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. dh says:

    Don’t know. The argument that not a single hospital has been built since Charest has been in office, is pretty compelling to me. If the arena was a good idea, private enterprise would be jumping at it.

  2. punkster says:

    You can’t actually think OB would have made a difference last night. You beleive one player…and OB being that player…would have made the difference.

    Haul out the tanks man, you’re over the top now.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  3. Storm Man says:

    Post of the day.

  4. ManApart says:

    I’m looking at the regime as a whole. PG had a lot to do with the 6 years of Gainey’s tenure. Overall this team is still not close to a Cup after just about 7 years with this management group. They still have major holes and weaknesses and put them outside of the top 10 teams in the league. It’s enough. How long do you want to give them, before you realise they don’t now what they are doing?

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Wait a minute, people are overreating to last night’s loss? No way.

  6. drivefor25 says:

    Quel surprise!

    Fan since ’71

  7. punkster says:

    Put on my wool poncho and sandals last night for the first time in decades. A real throwback throwdown baby.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    The team is nearly playing .600 hockey this season, without 2 of its 3 best defensemen. They’re outchancing opponents at even strength and have very good special teams. I don’t see any real reason to be upset. Are they an elite team at the moment? No, but they’re right on the cusp.

  9. Bugs says:

    Is that self-promotion?

  10. mastro18 says:

    how bout this Kostitsyn + late pick for Bergfors .

  11. StevieRay says:

    Front Page Challenge … a blast from the past !!

  12. JD_ says:

    Different people cope in different ways and, apparently, food is one of them.

    Now, get off the Internet and hit the books.

  13. Bugs says:

    A devil we know for a Devil we don’t? No thank you.

    PLUS a pick???

  14. Bugs says:

    In short, win some, lose some, and once every 37 years to the Bruins ain’t too bad a record.

    And YEAH, why are the Beaners conveniently forgetting that Moen got the better of Ference? Because they’re on the merry-go-round and they ate too much cotton-candy, that’s all. They’ll soon come to realize it was all an illusion. A soft dream.

    I say again: please, please, please let us meet in the playoffs. Please. Cuz they’re in for a HELLUVA surprise. Mwooa-ha-ha.

    And the Flyers? Ha! …uh, err, hm, well, not so much…

  15. JD_ says:

    Like anyone else, Mats, I’d love to see the addition of a robust, sizeable forward, albeit one who can play hockey.

    Problem is and will always be that guys like that come at an often hefty price. That last part is unfortunately lost on a lot of people.

  16. The Cat says:

    They wont go to the US right now, too many failures. Theyll go to Quebec and Winnipeg and bask in that success before a foray in K.C. etc

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

  17. punkster says:

    The interweb is no place for punch drunk students.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  18. Tobiass says:

    OH, so I guess you played in the NHL right? Your the NHL expert? Please, list your credentials…..

  19. JD_ says:

    Dropped a hit, spun some Jimi, and drank the contents of a lava lamp.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, rationality!

     

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

  21. The Cat says:

    The loss of 2 points isnt a big deal, habs lost to New Jersey (who cares) but the habs got owned last night.

     

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

  22. Curtis O Habs says:

    Penner.

  23. The Cat says:

    I meant owned physically of course.

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

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    It was a 2 goal loss.

  25. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes sir, right away sir.

  26. Curtis O Habs says:

    Bowman.

  27. JD_ says:

    Indeed. From what I gather, six goals is typically enough to clinch it in this day and age.

    Against the leadin’ Vezina contender with rumblins of a Hart, nonetheless, and as much as it pains me to hear it.

  28. andrewberkshire says:

    Well when you have a coach who’ll throw out goons with 41 seconds left in a game against Pyatt, Spacek and Hamrlik, you’re going to get owned physically. People make it sound like no Habs stood up for themselves last night. Pouliot one-punched Krejci, Moen beat down Ference, and Price got the best of Thomas. I’m sure if we put up Moen, Pacioretty, Pouliot and Wisniewski against Marchand, Bergeron, Seguin and Hamill, Bruins fans wouldn’t be saying we owned them physically. They’d be saying we’re cowards for stacking the deck like that.

  29. ZepFan2 says:

    Actually, I had a light lunch.

    😉

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  30. Mark C says:

    No way, but why Bergfors he might be the softest player in the whole league?

  31. Jeff says:

    I’m back!!!!  I was engaged in acquiring a more comfortable life thus the recent lack of engagement…anyway…

    Last nite’s fiasco was entertaining for the Booins fans, they clearly like ‘Cherry’ Hockey.  While the Habs showed some grit and scored some goals from the tough areas, they simply do not have enough size & toughness to compete in a real game.

    What everyone is forgetting aside form bashing Gomer, Andrei, et al…is the biggest question? 

    Where would the Habs be without Price and his unbelievable season?  Yes, he let in 8 goals last nite so what!

    That could have been the WORST Hab loss in history if not for his effort in a losing cause. Imagine scoring 6 goals and losing???

    He is and remains the ONLY reason for the Habs position in the standings. (aside form mighty mouse Gionta)

    Trade a couple of floaters for some toughness or the playoffs will be a total disaster! Nuff said!

  32. The Cat says:

    Well thats when you have a bench clearing brawl…I know people like to look at positives but Price and Thomas wasnt really a tilt.

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

  33. andrewberkshire says:

    On the bright side we’ve managed in one game to bring Thomas’s numbers to the worst they’ve been all season. They’re still amazing numbers, but who knows, maybe this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

  34. LA Loyalist says:

    New Jersey and Boston could both be considered as 4 point games. The end of the year could be tight. 

  35. Chuck says:

    Y’know, if I had big money–Donald Trump kind of money–I’d love to buy an NHL team, then hire some of the yahoos here on HI/O to run it. Can’t say that we’d win many games, but it sure would be entertaining as hell to toss out the “You’re fired!” on your asses, one after another.

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    A bench clearing brawl today would result in a ton of suspensions and fines.

  37. Mark C says:

    Really? You’re worried about a team that’s 21 points behind Montreal with less than 30 games to go? LA has made you really paranoid.

  38. nunacanadien says:

    This is what we get, the nickle and dimeing to death of the rest of the team to snag someone who we thought was going to open the doors but he didn’t.  He did bring us Gionta and Gill, so we should be grateful, and of course Cammy.  What we are missing though and what costs a lot to buy in pro hockey are big fast players, who mostly sign out west it seems and we get shut down by the faster western teams.  Maybe it is time PG reexamine his contract with Gomez.  We have made some big mistakes before, it has been done on other teams, in fact we forget Samsonov under Gainey and maybe Gomez is Gauthier’s bad signing.  But really, both men have given us exciting hockey none the less and you can’t say the habs have not been boring under Gainey or Gauthier, in fact they have reinvigorated the fan base, that is all the Molsons care about.

  39. JD_ says:

    Yup.

    There was absolutely no strategic nor tactical rationale for it. It was an utterly futile gesture.

    No stronger evidence of how ridiculous Julien must have felt could be heard in McGuire’s comments at the time, implorin’ that neither Martin nor Julien wanted this. Pierre knew otherwise with respect to Julien, was incredulous, and tried to salvage somethin’ for the sake of Julien’s integrity. The look on Martin’s face said it all.

    Sign of insecurity and weakness in a coach that works to the detriment of his standin’ in the room. Kinda thing that can see a 3-0 playoff series lead evaporate.

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about when I say the Broonz lost somethin’ last night.

  40. Bugs says:

    Last night was one of those games where the only consolation left was knowing the team wasn’t as bad as the leafs.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Only because Price showed a level of class that the Bruins aren’t capable of finding, Thomas was his to destroy if he’d wanted to.

     

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

  42. fbkj says:

    yeah, typo… not a freudian slip

  43. Storm Man says:

    Oh I did not know you were the commissioner of the NHL. Last time I looked it was Gary Bettman and he said at the all star break a team going to Quebec City is not on his list. I guess you were having a cat nap.

  44. andrewberkshire says:

    Lol, just noticed my typo.

  45. Mark C says:

    But some of those fights were an utter joke, Hamrlik vs. Thornton? Thornton has more fights since Dec. than Hamrlik has in his career. It should be embarrassing that Thornton would fight someone like that.

  46. andrewberkshire says:

    I was in the process of making lunch when I typed it…

  47. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree with you 100% on that James. Last night showed that the Habs are completely in the Bruins’ heads, and they can’t take it. They got their one win in the season series, but they blew their wad early. If they need to resort to those kinds of antics to be successful, they’re going to burn out quickly.

  48. JD_ says:

    Tampa Bay. Len Barrie & Oren Koules. Circa not too long ago.

    Now that‘s some reality TV I could watch.

  49. Chuck says:

    He had him jerseyed, on his knees, and ready for the beating of his life. Thanks goodness he realized that breaking his hand wasn’t a good tradeoff with beating up a senior.

  50. Storm Man says:

    Pffffffff Donald Trump kind of money…. He is a light weight when it comes to big money in the states. The boy from facebook could buy him out 4 times over.

  51. Storm Man says:

    I don’t see many players taking the puck off him or looking to fight with him.

  52. king ddd says:

    penner aint a toughie. my version of tough guy who can play hockey and beat up people are( iginla,clowe,backes, malone,steve ott, maybe downie but hes more of an agitator, niel back in the days) penner is the forward version of hal gill hes big thats all.

    but one thing i am still puzzled on is why isnt the wiz being his formerself. we are talking about a guy concussed seabrook, fough moen equally, showed avery to suck on something and according to ian laperriere, some guys are afraid to fight him, yet he wasnt a factor in of these mess last night.

    maybe hes still recovering from the flu, maybe he doesnt want to get injured in hsi contract year.

     

    all these years i havent missed sourray, except last night.

  53. ZepFan2 says:

    Haha

    I couldn’t resist.

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  54. Storm Man says:

    Facebook me is a cool catch phrase after you fire someone.

  55. Chuck says:

    True, but the kid from Facebook doesn’t have nearly as cool of a catch phrase.

    What would I say when firing someone? “Stay in touch!”?

  56. The Cat says:

    I dont know, maybe Im a neanderthal, but to listen to Darche say afterwards that ‘the only way to get back at them is to make them pay on the PP’ …It makes me sick…They tried to put so and so out of commission but we got a PP goal woohoo.

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

  57. Jeff says:

    Okay Bugsy, we’ll engage.  

    Yah, some consolation…got ur collective asses handed to u.. and KNOWING ur not AS bad as the Leafs???    WOW,u must feel sooooooooo much better…..  heh,heh,heh…

    The Leafs play your Habs Saturday, where will u be hiding & hoping that the season’s series does not go further in the Leafs favour?

    How does it feel knowing Grabbo is a top scorer in the league, higher than Pleks?

    How does it feel knowing that there are more Leafs in the top stats of the league ( aside from GAA )

    Sadly, the Leafs have had poor goaltending and poorer defense ( they actually believed u guys when u had Komi as an ALL-Star????   Ha! Ha!

     

  58. ed lopaz says:

    poster below writes:

     And I have little doubt who would prevail in a playoff series

    suggesting that the Habs could beat the Bruins with their present lineup.

    well…..maybe that’s why we haven’t been to the Cup finals since ’93?

    each year many of us – but obviously not all – recommend that the Habs should get bigger,

    and instead we pick up other teams’ undersized castoffs.

    Halpern, Picard are perfect examples.

    why??

    because Halpern can win a faceoff and Picard speaks the language of choice?

    instead, for similar money, we should have used those 2 roster spots for more grit, more energy, more in your face,

    type of hockey.

    I’m not talking about MAJOR LINEUP changes here.

    But Gauthier could have used his last 2 spots on the roster – and Pyatt is a 3rd guy whose spot should be replaced by someone much tougher.

    Detroit and Pittsburgh and Chicago all have way more team toughness than we do.

    No need to mention Boston or Philly because those 2 teams are right at the brink of winning championships.

    Philly should be this year.

    Boston could easily follow the next year.

    certainly both teams will be favored come playoff time – by everyone except the HIO “softies”.

    In fact, THE HABS ARE THE SOFTEST AND EASIEST TEAM TO PLAY AGAINST IN THE NHL. 

    That is a fact.

    I love the players on this team – but as a group – they are just too soft.

    No other team even comes close.

    So while we all love to beat teams during the regular season – a 7 game series against Boston or Philly today – 

    I DO have my doubts about whether the Habs could hold their own.

    The NHL – as Boone wrote – is a GOON LEAGUE.

    Maybe when the Habs start filling out their last 2 or 3 roster spots with a little more toughness, we can all 

    have “little doubt”.

  59. Dave Stubbs says:

    That’ll learn me to tweet, update HIO, talk to Habs, interview an Islander, update HIO again, tweet some more, then start to transcribe interviews for (gasp) print… all at roughly the same time! My bad. Gregory Campbell is the guy I meant, since corrected.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  60. HardHabits says:

    He could have been part of the solution. Don’t tell me Pyatt is better than Chipchura in a fight.

    Look I am done with this. Rah, rah, rah, the Habs have heart, Koivu had heart, Gio has heart, yaya, they fight back, even though they get punched out they’re gritty little smurfs with heart or a despicable dirty little team, depending on which side of the fence you are, nevertheless they’re small.

    The team is top heavy with smallish players and they are going to get crushed in JM’s system. The play-offs haven’t even started yet and the Habs are already getting bruised and banged up.

    I think you’re being very naive in your comments today Dave.

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boston is not going to a win a championship next year. Their defensive strength pretty much starts and ends with Chara, after him they don’t have anyone close to his quality, this isn’t a blue line comparable to Philidelphia and even if they draw in the lottery again, it’s going to take time for Seguin and whoever they get to form into truly effective NHL players. Claude Julien has not given any indication he’s a capable playoff coach or of really developing young talent.

    Look what they’re doing with Seguin, what any poster here is ready to torch JM for RE a young playr, sitting him, not giving him PP time while he sits behind less effective players getting more. Savard’s career is likely over now, their team lacks speed that next year, a resurgent PIT with Crosby and Malkin back in the lineup will beat them like rented mules. Or a reshaped Capitals when Boudreau gets sacked for playoff failures and they bring in a guy who can really run that squad.

    Soft would have been if the physical play had just made the Habs shrink up and they’d lost 8-2 or something, but it was 8-6 because the guys kept fighting back no matter how many knuckle-dragging thugs Julien sent out there. Habs need more size and strength on the team but these guys aren’t soft, outmatched in heavy physical contests but soft? No. Soft is when you blow a 3-0 playoff lead. Soft is when your coach is so insecure and petty that he sends out goons in garbage time. Soft is when you apparently have an overpowering physical advantage on another team, yet have been thoroughly defeated by them for the last 6 years in the regular season and you’ve lost 3 of your last 4 playoff series to them.

     

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

  62. HardHabits says:

    The Habs are the bestest team in the whole wide world and yes they can cuz they’re the cutest little steam engine that could, choo-choo!!

  63. Jeff says:

    Boston will win a Cup before the Habs will, your version of soft is tainted with unrealistic delusional visions of a Hab Cup anytime soon.

    They scored 6 goals and still lost…sheesh!  Now that is BAD!

  64. Bugs says:

    How does it feel??? Who cares, we’re in the playoffs, Jeffy.

    You can gloat over your fringe stats on the golf course this April. We’d love to join you but…well, you know, we’ll be busy.

  65. Bugs says:

    That’s nuthin; leafs have had six YEARS and still haven’t made the playoffs.

  66. notbigbird says:

    Does anybody really think that the Beaners won last night because they’re tough? Or could it be that the Habs played badly … and still didn’t lose by much? If the Beaners won because they’re so tough last night, how come they lose to us more than win? Just not feeling their oats on those occasions? Didn’t go to the gym that day? Took it out on their dogs before they got to the rink?

    Yes, we’d all like to see more toughness. And, No, we’re not going to win until we get it. We’re just not there folks. There are pieces to be added but not in a panic. Relax and enjoy the fact that we’re doing more of the better and less of the badder these days.

     

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    If they do, it’s because Toronto gave them everything they need, they’ll still probably find a way to screw it all up. They had one of the five best defencemen of all time for two decades and could never give him a team that could win it all.

     

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

  68. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey guys – on a happier note – what do you think of Quebec City’s “if we build it they will come” plan?

    Chances of QC having an NHL team within 5 years? (assuming the stadium gets built, which may or may not actually happen).

    25%?

    50%?

    75%?

    100%?

    When Gary Bettman dies?

    Habs/Nordiques games were generally fantastically fun – imagine last night except we didn’t suck.

     

  69. LA Loyalist says:

    You’re right — New Jersey is a bad example. My point is more that if you look back on the past couple of years in both conferences teams have made or missed the playoffs by 1 or 2 points. There are no meaningless games for many teams though some of the players seem to think there are.

    But yes, LA does make one paranoid. 

    I came home the night of the riots and all the mild-mannered accountants and studio execs on my street had blockaded the street with a dumpster and had assault rifles. I don’t mean an old .22, I mean assault rifles. For a Canadian, it was sobering.

     

  70. Jeff says:

    Oh the Leafs will and will win a CUp b4 the mighty mice do!  

  71. Chuck says:

    Conversely, the Bruins gave up six goals to what you consider to be a bad team. Huh. Now THAT is bad!

  72. Jeff says:

    The Habs are not a bad team just a little bad or soft or lucky or Price.. ier   8 goals…cuda been REAL BAD!

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  74. The Cat says:

    Thats well said. They all talk about sticking up for one another and team toughness, but it seems there always waiting for someone else to do it. And that goes for the brass as well.

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

  75. Bugs says:

    Sadly, you’re not hitting it on the head either, Chris. We’ve beaten the Bruins TIME and time again with this EXACT roster and EXACT style: will and heart, and I include our playoff victories with Saku and Kovy BEFORE the centennial year.

    Yes, Burke DOES go off half-cocked. That’s not a good thing though. In fact, I don’t see a reason to ever emulate a cellar-dweller. That’s just my opinion.

    Bs beat us with size. We beat teams with speed and talent. Most of the time, it goes our way; last night, it went theirs. In spectacular fashion. We’re still at 75% success rate against’em this season and I like those numbers.

    Far as I see it, last night was different because the Bruins had found MOTIVATION. Their hate towards us has been building up and up and up and using Soobie and Pac-Man as catalysts, they got the first goals, which got their engine revving even more, and they were in the zone.

    But…we KEPT UP with them. We scored FOUR pp goals. The game REALLY played itself out during the Bruin penalty in the 3rd when it was 6-5. THAT was the game. If they scored, they’d win; if they didn’t, WE woulda won. I’m convinced of that. (That’s when I woulda liked the Priceberg to make a save…)

    Because no matter how much they supposedly pummelled us and “made their case” by intimidation, IT DIDN’T WORK. We KEPT UP with them. We KEPT SCORING.

    So let us play that game again, the exact same game. Cuz I very much doubt Carey will let in 8 again. And if he doesn’t let in 8, our four pp goals will turn the trick, and we’ll walk off really, really intimidated and really, really scared, but we’ll walk off with the victory.

    Again.

  76. Habsrule1 says:

    I could not disagree more with everyone who is stating that game was an embarrassment.

    the smaller Habs stepped up and fought some bigger and stronger players. They showed TONS of heart. Even though they were bruised and battered, they had every chance to win that game anyway. Had Gomez and his linemates just played halfway decent, the bruins would be wondering WTF they have to do to beat the Habs.

    All that being said, i’d like more toughness on the bottom 6.

    Go Habs Go!! “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  77. HabFanSince72 says:

    You lost me at ” I wonder what ol grapes will have to say about that???”


  78. Chris F says:

    I don’t hear alot of posters on here really hitting the nail on the head.

    Last night was an embarassment. Yes, our guys didn’t give up, but…..come on. PG it’s your move. Calling up White will help, but there is a brutal double standard existing here. Pk was completely villified in the Canadian Media which was transposed into the dummy american market. PK, villified, by the one and only Grapes who can’t see any farther than his good ol boys in Taranna. And a goon like Lucic can run his mouth and go after our one star which if nobody noticed is PK. I posted earlier on the Toronto Sports Network that this is the one day that I would take Burke as a GM. And nobody hates the laffs more, and nobody hates that loud mouth ego maniac more than me, but……I digress, Burke would make heads roll in the front office if his team were beaten down like that, every player on Boston got in their cheap shots, literally every player.

    And to listen to that puke Marchand speak out, I wonder what ol grapes will have to say about that??? I love parts of our team, but we have a bottom six, and more importantly a fourth line who can’t protect anyone. If anyone on here thinks that four small skating lines are going to win in the playoffs, your wrong. Yeah, we made in to the Conference finals, nobody enjoyed the heroics more than me, but against Philly (taking away that idiotic afternoon Sunday game after we beat philly in game three), Philly dominated us down low because of our lack of size. Teams know they can pummel our defense, and nothing will happen. I loved Pouliots knock out, he didn’t ask to fight, and I loved Moen answering the call for Pleky, and Price faired well against th little troll, but to watch Goons beat up on Spacek, Pyatt, etc, with no recourse…..intolerable. I would like to know if PG got any sleep last night. I didn’t. And if your a fan of the Habs, you shouldn’t have either. Not harsh, reality. I played the game at a very high level, this just cannot happen. Period.

  79. StevieRay says:

    Just what we need another smurf who can chirp !!

  80. Fansincebirth says:

    So, Mr. Underwood is going to Nashville.

    I heard the Preds are going to replace the Sabertooth on the jersey for a picture of Carrie….with the teeth of course

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

  81. Timo says:

    I would trade for his wife.

  82. J_P says:

    Totally agree. 

    If the habs didnt get caught out of position time and time again because they were too busy trying to hit all the boston players to match their physicality, and if Desharnais doesn’t take that absolutely brutal penalty in the third, the habs probably win that game. 

    If the game had just as mmany fights, and the habs lost 8-1, that would be a totally different story, but it was 8-6.  The habs hung in there the whole way.  Our record against the bruins over the last 10 years tells us that the habs have no problem taking down the bruins.

  83. Bugs says:

    We beat the Bruins getting to the 2nd round. That’s 1st of all.

    Secondly, and I thought I was quite clear so forgive me if it wasn’t but…I didn’t say anything about “going for the Cup”; I was talking about “beating the Bruins”. That’s what I was talking about. Don’t make my point into something it wasn’t and then get on a high-horse to counter. “Bugs wants to be like Toronto!!!” C’mon, man. Don’t do that, please.

    So, new subject, playoffs, not Bruins but in general:

    Yeah, I’m worried about the Flyers in the playoffs, Double-H.

    But not the Bruins.

  84. HardHabits says:

    Since when has owning the Bruins equated to winning the Stanley Cup?

    I guess we can be like the Maple Leafs whose equivalent to winning the Cup is beating the Habs in the regular season series.

    Woopee friggin’ dingy.

    To win the Cup a team cannot be manhandled like it was last night. Like the Flyers did last play-offs.

    All those years with Koivu the Habs never made it past the 2nd round. Nice template.

  85. Bugs says:

    Heeeey, how did you hyperlink?

  86. Exit716 says:

    Scott did apologize for sucking during his first intermission interview with Gord Miller.

     

  87. J.T. says:

    Interesting (or not, depending on your level of surprise) that Andrei Kostitsyn was the only one of the Bench Line not to take part in the optional skate.  At least Gomez had sense enough to realize he has to at least *appear* to want to improve on his dismal play last night.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  88. punkster says:

    Embarrassment? Ignominious? Jeez man, chill. We lost a weird, close game in the first period due to two dumbass defensive breakdowns by the same 5 guys, seconds apart. The rest was entertainment, pure and simple, and had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. Take it for what it is and move on.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  89. BoomBoom says:

    Agree with you 100% Habsrule 1…If Gomez’s line played a better D last night, the outcome would have been different. The Habs weren’t intimidated last night, they came back to tie the game. As has been stated what the Bruins did last night was not tough…(seriously Campbell should be suspended). The fair fights, the Habs won them all. Jumping on top of a player when he’s on the ice is not tough. Karma can be a b*tch! Lucic and the Bruins will one day be on the receiving end of thuggish play. Remember this is basically the same team that blew a 3 game lead and a 3 goal lead in game 7 of the playoffs last year.

    But yes, I would like the Habs to add some grit to our bottom 6. Ryan White is a start. Clarkson (NJ) and/or Carkner (Ottawa) would be nice but depends on the ask. Also for tough opponents having ALex Henry in the line-up to play 5-6 mins a game wouldn’t hurt either.  

    Last point, time for Eller to spend some time on the first line in Hamilton. I really like the kid but he needs to play centre and 20 mins a game.

  90. HardHabits says:

    Hilarious. The biggest wearer of bleu-blanc-rouge lenses returns. What next? Trotting out how Gainey improved the team since he got here.

    I agree that if the Gomez line was better, if the defensive coverage was better, if Price made 3 more saves than he did, the Habs would’ve won.

    It’s not about winning or losing individual games, it’s about winning the Stanley Cup. Making the play-offs is all the Habs are good at. Going far in them not so much.

    Last night exposed a major weakness with this team, other organizations will take note, more Habs will get injured unless this concern is addressed.

    Last night was worse than an embarrassment, it was ignominious.

  91. HabFanSince72 says:

    Thanks.

    FYI, I was referring to “I wonder what ol grapes will have to say about that?”

  92. HardHabits says:

    He was referring to Cherry not responding to Marchand’s comments but not hesitating to slag PK. Wake up dude!!!

  93. 123456 says:

    gomez for a bag of pucks is an upgrade. and i have supported him…. everyone makes a mistake here or there but he surpassed his limit.

  94. Timo says:

    Getting rid of Gomez and AK would be a setback?

  95. slapshot777 says:

    No, I was referring to the trade scenairo as a whole not just, one particular trade. Let’s face facts Gomez isn’t going anywhere, so the only player likely to leave town would be AK46 of your forementioned players.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  96. PeterD says:

    “Apologizing doesn’t cut the grass” – Hal Gill when talking aobut PK and his sweater after practice.

    Apologies are weak unless followed very quickly of changed behaviour – Gomez seems to apologize a lot but then doesn’t change his behaviour.

    His apologies are about as empty as his head.

  97. J.T. says:

    Yeah.  He also apologized for taking a dumbass penalty that cost his team a game not too long ago.  Words aren’t worth the paper his giant paychecks are printed on unless he goes out and proves he’s sorry.  I just don’t see the followup in his game.   I really don’t want to get into the cap-hit debate on him because it…to quote Cammalleri…is what it is.  However, by position (top-six centre) and status (Cup-winning veteran) alone, he’s expected to do better.  Words, in his case, just don’t cut it.  His laconic attitude just adds to the perception that his apologies are nothing but air and, in reality, he’s not overly concerned about what’s happening on the ice.  They showed him the money.  Now it’s time for him to show them some game.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  98. alestar says:

    Do you really think he would be traded anywhere else? His wife sent for him…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  99. SLYDER says:

    there goes the one guy i wanted…fisher is deadly

  100. habs4ever2894 says:

    you’re absolutely right i would rather have brewer instead of phillips and it would probably cost the same. These trades my seem a little funky but with the trades that have been made so far it will be hard to land good players without giving up draft picks.

  101. SLYDER says:

    those trades look funky

     

    minus the move for Weiss – i like the move, but the lineup looks funky…i dunno….i liked the thought of having fisher and eric brewer

     

    really think eric brewer should be added

  102. slapshot777 says:

    Rejean Houle, is that you? Lol. We want to win not another major setback.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  103. Exit716 says:

    I don’t think Maxwell figures into the organizations plans and I doubt he would have any value to any other organization. Oh well, it’s not like they picked him over Lucic or anything.

     

  104. habs4ever2894 says:

    Kostitsyn + Maxwell to CLB for Umberger

    2011 first rounder+ Pyatt to FL for Weiss

    2012 2nd rounder + 2011 4th to OTT for chris phillips + Matt carkner ( only to be used march 8th)

     

    new lineup:

    Weiss- Gomez – Gionta

    Umberger-Pleks -Cammi

    Pacioretty- Desharnais -Pouliot

    Moen – Halpern – White (Carkner)

     

    Phillips-Hammer

    Gill- Subban

    Wiz-Spacek

     

     

     

     

     

  105. Hockey Socks says:

    Maxwell and 4th-rounder for Clarkson would be a steal.

  106. fbkj says:

    why… oh why didnt i stick to my no HIO pledge today… my brain hurts now

  107. BJ says:

    I would never trade Pouliot and Weber 2011 + a 1st????? What are you smoking?

  108. MTLForever says:

    Um weiss is not worth that AT ALL, thats a joke.

  109. rdiddy says:

    How about these potential trade options…

    Gomez + Kostitsyn + to CLB for Umberger and Klesla

    Pouliot, Weber + 2011 First Rounder to FLA for Weiss

    Maxwell + 4th Rounder to NJD for Clarkson

  110. volcano62 says:

    I thought my trade ideas were bad…….although i’m for any trade involving Gomez :)

  111. krob1000 says:

    I don’t think that would be a very Weiss trade

  112. C_Hand says:

    Hahaha in both the Roman Hamrlik interview and the Tom Pyatt interview there was a lady that tried to ask questions that kept getting cut off 

  113. Habhopeful says:

    Honestly after last night, all i feel is emotional anger, im proud of this team but last night was hard to digest, but i dont think last night will dictate the rest of the season, , I really wish (and hope) we throw an offer sheet to Dustin Byfuglien next year, he would put Lucic, Thornton, Possibly Chara & MCquaid in their places, but thats just me being hopeful…dammmmmm, what a game though! lol

     

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

  114. krob1000 says:

    Huuuge game for Gomez line tonight…important one for Wiz too…but the way the trades are going now it seems there will be nothing left if a move is not made relatively soon so Dreger may be right tonight may mean something.  The deadline shows must be pissed….the Fisher one could have eatne an hour and a half of air time

  115. fbkj says:

    great trade for nashville, on so many levels… they can now tack her face to the team’s marketing department… well done


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