About last night …


You’d like to think the Saku Salute would have been as heartfelt if Koivu’s Anaheim Ducks had been on the long end of a 4-1 score.
But they weren’t, so Bell Centre hockey fans could be classy and magnanimous in treating the Canadiens’ former captain to a sustained ovation during the dying seconds of the game.
Props to Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau for sending Koivu out to take a late faceoff.
Props to Montreal fans for giving a great warrior the reception he deserved, from the opening strain of the Star-Spangled Banner to the announcement of Anaheim’s number 11 as the game’s third star.
And props to your Montreal Canadiens for taking full advantage of a lacklustre performance by the visiting club.

There was a lot to like about the win.

• Carey Price was superb on another night when his team allowed more than 30 shots – for the sixth straight game. Price’s 150th career win should have been a shutout and would have been if his B.C. pal Josh Gorges hadn’t turned the puck over in the face of some rare Anaheim pressure, giving the Ducks a 2-on-1 break that left someone named Patrick Maroon with an open net.

• Max who? Brandon who? With injuries to Pacioretty and Prust leaving the team thin on left wing, rookie Michaël Bournival is taking advantage of Top 6 minutes. The kid has points in four straight games, and Bournival’s speed and forechecking tenacity are creating openings for linemates Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. They scored three of the Canadiens’ four goals.

• DD lives! David Desharnais did not get on the scoresheet  and hasn’t since he got an assist in Winnipeg. And Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith has more goals than Desharnais this season. But DD worked hard, won some battles, created chances and went 13-2 in the faceoff circle. At his career best two seasons ago on a line with Max-Pac and Erik Cole, DD benefits from big wingers – currently Rene Bourque and Travis Moen.

• Alex Galchenyuk was used on the Canadiens’ 5-on-3 power play and earned an assist on the game’s key goal, a Gionta tip-in that made it 3-0. Galchenyuk also made a couple of good, hustling defensive plays. I can’t wait to see him play centre. Give him two snipers on his wings and Galchenyuk will pile up the assists.

• Andrei Markov played 27:06 – high on both teams and 4:30 more than his D partner, P.K. Subban. Listening to the TSN 690 postgame show on the drive home, I heard Tony Marinaro fretting about Markov’s minutes. And when you consider his age (25 in December) and injury history, there is cause for concern.

But if this game was any indication – and maybe it wasn’t, because the Ducks were kinda brutal – Markov is evolving into the kind of defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom was in Detroit: a cerebral rearguard who doesn’t hit anyone and doesn’t get hit but rather uses his smarts to control the pace of a game. And it doesn’t hurt that Markov’s partner is a total stud.

That said, Anaheim let Markov play easy minutes. I don’t know that I’d risk that much ToI against Toronto or Boston.

• Anaheim’s power play is statistically the league’s worst, but the Canadiens’ PK – including rookie Patrick Holland – was impeccable.

• Tomas Plekanec was great in his 3:06 on the PK. He was also great in 3:14 on the power play (Michel Therrien wisely made the Pleks line the first wave after the kids had made a mess of the game’s first PP). And Plekanec was great at even-strength. He was just great all over the ice – a 200-feet performance that was kind of an hommage to the kind of hockey Saku Koivu used to play in bleu-blanc-rouge.

• Jarred Tinordi might be in Hamilton for a while. Nathan Beaulieu combined with Raphael Diaz to give the Canadiens a credible second-wave blueline presence on the power play. And the kid blocked two shots and did nothing egregiously wrong at even strength.

It’s reasonable to look at the 10-game mark as the first tranche of the long NHL season.

After 10 last February, the Canadiens were 6-3-1. They were 5-2 at home, 1-1-1 on the road. They had scored 31 goals and allowed 24.

The win over Anaheim elevated this team’s record to 6-4. The Canadiens are 3-3 at the Bell Centre, 3-1 on the road. They’ve scored 33 goals and allowed 20.

Anyone remember what happened in Game 11 last season?

The Leafs came to the Bell Centre and smoked the home team 6-0. Then the Canadiens won five in a row.

Mighty San Jose – which outshot Boston 39-17 but lost 2-1 when David Krejci scored with a second remaining in the third period – is at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

It’s Hockey Inside/Out Summit weekend … and your Canadiens skate into it on a high.

• A note worth repeating from Ron Reusch: When Teemu Selanne started his rookie season, Alex Galchenyuk and Nthan Beaulieu didn’t exist. Michaël Bournival, Patrick Holland and Brendan Gallagher were six months old.



  1. secretdragonfly says:

    The dragonflies have landed – what time is everybody rolling into Hurley’s?

  2. A. Berke says:

    Hello again Summiteers,

    Ian says that they’re just setting up the Baton Rouge for tomorrow and there would a 100 seats available to us (space limitations), so please be early there, ie., 3pm sharp.
    Everybody welcome.

    Ali B.

  3. Johnny9 says:

    @frank (is it ok if I call you that?)

    We have TOO many of the same type of player. We need more balance on the team, an idea shared by MB himself. So if I were to pick and choose which of these players I would keep, it would be the ones I find the most talented (in my humble opinion) which are Gallagher, Markov and pleky as a 3rd line center behind Eller and gally in a year or 2. Are you going to say Gorges brings more to the team than Markov? Or DD more than Pleky? I sure hope not. Need any more questions answered sir?!

  4. A. Berke says:

    Hello all Summiteers,

    I was just with Ian and he asked me to pass on:
    He will be meeting everyone tonight at Hurley’s and tomorrow afternoon 3 oclock sharp is the time to go over to Baton Rouge
    To see all items up for grabs. He told me that there are wonderful goodies to be had. I suggest y’all bring your wallets.
    Ali B.

  5. Johnny9 says:

    I like Gionta, but with Gallagher and Briere as the other 2 rw’s it only makes sense to let him go when his contract expires cause we need to get bigger at that position! Enough with the small players always getting knocked off the puck. In a 7 game series when everyone’s tired, who do you think wins those battles?!

    • Fransaskois says:

      I don’t mean to make you question yourself (or keep posting) but….. You seem very infatuated with the idea of creating a bigger, more physical team. You want to get rid of all those pansies and make us into a big, bad team with no injuries and no worries.

      ” In a 7 game series when everyone’s tired, who do you think wins those battles?!”

      How come you’re against trading Plekanec? How come you want to resign Markov? Do you think Plekanec and Markov are winning those battles? They don’t fit the bill if we’re making MMA-On-Ice and neither of them are really known as playoff performers.

      In addition, we’ve got a player (under 6’0) who is very well-known for his above-average play in the playoffs, he’s been borderline dominant! What sense does that make? It doesn’t seem to fit with your logic…..

      You need to share your wisdom Johnny, I need some answers.

  6. shiram says:

    We got mustache in the new thread!

  7. Johnny9 says:

    Gorges will NOT be captain! EVER!

  8. Dunboyne Mike says:

    How did you get on staying negative? After 2 goals in the first! (which I saw).

    AND. We have competition. Danno believes Montreal wins whenever he doesn’t watch.

  9. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Montreal is 11-0-2 playing on Thursday nights dated back to last season til now!


  10. Sportfan says:

    Bournival and Gallagher prove that you can be small and play in the NHL.

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  11. SteverenO says:

    Gallagher 26 39.69% 2 18.18% 0.154 13.0/4.4

    Gallagher has played 26 minutes with the man .advantage. The team has scored two PPGs during that time. That averages to one PPG every 13 minutes.

    Overall, the team has had 66 minutes of PP time and have scored a total of 11 goals, or onegoal every 6 minutes.

    With Gallagher on the icea PP goal every 13 minutes with Gallagher NOT on the ice a PP Goal every 4 minutes and 24 seconds,

    Gallagher has been on the ice for 40% of all the PP minutes and only 18% of the PP goals.

    The overall success average for the Habs PP this season is .336
    With Gallagher on the ice the success average is .154. When Gallagher is not in the ice the success average is .456

    What are the chances that Gallagher is on the first line PP come next game?


    Steve O.

    • Luke says:

      Whilst you and I do disagree on this stat (and I’ll leave it at that) I do like that you break it down to actual minutes as opposed to the number Power plays like the NHL does.

      Drives me nuts that a team can have a 5 second PP, another call is made, play 4-on-4 for 1:55 and the second team has a 5 second PP at the back end. And it counts the same as a full 2:00 PP in the stat box…

      • SteverenO says:

        Please don’t infer that I have anything against Gallagher. my “beef” is with the coaching staff. At even strength situations Gallagher’s number s re excellent.

        Last season, he was amazing offensively ( one team goal scored every 14 minutes at even strength but not very strong on the defensive side (one Goal allowed every 20 minutes).

        So far this season the team is scoring an average of one goal every 20 minutes ( 6 GF in 122 minutes) with Gallagher on the ice and allowing one goal every 61 minutes. (2 GA in 122 minutes).

        I really wish that he would be given a shot at killing penalties, I really believe that he woud not only be successful at keeping the other team
        from scoring but he would also be likely to score/create a few short handed goals.

        The most important, and most effective move the team can make at this time however at this time is to keep him off the PP.


        Steve O.

  12. punkster says:

    Looking forward to seeing some old acquaintances and meeting new friends tonight at Hurley’s.

    Matty…no turnstile leaping tonight…strictly legit…OK?


  13. Johnny9 says:


    I didn’t say that. I said IF Gorges is names captain drinks are on me.

  14. Johnny9 says:

    I believe you mean Gionta. With having to resign Markov, Eller and PK, the cap space will be minimal to afford him at 5mil for another small player. Time for Bournival to step up.

    • galchenyuk27 says:

      it wont be 5 mill next year I really like bournival pleks and gionta line gives us 1-2 punch major injuries when patches and prust come and briere come back that’s another big line for us those 3 together will be good dd can sit

      • vegas says:

        wont be just DD sitting out
        if 3 guys get slotted back in 3 guys have to sit

        chucky – eller – gally
        ??? – plekanec – gionta
        ??? – ??? – bourque
        ??? – ??? – ???

        6 spots to fill
        8 players+ available

    • Sportfan says:

      Like the way he has been stepping up lately?

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      • galchenyuk27 says:

        exactly ever since mb was so classy and told him its family first he wants to be here and under this management he will take a lot less money to finish his career here he isn’t going to complain about third line mins if he plays like that on third line we will be unstoppable

  15. Johnny9 says:

    Gorges and his contract is here for now, yeaaaah, Gionta is for sure gone next year. Markov will stay.

    • galchenyuk27 says:

      that’s what you think if gionta isn’t captain next year im buying everyone beers at your summit next year that’s how confident I am that mb is gonna sign gionta for roughly 2 mill based on character and guidance alone

    • knob says:

      If Gionta is truley gone next season, which I believe the case to be, Montreal should really consider if he is worth more on the trade market or more valuable in the line-up. If he has little trade value (4th rounder to 7th rounder or marginal NHLer) then they should keep him for a hopeful playoff push. If Montreal can aquire a 1st-3rd rounder or a top 9 NHL player that is younger then they should trade him.

      • galchenyuk27 says:

        the only teams that would be interested in gionta are contenders and no one is going to give up someone younger and equally as good for him im just looking at the actual picture here and not being biased towards are team id love to have someone younger and just as good but it wont happen and I think we have a shot in the next couple years which means we are contenders when everyone is healthy who do you honestly think we would get back in return for him im curious

  16. galchenyuk27 says:

    you guys are forgetting that bergevin wants character players and that’s josh gorges he leads in the dressing room and on the ice who doesn’t make bad plays every once in a while and for all you gionta hatters hes not going anywhere either and neither is markov these guys bring it game in and game out plus Gallagher looks up to gionta and mb knows it all 3 players will be taking less salary on there next contracts there team players that want to win they don’t care about there bank accounts they already have everything they want playing in montreal which is gonna make it easier to sign players like subban gally and eller to those massive contracts

  17. AceTen says:

    Out of 210 players selected at the 2010 draft Gallagher has the 5th most goals. Not to mention he’s only played about a quarter of the games the players ahead of him have. When you look at % he’s just barely behind #1

    GP G %
    1. Hall 180 68 37.7%
    2. Skinner 198 67 33.8%
    3. Seguin 212 60 28.3%
    4. Burmistrov 194 23 11.9%
    5. Gallagher 54 20 37.03%

  18. Johnny9 says:

    Teach me how buddy, please be my mentor Yoda?!

  19. Timo says:

    Forget all the summit stuff, folk. THE wait is over. Clarkson returns tonight. The moment you we were all waiting for. Oh, what a night it will be.

    • TheDagger says:

      On Wendel Clark’s birthday of all days. HE IS THE NEW WENDEL! Fire up the parade tractor!

    • Luke says:

      Oh yah. I’m very glad I wasn’t able to go to the Summit, now. I hadn’t taken into account that Clarkson and the Leafs. would be playing… So much fun… and the Bluejackets, too.
      Might be a bit too much actually… definitely better than carousing around Montreal on a Friday.
      Who needs that?

      Columbus. The Leafs. Clarkson.

      I might even watch this in Low-Def. Don’t want ot overdo it.

  20. Johnny9 says:

    If Gorges is the next captain, the next summit following that announcement, drinks will be on me!

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Front on his way.Saludos!

  22. Timo says:

    What kind of after hours entertainment is planned for the Summit… you know, for after kids go to bed?

  23. Johnny9 says:

    Team Canada maybe you have an argument, but if you don’t think he played an instrumental role in the Ducks winning the cup well…..i don’t have anything nice to say so I’ll leave it at that.

  24. Ferguson-22 says:

    Heading out to the summit shortly. See you at Hurrley’s.

  25. sweetmad says:

    Just been reading all the comparisons,between Gets and Gorges,be real.

    Gorges was never drafted,where did Gets get drafted,Gorges is a 3 or 4 D man where does Gets play,how much do they earn,I am sure Gets earns a lot more,who are their partners,Gorges plays with the likes Diaz.
    As far as I can see there are no comparisons.

  26. Rudy says:

    4:30 flight to Montreal for the Summit, yay!!! Montreal bagels, Kojax…..I’m bringing my dad who really doesn’t understand who you people are and how I “know” you (doesn’t understand blogs). We’ll be at Hurley’s tonight!

  27. Johnny9 says:

    @mattyleg and oz

    Getzlaf is a Stanley Cup and Gold medal winner. ENOUGH SAID! Gorges won a memorial cup ouuuuuuuu what a champ!

  28. Johnny9 says:

    I don’t have dislike for him, as Timo stated before, he’s a 6th Dman at best on cup contending team. I get frustrated cause because he plays too much and is just painful to watch him skate slowly to the corner and lose the puck, get hit off it, bad pinches, etc etc etc. When this team will be a cup contender in 2015, he’ll either be gone or a 6th or 7th dman.

  29. jamman says:

    Whats the deal with the new goal song? I miss the old one 🙁

    • desertman says:

      I completely agree! Why try to fix something that isn’t broken? I remember the first thing molson did when he took over was mail camalleri a jersey and reinstate the old habs goal song. Why change it now?

  30. sweetmad says:

    Trade Pleks,some one is losing their mind,
    You don’t get many players of this kind,
    Let Markov go,don’t resign,
    One of the best on the blue line,
    PK’s a keeper that we all know,
    What a pleasure it is to watch him grow.

    Get rid of Gorges he is no good,
    Blocks those shots like a piece of wood,
    DD has been having it really rough,
    Is he just lazy or not that tough,
    Frankie is old and past his prime,
    Deserves no respect, though he’s done his time.

    Some love him,some hate him,but to me,,he’s OK,
    Diaz might get a good return someday,
    We all love,our kids they are really great,
    But they will grow up,and cause debate,
    They never fulfilled the promise they did show,
    Should we keep them,or trade,we all know.

    I could mention all the players on our team
    To change them all,and make a dream,
    Is there player out there,who is error free,
    6′ 9 and skates so fast, you just can’t see,
    Has all the heart of our young Galley,
    Can hit the net,from any alley.

    After last’s night game I say to you,
    Do all the dreamng you can do,
    But I love the HABS the way they are,
    Even though many say, we have only one star,
    But I can show you on any given night,
    Our team is great and the Price is right.

    I just love the thing Bourque has going with PK,I thought perhaps I was imagining it, but some one else commented on another thread,Bourque didn’t score from that pass last night,but if they keep that up he will,and it means other teams can’t just go to our net,and forget about whats behind them.PK’s passing to Bourque,is right on the nail,a high pass over the play,then Bourque is away,and the other team are all in our end.I think this is the third time they have done this,it is really a great play,I wander if MT thought that one up.

  31. Stevie.Ray says:

    Already seeing the disparity between divisions.

    Atlantic Division has 6 teams above .500
    Metro Division has 2 teams above .500, 2 teams at .500.

  32. HabsProf says:

    Since I’m in the US, I was forced to watch the Anaheim broadcast last night. The commentators (our old friend Brian Hayward was one) kept talking about how the Habs were charging to the front of the net and how there was always a player in front of Hiller making things difficult for him. I thought they overstated the case a little, but nevertheless it was nice to see someone other than Gallagher going into the slot and getting dirty.


    They brought their f____ing toys with them!

  33. jedimyrmidon says:

    “10) Biggest test of the season comes in game 11, against a San Jose Sharks team that just lost it’s first regulation game of the year, last night, in Boston, with one second remaining after outshooting the Bruins by 22.”

    Taken from Eric Engels’ blog.

    Yeah, game against the Sharks will be a real mesuring stick.

  34. DipsyDoodler says:

    Summit-eers – for those of us who cannot attend can you post pictures* please? Thank you.

    (* OK if of the embarrassing drunken kind)

  35. commandant says:

    How do some teams have 50% more giveaways at home than on the road?

    How do other teams show the opposite?

    Until they standardize what is a “giveaway” in every rink in the league, and hold the “official nhl scorers” to a set of standards that are consistent throughout the league these stats are useless for comparing players on two different teams.

    Players against his peers on the same team? Sure, maybe there is some value there. But against another club, pointless.

    Same with the hits stat, and the takeaways stat.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      The stat isn’t useless. You just have to consider that it can vary a bit from team to team.

      When a player like Getzlaf is in the top 3 in the league in give-aways, and there’s no other forward on his team in the top 30, then it tells you he turns it over a lot. It’s an indicator.

      If you want to dig deeper, then you can look at how the Ducks’ stats compare to other teams, home vs road, etc…

  36. Johnny9 says:


    You’re taking this comparison too far. My simple point was no duck fans won’t be all over Getzlaf for his give aways cause at the end of the day he does more good than wrong and is one of the best power centers in the game, hence why he was on team Canada and will be again. Gorges does not do much apart from block shots. That’s it, that’s all man.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I’m not taking it too far, I don’t believe, just to its logical end-point.

      I hear what you’re saying.

      My problem was with your overreaction to Gorges’s giveaways, claiming that he does them every game.

      He’s a better defenceman than you think.
      You can’t block shots if you aren’t able to read the play.
      If you look at the shot-blocking leaders, Gorges’s numbers compare very favourably.

      I agree that stats don’t tell the whole story, but they seem to offer a counterbalance to your generalized dislike of him.

      I’m no mad fan of Gorges, but I think he gets the job done well.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. Maksimir says:

    If there is any justice in the world – when Leafs play tonight, and Clarkson makes his debut… concussion on first shift.

    Don’t wish him ill – just the Leafs.

  38. Johnny9 says:

    LOLOL…good one! Predictions are just predictions, although mine are based on reason and past 3 seasons. Yours as iam sure you know are wildly inaccurate.

  39. Johnny9 says:

    With Eller attracting top coverage these days, it should help Plek produce more.

  40. Johnny9 says:

    The season is young mattyleg and does stats don’t really give you an indication. At seasons end Gorges will have 10 points and 30 giveaways, Getzlaf will have 80 points and 30 giveaways, if at that. You and Maritime Ronn should hang out with your boyfriend Gorges and keep telling him how good he is.

  41. Sportfan says:

    Did a little blog about Saku, check it out if you’d like 🙂

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  42. Mattyleg says:

    My favourite Johnny9 line was that Gorges gives up pucks every game, and that Getzlaf makes up for any mistake he could make with top play.

    I looked it up on the NHL site:

    Gorges – Games Played: 10, Giveaways: 2 , Points: 4, ToI: 20:57
    Getzlaf – Games Played: 10, Giveaways: 10, Points: 9, ToI: 20:03

    And Gorges is a defenseman.

    That’s my favourite.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • knob says:

      These stats are highley subjective and are driven by whomever is working the stat book for any given game. With that said 2 giveaways in ten games is pretty good. I think that the offsetting stat should be takeaways, not points though.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Can’t use giveaways as a stat to support an argument if the stat is not kept in a consistent manner to begin with.

    • Strummer says:

      How can you give the puck away if you are rarely in possession of it?

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  43. I’ve been psyched for the Summit for months, but unfortunately I just found out I can’t make it to the pre-game festivities at the Baton Rouge — was looking forward to seeing old and new faces and taking part in the raffle. Sorry I’ll miss you, but I’ll be at the game later on, and I may see you at the Habs Hall of Fame — bon match!

    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  44. Phil C says:

    Here’s an interesting stat: Markov has been on the ice for 22 goals for so far, Subban for 21 goals. That puts them 1st and 2nd in the league. Crosby is third with 19. The Markov-Subban pairing is a significant offensive threat. It is a privilege to watch them, they are the motor that makes the Habs’ offense go.

    Its early in the season, but Diaz has been playing 1st pairing on the PK, over 3 minutes a game on average, yet he has only been on the ice for 1 PP goal against in 10 games. That’s pretty good defending. Many here don’t like his non-physical style, but he gets the job done.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I think on the PK you can’t afford to get taken out of the play by trying for the big hit. A little finesse goes a long way.

      He needs to figure out how to defend a 2 on 1 though.

  45. Walmyr says:

    Hello guys…

    best game of this “young” season!…Saku…Pleks…Price…Markov…Eller…a lot of good things to talk about…

    But…this Bournival kid is playing great…besides all the hockey sense he seems to be a great skater.

    5 pts in 7 games…and always creating something. I know it’s too soon but he seems to be ready to stay for a long time. I (and all of you guys) felt the same way about brendan gallagher last year. A young kid who is capable to help his line to get better.

    Well…this is it…

    CHeers…(…and a good Summit for you lucky guys…)

  46. Propwash says:

    The calvary is coming…

    Guillaume Lefrançois ‏@GLefrancoisRC 40m
    #Habs Le petit Douglas Murray rejoint ses coéquipiers. Chandail de la même couleur que les autres


  47. SteverenO says:

    Has Therrien finally realized that GAllagher does not belong on the PP?

    PP TOI (minutes) Percentage of PP TOI PPGs scored percentage of team PPG’s PP Success AVG. Mins/PPG ON ICE Mins/PPG OFF ICE
    Montreal PP TOI (minutes) 65.5 PP Goals 11
    Average success rate .336 MInutes of PP TOI per goal 6.0
    last column is minutes per PPg when player is on the ice/off ice
    TOI % of PPTOI PPGS %of PPG success
    Gionta 17 25.95% 4 36.36% 0.471 4.3/6.9
    Plekanec 22 33.59% 6 54.55% 0.545 3.7 /8.7
    Desharnais 21 32.06% 3 27.27% 0.286 7.0/5.6
    Pacioretty 8 12.21% 3 27.27% 0.750 2.7/7.2
    Gallagher 26 39.69% 2 18.18% 0.154 13.0/4.4
    Briere 16.5 25.19% 3 27.27% 0.364 5.5/6.1
    Bourque 25 38.17% 5 45.45% 0.400 5.0/ 6.8
    Prust 3 4.58% 0 0.00% 0.000 NA/ 5.7
    Galchen 30.5 46.56% 4 36.36% 0.262 7.6/5.0
    Eller 22 33.59% 2 18.18% 0.182 11.0/4.8
    Moen 1.5 2.29% 0 0.00% 0.000 NA/ 5.8
    Bournival 3.3 5.04% 1 9.09% 0.606 3.3/6.2


    Steve O.

  48. Johnny9 says:

    I like Thrower, he reminds me of the Wiz, not that big but solid at 6 feet, has a canon shot, hits, fights, protects his teammates and isn’t scared of anybody, and usually wins his fights!

  49. Maksimir says:

    I think Blunden needs to stay out of fights… big guy but not an enforcer.

  50. DipsyDoodler says:

    Shiram – did you have the PdC poutine?

    • shiram says:

      I was at the “Cabanes a sucre Pied du cochon” not the Montreal restaurant.
      They don’t have the poutine there, but everything is extremely rich, savoury and well greasy.

      Meat fish and veggie soup, apple pie with fois gras and cheese, parmesan risotto, a meat platter containing sausage, chorizo, smoked meat, bacon, liver patties, sauerkraut and alot more, and I’m probably forgetting some.

  51. JUST ME says:

    I am probably not totally insensitive having watched the habs for…years but can`t help but saying the th Habs knows how to do things. Nice decision by Boudreau to put Saku on the ici at the end of the game and nice touch with the third star.

    We are already debating about what place we should make to Saku in the Habs history and only time will tell but let me just say this. There are thousand of athletes who came and went and basically earned their paycheck without caring about the city they play in. Saku is not of those.

  52. Johnny9 says:


    You want to expand how iam wrong exactly???? They said Gorges should not be a top 4 dman and wouldn’t be on any winning team I quote Gaston Therrien, and everyone agreed!

  53. shiram says:

    I love Eller, Chucky and know those guys represent the Habs future down the middle, and both have shown flashes of the high level talent they possess.
    But it’s also clear to me they still have alot to learn, even Eller who’s been plying his trade in the NHL for 219 games now. Having a seasoned vet like Plekanec around is not only great inspiration and motivation for these young players, but it’s also a safety in case of injuries or slumps.
    Not only that, but on a team that is often ravaged by injuries, Plekanec is a player who rarely misses any games.
    He’s got the smarts to keep up the pace, and while he will eventually slow down, his smarts will allow him to remain a good player.

    • Timo says:

      I am not holding my breath for Plekanec to play with that much fire for the rest of the season. He is more likely to go cold again and he never (not at least that I remember) did anything spectacular in the playoffs. That being said, Pleks could use a winger other than Gionta… someone bigger with a better finish.

      • HabsWin-nipeg says:

        In Plek’s defense (not that he needs it), he is usually given THE shutdown role in the playoffs (i.e. gets the job of shadowing the most skilled forward on the other team). Thsi cuts down on his playoff “success”. in addition, I think that he is usually worn down to some extent through overuse due to lack of skill depth on the Habs in the past. Hoepfully this year is different.

      • mountainman says:

        In addition to what Wini said…the stats show otherwise. Pleks’ production is the same in the playoffs as it is in the regular season. +/-, not so much.

      • moroccanhabfan says:

        Maybe you weren’t watching the 2010 playoffs ? Game 1 OT goal against WSH, before setting up (almost) all 12 of Cammy’s goals. Yeah, I think PLeks’ line carried the team during those playoffs (When AK46 showed up to games, Cammy-Pleks-AK46 was a dangerous line !! )

        With Subbie, Chucky & Larsy… The Future is Bright !

      • shiram says:

        He is not always lighting the world on fire, but that’s ok considering the team philosophy seems to be centered around having scoring come from all the lines and D, and Pleks line can be used to shutdown the opposition.

  54. mount royal says:

    What exactly is this Thierren sh!t?

  55. Sportfan says:

    In a few years our D will have full-time and more developed players in Subban, Beaulieu and Tinordi. Hopefully Emelin and his physicality will still be here too and if that’s the case what a great looking D corps that will be!

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  56. Johnny9 says:

    And the reason habs are doing well in goals against etc is because the goalie is saving his mistakes! Not cause he’s playing well!

  57. Habs1962 says:

    Nice solid game , mostly safe hockey with bodies missing. Price.. keep it rollin ! Pleks very valuable hockey player. Rookies, Sophmores… lots to like !

  58. Johnny9 says:

    @Maritime Ronn

    Iam not sure if you’re on Gorges payroll, or what’s in the drinking water over there, but let me answer your questions. Emeline and Murray would take his PK minutes this year, and Tinordi will replace Murray after this year. He wouldn’t be top 4 of ANY cup contending team. Don’t believe me?! They had the same discussion on RDS yesterday and EVERYONE there said the exact same thing I did. If he’s a 6th Dman playing 12 minutes I’ll take him, but even at that I can find guys who can do that and are bigger and can hit and fight. Like I said before, only good thing he’s done in my books is find a hit wife!

  59. Habs_101 says:

    … and Just to add a little fuel to the fire here (because it’s so much fun 😉 ) So far this season, Scott Gomez 10GP 1G 3A 4P, David Desharnais 10GP 0G 1A 1P … and the battle rages on!!


  60. commandant says:

    We were given a chance by Hockey Canada to interview Steven Stamkos this week. Here is what he had to say about the Upcoming Olympics.

    The biggest disappointments of the NHL season to date.

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  61. Sportfan says:

    For those who like dumping on Plek last night proved why losing him now is a bad thing lol

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  62. Chrisadiens says:

    This hangover is a stubborn one. Burly is breaking out the funnel as we speak.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  63. shiram says:

    Seems like last nights game was entertaining, figures that I would be unable to see it!
    But it was my mother’s brithday, and some things are sacred, we celebrated her at the Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack, and she had a great time, and that’s worth more than a 4-1 win to me!

    Still, it’s great to hear the boys picked it up, and apart from the small mishap from Gorges/Diaz, it seems the game was mostly an error free outting.
    Love that my boy Pleky is picking up the pace, and I too would favor keeping him a Habs down the line, but things can change quickly in the hockey world, and who knows what curveball lies ahead?
    Markov too, unless one of the kids really pick it up and plays himself into the top 4 and can play both special teams.

  64. Timo says:

    Here is another negative about last night’s game – every win prolongs Therrien’s stay in Mtl and consequently increases the risk of Habs losing PK.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Seriously Timo? that is troll material of the first order. PK will get an 8 and 8 deal and MT is irrelevant to the matter at hand.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

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