About last night …

Dustin Tokarski

It’s not over.
And as you contemplate the deep hole your Montreal Canadiens find themselves in heading home for Game 5, consider some recent playoff history:
In Round 1, the San Jose Sharks had a 3-1 lead on the L.A. Kings heading into Game 5.
In Round 2, the New York Rangers won the opener in Pittsburgh and then dropped the next three games to the Penguins and were booed off the Madison Square Garden ice after being outshot 27-15 and losing 4-2 in Game 4.
L.A. is still playing.
So are the Rangers.
A 3-1 deficit is not insurmountable.
Except that …

The Kings are a recent Stanley Cup winner. And they’re great hockey from star players, notably Jeff Carter.

We know about the Rangers. They have a great goaltender, an excellent defence corps and veteran leadership.

Your Montreal Canadiens have a goaltender who was in the AHL a few weeks ago.

They are thin on the back end.

And their veterans look old and/or inept.

So the type of comeback engineered by the Kings and Rangers, in Rounds 1 and 2, respectively, might be beyond the reach of the Canadiens.

But they’re still alive. And a team that has displayed character and resilience all season long may have enough left in the tank to at least give the Bell Centre faithful something to celebrate Tuesday night.

The Canadiens came close in Game 4.

They twice battled back from deficits. Alex Galchenyuk hit the crossbar late in a 2-2 game, and the Canadiens had the best of the early going in Overtime.

But then Andrei Markov, who played more than 28 minutes, had two chances to clear a puck out of the Canadiens zone and couldn’t do it.

And Dustin Tokarski, who had robbed Martin St. Louis with a second-period glove save, went down prematurely, daring the future Hall of Famer to beat him top corner from the short side … which St. Louis promptly did.

All three goals by the winners were the result of one-on-one confrontations between Ranger forwards and the Canadiens goaltender. Maybe AHLers, whom Tokarski is accustomed to facing, don’t bury those chances.

But you can’t hang this crushing loss on the 35-year-old defenceman, who has to carry his Russian homeboy partner, or the 24-year-old goaltender, whose brilliance is keeping the final scores respectable.

Blame the loss on a power play that scored once in eight opportunities.

Blame it on Max Pacioretty, who had exactly one shot attempt in almost 22 minutes of ice time – and the Rangers blocked it.

Blame it on Thomas Vanek, who has never been this close to a Stanley Cup and is doing nothing to get closer. What did poor Lars Eller do to get this stiff as one of his wingers?

Blame it on Brian Gionta, whose six shots on goal – high for both teams – did not trouble Lundqvist.

Blame it on centres who lost 60 per cent of the game’s faceoffs – in the case of David Desharnais, 18 of 25.

That wouldn’t be fair to DD. He’s played his heart out in this series, as has one of his wingers, Brendan Gallagher.

Galchenyuk was good … and might be better if he weren’t playing with Gionta and Tomas Plekanec, neither of whom complement the kid’s playmaking skills.

Mike Weaver and Francis Bouillon played strong games in limited minutes, and Frankie Boo’s goal gave the Canadiens second-period life.

Daniel Brière had four shots on goal and won a respectable 6 of his 13 draws.

P.K. Subban played 33:16, blocked five shots and broke a five-game scoring drought. The Rangers have been keying on P.K. all through the series, and the pressure has bee  a learning experience that will help his development.

The Canadiens deficit in this series can’t be hung on any of the young players who constitute the future of this team.

If the underachieving veterans can produce in Game 5 and beyond …

Well, it’s a longshot.

But the Canadiens season won’t be over until at least two hours after the music legend sings.

 

 

 

 

486 Comments

  1. New says:

    I think St Louis is the long lost brother of Cameralli. Both do the same thing. Pick their spot and practice, practice, practice that same shot, same spot.

    I think that the Rangers have outplayed Montreal in each of the four games. Credit to the Canadiens who made the most of their limited scoring chances. Now Boston was a better team than Montreal and Tampa was a hotter team than Montreal and they both went home. You have to bring it when it’s needed, not just when you feel like it. So far though the Rangers are playing like they want to win and as a team.

    I hope it goes seven. I like hearing the media go on about how Lundqvist is fantastic. I got tired of waiting to see it and went out to Youtube. Couldn’t find any. Now there were lots of clips where color guys raved about the saves but frankly Toker and Price do those every game several times over. So do a lot of NHL goalies. NY fans have posted some of his routine stuff from the Pens series, but nothing so far from this one. Goalies who don’t have to make unworldly saves have a good chance of hoisting a Cup.

    All to say the NY team is playing really well, really aggressively, disciplined in positioning, and hustle back to cover their man. When they get possession they go for it, rather than a line change, and change while they hem you in. Good team.

  2. CrankFSU says:

    2 OT games…not that far off.

    Lines for game 5.

    Assumption Plek will not be on the 4th line.

    Patch DD Vanek
    Chucky Eller Gallagher
    Bourque Plek Briere
    Weiss White Gionta

    Plek on the 4th line

    Patch DD Vanek
    Chucky Eller Gallagher
    Bourque Briere Bournival (Killer B line)
    Weise Plek Gionta

    Crank

  3. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Something else that bugged me last night: there was one play where P.K. was slamming his stick on the ice looking for the pass from Gionta… who ignored him, then weakly shot the puck himself.

    Unless it’s a seeing-eye screened shot, Gionta isn’t going to beat anyone from the point; why not let the guy with the 100mph slapper and an open shooting lane have the puck and unload?

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    • Ton says:

      its exactly what i told my son last night………woh were you in my living room!

    • Cal says:

      Gionta has been a scoring chance killer since the Tampa series game 1. Since then, a few assists well spread out.
      I couldn’t believe it when he wouldn’t pass it to PK. If I’m coach, he sits. Then again, if I’m coach the Habs are in very deep doodoo.

    • rogieshan says:

      Gionta’s only goal in these playoffs was scored on a rebound off of his own breakaway in Game One vs Tampa. I don’t remember the last time he beat a goalie cleanly with a shot.

      I expected no offense from him when the playoffs began and he pretty much hasn’t disappointed.

  4. Ton says:

    Lots of second guessing going on regarding whom is back etc. Firstly hab’s are in tough spot………but its one game at a time……your focus needs to be on the next game…thereafter its getting it to a 7th game. Can it be done……..I think so……but it will be tough. Habs lack in the buddy system> meaning one player falters because they will in the playoffs! Remember competition is at its best……it happened to Guy Lafleur on occasion…….but Tremblay Lambert, Lemaire come to the rescue………you don’t get rid of players like Patch rather you surround them and compliment them!

    Habs long term goal is winning a cup…..they will within 5 years with Price in nets therefore they need to do a quick rebuild and pay the price next year even if it means not making the playoffs………..players with good returns include> Gorges> Pleks> Emelin> Borque> Toharski> & Eller. Given you need to keep one or two for leadership and veteran purposes its time to make a move. Gionta needs to go and Markov needs to be signed for no more than 2 years! Vanek is a given……….he’s gone! In end you need to break in 5 new players next year……….3 on D (1 as a 7th d)……..you need to go get one UFA for the forward position and Pleks and whomever should get you a top 6! Should be an interesting off season!

  5. third generation haber says:

    Too much negativity around here. Had we won today, we’ d have eclipsed our results in 2010.

    This series is not over, and the Rangers should be shot and pissed on for not putting 10 goals a night past an AHL goalie.

    I’m for anything that sparks this team! I’d love to see a blood and guts effort in game 5. The fans deserve it and Tokarski especially deserves it!

    I’m sure there’s a lot of tired legs in our line-up now, so let’s give some of them the night off. Let’s give Tinordi and White a shot. These guys will give the Rangers hell! If we do go down let’s at least make life difficult for the Rangers.

    As for Vanek, whether he’s injured or not, if he’s not willing to sacrifice every bone in his body for the CH, than he shouldn’t play in game 5!

    j.p. murray

  6. Paz says:

    Chris points out below, correctly, that Guelph did not roll out it’s 4th line nearly enough yesterday, and it cost them.

    I can remember krob suggesting that when the Habs have 4 more balanced lines we will be more successful. And he was right.

    I also read below an excellent post by Dipsy about this.

    Habs beat the Bruins as we attacked them with 4 lines. We had more energy. We had more jump in our step. And we got timely scoring from guys not making much money.

    I do not especially love the way we have played against the Rangers.

    Does anyone?

    Well, if we are tired and worn out, as we should be after all these games, and especially after the Bruins, then why not roll the 4 lines more evenly, why not go to what worked??

    I’m sure Therrien is considering this and he has his reasons.

    But if it aint broke why fix it, Michel?

  7. adamkennelly says:

    copying this from a poster below – one massive positive – games have been really close with Habs playing like crap – means if they decide to find their game – we should have a chance to win a couple and make things interesting.

  8. Cal says:

    If the season ends (likely tomorrow night or Thursday, but I am no Oracle and I am not at Delphi) it’s time to play the “Should they stay or should they go” game.
    Gionta, where scoring chances go to die- time to retire.
    Markov, it’s time to let you go.
    Boullion, Weaver and Murray should be replaced by Tinordi, Beaulieu and Pateryn.
    Pleks- well 2 more seasons left and who to replace him as the 3rd line shut down guy?
    Bourque- have to ride him to make him play, but no one else will want him unless it makes the Habs smaller.
    Eller and Weise are both RFA and will get signed. They have both earned a nice bump in their salaries.
    Parros- retirement time
    Prust- stay home until you are healed- see you next January.

    Letting players go will open the Habs up for the retooling that’s needed, especially on D. Markov has worked hard as hell to get back, but he is now finding the game too fast for his wonky knee.
    I am expecting the Habs to be more youth-oriented next season, with lots of new faces.

    • third generation haber says:

      Cal, please lay-off the post-season moves till the post-season begins. We shouldn’t even be talking draft yet!

      We are in the conference final!!! Since our last cup win, this has only happened twice. The Rangers are not a powerhouse! They can hardly score against an AHL goalie. This team needs to find a spark!!!

      j.p. murray

  9. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    No need to over analyze.
    It’s pretty simple.
    For this team to have success all cylinders must be firing.
    Right now they are in fuel saving mode. Not good.

  10. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Quick question about the photo accompanying ALN: Why does Tokarski have his eyes closed as he’s trying to make the save?

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    • Cal says:

      Is the puck going in there or bouncing back out?

    • Strummer says:

      Is he not allowed to blink?

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      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        not both eyes at the same time. :)

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

        You’d think that if he was concentrating on seeing the puck all of the way in that he’d be able to keep his eyes open for that second. Tokarski looks like he’s thrown himself in front of the shot and is just hoping it hits him… which considering the situation is understandable.

        The reason that I bring it up is because you rarely see Carey with his eyes closed when the puck is around him or when a shot is on it’s way in, so the Tokarski photo really stood out to me.

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    • Captain aHab says:

      You have to realize how the eyes work on very fast moving objects.

      And he might have begun blinking just as the photo was taken…since the puck is passed him, it doesn’t matter.

      It was shown several years ago that baseball hitters don’t track the ball coming at them constantly. They watch it leave the pitcher’s hand, then eyes move to the mid point of the flight path and then at the contact point. But the bat angle, swing vs noswing and all that was decided well before the contact point.

      Pretty sure goalies work the same. So Tokarski likely positioned his body the way he thought was optimal well before the point in the photo. So having his eyes fully open wouldn’t likely matter much beyond a certain point in the puck’s flight path.

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

      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

        Understandable, but his head is also facing the shooter; it looks like he hasn’t made any effort to track the puck; he looks like he’s flinching and hoping that the puck hits him.

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  11. adamkennelly says:

    lets be honest folks – Habs were lucky not to be out of that game after the first. I was highly confident going into the game and was really disappointed with the effort of most guys on the team. After 2 days off they looked tired and slow.

    tough sledding ahead – hopefully the home crowd can get em going for one more big win and then you never know. I would love to see White play – why the hell not – look at the contributions of Boyle and Moore and notice there is no one in our line-up doing that job.

    PP is abysmal – mainly because Pax and Vanek are doing nothing. on that note – MT is playing Vanek entirely too much – he’s doing nothing and is a liability on the ice.

  12. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    The Habs are in a tough spot, and I’m not just talking the 3-1 defecit to the Rangers.

    A number of veterans are sucking, including ones that probably won’t be back next year. So why doesn’t Therrien sit the likes of Vanek and Gionta?

    With so much change coming in the off-season, including the probability of dipping their toes into the free-agent pool, the Habs don’t want a reputation for benching veterans. What player in his right mind to come to Montreal only to give up a large portion of his salary to taxes, then suffer the humiliation of being nailed to the end of the bench next to Buda… oops… Tokarski?

    Essentially, for the long-term good of the team we’re forced to play our older, under-performing players, and it may cost us this series. The only way that changes is if a Vanek or Gionta or (insert injured under-performing veteran here) comes forward and declares themselves injured and unfit to play. Fat chance.

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  13. Bogie Man says:

    The winning formula for Tuesday night is having our best players (Vanek, Pac, PK) be ready to play their best. So far in this series they have yet to step up. I expect the rest of the team based on what I have seen so far will automotaically play their best. The issue we are having with NY is that without Vanek and Pac we skate even with them for the most part, with Vanek and Pac playing their best hockey the rangers would be in the rear view mirror. What I am concerned about is why are Pac and Vanek not skating? It is the stanley cup finals where they both could be heroes? Is it maturity, lack of repect for coaching staff, being unhappy? what is it? MT better find out and quick, without these guys we are done Tuesday night…

    • Sakus Evil Twin says:

      I don’t think I can fault PK or Patches for their effort in this series. I’m also sure that they are going to be BEASTS at the Bell Center on Tuesday.

      Vanek not so much. He’s just confusing. I’d add Pleks to your list also.

      And I don’t put this on MT or the coaching staff. This is ALL execution.

      No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

    • Montreal_Mort says:

      Vanek is either hurt or asleep.

      Either way, give him a seat in the press box

  14. Marc10 says:

    Fix the powerplay and we win this thing.

    • ont fan says:

      If we are counting on the defense to do most of the scoring, well you get what we have. If we can’t manufacture 3 goals a game, same. As I see it, we seem to be defending 75% of the time. What pressure for the kid. A Leaf friend of mine said, your team is sure letting down a great performance by this poor kid.

  15. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    I for one am looking forward to getting back to some decent ice which (I hope) will allow the Habs to skate with some purpose.

    Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems that in the last two games – the Habs have been very laboured in their skating – surely contributing to their fatigue and subsequent inability to do anything meaningful. It’s a well known fact that MSG ice is like, well, ice with an unhealthy dose of MSG. I wonder if the equipment staff have been cutting skates to deal? Long shot I know, but it’s a thought.

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

      The ice at MSG may be crappy, but the Rangers still have their speed. Why are they able to deal with the bad ice, but the Habs aren’t?

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      • Sakus Evil Twin says:

        That’s what I’m saying. Is this partially an equipment problem?

        No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

        • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

          I’m not sure. Maybe the Rangers are wearing those ice melting, speed-enhancing skates that they were testing a few years back.

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    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      MSG ice is worse that anything I’ve ever played on indoors.. Never seen so many bouncing pucks.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  16. Habs_101 says:

    I think this has to become all about creating offense at this point… we have the home game next, so I would go with the following;

    Patch – DD – Vanek
    Gally – Briere – Gally
    Bournival – Plek – Gionta
    Bourque – Eller – Weise

    You have one line (PLEK) who should have the huge majority of the defensive assignments TWO offense lines, and a fourth line that should dominate when they get their chances.

    Playing in NY is a bit different, but this being a do or die home game, I think its time to load up!

    GO HABS GO!

  17. Bim says:

    Now that its almost over ever thought about this team next year? Habs have 10 UFA’s. Vanek 30 7.1 (good luck and good bye), Markov 35 5.7 (one last hurrah, maybe another year), Gionta 35 5.0 (thanks for coming), Dubnyk 28 3.5 (really? 3.5? really? $750,000 if he stays), Murray 34 1.5 (the guy has little else to offer except he’s tough and that’s needed), Frankie Boo 38 1.5 (sorry Frankie but its over), Mike Weaver 36 1.1 (really like this guy a lot but he’s 36..what to do?), George Parros 34 $937,500 (hardly plays and when he can he gets injured, time to pack it in), Mike Blunden 27 $550,000 (career AHLer), Nick Tarnasky 29 $550,000 (same as Blunden but could become team thug replacing Parros). Then there’s Peter Budaj making 1.4 per. Well we know where he’s headed now after Dustin’s work. Canadiens will have about 34 mil to spend this summer after the cap goes up provided they don’t trade anyone like Travis Moen for example which would increase that even further. Team is going to look a lot different next year and I hope the kids are ready. If not its going to be a long winter. The UFA pool looks pretty dismal so not much help there. Enjoy your summer.

    • Habifax says:

      Good assessment. The only thing I would say is you have to have guys to replace all these. I speak more of the bulldogs. I agree totally with the Habs guys.

    • mrhabby says:

      a step back is probable…

    • Habsbill24 says:

      The only one to maybe keep is Weaver if he is cheap enough. Time to play the kids on the back end. Markov is becoming a disaster in front of our eyes. Turned the puck over on the winning goal and did not get to the middle on the Hagelin breakway. If he would sign for 2M I would keep him but if he wants north of 5M please, please, please let him go. I think Budaj come back as he is good in the room and has one year to go on his contract. Good team guy. He plays his 10-15 games. Tokarski plays 65 games in Hamilton and continues to develop. If Price gets hurt, he comes up and plays like he is doing now and after Budaj’s contract runs out he gets the backup job in 2015-16 while Fucale gets the Hamilton job. Why have Tokarski sitting on a stool in Montreal when he can play every day in Hamilton?

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Mark Giordano and bye bye Markov would be the best improvement. Zero % chance Burkie let’s Giordano walk July 1st though.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  18. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    The dream is dead
    The dream is alive
    Long live the dream

    Stanley come home!

  19. habsfan0 says:

    So,if the season ends in the next few days for the Habs,who has played their last game in a Canadiens sweater?
    Vanek,Gionta,Frankie B?Pleks?

  20. 5wings says:

    WOW we had that game in our grasp and let it slip away,,
    1/2 inch on chucky’s shot to the bar and we win..
    The HABS have been playing dazed and confused hockey most of the series..
    Tokar is the best player and he is a AHLer..not sure what that tells us..but I cant believe the lack of compete in many on this team..I could name names but there isnt enough room on this site..
    Put it this way I think I can count on one hand how many HABS are carrying their weight on the ice..
    MB has a lot of work to do when the season is over..
    We have to play desperate hockey Tuesday or we are golfing ..seems like most of the team has decided to shine up the clubs..
    I am so pissed,, dont mind loosing but this way really does stink..
    Every player that goes over the boards Tuesday has to leave it all on the ice..Shift after Shift..no tomorrow..
    Home crowd will give us a lift for sure..

    GO HABS GO!!

  21. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Am I the only one that thinks Patch will never be an elite top line player against top competition? He just does not seem to have the Hossa, Kane, Carter, Perry, Malkin, game breaking ability…

    His value is very high after scoring 39… I’d not be heartbroken if the Habs dealt him in a blockbuster deal in the summer..

    Or is it an experience thing? He doesn’t have a lot of playoff experience..

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • gumper says:

      John Leclair

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • mdp2011 says:

      Not ready to give up on a 25yr old 39 goal scorer about to hit the prime years of his career who is also signed to a long term cap friendly deal.

    • Paz says:

      If you know the whereabouts of Plekanec, seems he’s at the Disco, would you mind calling him please?

      There’s a Conference Final going on and I think he’s done enough disco dancing.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Fair question Ed, this is why when I read comparisons of Plekanec to Bergeron I chuckle.

        I like Plex, I just don’t think he is anywhere near the player Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins is.

        There are too many vets on this team not stepping up. All the more reason we will see more of a youth movement on this team next year I suspect.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Pleks is not in the same realm as Bergeron. Bergeron is a beast in the playoffs and I think Boston’s best player when push comes to shove

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Of course Plek is not in Patrice league.. But Plek has historically created most (if not all) his offence off the rush, Gionta can’t score anymore Galchenyuk has been hurt, Gallagher,had to be moved off his,line, Vanek is underwhelming… Plek needs player that are defensively sound and can score on the rush to be successful.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Pleks isn’t as good as Bergeron, but the gap isn’t that wide.

          I’d like to see Pleks line up with Marchand and Smith/Eriksson to see how that might help his production. Or have Chara backing him up to see how that helps his defensive prowess.

          • Paz says:

            5 seasons ago the gap was not that wide.

            Today, Bergeron has become one of the most effective two way hockey players in the world.

            Plekanec is still the same player he was 5 yrs ago.

          • Ozmodiar says:

            The gap is still not that wide.
            Bergeron’s supporting cast makes it seem so, however.

    • Strummer says:

      At half the salary of those players you mention he is a bargain though.

      ____________________________________________________
      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    • Grizzly says:

      no chance patch gets dealt. He’s young, amazingly talented, and has one of the most cap-friendly deals in the NHL. Where are we going to find those 39 goals if he’s traded? Ludicrous.

    • GrosBill says:

      He doesn’t get paid as one of those players listed either.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Too early to tell. This is really only his first playoff run. We need to see him at least one more time in the playoffs to tell. Would you trade Crosby or Stamkos? They were not exactly great in the playoffs this year. It happens. Max needs a larger sample size before we can tell if he is just one of those guys who is a great regular season player but not so much in the playoffs or not.

    • Grizzly says:

      Yes, You are the only one.

  22. ffenliv says:

    In some ways, it feels like I’ve just travelled back to 2010; so many of the same feelings.

    While in 2010 we weren’t lucky enough to draw a goalie-less first-round opponent, we did knock off a league powerhouse in game 7 in the second round, only go on and (so far) totally crap the bed against the conference finals opponent. Price’s injury aside, there a lot of players out there just contributing next to nothing, aside from letting other players rest.

    I felt pretty good about this series a week ago. Will have a hard time watching my wife and her Rangers fans family celebrate this win, should it happen.

    Hoping for the comeback!

  23. Captain aHab says:

    Since we won’t be getting much forward help from the farm next year, how about kicking the tires on Vrbata and Michalek? They each have their foibles but there just isn’t that much on the FA market and some guys on there will be massively overpaid.

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

    • ffenliv says:

      I’ll take just about anyone who doesn’t cost a lot. In the era of the salary cap, bad FA contracts can just utterly ruin you for years. LA is a an exception, having brought in a few key FAs that have contributed well for them, but the other recent top teams – Chicago, Boston, etc. – have a lot of home-grown talent on the team, and added a name where needed. For Boston, this hasn’t really worked for them. And Chicago hasn’t really had to add top-level talent past Marian Hossa, and that was a few years ago now.

      Say what you will about the cap, but I really think in the current NHL, you have to make the best signings ever, or get some great draft results.

      We’re sitting on some great draft results (Subban, Price, possible Galchenyuk) from drafts over the past half-decade. Adding the right names now could make all the difference.

    • No and No.

      Stay within the organization and draft draft draft.

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

      • Captain aHab says:

        I get that but there really really isn’t anything good at forward for a few years on the habs…not like an FA signed for 2-3 years will prevent a kid from coming up.

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

  24. 123456 says:

    Most you guys are breaking hockey 101 rules. Habs are still playing this season so there is no need to talk anything past Tuesday night. Habs will focus on what needs to be done in the next day and a half to get a win on home ice.

    You need to keep the faith.

    I’m liking what I see from Eller and G11 and G27. I wonder if MT has the nuts to have Eller center Patches and G11 and have Pleks center G11 and Vanek. If pleks does not play hard then put DD in that spot. On third line leaves you with DD Briere Gionta and then Weiss/Bourny/Moen.

    • Captain aHab says:

      We have time to kill until the game. I don’t think there’s any way DD and Patches get separated at this point. The separation that needs to happen is between Pacioretty’s ass and the boards.

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

      • 123456 says:

        LOL love it – I agree that DD and Patches seem tied together. I think a solution id Eller getting second line center and Vanek must be on one of the top two lines. Say what you want but this is about winning not about sitting a guy if you question his heart.

        Vanek DD Patches
        G11 Eller G27
        Briere Pleks Gionta
        Weiss Bourny White/Moen

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I am really surprised Eller and Chucky have not been reunited. Pleks and Gio are sucking pretty bad offensively.

      It is sad how bad the veterans are playing. bodes well for the future but right now it hurts.

      I really think Emelin should sit. He hasn’t looked good all playoff yet still see’s top minutes. Put the cube with Markov and I think you would see a difference.

      I think they would have been smart to bring up Pateryn to play this season for a few games. I think he would have been great with Weaver. Hopefully he gets a shot next year.

      Gionta is a great leader but for 5 mill a season he needs to go to another team. Markov is also a good d man but he isn’t worth almost 6 mill a season anymore and it is showing why. The NHL is now a young man’s game and this is the reason why. The season is to long and the playoffs you take a pounding

      I hope we make a series out of it still! Hats off to Toker. He has played well and is not the reason we are in trouble.

      Sadly, I think the team got themselves in trouble in first game but showing up unprepared. We lost Carey and really have played ok but not great since.

      Fingers crossed the Vets will step up next game

  25. DipsyDoodler says:

    Yesterday’s game was even. At even strength both teams were equal. Same number of chances, same shots on goal.

    The two best teams in the East, evenly matched. One has to win.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  26. Marc10 says:

    Tired old guys and an inept powerplay are a good way to summarise why we’re in this hole. Frankie B got pulled when he ran out of gas and it’s time we did the same with veterans who are not up to it. Crankier came back stronger for it. Time to use our ‘dep’.

    Play Beaulieu and sit Yemmy for a game to rest up. Play White with Weise and Bourni for a fast hard checking Fourth line… And play that line. Tell them to hit.

    Be really bold and sit your Captain. I know that’s Tortorella territory, but put Briere on that line with Pleky and Bourque.

    Finally, give Vanek the last shot he has at a cup final by putting him with who should be your two best and most creative forwards.

    Max-DD-Vanek
    Chucky-Eller-Gally
    Bourque-Pleky-Briere
    Weise-White-Bourni

    Gorges-PK
    Markov-Beaulieu
    Cube-Weaver

    In any event, our best will need to be our best. Can’t blame the Toker. The kid is every bit as good as Lundqvist. He deserves a team in front of him that plays 60 minutes. That means you play the kids. Go Habs Go!

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Emelin has been awful all season. I think he is still trying to battle back after that Knee surgery. He now has a long term deal. I hope it wasn’t a mistake

  27. habs-hampton says:

    NBC messing with the scheduling is really starting to p*** me off. The 8 PM starts are bad enough for you Eastern Time zone guys, but try the Atlantic time zone! The last 2 games started at 9:10 and overtime started after midnight! Like most people I have to be up at 6 AM to go to work. I PVRed the OT for both games, but that sucks. They couldn’t throw us at least 1 Fri or Sat night game??? or at least one early start???

    I doubt Bettman even knows there is an Atlantic Time zone! There are a lot more NHL fans in the Atlantic provinces than in Iowa or Kentucky or Oklahoma or wherever these fans are that Bettman is trying to appease.

    • Cal says:

      The semis and the finals are always at 8PM EDT. Gives the folks on the west coast a chance to see the game, too.
      Move a time zone over to the west and it’ll all work out fine. ;)

  28. mdp2011 says:

    Anyone else sick of hearing what a great story Martin St.Louis is? Can someone please hit this little piece of crap?????????? Anyway, Habs in 7 baby!!!!!!!!

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      There are ample opportunities to destroy him.. We don’t seem to be willing to punish him the way opposition punishes Gallagher….

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • 123456 says:

      If there is one story line I like from the Rags, it’s that MSL was left off team Canada by his GM and now he is helping his new team a lot while Callahan didn’t do much.

    • New says:

      St Louis is a very dangerous player. He anticipates really well and even at 38 still has enough speed to get back. Plus he can count. When he sees five Habs and four Rangers between the boards and the circle he can figure out what a lot of players obviously can not.

  29. Mr_MacDougall says:

    The great thing about playing against elite competition is it shows you which players actually “got it” and you can win with.

    My list of those that “got it”
    DD, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Bourque, PK, Gorges, Weaver, Weiss, Beiere, Eller..

    Players that do not “got it”
    Emelin, Boullion, Murray, Pacioretty, Vanek, Gionta,

    The beauty of it is.. We let Vanek, Gionta, Cube, and Murray walk..

    I’d seriously look at dealing Patch. He lacks the quick thinking, high end skill, vision and passing ability to be a top line player.. If he is viewed as a high scoring second liner that doesn’t score in the playoffs.. I suppose we keep him..

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • GrosBill says:

      I hope they do not think of trading Max.

      Perhaps this is something they might consider if he made 6+ a season. However, at 4.5 million, he is great value. He also has 9 points in 15 games in these playoffs and would have led the team in points for the regular season if not for the late arrival of T. Vanek.

      The other thing to consider is his age. I remember a younger Zetterberg and Datsyuk being ripped in the media for not stepping up in the playoffs. Fortunately for Detroit, they did not cave in to the fan and media hype.

      Sure, MB will listen to offers, but he would be crazy to move Max, especially at that reasonable cap hit. Very hard to get that type of value back.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Maybe the reasonable cap hit is what makes him one of the most valuable assets around the league..

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • GrosBill says:

          Exactly why the team has to think twice about dealing him…that is a very team friendly contract, those type of dollars are not “ELITE, GAME BREAKER” etc dollars.. Sure if they can get an elite level talent for him, it has to be considered. But I have a hard time seeing habs get his value back in a deal.

          Of course that contract makes him an asset. I am sure 29 other GMs would like to have that deal for that production on their team. We could have Clarkson for 5.75…

    • Grizzly says:

      no chance patch gets dealt. He’s young, amazingly talented, and has one of the most cap-friendly deals in the NHL. Where are we going to find those 39 goals if he’s traded? Ludicrous.

  30. Hobie says:

    One goalpost away from tying the series 2-2. Montreal looked better last night than they did in the previous game but ended up losing. That’s hockey folks. If Galchenyuk’s shot doesn’t hit the shaft of Lundqvist’s stick and ring off the post the series is tied.

    Down 3-1 is real tough. The old cliche is very true. We now need to win one game at a time. If the Canadiens can win the game in Montreal tomorrow and make the series 3-2, you forget about everything that transpired previously and concentrate on winning in NY and forcing a game 7.

    I’d bet money that Subban and Vanek are injured.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Just have to win our home games… And our road games.. The rest will take care of itself

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • JUST ME says:

      I would tend to agree about P.K. being injured. I did notice that on the first P.P. he was only going for wrist shots and no slap shots as if he was trying not to make any violent moves .

      As for Vanek one would also think he is injured but it`s tough to say since he plays outside the usual paths…

      I guess we will find out soon enough but hey ! The sad part about it is that they will not have that much time to heal because we are almost in june and still in it !

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        PK is injured…ther coach is picking on PK…..PK is getting a raw deal…..he isn’t playing well and if he is injusred becasue he is not playing well why can’t the rest of the players be injured that aren’t playing well…….Monty Phyton Circus will never die.

  31. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Tough loss. Galchenyuk almost had it won. That close! Anyway, I have to give some credit to the Rangers. I didn’t think they were this good. Did the addition of St. Louis put them over the top or is there a little bit of smoke and mirrors going on?
    So. 3-1. Not insurmountable. I haven’t given up yet. Go Habs!

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

    • JF says:

      The Rangers have been good all season after their horrendous start. Their record since then is better than ours, so without that start they would have finished ahead of us. Even under Tortorella, they were very good defensively, but Vigneault has them playing a much more dynamic, up-tempo style. I thought before the playoffs started that they could go far, and I was pretty sure they would take out both Philly and Pittsburgh.

  32. Dear Lars,

    I know you are leading our forwards in scoring but I’m gonna play you on the 4th line. It’s a learning thing.
    Sighed- Your Coach

    Please someone explain to me why he’s on the 4th line, if I like your answer I’ll buy you a beer at the Summit.

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

  33. Alex_425 says:

    It’s not *technically* over… but it’s over.

    Yes, LA and NYR managed to climb back out of 3-1 holes, but we are not either of those teams. It’s not happening, certainly not when we’re playing like garbage (not Tokarski, of course).

    While I do think it’s definitely possible we can squeeze out a win on Tuesday back home, I don’t for a second believe that this team can win 3 straight against the Rangers, who are just playing way too consistently good. And I don’t take any joy in saying that.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Teams that lose games 5 & 6 after being up 3-1 lose in the 7th 70% of the time (making that stat up)

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  34. Jerk Store says:

    Good morning everyone. I’m not a DD basher, but I’m starting to get annoyed at how he always gets a free pass because of his heart. He doesn’t clear the zone in overtime. He loses 18 of 25 faceoffs. But Boone says it wouldn’t be fair to blame him. “He’s played his heart out in this series”. And he’s not alone in having that opinion. Am I the only one who expects more out of a #1 centreman than playing his heart out? He has 7 points (1 goal) in 15 playoff games. He’s 48.8% on faceoffs. As much as he works hard and gets in the corners, he’s not a physical threat and his defensive game is average. He is completely dependent on Patch. When Patch is on a hot streak (working hard and driving to the net), DD looks like a gifted playmaker. When Patch is on a cold streak, DD looks like a boy playing with men. Watch the Western Conference and see how hard their #1 centres work. And then watch how productive they actually are. It’s really frustrating. Sorry. Just had to vent.

    • Cal says:

      So, the problem is Patch. He’s been AWOL since the playoffs started. Then again, so has Vanek and Gionta.
      Pleks, who really fought a war against the Bruins, is looking very run of the mill against the Rags.
      Eller has been consistent, but he’s not a big time scorer.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Plek is always “run of the mill” offensively.. He is at his best against “one line teams” where he pretty much takes top lines of the opposition out of the series (Stankos and Krejci)

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Cal says:

          Sorry, Mac, I don’t think the Bruins are a one line team.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            They have a definite and defined #1 line… Lucic, Krejci, and Iginla are an undeniable top line.. Where the Rags have 3 even lines.. Nash line.. Zuccerello line.. Richards – St. Louis…

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            What I’m saying is that there is not an obvious line to ship it down on the Rags.. Not as,obvious,as the Bruins.. And that fact that line was rendered in effective in a 7 game series (largely in part to Pleks play) was a major,contributing factor in the series victory.

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        He must be injured

  35. gumper says:

    For what it’s worth, I believe Bergevin built this team specifically to beat the Bruins, on the assumption that if we did that we’d be going to the finals. Sadly it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. And yet, we’re almost as fast as the Rangers. The problem seems to be that our big guys are not always our fast guys, at least not as many as the Rags have. I think if we can continue to get bigger without sacrificing speed we’ll be ready to take the next step. Granted, not an easy thing to do. Subtracting Gionta would likely be a good start, and I’m beginning to sway towards the anti-Plekanec crowd because it’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s not a playoff performer. Admittedly there’s no one on the farm ready to replace those two guys, and I haven’t gone over the FA list with a fine toothed comb, so I’ll save the rest of the post mortem till such time as the team is no longer playing, because miracles do happen.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

    • habs-hampton says:

      The good news…

      Both teams have proven that speed and skill is the best way to beat the goon teams. LA is fast and skilled and tough. They look unbeatable, but you never know.

      The important thing is that I don’t think the Bruins model of intimidation is going to work anymore.

      • JF says:

        Agreed. The last four teams standing are all fast, and none play a game that is built around intimidation. We still need a bit more skill and toughness, but we’re getting there.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          LA can pound you a team into the ground. They are fast but also very physical. The cup is going west again from what I have seen so far. The Rangers are very beatable. The habs have really stunk so far against them and you can’t blame it on goaltending.

          Our vets and top forwards have not been so hot.

  36. 44har48 says:

    What a disappointment, so close to making this an entirely different series on paper. I think at some point we have to give credit to the Rangers for making the Habs look like “they are not playing well”. Their speed is causing our defense to show their faults and forcing too many mistakes. Conversely, their defense is not allowing the unabated chances that their offense is getting and they are limiting second chances – not having trouble with our speed.

    The only goal I would want back from this kid in net is the Nash goal and, ok, they lose 2-1 instead of 3-1. Obviously, Price has come of age and is our goaltender of the future, but this kid has played well enough to win and he is not the reason this series is not looking good at all. With Price not being 100% since the Olympics, who is to say he stops all that this kid has?

    Anyway, IMO the article is spot on, some players just are not elevating their games, or are not capable of it anymore to the ECF level. I like our captain, but among other things and players, if #21 is a Hab next year, the rebuilding process will hit a speed bump. It was never more evident than in this series, but really the entire playoffs.

    Disappointed in Vanek. His compete level is not there and this is the freaking Stanley Cup they are playing for…sigh. Not disappointed with the trade, or the attempt to bring in what we need in this series so desperately.

    They can come back. Stranger things have happened. 2 of the needed 3 are at home and they have won in NY already. MT might find something that the Rangers can’t counter for 3 games. Maybe I’m wrong and the Habs just haven’t gotten their legs going yet this series, PK is going to rise to the next level in the next 3 games, etc. I don’t think so. They lose this series giving it everything they have in 6 – game 1 is going to haunt them. But it doesn’t matter what I think because they believe they can win the next 3, and because of it, its not over yet.

    Go Habs Go!

  37. King Doughty says:

    Without Toker that game was over in the second period. It wasnt even close.

    Habs arent going anywhere until Galchenyuk takes his place of first line center. Stop with the freakin politics and put the kid where he belongs. Ya think Patrick Roy would try to destroy a kid?

    Ya never gonna win a cup with a little person first center that cant shoot, cant score, cant win a puck battle,wont go to the net,and gets tossed around like a rag doll all night.Oh but he makes nice passes and skates fast. Whoopdeedoo.
    1 goal in 15 games and plays every powerplay. That’s a bloody joke.
    Last night was a game for men.Too many little ones on the habies.

    ——————————————–
    I have no choice with the Kings but my heart is always with the Habs.

    • Paz says:

      I was tough on Desharnais this year, but he has been fighting hard in these playoffs.

      He keeps the puck, fights off the dmen, and controls the play in the offensive zone. He is going deep and he is winning battles.

      Desharnais is not the problem. Desharnais has earned a lot of respect this playoffs.

      • Captain aHab says:

        I agree but he needs to shoot more some times instead of always looking for the pass to Pacioretty.

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

      • King Doughty says:

        1 goal 15 games. Go check and see how that compares to other playoff centers.Try bottom of the barrel. He’s a third liner nothing more.buy yea he skates fast

        • Captain aHab says:

          His top scoring winger has not been going to the net at all. Pacioretty needs to unstaple his ass from the boards and give Gallagher a break in front of the net. And I mean in front of the net, not just beside it.

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

        • Paz says:

          You also said, “cant win a puck battle,wont go to the net,and gets tossed around like a rag doll all night”.

          That’s just flat out wrong.

          He has 7 points in 15 playoff games this year and he had a real nice assist on the Bouillon goal last night.

          He has battled well, and I saw him win some key battles and keep possession deep in the Rangers zone last night.

          I suggest you look elsewhere if you want to pin our losses on one player.

          Desharnais has played well.

        • franco says:

          Why do I get the feeling you are not satisfied.

          First ‘whiners’ say….they will miss the playoffs wait and see.

          Second ‘whiners’ say…the made it but the won’t last a round.

          Then they say….first round win, but Boston will destroy them.

          Then they say…they beat Boston, the Stanley cup is theirs.

          Then if in the third round they start to wear out, the ‘whiners’ say they are not good enough, tough enough, big enough and not coached well enough.

          The ‘whiners’ never realize that this is a process that takes time and some failure (if you wish to call it that) is part of that process.

          Galchenuk will get his chance, D.D. will play in a second or third line spot where he will be very effective, but it takes time.

          Whiners never enjoy anything, except the sound of their ‘ENDLESS WHINING’.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Dd and Patch make 2nd line money… The Habs need an entire first line… Galchenyuk + 2 wingers.. (Gionta and Vanek gone)

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • JUST ME says:

      With all due respect , if aren`t going anywhere means that the Habs go in the conference final every year then i am in. I beg to differ about it being a game of individuals not this season anyway for the Habs.

      Tokarski was good but not the difference maker yesterday. A game of inches and you could sense that it was going to end on a breakaway or a play of that sort that only takes a second but makes all the difference . The difference maker was Martin St-Louis.

  38. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    When you put all the numbers into the Cybertron 3001 and correlate the data the end result is: Null hypothesis .

  39. franco says:

    The team left it all on the ice.

    Two overtime games in New York. I want to see it keep going but, if they lose Tuesday or Thursday it will be okay.

    Some changes will happen, they will continue to get bigger, younger and tougher. Free agency will be interesting, new talent coming up, future is now.

  40. Chris says:

    Coming back from 3-1 down is obviously a very tough challenge, because that means you have to play 3 straight games without a letdown.

    Yesterday’s Memorial Cup was a great example. There is zero question in my mind that Guelph would beat (and handily) any of the other teams at the tournament in a 7 game series. But even the best teams can have a weak game, and Guelph had theirs at the worst time, in the single-game elimination finals. Edmonton played reasonably well, and were getting much better as the game went on. Guelph just had nothing…they were flat for most of the game. It happens.

    Montreal is going to have to find a way to keep their energy level high and stay dialed in for a week. It can be done, but I’m more than a little concerned that they haven’t shown much in that department yet.

    The Rangers, on the other hand, can play a bit looser for at least Game 5, and maybe Game 6, knowing that they can sit back and absorb the pressure and exploit mistakes. As this is their preferred style anyways, they should be pretty comfortable. If Montreal does manage to get Games 5 and 6, then all bets are off…the Rangers would definitely be feeling the pressure in Game 7.

    One last Memorial Cup not: what an awful atmosphere at the final game. That arena was just dead. I hope that the CHL gets over their penchant for handing out these tournaments only to the biggest markets (London this year, Quebec next year, Vancouver is vying with Red Deer for the following year and the betting money is on Vancouver because of their arena) because a big arena is a mausoleum if the host team isn’t playing.

    The organizers were great, but the London Knights fan base showed once again why they are the Boston Bruins of the OHL. I fully expected the Knights fans to cheer for Edmonton in the final…except that didn’t really happen until Edmonton was up 5-2. Instead, they were just cheering against Guelph and my the yahoos around our section spent pretty much the entire game taunting the Guelph fans. Rivalries were great, but it was a bit stupid…people were paying 100 bucks or more to get tickets and had to deal with a bunch of drunken idiots. Keep it classy, London. :)

    • Paz says:

      Too bad about Guelph, but they did not play well yesterday.

      Drinking and classy at a Major Junior game?

      Almost all sports fans are classy when they win. Few are classy when they lose.

      Virtually none are classy when their team has been eliminated before the final and they are drunk to boot.

      • Chris says:

        Guelph played terrible hockey. My big complaint was a coaching decision…Guelph got where they were by rolling their fourth line out semi-regularly. I barely saw Suter, Horvat, or Auger in that game, and all three often made things happen when they were on the ice.

  41. JoaquindaPark says:

    Really? Went down early? Not a goalie in the world would have stopped that shot. Tokarsky played this like anyone else would have. Make sure you don’t get beat between the wickets. Cut down angle. Challenge shooter. He was beat by a perfect shot. Just look at the picture above the article.

  42. JUST ME says:

    How can you say that this guy or this guy has been useless when the team is that close to the big dance ? Not that i totally disagree but it`s such an easy conclusion after the facts when actually it does not paint the real picture on how it went. Should have, could have,would have…

    For all we know is that we are really really close to getting to the ultimate goal and so far it`s as much a matter of inches as it ever war . Was it one play, one rookie mistake, one softie,one tired player ? No and…yes. But what detail makes the difference really when you get to this point ?

  43. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Amazing that all of these games are still so close with the Habs not playing so well. Hopefully, they get playin well

  44. Strummer says:

    That was a brilliant strategy by Therrien.
    Hold a closed practice but don’t communicate that to anyone.
    Get all “prickly” on the Ranger staff who are watching and further escalate the mind games war that distracts you and your team from being focussed on the X’s and O’s that need to be addressed.

    By the way- Samuelsson’s kid got 5 points for the Oil Kings yesterday.

    ____________________________________________________
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    • Chris says:

      Samuelsson is a VERY good prospect…size, speed, and he’s a pure agitator, in the same fashion as his father. One of the sneaky-dirtiest players you will find in the CHL (along with Tyler Bertuzzi).

    • franco says:

      The little side games are just that, side games. Did you not notice the laugh everyone was getting out of the side show. Keep the controversy away from your team and your rookie goaly.

  45. Danno says:

    We were a goalpost away from victory and tying the series.

    So Close and Now so Far

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    • Bill J says:

      Still close, rangers came back from a 1-3 series deficit to beat the Penguins. And I still believe! Go Habs Go

      Like PK said last night, one game at a time.


      Habs in 7

      Go Habs Go!

    • Strummer says:

      The thin, red defender- damn him!

      ____________________________________________________
      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  46. Fansincebirth says:

    In all seriousness, why bother playing Vanek next game? Let him watch from upstairs and put someone, anyone in there who is going to work and give a crap!

    • Bill J says:

      Should they sit MaxPac too? I mean ZERO shots on goal in 22 minutes….


      Habs in 7

      Go Habs Go!

      • Fansincebirth says:

        No. It’s not the lack of shooting with Vanek that bothers me, it’s the lack of compete I see with him. At least Max can and will battle for the puck. There are a lot of issues that need fixing during the off season but sitting Vanek and inserting White will at least solidify the 4th line until Prust is back…..yes, we will win at home in game 5!

        • Bill J says:

          While I agree, my shit list of players who are in that mode is far longer than just Vanek. “le sigh!”

          Was just curious if you saw MaxPac that way too (I don’t, but I’ve read a few who do)


          Habs in 7

          Go Habs Go!

        • franco says:

          Vanek is not signed for next year, so it is probably see you later.

          With that in mind, you never know when Vanek might score a big goal.

          White is not the answer right now, ride the horse you gave up a prospect and a second round draft choice for.

          Was it worth it, probably not, I knew, no matter how deep a run they had people would decide he failed.

          If Colberg works out and the second becomes a star, then people will say management does not know what they are doing, because hind sight is always perfect.

    • Mustang says:

      Does anyone have an idea what happened to Vanek the past couple of weeks. He was very good when first wearing the Habs jersey, then basically vanished.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Some theorize he got injured on the missed PK hipcheck a few games ago.

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

        • Fansincebirth says:

          I saw the hit and it look like he was just winded. Getting hit like that can stun but PK managed to knock the give-a-crap out of Vanek!

          • Captain aHab says:

            Have you noticed that PK hasn’t done the hipcheck much since that hit?

            I think this is a good thing because a guy could easily slewfoot Subban when he does it and Subban would end up flying backwards into the boards. He needs to stop and just hit guys hard into the boards with his arms.

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

      • Neroden says:

        Lower body injury AND something wrong with his hand. He probably should be sitting, but apparently doesn’t want to.

      • franco says:

        Competition got tougher, checking got tighter, hockey got rougher, pressure escalated.

        He might have just hit a slump at the wrong time, not used to playing this long, exhausted perhaps.

  47. RiverviewCanadien says:

    There, I’ve gone and done it. I have already crossed out the numbers…according to my predictions, the Habs will roll 3 wins off to go on to play for the Stanley Cup!

    Book it!

    GO HABS GO!

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    Folks, it’s Playoffs time, and that’ll keep ya on yer seats!
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    • franco says:

      Just take them one at a time and enjoy it while it last.

      Summer is coming, not 20 below, with snow in the forecast, time to move on. If they win the next one then consider the sixth game and if they lose, say ‘wow’ what a ride.

  48. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    I’ve slept off what was a disappointing night. Gosh, so close to having evened the series despite, once again, not playing a complete game. Most concerning though is the continuation of mental breakdowns, leading to multiple breakaways, and eventually the OT winner.

    When your body is tired, your mind is slow processing information, leaving you a fraction – or in the case of hockey – a stride or two behind the play. Further, it’s not just the defensive lapses that have hurt us. In all three zones we looked disorganized. Oddly, the few guys who are fresh, who are moving their legs, don’t get the ice time they deserve. In hindsight, the extra day off seemed to hurt us more then help us.

    Look, the view from the edge of the cliff is never particularly good. That said, there is lots to like. Humbly, I’d be more concerned if it was our veterans carrying the team and the group losing to rookie mistakes. Fact is, our 30 and under crowd have been our best players. Further, a deeper dive reveals that within the 30 and under crowd, most of our key players are 26 and under. This all bodes well for the future. But, for the time being, our future – our scope – should not extend beyond Tuesday night. Look, I’ve given up on Gionta and Vanek. Might we make the bold move of sitting one of our elder statesmen and replace him with a younger player, hungrier to make a difference? In this day and age of instant information, we should find out soon enough.

    Here’s the thing down 3-1; you need to win one game at a time. Our focus needs to be exclusively on Tuesday night. Despite this crushing loss, and let’s be honest, it was a very winnable game, we are still in this series. The fourth and deciding game is always the most difficult to win. The Rangers have not impressed me. Sure, their speed has been creating chances, but considering just how poorly we’ve played, considering that our franchise player is out, they should be handling us much easier. Sadly, the loss of Price has had a greater impact on our team than on the Rangers. In my opinion it’s provided an excuse to not move your legs, to not compete. It’s showed me that a leadership vacuum exists and that we are better off giving Eller, Weise, Briere and Bournival bigger roles, at the expense of Vanek, Pleks and Gionta.

    This is still our series. Therien needs to move some pieces on the chess board. Does the coach have the stones to make the biggest, boldest move of the season? Our success hangs in the balance.

    Go Habs!

    Cheers, CJ

  49. Captain aHab says:

    For next year, how about bringing Nygren in and playing him with Emelin, who would be switching to his natural side? I know he whined about playing in Hamilton but he looks like he has skill.

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

    • BJ says:

      I would love to see each D and forwards playing their correct sides. I’m wondering how the Habs management will bring in Beaulieu, Tinordi, Pateryn and Nygren? Will one of them be traded or is Gorges being considered expendable in a trade? We are deep on D but do need some forwards and other than Andrighetto I don’t see anyone ready to step in from Hamilton. The new generation will need minimum 2-3 years.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Gorges keeps getting ragdolled and coming back for more but you have to wonder how long he can keep that up. I would have no issue packaging him and Pleks for a very good youngish winger with some scoring touch.

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

      • Captain aHab says:

        Subban with Tinordi
        Nygren with Emelin
        Pateryn with Beaulieu

        :-0

        Bring in a 7th dman with experience in case the youth needs a break.

        Will.never.happen.

        Might not be what is best for the team either to play that much youth. Maybe trade some of the youth for a d-minded dman?

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

    • franco says:

      NEXT YEAR!……NEXT YEAR!

  50. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Galchenyuk was ok.

    I still have yet to see anything from this kid that would indicate him being a #1C…anywhere.

    • Bill J says:

      Is this a Joke?

      If not a joke, I suggest you look closer. Because virtually EVERYONE sees it. Best playmaker the Habs have, by quite a bit.


      Habs in 7

      Go Habs Go!

      • King Doughty says:

        It’s a joke. Sounds like someone that likes 5 foot 2 inch first line centers that cant shoot cant score and gets tossed around like a Saturday night bar game in Tuscaloosa Alabama

      • BJ says:

        Biil J, I like Galchenyuk very much but he is not yet (yet is on hold here) I think DD is our best puck handler at centre at this time. As for him being our #1 centre or playmaker, we will need to wait as I thought he had a poorer second season than his first. Potential is great but it needs to be actualised.

        • Captain aHab says:

          He’s still quite young and he’s had constant line changes. Next year, I want to see him as a C with offensively minded wingers to see what he has.

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

  51. Old Bald Bird says:

    It’s a strange series. They don’t seem to be playing well, but the scores are close, and they are in the games. The holes seem to be glaring now and personnel decisions can be questioned whereas they generally seemed to be inspired earlier. Ah well, it’s almost June.

  52. Captain aHab says:

    The reason I don’t want to see Gionta re-signed, even at league minimum, is that if they do, they won’t want to remove the C from his shirt and if they don’t remove the C, then they won’t be able to bench him when they need to, like right now.

    Honestly, as of right this minute, Gallagher should be the C next year. Rarely takes a shift off and takes a beating in front of the net – preach by example.

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

    • BJ says:

      I would be OK also with Gallagher as a captain. I find he’s always level headed speaking with journalists which is one of a series of criteria for the C. His comments are mostly on point, he’s extremely well spoken for a 21 year old. His age may go against him in a selection but there is no questioning the size of his heart and contribution to the team.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Can you imagine how hard he would play if he were trying to set an example as a C?

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

    • Strummer says:

      Gallagher is too young and inexperienced to be captain. He isn’t even finished his entry level deal yet.
      By default it should be Gorges or Plek,

      ____________________________________________________
      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • Captain aHab says:

        I’m hoping both will be traded so they didn’t factor in. :-)

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

  53. JF says:

    That’s a pretty positive ALN considering the situation. And the game was that close, the series that close to being tied. A couple of inches, a defensive zone breakdown.

    To stay alive on Tuesday night, we’ll need the kind of game we played against the Bruins when our backs were to the wall. Except for the first game, we’ve played well in this series, but we haven’t yet achieved the excellence we showed in Game six of the last series. I keep expecting it, but it doesn’t happen. Maybe we’re too banged up or too tired, maybe the Rangers are too good.

    People here like to talk about how beatable they are, but for most of this series they’ve looked the better team, dominating large stretches of every game, leading on the scoreboard for the bulk of the minutes played, and winning the special teams battle by a lot. There’s a reason this is their second or third trip to the Conference Final in the last few years.

    But I’m far from discouraged. If we win on Tuesday night, the series will be 3-2, which is as close as a series can be when five games have been played. And if we don’t, it’s been a great ride and a sign of things to come. I believe so firmly in the brilliance of Marc Bergevin and in the job he’s doling that I see no reason why the Habs cannot become perennial contenders in the next few years. We’re not there yet, and this series is showing why not and which of our vets will perhaps not be around by the time we are. But I truly believe the day is not far off when reaching the SCF will be a real possibility more often than not.

    • Chris says:

      I think Habs fans have to realize that the Rangers really are better than they thought. At some point, a trend becomes a pattern. The Rangers stifled an offensive team in the Philadelphia Flyers, giving up 16 goals in 7 games. Philadelphia finished the regular season 8th in the NHL at 2.84 goals per game.

      In the second round, the Rangers once again used stifling defence to shut down all of the Penguins offensive players, with the Penguins only managing 14 goals in their 7 games after finishing the regular season 5th in the league averaging 2.99 goals per game. The Penguins had also scored 21 goals in 6 games against the Blue Jackets.

      Now it is Montreal’s turn to get the blanket, having managed only 8 goals in 4 games thus far, after averaging 2.85 goals per game against Boston and 4 goals per game against Tampa Bay. But we perhaps shouldn’t be surprised…the Habs did finish 21st in goal scoring in the regular season, averaging just 2.55 goals per game.

      The series is close, but Montreal anemic power play and consistent inability to generate goals is what is dooming them. You can’t fault the defence or the goaltending…Price or no, the Habs aren’t winning a series when they are scoring 2 goals per game.

      I have enjoyed the ride thus far, but I’m a little less confident than you moving forwards. If Montreal is going to become a perennial contender, they need some of their young players to make dramatic leaps forward, because the core of the team has pretty much established the type of players that they are. With the bad drafts from 2008-2011, the guys that might help the Habs moving forwards (Tinordi, Gallagher, and Beaulieu) are already with the club. Galchenyuk has great potential, but the early promise of the 2012 draft is perhaps wearing off: Dalton Thrower and Brady Vail might not be signed, Sebastian Collberg was traded, and Tim Bozon has a serious medical condition to bounce back from. Charles Hudon remains an outstanding prospect, but his lack of size and his back problems are a bit worrisome. None of those prospects is likely to make an NHL impact for at least another 2 years.

      The 2013 draft has some promise, but most of those players are projects who need time to develop their strength and their game. I wouldn’t expect to see McCarron for at least 3-5 seasons, and a similar time frame for Fucale. Andrighetto was promising in the AHL, but his skill set isn’t really the missing ingredient for the Habs. Reway and Lekhonen are also high skill players who are very small, so they also don’t bring that added element. The players from that draft who fit with what the team needs are Connor Crisp and especially Jacob de la Rose. Their development is going to be critical for the team moving forwards.

      • BJ says:

        Good evaluation. I’m also really concerned up front. In my estimation other than Andrighetto there is no one on the farm that could help. So it will have to be free agents or trades with our defensive assets that will plug up our offensive holes until as you suggest some of our draft picks develop so as to be able to replace some of our current forwards..

        • Chris says:

          Lehkonen can help, but he’s just signed with Frolunda (Collberg’s former team), so he could still be a ways off. He’s got a lot of bulk to add, listed at just 5’10″ and 163 pounds. That will get him murdered in the NHL.

          By contrast, Zuccarello is 5’7″ and 179 pounds while St. Louis is 5’8″ and 180 pounds.

      • Captain aHab says:

        I’ll be surprised if they don’t sign Vail…guy played well despite not having much of a team with him….less surprised if they let Thrower go.

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

        • Chris says:

          Same evaluations from me. I think Vail is one of their more valuable prospects given his size, physical play and defensive ability. I’d hate to see them give up on him.

          • Captain aHab says:

            With the lack of forward depth, they simply cannot afford to let him go. Bozon’s illness was also a blow but I would expect him to come back from that.

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

      • JF says:

        Chris – Your assessment of our prospects is probably pretty accurate. I’m not in a position to judge, since I never see any of them play except in international competition, where Reway and Hudon have impressed me, also de la Rose and Lehkonen in the little I’ve seen of them. I guess it’s my confidence in Bergevin that gives me the most hope. He seems to really know what he’s doing and to be able to find players who are completely off the radar but who match our needs and have the necessary grit and character.

        Except, it now appears, Thomas Vanek, although he could be playing injured. But Vanek was a gamble that didn’t cost us much. And the success he had with Pacioretty and Desharnais before the playoffs gives Bergevin a pretty clear idea of what we need. My confidence in him is such that I trust him to find something close to it somehow without mortgaging the future.

        I guess what I’m really saying is that I think the team is in good hands.

  54. jrs10069 says:

    Habs forecheck got them into trouble again. Only guys that can do deep and recover are Weise and Bournival. Others are simple to avoid and take themselves out of the play. How many times did we see Gionta going around the Rangers net. Wtf is he doing there?

    This is what creates the odd man / open men breakaway situations.

    Brassards goal was all PK / Eller. Eller pulled a Gionta down low and Pk came out of the box, had visions of his Boston goal and headed straight to the Rangers net, again, wtf are you doing?

    All 3 Rangers goals were blow coverage which is easy enough to fix.

    Never got on the Pac wagon as i don’t think of him as a smart hockey player, he’s good when he fires the puck but when he’s not, he’s pretty useless.

    Tokarski played great, cept for the 3 1-1 situations, anyone know what his shootout stats are?

    jrs10069

    • Captain aHab says:

      I thought PK was going to the bench…didn’t realize he was going for the stretch pass.

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

  55. HabsFansince49 says:

    Essentially Mike Boone lays most of the blame on how the Habs were managed last night. And I agree. Therrien I know brought the Habs this far, which few expected, but his constant tendency to stay with the old players and bizarre line up combinations largely contributes to the state we’re in.

    • Cal says:

      You can’t win if you can’t score. MT tried different combos to try to generate offense. Coaches can’t sit on their hands and hope things will turn when their eyes tell them it isn’t working. When the young guys and old vets lose focus for a second or two, it costs goals.
      If Galchenyuk’s snapper off the bar goes in, you don’t even post this.

    • Dust says:

      What a crappy state we are in.
      I can’t believe he coached us into the conference finals.
      He is so bad! hahaha

  56. DipsyDoodler says:

    This is looking like the 2010 playoffs. Most of our guys are out of gas. One reason is that we are playing two forward lines 20 min/game and the other two 8-12 min.

    Eller, Bourque, Weise, Bournival all played under 13 min last night!

    Same problem on D.

    It’s easy to say Max isn’t scoring but he played 22 minutes last night, including on the penalty kill.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  57. 1010 says:

    So all is good with PK because he scored a power play goal-even though his brain was missing for large parts of the game- and all is wrong with Markov because he made a mistake in overtime-even though he has been their best defenceman in this series. Gotcha!

    GO HABS…

    • Captain aHab says:

      The problem with Markov is that he can’t play 28 minutes a game anymore. He runs out of gas as he did last night. It would be great if he could be a 5-6 dman next year but he’ll want more money than that.

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

  58. LimestoneHab says:

    I could not agree more with Boone. Most of our vets are pretty much useless. I thought vets were considered an asset in the playoffs?…not ours!
    Go Habs Go

    If you can’t play a sport, be one… Max Jackson

    • 1010 says:

      Give my boys that Max Jackson quote every morning. They think I`m off my rocker.

      GO HABS…

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Perhaps you’re a bit harsh but its hard to defend the lack of production from some of our “vets”.

      Funny, going into this season I thought the club was in a transition period, moving away from the stars of the past -Markov, Gio, Pleks – while introducing Eller, Galchenyuk and Nathan B into more prominent roles.

      I’ve seen MT try to balance that long range plan while trying to win hockey games all season. Although I would have preferred a quicker transition, its difficult to argue with the teams on ice performance overall.

  59. Cal says:

    Friends, Hab fans, Canadiens, set down your beers.
    I come to bury Season, not to praise him.
    The evil that refs do lives after them;
    The good is oft forgot with their cell phones.

    So let it be with Season. The ignoble Bruin
    Hath told you Season was ambitious.
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Season answered for it.

    Here, under leave of Bruin and the rest—
    For Bruin is a dishonourable man;
    So are they all, all dishonourable men—
    Come I to speak in Season’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me.
    But Bruin says he was ambitious,
    And Bruin is a dishonourable man.

    He hath brought many injuries home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the sick beds fill.
    Did this in Season seem ambitious?
    When that the fans have cried, Season hath wept.
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
    Yet Bruin says he was ambitious,
    And Bruin is a dishonourable man.

    You all did see that on the sheet of ice
    I thrice presented him a kingly Cup
    Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
    Yet Bruin says he was ambitious,
    And, sure, he is a dishonourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Bruin spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.

    You all did love Season once, not without cause.
    What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
    O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me.
    My hope is in the coffin there with Season,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

  60. Habfan17 says:

    I think overall the Habs played a solid game and Tokarski played great! I am not sure what Markov was doing charging to the other side of the rink and leaving St. Louis open. I do not want the Habs to resign him. For the price he will command, I would rather see the young defencemen brought in and the money spent up front.

    Eller does not seem to be the same as he was in the Bruins series, nor does Gallagher. DD brought it, but alas, Patches and Vanek did not.

    I still believe they can come back and take the series, but they need everyone playing to their best and no brain farts like Markov’s in overtime!

    Habfan17

    • BJ says:

      Its really a game of inches, luck, bad luck, destiny etc? Galchenyuk with the crossbar, St. Louis gets robbed earlier with one of the best glove saves you’ll ever see. Two teams evenly matched, its that close.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        It’s really as simple as this, eh Bruce. Even the Bruins series could have been completely different if not for a goalpost or two.

        The Rangers are a solid team. So are the Habs. Just not great.

  61. Jimmy Page says:

    Trying not to let the loss bother me too much, as I will not give the Hab haters the satisfaction. A few thoughts:

    1. With such a terrible PP, it leaves one feeling dissatisfied with MT’s coaching decisions.
    2. St.- Louis is such a thorn in the side. Would love to see him hit much harder.
    3. The Rangers look so beatable. Its a shame.
    4. Next game, we fans will find out which players want to win… and which ones want to golf.

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I didn’t comment My pre-game feeling We will lose this game, because I had hoped I would be wrong, and Y’all understandably wouldn’t appreciate Me saying it anyhow

    …My ‘feeling’ is simply based on My opinion We are putting Ourselves at a huge disadvantage playing diminutive old-legged, short-sticked less mobile D like Bouillion

    …as soon as I heard Boo would replace Beaulieu I resigned Myself to the loss

    …the fact He scored one of Our two goals notwithstanding

  63. JUST ME says:

    Feels good to read the positive vibes cause i cannot find words to describe how i feel now. Not that i am crushed, stunned is more the word.
    But i also feel like even if i think that we are getting away from our goal, it`s not true cause our goal is right there at our reach. Not much place to lose anymore but not many games either left. Close to the Stanley Cup final, so close it`s next week basically ! So i will not try to find bugs here and there and point fingers at specific players cause it would not serve any purpose really , we are that close and now is the time .

  64. BJ says:

    Our D is looking old indeed. They are doing their best but the Rangers have that little extra speed thats more of a challenge than playing a slower Bruins team. If the hockey gods determine that the Rangers get to the finals (I haven’t given hope) and they meet the Kings, the speed will be matched but the size element will be their undoing. The Kings are a beast of a team.

  65. Stooof says:

    Aint over indeed, my winning lineup:

    Vanek-des-pac
    galch-pleks-gally
    bourq-eller-gionta
    wiese-briere-bourni

    whatevs. d is playing good.

  66. Un Canadien errant says:

    Props to the headmaster for his ALN, and specifically for his use of the proper ‘resilience’, instead of the cromulent neologism ‘resiliency’, which is all the rage at HNIC and TSN, and with business consultants, a faux nouveau-speak buzzword that sounds smart, since it has a bunch of syllables and sounds cool, and Aaron Ward uses it, so it must be correct.

    I’ll bet that within a decade, we’ll have talking heads and news anchors start to offer up the word ‘resilienciness’. It’s coming. It’s inevitable.

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

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  67. Un Canadien errant says:

    A tough loss tonight for les Glorieux, 3-2 in overtime, in a game that they could have won to tie the series up at 2-2 and head back to Montréal with home ice advantage. Instead, they’re down 3-1, and need to win three straight to advance. Nothing less will do.

    The game started with an ugly undertone. I had hoped that the series would feature skating and wide-open, gentlemanly play, a pleasant change from the idiots we had to play previously, but Chris Kreider barreling into Carey Price and injuring him took care of that. It sent the average Habs’ fan’s persecution/martyr complex into overdrive, and that’s understandable, especially given that it went unpenalized. My personal narrative would include, offhand, Kyle McLaren on Richard Zednik, Zdeno Chara on Max Pacioretty, Milan Lucic on Mike Komisarek and on Alexei Emelin. Dale Hunter.

    HIO reflected this with conspiracy theories that held that Brandon Prust’s hit didn’t fracture Derek Stepan’s jaw. There’s no way, he was yelling after the play, he wasn’t bleeding, he finished the game, he was throwing bodychecks. If anything, it must have been Mr. Stepan hitting the ice after the hit, not the hit itself, that broke his jaw. The surgery he underwent must be bogus. My brother-in-law broke his jaw and he couldn’t talk, he had black eyes, how come Mr. Stepan didn’t? Paranoid fans wanted to see the initial X-ray so they could break it down like the Zapruder film.

    We also saw Michel Therrien get drawn into a war of words over the course of the series against Alain Vigneault, fed by the numerous media sources present. This reminds me of the playoffs last season against Ottawa, how things spun out of control in that aspect, how Paul McLean seemed more in control of himself, of his team, of the situation. I much prefer the Michel Therrien from the first two rounds, who refused to comment on his lineup prior to a game, or on anything having to do with the opposition. Against, the Bruins, he’d refer controversial questions to the other coach, to the League.

    With this backdrop, the game started off in the Rangers’ favour. They seemed bigger, faster, stronger. Our small players seemed easy to neutralize. Our defencemen appeared vulnerable. Again though, Dustin Tokarski kept our boys in the game, making save after save, until his teammates found their legs and their rhythm.

    One way the Canadiens could have slowed down the Rangers forecheckers, dulled their temper, kept their elbows low and crosschecks few and far between, would have been for them to cash in some of their powerplay opportunities. If the Rangers feared the Canadiens’ man-advantage, they’d be more circumspect. Rick Nash would put the brakes on when approaching the Canadiens’ net, instead of going full-bore and crashing into our tender, and then feebly insisting to the refs and the net-cam that “…he pushed me! He pushed me!”, referring to Mike Weaver.

    Unfortunately, the Canadiens scored only once in eight attempts on the powerplay, missing out on an opportunity to make the Rangers pay for their lack of discipline, and to make Benoit Pouliot the goat of this series, bring him back to his old self, his former role he used to inhabit so well.

    Another area the Rangers dominated was the faceoff circle. David Desharnais, notably, was much improved in the last few games in this area, but really struggled tonight. Time and again, the Canadiens would have a faceoff in the offensive zone and a chance to generate some offence, but would lose the draw and see the puck cleared out promptly.

    Still, the game turned into a tossup, and could have gone our way. We can rue the crossbar hit by Alex Galchenyuk, but so can the Rangers look back to a few missed golden chances to score themselves. Martin St. Louis had his pocket picked a couple of times by Dustin Tokarski. Until it mattered, when left all alone on Mr. Tokarski’s left, he had lots of time to pick the absolute top corner on the near side, and put an end to the game.

    Les boys have two days to lick their wounds and win the next game, at home, in the New Forum. We’re there now. We have to take it one game at a time.

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

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Bash says:

      Vey well said.

      I agree with Boone about the veterans lack of production. But we know this is a transition year…out with the old and in with the new going forward. The fact that we are in the third round might have been a bit of a surprise to MB et al.

      And we are not out of it!!

      2014-2015

      Sure starters – Price, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Eller, Subban, Pacioretty, Bournival, Tinordi, Beaulieu, Desharnais, Weiss, Emeilin

      Possible keepers – Bourque, Markov, Pleks but would have to be upgraded if not retained.

      Trade, release or other – Briere, Gionta, Weaver, Murray, Moen, Prust, Vanek and the Bull

      Needs – some size up front, one pugilist with reasonable skill, one heavyweight pugilist for spot duty

      “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Since it’s all winding down now, I thought I should pause to say that I generally read and appreciate your analyses. I don’t think I have ever commented, so it seems a good time to say that. Cheers.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Thanks OBB, and I like your avatar, it makes it easier to spot your posts and have a read when I’m scanning through the 1000 posts I’m behind when I get up in the morning.

  68. chesterfiled says:

    Effing good write up Boone! No surrender!

  69. chanchilla says:

    Keep the faith, we’re still undefeated in elimination games this year!

  70. Jdub1985 says:

    Boone: you did miss a big point of how much the team misses Prices stick handling and how it’s effecting the break out which in turn effects the offense #chainreaction

  71. Jdub1985 says:

    How about the habs play Tuesday like they did game 6 vs the bruins at home

  72. Storman says:

    Ohhh Chucky Chucky, In the immortal words of Maxwell Smart,, Missed it by that much..

  73. habs11s says:

    Never give up, never surrender!

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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  74. habcertain says:

    First of the last hope not


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