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Jan. 15, 2009.
Since then, bupkes.
And sooooooooo boring.
Nope, I got you pegged for the Genny 😉
Yep, us and 16 others. But I’m enjoying the ride so far. And I agree, it’s time to go Full Breezer.
I’ll bring a case of Belgian ales!
You coming to my MAB Welcome Back party, Brian? Dave’s bringing some potato salad.
Super. I’m a big buyer of the regular season as house-league view. Just get to the end of the season in a playoff position, healthy and with some momentum in the last few games and they have a legitimate shot at the Cup.
Laffs are an AHL team
yeah, ehrhoff, hamhuis, edler…theyre all scrubs
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The Breezer has a world-class “do” in an era where most guys suffer from helmet head!
Every refresh is a page hit. Why would they get rid of that?
The Canucks don’t want him, why? Brain-dead error prone, for one.
If he was that good of a catch, the Canuckleheads–who have no especially good defense–would keep him.
Besides, he’s got much better hair.
Canadiens issue apology to Flyers
I will, even though she has gone over to the enemy and is now a Bruins fan (her boyfriend’s fault)
Its ok BOONE thought it was 2-1 last game ‘member…
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
I’m personally fed up of these MAB to MTL stuff… so i started a petition… MAB to TBL! ttp://www.petitiononline.com/mabtbl/petition.html (it’s a joke peeps) but feel free to sign! GO HABS GO!
“I know more about string theory than I do about the Nashville Predators.”
I’m surprised that Boone even knows about string theory.
Just looked him up. Alvar Aalto makes beautiful furniture.
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
You must tell my Greetings to her. From a grazy habs-fan in the centre of Turku.
I listen to the game on the radio (no television), and do my readings at the same time. Tonight, Kit Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. I’m sure I’ll be able to find a paper in there somewhere using hockey as a metaphor for internal struggle and possible redemption.
Brian! Good to hear from you. What do you think of these guys so far?
cman…no bieksa? guy is a warrior. we seem to be missing size on our blue line. and he can run a power play. I love PK but I sure dont feel comfortable having him as our one able-bodied defenseman who can actually run a power play, like bieksa can. if he didnt have two superstar PP quarterbacks ahead of him, he would score 40 points a year
Boone, you got to start using Coveritlive or something similar so we don’t have to keep refreshing.
Damn right, The Breezer is the first callup on the comeback list. MAB may have a shot, but a glorious outlet pass can be used even strength, PP and PK!
Yes it is Aalto. They visited his Home, studio, factory. Yes, very expensive. my Grandmother had kitchen set but it dissapeared after she died, none of us had any idea what it was, just very odd looking. She loved Finland. She has taken over 4000 pics this fall and only posted one a day so we are really looking forward to seeing them next week (her too of course!)
MTL is always fighting an uphill battle with drafting and development, finding the players that can both endure and excel under the bright lights of the Bell Centre. The new team assembled does just that, they step out on that ice and enjoy every minute of it but it will always be easier to find a guy who can play in Tampa Bay than can play in Montreal.
– I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
No MAB no Bieksa…PLEASE.
Sounds like Boon is auditioning for MNF.
To that, I say; C’mon man!
Tempa Bay uses a 1 3 1 system. He may fit into this system.
Boone: Brooks Orpik leads all NHL defensemen with 59 hits, ahead of Bouillon’s 56. Source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20112ALLSASAll&sort=hits&viewName=rtssPlayerStats
Hmmm.. Could her favourite architect be Alvar Aalto? We have a couple of his furnitures, like kitchen table and chairs. Takes another decade to earn money enough to buy some more, but if the lady wants… I don’t change my car to a newer..
Hope she enjoyd her visit to our little town.
If it continues like that, he may switch to basket ball.
For all that’s good and holy in this world….please…NO MAB!
(apologies to Timo)
I hope Pierre Gauthier is smart enough to remember how bad MAB was defensively last year. He’s no better than the 6 guys we have starting here and he’s really not any better than Weber or Carle either. Let Tampa Bay sign MAB and hope thye play him on defense and we’ll see how they do.
Can hardly wait to see him play for the Habs. A sight for sure to see guarding our blueline.
Go Habs Go!
No offense to anyone on the current roster, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how Weber plays. He’s been lighting up the AHL and I’m curious how he’s going to do against the big boys now.
Maybe he’ll get a chance against the Laffs.
My daughter visited Turku and Helsinki in September for school (she’s an architect major, her favorite architect is from Finland) Finally get’s home from Europe on Tuesday.
That’s so very true
But she understands swedish better… I can allways say there was a little bit of misunderstanding..
I’ve been working like an idiot for a couple of months, so now I can relax a little and enjoy a live-game every now and then.
The refs for tonight’s Game are Fredrick L’Ecuyer and Wes McCauley.
It’s really hard to draft home grown winners (Exception number one over all picks). There are countless events where we say “we should have drafted this guy or that guy”, but you can always go back to that year and never read about this and that guy.
When we drafted Price all I remember was that the fans wanted that french guy Brule (where is he now). I remember what I was doing….I was praying for number one pick and Crosby lol!
When we drafted Price and I read up on him, I became in instant fan.
They Call Me Shane
While the fact that he is still growing is exciting, it also means he’ll probably take longer to develop. Still has to adjust to his frame.
JJ it’s 2:00 a.m. in Turku. You must have a very understanding wife.
You couldn’t be more right! 😉
My wife and I went to last year’s Nashville game (Carey Price was amazing). What a great town, indeed. No, it wasn’t a sell out, but those fans were passionate. More passionate than fans filling the A.C.C., for sure. More passionate than the 10,000 that fill te Prudential Center.
There were a lot of kids at the game, kids that will grow up with the game if it stays there.
But my oh my, what a great lil’ town. I concur – great place to go see a game!
/\\ikeGO HABS GO!
Absolutely…Damn Swede and then he cost them Timmonen in the off season. A Swede for a Finn…bad, bad deal.
Pleks is this week’s player to watch!!
Didn’t they have a good thing going on a few years ago, then came Forsberg and ruined the chemistry?
Matt, I get a kick out of these debut rosters, Maybe you could ask Boone or Stubbs to post these all somewhere on the site. Or at least ask if they could re-post on the game day thread. Unusual views of each team to be sure but very interesting to see where the players end up.
I remember Pleks when he first showed up. Someone (I think it was Dino Sisto) said he reminded him of a physically larger Oleg Petrov.
I kind of agree with that. Petrov was a small man playing during the height of the “clutch and grab” era, so his talent was harder to appreciate. Pleks has the same basic skill set as Petrov (fast skater, good puck-handler, can both score and pass), but he isn’t a midget. Throw in the way he has matured and his willingness to play smart two-way hockey, and we have a great player.
They brought their f____ing toys with them!
Understanding is that Gorges is playing, Halpern is a “game time decision” – from what I heard, Weber isn’t scheduled to be in the line-up tonight, but Dustin Boyd is poised to step in for Jeff Halpern if Halpern can’t play. Go Habs GO!
Way to go, Jarred! Come and stay with us and I can guarantee you put on at least twenty more pounds, lol.
*double post, double fail.
You should definitely be a travel agent…
want to bet who comes out on top
88 is the new 23
you know what i absolutley love.. is that our 2 top players right now Pleks and Price are ours.
what i mean is they were drafted, brought up and raised in our organization.
i remeber when pleks first came on the scene and i thought ok who is this little czech fellow..
but man.. now he is a corner stone on our team.
no he’s not the strongest or biggest or has the flashiest moves.. but he is just such a smart player its unbelievable
I visited Nashville a few years ago and had the time of my life. There is so much there besides country music (which I enjoy).
I bought a $10 ticket and had basically the same tickets that I had at the Summit. We then were able to move down after the 1st period and sit in great seass. The players wife’s meet you as you go through the turnstiles. After the game, our ticket paid our cover charge into one of the great bars you will ever visit.
Great town, friendly people and very safe to walk around at night.
These people (including management) have done everything they can to make a go of it. Out of all the sunbelt teams, I hope that Nashville stays afloat and becomes a long term success.
As for the game, Nashville’s biggest weakness is their special teams. That’s where the contest will be won or lost as I fully expect them to give a solid effort.
Habs prospect Jarred Tinordi was 6’6, 205 pounds when he was drafted this summer.
He is now 6’7, 212 pounds. That’s right folks, the kid’s still growing.
Continuing on with the “debut roster” series, here is a roster comprised exclusively of current NHLers who made their league debut in a Predators uniform:
Total cost: $57.18mil, or $2.22mil under the salary cap. Not a lot of firepower up front, but a heck of a blueline, and a decent platoon tandem in net. Now if only their coach could find his neck…
i hope AK sends his brother through the glass tonight
I think it’s so we can see Weber vs. Weber.
I’m guessing Weber was called up in case Gorges is still hurt.
I’m thinking he’s going to try and swap our Weber for theirs when no one is looking… Maybe they won’t notice?
damn, worth a shot.
good luck to you as well.
haha, the semester is almost over.I have my fair share of essays and readings. Good luck to you though!
I think JM just wants to have an extra defencemen on board in case of whatever, last-minute flu or groin pulls and such. Makes sense, don’t want to get caught with a short bench.
you can do my readings/write my paper for me if you really want something to do
I’m kind of curious to the Weber call up. I mean, wouldn’t it better to have Weber playing rather then waiting in the wings as the 7th d-man? We have an extra forward already in Boyd, and Picard is playing well. I do think Weber is NHL ready but he’s still somewhat a liability in his own end (he’s -5 right now). The powerplay is clicking too, so its not like we need him immediately.
I guess it could be as simple as ensuring that there is still competition for a roster spot. Same reason why they keep on carrying Boyd: if aren’t playing your best, there is someone who is waiting for a chance to get back into the lineup
Weird coincidence. Mike Richards vs black people all over again….
Im so bored. can 730 come sooner?
“Gunfight at the AK-SK corral”
Good one, Mike.
I remember Dec. 31, 1975
our d and pricer are playing great…but we will need more scoring …of the top 16 teams only the blues have a lower goals per game stat than we do….the pp is a big key and i think management hopes weber can help out ..besides pk the other d men will provide very little pp help..we still have too many forwards that have very limited goal scoring ability…
Gambler’s rule #1: never bet against a sure thing.
Really, Boone? Belarusian bayonet?
So what’s the over/under on Sergei getting boo’d tonight?
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Hockey in Nashville makes as much sense as an outdoor rink in Los Angles. Take these Western Bums Down!
Given the big games MTL has played recently, I get the uneasy feeling that they might be underestimating the predators a bit.
I agree. Nashville’s off to a slow start, but this is mostly the same team that put up 100 points last year in one of the tougher divisions. Plus, they pulled a major choke-job against the Leafs on Tuesday, so you know they’ll be focused better for this one.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, this one is in the bank. AK gets 3 and gives his bro the Belurussian bayonet right where the sun don’t shine.
-If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever……
We might be, but i thnk the habs are handling it differently
boone, whoever has fracophone-ish skills…
I need some help. this video from the centenial game, brunet says something after about 5 players names, it sounds like “travais”…but I know this isnt a real french word. what is he saying?
its like “gomez travais, cammalleri, travias,…”
travail means work
He’s just saying they are all putting in an extra effort. Travailler = To Work
You were likely confused by SK and ‘work’ appearing in the same sentence.
Great headline, Mike. You’ve been especially on lately, aside from crediting the other team with goals they haven’t scored.
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I guess we’re getting MAB again!! what a joke that eklund douche is!
Weber is the right idea for now. He liekly can do at least as well as MAB in the d zone, and with a little confidence, I think he’ll put quite a few pucks in the net on the pp. Hard to justify taking Picard out of the line up at this stage, though.
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Every time you click that site, he makes money. It’s your time, use it wisely
haha your probably right. thanks, I appreciate it
OK: you have, bar none, hands down, going home, the coolest avatar and alias on the site.
This is awesome. Everyone else is looking up at you.
If SK gets on the scoresheet for anything but a dumb penalty, I will be very very upset.
you know he will be trying very hard
I think Boone just nicknamed AKost: The Belarusian Bayonet
What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline-plan wrapped helically around an axis?
After Antechambre RDS had MAB on for a 10-15 minute spot the other night – sitting in a diner with what looked like onion rings on the table. Le P’tit Tigre was pushing hard for him as well. Besides the fact that he may be the worst defenseman ever, I worry about my friend Timo’s well-being should MAB don les tricouleurs once more.
What are you talking about? I am already planning MAB Welcome Back party at my house. Everyone (except Boone) is invited.
WHY is an irrelevant ex-1 year hab on RDS? Are they really that retarded with french players?
Good idea bulking up with onion rings! They give you super human strength along the boards in the defensive zone!
Good idea bulking up with onion rings! It also really adds to your speed so as not to be caught up ice on the PP when the short handed team breaks out past you!
I posted this earlier on another story, but I like this so much I had to post it again. As one other commenter (Johhny_D) said, this should be filed under the “it’s funny ’cause it’s true” category.
Barry Melrose on Carey Price: “… and he’s playing in the most
pressure packed place in the NHL. And you could say Toronto is more
pressure packed… Toronto’s not more pressure packed because Toronto
doesn’t win. Montreal wins and they make the playoffs.”
Suddenly, my heart warms to Melrose.
Here’s the link. He says this at about 1:00.
I’ll be there. I think you should make everyone try to drink their beer with boxing gloves on in honour of MAB’s puckhandling abilities.
Lemme call Yeats. He’s always up for a road trip. He can bring the Genny and I’ll bring the potato salad.
LOL. Good one.
Nobody says “Weber” more dramatically than Houde. We get to hear it more often tonight.
We’ll trade our Weber with their.
im excited to hear…TOO TOO
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Any idea of a link for those of us in the USA?
Got the RDS Feed.
Man, it’s been a while since I watched a live game while following the blog.
Flyers-TB already a 3-3 game with 6 goals in just 10 minutes of scoring!
Defence and goaltending not the focus of the match.
5 3 philly now.
Six goals in ten minutes of scoring? or ten minutes of playing?
Ya but is Stamkos showing respect??
Computer acting up.Don’t know if I can get CJAD, it won’t load.
Maybe yell at it a little.
Make that 5 – 4 Philly … 9 goals!!
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Now, THAT’s respect. Respek!
Pyatt can’t buy it
man imagine if Eller played with guys who can score..
for sure he would have more then 1 point by now
First he needs to learn to show some respect.
lol is it you who says this every game? maybe it’s just deja vu but I feel like i’ve read this many times before.
I do agree with you though. He’ll get his chance.
Two clear penalties not called – AK46 held and Moen hooked.
Eller is really making a strong impression tonight, I find he is having a great game thus far,
BoBo in Philly is getting lit up, 4 goals on seven shots, ouch,
Looks a little messy…
Shows no respect.
Subban should have gotten 2 there for being disrespectful.
These guys warming up for Monday night?
– In Price We Trust
See? You don’t have to headhunt to throw a solid, effective bodycheck.
Picard impressive , i like him more and more every shift
Good to see PK isn’t slowing down.
Two solid checks from two Ds on a single shift, good to see.
WHy would he? It would be totally retarded if he let what that puke richards said affect him.
Pyatt is suffering from the Higgins syndrom.
Eller is impressing tonite
Lars Eller is playing a very good upbeat and physical game. He’s all over the ice and taking charge out there. What a great pick-up.
Too bad the guy we traded for him has scored more goals so far.
Totally agree HH, the Blues brass were not lying when they said they had a very, very hard time deciding to trade him and schultz
Maybe he respects the goalie too much?
We got Pulashaj for D’Agostini, not Eller.
the current NHL.com feature videos are “saves of the year.” carey has 3…no one else has more than one.
I think he will be a Plekanec type of player in a couple of years and the kind of guy opposing teams won’t want to play against.
Max is a weak link out there tonight. Put someone out there with AK46 who can actually move it forward.
Wow, that is some shitty defensive play by the 5 guys on the ice.
They’re killing us.
halak scored on himself…how have you missed that haha
Not our player for a change… yet.
Yes I know thanks. I was making reference to Halak’s own goal last nice.
He means Halak. He didn’t specify which net that goal was scored on, however.
I think he is talking about Halak..
do we have anyone at hamilton whos got gritt and who can score?
.::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.
Sorry, I seen the clip, and enjoyed it. The reference wasn’t very clear.
I think he was talking about Halak’s own goal. Not that I want Eller to score on his own net.
BTW Palashaj is scoring at 1.40 points per game pace in the AHL.
Aaron Palushaj 10GP 3G 11A 14pts +7
wow robbery there
PK… You hold your stick in the air for 5 seconds, they’re going to know you’re shooting.
Oh Lappy, fail!
He was trying to show respect to the puck
Put Eller with Gomer and AK.
He needs to work on the glove hand.
Where’s the team from last game? I miss them…
if he hits it too hard, something might happen to him
cheer up……man, you must be awful to be around.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow… But someday, someone will show him…
Leave Shiloh alone. He’s been moderately tolerable lately.
Huh? You must be a nasty little weenie – glad I don’t know you. I think the MaxLap experiment isn’t really getting AK46 any chances – that was the extent of my comment. As to being cheerful – I’m having a glass of wine with my son, the fireplace has some birch in it and the little dog is asleep a few feet away. I’m very cheerful, thanks.
are you for real?
your cheerfulness is clearly shown by your apparent need to attack everybody…I think he was just kidding around.
Glad to hear but every post is a comment from you is negative, no? Maybe not intended??
OK – in a positive vein – Max is a gritty 3rd line centre who pops the occasional big goal and Eller seems ready to bust out and might benefit from a more offensive placement – with AK and Gomer. It could be a win-win – or I could be full of it.
Eller has one pass and no goals in 17 games.
What evidence do you have that he belongs on the powerplay?
haha, feel bad for the goalies though.
heh no i just htink it’s a recurring theme.. eller makes a sick play to pyatt who can’t shoot for sh!t
Price is playing amazing, but the D men are sure helping him out when he’s out of position. Granted, it’s their fault he has to make all these amazing saves, so they kind of owe him.
aaaaand were back
ok.. who is the one who said that other then the penalty sheet he doens’t want to see sk on the scoreboard lol
88 is the new 23
That looked familiar eh?
LOL. Sergei’s first impact in the game is putting him team on the PK.
Campbell will love that call. Five clear penalties not called – then SK, a guy the league has to hate, gets called for an iffy one.
Pierre Houde has a problem with the basic math – “it’s double the shots for the Predators, 8 vs 6″
PP looks fine.
Great goaltending at both ends of the ice
Off topic, but why is Terry Crisp still wearing a poppy?
Some people wear them year round. My dad does, in honor of his father.
Not often you see a Train in motion get stopped in its tracks!
TooToo train Subbanated! and then Pickard crunching some dude
6-5 Philly over Tampa, I think “Bobs” bubble has burst
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
– Bilbo Baggins
history in making in philly.. lol but seriously whats the modern day record for most goals scored in a single game by both teams combined
I respect that thud from P.K!
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
Sergei was invisible out there until his penalty
Boston, Toronto AND Philly winning. Grrrr….
This just in from Philly: Mike Richards called an improptu press conference stating that Rookie Coach Boucher needs to show more respect. “We score 6 goals and this Rookie Coach has the disrespect to let his team stick with us by scoring 5, his GM better talk to him or I’m going to have to start shooting pucks into their bench”
Somebody please crash Briere for that fist pump after each goal.
I think this happens with the habs this year. Remember at the beginning of the season we beat Buffalo and Pitts and then lost to a cheap team? They get confident and slightly full of themselves The Habs and then don’t play as hard when a lesser team comes in. Of course, Nashville is no cake walk and the Habs did beat Carolina so what do I know?
We need Toronto to win some games Chuck, do you want Boston to select in the Top 2 again?
I’m really not seeing the point of calling up weber when chances are he won’t play and the bulldogs are playing 3 games in 3 nights starting tomorrow night. I could see if the they were going on an extended road trip when you would want to carry an extra defenceman but when they are playing at home tonight and again on saturday.
Hmmmm… Neighboor is coming home. Man, is he drunk or what… He’ll need a key that is size of a hockeystick and a huge keyhole… Took almost 5 minutes for him to open the door… It’s interesting to stay awake 😀
payback on powe,awesome.
Tampa are sinking like a stone.
HIO needs a “like this” button.
THANK YOU! someone else sees the light!
Are there any words left to describe Price’s play, or do we need to start making a few up?
is giving up 7 goals in half a game part of the boucher 1-3-1 system?
we should be up 1-0, but Laputz missed an open net.
habs not sharp, could be a loss.
They can win them at the end of the year, when they’ve already been long-eliminated from the playoffs.
I thought Pleks was imitating him after he scored the 2nd goal on Tues
“It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”
You’re right – doesn’t make much sense unless they’re thinking about making a deal.
Can’t field a winning record without defence and goaltending, TBL are lacking both.
Rinne made a huge stop with his paddle.
7-6 flyers with the game only half over
your right but the goalie actually did save it
Have both teams pulled their goalies? 13 goals in 30 minutes?
Spacek’s pass just so blind sometimes.
What the F*** kind of coverage was that?
The good news for me is that TB pulled Ellis (on my fantasy team) after 4 goals stopping the bleeding.
wide open in the slot…i sense a pattern
How was he left alone?
yup,both are pulled.
My favourite would be from the “Big Bang Theory”: BAZINGA!
Why was Hamrlik on the the right side there? Everyone caught out of position. Great pass by the Cube though.
Defense 101: Always have a defender in front of the net.
Defensive breakdowns suck.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 – Philadelphia Eagles 7
A goaltender’s battle. Last one standing!
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Nah, he hasn’t been scoring on his own net.
I really need to start watching that show, everyone keeps telling me it’s great.
I’m wondering which of these new accounts is Xtra. But I don’t think he’s clever enough to come up with Laputz.
he was destroyed in the corner and was very slow getting up but at least it wasn’t from behind.
You won’t regret it. It’s brilliant
Didn’t realize that, always thought we were supposed to take them off at the service.
And that’s the problem with the Markov injury: more minutes for the bouncing Czechs.
How is that not high-sticking? He whacked darche right in the helmet.
Really struggling to hold the O-zone tonight…losing puck battles on the boards…
“Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”
I wonder how much Sergei put up on the board for a win over his brother. The
Preds areplaying like they need the money.
Just me, or has NHL officiating been even worse than usual while the league organizes and covers Campbell’s backside?
Really feels like we’re going to get shutout by Rinne again, not working hard enough.
Thank you JM!!! Play Eller!!!
Who the hell gives up a 3 on 1 while on the PP?
Ouch, PK just gets himself into so much trouble sometimes. Still love the kid though.
Not his fault. Someone should be covering for him.
I guess Habs are not too interested in these 2 point.
Well we pretty much have to score now.
OK now, for pete’s sake, score on the PP.
MAB…MAB…MAB…where are you? PP is killing us…5 on 3 now…
Is it just me, or is this game kind of a snorefest compared to the one vs Filthy?
AK draws a penalty – maybe he might benefit from some first-wave pp time.
Ok, the Predators are getting the most retarded luck I’ve ever seen.
Somebody please shake these guys and wake them up!
Sorely lacking effort!
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Damn, that Rinne looks stellar…
4 on 1 – and they put themselves offside.
Habs haven’t taken an out-of-conference opponent other than VAN seriously this season.
we will be used to tight games when playoffs come along as we will have the majority of these games all year…goaltending and d are more important for us as by the end of the season we will be somewhere 18-24 in goal scoring unless we pick up a scorer…we have to realize this team is not elite in goal scoring talent but you do not need to be
PK needs to use a different stick. Something that breaks less.
Habs gotta get someone to QB this sorry powerplay…should have some money with O’Byrne gone…
Yeah, 2 more minutes of us not scoring!
Nice, one of their better penalty killing forwards in the box for this one.
Barry Trotz hockey.
Come home Sheldon.
When was the last time Habs had such an advantage in getting calls?
C’mom…..this is getting frustrating!!
ok we really have to pot one here. These PP’s are going to go the other way sooner or later.
anybody got a link? thanks
I see what you are trying to do there.
Picard’s passes don’t often hit their intended target do they?
Unbelievably bad PP. Keystone coppish.
If Pouliot actually hits the net there, it’s a goal.
the kid really needs to shorten his backswing
Yeah maybe…He’s riding the bus with Hershey…actually saw him last week in Charlotte as they were doing the game day skate where our team was playing…
Well, he was way out of position trying to follow the puck which he carried and lost into his opposite corner. “Someone” would have to read minds to follow that and cover up. Trying to go though 3 guys on the opposite side isn’t really the best idea there.
Will SOMEONE on the Habs tell Subban to **** off with that ridiculous wind-up? He’d probably have 4 goals this season if he’d knock it off.
If that’s not a make up call, what is? Weakest interference I’ve ever seen.
Cammy is getting his share of bad penalties…
Good for you Cammy. We suck on the PP so even it up then get a shorty.
Glad the PP is over it was getting hard to watch…
Pretty lame call…
Cammi is being totally useless today. Ditto for Gomez but that’s like saying that water is wet.
Massive makeup call,saw it coming though. We’re not the leafs who get 7 straight PP’s
I think he’s kinda ugly. 😉
NOw would be a perfect time to score before the start to blow make up-calls… Ok.. I was too slow..
That’s the kind of night that it’s been… Spackek
of all people finds himself alone in the slot with a tremendous scoring chance,
which he of course flubbed
Rinne is playing Price-ian tonight.
He’s carrying my pool.
Boone is it really quiet at the bell tonight? its the first time i ever heard just one single guy screaming over and over on rds
It’s lucky sevens between the Flyers and Lighting!
7-7 at the end of the 2nd period in TB-PHI game.
And I picked Kovalchuk…FOOL!
I have Stamkos in two pools, but against him in two others this week. I’m not sure how to feel.
Trotz is his own bobblehead…just sayin
I think it’s going to come down to a last second field goal
MAB is still #1 pick in mine.
The passing sucks tonight. On the plus side: my Kilkenny is still cold and delicious.
Shhhh, he might have you whacked if he hears you
just not quite in sync so far. Gonna have to get an ugly one!
Boone, the PK is good but it looks like they have been killing a penalty for 2 periods !
No offensive push whatsoever! Lots of standing around!
Passing is a mess!
Then you are clearly one up tonight my friend.
Anyone think Stamkos can do 50 in 50?
I just can’t believe we’re gonna lose this game.The loss of these 2 points practically renders the victory over the Phillys moot.
Think he can do it in 39?
Not too sure of the Bell ad in the corner Markov went down??
Eller just wrecked a guy!
I am loving Eller’s physical play tonight.
Man-ish shift for Eller. Give him more minutes!
Eller is strong on skate. He can hit.
I can’t believe we’re playing like this against the team that blew a 3-0 lead against the laffs.
Man, Rinne is stopping shots from afar. So… what does that tell you guys? anybody? How about… well… wait for it… ok… how about jamming the net? Eh?
See that shoulder by Eller to create space? Looks like something Pleks would do. Maybe Eller’s learning some stuff from Tomas.
Nice shift by Eller
He simply stood there and levelled that guy. Great to see.
Yeah…rumors abound…I’m safe as I have connections…I actually have a Preds Jersey signed by the team when my boy Paul Kariya was with them…
He might do it before the end of the night.
Eller’s got some jam to him tonite. Good idea getting Benny more ice.
Only the second period. And we are playing ALOT better this period. Great stuff from Eller. He should get more playing time because of this.
Rinne’s rebound control hasn’t been amazing. Just keep crashing the net and we’ll pot a dirty one.
Eller really is one of our strongest guys along the boards.
It’s 1-0 relax. Team’s lose. The Habs are in this game and have had their chances. Pred’s goalie has been great so far. Nothing will render last win moot.
still a whole period to go relax lots can happen they were leading toranta by 4 just 2 days ago and lost
Exactly. Last sequenece we had 3 guys behind the net when we had the puck. It was agreat shift by Eller but nobody going to the net.
that hasn’t worked yet either
The NHL stepped in and awarded the Leafs enough PP’s until that 3-0 lead was overturned.
Well, 2 crappy periods done. Have the 3rd to redeem themselves.
Lapierre is totally useless on the 2nd line. Put Eller there!
Shades of last season.
I really don’t get you people. No team wins every game. It’s 1-0. Chill out.
I thought somebody said they killed Kenny.
So, I take it that their play after 2 periods is acceptable?
It’s like when we were groing up, and during road hockey everybody wanted to be Gretzky.
“Montreal have the best hockey fans in the world, . They love the game, they’re savvy about the game and Habs fans are completely unreasonable about the game: one win, plan the parade; one loss, tie the noose. It’s super-emotional, it’s completely irrational, but that’s what makes it so glorious”
ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE………. DISGRACE, WE NEED TO TRADE THEM ALL. We cannot stand for this.
Their play has been a little off but not bad…..Rinne and their D have been better…so far
Hang in there, JM’s handing out cans of whoop-ass as we speak.
Credit Rinne and their D. Our scoring chances have not been pretty.
Oy yoy yoy!!! Preds are winning the battles…Habs need to get dirty next period if they want this one…
nice benoit brunet impression
time for a beer!
nashville down to 11 forwards…we should win this game…it is very likely we will be life and death vs the leafs saturday
If Subban is one of the guys talking to the press tonight, someone needs to ask him why he’s completely abandoned his wrist shot in the NHL.
Wrist shots aren’t hip with the kids, dont’cha know. But then again, taking 10 seconds to wind up for a big slapper only to get it blocked ain’t cool, either.
OK, so the number 4 team in the league is down by a single goal to the number 23 team in the league. Let’s not panic here. Let’s settle down, get some guys in Rinne’s face/space, get some shots down low on the net and bang in a rebound or three.
And for pity’s sake will someone please go out and get me a 6 of Boreale Rousse?
I hear ya man. My big fat cat is sleeping on me so I can’t go get a refill of my Captain Morgain. Cats are useless.
Now RDS is mentioning Breezer. Could it be the mother of all comebacks – Breezer and MAB signed by xmas? I mean, talk about a xmas present.
I never thought I’d say this but your schtick is getting old.
Yeah, heard that too. It was about PK’s huge windup from the point which gives opponents time to block it or reposition for it. Carbo used Breezer quick snapshot as an example PK should try (or use) instead (I think).
because of the lack of scoring talent we have we struggle vs teams like nashville,leafs…we match up better vs caps,pitts
It’s not becuase of lack of scoring talent… it’s because of lack of physical play by the top 6.
Nashville looks pretty good out there. Solid shut down team.
we all know habs always lose to tight checking teams.
passing is awful, not sharp, didn’t show up for this game.
tonight they look alot like last year’s team.
I actually don’t mind Benoit…I dropped my Center Ice last year to bootleg RDS through my computer since Center Ice always had the opposing team feed…
Did SK arrange to get the Habs skates filled with cement and the sticks weighted?
I definitely think Stamko is gonna be worth every penny of 9 per playing for TB
Someone NOT named Stamkos actually scores for Tampa, 8-7.
it’s 1 thing to lose to a good team, but Nashville?
habs showing their true color tonight.
Just joining HIO now, but been watching the whole game.
– Price show in the 1st
– Rinne show in the 2nd
-Habs forcing plays – lots of deflections and missed passes, but credit to Preds for pressure
-Subban is great, but could he take any more time winding up for a shot??? Could go for a Tim’s before that release!
– I like Picard. Quietly holding the fort & watching the back door.
2 more pp goals for leafs..we better be ready to kill 8 pp
It’s now 8-7 in favour of the TBL.
Losing 3-1 to the Leafs. Jersey’s season is over.
And to think that Richards was part of team Canada while Stamkos wasn’t.
Not a lot of respect being shown to the goalies in Philly tonight
Yikes. Why is everyone giving up? a. it’s not over b. we’re not gonna win them all c. there will be off nights. and D. Chill Out.
Devils making the Laffs look good…
So Shelly pots a goal in the Flyers/Bolts scorefest…
Habs are ripe for a let-down game, this could be it. Still another period, though, and it if they can get in gear … they don’t want to lose at home to a crap team like this. How about Cammalleri ties it up and PK ftw!
Full Breezer 4 Life
Jersey’s done for the duration of that Kovulchuck contract.
and yet Brodeur will shut us out
On the contrary – false colour… ‘cmon, they were “lights out” last week and to me, that was the real deal. Game’s not over but if they lose, I’ll admit if they mail this one in ’cause they ARE kinda suckin right now.
Cammalleri is having a terrible game so perhaps it would be logical that he ties it up. See the logic?
Jersey is a Mickey Mouse club
Preds have shut out the Habs for the last 5 periods.
Eller passes to Moen. You know it is a waste.
Imagine if Eller had a couple linemates who could score. He’s created tons of chances tonight.
My fantasy team woudl appreciate that box score.
OMG Gomez is useless.
Habs must be Swedes…got no Finnish…
How are we missing these open nets???
Gotta admit, great coverage on Gomes there…
That Gomez line gives me an ulcer.
Gomez misfires on another open net.
Does Cammalleri ever win a battle for the puck? Not this season, it seems.
For such a tough little runt, Tootoo goes down pretty easy.
did i just see Georges make a save with his face?
Must be very challenging to cover Gomer.
Ryder+. That’s all he is.
When I hear “Fransen” I think “Johan Franzen.” When I think “Johan Franzen” I then think “Ryan O’Byrne falling down, getting walked around, and a goal.”
To be fair, his stick was checked.
That’s a little bit ridiculous to say after a 13 goal playoffs.
Don’t bother with this troll.
HI/O member for: 3 hours 26 min
In terms of ability, it’s totally accurate. He doesn’t carry the puck well, he sucks in the defensive zone, can’t play the PK, but has an unbelievable shot. He’s essentially a better version of Ryder. The epitome of one-dimensional.
Disagree completely, when he’s on his game he carries the puck fine. As for defensive play, not many snipers on the wing are defensive stalwarts.
Never say never.
HH, you may need to bring the tank out just to blow away the MAB / Breezer crowd.
I’m gonna start makin’ T-shirts with the words “Chill-out” on the front and the number 31 on the back.
Gonna make a mint!
Spacek looks like my mechanic.
Gorges what a warrior.
I think I need booze to watch this…
They are playing textbook D against our #1
Unbelievable what isn’t being called on Nashville right now.
Subban needs to practise his shots.
Eller got hooked, no call.
The goalies in the SJS-DAL game know Subban is taking slapshots.
It’s not saying a lot for this particular game, but I’d have to say that Eller has been our most dangerous forward.
Someone has to teach PK how to shoot without the massive windup.
Eller is everywhere. The points will come. He has to use his wingers better.
Has P.K. still his stick up in the air?
Just not going our way…….
Damn, he had him beat.
Pekka F. Rinne
I think he needs wingers who can chip in the odd goal.
Spatch asleep AGAIN
Well that sucks.
WTF is going on?
JUST PLAIN CRAP. Unlucky.
Hamrlik having a very forgettable game.
It’s just not our night.
Okay, it’s officially a repeat of last November’s Preds-Habs game.
As good as Spacek and Hammer have been recently, they have been as brutal tonight.
What was Spacek doing there… besides checking his man, I mean?
I am so confused by the review rules.
Looks like it’ll count
No need for review. Incidental contact on the skate.
That’ll be called a goal, but the kicking motion is as distinct as Halpern’s that was denied last week.
Hence the crisis without Markov, those two are getting worn out with the heavy minutes and tough assignments.
NOBODY understands that rule. You can have goals that are clear soccer kicks that are ruled fine like Bissonnette got against the Habs last year, because there was no “intent” to kick, even though nothing about intent is in the rule book.
There’s no comparison. Halpern tried to kick the puck to his stick, he just missed tapping it in. In this case the Pred player was putting on the breaks. No kicking motion. Goal is good.
WHY? What was hmrlk doing?
I think he stepped on his own skate and went for a little spin in the corner………….looked like something out of Ice Capades
Kicking motion…no goal
Kicked it… betcha’s all. No goal.
This could come back. His leg definitely comes toward the net.
I thought it was ‘directed in’ now, not ‘kicking motion’??
Why do the Habs always seem to let these mediocre southern US teams come to the Bell Centre and win?
An important announcement from the Government of Canada:
Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.
There wasn’t enough evidence to conclusively prove it was a clear kicking motion. I’m not surprised the goal stood.
Hamrlik and Spacek again.
Marky better come back soon.
Can’t give up now! This is where character has to pull through.
What a stinker of a game. It was bound to happen but seriously, what a stinker of a game.
Any chance of Gomez stepping up,
Won’t be outplayed as badly as last year, but the result looks like it’ll be the same. Pekka F. Rinne.
Really impressed by Eller tonight. I think he may get a third star for his efforts here.
Alrighty then. Let’s play some hockey now.
Habs don’t care enough about the out-of-division, non-rivalry squads. Hence tonight’s results.
Well that and what I warned about all those people saying we don’t need Markov, we need him just to make sure Hamrlik and Spacek don’t become Dead Men Skating by February.
this is reality.
these are the real habs tonight.
They better not play like this on Saturday
What a snipe.
bound to happen…its ok
Well, there’s the weak one.
Oooo boy, this otta start some Price crap on here now.
Can someone figure out how to ban this knuckle dragger permanently?
Softie #2 for Price this season.
this is the real Price tonight.
should have kept Halak.
Release the trolls!!
Poor little guys, they were starved for material these last two weeks…
He barely move on that. Did it come from between Gorges legs?
Ouch!…at least bust the shutout…
That was one heck of a pickup game in Philly!
and there they are!
My 3 stars:
Member for 3 hours and 8 minutes!
The big difference, and it is a huge one, between the Habs and the Flyers. When the Habs are losing they take it like men and accept the results with class and act like gentlemen. The Flyers act like a bunch of juvenile deliquents and borderline criminals and goon it up.
Screw the predators and their stupid team!
“It must be love!”
They’ve already started (see below)
I’m not surprised after Tuesday night they didn’t get up for the Preds, neither did I!
Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.
i fixed your post for you…
Spacek PLAYS like my mechanic.
so does auld start saturday?
Nashville definitely the better team tonight. They deserve it.
But why the hell is there an NHL team in NASHVILLE?
Andrew simple put a 24 hour delay between registration and being allowed to post.
If he wasn’t so pathetic I’d laugh too.
where ya been the last month?
im obviously joking…that last goal was like the first bad one hes allowed in a month.
We need scoring on the other team’s net, not our own.
It depends on how much control you have on your server. One way is to block his IP address. There are others but as I said it depends on how much administrative control you have on the server.
Damn straight dude.
He was working on that post.
this is the start of 3 losses in a row.
habs shutout for the 3rd time in 19 games! OMG
that means 11 more shutouts! god this team is the worst offensively in the NHL!
time to put Youppi on the 1st line. much better tham Gomercrap.
This just seems to be one of those games. Bounces not going our way, running into a hot goalie. Lots of teams probably feel like this after playing us.
ZERO mojo tonight
Preds wanted it more tonight, plain and simple.
can we please stop the laps in the top 6 experiment?
I second that. While were at it. Put AK46 back with Pleks.
Price has been good, but would it have been stupid move to let Auld play this game? Maybe guys would have given more effort, when there’s a backup in the nets?
No! Definitely No! did I say no already? Coming off a shutout, you dont just sit the hottest goaltender in the NHL with 4 wins in a row with a 0.75 GAA and .979SV%. So, NOOO!
I thought they would have started Auld as well, Get Price back in there on Sat, Oh well, I hope Price plays on Sat
If we had won 3-1 vs. the Flyers, I would be inclined to agree with you, but you never bench a goalie after a shutout.
They just use him to cut down on “injury time.”
When he drops his mitts and cocks that right hand, all humanity trembles!
Boone, it was the lack of a reverse-jinx. This loss is on you. I hope you’re happy.
I’m still high on this Habs team, but at what point is Gauthier or Martin going to realize that Lapierre isn’t a top 6 winger? He’s a 4th-liner at best.
Habs get beaten by teams that employ a boring style that stifles them, hence NJD and NSH losses. Their creative play can’t get through and they’re missing the power forward to create an opening for them.
right in the junk
The truth is that none of them wanted to be the answer to the trivia question: Who was the first star against the Nashville Preditors last season?
Preds outbattled the Habs tonight plain and simple…Gotta hand it to Trotz….he makes do with very little every year in a town that doesn’t care about hockey…Preds D was excellent tonight…
What an awkward hit, hope both players are ok.
Spatch did a face plant into the top if the boards. Ouch!!!
Let’s see. Boston, Vancouver, Philly….wins
Columbus, Nashville, Florida…losses.
That hurt just watching it…
Spatch just lost a few chiclets on that one.
Insult to injury, 2 minutes for that, Spacek.
Too bad he couldn’t have hit his check that hard on the 2nd goal.
Seriously though… hope he’s ok.
and not just losses, shut outs.
The 2nd Preds goal should never have happened. That was just poor D play by Hamrlik and then by
Spacek. Now, Carey let’s in a bad goal. Definitely a let down by this team.
Hate to lose the 2 points against a team like the Predators, but I would rather have the stinker now
rather than this coming Saturday. The team was simply never in the game and their play reflected
that. I am sure this game will be long forgotten as the team prepares for the hated Leafs.
Shut out at home to the ‘Ice Hockey’ Team from Nashville. Oh well lets hope they are plenty p’d for the Leafs on Saturday. Oh no now Spatch uses his face as a battering ram…I need a stiff drink…good night
Rounds are on SK tonight.
You create your own bounces and the Habs didn’t do that tonight. No spark, no drive, no goals. It happens, just can’t let it carryover to Saturday
Can’t win em all sadly. Nothing going there way tonight, it’s one of those games. Although if were giving two points away it might as well be against a western team.
Eller was our best player tonight, Pyatt looked solid as well.
Carey didnt’t play badly, but i’d rest him and play Auld against TO.
i really think MAB would have helped tonight
(tongue firmly planted in cheek)
The first goal shouldn’t have happened, either.
Embarassing loss to a WC team that they didn’t take seriously until too late.
Hamrlik and Spacek will have good and bad nights this season, but as it wears on, the bad nights will really outnumbers the good ones if Markov isn’t back to take some pressure off of them. We needed him to shoulder 20 minutes minimum a night and mentor Subban, only time Subban didn’t take that damn mega wind-up was when Markov fed him against BOS.
It’s OK, its not like we were gonna win’em all. I wish Gomez would just do something.
The only thing that was missing tonight was the Habblebee uniforms.
and not just wins, shut outs.
Don’t forget Jersey!!
I think JM found carbozos combination locks
The youth are getting ruined:
PK not the same; steady decay these last games
Pouliout on a line with darch and halpern, a top ten draft pick
JM has to go! thats another shut out at home…this is disgusting
I am not complaining, the team has played above my expectations this year and these nights are bound to happen but that being said, it seems if we don’t score in the first period it is virtually a forgone conclusion that we will be shut out. Maybe it is frustration clouding my memory but it has to be about 85% or more the last few seasons, if we don’t score in the first we don’t score at all.
Can’t win ’em all. A goal would have been nice, though.
Man these guys just can’t get (it) up for the weak teams. Some sort of complacency thing. So boring.
Bag skate their sorry butts tomorrow JM. And cut their rum rations.
We can lose to Columbus, Nashville, Florida, New Jersey…But the leafs in the season opener, that hurts. And we get to play them Saturday again on a 2 game win streak. That hurts.
Price must start on Saturday. Can’t rest him after a loss like this in which he let in the biggest stinker all year. Time to see how he bounces back in a huge Saturday night game against Toronto.
Good night. Would have been more terrible to watch the game without you.
What happened to riding off into the sunset while giving us the finger?
The Montreal Canadiens: sporting the best AND worst fans since 1909!
Typical coach moaning.
He wasn’t telling the players not to play for the 1st period or just have completely uncoordinated passing throughout the whole game, the team has to want to play.
Wow, so I guess the Habs season is over. We are gonna end up dead last. Trade all the players. Fire all coaches. Sell the team. Burn down the Bell, and move it all to Quebec City……….
Its ONE game… Relax, we didn’t even give up any points to an EC team. Philly lost tonight…. There will still be a tomorrow.
This team does not want to play for this coach…its soo obvious…they won these last few games because of price
Markov is gone. Maybe for the season. I am concerned SF because you’re sounding a bit like a Halak lamenter.
Markov was rushed IMO and shouldn’t have been playing top minutes by the looks of things either.
I will admit that I was thinking how much better they’d be this game if Markov was out there and 100%. But he’s not. Habs need to find a way without him.
Habs got out coached tonight and the other goalie was better.
Stinker? Bounce Back??? 3 goals on 30 shots isn’t bad. In fact it wont even bring down his SV% very much…
It wasnt 7 goals on 36 shots……….. Price did fine.
How do you have coordinated passing when the lineups change every night?
The team can’t stand this guy
You forgot PG and BG, not to mention they traded Halak, standing pat, 47% and 88 points.
You think being in the top 4 of the conference is DISGUSTING??????
Your an idiot.
This post is laughable, Habs are a great hockey team. They lost a game, even the best teams do that.
I know, but I got a little tired of people saying he wasn’t that important and the season would go on without him. It’s a blow that will be more evident as each month goes by. Still hoping it’s strained ligaments not a tear because honestly I don’t see Hamrlik and Spacek standing up to this by March, let alone April.
That’s funny. You’re a funny guy. You know that?
They can’t stand him so much they played their way to the top of the Division, right….
So is this the first game you have watched?????? Pouliot Halpern and Darche have been playing together awhile…. In fact they even have a nick name for the line. WELCOME TO YOUR FIRST GAME…
Not saying he played badly, but no goalie feels good about letting in a goal like that. Just saying that sitting him would send the wrong message. Gotta keep up his confidence by letting him play a big game on Saturday.
Your post is disgusting
It’s Tony. Does that explain it now?
When you are laughing AT someone, THEY are not funny…. Just entertaining. I can hear the players now. Blaming JM…. Damn coach, too much experience. Hate that he doesnt yell at us, oooooo gets me so mad….
Goodfellas restaurant scene…”Funny how?”
Your right, too many trolls around making me jump too quickly.
JM has to go!
After one loss?
Dude, the deal was that you would leave this place, not create a new username and keep posting the same dumb shit. GTFO!
The 1st goal was a beautiful individual effort by Goc. Can’t blame Carey there IMO. It’s the 3rd goal that
maybe Price should have stopped. But, he kept this team in the game with some incredible saves, but it
was simply not meant to be tonight for this team.
The game the Habs lost 3-0 to the Preds. That game.
Already forgotten. Next!
your like a typical leafs fan, excited about a winning record until reality hits you…its to early to get your hopes up
This team does not have any sustained pressure in the off zone; the only game i saw dominance was after the flyers starting playing dirty in the third and then the habs lit them up
you just dont get it do you?
THIS TEAM DOES NOT SUSTAIN AN OFFENSIVE FORECHECK
Everything is perimeter
Hmmmm… Good point. You must forgive me, I’m a little tired… Been awake for 21 hours..
Troll alert, Troll alert!!!!! They’ll be coming out of the woodwork tomorrow
Eller had 12:48 of ice tonite with 1 shot and 4 hits.
You win some you lose some…
I guess that’s the ticket.
Crap, now we have to play the RED HOT LEAFS.
Leaves burn when they’re that hot.
Hot Leafs, now thats an oxymoron
Big friggin’ deal. They lost. It happens. You can tell who are the adults and who are the children on this web site.
Any way we can contact Tony’s parents and get them to take away his Internet access when the Habs lose?
Hopefully this will get them pumped for Saturaday night.
Going to watch Brendan Gallagher (#11 out there) in the WHL Super Series game with the Russian Juniors.
You can watch here.
Thank God we don’t play them 4 times! Or even worse…6 times…Would be horrible! I’m not going to analyse this loss and dissect it and everything, it’s one game and I honestly think it was kind of a flukey one. Like the Columbus game earlier…ex-Habs kill!
On a more positive note, Habs are still the only team not to give up more than 3 in regulation. Still Impressive. Means you have a shot at winning every night!
when you have 7 forwards in the line up that have 13 goals combined you will have many games like this …as mentioned many times as long as we make the playoffs it makes no difference where we finish,,,
I disagree. Since the Conference format was introduced only one team that wasn’t top 5 won the Cup, the 8th place over-all Penguins. The higher the Habs finish in the standings the better. Squeeking in and hoping for the best is not enough.
I am not including the 1995 Devils as that season was shortened, nevertheless they were 9th over-all.
Unfortunately a rather predictable game. If we have to lose, better tonight than against Philly the other night.
Hopefully this will deflate a few heads and get skates back down to earth—uh ice, for Saturday.
Bright spot was Lars Eller. When he starts scoring, he will be a big favorite. I thought Benoit Pouliot had a few good shots; too bad they didn’t go in, but then nothing did tonight. Example: The shot that went through Rinne’s pads and trickled off to one side. That could have changed the complexion of the game, had it “trickled straight” into his net.
We had “gift goal” potential on numerous occasions and never “netted the fish”
Montreal continues to be the “team to beat” and the opposition is usually “up” for the Canadiens, necessitating a little extra motivation from our guys.
Good stuff Fred. This post is what a Habs fan is being about.
Trolls take notes!!!!
Folks here may disagree but you could see this result shaping up in the first period. Martin should have reduced Gill/Georges/Hammlik’s ice time from the very beginning. Anyone who watched first period and took measure of of time of sustained presure in HABS zone would have noticed that it was largely when the above were on the ice and having some very bad shifts.
Oh Well… should make the boys hungrier for Toronto. I would rather lose against Nashville than Toronto on Saturday. But please please JM be wary of overusing Gill/Hammrlik and Georges.
Well that sucked. Where the hell was the energy from anyone.
Was Pleks really that bad (-3)? I thought Pleks played a pretty solid start. He was winning the faceoffs, passing well enough to get an assist. I found Mike (also -3) was a little weak while trying to fandangle with the puck, held on too long. The PP sucked…PK was terrible at times in this game, Lars SHOULD have been given time on the PP.
A loss, by a shutout hurts from a ‘weaker’ team. I will chaulk this one up as a loss and forget about it tomorrow.
Preparing against teams like Nashville is always difficult. No one really playing GREAT, no one really standing out. You know you play against Tampa, you have a plan to stop Stamkos (if you can), same with Philly. Against New Jersey last month, and again tonight, the goalie played great and we didn’t. We should have scored but the goalie stopped us. Same when we played Philly.
It goes both ways…. NOW I JUST WANT TO SEE US DESTROY ON SATURDAY…
i’ll chalk this up to four things.
1. the schedule.
coming off the win against philly, a hard fought shutout win, everyone was elated. it was a tremendous game. it took it’s toll. everyone was elated with that win. who they play next? the preds. talk about an emotion drop out. plus, toronto is coming up saturday; another game that’s going to be intense. it’s easy to believe the focus wasn’t on tonight. should it have been? of course. but this happens to a lot of good teams.
2. the leafs.
they totally demoralized the preds with that come from behind win. trotz was rightfully pissed, and boxed their ears, i’m sure. there was no way we were going to see a flat nashville team. the preds had more jump because they had more motivation to get fired up.
3. barry trotz.
the man can coach. as others have posted, he’s been pretty successful with what i would deem, lesser talented teams. don’t get me wrong, they have talent, just no flashy talent. they have solid players and they play a simple, conservative, shut down game. it’s been working for them for the last six years. they’re just under the radar because no one on the teams outshines other players in their division. zetterberg, marian hossa, jonathan toews, patrick kane, to name a few.
4. pekka f. rinne.
who the hell does he think he is, martin brodeur? he came to play, and for some damn reason has the habs number. they cracked him a couple of times, but he never broke.
i’m not too disappointed by this loss. i don’t like it, but i’d rather they lose against the preds, a team from the western conference that they never see, than the effin’ leafs. they will be more prepared next game.
My wife (the nut Blue Jacket fan) absolutely HATES the Preds. She says they lull you into a blob of zzz and you hardly notice when they even score and before you know it they’ve beaten you 2-1 or something boring like that…
I hate ’em now too. What a dull game they play. Gary’s Southern Parity Plan for the NHL, oh yeah.
Nashville seemed to clog everything tonight.
Some of the comments tonight…not hard to tell who don’t know much about hockey…get over it…every team plays bad once in awhile.
Listen to the Rocket. But he’ll be pissed if they lose saturday.
A coincidence that Habs got shut out by a team that clogged everything and everybody?
Cammilleri was a spectator tonight. Useless game.
Four great games, followed by what promises to be another great game on Saturday night. Perhaps they got caught looking ahead a little.
I doubt they were caught looking ahead, Habs haven’t brought their A Game to the Leafs since the last one of the 08-09 season really. They don’t see the Leafs as a real rival anymore while the Leafs treat it like the SC Finals because it’s all they have now.
Don’t have a good feeling about the Saturday game, was hoping to pick up 4 points during the week to temper against a potential loss.
He’s so weak on the boards; it seems like whenever the top line is out they try to grind and cycle yet they all get bounced off the puck
i agree we dont want to squeek in but because the type of club we are …solid goaltending,solid pk, we give up low amount of goals but usually score 3 or less a game …who ever we play it will be a close series…right now we can beat any team in a playoff series but we can also lose to any team in the playoffs…we are still 2 years away from being a real elite team…
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