Another L in Big D

Canadiens hold the top team in the Western Conference to 17 shots.

But five of them found the back of the net.

Pat Hickey’s game story

“Little mistakes” killed Canadiens – Gionta

About last night …

Pierre Ladouceur’s analysis

Timing key to Stars’ success

• SI rates Price league’s third best

Fans Eggo on the Leafs

And for a good laugh … because we need one … Down Goes Brown’s Letters to Santa, including:

Dear Santa,

You may have seen my recent comments to the media, in
which I complained about my ice time and hinted that I’d like to be
traded to a team where I could play on the first line. To help make that
happen, my Christmas wish is for a list of NHL teams that haven’t
employed a pro scouting staff since 2006.

Signed,
Alexei Kovalev

20 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    coach Snorey McPaint’n’Dry

    I am still in tears laughing after reading that one!!! 

  2. Ron in Ottawa says:

    Seems to me we have seen this show before. The Habs start off greeat and then the wheels fall off over Christmas and into January.

    i think there are several systemic issues that make these recent losses more serious:

    • JM: he is simply the wrong coach for this team. i’m not sure what Gainey was thinking when he went out and bought three speedy free agents then brought in a defense minded coach. JM had these same problems in Ottawa. he could not coach flashy young players, ie. Spezza, and he is showing the same problem with PK and last year MaxPac.
    • there is a history on this team of frantically switching lines as soon as the team hits a slump. on other teams the lines are set but JM and Carbo both desperatly swith lines constantly. Players like AK do not cope well with change.
    • the loss of Markov shows a huge hole on this team. PG needs to adress this going forward. Perhaps this injury is the end of Markov’s connection to the Habs or maybe not. But PG needs to think ahead and look at the defense on this team: Hamerlik and Spacik are both near the end of the careers. Gorges is a keeper but he is unsigned at the end of this year. Gill is useful as a shut down defenseman but is limited outside his own end. The Habs need to either belive they have what it takes in the minors or a big trade is needed.

     

  3. Kooch7800 says:

    Put webber back in on D. Spacek looks like he needs a break

  4. vic says:

    I think JM should be benched.This was the result of his genuis

  5. Mr.Hazard says:

    I thought PK’s letter to Santa was funnier :P

  6. rocketsglare says:

    JM should stick with his lineups for the rest of this roadie and see what happens. There’s simply no consistency

    and more importantly, continuity in line play and this has to effect the ability to produce. The same is true for

    the D pairings. Most teams by now have their lines already set, so I don’t understand JM’s propensity to keep

    on changing them almost from game to game. Just decide on the best lineup and stick with them.

    Go Habs Go!

  7. Ace says:

    People like this are very sad, sit in the weeds and wait 30 games for a minor TEAM blip to blame it all on Price.  Bet you weren’t complaining about his play the first 25 games…to me if you’re lying in wait to spew hate on certain payers…are you really a fan of the team?  Go chear for Jaro in St. Louis with his middle of the pack stats and his teams 13 place ranking…more Habs “fans” need to realize it’s a team game.  No 1 player is ever responsible for a loss or a win.

  8. volcano62 says:

    We are starting to see the Carey Price of the last 2 seasons. Let’s play Auld abit more before things start getting uglier.

  9. nunacanadien says:

    More like a better Carey Price, difference is we have the chance to win with our current group, we saw that at the start of the seaon.  Its up to Price to keep winning also.  But really the team let Carey down and the stats showed it.

  10. Ace says:

    Yawn, we’re in 3rd place on our first minor losing skid of the year…panicking is so boring in December.

  11. Kooch7800 says:

    Well, Christmas break might be exactly what the doctor ordered.  I stopped watching the game after the second goal in the first. 

    Focus is something that is definetly not there. The habs look tired. 

    We definetly need help on D and offense.  Markov’s absence is really starting to show.

  12. Julie H says:

    I love the Kovalev “letter.” I’m really sad about some of the way we played last night. There’s not much more to say than that.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  13. Matthew says:

    The Habs struggles of late are not as bad as they seem… At least they’re not facing the lethal waffles of Toronto…. Hahaha! Thank God the police have a suspect.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/leafs-not-amused-by-eggo-bombers-antics/article1846588

    What a stupid place

     

     

  14. avatar_58 says:

    So who’s benched next? I can’t imagine choosing one or two and claiming they played badly, because I saw the WHOLE team doing crappy. From the 4th to the 1st line, 3rd D pairing to the 1st.

    Even GORGES of all people, was terrible. I honestly don’t even know where to begin :(

  15. ShangaDoo says:

    Hey Boone,

    I think the link for Hickey and Gionta article are the same.

     

    “They say you can’t buy experience,and it’s really true.” -Carey Price

  16. sholi2000.com says:

    Comments from the G & M

    If they really want to punish the waffle thrower they should upgrade his seats to front row.

    hehe the most dangerous thing on the ice is frozen waffles…..

    one of the best

    If you think the Eggo bomber is bad, listen up.
    CSIS has verified intelligence of the Muffin Man operating a cell with heightened activity in the GTA.
    Oh, do you know the Muffin Man?

    It’s the Leafs that will always make me be grateful I’m a Canadiens fan.

    They Call Me Shane

  17. TommyB says:

    Thanks for that laugh this morning.  But this waffle thing, and the guy being charged, or banned from all MLSE venues, whatever, seems pretty odd and severe to me.  Fans throw octopi on the ice.  Never heard of a fan being ejected or anything for that.  Fans litter the ice with hats for a hat trick.  Same thing, no punishment.  In some rinks fans litter the ice with teddy bears, to be collected for needy kids at Christmas.  In fact, fans have thrown just about anything you can think of out onto the ice throughout the decades.  So why now?  Why this guy?  Could it be because it hurts Burkie’s feelings?  Like, you know, the truth really hurts doesn’t it!  It just goes to show you how much clout these MLSE people have.  They control the product on the ice.  They control the concession stands.  They control what you can or cannot watch on TV.  You MUST watch the Leafs.  Soon they will be ejecting fans for having the gall to boo those Leafs, or for chanting “Fire Wilson”, or fire the next Bozo to stand behind that bench.  Heck, before you know it, MLSE will have the rights to your thoughts!  The thought police will then come to your door and force you to watch the Leafs with Mike Nykoluk behind the bench.  You will conform, gauranteed, if you have to sit through that.  Just another laughable day, in the land of the Laffs.

  18. joshua94k says:

    Mr. Martin, here is some free advice. I’ve seen a lot of Cup winners and the formula for succes has not changed much. Put these lines together and let them develop some chemistry. If they are kept for the duration of the road trip, the Canadiens will be on top.

    Subban – Gorges (energetic and steady, sort of like Robinson and Savard, Gorges will lay back and let Subban be creative and set-up plays.

    Spacek – Hamirlik (the steady shut down team, sort of like Ludwig and Green)

    Gill – Picard/Webber (the experienced Gill with one of these young proteges will be a good balance, I’d try Webber, he is due after sittting out for a few games and his offence can balance with Gill’s steadiness)

    Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the key line during last year’s play-off run, the only line where Kostitsyn scored with frequency until it was broken up, he hasn’t been the same again)

    Gionta – Gomez – Pacioretty (Pacioretty has been the missing piece in the puzzle that has taken a while to solve, he is playing well and both he and Gionta can take a lot of shots, ample opportunities for Gomez to set up plays)

    Eller – Haplern – Darche (the ‘goto’ line that never stops working, they can win key face-offs, score and shut down the opposing team’s top line, sort of Gainey, Jarvis, Skrudland, McPhee, Wilson etc)

    Pouliot – Lappierre – Pyatt (the intensity and energy line that can draw penalties and can score as well, sort of Tremblay, Riseborough, Lambert, Nilan, Walter type of players)

    With Price in nets, this team can go very far, what it needs is a consistent line-up where players get to play with each other for a while and develop some consistency together.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  19. dh says:

    Sounds right to me.  I would just add that whoever is telling PK to dump the puck as soon as he gets it, to please stop. 

  20. Duracell3 says:

    In no way was he even remotely blaming price, that’s just idiotic. He’s say why subject your franchise goaltender to this if he’s just to be left out to dry.


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