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:

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