About last night …


The topic around breakfast tables and office water coolers Tuesday morning will not be your Montreal Canadiens’ tenser-than-it-should-have-been win over Florida.
That’s old news … and it will be even older by 11 a.m., when TSN and RDS present live coverage of the announcement hockey fans have been debating and awaiting for weeks.
Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman will tell us which NHL payers he and his staff have chosen to represent Canada at the Winter Olympic Games next month in Russia.
In the 514 and 450 area codes, we’e hoping Stevie Y’s announcement includes one name in particular:
P.K. Subban.

Carey Price – who was brilliant against Florida, especially during a 16-shot third-period fusillade – will be going to Sochi.

Max Pacioretty, who had nine shots on goal and four hits against the Panthers, has already been named to Team USA.

Raphael Diaz, who watched his teammates win from the pressbox, will be on Switzerland’s team in Sochi.

Andrei Markov, who played 25:39 against Florida and blocked five shots, almost certainly will be named to Team Russia, as will Alexei Emelin … notwithstanding recent struggles that stretched through the Monday night game.

Tomas Plekanec, who hustled down the ice to harass  Ed Jovanovski and set up Brian Gionta for the winning goal, has been named captain of the Czech Republic’s Olympic team – quite an hour, considering the roster includes Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias.

Peter Budaj, who was a loser in the Canadiens’ previous two games against Florida, is a fair bet to be Jaro Halak’s backup on Team Slovakia.

That’s an impressive list: seven Canadiens Olympians.

Eight would be great.

P.K. played 27:26 against Florida. Only the Panthers’ Brian Campbell – with an insane 32:07 – had more time on ice.

Subban had two giveaways, neither of which cost the Canadiens. He also skated miles, lugged the puck into the Florida zone, made tape-to-tape passes to teammates on the fly … and skated to the penalty box without a murmur of protest.

If Yzerman snubs P.K. Tuesday morning, Twitter will explode, Pauline Marois will call a snap referendum and misguided protestors will march on the Y.

L’Antichambre had an interesting segment pegged to Plekanec’s captaincy of the Czech Olympic team.  

Assuming, as many do, that the Canadiens will let Brian Gionta walk this summer, should the C be sewn on jersey number 14?

I think so. Josh Gorges is the other obvious candidate, and Plekanec is a more skilled and valuable player … if, on the evidence of the 24CH series, much less vocal in the room.

Mathieu Darche offered another suggestion, one that took the other L’Antichambre panelists by surprise:

Darche said P.K. should be the next captain.

Hey, why not? P.K. and Price, who are pals, are the best players on the team. And Subban is going to be the highest-paid Canadien.

Fans would certainly love it. The Bell Centre comes alive every time Subban touches the puck.

They haven’t had much else to cheer.

Before the game began, RDS showed some stats indicating the Canadiens’ recent struggles:

• 11 games in a row with fewer than 30 shots on goal

• 12 games without winning two straight in regulation

• Three or more goals against in six of the previous seven games.

The Canadiens had 35 shots on Tim Thomas.

They held the Panthers to one goal.

We’ll have to wait until Wednesday night in Philadelphia to see if they can win consecutive games in regulation.

That might not happen if the Flyers get 16 shots in the third period, like Florida did.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien compared Carey Price to a closer in baseball. But a 16-shot barrage, while protecting a one-goal lead, is like going to the bullpen with the bases loaded, no one out and Miguel Cabrera striding toward the batter’s box.

A win is a win, and this one – the Canadiens’ 25th of the season – nudged them past Tampa Bay into second place in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference.

The David Desharnais line played well, as evidenced by all those shots for Pacioretty and all those close encounters between Brendan Gallagher and Tim Thomas.

Daniel Brière didn’t score and had few third-period shifts. But he’s looking as comfortable as he has all season with fellow veterans Plekanec and Gionta.

Travis Moen – heroic as the clock ticked down with Thomas on the bench for an extra attacker – had more ToI than Brandon Prust, Rene Bourque, Alex Galchenyuk and Brière.

And in less than 10 minutes of ice time, Michaël Bournival had two shots, two hits and blocked five shots.

It wasn’t pretty, and the Canadiens will need more than 40 minutes to win in Philadelphia and not a second less than 60 when the Stanley Cup champions come to the Bell Centre on Saturday.

But the crowd went home happy … and that good feeling among Canadiens fans will last at least until Steve yzerman steps up to the microphone.





  1. Storman says:

    Holy FFFFFFFF Crap,, Yzerman can not speak any worse, he is a complete vocal ear ache, and eye sore on TV can he blink anymore, lift your head up dude.

  2. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Not enough speed. Not by a long shot.

  3. ont fan says:

    Looking at the brain trust up there. All the games they have watched and our armchair GMs have so many doubts. Lol.

  4. Timo says:

    Wow, THAT was painful but overall I am glad PK and Carey are on this team. The rest I don’t care.

  5. Storman says:

    Stevie Y’s the art of not speaking publicly.

  6. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Strummer! You ⭐️

  7. Strummer says:

    Before I make this post i would like to thank everyone on the site and say what an honour it is to post here and how hard everyone worked and how many posts they saw in the course of the last 6 months to make this post and and that our objective is to post a gold medal post here and if i spoke French I would post the same stuff again in French, Thank You.
    Do I get a jacket?

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

  8. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Man, Princess Phaneuf has to be pissed! Captain of Canada’s Team, one of the greatest players ever to put on the tiara!

  9. Maritime Ronn says:

    What’s the over/under in minutes for the Pauline Marois press conference?

  10. Habfan29 says:

    No Tyler Seguin, where will the speed come from, certainly not Nash!!!!

  11. Walmyr says:

    No giroux?…no st louis?…

  12. Gerry H says:

    Risky, risky, risky. Stamkos I get (despite the injury). Kunitz and Marleau? Not so sure.

  13. Storman says:

    The only thing that could cap this crap festival is for them all to stand and listen to someone screwing up the National Anthem.

  14. sCOTT1243 says:

    Hamhuis, Carter and Nash….ouch. Russia’s gonna smoke us.

  15. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    If Kunitz played on another team, he would not even have a chance to make this team. If Crosby is the best player in the world, why does he need him??? Martin St. Louis is 10x the player Kunitz is. Also Nash has been terrible this year. Yzerman just screwed over one of his best players…I would not want to play for this guy.

  16. Luke says:

    Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith

    Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, PK Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber

    Forwards: Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews

  17. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    I’ll never get the first 25 minutes of that ceremony back. Ugh.

  18. Cal says:

    Hamhuis makes it and we were doubting if PK would make it? Sheesh!

  19. Say Ash says:

    St.Louis snubbed by his own GM

  20. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Wait! No Bobby Ryan?

  21. Luke says:

    Don’t spoil the choices folks.

    I’m waiting for the director’s cut.

  22. Timo says:

    Kuniz… Meh. Same for Marleau

  23. boonie says:

    PK on the team. The greatest media hoax since the moon landing can now officially end.

  24. Lafrich says:

    Is Gionta a dual citizen? Is it possible?!?!?!

  25. Timo says:

    Sorry… did I miss Doughty? They DID include Doughty, right?

  26. Habfun says:

    Just saw it on TSN, Galchenyuk will be out six weeks with a broken hand.

    It\\\’s all about the CH

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Phew! That was close! HIO’s SWAT team can stand down now!

  28. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    PK! Biggest cheer yet!

  29. Psycho29 says:

    PK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!

  30. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Never in doubt…

  31. Timo says:

    Biggest cheer for Subban. And Hamhuis… really?

  32. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    This is the LAST stuff which requires translation. What is wrong with these people?

  33. Lafrich says:


  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Toronto has just gone into a deep freeze, no Princess on Team Canada

  35. Psycho29 says:

    Is this the actual announcements? Or just the bloopers?


  36. sprague cleghorn says:

    PK, sure, but where’s MAB?

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    PK, never a doubt!

  38. Timo says:

    THIS needs translation?

  39. Luke says:

    taking longer than a Jason Allison shootout….

  40. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Did he say “duck-wrenching”?

  41. Mattyleg says:

    “I’d just like to point out how important we all are. Far, far more important than the players, we’d like to think (wait for applause), so we’re going to take half the day expressing our thoughts, our deepest reflections, and perhaps we can learn something about ourselves… but most importantly, you can learn something about us. Because WE are Team Canada.

    Thank you.

    Oh, the team list will be spelled out, letter by letter, by the RCMP Winter Ride Squad, to the accompaniment of Shania Twain, in her hometown of Timmins.”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. Adidess says:

    “While we have your attention, we would also like to ask who here is interested in the Olympics, show of hands please!!!

    We also want to point out this process was a really enjoyable one. We have worked really hard and we are excited about announcing the selection, which we will do once we have said everything that needs to be said and everything else that does not need to be said. Thank you for your patience. And now for the announcement, once we finish hearing from everybody on this panel and once we stop thanking everyone who is related to us.”

  43. Timo says:

    About effing time. Morons.

  44. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    I missed the last Olympics on account of heart surgery…listening to this crap is worse than the the lead-up to that, the actual surgery, and the months of recovery!! Give us the names already!!!!

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    Price Yes!!! Never a doubt

  46. OMG this is Funny!

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Summit Member

  47. habstrinifan says:

    GEEZ! I hope the actual TEAM plays better than the people (EEVERYONE) at this ceremony.

  48. Storman says:

    Some one tag up, get him out of there

  49. ABHabsfan says:

    They have thanked about everyone except us! We are clearly the most knowledgeable hockey people anywhere in Canada and I am sure they have researched here before the final decisions

    “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  50. Lafrich says:

    Can someone play the music that they play at the Oscars when the speech goes too long?

  51. CJ says:

    Stevie Y seems to be struggling. I hope he isn’t setting us up for a major surprise.

  52. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Oh sweet sweet lord, why so much preamble and thanking the same 5 people 1,000 times?

  53. Luke says:

    LeBrun tweet: PK Subban made Team Canada

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