About last night …

“Hey, how about I make this the entirety of About Last Night …:

“What a pice of s—?”

My pressbox neighbour, Arpon Basu, thought that just about summed things up.

Basu is lucky. He writes for NHL.com, which means his story can focus on the Devils.

Anyone trying to write about the Canadiens is doomed to … well, trying to pick it up by the clean end.

“I have one word for this game,” said Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.


Imagine, Farber added, if this were the first live hockey game you’d ever attended. And you’d laid out $100-plus for a ticket.

Basu, Farber and I got in for free, of course.

And the customers got what they paid for when they saw “New Jersey Devils” printed on their tickets.

Chris Stevenson, who writes hockey for the Sun chain, described what we saw as “pre-2003” hockey.

Vintage stuff, before the lockout and before the rule changes that opened hockey up and made it a more pleasing spectator sport.

Someone forgot to tell Jacques Lemaire, who forgot to tell Pat Burns, who forgot to tell Larry Robinson, who forgot to tell Claude Julien, who forgot to tell Brent Sutter.

John MacLean, the latest Devils coach, played for Lemaire. So did Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

The style involves an aggressive forecheck, neutral zone trapping, clogging up the passing lanes … doing everything to slow the world’s fastest game to a somnambulant crawl.

For the final nine minutes of the first period, NEITHER TEAM had a shot on goal. The Bell Centre crowd was lulled into surly near-silence, erupting only to boo hapless referee Stéphane Auger.

Ilya Kovalchuk earned his ridiculous salary playing 21 minutes, during which one of the game’s most dynamic players had one shot and no hits. Welcome to New Jersey, Ilya. Let’s get to work on turning you into John Madden.

It’s anti-hockey – not fun to watch, but the success of the Devils suggests it’s effective.

And it helps to have a goaltender who’ll be in the Hall of Fame a New Jersey nanosecond after he becomes eligible.

That was Martin F. Brodeur’s ninth shutout against the Canadiens. It seems like more.

In addition to stopping 29 shots – most from the perimeter, many right at him – Brodeur suckered Gionta, his old teammate, into two penalties.

Martin F.’s current teammates ensured the Canadiens would generate no speed on their breakouts and little sustained pressure in the Devils’ zone. By the third period, Jacques Martin had shuffled his lines – Mike Cammalleri with Gomez and Gionta, Lars Eller with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn – but nothing clicked.

Some stats:

• Cammalleri, Gionta and P.K. Subban had 17 of the Canadiens’ 29 shots – eight by the Captain.

• Josh Gorges and Hal Gill were each minus-3.

• Alexandre Picard played a solid 15:46, had three hits and wasn’t on for any GA.

• Carey Price faced only 20 shots but made more spectacular saves than Martin F.

• Eller was involved and on the puck all night in 10:25.

• Subban’s 24 minutes were high for both teams.

• Andy Greene had eight  of NJ’s 21 blocked shots. Roman Hamrlik had four of the Canadiens’ 14.

The Canadiens’ power-play took another 0-for. It’s been blanked in five of the six games the team has played and is 1-for-20 on the season.

Martin calls his PP “a work in progress” – and we’d better hope progress progresses when Andrei Markov returns, because if this team fires blanks with the man advantage all season …

Like Devils hockey, that just doesn’t bear thinking about.





  1. makka83 says:

    Halak’s last shutout was against the Islanders right? Or Florida.. That guy was a giants killer for sure. I miss him.

  2. makka83 says:

    Halak was pulled just as much as he won games by “himself”

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know what? I’m thinking about the 08-09 Detroit game, we were sitting on a SO for Price there and than The Mule managed a crazy play and scored. I guess after a while, the potential SOs for Price that went awry all kind of blend together.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  4. JF says:

    I think it was November two years ago – 4-0 against the Senators.

  5. Jordio-oh says:

    Positive. I use the yahoo game log where you can read each and every box score from the last several years. But if commend you on being able to remember that far back, and be specific about it.

    You might being thinking about the Dec/07 games vs the leafs where Deveraux score with like 4 minutes left to spoil Carey’s shutout and the habs won 4-1. Same thing happened two nights before against the Flyers, only it was Knuble with 5 minutes left to finish the game 4-1 for the Habs.

    Higgins was good in 07-08. What a shame.

  6. von says:

    So because the Gomez/Gionta line is struggling, you break up your most successful/promising line to compensate.




    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  7. Hammer says:

    Ripping into Price is only a diversion from what is the real problem with the Habs. Lack of size to put on an effective forecheck/ combined with a mediocre top six leads to few 5 on 5 goals, and when one has PP that stinks, the goalie must allow 2 or less goals a night in  order for the team to win. After last nights stinkfest, I am hoping it is not an omen for a rotten year!

  8. K-hab25 says:

    Aren’t you the guy that points out Halak playing like crap against PHI didn’t matter, because we got shut out 3 times, which is true. Just curious though – when was Halak’s last playoff shut out?

  9. StevieRay says:

    I thought Pleks was a bit fiesty last nite .. but that was it !

  10. tony d says:

    What’s frustrating is knowing that the Avs, Stars, Pens, Caps and Bruins found a way to beat the Devils. Our guys seem to cave and let history dictate the outcome of the game every time.

     I bet Marty F. wishes he played the Habs more times in a year, they’d be guaranteed W’s and he’d rack up more shutouts.

  11. ManApart says:

    Ya but will Montreal and No goal Pouliot have a playoff game? Very debateable

  12. Timo says:

    Price’s problem is that he doesn’t score nearly enough. With the score 1-0 his team needed a boost and needed him to pot one in. As always, he did not deliver. Bum.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Are you sure? I thought a late goal spoiled that one… Maybe I’m thinking of another game but I could’ve sworn that game ended 4-1.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d change my mind if he hadn’t blamed everyone but himself in media interviews, admitted he didn’t feel like trying in his final season when he left and tried harder when he was here but he didn’t. Maybe 0 was overly dramatic but I’m tired of lazy players showing up in MTL and thinking they’re entitled to their roster spots.

    You want to succeed when you don’t have all the talent in the world, you have to show up each game. Latendresse didn’t consider that. He got the boot.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  15. Jordio-oh says:

    All fair points.

    Carey’s last shutout was November 11th, 2008. 4-0 win against the Senators. Chris Higgins had a hattrick and Latendresse scored the other goal. And Alex Auld was in the net for the Senators. Haha, soooo long ago.

  16. MathMan says:

    One is still higher than zero, and I just needed to give one counterexample to disprove your post. I’m sure that if you insist on “clutch” (which, BTW, is largely in the eye of the beholder), I could go back and find more. But what would be the point, right? You’re not going to change your mind.

    He’s not as good as Koivu, that much is obvious, but he’s better than Pouliot. And you need your 2.5 million wingers as much as you need your 5 million centers, just can’t expect the same from them.

  17. StevieRay says:

    Sooo.last nite after work I pick up a 8 pack of Wildcat beer ..and get ready for the game . On RDS …the family thing I’m a bit wonky .. cause I don’t know any french..no problem I say as I do know the word for ” He scores ” !!! except when I yell it out from the living room I scare the shit out of my ols dog ..who heads for the kitchen !!. Man was I dissapointed to say the lest . Outplayed..outskated..outhustled.. and flicking our sticks atthe puck istead of moving our feet ..Gomez floating around avoiding traffic ..again … no shots on goal .. he has 8 in six games total .. Gionta taking 40 foot slappers at Marty ..that ain’t gonna work .. and Eller playing on ever line EXCEPT the G love line ..Brutal giveaways by Spacek etc….ect..etc.. our PP is 1 for 21 …..thank goodnes for our PK ..

    A real stinker …the best part of the nite ..  I have 6 Wildcats left over !!!!  Time to move on and forget the nite !!!

    I think a trade is in the winds …..

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh one time, how special for him. Playoff performances were abysmal and he was nothing compared to someone who left it all on the ice like Koivu.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. MathMan says:

    That trade was an obvious mistake right from the start, but there’s too many irrational Lats haters who won’t admit it. 😉

  20. MathMan says:

    lol, the Lats hate is incredible.

    I remember one game vs. Washington which most people remeber for Ovie’s 3-goal 4-point performance. Nobody remembers that that game was decided in OT. Nobody remembers Lats’ 2-goal 3-point night, including the tying goal with seconds to spare. With his two feet in blue paint, but he never went to the net either. 😉

  21. arcosenate says:

    That was an incredible exhibition of something.

    I had to take cold showers between periods to stay somewhat awake.

    Next time the devils come to town forget the bobble heads, give out cattle prods to help people stay semi-comatose.

  22. MathMan says:

    I think that Martin got the “real” lines in this game and by the end of the season the top-6 will be 13-11-21 and 81-14-46. However, Eller may not be quite ready for that yet, which leaves the Habs top-6 in limbo with an obvious hole until then.

  23. MathMan says:

    “the Devils are back to their “penalty-free”
    clutch/grab/hook/hold/trip/interfere style of keeping a team to the
    perimeter and slowing the pace to a crawl”

    This bears pointing out a bit, I think, that the Devils’ discipined reputation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If another team (the Habs say) put it into their heads to play Devils hockey, they’d start making tracks to the penalty box. But the Devils get the benefit of the doubt. Witness sacred cow Brodeur’s diving against Gionta. Of course, gotta protect the “Hall of Famer”. And then people wonder why players won’t go to the net vs. Brodeur.

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    There’s a lot I could argue with in the last while I haven’t responded to because I know it’s not going anywhere, but I will argue the ‘we let Latendresse get away’ crap when I want to and I feel like doing that this particular morning


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  25. Clay4bc says:

    Glad you made it through allright, man. I’ve been in a couple of of tai-fun’s myself – very memorable, no doubt. You’re actually lucky you have a distraction from the “game” today.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  26. Clay4bc says:

    Really, i could care less about Lats, one way or the other. I agree there. What I disagree with is your need to answer all comments like they are a personal affront to you.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why do people insist on raising a guy on a pedestal who never gave a damn when he was in Montreal?

    If Latendresse’s last name was Larionov the things he’d be called around here… Canadians show a lack of heart, it’s a coach’s fault or someone else’s, never their own. Russians do, it’s because they’re money-hungry mercenaries.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  28. Number31 says:

    Habs had an opportunity to attack them but didn’t. Instead they sent Marty practice shots, being oh so kind to warm him up by not trying too hard to hurt his feelings. Funny how it is… Their new coach wanted to bring more offense to the team, to actually try and fit the square peg of Kovalchuk into the round hole (that’s one expensive floater, Lou), but Marty freaked out publicly as he saw his performance take a hit, his save percentage go awry, and threw his defense (or what was left of them) under the bus. Four days off to sort that problem out, and the Devils are back to their “penalty-free” clutch/grab/hook/hold/trip/interfere style of keeping a team to the perimeter and slowing the pace to a crawl. We saw when PK was given carte blanche though, they had a problem in dealing with speed. If the Habs had done that earlier and NOT waited until the 3rd period to try and jump on them, they might have scored at least one goal.

    But who am I kidding, they couldn’t even score a goal on an empty wide-open net last night. This is why they can’t have four days off =p

    Hope Marty sent them a thank you note.

  29. Clay4bc says:

    Why do you persist in whining endlessly about Lats?


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    We also saw him being a lazy petulant child who never gave a damn any more than Kovalev did but at least Kovy showed up in the playoffs now and then.

    Lacked character, will and heart. Fits right into a going-nowhere franchise like Minnesota, it’s a pity Koivu’s brother is asked to lift that team out of obscurity but the Koivus are too classy to ever call out their teams for being crap and wasting their prime years.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  31. Clay4bc says:

    Carey may have made more spectacular saves than Martin F, as Boone
    mentioned, but he also let in more terrible goals. I have read a lot of
    posts that mention – and rightfully so –  that it’s not Carey’s fault
    that the Habs lost when we score no goals. Just curious though – when
    was Carey’s last shutout?

    And…Gomez is not Hitler’s grandson as TomNickle mentioned a
    previous thread.
    – he’s a good guy who’s grossly overpaid, and a foolish cap hit for his
    production. We need to lose that contract. He is simply incapable of
    producing the amount of points that contract dictates he should get. And
    that’s not a knock on Gomez, in case you’re wondering – I think there are maybe only 8 or 10 players in the league that deserve that much money, if that. And only 2 that deserve more.


    Fighting Ignorance Since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  32. Shiloh says:

    LaSlowesse – can’t skate, doesn’t hit, has an awful shot. But if a 1st line centre does the work he’ll let it bounce in off his skate or jam it in during a scrum.

  33. mrhabby says:

    what a boring game. just can’t stand watching the devils play there stupid style. price looked good. no puck support what can he do….agree with farber ..refund required.

  34. G-Man says:

    Hate Lats for succeeding elsewhere? Why? All every1 could see on this site were his supposed defficiencies. I hope he keeps scoring and hitting and getting assists.

    Everyone else on the Habs was supposed to be better than Lats. Not so. Can’t teach size.

    14 shots and 3 goals. 2 were stoppable. However, it didn’t matter how many Price saved last night because Habs played noncommital ho-hum hockey after another layoff. This team needs a game every 2 nights to stay sharp. If not, the rust is hard to scrape off.

  35. nightmare_49 says:


       For the Habs to play their cute fancy hockey, they must have room. The Devils didn’t give them any. BTW JM should tell his team that they are allowed to use the body. The Devils were interfering all night with the body but the refs refused to call it.

       Now  ….. 

    Listless Habs: Just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Devils



  36. Habies says:

    I am in Myanmar.

    I woke up – comme d’habitude- to listen to this game at 5:30am.    The only difference was that this time I was awake for a second reason: to track a tropical storm which, right about the time that Gionta got swindled by his old buddy into getting a 2nd errant penalty, had turned into a Category 1 hurricane (or Cyclone as they call them in these parts; “Cyclone Giri”.).   I quickly called my team in the field to make sure they were bunkered down or at least safely on their way to the Delta. They were. The only Yay of the Day.

    If it hadn’t been for this Hurricane (which is now catugory 2 and pummeling a very very poor and basic area of the planet…), this would have been yet another unmemorable day courtesy of the Devils.


  37. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Well, we knew we weren’t in for much when NJ rolled into town.  I’m just disappointed in Carey, I didn’t see him get a single shot on Brodeur tonight.  😉


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

  38. JasonM says:

    In case people forgot…. Lats 3 – Pouliot 0.



  39. andrewberkshire says:

    Glad I didn’t see this game.

  40. PrimeTime says:

    If I never see another NJ game, it will be too soon! Chalk this one to a bad Hab team game and we’ll move on. Gonna have the odd stinker.

  41. Bill says:

    Well, #@$! happens, especially when Marty F. is in town. Only 9 shutouts? It really does seem like more.

    I wasn’t expecting much. That four day layoff was badly timed, as the Habs seemed to be heating up. They shot enough pucks, but they lack that down low presence to make the rebounds – when they happen – dangerous. I don’t care what Latendresse is doing in Minnesota, though I hate him a little for not doing it here.

    For tonight, I can’t really fault JM. The game plan seemed solid, but they just couldn’t cash. Then again, a more innovative or motivating coach could possibly have gotten his players to adapt to Jersey’s style and make more happen. So I guess what I’m saying is I do fault JM … big news, I know. Most of all, I’m looking at the nominal 1st line. Gomez and Gionta and whomever is sent onto their line to die. I totally agree with splitting them up. Give Gomez Cammalleri and Kostitsyn and make Plekanec really earn that salary by playing with Gionta and Moen/Pyatt/Boyd whatever. Pleks will still get it done, and better wingers might bring Gomez to life.

    I thought Carey looked good – yet another case of poor goal support – and props to JM for giving PK so much ice. I am relieved by that.

    Habs will win their next game by a goal. Markov will be back soon, and that will make a big difference. The biggest difference, though, needs to come from Gomez. Do something, man. Anything.


    Full Breezer 4 Life

  42. TommyB says:

    I pretty much agree with Boone’s assessment of last night’s boring Devils-style game.  But I would add that the Habs were soft on the puck the entire evening and they were out-muscled on just about every opportunity.  There was no jump in their game.   Brodeur’s shutout was one of the easiest he’s ever earned, despite the 29 shots on goal.  Four days off syndrome?  Who knows.  But when you turn four days off into five days off, as the Habs surely seemed to do last night, chances are you come up on the losing end.  File this one, and learn from it.

  43. fuhgawz says:

    i half expected a loss tonight.  It seems we always come out flat after a long layoff i blame this one on the coaches for not getting the boys up to it.  they seemed to play hard enough but it was really all wheel spining.  learn from this one guys and bring it next game. 

  44. G-Man says:

    Soryy, Shiloh- you and many others here have been wrong about him from the start. He does what he needs to do to score. For some reason, many of you have been too biased against him to see that he is a scorer that hits.

  45. joeybarrie says:

    Don’t forget his 2 assists.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  46. sidhu says:

    Weber is lighting it up for Hamilton — what about bringing him up for the PP at least while Marky is still on the mend?

    We can dress 7 D.

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yet Minnesota won’t even have 3 playoff games this year, oh well, enjoy success in obscurity you petulant child.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  48. sidhu says:

    Lats has 3 goals for MIN.  Dear God

  49. Shiloh says:

    You hit the nail on the head. If the refs don’t let them interfere and call them early on it, then the game becomes more entertaining. Last night’s spectacle was an advertisement for permanent 4-on-4 hockey.

  50. Habsrule1 says:

    It’s one game…let’s not panic.

    That being said, that was pretty brutal. Price would love the first goal back, but the game didn’t end 1-0 so who cares?

    Gionta is taking shots but not really looking dangerous. I think he’ll come around, but until he does, we’ll have to win low scoring games.

    I want to say Martin should leave Pouliot with Gionta & Gomez for 10 games, but if he does nothing after 3 or 4, will I still feel the same way? I’m not sure.

    What should the top 2 lines actually be?

    I think we have 7 potential first liners? Who should go with who, and who should be left on the 3rd line?

    Gionta, Gomez, Pouliot, Cammalleri, Kostitsyn, Plekanec, Eller

    What are you ideal top 2 lines? I’ll give mine a little later. 

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

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Times Latendresse was reliable in the clutch for MTL: 0


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    Waits around until he can blame the loss on Price, that’s a solid fan right there.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  53. Clay4bc says:

    Well said, mate…liking Price is not a pre-requisite for fandom, and Xtra loves the habs as much as we all do.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  54. HardHabits says:

    The trolls add color to HIO like side show freaks do to a circus.

  55. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …HH …Xtra/Stephen is a big boy who can fight His own battles, so I hesitate to get involved …I mostly, Myself, have a different viewpoint than Stephen …BUT why ? do You call Him a troll ?
    …Xtra is a Fan as much as any of Us, …He also has every right to express His contrarian viewpoint as any of Us
    …His reservations regarding Carey have equal validity as any of Our more optimistic and hopeful opinions of Carey
    …there is a vulgar arrogant tendency among Us that pack-like insult people like Stephen
    …really annoying

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  56. Clay4bc says:

    WTF? Who sh*t in your cornflakes? I work full time, on the other side of the world. I just watched the game vis a torrent site. If you look at my post above that was written before this one, I CLEARLY state that you CAN”T blame Price when we don’t score. But as usual, all you do is judge others and make assumptions.

    You, sir, need to grow up a little.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  57. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m just a little tired of people showing up and posting the same complaint about Price they more or less posted last week and the week before that. If Xtra has something to post around here it’s “Blah blah Price soft goal destroyed the game” or “Halak would have stopped that” even though Halak is only .500 on the season with his team as well.

    Same reason I butt heads with Timo and other people I disagree with, just general recycled negativity and little actual discussion about the game. I wasn’t going at you Clay, I take an issue with the oh-so-predictable Xtra and his BS.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  58. Clay4bc says:

    Well, glad you aren’t “going at” me…but you shouldn’t go after him either – not for merely speaking ther truth. It soesn’t really matter what you’re “tired of” – this is a Habs discussion forum, not a cheerleading site, and you’re not the owner of it.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m aware and I like to debate the issues that are facing the team, is Hamrlik the issue, or is it Spacek? Should Weber be brought up to boost the PP, do we need to trade for a new physical defencemen? Subban need Hamrlik to balance him out or should he play with Markov on his return? Is Price giving the team the chance to win each night? What’s the 2nd-line solution?

    Xtra or Adam76 will show up and complain about Price (at times very inaccurately) and than call those who disagree with them Price cheerleaders or bunnies or whatever along with being delusional fools. It’s become a very repetitive act that has become so repetitive it’s lost all meaning.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  60. K-hab25 says:

    Clay always feels it’s his duty to stick up for t-troll/observer, x-troll and a-troll, but his panties get into a bunch if we stick up for Price. He’s a hypocrite, not worth wasting your energy on the great troll defender.

  61. HardHabits says:

    You see. These side show freaks do add something to this circus we call HIO.

  62. HardHabits says:

    Xtra spends the better part of a loss blaming Price. He generally gets more offensive, and incoherent, per beer he’s consumed.

    The issue is that these haters try to get under the skin of Habs fans who although many might be optimistic are harbouring concerns and anguish with the losses and all issues pertaining to the Habs that don’t involve winning the Cup.

    That’s the bottom line. IMHHO trying to kick Habs fans when they are down is not being a Habs fan?

  63. K-hab25 says:

    They definitely keep the posts high. They get 10 to 15 responses, to just one of there trolling posts. It’s good for HIO, I guess, but I wouldn’t be sad if I never had to see one of there posts again, or the posts of those that defend them.

  64. Chuck says:

    WARNING: Cup half-full content contained in this post

    If this was the worst game that the Habs will play this season, we’ll be in good shape.

    Centre Hice: documenting one fan’s attachment to the Montreal Canadiens.

  65. joeybarrie says:

    If our team had of shown up, and pulled out a win, we would be tied with Tampa. We played a lousy game of Cricket tonight and lost. So Tampa is going to make the playoffs, we arent. Boucher will be coach of the year, and JM is the worst coach in the NHL.

    We are still 3-2-1 without our best player, and this game here BETTER wake our guys up for the next one.

    WORST 4 day wait for a crappy game ever. I feel so unsatisfied.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  66. Chuck says:

    It wasn’t the most exciting way to spend a Tursday evening, that’s for sure.

    When I think of the Devils, the word that comes to mind the most is “frustrating”. Frustrating to watch, and certainly frustrating as hell to play against. It’s like showing up to play a game, and they won’t let you play the game.

    Centre Hice: documenting one fan’s attachment to the Montreal Canadiens.

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    When it comes to the least-watched teams that have won sports championships, NJD I’m betting are #1.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. HardHabits says:

    They have their Stanley Cup Parade in a parking lot.

  69. 24 Cups says:


    New Jersey did what they do best.  We were helpless to counter their game plan and that was all she wrote. 

  70. Lafrich says:

    I thought the Habs were outplaying the devils until that first call on Gionta, and then that call on Pleks. After that, well, let’s just say my TV was lucky I live on the first floor.

  71. Ian Cobb says:

    The better team won this contest for sure. We continue to just shoot the puck at Brodeur instead of making plays.

    But I must say, the way N.J played tonight , we were lucky to get shots. 

    N.J. played a terrific defensive game all night and were first on the puck at both ends of the ice.

    We need to be much better.

  72. Xtrahabsfan says:

     I would rather have the win rather than the inconsistent goaltender that make’s the occasionally spectacular save!

  73. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d rather you didn’t blame rainy days on Price but we can’t have everything we want.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  74. RJB says:

    Ughhh, I’ve heard it all before, seriously St.Louis needs fans, I think I speak for everyone here when I say, go join them. Just please..no more.

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  75. SlovakHab says:


    a 0-0 win?

  76. joeybarrie says:

    I would rather have people in here with a minimum level of intelligence. But they still gave you access… HOW ABOUT A SMALL IQ QUIZ BEFORE YOU CAN CREAT AN ACCOUNT. That will solve these problems.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  77. fuhgawz says:

    i come on here to read what everyone is talking about ….. leave it to you to be the jack ass yet again. Take some of the others advice … go cheer for the Blues. Its people like you that give the rest of the Hab fan base a bad name. I am persoanlly sick of it.

    Boone or Stubbs get rid of this clown please

  78. Clay4bc says:

    Right Joey…because Price has been the model of consistency and perfection for the past 2 seasons…I mean, that’s all Xtra said, and you’re disputing it. I think maybe you should take that test yourself, if you think Price is above reproach. How about engaging in dialogue instead of just laying out insults?


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  79. SUMO says:

    You pretty much summed it up Boone. Devils hockey was on display tonight. Might as well stayed home watched the game on TV, at least the commercials are more interesting.

    Darren Dreger on TSN Insider mentioned Pierre Gauthier was at the Blackhawks/Canucks game last night. He speculates PG was scouting Kevin Bieksa ($3.75mill). If thats true, who goes the other way? 

    -OB is a cheap DMan and would give the Canucks cap relief but the Habs would be over the cap if they brought Bieksa in.

    -Spacek is similar in salary at $3.8mill, so a swap?

    Bieksa is 29 shoots right and has never played a full 82game season. He definitely would help our D but who goes the other way?


  80. HotHabs says:

    What a sad display tonight.  I was expecting more, as I’m sure most fans were.

    This team needs to find ways to score.  Sounds like a similar tune, doesn’t it?  I’d hoped that issue was solved or improved, but perhaps I was a step ahead of reality.

    Price made some spectacular stops – a thrill to watch!  However, that flutter shot, which I don’t think he got a good look at, gave me a bad taste and flashbacks of recent times past.

    Where was AK tonight? 

    Is it my imagination or did it look like the Habs were skating in mud all night?  I know Jersey has a trap system that makes the game as dull as it gets, but does that mean nobody can play against that system?  I think not or Jersey would win every game.  JM  was not prepared for this type of game and it showed.

    Martin F. had an easy night with a couple of lucky breaks.  Argh!!!!!!!!!

    Here’s hoping the team brings its A game vs. the lowly Sens on Saturday.

  81. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Look-it SF, you can blame me and others for Price’s play but like the one poster answered me “he’s been consistant for 6 games”…..six games does not make a career,lol. The boy’s not a no:1 goalie,maybe in 5 years.

  82. RJB says:

    “Day and night he talks, each word more useless than the next”

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t blame anyone for Price’s play, I blame you for whining endlessly about the poor persecuted Jaro Halak and misrepresenting the facts regarding Price because your favourite player left town and you can’t deal with it.

    Koivu left, I’ve moved on and he was ten times the hero in Montreal and ten times the man Halak will ever be.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  84. joeybarrie says:

    How does it make you feel to know Price got the 3rd star?

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  85. RJB says:

    Koivu will always be the man in Montreal, Halak was the man for 2 months, but seriously go cheer for St. Louis, please

    “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
    – Bilbo Baggins

  86. nick says:

    I love how people are point out Price wasn’t this or that, or softie this or that…

    The very plain an simple fact is, you don’t win if you don’t score goals.

    There are 21 players on that team… one would think that between 20 of them, they’d be able to beat Brodeur atleast once.

    Price gets paid 2.75 million a year to stop the puck… The forwards between them are making about 35 million put the puck in the net… Whats the bigger problem here?

  87. RJ says:

    Sort of the same crap Price lovers gave to Halak in the Flyers series when the team couldn’t score goals. If it was okay to blame Halak then why can’t they take the criticism now? Just curious.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  88. Shiloh says:

    I am willing to criticize Price when he has a bad game, but he played fine last night. Maybe he could have saved one of them, but he did make some excellent saves on other dangerous shots.

    If Jersey is going to be allowed the sneaky obstruction then they’ll win – period. The referees have to call that junk, otherwise the game is more boring than watching paint dry.

  89. Willy the bum says:

    I will put back Pouliot back in… wait for it: ” G² ” (use it wisely)… who cares if he can’t score or pass as well.  At least it may help the distraction from Gio and G-Love…  (man, I can’t believe I wrote that.)

    Yeah the Devils played boring hockey, but they were careful.  Is there one season they missed the playoffs recently? I guess not, eh.

  90. solomio says:

    Like I’ve said before we need to have the mentality, the determination, to win every game. The Habs cannot afford a loss like last nights.

    2 points gone. The Habs are a superior team. I had expected them to win last night.

    Last night was a large part due to coaching. For those of you who know, Marc Trestmen, coach of the Montreal Alouettes, for example, takes his team in at half time and when things haven’t been going well he makes adjustments to counteract what the opposition is doing. That didn’t happen with the Habs last night.

    I’m not talking changing lines, I’m talking strategy. Shoot the puck in, 2 man forecheck, heavy in on the D, start hitting, move the defencemen up… whatever is required to counteract the opposition and allow your team the chance to win. That’s what coaching is about.

    The Habs really need to hunker down and become intense like there’s no tomorrow, fierce, determined, unstopable.(sp). Without those attributes I’m afraid even Markov will not make that much difference.

    From here on in… WIN EVERY GAME…..

  91. habs001 says:

    not much of an adjustment by the als so far lol 33-3

  92. EricInStL says:

    Having a coach with no plan to break the trap and also no big players to punish the opposition’s defense is a sure way to lose games.

    If teams decide to trap when they play in MTL, we can almost be sure of a losing record.

    Like someone said we lack physical players. Nutralize our biggest asset (speed) with the trap and we scare nobody.


  93. tbovs says:

    They easiest way to break the trap is to use speed and effective passing…all the players on the team know how to break it…its the same from midget hockey on the way up.  The owness lies more on the players than the coach.  As for the neurilize speed thing…that would be the effective ness of a wicked forecheck with lots of hitting which they didn’t do … if you want to bust the trap you use speed and dump it in and go hard to the corners for retrieval…all knownfrom like midget hockey on upwards.  Just to let people konw every team in the league plays the trap in someform….its too effective not to use.  Watch thehabs trap itup from the second period on up. 

    We don’t have big players but we have speed….can’t have both.  Doesn’t exist…..


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