About this evening …

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If, as they say, a tie is like kissing your sister, then a Shootout loss is like a big slobbery wet one from your weird-smelling maiden aunt, right after she gives you argyle socks a size too small for your birthday.
OK, I’m just bitter because the Canadiens game in Washington pre-empted TGIF Happy Hour – a ritual that beats the socks off kissing your sister, your aunt or almost anyone short of kate Upton.

We probably shouldn’t be surprised this weirdly-scheduled game ended badly … if you count a losers’ point as a bad ending … which you do, because the hero of the piece was Mikhail Grabovski, who makes your maiden aunt look like Kate Upton.

The last time your Montreal Canadiens won two games in Washington was the 1978-’79 season.

Pretty good team.

On their way to amassing 115 regular-season points and winning a fourth straight Stanley Cup, the ’78-’79 Canadiens won 6-0 and 8-4 in D.C. Their last meeting – on March 5, 1979 – ended in a 2-2 tie.

The latest meeting was 2-2 after 6-5 minutes. But the Capitals – outshot 37-26 during the part of the game that was real hockey – scored three times in the Shootout to pick up two points and extend the Canadiens’ streak of winning no more than one regular-season game in Washington.

After splitting two Friday games, the teams won’t meet again until the Capitals make their only Bell Centre visit of the season on Jan. 25.

In two games at the Verizon Center, the Canadiens outshot the home team by a cumulative 68-53. They would have got two wins in regulation if Peter Budaj – whose many talents do not include puckhandling – hadn’t been victimized behind his own net by Grabovski, who fed a wide-open Eric Fehr for Washington’s first goal.

The Grabovski goal that tied it at 2-2 came on the heels of a dominant third-period shift by the Canadiens’ seldom used fourth line. Having battled ferociously to control the puck in the Washington end, Michaël Bournival was gassed when he came back to try to cover Grabovski.

Bournival and Ryan White both finished the game at minus-2 – in 6:28 and 7:47 of even-strength ice time, respectively. One or the other could find himself in the Bell Centre pressbox Saturday night if Michel Therrien decides to dress George Parros against the Leafs.

Or perhaps the coach will be disinclined to mess with his lineup.

The Canadiens played well enough to extend their winning streak Friday evening. If Braden Holtby doesn’t make two miraculous stops on Andrei Markov during that third-period power play, it’s 3-1 and the home team is on its way to a fifth straight loss.

The Canadiens outshot the Caps 13-4 in the opening period, 10-8 in the third and 5-1 in the five-minute OT. The penalty-kill was, once again, superb. The power play sure could use a sniper, but the Canadiens had stretches of exquisite puck control, orchestrated by P.K. and Andrei Markov.

Holtby was hot. It happens.

Subban, Markov and the rest of the defence corps played well, as did Budaj, who kept his cool during the late-game shifts in which the Capitals managed to exert pressure in the Canadiens’ end.

The Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais lines skated, battled and generated chances.

lars Eller and Brandon Prust played solid games, but Alex Galchneyuk struggled, as has been the case since his pal Brendan Gallagher was moved to the DD line.

Galchenyuk is working hard. He’s going to the net. But his goal against Buffalo notwithstanding, I detect a sapping of the kid’s confidence. His Shootout attempt was almost as fugly as Plekanec’s.

Bottom line on Happy Hour Hockey: The Canadiens picked up a point to solidify their hold on an Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

They don’t play on Friday again until Jan. 24 in Detroit – where games against the Wings are like kissing your rottweiler.

 

 

 

208 Comments

  1. Psycho29 says:

    A Loafs fan posted on Twitter to Dave Stubbs:

    COLDBLUE‏ @MannyTerrebonne 22m
    @Dave_Stubbs after last nights debackle in Washington, i think many habs could…could be skating for there lives tonight

    So I replied:
    A 3-2 shootout loss is not a “debackle”….Losing a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period of game-7 is.

    BOOYA !!

  2. Alvin says:

    Here’s whats going to happen tonight. Leafs will use their size and truculence to hammer Habs defence and take cheap shots.
    Habs will not be able to clear their zone.
    Bernier will play lights out in front of his friends and family.
    The Special K’s , Kessel and Kadri will kill the Habs who will go on to lose this game 5-2.
    It is written,

    • etcheverry92 says:

      Size, truculence and intimidation used to regularly win games and Cups. It rarely works nowadays. As for Bernier, this guy keeps inventing new ways to let in goals. All he’s going to do tonight is embarass himself in front of friends and family, while Price takes care of business at the other end – 5-1 Montreal.

  3. vegas says:

    any news on who sits and plays tonight

  4. Maritime Ronn says:

    Question for HIO:

    You are Coach Therrien
    The team is healthy (Murray?)
    You have Bourque and Parros available.

    Thug Coach Carlyle and Orr, McLaren, Fraser, Clarkson are in town along with ‘hit from behind’ pink skirt Kadri and Phaneuf that only hits anything …under 5′ 10″.

    What do you do?
    Keep the same line up?
    Put either Bourque and/or Parros in the lineup?
    If so, who comes out and what do the line(s) look like?

  5. Caesar says:

    Noticed last night in the 2nd Caps goal Briere is afraid to get engaged and just hangs around the perimeter looking for loose pucks. He had a few opportunities to slower Fehr down or at least get in his way a little and chose to stay far from the action. He’s a very sof player. I actually would prefer to have Bork or Parros over him in the line up.

    • vegas says:

      Leblanc reminds me of DD on the ice, he gets tossed so easily. I truely believe he doesn`y have the NHL in him. Not with the Canadiens anyways. The guy just looks physically weak

  6. The Jackal says:

    I have a good feeling about tonight.
    We’re on a roll and I think we will go out there and show that we are the better team.
    I see PK with a multi-point game, Gally with a goal or two, and the rest of the Habs playing great games themselves.

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  7. Mavid says:

    i am in enemy territory to watch the game tonight…GO HABS GO

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  8. 24 Cups says:

    I live in laff land so here are a few random thoughts and observations on tonight’s big tilt.

    I’ll be watching the game at my favourite watering hole in Slowville as I don my Guy Lafleur jersey. As a frequent visitor, I’m allowed to reserve my favourite seat at the bar. Now that’s what I call service.

    Tonight’s game will be Toronto’s 5th in 8 nights. Even worse, it’s their 3rd game in 4 nights this week with all of them being on the road.

    The laffs got off to a hot start (6-1-0) but have now fallen to 8-8-3. Most of their wins can be attributed to hot goaltending and special teams.

    Eight of their fourteen wins have come against non-playoff ranked teams.

    Losing Bolland and Lupul to injury really hurts their chances. They basically have lost an entire line, as well as some valuable leadership. Contrast that to Montreal who is only missing Bourque and Murray (although this means Frankie has to play back-to-back games).

    Everyone knows that Toronto gives up too many shots. On average, they get outshot 36.5 to 26.5 which is the worst differential in the league. The league average is 29.8 which sees the laffs ranked 28th in the department. How bad is it? No team in the past 8 years has a SD as bad as Toronto does right now.

    It then comes as no surprise that Toronto ranks 29th in terms of puck possession (42%). Montreal is 15th in this regard. Spending 58% of your time in your own end certainly puts a lot of heat on your D and goaltender. I wonder what Grabovski is doing these days?

    40% of Toronto’s goals come from non-even-strength situations. 84% of those even-strength goals come from “off the rush”. Trust me, that’s not good news in today’s NHL.

    Toronto’s penalty kill has gone to hell in a hand basket. Earlier in the year they were ranked 2nd in the league. They now sit 20th.

    Another issue is the laff’s inability to play consistent hockey in all three periods. A prime example of that is the game against Pittsburgh earlier this week when Toronto didn’t register even one single shot in the third period. I wonder if Mike Boone or Dave Stubbs can ever remember that happening before.

    I also wonder if Toronto is suffering from a leadership vacuum. Their captain, Dion Phaneuf, stated that he was happy to see the team pick up a point against Pittsburgh. This after squandering 4-1 and 5-3 leads to only then wither and die in the 3rd period. Are you kidding me? Besides their captain, Toronto basically has Clarkson, Bolland and Lupul in the leadership department. Side note: Hab fans debate the re-signing of Markov. Just think how tough a decision it’s going to be when it comes to the Phaneuf contract. Major implications to be sure as it probably will be a 7 or 8 year deal.

    Just like Montreal in October, Toronto is presently suffering from roster depletion. On any given night they have to dress:
    Trevor Smith – career minor leaguer
    McLaren and Orr – 4th line, limited minute goons
    Peter Holland and Carter Ashton – stalled rookies
    Jarred Smithson – journeyman
    Paul Ranger – cap relief on Liles contract

    Reilly, Holland and McLaren were healthy scratches last night in Buffalo. Jonathan Bernier, from Laval, gets the start in front of his hometown fans and family. That’s certainly a red flag as far as I’m concerned. The Raymond-Kadri-Clarkson line is the unit to watch. If they can’t score, then all the pressure reverts back onto Kessel.

    Quote of the day: “We’ve been preaching and we’ve been pleading with our players to just direct pucks towards the net and drive the middle lane,” Carlyle said. “We’re far, far too cute. We just refuse continually to direct pucks and we’re not getting that second and third opportunity, that flurry of shots.” (Coach Carlyle)
    That sounds a lot like the Habs of yesteryear under Gainey and Martin.

  9. John Q Public says:

    Crack out your pipes, we’re playing toronto.
    Don’t let me down boys.
    Go Habs Go

  10. rhino514 says:

    Whenever I read and see that Desharnais is getting a lot of scoring chances, I actually think it´s a bad thing.
    Of course he´s getting chances; he´s playing with Pacioretty and Gallagher. DD is a decent passer, but any player with half decent scoring ability would be potting many more goals on that line.
    In the past few games, there have been too many glorious chances which haven´t been converted. Yesterday it hurt because we lost.
    I believe though DD is a good passer, Pacioretty would be undoubtedly considered one of the top few wingers in the NHL if placed along an A1 centre, which is what he deserves. His stats would be through the roof.
    We also have Bournival and bourque who can´t get higher quality minutes or playing time; The coach knows hundreds of things I don´t, but I just think Chucky should be moved to centre already.
    Hello, he is regarded as being the best player from that draft.

    • vegas says:

      Never been a fan of DD and never will be
      When you are forced to play an undeserving palyer with your top guys to get some production it`s not a good sign. He just gets too many unjustified breaks. I just hope we don`t have to live through 3-4 more years of this

  11. Ian Cobb says:

    If we play like we have played the last two games tonight, we are going to get steam rolled by the more physical Leafs. Yes we took 3 of a possible 4 points the last two games, but we are not playing as hard on the puck as we have the past couple weeks.
    Very weak and soft passes, and a few clean body checks would be nice. But worse than that is clearing the puck from our zone without icing it all the time.
    And when on the power play, when most try to clear the zone with the puck, it generally goes as a very nice pass to their point, instead of putting some mustard on it. PK and Markov should give the rest of the team lessons. Of course Therrien does not use them on the kill as much.

    On the positive, we are a play off team, as long as we can stay out of the hospitals going forward. Are we getting past the 1st round? Not the way we are going at the present time, me thinks, but you never know if players like Breire, and Bourke have any sparks left for play off hockey.

    Now for the Leafs, who are a much better team than they have been for deck aids. Worse thing that can happen tonight is if Parros is in and takes a shot to the head. Well, that will be lights out on his career as well as the Hab’s for the night.

    To win tonight, we have to have our wheels in top gear and put on a full court press on the puck for a full 60mins. Forceing them into penalties and into our power play. If we play our game, we will take the two points without giving them one.

  12. Strummer says:

    Carlyle loses again last night with 5 minute- no- talent Colton Orr in the line up. This guy is a laibility when he’s on the ice- like being a man-short.

    Hopefully Therrien doesn’t take the bait and leaves our liability Parros in the press box

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  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the difference between a loss to da Weeds and da Beans is when losing to Beantown one feels ‘bruised’, …but ‘losing’ to Turdranna one feels shame

    …losing to Turdranna is THE lowest of the lows for Me as a Fan

  14. smiler2729 says:

    Plekanec in the shootout? You’re telling me he’s your 4th best option in the shootout ahead of Pacioretty, Gallagher, Gionta, Bournival, hell, even Markov and Subban???

    I knew the game was lost as soon as I saw him at center ice…

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  15. Psycho29 says:

    It’s been on here before, but a great video from HNIC, kind of fitting before a Habs-Leafs showdown:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/wQ5leZrQk-0

  16. Dulljerk says:

    Not sure why they signed Parros if they aren’t going to play him. He always played a regular fourth line role in Anaheim. He won’t fit in if he doesn’t play. He’s a decent skater, and his fists don’t act as much of a deterrent from the press box. I’m assuming that maybe after he came back, had a fight, that he may have had a few symptoms from his concussion. Anyway, I always liked the guy, and had hoped they would have acquired him a few years ago.

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  17. kerrgte says:

    (Reply to 24 cups just a few posts down)

    By contrast, i was next door at the Royal Alex to see the musical “Once”.

    Quelle disappointment !! Consisted of very forgettable pub tunes sung by non-singers. The hero, a semi-singer, also sang forgettable songs. The heroine plays the piano beautifully but for some reason she was admiring the non-songs by the non-singer hero. Odd really.

    Costumes ?? Mostly dirty jeans and drab tee shirts.

    Very forgettable at $95/ticket.

    I’m looking forward to the Queen musical in April/May – very clever music indeed.

    cheers

  18. nek25plus says:

    Both goalies on Habs have improved under Waite’s charge…with the exception of the shoot out! What gives? Both, used to be quite decent in that area.

      • Dulljerk says:

        Never liked the shootout and never will. There was a time that a tie was a hard fought, good game. Both teams were rewarded with a point. This is a gimmick and a joke. No way this should decide an NHL game.

        No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

    • IdleNoMore says:

      Your not really looking for a answer to that are you? The shoot out is a joke. Make OT 10 mins. Problem Solved.

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

    • While some credit goes to the coach, both goalies always had the talent and skills needed to succeed. As for Price, he has always been a good to great goalie from day one. It was consistency we were all waiting for.

      There someone had to say it, may as well be a Price fan. Great work Waite, but you walked into this one. Congrats.

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  19. HabFab says:

    The top ten money makers in the NHL includes wages plus endorsements;
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockeynightincanada/bio/infographics/player-salaries/

  20. formerly known as the hc says:

    I thought I had read somewhere that almost 20% of games go to the shootout. I am too lazy to research but have no doubt that someone here knows. Anyway, I wouldn’t mind the shootout if fewer games were settled that way. Too many games end that way. Just my mini rant for the week. Oh that and I really hate the Laffs.

  21. JF says:

    I’m already nervous about tonight’s game. Even though the Habs have been playing well the last couple of weeks and the Leafs not so well, they nearly always find a way to up their game against us, while we often find a way to blow it. No excuses tonight; we’re healthy, they’re not. We need the two points; they can have the excuses.

    • JM says:

      Don’t be nervous about tonights game this is how it’s gonna go down. If they’re only allowed to play skilled hockey Habs win. If it’s Goon hockey Leafs win ….

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hobie mentioned Cosmo’s. Haven’t been there since “student days” in the 90s. So I googled it to see if the old guy was still around. Shockingly he was killed by his son 10 yrs ago. But there’s a cool movie clip of him here that brings back memories:

    http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/06/23/cosmo-founder-tony-koulakis-the-way-he-was/

  23. Chrisadiens says:

    Hah, god I love reading through the “morning crew” comments. Its like my cup of coffee in the morning. Where’s Burly though?

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

  24. Maritime Ronn says:

    I noticed our neighbours down south had another pleasant Thanksgiving Black Friday shopping extravaganza.

    What the hell’s going on with society?

    Some of the Headlines:

    – Mall mayhem…
    – Suspected shoplifter shot after dragging cop through KOHL’s parking lot…
    – Brawls…
    – Woman uses stun gun in shopping fight…
    – Man stabbed over parking spot…
    – Shopper Kicked Out Of WALMART For Filming Fight…
    – Man shot walking home with big screen…
    – Shoppers Trampled In Race For $49 Tablet…
    – SALVATION ARMY kettles stolen…

    Then this new and recent craze:
    The Knockout.

    Manhattan chef who was brutally assaulted on a pre-Thanksgiving trip to Philadelphia is the latest victim of the “knockout game,”

  25. Strummer says:

    One more reason to like the new Rogers deal-

    Scott Moore president of their broadcast sector is a Montreal native and Canadiens fan

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  26. 24 Cups says:

    I realize this doesn’t relate to the Habs but I just want to mention something to the people who live in the Toronto greater GTA.

    My family and I went to see the new production of Les Miserables.
    I have to admit that this is my favourite play in the world so I’m a bit bias. Having said that, this is an experience that no one should miss.

    The music, staging and acting is like nothing else you have ever seen. It’s an emotional and spiritual journey that will lift you out of your seat. It’s a grand epic that stirs your mind, soul and heart.

    For those who need to see it in terms of the world of sports, it’s like watching the 1975 New Year’s Eve Montreal-Red Army hockey game live at the old Forum. Truly an experience of a lifetime.

  27. Maritime Ronn says:

    Great stuff by the Habs!

    If someone would have said 8 days ago that the Habs would march into the Verizon Center and take 3 of 4 points from Ovie’s Caps, that contract would have been signed immediately.

    No Excuses tonight
    The Leafs are reeling having lost to Buffalo last night and being outshot 29-24. Imagine that.

    This will be the Leafs 5th game in 8 nights and the 4th for the Habs.

    The Habs are better than they were opening night, and the Leafs are worse.
    On that opening night, there was no Emelin, Bournival, or White in the lineup.

    Habs are healthy.
    Leafs are missing 2 key guys.
    2nd line center Dave Bolland, but more importantly Joffrey Lupul who may just be the most underrated forward in the NHL.(outside of COTU, that is)

    Lupul is so injury prone yet when he plays, he puts points up on the board.
    In his 4 years of time with the Leafs, he has 118 points in 132 games (53G-65A)

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Kind of agree with Boonie that Holtby stole this one. What do you think of Phil C’s opinion below that substituting Moen for Briere on Pleks/Gio’s line made no sense because Briere wasn’t benched and by virtue of no. 48 getting ice time with White and Bournival, the fourth line became vulnerable?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        GMorning

        Agree with Phil.
        If they were stale and giving up a lot of chances that would be a different story.
        Sometimes the best defense is Offense in the other team’s zone.

  28. Kooch7800 says:

    Went to the dogs game last night. Was a pretty blah game. Pateryn looks NHL ready and stood out to me as the best D man currently. Tinordi still has some D lapses and was not the best on the first pass out of the zone. He also got tuned pretty bad in his fight against a very tough customer.
    Beaulieu looked ok but still needs work as well. On forward LeBlanc was invisible. Dumont still is working his tail off and actually scored a nice dangle last night. Taranasky surprised me he was really strong on the boards and actually has more skill than I realized. He plays much like a power forward more than a goon in the ahl.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hi Kooch. Hope all is well with you and your family. How did Thomas look? I’ve heard he’s coming along nicely.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        Hey Jim,

        My family is doing well. Thanks for asking. I hope yours is too and you are having a great thanksgiving!

        Thomas looked fast out there last night. He couldn’t get anything going offensively but it was a pretty sloppy game. He has played well of late though. I will be going back in a couple weeks. I will let you let you know how he plays then. He is still in training camp mode almost so I give him some more time this year to get into the swing of things but you can see things are headed in the right direction

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • habs001 says:

      Maybe it is time to put Pateryn in the lineup over The Cube who is on his way to having an incredible bad minus record on a team that may give up the fewest goals in the league…

  29. habs001 says:

    Injuries and the Olympics could alter some of the season but generally it looks like the Habs should make the playoffs…The Habs will pretty well have the lineup they have now in the playoffs as it is very unlikely they will add any impact type player(s)…As i mentioned a few days ago the odds are pretty high that the Habs first round opponent will be one of Boston,Pittsburgh,Toronto,Detroit,ottawa or Tampa Bay…These games will probaly be one goal games and overtime games…Just as easily that the Habs win 4 games in the series the opposite can happen that they lose 4 games in the series…As long as the team makes the playoffs is the most important thing as there is very little advantage to where they will finish in the standings…

  30. Hobie Hansen says:

    The day has finally arrived! I’m off to the Habs game tonight with my girlfriend and one of my oldest friends!
    1st stop, Momesso’s in NDG for a sausage sandwich! I thought it would be fitting to start the day at a former Habs tough guy’s restaurant.
    Then we’re off to check in at the Queen Elizabeth. Drop the bags off, park the car, before heading over to the Irish Embassy Pub to meet the old gang. They do the TSN 690 pregame show there.
    Then it’s the Leafs and Habs!!!
    We’ll end the night at Hurley’s and that should be plenty. I was up early this morning like a kid on Christmas.
    On the way home to Ottawa we’ll be stopping at Chez Cosmo on Sherbrooke West for a Creation Sandwich for breakfast. I’m hitting the treadmill right now before we go lol!

  31. HabFab says:

    Weekly Prospect Stats Update;

    QMJHL
    Fucale – 24GP – 17-6 – 2.68 GAA – .896 Svs%
    Gregoire – 25GP – 16G + 15A – 37 PIM
    Hudon – 28GP – 11G + 20A – 49 PIM
    Reway – 23GP – 13G + 24A – 26 PIM

    OHL
    Crisp – 27GP – 10G + 8A – 67 PIM
    McCarron – 24GP – 3G + 6A – 35 PIM
    Vail – 25GP – 11G + 18A – 19 PIM

    WHL
    Bozon – 28GP – 7G + 15A – 21 PIM
    Thrower – 22GP – 8G + 14A – 44 PIM

    NCAA
    Bennett – 12GP – 0 + 4 – 6 PIM
    Cichy – 9GP – 0 + 0 – 2 PIM
    Didier – 12GP – 0 + 2 – 20 PIM
    MacMillan – 10GP – 2G + 2A – 8 PIM

    USHL
    Sullivan – 5GP – 0 + 0 – 19 PIM

    Europe
    Collberg – 21GP – 1G + 3A – 6 PIM
    de la Rose – 25GP – 3G + 4A – 12 PIM
    Lehkonen – 26GP – 4G + 11A – 4 PIM

    NOTE: Nystrom and Nygren will be added next week.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks Frank and good morning kind sir. Reway with another good outing last night. I remember someone reporting on the Hab camp that Reway was the biggest surprise among the invitees.

      I know he’s a bit on the small side (groans) but could he be a legit NHLer?

      • HabFab says:

        Small but talented and at the end of the day it depends how badly he wants to play in the NHL… he didn’t look overwhelmed in the Exhibition games but then went back to the Q and got into a squabble with his coach. Since that was resolved, he has been on a tear.

        PS – good morning to you sir.

    • Phil C says:

      What’s impressive with those three guys in the Q is that they were all 4th round or later picks. I wonder how much of that is good scouting and how much of it is the player development staff?

      As well, I thought Bennett was an offensive defensemen, yet he only has 4 points. Do you have any scuttlebutt on how he is playing?

      • HabFab says:

        Captain of his team and have heard no negative comments… he was actually put up for some NCAA award. The Habs had asked him to beef up over the summer, which he did putting on 10-15 lbs of muscle. It seems he is focusing on being a defensive D instead of his normal offensive role. Team is doing good and he is a plus 6.

  32. Lafleurguy says:

    Uh, Dunboyne, here in the New World it’s called oatmeal (or is it curds and whey?).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  33. rjcp says:

    Just curious……..how many are really nervous about tonight’s game in a way that exceeds that against other teams? Ask yourself why? Me? I live in Toronto and it’s not because of the arrogant/ignorant Leaf fans, Homer Bowen, TBC, tSN, missed calls, Leaf goon/intimidate hockey, or Carlyle’s pretty face behind the bench (are there more reasons, lol); NO! It’s because for once, please, please, don’t embarrass me. Just come out giving 110%, play hard, go at them all 60 minutes, be confident, use our speed and score a ton of goals. Whatever happens, happens. If we lose, so what, we played hard ALL game. Just don’t come out flat, or play hard for 20 minutes, or take stupid penalties, or run around in our own zone stumbling over each other trying to get it out. PLAY HARD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! For me? Pretty please?

    • HABSFAN7 says:

      I agree with you. Being from Toronto as well, I’m not so concerned about the outcome as I am about the effort. We need a full 60mins tonight. If they can do that then a win should be attainable.
      I’ll be watching the game tonight at Leaf fans’ house so the ratio of Habs to Leaf fans will be 2-12 yikes!
      GOHABSGO!

      • rjcp says:

        Hey Habsfan7, had the same offer for tonight, but the way things have been going lately with the Hab-Leaf games, thought it would be better that if they lost, I could lick my wounds in the confines of own home, lol. Sad, but I remember times when I had to partially conceal my estatic joy in front of Leaf fans when watching the games all together. For some reason, they don’t have the same attitude towards me when the Leafs are kicking our asses, which is getting all too frequently lately.

  34. Colombiahabs says:

    Not sure why everyone is ragging on Briere all the time. If he would have played the whole season he would be close to leading the team in goals. I bet he pops another one tonight. If he does he will be just one back of Paches even after the recent streak hes been on.

    • Phil C says:

      He seems to have some jump back in his step which was missing earlier in the season. What’s more perplexing is why Therrien keeps demoting him to the 4th line in favour of Moen.

  35. Bill says:

    Dunboyne, interesting comment on the distinction between soccer/football in Ireland. Different in different countries obviously.

    To me, a Canadian or American calling soccer “football” just feels a tad pretentious. Like pronouncing quesadilla with some phony South American accent when ordering one at Boston Pizza.

  36. I really enjoyed the Gretzky interview last week, I hope the NHL does something about how tied games end. This isn’t some disgruntled fan speaking after a loss, this is all about true standings and post season. Detroit right now is on pace to make the playoffs because they are good at getting to OT, but not good at winning games, it’s not right.

    Rant of the day. I was pretty disappointed with Montreal’s annual slump in November, not because of the losses, but the way they lost. It was pretty nasty watching teams walk all over them. I thought the Habs were as bad as they’ve ever been and then you look at the entire East and you can say that about every team. The East is crazy even this season. I guess that’s one way of looking at the team, but after their slump I have a hard time getting excited prior to every game. That can’t be good? I used to be on here first thing every morning and yelling GAME DAY GAME PARTY TIME EXCELLENT, but haven’t been that interested. I hope a Win tonight can make me excited again.

    Sitting at 9th in goals for is a big problem. It’s great that Carey Price turned into the goalie we all knew he had in him, but that’s no way to succeed in hockey. The team is only one goal per game short of the higher scoring teams, but that’s huge. We can only hope that in two or three years Galchenyuk, and Gallagher turn into 30 goal players and that Pacioretty becomes consistant every game.

    GAME DAY GAME DAY Leafs are in town and they lost to the Sabres, they’re on their way to where they belong and that’s great news considering fans here were cheering their success in Oct. Well not many fans…in fact I haven’t seen them here in some time :lol:

    Back to work! MUSH.

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    • Habfan10912 says:

      Smile and Wave! Morning Shane! The team is right where I had hoped they’d be. Solidly in a playoff spot. I look for them to move into the top 3 spots shortly since Emelin is back on the ice.

      I too was a upset at the play in November but it’s a long season and we were nursing several injuries most of the month. Healthier now will yield better results.

      One last thing, don’t work so hard. CHeers bud.

  37. Habfan10912 says:

    Another one of those stupid hits yesterday. Funny, there was a very similar hit in the Bruins/Rangers game. That hit only drew a 2 minute penalty.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-11-29/cody-mcleof-hid-hit-jonas-brodin-injury-update-niklas-kronwall

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      That is one sickening loop.

      Bettmann, on behalf of what used to be a hockey league, may well himself feel personally sickened by that sight. And perhaps I give him too much credit. But whatever his own private response, Bettman is compelled — by the business creed to which he openly subscribes — to set it aside and believe zealously that the more hits such loops attract and generate, the more viewers will tune in to “hockey”, hoping to see more like it, only LIVE.

      The business ethics of today’s NHL make organised dog-fighting look like the Salvation Army.

    • wjc says:

      That was embelished, he barely is touching him and he flings into the boards, I smell fake.

      wjc

  38. JF says:

    Therrien should stop sending Galchenyuk out in the shootout for a while. I believe this was his fourth attempt, and he has yet to score. He’s very skilled, but he tries exactly the same move each time and he looks nervous. He needs to work on different moves and build up his confidence by scoring often on Price and Budaj.

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning friends. As a youngster I remember my Dad often talking about how various sports have changed. He always seemed to yearn for the “good old days”.

    As I watch another hockey game decided by a gimmick, I wonder what my Dad and his peers would say about this debacle.

    Before you accuse me of disliking the shootout because the Habs came out on the wrong side of it, check the record. I don’t like it if my team wins a shootout. I even hate it if my team is not nvolved in a game that ends in a gimmick. It devalues the game.

    Do we decide NFL games by a punt kick and catch competition?
    Do we decide MLB games by a Home Run derby?
    How bout a game of Horse for NBA overtimes?

    As ridiculous as those sound, that’s exactly what the NHL does to decide its games.

    Sure people stand on their feet in anticipation of the shootout. So what? I’ve seen big crowds at structure fires and car accidents as well. Doesn’t make it any smarter.

    Sadly, I realize that this skills competition to decide hockey games is here to stay. Doesn’t mean I have to like it. Dad was right! Back in the day………..

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good Morning my friend, now I know where you get your wisdom from, sounds like Pops was a smart man. Watching that game I felt the whole time we would win, because we deserved to win. A shame we didn’t, but we did get a point out of it which will help in the long run.

      Thought the team looked good the entire way, and perhaps for the first time in a while when Budaj starts, we could maybe say, I think Price would have got us that one. But I digress, I still like where this team is going, the league? Well that is a whole other question.

      Have a good day Jim, I am off to curl in a Bonspiel all day, good ol’ Canadiana day for me. Beer and Curling!

      CHeers everyone, tonight we have quite the challenge and I think our boys are up for it.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      “I’ve seen big crowds at structure fires and car accidents as well.”

      Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

      Bettman’s probably reading.

      (excellent point, btw. 100% agree. Despise the shootout, as well as the NHL).

    • JF says:

      Totally agree (although I’m less unhappy about it when we win). But as you say, it devalues the game, and it also skews the standings, making teams that regularly win shootouts look better than they are while those that regularly lose them look worse. And by what logic are some games worth 3 points, others only 2? But of course it’s modeled on soccer, where it is even more of a travesty than in hockey since the net is about twelve feet wide and the goalkeeper’s only chance of making the save is to guess right.

  40. John Q Public says:

    ☞ ✌
    Slobber-knocker !!!

  41. twilighthours says:

    Am I really first for the day? Man, you folk are lazy.

  42. CH Marshall says:

    Decided to go have dinner with a hot red-headed french Canadian baby tomorrow night to not stress me out by watching the game… But will be watching it out of the corner of my eye at the joint. Boys had better be ready. Leafs Nation are desperate not to lose another one, especially to Le CH

  43. TheHumanComa says:

    Who’s Diane Lane?

  44. Timo says:

    You people all drunk and out? Good for you.

  45. Timo says:

    Useless game. With D like Washington Habs should have popped a couple more goals. Guess they were too busy shadowing.

    What is it with Therrien and his insistence on having Galchenyuk in a shootout? It is clear that the guy is not playing his best right now… Even Pacioretty would have been a better choice right now.

    Ah well… game sucked. Tomorrow will be tough. These guys better start skating.

    • shootdapuck says:

      After his humongous success rehabbing Desmalaise he’s applying his logic to kick start Gachenyuk!

      If at first you do succeed try try try again regardless !

      MT is a mental midget with zero creativity or flexibility !

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  46. 24 Cups says:

    Plekanec is the 9th best Hab when it comes to the shootout with a success rate of 15.4%. He’d be 10th but I’m not counting Gallagher’s 1 out 4 stat as it’s too small a stat sample.

    I’m not dumping on a guy who brings so much to the team but creativity isn’t one of Pleks’ strong points.

  47. jols101 says:

    Tinordi fought Broll in tonight’s Marlies/Bulldog game. Broll is a tough customer. I am trying to find the video but I’m having no luck. If anyone can provide a link it would be greatly appreciated.

  48. Sportfan says:

    So does this mean Parros plays tomorrow cause they didn’t win and the lines can change now?

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  49. JohnBellyful says:

    This isn’t about this evening — other than staying up way past my bedtime.

    There’s pros and cons to the 12-year TV deal the NHL signed

    What the hell, this deal with Rogers?
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    Tis the end of nits and codgers?
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    Don, we now to you say farewell
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.
    To your rants and weird apparel
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    Good-bye, PJ, so long Healey
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.
    No more player reps to fillet
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    Won’t miss Cole and all his boo-boos
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    (Did he lose his hockey who’s-who?)
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    Perhaps it’s wrong to be so chipper
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.
    If the deal means more of Kipper
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    Doug MacLean and all his bluster
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.
    What an upgrade – to lacklustre
    Fa la la la la, la la la la.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Don’t count on the Donster et al being put out to pasture. Scotty Moore is an old HNIC guy. He may well just replicate that train-wreck of a production on Rogers.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • shootdapuck says:

        If Rogers were at all inclined to bring back hockey’s Sanford &Son they would have said so already splashing out that they were safe.
        The silence is deafening and don’t discount that the NHL has some say in programming and quality! A la NFL!
        Buttman for all his faults never forgets and short man syndrome demands he get even for EVERYTHING smarmy MacLean has uttered during his tenure!
        Also recall MacLean has had editorial control at Tabloid HNIC which he surely will have none with Rogers calling the shots!
        Bye Ron and without his straightman bye to Cherry!

        Stock Healey Cole Galley are all gimme’s!

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  50. Sportfan says:

    What is your definition of players coach? And what kind of other coaches are out there now?

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  51. ClutchNGrab says:

    Here’s how Dany Dubé explains the move of Moen on the Pleks line.

    Brière plays left wing on that line which means he plays off wing since he’s a righty. When the habs have the lead, the presumption is the opposite team will put more pressure on the defence which will make them use the boards a lot more to get the puck out of their zone. In that scenario having a lefty on the left wing makes more sense for MT, since it’s easier to receive the puck. Briere is put on the fourth line where he plays right wing.

    Please don’t shoot the messenger…

  52. Habs and Leafs are tied with equal records, however the Habs are on their way up and the Leafs…..well as per normal out the gate fast, and end up out of the race.

    Lovin every minute of it…..LOVIN! Lovin every minute OF IT!

    Anyone?

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  53. Bill says:

    Sacamano, it is definitely unacceptable for anyone from Canada or the USA to call soccer “football”.

    • sweetmad says:

      Football is the game the rest of the world loves,soccer is a made up name by North Americans.What North Americans call football,is a game made up from rugby,with a few different rules.As an English woman who always hated football,it still puts my teeth on edge to hear it called soccer,and to hear a version of rugby called football.It doesn’t make sense.
      GO HABS GO

      • ianism says:

        i wrote a comment about this below. soccer comes from the original name of the sport – association football. i’ve lived in the UK 6 years, South America 2 years and Canada the rest (17ish). it’s a name for a thing. you call them trousers. i call them pants. you call them pants. i call them underwear. it’s not worth annoying people about.
        in addition, please don’t call the sport we know as football a version of rugby. it’s less accurate than calling field hockey a version of ice hockey (or vice versa). the rules of rugby were gradually changed over a very long period of time. ‘american’ football has been around for a century. it makes lots of sense. go talk about something more interesting

      • savethepuck says:

        Hockey is a game made by Canadians yet the rest of the world insists on calling it ice hockey instead. In North America ( mainly Canada ), there is hockey and field hockey, there is no such thing as ice hockey. In North America, we also don’t refer to American football as that, it is just football. We have to call the other sport something, and we have always referred to it as soccer.

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      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Here in Ireland, right next door to the birthplace of football/soccer where Ireland’s best players are in English clubs, both names for the sport are used. This is because Ireland has its own code — Gaelic football — from which the other needs to be distinguished. Yawn, sorry!

        What IS interesting is a 9-minute video about the tangled and interesting histories of rugby and soccer. I’ve been watching it with my Grade 9 religious studies class as an analogy for how moral codes evolve. Old but really good:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hob-vOBCCmo

        Could only see the third last night — did anyone else think the pace looked slow, both teams?

        Gone all day. Have a good one, all. Let’s take the Leafs down.

    • 86ontheice says:

      I don’t follow Third World sports….:)

  54. Phil C says:

    So the Briere-Pleks-Gionta line score two goals in less than half the game, so the coach then puts Moen on the line? WTF?

    With Moen on the Pleks line, Prust on the Eller line and White on the 4th line, three of the four lines have an offensive anchor. Surprise! No more goals.

    Even if you are moving Moen up for defensive reasons, how is Briere with White and Bournival safer than with Pleks and Gionta? It does not make any sense, especially since they were on the ice for the tying goal. If the coach doesn’t trust him defensively, why is he out there at all late in a game? At least if you leave Briere with the first line, maybe they pop another goal so you don’t have to worry about playing defense.

  55. Bill says:

    Sorry Naweed, I should’ve said “unless you aren’t from North America”, you’re right.

  56. JM says:

    Habs and Leafs tomorrow night. Two pretty even teams. I think we’re gonna see much of what we saw tonight if and this a big if the game is played clean. If Goonary, is allowed leafs win …

  57. Luke says:

    What happened in Chicago. I heard something about “Theisman-like”

  58. AliHaba says:

    Remember not too long ago when we were crapping on Grabovski about missing the plane in Anaheim and we cheered when he was traded and we all said the Kostitsyns were the greatest and we know how that ended up. We know that all three are $#%$%$$s

    And we got Greg Pateryn for him and Pateryn is still a respected NHL prospect.

  59. Bill says:

    In the it-could-be-worse department, the Leafs lost to (and were outshot by) the hapless Buffalo Sabres.

  60. Bill says:

    Shoot-outs suck. And you know where they come from? European hockey. Guess where they got the idea? That’s right, from soccer.

    Like we needed another reason to hate soccer.

    No, don’t pretend you don’t find it boring as hell. Unless you’re European, then I’d buy it.

    • naweed235 says:

      Bill no disrespect to you but It’s pretty ignorant to say that you’d love soccer only if you are European. You do realize that you are talking about the most popular sport in the world right? In some countries, may it be African, Asian or south american, that sport is damn close to a religion.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        And it should be called by it´s righteous name which is football.

        • ianism says:

          pshh get outta here with that nonsense. i agree that it’s weird to have it called soccer in one place and football everywhere else, but technically it’s called association football. FIFA stands for Fédération International de Football Association.
          the ‘soc’ in association is where soccer comes from, which started in order to distinguish it from rugby football, which was more popular here at the time and eventually evolved into what is now american/canadian football.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Well, that’s a pretty dickish thing to say.

      I hate the shoot-out, but I love football/soccer. Especially during the World Cup and Euro Championship.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • IdleNoMore says:

      another golden comment from the poster we all know and love BILL! Hanging out with Cherry again errrrrrrrr?

      “He was chewing Juicy Fruit gum, I didn’t know whether to shake his hand or kiss him”

  61. DipsyDoodler says:

    Habs and Leafs have identical records.

  62. Bill says:

    Those frigging ex-Habs eh? Constantly burn us. Hate Grabovski’s guts too.

  63. JM says:

    This is what I think of the shoot-out. How often do see 8-Break-aways in one Game. Will that’s what you watched in this so called shoot-out Game. 8-Players going in on a Goalie the only one back to defend … JOKE.

    • sprague cleghorn says:

      Like settling a baseball game tied after nine with a home run derby. Masters Gold Tournament tied after the final round? No problem, let’s hit the mini-putt and settle this thing.

      … ‘ow could we forget that?

  64. DipsyDoodler says:

    Sabres are so bad they have Matt D’Agostini on the power play.

  65. Sportfan says:

    Its simple find more Gallaghers or people like him hha

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  66. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if Boone is complainin’ about a 5 PM happy hour start, try the Siesta Time start @ 2:00 PM out here on the West Coast

    …means I will be snoozing during Our Family’s evening dinner at the Keg

    …nothing more humiliating than falling asleep in One’s mashed butter-herbed potatoes :(

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  67. Sportfan says:

    So i missed the whole game and I know we lost but how was it?

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  68. Habitant in Surrey says:

  69. Stevie.Ray says:

    Galchenyuk’s shoot out goal was almost as fugly as Plekanec’s????

    Gally put on some mad skill, pulling off 5 dekes in a split second. Not many have hands like that. He tried the slow down move to try and catch Holtby deep in his net, but Holtby stayed square. If I were Galchenyuk, maybe I would have made the dekes a little wider and more varied to try and fake Holtby out to one side, but it was a good move anyways. Made the quick dekes, and tried the quick release but it caught Holtby’s pad.

    • Phil C says:

      The problem with Galchenyuk is that it is always the same move. He needs to have a few more options in his repertoire. At least two in different directions to keep the goalie guessing.

  70. AliHaba says:

    Well…if we didn’t already know it before….we have the league’s best backup. Reminds me of Bunny Larocque.

  71. doogie says:

    2 Away games- @ Buffalo and @ Washington = 3 pts. I’ll take it!

  72. Strummer says:

    Hello? Anyone there?

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  73. Strummer says:

    Laffs will pay tomorrow

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