About last night …

GalchenyukWinner

Fearless prediction #1: That’s not the last playoff overtime goal Alex Galchenyuk will score in his career.
Fearless prediction #2: That’s not the last playoff win for Dustin Tokarski.
Fearless prediction 3#: That’s not the last game for which Michel Therrien juggled his forward lines.

A prediction for how the rest of the series will go?
Hey, what am I? Clairvoyant?

What anyone but the most deluded fan can see clearly is the need for your Montreal Canadiens to play better in Game 4 and for as long as this series lasts.

I thought Michel Therrien was being a bit disingenuous when the coach pointed out, during his postgame press conference, that the Canadiens three goals were scored with three different forward lines on the ice.

This gives rise to the erroneous notion that Therrien got a balanced attack from his forwards.

Through three games, that has not been the case.

David Desharnais (18-8 on faceoffs), Max Pacioretty (seven shots directed at Henrik Lundqvist, an assist on Andrei Markov’s goal) and Brendan Gallagher (four of the Canadiens’ 25 SoG) were the only line that troubled Lundqvist and the Rangers D on a consistent basis.

Daniel Brière, Thomas Vanek and Rene Bourque combined for the goal that gave the Canadiens a late-game lead. But they played less than 12 minutes and were largely ineffective.

Until they combined for the winner in OT, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Galchenyuk spent little sustained time in the Rangers’ zone. Credit the kid with escaping Marc Staal’s vigilance to drive the net in OT. Lundqvist’s clearing attempt bounced in off Galchenyuk’s chest – one of the too few bad breaks the Rangers have had in this series.

The fourth line didn’t make it onto the scoresheet. Lars Eller was 1-7 on draws, but Brandon Prust had five hits and indicated, early on, that he for one wouldn’t be going down without a fight.

We’ll find out Friday whether the league’s disciplinarians will look into Prust’s hit on Derek Stepan. It wasn’t penalized, but the play cost the rangers the services of Daniel Carcillo – granted, no great loss – and had them looking for Prust, probably to their detriment, for the rest of the game.

If Prust is suspended, Therrien will have to juggle his lines again. That might not be a bad idea regardless.

His OT heroics undoubtedly will boost Galchenyuk’s confidence. I’d like to see him back with Eller for Game 4 because the kid seemed out of sync with Plekanec and Gionta, both of whom are struggling against the Rangers.

Playing with Brière may bring Vanek out of his coma. I’m starting to suspect he was hurt more than the team let on when Vanek became collateral damage to P.K. Subban’s hit on Reilly Smith during the Boston series.

Two days off before Game 4 will help the Canadiens beleaguered defence corps.

Subban played 25:41 and looked out of sorts. P.K. was caught up ice on the Carl Hagelin goal that opened the scoring.

Andrei Markov played 24:37, scored a goal and was on the ice for Galchenyuk’s OT winner.  Markov was a steadying influence on his D partner. Alexei Emelin had six hits to lead both teams and was much better – the tying goal that ticked in off his skate notwithstanding – than he’d been in the series’ first two games at the Bell Centre.

After taking his goaltender out of the play that produced Hagelin’s goal, Josh Gorges bounced back to play a solid game and had six of the Canadiens’ 22 blocked shots.

Mike Weaver blocked five shots and was adept at covering up for his own defensive errors. It’s possible Weaver will have a new partner for Game 4; Nathan Beaulieu played less than nine minutes.

Credit the Canadiens with discipline – only two minor penalties, both to Gallagher for O-zone infractions.

And credit them with the character to bounce back from the Rangers’ dominant first period and from the heartbreak of conceding a tying goal with 29 seconds left.

Most of all, credit the goaltender.

Tokarski stopped 35 of 37 shots and couldn’t be faulted for either New York goal. The kid’s third-period glove save on Martin St. Louis will make every sportcast’s highlight package. And Tokarski’s excellence boosted the confidence of his teammates, who bounced back from that horrendous first period to play the home team pretty even.

Josie Gold sees the Toker as the second coming of Ken Dryden.

Fearless prediction: The kid won’t go to law school.

Ken Dryden

489 Comments

  1. knob says:

    Top three Habs players last night:

    1)Tokarski
    2)Markov
    3)Prust

    Worst three Habs players last night:

    1)Subban
    2)Gionta
    3)Weaver

    I feel that the win Montreal got last night could be a back breaker for the NYR. NY has considerably out played the Habs this series and they only have a 2-1 lead to show for it. NYR lost an opportunity to take a strangle hold on the boys last night and now Montreal has some swagger going into the next game.

    Usually it is the Habs and their fans that endure career nights from the opponent’s minor league/back up goalies. Nice to see the shoe on the other foot for a change!!

    • rogieshan says:

      Vanek was invisible before Briere’s goal. Gionta was simply ineffective in every way.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I thought Max had a very good game too. DD and Gallagher as well.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • knob says:

        I agree Dipsy, that entire line was really good and definitely not trying to take anything away from them. Tokarski is pretty self-explanatory. Prust was a spark plug and I feel that his hit on McDonough changed the game. Markov was pretty damn good and stood above a much maligned d corps

  2. Mr. Biter says:

    MT give the worst post game interviews in English anyway. Sutter sounds like Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movie series.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  3. Ozmodiar says:

    Does tokarski look a bit like Michael buble??

  4. montreal ace says:

    The Prust hit was late but not outrageously, Stepan should have received a Tony for his antics after it

  5. habs-fan-84 says:

    A few thoughts:

    -Last night wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

    -Prust should get a game or two for that hit. Although the head wasn’t the principal point of contact, he still did make contact with the head and it was late.

    -With Prust suspended, I hope to see White finally get an opportunity

    -Tokarski was fantastic (pretty obvious)

    -I still don’t understand the constant negativity surrounding Vanek. He’s 4th in team points (3 points behind Subban for the lead) with 5 goals and 4 assists (I know he has at least one empty netter).

    -D didn’t look great at all last night, I hope Subban can get his game back

    -What is the deal with these 2 days off? It’s crazy that the Habs have only played 1 Saturday night game all playoffs. Perhaps this works out for Price though

    -With that beard, I finally realized who Galchenyuk looks like, Speed Strid from the band Soilwork

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      I don’t see how people can rip on Vanek so much but give Pacioretty a free pass.

      ———————————

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  6. Steeltown Hab says:

    That was our worst game of the playoffs IMO lol. Tokarski stole it good for him.

    Eller leading fwds in pts. No PP time at all, okay I expect it, now he’s the 4th line C? There is literally nothing he can do to earn a spot. All the people saying he needs to “earn” it like Desharnais apparently has, you’re delusional.

    Eller = Red headed step child they never wanted.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

    • mdp2011 says:

      Eller wasn’t the 4th line center last night, not sure where you got that from. MT used 3 lines in the 3rd period and Eller had a regular shift.

      Edit: Eller played 15:02 last night, those are not 4th line minutes.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      It’s the only thing you see isn’t it?

      DD was our best centre last night, and he’s turned into a very good defensive player.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        Ya he should really get some selke consideration….

        Serious note what do you think he can do that Eller Plek Galchenyuk Briere aren’t all capable of?

        ———————————

        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

        • Ozmodiar says:

          DD’s a better passer than Eller and Plek, and he’s better than Chucky at this point.

          Pleks would out-produce DD if given the same role. Eller could possibly do the same, but that’s more of a guess at this point.

          • Steeltown Hab says:

            Most important aspect of hockey, skating and he’s not close to Eller or Plekanec. Defensively again not close. Physically, far below average and weak (he’s been grittier this playoffs but by no means has the grit of an average top 2 centre).

            Okay set up man if he has tones of space and great wingers. I’m sorry so many guys could do what Desharnais does.

            ———————————

            Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Eller doesn’t have the passing or set up ability that DD does. Eller has played some great hockey in these playoffs but keep in mind he was not going up against Chara in the Boston series either.

            I hate to tell you both players are playing well. I don’t get why you are bashing DD.

    • punkster says:

      Disagree about Eller…he has more than “earned” his spot and that spot is everywhere the Habs need help there is where MT will put Eller.

      He’s the possession beast, an excellent centre, and seems to be able to play with any 2,3 or 4th line on the team with no complaints and 100% effort.

      The false assumption that he is being shunned by MT is just that…false.

      Release the Subbang!!!

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        Our PP would be so much better with him. If you put him with the Gallys, Bourque – Gio, or Pacioretty Gallagher we could at least have one time that can apply serious pressure.

        ———————————

        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

        • punkster says:

          You can’t “put him with the Gallys” because one of the Gallys is now embedded with Max and DD and MT won’t split them…as he shouldn’t for now.

          That leaves exactly what MT does with him…throw him in anywhere help is required.. because he can be trusted anywhere.

          Release the Subbang!!!

          • Steeltown Hab says:

            Pacioretty Desharnais Gallagher aren’t lighting it up or something. Why does Desharnais need to have the absolute best players with him constantly if another player can do more with them? Doesn’t make any sense. Eller is leading the team fwds in pts not Desharnais. That’s without PP time and rotating door of linemates. So what is Desharnais Pacioretty doing to need that to be embedded? Makes no sense.

            ———————————

            Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    Great game by Tokarski last night. Maybe now people can get off his back. The kid can play.

    Looks like out injuries are starting to show a bit. I don’t buy that Vanek just isn’t playing cause he doesn’t care. I do think he is hurt.

    The Rangers are very beatable and now the habs players know they owe their rookie goalie a game.

    Habs will win Sunday!

  8. twilighthours says:

    Damn was Desharnais ever good last night.

  9. Puck Bard says:

    I think MT may know they just need to hang in there and find their groove again. This is a team that is still learning. Game 4 should be interesting. The Rangers also are getting battle-weary.

  10. petefleet says:

    I’m not drinking the kool aid on how great Tokar was. You can’t be suprised in the third round that your goalie “steals” a game. I think the Habs are very lucky that they have such a talented young goalie but he is only doing his job, a job I don’t believe Budaj is up to. When was the last time a team won the Stanley Cup with mediocre goal tending? The Grant Fuhr days?

    Vanek is hurting and the team doctors should be looking very closely at him. My wife was lamenting his play last night and she has never played the game! Prust will be fined or out 1 game. B49′s speed and tenacity will be a good replacement for him. Beaulieu may be out as well but I would bring in Tinordi before I gave the Cube or Murray another shot. Just sayin’. PK will spring back to his usual self and Bourque had a better night last night. I’m not the least bit worried about Pleks either, faceoff demon last night. Gionta on the other hand, if not for the “C” he should ride the pine. Pleks will be wearing it next year.
    No reason why they can’t win on Sunday. The confidence and determination is back after last night. That must have felt good after giving up the alte one.

    And MT playing with the lines is cool with me. He’s in the third round and Julien, who keeps his lnes in tact, is not. Keep up the good work.

    “Being on the PP doesn’t make you an offensive threat anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.”
    Henry Ford

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
    Abraham Lincoln

    ***Go Habs Go***

  11. adamkennelly says:

    I was pretty confident we’d win Game 3 – but frankly not sure we deserved it. most of the game, most of our players played poorly. Giving up goals at key times of the game (end of the first, end of regulation) is very troubling.

    not sure whats wrong – the Boston series took a lot out of us emotionally and physically – lets hope this big win creates the positive momentum we need.

    Habs can play with and beat the Rangers but its going to take a lot more than we have seen so far.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      The habs are not playing great hockey right now but that happens in the playoffs. I think there is some bumps and bruises from the Bruins series that are taking some tolls.

      I did like the physical response last night from our players. If we want this series we need to play a little nastier than we have.

      The habs have not played great yet and we are still in the series. I think we can still make this a good series.

      Let’s start with Sunday night!

  12. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Thought it was Saturday but it’s
    Sunday Sunday Sunday !!!

  13. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Toker jokes? What a howl! What is this? Grade 9?

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

  14. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! The King Lunqhead was knocked from his horse but not yet slayed.The Knights are moving in for the kill with their swords drawn. He will fight to no avail. His head will be displayed on a spike. Victory is Ours! Saludos!

  15. 5wings says:

    We have to keep playing Beaulieu he made no more mistakes than a few of our vets, no other Dman can skate like him..
    PK was lost last night, all passengers have to get on the damn bus for Sunday and kick some ranger ass..I think the hate is building which is what we need..Prust was great..
    Vanek was the first guy off the bench to congrat Chucky good on him..lets hope he gets going quickly like Sunday
    We cant watch the rangers in our zone move the puck like they are on a power play, I knew eventually the puck was going in our net..force the play..play aggressive not passive thats how we beat Boston..
    If Kreider goes near Tokar flatten him, he is dirty..
    cant wait for Sunday..

    GO HABS GO!!

    • Dust says:

      So you think we should play murray to hit kreider eh

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I love the way Murray plays and if we get past the Rangers he’ll see some ice time vs the winner of the West but the Rangers forwards will fly by him like a pylon. Having said that Ranger forwards are flying around our D-men anyway.
        Also to win with PK playing probably his worst playoff game, I’m looking forward to Sunday night.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

      • boing007 says:

        Yep. Put Murray in only for special occasions.

        Richard R

  16. jrs10069 says:

    If the habs are playing like they don’t care then put the guys in who aren’t playing. Who could care more than White, Moen, Bournival, Tinordi, Murray and even the cube.

    Come on coach, give me a shot, I won’t let you down type attitude.

    Would at least wake the benchies up, bigtime.

    jrs10069

  17. After watching the reply on Prust’s hit, he may get 1-3 games.

    Those are the type of hits the NHL wants out.

    Not allowed to hit a player in a vulnerable position.

    Hope for a fine I guess.

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  18. JF says:

    Why have we looked so tired all series? The Boston series was physically and emotionally draining, but the first series was relatively easy, and we had an incredible ten-day break afterwards. Meanwhile, the Rangers played two seven-game series with no rest at all. Yet they seem to have more energy than we do. Logically, we should be getting our energy back, while theirs should be running out.

  19. Phil C says:

    The shocks on the bandwagon must be getting a real workout today.

    I believed the Habs could win based on how they played in game 2, but who would have predicted that the Habs would win the goaltending battle? The best part about Tokarski’s play is that the players will start believing they can win again and the Rangers will start thinking this is no easy out. I thought the Rangers had been playing too loose lately, too cocky, maybe this will make them grip the stick a little tighter, put some doubt in their minds. The Habs are definitely back in it, and if they win game 4, they take back home ice advantage.

    But for the love of all things holy, Therrien has got to do something about those lines. The DD line is working, but I agree with Boone, the other lines did nothing all night. I guess they get some credit for scoring, but over the long haul, it doesn’t seem like that is sustainable getting so few chances. They really need to put their crashers back together and keep their scorers together, splitting them up makes the lines neither offensive nor defensive. At least go back to some lines that worked before. Prust/Bournival-Briere-Weise- worked nicely before. Or Bourque-Eller-Gionta, or the EGG line. Why not Vanek back on the top line? Pretty much anything but the lines from last night. DD and Pacioretty are both playing great right now, so they could probably get Vanek going.

    I like that Therrien has some gambler in him, he is not afraid to take chances in order to win (safe is death as the old Tortorella would say), but these lines were an offensive fail.

    • Louisville says:

      Yoo don’t gamble in game 3 of the semis.

      • Phil C says:

        Tokarski was a huge gamble, the safe play was Budaj. But the gamble has paid off, so yes, I don’t mind gambling even in game three. Especially if safe hasn’t been working so far.

        Going with new lines in game 3 was also a gamble, but it didn’t work. You can’t give the coach credit for gambling only when he is right, sometimes gambles don’t work, so you have to accept it. The way I look at it, Therrien gambled on new lines, failed, but got away with it. He now has a chance to fix it and I really hope he does.

        • Louisville says:

          Beg to differ. Tokarski was the only choice. God love him, but the Budaj is a great backup when he plays 1 game every 7. He ALWAYS chokes when he plays too many games, ALWAYS.

          • Phil C says:

            I think that’s easy to say after the fact. If Tokarski had crapped the bed, Therrien would be getting ripped right now.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Agree Phil, there are many here already who have been crapping on him for this choice. The crap pile would be well past knee deep if team lost last night with Tokarski in net.

        • Jimmy Page says:

          Love Budaj, but he has never won/stole a PO game in his career. Case closed.

  20. boing007 says:

    Boone said:
    I thought Michel Therrien was being a bit disingenuous when the coach pointed out, during his postgame press conference, that the Canadiens three goals were scored with three different forward lines on the ice.

    This gives rise to the erroneous notion that Therrien got a balanced attack from his forwards.Through three games, that has not been the case.

    His OT heroics undoubtedly will boost Galchenyuk’s confidence. I’d like to see him back with Eller for Game 4 because the kid seemed out of sync with Plekanec and Gionta, both of whom are struggling against the Rangers.

    I agree with both these points, Mr. Boone. The Habs won by the skin of their teeth.

    Richard R

  21. Paz says:

    If the coach announces publicly during a press conference that ‘Vanek is healthy” then that does say a lot.

    Why?

    Because Therrien could have answered,

    “Well, Vanek is banged up just like many of our players. He is playing through it.”.

    Instead, Vanek got demoted to the 4th line without any supportive comments from the coach.

    Conclusion: The coach is not happy with Vanek’s effort.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      You think? I’ve never heard a coach admit that a player was injured during the playoffs.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Could be a bit of both, you both make some good points. I just hope Vanek is better in 3 days, because either way he is not doing much out there. I can’t believe he would be this disinterested, but he does have a reputation.

        Lets hope he is better Game 4.

      • ianism says:

        yeah but they dodge the question (or give the ‘banged up’ line as above) rather than straight up refuting it.

  22. Walmyr says:

    Good morning people!

    Daniel Briere scored what could have been the GWG last night. He has 3G & 4A in 13 games playing third/fourt line minutes….

    CHeers

    • Louisville says:

      Seems that only the coach doesn’t get the Briere IS a clutch playoff performer. Of course he does need better linemates. Frankly, Vanek and Bourney with a Briere would be an awesome line. So coach, please leave Vanek with Briere.

  23. Hobie says:

    Ok, aside from the freaky 7-2 drubbing in game 1, that was a terrible game, for the most part, by the Habs. A few defencemen were brutal! Weaver probably at the top of the list. I’ve never seen so many opportunities to clear the puck fail.

    Anyhow, a win is a win. What a first period by Prust! I loved the hit! I also loved when Dorsett attempted to get some revenge and Prust ended up feeding it to him. Prust was awesome last night. He threw a few other big hits as well.

    Hats off to Tokarski! He saved our bacon!

  24. Paz says:

    Some times you need some luck and some clutch saves to win games, and that’s what we got last night.

    We could not keep pace at all. We are tired and worn down for sure, and who can blame them?

    But there’s no room on the scorecard for long explanations.

    I think for Sunday we should see White inserted for some much needed fresh energy. Unless he is hurt, we could use him.

    Keep Beaulieu in, please. He is one of the few who can actually keep up to the Ranger’s speed, especially in transition, and he can skate the puck out of trouble.

    It’s”one at a time”, and “you never know” time.

    • Captain aHab says:

      I agree…I think Cube would be overmatched by their speed and forecheck.

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

    • HabinBurlington says:

      We definitely appeared tired at times in that game. But I think with momentum starting to change, things can change on the ice. The break will be good for the boys. I am not too hung up on who should play and who shouldn’t. Not that I don’t have opinions (and ironically very similar to yours) but it just frustrates me to start worrying about who should or shouldn’t play. The coach is going to make his decisions, I have no influence on it, so I am just going to watch cheer and try see why he made the choices he made and will make.

      • Paz says:

        You’re a better fan than I am, Burly!! Hahaha! Just kidding you.

        I enjoy the challenge of trying to shuffle the lineup or whatever.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Oh I know you enjoy the challenge, I just find if I get hung up on the MT should have done this or that, I find myself mad or against the team before the puck drops.

          I am so happy the boys found a way to win, and I thought Prust really picked up the team a great deal with his energy in the game. As badly as we seemed out of the series, we are one game away from being back in the catbird seat. Now we just have to win game 4!

          So proud and happy for Tokarski, what a great great story!

    • punkster says:

      Bad ice. Evan the Rags had trouble with bouncing pucks and pucks that wouldn’t slide. MSG is pitiful

      Release the Subbang!!!

  25. zephyr says:

    I noticed the rangers use a triangle formation to get out of their zone. I don’t know why we don’t use it too instead of the awful shoot it up the boards crap. that’s why we get pinned for so long.
    lundquist played a great game again too. that stop on max was a beauty. I thought he’d score for sure.
    we had more success when we pressured the ny dmen. they hated getting creamed by prust all game long. bourque nailed a few too. we need our bigger guys to cause that kind of havoc. we need to pressure them into mistakes.

  26. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Just curious.. I’m not overly educated in “player rights” upon being drafted.. I noticed that players selected in the 3-7th round typically only last with the organization for 2-3 years and never amount to anything, likely has something to do with the maximum amount of allowable pro contracts..

    Could the Habs ship their CHL draft picks to an AUAA team upon completion of Junior while still holding his rights and not counting as a player under contract? I noticed Detroit has put a number of Swedes in NCAA after Junior… (Not allowable for CHL, I know)

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      If so, I volunteer UPEI as,the school we send our late picks to… Heck, time $20,000 and I’ll even keep an eye on them while they’re here.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    A win, just what the doctor ordered. To me the turning point was Prust getting the Rangers rattled and off their game. The first two games have been “easy” for the Rangers, nothing the Habs were doing (or not doing) was getting under their skin in the least.

    It was a late hit, should have been interference, but that is all it was. Perhaps a fine, but the issue with that play is between the league and the officials, not with Prust. However, given the complete and utter incompetence of NHL Head Office, I can see refs looking to quickly make an example of Prust next game.

    Wonderful game by Tokarski, perhaps this Habs organization did see something in him, thus he is starting these games and not Budaj.

    Go Habs Go!

    Win the next one in New York and all of a sudden the Rangers will feel like they are squandering their chance at a Cup final. About time to move the heat over to that side of the teams benches.

    • Cal says:

      Last night was a dagger into the heart of the Ragtags. Tying the game with 20+ seconds left only to lose it within 2 minutes in OT is a real kick in the balls.
      Habs will be better. The Ragtags can’t be.

    • Louisville says:

      C’mon guys. I know we’re all Habs fans but can we at least be a little objective? The Prust hit almost cost us the game. The Rangers were not engaged until that hit happened. Seriously, let’s at least be realistic. What a bunch of homers!

    • Dust says:

      it was late and a blindside hit.
      think of if a hab player got hit like that. would you want a suspension then?
      I thought prust played a great game. however, he deserves to be suspended for that hit

      • HabinBurlington says:

        A late hit is interference, I am not defending the hit. But the refs are the ones who should have made that call. So should the league have suspended Marchand for punching Plex in the faceoff circle when play was dead? It was a clear gloved punch making contact to another player in the head. I hate Marchand, I wished there was some type of suspension, but that was a call also the refs missed.

        • Dust says:

          i agree a late hit is interference. i think he gets suspended because it was a blindside hit.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Perhaps, I just am trying to think of a hit similar where a player was suspended. Seems to me the only thing that gets suspensions is a hit to the head and particularly if the player is injured.

            In a perfect world, that Prust hit is called by the refs and a suspension. Unfortunately the league is far from it, and seems to me the Habs needed to play with some piss and vinegar and get the Rangers agitated.

  28. JF says:

    After all the opprobrium hurled at Michel Therrien during the season, it’s pretty mind-boggling that 43% of those who answered the poll think he’s a better coach than Claude Julien and Alain Vigneault.

  29. Ozmodiar says:

    Wow, a few mediocre games from Pleks and now folks want him traded. How quickly we forget the Boston series.

    “Habs have a glut of centers” – not true. Chucky hasn’t proven he’s capable yet. He’s played very little at center. That leaves DD and Eller. How do we match up against Boston with that?

    “Chucky will replace Pleks” – nope. they’re not going have their most gifted youngster adopt a shut-down role. If Chucky’s moved to C, then he’ll play with Max.

    “Can’t keep DD and Pleks” – sorry, no. these 2 players have different roles. it’s not a logjam situation. I can see the team upgrading from DD to Chucky down the road, when he’s ready. Until then, I think they’re content playing DD with Max.

    • Captain aHab says:

      You do realize that in trading Pleks, one would expect to get a very good return, right? No one suggesting he be traded wants a 7th rounder in return.

      If we get a great RW in return, that would help whoever the remaining centermen would be and might help keep the puck in the opposition’s zone. We all get that Pleks is a great defensive forward but waiting for him to be 38 before even entertaining offers would be bad asset management.

      If the Habs do keep him, I wonder if they’ll try Galchenyuk on the wing with DD and Pacioretty as a replacement for Vanek.

      The Habs will not trade DD and they would not get as much for Eller as they would for Pleks. Both DD and Eller suck as wingers.

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

      • Ozmodiar says:

        A very good return, like what Vanek fetched at the deadline? :)

        We don’t know what they’d get for Pleks. That’s beside the point anyway, as it doesn’t change the 3 points I made above about the center position – the position MB likes to build around. MB’s not going to thin out the center ranks and say “let’s keep the puck in the offensive zone”.

        • Captain aHab says:

          Vanek was a pure rental with everyone knowing he will sign with Minny…apples and oranges my friend.

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

    • Cal says:

      Depth at all positions is a good thing, isn’t it?
      All the young guns will get their shot. If they produce, it’ll be a very good thing for the Habs in the long run.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Depth is great…if trading Pleks means improving our RW depth with quality, I’d be all for it.

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

  30. 24 Cups says:

    If Prust gets suspended then the logical replacement would be Bournival. How about revisiting October and have Bournival play with Pleks and Gionta? That would allow Galchenyuk to play with Eller and Bourque. That gives the team four balanced lines.

    24.6 Cups

  31. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    All the vets look spent and/or injured.
    So much emotion was used in the boston series. Seems to have taken a toll.
    A full round of vitamins and minerals for everybody.
    Maybe a quick trip to Bermuda back for Saturday.
    Go Habs GO!!!

  32. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Wow, just say the Glachenyuk post game interview.. The kid is ripped!

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  33. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Way too many whistles in this series.. I sure wish it was only icing when all 10 players are on the same side of the red line, and you could play the puck after it hits the netting

    I’d even remove the blue line.. Or adjust the rule so that once the puck crosses centre you can cross the blue line ahead of the puck

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Cal says:

      I don’t like icing when:
      The puck goes through the blue paint.
      A Dman tries to play it, like last night, only to have it hop over his stick.

      Removing the blue line is a non-starter. It provides discipline on attack and stops a player from hanging around the goalie all night while the play goes up and down the ice.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        So the purpose of the blue line is to prevent “net hanging”

        I highly doubt that a player would get ice time if he were to me thang in this day and age..

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Cal says:

          Wouldn’t you have a player disrupting Price or Tokarski every chance you get? I know I’d do anything to get a goalie off his game and give me a better chance to win.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            In “my NHL” the game would be refred at NBA standards.. Sure there’d be PP’s galore for a season or two.. But in the end, the game would be officiated in a manner that stars can shine..

            What bothers me about offsides is that it ruins rushes.. D ALWAYS stand up at the blue line.. Allowing zone entry once the puck crosses the red line would provide WAY more offence,off the rush.

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  34. JUST ME says:

    Wow ! Boone is actually starting his ALN on a positive note ! I must have hallucinations ! In one sentence he is saying that Chucky will score again and the Habs will go in the playoffs again in the future !

    Not the first time that i was unable to login yesterday after the game, i guess i was not alone with the same idea…

    They never give up , they fight back. If there is one side of the Habs game that gave me confidence this season it`t that obvious fact. Difficult begining of the game although shots on goal were not all good scoring chances and then the guys kept grinding and grinding…
    Actually, the only step left to reach the level we had before that serie is for us to score first and fast.

    I know that Chucky is only 20 years old and that he is slowly given his place on the roster but he needs to score big goals fur us and it feels nice that he did !

    So is it to read scored by Briere assisted by Bourque and Vanek. How about coming thru when it counts !
    Great energy by Prusty also who made things happen. Carcillo came back to his natural self and needed no help to take care of himself ! He is a dangerous overated peabrain.

    Good game for the kid in goals also . But don`t tell me that without him the Habs…it`s his fricking job to stop the pucks !

    No game on saturday night, just pityfull but this time i feel like time is on our side. It is not as if there weren`t many things to work on and many players had an off night but they will then have a chance to redeem themselves. Go Habs Go !

  35. Louisville says:

    Habs got lucky last night. Except for Toker and the DD line they were terrible. The coach is tinkering with lines in the semi finals. Ridiculous. He is incompetent. Instead of using the lines that have worked in the past he chooses to reward his buddies. A complete jerk. I hope that Toker’s play lady night provides a spark, but this coach will likely extinguish it with his stupid decisions.

  36. 24 Cups says:

    Vanek has taken 22 shots on goal during 13 playoff games.

    24.6 Cups

    • Neroden says:

      I have a feeling that Vanek has been injured since game 1 against the Bruins. He had a couple of nights where he was only taking 1/2 shifts before being dropped to the 2nd line and then to make matters worse got smoked by PK…. Looking at him on ice, he’s not skating quite right – at least 2 steps slower than I’d expect, which puts him out of position on almost every play.

    • boing007 says:

      Shameful.

      Richard R

  37. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Get your Habinoids!

  38. King Doughty says:

    Forces of nature makes me a kings fan but my heart is with the Habies for long time. Nice place you got around here. Real hockey talk.Been reading for awhile and figured i’m jumping in.Followed hockey for 30 years.

    Two suspensions a comin. Prust is gonna get maybe 1 or 2 for the hit on Stepenwolf. Because Stepenwolf is ok he might get 1 or zip. Cooky Carcillo is gonna get 3 to 20 for elbowing the linesman in the head when the Prust was fighting Dorkset. Man they should do a drug test on him. Wont be pretty. Maybe loony is natural for him.

    • Gerry H says:

      Welcome aboard, KD. Not sure I agree on a Prust suspension. Undeniably a late hit and missed interference call, but contact was shoulder to chest from what I saw.

      That said, like the stupidity on Krieder in Game 1, that kind of ref-baiting isn’t going to win games. I’d seriously consider swapping Prust out for Moen.

      • JUST ME says:

        Gerry H

        With all due respect that kind of ref-baiting does win games. The actual loser is the one not able to do it. Sad but true.
        Prust actually made things happen yesterday and had the Rangers change their frame of mind . Moen is of the invisible kind that can be usefull i agree but not the same way Prust is. The Rangers are fast and big and have to be stopped and bothered in their ability to take speed and then use their skills.

      • King Doughty says:

        thanks. The NHL has lots of cameras and angles we dont see. Hope you’re right. Moen got dinged bad and whats he played since then? 3-4 games. He’s slow and no offence. Take the Bornival over him.At least he kinda knows where the net is.

    • Cal says:

      Welcome KD. (Up here that’s Kraft Dinner)
      Agree on Dorkset- he and Carcillo are SudaHeads.

    • JUST ME says:

      Welcome aboard sir !

      I think that Prust will get a fine if things go as they usually go at the NHL . Not that he does not deserve a suspension.

      Carcillo should not play in the NHL .Period.

  39. Cal says:

    If Prust doesn’t get suspended, isn’t it time for Gionta to sit?
    He’s been bad for a couple weeks now. Obviously, his tank is empty.
    Would an energetic Bournival be more effective? I am starting to think so.

  40. careysubban3176 says:

    What has Beaulieu done to not earn no ice time. I know the kid is young but he’s not done anything wrong to be stapled on the bench.

    • CJ says:

      Doesn’t have the coaches’ trust. Every other defenceman made bigger, more glaring mistakes last night. Truth be told, I’ve been very impressed with Nate. IMO, he has stepped in and provided 10-14 solid minutes a night. He has lots to learn, but he’s going to make guys in our current top four expendable.

      You have to be great skater to take chances at both ends of the ice. Nate is a fantastic skater.

    • gmur says:

      I like his play. He’s going to be a good defenceman in this league for a long time to come.

    • JUST ME says:

      Beaulieu is going to be a treat for many years to come. I actually think he got a lot better then at the begining of the season. Does play a better defense while still being an offensive weapon. He needs to go through the same growing and learning steps as every d-man does , every P.K. does and there is no rush and no need either at this stage of the season to overdo it and have him lose his consistency when he shouldn`t.

  41. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Just a side note… Canadians are flourishing in Pro Basketball and now golf.. With Dalet and Hearn (several other promising NCAA players) obviously hockey.. Milos Rainic and Eugene Bouchard in tennis… Obviously Christine Sinclair in soccer…

    Why the sudden surge across all sports? More Canucks attending NCAA schools?

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  42. gmur says:

    - Kreider tried to run Tokarski last night and missed.

    - Gallagher keeps taking bad penalties and has to start scoring in this series.

    - Last night was reminiscent of game 1 in Boston with Price stealing one.

    - The team has to play better if we want to come back with the series tied. Tokarski is good, but he won’t steal those every night. The Rangers whiffed on a few clear-cut scoring chances. They are not likely to repeat that.

    - The Rangers are faster than I expected. I thought the Habs’ speed would have them on their heels…

  43. mksness says:

    how many games for prust? 1-3?

  44. Mr_MacDougall says:

    HIO is much better than most NHL “analysts” I’m sure many of you, like myself, noticed that Weiss had his glorious chance saved by a defenceman more than Lundqvist.. But yet all the praise goes to Hank for a,potentially game saving play..

    Why do I torture myself with TSN… What happened to the old Jim Van Horne, or even Brendan Connor- Landsberg days..

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • gmur says:

      I watch RDS. Pierre Houde is better than the CBC and TSN play-callers.

      Did anyone see Pierre McGuire on the ice after the OT goal? Looking like a lost puppy who wants to be kissed by PK again to validate his position as glamorized analyst. He is annoying.

  45. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! There is nothing like attending a hockey game in person. You make that game a playoff game and it becomes a spectacle.

    Sitting in the Madison Suites at MSG was a thrill for this old guy. The newly renovated Garden is beautiful. It’s one of the most colorful, loud and energized building this side of the Bell Center.

    Sitting in these luxurious suites afforded me the opportunity to meet and chat with some former Ranger players. Nick Fotiu, Steve Vickers and Darren Turcotte all visited our suite and were tremendous guys. Was great to meet them and we had a great visit. Between the second and third period Turcotte said to me he’d love to be on the ice. “You can’t believe how much fun those guys are having down there” he said to me. “Its much more nerve racking up here.”

    Tokarski looked calm cool and collected prior to the game and during the game. When the Rangers tied the game with seconds left he gave an Oh Crap expression and then carried on. He was sensational and the truth be told he was the difference makers.

    I know Galchenyuk scored the winning goal but his timing was off last night. He was out there working but he needs some more games to get in game shape. That said, his line mates, Gionta and Pleks were God awful. Even if LaFleur were on their line it wouldn’t have helped. Pleks lost some important faceoffs in the last minute and Gio was soft and passive all night, no more so then in the last minute of the third.\

    McDonagh was the best player on the ice last night. He is fast becoming one of the best defense in the league. A skill set and work ethic that is scary good.

    I was impressed with Weise last night. The kid is fast, never takes a shift off and throws his weight around. Great effort last night.

    It was great chatting with Ranger fans during and after the game. There were a few of us Hab fans around but we didn’t make a dent in this crowd.

    Have a great day all! CHeers.

    • Cal says:

      Excellent report, Jim. Sounds like you had a great time!

    • gmur says:

      Wow. I want to be a part of it…

      Agreed about Gionta. It’s good to hear that he’s as bad in person as he is on TV.

    • CJ says:

      Awesome! I was thinking about you yesterday Jim. I’m so glad you got to see a great game. Regarding your recap, I share your opinion. Further, I get the very same impression watching Weise live.

      I don’t know what’s going on with Pleks and Gionta. Watching them live, it’s painfully evident that they are out of sync. That said, we got the win and could become a dangerous team if we get them going.

      We still have not played our best game. IMO, we’ve seen the Rangers at their very best.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers, CJ

    • BriPro says:

      Good morning buddy.
      I was going to text you last night but I figured you had pulled out the bedding in that MSG suite of yours and gone to sleep.

      I would argue that it’s not that Pleks and Gio haven’t found their game as much as they’re stifled by the rangers.

      And Chucky scoring should be good for his confidence, considering he’s been out for so long.

      So glad you enjoyed it. The boys up here want to buy tickets to watch game 4 at the Bell centre….thinking about it.

      Cheers!

      ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
      That is some of the most Free-range, Organically-grown, Disingenuous,
      Idealogically-marinated, Un-Self-awareness I’ve ever seen in the wild.

      - John Stewart on Marchand, the RAT

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Thought the TV camera zoomed in on you J.; turned out to be De Niro.

    • Loved the pictures last night young feller, so happy they won for you!!!! Ok all of us.

      Shane Oliver
      @sholi2000
      http://www.sholi2000.com
      A Little fun during the Intermission
      Don’t Poke The Bear

  46. Mr_MacDougall says:

    If Habs win the cup with Toker he’d make for a great tradeable asset.
    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  47. piter says:

    Anyone else catch the distracting “Avery” moves Kreider was doing in front of Toker as he was trying to screen him? He was using his hands and stick, waving them in front of Toker’s face, and almost even turning to kind of face him. Not exactly to the classless extent of what Avery did to Brodeur, but close to it anyways. Could’ve/should’ve been a penalty, using the “Avery” rule. What a piece of work that Kreider is. We owe him(and a few others) some payback NEXT season, when the potential for taking a penalty won’t effect whether we move onto the finals or not.
    Great game les Habitants, go get another win in front of the “stars” at MSG.

  48. Slackman says:

    Alright alright already with the Tokarski pot puns.

  49. UKRAINIANhab says:

    I thought pleks had a bounce back game IMO. Looked like he was first to a lot of pucks and was the reason we scored the OT goal… Same can’t be said about Gionta. Enjoy your day! I sure am happy to be back home way out here in Ukraine. Going to the market with my Habs hat on, we will see if anyone notices it and comments on the Habs (it’s happened before). CHeers.

    • jrs10069 says:

      You too, i’m sure someone will notice hat, probably some NYR fans around too

      jrs10069

    • Captain aHab says:

      I don’t think there’s much doubt the Gionta would be sitting if not for the C.

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

    • 24 Cups says:

      If Galchenyuk is going to move to centre, then I am now of the opinion that Pleks is the guy to move. Eller fits the profile of a third line pivot while DD will forever be linked with MaxPac. Pleks is just 31 years old with a decent contract. I would investigate a one for one swap to bring in a scoring winger of a RD.

      24.6 Cups

      • Captain aHab says:

        This is what I’ve been saying for over a year.

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

      • CJ says:

        I am do the same opinion. Win or lose, we will need to look at DD and Pleks going forward. IMO, we can’t keep both.

        • 24 Cups says:

          It’s not that I’m criticizing Pleks although his game does have some limitations that he will never be able to overcome. For me, it’s more a case of asset management. We have a glut at centre and only one of those players suits the wing. So why not flip one of them to fill a major hole in the lineup. The benefits of such a move would be immediate.

          24.6 Cups

          • Ton says:

            agreed and the same can be said for Gorges given you have the foot soldiers to replace him

  50. Mad Habber says:

    I figured Tokarski was going to have to steal one if the Habs if they were going to get back in it. Hopefully more than the goalie and the first line will show up for game four.

  51. Dulljerk says:

    The kid stole a game, nuff said. He may have to steal another one.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

    • Captain aHab says:

      The way they were playing, he might have to steal 7 more.

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

  52. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Nice to get the win. Great for Tokarski but man we are not playing well overall. The good news is we must have a good game in there somewhere. Did Bourque play the body even once? Or Eller? What the heck? These are our bigger guys. They need to do to McDonagh what the Rangers (and Bruins) did to Emelin. Hit him every single time he touches the puck. Good for Prust. Sure it was a little late but I couldn’t care less about that. Someone needs to do some damage out there.
    Carcillo should get at least ten games for TWICE elbowing the official in the face.
    If Tokarski takes Price’s job because he wins? What a great problem!
    Go Habs!

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

  53. We haven’t played like the Boston series yet, the Canadiens are getting by, look out when they actually play well.

    It’s pretty freakig obvious that Vanek wants to play top line minutes or not at all. Get him up there with Max, abuse Vanek, and then let him go.

    I was on the Trade Gionta wagon back in March, then when he played well in one game vs TB I got excited and felt bad. Well I shouldn’t have. Our leaders are the young guns, that’s where the media goes when they want to hear something. I mean Weise led TSN 690 in quotes, why is out Captain so quiet? Or is it a team rule that everyone but him speaks to the media? Maybe he’s there and I just mentally block him out.

    Carey is walking without a brace, that’s good news.

    Tokarski is awesome, nothing better seeing a young goalie succeed in MOntreal…..ala Carey Price. LOVE IT.

    It takes 4 to win a series. If the real Habs show up Sunday then we are heading back to Mtl with momentum!

    Come on PK we need our leader to get his head in the game.

    Lastly, Eller playing with checkers? Come on Therrien he’s second in scoring playing with hacks, get him some help here, you want to win, play with two scoring lines and two shut down lines. Please please please!

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

    • mksness says:

      i would say price is done for the year. he was wearing an acl brace the last time they showed him wearing one on cbc. you don’t wear an acl brace for anything other than a potential acl injury.

      know he might have just sprained it but that still means small tear and that’s 6-8 weeks min and playing goalie with a brace is very annoying/hard.

      i’m really happy for “Tokar” once again in a big mans league you have a shorter goalie showing he can still play. he played with a ton of heart yesterday and made some incredible saves. good on him and keep it up kid:-)

  54. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Great showing by the kid in nets. I think we have a great shot at beating the Rangers. The emotional crest the rode into this series is just about done. That being said I have a question for you all.

    What would be a bigger disappointment getting beat by the Rangers or getting beat in the finals?

    • Captain aHab says:

      Getting beat by the Rags….LA and Chicago are much much better teams.

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

  55. Blade says:

    Way to battle , boys. Keep it going.
    You are the better team!!

  56. Coach K says:

    Possible Gazette headline…

    “Toker Pots First Playoff Victory”

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  57. PrimeTime says:

    ALN reads like a last place team beat the worlds best. It sure was enjoyable not following the Live Blog last night. Used to have added value but the Gazette needs to make a change next year.

    • kalevine says:

      by the later rounds of the playoffs, a couple of teams have often asserted themselves and that’s why they are often less competitive than earlier rounds. The Rangers seemed pretty unbeatable in games 1 and 2 and for most of Game 3. it was starting to look like they were doing what they needed to do to win. So yes, beating them was a big deal. Of course, next game is a must win too, and, yes, they will probably have to play quite a bit better to win it

    • boing007 says:

      Boone is too often a rabat-joie.

      Richard R

  58. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter14
    p.14a

    And lo, the Unheralded One cast a
    Giant shadow over the New City
    And won the day as the Lion roared.
    Thus The Faithful’s hearts were lifted
    As from a bolt from the heavens.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  59. Mavid ® says:

    Mr. T has been taking classes in the cool as a cucumber Price school..what a terrific kid..and how about Mr. B..snubbed for the top spot yet still giving it to the kid for the big win..true teammate..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  60. plum says:

    Prust hasn’t been great in these playoffs so far. But there was one instance last night where he nailed mcdonagh with a hard clean hit and it seemed after that, mcdonagh was hesitant whenever he got the puck. (Not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, especially cbc, but ryan mcdonagh was originally drafted by montreal, but then traded)

  61. petefleet says:

    Here’s the thing. Every now and then you need a goalie to steal a game. Toker did that in spades. Now the rest of the team needs to play these clowns the way they did all year. NYR are not a better team than the Habs. The golden boy, McDonough, made more mistakes and miscues than PK last night, although you wouldn’t know it if all you did was listen to the commentary on CBC. At any rate, Les Boys will win game 4 in NYC and it will be ateam effort.
    Not sure why Beaulieu was played so little last night. It wasn’t like he was a give away machine or anything.
    PK is definately out of sorts but I expect he will come around.
    Toker looked every bit as confident last night as he did when he shut out ANA earlier in the year. The kid’s a gamer.

    “Being on the PP doesn’t make you an offensive threat anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.”
    Henry Ford

    “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet”.
    Abraham Lincoln

    ***Go Habs Go***

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I also wondered why Beaulieu was benched. He didn’t play in the 3rd.

      He was certainly no worse the Emelin.

      (Or, for that matter, PK or Gorges…)

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

        I think it was the “Therrien Trust” thing with Nate. I too thought the kid was okay but with the game tied and the season hanging in the balance, MT probably felt more comfortable going with the vets the rest of the way. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Beaulieu sit the next one out. MT to JJ, “Release the Cube!”

        ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

    • Chris says:

      Have to disagree on McDonagh vs. Subban last night. Subban had a very off-game…he was turning the puck over all over the ice, including the one that cost the team their first goal.

      He was also labouring in his skating…there were more than a few times last night where I was waiting for him to turn on the jets on a backcheck and it never happened, leading to a scoring chance.

  62. Cal says:

    He’s a joker, he’s a smoker, he’s the
    Midnight Toker. Great job by him and pretty much everyone else.

    **ALERT* Game 4 will be on the GINORMOUS SCREEN at the Bell Centre, much to the chagrin of small-minded bar owners in Montreal.

  63. Captain aHab says:

    So will Cube draw back in for Beaulieu next game?

    And I know Weaver corrected some of his own mistakes last night but at the pace he was making them, you have to wonder how long it’ll take before one or two end up in the net.

    I think the first game damaged our D’s confidence. They’re all so worried now about getting burned that they almost never pinch at the blue line and give up a huge cushion to the Rags in our own end.

    And what are the odds the Rags run Tokarsky next game? Likely be someone else than Kreider to not make it too obvious.

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

  64. bidds55 says:

    Tokarski stole that game, period. The reality is that other than the first few shifts, the Habs were basically outplayed all night long. Don’t get me wrong – I’m firmly on the bandwagon, and I loved that win as much as anyone, but even of Tokarski has one more game like that in him, I don’t believe he has 3 more out of the next 4.
    If we’re going to win this series, a lot of Habs need to be considerably better.
    I’m sticking with my original call…Habs in 7!

  65. HardHabits says:

    Dustin Tokarski. I just realized that this is the guy that people were moaning about when the Habs traded Cedrick Desjardins for him. Crow time.

    With a one-two punch of Timmins and Dudley the Habs making Bergevin look like Midas.

  66. Habcouver says:

    Les Boys gave me fits with their inability to get the puck out of their zone – most notably in the last minute of the game. Regardless, the OT W was a pleasant surprise.
    Game on!

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  67. AceMagnum says:

    So here’s my question….suppose by some blessed miracle the Canadiens actually win this series in a seventh game and Tokarski plays out of his mind. And suppose Carey is ready to go for game one of the Stanley Cup finals against the Kings (inshallah)….who dresses as his backup? You can’t tell Toker to put the monkey suit on and sit in the pressbox can you? And can you really tell Budaj, who’s been a team guy all year, to do the same?

    Quite a quandry. I hope Chrys Goyens is taking detailed notes….this is gonna be the most dramatic chapter of Lions in Winter yet!

    Go Habs

  68. habfaninottawa says:

    I’m astonished at this Canadiens win. Tokarski played with purpose and both goals against were flukey. The Habs are still in a tough spot and drastically need to improve upon their defensive play and giveaways. But if they start getting those lucky bounces and pay with confidence they may just make a series if this yet.
    9 down, 7 to go.
    Go Habs go!

  69. RetroMikey says:

    We’re even Jimmy Fallon you putz!
    We should have WON Game 2 and your Rangers should have one last nite!
    Boone, have faith my friend. We are gonna win this series. Have faith!

    We will win the Stanley Cup with ? In the nets .

  70. Timo says:

    Habs need to be a lot better at not getting pinned down in their own end. It is ridiculous the number of times they can’t come out of their zone without trouble. Looks like everyone is playing like they have never played with each other before.

    I get it, it’s day off tomorrow, but can next 2 practices focus on quick tape to tape passes to get out of the defensive zone?

  71. kalevine says:

    I pvr’d fast through the game. Yay!!
    Why was Beaulieu benched?

    Good call Mr Boone on THomas Vanek’s woes. He did sustain a big hit from PK that was barely mentioned when it happened

  72. Timo says:

    Damn you, AH! :)

  73. Captain aHab says:

    Prust should have been penalized but not suspended.

    How does Spezza prefer his Milk 2 Go Sport on the links? Lukewarm, like his game?

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

  74. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Crow isn’t what PJ needs to eat…

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  75. Dust says:

    a late, blindside, hit and he shouldn’t be suspended?
    This is exactly the kind of hit that needs to be suspended.


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.