About last night … Canadiens edge Senators 4-3


Never in doubt, right?

Shootout heroics by Paul Byron and Alexander Radulov secured a 4-3 win in Kanata Saturday night, setting up what should be a dandy rematch at the Bell Centre on Sunday.

It was a terrific game that saw the Canadiens battle back from a 2-1 deficit to take a third-period lead. And while the home team gained a measure of momentum from the Erik Karlsson goal that tied it up, the Canadiens made it through regulation time and survived an Ottawa power play in Overtime.

“We didn’t panic,” Claude Julien said in a media scrum telecast during L’Antichambre. “We kept our focus.”

The coach said there were “a lot of positives” in the Canadiens’ game. But Julien conceded that faceoffs were a negative that needs work.

Ottawa won 34 of 56 draws … including Kyle Turris beating Tomas Plekanec in the Canadiens’ zone, late in OT. Turris was 11-5 on the night, Plekanec 6-10.

Alex Galchenyuk was a brutal 5-12 on draws – evidence of a less than stellar night for the Canadiens’ number one line. The gang on L’Antichambre suggested there is less chemistry between Galchenyuk and his wingers, Max Pacioretty and Radulov, than was the case when Phillip Danault was centring the top line.

They may have a point.

Danault’s line – with Andrew Shaw and Artturi Lehkonen – was the Canadiens’ best. They’re all fast and aggressive on the forecheck, which generates chances. The line had 12 of the Canadiens’ 32 shots – five by Shaw.

Notwithstanding Plekanec’s faceoff struggles and the continuation of season-long scoring ineptitude, his line – with Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron – had some good, pesky shifts in the offensive zone.

Gallagher’s goal, which gave the Canadiens a third-period lead, was not Craig Anderson’s finest moment. But Gallagher is working his butt off on every shift, and the goal was the latest evidence of number 11’s late-season awakening.

The Canadiens got generally solid play on the back end.

The L’Antichambre gang were not enthusiastic about the play of Brandon Davidson, who drew in for Alexei Emelin and was paired with Jeff Petry. I thought Davidson played a decent game and occasionally had to cover for the gaffes of his partner.

Nathan Beaulieu played 18 error-free minutes in his return to action. Nate seemed comfortable in a pairing with Jordie Benn.

Carey Price was a tad unPriceian on the Erik Karlsson goal that tied the game late. But Price made four saves in an OT dominated by the home team.

Julien declined to say who would get the start in goal Sunday night.

Price has yet to play both halves of a back-to-back this season. But a Canadiens win at the Bell Centre would lift them four points above the Senators, launching a homestand that includes games against Detroit, Carolina, Ottawa, Dallas and Florida.

Running the table could sew up first place for the Canadiens … and Julien may count on Price to get the home-ice run off on the right foot.

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Astute Comment on the Liveblog from CJinBK:

An excellent W for the Habs tonight. Very nice to see secondary scoring from Shaw, Danault, and Gallagher, and two beauties in the shootout from Byron and Radulov.

The closeness of many of the stats pretty much sums up the parity of the two teams. Shots and hits were pretty even, although the Senators were 60.7% in the faceoff circle. 

Bad: Davidson was not great, and he took a pretty weak penalty. He was a little Emelinian tonight. Beaulieu’s “pass” to Pacioretty in OT led to the captain’s penalty, although Pacioretty didn’t need to grab Karlsson’s sweater. (Pacioretty’s body language in the box said it all.) Otherwise, Beaulieu seemed pretty solid. (And I like that he was pissed about being a healthy scratch. It should have made him hungry to prove that he belongs out there.) The powerplay was godawful, but I did like that Claude Julien was trying some new formations out there.

Good: I loved Ott’s hit in the offensive zone corner to get the puck, followed by a shot on goal. It didn’t go in, but it was a good play. Torrey Mitchell and Dwight King were also good. Those are the guys you need to be good now and in the playoffs. I always admired King in the playoffs for the Kings, and thought he was an excellent pickup by Marc Bergevin. The penalty kill in overtime was a thing of exceptional beauty against a very dangerous Senators team. Karlsson — who played 53 minutes tonight! (At least it seemed that way.) — is a pretty talented fellow, and one of the few people who can pull off a goatee. He looked set to win the game for the home team, but Weber and Benn along with Plekanec and Byron shut that down. Benn’s beard… Magnificent. The third period comeback has become a bit of a Canadiens trademark this year, and if not for Karlsson’s snipe, the game would have ended in regulation. (Also, the penalty on Danault was flat-out wrong, and the Senators scored on the ensuing power play, so…) 

One last note of thanks to Bobby Ryan, who did some amazing work blocking shots for the Canadiens. Sign that guy to an extension now!

And a critique of HNIC’s anti-Canadienism from filchock79:

Rough night for the anti-Montrealer Garry Galley. No sooner than he happily tells everyone how poor Montreal’s power play is, the Habs tie the game as the result of a power play. No sooner than he tells everyone how great Craig Anderson is, that journeyman Anderson coughs up two weak goals, then gets beaten like a drum in the shootout. Maybe he can ask for some of Jason York’s kleenex, after York spent Tuesday whining and complaining about every Chicago goal, then suddenly became very positive when the Habs popped in a couple. Sportsnet/CBC have a very serious problem with these two cheerleaders – and they can’t bury their heads in the sand any longer.

•  •  •

RIP, Chuck Berry


  1. Coach K says:

    Holy toenail save by Price!!

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

  2. Gerry Pigeon says:

    I got Price as confirmed starter on my The Score app, and Anderson as the expected starter for Sens.

    It would be nice to see a statement game from the Habs tonight. Price plays great, Habs dominate in hits, shots, zone play, and scoreboard. Doesn’t have to be a blowout, a nice lopsided 4-1 win would be very satisfying ☺

  3. on2ndthought says:

    Did I read somewhere Julien is meeting the press at 5?

    Start Montoya, Claude!

  4. habs001 says:

    April first came early when a poster suggested McCarron to be tried on D…Maybe they should have tried him on D with DD…

  5. habs001 says:

    NB28 and Petry are okay but the problem is that many posters dont realize they are not elite D..Neither will ever play for Canada when it is best on best…NB28 has no feel to be a goal scoring D and Petry has D zone issues..They are what they are based on their talent levels…There are many D in the league much much worse….Both contribute to a winning team…

  6. unclefester says:

    London Knights (Victor Mete) will meet Windsor Spitfires (Mikhail Sergachev) in playoff action starting this Friday…

    Greatly anticipated…

    …”in rapier-like fashion”… Danny Gallivan…

  7. filchock79 says:

    Craig Anderson is getting the call again tonight for the Senators. Either Guy Boucher missed the third period and shootout or he wants to finish second. Anderson’s puckhandling is also atrocious. Julien has an interesting decision. Price looked weak last night – the posts bailed him out three times. Does Julien go with Price or Montoya? Very tough call, but being as Julien could be lynched if Montoya has a bad game, I’m guessing that he goes with Price.

  8. Danno says:

    Will there be a sonic Boone when The Headmaster utters his patented pre-game reverse jinx?

    Stay tuned…


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  9. Habstrollo says:

    I’d hate to see this place if the Habs were a last place club. HIO members jumping out of windows would become a thing.

  10. boing007 says:

    “There has never been a place for complacency in Chicago and that’s why they’ve gone about building the best organization in the sport.”

    MB must have missed those particular sessions.

    Richard R

    • on2ndthought says:

      1997 to 2008 don’t count? What a crock!

      Here’s what Bowman inherited when he took over as GM: Keith, Hjarmalsson, Seabrook, Byfuglien, Brouwer, Bickell, Bolland, Crawford, Toews, Kane

  11. New says:

    Nothing gets me more interested in the Habs than the comments on HIO and Boone’s About Last Night.

    I think it is wonderful the impressions we take away from a game and how they differ. Even the facts taken from the open source community driven Big Book of Habs Lore get you thinking. (And checking 🙂

    I even like the Ironman streak GP is on: 10 straight comments without saying Price must be traded 🙂

    Great spot. The comments make it.

  12. rice says:

    I didnt think Davidson played that badly but that might be because the of the bar set by some of the other Ds that have been in and out of the line up. I would give him more time to show his stuff or lack thereof.

  13. rhino514 says:

    Benn has played so well that it´s sh%ty we cannot protect him from the draft…unless he actually beats out Beaulieu, which would really be something.

    • marvin20 says:

      I’m trying to get my head rapped around this expansion draft.
      How many players are you allowed to protect?
      Who qualifies?
      How many players can each team lose?
      What else am I missing?

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Three D men but we must protect Weber and Petry (barring a trade).

        Looks like we will risk losing either Benn or Beaulieu. (Or Emelin if Las Vegas want him.)


      • Loop_G says:

        The total is we can protect 7 forwards, 3 d-men, one goalie. We must expose one goalie. Unrestricted Free Agents don’t count and cannot be exposed or selected, neither do first or second year pros. Vegas will need to stock an NHL team but also have a minor league system so some players they pick will be AHL’ers.

    • bwoar says:

      I’d protect him, no question. Work out a deal with Vegas if we really want to keep N8. Is there any question who the better defenseman is?

    • Loop_G says:

      We can protect him if we wish. We can protect Weber, Petry, Benn and leave the rest exposed knowing Vegas can’t pick Markov. We would only lose one of N8, Emelin, or Davidson.

      Ideally, MB would make a deal with Vegas to take Emelin, but rumor has it that Vegas thinks highly of Davidson’s potential and wants to grab him. I heard a couple of “experts” say that this is precisely why Davidson was picked up by Montreal, knowing they would not have to worry about anyone else. Either way, we will probably lose a D-man and will still have a decent starting 6 no matter who gets picked.

      • marvin20 says:

        I think Emelin might have a movement clause, but I’m not 100% sure

        Contract Notes:
        •No Trade Clause: 2014, 2015
        •Limited No Trade: 2016, 2017

        • Loop_G says:

          Not one that means we have to protect him. It must be a full no movement clause in order to count. Petry is the only one ( I think maybe Price too, but that is hardly of consequence).

  14. PONCH says:

    Mar 18th.
    They aren’t reading this at TSN 690 or RDS but for anyone who is foolish enough to agree with the dolts at TSN 690 morning show, Marinaro, sorry to say Nilan as well and Seleikis (sp), Francois Gagnon (Sens wannabe sports reporter) and the rest of the L’Antichambre crew

    Why can’t we get a partner for Weber
    Where is the secondary scoring on this friggin’ team
    McCarron in Mitchell out
    Shaw takes too many penalties, where’s Eller when we need him
    What the heck did MB do at the trade deadline anyway?? He should be gone
    WE WANT VANEK!!! WE WANT VANEK!!! (check his stats lately)
    Byron is playing over is head
    Without Price we don’t win
    Sens far too strong down the middle for the Habs to handle
    Can’t win rolling 4 lines, need more scoring
    blah blah blah

    Mar 18th approx. 10:03
    See, we knew that Julien was the man to take us to the promised land and boy oh boy is that Bergevin ever shrewd


    To be a Hockey Fan is to be a Habs Fan

    • marvin20 says:

      sorry stopped reading after you mentioned “Marinaro” = fake news

    • bwoar says:

      Amazing that not even by dumb luck did you manage to get a single thing right in this post.

    • Lapointe says:

      PONCH…you must be pretty high on yourself to circle so many people that talk sports and specifically the Habs in the loop pf being dolts. Is there anyone whom you’d think knows as much as you obviously think you do I wonder ? What a clown. Nilan played NHL hockey for a quite a few years but obviously he knows nothing at all. It’s posters like you that bring this place to what is fast becoming….a place where people who know almost nothing come to entertain themselves.

      Sorry to the the good to great posters on here and there are quite a few but holy crap enough of this puke stuff.

  15. expat_habsfan says:

    R.I.P Mr. Berry. And yes, Johnny B. was very Goode, for a very long time.

    As Nuckles has eluded to many times on the ‘show’ the Habs’ are still not very good a breaking out of their own end. Too many times, in too many games, the defense plays like the puck is a live grenade. Especially so when they are in their own end. The first pass is not good way too often and that leads to many turn overs in the neutral zone with all of the Habs’ forwards going the wrong way.

    I also noticed last that a few times the Habs’ d-man (in this case Petry) went to take it for a skate, they had their pocket picked by a Sens’ fore-checker. In this instance at least Petry wasn’t the last man back.

    If I remember this correctly, under CJ, the Bruins did usually have a good break out system. So much so that I often wondered why the Habs’ couldn’t use the same system. I hope it was more coaching than personnel because otherwise CJ won’t be able to fix his new teams’ breakout woes until next season, maybe.

  16. Arnold 56-79 says:

    Twice in the first four minutes Ottawa forwards skated down the right wing with the puck, crossing from the center zone towards the Montreal blueline with speed. Beaulieu was in good position, skating backwards, facing the puck carrier squarely, about a stick length away and just a foot or two away from the boards. In other words he was in perfect position to deliver crunching body checks. Both times he just allowed the skaters to continue into the zone, eventually steering them into the corner where they scrambled for puck possession. Nothing bad occurred as a result, but a more physical approach would have stopped the plays cold and made a more forceful impression on the Ottawa forwards.

    Beaulieu was ok last night, but he has the tools to be better than he has consistently shown. He has speed, can be physical on occasion and is a decent passer and stick handler. His decision making and hockey sense need refinement. He just makes too many unforced errors or low percentage plays. But this is a classic case of the extra time it takes for young defensemen to adjust to NHL standards. When they first show flashes of their untapped potential fans expect to see more regularly. But consistency and confidence take time. I think Beaulieu can be very good for a long time once he gets over this maturation process. But teams often don’t have patience. I wouldn’t trade him yet, but by this time next year he should be showing a marked improvement and dependability in his all around hockey play.

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      One might argue the low percentage play might be the attempt to deliver a “crunching” body check. Even a slight miss allows the opposing forward to get by the defender and possibly undefended access to the net. Modern NHL coaches teach that “steering” the play away from the slot and into the corners, whereupon the defending team attempts to retrieve the puck via numerous defensive schemes (ie..CJ’s swarm), at a minimum reduces the chance of a scoring opportunity.

      • HUDSONHAB says:

        Even an attempted hit could/would make the forward think twice the next time and just dump the puck in. This is what Emelin has over Beaulieu.


        • Landof10000lakesHab says:

          Or, this is the very reason that Emelin is sitting in the pressbox. We are not living in an era where Don Cherry style hockey is likely to provide the next Habs Cup win. Look at the last two Stanley Cup winners as reference.

    • slapshot777 says:

      Has I have stated before and more recently, I think that JJD will be gone after this season and we will see a defensive coach brought in to be more aggressive.

      I believe a defensive coach will teach the same way he played. JJD was never a physical defenseman neither was Brisebois and even Green when he was here for a big guy never was physical. Now Brisebois never coached but just pointing out when was the last physical defenseman and I mean physical.

      Yes Emelin and Weber will check but not consistently. Weber is more by reputation but he has done good for the Habs in other areas. We need somebody to come in and teach taking the body when it presents itself not 10-15 feet further along. Stop your opponent in his tracks don’t give him time to look around.

      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • ColdComfort says:

      It’s a judgement call. Do you recall who the forwards were? As Land says not playing for the hit is often the safer call. One of the reasons we need Emelin to get his game back. He has been very good in picking his spots.

      On the same subject, how are hits measured? Good ones. Bad ones. Any contact. Whenever I go to one of these stat sites I look for a description of hits, face-off wins and loses and scoring chances. If you can find one it often leaves you wondering. Usually there is none.

    • rhino514 says:

      The thing with Beaulieu is the team is really just missing one majr piece in order to contend for the Cup and that is a puck moving defenceman. So they really needed Beaulieu to take a big step forward this season which he hasn´t done. Sergachev, if all goes well, need 2 or 3 seasons to step into this role and the club needs someone now. These defencemen also aren´t available via trade…the really good ones.
      So it´s frustrating because usually by the fourth season guys with first pairing potential usually show they are very close. Beaulieu is not even cemented as a top 4, at this point he´s more of a good third pairing guy who at times can play top 4. So you could be right but I personally don´t think he will be a first pairing Dman. In time (and his progression curve is very gradual) he could be a good top four.

  17. jimmy shaker says:

    Believing Price will get the nod again, but hoping for Montoya. Don’t want Price getting hurt!

    Shaker out!

  18. Bruce Garrioch‏ Verified account @SunGarrioch 44m44 minutes ago
    No changes. Anderson starts. #Sens

    One team is taking this game very seriously……….

    Via Stu Cowan- Julien presser 5PM, that makes for a long Sunday afternoon. 😆

    Shane Oliver
    24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • Mavid says:

      Not surprised..Anderson is better than Condon, and tends to get up for these games..I am sure he wants redemption for last night..I say bring it.. these two teams are close, but the Habs have the edge..and although their stats are similar Price is better than Anderson..

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      • I want a 5 goal victory tonight! 😆

        Shane Oliver
        24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
        Shane&Son Dec 2016

        • Gerry Pigeon says:

          🙂 Five!

          I’ll be happy with 2-1 Habs. I could even take OT loss, and we’re still in first place.

          I want the Rangers come playoff time, and nothing to do with these Sens. These games are too hard to take, Karlsson too dangerous.

          I prefer the consistency of King Henrik’s losing to our Habs, and Vigneault’s stubborn refusal to play Raanta instead 🙂

          • slapshot777 says:

            It doesn’t bother me who we play, if we are going to win we have to beat the teams anyway. I believe the Habs are better built to do the heavy slugging when playoff time comes more so then the turds and we have NYR number in regular season last playoff series versus them I don’t want to think about it.

            Boston we have good luck against and we have played good against the Leafs. Right now that would be the teams possibly involved.

            To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        How was hub last night?

  19. Dunboyne Mike says:


    Up until the last 5-10 years, players were largely ignorant — and kept that way — of the dangers and long-term repercussions of concussion. Now they are fully informed.

    10+ years ago, a guy getting knocked out on the ice counts his teeth when he wakes up and tries to finish the game, knowing he may want to take some Aspirin next day.

    Now, you get knocked out, you read up on it and treat it with the seriousness it merits. And if you do that, you would not be human — or intelligent — if you didn’t worry. How can that NOT affect your play?

    It’s possible that Beaulieu has added an element of caution to his game since being knocked out. I always thought that this also happened with Travis Moen.

    Only a theory.

    • slapshot777 says:

      I see your point but if you play hockey and defense especially and you are thinking about that and not the play your toast and better find a new line of work.

      If the League would cut out the high hits and hits from behind the majority of the concussions would be eliminated. You are never going to eliminate concussions period. I have rarely seen concussions to players who are on the giving end. Everything is usually on the receiving end.

      Beaulieu has to be aggressive in order to be good. He can still be offensive. Robinson was a good defensive defenseman but still coud wheel and be offensive as well.

      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  20. on2ndthought says:

    I can’t believe Jordie Benn is under contract for 2 more years after this one at $1.1M per. Is there something about him I’m missing?
    Size? check
    toughness? check
    skating? check (what a play on Pageau last night!)
    defends? check
    starts plays with good passes? check
    shot? hmmm, not that I’ve noticed, but I will check tonight.

    $1.1M? Why did Dallas trade this guy?? OK, they did get Pateryn and a 4th. Nill was worried about the expansion draft, and it gave the Stars a natural righty to play the right side, where I saw Benn play with Dallas. Interestingly , Pateryn has been a healthy scratch 6 out of 9 games.

    MB gets points for fleecing, even if we lose Benn to the expansion draft.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      It’s a small sample size of games, but gotta agree, MB did good on this trade, so far.

      Let’s give it some more time. We all heralded the signing of Petry with the same enthusiasm, but more than a few now think he’s overpaid and not bringing the offence we hoped, in addition to the defensive deficiencies (SO soff) we see lately.

      Move Petry to third pairing?

      Markov Weber
      Beaulieu Benn
      Emelin Petry


    • Mavid says:

      Benn looked great last night..you always knew when #8 was on the ice

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      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        REALLY like Benn so far, solid, physical, steady, smart. But I don’t want to get too excited, it’s still early.

        Same reason I hope for more from King, it’s still early.

        Not so early for Petry, hope CJ sends him a message next.

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Dallas TV commentators have recently stated that the reason Benn was available to MB, is that they have no less than three younger Dmen (now including Pateryn) vying for ice-time with the big club, and with the playoffs out of reach, they wanted to see what each could show prior to seasons’ end. Also, that they were likely to lose Benn to Vegas this summer. Pateryn is in no better situation than previously, unless he can better what Benn was previously bringing.

      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        Thanks for the explanation.

        Makes more sense now, and happy that MB was the lucky beneficiary.

        But, again, most of the thanks should go to Steffi 🙂

    • rhino514 says:

      That was a good trade. I don´t get to watch many games but he was definitely the best Dman outside of the first pairing last night.
      It makes up for the other trades which have basically been non-factors and most likeley none of the other guys will be here next year (though King has the tools to be a useful player)

  21. SteverenO says:

    these are the lines that I believe would give us the best chance to win , night in and night out.

    21-34- 17 (Martinsen , Flynn sidelines, but I would like to see Martinsen get a few games to see what he can bring, I think he may be an upgrade on Mitchell)

    8 – 74 (88)


    Steve O.

    • on2ndthought says:

      I like this. Martinsen could slot in against ‘heavy’ teams, or just to spell Mitchell; who throws his body around every game to stay in the play (as do Shaw and Gally).

  22. SteverenO says:

    Moving Danault back to play iwth Pacioretty and Radulov would be a big mistake.

    Danualt fits well with Lehkonen and Shaw., in fact with that line on the ice the HABs have scored 5 goals in only 63 minutes at even strength, an AVG of one goal scored every 12.5 minutes.

    The line of Radulov and Pacioretty have scored, and will continue to score, as many goals with Galchenyuk , or anyone else at center, than they have with Danault.

    With Galchenyuk + 67+47 we’ve scored one goal every 19 minutes
    With Danault + 67 +47 we’ve scored one goal every 23 minutes.

    To those that are complaining about Beaulieu’s play, I suggest they see how many games the Habs have scored 3 or more goals with Beaulieu playing less than 20 minutes of ice time. There’ is no HAB defenseman who has had a greater impact on our ability to score goals, (both at even strength and on the Powerplay than Beaulieu.

    IF the strategy is to win 1-0 and 2 -1 we can probably do this without Beaulieu, or with Beaulieu playing under 15 minutes, however if our objective is to score 3 or more goals per game, we NEED to have Beaulieu playing more than 20 minutes per night.


    Steve O.


    Steve O.

    • Butterface says:

      I am liking this SteverenO ..

      Very helpful when discussing merits of using lines and defence combos.

      Do you think this is used a lot at the NHL level or do you think they try their best but in-game action and chaos causes it to break down or changes in coaching strategies period to period makes it harder to keep the “best stats” line combos together ?

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

      • Butterface says:

        Also, I have liked Benn’s PK work. Is it getting better in Montreal than it was in Dallas ? or is that just a feeling and not really happening ?

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

  23. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I am oh so impressed by Benn. I like this guy out there – he has a style I like in a d-man. He defends, he skates and he thinks. I don’t mind Petry as a good 4-5. Yes, there are gaffes, but like Beaulieu, he is what he is. Beaulieu has arrived and reached his potential. His ability to learn and his good sense have always been weaknesses. What you see is what you get. He’s a solid 5-6.

    I don’t know why Emelin is having so many brain jams. He has always been a solid middle pairing type d-man. At times, he has been an important contributor. He’s like a pitcher who suddenly loses the strike zone.

    But I suspect a lot of guys aren’t at their best. I think an example, if Pacioretty weren’t enough, is Gallagher starting to be able to play his game and shoot again. He was out there trying his best, but he is getting his physical tools back.

    When he gets to 65, he’ll be cursing that hand on damp, cool days.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Petry is a solid second pairing D in the best league in the world. He doesn’t play tough, but he doesn’t get pushed around. He knows his job.

      There are times NHL forwards will beat him, but that is true of just about everybody not named Shea. I think he is the second fastest skater on the team, and would love for him to show it more often.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I suspect most hockey players at 65 are cursing multiple parts of their bodies.

      (I didn’t play professional hockey and I curse many parts of mine!)

    • Glace half full says:

      I think Emelin’s problem is that he’s just not that adaptable to new systems. Julien’s changing how the Habs break out of their zone, for example, and Emelin seems like he has to think about every single thing he’s doing out there. Which means nothing is coming naturally to him. And once you start over-thinking one part of your game, it infects every other part.

      I think he’ll probably get over this because he’s shown he can play better than he is right now; hopefully it won’t take too long, for all our sakes, because the kind of gaffes he’s making now seem to lead straight to goals against.

  24. habsr4ever says:

    So are we signing Markov again?
    Before the season began I wanted him traded big time.
    I must admit so far I was wrong. He has had a solid season. His lack of speed still scares me and I hope it doesn’t expose him too much in playoffs. Rangers 3 years ago exploited him big time. So has TB every year we played them. Any how do we sign him for another year?
    One year deals just like lidstrom did.
    I think we do after expansion draft for $4m ish if we can.

  25. bwoar says:

    I grit my teef and ignored the negativity in the liveblog. Worst part of the game. Good Sunday to all of you…

    – Loved Jimmy Shaker’s comment below about standing in front of the net. It used to be actually dangerous.

    I’ve been up and down on Beaulieu for two years. Started down, finally got up during this year’s camp, and am now firmly down again. I don’t think he played that well – he’s as soft as Petry and may one day top out as a Petry clone. He’s basically there now. Not sure I care for either of them. I’d rather have two more Jordie Benns frankly. I like my defencemen able to defend, and those two are poor-to-terrible at it. Both players are liabilities in their own zone – I don’t care about their skating or passing elsewhere. Sincerely hope Benn is the thrid D we protect in the Vegas draft.

    I guess the silver lining here is that earned or no, Sergachev has a spot on this team already. My hope is that the team trades one or both of Emelin and Beaulieu++ for a top LD. Having Emelin, Beaulieu and Davison rotate while Markov is the only solid guy is a recipe for Mr. Yuk. Both 5v5 and on the PP. I am 200% sure Markov is back next year, Emelin might be in the KHL.

    As usual for the Sens: E. Karlsson, tops in the league. Hard to stop that guy, period.

    I think we all loved Shaw with Lekhonen and Danault – three players who are slotted exactly where they should be for the time being. That’s a dangerous third line.

    Not sure who marks takeaways because Radu had 3 clean ones uncredited. He does that with authority.

    King was decent, Ott was better. Hard to think that Steve Ott has come out of no where to be so useful, but so be it. He’s on a cheap contract, maybe he’s back next year. I think the big thing with King is, no-brainer here, don’t play him on line 2.

    Iffy call #1: I want to see Montoya tonight. Price was good, not great, and we won. Montoya on his best game can bring as much.

    Iffy call #2: I would switch Galchenyuk for Plekanec straight up and see if that doesn’t help give us two scoring lines.

    • habsr4ever says:

      Petry played great in the playoffs for us when we picked him up.
      He Is what he is. We need speed on back end who brings offence. Top 4 righty at $5.5 m is a good deal for us. We didn’t have anything in our system and d of this nature are rarely available.

    • ebk says:

      Ott’s been really good, King hopefully will start playing like he did in LA.

      re#2, think I’d live them as they were last game. I liked Plekanec’s line, wouldn’t touch Danault’s so the options are somewhat limited.

      Loved what Danualt, Shaw and Lehkonen did during the game. MB’s rejects were the best line on the ice last night.

  26. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Gallagher’s albeit slightly flukey goal came about from Phaneuf being incapable of containing him.

    One of the things I have long disliked about Phaneuf is the way he appears to favour electing for a physical approach only when his opponent is a smaller player.

    So nice one, Brendan.

    • habsr4ever says:

      Yup could not agree more.

    • bwoar says:

      Yes sir! It’s good to see Gallagher’s luck starting to change. He’s a worker and fun to watch.

      • slapshot777 says:

        Gallagher’s game has been coming the past two weeks. He has been skating and working hard along the boards. He is what makes that line he is on work.

        When you start seeing defensemen going towards him on every whistle you know he is in the minds of the goalie and the defense which is a good thing. That is a distraction that the Habs need to put in the minds of the opponent.

        That is what probably happened to Anderson on that shot by Galley.

        To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  27. Coach K says:

    It’s my opinion (for what it’s worth) that Beaulieu is already a better all around defenceman than Petry.

    He can defend, is an equal or better first passer, has equal or better vision and maybe a slight edge in skating plus he’s more physical and will drop the mitts to defend a team mate. As I see it, Petry peaked a season ago and is regressing. Meanwhile Nate has room to grow and is showing signs of improvement every game.

    I believe that offence begins with your defenceman and their ability to to get the puck to the forwards at exactly the right time. If anyone should be the 2nd pairing it should be Nate and Benn if for no other reason, than they move the puck more efficiently to the forwards. They should be the ones who are always on the ice with the 2nd line.

    By starting the breakout cleanly, the forwards can get through the neutral zone with speed and sustain a forecheck. Emelin and Petry are simply not as effective and should be dropped to the 3rd pairing to play against the other team’s 3rd and 4th lines.

    This make any sense?

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

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Good day to you, Coach.

      Fingers were at this moment on the keyboard to request observations on Beaulieu that might elaborate on MB’s description (error-free).

      So thanks for that. I think I agree. Is Petry a MAB? When can a team afford to carry a non-physical Dman (if he’s not Karlson or Paul Coffey etc)? I’ve started thinking of Petry as one of those players who can induce short-term amnesia in fans and viewers by coming up with the occasional cool, welcome play amidst many hours of nondescript and frequently ineffective defence.

      • HUDSONHAB says:

        The problem is that we don’t have that #2 defence man. (Weber being #1, Markov being the useful wiseman but aging). We had hoped it was Petry and perhaps Beaulieu would be, so both get to hang around. If we could have Benn, Emelin and Markov as our Bottom three, Sergachev as #3/4 (learning from Markov) then we’re set. If We can move Beaulieu for equal potential in a change of venue trade I’d do it.


    • habsr4ever says:

      Petry is better than n8. Let’s not kid ourselves. There are games where petry struggles for sure. But n8 you never know what u r going to get. He is a way to incinsistent. He is out of position constantly and makes too many bone headed pinches and reads. When he is on he is really is good but I would never take him over petry. In fact I can’t see the Habs protecting n8 in the expansion draft. It’s going to be Weber, petry and Benn.

    • bwoar says:

      Those two defenders make my head hurt, but FWIW I agree with you.

      If Nate starts dropping the gloves more, he’s return to my good books.

      • Lapointe says:

        If Nate drops the gloves more you won’t have to worry if he is getting better or not…he isn’t much of a fighter and really look up his fights. He has had 3 in 4 years and lost two. The last fight he had was with Foligno and he was woozy after that one. He isn’t really much of a fighter and after that fight he hasn’t done shit all but the usual face wash that this team can muster up the courage to carry out. Wish it was different but it isn’t. Actually Nate hasn’t ever done much where ever he played and yes I have seen him play in person.

        • Gerry Pigeon says:

          How do you value our Dmen?

          Do you prefer the physical to the skaters/puck-carriers?

          Are you resigned to the fact we need both? If so, which ones do you keep and which do you expose to Vegas?

          I like Emelin. I agree there are plenty of things wrong with his game, but I like the physicality, which I feel the Habs are in desperate need of in the back end, and I think Emelin can be taught to play within his limitations, not have so many brain cramps. He just needs to trust CJ has his best interests at heart, for the good of the team. If he can relax a bit, he’ll stop making bone-headed plays leaving guys wide open.

          Agree with others that N8 and Petry are soff, Petry cause it’s his nature, N8 cause a couple of fights have shown him he can’t hold his own, so now he’s gotta be more careful…

          Prefer N8 cause of his age, the fact that he’s at least proven he’s been willing to go in the past, and he makes ALOT less than Petry.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Hey GP.

            Yes, we have to hope that Julien looks on Emelin as a project, harnesses what he brings, and plays him in situations and with a partner that complement his particular value. If the project succeeds, Emelin should get his confidence back. At the moment he looks like he has none.

    • MustardTiger1337 says:

      Beaulieu is NOT a TOP 4 D Man
      Since getting knocked out he has not looked the same.

  28. zak says:

    Filchock79…totally agree about Gally and York , Not a big fan of either of them. Not impressed with Petry. He’s a guy I would try to trade before the expansion draft and protect Beaulieu. We need a center.

  29. on2ndthought says:

    Play Montoya tonight, Price next Saturday. Montoya versus Condon should be fun.

  30. munch17 says:

    Davidson didn’t look great but he didn’t look that bad either.
    Let the kid play a few games in a row before passing judgement on him.

    • New says:

      I’d say the same thing. It is late in the season. Emelin’s game is the same every year, inconsistent. They won without him, take the hint.

      I liked the game, although Ottawa can really drag the play down to nothing. Karlsson is really something. What a player.

      Radulov is snakebit. He should have had a couple in the first. Scared Ottawa anyway.

    • Mavid says:

      Davidson was unnoticeable…so I guess thats a good thing..sort of

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  31. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We need to fix our power-play. It’s annoying.

    • ArmyFan says:

      I am fairly certain that PP in the third was worst PP I’ve ever seen, by any team, in any season, in my 44+ years on this planet.

      The list of gaffes is endless, but there was one point where the puck was behind the Mtl net, and had been for at least several seconds. 2 Mtl defencemen were standing on either side of the net, and the Ottawa forechecker went around the right side and actually got to the puck first while they stood and watched. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.

    • on2ndthought says:

      Our PP% for the season is 19.9%; not elite, but not terrible. That is tied with Calgary, 14th in the league, ahead of Ottawa.

      When it looks bad, it looks bad, especially the lost faceoffs. However it scored a huge goal last night. [EDIT: the goal was right after a PP, my bad]

    • Coach K says:

      The biggest problem with the PP is their inability to move the puck through the neutral zone quickly enough to back up the defenders and gain the blueline with control of the puck. They are decent once they get set up but man, they sure struggle to figure out how to get into the offesive zone.

      It starts with the forwards breaking out in routes that the defence expects (as taught in practice) and continues with the defence making intelligent reads with the puck. Those forwards can’t be stationary and have to be smart enough to adjust their positioning/skating angles so that they can pick up those passes on their sticks.

      The defence on the other hand, have to show more urgency when coming back for the puck into their own end and are expected to put passes on the forward’s sticks and not into their feet, waist high or a foot behind them. These are fundamental hockey skills that I successfully taught to peewee kids. They should not have to be drilled on this at the NHL level!! The other alternative (and I also taught this) is for the defence to pass the puck to an open space on the ice that is just behind the defender. That way, the forwards don’t have to slow down by carrying the puck. Instead, they can skate into it at full speed and blow right by the defender.

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m not seeing that that level of intelligence and execution at all.

      Are they really that dumb or is it the coaching!!??

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

    • MustardTiger1337 says:

      It can’t be any worse then the 4 on 3 OTT had in ot

  32. habs001 says:

    The Rangers have 26 road wins and are 5th in goals per game and 11th in goals against….Playing them in the playoffs will not be easy…

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      That fact is that they are for all intents and purposes in our division. I’m just wondering if it’s not better to play them in the first round when healthy rather than after a battle with the Bruins.


  33. ebk says:

    Tonight’s a big game for both teams but by the looks of their remaining schedule’s, Ottawa would be in very tough to win the division with a loss.

    Senators end their season with 9 of 12 on the road, with only 4 of the games vs non-playoff teams. Of those 4 games(vs Detroit twice, Philly and Winnipeg), 3 of them are on the road.
    Senators Schedule
    @ Montreal
    @ Boston
    @ Montreal
    @ Philadelphia
    @ Minnesota
    @ Winnipeg
    @ Detroit
    @ Boston
    NY Rangers
    @ NY Islanders

    Habs have a much more favorable schedule to the end of the season. The only playoff team the face is Ottawa and both games are at the Bell Center.
    Montreal’s Schedule
    @ Tampa Bay
    @ Florida
    @ Buffalo
    Tampa Bay
    @ Detroit

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I can’t help but think Julien is going to want to improve upon last night and thus we see Price in net. Do wonder if Emelin slots back in and if Davidson is next to go out with the “rotation”.

      Not sure we see any other changes, unless Martinson maybe comes in for King. King does some nice boardwork which goes unnoticed but he will be a part of playoff success if the Habs are to go an extended playoff run. With the whistles getting tucked away more and more players need to fight through checks and the bigger bodies tend to be able to do such.

      The schedule does look favourable to the Habs, but I always find it dangerous to assume such.

      A win in regulation would do wonders for the teams confidence and perhaps get in the Sens head a wee bit.

      • ebk says:

        thought King played his best game as a Hab last night, although the bar hasn’t been set that high so far. He was physical force with the Kings who could play up the lineup for short stints. He hasn’t been that player yet for the Canadiens but last nights game was a good start. Agree about his work along the boards, he wins the majority of his battles there.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Thought it was his better game as well. I’m far more concerned about the Plex line than I am Danault’s or the 4th line.

        • Coach K says:

          He’s still not good enough. He can’t keep up and lumbers around the ice trying to catch his check most of his shift. Martinsen is a far better skater and wins just as many puck battles (if not more) and has the wheels to back check which is something King doesnot.
          In fact, McCarron is alraedy a better player. I’d send him to the ECHL to work on his mobility because that about where his skating is at.

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

          • ebk says:

            King was a very good forward with the Kings, not so much right now.
            Watched a lot of LA games and he’s way better than he’s shown. Love the ECHL quip, shows a lot coach.

      • piper says:

        Need all the big bodies ready to go come playoffs. Play King, Matinsen and Davidson as much as possible down the stretch. We can rest some of the vets.

    • Ktowner says:

      Beware the teams out of the race they have a loose way of playing that gives tight teams fits.
      I have always been a believer in teams looking after themselves and not worrying about what other teams are up to which is why I don’t pay much attention to the out of town scores.
      The Habs are in complete control of their own fate in terms of where they will finish the regular season. They should and will focus on correcting the mistakes of last night (face offs, sloppy D-zone play at times and better secondary scoring chances). I’m sure Ottawa will be doing the same. Tonight’s game will be a great one.

      • ebk says:

        would much rather play team’s out of the race then team’s in it. There is a reason teams are out of the playoff picture, generally they are not as good as the team’s in it 🙂

        Agree Habs in complete control of their hockey destiny going forward.

    • FormalWare says:

      B-I-G. Yuuuuuge!

      Pas d’excuses. Leave it all out there on the ice for your fans, boys!

      “Good Luck With That,” Habs!

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      I did say on an earlier post that if the Habs got two of six pts from the Sens that we should win the division. Games against the Wings and the Florida teams are not gimmes so the Habs still have to be focused.


    • on2ndthought says:

      Carolina playing very good hockey right now. They are big and fast and young, playing without pressure. Points in 6 in a row, 4 wins.

      TB is in a playoff fight, they’ll be tough. FLA will be desperate.

      There won’t be an easy game.

  34. The_Rocket_Returns says:

    Several mentions of Beaulieu’s bad overtime pass leading to Max-Pac’s penalty … but no mentions of how his joining the rush led to their second goal.

    So to fill that oversight: real nice activation from N28 on that second goal. He didn’t get an assist, but if he doesn’t drive wide and send the puck to the net, nothing happens.

    … Koivu to Zednik to Kovalev …

  35. JoshM says:

    All in all, I would rather have Emelin in the line-up than Davidson. His physical presence is extremely important. it is not as if forwards are hesitant or looking over their shoulders when they enter into his side of the ice and forwards should always be looking over their shoulders. After a suitable rest get him back in play. I suspect some kind of injury.But that written very good game by Habs, about time!


    • Emelin needs to be eased back in, playing him vs the Sens is not a good idea, and especially tonight on home ice with the possibility of Montoya in goal. Play him vs the Wings on the third pairing, and move Beaulieu up to 2nd or first pairing. #JustMe101

      Shane Oliver
      24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
      Shane&Son Dec 2016

  36. boing007 says:

    Chuck Berry:
    No Money Down.

    Richard R

  37. Ian Cobb says:

    I always consider the G.A. stat to be the best indicator of total team play.
    Penalty kills and Power play goals is my best indicator for how well a team is being coached.

    Goals F..195…18th…….8th…………3rd.
    Goals A..179….6th…….3rd………….1st.
    Goal Diff.+16..10th…….6th…………2nd.

    Last night we were treated to our fist taste of play off hockey. We were pulled out of our seats often, from the 1st puck drop. The back end was much better last night and I like the way Davidson is improving each game. Petry was our weakest link last night on the back end, so maybe it will be his turn in the press box tonight.
    Danault is our best center and should replace Galchenyuk who has his head in the clouds at times.
    Looking forward to this game tonight. The Bell Center will be Rock and Rolling with Chuck!

    • Coach K says:

      Ian, I agree about Petry being the weakest link. I think he’s been the weakest link for about a month now.

      Funny how his partners keep getting shuffled around, benched or scratched eh? Seems to me he’s the common denominator. Nobody can figure out how to play with him because he’s so bloody unpredicatable with the puck and playing in a fog. Makes no sense to me.

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

      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        Make Benn the second pairing anchor?

        Move Petry down to third pairing?

        I don’t think sending a message to Petry is a bad idea. When MB signed him for plenty of money, he was supposed to anchor the second pairing, provide puck movement and offensive support.

        I don’t see much of that, but do see he’s soft and not so great in his own end. Not sure what value he’s bringing for the money. Maybe some time on the third pairing would get his attention.

        Markov Weber
        Beaulieu Benn
        Emelin Petry


      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        Woops, see you already posted as much above.

        Makes sense to me.

  38. SmartDog says:

    Everyone seems to be praising Karlsson this morning. Some are even saying he’s way better than PK. I think people are forgetting how good PK is. Karlsson’s playing with the only team he’s ever played on. PK’s adjusting to a new team and a new life – it may not be his best year. Let’s compare them next year.

    The “H” stands for Hubris.

    • CaliHabFan says:

      PK minus -3 against Carolina last night.

    • JoshM says:

      Watched Sens a lot and I assure you, Karlsson is a LOT better than Subban. Simply put, he almost never gives up the puck unlike PK who you can count on to commit some kind of error often.

      • Mavid says:

        I watch lots of Sens games too, and Karlsson may not give up the puck as often, but his give away’s are atrocious..they are totally different types of players so its not fair to say he is a lot better…I don’t thing he is..he is just different.

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  39. boing007 says:

    Chuck Berry played in Montreal on an outdoor stage, around 1999, at the southwest corner of Berri and Ontario East. The backup band piano player wasn’t playing to Chuck’s liking so he put down his guitar, flipped him the bird and showed him how it was done. Too bad that no one was there to record the show for posterity. At the very least, a plaque should be erected there, just behind the bus shelter where the stage was set up on that day. Maybe a kiosque as well, with a tribute to Chuck on video for everybody to enjoy year long. Hail Hail Rock ‘n Roll.

    Richard R

  40. @boing007

    Boucher Boucher Man of the Minute head like a pumpkin with nothing in it.

    Oh Look, I’m a poet and didn’t know it.

    💡 Play the Game Boucher

    Shane Oliver
    24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • ebk says:

      They are playing their best hockey of the season right now. Terry and Hudon drive the offense but a few younger players, notably De la Rose have taken major strides the last 30 games or so. De la Rose’s offense is leaps and bounds better from the first part of the season. He’s showing way more poise with the puck, his shot has improved and he has been a physical force at both ends of the ice.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Would be nice for the good people of St. John’s if that team could make the playoffs and maybe go on a run. This obviously would be great for the players in their development, but I don’t think we are going to see another team back in St. John’s for some time. Too bad, they have been great supporters of the AHL for years now.

        • HabFab says:

          2 points out. Need to go on a run.

        • ebk says:

          it would, and I agree 100% about them having a team there. Support(attendance) not great this year but it’s better than can be expected given the team is leaving after the season.

          Would also be nice to see the Baby Habs go on a good run too.

        • slapshot777 says:

          AHL has been a part of St. John’s for twenty years.

          To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

          • ebk says:

            yeah, hope they get a AHL team soon. They deserve one. Habs should hire Brian Rogers to do English broadcasts for Laval. He’s fun to listen to, you can just hear how much he loves the game and some of his phrases/word usage is truly hilarious.

  41. Thomas Le Fan says:

    So long Chuck. Thanks for inventing rock’n’roll!

    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

    • boing007 says:

      He didn’t invent it, he refined its roots and brought it to the masses in a more immediate, accessible form. Or something like that. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Hot Lips Page, the Swing bands, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, the Saxophone Honkers, Buddy & Ella Johnson, Big Joe Turner, Cleanhead Vinson, Bebop, Western Swing, early R&B … Chuck loved, and was influenced by, all of them.

      Richard R

  42. Good Luck Kraft Hockeyville 2017

    When AAA came to PEI (before that it was A, and B Island wide only), I was on the very first AAA Bantam team (1986) and we played out of O’Leary. #UFIofTheDay

    Shane Oliver
    24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • JohnInTruro says:

      The spud tourney! I played hockey just this morning on the original Hockeyville site here in Truro.

      • Having been in Manitoba since 1990, I truly miss the East coast small towns and the hockey in them.

        Spinghilll, NS, Chilli Willy Tournament was my favourite. Loved that road trip in the early 80’s.

        Moncton was another fun road trip. Playing hockey in the same arena as the Moncton Hawks as a kid was like playing in the NHL 😆

        Shane Oliver
        24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
        Shane&Son Dec 2016

  43. savethepuck says:

    RIP Chuck Berry. An incredible artist and one of the best of his generation.

    Come on Baby Let’s Do The Twist

    Like I have said before, if the game is close late, this team plays with confidence and finds a way to win.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  44. DDPKS says:

    My prediction: Bergevin will acquire another ex-blackhawks player in the offseason so he can form that dream team line that they wouldn’t let him try out in Chicago.

    Danault + Shaw + some Chicago player nobody has ever heard of.

    Call it the Chi-town line.

    It would rival Edmonton’s recent exHab line of Pouliot, Desharnais & Kassian.

    Seriously, it seems like Danault + Shaw could be a good center – wing pairing long term if the Ottawa game is one to go by.

    DDPKS: An embrace that can never be broken.

    “I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why, but if I could, you would probably understand.” – The CH approved explanation that school-aged Habs fans can now use to explain poor grades.

  45. boing007 says:

    Move over Elvis, Chuck will be arriving soon to rock your socks off.

    Richard R

  46. careysubban3176 says:

    I thought in the 1st period, the Galchenyuk line had some amazing scoring chances especially down low where they were digging for the puck. Then it’s like since they didn’t score after all those chances, they stopped going in deep for the puck.

    Am I the only one who thinks there might be some bad blood tonight?

    “Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much”

  47. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    The Sens organization reflects its city honestly. But that team on the ice is very good. Karlsson is way better than PK, something I would never admit to when Subban wore a Habs sweater.
    The two teams are pretty even. It was a good game and a good result.
    I really don’t like the Sens, and am glad to see that hicktown organization lose. But on ice, they are Ontario’s best team. If the Habs put the AHL team in Ottawa, they’d probably outdraw the Sens, but.

    • ebk says:

      He’s way better offensively. Sees the ice better than any player I’ve seen in years and is an incredible passer. His strength defensively his is anticipation and skating. Not a huge fan of his defensive game but offensively he is pretty incredible.

    • Mavid says:

      He is not way better, as they are different players..they both strong and weak in different areas

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  48. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    It’s redundant…

  49. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Gerry stop already with trading Price… Geez…

    • He brings different opinion, he’s not rude, and the best part, it’s entertaining to discuss.

      Shane Oliver
      24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
      Shane&Son Dec 2016

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        True, but it has been months now. I don’t know what else there is to say.

        • Reply to every single post he makes with reasons why his opinion is wrong 😆

          IE. His Price for Nathan MacKinnon. This trade would set our team over the top, but he and his supporters never look at it from both sides which is why it sounds crazy 😳

          Shane Oliver
          24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
          Shane&Son Dec 2016

          • Cal says:

            If Lindgren is the next Murray of Pittsburgh, then sure, go for it.

          • The Avs are the lowest scoring team in the NHL, on pace to set lowest goals for not seen in over a decade. They are having a very poor season but their forwards aren’t actually as bad as the numbers state. They’re one or two defensemen away from being a really good team. Joe is doing the right thing by not doing anything 😆

            Removing more scoring is not what they need to do.

            Like I just said, trading Price for Nathan MacKinnon is awesome for us, but why would the Avs do that? Especially when you look forward to the possible #1 overall pick in Nolan Patrick. That would give them three great centers.

            Duchene (sounds like he wants out of Denver)
            Patrick (return to junior in 2018)

            Just killing time here 😎

            Shane Oliver
            24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
            Shane&Son Dec 2016

  50. munch17 says:

    Our team will not go far less Plex picks up his game.
    It is time to put 14 between 67 and 11, try Lehkonen with 27 and 47.
    It is also time to put 14 back on the power play. He has consistently been our best center on the PP and one of the few forward who can control the puck in the o-zone.
    He may not be worth $6 million but he’s all we’ve got .

  51. The shootout has to go. Until the shootout is used in playoffs, then it cannot be used to decide a game. Option 2 would be to award no extra point for winning in a shootout.

    The Loser point has to go. Rewarding a team for making it to OT is like rewarding an entire team for showing up in AAA.

    Toronto Maple Leafs, 15 points because they can’t win a regulation time game. It’s no wonder the GMs don’t want to change it, because it would show how bad these teams are in real time.

    Last night’s Habs game was great, awful, good, to great again. My lord, I do not want to face the Sens in the playoffs.

    Sens? Boucher, just wow. That defensive crap they were doing in the second was disgusting. I would be embarrassed to play like that, but hey it’s not like the Sens need fans to attend and cheer for them right? Dear Habs fans, please for the love of god boo the Sens the second they play that crap in the game. “Sens Suck, Sens Suck, Sens Suck.”

    How much am I enjoying the Habs again? I watched the game last night and except for Line one and line four I can’t tell you right now who was L2 and L3 without watching highlights. I used to dissect every single thing Therrien did, now I don’t care. Once JJ is gone it’ll be even better. It’s fun to just watch the game again.

    Play your best vs the best. Price starts in goal tonight. We’ve all seen how the team plays in front of the backup and you can’t play that way vs the Sens, especially on home ice.

    Shane Oliver
    24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • DDPKS says:

      I’m fine with the shootout, it’s just the quickest way to determine a winner. It’s interesting to see the different player & goalie approaches to shootouts. It beats penalty kicks in soccer. It doesn’t matter to me so much that the reg season and playoff formats don’t match exactly. Most people agree that playoff hockey is different from reg season hockey anyway. Purists should be satisfied that the playoffs keep 5-5 forever. Can’t say the same for Olympic hockey. To me a gold medal game being decided in a shootout is terrible.

      I agree about the loser point. For me, the NHL should at least bring the point distribution closer to what it was previously when ties existed.

      2pts for reg win or OT win and 1 pt for shootout win. 0 pts for loser in all cases. Part of the reason that the loser point was instated was to encourage teams to “go for it” more rather than play for the tie or the point. But you still have teams who try to drag it out to the shootout in hopes of winning it there. The real problem is valuing a shootout win the same as a reg win.

      Now if the NHL really wanted to diminish the number of games that go to OT then they could also diminish the value of an OT win relative to a reg win by giving 1.5 pts for an OT win. Half points may seem weird but by keeping 2 pts for reg win, it allows one to compare season point totals with past seasons.

      I’m still of the opinion that OT should go to 4-4 before 3-3. But the most important thing is changing the silly loser point scoring system.

      DDPKS: An embrace that can never be broken.

      “I have a reason that I can’t really tell you why, but if I could, you would probably understand.” – The CH approved explanation that school-aged Habs fans can now use to explain poor grades.

      • I’m still of the opinion that OT should go to 4-4 before 3-3. But the most important thing is changing the silly loser point scoring system.

        I could support 4 on 4 to 3 on 3 over the shootout all day long. At least we would see somewhat traditional hockey and by that you would see nothing but lines 1-3, all skill. Love that idea.

        Shane Oliver
        24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
        Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • boing007 says:

      The Sens pulled the same stuff against the Blackhawks the other night. Jacques Lemaire all over again. Boring.

      Richard R

  52. Habastard says:

    Shaw played great tonight, as did his line. Loved his post-game comment that he, Dan and Lehk have chemistry both on And off the ice. Notice how pumped Shaw was for Dan to set him up. These guys are really playing for each other. I say keep Danault on line 3 bec he seems to play better there imo.
    Maybe he plays to his strengths there vs trying to play like a no.1
    center when he’s w Pac and Rad. Yes it Is the first line but he produces more O when he’s centering other lines. He’s pretty decent playing along the boards too which only helps his cause,
    unlike Plek. I’d say he’s Plek’s heir apparent and will bring some points too if kept w good wingers.

    I thought Price played great other than on the 2nd goal. So in control of everything. Don’t know why some thought he played so so.
    Swap Martinsen for King. He’s just too slow; period. Loved him in LA but this conference is far too fast for him.

    And Ottawa is too fast for Mac at this point as well.
    People dump on Mitchell but his speed is necessary on this team.
    His back checking is vital, especially on the 4th line.
    Chucky on the other hand….

    And a friendly warning to all those people who think the Senators aren’t that good. Better hope that we don’t play them from behind too often bec those guys can shut any team down in a hurry. Chicago had a tough time generating clean shots against them and that team knows how to create high quality chances.

    • JoshM says:

      Too bad McCarron can’t skate backwards .. I have often looked at that physical presence and lack of speed and seen a defenseman lurking there. O well, the NHL hardly ever converts players except for the old winger centre switcheroo. Would be worth a try but innovation is not exactly in the hockey skill set.

  53. habs001 says:

    Good that the Habs won based on the rules of o/t set by the NHL for the regular season…But not sure why some posters think this has any bearing on the playoffs…Win or lose in the s/o makes no difference what ever for the playoffs…

  54. Timo says:

    Maybe Therrien was right about Galchenyuk afterall. He sucks when centering Pacioretty and Radulov. In fact, he hasn’t done much of anyhting this season at all. Floats, tries to make cutesie plays, legs not moving, one brain cramp after another… just soff. Make him a 3rd line winger.

    King – enough already. Sucks.
    Mitchell – ditto.

    Davidson didh’t have a good game… maybe it’s the Petry affect though. Hard to tell.

  55. Cal says:

    Radulov is 6′ 2″ and weighs 205lbs. Pacioretty is 6′ 2″ and weighs 215 lbs. Why in hell should either of these guys need someone to dig the puck out of the corner for them? Closest to the puck should drive for it, no matter who it is. Same goes for 6′ 1″, 210lb Galchenyuk. They need to get their heads out of their collective asses.
    Danault should stay exactly where he is. This business of throwing 3rd and 4th liners on the 1st line has got to stop. Could Galchenyuk and company have been better? You bet, but it would have been worse to see Julien go back to Therrien’s bullshit of deploying players badly.
    Nice that the Habs gutted one out, but I would be happy with the tie. Shoot Outs are just sooooooooo lame.

  56. Singapore Habs Fan says:

    Price needs to toughen up and play back to back. Habs won’t have the luxury of resting him in the playoffs. So he needs to be ready. He can rest when the playoff season ends.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      I think the idea of resting Price and not playing him back to back stems from ongoing concern with whatever injury ailed him last year.

      One of the reasons I always thought trading Carey might not be a bad idea.

  57. CJinBK says:

    I’m of two minds on tonight’s — Sunday’s — choice of starting goalie:

    Price, because the game matters, and I’d like to see him win and get inside the Senators’ heads a bit.


    Montoya, because it’s a back-to-back, and a win for him would signal that the team can win for either/both goalie(s), which could get inside the Senators’ heads a bit.


    Charlie Lindgren, who just pitched a 25-save shutout against the lowly Rochester Americans.*

    *This is not a serious proposal.

  58. Chelios24 says:

    How did Jeff Petry play so well after coming over in 2015 and now looks so soft/inconsistent? I guess it was for the contract. He’s disappointing

    • jimmy shaker says:

      wouldn’t be sad if he sat, bring in Nesterov or Emmy.

      Shaker out!

    • berc says:

      I cannot understand how Petry’s +/- remains decent. He is just putrid defensively–most of the time. And I don’t really see his offensive value either. Notwithstanding Price having kicked the puck into his own net, the 2nd goal tonight was on Petry.

  59. jimmy shaker says:

    My favourite thing in the NHL is how forwards can stand uncontested in front of the tenders eyes on the PP and D-men try and front them creating another body the tender has to battle through to see and try to save the puck.

    Ahhh, I remember when standing in front of the tender or the crease used to actually take some B-LLS! Dino Ciccarelli, Tim Kerr, Andreychuk etc. And the zebra’s would actually allow the D-men to clear the front of the slot and crease and not call the chincy penalties.

    Anyhoo, clear the freaking sieve that’s standing in front of Price’s eyes, and effectively the PP is a 4-3, but at least ur tender can see the biscuit! Man I dislike buttman and our coach JJ Dingdong and the stupid rule that I didn’t know changed that resulted in Danault’s tripping penalty tonight. There, I think I’m done!

    Shaker out!

  60. Chuck says:

    Price needs to play the games that matter. That means tomorrow night. Detroit isn’t going anywhere; he can rest while Montoya plays them.

  61. Danno says:

    Big Game, Big Win


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  62. ebk says:

    Big win, shouldn’t have gotten to OT. Habs carried the play for the majority of the game. Ottawa’s D no match for the Habs speed and quickness upfront. Gallagher, Shaw, and Byron tortured Ottawa’s ponderous D. Boucher’s teams clog the middle as well as any team in the league but once the puck got into Ottawa’s end, the Senators were in big trouble.

    As well, a big night for MB’s reject’s(Shaw, Danault, Benn and Radulov).

    • Habs sat back waaaaay too much in the third. Sens do not stop skating for anything. Envious to the point of barfing in a bag.

      Pacioretty for Hoffman and Turris straight up 😉

      OT: Big five points for a Jake Allen shutout! woot woot

      Shane Oliver
      24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
      Shane&Son Dec 2016

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Glad to see some other folks noticed that the Habs won. Hard to get that impression scrolling through here.

      • Lapointe says:

        HiB…it was a very telling game for me. I went back and forth quite often to thinking we could and thinking no Ottawa is the better team. These teams are both quite good and would be a great playoff series. However Craig Anderson won’t be so leaky perhaps going forward and the goal posts may stay out of the way of good shots. I still doubt our once glorious Habs can beat them in a series but man I’d be thrilled to be wrong.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think i might rather see us play Rangers than Ottawa. They seem to play their best hockey against us. Ottawa is a very good team.

        • Mavid says:

          And to the same point I don’t think Price would be equally “leaky” as you put it

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  63. CJinBK says:

    Tird times two. Thanks for the shoutout, o great Boone. Hope you’re in rude health.

  64. arthadude says:

    I don’t know about Beaulieu being “error free.”

    His way-too-soft pass in OT let directly to the Pacioretty penalty, which could easily have cost them the game.

    Otherwise, one of the most entertaining games of the season.

    • MoscowHab says:

      Agreed. His lazy pass to Pach was shown three times on tv — it was 100% the reason Pach grabbed the guy …

      Perplexed how people could say he played “error-free.”

  65. Singapore Habs Fan says:

    a few things:

    1. “The gang on L’Antichambre suggested there is less chemistry between Galchenyuk and his wingers, Max Pacioretty and Radulov, than was the case when Phillip Danault was centring the top line.”

    This is nothing new. This was obvious from the time AG27 was injured. I felt Rads and Max played better with Danault and I think AG27 doesn’t improve the first line.

    2. Nothing wrong with Galley stating the Habs power play is terrible. It is terrible. The fact a goal was scored shortly after the PP ended is irrelevant. The PP needs a lot of work.

    3. Great win. Ottawa gave away the game. They played much too patiently on their OT PP. They should have been playing faster and trying harder to put more pucks at the net. Too bad for them.

    4. Not Price’s best game of recent times. I hope he starts again tomorrow and plays better.

  66. jimmy shaker says:

    Montoya tomorrow night.
    Martinsen for King
    Emmy for Davidson

    And memo to team: HIT the crap out of Karlson everytime they can. That guy is unbelievable. A total game changer stud. I hate him, but he makes that team tic. I think Steve OTT was the only player hitting anyone out there.

    SHaker out!

  67. Calgary Steven says:

    Hey it’s still “tonight” here, and for that matter it is out where Mr. Boone is too.

    I was reduced to watching the stream of the St. Pat’s game to catch any crumbs from the Habs game – while listening to 690. Talk about cognitive dissonance.

    So… Move Danault to first line, drop Plek to play with Lehkonen?

  68. Galchenyuk, Radulov and Pacioretty took the night off, or they were checked very closely, you can pick either, but here’s the biggest difference between L1 Sens and L1 Habs. The Sens never stop skating, they see the puck, they attack the puck and when they gain entry they’re still skating. Line 1 Habs floated too much….geez there was one entry where Max stopped skating in the neutral zone with possession and attempted to go wide without skating. I hate that, but hey you have to take the good with the bad……..Bad? Line one was bad.

    Scoring chances were great, but lacked finish.

    Benn, Weber, Markov, and Beaulieu played great. Lines 2-4 skated hard all night. Danault was…well I don’t know. One second he’s fine, the next he’s all wacked out of place.

    Sens Defensive game was disgusting. Tomorrow night I’d pull a Flyers system and make the fans start a “Sens Suck” chant.

    Plekanec, Emelin, and now add Petry to the list= 15.6 million dollars that has to be dedicated to scoring and not MORE defense.

    King won’t be here in July. He’s already headed back to California.

    Ott was perfect for his role, sign Whitie in the summer, and that would make me very happy.
    Ott-McCarron-Whitie Noice!

    Marc give Radulov a contract already, he’s a shell of himself. 4 years, 6 million/yr.

    Game 501 for CAREY FREAKIN PRICE, thank you thank you. Win #265 woot woot

    The only thing missing from that game was the troops not saluting the fans at center ice. Sens Suck, let’s actually show them why tomorrow night.

    Do not play Montoya tomorrow. We need the points.

    Shane Oliver
    24 Wins to Tie Saint Patrick
    Shane&Son Dec 2016

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