AUDIO: And now the work begins

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Tomas Plekanec | Jaro Halak | More Halak | Carey Price | Jaro Spacek (he didn’t really mean the excitement is over) | More Spacek

Habs, Caps set for playoff duel: Hickey
In by the skin of their teeth, have Habs bitten off more than they can chew?: Stubbs

The Canadiens held a high-tempo practice on Brossard ice this morning to begin preparations for their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. the Washington Capitals. The best-of-seven set, the first ever between the two clubs, begins Thursday at the Verizon Center in the U.S. national capital.

The Habs will skate again Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before chartering to Washington for the start of the series.

Practice points of note:

• Sergei Kostitsyn, apparently having snapped the leash chaining him to a doghouse, was skating a third line with Dominic Moore and Travis Moen;

• Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, who saw very limited action Saturday vs. Toronto, was a fourth blueline pair with Ben Maxwell, which doesn’t augur well for O’Byrne unless things change in the next couple of days.

619 Comments

  1. linp says:

    It would be the wildest dream if MAB can hit Alexander the Great off the puck, not before the sun rises from the west.

  2. Jbell10 says:

    2-2 in the season series, lots of promise there.

    I know that over the past few years we havent had the best of luck in the playoffs due to the underperformance of some top guys and lots of the guys not having playoff experience. IMO this year will be different because those top guys have been there for a few straight years now and have a much better understanding of the post season. Also we have added a bunch of cup winners this season such as Gomez, GIO, Gill and Moen. The combination of the 2 will be something that we fans have not seen in a very long time. There is no doubt in my mind that this series is going to 6-7 games, there will be no sweep this year…garanteed.

     

    Cant wait for thursday…

  3. terrygain says:

    AK is Montreal’s only power forward. He has the best wrist shot on the team. He’s the best passer in the offensive zone and best body checker. Your claim that he doesn’t compete for the puck is nonsense. 

    At the same time he’s gripping the stick too tightly and  often mishandling the puck. Habs will give up on him and his very talented brother. They will star elsewhere.

    Lapierre has no offensive talent and putting him with AK and SK is like exhibiting the Mona Lisa in a mall. Habs can’t win unless they abandon Marin’s philosophy of the soft trap. They need to utilize their speed and start fore checking in the other team’s end.

  4. Captain aHab says:

    True dat.

  5. Danno says:

    Even that will be hard for them to do since they’ll be paralysed with fear.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  6. Captain aHab says:

    JM will unveil The System 2.0 (©) and the Caps will shoot the puck in their own net to avoid having to play against it.

    Think Chuck Norris, applied to hockey.

  7. Captain aHab says:

    Until AK proves he’s interested in playing, here’s what I would do:

    Gomez with Gionta and Pouliot – that line was starting to make noise again.

    Pleks with Cammy and Darche – worked fairly hard last game. Pleks and Cammy need a big guy who competes for the puck on the boards.

    Laps/Moore with the Koz Bros. Maybe the bros playing together can light a fire and Laps and Moore have been playing well.

    Two more guys….possibly Moore/Laps with Moen or Pyatt. I think I’d rather have Pyatt right now.

    7 d-men. Give a little more time to OB so the d-men stay fresh.

    Try this at the start of game 1 and see how it goes.

    Unlikely to see it but who knows.

  8. havok says:

    Theodore hasn’t had a regulation time loss in 20  games,,,,,

     

    I hate our “Fans”

  9. Danno says:

    Jacques Martin’s brilliant fool-proof plan to foil Ovechkin.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  10. avatar_58 says:

    feeeeeeeeEEEEEEEeeeeeeel….

  11. Corporate says:

    Well quite honestly, this year we have proven to be wrong more than once. The Canadiens sucked against the crappy teams and we were not bad against better teams. Washington is a great example. The Habs have surprised us very often and an upset is always possible. I remember one of the games we played against them, we were frustrating Alexander the Great. He couldn’t shoot and we kept hitting him off the puck. All I am saying anything is possible with a hot goalie and a team that wants to win.

  12. Laramy87 says:

    Should be a good series. Habs have played caps well this year and were about 10 seconds away from winning 3 of 4. I would have rather played Devils or Sabres, but i think Caps can be taken.

    The only thing i guess im a little worried about it Halak, he has not played well in his last 3 since 2 stragith shutouts… Hopefully he can find his game, he is going to have to if we stand any chance.

    GO HABS

  13. slamtherimtim says:

    is HIO having a pool this yaer again

  14. Captain aHab says:

    They’ll be underdogs and play loose. If Washington jumps out to leads in games, then it’ll be quickly over but if somehow the Habs manage to take leads and frustrate the Caps, this might get interesting.

    I think they have to find a way to win that first game and put a ton of pressure on Washington. I think they’ll compete and, ultimately, this is what we want to see. If you lose, at least lose while trying your hardest.

    I still think Halak will start but will be on a short leash. If he plays the first game like the one against the Laffs, where every puck fired at him looked like a live hand grenade dipped in an AIDS bucket, Price will get his chance.

  15. PeterStone says:

    you’re right .. the Fans would have thought he was a hero … thats what happens when you set your sights so low … as for Wilson … i dont think he gives a crap what the fans or media think … he coached it like he would have coached every game …

    but why put yourself in a postion where you may be in the exact opposite situation down the road ,where you need the point,  and have that hangin over your head … you havent gained anything now .. but potentially lost down the road.  The reward just isnt worth the risk.

  16. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    by Ovie standard, he had a season of failures, failed at the Olympics, failed to win the Rocket Richard, failed to win the Art Ross, and had several goon suspensions.

  17. Bugs says:

    See above for leaf-hatin reply.

    Totally agree about the waddlers. Am beside you with torch and pitchfork.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  18. Bugs says:

    We don’t hate Toranna, Pete. We either hold them in elitist disdain or pity them.

    But they sure as hell hate us. If Wilson had scored with his goalie pulled and we had missed the playoffs afterwards, he woulda been a HERO in Toranna.

    Yes?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  19. Captain aHab says:

    The length of the contract is irrelevant. He has no clause that would prevent him from getting out of it to go to the NHL and teams typically will not stop an AHL coach who gets an NHL offer from going. So if they want to keep him and he gets an offer, they’ll have to make him coach of the Habs.

  20. PeterStone says:

    i think it goes 6 … washington on top.  nothing shocks me in the playoffs, but for the Habs to win would be a huge upset

  21. PeterStone says:

    I dont know .. i just dont see a real rivalry when one team is in 8th and the other 13th … perhaps in the media and in the stands … on the ice … dont see the hate

  22. linp says:

    I agree also. The chance of giving up a goal is much higher than scoring a goal in this case. I would have at least enjoying a win in the last game of the season.

  23. notbigbird says:

    Naw. I don’t hate the Leafs. I only hate one team, the one from PA that professes to fly but really waddles as opposed to the one that professes to waddle but really does fly.

  24. Bugs says:

    Why is the puck not dropped already is what I wanna know.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  25. ShangaDoo says:

    Haha. Sheesh, you’re so emotional.

    Not trying to pick a bone here…but I still stand by what I said.

    Can’t wait for it to start.

  26. Bugs says:

    Pull yourself together, Joey.

    You were doin fine; now, you’re losin it with the “no competitive attributes” bit.

    Rein it in and accept what you may dislike but cannot change. Few have more drive than Ovy.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  27. avatar_58 says:

    I kinda agree. Situations reversed as a fan I’d want Martin to pull em, but he did show some class. Good on him, since he got the win anyway.

  28. Bugs says:

    Disagree.

    If the situation was reversed, as coach of the team, I would torn down the lights and set fire to their towels to keep them from getting that point, not to mention take out my goaler.

    “Class”…pff. Do you hate’em or not? Is the “rivalry” just for show or isn’t it?

    Wilson shoulda pulled out his goalie. I’m glad he didn’t. But he shoulda.

    No balls.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  29. PeterStone says:

    i just read that article … for Damien Cox to write , and I quote

    “That’s awful by Ron Wilson,” the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox scolded on Twitter during the game’s final minute when it became clear Giguère wasn’t leaving his crease. “Essentially conceding the point that puts the Habs into the postseason. Makes Leafs look even more pathetic.”

    makes Damien Cox look pathetic. 

    Why would Ron Wilson do that ? like you accurately point out .. what’s in it for the Leafs ? All you do is create an enemy, and , next season , imagine the roles reversed … you just create an opportunity to potentially hurt yourself down the road. 

    You really should be forced to write an IQ test before registering for a twitter account.

  30. mike g says:

    Those are my exact feelings….

    Look for a crutial turning point in this series to decide who wins it. Something like a goaltending change, a crazy save in the final seconds of a game, or something along those lines…

    I don’t think it will be a lobsided series though, thats why. Someone in game 1 or 2 will do something that changes the series….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  31. joeybarrie says:

    SHUT UP. Ovechkin has no competitive attributes. He is a floater, no guts and no drive…………..

    Ok so he is the most freaking competitive guy in the whole league, and maybe the whole damn world. Worse is he lost out to Crosby for most goals, and only cause he missed 10 games. So I imagine his drive is higher than usual. I HATE HIM. Maybe he will knee a players and be thrown out for 5 games… Wait his name isnt Laraque.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  32. joeybarrie says:

    25 games

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  33. ShangaDoo says:

    Agree with everything you’re saying, but I seriously doubt Ovechkin will come out flat. He wants the Cup.

     

  34. joeybarrie says:

    Laps isnt bad in a shoot out. That was a reward for that great goal he scored on a breakaway. By the way he is third on our team with a 33% success rate.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  35. joeybarrie says:

    I think he is in the 1st of a 3 year contract. But i cannot find any info to back that up.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  36. notbigbird says:

    Wilson is right and Cox is wrong. Nobody pulls a goalie in a tie game unless it could possibly benefit their own team ad that situation would be extremely rare. For Wilson to have pulled a goalie just to hurt the other team with no benefit to his own would indeed ruin the integrity of the game. Whatever else you think of Wilson and the Leafs, unlike Mr Cox, he has exhibited some class.

  37. DMAN says:

    I don’t know if anyone pointed this out yet but……….

    I sure hope Gomez and the Canadiens can pull off what Gomez and the Rangers were one win away from last playoffs.

    Believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. ed lopaz says:

    1) AK or SK – doesn’t make a difference – they are lost souls wandering in the wilderness – SK makes $800,000 and AK makes $3,000,000 +; average salary in Belarus = $139 per month

    2) I think teams need players like Pyatt and Darche to win – you see, your first point about AK is a good one – he has all the talent in the world but he leaves it in the room; role players are part of any winning team

    guys like Pyatt and Darche remind me of Doug Riseborough, Mario Tremblay, Mike Mcphee, – effective role players

    3) agreed on the Halak – win he’s in lose, go to price

    4) agreed on Markov, Gionta, Gomez

    5) too late – its exactly what JM will do. If you run and gun with Washington we will get killed

    6) JM, PG and Thimens will all be let go – if not 2010 then summer 2011.

  39. joeybarrie says:

    My usually optimistic outlook.

    Washington is a strong team. They can score ALOT. Their weakness is defense and goalie. They have been beaten this season by Carolina twice, Tampa Bay twice, Ottawa three times, US twice, New Jersey three times, and have lost to teams such as Columbus, Islanders, Toronto, St. Louis, and Dallas.

    One of the reasons they have done so well this season, is other than the games against Carolina and Tampa they have won every game vs their division teams. And their division SUCKS. They are the only ones who made post season play. Given another division I think they would not have done so well. That being said they are GOOD. The have 3 full scoring lines. But if we play JM’s shut down system like we did when we were injured we should be able to keep them down. They have the 3rd most shots in the league.

    If we clear the puck out of the zone like we can we should compete just fine. Problem is we need to score. We really need to be on top of our scoring game. Camma, Pouliot, and AK need to produce. They need to be our leading goal getters again. Pleks and Markov (even though he had a great game vs Toronto) need to be leading us in assists again. ALSO our 3rd and 4th lines have to keep up the production.

    Ovechkin came out FLAT in the Olympics, hopefully he is a big game loser. We will see what our team is made of in this series. AK better show us he is more than just a half point a game player. I mean MAB has more points in about as many games. We will also see what JM is made of. At the very least we have a summer ahead of us to prepare and fill our holes. Which have been evident this season.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  40. Spoons91 says:

    Anyone know what Guy Boucher’s contract is? I’m really scared another team will take him. He’s ours! anyone know?

    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  41. HardHabits says:

    Hey everybody. Habsrule1 has a syndicated column. There are other people in this world who haven’t a grip on reality.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=524947

  42. PeterStone says:

    repost …

    Lets call a Spade a spade .. yes, anything can happen in the playoffs, but the Habs taking down Ovie, Backstrom , Semin, Green , etc would be an enormous surprise.

    I think everyone realizes that goaltending and defense wins championships … and to a certain extent, I believe that to be accurate … but, one thing that we have to take note of, I dont think you need to have a great goalie to win a cup .. you just need to have a hot one .. especially over the past few seasons. 

    Over the past 6 seasons, these guys have won cups … Fleury, Osgood, Giguere, Ward , Khabibulin and Brodeur.  Obviously of the last 6 winners, Brodeur is the only real great goalie … I guess we could argue some of the others will turn out to be great goalies … but right now, I think time has proven that the Giguere, the Bhulin Wall and Osgood had great runs on great teams.  Ward and Fleury time will tell …

    All this to say … yea, the goalie may steal it .. but, the better team aint in Montreal.

    As always, open to intelligent debate …

  43. habs03 says:

    Just incase anyone is wondering why the Habs won’t be on CBC, CBC had the first two choices of games, TSN had the 3rd and so on, CBC took Van/LA, but picked Sens/Pens instead of the Habs/Caps, Im guessin they dont think we can make it a long seriers. Lets prove those leaf lovers wrong.

  44. ab-hab-nut says:

    I am gonna email your post directly to JM, maybe he will listen?

  45. forskis says:

    There is no 4-on-4 either…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  46. lavie says:

    oopps. No SO in playoff.

    I was still stuck with the last SO…

  47. ed lopaz says:

    Here is an interesting article posted on the RDS web site this morning. I don’t know how many of you can read and understand French.

    The article is about Torrey Mitchell, Marc Edward Vlassic, and Jason Demers.

    3 young guns, born and raised in Montreal, who have begun to make an impact on the Sharks roster.

    I know about each of these fine young men, because I am a hockey dad bringing up my son through the same, local, Montreal hockey organisation.

    I’m sure all of you know some local guys that have made it to the NHL.

    Their stories are very inspiring, especially for the kids who play the game.

    The Habs are generally dreadful at scouting local talent (Louis Leblanc will hoefully change this).

    For example, everone who knew latendresse as a 15 year old, knew he had trouble skating and he had an “on again – off again” streaky, attitude.

    There should have been NO WAY that a kid like that be pushed into the NHL at 19 years old.

    That’s just a hockey organisation NOT DOING THEIR HOMEWORK.

    Any way, hopefully, the lessons have been learned and things will be handled better in the future.

    Un trio québécois méconnu à San Jose

    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/297134.html

  48. habs11s says:

    A couple of points on how i see things…

     

    1) replace AK with SK, atleast SK tries, AK is just a waste of space now but he has the talent to be so much better, hes lost on the ice nowadays

    2) get pyatt and darche out of the line-up. They are not NHL players, they’re AHLers so stop making them seem like they are. Do they try hard? of course, the hardest.  But you need skill in the NHL as well

    3) The old Halak vs Price Playoff Edition- start Halak, re-assess after game 1 and go from there… as much as i like Halak, he just looked lost in the net on saturday

    4) Thank god for Gionta, Markov and Gomez (yeah you read it right) for stepping up on Saturday nigh

    5) WE CANNOT PLAY A DEFENSIVE SYSTEM! that’s why we cant hold a lead.  We get a goal and try to play the trap, our defense is not deep enough, so we give up goals and give up leads and give up points. They cant score if we keep up the pressure in the offensive zone…

    6) please fire JM, we are too small for the defensive system and he doesnt know that.  We need a fast, skilled and offensive system

    IMHO of course

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  49. Sammy says:

    too bad there are no shootouts in the playoffs…..

  50. Ricky says:

    Dude, there is no SO in the playoffs, just 4 on 4 until someone scores

  51. Mrhab24 says:

    Dude, this aint the Olympics

  52. Jordio-oh says:

    Thats more a product of the offensive assistance he receives. When you’re getting the support of 4-5 goals a game you only have to have a 2.86 gaa and a .912 save % in the last month of the season to go 7-0-1.

    carey has better gaa and sv% than theo this year. Unbelievable i know, because according to most here, no one is as bad as carey

  53. lavie says:

    I just don’t want to see it again of sending Lapierre out for 1st or 2nd round SO only because he scored in a game.

  54. adam76 says:

    Is it Thursday yet?

  55. pmaraw says:

    cause of all the shootouts in the playoffs?  im not sure where you’re going with this one

  56. adam76 says:

    Smoking Aces is not a fan.

  57. forskis says:

    This “David vs. Goliath” series has all the makings of Habs vs. Bruins in the early 2000s…the same strengths and weaknesses; however, last year was also David vs. Goliath and that one actually panned out…

    I believe that Les Boys can do it…ATTACK, ATTACK AND ATTACK SOME MORE….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  58. habs11s says:

    No suprise…… with great promise- St louis and Stamkos getting over 90 points a piece, and the signing of olund (sp?) and drafting Hedman and not even challenging for a playoff spot…. its kinda embarassing…..

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  59. lavie says:

    JM should do some homework before Thursday. For example, Habs’ TOP shootout players should be:

    Gionta, AK46 and Markov.

  60. nickster13 says:

    lets make the caps the new sharks! of course the sharks still get to stay as the sharks since choking is not a probable, its a guarantee!

  61. jbroderi says:

    Montreal needs the first game, or at least to play wel.  If washington dominates, I think we might fold, but if we get a win early and come home, we might see the team that won six in a row. You never know what you will get with the habs, which really may be good or bad

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  62. jbroderi says:

    latendresse didn’t really accomplish anything yet except dish out some sour grapes..  he also had havlat on his line  he doesn’t have to determination or work ethic to stay where he is as far as goals go, too fat

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  63. nickster13 says:

    AK looks like he needs to lose 10 pounds and get some speed back, take some power skating lessons like latendresse was doing, he looks really sluggish out there

  64. nickster13 says:

    AK looks like he needs to lose 10 pounds and get some speed back, take some power skating lessons like latendresse was doing, he looks really sluggish out there

  65. nickster13 says:

    I feel bad for both of them, both there for basically a year, not a fair time frame to decide if they actually helped or not. But oh well its not my organization!

  66. linp says:

    A lot of people said the same thing against Latendresse. People are impatient.

  67. gumper says:

    Why screw up the chemistry of the third line, which has played its role to perfection of late? Coaching staff has to find a way to get through to the K bros. Andrei in particular. I’ve gotten to the point of wondering whether this guy speaks enough English to even understand what he’s supposed to be doing out there. How can a guy be in the country for, what, four or five years? and have learned so little of the native tongue. Maybe the Habs organization would be best off hiring a language tutor for AK and a psychologist for both of them.

  68. habsguy says:

    AK is a waste of a good jock strap,  I will however agree with you that the man has talen.

    To have talent isn’t enough for me,  you have to have heart,  something your man is missing!!.

    If it were my team i’d have SK playing and AK in the pressbox!!!!

  69. habsfaninboston says:

    I feel bad for Tocchet but not Lawton.  Tocchet’s a decent coach.

  70. Captain aHab says:

    I said Laps or Moore. That being said you are correct that, over an entire season, Laps is not an offensive player. But he has shown the ability to go on short spurts and with the way he has become involved more lately, I would think it might be worth it to find out if he’s beginning one of these spurts.

    I’ve said it before, I agree that, on the 5-6 games a year that AK plays like a power forward he is amazing, but that level of play is left in the dressing room far too often. And I didn’t say he should be benched, I said I would like to see him play with Little Tits. I think they would want to show up against OvenChicken.

    Anyways, we are more likely to see SK benched anyway.

  71. adamkennelly says:

    you make some valid points – outlining the skills and POTENTIAL that AK/SK possess – which only makes matters that much worse.  AK makes Kovalev look like Mr Effort and Consistency.  They will never, ever star anywhere on this side of the Atlantic – don’t have what it takes between the ears.

  72. N.B.habs fan says:

    Thank heavens there will be no more shoot-outs.

    I have a Question ,I a game is tied and there is OT do the play 4on 4?

  73. dudurules says:

    Mcquire makes me puke every word he speaks

  74. matmacat says:

    So if they can choose about 3 or 4 of those to do a night, we’ll be set.

  75. The Cat says:

    No they dont NBhabsfan.

  76. Ayan_SB says:

    Nope, it’s 5-5 for 20 mins. I think the 4-4 OT in the playoffs idea was brought up by a GM this year.

  77. Ayan_SB says:

    Landsberg should be the last person to critique anybody, especially Turtleneck Pleks. The guy’s got more plastic surgery than an aging Hollywood actress.

  78. crabvader says:

    There is NOTHING better than entering this series with ZERO pressure.

    We are the heavy underdogs, Caps aren’t rivals and they are going to be the ones fighting for their lives.

    We will upset them.

  79. hotspur says:

    Did you make this yourself? If you did I am interested to know where you got the clips. Do you have to record them from the TV?

    _________________________________________________________________
    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  80. crabvader says:

    LOL Cammalleri burned R.J. Scumberger.

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=317789

  81. N.B.habs fan says:

    It is a whole new game now and anything can happen,I just hope they win a few games and pray like the dickens we can make it with out to many injuries.

  82. Say Ash says:

    Laps #1? Really?

  83. Mad Habber says:

    but…but…Hamrlik?

  84. joeybarrie says:

    boo hoo, but I like crying in here. Everyone is so supportive of me….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  85. Watsatheo says:

    Yeah I made the vid. Most of the clips I got from NHL.com video, a couple I got from youtube because nhl.com didn’t have replays.

  86. Watsatheo says:

    His goal against the Isles was pretty awesome imo.

  87. The M says:

    “we will upset them”??????? That sounds like a playoff gaurantee.  I want what you are smoking

  88. hotspur says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’ve wanted to make one for a while. 

  89. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Very Nice Thanks
    I have a request (of sorts) could you make a Habs vs. Caps Compilation?
    Could it be to Journey’s – Don’t Stop Believing?
    Thanks (again)
    We’re going to win against the caps
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  90. wotever says:

    I’m with you Joey.  I’d really like to see some means of extracting the good comments from the crap.  This site is really losing its (remaining) appeal.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  91. ed lopaz says:

    thanks – had no clue!

  92. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Habitual Offender … I must say that your reading comprehension is much lower than average … in the previous post … “Price” was not mentioned once.  I stated that I cheered for Halak during starting line up announcements and when he made saves during the game on Saturday vs the Leafs.  Your views and replies to posts baffles the mind!  It is clear that I am arguing with an elementary school kid … and with that I am done.

     

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  93. phillyhab says:

    That was like Striet’s goal a few years back.  Goal of the season!

  94. phillyhab says:

    Price has won a playoff series.
    Idiots.

  95. phillyhab says:

    O’Byrne and Maxwell?  Is that a typo?

    Also, does anyone have any idea why O’B is getting the doghouse treatment?  I don’t remember him being anywhere near the worst guy on the ice or even on D the last week.

  96. mrhabby says:

    was thinking the same thing last couple of days. how is he supposed to get his confidence back if stapled to the bench.

  97. BoomBoom says:

    O’Bryne is not the Habs worst d-man, actually I find he’s done a good job with Markov. That honor belongs to Roman Hamerlik. Hamerlik has been downright awful over the last dozen games. I hope he’s saving himself for the playoffs.

  98. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jacques Martin Coaching Strategy: Once a young player makes a mistake, bench him even if your veterans are doing things 5x worse, beat him down and destroy him until you have a new target on your **** list, but always keep the old target in mind for some random benchings and scratches down the line to keep them on their toes.

     

     

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

  99. phillyhab says:

    He doesn’t like the young people with their bubble gum and the rap music! 

    Whatever the run we make, Martin is going to ruin the youth we have and coming up next year. Whatever kids come up from Hamilton next year, better come up with Boucher!

  100. forskis says:

    It would depend on how Bettman has scripted these playoffs…for all we know, the Habs are going to win it all in atonement for a disastrous Centennial year and then have the Caps annihilate everyone next season en route to the Cup by four series sweeps….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  101. lavie says:

    Bringing up the KHL Refs for the rental. Was that a solution?

  102. ed lopaz says:

    guys – unless I’m mistaken, the habs were 30th in 5 on 5 scoring (out of 30 teams – that’s last for those of you who can’t do advanced math)

    jm will want to play defence only hockey.

    if we win, it will be because we kill the excitement right out of wash’s game.

    we’re rooting for boring hockey.

    another irony – there have been a few today. :-)

  103. phillyhab says:

    Hamrlik was pretty brutal in the last 3 games.  Blowing coverage and general bone-headed-ness.  He was +2 against Washington this season though. 

    Does anyone remember O’B performance in the playoffs last year?  I kinda blocked the series out.

  104. HabFanSince72 says:

    What has being French got to do with it?

    Go fuck yourself, you racist prick.

  105. DMAN says:

    French guys like Mike Keenan and Pat Quinn?

  106. ed lopaz says:

    here’s the play – Ob gets caught at the offensive blue line. the leafs break out 2 on 1, and OB is trying to get back.

    he makes it all the way to Halak’s crease, stops skating, and does not make a play on the leaf player’s stick in the slot.

    OB’s man scores uncontested with OB looking on doing nothing.

    when you look at the tape – its pretty devastating evidence that the kid gave up on the play and it was his bad pinch that started it going the other way.

    its not a grey issue – black and white – very bad for a young D to give up on a play.

     

  107. J.J. of Turku says:

    I have to count on the fact, that last time we played against WSH, we made 6 goals… ;)

    We played well almost every game we were underdogs…

  108. Big Ted says:

    To add my two cents to some of the posts below:

    - Outside of Mckenzie and Dreger, who I think do a great job, the guys at TSN are hacks, especially the ex-players who think they know everything about everything and are often very condescending in their opinions, as if disagreeing with them makes you an idiot.

    - I fully expect the refs to play a role in this series, given the teams involved are the best two PPs in the league. Hopefully Chris Lee is banished from the playoffs as usual! Remember though that Bettman will either need Phi to beat NJ or Bos to beat Buf to ensure things stay on track for his master plan of having Ovi vs. Sid in the conference finals. The guy is a little pipsqueak who very obviously wants to sell his two superstars to the States. I don’t think he tells his refs to throw the games, but I think everyone in the league knows that if they can direct the on-the-fence judgment calls the way of Pittsburgh and Washington, Bettman will approve.

    - I think OB, if he’s not there in game 1, will be back in by game 3. MAB is too much of a pylon on defense, although you have to love his shot and offensive capabilities. Hamrlik is by no means the worst D. He looked tired the last couple of games but he has been better than Spacek by far and more consistent than Gill. In my opinion, he was what kept the Habs D afloat with Gorges while Markov was out and I expect him to have a good playoff.

  109. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I agree that Hamrlik has not at all played well in the second half of the season. I’ve also been happy with O’Byrne’s play, for the most part. You highlight an important point here, though: “I find he’s done a good job with Markov“. As was pointed out by a few here, the Olilers and Leafs paid out $9.5 million this year to two guys who did well with Markov. Perhaps O’B is getting a little too comfortable having 79 around and JM wants to make sure… ah, who am I kidding? JM is wrecking our boy.

  110. J.J. of Turku says:

    I guess OB wasn’t supposed to score?

     

  111. DMAN says:

    I am sure the whole “French Race” will agree with you!

  112. lavie says:

    JM’s “minor-junior” coaching style: get punished if you make mistakes.

  113. nunacanadien says:

    Anyone know if they’ll call up some help from the Dogs?  Who knows, maybe bench Price as a backup and bring up Denis!  Let us use some great rookies as much as we can.

  114. ed lopaz says:

    hey J.J.- how is spring over there? I’ve never been to Finland.

    it used to be that Finland’s national team were experts in JM style hockey; low scoring, trap, look to take advantage of neutral zone turnovers.

    I hope I’m wrong – but if Jm gets his way there will not be a single game where the TOTAL of goals scored by BOTH TEAMS adds up to 6.

  115. DMAN says:

    I was just saying.

  116. Big Ted says:

    Um, Denis doesn’t play for us anymore. He’s been relegated to being a backup commentator on RDS.

  117. Chuck says:

    Someone should really duct tape big furry mittens to your hands so that you can’t type.

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  118. ed lopaz says:

    ‘dogs are starting their own playoffs – they have a gret team and an excellent chance to win the AHL championship.

    no call ups unless the dogs are eliminated

  119. SLONCOLD says:

    maybe if the habs skated with some speed in the neutral zone thy would generate some penalties….

  120. joeybarrie says:

    Denis? Not only is your usualy stupidity right on cue, but do you even know who we have playing in Hamilton?

    Curtis Sanford, Cedrick DesJardins and Robert Mayer are the goalies. I don’t know how good Frederic St.Denis is in goal, but I bet he would rather stay on Defense.

    Genius.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  121. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    ‘Canes, not Leafs, but yeah, that was not his shining moment.

  122. joeybarrie says:

    Once they are eliminated, I dont think we can call any of them up, as their season is over.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  123. ed lopaz says:

    who is the picture in your avatar habsfansince72, if you don’t mind me asking.

  124. phillyhab says:

    Probably not.  We’re pretty healthy and in the long run it’s probably better to have PK Subban on the Calder Cup mission.

  125. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I think you were trying to evoke an emotional responce from people who Prefer Price over Halak
    but  you ended up using the wrong goalie for future reference our new goalie in hamilton is Curtis Sanford formally of the Vancouver Canucks
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  126. mrhabby says:

    iam sure the kid feels bad and gets martins point…geesh.

  127. HabFanSince72 says:

    Friedrich Nietzsche.

     

  128. Chuck says:

    :)

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  129. ed lopaz says:

    absolutely – its a question of coaching style – jm is a dinosaur

  130. joeybarrie says:

    You need to get rid of the hatred for Price. You are not a knowledgeable person. Especially when it comes to hockey. Your posts are always ridiculous and full of nonsense. This time, you have shown that you have NO CLUE as to what you are talking about. I don’t think you have ever seen a Canadiens game. In fact I don’t think you have ever even seen a hockey game. I think your insight comes from watching Slap Shot over and over. Well guess what Paul Newman is not the Captain, and you obviously get some sort of joy from posting this stupidity and all it shows is how sad you are. Trust me we are all laughing AT you. You should put your tail between your legs and run to Toronto. Your skills will be used well there…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  131. phillyhab says:

    Thanks!  I’ll take a look at the Carolina highlights again, but I still remember Hamrlik being way worse and I don’t like the double standard with regards to our youth and our vets, especially with the Cap likely decreasing and our big contracts, we’re going to be relying on our youth to play big over the next 4 seasons.

  132. ed lopaz says:

    thanks for the correction – these last 3 losses have all merged into one dark zone in my brain – very cluttered.

  133. nunacanadien says:

    I’m having a good laugh, I put in Denis for a reason.  It is sad when you have to bench your “thoroughbred” and “Scotty Bowman says not to trade him” cause he is hot and cold.  It is sad when a rookie can outperform your so called superstar.  I be Robert Mayer could post a better hot and cold record than Price….

  134. K-hab25 says:

    You mean caucasian’s?

  135. ed lopaz says:

    cap will stay about the same at least for next year – hamrlik has one more year – but ya. i agree with you – hamr sucks!!!

    subban will be up next year – can’t wait  – he’s the best hab since markov.

  136. habber86 says:

    and cedrick desjardins. to me he seems to be a lot more promising

  137. K-hab25 says:

    Halak was a rookie 06/07 dumbass!!!

  138. ed lopaz says:

    yo joey!!

    maybe you should relax a bit. we all make mistakes. I’ve made my share.

    unless you’re perfect, you should probably just let it go.

    you’ll find life a little more pleasant if you take out the rage.

     

  139. Will Longlade says:

    Oh well, the MAB experiment continues. Who does JM think is going to keep the Cap’s forwards from taking liberties with Markov? Washington will key on Markov and bring a physical game. MAB will constantly get caught out of position by the fast Washington forwards and transition game. We all know that Markov’s is not 100% and is lacking in the durability department. JM’s decisions seem to be more an more emotionally based as opposed to rationale. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t expect much until JM drops his desperation mode and puts the players on the ice that give the team the best chance of winning. Sorry to all the MAB supporters. He’s made a big contribution, but IMHO the team is better in his absence. 

  140. joeybarrie says:

    First of all, WHY did you “say” you put him in there? What was that reason? Didn’t really explain your logic there did you???

    Second, Who is this Rookie that is outperforming our so called superstar?

    Third, somewhere in this usually misleading rebuttal you say something about Scotty Bowman saying not to trade him. So you think your ideas are even on the same planet as Scotty Bowman? Well guess what, they are not. Your ideas and opinions are on Pluto, because you still think its a planet….

    But go ahead and explain your “I put Denis in there for a reason” logic. Cause we all know you simply don’t know the players, and know nothing more than my 4 year old nephew about Hockey and The Canadiens. By the way he thinks Hall Gill is a Tyrannosaurus Rex… He likes Dynosaurs now. He used to think Cammalleri was a train who is friends with “Thomas”…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  141. joeybarrie says:

    Doubtful. I prefer it my way, but thanks… I’m pleasant enough…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  142. jimmy shaker says:

    How many times will Semin dive in this series and get the call from the blind stripes?  I’m going with at least 7 dives that will be called penalties on us that should be called diving on Semin!  Second worst flopper in the league behind Derek Roy.

    Shaker

  143. Rudy says:

    Poor Ben Maxwell loses out in both playoff series. Sad really.

  144. mike g says:

    You know that Patrick Roy 1986 playoff commercial on tv now, where it says “what if Roy played like a rookie?”

    They should have had one with Jacques Demers and the 93 Cup, saying “What if Jacques didn’t call for a measurement?”…referencing Mcsorly’s illegal curve..

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  145. pmaraw says:

    what about that really tall goalie who was like 6’10?

    http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8474678

  146. pmaraw says:

    hammer and spatch = OV’s nightmare!

  147. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Jason Missiaen, HE plays for the peterborough petes and is not even close to being ready to pay in the nhl(27-39-3 playoffs 0-4-0)
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  148. homerbowen says:

    Habs on TSN….. this should be interesting. I wonder how many times the 29th place team (LAFFS) get mentioned by their butt kissing media friends at the Toronto Sports Network (TSN). Exception to that being Mackenzie & Dreger.

  149. Storm Man says:

    He played 59 games had a 3.68 gaa and a 901% in the playoffs his team lost 4 straight 4 games played 2.77 gaa 925%

  150. joeybarrie says:

    Well Habitual Offender, where exactly did I bash Halak, blame Halak, not give him his proper respect for the job he has done, or anything else disgusting??? What did I say? When? I am not sure where I offended YOU, but I will leave it alone, cause other than a personal attack I have not seen anything you have said to be response worthy.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  151. HKisses says:

    Anyone know where Mara is? I haven’t heard one word of him lately ? I wouldn’t mind seeing him paired with Markov

  152. Storm Man says:

    Quinn won a Gold with the JR’S;)

  153. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Boston, recovering from Shoulder Surgery
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  154. Storm Man says:

    CBC passed on the Habs Im very happy no Bob Cole

  155. Danno says:

    I miss the Dorion Suits commercial. The one with Yvon Lambert who says “At Dorion Suits you don’t get any ‘assles.”

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  156. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hi, Ed…

    Spring is coming, slowly but coming finally. Still minus celsius by nights but the snow has melted from southern Finland…

     

    I sure hope that you’re wrong about the goals, but every detail seems to tell that you’re right…

  157. joeybarrie says:

    Im sorry, my fault. I didn’t notice the picless profile made hastily 2 weeks ago. I understand now…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  158. joeybarrie says:

    huh? I dont understand.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  159. Storm Man says:

    Do you know if they have Canali Im a 46 Tall

  160. K-hab25 says:

    In the eyes of the gay for Halak crowd if you say good things about Price, you’re bad mouthing Halak. The same idiot called me a troll for posting the facts that the team has had more 3+ goal games for Halak (26) than Price (13) and maybe that had something to do with the 13 win differencential between the two. I guess whenever you say Price is as good as Halak you’re some how not giving Halak any respect or credit. Despite the fact that Price had very similar #’s as a 20 year old rookie, on a first place team, that made it to the second round of the playoffs. Oh darn it, there I go again putting down Halak by saying good things about Carey. F’ing Ridiculous!!

  161. boy from school says:

    mike g, this is for you pal:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byJj7MJwQ_c

    its a parody. but its pretty good.

  162. Say Ash says:

    You prefer McGuire? “Mute” has become a viable option.

  163. Storm Man says:

    McGuire makes me LOL

  164. likehoy says:

    win!

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  165. likehoy says:

    I agree…that’s another prospect ruined by the montreal canadiens.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  166. Harani says:

    Just really random but I would like to give props to Bob for signing Brian Gionta right away without waiting for Kovalev’s answer. I won’t talk about the salary but for the money, Gio certainly lived up to it: 28 goals and 46 points in 61 games and HEART every single night. 

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

  167. Chuck says:

    3-4-4 record in our last 11 games, with 6 of the 8 losses coming against non-playoff teams.

    I say… good! At least we won’t have to face any of the teams that we’ve been losing to recently.  :)

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  168. punkster says:

    Chuck, did you enjoy the weekend?

  169. likehoy says:

    sens are paying 5 million per season for less than 50 points and broken goods…i say fair deal!

    anyone still want that artiste back with his shoddy knees? guillaume latendresse could probably skate faster than kovalev at this point of their careers.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  170. petrov14 says:

    FROM THE HOCKEY NEWS:

     

    #1 WASHINGTON vs. #8 MONTREAL Montreal

    SEASON SERIES
    Washington – 2-1-1 (15 GF, 14 GA)
    Montreal – 2-1-1 (14 GF, 15 GA)

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    The NHL’s top two power plays – Washington is No. 1 at 25.2 percent efficiency; Montreal was next at 21.8 percent – collide head-on this series. Both teams suffer a significant drop-off when it comes to their penalty kill: the Habs had the league’s 12th-best PK crew (83.0 percent), while the Caps plummeted down the rankings with the sixth-worst PK unit (78.8 percent). Washington’s larger discrepancy between its PP and PK gives Montreal a narrow advantage. Edge: Montreal
     
    FORWARDS

    The Capitals scored 101 more goals (318 in total) than Montreal (217) this year. As well, Washington’s top five forwards (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble) combined for 406 regular-season points. Montreal’s top five (Tomas Plekanec, Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn) combined for 258. Need we go on? Edge: Washington

    DEFENSE
    Washington’s Mike Green and Montreal’s Andrei Markov are two of the league’s premier puck-moving blueliners. But where the Canadiens’ defense corps leans more on positionally sound veterans such as Hal Gill, Roman Hamrlik and Jaroslav Spacek, the Caps depend on a mix of offensive contributors (Joe Corvo, Tom Poti) on D. We think it’s a wash. Edge: Even

    GOALTENDING
    Former Habs goalie Jose Theodore has re-claimed the Caps’ starting goalie job from Semyon Varlamov with a superb second half of the season, but his prior playoff inconsistencies leave some doubting him. The Canadiens, on the other hand, have two capable goalies (presumptive starter Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price) to choose from. Neither has won a playoff series, but both together give Montreal a slight edge. Edge: Montreal

    COACHING
    Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is known as a risk-averse strategist who hasn’t had much playoff success in his NHL career. Meanwhile, Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau is a riverboat gambler of a coach who proved last season he isn’t above inserting an inexperienced goalie (Varlamov) when he’s got a hunch. Boudreau also has a more talented group to work with; funny how that makes coaches appear smarter than their colleagues. Edge: Washington

    THE X-FACTOR
    Scoring the first goal of each game will be more important to Montreal than Washington in this series: when the Habs trailed first this season, they won only .256 percent of those games (the eighth-worst mark in the league). But even when the Capitals surrender the first goal, they still managed to win more than half the time (.533) – and were the NHL’s best team in that regard.
     
    PREDICTION
    Stranger things may have happened than the Canadiens upsetting the Capitals, but frankly, it would be an upset of legendary proportions if Montreal won this series. In fact, given how deep the Capitals are on offense, and how inconsistent the Habs have been during the regular season, Montreal could be hard-pressed to win one game, let alone four. Capitals in four

    INSIDER INSIGHT
    “Washington’s size and depth of size will wear Montreal down in each game and wear them down in the series. To prove a point, Washington will check well early. They’ve got way too much depth for Montreal and their size is going to control all the areas over the game. That’s a bad matchup for Montreal. Montreal has some skill through the middle of the ice, but the problem is they’re going to have a tough time moving through the forest.”

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  171. punkster says:

    Haha…just wrote you a replay on the other thread. Phil was never “my boy” but he clenched his butt tight enough over those last few holes to win it. Props to all the lefties out there :)

  172. Say Ash says:

    That’s what I usually listen to. Houde is first-class but the “Oy, oy, oy” is tough to take. And I’m worried I’d hear a lot of them in this series.

  173. Paulin98C says:

    Maxwell was given a chance to perform at the NHL level and the guy didn’t take it. Montreal is not ruining him. He does that all himself. The did not send him back down because has no spot on the dogs either. If there’s injury during the series you will see some of Maxwell. IT is up to him to perform..

  174. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Joeybarrie … Habitual Offender can not be reasoned with … I am in agreement with you (I have yet to get a response from him on my last post, where he too said I disrespected Halak (He had a horrible game on Saturday – no one can deny that) … and he thinks I am bashing Halak … he doesn’t realize, I was at the game, cheered for him during the starting line up announcements – and subsequently on every save he made!  I too have given up trying to understand Habitual Offender – he has his Halak Blinders on – and does not  completely read / understand others’ posts.

     

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  175. Don Carnage says:

    Your racist

  176. Bryan says:

    As much as I don’t think we’ll win the series, why does everyone overlook the fact that if the regular season were a playoff series, it’d be tied at 2-2?  And think back to that game that Montreal lost in the SO.  Washington had to score with like 20 seconds left on the clock to tie it.  Realistically, we could have won the season series 3-1, yet everyone writes us off.  We weren’t blown out ONCE by the Caps this year.

    And if I do recall, Price won a playoff series 2 years ago.  Terrible reporting.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  177. Flabadagub says:

    Who do you want to punch more, Mcguire or Brunet??!?!?

  178. nickster13 says:

    What lousy insight. We win a few of the categories yet its still Washington in 4. Weak reporting!

  179. Storm Man says:

    JM after him Brunet

  180. Storm Man says:

    you got that right

  181. Psycho29 says:

    Bring up Denis? He is retired and is an analyst on RDS…..Maybe you can get Dave Morrisette back in the lineup while you’re at it.

    Get informed and then post something intelligent in a few years….

  182. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Let’s not go that far. Maxwell was the fourth leading scorer on the team in Hamilton, despite sitting in the Habs pressbox for the last month or so. I agree that he hasn’t earned a spot in the NHL lineup with mediocre play, but the reason he wasn’t sent back down is because there are a limited number of moves we can make between the trading deadline and the end of the season and we only have 1 left. He would pick up a spot on the ‘Dogs in no time.

  183. secretdragonfly says:

    Was it Lambert in an Exedrin commercial saying “When I get a ‘eadache, it really ‘urts”?  OMG that was funny.

  184. Danno says:

     

    I love it when the experts make such statements:

    “…it would be an upset of legendary proportions if Montreal won this
    series.”

    Stay tuned….

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  185. diehardhab says:

    Its all about CJAD. Rick Moffat and Murray Wilson are off the charts good.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  186. diehardhab says:

    Neither has won a playoff series, but both together give Montreal a slight edge.

    Price beat Boston in 7 in 2008. What horrible writing. 

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  187. yathehabsrule says:

    The Hockey News didn’t give them much hope in the last Power Rankings either.

    Unfortunately these predictions are 90% based on paper, which is never a way to go.

     

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    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  188. matmacat says:

    Mm, maybe because there’s a certain category where they completely destroy us…? Take a guess at which.

     

    still. mtl in 4.

  189. HabsFansince49 says:

    I like the optimism displayed by many fans on this site. Against all odds, they call for an upset. I hope you are right. I truly hope you are right.

    However, I have little hope. Not because we lost three important games of the year. Now because our power play is lacking. Not because Cammellari has not returned to form. Not because the D’s look tired. Solely because this organization is badly managed, hopelessly managed.  No better evidence than in the sorry fact that we couldn’t even choose a captain. My 14 year old dog has more leadership ability than those who now run the Montreal Canadiens.

    But hope springs eternal in the Spring. 

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

  190. yathehabsrule says:

    Good line from Bruce Boudreau on OTR when asked who his starting goalie would be: “A non-English speaking (primary language) goalie.”

    Does Landsberg avoid the sun in fear that his face will melt? Either he’s overdosing on the botox, or he has some kind of skin condition.

     

    ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  191. Chuck says:

    It was a great weekend, save for overtime.  :)

    _____________________________________

    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  192. Watsatheo says:

    Top 15 goals of the 2009/2010 the Montreal Canadiens season:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nmI6BYvQTQ

    15. Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn nice passes for Plekanec goals vs the Capitals and Avalanche
    14. Brian Gionta nice pass for a Michael Cammalleri goal vs the Rangers
    13. Nice Breakaway goals by Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta vs the Leafs and Penguins
    12. Couple of nice Backhand Goals by Tomas Plekanec vs the Flames and Rangers
    11. Nice backhand goal by Andrei Kostitsyn vs Minnesota
    10. Nice individual effort by Andrei Kostitsyn for a goal vs the Thrashers
    9. Two nice snipes by Sergei Kostitsyn vs the Canucks and Oilers
    8. Impressive curl and drag deke and pass by Lapierre for a Cammalleri goal vs the Flyers
    7. Great deke and pass by Tomas Plekanec for a Andrei Kostitsyn goal vs the Sabres
    6. Tomas Plekanec goes end to end and sets up Hamrlik for Overtime winner vs Islanders
    5. Michael Cammalleri scores a nice goal that resembles a NHL 09 glitch goal vs the Stars
    4. Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec show off their hand eye coordination by deflecting the puck twice before putting it in the net vs the Rangers and Panthers
    3. Michael Cammalleri goes 1 on 4 in overtime to get the hattrick and OT winner vs the Rangers
    2. Brian Gionta shows his hand eye skills aren’t a fluke and bats in another for a overtime win vs the Sabres
    1. Maxim Lapierre splits the D breaks in all alone and makes Biron look silly vs the Islanders

  193. Chuck says:

    I think that he needs to hang out with Michael Jackson’s dermatologist.

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  194. CHsam says:

    Bah Washington. Its just like shooting wamp-rats back home.

  195. Ayan_SB says:

    All of this “Edge: Montreal” or “Edge: Even” and they just call it Caps in four?

  196. Harani says:

    Used Hockey jerseys sold in Africa to the people. Very cool to see lots of Habs jerseys.

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  197. Bob_Sacamano says:

    A lot of real nice goals. Did you do that or just find it? I personally would have AK´s goals against Minnesota and Atlanta Nr1 and Nr2.

  198. N.B.habs fan says:

    Thanks ,that was very interesting to see so many Habs jerseys.

  199. Danno says:

    Good one Harani!

    I like how the Habs sweater is a status symbol. What about the guy who wears the Leafs jersey though?

     

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  200. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL Bruce Boudreau on Plekanec (on OTR after Landsberg critiques his turtle necks): “He always plays great against us, we’re scared to death of him.”

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  201. HabsFanInTampa says:

    At this point, I don’t think it’s so much the management than it is the head coach. Unless we win at least two rounds this playoff season, we should pull a “Jeff Vinik” and fire coach Martin at 9 AM the day after our last game of the season

  202. bostonantifan says:

    Why is it that everyone on this site seems to think that every underperforming player on the Canadiens would be a 40 goal scorer on another team? The only one I remember (and I’ll be the first to admit, my memory isn’t close to perfect) that has done that is John Leclair. Kostitsyn isn’t close in scoring talent to Leclair. Granted, he has his spurts where he looks spectacular, but then he completely disappears for 10-20 games. And as for the concept that the only thing that matters is “playoffs numbers”, that’s a joke. If you do absolutely nothing during the regular season, the chances are pretty good that you won’t even get into the playoffs. Besides, the playoffs numbers are slightly skewed when you note that the Habs usually only play 4 playoff games in a season.

  203. ed lopaz says:

    habs were 30th in scoring 5 on 5.

    habs were 21st in league in +/-; which is difference in goals for vs goals against 5 on 5. (every team below us from #22-#30 is OUT of playoffs.

    Habs were 2nd in league in overall power play vs Washington was 25th in league in penalty kill (habs were 12th in penalty kill – average)

    The series boils down to this, in my opinion.

    If Habs can keep Washington from scoring 5 on 5, we can stay in the game.

    Our goalie will need to make all of the stops 5 on 5, and we need to limit chances to few and far between.

    5 on 5 we will trap and play the most boring hockey ever conceived.

    If you are falling asleep 5 on 5, you know that the Habs are doing very well.

    Then., when Washington takes a penalty, we must score regularly on the power play – as we did against Washington during the regular season (at around 35 per cent)

    our PP vs their PK is our best hope of surviving.

    that’s it.

  204. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, here’s one for the Quebecers in the History Will Be Made parodies show…

    Nordiques

     

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

  205. badbalance says:

    This is the kind of matchup tat could make Habs history. Habs have won matchups like this before and our team is getting better each game, Plus take into account, Experience vs Skill this series. Caps don’t have any players that have won the cup yet.

  206. gK_HabsFan says:

    Im a HABS fan first and don’t care whose in net as long as the HABS benefit from that goalie and the HABS win … a key stat from the TSN report on the series ahead when they mention the season series is that HALAK did not play the CAPS even once this entire season.  

    Us Fans need to be more objective when judging Price thats all … we cant just quit on a 22 yr old prospect like that … if we don’t have the patience for a prospect like Price then next thing you know we will be asking for Subban’s head to after a poor season.

    -GK-

  207. 21BIGGionta says:

    Thats why im happy Subban is not coming to the habs until next year besides MAB has been playing decent with Markov… and i don’t understand why people are giving up on price…are they not aware of the story of MA fleury…i think Price is a similar goalie to Fleury…and everyone knows how that story ended

  208. light_n_tasty says:

    Another example of why Bob Cole is awesome.

  209. Ayan_SB says:

    The Caps have gone in the playoffs with the same core players for the past few years. Evidently, they have a lot of chemistry. And Mike Knuble’s their only Stanley Cup winner, back in the 97-98, when the Red Wings swept the Caps.

  210. Ayan_SB says:

    Bob Cole gets ragged on a lot here, and sometimes for good reason. But his voice is legendary and a part of some of the greatest recent moments in the NHL.

  211. savethepuck says:

    A little off topic, but does anyone have the computor knowledge or this site knowledge to have this site auto refresh when I am in the forum.   My doesn’t

  212. Say Ash says:

    OK, who on the Habs will have the best and worst playoff beard? I’ve begun mine today, much to the chagrin (sp?) of my wife. And, please. Let’s not turn this into another Halak/Price debate. Oops…

  213. Danno says:

    I never tried it but this might work.

    If you use Firefox there is an add on that does this.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  214. pmaraw says:

    sorry, this forum is low budget, not twitter, its the forums software, not your computer, you will have to manually refresh.  or get an addon?????

  215. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think anyone will be able to grow one really fast as I don’t think our playoff run will be that long. I’m sure Gill can get one going, he had a pretty good one last year. If Mara was around and wasn’t a waste on D he’d have the best beard easily I think, he just has a face that melds with a beard.

    I’ve had a goatee for the last two years now, but don’t feel like growing out anything else. I’ve always been a bit patchy on one side of my face.

     

     

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

  216. Say Ash says:

    I think it’s more a matter of finding an auto-refresh plugin for your browser of choice.

  217. yathehabsrule says:

    A little number crunching at a different points standings formats.

    That OT loss Saturday would have really been costly using these ones, as would have a straight 1 to 16 format (used in the early ’80s).

     

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  218. novahab says:

    This team is going to go up against Washington who is much bigger than the Habs and JM has bench O’Byrne this is why JM has to go. yes O’Bryne had abad game but he been one of the best d-men down the streach and he has size and toughness. The last thing this team needs is to get smaller. Do you think MAB is going to clear the front of the net. This is shaping up to be a four game sweep lead by our own coach.

  219. oshawahabsfan says:

    Jacques Martin!

  220. HabsRadio says:

    I really don’t see why we’d bench O’Byrne in favor of MAB, considering that scoring goals against the Caps should be MUCH less of an issue than keeping them from scoring!  

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  221. Ayan_SB says:

    Lol you know, I was thinking about posting that video in my earlier post. Gives me chills everytime.

  222. nickster13 says:

    you guys remember that guy who writes on tsn sometimes, the guy who for some reason has a job, scott cullen yeah thats his name… Here are his playoff picks. Dont go out on too many limbs there Scott!

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=317808

     

  223. habs-hampton says:

    They are being waaaaay to hard on O’B. Hammer had a horrible game against TO, but they don’t hold it against him. Sure O’B makes mistakes, but he’s had a fine year overall and we need his size out there. I’m afraid they’re going to ruin his confidence. He’s going to be a good 2nd pair d-man with a long career in my mind.

  224. Ayan_SB says:

    I seriously hope JM plays Sergei against the Caps, he just tends to step up against that team nearly everytime. Last year he scored the winning goal with 30 seconds left, and in the most recent game against the Caps in February, Sergei had 3 assists.

    And how can we afford not to play Ryan O’Byrne? Washington’s smallest player is Scott Walker at 5’10, who actually plays like he’s much taller. Then their bottom six consists of guy like 6’3 Matt Bradley, 6’4 Eric Fehr, 6’5 David Steckel.

  225. Ayan_SB says:

    *Yawn* Way to be creative and ballsy with those picks Cullen.

  226. Chuck says:

    What I like is that regardless of how you twist the numbers, the Leafs still suck.  :)

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  227. 21BIGGionta says:

    Best: Metro…BEST handlebars last year i hope he does the same this year

    Worse: Probably price did you see his beard in the AHL playoffs yeesh

  228. SeriousFan09 says:

    The JM system: Vets can make all the mistakes they like and not be benched, rookies can make none.

     

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

  229. 21BIGGionta says:

    Mara? whos Mara?

  230. dufour says:

    haha… i started mine 3 weeks ago… its pretty shabby

    Lappy might have a pretty patchy one, he always seems to have a patch scruff goin.

    Maybe Cammy could grow a sick one, but to be completely honest, im not sure if they’ll be there long enough to grow any

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  231. andrewberkshire says:

    Best beard will be Gill or Gio, because Mara is gone. Worst beard will be…. SK74.

  232. 21BIGGionta says:

    Sergei should play i have no idea why he in JM’s doghouse…he really shouldn’t be i really like Sergei’s passing

  233. 21BIGGionta says:

    SK74 ? I didn’t know baby faces grew beards

  234. badbalance says:

    I checked out Knuble’s stats and it says that he only played 3 games in the playoffs in 97-98

  235. andrewberkshire says:

    He might try, like Crosby did the last two years.

  236. SeriousFan09 says:

    I hope Crosby doesn’t go for one, he can grow some facial hair but what he had was not a playoff beard by any stretch of the imagination.

     

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

  237. andrewberkshire says:

    He still got his name on the cup.

  238. andrewberkshire says:

    What he had was a preteen dirt-stache hahaha. It was gross.

  239. SeriousFan09 says:

    Run-off for worst playoff beard would be between: Crosby, Kane, Sergei and… any names? Can’t think of any other terrible beards from the last couple years?

    I hope the Red Wings go deep, they always have great beards, you put horns on their helmets they’d look exactly like Vikings.

     

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

  240. badbalance says:

    That’s luck not experience. How about fighting the fight and bleeding for the Cup..

  241. HardHabits says:

    If that’s true the Habs are toast. For the Caps to win all they need to do is play gritty and clog up the middle and keep the Habs to the periphery.

  242. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t want the Wings to go deep because I’m so damn tired of seeing them. They’ve been dominant in the playoffs since pretty much 1995.

    Iginla has a terrible playoff beard, but the Flamers are out this year.

  243. andrewberkshire says:

    I get what you’re saying, and I agree, but they do have a technical cup winner. Gomez, Gionta, Moen and Gill however have far more experience.

  244. badbalance says:

    Segei is JMs scapegoat, Whenever somethign is wrong with the team, he sits out Sergei.

  245. yathehabsrule says:

    True, but it goes to show that the Habs finish would have relied on them actually winning on Saturday, rather than coast their way to a single point. It also would have given Leafs fans bragging rights that they helped eliminate Montreal based on these (hypothetical) results.

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  246. matraque says:

    18pts of pure offensive power.

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    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  247. SeriousFan09 says:

    Meh, you make it in you make it in, I’ve never held anything against the Wings for their success, seems pointless. Those other bums in the league can’t get it together by following the Red Wings example, that’s their own damn fault. They’re the model every franchise should follow, but so few do. I want them to bounce out the Bettman Coyotes badly, tired of this hockey in the desert when there’s none in Quebec City, Winnipeg or Hamilton where the tickets are cheaper than Bulldogs seats and they include free food.

    At least when you see the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs they play, as opposed to the Senators being in the playoffs for 9 of the last 10 and only having 1 significant run in that whole time.

     

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

  248. naweed235 says:

    ok you ppl need to relax with this bnching Obyrn thing… as far as we know it could just be the same thing as he did with pouliot putting him on the 3rd line for practice… also  i rather have MAB on D  and have four lines that roll instead of playing him on a fourth line…. ideally i would bench spacek and put MAB with hammer but thats just me…

  249. andrewberkshire says:

    However different rules would have changed the coaching strategies of most teams, especially ours. How many games this year did we play for OT. I’m no fan of JM, but I doubt he would deliberately play for OT knowing he would automatically lose a point. Therefore it’s not really relevant, in my opinion.

  250. yathehabsrule says:

    At Sunday’s autograph signing, Sergei was wearing a t-shirt that said “Sinner”. I wonder if JM gave that to him?

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  251. Say Ash says:

    Sergei loves beating the Russians.

  252. petrov14 says:

    Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane might be pretty bad too.

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  253. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh don’t get me wrong, I respect the Wings, but I’m bored of seeing them go deep. I want them to eliminate the Coyotes and thats it. If the Wings win the cup again, ho hum, it’s that again, there’s no entertainment value. It’s almost expected.

  254. petrov14 says:

    Handlebars were AWESOME! Will he be back?

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  255. matraque says:

    Let’s look at some numbers:

    -Cammalleri played 65 games

    -Gionta played 61 games

    -Markov played 45 games

    -AK played 59 games

    Despite all of that, we manage to make the playoffs.  Halak was amazing in the net.

    In my opinion, JM did an amazing job when you look at the circumstances.

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    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
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  256. petrov14 says:

    That makes me smile everytime.

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  257. andrewberkshire says:

    The Kostitsyns are easy punching bags. Not just for JM either, but for the media and many posters as well. No one really complains when the two brothers from an obscure Eastern European country are bashed, many times without reason. How many times have we seen AK46 be called out as “stupid” or “asleep” when he wasn’t even close to being the worst player on the team on that given night? The Kostitsyns are JM’s whipping boys because he doesn’t have the balls to call out a veteran.

  258. ab-hab-nut says:

    I have a question, how do you have the word “this” and it’s a link to where you wanna go? How do you do that?

  259. ABHabsfan says:

    Spatch played with Hammer and matched up against Ovechkin in every game against the Caps this year. They pretty much, but not completely,  kept him off the scoresheet in every game so I can’t see Spacek sitting.

  260. matraque says:

    I think it’s safe to say that AK is a veteran… no?

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  261. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m not really backing them, but I’m okay with them winning just so it further shoves the “Europeans can’t win it” crap further down some idiot’s throats. I want the Hawks to end their their 49-year drought or the Capitals to lift one if we can’t beat them.

     

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  262. ooder says:

    not to mention that the first 20 games are a wash consdering we had a bunch of new players who have never played with each other

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

  263. ooder says:

    hey wasn’t “all the pressure” on the bruins last year as well.. that worked out great eh

    jk jk.

    this time around we actually have a healthy team *knock wood*

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

  264. ooder says:

    that’s what happens when you are a vet.. you get the benefit of the doubt.

    guys like Hammer and Spacek can’t go all out during the reuglar season, they save up for the playoffs.

    guys like O’B should go all out.

    however i think JM should play 7 d and 11 forwards, rotate MAB and O’Byrne..

    man poor markov lol

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

  265. badbalance says:

    Well this time around it looks like the team is here to play, last year this team was falling apart. Only Price Kovy and Koivu showed up. This year lets hope the whole team shows up and instead of having a declining season we’re having an uphill season. Each game will just better this team.

  266. ABHabsfan says:

    I can’t see Cammy being mistaken for Grizzly Adams, either

  267. ooder says:

    i was just jk with that comment.

    and people freaked out about how kovy and koivu were lazy.. but when it came to playoff time.. man kovy was a monster out there and koivu was fearless.

    pricey showed up as well… i want him to paly against the caps, but that would mean that a game or two have been lost

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

  268. yathehabsrule says:

    I make mention, at the end of the post, that strategies would be different and that the results I formulated were just based on the teams current W-L records. Naturally all coaches would have to adjust to a different points system.

    With JM who knows how he’d think. We all saw how his protecting a lead strategies panned out this season. Just hope that he realizes that points don’t matter in the playoffs, just wins.

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  269. SeriousFan09 says:

    Kostitsyns need a big playoff series to really help themselves from being traded this offseason since JM doesn’t really seem able to work with AK and doesn’t want to even try to work with Sergei. We might lose both, for maybe a 25-goal scorer this offseason since we’re trading an enigma and a guy who’s being labeled a problem player. I know some people say patience on Boucher, but I really think Boucher being behind the bench for 10-11 is the only way we can effectively salvage the Kostitsyns for the team.

    They’ve had trouble, but our lack of player development has really messed things up, not to mention those yellow journalists trying to run them out of town with the gangster crap.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
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  270. terrygain says:

    You’re right about it being better to roll 4 lines but in the crunch Martin panicked with 7 defencemen and 3 lines. I’m hoping Spacek gets the flu. Not dressing O’B is a really stupid move.  

  271. naweed235 says:

    um… i really dont remember Price showing up last year… i dunno what you guys were watching…. i even remember yelling at the T.V PuLL HIM ALREADY …lol

  272. Bugs says:

    Let’s cut to the brass tacks over here.

    Thursday night. Final score.

    Hit me.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  273. Rainrocket16 says:

    I love being the underdogs against the Caps. They think they are confident with their high flying offense and mediocre D! I think if the Habs play them like we did every game in the regular season than there is a chance we can spoil them. However, if we play at all like we have been lately then we are doomed for a sweep. It is all up to the Habs to take control of this one. I don’t think Theodore is going to be that spectactular and may not need to be, but Halak must be!! Gio, Gomez, Cammy and Pleks Must make their mark on Theodore!!! Gonna be a good one!! GIVE EM HELL BOYS!!!!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  274. Rainrocket16 says:

    5-3 Washington, most likely. Infortunately

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  275. kmachabs27 says:

    i did not know theodore is 20-0-3 since Jan 12th THATT ISS HUGEEEE WOW that caught my eye

  276. jimhasbeen says:

    3-2 OT

    ak46

  277. Storm Man says:

    JM did what???? your high

  278. matraque says:

    Maybe, but at least, i’m not an angry fan who thinks he knows everything.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  279. jimhasbeen says:

    o’byrne must play, he’s the only guy who hits

    please jacques, you must see this.  i bet ak46 can shoot the puck just as well as bergeron from the point.  could have tried that in at least ONE!!!!!!!!! of the 82 games.

    but no, jm is as clumsy as he is stupid.

  280. Storm Man says:

    Im always happy. I will be very happy when Im at the bell centre watching game 4 that is what I know:)

  281. Storm Man says:

    6-1  Caps That is my final answer

  282. pmaraw says:

    its not due to being an outstanding goalie, more right place, right time

  283. SeriousFan09 says:

    4-3 OT for Habs, Captain Gionta gets it done in OT.

     

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

  284. pmaraw says:

    5-4 overtime

  285. SeriousFan09 says:

    but no, jm is as clumsy as he is stupid.

    Alas, there is no Habs Fan who through sheer force of will, can Force Choke JM as they watch him on TV.

     

     

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

  286. naweed235 says:

    5-2 washington but i think we will win the second game 3-2

  287. Storm Man says:

    Nothing outstanding about three-o-more

  288. jimhasbeen says:

    hahahaha yes, was hoping someone would catch that!

  289. forskis says:

    Sorry, I am a Price fan but believe that Halak has earned all the kudos and deserves to start…but are you trying to say that Halak losing against NYI and Carolina and stinking it up against the Leafs does not have you worried?  He has been known to go through both hot and cold streaks.  Also, I remember a lot of the Price-haters/Halak-pushers mocking Price for having lost to the NYI and lo and behold Halak stinks it up against the Islanders as well…so what is good for the goose is good for the gander…

    That being said, Halak should start both Game 1 and Game 2…but if he loses both regardless of performance you switch goalies in order to shake the team out of its doldrums…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  290. SeriousFan09 says:

    I also doubt regardless of how the post-season goes, PG will not in a deep, asthmatic voice say “Don’t fail me again Jacques.”

     

     

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

  291. habsperspective says:

    The go with a .909, and a 2.80, means nothing, Huet would look good in Washington.

  292. likehoy says:

    theodore trying to make a glove save: http://www.break.com/index/frog-fails-at-snagging-lunch.html

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  293. matmacat says:

    10-0 habs.

  294. matmacat says:

    love that video.

  295. andrewberkshire says:

    Something that’s never brought up amongst all the AK46 hate on this site. Regular season stats are great and all, but it’s the playoffs that really count. In the playoffs, AK46 has a better points per game average (0.5625 points per game) than Jeff Carter (0.4138 points per game), as well as better goals per game numbers than Carter (0.375 per game for AK46, 0.2414 for Carter). AK46’s shooting percentage also dwarfs Carter’s at 17.65% to just 6.25%.

    Keep in mind that this includes the playoffs from last year, where EVERYONE was on AK46’s case for slacking, and Carter was in the midst of a breakout season.

  296. ooder says:

    but he’s european, he was drafted in 2003, uuhh oh ya and he’s balding and um.. his last name is hard to pronounce for carboneau and um benoit brunet doesn’t like him

    ——————

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

  297. likehoy says:

    i love AK for the player he can be…i hate how carbo and JM messed with his head. AK is a player much in the same mould as plekanec…but management tried to turn him into a powerforward, turn him into the guy who stands in front of the net, turn him into a sniper. but he’s not naturally any of these! he’s a guy who likes to have the puck on his stick and just to create. in the AHL, AK was averaging 1 goal every 3 games, and an assist every 2 games…in the NHL, he’s got more goals than assists so something messed him up when he reached this level. In AK’s first season, he had 1g, 10 assists in 22 games. after that…what’s happened to him?

    with great players, you don’t ask them to be anything more than they are, but with the montreal canadiens, you either play the role assigned for you, or you don’t play a role at all. (i.e. mr. latendresse).

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  298. SeriousFan09 says:

    Really hoping to some restored Pleks/Cammy/AK magic in the post-season, if those guys come up big, it could turn the series for us. AK’s got the talent, he just needs the right outlet and opportunity to carry it out.

     

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

  299. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Yo….it’s a new season and ANYTHING is POSSIBLE!…but  if we end up really,REALLY SUCKING in  this series then be good fans AND DEMAND F***ING CHANGES once and for all…..stop being so soft!!!!!!!!

  300. habs001 says:

    great player wow..our standards are so low as hab fans  

  301. phillyhab says:

    Some of us are getting close… i can make him scratch his head after he makes me and 1,000,000 habs fans scratch theirs.  Force!

  302. andrewberkshire says:

    I have a feeling that if Martin sticks around we’ll trade the Kostitsyns in the summer, and it’ll be a massive mistake. Andrei Kostitsyn on Washington, or a team that would allow him to play loose, would be a 40 goal scorer.

  303. Bugs says:

    Dans mes bras, Matty!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  304. andrewberkshire says:

    Excellent assessment. You articulated your point really well, and I agree.

  305. Bugs says:

    That wouldn’t prompt Jack Marty to put the Kid in for Game 2.

    Sorry.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  306. Bugs says:

    I like it.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  307. Bugs says:

    Better pray you’re wrong, mate, or you’re the one I’ll hold responsible.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  308. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’ll also get robbed in the trade, getting maybe a 20, 25 goal guy back in return for the both of them. They’ll tear it up, we’ll look like idiots and the team depth will take a giant blow.

     

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

  309. Bugs says:

    That IS infortunate…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  310. phillyhab says:

    I think the team got quite a few wins in spite of JM, but probably more leads in the final minute turned OT losses from “the System”.  When was the last coach we had save maybe first year Carbo who didn’t fear the firewagon? 

    If we had the 3-point system for the standings, we’d be getting a pretty good draft pick this year.

  311. phillyhab says:

    What a pimp.  I really hope he sticks around here long enough to play for Boucher.

  312. andrewberkshire says:

    I have a feeling Cammalleri is about to catch fire. He was insanely good against the Leafs on Saturday, but just snakebit. It reminded me of the beginning of the year when he did everything but score, and then his eventual breakout. I think we should just tell Mike to pretend whoever’s in net for the Caps is Lundqvist and watch him get 4 points per game!

  313. SeriousFan09 says:

    So do I, he’s due for one of his goal-scoring explosions and with Pleks and AK with him, that’ll be big. Pleks will have some extra days to rest his hip injury and they can focus on their combined timing and action in games. On the road, Cammy was more likely to set up AK and on home ice, AK would screen while Cammy would light the the net up.

     

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

  314. habs001 says:

    minus 6 in 16 playoff games….ak46 25 year old who so far would average 46 points if he played 82 games

  315. ooder says:

    with a guy like AK confidence is a huuuuge issue.

    you can just see it in his play and his attitude

    ——————

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

  316. phillyhab says:

    I’m all set with the Devils too.  Can’t wait for that team to be in the bottom.  Probably not til Big Lou retires or loses his mind.

  317. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s about what I can see happening too.

  318. phillyhab says:

    He’s like Meg (Family Guy) for the Canadiens.

  319. Bryan says:

    It’s funny because he did:

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/bio/?id=2311

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  320. ooder says:

    uug i know.. i don’t understand why the just don’t use players to the best of thier abilities.

    play spacek on the right side, i mean it took forever for carbo to put ak on the right wing… remember how he scored at a ridiculous pace playing on the right wing..

    ——————

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

  321. andrewberkshire says:

    Lets pick the one stat that’s completely irrelevant and harp on that shall we? Anyone can play the “average” game. If Kostitsyn didn’t suffer a knee injury he likely would have had 25 goals by mid January, but it’s useless to speculate, because that’s all it is. He had a tough season, but still has BETTER playoff stats than the player most people bemoan not drafting.

  322. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely agree, and I think it also has to do with the coach having confidence in him, and letting him play his game, instead of punishing him for a turnover or whatever.

  323. andrewberkshire says:

    I sure hope we’re right!!

  324. andrewberkshire says:

    At least he’s solidly on the RW now!

  325. andrewberkshire says:

    Wait, wait, wait… We weren’t hard on them last year? So booing the team off the ice as they get eliminated while throwing trash on the ice and booing the goalie for making saves is being soft? And didn’t we JUST blow up the team and rebuild it after demanding changes? Do you have a memory?

  326. habs001 says:

    reality is that if our roster was not the habs but any other team playing the caps 99% on this site would take the caps in 4 games.. i hope i am wrong but i have a feeling i will have 4 empty feeling hard to fall asleep nights…

  327. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually, almost nobody ever predicts sweeps. So I highly doubt even 20% of people outside of Habs fans are predicting a sweep by Washington. Most of the optimistic people on this site, including myself, still believe the Caps will win the series, but what the hell is the point of writing the team off before it starts? So you can come back on here and give a bunch of people “I told you so’s”?

  328. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    That’s just it, I think Price should have been pulled last year. Especially after Jaro played the 3rd period of game 2 and stopped all the (5, not the heaviest workload) shots that he faced. I don’t think we have much chance of beating Washington 4 times in the next couple of weeks, but I really want to win at least 1. If the team isn’t getting it done with Jaro after a couple of games, let’s try the kid in game 3. Yes, at home. Let him deliver and shut people up if he’s going to do it. It’s time.

  329. likehoy says:

    you missed the point.

    maybe i should have said with “developing players” or “talented players.” but if that’s all you took out of it, so be it.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  330. pmaraw says:

    i dont have the same feeling as last year at this time. 

  331. likehoy says:

    halak will win solely on the JM system…40 + shots on halak and he wins…playing the caps is our ideal choice :D

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  332. Bugs says:

    Go back to Toranna, you sellout!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  333. Xtrahabsfan says:

    My memory is fine friend  and after all these years it reminds me  to build  a champion is too build big! As well  my memory serve’s up another crap finnals to the Leafs….See Andrew it’s not a rebuilt if you use the wrong parts it’s a sales pitch….

  334. Bugs says:

    I’d argue that but you have the stats on your side.

    40+ shots on Halak and the Cappers are finished.

    Hmmph. Suckers.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  335. Bugs says:

    So if he’s not prompted to do it, he’s a great coach.

    Gotcha.

    Sorry.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  336. Da Hema says:

    True Andrew. I must confess I have become very pessimistic over the past few seasons about our beloved Habs (I blame Timo for this! He is this website’s gadfly who corrupts our youth and probably is impious). I will watch all the games, and take solace in the fact this team probably should not have made the playoffs in the first place. The goaltenders–both Halak and Price–gave this team a chance to win most of the games it played this year. The goalies are the stars of this club. Well done Jaro and Carey!

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  337. andrewberkshire says:

    I understand your viewpoint, and respectfully disagree.

  338. andrewberkshire says:

    Absolutely agree Da Hema. I wasn’t very optimistic when Markov went down, and when Gionta went down in November I thought we were done for sure, but the team always battled hard enough to stay in it, and here we are. Jaro and Carey both deserve a lot of kudos, as does most of the team.

  339. phillyhab says:

    Slightly off topic:  Lightning blew up the front office instead of the team, and Columbus is looking for a coach… who else?  I really hope Boucher stays with us — that we keep him happy and away from these lesser NHL franchises  — til he gets a crack at the Habs bench.

     

  340. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If you were Boucher and the lightning offered you the former Champs ,what would you do?

  341. Rainrocket16 says:

    How many goals do you all expect Bettman to account for per game? My guess is 2 for the Caps almost a given! How many people expect to see Price in this Series? Unfortunetly I think he may play a game.

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  342. Ayan_SB says:

    I sincerely believe that the Montreal Canadiens hired Guy Boucher knowing fully well that he would be our next head coach in a few years. I mean, why would Boucher accept a job offer with the Hamilton Bulldogs, knowing l that the Habs would hire J.M., if he seeked NHL employment elsewhere?

    However, I don’t think an organization can hinder an affiliate coach’s NHL job prospects. I’m guessing the Habs would have to inform Boucher that he will be the Habs’ coach in the next few years, thus giving him a future with the organization, but they can’t just impede other teams from talking with him if they have no wish to keep him. Furthermore, if you read some of his interviews, I believe Boucher has said that he needs time to develop as a coach with the Bulldogs before stepping up to the NHL.

    Then there’s the case of Claude Julien, who was a coach with the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL team, which gave the Canadiens the rights to talk to him and thus he became our new coach. But did the Oilers have any intention to to keep Julien and eventually move him to the big club?

  343. K-hab25 says:

    If Halak loses game 1 thats 4 in a row and 3 of those were against non-playoff teams. Maybe superman wasn’t wearing his cape the last 3 games. Hopefully he finds it by game time Thursday for our sake. Any goaltender can be swept if the team in front of him is inferior to the opponent he’s facing. You give way to much credit/blame to the goaltender IMO. I think It’ll be Caps in 6, game 1 Halak wins, games 2&3 Halak loses, game 4 Price wins, game 5 Price loses, game 6 Halak loses and we’re golfing.

  344. andrewberkshire says:

    To get pumped up for the playoffs, a count down of the top 10 games of the Canadiens’ season!

  345. shootdapuck says:

    Your favorite Lapierre:

    GP: 76

    POP: 14 pts

    +/-: -14

     

    Sergei Kostitsyn:

    GP: 47

    POP: 18

    +/-: +4

    POP = “Pure Offensive Power”

     

    Lapierre= .1842 ” Pure Offensive Power” Pts/GP

    S Kostitsyn= .3829 “Pure Offensive Power” Pts/GP

     

    BY anyone’s math Sergei is double your man LALA in “Pure Offensive Power” per game played and is more than 3 times less a defensive liability to boot!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  346. bostonantifan says:

    How do you figure Bettman is going to account for any goals? It’s the players who are responsible for all the goals, both for and against! Accusing anything or anyone off-ice of accounting for goals on-ice is just looking for an excuse.

  347. bostonantifan says:

    “I mean, why would Boucher accept a job offer with the Hamilton
    Bulldogs, knowing l that the Habs would hire J.M., if he seeked NHL
    employment elsewhere? “

    Answer: He would accept the Bulldogs offer if he had no NHL offer at the time.

    As for your comment, “I believe Boucher has said that he needs time to develop as a coach with the Bulldogs before stepping up to the NHL.”, what would you expect him to say? If he said “I’m only here until an NHL job opens up”, do you think his players, or the Habs, would really feel comfortable with that?

  348. Shublips says:

    This will be a tough series for the Habs.  Likely they will get smeared but, if the stars align, it is not out of the realm of possibilites for them to pull off an upset.

    Read the series preview:

    2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Montreal-Washington Series Preview
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-first-round-playoff.html

  349. Say Ash says:

    Although the players would probably vote for Kesler as team MVP, Henrik turned Burrows, which I consider a west-coast Laps, into a 35-goal scorer.

  350. punkster says:

    I love your attitude Ian. I’m with you on this.

  351. punkster says:

    Great song by the Kaiser Chiefs. Remind you of an old band?

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2q6nl_kaiser-chiefs-i-predict-a-riot_music

  352. Storm Man says:

    his bro was hurt this season and still played well he should win the heart this year

  353. avatar_58 says:

    Such BS. If this coach ruins our one big d prospect…..

  354. Beaco says:

    Aside from always being a  good post, are you a drummer?

  355. punkster says:

    I believe the easiest forecast, the safest pick and the most logical choice would be Caps over the Habs. I have rarely chosen the easy, safe or logical route in my life and have both suffered for and rejoiced at the results. My heart and my head say Habs and I’ll enjoy the ride either way.

  356. boy from school says:

    i agree with you but

    with daniel gone for 20 games he scored at the same torrid pace.

    everyone who played on his wing turned into a 30 goal scorer. (burrows, samuelsson, sedin)

    he was also directly involved in 40 percent of every goal vancouver scored this season. hard to ignore.

  357. K-hab25 says:

    Actually I have 2 thank you very much. The only thing the archives show is you’re a typical bandwagon fan on this site. You started your lovefest for Halak when Price was struggling last year and it continued into this year. Halak wins and Priceburg doesn’t is your favorite retort. Although you leave out that neither of them has scored a goal this year. Every Halak win streak occured when the team was scoring 3 or more goals a game. Don’t believe me take 2 minutes and check. He has 13 more wins than Price. The team has scored 3 or more 26 times for Halak, more than half of his starts. They’ve scored 3 or more 13 times for Price, less than a third of his starts. I know you’re a rodent , but even you should notice the correlation. Thirteen more wins and the “TEAM” scored 3 or more goals 13 more times. Coincidence, I think not. If you truly “prefered” Price you wouldn’t have tried to blame him for the team not scoring goals and put the blame wear it belonged, on the “TEAM” , you know like you do for Halak.

  358. matmacat says:

    My prediction as well.

  359. Matthew says:

    On a totally unrelated note has anyone seen this?

     

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2010/04/12/souray_request/

     

    Looks like old Sheldon regrets signing with the Oilers…

     

  360. matmacat says:

    They are twins, and far from home. Don’t you think his brother would have had 112 pts had he not been injured? So basically, he’s less valuable because you have to 2 superstars instead of just one on your team if you are to have either.

  361. SeriousFan09 says:

    Souray is just another tale of how it is now evident that the easiest way for a defencemen to double or triple his actual value on the free agency market is to play next to Andrei Markov for two years or more.

     

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

  362. Harani says:

    My prediction: Habs in 8.

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

  363. SeriousFan09 says:

    Timo, Habs fans must bet on the Habs in hockey pools or we tempt fate and bring the wrath of the hockey gods down on us.

    I took the Habs in my pool even though it may hurt me, going against your team just invites some sort of direct action against you by the universe.

     

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

  364. Danno says:

    We’re going to shock the hockey world.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  365. Ian Cobb says:

    That is only two rounds Harani. What about the 3rd round in 5 maybe.!!

  366. Kooch7800 says:

    As sad as it is, I would rather have MAB and his salary for what he offers compared to Souray or Striet.

     

    I honestly can’t get over how hard he shoots the puck.  He should be in a hardest shot competition.  That one goal against the Isles last week was sick!

  367. lavie says:

    New NHL Best-of-nine playoff? lol

  368. SeriousFan09 says:

    A fragile, career minus defencemen at 5.5 a year? I’ll take Subban’s Rookie contract next season thank you very much, or even MAB’s 750k for the year.

     

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

  369. HardHabits says:

    Who’s the sucker who took that bet?

  370. HardHabits says:

    I’ll be cheering for the Habs and wanting them to win but let’s face it, if it takes Washington as much as 6 games to win it I’d be surprised. BTW if it does go 7 games, who here thinks our team of not winning the big games can actually pull off a game 7 win?

    Caps in 6 

  371. Danno says:

    8 would be the winner of a best of 15 series.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  372. K-hab25 says:

    OK!! You get the sv% by taking your saves total and divide it by shots against. Anything else you need help with. :-)

  373. HardHabits says:

    I think you mean Habs in fore! Or maybe Habs in for a beating?

  374. K-hab25 says:

    Price 91% Halak 92%, which part do you need explained and I’ll be glad to help you out.

  375. HardHabits says:

    We need to re-evaluate Gomez because it just dawned on me that he needs Gionta to excel. I don’t understand that. A passer needing a sniper to collect points! Can you explain that?

  376. Bugs says:

    Those are only excuses at the end of the day, Kay.

    A winner wins, that’s all there is to it.

    This year is Halak’s year, no matter how much you project strawman bandwagonning against me.

    There’s no “preference”, Kay; it’s just business.

    And we’re in business with Halak.

    If you wanna disregard their respective records this year and play the his fault, my fault, your fault, never-the-Kid’s fault game, that’s your business.

    Rest of us have our eyes open, even some like me who see the Priceberg as his boy.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  377. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tocchet and LAwton sacked, Hitchcock out on his rather large derriere earlier this year, Murray dismissed from St. Louis, other bodies probably on the way out…

    Tortorella in NY, maybe Sather finally? Sutters in Calgary likely getting the boot, Atlanta GM finally run out of rope, Jackets GM gets axed for blowing years of player development? Those are my picks for personnel shakeups.

    With any luck, the big news will be Boucher behind the bench to start the 10-11 Canadiens season…

     

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

  378. lavie says:

    We meant to say “Habs in (game) 8″.

  379. ed lopaz says:

    here’s an irony for you.

    as we cheer on our Habs against the Caps, if we manage to pull off an upset, just remember while you are jumping up and down and screaming at the top of your lungs……..

    the upset of the Caps assures Martin of starting next year as the Habs coach – guaranteed.

    if we win 2 series – martin’s job is secure for the entie 2011 season.

    how freakin ironic is that???

  380. DraftBeer says:

    Caps in 3

  381. mrhabby says:

    agree with all you said ..except martin. given the history with this club and its tendancies to play keep things as “they are” approach martin stays for another year. PG will say the injuires were crazy, 1st year for many players and a new coach should be given some more time to gel. that being said i suppose the molsons brothers could get the feeling martins approach is not what is needed in the 21st century NHL and move him upstairs with PG. Is Boucher ready for the NHL.?

  382. Danno says:

    Bettman would love the idea. More ticket sales :)

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  383. Say Ash says:

    A coach getting rewarded for winning a series or two? What’s ironic about that? Your misuse of the word – THAT’s ironic, don’t you think?

  384. mrhabby says:

    could not agree more…lmao.

  385. joeybarrie says:

    49 points and a plus minus of 0 on a minus team. Making 4.1 million dollars and playing almost 26 minutes a game. I would take Streit for 4 mill over MAB for 750k. At least Streit can play defense. Streit or Spacek? roughly the same price… Im thinking Streit. But either way, he is worth his money.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  386. Bugs says:

    Go back to Calgary, Flamer.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  387. SeriousFan09 says:

    Can’t win without losing is a saying I have become more and more familar with this year, all those games where we won but 1-2 of our guys went down to injury, our playoff seeding, the status of JM as head coach…

    Oh well, at least the farm is being well tended by Guy, but the problem is how long will he wait to claim the top job in Montreal? Another year, or will one of those teams across the NHL just wave a lot of money at him to abandon the Montreal system and run an NHL team right away? Guess we’ll find out, but I hope the idea of waiting just 1 more year, molding more of our prospects in to his kind of players and developing the team he wants on the big show will keep him around. Boucher must be the next head coach for Montreal for us to have real hope.

     

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

  388. Storm Man says:

    Hogwash that holds no water with me, Boucher had to deal with alot of Dogs called up this season and still did what he did and won coach of the year. JM has to go bottom line

  389. ed lopaz says:

    ironic – because many of us cheering for the habs victory would also cheer for martin being fired; and we can’t get both.

  390. mrhabby says:

    i can’t imagne Geoff Molson would let any team swoop in and gooble up Boucher. They know he is the next one and his success in hamilton will cement that.

  391. mrhabby says:

    the question is when does he go ..not if. we know he will go and be moved up or fired. its when.

  392. joeybarrie says:

    They must have been simply being polite, cause DC fans are clueless… Something else they don’t have is the politeness.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  393. notbigbird says:

    Zactly. If they play well and win, we continue to be stuck with someone who is ultimately a loser. Well, that’s the irony. Whether or not my analysis of JM is true or not is another matter, but there does seem to be a fairly broad consensus on this site.

  394. ed lopaz says:

    I believe that Boucher left Drummondville with the assurance that if all goes accoring to plan he will coach the habs.

    I believe that he is now being told that the habs brass are extremely pleased by his performance – obviously

    I believe that Boucher is smart enough to know that JM is a dinosaur

    I beieve that Boucher will stick around for 1 more season – it makes sense to a smart man to contniue his own development

    I believe Boucher will coach the habs either sometime during the 2011 season, or starting the 11/12 season.

    I believe that G-d wants the habs to do well :-)

  395. phillyhab says:

    Shadow who?  Ovi? Semin?  Fleischmann? Backstrom? Laich?

    Do you remember the play this season where everyone was so concerned with Oveckin that (I think it was Laich) walk in through FOUR players and took a point-blank shot on Price?

    The focus and fear of that one player is what makes Washington’s O so high scoring.  It’s like a constant power-play.

     

     

  396. Storm Man says:

    moved up!!!!!!!!!!! are you mad? here’s the job I would give him Administrative Assistant for Youppi

  397. Jordio-oh says:

    Better cling to that job at the hot dog stand, because your math is questionable.

  398. TomNickle says:

    Some people are justifiably questioning Torts decision to keep Gaborik on the bench and let Jokinen shoot yesterday.  People are quoting stats like Jokinen is 40% and Gaborik is 15%.

    The bottom line is this and it applies to every decision this time of year.  Is what you’re doing best for the team.  If a coach can live with himself after having put Jokinen into a shootout instead of Gaborik, then I suppose it’s the right choice.  It’s all about putting your best foot forward and having no regrets.

    Jacques Demers doesn’t curse himself every day for not calling for a stick measurement on Marty Mcsorley.

    Peter Laviolette doesn’t curse himself for making a switch to Cam Ward.

    Your best players are your best players for a reason.  Your decisions this time of year must be those of a coach doing everything he can to win and not decisions to avoid losing.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  399. K-hab25 says:

    Excuses you say or answers. Halak wins 6 in a row and the team scores 24 goals in those games. Why because Halak knows how to win or because the team was in a groove offensively . Answer carefully rodent. In Halak’s 6 losses in his last 9 games the team scored 12 goals. You know I guess Halak just forgot how to win in those games, he didn’t have his aura those nights. No I know what it is, his team just didn’t like him on those nights. Or maybe just maybe he didn’t get enough goal support. Are there games that Price has not played well, of course. Has Halak had a better season, of course. Has he had a better season by 13 wins, I think not. I think had Price been given similar goal support he’d have 21/22 wins or so. Hell Theodore has not lost in regulation in 23 games, with worse #’s than Price. The kid is definitely not beyond fault, but when there are guys with his #’s with twice as many wins there has to be another reason other than his play for such a disparity. Vokoun’s #’s are almost exactly the same as Halak’s yet his record is 23-28-11, a .371 winning % and Halak has a 26-13-5 .590 winning%. It’s not because Halak “knows how to win”, it’s a team sport, the goalie can only do so much. The team has to score to win, period!!

  400. Bugs says:

    If Theo plays like sh*te, Jack Marty has his job engraved in stone next year and those who’re sick of hearin the constant bashin of’m will get some sort of respite, fleeting as it may be.

    Agree or disagree?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  401. SeriousFan09 says:

    The fates want the Habs to do well, but they must do better with the gifts they recieve. Boucher is the best prospect for raising the team’s fortunes as a whole in a while and that must be encouraged. I’m sure Boucher was brought on board with a certain understanding about where he’d be going and the Molsons most love that they hired a guy that transformed their farm team to 2nd-best in the AHL in his rookie year. I believe Boucher will be patient as he tends the farm in Hamilton but I always hold my doubts so I don’t get too overexcited about the future.

    Canadiens have had major opportunities in the last year to address some of their issues like player development and scouting but haven’t done nearly enough to right that balance, until they do, I don’t see a Cup in Montreal to be honest. No reason we shouldn’t have the most scouts than any team in the NHL and more special assignment coachs working with all our various prospects around the league. If Niedermayer retires this year, I’d say sign him on a trial basis as as special assignment coach for defensive prospects and general skating, what he could potentially teach those kids…

     

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

  402. bigbighabsfan says:

    They certainly can both happen. Whether they should or will is another story. As for me thinking they would be better off trading Halak, well, it doesn’t really matter what I think. It does matter what the front office thinks though and my money says they think Price is their guy. Purely speculation, I don’t claim to know. I strongly feel that by the end of next season, maybe sooner, Gauthier will have to make a decision and live with it. I can’t believe they can keep both guys and keep them happy. Price has been a pro about his diminished ice time. It’s the toughest thing in sports to lose your spot and sit and watch. But does anyone envision a future where he signs a deal to play behind Halak beyond next season with free-agency looming? I don’t. And as for the flipside Halak has already shown an unwillingness to accept that role. As has been pointed out on this forum many times, if he had nothing to do with his agent’s public musings, he sure didn’t distance himself from them either.

    So yeah, I hope Halak has a great series, whether he stays or he goes. Not because of this infantile Price vs Halak stuff. But for the reasons I mentioned in the above post. It would be nice to keep both goalies (except where reading HIO is concerned) but I don’t think it will happen. And if it wont happen, they absolutely have to get something in return. As people like to say, it’s a problem any GM would love to have. But the closer these guys get to the end of their contracts, the less true that adage is.

  403. mrhabby says:

    if moved up..u buy the beers pal..

  404. notbigbird says:

    From Elliotte Friedman

    (For example, one free agent the Canadiens chased said he decided not to
    sign there because another player told him when the team was going
    badly, his brother had to lock his office door so co-workers couldn’t
    barge in and demand answers.)

    20. And, I get the impression there are about five
    players on the Montreal roster the other Canadiens don’t trust on the
    ice.

    21. How long can the Canadiens hold on to Guy
    Boucher? AHL Coach of the Year has a soaring reputation.

    Also read points 16 to 19 about the Habs.

     

     

  405. SeriousFan09 says:

    Depends if we get ejected in round 2 by 4-5 games because we’re completely outmatched and our goaltending magic fades. If we win Series 1 on a hot goalie (I will not name names) but round two has us swiftly ejected because JM doesn’t do his homework or anything in-game to change things, not much about the anti-JM movement will change I suspect.

     

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

  406. Storm Man says:

    When three-o-more plays like crap JM still goes I posted what job I would give him

  407. Say Ash says:

    I curse Laviolette switching to Cam Ward. I curse it regularly.

  408. bigbighabsfan says:

    A lot of people seem to think the Habs lucked out when they drew Washington. I do too but not because I think they have a chance – I don’t. I think it will be a massacre. If they can’t beat the Isles, Canes or Leafs, I don’t know how the hell they are going to beat these guys. But whatever… my prediction is worth the same as anyone’s – nothing. I think they drew well because all eyes are going to be on Washington and that means all eyes are going to be on Halak (I’m assuming he starts game 1…it’s the only sensible assumption IMO). If he was somehow able to pull off what most impartial fans would consider a near miracle, he is the talk of the NHL and his stock rises. If he gets hammered I think GM’s see him as just another decent goalie, there isn’t a shortage of those, and I don’t think anyone is going to risk too much to get him as their number one. He’ll still have value but the doubt will remain.

    Having said that, I think he needs a win in game one or at least a spectacular performance in a loss or Price gets game two. That’s just a feeling. I don’t think there is as much riding on Price having a great series because I don’t think it’s going to change anyone’s mind about him in the organization anyway. It would be a remarkable about face for the club if he isn’t the guy going forward. The resources for improving the skaters on the team are few. The more coveted Halak is the better the chances of that happening are.

  409. Tis Himself says:

    This just in: The riot is planned for 9:30pm on Wednesday, April 21. Be there or be square!

  410. diehardhab says:

    RADICAL IDEA:

    In the late 90’s habs played a first round series against the pens who had a the time one of the top players in the world in Jagr. For that series coach vigneault played 7 defencemen and used Zarly Zalapsky at the forward position to shadow jagr for the entire series. Lo and behold we won that series and jagr was limited to a modest series.

    My RADICAL IDEA is play Ryan O’Byrne at forward and have him shadow ovi. O’B is one of the few guys on our team strong enough on our team to be able to get physical with ovi but where he could get beat is the foot speed which ovi has a clear advantage.

    This idea definitely has its flaws but if we can beat the caps its gonna take something out of the ordinary to beat them.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  411. mike g says:

    Torts blew it big time Tommy….

    I’ve said it numerous times that shootout stats mean diddly squat. They are so false and misleading. An All-Star like Gaborik can have horrible numbers because he shot against goalers like Ryan Miller, Brodeur, and Luongo for example, when he was chosen for the shootout. He’s not always chosen, so maybe when he was he couldn’t score often on top goalies like that, but scored on the weaker ones….

    All that to say he should have shot. I don’t care what anyone thinks, my money is on Gaborik if he’s takin a shootout on BRIAN BOUCHER!!!! He’s one of the most pure goalscorers in the world, don’t tell me he can’t give you a better chance than anyone on that Rangers team. Christiensen ok, he’s got good moves. But Gabby had to be 2nd. Win with your best and lose with your best, especially when your best is Gabby.

    If we were Rangers fans, we would be livid. With their season on the line, they had their best player and goalscorer on the bench in favor of:

    1- a guy placed on waivers last year (Christiensen)

    2- an AHL player this year (PA Parenteau)

    3- a horrible, inexperienced guy who should have nothing to do with anything related to playoffs or being clutch (Jokinen)

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  412. DraftBeer says:

    Caps in 2!

  413. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    If Martin can find a way to get this club past the Capitals, he would deserve to come back next year. I’m no great fan of his system, and if he coaches in the playoffs the way he coached for most of the regular season, we don’t stand a chance. Washington is a better team than us, hands down. Yeah, we came out even in the season series, but if we are to beat them in the playoffs, it’ll take a massive effort from everyone on the ice and behind the bench.

    If he can win two series? That would make this the best Habs season in 17 years. I say we give him a chance.

  414. lavie says:

    MAB is faster.

  415. avatar_58 says:

    You know everyone saying “oh no martin will look good” etc etc – you know what? If Marty can somehow pull a miracle out of his anus and get to round 2 he DESERVES some praise.

  416. diehardhab says:

    MAB will get run over by ovi.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  417. Harani says:

    My Toronto trip screwed me over. The wedding never ended on Saturday and I was sleeping instead waiting to buy playoff tix. When I woke up at 1PM, it was already too late. And now, I have a couple of days to try and find reasonable tix. I’m broke already. FML! But I believe guys! 

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

  418. TomNickle says:

    That was my point Mike.

    If my playoff life is on the line and I’m Torts.

    1. Dubinsky

    2. Gaborik

    3. Drury

    I don’t care what their shootout stats are.  Dubinsky and Drury show up when it matters and Gaborik is one of the top 5 most skilled players in the World. 

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  419. Storm Man says:

    Cough praise not from me

  420. K-hab25 says:

    You do the exact same thing with Halak, moron!!

  421. diehardhab says:

    Is that Dominic Moore?

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  422. mike g says:

    -So we won’t or can’t win because we couldn’t beat a team like the Canes (the 2nd best team in the whole NHL since January)…

    -So then Washington can’t beat us too, because they lost to Boston yesterday (a team lower than them in the standings, who played without Savard, Chara, Bergeron, and Recchi).

    So the Caps had their full lineup and couldn’t beat a team with their backup goaler, and 4 important players out….

    Hockey is played on the ice, and that’s why the teams play 82 games. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  423. TomNickle says:

    I hate the Canes more than I hate potholes.  And I hate potholes, a lot.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  424. K-hab25 says:

    I have a question, when your hero is traded this off season will you cry while masturbating to his poster on your wall. Halak is just keeping the spot warm while Price is on vacation. It’s always been and will be Price’s time. So go cry in your pillow.

  425. ed lopaz says:

    I agree with almost everything except this:

     If he was somehow able to pull off what most impartial fans would consider a near miracle, he is the talk of the NHL and his stock rises.

    if halak puuls off the miracle there’s no way PG can trade him at any price (pardon the pun).

    so if you think the habs would be better off trading halak as miracle worker – you can get into the “irony” line which has habs fans rooting for the habs to beat the caps AND have JM fired –

    the 2 are mutually exclusive

    they can not both happen.

  426. K-hab25 says:

    Original!! No one can ever accuse you of thinking to much.

  427. Psycho29 says:

    He must know what he’s talking about, because Chris Nylund is his favourite Hab all time!

  428. TomNickle says:

    If we beat the Caps, Boston will go to the Conference Final in my opinion.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  429. Mr Dobby says:

    O’byrne would get razzle dazzled all over the ice.

  430. TomNickle says:

    This series is a lose-lose for those who are Halak fans first and Hab fans second.

    1. If Halak plays lights out and wins the series, his contract demands will likely be such that Price becomes the MUCH more affordable option and Halak is likely traded because of it.

    2. If Halak plays this series and the Caps win, it does nothing to lower Halak’s value as an asset and allows management to keep Price without backlash.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  431. ed lopaz says:

    if theo plays crap – he will not be in the lineup long enough to lose the series.

    if the habs defeat the caps in the series – JM has his job engraved in stone next year – yes to that.

  432. mike g says:

    Yup, no worries Tom. I knew we both taught the same, just had to throw out my opinion…

    I agree with Gabby and Drury. Chritiensen though deserved to shoot. He was a big player for the Rags down the stretch, and has some crazy moves. I would take him over Dubby, but wtv. That’s not the debate…it’s about leaving your best player oin the bench..

    I was going for the Flyers all the way. But when they showed Gabby on the bench when they lost, it reminded me of Gretzky in Nagano Olympics, 1998. They didn’t chose him either, the best player of all time…

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  433. diehardhab says:

    If we just roll 4 forward lines and 3 defensive pairings were toast unless a goalie catches lightning in a bottle (see THEODORE, Jose circa 2002), we may as well try something unorthodox. 

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  434. AH says:

    So last year we limped into the playoffs too, finished 8th and got bounced in 4. BG blows up the team, brings in new coaches, new players and here we are barely limping in again, and most likely another bounce out in 4 straight. If it’s a TEAM game, and the TEAM goal is to win the Stanley cup, what really has changed for this club over last year, anything at all? Sigh, how much longer is this going to continue?

    I hope I’m wrong but I say Caps in 4; 5, but only if Jaro stands on his head in one of the games at home.

  435. ed lopaz says:

    is there anyone who is a halak fan first and a habs fan second ???

     

  436. Ian Cobb says:

    Here is another breakdown of play off teams for your consideration boys and girls.

    But really there is only one opinion to pay close attention to.

    MINE!, Habs in 6!

    The Top 10 NHL playoff storylines to watch

  437. K-hab25 says:

    It looks like Pouliot

  438. K-hab25 says:

    It looks like Moore

  439. TomNickle says:

    Orr didn’t play at the Nagano Olympics!

    Ha, I had a discussion with somebody about the Hossa to Pittsburgh trade and how they got a king’s ransom for Hossa, the person I was talking to didn’t think Christenssen was an NHL caliber player.  Christenssen is going to be an excellent 3rd line centre in the NHL with 50 point potential in my opinion.  He was taking just as many faceoffs as Drury yesterday and is relied on for offensive output.  Colby Armstrong is what he is.  A guy that every team wants so that you don’t have to play against him.  Esposito is interesting too.  He could be bust just as easily as he could be boom but not a throw in at all and a first round pick that season too.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  440. K-hab25 says:

    The rodent is!!

  441. notbigbird says:

    For those who don’t do Twitter.  But maybe everybody does Twitter. Anyway from Stubbs.

    O’Byrne on thin ice, aligned with Maxwell on D in
    practice today”

  442. Don Carnage says:

    Truth be known Wayne had told the coach at one point that he was not very good at breakaways and that he was not comfortable in penalty shootouts , we all want to point the finger at the coach, Wayne did not want to be on the ice, thats why he was not picked to shoot, research it this is a known fact.

  443. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    sweet! for once, hockey fans in DC know something!

  444. TomNickle says:

    If Henrik Sedin wins the Hart trophy the sports writers across North America really have to re-evaluate how they think the game. 

    This is a player who will not play for a team unless his brother is on it.  That alone renders him less valuable than Crosby, Ovechkin and Miller.

    If a player NEEDS to have another player with him, he can’t be the most valuable.  

    Just my thought on Friedman’s one way analysis of Sedin’s season.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  445. Bugs says:

    No, he’s not. You just invented that cuz you couldn’t argue with him and hurling fabrications is the only thing that seems to soothe your wounded pride about it.

    The Priceberg is the rodent’s boy; everyone knows that. In fact, if one peruses the Emergency Ward’s archives, that truth becomes manifest. …”halak-lover first, team-lover second”, what puerile dramatic tripe, yeah, that’s me alright…

    You don’t have a leg to stand on, Kay.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  446. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Well this year he played 19 games for a team that his brother wasn’t on. Played pretty well, too. Even changed his game up a bit. I understand what you’re saying, and it is weird that they are a package deal. I think there are a lot of people who sign with a team because they like playing with a certain player, though. Those 19 games showed that he is capable of playing well without his brother, he just prefers to play with him.

  447. ed lopaz says:

    bob mckenzie has also picked sedin, FYI

  448. ed lopaz says:

    I also hope you are wrong.

  449. K-hab25 says:

    I was making a broad statement about almost every Price hater that claims to “like” him or “prefer” him. You have had your wagon attached to Halak most of the year, right. So as you stated all season long Halak wins Price doesn’t. Well Halak’s lost 6 of 9 and has looked real bad in his last 3 starts. So now it’s the team, not Halak, yet when Price was losing 2-1 and 1-0 it was because he didn’t make the key save. Halak loses 4-3 and it’s the teams fault, really, bull***t. Halak has 13 more wins and the team scored 3 or more 13 more times for Halak than for Price. The fact is in 22 of Halak’s 26 wins the team scored 3 or more and only 9 times in Price’s 13 wins. There’s your difference in wins, which is a team stat and you know it. Goalies don’t score goals, they need the other 18 guys to win, PERIOD!!!

  450. Bugs says:

    More fabrication. I never said it was the “team”s fault”; I SAID it was Halak’s. It’s exaggeration, yes, but that’s what I say. That’s what I ALWAYS say. Last line of defence. He can make the ultimate difference no matter WHAT the “team” does.

    I said it was Halak’s fault the last three games. Difference is the aura. The confidence. Halak hasn’t lost it and I haven’t lost it in him. Neither has the team, looks like.

    That’s what I said. What I ALWAYS said.

    3rd fail, Kay. That’s three strikes, mate.

    You know what happens after three strikes, dontcha?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  451. K-hab25 says:

    Well this ain’t baseball rodent and you still have a biased opinion, as do I. I’m just not ashamed to admit. 99% of the people on this site “prefer” one goalie over the other, it’s just amazes me how many feel ashamed or less of a Habs fan if they admit. Then there’s the ones like you rodent, that claim to “prefer” one, but whose post clearly show they “prefer” the other. Actions speak louder than words. Or in your case what you’ve been posting for a year and half speaks louder than one post claiming something else. “Halaks not gettin traded, if anyones get traded it’ll be the Priceburg”. Sound familiar rodent. It should you said it a bunch of times when people were suggesting trading Halak. “You don’t trade the guy who wins, you trade the other guy”. Ya you “prefer” a goalie alright and it sure isn’t Price.

  452. pmaraw says:

    im pretty sure those two losses you’re refering to were dropped by the team, not just the goalie.

  453. Bugs says:

    You’re so full of it, you squeak, Kay.

    NEVER said “if one or the other be traded, it’s be Price”. I said we should keep both. Always have.

    FOURTH epic failure on your part. Sinking deeper and deeper into the Hole of Liars, you are, Kay.

    Total failure. If you had ANY kind of supportive argument, you woulda copy/pasted it.

    You have nothing, Kay. You just keep making things up, ok? That’s all you’re good for.

    You’re finished, chummm-p.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  454. Bugs says:

    You see, Ed? The “team” lost when the Priceberg was in net.

    But he should get a start in the playoffs because if we lose, it won’t be the “team’s” fault anymore, it’ll be Halak’s.

    So no, Ed. That’s why the Kid won’t get a start. Halak has to STINK for the Kid to get a start.

    Halak won’t stink (at least, I hope not), win OR lose. And if he doesn’t stink, the Kid won’t see the net.

    Win or lose. 

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  455. Storm Man says:

    Bugs your love for Halak is getting out of hand.

  456. ed lopaz says:

    you might be right – but the caps can make any goalie look bad – especially a goalie who needs Hamrlik and Spacek playing key minutes in front of him.

    I’m just saying what i’ve always said – if the habs don’t win, they need to look to make a change.

  457. Bugs says:

    Let me understand your position, Stormy: Since you disagree that Halak should play every game in the playoffs unless he blows royal stinkers, that means that “I love Halak” and that love is making me delusional to the ACTUALITY that Price shoud get a start in the playoffs.

    Is that correct? That’s your argument, yes?

    Hmm, yes, well done, mate. (scoff)

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  458. Bugs says:

    Well.., guess what we can do with Theo, Ed.

    We can make him look bad too. Seen it with our own eyes, no?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  459. ed lopaz says:

    i guarantee you that if we win game 1 or game 2 in Washington, and Theo plays poorly, Washington will switch.

    they know it was the russian kid who saved their bacon last year

  460. Storm Man says:

    My position on things hmmmmmmm Halak should start game 1 but if his neck get’s red and 4 goals blow by him it’s time for Price to go back in. Thanks for giving me the stand on this topic:)

  461. K-hab25 says:

    EXACTLY RODENT!!!!!!!

  462. K-hab25 says:

    They’ll switch because they’re intrested in doing whats best for the team, not what’s fair to one player. The rodent can’t get past his man crush, so he can’t comprehend this way of thinking.

  463. avatar_58 says:

    Interesting given Price hasn’t actually “stunk” in ages. He just didn’t win, in which case people said “good goalies find a way”. All the sudden 1 goal losses aren’t the goalie’s fault? Hmm. I’m a little confused my friend. It can’t be both. Did Halak lose the last 3 or was it the team? I say it’s the team (horrid defense), but obviously he wasn’t helping much.

    I still hold the opinion that Price didn’t lose that Bruins series – the WHOLE team sucked, was injured, etc. There was no way even Roy himself could have saved them. He just happened to be the one in net taking the blame.

  464. Bugs says:

    You don’t know what you’re talkin about, Kay.

    The Priceberg is my boy. I’m one of the few posters who PREFERS the Priceberg but refuses to keep his head in the sand while Halak has played better for the last two years and should play EVERY game in the playoffs this year.

    But since you disagree with that, I have a “man-crush on Halak” now. Brilliant rhetoric.

    Epic fail, Kay.

    Have an argument next time, why dontcha.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  465. K-hab25 says:

    Wow now this is something new a poster on HIO claiming to “prefer” Price, all the while bashing him and praising Halak. Man never read that on here. It doesn’t make your biased opinion any less bias because claim to “prefer” Price. Ya and I “prefer” Halak he’s just played like crap lately and hasn’t earned anything more than 1 game, after that it’s win and you’re in.

  466. Bugs says:

    Bashing Price???

    Never bashed Price. Total fabrication on your part. Second epic fail, Kay.

    You have no clue what you’re talkin about and are forced to make things up to be able to argue against me.

    You’re done, Kay; thanks for playing.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  467. Bugs says:

    But you’re not taking the stand on this topic; you’re repeating exactly what I said but differently: if Halak STINKS, put Carey in, but if he DOESN’T stink, win or lose, Halak stays in all the way.

    Just what I said.

    I guess YOUR “love” for Halak is as obvious as “mine”, only stated differently, right?

    Funny, cuz I just want the goalie who systematically has given us a better chance to win all year in the playoffs. I didn’t know “love” had anything to do with it…

    But I guess you do cuz ONLY if “four shots blow by him” (meaning: he has no chance to allow us to win), then Price goes in. Just what I said. Unless that happens, it stands to reason from what you’re saying, then Halak NEVER gives up the net. Just what I said.

    Glad we agree…Halak-lover.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  468. Ayan_SB says:

    Does anybody get the feeling that a lot of calls are going to go on Washington’s side this series? Now that Crosby’s got the Stanley Cup, I assume NHL upper management would love to see the Caps, specifically Alex Ovechkin, win the Cup.

    I’m not trying to be a consipiracy theorist, but even I could see how OV winning the cup after Sid and Malkin did would be a storybook ending to the season, at least in the league’s point of view.

     

  469. habfan01 says:

    Phoenix wins the cup this year. bettman needs to up their market  value- just like Dallas Tampa and Carolina.

  470. punkster says:

    The storybook ending would be if the club nobody picked to even make the playoffs found its legs and battled all the way to the finals with heart and soul, winning game 7 in OT.

  471. phillyhab says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised.

  472. dicktracy says:

    Anyone in s. ontario need a hockey fix, the kitchener ranger vs london knight game is starting on rogers tv. game 7..should be a piss cutter. if you need a team to root for pick the rangers to beat next year leaf, nasim kadri. go rangers

  473. adam76 says:

    I think the team that woks the hardest and has the most skill will win the cup.  I know thats not as exciting as your “conspiracy theories” but still – I think in the NHL – if you raise the cup – you earned it.

  474. RetroMikey says:

    Obviously, yo have not read all my posts forskis the past couple of weeks.

    I said that if they are to make a run in the second round, Washington would be my bet since both teams play similar style, speed and skill.  Perhaps we did ourselves a favour by finising in 8th.

    Any other team that they would have matched like Buffalo, New Jersey or Pittsburgh woud be …see ya in the first round!

    Not jumping the bandwagon, many issues on this team on and off the ice in mangement is a concern to me and others, I see it getting worse before it gets better.

    As for Hamilton, I believe we are thin as prospects go.  Players that I am impressed with are Trotter, Desharnais, and Glumac but they stand to be career AHLers or jump to Europe.  Trotter is small and we got enough smurfs on this team to add another one in him or Desharnais.

    Not really deep for anyone to make it IMO.

    Weber has not impressed me to make it in Montreal and Subban still needs more seasoning as far as I am concerned, he needs to work on his D!

    I’ve been wrong before but who knows?

    Should be an exciting series.

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

  475. forskis says:

    Sorry about that…been trying to wean myself off from reading the site all the time and posting…in any case, I do agree with you that the Caps represent the best chance Montreal has of advancing to the 2nd round…since Montreal’s defence is shaky, what better opportunity than to play run-and-gun against a team that has a supposed less focus on defence?

    It is too bad that Weber seems to be stagnating…and I do agree that it would be the safer route to give Subban another year in the minors.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  476. Drive4twenty5 says:

    I’m almost scared to see anyone come up, cause i’m not sure how they will develop with this team. But what about getting Weber up and get him going? We need some young blood, just need a coach who will let them play and make mistakes. I really wish Guy Boucher would come up and work with the young players so we can start developing our future and not pay 5-7 million for “nice” players. 

     

    “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”

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  478. Danno says:

    71 hours and 49 minutes to go until the big show. Me want hockey.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  479. ShangaDoo says:

    OMG, Me too. Is it really that long?

    All this anticipation and what not…I’m going crazy.

    I need help.

    I pretty much read everything on the Habs/Caps series today…I don’t want to wait. What am I supposed to do tomorrow?

  480. Flabadagub says:

    Hey nastyHABit,

    While the Habs are left out to dry, CBC would be performing oral sex on the Leafs if they had made it.

  481. likehoy says:

    all this talk about carey price having success against the capitals…but do the capitals have any success against halak!? halak did beat ovechkin and the russians (stopping ovechkin twice in a shootout) in the olympics…his buddy semin was there too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpdPhcYWV5c in case you don’t remember it.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  482. Flabadagub says:

    Hey folks, Maxwell is on roster, and a healthy scratch. he is also on Bulldogs’ clear day roster which means he can play in playoffs for them too. Yes, no? So if the Habs need extra players for emergency, why would not they bring up someone good……… like, oh.. lets say ……PK SUBBAN??!?!?!?!? Please excuse my ignorance.

  483. Malreg says:

    From the trade deadline until the end of the season you are only allowed 4 call-ups.  Canadiens called up PK Subban once, and Maxwell twice, so they used 3 of their 4 call-ups.

    If they would have sent Maxwell down, then they would have had to use their last call-up if there was an injury.  What would they have done if 2 people were injurred? They would have been stuck a man short, since they could not call anyone up.

    I believe now that limit has been lifted, since the regular season is over.  Not 100% sure though…

  484. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Finally! Just uploaded it….NHL 2010 Playoffs Predictions – Round 1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znc0B1dzgyc

    Short video, roughy 1 minute. Tried to make the video look all fancy with the fire backgrounds.

    So what do you guys think of the predictions? If not satisfied, I would love to hear your advice on making a better video (I am sort of a beginner). Thanks peeps.

  485. Danno says:

    Great video Harditya. But your prediction for Habs vs Caps is wrong. Habs will crush the Caps like little bugs.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  486. matmacat says:

    You chose the favourites in each series and plugged in a random number of games it’ll take. The only upset is detroit, but then again, having phoenix so high is already an upset for most. I still say the yotes take it.

  487. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I picked the higher ranked teams (besides detroit over phoenix) because none of the lower ranked teams have the depth or the potential to upset. Flyers, Ottawa, Kings have unreliable goaltending, Habs and Bruins have very inconsistent scoring, plus Colorado has been very cold entering the playoffs. These things are going to cost them a lot in playoffs. Chicago and Washington have unreliable goaltending as well but their key strengths like offense neutralize and cover their weaknesses. I had my reasons for picking the favourites.

    Ah well, whatever. I don’t have a crystal ball and it’s the god darn playoffs – anything can happen. Kings can sweep the Canucks, Ryan Miller might get injured, whatever. Let’s have fun. GO HABS GO! Crush the Caps!

  488. Danno says:

    I’m kind of getting a laugh at how we were fearing for our lives before our last game against the Leafs, but we’re cockier than a Banty rooster as we go up against those Washington Capitals.

    I like it. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Stay cocky.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  489. WestHab says:

    Never take any playoff involement for granted.  Here everthing is so dead cause the flames are out.  Businesses complaing about lost revenu and all.  Might as well enjoy the buzzz.  Go Habs Go!

  490. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I really hope I am wrong. GO HABS GO! Crush the Caps!

  491. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Fair enough, but I didn’t chose a random number.

    For example Devils over Philly in 6. I am aware of the fact that Flyers were 5-1 against the Devils in the regular season. But this is playoffs, and Flyers don’t have a reliable goaltender, let alone an average goaltender that would keep them in the playoffs. Flyers will come out hard and win a game or two but their goaltending is not reliable – So I chose Devils in 6.

  492. matmacat says:

    cool beans.

  493. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Sorry bud – didn’t want to sound harsh. You had a valid point.

  494. matmacat says:

    ‘cool beans’ as in ‘I get what your saying’ ;)

    video was good.

  495. likehoy says:

    seems to me that a couple of bad halak outings, and price being 2-1-1 against the caps brought out all the price fans out of hiding!

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  496. badbalance says:

    Price is and will be the better and flashier goalie than Halak. I wouldn’t be surprised if Halak gets pulled after the fist period of the first game after letting in 4 goals. He can’t handle the Caps. They actually shoot for corners and not right at the goalie.

  497. Matt_in_TO says:

    Like Jaro is never beaten high glove side.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  498. badbalance says:

    Yes I’ve seen Halak let in weak glove side goals, every goalie seems to be letting them in, none of them deserve to be in the NHL.

  499. SeriousFan09 says:

    It was Price’s glove that was picking sure goals out of the air in his starts since the Olympics. The kid has an excellent glove when he’s on his game and that’s evident to objective viewing. A lot of goalies get beaten glove side, short side, whatever you call it, Rangers were forced out of playoffs last year after the Capitals began bombarding Lundqvist glove high and he’s considered Top 5 at times.

     

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

  500. SeriousFan09 says:

    I did see Jaro get beaten like a Junior B goalie on Saturday and blow the Islanders SO rather spectacularly earlier in the week. He set up that no-name player on Toronto for 1 goal than just handed him a clean 2nd, than was doing what exactly when Celine Phaneuf scored in OT?

     

     

     

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

  501. SeriousFan09 says:

    I would like to see him win as his winning would have been good for the team. I’m worried about his performance and going into the playoffs considering we need excellent goaltending and Jaro hasn’t been at his best going into the biggest series of games in his NHL career.

    Don’t tell me I’m not a real fan when you spend all your time talking about how Carey Price is a failure.

     

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

  502. SeriousFan09 says:

    He didn’t have a great season, but it wasn’t an unmitigated disaster that made Toskala look good as some people would argue. You don’t get to call out people for not being real fans just because you say so either, it is a pathetic, weak argument to throw out there. I like Price because I see his potential and what’s already accomplished, despite hard times he’s kept working harder to be a better goalie.

    How I spend my life is no business of yours and since you don’t know my occupation or what I do on a daily basis, you’re not in a place to judge me.

     

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

  503. SeriousFan09 says:

    Goalies can have great seasons and fold at the worst possible times, if Halak is to be argued to the clutch performer the team can always count on, he wasn’t when they needed him most and it’s a valid point to raise. I’m allowed to voice concern about his play going into a playoff elimination round after we limped out of our final 3 games with 2 points because of his weak play.

     

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

  504. andrewberkshire says:

    Robert, save yourself the time and don’t argue with retards like Habs_Guru.

  505. zozotheclown says:

    So he’s really planning to use MAB as a defencemen over OB, in playoff style hockey where they let even more go? Really? Ovy and Semin are going to rip him to pieces when they have last change….

  506. likehoy says:

    well maybe ovechkin decides to be a team player and tries to block one of MAB’s point shots? one can only hope.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  507. terrygain says:

    Martin’s as clueless as Carbonneau.  O’B’s in the doghouse b/c he pinched and got beat. Spacek gets beat even when he’s not pinching. They need O’B’s hitting. Play MAB on the 4th line.  

  508. linp says:

    Our right winger will need to stay back to help him out in our zone. MAB did bring an offensive element that we need.

  509. mike g says:

    ” Simple Jack’s Simple Playoff Wishes”:

    Chrome Dome or Razor?: I’m pretty sure our series vs the Caps will feature Pierre “Chrome Dome” McGuire in between the benches. Whether it’s him or that stuttering Ray Ferraro, it will be the most annoying series to watch even though our Habs are a part of it. The same way teams and players tend to elevate their intensity in the playoffs, broadcasters do too. This can be very scary with a sprinkle annoyance. Pierre already loves everyone, their family and community. I can somehow see him digging up the familiy tree for numerous Caps players. And Ray Ferraro already rips every player on a nightly basis. I can see him breaking a stick or his headset if Hamrlik makes a turnover. Little things like that seem to get him over the edge..

    Desert Storm: I really hope the Coyotes can pull off a series win vs the Wings. Detroit has had their share of playoff success, and honestly I’m tired of seeing them win so much. It would be so great to see the Yotes win a series, especially vs Detroit. What a shame it would be if Phoenix got eliminated in the 1st round after pulling off such an incredibly unexpected season.

    Habs Caps: So, I now can’t wear the Capitals cap my brother baught me in NYC at the NHL store. However, I can pull out one of my 6 Habs caps and wear them proudly. My prediction for this series is that it will go 6 or 7 games. And really, I don’t know who will win. Most will favor the Caps, but we are able to pull of some crazy wins when we face teams like that. Will it be enough, I and nobody knows. All I know is that it will be exciting and entertaining, 2 things NJ and BUF would not have offered….

    Other Predictions: Philly over NJ in 7. Buf over Boston in 6. Pitts over Ottawa in 5, maybe 4. SJ over Colorado in 7. LA over Vancouver in 7, tripple overtime! Chicago over Nashville in 6. And finally, Phoenix over Detroit in 7, and 4 of their games will go into OT…..

    Your Thaughts?

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  510. TomNickle says:

    New Jersey beats Philadelphia

    Boston beats Buffalo

    Pittsburgh beats Ottawa

    San Jose beats Colorado

    Chicago beats Nashville

    Vancouver beats Los Angeles

    Detroit CLOBBERS Phoenix

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  511. SLONCOLD says:

    caps over the habs in 5

    New Jersey over Philadelphia in 6

    Buffalo over bruins 6

    Pittsburgh over Ottawa 4

    Colorado over San Jose 7

    Chicago over
    Nashville 5

    Los Angeles over vancouvers 7

    Phoenix over Detroit 6

  512. oshawahabsfan says:

    With the powerplays being so critical, we have to score on as many as we can to give ourselves a shot at this series. Breaking the same linemates formula is in order. I think the “little three” as cueball Maguire would call them should be the first unit with Markov and Bergeron at the points. Gives us our two best set up players in Markov and Gomez, to feed a trio of quick -releasing, hard shooters in MAB, Gionta, and Cammalleri. Not to mention with Gionta’s right handed shot, one-timer options on both sides of the ice. Two centres is nice as well if Gomez gets tossed from the circle.

    Now if the first unit doesn’t score…

    I’d like to see Pleks and the Bros out there. With this, although Martin seems like the coach who would never do this, I’d like to see Sergei man the point, as he has before in Junior and a few times with the Habs. He has great vision and playing the left side could set up his brother for one-timers on the right wing, or to the right point. Even though he hasn’t exactly been the PP specialist we hoped we were getting, I’d play Spacek on the right point. With Sergei on the point, Pouliot would join Pleks and AK up front. Of course this is all too radical for The Count so it will never happen, however I feel a setup like this could increase our chances of using our powerplays instead of wasting them. Needless to say they will make the difference in this series with these two teams holding the best two powerplays in the league through the regular season. 

  513. Bugs says:

    We’re gonna kick all sorts of Capper butt.

    You heard it here 43rd.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  514. 100HABS says:

    Just looking at the overall end-of-season and one thing caught my eye: How do you think Saku Koivu feels today?

    His Ducks got 89 points and missed the playoffs by a fair margin. His old habs Got 88 points and made it. He just loved the playoffs and played his best at that time. It must feel a little weird…

  515. ed lopaz says:

    How do you think he felt when he found out that he was no longer wanted / needed on a team and in a city where he gave his heart and soul for more than 10 seasons?

    I was disgusted how the changes Gainey made, on the fly, left no room for a great leader like Saku.

    I am still disgusted today – and seeing Gainey LEAVE after 6 months – was so terribly ironic, it was hard to take.

    Maybe another GM would have handled things completely differently.

    I would NEVER trade Saku for Gomez straight up, and Gomez makes twice Saku’s salary.

    Would you rather have Saku or Moore on the 3rd line?

    WE STILL DON”t HAVE A CAPTAIN!!!

    That’s an embarassment to the Habs as the greatest hockey organisation of all time.

  516. ed lopaz says:

    Habs won their games this year with goaltending first, goaltending second, and goaltending third.

    Its a simple formula really.

    At least we don’t need to practice.

    Either Halak or Price will have to steal the series.

    I’m not sure anything else will matter.

  517. Bugs says:

    Either Halak or Price???

    It’s Halak, Ed.

    Where you been?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  518. Bugs says:

    Lawton and Tocchet done gone got canned.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  519. avatar_58 says:

    Not surprising

  520. Danno says:

    Torts next?

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  521. TomNickle says:

    I don’t really know about Tocchet as a coach but it was painfully obvious that Brian Lawton was the worst executive in the NHL.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  522. K-hab25 says:

    The key to this series, especially against WAS, is goal scoring. When the Habs score 3 or more goals they’re 31-3-5. If we can give Halak 22-2-2 in those games or Price 9-1-3 in those games 3 goals or more we have a chance for the upset. I think it’s unrealistic to score 2 or less against WAS and expect a win, they’re to good offensively. Guys like Cammy, AK46, Pleks and Pouliot have to score consistently, like Gionta does for us to have a realistic shot.

  523. Big Ted says:

    It looks like there aren’t too many people outside of Montreal who are giving the Habs a chance in this series. If you read some of the posts in this forum and others, you’re seeing “experts” pick the Habs to go out in 4 or maybe 5 games, and yes, it’s entirely possible that that might happen. But these same people are saying things like Carey Price has never won a playoff series (a lie) and made predictions that the Habs would never make the playoffs (didn’t happen). The US media obviously does all their analysis by numbers and even then can’t seem to get their facts straight. Up here in Canada, we have a Toronto-centric media that won’t put the Habs on the public network (CBC) and that wishes they weren’t in the playoffs. Look at Damien Cox, with his comment that Ron Wilson should have pulled his goalie to try and knock the Habs out of the playoffs. Damien Cox obviously has no class, and the same can be said about a lot of the biased analysis coming out of Toronto.

     

    Yes, the Habs are 8th and are underdogs. But as I wrote about previously, the difference between them and the Caps is not a great as people are making out (or as indicated by the point difference). If the Habs win one of the first two, I fully expect this series to go the distance. The Habs have to do all the cliche things right, playing with energy, playing the full 60 minutes, not taking bad penalties, using their speed, etc. but those are all things under their own control. Washington’s goaltending and D is not that good and can very easily be exploited. If I were the Habs, I’d be fired up by the media putting Montreal down over and over, not just this year, but in the year where we finished first overall there weren’t too many people who praised us the way they praise Toronto for winning the last game of the year.

    And another point, let’s not forget that Washington is THE CITY THAT STOLE OUR EXPOS. It’s time to win one back and show them that hockey is still our sport.

  524. avatar_58 says:

    I hope you aren’t insinuating if we go down 3 games that Halak stays in. He may have earned the start but if he plays badly the switch has to be made.

  525. ed lopaz says:

    Agreed – Its Halak for game 1.

    And I’ve been a Halak supporter all year.

    But if Halak does not come up big in game 1, I would go to Price in game 2.

    Price played very well coming down the stretch – I would not be afraid to go to him in game 2 and hope that he can spark something.

    Just a feeling.

    Halak’s goalie coach when he played junior in lewiston is someone I know very well. I am a big Halak supporter, but I support the Habs winning first and foremost, and whatever it takes, I’m ready to give it a try.

     

     

  526. Bugs says:

    Ridiculous.

    Not up to Halak. Up to the “team”. What we’ve been told all year from the Price-no-matter-what folks: when Price lost, it was the “team” that lost.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Halak is in all the way.

    All he has to do is not stink. If he stinks and we have no chance? By all means. Throw the Priceberg in.

    But if he’s COMPETENT and we have a chance, win OR lose?

    Price never sees the net.

    Goose had its chance; now it’s gander time.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  527. pmaraw says:

    if we go down 3 games and its all been on 1 goalie, then they try and put the other goalie in for the 4th…  I really hope he tells them where to stick the puck.  if they go with 1 goalie for 3 losses they better go with him for the 4th.  but, we’re gonna win, so, who cares?  amirite?

  528. avatar_58 says:

    We can only pray!! :D

  529. K-hab25 says:

    If wins and losses are because of the “TEAM”, which they are. Then why does Halak deserve every game? Is it his extensive playoff experience? Has he been our been our #1 the last 2 years? Is it because Halak won our only playoff series in the last 7 years? Look I agree based on the regular season and the fact Price only has like 4 starts in 2 months that Halak should start the series, but it’s ignorant to say he gets every game even if the team is losing. Especially since the reason you think Halak should play every game is because he won more than Price in the regular season. Well same goes in the post season he wins he’s in, he looses, he’s out.

  530. BeachHabFan says:

    i’m not sure if the Habs will win the series, but i like the pairing. they’ve matched up well against ovie in most games the past two years, and i think they’ll be able to get into his and fleishman’s and semin’s heads if they start whackin em a bit. theo’s stats are impressive, but i’m not sold. also gotta work on green a bit and get him taking bad penalties.

    for the habs – i’m excited to see how gomer, cammy, and gio do and am expecting big things from them. same goes for moore, darche, and moen, all decent sized guys who will have to amp up the physical game. i hope o’b gets into the lineup because my biggest fear is knuble standing in front tipping shots and slapping at rebounds. i can see halak starting game one but if he loses, he’s out in favour of carey “i played all the caps games this year” price.

    ultimately, i’m pleasantly surprised we’re in and will be spending the next few days savoring the spring weather and enjoying the fact that i’ll be cheering for a team in the playoffs this year. it’s nice to be the underdog and better the caps than the devils. fingers crossed for habs in six.

  531. SLONCOLD says:

    i would have laps all over oveckin and hope that ovie hits him from behind and takes a suspension…. but then again the caps can score without him lol

  532. mike g says:

    Ovechkin can spear Lapierre in the throat, poke him in the eye repeatedly, and kick him in the face with his skate, and he won’t even get suspended…..

    I doubt he’d even get a 2 minute for roughing…

    But if Lapierre did that to him, he’d be suspended for life. Don’t count on an Ovi suspension…

    Welcome to the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  533. SLONCOLD says:

    well i would start halak and give him game 1 and 2 regardless of the scores. if we’re down 2 games i woudl give price a shot regardless of how well halak played.

    My prediction is caps in 5. this is a team that has scored 100 more goals than us and i don’t think we can handle their offense.

  534. Bugs says:

    You mean like last year, when Halak got a start after the Kid dropped the first two?

    Or a little bit different?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  535. TomNickle says:

    Really?  After Saturday you would start Halak for this series?

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  536. wotever says:

    Really?  You’d start Carey in Montreal?  In front of the idiots?

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  537. mike g says:

    You know, JM has been so unfair to his goalers its not even normal…

    For the 1st half of the year, his system for the netminders was “win and your in”. Regardless if you let in 1, 2, 3, or 7 goals. As long as the Habs got the W, you stayed in. But since the Olympic break, this hasn’t been the case. 3 weeks ago, Halak lost vs Toronto but he was in nets for the next game vs Ottawa. He lost that one too, and looked very shaky in both losses. Price then played vs Buffalo and Carolina in which he allowed 2 goals in each game in a losing cause. We all know how he lost both games even though he was extreamly steady…..Yet he didn’t deserve back-to-back starts. Halak has looked shaky for 3 weeks, losing to NYI and Carolina(he played very well though vs the Canes), but still gets the nod…

    I really don’t understand. You have Price who’s arguably played his best games since the Olympics in over a year, and you don’t give him a chance. Halak hasn’t looked like the always reliable and steady guy, yet he’s getting the bone now…

    JM has to make up his mind and ride one of them. You can’t be switching goalies every game, it’s rediculous…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  538. Say Ash says:

    The playoff pool sheet going around my office is missing MAB. WTF!?

  539. Flabadagub says:

    Thanks for clueing me in. Now that you mention it, i kinda remember that 3 outa 4 call ups BS.

  540. Jbird says:

    Yeah, No way its 6 weeks – I say he’s back for Saturday.  He will be in pain and not able to stick handle as well but he is one tough player.

  541. pmaraw says:

    the doc gave him 6-8 weeks, i imagine it’ll be 6 weeks minimum, but who knows.

  542. jimmy shaker says:

    I heard the original diagnosis of 6 to 8 weeks, but Metro said bullshite to that…..he was on the ice  a week ago, and he was/is using the hyperbaric chamber to speed up the rehab.  Hopefully he’ll make a quick return Thursday!

    Shaker

  543. Bugs says:

    Hey, Gaborik was peniclled in FOURTH for the shootout, ok?

    “The Rags season now rests in the hands of Olli Jokinen!”

    (uncontrolable chortling)

    I still can’t get over that…

    Idiots; they got what they deserved.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  544. ed lopaz says:

    Bugs you do know that Gaborik is possibly the worst shootout guy in the NHL .

    I believe his success rate is about 5 percent lifetime – according to Bob Mckenzie, who I heard speak about this.

    Jokinen has a career success rate of approx. 40 per cent.

     

  545. Bugs says:

    Ohhhhhh, Olli “the Loser” Jokinen has better “skills competition” attributes than the 7.5-million, top-UFA acquisition, entire-offence-in-the-season-carried-by-this-ONE-guy Marian Gaborik and was naturally better suited to SCORE on the MOST IMPORTANT occasion than a 42-goal scorer?

    Oh, I see. Olli Jokinen. Numbers say he should go before Marian Gaborik. Right. Ok.

    So why was Gaborik slated 4th then? Wasn’t there ANOTHER guy on the team who had better numbers than Gaborik’s 11% and who shoulda been 4th?

    (chortle)…olli jokinen…lovely…absolutely brilliant.

    Those idiots. 

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  546. joeybarrie says:

    2 goals in 12 attempts lifetime. He is actually 16%.

    Interesting is Lapierre who everyone think JM is an idiot for letting take a shot is 50% 3 for 6…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  547. nickster13 says:

    Just gotta keep the play in the caps end, they have suspect goaltending, and a lot of high power offensive players that arent as good in their own end. So keep the puck in the caps zone and they cant beat us

  548. ed lopaz says:

    sounds like a good plan to me!!

  549. ed lopaz says:

    and lawton was entirely unqualified for the job from day 1.

     

  550. Bugs says:

    He wasn’t one of the best, that’s fersure.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    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/

  551. derfab says:

    If Gauthier has any brains, Jacques will be gone before November. Inconsistent teams are badly coached teams.

  552. joeybarrie says:

    Surely he couldn’t have been WORSE than Bob Gainey.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  553. TomNickle says:

    Martin is the model of consistency and with him coaching this team going into the future we’ll win a couple of division titles and finish in the top 4.  It won’t matter when we get bounced in the first two rounds of the playoffs.  But he isn’t a bad coach, he’s just not the one to take this team to another Stanley Cup.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  554. mrhabby says:

    martin is gauthier’s boy from what i heard. he and gainey got him to montreal so unless the molson’s say enough of this losing he stays. also depends on how far the canadiens go in the playoffs. tough to get martin out the coach spot ..can always claim injuries and new players and his 1st year.

  555. SeriousFan09 says:

    We won’t win a Division title with JM, we’ll lose on that simply because he has no answer to coaching against his old Senators team or fire up Montreal to play the Leafs, you have to beat the teams in your Division to win it and we had 25 out of 48 this year and 12 of those points came from Boston.

     

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

  556. TomNickle says:

    I think with a reasonably healthy lineup this year we would be in 3rd right now.  That doesn’t help me to dislike the man any less than I already do.  I respect his discipline and demeanor, and that is all.  He isn’t the coach to win a Cup.  That being said, he and Lemaire are cut from the same cloth and we will fair better in the standings next year but have the same playoff results.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  557. mrhabby says:

    i have given this alot of thought and have considered all the angles, the players involved, momentum, history, standings. I have come to believe the HABS will win in 5 games.

  558. mike g says:

    Mr. Habby, is that you talking?

    Or is it the whiskey?…..

    lol, I hope ur right

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  559. mrhabby says:

    all is status quo….heard king and sutters are staying. talk about nepotism.

  560. derfab says:

    Ditto, a travesty. Gutless really, and a black mark on Gainey who was otherwise courageous and well-meaning.

  561. Laramy87 says:

    I can just hear it now on the TSN playoff preview show. All 4 or 5 analysts will say Caps in 4. One of them may say Caps in 5.  This is making us the EXTREME underdog, and frankly im okay with this. Last year going into the series against the Bruins i did not feel comfortable at all. Obviously wanted to win, jsut knew it was not going to happen.

    This year is a different story. Ya Caps are a good team, a bit deceiving of a record tho. 30% of thier games was against Tampa, Florida, Canes and Thrashers. We have played them well this year and were 10 seconds away from taking 3 out of 4. This series could shock alot of ppl and i for one am a believer. Key to success is to put ALOT of pressure on thier D.

    GO HABS

  562. mike g says:

    the Toronto Sports Network should focus even more on their own teams, as if they don’t do enough of it already….

    Ahhh…nothing like a year when the Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, and Argos don’t make the playoffs….OH WAIT, That’s every year!

    Officially the saddest town in the world if you’re a sports fan.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  563. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Montreal was No. 1 in the Conference and the Capitals were 8th, the TSN Homers would be saying we’re due for the biggest upset of all time, they don’t count for **** for objectivity.

    Capitals have a fair record against their East Coast playoff opposition though. Including a season sweep of the Penguins, 3 of 4 against the Flyers, 3 of 4 against Buffalo, 3 of 4 against the Rangers, 3 of 4 against Boston, a split series with Montreal, they only having losing records of 1 for 4 against NJ and Ottawa, but Ottawa is a playoff choker squad anyway.

     

     

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

  564. Josh says:

    That’s just great. Now we’ll get to see 20+ minutes of Bergeron doing his best impression of a pilon as the most offensive team in the NHL flies by him every 2 seconds.

  565. phillyhab says:

    Bergeron is in the faster half of our D.

  566. forskis says:

    No matter what happens, I think that the only way we can determine if the off-season blowup was a success is if this team does what no other team has done in recent years:  make the 3rd round…getting to the 2nd round means this team is as good as previous teams.

    In any case, if the Habs are to win this series, it’ll be in a relatively ugly 6 or 7 games…any less and it would be a Capital choke job and Boudreau would deserve to be fired.

    The formula to beat the Caps:  ATTACK, ATTACK AND ATTACK SOME MORE…

    I belive that the Habs can upset the Caps…GO HABS GO…

    One last thing, imagine this is the route to the Cup:  Capitals, Devils, Penguins, Coyotes…the Habs would have to go up against very good teams that happen to be the darlings of the NHL…imagine having to beat good teams AND the NHL/Bettman???

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  567. A. Berke says:

    You’re forgetting to factor-in the role of the coach when you say if we make it to 2nd round this team is as good as the previous teams.

    IMHO, with JM at the helm, even if we are out in 4 straight, this team should still be considered good.

    JM couldn’t do jacksh*t w/the sens where he had a superior talent pool. I can’t imagine why we’re expecting better results with him now. After all, besides making the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, the Habs were 19th out of 30 teams. That’s below average and coaching had a lot to do with that (oh yeah! I know the injuries! – Hey, most teams had nasty injuries to their important players but hardly any of them hid behind that excuse).

    Ali B.

  568. SLONCOLD says:

    ya i would. he had an overall better season and price didn’t get enough games down the stretch.

    I’m not about to hang out halak to dry and say he’s doesn’t deserve a start after a bad game. he wasn’t great against the islander but wasn’t bad. i though he was good against the canes. in TO the first goal was shit, but that’s what happens when goalies play the puck they mess up like 75% of teh time lol

    but based on how the TEAM played, any type of effort like was displayed in the last 2 weeks of the season will result in a quick series win for the Caps

  569. ed lopaz says:

    Tom – I think the goaltending choice is quite easy to figure out.

    After the 2 shutouts last week – which were freakin huge!!! – halak struggled all this week and the habs defence and forwards were not too helpful either.

    based on the overall results, Halak WILL GET THE START IN GAME 1 – you know that.

    however, if he looks bad again, and Saturday he was downright awful, and the habs lose what will be a 4th consecutive game,

    it would be VERY LOGICAL to give Price the start in game 2 – especially on the road – and NOT GAME 3 – which would be our first home game.

    If Price plays well + WE WIN GAME #2 in Washington, then Price deserves to start game 3.

    Otherwise, if we lose game 2, its back to Halak for game 3 at home.

    I think that’s fair to both goalies, and gives the Habs the best chance of getting a spark from their goalies in this series.

  570. TomNickle says:

    I would start him and have him on a very short leash because of his recent play.  The game on Saturday was perfectly indicative of what kind of play you don’t want this time of year.  I think the team played better down the stretch than we’re giving them credit for too.  Scored 3 goals in the Islander game and lost, ran into Cam Ward again against the Canes, scored 3 against the Leafs and lost.  In the case of the Islander and Leafs games where they scored four times there were two goals in each game that Jaro should have had.

    Anyway,  I woke up this morning with a new perspective on the series.  The Capitals feed off of teams getting off their games by opening up and trading chances.  I can see a significant mental edge for us because Lord knows we won’t stray from the system.  

    I think the biggest factor in the series will be Jacques Martin having to keep Hamrlik and Spacek off the ice when Mike Green is on it.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  571. Danno says:

    THAT’S the formula.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  572. SLONCOLD says:

    i agree with ya, about the short lease thing.

    My issue about the last 2 weeks is the defense… too many bad pinches, hammer, mab and markov have been burnt on a regular basis. too many break aways, odd man rushes; overall just not very good. that puts a lot of pressure on the goaltending.

     

     

  573. mike g says:

    It looked like Jaro was crapping himslef during the whole game….

    He looked nervous, shaky and uncomfortable in such a big game. Worries me a little, we haven’t seen him like that this year…

    That’s why I’d go with Carey game1. He’s beaten the Caps IN WASHINGTON this year, somewhere where they only lost like 7 games all year. And, he’s looked mightily steady since the break…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  574. 23 HABS 23 says:

    I agree with you TomNickle – I went to the game on Saturday … even in warm up Halak looked terrible … I was worried the entire time … and after that poor effort on the first goal (Should just stayed in his net and stopped the shot … instead of giving away a free-bee!) … I thought we were in trouble.  We were lucky in that the rest of the team in front of Halak was up for the challenge.  We hit so many posts – Toronto was lucky the score was as close as it was!

    However … this is Halak’s chance to prove that he is a #1 (which I don’t think he is, as he “looks bagged” as some others have posted – after 7 – 9 games.  He is a good goalie … but not a proven #1).  I think Price will get more wins this post season than Halak (if Price gets a chance to play).  I hope with all my heart that they trade Halak for some good players or prospects and keep Price.  Price is the future net minder for the HABS (imho).  Next season is –  The Next coming of Price!

     

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  575. mrhabby says:

    lol….mike..the whiskey.

  576. mike g says:

    That’a boy!

    Keep it up…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  577. Storm Man says:

    So let’s see can the Habs beat the Caps? Can I retire by the age of 40? Is JM going to be fired this summer? One never knows unless you try.

  578. Say Ash says:

    OK, oldtimers: What’s the Habs’ longest playoff losing streak? Current one stands at eight games. Longest Habs goalie losing streak? Current one stands at seven games.

  579. Storm Man says:

    Yawn……. you think?

  580. Alejandra says:
    I
    would like to read more of your blogs and to share my thoughts with you
  581. BoomBoom says:

    You forgot Toronto FC (MLS) and they s*ck too!  TO is the city of Losers! I will say this, TO is a lot of fun for a long weekend…great restaurants and some pretty cool bars and clubs.

  582. SLONCOLD says:

    i like the jays….

  583. SLONCOLD says:

    i would do whatever gave my team a chance to win. I’m sure carey can handle a few idiots.

  584. SLONCOLD says:

    well if ovi hurt laps, i wouldn’t be angry either lol

  585. SLONCOLD says:

    i questioned halak’s use as well. thought carey should have gotten a few more games down the stretch. like u said he wasn’t playing badly since the break.i don’t think halak was skaky for the last 3 weeks  but he hasn’t been “halakular” day in and out either.

    it looks like JM made the decision  halak is the guy. if they said halak is starting the playoffs if we make it you want halak to get all the game action in to get teh rust out of the way and work on your game while in a playoff liek atmosphere.

     

     

  586. pic1983 says:

    I agree.

    At the end of the day, JM just doesnt know how to get the most out of his players.  Injuries may be looked upon to justify our overall season record, but you dont have to look much further than the last 8 games with a healthy line-up to see that theres a huge problem.  To not clinch a playoff spot with two golden opportunities against bottom dwellers is downright pathetic.  If we cant beat teams with nothing to play for, how can we expect to beat top flight teams who have everything to play for?

    I hope theres a dramatic turn around in attitude from both the players and the coach, because otherwise, washington will make quick work of us.

  587. Danno says:

    I love it. We are so underdog for this series we make regular underdogs look like superdogs.

    Stunning upset in the works. Stay tuned.

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  588. Habsman1970 says:

    We are SCREWED……………..!!!!

     

     

    ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

  589. RetroMikey says:

    Hi Dave,

    Just wondering if you can send us the link to the playoff media guides in PDF format when they come available for all the teams to download.

    You have done this in previous years and we would appreciate this!

    I smell an upset in this series we are playing.  Montreal in 6.  Skill vs Skill.

    And yes, Washington can be beaten.

     

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

  590. forskis says:

    Um…didn’t you say that the Habs were going to get wiped out in a week-a-half and that these playoffs mean nothing since the team is not very good?  Or did one of the following happen:

    1)  Might as well jump on the playoff bandwagon;
    2)  The pod people got to you?

    In any case, we should all just enjoy the ride for whatever length of time, no?

    BTW…any kids in Hamilton who should be a lock to make the team next year (besides PK and I am not sure about him making the team next year, another year in Hamilton would do him good)?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  591. riazp says:

    I have the same thoughts as most of you, I like our chances vs the caps…2-1-1. Habs have the advantage in the nets ( if halak chokes under the pressure we still have Price, who did win a playoff series two years ago) I think our D is better to, but the caps have the ultimate equalizer, Ovi. I think that the people who bought tickets for game six will be attending that game at the bell center.

    I will be there for game 3, the roof will blow off that place, especially if we come backwith a series tie. All we need is to go 1-1 at washington then all bets are off when the habs feel the energy of our city. BELEIVE PEOPLE BELEIVE.

    GO HABS GO!

  592. RJ says:

    I smell an upset of epic proportions…

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  593. forskis says:

    As long as the Habs do not sit on a lead or just sit back and try to capitalize on a turnover, they can make a series out of this, even win this in 6 or 7…ATTACK, ATTACK AND ATTACK SOME MORE…the only way to beat the Caps is to keep them on their side of the red line.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  594. wmarcello says:

    I think just by finishing in the bottom 4 the Habs are biting off more they can chew. Logically I didn’t really see us going past 5 games (maybe 6) against any of the top 4 teams. It was going to be an upset or nothing at all. I
    still like this matchup better than a Pens or Devils matchup, and about equal to a
    Sabres matchup.

  595. Matt_in_TO says:

    How long have we been saying that the team plays up or down to the level of competition?  There’s no bigger teat of that theory then this series.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  596. Matt_in_TO says:

    I’m already sick and tired of Ovie’s shtick and it’s only going to get worse.  I hope that if we’re successful at shutting him down he doesn’t get frustrated and start taking runs at some of our guys. 

     

    - I Hab Faith

  597. Captain aHab says:

    I can’t wait to see him run a guy head-first into the boards from behind and get suspended. :rolleyes:

  598. jimmy shaker says:

    What’s up with METRO?  Anyone, anyone, anyone?

    Shaker

  599. Matt_in_TO says:

    That’s a good question.  He was suppose to be fast tracking his rehab and I thought he said he’d be back in time for the first round.  We sure could use him.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  600. Aaron13 says:

    Separated shoulder. Out for the season.

  601. Aaron13 says:

    Separated shoulder. Out for the season.

  602. Danno says:

    Good. I like big teats!  :)

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  603. Matt_in_TO says:

    lol – test!!!!!! Trying to type too fast and not proof reading.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  604. Danno says:

    We know where your minds at this morning! :)

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  605. wmarcello says:

    At the very, very least, this series should be some exciting hockey! As a fan, if we’re not going to win, at least that’s something!

  606. Matt_in_TO says:

    I just hope the team doesn’t turn out to be as useless as a set of them on a bull.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  607. Danno says:

    Give Jacques Martin some credit. He knows you don’t milk the bull. Doesn’t he? :)

     

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  608. Matt_in_TO says:

    All he’s going to get is a slap on the wrist anyways.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  609. Captain aHab says:

    I suspect that refs have been told to penalize star players in-game (I would guess roughing penalty) if this happens so the league can claim that it was dealt with correctly. The last thing they would want, after adding this rule, is a game where a star does this and doesn’t get an in-game penalty, which would make it real hard for them not to suspend with the new rule without it looking like a TOTAL cop-out.


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