Winning streak ends


Same old Devils … even without Parise and Martin F.


  1. avatar_58 says:

    People wonder why no one takes american hockey seriously. It’s literally the Ovi / Crosby show.

  2. ooder says:

    and this is how pittsburg woudl look like if they wern’t the laughing stock of the nhl for 5 years straight


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  3. Rugger says:

    Gonna miss the first two periods, heading out to deliver a foster dog to an adopter (not going to miss this one, she doesn’t care for the Husky).

  4. kempie says:

    Wow, congratulations FHF. And welcome aboard Clara. FWIW, I make my poop face too when those names come up.

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely disagree, as I wrote to you on the ALN thread. He was a train wreck yesterday and one blocked shot from the blueline that Price likely would have stopped doesn’t afford him “player of the game” status when he made at least 30 horrendous plays. He’s a disaster with the puck and a catastrophe defending someone else who has it. Every shift he played yesterday was highlighted by Weber covering his ass in our zone and the Rangers maintaining possession for his entire shift because he continually lost puck battles, made horrendous turnovers and failed to clear the puck. Had Price and Weber not had great games it would have been a loss solely due to Picard’s incompetence.

  6. Clay4bc says:

    Congrats to that, Chris, and enjoy it! I remember my first game with my daughter like it was yesterday. Almost 2 years old now, and we watch together all the time. She’s even learned to applaud when the Habs score :)


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  7. punkster says:

    He already has the draft of today’s QH on his laptop. He’ll just fill in the blanks and post it. Nobody will notice because we’ll all be 6 deep and scarfing down chilly before the kickoff. Smart journalism is all about being prepared. And well lubricated.

    Edit…hmmm, that last sentence didn’t exactly look right…


  8. 24 Cups says:

    It’s going to be a very short timeline between the end of the hockey game and the Super Bowl.  Seeing that Mike Boone is a huge Steeler fan, I would suggest that MB cancel his “Quick Hits” segment and just post an “About Last Night” tomorrow morning.  That way he can enjoy the football game like the rest of us.

  9. TheMock780 says:

    Nothing could be sweeter then a Super Bowl weekend sweep. Well, a Packers win would actually make it even better. Aaron Rodgers will rip the Steelers secondary to shreds! GO PACK!

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    My two favorite teams playing each other. Looks like I will have to have a drink in each hand. I hope for an entertaining game to the final whistle. Do not care who wins, as long as the Hab’s do today.

    Enjoy your day everybody.!

  11. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I keep hearing people say that, but I really don’t think a defense like the Steelers has is gonna get ripped to shreds. Depends on if Polamalu is %100 I guess.

  12. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Going to be a tough game. The only team that’s been better than the Habs the last while have been the Devils, and Christ knows Brodeur likes toying with the boys at the worst of times anyway. Habs shouldn’t be too tired after the game yesterday though, they didn’t really lean on key guys too much, so they all ought to be fairly fresh considering. Going to take a very good effort today to walk away with two points, but it’s certainly very doable. They’re a big two points and the boys know it.

  13. 100HABS says:

    Interesting side-note:

    SK and AK have the exact same points: 13-16-29.

    Yeah, but who’s better in the room?

  14. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Sergei wouldn’t likely put up those numbers here anyway. He isn’t going to be leaned on as much by this team for offense.


    Good to see the kid succeed though. He always had the talent; he just needed his head screwed on, and a foot up his arse. Glad to see that’s happening for him down in Nashville. I don’t mind much when it comes to missing out on his talent for no real return, he was an addition by subtraction in the first place, and Frosty stood a better chance hanging out in Hell for a few hours than Sergei did of putting those numbers up in Montreal. Sometimes a change of environment is all you need to really straighten up.

  15. FrederictonHabsfan says:

    Can’t wait. Will be watching the game for the first time with my newborn daughter, who is 11 days old today.

    Clara will be sporting he entire pink Habs outfit, which which also wore home from the Hospital. 😉

    She’s a big Boone fan (she was born with more hair than he has now!), but makes her poop face when i talk about Red Fisher or Jack Todd 😉

  16. Mike Boone says:

    As my people say: Mazel tov! There is nothing better than a daughter. Mine is 25, and she’s amazing.

  17. Macaskill says:

    Forsberg making his, what? 14th comeback to the NHL?

  18. ooder says:

    oooo sh!t …

    mike green just took a slapper in the head


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  19. geo_habsgo says:

    I would take a super “About Last Night” tomorrow morning over a rushed “Quick Hits” today so Boone should just cancel it. HOWEVER, tomorrows ‘About Last Night’ has to be epic and uber insightful-moreso than it already is, of course.

  20. geo_habsgo says:

    Would he have to clear waivers like Nobokov? If so, I wouldn’t mind the habs being the douchey team steals him.

  21. Shiloh says:

    I feel that something unusual is going to happen. We’ll chase Martin F. And – Hal Gill will score two!

  22. Shiloh says:

    Congrats! I have four daughters (from age 32 to 20). I always remember my grandfather saying, “A son is a son till he takes a wife. A daughter’s your daughter the rest of your life.”

  23. billylove says:

    Would be great if one of the kids scored the game winner in what will probably be another tight contest. Love their energy. Damn, 2 pts today would look real good. We’re movin up!

  24. Habnofear says:

    RIP Woodie Fryman.

  25. B says:

    No waivers, he was not under contract in Europe this season.

  26. billylove says:

    Indeed, farewell to the big lefthander.

  27. ESundy36 says:

    Would he not be subjected to the same process as Emery, if/when he is signed, though? If he goes to the AHL for conditioning and stays past the 14 day limit he would have to pass through them, however I doubt he will go to Lake Erie as he has been skating with the team.

  28. andrewberkshire says:

    Wasn’t Green the one who shot the puck when Gorges took it in the head? Where in the head did Green take it?

  29. Bill says:

    Who’s in net??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  30. Landof10000lakesHab says:

     Agreed. Another ex Hab showing the drafting prowess of this team. Still need to do a slightly better job developing our assets though. Otherwise we often garner less return on outgoing talent (SK, Grabovski).

    I follow the MN Wild closely as surrounded by Wild fans at work. The change of enviroment for Pouliot and Lats (at least last year) brought out the best in both. Perhaps PG could work a similar deal with the Wild for James Sheppard when he returns next season. Sheppard was the 9th overall pick of the Wild in 2006. Unfortunately for the Wild, he has not yet lived up to expectations and then subsequently injured in an ATV accident before the start of this season. He likely has blown the opportunity for a lengthy career with the Wild. Although the Habs now have a number of Centres in the system, we know the Habs could always use another 6’2″ 215 lb centre with the skills that made Sheppard a top ten pick. Although Sheppard was often in Lemaire’s doghouse at first, he did eventually learn both ends of the ice and we know that is the winning model in JM’s Habville. I’m no PG and not suggesting the makeup of a specific deal, just extending on your original statement on how change of environment is the ticket to success for some hockey players.

  31. andrewberkshire says:

    In the ear? Ouch ouch ouch!

  32. andrewberkshire says:


  33. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I wonder if the Wiz is back in the lineup?

  34. ooder says:

    ya it was….

    he took it right near his ear… closer to his face… bleeding pretty heavily


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  35. andrewberkshire says:

    According to RDS, its the same lineup. So unfortunately Picard is still playing….

  36. ooder says:

    oh ya.. that baby is gonna be ringing for a while


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  37. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Thanks dude.  I thought he had a pretty decent game yesterday, though he does tend to have some brain cramps that lead to give-aways.  I found out yesterday the guy is 6-3,  215lb’s.  Man I wish he’d play a little meaner and tougher with that big frame.

  38. Timo says:

    Whether Steelers win or lose he will be in no shape to write anything in the AM.

  39. B says:

    Colorado can sign Forsberg without his having to clear waivers. All players under contract, however, are subject to waivers if they spend longer than 14 days in the AHL on a consensual conditioning stint. As you pointed out, that is not likely to happen with Forsberg.

    Nabokov did not go through the AHL either, but was subject to detailed waiver rules due to having played in Europe this season.

  40. 24 Cups says:

    Picard was one of our best players yesterday and he  also saved the game in the last minute.

    He may not be part of our long term plans, but he answered the call after having not played for weeks on end.  He’s a spare part – nothing more, nothing less, and should be judged accordingly.

  41. moser17 says:

    Many congratulations! (Multiple baby announcements here today!)

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Congratulations sir!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  43. punkster says:

    Tuesday AM.


  44. andrewberkshire says:

    Washington media is saying he’s not coming back into the game. Yikes.

  45. punkster says:

    Whoa…bit harsh on the guy. He’s not top D man but he was never touted as such. As filler he’s fine for now. And there’s nobody else who can do it at this momnet so we have to live with it. Would you rather have MAB? Breeze?


  46. kempie says:

    Looking forward to a wide open end-to-end barnburner today.

    But seriously, score first or die.

  47. andrewberkshire says:

    Breezer, yes I actually would, although obviously not now because he’s retired. MAB… probably not, but then again he brings about 5 times the offensive presence Picard brings with only mildly worse defense, so who knows. Every time Picard was on the ice last game the whole team started to panic, it was palpable how terrible he was.

  48. ooder says:

    i think the injury is less sever then Gorges’s (but what do i know) but he for sure should sit that one out

    what’s 2 points compared to one’s health


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    Looks like they have 2 points wrapped up anyway. Pittsburgh is a shadow of a team without Crosby and Malkin. Even with Bylsma’s excellent coaching.

  50. Danno says:

    Congratulations! And best wishes!


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

  51. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    ya, but he earned a few brownie points for feeding Avery a few right hands.  =)

  52. 24 Cups says:

    I would welcome Clarkson with open arms. 

    He’s only 27, so I’m not sure that NJ would let him go.

    Signed for two more years at 2.6M which in this day and age isn’t that bad.

  53. DYCSoccer17 says:

    You know what’s driving me nuts?  How everyone is jumping on this Russian guy from the KHL having a harder shot than Chara.  It’s bull.  Look at the videos, and you will see that the NHL guys shoot from the high slot, while the KHL guys shoot from the low slot.  The KHL guys are at least 5 feet closer to the net.  /rant

  54. Landof10000lakesHab says:


    NJ has scored 37 goals in last 11 games. Habs scored 33 in last 11.

    So… 3-3 a possibility with OT / shootout to determine a winner.

    Home team wins.

  55. ooder says:

    somebody has got to shatter matt cooke’s knees and make sure this loser never plays in the nhl again


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  56. avatar_58 says:

    Umm…why did NBC have an ovechkin shift counter? It was counting how long he was on the ice right below the period timer.


  57. FormalWare says:

    “Kovalchuk: Tell me how one of the most talented hockey players in the world is minus-26.”

    Because talent and work ethic are too-often inversely correlated, Mr. Boone.

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ve got the bat, meet you in PIT.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  59. avatar_58 says:

    What, you mean not suspending him for a long time means he’s still doing bad shit out there? QUEL SURPRISE!

    The NHL is a joke for allowing him to continue this nonsense.

  60. The_Salted_One says:

    i noticed that too…   interesting game so far, both the pens offence and ovechkin have been less than average. two teams that may be in trouble in the playoffs again this year.  crosby is bound to come back, but without malkin, i don’t think they’ll go very deep

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  61. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Does that matter? Do they measure the shot at greatest speed acheived or does the puck need to cross a certain point to measure speed?

  62. FormalWare says:

    OK–Bold Prediction time: Habs can’t win, today, without a powerplay goal. Either the ofer streak ends, or the winning streak.

  63. Cool Ice Price says:

    There is no way that Chara would get off a shot in a game over 90 mph yet alone 105mph. In the skills comp they skate in 15 ft and blast it. In a game it would be a one timer or moving 1-2 feet.


    Habs Passion unites us all

  64. kempie says:

    He should make another appointment with E. Kane for another facial massage.

  65. Danno says:

    Great interview between Mario Tremblay and Jacques Lemaire on RDS.


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

  66. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    With Lemaire and Martin, this could turn into the ultimate snoozefest.

  67. JVF says:

    The law of averages says a Devils’ win. Habs’ law says we put two points in the bank…

  68. Mike Boone says:

    Not often. Sometimes.

  69. Cool Ice Price says:

    The  Habs have to chase Marty “Never as good as Roy or will ever be” out of the net by the second period.


    Habs Passion unites us all

  70. The_Salted_One says:

    im pretty sure if you started naming western teams to NBC guys, they would look at you with a blank stare, and then a look of confusion.   no ovechkin or crosby, no way those teams exsist!!

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  71. habfab14120 says:

    NBC does that all the time for the superstars, that is, to say, those the league deems superstars.
    No ne to compare to on PIT now, but often it is used as a comparison of one against the other.

    Crosby, Pronger, Gaborik, Lidstrom, Toews all get the same treatment.

  72. Chris says:

    “You play 82 games to eliminate 13 teams and the Maple Leafs.”

    That line will never get old.  Ever.  :)

  73. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    No thanks Dean, I’m hetero, and happily married.  But thanks anyway.

  74. andrewberkshire says:

    You hit the nail 100% on the head.

  75. Cool Ice Price says:

    Wow, so original. DUH!

    Habs Passion unites us all

  76. habstrinifan says:

    Your mission, PG, should you decide to accept it, is to go out and find our missing piece.

    Our informants tell us that you may start in Calgary where he may be operating under the august name of Iginla and where he has established himself as a leader, points producer and impact player non-pareil.

    If he eludes you there then go to Ottawa.

    He may be working in a rundown operation under the duo of Cris Neil and Chris Phillips. Note if you take one you must take the other.

    If he eludes you in Ottawa then go to Columbus and search for one Antoine Vermette.

    You are or course free to expand your search. But remember the particulars which you seek. Ignore anyone under 6′ 200lbs, is a one dimensional player, or has not proven himself in several high intensity operations or cannot take hold of key moments of any operations and turn it into success.

    If you fail, your team may self destruct in Philadelphia or Boston or NJ or similar.

    Good luck to you PG. As usual we shall discard any credence in your ability should you fail.

  77. Aybara says:

    I agree, it makes absolutely no sense. The irony of it too is that the Habs and Caps are teams that are supposed to thrive under the new NHL system. Fast and skilled teams should have the most powerplays. I could even understand if the penalties for both teams remained high as for the most part fast, skilled guys usually are a less prone to contact and use their sticks more often. It doesn’t get evened out though and that’s the problem.


  78. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    G-clef.svg“What – a – diffe-rence, a day makes…twenty-four little hours”

    Thank you Ms. Dinah Washington, for putting it all into perspective.

    Which Jacques would you rather have?


  79. Cool Ice Price says:

    Read the emails I sent you AH

    Habs Passion unites us all

  80. andrewberkshire says:

    Put down your drink and try to write something legible.

  81. andrewberkshire says:

    At least last year the Habs were a bad even strength team, so there was an excuse for that disparity. This year is the complete opposite, yet the differential is basically the exact same.

    The inconsistency of officiating between teams is a massive problem. The bottom line is, penalties are in the NHL to reward teams for playing the right way and being successful, and penalize teams for cheating. By the logic of what they exist to do, bad teams should take more penalties and draw fewer, because bad teams need to cheat to keep up with good teams. That logic isn’t represented in the NHL, and it’s infuriating to fans of good teams like the Canadiens or the Capitals, as both teams are getting screwed constantly this year.

  82. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I know, I know, I’m a horrible person.  =)

  83. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Calme-toi Dean, calme-toi.

  84. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Sorry man, send me the bill, or I’ll buy you a beer.

  85. Aybara says:

    Well, 7/15 least peanalized are out of the playoffs at the moment. Okay its a weak correlation so there has to be something else influencing it.

    No doubt about the Habs having an unfair ratio judging by the style of play. My point was not that the Habs do not get screwed all the time, but that the Devils don’t get preferential treatment with respect to the league as a whole.

    Clearly there is some kind of officiating bias against Montreal, just look at the numbers for last season where the pp/pk diff was -50. It may appear that NJ gets an unfair advantage against Montreal, but I think that is part of a larger trend of the anti-Hab bias instead of NJ getting a league wide adcantage.

  86. andrewberkshire says:

    What it comes down to for me, is what’s worse; a missed call or a phantom call? I would say a phantom call, so I’d rather one ref. But I can understand the rationale for wanting more eyes on the ice, especially with the obstruction rules coming into play post-lockout. I also wasn’t as old in the one referee system and didn’t watch near as much hockey as I do now, so I really can’t say definitively from my own experience that one system is worse than the other.

  87. SeriousFan09 says:

    Need to keep stacking those NE Division points, half a season series left to go with BOS and we’ve got them 3-0 so far but the problem is they’re always stomping the Leafs and we’re behind the ball with TOR this season, BOS is getting points where we’re dropping them. Need to improve that with two games against the Loafs this month.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  88. andrewberkshire says:

    No worries, I got overzealous and missunderstood.

  89. andrewberkshire says:

    9 of the 12 least penalized teams in the NHL are either in playoff positions or near them, so that’s not true either. There will always be anomolies like Toronto, who likely receive fewer penalties because they allow so many poweplay goals that they’re out of games early and the refs hold their whistles.

    However a team like Montreal, who’ve dominated puck possession and scoring chances all season, attack with speed of the rush and have a plethora of small, shifty players, should draw more penalties. There’s no logical reason for the Canadiens taking so many more penalties than other good teams and drawing so few. They aren’t any less disciplined than any other team I’ve watched so far this year, and yet we get called for an inordinant amoung of our fouls, and don’t get the call on an inordinant amount of our opponent’s fouls.

  90. Ian Cobb says:

    They are out of the play offs and we will be in the play offs.

    Wed. night is another story, we had better be ready. And we will. By the end of the regular season we will be in first in our division. Piece of cake.!

  91. Sheldon says:

    Yea, a nice fat pay cheque in the middle of the week.

  92. Aybara says:

    If you look at the stats for the league though this season, a lower penalty total generally correlate with a team that is lower in the standings. A possible explanation for this is artificially induced parity brought on by referee assignments meant to prop up weak teams.

    For the other years I wonder what their rank in power plays was. Cause knowing the refereeing in the NHL, refs try to balance the penalties even if it is not deserved. I hazard that because the Devils themselves don’t draw many penalties, their own number of times shorthanded is reduced as well.

  93. andrewberkshire says:

    Merci, Robert.

  94. Habnofear says:

    Where’s the big Newfoundlander pup 😕

  95. JIMVINNY says:

    The numbers that Andrew posted show that the Devils aren’t heavily penalized, which furthers his assertion that Lou’s association with the NHL is somewhat incestuous.

  96. Sheldon says:

    Good, just very busy. As I’ve said many times before, the NHL is a glorified house league. You play 82 games to eliminate 13 teams and the Maple Leafs. Just get to the playoffs healthy and with some momentum and anything can happen.


  97. Cool Ice Price says:

    Calling me Dean, Priceberg etc is getting old. You & your sidekick Habsoloutly prove that I am who you say I am without your crappy detective work. Go to Boone and have his excellent IT guys to check into it.





    Habs Passion unites us all

  98. Habnofear says:

    Excuses excuses….look you and everybody else can whine all day long but the theme is WINNING and as long as that’s the goal it’s the job of the Habs to do what ever it takes to win ….Heck it works for other teams .This game show us that we need changes and more effort form the players.The fact that it been 19 years since a finals says’s plenty….Again the goal is to win and then Grab the Stanley every year other wise your pretending to give a shite.

  99. JIMVINNY says:

    If Ruff can blow his top and get favourable results, then so can JM.  He’s not some rookie coach with no history in the league, he’s in the top ten for coaching wins, and is well-respected in the NHL.  His word should have some weight, and really, how much worse can things get?  The Devils got called for ONE penalty.  It’s not like they can call negative penalties, and give them 6 on 5’s or anything.

  100. punkster says:

    Hey, I’m enjoying the season so far. Got some good vibe going on and if they can figure out their PP we’re going to have a fun ride. How’ve you been?


  101. andrewberkshire says:

    The biggest problem is the expansion to the two ref system. It necessitated a ton of refs who weren’t ready for the NHL game to be brought in too early, just like rookie players. In 10 years or so this problem will HOPEFULLY be remedied, but you still have the problem of two refs officiating the same game and not calling it the same way. It happens all the time, and the NHL has no punishment other than extended vacations for terrible officials. Not to mention to speak ill of officials brings with it a massive fine.

  102. SeriousFan09 says:

    Get a union job.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  103. Aybara says:

    I agree. The Devils are heavily penalized and rightly so. The Habs numbers are the ones that don’t add up as you said. I’m just saying that the Devils are generally officiated fairly outside of their games against teams such as Montreal, who is always getting screwed.

  104. Cool Ice Price says:

    They are constanly insulting various members.



    Habs Passion unites us all

  105. punkster says:

    They need to be scratched!


  106. andrewberkshire says:

    And look at where the teams are in the standings. The Devils were THE WORST team in the NHL for the first 40 games of the season, and yet we have a worse differential than them. This defies all logic. And you’re looking at the only year the Devils have had a bad team since the lockout, look at previous years.

    New Jersey has taken the second fewest minor penalties in the entire NHL at 179, Montreal has taken 236.

    Last year NJ was the least penalized team in the NHL with 264 minor penalties.

    2008-09 NJ took the 10th least minors.

    2007-08 NJ took the 4th least.

    2006-07 NJ took the least again.

    2005-06 NJ took the least AGAIN.

    In the year where penalties were introduced SPECIFICALLY to take down the defensive system of the New Jersey Devils and those that emulated them, NJ was penalized less than any other team in a 30 team league. That’s a level of ridiculousness that should not exist in a league of “parity”.

  107. Danno says:

    It’s a no-win situation. I agree it would feel good for Martin to blast the refs as they so richly deserve and yes he can afford the fine. But the problem is how these A-holes would treat the Habs following that. I am sure things as bad as things are right now they would only get worse — if that is even possible.

    That is why we continue to suffer in silence.


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

  108. Sheldon says:

    BALLS has been slackin’ off this season!

  109. joeybarrie says:

    It’s true. We are not the most effective team against the Devils. I wish they were in the West.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  110. JIMVINNY says:

    But based on the style of their game, the Devils should be a heavily penalized team.  The Habs, on the other hand, play a style of game that is conducive to drawing penalties, although they never seem to get called.

  111. joeybarrie says:

    How exactly are they allowed to rule? Anyone can post and reply… How is it insulting to members?

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  112. Da Hema says:

    Yep. When the discussion of expansion/contraction comes up, most focus on the quality of players available. No one ever examines the quality of officiating in a diluted and over-extended league.

  113. JIMVINNY says:

    It seems that we can count on two things;  First, that the Habs will never get the benefit of favorable reffing.  Second, that no one in the Habs organization will ever say anything about it.

    I refuse to accept that Jacques Martin can’t afford the $50000 fine that would result from absolutely going off on the officiating in a post-game interview, or that Geoff Molson doesn’t see what so many here seem able to.


  114. Aybara says:

    I dunno if that is entirely correct.

    Habs PP/PK differential: -22

    Devils differential: -17

    The real team that gets helped out,

    Toronto differential: +35 (2nd in the league)


    That being said, the Habs always get jobbed against the devils. It seems that the Habs, having one of the worst differentials in the league still get screwed against teams that should have high penalty totals.

  115. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Over the previous two days you’ve done nothing but rag on Eller. Completely baselessly at that. You’re certainly entitled to your opinions and suspicions, but really, we’d all be better off if you played them much closer to the vest.

  116. Mattyleg says:


    That’s priceless.

    (in relation to your previous post, I mean.)


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  117. Mattyleg says:

    Okay. Thanks for your insight.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  118. ooder says:

    let’s be honest… the NHL is very competent at having shitty reffing


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  119. Mattyleg says:

    Yikes! A couple of shots across the bow! Battle stations!

    An ‘incorrect opinion’. Hmm. Sounds suspect. Like, for instance, “I like chocolate.” WRONG!! Incorrect! You do not. I see what you’re saying.

    Insults. I don’t insult people in my posts. I may employ sarcasm to highlight shortcomings in the posts of people who are foolishly aggressive, but insults? I leave that to the sandbox crew (of which I now suspect you are a part).

    I would like to be proven incorrect about Eller. I really would. i just haven’t been satisfied with his play for the reasons I outlined above.

    And you’ve done a stellar job defending him.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  120. Cool Ice Price says:

    You are really pushing it! Try growing up! You are so tuff behind a key board eh!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  121. olematelot says:

    very poor assessement

  122. ooder says:

    if it makes people feel better… what happens to the habs vs the devils

    happens to the bruins when they play us…

    ya it sucks but i guess things even out eventually


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  123. andrewberkshire says:

    Considering the ridiculously stupid scheduling by the NHL, getting 6/8 points in 2 back to backs, in 6 days isn’t something to complain about. The problem is the way this one went down that’s so unpalatable.

    New Jersey was supposed to be the team most effective by the abolishing of clutch and grab hockey, yet since the lockout they’re one of the least penalized teams in the NHL, if not THE least penalized. Considering what we see every time we play the Devils, this isn’t because of some genius defensive scheme cooked up by the Devil’s coaching staff that no longer depends on clutching and grabbing, but because the Devils are just allowed to get away with it. There’s no doubt that Lamoriello’s influence on the NHL has more to do with this than anything else, as NJ is not and has never been a big hockey market, or tv market. It is a disgrace to the NHL that this team is continually allowed to bore people to sleep with this garbage hockey, protecting leads by committing hundreds of fouls throughout the game.

    Those who continue to insist that officiating “evens out” over the course of a season obviously haven’t looked at the raw numbers. For 3 straight years now the Canadiens have been amongst the most penalized teams in the NHL, while receiving amongst the fewest powerplays. For a team that has the 6th most wins in the league, that’s a statistical anomaly that should not exist. Talk about discipline all you want, but this has nothing to do with discipline and everything to do with egregious incompetence on the part of the NHL and more specifically the NHLOA and its members.

  124. Cool Ice Price says:

    I work for the Govt.



    Habs Passion unites us all

  125. punkster says:

    Ah man, spit my tea all over the keyboard.;)


  126. Da Hema says:

    The fine may come if reporters can get Gomez to say something publicly. You can bet, though, Gomez wasn’t explaining to the refs on the ice the excellent features of his new boat.

  127. TheMock780 says:

    New F. Jersey with a little bit of help from the officials who must of thought it was 2004

  128. punkster says:

    Blame? How childish.


  129. HardHabits says:

    Not nice. 😉

  130. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I wouldn’t be so sure of that.

  131. Danno says:

    Will Gomez get a fine for telling off the shitty refs?


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

  132. Mattyleg says:

    Very amusing! Hilarious, even.

    I assumed that people would be able to figure it out for themselves.

    Eller has one more point than Weber has in 24 games. He falls over a lot. He has poor decision-making abilities. He seems overwhelmed by the pace of the game.

    So there, I explained it to you. Feel better?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  133. JIMVINNY says:

    If it had been the Habs protecting a lead and played the same way the Devils did for that third period, we would have been looking at double-digit penalty minutes, with a couple of 5 on 3’s thrown in.  It’s total crap that they can play that way, and take only one penalty the entire game.

  134. ooder says:

    blame JM when the team comes out slow…

    but do we praise him when the team wins?

    give me a break.. a few brain farts had the team rattled… 


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  135. Exit716 says:

    You’ve never worked at Walmart, I guess.


  136. joeybarrie says:

    You know you got 3 Def out and our top scorer. We got Hamr, Spach and Gill now as our big D. Plus they played yesterday afternoon.

    NJ is on a high right now, and we were incredibly unlucky. He had a decent amount of chances. To be quite honest we are doing very well considering.

    If you want to blame someone for the first shift, Price is the guy. He should have saved that. Maybe the D’s who took 3 chances to get it to Gill who turned it over.

    Down 2-0 JM made some changes and it went 1-1 for the rest of the game. With 3-4 chances we should have scored on.

    Skeleton crew and they can’t kill themselves in back to back games. We will get deeper into injuries that way.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  137. jOntheweb says:

    Well well.. it looked like they couldnt keep the puck on their sticks for the longest time except in the third. Devils were first on the puck all the time, and habs kept leaving the puck go by them along the boards, or making passes, where there wouldn’t be anyone. I think they were tired, and hopefully they’ll be better next game.

    As for JM, i won’t be to harsh since he managed to turn his team around in the third by I have this to say: What happened with 3 minutes to go ? Habs were really dominating their zone and i was surprised to see that Price was still in net.. Then the play got called at 2 minutes.. They got back in the zone but couldn’t settle probably. Seriously ? they were down 3-1 why not take out the goalie with 3 minutes when you’re owning their zone ?!

  138. Keith says:

    A game against against the Devils is like going back in time to the pre-lockout NHL. The Devils got away with alot and it’s just not the type of hockey I like watching. It’s the lowest form of hockey even though it is effective for the team you want to have.

  139. Da Hema says:

    You have a point. New Jersey will do everything it can to score the first goal. Habs of all teams should know that.

  140. HardHabits says:

    The game was lost in the 1st 5 minutes. Mental lapses again.

    Habs still need more depth up front though. Wiz and Cammy’s return will really help generate offence.

    Habs are not an elite team (meaning top 5) but certainly a team capable of finishing top 10.

  141. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Mattyleg needs to go. Honestly. I know he’s not the reason the Habs fanbase gets a bad name, but I’m just tired of reading his weak, baseless posts.

  142. Barts says:

    PK Subban a star??? Come on. A lucky goal and -2. I don’t think so.

    Blame Jack Martin for this game. The team wasn’t ready to play, and it’s his job to make sure they are. This team is so vanilla. Yes they are fast, and somewhat talented, but they don’t play with any edge whatsoever, and that isn’t going win them games in the post-season. Pyatt and Moen are great on the PK, but that’s where it ends. No big hits, no team toughness that you expect from 3rd/4th line players, and it’s ineffective. Against a team like NJ, at home, the first shift should set the tone, but with JM’s team, it’s a big snorefest. Disappointing.

  143. duffy says:

    This is the result when you only play 20 minutes a game.

  144. Will Longlade says:

    The Habs started slow, but dominated the second half of the game. Lots of non-calls in the 3rd, even two obvious infractions on Pouliot a few seconds apart. Not to mention, the first Devil’s goal was penalty on Zubrus. Chalk up another win for the zebras. Not the Habs best game, but they deserved and would have got a better outcome in a fairly officiated game. 

  145. duffy says:

    This is the result when you only play 20 minutes a game.

  146. Mattyleg says:

    Good work, refs. Let them get away with everything.

    Eller needs to go. Honestly. I know he wasn’t the reason we lost, but I’m just tired of watching his weak play.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  147. ooder says:

    bad bounces .. that’s what this game was decided by..

    either gionta couldn’t lift the puck high enough and when he did he shot it over the net

    pouliot misses an empty net.. so many oppurtunities..

    and one guy who im getting really annoyed by is moen… 0 hands… for a big guy he always loses the battles along the boards.. can’t accept a pass that’s a little off.. and he is not vey physical.. no team goes “oh sh!t moen is out there”

    reffing.. well what can you expect.. it’s a joke.. has been for several years now


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  148. JIMVINNY says:

    Comment deleted due to offensive content.


  149. rogieshan says:

    No need for Quick Hits. Hangover confirmed.

  150. FormalWare says:

    Are there Any repercussions for arrogant refs who decide it’s more important to send a message (whether valid or not) to “impertinent” members of certain teams, rather than to call an honest game?

  151. Cool Ice Price says:

    I wish I could go to work every day and screw up like the Refs do at thier job and still have a job at the end of the day!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  152. Aybara says:

    No doubt about that

  153. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    I’d feel better if you were to avoid posting such blatantly incorrect opinions in such a matter-of-fact way. I’d feel heavenly if you could even manage to formulate an opinion without lacing it with insults, or maybe even just realize how wrong you are if I were lucky on that given day.

  154. wotever says:

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen this yet, but seriously:  anyone else think the refs wanted to be well planted when the football starts?  And maybe the team should have been prepared for that?

    Habs weren’t angels, Canadiens should’ve been called for two high sticks and a Hal Gill trip, and I was distracted by a laptop, maybe there were more.  (Not that I don’t think NJ did more than that, but you all saw those).

    It’s just a game.

  155. OneTimer says:

    You know, as far as losses go, I think the Habs battle hard in the 2nd and 3rd, and with a few bounces going the other way this could have been ours. Can’t win’em all.

  156. andrewberkshire says:


  157. Cool Ice Price says:

    Wow, Boone & Stubbs allow the Bullies to rule in here, insulting it’s members.




    Habs Passion unites us all

  158. punkster says:

    Come on Dean, your disguise is as thin as your temper. You have that effect on people.


  159. Sheldon says:


  160. Mattyleg says:

    I thought that this forum was all about expressing your opinions!

    If you don’t agree with me, at least have the decency to point out why, rather than just mocking what I’ve written. If you think that Eller is doing a great job, tell me. Say why!

    Convince me.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  161. Da Hema says:

    So Gomez received a 10-minute misconduct penalty at 18:39 of the third period. Does anyone know whether he will get something more?

  162. SeriousFan09 says:

    I always admire how much time you can spend articulating your dislike of the NJD. I hate them too but you do it with such style.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    The Devils are NOT heavily penalized. You’d know that if you checked the numbers before claiming it.

  164. Aybara says:

    My apologies, I meant they have a high ratio of penalties to powerplays.

  165. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think it has anything to do with the money that’s keeping JM from ripping the refs, but more of an honour code. It’s clear from his post game conferences that he doesn’t believe in luck or external forces like officiating deciding games, always insisting on special teams or goaltending or even strength play or other specifics needing to be improved. In a way he’s right, and I respect him a ton for being calm in the face of an emotional game, and I think in the long run it’s more effective to keep the onus on the coaching staff and the players in the locker room. That said however, blowing up once in awhile when you have a reputation for having such a calm demeanor could be HUGELY beneficial strategically, and I wish he would toss aside his honour code once in awhile for that purpose.

  166. Da Hema says:

    I never understood the rationale for moving to a two-referee system. I’ve read the NHL rulebook, and linesman do have the authority to assign certain kinds of penalties–yet they never do. It appears there is a long-standing informal custom that the referees have iron-control over calls. Whatever the problems that led to the NHL instituting a two-referee system, I would accept those problems with 15 competant rather than 30 middling referees.

  167. joeybarrie says:

    I agree with what you are saying. But insults are a part of life. I say be tolerant, ignore and fight words with words. Censorship is not the answer. The only power they have is the power you give them.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  168. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  169. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    How about a little cheese with that whine HABS IN THE BLOOD?

  170. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    You’re wrong, about this and about Eller.

  171. Thomas says:

    No kidding, we need some passion in these boring trap games, good for him for calling out the refs, they were absolutely terrible today!

    I can’t believe the ref threw him out, i’d love to hear what he said.  That just reeks of insecurity on the refs part, silence the challengers, brutal

  172. Cool Ice Price says:

    Yes, this leaguse is becoming a joke.  Only the fans can fix it.



    Habs Passion unites us all

  173. Danno says:

    I think they’re corrupt


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

  174. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Devils might be below us in the standings but they are still a great team. I’m not sure what happened to them in the first half of the season, but I think we saw today they are really good. Every single player is fully committed. They never stop skating, working, blocking shots.



  175. Thomas says:

    Poor sportsmanship!?!?  Are you kidding me, I think its great that we have a player who actually tries to make the refs accountable to their terrible calls.  I don’t think they’re against us personally or its some conspiracy, but there were some very bad non-calls an its great to have somebody chirp them about it.  Poor sportsmanship on the ref for being so insecure about his play, won’t talk about it, just makes him leave…thats brutal.


  176. Danno says:

    Should have forced him to shoot on the empty net. Who knows?


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

  177. Cool Ice Price says:

    Give the win to him then. Fatty Marty has sucked big time this season. He will never be as good as Roy though.

    Habs Passion unites us all

  178. punkster says:

    Well I’ll go look up some stats (ugh…I hate stats) just to see and get back to you. :)


  179. andrewberkshire says:

    No, he’s right. The goaltender of record when the winning goal was scored was Brodeur, so he gets the win.

  180. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  181. punkster says:

    Oh well. I have Kovy II in my pool and he’s coming on so for me…meh, what the heck.

    On to Boston for some fun.


  182. Josh says:

    How is that an automatic goal? 

  183. OneTimer says:

    I don’t think that’s the full story, MICP

  184. MICP says:

    Another win for Martin F.

  185. CHsam says:

    Pffff Gomez.. Poor sportsmanship.

  186. Cool Ice Price says:

    Way to Go Gomez. I would have went right in his face



    Habs Passion unites us all

  187. RGM says:

    Boone: it did hit the post but the rule on breakaways on an empty net is that if you commit an infraction (hooking, tripping, etc.) it’s an automatic goal.

    Go Habs Go!

  188. rogieshan says:

    Thank Gd we won’t face the Devils in the playoffs.

  189. RGM says:

    Good for Gomez giving those morons what for. Too bad you can’t win ’em all.

    Go Habs Go!

  190. andrewberkshire says:

    Pacioretty getting hooked and held like crazy. What is this 2004? Holy crap.

  191. punkster says:

    Man they have an awful time playing against teams below them.


  192. Wayne says:

    Curious to know the hit count for the home team.

  193. andrewberkshire says:

    This is embarrassing how much these refs are letting NJ get away with.

  194. SeriousFan09 says:

    When NJ plays, refs turn back the calender. This league is such a joke.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  195. HabFanSince72 says:

    Contrast the Devils and the Sens. Two teams that are out of it. The Sens know it and are barely trying. Not the Devils. They’re blocking shots, fighting for every puck. And they have no hope of making the playoffs.

    Partly it’s because Lamoriello only picks those kinds of players. But it has to also be Lemaire’s doing.

    (OK they also cheat a lot and know how to get away with it …)

  196. showey47 says:

    I saw that also,creating a 2 on 1 the other way.

  197. ooder says:

    eveyrtime on the PK this guy gets stopped at the line.. for such a big guy he loses so many board battles…

    not a fan of his at all


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  198. andrewberkshire says:

    Gomez looked like he was injured on that last play.

  199. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I noticed that to, it directly led to the 2 on 1 and the scoring chance.

  200. avatar_58 says:

    Anyone else as tired of Moen as I am? Whatever he had last season is gone. I’d very much like to see him gone for draft picks and white or anyone brought up. He doens’t play much anyway.

  201. JIMVINNY says:

    Hamrlik’s stick held.  AGAIN.

  202. Cool Ice Price says:

    I want to see AK gone by this Sept.

    Habs Passion unites us all

  203. Wayne says:

    I always wear a frown watching Devils games. Too frustrating. We NEVER have a counter to their game when they play us,.. EVER.

  204. Cool Ice Price says:

    It’s fustrating watching the Habs not score



    Habs Passion unites us all

  205. JIMVINNY says:

    Apparently corkscrewing a guy isn’t a penalty anymore.

  206. Exit716 says:

    In the Globe and Mail last weekend Roy MacGregor profiled Bettman. Did you know he attends Devils games incognito with his grandson and cheers as a fan?

    So anyone is surprised the Devils have always gotten the benefit of the doubt from the officials? What a garbage franchise.

  207. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    You know it’s bad when even the guy’s on CBC are noticing the non-calls.

  208. MICP says:

    Tip your hat to NJ.  Great game, 1 penalty, no 19 shots against in the third.  Devils beats us as they were the better team today.

  209. larisalapointe says:

    That’s the most BULLSHIT thing I ever saw

  210. andrewberkshire says:

    I completely disagree Dave. This game would be even if not a Habs win if it was called by 2011 rules and not 2004 rules. The BS hooking and holding NJ has gotten away with is an embarrassment to the game.

  211. Keith says:

    NHL officiating is a JOKE! Total Bush League!!! I don’t blame Gomer for going off on him!

  212. JasonM says:

    That’s a stupid rule.

    Anyways, I had low expectations for the game and in fact I only turned it on the last 10 minutes and from I saw… it’s one of those 1 out of 3 games where the Ref’s lack of consistency have decided the outcome the game.

  213. HardHabits says:

    I wouldn’t say that. Those are two of my favourite Habs from the 70’s era.

  214. t1tan5 says:

    Or each other…

  215. Da Hema says:

    Mine too HH. Larry Robinson signed his card for me when I was young. But both of them severed their relationship with the Montreal Canadiens a long time ago. They have been our opponents ever since.

  216. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs are 0-22. Would they really score with 5 more PP’s today?



    Habs Passion unites us all

  217. Aybara says:

    Such bullshit that was unbelievable reffing.. They let some go both ways… The ones on Montreal weren’t weird ones off the play, they were right in the middle and usually on the person who himself had the puck… How do you even miss that unless you’re missing half a brain.

    Despite that, the habs missed a lot of primo chances and if the bounces had worked out they game could have easily been tied.

  218. punkster says:

    And bartenders. And smoked meat.


  219. Timo says:

    It was clearly all refs fault. Refs and strippers. 

  220. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s the NJD rule, when that pathetic anti-hockey franchise with no fans comes to town the refs swallow their whistles.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  221. Da Hema says:

    The hooking, the holding. I guess the NHL wanted a retro game on Super Bowl Sunday.

  222. punkster says:

    You have a way with words, Dan.


  223. Danno says:

    God that sucked!


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

  224. Aybara says:

    That became a pretty exciting game..

  225. JVF says:

    Wellll… Not only do the Devils play a boring brand of hockey, they win too…

  226. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    The Devils are no more boring than your boys in bleu, blanc, et rouge. Which is to say that they aren’t boring. Just because you can’t appreciate a stellar defensive system, doesn’t mean it’s boring. There was a lot of wide open hockey and ice to be had.

  227. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Uh, did you think they’d give him a penalty shot on an open net…?


    Holy crap, stop crying. As bad as the reffing was at points in this game, this is just getting beyond ridiculous now.

  228. Jdub1985 says:

    Wow he misses the net and they count it… this is the biggest fraud spectacle ive ever seen

  229. joeybarrie says:

    How is that a rule????

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  230. HabFanSince72 says:

    That’s just the hurt talking.

    You can’t possibly prefer the Bruins to the Devils.

  231. avatar_58 says:

    If there’s one team I can’t stand more than Philly it’s NJ, BS trap and the refs always seem to swallow their whistles for chippy play

  232. JasonM says:

    You know what should have been an automatic goal? Gomez being checked from behind into the net while the puck was behind Hedburg. However, let two imbeciles have their way to interpret things their way…

  233. Cool Ice Price says:

    Too bad no other Hab or Hab management has the Testicular fortitude to call out the Refs.



    Habs Passion unites us all

  234. HardHabits says:

    I really didn’t enjoy watching Jacques Lemaire and Larry Robinson smiling after that win.

  235. Da Hema says:

    Both of them can go fu*k themselves.

  236. Da Hema says:

    I suppose this helps us understand how Bruins’ fans feel when their team plays against us….

  237. Keith says:

    Against that Habs it’s uncanny.

  238. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    try not to seem so happy about that Ali.

  239. Wayne says:

    Yeah, and Patches is running the clock down like we have the lead. Touch the bloody thing and take the draw outside – WHO CARES!

  240. OneTimer says:

    How in the world is Gomez our best player? Here’s a hint for you hockey rookies: highest paid does not always equal best player (unfortunately). But you knew that already and you’re just trolling. Good job!

  241. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Facking horseshoe up his bottoms.

    Lucky b****es.

  242. andrewberkshire says:

    A Devil player grabs Hamrlik’s stick for 6 full seconds at the blueline, no call.

  243. Timo says:

    Yes, one of those many games where Habs don’t show up for 2 periods and then blame luck for not scoring on some great chances in the third. 

  244. Da Hema says:

    Why does New Jersey always seem to have horseshoes completely up their arses?

  245. HFX-HabFan says:

    Two of our best players are on the IR, one has played fairly well in net, and our next best, Pleks, has had a few chances. 

    About Gomez (nowhere near our best player)- he probably has created the most chances for us, so I’d say he’s contributing.

  246. OneTimer says:

    F&%$! Rough, but it’s a good call, looks like it didn’t cross the line

  247. Keith says:

    The puck was right on the line! Sooooo close.

  248. Cool Ice Price says:

    When you have a horse shoe up your A$$ what else can you expect!

    Habs Passion unites us all

  249. andrewberkshire says:

    That HAS to be delay of game on Hedberg. What horse s—!

  250. JIMVINNY says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me.  Is their net magnetically opposing the the puck or something?  How does that not go in?

  251. showey47 says:

    Ummm…. i think thats a goal. The puck was on hedbergs back and he backed into his net. Which probably means they won’t count it. Actually after the other angle,no goal.

  252. HFX-HabFan says:

    Why isn’t AK46 shooting anymore!?!  I realize he is a great passer too but…unleash that wrister!

  253. showey47 says:

    Another golden oppurtunity missed. Gio could easily have 30 goals already this season.

  254. Timo says:

    So isnt’ this a type of game where you best player (aka Gomez) has to step up and pull the team on his shoulders? It just seems like that kind of the game to me. 

  255. OneTimer says:

    brilliant observation! tell me, o wise one, what team would that not be true of?

  256. t1tan5 says:

    Aaaand Gionta misses an open net.

  257. andrewberkshire says:

    How is it legal for 2 devils to literally stand in the net? How retarded.

  258. HFX-HabFan says:

    They at least have to review that.

  259. Cool Ice Price says:

    I’m strating to get fed up with AK



    Habs Passion unites us all

  260. andrewberkshire says:

    I can’t even express how much I despise Lemaire hockey.

  261. T-roy West says:

    If Pouliot and AK46 keep on refusing to go to the net then get rid of them and get somebody with some balls.

  262. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs could have won 10-12 mores games if they could have score a couple of goals per game.

    Habs Passion unites us all

  263. OneTimer says:

    oh em geeeeee

  264. JIMVINNY says:

    Just can’t catch a break.

  265. t1tan5 says:

    It’s just one of those games.

  266. ooder says:

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooow… sometimes the bounces just really raelly really don’t go your way


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  267. Cool Ice Price says:

    There has been many of these games this season

    Habs Passion unites us all

  268. Keith says:

    Ha, ha nobody wants to touch it lol!

  269. Cool Ice Price says:

    Just Chill out will you!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  270. Wayne says:

    Hey, someday hit someone in a Devil’s jersey.

  271. ooder says:

    If the NHL actually care”.. there is your problem andrew


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  272. andrewberkshire says:

    A divisive force in the Bruins’ locker room? I love Andrew Ference.

  273. andrewberkshire says:

    Not at the salary he’s getting…

  274. FormalWare says:

    Absolutely. It’s Paille who looks like a total coward. He had an opportunity to save face–to say, “Andrew’s absolutely right; I lost my head, in the heat of the moment; bad hit.”

    Coward! Bad form!

  275. andrewberkshire says:

    Especially considering “poor Paille” is only suspended 4 games for the most obvious blindside elbow of the season. If the NHL actually cared about reducing concussions, that should have been a statement suspension, 15+ games.

  276. MikeL says:

    I agree. Really don’t like Cherry or Milbury, but they’re right.

    The reporters name is Eric Francis. Of course he would think it;s great because it gives him something to write about if players talk. But, for him to think it’s right in the big picture is foolish on his part. 

  277. t1tan5 says:

    I don’t agree with Ron about the whole “poor Paille” deal, but I do agree with his stance on Ference’s comments. A player must always stand by his teammate publicly. Off the record, Ference could go at Paille all he wants for his recklessness. On the record, however, these comments just end up as a divisive force.

  278. t1tan5 says:

    How is he greedy? If someone offered me that ridiculous contract of which 100% of the money is guaranteed, I would take it too.

  279. habs001 says:

    we have seen this team now for 150 games and we know that it has problems scoring…we have 7 forwards in the line up who are not goal scorers.the next 2 pouliot and ak46 are streaky at putting the puck in the net…no suprise that we are one of the lowest scoring teams in the nhl for the past 2 years

  280. FormalWare says:

    I’d settle for a powerplay goal. Hell–I’d settle for a Powerplay from these vindictive, self-righteous zebras!

  281. andrewberkshire says:

    Ron MacLean empathizing with Paille, saying he’s “hurt” right now and Ference is piling on. You know who deserves some empathy? Raymond Sawada who is actually hurt because of Paille’s reckless stupidity and intent to injure.

  282. Jdub1985 says:

    thats what the habs need to do … JM in unknown territory (no lead to sit on tonight)

  283. ooder says:

    for those of you yelling about how selfish kovalchuk is..

    3 yeras ago whent he world championship was being held in quebec city my brother (who was 12 at the time) and hsi friend went to one of the games with my dad.

    this was after the game kovalchuk was suspeneded for fighting the swedish guy who took out Russia’s captain.

    so i assume he wasn’t in the best of moods.

    my brothers friends squeeked through the security fence (this kid is tinnny) when he saw kovalchuk and ran up to him..

    instead of shruggin the kid off kovalchuk went with my brothers friend to my dad and my brother..

    he moved the security gate and took a picture with both my brother and his brother’s friend.

    spoke to my dad for a couple of minutes…

    so no he is not the devil (oooh what a good pun)


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  284. Cool Ice Price says:

    I said MOST of his shots, not passes. Learn to read bud Habs Passion unites us all

  285. chevy013 says:


    habs deserve every penalty they get.

  286. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    No comments on refereeing. Pathetic as usual. To tell you the truth I am used to it by now.

  287. rogus says:

    Probably because he is a pompous, one dimensionsal, greedy, jerk that made a spectacle of a contract signing for the entire summer. Just a guess though.

  288. HFX-HabFan says:

    The OT winner at the ’08 Worlds still stings a bit, if only because the Team Canada squad that year was relatively loaded.

  289. topher5468 says:

    Gomez is a good player, I have no problem with his game anymore, he does what he does, He is just WAY OVER PAID. We can’t change that so I stopped getting on him.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  290. Bill says:

    He’s definitely come on since his mini-injury (head clearing break?) earlier this season.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  291. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    This team cannot faacking score.

    One would think that after scoring only 1 goal yesterday – they would’ve pot a couple before 3rd today.

    But no. Brutal offense. Even Leafs are better than us in this category. 

    Cannot score for the sake of their lives…Pouliot and Gio missing some real good opportunities.

    Props to the D and Price for stepping up. Weber’s been good.

  292. Bill says:

    Okay, well I don’t like the odds of scoring two in the third against a Lemaire team. So I will settle for seeing the Habs demonstrate that they can at least use their speed and a little grit and break through the checking. Let’s say they don’t get outshot 14-5 in the period while trailing at home, I’d settle for that.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  293. Mike D says:

    Why did JM put our 4th line out there when we had an O-zone faceoff and only 26 sec. left in the period? Seems to me like that would be a no-brainer to put either the Gomez or Pleks line on the ice. I’m not anti-JM or anything, but just thought that was a poor decision.

    – Honestly yours

  294. ooder says:

    now that is one guy i would loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove on my team


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  295. 24 Cups says:

    I’m off to a Super Bowl party but I just have to say how impressed I’ve been with Scott Gomez today.  He sure came to play and in many ways has been our best player.

    Sure would like a mulligan on the first five minutes.  It’s been a close game ever since.

  296. Mattyleg says:

    I think shipping Eller down to the Hammer when Cammy comes back would be a good move.

    He offers very little to the team at the moment. He works awfully hard, but falls down a hellofalot, and never seems to know what to do with the puck when he gets it.

    His lack of confidence and fumbling caused that 2-on-1.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  297. t1tan5 says:

    I just can’t believe what the Devils are getting away with in this game. They are playing pre-lockout hockey at this point and the refs seem to turning a collective blind eye towards it.

  298. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    lol, certainly not Timo and Dean.

  299. HabFanSince72 says:

    Why are these jerks booing Kovalchuk?

  300. MNaslund26 says:

    just missed the second period. why is hedberg in????

  301. ooder says:

    well teh chances were deffinately there… 

    pouliot and gionta.. how did u guys miss that???


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  302. JIMVINNY says:

    What do the Devils have to do to get called for a penalty?  This reffing is brutal.

  303. SeriousFan09 says:

    To date, he’s never played that way when it really matters.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  304. HabFanSince72 says:

    Brodeur hurt his knee.

  305. Keith says:

    Well we just have to come out for a great third period. Habs can do it! GO HABS GO!!!

  306. andrewberkshire says:

    Volchenkov does that all the time and never gets called.

  307. topher5468 says:

    Awful AK46, make the efin pass damn it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  308. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Gio cross-checked to the ice, no call.

  309. Cool Ice Price says:

    Anyone notice that most of Gomez’s shot are from impossible angles

    Habs Passion unites us all

  310. Mattyleg says:

    I guess there’s a clause in his contract that says he has to play at least one per month.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  311. t1tan5 says:

    Devils are getting away with murder right now.

  312. Cool Ice Price says:




    Habs Passion unites us all

  313. Mattyleg says:

    Holy Crud!

    I’m proud of Gomez! He took that hit and didn’t turn aroud waving his stick like Excalibur!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  314. andrewberkshire says:

    Devil’s playing like it’s 2003, so much clutching and grabbing going uncalled.

  315. Chris says:

    No offence to Bob Gainey, but Ilya Kovalchuk is a thoroughbred.  That guy seems to be playing this entire game.

  316. JIMVINNY says:

    He dropped his gloves.  That should be a penalty.

  317. Cool Ice Price says:

    C’mon, Please a short hander Habs



    Habs Passion unites us all

  318. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone notice he set up the only Habs goal of the game?

  319. Danno says:

    Signs of life. But we need an early goal next period.


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

  320. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s playing better  today.

  321. Cool Ice Price says:

    Because he is a selfish A


    Habs Passion unites us all

  322. chevy013 says:

    anyone notice the habs goal went off a devil’s player.

  323. Jdub1985 says:


  324. avatar_58 says:

    I do not like Cherry much and I despise Milbury, but the two of them were right on the Ference thing. You don’t burn your teammates in public. You want to tell him to cut that nonsense out? Go ahead, to his face. Don’t blab to the media like a little twit.


    Also whats his face that was arguing with Milbury yesterday on the hotstove- forgive me for not remembering his name – is a liitle sh*t. I hate his grin and his arrogant “I know everything” attitude. I guess the perfect partnet to argue with Milbury, but when Milbury is right it’s painful to watch this little d-bag try to argue.

  325. Timo says:

    He grows on me by the minute. Enjoy your party, Steven. Hope it’s better than the game the rest of us will be stuck watching. 

  326. ooder says:

    somehow.. these types of situations make the guy who did the hitting the victim… this is mind boggling 


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  327. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    haha,  hopefully they rot from the inside out.

  328. andrewberkshire says:


  329. HabFanSince72 says:

    Just like the mafia isn’t it?

  330. HabFanSince72 says:

    The likelihood of our 3rd and 4th lines scoring is essentially nil.

    The likelihood of our D-men scoring is with one exception essentially nil.

    Our powerplay isn’t scoring either.

    There’s your problem.


  331. solomio says:

    We need a power play about now… oh wait….

  332. MICP says:

    You think on Devils inside out that their whining about a conspiracy or referee bias re that high stick staying in the nj end?

  333. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Devils have been good.

    But I am really upset with the Habs’ offense. Gionta could have had like a hat trick by now.

  334. Cool Ice Price says:

    Dispite allowing 3 goals, this game should be tied right now. Oh well



    Habs Passion unites us all

  335. Timo says:

    Hmm… I never thought about it this way. Makes sense.

  336. AH says:

    Watching the Habs trying to score is like watching the keystone cops!…sigh

  337. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs have to take some chances. They have to go flat out.

    Habs Passion unites us all

  338. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Nope, still on schedule.  I’ve got my spot picked out and plan on climbing the same light pole I did in 93.

  339. HardHabits says:

    So I take it plans for the parade are on hold.

  340. solomio says:

    None of us were making plans for a parade. We know that ain’t gonna happen. But some playoff games would be nice if not ultimatley victorious

  341. Timo says:

    Again, why does this team only decides to show up in the third?

  342. solomio says:

    Because at the end of the game your longjohns have to be wet in order to show that you played hard.

  343. Timo says:

    Devils are smiling cause it is THAT easy.

  344. JIMVINNY says:

    The Devils are masters of the pick play.  Rarely enough to get called for interference, but always enough to disrupt the player they’re interfering with.

  345. Timo says:

    … aaaaaand. nothing.

  346. Cool Ice Price says:

    The Habs Habsoloutly need to crash the net.




    Habs Passion unites us all

  347. HFX-HabFan says:

    Wasn’t it Mike Comrie (multiple times)?

  348. Mattyleg says:


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  349. Habbu says:

    Emergency emergency…Picard is needed in Hamilton ASAP!

  350. topher5468 says:

    Agree, he had some good chances yesterday but is really struggling today to do anything, IMO

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  351. Mattyleg says:

    Good man. Keep that loser flag flying!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  352. Chris says:

    Hmm…Subban chirping Kovalchuk. That should be an interesting discussion! Kovalchuk can hold his own in that department, as Sidney Crosby found out years ago. :)

  353. Timo says:

    it’s like yuo’re trying to say something.

  354. habs1990 says:

    Can CBC talk about the habs instead of how good the devils and their players are?!

  355. punkster says:

    Right on, MH. Go Pack indeed!


  356. Cool Ice Price says:

    It’s time for AK to do something. A goal would be super dooper right now!

    Habs Passion unites us all

  357. t1tan5 says:

    Man I really hate Moen in the o-zone.

  358. Mattyleg says:

    Again!! Stop it, my sides are aching!

    Comedy gold.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  359. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ugh, I really hope Wiz is back for the next game, Picard is becoming a nightmare, again.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  360. mrhabby says:

    go habs go, go habs go….go pack go , go pack go.

  361. Habbu says:

    Two hits in 1 shift…..OMG….be still my beating heart

  362. Mattyleg says:

    Good God.

    Weber has one less point than Eller in 24 games. And he’s a defenceman.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  363. punkster says:

    Awesome shift,


  364. Keith says:

    Now we’re startin to skate!

  365. Mattyleg says:

    Tee hee!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  366. solomio says:

    Don’t get excited boys that one goal will not make any difference. NJ will keep coming, refs will keep us down and we Hab’s will not have enuff in the tank.

  367. Shiloh says:

    Great deflection by KovyII – but so disrespectful of PK to score and break the shutout.

  368. punkster says:

    Can’t believe how many people here just give up when the going gets rough. Not talking about the critics. They add something to the discussion. Talking about the band wagon jumpers, the fair weather fans, those who simply say “it’s over” after a period or two, the ones who call for pulling Price and letting Auld play it out because we’re not going to win. Grow some nads you wimps.


  369. Mattyleg says:

    There’s your 8 Millon Dollar pass, Timo.

    –Hope Springs Eternal—

  370. topher5468 says:

    Boone, PK laser, not really but its a line drive in the box score right, 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  371. Larry says:

    Ooops. Missed that he was out

  372. Timo says:

    That’s what I say! We did not sign Gomer to score… I think this is gets most people fooled. 

  373. topher5468 says:

    To bad Kovy II, but we’ll take it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  374. JIMVINNY says:

    Well I guess if he does that pull up move in the o-zone often enough, it had to work eventually…

  375. Danno says:

    PK Su-BANG! Je sent le comeback!


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

  376. Chuck says:

    Good. Now score another so that Marty F. Brodeur doesn’t get credited for a win.

  377. Keith says:

    PK!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Back in business baby!!!

  378. billylove says:

    Maybe the hockey gods will give us a break today.

  379. Danno says:

    Gomez just spanked Pouliot’s bum as he left the ice.


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

  380. ooder says:

    ok but common hedberg sucks

    lets get er done boys!


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  381. JIMVINNY says:

    What a dive.  That’s embarassing.


  382. ooder says:

    wow hedberg learned quite a lot from brodeur

    did u see that guy jump 3 feet in the air hahah what af reakin dive

    oh and pouliot.. how do u miss that?!?!!?


    GWG = game winning gionta!

  383. Chris says:

    Kostitsyn might be the third best passer on this team, behind Markov and Plekanec.  Tape to tape to Plekanec, setting up a nice chance.

  384. showey47 says:

    lmfao,nice sell job

  385. Danno says:

    Great performance by Hedberg


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

  386. Bill says:

    Really need one more before the period is out. The weak D has got to improve, those goals were preventable.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  387. joeybarrie says:

    GREAT PLAY. Should be 3-2

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  388. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Damn, wish poo poo would have buried that.

  389. mrhabby says:

    ha…fooled ya.

  390. Timo says:

    Don’t know about everybody else but I am always optimistic. There is always hope. 

  391. Cool Ice Price says:

    Can you blame him. The Habs have relied on Carey in 90% of the games thus far.




    Habs Passion unites us all

  392. showey47 says:

    Pyatt would give him a good run for that title.

  393. joeybarrie says:

    ITS NOT LOOKING GOOD. I think we are done for…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  394. Bill says:

    This is embarrassing. But you can’t win ’em all.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  395. geo_habsgo says:

    this is ugly…

  396. JIMVINNY says:

    the bounces are going their way.  nothing we can do about that.

  397. sidhu says:

    6’3″ Zajac against little DD.  Should have never happened. 

    Hammer also lost the battle.

  398. Cool Ice Price says:

    C’mon Eller

    Habs Passion unites us all

  399. andrewberkshire says:

    Nice trip by Hedberg there.

  400. RGM says:

    I feel much better about our fortunes against Hedberg.

    Go Habs Go!

  401. Cool Ice Price says:

    Ok boys lets welcome the back up to the game

    Habs Passion unites us all

  402. larisalapointe says:

    This is not the first time our team has been down 2-0.
    Just a couple of games ago against Caps and Bruins, etc. So see u in 40 minutes before depression is allowed to commence.

  403. punkster says:

    Optimistic? Yes.


  404. Mattyleg says:

    I think it’s pretty clear: First gameless Saturday night at home in a while… par-tay.

    OOH! And Hedberg is in!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  405. Danno says:

    Hedberg in nets. Time to score some goals.


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

  406. Will Longlade says:

    The Habs were more than a little flat that period. But the missed holding call on Zubrus (which wasn’t one of the discretionary variety holding infractions like the one called on Pacioretty) set the tone for the game. I hope the Habs come back and win this one and shove it in the face of the HNIC crew.  

  407. geo_habsgo says:

    NO MORE BRODEUR!!!! we got this now!

  408. JIMVINNY says:

    Hedberg with a little interference there?

  409. Da Hema says:

    Agreed. Everyone put your suicide plans on hold at least until this game is officially over.

  410. t1tan5 says:

    Travis Moen must have the worst hands on the team!

  411. Harani says:

    Hey guys! I’m studying for an Organic 2, yes I have to do Organic 2 as well :( and not watching the game. On and off on the radio but I believe that Habs will win this one.

    “It must be love!”

  412. MICP says:

    where is gionta?

  413. RGM says:

    Four red jerseys doing nothing.

    Go Habs Go!

  414. Timo says:

    It’s just natural. They have mailed this game in before it even started. Too many strippers and booze the night before will do it to ya. 

  415. avatar_58 says:

    Dump it in dump it dump it in

    Oh look 3-0…..BIG surprise.


    Keep it up Martin, I bet it’s 7-0

  416. Cool Ice Price says:

    Got to Love the Habs D WOW We

    Habs Passion unites us all

  417. topher5468 says:

    DD lost his man,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  418. Timo says:

    Same place where Gomez is… daydreaming about his big fat paycheck.

  419. andrewberkshire says:

    Auld should have started today if the Habs were just going to stand around and leave the goalie out to dry. No sense wasting a good performance by Price.

  420. solomio says:

    Well aftre that 3rd one Carey looked very disheartened. It doesn’t do any good to keep him in at this point.
    Put Auld in give Carey the rest of the day off.

  421. Cool Ice Price says:

    Habs lose today, Steelers lose tonight. Boone will be one carnky man tonight :)


    Habs Passion unites us all

  422. Cool Ice Price says:

    Yes they can. They have to play like they want it.


    Habs Passion unites us all

  423. avatar_58 says:

    Pardon my rage but this is infuriating to watch, horrible attack strategy

  424. avatar_58 says:



    Jesus F’in christ….

  425. RGM says:

    It begins!

    Kovalchuk’s second deflection goal on the day.

    Go Habs Go!

  426. Habnofear says:

    It’s PK time…..

  427. mrhabby says:

    boys are standing around. want to get home for some chili and beer….one game no biggie..night.

  428. moser17 says:

    boy did you leave at the wrong time, lol

  429. moser17 says:

    THERE we go!  Bring it back, PK!

  430. showey47 says:

    I agree. Now he just needs to get his offensive game on track.

  431. Cool Ice Price says:

    Joey, as much as I love Price, that first goal should have been an easy save. A poke check or keep his paddle on the ice. But crap happens right. But we can win this by chippin away at Marty . He’s one split from being out. 


    Habs Passion unites us all

  432. mrhabby says:

    of course there great hockey men..i just think there style sucks we could go one but don’t really care…ya know.

  433. avatar_58 says:

    Plow right through it? Give it to Max and have him skate shoulder ready to throw a check. Have Subban go in, ready to slam. Throwing it in and then not even skate hard enough to get the puck? Why? It just comes right back out for a jersey rush.

    Even worse is shooting at Marty from the blue line. WHY??? Unless theres a guy in front he stops it, passes out of the zone, attack failed.

    You cannot expect to get through this team by dumping it in. It’s not happening.

  434. Habnofear says:

    Lemaire has more than proved he is the Man when it comes to Pro Hockey.And he has the rings to prove it! Just imagine if Bowman and Lemaire weren’t chased out of Montreal sooo long ago how much different things would have gone in the last 19 years and then throw in Robinson ….

  435. FormalWare says:

    Amen! And you know, Timo–they just might, Jacques M. being a clear Jacques L. disciple.

  436. joeybarrie says:


    I don’t get it either. I mean there are 30 other teams out there with pro coaches who should easily know how to beat the Habs… We truly are the luckiest team in the NHL… How in God’s name are you not coaching out there Timo???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  437. olematelot says:

    Not all teams play the trap as good as NJ does

  438. Mattyleg says:

    Yes, utterly destroy hockey and win a Cup doing it.

    Annihilate it. Make people wish they were blind.

    (goddamn Bettmanistic ‘hockey as entertainment’ b.s. it’s a sport. It’s supposed to be painful.)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  439. joeybarrie says:

    UNLUCKY. 2-0 down, but JM is smart and we will come out in the next 2 periods.

    1st goal was a poor clear by Gill and the rest of the players, cause it took 3-4 times to even get it to Gill… That’s been a big problem for us, is clearing the puck away from the net.

    2nd goal was pure luck. KovyII does a good job getting his stick to it, and getting to the spot, but no way was that a deserved or a planned play.

    We are fine. We know what we are up against now, and its time to come in and make it happen. They are forechecking us really well and forcing us to make mistakes.

    But JM wont take this lying down. The big question is do we have enough gas to get it done? We are playing on a skeleton crew as it is…..

    EITHER WAY, I am pretty happy with or play of late, and couldn’t ask for more from this team right now.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  440. Da Hema says:

    If there is one thing we are learning about the Habs this year, it is not to count them out after the first period.

  441. Timo says:

    I would love if Habs would ruin hockey some more that way a couple of times. 

  442. Larry says:

    Lemaire looks pretty darn good for 65.

  443. Mattyleg says:

    No, it’s not that easy.

    It’s only that easy if we don’t skate.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  444. topher5468 says:

    Right on Andrew, we are the better team and that will prevail, I hope

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  445. FormalWare says:

    They’ve no choice. Devils trapping. As others have remarked, Lemaire invented this way to win. Boring as hell–and equally effective.

  446. olematelot says:

    Have you any suggestions of how to get it by the whole team lined up at the line

  447. Mattyleg says:

    I don’t really understand why people think Lemaire ‘ruined’ hockey.

    Just because he wasn’t blindly pushing attacking hockey when he could win by being defensive? Is that what everyone’s so upset about?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  448. Timo says:

    With Devils constantly having 2 man deep there has to be a lot less separation between D and forwards. I hope The System can adjust.

  449. Cool Ice Price says:

    Why can’t the habs win 5-6 in a row?

    Habs Passion unites us all

  450. Mattyleg says:

    We’re speeding up, and they seem to be slowing down.

    That’s fine by me.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  451. andrewberkshire says:

    This is just the rope-a-dope. We’ll get ’em over the next 40.

  452. Timo says:

    That was great. 

    I really don’t understand how other teams don’t see it. It is so so so so so easy to play the Habs if you just clog the neutral zone. There is all there is to it. 

  453. JIMVINNY says:

    We need to get three frowards within 6 feet of the net.  Brodeur is flopping all over the place, and now hurt.

  454. Cool Ice Price says:

    Fatty B is hurt now finished him off habs!


    Habs Passion unites us all

  455. andrewberkshire says:

    Weber just keeps winning battles, lightyears away from his play last season.

  456. topher5468 says:

    Have we scored a first period goal since the break, I think not. So, i guess we are right where we should be.  

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  457. Timo says:

    Gill’s not having a graet game. He probably could use a break too. Although, being short on D as is, who’d play? Maybe JM should try one of the forwards on D… there are plenty of example where D plays up front, why not the other way around. 

  458. Bill says:

    Just got in, I gather things are going pretty ugly. Even Kovalchuk scored. And the inevitable ex-hab, Zubrus. Marty F for his 1000th career chut-out against the Habs, do you think?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  459. Keith says:

    Turnovers du jour.

  460. avatar_58 says:

    GOD this is frustrating to watch. So many good plays spoiled by one or two players who aren’t pushing hard enough.

  461. andrewberkshire says:

    Brodeur is letting out really juicy rebounds into the slot, get a guy in front of the net.

  462. Mattyleg says:

    Marty B’s injured.

    Long time getting up.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  463. OneTimer says:

    hell of a power play, no dice though

  464. Timo says:

    Of all things he could have done Gomez shoots from an angle when there is absolutely NOBODY between him and Brodeur.

  465. topher5468 says:

    What the hell was that AK46, very weak

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  466. OneTimer says:

    can you shut the %^$# up about Gomez please

  467. Timo says:

    How i wish it were true.

  468. avatar_58 says:


  469. Gormdog says:

    Pacioretty is pretty damn good. I hope the style he plays doesn’t have him in the infirmiry a couple of times per season…

  470. andrewberkshire says:

    NJ has 10 shots and 9 scoring chances. Ridiculous.

  471. mrhabby says:

    hate devils hockey..nothing worse than watching lemaire up to his old tricks…maybe habs did not take them seriously…clog up the zone…christ.

  472. Larry says:

    Especially the last few months. Early on they were dead in the water but as of late they don’t quit and have made some impressive pushes after being down.

  473. andrewberkshire says:

    I hope so too. Kovalchuk is flying but Price looks a lot better than Brodeur did in my opinion. If we can get some net presence in the next 40 this game will turn around quickly.

  474. avatar_58 says:

    They can win this especially if Marty is botched, just STOP playing into the damned trap. Skate for crying out loud

  475. joeybarrie says:

    Your right, Price should have been a little more ready and solid. I try not to blam the Goalie’s for these things when they are playing well overall…

    Hopefully it means he will be rock solid for the rest of the game like in Wash.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  476. mrhabby says:


  477. Mattyleg says:

    That’s HILARIOUS!!

    Do you do weddings? Bar Mitzvahs?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  478. Habbu says:

    We need someone to step up, come out a lay a few good clean licks on a few Devils to get things going……… Oh I forgot…………we haven’t traded for that player yet.

  479. punkster says:

    I call jock itch. Yep, jock itch definitely.


  480. SeriousFan09 says:

    You just suggested he packed the house out, if so popular, why are they celebrating the Cup in a parking lot?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  481. Mattyleg says:

    Sorry, ONE Cup. That’s terrible.

    And at least they won cups with their play. If popularity won Cups, Toronto would clean up every year.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  482. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lemaire has 1 Cup, he left and Larry Robinson than Pat Burns won the 2nd and 3rd Cups in Devils History. That team was so unpopular their Cup Parades were held in a parking lot.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  483. Mattyleg says:

    You are joking, right?

    Lemaire’s Devils packed the house out regularly. And won Stanley Cups, if memory serves.

    When he left, the stands emptied because nobody who replaced him was nearly as good.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  484. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually Matt, the Devils rarely even sold out playoff games in their prime. They’re also the only team in modern NHL histrory to have a game not sold out in the Stanley Cup finals.

  485. JIMVINNY says:

    His hockey genius is the principle reason that the Devils, with a brand new rink, can’t attract more than 14’000 fans per game.

  486. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes, his change was negative for entertainment value, but the man is undeniably a hockey genius.

  487. JIMVINNY says:

    If by “changed” you mean “ruined”, I’ll agree.

  488. SeriousFan09 says:

    In fairness, he is. He changed the game by trying to ruin it.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  489. Timo says:

    Spatch is right – start skating. Question is why would a bunch of highly paid professional athlete come out not skating?

  490. mrhabby says:

    back to back games, to tired, kids sick, wife sick, car did not start, its winter..who knows.

  491. topher5468 says:

    I feel sorry for all those , like me, who have to endure Chico “rag top” Resch for 2 more periods. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  492. Ian Cobb says:

    This team was not prepared to play out of the gate. We will come back, but it is a very bad habit.
    Unless Martin sucks in the opposition in thinking that they have it in the bag.

  493. habsfan0 says:

    Maybe the Habs are looking ahead to tonight’s Super Bowl. Should have figured on that.

  494. FormalWare says:

    If I’m the coach, I’m sending Moen, Patches, Eller, and Kostitsyn steaming into the corners after soft dump-ins. Soften up those Jersey D-men with bone-crunching hit after bone-crunching hit. Set our skill guys up for some success on the cycle.

  495. Timo says:

    Moen’s been completely invisible. At least AK had a bad turnover. :)

  496. solomio says:

    Just got in. Shocked at 2 zip NJ.
    You gotta figure against Martin F and Lemaire this game is over BUT the Habs have been surprisingly resilient.
    Lets see if they got it in ’em.
    I see Caps won.

  497. FormalWare says:

    Wow. PJ Stock with some non-extraneous, insightful comments on Habs’ state of mind to start the game. Incredible.

  498. habs001 says:

    hopefully a few bad bounce goals vs the devils and a pp goal…we have problems scoring vs most teams so should be no suprise vs the devils…

  499. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He’s a good tough maritime kid.

  500. Shiloh says:

    With that stupid trap of Lemaire’s our best rushes may come while we’re killing a penalty. Watching Jersey hockey is better than watching paint dry – but not by much.

  501. Timo says:

    If I were a rich mean I would pay one of the Habs players an amount they would earn during their NHL career to break a stick over one of refs faces. If I were like Warren Buffett rich.

  502. Timo says:

    I agree with the last part of your message.

  503. Cool Ice Price says:

    Rollie  Pollie Marty hasn’t broke a sweat yet!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  504. avatar_58 says:

    Bleh. Need to hurry up and get one or this will get ugly

  505. Habnofear says:

    Kovalcuk is back and with a vengence…yike’s

  506. Chuck says:

    Have the Habs had a shot yet?

  507. Mattyleg says:

    I guess they use rookies as cameramen for the afternoon games… I’m getting seasick here!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  508. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    But if you got caught you’d end up like Bernie Madoff rich.

  509. Mattyleg says:

    Just said it on RDS: not in nine minutes.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  510. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes, he made a brilliant back check on Kovalchuk in the first minute, and cleared the zone effectively on the PK.

  511. Danno says:

    Refs are jobbing us. Tried to yesterday and it didn’t work. Today they’re making sure they get their way.


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

  512. Timo says:

    Anyone seen our 8 million dollar man yet?

  513. JIMVINNY says:

    BS.  If they’re going to let the one against Gill go uncalled, a hold that causes a turnover, then how can they call that?

  514. Clay4bc says:

    That was a huge save…I hope it matters.


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  515. solsub says:

    Not that a PP would make any difference, if the last few games have been an indication….

  516. sidhu says:

    I’d take Colin White over Chris Phillips any day

  517. Larry says:

    The boys might have been out a bit late last night after the Ranger win.

    This team is just cursed against the Devils

  518. JIMVINNY says:

    This is the kind of game where the non-calls are really going to hurt.  We’re going to need PP’s to get scoring chances against their trap, and from early indications, we aren’t going to get PP’s.

  519. Danno says:

    Okay guys. Time to open the scoring floodgates now.


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

  520. Cool Ice Price says:

    Were the Boys out late last night? They better get it going or this will turn very ugly very fast

    Habs Passion unites us all

  521. sidhu says:

    Boone, I agree with you about Clarkson — I think he’d be great for us. 

  522. scrowe21 says:

    Hey blu3chip. Boone posted A LINK to SK’s goal…that must mean he’s not a real habs fan too huh? 

  523. Keith says:

    Well these guys had better start showing up or we’re done. Getting beat all over the place.

  524. hablifting says:

    Habs badly outplayed yesterday and very lucky to escape with a win.  Just like yesterday the Devils are easily able to keep the Habs hemmed in, the result of zero physicality on the part of the Canadiens D and back checking forwards.

    You can only get away with this sort of play for so long.

  525. Cool Ice Price says:

    Three shots, two goals. Yeah Carey really sucks eh Boone? :)

    Habs Passion unites us all

  526. sidhu says:

    Perhaps the boys started their Super Bowl tailgate early with some beer, chili, and burgers

  527. Cool Ice Price says:

    Two Refs and they can’t see anything

    Habs Passion unites us all

  528. andrewberkshire says:

    With what Zubrus got away with on the 1st goal, Montreal getting that penalty, and people wonder why everyone hates referees?

  529. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d take Barry White over Chris Phillips.

  530. Cool Ice Price says:

    The players need to take a few 80mph slappers at the Refs



    Habs Passion unites us all

  531. Shiloh says:

    What’s that now, Baby?

    What’s that you say?

  532. topher5468 says:

    Ouch, thats harsh

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  533. Timo says:

    Guess in the modern day NHL checking forwards make 8 mil. Not too bad.

  534. Fansincebirth says:

    Cue the Comeback Kids!

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

  535. JIMVINNY says:

    I hate that sh*t-eating grin of Lemaire’s. He thinks he’s so goddam smart.

  536. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    I don’t know if you’ve missed the memo or not, but he is.

  537. Mattyleg says:

    No, he knows he is.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  538. andrewberkshire says:

    In fairness, he is. He changed the game.

  539. sidhu says:

    Max Power is flying, he’s been one of our best forwards of late

  540. Chuck says:

    I still can’t believe that the Devils didn’t get a 5-minute major for the high stick against Hamrlik. Do the refs think that these guys just bleed spontaneously?

  541. Cool Ice Price says:

    No break fo Habs so far :(

    Habs Passion unites us all

  542. chevy013 says:

    you should have listened to me.


    2-0 Devils now.

  543. OneTimer says:

    dude, we’re 2 minutes in, “chill”

  544. Timo says:

    Hah, PK is trying to get into Brodeurs kitchen. I really wish someone took a healthy run at Brodeur.

  545. olematelot says:

    Refs missed a high stick on Hammer and a hold on Gill, pathetic

  546. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Replay that Z goal. He held Gill, shoulda been a penalty.

  547. JFriedman says:

    back-to-back games and Bordeur in nets… The perfect storm.

  548. topher5468 says:

    If the Habs had been guilty of holding and highsticking, we’d have been penalized twice, Great start ahole refs

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  549. JIMVINNY says:

    Good on PK for giving Brodeur a snow shower.  They have to do something to get in his head.

  550. JFriedman says:


  551. Habnofear says:

    Dam you Lemaire….you are truly one of the great all around NHLers………….

  552. Shiloh says:

    Was our d-man high-sticked?

  553. punkster says:

    Well, Hal didn”t exactly “give it away”. He was checked.


  554. JIMVINNY says:

    Well at least we don’t have to stress about consecutive shutouts.

  555. Timo says:

    Where the F were the forwards on that goal? 

  556. Keith says:

    Great! They score already. Why does this team own us so bad?

  557. Cool Ice Price says:

    Refs startin early. High stick missed


    Habs Passion unites us all

  558. chevy013 says:

    as the norm, this game is over.

    habs never beat Brodeur, and the devils.

  559. CHsam says:

    That was UNBELIEVABLY WEAK. UGH! Come on boys wake up!

  560. zozotheclown says:

    Horrible D, wow

  561. Shiloh says:

    What a bad giveaway by Gill – and Price tried the poke check.

  562. The_Salted_One says:

    no holding call,  bad turnover, goal…   not a good start

    your friendly neighborhood Salted One

  563. Cool Ice Price says:

    Is this Canadian Idol? :)


    Habs Passion unites us all

  564. andrewberkshire says:

    Excellent job by Gomez then.

  565. Cool Ice Price says:

    Let’s get er done boys

    Habs Passion unites us all

  566. Jdub1985 says:

    Habs gonna counter the trap and play like the wind? Or are we in for a snoozefest?

  567. Buster says:

    I agree, but I found he was a little off singing the american anthem”



    Whooooaa baby!!! WHAT is goin’ on in Pennsylvania!!?

  568. Danno says:

    Charles Prevost Linton. The best in the business. That is all.


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

  569. Cool Ice Price says:

    Everyone was bad on that goal EVERYONE



    Habs Passion unites us all

  570. Exit716 says:

    Gill was held by Zubrus, no call and then the turnover. Mind you, CBC says the game is over now according to plastic hair Craig Simpson who looks like a Ken doll and has the f’n IQ to match. Over to RDS after two minutes.


  571. FormalWare says:

    As a classically-trained baritone, myself, I agree. Such warmth in that mature voice!

  572. olematelot says:

    Actually Simpson is a good analyst

  573. Timo says:

    Wow, you can tell Habs were really well prepared for this game. Could you tell they were looking a little bit ahaed in the stands?

    Go Habs Go? Hah… yeah… let’s see that go. 

    It’s ok, at least we have Gomez.

  574. Chuck says:

    Man, that was a world-class deflection.

  575. JIMVINNY says:

    Give me a break. 

  576. MICP says:

    Game over!


    See ya in Boston

  577. Josh says:

    A hold resulting in a goal against and then a highstick. Both uncalled. I guess it’s going to be one of those games again.

  578. Danno says:

    I agree. A snowblower’s way better than a Leaf Blower


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

  579. J.T. says:

    The team came out and announced that Kristo wasn’t breaking any team rules, which would include underage drinking in this case.  He apparently was walking across campus on an extremely cold night, took an uncleared, snowy shortcut and lost a shoe in the snow.  He tried to get back to shelter as quickly as he could, but the damage was done.


  580. Mattyleg says:

    I’d say they were related. You don’t realize your feet are frostbitten if you’re hammered and stumbling around campus.

    Otherwise, you warm yourself up.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  581. doug19 says:

    What is with Danny Kristo? A report said he is in the hospital with frost  bitten feet from walking at campus.

     A report before that said he was in trouble with his team for underage drinking.

    Do these two incidents have the same cause?

     Last year he played well for the US national junior team and this year he was not with the team. His production as a forward is really slow this year. Was he not a very top prospect at one time?

  582. SeriousFan09 says:

    Having a bit of a down year with some off-ice party issues I guess. I think the Canadiens will get him to HAM next season and make sure Cunneyworth straightens him out.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  583. habfab14120 says:

    I get the NHL Center Ice package, so I don’t usually have to search, but I’ve found pretty decent since went out.

  584. SeriousFan09 says: has the stream if you don’t mind them (I do but it’s the most stable feed I’ve found today).


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  585. CHsam says:

    Anybody got a good link for the game ? thanks!

  586. Chris L says:

    Yes.  This is true.

  587. 24 Cups says:

    I wonder if there is any truth to the rumour that the only reason Lemaire went back behind the bench was because he had another year left on his contract.  Did Lou say, help me out here, and earn your keep.

  588. 24 Cups says:

    One day, somebody is going to have to teach Matt Cooke a lesson.  His knee on knee hit of Ovie was pretty dangerous.

  589. ProHabs says:

    You got to buy a snowblower man. I just did last year, a second hand one for $300, and it is by far the best purchase I ever made. I used to hate getting a ton of snow, now I look forward to it. You won’t regret it.

  590. Keith says:

    I’m f***in exhausted! Just finished shovelling 20 tons of snow out of my driveway, the wet heavy stuff. Hope I don’t fall asleep during the game. Expecting a big game today. Time to catch Boston. GO HABS GO!!!

  591. Exit716 says:

    I find it hilarious that CBC thinks a guy that should have never advanced above the ECHL in his career is some sort of ground-breaking analyst on hockey.

  592. kempie says:

    PJ Stock is such a dink. It was hilarious yesterday when he was spouting advice on how the Habs could get more scoring. Aaaaahh good times.

  593. Cool Ice Price says:

    I would love to see Muller as Habs head coach along with Robinson by his side.

    Habs Passion unites us all

  594. avatar_58 says:

    Robinson at the bell centre….can we get him to stay?

  595. kempie says:

    Congratulations and best wishes.

  596. SeriousFan09 says:



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  597. punkster says:

    Smile of the day!


  598. Ian Cobb says:

    Always nice to have bran new fans Don. And those pink ones are so special. Congratulations Gramps.!

  599. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Congrats man!  Now go get that little lady a habs jersey!  =)

  600. moser17 says:

    Congratulations Shiloh, what a blessing.

  601. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Congratulations !!

  602. Rugger says:

    Congrats to you and your family.

  603. Danno says:

    Congratulations! And best wishes!


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

  604. Shiloh says:

    Absolutely predicting a Habs win today in honour of their newest fan – our grandaughter born at 2:30 this morning.

  605. RGM says:

    TSN has been showing it in their highlights package all morning and referring to it as a blindside headshot. So, yes. Will there be any consequences for it? Doubtful.

    Go Habs Go!

  606. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Boyle is huge and Spacek was bent over, a deadly combination. Although I do not believe there was intent to hit Spacek’s head on the play, this was indeed a headshot and must be dealt with as such.

    There is no room for exceptions to the rule if the NHL is sincere on protecting players from head injuries.

  607. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    As 24 said below, you can’t see it on the original angle, but it is clear as day from another camera angle.  Since the NHL has access to all these angle’s I really don’t understand how that cannot be singled out as either a headshot or for that new blinside rule.  It’s depressing to watch these clowns running the NHL drag down what is such a great sport.

  608. DearyLeary says:

    No question.  But with this ridiculous “if someone doesn’t get injured it couldn’t possibly be a penalty” policy the NHL has we’ll see no action from the league.

  609. 24 Cups says:

    You really can’t tell on the original video play, but you can clearly see it from the different (2nd) camera angle.  Boyle elbows Spacek just as he’s going by him.

  610. showey47 says:

    Does anyone think the hit on spacek could be considered a blindside headshot?

  611. B says:

    So far, Eller has shown the scoring touch of a Tom Pyatt. He is like the Habs since they let Koivu go, no Finnish.

  612. habs001 says:

    this year is a very important learning year for eller…at the beginning of the season the scoring expectations on eller were way too high by most posters who predicted how many goals each hab will score…prior to this year in 5 seasons of hockey eller had a combined 69 goals…right now eller looks like he can become a very solid 3rd line centre who can be a 15 goal 25 assist type player…anything more will be a bonus…it is common to have players in the nhl who had very high scoring stats prior to the nhl but become average or below average producers in the nhl but the opposite to this is very rare…

  613. 24 Cups says:

    Mike – I believe that SK74 (14/16/30) scored twice last night – the winner plus an insurance goal (his 14th). That goal puts him one ahead of his brother in terms of goals and points:-)

    Nashville beat Detroit 3-0 and are now just two points behind Montreal in the standings.  What a franchise.  The best GM-HC duo in the league on a shoestring budget.

  614. Propwash says:

    I’ll be pleasantly suprised if the Habs pull off a win today.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  615. 24 Cups says:

    I would have been happy with six points out of eight this week so we’re already there.  It was really important to win yesterday because I fully expect Spacek, Hamrlik and Gill to be totally gased during the 2nd half of today’s game.  Not trying to pull a Mike Boone jinx here, but we’re going to have to light up Brodeur early this afternoon if we stand a chance of winning.

    BTW, I wish Clay Matthews could skate and be a Hab.

  616. mrhabby says:

    have to give credit to the team who play the system to a T. how long can the oldies keep it up before it comes back and haunts us..hammer/spatchs just are tough old farts..gotta love it. with 3.5m in cap space we should be buyers still need some help.

  617. Propwash says:

    Got a batch of jalapeno poppers ready to go in the oven for the game 😀


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  618. RGM says:

    By the time the puck drops this place is going to smell of slow-cooking turkey chili. Might even do up a batch of wings for the Habs. I love Super Bowl Weekend.

    Go Habs Go!

  619. Danno says:

    Mike — nice of you to give the Devils their due.


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

  620. InGaineyWeTrust says:

    Excellent opening on CBC today.

  621. avatar_58 says:

    Regarding football – is it me or do you never hear most canadians talk about the NFL until the superbowl? I don’t get it, do they not watch any games but this? I can’t imagine being interested in a sport but not watching it save for the superbowl.

  622. sidhu says:

    Boo’ing Kovy II may be counterproductive

  623. Top Corner says:

    Great F. start…..

  624. nick says:

    Just me or do the RDS and CBC feeds seem glitchy? I feel like i’m about to start having seizures…

  625. Timo says:

    Lets see Gomez do his thang on the PP.

  626. t1tan5 says:

    We have to create some chances here, if not score.

  627. OneTimer says:

    Yes Patches, we need more of that!! Flashes of brilliance!

  628. Cool Ice Price says:

    I’m crossin my fingers & toes ..

    Habs Passion unites us all

  629. Exit716 says:

    Chill out. Fatso will let in a weak goal.

  630. Mattyleg says:

    Ha! Brody’s flopping around out there like a sumo wrestler on a greased pan.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  631. 24 Cups says:

    Great summary of the 1st period by the CBC panel.

    You have to also wonder what the three older Dmen will have left by hte 3rd.

    Kovalchuk played like an all-star in that period.  Totally dominant.

  632. Gormdog says:

    What, no snub?

  633. t1tan5 says:

    Back in this.

  634. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Let’s go boy’s. still time to tie this thing up!

  635. joeybarrie says:


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  636. joeybarrie says:


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  637. Jdub1985 says:

    Did someone just remind the Habs that Brodeur is NOT in net?!

  638. Cool Ice Price says:

    HELLO … Way to kill your momentem Max



    Habs Passion unites us all

  639. Danno says:

    This is looking a lot like the officiating of yesterday


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

  640. t1tan5 says:

    How is that not a penalty on Volchenkov?!!

  641. Danno says:

    Vochenkov has an arrangement with the refs


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

  642. Thomas says:

    I still think once cammy comes back we need to move ak46, he’s had ‘potential’ for how long now, 3-4 years.  I think he can be a better player, but for some reason its not working for him here, time to move on…


  643. Cool Ice Price says:

    When the Steelers lose tonight it won’t be all bad!



    Habs Passion unites us all

  644. joeybarrie says:

    Don’t care what anyone says. We have been unlucky, and we could be tied or even winning here.

    Im glad we didn’t quit.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  645. Cool Ice Price says:

    Not enough time left for our boys today. On to the Boston game.



    Habs Passion unites us all

  646. t1tan5 says:

    For such a big guy, Gill sure has a horrible shot.

  647. andrewberkshire says:

    I would rather play the Bruins than the Devils 100 times of 100. No team gets away with as much BS as NJ, and the hockey is boring garbage.

  648. Aybara says:

    Judging by the first powerplay. I think they could well have

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