About last night … Canadiens edge Canucks 2-1 in OT

The Canadiens will have to be better to salvage points in Alberta.

They nearly blew the Battle of B.C.

After outplaying the host Canucks over the game’s first 40 minutes, the Canadiens gave up a soft tying goal in the third period and needed Overtime heroics by Alex Galchenyuk and Paul Byron to grab two much-needed points.

NHL standings and stats strongly suggest this should have been the easiest game of the western Canada road trip.

The Canucks are rebuilding.

Unlike the Flames and Oilers – whom the Canadiens face Thursday and Saturday, respectively – Vancouver won’t make the playoffs. 

True to the form chart – and despite the early loss of Brian Flynn, which obliged Claude Julien to juggle his lines for the rest of the game – the Canadiens dominated the home team for long stretches of the first two periods.

Notwithstanding the home team’s late comeback, the Canadiens owned the game stats:

• They outshot Vancouver 38-28. Byron’s goal was the only shot either team recorded in OT.

• The Canadiens outhit Vancouver 18-15. Dwight King, Andrew Shaw and Steve Ott each had three hits. 

• Face-offs were 36-28 in favour of the visitors. Phillip Danault was a mind-blowing 20-8 on draws. Torrey Mitchell – in addition to scoring his first goal since the Obama Administration – was 5-2.

• Brendan Gallagher had eight shots – seven of which Ryan Miller had to stop.

• Max Pacioretty had six SoG.

• The Canadiens took only one minor penalty while drawing three calls.

The Canadiens should have scored more than once in regulation time. And it’s not like Miller stood on his head. The Canadiens just didn’t generate many Grade-A chances and were brutal on their power plays.

They’ll have to be better in Calgary and Edmonton.

And it’s a good bet they will be.

A characteristic of Claude Julien’s tenure has been swift attention to issues.

Alexei Emelin plays poorly against the Rangers and he’s a healthy scratch – for the first time this season – in Vancouver.

Emelin could be back in Calgary. But I thought Dman Brandon Davidson played a solid, if unspectacular, game against Vancouver.

The changes will be made up front.

Tomas Plekanec should be ready to play in Calgary, which means the Flynn injury won’t be damaging.

Alexander Radulov’s lower-body knack is a mystery. If he’s good to go on Thursday, I’d like to see Radu playing with Galchenyuk while the top line – Max Pacioretty, Danault and Gallagher – remains intact.

Radulov, Galchenyuk and the resurgent Artturi Lehkonen: That might be fun.

And on that happy speculative note, the Ol’ Blogger is hitting the hay.

I’m getting too old for west-coast hockey.

Argue among yourselves.

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Comment on the Liveblog by Habnormal:

Byron is all heart and a pleasant surprise since they picked him up on waivers. His speed reminds me of Russ Courtnell. You need guys like this to provide secondary scoring. I am really liking the way this team is playing right now and finding ways to win. Who knows, maybe they peak at the right time and catch fire. Maybe MB is right – just get in the playoffs and anything can happen. Habs were huge underdogs in PK’s rookie year yet they beat the Penguins and Caps. It could happen again. With a little luck you never know. Price is obviously the key.

And a long one from CJinBK:

Good win for the good guys. A goaltender battle; the game started pretty gently, but got exciting in the third. Price looked very Pricean, and the GAA reflects the quality of his play. Miller was no slouch either, and was only beaten by two clever deflections.

Stu Cowan said it during the second intermission, and I have also noted the definite increase in aggression by the Canadiens in their offensive and defensive zones. Habs’ defensemen are circling back behind their own net far far less than they used to, and as a result the team is spending a lot less time in their own zone. Turnovers in the neutral zone are usually quickly chased down, before opponents can get onside and into the zone. Giveaways had always been a nightmare under Therrien’s system, which seemed to involve passing the puck around in the defensive zone until there was a clear breakout.

Defensemen seem much more comfortable carrying the puck, and there is a lot more pinching. Nate Beaulieu, who many of us would have been happy to see traded before the arrival of Julien, has rediscovered his game. He looks confident out there, and while he still makes some bonehead mistakes, he more than makes up for them with exciting puck possession and offensive flair.

Speaking of puck possession… Bravo to the Habs for winning two games without their MVP so far this season. Radulov doesn’t need to be rushed back; the team is finding ways to win without his amazing puck control and vision for the open man. His work ethic seems to have rubbed off on Pacioretty and Danault.

Shaw had some Gallagheresque sorties, inspiring Gallagher to have some of his own. It was a joy to see Gallagher tearing around out there like we’re used to seeing. He’s a little snakebit, he’s a little frustrated, but it doesn’t seems as bad as earlier in the season. He brings his energy every time he steps on the ice, and the points will come.

On to Calgary, where the Flames are sitting comfortably in the first wild card spot. Will Price get the start again? I think you have to ride his hot hand, and let him fully replenish his mojo. Only 2 more back-to-backs for Montoya. I would keep Price in for the great majority of games unless the Senators fall behind. (Right now they’re keeping pace…)



  1. Habsone says:

    Does anyone else find that Beaulieu is making lots of errors lately??

    • krob1000 says:

      I thought he played very well last night….the one play in neutral zone he lost sigh of puck…but it was after being very involved, almost scoring down low and making Habs very dangerous for a bit….he also got upended pretty heavily right before that and looked out of breath ….pcuk then got flipped up and he wasn’t able to locate and they went down on 2 on 1….however, virtually every dman had errors last night…and do every game…heck markov?Weber had two really bad episodes in dying minutes. What people often don’t see is what is going on away from the puck and we watch our guys….most of the HAbs scoring chances are from opposition errors too….the game has evlolved into a game of mitakes…but as Habs fans we are watching for Habs mistakes…not seeing how our chances come to be

      • Lapointe says:

        Yeah I am not a huge Nate fan but I also thought he played quite well last night. He probably won’t ever score much though. Is it his lack of a very good shot or what ? He also is subject to really bad decisions at times. He looked the same in Junior when I was to the games. He was fairly productive though. His big seasons were 45 points. However CJ will know what to do. I am still not used to putting faith in the coach of this team. I do trust CJ to be that good solid coach and it is difficult to forget MT’s style and seemingly lack of personality. I didn’t like that guy from the first time around and was slowly losing my desire to even watch the team but now I am anxious to watch them.

    • adamkennelly says:

      I see Weber making a lot more obvious errors – not worse than Beaulieu but proportionally worse if that makes sense.

      • Lapointe says:

        Weber is not playing as consistent as he did early on there’s no doubt about that. He still makes the short pass and moves the puck quickly to a forward but he lacks the physicality that he was supposed to bring. I mean he is physical in a moderate way but the big hit isn’t really there at all. He tends to cross check in the back a lot. I didn’t see him play much before coming to our team but the hype was massive about how hard he was to play against. In that respect he is a bit disappointing. Anyhow I still think he is effective over all.

    • SteverenO says:

      @ HABSONE:

      Why are Beaulieu’s errors always highlighted? Have you not seen errors by Markov, Weber, Petry, etc.? Roman Jossi, made a turnover that cost his team a sure point last week (Byron’s goal with a few seconds left in regulation). Do you think he’s now playing on the third pairing?

      ALL NHL defencemen make mistakes, the more they carry the puck the more mistakes they make.

      When the season started Beaulieu played with Weber- During their time playing together (174 minutes at 5 on 5) the team has allowed ONLY Two goals against while scoring 9. That”s one goal allowed every 87 minutes of 5 on 5 hockey

      Compare to Markov/Weber together; They have played 140 minutes at 5 on 5 and during that span the team has allowed 6 goals , while scoring only 5. (One goal allowed every 23 minutes of 5 on 5 hockey)

      Does anyone REALLY believe that Beaulieu makes so many more mistakes (than Markov) that he is too much of a liability to play with Weber?
      How is this possible when the opponents have scored almost 4 times as frequently when Markov has been playing with Weber than with Beaulieu?


      Steve O.

      • Butterface says:

        Hi Steve O,

        Was wondering what the stats are for Galchenyuk or Radu being out of the line up and the Habs scoring goals.

        Maybe it is in my head, but we seem to score more goals when either Galchenyuk or Radu are out of the line up.

        Just wondering.

        If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • SmartDog says:

      Seems to me he is taking more risks offensively. Playing the kind of high-risk/high-reward game that Therrien hate. But Julien seems to be trying to get him to find his offensive game. And from what I’ve seen it’s coming together…. he can make the zone better than most forwards.

      The “H” stands for Hubris.

  2. B says:

    King seems to be a bigger but slower version of Weise. An effective bottom sixer who becomes less effective on the top lines and when he tries finesse rather than play to his strengths. He was in a situation he truly loved and with the team he most wanted to play for, but became too comfortable and was becoming too expensive forcing that team to part ways with him.

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • ebk says:

      He’s been good filling in on the top lines in LA for short stints but he’s a 3rd liner and a good one. The Habs have not seen anything close to his best yet. They(LA) needed salary room to add Iginla, otherwise he’s still be in Los Angeles.

  3. Bun E. Laroque says:

    King has played for the Habs for a week and everyone seems to have written him off. Not exactly a lot of time to get used to a new job, new team, new coach and new system. Watching the game last night it was clear that we are a better team with Plekanec and Radulov playing.

    • krob1000 says:

      ??? who has “written him off”? I see more posts saying he will get going once more time to acclimate then I do of anything else.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        There are some, it is to be expected here. There must always be a player with whom scorn can be poured upon. Of course there is also the issue wherein some don’t see the things a player like this does. As it doesn’t involve carrying the puck or picking corners with laser shots.

      • Bun E. Laroque says:

        Just reading the comments this morning there seemed to be a lot of complaints about his play. Perhaps I read the wrong cluster.

    • Butterface says:

      I think most of us can agree the team is better suited for the grind of the playoffs with the players MB brought in. The forwards we added are blunt instruments……

      King, Martinsen and Ott………. made Flynn and McCarron depth.

      We subtracted small, skilled players for size and grit for our bottom 6.

      We picked up sledge hammers at the expense of skill…can’t complain now if your sledge hammer doesn’t make sparkling plays.

      The team is better after these trades. The proof will be in the playoffs. Complain then.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  4. Rad says:

    Oh yeah, Dwight King. Fights for position at the front of the net. Digs out the puck in the corners for the shooters and goal scorers. Not a big hitter like Martinsen but will take the body whenever he can. Will occasionally score a dirty goal himself, the type you need in the playoffs. 6’4″ 232 lbs. on a team of smallish players and still only 28 yrs. old. Pretty good acquisition I’d say.

  5. SteverenO says:

    Happy with the new attitude on the team, but still some issues that need to be resolved:

    Huge problem is the Powerplay, and it’s extremely frustrating because the solution is obvious, and right in front of our noses:

    using these pairings: Weber/Markov & Beaulieu /Petry
    The Habs have scored 14 PP goals in 150 minutes – Approximately averaging one PP goal every 10.7 minutes:

    When paired this way; Weber /Beaulieu & Markov /Petry
    The Habs have also scored 14 PP goals however they have done it just 65 minutes – Approximately averaging one PP goal every 4.6 minutes:

    Faced with these FACTS, can anyone try to explain, or justify, the reluctance to switch the defense pairings on the PowerPlay?

    How many more times do we need to see Weber -Markov struggling to even get the puck into the offensive zone and set up the PP?

    Which of these two guys is even “supposed” to be the guy who carries the puck up the ice with speed?

    We have two back end PP units that work, have been incredibly successful, yet for some unknown reason we refuse to utilize them anymore.
    It’s nice to win regular season games, but if we don’t improve our PP success rate , our chances of advancing in the playoffs fall somewhere between slim and none…… unfortunately probably closer to the latter, than the former.


    Steve O.

    • Lafrich says:

      Love your stats Steve. In this case, however, I don’t even need the stats to know that those pairings would work better. Every other team gets into our zone easily, and that is because they have 2-3 options that can zip through the neutral zone, and/or be the trailer if necessary. Markov and Weber are not capable of this, whereas BOTH Petry and Beaulieu EXCEL at this. It is blatantly evident, and it is unclear to me why they are reluctant to do this. I do agree that once they are in the zone, Weber Markov are as good as any other pairing if not better, but half the battle is getting it into the zone (3/4 of the battle it seems like in the Habs’s case)…

    • Butterface says:

      Don’t mess with stats.

      I concur.

      Make it so.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • Oach61 says:

      Well the Booins won the cup with the worst power play going into and during the playoffs , with a coach named Julien !!!

      “GO HABS”

  6. Mavid says:

    A game well worth the late night..Price vs Miller..great goalie dual…on to Calgary…
    Things could get very interesting after next weekend…as previously indicated I am going to the game on the 18th, hope you all have been collecting that bail money..you know..just in case..
    The turds are playing well, and we always have a hard time with them, here is to hoping they drop a few..Go Dallas.

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  7. Danno says:

    Just wondering what Timo’s RAOK will be…


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  8. GenerationYHabs says:

    I really can’t believe how well Ottawa is doing. We’ve won 6 games IN A ROW and we still haven’t gained any ground on them. It really looks like the first place spot in the division and our season will come down to that 3 games in 8 days and nothing else.

    • careysubban3176 says:

      I think there will be some bad blood by the end of that 3 game mini series

      Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

      • Mavid says:

        I think the addition of the bigger bearded players will help our cause..Cement head is getting old..I could see him running away from Ott.. that would be a wonderful site to see..

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        • Don Birnam says:

          Yes! Plenty of Punch ups. Old School.

        • Lapointe says:

          I doubt you will see Neil run from anyone. I have read your posts often about Neil and how much of a coward or similar type word he is. I am not sure why some spout off those things about a player who has always stepped up for his team and literally has fought almost everyone of importance in the NHL. Perhaps a hate because of how good he really is using his unique talent makes you that way. I wish we had someone as good as he has been to discuss on occasion. So I guess keep on looking for him to run/skate away from Ott who hasn’t won a fight in years. Once he lets go of his stick he is not very useful.

          • Gerry Pigeon says:

            Neil doesn’t run, will fight any comers no matter how big, and can more than hold his own. Also adept at instigating/intimidating.

            Tough guy, more measured than Prust was, therefore has enjoyed longer career.

            Best we can hope for is to neutralize him. That’s better than it sounds, Habs are a better team, and removing Neil from the equation tilts the ice in their favour.

            Trade Carey for young offence.

          • Mavid says:

            I say that (its not spouting) because I have watched lots of games..maybe run was a bad choice of words, but he does pick and chose as to who he fights, usually when its a true heaveyweight, he waits till they are compromised, or near the end of their shift, for example Prust..jumps them from behind, then claims his victory by skating around flailing his hands in the air like the buffoon he is.. this to me is not a true fighter, nor does this make him tough. When he does fight its usually smaller players that he knows he can beat. No he doesn’t back down I will grudgingly give him that, but he only fights heavyweights at a fair fight when they come after him. I am not the only one who see’s this, there are even Sens fans who will secretly admit that the guy is a weasel. If you are OK with this kind of player, then all the power to you, nothing you have said has convinced me otherwise..he is a dink, and not worthy of the CH..

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    • Bun E. Laroque says:

      Not really a surprise. Norris winning offensive defenseman, clever head coach, very good goalie. A bunch of other people I can’t stand.

    • BC (Because of the Cats) says:

      Like it or not, the Senators are having a very solid season. Their percentage of games won is slightly higher than ours, and they’ve had no prolonged slump. They also have the advantage that Anderson has not played much this season, so will be fresh for the playoffs.

      “We gotta lotta dep.”

      • Mavid says:

        First they have to make the playoffs

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  9. GuyDoon says:

    I’m on the west coast and I have to admit it’s a bit weird to watch a game that starts at 7:00PM Pacific Time. It uses my whole night! 🙂

    There’s two main reason for tighter games after the TD and into the POs:
    1 – Every game is so important
    2 – The zebras stop calling the infractions. Last night’s game was ridiculous what the players were getting away with!

    And number two is why you need a bigger team to win the cup.

  10. Old Bald Bird says:

    Regarding trades and personalities, I was traded (or transferred) once from one school to another: from the city school where I had been comfortable, to a country school which was different. I had a commute, different sorts of students, and a department head who was later jailed for attempted murder, so that first year was tough. I saw it more as being turfed than being wanted although the latter was more the case and the turfing part was strictly a numbers and seniority game.

    What I am saying is that it was tough on me mentally, I’m sure it was partly because I am an introvert and an upheaval into a whole new environment was not easy.

    It sounds like Mr King might be having a similar reaction. He’s human after all.

    After the first year, I had a great experience there, and I am very glad that it happened. Who knows what Kings future might be?

    • bwoar says:

      Whenever I change cities the biggest challenge has been getting a reliable hook up who isn’t sketchy as hell. I’ve always wondered if NHL players had that problem.

      So for instance, R.B. Player get traded, brings his monster hip checks to his new town but loses all his previously sterling connections for pre-game crank. How exactly does he bring it up with teammates or trainers or next door neighbours that he needs a bump before playing 9 minutes of hockey?

      That’d be a problem for me, too. Just throwing it out there.

      • Don Birnam says:

        Yes. Like getting 86’d from your regular Saloon.
        Just go around the block on a walkabout,nipping into other watering holes for comfort and before you know it,you’re back where you started.
        The Circle amigo,The Circle.

    • Luke says:

      The guy, effectively, was just fired AND transferred (by the guys who fired him) to a new company in a new Country.

      Yah, I could see how someone may not be overjoyed.

  11. Timo says:

    Hey Calgary Steven, if you’re not going I can. I don’t have an issue with your former CIO and CFO:)

    • Calgary Steven says:


      We should have a coffee or an adult beverage some time.

      Every other week I play at a session at the Joyce on 4th (18th is next).

      • Timo says:

        Play as in play in the band? Joyce is in the Mission, if I recall correctly.

        Adult beverage is always good. 18th may work.

        Just keep in mind I am a total lightweight now when it comes to adult beverages. Front would be ashamed of me.

        • Don Birnam says:

          Cousin Front always had good things to say about you amigo.
          He said you have great potential.

        • Calgary Steven says:

          I play bodhran (Irish drum), but that’s not my main instrument. Just nice to be out with some friends at a session. I can’t do too much damage on percussion.

          And… I’m not the partying me that used to close the clubs on Bishop. Besides – those clubs are gone too.

  12. careysubban3176 says:

    Arizona just needs to relocate period. I wish they would move to Quebec City. For the Habs sake, they would be forced to compete with them for money purposes which would in turn hopefully propel management to finally eliminate the necessity of a GM/head coach who speaks french (only hinders the hiring process) and also force the organization to go out and sign those star free agents they never go after. The habs as a whole would greatly benefit a return to Quebec City. Instead of just worrying about making the playoffs from a revenue standpoint, they would be forced to compete with another team.

    Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

    • FenceSurfer says:

      I was going to slightly counter argue you for the sake of it, but your avatar spellbinded moi.

    • myron.selby says:

      The requirement for the head coach to speak french is NEVER GOING AWAY!!!! It’s the language of a huge part of the fan base that actually attends all those extremely costly (read profitable) games. They expect to be able to hear the coach speak about the team in their first language and will be catered to.

      As for all us non-Montreal-living anglo fans – get used to it, continue to whine endlessly about it, or find another team to cheer for.

      As for changing the way they pursue free agents – that makes no sense whatsoever. Bergevin is always pursuing any that he thinks will make the team better. The thing about being a free agent is that the word “free” means that the player can actually sign wherever they choose. Some pick Montreal, most don’t.

      • careysubban3176 says:

        I would like to think fans would rather see another Stanley Cup Banner than a person who is bilingual but that is just me.

        However, the Habs as an organization have NEVER gone out when there was a free agent in their prime and paid them the big bucks because why would you spend money on someone when you know you can field a team who can consistently make the playoffs but never good enough to go all the way (which has been fine by management for 2 decades). this has been the mantra for this organization in hopes they have one magical season that produces a Cup but knowing that they will never be a dynasty like they once were.

        Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

        • myron.selby says:

          They have pursued any number of these. If you look at the numbers I’m sure you’ll find that the Habs sign as many high profile free agents as any other team.

          A few things to take into account:

          – very few top players ever actually go to free agency (or not until they’re well past their prime at least)
          – there are 30 teams, which means that if Montreal signs every 30th high profile free agent they’re doing about the same as all the other teams (I’d say Radulov is their evidence for the next 29 free agents)
          – quite often the top free agent players are egregiously overpaid. They destroy the chances of the team signing them by using up far more of the cap than they actually contribute.
          – the contracts are often far too long so that these guys become boat anchors for the last x number of years. They have to be bought out (huge cap hit) or continue to play using cap space without adding anything.
          – the Habs spend to the cap or very close to it every year. To suggest that they aren’t willing to spend money is simply wrong. It is simply a question of how to best spend the money.
          – They spend far more off ice than ever before. Bergevin – with Molson’s blessing – has beefed up every department from scouting to coaching and player development.
          – The team makes a lot more money the farther they go in the playoffs so there is a huge financial incentive to ice the most competitive team they can.

          Given all this what possible motivation could there be to do anything less than the best they can to win? You can certainly argue that they haven’t been particularly successful at it, but to suggest that it is due to deliberate policy as opposed to lack of competence simply doesn’t add up.

          • sevenman says:

            Hey. Full-time reader and less than part-time poster here.

            That was well said. Great post.


      • Old Bald Bird says:

        They had better look for a talented, rising star francophone coach and develop him then.

    • joeybarrie says:

      The NHL is very uncertain that Quebec City can successfully keep a team viable and profitable. 800k is the population compared to 4.5million in Pheonix. The attendance numbers are similar to when they moved the Nordiques.
      The fan base in Quebec will certainly be move interested. However, there is still a number of concerns there.

      I don’t agree that it will increase competition here. I think in Montreal competition couldn’t get any higher. Whether it be the Leafs, Bruins or anyone… The city and team want to win more than anywhere I have been.

  13. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I spoke yesterday about the Coyotes situation. I also posted the letter from Gary Bettman, begging the state to support the franchise in staying by asking them to build a new hockey rink:

    I’ll just repost it in case ppl. here did not read it: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3512252/NHL-Commissioner-Gary-Bettman-Letter-on-Glendale.pdf

    Like I said yesterday, there are 3 cities willing to step in and ask for an NHL franchise. They are Quebec City, Seattle, and Hartford.

    François Gagnon of RDS spoke about this on the Morning Show on TSN690.

    Honestly, the Seattle prospect will be a possible expansion and both Carolina and Florida will be re-evaluated along with Arizona within the next 5-10 years.

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Just to add: if Gary Bettman wants the franchise to either move to Seattle, or move to Phoenix and not go back to Glendale, this is not a good business decision moving forward. I don’t see a viable investment for a hockey team in the desert.

    • 100HABS says:

      Two things, his name is Claude Julien, not Clod Julien. I wish anglo reporters at least made an effort (my middle name is Claude… so I’m a little sensitive about that).

      Thing two: I don’t think it’s just CJ’s style, I think Price is playing better. He’s standing up more – he actually made a save last night on that high blocker side while he was still standing. He hasn’t done that since October. Might be the 5-day break, might be the new positive outlook CJ brought in, hell, it might be that the baby has been sleeping nights! But I think Price’s play of late has been up to Pricean standards in large part because of himself, not just the new system.

  14. Calgary Steven says:

    ARGH! [insert additional inarticulate utterances of rage and frustration]

    Company Owner: “Hey, we know you love the Habs, and we have been invited to (anonymous partner’s) box to try and schmooze a client. Wanna go?

    Me: You have to ask?

    Company Owner: “The client we’re trying to land is your ex employer.”

    Me: … Blink

    Company Owner: Yeah, Phil Atelist (The CIO) and Ann Ominous (The CFO) will be there. (Context: They made life living hell for me for a number of years)

    Me: … Blink

    Company Owner: You don’t look so healthy, what’s the matter?

    Me: … Will there be cutlery in the box?

    Upshot? I am not going.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Ugh, not a great scenario indeed. Sorry to hear Steven.

    • veryhabby says:

      lol….that bad eh, that you would pass up a Habs game?

      • Calgary Steven says:

        Let’s put it this way, they gave me money to go away and not sue them. It would have been a wash after legal fees.

        We want to win this deal, my presence there would not be conducive to that, although I would enjoy renting space in their heads.

    • 100HABS says:

      Ah com’on! You can just ignore them, how could you possibly pass that up? Being in a box is so much fun. Arrive just before the game, sit your butt in the far corner with a beer and enjoy!

      • Calgary Steven says:

        Oh, I can ignore them. I betcha they can’t ignore me! The last time I saw one of them they couldn’t look me in the eye. I am in a far better place now.

        But you know what? They don’t deserve to see the Habs, they should have been invited to see the Leafs instead. Then I could have not gone and felt better about not going.

        Did that even make sense?

        • 100HABS says:

          To wish on bad people for them to see the Laffs, instead of the Habs makes sense, yes.

          And for you to feel better about not going to a Laffs game than not going to a Habs game also makes sense.

    • New says:

      Good decision.

      There is zero upside for your company, the box rights holder, or for you.

    • Danno says:

      Being turned down by an avid Habs fans for free tickets in a box section is the supreme insult.

      Well played Cal!

      And welcome to the Wiserhood (insert golf clap here)


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  15. Don Birnam says:

    Unleash The Mutt!

  16. Outeast says:

    Anyone who thinks playing sluggish on the west coast because of the time change is just an excuse needs to travel a bit… Sometimes I actually think some fans think the players are machines. Do you think it’s a coincidence that eastern teams on Western trips generally do poorly? Are they all just making excuses? Wake up man.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Your last sentence is ironic.


    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Goes both ways, Western teams have just as much trouble playing east coast road swings. Should all games start at 10 pm ET to suit their internal clocks?

      West coast teams put more miles on over the course of a season than East coast teams, and I’d argue playing earlier on your internal clock is harder than later. Think about West coast teams that come east, then play an afternoon game! It’s like playing at 10 am for them.

      Born and raised in Ontario, moved to BC twelve years ago for work, I used to fly east for meetings and get the 8 am slot for presentations courtesy my boss. Such a considerate soul. He’d fly east to visit our office, then beg off at 3 pm, cause he was tired…poor baby.

      Trade Carey for young offence

  17. HabinBurlington says:

    So moving a team 16km’s is the breakpoint for success in Arizona, good to see Bettman feels the taxpayers of Arizona just need to build one more brand new arena for hockey to take off in that State.

    Wonder how the original owner of the Yotes feels about Bettmans recent heelturn with Glendale now being the problem.

    Sounds to me like Bettman is closer to a deal with Seattle and is now setting the table for the move.


    • FenceSurfer says:

      16 km must equal 298 miles…right?

      I moved to the US a year after the Canadian Metric conversion so I never got used to it.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Bettman, as usual, sounds like a mobster lawyer.


    • Danno says:

      Bettman is a rat-faced weasel. SAD!


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    • New says:

      Almost like Phoenix and the NHL take turns poking the twitching franchise with a stick to see if taxpayer dollars spit out.

      Without the municipality forking over funding by direct intervention or circuitous contracting of management the only reason I think the franchise exists there if the will of the NHL governors to pay for it.

      I think the problem with Seattle is they are now talking privately funded multi-purpose facility. On the face of it that sounds nice but if business even suspects some level of government can be sucked into building all or part of it for them those negotiations will drag on for years.

      Arizona it is because the NHL already broke into that taxpayer bank.

    • bwoar says:

      Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe…. I love how Winnipeg has lost and regained the Jets (who are profitable) in the time the NHL has fumbled around losing other peoples’ (taxpayer) money maintaining this desert idiocy. No other league would so greasily carry a team because the commish was so desperate to be right. The little twerp just can’t publicly admit the entire shipshow was a mistake.

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Bettman is trying all he can to make the Coyotes stay in Arizona State. However, he does realize they DO NOT want an NHL team there. Bettman also know he’s trying to save both the Hurricanes and the Panthers. Long term, I’m looking at moves to be made.

  18. bwoar says:

    Also, John Garrett picking Miller for the first star? Over the top, even for these bozos.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      John Garrett is a strange dude, just gives me the creeps for some reason.

      • bwoar says:

        Normally can’t stand him.. but he says funny stuff when they do those in game commercials…. Huson was announcing for some kind of frozen pizzas and Garrett says “hummmmmmm……. they’re still good with ketchup.”

        The only goalies I want on TV are in front of the nets on the ice.

      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        John Garrett is the ultimate homer, and he doesn’t even know it.

        Trade Carey for young offence

  19. SmartDog says:

    There’s some criticism of King below. Okay, he’s not the fastest out there but here are positives I see:
    – he’s a battler who uses his size well
    – he finishes his checks
    – he is smart with the puck
    – he is quick to come back and play D
    – he reads the play and plays position

    Also, if I recall correctly he’s more of a defensive guy being used currently by CJ to add some size to the top 6 because of injuries. So he’s not normally going to be playing with Chucky and Lehkonen. Not his role. His role should be a big-body player who digs pucks out of corners, is smart with his decisions and overall play, and who is quick to play D. That’s what I see.
    The “H” stands for Hubris.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      If he was a car he’d be a 15 year old Camry.


      • bwoar says:

        OH my goodness. You may scoff but I like having big forwards who can win their puck battles in the corner. I agree that he could stand to make the D pay a little bit more, but a lot of hyperbole around his game last night.

        Anyone who thinks King is that slow must have no hope for McCarron, who makes King look spry.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I’m amazed how quickly some folks here know exactly how bad a new player is. King is the one player of all acquired who left the best situation and was shocked.

          What he can offer the team when he has bought in should be well worth the draft pick. I’m hopeful the road trip is perfect for helping him accept the trade and use this opportunity to get a good contract somewhere in the NHL next season.

    • Slack says:

      King hasn’t impressed me either… He was a player i was watching intently last night and he seemed a tad lost. I still have high hopes for him. Once he gets settled in I have no doubt he’ll be a valuable third liner who can move up in case of injury

      • SmartDog says:

        Based on how he reacted to the trade you could see King taking the longest to adjust to the team. The other players were all excited. King was in shock. No knock on him. Human factors are part of the game and he seems a really down to earth, family, and home-loving type of guy. I would think he’ll feel more comfortable with his new “other family” in a couple of weeks and that might boost his game a bit. That said, I don’t think he’s played bad at all. I see real positives in his play. He certainly adds physicality to the forecheck. He gets into the zone quickly and shakes up the D, and fights really well along the wall.

        The “H” stands for Hubris.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Agree SD, he had it pretty good. Playing on a 2 time Cup Champion team in California with his young family settled in. I doubt he saw this coming. Numbers game and he got caught up in it.

          I like the type of player he is and what he can do for us. Last night he was asked to play way up in the lineup for us. Ideally I like him on our 3rd line.

    • marvin20 says:

      that is an accurate assessment.

    • veryhabby says:

      Well I didn’t see the game cause it was blackout in my region. So going on 1 game I did see King….he is another good bottom 6 player. We knew we gave up offensive small players for defensivee big bodies. so I won’t complain that he isn’t keeping up with Chuck, when that should never be his role.

      Also lets not forget that these players are humans lol. He was NOT expecting to move. He is a 27 yr old who had to leave his wife and 2 kids behind. (one kid is 4 yrs old, hum that means he has a kid at 23, pretty young) But hey maybe a family man is the type of guy he is and now he is in French Canada with a new team where he knows no one, and missing his family. And trying to figure out what his role is on his new team.

      Unlike Benn who said he was packed and off to MTL in an hour, as he had nothing to take care of outside of asking his bro to take his dog for awhile.

      Give the new guys a little time. Now I am one who didn’t see the need for 3- big bodied bottom 6 guys. But they are here now, let them bring what they can.

  20. FenceSurfer says:

    Listening to 690 with that Barechel (however you spell his name) actor from MTL. He’s spinning his Goon 2 flick. I hope it’s better then the first one cause it really sucked.

    • marvin20 says:

      I actually didn’t mind it. But I also watched late at night during a midnight shift.

    • GenerationYHabs says:

      I actually really enjoyed the first one. It wasn’t going to win any awards and it certainly wasn’t the funniest movie of all time, but it had a certain charm to it that I liked. Plus they don’t make too many movies centered around Hockey so I’ll take what I can get.

      • FenceSurfer says:

        It was no Slap shot that’s for sure but no Hockey flick can match Paul Newman headlining with the Hansen brothers. Pure classic and best hockey flick ever.
        That said, watching the first goon I saw similarities in the settings and feel but was greatly disappointed as the movie progressed and was left with a stale taste. It was a flat flick in my book.
        That said, again, I like Baruchel (spelling) and hope his MTL upbringing and directing debut brings this one to the bank.

        Afterasll we can’t have enough hockey flicks.


    • Puck Bard says:

      The trailer looks awful. I’d rather watch Slapshot again. Or any of Les Boys, or The Sweater 10 times in a row.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It’s hard to give any movie credibility when the lead actor is Stiffler.

    • SmartDog says:

      Funny story about Elisha Cuthbert and Phaneuf though.

      The “H” stands for Hubris.

    • Danno says:

      It was worse than bad. It had a lot of not funny sexist, racist and homophobic jokes. I am also stumped as to why they would do a sequel.


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    • veryhabby says:

      I saw the commercial and looked at my hockey kid and said…who in the world would go spend money on that movie? He said “me and my friends”.

      Ok ….never even knew there was a 1st Goon movie. Guess teen boys who play hockey may be interested.

  21. CaptainHabs13 says:

    Ever a dark outlook in ALN.

    Where else could you go to find someone declare we are playing poorly on a 6 game win streak.

    Look at CP31’s numbers since the coaching change. That should be reason enough for a positive outlook.

    The Good – 6 in a row
    The Bad – Staying up til 10pm before the puck even dropped
    The Ugly – That hit on Flynn. Bone cruncher

    • SmartDog says:

      Yah that hit on Flynn was like cracking a brazil nut with a hammer (childhood experience). If you don’t hit it just right, it slips out. But he was perfectly square to the glass and the hitter and the hit came fast and straight on. Ouch.

      The “H” stands for Hubris.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Since year 2K the Habs have a record of 4 Wins and 11 Losses in Vancouver, while sporting a record of 8-4-1 in Montreal.

      Getting a Win in Vancouver is a good thing, especially when missing Plex, Mitchell very sick during the game and losing a winger early.

      May not have scored points for stylistic play, but a win in B.C. is good.

    • bwoar says:

      I agree entirely with this. I guess staying up late gave the ol’ Blogger a case of the cranks, and maybe the 3rd period really dragged in out of him, but as they say, “pas d’excuses”, the tone of this recap is overly dour.

      I saw two teams playing each other particularly tight, especially in the neutral zone and at the tops of each side just inside the blueline. In other words, playoff hockey. That’s exactly what that looks like. Two goalies stopping everything and beaten only on deflections? Check. Road team fighting through injuries? Check. Late goal to tie the game? Check. C’mon, that’s playoff hockey.

      I didn’t think King was as bad as I’m reading, I mean, did anyone seriously think he’d be a dyn-o-mite second liner? Martensen & Ott had quieter nights and I don’t see much burble here about it.

      It’s great to see Andrew Shaw play so well – he tends to key the line he’s on regardless of his mates.

      If I had any complaint it’s that AG27 ain’t ever gonna be a centre with his lack of engagement inside his own blue line. At his age the “young player” excuse is pretty lame. It’s pretty obvious he wants to be the Pacioretty waiting up ice for the breakout pass and is only making a token appearance to “chase, hunt, peck, seal, chomp” or whatever it is CJ has ’em calling it.

      The Zone D is working nicely, thanks coach.

      Danault is killing it in the dot, too. Forget Galchenyuk, if Steve Ott can teach the kid a couple more tricks he could be that reliable guy for key faceoffs.

      6 in a row, looking good despite the ALN.

      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        Chucky’s starting to remind me of Yashin.

        Has what he needs to excel, except between the ears.

        Funny, Gally and Chucky were roommates on the road, you’d think Chucky would learn something about effort carrying a player to a good contract, and through the lean times, when fans rightfully cut Gally some slack for not scoring with a twice broken hand in two years.

        Chucky hurts his knee, has been shifted from wing to center and back repeatedly, scores in OT again and again, but still gets the backhanded comments, all because we see he can do more. If we, the great unwashed can see it, doesn’t he think the coach and GM can see it too?

        Trade Carey for young offence.

    • New says:

      Tone is so important to what people think. I found the game entertaining. If Petry was in Vancouver (take that either way) and Chaput had been on Montreal, baffled Petry by going around the net, and set up six feet in front of the goalie to perfectly deflect a puck into the net, I would expect to hear how it was another perfect setup. Instead it is a soft goal. Really?

      Nothing about Vancouver taking that third over, about the Price heroics even into the dying half second, nothing positive other than expecting Julien to get it fixed. And implication.

      Last night in the NHL there were 9 games. At least six of those games, 2/3rds, were decided by 1 goal or an empty netter made it a 2 goal spread in the last seconds. That is the NHL today. It behooves Montreal to win those 1 goal spread games. Good on them for doing it in Vancouver’s barn where Vancouver was 18-10-4 until last night – hardly a pushover.

      One of the things Julien noted needing fixing was confidence. I wonder why that is?

  22. Butterface says:

    I was pretty high last night, but I thought the bubbles were taking over the fuzzy hippos.

    So we got that going for us.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  23. adamkennelly says:

    are we criticizing the new players already?

    • krob1000 says:

      I have liked play of all of them…but I think King is still not really immersed mentally yet… 2 cups in LA, new young family in LA, shocked at trade, UFA at end of year and only org he has ever known is LA ….it is sort of expected…but he needs to use his size and finish his checks

    • Butterface says:

      We were critiquing them before they laced up their skates.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  24. PK says:


    Timo calls first on the last thread.
    Danno takes the pass and puts it in the top corner, this am.

    Best play of the game.

  25. Mmmich says:

    We really need Ottawa to lose a game here. We’ve won 6 in a row and Ottawa is still only 6 points behind with 3 games in hand. I’d feel more comfortable if they were playing a better team than Dallas tonight, but you never know. Anything can happen. Someone could develop a microfracture and change the course of the game.

  26. thesenator18 says:

    King needs to take shorter shifts.

  27. DipsyDoodler says:

    There’s a thing in science called the confirmation bias, which is a tendency to interpret results in a way that confirms your hypothesis.

    I thought of this reading CJinBK’s conclusion that Julien is finally allowing Habs’ defencemen more freedom to be aggressive.

    Because that is exactly what they are saying
    in Boston about their new coach! How he loosened the reins on the defensemen.

    ” The difference in the offensive end has been striking – especially with the aggressiveness from the Bruins’ defensemen. In just three games under Cassidy, Bruins defensemen have scored a combined four goals. They had scored five goals in their previous eight. There have been several plays by Bruins defensemen that would have given former head coach Claude Julien a heart attack on the spot”


    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Maybe all this has to do with the tenure status of the coach. Julien was at the exit door in Boston so he was less likely to accept errors from young players. He walks into here with a monster 5 year deal is able to more lenient with younger players. Also CJ owes nothing to the vets here unlike in Boston where they won a Cup for him. Just a theory…

      • marvin20 says:

        I would agree with that theory.. With Julien’s contract he has a lot of power, plus what ever agreement Julien has with MB, before he took the job

      • SmartDog says:

        The coaching equivalent of squeezing your stick. Julien needed wins in Boston. Here he needs to foster camaraderie and confidence.

        The “H” stands for Hubris.

  28. Timo says:

    Thanks for the First, Danno.

  29. DipsyDoodler says:

    The Kings are in the playoff hunt and they dumped Dwight King for a 4th. Tells you something.


    • marvin20 says:

      they needed to make room for iginla. I hope King works out. I think Julien will get the most out of him. I think coming the east has put King out of his comfort zone (speed and skating). Reminds me a little of DSP.

      • Timo says:

        King has not impressed. He looks slower than McCarron.

        • marvin20 says:

          being traded to the east may have exposed a weakness. I have high hopes for this guy. I hope he can turn it around.

          • krob1000 says:

            He is also being played one and maybe even two lines higher than he should be…that doesn’t help either…he isn’t exactly going to be thinking the game offensively at Chucky level…and isn’t going to keep up with Lehkonen….he does help them in own end though…but when everyone healthy he needs to be on 3rd or 4th

    • krob1000 says:

      Of all the new acquisitions he is the only one who doesn’t seem to have jumped right in comfortably….and on paper he should be the best of them. He had to abruptly leave his family on the West Coast and seemed hurt by his trade….I was hoping that would turn into an “I’ll show you” type of attitude…he seems to be not really just going through the motions but not really going all out either if that makes sense….he has more to give and I am hoping it is just the initial shock/separation,etc and not that he is trying to stay healthy or thinking about leaving…anyways…really hope he uses his size and at least takes the hits that are there…he has turned down some gimme hits for whatever reason….feel for the guy seemed his heart was in LA…but this team needs him to get into it…

    • 100HABS says:

      I would have taken Iginla myself.

    • Mmmich says:

      King was a beast in the playoffs one of the years the Kings won. I remember noticing him constantly when he was on the ice.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      What does it tell us? Would love to hear. I’m assuming it has nothing to do with making the necessary capspace so they could add Iginla whom they hope can rekindle goal scoring touch for a playoff run.

      It must be I’m assuming that King was actually a terrible player for L.A. and they finally ridded themselves of that onerous contract?

  30. ProHabs says:

    What is therrien doing these days anyway. He is keeping a low profile for sure.

    • marvin20 says:

      He is most likely on vacation spending time with his family. That’s what I would be doing if I was in his situation

    • Clemenza says:

      Lets just say Roch Voisine is safe and sound on his upcoming tour of Northern Quebec strip malls this spring.

    • Mmmich says:

      This guy you speak of is most likely having the best time of any of us, somewhere in the south of France, or in Aruba. He’s on a beach smoking cigars and drinking champagne with his family and collecting his paycheques.

      He’ll be back one day, but I am sure he feels no rush.

    • Timo says:

      Probably making trips to the bank with a uuge smile on his face.

  31. Clemenza says:

    another well played game by the Habs despite a tough stretch in the 3rd.
    Just one of the new changes I love is knowing this team will win and lose based on the performance of the players. Period.
    With a competent, respected man behind the bench like Julien, we don’t have to wonder what part of every loss was due to the system of an unlikable buffoon stuck in 1996.

  32. 100HABS says:

    On D: I’d rather see Emelin than Davidson. He seemed nervous and didn’t show any particular skill. No offensive, no great speed, no hard hits… He missed his coverage a couple times and had turnovers. This is why Petry had less TOI, because Julien didn’t trust 88 either and Petry was paired with him.

    In other D news, Weber is looking good lately: +3 in recent games taking him to a respectable +13 on the season.

    • marvin20 says:

      Davidson is only a depth defenceman, and he cost nothing to get. He will be a quality depth player down the stretch

    • Cal says:

      Davidson playing was a kick aimed in the direction of Emelin’s butt. He’s been playing bad hockey for weeks. Julien has steadily reduced his ice time until finally giving him a view from the press box. He’s the only Dman that hasn’t benefited from Julien’s defensive system change.
      Big hits are nice, but if the rest of your play is pretty crap it’s time to sit down and reevaluate how you play and work on it.

      • marvin20 says:

        I agree, Emelin has to play the game a certain way in order to be successful. I have said this before, but Emelin needs play a simple physical game. He needs to hit clean, but hit to hurt. Emelin’s style is tough to perform consistently for 80 games. Your body has to always be 100% in order to play his style, which is impossible.

  33. Cal says:

    The Hab forward with the most TOI last night? Shaw, with 22 minutes. He was a hound on the puck all night.

    • 100HABS says:

      CJ is trying to turn Shaw in the Montreal Rat. He seems to know how to deal with guys like Shaw… and Marchand. Who would have expected 4 years ago that Marchand would be collecting as many points as he has?

      Hopefully Shawsy keeps listening and keeps playing the way he did last night. I thought he was our best forward.

    • marvin20 says:

      that explains why it quiet here today. With DD gone Emelin benched, and Shaw playing well……….The big question is who is the new scape goat? Also with the team winning the nellies are in their “fox holes”

      Need a amber alert for all nellies LMAO

  34. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’m glad I didn’t pay a lot of money to see that.

    It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain

  35. rhino514 says:

    I find it funny how this year when the team was slumping there was not one mention by the coach or anybody about how “this tough stretch that we are going through will make us all stronger and better for it” like we kept hearing last year.

  36. GenerationYHabs says:

    All things considered, I think they played a really solid road game last night. We were something like 2-11 in the last 13 games in Vancouver? I’ll take those 2 points happily, pretty or not.

  37. dickanddanny says:

    Habs played well until the third period when they reverted to being the ‘old’ habs and they couldn’t get out of their own end. Nucks d men simply pinched in and their forwards fore checked hard and no one on the Habs could clear the zone. Nucks kept getting good scoring chances and finally one went in for them.

    Our boys looked tired by the third period, so late night games are hard on everyone from the east it appears. You could tell our forward lines were suffering and somewhat ‘off’ due to the many injuries and line shuffling.

    Hopefully Radulov and Pleks are back by Thursday game.

    It was a nice two points but we can’t continue to do this every game. The Ranger win aside every other game lately has been an OT win. Price has been a big part of each of those wins.

    “back to you Dick”

  38. Cal says:

    I stayed up for the whole thing. Early in the first, Flynn looked like he had his shoulder separated. So much for 4 balanced lines. After Mitchell scored on his deflection, he didn’t return until the start of the 2nd.
    In spite of being 2 players down, the Habs dominated. It just wasn’t the same kind of masterful performance we saw against the Rags.
    Galchenyuk rose to the occasion, but there’s a bit of an anchor on his line named King. (I think King needs one to deflect in off his butt or something to get him going.) Still, it was good to see Alex send that puck Byron’s way for the 3rd deflected goal of the night.

    Davidson was all right on the night. A couple of errors, but none too egregious or of the mind boggling variety.

    Overall, an effective effort considering the missing hands on deck and the Habs didn’t stop trying to score. They just weren’t very good at it last night because Miller was solid.

  39. I_Am_Second says:

    I don’t know how the tying goal was “Soft”!
    It was a chest high stick deflection. Nothing soft about that at all.
    Price played a very good game …

    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”

  40. rhino514 says:

    2 questions:
    Gallagher had 8 shots, was he just snakebitten or were his shots weak/indicative of a weak hand? Anyone who watched the game can say?
    Petry played less minutes than usual, was he injured?

    • Alvin says:

      Gallagher let some wicked shots go. Ryan Miller ain’t no slouch in nets. If Petry played less really didn’t notice it. May have been that Benn and Beaulieu had some time added to their game ?

    • Cal says:

      Petry had a so-so game. Gallagher hasn’t been the same since his 1st hand injury. The 2nd makes it worse. He had 1 decent snapper that Miller used his shoulder to deflect out of the rink, but nothing else noticeable. He is going back to the net more often, though, and that’s where he’ll get his points.

      • Strummer says:

        I agree that Gallagher’s hand injuries have robbed him of his shooting ability.
        The last goal he scored on the weekend was a wrap-around which doesn’t require as much wrist action more of a stuffing motion.

        -Some folks really have trouble letting go of stuff, eh?-

    • 100HABS says:

      Petry played less because he was paired with 88 – who had a bad game IMO. I would much rather have Emelin in. Whenever 88 was on the ice, I was nervous.. because you could tell HE was. He made some mistakes, he missed coverage.. doesn’t seem very fast or very hard. He’s still young, maybe next year.

  41. habs001 says:

    NB28 is a very good skater and can skate the puck out of his zone…he still has to improve in his D zone play…But his skills dont translate to scoring goals(5 in 212 games) …he does not have the natural offensive instincts in the oppositions zone…

    • Coach K says:

      He may not be a pure offensive type like Karelsson but he’s turning into a pretty handy guy to skate the puck in on the PP. He’s already more composed and all around more solid than Petry (and unlike Petry for example, hasn’t yet peaked) plus he’s far better at holding the blueline than Weber.

      His defensive game is steadying since the arrival of Big Benn as well.
      Lots of upside there.

      -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
      (James Lane Allen)

    • The Gumper says:

      I can like/not like N8’s game in the same game, hell, frequently on the same shift.
      Unfortunately, he has Ferrari wheels coupled with a Yugo brain.
      Can’t have everything I guess…

  42. Arnold 56-79 says:

    Man, was it fun to be amongst do many Hab fans at a road game! I was at the California games where there were respectable Hab numbers but nothing like here! Lots of great conversation with older and younger alike.

    Got to give props for those of you who only remember 1993, 1986 or even no Cup memories. You weren’t spoiled by the yearly parades, decades of dynasties and half a dozen HOF players every year. Keep the faith!

    Habs played a very disciplined, low intensity game. Line after line went out and did their jobs efficiently. Miller was really good. Price was excellent the last ten minutes. Habs seemed to wilt. I was sitting behind the net, and had a great view of the Mitchell goal. Nice deflection. Gallagher was really visible and feisty. Ott and Shaw brought the sandpaper. Davidson is big, a little clumsy but has a long reach and clears the net. Respectable first game, but need a bigger sample size.

    On the way out I passed the Sportsnet panel setting up for their postgame show. I took my phone out and snapped a pic of Friedman and had a bit of banter with him. Seems like a droll kind of guy


  43. Habituated says:

    Not a pretty game, but a win nonetheless.

    Habs looked good a times, pretty awful at others. Thankfully, it was much more of the former than the latter.

    Still, there’s a decided lack of finish (insert Lehkonen/Finnish “joke” here) that needs to be addressed. Changes may come, but it’s too late for that this season — gotta find scoring within, or continue the quest for MT’s Holy Grail of a 0 to minus-1 victory.

  44. habs001 says:

    With games left there should be a couple more 20 goal scorers but if not how many playoff teams had one 20+ goal scorer?.. Weber 15-23-38 +13 yet many posters have negative comments on him..he plays such a solid steady game on the D…

    • Jack Russell says:

      If I were the coach, I would forbid Beaulieu and Gallagher to ever shoot. It’s just another type of giveaway. And if I were the GM, I would trade both in the summer. I know, I know we all love Gallagher’s heart and Beaulieu’s offensive up-side, but #11’s hands are cement and 28’s brain is adrift from it’s moorings.

      Jack Russell

  45. Outeast says:

    Solid for first 40 minutes. Sluggish in the 3rd. It’s called a 3 hour time difference. It’s not a mystery why teams struggle on their Western road swing. Games should have to start at 5pm at the latest.

    • Lapointe says:

      Plus they lost their legs in the third period. Oh and the ice was bad whenever they had possession. Oh again the refs should have called more penalties.

      Time change of 3 hours is huge and to think they only had 2 days to get used to it.

      Some things never change do They?

      Enough of the brain dead rethoric.

  46. The_Truth says:

    At this point, it is about getting the 2 points and working on details of the game. Playoffs are almost a certainty and it is about getting into the post season on the right foot, firing on all cylinders.

    Price is back to form, some secondary scoring is finally being provided, individuals are getting their game into playoff mode…

    Not pretty tonight, but the effort was pretty good and the job was done. On to Calgary…

  47. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Habs deserved this one, ten shot edge, 3 more hits, more zone time…

    Six in a row, 7-2 under CJ, Price continues to look sharp. I still worry about the offence, but at least the chances are coming. Hopefully the goals will follow.

    Saddledome Thursday, work on the PP in practice boys.

    Trade Carey for young offence

  48. Chuck says:

    Did Boone call the Vancouver goal “soft”? I hope that he was refering to the non-existent D-zone coverage on that play, because it was an excellent tip from in close on which Price didn’t have a chance for a save.

  49. jols says:

    The 3rd was terrible. The rest of the game was alright. They have to be better against the Flames and the Oil.

  50. CJinBK says:

    Tird! No… Fiff!

  51. Chuck says:

    Look at Danno… taking one for Timo!

  52. Bergevin's Foxhole says:

    Was 10 rows behind the Habs’ bench, amazing how much the coaches are constantly talking to the players

  53. HabsFix says:

    Not first

  54. Danno says:

    For Timo: First!

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
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