About last night …


A win is a win.
And a Canadiens loss to Carolina at the Bell Centre Tuesday night would have been calamitous.
But Carey Price was on his game, the Canadiens ended the longest losing streak of their season and Michel Therrien is safe in his job.
At least until Friday morning.
The Canadiens play in Boston Thursday night.
That game will provide the true test of whether the good ship CH has righted itself.

Shall we get the negatives out of the way first?

Carolina was playing its fifth game in seven days – the brutal result of a postponement due to bad weather in the U.S.

How did this tired team against the Montreal Canadiens, who had been idle since Saturday?

The Hurricanes lost on the scoreboard. But the stat sheet suggests Carolina spent an inordinate amount of time in possession of the puck and directing it toward the Canadiens net.

The visitors had 36 shots on Price. The Canadiens blocked 27 shots – led by Josh Gorges with seven and Andrei Markov with five. Carolina missed the net 12 times.

That tallies up to 75 times Carolina directed pucks toward Price.

The Canadiens had 30 shots on Anton Khudobin. Carolina blocked 10, and 8 missed the net. Total: 48.

The ostensibly tired team won the puck possession battle 75-48. If that happens in Boston Thursday night … well, maybe Price will pull a Ken Dryden, circa 1971, on the Bruins.

Let’s hope he doesn’t have to.

The Canadiens will travel to Boston having resolved (for the moment) a couple of issues that troubled them during their losing streak.

• Lars Eller – who looked, during the left-wing experiment, about as comfortable as Stephen Harper in a mosque – was back at centre, with Brandon Prust and a surprisingly energetic Rene Bourque.

• Michaël Bournival, who was nine years old when Brian Gionta played his first NHL game, brought speed, physicality and youthful energy to his LW duties with the captain and Tomas Plekanec.

More positives:

• Another solid game for Nathan Beaulieu, who played 15:01, blocked a couple shots and looked good in his 1:44 of power-play time.

• Douglas Murray played a solid 17 minutes, including 3:10 on the penalty kill.

• David Desharnais, whose line was jumping all night, went 13-5 on faceoffs. Plekanec was 14-9.

• Alexei Emelin led both teams with four hits.


• As per the possession stats cited above, the Canadiens spent too much time in their own end, a tired team forechecking them effectively and forcing too many bad passes and turnovers.

• Daniel Brière played 8:36, mostly on the fourth line – less ToI than anyone except George Parros, whose one-year contract  is for $7 million less than Brière is going to make through next season.

But hey, the Canadiens got two points to solidify their hold on an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff perth. They’re a point behind Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division, and  the Canadiens have two games in hand.

On to Boston.






  1. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How do I get my avatar back? This site is driving me nuts.

  2. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I watched the game and as Boone stated, a win is a win, I was not very impressed with the effort. Carolina controlled the game despite 5 games in 7 nights & if it wasn’t for Carey Price it would’ve definitely been a loss. Too bad this win gives Therrien a stay of execution.

    • nunacanadien says:

      I agree, the game started and you could see that the boys were given a riot act order by Therrien, but honestly when the boys revolt against the coach, then you know something is wrong.

      What do I mean by this? I say that Therrien with his abusive style is not winning with this lacklustre bunch of washed up veterans.

      The kids can’t pass, the veterans pass with their stick poke checks to the kids and what ends up happening game after game is they give it away. The habs can’t pass the puck to save their lives. They don’t know how to set up a play.

      That is what a coach should be for. To take advantage of the skill set and to help to set up plays. So far all we’ve seen under Therrien et.al. is a bunch of habs who can skate fast, pass the puck fast, but honestly you need to be set up to make a play, you need to have players in the right spot to get a good shot like Gorges was for instance.

      But those games are rare. The habs are lazy that is all. They need a tougher guy than Therrien. He is just a nasty nasty. They need a real coach who can kick ass like Bowman did. Shape them up, and like Bowman, maybe even get a Howie Meeker to come in and insult the players with the hockey basics. It solved Frank Mahavolich and his brothers’ lack of passing, and hey it helped set up Lafleur’s booming shot, Howie Meeker did.

      That is what the habs need, they need to get back to the basics. Fire Therrien. Dump Gionta, stop signing small washed veterans no one wants. This getting of players by committee of Coors is wrong, it did not help us dump Bourque. The habs are bureaucratized to death with this ownership committee…..

  3. --Habs-- says:

    Price can’t walk on water every night. When he’s not walking on water he’s the best out there and when he’s the best out there the Habs loose on many occasions! So the Habs better do something about the requirement of Price walking on water every night.

    “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

    • Luke says:

      That’s what sucks when your best player is the goalie.

      If Crosby has an off night, there are 11 other forwards still skating and playing. When the goalie has an off night… well… it’s in the back of the net.

  4. Mattyleg says:

    I think there has been an interpretation problem with reference to the ‘grinding’ comment.

    I was confused last night when Pacioretty said that the way the Habs were going to win as a team was to grind and wear down opponents.

    I thought, “huh? Wha?” but then he finished by saying “…by using our speed, getting around behind defencemen, and wearing them down with our speed.”

    I thought, “oh, is that what MT means by ‘grinding’?” Using speed to grind away at a team’s energy. Hmm.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. chemic says:

    how people here trying to read stuff out of 24CH is beyond me since the only purpose of this edited show is to entertain.

  6. jols101 says:

    Patches is awesome. So he doesn’t drive to the net every time, big deal. The guy is the only pure sniper we have. His contract at 4.5 million is a steal. Every player has some warts in his game, including Patches, but he is a cornerstone piece in this franchise. Many other things to worry about on this team, he isn’t one of them.

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      Precisely why he shouldn’t be considered as trade bait. Unless we get an offer that we can’t refuse.

    • Luke says:

      There is a saying, often attributed (on the internet) to Einstein:

      ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’

      It’s very applicable here. They didn’t ask Dino Ciccarelli to play like Ray Sheppard. Why expect Patches to play like Gallagher?

  7. habs-hampton says:

    TSN headline: “Price bounces back”.

    I don’t get this crap! Did any of these guys watch the last 4-5 games. Price wasn’t the problem and didn’t need to bounce back. he just needed to continue what he was doing and hope the other 19 guys showed up. Fine, his numbers took a dive over the last couple of weeks, but could ANYONE have good numbers in those games?

    A guy at work said its good to see Price finally got it back together, but again he hasn’t seen them play.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I agree. I’m not sure I’ve seen goalies get pulled when it was any more obvious that he was not the problem. Was still the right move and I like that Therrien spoke to Carey and (I assume) told him exactly that when he got to the bench.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • JF says:

      I felt the same annoyance as you when I heard them say they found Price’s play “reassuring.” Price was one of the few guys on the team who actually played well during the bad stretch. To be fair to the TSN crew, they obviously can’t watch all the games and have to rely to a large extent on stats. However, even watching just the highlights of those bad games should have shown them that Price was hung out to dry.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Amen to that. May be Saturday against the Caps wasn’t one of his best performances but Price has been the only bright spot during the ugly streak.

  8. jols101 says:

    Where’s Chucky? Broken bone in his hand, must be healed by now? Where is that kid? I miss him.

    • Vladdy Mondavi says:

      I second that thought.

      His absence has been felt with the Habs’ recent woes. Obviously, not the defensive woes, but the lack of scoring woes.

      Opinions are like kittens, I’m giving them away.

  9. shiram says:

    A healthy Drewiske and Nathan Beaulieu making his case to stay on the team will put pressure on Bergevin to make a move.
    8 Defense man on one way contracts.
    Popular choice for a move is Diaz, but you have to figure he won’t net much return as a rental.
    Could they just bury Drewiske in Hamilton?

    • CJ says:

      Yes, with no cap implications.

    • Phil C says:

      They would just risk losing him to waivers.

      • shiram says:

        Would that be so bad? I get that depth is important, but even without Drewiske we’d have 7 one way Dmen, and then there’s Beaulieu.

        • CJ says:

          I’d put Bouilion on waivers before sending Drewiski down. The guy played 9 games with us last year and had 3 points. He has size, is mobile, and didn’t hurt the team in the 5/6 position. I got to see him once live and felt he was decent. Nothing spectacular, but a good depth guy.

          • shiram says:

            I get that, but seeing as they gave Bouillon a deal to retire as Habs, sending him on waivers would be a slap in his face.
            I doubt we it happen.

        • Phil C says:

          Waivers is not the end of the world. If you can’t trade him, he is not worth much anyways.

          • nunacanadien says:

            Let Bouillon retire in Montreal. We need at least one good news story, after all, we let many old washed up veterans spend many a good last year here in Bob Gainey’s Crazy Emporium for Washed Up Veterans and Rookies who are too skinny center, you know the one you guys bought with your bricks? Let Bouillon retire.

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      If Beaulieu stays steady, then trade Diaz for a draft choice. Better than losing him for nothing.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I would like to think team would first see if Drewiskie is a better option than some of the other Dman. Then send one of them down. Over half of Murray’s contract can be buried, or do that with Frankie B.

  10. stevieray says:

    was it just me or was Gionta a turnover machine last nite .

  11. Donkey Hoat says:

    Mike Boone states:
    “The Canadiens play in Boston Thursday night.
    That game will provide the true test of whether the good ship CH has righted itself.”

    He is right, sort of.

    It all depends on which Canadiens team shows up in Boston; last night’s team, or the one that got flattened by Washington a few nights ago.

    • adadi says:

      Doesn’t matter if they win as long as they compete. If they revert to grinding again they will not compete. Habs strength is speed. For the rest, ” in Price we trust”.

      • Donkey Hoat says:

        That’s the hard part to decipher, isn’t it?
        We seem not to stick to winning formulae/line-ups.
        Maybe Eller will go back to the wing, or Bournival will get 4th line minutes, etc etc
        Or maybe we’ll revert to dump-and-chase.
        Who can tell, in the topsy-turvy world of Michel Therrien?

        I think the compete was there last night because M. Therrien finally gave them the tools necessary to accomplish that.

      • JF says:

        Agree that the win is not that important. But they absolutely have to show up and compete hard. They usually play well against the Bruins, so I’m thinking it’ll be a good game and probably close. But they’re not very likely to win.

    • Sportfan says:

      Boston usually brings the best of us, well most of the time anyway. In Boston the games get really violent, but hopefully they can enrage Rask and have him fall again :P.

      Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  12. adadi says:

    Norman Flynn, a French reporter actually said that Habs need to be playing more of the run and gun game since it suits their body size. Says MT needs to make that adjustment for the rest of the season.

    • nunacanadien says:

      Hey Toronto based Coors which owns the habs wants the habs to suck, so they waste their biggest contracts on washed up veterans like Gomez, and we are stuck with Gionta, and now Briere, who is not as bad at coughing up the puck like Gionta, at least Briere passes the puck away before he is knocked over.

  13. B says:

    Pacioretty is among the top 15 in goals scored and top 10 in goals per game.

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • adadi says:

      Where is he in +/-?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        4 of the 14 goalscorers ahead of him have worse plus minus, the rest are ahead of him.

        He is presently in a 6 way tie for 15th in goal scoring.

        • adadi says:

          To be a positive contributor to your team you need to do more than score goals. I’ve said it before that Patches has a great shot. But his overall game is sub par.

          • CJ says:

            What about Kessel? What does he do? Bobby Ryan? For just over $4 million a season, Pacioretty is neck and neck with Kyle Turris for best contracts in the NHL.

            It’s like Douglas Murray. We are paying him $1.5 million dollars. What do people want? You want a guy who scores, hits and fights? Get ready to pay for that type of player.

            Lastly, you conveniently fail to mention that Pacioretty is also used, albeit sparingly, to kill penalties. Neither Kessel or Bobby Ryan do that.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Well, you’re proving to have some intersting comments, to say the least. We all have opinions. While I think Max could improve some aspects of his play, a 30+ goal scorer is a positive for this team. I think he’ll probably improve those aspects, but he rarely costs us goals and he seems to provide them at the most important times.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Phil C says:

            Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in hockey. Plus-minus dos not tell the whole story. He has been on the ice fo 46 GF and 32 GA. He definitely helps them win.

        • shiram says:

          6th in the league for goals as a left wing.
          Not too shabby, considering he missed bunch of games.

        • B says:

          4 of the 6 he is tied with are minuses as well. Bums.

          –Go Habs Go!–

      • CJ says:

        Hey Adadi, what is your impression of Erik Karlsson? What’s his plus minus?

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I think he’s also up there in game winning goals.

      But he doesn’t face wash the opposition during scrums.

  14. zephyr says:

    it was an entertaining game for a change. why is it that other teams pinch their dmen in on the boards & keep us penned in nearly every time? all we ever do is try to pound it along the boards & most of the time it doesn’t work & leads to needless turnovers. that’s where I think we’re outcoached. it’s not like they pay a price for pinching in either. how many odd-man breakouts have we had? there has to be a better way (with something like a triangle offense in hoops) where we can move the puck out without being so predictable & unimaginative. ugh.
    murray was a stud again. I’m really liking this guy. opponents pay a price for being near him & he wins his individual battles every time. only subban & emelin can some close in our own end.
    bourque is 1 of only 4 big forwards on our team that can score. u don’t trade guys like that – even when they’re slumping.
    dd was a whiz with the puck again. he & gallagher are both assets. gio is just ok & briere is done. we have no depth so those guys have to play for now but things ought to change for next year – maybe by the trade deadline if we’re lucky.

    • krob1000 says:

      Becuase they play with a high forward…Montreal tends to cycle low a lot so the Dmen know if there is no support from a high foreard they can’t pinch too aggressively at that point for a fear of conceding a back pressure less 2 on 1 if puck chipped by. On most rim arounds the high forward is there in time and the Habs D do pinch. ALso several of the Habs d are not the most prolific skaters (Markov..although he pinches the most), Murray, Bouillon, Emeli,etc). They are all a bit more conservative. Beaulieu’s speed and hockey sense will lead to more of what you are asking for beacuse he has a bit more of a cushion with his speed….but it is still dependant on a certain percentage of plays on whether or not there is a forward high enough to be a safeguard or whether or not the other team is playing collapsed or has their forwards worry more about the points.

  15. Walmyr says:


    some additional blah blah blah by myself (probably you read about all this already)…

    – Good play who led to Prust’s goal. In fact Prust-Eller-Bourque played well together.

    – Good to watch again Eller playing as Centre. Played a better game than his previous as Winger. A big body Centre, capable of playing in both zones, kill penalties, help in the PP…why put him on the wing???

    – Our PK units are good. Real good. It is always nice to watch. Sometimes is better than 5×5 (and PP!!!). When we have the puck our transition is amazing. If we could score half of the score chances we created (not only last night…).

    – Price is a franchise player. No need to remind anyone about that, right?

    – Bournival back with Pleks and Gionta. Someone could explain to me why this took so long?…good for him to have the chance to play with these two vets.

    – Beaulieu can’t go back to Hamilton. Playing with confidence, doing the little things and using his speed and skills wisely since his return (call up).

    – About Murray. What about him, really?…he is playing the way he can, the way the coach is asking. Skating problems?…for sure…(as Parros, BTW). And last night he played a OK game. And we know Murray is only capable of play a OK game. So what about Murray, really?

    So any chance we play against a tired team on thursday?!…I have no problem with that!!!…and I am pretty sure that Boston, Carolina, Toronto or any other team in the league would love to play against a tired Montreal Canadiens…after all everyone wants to have a better chance to win…

    Habs = PRICEless

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Nice post Walmyr. I mean it’s slightly too positive for this site, but I like that you take risks….and I agree with pretty much everything you wrote.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  16. adadi says:

    Is there a stat that shows how man posts each team has hit this season? I’d like to see how the Habs stack up in the lack of finish department.

  17. Mattyleg says:

    On the ‘Douglas’ Murray thread below:

    Another thing that drives me NUTS about Pierre Mcguire is that he gives everyone nicknames, even when they don’t use them!!
    I can understand ‘Scotty’ Hartnell, because he went by that name for a little while, but when I heard him say “The Habs would have been in a lot of trouble in the 70s if it hadn’t been for Kenny Dryden,” I threw up in my mouth a bit.

    I’m pretty sure that NOBODY calls, or has ever called, Ken Dryden ‘Kenny’. And that that dingbat tried to insinuate some kind of closeness and complicity between himself and Dryden by giving him a kind of pet-name enraged me.



    I’m okay.

    No more coffee.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      It’s part of his shtick I would think, giving people nicknames like that implies some sort of familiarity.
      But yeah Kenny Dryden is vomit inducing.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Ok….molehills, Matty, molehills.

      I enjoy McGuire for much of what he seems to know about almost every player…but…everyone has opinions. I happen to think he knows a lot about hockey…others disagree. Where it gets too much for me is when fans make it personal and call him names like children. At the very least, he seems like a really nice guy who cares for his family a great deal and seems very genuine on the radio….”have a great night, everybody…take care of your families”.
      I just like the guy, and I’m convinced that I’ve learned a lot from him…except maybe the real nicknames of players in the NHL….?

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Whenever I refer to you to my friends, I call you Leggo, hope you don’t mind, but I want my friends to know that you and I are really good buds. 😉

    • monmick says:

      Yeah. Dryden went by “The Kenner”…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • boing007 says:

      McGuire knows everybody, their families and friends yada yada yada.
      Give it a rest, Pierre.

      Richard R

  18. habs-hampton says:

    Overall I liked the effort, even from Bourque.

    One thing I didn’t like was in the 2nd period MaxPac had a great opportunity to drive the net on a one-on-one, but instead he tried a back pass that didn’t work. He had the dman beat wide. Later Eller had a similar chance and did the same thing. These 2 big guys HAVE to drive the net there. You just know that if Gally was going in there, either the puck, the goalie, Gally or all 3 would end up in the net.

  19. Propwash says:

    Is it just me, or did anyone else notice they stopped the dump and chase and actually carried the puck into the o-zone?


    • adadi says:

      Right you are. That is the key for this team. However watch for the more “grinding” type of hockey in Boston and therefore another blowout.

    • desertman says:

      You guys talk as if the dump and chase is the end of the world. It depends on who you play but it is a good strategy at times.

      If a team clogs up your neutral zone then you start the break close to your own blue line, get the puck to a winger on the red line, and F1 and F2 fly through the center and the opposite wing, while F3 dumps the puck in from the red line. This ensures that you beat the trap, especially if you have fast forwards to win puck retrieval.

      Skating through a clogged up neutral zone is silly and its how New Jersey won most of their cups.

    • boing007 says:

      They finally penetrated the o-zone layer.

      Richard R

  20. SmartDog says:

    When I watch 24CH my impression of Therrien is that he says the same cliche things over and over. And the players in response look bored. Don’t get me wrong – there are times when he seems to say the right thing and to get them focused…. but there seems to be a lot more of “we need to play better”. Some of this is normal. I just don’t hear much that’s interesting and I don’t see respect in the players.

    I think there’s a reason Therrien’s teams sputter out mid-season. He’s got a song and dance and he repeats it. To keep the players attention you need to see things they don’t. You need insight and ideas – things that will HELP them play better. Therrien seems to be of the Josh Gorges school of leadership. A “let’s go boys” guy in a “here’s what you need to do” league.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • shiram says:

      They interviewed Muller last night before the game, on RDS, and his candor and ability to communicate was just so great!
      It had my wondering if within the coaching staff we had that one guy that could talk freely with the team, as Therrien does not seem to be it.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I think it’s a very good idea to base your impression of Therrien off 24CH.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Matty, I see your point, but it is hard not to gain some insight into his abilities/character from watching that show. Is it fair to base one’s entire judgement of the man based on an edited Bell Infomercial? No, but as long as the Habs are throwing it out there, and it isn’t re-enacted, I think it is indeed fair to make some observations.

        • shiram says:

          And you have to figure the show is edited so the worst stuff is now showed either.

          • SmartDog says:

            Exactly. If that’s some of the best of Therrien… well, it speaks for itself.

            More to the point this idea that you can’t base any opinions on anything is such stupid crap. It really is. I saw something, I voiced and opinion and I asked others how they feel. It’s stupid bullcrap know-it-all laziness to just say that I don’t know enough to have an opinion.

            Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • adadi says:

        I would agree with you if that impression was based on only one show, but in every show this coach has looked like a goof. You know what they say about where there’s smoke there is usually fire.

      • frontenac1 says:

        I watched it once. Thought it sucked. The only reality show I like is Survivor Man with Les Stroud.

    • Bripro says:

      You’re basing yourself on a 25 minute show to conclude that he repeats himself, and says nothing new? Really dog?
      During the next episode, take a look at the board behind him in the meeting room. A bunch of Xs and Os.
      You’ll notice he’s never profiled explaining strategies. It’s called editing.
      I seriously doubt they’d want the opposition to know what their plans are.
      By no means am I saying that he’s overly effective, but we really don’t know what is said behind closed doors.

    • habs-hampton says:

      My French is not very good, but I was wondering… is he boring in BOTH official languages?

    • scotland says:

      that sums up therrien.

      “we need to play better” “lets see some puck support” execute de game plan”

      here is my personal favourite….. “have to use our speed more” translation: “FASTER , FASTER , FASTER …..

      and “now lets go and come out of dis on de right side”

      players gotta be chuckling inside at this guy

  21. Mattyleg says:

    I’m glad we got the win, even though it’s in the ‘Because The Other Team Was So Tired’ column, which counts for less at the end of the season.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • shiram says:

      A win is a win, and the team had games stolen away from them this season, so I’m not holding a count of games lost we should have won, and vice versa.
      But I think we need to retain some objectivity, and there are still trends on the team that are not too good.

    • careysubban3176 says:

      That’s a bunch of bull crap I think. When I played hockey I loved 3 games in 4 nights and stuff like that. You got into a rythem and you didn’t have to practice! Plus these guys are professionals and are constantly working out in the offseason to prepare for these types of stretches. So no that’s no excuse why we won or why we lose these types of games.

      Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

  22. adadi says:

    Mornin’ all. Habs played a decent game. Certainly not a great game. Keep in mind that the Canes had very little juice left for the 2nd half of the game. It was their 5th game in 7 nights. We’ll see their real character tomorrow in bean town.

    Anyone care to hazard a guess why it took over 50 games for MT to do with Bourney what most of the posters here have been clamouring for for most of the season. Seriously, we are not pro coaches but it seems that many here understand this team better than its coach. Here’s hoping that he leaves them together for more than one game.

    • shiram says:

      To be fair, Bournival played on Pleks line this season.

      • adadi says:

        Yes he did and the line was killer for three or four games. Then MT broke them up for no apparent reason and refused to reunite them until last night.

        • shiram says:

          I agree that Bournival is wasted in a fourth line role, it just does not fit his skill-set, but he worked hard there anyways.
          He reminds me a bit of Gally, they have similar qualities, both hard working young guys, not afraid of traffic and with a scoring touch.

      • scotland says:

        and who was the idiot that broke took him off that line???? when it working well. Coach line juggler thats who. Everyone wondered aloud why bournival was off that line? what does my do, puts bourque there, then patch, then galchenyuc, then moen, then brierre ………….and does he move bounival back after all that ….. nope, he takes elar off center and has him play wing there. lol…the lune stinks the entire time. now he goes back to bournival….after 30 games of line juggling. nice move coach. while other teams gell and find some chemistry habs house league coach iis still throwing balls up in the air

    • Mattyleg says:

      I’m not sure that Bournival was ready for that assignment earlier.
      I think that holding him back earlier made him more likely to succeed in this bigger role later in the season.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • adadi says:

        Matty the line played exactly the same way they did last night. Why do you think he wasn’t ready?

        • Mattyleg says:

          I just don’t think it’s a good idea to drop rookies into top lines, with all the responsibilities it entails, early in the season.

          Maybe Therrien broke that line up because of other reasons (other lines not working, injuries, etc.) or maybe it wasn’t bringing what he was looking for at that time, or Bourni wasn’t fulfilling his duties.

          Maybe I’m way off, but I don’t buy the reasoning that Therrien is just stupid for not keeping that line together. There has to be a reason if they were playing as well as you remember them playing.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. careysubban3176 says:

    Yes Carolina had 36 shots on goal but most of them were just stat patters for Price which is a good thing. Only about 7-8 shots were really in close and in the slot. If they play like that in Boston they’ll at least get a much needed point if not 2. But that’s a big IF.

    Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

  24. habsguru says:

    i watched the game on a US feed, and the Canes broadcast guys were going nuts over Gorges. thought he was the best thing going, a leader, a shot blocker, an offensive contributor. hmmmm…..

    • There’s the trade!

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Josh is the kind of guy you want at your side when you’re going over the top with bayonets fixed.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Shows how much they know, eh?

      Maybe they should do their HI/Omework and find out what a useless piece of junk he is, and how uninspired people are by his speeches as they sit on their sofas days after the fact.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I don’t think they are speeches, as much as short stories. 🙂

      • krob1000 says:

        I would prefer Diaz over him….easily. Last night he played great….but unless the HAbs Dcorps dramtically changes by next eyar I find him redundant. HE plays a role that is normally reserved for a tougher physical guy. Last night he joined a rush and made the best pass I have seen him make in 6 years…no joke…can”t even recall play anywhere like that from him. Good on him…but the fact he is signed so long as left handed dman concerns me. I think Diaz is better if physicality is not going to be part of the role of the dman in that slot. IF, however, the intention is to play Gorges with Subban than I guess it works but that is limiting to Subban and with Beaulieu looking pretty good that could open the door for a Markov/Subban or Beaulieu/Subban pairing.

        • Mattyleg says:

          As the season tightens up, Gorges will become more and more valuable, as Hal Gill was, and as Doug Murray will be.

          Shot-blockers and good readers of play in our zone are invaluable in the latter part of the season, and the playoffs.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • shiram says:

            He hates being called Doug btw, he says it sounds to close to dog.
            So it’s Douglas, or Crankshaft or Murray.

          • Mattyleg says:

            How about Doogie?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • shiram says:

            You’ll have to run it by him, but I doubt it would work for him.

          • krob1000 says:

            Sort of…I get what you are saying but I would say Murray fits that role and will be better. Diaz IMo could generate more than Gorges moving he puck…unless we are seeing a new Gorges from now on…one who will use his legs (he is a decent saketer but rarely uses it) and he could generate more if he would stop shooting at the corner all the time.
            The way I see ti both Bouillon and Murray are likely gone next year…unles sthey sign Murray as a 7th. To me that leaves a gaping hole in the physicality dept. Tinordi may or may not be ready but he is still not as physically intimidating so I would like to see someone in that slot be an upgrade from Murrray hockey wise but his replacement physically.

        • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

          Diaz can’t kill penalties or block shots (not as prolifically anyway). To me that makes him more expendable than Gorges. Raffie is primarily a puck mover and we have enough of those. Plus, looks like he’s lost his place on the second wave of the PP to Nate. Look for him to be dealt @ the deadline.

      • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

        Hey, that’s negative Matty! I thought you weren’t going there today 🙂

      • Habfan10912 says:

        If you saw what I saw Saturday night you’d cautious before heaping massive amounts of praise.

        • Mattyleg says:

          I’m not heaping massive amounts of praise; I’m un-heaping massive amounts of criticism.

          And everyone was garbage Saturday night. Sorry you had to witness that, Jim!

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • jacquesthemonkey says:

      Gorges for Skinner. MB, make it so.

    • careysubban3176 says:

      I should have played a drinking game when every time I heard them mention the “new years eve game”. I would have probably been in the hospital with blood alcohol poisoning.

      Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

    • Stimpy007 says:

      Thats perfect!! Raise his value. I’m sorry but we need to upgrade Gorgie! Love em but…. need a bigger/nastier in his spot.

      Gorges + for Bieksa

  25. Yeah GL, let’s hope Boston doesn’t pick apart our bones. We typically get amped up for a Boston game, but I fear another 7-0 blasting like two 2011.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  26. Mattyleg says:


    I, unlike some, shan’t dwell on negatives.
    I liked our effort last night, we worked hard, made clever passes when they were required and (contrary to the recent trend) took shots when that was required too.

    Let’s not focus on Carolina’s shots; most of them were low percentage shots, and we had better periods of pressure and chances than they did. The penalties we took in the 2nd put us on our heels, and we had trouble getting our schlitz together after that, but it was refreshing to see that we did.

    Mentioned it last night; Plek-Gio-Bourni look great together. Pierre Houde said that it’s a great assignment for the kid, because not only will he learn from those two, but he’ll also have a bit more leeway in defensive coverage because of his linemates. That’ll be one less thing to worry about and will help him develop that much more quickly.

    Good to wake up with a win under the belt, and a rare shutout to boot!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Luke says:

      Habs win and it’s “yah, but…”
      Habs lose and it’s “see, I told you…”

      Carolina tired? Too bad. Habs were tired and ‘we’ refused to accept it. I read two days of “No excuses!” posts.

      I like wins. I am happy the team won.


      I liked the way the lines played last night. I’m impressed by Beaulieu. You can still see some… rawness… there, but he has pretty decent instincts.

      One play stood out for me. I believe it was in the second period. Puck was about 15-20 feet in the Carolina zone, but Carolina had the jump on retrieval. NB dashed in about 1/2 way, caught himself and bailed out. It still resulted in a 2on1, but it showed he recognized that he would lose the race, and he had the presence of mind to at least apply back pressure on the 2on1, not commit to the losing race and take himself completely out of the play.


      Good morning!

      • Mattyleg says:

        They had more shots than us, so they were better.
        When we outshoot teams, our shots were never going in anyway.

        When they have a ton of blocked shots, their players are willing to pay the price for the team.
        When we have a ton of blocked shots, we are flailing around inside a shooting-gallery.

        When an opposing coach mixes up his lines, he is able to make in-game adjustments.
        When our coach mixes up our lines, he’s rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

        I wish I supported the other team. Win or lose, they’re always better.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Phil C says:

        “Habs win and it’s “yah, but…”
        Habs lose and it’s ‘see, I told you…'”

        Haha, that’s exactly it around here. Beating Boston would not change many people’s mind.

  27. Wonder if the Chicago fans are ready to dump their coach and trade half the team after 4 losses? Not! You know why? They have the team that can score tons of goals, defend, forecheck, etc… The reason the HIO and other fans are ready to dump is that we’ve seen this story plenty of times in the last 20 years.

    I also hear the size story all the time, but if you had 4 guys like Gally, crashing the net, buzzing the opposing D like we seemed to do at times last night, we can be a real pain in the arse team.

    With floaters like Briere, Bork, Moen, Parros (I do like him being there for teams like the Bruins as long as he knows his role) DD (loved the comment about how he waits for Max and leaves Gally out to dry, so true) and others, that is why our small forwards and weak D are letting forwards walk in and score on us and why we keep getting knocked over like the old Armstrong ad where the weakling gets sand kicked in his face. If that weakling isn/t standing still, he can’t get knocked over. Look at that rat, who I hate Marchand… ’nuff said

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Mattyleg says:

      … I think that we’re all pretty much aware that our players don’t match up with Chicago’s.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Just saying’ Matty, ’cause some posters want to lambast those negative nellies who are soooo fed up with being also rans. I tasted the sweet smell of success in the 60’s and 70’s. Wow, what a franchise. I know the league is different, but if half a dozen teams, some originals can do it, the “why can’t we” plea is rational and understandable.

        For us, the last four losses, how they were lost (mailed in efforts, picked apart, pylon defense, high goals against, no goals for to speak of) and the poor overall 20 games in all caused more than one !!!!!!!!!!!. OK, I’ll get off of my soap box and look of more positive posts from you Matty!

        I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

        • Mattyleg says:

          Heh heh.
          Things have certainly changed since then, you’re right.
          Those last few games were bad, bad, bad.
          But we’re not as bad as those games.

          I just try to stay optimistic. I’m aware of our shortcomings, and of the work we need to do, and I get frustrated with certain players, but I also think that it’s too easy to dwell on negativity rather than find the positives that we can build on!

          Keep the faith, oldschool.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

  28. krob1000 says:

    So many guys playing in their natural positions…and so many guys delivering. Even Brier in his 8 minutes almost potted one playing with Parros. Team looked much more physically aggressive with Parros in the lineup…again. Having he and Murray both in with Prust sure made some of the guys play bigger…some say it is a myth but Eller was in someones face, Beulieu and guys were not fleeing the opposing crease the instant the whistle went with their heads down….they wee able to stand their ground and look at the other team eye to eye knwoing their backs were covered…was a different mentality alst night and far more urgency.

    Also think the Bourque deal or rumoured deal ushered in a little reality to some of the guys….when push comes to shove these guys know they have it pretty good as pro hockey player sin Montreal….time to shape up.
    Bournival had some confidence, Beaulieu too. Eller in the middle, Emelin hitting with Parros in the lineup (anyone noticing a pattern there?), ……who the hell were those zombies playing last week. The game wasn;t as dominant aws the score or anything but if the team loses playing like that I can deal with it…the going through the motions stuff from the last couple of weeks was utterly disgusting.

  29. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Actually most impressed last night with Murray. He played a simple push through game and may just be hitting his stride (pun intended).

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

  30. GL says:

    Only thing that changed last night was a win and a different line up still the same team and Thursday will prove it. Don’t forget Boston won’t be tired. I give credit where credit is due they beat a tired team last night lets see what they can do against a rested one.

    • krob1000 says:

      Several players playing in their natural positions again….an insertion of some toughenss/confidence in the lineup (may not have same effect Thurs as Boston still the tougher team but will def help). Oddly enough I thought Pk had a rough game but teaam still palyed well…Price looked like he did in Ottawa again….I think he is toughening up and becoming more of a leader…hpefully he emerges as that Roy ttype personality…a little less humble and a little more take charge. Nice to have a goalie who can on a given night say to those boys …I got this.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      You have to start somewhere. They played much better than they had for the last few games. I’ll be happy if they compete with Boston.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  31. DipsyDoodler says:

    What about Lars Eller?

    He seems lost right now.

    Playing with Plex and Gio should have been an opportunity. A Centre can play wing (we’d better hope so – I think 10 of Team Canada’s starting forwards at the Olympics are Centres).

    • shiram says:

      I thought he looked much better playing his natural position last night.
      And this should not even be an issue, we lack centers with size that can win north of 50% of their face offs.
      As of now Eller is the only one we have, and sure he’s not producing as much as we want, but he’s not black hole on the ice.

      He’s only 6 points behind DD.

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Sorry Dipsy but the one legitimate knock on Eller is that he cannot get into the different mindset of a winger. He has all the tools but he just cannot do it.

      Think back to the boston blowup, he sat benched with G Love most of the third because they were awful.

      He needs the puck, he needs to chase to guy with the puck and he needs to repeat, repeat, repeat.

      I hoped he would get paired with Bourque and Prust/Moen and soon, once he an Rene get better together, with Briere as the finishing sniper.

      I called it here first 🙂

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

    • krob1000 says:

      ? seriously…he led the rush on the firsst goal, drove the net, set Bourque up for a tap in and his line carried the play all night…..and that was with Bourque and Prust…give him Gallaghr and Patches and you cannot tell me he does not outscore DD. HE did it last year and was doing it this year until he had the rug yanked out from under him. That is fine though be because as long as DD is around it is actually the right move because Dd without the two scorers is of zero value…Eller can still carry the play on a line, and is effective in all 3 zones.

  32. PureGuava says:

    Douglas Murray looked good last night.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
    – Robert Anton Wilson

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Careful, I am led to believe that appreciating Murray in any way is bad for ones health on this site. I have been led to believe by many that he is the single worst player in NHL history.

      Having said all that, despite his deficiencies (which I think it was poor skating, can’t remember, it is hardly mentioned) I like what he brings to the team as our bottom defenceman. I hope indeed we don’t need to re-sign him next year, but for now at least we have a defenceman who doesn’t enjoy opposing players hanging around Price, our MVP.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Uh-oh. Peeps like Crankshaft now? Interesting.

      • PureGuava says:

        The coach and players really like the guy. As for his ability – he’s not a top 4 guy in this league now, and likely never will be.

        Douglas Murray isn’t what’s wrong with the Canadiens, and his addition this summer was Bergevin’s best – which speaks volumes to just how bad a summer he had on the free agency front.

        “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
        – Robert Anton Wilson

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I don’t disagree, like I said, I like Murray. The fact people focus on him as the problem I find curious. The fact we have little goal scoring from some apparantly talented forwards I find far more disconcerting.

          Murray is exactly as advertised.

  33. wjc says:

    I like Chris Nilan’s radio shows. He has been there and knows what he is talking about in my opinion.

    He is correct, that size has to be addressed, but also qualifies it by saying it will take time to get it to Montreal. Other teams are keeping there skilled big players. So trades are tough.

    Bergevin, hopefully will keep to the plan. Lots of young talent gaining experience and filling in with spare parts, while other young talent matures.

    This takes time, I am sure Molson knows the plan going forward and in order to achieve this you must suffer through with what you have. When Nilan played there were a couple of smaller players that were insulated (his term) by bigger, robust guys. Knowing this to be true and doing something about it are two different things.

    Bringing in guys like Briere are gambles and the size issue was not important in the short term. I still think Briere might up his game, but who knows, wishful thinking on my part, perhaps.

    You blame the coach (nothing new) but you are what you are. I feel strongly that Bergevin will slowly bring this team into contenter status, how long will it take, hopefully they are getting closer.

    Price in net…..Subban on defense…..a couple of sizeable defensemen comming up…..Patriocetty, Gallagher, Eller, Galchenuk, Leblanc (checking third liner) Beaulea (looking good) a bunch of juniors ready to move into the American league or make the big jump….who knows.

    You put all these players on the wall and try to plot where they will be in a couple of years, throw in a free agent or two (wisely choosen) and a good trade, and you are back.

    Only worry is the cap and keeping under it.

    The Canadiens are in good capable hands.

    Remember this is not the 70’s anymore, everything, EVERYTHING, is different….from more teams, to salary caps etc.


    • Habsrule1 says:

      Nice post wjc. I’ve been saying some similar things lately. The team is not there yet but it will be in 2-3 years. In the meantime, who knows…a team can get hot at the right time and win a couple rounds in the playoffs, especially with a goalie like Price.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Ah, a voice of reason.
      About Briere…
      Brian Wilde put it really well when he said getting him was all about the “brand not the product.” The “brand” as we know is the team’s French identity. The product, of course, is the team on the ice. And if there was any doubt about the motivation behind his signing, one only had to watch on opening night when Lafleur passed the torch not the incumbent English-speaking captain as one might expect, but to Daniel Briere, the Francophone hero who has absolutely no history with the club. Calculated all the way. Which doesn’t make it wrong but people need to understand that the Habs will always place a premium on maintaining the “brand” even at the expense of the “product.”

    • RetroMikey says:


      I’ve heard this many years ago as well so I will tweak your post as follows:

      Lets go back in time when Bobby was GM……

      I like Murray Wilson’s radio shows. He has been there and knows what he is talking about in my opinion.

      He is correct, that size has to be addressed, but also qualifies it by saying it will take time to get it to Montreal. Other teams are keeping there skilled big players. So trades are tough.

      Gainey, hopefully will keep to the plan. Lots of young talent gaining experience and filling in with spare parts, while other young talent matures.

      This takes time, I am sure Gillett knows the plan going forward and in order to achieve this you must suffer through with what you have. When Wilson played there were a couple of smaller players that were insulated (his term) by bigger, robust guys. Knowing this to be true and doing something about it are two different things.

      Bringing in guys like Samsonov are gambles and the size issue was not important in the short term. I still think Samsonov might up his game, but who knows, wishful thinking on my part, perhaps.

      You blame the coach (nothing new) but you are what you are. I feel strongly that Gainey will slowly bring this team into contenter status, how long will it take, hopefully they are getting closer.

      Price in net…..Komisarek on defense…..a couple of sizeable defensemen comming up…..Higgins, Lapierre, Latendresse, , Chipchura(checking third liner) O’Byrne (looking good) a bunch of juniors ready to move into the American league or make the big jump….who knows.

      You put all these players on the wall and try to plot where they will be in a couple of years, throw in a free agent or two (wisely choosen) and a good trade, and you are back.

      Only worry is the cap and keeping under it.

      The Canadiens are in good capable hands.

      Remember this is not the 70′s anymore, everything, EVERYTHING, is different….from more teams, to salary caps etc.

      In conclusion, we’ve heard this before, what makes you think 2014 is different than 2007?
      20 years and counting for this once proud franchise.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  34. shiram says:

    Nice needed win last night, it was not perfect, and we could still see the symptoms that were affecting the team before, but at least they pulled it off.
    Therrien managed to make some sense out of his lines, and it seems to have paid off, hopefully he keeps it intact for a while.

    But what is more important is the performance they serve up in the next few games. Can they keep performing well and with intensity?

  35. Hobie Hansen says:

    I wasn’t ever of the fire Michel Therrien bandwagon. I was concerned that the team did quit on him on Saturday night though and therefor he was starting to get in some hot water.

    I’m of the belief that no coach would have any better results than Therrien has had over the last two seasons. Most predicted the Habs to miss of finish right on the playoff bubble and they’ve done much better than that. It’s possible that a new coach could come in and light a fire for a few weeks but after that we’d be back to square one.

    So hopefully, when Therrien was congratulating the team as they came off the ice last night it put out any little fires that were burning between him and a few players.

    This team is small, the defence is trying but they are just terrible. The team got by the first half of the season by coming out of the gate quickly and catching teams on their heels. Just like last year.

    At this point, teams have perfected their systems, have settled in and are ready to expose the smaller Habs at both ends of the rink.

    All I’m hoping for is that we make the playoffs and possibly ride the emotion of being the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs in front of the Centre Bell crowd. Maybe we can catch a team on their heels with our speed just like at the start of the regular season.

    If not, we’ll have a few more draft picks this summer, some free agents will move on and a couple others will sign. We’re still several years away from being an elite team so let’s just hope for the best for now and not expect too much.

  36. mjames says:

    We should take the two points and forget the analysis. Wait until the Boston game to get a more accurate picture of this team; although I have good idea of how that game will turn out, particularly if we play Parros and Briere.

    On another matter I would like to take issue with the latest Louis Leblanc demotion. I would preface my comments that I do not think Leblanc is the second coming of Jean Beliveau. I do, however, believe he deserves a place on the this team. He is better that Parros, Briere, Gionta and Bourque. I really feel sorry for this kid. He is not being given a proper chance. The Habs have not developed this kid. It is clear from his play that he is told to check. He has been to told to forget offense and focus solely on defense. You can see that Bournival has been told the same thing. If I hear MT say a “player has to play better without the puck” I will scream. If this team focused more on playing with the puck we would be better.  If Leblanc is told to play with puck we might see a different player. Look at Gallager he focusses on offense.  
    Leblanc is only one example of how we fail to develop our prospects.  
    One other question. Moen has one goal. Why does this guy get a “pass”? Sure he is big but he brings zero offense which is what this team is lacking. Yes yes I know we need size but can we please draft or acquire a player with size that has some idea of what offense is. The Moen, Parros and Brier line last night was garbage. Is that the best that MB can do? There are better players in Hamilton , one is Leblanc.  


    • Habfan17 says:

      LeBlanc was not demoted. He has the flu and was sent down to save cap space.


    • frontenac1 says:

      Agreed. Danny Boy was floating. 4th line should be Moen Whitey Parros.Call up Dumont until Whitey is ready.

    • CJ says:

      I think you make some valid points, but that’s a major generalization when you suggest we fail to develop our prospects, many of whom have taken strides forward this year.

      Regarding Leblanc, I too am a fan. That said, we need to recognize who he is competing with for a roster spot. He is not competing with Parrors, Briere or Moen. Leblanc is a third line winger right now. Last night he was competing for a spot against Bourque and Prust. With the flu, it made abundant sense to reassign him to Hamilton.

      You are correct, there are players in Hamilton who are better then Parros, but they are not competing with Parros for a spot. Holland, Sven and Thomas are competing against Gionta, Pleks and Bourival. I hate when he call up the “best player” and stick him on the fourth line. If we need a fourth line player, let’s call up Blunden, Tarnasky, or Dumont. Just my two cents.

    • wjc says:

      As far as Leblanc is concerned, my take is, next year will be his big chance. The more he gains this year to help him next year is a plus.

      He is not to far off (if at all) and third line winger might be his niche. Leblanc should go back to Hamilton and work his tail off to correct his weaknesses, if possible.

      If he sulks, it will finish him, he must suck it up like Tinordi, and Pateryn and make the jump next year.

      If he could finish better when he gets the chance it would help. Communication is the key. It is always assumed that players are sent back without a plan going forward.

      They will tell him where he needs work and it will be up to him and the coaches in Hamilton to build on this.

      Leblanc is still a prospect that is a work in progress. As far as success with recent prospects, the Canadiens cannot wave a wand and make the player into what they want him to be.

      Canadiens have done well with their young prospects, so to say they fail to develop them is not true in my opinion.

      Some prospects just do not work out and that is true for every team.


  37. Sportfan says:

    You would think after 2-3 years of barely any to no trades at all in the morning TSN wouldn’t do trade center so early. A show starting at 11 or later would be much more effective, than starting at 8 or 9 and over analyzing one trade that involves 1 draft pick being traded for an AHLer, for hours. Sigh their tradecenter will start at 8 -_-

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

    • Phil C says:

      It’s brutal and this year will be even worse because of the cap. The only thing saving them is that many trades are no longer last minute so they can analyse those ones to death.

  38. commandant says:

    Why Ice Hockey is the best of all the Olympic Team Sports (summer and winter)


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

  39. boonie says:

    I’m packing away my pitchforks and effigies.

    You know, for a few game there I almost started to believe the HIO posts that we were destined for mediocrity or worse. That we should demand MB shed older players for younger players and picks and insist he fire a “bridge” coach.

    Blanking a team still outside the playoffs (evening after they won 10 of their last 13) means I can believe in Bergy’s master plan. I realize now that he signed Briere – our big offseason UFA acquisition – to play modest minutes on a line with George Parros.

    Yep, other UFAs are going to line up to play for us in future seasons. MB has his UFA recruitment patter down, “Hey, why go to NJ and play top line minutes and lead their team in every meaningful stat. You can sign here, pay higher taxes, have the media and fans dissect you and have the coach routinely bench you. And, when you do play, you’ll get single digit minutes on the fourth line with punch drunk pugilists.”

    It worked to land Prust last year and Briere this year. In just a few decades we’ll be among the league’s elite.

    My world is right again.

  40. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! Great game by Les Boys last night. Everyone was Giving it, except for Danny Boy. Keep the Muscle in the line up. It makes the little guys play bigger. Saludos!

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Missed the game, but it appears team maybe getting their mojo, momentum, confidence back.

    Team is normally up for the Bruins, I will miss game unfortunately as I will be taking client to Leafs game tomorrow….sigh….

  42. habsfan0 says:

    Carolina was playing its 5th game in 7 days and still managed to get 36 shots on Price. One shudders to think how many shots a rested Boston team will get tomorrow.

    • frontenac1 says:

      And Montreal had 30 shots on a team that won 10 of their last 13. The Canes are not a push over amigo.

    • CJ says:

      Shots maybe, but Montreal out chanced the Canes, which is the greater indicator. Carolina had a few chances, including two posts, but Montreal exceeded this total, including a post by Gallagher.

      Enjoy the win. This will be a tough week. A win in Boston gets us back on track.

  43. smiley says:

    May God bless Mike Boone. I don’t get RDS here in TO(I watch them when they are on CBC/TSN) so follow on the internet and Boone’s blog. I think an “Order of Canada” is in order(no pun intended). Great work Mike-and greatly appreciated.

    • Strummer says:

      I’m surprised you don’t get RDS in “TO”
      It’s available on Rogers.

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

      • habsfan0 says:

        Yes it is. How come Rogers doesn’t offer RDS2 in Toronto?

      • smiley says:

        Strummer/Habsfan0-I called Rogers to add RDS(which I thought I could do) but the package consists of 15 other French channels that you must order for $8 per month. The Rogers person said that you can’t add the channel on its own and told me she’s an Oilers fan and she is in the same boat as me. My Super Sports package includes Leafs TV. How bad is. At some point Rogers did say you will be able to order RDS on its own. Probably next year. My CEO gets RDS on its own but he deals with Bell.

        • athanor says:

          So, you pay $8 for seven or eight RDS games a month (That’s $1.14/game in Olympic February) and consider the other French channels a throw-in.
          It’s easy, and may set you up for next year when a different francophone network carries Habs games as well.

  44. Sportfan says:

    On facebook TSN posted will the Leafs trade Kadri? If the Leafs are that stupid I hope they trade him away, I really don’t like him and hearing him less would be a dream come true.

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  45. --Habs-- says:

    Will be at the game tomorrow night in Boston. Hope someone shows up becuse the Bruins are filling the net right now!

    “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

  46. Phil C says:

    It seemed to me that the defense were unshackled last night and were allowed to jump up into the play. The Gorges assist on the first goal, the Markov assist to Pacioretty. Emelin was deep a couple of times for good chances. This is a very good thing going forward if they keep it up. In today’s NHL, attacking with 5 players is just as important as defending with 5. So much emphasis is put on defending with two-way hockey, but the benefits last night were obvious when you allow your D to join the attack. With the forwards this team has, getting production from the back end is essential to compete.

    • JF says:

      I noticed that too. I think Emelin had four shots. If I remember correctly, the defence was jumping into the rush more last year. I don’t know why they stopped doing it this season

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Bang on – watch to see how much the young bruin defence like Krug, Bartkowski, jump in or even lead the rush … creates a wave effect.

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

    • krob1000 says:

      That play was what Gorges needs to do more of…look to the middle or find an open man instead of ALWAYS shooting it into the corner. and making the safe (useless) play. I was surprised to see him pass it behind him knowing he was leading the rush…was great to see and a beauty pass and something that is much needed from him if the team reallty is going to move Diaz and keep him. The even better thing was it was Subban staying back…and Eller led the rush and drove the net , didn;t get the assist but was as rsponsible as anyone for that goal…was jsut nice to see all around.

  47. Les-Habitants says:

    When is Ryan White coming back? Briere is not a 4th line center – play him on one of the top 3 lines, or not at all.

    Glad to see Bournival finally back with Plek and Gio. That line worked wonders when he was last there, and he provides some much needed energy without giving up too much on the size side.

    Eller back at center – guess you gotta experiment to see if he can play the wing… but glad they decided to end it.

    • CJ says:

      White is skating but said to be weeks away. I think he should be ready following the Olympic break.

      Your post is spot on IMO.

      Drewiski and Murray can rotate as our sixth. If we aren’t playing Diaz let’s move him. Still hoping the Olympics improve his profile and subsequently elevate his stock, netting us a greater return.

    • New says:

      The play where Briere set up Parros then stopped to watch, faded to the left boards instead of going to the net, said it all. Good play by Parros though.

  48. olegpetrov says:

    “Do you think Colorado’s P.A. Parenteau would be a good fit with the Canadiens?”

    There should be a 3rd option and it should read “Better than Bourque.” My answer would be the 3rd option!

    Habs fan…Nuff said

      • olegpetrov says:

        Please explain. Simply stating no doesn’t provide any banter for the conversation!

        Habs fan…Nuff said

        • Habfan17 says:

          He is smaller and would take the spot of a younger player who will be around once the Habs have turned the corner and are contenders. Parenteau will not be and his contract is to much for what he brings. The Habs need a Bickell type player.


    • CJ says:

      PA Parenteau is not what we need.

      We need Jamie McGinn. We need size. Based on what I saw last night, the man who should be on the block is Briere. When White comes back, he will be our fourth line centre. Briere just doesn’t fit.

      I actually liked Prust with Bourque and Eller. To the coaches credit, he rewarded them with ice time based on their play. That was a solid third line.

      • olegpetrov says:

        Might not be what the Habs need but he is FAR better than Bourque right now. Parenteau has 25pts and is +/- 0. He is also a guy that uses his frame a lot more than Bourque and shows heart.

        Oh, and 10 goalies have more assists than Bourque.

        Habs fan…Nuff said

        • Habfan17 says:

          That is not relevant. He is still not what the Habs need! We as a group keep saying they need to get bigger and grittier! Parenteau is smaller and a perimeter player! A lot of players out there have better stats than Bourque. In his defense, he has not had consistent line mates, like the rest of the team. If he did, he may have pore points!


          • CJ says:

            Agreed. Solid post.

          • frontenac1 says:

            He’s also had 5 career fights. Unfortunately lost every one of them.

          • olegpetrov says:

            Nobody has really had consistent line mates. MT has been shuffling like crazy. Bourque is supposed to be an energy guy. He’s big, fast and SHOULD be a power forward. I have seen him play like that maybe a total of 20 times over the couple of years he’s been with the team.

            Habs fan…Nuff said

        • CJ says:

          Good points. Again, I too feel Parenteau is the better player, capable of producing more points, but he is NOT the type of player this team needs. There is a reason he has bounced around the league, same as Bourque. I’d rather Colin Greening or someone with size who can hit and plays a 200ft game. McGinn is exactly this type of player. I would also welcome Kyle Clifford. We can not afford to get smaller and weaker.

          That, and he has two more years at $4 million dollars. The fact that yesterday’s report indicated the Habs wanted McGinn has given me confidence in this leadership team. If we would have traded for Parenteau I would have been terribly disappointed.

          • olegpetrov says:

            Fair enough. I guess I should have framed my post surrounding the poll and poll alone rather than a general comment. I was more stating it as if there was a choice between the two…

            I 100% agree that the Habs need to be bigger and not have anymore perimeter guys. I wish Cole could come back to teach Patches how to go to the net and be gritty again…I miss that!

            Habs fan…Nuff said

  49. Blade says:

    Well said, Mr. Boone, good analysis. A win is a win, but I will hold my excitement until after the Boston game. That will be the benchmark on where this team is at.

  50. JF says:

    A good win, but unfortunately one that made all our weaknesses glaringly evident. Lack of size, lack of physicality, inability to counter an aggressive forecheck. Hence the puck possession stats.

    But a team has to start crawling out of the dumpster somehow, and hopefully this game was a start. A start in rebuilding confidence, structure, synchronizaton, rhythm. The guys were skating and passing, they were moving the puck forward, they were going to the net. I loved the hard work on the second goal. Digging at the puck, refusing to be out-muscled, finding a way to put it in the net. And when was the last time we saw a nice passing play like the one that led to the first goal?

    I hope Therrien leaves the lines as they were last night. No more experiments with Eller at left wing. Keep Bournival with Plekanec and Gionta. And Rene Bourque had some jump. I actually feel bad for the guy.

    But what is up with P.K.? Bobbling the puck, turnovers, a bad penalty. It looked like lack of concentration.

    I was annoyed to hear the TSN guys saying they were “reassured” by Price’s performance and going on about the four goals per game he’d been giving up recently. If they’d watched any of those games, they’d know there was nothing Price could do on just about all those goals. He was about the only guy on the team playing well, yet his stats deteriorated from game to game. He thoroughly deserved the shutout last night.

    • Blade says:

      The TSN guys are just talking for the sake of talking regarding Price. The cast in front of him at the Olympics will be slightly (just slightly, mind you) better than the one in front of him right now. Price will not be a concern in Sochi.

    • Cal says:

      The analysts on the T(erribly) S(tupid) N(etwork) are just pissed that there are more Habs on the Olympic teams than laffs.

    • Habfun says:

      Good column by Mr. Boone
      JF, well said, especially about Subban, he can be brutal sometimes but I guess we have to take the good with the bad. I sure like him on this team! He will improve with time.
      As for the rest of the team, good game but not good enough, we got 2 points but let’s see how they stack up against the Booins on Thursday! Oh boy I can’t wait!!
      Go Habs Go!

      It\’s all about the CH

    • Ozmodiar says:

      If they’d watched any of those games, they’d know there was nothing Price could do on just about all those goals.

      Don’t worry – I’m sure Stevie Y and his gang are sophisticated enough to realize Price’s numbers of late are a result of how the team’s been playing in front of him.

      …. I heard them say as much on Toronna sports radio yesterday. Sage ol’ hockey analysts they’ve got over there.

    • wjc says:

      Carolina might have had the puck more, but they didn’t do much with it. So much for stats.

      Nice thought to leave lines alone, but what if Boston smothers them, you would expect to try to adjust.

      As far as the TSN guys talking about Price, you must realize that they do not watch every game because it is impossible, so they just go on results and sometimes are a way off in there assessments.

      Price is doing what elete goalies do (Roy anyone) and gives his team a chance every night.

      I think Boone goes out of his way to find the negatives, he has turned this into an art form. Conveniently forgetting there are a bunch of teams bunched together in the standings. Even if they went on a 10 game winning streak he would find statistics to show it was undeserved.

      Hardly any recognition for improvements, just wait and see they will lose again. He is so negative and it works apparently. I guess negative comments are something people like.

      Just read his article it is full of negative innuendo’s and very little about the good stuff that happens.


    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      To be fair, the TSN “That’s Hockey” crew were very clear that half the goals during the 4 game skid against price were no chance “back door” plays and the fault was strictly on the 5 in front of him, and that Price was indeed not lacking

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

  51. GGtheHab says:

    Guess MT reads my posts after all…have been pleading to replace Eller with Bournival…and voila 2 effective lines were created by one simple switch. Much needed confidence boost heading into beantown. The broons have been rolling, but usually bring out the best in our boys..I have Friday off so a case of Molson Canadian may be in order for the game..Go Habs Go!!

  52. veryhabby says:

    Boone- I don’t think Puck possession in this game shows a true picture

    Those numbers are what they are but when you consider the extra PP the Canes got and when you consider they played “protect the lead” gameplan in the 3rd… it explains those bigger numbers for Canes then Habs.

    They were not perfect last night but we saw:
    Shot blocking
    Allstar saves
    Some luck
    Skating to the net and scoring
    Awesome PKill

    When you have all those things going, chances are puck possession states won’t be the stat that reveals who won.

    Wish they could bottle what they did in this game.

    • Mike Boone says:

      I respect (most of) the Commentariat and don’t like to get into debates.
      But those possession stats were just as lopsided through two periods.
      The boys needed a win and they got one.
      But Boston will be more indicative of where the team is at.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

    • Marc10 says:

      The Habs were the better team. The Canes were tired, but Les Boys played them right.

      I liked Beaulieu a lot. On a bottom pairing, he’s just fine. Makes a good first pass, gets in their faces, skates well… As long as he keeps it simple, the kid will be just fine.

      • Habfan17 says:

        Yes! He looks pretty good. I would love to see him on the left side though, maybe paired with Pateryn on the 3rd pair


      • jacquesthemonkey says:

        Yep, Beaulieu’s play is very encouraging. The Habs need to integrate a few rookies each year into the line-up and slowly takeover more responsibility. The 35 year-olds won’t be around forever and free agents are overpriced and hit and miss, so not the best way to improve the team’s assets.

  53. Oh and agree with Sholi2000 and many others, despite making a couple of duh moves that should have been made two weeks ago, MT is an ineffective, outclassed, dinosaur of a coach. After he is released (likely after his contract ends, since MB won’t admit total turd on that hire and we won’t be winning any Cups anytime soon) I just hope they hire someone that will work for the youth on our team.

    Therrien was hired to support, build and train the youth as we supposedly transitioned from horrible, slapped together UFA team by the Ghost and Gainey. MT is doing more damage than good unless Molson and MB told him to support Bournival, Beaulieu, Gally et al by giving them their assignments last night. I doubt it was MT that did that on his own accord since he is a veteran supporter and defaults to using them no matter how bad.

    Yes he has to go. Unfortunately, we have 1.5 years left with him and Claude from Boston will out coach him anyway.

    So why did we trade Claude? TO let him have a career in Boston? Is it him or the team or both?

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  54. DipsyDoodler says:

    I missed most of the 2nd, but we were not outplayed, nor were we lucky to win. Their keeper also made many good saves.

    If Boone had said the Canes out-Fenwicked and out-Corsied us, everyone would be complaining about meaningless stats. But that’s exactly what he said.

    Teams that are 3-0 down usually take lots of shots toward goal.

    • Walmyr says:

      “Teams that are 3-0 down usually take lots of shots toward goal.”

      …except the “last month” Canadiens…

    • “teams that are 3-0 down usually take lots of shots toward goal” Now that’s a comment I’d like to see backed up with stats! Not! Last night we were outshot 27-21 after the second period and they had plenty of good scoring chances and puck control.

      Some games have shown (like with the Laffs) that limited shots with quality chances can yield scoring and willy nilly shots from the point, blue-line or outside are low percentage shots that are easy to block or stop, but that’s not what happened last night.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  55. kalevine says:

    Another entertaining and witty ALN. Thank you Mr Boone!

  56. Glad to see the commentariat isn’t fooled by this win. Yup, a win is a win, but this should have been a win for an NHL team with the Hurricanes playing 5 in 7. Outshot, outmuscle for most of the night, we were fortunate Price was on his game like that breakaway in the third.

    Don’t understand the hate on Murray, he was one of the few D’s who actually handled the puck and didn’t have it stripped away from him in the O-zone. Yes, he skates like he’s in quicksand, but he does have size if used sparingly (MT, you listening, or are you huffing in a paper bag from all the stress?)

    Gionta can’t hit the side of a barn. Hustled, but that and a nickel won’t get me a cup of coffee at today’s prices.

    So doom is on hold until we play a real test on Thursday in Boston, but I’m still gloomy as this team hasn’t changed and let an entire month go by playing VERY poorly.

    Sit tight bergy and make your moves at deadline and over the summer. THe last 20 games were more than enough to expose the real weaknesses.

    Oh and what IS up with Emelin? He may have had 4 hits, but my G-d he is lost out there, being stripped in his own end, not being able to feed a pass or carry it out of the zone. He should be playing big and strong instead, he’s like a call-up in the first shift of a two way contract!

    Oh and yes, Markov is still a Pylon. Looks like he has joined Murray in the quicksand, but he still has an eye and some passing capability. He must be traded now for prospects. We all love his heart and commitment, but “fatigue makes cowards of us all”

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  57. jols101 says:

    The Crankshaft hate on here is strong my friends.

  58. habstrinifan says:

    On another unrelated note (or maybe not)… people perceive an opportunity and become bullies.

    Wouldnt have happened if this reporter looked like Bruce Lee..

    I bet. Congressman needs to get his arse kicked.


  59. CJ says:

    Good morning folks. Enjoyed a great sleep last night. Great win for the boys and something to build upon going forward.

    He takes a lot of heat here, but I thought Gorges stepped up last night. His third star selection was very deserved. It’s the veterans that need to lead this team forward, and I was glad to see Gorges put in a solid effort. I haven’t many other observations above and beyond what has already been noted. I was glad to see Bournival moved up with Gio and Pleks. It was nice to see three lines rolling, while the fourth didn’t hurt us. Price made the saves and we got the bounces. In this day of parity, a bounce here or there is the difference. Last night the puck rolled in our favour. First time that has happened in two weeks.

    Let’s carry this into Boston.

  60. adamkennelly says:

    didn’t watch any of the game so I can’t really comment….but I will anyways…

    nice W – feels like it was the result of some great effort and a ton of luck. not very repeatable.

    P.S. if the effort was there last night – it makes it abundantly clear that is has not been there recently.

  61. habstrinifan says:

    Think I’m falling in love! With the PEG and Maurice all over again.

    I love that nick… the PEG… and now the PEG is enjoyable to follow.

    • I firmly believe the days of F this and F that are done. It doesn’t work, kids understand that you are not allowed to be treated like garbage. I watched PK and Therrien on one episode of 24CH, and Therrien wasn’t teaching, he was telling. PK asked a question and Therrien didn’t answer it, he F____ it.

      Only old school dinosaurs think that works.

      Go Habs Go, But the Coach has to Go, Look I’m a Poet and Didn’t Know it!

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures
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  62. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. A very accurate take on the game last night by the Headmaster. Guy is also bang on. If not for a couple of goalpost and some magnificent work by Price, the results could have been disastrous.

    27 blocked shots may be an indication of effort. I’m gonna stop there. A win is a win.

  63. Lafleurguy says:

    Apologize for some negativity, but Jarred Tinordi had a fight which had punches fly last Friday against Marlies’ Sam Carrick, 21, 6’0″, 207 lb. The result was a draw. Pateryn may or may not be a better skater, but in that game, he was more involved in the play. Pateryn and Ellis, and Dietz and Holland were point men on about 6 powerplays.

    “Bends but won’t break”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks Guy. My question is, is Pateryn and Tinordi a better option at this point them Murray or Diaz?

      Sorry for the negativity as well but remember when your Mom washed your mouth out with soap? (Well you probably never had that happen but I sure did.) It leaves a disgusting taste in your mouth for a long time. I feel the same way about this team after Saturday night. I have an awful taste,

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Hey, gonna joke that the guy in your avatar needs a haircut later on. Pateryn, being a right-hand shot could be slotted in for Diaz right now and upgrade the defense immediately, I believe. He is getting the most ice-time of the Hamilton D. Dietz looks skilled but at times looks outmatched physically by the big guys that occupy AHL rosters. Christian Thomas, Andrighetto, Reway, and Dumont all have quality skills, but their un-MOAR statures are well known to HIO’ers. Dumont is a role model on how an un-MOAR guy protects himself.

        “Bends but won’t break”

    • CJ says:

      Just to clarify. Tinordi did NOT fight Sam Carrick. Dumont did. Tinordi fought David Broll a tough guy who is 6’2″ and 230 lbs. Not sure who you could possibly have mixed that up. I watched the fight. Tinordi did very well against a guy who’s primary responsibility it is to fight.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        CJ, stop letting the facts get in the way, would ya? Geez…..


        • CJ says:

          Haha, fair enough.

          I especially enjoyed reading a comment, last week, how Markov’s next contract wouldn’t count as a 35+ because he was signed by his current team. This is absolutely false, however four people agreed with the poster.

          • Ozmodiar says:

            The 4 posters who agreed belong on a bed. Nah, I’ll cut them some slack… They were just believing what they were reading because it was on the (always reliable) internet. Can’t blame ’em for that.

          • CJ says:

            Haha, so true!

  64. Jammin says:

    I agree,Murray is probably the worst defenseman In the league. Diaz on the other hand allows the least scoring opportunities of any of the team’s defensemen.Why not pair him with Beauliu or Emelin?

  65. piper says:

    That was a beauty goal by Thornton last night and it wasn’t Joe.

  66. Lafleurguy says:

    The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.

    Morrow and Fraser are prospects.

    Reilly Smith, 25, has 18G 22A.

    The four dudes that went to the Bruins are between 6’0 to 6’2″.

    “Bends but won’t break”

  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’glad’ is an understatement how I feel when We won/win …but this was a game the Players were shamed to win …there was nothing overwhelming about it, nor should it have been, because We are not an overwhelming Team

    …as they say, a chain is as strong as its weakest link

    …the anomaly of ‘what’ Our Team should/must be, is the galumphing weak link of Douglas ‘Crankshaft’ ‘Murray

    …I cringe, and am embarrassed each time I note Him on the ice and in a CH

    …yes, He has a physical presence, and when in the immediate vicinity of an opponent can be effective in physically dominating …but ‘Crankshaft’, unlike His misplaced nickname is incapable of supporting the play / engine (to make the wheels turn) outside His own blue line and so slothful on the ice His Teammates lose Their focus on Their own responsibilities because They must cover for Murray’s inadequacies

    …We need a sized D, but more important a sized D that can skate and skilled enough to support the offense

    …We have 2 other prospects in Hamilton that are physical enough the opposition will respect Our D and with the skills to better support the type of speed skill offense Our Team has

    …Douglas Murray is an outlier within Our type of Team …and with Therrien and Bergevin insisting to play Him We will have more games like the recent games We lost to Washington Toronto etc than tonight’s game

  68. RetroMikey says:

    Blah blah blah.
    Same old same old.
    Good games and mostly bad games for this club.
    Panic time sets in for the players, coaches but management will not push the button for any blockbuster trades to make this team moving to the right path
    I would be more content if we play the young players more and less ice time for the veterans.
    Maybe we can get a top 5 pick in the NHL draft if Bergevin does nothing. His choice not ours.
    Rumour was we were in trade talks with Colorado for another small sized forward in Parenteau?
    Still shaking my head what Bergy was trying to do. We want to get bigger!
    Well here’s hoping Santa brings my Xmas wishes soon at trade deadline where I want bigger players with grit, I want major trades, I want a top 5 draft pick!
    I want a Stanley Cup! I don’t want to wait another 20 years!
    Remain blessed everyone here at HIO!
    Let’s hope Bergy has hope and faith where this team is heading.

  69. CH Marshall says:

    You just know Claude Julien and Co. would like nothing more than to have the Boston beat down revisited

  70. Habfan17 says:

    The Habs surprised me, or more so Therrien. Putting Bournival back with Pleks and Gio. Then putting Eller back at centre and putting him with Bourque and Prust. I like that line. Now I hope he keeps the first 3 lines intact for a few games. Let me add, I like the Eller line as long as Bourque plays with energy. Once Galchenyuk is back, they could move Prust over and put Galchenyuk at left wing, until they can make a spot for him at centre!

    I’ll take the win, but, the Habs were outshot and Carolina played Monday night and as Boone pointed out, their 5th game in 7 nights. I would not call this a turn around, but I was happy to see they came back after the stinker and put in a better effort!


  71. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Boone didn’t say it in his ALN piece so I will. PK was a Frankfurter and Markov a human turnstile last night. Both need to be better in Boston. There, I said it.

    • Mavid says:

      wow a negative comment..shocking

      Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • habstrinifan says:

      Didnt catch the game but from what I read re Boone etc, I dont disagree.

      But what is a Frankfurter in this context. Never heard the term in the way I think you meant it… bad.

      I thought if you gonna eat a sausage… a Frankfurter was the way to go.

      • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

        frankfurter = hot dog.

        I was referring to the two between-the-legs-passes to himself that really didn’t work. One was in the offensive zone which I can forgive. The other was in his own zone. That one almost lead to a turnover.

  72. PeterD says:

    I loved the lines tonight. ..maybe MT read some HIO comments.
    Eller at Centre…so much potential and skill and he seems to thrive on the extra responsibility.
    Bournival on the Plecs line where as with earlier in the season he injected a strong energy and aggressive forecheck.
    And Briere at Centre. ..sure its on the fourth line but slippung him into the 2nd PP helps the team as well. He’s just not good enough anymore to be in the top 9.
    And Gally11…I live this kid…he is all heart and soul and determination…he reminds me a bit of Henri Richard…a pitbull on skates regardless of the size of the opponents.
    My only beef with this line is DD has to stop looking exclusively for Max and start using both of his wongers as legitimate scoring threats. There were a couple of times tonight when Gally11 was in good scoring positon and Max was covered yet DD seeing the situation did not mske the play to Gally11. Maybe DD is thinking the only reason he’s inthe NHL at all is because of how he and Max produce tpgether…memo to DD…you will stay in the NHL longer if you help your other wingers produce as well..if you only rely on Max then you NHL career will not be longer than Max’s. Start finding Gally11 with you passes.

  73. belle_moustache says:

    “about as comfortable as Stephen Harper in a mosque” haha

    Merci Monsieur Boone! That’s one of the reasons I read ALN

  74. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Aww 2nd lol

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