About … aw, forget last night. Merry Christmas!

ScroogeDD

In the spirit of the season, let’s not dwell on your Montreal Canadiens’ inglorious performance in Nashville.
They had a 3-0 lead.
They blew a 3-0 lead.
Then a brilliant individual effort by perennial HIO whipping boy David Desharnais got the Canadiens two points they didn’t deserve.
And for all their recent suckitude, the team has 47 points and sits comfortably fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Hands up everyone who expected that at the Christmas break.

The Canadiens don’t play again until Dec. 27, when they’ll begin their Florida trip in Tampa.

That gives coach Michel Therrien and his staff plenty of time to work on a few issues.

They’re making a list and checking it twice.

Going to find out who belongs on the ice.

Based on the Nashville game …

SIX forwards managed to play an entire game plus OT without recording a single shot on goal:

• Brandon Prust, who didn’t even have an attempted shot and has kinda sucked for a while now

• Brendan Gallagher, who plays his heart out and goes to the net

• Brian Gionta, who hustles and backchecks

• Alex Galchenyuk, whose play in his own end is starting to worry me

• Travis Moen, whom Therrien subbed on the Tomas Plekanec line late in the game because he doesn’t trust Galchenyuk’s D

• Daniel Brière, who worked hard and wasn’t bad in Nashville

There were also no shots from defencemen Douglas Murray, Alexei Emelin, Raphael Diaz (not even an attempted shot!) and Francis Bouillon, whom Therrien praised as probably his best Dman, forgetting to add “except for P.K. Subban”.

Three players accounted for 15 of the Canadiens’ 23 SoG: P.K. with six, Max Pacioretty with five and Tomas Plekanec with four. May as well add DD’s three and there’s 78 per cent of the shot total from four guys.

What’s that you say?

Shots aren’t everything. There are other ways to contribute.

Indeed.

Like making good decisions with the puck, working the boards, winning puck battles, clearing your zone efficiently and maintaining possession in the other team’s end.

The Canadiens were woefully inept in those aspects of the game in losses to L.A. and St. Louis and during the second period in Nashville

Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, failure to compete in all three zones afflicted the Canadiens through 20 miserable minutes.

Carey Price faced 20 second-period shots and gave up goals to Gabriel Bourque and Nick Spaling.

That’s the worst bombardment since Price faced 21 shots last March 7 in Carolina. He stopped 19 of them – including Eric Staal’s penalty shot. The Canadiens won that game 4-2, despite being outshot 44-28.

That was then, this is now.

And now isn’t too shabby.

Again, the Canadiens occupy a place in the standings few few fans expected when the season began.

They’re up there mainly because of Carey Price and Peter Budaj, P.K. and Andrei Markov (we won’t dwell on the boneheadedness of a misconduct in a 3-3 game).

There’s still a lot of hockey – 44 games – to be played.

For now, let’s all take a break and celebrate Christmas with our families and loved ones.

347 Comments

  1. Habilis says:

    Given his current production, Patches has one of the top 5 contracts in the NHL that isn’t an ELC.

    If Patches’ name is truly being floated by MB then IMHO, there are only two possible reasons.

    1. MB is using Patches name to get his foot in the door as far as negotiations go with other teams. He dangles Patches, gets the other GM talking and then tries to rework the deal with other assets.

    2. MB is an idiot.

    I hope it’s the former.

    • mksness says:

      so times trading when someone has value isn’t a bad thing. i just hope that they can do a package deal with DD lol

      but our gm being an idiot, noooooo. he’s the best especially when it comes to his shirts

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      MaxPac + DD for Kane and Jets first round.

      As for Yakupov, i would trade edmonton Gorges and 1st.

      Kane is better than MaxPac in terms of offensive skills and physical play.

      Again, it would have to include jets 1st, as they’re getting a crazy good contract.

      As for Edmonton, they need a leader and a solid top 4Dman. Our 1st round will be in the 20+ pick…. Id rather get Yak.

      AND FOR LOVE OF GOD FIRE MT… “we are a grinding team” no MT, you are a grinding coach, go frak yourself.

      I even said it a long time ago, MT will get the most out of a grinding team and fail with a more finesse team.

      Habs should NEVER play north south, keep puck, practice tape to tape and dont stop skating. Does anyone mention Karlson is a non physical Dman…

      Duno why we dump puck on a shift change, pass it to Dman, then pass it back to a speeding forward.

      when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

    • JUST ME says:

      Funny how rumors end up
      At first the rumor came from Arpon Basu of Nhl.com
      Then it`s from Larry Brooks of N.Y. newspaper.
      Now it`s from Bergevin`s offering him
      Then Bergevin is an idiot.

  2. BJ says:

    To trade Pacioretty would be insane unless we got back a superstar, Max is close to that status. I had mentioned some weeks ago that it could turn out to be a John Leclair type scenario (someone mentioned that below as well). And no I would not take McDonaugh for Max. We have Beaulieu coming up and he has superior wheels to the one Gainey gave away for Gomez. Who would score for us then?

    • mksness says:

      the bigger question is who replaces MAX? if you get a defensemen as the key part of the deal, i don’t see anyone replacing his production and size on the current lineup. granted max isn’t a physical player or power forward by an means. he’s a pure sniper.

      also maybe he doesn’t want to be here. we don’t see everything behind closed doors. if he is bitter about the deal he signed and is being a cancer in the room then you move him.

      also you have to remember we don’t have that much to trade; well tht other teams would want

      • CHasman says:

        I don’t think that Bergeron is going to trade a big player who can score when that is exactly what we’re looking for. Trading Pacioretty would be stupid and Bergeron is not stupid.

  3. Arnou Ruelle says:

    Looks like the Habs’ Swedish prospects are the most solid in WJC. Collberg and De La Rose are working well. I think Fucale is the only guy for Team Canada who’s going to make the team either in 2-3 years.

  4. CSIASN says:

    Mt – Starting Dec 28th against Tampa Bay lets put the Egg line back together. we had some success with them.

    1. Pacioretty Pleks Gionta
    2. Galchenyuk Eller Gallaghner (EGG)

    3. Bournival Desharnais Briere
    4. Moen Prust Bourque/White

    Parros.

    Leave these lines together and let them Gel for the remainder of the season – 3rd and 4th lines can be interchangeable don’t touch the first two lines. This is the only way we are ever going to have any consistency …

  5. B says:

    De La Rose with a sweet behind the back pass reversing out from behind the net to give Sweden a 1-0 lead.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  6. CSIASN says:

    Pacioretty won’t be traded unless something better is coming our way long term.

    • adamkennelly says:

      Pax’s stock is sky high…if there is ever a time to sell – now is the time – see what you can get…If they are really talking to Philly – ask for Giroux..if they are talking to the Islanders – ask for Tavares.

      then when they get done laughing at you – hang up.

      • rogieshan says:

        Nail Yakupov, David Perron & Anton Belov for Pacioretty & Diaz.

      • formerly known as the hc says:

        Two knocks on this team: 1) Too small and 2) don’t score especially when the ‘going gets tough’. So…. To me, it makes no sense to trade away one of the few players we have that has decent size and is scoring goals. There are no trades that will instantly make this team a contender (unless Mike Milbury is working again) and trading away Max Pac does not improve on the areas where we need help.

  7. Sportfan says:

    Although we will all find reasons to complain about this team, we still won last night and in the end it is all about the win! Have a great day everyone this birthday boy has a semi busy day haha

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  8. 24 Cups says:

    Wait until the very end to hear Princess Phaneuf’s high pitched voice.

    Phaneuf + Kadri = truculence. Yeah, right.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hddxqb65YiM

  9. commandant says:

    All the complaints on Diaz and heres a guy who has the lowest goals against per minutes played of any defenceman on the team. While he is on the third pairing now, he’s played some tough minutes on the PK and also in key situations earlier in the year (when Therrien didn’t trust PK).

    Just because he doesn’t hit, doesn’t mean he’s a bad defensive player. In fact he’s a very good defender.

    His positioning is superb and he is very hard to beat off the rush, he’s also solid one on one.

    Add to that the fact that he makes good passes and moves the puck out of our end quickly (something Murray, Bouillion, Emelin, and Gorges struggle with), and he’s actually a very valuable part of the team.

    Yet constantly thrown under the bus at HIO.

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    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Diaz is not a valuable part of the team.
      He will be an easy replaceable part next year from within.
      He is not a Top 4 on any serious playoff team.
      As was shown last playoff, he is soft and completely intimidated when playoff hockey starts.

      If a Dman is soft, weak, and doesn’t hit, he had better have superb offensive skills or 1st Unit PP capabilities.
      Diaz does not unless there is an injury

      Lowest goals against per minute played?
      A team’s Top 4 plays against the other teams Top 6

      • mksness says:

        ya because murray is better because he is MOAR bigger… i would rather have diaz on the ice than murray. how physical does josh play by the way? he just blocks shots.

    • 24 Cups says:

      Commandant – I think you may be missing the point. At least the one that I’m trying to make these days. I don’t think people are questioning Diaz’s ability or value.

      Assuming the Habs re-sign Markov, a long term deal to Diaz would give Montreal five signed Dmen at a fairly high rate of collective cap space. What would that mean in terms of Beaulieu’s future? The right hand shot aside, would the Habs not be better off saving the money and using it to maybe add another player up front? Especially seeing that there aren’t that many forward prospects who will make an impact in the next few years.

      I guess signing Diaz isn’t an issue if the deal is such that he can be eventually moved. But if he lands 3.5M a season, isn’t that a bit rich for a 3rd pairing defenseman?

      Diaz was a free asset in terms of being unsigned. All I’m saying is let’s make good use of that asset management whether he stays here in Montreal or moves on in the next few years.

      • mksness says:

        i don’t think he’ll get 3.5m a season. but anything between 2.25and 2.75 kinda makes sense. although i would like to see better number from him on the powerplay.

        beaulieau and tinordi still have a long way to go before they can he nhlers; especially tinordi who just doesn’t have the foot speed yet

      • frontenac1 says:

        I was on Diaz”s case all last year and held my fire this year until they paired him with Murray. I actually think those to guys are starting to click.( last night excepted when MB started screwing with the pairings again) They have to stay together to get better imo. They do complement each other and will get better together. By the way,do any of you guys think that picture of DD on Mikes shoulder look a little bit creepy? Maybe because I had nightmare problems with Midgets a few years back?

    • HabFab says:

      Collberg dominates offensively when he is playing his age group. Apparently used as a checker in the Swedish men’s league. Can’t hurt down the road in making him defensively responsible.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Frank – Player stats from Sweden are pretty misleading, especially for young guys who have limited roles and icetime.

        Collberg (and Hudon) should get tons of ice in Hamilton next year which will give us a better idea of what they are really all about.

  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    Arpon Basu ‏@ArponBasu 4m

    Bizarre Pacioretty’s name pops up in trade rumours again. One of best contracts in NHL and closest thing to a power forward #Habs have got.

    ****
    If the Canadiens trade Max Pacioretty I really have no clue how it will make them a better hockey team? He might not be as physical as some like but he’s big and has one hell of a shot. He’ll be a 40-goal-scorer one day and might even push for 50!

    If he’s ever traded we better get one hell of a package back for him or it would be a joke!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Perhaps other teams are constantly asking for him. I can’t see MB trading Max unless a superstar comes back our way. Indeed one of the best contracts on our team.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I wonder what the rumours are exactly?

      Anyway, Basu also said this, so it seems that real talk is going on: “But these Pacioretty rumours are being reported by some credible sources (today’s mistakes aside). Got to imagine there’s something to them.”

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Given MB hasn’t really made one significant trade since becoming a GM I am not sure how Basu can already know which sources know when MB will make a trade. Seems BS to me based on that fact.

        • Old Bald Bird says:

          Thanks. Doesn’t sound overly substantial, but I guess it’s possible.

          “It seems inexplicable, but Slap Shots has heard continued chatter about the Canadiens’ willingness to trade Max Pacioretty, the 25-year-old winger who apparently isn’t Michel Therrien’s ideal.

          Of course the Rangers are interested, but unless the Blueshirts are willing to re-gift Montreal with Ryan McDonagh (and they’re not dealing McDonagh, one of the most untradeable players in the league), there is little reason to believe the clubs have a match, and no, the Habs don’t seem to be a potential landing spot for Michael Del Zotto.

          We’re told the Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, who has a club-friendly contract worth $4.5 million per that runs through 2018-19, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t prone to dealing him in the East — if he’s willing to deal him at all after the roster freeze melts after Friday night’s games.”

    • JUST ME says:

      One must be careful on what he considers to be a rumor. Of course Max`s name is heard everywhere cause everyone would like to have a power forward like that. Speed,big,skills,production …It does not mean that if yoU hear his name that he is necessarely in trade rumors. I am sure Bergevin gets many calls and / or offers but why would he trade a guy that once gone will need to be replaced by the exact same type of rare player ?

    • rogieshan says:

      Larry Brooks of the NY Post suggested the coach (he named Jacques Martin erroneously instead of Therrien) is not enamored with Pacioretty’s overall play and that Bergevin would take a straight up deal for Ryan McDonough.

      The memory of LeClair & Desjardins for Recchi and spare change still burns. This Pacioretty scenario has the making of one.

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    What percentage of NHL games are going into OT? Last night 7 of 12 games went to OT thus the handing out of extra points.

    It is crazy just how many games are handing out a total of 3 points while others hand out 2 points. I still am perplexed that the little financial czar in New York doesn’t realize this is an imbalance. Fortunately we have a pretty good record at this point, as trying to make up ground on other teams is virtually imposible in todays BullSpit NHL point system.

    A 4 game losing streak with games in OT is just not a losing streak as you are being rewarded.

    The NHL must go to a 3 point Regulation win, 2 point OT win and 1 point OT loss for me to believe it is fair. All games must be worth the equal amount of points in order for the results of a league wide schedule to be balanced.

    • D Mex says:

      That’s an interesting proposal, altho it would skew point totals from a historical perspective.
      The same outcome could be achieved by subtracting 1 from each of the game outcomes you mention. This would render a loss a … well, a loss, but this clearly doesn’t fit with Buttman’s NHL (what he likes to call ” our game “) because those diehard hockey purists in Phoenix and Nashville wouldn’t get it.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah I don’t like the idea of a 3 point game from a historical perspective, but given how Gary has already bastardized the standings, it may as well get done where it is fair. Seems the loser point is here to stay, just like the gimmick shoot out.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Hola Burly. Or just go back to the way it was for a hundred years. 1 point each for a tie in regulation time. No OT loser points, no Shootouts. No one complained about that system at all ,that I remember. Time to do some shoveling and then “re-hydrate” for some football. Saludos amigo!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree, but the little wanker would never switch back, cuz that would mean he was wrong with his earlier changes, and we all know the little weasel is never wrong.

        Yup, heading out soon for rehydration as well bud.

        CHeers!

      • Welks says:

        Agree they never should have changed it in the first place. Win 2 Tie 1 Loss 0.
        Also since unfortunately the shootout seems here to stay a points system would need to account for that idiocy.
        But the answer is simpler than 3 points for a win. Since the shootout has replaced the tie, assign the tie point to the winner of the shootout and the loser gets nothing.

        Win a Game = 2 Points
        Win a shootout = 1 point.
        Lose= 0

        I think if a game goes to a shootout it should be actually worth less than winning a hockey game. Lets see how teams compete when then need points and cannot count on the loser point.

    • MasterHab says:

      I’ll go you one better….

      3 points for a win in regulation
      2 points for a win in overtime
      1 point for a win in a shoot-out

      And the losing team?

      THE LOSING TEAM ALWAYS GETS NOTHING!

      It doesn’t matter that you got to overtime or even to a shoot-out. This isn’t little league where everyone gets a ribbon for participating. This is professional sports. You get paid to win games, not just show up. The reason why we’re seeing so many games going to overtime is because teams are only competing for the welfare point. Halfway through the third period teams stop trying to win close games. All they want to do is kill the clock and get to overtime so they can bank that single point. This is what happens when you reward failure. You want to see more games end in regulation time? Incentivise it by giving 3 points. You want to stop teams from playing it safe and boring? Punish indifferent play by not awarding any more welfare points.

      Of course, the NHL is never going to adopt this model because it would destroy the illusion of parity that they currently have. That might make it harder to sell tickets in all those sunbelt markets where nobody cares as it is.

  12. DipsyDoodler says:

    Alex Steen’s agent, whoever he is, isn’t very good.

    Steen is having a career year and is a pending UFA. At 29 he is young enough to cash in big time.

    So why sign a 3 year contract? Sure it’s for $5.8M but he could have gotten that for 7years.

    If Ville Leino can sign a $27M contract how much could Steen have gotten?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Maybe Steen feels its important to help his team remain competitive by giving a break because he actually enjoys winning and realizes he has enough money.

      His father was a very very humble pro athlete, seems to me the kid is a chip off of the old block.

      Edit: Don’t dispute he could have made much more, but I respect what Steen did.

  13. habs-fan-84 says:

    Lol Boone, that picture is pure gold!

  14. Psycho29 says:

    Good Morning “Doom n Gloomers” and “Rose Colored Glassians”!

    For the old timers, found these vintage NHL photos from a retired Oakland photographer. Some great quality shots of Habs (Worsley,Myre,Savard, etc)
    http://ronriesterer.photoshelter.com/gallery/NHL-HOCKEY/G0000HhzbrfHOi3g/

    Seasons Greetings to all!!!!!

    • Habfan17 says:

      Thank you for sharing! Very cool

      Habfan17

    • Lafleurguy says:

      That’s the longest hair I’ve ever seen Gump sport. Peter Little “M” looks like Milos Raonic.
      Note: 32 yr. old Eric Guay from Mont Tremblant won the Men’s Downhill in Val Gardena.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Peter Young says:

      Yes, thanks very much for these. I remember now how skinny Peter Mahovlich was in his early years with the Canadiens (not to imply that he ever got portly). Some good shots of Dryden, too, and a couple of other old-time Habs beyond the ones you mentioned.

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Morning everybody, okay I was home for the first period, then went out for some Christmas Cheer. Finally got the game put on when it was 3-3, team then won in OT.

    So I have a dilemma, I can just start staying home and the Habs will go undefeated the rest of the season, but I’m not much of a hermit….

    Anyways, so happy we got the points just to make the next 6 days here a whole lot more enjoyable. Mr. Boone loved the picture you put up for ALN and pretty much agree with what you wrote good sir.

    One thing that I find more and more regular is how good DD looks in OT. That extra time and space on the ice does wonders for showcasing his strengths. More proof of how when a guy like Cole is driving the net, when Max is controlling the puck off the halfboards DD is wonderful. Problem is we just don’t have that big net crashing forward anyMOAR.

    Have a happy day everyone, soon its time to eat drink and be merry! Oh wait, that seems to be a daily pattern for me, So Merry Christmas to all the fine folks here at HI/O!

  16. gmoan says:

    I really hope DDH becomes the player that management wants him to be….. Then trade him please… Too many small players … Broken record I know… But it doesn’t seem that anyone’s listening… Merry Xmas

  17. JF says:

    A loss last night would have cast a dark pall over the festive season and made this site toxic. So, independently of the two points, I’m glad we won.

    It’s Christmas, so I’m not going to complain – at least not much – but that had to be about the worst second period we’ve played all season. What is it with this team and second periods? Build a 3-0 lead in the space of three minutes and then proceed to blow it by basically taking a period off. It’s a head scratcher; they had to know the Preds would come out hard.

    But what a heroic effort by Desharnais. He’s the main focus of all the complaints that the team is too small, he’s the player everyone wants to dump, but I have to say that after his bad start to the season, he’s been one of our best and most hard-working players. He may be undersized and not the fastest, but it was a treat to watch him steal the puck from the much bigger Predator and roof it.

    Meanwhile the hulking Douglas Murray gives the puck away and suddenly the game is within reach for the Predators. But Murray is big and strong and size wins…. Oh, never mind.

    OK, that’s it for griping. It was a great first period and a great three seconds in OT. Now a welcome week’s respite and lots of work to get back to playing the way we were.

    Here’s wishing all the staff and everyone here a happy and safe holiday.

  18. WVHabsfan says:

    Diaz is a good second wave of the power play qb in my opinion

    • Habfan17 says:

      Yes, I think Diaz on the 3rd pair with a strong defensive partner and on the 2nd power play is good. Until Nygren is ready.

      Habfan17

    • 24 Cups says:

      I have to disagree. Montreal is a few games short of the half way mark and Diaz hasn’t even scored a goal yet. He also has only taken 34 shots on net, which is just 7 ahead of White who can’t shoot the puck.

      Diaz’s biggest attribute is that he plays from the right side. As well, I certainly appreciate the fact that he has filled in admirably the past two years when Montreal had a depth issue on the D. However, I put Diaz in the same boat as DD. If the Habs truly believe that Beaulieu can make the team, then they have to pass on giving Diaz a 3 or 4 year deal this summer. If they do, then much like DD, the best alternative down the road will be to make use of his trade value, whatever that might be.

  19. Thomas Le Fan says:

    My hand is up. I thought we would be in the mix.
    I thought we were going to blow it after three quick ones and letting them back into it but we didn’t even need to go to the gimmick … for the second straight time we won in OT. Great shot by P’tit Davey (heh, we’re the same size). I think that’s the shot Gio has been trying to make all season. Looks good when it goes in but mostly sucks cos it misses the net. Go figure! Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  20. jrshabs1 says:

    What’s Diaz’s role on the Habs? I know what Murray’s role is. What does Diaz bring to the table?

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  21. rhino514 says:

    DD is playing hard. Happy for him last night and the previous overtime when he set up Ma beautifully.He´s definitely a valuable player 4 on 4, in shoot-outs, and I hold out hope that he will be valuable 5 on 4 as he is a smart player who should do well when given time and space.
    I fear his usefulness at playoff time when there isn´t much time and space. But at least he is not the hole we feared we had during the first twenty games.
    Here´s hoping he can fill the spot until Galchenyuk is ready at centre.
    What is worrisome, and has been for a while, is the deafening quiet of all the wingers except for Max. Gallagher and Gionta made great passes last night to set up goals, but overall the wingers have been non-threateneing for quite a while now.
    And what about Eller? Granted he is playing well defensively and physically, but during the last third of last season he was one of the most potent offensive forces on the team.
    Maybe he needs the gifted wingers DD is getting. They have to do right by this young man. Pigeonholing him into a defensive checking role is not fair with the kind of skills he has. They already have done this with Plekanec, who could be much more of an offensive threat if not always used in a shutdown role but Pleks has the uncanny gift and maturity of generating some scoring chances no matter how tough the assignments. They should not have two shutdown centres, and neither should be purely shutdown in any case as both are quite gifted offensively.
    Mayvbe they need to add a complementary winger at the deadline the way things are going.

  22. 24 Cups says:

    I really love that photo, Mike. Well done!

    A loss last night after having a 3-0 lead could have had some severe implications but the team did win the game so that’s all that matters right now.

    Factoring in adjusted games in hand, the Habs sit 3rd in their division with a 4 point lead on Detroit and a 7 point lead on the laffs. In terms of the conference standings, they have a 9 point lead on Philly and Carolina. The team is 6-4 during their last ten games with a GD of +12. That’s not bad considering they have been struggling through a mini-slump the past few weeks.

    I’ll take a split in the state of Florida and then move on to the new year. Tampa somehow continues to defy all of the odds so that should be a real litmus test for a well rested Hab team. I really feel the Habs need to finish 2nd or 3rd in their division if they have any hope of winning a series in the playoffs.

  23. PrimeTime says:

    ALN?? Talk about suckatude…..whatever. Merry Xmas Booner.

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  24. Arrow77 says:

    Uh, what’s with the “few expected them to be there” talk? We’re in 4th place, which is nothing to write home about, especially considering how high we finished last year. In fact, we’re 4th with more than half the team stuck on neutral, which would lead me to think that our goal should be to look forward, not backward.

    As for last night, it’s really sad when your goalie still has to bail you out after a 3-0 lead. I really don’t think Therrien is bringing the best out of his players right now. Time to reunite the kid line.

    Oh, and give some time off to Murray, please!

  25. D Man says:

    I can’t remember the exact circumstances P J Stock was talking about last night but he definitely said “we” when referring to leaf give-aways on defense. Something like “that’s why we are always giving the puck away.” Pretty blatant. BTW, I didn’t have control of the remote or the sound would have been off.

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan.

  26. jrshabs1 says:

    Bob’s still blaming Murray for all that’s wrong with the Habs ….that’s rich. The small team can’t compete with the Big ones. Price bailed the boys out again.
    Bob…next Hab practice, put the skates on and show Murray how to play D in the NHL.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

    • Eddie says:

      Murray is terrible 5 on 5. Brutal.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I agree Eddie but to single out one or two players for the entire teams failure to compete after the first 10 minutes is over simplifying the issue. Murray is far from the biggest problem on this team and certainly not alone in disappointing play.

        A bigger disappointment then Briere? Diaz? Gionta? DD? Moen? Not in my eyes. We are talking about a #6 dman who should gave his minutes manages, aren’t we?

        • Eddie says:

          For a 6th dman he and Bouillon have been on the ice and personally responsible for far too many 5 on 5 goals.

          Both these players would not have NHL jobs outside of Montreal, and neither will be back in our lineup next season.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          DD has 14 points in the last 16 games. He’s 3 for 3 on shootouts. He’s had two game winning goals during this stretch plus a tying goal with the keeper out, followed by winning it on the shootout. His linemate Max P is scoring 0.5 goals per game.

          DD was very poor early on, but for the last 6 weeks or so he’s one of our better players.

      • Alvin says:

        I agree Murray’s stats look bad but there is no denying that there is a plus side to his game. Obviously # 1 is his crushing hits.It is really gratifying to see that and being on the giving side and not the receiving side. He also makes some very good puck control plays along the boards, blocks shots and clears the crease.
        Murray has been a pleasant surprise. Worth playing and worth keeping.

        • Arrow77 says:

          Murray has been a huge surprise in the penalty kill department – he’s been much better than in recent years and one of the best d-man on the team – but you can’t be a stay at home 6th defenseman and have the worst plus-minus on your team. He’s only played 21 games and is already -11. His physical play is supposed to help keep the puck out of the net but the rest of his game more than negates that.

  27. Habfan10912 says:

    The NHL Network – US will be broadcasting several World Junior games. Here’s the schedule.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=695682&navid=nhl:topheads

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Where can Bergevin find some more smaller players that know how to win ?

    • Ian Cobb says:

      How was that hit on Markov not called. The man spent two years in rehab with his knees, I blame him not for mouthing at the ref.

      PK will either win it for us or lose it for us.! One or the other each night!

  29. Habfan10912 says:

    Speaking of officials, O’Rourke takes a skate to the chest and had to leave last nights Flyer/Columbus game.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=697118

  30. Habfan17 says:

    Credit should be given when credit is due. DD deserves a ton of credit for the effort and for scoring the goal. Now if the other players can take that and come back after the break and give the same effort. I hope they all look in their mirrors.

    I like DD but still do not think he fits with the Habs long term.
    Habsrule made a great point in a conversation we had earlier today, DD on the 3rd line with two big wingers could work. I agree with Habsrule. If Crisp and either De La Rose or Fournier can make the 3rd line, they have enough offence to pop some goals and provide space for DD.

    Habfan17

  31. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. I’m always happy when my team comes away with points on the road. Always!

    The officials sure did have a rough night again though. The non call against Markov was indeed horrible. There were two other non calls in the Toronto/Red Wing game as well but the one that points out the arrogance of these officials was a high stick in the Leaf game which went uncalled. During a break the linesman, who saw the high stick, called the refs over for a conference. The refs overruled the linesman (who had the right call).

    The 10 minute misconduct was another example of these officials not only crapping the bed but being arrogant to boot. The league is in dire need of more competent officials. Meanwhile the game suffers.

  32. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Hahaha, you guys are the greatest. Boone is concerned with Galchenyuk´s defensive play, others worry about Eller while his uselessness Douglas Murray single-handedly made his game a close one by being horrible slow on the first goal and going for a stupid hit on the second one.

    But yeah, he has size and is physical, so you like him. Anything else about this game would made him look like an average player in the second Romanian League but who cares?

    Ridiculous.

    I´m fine with our record so far but we could be better. Not going to happen with Therrien as our Head Coach, Desharnais as our second line center and a clown like Murray as our 6th dman.

  33. Maritime Ronn says:

    Mr. Boone writes:

    ” Alex Galchenyuk, whose play in his own end is starting to worry me…Travis Moen, whom Therrien subbed on the Tomas Plekanec line late in the game because he doesn’t trust Galchenyuk’s D.”
    ——————–

    Gallchenyuk is a super star in the making.

    A few factors to consider one being age (19), NHL experience (86 games) yet probably most important is familiarity of line mates when trying to play good D.

    Players need to know each other and their tendencies to become good 2 way players.

    So who has Alex played with this year?
    Eller-Gallagher-Plekanec-Gionta-Prust-Bourque-Pacioretty-Briere
    That’s 8 different guys.

    Last year?
    Add to the list: Colby Armstrong-Ryder-Cole-Dumont.
    There’s 4 more.

    Therefore, the 19 year old with 86 NHL games under his belt has played with 12 different line mates – some often, some less often.

    http://www.leftwinglock.com/line-combinations/index.php?season=2012&team=MTL&strength=EV&playertype=F&gametype=ALL

    Perhaps the young lad should be given a break.
    So many others are never called out.
    Some Plus/Minus examples:
    Ovie -12. Spezza -13. Tavares -7. Hall and Nugent Hopkins -11.
    Eric Staal -9. Giroux -1.

    • boing007 says:

      If the coach wants Alex G’s defensive play to improve he should put him on a line with defensively responsible players like Plekanec and Gionta.

      Richard R

    • Mike Boone says:

      Hey, Ronn, I love the kid.
      And I agree on the likelihood of his superstardom.
      But to my rheumy old eyes, there are stretches when he looks woefully lost in coverage.
      I’m sure it will come as he develops his complete game … and moves to centre.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Ah, the move to center.

        With the way the Habs are training/preparing Eller with his defence and PK time, it would not be a surprise if Plekanec is the one to be moved out – but only next summer after the playoffs.

        The playoffs and playoff hockey will answer a lot of questions as to what centers can survive…

        • Habfan17 says:

          Hey MR

          Perhaps we will see Galchenyuk at centre next season. I would have liked to see him as the 3rd line centre this season. I would also like to see Bourrnival back at centre. I think he would be a solid 3rd line centre, maybe even on the 2nd line in time.

          In time;
          Patches, Galchenyuk, Gallagher
          Hudon, Eller, McCarron
          Crisp, Bournival, De La Rose/Fournier
          Prust, White, Fournier/?

          Habfan17

        • rhino514 says:

          The “when will Galchenyuk move to centre and who which centre will be traded” for me is the most aggravating question on the habs because, since it was formulated after DD´s extension,would take so long to find out. For 2 or 3 years I live in fear that Eller will be traded, or even Plekanec. And I just think both players are too valuable to this team. Pleks is to my mind the most underrated player on the habs and perhaps one of the most underrated in the league, and Eller is the forward with size on the team with good offensive potential besides Pacioretty, and he is a centre. You simply don´t give up on a big, young centre who already on some nights has shown he can dominate a hockey game.
          What happens next year? Nobody knows, How can they fit those four guys in? There is just no way to fit them in. This to me this is frustrating. I thank DD for his fill in role on the team up to now, but I prey and hope that his contract becomes tradeable, which it doesn´t really look to be so far. I guess with the new salary sharing rules any contract is potentially tradeable, though.

  34. JohnBellyful says:

    Folks, we got a bit of a stretch here without any Hab games and that has me worried.
    Sure, we’ll have the world juniors to occupy some of our attention, but that won’t be anywhere near enough to prevent this site from being torn apart by internecine wordfare.
    If that happens, it will make for an unpleasant Christmas.
    My suggestion: If you feel compelled to let others know what you think of players, coach and management for the umpteenth time and in the same vein of venom, please begin and end your remarks with a joke. It will do wonders to create a more congenial atmosphere.
    This time of year especially we need to lower the temperature of discussion at HIO by employing more wit and less rancor to make our points.
    Let me illustrate, using one of our more prolific posters, IHateDD, as a example.

    A man goes to a doctor and claims his body is talking to him.
    The doctor says that’s impossible but decides to check it out and asks the man to lie on the examining table.
    He places his right ear on the man’s chest and works his way down.
    When he gets to the guy’s thigh he hears: ‘Can you loan me 50 bucks?’
    Shocked, he moves to the guy’s knee and it asks: ‘Can you loan me a hundred?’
    Stunned, the doctor slowly moves his ear further down to the guy’s shin. Sure enough, another request: ‘Can you loan me a thousand?’
    The doctor lifts his head and looks at the man, prepared to deliver bad news.
    “What is it, doc? Is it bad?”
    “Your leg’s broke in three places.”

    DD scores in OT. Big deal. He sucks.

    A man goes to a doctor – not the same guy, not the same doctor – and says he has a problem with his penis. Doctor tells him to take off his pants and underwear. Guy says he will but makes the doctor promise first he won’t laugh.
    He pulls down his pants and underwear, and the doctor starts laughing hysterically.
    “That’s the tiniest, skinniest penis I’ve ever seen. Is that the problem?
    “No, it’s swollen.”

    I think most of you will agree we’ll come away from this kind of post in a more amiable state of mind when it’s wrapped in humour.

    P.S. Belated Merry Christmas 2011 everyone.
    (I’m working my way through the to-do list.)

  35. Cal says:

    For all the Hab fans here, I present the 12 Days of Christmas

    Merry Christmas HIO!!

  36. Mavid says:

    I love that picture..very very funny..Merry Christmas everyone

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  37. Kooch7800 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. Have a safe and happy holiday! Enjoy the start of the jr team.

    I think a week break is just what the Dr ordered for the habs.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  38. Mattyleg says:

    Morning all!

    I’m VERY happy to take a break from these perenially depressing doom-and-gloom ALNs that can take any situation and make it sound crap.

    We won the bloody game.

    Okay, we blew a lead, but in the end, we got the points.

    It’s a win, and that’s all that counts!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. Marc10 says:

    Now that’s an OT goal. On ya Davey!

  40. HankHardball says:

    Is Eller a victim of his own success?

    It seems Therrien didn’t want to have all his EGGs in one basket.

    So Galchenyuk and Gallagher get promoted. And Eller’s now playing with Briere and Bourque.

    At least on the power play, could Therrien try putting his EGG back together again?

    • Habfan17 says:

      It is a head scratcher! Even if Bergevin was thinking of trading Eller to get the first line goal scorer they could use, this is no way to bring up his value.

      Habfan17

      • Mattyleg says:

        “bring up his value”. What a hilarious concept.
        TSN talking-heads love that because it makes them sound like super-effecient stockbrokers.
        It’s hockey.
        It doesn’t exist.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Habfan17 says:

          Hmm, so a player who scores a point every second game doesn’t have a higher value than a player who scores a point every 3rd game, defencemen not included. I will disagree with you. If DD was traded when he was not getting any points, Bergevin would get next to nothing for him, now that he is putting points on the board, the return would be better.

          Eller would get more of a return based on the first 20 games than the last 18, after his wingers were given to their lines to ” get” them going!

          Habfan17

          • Mattyleg says:

            A good player is worth more than a mediocre player.
            I get it.

            This concept of ‘raising value’ is a bit foolish, however.
            What coaches and GMs attempt to do is to get their players to play their best all the time, or to get them to come out of slumps.

            The idea that a GM or coach will try to get a player to play well with the sole desire to trade them after they put up a few points is terribly naive and underestimates the intelligence of GMs and their teams.

            GMs look a little bit further than recent performance when they sign players. The idea is that they will be more effective in THEIR system than the one they are currently in – how well they are playing for the past few games means very little.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Habfan17 says:

            @ Mattlyleg.
            I agree with you that GM’s do not use a small sample size. In DD’d case, his sample size is not so small. He was not doing well for the first 22 games this season and last season did not live up to his first season. In Eller’s case, his first 25 games and last season were very good, you have made a good point. I will say that when players are not performing, other Gm’s will try to get away giving less in a trade and it has happened a few times.

            Your points are well taken and appreciated! Nice chatting with you.

            Habfan17

          • Eddie says:

            When a tradeable player, one with some value, no longer fits into the team’s plans, he can be played on the power play, penalty kill, or in other key situations, to demonstrate his value to other teams.

            This has been going on regularly since I’ve been following the game, which dates back to the 60’s.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Coach Therrien has been given a deck of cards and trying to figure things out.
      The real question may be if Davey doesn’t play with Max and Gallagher, who else can be his wingers? Where do you move him? See the domino problem?

      • Habfan17 says:

        There in lies the problem. DD has not proven he can play on a line without Patches. I get that some players share an uncanny chemistry with others, Oates was one of those as was Janney.

        I see why Therrien may have put Galchenyuk with Pleks, to help him with his defensive play, especially in his own end, although last night Pleks was guilty of some really bad defensive zone gaffs.

        I would just like to see Eller get the same opportunities as DD has received and then we could see who is a better fit for the team going forward. Eller keeps getting the short end of the stick! even when he plays lights out!!

        Habfan17

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Desharnais has passed Eller in the assists column. Catching up to him too in the goals column, although Eller can produce hat-tricks and goals skating off on a line-change. Different kinds of players. Before yesterday, Eller was impressive with his body-checking. If Eller develops the hockey smarts of an Alexander Steen, or Tomas Plekanec, or Brian Gionta, look out.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • HankHardball says:

        I’m not suggesting they substitute Eller for Desharnais. I’m saying the problem with Eller right now is he’s being forced to play with line mates who don’t match his ability or intensity.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Not all Ellers points come off of line changes, It would be interesting to see how he would be doing if he was able to at least keep one winger every game like DD.

        Rather than say Eller gets his points off of line changes, maybe you are able to check each game and see who his linemates were each game and how many times they are switched during the game. I think that would be the more telling fact,

        Habfan17

  41. Habsrule1 says:

    So, who would you prefer on your team….Lars Eller or David Desharnais in Lars Eller’s body?

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Habfan17 says:

      Lars Eller

      Habfan17

      • Habsrule1 says:

        I think Desharnais gives a better effort more consistently and I can almost guarantee if he had Eller’s size 80% of posters here would prefer him over Eller.
        Eller is better defensively though….no doubt about that.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Habfan17 says:

          I think we would see that same consistency from Eller if he wasn’t always losing his linemates. It seems he gets “punished” for being good whereas DD gets given top line ice time when he doesn’t produce. That would mess with anyone’s head. DD is more creative, Eller better defensively. Eller has shown he can be creative and score. problem is when he plays well in all 3 zones, he gets rewarded with less time and lesser line mates.

          Habfan17

          • Habsrule1 says:

            I can’t really argue with that, but I think the issue is Eller’s lack of effort when he does have lesser linemates. If he was giving an honest effort every game, there’s a slightly better chance he’d be promoted. I don’t disagree that DD has been given every chance to succeed though.

            Wish I was in the coach’s meetings when they discuss Eller. They don’t seem to afford him the same luxuries….not sure why.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Habfan17 says:

            @ Hbsrule1

            I would like to see Eller give more effort all the time, just like Patches and a few others. At least with Eller I can see why he may have trouble. It is possible believes Eller should be able to elevate the play of his linemates, there are only a handful of players that can do that. The EGG line shared a chemistry and it may be unfair to expect Eller to be able to do that. Pleks is a very good player and he does not do it. Eller must be asking himself, “what do I need to do”
            At the beginning of the season, Eller played great in all 3 zones and the Kid line was carrying the team. This bias towards certain players can kill chemistry and cause hard feelings.

            Nice conversation with you this morning! Cheers!!

            Habfan17

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Before the answer, it would be interesting if Eller would have the same situations Davey has experienced – playing with Max and Gallagher for 30 whole games without changing line mates regardless of any slump – receive 1st Unit PK time for those 30 games when both Subban and Markov are on the points, and not have to play those tough PK minutes.

      It’s hard to make a judgement call with different variables and unequal treatment.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Fair enough….agreed. I would like to see a bit more effort from Eller, regardless of his linemates though.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Habfan17 says:

        Therrien is really messing with Eller in my opinion. He played great in all 3 zones when the Kid line was carrying the team and his reward was to lose his line mates to an underachieving player.

        I am happy for DD last night, that was a great individual effort. Having said that, since Therrien has stated ice time will be given on merit, what message is he sending to Eller when during the first quarter of the season, he proved he deserved his line mates and more ice time than DD, and a few others! That has to mess with his head!

        Habfan17

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Can’t argue with you Habfan17. Just to be clear, I don’t favour either player. I’m dissapointed in Eller’s treatment as well.
          I just also see really good things in Davey too. We hear how he’s only good with vertain linemates, but for the past few games, the effort he’s shown would have been there regardless of his linemates as he did most of the work himself. The results came more from his effort than who he was playing with.
          All that said, it’s time to give Eller the Gally’s back. How does Desharnais “needing” Max have any bearing on the EGG line anyway?
          Head scratcher.

          Yes, nice chatting. This is why I love this site. Cheers.

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Habfan17 says:

            I get that from your comments. I have enjoyed our conversation!
            The only bearing needing Patches is to demonstrate that players share a special chemistry sometimes and taking players who shared a chemistry with Eller away from him to boost DD had a negative impact on Eller.

            I like DD too, I just think he does not fit with the Habs long term.

            Habfan17

          • Habsrule1 says:

            I kinda agree with that. Ideally, we would have at least 3 big centres, and DD doesn’t make the cut. On the other hand, if we can have 2 big centres, Galchenyuk & Eller, for example, and our 3rd line centre is surrounded by 2 big wingers, maybe that could work.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Habfan17 says:

            @ Habsrule

            DD on a 3rd line with big wingers that can bury the puck, hopefully Crisp and Fournier, or De La Rose, would work for me. Then another
            larger gritty centre for the 4th line. Great point.

            Habfan17

      • rhino514 says:

        Eller would be be the top point producing forward on the team, or veery close to it, if he was playing with Pacioretty and Gallagher.

  42. twilighthours says:

    If we make the playoffs by a point or two, ill think back, with a warmth in my heart, to this OT and to the OT against the Isles.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      And I would add to that the only shootout goal in the game, scored by little Davey against Bobrovsky in the 3-2 come-from-behind win against Columbus. Symbolic that the team gets the W., but no stats for Desharnais, no points, no +1 in the plus/minus tally. Team was slip-sliding away then with losses to Nashville and Colorado.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  43. in habs we trust says:

    as a recovering alchollic I m shocked and offended .

    “R” Habs

  44. HankHardball says:

    Inglorious performance by an ungrateful bastard:

    Bob “Hope the Habs Lose” Cole’s play by play has become so ridiculous, sometimes I listen just for laffs.

    He was so disheartened by the Habs 3rd goal, he was unable to call it. And on another rush shortly after, it sounded like he was on the verge of tears.

    The reason he’s ungrateful is because if the CBC didn’t do Habs games, he wouldn’t have a job. But I don’t think he realizes it’s only TV broadcast in Quebec.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Bob Cole should have been put out to pasture long ago! He misses names, and he talks too much to hide his lack of ability to keep up with the play. His bias always shines through! This is why the CBC coverage loses out to TSN. They keep the old guard around too long. They have some great talent, time to shuffle the deck and replace Cole and a few others.

      Habfan17

    • Mavid says:

      I did not get that at all..but Galley now there is another story..what you describe fits him perfectly

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  45. habsfan0 says:

    A little ice here in the GTA…and no power.
    Sort of like the Habs offence recently.

  46. Lafleurguy says:

    Glass half full or empty debate is perpetual, but at Christmastime, the glass should be tinted rose colour.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  47. montreal ace says:

    I have to say I thought the Cube was finished, and the time had come to turn his hockey stick into a walking one. Frankie has other ideas i guess, as he played a great game last night.

  48. montreal ace says:

    HIO is the best hockey blog around bar none, led by Mike, Dave and Stu, to mention just a few members of the staff. I love reading the comments in the morning, from the good people that populate the site. Merry Christmas everyone, and stay safe during this beautiful Christmas season.

  49. JUST ME says:

    Needed to sleep over it cause there were not many reasons to celebrate but with the chistmas spirit going around i will only state the positive.

    We got the 2 points. We need to stack those up.
    We usually lost those two points in the past.
    Amazing play from D.D. Will not say «in your face !» but will enjoy in silence with a smile…
    Great game by P.K. and the Cube

    But we should have…O.K. I said i wouldn`t.
    An ugly storm out there .You all stay safe you hear ?

    HO! HO! HO!

  50. Maritime Ronn says:

    - Sometimes it’s not pretty, yet as we say about the golf scorecard, the box is only big enough for a number – not a story.
    When we look back next April, we’ll see the number “2” as in 2 points for a win.

    – Huge tip of the hat to Frankie Bouillon, the Habs 6B or 7th Dman. He had not played in 11 days – gets on the ice and plays 23:52 (only Subban played more) going Plus + 2. He also had 2 blocked shots and recorded 5 of the Habs grand total of 16 hits.

    – If Desharnais has a ‘Laser Beam’ shot like that, why doesn’t he shoot more?
    He ranks 9th for all Habs forwards for shots on goal.

    – That’s the 2nd time this year Markov dodged another serious knee injury. He has earned the right to ‘lose it’ once a decade. Actually, it’s great to see some emotion from the big guy.

    – The Gazette mentions Gorges missed the game because of a lower body injury. The ESPN game summary shows Gorges scratched reason being ” Concussion.”
    Which one is correct?
    http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=400484791

    – Can someone please explain the defensive system used on the 1st Nashville goal where Murray went behind the net – was followed behind the net by Diaz, and then another Habs forward also went behind the net?
    Some basic math would show someone would be open in the slot – and they were – bang, 3-1.

    – With Preds and Olympic Team USA GM David Poile in attendance, Max made his statement that he wants ‘on’ Team USA blowing by a Preds Dman and backhanding one high for a big goal.

    – With Gorges out, Coach Therrien may wish to revisit the 1st Unit D pairing on the PK of Markov-Murray.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      I should have Christmas music blaring in the background to sway the pendulum to the more positive side. David D. already possesses strong attributes to be a coach, and a leader. He knows better (gooder?) than most how extra-difficult it is for a small person with hockey talent to showcase that talent among less talented but bigger men. His approach to the game is to bring out the best in his linemates, and when slumps happen, and unsportsman-like play dominates, he becomes an easy target, and mainly because of his size. The Christmas mood just cropped up, so I desist in mentioning the half-empty glass part of some the more revered teammates. I’ll point out that it is informative to look up the plus/minus stats for the team.
      Christmas cheers, non-liquid, and otherwise.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabFab says:

      Gorges blocked a shot in St Louis and has a sore foot so lower body injury. Diaz apparently was scheduled to sit out if he could play so good call yesterday morning.

  51. D Mex says:

    Brandon Prust has ” kinda sucked for a while now ” and Alexei Kovalev is a ” dog “. You’re a class act, Boone, a 3rd class act …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • Grimmly says:

      +1, Boone really shows how he really fuels the trolls on here each and every comment he posts during his blogs

      • D Mex says:

        Whatever helps to attract traffic (a word he likes BTW), which in turn supports Gazette advertising revenues. He’s paid by the Gazette.

        The yellow journalism is repulsive IMO – this guy wouldn’t say $h!t to Prust’s face but it’s really a non-factor because, truth be told, the Habs have no idea who he is anyhow.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      And you come here why? To criticize the person writing the blog you log on to read?

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • D Mex says:

        I come here hoping to read insights, make that – useful insights – on all things Habs, and experience here over the past several years has shown me that Mike Boone offers nada in that department.

        I have zero qualms about him knowing it.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Perhaps Mr. Boone is just writing the words, he often has to read.

    • wildwilly says:

      I like Mr. Boone’s blog because he “tells it as he sees it”. If I want a dry, unbiased report of the game there is always the box score to read.

      If “Brandon Prust has sucked for a while now”, it is just his opinion and I will use it with other reports to generate my own view.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Prust has sucked for awhile now….very much so Boone is a good dog

  52. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Hahahaha! That photo is absolutely priceless. Kudos, Mike. Brilliant!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  53. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …2 points is 2 points

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    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    Campaign to Retire Toe Blake’s Number 6 !!!

    …and, last, but not least: Merry Christmas to everyOne and Your lovedOnes !!!

  54. temekuhabs says:

    Man, after we got slapped around by the Blues
    Oilers are WAY worse than us.
    How does a team look that BAD???
    I would love to get my hands on Hall

  55. Timo says:

    TSN has a poll question “which player do you think will turn it around… Briere or Clarkson”.

  56. Timo says:

    Red wine and Jason Bourne… Yeah, baby!

  57. Timo says:

    That wasn’t dwelling at all, Boone. Not in a slightest.

  58. jsaz says:

    Edmonton fans should boycott that team, it’s outta control now. That organization should be ashamed

  59. CSIASN says:

    Should have been a penality for the hit on Markov and I don’t blame Markov for getting upset that could have been a knee injury right there …

  60. NightRyder says:

    I wonder if Santa could clone David Backes and leave him under the Bell Centre tree?

  61. Storman says:

    Holy crappy goals batman did anyone just see that goal Bryzgalov just let in to go down 6-0, Blues are Really really good and Edmonton well you know.

  62. Ozmodiar says:

    Best photoshopped ALN pic of the year thus far! :lol:

    …um, maybe I shouldn’t assume it’s photoshopped.

  63. Rosieman says:

    MB really needs to think this thru – Price And PK coverup a lot of warts

    Is Rene Bourque even watchable? Briere is so soft and terrible. Thats what – 7 mill?

    I guess Prust is hurt. Hands of Moen. Murray oh Murray Frankie B is almost done.

    This team is just ok – it’s having floaters that sucks. Even Max w the one hand waves…..

  64. Gerry H says:

    Hey, that may have been ugly, but the boys scored four bloody great goals tonight and took home two points. My glass is half full.

  65. Plekasuares says:

    Prust has been sucking a bit, he’ll get it back

  66. jsaz says:

    David backes is a beast. St. Louis is a solid team wish we had a guy like that.

  67. The Gumper says:

    Strange game but oh well, two points is two points. Merry Christmas to all!

  68. slyCH says:

    What’s up with Gorges, why didn’t he suit up?

  69. habs001 says:

    Galchenyuk too young to worry about at this point but i believe his D zone play will be the reason he does not make the USA Olympic team…The Habs with the present roster will look like the way the game was today in more games than not win or lose…It is time to add a D from Hamilton to see if he can win more board battles and move the puck better…

  70. CSIASN says:

    Merry Christmas to the Habs and all the Habs Fans all the best in the New Year …

  71. JohnBellyful says:

    Missed it by that much

  72. Bun E. Laroque says:

    Markov is allowed to lose his temper every now and then.

    • Timo says:

      I have nothing against Markov telling the ref off and getting a boot for that. It’s not something you want to do often but once in a while it’s ok when the situation calls for it.


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