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.


  1. 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 BSFest™. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. J_P says:

    Very well said.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  8. 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.

  9. ed lopaz says:



    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


  10. Storm Man says:

    Post of the day.

  11. Jeff says:

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

  12. 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?

  13. Jeff says:

    No Halak = No chance!

    That is a fact!

  14. andrewberkshire says:

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

  15. drivefor25 says:

    Quel surprise!

    Fan since ’71

  16. punkster says:

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


  17. 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.

  18. Bugs says:

    Is that self-promotion?

  19. mastro18 says:

    how bout this Kostitsyn + late pick for Bergfors .

  20. StevieRay says:

    Front Page Challenge … a blast from the past !!

  21. 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.

  22. JD_ says:

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

    Now, get off the Internet and hit the books.

  23. Bugs says:

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

    PLUS a pick???

  24. PrimeTime says:

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.  

  27. andrewberkshire says:

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

  28. 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…

  29. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

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

  33. SLYDER says:

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



  34. 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.

  35. punkster says:

    The interweb is no place for punch drunk students.


  36. 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.

  37. 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….

  38. 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.

  39. Fansincebirth says:


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

  40. 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

  41. Tobiass says:

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

  42. 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

  43. JD_ says:

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

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, rationality!


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

  45. 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.

  46. Curtis O Habs says:


  47. 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.

  48. 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”

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    It was a 2 goal loss.

  50. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes sir, right away sir.

  51. Curtis O Habs says:


  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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~

  55. Mark C says:

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

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. LA Loyalist says:

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

  60. 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.

  61. andrewberkshire says:

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. JD_ says:


    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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

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