About last night …

PKMarkov

Two months of the NHL season down, four to go.
So in the wake of that delightfully entertaining conquest of the wretched Leafs, what kind of hockey team do we have here?
The numbers suggest – dare we even dream it? – a team that began November in a fire-the-coach funk is entering December as a Christmas a contender.

As December begins, your Montreal Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Through 27 games, the goaltending tandem of Carey Price and Peter Budaj has allowed an average of 2.00 goals per – second in the league only to Boston’s 1.96.

If, as my friend Patrick V. Hickey was saying on the TSN 690 postgame show, defence wins championships, the Canadiens are lookin’ awfully good.

Price is playing like a Vezina Trophy candidate. Budaj might be the best backup in the league.

Those two guys enjoying a bromance moment in the photo? P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov are among the league’s elite defence pairings.

The return of Alexei Emelin (the Canadiens are 5-1-1 in games he’s played) paired with steady-but-not-spectacular Josh Gorges gives the Canadiens a respectable 3-4.

And how about the depth on D? Raphael Diaz, who was playing in excess of 20 minutes when the season began, has dropped to the third pairing but is contributing smart, quality ice time. Douglas Murray, making his first start since taking on John Scott in Buffalo, tied P.K. for the team lead in hits against Toronto with three and led both teams with five blocked shots.

Yeah, the big Swede is slower than global warming. But Murray, a Cornell grad, plays within his limitations. He’s a crease-clearing monster and is part of a penalty-kill that has zoomed up to fifth in the league, just a tick behind Boston’s.

The power-play, quarterbacked by Markov and Subban as though they were Brady and Manning, is third in the league. The Canadiens’ combination of PP success (24.0) and PK efficiency (85.3) percentages is 109.3 – topped only by Pittsburgh (25.3 and 85.2).

Even-strength scoring is an issue. The Canadiens are 21st in the league, tied with Minnesota.

That stat should improve, however, with the Brendan Gallagher-sparked resurgence of David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

It may also be reasonable to expect increased scoring from Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. They’ve been bolstered by the addition of Daniel Brière, who contributed a solid 12:24 against Toronto.

The line that isn’t scoring continued its futility against the Leafs. But Lars Eller assisted on Pacioretty’s shorty and went 10-7 on faceoffs. Rene Bourque returned to the lineup on Eller’s right wing and had five shots on goal, seconbd only to Pacioretty’s ridiculous 10 SoG.

Which brings us to Alex Galchenyuk. After taking an utterly pointless boarding penalty in the second period, Galchenyuk spent the final 20 minutes of the game sitting beside George Parros. Neither of them left the bench until the final siren brought a victory skate.

Was Therrien being a tad harsh on a 19-year-old? Penalties happen.

But Galchenyuk has been in a funk since his buddy Gallagher left the line. And as the Canadiens got their injured players back and climbed up the standings after November began with four straight losses, they became a team on which everyone is expected to pull their weight.

There are standards. And Galchenyuk fell short of them against Toronto.

I’m predicting a bounce-back game for him against New Jersey Monday night.

Galchenyuk is the total package: size, speed, vision, great hands  and high hockey IQ. He’s also had the character-building experience of coming back from a serious knee injury in junior hockey.

The kid is mentally tough. He’ll survive a third-period benching.

IHis fellow spectator, Parros, played five shifts, 3:25 of ToI. Parros wasn’t on for any goals-against and he fought Colton Orr.

I expect to see either Ryan White or Michaël Bournival back in the lineup against the Devils.

The Canadiens find themselves with a surplus of healthy forwards, and the buzz around town has Marc Bergevin thinking about a trade. While their recent performances indicate the Canadiens are for real and the goals are starting to come,  the team could still use a Top 6 forward who can score.

A couple names to contemplate between snaps of the NFL games on Sunday:

Evander Kane is wearing out his welcome in Winnipeg.

Nail Yakupov played with Galchenyuk in Sarnia.

I wouldn’t include Max Pacioretty in a package for either one of them. But maybe Bergevin can conjure up a Christmas present for us.

• Driving home and listening to postgame talk on the radio, someone – I don’t remeber if it was the English or French station – said P.K. Subban is the most talented Canadien since Guy Lafleur.

Discuss.

658 Comments

  1. HabFab says:

    Interesting to see, but unrealistic in my opinion. However look at who, the Washington Times offers up as a potential return for Erat from the Habs;
    http://washingtontimes.csnwashington.com/comcastsports/2013/nov/29/what-will-capitals-do-with-erat-orlov/?utm_source=feedly

    • Chris says:

      Agreed…that is just an odd discussion. There is no way that Bouillon, at the end of his career, would land Erat.

      I’ve always found Orlov intriguing, and I really don’t understand Oates’ reluctance to play him. Orlov had 20 points in 60 games as a 20 year old rookie defenceman playing 16.5 minutes per game: that shows significant NHL promise. But under Oates, he’s played the grand total of 5 games over two seasons. That Hamhuis for Orlov, Neuvirth and Erat deal would actually tempt me if I was the GM for Vancouver, especially if I could somehow get them to throw in a draft pick. Erat gives them more forward depth, Orlov gives them a young defenceman.

  2. Mustang says:

    As a Habs fan, I was happy to see that disallowed goal last night. However, if this had happened at the other end of the ice I would have been outraged. I guess that I am saying that the rules in the NHL seem to be very flexible based on who is reffing the game.

    We see many goals allowed when an opposing player is all over the goalie, let alone being in the crease. In the case of the disallowed goal last night, the player was not interfering with Price in any way and his skates were just barely touching the edge of the crease. This one just didn’t seem to make sense.

  3. sirs81 says:

    I think MB should try and get Moulson from the sabers…. He would fit in great.

    • Mike D says:

      Moulson would be good, BUT he is an upcoming UFA. You might trade something valuable away to get him, and then lose him for nothing in the summer, or, you run the risk of re-signing him at what will likely be significant dollars and straining your cap.

      On top of that, Buffalo is absolutely stockpiling picks and prospects so that’s what we’d be giving up to get him….and it wouldn’t be cheap.

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  4. Strummer says:

    11 hours ago
    jonasTSN1050: Carlyle says Leafs got “mad” from Pacioretty celebration. Question he says is “why wouldn’t we have that from the first 20 minutes.”

    That’s why they pay you $3 million a year Randy- to figure that out

    Anyway it was more a case of Habs falling asleep for 22 seconds after admiring the scoreboard- that’s Therrien’s responsibility

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  5. Mike D says:

    To restate the obvious, Gallagher seems to be the straw that stirs the offensive drink for Les Boys since whatever line he is on becomes our #1 scoring line – even if Gally isn’t scoring himself.

    That being said, finding another Gally-like like player for the Kid line might help them start producing again. I’m in agreement with a few of the posters below in saying that Bourny should get a crack with Eller and Chucky. The BEG line! Especially after sitting a game, I think he would come back with something to prove and giving him some talent to work with can only help.

    - Honestly yours
    Twitter: @de_benny

    • Eddie says:

      Steve Ott, recommended by Chris below, would be a terrific addition.

      • Mike D says:

        Agreed Eddie. I was going to write another post about that because I have thought it myself for a couple months.

        While he can be a complete douche sometimes, Ott adds a lot to a roster even though he’s not really a point-producer. Great defensively, a Centre who’s good at faceoffs, gritty/tough, versatile and can move up and down a line-up, and he does chip in a respectable amount of points as well. He’s almost like a Brandon Prust except at Centre.

        Some may think this strange, but I see Ott as a great replacement for Gionta (I do NOT mean as Captain). Gio’s scoring days are behind him, but he is TERRIFIC defensively and on the PK. That alone makes him super-valuable, but 5mil/season is way too much without the 25-30 goals he was brought in to score. I think Ott would fill that void nicely except as a much cheaper salary, plus he provides the upgrade on size/toughness. And we seem to have replaced Gio’s scoring with Gally et al so that problem resolved itself.

        Not to say that we couldn’t use more scoring, BUT, Gio’s expected production at least has been replaced.

        - Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

      • Chris says:

        And I’ll return the favour by pointing out that you’ve been mentioning Ott since the start of the season. I’ve been watching him a little more closely and agree that he would be a great addition.

        I actually like a 4th line of Prust, Moen and Bournival. That would be one of the better 4th lines in the NHL. But to do it, they need another top-9 forward to play with Galchenyuk and Eller, and a veteran leader who gets his nose dirty, like Ott, would be a perfect fit. The downside is that that would be a line of three centres: Ott hasn’t played the wing since 2009-10, and he’s been a top faceoff guy the past few years. We know that Eller doesn’t play as effectively as a winger, so that might be a waste of Ott’s skills.

        Other guys I would look at (long before Yakupov or Kane, who would cost a mint) from some of the teams that are falling out of the playoff picture:

        Nick Foligno (Columbus) – 21 GP, 6 G, 13 PTS
        Scottie Upshall (Florida) – 24 GP, 6 G, 14 PTS
        Matt Stajan (Calgary) – 18 GP, 4 G, 10 PTS
        Lee Stempniak (Calgary) – 19 GP, 4 G, 11 PTS
        Curtis Glencross (Calgary) – 15 GP, 5 G, 9 PTS (currently out with sprained MCL)

        Maybe another guy that could help despite his recent struggles is Ryan Jones from Edmonton, although his offensive performance doesn’t suggest that there’s much there. He does have a coupleof good goal-scoring years and he is a physical forward that plays solid defence. I don’t watch enough Oilers games to say whether he is willing to go to the net, although I do see that that is what Eakins has been asking of Jones.

        • Mike D says:

          Of your list, I like Glencross the best. Upshall would be good too if the price was cheap enough.

          As for Stajan, be wary of the guy who suddenly starts scoring a ton in a contract year!

          Cammy, is that you? lol

          - Honestly yours
          Twitter: @de_benny

  6. John Q Public says:

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  7. JF says:

    Many on HIO, myself included, criticized Therrien yesterday for his decision to dress both Murray and Parros. We thought that one heavyweight, preferably Murray, would be enough, and that the addition of Parros, with the consequent benching of Bournival and/or White, would disrupt a very effective fourth line. By dressing both Parros and Murray, Therrien was playing into Carlyle’s hands. But it seems that Therrien got it right, even spectacularly right. Colton Orr backed away from Parros’s invitation in the opening minutes, and from that point, the teams played hockey. There was no goonery to speak of, the Leafs barely tried to intimidate our players, and the Habs were able to impose their speed and puck movement. Perhaps Denis Gauthier on L’Antichambre was not far off the mark in awarding the game’s first star to George Parros.

    Habs played a great game last night, one of the best of the season, but I think I was most impressed by the third period. After having two quick goals scored against us at the very end of the second, we came out determined to snuff any Leafs’ hopes of a comeback. The first half of the period was played mostly in the Leafs’ end, and we had half a dozen great scoring chances. No goals, but that’s the way to protect a lead.

    It was only two weeks ago, after a dispiriting loss to the Rangers, that there was a crescendo of calls for Therrien’s head, with, be it noted, no suggestions for a replacement. That was at the end of a Friday-Saturday away-and-home back-to-back and, with the Habs facing two more of the same, pretty much all of us thought we were in for a couple more Saturday night home losses. Instead of which we picked up seven of a possible eight points, nine of twelve on the three back-to-backs. The team is playing good hockey, at least as good as the hockey we played in the first half of last season.

    After our thumping of Minnesota ten days ago, I ventured to suggest timidly that it was remotely possible Michel Therrien is a good coach. I now repeat that suggestion. Therrien and his assistants have the Habs playing an exciting, aggressive brand of hockey based on speed and slick puck movement. There’s always room for improvement (we still give up too many scoring chances), but that kind of hockey is going to win quite a lot of games. The defence looks rock-solid since the return of Emelin and the pairing of Douglas Murray (who had his best games as a Hab) with Raphael Diaz.

    About Alex Galchenyuk: I think he’ll be fine. Therrien was asked about the benching last night, and I found his answer reassuring. He said problems like the ones Galchenyuk was having were normal for a very young player, that the Habs had great hopes of him, that the coaching staff would work with him, and that he would bounce back strongly. I’m sure he will.

    • Eddie says:

      Coaches are like players, they have good games and bad games, good months and bad months.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Agreed.Murray is getting better each game. Murray /Diaz combo is working great imo. According to Gally last night on AC, Parros challenging Orr early and Orr declining gave a huge lift to the bench. It’s Respect, he said.

  8. Strummer says:

    Carey Price has been the” best Goaltender in Canada- and not by a little”

    -Bruce Arthur panelist on “The Reporters” today on “The Toronto Sports Network” (TSN)

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    • IdleNoMore says:

      You just going to keep posting other peoples comments all day errrrrrrrrrrrrr?

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

      • Strummer says:

        Just showing examples of that “Toronto Sports Media’ (TSN) bias against the Habs

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  9. Storman says:

    Thumbs up to Dave Hodge and Michael Farber on the reporters this morning TSN, actually knowing something about the Habs and there success, Farber Markov incredible and PK Markov pairing the best in the league.. Hodge Habs best team in Canada..

  10. Haberoooo13 says:

    Re: TSN
    If Ron Burgundy makes an Anti-Hab or Pro-Leaf reference today…then we know!

    PS Please bring in Champ to the Sports!

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  11. artartand says:

    The problem with Cammerlieri was not that he couldn’t shoot but that he was allergic to the area in front of the net something most of the current players do not suffer from. The only player mentioned that fits that bill is Evander Kane and the price tag will probably be too high. Let’s`s let the kids develop and see what w e have at the end of the season.

    Once a Habs Fan Always a Habs Fan!

  12. forskis says:

    I can honestly say I cannot say anything bad about Orr today…in the middle of the takedown by Parros, Orr had the presence of mind to make sure Parros did not hit his head on the ice again because his head was going for another hard landing in that takedown. Classy move by Orr.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  13. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Randy Carlyle is a perfect fit in Toronto. A whiner like his team, city & fans.

  14. Haberoooo13 says:

    So fans and Media in T.O. are upset with Patch…but it was always good fun and class with Eddie Shack, Tiger Williams, Tie Domi, Darcy Tucker, etc… and their celebrations

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  15. Strummer says:

    Montreal Canadiens are the “best team in Canada”
    -Dave Hodge host of “the Reporters”

    on Toronto Sports Network (TSN)

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Heard that as well, Dave Hodge is still to me the classiest and best Sports host in Canada. Sportsnet would be wise to try and get him to be involved in their new broadcast deal.

  16. Arnou Ruelle says:

    @ boin007: That is what I’ve been trying to tell here. Prust is slowing both Eller and Galchenyuk. They need a player with the same speed and skill who can pass the puck and can play offensively.

    I made this comment of Bournival going with the Eller line. But I guess a lot of people will differ. Daniel Brière was a RW when he teamed up with the Desharnais and Plekanec line. But MT changed that and moved him to LW. If DannyB can play in a different position, why not Bourny?

    If we can have one kid line, why not two?

    Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher
    Galchenyuk-Eller-Bournival

  17. Chris says:

    Most talented player I’ve seen in Montreal, including Subban, is still Alex Kovalev. I never much cared for him as a player, but there was no denying the talent level. It was out of this world.

    P.K. Subban is the best hockey player in Montreal since Patrick Roy, although Andrei Markov best hockey (2005-2010) was also severely undervalued because he wasn’t flashy.

  18. sirs81 says:

    Everyone who is complaining about Max doing what he did after scoring, I only have one thing to say to you… You all sound like Don Cherry fans…. Go and cheer for the leafs.

    • aroma says:

      Not just the fans. Game articles on TSN and SI sites used the Pacioretty post-goal gesture as the main angle for the story. It’s laughable (insert pun) how the endemic Leaf bias finds its way into so much of the TSN hockey content. Will this improve under Sportsnet?

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    The only troubling part of last nights game was that brief letup by the Habs, when the Leafs scored two goals. Seemed the team kind of took a mental break after getting up 4-0. I somewhat understand, as this team hasn’t blown many teams out of the barn and have been in so many tight games.

    Not to pick on P.K., but on the second goal we see the puck get sent around the boards and he missed it, which isn’t the end of the world, it happens all the time. But as soon as that happens and the puck gets to the point and to a Leaf, he needs to immediately get back to his position and mark the closest man in his area. He doesn’t do that, and bang Leafs score.

    I only mention PK because it was that goal that by the Leafs which I saw how the play develop. Perhaps having the Leafs get those two goals it was a bit of a blessing, as the team can look back at that video and see how their brief letup nearly allowed the Leafs back in the game.

    Obviously PK played a very very strong game, and so I am not wanting to sound like a PK basher but rather using that play as an example of the teams letup.

    All in all, an excellent win and hopfully the start of another win streak.

    Good Morning everyone, great day indeed in Southern Ontario for all Habs fans!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Saw the same thing you did regarding P.K. and the second goal. But what a move and what a snipe when he deked out Kessel!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Blondie says:

      Yep, he lost his man there. Thankfully he doesn’t make mistakes like that too often. Ordinary growing pains of a budding superstar. :)

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      I blames PK for the second goal as well.

    • JF says:

      Another positive of the Leafs’ scoring two quick goals was pointed out by someone further down the thread. The Leafs thought they had a chance to complete the comeback in the third period, so they refrained from acts of thuggery. If the score had remained 4-0, our guys would have been mauled, hit from behind, crunched into the boards…. As it was, we survived with no injuries – a rare occurrence when we play the Leafs.

  20. boing007 says:

    Put Bournival on the Eller line.

    Richard R

  21. Maritime Ronn says:

    In all of Markov’s time in Montreal, has anyone EVER seen him as emotional as he was last night after PK’s goal?

    That’s what I’m starting to like about this team – that they genuinely appear to be starting to “CARE” for each other.

    Call it what you wish – Chemistry is another word used, yet when the winners of a Stanley Cup talk about what it took to win, they always use the words, Compete-Sacrifice-and CARING about each other in the battle and off the ice.
    Lone wolves are not allowed.

    Amongst the guys in the room, there also appears to be a lot of respect and caring for the roles each player plays.
    Over and above the Star Names, guys like Gorges-Diaz-Murray-White-Moen-Parros are going about their business the right way.

    Yes, all of this may be easier when winning, yet remember when Max did a lot of caring for Davey?
    Or the reaction of the guys on the bench when Davey scored his SO goal?
    Or the reaction on the bench when Murray took one for the team against John Scott?

    If talent was the only factor, the Pittsburgh would have 5 Cups in a row.

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  23. frontenac1 says:

    Princess Phaneuf. “Nuff said.

  24. Danno says:

    Habs beat Leafs 4-2 in spite of Olé, olé, olé chant.

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  25. qwertyboy says:

    “The power-play, quarterbacked by Markov and Subban as though they were Brady and Manning…”
    That’s taking it too far. I agree that on some nights they look like Greg Brady and Preston Manning but mostly they are the best defence pair in the league.

  26. Marc10 says:

    Letting Grabovski go was a terrible blunder by the Leafs. Give the Bielorussian nutbar his due, he created opportunities and turned Kulemin into an NHL player.

    Bozak for all his face off wins is far less dynamic. Clarkson is a shadow of the player he was and the pluggers not named Lupul, JVR or Kessel are starting to slow down. Even St Kadri of the Little Biatch is playing poorly.

    If it weren’t for their goalies, this team is Buffalo North… And I love it!

  27. Chris says:

    The oft-cited truism that “Defence wins championships” is over-stated. Teams that are in the top-10 (and most often in the top-5) in both defence AND offence win championships. Consider:

    2013: Chicago (2nd offence, 1st defence)
    2012: Los Angeles (29th offence, 2nd defence) (but 3rd and 1st in the playoffs)
    2011: Boston (5th, 2nd)
    2010: Chicago (3rd, 6th)
    2009: Pittsburgh (6th, 17th)
    2008: Detroit (3rd, 1st)
    2007: Anaheim (8th, 7th)
    2006: Carolina (3rd, 20th)
    2004: Tampa Bay (3rd, 11th)
    2003: New Jersey (14th, 2nd) (3rd and 1st in playoffs)
    2002: Detroit (2nd, 4th)
    2001: Colorado (4th, 4th)
    2000: New Jersey (2nd, 7th)
    1999: Dallas (8th, 1st)
    1998: Detroit (2nd, 7th)

    In the past 15 years, the only teams that were not in the top-5 in NHL scoring that went on to win the Stanley Cup were the 2012 Kings, the 2009 Penguins, the 2003 Devils and the 1999 Stars.

    The 2009 Penguins were without Sergei Gonchar for the first 57 games of the season, but upon his return they were an offensive juggernaught. The 2011 Kings recognized their pitiful offence and acquired Jeff Carter. After that deal, the Kings averaged 3.06 goals per game, which would have ranked them near the top of the league.

    The 1999 Stars were pretty close to the top-5 in scoring, but they were simply a phenomenal defensive team. The 2003 Devils were similarly an airtight defensive team that never showed any cracks in their defensive system.

    Montreal is currently 2nd in goals against but only 14th in goals for. The Habs also rely mightily on their power play: they are tied for 1st in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Washington with 24 power play goals, but they rank only 21st in even-strength goals.

    The Habs, in their present form, are getting it done because they have three lines of offence and Carey Price is playing stellar hockey. But I still don’t see this team as a contender: they gave up far too many glorious scoring chances last night against a Leafs team that is just spinning its wheels right now. Do that against a true contender and you’re going to get spanked.

    Fortunately, the East really is wide-open this season. I would like to see the Habs add another goal-scorer to help balance out the offence, but not at the expense of team depth. I don’t think they need to land a superstar sniper, but it would be nice to add a top-9 forward that can go to the net and cause some trouble, like Brendan Gallagher does. Gallagher’s lines do well because he’s distracting the defencemen and goaltenders. Get another guy who does that and Montreal will have two offensive lines that cause trouble for opponents. Maybe all they need to do is put Brandon Prust back with Eller and Galchenyuk and tell him that his job is to be Montreal’s version of Tomas Holmstrom.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Agree. The games they’ve lost, and not just the 1-0 snoozer, have been due to lack of offence.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Chris says:

        Constantly being involved in tight games also wears down your players, both mentally and physically.

        One player I would like to see them chase down would be a guy like Steve Ott, and Buffalo seems willing to accept prospects and picks. Ott has leadership, defensive skill and he’s been a 15-20 goal guy. He’s also a UFA at the end of the season.

        If Monreal continues playing well through the dreaded Christmas road trip, then Bergevin really has to look at shoring up the team to make a run. Opportunities only come every so often, and with Price this dialed in it might be worth rolling the dice.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Sidetrack, Chris, did you think Bournival was going to be as effective as he has been?

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          • Chris says:

            Honestly, not this early. I don’t watch enough Quebec league games to comment too much on their kids, but I didn’t see his offensive numbers as being particularly exceptional.

            What he does have is elite NHL speed: the kid can simply fly. He could have a nice Darren Helm-esque career, at the very least, with that kind of speed. He also gets himself into the slot and seems very adept at tips: 3 of his 6 goals came off deflections.

  28. Mats Naslund says:

    Watch out Max, the leafs were so upset by your outrageous goal celebration that they came half way back.. That’ll teach you.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    In complete agreement with Twi’ down below regarding trade for sniper. I really like how this team is coming together. Lets allow this group to continue to develop before shipping out young parts (Eller, Gally, max etc..)

    I would say its ok to use Bourque as trade bait, but he isn’t going to fetch to much and we still need depth. There will be injuries, some players will sit some games, they won’t be happy but will come back more inspired. I’m in the best move is no move camp.

    • HabFab says:

      And he survived last night. Hopefully you got to play the part of Patches and not Parros.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Burli

      In the past few years, I don’t remember either Los Angeles or Boston having what’s known as a true sniper when they won their Stanley Cups.
      Some may argue Patrick Kane and the Hawks, yet those Cup wins were so much more than just Kane.

      • Chris says:

        Jeff Carter has been one of the top goal-scoring forwards in the NHL post-lockout. If that doesn’t qualify him as a sniper, I’m not sure where the bar is. :)

        Boston didn’t have a sniper, per se, but they did have one of the deepest offensive teams in the NHL. Michael Ryder, a top-6 forward with Montreal, Dallas and New Jersey, was a third line forward in Boston. Rich Peverley had been a top-line forward in Atlanta, and was third line in Boston. The Bruins beat everybody that year by having unmatched depth: their fourth line was the best in the NHL: Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille and Greg Campbell combined for 29 goals. Montreal’s 4th line would need 5 years to get that many goals.

    • Blondie says:

      I’m with you guys – I’m enjoying the current line up just fine thanks. I’d prefer more consistency from Bourque but who would we get for him that’s better? I wasn’t keen on acquiring Briere but he seems to be getting comfortable and playing well and he’s supposed to be a playoff performer.

      Oh, and DO NOT trade Lars Eller.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      We had a sniper. No. 13 lead all playoff goal-scorers that year with 12 goals. This year’s team looks more capable of scoring.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  30. habs001 says:

    Galchenyuk will be fine…he needs to work on his strength and positioning in the defensive zone….His d zone play will probably cost him an Olympic spot…

    • ffenliv says:

      Also the fact that he’s 12 years old. Assuming he continues to develop, and that the NHL goes in 2016, which I really doubt, he’ll get his due then.

  31. Maritime Ronn says:

    For the first time in a while, I gave CBC a chance last night.
    That lasted all of 4:33 seconds as I switched back to RDS.

    Jim Hughson is OK, but the other Leaf brown noser was awful.
    Hard to call them hypocrites, as they don’t even bother to hide their bias anymore.

    Perhaps CBC should change their name to TBC – The Toronto Broadcasting Corporation.

    Also gave Coach’s Corner a look as I have seen it just a few times over the past couple of years.

    It wasn’t pathetic.
    It was just SAD.
    Mr. Cherry reminded me of the once upon a time, fun loving uncle who then turned 95…..

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I had to listen to the Leafs radio as I drove home last night, I found out Gallagher only hacks, chirps and flops. This according to Jim Ralph…… Oh was such bad homer radio.

      • ffenliv says:

        To be fair, that’s what we’ve been saying about Marchand for years. Pests like Gallagher are great to have on your team, and absolutely hell to have on a rival.

    • sprague cleghorn says:

      The second intermission was a peak into the Rogers-ized HNIC future. I thought I had tuned into Leafs TV. The discussion was totally Leafs-centric. The Habs were referred to as “those guys”, like they were the Washington Generals, the designated opponent for the team we all came to see.

      … ‘ow could we forget that?

  32. JUST ME says:

    Such a strange coincidence that there is no way for readers to add comments this morning after the resume of yesterday`s game on TSN`s website. Now this must be because someone forgot and not because TSN is Toronto biaised right ? Call me naive but this is pathetic…

  33. habs001 says:

    The key for the Habs is to have a healthy lineup in the playoffs like yesterday..They will not have an easy opponent in the first round…The plecks line did seem to have problems with the Leafs top line for the first 25 minutes but after that they adjusted very wekk….Both teams missed great scoring chances but that generally happens in most games…

  34. HabFab says:

    Darren McCarty has released a book on his hockey career, attached is an excerpt which is funny and insightful. I would say a must read;
    http://www.freep.com/article/20131201/SPORTS05/312010097/McCarty-book-excerpt-Wrestling-Yzerman-other-tales

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    Every body is happy this morning!!
    So here we sit after two months of a 6 month season with the 30 teams.! Compared to last week.

    Total points—–33. For 12th place. Last week 28 for 13th.

    Goals for——–73. For 15th place. Last week 64 for 17th.

    Goals against–57. For 3rd place. Last week 51 for 3rd.

    Goal diff—— +16. For 6th place. Last week +13 for 9th.

    Conference——-. We are in 4th place. Out of 16 teams.

    Division————-. We are in 3rd place. Out of 8 teams.

    We were in the middle of the pack, but now we are in with the best one third of the teams in this league.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      What is a concussion, as comprehended and explained by myself.
      September 10, 2011 at 9:35pm

      What is a concussion, as comprehended and explained by myself.

      by Ian Grant Cobb on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:16am

      After concussion, severe depression and it kills.!

      What is a concussion, as comprehended and explained by myself.

      I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university.

      I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium.

      And I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept from a major medical university. Only as the handler of the research birds involved in the study. So I do not profess to be an expert on the subject

      Pertaining to concussion,

      I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

      The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void.

      Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain and is what causes the damage.

      Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain damage.

      Even a hard coughing spell or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.

      These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid more serious consequences including death.

      This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.

      Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be even more deadly.

      Ian Cobb

  36. Maritime Ronn says:

    Question for HIO:

    IF…and that’s a BIG IF, there is a bigger Coward in than NHL than Dion Phaneuf, can you please name him?

    Let’s do a little ‘Tale of the Tape’ and see who he gets brave against.

    Phaneuf:… 6’3″ 214
    Gionta:…….5’7″ 175
    Gallagher:.. 5’9″ 180

    Oh, and add that heavyweight goon Lars Eller to that list – a player that has not had 1 NHL fight in 244 NHL games played.

    The Leafs will go nowhere with a slow as Molasses Coward Captain…and don’t think or believe for 1 single minute the guys in the room don’t know that.

    EX:
    Rewind the tape to the fateful Game 7 meltdown against the Bruins last playoff.
    Leafs leading 4-2 with under 1:30 left in the 3rd period.

    Phaneuf’s Cowardness is center stage for all to see.
    With a 4-2 lead and only 1:25 left in the game, Phaneuf chickens out and goes nowhere near Lucic in front of the net.
    Lucic has free reign and no puck battle.
    Bang. 4-3.

    With 50 seconds left in the game, Chara places himself in front of the net – gives Phaneuf a little shove – Phaneuf basically runs away… Chara is The Perfect Screen…
    Bang. 4-4.

    Thanks to YouTube for a permanent record, and the outright proof begins at the 3:15 mark.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_JnpA2Xp6s

    Then last night, Captain Coward tries to hurt PK with 48 seconds left in the game.

    In Toronto, they are talking a contract extension of 8 years/$56M for Captain Coward.
    That would end up making the Gomez/Kaberle contracts look like good deals.

    Everyone in Toronto knows the Leafs are now Lupul’s team, and Captain Coward has worn out his welcome.

  37. JUST ME says:

    Had to come share a bit of happiness this morning. Like the positive attitude and vibes generally around in the city these days.

    Man ! It does such a difference when we have our full roster. Yesterday`s choice of putting Murray and Parros on the ice were must take decisions but still we had the luxury to choose. When you have to play guys 82 games when actually you hired them for special missions then you fall short…Bouillon was not hired to play 82 games at his age but he had to because of injuries. Same thing with Parros,Murray ,White and whoever has to sacrifice his play for the team.

    This healthy situation suddenly makes Moen,Gionta and others very precious assets when not so long ago questions were asked…That is what happens when everybody can play their role.
    Same thing last year and this year with Markov .With him being back (even at 70% last year) makes his teammmates play their role and the number of minutes they should play. It makes all the difference.
    Good team W yesterday. Everyone got involved and did their part their own way.

  38. adamkennelly says:

    super thrilled Parros wasn’t on the ice for any of the goals against – wouldn’t want him to be a vilified again as the main cause for opponents scoring on us….

    • IdleNoMore says:

      Looked good in the first. Didn’t notice him after his scrap which is a good thing

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

  39. habsgod says:

    i was watching the game last night with my dad and son who are all habs fans,..i said to my dad i wonder how long it will take “crybaby’ carlyle to start crying ,to the refs well 20 seconds into the game the laffs take a penalty ,they show carlyle on the laffs bench and he’s crying already! he cries when things don’t go his way or the leafs way!
    so we here now know him as cry baby carlyle !
    he was doing a lot of crying after that too after the disallowed goal by van reimsdyk,after the game talking about pacioretty’s goal celebration

  40. nastyHABit says:

    God knows i luv ya Max,but the “swashbuckler”routine has got to go! Lets not lower ourselves to the Leafs level………CH=CLASS!

    • IdleNoMore says:

      have you ever scored 2 goals in one game? Its a good feeling, such a small thing to take away from this game. Makes us all look bad talking about it.

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

  41. twilighthours says:

    Boone drops the old we-need-sniper and HIO takes it hook, line, and sinker. We are right in the middle of the pack, league-wise, for goals scored. We are one of the best for goals against. There are lots of ways to win, and being tight defensively is a tried-and-true method.

    If the argument is “for us to be a true contender, we need a proven sniper.” Then I’d flip it and say, a true contender also needs depth. Further, what is a legitimate sniper, anyway? There are maybe ten of these guys in the league, and getting one would eat up a bunch of our depth (Eller’s name is being tossed around).

    Put me in the “no” camp for trading current youth (veteran youth? NAG?) for a sniper. I’m enjoying the depth we have, which we haven’t had in a long, long time.

    Finally, it just might be that we have our game breaker already – have you seen the way patches has been playing lately?

  42. Habfan10912 says:

    Nothing beats the feeling of a Sunday morning after beating the Leafs, huh?

    Murray needs to play every game. Sorry Frankie, times up.

    Galchenyuk will be fine. I yield to MT in his decision to provide Galchenyuk a teaching moment. Expect a big bounce back.

    White is going to have a difficult time getting ice time. Bournival MUST play.

    Suddenly with Emelin back, Diaz looks like a solid #5 defenceman when you don’t have to play him 25 minutes a game.

    Yes, Sir Boone, PK is the most skilled player since Lafleur. Apologies to Sir Patrick.

    I can’t help myself but I still think of the lack of enthusiasm from Ex-Coach Bowel Movement when talking about Gallagher at Camp.

    And last but not least our friend Hobie saw a heck of a game. I hope the rest of his trip was as enjoyable.

  43. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning. Carlyle should be more worried about his teams play in the last month then any of his opponents celebrations.

  44. homerbowen says:

    Always great to see the Laffs loose but to us it’s just so much better.
    I liked…..most of the forwards efforts, Murray’s game was great as did most of the D.
    I didn’t like……….Parros trying and finally succeding at getting Orr to fight. His presence on the bench is enough to deter “bullying”.
    Patches “child like” actions after his second goal, how soon he forgets his idiotic move with Chara a few years ago. He may regret this when we go to Laffland. I still feel Briere is past his prime and DD is an AHL’er at best. CBC’s biased coverage, was actually hoping Cherry would announce his retirement (too bad). Now SN needs to do the right thing and clean house cause CBC’s total act is pathetic.
    Talk of a trade??? and Kane (Jets) mentioned hmmmmm definatly worth looking into.
    Great game last night and living in the Toronto area even bnetter.

    • doc359 says:

      Patches celebrated having yet another 2 goal game. It wasn’t childish, he was just having fun. Last I checked, I played hockey to have fun

      • Habspark says:

        I agree.. The Leafs were sore and being precious. He wasn’t eyeballing a Leaf, he wasn’t jumping for joy, I don’t believe for two seconds that he meant to be insulting. Great game and well done Max et al!

      • homerbowen says:

        If he was a rookie I wouldn’t disagree, however, he’s been around long enough to know better therefore I stand on “childish” and he better keep his haed up when he next faces the Laffs

  45. Maritime Ronn says:

    Mr. Boone writes:
    ” …Even-strength scoring is an issue. The Canadiens are 21st in the league, tied with Minnesota.”
    —————

    Mr. Boone, The “Goals For” stat in 5X5 hockey is sometimes very misleading.

    The Better stat to use is the ” Goals for/Goals Against Ratio” when playing 5X5 Hockey – meaning, how does the team do overall in 5X5 hockey in terms of both scoring AND giving up goals.

    In that department, the Habs are 3rd best in the Eastern Conference (after Boston-Pittsburgh) and tied for 9th in the NHL.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm?fetchKey=20142ALLSAAAll&sort=goals5On5ForAgainstRatio&viewName=summary

    It’s all well and good to score goals when playing 5X5, yet if more goals are scored against, to what end does that matter?

    Case in point:
    5X5 hockey:

    Calgary:…….49 Goals scored (1 less game than Habs)
    Montreal: …..40 Goals Scored
    Los Angeles: 39 Goals Scored

    Calgary:……..60 Goals Against 5X5 hockey
    Montreal:……36 Goals Against 5X5 hockey
    Los Angeles: 35 Goals against 5X5 hockey

  46. Da Hema says:

    I don’t particularly care that Pacioretty’s little sword act bothered Randy Carlyle. What bothers me is that what Pacioretty did was the kind of thing Mike Ribeiro would do. If I may remind Pacioretty, that was like his push on Zdeno Chera after he scored against the Bruins which ultimately motivated Chara to almost kill him.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Good point.

      It’s all about ‘situations’ and never giving an opposing team something to rally behind.

      Scoring a beautiful, short handed goal making it 4-0 – and then kind of rubbing it in the Leafs face was not the right thing to do at that specific time.

      Interestingly enough, the Leafs scored 2 goals in a span of 2:10 after Max’s celebration and it was Game On.

      While you never want to take the emotion out of the game, sometimes being humble and not showboating by highlighting another team’s ineptness is the right thing to do.
      It’s all about ‘situations’….

    • Cal says:

      That little push equates to having a player try to end your career?
      What’s the problem with a little celebration, ffs? Or should they all score, put their heads down and head to the bench? Eff that. Patches pissed off the laffs coach? Good job. He must have done something right, like score twice.

    • JUST ME says:

      I would find it sad if we had go be back to the no waves behaviour .
      Max Pac celebrating is great.P.K. showing his enthousiasm is so refreshing, coach Therrien benching Galchenyuk is good teaching and learning to be responsible.

      Great W yesterday. Convincing one ,everyone got involved in their own way. Go habs go !

  47. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Scott Moore of Rogers I learned tonight is an ex-Montrealer, and a Habs Fan

    …God can only hope He will intercede once Rogers takes-over that a designated English-language broadcast will be permanently produced and available across Canada for Our Habs

    …because CBC’s coverage of Our Team is unprofessional, boorish and unacceptable

    …something must be done

    • Exit716 says:

      Scott Moore hired PJ Stock for HNIC. Draw your own conclusions. ;)

      • kairos66 says:

        Yikes!

        Kairos66

      • smiler2729 says:

        PJ was supposed to be “the Montreal guy” in the HNIC crowd to offset the Toronto guys (Healy, Cherry) but Stock is nothing but a pompous moron who just delights in tearing up the Habs…

        Betcha $10 Sportsnet dumps him first.

        _______________________________________
        Jack Edwards is a clam.
        Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
        The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          PJ Stock plays to his audience.

          When he’s on RDS Antichambre, he always refers to the Habs as “WE”

          • Cal says:

            Any “commentator” (and I’m really stretching it here because PJ shouldn’t be on the air at all) that can’t string two sentences together without flubbing it deserves to be fired. The sooner he’s kicked off, the higher the IQ on HNIC. Mclean, Healy and Cheery should be next on the chopping block. It can’t happen too soon.

    • kairos66 says:

      I thought CBC was there to cover the Maple Leafs? It drove me crazy to listen to the two broadcasters talk about how, with few few lucky bounces, the Leafs were right in the game. They omitted to also point out that with a few bounces going the Habs way the game would have been out of reach for the Leafs!

      I was surprised to see Cherry beg for his jog during the second intermission. Noticed he barely said a whisper about keeping Maclean? That’s loyalty for you. The sooner these clowns are off the air the sooner the hockey IQ of the show will significantly increase.
      Kairos66

      • IdleNoMore says:

        with it was 2 – 0 they made it seem like the leafs needed one more to take the lead.

        “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

    • 86ontheice says:

      CBC’s coverage of Habs-Leafs games is the worst. If I didn’t know better I would have thought the Leafs were up 4-0!!!

  48. calvee123 says:

    I just watched Ol’ Don Cherry n Ron Maclean on a segment from last nights game. He was mad cause Max Pacioretty’s celebration on his 2nd goal of the night. He (Cherry) sure is a burnt blue Toronto Maple Leaf fan. I for one won’t miss him or most of the Toronto Homer announcers whom work the games Montreal plays Toronto on CBC, when Rogers cuts them loose.
    One would think that the people working the broadcast would be unbiased, but it is not so. I am so sick of the commentary always saying how Tarranna needs to do this and Taranna needs to do that. Never, how If Montreal could pot another one, this could be a nail in the coffin…. so to speak…

    The worst thing i see happening is the unbiased announcing from the TSN crew being cut out from the games next year….

    Way to go Habs on your past few games of play. I think that the Canadiens should not trade anyone. Leave the team the way it is. Let the team chemistry stay as it is. Make any change you want to make during the off season. I think if the team personnel is left as it is, it will be more beneficial to the team. They are not going to pry a Johnathan Toews or a Sharp out of Chicago, so no point making any moves.

  49. HabFab says:

    Goals For / Against = 73 / 57
    PPG For / Against = 24 / 14
    SHG For / Against = 4 / 1
    Even strength For / Against = 45 / 42

  50. mfDx says:

    Great photo.
    That’s not a “Bromance”, that’s more like :
    The Horse Whisperer meets Raging Bull.

    Sent via drunken carrier pigeon

  51. HabFab says:

    Certainly worth a repeat. The Jackel made a find last night and posted it on the previous thread. In this video montage of the song Le But by Loco Locass, you will see the original HIO Summit picture outside the Bell Center around the 2:27 mark.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8CDrky3mlk

  52. HabFab says:

    Boone writes “Even-strength scoring is an issue. The Canadiens are 21st in the league, tied with Minnesota.”

    On a more positive note, the Habs are outscoring their opponents at even strength by 3 goals tying them with LA for 9th place based on that criteria.

  53. HabFab says:

    Top point producers from the prospects last night were D-men Thrower and Sullivan with a goal and assist each. Reway had 2 assists.

    Honorable mention to Duffy, who was sent down to the ECHL this week and scored 2 goals last night.

  54. ZimHabwe says:

    Boone, I love Subban but not as much as you.

  55. KamiDave says:

    Hi there;

    I don’t post that often, but here goes. I’m from Kamloops, BC and will be in Montreal for the Jets game in February, which is Sunday the 2nd.

    I’ve posted this before about a month ago, and I was told my best bet was eBay. I’ve scraped together what I feel might be enough money to get a set of tickets now, StubHub seems to be about the same as eBay pricewise, (roughly double what they initially were purchased for, yowzas) is there any other outlet I should be checking?

    • RobertLefebvre says:

      Don’t mess with E-Bay or StubHub, just show up outside the Bell a good four hours before the game. The scalpers start rolling in, and there will be more than two dozen to choose from by game time. Go north, east, south and west around the building a few times. Be patient and don’t get suckered. Tell them what you’re willing to pay, and not what you have to spend on tickets. And don’t tell them you’re from Kamloops. Enjoy the game!

      • KamiDave says:

        It’s an afternoon game, so 4 hours prior would be pretty early. I’m completely ignorant to the whole scalping process, showing up earlier isn’t necessarily beneficial, is it? Closer to game time = more desperate scalpers, no?

        Again, completely ignorant to how to go about it. Thanks for the suggestion, it’s appreciated.

        • IdleNoMore says:

          Sounds like you be better off staying at home and watching the game on the boob tube.
          For some reason I can see you getting alouettes vs bombers tickets and not being able to get in…

          “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

    • smiler2729 says:

      When dealing with scalpers always give them the impression you can get a better deal with the other scalper.

      I play them off each other and walk away when they get stupid (with their price), funny how quick they change their tune pricewise

      _______________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  56. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    For your consideration: would you trade Eller for a proven sniper?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Da Hema says:

      Yes, obviously. But Eller alone will not get a proven sniper.

    • SlovakHab says:

      Example of a proven sniper?
      Age?

      I’m not trading Eller for Sellane or Heatley, although they are both “proven snipers”.
      You gotta be more specific if you ask such question.

      • Marc10 says:

        There just aren’t many out there. Vanek in NYI is one, but I wouldn’t trade Beaulieu and Eller for him. We need a strong center line and Eller is fine sitting in the 2 spot behind Chucky (down the road).

        The only way you trade him is for a bigger, meaner center with some offense. That’s why I think there’s some truth to the rumors of a trade with Florida. They have some tough and mean players down there playing well below their skill level, so it might not be far fetched to see a trade for Eller and Beaulieu… if you get decent talent in return.

        If you’re trading Lars though, you’re playing with the room chemistry. You better get it right…

        MB and MT (especially) like their teams tough and mean with loads of compete level. Eller is a solid player, but he’s not going to rough house you and disrespect your mom or sis on his way to the goal. If there’s such a player out there, I could see them wanting to make that trade to bring more junkyard dog to the lineup.

        We’re still several pieces away from icing a contender. I like this team, but we just don’t measure up against the Top 4 in the West or the Top 2 in the East. There’s no way we do 4 rounds and win anything this year, so I don’t expect anything in terms of trades unless we add character and grit. Superstar scorers… It’s not going to happen, until we’re one player away.

    • smiler2729 says:

      No, Eller stays

      _______________________________________
      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  57. Da Hema says:

    What I enjoyed most about tonight’s victory over the Leafs was how many of them were knocked on their asses around our net. Subban, Emelin, and Murray were laying them out tonight! I haven’t seen that since the good old days when Chelios and Ludwig would maim anyone who came near their goalie. I’ll say this: Murray may well be slow, but he is making his teammates comfortable (and his opponents uncomfortable) on the ice.

  58. Timo says:

    Habs win at home. On Saturday night. Against the laffs.

    Unreal. Someone pinch me.

    I thought Habs played a great game for a change and kept taking it to the laffs for 60 minutes. Also it made me a bit nervous, I was also in a way glad that laffs scored a couple before the end of the 2nd because it gave them (false) hope that they could come back and they held off on goonery.

    Although, punks like Kadri, Clarkson and Phaneuf were awfully quite tonight.

    Btw, loved Murray’s hit on Kadri… sit down, b!tch! I hope Murray gets more consecutive games. Didn;t miss Bouillon one bit.

    Ok. Good night on all fronts.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Gotta admit, I didn’t like Murray at the start of the season. But with limited playing time, and with Diaz to cover for him, he is pretty darn effective. I’d definitely prefer to see him over Frankie Boo.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Marc10 says:

      That hit was a beauty! Kadri probably wanted to react, but when he looked up and saw who delivered it… Well, you knew he was going to skate back to the bench real quiet like…

    • Frank2468 says:

      Yes I really enjoyed that hit by Murray on Kadri. Kind of makes you feel warm all over. In Kadri’s case that’s called wetting your pants. I know Murray’s a little slow but paired up with the right D man it works out really good. Diaz has speed and can cover up for Murray’s lack of foot speed and I’m sure Diaz plays with more confidence as well knowing Murray’s there. And with Subban and Murray and Emilen the Habs have muscle on D now. Guess since Molson owns the team you could call it Molson Muscle pun intended.

    • IdleNoMore says:

      played a great game for a change

      The team is 7-1-2 in their last 10. Lay off the sauce!

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

  59. Propwash says:

    If the Habs are going to want to upgrade, Patches and Gallagher are being summoned as returns.

    I should change my words.

    If the Habs were to make a trade for offensive power, you offer Gallagher and Patches for proven performers. That’s my .02$.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  60. keviathan says:

    Such a satisfying night! I’m not convinced that we’re a capital C Contender but when the team is skating hard and clicking they’re a joy to watch, and one can always dream… We’re definitely tougher than in years past (Murray and Moen were all over Scott a nanosecond after he gave Gionta (?) a little bump the other night I don’t remember things like that happening in recent years). We have some heavy hitters on the blue line and some of them are good skaters and can move the puck too. While we don’t have any super stars up front we do have 3 good lines and a capable 4th line. it would be great to get someone like Evander Kane in the lineup but Winnipeg’s not going to give him away and I’d rather see us build towards being a long term Contender than taking a short cut that sells out our future.

    Only downers of the night were those 20 or so seconds in the 2nd and realizing that Nick Kypreos is the second coming of Don Cherry…..

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      I let out an exasperated groan as soon as Kypreos came on, realizing this is where we’re headed. Ol’ Nick is as dumb as a bag of hammers.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Frank2468 says:

      OMG you listened to Sports Net Connected??? Thats the Laffs other tire pumping station. Actually the first goal started when Price decided to play the puck rather then freeze it. When he did that when I was watching I said to a friend thats a big mistake and 10 seconds later it’s in the net. It’s all good the good guys won tonight.

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        No, Kypreos was on HNIC.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • Frank2468 says:

          Oh ok, I was watching RDS. Well god help us if Kypreos is on HNIC on regular basis with Cherry. They may as well change the name of Hockey Night In Canada to Holy Nickers I’m Corked. I want to have Kypreos on Crotches Corner I mean Coaches Corner with Cherry instead of MacLean. Wonder how long Rogers keeps the segment going with those 2 doing it LOL. It would make for an entertaining 7 minutes!!!!

          • Habspark says:

            Tonight’s Coach’s Corner was ironically a first class demonstration by the man himself of precisely why he should be taken off the airwaves at the first available opportunity – I watched the game outside Canada, and I can assure you he is a national embarrassment, not a treasure: Thinking the Leafs goal should have been allowed irrespective of the fact that van Reimsdyk was in the crease is bone-headed; Rather than two good plays, he shows two fights; and the icing on the cake – comparing himself to Bobby Orr in broadcasting terms. Deluded, demented and a complete lack of a class. I don’t want a squeaky-clean combo to take their place, originality is much more preferable, but it is an insult to Canadians to think there is no better duo out there.

          • ari says:

            that goal was a good goal.but comparing himself to bobby orr was laughable

      • Habspark says:

        Ha! Frank, me too, I cringed when I saw him play it!

  61. NLhabsfan says:

    Well if your going to make a trade you need a person that can help or add to the already great chemistry of the team.Thats the tricky part.IMO PK had been great Right now the real spark of the team is Gally.Think about it with just one move DD and Patches have been revived from near death.

  62. Frank2468 says:

    I couldn’t resist I had to send TSN an email after they closed tonights blog of the game so no comments could be made. And if they close my account I don’t care one bit!!!

    The blog of tonight’s Habs and Leafs game is closed wow really why is that??? If the Leafs won would the blog have been opened so all the obnoxious and nasty blow hard Leaf fans could leave nasty comments??? Doesn’t look very good me thinks it has a tone of being a baby. Guess Leaf fans can dish it but can’t take it. It’s all OK Canada’s team won tonight.

    Thank you

    • habsgod says:

      FRANK you can post on the comment section under turbulence continues as the leafs fall short in montreal! i just commented on there so any anybody that wants to comment go there

  63. moroccanhabfan says:

    Looking at this team, I can only imagine that MB would move a Centre. Can’t afford to give up a LW, especially one as talented as Max Pac.
    In the long run, here’s what our depth chart looks like: (Im only looking at NHL-ready players who are under 30, who will be on our team for the foreseable future)
    LW: Pacioretty, Prust
    C: Galchenyuk, Eller, Bournival, White, DD
    RW: Gallagher
    RD: Subban, Diaz
    LD: Gorges, Emelin, Tinordi, Beaulieu

    Basically, we have a glut at C. One of them will go. And we will get a top6 winger in return.

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

  64. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    While the resurrection of Pacioretty (and wee Davey) is vital for our success, so too is the development and confidence of Galchenyuk. And he and Gallagher have a special chemistry together. I think the coaching staff need to find another winger for the DD line, and get the Gallies back together again.

    I’d give Bournival and Bourque alternating attempts to grab that spot. It just might inspire Rene to keep working. At least until he’s traded, because we all know he’s the one MB has been shopping.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  65. The Jackal says:

    Speaking of a Habs trade…. Kane is not really a sniper, though he would help us out – provided that he is NOT a douche as rumour has it or he shapes up fast. Yakupov… I would welcome that trade but the guy is unproven at the NHL level.

    I think the best deal we can make, to get a sniper, would be to get a Neal type guy in return. I don’t mean we have to fleece a GM, but we need to get a 40 goal, 70-80 point guy with size, who is not necessarily physical but who is not a pushover or tentative about getting in the greasy areas. What would that cost? I think we have enough assets to sink a couple of prospects/picks and a player like Bourque rather than a Pacioretty.

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    • jshell06 says:

      In other words, you want the ideal type of player – 40
      goals, 70 points, gritty, defensively sound, big, fast, but not small, and definitely not slow, but with tons of grit… oh please. This is my first post, and I am genuinely curious – how exactly is marc bergevin supposed to acquire this mythical player??? Actually, tell me, who IS this player??

      Cow-town Canadien

    • habsgod says:

      KANE HS THE TALENT TO BE THAT GUY THOUGH HE’S A 35 GOAL MAN! i hope mb can fleec the jets gm for him like sather did to clb for nash

  66. Marc10 says:

    My two year old loves PK. She thinks a telecast of the Canadiens is really the PK Subban show. So yeah, he is this generation’s Flower.

    He’s not a 60 goal juggernaut, but there’s the same spark in PK… He’s got that game breaker quality and that ridiculous turn of speed. And he’s just warming up. We’re lucky to have him.

    When Timmins retires, he can look back on that draft pick as the greatest steal of his career. That was larceny of the highest order. What was he, 49th overall?! Crazy…

  67. Hockey Bob says:

    Carlyle and Loafs moaning about Patches celebration.

    Go Habs Go

  68. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    Friends back in Winnipeg tell me that Evander Kane has a reputation as quite the a-hole. Not well liked in the community at all. Not sure I’d like him added to the very tight, congenial clubhouse the Habs currently enjoy.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  69. The Jackal says:

    I raise my glass to the Habs, and to the fans. And by glass I mean tall can. Great game, great game – may we have many more of those, agains the laffs and all other teams.

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  70. Sportfan says:

    I heard about that, he should be given another job in a none Leaf land.

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  71. Habfan10912 says:

    I stopped reading at his list of goalies I assumed from that that he doesn’t watch much hockey.

  72. HabFab says:

    Booooooooooooooooooooo!

    Must be a Leaf fan…….sad!

  73. Haberoooo13 says:

    yep

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  74. Mattyleg says:

    A real class act.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—


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