About last night …

Credit Mike Richards with candor.

The Flyers’ captain called Game 3 an “old-fashioned ass-kicking.”

His coach was more restrained.

While conceding the Canadiens had played well in lifting themselves back into this series, Peter Laviolette repeated – a half-dozen times – “it’s one game.”

No disputing that.

One game – 60 minutes, during which the Canadiens dominated every important facet of play, with the exception of the late-game thuggery we expect from the contemporary iteration of the Broad Street Bullies.

But in Mike Cammalleri’s version of events, this one win was the continuation of some Game 2 trends not evident to the untrained eye.

“The result drives the talk,” Cammalleri said. “But we did some good things in the last game. We liked the way we played.”

It carried over.

Once Cammalleri finally solved the mystery of career-minor-leaguer-turned-reincarnation-of-Bernie-Parent Michael Leighton seven minutes into Game 3, the Canadiens began to play with the confidence we haven’t seen much of since the beginning of the series.

In Laviolette’s analysis, his team “didn’t move the puck efficiently.” That might have had something to do with the Canadiens using their speed to take away the Flyers’ time and space, especially in the visitors’ D zone.

Brian Gionta said the Canadiens “moved the puck better”, advancing it up the ice as a five-man unit, gaining the Philadelphia zone more effectively and getting sustained forechecking on the Flyers’ large but not overly quick D corps.

Another key, Gionta said, was the Canadiens keeping their foot on the gas pedal after they’d taken the lead.

Unlike games in previous series, the Canadiens didn’t sit on their lead but continued to push, forecheck and exert disruptive pressure.

“We’re a much better team when we do that,” Gionta said.

When Jacques Martin was asked whether his team had cranked up its physicality in Game 3, the coach said “you have to analyze your team and see what your strength is.”

The Canadiens’ strength is speed – exemplified in Game 3 by a brilliant effort from the third line.

Tom Pyatt, Dominic Moore and Max Lapierre didn’t play a bad shift all night. Giving away inches and pounds to the Flyers D, the speed merchants hustled and used their puck skills to win battles, cycle effectively and – miracle of miracles! – score goals.

Yes, the usual suspects – Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Marc-André Bergeron on the power-play – scored. But so did Moore and Pyatt.

AK46 led he team with four hits. Benoit Pouliot was not out of place on the Scott Gomez line and played well enough to get another start on Saturday.

The Canadiens even got some good shifts out of a makeshift fourth line that consisted of Glen Metropolit, Travis Moen and whatever winger – often Cammalleri – Martin sent out.

Metro may have had his best game of the playoffs: 8:27 of quality ice time, long periods of clever puck possession and an eye-popping 12-2 on faceoffs.

No qualifying “may” for Roman Hamrlik: the veteran definitely had his best game of the postseason. Pressed into daycare duty as P.K. Subban’s partner, Hamrlik played 23:06, was plus-4 and, by my count, didn’t make a single mistake in the entire game.

Subban had a few anxious moments, but the kid is learning and stood up to all the BS Flyers forwards threw at him.

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges were customarily steady, and MAB played 17 minutes without soiling the bedsheets.

Odd man out was Ryan O’Byrne. Descending from the pressbox to lend some size to the lineup, O’B took a delay of game penalty, firing the puck into the crowd on his third shift, and spent the rest of the night – save for a few seconds during a late PP – on the bench.

He’s not quite in the corner of the kennel occupied by Sergei Kostitsyn, but O’B is not his coach’s favourite defenceman.

I can’t believe I’m this deep into ALN without mentioning the coach’s – and the city’s – favourite goaltender.

Jaro Halak had a quiet night: 26 shots, only some of which were difficult.

But in contrast to the worrisome signs we saw in Philadelphia, Jaro had his mojo back and stoned the Flyers when the game was still tight.

Like Laviolette said, it’s only one game.

But the not-dead-yet Canadiens offered indications there will be more than a few games to come in this series.

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From Arpon Basu on Twitter:

Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur never had as many playoff goals in one year as Cammalleri’s 13, alone in 4th on #Habs list

161 Comments

  1. habfan01 says:

    7 more GWGs and he will drinking from the Cup!!

  2. Natrous says:

    I believe the proper term is ‘No-talent assclown’, as mentioned in the movie “Office Space”.

  3. Canadiangrrl says:

    Mere words fail to capture my love for Josh Gorges.  He’s the antithesis of Carcillo, Hartnell, et al.  Just pure class.  Does all of the little things that most people don’t even notice and does them right, each and every time.  I adore him, and would be thrilled if he was our C.

  4. Big Ted says:

    The goal and the win were only a cover-up or the fact that he played another poor game defensively and as others pointed out, turned the puck over repeatedly, especially on the PP. We failed to establish the zone numerous times because of his failed entries. A guy like him can’t be trying to carry it in or make a soft pass at the blue line, it has to go in hard around the boards and he just doesn’t get that. Other than his shot, everything that comes off his stick is soft.

  5. SlovakHab says:

    On a second thought, I am deleting my reply to your ‘post’.

  6. Norm0770 says:

    He scored but he didn’t play very well.  The first 3 PP’s couldn’t do anything as he tried to carry the puck across the blueline time after time.  He wilts every time he sees the forcheck coming toward him.  He also turned the puck over a number of times, one actually leading to the Flyers goal.

  7. G-Man says:

    Abuse is abuse? Gimme a break. OB and the rest will either suck it up and play better or they won’t play. This the the NHL playoffs, not the Dr. Phil show. Man, what a complainer!

  8. G-Man says:

    WTH is wrong with you? JM is winning in the 3rd round of the playoffs. He is the head coach that’s gotten the Habs there after 17 years of futility. Can’t stand success? Geez, WTF do you want?

  9. G-Man says:

    He scored and played well. WTH is wrong with that?

     

  10. howtathor says:

    I agree with you 100%. For all the success we’ve had this post season, there’s an underlying evil emanating from the head coach. Be it Ryan O’byrne, Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Darche, Sergei Kostitsyn, all have been benched during a game for one reason or another. I don’t know where JM is coming from. His passive aggressive style towards certain players is totally unacceptable. These are men not babies. If they make a mistake then make them aware of it and they will learn from the experience. I have a feeling that MAB ate up O’byrne’s TOI last night and to be honest, MAB is much worse. Yet some players get a free pass. JM comes from St. Lawrence U and was on the same team with Keenan and a few other SOB’s. Maybe it’s something they were subjected to and are perpetuating in their coaching style. Abuse is abuse and what Ryan O’byrne suffered tonight was abusive. You can’t tell me we couldn’t have used his size out there. Sure he’s a galoot but put him out there with Subban and let them learn. I’m sure they’ll create a great tandem. It doesn’t do us any good to separate Hammer and Spacek as we all know they are joined at the hip and quite effective together. O’byrne was at his best when covering Markov’s butt and Subban is Markov incarnate. He can use a big galoot to cover his butt out there. 

  11. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Agreed, and he’s usually my whipping boy.

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  12. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I love all Habs fans, but I felt it was a sign from the hockey Gods when Hickey found his license plate. We are not perfect, but we are getting there.  We all love the team; just enjoy the ride bud!

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  13. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Or a Crosby?  I’m going to hell…

    -Dustin-

    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  14. bigjames says:

    bellows was always parked in front of the net. a lot of his shots were likely to have been from 1 foot out!

  15. Norcal Habsfan says:

    It’s hard to know if the intention was to bench him the entire game. Initially, OB wasn’t ready and needed to settle down but as the game progressed it was their speed game that took over. I didn’t notice Philly’s net presence in front Halak was an issue tonight with the smaller D lineup. It’s specultation but I think tonight’s game evolved and OB’s sitting was an adjustment to that. If we were getting beat up in front of our net  I can guarentee you OB would have seen more time and MAB less. If we got behind and had to play catch up, I can guarentee you Metro’s time would be cut in half.

    OB’s young and going to be here much longer than MAB. They’re both liabilities but MAB has a little more offensive upside for a team that needed some goal scoring. I really don’t think this is the same doghouse that SK is in. Remember when OB scored his first goal near the end of the  season, the reserved quiet JM came over to him, patted him on the back and leaned over and said what I assumed were congratulations. I don’t see him doing that to everyone.

    Bottom line– PL just got schooled. Let’s give JM some credit.

  16. Norcal Habsfan says:

    It’s hard to know if the intention was to bench him the entire game. Initially, OB wasn’t ready and needed to settle down but as the game progressed it was their speed game that took over. I didn’t notice Philly’s net presence in front Halak was an issue tonight with the smaller D lineup. It’s specultation but I think tonight’s game evolved and OB’s sitting was an adjustment to that. If we were getting beat up in front of our net  I can guarentee you OB would have seen more time and MAB less. If we got behind and had to play catch up, I can guarentee you Metro’s time would be cut in half.

    OB’s young and going to be here much longer than MAB. They’re both liabilities but MAB has a little more offensive upside for a team that needed some goal scoring. I really don’t think this is the same doghouse that SK is in. Remember when OB scored his first goal near the end of the  season, the reserved quiet JM came over to him, patted him on the back and leaned over and said what I assumed were congratulations. I don’t see him doing that to everyone.

    Bottom line– PL just got schooled. Let’s give JM some credit.

  17. K-hab25 says:

    ButtPirate = Homosexual A**clown = Moron

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s annoying to me that MAB gets away with it, while OB never gets a chance to prove he can be better, getting benched over singular mistakes, if the NHL ran that way with all young players, the talent pool would dry up pretty fast. Young players, especially young defencemen  have to be given opportunities to play, do well and gain some confidence and especially to try and make up for mistakes. Just knocking the kid’s confidence around with these benchings and press box sittings isn’t doing anything for OB. If we benched all our players over single mistakes, we’d not have much of a bench left about 8 minutes into the game.

     

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

  19. Kristopher7 says:

    If they are wrong, I’m sorry. I’m using the database on Canadiens.com

    And focusing on single best playoff year performance with the Canadiens.

    http://ourhistory.canadiens.com/stats/search

    If I’m not using it correctly please let me know.

  20. ManApart says:

    I saw many players tonight giveaway the puck and create chances that shouldn’t have existed. They didn’t happen to lead to a series of plays that ended up in a goal, so no mention. I saw a lot of guys give the puck away on the PP. Especially Cammy and Gomez. Nobody says a word. You are right though, MAB does it more often than anyone, I think, so he should get some flack, but not at the level he’s getting. O’Byrne is in the position he is, because the coach has no confidence in him, from mistakes he’s made in the past. I frankly am not more confident in OB than i am in MAB right now. I don’t have a problem with MAB being put on the 4th line. i also don’t have a problem with him playing as the 6th Dman instead of O’Byrne. just limit his mins when the game is tight.I trust JM and the coaching staff have a better vantage point, up close, and are making the right decisions.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Um, playoff record for most assists in a playoff year is 17, Lafleur once and Robinson twice, Beliveau is the sole #2 at 16. Mr. Gomez is in the 20s area, just tying with Doug Harvey and Petr Svoboda.

    Gomez needs 6 more As to tie it and 7 to beat it.

     

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

  22. LesFleurs says:

    Where is he getting those point stats?
    They’re super wrong.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think he’s 10 times greater, but MAB made ten times as many giveaways and his giveaways generated a number of chances, including a goal that goes right back to a brutal blind pass that was completely unnecessary and foolish, defensive coverage didn’t work but that’s still on his head for giving a chance that shouldn’t have existed. MAB got to keep playing the whole game though, OB was stapled to the bench like he’d just allowed a hat trick to occur on 3 consecutive shifts. MAB skating into the offensive zone on the PP and putting a puck
    directly on a Flyer’s stick? Another inspired move on his part. I’m tired of him giving away the puck, basically shrugging and letting someone else clean up the mistake.

    PK, Gill, Gorges and Pleks give the puck away, but not with the regularlity of MAB and they actually tend to work to fix the mistake as well, that’s an important part of a player’s game, fighting to make up for a mistake. How does OB ever learn to do that if he gets benched over 1 while Bergeron is giving up the puck way more often without punishment?

     

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

  24. Curtis O Habs says:

    Assclown?  Is that anything like a Butt Pirate?

  25. J. Ambrose says:

    There is a reason why he is -11 for the playoffs! The lowest ranking of all playoff players.

  26. J. Ambrose says:

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. Still don’t know how he managed to get to the bench during that shift. 

  27. J. Ambrose says:

    Just watched the replay, and you’re right. MAB is already on the bench when the goal was scored. Not sure how they made that change considering the puck never left our zone after MAB’s giveaway.

  28. ManApart says:

    C”mon. The goal was not because of any giveaway. Did you see the Dzone coverage, on the blind backhand pass. then Gill goes down and somehow the puck deflects off him. I’m not saying MAB is a good defenseman, he’s not. But all the crap you guys lump on him is unfair. I saw PK give the puck away, as well as Gill, Gomez,Pleks and many others. O’Byrne gave the puck away leading to maybe the Flyers best chance of the game early on. Nobody talks about them. I saw MAB make a few nice defense zone plays and nice breakouts. Nobody mentions them at all.  There is no balance in the comments on him. O’Byrne is 10 time greater than him according to everyone, which is also BS.Like I said, he’s not good on defenseman, but I have to try to keep all you people real, because it’s definately overblown, what people are saying. At least in this series. The other two, that’s different.

  29. Kristopher7 says:

    Oh, and he’s at 3 GWG, tied for second in the franchise (with a few). A few more hold first with 4. If Cammi gets 2 more GWGs, we all know what that means, hehehe.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    PP goals don’t add to your +/-, but but SH goals do count against teams though. He got off the ice before his ****up put a negative stat on his night, Gorges and Gill had to eat it instead.

     

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

  31. Kristopher7 says:

    Man, would it be awesome to see him break a record like that!

  32. J. Ambrose says:

    “MAB was even”

    Exactly! If he wasn’t on the ice, how could he be even for the game? He scored!

  33. Kristopher7 says:

    It also seems that as far back as +/- was tracked, MAB is the worst in history. -11 so far.

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    7 more for the league record as well…

     

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

  35. Kristopher7 says:

    Gionta’s tied for shots at rank 2, with 54. He’s tie with Muller and Naslund. 1st overall is Bellows with 72 in an post season appearance…… 72…. crazy.

  36. Kristopher7 says:

    3 more goals and Cammi makes a franchise record! watttttt

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but the goal happened on a patented MAB giveaway, sent the puck right to the Flyers, gave them the zone and while he’s on the bench, a goal happens because of Flyers offence he generated for them.

    He gave the Flyers more offence than some of their own forwards generated with his giveaways.

     

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

  38. ManApart says:

    I just saw the game replay on RDS and watched the goal against carefully. I guarantee you, MAB was not on the ice. Check TSN’s boxscore. MAB was even and Gorges and Gill were -1.

  39. J. Ambrose says:

    He never ceases to impress me. I’d love to see him get the captaincy. 

  40. J. Ambrose says:

    Must correct an error you made on another page: MAB was indeed on the ice for the Philly goal, with Moen and Metro. Check his plus-minus for the game.

  41. HardHabits says:

    Wow. That comes close to my sentiments when this team was losing last season or the state I was in after the culmination of all those years since 1993, but seriously dude! We won. It was a pretty good game.

    JM pisses me off to no end but he’s getting the job done, even with that nail-your-ass-to-the-bench staple gun he uses.

    What got me pissed was the goonery of the Flyers. Nothing new with them. Same sh*t different era.

  42. OneTimer says:

    “…but may also be the
    worst human being of all time…”

     

    I agree with you that JM is hard on the kids, but isn’t this a LITTLE too strong a statement? Sheesh. Also, don’t worry about O’B. He’ll be OK. He had to deal with my mom passing away (slowly) to cancer this year, he can deal with a little tough love from the coach. O’Byrne, c’t’un Bon Jack.

  43. habsoul says:

    Tonight on ESPN, Matthew Barnaby said this win was just a one-off for the Habs in front of their fans and he expected Philly to come back and win in Game 4. 

    I don’t know. Is it possible for the Habs to keep playing with this intensity? Why not? They did in the Washington and Pittsburgh series.

    Now game 4 becomes the fulcrum for the Eastern Conference Finals. If Montreal can play with the same verve they displayed tonight, it’s the Flyers who are back on their heels. Saturday will be another desperation game because a 3-1 deficit may just be too much at this point in the playoffs. 

    To go to the Finals, Montreal needs to:

    • Win Game 4
    • Have Jaro steal a game 
    • Win an OT game

    Two Cinderellas are fighting over the glass slipper.

     

    Every time Scott Hartnell scores a goal, a stripper breaks a heel.


    16 for 25
    xxxx xxxx x— —-

  44. Mike Boone says:

    I LOVE that. JG is The Man.

  45. OneTimer says:

    Amen brother

  46. ManApart says:

    Anyone notice MAB has only been on the ice for 1 of the Flyers 10 goals? Only Spacek is better. He’s not a very good Dman, but there is no way he’s as bad as people say.  On the last goal, you saw what his value is. Even though he hasn’t scored a ton, if the Habs are down by one and they have a PP late and empty their net to go 6 on 4. You want MAB out there. I haven’t forgotten the huge goal in game 7, against Washington. Like I said, he’s only been on for one goal all series. I rather him on the 4th line, where he would be if Markov was playing, but he definately should be in the lineup one way or another.

  47. cunningdave says:

    PK had three assists and was +3.  It wasn’t just a learning experience for him.  I know they had to spread the wealth, but they should have given him a star.

  48. Ayan_SB says:

    Well he was the captain of the Kelowna Rockets.

  49. Shiloh says:

    One more thing – this Carcillo assclown. He is the biggest faker in the history of sports. Did you see him pretend to get hit by Gomez’ stick? He pulls that about five times a game. When things aren’t going his way he cries like the pissy little baby he is. If Max and Gionta are getting penalties for over-accentuating things in the eyes of the zebras, then this sook should be in the box at least three times a game for his thespian antics.

  50. ooder says:

    can we give some love to ak46 please..

    even he had a good game

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  51. Rob D says:

    Excellent comeback from being down 0-2. That was a HUGE statement game. I hope they can carry momentum into an afternoon tilt. Freakin Bettman and Co.– Saturday NIGHT is for hockey.

    Obyrne got screwed by JM..no way he deserved that for what was an honest mistake. As we all know,in contrast MAB makes mistakes in clusters every shift. What I hate about MAB is he is so chickencrap about getting hit. Come on man..it’s the big leagues and you are going to get hit. He belongs in some Swiss league with no contact. Although that shot is a cannon with laser guidance.

    Don Cherry (who is so clearly senile that I wonder why he still has that job and salary (850,000 big ones, kids! REad it and weep) thinks we laid it on a little thick at the end of the game. WTF? I thought we were the ones getting jumped by the BSB’s? Or am I the one going senile? Entirely possible. My favourite player is STILL J.C. Tremblay..sorta tells you how I keep up with the times.

    I am actually a little PO’ed at this game. Where the hell was this team for the first 2 contests? Game one was a noshow. Game 2 was better but there’s no way the puck pursuit and energy level was this high. I know a crowd like the Bell Center can do a lot but jeez…Anyway..they are back. They win the next one and Philly is scared..they displayed every quality that put them where they are..in the conference finals. Good on them..

     

     

     

  52. Shiloh says:

    It is just one game, but it will really resonate. Just to give an example, when we beat the Penguins I saw more Montreal shirts, sweaters and flags here in Thunder Bay than I can ever remember – and I’m old. Usually up here you see Toronto and Red Wings gear (Alex Delvecchio, Benny Woit, Val Fonteyn, Pete Goegan – all Wings from Thunder Bay). But suddenly most of the city were Habs fans.

    Then we lost the first two and the chirping started. The Loaf fans in particular have been odious – as is their habit. Now – the pride is back. Win or lose this series, we can play with these guys and we can beat them soundly.

  53. joshua94k says:

    Mr. Boone,  SIZE does not matter. HEART matters. Gionta, Cammallerie, Gomez et al can match up to any hockey player.

  54. Will Longlade says:

    Nice tilt. Habs played to their strength (speed) and lots of guys who had to step it up did including Gomez, Pleks, AK46, Pouliot (still a project, but moving in the right direction) Hammer and Laps who wins an Academy Award for best supporting agitator.

  55. Born in a Bad Year says:

    My wife was wondering
    after the game why I was so undeniably angry. “What’s up ? Your
    team won.” I could not even begin to put into words the incredible
    amount of rage I felt.

    It has taken me the
    best part of two hours to gather my thoughts.

    We are screwed.

    I hope I am wrong, but
    I have the strongest fear that that was out last win of the season.

    We have coached
    ourselves into an abyss by killing any karma, team spirit or maybe
    even the Ghosts of the Forum themselves. We will pay for the
    transgressions of today’s game.

    Jacques Martin is not
    only the worst coach in the history of hockey, but may also be the
    worst human being of all time. He takes a player who has sat in the
    pressbox for almost two weeks and throws him out into the pressure
    cooker that is the NHL Conference Finals, when the team looks done
    for, and then benches him when he has a rough couple of shifts. A
    puck over the glass, the team came together for a fine penalty kill,
    no real harm. He blows a pass, and the other team gets a chance,
    Halak comes up with a big save. Fine, bench him. Happens all the
    time.

    Where I take issue is what happens for the rest of the game. MAB still looked like a
    PeeWee player out there. How many times in his first three shifts
    did the forwards have to come in a bail his sorry a$$. I watched as
    Cammerleri and Gomez had to work their butts off behind the goal line
    as MAB stood in the slot, making sure that nobody came close to his
    shadow. The passes to nowhere, the turn overs, the refusing to hit,
    to dig, to compete on any level. Whatever.

    The team should come
    first. The Habs played well, cashed in our chances and built up a
    four goal lead. The first thing you learn in coaching is how to
    create success, out of every asset on the team. We have an asset who
    is set to get paid $1.4 million dollars next year at a cap friendly
    900K. Where was he left when the pressure was off and we had a
    comfortable lead? NAILED TO THE BENCH.

    Watch a NBA game when
    the home team has a twenty-five point lead late in the fourth
    quarter. You will see four players who would never get a shift in a
    close game out there together, learning, experiencing, because you
    might just need them someday. Every sport, every level, every age
    group, when a coach gets a chance to play everybody, that is what he
    does. The even invented a hockey team called the Leafs so that every
    backup goalie, no matter how bad he is, gets to play in the NHL.

    You might as well buy
    O’Byrne out now. He will never be able to play for this team. Not
    after that game. Buy him out and let him find a coach who isn’t a
    total tard and a team with a tolerance for learning through your
    mistakes. Fare well Ryan.

    Now if I can just get
    the Habs to buy back the game worn jersey I bought two years ago when
    Gainey signed him to the three year deal.

    Screw you Martin. You
    don’t deserve the Habs. Go back to Florida.

  56. ProHabs says:

    Lets hope the rest of this season is the rest of his career with the team.

  57. OneTimer says:

    Another sign, Gorges for captain?

  58. ProHabs says:

    Alright, Boone is back on the Bandwagon.

  59. FSUPhi1584 says:

    He did lead with 4 hits. He also crashed the net on a few occasions. I hope he decides to do it again for the rest of the series. Scratch that, the rest of his career with Habs

  60. Will Longlade says:

    Gorges is a born leader. Small D man, but plays big.

  61. FSUPhi1584 says:

    How about Metro bending Hartnell over and making him his b*tch.

    On another note who is uglier: Hartnell, Asham, or Carcillo.

    Carcillo’s and Asham’s whiskers are equally hideous, but I’d have to go with Asham. He looks like he’s gone face first into the glass a few too many times.

    I also loved how AK put some hard hits on the both of them. He does out weigh them, only by a couple pounds though.

     

  62. Ayan_SB says:

    For all the hate that Andrei Kostitsyn gets, I just gotta say he played a good game tonight. I think he led the team with 4 hits. Hopefully he starts putting some pucks in the net soon.

  63. Just A Guy says:

    Carbo and his love for 3rd and 4th liners in key moments in a game, Gainey;s insistence on playing Price and now JM and his love for the PP “specialist” is the new enigma to drive us nuts.

    I guess when it comes down to it JM sees O’Byrne is just as prone as MAB to make those mistakes, though I have noticed he is better at holding the offensive blue-line. So… I guess its still better to have MAB keeping himself fresh with the odd shift so he can keep his focus on the PP. Too bad for O’Byrne as he really needs to get regular shifts again. I guess he’s still a project.

  64. J. Ambrose says:

    Our PP is so key to beating the Flyers. No matter how much the refs let them get away with, they’ll still manage to take stupid penalties. We MUST continue to make them pay on the p-play.

  65. Tis Himself says:

    He can make 20 mistakes and take a regular shift, yet OB makes one and rides the bench. I think SK is an immature asshole, but JM is just a waste when it comes to handling prospects. Why bother drafting young players if all you are going to do is ruin them? This team wins in spite of that ill-clad bozo!

  66. jlot64 says:

    I was at the game and i was able to see just how much of a team this team actually is.  After the game ob was kinda drifting on his own and Gorges made a point to make him the first guy he saw during the post game scrum.  Just a little thing but I thought it was worth sharing.

  67. Castor says:

    I know he’s got a cannon on the PP but MY GOODNESS with Mab and the PP giveaways. (Not to mention the 5 on 5 giveaways)

  68. badangel says:

    I can never sleep after the Habs win. I’m all worked up with extra energy. Sigh. Thank god it’s only 7 more Habs wins until I can get back to my regular life. I mean geeze

     

  69. nogoalov says:

    From Newfoundland to Yellowknife, and I watched my Beloved Habs put a trouncing on them unGodly Flyers. Honest to God, I think the Flyers are responsible for putting the “H” in “Hugly”!

    All I can say is speed, speed, and more speed. That’s what we witnessed tonight. The Flyers cannot score or jam the crease when they don’t have the puck.

    Going to bed a happy camper.

  70. habbytown says:

    not only don’t I want MAB on as a Dman, I don’t want him on the PP either. did you guys notice that when he enters the opposing zone his passes are always to the opposition, and he never keeps the puck in the zone. her’s totally useless. I say scratch him. I’m convinced if his last name wasn’t Bergeron, he wouldn’t be in the lineup. it’s sad that politics gets in the way.


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