About last night … (terse and pithy edition)

Price down and out

This is going to be the all-time short version of ALN.

What is there to say, really?

Playing the biggest game of his career, the franchise goaltender was, at best, mediocre … while the guy at the other end of the ice put on a playoff performance of Halakian brilliance.

David Desharnais, signed to a contract extension during the season, is turning into a slower, smaller Scott Gomez. In 19 minutes of ice time, including 5:11 on the power play, DD had ZERO shots on goal. And we won’t even mention he was kicked out of the faceoff circle more often than Charlie Sheen’s been thrown out of bars.

Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz were a combined minus-5.

The Canadiens had 27 shots in the second period – in addition to 10 that were blocked by Senators and five that missed the net.

In their long and glorious history, which has featured some very good playoff teams, your Montreal Canadiens had never fired 27 SoG in 20 minutes of postseason hockey.

Never.

Not with Howie Morenz.

Not with Maurice Richard.

Not with Guy Lafleur.

But they did it with Brendan Gallagher and P.K. Subban, who played their hearts out against the Senators.

And still the Canadiens lost – because Carey Price is not Bill Durnan, Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden or Patrick Roy.

After that 27-shot second-period bombardment of Craig Anderson, Ottawa scored on two of their first four shots in the third period. And that was the ballgame.

And maybe the series because in addition to their goaltending woes, the Canadiens have lost their best centre.

Eric Gryba is not Raffi Torres. The Ottawa defenceman probably will draw a suspension, but that was a classic open-ice hit of the type Scott Stevens used to deliver, sending Eric Lindros et al to La-Laland.

With Lars Eller in the hospital and Desharnais struggling, the Canadiens have a  hole at centre that 19-year-old Alex Galchenyuk will be hard-pressed to fill.

Granted, one game does not a series make.

But the Canadiens have a steep mountain to climb …. and less than 24 hours to get their poop in a group.

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Comment of the Night, from Blondemon:

Price basically started the 3rd the way he started the 1st in most of the games during the slump. Three goals on six shots. Deflated the team faster than an air mattress shared by Oprah and Rosie O’Donnell.

 

649 Comments

  1. JF says:

    Unfortunately, as Patrick Roy pointed out on L’Antichambre, Carey Price’s confidence, already fragile, almost certainly took a major hit from last night’s game. Nervous to start the game, knowing he has to be good, he watches the guy at the other end of the ice turning away all but two of fifty shots. He has to match that, but he doesn’t even come close. He gives up a soft goal to tie the game and then pretty much falls apart. What can he do before tonight to get last night’s game out of his mind and give himself the belief that he can win? How can he refocus, where is his confidence to come from? What about his teammates’ confidence in him?

    When a goaltender has a bad game, it is generally good for him to go right back out there. In Price’s case, apart from his recent slump, he usually follows a poor game with a good one, but whether he can do that now, in view of his struggles at the end of the season, is very much open to question. It probably would have been better – and I thought so at the time – for him to play the Toronto game, thus getting two solid wins under his belt going into the playoffs.

    If Price plays poorly tonight, we may well see Peter Budaj on Sunday – a scenario that will leave the organization with a giant question mark around the position of goaltender.

    • alfieturcotte says:

      No question marks – for the good of the team and its salary structure, Price must be traded. The longer we hold onto him, the smaller the market gets for a $6.5MM dud.

  2. Habs since 60 says:

    Hockey is a game of momentum. Unfortunately much of that resides with the goaltender. Last night Carey Price changed the momentum of the game by whiffing on the tying goal in the third period, when the Habs had played pretty well and with good goaltending, looked like they would win. One weak goal and the Sens are energized, the Habs are deflated, and the game changes. Craig Anderson in the other net oozes confidence and his team stays in a game even when they give up 50 shots. That is playoff goaltending. I don’t think we can get that from Price as the last two months he has been slowly getting worse. Therrien might show some guts tonight and start Budaj. Price has not earned the right to start this critical game. Hockey is not charity. I like Price but do not think we can win tonight with him, let alone this series. Either he gets better or we need to reconsider our franchise goaltender because good starts to a season do not a playoff team make.

  3. FlyAngler says:

    I have been a Price supporter since day one but totally agree on the “five hole” problem. Is Groulx working with him on this problem because obviously at this point you can’t blame new goalie pads

  4. habs-fan-84 says:

    Did Gryba “target” the head? No, I don’t believe so.

    Was the principal point of contact the head? Yes.

    It was an unfortunate situation – a bad pass by Diaz and the end result is a trip to the hospital for one of our best players.

    Because the head was the principal point of contact I would like to see at least a game, but because I don’t believe Gryba “targeted” the head I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets none.

    Eller will be missed, without him we suddenly don’t look as deep. Big void to fill. Does Halpern draw in?

    Lastly, Diaz did not look very good last night (even excluding “the pass”).

    • winnipeg hab fan says:

      Pateryn in for Diaz; Prust up to Eller’s line; add grit to 4th. Can we call up from Hamilton?

      .

    • Luke says:

      I think you are right.

      As much as hated seeing Eller in a pile. I really don’t think it was that bad of a hit. Maybe blind side, maybe head contact. But I dunno… I think the 5 and a game may have already been enough. Time served? 1 game max?

    • Habitforming says:

      “Because the head was the principal point of contact I would like to see at least a game, but because I don’t believe Gryba “targeted” the head I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets none.”

      Sounds like the explaination for White’s hit that cost him 5 games, no?

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        I only saw the replay for White’s hit once. From what I remember I didn’t think it was that bad and I thought the 5 games was overkill…

  5. HabsFan1111 says:

    A few thoughts to chew on…

    1-As some have mentioned already, DD looked like a child against men out there. He brought nothing to his shifts.

    2-I don’t really see how you can blame Gryba for the hit. Eller (obviously) was not expecting him to step up, he got stunned by the hit and smacked his face on the ice, which caused the damage. Hope Larry recovers quickly, but I don’t think it would be fair to suspend Gryba. HUGE loss for the Habs though… Emelin huge.

    3-Price played decent, but needs to be better. He needs to outplay Anderson if we’re gonna have a chance in this series. I thought he looked good for most of the game though.

    GHG

  6. commandant says:

    I had to go on a rant on the Ottawa Sun.

    Completely disgusting.

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  7. Habfan29 says:

    I have been a big Price fan from Day 1, he has won at all levels but something is not quite right with him this year, last year he was lights out on a poor team and this year with a better team in front of him he is mediocre at best. I am quickly losing patience with his play and him on his knees all the time, this is just an indication of his confidence being low. I have tended goal for 40 years and about 90% of this position is mental and something is going on in Cary’s head because he is having way to many mental lapses. I don’t think Pierre Groulx is the man to get him out of this funk. I think that the Habs need a real goalie coach, one that has played the game and knows the ups and downs. Bergevin if he is going to stick with Price should try to get Oleg Kolsov from whatever team he is with to work with Price.

    As for those saying that the hit on Eller was clean, it was not Gryba targeted Eller at our blue line and he is a defensemen. Eller was in a vulnerable position and hit was to the head.

    • 123456 says:

      I would not be so quick to say the team in front of Price is better this year. Some better players that is true, they certainly have scored more goals!! But the Habs defense is terrible. I’m not sure what has happened to them but PK is the only good (and he is great) Dman. The loss of Emilin was huge. Georges and Markov has taken huige strides backwords. Diaz is 6th dman at best (like Weber and Kaberle). Frankie B is a solid number 5 for sure.

  8. Old Bald Bird says:

    Like a moth to the flame, I am drawn to the hysteria of this site.
    And like a moth, I am totally burned.

  9. Chilly Willy says:

    Anderson through out his career has sucked when playing over 29 games a season.

  10. Habsssssssswin says:

    Goaltending in the playoffs is vital. I’m worried right now.

  11. jrshabs1 says:

    Who would have thought the ghost of Allen Bester has been reincarnated into good ‘ole #31. You could literally drive a truck through #31’s 5 hole. Spin it however you want Habs fans..we have a huge problem in net. Can’t win with crap goaltending. 6.5 million/year for this….C’mon does #31 work for the Government? Where’s our tax break?

    Go Habs Go!!

  12. Habsbill24 says:

    We remember our Canadiens heroes for what they do in the playoffs and the 24 Cups they won. Those that want to know why we no longer have time for Carey Price? Career playoff record:

    8 Wins
    16 Losses

    The worst winning percentage in Habs history. He is not a winner, case closed.

    • Ton says:

      first rounder, winner at junior level, ahl, 6.5 million dollar contract> gets you a long shelf life! Were 12 months away from cutting our losses……………………there needs to be major turnaround…win this round and steal two games………..win the next round and steal two games……..that’s what you need in a money goaltender.

    • Ton says:

      its too bad……..because in between the lines savard suggested that he does not try on the some the goals he lets in……..our generation goalie’s were tough skinned…ex. Dryden does not get start in 79 vs rangers…….gets a break and gets back in net…….closes the door…….he’s done it countless of time………what would he paid in today’s standards!

  13. Dust says:

    I hear a lot of people blaming Price for the loss saying we lost momentum after he let that second goal in.
    I disagree I think we lost momentum when we didn’t score on the 5 on 3. That would have put us up 3-1. Sens had momentum after that. That built off that penalty kill.

  14. 123456 says:

    Eller is a good player but can someone tell me how he is the Habs best center? Is it the points? Defensive play? Locker room guy?

    Come on the Habs can win without Eller.

    This is playoff hockey. Habs need to be tougher. Crash the net and defend your own net. It’s really that easy.

    If the Habs win tonight they will be in a good position to win the series.

    • twilighthours says:

      He’s a matchup-changer. He’s the most important player on the line that gives us real depth, and gives us the ability to control a shift even if the other lines play neutral against each other. He’s not the best player or centre, but he makes the Habs more dynamic and dangerous.

      To be honest, with Eller out I don’t see us winning this series unless Price outplays Anderson.

      • 123456 says:

        That I can agree with. But more than one poster, the writer quickly losing his credibility included, stated Eller was out best center…..

        Let’s hope the Habs can win tonight and get this series prolonged so Eller can return and score.

        • AllHailTheFlower says:

          Is Eller our best centre? Maybe not. Was he playing like our best centre? Yep.

        • Steeltown Hab says:

          Over the last stretch you could say he’s been our best center. We all know Pleks is #1 overall, but Eller is a really close #2 and when DD is your next option that’s a massive loss.

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          • AceTen says:

            Pleks is weak and disappears in tough games. Ya he’s good defensively and on the pk etc. HE IS SMALL. This is the playoffs folks and Eller’s size and intensity made him our #1 center. Who else do we have? DD? lol

    • Phil C says:

      Agree, the Habs can easily still win without Eller. They move Prust or Dumont up, and they still have 3 lines that can score. If not, they have 2 lines that can score with more talent than the Sens top two lines, and bring in some big bodies for the 3rd and 4th line. The Habs should be good enough to beat Ottawa without Eller, no excuses.

  15. Haberoooo13 says:

    1) Notice for all our shots, we get to very few rebounds.
    2) Yep
    3) Sens big guys screen, anyone beside Gallagher screen for Habs
    4) Harsh, but won’t argue at this moment
    5) Uh-huh
    6) Coaches should play accordingly
    7) Yep
    8)
    9)Yep
    10) Not sure
    11) Halpern will score?

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    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Nothign harsh about #4 wake up, have some heart. He’s more concerned with Little david getting his contract than winning hockey games.
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  16. 44har48 says:

    It’s just one game, but Price has to be better or they won’t win a game in this series.

    The one thing that stood out at me last night is that everyone of our 27 shots in period 2 and every shot for that matter, were outside and juicy rebounds were not taken advantage of all night long. Why do you ask? IMO, our smallest player was the only guy I saw in front of the net or driving the net last night.

    Simple guys, crash this net hard and smash those un pretty rebounds home or go home. This is not the series for the pretty goals, there goalie and defense are too good.

  17. AllHailTheFlower says:

    Desharnais needs to spend the off-season working as Gallagher’s squire – maybe he’ll learn what the definition of “compete” is.

    And it would be nice if Ryder actually went and GOT the puck from time to time, instead of waiting around for it to come to him.

    • twilighthours says:

      “And it would be nice if Ryder actually went and GOT the puck from time to time, instead of waiting around for it to come to him.”

      Advice you’d give to a novice hockey player, and yet still so applicable for Ryder.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      There will be a Ryder truck moving Ryder’s stuff out of Montreal come the end of next week. We all now remember why we let him go the first time.

  18. twilighthours says:

    We can be upset about Desharnais all we want, folks, but now there are no other options. DD is going to get top minutes, and will continue to get good PP minutes. We might as well get behind him and hope he does well.

    (Same argument for Price, too)

  19. Phil C says:

    “Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head

    48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted. However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.”

    As you can see, the rule leaves a lot of room for interpretation. No longer any reference to “blindside”. To me, Gryba needs to be held responsible for not making solid body contact. Because of his lack of execution, it was a glancing hit with the head as the principal point of contact.

    It is also sad that on a hit like this, that there is even a question of whether or not it is illegal. It is insane that there is a sport where it is acceptable to destroy a player’s head as long as it is a “hockey play”.

  20. Steeltown Hab says:

    When we need a goal, don’t go to Desharnais over Plekanec or Galchenyuk, that’s honestly a disgrace to habs fans.

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  21. The Juice says:

    My 2 cents on the hit:

    Was it similar to Scotty Stevens on Lindros: yes

    However, since the Marc Savard and Sid Crosby concussions the league has made an “attempt” to try and reduce hits to the head. This was a perfect example of one and should be suspendable, much like Stevens should be if the Lindros hit occured in 2013.

    I can live with no suspension, but in that case, keep your head up Alfie ;)
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  22. Maritime Ron says:

    I would love to see Coach Therrien mix it up tonight and use
    Galchenyuk-Gallagher-Prust as the 1st Unit PP.

    You know the net would be clogged with that trio and they’ll pounce on the Subban/Markov rebounds.
    Isn’t that what we need?

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      Agreed…until #67 understands that he must use his size and go to the net

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    • Steeltown Hab says:

      Ryder (regardless of how bad he is) – Plekanec – Gionta
      Bourque – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
      Pacioretty -DD (or Dumont for all I care) – Prust is your 3RD LINE play the minutes accordingly

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      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Maritime Ron says:

        I’m good with that, but don’t underestimate Prust and what he could do on a PP. He has better vision and hands than most give him credit for and he is not afraid of the front of the net

  23. I almost feel like I’m wasting my time with this post considering everyone in the last 12 hours has a one track mind.

    PK set the tone early and was all over the place, crashing everything that came his way and our forwards pressed on, nice easy, breaking the zone slowly, coming in taking a shot and then letting the Sens break out and do it all over again.

    Never have we seen so many shots on a goalie where no second or third rebound shot was needed. What’s wrong with these forwards? Every single shot was kicked into the quarter slot to the right or left and not one forward was there to shoot it into the empty net.

    Watching Karlsson go through Gionta, Plekanec, and Gorges was disgusting.

    Watching PK absolutely crush Neil should have lit a fire in the Canadiens, PK was giving it his all and the Habs just sat there like it was no big deal.

    And then to see Eller crushed and bleeding, controlling the entire second period and come out in the third like it was meh whatever.
    What kind of team plays like that? I have no answer but most of who have ever played at a competitive level knows that that very first shift back you are angry, you are fired up and you play like you are ten feet tall, the fastest men on ice, and attack attack attack. But did we do that? They scored a beautiful goal on the PP and then went home for the night.

    Desharnais, you want to be a centerman then play center, get set in the circle and ready to play center, what’s the freaking sense having you kicked out of every draw? Gawd!

    And Galchenyuk on the bench the last 60 seconds makes no sense. Keep those little men off the ice, they can’t get through the big Ottawa defense.

    There are a couple players playing hockey and a whole bunch going through the motions.

    They’ll all be looking for new houses in July, as I am sure Marc Bergevin saw exactly what I saw and it wasn’t poor goaltending that lost this game, it didn’t help but it wasn’t the reason.

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  24. AceTen says:

    Game 1 stats:
    Anderson save % .960, Price save % .871

    Is it really all that surprising we lost? There is simply no way we can win a cup or even this series for that matter with our goalie consistently putting up these numbers. Especially now with the injury to Eller I feel this team is in BIG trouble with no time to try and figure it out.

    • Really that’s what you saw? That’s it blame the goalie?

      Unreal

      Can’t compete with post’s like this one, well done, yep all Carey Price, trade Price and we will win every game. :lol:

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      • Clay says:

        Sholi man – I like you, but come on…denial is NOT a river in Egypt. Price lost that game, and let down his team. His team that played an exceptional game.

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        • Storman says:

          Clay I cant believe anyone still defending Price at all costs at this point, Heads up though read my post below this years draft is stocked with some great goalies, and I am sure MB will be drafting one if not two in this years draft in Newark..

          • Clay says:

            I saw that…and thanks for posting it. I hope we don’t need to draft one, but I think we have no choice at this junction. Getting out from the Price contract might be tricky though.

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      • twilighthours says:

        Sholi, the tying goal was a morale-killer. I believe that if he makes that routine save, Montreal wins the game.

  25. StephK says:

    Although Price is not the only reason we lost, he is being paid as an elite goaltender. In the past month he has been mediocre at best. Now is not the time to let him “find his game” or “work out the kinks”. He is not right. They should paly Budaj tonight to try to turn things around. I am confident that we win the game if Budaj was tending goal yesterday.

    I always liked Price, and backed him up; but I am tired of waiting on him to perform. In the last 3 years he gets in these slumps that he has a really hard time to get out of. Like it or not, he is not reliable enough, and I don’t know if I can continue to deffend him.

    Go Habs Go

  26. Storman says:

    Apart from my goalie prospect post just below,
    what do you all think about Diaz facing Media after brutal pass and how he must have felt and how stand up he was dealing with it and the media, yet Price slips town on any explanation or words of wisdom from a team leader to its fan base and media for last night’s addition to his playoff resume.

  27. JUST ME says:

    Legal hit or not is not the point here. It should not be permitted to injure the opponent .We tend to look at the results ,the intention behind the hit when actually it should be an automatic call.
    That having been said this was a suicide pass. Nothing to do to prevent it even for the one that gave the hit.I am amazed that it does not happen more often.

    I just think that these events only happen to us sometimes …I know it`s not the case but …
    After that we gradually lost it and Anderson did the rest. Damn it !

    You can play the blame game but nothing would have changed with such a great performance from their goalie.

  28. twilighthours says:

    Gryba hit… dirty or not? Hockey play or not? Lots of debate.

    I’ll tell ya, I could easily see Subban throwing the exact same hit.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      I’ve seen worse, but direct contact to the head that results in an injury is an automatic suspension if you genuinely want to take those plays out of the game.

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    • Maritime Ron says:

      That’s really not Subban’s style.
      He comes across the ice and leads with his hip or butt.
      Maybe I forgot, yet I don’t remember Subban going high on someone as the principal point of contact

  29. PrimeTime says:

    And a new rivalry is born!

  30. Steeltown Hab says:

    Really tough waking up after last night. If there was any question it should be answered now, PK Subban is the next Captain of the Canadiens and it’s not even close (Don’t tell me Gorges).

    Strong: Subban, Gallagher, Eller, Plekanec, Gionta

    Brutal: Ryder, Desharnais, Pacioretty not as bad but still a perimeter princess. Gorges and Diaz got worked all game long.

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    • Habsbill24 says:

      Gionta strong? The missing captain that never leads? Can’t wait for his 5M contract to come off the books after next year.

    • Clay says:

      I could see a guy like Gallagher being captain in a few years as well. Not that I disagree with PK either ;)

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    • oldandslo says:

      I agree
      PK was on his horse last night – never stopped moving. I don’t know how Price can be a witness to all the drama yesterday and not be moved to make a single critical save – not a one.

  31. CHicoHab says:

    Gryba a defenseman. What was he doing targeting Eller inside our blue line?? Yes targeting. Deliberately came over to assault him. Knocked him unconscious. But yet every sports station I watched clearly analysts said it was a hockey play. Vicious, brutal. Same old same old when a Hab gets destroyed. The blame is put on the victim not keeping his head up. Or the team mate who fed him the pass. Or the stanchion.

    • Dust says:

      He was pinching. Thats what D man do. Try and keep the puck in the other end. The Hit was blind side and to the head. It was wrong. However, I understand why Gryba stepped up there. He was trying to keep the puck in the habs zone. He just delivered the hit in the wrong way

  32. Clay says:

    First, like all here I hope Eller will be OK. I hope to see him back next season, as I have no illusions he will be back for these playoffs.
    As for the game – what more is there to say that hasn’t been said? That was a great game played by most of the Habs players, with 2 or 3 exceptions. But we all know that the notable exception was Price. I have been vocal in the past about having no confidence in his play, but I take no pleasure in being correct.
    I agree with those who say play him for the rest of the series though, and let him sink or swim. Time to see for sure what the Habs have in Price, and whether or not we need to go in a different direction.
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  33. H.Upmann says:

    Like it or not, tonight’s game could seal Carey’s fate…

  34. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Price is not a great goalie, he is a mediocre – average at best – overpaid netminder.

    I would play him tonight though, only to prove to him and everyone else (incl. MB), he will never get it done…and should go. Those big dollars he is being paid, should be freed up to pay for Subban, Gallagher and Galchenyuk…

    I personally am sick and tired of “waiting…” for Price to be the elite goalie that pundits say he is. Has not happened, and I don’t believe it will happen.

    I have wanted nothing more, than for him to become the “thoroughbred” fans have been lead to believe he would be…I tell you now, I am done believing he can.

    If he turns it around and actually wins the series, I will gladly eat a full course meal of crow. But trust me, I am not going to starve myself waiting.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Agreed. Time is about up waiting for Price to become a star. Best that we use one of our high picks in this draft, maybe two picks to draft goalies. He seems to have the physical tools but there is something missing in his make up. No fire or passion that you ant to see to excel. Just a shame that we have so much money tied up in Price, Desharnais and Gorges, all very mediocre players. I hate to say this but would have Desharnais gotten his contract if we had another significant french player on the team?

    • Clay says:

      You and I have always seen eye to eye on this issue Justin. Great comments. Couldn’t agree more.

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  35. Maritime Ron says:

    A little number crunching as to why Eller should have been at least the #2 center on the power play this year and probably # 1 after Game 15-20.

    I understand the early season respect factor for DD from last year, yet to stay with him as a 1st Unit PP player is a disservice to the team.

    Even last night after Eller went down, DD’s PP time was 5:11 vs. Plekanec at 3:57.
    Mind boggling!

    This season:
    DD Power Play time: 138 minutes 48 seconds
    PP Goals 2. PP Assists 5

    Eller Power play time: 32 minutes 27 seconds
    PP Goals 1. PP Assists: 4

    Eller also brought a much better skill set be that skating, puck protection, good on his skates (doesn’t fall with every puck battle)

    With Eller out, it’s time to give the Desharnais PP time to Galchenyuk!
    You just know something will happen when he’s on the ice with his buddy Gallagher.

  36. Storman says:

    Good Morning all well as good as it gets after last night..

    Now Diaz faces Media after brutal pass, yet Price slips town on any explanation or words of wisdom from a team leader to its fan base and media for last night’s game.

    The question of will we draft a goalie this draft year is a for gone conclusion at this point,, After last night’s CP Reckoning,,, The Future for Habs still looks extremely bright..

    Nowadays, it seems like many teams have taken a policy of not drafting goalies until the later rounds. In 2012 only two net minders went in the 1st round and that’s the most since 2006 when four goalies were selected early. Half the drafts since that year have seen no goaltender taken in the opening round. Many good goalies available for later round selections this year..

    I believe that with the 2013 draft year crop there are already at least 5 goalies that fit that description. and who most likely be available after the first round..Except for Comrie and Fucale you may be even able to wait till late second or 3rd round to snag a great goalie, I believe this year;s draft is stocked with some great goalie prospects and veruy athletic goalies..

    Eric Comrie
    Tri-City Americans (WHL)
    6’1, 175 lbs

    Zach Fucale
    Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    6’1, 176 lbs

    Tristan Jarry
    Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
    6’2, 181 lbs

    Now I’m not a scout but I talk with a number of them as well as with coaches, players and other media members across mostly the mid west USA. Based on those conversations and what I have seen with my own eyes, here are 3 goalies, I would love Habs Brass to comsider especially with one of our multiple later picks..

    Eamon McAdam
    Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
    6’2, 190 lbs

    But my absolute 2 favorite goalie prospects are again one from the USHL and Waterloo blackhawks

    Cal Peterson
    Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL)
    Height 6.02 — Weight 180

    and of Team Canada U18 gold medal fame

    Philippe Desrosiers
    Rimouski QMJHL
    Height 6.01 — Weight 187

    Drafting Desrosiers or Peterson or my preference both goalie prospects means securing some goalie prospects going forward with our extremely bright future.. Heads up ALL cheers, starting to recover from the CP going off the rails…

  37. fastfreddy says:

    If Price stops the easy goals, we win, plain and simple. Those goals shouldn’t be going in.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    TSN panel has its head up its ass about the hit.
    It’s just another example of group-think.
    They are using ‘technology’ to determine that the hit was legal.
    The problem is tha they are using it to find what they are looking for.
    Instead of looking to determine the nature of the hit, they are looking for a reason to call it clean because they all did it in the heat of the moment and would rather prove themselves right instead of exposing themselves as the clowns they are.

    There’s more than one reason I watch RDS.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Davida says:

      The arm he lead with is off the stick and the elbow is out. If he hits him with the shoulder and both hands on the stick, he’s good. Do it that way, suspension. Which is simply why the hit was so bad.
      Case closed.
      I about fell off my chair listening to the “expert evaluantion” during the game last night on HNIC. What a load.

      Habs for life, MTL forever

    • saskhabfan says:

      Had a nasty hit of this nature happended to a leaf they would all be calling for a 10 game suspension. The leaf media are all hypocrites.

  39. Moose12 says:

    The one reservation I had about facing Ottawa as opposed to the Leafs, was goal-tending. In Ottawa, Anderson is a stud, in fact all three of Ottawa’s goalies were strong this year. Toronto had Reimer, who like Price is a good goalie, not great, but good with periods of brilliance. We could beat him more than twice with 50 shots.
    I am not a Price lover or hater, I am a realist, and everyone has to be honest. In the 6 years or so that Price has been the number 1, what has he done to merit that status? He has played good hockey, not great. He has been inconsistent, especially when the pressure is on, and he is expected to steal a game or two. This he has never done.
    When the goalie at the other end is stopping 50 shots, from the simple to the very difficult, you expect your goalie to at least manage his 5 hole and not give up cheapies. It deflates a team.
    I am telling you, in the dressing room, they may be saying all the right things in public, but each player is down because of the loss of Eller, and the fact that they have no idea what their number one goalie will do each night. They no longer have faith in him.
    This is shades if 2010, where an ineffective Price had to be pulled for Halak, in order for us to make our run. I say give him the start tonight, he deserves it, but keep him on a short hook for the game and the rest of the series. If he falters , pull him and start Budaj, the team does seem to respond to him being in net.
    And if Price does falter again, this year, what is the statute of limitations on him being a number 1 goalie? Once a goalie loses it, does he ever really recover?(Theodore,Potvin,Raycroft). I agreed with the Halak trade when it was made, because Price had the potential, the proverbial upside, but it seems that he has not been able to reach that expectation. Is it too early? Do we give him more time? Or maybe , it will never come. For his own benefit, do we trade him from the crucible that is Montreal to somewhere less demanding, get something strong in return,and maybe go after Ryan Miller??
    DD, is another story- maybe not that smart to sign him like we did. Third line center at best.

  40. AceTen says:

    If that’s how the sens want to play then that’s how we should play. Put a bounty on little Karlson’s head. I wanna see him get destroyed the way Eller did and we can all call it a clean hit and put it on the front page talking about how great the habs are. I’m sad to say I live in Ottawa and its gunna be hard to not crack any stupid sens fan that gets in my face today. Some guys are really going to have to step up or we are in big trouble. The game should have been over by the end of the 2nd.

    • Ton says:

      I’m a hab’s fan and if this site was a pay site………I wouldn’t have seen this post. Bounty on someone’s head! How intelligent!

      • AceTen says:

        This is the playoffs. I’m not saying go out and try to kill a guy. I’m saying they should be hitting Karlson every chance they get. He is small and it wouldn’t take much to get him off his game and wear him down. They play him 30 mins a game on a freshly healed achilles.

  41. GrosBill says:

    Ottawa killing off the 5 on 3 was the tipping point of the game. Early third period goal sealed the deal.

  42. Edman says:

    You can’t win every game folks, and I can’t stand the Canadien fan base.

    For 3 goals Carey had no chance on, a perfect play by the top Dman in the league, a screen by a monster, and a deflection from a crowded net. The problem is Gorges and Diaz not being able to move people out of the net, everyone else is doing a pretty good job at it.

    Anderson can’t and will not save 50 shots every game. For the majority of the night, we out played them. Our PP looked unbelievably good. If not for Anderson they would have popped 3 or 4 on that 5min major.

    The hit on Eller was a blindside hit no doubt, but the bottom line is they will lose their guy for 1 or 2 games, and we will lose ours for the entire post season.

    I don’t believe Halpern should be called upon just yet. This is Chucky’s time now to prove he can be a centerman in the NHL. I would insert Armstrong to the lineup and have Prust go back with the kids.

    We are going to win this series, did you not see how fired up PK was? If Patches, Gio, Ryder, and Pleks play with half the intensity PK and Gallagher play with…tonights game will be a blowout.

    Prediction, Price bounces back and plays well enough for a 4-1 habs victory. Goals from Gally, Patches(2) and Subban.

    • GrosBill says:

      Nice post. The sky is not falling yet. I too feel they can and will win tonight. Wait until the series is over to run people out of town folks.

      • Bryant Mac Lean says:

        All though we dominated the Sens team badly for most of the game, quite a few of the Habs players were really out of sink(I could name them). DD, shades of Gomes! We all know the Sens are no push over, we saw what they did all year. But why did so many Montreal players just let Carlson skate through the team on the first goal. (Canadiens seemed to be the team that was up-tight). Losing Ellar is serious blow to the Canadiens(don’t kid yourself about that). I still expect the habs to win the series but some players will really need to step up. Goals from Burque & Galagher(where were the muti-million players). Tell what Pleks do worthy of mention, nothing that was worth 5 million a year!!Bryant Mac Lean

        • GrosBill says:

          True we had some players who did not play that well. But what a game from Subban and Gally! Was very sad seeing Eller go down, that line was playing so well.

    • Jimmy9Toes says:

      So if the Habs are going to win 4-1, does that mean the Sens only get around 3 or 4 shots?

  43. thebonscott says:

    As is usually the case, whether or not Gryba is suspended is irrelevant, because he is a nobody, he is someone you use to fill in the 6th defensemen spot. The only penalty for such infractions that would penalize a team would be to make them dress only 5 D-men for the games in which a player like Gryba is suspended.

    There’s bad luck, and then there’s Carey Price luck.

  44. Alex_425 says:

    So the guy’s got a phone hearing at some point today, instead of in-person, which means he’ll get a piddly little two games or something like that?

    Sens and Laffs fans ALL over the net are defending the hit like mad, to the point where you’d think that if the league based their decisions on their opinions, Eller would get 2 games for embellishing.

    Makes me sick.

    But I’m no expert….

  45. Ton says:

    Boone I think its time to make this a pay site. 25$ one year subscription……..I think what you will get is more intelligent posts………how some refer to price haters as trolls! How can one generalize. Some of these so called haters have watched hockey for 50 years and are very passionate about what they want in a team and in a goalie. I want a goalie that stops the puck, one that is confident……….a money goalie because in the end it’s what were paying for! Its time some drop there rock star feelings about this so called superstar that has been very mediocre at best. Listen to experts like Roy> whom better to tell us what he sees> savard who is a winner> and bergeron who has well has been a good nhl coach. Even more important you have good posters here that have watched hockey for years that are labelled “trolls” by one “lunatic” poster….his bottom line defense> price is talented and based on his age he’s great! we want more than this…….We want you to stop the puck and let’s not deflate our team game after game! Make it a pay site> the demand is there!

  46. Mattyleg says:

    I’d also like to point out to all the posters who were on here last night telling Carey Price to watch Jonathan Quick to see how a ‘real’ goalie plays…

    How did the 1st game end for Quick?
    How about the 2nd one?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. ClutchNGrab says:

    I find the front page of the Ottawa Sun this morning tasteless to be polite:

    http://eedition.ottawasun.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

  48. Habfan10912 says:

    The primary contact to Eller was his head. No elbow which indicates no intent, but clearly primary contact was the head. 1 or 2 games max. These are the types of hits which the league needs to find a way to get rid of. Someone soon will die on the ice. We came very close to seeing it last night.

  49. 24 Cups says:

    The last time I felt like this was when Williams clipped Koivu in the Carolina series. The Habs went on to lose a series that they could have or should have won.

    Now what? Prust could move up to that line with Halpern taking his spot in the line-up. I know one thing, Galchenyuk couldn’t win a faceoff to save his life so that’s a real problem. I think another option would see Halpern drawing into the line-up on the 4th line. White moves up to the 3rd to replace Eller. Galchenyuk can cross over into the slot once the faceoff is taken. That’s a significant loss in offense (White for Eller) but what else can the team do? Maybe they should insert MaxPac and Ryder into the line-up for some added offensive pop..

    As for Price, I think fans should be worried more than hostile. This guy is one of two franchise players on the team who is sadly disintegrating before our very eyes. These five hole goals are killers. I wonder if a basic technique issue is more of a problem than Price’s fragile state of mind. Or that the technique breakdown is significant enough that it has led to a total loss od confidence.

    Speaking of franchise players, I would like to point out that this is just Subban’s 3rd year in the NHL. He reminds me of those horses that win the triple crown. The last time the Habs had a player this great was when Guy Lafleur was in his prime.

    Mike Boone mentioned in his HI/O video interview that the Habs are playing with house money. I sure hope so because lady luck dealt us a very poor hand last night.

    • twilighthours says:

      Steve, I really don’t think White can play 3rd line minutes, or play with Gallagher/Galchenyuk/other offensive players.

      I’d go back to 8/27/11. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

      • 24 Cups says:

        I totally agree. I was just trying to think of options. Insert Prust and hope that most draws are in the offensive zone. It’s the best option.

        I wouldn’t know where to find the info but I wonder what kind of faceoff record Prust has had over the years.

        Add Halpern (who is well rested) and let MT do what he thinks is best.

  50. Mattyleg says:

    Well done, Boone.
    Carey Price was outplayed by Anderson.
    Fine.
    We get it.
    But it’s not why we lost.

    But we got 2 goals in 50 SHOTS. We had a 5-minute powerplay and scored once. We had a 5-on-3 and scored NO goals.

    For everyone that is blaming Price, saying “He doesn’t let that second goal in, and we win,” what about Pacioretty? He scores one of his multitude of chances, and we win. Desharnais? Gionta? Galchenyuk? Moen?

    What about those guys? They didn’t have terrible games, but for everyone who says that Price is paid to stopt the puck, I have news for you:

    Forwards are paid to score goals. Do we really think we can win games after scoring 2 goals?

    Habs fans are supposed to understand hockey a little better than that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • CranbrookEd says:

      Well said!

      Yes Price should have had at least one of those goals. However, the rest of the team was not all “there”. No need to point out individuals as there were enough that made little or no impact on the game to have most of the loss on their shoulders.

      The hit . . . it was not (I believe) a malicious. However, the principle point of contact was the head . . . end of story.

      Now, onward and upward to a victory tonight.

      CranbrookEd
      Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . . What ever happened to Johnny Jelly-Bean!?

    • Davida says:

      Very well said, sir.

      Habs for life, MTL forever

  51. Blade says:

    Did not get a chance to see the game last night. Saw commentary after the game from a whole wack of sources, TSN/CBC and Sportsnet. Saw replays of the hit. I don’t think it was malicious, but I also think it does not matter. He probably will get suspended and should. Just remember everyone, the hit that Gryba makes can very easily be done by one of our boys too. It is a fast game and things like this happen. So no boohoo-ing from this sight if Prust or someone makes a similar hit and gets suspended.
    Bottom line, Habs had this game and I think kind of lost their composure. Price needs to be better when his team gets the lead. Eller’s loss is a HUGE blow, but they gotta suck it up tonight and win. This is a must win game.

  52. piter says:

    To all the people/trolls calling it a “clean” hit. We seem to all agree that Eller was already knocked out before he hit the ice. So, a clean hit to the body knocked him out? Ya, ok. His head was hit first, it snapped back, then the body contact. I’m not sure what replay the Leaf/Sens fans were watching. You can plainly see his helmet was the first thing that was hit. And yes, it was a suicide pass from Diaz.(he better apologize to Eller) So, first, it was a blindside hit. He could have taken the body, but no, he changed his angle just before the hit when he noticed that Eller was going to take the pass, and he chose to make a glancing hit instead. (he was headhunting) Unfortunatly, it will be the same outcome as the Chara incident. Total intent…, but will get off. Like we know already, since its only going to be a phone hearing. I won’t even get into the effin linesmens, what a joke…Visiting team has to put their stick down first on a faceoff, seems the linesmen forgot that. Our player waits for them to line up, and then has to put his stick down, as per linesmen, or else get tossed. Double standards. We got screwed by refs(disallowed goals, embellishment penalty, non penalty calls) I’m all for letting them play, like letting some of the clutching, grabbing, and interference go, but like crosschecking into the net after the play, has got to be called. Anyway, i gotta go to work. Hope Gryba gets whats coming to him, not only a suspension, but Prusts’ wrath. We will win the next game, trust me. GO HABS GO

  53. Cal says:

    Everything is magnified in the playoffs, but this was only the first game. Last I looked, the Sens need 3 more wins.
    Many more Habs have to step up tonight, and that means Pleks, Gio, Ryder, the brutal Gorges and Diaz combo and, especially, Price.
    I am hoping the Habs playoffs last longer than 4 quick games, but no one expected the Habs to play good to great hockey this season.
    Halpern should draw in on the 4th line with White or Moen lining up with the kids.
    Enjoy it, folks. After last season’s mess, this is gravy.

  54. ed says:

    as fans, we may feel better blaming the goalie.

    hockey teams can not blame the goalie. ever. period. end of story.

  55. Strummer says:

    I’m gonna throw this out there- maybe it’s goalie COACHING?

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  56. fastfreddy says:

    DD may not be a Scott Gomez, however, DD does skate slower, he is dangerously close into turning into a Gomez. A message for MB, in the future, don’t sign anyone prematurely. Make sure they can deliver before signing them!

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  57. J.J. of Turku says:

    It will be a diffenrent game today. As soon as I get back from FIN – GER game in Helsinki, I’m planning to watch how the Habs is going to beat the crap out of Sens.

    Fresh game, beards shaved, mean attitude.

    Bazinga!

  58. Fansincebirth says:

    I’m still freaking pissed about last night but mainly because of the hit on Eller and the casual way that CBC passed over it calling it a clean hit and putting all the blame on Diaz. Initial contact was shoulder to head, IMHO.

    A blind side hit on an unsuspecting player is what the league is supposed to be cleaning up, is it not? So now we are missing one of our best players, probably done for the playoffs, and everyone is saying that the hit was okay…an unfortunate ending. Isn’t that what they said about the Patches hit as well?

    Price – played a stellar game, let in one bad goal and people want to staple his ass to the bench or worse, trade him. God I’m getting sick of this crap. Completely blown assignments lead to a goal and it’s Price’s fault. Completely screened and the puck goes over his shoulder and it’s his fault and not the D-man who’s job it is to clear the guys out of the way. 5 minute power play, 5 on 3 for more than a minute and we score 1 goal but the loss is on Price. F**K! Spread the blame around to the D-men who can’t move bodies and the forwards who can’t find the net and stop hanging everything bad that happens to this team on Price!

    Now, to the POS Sens fans who are whooping it up that they laid a beating on us, especially referring to the hit on Eller, be careful….Karma does have a strange way of paying a visit when you least expect it. Tell me they wouldn’t be screaming for White’s head if he were to lay the same kind of hit on Alfie or EK….

    • Phil C says:

      It bothers me was that there is a clear anti-Habs bias on that panel. What offfends me is how supposed hockey experts didn’t even mention rule 48 and whether or not it applies. Clowns.

      I think rule 48 applies. It was a head shot, not incidental head contact. Gryba’s intent should be irrelevant.

      Incidently, the reference to “blindside” was taken out of the rules a few years ago.

    • Clay says:

      I’m sorry – did you really just write that “Price – played a stellar game”? Surely that was a typo? You might want to change that.

      __________________________
      ☞ “And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth ☜

      • Fansincebirth says:

        Sorry Clay, I’m not a Price hater like most on here….he crapped the bed on a goal but at least I don’t blame the loss (and every loss) on him like some do. Lots of blame to go around….

        How about this then – Price played a ______ game but should not be singled out for the loss because ______ didn’t do his/their job.

        • Clay says:

          I disagree. Price is, and should be, singled out for that loss. The Habs dominated every aspect of that game. Except for goal-tending.

          __________________________
          ☞ “And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth ☜

          • Fansincebirth says:

            How many goals did we score on the 5 on 3?
            How many blown D assignments?
            50 shots on net and we only got 2 in? Anderson was good but….
            Spread the love around….

            Agree to disagree, you say potato and I say potato :)

          • Clay says:

            It’s called good goal-tending – by Anderson. If we get it from Price, we win.

            __________________________
            ☞ “And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth ☜

          • Bryant Mac Lean says:

            And scoring!

            Bryant Mac Lean

    • tophab says:

      3 bad goals between the legs.he is a bum was never any good.

  59. Maritime Ron says:

    Looking for some semblance of a silver lining in a dark cloud.

    One of the unintended consequences of having had to wait until Thursday to play Game 1, was that Price had not played a game in 1 full week.
    That can’t be a good thing at this time of the year.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I woke up this morning and felt excitement that we play again tonight but then I remembered we really cannot play much better then we did last night. Our only hope is Price can come close to matching saves with Anderson.

    • TheKarl says:

      I know a goalie who has put up amazing stats this season when he hasn’t played for a week…… all seriousness though, regardless of your opinion does anyone here think there is even a remote chance Budaj gets the start in game 2? I figure he gets Game 3 if Price tanks again tonight

  60. Les-Habitants says:

    That loss hurt.

    Watching Eller get hit like that was sickening. Yes, it was a suicide pass by Diaz – but Gryba missed the check when Eller curved in. Gryba did not take the body; instead, he lead with his shoulder making contact only with Eller’s nose and chin. PK hits properly – he hits hard, but he hits the body. Grybra’s check was reckless: I am not among those who think he’s was malicious or head hunting. He missed the check he wanted and tried to lean into it to compensate, making contact with only Eller’s face as a result.

    Carey’s turn to step up: I thought Carey only let in one bad goal, the tying one. He was average, and for the most part he made the stops he should have: and that’s the issue. Price is the franchise, and one of the best paid goaltenders in the league. He is suppose to be an elite player, a game changer. Thus far, he has been mediocre – and that isn’t good enough.

    Finally: Gorges. Yes, his partner in Diaz hasn’t been great, but for Gorges I am at a loss to explain his play. He turns the puck off continuously in the defensive zone and has stopped blocking shot altogether. I do not know what has happened to Gorgeous Gorges, but it’s ugly to watch. As much flak Carey is going to take, Gorges deserves more.

    • Dulljerk says:

      I think it is becoming pretty obvious that Carey Price is not an “elite” goaltender. Why he is even referred to as one is beyond me. Habs win their division, and their goaltender is ranked 27th in the league. Stats wise he is the worst goaltender in the playoffs. For some reason this fact is lost on this site.

      No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  61. Phil C says:

    I hope Eller will be good to go next year and makes a full recovery. I have to think his visor must have saved his career and his face.

    Time for the Habs to move on. This is an Ottawa team that they outshot by almost a 2-1 margin, so they are very beatable. Losing Eller hurts, but centre is the few areas of depth on the Habs team, so I think they can easily ice four very good lines.

    Montreal could learn from how the Sens scored as well – by getting more traffic to the net and getting pucks through. You beat a hot goalie with deflections and screens. Anderson had way too many wide open looks. They also have to start pounding Karlsson at every opportunity.

  62. Loonie says:

    Great work Mr. Boone. Wondering why the trolls run rampant here during the game blog shouldn’t be an exhaustive adventure, but you feed them with pats on the back and give some validity to the non-sense that one shot can bury a team’s confidence.

    Price’s soft second goal is to blame for last night’s loss because the tying goal destroyed the morale of the team? Well, if it did, they’re the most mentally fragile group this team has had in my years of watching it. And in addition to that, if they’re that fragile that they can’t respond to the other team scoring a goal that shouldn’t have gone in then they aren’t destined or deserving of a long playoff run.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      We very well might be that fragile, Tom but there is NO doubt that the team got out goalied last night. Big time. For trolling comments one needs to look no further then the post below us.

      • Loonie says:

        Anderson was certainly better. But again, blaming the goaltender regardless of the time of year is as narrow minded as blaming any other one player is. Except that in Montreal, the goaltender is blamed after every loss.

        Had Price stopped 48 shots and lost 2-1 he’d still be blamed for the loss.

        • Clay says:

          No Tom, if Price stopped 48 shots and lost 2-1 he would certainly not be blamed – at least by sensible people. Price was the difference in this game, and in the wrong way. I’m not sure why this is so difficult for you to accept, but to paraphrase Neil deGrasse Tyson ‘The good thing about facts are that they’re true whether or not you believe in them.’

          __________________________
          ☞ “And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth ☜

          • Loonie says:

            “Not by sensible people”

            I agree with that Clay.

            Scoring twice on 50 shots also had a hand in this, as did Eller’s injury.

          • Clay says:

            Stellar net-minding by Anderson had something to do with us scoring only 2 goals on 50 shots. If we had even average goal-tending the Habs win. It’s as simple as that.

            __________________________
            ☞ “And yet not choice but habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ~ William Wordsworth ☜

  63. ths says:

    They should be able to get Steve Begin for Price from Calgary in off season

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

    • Habfan10912 says:

      And then I see comments like this and have the urge to jump back on the Price supporter bus. Sigh.

    • Dust says:

      I bet you were glad when we traded Roy too. I bet you enjoyed watching him win cups in another uniform.

      Its one thing to say price should have had that second goal. Or that he needs to re focus and get back to where he was to start the year.

      But to say we should trade him for Begin…. man i don’t even know what to say. Reading comments like this make me sad to be a habs fan

    • Strummer says:

      Unless Steve Begin is a sniper that would be pointless.

      Habs lost because they couldn’t score more than 2 goals in 50 shost last night.

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  64. TheKarl says:

    Eller’s dad saying he doesn’t believe Eller will play again this season – http://www.dr.dk/Sporten/Oevrig_sport/2013/05/03/0503100923.htm

    (rough translation with my Swedish) but he said

    “I don’t believe he will play again these playoffs, but things will clear up in the next few days.I haven’t heard anything since he went to sleep at the hospital but some of his injuries, broken nose and lost teeth, are from his face hitting the ice” The former Esbjerg coach says.

    • BJ says:

      Do you mean Danish?

      • TheKarl says:

        I speak Swedish, which is similar enough to Danish to allow for a rough translation

      • TheKarl says:

        he also discussed putting more responsibility on the hitting player “he has a different angle towards the play than the camera can show and he is fully aware that Eller does not see him coming” – he isn’t saying a word on the legality of the hit, just suggesting that for hits like these to be removed from the NHL, more responsibility has to be put on the hitting player.

  65. Habfan10912 says:

    So I MAY be wrong about my defense in the past of Price. I now KNOW I was wrong about Josh Gorges. Future captain? He most likely has no future with this team. Just brutal again last night. Just brutal.

  66. BJ says:

    To win a series or the Cup you have to overcome whatever adversity is thrown your way. Having said that you can’t have your 2nd pairing on D be -5 and a goalie that can’t make some key saves. The rest of the team with 50 shots on goal did their job. Wishing Eller the best and particularly not to be gun shy when he comes back next season. It might be easier said than done.

  67. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! I’ve been a huge defender of Price in the past and I am not ready to jump totally off the bandwagon, yet. Last night after dominating the game then the Sen’s tie it at 2 was the beginning of the end. Most elite goalies and some above average as well make that save. Way too many times we’ve seen Price allow similar goals. The team seemed to deflate after this.
    Maybe Gainey was wrong. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe this is what Price is. An average goalie who can occasionally get a hot streak going but tends to let in a softie or two a game. Our next version of Jose Theodore.
    I play Price the rest of this series. The team needs to find out for themselves what they have in him. It’s sink or swim with Price this season. Then?

    • BJ says:

      Unless Price picks up his game could it be that the team might start thinking to trade him? I know there is no other goalie in the system to replace him. I haven’t seen him play enough to make a judgement but would Jonathan Bernier be a good #1? A three way trade could probably be arranged, as the Kings have Quick and don’t need Price.

      • Loonie says:

        Here’s what I perceive as a problem with this issue. Is it a solution to take a kid and throw him into the fire as it was done with Price? I think if they bail on Price they may as well go find a veteran goalie and keep recycling a similar kind. Bringing up a goaltender and developing them in Montreal is a crap shoot that is riskier than normal due to the emotions of the media and fans.

    • Cal says:

      Gainey wasn’t wrong, Jim. Price IS a thoroughbred. You ever see how skinny those horses’ legs are? ;)

  68. Shackles says:

    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writes “The Sens drew first blood, then they smelled it.” What a truly classless hack.

  69. ed says:

    so Desharnais is turning into a “smaller, slower Scott Gomez”?

    Desharnais had 6 points in the last Habs’ 10 regular season games, and 6 points in the 10 games before that.
    Desharnais also added 1 assist last night as well.

    That’s 13 points in the last 21 games – Scott Gomez numbers?

    not even close.

    If I had to choose between Plekanec, Galchenyuk, Eller and Desharnais, there is no question that Desharnais is 4th best on that list in terms of talent – no question at all.

    But Desharnais is NOT Scott Gomez – and he deserves much more respect than that.

    Let me add my best wishes to Eller – get well soon.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The playing time that Desharnais has gotten, including power play time, at the expense of other more productive players this season has bordered on incompetence. Someone posted yesterday that the DD signing was MB’s biggest mistake thus far. Is it possible that MT has gotten marching orders to play Desharnais? There has to be an explanation.

  70. D Man says:

    Luongo..can’t trade him because of his big long term contract. Price…who’s going to want to take a chance on him?

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

    • Dust says:

      Price wont be 43 when his contract ends. The Habs would have no trouble trading Price if they wanted to. A ton of teams would take him in a heartbeat.
      The Habs won’t trade Price unless they have a goalie who is better than him in the system. They don’t. There is no one in UFA who is better. Price is 25 He will be a solid goalie in this league for a long time. The Montreal media and fans are notorious for treating goalies bad. Hey we booed Patrick Roy out of town that should tell you all you need to know.

    • Phil C says:

      Come on man, I hope you are joking. Price will be in his early thirties when his contract is up, prime age for a goalie, Luongo will be over 40. Not comparable at all. Price was picked for the Vezina in a coaches poll right before his slump, he would bring a King’s ransom in a trade, regardless of this recent slump.

  71. rjcp says:

    Why are there no comments on Gionta? He does a side step on the first Ottawa goal and lets Karlsson waltz through. For a captain, he showed no leadership, was completely ineffective, and yet in an important playoff game, he is absent. We were amazing in the first 2 periods, totally dominated, and then we come out flat in the 3rd, why? I think the intermission provided the impetus for the players to find out about Eller and it affected them, and of course, Price, what more is there to be said? I hope he got a damn good look at how a $2M goalie plays.

  72. Dust says:

    Maybe, and by the sounds of it, I’m alone in thinking this. I am less concerned with how price is gonna play and more worried by the fact that with Eller now out DD is gonna get more ice time. The guy has no strength and seems to fall down with the slightest tap. I hope he proves me wrong but I have no faith in DD. none.

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  74. Marc10 says:

    I mostly agree with Boone’s ALN. Price could have stopped 3, should have stopped 2. Simple as that. Playing Budaj is definitely in the cards.

    Impossible to overlook the negatives tonight. DD is MIA and has been since he’s signed. Ryder looked looked dazed out there. Hard to understand when you see green rookies completely outshining them…

    That said, our Habs completely owned the Sens for good chunks of the game. With that in mind, I still think they can pull this out. Keep plugging away and the goals will come.

    So MB wanted guys with character… Well here’s the character test boys. Ça passe ou ça casse! No excuses.


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