About last … yuck! 2014 has to be better than that


In their first game of 2013, your Montreal Canadiens lost 2-1 at home to the Leafs.
Eleven months and 12 days later, they lost 5-4 in Carolina.
Those are your 2013 bookends: two one-goal losses to Eastern Conference opposition.
The Jan. 19 loss, fresh out of the lockout, was a disappointment.
The second – 88 regular-season and five playoff games later – was a bummer of such monumental proportions that we have to hope the game wasn’t a portent of what 2014 has in store.

Let’s go to the highlight reel:

• A 3-0 lead evaporated in two minutes, 29 seconds.

• Michel Therrien (pause for at least half the Commentariat to reach for air sickness bags) burned his Timeout on a second-period icing with the Canadiens leading 2-0. So the break was not available to the coach when his team began to disintegrate before our eyes in the third period.

• Carolina had 42 shots on goal. Another 24 missed the net, and the Canadiens blocked 34 shots. That’s ONE HUNDRED shot attempts. Comparable numbers for the Canadiens: 25 SoG, 11 misses, nine blocks by the Hurricanes. The margin, then, was 100-45. That’s a harlem Globetrotters final score.

• SoG through the second and third periods: Carolina 30 – Canadiens 12.

• The Canadiens took a season-high 10 minor penalties – including Too Many Men on the ice while shorthanded and a bench minor for Abuse of Officials.

• Tomas Plekanec was 6-28 on faceoffs.

• The Canadiens killed two 5-on-3s but gave up the first two PP goals of the road trip.

• Abandoned by his inept teammates, Carey Price smashed his stick after Jeff Skinner’s second goal, phones his agent after Eric Staal scored and demanded a trade when Manny Malhotra put Carolina ahead.

Look, I could go with these smart-ass observations. But it’s almost three hours into 2014, I’ve had a few pops and there’s little to be gained from pointing out what was obvious to anyone with eyesight better than Manny Malhotra:

The Canadiens sucked.

They lost to a team whose coach’s job is in jeopardy and whose captain began the game at minus-17.

The Canadiens began December by beating New Jersey twice. They then picked up Ws against Boston and Buffalo.

A 6-0 pasting at the hands of the L.A. Kings, who are better than the aforementioned Eastern Conference teams, was followed by a loss in Philadelphia. The month also included two losses to Florida and a keel-hauling at the hands of another Western powerhouse, the St. Louis Blues.

Yes, the Canadiens beat Nashville and Tampa Bay.

But as as the team completed the first half of the season with the debacle in Carolina, there are clouds on the horizon:

• Therrien is still tinkering with his forward lines, 41 games in.

• Alexei Emelin has celebrated his new contract and pairing with countryman Andrei Markov by playing his worst hockey since he left Russia.

• Lars Eller got off the schneid in Carolina, but the other scorers were the usual suspects: Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban. The drought continues for Brian Gionta, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk at al.

Stuff happens, sure, but it’s difficult – for players, coaches and fans – to shrug off a total collapse against a mediocre team like Carolina.

At least we can’t blame that mess on Daniel Brière.

Last summer’s genius UFA signing doubtless will return to the lineup in Dallas, centring Travis Moen and George Parros.




  1. Davey93 says:

    I’m pretty sure Therrien has lost the player’s respect and trust in him. It clearly looks like they don’t wanna play for this guy anymore. After that mental collapse last night, it’s quite obvious.

  2. Bozo McBozo says:

    You have to give MT and the boys full credit. They have taken suckitude to new and wonderous heights! My not-so-bold prediction: before this season is over we will be sitting atop the Mount Everest of crappy hockey enjoying cocktails with Danny Briere, Rene Borque and Franky the Bull. Man, all that is missing is Vinny, who I am sure MB is actively trying to acquire. The Goat wouldn’t pick of Robinson’s call so J.J. Daigneault is the Habs D coach. Only in Montreal! Happy New Year folks!!!

  3. JUST ME says:

    Did not see the game yesterday and HIO is not the best place to really have a good idea on how it went since most of the comments are the usual blah,blah,blah,would change lines,blah blah,Therrien this,blah blah blah,never seen such a bad game blah blah…

    This is only a game,we got one point and it`s a brand new year!

    May you all be healthy ,happy and peacefull in 2014. Happy new year !

  4. FlyAngler says:

    So 3 assists for DD in a losing cause, you would think that’s pretty good right? Well, not exactly as he finished the night at -1 and was on the ice for both Carolina’s go ahead and winning goals. In the sequence that produced the winning goal for the Canes, he was matched up against Eric Staal- a veritable Davey and Goliath contest except that DD had no slingshot or other weapon to counter Staal.

    For me this almost completely summarizes the gross disfunction of this hockey club. Therrien just refuses to get it. No matter what happens on the ice, he is sticking with Desharnais. The problem with this is that it is hurting both the team in game performance as well as in adversely affecting the morale of younger players who should be getting more ice time and opportunities on the PP and the like as others have pointed out.
    When the competition gets too stiff, like a lot of NHL players, DD evaporates into the boards as witness his 2 assists in 10 career playoff games.

    It is way too early too give up hope on this season as the Habs have a good record and are decently situated in the standings. That said, changes and adjustments need to be made. Daniel Briere scored a goal against Florida which should have counted save for a putrid goaltender interference call on Galchenyuk. That would have put him even on the night compared to -2 for DD. Who sits next game? Of course Briere- because DD is Therrien’s fair haired boy who apparently can do no wrong.
    Right now, I can’t help but wonder if we would be better off with Dennis Corder coaching the team. Sorry, I know that’s a little harsh, but sometimes you have to let the poison out so that it doesn’t take over completely. Best Wishes for a Happy New Year to all!

    “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Therrien alternatives: guy who speaks french and has a good track record. Where are they in North America? Difficult to find!

      Guy Boucher may be a long shot but his 1-3-1 trap offense style is proven to be ineffective as well.

      Brent Sutter or Mike Babcock can take the head coaches posting if Therrien vacates it. But again, this city will cry foul if another ‘anglo’ coach who can’t speak french will come here and guide our team.

    • Habsbill24 says:

      Let’s not single out DD. Bourque is a total waste of space and Gionta no more deserves PP time than DD. Gionta has all of 5 goals in half a season and looks completely done offesnively. He is responsible defensively but why put him on the PP instead of say Chucky or Eller? Cube should never play again. Since Emelin has decided to stop hitting, unless they play Murray the opposition has no fear entering the Habs zone. Murray for all his shortcomings at least hits and can wear down the opponent forwards. Cube adds little at this point, especially when he is paired with Diaz, and at 38 it is time to thank him for good service and move on. Somebody other than PK and Markov neeeds to start contributing from the blueline. Lastly, many on HIO criticize Max for not being a true power forward, ok, he is not, but the man has 17 goals in 32 games, a pace for 44 goals over 82 games. The Habs have had no one with that kind of goal scoring ability in years. He can play on my team anytime whether he hits or not.

      • FlyAngler says:

        Agree with many of your points, especially as regards cube and Gio. Given his injuries and line shuffling, I don’t feel like Bourque has been given a fair shot. He has some nasty in his game which we need. I would like to see him with two other forwards with more offensive skill like Eller and Galchenyuk.

        Totally agree about Patches as well. I just don’t care for all of the joined at the hip with DD bullshit.

        “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

    • rhino514 says:

      You bring up some good points.
      The thing is Briere is a natural centre, and the habs, though they have other weaknesses, have 4 decent to good centres and did not address their needs when they got Briere.
      Briere could probably produce decently if given good minutes and even moreso if given some minutes at centre. However I don´t see why he would be any more reliable defensively than DD.
      We were very tough on DD during the first 15 games and justifiably so, but he has been a point poer game player since then, I didn´t check the stats but he is probably the highest point getter on the club over that period.
      There are things he cannot do defensively, granted. But the problem the last two nights have been the zebras, and secondly, c¡blue line support.

  5. CranbrookEd says:

    Oh the excitement of it all . . . but then, there is always the Maple Leaves . . . signing Phaneuf to a nice new contract . . . “Toronto Maple Leafs could have done better, and worse, with Dion Phaneuf’s contract extension” . . . http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/12/31/toronto-maple-leafs-could-have-done-better-and-worse-with-dion-phaneufs-contract-extension/

    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  6. mjames says:

    If you want to get an idea of where the Habs stand relative to other NHL teams, one can look at the World Junior tournament. The Habs resemble Slovakia while teams like Boston, LA , St Louis, Chicago and even Florida resemble Canada. Slovakia is smallish, fast and skilled. The Canadian juniors are big, fast, and skilled. You can see that while Slovakia will win its share of games and will on occasion defeat a powerhouse team; over the course of the tournament they will lose, much like the Habs will lose.

    This is where we are. We have a long way to go. The Habs stunk last night and have for the last 10 games. Blame starts with the GM and includes players and coaches.


  7. Eddie says:

    When a team is imploding it takes leadership, on the ice, to push back, to right the ship before it capsizes.

    Who are the leaders on this team?

    Markov and Gorges on defence.

    Gionta, Plekanec, Prust up front.

    Take a look at those 5 players.

    That’s where the changes need to take place.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      You’re becoming delphic on us Eddie.

      Happy New Year.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Stop elevating! Nearly everyone here is nursing head pains!

        • Eddie says:

          I had to look up the word! Hahaha! It’s not a compliment, for sure.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            No it IS!
            That is, if your prophetic record is in the black.
            (Is it?)

          • Eddie says:

            Well, I think this needs to go upstairs for further review. If Dipsy is done Doodling, maybe he can clarify his remarks? I’m a simple man.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            From Toronto:

            “Apollo spoke through his oracle: the sibyl or priestess of the oracle at Delphi was known as the Pythia; she had to be an older woman of blameless life chosen from among the peasants of the area. She sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. When Apollo slew Python, its body fell into this fissure, according to legend, and fumes arose from its decomposing body. Intoxicated by the vapors, the sibyl would fall into a trance, allowing Apollo to possess her spirit. In this state she prophesied. It has been speculated that a gas high in ethylene, known to produce violent trances, came out of this opening, though this theory remains debatable.”

            Dipsy is saying you are Apollo.

            Have you been working out?

          • Eddie says:

            Hahaha! Excellent!

          • frontenac1 says:

            Jeeze Mike! I started to get “the black twirlies” trying to read that. Time for some Hair of The Dog. Saludos amigo!

    • Habfan17 says:

      I am torn. Part of me says keep Markov if he will take a two year extension at a big home town discount, say $4.5m/season. Then a management position. The other part says, the Habs need to become Subban’s team, not Markov’s team. Along with the other young core players. If they have such character, why can’t they assume bigger leadership roles like Landeskog and Stamkos?

      The other players you mentioned can in my opinion be traded for players who will fill holes long term or picks.


      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        But 17, aren’t there teams where leadership is successfully divided between vets and young guys? (Is Detroit and example? Will Boston soon be?)

        • Habfan17 says:

          Hey D M,

          Yes there are, the Habs don’t seem to want to let any young players assume leadership roles and since the “leaders” of the Habs are from the old guard, the young guys may be made uncomfortable trying to move into leadership roles. Players like Patches should be moving into those roles.


          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Ok, gotcha.
            Still, I’m on the keep-Markov side of the tear you describe.
            Happy New Year, 17.

  8. habsfan0 says:

    Happy New Year everybody!

    I taped last night’s game and watched it this morning.
    Needless to say,the headache I already had was not helped any by the collapse I witnessed by the Habs in the 3rd period. I can’t recall a similar implosion by this team anytime in recent memory. If this occurs again in the near future,then I’m confident l’Antichambre crew will be welcoming their former colleague back soon thereafter. As to who new Habs coach would be..I can only dread to speculate.

    Looking forward to today’s Winter Classic Game between the Laffs and Detroit. It will be interesting to see how Dion Phaneuf,with his new contract securely under his belt,performs under the glare of 100,000+ spectators and a nationwide TV audience in Canada and the US.

    However,rumour has it that pylons freeze in sub zero weather.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      All the best for 2014, habsfan0.

      You’re coming fresh to this from watching tape (and tending a headache): can you help me sort out the conflict of interpretations here today?

      a) Habs imploded
      b) Habs lost to dubious penalty call and 2 disallowed goals.

  9. --Habs-- says:

    With a winning record sometimes management is blinded with the mediocracy! Proof in the pudding is with a winning record we’ve witnessed mostly YUCK!

    “Habs” Watch and learn….! Or Not!

  10. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Now there’s a game, I’m glad I didn’t watch. Therrien continues to underwhelm. Didn’t like him the first time around, hated the re-hiring and can’t wait for him to be fired a second time. This team is playing like they agree with me. Heh.
    Happy New Year everyone! May the puck bounce into the other net for us all year.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Therrien proved last year in the playoffs, he could not adjust and keep his team going. Maclean gave him a good spanking. The Habs do not need another coach who can do pretty well in the regular season, but cannot prepare his team to adjust and win when it counts.


      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        I actually don’t think he’s very bright. The team (Carey Price) sometimes makes him look good but he consistently mishandles his players, the minutes they play and continues breaking up winning combinations in order to find new ways to lose. Maybe he thinks he’ll have it down come playoff time but I don’t think this team can go very deep in the state it’s in.

        There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  11. Arnou Ruelle says:

    If we are going to ‘ask’ changes to both Therrien and Bergevin, IMO these will be those new year’s resolutions that should happen:

    From now on till the end of the regular season going to the playoff (if they will make it):

    (a) Bring back the kid/EGG line.

    (b) Bournival would have to supplement as a RW moving forward. Patches and DD are not going to work without a RW. Gallagher was doing fine with Eller and Galchenyuk till the coach break the kid line. Now, we don’t have a working line unit.

    (c) Bring back also the Markov-Subban pairing.

    (d) No more lineup changes! Therrien is contributing in this team’s implosion! He should know better and juggling line combos DO NOT do any work!

    (e) Other players need to step up. Here are the only visibles who had done offensive work so far for the last 20 games: Plekanec, Pacioretty, and Galchenyuk. Others like Eller, Gallagher, Prust, Subban, and Markov, are the only people who are contributing. The rest: Gionta (man, I’m puzzled why he got the “C”), Briere, Bourque, White, Moen, Bournival, and Desharnais are invisible. What? Are they paid to skate or to play hockey?

    (f) Other Dmen need to step up: Emelin, Diaz, and Gorges have got to wake up! They are in a funk and its costing them games. Murray may be slow but he’s effective during puck battles. Boullion is also ineffective due to his size and I seem to wonder if he’s here b/c he’s another chez nous, American citizen, guy.

    (g) Mngmt. and Coaching should give a shot at Bulldogs players. Guys like Pateryn, Leblanc, St. Pierre, Bealieu, and Tinordi need to play. I think for their development, its time to bring them back in the lineup.

    For the trade deadline and off-season:

    (h) If Max Pacioretty is rumoured to be traded or wants to be traded, Bergevin should either ask for a big trade. It would be John Tavares if its the NYI and Claude Giroux if he wants to be in Philly.

    (i) Subban and Eller have to be resigned. Bergevin will have to ask an 8 year deal for #76. But, it won’t come cheap. Eller will also be included with contract negotiations.

    (j) Other players I think will be in consideration are: Murray, White, and Markov. Markov made a statement last year being a robust defenseman and I think he should come back.

    (k) Gionta and Parros are done. Likewise, Diaz should not be given a contract extension.

    (l) Other possible trades: Briere, Bourque, Desharnais, Moen, and Drewiske.

    (m) The Habs are in need of: a top-six right winger, a centerman, another solid Dman. Bergevin should change his motto to “No Excuses” to “Super Size Me”. Lean and Big is the new thing in the NHL. The Habs will NOT win a Stanley Cup if he takes players that are small.

    (n) Management should do a better job in drafting players come July at Philly. Last year’s draft: McCarron’s a joke! Fucale was suppose to be a 1st round choice but its good to have him as a Hab.

  12. VintageFan says:

    The line tinkering is a problem, not a solution.
    The officiating in 2013 still sucks – not bad so far (11am) in 2014.
    Pottymouth Staal does not get abuse of officials? Yes the Habs sucked big time, but that does not explain why officials also suck. Or why in 99% of games the officiating is one sided? Pete Rose syndrome?

  13. gumper says:

    Oh, and one more thing. Faceoffs last night were 54-28 in favour of the Canes. Until that gets fixed, nothing is going to change with this team.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  14. GL says:

    If I was MT I would try the following lines next game:

    Pacioretty Plekanec Gionta
    Bournival Galchenyuk Gallagher
    Prust Eller Bourque
    Moen Desharnais White

  15. New says:

    I can not recall the last time I saw a Canadiens game where the players did not take their foot off the gas when they got a 2 or three goal lead. Not to say there wasn’t one somewhere in the last couple of years but I can’t remember it. Worse, when the other team does it all I remember is the glorious comeback by les boys.

    I was very impressed with the team playing half the game shorthanded until Carolina got ahead. Eight of the Canadiens forwards played under 15 minutes last night mainly due to that string of bad penalties or for whatever reason. You could see the players chasing the Canes all night. It was impressive that the team managed to take a point out of the disaster.

    In perspective Boston blew a 3-1 lead with Chara playing a light 25 minutes and only 3 forwards playing under 15 last night. They had a quiet night then took three penalties in a row and the roof fell in over four minutes. They were playing the Islanders. Stuff happens.

    Really folks, the team is what it is. Better than two years ago. Probably better than last season. They’re doing ok, coming out of their first slump of the season after their first winning roll of the season. On pace for a 100 point year. Relax a bit, you’ll all live longer and maybe get to see Galchenyuk hoist a Cup or two.

  16. zoomzip says:

    I’m not a MT fan first off. Here’s how I’d fix this problem.
    Fire MT and hire best coach for the job ( French or English)call up Pateryn, Tinordi, Bouillon is done. Trade Markov,Gallagher ( good player, good value and we need bigger) Briere would be 2nd line centre and stay there. Max doesn’t go anywhere.Move Gionta for pick.Gally is third line centre and stays there. I could name players I’d like in a trade to come back but that’s wishful thinking, the other stuff can be done to start 2014.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Beaulieu, Gorges and LeBlanc


      • zoomzip says:

        We could come up with trade scenarios but it takes 2 to tango. Not saying Briere is my ideal centre but if he’s staying then centre is where he should be. My list of players that I liked to see come here would be..Simmonds,Coburn, Drew Staffford,Hall or Kane as both are movable. I would take a chance on Del Zotto if it didn’t break the bank. Bottom line is if we want to get bigger and better we need to trade “good” players to get good players.Moving DD is a pipe dream right now. Paul Stastny wouldn’t hurt us either

        • Habfan17 says:

          I am not a fan of getting del Zotto. He is a lefty and the Habs have too many lefties now, unless they were to trade one. They need another top four right handed crease clearer.


  17. gumper says:

    The most depressing part of last night’s loss is that during the first half of the game we actually saw flashes of the exciting team in evidence in the early part of the season. It was pretty cool to see the boys score four goals instead of their customary one or two. Now we will see a return to the Jacques Martin style of play we’ve been treated to recently as we desperately try to cling to a playoff spot. Frankly I have become sick unto death of that type of hockey. I’d rather see them lose with panache than bore me to death, grappling for points. It seems like MT’s most consistent message to the players is, “You’re not talented enough to score goals, so you must work to prevent them.” Judging by the general offensive output of the team, it’s a message the players are buying.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  18. GL says:

    Prediction – Detroit wins outside Game today …

  19. homerbowen says:

    1. Replace MT
    2. Bench Boullion and play Murray (slow but clears net)
    3. Bench Briere permanently
    4. Give Bounival more ice (he is the future)
    5. Make every effort to trade DD,Boullion, Bourque, Diaz & Gionta. What are the odds on that happening????????

    • gumper says:

      Until 1 happens, 2,3 and 4 won’t. I suspect 5 is already in progress, but I wouldn’t expect any positive results. The last three you mention could turn into draft picks at the deadline.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • Habfan17 says:

      I have at least 10 times tried to post a trade for Feb with Colorado, but it will never post. I wonder if there is something in the works!


  20. Chrisadiens says:

    Boy, that game has just shattered my faith in this team. I’ve been trying to see the positives in every game and clutch on to every positive until now.

    MT needs to go because as fans, we know it easier to change a coach than change a whole team. I commented to Burly during the Habs last slump that maybe the Habs are just a .500 club and we should accept it and keep building. He responded with, “Is a team comprised of Eller, Chucky, Gally, Max Pac, Markov, PK, Price and Pleks really a .500 club?” It shouldn’t be. He is right. So that leaves the coach. He isn’t getting the best out of his players. That’s his job, bottom line. Win games and inspire your players to play their hearts out every game. All bad decisions aside, MT is not doing this and for that reason alone he should go.

    Will MB have the gall to fire a coach mid season while the team sits comfortably in a playoff spot? I have serious doubts as MB’s latest moves have not been that inspiring.

    Sorry for the grumpy post. Hats off to Mondou and Matty for staying positive. I just don’t have it in me right now.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Habfan17 says:

      It may not be that MB has the stones to make a coaching change, but more about who is available to take over. I suppose they could go interim with Gallant. Unless there is an assistant somewhere that another team would give MB permission to talk to, or perhaps Boucher, I don’t know who would take over. I will say that if the problem is the players tuning out Therrien or that they are fed up with his constant line changes and having under achievers continue to get ice time over the younger kids who were producing, then leaving him in may cause more damage.


      • Eddie says:

        Francois Gagnon, who speaks for the Francophone media as he has excellent access to the coaching staff, just awarded Therrien first star of this team at the beginning of December.

        When Therrien was hired there was a huge disconnect between the Anglophone and Francophone communities. Here at HIO, less than 20%, who answered the poll, wanted Therrien as the coach. But on the Francophone side Therrien had been well promoted and his support was much, much higher.

        If Bergevin fires Therrien it effectively ends Therriens career I think.

        I don’t think Bergevin would do that unless Gionta or Gorges tells him that the room has been lost.

        • Habfan17 says:

          You may be right, but that is what GM’s are for, to make the tough decisions! At this point, I don’t know that I would give much credence to what Gionta and Gorges have to say. In my mind they should be traded.

          I also think the proof is on the ice. Bergevin played many years and has been in management for a few more and he should be able to recognize when the coach has become ineffective and lost the room. When I read that it is possible that Therrien dislikes Patches and his handling of Subban, Bournival etc, he needs to go.

          The league and players have changed since the days when a coach like Bowman could have a whole team hate him and still have them playing great, It didn’t hurt that Bowman knew how to get his team to win!


        • JUST ME says:


          «Francois Gagnon, who speaks for the Francophone »

          What? Since when ? He is just an average negative reporter fan of the Sens to whom you are giving way to much credit.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Mike is the darling of L”Antichambre. I’ve never heard a negative word about him on the show,in fact mostly praise. He is untouchable. Unlike Grapes who regularly rakes a Laffs coach and GM over the coals. Remember, Wilson,Burkie etc.?

      • gumper says:

        It’s not hard to tune out a coach who replaces bag skates with fun, on-ice baseball games. Might as well go bowling.

        The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
        Mark Twain

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I really wish I could remember the things I say!

      Happy New Year bud, hope you made it through your busy shift last night.

      • Chrisadiens says:

        You’re pretty smart sometimes there Burly. 🙂

        Work sucked, but now begins the slow season. I’ll be complaining about it being slow soon enough. Happy New Year bud.

        Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Jesus! My head hurts this morning.

  22. rogieshan says:

    The four-minute power play late in the 3rd period told the whole story. The Hurricanes rallied hard for their captain who took the penalty. Conversely, the Habs did not. Therrien’s decision to go with the ineffective Plekanec-Gionta-Bourque trio to start the man-advantage was a huge mistake. It failed to establish puck control and all momentum was lost thereafter.

    I think the team should consider editing out Therrien’s dressing room messages from CH24. Letting the world in on what you think of your team is not good strategy.

  23. jols101 says:

    Team USA is suppose to announce their roster today. Anyone know what time ?

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh yah, is Murray still the worst dman? Seems to me whether people choose to call him the worst dman on the team or not, that we win moar games with him in the lineup than without. I haven’t researched it, but it sure seems like it.

  25. Mondou6 says:

    Off-topic, but what about all the broken sticks again?

    One time, we were killing a 5-on-3, and one of our players had his stick shatter. Which made it a 5-on-2.

    So I was thinking, on the PK, why don’t all the penalty killers switch to unbreakable wooden sticks, instead of the tissue paper variety they use most of the game?

    You don’t need a flimsy “high performance” stick when down 2 men. Makes no sense.

  26. CHicoHab says:

    The team has looked shoddy last 10 games or so. But a 23-14-4 record through 41 games not too shoddy. I’m sure MB knows he needs to make a few suttle changes. What those will be is everyone’s guess. But there will be some. We are tied for 3rd in the conference. Not too shoddy. It was good to see Carey show emotion finally. Slamming his stick. Hopefully that rubs off on a few guys quick.

  27. Cal says:

    I will not start the new year on a negative note, so there. We all know the team needs more scoring and better D. Perhaps, the GM sees that as well. Hmmm?

    Strummer asked for this, so blame him, okay? Give it up for Fucale!

  28. Eddie says:

    My favourite players on the Habs are Gallagher, Subban, Galchenyuk and Eller.

    I watch these players as closely as I can every shift, whether they have the puck or not.

    The bad shifts are coming very often these days. There is energy in their games, the kind of energy that has vaulted them to the NHL at such young ages.

    But that energy seems lost. It seems they take one quick stride forward and then they are forced back on their heels.

    It’s not clear to me what is going on, but I am guessing that there is a malaise hovering over the team.

    Subban and Eller are looking to their futures and there are question marks for sure. If I was Eller I would not be buying a home in Montreal any time soon as Desharnais has re-established his place in the lineup. So what will become of Eller? He knows darn well that Galchenyuk will be moved to center, maybe by February?

    And yes Galchenyuk, what can he be thinking as he watches young players in Colorado, in Florida, and elsewhere, thrive at this level, while he plays 12 or 13 minutes on someone else’s wing every second game?

    Gallagher is not the same player. He is not playing his game, and that is troubling.

    I could care less who coaches the team.

    I just want to see these great young players play entertaining hockey.

    That is all.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Good post, Eddie. And happy new year to you.

      I’ve never been a DD basher, but it’s still fair to note that the threshold for him to re-establish himself was extremely low.

      I’m a man of faith: I believe MB knows that a situation in which Eller is lost in order to keep DD is a situation very bad for the team’s prospects and for his own job security.

  29. habstrinifan says:

    Saw a post yesterday which said that Therrien was being interviewed (in French) and said that he and Bergevin were trying to change the ‘culture’ of the team. Did he expand? Can someone translate?

    • BJ says:

      I believe the culture change is all french speaking players between 5’5 and 5’8

      • habstrinifan says:

        I understand your frustration. But let’s not go there.

        I just find that in Dec. 31 2013 I dont understand what ‘culture’ is pervading the HABS that the GM and coach are in the ‘process’ of changing.

        • BJ says:

          I honestly think that MT does not have the IQ to fully understand what he’s doing to the team. Its lost and souless. i hate what he’s done to the enthusiasm and freshness that PK, Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Eller and Bournival had brought to the team. Its a confused team much in the image of intelectually challenged coach.As for the word culture I think he just heard that somewhere and he uses that as a mantra.

  30. Maritime Ronn says:

    Here’s wondering how Coach Therrien would react if Max or PK or Galchenyuk would celebrate like this.
    Makes Yakupov and old Tiger Williams look tame.


  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Well I watched until 2-0 then decided to enjoy New Years Eve! I will again accept the burden of the loss, in the last few weeks, games I have watched in full we won, games I missed most or all of, we lost.

    My New Years Resolution you ask? Watch every game against Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit and Ottawa. Life gets in the way of watching every single game, but will ensure we beat our rivals and the big divisional games.

    Happy New Year folks, on the bright side, we scored 4 goals.

  32. Rosieman says:

    I’m all do being positive but let’s also be realistic. Price is covering a lot of problems – 100-45 I. Shots directed? We’re the leafs now. MT has lost this group bc frankly he’s not very smart. At one point Bournival was the MOST productive player bye mins played. And he works his butt off. And we’ve got to watch Bourque on the PP? Gionta gets PP time? W one goal in his last 28 or whatever? Players hate when they can’t figure it out – that guy doesn’t hustle nor produce but w plays and I don’t?

    For Emelin – Some guys brains cannot handle playing the off side – he’s clearly one of them.

    I don’t see the point in Diaz Murray and Bouillion – bring up the kids.

    And the line mixing all the time – no one can get a rhythm

    He’s a terrible coach and were a grinding team? max waving his one hand on the stick? Bourque loafing?

    The room is lost bc you see killer workers like Prust and Gallagher even not playing well

    and our GM really blew it w Briere and some other moves

    They’re possession numbers point to a major swoon and missing the playoffs now

    Maybe PK and Price get them in

  33. Mondou6 says:

    The Canes played with an extra player for most of the game, and we still almost won. And I believe there were actually three 5-on-3’s for Carolina, not two.

    Even the Hurricane announcers were incredulous at the calls against us. When the home announcers are calling bullsh-t on numerous penalties in their favor, you know the game is a farce.

    I don’t see it as a collapse, the game was gifted to Carolina by the refs. 100%.

    File that 2.5 hour waste of time under “the NHL is a joke league”, and move on to Dallas.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Anyway you slice it, the Habs still served up a stinker. Carolina had a bunch of penalties too and the Habs could have scored on the PP. Had they not let up after taking the 3 goal lead, it could have been a very different ending. It wasn’t the penalties that caused Emelin to play like crap! The defence was run over many times and lost way too many battles in their own end.


    • HabsFansince49 says:

      How can you possibly blame the refs when we were given a 4 minute advantage with a few minutes left in the game? This is a rubbish team…at least under MT. Blaming officiating is a cop out.

      • Mondou6 says:

        We were ahead 3-0, even after suffering I think TEN power plays against us.

        Yeah, once the refs let the Canes tie the game at 3-3, THEN they called a 4 minute penalty at the end of the game.

        No way that “evened things out”.

        With normal refs, we win that game 6-0. If we got all the BS calls that Carolina got, we would have won 10-0.

      • portle44 says:

        You fail to have picked up on the subtleties of Sun Belt Hockey in The Gary Bettman House League.This atrocity occurred a mere 48 hours after the buffoons working the game for the GBHL office handed 2 points to the Florida Bettmans and all that that required was calling back two perfectly valid goals. Last night another set of buffoons took the game in hand and reversed a blow out of the Carolina Bettmans by handing out penalties in multiples for things like precipitating a dive, skating too quickly and handling the puck and even that was almost not sufficient for this bottom feeding aggregation to climb back into the game.Fortunately for the GBHL and the Carolina Bettmans they had started their important work early enough.

        Oh yeah right they prettied up the stats sheet by handing Staal a 4 minute sit for his Chara job,that was actually clear and that after the fact. God they are good.

        Can’t wait to see what the buffoons who show up to work the “game” with the Dallas Bettmans have in mind.

        When your officials become more transparent than professional wrestling’s the biggest problem is no longer how to sell hockey in places that don’t care about it. At least watching Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Yukon Eric was fun and the wrestling promoters never took themselves seriously enough to call what they were doing “a sport”.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          My X-Files-loving soul LONGS to concur! Which would healthily swing me away from the other explanation repeatedly offered here for the game — this team sucks.
          But alas for the lack of evidence, CREDIBLE though all you say may be.

  34. adamkennelly says:

    I really really really can’t stand MT…that is all.

    Happy New Year!

  35. RJ says:

    We need our stud line back-Eller, Chucky and Gally. They need to be playing massive minutes. I thought these guys were our present and future? What has happened to change our up tempo game with the kids to a grinding, protect the lead approach with the veterans? Was this a conscious decision by management?

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

    • BJ says:

      In answer to your question, I think it was an unconscious management decision . If this is the collective so called management effort, lets not hold our breath for any relief any time soon.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Two points:

      1. It would sure be more entertaining.
      2. But would other teams’ shut-down lines work out how to contain them more often than not?

  36. GL says:

    When someone tells the Habs in order to win you have to play hard for 60-minutes that’s when we’ll get the results deserved. They played a even 1st period last night and still managed to out-score the opposition. The 2nd and 3rd periods went into sleep mode and that pretty much explains it. Yes we are the better team. Just didn’t show it. They may make the playoffs but they won’t get any better until October 2014 and that’s just a may-be. Look at two Decades of disappointment. Don’t be surprise if it continues for awhile longer. Bottom line. For most part we have the wrong type of players for todays NHL Hockey. Not big enough, Not tough enough, and last night they proved they can be quitters.

  37. twilighthours says:

    Bowling undid carbonneau. Will baseball undo therrien?

  38. Habfan17 says:

    I would have to say that tis was one of the worst games I’ve seen the Habs play.

    Emelin looked terrible as did most of the players. I felt bad for Price.
    I can’t believe Boullion was an upgrade over Murray and that Pateryn would also be an improvement at this point.

    The penalties were not the issue, it looked like Therrien asked the team to take their feet off the gas and go into that defensive, protect the lead pattern. I know teams don’t want to embarrass the other team too much, but would it have killed Therrien to let them press for another goal or two?

    Again the Habs get our hopes up, then dash them to bits! Either we are over valuing players like Pleks and Markov, or the system is not the right one for them!


  39. JF says:

    When you think about it, last night’s game was a microcosm of last season. Good start, comfortable lead until more than halfway through, followed by total collapse and ignominious defeat at the hands of a lower-ranked opponent.

    The Habs had this coming to them. This was the third three-goal lead we’ve blown this season. On the other two occasions, we managed to escape with the win, but it was obvious there would come a day when we didn’t. This was it. Perhaps we can stop sneering at the Leafs for a while. It took them half a period to blow a three-goal lead against the Bruins in the playoffs; it took us two and a half minutes.

    I just hope this wakes the team up. It should certainly wake the fans up to the fact that we’re not a good team. What is mind-blowing is the fact that this team so recently went 9-0-1, and many of us were dreaming of a trip to the Cup final.

    Happy New Year, everyone.

    • Habfan17 says:

      If the two games before this fiasco did not wake them up, I don’t hold out mucj hope that this one will bring them out of this comatose state!

      I think it is a fair question, is it the players or the coach?


      • twilighthours says:

        I tend to think that our forwards are good enough to allow us to compete, to score more, to look like a real NHL team. I’m of the opinion that our D is the problem.

        And our coach, of course.

        • Habfan17 says:

          With the exception of a couple of forwards, I would tend to agree. I sure hope Emelin can get back to where he was before his injury.

          One thing I did notice yesterday was that when a Habs forward seemed to have room to go with the puck, they would stop or slow down when reaching the other teams blueline, as if a force field made them. I think that force field carries the name, Therrien!


    • twilighthours says:

      It’s been a long time since I’ve scoffed at the leafs, sens, etc.

      Our house is too messy for that nonsense.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Happy New Year, JF.

      Alarming to see you enraged last night! I share Twi’s view below (and Happy New Year, Twi and 17), that we are in no position to scoff at anyone.

      I would venture that we are not near tipping point yet (ie. dramatic action such as firing coach, etc), but am wondering how many more losses are required before we are….

  40. Mattyleg says:

    Another sh!tty, moany, negative ALN to kick off the new year.
    That sucks.

    What is lost in that ‘recap’ was that the Habs completely dominated Carolina for 40 minutes, even through the countless non-penalties that resulted in our players sitting in the box, until those terrible calls caught up to us.

    The 5-on-3 that ended up starting the hemmhorage began with Gorges pulling a ‘Cane off of Price after he jumped on his head, and getting a roughing penalty for it. That sort of b-s reffing will eventually kill any team.

    The Habs killed so many penalties and the Canes looked so inept that their fans were roundly booing them.

    Has everybody (including Boone) forgotten that? Can people only look at the scoreline and bitch about that? The wheels came off for 6 and a half minutes because the Canes got energized by their goal, and we were (understandably) frustrated, and got a bench penalty.

    Without all those garbage non-calls, we wouldn’t have (a) conceded a goal at all, (2) been so frustrated with the refs.

    Sure it was disappointing that we weren’t able to score on our 4 minute PP, but the Canes were believing in themselves at that stage; no longer the team that were well beaten at the end of the 2nd.

    All those shots? Not surprising for a team that was (unjustifiably) on the PP for most of the game. But don’t bother mentioning that, Boone. What’s the point in undermining your cherished negativity, eh?

    We played a good game apart from 7 or so minutes in the 3rd.

    But I imagine that most of the regular suspects on here will just bitch and moan and try to nail this loss on their favourite bugbear.

    Happy New Year.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Matty. Yours is surely a minority opinion this morning. This team totally collapsed in this game. And MT’s decisions had an awful lot to do with it.

    • Mondou6 says:

      Matty, I agree 100%.

      The endless make-believe penalties eventually achieved the result the refs were looking for.

      We played an entire period of the game with 4 or 3 players for god’s sake. It was a complete joke.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks, Matty, and Happy New Year to you and (recently expanded) family.

      Didn’t see the game, and so value your impression as I try to comprehend what really happened. Your account IS different from MBoone’s, as Jim says, but remains hard to rule out….

    • CJ says:

      Sir, I have not had the pleasure of meeting you, however we often see the game through the same lens.

  41. John Q Public says:

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  42. Habfan10912 says:

    Leading 3-0 and the Canes on a 4 on 3 to start the third period and who does Therien have on the ice? Diaz.

    Leading 3-1 and the Canes on a PP early in the third, who does Therien have out on the ice? Gorges.

    Leading 3-2 early in the third at even strength who does Therien have on the ice? Frankie B.

  43. DipsyDoodler says:

    We spent the entire game on the penalty kill thanks to some insanely bad refereeing. That’s why they outshot us. The penalty killing in the 2nd was absolutely outstanding. (I missed the 3rd thanks to New Years celebrating)


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  45. Maritime Ronn says:

    You can come to your own conclusions.
    Penalty kill time for a Dman are THE toughest minutes to play.

    Markov: 27:37 including 6:45 of PK time. (6:41 PK in first 2 periods)
    Subban: 26:43 including only 1:39 of PK time
    Diaz: 21:54 including 6:46 of PK time
    Bouillon: 15:07 including Zero PK time.

    If you cannot trust 1 of your 3rd pair Dmen to take some heat off the rest of the guys when ‘more than usual’ penalties happen…it is time to change that Dman and find/promote someone else.

    What was asked of 35 year old wonky knees Markov last night was bordering on brain dead.

    Some other dandy ToI decisions and a partial recipe on how to Lose The Room:

    Galchenyuk: 11:37 with 52 seconds of PP time.
    Lars Eller: 14:11 with 53 seconds of PP time.
    Gionta: 16:41 including 2:35 of PP time – zero points
    Bourque: 2:30 of PP time – zero points

    Bournival: 7:23 of playing time all night including 3/3rd period shifts that lasted 25 seconds-6 seconds-11 seconds.
    Anyone else believe his confidence has been shot?


  46. Habfan10912 says:

    One last vent. The next move should be for Bergevin to waive Frankie B and move Diaz this week and recall Pateryn and Tinordi. This defense outside PK, Markov and Gorges is just ridiculously soft and bad.

  47. HabFab says:

    Parros still not cleared to play from his second concussion but getting closer.

    Renaud Lavoie – George Parros (concussion) can’t play because he doesn’t have the green light. Good news is he’s skating with his teamates on this road trip

    • habstrinifan says:

      I dont see any reason why Parros should return to the lineup. He will risk further injury and he definitely will NOT help NOR will he be played enough minutes. So what’s the purpose. Parros should be like how the CFL deals with some of its taxi-squad signings.

      Not a nice attitude on my part. But really what purpose will it serve putting Parros back on the ice.

  48. rhino514 says:

    strange that no one is saying anything about the maybe dozen penalties called on the habs, one after another, at some point it just became laughable. A good chunk of those calls were not penalties.
    Add to that two goals taken away from the good guys the previous night; did someone from the habs say or do something to the zebras? Because right now we are playing against 6 opponents plus three refs.
    I´ve never gotten into bias discussions in all my years commenting , but I´ve never seen anything like what the refs have done to one team the last two nights.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Lots of people are pointing that out Rhino. It was the total collapse of the team at the beginning of the third that disturbed me. And coach brilliant used his timeout in the 2nd period with his team leading 2-0 so he just watched smugly from the bench.

    • habstrinifan says:

      ” strange that no one is saying anything about the maybe dozen penalties ” see post by Habfan10912 and see numerous other posts.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Remember Women’s Gold Medal final at Salt Lake?

      (And is that game available on a DVD of any quality?)

  49. adadi says:

    Glad I missed the game last night, but it is clear that this team will NOT make the playoffs unless there is some real change…but they also need to be good changes. You all know my thoughts on MT but MB is becoming more and more suspect. We all are still trying to understand the terrible Briere deal. However he has made other poor moves as well. The 4 year DD deal was a bad signing as well. Regardless of his heart and some small recent success, MB did not show a lot of foresight. Also, signing Emelin to a 4 year deal, sight unseen, after major knee surgery was a bit of a bozo move as well. He did sign Prust and I do like the Murray deal but I would say that MB is on thin ice.

    MB please think about this. Very Few players will want to be traded to MTL while MT is in charge. The longer the MT firing is delayed, the harder your job will be. Secondly when you replace him, look at the talent and forget the language.

    Thirdly, everybody on this team is trade bait except for Price and PK. My preference would be to see Patches moved as that would probably give the Habs a first round pick and Patches is not going to be the catalyst for a run at the cup ever. He has good hands but every other part of his game is weak.

    Fourthly, unless his name is Martin St. Louis, everyone you bring in must be at least 6 feet tall.

    Fifthly, no longer use language in your criteria. Honestly, the Briere deal stinks of language. If you refuse to remove this criteria say so publicly so that we can abandon this team pronto. I think I like the Hawks this year. They were my childhood favorite team and the are not a team made up of losers.

    One final thought. The Leafs will struggle as much as the Habs to make the playoffs, but if they do make it in they have a chance to go deep because of the way the rules application changes. So for those of you seeking solace in the Laffs. Do not laugh so quickly.

  50. Habfan10912 says:

    I’m sure this is over simplifying things but if Pateryn and Tinordi are not better options then Diaz and Frankie B, we’re in big doo doo.

    I really thought when Emelin came back, and he’s been God-awful on most nights as well, that Diaz would thrive. Nope. He’s played himself out of one of those generous Bergevin contracts like the ones given to Emelin and Briere.

    • HabFab says:

      How does twenty elephants in a small enclosure “doo doo” level sound?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Emelin surely needs the summer to get back to the trajectory of progress he was on pre-injury. And it was an especially nasty injury.

      Is it possible that Diaz remains unable to play to his strengths (and is therefore forced to play in ways that expose his weaknesses) because Emelin is not playing well?

      Is it possible MB is gritting his teeth and resisting a tempting move to the big club for Tinordi and Pateryn because it would interfere with their development in Ham?

  51. jols101 says:

    Fu-Cal-E, Fu-Cal-E !!!

    At least there was one great New Year’s Eve hockey memory this year. Over 3,000 rabid Canadian hockey fans pack a Swedish arena and chant Fu-Cal-E. That was awesome. Tingles all over. I’m real happy for the kid. It’s not like those fans jumped in a car and drove a couple of hours to make the game. They drove to their local airport, got on a plane for a 8 hour ride and booked hotel rooms all on their own dime to cheer on our Canadian juniors. We are hockey crazy.

    And then came the Habs game…nothing any of us care to remember.

  52. RetroMikey says:

    This team will be a work in progress for 2 or more seasons. Can’t understand why we are still keeping some guys like Plekanec, Markova and Gionta to name a few when we could get some very good draft picks or prospects in return to make this team a contender. What is Bergevin waiting for to pull the trigger on trades in year 2 of 5 of his plan????
    The team will not be a contender. We are just too small and fragile. Yeah we’ve heard this many times before.
    Last night the CH stood for C H O K E D and there will be many more games like this for the Habs. How long will it be before Price or Subban demand trades to go to a Cup contender? It will happen.

  53. jols101 says:

    The over-hyped Winter Classic today. 105,000 tickets sold. Sets a record for highest attendance for a hockey game.
    Who is gonna watch?

    Edit: Almost forgot, Happy New Year everyone!!!

    • habfan01 says:

      Once the puck drops, it’s just another hockey game. No big deal.

      • jols101 says:

        Except that it’s outdoors and 105 000 people are in attendance…other than that, sure it’s just another game.

        • Mustang says:

          They should also easily be able to set the record for the most booze consumed during a hockey game. I wonder if anyone is going to keep count. By the way, the attendance may be as high as 115,000.

          • jols101 says:

            So much beer will be consumed there today. I wish I was there. lol. It starts at 1 pm, I think I might tune in for a while.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Happy New Year, Jols.

      I hope the Winter Classic is a good game and everyone has a good time. However, my own interest in it long since waned once the league began so strenuously (and understandably, given their purpose is profit) to milk and multiply what was originally a nice, nostalgic, once-off, and because the marketing for it seems to be modeled on that for Anchorman 2. Bah humbug!

  54. Habfan10912 says:

    Happy New Year everyone.


  55. Marc10 says:

    Well that was brutal. Our defensive corp really needs an upgrade but none is coming any time soon. Emelin was key piece but clearly he’s nowhere near 100%. If you’re managing Team Russia, you’d have to be concerned. He was a pylon out there last night and got owned bad. It happens and he’ll eventually return to form, but in the meantime… Ayoye!

  56. boonie says:

    Happy new year y’all…

    I wandered over to a canes blog to hear their side this AM and found this gem of posting – about their team. Feel free to apply it liberally. Some times it’s easier to see yourself when you think you’re looking at someone else.

    Back to basics/cut out the mistakes. For me the most disturbing part of the current slide has been the reversion to the bad 2012-13 hockey that saw the Canes play pretty good hockey for long stretches of games but consistently shoot themselves in the foot with too many bad mistakes. Early this season even when struggling to score, the Canes were much improved defensively and with attention to details. That enabled the team to pick up points even minus offense and at least tread water in the standings. All 3 losses last week featured boat loads of bad hockey plays that can easily turn most of 60 minutes of decent hockey into a loss.

    The leaders need to lead. Best guess is that we will see a bit of line juggling to include a reunion of Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. It is possible in the NHL to get by for stretches with secondary scoring, tight defense, hot goaltending, a bit of luck or whatever. But over the course of a full 82-game season if a team’s best players are not as good or better than the other teams’ best most nights, eventually the house of cards collapses and a team reverts to wherever its stars carry it in the standings. With limited exceptions, the Canes top players are underperforming expectations this season. We are nearing now or never time for players like Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Cam Ward to rise up.

    If their underwhelming bunch who has sucked worse than our bunch and they beat us Globetrotter style last night, then we’ll be just fine.

    See, 2014 already feels better, right?

  57. HabFab says:

    The stats for the Hab prospects competing at the WJC after the preliminary round;

  58. dh says:

    MT complained a bit about the two disallowed goals last game. Could this have been the refs responding to that? At any rate the officials in the NHL are ruining this game.

    • WhatUp says:

      dh: I had the same thought yesterday..maybe the league does respond to these types of comments….one thing to keep in mind is how much energy the Habs burned on these PK..they really played their A$%$# off – I honestly think they deserved better for putting up with this sh&*

  59. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    PS; Penalty minutes were 20-14! Happy New Year!

  60. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Three thoughts: 1) Habs got a point last night. Bruins and Penguins did not; B) Penalty minutes were 20-14, which is not hugely lopsided, but there were some questionable calls; 3) Faceoff wins were 58-29, which is pathetic. Habs need to get better in the dot, or they’ll continue to start every play defending or chasing.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks AHGiB, didn’t see the game, trying to get a picture of what happened (and some logic for what happened in the third).

      You’re right, 20-14 PM is not that lop-sided.

  61. HabFab says:

    Boy did we suck last night but whoa… what is this?… with our loser point we gained ground on both Pittsburgh and Boston, who both lost in regulation! Welcome to the new NHL.

    PS; believe one of them blow a lead also… just saying!

    Happy New Years 🙂

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      All the best for 2014, HabFab.

      There’s a link to highlights of the game with the (delicious) loss of a lead in my post below if that would brighten your day at all!

  62. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Happy new year everyone!

    A couple of my biggest hopes for this year: Therrien gets fired, Boucher comes in and Bergevin wakes up.

  63. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    Happy New Year to all.
    Didn’t see the game yet, just the box score.
    Oh my.
    Maybe Forrest Gump said it best


    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Happy New Year, MRonn.
      This may be one instance where the box scores cannot possibly tell the story of the game. What I want is to see the plays on which all those penalties were awarded against us. Although MBoone avoids assigning them little significance, the consensus among posters was nearly universal.

  64. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Happy New Year’s from Ireland to one and all.

    Including to all those who posted on last night’s live blog whose names I’ve never seen before. I didn’t see the game, being immersed in food, drink and family (for the night that was in it, as they say here), but skimmed through the posts after. Wow! If you hate the Habs, just how fun can it be to post vitriol here? On New Year’s feckin’ Eve?! I ask, did NO OTHER opportunity for amusement present itself, even on New Year’s Eve? The night’s best option was to sit at the computer posting comments on the blog of a team you hate. Amazing and sad.

    Meanwhile, help wanted: monumental collapse, no doubt facilitated by 20 minutes short-handed — so, honestly, did we deserve all those penalties? It IS possible, isn’t it? Or was there something unsavoury going on in Raleigh?

    Next, did I read negative comments about PK celebrating his goal???!!! A 3rd-period game-tying goal? One of the things I thought we loved about PK is how he is such a full-on competitor. Oh no, his customary response ought to have been tempered by the burden of guilt in which he shared for Montreal’s third period collapse. Never mind setting up the possibility of reclaiming the game. Gimme a break. Is that Mike Richards with no place to go in LA New Year’s Eve?!

    Hey, it may provide some small crumb of comfort to watch the highlights of John Tavares and the Isles taking down Boston. Note Chara having a bad one and Marchand scoring an OG.


    And again, all the best to everyone here for 2014.

    • Psycho29 says:

      Good Morning (afternoon) Mike….
      Great post, love it. I missed the game but thanks for the heads up on the “new” posters who showed up for the live blog. I won’t bother going to see for myself 🙂

      Happy New Year everyone!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Glad to have been of some service, Psycho! Definitely give that liveblog a miss! Actually, lots of regulars are skipping it LIVE as well (though you’ll still see the likes of Bill and habsfan0 et al sticking it out!). Go Habs!

    • habstrinifan says:

      WOW Mike! Great upbeat post. Sounds like you rang in the New Year in great company. 2014 here comes Mike! You’d better be ready!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Ha Thanks Trini. And also for your message yesterday which I didn’t go back and answer. Indeed, you’ve been posting some seriously thought-provoking, outside-the-box essays over Christmas. (Exactly the kinds of posts that make it hardest to avoid getting sucked in and joining the discussion!). Have a great 2014, Trini.

  65. BJ says:

    Went to bed (German time) after the 2nd period (3:00 am) wondering if the worst lead in hockey would hold up. Well not entirely to my surprise it did not. We got away with it before the Christmas brake on DD’s goal but could not overcome an almost legendary game called by the refs. Desharnais is really not the problem (he was a while ago but not now). Other than Pacioretty and Desharnais who’s contributing offensively on a reasonably regular basis on the Habs forwards? If I’m Bergevin my fist move of the new year is I bring up Patteryn from Hamilton. Not an earth shaking move but at least more size and some offense on on a pitiful 2nd PP wave, honestly Diaz and #55???? It could be a long 2nd half as this team’s soul needs a serious revival.
    And I don’t think a turkey dinner and more baseball is going to do it.

  66. savethepuck says:

    Disregard the blank post below, I hit return way too early. It is nice for everyone to freak out about a hockey game, but it wasn’t as bad as some think. It seemed like the Habs were shorthanded for the entire 2nd (I know they killed 2 5 on 3’s and some here were saying how terrible the Canes were). With a man in the box to start the 3rd, they were called for 2 more penalties in the first 1 1/2 minutes of the 3rd. Unfortunately, the Canes finally started scoring and the flood gates opened. Anyone on the Habs bench had no legs because only the penalty killers were on the ice for over a period (IMO). What really pissed me off, was that it seemed like the team didn’t do anything or it semed like they didn’t care that Carey stood on his head for the 1st 2 periods with all the penalties to keep them in the game. I BBM with my brother every Habs game, he usually tells me when I complain about reffing, that it is my biased imagination, but last night 1 out of every 2 calls against the Habs, he said that was very questionable it seemed that it was always Hassenfratz that called it and he wondered if that ref had money on the game against the Habs. He is definitely a guy that does not complain about refs, but last night he saw a pattern that seemed disturbing.

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

  67. savethepuck says:

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

  68. Storman says:

    Starting to get the horrible complacent feeling about the Habs, getting harder and harder to care, just so fed up of watching us get out competed on a regular basis, Really dis like the coach, hate the leadership of this team,, agghhhh who cares anymore,, I see deep bad run for this team if the last 3 games are any indication of the heart and willingness to make a tough play, or compete is any indication afggggggggggggggggg forget about this lifelong fan looking for a life preserver so frustrating,, I really think i need to forget about this team for awhile,, GO TEAM CANADA GO.. Habs work your sh.t out…man have some respect for your team mate sitting beside you,, work your butt off for your goalie who played his heart out and last but not least have some respect for your incredible fan support.

  69. J Haul says:

    What a frigging disgrace!

  70. CH Marshall says:

    extra final thought: Mordecai Richler would have LOVED HIO ….

  71. CH Marshall says:

    Happy new year everyone..

    Just a quick last thought: MB’s big mistake is the DD extension. That just really set the stage up for what could be several more mistakes to come. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that he should have gone for 1 year contracts with DD. That he gave 4 years is just unbelievable- especially right after buying out Gomez.

    • savethepuck says:

      I am far from a DD supporter but hard for me to understand why you are blaming a guy that got 3 points last night. Habs were a man short coming out of the room to start the 3rd and got 2 more penalty calls in the first 1 1:31. All this was after what seemed to be an entire period of the Habs being short handed I think anybody on the squad who was not a penalty killer had no legs whenever MT tapped them on the shoulder.

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

    • habnonymous1 says:

      I share your thinking re: the DD contract but he is not the problem on this team.

      Briere, Gionta, and Bourque are the weak spots.

      Emelin is obviously not NHL-ready and needs to go to Hamilton for some serious rehab/conditioning. ( and I am a big Emelin fan, it’s just hard to come back from that brutal injury, he needs more time )

      If Pateryn is the best Bulldog d-man right now then he should be on a flight to Dallas today.

  72. jrshabs1 says:

    Here! Here! Boone. Like it or not, I’m always in your corner.

    MOAR BIGGAR!!!!!

  73. FANHABULOUS says:

    2nd star?
    “You will not regret picking me” – PK Subban.

  74. Xkhann says:

    If the rumors about Briere wanting out are true, I’d see if Washington would want him for Martin Erat. He’s the type of LW/RW we could use on this team right now

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