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.

•  •  •

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. HabsFansince49 says:

    What’s the latest on Eller?
    Who’s in goal tonight? DD perhaps? He can’t do much on the forward line

  2. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    The Habs have no heart and passion. Listening to Diaz and Gionta and Price and Gorges rationalize and intellectualize losses is sickening. I want to see some fire like Messier had or Roy or Dale Hunter, Hextall et al. These a-s–holes have to show that they hate to lose.

  3. HankHardball says:

    Patrick Roy gave up soft goals his entire career. But it wasn’t as noticeable because he played on a team that scored a ton of goals.

    As long as the players being paid to score, don’t score more than 2 goals a game, the Habs won’t beat anybody.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      No.

      Patrick Roy played with some weak teams that he carried on his back.

      You don’t get 3 Conn Smythes getting bailed out by your offence.

      • HankHardball says:

        I’m not talking about getting bailed out by the offence. I’m talking about a tendancy to give up a soft goal while otherwise being very good.

        In the regular season the Habs averaged 3.1 goals per game. And Price back stopped them to 2nd place in the Conference.

        Anybody who watched last night’s game had to have been affected by the Eller incident. Before that Price was equal to Anderson. And the team was outplaying the Sens.

        But the entire team was affected by what happened to Eller. Nobody showed up for the 3rd period. How is Price supposed to be immune to it?

        I don’t care who the goalie is. If his team can’t score more than 2 goals per game, they won’t win an NHL playoff round.

  4. John Frodo says:

    I have come up with a workable solution. First I am going to need a little kickstarter money to perfect the combo hockey stick and gun. That will equalize the situation, no one is going to do something if they know everyone else on the ice is packing heat. And it does not only have to be used for enforcement, imagine the fun, the goal celebrations would be incredible.

  5. The Dude says:

    Again …the DAMAGE to Eller or any other player who took a puck to the face ,elbow ,face plant etc would be minimized with full caged helmets . The games too fast , the athletes too big and the Adrenalin is so high. It’s a must and should be mandatory if you truly care .

  6. Grumpyoldhab says:

    Have to agree with you CF on all points. There has to be some onus on the checking player to not maim or cripple his opponent.

  7. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    On the 5 on 3 WhyTF did the Habs not put 3 guys in the crease to occupy the defensemen and have 2 guys on the outside just lobbing the puck into the crowd and let the guys fight for it, send in the extra guy to try and bury it and keep one guy free to gather it and lob it back in there.

  8. jrshabs1 says:

    I guess we are still treating #31 with kid gloves. Not his fault..it’s everybody elses fault but not #31’s fault. I don’t want to have to cheer for somebody else so I’m not going to blame #31 for his poor performance last night. The forwards and D only put up 51 shots and ran into a real NHL goalie but I guess we should blame them because God forbid we blame #31.

    Go Habs Go!!

    • duffy says:

      The sad part is how do you unload him at 6 mil. a year.

      • D Mex says:

        CP’s had more than his share of good games with the Habs – thing is, he’s also had a handful of less-than-stellar performances lately.

        He is young and is seen as a franchise goaltender – it’s unlikely that will change in the near future. This is why his contract is not an impediment to ” unload(ing) him “.

        Just for fun – if you were MB and could pull the trigger on a trade for CP, what would YOU do about replacing him (i) on the ice, (ii) in the room, and (iii) in the minds of Habs fans ?

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

  9. CF says:

    Sick about what happened to Eller. I almost stopped watching after the Patches hit, and nothing was done. The NHL is a joke, this hit is intended to injure, period. This BS the”experts” are saying regarding didn’t leave his feet, elbows down, etc, etc, pathetic. The hit was meant to injure, had nothing to do with removing someone from the puck.

    As I stated before, the DD signing will be Bergeron’s biggest mistake. The guy is just too small, period. There is no arguing.

    We miss Emelin, badly. Now Eller is gone, two big strong guys, cannot be replace.

    And finally, after the loss of Eller, everyone needs to realize that Carey Price is what he is……not a top goaltender in this league. All the fans want him to be Roy, they chant his name and vote for him to win the Molson Cup, but he is simply not that good. Look at his numbers people. They don’t lie. Why does the puck seem to find the back of the net so easily. Why does it seem like all you have to do is place a wrister on net from the blue line, with a little screen, and bang….it’s in. Halak may not have worked out here long term, the guy is small, and will be prone to injuries. Price on the other hand is a big, strong guy, but he’s just not that good. How can anyone say different?? What has he won for us. I have watched every game this year, and I’m a fan of his to some point, but he really hasn’t stole more than one or two games all YEAR.
    This is not based on last nights game, or even a couple bad games, or a couple bad weeks, just look at his performance overall.

    I’m still pissed at the game 7 goal he let in two years ago. He’s just not that good.

  10. twilighthours says:

    Bill, don’t do this to yourself. It’s not worth watching.

  11. JF says:

    Gryba hearing scheduled for this morning. I’m betting no suspension. Perhaps Diaz will be suspended since everyone is blaming him.

  12. KenD29 says:

    What I struggle with is how a team can more or less roll over after seeing one of their own laying flat out on the ice.?
    They end up with a 5-3 for 1:22 and walk away with 0 to show for it.
    Yes they managed a goal earlier on in the 5 minute major but when 5-3 the fumble and bumble and end up not scoring a goal.
    Then come out in the 3rd flat. Why were they not hitting anyone in a white jersey is beyond me. For the sake of your teammate, go out and play hard nosed hockey. Don’t let the opposition dictate the play.

    Get in front of Anderson and make life difficult. Drive to the net and stop with the perimeter shots.

    All About Work Ethic

  13. Bill says:

    What???? Senators fourth goal should not have counted. This should be 3-3.

  14. Bill says:

    Habs third goal should have counted

  15. youngwun says:

    We will win tonight and the series. They will play hard for Eller no doubt!

  16. frontenac1 says:

    Diaz? He doesn’t hit ,clear the crease or block shots. His claim to fame is his outlet pass?Tell that to Lars when he comes to.

    • Ron says:

      He was crap the first of the game and totally disappeared after Larry got hit. They should replace him with Nate or even Drew at this point. See what either can or cannot bring. Its early in the series so make the change now. Sit DD as well and let Dumont play. He at least hits and will crash the net.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      I thought Diaz was terrible last night even before the hit….afterwards he was even worse.

  17. derfab says:

    The real story has nothing to do with goaltending. The Habs forwards were not committed to winning. Pacioretty, Desharnais, Gionta, Ryder and Moen continue to stink it up on the periphery. Pleks, Prust and the kids have been carrying these guys all season. Past time for Therrien to get nasty and call them out for not being hungry enough. No Eller means this club will have a shorter playoff.

  18. Edman says:

    Budaj is not the answer people. Price should and will play every game of these playoffs unless he gets injured *knock on wood he doesnt*

    Price is the #1 in Montreal, if you don’t like it, cheer for someone else. This is his year to prove he can perform. People knock his playoff record and numbers, but the same people dont understand the quality of team in front of him has never been that good. This time the team for the most part is pretty good and if Gorges plays like the Gorges of 2010, then we have a really good shot at making it deep.

    MB knows there is no goaltender controversy, he’s 1 game away from shredding Ryder’s contract offer though that is for sure.

    • KenD29 says:

      there are a couple of other contracts MB should have ready for the shredder (DD and Moen come to mind) too.

      All About Work Ethic

    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      Price was great in 2011 against the Bruins. Other than that, he has sucked in the playoffs. And he sucked last night. There is no “controversy” in the sense that Price is No.1. The controversy is whether he is any good when it counts. Wake up. His effort last night was deeply unacceptable.

      • Edman says:

        Only because you are comparing it to Anderson’s game….the only goal that was save-able was the second one.

        Karlsson’s goal was a fantastic tip on a rolling puck…nothing price can do

        3rd one he had a 6 foot 5 guy standing in front of him, maybe Gorges should learn how to push people…

        the 4th one he saved, went off a glove, then another glove and in…

        Price and the team played great in the 1st and 2nd….the 3rd you could really tell the team lost gas or felt bad for Eller…something wasn’t right.

        Tonight will be different, if he shits the bed tn i will eat my hat!

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          Price gave up a ridiculous rebound on the fourth goal. That is why it ended up going in. So in fact he let in two glaring softies.

          I actually would excuse the 2nd goal – nobody’s perfect and the game was still winnable – if he had played strong after that. But he didn’t.

    • mrhabby says:

      how do you account for Prices poor play the last month. I think we all know Price is the Habs # 1 but his starts have been miserable and its not all about the players in front of him…he just has to make some of those saves.

      • Edman says:

        man the TEAM has been horrible for the last month. Gorges has been the worst Dman in the league the last month

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          The TEAM was not horrible last night. It absolutely dominated in every facet of the game (except vicious open ice hits) in the second period – total mastery on a scale not seen in Montreal since the late 80s.

          • KenD29 says:

            Diaz and Gorges were not “dominant”. Nor were Ryder, Moen and a few others.

            All About Work Ethic

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      It doesn’t matter what you do with the forwards. The reality is that Price cannot play like Anderson and for $6.5M per yr. he has to. He had a lead going into the 3rd and 3 soft goals on 6 shots later it was over. Not acceptable for 6.5M.

      • Edman says:

        if you think those three goals were on the goalie then you dont know a thing about hockey or being a hockey player. All those goals were defense problems, not goaltending problems

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          Enjoy your delusion. 2 of the 3 goals were unacceptable.

        • ooder says:

          a slapshot from before the hashmarks that was not screened, not deflected and was not a howitzer going thru the 5 hole?!

        • Lafrich says:

          Edman, you are SO WRONG! The 2nd goal was ridiculous. The 3rd goal may not have been as bad as the 2nd, but 25 other goalies would make that save. Goal 4? How did he not just grab the puck off the initial shot?!?!? There was ZERO reason for a rebound! The first goal was relatively soft as well. And by the way, I have supported and defended Price for a long time, but he has let me down way too often. That loss, along with a bunch more down the stretch (remember the Toronto game? 3 SOFT goals on 4 shots???) is totally unacceptable from a supposed #1 guy.

    • Skeptical - 25 says:

      Edman – I think you are full of Bologna. Quality of the team in front of him has never been that good. So you’re saying Price got them to the playoffs by himself. You seen something all year I haven’t seen.

      A team that had 50 shots for is not a quality team. Come on. The guy between the pipes for Ottawa was the difference. He stole a game. Something Price haven’t been able to do all year

      Give the team some credit. Ottawa is gonna win the series because. They have the better Goal Tending.

      • Edman says:

        You must have trouble reading, I said Price PREVIOUS record and numbers, meaning teams BEFORE this years team. Read before you comment

        • Skeptical - 25 says:

          I read the part that was important to me. You knocking the Quality of the team. I don’t care about the rest of your Garble. The problem with the team right now is between the pipes. Can’t win with a team that fired 50-shots at the other Goaltender. You’re the Guy who have trouble reading.

          This years team is what the fans are concern with. The other teams before and Price’s previous records. Who gives a rats a$$. .

    • ooder says:

      team finished second in the east with 4th in goals scored.
      in 2008 the team finished first with also a ton of goals scored.
      maybe, just maybe, our teams are not that bad. but to get to the next level you need your goalie to step it up,
      this reminds me of carey’s first playoffs, where against philly MTL would dominate, and the flyers would skate back down, and every single shot would go over his glove, except for now it’s his 5 hole

    • Mustang says:

      During the regular season, there is a lot of time to allow a player to work out his problems. However during the playoffs you either win 4 games and go on to the next round, or lose 4 games and go home. Price is the #1 goaltender but I hope that MT is not affraid to pull him if he struggles. Let’s face it, Price was not as good as he could be last night but we cannot place the blame for this loss just on him.

      Right now I couldn’t care less who is the #1 goaltender, I just want to see the Habs win some games. I would rather see them win with the backup rather than lose with the star. For some reason the team does seem to play better lately with Budaj in the net and this is not a knock against Price, it is just an observation.

  19. Bill says:

    Yeah that tying goal WAS weak.

  20. The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

    One little irony is that Ottawa played exactly the kind of game the Habs deployed in the 2010 run (minus, of course, the vicious hit): bend, don’t break, before the superior team, happily surrender lots of shots from the outside while boxing out the slot, rely on ace netminding, then get opportunistic goals on a questionable opposition goalie, which saps the other team’s will. Presto. That’s exactly what we did against Washington and Pittsburgh.

    Anyone who thinks this scenario will not repeat itself in this series is dreaming. Anderson has been phenomenal all year and is unlikely to suddenly dip. Price HAS to answer. If he does, we will win, provided DD and/or Galy can at least approach replacing Eller’s contribution.

  21. ClutchNGrab says:

    I don’t get how to identify a suspendable hit versus a clean one. The hockey analysts seem convinced it was clean, but i have a hard time seing a clear difference between Eller/Gryba this year and Pacioretty/Letang last year.

    • Luke says:

      Ok, it’s super easy:

      Get a bunch of little pieces of paper. Like 95 of ‘em. Write “clean” on about 87 of ‘em, and “dirty” on the rest. Put ‘em all in a hat. Get a blindfold. Wear said blindfold. Turn off the lights. Pick a piece of paper. Turn on lights. Read piece of paper. If it says “dirty” remove the paper & do it all again. If you draw a “dirty” one a second time than the Hit is suspendable.

  22. AndyF says:

    I heard a lot of experts say the hit was clean. It took me awhile to review the play, because the video is not very clear. In my opinion, Lars Eller becomes completely defenseless the moment Gryba’s shoulder plate contacts Eller’s head.

    The *first* point of contact was the head. That spun Eller’s head and shoulders around and only after that did the body contact happen.

    While the league doesn’t seem to think that this is a dirty play (precedent: Landeskog hit), I disagree. And I’ll always disagree that you can hit the head first with a piece of carbon fibre and still call it a clean play.

  23. Coach K says:

    I’m still pi$$ed over the Eller hit. I was also glad to see the instant response from Galchenyuk. No hesitation on his part. Good on him!
    No matter how the apologists spin it, it was a cheap shot by every one of the NHL’s own standards. Targeted – definitely. Gryba skated halfway across the ice to make that hit. Blindside – check. Contact to the head – check. Anyone who says his head wasn’t touched is blind or lying. The fact is, he was out cold before he hit the ice as evidenced by him falling face first. If you are conscious you instinctively put your hands out to protect yourself when you fall. Eller didn’t even get that chance. That doesn’t happen unless the head is struck. Don’t blame Diaz. Not a great pass for sure but Gryba had a choice. Make contact and play the puck or destroy the opponent with intent. It’s clear what his choice was and he should be called on it.

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

    • theox_8 says:

      The way Galchenyuk reacted right after the hit was extremely admirable! He totally gets it, and if the team as a whole plays with the same heart and intensity of our young guns (including Subban) we should have no problem over the course of the series.

  24. Blade says:

    Replacing Price for Game 2 is ridiculous guys, please stop! Tonight is his chance to step up with the other leaders on this team and show what this team is made of…are they ready for prime time this year or not? He is a leader of this team. Replacing him solves nothing. If the leaders (and I stress the plural part of leaders) of this team come out tonight and cannot prove they can put this behind them, then they do not deserve to get out of round 1.

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      There are no leaders on this team. These guys are mercenaries. They play for the big contract and then they coast. See Gorges, Max Pac and DD and Ryder and Gionta and Price. It’ll happen to PK as well. You need to use guys on their ELC and 2 more years and then trade them for more youth on ELC. Don’t give any one a long-term contract unless there is a guarantee that they are Lidstrom or Ian Laperriere or Pronger or Aldredsson or Koivu or Selanne. Notice they are all the old guard. The youth are in it for the money and nothing else. They are all the newer editions of Alexandre Daigle.

  25. bendrixian says:

    Hey Habs community.
    I live on the East Coast, but I’m getting married in Toronto and will be moving there. I need a good bar that shows habs game. Here’s the catch. I like big hoppy beer and big stouts (I am from the east coast after all). I’m a hop head threw and true. Is there a bar in Hogtown that serves good local or quebec beers AND is habs friendly? I know Kilgour bar meets grill is a spot but from what I can tell the beer list is limited to 5% ales–> boring if you ask me and I’d rather stay in and watch the game at home if that is the case. Thoughts? Thanks!

  26. Bill says:

    Omg that hit on Eller was horrible. Gallagher wanted to kill someone. And btw, his goal is how the Habs have to beat Anderson. From right in close.

    I am with everyone who says that hit was blindside, and you can debate clean or dirty, someone on the Habs had to make the Sens pay. Dirty hit for a dirty hit.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I am not an eye for an eye guy as that doesn’t work BUT the habs have to be really physical tonight and let the Sens know they won’t be pushed around. Just like the Sens did with the Rangers last year

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Clay says:

      Yeah, it was sickening to see. I hope i never see another one like it in my life, but I know I will…

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

    • Clay says:

      Enjoy the rest of the game (if you can) Bill…I’m going to bed so I can get up early to watch the game (which falls on Saturday morning here)

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

    • issie74 says:

      Same dangerous blindside that kept Sid out of hockey for over a year.

      There are a lot of accidents in hockey.

      Sid getting a puck in the face.

      Staal taking a puck to the eye.

      Shanahan’s job title is Player Safety,blindside hits should not be tolerated they are unnecessary.JMO

      NorthTOHab

    • issie74 says:

      Eugene Melynk would have them arrested.

      NorthTOHab

    • issie74 says:

      Bgally and Gally were being held back,Thanks refs.we do not need to lose either one of them,they are needed on the ice.

      NorthTOHab

  27. WindsorHab-10 says:

    When you have a 5 on 3 for over a minute & a half and don’t score, a loss usually follows. Mclean said his team drew momentum from the penalty killers & came back strong in the 3rd. My take on it, they drew momentum from the softie Priceless let in & figured hey, this game is ours.

  28. HabsFan68 says:

    Can someone please alert Ryder to the fact that the playoffs have started!!! He seemed completely lost out there last night.

  29. Bill says:

    Bourque had a beautiful goal man. No one stops that.

  30. WindsorHab-10 says:

    My recommended changes for tonight’s game: Budaj replaces Price & Beaulieu takes over for the other over-hyped Diaz. Let Beaulieu & Tinordi play regular shifts. Not very impressed with Gorges, a so called leader. BS.

  31. Hobie Hansen says:

    I am still holding out hope for Price but for the 1st time I will now publicly admit he’s not among the league’s elite goaltenders. I’m not saying he can’t one day get there but right now I’d be just as comfortable, or more, with a guy like Reimer, Bryzgalov or Dubnyk between the pipes.

    And boy oh boy. Did anyone catch the Kings and Blues after the Habs game? Those two teams would absolutely destroy the Canadiens in a seven game series. Desharnais, Gonta and maybe even our boy Gallagher would be carried off in a stretcher after facing those teams in a playoff series. The size, strength and skill of those two teams is ridiculous. Montreal has a long way to go and a lot of smurfs to get rid of, besides Gallagher, to even think of competing with the likes of the Blues or Kings.

    Bergevin has to replace Desharnais, Gionta, Gorges, Diaz and Bouillon for this team to move forward.

  32. Bill says:

    Clay, middle of second and the Habs have had a lot of shots not absolutely nothing dangerous

    • KenD29 says:

      could not agree with you more. Sure Habs had 50 shots but how many of those were from the perimeter, blue line?
      How many times were there any Habs directly in front of Anderson making life miserable?! Prust on one occasion and Gallagher. Other than that I can not recall anyone else getting in his cage.

      And please can someone tell me why Karlsson was allowed to skate end to end untouched and set up the first goal? They should be hitting him at any chance they have.
      If you’re not going to make a hit then at least force him to the outside.

      All About Work Ethic

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Just like Washington and Pittsburgh 3 years ago, sure they had lots of shots on Halak but they were mainly from the perimeter…then Halak was put on a pedestal.

  33. issie74 says:

    I just hope nobody breaks a limb,jumping on and off the bandwagon.

    GO HABS!!!

    NorthTOHab

  34. habs-fan-84 says:

    Under unfortunate circumstances looks like Galchenyuk may get his opportunity to center the third line. Time to shine!

  35. von says:

    Ryder getting the Carbo treatment? Who needs a sniper in the playoffs anyways, right? DD was out there every other shift: Zero shots on goal.

    _________________________________

    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  36. Blade says:

    I do find myself surprisingly calm this morning. We will find out a lot about this team tonight. They had the lead and could not keep it and finish it. I think the hit affected them, which is fair and understandable. Teams however that want to keep moving on in the playoffs have to put it behind them. The leaders of this team need to stand up tonight and PLAY…not seek retribution to show how tough a team they are. Play their game to say to the Sens, ” we outplayed you last night, your goaltender was marvellous and then we lost our focus in the third period and you made us pay. Congratulations! Tonight, your goaltender will have to do the same vs a team that will not lose their focus….Good Luck!” Who are the leaders that have to demonstrate that?
    1) Price
    2) PK Subban
    3) Pleks
    4) Gionta
    5) Pacioretty

    Get it done!

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      agreed.

      • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

        Agreed as well. After a good night’s sleep, things seem clearer.

        The Gryba hit was clearly not an intentional headshot, but he should still be suspended for it: Ryan White has it right. I just feel so bad for Eller; guy did a horrible faceplant, and will feel like 5h!t this morning, although they’ll probably have him on some good painkillers. Eller and the 2Gs were so good in the final few games of the season, it’s a shame that Eller’s now gone for a spell.

        Price was good, but let in a couple of soft goals. He’ll have to do better tonight. This doesn’t detract from the fact that his D let him down, and at the other end of the rink, Anderson was just incredible. Which makes Bourque’s goal all the more impressive: great hands on that shot.

        Last night I was doom and gloom, and today I’m optimistic without being confident. I hope the Habs all watch last night’s game today, to see where they were limited in their puck movement by the Sens coverage, and make adjustments moving forward.

        Go Habs?!

    • KenD29 says:

      Subban and Gallagher were the leaders last night. The rest of the list certainly need to do a better job and add Ryder and DesHarnais to the list.

      All About Work Ethic

  37. Mick says:

    Why did my post get taken down?
    “Boone” you are one of the main reasons I love this site.
    You on occasion have put a few F…..k in your posts???
    Or is it, that I called “Patches a Pussy”???

    Just stated the truth.
    I guess I could of said he is playing soft?
    What?

  38. timothy13 says:

    I have read some brilliant responses and insights into the loss and Carey Price. I have realized after I have had some time to think and now drink my morning espresso that the long standing curse of the Montreal Canadiens maybe lifting. I mean the team has had a lot of BAD LUCK in their new icew rink. I heard someone say years ago that it was a curse and for some reason those words stayed with me. But now with a new GM and a committed Geoff Molson some changes have been positive. What I am getting @ is that the dead wood, Carey Price, for example my not last if he can not prove himself. The Habs were quickly deflated when two quick goals went in against them and the team lost their drive. Price’s fault 100%. The Habs will never go far with Price. Eventually that will be fully realized and figured out by decision makers.

    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      We’ve had some good fortune but mostly a lot of horrendous luck since moving to the new rink, you’re right. I’ve posted about this before…we lose Zednik, who was leading the playoffs in scoring, to a vicious clothesline by MacLaren (Z was never the same again)…we’re leading the Carolina series until Koivu has his eye gouged out by Williams…Markov has his knee destroyed in 2009 and again in 2010, a huge loss in those playoffs…Pacioretty is conveniently removed by Chara just in time for the playoffs where the Bruins eliminate us in OT Game 7…now Eller is taken out.

      I’m not sure, but I seriously doubt most teams have had as many catastrophic injuries to key players inflicted on them during our just before the playoffs as we consistently have had over the past decade. Even the 1970s Habs would have been hard pressed to win if (say) Robinson, Lafleur, Gainey, etc. kept getting destroyed playoff after playoff.

  39. The Kid says:

    A little dramatic here boys!

    That’s why it’s a 7 game series. Everybody needs to up their dose of chill pills.

  40. DMCP says:

    …..must figure out a way to get Armstrong back into the line-up. Will Michael Rider ever get a shot on goal again.

  41. habs-fan-84 says:

    …well I thought PK was a beast out there last night…wow, what a player!

    • GrosBill says:

      Yup, he looked great out there. Him and Gally were both playing very well last night. It was game one. This series is not over!

    • von says:

      Imagine no P.K.

      Wait, let’s not…

      _________________________________

      “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  42. Haberoooo13 says:

    My thoughts on last night
    #1 Not scoring on the 2 minute 5 on 3!
    #2 So many shots but any rebounds?
    #3 Diaz was awful after the Eller incident.
    #4 Price has to stop the 2nd goal
    #5 Sens go to the net much harder than Habs (except for Gallagher)
    #6 Patch and Ryder (see #2)
    #7 Eller is a pretty big loss
    #8 Gorges? Not looking good
    #9 Hit Karlsson legally whenever there is a chance
    #10 It’s only 1 game

    Na Na Na Les Canadiens Les Canadiens

    • Luke says:

      Re: #9

      Karlsson is so hard to hit legally… and when you do, the puck is usually on it’s way up the ice, so hitting him leaves you out of the play… plus he’s so shifty that if he slips the hitm, you are even worse off.

      (Not saying don’t try, just saying: He’s like Lidstrom out there… for 20 years they tried to hit him…)

  43. John Frodo says:

    First of all Gygoon has to receive at least 5 games. No argument about hockey play, train tracks etc. The standard has been set and the rules are clear.

    Next to really stop this NASCAR on ice the NHL seems to love do what the EOTP advocate.
    If you take out a top 6 player, in addition to the offender you lose a top six roster player with the same suspension. That would stop these type of hits cold.

    • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

      WHAT standard has been set? WHAT rules are clear? This in a league where Chara’s criminal act of reckless endangerment (‘a hockey play!’), or Weber’s smashing of Zetterberg’s face against the class, received nothing?

      My own stance is crystal clear: ANY hit to the head should equal automatic suspension. But that is not how the NHL works.

      In a league with even minimal decency, where the fabled “code” had any real meaning, the Sens guy would have let up when he saw how vulnerable Eller was, instead of “finishing his check” with savage brutality. But that doesn’t make it an *illegal* check.

      He will get nothing, or at most one game.

    • Edman says:

      He will get 1 game, 2 at the max.

      I’m not a troll, I’m being honest…it was a shame that it happened but the only reason he gets 1 or 2 is because of the injury. If Eller had got up then there would have been no suspension.

      They called interference on the play but Eller had the puck so that makes no sense

    • Edman says:

      Budaj is not the answer people. Price should and will play every game of these playoffs unless he gets injured *knock on wood he doesnt*

      Price is the #1 in Montreal, if you don’t like it, cheer for someone else. This is his year to prove he can perform. People knock his playoff record and numbers, but the same people dont understand the quality of team in front of him has never been that good. This time the team for the most part is pretty good and if Gorges plays like the Gorges of 2010, then we have a really good shot at making it deep.

      MB knows there is no goaltender controversy, he’s 1 game away from shredding Ryder’s contract offer though that is for sure.

  44. Bill says:

    Hey Clay, watching it now. Price was very sharp in the first, haha. Habs looked ok in the first, but no dangerous chances against Anderson so far. Starting the second period.

  45. Hammer says:

    Been a Habs fan since 1968 and a huge HOMER, but that check was clean and legal. Diaz threw the suicide pass and unfortunately Eller paid for it. Having said that, Price played like Racicot ( no offense Racicot), DD, Patches were absolutely invisible and outside of a couple of players 76, 11 the team is not hard enough on the puck. My goodness, finish your checks!! Karlsson is 170lbs soaken wet and the boys give him a free pass. Send Price to a sports shrink and fast!!

  46. Habsssssssswin says:

    Quote from Goalies Guild :

    Anyone who thinks Price’s technique or talent isn’t up to NHL standards is not really paying attention. He’s one of the most technically sound goalies in the universe, and he handles the pressure of a crazy tough market like Montreal with a lot of success. He’s still getting better, and he looks so buttery smooth in the net that I think every young goalie would give anything to move like he does. He is going to influence a new age of young goalies and he will be a very successful NHL goalie for many more years.

    Let’s hope TONIGHT and for many years to come !!!

  47. AH says:

    I’m a Price fan, but not an apologist. IMO he is a good goalie, but not a great one. That 2nd goal was brutal and he should have easily had that, but did you see the Habs celebration after they scored then 2-1 goal?, they were going crazy including MT, like it was the winner and the game was over. I remember thinking “quite a celebration for all the hockey that’s left”. I was then screaming at the tv for them to bury them for Lars, but they didn’t! That imo is the key to the loss, they could have put them away with even just one more goal and it didn’t happen. The Sens then go into the dressing room happier than pigs in crap that they just weathered a huge PP after destroying one of our players. Talk about a momentum changer.

  48. Bill says:

    Not quite ready to write off the Habs just yet. It’s not a best of one.

    I didn’t get to watch – not as unhappy about that as I was before the game – but looks like the worst possible outcome for the Habs. Looks like they outplayed the Sens, Anderson was great, Price let in a bad goal, and the Habs best centre over the last quarter season is gone until next year.

    Well. I am not gonna slam any of them and I’m not gonna say they’re done. I like this team and they can win this series.

    I see they got fifty shots. Good start. But they need a bunch of those to be second chances in the dirty areas, because Anderson is gonna stop the first shot.

    I feel terrible for Larry. He’s become such a good player and he basically IS the Habs size down the middle. I just hope he recovers and comes back strong next year.

    If anyone wants to cheer the Habs on with me I’ll be here later tonight!

    • twilighthours says:

      What you didn’t see was probably the best 40 minutes of Hab hockey this season and easily the best 2nd period I can recall. Then you missed the team start flat in the third period only to have Price give up a totally deflating softie.

      Trust me, Bill. We see eye to eye on nearly everything. This is the lay of the land.

      Montreal can’t play better than that for 20 (perhaps) 40 minutes. And still the team lost.

      • Luke says:

        That’s the problem Twi!

        They got away from the “sucking in the second, success in the first and third” program that had been successful most of the season!

      • issie74 says:

        The game is still played for 60 minutes.Ducks down 4-1 to Wings and make a comeback in 3rd period.

        NorthTOHab

      • alfieturcotte says:

        The team lost because Anderson shined and Price was awful. Listen to Therrien’s post game press conference. It’s not about the team coming out flat….Price had a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd and did not make the routine (not even spectacular) saves expected of him on goals 2/3.

        • twilighthours says:

          I see the whole game, Alfie. All of it. Price was terrible last night, and a save in the third probably would have won it, but the team came out flat and that can’t be ignored.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      damn right Bill, people around here should have enough playoff experience to know this is far from over. Yes the loss of Eller will have a big impact but everyone has to step it up and do this for Lars.

    • Luke says:

      Look how well Max bounced back from his injury… hope Eller recovers the same.

      People here are awfully emotional about the team. They can take things like the Gryba hit personally.

      But I’m with you. Go Habs!
      Watching the game tonight at a buddy’s with a lot of Beers nearby.
      Win or lose, it’ll be a good time.

    • Clay says:

      I don’t know if you are interested in seeing it Bill, but I believe you can see the complete game on demand on the CBC website.

      __________________________
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  49. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Price is not a Cup-winning type of goalie. He succeeds only when the entire team is playing to protect his ass. That means all 5 guys collapsing down low and never leaving the defensive zone. He is like the nervous kid who wants his Mommy to hold his hand and go everywhere with him and as soon as she leaves him at school he starts to bawl and wet his pants. Price should be ashamed of himself. Put this guy on waivers in July if you can’t trade him. Use Budaj as the #1 and Tokarski as the back-up and keep auditioning new goalies or trade for one like Ottawa did with Anderson. I hope Eller is OK. I think the concussion is going to be a bigger issue than the blood and lost teeth. My prayers are with you Lars.

    • Luke says:

      Wow.

      just wow.

    • Hey, I’m no Price Fan, but ouch! Who do we have to replace him? He may be an average goalie, but our D has been pretty s..ty lately Diaz is coming into his Swiss cheese form of last year, not the pre-concussion revelation that he was at the beginning of this year. Markov is slower and not looking to get checked. Gorges has been awful and certainly not “C” worthy as so many claimed on his signing and there are a few other holes.
      Bottom line is that we aren’t a solid cup winning team, yet. We have some nice pieces in Chucky and Gally (if he doesn’t have his throat stepped on… ), Larry (if he can come back and play as opposed to the streaky play of Max Pac), Tinordi the tree, Beaulieu (if he can stay out of jail) and then what? Kristo? Another smurf? Don’t know where the pieces will come from, that’s MB job and in him I have faith. Price, not so much…

      Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  50. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you know something is not right when the SENS celebration is first one of shock…then elation….

    PRICE OUT – BUDJ IN
    DD OUT – DUMONT IN
    DIAZ (to hamilton) – DREW IN
    GORGES OUT – BEAULIEU IN

    if you want success…


    The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…
    GALLAGHER = FUTURE HAB CAPTAIN

  51. Thomas Le Fan says:

    First of all, I hope Eller’s okay and secondly, as unpopular as it might be, I have to say that if the jerseys were reversed, I’d be saying, “Clean hit.” Therefore … clean hit. I wonder if Eller’s facial injury didn’t come from being out on his feet and hitting the ice face first.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

    • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

      Pacciorettis hit was clean as well, but he got a 4 game suspension…

      a clean hit that involves the head is the issue


      The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…
      GALLAGHER = FUTURE HAB CAPTAIN

    • Ali says:

      That was a suicide pass by Diaz, and I honestly thought the hit was clean, and think most of the damage was done when he hit the ice face first with the visor on.

      • Phil C says:

        He hit his face because he was unconscious from a high head hit. Therefore the high hit caused all the damage, not the ice.

        Edit: Saying the hit was caused by the ice not the hit is like saying you only gave someone a little push in front of a subway train. I mean it was just a little push, the train did the damage, not the push.

      • Ali says:

        you guys need to take the blinders off. it was a terrible result, but it was not a malicious hit. Brian Campbell on Umberger was almost the same. If you see the front angle (facing Eller) it’s pretty clear he had his head down and Gyrba caught him with his shoulder. it’s not his fault he’s 6’5 and Eller was low and not looking.

        Although I will agree that it was a blind side hit, but i believe they’ve removed that part of the rule to simply indicate principal point of contact should not be the head

      • issie74 says:

        Ali…blindside hits are not necessary the object is to strip the player of the puck,not to obliterate.him.

        NorthTOHab

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      The hit was clean in the sense that it WASN’T interference. However, the principal point of contact was the head (from the replays I’ve seen) even if it wasn’t targeted – and I don’t believe it was – I think Gryba has to get at least one.

      Indeed, most if not all the damage was done from hitting the ice face first.

  52. habs-fan-84 says:

    Is the Bell Centre cursed?

    Honestly, in the last few years the Bell Centre ice has not been kind to our younger guys

    -Pacioretty
    -Geoffrion
    -Eller

  53. Chilly Willy says:

    Oh well, not one goalie lasted in Montreal since Roy.

    Carey Price has been a major disapointment.

    How many chance has he had?

    How much leeway has he gotten?

    How much rope does he need?

    • jlgaudet says:

      I agree 100%. Price is supposed to be the man but he has played brutally for his past 10 starts. Therrien is going to have to take a big GULP and put him on the pines. No way we lose that game last night with even a decent effort from Price. None of those goals were good. He is fighting the puck like crazy and looks totally uncomfortable. His positioning is bad and he is scrambling all the time which he almost never does. He has just lost his mojo for whatever reason and I just don’t think we can wait for him to get it back this late in the going. Time to go to plan B.
      At Christmas time this guy had the #1 job on Team Canada in his pocket for Sochi, now he will be lucky to get an invite or a look. Shame really. For us and him.

      Just a few thoughts.

  54. habs-fan-84 says:

    The Habs’ inability to go up 3 – 1 on the 5 on 3 was their undoing last night. They were given ample time and opportunity to put the game out of reach – they didn’t and it cost us.

    Just like the players, it’s time for us to move on and look forward to game 2 tonight. Win tonight and we carry the momentum into Ottawa for Sunday.

  55. OK… The Price discussion is roiling to a boil, but let’s sum it up here;

    1) Canadiens have bet on him as a franchise goaltender
    2) Nothing in the pipeline to replace a franchise goaltender (Subban’s brother is gone)
    3) His salary is big, but not Luongo big
    4) Anderson is playing over his head, see his career stats
    5) Price is an average NHL goalie, still some of the best in the world, but not good enough to win in the playoff’s
    6) His mental state sucks, just look at his body language, his daydreaming in the net letting in softies

    Bottom line, it doesn’t look good for Les Habs, so solace is we did better this year than we hoped. Now, what to do about Prices head?

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • Cal says:

      1. Why?
      2. Tokarski needs a shot.
      3. Too big for what he delivers.
      4. Anderson made the saves last night. Price didn’t.
      5. Price is definitely not among the best. His playoff and regular season stats show this.
      6. In his 6th NHL season and he still can’t focus?

      Price has been defended over and over since he was drafted. It’s time for him to show up and stop the effing puck.

      http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  56. AceTen says:

    If they lose tonight they have no choice but to start Budaj in game 3. Especially if Price lets in a few softies. Budaj has only lost 1 game in regulation all year.

  57. Mattyleg says:

    Okay guys.

    I feel like crap today.

    Thought I’d feel better when I went to bed last night, but no, I don’t.

    Why does this stuff keep happening in this league?
    Why does this stuff keep happening to us?
    Pacioretty was just starting to shine when Chara laid him out.
    Eller had just come into his own, and was centering the most dangerous forward line in the East (in my opinion).

    And then they’re scraping his blood off the ice after a cheap-shot, and god knows when he’ll be back.

    This is a serious blow to our chances as a cup contender, and try as I may, I can’t get excited for tonight’s game.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • theox_8 says:

      Have to agree with everything you just wrote …. Hopefully something good and inspiring can happen tonight.

    • twilighthours says:

      Me too. Eller makes me sad.

      Plus, I think we’re going to lose.

    • Yup Matty. it doesn’t feel good and the NHL Gods will just keep it going and maybe the culprit gets a game or two or not. ‘Course, it looks like most of the damage on Eller was caused by his face hitting the ice, but yes, his blackout was caused by the 6’4 inch goon and then on last nights thread, there were so many calls for retribution on alfy or Karly. So go figure. The testosterone problem?

      Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • Les Canayens says:

      That’s what got me worry about Gallagher all season long as he becomes a major force, that some catastrophic career changing incident will happen to him like two you mentioned.

    • Phil C says:

      Too early to worry about the Cup, even as a fan. The team in front of the Habs is the Senators, and they are VERY beatable. Their bottom two lines suck, their top two lines are not as good as the Habs top two lines. Their defense can be slow. The have some size on the back end and a goalie playing lights out, that’s it. Get to Anderson and the Habs beat the Sens going away.

      The Habs used to have an Eller as a 3rd line centre, now neither team has one, so it’s still fair. No reason to lose to a pathetic team like the Sens.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      last night was difficult no doubt, but we need all hands on deck for tonight Matty. Gotta do this for Larry!

      GO HABS GO

    • Love that shot of Roy winking! Yup, he was cocky, arrogant and full of himself. But he had the skill to back it up. Price, not so much… think we’ll be like the Philly’s now? A turnstile of goaltenders?

      Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

  58. Luke says:

    So, Will Melnyck pull his team of invetigators off the Karlsson/Cooke case to atleast interview Gryba and see if there was criminal intent?

  59. tophab says:

    price is the worst goalie in the playoffs.

  60. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Desharnais is absolutely terrible. Patches stays on the perimeter and doesn’t attack the net or show any sign of getting into the trenches.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      He stays on the perimeter because no one on his line will get him the puck so he has to play on the boards to dig it out. Put Max with Galchenyuk and Gallagher. Put Ryder back with Pleks and Gionta. DD can center Bourque and Prust and play Halpern with White and Moen.

      • mount royal says:

        Wrong. He plays away from the centre on purpose. He has explained in detail how he has changed his game this year and stays on the outside in order to better feed his teammates. Personally, I think that that is nothing more than a rationalization from him in order to avoid going to the net. I can`t believe that he is following instructions from MT..

  61. von says:

    Glenn Healy made a great and valid point last night after the first period (I can’t believe I just typed that).

    The Habs weren’t finishing their checks on Karlsson at all! Talk about giving the guy a free pass.

    Therrien should hand out copies of today’s Ottawa Sun for his pregame pep talk. If that doesn’t get them fired up and pissed off, nothing will.

    _________________________________

    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  62. saskhabfan says:

    CBC news blaming the eller injury on diaz,not actually the guy who threw the hit,sad.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      It was a bad pass. You learn not to do that in Peewee. Eller got smoked but I think there should be a suspension cause it was blindside and Eller was out cold before he hit the ice

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • commandant says:

        Was it a bad pass? Of course it was.

        However a bad pass doesn’t give a player permission to throw a shoulder to the head.

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        • Kooch7800 says:

          I agree with that but at any level of hockey you know not to do that.

          The hit was dirty but he could have smoked him clean as well.

          There should be a suspension and we have now lost our best centre as of late. Diaz was awful last night in every way

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

          Was the hit actually “dirty,” as opposed to vicious? Eller was leaning in and that’s why his head was the point of contact. I think the real issue here is less illegality than a dire lack of respect between players. In the old days, players did not try to kill each other if they were in vulnerable positions. That was part of the code – had to be, because in a helmet-less age hits like that could kill people.

  63. saskhabfan says:

    Its hilarious to see the old halakian crowd out this morning. Blaming the loss on one bad goal against instead of a bunch of forwards who missed countless chances(bourque alone could have won this game), weak D by gorges and diaz(-5 combined),DD who just plain sucks and even therrien for using DD as much as he did when galchenyuk was playing better. Price is to blame for one goal against,the other 3 are on this team. But the halakian crowd isn’t smart enough to realize that. They just prefer to act like a bunch of scorned and bitter ex-girlfriends.

    • HNS says:

      Smell the coffee Pricebot, Price sucks. Anderson stands on his head and every goal against him is at a premium while Mr. Softie is letting in bananas. Sens were outplayed. Habs will be drafting a goalie soon.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      I am not a Halak fan, I welcomed the trade, and was a Price supporter. But enough is enough. Price has to stop that second goal and he was weak on three and four as well. He is not the answer (nor was Halak because where is he now, second string to Elliott) but no one really can say based on the six years of Price’s career and his 8-16 playoff record that he is an elite goalie.

  64. HankHardball says:

    In the NFL is it not, all hits to the head, intentional or not, are not only penalties but also suspendable? And degree of damage to the injured player is taken into consideration in determining the length of the suspension?

    But in the NHL head shots are still legal as long as the hitter doesn’t leave his feet, and the hit to the head doesn’t “appear” to be intentional.

    Would Eller’s injuries be as severe if the NHL adopted the same policy towards head shots as the NFL? Would Gryba, or other players, hold something back if they knew there could be consequences for them also?

    We now know, over time, cumulative head shots cause serious cognitive deficiency and often premature death. There are possibly hundreds of athletes whose latter lives are destroyed by head shots.

    There should be no place for head shots in team sports. The consequences are barbaric. Just like gladiators killing eachother in the arena. The only difference is they die around a decade later.

    • Marcusman says:

      It’s the meat head mentality…no respect at all for other players.

      • Luke says:

        and your solution is:

        “pick someone and beat him. Send the message that we’re not to be screwed with…”

        • Mattyleg says:

          I think he meant beat him in a respectful manner.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • Marcusman says:

          What do you care what my opinion is? what’s yours? Are you the opinion police..you’re here to ensure we’re all having rational thoughts? Pick your little word tiff with someone else. I’m not in the mood today to be judged or criticized by someone who thinks Sesame St. is still cool.

          • Clay says:

            I don’t really care what else you say here, but don’t disparage Guy Smiley.
            Sesame Street never stopped being cool.
            __________________________
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          • Luke says:

            Thanks Clay.

            I can’t believe someone would disrespect Guy Smiley and Sesame Street. Attacking one is like attacking the whole family.
            This is like a personal assault on Kermit and Scooter and Dr. Tooth.

            I’m gonna have to walk this off…

            But always know, Guy Smiley’s “finger of appreciation” is pointing firmly at you.
            (edit – ohh that sounds much creepier than it was intended to be).

  65. Marcusman says:

    I’m still sickened by the hit on Eller, Gryba could of easily played the puck but instead decided to cheap shot Eller. His shoulder made contact with his chin and lights out..like a boxer’s punch to undefended chin…Eller got dropped. That wasn’t a hockey play, Subban’s hot on Neil was…body to body.

    I more sickened by the way our team no longer stands up for one another. Take your pic…#53, #32, #17, #55 …#8! all capable of fighting….after the major penalty pick someone and beat him. Send the message that we’re not to be screwed with…

    Instead we play nice.. and give up a few soft goals…

    I’ve watched all 49 games this yr, this year’s Habs are not on the right course….we’ve all heard the expression “stepping up” who has and who will….where’s #73? #67? #51??? #21 is our Captain we had 50 some odd shots on goal heard his name once last night.

    If Price can;t get this done, we need to find better.

  66. Steeltown Hab says:

    Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gionta
    Bourque – Galchenyuk -Gallagher
    Prust – Dumont – Ryder
    Moen – Halpern – White

    I would honestly ice this lineup. At least I know Dumont is gonna bring it. Ryder might be able to chip in with less pressure on.

    ———————————

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

    • AllHailTheFlower says:

      Those actually aren’t bad – I was thinking about Dumont myself this morning. Not sure I’d tie that anchor called Ryder to his leg though.

    • Ron says:

      I don’t think MT will ice that line up but I agree with one thing, I would drop DD off the starting line up as well. Dumont may not be a gifted goal scorer but he is an honest one that will give you 100% on every shift. I don’t like to pick on DD and have not, even though he is lacking most everything to keep him out of the line up. Dumont will actually crash the net. Put him in tonights game and see what he brings.

  67. FB says:

    Diaz was a give a way machine last night.

    Not sure if he was rattled.

    • Marcusman says:

      He was horrible last night….worst game I’ve seen him play

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      I think that Eller play shook him up. He had a weak game with Gorges but whatever

      ———————————

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

      • Mattyleg says:

        He was playing great until the Eller hit unhinged him.
        He was brutal after that, but you can understand that.

        I would hope people could understand that.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. Clay says:

    Here’s the thing about good (and great) goalies – they put up better numbers in the playoffs than they do in the regular season. Look at the numbers of Price. They are nothing but average in the regular season, and are much worse in the playoffs. This is the time for him to correct this imbalance – poop or get off the pot (so to speak).

    __________________________
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  69. mrhabby says:

    Price just has to make that save from 30ft out off that shot from Silverfberg…just has to make it. We have seen lots of these lately.
    Iam sure Price is on very thin ice and if he lets in a few weak ones tonight Budjai will be in…

    • Luke says:

      I only saw the one reply from over Silferberg’s shoulder. Seemed to be the only one that CBC ever showed, or perhaps I had already stalked off to grab another frustration beer.

      Did Gorges deflect that one? Looked like he was doing the knee-down/stickout block and it may have gone off the shaft of the stick.

      • von says:

        I thought that too. It looked in the reply that Price was kind of glaring at Gorges. You know, the “get the f out of the way and let me make the save” glare.

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        “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

      • mrhabby says:

        i did not see a deflection..Gorges was in the way but no way was it a screen Carey just fluffed it…was one of the momentum changers.

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    THE HEAD HITS CONTINUE ! It is time to fight back!

    The totally CRIMINAL hits to the head in our game was to have been eliminated by the NHL. It is now time for all of the players, that have lost their careers and livelihood, to stand together and form a class action against the NHL.

    After all, it was the NHL that changed the rules to speed up the game, (red line removal etc). Protecting the players from career ending injuries is not, “no matter how they put lipstick on a pig” the NHL’s priority. Sucking dollars out of the public is their total focus.

    By putting a faster game on the ice and allowing players to ware armor causing maximum impact and damage to their opponent. A more dangerous and criminal style of game can take place.

    Our society has come a very long way in controlling violence, but when there is money to be made by using criminal violence in our national game, society has to take a stand!

    If there are some good lawyer’s out there, having large type nuts, that want to start a class action with injured players against the NHL and I might add, against the NHLPA as well if they are not on board with us. I have already $200,000 donated to the cause.

  71. Luke says:

    I’m all for playing Budaj. I really am. Enough is enough.
    And I’m really not worried if Gorges is mad being replaced by him.

  72. alfieturcotte says:

    I would insert Dumont back in the lineup and place him on a line with Galchenyuk/Gallagher.

    Plus, I would keep a very short leash on Price. If he stinks it up (again), take him out and sit him for the rest of the playoffs. There is little to no downside in placing Budaj. Enough propping up Price, coddling the “star”…

  73. habs-fan-84 says:

    If we were going to lose any game at home, I’d prefer it be game 1. Should we win tonight we’ll go into Ottawa with some momentum.

    I’m not really going to wade into the Price discussion other than to say I’ve supported him from day 1, but that Silfverberg goal was rather weak (assuming Gorges didn’t tip it in).

    The series is still winnable, but without Eller it just a got a lot more difficult. Hoping Eller will make a strong recovery and has some Wolverine blood – maybe he comes back later in the playoffs (assuming we’re still in) with a full cage.

    GO HABS GO!!


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