab says:

    He got a little greedy on that play.  Still, great hustle!

  739. Danno says:

    Damn you Martin F Byron!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  740. ddawwidd says:

    Why do we care about Flyers’ game? Let’s assume they move in front of us – do we lose a playoff spot? If Bruins pass us and Flyers do, we’ll still end up at 8th.

    The key are the Rangers’ and Thrashers’ games and they’re going very well.


    Bring back Zone de Match! :(

  741. The M says:

    “AK46 loses his stick during the unfamiliar practice of backchecking”

    HAHAHA Boone that is the funniest post you’ve ever had,

  742. Keith says:

    Nailbiting time :-/

  743. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    We can win this…DAMMIT!

  744. crabvader says:

    There was no passing lane. Get over it. Laps made the right decision.

  745. Willy the bum says:


  746. sidhu says:

    JM hasn’t learned anything.

  747. Harani says:

    Carey! LOL!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  748. Habsfan_jay says:


  749. kempie says:

    we need a to turn the neutral zone into a potato field

  750. habsfaninboston says:

    Damn it

  751. Keith says:


  752. Propwash says:




    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  753. phillyhab says:

    Oh my god.

  754. andrewberkshire says:


  755. HNS says:

    and boom, there goes the dynamite

  756. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    what the ——-!!!!!!!

  757. habs4ever2894 says:


  758. Xtrahabsfan says:


  759. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed, Streit had great closing speed on Darche.

  760. Habhopeful says:

    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!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  761. Castor says:



  762. Willy the bum says:

    Stupid commercial breaks; ow, my heart!!!

  763. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Good job halak (clapping slowly)

  764. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM coaching will destroy us if we make playoffs.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  765. hablifting says:

    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.

  766. habfab14120 says:


    Let’s get some pushback going frakkers.

  767. makka83 says:

    Halak needs some help. But man, that was a weak goal! A key save was needed there!

  768. HardHabits says:

    Markov is having one helluva crappy game tonight.

  769. t1tan5 says:

    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.

  770. Caper says:

    Bang on. He’s an idiot.

  771. hockeydoc says:

    predictable result

  772. phillyhab says:

    He’s so effing stubborn.  Why can’t he let them play?

  773. makka83 says:

    Wins are the only thing that matter…

  774. andrewberkshire says:

    Did I say Halak was weak? Stop getting your panties in a bunch.

  775. T-roy West says:

    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.

  776. HabLion says:

    You both have no idea….clowns.


  777. hablifting says:

    Zzzzz.  Very clever. 😉

  778. Caper says:

    I guess we have good company -how the Lions doing?

  779. andrewberkshire says:

    Clever? No. I was describing the play of the team, which was weak, but you can continue assuming if you want.

  780. HabLion says:

    Good relevant argument.  You are a moron.

  781. Caper says:

    Grow up. See ya!

  782. SCANNER says:

    so yup!

     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!


  783. T-roy West says:

    Stupid Gorges. You can’t back up that far.

  784. hablifting says:

    Only reason that shot ever made it through, Gorges didn’t close the gap on the forward fast enough. 

  785. hockeydoc says:

    Kostitsyn is an underachieving lazy hockey player.

  786. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Agreed. Not a knock on Max, just an observation. 

    Sometimes you wonder if the pass is coming, other times you don’t.



  787. SlovakHab says:

    Bergenheim has been excellent tonight!

  788. crabvader says:

    Can’t ever make it easy huh, boys?

  789. HNS says:

    Why worry about playoffs when you have defense like this. Unreal.

  790. Xtrahabsfan says:


  791. t1tan5 says:

    How the hell did we outshoot them in the third?!!

  792. Harani says:

    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!”

  793. The M says:

    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

  794. Habhopeful says:

    “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~

  795. The M says:

    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

  796. crabvader says:

    To be honest, only O’Byrne has been good on D tonight. Everyone else was just floating and making dumb plays.

  797. Kaptain K says:

    I dunno what the habs are thinking at the end of games…”hmmmm cant wait to go out for beers and strippers…”

  798. sidhu says:

    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.

  799. Kaptain K says:

    JM Game plan… sit back with a lead…

  800. Keith says:

    How many OT has this been and how many blown leads has this team surrendered this season? It makes me SICK!!!

  801. SeriousFan09 says:

    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.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  802. ooder says:

    oh wow… that is what sitting on your ass when you have the lead will do to you


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  803. gumper says:


  804. Castor says:


    Even the MSG guys are talking about how bad his 3rd period coaching is.

  805. crabvader says:

    Name me someone else. Please.

  806. gumper says:

    So what does the point, combined with a Rags loss mean?

  807. Big Bird says:

    Where have you gone Guy Carbonneau…Habs fans turn their lonely eyes to you.  

    (The defensive player and not the coach)