About last night …

Three of a possible four points in a back-to-back weekend is good stuff.
Ensuring the Leafs stay in ninth place?
Yeah, that’s sweet.
But the road to the playoffs is still a very steep uphill climb.

So let’s not pump the tires on the bandwagon just yet, eh?

The win moved the Canadiens into 11th place. They are seven points behind eighth-place Washington, but the Capitals have two games in hand.

That’s why of the three “most important game”s of the season the Canadiens played this week, Washington’s visit to the Bell Centre was an absolute must-win.

And they didn’t.

Meanwhile, objects in the rearview mirror may be closer than they appear to be.

The red-hot Islanders won again saturday night. Tampa Bay won. Carolina got a point for losing in OT.

Robert Laflamme of Presse Canadienne Tweeted an estimate that the Canadiens would need 50 points in their last 34 games to punch a ticket to the postseason dance. A record of  23-7-4 would do it.

Even on a night when they played splendidly at the ACC against a rested team that needed the W more than they did, your Canadiens did not look like a team that’s going to win 23 or 25 of their last 34 games.

But they could.

And that possibility will ensure that fans enjoy the Sunday afternoon promotional practice at the Bell Centre and show up in a relatively positive frame of mind on Wednesday night, when the mighty Detroit Red Wings visit the Bell Centre for the last Canadiens’ game before the All-Star break.

So in that spirit, let’s bag playoff math, savour a win that made Ron Wilson and Don Cherry unhappy and get ready to enjoy some Sunday football.

Know what I liked most about the win in Toronto?

Solid performances by players who – regardless of what happens in this fudged-up season – will be part of the future in Montreal.

• Lars Eller reached double-digits in goals, scoring on a close-in shot that he practices tirelessly in Brossard before his teammates come out on the ice.

• Back in the lineup after a night in the Pittsburgh pressbox, Raphael Diaz had a goal, four hits and even contributed on the penalty-kill.

• Alexei Emelin had five hits. He has 131 on the season, despite sitting out 12 games. He blocked four shots and was effective on the PK.

• Andrei Kostitsyn had four hits. You may question his inclusion as a player with a future in Montreal, but I think the Canadiens will either re-sign AK46 or trade him for a player or draft choice who will be part of the team’s resurgence.

• P.K. Subban had four shots, all of which were on net. His early penalty wasn’t wise, but P.K. generally played within himself and avoided the errors – of execution and demeanour – that have the Antichambre lynch mob all over his case night after night.

• David Desharnais had only one SoG but was masterful in moving the puck around hulking defenders in blue jerseys.

• Carey Price looked like the night off in Pittsburgh did him good. Beaten by Matthew Lombardi on a move that may have had the goaltender thinking of his shootout miseries this season, Price bounced back with a solid 32-save effort that sets him up nicely for what will be a measuring-stick game against the Red Wings.

Kudos also to the two guys who are good every night: Josh Gorges and Erik Cole.

Rene Bourque scored his first goal as a Canadien. I’m not quite prepared to predict there will be many more, but Bourque goes to the dirty areas and does what he was brought to Montreal to do.

Scott Gomez was good again and has settled into the role of a centre-wing who contributes positive minutes with a variety of linemates.

And despite playing two games in as many nights, the Canadiens didn’t fade in the third period.

It was a solid road win against a team that, like the Canadiens, is a work in progress.

Pierre Gauthier spent Saturday in Los Angeles, where he attended the Kings’ game against Colorado. The Canadiens’ general manager has been to Nashville and Anaheim this week, as speculation heats up about whether the Canadiens will be buyers or sellers at the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Betwen the All-Star break and the trade deadline, the Canadiens face a steady diet of Eastern Conference opponents, all of whom will be in the hunt for playoff spots: Two games against fast-fading Buffalo, New Jersey and Washington; alsoingle games against Winnipeg, the Islanders, Toronto and Carolina.

The end of February will find the Canadiens in Florida. Deadline Day is between their games against the Panthers and Tampa Bay.

If  Gauthier follows form – and if he’s still the GM – he’ll make his deal(s) before the deadline. If he’s selling, the names you hear most often are pending UFAs Travis Moen, Hal Gill and AK46, each of whom could help a Cup contender.

We’ll have a few weeks to chew on rumours, some of which may prove to be true.

For now, the Canadiens spoiled Hockey Night in Canada’s Leaf-blowing party.

And that makes for a happy Sunday.


  1. Prairienewf says:

    I love Antichambre, Coaches Corner, HNIC’s Milbury, Stock, and Hrudey but take whats said there with a grain of salt. Antichambre, Coaches corner, HNIC with Milbury, Stock, and Hrudey, it’s all its suppose to be….Entertainment. When people sit around and surmise and then 0-5% of what they surmise over 10 months proves out true then take it for what its worth, ENTERTAINMENT. There’s a reason they are there and not in Gauthier, Gainey’s, Burke’s, or Niomis’s positions. I’m not criticizing them I’m just sayin’ eh? It just a bunch of guys having a pop and spouting about the game in an entertaining manner…. usually.

    STU HACKEL has resurfaced as a reporter but was formerly John Denver and then Terry “The Wrestler” Taylor……C’mon Now eh by’

  2. FlyAngler says:

    Maybe the real racists are the folks that defend P.K. to the hilt regardless of the mistakes that he makes on the ice. Boone failed to mention or chose to gloss over the fact that he was caught up ice and out of postion on the Lombardi goal. Red Fisher once quipped that Chris Chelios during a certain phase of his career with the Habs was playing like the best defensemen in the league…..and then went on to qualify….the American Hockey League. Chelios went on to win some Norris trophies as we all know but he was not immune from criticism when he was a young player and neither should P.K. Subban who by the way is not a rookie any more. I would love to see P.K. succeed because I am a Habs fan. If he does succeed however it will only be because he is willing to accept responsibility for and LEARN from his mistakes instead of blaming everybody else for them.

    • ed lopaz says:

      very few – almost nobody – is saying that PK does not mistakes on the ice.

      Gorges makes mistakes

      Gill makes mistakes – often

      Emelin makes mistakes – that cost the habs goals and games

      and the list goes on and on.

      every player makes mistakes.

      this has been a very tough season for P.K.

      he has struggled on many nights.

      but when so called Habs fans are inciting a kind of hatred towards him, writing that they are “embarrassed that P.K. wears the Bleu Blanc Rouge”,

      I think PK needs (and deserves) to be defended.

      “accept responsibility” – didn’t you hear PK tell reporters 2 or 3 weeks ago that HE was directly responsible for 2 Habs losses?

      He said it straight into the microphones that he accepts FULL RESPONSIBILITY for letting down his team.

      I heard the report myself.

      • viper says:

        i agree that they all make mistakes includeing subban so why doesn,t the subban haters point out the other players bonehead plays(mistakes if u will)to single out subban is not right if your gonna pick ..pick at all the players mistakes not just his


      • FlyAngler says:

        What is so disturbing about P K is that he is clearly extremely talented- much more so than Gill or Emelin- but makes bad plays that are not the result of lack of talent or ability but stem instead from poor judgement and a lack of discipline. The roughing penalty last night and the slew foot that he got fined for are good examples of this. There is noone on the Habs right now in my opinion that repeatedly makes the same mistakes over and over and seemingly makes zero effort to correct or eliminate them the way that P K does. He has pulled that slew foot move a number of times before and it has no place in the game. Truly accepting responsibility means doing everything possible to avoid past mistakes and problematic behavior. Mr. Subban has demonstrated very little of this to date and clearly still needs some lessons in humility to help curb his willfulness. Perhaps the $2,500 fine will help to get his attention in this regard.

        • eric says:

          Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way eh.

        • viper says:

          the only thing i can say about that fly is that its his secound year ppl have to rem that and we can,t expect him to carry the d by himself he,s gonna make mistakes all good YOUNG players do when he gets it all together we are gonna have one hell of a player


  3. Les Canayens says:

    The kind of insinuations they can come up with are countless. (Theodore and the mob, Kostisyns and the mob, Hamrlik and the mob…)…

    But here’s one that is the top of the list: when Alain Vigneault was our coach and struggling, some on 110% was suggesting that since he’s a good looking chap (un beau bonhomme), he could not refuse the advances of women made on him when the team was on the road, thus the team underperform. LOL

    ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

  4. --Habs-- says:

    I’m kind of disappointed. Was hoping the Habs would continue the loosing ways while looking at that 1st pick and maybe a trade or 2 giving them even more leverage. BUT beating the Leafs is even better than beating the Bruins to shut out little sisters up down the 401.

  5. viper says:

    i love the habs as much as anybody and it was awsome to finally see them play a solid game against the leafs.but now it,s time to tank.if we start playin good hockey and winning heres whats gonna happen we are gonna be just outside of the playoffs looking in and just outside the top 5 in the draft looking in therefore goes our chance at getting that big young scoreing center that we rebuild or franchise around.were not gonna get 1 through a trade without giveing up the farm..so i say great win habs of mine over the leafs but please tank now for our futures sake

  6. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Always feels good beating the damn Leafs.
    Hate them like a sickness.

  7. Hammer says:

    They definately know how to ” pump the viewers up” with their unique style of journalistic magic on their show. As for Mr. Boone, I will defend his style of journalism over their’s any day.

  8. GoaliesRus says:

    If you were a politician, you would have backlash.
    Using the word “Lynch-mob” is almost accusing L’anti-chambre of being racist. If you think that is the case, then just say it, or my suggestion, be politically correct and use another term. Just my 2 cents

    • Clay says:

      I’ll say it – they’re racist.

      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  9. RetroMikey says:

    To be honest, I did have a big smile after watching the game at the ACC with family. and beating those Maple Laffs
    There were so many Habs fans and yes, many do believe we need to tank and rebuild this franchise from fans from London, Ontario and from from fans from Syracuse, New York.
    PG, get to work now!!!!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  10. remi_10069 says:

    Gomez has been playing well. A couple of soft back passes but he seems to be keeping them to a minimum and skating hard.


  11. ed lopaz says:

    even after the Habs win, the Goofs on AntiChambre are still at it.

    they MUST bring Subban down – get him booed at the Bell and then eventually traded

    why? what is their motivation?

    well, some who are extremely naive and gullible and easily convinced, eat the Anti Chambre nonsense up like its the Gospel Truth.

    So knowing full well that they have an audience of rumor mongers, eager to spread lies and half baked soap opera stories all over the internet,

    the Antichambre goes to work.

    Its a business, designed to increase ratings and therefore increase advertising dollars.

    Here is how it works:

    1) Habs lose – find a scapegoat – and start the feeding frenzy

    2) Habs win – find a player who is struggling and start the feeding frenzy

    either way – the “end game” is the same.

    the more controversy they can stir up,

    the more people will discuss the show at the “water cooler” on Monday morning

    the more people will watch the show

    the higher the ratings

    the greater the advertising dollars demanded for the show.

    and so it goes………….

    listen people, do NOT buy into it.

    it is Gossip, B.S., nonsense!!

    and when posters here at HIO use the AntiChambre as the basis for their argument that Subban should be traded,

    these posters are full of Antichambre B.S., Gossip and nonsense.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I often regret not learning more french despite years of taking it in grade school. I grew up watching and listening all Saturday games in French except when they played the Leafs. I wished I could understand in order to listen better to the RDS feed which I watch often. BUT, I have not the least bit of interest in hearing what that group of fired coaches never to be rehired again have to say.

      • ed lopaz says:

        I can understand TOO well – unfortunately.

        there should be an instantaneous translation mode on the TV – like at the U.N – so we could watch TV, in any language, from all over the world

        and so you could watch AntiChambre!!

    • remi_10069 says:

      The core group on AntiC are tools. Vinny, Carbo when on are good. Therrien is ok, Bergeron is tolerable some of the time but the rest are idiots who shouldn’t have a platform like that to spread their biased opinions. Should start an unbiased “Anti room” to give them a run.


    • JUST ME says:

      Problem is , those guys are not held accountable for their comments . Same thing with Marinaro. It is so easy to be mister big when you do not have to report to anyone about what you say and what you do. It is in fact the opposite . The boss meets you before the show and asks to stir the pot.

      Many are complaining about HNIC bias towards the Leafs. Altough i find it a turn-off at least they show their preferences. I find it impossible that you work in the media and pretend to be neutral. When you were young you had a favorite and unconditionnal favourite team so to tell me that today you don`t is total b.s. So i guess that the only other option to show your feelings is to go with the love-hate relationship.

      Notice on how this way of doing things has affected the way we see things since the last 20 years. They never do anything good,they stink, they never win the opponent looses, we should always hate a player every year and so on and so on.

      As much as we agree that some players sometimes have to go, i think that many reporters after a while should be re-assigned to something else…

    • Les Canayens says:

      That’s why I rather watch Le Match on TVA where most of the panelists (even the host) are younger ex-players who retired properly instead of older ex_coaches who were fired disgruntledly.
      ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

    • munch17 says:

      I agree. They’re job is to promore themselves. I remeber one stretch a few years ago when the Habs were winnibg they spent every evening trashing Ryder. Then making fun of him. When a team is winning there are usually a few players that are hot- you can’t be winning 7-0 every night. So some players will not be getting as many points. These guys will chase them out.
      BTW – Habs with Scott Gomez 7-5-6. Without 11-16 -3.
      I know he’s underperforming but I din’t here a word last night about how he set up the Diaz winner.

    • Prairienewf says:

      Antichambre, Coaches corner, HNIC with Milbury, Stock, and Hrudey, it’s all its suppose to be….Entertainment. When people sit around and surmise and then 0-5% of what they surmise over 10 months proves out true then take it for what its worth, ENTERTAINMENT. There’s a reason they are there and not in Gauthier, Gainey’s, Burke’s, or Niomis’s positions. I’m not criticizing them I’m just sayin’ eh? It just a bunch of guys having a pop and spouting about the game in an entertaining manner…. usually.

  12. third generation haber says:

    Cunneyworth is brilliant! Double shifting Gomez on the second game in 2 nights sends the right message. “U get twice the pay, so u should do twice the work” Keep this up and Gomez will be begging for the AHL.

    j.p. murray

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Bruce Garrioch thinks Hal Gill will be a hot commodity this trade deadline. What is the best pick we could get for him if traded, 2nd or 3rd rounder?


    • showey47 says:

      I would think we could get a 2nd rounder for him. Especially from teams like the caps,panthers,wings,hawks or sharks whose PK is bottom 3rd in the league.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        With our recent picks in 2nd round, that would be really good long term. I respect Hal alot, he has been a big part of Gorges development and is helping more than we know behind the scenes with Diaz, Emelin and PK.
        But we need to harvest picks when we can.

  14. RockinRey says:

    Love the ALN Mr. Boone . Great job…but when i read that you thought Gomez was good i almost threw up my breakfast.

    Get this guy the *&^% out of town. His complete level is atrocious. I could think of several cases especially in the third when he hooked a guy and his stick was at the wrists and it was horizontal( a call they make all the time and a call he has taken at the least approrpriate time in previous games) and he spun out and fell to the ice. It took forever for him to locate his man and when the Habs finally got posession he was very weak at trying to clear it.

    I dont even see a change of scenery helping this guy. Sure he can make one of those cute forward passes from time to time and admire it but he rarely has an affect on the game from a domination point of view. This is exactly what they are paying him for . He should be a point a game guy and defensively responsible and dominate 90% of the time.

    It is disgusting to watch him play. He has to be bought out. He was not good from my perspective last night.

  15. sims says:

    could the leafs complain any more to the refs? what a bunch of whiners. i wonder what georges said to kessel that made him shut up a bit.

    another observation: anyone see cole sharing his water near the end of the game. what a beauty. excited to have this guy for 3 more years.

    great game

    • showey47 says:

      I’ve wanted cole on this team for years. There was plenty of bashing on PG for give him 4 years instead of 3. Without giving cole the 4th year on that deal there is a good chance you don’t get the first 3.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Absolutely agree, the teaching this guy will provide to our young wingers is worth any potential pains in year 4. Doesn’t strike me as a guy that will go on the ice and not give his best effort, no matter the age.

    • sheds88 says:

      i did catch that. he is a beauty and a class act , could be our next captain

      i don’t know why they keep comparing Carey Price to God………i mean he’s good, but he’s no Carey Price.

  16. habstrinifan says:

    WOW! I am gonna post this and run and hide. This was a GREAT WIN for three reasons.

    A) We beat the Leafs.
    B) It was needed.. for points of course but also it’s about time we had a plain ol ordinary nite in habsland with a plain ol ordinary win. Even the players must have been wondering if they were operating under some sort of cursed season.
    C)We beat the Leafs.

    But enough of the splendid game etc etc. Something is still not right with this team as far as ‘togetherness and spirit’. Maybe they are just a bit dejected. I hope that is the case because a win like this and maybe another one next game could change it ALL.
    It just doesnt even look like the same energised team that rolled out under the first few games when RC took over.
    Hope this win helps in the recovery.

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    So I get the Toronto Sun delivered free to my house on Sundays, it normally provides one use, I use the Sports Section and specifically Leaf pictures to start my weber Smoker grill. Today I was excited to wakeup and read what they had to say.

    Of course the picture on front page was a leaf and was a question if Phaneuf made a Sun Player poll as one of the best. Hmm I thought they lost last night, was there no game did I dream? So i opened the sports section, Headline says “What a bunch of Softies” and a picture of Moen. Again, didn’t Moen challenge Komi to a fight and was turned down? Oh wait, then I read the small caption at bottom of picture, and they were apparantly talking about the Leafs. No biggie its a T.O. paper, and there were enough Leaf pictures I can use today as I prepare by BBQ to smoke a couple of chickens this afternoon.

    By the way, say what you will but Gomez among others played well. Heck that sieve goalie of ours played really well too! Great Road win for a confidence starved team. Don’t really care if parts of game were boring, I watched my Habs beat all my neighbours Leafs. That is Good Stuff!

    • showey47 says:

      Funny how its considered ok by the leaf media for komi to turn down a fight with moen after throwing a big hit but PK is considered a coward for doing the same thing.

    • Les Canayens says:

      Living in the GTA I’m appalled at how both CTV & CBC local news casts use the term “hated Hand” as soon as they have to report anything involving the Canadiens.

      ▁▁▁▁▁▁▁ ▁▁▁ Ca n▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁▁
      ☞ I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears.☜

  18. 24 Cups says:

    The Habs only play one game during the next eleven days. It sure would be sweet to beat Detroit and even up our home ice record (which is the 29th worst in the league next to Columbus!) This break will also give Cunneyworth a chance to rethink his role as coach of the team. What kind of an impact he wants to make as the team heads into the final third of the season.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Only one guy going to All star break, great chance for PK to rest that knee and Plex to heal what is ailing him. Just hoping and praying Price doesn’t tweek anything at that silly game in Ottawa or during the stupid skills contest. I recall last year, some idiot blistered a shot and hit Hiller in the head. He then started suffering vertigo after and hasn’t really been the same since.

      Was it just me or did it seem like CBC was advertising all they could that PK had a bad knee, and i wonder how often Healy leaned over to the Leaf bench and reminded them which knee was bad.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Nice post. Iam sure they playat least 3 to 4 times next 11 days but your main point re the break being good for coaching to take over is a good Hope he can regain enthusiasm and ‘gel’ in the team and reliftt their spirits.

    • habstrinifan says:

      My bad…. forgot the break. Your point is even more valid then. Would also be a great time fo PG, if he is serious re retaining ‘hope’ for the playoffs, to make a trade. Not anything BIG mind you, just say Weber + for more help.

  19. remi_10069 says:

    Sweet victoire last night. Everyone played well as far as I could tell, even Mr Diaz who is normally on my “shouldn’t be playing in the NHL” list.

    A couple of good bounces for us and it would have been 6-1. Lets hope we get ’em against Detroit as we’re most likely going to need them.

    Call me an optimist but I think we’re going to take a run at the playoffs, might not make it but it will get exciting / close.

    Get the team playing together for a common goal and good things will happen.

    Hopefully no lineup changes vs Det unless White is back in which case I would move Monsieur Darche upstairs.


  20. HABitual Fan says:

    Even the birds are singing sweeter in the trees this morning!

    “… it’s still better than cheering for the Leafs!”

  21. LA Loyalist says:

    Verily, I say unto thee: in a perfect world, Leafs will miss the playoffs by ONE point, for which we can take credit 🙂

    that will offset some of our suffering.

  22. 24 Cups says:

    Campoli’s value. The fans weigh in.

    I am under the impression that Montreal doesn’t have 5th or 7th round picks this year so replacing those would be a good starting point.


  23. JUST ME says:

    Just a tad more optimistic this morning since in the past week we picked up a small point in the standings and got passed the Sabres. With the general mood in MTL these days at least the team is grinding it out.

    I think that the Habs should go on with what they have and deal with the situation as is this season. More importantly mister Molson knows he needs to change the trend and he should deal with the G.M.`s case before anything else.

    Over the past years he has been patching holes here and there wich is not what this team needs. The only real improvement he brought was to hire Erik Cole wich is our best player and a real workhorse.

    The actual situation does not call for desperate moves as much as a well thought plan for the future. We have a nucleus wich is more than we can say about past Habs editions. We should add elements that will improve the overall temper of the squad . So easy to make a trade with lookalikes and performalikes…

    • G-Man says:

      It’s the only bright sign of this gloomy season. The Laffs doing their best to bungle their way out of a playoff spot.
      All the Habs can be now is a team of spoilers. Unless they win 30 in a row. 😉

    • Clay says:

      That’s the feel-good story of the day! Thanks for that Steve!
      In other happy news, we taught our daughter the word ‘bucket’ today…she insists it begins with an ‘f’, not a ‘b’.
      Lots to smile about today 🙂

      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  24. John Q Public says:

    I Just love it now how players see Emelin in front of them and decide Not to challenge him.
    More of this please!

  25. rhino514 says:

    It´s so sad the effect one player can have on a team.
    If they would have gone ahead and scoped Markov in September when he first experienced discomfort, JM and Cammalleri would still be here, and Kaberle wouldn´t. The team would be over fivehundred by now and in a playoff hunt, I truly believe that.
    Say what you want about JM, the team almost always competed, even when they lost by one goal. That competitiveness is gone noe; some nights they play well, some nights they take the night off. Even if they made the playoffs, they are not a team others would fear playing as was the case before.
    Thankfully they still have alot of the leadership core they had before. But it´s difficult to be successful when your coach is a lame duck coach.

    question: Is Raphael diaz an NHL fulltime D?
    It looks like offensively he has some skills, but he´s not going to put on fifteen pounds of muscle at his age and is a defensive lioability. He´s also already 25 yrs old so it´s not like he can astronomically imporve at his age. Tough, when you consider the Habs biggest problem as a team is a D which can´t hold leads and shut down opponents

    • SlovakHab says:

      Remember Mark Streit?
      I know his shot is better than Diaz’s, but I can see Diaz as a very solid 3rd pairing defenceman, very effective with a stay-at-home partner with a good size.

    • slychard says:

      You have absolutely no clue on anything, nothing you say has any clue. Clue is not a game you should play because you have none.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • Jim Edson says:

      “the team almost always competed” are you kidding?

      How can you make such a statement when under JM the Habs record against teams lower in the standings was abysmal. How many nights would a team reeling from consecutive defeats. using their 3rd string goaltender and having their top players in scoring droughts would find their life against JM’s “competitive” team?

      How do you account for his Habs team simply not showing up consistantly at the Bell center?

      JM’s use of non-vets was horrible to the point of stifling and he would nail a non-vet to the bench or pressbox with impunity while allowing his vets free-reign in the screw-up department. Case in point Emelin sat 11 of his 12 pressbox games under JM!

      JM’s non-use of Cole( no PP time especially) is another classic misuse! Cole is now the team MVP!

      Since he left the accountability of players is the same for all!

      JM was a pre-lock-out coach who just couldn’t adapt who rode a goaltender who stood on his head for the only success his version of the Habs produced.

      Lastly how many too-many-men penalties have be assessed to the Habs since JM left. His bench management was chaotic to say the least!

      What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

      In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

      They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

      ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • Matt04 says:

      rhino, you don’t think you can put on fifteen pounds of muscle at 25? C’mon now…

    • LafleurFan says:

      Good morning, afternoon, evening Amsterdam, Shanghai and ahem Key West!

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You make some decent points, but the bad management was also in not recognizing that Streit (or that role, at least) was critical in the modern game.

      As for JM still being here… just don’t. I don’t want to wake up at night screaming. He should have been gone after the epic choke in game 3 against Boston last year – at home, no less.

  26. VancouverHab says:

    Well: great win against our historical rivals on a Hockey Night in Canada nationwide win, the winning goal set up from an aggressive forecheck, hard-fought puck win, and sweet setup by Scott Gomez.

    So here on H-I/O people are reacting by … bashing Scott Gomez.

    It’s a sickness and a moral weakness. For shame.

    • Clay says:

      As of the time of my writing this, Gomez is 13 days, 18 hours, and 12 minutes away from the 1 year anniversary of the last time he scored a goal.
      Praise away…


      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

      • VancouverHab says:

        You think we pay Gomez to score goals, hmmm? Every player who doesn’t score goals is a problem?

        Gomez can never score another goal in his career and still be the key piece in a Stanley Cup-winning team.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            24C – Which cup? 2000 or 2003?

            Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

        • Clay says:

          Every player who doesn’t score goals is certainly NOT a problem.

          Every player who doesn’t score goals who is has a cap hit of $7.3 mil/year certainly IS a problem.

          *edit* …unless he’s a world class goalie.

          ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

    • Propwash says:

      Gomez has been a setup guy throughout most of his career. I don’t get what all the hoopla is all about. Granted, he’s not worth the money paid to him.

      Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • HardHabits says:

      VH. Nice way to put lipstick on a pig. A pass from the half-boards to the point is not a set-up.

  27. Lizardking89 says:

    Anyone else watch the CBC broadcast? What a disgusting display of Toranna bias. For the first two periods they went on ad nauseum about the Monster. CBC is the Canadian broadcast company but what it really stands for is Maple Laff favoritism. I’m just happy the Habs won the game and shut them up.

    • SlovakHab says:

      I didn’t watch the game on CBC but have read a Leafs’ blog comments section after the game, for amusement (loved it!)
      Apart from enjoying the fans falling apart emotionally, I noticed that pretty much all of them complained about CBC’s Canadiens bias.

      • Clay says:

        Such is life…people see what they want to see, and hear what they want to hear.

        ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

    • John Q Public says:

      Can’t watch them for many years now.
      They used to broadcast in French.
      Now you can watch in Punjabi and English.
      Conspiracy ?

      • Clay says:

        A conspiracy to what end, pray tell?

        ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

        • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

          To outbid the Radio Canada for the game rights. Screwy Capitalists!

          Dear Mtl Canadiens,
          Please beat Boston to tie the season series. You are about to cost me three bottles of rum in a little over a year.

          • Clay says:

            A diabolical plan! They must be stopped!!!

            ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  28. Habs D needs to stay upon the blueline instead of backing in all the time. Last night they executed a little better by slowing down Leafs forwards. This must continue if Habs have a chance to climb back into playoffs.

    Carey Price is the 3rd D back there and can control the back end very well. This well limit the other teams getting a great scoring chance. The D has to challenge by holding the blueline and this would eliminate the other team getting any scoring chances.

    A win last night was sweet. When Habs beats the Leafs its makes for a better day and wakeup with a happy face. Carey Price must play better for any hope of making the playoffs. If PG can make another move to improve Habs chances will be great.

    Just have to wait and see how things are going to unfold up to Feb 27. If Habs are close then a trade or two could happen but hoping for the best to come yet? A good winning streak is a tall order to ask for but who knows what tommorrow will bring? For right now Habs are on a winning streak. Keep er going!!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!!


  29. bigjames says:

    As delighted that i am that we beat the leafs, we have to look at this three out of four points thing in some perspective. three out of four also means we gave up tow points… in this case to a conference opponent who is batling for a playoff spot as well. if we give up the 2 points to some team from the west, it does not really matter, but to the pens… that stings.

    on another note it is Chinese New Year’s eve Sunday and I wanted to wish all at HIO Kung Hei Fat Choi – Happy and prosperous New Year for the year of the dragon. may it bring lots of clean two point nights for our Habs!

    As I always say, can’t spell Chinese without CH!!!

    • Clay says:

      Same to you James. The Shanghai sky is alight with fireworks as we speak – I assume it’s the same where you are? If I recall correctly, you’re in Hong Kong, no?

      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

      • bigjames says:

        yessir. but our fireworks are not til the second day… tuesday night. kinda cold and rainy here but nothing like montreal i guess!

        • Clay says:

          Lucky you – here they do fireworks all week, starting tonight. Hard to sleep at this time of year. Good thing it’s a holiday season! 😉
          We have the same weather here as you.

          ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  30. Jim Edson says:

    Listeneing to Juliens’ comments of Ference’s hit on Macdonough makes you wonder if the Goons PR department has a tape with the ability to insert the name of any goon player on the team.

    “XXXXX is not a dirty player and had no intent on injuring anyone. It was just a hockey play”.

    Low brow team, low brow management!

    What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

    In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

    They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

    ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

  31. The Jackal says:

    Hey let’s trade Price! Oh wait that’s what the idiots were saying before tonight. I meant to say, lets hope we can keep winnig, and that none of these “experts” get a job that has anything to do with hockey.

  32. Saundies says:

    Just to add to my previous comments, good to see Larry and Bourque score! The guy doesn’t have Cammi’s skill but his grit and speed are undeniable and I’d love to see him do well for the CH.

  33. Saundies says:

    Couple quick notes:

    – Great win, loved watching it in a room full of leaf fans and rubbing in how bad they bragged at the start that they were destined for the playoffs

    – Very optimistic about the future with Patches, Price, Eller, Emelin, and yes, even PK going forward.

    – Speaking of PK, leave the guy alone. The kid’s a horse, you gotta let him run his own race. Yeah he can be a bit too abrasive at times but the guy was a stud last year and can only get better. Sophomore slump happens to a lot of great D: see Phaneuf, Doughty, Myers, et al.

    – Not seeing us making the playoffs this year but now that I’ve come to painfully accept that, getting a top 5-7 pick (CAN’T MISS FORWARD PLEASE PG/OTHER RANDOM (and sure to be French) GM) might be the best thing for us going forward anyway.

    I’m not for tanking and I love to see them win, so tonight was kind of bitter sweet but anytime we can stick it to the leafs count me in.

  34. third generation haber says:

    Subban has enormous potential! He has yet to develop fully and yet to mature mentally. Given time, he could become a great D-man. He has had far too much pressure (play-offs b4 his rookie season!) and ice-time at such a young age. If too many idiots continue to criticize him it will certainly effect his development. HE’S STILL A KID!!!!

    j.p. murray

  35. Bill says:

    Plekanec: -12. Good Lord. Worst on the team by far.

    Dear idiots: please don’t say Kaberle is tied. He was -12 with Carolina, even so far with Montreal. Also has 11 points in 18 games. Thanks though.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • durocher says:

      Kaberle’s +/- may be attributed to his play in Carolina, and he may have 11 points, but tonight, he was horrible — suicide pass to Moen, couldn’t hold the line, flubbed an open shot on the PP.

  36. Mike D says:

    On Boone’s live game blog yesterday before the Pens-Habs game, he mentioned that AK would take a hometown discount to stay in Montreal.

    Anyone know where this info came from and if it’s legit? Not doubting Boone or his sources, just wondering.

    – Honestly yours

  37. montreal ace says:

    Lots of hockey left this year, I hope were in for a comeback.

  38. imisssaku says:

    Scott Gomez has been an effective player ever since his return from injury. Maybe his play and bump down to 5.5 million in actual salary (same caphit) this summer will entice a floor team looking to make the playoffs to take a chance?

    Dallas? Come on Niuewendyk!

    Anyways, nothing will make me happier than the Leafs finishing ninth. Well, with the exception of the Habs making the playoffs but I’m not holding my breath.

    Jim Hughson was getting a boner everytime the Leafs came into our end in the third period, until Larry shut him up.

    • FlyingFrenchie says:

      Scott Gomez has been very effective since returning..
      10 shots high off the glass
      15 right at the goalie
      1 goal post
      Still looking for his first goal since Feb last year.
      Very effective indeed…
      Is he employed by the opposing teams?

    • habfanacrossthed says:

      Scott Gomez has been cursed since switching to the number 11. Sure he scored 7 goals in the 2010-2011 season. Weird how that number 11 is in there once again. The ghosts of the Habs are under his control, every missed net, missed assignment, post getting rung…face it Mr. Gomez should of stayed with 91. As I watched the anticipation of you FINALLY scoring a goal. What did you do? Shoot it right at MAF’s pad, great shoot out attempt there pal. Saku Koivu wore number 11 with bleu blanc rouge. He played his habs games injured, sick, and with heart.

      GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  39. matt jordan says:

    On HNIC they mentioned Gomez had gone 950 minutes of NHL ice time without scoring a goal. Which is just less than sixteen hours spent on the ice without putting the black disc past an NHL goaltender or managing an empty netter.

    I hope he gets one at home before the one year mark, just to hear a sarcastic standing ovation.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Hey, I’m sure Gomez isn’t pleased with his drought. If he gets one at home, the crowd should support him with a standing ovation. At one point, I think we need to set aside whatever lingering resentment and frustration we have towards the guy. If we can trade him to a team needing to reach the cap (however unlikely) or if we can bury him, that would probably be the best outcome.

    • Clay says:

      Personally, I want him to go the full calendar year without a goal. I have a big party planned, and him scoring before that date would ruin everything.

      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        What if it’s a Groundhog Day thing, and he scores every February 5th?

        Dear Mtl Canadiens,
        Please beat Boston to tie the season series. You are about to cost me three bottles of rum in a little over a year.

  40. price365 says:

    Myself there’s six forwards I would not trade unless I got something a whole lot better in return. and they are Max-pac Desharnais, Cole,
    Bourque, Eller and Kostitsyn. this would be a good start on next years team. two pretty good lines. the rest try and get something better for them. the “D” I’m not even gonna go there. the Goalies are ok.
    by the way. play those 6-guys together for the remainder of the season.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I wouldn’t trade Plekanec either. He’s consistently among the most productive players on the team and he’s an excellent defensive forward. Habs would suffer a lot without him and the things he brings to the table. I mean, who could the Habs obtain in return that would be an improvement in what he brings?

      • FormalWare says:

        Exactly what I’d logged in to say–but you beat me to it, Sir Jedi.

        Pleky is a keeper. His salary is exactly fair compensation for the considerable goods he brings to the table. Can’t improve much on that, if you’re the Habs organization.

        If Eller were pronounced “Ell-ay”, Larry would be #2 with a bullet!

    • Rad says:

      Eller and Kostitsyn play very well together. The commentariat has been saying this for weeks now, but Randy the Macho Man Cunneyworth insists on obsessively juggling his lines, a la Jacques the Juggler Martin. I hope Randy comes to his senses before it’s too late.

    • third generation haber says:

      Kostitsyn however talented does not pay the price to score goals! He shoots and immediately vacates the front of the net for fear of being hit. He makes 3+ mil and has on more goal than Eller. More importantly, THIS IS HIS CONTRACT YEAR!!!! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HIS BEST EFFORT!!!!! Trade him now for a younger player, with more grit!!! He should be scoring 30+ goals for his salary and won’t even get 20 this year! plus he doesn’t play defence! HOLD KOSTITSYN ACCOUNTABLE!!!!

      j.p. murray

  41. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …objective number one the rest of the way: Catch Columbus !
    …no more ‘sloppy seconds’ 🙂

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  42. Mike D says:

    So PG’s been making his rounds to watch other games of late (two today alone), and I imagine talk trade with other GM’s. I like PG more than most around here, and as such, give him more credit than most. That said, I am nervous about these potential trade talks.

    I am hoping he’s taking the seller’s approach and finding out other team’s needs. Hopefully he’s even creating a market with some competition for the pieces he plans to move so as to maximize our return. Something I don’t think he did when trading Cammy.

    On the other hand, I am also worried that he might be taking a buyer’s approach in some half-baked scheme for a longshot run at making the playoffs. I don’t think this is the case, but again, I give him more credit than most.

    – Honestly yours

    • showey47 says:

      If he is going from arena to arena watching games he isn’t in sell mode yet. You don’t need to go to other arena’s to trade upcoming ufa’s for draft picks. If he is looking to buy i only hope it is for long term solutions like another center or physical defenceman.

      • Mike D says:

        Trades don’t necessarily have to include draft picks or upcoming UFA’s, as long as team needs and the future are addressed it’s a good move.

        Plus you can schmooze better in person 🙂

        – Honestly yours

  43. ffenliv says:

    As much as I liked him, Cammi was -2 tonight, yet his team won 6-2. That’s gotta smart.

  44. Timo says:

    Flames score 6 and no points for Cammalleri.

  45. habsgod says:


  46. Un Canadien errant says:

    Wait, what? We’re double-shifting Scott Gomez? Then there’s no doubt: we’re showcasing him to the many pro scouts in attendance.

    A team in the market for Scott Gomez would be looking for a ‘pure passer’, the purest available anywhere as a matter of fact. Let’s put our thinking caps on and figure out which team would be willing to take him on.

    This team has a sniper or a couple of wingers who need someone to carry the puck and feed them a diet of soft passes in scoring position. They have an injured centreman or one who is criminally underperforming. They are a cap-floor team and need help in the next few years reaching that level, so they must be a low-revenue team. The team must also be scratching and clawing to get into the playoffs to be ready to embark on such folly, so they must be hovering near the 8th playoff seed in their conference.

    Ladies and gentlemen I give you the New Jersey Devils. They think they can spin the return of the prodigal son. We’re getting Zach Parisé back. It’s in the tea leaves. But I’d accept Travis Zajac if it came down to it.

    No? Who then?

    The Maple Leafs and Canadiens played as if they don’t believe in this whole big rivalry that exists between them either. The game lacked passion and rhythm. The Canadiens didn’t seem convinced their playoff lives depended on this game, and they’re probably right. The Maple Leafs are a softer touch when Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul aren’t filling the net anymore.

    Something noteworthy was the fact that the Canadiens didn’t get pushed around by Brian Burke’s pugnacious Leafs. Adding a Mike Blunden and René Bourque on top of Erik Cole has a significant effect on the makeup of this team. We even saw Travis Moen challenge Mike Komisarek to a fight, an offer which the Leaf defenceman turned down. When was the last time the Canadiens were the aggressors? Good on Travis for issuing the challenge, and then carrying on with his game, and not turning into a Paul Gaustad-Chris Neil-type idiot.

    This change in team makeup comes at a cost though. The Leafs seemed to be the speedier team tonight, getting lots of odd-man rushes and breakaways. The Canadiens won’t be skating teams into submission anymore.

    A word on P.K. Subban. It seems the sharks smell blood in the water. There were mentions tonight on l’Antichambre about P.K.’s self-centeredness, how he rubs people on the team the wrong way, which we’ve heard before. There were specifics for the first time though, as those in the media feel more comfortable these days breaking the Code of Silence and explaining how he is regularly late for meetings and how, in the words of one confidential source, if there are five team rules, he’ll break seven.

    These are the kind of details and specifics we rarely get from sports reporters, since they are usually too interested in protecting their access to, uh, report. We usually hear these concrete examples once the player is shipped out of town. This doesn’t bode well for our intrepid young defenceman.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …having known Guy Lafleur quite well in My Montreal disco dayz, I can tell You He broke as many Team rules as PK
      …usually I enjoy Your easy reads of the obvious Normand, and I agree PK has to mature and learn …but, Your continuing sniping at one of the most intriguing and exciting Habs since Patrick Roy leaves Me very irritated and disappointed in You

      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

      • Mike D says:

        I second that.

        – Honestly yours

      • Jim Edson says:

        Chris, Lafleur was scoring like hell and the team was winning!

        BIG difference!

        What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

        In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

        They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

        ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Wow. On another thread we discussed how P.K. was a ‘polarizing’ player, how there isn’t much middle ground in any discussion on him.

        Habitant in Surrey, I have been stern in my criticism of P.K.’s play this season. All my thoughts on the subject are posted on my blog. I’ve been disappointed in him and said so. To characterize it as sniping though is inaccurate I think. There are no personal attacks, and I’m quite clear that I like the guy and want him to succeed. After his non-performance against the Penguins, I stated that I give up on him, if that’s what we can expect from him, I want him gone. No amount of potential can balance out that kind of crap.

        Bill, I don’t think I’m recycling a rumour if I’m attributing it to the proper source. I”m not saying: “I heard that he’s selfish and…”, pretending to have inside info. I’m repeating what was discussed on a public platform, and analyzing it. It was interesting to me to hear the guys say this, but even moreso that they are feeling safe to openly discuss this kind of stuff. In my experience that’s always a bad sign. When reporters start to actually give you this background, specific info, it’s usually after the fact, when the player has been dealt.

        Generally, I don’t want P.K. to be traded just to get rid of him. My first choice would be for him to shape up and deliver up to his potential. My second choice would be for him to be traded so that we get a quality asset(s) in return.

        Practically, I think P.K. has harmed his reputation and trade value so badly that we are in a sense stuck with him. So we probably need to soldier on, and the veterans in the group and the coaching staff have a huge important job in front of them.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • Rad says:

      Ok, so let’s trade Subban for Parise. In fact, make it a 4-player deal, Subban & Gomez for Parise and Volchenkov.

    • SPATS says:

      I wouldn’t be sad to see PK and Gomer go and I don’t care where.


    • Rainrocket16 says:

      You must be high………………………………………………As a mutta pucka, to think any team is interested in Gomez!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I didn’t sprinkle my post with winkies and LOL’s, but if you reread it, you’ll find that I was making light of the situation. I started in a joking tone with a “Wait, what?”, then said there was “no doubt” that Mr. Gomez was being shopped and traded. I added that he was a “pure passer”, the purest in fact, an oblique reference to the fact that all he gets are assists.

        I could argue that maybe I was too subtle, but the golden rule of comedy is that if you have to explain your joke, then it isn’t funny. So I guess it wasn’t funny.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • Mike D says:

      Trading PK would be a disaster for the Habs. End of story.

    • slychard says:

      Pfff…… Last night you made a derisive comment to a poster who was “too tired to check on a fact” (PK’s actual age.) You posted, “PK will be 23 in may, it took me (whatever) to google this info, why should I waste my time reading your post if you don’t take that time to research” or something or other. But that was your response. Wow I thought, the teacher’s pet is a spoiled brat now. And don’t tell me you don’t understand my last sentence. At the beginning I used to read your posts but after awhile I got fed up with them. Just another blowhard trying to get an Arpon Basu type of gig. Good luck I say. More power to ya. Just not for me. I read war and peace once and will do it again but not when it comes to a sports site from an anonymous poster just like you or he. I would rather meet the Mattylegs of this site which don’t take themselves up their own arse and are creatively funny in their posts then wasting 5 minutes of my time reading a pompous arse like yourself. I plan on joining the summit next time. Come see me if you do. I’ll buy you a beer and talk no problem.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Slychard, if you’re looking for one-liners and zingers, you’re quite right that you should read other posters’ contributions. I’m not the clever funny guy, that’s not my strength.

        I’m not anonymous, or hiding behind any anonymity. You can find out my name by clicking on my blog or my HIO profile. You obviously read the piece by Mr. Boone, so obviously I’m not anonymous or sniping from the shadows.

        I don’t think I’m being a spoiled brat by “gently chiding”, as I specifically wrote, a poster for stating a player’s age, but then adding “I’m too lazy to check”. One of the reasons I visit this site as opposed to others like TSN is because of the level of discourse of the posters. I was reminding that poster that Googling something takes ten seconds, so go ahead and do it and we’ll all learn something. The gentleman in question took it the way I intended and was not offended. Also, I have been corrected on many of my posts, and when I blow it I channel my inner Rick Perry and say “Oops”. I accept when people disagree with me or correct my facts. I’m always up for discussion.

        I intend to attend the Summit next year, I look forward to the chat, and I’ll get the next round.
        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • jedimyrmidon says:

      They better not trade Subban away. Of all ex-Habs that folks sometimes mourn about, his departure would be the worst. I’m seriously hoping what happens on the AC is just media-hyperinflation.

      And I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suppose that they have an unreasonable dislike of PK irregardless of his immaturity on the ice. People need to give him time. I mean, he’s in that dreaded sophomore year for crying out loud forced to be on the top D pairing during Markov’s prolonged absence.

      • slychard says:

        If they trade Subban for…Weber, lets say, I would be happy. The worst trade ever was the dumping of Chelios, followed by a nanosecond by the Roy dump. Actually it comes off as a tie. But Chelios was and should have been a hab for life. PK at this stage in the game does not come close to the loss of a Chelios, even if he did screw the GM’s beatch. It all comes down to them anyhoo.

        Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  47. H.Upmann says:

    Why are we still trying to get in the playoffs??? to save face??

  48. Rainrocket16 says:

    Great strong win tonight! Played 3 periods of Hockey. That is what we want, the results will fall where they may. Great to see Bourque score! And with all due respect, gomez has been hustling his tail off, he played more minutes and was more notice but he is trying, gotta give him that. Gorges was strong tonight, Eller was very impressive. Cole without a doubt is the best player on this team, liking him very much!

  49. Propwash says:

    The thing is, for the team to make the playoffs, they have to play playoff hockey from here on in, which in turn will burn them out way too early.

    That being said, I hope they can pull it off.

    Don’t let the wultures getcha.

    • cupdelusions says:

      I just have a short comment to make and that is- why is the Canadiens management running all over the west coast like chickens without their heads looking at hockey games? My thought is that Geoff Molson said to them go out and do some work thoroughly for a change! Don’t go off half cocked making ridiculous trades late getting Kaberle who the Canadiens are now locked into at 4,000,000+ a year!

      Now the combination of Gauthier and Gainey together thinking about possible trades, makes me very scared. And I think all of you should be scared based on their past record. If for example Subban was traded it would be a disaster in the future, as he will probably develop into one of the elite defenseman in the NHL. He is playing 25 min. a game generally and is thus being heavily overused.

      Tonight’s game against the leafs was very weird. The Toronto Maple Leafs were playing like Jaques Martin was coaching them-very little offensive burst, and very poor defensive zone coverage.

      I have always been down on Price, and predicted that the Leafs would beat us 4-1 tonight but I must say I was wrong. According to statistics Price gives up the first school 75% of the time- which is almost a league high. But the powder puff Toronto Maple Leafs tonight did not seem to have any offensive mojo.

      I still think, and the probability is, that the Canadiens will not make the playoffs. We definitely miss Brian GIONTA who despite his diminutive size, plays big and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas.

      I noticed our defense tonight did not give as much gap space to the offensive forwards; this is something I commented on after last game. Randy Cunneyworth also commented about the gap space being decreased tonight-maybe he read my comments.

      In fact the Canadiens seemed better prepared tonight in general. My complements to the coach!

      A canonnanding drive!!

  50. slychard says:

    Let’s compare the bandwagon to a chariot in that fantabulous race in the movie Ben Hur, the bandwagoners being, the extras of course, what happened to them you say? Their wagon wheels were shreaded by the bullies (big bad bruins, flyers, rangers, any other team in the NHL for that matter) sending them head over heels onto the race track and inspiring that Led Zeppelin classic song from physical graffity ” trampled under hoof” mince meat they became. Now who won the race? Charlton Heston. Who should he represent within this warped metaphor of mine which even I’m not sure where it goes? Is it the habs? Or the true fans like me and you. I’m hoping the habs become Ben Hur this season so we can forget the great rangers comeback of… 1869 for what it seems at this point.

  51. Timo says:

    February 5 – Gomer will go one calendar year without scoring a goal. I bet he will join some truly elite company.

    I love all the discussion about playoffs. All that math is too complicated for me to understand but I love the enthusiasm… the faith.

  52. nickster13 says:

    Sadly I think its too little too late, but win 5 in a row or something and ill change my mind. That’s fair isnt it?

    • HardHabits says:

      If the Habs won 8 of the next 10 they’d be in the hunt but at that point would still only be 9th or 10th. Major uphill battle. The loser point makes things look closer than they really are.

      The best way to look at the standings is games above or below .500 notwithstanding the over-time losses.

  53. Bill H says:

    Nice to see the win tonight. But let’s get something clear. The Habs are out of playoff contention. All the same, its good to see the positives that came with the win.

    I do hope the team goes on a tear soon. But not enough to contend for the playoffs. Just enough of a tear to enhance the value of the players that will be traded for picks and prospects.

    Then a good, high first round pick at the draft in June. And finally, come back in September with a solid team ready to compete.

    Sorry folks, but I’m just not very excited about anything more than that for the remainder of the season. Let’s be realistic.

    • Ton says:

      I think the spread between cup contenders and this years habs is not substantial. Look at how they played the Bruins last time. It was a good game and two lucky goals beat them. There not far off! This years team has had distractions, injuries, etc. Although I agree with you that the team needs to make some adjustments i will say its completes with so called cup contenders!

      • ffenliv says:

        There’s a critical flaw there, in my opinion, anyway. I don’t think the Habs played a good game against the Bruins; I think the Bruins laid an egg.

        How many times have we complained in the past about our boys playing down to the level of the competition? Well, this year, the Habs are one of those teams you play down to. You can tell this because of where we are in the standings, and how every opposition talks about us before the game ‘dangerous team’, ‘no easy wins’, etc.

  54. BKAK72 says:

    Spoiling a LEAFS playoff spot is a reasonable consolation prize for me.


  55. smiler2729 says:


    Jack Edwards is a clam

  56. Curtis O Habs says:

    The best part of the night was Bob Cole did the Winnipeg game!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Bob Cole would’ve made this game exciting (crap, he made a yawner in Wpg exciting, I watched the Shootout), he calls a lively game no matter the crap on the ice.

      Jim Hughson’s a robot.

      I love Bob Cole, he’s a connection to a fading past

      Jack Edwards is a clam

      • Jim Edson says:

        YA but he thought Winnipeg were the Laffs cuz they were wearing blue!

        He’s senile and clued out!

        What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

        In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

        They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

        ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

      • Curtis O Habs says:

        I`m sorry , but its play by play from the grave to me.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      His call on the shootout was awful:

      “Here comes XXXXXX, what will he do?!!……”

      (Shooter shoots)

      “…..He’ll do this!….”

      Mr. Cole is a fine gentleman who did some good work in his day, but it’s time for him to step down and give someone else a chance in his chair. More to the point, HNIC needs to make this decision for him.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


      • Jim Edson says:



        What does the Commissioner of the NHL do?

        In short, a league commissioner is the action man for the Board of Governors.

        They tell him what they want done and he works to make it happen through his subordinates while making sure that individual franchises play by the rules.

        ******** Translated if you haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 40 years your NHL team is becoming irrelevant in a sports mad city long behind MLB, NFL and NBA teams, you just tell the commissioner(who you gave a new contract at 7 plus million per) to make it happen and the rules are bent sufficiently to action the command.

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      Anything beats Jim Hughson and the rubberneck he has in the booth with him. I was glad when they’d cut to Healey for comments. Hell, I’d even rather listen to Zipperneck Gord Miller blabber on out of his depth in his best Ron Maclean “I know the players” imitation than Jim Hughson. The only play by play man in Canada worth listening to in ALL of hockey is Chris Cuthbert. The rest are rabble.

      Dear Mtl Canadiens,
      Please beat Boston to tie the season series. You are about to cost me three bottles of rum in a little over a year.

  57. shrack says:

    The boys have to take it one game at a time, one period at a time, one shift at a time…you get my point. Keep your head down and the pedal to the metal.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Agreed. Tonight was a setback but fortunately we didn’t lose any ground on NYI and Tampa. Even Columbus and Carolina managed a point. This one ain’t over.

      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  58. G-Man says:

    Reduced to being spoilers this early. Oh well.
    Laffs lose! Laffs lose!

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