About last night …

IsLes Habs

This was not the game DVD you’ll be looking for under the tree on Christmas morning.
But there are no style points in the NHL.
There are points for wins, and the Canadiens racked up their first W in a week.
It’s two points in the standings … and they didn’t come cheaply.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien praised the Canadiens intensity and their physicality against a tough opponent.

“There wasn’t a lot of space on the ice,” the coach added.

And there wasn’t much entertaining hockey through almost 62 minutes of “action”.

ALN is short and sweet tonight, peeps.

The Ol’ Blogger needs his beauty sleep to prepare for a big Sunday four-pointer against mighty Florida.

Max Pacioretty’s heroics – a phrase seldom used during recent Canadiens games – saved the Canadiens a tense situation on Sunday evening.

Had the Islanders won in OT, the Canadiens would be flying home with the burden of three straight losses in which the team had mustered the grand total of one goal. If the Panthers jumped out to an early lead … well, the Bell Centre would not be a happy place.

The Canadiens were spared this depressing prospect because they managed to get one past Evgeni Nabokov, tending the pipes for a team that has allowed the most goals in the league.

The power play has not scored since the second period of a 3-2 win over New Jersey on Dec. 2. The Canadiens are riding a futility streak of zero goals for their last 15 man-advantage chances.

The league has figured out that pressuring the Canadiens’ point men – P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov – dramatically reduces the PP’s effectiveness.

The Canadiens have yet to adjust.

Let’s hope they can, because this team needs an effective power play, if only to deter opponents from taking liberties.

As was the case in Philadelphia, however, the Canadiens’ 5-on-5 offence against the Islanders did not exert enough sustained pressure to force the home team into taking penalties.

Josh Bailey for a high stick, John Tavares for holding the stick in a scrum that looked like it would send a Canadiens to the box. That was it.

The Canadiens got few odd-man rushes against the Islanders, who managed to soil the bed on a 4-on-1.

There was little sustained pressure in the Islanders’ zone. The forecheck was ineffectual. Passes were all over the place.

But hey, they won.

Carey Price’s 21st career shutout tied him with  Charlie Hodge for eighth on the Canadiens all-time list. Three more to overtake José Theodore.

P.K. Subban blocked five shots.

Brendan Gallagher played his heart out … again.

Alex Galchenyuk made some plays that indicate his move to centre should perhaps come sooner rather than later.

Tomas Plekanec played 23:38 – more ToI than any Canadien except Markov – and went 17-10 on faceoffs.

Lars Eller laid a big hit on Tavares, who – to his credit – said there was nothing wrong with the hit.

Pacioretty had four shots on goal. maybe he’s about to start another streak.

And George Parros …

What is there to say? His dance with Eric Boulton was a staged fight, two minutes into the game. Parros caught a right hand and was down for the count. He went to the quiet room and did not return.

This is Parros’s second head trauma this season. The man has a young family and an Ivy League university degree.

Maybe it’s time to consider career alternatives.

Let’s not end on a downer.

Watch this and try not to smile.

 

 

217 Comments

  1. Coach K says:

    Like everyone else here, I have to be concerned about the health of George Parros. Hopefully he didn’t suffer a significant concussion. I prefer minimal fighting (just enough to keep others honest) and no staged fighting whatsoever. That said, I do have to admit that his hiring and subsequent deployment has served its purpose; namely preventing the Orr, Lucic and Marchant types from running Price and Budaj and taking liberties with the rest of the talent.

    The reality is that all roads to a Stanley Cup in the East will go through Boston and Philly and having the hockey equivalent of a nuclear deterrent in your lineup seems more necessary due to the way those teams are coached. Almost makes you wonder if that other Georges from the Montreal area (the one who is contemplating a change in career) is able to skate?? I think he could become an even bigger hometown hero than DD. :-)

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  2. jeffhabfan says:

    It was boring game for sure I thought about turning it in the 2nd period but stuck with it. Is it just me or are we a real boring team to watch anymore. Sure you want a win every night but it just like a drag to get to the end of the game every night.As for Big George it might be all over for sure with the 2 big blows this year if he does hang them up for good we do need someone else to do that job.

  3. Cal says:

    Good morning, everyone. Here in Montreal, it’s a Snow Day!

  4. Propwash says:

    Mornin’ Burly!

    I saw below that you couldn’t get your truck started, you can always unhook the battery and bring it inside for a few hours to let it warm up and have moar power. Also it’s much safer to put a charger on it when it’s not all frozen.

    Can I borrow your snowblower???

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  5. Arnou Ruelle says:

    How many of you people here know this:

    http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=91869

    If the Canadiens have “24CH”, the Bruins copied it and came up with “Behind the B”

    And their series is available on YouTube.

    • Strummer says:

      All of these behind the scenes shows including 24CH are copies of HBO’s 24/7 series.

      I look forward to 24/7 because it pulls no punches and doesn’t edit and censor like team produced shows.

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s Christmas- not “The Holidays”

  6. Alvin says:

    Thanks for that montage Mr. Boone. It was FKG BEAUTIFUL!

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    Garth Snow probably always wanted to be in the NHL history books, and his wish might come true next summer.

    After the bonehead deal for Vanek that also cost the Islanders their 1st Round pick next summer (and a 2nd rounder in 2015), if things continue on the way they are:

    Buffalo may be the 1st team in NHL history to have the Top 2 Overall Draft picks next summer barring a fluke lottery win.

    Buffalo is now safely in 30th and the Islanders are 29th with a slight chance to get to 26th.

    • Bill says:

      Remember when Garth Snow was named NHL Exec of the Year by SI?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        tks bill
        I have to go and find that article

      • ffenliv says:

        It’s also hard to know how much Wang is interfering. He doesn’t come off as the most level-headed guy.

        I think the NFL benefits from its rule about single ownership – no corporate owners. I think the NHL could benefit from more single owners, too. However, Wang treats the Isles like a play-thing.

    • ffenliv says:

      There is no team in the league more dysfunctional than the Isles.

      And that includes a Phoenix franchise which managed to put together good seasons despite years of nonsense surrounding the team. Even perpetually awful teams like the Panthers are less a circus than the Isles.

      It’s a damn shame that Tavares had to end up there.

      Maybe I’ll be singing a different tune if they turn it around in the coming years, but that’s hard to imagine. As the CBC guys were pointing out last night, it’s possible that after sending Moulson to Buffalo for Vanek, they could end up losing Vanek, too. Meaning they’d have traded Moulson for a 3/4 season rental, giving up a lot of picks as well.

      Gong show.

  8. Anyone who knows my history knows how I feel about staged fighting in hockey, and if you don’t know here it is again. It’s stupid.

    The only reason to fight in hockey is to sort someone out. If there’s some idiot flying around trying to send every second player to the hospital, he has to have that sense knocked out of him. Then there’s the chicken ______’s of the world who all they do is hit smaller players, and trash talk every corner, sure knock those guys out too. But two players on the ice at the same time who are only there because they were brought up that way want to have a go at it no thanks, you want to play like that boxing is your game.

    I am so upset right now, I know the effects of concussions first hand, I know how important my brain is, and I know a sick person (concussed) when I see one. George Parros, if you love your little boy at all, you’ll use that educated mind of yours and find another profession. Forget Dr Cherry’s advice (forget them he says), once you kill that part of the brain it takes years for the rest of the brain to recover.

    It would be the hardest decision of your life, and you’ll go into depression because of it, but walking away from something you love (hockey, not fighting) right now is what’s best. If the Canadiens care at all about your brain they’ll make that decision and compensate you for it. NHL……you’re up!

    Now back to hockey….The Habs every single year hit December like it hit them first. The tradition continues. They don’t score near Christmas, don’t know why but they just don’t.

    If Team Canada’s number one goalie doesn’t play like he does, and the troops in front don’t block shots like they did, this team right now would be bottom 5. That’s no way to win games but it works for now. I am guessing Marc Bergevin’s plans to build through the draft are being messed up by one CAREY PRICE , and I love it. Go Habs Go

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    • JUST ME says:

      Can`t argue with you on this comment. I just feel like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. I remember reading so many comments and still do about the need to protect our players and make it so no intimidation game can be won by other teams as we have unfortunately been on then losing end of in recent years.

      I firmly believe that we are going to reach the point when the league will have no choice as already they neglected the situation too much. God knows how Gary loves money, when he is going to have to give some away to repair errors from the past, he is going to act.

      We are not there yet and it seems that every day of this week a different event reminded us that we still are in the jurrassic era…

    • New says:

      I think fans get frustrated seeing the players boxed out. That usually involves body contact. Canadiens fall down, players shove, cuts get opened up, and some robust guys seems to shove them aside and do what they want to score. The fans begin to think that having a Chris Nilan or a John Ferguson would solve everything. It might. But those players aren’t around today. What is around are big guys who play a few minutes. The stage fights because frankly if they don’t do it immediately they can’t catch the other guy or have no energy to defend themselves.

      So we get to watch the play stop while two guys who are likely great people bash their brains in. We get announcers praising players for trying to cradle the opponents head, and ignoring the issue the player purposely tries to pull that same head into the ice when he falls. We get excited color guys scoring meaningless fights yet ignoring rabbit punches purposely delivered by men so young they have no idea they would be DQ’d in any sanctioned fight for the same thing, a deliberate attempt to maim.

      I am totally with you on this. Parros needs to walk away. If he won’t the team needs to send him away. I don’t want to see him hurt anyone, and I don’t want to see him hurt. And that is all these skating punchers are about today, hurting someone.

  9. JF says:

    Last night’s game was better than Thursday’s in terms of intensity and effort, but I’m at a loss to understand how a team that went 9-0-1 can suddenly fall into such an offensive swoon. It’s not just that we aren’t scoring. Passes are off the mark and there’s little flow through the neutral zone, with the puck being dumped more often than passed. I watched some of the Kings-Senators game yesterday; the Kings put on a clinic of tape-to-tape passing and rapid, efficient puck-movement. The last time I saw anything like that from our guys was probably the Leafs game and the second period of the Bruins game. Last night chemistry and synchronization seemed off.

    And the powerplay has become an exercise in futility. It is passive, stationary, and predictable. The Islanders’ defensive box barely had to move last night. I think we should rely less on the point shot, which is either off the target, totally unscreened, or just not getting through, and try instead to create more chances down low.

    I found the game for the most part unwatchable, although the third period was better, and I somehow doubt tonight’s game will be any more riveting.

    • stephen says:

      Hi JF,

      I agree with your observations, especially about the powerplay. As Boone rightly stated, teams have adapted and are taking away opportunities for Markov and Subban to set things up from the blue line.

      Marc Denis did point out on the RDS broadcast, however, that at least on one of the Habs’ PP opportunities, they had switched to a 1-3-1 setup to counter the Isles adjustments, so we’ll see how that might help things over the next stretch.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Agree with both.

        For 30 games or so, PK and Markov had their way on the PP and the forwards were almost secondary with the objective to get the puck to them.

        Now with the opposition adjustments, it’s difficult to change things up that may never have been practised or at least tried in game situations.

        In the last 4 games, Subban has 3 shots on goal.
        In the 4 games before, he had 13.
        As for Markov, in 3 of the last 5 games he has had 0 shots.

  10. frontenac1 says:

    8 fights last night in the league and one KO. Guess who? I love big Stache but I”m afraid he might be done. Can”t be making those mistakes. When you throw a killer right and miss ,you have to expect a guy like Boulton will take advantage and return the favour. Hope he”s ok but I”m afraid he might not have the chin anymore. Might be time to shop for a new Heavyweight. Saludos!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Ya it’s too bad. For the team’s success and the well being of George Parros, I think he might want to hang them up. When the Habs are healthy I think Moen-White-Prust is an effective enough 4th line.

      If we play a team like Boston, Toronto or Ottawa, the 4th line I mentioned, plus Murray, will have to do the heavy lifting. In the past the Habs had absolutely no push back except for Moen. With the arrival of Prust and Murray, things are different. We shouldn’t be putting Parros out there for his own safety and for the benefit of the team.

      And ya, Bergevin should go shopping for an upgrade for Parros this summer. Someone who’s a bit younger, healthier and that can play more minutes.

    • third generation haber says:

      Parros has done his job this year! A-hole teams like the leafs haven’t bullied us this year b/c we have Parros. He’s gotten the best of Orr in all 3 fights this year (despite the fall). Boulton is honestly a great fighter, he handled Orr (Hockey news fighter of the year 2013) last year:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxv0UKqN4x0

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptu26mVmJPk

      j.p. murray

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    I personally found last night’s game very entertaining. Great saves by Carey Price, some big hits, a good scrap (hope George is OK), and the action was back and forth all night. I was on the edge of my seat the entire game.

  12. stephen says:

    edit: Sorry, turns out the old man and I are going to make a go of the roads after all. Will be a slow slog from Kingston.

    Apologies for any inconvenience. Can this post be deleted?

    Hi everyone,

    Anyone in Montreal interested in 2 tickets to the game tonight? Section 320 (White), row BB, seats 3&4. 90$ each.

    Can’t make it from out of town because of the crummy weather, so just looking to (mostly) recoup what I originally paid for the tickets.

    I bought them from stubhub as e-tickets, so if you are interested, I can simply send you the pdf files.

    Cheers!

  13. Psycho29 says:

    Comment of the night…maybe the season. AWESOME:

    Mike Boone
    December 15, 2013 at 1:08 am
    It was Bergevin’s toughest decision last summer: “Do I hire Stéphane Waite or one of the goaltending experts from HIO? Waite has two Stanley Cups with two different goalies, but the HIO guys have chopped-liver sculptures of Jaroslav Halak.”

  14. Cape Breton says:

    Two effin goals in the past three effin games. What the eff is wrong!!!! Very hard to watch this team struggle to score.

  15. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ The_Truth

    Re your defense of Desharnais and how you feel Eller should be getting more heat…

    Respect your post, but there isn’t 1 person in pro hockey that would tell you having Davey playing Top 6 minutes and Top PP minutes will go anywhere in the tight and tough Playoffs.
    If you need some proof, just review the Ottawa series last year.

    Yes, a nice little run during the season against inferior competition is good for the spirits, yet there is a bigger picture.

    32 games played – 3 goals/8 assists/11 points.
    That’s a pace of 27 points for the season.

    Those 11 points are tied for 242nd in the NHL – that, for someone almost playing 16 minutes per night…and who has played the 3rd most Power Play minutes of all Habs forwards.

    In the 32 games:
    The goals were scored against Buffalo-New Jersey-Washington.
    The assists were against the same + Islanders, Winnipeg, Minnesota, and Toronto.

    Speaking strictly about Playoffs, having him in the Top 6 is holding back what this team could be.

    Precious development minutes for Galchenyuk and Eller are being lost forever…and let’s not forget Bournival, whose confidence has been broken with unexplained diminished minutes after a great start.
    Briere was also in the same boat as were some others due to the trickle down effect.

    Eller? Give him Max and Gally for 30 games( not 1 or 2) – that is if Max is interested playing with anyone else but Davey, and watch what he can do vs. playing with different wingers almost every game.

    A lot of guys have been unfairly treated because of the Max-Davey ‘Love In’ and that could very possibly lead to a Major room problem down the road…if it hasn’t started already.
    There are signs that it is brewing…

    • munch17 says:

      Excellent post. Agree entirely.
      Not to mention the fact that since DD’s ” resurrection ” he has been on first PP play unit – and it has stunk.
      DD made a good play on winning goal. 4 on 4 gives him a little room.
      But enough already!!

    • christophor says:

      The crucial thing is that not only has Eller been outproducing Desharnais for a while now (i.e. over about a year), he’s also incredibly useful when he’s not producing. Having Eller behind Plekanec means not running into line matching problems when the team’s on the road. On top of that, Eller is a great Pk-er. When Desharnais is struggling, on the other hand, he’s a liability.

      Edit: plus, Eller’s added a physical dimension to his game.

  16. kalevine says:

    so the Panthers are hot of late. Habs better bring a higher caliber game tonight or else

  17. Renegade says:

    Sickening seeing people here say they wish Marchand would’ve gotten a harder knee to the head, or alluding to the fact that he should get another one.

    Do I dislike him? Yes. Does he annoy the hell out of me? Absolutely. However no one should be wishing harm upon any player in the league. This is the type of attitude that is at the source of all these concussions and reckless hits. It needs to stop.

  18. Habfan17 says:

    Yes Patches scored the game winner and only goal, however, I watched him In the first and second periods. He did not use his speed and size, was coasting or standing still a lot and in his own end, showed little interest. Sometimes the points don’t tell the story.

    Patches could dominate if he had the desire to. He was not the only one, DD was outmuscled on almost every battle and Gionta made some questionable plays.

    I am tired of the poor excuse that they will have slumps or can’t keep it up all the time. The great teams play hard against all teams, they want to prove they are best to the better teams, and not be embarrassed against the so called weaker teams. It is a question of pride and desire. They need to be held to that standard by the management, coaches and each other!

    The Islanders give up the most goals and the Habs get one. This was one of those “trick” wins that make fans think they are okay!

    Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Patches did an outstanding job on the penalty kill especially during Emelin’s so called infraction. His contribution to the win was much more then the overtime goal.

      • Habfan17 says:

        I will give you the PK, but he was floating for most of the first and second periods and had he been engaged the whole game, as many other players, it would probably have been more like 3 or 4 nothing.

        He was not moving his feet and his attempts to reach opposing players with his outreached stick while standing still is infuriating to me.

        Habfan17

        • Habfan10912 says:

          My buddies and I started to criticize various players last night for their effort as well. Finally we stopped as we went through most of the roster. Not very many good efforts last night, eh?

          • Habfan17 says:

            Yes, we both agree. I decided to focus on Patches last night to se what he was doing differently. I really like him, I just wish he would not rely on other players to get him going. He needs to take the next step and be the one not only to get him self going, but other players too

            Habfan17

          • IdleNoMore says:

            The difference with Patches is he could be a big nasty power forward but chooses not to. Something this team has been missing for years. If your going to play soft liek butta you gotta be a point a game player.

            Now Eller gets it! He’s going to be a beast.

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

      • Eddie says:

        Jim, I tell my kids that if they are catching skaters from behind on the backcheck, that is one way to know you are ” contributing”.

        I was watching max last night and he could not have caught Parros backchecking at that speed and with that lack of energy.

        I like Max. I have always supported him. Even when he was complaining, or defending Desharnais, I have always supported him.

        But I’m telling you Max is not happy here. Whether it wa the Mayors comments or its Therriens style of play, Max has had several public complaints lately. I really believe he’s not happy here.

        And he’s not the only one. Briere is unhappy as well. But who cares about Briere, not me! Hahaha!

        • IdleNoMore says:

          You know who else is not happy? kane in wpg. Lets make this happen. Him and PK could be the new “dry island krew”

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

    • christophor says:

      It’s nice that Pacioretty likes Desharnais, but the truth is that he’s carrying that line and he can’t be a star at the same time. He can carry Dez, as he’s been doing for a while now, but he needs at least another decent winger to produce in spite of it.

    • Alvin says:

      PATCHES,DD and Briere for Kane

  19. Old Bald Bird says:

    Does this happen to anyone else? The last three mornings I have logged in to an unformatted version of the page. Is it the mobile version that I’m getting? I didn’t even see a comment option. It reverts to normal after about 15 minutes and a few tries.

  20. Eddie says:

    I really hope we figure out how to score some goals tonight or soon enough.

    The offensive players look like they’re trying not to try hard. Awkward.

    There s very little offensive chemistry, direction, flow, and rarely more than 1 pass in any sequence.

    Who are the offensive “go to guys” on this team?

    Used to be Plekanec and Gionta, but little G looks like he’s ready for retirement, and Plekanec plays more and more like Guy Carbonneau every day. ( a defensive wizard who had offensive talent )

    I think Max might not recover if we trade Desharnais. He may literally have a hockey breakdown. Interviewed last night, for the 10 th consecutive time I had to listen to how Desharnais has been a victim of abuse in this town. Max, we get it. You only score goals when Desharnais makes the pass. I used to be a big fan, now I’m starting to think the Desharnais-Max “thing” is not great for the team as a whole.

    I look at Taveres and I hope one day Galchenyuk can be that p,Ayer, and that kind of athlete. Big fan of Taveres.

    Hey Therrien, lets go back to the offence we played last year before the team lost 1000 games to injuries.

    That offensive style is on the coach’s desk somewhere damn it.

    • Habfan17 says:

      I am with you, where is that speed, high pressure fore-check? What happened to using Patches and Eller on the penalty kill to force the other team?

      I get working a young player in slowly so they don’t get overwhelmed, however, how come other teams can play their top young players in their natural positions and have success? If they want to protect them, insulate them with experienced line mates!

      On top of that, they need to motivate each other to play with passion and desire. I understand that one or two players will have an off game on any given night, the habs seem to have six or seven every game, that needs to change.

      Habfan17

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Step 1 for curing the scoring blues: Move Galchenyuk to center. He was the Habs best player not named Price last night. By a large margin.

    • Alvin says:

      Afraid Galchenyuk will never be a Tavares. Just doesn’t have that level of skill or competition in him.

  21. Arrow77 says:

    The problem with Parros isn’t just that he lost some fights. The problem is that he’s only playing because Michel Therrien wants to justify Marc Bergevin’s decision to hire him, even if it means playing only 3 lines for most of the first of 2 games in 2 nights. The problem is that Parros is always trying to pick a fight because that’s why he’s been hired and that’s the only thing he can do. His fights are only there to sustain themselves at this point.

    • JUST ME says:

      What ? Now Bergevin is guilty ? Haven`t you read here and everywhere how the habs were smurfs and needed some protection against the Bruins,Leafs,Sens and who else got to intimidate the small guys ?

      Bergevin unfortunately had no choice but to respond to violent behaviours that the NHL tolerates and furthermore answered positively to what fans wanted him to do. And now Bergevin is guilty ?

      • Arrow77 says:

        Tell me how he helped the team, exactly? Parros barely plays and the team W-L record with him in the line-up is terrible. That’s all that counts in the end.

        • JUST ME says:

          On that i totally agree with you but you can`t blame Bergevin for hiring him ,he had to even though he knew he was not playing more than 5 minutes a game.
          He did get the other teams to show more respect as Murray did. It is not pretty but not a choice we have . Could have hired a better enforcer ? Maybe ,maybe not.

  22. JohnBellyful says:

    @JesusChrist
    Good rant, JC. It is YOUR birthday. I don’t know why everyone else is getting presents.

    @Rudolph
    Big deal. You can make your nose glows. So can a bunch of guys on this site – usually on weekends.

    @MT
    New motto: ‘Don’t let George do it.’

    @Santa
    I believe you. Honest. I do.
    But 30 games for Thornton would have been too much.
    (P.S. Another thing, why are you going to keep getting your mail delivered at the North Pole – the friggin’ North Pole – and I’m going to lose home delivery here in town?)

    @Scrooge
    Yeah, it could be indigestion. But, man, that was one weird dream. Keep some Pepto Bismol beside the bed tonight.

  23. twilighthours says:

    Someone mentioned Michelle Bachmann below.

    So in light hearted humor, may I suggest this?

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicans/a/michele-bachmann-quotes.htm

  24. Psycho29 says:

    Did anyone else see the Coaches Corner during the Van/Bos game?

    Cherry showed the highlight of Patches goal….”Look at this little guy go, DESJARDINS”…..I think he said Desjardins 4 times, and “Desjarhais” once…
    All MacLean said was “close enough”

  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    Looks like Marchand was acting stupid once again last night. Amazing how this guy is always brave…when Chara is on the ice, and the linesmen are between him and some other player.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPiayrDEVeQ

    What was ‘Fall Off Your Chair’ surprising was Coach Julien’s after game comments:

    VANCOUVER – His team had just lost 6-2 to the Vancouver Canucks, but it was the antics of one of his own players that UPSET Boston Bruins’ coach Claude Julien the most.

    Julien wasn’t impressed that pest Brad Marchand had skated by the Canucks bench, then mimicked raising the Stanley Cup and kissing his NHL championship ring

    “…. The perception it gives our organization is not what you want to see with those kind of things.”

    “I don’t know what he said to you guys but it’s certainly something we are going to deal with”

  26. Maritime Ronn says:

    Here’s hoping no one underestimates this Florida team

    They have won 4 of their last 5 beating Detroit twice along with Washington.
    They did not play last night

  27. The_Truth says:

    The Habs are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games. Here are some stats in that time period.

    Max- 10G 1A 11Pts +6

    DD- 3G 7A 10Pts +3

    Pleks- 5G 4A 9Pts +7

    Markov- 0G 8A 8Pts +4

    Subbie- 1G 6A 7Pts +4

    Chucky- 5G 1A 6Pts -1

    Gio- 1G 5A 6Pts +6

    Gally- 1G 3A 4Pts +2

    Eller- 1G 3A 4Pts -3

    Now look who the biggest contributors are. Without Max and DD, this streak just doesn’t happen. They have come up with some big timely goals and are a huge part of the team’s success right now. It’s no surprise that when they play well the Habs win, otherwise the Habs lose.

    Also troubling is Eller’s lack of production and minus on the +/- stat. He should be getting more heat than Max and DD right now.

  28. twilighthours says:

    Not a mention of Brad Marchand’s actions?

  29. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. Dave (I never sleep) Stubbs reported the Hab plane touched down at 2:25 am. No morning skate.

    I wonder what we’re going to see tonight? A team whose shown very little energy for a week playing on very little sleep. Oh boy.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      One of our posters here last night mentioned that the Habs were stuck at airport for quite some time last night.

      Morning Jim, good news is my snowblower started yesterday, but the truck didn’t.

    • The_Truth says:

      Martin St-Pierre is doing very well as the Dog’s #1 scorer. But alas, another tiny center.

      LL is finally looking respectable. Not much time left for him to stay in the Hab’s future plans, so he needs to keep it up.

      Pateryn is head and shoulders above Tinordi and Beaulieu right now. The 2 latter players have been disappointing in their development so far and don’t look NHL ready this season.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Bill (the Muller look-alike) may have nailed it on Pateyrn. He said of Pateyrn ,at the beginning of camp/season, that he was the D-Man to keep an eye on.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    May need to give Nonis some credit, he trades their 2009 2nd round pick Jesse Blacker (following a similar career path to our own Pateryn) along with a conditional 3rd rd. pick and a 7th for Peter Holland and Staubitz. Holland was Anaheim’s first round pick in 2009 15th overall. 6’2″ centerman who perhaps just needed a change of scenery and quickly has 4 goals and 2 assists in 12 games for the Leafs.

    He may not become what was once thought, but unless Blacker becomes something, a minor trade and a credible big center is suddenly on the Leafs roster.

  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Morning Folks, snowed in here in Burlington, certainly feels like hockey season and Christmas around the corner.

    As I mentioned Friday, the 2 losses were on me as I neglected to watch. Last night I finally tuned in and at least we got the 2 points, perhaps I need to watch a little more intently today to ensure a better game.

    Listening to Max in his post game interview, he certainly has some kind of nagging leg injury, but as he said, everyone is playing nicked up at this point in the season.

  32. Maritime Ronn says:

    Re the George Parros talk:

    Parros is nothing like he used to be – the most feared man on the ice.

    In his total pro AHL/NHL career since 2002 – when concussion issues were not part of the conversation, Parros has had 225 fights.(no typo)

    It’s time to walk away, George.
    You are Princeton educated, have a young family with 2 children that would surely like to enjoy their dad during the next few decades at least…that is IF, a lot of damage has not already been done.

    Not many at age 33 can say they have already earned over $6 Million with a nice business future on the horizon and married to what could be considered a wealthy family.
    Your team mates will surely understand.

  33. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    DipsyDoodler says:
    “Max Pacioretty’s heroics – a phrase seldom used during recent Canadiens games”

    Didn’t he have something like 8 goals in 12 games before the last 2 quiet ones?
    ————————
    There’s a terrific hockey stats site called hockey-reference.com. if you ever want to check out stuff like that.

    As for Max, yes he has been very streaky and perhaps expectations are too high.
    He is not Ovechkin – then again, few are.

    Max’s season so far:
    First 2 games of the year no goals.
    Then he scores a goal in 2 consecutive games.

    That’s followed by zero goals in his next 8 games.
    Then he goes on a tear scoring 9 goals in 9 games.

    He then goes quiet for 3 games with 0 goals before last night’s OT winner.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/p/pacioma01/gamelog/2014/

    Even with the 9 missed games considered, that is still on pace for 29 goals.

    Max now leads the Habs for goals scored with 12 having played only 25 of the Habs 34 games.

    Those 12 goals still ranks him 28th in the NHL, and only 4 less than being in the NHL Top 10 goal scorers, while most ahead of him have missed few to no games at all.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Mornin’ Early One. Max is a solid component. Could have been a 1-0 loss if Tavares didn’t go postal. Yannick Weber scored. Christopher Higgins is up to 10 goals. Don Cherry said the same thing 4 times (15 is too much, shoulda been 10). Kings’ GM Lombardi sure knows how to find goalies, and that includes his Sharks days when he traded Mikka Kiprusoff and Vesa Toskala, and kept Evgeni Nabokov, who probably appreciated the Habs taking it easy on him last night. Peace.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        hi buddy

        Was thinking the same thing about the post.
        As for Cherry, he turns 80 in February so I guess he’s allowed to repeat stuff….

        Yea, those LA guys are pretty good snuffing out goalies.
        Quick was drafted in the 3rd round (72nd) and the young fella that stoned the Habs in the first 10 minutes last week – Martin Jones, was signed as a UFA as he was never drafted

    • The_Truth says:

      Max is the only pure goal scorer on the team. A perrenial 30 goal man. Not many of those around. Outside of Stamkos and Ovie, all goal scorers are streaky.

      People have to chill on Max, he isn’t Cam Neely, but is the best offensive weapon on this team and only real gamebreaker. He is a cornerstone of any future success this team will have. The future is Price, Subbie, Chucky, Gally and Max and to a lesser extent Eller.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Right on.

        I can also see Galchenyuk getting there 1 day
        As for Gallagher, he also has some nice hands that are being wasted as he works/worked so hard to open up space for others that are unwilling to do so…..

    • Mike Boone says:

      Thanks for that site url, Ronn. Very useful

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  34. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don’t want to see Parros fight anymore. Too painful to watch. Habs need to find another.

  35. JUST ME says:

    I think the final score tells it all. Not much scoring,not much of anything. Hats off to Carey who was again on top of a very strange game that had an Islanders feel to it. You never know what to expect when you play against them. They have talent but they rely on individual actions and very few team cohesion. Open play anything can happen.

    The NHL`s head office moved away from MTL a long while ago but still things always happen on the ice here that changes things and outlooks in a positive or negative way.
    Up until not long ago when a player`s bells were rung a good snort of amonia salts would bring you back to your senses. At least that`s what we thought but we know better now. The Parros incident did not need salts or anything else . It just does not go unnoticed anymore and makes people all over the league think .

    Is this really necessary ? If it usually does bring something what did the fight bring to yesterday`s game ? They say that Parros is a very bright guy with above average education.Let`s hope that he is also intelligent and chooses what is good for him and his future.

  36. rhino514 says:

    Glad to see DD set up Max. I keep praying for him to stay confident and keep feeding the PacMan.
    But I keep thinking how many goals aMax Pac would pot with Galchenyuk or Eller at centre. How could we not be a more potent offensive team with those two and Pleks at centre, especially a stronger playoff team. It´s too bad that that ain´t going to happen this year.
    They get one more solid winger next year, or maybe one of the prospects, to complement these guys and we will have a very solid offensive team.

  37. Peter Young says:

    Not a word about Desharnais making the last goal with his hard work and great pass. It was much more his heroics than Max’s that saved the game for the Canadiens.

  38. VancouverHab says:

    Went to the Bruins-Canucks game (I wanted them both to lose), and the Bruins were crap. Rask was a seive, Chara bobbled many passes, klutzy-Canuck-type defense all around. 41 shots for the Bruins but little that bothered Luongo (who looked sharp when needed).

    Whether or not they do indeed have a flu going around, the Bruins played like it.

    Bonus: three bruins fans near me swore loudly during O Canada, following general spectator applause after the Star Spangled Banner, got into a slanging match with a lady in front of him who told him off, got quieter as the goals against mounted, and then got ejected in the third for shouting obscenities at the Canucks mascot (which I though was an irony, because the Canuck mascot — like all mascots, in fact–is lame and annoying)

  39. DipsyDoodler says:

    So long, sideshow George. Nice knowin’ ya.

  40. Feraco says:

    Oh you people are so sensitive

    I’m not a bruins fan but Marchand kissing his finger is just trash talk. VC was chirping and he comes back and says “talk to me when you’ve won a cup.” He’s right :P

  41. Curtoph says:

    Can’t believe Marchand, kinda sad that Neal’s knee to the head wasn’t a bit harder. He taunted fans by kissing his ring finger and lifting an imaginary cup at the game, glad they lost.

  42. DipsyDoodler says:

    Is it just me or is this unduly harsh?

    “Max Pacioretty’s heroics – a phrase seldom used during recent Canadiens games”

    Didn’t he have something like 8 goals in 12 games before the last 2 quiet ones?

  43. Timo says:

    Ok. I am getting modded again. Good night, amigos.

  44. Timo says:

    If Parros does come back he needs to be #13 and only play if Habs have injuries. Also, Bergevin is an idiot for not picking up Staubitz.

  45. Timo says:

    Why is Mario Tremblay allowed to talk about coaching?

  46. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Hands down the best player tonight was Price by far. This was a “bad win”. Sneaking a bad win against a bad team is nothing to celebrate. The defense they played against tonight is terrible and they could only get a goal (in OT) against them. Just look at the goal. It was a good effort by DD but the D was horrible. 99 times out of 100 DD gets squashed on the boards like a bug (or like he was being done the entire game). Actually, Briere outplayed DD tonight but DD got the overtime shift (nice to be Max’s buddy/need to make GM look good after crap 4 year deal). Anyway, at least the Habs tried to win it in regulation as the Habs D was pinching constantly in the third.

    Hope Parros is okay. I finally agree with PJ Stock about something. Maybe Parros needs to start thinking about “hanging them up”.

  47. Timo says:

    I don’t know… I actually liked that game itself. It was entertaining enough for me. Lots of old time hockey, rough, chippy, good enough pace. Refs let a lot of shit go but they did so for bother teams so no real complains. The penalty to Eller for a completely clean hit on Tavares was BS. Just cause his helmet wasn’t tied tight enough is not a reason to call it a head shot.

    Man, what is it with Habs and tough guys? Can’t catch a break. I tend to think that this was Parros’ last game as a Hab and perhaps as an NHLer. Too bad… I liked him.

    Habs need more toughness up front. They need 2 Brandan Gallaghers with size.

    Oh and Eller… beast tonight! I want moar like that.

  48. frankcasting says:

    Parros = DING DING DING DING DING – it’s over. Don’t even know why he was dressed tonight. Time to retire. Agreed.

    Carey Price. Yes.

    Habs D? Yes.

    Habs O? It’ll be back. PK at power forward.

    Loving the Habs since 1965

  49. Bill says:

    Love the guys on HIO criticizing Price’s performance tonight, haha. Gets the shutout, but didn’t do it convincingly enough: “looked shaky”. Good old HIO!

    • jols101 says:

      Bill, can’t do much better than a shutout maybe he should have scored the OT goal as well. lol.

    • The Jackal says:

      Good old HIO.
      But the nail on the crazy coffin tonight was the comment about Max’s celebration being a challenge to MT.
      I’ve heard more sensible things from Michelle Bachman.

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Mike Boone says:

      It was Bergevin’s toughest decision last summer: “Do I hire Stéphane Waite or one of the goaltending experts from HIO? Waite has two Stanley Cups with two different goalies, but the HIO guys have chopped-liver sculptures of Jaroslav Halak.”

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

    • Timo says:

      I was disappointed because it was clearly time for Price to step up and help the offense. When was the last time he scored?

  50. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder what it would take to get John Tavares?

    • jols101 says:

      PK Subban is the only Hab that holds similar value. Or a package which includes Galchenyuk and a 1st round pick plus Tinordi or Beulieu might get it done. Galchenyuk has star potential but JT has already reached super star status.

      • naweed235 says:

        I’d give up Gally and a 1st rounder for Tavares in a heartbeat! No hesitation! Like, I hear snow: “hey what do u think about J.T for Gally and..” I’ll cut him off and FedEx him all he wants

        • jols101 says:

          and Tinordi or Beaulieu ? I’m just guessing, they would probably want more.

          • naweed235 says:

            Don’t get me wrong I have very high hopes for Gally. But Tavares is in a league of his own compared to most players. Gally, if he is lucky, in his prime will be a Sedin type of player. Tavares is the type of player that can carry a team on his back and guys like that don’t pop up very often.

          • jols101 says:

            Ya, I’m a big Chucky fan as well but agree with what you said about JT. He is awesome. To be honest, I can’t see the Isles ever trading him. That organization has made many bonehead moves but I don’t think they are that crazy.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      A time machine.

  51. Sportfan says:

    I loved that link at the end of ALN it was great, showed the fun side of hockey. I always have a huge respect for this spot, the NFL and CFL for the handshakes, big fan of it. Its fantastic sportsmanship. Thanks for the link, I smiled two seconds into it.

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  52. Habilis says:

    The East sucks.

    Toronto has been awful for a month, and yet they’re not even close to being caught for the second wild card spot. Redonk.

  53. jols101 says:

    Big Bad Bruins getting blown out 6-1 in Vancouver. 8 minutes left in 3rd. Watching this almost makes up for watching the mess that was the Habs/Isles game tonight.

  54. 007 says:

    9th place team playing the 29th place team and can only score 1-Goal don’t think I need to say more. yes we won but the 29th place team had their chances and we were lucky.

  55. Danno says:

    A garbage win is better than a beautiful loss

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  56. Say Ash says:

    Lol Yannick Weber is an absolute Bruins killer.

  57. rogieshan says:

    No disrespect to Moen and Prust, both are warriors, but neither is a top-six forward. Any line they’re on becomes in essence a third line. Offense is neutralized. I get Therrien wants a hard-nosed player to battle the corners for the skilled guys, but really.

    It’s becoming almost painful to watch Gionta in the O-zone. Will he ever beat a goalie with a clean shot again from more than 5 feet away?

  58. The_Truth says:

    Pretty impressive win by the Leafs against probably the top team in the league. That Lupul is very underrated in this league.

    As for the Habs, pretty terrible game to watch. They played very well on defence, albeit against a passive offensive team, but really didn’t look very good in the O zone, again against a weak defensive squad.

    A win is a win, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow. They have a good record, but overall, really not sure about this team.

  59. The Dude says:

    “Le but” is when I woke up….no Cup this year.

  60. Sportfan says:

    Oh the weather outside is freaking scary!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  61. goalie29 says:

    Has Parros won a fight this year? Im not too sure about the signing. he hasnt added anything to the roster at all

    Wink! – Patrick Roy

  62. sprague cleghorn says:

    Oh no! As per “You Might Also LIke”, Butch Bouchard has died yet again! That’s four times now.
    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  63. nastyHABit says:

    A real snoozefest,but i’ll take the 2………Congrats Carey!

  64. CH Marshall says:

    the last shall be first

  65. Timo says:

    LOL, I’ll catch up tomorrow morning. But I sure caught my man DD making a brilliant pass to end the game.

  66. ianism says:

    …too bad playoff OT isn’t 4vs4


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