Audio: Auld vs. Koskinen tonight

• AUDIO: Jacques Martin English and French | Roman Hamrlik | Tom Pyatt

The Canadiens will start goaltender Alex Auld vs. the New York Islanders’ Mikko Koskinen tonight at the Bell Centre, 24 hours after the Habs’ rumble in Boston vs. the Bruins.

It was the Bruins game that dominated pregame conversation following the Habs’ optional morning skate today. Auld, Scott Gomez, David Desharnais, Lars Eller and Alexandre Picard skated briefly.

Tom Pyatt was sporting a decent shiner below his right eye and seven stitches high on his right cheek, having been struck repeatedly by the elbow pad of Bruins’ Gregory Campbell in the final minute of the game. “Pretty much old-time hockey,” Pyatt said of the battles.

Ryan White was called up this morning and is available for tonight’s game. Head coach Jacques Martin said that only the pregame warmup will determine his lineup, several players he wouldn’t identify nursing injuries.

Martin said last night’s slugfest was an extension of the rivalry between the two clubs. Lots of comment from Martin in English and French in the audio clips linked above.

186 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Agree, the Habs have to get bigger & tougher on the 3rd or 4th line…end of discussion. 

    Julien did not want that fiasco last nite, it was predetermined by the comeback and win in OT by the Habs last game vs Boston.

    Seguin is what he is….a PROSPECT in the big show…there are no guarantees any more in high drafts.

    U r responding to some softies Ed, let them get back to their homework.

     

  2. ed lopaz says:

    not sure at all what this post means??

    all I said is that our lastr 3 roster spots should be reserved for tougher players – not the Pyatt’s of the league.

  3. ed lopaz says:

    instead of writing your whole post about the Bruins, why don’t you agree or disagree that at least 3 of the Habs

    current roster positions SHOULD HAVE BEEN FILLED LAST SUMMER with tougher, grittier, cap friendly players.

    That’s what my post was about.

    And by the way – Julien is a freakin awesome coach – well respected throughout the league – by everyone except the HIO Softies.

    NHL hockey is a tough (GOON) game.

    get used to it.

     

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  4. Jeff says:

    U have had 6 years of pretending and got exactly what…uh huh as i thought NADA.

  5. Mark C says:

    I don’t know what you can do when heavyweights start fighting 36 year olds that fight once every blue moon. The Hammer hasn’t been in a regular season fight since 2002, Thornton has had 89 NHL fights since then. It’s a joke that Thornton would fight him.  

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t see him standing up for any of his teammates or laying any big hits.

  7. andrewberkshire says:

    Penner is a good hockey player, but he isn’t physical at all.

  8. The Cat says:

    Yes thatd be a good deal if it could happen.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  9. Mats Naslund says:

    Very much in agreement this morning JD. The Habs could no doubt use a couple guys with size to cut down on the crap – particularly pointed at our rookie. Still, the Habs have the Bruins number lately – and I’m not sure last night has shown us anything except the Habs aren’t fighters and the Bruins are. Big woop. There are very few teams that can match their boxing skills – still I like a LOT of team’s chances at the cup more than the Bruins.

  10. Habnofear says:

    JD …how you see the game and how it is played  are two very different things according to the history of last nights Habs -Booings fiasco….sorry dude but while your eye’s were covered by your hands last night between the cracks created by your fingers you seen how the game can be played and found out “with a bunch of other fans” that our team is a disaster  and needs a new 5 year plan. You can type real good buds but you gots lots too learn bout the real game of N.H.L. hockey….

  11. ManApart says:

    Just have no faith in management as I’ve been repeating for a few years, and am very annoyed that they don’t seem to have an expiry date.

  12. Fansincebirth says:

    Like

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  13. Fansincebirth says:

    True…I never considered the comic relief.

    Good call

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  14. Fansincebirth says:

    Laps would have just provided one more beat down for Boston. All mouth and nothing to back it up

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  15. bigdave says:

    Mr. Stubbs,

     

    Gordon Campbell?????

     

    Is he new?

     

     

    “The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”

  16. Jeff says:

    Gee, how is that 2nd OVERALL pick in a so-called great draft doing……….press box fodder.   Rask phttt!

    It is widely known that it is a poor draft this year and the Beaners will get another tough guy or trade it away…

    They could make a trade to get help for their run to the CUP!  Sorry, little ones. Reality check.

  17. ed lopaz says:

    100%

    why?

    1) because Quebec City is a great hockey “region” that can support NHL hockey

    2) because the politics (read fed vs separatists) forces everyone to support the idea

    3) because the new arena was the “demand” bettman put forward 6 months ago and now it will be built

     

  18. Jeff says:

    No Halak = No chance!

    That is a fact!

  19. Jeff says:

    Sorry Ed, only a 25% chance. That also includes the Feds opting out of ANY public financing for an arena.

    Buttman has a hate on 4 us Canucks, not going to happen anytime soon.

  20. PrimeTime says:

    Same old suspects and criminals with the all expected comments. Sorry folks, no team is all you expect our Habs to be.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ed, you can’t just go around and sign brawn, in the modern NHL you have to find the players who mix a decent level of talent with their grit so they’re not nailed to the bench when they’re not fighting. The Habs need to get tougher but they have to get the right kind of  muscle. We don’t need to just find a Neil or a Ruutu, we need a Ladd or an Umberger to really change things. That’s what the Habs need, a guy who eats nails while he scores dirty goals. Habs can build up through their own system for the Ruutus and Neils but the real key is making our own version of one of those guys and a Volchenkov/Seidenberg type on the back end.

    Julien was fired from MTL before the playoffs began in 2006. He was fired from the NJD two weeks before their playoff series when he joined their organization. He’s had consecutive playoff upsets in the last two years. Why should I respect that? He’s been fired by two hockey organizations in the last 5 years and he could get fired for a 3rd time if he blows it again this year. I don’t have to respect anyone who blew the best lead in playoff hockey and I bet he lost a lot of respect around the league when that collapse happened. And again, Seguin isn’t getting that rosy a treatment in BOS with his ice time, if we had him people would be screaming bloody murder about his being mishandled, including maybe you Ed.

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  22. Jeff says:

    Git er dun, Serious!  Ever heard of the Cap issues that the Habs are constrained.

    Yah and Julien gets on the ice and plays just like Wilson in Tronna.  Geez…

  23. HardHabits says:

    I rarely agree with your posts EL but that one I most certainly do. My response was a sarcastic mocking of the type of replies I thought your post would elicit.

  24. SLYDER says:

    GM of nashville said it best…he called the deal a “no-brainer”

     

     

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    From TSN: “Toronto’s recent run of success didn’t stop general manager Brian Burke from pulling off a trade on Wednesday.”

    Recent run of success = 2 wins in a row, 5-5 in their last ten.

     

     

  26. habsfan reduxit says:

    “Pretty much old-time hockey,” Pyatt said of the battles” Tom said, echoing Carey Price. But let’s get one thing straight; there’s nothing ‘hockey’, old-time or other, about the kind of display we saw last night.

     

    “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

  27. Mr.Hazard says:

    That’s Gregory Campbell, Stubbs! But who cares?

  28. adam76 says:

    plan the prade.

  29. Exit716 says:

    Former Premier of BC….

  30. mrhabby says:

    turning into quite the thug mr.campbell son of colin.

  31. TomNickle says:

    Nevermind prior post.  Thought you were referring to the Leaf trade.

    1st round pick for Fisher is a no brainer.

  32. Cool Ice Price says:

    I know one thing Saturday night is that I won’t be watching “Douchbag’s Corner”

  33. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m not advocating for building upa team of goon bruisers, but I sure wouldn’t mind having at least a couple of guys who have no issue bringing the pain, a la Carkner or Clarkson.  Moen just isn’t cutting it.

  34. Cool Ice Price says:

    This Habs team brings me to tears some nights. Me nerves are rubbed rite raw. My anger was so stong last night I did not know what to do! I take my Habs seriously.

  35. Bugs says:

    No, no, no, Gordon Brown was former Premier of the UK, no?

  36. Bugs says:

    He better watch out or he’ll be suspended one of these da…

    Hey, waitaminnit!

  37. christophor says:

    That Pouliot is a keeper.

    Keep’im.

    That’s what we need. Not goon tough but I-wont-be-pushed-around tough.

    Put’im between Cammi and Andrei and they’ll get going.

  38. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    lmao, yes in the eyes of the Ontario based sports media and fans Burkie can do no wrong.  They will all cheer and clap feverishly while he runs the oganization into the ground,  a la Nero fiddling while rome burned.

  39. JIMVINNY says:

    Regarding the New Quebec arena, I think it makes sense for the gov’t to contribute money, and they can justify it pretty easily;  The millions of dollars of income tax that will be generated by a new NHL organization would fairly quickly cover the 200 million the federal gov’t is being asked to contribute.  Add to that the millions of dollars of tax which will be paid during the construction of the arena, and you have a pretty convincing argument why the federal gov’t can contribute money here, and not feel obligated to also provide money for other new arena around the country.

  40. PattyBoy31 says:

    Imagine how less embarassing last night would’ve been with these familiar names:

    Chipchura, Stewart, O’Byrne, even Lapierre…

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    The apple does not fall far from the tree.

  42. kempie says:

    Especially Lapierre. Ooooh that would have been ugly with a capital ug.

  43. matrags says:

    biggest thing this team has to do is focus on tonight and saturday night games . Two teams we should beat and if we had  beat in the past  would make the holl question of a win or loss last night academic since we would be comfortably in first place in our division and fighting for the conference  lead as well. Team needs to focus squarely on the task at hand tonight ,beat the islanders, and then get ready for the leafs on saturday.

  44. Mattyleg says:

    Whaaaa…?

    First of all, last night wasn’t embarassing (even though that seems to be the bandwagon to jump on), and Chipchura couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper-bag, neither could O’Byrne, Stewart wouldn’t have been on the team in the first place, and Lapierre would have yapped until he turtled to protect his boyish good looks.

    Please.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. PattyBoy31 says:

    So you think O’byrne wouldnt have done better than Spacek?

    Chipchura or Pyatt?

     

  46. PattyBoy31 says:

    I think watching Lapierre get beat up would’ve been less painful to watch because he would be laughing afterwards.

  47. Storm Man says:

    That is great news….. Now the Habs can move the AHL bulldogs to play in the new arena that was nice of Quebec city to do. Two thumbs up. 

  48. Mattyleg says:

    You’re thinking of Gordon Pinsett. The Canadian actor.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  49. Mattyleg says:

    My grandmother could have done better than Spacek.

    Pyatt didn’t do badly, he was cut with the elbow-pad. And yes, Chipchura wouldn’t have done better.

    And also, we couldn’t have had five forwards on the ice at one time anyway.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  50. habs03 says:

    True but we would most likely being in 10th spot in the East.

  51. Storm Man says:

    He would have run behind Price.

  52. PattyBoy31 says:

    Fair enough. Lets see your grandmother suit up

  53. Fansincebirth says:

    Spacek took some pretty good shots…then took some more.

    Isn’t there a rule about beating up people in the NHL? :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  54. Habfan29 says:

    What a crock of shite, the NHL says there will be no supplementary discipline after last nights game. The obvious would be Mr. Campbell baby boy, should get something for using his elbow pas as a weapon. If this is the way the NHL wants to play it I suggest that someone do a “Bobby Clarke” on Bergeron or Chara and see what the NHL says. Butthead and Beavis have turned this league into a bush league……Time to put a hockey man in charge…

  55. J_P says:

    Pretty sure its the second time this year Krejci got a serious beatdown from a non-fighter.  Krejci isn’t exactly a tough guy.  But who cares really because that one punch knockout was still awesome!

  56. Bugs says:

    You’re confusing yourself with the Canadian JOURNALIST, not actor, Gordon Sinclair. Brown was former UK Premier, I’m almost sure.

  57. J_P says:

    At one point they were talking about building an AHL-calibre rink in Laval and bringing the bulldogs to Laval. I think that would be cool.

    As for Quebec City, there’s plenty of struggling NHL franchises to move there.

  58. punkster says:

    OB would already have been in the box for delay of game so would not be available for the fisticuffs. If he had he may have been able to hold his own, sure, but he alone would have had zero impact on the result of this particular game.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  59. Storm Man says:

    WOW where did Quebec get all this money to build rinks do they have the ex accountants from Enron working for them? GB has 4 citys in the states he would move a team before one ever comes to Quebec City. 

  60. Bugs says:

    Disagree. I think the team should NOT focus on the game tonight and NOT get ready for the Sat game. Instead, they should carry on moaning about last night’s game during and really not bother with tonight’s and Sat’s game.

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  61. HardHabits says:

    Wow man. The tint on your lenses is getting rosier with each apologistic post.

  62. ManApart says:

    The first trade that must be made before any other is Gauthier, Gainey and their whole regime for anyone that has half a clue about management.

  63. mrhabby says:

    over wings and beer.

  64. OneTimer says:

    Hey everyone, look! ManApart crawled out of his hole after a loss!

  65. JD_ says:

    Fightin’, cheap-shottin’, trash-talkin’, and high-scorin’. If that doesn’t evoke 1970s hockey, or anythin’ that ever went on between the Habs and the Diques, nothin’ will. Only difference is half the team isn’t sportin’ a beer gut. And the benches don’t clear anymore. Other than that…

    But, seriously, resident tough-guy goons Pyatt and Spacek pound the shit out of the other guy’s fists with their faces and the Habs should therefore sign up a bunch of 4th line space wasters who will suck the life out of the team in the playoffs? Maybe the Broonz need to add more goonz cause Krejci got decked, Ference was smacked around, and Timmy T lost the rasslin’ match.

    Anyone really believe Campbell’s bein’ high-fived around the room cause he destroyed a guy half his size? What would you have to say about Moen if he had savagely beaten Ryder? Impressed? Hardly. Embarrassed? Yup.

    Ask Chicago, Pittsburgh, or Detroit whether or not that’s part of the Colonel’s secret recipe in today’s NHL.

    The Broonz were obviously frustrated as hell. Beside themselves with it. Just ask the mouth-breathin’ moron Milbury and his spastic sidekick PJ Stock. Marchand is clearly psychologically scarred by the SubBANG! he experienced a while back. And Claude Julien’s old school. Heck, based on the barely controlled rage in his piece, even this Boston Herald dude’s sphincter was poised to snap an oak 4×4.

    The result was last night.

    To load up with st00pid in response is just that. Not smart nor effective. Puttin’ Bergeron through the boards is, however, and even Weber could pull that off. Wouldn’t take much for Poolio to take Timmy T’s feet out from under him. Durin’ the regular season.

    Or, even better, the Habs could play a solid two-way game and beat the Broonz on the scoreboard.

    The funny thing about last night is that, in many ways, the Broonz lost somethin’. They lost their cool. And Julien clearly got sucked into it. And when the coach gets sucked in, he gets sucked down. And the guys know it.

    Not hearin’ much from Chara and Recchi ’bout the game. All comin’ from a rookie. And it’s incredibly undisciplined trash talk. Enough to make a couple of vets squirm.

    I had no problem whatsoever with last night’s BSFestâ„¢. Saw nothin’ but grit from the Habs and, frankly, it doesn’t hurt to have clean clocks. Keeps you on yer toes. And I have little doubt who would prevail in a playoff series nor which players would be ridin’ the pine for the Broonz.

  66. Gormdog says:

    1st year in the reign of Gauthier, and an ECF appearance. How many other GMs can you name me that had similar first year success….  And it makes it much harder when you exclude GMs that inherited powerhouses… <p>

     

    I realize he’s trollin’, but come on amigos a little perspective!

  67. J_P says:

    Very well said.


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