About this afternoon …

PrustBishop

Here’s the ideal regular-season schedule for your Montreal Canadiens:
41 games against the Chicago Blackhawks
41 against the Boston Bruins.
OK, maybe book a home-and-away against the other 27 teams in the NHL, just for variety.
That would leave 14 games against Boston and Chicago, two teams that seem to bring out the best in our heroes.

Sadly, the schedule doesn’t work that way.

The Canadiens have to play teams against which they struggle: Toronto, Florida, the elite of the Western Conference and, on Super Bowl Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was last week’s Carolina game all over again, the difference being this time Carey Price didn’t produce the shutout that delivered two points against the Hurricanes.

He came close.

The Canadiens’ goaltender made 34 saves in regulation time – including a penalty-shot stop on Nikita Kucherov. The only puck to elude Price was an anodyne Nate Thompson “shot” that was headed harmlessly across the front of the Canadiens’ net until rdirected by P.K. Subban’s stick.

Thompson’s second goal was more legitimate. It came with 24 seconds remaining in overtime as the Tampa Bay forward was left unattended in front of Price and cashed the Lightning’s only SoG of OT.

The visitors were full value for the win.

Tampa Bay hustled and played tight defence from the opening puck-drop. They outshot the Canadiens 36-29 and outhit them 27-14.

Save for the times avid Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher were on the ice, the guys in white jerseys dominated puck possession and played comfortable, error-free hockey in their zone, seldom troubled by attacking forwards.

Fifty-five games into the season, Michel Therrien continues to juggle his bottom three lines in search of combinations that might produce some semblance of even-strength offence.

With Michaël Bournival sidelined by the flu, Travis Moen began the game on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. By the end of regulation, Daniel Brière, who began the game on the fourth line and played 3:02 through two periods, had been bumped up with Pleks and the captain.

Lars Eller centred, at various times, Moen, Brandon Prust and Rene Bourque. The third line briefly included Hamilton call-up Christian Thomas, who played all of five shifts and four minutes in front of his father, Steve, who’s an assistant coach with the Lightning.

There was more stability in the defence pairings, and Nathan Beaulieu contributed another strong game in partnership with Douglas Murray.

Andrei Markov played 28:25 paired with Alexei Emelin, P.K. Subban was on for the winning goal in OT. He might have been a tad gassed after a 4-on-4 shift that looked like an audition for the men’s figure-skating competition in Sochi.

On a day with young fans in the stands and little to cheer about – beyond that ridiculous brawl erupting during a TV Timeout, triggered by a Brandon Prust spear on Ben Bishop that drew the wrath of Don Cherry  – P.K. was at his hot-dogging best … or maybe worst, in the eyes of Steve Yzerman.

At least Subban could be relied upon to move the puck into the Tampa Bay zone. With the exception of DD and his linemates, the Canadiens were repeatedly stymied in their efforts to cross the visitors’ blueline.

They miss Alex Galchenyuk.

And if the limited ice time of recent call-ups Joonas Nattinen, Louis Leblanc and Thomas is any indication, there isn’t much help in Hamilton.

As my great and good friend Pat Hickey wrote in his Gazette piece on Saturday, the Canadiens are still in their seemingly-eternal rebuilding mode.

They have a great goaltender, a Norris Trophy defenceman, one dangerous forward line, a valuable 200-foot player in Tomas Plekanec and an outstanding prospect in Alex Galchenyuk.

That isn’t enough to win consistently … unless they’re playing Boston or Chicago.

360 Comments

  1. Marc10 says:

    Racism is never OK. Multiculturalism works just fine and everyone deserves a fair go.

    • Habs_Norway says:

      Yes history has proved that multiculturalism works. Like a charm. Every time.

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      Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

  2. habs001 says:

    Leafs 170 goals for Habs 136. Leafs 176 goals given up Habs 137…Leafs offense stats and Habs defense stats would be that of a cup contender…The question is which is easier to fix in the next 2 years Leafs D or Habs offense…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thank the maker for your final sentence! For one brief but horrifying moment I thought you were about to suggest some kind of merger!!

      • habcertain says:

        You are 4 minutes past your bedtime

      • habs001 says:

        Well could happen if we send a Montreal/Toronto team for a world tour..lol….I was reading the other day that when the Russians played the NHL including Red Army vs the Habs all of their teams added star players from other teams also..Red Army already had about 11 of their national players anyway before they added a couple of stars…

      • JohnBellyful says:

        It’s been talked about, Dunby:

        JohnBellyful
        October 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

        If hockey players lived in the real world …

        MONTREAL – Add the Montreal Canadiens to the list of corporate giants who are radically slashing their workforce as the recession deepens.
        The NHL team announced today it is laying off 72 employees, including five forwards, three defencemen and a goalie.
        “It’s a sad day for a storied franchise but we had no other choice,” a somber Geoff Molson, owner of the Canadiens, told a subdued throng of sport reporters, who struggled to free themselves from their restraints.
        “Profits were trending downward over the last 27 hours so we had to act quickly to staunch the flow of black ink,” Molson said. “It’s never easy have to let go people who have been like family to you. In fact, 28 of them are, mostly cousins, nieces and nephews.”
        Molson acknowledged the cuts will create challenges for the company moving forward but he expressed confidence that all departments will make the necessary adjustments. Coach Jacques Martin said dressing nine fewer players for the game will test The System but he also put on a brave front that the challenge can be met.
        “We’re going to go with two-and-a-half lines and one-and-a-half defensive pairings playing three minute shifts,” Martin said.
        The veteran coach admitted he was shocked that one of the players to receive a pink slip was Carey Price but his $3 million salary was “low hanging fruit for the bean-counters,” Martin said.
        He made it clear he had faith that second-string netminder Peter Budaj, “the 1.25 million-dollar man,” will perform capably in a starting role.
        Martin explained that Hal Gill was kept over Jaroslav Spacek, Josh Gorges and Yannick Weber to serve as Budaj’s backup, should the need arise.
        “He’s not your classic butterfly-style goaltender but we believe his snow angel can be just as effective,” Martin said.
        The coach offered condolences to Lars Eller, Dennis Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Andre Kostitsyn and Travis Moen, who will be joining the unemployment line (subject to tweaking). None of the players had a no-layoff clause in his contract.
        Martin’s two assistant coaches, Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, held on to their jobs but are being asked to take on extra roles to fill newly created vacancies: trainer, bus driver, assistant general manager, scout, IT director, special events co-ordinator and media relations officer.
        Molson said more changes might be coming, as other NHL teams try to cope with recession’s cross-check to their bottom line. He suggested some teams could be forced to combine operations in order to survive.
        “A lot of people have been clamouring for a contraction of the league for years,” Molson said. “Well, those people may finally get their wish.”
        Some of the team marriages could wind up being the result of hostile mergers, the Canadiens’ owner said, hinting the Toronto Maple Leafs have made noises behind the scenes about acquiring their hated rival.
        Molson also said the layoffs and talk of “truculent” corporate takeovers will all become moot if Scott Gomez goes on injury reserve for an extended period.
        “If that happens, we’ll be able to re-hire all the people we laid off,” he said, “and maybe even hire a few more.”

        — “Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!” — Karl Marx

    • Cal says:

      laffs can’t contend with D like that. Their offense is very efficient, more so when they get help like on that 2nd goal when Kadri boarded Ceci.
      Habs have pretty much always played defensively, save when they have some real goal scoring. There hasn’t been a PPG Hab since they threw Damphousse away.

    • ProHabs says:

      You can’t teach offense but it is easy to teach defense.

  3. B says:

    Bozon scores his 23rd and 2nd of the night to give kootenay a 3-2 lead early in the 3rd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  4. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Good night to all.
    Another very late night tomorrow here in GMT, so if you’ll excuse me.
    Hoping everyone has a pleasant night.
    (Well, not Brad Marchand, Nazem Kadri or Gary Bettman!)

  5. JohninTruro says:

    Anyone know if Thrower is hurt or suspended?

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    Hate to say it but the leafs are dangerous even with a shite back end. They can score and score and score……and bolland is going to be an even bigger help to their defensive struggles, and add in clarkson actually helping out and I hate these guys even more. Didn’t think bozak was worth the contract but I was wrong, and please let eklund be drunk saying that the habs are interested in lee freaking stempniak! Please win tomorrow so we can move back ahead of taranna!

    shaker out!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Is Kessel a bit fast for Pleks to shut down? And if so, could PK do it? As for Bolland and their more physical forwards, are we not in a better place with Emelin back, Murray looking increasingly comfortable with his role, and even Beaulieu ready to get his hands dirty?

      You’re right that we’d be foolish to dismiss them, but I think we have what it takes to contain their offense, and we definitely have (when they’re Jekyll and not Hyde) the forwards to punish their D. What do you think?

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Pleks could do it but bozak and JVR are better than Gio and briere, so the leafs take that match up. Our D is better than taranna, but there forwards are bigger and have more skill I believe than the habs, and that could wear the D down. I go back and forth thinking the habs are better because of the D and the tenders, but then i say taranna is better because of the PP and their skill and offense……I don’t know what to make of it. I just hate them, and hate that even down 2-0 in there last two games, they don’t have a problem coming back, where that would be game, set, point and match if that was the habs on the wrong end of that same scoreline.

        Shaker out!

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          You sound like you REALLY need a bootleg copy of their 1st Round Game 7 last year!

          I see your point about the overwhelming speed of that line. Maybe we cover 2 out of 3 when the speedy Bournival gets back?

          • jimmy shaker says:

            I remember, and will never forget it. It almost as nice seeing taranna implode and lose like that than seeing the habs win. But for some reason, when the habs and leafs play each other, it’s more often than not a struggle for the habs to beat the leafs, as it’s quite the same for most of the habs games this year. IF MB can add 1 or 2 big scorers I’d feel a lot better!

            Shaker out!

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Maybe it was you who said last year — or could have been 3 years ago! — that the Leafs play like Montreal’s little brother, SO full of a raging desire to show he can in fact take down the older?

    • Harditya says:

      If Eklund said Habs are targeting Stempniak then you definitely don’t need to worry about such trade ;)

    • GL says:

      Don’t be surprise. Habs always pick the one’s over the hill!!

    • port elgin says:

      Starting to sound like some p&nis envy now.

      Leafs suck …end of story

      Go Habs Go

  7. B says:

    Bozon scores his 22nd. Ice down 2-1 to the Hitmen early in the 2nd.

    Thrower missing another game tonight.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  8. Plekasuares says:

    Habs will roll tommorow If we go plek, Gio, dannyboi

  9. port elgin says:

    Ottawa got bombed tonite

  10. habulations says:

    Phil Kessel 10 goals 13 assists last ten games. Not a bad player.

  11. theox_8 says:

    Seems pointless to call up players from the farm, only to play them for a few shifts a game….

  12. Plekasuares says:

    Anderson looks like caillou

  13. Plekasuares says:

    Kessel is elite

  14. port elgin says:

    Leaf fans are gay

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Somewhere between 8-15% of all hockey fans of all teams, not just the Leafs, are gay. So you are technically partially correct, PE!

    • johnnylarue says:

      Homophobia is gay.

      • Habs_Norway says:

        is it homophobic to call a gay person for gay?
        Hmm. stating a fact, cant be wrong.
        well, some people actually think calling a 300pound man for fat is discriminating, so i dont know any more.
        “PK is black”
        “Shut up racist!”

        zzz
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        Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Hello Not-too-far-away-compared-to-the-Bell-Centre-in-Norway!

          If the poster is expressing a genuine opinion about the sexual orientation of Toronto fans, then he is, as I suggested, at least partly right.

          If you believe that’s what he was saying, then we’re good.

          Chances are, however, he wasn’t. 99% of comments on this site about Leafs fan are derogatory! Rightly so! This opens up the possibility that what the poster is trying to say, when he says “Leaf fans are gay” is, in fact, Leaf fans are ignorant, whiners, arrogant etc etc, take your pick. The word gay, unfortunately, is used that way.

          For posters and readers on HIO — somewhere between 8-15% of whom are gay — the assocation of the word ‘gay’ with something that most here despise — Leaf fans, or Bettman, or Brad Marchand, or referees, or Youpi, etc — is offensive to one of the things that they are, ie. gay.

          Are you an expat in Norway? Imagine if every time someone in your community did something dirty, or arrogant, or classless, or stupid, everyone said, “Uh, so Canadian!”

          Either right away or after a while it would really bother you.

          There you go! Apologies for moralising, but hey! it’s Sunday!

  15. Dunboyne Mike says:

    @Ram
    If a list were posted here of all the possible ethnic stereotypes and slurs that could be applied to various players who frustrate us at times or whom we actually dislike, you would eventually find one or more of those slurs that would be offensive to you. You would be hoping that other posters would respect your position.

    I agree with you that Kadri (who I used to admire) is playing like a puke, increasingly resembling Marchand and Cooke. However, what you chose to call him is on my list of offensive slurs and quite likely on the list of most posters here. Just something for you to weigh up some time. Also, like most slurs, it’s an ignorant one, and so — as does every post each of us submits — helps build an impression of the poster, in this case apparently of someone who despite living in a multicultural society has somehow missed out on the basics of what some of those cultures are about. It’s hardly true, so why give that impression?

    • CJ says:

      You sir, are a gentlemen and a scholar. I don’t know that anything further could be added.

      Trusting Mr. Ram weighs the merits of your post and takes a more diplomatic approach in the future.

    • Blondie says:

      Well said Mr. Mike.

    • Habs_Norway says:

      One question: If one of 10000 people get offended by a statement, do you honestly believe that the world has to adapt to that one person?
      In 2014 some humans feel “offended” by absolutely anything.
      I mean anything.
      What has happened to the world, have all people under 40 become buttsore? And everyone else is “neanderthal, stupid Don Cherry-loving apes from the past” ?
      “Norwegian whalekiller!!” zzzz

      Im not kidding, its an offense to pull the chair for the lady at a restaurant, because it doesnt represent “equal rights”..
      Picking up the tab? Hells no! EQUAL RIGHTS!!!!!
      Buying a baby through a laboratory because two homos cant have babies? EQUAL RIGHTS! Having a children is apparently, in 2014, a human right..
      Beats me.
      Please do, with a blunt object so i dont see or hear any more of this bs.
      ______________________________________
      Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Sorry Norway! Too many conflated issues in that one. I can’t tackle it. Bottom line, the world would be a less nasty, violent, untrusting, self-seeking place if we could be more careful about the damaging words we sling around.

        Perhaps you have a point about protecting even the 1 in 10 000. It’s obviously very difficult. I would always reckon that it’s worth trying, you don’t.

        But insulting either the Arab or Muslim community in a country like Canada, and considering the tensions that already exist between the Western and Arab worlds, I think it’s probably unwise to justify such an insult by arguing that it would only affect a small minority.

  16. adadi says:

    At least it’s not a 3 point game.

  17. homerbowen says:

    We can’t put the puck in the net because too many of our small players are on their backs. Bigger, stronger players only please.

  18. adadi says:

    Don’t look now but the Leafs might actually have some talent. One thing about the Leafs. They never quit. Wish our guys had a no quit attitude.

  19. Harditya says:

    Phil Kessel, man when he’s on his game, he’s as good as any.

  20. Plekasuares says:

    Lol kessel…

  21. port elgin says:

    Toronto with horseshoes up their wazoos, as usual.

  22. Plekasuares says:

    Briere-plekanec-gionta c’mon mt

  23. Blondie says:

    Totally off-topic.

    Any smokers in the room? What do you think of the new cigarette pack designs? I think they are now trying to frustrate us into quitting myself.

  24. Plekasuares says:

    Play nice.

  25. port elgin says:

    Briere has 9 goals and plays 7 min a game. All on a 4th line.

    Maybe he should be playing more.

  26. CJ says:

    Neil. Of course you would….

    Please, somebody end this in regulation!

  27. B says:

    Nevins with three assists and a pair of minors in a 6-1 win over Saint John.

    Crisp (7 pts in his previous 4) and the red hot Vail (12 pts in his previous 5) held pointless tonight.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  28. rljmartin says:

    Watching TO / OTT game. Watched HABS this afternoon. Officials are already at the Superbowl,

  29. adadi says:

    Kadri will get 3 games.

  30. adadi says:

    Helluva wrist shot by Kessel.

  31. RockinRey says:

    I wouldn’t mind a game breaker like kessel on the CH!!!

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    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • Harditya says:

      He’s a world class player no doubt. I hate the Leafs, but I certainly admire Kessel’s game. What a player, a natural scorer Habs could use.. Desparately haha

      • RockinRey says:

        He is one dimensional but he is a bona fide game breaker that would have looked great in the blue blanc et rouge………

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  32. adadi says:

    Laffs play the angriest music.

  33. port elgin says:

    Attention All.

    Leafs suck

    Leaf fans suck

  34. Plekasuares says:

    Kadri is a pest man

  35. FormalWare says:

    Somebody! Break this tie! SOMEBODY…!


    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  36. Habitoban says:

    Apologies in advance for the wee rant….Maybe it was because I watched the game on CBC with its silly commentary and analysis, but it sure left me feeling very grumpy about the Habs and about hockey in general. So much of what went on was simply childish theatre. Prust’s fight to “avenge” a perfectly clean hit on Gallagher, Prust looking to start an altercation with Bishop for some imagined slight (maybe players running Price), Parros being Parros, and PK looking for public redemption for his tip-in to our own net by executing some over the top rushes in overtime that left him gassed but still on the ice for the winning goal. I know that starting a fight is supposed to get your team energized. Well if professional athletes need a fight to get them interested in playing with passion it is a very sorry commentary on the state of the game. And then, we know that it’s always a good idea to try to get a goalie off his game by crashing the net, trash talking, or chanting the goalie’s name. How about getting a goalie off his game by scoring some goals, that usually works. I don’t mind the occasional fight, but I have no patience for the high drama that is played out for the benefit of the crowd. Gordie Howe was not shy about dropping them or taking cheap shots to get even. But, as the stories go, Gordie’s retribution often went unseen and might occur weeks or months later, with Gordie skating by the player crumpled on the ice reminding him of when he had given Gordie a cheap shot and that he ought not to do it again.

  37. PrimeTime says:

    Kadri has to be deadman walking. Sens have to show him done payback before this is over.

  38. CJ says:

    Mike McCarron scores! The big guy is playing much better hockey this past month. Looks like the injuries that nagged him are now healed. He has been moved to centre and is becoming a fixture in front of the opposition’s net.

    Small consolation following today’s loss, but this team will look so different in 2-3 years.

    • Harditya says:

      Really excited to see him get on a bit of a roll lately! Many people had him labelled as a bust before the season was even half finished.

    • Habilis says:

      Great to see. He has 2 assists a couple of days back too, if I recall correctly.

      He’s one that I really want to succeed. Just so friggin big.

      • B says:

        2 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games (and tonight’s game isn’t over yet). Like CJ said, he seems to be getting more comfortable lately. Looking forward to watching him in the Memorial Cup!

        Edit: No more points for him tonight. Knights hold on to win 5-4.

        –Go Habs Go!–

  39. Plekasuares says:

    Nvm 20-0 cuse! Good stuff from my Alma Mater!! go orange :)

  40. Plekasuares says:

    21-0 CJ ;)

  41. B says:

    McCarron scores his 8th. London up 4-1 late in the 2nd.

    –Go Habs Go!–

  42. Mavid says:

    The boy who cried wolf..Sens fans are always..always whining about the officiating..so its pretty hard to take them seriously when it may actually be a legit complaint

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  43. Plekasuares says:

    SYRACUSE BABY

  44. Plekasuares says:

    A great goaltender and a Norris defenceman and one strong line and Tomas Plekanec is a good chance to win…

  45. Habcouver says:

    PJ Stock not defending Kadri’s cheap shot? Whaaaat?

    Waiting patiently for #25

  46. Blondie says:

    Hey! PJ Stock gets it right. Now there’s a nice change.

    • RockinRey says:

      I cant believe I am going to say this but that was actually one of the strongest segments I have ever seen PJ analyze…but tomorrow he will be back to his malapropism, non-sequiter, no nothing self…….

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  47. habs001 says:

    If Briere and Gion were in their prime than the Habs would be a much more dangerous team..Now these two players will still produce some scoring just from their experience but because of age they just cannot cause any pressure and havoc in the offensive zone..

  48. Harditya says:

    How do you expect P.K. not to be a target of racism when you call Kadri a suicide bomber. Sheesh. Hypocrisy at its best. Move on guys, it’s the 21st century for god sakes.

  49. habulations says:

    Tight Game….may be a three pointer. Don’t know who to vote for….

  50. habs001 says:

    The majority of the Leafs top scorers are thru trades and signings…the majority of the Habs top scorers are thru drafting…

  51. piper says:

    Officiating in this league really needs to be looked at. Gotta be some kinda sh!t going on.

  52. SN43 says:

    Guess that was a good call?

  53. Grimmly says:

    So PK gets booed everywhere, but this like puke Kadri never shuts the F up, and pulls crap like this all the time, but everyone loves him, wow

  54. adadi says:

    Why does this coach continue to play Markov almost 30 mins per game? I thought coaches were supposed to manage ice time. This guy truly is an idiot. You would think he didn’t see what happened last year when he did the same thing.

  55. The Jackal says:

    Kadri hit was BS and he is a puke but Ram wtf are you doing calling him a suicide bomber? That’s way uncalled for and classless!

  56. boing007 says:

    A penalty was just called against the Sens and CBC goes immediately to a commercial break. I don’t like commercial breaks at important moments in a game.

    Richard R

  57. WhatUp says:

    the non calls against TB on all of the grabbing off PK were bad but the non call on Kadri takes it to another level…how bad can the officiating be..and now Lafs on yet another PP…what a bush league…this game probably will get ugly in a hurry and the refs only have themselves to blame

  58. KS says:

    Long time reader, first time poster. Have to agree on the miss Alex Galchenyuk part. He always generates a few quality scoring chances even with limited ice time.

  59. Grimmly says:

    HOW did that little shit Kadri get away with that boarding and they score?? WOW The refeing in the Toronto game is terrible

  60. Habcouver says:

    Someone tell me the Kadri hit was illegal. Somebody.

    Waiting patiently for #25

  61. Blondie says:

    Alright! Go Ottawa!

    Sorry Mavid and CJ, I want us to pass the leafs in the standings as soon as possible.

    • CJ says:

      I get that totally. I think Ottawa is the better team. The Leafs are a cloak and dagger show. Their house of cards will fall.

      As much as I hate to say this, I think Ottawa is a very dangerous team. I don’t want them anywhere near the playoffs.

      At least, if the Sens are going to win, don’t give the Leafs the single point. Cheers, CJ

      • Blondie says:

        Agree with you about Ottawa being a dangerous team but I really can’t bring myself to root for the leafs. Even marginally.

        And I don’t like being behind them in the standings.

        Cheers.

        Damn! They tied it up just as I was about to hit “Submit”. Grrr….

        Edit: Stupid leafs.

    • Habcouver says:

      Lookit, that Karlsson can’t do anything right: giveaway and boom! Goal.

      Waiting patiently for #25

  62. Propwash says:

    Well. A point is a point. I missed most of the game, but it sounds like I didn’t miss much.

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  63. WindsorHab-10 says:

    When is CBC going to wake up, realize that Don Cherry is human waste & get rid of him? I know what Prust did was not right but for it to be the lead story on coach’s corner & say it is the most disgusting thing he’s seen. Has he watched his friggin Bruins & what they do? Go to hell Don Cherry & take CBC with you.

  64. John Q Public says:

    It will be interesting to see PK play with 4 skilled players.
    Instead he just circles around with no one to pass to.
    The net is that way.

  65. Marc10 says:

    I really thought Eller and Bourque would get it done today. The latter had the game winning goal on his stick and didn’t convert… Oh well! At the end of the day, if the team is not going to score 4 on 3 with PK Subban and Andrei Markov manning the points. .. It’s just not going to happen.

    We get to do it all over again tomorrow against the new and improved Jets. Go Habs Go!

  66. Reflektor says:

    Cherry: rip a Hab, suck a Leaf, rip a Hab, suck a Leaf, rip a Hab, suck a Leaf, suck a Bruin.

  67. Mavid says:

    Moron Cherry…bla bla bla

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Mondou6 says:

      I liked him better in the old days, as head coach of the perennial loser Bruins. He had a front row view of us hoisting the Cup over and over, while he never won anything.

      No wonder he’s bitter.

  68. Ian Cobb says:

    PK will either win the game for his team or lose the game for his team.!! Quote from his junior coach!

  69. Mondou6 says:

    Even though we didn’t play that well today, I was more encouraged by the attitude of the team for some odd reason.

    Prust looked involved for one of the few times this year. Maybe he’s about to regain his form.

    Briere showed that maybe he’ll show up when we need him most.

    PK had a not-great game, but his OT antics were not “show boating”, it was an impressive display of skill, and oh by the way, damn near won us the game with a give and go to the net, that none of our forwards can seem to do.

    Price was Dryden-esque, yet again. I have no idea how this guy has turned it on this year, but it’s amazing to watch him. He lets in nothing soft, and looks completely confident, and frequently robs sure scoring chances.

    I liked that after Tampa’s early dirtiness, we were able to respond with Prust and Parros. After seeing Price get crashed twice, I liked Prust going after Bishop. And I liked Parros beating Gubas’ head like a drum. We held our own in that regard, unlike past years when we’d just be running scared for 60 minutes.

    So no, we aren’t a great team. We aren’t a contender. But I thought this was a pretty good “character” loss.

  70. CJ says:

    Go Syracuse! Beat Duke.

  71. boing007 says:

    No Comment.

    Richard R

  72. Mondou6 says:

    Third is the new second.

  73. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    2 is the loe

  74. Ian Cobb says:

    Two more years before Price sees a complete team in front of him.!

  75. RetroMikey says:

    5 more years before Fucale sees perhaps a complete team in front of him ! Or could it be 10 years from now?

    20 years and counting, we want results now Bergy!

    BIG IS BETTER!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  76. piper says:

    Is his contract up then?

  77. JohninTruro says:

    Fucale’s 3 goals allowed on 13 shots tonight?

  78. John Q Public says:

    You just answered your question.

  79. RetroMikey says:

    Great, another draft bust! Thank you Trevor Timmins!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  80. Harditya says:

    Hey, that’s uncalled for. No need to call him that and stir any racism. I hate Kadri as much as anyone, but that’s very immature. He’s as Canadian as anyone else here.

  81. CJ says:

    Take a break from this forum. Bigotry has no place here.

  82. WindsorHab-10 says:

    No need to go there Ram, I’m Lebanese too & am offended by your choice of description. Shame on u.

  83. Billyboy says:

    You don’t give a s&@t because you are an idiot. I don’t like the leafs and i don’t like Kadri. But I like you less. Your RamTough sh&t shows that you have an IQ close to a turnip. Calling Kadri a bomber shows your lack of class. Grow up you mental midget.

  84. Billyboy says:

    That’s about what I expected from a first class A-hote like you

  85. CJ says:

    Nobody has any interest in addressing your comments. It was not appropriate. Simple. Let’s move on.

  86. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Oops, apologies, I’m interested, and doubt I’ll have the opportunity of attending the summit.

  87. TheLogician says:

    …says the guy with a keyboard/computer name that includes the word “tough”.

    looks like we’ve got ourselves a real bright one here.

  88. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Well thanks, RT. You and I have probably just had very different experiences of multiculturalism. Mine have been positive. (But you wig me out with your list of animals! With the exception of tigers, we had all of them as kids! Did you by any chance grow up near Atwater?!)

  89. TheLogician says:

    my guess is small town ontario. as in car-tinkering-banjo-plucking-marrying-cousins/sisters small.

  90. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Gimme a break, RT. Nearly 3.30am here, so I can’t tell if you’re being facetious! And I’m not a stats guy. I remember he scored a beauty PP goal last time, and I think Price stopped him on a breakaway also. But does he usually nail us?

    If you’re not saying he does, then we’re saying the same thing, that perhaps JShaker’s concerns are a little unwarranted?

  91. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Doubt you’d have to go too far back to find some “theys” in your own family tree!

    And to go back to Kadri: he’s a hyphenated Canadian (as in Arab-Canadian, parallel to French- or Irish- Canadian), Canadian-born, who looks very much like someone embracing the Canadian way of life rather than trying to change it. I think he even represented Canada at the WJC 3-4 years back. He has even picked up some good old Canadian Cherryistic/Bobby Clarkish filth en route! Pure Canuck!

  92. Dunboyne Mike says:

    My mistake. I thought you had justified the name you called Kadri on the basis that he is just another of the “they” who come here trying to change everything.

    And hey! If you want an argument with an Irish-Canadian about whether or not British imperialists changed anything in Canada or anywhere else they arrived uninvited, PLEASE just pick an earlier time! Good night!

  93. Cal says:

    Looks like someone’s going to have to create a new account.
    Guts, Glory…completely Wacky.
    Later, Dean.

  94. TheLogician says:

    all of a sudden, the guy’s *against* stereotyping? make up your mind, will ya.

    btw, i knew it re: car tinkering small town hick.

  95. Cal says:

    No. You say what every bigot has ever said. It’s getting old, and so is that way of thinking.
    Once the mods read your posts, you’ll be gone.

  96. habcertain says:

    Grow up, spewing racist comments takes very little guts

  97. Billyboy says:

    You have a warped mind. i have to assume that you really beieve that.

  98. Propwash says:

    LOL. France is the exact opposite of multiculturalism.

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    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  99. habcertain says:

    Let me guess, you are a middle aged white male living in rural wherever, driving around in your ram pickup with a gun rack who despises anything that doesn’t look like you.

  100. habcertain says:

    With a very narrow view

  101. TheLogician says:

    who in all heckfire drives (ahem) “tough” pick-ups around toronto??! do you not care that all the educated and cultured city folk are laughing at you as you spin your oversized tires while pulling out of tim hortons? the only types i’ve seen drive one are a) poor b) single (not necessarily by choice) or c) both. i’m guessing c in this case.

  102. Propwash says:

    http://i.imgur.com/3Usiw.gif
    Why is this smacktard even allowed to post anymore?

    Frig off with your blatant racism.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  103. formerly known as the hc says:

    Man, you hammered out of your damned mind? This is not the forum for one of these kinds of rants.

  104. TheLogician says:

    uh-oh, looks like we hit a soft spot with that one!!! i wonder why??

    and how could i have “no clue”? i live in TO. i’m cultured. i’m educated. and i laugh at poor Tim’s drinking slobs in pick-ups like you. where’s the controversy?

  105. clutch73 says:

    Anyone who calls tim hortons “timmies” needs a punch in the throat.

  106. TheLogician says:

    “I drink Timmies (as does hundreds of thousands in TO)”

    that just about sums it up right there. thanks for making my point for me.

    “as does”….and you think “they” can’t speak english??!

    there’s no way you live in the city. i’m guessing oshawa/pickering or some other 905 backwater.

  107. Habs_Norway says:

    thats the best thing I’ve ever read..
    a couple of generations in the future and we are wearing bubble-plastic with our mouths stitched together, wearing headphones.
    See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

    ______________________________________
    Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years


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