About last night … Canadiens win 7-4 in the ‘Peg


Fearless prediction: 11 Canadiens won’t make the scoresheet Thursday in Minnesota.

And neither will 11 Wild skaters.

Carey Price vs. Devan Dubnyk is likely to be more of a goaltenders’ duel than we saw in Winnipeg Tuesday night.

Al Montoya vs. Connor Hellebuyck/Michael Hutchinson was a shooting gallery at both ends of the MTS Centre.

Montoya stopped 23 of 27 shots and did a very creditable job, particularly when it was still a game and in the dying minutes, when Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice pulled Hutchinson for a sixth skater.

Hellebuyck was beaten on three of the seven shots he faced. The Jets’ starter was on the bench 14 minutes into the game.

Hutchinson was better – allowing four goals on 23 shots – but neither Winnipeg goaltender was up to the task of stopping a Canadiens attack that used team speed to skate circles around the hulking Jets, personified by Dustin Byfuglien.

Big Buff played almost 27 minutes and was plus-1 on the game, which is admirable in a 7-4 loss.

But the gaudy numbers were on the Canadiens’ side of the scoresheet:

• Phillip Danault, who opened the scoring 57 seconds in and added an end-to-end highlight goal, and Artturi Lehkonen, whose two early in the third period dashed any hope of a home-team comeback, notched the first two-goal games of their careers.

Danault continues to buttress his case for second-line centre duties when Alex Galchenyuk returns.  Lehkonen, after a slow start, plays smart 200-foot hockey every game. And he’s on target for 20 goals.

• Tomas Plekanec scored for the second game in a row. He looks livelier playing with Lehkonen and Paul Byron.

• First defence pairing Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin were each plus-3.

• The second pairing, Jeff Petry and Nathan Beaulieu, were on for five first-period goals – three by the CH – and finished at plus-1 each. They continue to play big minutes: 24:39 for Beaulieu, 23:46 for Petry.

• Sven Andrighetto, who has bounced between Montreal and St. John’s, got his first NHL goal and looked good on a line with wily vets Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn.

Louie DeBrusk, an excellent analyst on the Sportsnet telecast, praised the Canadiens as “a quick team that’s really given the Jets fits tonight.”

Speed, in this case, killed.

The Jets outhit the Canadiens 26-7, but that was mostly a reflection of which team had the puck most of the time.

Winnipeg fought back from an early 2-0 deficit. But the Canadiens didn’t let the home team develop any momentum.

An excellent win lifted the Canadiens nine points up in the Atlantic Division – with two games in hand on Boston, the closest pursuer.

They are 11-6-4 on the road.

But Minnesota will be a tougher visit than Winnipeg.

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Comment on the Liveblog from slapshot777:

I know we give it to MT on here but this year he deserves all the praise for the way this team has played through all the injuries and you can see the Habs becoming more of this puck possession team that was talked about.

Just watching the Sharks/Flames game and Sharks head coach DeBoers or one of his assistants just had a player Mueller tossed from the game for filling out an incorrect lineup.

So other coaches mess up as well.

And from PK:

A year is a long time, no?

I admit that MB and MT have done a good job this season.

Thanks to the AHL players, being developed under MB’s system, the Habs have not folded like a cheap accordion.

Injuries yes, but look at Big Mac, Danault, Lehkonen, Carr, Emelin, Beaulieu.
Oh, and don’t forget the oft-maligned Andrighetto.

Danault brought in for a couple of popular players, who had no significant future with the Habs. Great move by MB.

So, what are the top four centers, once all the players are back?


Timo: where do we put your man, DD?


  1. dgab says:

    This is not the time to think about unloading contracts for next years RFA/UFA season. The Habs are making a cup run, we need veteran scorers and depth players to get us through the playoffs. Come to think of it, who on the Habs has won a cup? Hmm..

    • bwoar says:

      My thoughts exactly. This isn’t time to be dumping people at the deadline without careful thought as to how it may change the chemistry.

      My single exception, and it’s touched on below – Plekanec.

      I know the arguments front-to-back. And it would depend on the return being a useful playoff performer. But to those who wouldn’t consider it, I think his playoff performance speaks to itself.

      I’ve never bought MB’s hogwash line about players that get to into or that get you through the playoffs. You build with winners, period.

      One thing that struck me about last night, and even though it was probably the worst game I’ve watched the Jets play this year: the young guys are being set up to become winners by example. Blake Wheeler is their captain, and real good one at that. But the key guy for them isn’t Patrick Laine or Wheeler, it’s Mark Scheifele. He’s bound to be the Jets Captain once Wheeler’s time is up. 100% sure about that. And I’ll tell ya, that kid is getting a great apprenticeship right now. The team needs to make the playoffs so he can learn to be a winner when it counts – that’s the only thing missing.

      The Habs have a few young guys who could use that too. Playoff experience. Winning a few rounds, heck winning it all. This year it’s gonna be up to Pacioretty and Radulov and Weber and Price to finally break through, at the very least play for the Stanley Cup, to get experience for the Galchenyuks, Beaulieus, Lehkonens etc.

      Lastly, Daniel Carr is a beaut. Needs to stay in the lineup.

    • Rockhabsfan says:

      Hasn’t Shaw won a cup in 2013 and 2015??

      I’d be reluctant to trade Plek UNLESS the return (even if it was a rental) was excellent.

  2. fastfreddy says:

    I had to chuckle when reading a post below regarding the return of DD at center or wing. A poster quoted, “How can MT put DD in the lineup when everyone now is playing well?” And then a fellow poster responded, “MT will find a spot for DD”. Now I don’t doubt that MT will find a way to insert DD in the game, but if he plays big minutes and big PP time then you know for certain there’s something fishy going on.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It’s obvious that it’s Michel Therrien that’s obsessed with David Desharnais. Not HIO. Not at all.

    • Caesar says:

      I am not a fan or much of a detractor for DD. He’s a very good player. I think the issue is now when you draw up imaginary lines he has no place , Pleks is headed that way too. It means Habs are getting better that’s all. Beaulieu Sherbak Galchenyuk Danault Lehks Mc Carron are all not the “ruined by MT players” or “busts” many think they are. They could stil turn out to be, even Danault, but the future looks goods for them and for us fans.
      I really have my doubts that DD would survive a 5-7 game series against the Jets without being totally ineffective.

      • D Mex says:

        Only against the Jets ?

        Desharnais brings no value to the team, but everyone here knows that it’s highly probable Therrien will blow right past that and get him into the lineup at the very first opportunity.

        Translated, people here know that Therrien will deliberately weaken the lineup so that his boy can once again pose / pretend / go thru the motions of being a legitimate NHLer.
        This is not only pathetic – it undermines the team and some of the outstanding individual efforts we are witnessing.
        If Bergevin cannot see that something needs to be done to take this entire option off the table, it can only be that he refuses to see it – wilful blindness.

        Let’s not forget that other people are watching how this will play out as well – that list includes names like Price and Weber. They are this team’s one-two punch and, in the case of CP, he’ll soon be in the driver seat in deciding where his next contract is signed. If ever there was a time for Bergevin to make the tough decision, this is it IMO. Desharnais has to go ~ point final.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        Support Therrien – vote Desharnais : https://www.nhl.com/all-star-ballot
        See the Therrien – Desharnais duet here : http://i.imgur.com/NoNJ3FV.gif
        Therrien / Lacroix / Pacioretty : All Desharnais All the Time !

  3. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Forgot to ask yesterday, since I don’t know anyone here personally, which of you live in Winnipeg? Just curious…seems a lot. (Yes I figured out HabsWin-nipeg is from there…lol).

    • Timo says:

      You are incredibly astute. Not sure if directly from Peg, but Sholi and Bwoar are from around there. Also me… I was in Peg for about 2 hours in 2005 when I drove across the country from Mtl to Calgary during my resettlement to the wild wild west… if that counts.

    • bwoar says:

      I can tell ya DDO Old Man Winter is more p.-o.’d today here in the ‘Peg than Maurice was on the bench last night. Winterpeg has intense blowing snow, no visibility and it’s, well, somewhat cold outside. At least it’s kinda day.

      Nice game last night!

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        That was 80’s old school firewagon hockey last night.

        • Gerry Pigeon says:

          Yup, good fun. Who knew the Habs can play that kind of game and win with Montoya in net?

          Sterner test tonight against Minny, who actually know how to defend and have a pretty good former Hab in the net. Come out of that game with 2 points and I’ll be on the bandwagon for MB going all in…

  4. Flanelette says:

    Nice to see that sped can still beat size.
    Boy that is one slow and ugly team, including that stupid logo of theirs.

    One observation about refs: Winnipeg kept plowing into our goalie but the refs can use their judgement to decide if ramming the tender was intentional or accidental. Same with a stick to the face. Same with the headshots (on Carr yesterday on Shaw against Boston) but oh my flip the puck over the boards Whoa! Automatic penalty. Poor NHL reffing. God it’s so stupid.

    • Timo says:

      I was annoyed with running of Montoya… and more annoyed that no one jumped on the Jets goons the way they did for Price lately. Maybe Big Al needs to give them all a glare.

  5. Hab-it-forming says:

    Need a RW.

    Iginla is the perfect fit. Size Strength Leadership and desire. Probably a very cheap get.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree on size, strength and leadership, my concern is his ability to still play hockey with speed and effectiveness. He is having a miserable season in Colorado. I wouldn’t want to give up a 2nd round pick for him at this point.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I wanted him 3 seasons ago for leadership and toughness. Not sure what he has left. Wouldn’t complain though if him or Doan acquired.

  6. nbsjfan says:

    They have Danault playing so well at centre, McCarron doing a great job on the 3rd line how do you put DD in there at the centre position when he returns? By then the team will have Galchenyuk, Danault, Plekanec, Mitchell, McCarron – DD easily becomes the #6 centre. Wing you say? The way the forwards are playing right now who would come out of the lineup to enable him to play out of his position at wing on a second or 3rd line capacity? Does anyone here see a place for the Diminutive Davey (as Hughson calls him) on this team at this point?

    • gmur says:

      Could it be ‘waivers for Davey’? Sounds like the title of a novel… a sad novel.

    • ArmyFan says:

      The right answer to all your questions – no.

      The probable answer – MT will find a spot for him, due to whatever irrational attachment he is afflicted with.

    • rhino514 says:

      I am not forgetting anyone, with Gallagher out but Shaw back in, there is one spot at wing in the top nine which would have to go to either Andrighetto, Carr, Flynn, or Desharnais. Knowing Therrien, he will probably give DD that spot ahead of the others and see what he can do at wing, though I do not think he fits in well at all as a wing.
      I will p&ke if they actually put him back at C and move Danault to wing.

      Regarding Plekanec, last year he scored 3 empty net goals and 11 “real” goals. I think he can match the “real” goals this year, so in essence no loss there. He will fall short of last season´s assists, though. He´s still a valuable player if gets around 40 points.

  7. sreuel says:

    Way to put the team down already saying no goals

  8. BC (Because of the Cats) says:

    What an entertaining game. It’s great to see our young players making the most of their chances, and the results speak volumes for the quality of the moves Bergevin has made. Fifth-line puds indeed. The fact that the team is still hanging around the top of the League despite a third of the ineup having spent most of the season in the AHL suggests that not only is Bergevin doing a good job, but Sylvain Lefebvre is also. If he were not preparing the players well, they couldn’t do what they’re doing.

    I’m very happy for Sven Andrighetto. This was by far his best game of the year, perhaps his best game as a Hab. He looks like an NHL player; if there isn’t room for him on our team, perhaps he’ll find an opening elsewhere.

    My one real concern is the penalty kill. It’s horrible — which is puzzling, since it’s usually one of the best in the League. We absolutely have to improve it; we can’t go into the playoffs giving up a powerplay goal per game, which is pretty much what’s happening now. Whoever is coaching it should take a long look at the Bruins’ penalty kill. It’s very aggressive, they give up almost nothing.

    “We gotta lotta dep.”

  9. piper says:

    With the injured on the verge of returning to the lineup, I hope Bergy is trying hard to find a trade for Plek. They need to unload that contract if at all possible.
    Johnston and Plek for a late pick.

    • nbsjfan says:

      While I agree with many who are questioning Plekanec’s viability at this point, I wouldn’t be so quick to off him. Defensively he is still very good and come playoff time this team could do a whole lot worse than having him as a #3 defensive shutdown guy. And if Danault should start feeling some pressure as the #2, you can slide Plekanec back up for a few games here and there and let Danault work on a few things on the 3rd line while watching and learning from Plekanec. No, I say hang on to Plekanec as a 3rd line (expensive? Yes) centre for the remainder of the year. See what next year brings.

      • piper says:

        I think the cap space can be used to upgrade the team at deadline where more needed. Dman or top 6 winger.

      • BC (Because of the Cats) says:

        I agree. I think Plekanec is a whole lot better than his numbers suggest. He’s one of our best defensive players and chief penalty-killers. If the penalty-kill is struggling now, I shudder to think what it would look like without Plekanec. There’s also the question of chemistry, which appears to be great at the moment. Make a trade and you change things.

        I don’t buy the argument that Plekanec’s skills are declining. You don’t lose your skills just because you get older. You migt lose a bit of speed, but, as long as you keep playing, the skills will be there. I think Plekanec has been in a slump that has worsened as his confidence has waned. He’s looking good right now with Lehkonen and Byron.

        “We gotta lotta dep.”

  10. rice says:

    Who were the knowledgeable analysts who laughed when the Habs signed Rads. There should be a lot of crow on their menu. Quickly moving up the list of my favourite players. Would like to see him in a Hab uniform for years to come.

  11. Strummer says:

    Nice to see Pleky contributing offense.
    he also had a couple of nice “3rd” assists

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

  12. 123456 says:

    Disappointed in some individuals including many media. Price is NOT playing poorly. If you break down the goals from his last game the middle two were turnovers. First was a tough shot and a rebound with no defense help. The last was a poor one timer by Ovie that price overplayed only because is was a poor shot. Seriously a couple bounces and Price gets a shut out.

    I’m not saying he deserved a shutout but you saw a goalie not playing well last night, Price always plays great.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      All that I will say is that I am surprised by a number of goals lately. They seem to be on shots that I normally expect him to stop, so they catch me by surprise.

  13. Bash says:

    Having seen a lot of these guys in St. John’s I can clearly state that Ghetto, Scherbak, and Mac are exactly what you saw last night.

    In the A, Ghetto most often looks like the best offensive player on the ice…great wheels and vision He is in NHL calibre for sure and can be a 20 goal scorer. But he is hardly getting plum assignments or line mates when called up.

    Nikita has the size and hands for sure. He is still raw for the NHL level and is going to make a few mistakes, ironically even more as he gains confidence and tries to carry the play. But make no mistake he is a gem.

    Mike has ups and downs. When he is tired he skates like a glacier. Long shifts are a definite no no. But when he is fresh he can be a beast.

    “Damn it Jim I’m not a doctor; I’m a hockey expert.”

  14. JUST ME says:

    Had not seen the Jets this season , only highlights and comments but how disappointing was i after the game ! Of course i was happy my Habs won but did not expect to see such a weak opponent. Maybe because we always tend to see the opponent bigger than they are because of the media coverage….or maybe because they had a bad game in their system also… But this is the weakest team we have played so far this season. I understand that some key players are injured but even with them in the lineup it will not give them any NHL caliber goal tender nor will it tighten their defensive game. Still many years away from being able to compete in the west.

    Good game by the good boys. Danault was on fire ! Lehkonen very opportunistic may end up with 20 goals this season without making noise ,working, grinding and having his way. Beaulieu is also having and excellent stint playing a better balanced and mature game. Not a big game by Montoya but a huge one compared to the Jets goalies…

  15. on2ndthought says:

    Please exercise caution when jumping on or off of bandwagon. Management is not responsible for injury, not even heartbreak.

    Free Front.

  16. Habfan10912 says:

    You keep waiting for the wheels to fall off. Half an AHL lineup (and not a stellar AHL record either) on the road last night. Jump out to a 2-0 lead. Blow that lead nearly as quickly as it was attained. You think to yourself, “OK, here it comes.”

    Ready to blast the coach. Blast the system. Pleks stinks or whoever is the whipping boy at the moment. And than……..

    Nope. Resilient. Hard working. Complete buy in. Value of the sum of the parts greater than the sum of the individual parts.

    After last seasons crap fest its understandable how we would be so quick to jump to these conclusions. Like a wound which is stubborn to heal, last season left a horrendous taste in our mouths.

    This team has become like a great hockey mouthwash. Quickly erasing that horrendous taste in our hockey mouths.

    Pretty awesome stuff.

  17. rhino514 says:

    Unreal that MB got Danault for nothing. Where would we be at centre without him with all of the injuries? Last night he cemented his status for expansion draft protection and barring a trade next year he is our number two centre. He has the raw talent, a bit concerned though if he can handle that pressure. Also a native son so what more could we ask for?
    Great to see Plekanec playing better, he´s a great number three guy if he can´t do number 2 anymore. Heck, even Flynn is putting up points.
    Only Mitchell do I see as a liability, not much use on the PK and bad possession stats. I´d rather see McCarron stay at centre or else use either Carr or Andrighetto. Not quite sure why MB got him for 3 years. Flynn is cheaper, shorter term and more valuable.
    Just 1 or 2 more games until our injuries come back then we are rolling.

  18. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Halfway through the season, and Patches with a shot at 40 goals.

    Chucky and Byron with a chance to hit mid 20’s, and Radulov, Danault, Weber, and Lehkonen on pace for around 20.

    While it’s not likely that actually all happens, if at least 4 of those 7 players hit their projected totals, and Shaw and Gallagher return healthy, rested, and ready to mix it up in the playoffs, it might be an interesting spring in Montreal.

    Now what can MB add without mortgaging the future? Gotta hand it to you Bergy, the Danault and Byron moves look like they were steals, and Lehkonen is coming along nicely. Don’t forget Weber, and the best FA signing of the summer, Radulov.

    Yeah, the PK sucks, Price hasn’t been himself, our offence, while seemingly spread out and high ranking, still tends to run dry when needed some nights. But 42 games into an injury plagued year, this team’s still hanging around the upper echelon….makes me wonder what’s taken hold of this group? They’re tight as a team. Have more talent than I give them credit for? Winning by commitee doesn’t sound like the formula for playoff victories though…let’s get there and find out for sure 🙂

  19. Timo says:

    Weird game. Lots of errors on both side… luckily for Habs, Peg’s D is even worse. I thought Bealieu and especially Petry had a horrible game. And I still am trying to understand the Ryan Johnston thing… especially instead of Redmond. PK is bad. Really… Daignault has to go.

    Great goal by The Danault though… a total highlight reel. Byfuglien looked like a peewee player on that goal. Must be The Danault’s hair cut. Fantastic goal. In general, I thought all the lesser names on attack played a strong game today. Sherbak is growing on me and hopefully some of the walking wounded could take some more time to heal. These youngsters are playing relatively well. Don’t want them out of the lineup.

  20. dexterdog says:

    Fire Therrien.

  21. habs001 says:

    Good that Plecks scored again but he was on for 2 goals…Had another clean PK faceoff loss that lead to a goal…

  22. PK says:

    Thanks for highlighting the post, Boone.

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    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  23. Arnou Ruelle says:

    I just checked the standings. The CH are not that far off being one of the top-3 teams in the league. They are 4 points away from Columbus and they sit 4th in the league. I think Marc Bergevin, if the team goes well, should be getting a “GM of the year” nomination. MT may be in consideration for the Jack Adams nomination.

  24. habs001 says:

    The PK is still a major concern…very few of the Habs forwards are playing well on the PK…There is no reason that they should be in the bottom 10 on the PK…Mitchell i find is terrible in his zone both PK and 5 on 5….

  25. dirkwork25 says:

    Ghetto’s goal was not his first in the NHL.

    • RightNyder says:

      First NHL goal of the season.
      Boone’s hopped up on Nyquil in his basement. Cut him some slack.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I’m normally a Nyquil man, but lately have discovered Neo Citran. Both tremendous consumer products.

        And I hear they’re great if you have a cold.

        • RightNyder says:

          I eat Fishermans Friends like they’re Skittles.

          • Goldenchild says:

            Try Halls Mentholyptus with ‘vapour action’ (extra strong in the black package). If you like to chortle, check out the youtube adds from the 70s and 80s on Halls Mentholyptus….they are awesome. Also, rub some of that Vicks Vapor Rub on the old chest et voila! Your cold symptoms will reduce by at least 38%. If it works for Trump, it can work for you! Anyone remember the TV ad on HNIC from the 70’s for Zellers…….”Great Shot Zellers!” It was priceless. G’night all! I sure miss Rick Chartraw. Any idea where he might be these days? Wasn’t he the only Hab ever born in Venezuela (no joke!)?

  26. Cal says:

    4 goals against looks brutal until you see it up against the 7 goals for. Way to go, Lehkonen and Danault. Nice seeing Pleks poke another one home. Let’s hope he doesn’t go back into his burrow.
    Another real tough one tomorrow. The Wild are playing, well, like beasts. Ought to be another good one.

  27. RightNyder says:

    So I was listening to the radio tonight, and former NHL journeyman Mike Santorelli was on there. In between setting the record for saying “you know” in any one interview slot, he was taking about Martin Hanzal of the Coyotes.
    He said he hated Hanzal more than any player in the league and that no one liked playing against him. He’s apparently the dirtiest player in the game and is loathed because he rarely fights to back it up.
    I seem to recall (and my West Coast mates out here can back me up) one game in which he injured three Canucks in one game.

    After I heard he was so dirty (in MB-speak “hard to play against”), I became even more convinced we need to pick him up. Six-six, 230, good on faceoffs, kills penalties, 40-point dude.
    Galchenyuk/Plekanec/Danault/Hanzal/Mitchell/etc., in whatever form MT’s blender tosses them out there, works for me.

    Hell, maybe we pick him up first, and then Plekanec becomes part of the Duchene blockbuster…

  28. oldguy10 says:

    Should be interesting when Therrien has to decide who plays where when the injured start returning. Definitely not the “Kindly old coach’s” strong point – how many of the “young” guys who are playing well wind up on the bench or in the AHL? hopefully Therrien (and Bergevin) get it right?

  29. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Lehkonen is making a good case for replacing Plekanec. Better and cheaper? Nice to see the young guys coming through and providing lots of great depth.
    Byfuglien could have been penalized almost every time he’s on the ice. He’s a dirty player.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain

  30. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    Was at the game tonight. A few thoughts:
    1. Danault is very good all around.
    2. Ditto Lehkonen.
    3. Andrighetto has NHL offensive skills. He had some nice plays tonight.
    4. Scherbak…yikes. You can see the hands, but yikes.
    5. McCarron looked ponderous tonight.
    6. Montoya got hung out to dry on at least 3 goals. He shut the door when needed.
    7. Even with 6 regulars out, the Habs just look solid.
    8. Habs PP looked very good.
    9. For all the naysayers about this and that, the Habs keep winning.
    10. Montoya should NEVER handle the puck – it was scary every time.
    11. First live Habs game in over 20 years – that was a treat.

    Night all – time for this Habs fan to pack it in. Tomorrow I wear my jersey to work to rub it in.

  31. RightNyder says:

    Boone: “Tomas Plekanec scored for the second game in a row. He looks livelier playing with Lehkonen and Paul Byron.”

    How many times do I have to point out that slotting any struggling player with the SlumpBuster™ Paul Byron will bring them out of their slumber?

    I fully expect MT to try to salvage DD when/if he returns by playing him with Byron.

  32. berc says:

    Unimpressive display of goaltending and defense all around in this game, except for Beard and junior beard. Habs now 24th in the league on the PK (Leafs tied for 7th). Why the heck is Johnston still in the lineup? Take that, Pollys.

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      He looked upset b/c he’s not playing a good defensive game, and he had a penalty call. Coaching staff will take note of that and maybe switch him to Redmond tomorrow, we’ll see.

  33. PK says:


    A year is a long time, no?

    I admit that MB and MT have done a good job this season.

    Thanks to the AHL players, being developed under MB’s system, the Habs have not folded like a cheap accordion.

    Injuries yes, but look at Big Mac, Danault, Lehkonen, Carr, Emelin, Beaulieu.
    Oh, and don’t forget the oft-maligned Andrighetto.

    Danault brought in for a couple of popular players, who had no significant future with the Habs. Great move by MB.

    So, what are the top four centers, once all the players are back?


    Timo: where do we put your man, DD?

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    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  34. Un Canadien errant says:

    Notes on the Canadiens 7-4 win against the Jets.

    –I’m afraid of the Jets. They’re the big type of team that can hurt us, physically, as in injure us.

    –Only one Mike McCarron is not enough on a night like this. This is when you’d hope that Jacob de la Rose and Brett Lernout were ready. And Connor Crisp. And Jarred Tinordi. And Jason Missiaen.

    –I fear Mark Barberio and Ryan Johnston will expire, on some of those shifts they’re trapped in their zone.

    –Although the Jets seem to focus on Alexei Emelin, like they’ve got a score to settle, like they took his number for something that happened before. He’s taken a couple of big hits.

    –Torrey Mitchell’s delay of game penalty is a bad one. He’s taken some poor penalties lately, hooking and slashing calls, unnecessary. That flip of the puck over the glass was careless, and it cost the team. I wonder whether he still had in mind a previous shift when he backhanded a puck against the glass and caused an icing, and tried to finesse this one.

    –That “hit” by Dustin Byfuglien on Daniel Carr wasn’t a hit, it was an elbow to the face. Of course, no penalty was called.

    –Nikita Scherbak undoubtedly earned a ticket back to St. John’s with his decision to take the puck, wheel around his net and try to rush the puck out of his own zone. He got easily caught from behind, lost the puck, and almost cost us a goal. I didn’t realize he was that ponderous, I figured he could skate better than that.

    –I’m glad I’m not the only one who caught that lazy half-hearted pokecheck by Dustin Byfuglien on Phillip Danault’s end-to-end goal. Jeff Petry, I absolve you of your sin on that goal by Evgeni Kuznetsov.

    –Tomas Plekanec is sick of me ragging on him, of posting how I wish he’d been traded years ago. He’s doing something about it.

    –Michael Hutchison? When did the former lead singer of INXS start goaltending in the NHL?

    –We’re in awe of the stockpile of talented young players on the Jets, but comes at the cost of years of futility and high draft rankings. We convince ourselves that they’re a great organization that finds great talent, but when you’re drafting ninth overall, you just bend down and pick up Nik Ehlers, it’s not rocket science.

    –At 6-3, I expect Big Buff or Adam Lowry or Chris Thorburn will decapitate someone.

    –Someone remind me how goaltending is easy to find, and not crucial in the NHL? Use the Jets in your answer, and be sure to discuss Ondrej Pavelec.

    –I don’t want to get carried away with Phillip Danault. The kid is doing great now, but ultimately, our roster will be Cup-ready when he’s (at best) our third-line centre. I really liked when he and Torrey Mitchell were the left-right faceoff combination on our fourth line.

    –Shawn Matthias is in Winnipeg? After Vancouver and Toronto? Is he on the Matt Stajan/Lee Stempniak career path?

    –I’d put the over-under on the word ‘foxhole’ at 1 on Twitter tonight.

    –Not that mad at the fourth Jet goal. It may keep their focus on hockey, instead of their attempts at the dismemberment of Daniel Carr.

    –We can’t get Andrei Markov and Greg Pateryn back soon enough.

    –Alright I give: keeping Artturi Lehkonen was the right call coming out of camp. I worried we’d lose players on waivers as a result, and that he wasn’t really superior to Sven Andrighetto, for one. I may have misjudged that one.

    –I’ll say it again: I’m glad that Blake Wheeler blossomed once he was gone from Boston. I’d hate to face him so often as a Bruin. This way, the Bruins wasted a first-round pick on him, and didn’t end up with the player. Perfect.

    –Good win by the boys, although Al Montoya’s stats take it on the chin again.

    ¡Viva Frontenac siempre y para siempre!


  35. 100HABS says:

    ONE-der what Timo will complain about tonight?…

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