About last night …

Underdogs never get a break.

Not from the refs, who let the Washington Capitals run roughshod over Jaroslav Halak.

And not from the sleeping Big Dogs who trailed 4-1 before waking up to turn this series around.

What?

Too pessimistic?

Hey, make no mistake: This was a catastrophe.

The Canadiens flew back to Montreal in a state of shock – and no one is feeling it more than the number one goaltender.

Jaro Halak allowed six goals on 37 shots.

He was not strong on a long shot by John Carlson that tied the game with 1:21 left.

But don’t blame Jaro for the winner.

 

The superb Nicklas Backstrom scored with Roman Hamrlik backing in and giving the Washington sniper all the time and space he needed to fire a laser.

So shall we get right into it?

Who’s in nets for Game 3?

And if it’s Jaro, how long is the leash?

The gang on L’Antichambre were on Jacques Martin pretty good.

Should he have called timeout at some point when Washington was rallying from 4-1?

Should a cerebral and instinctively undemonstrative coach have pulled a Playfair to let the refs know the Caps were mugging Halak?

Ah, what’s the point of second-guessing?

The series is tied 1-1. Few expected the Canadiens to steal a game in Washington.

They’ve knocked José Theodore out of this series … and maybe out of the playoffs.

Andrei Kostitsyn got a hat trick: nine goals in 18 playoff games, and if he played like this in the regular season, the enigmatic AK46 would be a 40-goal scorer.

The Canadiens blocked 30 shots, 12 by the team of Hamrlik and Jaro Spacek. (Hamrlik blocked seven more shots than José Theodore).

The Tomas Plekanec line has its groove back.

Benny Pouliot played a very solid two-way game.

The PK was perfect in three shorthanded situations to run their series kills to 7-for-7.

The series is a best of five, with the next two at the Bell Centre.

The coaching staff and the veteran core of the team will have to rally the room after this crushing defeat.

It ain’t over … but man, what might have been, eh?

The Canadiens had them.

They routed Theodore, they’d beaten Semyon Varlamov twice.

Norris candidate Mike Green was a mess – on the ice for three of the Canadiens’ four goals.

Alexander Ovechkin was still asleep. Alexander Semin was comatose.

Then Backstrom got in gear. The Capitals began gaining the Canadiens zone at speed.

The Canadiens’ D, superb for five periods, began backing in and making errors.

Scott Gomez, brilliant in this series, got into a pointless scrap with Tom Poti and sat for five minutes. It was a momentum changer – as was a lengthy and inexplicable video review of a play that preceded AK46’s third goal.

The Capitals made life miserable for Jaro. Mike Knuble bumped him on the Backstrom goal that made it 4-2. At one point, Poti threw Jaro out of the crease.

A Gary Bettman/Ted Leonsis conspiracy involving unscrupulous refs?

C’mon. Let’s try to be serious.

It’s the playoffs. Smash-mouth time. 

Think it’s an accident that Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen – and Travis Moen – have their names on the Stanley Cup.

Knuble et al may have unsetlled Jaro, but skill won this game.

Backstrom had a hat trick, an assist and six shots on goal.

Continuing his career pattern of huge bounce-back games, Ovechkin had a goal, three assists, six SoG and eight hits.

The Capitals came within 81 seconds of digging themselves a very deep hole in this series.

But that didn’t happen.

The NHL’s number one team bagged an emotional and inspirational W.

Can the number eight seed bounce back from a heartbreaker?

We’ll find out Monday night

•  •  •

Adam Gopnik – author, New Yorker staffer and Canadiens fan (he grew up in Montreal) – e-mails:

In 45 years of being a Canadiens fan, that may be the single most painful loss – anyway, I can’t think of another one where a key victory, opening up all kinds of horizons, was right in hand, twice, and then got away.  I think Martin is unduly passive, neither pressuring the refs about running the goalie nor really adjusting to the moment, but that may be a small point. Anyway ….ow

•  •  •

Why Michel Therrien will wait a while for his next NHL job:

He criticized Bruce Boudreau for yanking Theo.

Ridiculous, even by the homeboy-boosting standards of L’Antichambre.

 

248 Comments

  1. danedmunds says:

    …..time to pay the fiddler…. whore!!!

  2. Clay4bc says:

    You, sir, are overthinking my comment a tad too much, don’t you think? Straw men being what they are, my comment was more tongue-in-cheek.

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  3. shootdapuck says:

    And still is today!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  4. thirdstone says:

    A straw man argument is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an
    opponent’s position.[1]
    To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a
    proposition by substituting a superficially similar proposition (the
    “straw man”), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the
    original position

  5. light_n_tasty says:

    Wow

    Price in his 15 career playoff games: GAA 3.11 SAV% .895, 5 wins, 10 losses

    Wow

  6. Mr. Biter says:

    If we lose game #3 we’re toast. Let’s not worry about halak’ confidence let’s worry about winning!

  7. Mr. Biter says:

    Were you able to see the game on CBC? In Winnipeg CBC showed Wome’s curling. Had to get the game on Versus on the dish.

  8. light_n_tasty says:

    Price would have pulled off his 6-5 overtime suckout OT win like he did earlier in the season against the Caps.

  9. light_n_tasty says:

    What a bold prediction.  Way to go out on a limb there, Timmy.  

  10. showey47 says:

    I agree those goals did suck ass. But if the refs call an impartial game,you know not allow our goalie to be run at will and blow the whistle when the puck is covered or perhaps a call when markov gets a high stick right in the face right in front of them. We probably come out with a relatively easy regulation win. Can you ever,in your history of watching the habs,ever remember us getting such a free ride that the caps got tonight?

  11. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well, I’ve spent considerable time in ol’ Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City nowadayz) …and IT was never My nose I had to worry ’bout

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  12. Bob Barker says:

    I stopped going to those Asian Massage parlours when a Saigon whore bit my nose off. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7-OSYGyCA

     

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just jump for that Asian Massage …bet You will switch ONE obssession for another

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  14. Clay4bc says:

    Chris,

    re: your Gomez rage..agree 100%. I said it at the time – nursing a 4-3 lead is not the time to get into a fight. It was a bad trade-off unless he was fighting Overchkin and maybe Backstrom. We sure could have used him on that power play, but he was in the box, and instead we had Darch out there. That fight – aside from the poor reffing – may just have cost  us the game. Some disagreed with me (Primetime), but I stand by that comment.

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  15. Exit716 says:

    http://twitter.com/walsha

     

    Arie Gold agrees……

     

  16. Bob Barker says:

    A true Habs fan must shed such useless ties and completely devote one’s self to all things hockey

  17. Exit716 says:

    double post

     

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I can’t believe many of the so-called Habs’ Fans pathologically unhinged reactionary comments here …I know the comment section is not indicative of the Average Hab Fan …only those so obsessed to be willing to spend the majority of Their waking hours running around like Chicken Littles …don’t any of You have wives, girlfriends, children, relatives, or even enemies …to distract Yourselves ???

    …I mean IF You don’t …take a fifty out of Your wallet and go get an Asian massage

    …take a deep breath Guyz

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  19. Mr.Hazard says:

    If this was the regular season, we’d be celebrating: 3 out of a possible 4 points against the BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, in their own building!

    The habs have as much chance of winning Game 3 as they did Game 1. No one expected a win in WSH, no one gave us a chance.

    Everyone will automatically hand the series to the Caps now. But it’s far from over; just remember that the team never takes the easy way out (4-1 lead was just too good to be true), and remember:

    – We downed their “20-0-3” starter goaltender in 2 fell shots, then scored 3 times on Varly.
    – Their #1 PP is at a 0% conversion rate, ours is at over 25%.

    We gave WSH a run for their money, pushing them twice to OT. We have home-ice advantage right now. And if they thought the fans in D.C. were loud, they ain’t heard nothing yet.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  20. Clay4bc says:

    But….but….but….I was agreeing with you!

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  21. Tis Himself says:

    Reflecting on the frown that Bettman had on his face while looking at his watch during the Centennial ceremony in December, it’s god-awfully clear that he gives a rat’s ass damn about the Montreal Canadiens winning. If the Caps, ‘canes, ‘bolts and Ducks won the next 20 Cups, he be happier than a pig in slop.

  22. J. Ambrose says:

    Scott Gomez:  words can’t even begin to describe how angry I was seeing him get in a fight with 17 minutes to go in a game where the Habs are clinging to a one goal lead and need their leaders to lead ON THE FREAKING ICE!  That was a mind-blowing, idiotic decision by a guy who is supposed to be cerebral.  And to cap it off, I had to see Mathieu Darche on the second wave of the PP.

    Murray Wilson, on CJAD, was also less than impressed with Gomez getting into that fight. And Pierre McExcitable was also incredulous about Darche being on that PP. I sure wish I knew if that was Martin or Muller’s decision.

  23. Mr.Hazard says:

    Stubbs, for one, noted it 5 mins after the game

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  24. showey47 says:

    i agree,it’s just a piss off though. Being so close to going up 2-0 and coming home when very little people gave this team a chance to even make the playoffs,never mind make any noise in the post season. Just to have it pissed away by some garbage officiating.

  25. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …NOTHING to be ashamed about …We were Pacquio up against George Foreman

    …Foreman’s onslaught end-of-fight was WHAT they HAD to do in their own barn …Carlson and Backstrom to Me were The Difference Makers on Foreman’s side (…above and beyond some weak reffin’) …plus We lettin’-up tryin’ to defend a lead rather than keepin’ to WHAT was workin’ …Puck Possession, and forcin’ the play …allowing Foreman to load-up their power-rushes (…of course, easier said than done when playin’ a team of multiple true-superstars)

    …Halak looked ‘human’ at the wrong moments (the Carlson goal especially) …yet there is no-way You replace Him for Price unless Game 3 He completely melts down …if not for Halak We would NOT have been-up by 4-1 when We were …I don’t have as much confidence in a Price doin’ THAT as I do Jaro

    …Pacquio and Foreman went into the last 2 rounds pretty even, with an edge to Pacquio on work-rate, spirit and character

    …Foreman’s defence is SUSPECT …keep hittin’ em where it hurts

    …won’t be easy comin’ back after givin’ up a 4 point lead and takin’ a physical poundin’ at the bell …BUT NEVER count a punchin’ machine like Pacquio out

     

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  26. Clay4bc says:

    You’re absolutely correct, Priceberg – Halak should retire now, and never play another game for any team. Price is the best goalie who ever lived, and it’s time to play him every game for the rest of his career..I have never seen a goalie as bad as Halak in my 40 years as a hockey fan – not even in pee-wee. How did they ever let that bum into this league anyways – at least in a capacity other than stick-boy?

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  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because people make mistakes and you can’t hang guys on single games to decide on their worthiness as a player. Going by your logic we’d have run Roy out of town in ’89 when we lost the Cup Final to Calgary.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  28. habs001 says:

    that is true but  from those draft years we could not even develop a 20 goal scorer …how good would a 20 goal scorer look on the 3rd vs a poor caps d…

  29. TripleX says:

    “Benny Pouliot played a very solid two-way game.”

    ??  Look I know he is your golden boy Mr. Boone but really.  His giveaway directly lead to a goal?  Every time I looked he seemed to be falling to the ice.  I know this must hurt but AK had a HAT TRICK!

    We need more size on the backend like I said from the beginning.  O’Byrne needs to play to keep Ovy and company honest in front of Halak.  Darche gives the puck away which leads to a goal and he benches SK and plays Darche on the MOST crucial PP of the game and possibly the series????

  30. Exit716 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8ZkkKfg_Rw

    Listen, enjoy and relax….

     

    This is this song of the series…

     

    Freedom is just another word for nothing to left to lose.

     

    Enjoy it. We’re going to win the series.

     

  31. Tis Himself says:

    You have to come to grips with the fact that you are cheering for the Habs. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t been around for 17 years.

  32. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    that rule of going back to head office to finalize or approve a call is really suspect.

    put a TV monitor for the refs to huddle around (like the NFL)…. the NHL system really reeks of CONTROL.

  33. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you would be right if they were blown out…they weren’t…go back to your drawing board…. the only thing you should be talking about and acting on between NOW and MONDAY is marching on city hall, organizing rallys and tea parties, IS THE BASTUI&^_(*&^%ARD REF NHL REF SYNDICATED AGENDA….

    get out your pitchforks gents…this is criminal.

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    You should be a motivational speaker.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  35. Bob Barker says:

    Gainey didn’t have the luxury of being able to draft top 4 for five years in a row. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin all top 4 picks. Washington’s entire team is almost first rounders because they tanked for so many damn years. 

    The Habs this year have way more fight in them than the team that gave up last year. 

  36. Exit716 says:

    Regardless, whether the Pouliot attempt was good, it had the Bettman-approved desired effect.

     

  37. diehardhab says:

    Michel Therrien should shut his mouth! I still haven’t forgiven him for taking that stupid bench minor in the Carolina series in 2002 when we were minutes away from going up 3-1.

    Time to put Ryan NO’Byrne back in the lineup. Hopefully he can do a better job of clearing the front of the net than some of the guys tonight. Move MAB to forward and sit Darchey even though i like him, that turnover was unforgiveable. 

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  38. J. Ambrose says:

    Yawn. Going on about Halak again, are you? Wake me when you have something worthwhile to offer. Yeah, I know, I’ll be sleeping for a loooong time.

  39. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    exactly…agenda setting delay…killed our momentum at the least.

  40. light_n_tasty says:

    Stiiiiinnnnnnnkeeeerrrrrrr on the tying goal.  We all knew we would need perfect goaltending to beat Washington.  We didn’t get it tonight.  But, 2 OT games…basically how the regular season went.  One other thing…the Gomez fighting major was bad.  C’mon Gomez, we’re not paying you to sit in the penalty box!  At least take Ovechkin with you!

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because CBC policy is to employ failed ex-Bruins, the more spectacular the failure the better.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  42. Chris says:

    Somebody has to replace Don Cherry as village idiot.  PJ Stock is as good a choice as anybody.  :)

  43. habs001 says:

    the tying goal was gorges fault he backed up like most of the cap d have been doing all series gave halak no chance…the ot goal was a great shot it was like ak46 goal..snipers from that spot score a lot..if we had the technology to insert any goalie into that play very few if any would have stopped it.. the caps d and d coverage looks poor and we scored 8 goals on the with only 5 forwards provide goal scoring.i hope pouliet is not one of those players that goes on a hot strike when traded and reverts back to what he allways was…he needs balance training for a pro he is bad…we cannot win this series unless the 3rd and 4th lines score some goals…the problem is the best offensive player on those lines is sk74 but he is not good enough to create goal scoring chances for himself and his passing skills is meaningless on those lines…this is were the failure of gainey and the scouts come to light..we have not produce a 21,22,23 year old forward with any scoring abilities.

  44. Exit716 says:

    Why does PJ Stock draw a salary from tax payers?

    He’s an idiot.

    Stumble Bum.

  45. Exit716 says:

    My biggest concern, feeding into your conspiracy theory was the five to six minute delay after Kostitsyn’s goal for the review of Pouliot’s obvious non-goal.

    That turned the game completely in favour of the Capitals.

    Up until that point they had the complete momentum.

     

  46. Chris says:

    I cringed when the TSN analysts were talking in the second intermission about how the series was going back to Montreal with the Habs holding a 2-0 lead.  I had a really bad feeling that the Capitals were waking up.

    Other thoughts:

    A couple of days before the playoffs, the league sent a memo around to the teams indicating that they would be policing head shots and goaltender interference very tightly this year.  Sure you are, Gary & Colin…sure you are.  Tonight was proof positive, as if anybody needed more, that the NHL is a garage league full of incompetent referees.  Did it cost the Habs the game?  Probably not, but there is certainly an argument that could be made by Habs fans.  But I just can’t get over how the NHL can’t help but shoot itself in the foot every single year.

    The Knuble interference should have wiped out Backstrom’s first goal.  The Ovechkin goal, unfortunately, was fine…although I was still so cheesed at seeing Jaro get run and bumped on every single play that I just assumed Ovechkin pushed Halak into the net.  I will say that I am pretty amazed that the referee still had sight of the puck from his vantage point behind Halak…  😉

    Scott Gomez:  words can’t even begin to describe how angry I was seeing him get in a fight with 17 minutes to go in a game where the Habs are clinging to a one goal lead and need their leaders to lead ON THE FREAKING ICE!  That was a mind-blowing, idiotic decision by a guy who is supposed to be cerebral.  And to cap it off, I had to see Mathieu Darche on the second wave of the PP.  Ugh.

    Pouliot should get a bit of a tongue lashing for a lazy and stupid penalty in the offensive zone late in the game.  The Habs had just gotten the lead and momentum, and Pouliot promptly gave the Capitals a chance to get it right back. 

    It’s hard to be furious, as the Habs got the split and could very easily have gone home up 2 games to none.  But as Boone said, this loss is going to hurt…HUGE momentum swing in the series, and now the Habs had better come out flying in Game 3 if they have any hope of staying in this.

    PS:  I HATE those composite sticks.  Yes, Habs fans, Cammalleri deserved both penalty calls…the refs have been calling those consistently for a couple of years now. There is no way they are missing those tonight.  But those sticks break far too easily. 

  47. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    BOONE SAID……2P 6:30: How  long till the refs make this a closer game?

    folks, i hate to break it to you, but todays game is about money. Every time the Habs took or had the lead, the REFS made sure WASH would eventually prevail…where was the calls for goalie interference? 2x… and what about delay of Game on Gionta’s 2nd goal…or the multiple punches, elbows, and charging displays by that purebred idiotic neanderthal greedVechKin…American Market, American Fans, American TV dollars…its about going where the money is (or needed)… this is supposed to be playoff hockey, and i can’t believe the refs are so eager to blow their whistles! especially in the last 2 minutes? do they want to effect the outcome? isn’t that absurd?…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…its agenda.

    just look at the banter coming out of TSN… are these guys for real?…absolutely. They are catering to an American audience…it was no different than watching a WASHINGTON FEED…

    the game is rigged/fixed/illegal on so many levels it should be abolished in its present form.

    Our boys played their hearts out again and again, but its not just the on ice battles they are up against, too bad, and sad, but its the world we live in..every single thing is about money.

     

  48. 100HABS says:

    So did I – I went straight to the comments, and it confirmed that there was no reason to read the rest!

  49. showey47 says:

    “There may or may not be a conspirancy but hey it would be a disaster for the NHL to lose the Caps in the first round”-which was why i wanted nothing to do with the pens or caps as 1st round opponents. Conspiracy or not,there is no way we would have gotten away with the crap the caps got away with tonight.

  50. J. Ambrose says:

    Man! A lot of negativity here. Okay, we were close to gettin’ out of the city-without-a-State with two wins. But who among you expected that we’d be flying home to YUL with even one win? Another fantastic effort by the troops with forwards hustling back (Pouliot, in particular, has impressed me with his back-checking the past two games), and snoozing scorers coming back to life. Before the game, I said that I hoped AK would start using that lightning fast release of his, instead of trying to dipsy-doodle, and he did just that. And Spacek, Gorges, and Gill continued to play stellar defense.

    However, we didn’t get the same performance from lines 3 & 4 as we did in game one, and Jaro failed to stop a couple he’d normally stop. But he also had to deal with kamikaze attacks by Caps forwards all night. And we were victimized by a series of ridiculous calls, and even more glaring: the non-calls.

    All in all, the lads should return heads held high. Ovie, Backstrom et al come to our turf now. Jaro will bounce back, and our top two lines are once again in high gear. And come Thursday morning, we may be flying back to Dulles airport in dull Washington leading 3 games to one.

     

  51. longtimehabsfan says:

    Keep the faith people.  A Rangers fan friend of mine at work told me the Habs have a good chance in this series.  He said his Rangers took the Caps to seven last year and that he thought the Habs have more talent than the Rangers had last year.  I throw this out there only because we all no how hard it is for us Habs fans to be objective. We’re just so passionate about our team.

  52. Tis Himself says:

    You’re right. With his 1.00 save percentage thus far in the series, Price should get the nod in Game 3.

    My bad. I forgot momentarily that you can’t divide by zero.

  53. Norm0770 says:

    I stopped reading after your first sentence because you obviously did not watch the game.  Theodore got pulled after the second goal.

  54. Tis Himself says:

    If someone said the Habs could play the Caps in a best-of-five series and that they would have home-ice advantage would you have taken it? I sure would have!

    The Caps lost just five games at home all season and we almost copped two in their building. Nothing to be upset about here.

  55. habsfaninboston says:

    Please go away!

  56. danedmunds says:

    man you should take my avatar

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    Respectfully disagree, JM must give Halak a chance to bounce back against the Capitals and settle the score, 3 of those goals were not his fault and only occured because of illegal play on him by the Capitals, he allowed bad goals but you can’t drop him now with the hope Price stones the Capitals because if he falters in Game 3, Halak’s confidence will have taken a hit if JM chooses to flip goalies then and he won’t have a good option to play either of his guys in Game 4.

    Game 3 should be Halak’s to win or lose, if he falters and bad goals cost us the game, put Price in Game 4 but you can’t mess around with your goalie assignments so early. We need to get a real test of Jaro’s mettle for the big games.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  58. The Nut says:

    Boone usually I agree with the stuff you say but I will disagree with your comment of “skill won this game” because skill did not win this game, terrible officiating won this game. The Caps 2nd, 3rd, and 4th goal should not have counted. Yet give a guy a measly little slash that breaks and stick that would have broken anyways and you get a penalty. BS!!! And on the play where Halak was being dragged out of the net how do you not call a goaltender interference penalty on that? And then the puck is down at the other end 10 seconds later and Camm takes a slashing penalty. Come on!! There may or may not be a conspirancy but hey it would be a disaster for the NHL to lose the Caps in the first round.

  59. habs4cup says:

    let’s face it, habs scored 4 goals mostly because of weak goaltending by Theodore.

    habs will not win Monday, Wednesday or Friday. this series is officially over. all the momentum is with Wash, thanks to very goaltending from Halak.

    habs will not recover. They will come out dead on Monday, no emotion, and by the end of the 1st period Halak will be yanked. But it will be over by then so who cares.

    all season long, habs have been unable to protect leads why should tonight be any different.

    they lost because of JM’s system: passive resistance. habs never learn from their mistakes.

    every time they tried to protect a lead during the season, they lost the game. remember the game vs Buffalo?

    If JM is still the coach next year, nothing will change. JM=LOSER!

    this team will never win with JM. I hoope Mr. Molson was watching JM when he didn’t call a timeout, or when he didn’t yell at the refs for the lack of calls or interference on Halak.

    It’s disgraceful that JM calls himself a coach. he’s done like toast. once a loser. always a loser.

  60. Exit716 says:

    I guess my official Reebok Koivu T-shirt tonight was bad luck…Damn you Giant Tiger for buying surplus stock….

     

  61. deuce6 says:

    I don’t know about you, but in the regualar season highsticking and interference is still a penalty, but I guess that only applies to the Habs..No matter how you wanna twist it, the reffing was below professional standards..They were intimidated by the crowd and it swayed their calls/non calls..Maybe Alex Burrows had something there..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  62. Mr. Biter says:

    Halak may have played great in game one but tonight he sucked. He does not seem to play well under pressure.  let in 4 goals in 15 shots from the end of the 2nd. period to the overtime winner. Just my opinion but he seems to play great with no preseure on him but when it’s 0n the line he  folds like a cheap suit. Last 2 goals wrist shots from well out easy shots both go in. Price had better start on Monday. This is not to demene what Halak has done during the year but when  we needed great goalteading down the stretch to get one measly point, he again folded and except for the 1st game against Washington, (but again no pressure) he has been BAD. No references to spelling & bad grammer as too many libations during the game. And also no big complaints about the refs.Called the cheap trips and slashes on both teams and let the boys play hockey (no real goonery ala Boston/Buffalo).

    Booneee, if you have any stroke with the habs organization, How about dumping the usual national anthem singer (who’s okay) but for us older fans and the younger ones  Play a tape of Roger Doucet belting out the National Anthem on Monday night. No one ever did it better and no one ever got the crowd into a game as listening Mr. Doucet do the national anthem. And The Habs need a lift after losing this one which min the bag.

     

    “Ladies the spirt is willing , but the flesh is weak”

    Zap Brannigan

  63. Exit716 says:

    Vancouver gives up two goals in less than two minutes.

  64. B says:

    The pundits figured Washington would knock out Montreal in three games. Instead, Montreal took away home advantage, chased the Caps starting goalie and forced the mighty Caps into overtime to salvage a single win out of the first two games in their own barn against the lowly Habs. Sounds like a good start to me. I can’t wait until Monday. Go Habs Go!

  65. Rob D says:

    I was disappointed but really, the Habs displayed a lot of pluck and verve to gain the lead. They also continued to cough up horrible giveaways in their own zone and mostly got away with it..till they didn’t. J.Martin had the D playing back and at one point, only CAmmy was in deep on his shift. That was pulling the dogs off and I think that was the momentum swing. They had to keep attacking..small team that can forecheck..not a team that can sit back. I hate to say it. but I think they lost their chance to win the series. I really do. This Washington team is bogus defensively but they can light you up in a NY minute. Halak let in at least one bad one but I am really not too down on him. I am a huge Price fan, BTW..heee hee..but I don’t want to argue about who should be in net. Halak has earned his playoff start and I don’t expect that will change.

    I don’t hate Martin, but he just doesn’t get it. IN the new NHL, you can’t sit back unless you have big grinders who can control the puck and the board play. Phoenix did that very well against DEt. in game one I thought.

    Other things: Cammy took a couple of brain dead penalties, Halak too a lot of abuse but that’s the playoff level calls we can expect. Run the goalie at your leisure. WE should take note and do the same thing.

    This team is pretty marginal but I like them. Lots of heart and lots of “wanna” even from Laps who I had totally written off after his pathetic season. They don’t have the horses but I’ll still be glued to the TV for Game 3. Just a HUGE game. Must win.

     

     


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