Audio: Ailing Spacek to miss Game 5

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Pressure-off approach for Habs in do-or-die: Hickey

Still troubled by a stubborn virus, defenceman Jaroslav Spacek did
not take this afternoon’s charter flight to Washington for Friday’s Game
5 in the Canadiens-Capitals Eastern quarterfinal.

Head coach
Jacques Martin said it’s GM Pierre Gauthier’s decision as to whether the
team dips into the Hamilton Bulldogs with its final callup of the
season to import, say, P.K. Subban to give the six-man blueline some
depth, but late this afternoon the Canadiens said that no roster moves
were imminent.

On Wednesday, Subban scored two goals for the Bulldogs, including the winner in double overtime, to lift his team to a 3-1 first-round AHL playoff series lead over the Manitoba Moose.

Stubbs’s Canadiens notebook is below:

DAVE STUBBS
The Gazette

The six defencemen used by the Canadiens Wednesday in Montreal should see action again Friday in Game 5 with an ailing Jaroslav Spacek not having made Thursday’s trip to Washington.

Spacek, suffering from a virus, missed Game 4 and after meeting a team doctor Thursday afternoon was held back from the trip.

Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin was asked at his daily briefing at noon in Brossard whether he might call up a blueline reinforcement from the Hamilton Bulldogs, say, the highly touted P.K. Subban.

“That’s a decision of management,” Martin said, volleying the ball into the court of general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The team said late Thursday afternoon from Washington that there were no roster moves on the horizon.

The Canadiens have one farm recall left until the playoff elimination of the Bulldogs, who are nowhere near that. Hamilton leads the Manitoba Moose 3-1 in their first-round AHL playoff series.

Subban scored twice Wednesday night in Winnipeg, including the winner in double overtime.

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Sixteen times in their history have the Canadiens faced a 3-1 playoff deficit in a best-of-seven series. Only once have they rallied to win, that coming vs. Boston in the 2004 Eastern quarterfinals.

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The NHL confirmed Thursday that there will no further discipline for goaltender Carey Price, who tapped Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom from the bench with his stick after the latter had scored the Capitals’ sixth and final goal with 11 seconds remaining in Game 4.

Price was assessed his second unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty of the period for that gesture, Backstrom having scored into an empty Montreal net. The frustrated goalie had been penalized after the Capitals’ fourth goal for firing a puck into a crowd of players celebrating in the corner, striking one in the seat of the pants.

“You need to have emotion, it’s really important to play with it in a game at a high level,” Martin said Thursday. “At the same time, you have to have controlled emotion. I know that (Price) cares. He’s made some progress through the year. It might not have shown statistically, but I think he’s grown as an individual and a goaltender.”

Said forward Michael Cammalleri: “I’ve said it all year, I love Carey’s passion. There’s nothing better than when he shows it.”

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Cammalleri made a point of sending a message to those fans in the Bell Centre who have booed the U.S. national anthem, just in case there is a Game 6 on Monday.

“I would say that we really appreciate our fans and the respect they show us,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s right that we boo anthems. We should be a little bit more respectful.”

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Brian Gionta laughed Thursday about his Game 4 rumble with Washington’s Tom Poti, who already has dropped his gloves this series with Canadiens centre Scott Gomez.

“Once you do it, you’ve got to commit to it,” Gionta said of the wrestling match that went unpenalized. “It was the fourth game. Things start boiling over after playing the same guys for a long time. That’s the fun of the playoffs. You build that kind of hatred for the other team.”

Gionta acquitted himself well, finally bulldogging Poti like a rodeo cowboy. Even more impressive: he gave away eight inches and 24 pounds.

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The Canadiens held a team meeting Thursday, choosing not to practice before chartering to Washington.

“We went over some stuff, some of the obvious and some good things we did,” Mike Cammalleri said. “There were a lot of positives that came out of (Game 4), for sure.”

The Canadiens were mostly excellent through the first 39:53, yielding a shorthanded equalizer with 6.3 seconds left in the second period. They were swarmed by the Capitals in the third, outshot 20-6 and outscored 4-1.

About frustration being felt by the Canadiens, who now are on the brink, he said, “You don’t avoid it, you accept it. You appreciate what it is. You don’t fight it, you acknowledge it and do your best to move forward in a productive manner.

“You think, ‘OK, we’re frustrated. Good. We’ve got a little bit of fire in our belly. Let’s go play a game where we don’t have to be frustated.’ ”

394 Comments

  1. ooder says:

    Malkin started it Crosby finished it

    these two are so dominant

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    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think Sidney F. Crosby will be sufficient to describe what Ottawa fans will think of him from now on.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  3. zozotheclown says:

    Bringing up Subban is a bit silly at this point, he’s rocking the AHL playoffs so let him get his experience there, no point bringing him up for one game. The guy isn’t a god either, he’s not going to be able to single handedley turn us into a team that beats the Caps 3 times in a row. I’m very much looking forward to having an exiting player like him to watch next year though, I just hope we don’t turn him to some defensive defencemen.

  4. wmarcello says:

    Don’t you mean he’s putting in a Martin Brodeur performance?

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    I agree, his scoring twice last night including the double OT winner to win the game against Manitoba and give the Dogs a stranglehold in their series? He’s got 6 points in 4 games so far, his playing with Hamilton right now is a fantastic opportunity for him to be ‘the guy’ but without it all riding on him since Boucher has a well-organized team that provides balanced offence and defence.

    We call him up now, we’re basically saying we’re out of options and we have to bet that this kid can save our skins, it’s not good for anyone except guys who can print Subban t-shirts on short notice.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  6. wmarcello says:

    Wow, I hope you’re in a playoff pool. Impressive! I’m glad I didn’t enter one… my picks are getting thrashed around.

    So… Philly built for the playoffs? I understand that on most levels, but did you peg Boucher to play this well?

  7. Bill J says:

    Yes IT DOES IAN!!!

    Without trying to be rude here Ian.  Have you been watching Hockey lately ?

    the League is littered with 18, 19, 20 & 21 year olds who are carrying teams on their shoulders.

    ONE Game would NOT hurt Subban’s progression in ANY way other then Martin speaking to him.

    We need a offensive D-man…. HE’s freely available to the Habs to use.

    WHY NOT ???

  8. showey47 says:

    so does captain lou get axed by the devils after 6 or 7 years of getting no further then the 2nd round? Trading away picks and prospects for ufa’s to only lose in the first round and losing about 8 ufa’s for nothing this upcoming summer? Imagine that,this doesn’t only happen in montreal. if the sabres get eliminated tomorrow,they are pretty much in the same situation,except they miss the playoffs 5 times in the last 8 years. But other then that i’m sure lindy ruff is a great coach.

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    RICH, he is no Bobby Orr, YET! But I assure you he will get there.!

  10. Mr.Hazard says:

    Well maybe, if we are eliminated in 5 games by a much higher seed, we can take comfort in the fact that NJ was also eliminated in 5 games, but by a much lower seed! Brodeur’s SV% is only .886 in these playoffs, and looks like it will lower even more by the end of the night (12 saves on 15 shots).

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  11. Bill J says:

    Ian I did not ask how well you knew him.  Congrats.  I was not talking about how well you know him, it does not make you a better expert as to what is “denied” from PK.

    Which Ian WAS what my reply was about no ?

    I personally am not concerned about PK playing ONE game for the Habs – to bring em back to Montreal.  He can then return to Hamilton, pumped and continue on his Calder cup way.

    I am more concerned & this is where you would have a better & a more legitimate concern … Allowing Martin to even talk to PK another time.

    Boucher IS the key to Hamilton’s success NOT PK alone.

    They can live without PK for one game, the question is – do we want Martin to have anymore negative influence on PK ?

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Bill, he is a 20 year old kid leading a pro team to a possible championship. What in the world do you think he is going to do here for one game.? Win it for us? Hockey does not work like that my friend.!!!

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think Varlamov is displaying a bit of what he showed last playoff stretch, if he can maintain that, he’ll outmatch Boucher and if it comes down to who’s more likely to execute on scoring chances, especially with Carter and Gagne out, Flyers are in serious trouble.

    JM’s strategy was generally to have Spacek shadow Ovechkin, but that was his only strategy was the issue, no Spaceman, Great 8 gets to run around. Flyers may want to try and shut Ovie down, but they’ve not done that well on that count in the regular season this year and whether or not their personnel are up to it remains to be seen. He’s still one of the 2 best players in the NHL on anyone’s list so it’s hard to say whether or not he can be shut down by their men. He’s only been getting better in his last 3 games so a warmed-up Ovechkin against a weak goalie is a pretty risky venture for them.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  14. Exit716 says:

    Just because PK Subban is good with the media, doesn’t mean he’s the next Bobby Orr.

    Let’s have a little realism here.

     

  15. Ian Cobb says:

    I know him very well my friend, we have spent time together over the past 5 years. Believe me when I tell you that the best thing for him is to finish leading his team in Hamilton. Lots of time for us to enjoy his game starting next camp.

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Calling up Suban would be a huge mistake because  he doesn’t need to be exposed to this mess we are in. We are not going to win tomorrow night nor are we beating the Caps. Major changes need to take place a.s.a.p with the first move ditching the coaching staff, scouts & GM on Saturday.

  17. Bill J says:

    They already have the best Head Coach in the organization.  They can’t live without PK for one game ?

  18. TripleX says:

    You are missing the point dude.  As far as Boivan and Geoff Molson are concerned the season has been a great success.  TWO HOME playoff games = 4 million plus dollars in profit.  That is their Stanley Cup.

  19. TripleX says:

    I think the Caps goaltending is suspect as well.  The Habs just make every goalie resemble George Vezina.  I will be interested to see what happens when the Flyers crash and crowd the net.

    Since his debut in NA in the WJHC  it is common knowledge that the key to stopping Ovy is PHYSICAL INTIMIDATION.  Look for the Flyers to do what JM is either to dumbass or reluctant to do.  That is shadow Ovy and hit him whenever he has the puck.  Why JM has yet to come up with a discernible strategy to neutralize Ovy is beyond me.

  20. Bill J says:

    Ian – there are always two sides to the coin.

    Would you deny PK the chance to be the game changer for the team tattooed on his heart ?

    He LOVES the Habs as most if not all of us know.  He has likely dreamt of scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Habs.

    You would deny him that my friend ?  

     

    ;)

  21. Ian Cobb says:

    They also owe the fans in Hamilton that supported the team all year. Let the kid get in his time to develop. To many careers have been destroyed by not bringing players along properly.

  22. wmarcello says:

    I agree. I don’t want to ruin his development either, but really… just 1 game while Spacek is out sick? How much could it possibly hurt? If it would help the team, why not?

  23. Ian Cobb says:

    He is the one that will lose, the experience of going deep into the play offs with his team mates in the A. You would deny him that my friend?

  24. mb says:

    All I mean is that you can’t just say that the anglophones in the upper section are “visitors” and they don’t boo.  Just like you can not say that “immigrants” don’t boo while french people do.  I know that there are more francophones in the upper section, because there are generally more francophones in the stands… period.

    But please don’t claim that booers are french just because the majority of the people in the upper stands are not anglophones.  That is what I disagree with at the first place.  

    I know you didn’t mean to disrespect francophone or quebecois, all I’m telling you is that everything is proportional and that because the boos come from the upper stands doesn’t mean that only fancophones act like a$$-holes during the anthems.

     

  25. Will Longlade says:

    I completely agree. Sometimes I think the Habs are too conservative for their own good. They should ice the best team possible & they owe that to their fan base.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Devils have also thrown away a ton of PP opportunities in their series that I doubt the Capitals would waste, best PP in the NHL with their arsenal and the Flyers lack of discipline always kills them sooner or later. Washington also upgraded their grit as it were when they added ex-Flyer Knuble, then got guys like Walker and Belanger, who is some kind of faceoff wizard. John Carlson has given them a serious defensive upgrade as well it seems.

    Flyers are riding B grade, maybe even C goaltending into the Playoffs again, Capitals will blow him out of nets if given the opportunity.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    There are ignorance both sides of the border. Some have no clue for example, that we are both fighting a war together.

    These are some of the scum that our boys are dieing for!!

  28. likehoy says:

    just cause we have nothing to lose tomorrow doesn’t mean we have nothing to lose in the future.

    I think it would serve subban well not to break him out of his focus on helping the Bulldogs win the Calder Cup.

    if we delude him with our loss for nothing as some sort of saviour to our team at this point of our season then he may become too big headed to compete down in the AHL where learning to win is more important than learning to lose in the NHL.

    that’s the problem with us fans, we believe every prospect is going to come up here and light up the world. we have to bring along prospects slowly and let tem integrate into the team as part of the team, and not as a saviour of any sort.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  29. TripleX says:

    Really?  I think the Flyers will shutdown that Caps offense with size, grit and mean intentions.  Something the Habs lack in all aspects.

  30. HabFanSince72 says:

    Players have missed an entire season because of mononucleosis.

    There are many other viruses that can be  serious.

    Even if not serious some can cause significant shortness of breath and fatigue.

  31. TripleX says:

    I picked Philly to win that series as they are built for the playoffs and the Devils rely so much on Marty and he has been shaky.

    I also picked Bruins over Sabres because they are a one trick pony as well with Miller and all the pressure was on them.

    My other upset was the Sharks but that is not really an upset is it?

  32. Bill J says:

    To be fair… While I agree Boucher is playing incredibly…

    The comparison makes more sense to Ken Dryden….  IE Dryden didn’t face many shots, but they where good if not spectacular saves nonetheless.

  33. Off-side says:

    Ed, what you’re saying doesn’t make any sense.  And now, inferring that I am a Francophone because I disagree with you is bias on your part again!  I disagree with you because your conclusions are without any proof.  I think ticket holder placement in the stadium has more to do with the economics than the ethnicity.  Most tickets below are expensive, hard to come by because corporations have bought them or season ticket holders (both Franco/Anglo and other).  Cheaper tickets up top are held by students, families, etc…

    I think that it is a mistake on your part to draw conclusions without any scientic base.  Just plain wrong.

    The issue here, is that there are idiots all over the world.  Don’t think our national anthem is not booed in the States.  In fact, you don’t even need to go to an American stadium to find that out.  Turn on your TV, watch South Park, The Simpsons, or listen to stupid pundits like Ann Coulter and you’ll hear insults left and right directed at Canadians – and they make no distinction between Anglo or Franco, my friend.  We are one big group together for them.

  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    People will always complain.

    They complained about Scotty Bowman.

     

  35. Storm Man says:

    LOL next your going to say what has Scotty Bowmen done in the past 5 years…. Lou wants to have a contender every year and sometimes you need to roll the dice you win some you lose some, But lets get this straight there is not one team that would not want to have Lou as GM….

  36. wmarcello says:

    I haven’t either, but I’m sure it’s happened. People can actually die from the flu in the worst cases, and in normal cases the person is miserable and bedridden for days. I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that the flu could make an athlete not perform up to elite NHL standards.

  37. Jbird says:

    The loudest booing incident at the Bell Centre  that I remember was at the height of the Bush Administration (2003 I think it was) – that had something to do with politics – I think less idiotic and less brash people simply do not stand for the anthem.  

  38. ed lopaz says:

    I said “almost” all French. Your statement does not ruin my scientific data because you sat next to 2 anglos.

    How many people were in your section? 100+

    How many would you say were francophone – based on the language spoken around you ?

    Come on!

    I live in Montreal – I have brought up my kids here – I have the most respect for everything quebecois.

    I meant no disrespect to you or any francophone.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    If we had Giroux, everyone would complain he’s another smurf anyway.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  40. nickster13 says:

    We really should bring up PK, like honestly what have we got to lose, at the very least its a failed experiment and then he resumes his play in hamilton, or at the most he would be all fired up and maybe be that spark we need especially on the PP. We really should and anyone who thinks otherwise is just thinking he will be ruined somehow or he needs his hamilton time. There is absolutely nothing to lose at this stage

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Losing their Norris defencemen killed them for post-season strength, no team in the last decade aside from Carolina in 2006 won a Cup without a Top 10 NHL defencemen on their roster.

    2 Simple Rules for Playoff success on Defence/Goaltending:

    - Your goalie plays less than 70 Games

    - Top 10 NHL Defencemen on your roster

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Are you watching the game? He’s making incredible saves.

    Now 3-0 Philly.

    Giroux has 2 goals and an assist.

    Giroux was picked after David Fischer in 2006.

     

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Washington eliminates us, they’ll need to change the red bulbs behind the Flyers net when they face off.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  44. showey47 says:

    He probably threw them in for the kovalchuk deal which got them one win in the playoffs. The same thing we have done so far against a much better opponent. Boy,how would HIO be right now if we gave away that many assets for 1 win with no chance of resigning him? He scored 2 goals,1 on the PP and one into an empty net.

  45. andrewberkshire says:

    Agree with you there Bryan! As much as people laud Lou in NJ for being such a great GM, the Devils have been settling into mediocrity quite nicely since the lockout. And when Brodeur retires they’ll be even worse.

  46. mb says:

    Oh no!  Then I must be one crazy person ’cause I’ve been at game 3 on monday night, I sat in the upper section and guess what… The two people standing RIGHT beside of me were anglophones!  That being said, I sure hope I did not ruin all your scientific statistics about the franco/aglo ratio in the stands.

    (Btw, I’m french, and I didn’t boo, as opposed to the same two people mentioned before, who thought that shouting “go habs go’s” during the U.S. anthem was cool.)

     

    Seriously, the language that people speak doesn’t determine wether they boo an anthem or not.  People who boo are idiots, that’s it.

    Please don’t see my post as a sign of disrespect, I just really don’t think you should make statements like that without any proof.

  47. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s stopped 13 shots through nearly 2 periods. I wouldn’t be rolling out the Patrick Roy comparisons.

  48. Bryan says:

    I’d much rather be in our position (underdog losing 3-1) than Jersey’s (#2 seed getting dominated 3-1)

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    In the playoffs, a skate blade embedded in your skull can be termed an upper-body injury.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  50. newbrunswick troy says:

     Ya ..i guess i can see your point on J.M…

    But as we have seen with so many teams …coaching is only  what maybe 30%..propper personel for teams philosiphy maybe 60%  and praying to God that the players are healthy and willing to work asses off . well thats for sure the other 10%

  51. HabFanSince72 says:

    Brian Boucher is putting in a Patrick Roy performance tonight.

    How the hell did that happen?

  52. ed lopaz says:

    in 40 years of following hockey this is the first time I have heard of a veteran missing a playoff game for a virus.

    I would say that this is quite a serious ailment that is being covered up.

    Spacek has something wrong with him – I think it might be something more serious than they are letting on.

     

  53. gp52 says:

    yeah but there are alot of idiots in quebec

  54. wmarcello says:

    Well you can take the article however you want of course. I’m sure some of it is crap, and some of it is probably true. The fact that it’s a topic that people find worthy of research and study perhaps says something though.

  55. ed lopaz says:

    I did not mean to insult you in any way.

    look – have you ever been to the bell center?

    i’ve been to many games and i’ve sat up top most of the time

    I know the crowd up there.

    montreal is not like toronto.

    upstairs is almost all french.

     

  56. wmarcello says:

    I just don’t see how we win tomorrow without Spacek. Our D is stretched too thin.

    Gill and Gorges could possibly have another stellar game and shut down Ovi’s line, but it’s a tall task on any night.

    You can’t pair Hammer and MAB because as we saw last night, even against the 4th line that results in ugly goals against. That means it’s back to Markov and MAB against 2nd line players. The Caps have learned to pressure MAB’s side almost exclusively in this situation (just as they did with Hammer’s side when with Spacek) to break the D down and create chances.

    That leaves Hammer and OB as the 3rd pairing. Without the last change, JM is going to have his hands full keeping Hammer away from any scoring lines.

  57. Off-side says:

    Ed, my God! How can you say that?  Did you conduct a poll?  Or maybe you guessed who was Anglophone/Francophone just by looking at them?  By immigrant, I mean someone who has immigrated to Canada.  What do you think I mean?  If you immigrate from India, you are Canadian, but not Francophone or Anglophone.  Follow me?

  58. kempie says:

    it’s not a quebec thing, it’s an idiot thing

  59. Off-side says:

    I just read the article and think it’s crap.  To infer that the Quebecois are anti-American or anti-military based on the fact that we protest more than the rest of Canada (based on the # of protestors)?  How about that there are more anti-war protestors in California than Texas, does this make Californians anti-Americans.  Strange conclusions.

  60. ed lopaz says:

    I don’t think so. How do you know that? I would say that more than 90 per cent of the crowd “upstairs” are Francophone.

    The Anglophones who sit in the upper section are usaully young guys from out of town – many rimes supporters of the visiting team

    Immigrants??? not sure what you mean by that, at all. I have never seen “immigrants” sitting in the upper section who would be booing.

    Chretien used to say that:

    All CANADIANS ARE IMMIGRANTS, SOME HAVE MORE SENIORITY THAN OTHERS, THAT’S THE ONLY DIFFERENCE.

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    A. I can’t behind JM because while the team has come together later in the year, I think that has more to do with familiarity than JM’s work. The kids aren’t getting fair treatment under him and his coaching philosophy just doesn’t seem to work with the new NHL.

    B. I like what most of the team gives in certainly, I can’t expect much more from these guys in most cases.

    C. Darche is 33 and a career AHL man, he’ll never be ready for the show. He’ll be playing in the AHL next season again, maybe for the Bulldogs, maybe not. Pouliot came in sharp, but I don’t think JM has been a good long-term coaching influence on him.

    D. I don’t know if Halak can’t be a good starting man, because honestly this is his longest career year ever I believe in terms of GP so this is a whole new level of competition and strain, he’s never had to play this often in his career.

    I believe in Price as well, but I also know we can’t really say choosing one goaltender over another this summer would do us any good for now, push the goaltender experiment one more year as it stands now.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  62. wmarcello says:

    You’re probably right. I imagine most of the booing came from drunks of all races and cultures, but there is definitely an extra element of disdain for the Americans in Quebec. Alcohol will just bring it out. It should also be noted that I don’t think the American anthem gets booed in other Canadian arenas, at least from what I’ve seen. To be fair though, I’ve never heard a home crowd boo their own goalie after a 3rd star performance either…

  63. newbrunswick troy says:

    I totally agree…we would be really make a go of it if only we had finished …well anywhere other than having to play the JUGGERNAUGHTS CALLED PENS AND CAPS

  64. ed lopaz says:

    Same guys that booed price when he was second star  – EXACTLY.

  65. newbrunswick troy says:

    I must take a momment to make a few points that i,ve noticed this playoffs::  

                A-   alot of people are shitting on J.M (would we be even this competitive against this power house)if not for some of the styles he inacted…at the end of the day it was not him who brought in all the smurfs!!!

                B-now that said alot of these smurfs have impressed me (M.A.B especially great impact player for just a mere 750.00k   think Hammer @5.5mil——also Gomez,Gionta,Cammy,PLecs,even Lapariere and Gill wow,ed me often….much of the team gave their heart… thats all you can ask for

                C_the only exceptions in my own opinion are as follows  —Darch (not quite ready for the show) young Kostystn(still way to scared to get hit), although that makes him no different from rest of team. also Andre Kos.(here today,un-noticeable tomorrow) Pouliot ..what to say ?(all the tallent in the world,but something for sure missing in his game!!!)

                D-  I think i,m right when i say Halak is a great goalie …back up goalie(he can,t play afull schedual plus playoffs..he just looked exhausted last 10-12 games

                     That said Price is for sure a gamer with all the inner tallent..(somehow montreal has to nurture him along to become mature..resiliant to the Boo,s and most of all confident)  cause truss me he will someday take a team and carry them on his back deep into the playoffs(i only hope the same idiots that boo the american anthem..don,t boo him out of town!!!)

    ********Once again this team has honestly made me proud for the most part,,,definitly something to*****

    ********build on…providing cap ceiling goes up enough to compensate for some of Gaineys bad buys***

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Drunken a-holes in the cheap seats who thinks that it gets their team going or helps put the other team down. It embarrasses me as a Habs fan, a Montrealer and a Canadian.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  67. TripleX says:

    There is no understanding boorish behavior enhanced by booze.  How does one explain rioting after championship wins or the burning of crosses?  From the just juvenile to the truly heinous, idiocy knows no bounds.

    The capacity of man to engage in foolish and destructive behaviors is well documented throughout history. 

  68. Off-side says:

    It’s also important to emphasize that the national anthem booers were of all races…Anglophone, Francophones and immigrants. 

  69. Storm Man says:

    It made me sick to be at the game and hear that crap going on, and it is not the first time that has happened.

  70. wmarcello says:

    Obviously there is going to be a bit of anti-American sentiment anywhere in Canada, but it’s definitely most obvious in Quebec. The link that follows suggest it stems from the anti-militaristic attitude of most Quebecois.

    http://www.mcgill.ca/reporter/37/14/anti-american/

  71. Off-side says:

    I laugh as I read this, Tampa.  I laugh because some Americans were chanting USA, USA, USA in the Wash. stadium.  They don’t seem to get it either.  Sadly, this is a reminder that there are idiots all over the world. 

  72. badangel says:

    Well Stanley Cup series are best of 7 and not 5 for a reason.

    I’m not ready to see the Habs go this year yet so I hope they win tomorrow

  73. badangel says:

    if it was a seperatist thing they would boo the canadian anthem as well.

    Sadly I think there are just a few hundred people who think booing the American anthem is equivalent to booing the team or players on the opposing team. Pure ignorance really.. it’s small minded.. nothing more than that

    imho

  74. HabsBlogger says:

    We are down 3-1 in in the series but we are playing good hockey. We are playing with heart and leadership but those caps just got some great offensive weapons that can steel games.

    Only complaint I have is with the coaching, really hammer and MB together after a goal? WTF?

  75. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Please help me understand. Why do the fans at the bell Center boo national anthems? I don’t understand it. Is it a Quebec Separatist thing or does it happen at all the Canadian NHL arenas. Also, don’t the fans realize that Gionta, for example, was born and raised in Rochester, NY and is American. How do you think he feels when he hears those boos when his American anthem is being played? 

  76. captaink4life says:

    Halak IS starting tomorrow night. 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  77. SeriousFan09 says:

    If there was always justice for people behaving like jerks in the NHL or homocidial maniacs, would Pronger still be playing?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  78. captaink4life says:

    I’m a huge fan of sudden death overtime. Also, who knows how long the game would go on for if the opposing team has the opportunity to tie the game before the end of the overtime period in question!!

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just makes you a Habs fan, I usually don’t watch most other teams until the playoffs get rolling. Chicago and Washington are teams I will generally watch when I can, but the playoffs are the playoffs, everything’s on the line and it’s just the craziest, most improbable stuff you’ll see in hockey.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  80. Harani says:

    I really like the sudden death overtime format. Because your suggestion just becomes adding an extra period of play and it may go on for a long time too. It’s quite similar to when it’s tied after the second, there’s the third period. There is a thrill is watching these sudden death OTs and so far they’ve all been quite up to the mark. Then again, that’s just my opinion.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  81. SeriousFan09 says:

    I like sudden death, the dramatic, incredible moments that define playoff hockey have a lot to do with the sudden death OT format. It works, it’s worked for decades and I don’t see why it should be changed. I think it would run the risk of OT games running even longer and while I enjoy OT, at one point the players become so tired the game, the ice is so lousy, the game would really look bad I would think.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  82. Anonymous says:

    It could work, but why fix something that’s not broken? There are many proposed changes to the game that would all work, but the question is, is it needed?

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    Blackhawks tie their series with Nashville 2-2 with a 3-0 shutout victory, my boy Toews had a goal and assist :)

    I think this will be their turning point in the series. Still feel confident about Hawks in Six. Shut the Predators out and squeezed a few by Rinne who’s been frustrating them to no end.

    - Thought for PIT-OTT, someone needs to make a video of all the set-ups Crosby made tonight for History Will be Made and go “What if Sid had a Winger who could finish?”

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  84. Anonymous says:

    Cole just said the shot came from the “key” I thought that was only a basketball term. Do people say key for hockey?

  85. Anonymous says:

    haha. how sweet would it be to have Crosby center Cammy and Gio.

  86. andrewberkshire says:

    So I think it’s safe for everyone to stop looking at Lou Lamoriello as some god-like GM. Since the lockout the Devils have advanced to the second round exactly as many times as the Habs have, and are settling into mediocrity quite nicely.

    And now that they’ve been embarrassed by a team missing 2 of their best forwards, and their top 2 goalies, I think it’s also safe to say the Kovalchuk deal was one of the biggest busts in trade deadline history. Can’t wait for the Thrashers to reap the benefits of that one for years while the Devils continue to have great regular seasons with first round flameouts.

  87. Bugs says:

    Guess we’re gonna see some heavy-duty Bergie-O’B action…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  88. Bugs says:

    Maybe he meant Dave Keeee-on?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  89. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dominic Hasek has won the Czech League Title with his team at age 45, not bad!

    Also, what goes with swallowing a whistle, ketchup or mustard? Dupuis hauled down in front of a ref and Brooks Orpik attempting to leg hump a Senator.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  90. Anonymous says:

    Competence seems to only apply for real jobs.

  91. captaink4life says:

    At this point, I think the refs just want to go home :P

    Imagine you had to work overtime and you weren’t getting paid extra for it haha

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  92. Anonymous says:

    And boom goes the dynamite.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    Honestly, they say it as a joke at times on the Penguins blog run by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but Fire Ray Shero, honestly. That dumb **** has failed for years to give Crosby a winger, any winger, he brought in a freakin’ Leaf thinking that would solve his problems and dealt one of their better prospects to Toronto for the loser.

    Cammalleri would have a hat trick tonight on Crosby’s wing.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  94. andrewberkshire says:

    He also drafted Staal over Toews and Backstrom, what a joke.

  95. nickster13 says:

    when you put it that way, ew… Imagine the habs with backstrom, forget about waiting a few years to develop, that game came into the nhl and is producing points like there is no tomorrow

  96. Bryan says:

    Penguins needed a defensive centre, not another top 6.  Neither Backstrom or Toews would be in Pittsburgh right now if they had been drafted there. 

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  97. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, Fire a guy that had the foresight to get Crosby And Malkin. BG or PG never did that, what a joke….ahhhhhh

  98. Bugs says:

    Giving Crosby a winger is like giving Steven Seagal a spoon.

    Sure, he can USE it, but what difference does it make? He’ll crush you anyway.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  99. nickster13 says:

    gotta pick the best player available, you can always trade them later for other good stuff. Imagine the Pens with Backstrom, Malkin and Crosby, i think they would be the high powered offense team, not the caps

  100. jrshabs1 says:

     Michael Cammalleri  has my support for the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

  101. Bugs says:

    Foresight???

    “Hey, Ray, nice foresight there picking Malkin with your top pick. Oooo, and the foresight you showed winning that Crosby lottery, dang; you one astute mother-lover, boyeee!”

    Something like that?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  102. SeriousFan09 says:

    The scoring wingers is the damning part on him though. You have arguably the best player in the world and there isn’t one guy on that team who has 30-goal potential, with Crosby feeding him. You’ve had years to address this issue, pursue free agents or trade for the same.

    He thinks Crosby is so impossibly good he’ll make Kunitz a 30, 40-goal scorer and Bill Guerin will age backwards because Crosby is such a great leader. Then there’s Malkin, who gets the guys even less capable of finishing anything he sets up.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  103. Anonymous says:

    You and me get it my friend. We should be running the front office somewhere.

  104. andrewberkshire says:

    Especially nice foresight since HE WASN’T THE GM when those two were drafted. All the big things done for the Penguins franchise, drafting Fleury, Crosby, Malkin, Whitney, Malone, etc. plus signing Gonchar, were done before Shero arrived.

  105. SeriousFan09 says:

    Shero never drafted Malkin or Crosby, he was hired in 2006 after Craig Patrick got the boot for being their sacrifical lamb while they stank up the joint for years getting those high picks. Foresight would be if he had seen that Team X and Team Y would be so terrible in the next years he acquired their 1st-rounders in advance so he could use them to build his team up, like Sam Pollock did to draft Guy Lafleur in 71.

    Another example of foresight was Detroit grabbing guys like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Lidstrom in later draft rounds knowing they had the potential to be stars. Foresight has nothing to do with selecting 1st overall with a guy everyone has dubbed The Next One.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  106. andrewberkshire says:

    Like Nickster said, you should take the best player available. Both Toews and Backstrom are at least as good as Staal defensively, and they’re far better than him offensively. They could have drafted either of those two players and traded them to a western conference team a year later for two top end wingers, or a top end winger and shut down centerman. Staal is worth nowhere near what they are. Backstrom is one of the top 10 forwards in the NHL, Staal is what, top 90? Maybe?

  107. SeriousFan09 says:

    What good is having the best 3rd-line centre in hockey if you don’t have one winger with scoring finish to accompany arguably the two best offensive centres in the NHL? Backstrom would’ve commanded at least 1 Top 6 Forward, a high pick and some prospects, Toews similar.

    You can’t trade Staal for anything like that.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  108. Anonymous says:

    Even better. He had the foresight to aid the former gm in those drafts. Thankyou for helping to establish my point.

  109. andrewberkshire says:

    I would love to have Backstrom, I’d actually rather have him than Ovechkin.

  110. Instant Karma says:

    didn’t he trade for hossa? just sayin..

  111. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ray Shero did not work in any capacity for the Pittsburgh Penguins until 2006, he had absolutely nothing to do with any of those decisions. He was formerly with the Nashville Predators from 1998 to when he was hired in 2006. He wasn’t promoted from within, he was hired from outside.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  112. andrewberkshire says:

    Anon, you’re completely wrong. Ray Shero was working for the Nashville Predators during those drafts. He was gifted with a powerhouse team. The only major players he’s brought into that organization are Staal (huge drafting mistake), and a bunch of sub-par wingers with no finish. Name me one thing that he’s done that makes him so great please.

  113. nickster13 says:

    A good playmaking centremen is the most important thing other than a goalie. too bad we dont have a playmaking centremen :P

  114. andrewberkshire says:

    That lasted a long time eh?

  115. Anonymous says:

    I actually know that, I was joking, it was part of the first one.

  116. andrewberkshire says:

    We have two good playmaking centermen, but nowhere near the calibre of Backstrom. Although I think our most pressing need right now is to get younger, more mobile and tougher on defense.

  117. light_n_tasty says:

    Craig Anderson really should learn how to skate.

    Oh, and Patrick Roy > Martin Brodeur.

  118. andrewberkshire says:

    Sure you were.

  119. showey47 says:

    I agree, to me our biggest problems lie in our 2nd pairing defencemen and our 3rd/4th lines.

  120. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure I was, after my first mistake my impeccable research skills demanded I do a quick wiki search lol

  121. Off-side says:

    I’m not complaining about what Price did (well, okay maybe he didn’t need to touch Backstrom with his stick) I’m just worried that if he was in the nets that the fans would boo him badly, and that the Craps would try to hurt him.  I really like Price.  I really like both our goalies.

  122. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’re going to drop our age on D next season, Hamrlik will have to be moved or bought out or something for cap space if anything and to make room for Subban, replace a 36-year old playing like he’s 72 and put in a 20-year old who skates like the wind and has the best shot from the back end we’ve had in a long time. Sayonora to MAB as well. OB gets back to skating with Markov, Subban pairs up with Spacek and Spacek gets to play his natural side on D again, Gill-Gorges give us a natural shutdown 3rd pair. Then either promote a prospect or sign a 7th man, at what a 7th man is basically worth.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  123. Caballero says:

    The question is will Ottawa’s win tonight inspire the Habs? and the
    answer is no

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    Patrick Roy > everyone.

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wonder if Mythbusters would take the time to handle that one just to shut some people up finally.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  126. andrewberkshire says:

    I think our 3rd line looks solid if we keep Moore, and I expect Lapierre to be a lot better next season. The biggest opposition to improving this summer is ditching Hamrlik.

  127. andrewberkshire says:

    What we need is for the management of the organization to try to find some deals on defense, instead of overpaying. Mara was massively overpaid considering what he brought to the team. Other teams are able to sign defenseman for 500-800 grand a year, why do we need to pay 1.5 for an 8th d-man?

  128. Tis Himself says:

    The hockey gods tossed them a bone in Game 2 and they fumbled it. You just don’t get that many chances to pull an upset. This thing is over and JM has no answers whatsoever as to why it happened.

  129. andrewberkshire says:

    You can tell them we’re not interested.

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh, oh! I have answers for Game 2! Goalie interference.

  131. SeriousFan09 says:

    I sometimes think the extra cash is kind of like hazard pay the NHLPA has negotiated for all contracts signed in Montreal beause of how everyone’s ready to burn people at the stake over a bad game.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  132. showey47 says:

    To me we could use some serious muscle on our 4th line. Not a cement head but a big strong guy who can drop the mits and take a regular shift. Hamr will not be easy to move thats for sure. I don’t want to see any buyouts,perhaps on loan in europe and take bgl with him?

  133. Tis Himself says:

    Given that, you got any good ones for Games 3 and 4? The defense, like that of the Habs, rests!

  134. TripleX says:

    Hmmmm….kinda like Montreal and the search for the abominable BIG CENTRE???   LOL

  135. captaink4life says:

    Early scoop: Halak will be starting Game #5. 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    Source.

  137. Bugs says:

    Aw, nuts, I was gonna say yes…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  138. Bugs says:

    Everyone > nobody.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  139. captaink4life says:

    Mr. Price’s sister. I’d say that’s pretty reliable.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  140. Bugs says:

    Don’t need a source.

    If Halak doesn’t play what could be our last game of the season, we’re Mickey Mouse.

    So call me the source, cuz I said the same thing second yesterday’s end-buzzer sounded.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  141. captaink4life says:

    You’re like the all-seeing eye though, Bugs. So it doesn’t really count :P

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  142. SeriousFan09 says:

    Fair enough, but the league isn’t so deprieved of scoring wingers that since 2006, there hasn’t been one he could lock down to a multi-year contract willing to play next to the best offensive centre in the NHL?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  143. andrewberkshire says:

    Games 3 and 4? No sir. However it may have been a bit different had we won game 2.

  144. Bugs says:

    I wish.

    Thought fersure we’d smash the Cappers Game 3.

    Been avoiding “Tire Iron” Luigi ever since.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  145. andrewberkshire says:

    Pffft! You wish! Prove that one!

  146. andrewberkshire says:

    I would take Koivu over Lecavalier 100 times out of 100. Especially with the contract Lecavalier has.

  147. andrewberkshire says:

    Doubt Hamrlik has any desire to play in Europe. I think a trade is our only route. As for some 4th line muscle, Colby Armstrong is a UFA, put Moen down on the 4th line and Armstrong on the 3rd with Sergei and Moore.

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    Sounds like a load of BS to me.

  149. Bugs says:

    You can’t say “especially with the contract Lecavalier has” because Saku doesn’t have one.

    Now, if they BOTH have a starting-now 10-yr contract and you gotta take one, which is it?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  150. captaink4life says:

    Think whatever you want. You asked me for my source and I gave it to you.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  151. Tis Himself says:

    I don’t disagree with you. With apologies to Keenen Ivory Wayans, it was a low down dirty shame!

  152. captaink4life says:

    We’ll need a miracle to win this series 

    :(

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  153. Bugs says:

    Definitely a problem.

    We need the Equalizer.

    Tchika-tchika-tchika-tchika…punnh. Puuuunh. Puuuunnh…puddadump, DEE-DEE-DA-DA!

    Sorry. It’s better here.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  154. captaink4life says:

    We need Ovi’s kryptonite… Mr. Sidney “the Kid(ney)” Crosby aka the Wizard of Croz aka Cindy Crybaby aka Aheckuva Hawkey Playahh!!!

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  155. Clay4bc says:

    How about common sense as a source? Your boy disgraced the uniform with his childish tantrums last game.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  156. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s not a real source, a source is something written, official, not a he-said-she-said made up statement.

  157. light_n_tasty says:

    If Halak plays, it’s because JM thinks he gives the Habs the best chance at winning.

  158. SeriousFan09 says:

    Anyone ever tell you that you’ve got a penchant for the dramatic?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  159. andrewberkshire says:

    A shame to give up, but we’re not giving back. Time for PG to focus on who will take Hammer’s salary.

  160. Off-side says:

    It’s gotta be Halak.  No one with a brain would start Price after what he did.  They’d fire pucks at his face.

  161. andrewberkshire says:

    Ah yes, firing a puck out of the net without looking is a disgrace. Calm your childish hatred Clay. The only reason you’ve been such a whiney baby lately and bashing Price so hard is because Halak faltered when you thought he would shine.

  162. andrewberkshire says:

    The stick tap on Backstrom was stupid, but the shooting the puck was nothing. Watch the video, he wasn’t even looking where he was shooting. Completely overblown. At least he wears his emotions on his sleeve and battles through games.

  163. badbalance says:

    Price showed emotion, every player on this team took a dumb penalty this year..

  164. captaink4life says:

    The sister of one of the goaltenders is not a source? You’re kidding, right? I pity you for being so close-minded.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  165. andrewberkshire says:

    I haven’t seen you make similar statements about Gomez having two childish temper tantrums in games 2 and 3, leading to a fight and 10 minute misconduct that really hurt us both games. Considering both of Price’s penalties came when the game was out of hand, they didn’t matter.

    I haven’t seen you make any comments about Plekanec having a childish temper tantrum and getting an unsportsmanlike penalty in game 3 as well.

    Enough with your vendetta against Price, you make it sound like he murdered a child at center ice.

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    YOU saying you talked to the sister of one of the goaltenders is not a source. And considering JM usually hasn’t told the goalies who’s starting until gameday, no she isn’t a source. You have no proof you even met her, so it’s your own word you’re attempting to use as a source.

    It’s an easy prediction to make, you have a 50/50 shot, and if you’re wrong, no one remembers.

  167. captaink4life says:

    I’m friends with her and she’s in Montreal so I’ve been talking to her every day. JM only announces to the media which of his goalies will be starting on gameday. It’s entirely possible, and obviously the case, that he informs the starting goalie a day in advance, so the goalie in question can get ready for the task at hand. I really don’t care if you believe me or not but when Halak is in nets tomorrow night maybe you’ll remember this conversation. It’s not like I have any way of proving to you that I know her without divulging her personal information, which I will most certainly not do.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  168. andrewberkshire says:

    Clearly Lecavalier for the sole reason that Koivu is older. But that’s a useless conversation Bugs, because that’s not the situation.

  169. Bugs says:

    As long as the non-situation is clear then.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  170. Mr.Hazard says:

    I believe you :)

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  171. Bugs says:

    That, and it could be our last game of the season and if we don’t put Halak, we’re Mickey Mouse, I agree.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  172. captaink4life says:

    Thanks Hazard!!!

    :)

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  173. Bugs says:

    And we got lambasted in 4 games by the Bolts after Kovalev beat the Bruins by himself once called out by Souray.

    Ah, good times.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  174. light_n_tasty says:

    It was all Theo’s fault.

  175. Mr.Hazard says:

    Interesting; 3 shut outs tonight. And none of them the shutout king. If you had asked me to choose which 3 goaltenders playing tonight would get a shutout, Nabby & Boucher would NOT have been on my list!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  176. Mr.Hazard says:

    Andrew, I think you meant: Source?

    :-P

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  177. Bugs says:

    Curiously, not against the Bolts. We got friggin steamrolled. Zowie, remember?

    But every other series, yes.

    Couldn’t take the pressure. Couldn’t take the pain.

    “You hated the pain, didn’t ya, Jimmy?!” BANG!

    (What movie is that?)

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  178. light_n_tasty says:

    The Last Boy Scout?

  179. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahaha it was a demand more than a question I guess.

  180. andrewberkshire says:

    I believe that Halak has about a 80-20 shot at starting, but the point was that you saying you know someone who told you something, does not equal a valid source.

  181. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Except all the players rallied together to avenge the cheap shot on Zednik. There’s nothing to rally around this time. Especially with a coach that doesn’t show emotion. The problem with Jm is that he coaches the playoffs like its the regular season, trying to make points and discipline players, well I don’t know if he noticed but he has one game to make an impression, and I don’t think he will. Even though JM is a genius, there is such thing as being too cerebral, especially in a game like hockey where there are so many ups and downs. You have to be emotional, to a certain degree. For example, look at Rex Ryan in the NFL. That’s a guy that knows how to motivate, and smart as heck to boot.

  182. captaink4life says:

    In most cases, I’d agree with you. In this case, “someone” happens to be the sister of Carey Price. How are people supposed to prove to you that something is true then? Would you like for me to take a picture of the text messages on my Blackberry and send you a link? You probably still wouldn’t believe me because you’d say that the picture was doctored. 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  183. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I’d rather they shoot pucks at his face than at the corners.

  184. G-Man says:

    How about asking the players wtf happened? Keep blaming the coach, but it’s the players.

    They are already better than last year’s Habs by virtue of their 1 playoff victory.

  185. HardHabits says:

    Wow. We have sunk low. We’re an 8th place team, and out of our league. Maybe there’s a miracle somewhere luriking here but anything less and the Habs are playing golf soon.

    What a load of crap this is. The Habs weren’t supposed to make the playoffs and they did so that’s a big accomplishment. Talk to me in 5 years and we’ll see just how far this team has made it in the 2nd season. By all accounts the best we have to hope for in that span will be one maybe two series wins and a few 9th and 10th place finishes. Apart from PK Subban we have NO prospects worrth mentioning. None! Nada! Zilch!

    The Habs have one goal and that is to make the playoffs. Used to be the goal was winning the Stanley Cup.

  186. Clay4bc says:

    You just look more and more foolish with every line you write, Andrew. If you had cared to look, I was quite vocal about Gomez and his idiocy. But this is different, This is Michael Ribeiro like behavior, and if the Caps player had done it, you and your Price-loving posse would be (rightfully) up in arms. You are a hypocrite, Andrew, and you know I am correct. It’s just your stubbornness that makes you refuse to man up and admit it. The only one who had a “childish temper tantrum” was Price.

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  187. Clay4bc says:

    Mods? Personal attacks?

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  188. wmarcello says:

    He said himself he knew they were there. He also mentioned he didn’t mean to hit somebody, but he knew what he was doing.

  189. terrygain says:

    Hammer’s salary is part of the Price a team will pay for a young goalie with a lot of potential.

  190. Bugs says:

    Nice!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  191. nickster13 says:

    We should really make a push to sign volchenkov next year, he would look good on our team since he actually hits and is a shot blocking machine

  192. Bill J says:

    First Priority.

    Clean House Part Deux.

    Because before they can take on more salary – they need to trim the fat…

  193. Anonymous says:

    Do you want to know what else would work? PLAYING O’BYRNE!

  194. nickster13 says:

    ive already gone one step further and assumed Hamrlik is gone, Mara is gone, MAB is gone, and Subban is up with the big club :P

  195. nickster13 says:

    Yeah but Obyrne doesnt play that game, hes not a good first pass, or a big hit or a shot block kinda defenceman, Obyrne is a stay at home D who keeps it simple

  196. Anonymous says:

    Is PG slick enough to unload Hamr on someone?

  197. PrimeTime says:

    Good start!

  198. Habhopeful says:

    I cant wait till we see PK up with the team…But only next year, there’s no point of taking him out of the dogs playoff run for one game, he wont make a difference

     

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  199. PrimeTime says:

    Hammer can be bought out. He was great when Markov went out early this season but obvious now the end is near…nothing personal, just business.

  200. Anonymous says:

    If you like humour, and toys (who doesn’t) check out this link.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_18494_15-unintentionally-perverted-toys-children.html

  201. nickster13 says:

    I seriously doubt it, but its the right thing to do, so i hope he gets it done

  202. SeriousFan09 says:

    We would need to simeltaneously clear Spacek and Hamrlik off the cap. He’ll want a big raise from what he’s getting in OTT (2.5 Mil) because if Komisarek can somehow collect 4.5, you can guess he’ll want a salary around 4 million per year at least.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  203. Anonymous says:

    I know he can be bought out, but at his salary it is giving up to much considering what we have left to do and the fact we already are going to buy out Laraque.

  204. TripleX says:

    How do you know that?  Has any coach in Montreal ever given him a decent chance to show exactly what he can do?

  205. nickster13 says:

    is there any bigger goon who goes more unpenalized than Brooks Orpik?

  206. nickster13 says:

    come on im just being realistic here, weve all seen him play, and he played a lot this year, and plus i didnt insult, i just said he keeps it simple, nothing out of the ordinary, not a bad thing, every team needs a few of those

  207. Bill J says:

    I’ve went one step further though & it slows down your step by a half step.

    Management (including Team President Lacroix aka Marketing expert who knows not as much as I would expect the Habs president should know.) Coaching staff (in the hopes Boucher is kept) cleaning house.

    Hate to say it – but Roy/Boucher would be a KILLER combo somehow.

    I hope the clean up starts at the top this year, obviously last years clean up didn’t work out “to well”

  208. Anonymous says:

    Not now, but if some new goon signs in pittsburgh in the summer I will let you know.

  209. showey47 says:

    agreed, he’s been mishandled big time.

  210. PrimeTime says:

    Agreed. He’s been playing cautious this year to compensate overplaying last year. He’s the only meat we have back there right now…if he can develop an accurate shot be very useful at the point as well.

  211. TripleX says:

    Feb.18/08 Montreal comes back from a 5-0 defecit against Rangers.  Watch that game dude.  O’Byrne is a first pass, rushing, hitting and forechecking machine on a mission.

    Soon after came the purse incident in Florida and the unfortunate goal on his own goalie.  Because of mismanagement he was never the same and regressed badly.  But the potential witnessed in that game is undeniable.

  212. nickster13 says:

    or maybe part of it was simply the purse incident and the own goal :P

  213. Anonymous says:

    Looks like everyone has gone to bed lol.

     

    So who wins it in pitts?

    I say Crosby Or Alfie.

  214. SeriousFan09 says:

    2nd OT with PIT-OTT.

    I’m calling either Crosby or Malkin to make this end for PIT.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  215. Anonymous says:

    So there is some life left. Thumbs up, can’t go wrong with those two.

  216. SeriousFan09 says:

    Exams are over and even then, you do not miss Playoff OT Marathons for something silly like sleep or studying, it’s the Code.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  217. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …felt sorry for Hammer and Halak runnin’ out of gas in these
    playoffs …both were essential to We making the playoffs this season

    …I
    was one of the earliest to make the case for Halak way back when …and
    besides Our D not being the best for either Carey or Jaro, …it was
    Jaro that ‘saved’ Our bacon this season (…although HardHabits has a
    valid argument that MAYBE it kept Us from a better selection in this
    summer’s Draft) …Jaro just was emotionally spent at end of season and
    these playoffs

    …Carey replacing Jaro, I also saw a Price that
    was pedestrian and still not an elite difference-maker

    …do We let Jaro have His chance to finish these playoffs which
    He was most responsible between Our 2 goalies to make ‘this dance’ ?
    …or accept the inevitable, that Carey Price is the annointed, whether
    for better or worse, Our Goalie Of The Future ?

    …IF I was Martin
    it is a decision that would be pulling Me in 2 directions …and IF I
    had to make the decision I would reluctantly choose Price, if only for
    the experience and a sign of Management’s encouragement We have not
    given up on Him (…but somebody better slap Him upside the head to
    …GROW TF UP !)

    …Ovechkin spraying the flag-boy ? …a case of a million-dollar
    physical talent mated to a 2-penney brain …Ovie I believe will be a
    short-burning flare in the NHL sky, because he’s cruisin’ for a serious
    bruisin’ and come-uppance

    …in the debate of WHAT is best for the
    Montreal Canadiens …will Our Fans allow Our Team descend for a season
    or so to obtain the Ovechkin, Malkin or Crosby-level of talent We yearn
    to see on Our Team again ? …or hope for Our GM to use His ‘smarts’
    and ‘luck’ to assemble an elite-Team ? …I don’t think if We look at
    these playoffs rationally that We can be blind to the fact We are not
    that far away from a contending Team …whether from what exists in Our
    Organisation in the minors, trade or free-agency …We are but a few
    pieces short …salary-cap restrictions, or not

    …Subban called-up for this coming, potentially final game of the playoffs ? …makes sense to Me !

    …all I can say beyond this,
    is but repeat saying that I certainly ‘love’ and admire this season’s
    Team more than last season’s …and THAT alone was a great leap forward

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  218. itpf says:

    Off topic but i’d like to hear what you guys have to say about this…

    what if instead of sudden death overtime it was play until the end of the period. In other words, the winner in OT is whom ever is leading at the end of the period. The reason i think this might be better is that teams would tend to be more agressive and worry less about giving up a goal. It would make the pace more exciting. plus there’s the chance that a team can come back after a goal against, instead of the immediate loss. I’m sure i’m not the first to think of this, but I’d like to hear the thoughts of “the cloud”.

  219. Anonymous says:

    Although this game is very exciting, I find it hard to watch games other than habs games. Most other games just seem boring to me (at least for the first 82). Does that make me a bad hockey fan? lol

  220. yathehabsrule says:

    Keep Subban with the Bulldogs. Pointless to bring the kid up to witness the unfortunate inevitable, while the Bulldogs continue their playoff success.

    That said, if I see Hamrlik on one more Habs PP this series…..

     

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  221. andrewberkshire says:

    Problem is Kevin, who replaces Hammer on the PP? Gorges could I suppose, or we could play Markov and Bergeron for the whole 2 minutes, but I don’t know if that’s any better.

  222. Storm Man says:

    He will be here next year, This year is over by Monday sorry it kills me to say that but I keep it real.

  223. SPATS says:

    Please bring up PK!

  224. Ayan_SB says:

    Good news guys, no Spacek means more Hamrlik.

  225. The Cat says:

    I really hope Hamrlik has a strong game, if it is his last days, I hate to see him go out like this. Hes on a bad run, perhaps from exhaustion and his age catching up with him but the man has been this team’s backbone for the past 2-3 years, the team’s MVP.

  226. SeriousFan09 says:

    I have had the pleasure of watching P.K. Subban in person 4 times this year, i have never not been impressed with his play, I however have also had the pleasure of watching Drew Doughty play this year, Subban isn’t Doughty, he could be close to his level later but not yet.

    I look forward to catching some more Bulldogs playoff games to see more of Subban, I wish I could’ve been there to see Subban score that OT winner in the 2nd overtime, but I wasn’t since they were in Manitoba and I had an exam the next morning as well. Right now, he’s developing the way Sergei, Gui, Price and others should have been developed but weren’t. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  227. Say Ash says:

    I would take a sick Spacek over Hammer at this point.

  228. newbrunswick troy says:

    couldn,t agree any more……i have no idea what the hell happened to Hammer this last couple of months,,considering how well he anchored the team up until Markovs return?

    could it honestly be that he played to many minutes eary in the year?  I mean shouldn,t a pro athlete be able to handle that….honestly he isn,t that old …Or is he in just that bad of shape,maybe injured,no lets make no excuses>>>>he just honestly has no a+ game anymore  to bad cause we ain,t getten rid of that 5.5mil next year either….

    **************WOW I<D HATE TO BE THE G.M OF THIS TEAM*****************************

     

  229. TripleX says:

    If JM continues to play MAB on the first unit with over 20 minutes of ice time and Hammer on the second unit PP, what are we to conclude?  JM is just stubborn and does not see what everyone else sees? 

    If JM continues to give O’Byrne and SK minimum minutes if any, what are we to conclude?   JM just does not like anyone under 30?

    If PG and Geoff Molson continue to let JM mismanage this playoffs and coach next season, what are we to conclude?  Management could care less about actually winning games.

  230. Habit in the west says:

    Dave help me understand. PK Subban? Why call him up? We’ve got Marc Andre Bergeron! Seriously though, this team is on life support. They are characterless, leaderless, and are poorly put together. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Subban get traded in the off season, he’s to good for this team. They need mediocre players to keep the trend going. Don’t be surprised if this team is without a captain for the next 5 years. Actually, name Gomez the captain in the off season and have him do a news conference via video link from Alaska. This team is a joke, and I’ve said it all year. They will never compete until they have more patience when it comes to building a team. Dave, answer something for me, has anyone really had faith in the media when it came to the building of this team? I just can’t get over the dreamers on this site that actually believed that Washington would fall asleep and lose to this team. You’re talking about the slowest, dummest defense in the NHL against the most dynamic offense the game has seen since the days of the Gretzky Oilers. That much of a difference, with an incompetent coach, and you have a series that should have been done in 4 games. Luck aloud Montreal to win 1 game. Martin hasn’t got the ability to adjust as the game goes along, does he Dave? I’m asking you this because I can’t be the only one to have seen this through out the year. As well, how can you expect to have a solid D core with Hamrlik, Gill, and Spacek back there? And Bergeron, wow, would I like to ignore that he even plays for Montreal. He looks like a 15 year old out there, his size, or should I say, lack of size. He’s minus 8, make that -8. How big is that? Should he even be on the ice? Actually, I should ask that one, Martin seems to think that he’s got Bobby Orr skills. How does he come up with the matchings against Ovechkin? Don’t tell me that there isn’t a team that can’t beat them? Watch the way Crosby plays Ovi when they meet them. Just tell me Dave, how did this team come up with this poor mix of players out there? Why didn’t Andre Savard continue his mission when he did more positive things for this team for the short period of time that he was there than anyone has in the last 18 years? Why did Gainey try to do what no GM has ever done successfully, ever?? I don’t get it, and I don’t even want to cheer for them anymore. Why does this team, from the top down, not employ a patience first philosophy when it comes to building this team right? Why is every situation not ananlyzed when it comes to making every single move, including creating a plan, and a back up plan, and a plan to the back up plan? It seems to me that they view themselves as having the only and unique views and plans on what they’re going to do. Dave, help me understand some of these things. I respect you as a writer and the views you have are pretty close to dead on.

  231. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Chris Lee is doing the Devil’s game tonight, which is too close to Washington for me. ……………   All those that are crapping on Hamrlik should remember that if it wasn’t for Hammer at the start of the season when Marky was injured the Habs would be golfing for a week by now.

  232. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree that Hamrlik was amazing the first 45-50 games or so, but he isn’t paid 5.5 million for half of a season. This is the second year in a row that he’s been terrible in the playoffs.

  233. showey47 says:

    well there are 20 refs doing playoff games, only 16 teams playing and 8 refs working every night. The math says that chris lee only works every 2nd night.

  234. Clay4bc says:

    And it’s official – Halak gets the start.

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  235. adam76 says:

    Wednesday was a disgrace.  I would have no problem with him taking a swing – but to shoot a puck into a crowd of unsuspecting players? Swinging at backstrom while backstroms back was turned FROM THE BENCH?  This was classless and gutless.

    So basically you are defending prices poor record by saying he will improve.  What makes you think this?  Just a gut feeling?

    So signing autographs = off ice dedication?  I’m talking about his late nights, I’m talking about his yo yo weight.

    I’m sure Price is a nice guy, but he embarrassed this team Wednesday night.  

  236. Bill J says:

    adam or should I say Halak-Man-Crusher. (feels great eh ?)

    I’ve answered your questions below – lets see you answer MINE now!

    EDIT to include the answers & the questions for you:

    Sorry (truthfully) didn’t see the other 2 questions at the end of
    your message.

     

    1) Am I Happy with how Price represented the
    team on Wednesday

    A: Not entirely, but I am happy that ONE of our
    goalies stood up for themselves, something that usually does not have
    to happen EVERY game.  Just enough to remind the other team our goalie
    won’t take it anymore. 

    2) Happy with his record ?

    A: Not
    happy with his win-loss record, but I also recognize what MANY Halak
    fans have noticed, Price’s win/loss record is not a true representation
    of the goalie as much as the team playing in front of him.  When Price
    can manage to muster a GAA & Save % that is VERY close to Halak’s
    but the win/loss record is out of whack.  Tells me something is
    inconsistent in the players in front of the goalies.

    3) Happy with
    his off-ice dedication to the team ?

    A: 10000% yes, was I happy
    with his off ice dedication last year or the year before…. NO…  Do
    you not see the clear difference in Price this season as compared to
    previous years ?  He IS maturing, and the team should NOT give up on him
    quite yet.  He is 22 freaking years old.  We aren’t the Maple Leafs
    here, a team that gives up on it’s young goalies (Cough Cough Tuuka
    Rask)

     

    My own questions for you now (fair right ?)

    1)
    Are you happy with Jaro not standing up for himself ?

    2) Are you
    happy with the team playing in front of EITHER goalie ?

    3) After
    all this, do you STILL seriously believe Price is a lost cause ?  IF you
    do, please provide a proper answer like I have for you.

  237. adam76 says:

    Stand up for himself?  He did the most gutless move you can, take a swing from the bench while his opponent had his back turned.  Also – firing a puck at a goal celebration?  Gutless.  

    Hey, a blocker to the head to a player crashing the net – I would stand and cheer.  

    The fact he is still maturing is an embarrassment.  The kid played Junior hockey.  He should have had professionalism down after his second season in the WHL.  The whole hes only 22 is a moot point.  If you can make it through all those levels of hockey and still need growing up – something is wrong.

    You are 10000% happy – interesting.  

    I do agree – the players play different in front of them.  Could this be they don’t respect him?  Could be they grip the sticks tighter in anticipation of a weak rist shot form the line? Could this be they feel he is not dedicating himself to the franchise?  Could this be they are sick of his late nights?

     

    To answer your questions:

    1)  No – I am not happy with Jaro for allowing the crease crashing.

    2)  Not happy with how the team is playing

    3)  I would resign Halak over Price – without hesitation.

  238. Habit in the west says:

    You’re not very hockey savvy smart boy. Look at the age difference, look at the size difference, and look at the way Halak has been exploited by Washington. Like I said, get your eyes out of your…..

  239. adam76 says:

    The right call.

  240. Bill J says:

    Your entitled to your opinion as I am to mine. 

    I would have loved to hear your opinion of Halak 2 years ago when he was 22 though. (not NOW looking back in hindsight) but rather rewind 2 years ago and see what you thought in THAT moment….

    Goalies are weird. ALL of them, they do not develop at the same pace as compared to another goalie, and certainly not as compared to forwards or defensemen.

    You talk like Price is the only one who has done something out of line.

    I think the fact that the NHL is not disciplining him further is certainly telling as to the degree of severity.

     

    Again – your entitled to your opinion, just as I am or others.  We clearly do not agree on the goalie.

    However WE do agree that the team plays like crap in front of our goalies, and that Jaro needs to grow a pair.

  241. KenD29 says:

    Adam,

    Reading your posts back and forth on the Price vs Halak, I have a couple fo questions for you given it seems you are a Halak lover.

    Do you blame Price for the loss on Wednesday?

    Do you think Halak has been better in his games against the Caps than Price’s only appearance Wednesday night?

    Yes what Price did was immature. But as others have pointed out, at least the guy showed some emotion! At that point, I believe the score was 4-2. He was left out to dry by that great D Man Hamrlik while they were on a pp giving the Caps a 2-1. He was left out to dry again by his great D men watching the Caps take 3 shots before finally putting it past him. Darn right he was upset and he had every right to be! However, he could have shown his fustration in another manner.
    Halak, rarely (actually I can not recall anytime) shows emotion. He gets crashed over and over, gets up and skates to the corner or grabs the water bottle, hands shaking!
    Halak did play better during the regular season, up until after the Olympic break. From that point, he struggled and has struggled as well in this series.
    But bear in mind, the team in front of them, has not helped either one of them!
    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  242. adam76 says:

    I do respect your opinion.  I can tell you understand the game and are not some teenage girl who likes Price for his dreamy eyes.  That being said – do you really think Price did a good job standing up for himself.  As I see it – it was beyond gutless and classless.

  243. KenD29 says:

    And with Halak back in tonight, let’s hope he pulls a rabbit out of the hat! He has had an extra couple of days rest…

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  244. Bill J says:

    No (I did allude to this earlier too BTW, I’m not flip flopping) – but at 22 you can not judge him to be that way for the rest of his career.

    See what I’m saying ?

    Because judging him for that, and using that as the rallying cry to be rid of Carey because of those foolish mistakes of going “too far” is the wrong decision to do.

    Perfect example.

    Montreal traded Patrick Roy, under VERY similar circumstances (when you think about it) and Roy actually brought 2 cups to Montreal almost all by himself. (Referring of course to Roy’s emotions, and having a hard time controlling them)

    That IMO was the biggest mistake this team has EVER made (trading Roy).  The team crumbled and has never been the same since.

  245. mrhabby says:

    write to JM/PG and offer your thoughts on what is right and wrong…

  246. KenD29 says:

    Agreed on the trading Roy point. Of course, they had Houle (no backbone) as GM and Tremblay (hard head himself) as coach.

    In any event, with the D they have, lack of size up front, current head coach and GM, it is going to be a tough go again next season.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  247. adam76 says:

    Direct question for all you Price “fanboys”.  Please share with me your thoughts.

    Are you  you are happy with how  Price represented the team Wednesday night?  Happy with his record?  Happy with his off ice dedication to the team? 

  248. SeriousFan09 says:

    If we make it to game six, how about the organization knocks off the crappy foam fingers and bring out the rally towels, or is that too expensive for a team that has now sold out the Bell Centre 43 times this year already? I always read about Chicago or Pittsburgh having these great giveaways to fans entering their arenas, why not in Montreal? Arrogance knowing they sell out regardless so why bother spending the money?

    Team needs to court the fans more, and not just with a crappy Molson Ex and Molson Family Zone in the nosebleeds where the beer’s still flat, watered down and way too expensive.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  249. ed lopaz says:

    if we make it to game six it will be a stand on his head performance by price.(or halak)

    the only way we win – all season- has been on the back of one of our goalies

     

  250. Le Jadester says:

    Gomez does have a lot of tools, but he passes into skates alot too.  If anyone of the Bros. made as many mis – passes as him they’ed be done-zies. SK is capable of playing the point IMO and should be developed into a 2nd PP Point guy (could start as a bumby ride but would pay out in the long run, especially under Boucher)

    Habs, OLE !

  251. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei on the point, it’s not like he’s sucking up minutes, but The System forbids a forward on the point.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  252. ed lopaz says:

    I like Gomez on the point – good vision, expereinced decision making, excellent shot.

  253. andrewberkshire says:

    Excellent shot? Gomez? Same sentence? Are we talking about Scott Gomez?

  254. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d rather AK46 on the point for his shot honestly, put Sergei down low. Markov is the passer from the back end.

  255. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d like AK back there as well, but if we’re talking about just straight replacement of personnel with someone who isn’t even being used, try SK out there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  256. andrewberkshire says:

    He can’t be more of a risk than Hammer, at least he can skate.

  257. ed lopaz says:

    Have you seen Gomez’s slap shot, he has a freakin rocket – he just never shoots the puck.

    I have seen it – at least 4 or 5 times, crossing the blue line.

    I promise you, its there.

  258. ed lopaz says:

    guys -with all due respect – because i read your posts  and both of you know your hockey – the guy that plays the point on the power play has to make some quick decisions and good ones at that

    thet “tits” brothers are not capable of playing the point.

    Gomez would be a very good choice. He has all the tools.

     

  259. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei when given the opportunity to work the offensive zone can make many good decisions with the puck and if he can’t make any decent quick decisions, why has he had so much PK time this season?

    Gomez can’t shoot the puck with much accuracy, hence his 15 goals a season and most of what he gets not exactly being Great 8-type highlights.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    Plenty of guys have a high-speed slapshot, but accuracy is another matter. Hitting a goalie in the chest protector missing the net by 3 feet on either side doesn’t get you what you need.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  261. Clay4bc says:

    Only when compared to Europeans, Ian…take 2 Canadians, and one of them is from Quebec, who get favoured?

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  262. Ian Cobb says:

    Quebecois, Canadian, same thing my friend!

  263. ed lopaz says:

    Nobody would call up PK now – even I’m not that crazy.

  264. SeriousFan09 says:

    Calling up Subban to start game 5 in hopes of winning the game then the series would be more desperate than naming a captain, or not, it’s really a tie on which would be a bigger desperation move there. Subban just played one of the biggest games of his career with Hamilton, let him keep playing with that team under a coach who understands winning, player development and adaptive coaching.

    Spacek being out probably seals that game’s result off, unless Varlamov melts down in nets I think. Just not strong enough to take the Caps on this year.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  265. The Cat says:

    Gotta agree with you. Listening to some, youd think they believe Subban would come up and be all masterful and instrumental in a win against the best team in the NHL, in their building too. I guess hes Gretzky and Orr rolled into one…lol

  266. ed lopaz says:

    if this were the exhibition season, and hamrlik was a young defenceman, he would be cut and sent to hamilton.

    he plays 20+ minutes a game because he is a veteran making 5.5 million, but his play is at the level of an average AHL defenceman.

     

  267. nightmare_49 says:

    … i can’t disagree about his below average play as he is trying to do too much where he should be trying to keep it simple, could be cuz he’s tired. ………..  I can’t blame him for making 5.5 million cuz he didn’t hold out for that dough he was givin it.  

  268. Say Ash says:

    uh, yup, all of that

  269. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I can’t help but think that if JM had played OB from the beginning and benched Bergy or Hamrlik, we’d be at least 2-2 right now, possibly 3-1 us.

  270. The M says:

    Yes FOR SURE.  O’Byrne would’ve been the difference and the Habs would have already swept this series, easily. 

  271. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Bench Hamrlik? Are you for real? Are you 15 years old, you must be, cause I would have said something dumb like that when I was 15. But you did say something smart, Bergeron should not be on the ice….

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  272. The M says:

    The Canadiens would be competitive…. if they didn’t SUCK so badly at even strength.  Want to read something negative? read the plus/minus stat for the Habs during this playoff series, the only plus players are SK and O’Byrne, and Bergeron is the worst at minus 8 averaging 22 minutes per game.  I love this hockey team.

  273. habsperspective says:

    HAHa….too funny, love the sarcasm!

  274. wmarcello says:

    As ridiculous as it sounds it’s not unfathomable. This has been a pretty tight series… if we had not made huge blunders on a few goals, we easily could have pulled out one more win. With MAB and Hammer making several costly blunders per game, taking one of them out for OB really could have helped.

  275. Habs_Juve says:

    This team has yet to show up for a 3rd period, and now they have no choice but too show up for tonights. They really made this series even more difficult then it had to be. trowing away a 4-1 lead in game 2 and NEVER recovering from it.

    MD

  276. Clay4bc says:

    I still can’t believe people are defending Price for his classless
    move. Shooting the puck at a players celebration after they score is not
    tolerated in Timbits hockey – why are we tolerating it here?

    Stop
    the foolish blind patronage. Are you not fans of sport here, or are you
    only fans of the team? Sports entails certain ways of comporting
    yourself. If a Caps (or any other team’s) player had done that, you
    would all be calling it exactly what it is – a classless move by an
    immature brat who needs a good spanking. Bench him, and then trade his
    rights in the off-season for whatever chaff we can get for his sorry
    a**. I’m sick of players like him on the team, he is just Michael Ribeiro 2.

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  277. CHsam says:

    f price and halak. I want TOMAS JAGR !

  278. Habs4Me says:

    Clay get over it. Price is just showing emotion, maybe if our defence played with some we would be tied at 2 games a piece. It’s not like it was a slapshot or anything with enough strength to injure.  I beleive that you are one of the Price haters and look for anything to call him down for. I am a Price fan but also am a huge Habs fan so also root for Halak when he’s in. We’re all frustrated with the perfomance of our beloved habs but player bashing is getting old. Blame the coaching staff as their moves or lack of has been the problem this post season. Bring on Guy Boucher next year. GO HABS GO

  279. adam76 says:

    I agree.  Price has been with the big club for 3 seasons, has had more chances then he deserves.  The whole hes only 22 is a weak argument.  You should have professionalism down in your second year of Junior Hockey.

  280. homerbowen says:

    I love a goalie with a bit of a hothead….put Price in as we’re not going to beat the Caps no matter who is in the nets. Halak and his coach show zero emotion, geez wouldn’t it be something to have Torts behind the bench tonight!!! Even better wouldn’t it be exciting to have Torts do the post game scrum……….tabernac!!!!!

  281. adam76 says:

    Ya – TOrts, hes pure class and a PROVEN winner. Lets bring him in.

  282. HabFanSince72 says:

    Obviously this language thing is your hobby horse. If you really think the players are chosen for speaking French then you haven’t looked at the lineup for the last year. And in any case, why not cheer for another team? You won’t be missed.

  283. jimhasbeen says:

    i’ll miss him, he’s the only other one who matches my disdain for jm and my love for sergei

  284. PrimeTime says:

    Kovalchuk is no Ovechkin….KHL next year?? No way he is getting the 10 yr $10M/yr contract he wanted.

  285. Habhopeful says:

    Asbolutley not! Theres a reason he asked for that much in Atlanta, he wanted to make it hard for them to keep him and even when they did offer the NHL’s “Biggest” contract, he still rejected it, He just wants to play for a winner…You’ll see, hopefully we can sign him

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  286. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’ll play for less if it’s a contender team, it seems destined even if unofficial that Kovalchuk will be wearing a Kings uniform next season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  287. Anonymous says:

    So…. Kovalchuk was NJ’s tipping point to win the cup. Glad that worked out for them.

  288. likehoy says:

    it was a mistake to get a high-scoring forward that doesn’t play defense to play in a defensive system. the risk didn’t pan out.

    if kovalchuk played in washington’s system, he’d put up numbers similar to OV’s.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  289. PrimeTime says:

    It was a gamble trade…NJ needed some offence but rarely do 1st line player trades at the deadline work out. Anyway, NJ didn’t even look like they wanted to win. Lemaire will take the heat for this one IMO.

  290. mrhabby says:

    would love to see it happen and bring it back to the bell for 6. part of me also wants this to end and for the molsons’s ,PG and scouting dept to start tweaking for next year. iam more interested in what they are going to do this summer.

  291. HabsFansince49 says:

    I may not share the optimism of many on this site, but I share the hope.

    For me, the reality check is that our guys are far too small on offense and the D? Enough said.

    This year may soon come to an end and I remain absolutely a Habs Fan and absolutely flummoxed by many decisions made by Bob Gainey as GM and Martin as coach. So little makes sense.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  292. habs4cup says:

    PG:”why don’t you bring up PK Subban”?  PG:”because   we’ll save money and we have a perfect Dman in MAB, who’s only going to give away the puck 20 times in the game.”

  293. SeriousFan09 says:

    Last time I ever take NJ in a playoff pool.

    Need the Hawks to even their series out and a PIT OT win would lock me up perfectly on the 4-1 series I called with them. Detroit taking the lead would help out, I have them in 6, Colorado win would help with my 7-game win prediction.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  294. Bill J says:

    WTH  – Whose moderating posts in here today ?

    This place is getting outa hand now non abusive posts are being erased — why ? because they disagree with another persons post ?

     

  295. RiverviewCanadien says:

    After it was 4-2, I shut off the TV quickly and calmly, walked into the home office and told my pregnant wife “Time to shut that game off. I am going out on the bike”.

    Amazing what a spin on a sport bike can do for your mental state…complete focus. Glad I did ’cause I think what Price did after the 4th goal and at the end of the game, would have set me off. No dig to the kid in his play, I think he has been pretty good (he and Halak). But to me, he needs to learn to channel his emotions into his game and not silly antics. That may be one of the only things holding that kid back.

    Honestly though, the HABS have played some really good hockey this series and have also had colossal collapses all in the same game.

    Cammalleri really summed it up as to how the games played out. They need to make the Caps ‘work’ for their goals, don’t just hand them over. WSH is a team with talent that Capitalizes on mistakes made by the opponent, that is pretty much how this series has panned out. Oh and not to forget, Varlamov…Lights out last night, he was dialed in.

    But the Habs can win, they have won, they also should have won (yes I am still very bitter about game #2).

    Win tomorrow…seriously, you guys can do it!

    GO HABS GO!

  296. Ian Cobb says:

     

    error

  297. Bill J says:

    Hope they do Ian.  At least the memory we will be left with is they went down fighting (at least in the last game)

    Go Habs GO!

  298. captaink4life says:

    Halak will be starting Game #5 

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  299. Anonymous says:

    After the fire that Price showed? I’m not so sure yet.

  300. Clay4bc says:

    So you honestly think that I – a Habs fan of 40 years – didn’t want Price to so well every time he played for us? Please, spare me this tripe. I want to win as much as you or anyone else, but if we must lose, we need to do it with class. Price has none.

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  301. FSUPhi1584 says:

    If I am 15 then you must be 8 because us grown ups discuss things without belittling others opinions and resorting to name calling. Grow up. Hamrlik is directly and SOLELY responsible for two shorthanded goals that were huge momentum killers. Do I really think he should be benched? No, not over MAB. I was just pointing out the facts.

  302. PrimeTime says:

    OTT OT goal should count…no motion!!

  303. SeriousFan09 says:

    PIT deserves to lose on that though, they’ve given OTT 3 golden chances to win in less than 2 minutes of OT.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  304. hablifting says:

    Puck was clearly propeled into the net with a skate.  Same call as the Vancouver game which is no goal.  Screw the Sens.  Terrible squad.

  305. Ian Cobb says:

    I edited it because I think it gave up peoples e-mail address. Did you open it because I deleated it off my computer.

  306. Bill J says:

    Wise idea (to edit) When it opened Yahoo Mail… was like ehm ? So closed that window… lol

     

     

  307. Habhopeful says:

    New Avatar! My first photoshop! lol Not bad huh!?

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  308. Bill J says:

    You do realize we are facing the Capitals right ?

    :|

    It IS nice though – I wish I could do that sorta stuff.

  309. Bill J says:

    AS someone else said but it was moderated away

    Torts HAS won – what is pure “class” is you who just spews anything you can think of, truth or fiction.

     

  310. adam76 says:

    Will get Bobby Clarke to GM,  ron hextall to be the goalie coach.  Will change the name of the team to pure class.

  311. captaink4life says:

    I would’ve liked for it to be Price also, but I know for a fact that it won’t be.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  312. hab_skill says:

    We should not call up Subban. Leave him in the AHL for playoff experience.

  313. nickster13 says:

    what could be better playoff experience than that of the NHL

  314. Anonymous says:

    Subban really dosn’t deserve it. (In a good way)

  315. PrimeTime says:

    10:15 PM before game day??? I think we would know by now if he had left Hamilton.

  316. PrimeTime says:

    Against NHL HQ wishes? This will be a PIT win.

  317. Ian Cobb says:

    We know that we can play well in Washington, so if we win this one, can we ask the league to play game 6 and 7 there. Save on travel, carbon foot print etc.

    And we would be closer to Pittsburgh for the second round.!

     

  318. Clay4bc says:

    I admire your optimism, Ian. Why not, I say? We did play 5 periods out of 7 well there.

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  319. PrimeTime says:

    Yep. Your right. Replay showed clearly.

  320. Habhopeful says:

    My hate for the bruins is nowhere near what I feel for the Caps…I just hate Boston lol i hope Boston Loses three in a row all in overtime to make it that much more painful, Ya feel me Billy? lol

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  321. Bill J says:

    I feel ya :) was just poking a lil :P no need to add y’s to names lol

    I would love a Leafs one personally.

    Hell one for each team, for moments like this lol

    Ya feel me ? ;)

  322. PrimeTime says:

    What the hell are you guys “feeling”!?

  323. Bill J says:

    Not sure now lol – but now that you went & called it out – I’m washing my hands like NOW lol

  324. Habhopeful says:

    Damn Primer, Ya made things uncomfortable for all of us, It wasnt supposed to come out like that…Not that theres anything wrong with it…Just ya know…Boobs…

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  325. Habhopeful says:

    Bah theres only so much Golf & Leafs related photoshopping that can be done, after a while, it just becomes unoriginal…but ill come up with something…

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  326. PrimeTime says:

    Boobs Boobs Boobs…..better mental image. Thanks!

  327. PrimeTime says:

    Ask Price

  328. Storm Man says:

    Playoff experience with a team that has a shot at winning a cup this year.

  329. nickster13 says:

    just sayin whats better experience for the NHL playoffs some day than being there now.

  330. Storm Man says:

    I for one don’t want to see the same thing happen to this kid as it has happened to Price by rushing him, Let him enjoy making a run with his teammates this year, He will be here in the fall it’s not that long

  331. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone ever thought that Price might just need a hug? You know, a real hug, not the kind he can get at montreal night clubs.

  332. PrimeTime says:

    Maybe a little more than a hug.

  333. Bill J says:

    LOL – Excellent point!

  334. Anonymous says:

    it’s only like a 14 hour drive, give them some time.

  335. Anonymous says:

    Like a Chez Parise Hug? Or a “Corner” hug? lol. That’s not going to help, he needs some real love. lol

  336. nightmare_49 says:

    S47 – Your reply seems logical but pairings have been doing back to back games (ei: Watson & Meier for one).


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