About last night …

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Your Montreal Canadiens have 10 games left in their regular season.
Six are on the road, starting Monday night in Boston.
Then Buffalo is at the Bell Centre on Tuesday
The Canadiens will face Detroit twice, and that should be interesting because the Red Wings are in a desperate fight for a playoff spot.
As are the Leafs, who lost a heartbreaker to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Many of the broken hearts beat within the homer chests of our national broadcaster.

I honestly don’t understand how anyone who isn’t a Toronto fan can watch Hockey Night in Canada.

Ron MacLean and his fellow Leaf-blowers – none more egregious than Glenn Healy – are doing more for bilingualism than Pierre Trudeau. Their shameless homerism is motivating viewers to learn at least enough French for comprehension of what Pierre Houde and Marc Denis are saying on RDS hockey telecasts.

That’s what makes it so sweet when the Canadiens beat the Leafs, as they have three tines in five meetings this season. Each loss brings funereal gloom to the HNIC cheerleaders.

But enough about them. The Canadiens probably won’t face the Leafs again until next season, when Sportsnet’s version of Hockey Night  might offer up a more evenhanded take on a great rivalry.

The Canadiens and Leafs conjured up a terrifically entertaining game, refreshingly free of the goonery that has marred too many meetings between these teams. Neither defence corps is the NHL’s best, which made for extended puck possession in the offensive zones and lots of good scoring chances.

Each team had 36 shots on goal. The Leafs had 23 shots blocked and another 14 missed the net. The Canadiens also missed the net on 14 shots and had 12 blocked.

That’s a lot of shooting, and it was fun to watch.

The difference was goaltending. With the score tied 3-3 in the third period, Carey Price stopped the terrifying Phil Kessel on a breakaway. At the other end of the ice, James Reimer was letting in shots he should have stopped … like Tomas Plekanec’s winning goal.

I liked the reconfigured forward lines used against the Leafs.

Plekanec provided a calming influence and defensive coverage for Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

The David Desharnais line had another good night, but the revelation was the Canadiens’ brand spanking new – in Game 70 – third line.

Back in the lineup after five games as a healthy scratch and playing with fellow veterans Daniel Brière and Brian Gionta, Rene Bourque had a goal, an assist and six shots on goal to lead both teams. Bourque worked hard on every shift, and there were flashes of the talent that produced two 27-goal seasons in Calgary. 

Lars Eller looked good centring Dale Weise and Travis Moen on the fourth line. But Eller sustained what looked like a groin injury on a faceoff, and his night was over after 6:37 of ice time.

Michaël Bournival has been recalled from his conditioning stint in Hamilton. He’ll likely centre Weise and Moen in Boston, where they’ll be facing the best fourth line in the NHL: Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton.

Michel Therrien likely will stick with a winning lineup – which will disappoint fans hoping to see more of Jarred Tinordi on the back end. Douglas Murray scared the bejeebers out of Canadiens fans every time he was on the ice against Phil Kessel, but the big lug had four hits, blocked five shots and was plus-2 in 10:13 of action. Mike Weaver, Murray’s partner, was also plus-2 and blocked four shots.

Francis Bouillon continues to play ridiculous minutes: 25:10 against the Leafs. With Josh Gorges out, Therrien will continue to ride Frankie Boo, who’d be the number 8 D-man on many teams – including Boston.

The Bruins were 4-2 winners in Phoenix Saturday night – their 12th in a row.

You don’t want to be facing them as a wild card playoff team – but that might be the best Toronto can hope for.

• David Clarkson, signed through 2020: 15 shifts, 8:54, one hit, one shot, minus-2.

• Some classy Leafs fans took to Twitter to rip James Reimer’s wife. That’s sickening.

• The live game blog had 1,681 Comments. Oh, the playoffs are going to be fun …

• Granted, the NHL isn’t the NFL. But how come the halftime and pre-game football telecasts feature Hall of Fame former coaches and players while HNIC gives us Glenn Healy and P.J. Stock?

 

 

 

622 Comments

  1. toinz says:

    Some fun facts for all you tankaholics!

    Los Angeles has 3 top 10 picks in the last 10 years (With Bernier and Kopitar being picked 11th)

    Drew Doughty, Thomas Hickey, and Brayden Schenn. Only one helped them win a cup. Another was traded with another power forward (Wayne Simmonds) and a 2nd rounder for Mike Richards. That team made the playoffs on the very last weekend of the season, and won the Cup from the 8th seed. Thomas Hickey scored his first NHL goal on us, as a member of the new York Islanders, because he was so bad he never played for LA.

    The argument that Montreal should avoid an 8th seed and first round exit is actually negated by the Kings, not supported by it.

    The Hawks have Toews and Kane (Seabrook was picked 14th, the anti-tank position of lowest pick for a non-payoff team) but have also marvelled us with 3rd overall pick Cam Barker, 7th overall pick Jack Skille, 11th overall pick Kyle Beach.

    Side note: Hawks won the lottery the year they drafted Kane. They were supposed to draft 5th that year, where Karl Alzner (5th) Sam Gagner (6th) and Zach Hamill (7th) were also available!

    Boston won a cup with one early pick playing 3rd line minutes on a team built through the draft properly.

    Lucic (2nd Round) Krejci (2nd round) Bergeron (2nd round) Marchand (3rd Round)

    Silver lining for Montreal? All those picks were made by Mike O’Connell! The Bruins only NHL players drafted since 2006 are Seguin and Hamilton.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Good research, and good argument!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • sulham44 says:

      Never said we should tank. Just questioning the logic and results of current management philosophy given the evidence of the last decade+.

      • toinz says:

        Only one team wins the Cup every year, and that doesn’t mean 29 other teams are doing it badly. Even Pittsburgh, the team I didn’t discuss, hasn’t won a 3rd round game since they won the Cup in 2009. Their prospect pool is perilously shallow. This is a team that has already peaked!

        The two hottest teams in the Eastern conference right now, Boston and Philadelphia, were built without tanking.

        Irony Alert: Philly finished last one year, and lost the lottery to Chicago, who picked Patrick Kane while the Flyers got JVR. Even when you finish last nothing is guaranteed.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Good stuff… and it really comes down to all the stars and planets lining up properly:

      Draft well-Trade well-Sign good UFAs-Don’t waste $1 Salary Cap dollar-Good goaltending-Good health-Luck.

    • third generation haber says:

      Without tanking, we would not have Galchenyuk, and without artificially tanking, we wouldn’t have Price.

      What matters most is great scouting and asset management. L.A. (who added two first rounders in Carter and Richards) and Boston managed their assets incredibly well.

      j.p. murray

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I have to argue with your use of the term ‘tanking’. The Canadiens finished last in the Conference in 2012, but they never tanked. They never intentionally iced a poor team to finish low in the standings. Josh Gorges, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole, Hal Gill, they all played hard that season.

        from Wikipedia:

        When a team intentionally loses a game, or does not score as high as it can, to obtain a perceived future competitive advantage (for instance, earning a high draft pick) rather than gamblers being involved, the team is often said to have tanked the game instead of having thrown it.

        ———————————————————————–
        My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  2. crane says:

    Love to see for last ten games

    Tinordi P.K.
    Markov Beaulieu
    Emelin Pateryn

    Gorges returns and plays were needed
    Murray number 8
    Boullion and Weaver practice pylons

    Still time to gamble a bit,and then we know for sure.
    MT did this for me,I give him a solid B plus for the season.

  3. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Looks like it’ll be up to us to put an end to Boston’s streak. No problemo. Bring ‘em on!

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  4. sulham44 says:

    Hate to be a downer after a win against the Leafs on HNIC, but this was evident again last night. My beloved Habs are not contenders nor will they be under the current management philosophy. Bergevin has proven his worth as demonstrated by the Vanek trade, but was that what THIS team needed? That trade would have been a great one for a true contender. For the Habs it just guaranteed extended mediocrity.

    The playoffs are pretty well assured now, as is a first or second round exit and another middling draft pick. They might be below us in the standings, but Columbus was another in a full stable of teams that are built for the playoffs that have exposed the Habs for what they aren’t- a playoff contender.

    Maybe they’ll get lucky with that middling pick. Gems can definitely be found in the middle of the first round. But the Habs’ recent history painfully suggests otherwise and has instead proven to be a formula for perpetual mediocrity.

    In a salary cap league, I’d rather miss the playoffs to watch the promise of a contender develop than make the playoffs to watch the inevitability of mediocrity. The former you can root for. The latter gets more difficult with each predictable year.

    That being said… Go Habs!

    • jlgib1019 says:

      You’ll get slammed for that post,but it’s pretty well right on. It’s all about the management/organization and ours is mediocre,though it is better than the Gainey/Gauthier term. And you’re 100% correct on Columbus,we may be better in an 82 game sched. but they’d mop us up in 5 or 6 in a series

      jr

    • toinz says:

      If you think tanking for picks and having a losing philosophy is good for our team, I suggest you ignore the highlights of the Oilers Flames game last night…

      • jlgib1019 says:

        I wouldn’t tank,but it sure didnt hurt Chicago,Pitt or LA.

        jr

        • ont fan says:

          Random thots. Well that’s 3 you picked out but there are many that haven’t got the big prize by tanking. Fans wanted to get rid of J.G. now they can’t wait til he gets back. Don’t get why fans who can’t speak any French watch a French station but won’t turn the volume down on CBC.

        • Luke says:

          Of note, Chicago tanked for ~50 years prior to 2010. LA tanked for ~40. Pittsburgh, with two rosters built around multiple, generational talents were only able to win twice, what? 22 &23 years ago and once recently.?

          It did hurt those teams. They have all struggled at the gate. They have all Been
          Troubled franchises.
          It’s funny.
          LA couldn’t win with Dionne or Getzky.
          CHI couldn’t win with Roenick, Chelios or Belfour.
          PIT only won twice ith as stacked a team as I have seen.
          STL couldn’t win with Hull & Oates. and haven’t won in franchise history.

          I’m not sure tanking is effective. And if your team tanks, better hope that #1 isn’t Stefan, or DiPietro .

      • third generation haber says:

        It’s been over 20 years, so we already have a losing philosophy.

        If u want to win a cup, u have no choice but to tank. All recent cup winners missed the play-offs 3-4 times in the 10 years prior to winning their cups. Their cup wins were a direct result of their picks, or in-direct as they used those picks to make big trades.

        The Oilers stink despite drafting high, not because of it.

        j.p. murray

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          How many original Bruins draft choices were on the team when they won the Cup?
          No goalie or Dman was an original Bruins draft pick

          • third generation haber says:

            Bergeron, Lucic, and Marchand (all Bruin picks) were essential to their run. If they weren’t Bruin picks, or free agents, then they were acquired through trade (for Bruin prospects).

            Yes, free-agents are always a necessary ingredient, but the habs couldn’t have attracted the likes of Horton and Chara, so the draft becomes even more important for us.

            j.p. murray

        • ont fan says:

          Well lets let Buffalo be the poster child of tanking and see how long it takes.

          • Mattyleg says:

            How about Edmonton?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Luke says:

            Buffalo with the likes Lafontaine, Mogilny & Hasek couldn’t win a cup .

            So far, they are in year 40something. And that’s with Scotty Bowman calling the shots for a while.

          • third generation haber says:

            If they draft McDavid, with the prospects they already have, and the bank of big picks they’ve built up for the next 2 drafts, their future will be brighter than ours.

            j.p. murray

        • Mattyleg says:

          I’m not willing to sit at the bottom of the table for three years to win one cup.

          That’s pathetic.

          I’d rather we ice a competitive team on a regular basis.
          Winning the cup isn’t the only thing.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • jlgib1019 says:

            I’d trade three non-playoff years for a cup. Especially after a 20 year drought

            jr

          • Mattyleg says:

            That’s where you and I differ.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Luke says:

            3 years to get picks.
            3 for them to get to the NHL.
            And maybe
            3ish more to build the winner.

          • third generation haber says:

            3 years at the bottom??? Our team has been a joke for 20 years!
            Have u not lived through this?

            j.p. murray

    • SPATS says:

      You forget how important goaltending is in the playoffs? And how a diminutive Slovak carried a much worse team through 2 offensive powerhouses? All that is needed is what we saw last night and we can contend this year and for many years ahead. Depth, confidence in our keeper and more importantly, the other team realizing they’re facing the best and coming unglued over it. That is what playoff hockey is all about. As Bob McKenzie famously said, They should change the name of the game from “Hockey” to “Goalie” when the playoffs begin.

      I like our chances much better this year than I did in 2010 where, co-incidentally our goalie just turned a lot of heads at the Olympics.

      We will beat the Bruins (again) and take our spot in Rask’s kitchen. Carey beat him in Sochi and you can be certain the B’s don’t want to face us in the playoffs. The only team I fear in the east is Washington… can u guess why?

      OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

    • third generation haber says:

      Hate to agree with u, but u are right! We have absolutely zero chance of winning the cup this year (or next).

      In my mind, the Vanek trade, like you said, coupled with the fact that we weren’t able to deal Markov for a meaningful offensive prospect, guarantees a slower rebuild. I think the Vanek deal was just a business move; playoff dollars in-mind. Too bad we’ve lost a 2nd roung pick out of it.

      Play-off hockey and regular season hockey are 2 different animals and we are, maybe more than any other team in the league, built for the regular season. Which cup do we want to win, Stanley or the President’s trophy?

      Anaheim, Chicago, Boston, L.A., Pittsburgh, Detroit, all of the recent cup winners had toughness throughout their line-up to complement their other attributes (goal-tending, elite talent, team defense). The only toughness we have in our top six is Gallagher.

      Cup contenders do not play on the perimeter and are tough to play against five on five.

      j.p. murray

    • Mattyleg says:

      How on Earth do you think that we are not ‘contenders’?

      Any team that makes the playoffs is a ‘contender’.
      Especially ones with good goaltending.

      Whatever weaknesses you think we have, there are 15 other teams going into the playoffs that have similar or different weaknesses.

      Who wins is determined by which team is willing to work the hardest to overcome their weaknesses. In the playoffs, it’s easier to work hard because every game is important, much unlike the regular season, half of which doesn’t matter.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jlgib1019 says:

        So you think NYR,Columbus,TB,Minn are as much of contenders as the Bos,Stl,Chic or LA? Lol. Those are the REAL contenders. Then Pitt,Ana,and SJ are a level belo.

        jr

        • Mattyleg says:

          Yes, everyone is a contender.
          That’s what a contender means. “one that contends; especially : a competitor for a championship or high honor”

          LA won the Stanley Cup after finishing 8th, and nobody thought they would win.

          The Habs in 93 surprised everyone and won, as did Carolina in 2006, against Edmonton, who were also a surprise.

          Anyone can do it.

          (btw, LA only have one more point than us)

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • jlgib1019 says:

            I bet $100 on LA to win the west that year when the playoffs started @12-1. I didn’t have them for Cup at 25-1 but many thought they were the real deal ,especially after getting Carter and Richards.

            jr

      • third generation haber says:

        San-Jose, St. Louis, Boston, Pittsburgh, L.A., Chicago, Anaheim.

        All of these teams can survive the physical demands of a four series cup run. They give u no time, dominate puck possession, out-hit, out chance, and out work their opponents. Our under-sized d could not keep them out of our goal-crease, our under-sized forwards would shoot desperately from the perimeter.

        We are a perimeter team that is very easy to play against. Every team in the east is hoping to play us in the first round because, beyond our goalie, we are a push-over.

        Philly, Columbus, and T-bay would also beat us handily.

        Eventually Price would tire from the onslaught and we would lose.

        j.p. murray

    • Cal says:

      Just keep remembering that the Habs truly suck so you’ll be bullet-proof come playoff time.

    • Habspark says:

      We finished last in the East and got Galchenyuk, I seem to remember everyone was pretty happy about that… We then flew up to the top with Therrien behind the bench, but apparently he is the devil incarnate whose primary concern is to put out the worst lines every night…!! I don’t agree with everything that happens with the Habs, but seriously, all this doom and gloom on the back of a win as we are rolling towards a spot in the playoffs seems ill-timed if nothing worse! If Prust shared the mindset of some of the commentators here, I doubt we’d be too impressed with him on our team!!

  5. Maritime Ronn says:

    Marc Bergevin quote:
    ” I’ve never seen a young guy being brought up too late on an NHL team. But I’ve often seen very good young players being brought up too soon.”
    ———————-
    That appears to be the Bergevin philosophy – you can agree or not, yet what does it mean in the big Tinordi-Beaulieu picture?

    A way to look at things:
    Hockey is a game of mistakes – even the supposed Dman all stars make them more often than not… if you keep a real close eye on them.

    Guys like Doughty-Weber-Keith differentiate themselves from others because they make less mistakes, and they have incredible hockey vision, ice/player/situation awareness, and anticipation.

    With GMMB’s philosophy in mind, and Coach MT’s mandate to Win, decisions have to be made at this crucial time of the year.

    It really comes down to this:
    – Who do they trust more at this stage of the season, to make the lessor amount errors that turn into high end scoring chances?
    – Who do they trust more at this stage of the season, to keep things simple, be better aware about what’s going on, and anticipate what’s to come?

    Bouillon, Weaver, and Murray appear to be the choices.
    And really, what are the expectations of these guys to cover for an injured Gorges with $1.5M Cap Hit in the cases of Bouillon-Murray, and $1.1M in Weaver?
    It appears they are the more trust worthy choices at this stage of the season.

    As for the youngsters, next year will be their time to shine.
    Regardless of Tinordi’s giveaway against Columbus, he had been shaky with other nervous giveaways, and was often unaware about what was going on around him in several other games.
    Beaulieu? Great wheels, yet he also suffered from big D lapses and was more often than not, lost in the D zone.

    • jlgib1019 says:

      Bruins have 3-4 rookie dmen in the lineup every night during their 12 game streak. Many teams have rookie/young dmen starting,including contenders.Maybe our d prospects aren’t as good as we think? Wouldn’t be the 1st time we’ve overrated our own. And PK was rushed up here in the final four run and didn’t hurt him. Bergevin is so full of crap that he will be a politician after this gig is over

      jr

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        20 year old D Hamilton has been a healthy scratch in several games this year.
        Soon to be 23 year old Krug is a PP specialist.
        Bartkowski is 25 years old and Miller is 26.

        The Bruins also have 1 of the Top 3 goalies in the NHL and have incredible familiarity with their system.
        Their Bottom 6 is the best in the NHL and their group of 12 forwards is also 1 one the most complete.

        • CJ says:

          I saw this floated around yesterday. Hamilton has been scratched three times all season. He missed 18 games with an injury. Krug is an excellent player, who joined the team for last year’s playoffs with ONE regular season game under his belt. This is Miller’s first NHL season. Bartowski has 75 games of NHL experience. Long way of saying the Bruins have a very young, inexperienced defence.

          Go up and down the lineup and look at the ages and relative experience compared to us. Too distinctly different ideologies. The Ducks have also succeeded with three players 20,21,23 on the back end. Youth is the future of sports, especially in a salary cap world.

          I’d be willing to bet that our six man unit last night is the oldest in the league compared to every other team’s six man unit in their most recent game. 38,35 (36 in a week),35,34,28,24.

    • third generation haber says:

      Rushing Beaulieu and Tinordi into a non-contending situation is ridiculous. The AHL is NHL style hockey and a perfect place to develop. D-men take longer and need ice-time, plus they need quality ice-time. In Montreal their growth would be stunted by too much pine riding.

      j.p. murray

      • jlgib1019 says:

        Playing 2nd/3rd year out of Jr 12-15 min/game is not ridiculous.Lindholm,Trouba and Motta are all playing alot of minutes. many more that i don’t feel like looking up also.Another example of our management thinking they are smarter than the rest of the league

        jr

        • third generation haber says:

          would u want that to happen to rookie d-men in Montreal???
          I feel they will both be strong NHL’ers starting next season.

          j.p. murray

    • Cal says:

      Rookie and young Dmen make a lot of mistakes. Experienced vets, not so much. You can cherry pick specific plays where even the best like Robinson made mistakes, but rookies on D give coaches either grey hairs or they make the coaches pull their hair out. Look at Ottawa this year with their inexperienced D. Not even a Hasek could save their sorry asses.

  6. Curtis O Habs says:

    JVR should have been given 5 minutes for the hit to Price`s head.

  7. rhino514 says:

    Tampa has an insanely easy remaining schedule. Ottawa, Buffalo, and Islanders in their next 3 games.
    The goal would be to somehow not lose any ground on them during these next 3 games, and then we would have a chance, since we have that one big game remaining against them.
    Kind of sad, but our 6-7 run during Price´s injury aggravated during the Olympics will probably end up costing us home ice advantage.

    • JF says:

      Not sure that home ice is all that much of an advantage. I believe the road team won more than half of last year’s playoff series. And we’ve played Tampa three times this year, losing twice (in OT) here and winning once, also in OT, there. The problem against Tampa will not be where the games are played, but scoring on Ben Bishop. We’ve scored only four goals on him this year, and he also robbed us when he was with Ottawa. He’s been a bit less lights out lately, so maybe that’s a hopeful sign.

      • jlgib1019 says:

        I agree home ice doesn’t matter and may actually help the Habs,taking pressure off. I like the TB matchup. Would be the least physical team we’d have to play

        jr

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Those are also dangerous games.
      There is no pressure on those teams, and some guys are fighting for jobs next year.

      Ex: Although Buffalo has been pathetic this year with only 20 wins, they have managed to beat top ranked teams.

      Last time they played Tampa, they beat them 3-1
      They have also beaten the following teams TWICE this year:
      Boston-San Jose-Phoenix.

      There are no gimmes in the NHL

    • Thomas Le Fan says:

      There are no gimme games in this league.

      Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  8. rhino514 says:

    Re: Eller, sadly I have to echo the poster´s sentiments. His absence makes no difference to the current team.
    However, I hope he´s back soon; he applied some pressure on his line and would be a heck of a treat to have him available on the fourth line.

    • JF says:

      I think missing a few games could actually be good for Eller. It will give him a chance to take a step back, refocus, and think about what he needs to do. Maybe consult Sylvain Guimond (the sports psychologist).

  9. jlgib1019 says:

    I wish that Bournival would come up for the Buffalo game and not vs. the big,tough and streaking Bruins. Put White or Parros in. And Tinordi for Boullion.We are actually getting smaller.At some point,they have to adjust the lineups for the competition. Bruins have nothing to play for except to give the Habs a physical beatdown in front of their home crowd,win or lose

    jr

  10. rhino514 says:

    Happy for Bourque last night. He gets constantly hammered on here and by the media. I just don´t see the bad attitude everyone keeps talking about.
    I realize we basically signed Briere for the playoffs, but I´d rather see Bourque in there over Briere.

  11. Habfan10912 says:

    I’m horrible at picking out my outfit for a special occasion but even I know that these uniforms were ugly.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2014-03-21/ny-islanders-black-jerseys-final-time-thirds-new-alternates

  12. Lafleurguy says:

    Post of the day…..the left one, with honorable mention to the crossbar.

  13. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! Burly’s Price jersey seemed to do the trick last night. I’m happy for the win and I’m even happier for our place in the standings but I’m not with the organizations decisions to sit Tinordi and Beaulieu.

    I’m having a hard time believing that Murray and Bouillon are the better choices. Thinking back to the glassy-eyed days of Bergevin’s hiring and his subsequent putting together of a team of experienced hockey men who would focus on player development.

    Anybody out there want to take a stab at what the experienced hockey men are thinking? I’ve got nothing.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Absence makes the hearty fan grow fonder………of Josh Gorges.

    • Habspark says:

      Me neither… But we got a win and I’m sure/sincerely hope they’ll be back again this year… If not, well, then I really am stumped!!

    • 44har48 says:

      I think it’s because we are getting into April and May now and mistakes cost games and eventually series. The kids simply are not ready to play mistake free hockey, understanding that all payers, even all-stars, make mistakes, they don’t make them at the frequency and in the usually the situations the younger players do.

      I’m getting impatient after 21 years, I would like some of these younger players to be get ready faster, but I think Mgmt is playing it right.

  14. rhino514 says:

    Habs needed 3 weak goals to win this game. Not ecouraging.
    Let´s hope the habs are a different team with Gorges and Prust back at the end of the season.
    I have a suspicion that Montreal is a tougher team to beat when Prust is healthy, which we haven´t seen much this season.
    I was encouraged by the team´s decision to rest him, and would be very happy to see this team start the playoffs healthy with Prust on board.
    Price´s save on Kessel could be the save of the season.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      rhino, I agree. Prust was the teams best player on the ice Tuesday night. He’s a perfect 4th line player who can eat minutes on the third as well. There appears to be a void when he’s not in the lineup.

      • jlgib1019 says:

        He’s my favorite Hab,but I fear his time as a full-time NHLer is done. I’d be surprised to see him last the last 2 years of his contract

        jr

  15. slimjim111 says:

    I agree with Boone on this one. HNIC has the most biased commentating ever, its nauseating. They really should take Healy out between the benches and put someone there that actually makes sense, or simply give it to a charity or cancer association, give kids with cancer a chance to see the game from ice level.

  16. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Questions about the play of Emelin.

    Isn’t there the possibility that injuries like his require more than a single season for full recovery? Without his hitting and physical presence, he ends up a very ordinary D man and of little value to Montreal. But perhaps we just need to be patient and hope that his full game is restored to him next year. Would not like to see him playing for anyone else unless we are certain he has been transformed forever.

  17. HabsFansince49 says:

    Mike Boone is right about the HNIC crowd. Last night like other nights I watch the Habs on RDS even when CBC or TSN covers the game. I simply can’t stand the English bunch esp. Cherry, Cole and Healey. And I’m not bilingual.
    And how sweet it is to beat the Leafs and let’s not forget the boys were up 2-0 and the Leafs tied the game. But we bounced back. They Leafs tied again on a questionable call on Pleks, and we won.

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      CBC has no interest in Habs fans. Producing an English telecast out of Montreal cannot be profitable for them, especially now that most of the Habs fans I know watch all the games on RDS. If it wasn’t the CBC, I might be able to understand it, but they are the public broadcaster. Personally, I haven’t watched HNIC for 25 years, for a lot of reasons, and I will not be going back.

  18. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Good morning all. Can’t believe I — in sunny GMT — am not the first up this morning!

    I like Reimer — hope he and his unfortunate wife are living in another city very soon. The Leafs do NOT have the monopoly on classless fans, but I can’t help hoping that those heroes on Twitter — coupled with their genius coach — have brought down a goaltending curse on the city for a few seasons.

    *****

    Found myself trying to imagine the editorial meeting of the HNIC team in the run-up to the game. Comparison: when Ireland plays England in rugby, both nations pay HUGE attention, and England is STILL referred to as “the old enemy”. Gives you the flavour. And yet, the only trace of homerism in the commentary by RTE, Ireland’s national broadcasters, is a slight extra edge of excitement when Ireland scores. Otherwise the way they call it is fair and balanced in both praise and criticism. Obviously the entire broadcast team is desperate for an Irish victory, but their policy is to park their allegiance.

    What I just can’t get my head around is how Canada’s national broadcaster does not have that policy. It means that, going back to the editorial meeting, someone may well have raised their hand and asked, “Just to be sure, are we doing nothing on the Habs pre-game, nothing in Coach’s Corner, and nothing in After 40 Minutes? We’re all good with devoting all air time to the Leafs?”

    And the answer was, “Yes. Everything’s fine as it is.”

    So we’re not just talking about the poorly suppressed allegiances and hostilities of the guys on air, we’re talking about the decision-making of the national broadcaster.

    I am stunned by this, but clearly shouldn’t be. It is, after all, the same national broadcaster that pays actual money to someone who can neither express himself nor offer any thoughts worth expressing were he able: PJ Stock. Whatever of paying a professional contrarian like Cherry, can anyone tell me, honestly, what value an incoherent space cadet like Stock brings to a hockey broadcast?

    *****

    As for the game itself. We are a team trying to hold our place while the Leafs are clearly in decline. Yet they honoured the rivalry and, as usual, played well against us, and indeed the result could have gone either way. I am an optimist — can’t remember who said it during the week, a poster who held up his hand and said he always believes we can win every game (Thomas le Fan?), but that’s me, too — but it’s going to be tough for us in the Gahden tomorrow. The Bruins don’t even need to beat us up — just deploy their balanced lines, their nice mix of youth and experience on D, and newly Habs-detraumatised goalie, and we will have our hands full with our new (again) lines and patchy D.

    Have a great day all.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Good morning Mike. It’s not my fathers or my mine for that matter HNIC broadcast. It’s sad in a way because the HNIC broadcast had a lot to do with me becoming a hockey fan in the first place.

      There was a huge amount of angst on twitter last night about Frankie B’s ice time. I guess it’s time to admit the importance of Josh Gorges to this team, eh?

    • Habspark says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more… I have said it before, but from an international perspective the commentary and Coaches Corner makes the great Canadian nation out to be nothing more than a Hicksville… I hold a Canadian passport, but live in England and there is just no comparison between the BBC and CBC, it is embarrassing. The BBC is constantly held accountable and every week there are TV and radio shows hosted by the BBC, on the BBC, to comment and discuss how they report – remember it’s not just England, there are Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish viewers with whom to maintain the balance – a far more arduous task than what the CBC has to contend with, but perhaps that is the problem. In my opinion, the CBC could learn an awful lot if it chose to look out a little further beyond it’s own shores.

      Re optimism, I share it, but possibly one step further! Maybe it’s a cast off from 1993, but the great thing about being a Habs fan is that there is still an element of mystique to our team (I think so anyway!), which has me level-headed about the Bruins game, but also allows me to think that if any team can upset their streak, it’s us, no matter the line up! Possibly I am deluded, but it makes supporting the Habs fun!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      You are UCe’s bro’.

  19. zephyr says:

    the game was too sloppy to be really enjoyable. bouillon made some key mistakes but our forwards didn’t help get the puck out of our zone much. that’s where murray shines because he wins his battles & doesn’t turn it over. subban, markov, murray & weaver played well. weaver plays a lot bigger than he is. why emelin is getting caught up ice lately is disturbing. he’s not hitting as much anymore either & maybe that has something to do with lost effectiveness. tinordi has been making glaring mistakes every game. b4 the olympics, beaulieu was playing very well. he’s still too light but has elite wheels. I think he should be brought up.
    t.o.’s def is awful yet after the 1st period we stopped pressuring their dmen & let them bring the game to us. I wonder if that’s mt’s ‘let’s not give them anything this period’ bs. has it ever worked? we play best when forechecking aggressively & we play worst when in a def shell. t.o. played way too aggressively & we let them get away with it. we played to t.o.’s strength & that’s because of poor coaching. price has been saving mt’s bacon this season.

  20. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    It appears there is a lot of wasted emotion towards the CBC and HNIC.

    There is another way to see it
    From here, it is pure unadulterated COMEDY at its best that may make Rick Mercer jealous.

    Where, in any other ‘pro sports broadcasting’ ( term used lightly), would the return of a 3rd line center that has never scored 20 goals in a season, be heralded as the 2nd coming of the almighty Savior?
    You can’t make this stuff up…….

    Some of the best comedy is the post game excuses, words, and body language.
    When the broadcast was over and the credits were rolling, there was great surprise not to see the names of either Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David as writers or directors.

    The (Don) Cherry on the sundae in all of this is that the hapless 47 year Cupless faithful have no clue as to how they are being played.
    That perhaps, may be the best comedy of it all…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Ha! Well said, MR, and you’re so right!
      Still, comedy that’s by accident is troubling, don’t you think?

    • HabsFansince49 says:

      I have to agree with you Ronn, despite my recent post about the English networks. I should laugh at the comedy instead of getting so pissed off.
      However, it is, as Mike says below, troubling
      And what will happen next year with Rogers taking over the world?

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        “Since ’49″! Seriously?
        PLEASE post more! Your fanship more or less exactly coincides with the era described in Dick Irvin’s wonderful book The Habs.
        Cheers

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hi Ireland/49

      This situation is similar to the Globe and Mail.
      That paper claims to be Canada’s National newspaper when in fact it is nothing more than a Toronto Ontario/Bay Street newspaper with national distribution that tosses in a couple of other stories to keep the far off colonies happy once in a while.

      For the CBC, it’s all about business and…language demographics.
      In Quebec, English is claimed as its mother tongue by about only 8% of the population.
      The CBC/HNIC crowd pander to the non-francophone masses selling false hope and Leaf delusion.
      The last thing the CBC wants is for the unhappy masses calling the sponsors and complaining about an anti-Leaf bias.

      At the end of the day, they have been successful in some brainwashing techniques.
      What other fan base can smile and keep using the term “Wait until next year” spending gross amounts of dollars doing so.

      It’s enjoyable talking to Leafs fans in September.
      That’s the comedy…. :-)

    • Habspark says:

      You are of course right Ronn… The only reason it upsets me is that foreigners laugh AT Canada for this, not WITH us!!!

  21. DipsyDoodler says:

    The Leafs are in big trouble. I think Columbus and Detroit are both likely to pass them.

    But even worse is Ottawa. I remember last summer when I was telling anyone who would listen that the Bobby Ryan trade was a mistake. Ottawa gave up a really good youngster plus this year’s #1 (will be a top 8 draft) for a guy who is only signed until 2015. They were not a bubble team, they were a poor team with insanely good goaltending.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Bobby Ryan is the least of Ottawa’s problems.
      He has held up his end of the bargain and will score between 25-30 goals this year for a $5.1 M cap hit.

      Their problems start with Spezza. Add to that a Karlsson that has regressed and is absolutely brutal defensively.
      Finally, the goaltending tandem of Anderson and Lehner has been bottom of the NHL barrel this year – unexpected to say the least.

    • jlgib1019 says:

      That’s too bad,because they matchup with the Bruins. And we could handle them pretty handily in a series. I don’t think we could beat Det or Col in a 7 game series. It’s all about matchups

      jr

  22. Habsville says:

    The homer coverage description is an act of kindness by Mr. Boone. I have listened to the announcers like Danny G and Foster, and of Meeker too but never has it come to this. They are watching a different game than I. In the first period, less than 5 minutes in there is a 3 on 3 and the Leafs shoot wide. The description given is a 3 on 2 rush and Price makes the save.

    At this point I take paper and pen in hand to record the bold blindness to the worst sportscasters our game has had in this land of hockey.

    A few of my post notes. Toronto did hit the goal post a few times, but there was no mention of the post the Habs hit until a replay showing the stop by Reimer. By the 5.21 mark of the 1st Phil Kessel “has been a factor” . This after his second shift of the night.

    The intermission shows us a great Toronto dump in and goal scored despite a breakaway goal by Borque who has sat 5 games and the Habs leading 3-2.

    It sickens me to watch it being announced by them and CBC has tarnished our game. They have lost the broadcast rights which should be of no surprise with the quality they put on the air.

    I’m looking forward to George Stroumboulopoulos broadcasting the game.

  23. Captain aHab says:

    Why do you guys bother looking at the CBC? They’re a bunch of idiots.

    That being said I think Brunet said yesterday that Pacioretty isn’t a power forward because he doesn’t score enough. So idiots all around.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • zephyr says:

      brunet seems like a bit of an oaf.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Boy to show my thoughts for the broadcasting group on CBC I watch RDS and I don’t understand French very much. That non stop subtle Leaf bias is nearly impossible to listen too over a complete game. Then you have Heatley…man he is bad,,,,bad…..bad.There are worse crews…Ottawa is worse…Detroit is worse with Redmond continually whining about referees and Pittsburg Boston all very bad. I think it does a great dis-service to the game.

  24. filincal says:

    And Teemo you’re the worst. I’d rather hang out with a group of Don Cherries than a negative pessimistic loser like you ( not that we’d ever want to hang anyways). Cheer for the Flames. I hear they got a fresh group of “young guns”.

  25. filincal says:

    Coaches suck, D sucks; small forwards, and our big ones don’t hit…we SUCK!!!! Geez!!! Can you lame fans cheer for your team and leave the Habs’ sight for Habs fans. Complain about your job and taxes to your spouses and neighbors.

    • jlgib1019 says:

      It’s all about advancing in the playoffs,not just being one of the 16 teams that make it.And for playoff hockey,they are too small to endure 4 rounds of physical hockey.

      jr

  26. Un Canadien errant says:

    Oh, and I just have to do this:

    TimoMARCH 22, 2014 AT 12:31 PM
    This is going to be ugly tonight. Really ugly for the Habs.

    Dunboyne MikeMARCH 22, 2014 AT 12:35 PM
    Elaborate, Timo!

    TimoMARCH 22, 2014 AT 12:39 PM
    They will lose and lose in every aspect of the game. Leafs goons will have a field day so on top of the humiliation on the scoreboard, Habs will also get beat up pretty badly.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Oh, go on–he was just speaking figuratively… processing his feelings about a girl he used to know, or his lost cat.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      He reminds me of a (dead) relative, who in her old age got very miserable. The more miserable she got the more people avoided talking to her, the more miserable she got. Like Timo, she craved attention, so whenever she had your ear she would just keep pushing your buttons until you lost your composure.

      Timo’s a troll, I’m sure of it now. Sure, he’s venting, but he’s also trying to goad us.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        It’s 6am Sunday, Dipsy, and I have figured you out: altar boy, right?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Troll is a too strong in my opinion, but Timo used to be wry, acerbic, often witty in his commentary. Lately, and maybe it’s just a feeling I derive based on my too great exposure, he’s been unceasingly negative, and it’s been too much.

        I’m just teasing Timo with my post quoting him, like I would if we were sitting down in a dressing room enjoying a cold beverage after a win, nothing more. I’m not dismissing him.

  27. Un Canadien errant says:

    Well, this is a win that we can feel was stolen, and not by Carey Price. I kind of have to say that the refs handed us this one. That goalie interference call on James van Riemsdyk was questionable at least, seeing as he was pushed from behind by Andrei Markov. His trajectory indicates that he might have contacted Carey in the crease even without the push, but it’s hard to make the case either way. Usually the refs swallow their whistles in the third period in a tied game unless a decapitation occurs. Let’s give Carey an Oscar, and move on before too many Senators fans congregate and point and scream blue murder, and insist on a recount of their last loss at the New Forum.

    Carey was actually solid in goal, back to his usual reliable self. He made the saves he needed to make, his posts and crossbar pitched in, and he skates off with another win. It’s interesting to note that he saved 33 out of 36 shots. This is the same number of shots faced by Toronto goalie James Reimer, who made exactly one fewer save. Apparently one of Pierre Maguire’s witticisms is that the game shouldn’t be called hockey but ‘goalie’.

    The Canadiens stormed out to a 2-0 lead thanks to some poor efforts from Mr. Reimer. He was teetering on the edge, all wobbly, one more softie would have had him yanked, but he made a couple of stops soon after and got back in stride and regained his confidence. Again, too bad for the Canadiens that they had a goalie on the ropes but they couldn’t finish him. But then again, maybe we should look at it as if they spared him, left him there as a Trojan horse who would come in handy when the time was right.

    The game served as a streak buster for a couple of Canadiens. René Bourque, after sitting out a few games, was reinserted in the lineup, on a line with Daniel Brière at centre and Brian Gionta. The three veterans were effective, and both wingers tallied a goal and an assist. René Bourque played like he can, if he’s focused and motivated, skating hard, and got off six shots even if he didn’t quite take a regular shift. It’s reassuring that he showed he can still play, still get results. At his cap hit, a big body who can skate like him is actually a bargain, if he just performs as expected, he doesn’t even need to overachieve.

    Tomas Plekanec had a bit of a rough game. He took a hooking penalty in the offensive zone that the Leafs converted into a goal. Late in the third period with the Canadiens protecting a slim lead, frantically defending in their own zone, he somehow was running around jawing at the refs, protesting a non-call on what he thought should have been a penalty at one point, then a close play at the blue line which he felt should have been an offside. It was puzzling behaviour from a veteran leader of the team, as play was going on.

    Tomas has been in a long slump, as I’m painfully aware from his deleterious effect on my fantasy teams lately. He hopefully took a big step in breaking this unproductive streak by scoring the go-ahead goal in the third on the powerplay, on a bank shot off James Reimer, who gosh darn it tried hard on the play, although we’ll have to wait to see how his coach will characterize his effort and performance.

    Maybe Tomas’ uneven performance can be attributed to his new linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Do we still expect Tomas to the be the shutdown center if he plays with the two youths? At one point, with Nazem Kadri lazily skating up ice with the puck, considering his options, Alex retreated, to assume a defensive posture. And kept retreating. I had time to yell out: “Close the gap, Alex!” before Morgan Rielly got off his shot that hit the crossbar.

    Alex didn’t seem his usual affable self when interviewed by Pierre Houde during the pregame show, and I don’t know if I’m reading too much into it. By the questions Mr. Houde asked, I guess Alex knew by then that he wouldn’t be centering René Bourque and Brian Gionta during the game, as he had done in the previous practice. I have to believe that the Canadiens coaching staff learned that Dave Bolland was going to play as the Leafs third-line centre, and they decided that this wouldn’t be the most propitious time to let Alex have a go at playing centre. Maybe not a bad call, Dave Bolland is a handful, as Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler can testify, but it seemed to affect Alex based on his demeanor.

    Lars Eller left the game with a lower-body injury, which seemed to come on an innocuous play. RDS showed footage of a faceoff he took in the offensive zone, after which he immediately skated to the bench for a change. I suspect he suffered a strain earlier, and either aggravated it on the faceoff, or tested it and realized it wasn’t going to allow him to continue.

    In response, or maybe rather as a stroke of fortuitous timing, Michaël Bournival is done his conditioning stint in Hamilton and will rejoin the team in Boston. While a healthy Lars is an asset to the team, having Ryan White or Michaël ready to sub in is not a bad spot to be in, especially if René Bourque is also ready to contribute.

    A final observation might be on how tame the proceedings were, in terms of toughness and penalties. While Colton Orr and Troy Bodie were dressed for the game, they played little, and had no effect on the game. We may have feared that the Leafs might make use of the absence of George Parros and Brandon Prust in the lineup as a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card, but they actually just concentrated on hockey, and tried to beat the Canadiens with their Lupuls and Kessels instead of their fists. Good on you, putrid blue, save that for your first-round matchup against the Bruins.

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • johnnylarue says:

      Great read as UCe-ual, my man.

      We’re lucky for the embarrassment of riches we have in capable, defensively-sound pluggers for the 3rd/4th lines. Ignoring for a moment that Larry has ignominiously slumped his way onto the fourth line, being able to replace him with either of Bournival or White on the fly will save–or mitigate the damage to–our collective bacon when we play a complete, four-line team like da Broonz.

      I still hope Eller isn’t out for too long, though. Even relegated to the 4th line and PK duty, he’s the only size we have at centre. There was some balance on display in tonight’s lineup, but that notwithstanding we’re looking at DD, Plekanec and Brière centring our top 3 lines. Not exactly the thing to strike fear in the hearts of the Philadelphia Flyers or Washington What-Have-Yous.

      (I made that last team up.)

    • bwoar says:

      The goalie interference penalty was bunk, Markov pushed him into
      Rice. But I’ll go ahead and say it was a make-up call for a pretty lame hooking call that cost us a goal. Therrien went after the refs pretty hard at that point and sure enough, we got one back. Sure. Why not?

      Yup, that’s right: Michel Therrien got us the call that won the game.
      Hah!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Thanks for the recap. I only caught the 2nd period. We looked like we couldn’t get out of our end.

      The highlights on nhl.com suggest that every goal Reimer let in was stoppable. Tuuka for one would not have allowed any of them.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Typical Habs’ weak 2nd period. However, on this occasion we didn’t lose the game at that point. No other way to say it, Reimer was poor.

        We did not dominate the 3rd either. Not hard to imagine the Leafs tying and forcing OT.

    • Guy Robinson says:

      That’s a stupid comment about the penalty call on van Riemsdyk. To say that the refs handed us this one is absurd considering the call made on Plekanec which allowed the Leafs to tie the game. Two poor calls, one made against each team did not decided the game. Simply another piece of self-indulgent writing to satisfy one’s fragile ego.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Good morning, Guy. I’m a teacher, and I try not to work Sundays (but I have work to correct and two tests to set and some Powerpoints to compose). Still, I can’t resist taking in your post for correction and giving it back to you with a B-. Your point is absolutely valid, but to secure an A you must tone down or eliminate the speculation concerning the intelligence and ego of the poster holding a different opinion.

  28. Frank2468 says:

    Well that was exciting glad for the win. Leafs fans as usual are complaining about the refs againnnnn. But the game was pretty even both teams had 36 shots and both had 2 PP’s each. The difference is Price’s save percentage was 917 and Reimer’s was 888. I enjoyed a movie after I’m sure a lot of you remember the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn”? I laughed my head off when the RV pulled up in front of the bar in the movie I forgot the name of it but when I saw it I thought of Leaf fans thinking “well that game was a real “Ti*ty Twister” LMAO

  29. I have watched the Habs play for years. These years I watch every game. Tossing Eller under a bus would be a mistake. He is good in the room and plays with heart. The hit last season has set him back some but in my mind out performs briere bourque etc. he plays well in our end, relied upon to back check and carry the puck out under pressure. This newest injury can only build enthusiasm and longing to be out there to contribute. Larry will bring lots to any hope for this year’s cup run.

  30. Luke says:

    Woo.

    Good night.

  31. Timo says:

    Perhaps Habs need to hire a psychologist for Eller and Emelin. But first they have to fire Therrien… no shrink can cure Therrienism.

    • Habspark says:

      Maybe you can use the same one Timo?! If this is our room as fans, you are NOT our Prust or Budaj!! Sometimes it can be amusing, but repeating the same blah day in, day out (anti-Therrienism, Bou-bashing) that is NOT going to change before next season… Deal with it! We won, your predictions were wrong, suck it up, lose with gravitas; it wasn’t pretty but who cares – we beat the Leafs on HNIC and that’s always a delight to be savoured no matter how it comes about.

      I’d love to see more of Beaulieu and Tinordi too, but it’s not up to us. Cheer for the team, not parts of the team! The point of the season is not to win the Stanley Cup, the point is to make the playoffs and as we’re not the Sharks or the Bruins we have to do it by hook or by crook and we’re doing just that. Get to the playoffs, get through the first round, then allow yourself to think about winning the Stanley Cup… Bringing in Vanek was the clearest sign we could have as fans that management aren’t just trying to get us a ticket to the first round only.

  32. Timo says:

    Ooh, Columbus has 2 games in hand over leafs.

  33. BobbySmithWasClutch says:

    This version of the Habs is anything but confidence inspiring. I would not resign Markov and would give Beaulieu a chance next season.

    • Timo says:

      Before not re-signing Markov I would not re-sign Bouillon and give his spot to Tiny. Then not re-sign Weaver and give his spot to Beaulieu. Murray is #7 D that draws in against tough teams every now and then. Markov will be ok at around 5m mark because even with 2 bad knees and his age he is still way better than Gorges and Emelin combined.

      The truth is – Habs need another top pair defenseman.

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        There is no chance Habs are re-signing Bouillon or Weaver. I’d rather put Markov’s $ toward a free agent forward but they’ll resign him. I’d rather see Habs suck for two years and get better draft picks than be mediocre, make the playoffs and lose first round.

      • BobbySmithWasClutch says:

        I’d bury Emelin’s contract if he can’t be a big hitting D-man anymore

  34. Marc10 says:

    Carlyle by messing with his goalie’s head has doomed the Leafs. They won’t just choke like they did against the Bruins in the playoffs… This time the’ll find a way not to make the playoffs. Love your work Randy!

    Tomorrow the Leafs lose in NJ. Yippee!

    • johnnylarue says:

      It’s a beautiful thing, innit?

      I mean, I appreciated The Choke (2013 Edition) but really, the sooner we can get this ‘Leafs’ thing out of the way, the better.

  35. CH Marshall says:

    Bolland this Bolland that. Loved PJ’s hissy fit when they played the clip of DD bumpin Princess

  36. Timo says:

    Benoit Brunet on L’A things that if Eller’s injury is not too serious missing a few games can do him a world of good. I agree… I think Eller needs a change of scenery, if only in form of time away from the ice. His head is not in the right place (can’t blame him, his coach is Therrien, but being away from Therrien can probably do wonders for him)

  37. PrimeTime says:

    Fckn HIO losers. LMFAO

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  38. jeu_de_puissance says:

    Leaf-blowers can suck it. Brutal. Already acting like the Habs are in a separate sovereign nation.

    Big win. Fully healthy Leafs tonight and we hung around with some injuries. Frankie the Cube did what he needed to, and although the D looked rough, with Pricey back their and on his game we always stand a chance. Will be a good test on Monday and those Red Wings games will determine positioning in the post-season. The lines look okay but how long till Therrien starts tinkering?

    Would like to see White get a chance Monday against the Bruins – he always brings heart against them.

    One game at a time but playoff hockey is that much closer and we beat the Loafs. Sleep easy all!

    Can’t F#*k with history!!!

  39. howiemorenz7 says:

    James Reimer reminded me of the time Lester Patrick strapped on the pads for the Rangers vs the Maroons – you’ve seen the pic, grey haired guy holding the stick in both hands off the ice. No sympathy for Reimer or the Leafs of course, and especially not for Carlyle, who ranks in the bottom 5 NHL coaches along with sewer dwellers like Torts and MT. His remark about Reimer’s play last week vs. Detroit was such a confidence killer, way to go, coach.

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

  40. Timo says:

    Day off tomorrow?

  41. formerly known as the hc says:

    I like Eliot Friedman. The rest of the Eastern broadcast or studio fifty-whatever, is junk. Living out west, it’s too bad that none of the western Canadian teams are relevant. Speaking of, I can’t, for the life of me, understand how the Oilers can still be soooooo bad. Unbelievable.

    -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  42. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    ” Granted, the NHL isn’t the NFL. But how come the halftime and pre-game football telecasts feature Hall of Fame former coaches and players while HNIC gives us Glenn Healy and P.J. Stock?”

    Mike: because the CBC pays very little. They can only afford the dumb and desperate.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  43. ebk says:

    Huge fan of Frankie the Bull but despite that I am scratching my head in disbelief at the amount of ice-time he is getting.

    Tinordi is easily one of their 6 best defenseman at the moment. For that matter so is Beaulieu.

    Can’t remember who predicted a Leaf/Bruin eastern conference final on here but I laughed when I saw that. It’s getting funnier every time the leafs lose another game. 4 in a row and facing a daunting week of games….

    Hopefully Gorges helps solidify the D. This team is really close to taking a run!!!!

  44. Timo says:

    The focus should not be on the HNIC broadcast (why do people still watch that?)… the focus should be on Habs’ woeful defense. They way they are playing now Emelin, Weaver, Bouillon and even Murray don’t belong in the NHL. Murray I give a pass… he at least contributes physically and stayed on the ice after taking that wicked shot in his (as Danno called it) nether area.

    Even Markov sucked big time tonight. Did Jessica show her masculine features and asked THerrien about Bouillon’s 25 minutes of play?

  45. prep says:

    No issues with emelin? Really?is that a professional opinion?

  46. stephen says:

    Chalk this up to a sleepless night, but humor me, at least.

    Given the fact that it looks unlikely that Vanek will sign with Montreal in the off-season (at least for reasonable money), would it make any sense to target someone like David Perron with the Oilers?

    I don’t pay much attention to the Oilers, besides a cursory glance at their all-too-often losing boxscore, but I looked at Perron’s stats earlier tonight and he is having a solid 50 point season, with 25 goals.

    Not sure what his salary is, but he’s a right-handed shot and he’s still young.

    Any thoughts on Perron as a player and any potential cost to nab him?

    • AliHaba says:

      @stephen as much as i appreciate your passion for the Habs and it’s undeniable that your heart is in the right place…I have to say at this point that we should focus on the here and now…we’re going to the playoffs. Any dreams of Perron or Yakupov or anyone else should be put far far back on the burners. Habs are a threat right now. Embrace it.

      • stephen says:

        Hi AliHaba,

        I’m not sure I understand your objection.

        I’m simply considering options in the summer. It’s evident Vanek is a long-shot, so I was considering alternatives…

        ?

        Confused.

  47. jctremblay says:

    I was not prepared to watch HNIC with the sound on. But I did figuring they couldn’t really outdo themselves in Leaf blowery..I was wrong. I’m counting the days till they lose control of the telecast. Tonight was beyond the pale..both intermissions and the post game barely mentioned the Habs at all. Price was interviewed. That’s about it for anything of substance. You would never know there was another team on the ice last night. I know…it’s all been said before. But we shouldn’t take this lying down. I’m going to write a lot of people in the next few days, including the head of programming, the CBC Ombudsman and anyone else I can find in the online Rolodex. DISGUSTING.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Why bother? Soon, it won’t be them producing the broadcasts. In the meantime, thank God for RDS.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • Timo says:

        Best $5/mo ever spent. And next year if I have to pay another $5 for TVA Sports it will still be worth it.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …Tim I pay My taxes to the Federal government to subsidize a public broadcaster, the CBC, to be able to watch My hockey team called in My language (English)

          …I should not have to pay another $ 60 per year to be forced to listen in a second language that is not mine

          …but, besides Myself, there are many other Canadians not born in Quebec that have made the Habs ‘Their Team’ who should not be dictated the Weeds are the only choice to listen to in English

          • Timo says:

            Hey man, preaching to the choir here… but since we can do babkis about CBC, the next best thing is to watch RDS. I shit you not, watching hockey en francais helped me a lot with the language. Tu ne peut pas pucker d’puck si tu n’a pas d’puck.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            :) classic !

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      :) …a couple years ago I was all upset about a Don Cherry segment …can’t remember what specifically the issue was,but the broad issue was the tangible lack of balance which disrespected what the Montreal Canadiens represent,and the wholly manufactured be-knighting of the Toronto Maple Leafs as ‘Canada’s Team’

      …very rare I write to editors on any subjects, but at the time I just had to get it out of My system …I found the executive/producer in charge of HNIC and Coach’s Corner

      …now, I like Cherry as entertainment, I guess similar to how I am amused watching a clown doing sprat falls at the circus, but the big issue with Me was that the Montreal Canadiens have been polled as the most admired and popular hockey team among ALL Canadians from coast to coast (likely, and understandably, excepting the good citizens of Ontario)

      …all My message entailed that he and CBC Toronto has hi-jacked the facts on the ground when they tell Us that the Weeds bring in the largest advertising revenues for CBC

      …I told them, by doing that and thinking that they are alienating a huge block of the English-speaking audience across Canada, and if they instead would use a more ‘balanced’ voice for the millions of fans that love their Montreal Canadiens they would show even more profitable ad revenues

      …I tried to make the case as rationally as I could, but I received a few days later a return e-mail from that producer, telling Me, essentially ‘get lost, if You don’t like it, don’t watch it’

      …but, here’s hoping You have more success :)

  48. Samovich says:

    The CBC is a joke! except E. Friedman

  49. prep says:

    Emelin. Seriously , where is the emelin of 12/13 season. The one the habs couldn’t win with out him. The one who was tops in hits in the league. This emelin is soft slow and seems like is afraid of the puck.

  50. HabsPooch says:

    Small consolation after losing his child a few weeks ago but I’m happy to see Matt Stajan with a four point night.

  51. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I have to say that I never previously went along with the Rodney Dangerfield choir around here complaining that we never get any respect. Until tonight. It was crystal clear tonight. That whole broadcast focused on the Leafs. I don’t know what HNIC will do if the Habs are the only Cdn team left in the playoffs. Probably do long profiles on Crosby and Toews.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  52. prep says:

    Dd doesn’t get enough credit..for 3.5 mill the team is getting their money’s worth and then some

  53. AliHaba says:

    As we used to say “take me drunk I’m home”. Wonderful night .

  54. HabinBurlington says:

    And Dayton beat Cuse? Wow, what a tournament this year!

  55. Samovich says:

    The CBC broadcast was unprofessional and utterly disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves!!

  56. prep says:

    And agree about vanek . Anywhere north of the hash marks he’s a ghost

  57. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    While I am pleased to see Bourque contributing, I remain sceptical. How long will it be before he returns to his indolent ways? At least with the current line configurations, if he starts to check out once again, MT can just cut that line’s minutes, and give Gionta more PK time, where he still excels.

    I like the two Gallys being teamed with Pleky. I always felt that the secret sauce in the EGG line was the synchronicity between those two, and not necessarily Eller. And with a center as defensively sound as Pleks, the two brats can open up a bit.

    Meanwhile, I wasn’t sure about putting Vanek on the same line as Patches, because A. Vanek said he prefers to play left; and B. because I thought Patches and DD needed a forward to go dig in the corners for them. However, that line looks amazing! Give them a few more games, and they may become one of the league’s most feared lines. DD is playing brilliant hockey, and Patches and Vanek are big, strong forwards with the touch of true goal-scorers.

    Finally, the injury to Eller may be a blessing in disguise. Bournival is a better 4th-liner. And clearly, management didn’t want to bench Lars more, knowing how fragile his confidence is now. I highly doubt he’ll be with the club next season. So might as well start focusing on the players that are best able to take us into the playoffs.

    I’m still nervous about Carey. He doesn’t look right. Not as mobile as usual. He’s staying down a lot more and longer. I hope Budaj can get a few wins over the next 10 games, and allow Carey to get, at least, a little rest.

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  58. prep says:

    Price didn’t look that sharp tonight. And he hasn’t since the break

    • third generation haber says:

      Price is recovering from injury; did u see how Reimer played???

      This guy carries a curse. With 10 games left for the leafs, can anyone else see the 18 wheeler veering over the white lines????

      j.p. murray

  59. AliHaba says:

    Such a slap in the face was the CBC broadcast tonight. Surely someone of importance will convey the message. All of Canada should be disgusted.

  60. SPATS says:

    My small contribution to bilingualism Boone –
    My neighbor was pretty upset and drinking heavily before tonite’s game…

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=593993214015842

    Good thing the boys came through or he might have gone postal!

    OOH AAH HABS ON THE WARPATH – Dutchy rules!

  61. UKRAINIANhab says:

    k seriously though, how bad is Phaneuf? Like /10.

  62. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Borque did not work hard every shift. He went for a stroll on the Lupul goal. Go back and watch the tape, you can see him turn up ice when the battle is going on in the corner, leaving Lupul a free shot for the goal.

  63. the_larry says:

    Im not sure if Im late to this or not, but reading some of the disgusting comments aimed at James Reimers wife have actually succeeded in making me feel less happy about the win tonight. I know I shouldn’t allow sick, disgusting people whom I have never met in my life, ruin my enjoyment, but man that is really really low. I sure hope there are no Habs fan’s who would stoop to that level (I know there must be some, but..)

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …in My opinion James Reimer is a very good goal-tender for some NHL team not called the Turdranna MuppleWeeds …he is one of da Weeds few, if one redeeming, likeable assets

      …he plays behind a defensively horrible team, which should be the proper target of derision, not James Reimer …nor his beautiful wife

    • HabsPooch says:

      Reimer is rumoured to be asking for a trade this off-season. He needs a fresh start somewhere else…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Leaf fans really despise him right now, that is terrible what u are saying though. He is a good kid who needs a change of scenery.

    • Mike D says:

      I saw some of the comments – absolutely sickening.
      I feel sorry for his wife. She shouldn’t have to put up with that. No one should actually.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  64. Sportfan says:

    LOL Oilers fan threw his jersey onto the ice, Scrivens threw it back into the crowd.

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  65. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m ambivalent making George Stroumboulopoulos MC of HNIC because he just doesn’t provide the hockey credibility I think You need …He just seems too metro for the majority of hockey fans to relate to and take seriously

    …that being said, he is likeable and seems the only chance where ‘a balance’will be forced upon HNIC to change it’s obnoxious bias for the Weeds

    …likely that’s the ‘intent’ of Scott Moore, the head of Rogers Sports division, he being from Montreal

    …but God, meanwhile, it is very difficult not wanting to put Your foot though the LCD screen listening to outrageously clear unprofessional bias of the current HNIC line-up of fifth-rate cunnilingual ‘artistes’

  66. HabinBurlington says:

    Edmonton is imploding! Hope MB is ready their could be a garage sale their this summer. Change the coaches all they want, that team is terrible in its current state.

    • Mike D says:

      The whole organization reeks IMO, Gerry.
      How is it possible to have top pick, after top pick, after top pick (which doesn’t even include the uber-talented Eberle) and STILL be among the league’s worst?!?!?!

      They should have their drafting privileges revoked as a penalty for utter incompetence.

      – Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

  67. HabinBurlington says:

    Fun game to watch, Price looked strong, Bouillon to me was exposed, would rather see Tinordi in the lineup, but alas we won. Bourque indeed had some drive in his game. Bournival will help this team when he arrives.

    Lots and lots of Habs shirts in the audience tonight, and no walk of shame for the Hab faithful as they departed, awesome!

  68. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Boone asks an interesting question “how anyone that isn’t a Toronto fan watches HNIC”. I subscribed for RDS almost 5yrs ago & although I don’t speak French, I enjoy watching every single game & don’t have to suffer listening to windbags like Healy, Cherry, Stock,etc…

    Thank you RDS. Best investment ever made.

  69. CJ says:

    So, Hall and Eakins went at it (verbally) on the Oilers bench tonight. That’s the second incident Hall has been involved in within the past week. Last weekend he said something to the effect that he forgot what it felt like to be in a dressing room with a team who wanted to win.

    Something’s gotta give….

  70. Black Horse says:

    Well it looks like the Habs will have to put an end to that winning streak the Broons have going there.

  71. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How small is Gionta? Check the picture up top, Weaver looks like a giant next to Brian.

  72. Castor says:

    Can someone explain the logic of Boullion over Beaulieu?
    Is it just an experience thing? Because I was at the game tonight and watched him…he was awful.

  73. CJ says:

    Shipping off to Boston…..

  74. 416erHabsFan says:

    Number 1 ?

  75. Timo says:

    They are giving you the demo on how it’s done, buddy. Helping you prepare for when you said you’d do it :)

  76. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Thanks for the report. All good to know.

  77. The Jackal says:

    You must be the only one that thinks the game was boring!

    ______________________
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  78. Timo says:

    Indeed. Imagine if Habs actually had 6 NHL defensemen and two scoring lines?


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