Audio: Metro game-time decision for Game 3

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Michael Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Scott Gomez | More Gomez (listener discretion advised for first 10 seconds)

Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit gives assistant coach Pierre Groulx a push on Bell Centre ice this afternoon.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit was working up a good sweat this afternoon at the Bell Centre while he was doing some heavy on-ice work, suggesting he might be back in the lineup this week.

Head coach Jacques Martin says that Metro, lost to the team with a shoulder separation since March 27, will be a game-time decision for Game 3 Monday night. Skating with defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and forward Ben Maxwell, Metro was taking plenty of contact and doing a lot of heavy pushing work. He consulted at the bench with Habs doctor David Mulder, no doubt giving himself the green light. Now, we’ll see if the good doctor will do likewise.

The Canadiens held a team meeting followed by off-ice workouts. The Washington Capitals practised this morning in Arlington, Va. They’ll be flying into Montreal this evening on the eve of Monday’s third game in the teams’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal, the series tied 1-1 after Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win for the Capitals.

628 Comments

  1. habsguy says:

    wow,  I thought I was bad!!!…LOL

  2. Tis Himself says:

    We will see how JM fairs in the next two games when he gets to make the last change and can react to Boudreu’s choices.

  3. terrygain says:

    Several here have claimed Halak gave up two soft goals. I’m assuming they are referring to the 5th and 6th goals. Both goals were from shots from  the centre of the ice, just above the hash marks.  The first was through a screen. The second was through 44’s legs. The only way any goalie stops either shot is if the puck hits him. And no, Halak did not go down before the winning goal was shot.  

  4. rwparent says:

    Mes amis,

    The whole world believed we would be coming home down two games, but now it is a best of five series.

    Plain and simple they got it done. Forget about last night – means nothing anymore…it is all about Monday and they are starting clean at home. AK showing up, Gomez getting nasty, Sergei being creative again…it is all coming together. MAB is getting pushed around in front of the net and I would rather see OB but that is a minor complaint. Not that I don’t want to see MAB dressed so you can’t have everything.

    Bravo!

     

  5. SmartDog says:

    Good post Ian.  I was wondering about that too.  What could Martin have been thinking?  Saving his guys for the next game?    It seemed REALLY stupid to me…. and I hope to him now.  Lost us the game, no question.

     

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  6. SmartDog says:

    Thanks Bill.

    I take Bugs just like I did when I was a kid. Something to laugh at on a Saturday morning.

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  7. Bugs says:

    Something to say, Bill?

    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/

  8. Danno says:

    For your dartboards folks:

    Dan O’Hollaran and Brian Pochmara.

     

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

  9. Bill J says:

    <SIGH>

    Overhyped?  –  Yes you ARE

  10. SmartDog says:

    Most biases don’t come from planned conspiracies.  They come from people knowing where their bread is buttered and favoring conditions – even slightly – that put food on the table in the near or long term.  I’m not saying the next game won’t be just as biased for us, or that there IS this bias, but a) the reffing sucked and probably handed the Caps the game and b) biases are part of every human situation, and could be in play… the Caps are one of the most important US based teams… without them, the playoffs get a lot less interesting in the games biggest potential market.  It would certainly be good for the whole NHL industry (from refs to sport stores to season passes) if the Ovi saga keeps going and the Caps stay in.  If you’re a ref, you know that.  Hell, there are people that think that if the go to the fridge for a beer and the other team scores it’s their fault.  The human psych has a lot of hidden machinery….  would it be so hard to believe that the refs deep down are thinking “oh boy – the Caps can tie it up here!”   On the contrary. It’s impossible to believe that DOESN’T happen.  No matter what people SAY. 

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  11. Bugs says:

    Agree top to bottom.

    The 5th goal against was also…unfortunate, but totally agree with your post.

    We played really good, 2nd goal pumped their mojo, it’s all on the Cappers to begin with.

    Can’t wait til tomorrow.

    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/

  12. Pat8987 says:

    It happens “off the record” for sure man…If you don’t think so you’re naive…MTL = largest fan base in the NHL, win-lose this series will still be there….However Ovechkin moving on = money + publicity in the states =…He is a marketing MACHINE, why would they not want him to move on? Did you ever take any business classes?

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Everyone now knows that we can play with the best this league has to offer. I think the coach made two mistakes. After playing power lines against power and going up 4 to 1, he decided to put his 4th line against their power line and they were clearly over whelmed and it went to 4 to 2. Then he did the exact same thing two shifts later and it was 4 to 3. We clearly lost the momentum and took 3 stupid penalties.

    We had a great game plan but did not stick to it. Instead thought we could run and gun with them and clearly we can not.

    We came out with a split, and that is more than most people gave them. Now playing at home I just hope they can play as loose as they did on the road. But we sure know now that we are a better team than most people believe. Even a split in Mtl. will be OK by me as we learn how to play, play off hockey together as a group for the first time!

    We can and we will send these guys to the golf coarse.!

  14. Jbird says:

    That was a horrible play by Darche.  

  15. SmartDog says:

    Thoughts..

    1. TSN. Despite their overall knobishness.. even the TSN panel was saying it was goaltender interference on one of the Caps goals and talking about how the Caps are getting away with things they shouldn’t be.  Score one for TSN for being accurate and a ZERO for the league, for the refs and for hockey in general.

    2. MARKOV. Ovi went and pushed Markov over on his first shift.  Who pushed back?  Nobody.  Marky got hurt later.. I didn’t see the exact play, it was just out of the screen but remember thinking the set-up looked bad and the commentors said something about it too.  He was good on O but not on D.. maybe he needs Obi-wan to punch Ovi in his giant grinning face.

    3. HALAK-PRICE. No question it wasn’t Halak’s game. He let in some softies.  Like he did in many of the late games in the season. I can only think he’s tired. He’s NOT used to this from being in the shadows for YEARS (thanks Bob)….from the Olympics to now, that’s a ton of pressure.  I can’t see any reason NOT to start Price. Tell Halak he’s going back in the next game, but let the Caps see a bigger goalie (who also beat them this season), and let Price have at it.   I think that’s a MUCH lower risk than assuming Halak will be rested and ready when he’s been off his game 4 of the last 5. 

    4. 60 MINUTES. This team may have grit, compusure, and experience, but it seems to ahove that for about 40 mintues a game MAX.  A team like the Caps can do a lot of damage in 20. If we loose in fewer than 7 games, that will be why.

    5. OBI. Let the big man play, just make sure that the goalie is aware of when he’s on.  We need his size and his rested legs… yes he’ll be a pilon sometimes, but I don’t see a choice.

    SD

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  16. Danno says:

    A few little things that affected the game’s outcome:

    • Two goalie interference incidents on Halak not called. 
    • Many, faceoffs won by Montreal were waived off and restarted by the refs.
    • Two needless and momentum-stopping reviews. One on Gionta’s good goal the other on the Poulliot miss
    • Ovechkin given a free pass and carte blanche to hack away with no penalty
    • Caps net was lifted on Gionta’s potential game-winning goal – no call
    • Another occasion Varlamov obviously lifted his net to stop play
    • Markov hit in the face with a high stick – no call
    • Bullsh*t call against Hal Gill
    • There are probably others that I missed…
    • Feel free to add your own, I’m running out of cyber ink…

     

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

  17. Pat8987 says:

    Refs are protecting the interest of the NHL by helping all they can to ensure a marketing machine gets to at least round 2…Not making excuses but the refereeing displayed yesterday was an disgrace for the NHL…Could it be anymore obvious?

  18. Bugs says:

    Yeah! Cuz the Priceberg, he’s REALLY “used to the pressure”, boy, oh boy, the way he handles the pressure, especially in Montreal? Woof! No one is better than the Priceberg at that.

    Right, Pup?

    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. matmacat says:

    Habs in 5.

  20. Bugs says:

    (Forgive repeat)

    Like I said yesterday: no matter WHAT happens 2nd game, we have the advantage.

    1-1, comin back home?

    It’s all good, baby.

    Put last night behind us. Find zen. And resume butt-kickin with 21273 cheerin the right way.

    Then we’ll see what’s what with the Cappers.

    I remain confident that we’re gonna corpse’em up, box’em up and send’em home to momma.

    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/

  21. Storm Man says:

    What game are you watching? MAB is folding like a tent after a long weekend of camping. The Caps game plan shoot and crash the net we need to knock down any Caps player that does that, OB would fit better 

  22. HabFanSince72 says:

    You guys who think Bettman and the league order the refs to favour certain teams realize that they would be risking prosecution, possibly criminal,  if they did that?

    I mean go ahead and vent, just as long as you know it’s all in good fun.

  23. matmacat says:

    All series tied. Besides the nsh/chi who are 1 game behind.

  24. KenD29 says:

    Agreed!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  25. SmartDog says:

    I disagree!

    I still think he’s our #1, but I think Halak could use the break.  He’s not some 5 year NHL veteran #1.  He’s young, not used to the pressure. After the Olympics he came out great, but then slowed and I think we’re still seeing some fatique from that. Let him recharge – and let Price show he still belongs.  I bet he’ll shine. 

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  26. KenD29 says:

    Yo Dude… Habs D pushed Caps forwards… all you need to do is watch the replays!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  27. Caballero says:

    I agree, but there is clearly an issue we need to work on thinking long term. This team needs to take less penalties and the main issue I am seeing here all season is a complete inability to win a game when we are leading by one goal.

  28. SmartDog says:

    Do you mean that like our team he needs to improve? LOL

     

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    I really don’t agree. 47 has been playing well defensively.

    In fact the whole team has been playing very well. The Caps are just explosive. We were 90s from winning that game.

  30. Bob Barker says:

    Halak needs to start game 3. It’s his chance to bounce back. If he doesn’t then Price needs to replace him in Game 3 and start Game 4. A great regular season doesn’t mean much if you can’t get it done in the playoffs. Ask Cloutier, Turco (for the most part), Lalime (with Ottawa). 

  31. wotever says:

    Funny how the different goalie camps apply one standard to their goalie and another standard to the other goalie. Dunno if you’re one of them Terry but… We’ve heard this tune before. The other goalie is a bum, mine doesn’t give up soft goals (like last night) it was the reffing it was the defense it was the offense, as long as you get the win.

    We really do have two good goalies. People have good nights and people have bad nights, when they let in soft goals.

    I wish we could have done something wacky and put Carey in at 4:2 until 4:3. A shot of espresso to wake up the team and throw the caps off. Maybe carey would show up, maybe halak would calm down. It wouldn’t be worse than what happened but of course the fans would freak.

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

  32. terrygain says:

    20 replaces 47 who moves to the 4th line. We need 20’s size.  

  33. habsguy says:

    you dude should get a rule book and see what goaltender interference is,  cuz while a couple were questionable,  a couple were very obvious…..

  34. Bill J says:

    Frankly I’m more stunned at the fact no one has accused him of having a Man-Crush on Price!!!

    :O lol

  35. Bob Barker says:

    AK46 was built for playoff hockey. Look at him tied for the NHL lead!! 9 goals 5 assists in 18 GP is pretty impressive. I can live with inconsistent regular season play if he continues to step up in the playoffs.

  36. BKAK72 says:

    (SARCASM HERE). What? How dare you challenge the play of Lord Halak? — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  37. KenD29 says:

    Good point. Fustrating however when they should have come back up 2-0 against the first place Caps!

    Hopefully they come out with the same intesnity tomorrow night and do not let up!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  38. Off-side says:

    I, on the other hand think Montreal played a really good game.  Caps are a powerhouse with so much expectation and pressure to win.  They played home where the energy was intense.  That second goal of their turned it all around and they got a big pump from it.  Let’s remember that Montreal is playing a first-place team.  Damn it, we did really, really well. 

     

    Please, let’s encourage from here forth no matter what.

  39. HabFanSince72 says:

    Both goalies gave up at least two soft goals. Unfortunately for us Theo’s came early and Jaro’s came at the end of the game.

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    You mean like there’s no need for you to post on this site but you do it anyway?

     

  41. forskis says:

    Keep your heads up folks…I was watching the Buffalo-Boston and series and the Sabres had the following record: after 2 periodds, if they have the lead, the Sabres were 31-0-0…and they blew it against the Bruins yesterday, so stuff happens, but what we should take into account is the following Miller post-game quote:

    “It doesn’t matter in what order you win, you just need to win four games.”

    A couple of other things:

    Do not start Price on Monday, the series is on a knife’s edge and you do not risk destroying the kid and having him lynched by tyhe mob in Montreal.

    When was the book on Halak, “high, glove-side”? That is the book on Price, wasn’t the book on Halak “rebound control”?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    Dress 20? How is that a good idea?

    Our two iffiest defenders last night were Markov and Hamr.

    I don’t see Oh-Oh’Byrne replacing either of them.

     

  43. BJ says:

    We will win this series in 6. As an after thought for the older guys out there, the Ovechkin solution is to re-incarnate good old #14 Claude Provost (Bobby Hull’s shadow) for a few games.

  44. KenD29 says:

    Let’s hope he does it again tomorrow night and not fade away as he has done many a time this past season!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  45. BKAK72 says:

    To win in the playoffs you must be able to maintain the opposition to 2 GA with the assumption you’ll produce 3 GF. I know the HABS are a .500 hockey team and live up to expectation (failure), it’s the CAPS that s/b worried with their version of crappy goaltending. I maintain HABS in 7 with a two more of these undisciplined games. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  46. Duke_Rauol says:

    Metro,Darche and Pyatt is a 4th line , i think, that can score goals.  And to win series u need some 4th  line goals.  Pray to the Norse Gods for Metro’s return!

  47. terrygain says:

    79 and 14 were weak in our end. As his biggest critic let me say 6 played a really strong game. 52 made an uncharacteristic,  unforced error that let Washington back into the game. 

  48. sam says:

    great call. not his fault we lost the game but it’s more than time to make him understand how this game should be played.

    according to TSN’s John Lu, JM was close to having the option to play Metro last night? come back tomorrow, Metro !!

  49. terrygain says:

    Based on his history Price would be spectacular. Or he would mishandle the puck, overplay the puck, give up soft goals and demoralize the team. 

    I’d rather Martin make less risky decisions: 1. Complain about the crappy refereeing. 2. Dress 20. Keep 13 on the bench if you are trying to protect the lead in the last 5 minutes. 

  50. Duke_Rauol says:

    Good Call, and send Laps up to the press box!

  51. terrygain says:

    Your second suggestion is better than your first.

  52. Castor says:

    Markov had a bad game so the team had a bad game. It’s the matter of fact.

  53. terrygain says:

    Too risky. Price gives up too many soft goals. They are killers. Halak got us here. Washington got one goal by interfering with Halak and a second with a slow whistle. The second might not have happened if Martin had called out the refs for the first.

    I think Washington can be had and there is no reason to panic. It took a lot of unlikely things to happen for them to win. In addition to the two non-calls, the usually reliable Darche coughed up the puck on a totally unforced error and the coach made another unforced error with 13 on the ice protecting the lead in the last two minutes and 14, who usually takes care of things in his own end,  was weak on three goals. We  need 20 to clear the front of the net. 

  54. Bob Barker says:

    You can at least admit the forwards found the back of the net. AK46 – back-to-back hatties on Monday. 

  55. Shublips says:

    I know a lot of people are talking about Halak, this morning, but the reality is the the whole team let the Caps back into the game.

    Here’s the Habs Addict.com game breakdown:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-nicklas-backstroms.html

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  56. Bob Barker says:

    Handing the Cup is a little far but Toronto’s definitely making Boston a lot stronger. First JFJ trades Rask to them who’s basically a franchise goalie, this year they’re getting Hall or Seguin. Next year, Toronto will likely be just as bad or marginally better so it could be another top 5 pick. 

    2 firsts and a second for Kessel is definitely getting robbed. 

  57. CHsam says:

    yeah and I thought they’d get swept. We’re still in there. Goals. Everywhere.

  58. habby27 says:

    we need metro… where is he… play injured metro… its playoffs.

  59. KenD29 says:

    No golaie interference. Habs own D pushing the Caps player into Halak! Reviews clearly showed that…

    Our D should be to blame for those 2 goals while Halak gave up 2 softies to allow for the tie and then the win.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  60. KenD29 says:

    Are you sure it was just a couple of beers?! Handing the Bruins the CUP?! Not this year or even next!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  61. Doo says:

    I don’t know if you saw it but during his interview with Renaud Lavoie on RDS, Cammalleri said that on his first slashing penalty, the player’s stick was already broken before he touched it…

  62. Top Corner says:

    Well , they played another GREAT GAME….these boys are suprising me at every turn. Reffing finally went WAS way….we went almost 2 periods without a call so u knew they had “CONSTIPATION of the WHISTLE” and that they had to let er rip on us in the end. Goalie interference on HALAK for 2 of there goals….and robbed GIO of a great winning goal. Shake it off cause there coming to OUR HOME TOWN…THATS RIGHT – Get your pom pom’s ready ! Lets show wash what a real hockey town sounds like…..losers!

    GO HABS GO

  63. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Again this goalie thing. Can you imagine Price playing at home and losing. Never happen. Big disappointment last night but we’re still in there.

    I had to suffer 2 Laff fans last night over some beers who just drove me nuts about our loss. Didn’t take much to remind them of their plight and handing Boston a Cup with idiot Burke at the helm.

  64. CHsam says:

    Was it just me or did Markov get nervous when Ovie was on the ice ?

  65. Danno says:

    Don’t get me wrong. I think both goalies are great and super talented. Here’s the thing. Even the greatest goalies hit a slump. We are blessed with having two good goalies, so why wouldn’t we make the logical decision to have Price rise to the occasion and POSSIBLY help us take this series. He won against the Caps in the regular season, so right there JM has justification to make a switch. Better now than when it is too late.

     

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

  66. j2w4habs25 says:

    I think soo. Esp against Washington

  67. j2w4habs25 says:

    I totally agree with you….

  68. Windwalker says:

    Starting Price would be a good move…it would also be consistent with the way which goalies have been played this year.  You win you play.  In many of Price’s losses he’s been spectacular…but…It may be time for him to shine…

  69. smiler2729 says:

    The Playoffs are no time to excuse “softies”, Jose Theodore found that out quickly and Jaro Halak should too.

    Give Carey Price the start Monday, it’s his time, he’s hungry to play, he’s angry at having to watch and he’s so effing talented.

    And dress Georges Laraque to punch out the referees.

  70. HabFanSince72 says:

    I am aware that there is corruption everywhere.

    In this case it doesn’t make sense. Bettman would have to be reckless to risk something that would bring him no direct benefit. It would also bring the league little benefit, as a sine qua non for its long-term success is the general perception of fair play.

    Moreover the conspiracy would have to be widespread and would have to involve bribes. Finally the conspiracy would have to be undetectable, and hence  subtle enough that it would only slightly favour its supposed goal.

     

     

  71. Danno says:

    Another little thing I forgot to put above. Washington was offside on Carlson’s tying goal. Take a look at the replay and you will see.

     

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

  72. Bill J says:

    LMFAO! 

    In case it was not clear enough, I do NOT respect your opinions.  As they almost always seem to be of a ignorant nature.

    So NO – I was not “trying” to engage YOU in any intelligent discussion, because you really do not have anything credible to bring to the table.

    Lets use for example, the numerous times you come on here with your imaginary swagger.

    “Whats the score tonight, call it”

    You allow people to reply, and when someone brings up a theory you do not like.  You are ignorant with them.

    Too afraid to share your own opinion in your original messages ?  WEAK! that is what you are.

     

  73. showey47 says:

    totally genious move about the defective twig. It would have to be a forward though. All you would have to do is hold the puck in the corner and wait for a dman to come to you. As soon as he whacks at your stick you lean on it and snap it in half. Then throw your arms in the air to get the refs attention. Just no clean cuts to make the twig defective. Just bend them naturally till they are on verge of snapping then put it away till needed. mmmmuuuaaaahhhhhhhhh.

  74. Ian Cobb says:

    I am very happy that we have Muller and the other guy behind the bench. I just do not think JM is the guy to take us to the top. But we will see.

  75. Ian Cobb says:

    It is simple for me. We are a new group including coaches playing play off hockey with one of the best teams in the league for the first as a group.

  76. Storm Man says:

    Slow day Bugs?

  77. smiler2729 says:

    Does anybody really believe that Gary Bettman (the mouthpiece for the 29 NHL owners) has instructed the head of officiating to make his referees subtly get Washington and their showcase superstar Ovechkin as deep into the playoffs as possible so the league can attract more American TV viewers???

    That’s the NBA’s style after all and why would Bettman want to be like that league? Yes he was David Stern’s deputy commissioner before taking the NHL gig. Yes he suggested gimmicks like glowing pucks and 4 quarters… and Shootouts… and teams in stupid places.

    Naw, he saved Edmonton… and Ottawa… yeah, that’s right.

     

  78. Bugs says:

    Sorry, are you suggesting Bettman has instructed the refs to give the Cappers leeway or are you suggesting it’s foolish to think so?

    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/

  79. Ian Cobb says:

    I am not griping about that costing us the game Bugs. I am saying that over all the refereeing has not kept pace with the game at the NHL level is all.

  80. Bugs says:

    It was a wraparound way of saying what I always say: that if you put yourself in the position to have the game decided by the refs, then maybe you shouldn’t’ve won anyway.

    If we had scored a few more times or if Halak had made a few more saves (especially the 5th goal against, ouch), then those disgusting (yes) ref-calls wouldn’t’ve mattered.

    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/

  81. smiler2729 says:

    I’m saying it’s unreal although it’s fun for conspiracy theorists…

    I don’t know why, Bugsy but I sometime mistake you for Timo and seriously, I am sorry for any irate comments I make towards you in the past. It can get to be quite a blur in here.

  82. Caballero says:

    I think the issue here is simple. Are the NHL playoffs reffed differently than the regular season? I think the answer is yes, and everyone accepts this. But in reality the rules don’t change because of the playoffs. Until the playoffs are officiated the same as the regular season I think that the credibility of Hockey will suffer.

  83. Bugs says:

    The violin track works for that argument too, Mr.Ian.

    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/

  84. Bugs says:

    Disagree.

    Nothing new here. In the playoffs, the refs “put away the whistles”. They “let’em play”. Same as always; they don’t whistle. Their 2nd goal should’ve been refused, yes. They cheated by lifting their net later, yes.

    But refs ALSO “look at video”; they’ll see the inteference and the cheating that they missed and, true to playoff history and honour, will remember it for next game.

    When the Cappers get screwed by the refs. The circle, she returns in hockey.

    Always been that way.

    It was that way while we won 24 Cups and it’s still that way.

    That’s hockey. That’s our credibility. Love it or hate it, fine. But no crying.

    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/

  85. Bugs says:

    Well, well, well! I wondered what I had said to have gotten your goat so; glad it was all a misunderstanding.

    Fuhgeddabowdit, mate.

    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/

  86. KenD29 says:

    Sorry Bugs   Ref’s did not cost the Habs the game, the Habs cost the game!!

    Why in the world did Camallarie feel the need to slash the Caps player deep in the Cpas end with only 21 seconds left in the 2nd period, leading 4-1?! Next thing you know, Caps come out flying in the 3rd score gaol number 2 and the rest is history! Up 4-1, you should burry them and not allow them the chance to get back in it, and that is exactly what the Habds did, without the refs!

     

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  87. Bugs says:

    That’s what I’m saying, Ken. That’s my point.

    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/

  88. king ddd says:

    what ovechkin need is a bitch slap across his “shaky” face!

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  89. sholi2000.com says:

    If Price starts, the Bell should not serve alcohol to the minions in the attic  :)

     

    They call me Shane

  90. Danno says:

    He has hairy palms from all those vitamins he takes.

     

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

  91. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because he’s Ovechkin, that’s why.

    Besides, we need to end this series sooner rather than later if we can, the last thing we need is to give Ovechkin more time to get going. All our top 6 guys besides Pouliot are scoring big-time right now, three of their best (Semin, Ovie, Green) are far from top rank right now.

    Ovechkin didn’t really start ripping into the Rangers last year until game 4 or so, which is right around the time the Capitals turned the series around and won games 5 through 7.

     

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

  92. Bugs says:

    Well, at least you seem to have the excuse ready for when Halak plays tomorrow…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  93. andrewberkshire says:

    JM hates Price? That’s why he played half the games this season?

  94. avatar_58 says:

    Not yet. Give Halak another game to redeem himself, it wasn’t his fault.

  95. king ddd says:

    i thought they were roids.

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  96. Danno says:

    Special vitamins.

    The sad truth about steroids and their side effects.

     

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

  97. terrygain says:

    Your comment sucks.

  98. Willy the bum says:

    If Price plays and lose, trust me the apocalypse already came right after.

  99. Say Ash says:

    What he said.

  100. andrewberkshire says:

    I think our team is a lot better than last year’s Rangers. We have a lot more proven winners, and several guys who want to prove that they’re winners. Plus we don’t have Redden and Roszival.

  101. Dave Stubbs says:

    There is conversation with players that isn’t recorded.

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

  102. habsguy says:

    Agreed!!!!!

  103. Bugs says:

    And it’s the unrecorded part that says you were right and Gomie was wrong, right?

    How convenient. Heck, I’ve only got you at your RECORDED word.

    Nuts. You win, sir.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  104. christophor says:

    wait, you’re not allowed to do that…

  105. Mad Habber says:

    Is Andrew Conboy still in the system? Not that he is a hack, supposed to be a tough guy with decent hands. (Though last I heard his hands hadn’t scored to much)…I think he has a history…

  106. naweed235 says:

    Almost everyone thinks That Ovechkin is the
    heart and backbone of this Capitals team… I think they are wrong… I
    believe without Backstrom they would just be another average team with a
    superstar on it… just to further prove my point look at their record
    without ovechkin this year… ant then take a look at it without
    Backstrom…

    to sum it all up, MUST KlLL BACKSTROM lol j/k

  107. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man NJ is so boring to watch, even the Flyers’ goofy acts can’t entertain me. I am switching to the Penguins-Senators game. Hopefully SPARTA WILL GIVE A SPEEEECH BEFORRRREE THE GAAAME.

  108. badbalance says:

    buy me a gun, and ill do it, even if i go to jail, we might win the cup.

  109. SeriousFan09 says:

    If you’re going to shoot someone, get Bettman and his lackey Daly.

     

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

  110. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I shall nickname you, Young Bullet, co-founder of Young Money Entertainment along with Little Wayne the rapper.

  111. Harani says:

    Did you all hear what Ovechkin had to say about Halak: “I watched the replay when (Eric) Fehr scored the goal and his arm like was shaking when he drank water.”So, he’s nervous. He knows all the pressure is on him and that’s a good sign for us.”

    And Arpon Basu reports that Halak refused to speak to the media coz he didn’t want to start a war of words with Ovechkin.

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

  112. Harani says:

    4 PPs and 5 shots on goal. The Devils are pathetic on the PP. 

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

  113. andrewberkshire says:

    Jordan Staal continues to be the most overrated player in the NHL. ZERO talent in that kid. Has a glorious chance with zero coverage on him and shoots a mile wide with Elliott down and out. Ridiculous how bad this guy is and how much buzz he gets because of his last name.

  114. newbrunswick troy says:

    ok hear goes my rant , idon,t do it often so listen up and  retort if you may:::::

    i think that J.m is doing a good job making something out of this not so likley playoff team

    i also am thankfull for so many players raising thier bar to make it an interesting series

    i do think that halak is starting to look a litte exhausted…maybe a short leash is needed

    Marc andre bergeron…has impressed me a lot for his hustle…..that said

    Roman Hamerlik is dreadfull….lost…slower than Gill…not worth 1mil let alone 4.5

    ******but all in all i didn,t think we would be in game 3 with a good fighting chance*********

  115. andrewberkshire says:

    This may anger you, but Hamrlik makes 5.5, not 4.5. So it’s even worse. Honestly I would love to see Hammer scratched and put O’Byrne in.

  116. yathehabsrule says:

    Gomez to Stubbs: “You don’t know shit.”

    Guess he’s right. At least he didn’t ask if you were an expert…lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Nrs2FwojQ

    This one isn’t so much of a fight.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AunASIMl3Lg

    ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  117. Harani says:

    What are the chances you get 2 goals on 8 shots on Brodeur? Yes, it happened. Although he could do nothing nothing on that second goal. 

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

  118. pmaraw says:

    right as that puck is about to go thru fleury’s pads, regins stick does not hit it.

  119. badbalance says:

    BS Ottawa disallowed goal. Didn’t the goalie touch it? SInce when wehn the player kicks it, goalie saves it, makes the puck change direction going into the net and it’s dissalowed, I mean, kicking to pass the puck is allowed, and it doesn’t go through into the net on a clear trajectory it bounced inside the goalies pads like pinball.

  120. ooder says:

    watching pens and sens..

    wow sucks that they got thier goal called of but it was deffinately a kicking motion

    ——————

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

  121. MontrealAtheist says:

    MUST KlLL BACKSTROM”

    I think after last night’s game it doesn’t take Einstein to reach that conclusion. By the same token, you can rest assured that the Caps will take a close watch on AK46 on Monday after his hat trick.

  122. SeriousFan09 says:

    Erik Johnson in St. Louis, ever hear about him either? I can’t think of any time the 1st 2 picks in the draft were so easily blown out by the two guys who came after (Toews, Backstrom).

     

     

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

  123. mrhabby says:

    lmao…ur kidding right.

  124. SeriousFan09 says:

    Every year, the schedule takes more of a toll on him. Last year it was pretty bad, this year with the compressed schedule and fillingin for Markov minutes in the 1st half outright killed him. I don’t see how he can possibly make it through another NHL season playing even 2nd pair minutes and be useful.

     

     

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

  125. hablifting says:

    The puck must change possesion, think about it.  Pittsburg never had possesion after the kick.  Screw the lame Sens anyways.

  126. andrewberkshire says:

    Rule 49.2 — goal cannot be scored even if kicked puck goes off player, goalie or official.

  127. Danno says:

    This is the kind of no-class Disneyland crap that the Bet-Man loves. He is diminishing and cheapening our game to the level of the WWF. With the farce of refs who are on the take, NHL hockey has become corrupt and less real than wrestling. The league now having ownership of the faiing Coyotes franchise places it in a conflict of interest. Consequently, it would not come as a surprise if Bet-Man sets things up so that the Coyotes steal the cup this year.

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

  128. hablifting says:

    Extremely easy to disagree with you as per usual.  Jordan Staal has ZERO talent?  Haven’t you watched this Habs team at all?  If JS was on the Habs he’d be our top center.

  129. andrewberkshire says:

    Not at all. This is the second year in a row where Hamrlik has been the worst defenseman in the league. He was spectacular early in the season, but right now he’s a joke. Let him take a seat and have O’Byrne rock Ovechkin into the boards as often as possible.

  130. ooder says:

    wanted to say something.

    Game 2 pheonix vs wings..

    pheonix blows a lead against the mighty red wings and lose home ice advanatge.

    they go into the home of one of the best teams in the NHL with all the momentum against them.

    they win the game and regain home ice advantage.

    if pheonix can recover.. then so can our habs especailly at home…

    ——————

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

  131. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re telling us Staal could do what Pleks did in the last two games against Washington? Or what about Gomez’s offensive play? He couldn’t manage that on his best day.

     

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

  132. andrewberkshire says:

    Top Center? Highly doubt it. I watch Penguins games all the time and all he does is flub chances. He’s a bigger, stronger version of Chris Higgins. People constantly talk about how great he is, but he can’t win a faceoff, he’s rarely physical and he’s a half step behind everyone else in the offensive zone. He’s SO slow in his decision making. I see nothing special in him at all.

  133. andrewberkshire says:

    If Shero would have been smart and taken Backstrom, they could have traded him to the west for a couple excellent wingers and they wouldn’t have to contend with a Washington powerhouse.

    Erik Johnson however is pretty solid. He’s had a rough go this year in St. Louis, but defensemen take longer to develop, especially after missing a whole year due to injury.

  134. joeybarrie says:

    I dont know. 4 million is alot for a 21 year old kid who hasnt done crap. BUT two 50 point seasons at 21 isnt that bad.

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

  135. ooder says:

    which is weird because he is a pretty big guy and doesn’t take that much abuse from the other players

    ——————

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

  136. petrov14 says:

    GO-GO METRO-BOT!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  137. andrewberkshire says:

    With the olympic break I thought he would be a lot better, Spacek sure is. Hammer isn’t as bad as last year though. He hasn’t been giving Washington sweet passes in the slot like he did for Ryder last year.

  138. ooder says:

    one thing that i wish about O’Byrne is that he had a bit more of a mean streak…

    kind of like Pronger, but you know, less of a moron

    ——————

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

  139. petrov14 says:

    On their checking line no less…..

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  140. Ian Cobb says:

    Metro back will mean another body for our power play and a constant two way treat. Great news!!!

  141. andrewberkshire says:

    He has a mean streak sometimes, but it’s not there consistently. I’m sure Ovechkin could bring out the meanest in him.

  142. Ian Cobb says:

    I think you might be right 14!

    Gionta is a leader of men!

  143. SeriousFan09 says:

    That and he’s a strong veteran to have in the room, guy gets back from a shoulder injury over a month ahead of schedule, young players are going to see what determination is with that guy.

     

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

  144. ooder says:

    Spacek has been amazing so far.. i guess he proves just what a veteran can do by finding that extra gear.

    i expected mroe out of hamrlik though

    ——————

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

  145. yathehabsrule says:

    NOt to mention a right-handed shot.

    ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  146. SensFanSpezza says:

    Listening to the audio, none of the Habs sound very upbeat.  I hate to say it, but I don’t think they’ll recover from this.  They just don’t sound like they believe they can do it.  I hope I’m wrong, but they don’t sound confident.

  147. andrewberkshire says:

    I feel the same way, Spacek has been amazing.

  148. Bugs says:

    Who do we take out?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  149. andrewberkshire says:

    Two ALMOST 50 point seasons, playing behind the two best offensive centers in the game. So who is he actually playing against? 3rd pairing defensemen at best.

  150. Bugs says:

    Really?

    I think they sound confident as hell they CAN do it.

    And from what I’ve seen myself after two games, I’m sure confident they can.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  151. andrewberkshire says:

    I would say Darche. Lapierre has been outplaying him big time from what I’ve seen, and Pyatt has PK value.

  152. Bugs says:

    Personally, I’d sooner put up with the Hamr’s veteran mistakes than O’B’s rookie ones at this point.

    The Hamr’ll pull through when it counts the most, just wait and see…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  153. ooder says:

    i dunno pyatt doesn’t seem to be built for the playoffs.

    darche is bigger and can take the abuse…

     

    ——————

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

  154. Bugs says:

    Lappy’s not in the equation. I had firebrand retorts for Pyatt and Sergei. I’d forgotten about Darche.

    You’re right; gotta be Darche.

    That’s cool.

    Go Metro!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  155. habs03 says:

    Me too, I find they sound very upbeat, they all seemed to be happy going home 1-1. If anything I’m the one unable to recover from game 2, I went from doing back flips to being complete mad in 22min or hockey.

  156. Bugs says:

    He sure as hell is built for penalty-killin though.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  157. ooder says:

    i dunno.. i don’t see guys like gill, spacek, gionta and gomez just rolling over.

    i think they know what they can do and will want to do it.

    i guess we’ll see right

    ——————

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

  158. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t know if I agree with that, Pyatt has gotten the better of Ovechkin in several puck battles on the PP, and blocks a lot of shots. I haven’t noticed Darche do anything positive (or negative) in the past two games, so I’d rather substitute him out for Metro.

  159. Dintrox says:

    Cooke should get the game. dirty sun of a ______ ..

     

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  160. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now what did that miserable **** do?

     

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

  161. showey47 says:

    the weak backhand dump out attempt by darche that was picked off(i think by carlson) and which led to the 3rd goal sticks out big in my mind.

  162. andrewberkshire says:

    I love Darche, but he’s the weakest link to me.

  163. Bob Barker says:

    Gomez is hilarious. Definitely favorite player to listen to. 

  164. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche was a nice story about a guy coming up from the AHL full of fire and looking to do something for his hometown team and made some contributions, but this is the NHL playoffs against the most explosive offence in the NHL, Metropolit’s hard-earned expertise with much more NHL experience is more important. Pyatt hasn’t been great, but he’s been a cog in the PK machine that holds the Big Red Machine at bay. With a full roster, Darche is a scratch and that’s all there is to it.

     

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

  165. showey47 says:

    little bit of interference by matt cooke on the sens goalie on that 3rd goal?

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    You are correct. I forgot about that in my blind rage targeted at the Refs for Knuble and Ovechkin’s goal.

  167. andrewberkshire says:

    Hope you’re right Bugs!

  168. Dave Stubbs says:

    I “don’t know (diddly),” Gomez told me. Hilarious. Then I showed him the definitive, authoritative source to show him that I was, indeed correct about his NHL fight card. So it seems that I do, in fact, know (diddly).

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

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree 100% Robert!

  170. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    Lol Ovechkin trying to stir things up.

    I am really starting to get a hate on for this guy.

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/blog/2010/04/ovechkin-thinks-halaks-rattled.html

    ________

    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  171. Bugs says:

    Meow.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  172. andrewberkshire says:

    Cooke should have been thrown out for his hit from behind, but i think Crosby would have scored anyway.

  173. Dave Stubbs says:

    Yeah, but I’m right and I showed Gomez after that interview. We’ve agreed to disagree, but I’ve got the authoritative stats source on my side and he’s only got his memory.

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

  174. ooder says:

    hey Stubbs, how is that morale of our boys?

    i hope they don’t seem to down…

    whatcha think

    ——————

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

  175. showey47 says:

    Cooke hit someone from behind? Damn,i must have missed it.

  176. oshawahabsfan says:

    Holy crap CBC showed a Montreal player on TV. Talking to Gary Roberts about off-ice training, Cammalleri was one of the featured players. Gotta try those squats he was doing in the gym.

  177. andrewberkshire says:

    Peter Regin I believe, he got a 2 minute minor, which Karlsson ruined by slashing Staal’s stick in half.

  178. HabFanSince72 says:

    Flyers absolutely dominating the Devils.

    They might be the team that makes it out of the East if BB keeps it together.

     

     

  179. hablifting says:

    A pretty soft hit by Cooke.  Regin was looking right at the ref the moment he was touched, he knew what he was doing.  That was sold. 

  180. ooder says:

    what a goal by Crosby.

    i am really starting to like this palyer more and more.

    he WAS a diver when he first came in the league but he has really matured since then and stopped those antics.

    i think what really changed that was when he fell and slid along the ice staring at the ref and slid into the boards, causing him to miss 35 games or so.

    since then he has stopped diving and started playing hockey.

    big props to him.. what a great player

     

    ——————

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

  181. Bugs says:

    How does the Scott Gomez (diddly) score-card work?

    On youtube, you get Scott Gomez vs Koivu, Kovalchuk, Hedman, (woops, edit) and I don’t know, but isn’t that 6 minutes right there at least?

    In which case he would’ve been right to say (diddly) when suggested his 5 min major equalled his career minutes in the box for fighting?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  182. oshawahabsfan says:

    He’s one to talk with his big one garbage goal he’s scored. I’m sure Halak is quite alright. Game three we’re winning big. The crowd will enpower them, the Verizon Centre crowds will like a whisper compared to the Bell Centre

  183. andrewberkshire says:

    How did I know you would come in saying something like that? Bottom line is that Cooke saw all numbers the whole way in.

  184. andrewberkshire says:

    That’s a very, very big IF.

  185. king ddd says:

    he  is a numero uno douchebag. he hits smaller guys or older guys (jagr). i want to see him hit some tough sob .he jumps like a monkey, looks like a cave man.. i hope some one goes bertuzzi on him..

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  186. SeriousFan09 says:

    They might be the team to make it out of the East if Biron keeps it together, they might be the team to make it out of the East if Robert Esche keeps it together, or Roman Cechmanek, or John Vanbiesbrouck, or Sean Burke…

    The saga continues in Philly of relying upon Backups to get them far.

     

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

  187. punkster says:

    Read a number of posts on bringing in OB and sitting Hamrlik. Not sure about that yet.

    Hamrlik’s experience is invaluable. He’s a smart player, hard worker and what he may give away because of age or being overworked he makes up for with those 73 playoff games on his resume. He’s no Bobby Orr but he’s also not a Patice Brisbois.

    OB is big and has shown a willingness to play tough. I can’t really think of more to say about him right now. Some say we need him to out-muscle Ovie but I highly doubt he has the hockey skills yet to keep pace.

    We need experience on the line right now. OB should get a chance in future series (maybe even this year) or if one of our D is injured. I’m leaning towards experience over muscle.

     

  188. HabFanSince72 says:

    Going to OT in Philly.

    Devils kept to 18 shots … despite having 8 powerplays!

    The Flyers are beasts.

  189. Dave Stubbs says:

    Double minors for roughing, etc. I’m talking 5-minute major assessed for fighting. He had one before Saturday’s.

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

  190. hablifting says:

    I don’t care what he saw.  That hit was soft.  Zero chance of damage until Regin decided to try and sell a call.

  191. punkster says:

    The telling comment is the article’s last line. Maybe Ovie is the one who’s nervous, eh?

  192. andrewberkshire says:

    They’ve completely outplayed the Devils in that series thus far imo. Nice to see Brodeur finally decided to show up though.

  193. Willy the bum says:

    YEAH METRO!!! Power Play Advantage now bring to 100%…

  194. terrygain says:

    Washington will be crashing the net again tomorrow. The refs will call 1 infraction in 6. The intensity of the play is so strong they will miss most of these penalties.  Big mistake not to dress 20 but no need to sit 44. Move 47 to the 4th line. 

  195. andrewberkshire says:

    What I don’t understand is why anyone is talking to Ovechkin at all. He may have recorded 4 points last night, but he wasn’t even close to the best player on the ice, or even the best player on his team. Without Backstrom igniting the Capitals and basically allowing Ovechkin to float around by backchecking twice as hard, I doubt Ovechkin would have had a single point last game.

  196. Praj12 says:

    Well lets hope that JM, who hates price, gives him a chance tomorrow night. Halak sucked.

  197. Bugs says:

    Ok, first of all, you’re changing your story, Stubby. You ASKED him, I quote, “Did it double your fight record in the NHL?”; you didn’t say nuthin about 5 min majors. He understood the question as “Was it your second fight in the NHL?” C’mon.

    But whatever,

    Here is his scorecard on NHL Fights, where they grade and score punch-ups.

    Holzinger, Taylor, White, Koivu, Kovalchuk, Kozlov, Hedman, Timonen. They GRADE the punch-ups.

    Only ONE 5 min major in there?

    Dang.

    I love the NHL, man.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  198. K-hab25 says:

    All you need to remember Bill is no matter if Halak gives up 6 goals and blows a 4-1 lead with a little over 1 period left is “you can’t fault Halak for that one”. What could he have done differently. Ohhh I don’t know, maybe stop the freaking puck. Perfect example of there logic is the BUF game when Hamerlik ran over Price knocking the puck in, Halakites said Price should have gotten his glove on it to keep it out. Last night Knuble is pushed by Gill in to Halak, barely knocking him off balance. They say goal shouldn’t have counted, wrong Gill shoved him into Halak. They say he had no chance, really, yet Price gets creamed by Hamerlik going full speed and he should’ve gotten his glove on the rebound. They’re a joke, the messiah is never at fault for his losses and yet is the sole reason for his wins. They’re delusional hypocrites.

  199. Mr. Biter says:

    totally agree. whoops reply to wrong post. Shaker  your still wrong.

  200. Bill J says:

    I have no argument – are you kidding me ?

    Ok let’s talk about the last 3 games of the season ?

    When the Habs only needed to get ONE point to make the playoffs.  How Halak lost ALL 3 – thankfully Ron Wilson respected the “game” enough to not pull Giguere in the 3rd to KILL the Habs off.   Right ?

    Last night 6 goals in just over 60 minutes ?

    Last time Price let 5 goals in ? was against the Caps in a OT win by the Habs.

    Now look further – you will see on average Price has recently only allowed 2-3 goals per game with a few 1 goal games. 

    Halak of late, while he had 2 shutouts… has had some rather Open Net nights…. (statistically speaking)

     

    So in game 3, do you go against the BEST offensive team in the league with the goalie with the HIGHER GAA of late or the one who albeit has had a tough run, has only allowed minimal goals of late (since Olympic break) and a game 3 win could be the very thing Price needs, specially in front of the Montreal crowd.

     

     

  201. Mr. Biter says:

    Doubt if his name JT.

  202. K-hab25 says:

    Really, so Price against BOS last year 4 games 15 GA, Price against PHI 2 years ago 4 games 16 GA, Jaro in his last 4 losses 17 GA_. Jaro in his last 5 games 1 win 19 GA. He hasn’t stunk huh. I guess Price didn’t stink against PHI or BOS either right.

  203. 24 Cups says:

    Reply to Bill J (below) – I wasn’t trying to join the goalie debate, I was just saying that an overworked defense is going to hurt us regardless of which guy is in net.  I worry about the D more than the two guys in net. That’s why winning last night’s game would have been so great (assuming we went on to win the series in 6 games or so).  Truth of the matter is that we were outscored 4-1 during the final 22 minutes of last night’s game.  Some posters are blaming Halak, the refs, or Martin.  In my mind, it was a bit of everything which somehow quickly mutated into a Rocky Horror Show.

    Before the series began, I figured Halak would get the first two starts regardless of the outcome.  I still think he’s good for one more and even that would depend on how things went.  In fairness to Price, he has only played two games in the last 41 days.  It would be very difficlult for any goalie, even a seasoned veteran, to come in and try and save the series.  I’m not saying that Price shouldn’t get a shot against Washington at some point in time, but let’s keep in mind the tough spot we’re putting him in.  Especially with a defense that is a bit of a patch quilt.

    Martin is going to have to make some very tough calls during the next few games.  Gainey wanted an experienced coach so now is the time for Martin to show his stuff.  He basically has a full squad to work with so there are no excuses.

  204. Chuck says:

    The playoffs have to be about “what have you done for me lately?”

    Two shutouts in a row to help get us to the playoffs? That’s all well and good, but they mean diddly-squat after the puck drops in game one. Same thing goes for Throdore’s 23-and-whatever streak. It’s all about winning games NOW. Martin has to play the goalie that gives him the best chance of winning the next game. Is it Halak or Price?

    _____________________________________

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

  205. adam76 says:

    I for one, am pumped this series is tied at one.  Mondays game will tell the stroy of the series.  Halak did not play well last night – need a bounce back game Monday.

    In Thomas we trust. Thomas Jagr

  206. Bill J says:

    For once since we’ve spoken over the last few weeks, I see a glimmer of hope in bridging the gap between Halakians & Pricer’s…

    You say “Find the fault in Halak’s play last night” in this loss…

    I say “Find the fault in in Price’s play in the last few Price losses”

    Bottom line (and this is where I believe Halakians & Pricer’s will agree upon)

    THE TEAM IN FRONT OF THE GOALIE DETERMINES THE FATE OF THE GOALIE.

    One thing to remember though, of late – Halak has not had the support, What I heard many many many many times from Halakians when Price kept losing, but clearly it was not his fault (see booing of Price despite getting 3rd star of game).  “The team does not play as hard as they do for Halak”

    Well to that I say, if the Habs want a goalie whose confidence is not broken right now… They should go with Price in game 3.

    Want PROOF ? – If you have the game on PVR, look at Halak VERY VERY closely after he lets the 4th & 5th goal, the 5th one – he drinks some water…. the F-ing bottle was SHAKING!!!!    Jaro needs to sit NOW, unless JM feels he CAN play on Monday.  Do not fool yourself into thinking Jaro has game 3 locked.

     

  207. jimmy shaker says:

    Okay Price….you seem to be the joke on here today.  Just like I said…..show me what he could’ve done better and all you say is “stop the puck”  great answer.  As far as Gill pushing Knuble into Halak, you’re wrong on that call, Knuble was already interfering with Halak befor Gill pushed him, and Gill was pushing him towards the end boards not directly into Halak.  Remember just like Panger said in the intermission the crease is not just on the ice, it extends up vertically as well.  And no Price had no chance on the Buffalo goal.  Hammer got burned and left his feet and the bad luck continues for Price.  Whoever said that Price was at fault is an idiot.  But your bias of Price is blinding you my friend towards Halak and his play.  I like Jaro for sure, but the only goal he could be blamed on was the 5th one!  Again with your vast knowledge explain to me how things could’ve gone differently for Halak last night?  Is Jaro on the hook for the loss, or is Washington given credit for coming back and getting the job done!  An open/fair debate…Can you handle that or are you the delusional hypocrite?

    Saker

  208. jimmy shaker says:

    I thought Price played great vs buffalo and Carolina.  I’ll take a look at that last point you made….but in all honesty Jaro has Monday’s game 100%.  If we lose, then yes, go with Price, but for Monday I think that is the biggest lock you could put money on!

    Shaker

  209. habs4cup says:

    do any of you remember 5 years ago when we played Carolina? habs were leading in the game, and up 2 games to none in the series. I think we were up by 3 goals, then this franchise did what they do best. they stopped skating, stopped playing. Carolina won that game, and habs never recovered and lost the next 3 games. series was over.

    same thing now. that loss last night zapped them of all their momentum and positive emotion. they won’t recover because they can’t. imagine what they’re saying to themselves:”we were up by 3 goals and still couldn’t beat this team, therefore if our best game and we still can’t win, we’ll never beat them”.

    oh and the only reason habs won the 1st game, was because Theodore let in bad goals. it was a fluke win.

    this series is over. and we all know habs will come out dead in the 1st period with no emotion, caps with all the momentum will score 3 goals and be up 3-0 and JM(genius) still won’t pull Halak, because he thinks Halak was solid.

    truth is, Halak let in 5 soft goals and everyone except JM knows it. JM needs glasses. he is the 1 with his passive resistance style, that cost habs the win and series. I hate JM. never was a winner and never will be.

    I CAN’T WAIT TILL JM IS FIRED! I HOPE THE MOLSON BROS READ ALL THESE COMMENTS.

  210. WestHab says:

    This is my first post since the series began. So I’d rather summarize a little over the first 2 .  If any of us knew that both games would be going into overtime I think we’d be grinning ear to ear.  The main objective was to somehow steal one game in Washington, so close to being 2.  I pleased to see the goal production from our best, Pleks, Gomez, Gio, Cammi and now even AK46.  But what really has taken my fancy is the work by Gill and even MAB on defense. Does Markov really improve a partner that much??? Needless to say Spacek has been amazing, where did that come from?  This is why it was so important to get into the playoffs. Despite what hapens now we have seen performances from players that could not have been predicted based on the regular season.  This is also Markov’s most phyisical play I can remember. 

    But lets get of of these high scoring games…..well for the caps.

  211. Chuck says:

    Not to be picky, but if Jaro snags goal #5, there’s no overtime and a goal #6… and a loss.

    _____________________________________

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

  212. Chuck says:

    Jaro was probably having an olympic bronze medal game flashback.

    _____________________________________

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

  213. Bugs says:

    So go back to your precious Carolina; why you cryin to us for?

    With your hate-hate-hate; go home, 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/

  214. Mr. Biter says:

    TOTALLY RIGHT ON.

  215. jimmy shaker says:

    I agree, he should’ve had that one 100%.

    And if the stipes give Gio a goal, when Poti takes out the net, varlamov and poulliot at once then we have another goal to work with too!

    Shaker

  216. WestHab says:

    If the Molsons need us to be their consultants, they must be drinking their profits away.

  217. Bill J says:

    Joke ?

    WTF – whatever – read below.

    Jaro Deserved to start the series, because YES he deserved it.

    What is blind faith, is Halakians continuing to support him so arduously as you seem to be.

    Bottom line – I want the win. 

    We clearly disagree on who we feel more comfortable with that job for game 3.

    Is Jaro on the hook for the loss ?  I believe just as much as the Price losses in his last 10 games, see my point perhaps ?  You accuse me of blinders, but why is it I am being accused of this by someone who clearly turns a blind eye when it suits the argument to Price’s lack of fault in losses.

    When Price was losing, THAT was the main consideration to Price being ousted at the “#1″.  I’m not saying Price should oust him based on Halak’s luck of late.  But I DO believe Price has a better chance of succeeding on Monday night.  Only people who know if Jaro is ready for Monday are in the dressing room.

    I’m just saying your fooling yourself if you think Jaro has game 3 locked up.

    IF Jaro play I will not be wishing ANY ill-will, but I will see it as a missed oppurtunity to

    A) increase the value of Price in a trade.

    B) determine if Price is worth keeping.

    P.S. Why do Halakians persist in being verbally abusive “The Joke” “delusional hypocrite”

     

  218. Bugs says:

    I’m commending any poster who says it; I don’t care who says it.

    1-1, comin back home. Bottom-line.

    Advantage – Montreal.

    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/

  219. jimmy shaker says:

    Bill….I’m kind of on the same page as you….my take was to the guy with the Price avatar, not you! 

    Shaker

  220. WestHab says:

    I’m pumped too. Does anyone really believe they’d win all their playoff games?

  221. Chuck says:

    Two games in a month-and-a-half. That’s some great goalie management, eh? Heck, even the odd period along the way to keep the game rust off would have been helpful.

    _____________________________________

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

  222. Chartrand1223 says:

    Why is Bugs allowed to post so much? Better yet, why is he allowed to post at all? Get your own page, you blowhard…

  223. Bill J says:

    Oh – I just noticed that – the page did a weird thing, cause earlier I was replying to you replying to me…. Noticed that happen once before.

    BTW glad we are bridging the gap, I just want to WIN…. Honest to god!

  224. likehoy says:

    i’m not sure if this is true cause it’s on bleacher report http://bleacherreport.com/articles/378675-nhl-mulling-anime-partnership-nothing-set-in-stone

    but the NHL is looking to form a partnership with an anime company which will subsequently own 10% of the league.

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

  225. aemarchand11 says:

    I was laughed at for saying Habs in 6 before the playoffs started. Last night could have even made it habs in 5. This series isnt over, Washingtons D coverage is brutal, Our Habs are scoring at will with these guys.

    We are in good shape, game 3 is ours.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  226. SLONCOLD says:

    not as much negative halak comments as i thought would be here. I wish halak could have stopped that 5th tying goal in the third period but in all honesty most of the other goals were really hard to stop.

    You guys here have to understand that teh caps are scoring machines. the difference between game one and game two was the inability of the habs defense to keep the shooters to the outside. When your D backs up and allows people to cut in and fire from teh hash marks bad things happen….

    Bottom line is we’re 1-1 after 2 away games. time to regroup and take advantage of last change on home ice and get the match ups will help halak and our team get another win!

    we showed yesterday that we can keep up with their offense, now it’s time for JM to get the guys to play solid two way so we can shut them down.

    go habs go

  227. K-hab25 says:

    Well Jimmy you said it yourself, he should’ve had #5. Which to me means we win 5-4 if he makes that save. So it was Halak’s fault, something you and the other Halakites are incapable of saying. A loss with Halak in net has never been his fault, ever. A goalie gives up 6 goals with an .837sv% and it’s not his fault. WHY? Is it because his team scored 5 goals, so the score looked close. Halak is beyond criticism according to some, but to bad some us don’t believe in your fake messiah. He’s lost 4 of 5, 7 of 11 and those are the stats that matter right Jimmy. You see I don’t want Price to start next game, didn’t want him to start the series and don’t care if he plays in the playoffs, but I do want a goalie that isn’t costing us W’s and right now Halak is. Oh, and a little accountability of the messiah would be nice aswell.

  228. Bugs says:

    Welcome back from Russia, Chas.

    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/

  229. habswarrior says:

    I for one am very happy with the way the guys have played so far in this series. The whole hockey world predicted a sweep by the Caps. It is a fact that Bettman wants the cup to remain in the States. God knows they need the extra media coverage and money to keep alot of those teams afloat. We are not going to get the calls from the refs so the guys are just going have to suck it up and keep playing the way they have been. It sure will be nice in the next couple of years when PK, Weber and a couple more of the boys from the baby Habs make it to the big show. I believe that we will once again be one of the power house teams in the league, we are very close to it now. I just wish that one of the guys would punch Ovie in the mouth the next time he runs our goalie. The refs let Ovie sucker our guys so maybe if we did that a couple of times they would have second thoughts of getting in front of our net.

  230. Bill J says:

    Steve – it was with all respect I replied to you, and I really hope you took no negative from my reply.

    I worded it wrong, but got the desired result.  Your opinion on the goalies, because you hit the nail on the head with the rest of your opinion.  If you ask me…

    ;)

  231. HUDSONHAB says:

    Well WestHab, I told myself to be happy if the Habs lost game 2 because we already had game 1 in the bag.That was before they lost the game the way they did. It never pays to let your enemy up when you have him down.

    “MOMENTUM!”

    If the Habs can get over this loss and the Bell Centre fans can lift them up then we have a series.

    Otherwise….last night’s turn of fortune may be the “TSN turning point”

    ….Hab4life….

  232. joeybarrie says:

    Your right, they really should put a filter on here, so they can analyze the posts before they go up. I mean why would we want to have freedom of speech, why wouldnt we want censorship so we can make sure we are told what to think and how to react. Im thinking RED……

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

  233. SLONCOLD says:

    and for pierre “i haven’t been able to get a job in the nhl for like 20 years” mcguire…. the secret to beating halak is going up high? wow, that’s the way you beat all goalies…..

  234. SLONCOLD says:

    ovi dove into halak and nothing!!! next time that happens you politely fall on his back and drive your form arm into his neck and then sit on him for a bit…. simple they want to run our goalie, lets run their best players too.

    also i wasn’t happy with the gomez fight… very stupid… the emotion was great but it messed up our lines and he is way more valuable in the line up instead of in the box serving a fighting major

  235. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes he was at fault on the 5th goal….is that accountabliity for you?  But if the stripes give Gio the easy tap in that he had, before Poti takes himself, poulliot, varlamov and the net off the pegs than we have a what 5-1 lead or 5-2 lead and maybe the game doesn’t turn out like it did last night!   And if Jaro was “costing” us games, you know JM would have Carey in there right away.  The truth is I don’t think Jaro is costing us games.  Just like I don’t think Carey cost us to lose in his last two starts of the season vs buffalo and carolina.  The bottom line is that for some reason when Jaro is in the crease the team gets more results more often than if Price was in the crease.  I’m not slaggin on Price or his play of late, but for some unknown reason the team doesn’t get the W’s when Price is playing.  I don’t know if it’s bad luck, the team is not confident with Carey or something, but this year has just been Jaro’s year and not Carey’s.  I hope next year the opposite is true, or that these two guys can lead the league in W’s and stats together because they both have the abilities to do so!

    Shaker

  236. Exit716 says:

    Your memory is foggy.

    Montreal won game two in Carolina in OT.

    Then Koivu had his eye taken out by Justin Williams and the Habs lost 2-1 in OT on a goal by Eric Staal.

    It was the Koivu injury and the inability of Ribeiro and Kovalev etc to raise their play that cost the Habs the series.

    That and the fact Huet was rather average in the series.

     

  237. Bugs says:

    That’s an excellent point, Huddy.

    But the NEXT game isn’t in Washycity; it’s in Montreal.

    Where the Cap’s “momentum” is about to take a serious shot in the chops right from the get-go.

    A Lucian Bute Special, you could say.

    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/

  238. jimmy shaker says:

    Wrong with what?

    Shaker

  239. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA

  240. Bugs says:

    If Gionta had scored in OT, Gomie woulda been a hero for that fight.

    If…

    (sigh)

    Oh well, Game 3 now.

    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/

  241. likehoy says:

    it’s not even true…halak is interestingly good at standing up on rising shots. but all goalies get caught going down early, especially on screened shots.

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

  242. J.J. of Turku says:

    Positively thinking: How many of you thought after 2 games, scores vs. WSH would be 8-8?

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  243. lavie says:

    This is the Habs team which we haven’t seen for a long long time. Now the pressures are on 1-4 seeds, not 5-8.

    Habs are playing well, but only one suggestion: Block the shooting lane and decrease their easy SOG.

  244. matraque says:

    Something went wrong when it was 4-1 (or 2…)

    -Caps sticks seemed to be very very sensible (2 broken sticks penalty?? come on).

    -When the game was 4-1, i did not felt like the team wanted to just call it an night and trap the Caps.  I think that what they should have done.  Play a very solid defensive game.  It felt like they wanted more and tried to exchange goals with the Caps.  I think this was the wrong approach.

     

    Also, i think going with Price on Monday would be a big mistake.  Yesterday’s loss is not all on Halak… Sure, some goals were suspicious, but you have to keep going with Halak.  The team need to play the same way and by putting Price in, the D will feel they might have to play differently and that is not good.  Everything worked last night.  All we had to do it trap them at 4-1(2)

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

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

  245. habsfanmandy says:

    I also thought they’d be completely depressed about the way they lost, but after (carefully) watching the remarks in the room, I thought they looked surprisingly okay with it, like they’d shrugged it off. Like they were thinking, Well, hwo would’ve thunk it, a chance to go 2-0 ovr the Caps.’ like they hadn’t beleived it themselves. I thought that was a good thing, if they can keep playing like they did, and a couple of things are tweaked, they might just make this a series for the Caps.

  246. BJ says:

    It showed a lot of guts on Gomez’ part. Which something this team will have to go out and get at some point. You need players with toughness that can play otherwise there is no Cup. The two elements this team still needs are more size and toughness. We have goalies, speed, skill and the two missing elements would enhance the positives we already have.

  247. K-hab25 says:

    Well we’ll have to agree to disagree on whether or not Jaro was at fault or not. I agree that he did have games in those 7 losses that he deserved a victory, like Price vs CAR and BUF, but the laffs,NYI and CAR game’s along with last night were sub par efforts in my opinion. Not because we lost, but the volume and types of goals he allowed. I don’t believe a goalie giving near 4 goals a game and a sv% below .900 is playing well or is beyond fault. I hope he bounces back next game though, because game 3 is a pivotal game. If we lose the series is probably over, win and the hope for #25 returns or at least a good playoff run. I think that is why so many want to switch goaltenders. I being on the Price side actually don’t want him playing game 3. Price is like the last resort to change the momentum of the series and right now it’s 1-1, so I say stay with Halak and if wins he stays in and if he loses go to Price to try and change the momentum.

  248. habsfanmandy says:

    Of course not, but it was crushing they way they lost it. If it would’ve been a blowout, all-Caps game, yeah it would hurt, but we were up 4-1!!!

    A dose of reality is always good. Nobody, not even the players themselves, I believe, thought they’d have a decent chance at 2-0.

  249. makka83 says:

    We still have home advantage because we won a game in Washington.

    Caps now believe they can beat us even if they are down by 2-3 goals.

    But, our team also learnt, the hard way, that no lead is safe with this team.

    I am looking for Halak to rebound (though he had a good game I thought) and for our Dmen to be stronger on the guys hitting Halak. Make them pay the price.

  250. smiler2729 says:

    Goalies go down early on screened shots or shots into traffic to take away any deflections low and then when it goes high, they look stupid.

    If the goalies stays on his feet and the shot goes in low, they look stupid.

    It’s really a no-win position and it’s mostly mental.

    I don’t know why I do it, maybe to stay on the ice all the time…

  251. B says:

    “Jaro’s had troubles with breakaways/shootouts all year”

    Troubles all year? Halak had one of the leagues better save% in shoot outs this season.

  252. ooder says:

    for a second there i thought this was a place for people to come and post about the habs.

    i must be crazy our something

    ——————

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

  253. temekuhabs says:

    Had to work last night, taped the game so I could watch it when I got home around 11:00 pm PST, When it was 4-1 I’m sure my whole neighboourhood could hear me screaming. should have been goaltender interference on Knubles goal IMO. Halak should have stopped Carlsons goal. Backstroms’ shot was perfect, no chance on that one.

    The positives to take from blowing a 4-1 lead?? We proved all the so called experts that this Caps team is beatable.They are brutal on D in their own end, Our skilled forwards are practically scoring at will on them. I hope the Caps continue to play like this, if they do, we WILL beat them.

    BTW, I get the VERSUS feed here, and in the 1st Intermission Keith Jones was asked why the Caps were losing 4-2 he replied” Simple, they are not giving their opponent any RESPECT..”

    Seen the post game comments on TSN, Les Boys did not look despondent at all, they all know to a man that they can beat these guys.

     

  254. Storm Man says:

    He was pissed that the caps were running anybody, and not one player did anything about it he had to take matters into his own hands. I would like to put a APB for Moen Where is this guy?

  255. SLONCOLD says:

    i liked the toughness part just not the 5 minutes associated with it. like some one on the 3rd line could have been tough

  256. SLONCOLD says:

    my thoughts exactly

  257. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Like I posted earlier, every time Perrre McGuire opens his mouth something beautiful in the world dies.

  258. jimmy shaker says:

    Agree….if we win, stay with Jaro, but if we lose…..I think it’s a great opportunity for Price to silence a lot of critics!

    Shaker

  259. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I hope someone goes after Ovechkin Monday and really lets him have it. A great player, yes. But a very cheap & dirty player as well. Didn’t anyone notice him throw a punch at Gionta with no call? Had one of our players done it, rest assured he would’ve been in the sin bin for 2.

    I hope we mop the ice with his face.

  260. habs03 says:



    Today I woke up with a bad taste in my mouth because of last
    night. Before when I would read someone complain about the refs from a game, I
    think of it as a fan making excuses for his team’s loss, so I’ve never
    complained about the refs, but last night was something else, it wasn’t so much
    the penalty’s we took like the Gill interference, but it was like OV punching
    Gionta, his Hi-stick on Markov, Gill got hi-sticked with 4min left, and them
    running Halak over, unbelievable. I know we should be positive about going home
    1-1 and we really took it to them, but this game was important, we played a
    perfect 38minutes until the refs stepped in. I can’t believe we let that get
    away, it was 4-1- with 22 minutes left. Sorry for the rant, this has put me in
    a real bad mood.

     

  261. Storm Man says:

    Oh well Game 3 should be a ruckus, and did I read this right the Bulldogs won 8-2? unreal does this Guy know how to coach a team. Well done Dogs

  262. slapshot777 says:

    If you hope the Molsons are reading all the comments then they won’t be too happy with yours. No trouble to tell your a bandwagon fan. If you watched the game at all last night you would have seen a series of events that went all against the Habs and it was not by the doing of the Caps.

    Second goal by Caps, goalie interference by Knuble, NOT CALLED.

    Tom Poti only a a minute later pull Halak out of the net, again goalie inteference again NOT CALLED.

    Montreal then gets a penalty to end of the second and start the third.

    Ovie jabs at Halak who has the puck. No way the ref can see it, but DOESN’T blow the whistle puck ends up in the net.

    Ovie then runs Halak again for the third time goalie interference and agin for the third time NOT CALLED.

    Montreal then goes on to get dinged for two more penalties, plus was going to be called for a third, but was scored upon before it official. The Caps had one penalty early in the third, but by then the refs had the momentum swing changed in favor of the Caps.

    Last nite was more about the poor and suspect officiating than anything the Caps did to change the flow of the game. Without that second goal late in the second they go into the third down three instead of two. The picture becomes a lot different.

    To say that they were zapped of momentum,and positive emotion is totally BS. The Habs know what happened and so do the Caps and anyone who watched that game could see what was happening. The Habs didn’t stop skating, they scored a goal to retake the lead after giving up three straight goals. They were playing two teams last night, the Caps and the refs and one of them you could do nothing about.

    I am sure that coming home with a tie in the series the Habs to a player will tell you they are happy. Sure 2-0 would have been excellent. The fans have to let the officiating know that they are on notice. Give it to them every time they blow a call on the Habs. They are in the playoffs where they know a lot of people are watching the game. This is not just televised in the US somewhere where the game may not even have a audio feed.

    Make them accountable. The pressure is and will always be on the Caps for the entire series. Lets keep the foot on the gas and drive them over the edge.

     

     

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

  263. Storm Man says:

    Is Ali going to be playing for us Monday?

  264. 24 Cups says:

    Before the playoffs started, we would have been elated with a split in Washington.  For most of last night’s game we were starting to believe that something special might be unfolding in terms of a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    This series is far from over but you have to wonder if a golden opportunity was squandered.  The chance to beat Washington in 6 games would have been huge for us.  At least one opening round series always goes to seven games which would have meant an extra two days rest (or more).  That extra time off would have been so beneficial for the three older Dmen as well as Pleks and Halak.  That advantage is now gone.  It’s a shame seeing that it could have been the difference maker in the second or third series.

    One thing is becoming pretty obvious in terms of our defense.  When Hamrlik and Spacek both have strong games it usually means we win the contest.  When either one faulters, you can usually count on a defeat.

    All this needless talk about goaltending choices is such a waste of time.  The goalies will only be as good as the defense that is in front of them.  Martin must now decide whether or not he wants to go with a seven man rotation on the back-end or keep dressing a full, natural 4th line.  It’s a very tough call as both options have pros and cons to them.

  265. Ian Cobb says:

    He runs around like a fool, hitting everything in sight including our goaler. Somebody has to take him out solid!!!

  266. Bugs says:

    But, MAN, would I love to have him on my team, knowumsayin?

    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/

  267. Ian Cobb says:

    Big George is coming back for just one shift. After all he is still on the payroll for another year!

  268. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee but skates like shit.

  269. avatar_58 says:

    I hate to wish Halak any ill will – but if we DO see Price in game 4 or 5 – I can’t wait to see what happens if they try to knock HIM over. Price is a little hot head as we’ve seen before, he won’t take that garbage lying down. I kept wishing Halak would slash some ankles or SOMETHING just to make them realize they can’t get away with that crap.

    Even TSN agreed! THE TORONTO SPORTS NETWORK. That tells you how bad it was. What do you have to do to get goaltender interference? Also whats with this “oh it shouldn’t be a penalty, but it shouldn’t be allowed” – buuuh?? So what the hell is goaltender interference? Either it’s a penalty and no goal, or it’s completely allowed. One or the other please. As we witnessed it’s allowed – so get in there and bash Varlamov on his goddamn ass. That way when it’s called we’ll REALLY see the bias

  270. matmacat says:

    …more opportunities for cap powerplay.

  271. Bugs says:

    Nice!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  272. Storm Man says:

    He could sell veggie burgers

  273. TommyB says:

    Your point about the sticks is a valid one.  It is very easy to doctor a composite hockey stick so it could be broken easily.  But what makes the whole thing a total farce is the fact that a slash on a hockey stick, not a body part, but a hockey stick, is a penalty call in the first place. 

     

  274. Chuck says:

    Halak needs to go Hextall or Smith all over the Washington forwards.

    _____________________________________

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

  275. avatar_58 says:

    So what? Was the Gill penalty worth taking? Was Cammy’s stick slashing worth it?

    Take a goddamned penalty worth taking – one that injuries their star players for being asshats and getting garbage goals. I counted at LEAST 2 goals that should not have counted if the refs weren’t blind. Funny because if the habs dared to do the same the goals would be called back.

    I want to see someone PAY for getting in that crease. If it costs a 5 min penalty then so be it. Make them understand NO ONE touches Halak. In the old days the goalie was not to be screwed with, how come the new NHL just let’s them walk right over him? Take matters in your hands and start breaking some noses of those who even so much as glance over his jersey.

    GOT IT BOYS??? I want blood. That game was ours and they need to know it.

  276. avatar_58 says:

    I should have went to that damn game :( I waited too long to decide, ended up just watching on TV. What a blowout

  277. The M says:

    I usually never blame the striped men as i believe bad reffereeing goes both ways…. but last night they were biased and caused multiple changes in momentum

    But they’ve called those broken stick penalties all year, they were definately penalties

  278. mrhabby says:

    hey steve..you been away???

  279. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    On the last goal was anyone else suspicious of Ovechkin’s stick ? did it break a little to easily and obviously … right in front of the ref and on a little tap!! 
    ———–
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  280. jimmy shaker says:

    SO…….Finally got a chance to get on here and rant……I guess goalies are open season now, so we should start banging varlamov around, because you’re not going to get called for it!   Backstrom’s first goal should’ve been taken back (Holmstrom) gets more goals taken away for less.  And for me, Ovechkin’s goal should’ve been called back.  I saw no replay to show that the puck was loose.  Did anyone else see anything?  I thought Jaro had it in his equipment and that ovechkin poked his equipment to get the puck loose to push it in.  Thought the stripes should’ve blown that down.  Now for the breakdown of the goals.  1st goal, Markov tried to make a fancy play, if it worked and AK46 picks up the puck, it would be a great play, but he missed it and the caps go in on a breakaway.  Great shot, I felt, and no fault of Jaro.  2nd goal, should’ve been goalie interference for me, 3rd goal, again I think Ovechkin had the stripes in his back pocket all night with all the calls they could’ve made on him but didn’t, so I thought that should’ve been no goal.  4th goal, knuble and Hammer got tangled up just enough in front of Halak to throw him off, and Backstrom had an easy tap in, no fault for Jaro on that one.  Where I did find Jaro to be at fault, was on the 5th one by carlson.  He was to deep in his crease, it was a good shot, but still should’ve had it.  And the OT goal, hammer backed way too far in and Backstrom made a great shot.  No fault on Jaro either.  SO out of the 6 goals, I think Jaro was to blame on only the 5th one.  That being said, I know many of you wont’ agree and that’s fine, but tell my why you don’t agree.  Just don’t say that he should’ve had it, give me a reason for your opinion!  Now with all that being said.  Coming home with a split is beautiful…. before the series started we all would’ve taken a split in a heartbeat.  Yes it sucks that we could be going home up 2-0, but it is what it is.  The boys played great and really believe that they can get the job done which is resulting in the team playing with confidence and passion.  Gomez has stepped up large and really taking the game to the caps.  All the lines have been playing great.  If we didn’t have the two mistakes from Marky on the first goal and Darche on the 3rd goal, we would for sure be up 2-0 but that’s hockey.  I’m happy were going home with the split and really feel the boys will feed off of the energy and the crowd on Monday.  Too bad I have to listen to McGuire ooze all over OVI and the caps size and blah, blah, blah man he’s disgusting.  Can Panger fill in for him please?  Next, felt bad for Theo, another knuckle ball, and a great shot from AK46 gets him benched…..but we scored on varlamov and theo, so it won’t matter who’s in there on Monday.  And finally really thought the stars were aligned for us last night……caps not winning an OT game at home in over 10 years, last montrealer to score a hatty was Desjardins in 93, Jaro, when getting 3 goals or more is usually lights out, I was just waiting for him to reach the 40 shot level, and then it would have been a W for  sure…and lastly the 2nd OT game in a row, brought me back to memories of 93 and 11 OT wins in a row……..but that all soon went out the door on Backstrom’s goal.  Anyway, I’m confident going into Monday, the boys are too…..Jaro will get the start again and hopefully we can get some goalie interference going because if the caps can do it, so can WE!

    Still believing,

    Shake and Bake, and I’m done!

  281. Danno says:

    Washington was offside on the fifth goal.

     

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

  282. jimmy shaker says:

    And what the hell were the stripes doing when Gio had an open net tap in and Poti decides to take Poulliot and Varlamov and the net all out of the play.  I thought it should’ve been a goal, because Poti took the net off (willingly or unwillingly) and caused the whistle to blow.  If the net stayed on Gio would’ve scored and that would’ve been 1 more goal for us!  I remember years ago we were playing the bruins back in the Adams division, and we knocked the net off just before the bruins scored and the ref still called it a goal.  IF Poti takes the net off, and we have a clear goal scoring opportunity, it should be a goal, a penalty or a penalty shot.  Anyone else see that play and have a take on it!  I’m probably wrong and emotional about it, but it pissed me off, just like ovechkin leaving his feet on Markov to hit him in the first period, and also the hit or push on hammer that made him run into halak and the net which could’ve ended a lot worse than it did!  Bettman and the stripes and the love affair for the U.S. ratings and OVI and Sydney…..ahhh got to love it, ramming hockey down the americans throats who have no care or clue!

    Shaker

  283. HabFanSince72 says:

    Laracque never enforced anything even when he was playing.

    I can’t think of a player who could help us less than Bam Bam at this stage.

     

  284. jimmy shaker says:

    Really?  I didn’t see it….but I’ll check it out too!  Would not be surprised!  Add it to the list of missed/horribly wrong calls.

    Shaker

  285. Harani says:

    The positivity we should all take out from all this is that we split the series in DC with the best team in the league. And we’re even 8-8 in scoring against the highest scoring team in the league.

    We have home-ice advantage and just have to reset our memory and play like we can. I Believe!  I’ll also be there tomorrow!

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

  286. ooder says:

    i agree with your post…

    still have a bitter taste in my mouth though from that loss… 

    oh well.. let’s hope you can work your magic and the canadiens will show that caps that they are pretenders

    ——————

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

  287. blu3chip says:

    If refs and Bettman are determined to hand the series to the Cap, maybe we should just focus in breaking Ovie’s legs and spine  :D

    Joking aside, how many times did Ovie score by interfering/shuffling/crashing the goalies? And did he ever get a goalie interference call??

  288. Bill J says:

    Well one thing Steve…  And I found something VERY interesting in my morning research.

    Price in last 5 games – (Between March 31 & Feb 12)

    1 Win / 4 Losses / GAA (roughly) 2.40 / Save % 92.77

    Halak in last 5 games -(Between April 17 & April 6)

    1 Win / 4 Losses / GAA (roughly) 4.20 / Save % 88.71

    —-

    For those who want to mention Halak’s 2 shutouts prior to the last 5 games, SURE – it only adds another positive for Price though.

    Price in last 7 games – (Between Mar 31 & Jan 27)

    2 Wins / 5 Losses / GAA (roughly) 2.86 / Save % 91.45 — AND the other win listed here was a 6-5 OT WIN over Washington!

    Halak in last 7 games – (Between Apr 17 & Apr 2)

    3 Wins / 4 Losses / GAA (roughly) 3.00 / Save % 91.89

     

    Win wise…. they are pretty much evenly matched, but despite Price “being cold on the bench” he still produces better stats that lead to win’s.

    + He won against Washington 6-5 in OT in that stretch.

     

  289. habsguy says:

    I don’t think it was offside…good goal!!

  290. TommyB says:

    Sorry, that’s against the code.

  291. Danno says:

    It was real close. Of course, we didn’t catch a break…

     

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

  292. TommyB says:

    Carey Price would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town, had that been him in goal last night.  I’m not saying I lay the blame on Halak for last night’s crash and burn, but I am pointing out the injustices by some fans with regards to our two goalies.

  293. Bill J says:

    I think personally  it is time for him to play.

    Jaro supporters may be more afraid of Price succeeding then they let on IMO – Halak’s stats of late prove at the very least (for those thinking team first goalie controversy 2nd) that Price should have a fair shot.

    If the fans boo him in the playoffs.  That is sheer ignorance!  No matter WHAT happened this season.

  294. Bill J says:

    If you truly feal this way – then keep cheering for Jaro.

    Stats are quite clear. Jaro’s stumbling.

    Has nothing to do with getting a life

    And in professional sports, NUMBER CRUNCHING does not stop till the championship is awarded fool!

  295. topher5468 says:

    Absolutely true

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  296. showey47 says:

    I went back and watched it again. I think he was onside as well,just barely.

  297. Chuck says:

    Washington’s first goal… we’ll Jaro’s had troubles with breakaways/shootouts all year. Good shot, though.

    Washington’s second goal… forward was close to Jaro, but contact was initiated by the Hab D-man trying to shove him wide of the net.

    Washington’s third goal… yes, Jaro looked to have it covered, but the whistle hadn’t blown so you can’t blame Ovie for digging away at it.

    Washington’s fourth goal… nice tip, no chance.

    Washington’s fifth goal… let’s just say that Jaro would like another crack at that one.

    Washington’s sixth goal… the ice wasn’t even dry, and even though the hab D-man was used as a screen, the puck was visible to Jaro as it left the stick. Coming so early into overtime, was Jaro caught a little unawares?

    That said, it sure looked as though Washington was getting away with a lot of contact on Halak. The scrum towards the end of the second period comes to mind, when the Cap player pitchforked Halak out of the crease, then landed on him for good measure. Thank goodness that puck stayed out.

    _____________________________________

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

  298. habs4cup says:

    no this hasn’t learnt. All season long when they had leads, they blew it.

    as long as JM is their coach, they won’t learn because he forces them to sit back and go into a defensive shell.

  299. habs4cup says:

    excuses are for losers.

  300. habs4cup says:

    sounds familiar. and the last I looked, Koivu still had 2 eyes.

    do you understand what causes momentum swings?  no I guess not.

  301. Chuck says:

    The flipside: our defense and goaltending have been on-par with Washington’s.  :)

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

  302. Bill J says:

    LMFAO – Mine tells me your a grade “A” Donkey

    Why bother being ignorant – you get your happiness from it ? lol  what a loser you must be.

  303. K-hab25 says:

    I know, we average giving up 4 goals a game. Yeaaaa!!!!

  304. Mr. Biter says:

    No Price hasn’t had 84 shots in the last 2 games , but he also has not let in 4 goals on his last 15 shots.

  305. Mr. Biter says:

    Musta seen my post from last night so I agree compleatly.

  306. K-hab25 says:

    Damn you Chuck, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. Now heres what you were supposed to say, the refs hate canadian teams and the d sucked. I don’t know how you forgot, but don’t let it happen again. The exception of course is when Price starts. Then it’s the refs hate canadian teams and Price sucks. Get it, got it, good. :-)

  307. jimmy shaker says:

    Hey Biter and BILL J…..what do you think Jaro could’ve done better on the goals last night?

    1st goal:  breakaway, good shot, no chance for Jaro

    2nd goal:  Should’ve been goalie interference….Holmstrom gets goals called back for far less interfering

    3rd goal:  Ovechkin digging into Halak’s equipment, ref should’ve blew the whistle right away, but didn’t, so then he should’ve called that one back as well.   Darche bad play by not getting the puck out as well.

    4th goal: Easy tap in for Backstrom, no chance for Jaro

    5th goal……YES this one he should’ve had!

    6th goal:  Hammer backing in and backing in….Backstrom uses hima as a screen, but still makes a sweet shot to the top corner.  Great shot and goal for me…..no fault on Jaro I say.  Pretty much the same sort of play that Pleks scores the game before on Theo.  I didn’t blame Theo for that goal, did you?  It was a knuckled shot with a partial screen from Corvo, I give credit to Pleks not blame to Theo.

    What else could he have done for you guys, I’m excited to here what you have to say? 

    Jaro will be in there Monday night, are you with him or against him?

    Shaker

     

  308. devils_fury2 says:

    Halak did struggle down the stretch, BUT even down the stretch atleast he won games here and there for us, and Halak overall was the more superior goalie overall through out the season and he of course has stepped up when we’ve needed him…..When did Price ever step up, it seemed like for quite a while anytime he was in net for Montreal we lost

  309. Bill J says:

    LMFAO

    OR…

    The Nutty one is the one who thinks the Goalie who has royally stunk in the last 4 of 5 IMPORTANT games should keep playing. 

    And also takes THIS much time to argue it and insult others to try and gain a foothold on the argument.

     

    Look just drop it.  You will not see me bow down to someone who can only sling poop. 

     

  310. Bill J says:

    I am FOR the win.

    If Jaro plays – I will be admitedly dissapointed…. But I will support him

    If Price plays – I will be happy he gets a fair “shake” as it where….

    How bout you Shaker…. If Price plays – are you WITH him ?

     

    I am not going to bother defending my opinion Halak has sucked of late, I have already proven it in the stats.

    The same stats you Halakians chose to sling at Price all season long.  Now that the stats favor Price, you choose to take some high road.  BULL-SPIT!

     

  311. Chuck says:

    Oops… sorry!  :)

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

  312. Mr. Biter says:

    unfortunatly we have no one to do this in our line up.

  313. Bill J says:

    Well the team can certainly continue to bank on the past….  Seems the PRESENT is not working out so great for the Habs.

    Just like Theodore’s last 24 games for Washington…. VERY impressive…. Wanna bet on who starts game 3 for Washington ?

     

  314. Mr. Biter says:

    Shaker, Didn’t say anything about 1st & 2nd goals. 3rd. goal puck was visible (his legs were wide open) and poked in. 4th. goal (don’t remember to many libations) but 5 th. was terrible (just like in toronto) and the game winner was way further out than than Plecks and he had a good look at the shot (no screen fromD man) just another bad goal and as I posted above 15 shots 4 goals not acceptable in the playoffs. If Price would have been in net you would have seen the same post only the goalie ‘s name would have been different. I want who ever starts Monday to win and I think Price will do better as I believe Jaro’s confidence is becoming shaky and an early goal monday will KILL US.

    I also want them both back next year if at all possible.

  315. jimmy shaker says:

    I said at the beginning of the series, Jaro is going to be the starter and deserving of it. But I also said, that if Jaro stumbles…..I have no qualms of JM going with Price and giving him a shot. Jaro is going to play Monday, and if we lose, I think you’re going to get your wish of seeing Price. I’ll be fine for that scenario and will cheer on Price. But as far as the stats go…..The reason Halak is the starter and was down the stretch was because he got the W’s. W’s are the most important thing for a goalie, and Jaro was able to get them far more than Carey did. I know Carey had a lot of weird things happen to him to not have as many W’s, but what are you going to do? Jaro got the W’s and that’s it. You can point to the stats all you want, but you need to be able to break down the goals and how they were scored. Were they horrible goals allowed or good/great plays by the offensive team. Just like I broke down the goals last night, I could only find 1 bad goal given up by Jaro. And how can you say the stats favor Price now? He hasn’t played….of course he’s going to have better stats!

    Please tell me where Jaro went wrong last nigth and any other game for that matter or Carey’s games too….I’ll show you that my like for Jaro is just not because I hate Carey….I like Carey and want him to succeed here as well. Most people don’t share that same view!

    Shaker

  316. Praj12 says:

    Somebody on the HABS needs to take Ovechkin and slam him into the first row of seats. His arrogance is just beyond belief. If I was Gill, I would have smoked that russian POS into the next season!!

  317. king ddd says:

    diespite his size gill is a soft guy.. if only we pick lucic ahead of maxwell!..arrH dam u friggin timmins!

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  318. adam76 says:

    I for one, would LOVE Theodore to get one more kick at the can!

  319. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Still sorta in disbelief. Woulda been nice to have Tomas Jagr to score two consecutive game winning goals in DC. Woulda been nice to be up 2-0. One small victory is that Theodore was yanked before making it to Montreal as I had expected. Now lets see if Boudreau is dumb enough to put that schlep back in.

  320. sillywalk says:

    “he has never talked after a loss”

    People keep saying that, but it’s simply not true. Go over his game log and match up his losses with this site’s post after the games. He gets on audio every so often.

  321. jimmy shaker says:

    1st game Marky and MAB lead the team in minutes 27+…..last night he lead the team as well, 22+.  I think JM’s  system of really trying to role the D, and not focusing on the ovi match up was a success.  Now that we are home and have the last change, Marky should get more minutes for sure.  But the whole D has played pretty well even Hammer until he backed in and backed in and backed in some more on Jaro in OT.

    So you like O’Byrne with Markov?  I thought O’Byrne was dragging Marky down…..I like MAB out there with Marky, but that’s just me!

    Shaker

  322. terrygain says:

    I liked him with 20, who cleared the front of the net for him. 79 is  good offensively but not the stalwart you think he is. That was a brutal giveaway that led to W’s first goal.  Watch him more closely.

  323. SeriousFan09 says:

    OMG, Mike Milbury is between the benches for Detroit/Phoenix today.

    Oh how wonderful it would be for a puck to hit him in the face and break his jaw.

     

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

  324. jimmy shaker says:

    Okay, maybe I want him to talk a little more often after a loss then….But maybe we can just win and he’ll talk everygame…..let’s go with that!

    Shaker

  325. Chuck says:

    If memory serves me correctly, that puck was tipped.

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

  326. habs001 says:

    we need someone from the 3rd or 4th line  to start scoring..right now those 6 players have a combined total of 0 points and minus 11….this cap team is beatable based on their d and d play…but i dont think we can beat them if only 5 forwards are providing the scoring…

  327. terrygain says:

    You want grit on the ice but not the 4th line, which is all grit. You are confused. The big mistake was having 13 on the ice while trying to protect the lead in the last two minutes. I love 46 and 13 but I don’t want them on the ice late in the game when we are trying to protect the lead. The same thing happened against Buffalo a couple of weeks ago.

  328. terrygain says:

    Yes, he’s very unsteady on his skates for such an elegant player. I’m sure a power skating coach could help him. His skating reminds me of Bert Olmstead – the Eggbeater.

  329. Bugs says:

    Game starts, gets a good flow goin both ways for a few minutes and then, boom, quick goal on Varly. Resuming face-off, pow, we sink another one. The chant starts “Theo!-Theo!-Theo!”. Boys feel it, lay on more pressure…Bam!

    Theo!-Theo!-Theo!

    And they put’m in…

    (hands clasped; eyes skyward) Oh, please, please, please-please-please. Please!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  330. Bugs says:

    Especially if, by an insane set of circumstances, it’s a Mtl CH puck.

    But I don’t mind if it isn’t.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  331. terrygain says:

    I say good for him. He’s got the integrity of a Steve Carleton.  Let the reporters  ask each other their lame        ” how did it feel ” questions. 

  332. terrygain says:

    Tipped? He made a poor pass that bounced over 46’s stick and led to a breakaway.

  333. terrygain says:

    You’re kidding. We scored 5 goals. We need a coach who knows who to put on the ice in the last 2 minutes when we have the lead. 

  334. andrewberkshire says:

    Would have been nice if Halak decided to make the occasional save in the last 22 minutes of the game as well. 5 goals against on 15 shots in the last 22 minutes. 

  335. adamkennelly says:

    3rd line is underperforming and 4th line is terrible.  Need Moen to step it up and would help to have Metro back.  I would dress O’Byrne on D and have MAB as a 7th D for PP and the odd ES shift  with Lapierre and Darche in the press box and one of the first or 2nd liners double shifting with Metro and Pyatt.

     

    another thing that has been bothering me – when Habs 4th line is on the ice – simply cannot afford to have MAB back on D and it happened all the time last night –  thats the problem with having MAB and Markov together. 

  336. SeriousFan09 says:

    Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau says he is undecided about his goalie choice for Game 3:

    We Want Theo!!!

     

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

  337. lavie says:

    Good call. lol

  338. Bill J says:

    I would piss myself if I heard on the News that a Kovalesque protest on Monday

    “WE WANT THEO”

    “THEO ROCKS”

    “DOWN WITH VARLAMOV”

    lol

  339. Chuck says:

    We scored more on the goalie behind door #2.  :)

    But yeah, I’d like to see Theodore start just to hear the bile that rains down on him from the Bell Centre crowd. Which meand that he probably WON’T start. Not good… losing your starting job in round one of the playoffs two years in a row.

    _____________________________________

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

  340. naweed235 says:

    Almost everyone thinks That Ovechkin is the heart and backbone of this Capitals team… I think they are wrong… I believe without Backstrom they would just be another average team with a superstar on it… just to further prove my point look at their record without ovechkin this year… ant then take a look at it without Backstrom…

    to sum it all up, MUST KlLL BACKSTROM lol j/k

  341. Danno says:

    You may be on to something.

     

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

  342. topher5468 says:

    I was watching a replay of The great apes goal last night and Hamr should be ashamed of himself for allowing that ape to whack at Halak like he did. Yes I think there should have been a whistle because the ref had to have lost sight of the puck but the ape man should have been pushed out of the crease. Our D are a bunch of pussies. There is no nastiness or gritt there . Even if it would have been a penalty Ape man should have been decked

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  343. Chuck says:

    Sorry… I thought that AK didn’t receive the pass cleanly. Time to get my eyes checked, I guess.  :)

    _____________________________________

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

  344. Dintrox says:

    Go ‘yotes. leading 2 -1 early in the third.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  345. topher5468 says:

    Marky and Darche both made mistakes that lead directly to a Caps goal, and then Darche was given PP time. Its things like that that killed us last night, that and Halak’s play in the last 3 minutes of the game. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  346. SeriousFan09 says:

    Eff the Parasites, Detroit to win the series.

     

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

  347. Dintrox says:

    big PP for the dogs. :D

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  348. Dintrox says:

    3-1 yotes half way through the 3rd.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  349. HabsoluteFan says:

    Don’t know if this was already posted, the ending is pretty funny

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAHei3PUHHQ

    ————————————————————————-

    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  350. Jeff says:

    Wow, there are some really sick minds haunting this site after a Montreal LOSS! 

    Wanting someone to break another’s jaw while he’s not even playing???

    Concentrate on the Caps fair weather fans!  Just sick!

  351. Dintrox says:

    4-2

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  352. Nick_Habs1 says:

    I hope I am wrong but…..I think the Halak experiement is about to come to a crashing end.

    O’Burne needs to play. We need a big D back there to clear the front of the net.

  353. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Caps loss has nothing to do with the general distaste of Milbury. It’s because’s he is a knuckle-dragging xenophobic twit trying to be Don Cherry but doesn’t have the decency to at least wear funny suits so it’s somewhat entertaining to watch his rants.

     

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

  354. Chuck says:

    How’s your team doing in the playoff, Jeffy? Excited about picking #2 overall?

    Oh, wait…

    _____________________________________

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

  355. ooder says:

    +1

    ——————

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

  356. ooder says:

    well it’s a good thing that a collapse like that happened in game 2 instead of later on

    this will serve as a lesson for our boys.

    what the habs have over teh caps in leadership and people who know how to win…

    our players are ready, hungry and knowledgable.

    let’s get this done boys.. monday it begins :)

    ——————

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

  357. doug says:

    Potentially some good news for team on desperate need of salary cap space next couple years: Alexander Avtsin – highly touted prospect from KHL – has expressed interest in Coming over and path just made easier by folding of Moscow Dynamo franchise for which he plays

  358. SeriousFan09 says:

    It folded? Well, there’s egg on the KHL’s face.

    I’m hoping he makes the hop next season as well, but I suspect he’ll be signing a two-way deal and spending a year or more in the AHL. The guy will need some time to adapt to the NA ice surface.

     

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

  359. showey47 says:

    at least bill mccreary knows how to blow a whistle when the puck is covered.

  360. HUDSONHAB says:

    Just seen a goal called off in the Det/Pho game cause the goilie had it covered and the Ref was in the process of blowing the whistlr. If the Ref last night had been as diligent OV would not of gothis goal. Funny how things are different from game to game.

     

    Hab4life

  361. yathehabsrule says:

    Hey does anyone have a video clip, or link to the TSN panel where Pang showed Knuble’s butt in Halak’s face and Corvo pulling him put of the crease?

     

    ___________________________________________

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  362. showey47 says:

    I wonder if they will have some sort of dispersal draft?

  363. BJ says:

    Just watching the Coyotes-Red Wings game. A very similar play like Ovechkins goal last night. Bertuzzi just tried to push one in as #8 did but the ref rightfully called it back. Final Coyotes 4 Detroit 2 

  364. SeriousFan09 says:

    Damn Coyotes, come on Detroit, send these pretenders and parasites packing from the postseason! Win the next 3 straight please, it would help with my pool.

     

     

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

  365. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, ‘Yotes take a 2-1 series lead. I am still sticking with my prediction of Detroit in 7.

  366. andrewberkshire says:

    Can we petition to get him to officiate game 3? With our luck we’ll get Chris Lee AND Tim Peel.

  367. Bugs says:

    Good news: you’re wrong.

    The Halak experiment hasn’t crashed in 4 years; why would it now?

    O’B doesn’t “need to play” for what is Hal Gill if NOT “a big D back there to clear the front of the net”, chopped liver?

    It’s all good baby. A 3 outta 5 with home-ice advantage and the Caps we always beat at home.

    I can dig it.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  368. SeriousFan09 says:

    Last I heard Chris Lee was in charge of fixing the West Coast results.

     

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

  369. topher5468 says:

    Hamr should be ashamed of himself for allowing Ape man to whack at Halak the way he did. Hamr should have decked him, penalty or not. Yes there should have been a whistle but it doesn’t get Hamr off the hook to me 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  370. terrygain says:

    Halak experiement (sic)? You nullified your good 2nd comment with a goofy 1st comment.

  371. andrewberkshire says:

    That can change quickly.

  372. Jeff says:

    Howya doin Chuckee Cheese, still drinking at the Hobbitts R Pretenders BarÉ

    Did you see the clip of the angry Cap fan after the 1st game loss, he reminds me of YOU, Ha! Ha!

    Yah ,we got Kessel what did you get.

     

     

  373. Dintrox says:

    go ‘yotes!!!  Give the dogs props they went into the Joe Louis and took the game.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  374. Caballero says:

    Hope you are right man. It is Halak’s time now. He earned it and he deserves every start.

  375. SeriousFan09 says:

    We didn’t give a divisional rival a #2 overall pick in the draft, smart move strengthening one of your divisional opponents there.

    You think Kessel scares us? Invisible player when it’s on the line, did nothing against Carolina in the playoffs last year, invisible when Toronto was partially in contention for the playoffs this year and he did what exactly in the Olympics? He’s soft as hell and locker room poison from about every scouting report ever given on the guy. Fits right in with the Leafs of course.

     

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

  376. ArmyFan says:

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Assuming it was a similar situation (I didn’t see the Bertuzzi play personally), 2 different calls, each favouring one of Bettman’s wet dreams – Ovechkin and the Caps, and the Phoenix Coyotes.

  377. andrewberkshire says:

    “Deserves” only goes so far, and it only matters if you KEEP deserving it. Another game like last night’s and Halak is out.

  378. habs4cup says:

    you’re the only parasite on this site.

    Phoenix wins! yahoo! yahoo! yahoo! beat those damn wings! hate detroit’s uniform anyways.

    Go Coyotes! beat the crap out of those swedish wimps!

  379. habs4cup says:

    F the wings. they’re crap! Phoenix is a much better team! and I love Coyote’s uniforms. yahoo!

  380. saskhabfan says:

    Lets see,what did we get? Um….a playoff spot.What did the leafs get? Almost dead last or dead place in virtually every statistical category. Wow,that achievement takes real dedication. Oh wait,the leafs are young and rebuilding right? Leafs average age 27.1(they were older then the habs before the trade deadline),habs 27.3. So,whats the excuse for missing the playoffs? No real injuries,kessel only missed 12 games. Komi sucks,his injury was a blessing. Keep chuggin the blue and white kool aid filled with some good ole burkie knuckle children.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  381. SeriousFan09 says:

    Get lost you xenophobic twit.

    Phoenix is the definition of a parasite, they only survive marginally because of league revenue sharing that has propped up their weak franchise since they moved to the desert from Winnipeg. Real hockey markets have been keeping them and a series of other failed franchises alive well past their natural expiry dates because they can’t make a profit and suck off the profits of the teams that can actually get by and provide them with charity.

     

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

  382. showey47 says:

    “Keep chuggin the blue and white kool aid filled with some good ole burkie knuckle children”- LMFAO

  383. phillyhab says:

    It’s disgusting.

     

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    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  384. showey47 says:

    bettman’s dream semi final matchups caps vs pens  and yotes vs preds.

  385. adam76 says:

    Plus – complaining over the refs makes you sound like a Leaf fan.

  386. Fansincebirth says:

    I’ve been wrongly calling him BUTTMAN when it should be WETMAN :o)

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

  387. vic says:

    The forecheck disapeared in the thrird.everytime we hit their blue line Martin changed lines and gave the ice to Washington.They wore us down with all the crap they got away with and no complaints comming from our bench.Serge 9 mins not liked by the coach? OB sat because he made a mistake (liked)

    Another 4 years of just making the playoffs is this Toronto?

  388. jimmy shaker says:

    I like Jaro as everyone on here knows……but what I don’t like about him is that he only talks to the media when he wins….he never talks after a game when he loses!  Price talks win or lose, and I respect him for that!  Jaro will get the call again on Monday night, and it’s going to be a great game.  Wish I could be there and experience the whole day and the buzz and build up to it throughout the city.  It must be a cool to feel this energy on a game day!

    Shaker

  389. SLONCOLD says:

    and what would u like him to say? let him focus on the next one. i think we have all heard the buzz words and cliches about being better and why we lost…

  390. dre1744 says:

    Has anyone else noticed this about Pouliot. Hes not strong on his skates and is knocked down pretty easy for a guy his size.

  391. jimmy shaker says:

    Just want him to be accountable too…..he has never talked after a loss. Price talks win or lose. I want Jaro to say something like, “The 5th goal, I should’ve had, the guys played great, and I let them down, but I’ll regroup and be ready for next game”. Just want to here some emotion from Jaro that’s all, after a loss!

    Shaker

  392. HABZ24 says:

    the reffing in last game was a joke. gill takes out a guy cleanly and gets a penalty thats pure horse pucks. we are playing hard giving a 100 percent effort.playing jack martins system and its paying off. top line is going great gunns. halak staggered a bit was screened on a few.he ll bounce back.  hope ovy gets off the plane and heads for crescent street tonight. party on ovy.if u see ovy buy him shooter til he pukes.

  393. jimmy shaker says:

    It looks like he sometimes skating with his skate guards on out there!  Wish he would lay a bomb on Ovechkin monday night!

    Shaker

  394. adamkennelly says:

    Habs scored 5 goals including 4 even strength and only 2 players made it to the plus column (Gill and Gorges at +1)  This team is defensively challenged and good old JM insists on playing that style late in games we are winning and it never works.  I’ll forgive the 3 goal come-back to make it 4-4 – Wash is a great team and there was lots of time left in the game but I won’t forgive the game tie-r after Habs scored their 5th  – not acceptable.

    Our 4th line has no business being on the ice in the 3rd period of a playoff game and this team’s lack of grit shows when they are trying to hold a lead.  Am I the only one who thought this looked NOTHING like a normal playoff game – lacking the intensity, effort and execution.

    I think there is a slaughter coming in game 3 – with Price going in game 4 and producing the same result.

    Series over in 5 games.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  395. mb says:

    Off topic, but does anyone know if Craigslist is a safe site to buy tickets?

  396. HabmanSanDiego says:

     

    Get over the ref issues.. since the Rocket Richard riots, this team has faced adversity from the anti-Quebec ownership consortium that runs the league. Don’t blame Bettman alone.

    We would benefit from a coach who is more vocal though.. its obvious the Caps had a plan to run Halak in game two, and JM did nothing to stop this.

    Unfortunately I think it rattled Jaro, and his game suffered in the third period and OT.

     

  397. ed lopaz says:

    am I the only one who thinks its strange to pair a “world class” defenceman with MAB.

    MAB has a role to play on this team – don’t misunderstand me;

    however, if we paired another solid defensive defenceman (MAB IS AN OFFENSIVE DEFENCEMAN) with Markov, we could have Markov on the ice in all of the key situations.

    instead, we are rolling our defensive pairings and Markov does not play enough.

    Markov should be played like Chara, and Lindstrom, and the other dominant defenceman.

    am I missing something?

  398. pmaraw says:

    use paypal on craigslist…

  399. ed lopaz says:

    I guess it all depends on how you make the exchange of tickets for money, right?

    make sure you bring someone who can “guarantee” the exchange, if you are meeting a stranger to give them money for tickets.

    do not send cash in the mail.

    do not give anyone individual your credit card info.

  400. SeriousFan09 says:

    In case you’re wondering what various NHL players are twittering right now.

     

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

  401. showey47 says:

    thats some funny stuff.

  402. ooder says:

    my favourite is the douchene one lol

    ——————

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

  403. smiler2729 says:

    That could work against you and then there’s fines to pay… maybe Pierre Boivin or one of the Molsons should snap like Ed Snider did in Philly ten years ago.

  404. adam76 says:

    Would not help.

  405. pmaraw says:

    what i want to know is will JM call out the refs?  he hasnt yet has he?  I mean publicly?  take the fine like a man, step up for the team!

  406. Storm Man says:

    Your asking for alot

  407. TheLogician says:

    i realize this fits better under Mr. Boone’s conspiracy post, but i think the more light of day it sees, the better. manipulating game results happened under Betman in the NBA, don’t see why it wouldn’t be happening now in the NHL.

    here’s an excerpt from Tim Donaghy’s book (former NBA ref). makes you wonder what message was coming down the line during that 10 minute (ahem) “review” of AK’s perfectly legit goal. actually, it doesn’t make me wonder…it’s so obvious.

    **************************************************

    Studying under *** Bavetta for 13 years was like pursuing a
    graduate degree in advanced game manipulation. He knew how to marshal
    the tempo and tone of a game better than any referee in the league, by
    far. He also knew how to take subtle — and not so subtle — cues from
    the NBA front office and extend a playoff series or, worse yet, change
    the complexion of that series.

    The 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers
    and the Sacramento Kings presents a stunning example of game and series
    manipulation at its ugliest. As the teams prepared for Game 6 at the
    Staples Center, Sacramento had a 3–2 lead in the series. The referees
    assigned to work Game 6 were *** Bavetta, Bob Delaney, and Ted Bernhardt.
    As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us knew
    immediately that there would be a Game 7. A prolonged series was good
    for the league, good for the networks, and good for the game. Oh, and
    one more thing: it was great for the big-market, star-studded Los
    Angeles Lakers.

    In the pregame meeting prior to Game 6, the league office sent down
    word that certain calls — calls that would have benefitted the Lakers —
    were being missed by the referees. This was the type of not-so-subtle
    information that I and other referees were left to interpret. After
    receiving the dispatch, Bavetta openly talked about the fact that the
    league wanted a Game 7.

  408. Le Jadester says:

    Nice Post !

    I think its human nature to not want to know about stuff like this…….so people tend to not talk about it and sweep it under the rug.

    Habs, OLE !

  409. sholi2000.com says:

    I agree Ian, it’s pathetic that the two man system is worse than the old style.

     

    They call me Shane

  410. Ian Cobb says:

    As this league becomes a little more equal in talent with the CAP structure, rule changes etc. There is one glaring area of our game that has definitely not kept pace with the new and improved NHL. And that is the quality and professionalism  of the officiating.

    When the NHL went to the two man system and Ron Finn recruited double the personnel from the minors, this left a huge gap of quality refs below. All the way down to the junior levels. Referees were rushed in to fill the holes at all levels of our game. 

    Just like players that do not put their proper development time in the minors, referees are lacking as professionals at the higher speed levels as they are promoted.

    In order for our game to excel with more consistency’s, proper checks and balances for fairness of play, this area must be addressed more vigorously with the over seeing of better training and supervision of the refereeing trade from junior right on up to the NHL.

    Right now some NHL games are a disgrace to our game in how they are officiated.

  411. Bugs says:

    I think all posts that are set to gripe at the refs costing us a win should have a heading.

    This way, I can prepare myself with the nice violin-playing track I got on my Media Player and read the post in the proper frame of mind.

    Just an opinion.

    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/

  412. Danno says:

    In the paper this morning Washington’s coach Bruce Boudreau said
    something I totally agree with for once:

    “By no stretch did we probably deserve to win. But we got lucky.”

    He’s absolutely right about that. Luck included those men in stripes
    helping out big time.

    Congratulations Dan O’Halloran and Brian Pochmara. You are now officially inducted in the Chris Lee Hall of Fame for crooked NHL refs.

     

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

  413. noelsroyce says:

    The officials were UNPROFESSIONALLY tilted last night. It was sickening to see all of the overlooked offenses against the Habs. What made it worse was the way Prince O just holds up his arms and looks at the refs like they’re his servants. Whatever happened to fairness? If that keeps up, it doesn’t matter how many goals we score (or stop), we’ll be out of the playoffs.

    ~Erin

  414. Exit716 says:

    O’Halloran once called back a Red Wings goal for goalie interference where the Wings player didn’t even touch the goalie. He’s an idiot. He’s surpassed Larue as chief Habs playoff killer. Noticed in the Globe story that no one on the Habs end would criticize the officials. That’s a shock. Whiners get their way in the Bettman NHL. Sitting passively by while being screwed over is from the 1970s. Whine, complain and remind the midget from New York what team pays most of the bills for his beloved welfare teams.

     

  415. Danno says:

    For your dartboards folks:

    Dan O’Hollaran and Brian Pochmara.

     

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

  416. Willy the bum says:

    Fans should wear turtlenecks under their jerseys.

  417. ooder says:

    btw.. even the Russians are turning on ovechkin.

    what i read on the forums and even after, a lot of people are digusted by the way he plays and acts

    ——————

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

  418. andrewberkshire says:

    His ego has gotten too big, Green is the same way. They’re both insanely talented but they think that talent makes them deserving to win. That’s the difference between Crosby and Ovechkin, Ovechkin has the bigger body and probably more natural talent, but Crosby is the hardest worker in the NHL, he does everything it takes to win. Ovechkin only focuses on scoring.

  419. Mattee. says:

    The refs handed the Caps the game on a silver platter last night. Shame on them.

  420. HUDSONHAB says:

    It’s the small guy syndrome. Refs and fans in general see a big guy knock over a smaller guy and they attribute it to size difference. But if a bigger guy gets knocked down by a smaller player, that smaller player must have done something illegal like a trip or hook.
    It sickens me but that is the way it is.

    ….Hab4life….

  421. POPS says:

    Big moment in the game was Gomez going to the box for 5 minutes!  He has been great against the top line for Washington.  Other than that I feel that the officials have been a little slanted towards Washington.  Game 1 Gionta gets taken down on a breakaway…no call!  If that was Ovechkin…penalty shot!  Markov and Pouliot both got high sticked in game 2…no calls!  Ovechkin gives Gomez a face rub…no call!  Watch Ovechkin after every shot and he is always punching or crosschecking the defender in front of him…no call!  Finally, all of the crap going on in front of Halak is just stupid!  They are clearly bumping him or pushing a defender into him at every opportunity…something Knuble and the Flyers did 2 seasons ago!  Considering all of this the series is even coming home, and the Habs know that they can compete with Washington.  The Habs need to increase shot totals at home and continue to frustrate the Caps with their shot blocking!  GO! HABS! GO!

  422. sholi2000.com says:

    We should be happy with a split, but when you’re winning like they were it’s hard to take.

    Halak needs to be stronger, stop letting guys push him around.

    and Now another installment of “The Young and the Goaltender”

    I’m a Price fan.  He’s taken a lot of crap about maturity, but I’ll tell you this.  He answers the bell after every single game and faces the music.  

    He’s a big goalie who doesn’t take crap, like the Caps running the net.

    He searches for pucks, and makes saves.

    I’m sorry everyone hates Halak vs Price, but that’s pretty much what this team is about. 

    Halak starts Monday, but he better play big.

    Now back to

    BLAME THE REFS and your regular scheduled programs. :)  haha

    They call me Shane

  423. Carley says:
    Hello!
    I think this is my first visit so I wanted to say hi!
  424. Dave Stubbs says:

    And poor Carley, on the first visit, becomes the devil incarnate with post No. 666 on this thread…

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  425. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hmm…Ovechkin likes to trash talk a lot. His coach is a big mouth as well.

    Game 3 at Bell Centre should be fun. (I have confidence in Halak – his home record is really good – advantage for us)

  426. adam76 says:

    Halak had a bad game – many users on this site expressed that.  He has to be stronger tonight, no question.

    I do agree with you – ship is not sinking.  A split on the road against the Presidents trophy champions – is a huge step.

  427. adam76 says:

    Proline is a “sucker” bet.  I have been betting online for years at partybets – great odds and safe.

  428. ed lopaz says:

    a comment about our defence.

    there was a time, not long ago, when the habs would have at least 1 defenceman on the bench who would stick up for the goalie.

    sadly, that is no longer the case.

    by sending Ob to the press box, we are left with 6 d-men who are either too small (gorges has guts but is toosmall) or too weak (gill has guts but is too weak).

    Markov, Spacek, Hamrlik – really do not like the rough stuff.

    MAB – sorry, too small is an understatement (for the rough stuff, I mean – not to do other things effectively).

    some comments have suggested that Halak will continue to be abused, and the ref will not call it.

    they are right.

    Halak knows that he will be run, and he’s not big enough or nasty enough to stand up for himself.

    this is not a small issue – the presence of capitals in our crease, in our net, knocking over our goalie etc, was directly responsible for at least 2 of the goals – the 2nd, and the 3rd by ovechkin.

    on the 3rd goal – unbelievable – ovechkin is jabbing away at our goalie, hamrlik and spacek are ordering pizza and sharing chez pare stories.

    do you think 1 of them could have “disturbed” ovechkin a little while he was helping himself to a serving of halak’s pads???

    just for this reason alone – so that the caps know that there’s a 6’5  body who is ready to hit back, OB must be in the lineup on Monday.

    I have watched the NHL playoffs sine 1970 – as a 6 year old  – and I have never seen a defence so weak so unwilling to battle in front of their own net – on any team – in 40 years of playoff hockey.

    this is unacceptable and must stop if we expect to win any more games!!!

  429. habs_nessa says:

    “Father in Heaven, ever-living source of all that is good, keep me faithful in the one and only club de hockey, Help us to drink of Christ’s Truth, and fill the habs hearts with His Love so that they may serve You in faith and love and reach eternal VICTORY!!! Keep the habs in Your presence. Let them never be separated from You and help them on their journey to lord stanley… Go habs go Amen”

    -spoken by my brother (don’t wanna steal his work lol), he likes to inspire with prayer, it makes me smile :) go habs go!

  430. Ton says:

    ok I too have been watching since the late 60’s. There has been worst. I mean our D back in 1970 (if you recall we did not make the playoffs, pulled the goalie out for the entire game in the last game because we needed goals for! ) wasn’t that good. Dale Hoganson! Lapierre was at end of his game!, etc.

     

    The adjustments this D has to make is not to back in and challenge more at the bull line. Problem is their scared too because of the skill in the forwards of Washinton. This means the forwards need to come back more than usual on the back check.  I think we will be ok tomorrow.

  431. bostonantifan says:

    I agree almost totally with your assesment, with the exception of Gill. I don’t think he’s got the guts to stand up when it’s needed. He’ll push & shove in some scrums, but never drops the gloves. As for O’Byrne, I thought he played pretty well most of the season, and he definitely will stand up for the guys. I think Martin is an idiot for benching him for a few late season miscues. If he benched the one who was making lots of mistakes, he’d have Hamrlik on the bench Monday night. Hamrlik’s playing like he doesn’t want to get hit, or hit anyone else. He’s big enough, while he may not be a fighter, he should be taking the body more regularly. Against the Caps, if you don’t hit them and slow them down, they’ll score almost at will.

  432. Tis Himself says:

    Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!

  433. ed lopaz says:

    I agree about the backing up – but that’s so basic -

     i can’t believe we are even discussing this – closing the gap and NOT giving the blue line

    these guys are professionals, I thought.

    hamrlik makes 5.5 MILION DOLARS!!!!

    and he’s backing off our blue line;

    I saw Hamr and Spacek backing up several weeks ago, and I freaked out.

    Spacek has played better lately

  434. Tis Himself says:

    We need a Craig Ludwig-like dose of nasty on the blueline and some guys on the 3rd and 4th lines that can nail the odd Caps top liner. You can see it happening before this series is over, but is Gionta really the guy who should be taking on Ovechkin?

  435. Tis Himself says:

    The Habs concede larger and larger areas of the rink as a game progresses until they are left making a last stand at the inner hash marks on the circles.  Both games of this series show how well that works for either team.

  436. ed lopaz says:

    Agreed – now if you see it, and I see it, then the boys watching in the press box also see it.

    we need to finish our hits – everyone.

    we will not be able to change the small players we have, but the caps must know that we are prepared to pay the price

    the caps must know that if they go to the net, they will be taken down, and down hard!!

    that’s playoff hockey

    its not up to the refs – its up to our guys to play tough.

  437. Le Jadester says:

    Agreed as well. But, I think the weakest point is JM. 4th line was buzzin in game 1 I thought not so much in game 2.  But the 3rd line is dangerous and responsible but SK gets benched, Lappy comes up and they lose all their offensive threat. I just don’t get the mystery of benching SK lately ?

    Habs, OLE !

  438. Ian Cobb says:

    O’Byrne has come a long way growing into his large frame this year and has been more effective. But he has not yet got the experience of our older D.

  439. Ian Cobb says:

    True dat! Sergio.

  440. bostonantifan says:

    Don’t exaggerate, they pulled the goalie at about the 10 minute mark of the 3rd period (not for the whole game) because they needed to score 5 goals in the final game to make the playoffs. As for the defense, you forget to mention that it also included Guy Lapointe and Serge Savard. If I recall correctly, that team recorded 92 points, which was a greater total than quite a few of the playoff teams. They just happened to be in the toughest division.

  441. Ton says:

    I know. 5 million dollars woh and basic it is. The stupid penalties we took opened the ice for them, d backing up, 4th line forwards playing like idiot, and Halak being very ordinary cost us the game. But hey were 1-1 and in it. Let go get them. Starting D for tommorrow, Langway, Savard, Robinson, Lapointe, Englom, Nyrop. lol

     

    Did they all play on the same team at the same time? I don’t know if i can answer it!! But what a Defense group

  442. bostonantifan says:

    True Ian, but at least he is willing to hit someone.

  443. ed lopaz says:

    ok buddy – you just hit a soft spot for me – I think I own the only Craig Ludwig jersey ever sold in Montreal.

    teams WIN!!!!!! when they have a Craig Ludwig in their lineup.

    OB could play like Ludwig – or he could be TOLD to play like Ludwig; its not dirty hockey, its “protect” my team hockey.

    he kept the other team honest – aware that our crease was not a free for all – and if someone needed to take a cross check to the back of the neck after the whistle – so be it.

    there’s a lot to be said in this game about “sending the message”; we will not be intimidated, we will protect our goalie, you can NOT pitch a tent in our crease, pull our goalie down to the ice, and then get up laughing about it.

    if we refuse to pay the price, it will be very tough to beat this team – they have a ton of offensive firepower.

     

  444. Ton says:

    savard was out with a broken leg! they lost the game 10-1 and did not make the playoffs. You didn’t have a choice of divisions there were only 2! east and west

  445. Mad Habber says:

    How do you say he gets this experience you speak of? Watching from the press box as Hamrlik makes the same mistakes he makes in O-zone but O’Bryne was much better defensively in his last few games then what Hamrlik has and was over the same span.

    What exactly is Martin trying to teach him? Once you’ve played 8+ years in the league you get a free pass?

  446. king ddd says:

    don’t you dare talk about moen like that!

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  447. ed lopaz says:

    Ian – you’re a smart hockey guy – what good is “experience” if you play like a freakin rookie.

    backing up and giving the blue line!!!!

    like hamr did in overtime.

    that’s a rookie mistake by a seasoned “veteran”.

    lets call a spade a spade, Ian.

     

  448. Ian Cobb says:

    Should have spent more time in Hamilton like PK. 2 or 3 years in the minors is invaluable, especially for defence and goal tenders. Price is another example of rushing to the bigs.

  449. Ton says:

    lol man playoffs is nerve racking isn’t it! When i was a youngster i litterally chewed off my knuckles playoffsof 1973. Road runner pulled us through but now i got awful looking knuckles! Let us pray!

  450. Tis Himself says:

    Ludwig threw checks that hurt. You felt pain as an opposing player if he belted you. Since JM views it as so important to have MAB’s shot in the lineup, I would sit one of the 4th line forwards to get OB in. It’s not like those guys are doing jack anyway.

  451. TomNickle says:

    I didn’t realize that this was a sinking ship after last night’s loss.

    Funny how nobody blames a goalie when they’re actually entitled to.

     

     

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

  452. Tis Himself says:

    You better hope to hell you guys don’t have to play Burkina Faso. Those dudes are killers!

  453. Ian Cobb says:

    For sure, but the game moves twice as fast in the play offs and time spent in the minors is the only way to get there so that they won’t be so much of a liability. Without putting in the time they are riding the pines in the play offs.

  454. Tis Himself says:

    I blame Theo for being so sucky he got pulled.  If he had only sucked a little bit less — say two goals on four shots — he might not have been yanked and we would have won.

  455. ed lopaz says:

    ok – fine – but what’s done is done – right? its too late. OB needs to learn to play a regular shift in the playoffs – and he’s sitting in the press box???

    is he getting better in the press box?

    I said weeks ago that JM has overestimated the value of the Hamrlik / Spacek pairing.

    they are playing way to much; hamrlik has gotten old right before our eyes – if he had any self respect, he would retire at the end of the season and give his last year of salary to a children’s charity.

    if we do not slow down the onslaught demain soir, we will be run right out of our own building!!!!

    this is when you need a coach who can make some important decisions.

    I would have OB in the lineup tomorrow night, and the first guy who comes close to halak should be targetted and sent a very loud message indeed.

  456. Ton says:

    im so glad u come out of the closet with confessing you have a Ludwig jersey. I got a Gille Lupien one! Agre with your comments. This reminds me of a series the habs were in in 1971. Boston was a powerful mean scoring machine. You have to be careful how you play them. Can’t take penalities with them. Thats the way the 71 habs played them but at the end Ken Dryden won the series for us. Same thing in 93 with the Nordiques they were strong and scored a ton of goals. Its not about roughing them up its containing them and hope your goalie steels games!

  457. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I know you’re just kidding – but the problem last night was defense not offense. They did their part by scoring 5 goals. Defense should have been better.

  458. Ian Cobb says:

    It is a fight with all defence men. The tendency to back in to your goal tender is just one of the challenges for every Defenseman. This is a game of mistakes, speed produces mistakes for players that cannot keep up to the play, young and old.

  459. gp52 says:

    Bruce Boudreau is a cross between George Gobel and Mickey Rooney

  460. ed lopaz says:

    Tom – many of us have stated for the record how badly halak played – he was brutal.

  461. Ian Cobb says:

    Unless we have an injury, O”byrne will get another year during the regular season to develop.

  462. Mad Habber says:

    I agree, but he hasn’t played any worse then Hamrlik with all his experience. Maybe Hamrlik is tried but he is not played well (in my eyes) over the past few weeks. Besides that one play against the Laughs O’Bryne I thought had played well (I think he had one of his best games of the season against Philly) why not throw in some young legs and rest Hammer for a game.

  463. Tis Himself says:

    I agree. I would say it was total team defense though. Once we had the 3-goal lead, they thought it was over and conceded more and more territory as the game progressed. By the time of the winner, we were going to try to stop them between the faceoff circles. JM has to stop talkin’ the talk and get these guys to walk the walk.  They can beat the Caps, but it’s going to require playing the 2nd and 3rd periods like the first.

  464. Bob Barker says:

    great player, terrible coach. 

  465. showey47 says:

    Thats what happens when you dress 6 forwards and 12 defencemen then try to convert 6 of those dmen to forwards.

  466. Tis Himself says:

    Damn, you just reminded me of Gilles Lupien’s shot. Duck!!!

  467. ed lopaz says:

    the mistakes should be corrected.

    that tendency should be one of the corrections in the AHL- as you say and I agree.

    not 15 years and 5.5 million per year “experienced” d-men

    that’s why they are professionals.

    if hamr does not have the skill to hold the blue line against the caps, he should not be out there because he is simply not quick enough.

  468. Tis Himself says:

    He’s Dr. Evil without an expensive pinky ring!

  469. Tis Himself says:

    Mario Trembley?

  470. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Kane scores, 2-0 Chi-city over the Predators.

    Scoreless between Sharks and Avalanche – currently in 2nd.

    Seriously, where are Marleau, Heatley and Thornton? Has the trio even scored 1 goal yet?

    Edit: Just checked the stats – 0 goals and -6 combined.

  471. Ian Cobb says:

    Halak has saved our bacon in every game so far. He has been stellar.

  472. Felicity says:
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    is a cool screen idea ! It is very interesting indeed.Thank you for your
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  473. Bob Barker says:

    Guy Carbonneau

  474. Ian Cobb says:

    Even that speedy guy Gill. But the hardest position to fill on every team are strong, big and quick defence men. They are few and far between.

  475. Bob Barker says:

    Good to see Niemi is bouncing back. That was a terrible goal he allowed in the first game. I felt bad for him. 

  476. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I hate it when a goalie lets in a very bad goal. I feel very bad for them too.

    This is why I hate criticizing goaltenders. It’s a very tough task.

    I learnt my lesson when I lost 11-3 in my very first match as a goalie (2 months ago). People started calling me Vesa. I worked my way through but I still remember that day. It was a special day for me – that turned out to be a nightmare. And I hope that a beginner goalie never gets taunted like I did. It can really crush your confidence.

  477. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not in 4 of his last 5 starts Ian, we nearly missed the playoffs because of how he played the last week of the regular season, than the last two goals of the 2nd Capitals game and on the Fehr breakaway goal, he was weak as he usually is on a breakaway.

    He’s got one more game to right his ship before Price gets game 4 I think.

     

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

  478. marianne1410 says:
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    bookmark and continue reading your blog in the future! Thanks alot for the
    informative post!
  479. light_n_tasty says:

    Uhhh….If you go back to last night’s post, you’ll see quite a bit of goalie blaming going on…

     

    Oh, and by the way.  Great call on Spacek.  You probably don’t remember, but I was saying we should keep Hamr, but you were saying Spacek was the way to go.  Good call.  Obviously, Spacek has way more left in him then Hamr.

  480. savethepuck says:

    Hope he’s on ashort leash now.  great game in game 1, yes, but brutal game 2, it’s the playoffs so a bad game is unacceptable. Cost me a $202 proline ticket after Theo giving it to me.

  481. Say Ash says:

    clearly, they needed more bowling

  482. Deasia says:
    Hello!
    I think this is my first visit so I wanted to say hi!
  483. Da Hema says:

    You rascal Timo. It is curious, though, that I could not understand one thing that came out of his mouth during his stint with CBC. He really needs to improve his oral communication skills. I doubt any player whose main language is neither English nor French would understand anything he said on the bench.

    He reminds me of the old line about Jean Chretien: Chretien was Canada’s first prime minister who could speak neither of our two official languages.

    ————————

    “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

  484. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’re on the next topic laughing it up.

    History Will Be Made, for each year San Jose will find more glorious ways to put themselves out of the playoffs.

     

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

  485. ooder says:

    that was hilarious lol

    what a snipe by Boyle

    ——————

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

  486. Bob Barker says:

    I agree. Give Halak a chance to bounce back. We should definitely go to Price if he can’t though. I still can’t believe we lost that game. 

     

  487. ooder says:

    I agree.. ovechkin used to backcheck and blockshots way more then he does now.

    now he just floats and waits for a breakout pass.

    i really really hope habs win tomorrow..

    like i posted earlier, if pheonix can do it, so can mtl

    ——————

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

  488. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not having a strong coach isn’t doing anything for him, Boudreau just tosses him out there for 25 a night and just expects results.

     

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

  489. ooder says:

    the pillsbury doughboy can hardly be considered a coach

    ——————

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

  490. shootdapuck says:

    Consider his history he came from the LAFFS system!

     

    “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″

  491. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 100%!

  492. Le Jadester says:

    Martin is a Carnie

    Habs, OLE !

  493. ooder says:

    who knows… weirder things have happened.

    the habs needs someone with a mean streak.. or at least for moen to rough somebody up

    ——————

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

  494. joeybarrie says:

    Is that a compliment?

    Thanks.

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

  495. avatar_58 says:

    ……aaaaaaand TSN does it again-

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=318589

     

    This is a story? Halak was a little shakey after one of his first few playoff game giveaway goals? NO KIDDING?? Hey let’s see how Varlamov was doing after giving up 2! I bet he was just confident right?

     

  496. avatar_58 says:

    Also LOL at gomez comments about goalies being weirdos. I’m loving this guy more day by day

  497. Ayan_SB says:

    Can the Habs scratch Roman Hamrlik?

  498. Clay4bc says:

    Can and should…we can only hope.

    _________________

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

  499. Kythehabsfan says:

    The Caps have been able to pressure him with results. Similarily they were seemed to be trying to pressure MAB alot early in the game – so much that the friend I was watching the game with asked me ‘is Markov out there?’ However, for all of the interesting (backwards passes between his legs/pass to the open guy in our slot) breakouts he seems to be up to the challenge.

    But we can’t sit Hammer; that would put OB in. He could handle the physical but this type of pressure may casuse a lot of turnovers. A vet presence like Hammer who played very steady this year is what we need. The Caps plan is to where our D out; I am confidant that Hammer can rest up and be ready.

  500. Danno says:

    The greatest ape act since King Kong.

     

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

  501. habsguy says:

    has got to be the most ugly man in hockey

  502. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Wasn’t Ov in the old Geico Commercials

  503. ShangaDoo says:

    I thought he was saying “Hey, Mr. Morris, You dropped your credit”

  504. Habsrule1 says:

    There are reasons to start Price tomorrow, and it would be a very BALLSY move.

    I’m not sure it’s a good idea, but controversy aside, what does everyone think?

    Price has played them pretty well this season.

    Price is bigger and may not get pushed around quite as much.

    Any chance at all JM makes the switch?

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  505. Clay4bc says:

    You know I think we have to give Halak game 3. But it may surprise you to learn that, if Halak doesn’t so better, I think Price should be starting game 4. But I think Halak will rebound from this game well. At least, I hope so…

    _________________

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

  506. mrhabby says:

    there’s always a chance. i think he stays with Halak because Halak got us here. Price would be coming in cold ..he has not played in weeks. Lets say Price goes in and has a bad night..i can just see the crowd crapping all over him. All of a sudden Martin has to defend Price or whatever. Its easier to go with Halak..he has been the better goalie most of the time.

  507. SeriousFan09 says:

    Toews being interview between periods right now, very disappointed, no Playoff mutton chops this time.

     

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

  508. shootdapuck says:

    Ian, and leave Yappiere in?

    In your own words the “hands of stone”?

    Please confirm you were kidding!

     

     

    “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″

  509. Ian Cobb says:

    Metro in, Pouliot out! 

    But probably Darche.  I will make that decision at game time.

  510. Bugs says:

    (sigh)

    Ok, Mr.Ian, c’mon, now. Gettin late. Maybe time to call it a day, whaddaya say?

    …my boy poolio out; you hear this guy?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  511. dpthehabsfan says:

    Technical note coming up:

    Many of you have noted that M.F. Brodeur just hasn’t looked the same this year…in the Olympics and in the Playoffs. He seems a bit lost, a bit slow. But’s really wrong with him?

    So what’s missing? It’s his butterfly. (Now a bunch of folks are going to say Martin isn’t a butterfly goalie, etc. but listen for a minute).

    Look back 3-4-5 years ago. Martin wasn’t a butterfly goalie – but when it was needed he dropped to both knees, with a very small 5-hole, and he had the gift very few goalies have of being able to kick the puck out as a pass.

    Now look at his year – Martin seems off balance – seems to be diving around- ends up on his back or butt a lot more often – and most importantly is on one knee a lot, and more goals are going in. His lateral movement just isn’t there, the same way.

    He won’t admit it – but I’ll bet one or both knees are starting to hurt the old man, and that his groin is tightening up to compensate.

    /End technical note

     

     

     

  512. Bugs says:

    Brodeur? Who gives two squirts about Brodeur? Let los Diablos deal with their own dang problems in their own dang way; we got biness with the Cappers at the present if you hadn’t noticed.

    Cross the dang Brodeur bridge when get there.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  513. j2w4habs25 says:

    i think we should give price the starter, Halak was just giving up easy goals.

  514. dre1744 says:

    the only way i see price in net is if we drop the next 2 games in MOntreal we might see him in net for game 5.

  515. WindsorHab-10 says:

    That’s putting way too much pressure on Price especially at home. I have no problem with Halak getting the call and if he lets in softies then go with Price. We can blame reffing and goaltending but I believe we sat back, being up 4-1, and gave Washington too much room to do their thing. Yes the Caps are a powerhouse but can choke and be beaten. We just let them off the hook.

    I still think O’Byrne should be in the lineup.

  516. 4loorplay says:

    If not for halak we would be down 2 games to none. After we went up 4-1 we sat back 2 min in (disbelief mabey) which came the second wash goal……That was all she wrote we let them back in the game….game over.

  517. christophor says:

    kirby’s avalanche?

  518. terrygain says:

    SK74 is JM’s whipping boy. He was on for a goal near the end of the 2nd and didn’t play another shift. 74 is a strong skater, doesn’t mind the heavy going and is a fabulous puck handler. Exactly the kind of player you want to sit when protecting the lead. /sarc. 

  519. HabsoluteFan says:

    So we’re in good shape coming back home tied at 1 game a piece.  We should be happy with that even if we should be up 2-0.  Even at 4-1, we knew the Caps werent out of it with the firepower they have up front.  That 2nd goal at the end of the 2nd period was the turning point.  Starting the 3rd up 4-1 would’ve been something else. 

    Nice to see AK get the hat trick, hopes he keeps it up…Cammy and Pleks are rolling as well.  Gomez and Gio are bringing it but Pouliot needs to get out of his slump.  Halak was average but the Habs need to ride him until he really blows it.  

    My biggest complaint for last night was Darche on the PP when Gomez got 5 for fighting.  We could’ve mixed it up to have a first wave of Gionta-Pleks-Cammy, followed by AK-Pouliot-SK.  I can’t understand why Darche plays the PP before SK…

    Anyway, game 3 is a big one, we need it…worst case scenario we go back in DC tied at 2

    Go Habs Go !

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    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  520. Ian Cobb says:

    Not a nice word Timo, try mentally challenged.

  521. j2w4habs25 says:

    then I dont expect for the Bell Centre to start booing him pretty soon lol.

  522. KenD29 says:

    And Halak was a BIG part of the meltdown! Two soft goals, one to allow the Cpas to tie it with 1:31 on the clock and then 31 seconds into OT.!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  523. terrygain says:

    Two soft goals? The winner was shot from the centre of the ice, just above the hash marks. It looked to me like it went through 44’s legs. It was not a soft goal. 

  524. KenD29 says:

    Disagree, it was a soft goal. He was down on his knees before the shot was taken. Beaten glove side, same as the OT goal!

    That is Halak’s weakness! If you notice, Caps have been shooting high on him both games!

    If he is up, there is a much better chance that shot hits him in the chest or at the very least, he has a better shot at grabbing it.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  525. dpthehabsfan says:

    Given that tonight was an off night- comments on other players in the league are allowed. Would you like to dismiss my observations Bugs? Feel free.

    Would you rather I twiited on about the Price/ Halak issue?

    Or would you rather we talk about hockey?

  526. Bugs says:

    Talkin bout Price/Halak isn’t hockey?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  527. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Well said.

  528. Bill J says:

    Price would be coming in cold

    You mean like Varlamov was cold ?  Didn’t he get the win (although ugly) ?

     

  529. Bill J says:

    Wow did you ever completely miss the boat on the point I was making.

    Point made above mine was, putting Price in is a bad idea because he’s cold due to lack of playing time.

    Varlamov played how much in that “great stretch” by Theo ?

    Yeah Nuf said!

    The concern of Price being cold is pointless.

     

  530. dre1744 says:

    The only problem is  if Halak lets in softies  JM  will wait too long to make the switch. Unlike the caps coach  who was quick to yank Jose  and it shifted the game around.

  531. KenD29 says:

    Well said. Halak a very short leash! He drops to his knees, gives up a weak goal, give him the hook! Don’t wait!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  532. Jbird says:

    I disagree with your assessment.  If The caps only manage 2 shots in the first 7  minutes and Halak lets them both in he will pull Halak.  That won’t happen though – the call was very obvious last night.

  533. habsfanmandy says:

    I also thought it looked a bit fast, one second he’s skating away, the next they score. Argh.

  534. Born in a Bad Year says:

    You can add to the list of non-calls was the interference on Lapps three minutes after the borderline Gill call. Exactly the same play but no call.

    The other question I would ask and want to see the footage on, was Varlamov even off the ice yet when Ovetchkin came over the boards as the sixth attacker and scored the goal?

  535. habsguy says:

    saw it !!!!!…wondered the same

  536. 24 Cups says:

    Here are the detailed highlights from last night’s game.  They can be viewed on the full screen mode.

    Sure proves the point that our Dmen have to do a better job of protecting our net.

  537. Bob Barker says:

    I’m pulling for Phoenix. Lombardi has 5 points this postseason, representing Hudson/St-Lazare well. 

  538. phillyhab says:

    Any other season — maybe if they were in Winnipeg or Hamilton or even Toronto! — but the conflict of interest with the NHL owning them and making all the playoff revenue is just too suspect.

     

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    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  539. TripleX says:

    Anyone complaining about goaltending just look at Howard and Luongo.  We are blessed with topflight goaltending.

  540. andrewberkshire says:

    Luongo has the 4th best save percentage in the playoffs.

  541. oshawahabsfan says:

    The stupidity of singing God Bless America before a hockey game, oy yoy yoy!

  542. SeriousFan09 says:

    I simply fail to comprehend what the national anthem of any country has to do with an NHL game.

    The Russian National Anthem makes more sense in Washington and the Swedish one in Detroit.

     

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

  543. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    New Jersey and Philly. I hope NJ gets eliminated as quick as possible, I can’t stand watching them.

  544. SeriousFan09 says:

    I dislike the Devils for their attempt to destroy hockey with the Trap. I detest the Flyers with every fibre of my being for their attempt to destroy hockey with their cementheaded, knucledragging goon affair they’ve called hockey since they hit the league.

     

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

  545. kendryden777 says:

     I hate NJ totally agree

  546. oshawahabsfan says:

    Very true haha

  547. slapshot777 says:

    Does this mean that we may see Metro come Monday

     

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

  548. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Speaking of  cementheaded goon affair, not even 4 minutes have passed in the NJ-Philly game and the Flyers take their 2nd minor penalty in the game already.

  549. Harani says:

    Boy does the Devils PP need help! They do have Kovalchuk don’t they?

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

  550. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s the issue with New Jersey. You can add Crosby and Ovechkin on that team and they’ll still have average offense and a brutal powerplay.

  551. TripleX says:

    He looked very shaky and beatable last game.  Is it just me?  The dude does not fill me with confidence that he will make the save.  He had me on the edge of my seat during the Olympics.

  552. andrewberkshire says:

    Not just you. He’s gangly and gets lost with fast puck movement sometimes. However he’s looked though, he’s been pretty good. He’s given his team a chance to win both games. Honestly I would have rathered a shaky Luongo for the last 22 minutes of yesterday’s game than what Halak gave us. 5 goals on 15 shots in 22 minutes.

  553. badbalance says:

    MOst overrated goalie in the league. He is sooo overhyped , people make him osund like a Roy, but he has never won anything. WHat has he won other than almost choking up the gold medal in the olympics.

  554. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty difficult to list accomplishments of a player when you start off by writing off all his accomplishments. The most overrated goalie in the league however, is Brodeur, has been for about 12 years. Tim Thomas is up there as well.

  555. Harani says:

    Special teams are killing the Devils. Like really!

    ANOTHER penalty to Philly. Jeezus! I guess Bettman REALLY wants Kovalchuk to get through another round.

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

  556. andrewberkshire says:

    I dunno Harani, the Flyers work hard for their penalties haha.

  557. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Marty Brodeur has had a tough year. 

    He needs to stop playing 70+ games every year, he’s 38, he doesn’t have it in him anymore. He looks super tired and it’s only game 3 of the 1st round.

  558. HabFanSince72 says:

    Brodeur never really had what people say he had.

    When the league eliminated the trap he turned into what he always was: a very good consistent keeper. I’d rank him as better than Curtis Joseph but not as good as Ed Belfour.

    To compare him to Patrick Roy is absurd.

     

     

  559. badbalance says:

    Halalk better get his act together, wasn’t too sharp last night. If we are to win the series against the caps, Halak better be the better goalie of the two sides… Last 2 goals, I gagged in my mouth when he let them in.

    Oh and, has Price ever let in more thn 5 goals in a playoff game in his career?

  560. phillyhab says:

    The last goal he didn’t see the shot or the puck.  Effin’ Hamrlik!  Maybe goal 5, but I mean it was such a weird play I think everyone on the ice was sort of frozen in dumbfounded-ness.

    Solid if not spectacular.  Nobody’s clamoring for Price, right?

     

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    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  561. savethepuck says:

    Totally agree, just heard on CBC that after Washingtons 3rd otr 4th goal last night a Cap saw Jaro taking a drink of water and he was noticably shaking> He said he knew then they had a chance to win the game.  Only time Patrick shook in crunch time was because of turrets.

  562. badbalance says:

    what do we do if Halak lets in another 6 goals next game? do we keep him in and let him let in 18 goals on 3 games the game after?

  563. savethepuck says:

    Don’t want to hear from anyone that he didn’t play bad.  It’s playoffs, the only acceptable comment is he stood on his head but we lost anyway.  Anything else is unacceptable

  564. munch17 says:

    Was at the Verizon centre last night – lots of fun , fans were reasonably nice – given the Habs jersey and all.

    Had a great view of the second goal by Caps – don’t know how that went in. Reminded me of a goal Price let in against Flyers a couple of years ago. Of course everyone was all over Price for that.

    The Gomez fight was right in front of us – tough guy Ovie got it started – how it is that Potey and Gomie get into it is beyond me  – and this was right after 2 Caps knocked the net off on what would have been a goal!!

    BTW – the one stat I keep seeing and is completely useless is the save %. Never used to see it as a kid. Doesn’t really tell the story.Last night Halak was 0 % on shots from the right wing with less than a minute and a half left in the game and the game on the line. That being said ( and I do prefer Price ) Halak should be given the start for game 3 – he was mainly responsible for win #!.

  565. K-hab25 says:

    Game 5 in the PHI series was Price’s worse game in his playoff career. The team definitely played well enough to win, but Price gave up 6 and we lost 6-5. People still haven’t gotten over that series and I believe that game was a major reason, because much like last night the team did what it had to do, but the goalie did not. I don’t care if you face 50 shots, giving up 6 goals in a game is awful. Blowing a 4-1 lead with less than half a game left is awful. Nice to see it’s not Jaro’s fault though. No it was a ref conspiracy and our poor d that were at fault. Odd because I didn’t see them in net I saw Jaro, getting beaten on a wrister by a defenseman from 30 feet away, hey just like Corvo in game 1. Well hopefully we can score enough next game that the evil refs, that are out to get canadian teams (lmao), don’t blow it for us again.

  566. ooder says:

    haha awesome

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

  567. homerbowen says:

    I wish Moen would knock a few Caps aroud because we’re getting pounded.

  568. Fansincebirth says:

    Hey, I’m doing a freakin Irish jig over the fact that we gained a split in Washington when nobody gave us a snowball’s chance in Hell. What pisses me off is the crap officiating. No, I’m not suggesting that there is a conspiracy in the league, that Buttman wants the Caps to win or a non-Canadian team to go all the way. What grinds my gears is the two blatant non calls on the goalie interference. I’m sure we got away with some stuff too but nothing as obvious as the Knuble and Poti non-calls.

    If the Toronto Sports Network and especially Panger are jumping up and down pointing fingers at the two non-calls, what the hell were the refs looking at? On the Knuble play, the ref was directly behind the net and didn’t call it.

    4 – 1 should have been a cake walk for us to be able to hang on to but we let it slip away from us. So be it (but this one is really bugging me).

    At this point, I think we have the Caps wondering what the hell is going on and that’s good. If we can keep Ovie from running around and throwing himself at people like he a freaking blocking running back and hold him at bay, I think this is our series to lose now.

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

  569. HabFanSince72 says:

    I know some people coming to the site might not have the time to read all the post-game comments.

    As a public service, here is a quick summary.

    1. The refs are under instructions to cheat Canadian teams.

    2. The Gomez fight was a huge mistake, but next game we should spill the blood of anyone who touches Halak, and also kill Ovechkin because he’s a big meany. If no one else will do it, recall Laracque for one game.

    3a. Jacques Martin knows less about coaching than every H I/O contributor. Unfortunately they’ll never get his job because they don’t speak French.

    3b. For example, he should swear at the refs more often. That’s what we’d do. Instead we swear at the TV.

    4. Waah waah waaah.

    5. Something about TSN and Pierre mcGuire.

    6. Halak / Price.

    7. Cancel the parade.

  570. Bugs says:

    ‘Bout covers it, I guess.

    Except this part: We’re gonna win.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  571. zozotheclown says:

    Thanks, I was way behind, and feel much better now

  572. habsfanmandy says:

    Re: 3a. Jacques Martin knows less about coaching than every H I/O contributor. Unfortunately they’ll never get his job because they don’t speak French.

    Hey, some of us do!

  573. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Perfect…

  574. ed lopaz says:

    dude – I would like to ask what, if anything, you would change to give us a better shot at winning game 3?

    I appreciate your complaints about the comments – you’re right in your assessment that most of the comments are juvenile and useless.

    here’s an example of what I would change.

    We have 1 defenceman who is “world class” – he should be on the ice in ALL of the critical situations.

    Yet, he is paired, first with OB, and now with MAB – no offence to either OB or MAB, but neither are at the level where I’d be playing them nearly as much as Markov – nor would I have them on the ice in key situatiions late in the game (except if we were down 1 goal – MAB would be a good offensive threat);

    When we are leading in a playoff game, I would like to have a #1 pair of D I can count on.

    Markov and ????? – we need a #1 pair of D, so Markov can start playing 30 minutes a game – like the other “world class” playoff defenceman.

    your comments would be welcomed, please, M. Habs Fan Since 1972.

     

  575. pmaraw says:

    i dont like how mcguire sits there and blabs “Shoot high on Halak”  “Send OV in on hammers side of the ice”  loud as hell, right beside the washington bench.  where are his tips to beat varlamov or stop OV?  100% bias

  576. HabsoluteFan says:

    So why no call on Ovy for playing with a broken stick last night ?

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    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  577. habsfanmandy says:

    I’m wondering if anyone’s brought this up already:

    With 1:26 to go, against a Caps team who can basically score at will and who have all the momentum, you’re up 5-4. Who here would NOT call a timeout? Just to regroup, figure out how you’re going to hold the lead for 90 seconds.  Can’t figure this out.

  578. HabsoluteFan says:

    I’ll have to check but I think Martin called a timeout earlier after an Icing call

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    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  579. Pat8987 says:

     

    Let me start off be saying this – I’m a Habs fan first but I prefer Price to Halak if I had to choose one for this series…

     

    Now my reason, Halak is a HELL of a goalie but his weakness is up-high particularly glove side…Now Capitals have seen how they can beat him and continue to shoot high (Carlsson, Backstrom x 2) for goals…If this continues the series won’t go on for very long…Now, if any of you watched the capitals over the year you would know that they LOVE to score up high from shots in the slot or one-timers…Semin, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Steckel, Fehr, Green all snipe top corner like it’s their job…So Canadians wonder why we were the ONLY team in the NHL to have a positive record vs. them? The answer is PRICE…Why because unlike Halak, Price is VERY strong up high but weak down low (I believe they have opposite weak points), so vs. Capitals the wiser choice is and would have been Price any other team Halak…who knows…Teams match up differently against each other so do shooters – goalies

  580. smiler2729 says:

    Halak has been playing scared since the last week of the season and sometimes he gets by, sometimes it gets him…

    I dunno what Price’s mindset is but it’d be interesting to find out with his background (Junior Championship, Calder Cup Championship)… I bet he’s just itching.

  581. joeybarrie says:

    Im a Price guy myself, and Price has played well against the Caps. However when he gets puched around he tends to lose it. By that same token Price is bigger and it wouldnt be so easy to puch him around. I feel good with either choice. But I do feel Price should at some point be given the chance to see how he can do.

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

  582. Favorite Son says:

    I can’t believe some of you are debating whether to put Halak or Price next game! We’re not the ones with the goalie issue right now, the Caps are! Boudreau has a bigger dilemma for game 3. Although we can expect Varlamov to be in, with Boudreau going back on his words to keep going with Theo.

  583. smiler2729 says:

    A goalie change at the right time whether it be during a game or in a series is a definite possible momentum changer, in the Habs’ case switching starters is like throwing a changeup after a fastball, in the Caps’ case, it’s like finding a pitch to replace your slowball.

  584. joeybarrie says:

    We should come home with Halak. Hopefully he realizes that he cannot be soft and starts to play spectacular. If we go down 2-1 in Mtl, then i say start Price in the next and give him a chance to play great and steal this series. Either way you cannot fault our goalie’s. But in the same regard you cannot fault our forwards for not scoring when they had the chance. You cannot fault our defense for not holding Ovechkin and company back.

    However, in the end you might say these guys are being PAID to make it happen, and they did not, GOALIE INCLUDED…

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

  585. joeybarrie says:

    It funny some of the things we think and say after a loss. Especially one such as this last one. Which was brutal. 4-1 and we couldn’t hold on. We say typical Canadiens. I usually like to do the homework on most of my statements but in this case I will not. The Caps have done this all season. They score in streaks. 3-4 goals at a time. This is how they win. So we didn’t do anything any other team in the league has not. HOWEVER, we did not hang on. But let’s be realistic, the worlds need to allign in order for us to take them out. And we are not behind coming back to Montreal, where if Jose plays, its can get UGLY for them. In the end, I think we are still ahead in this series.

    Now all this talk about Halak / Price… Its simple. Halak did not play GREAT last night. Some of the goals were fairly soft. Yes, he may have been screened, he may have been bombarded. But in the end the only way we can beat them is if our GOALIE, no matter who he is, is GREAT. Ovechkin didn’t play great in the first game, and we stuck it to them. Ovechkin played great in the second and we still stuck it to them, both games going into overtime. MUCH MUCH BETTER than we anticipated, and we did it in Washington.

    You cannot compare Halak to Price in last nights game mostly because Price did not play. You cannot say Price would have done better. He COULD have, but then again Halak has also done excellent in some games this season. So in the end its useless. Cannot BLAME Halak, because it would be as useless as blaming PRICE for last nights loss.

    In the end we cannot hold them off forever. In the end may should not even be able to beat them. But we can, and so far its making me SMILE. Mostly because we finally got players who can and will step it up when we need it.

    And those who thought we wouldnt make the playoffs, those who thought we couldnt compete, and those who wrote us off for the net 5 years are now either eating their words, or are naively lost in their own confusion. Gainey has put together a team that can make it to the top. He has put together a good future for us. He simply didn’t want to see it out over the next 4-5 years. Who can blame him in this city.

    1-1 coming home to Montreal. The pressure is still on them not to screw up again, and I for one am happy not chasing the games down 2 goals. If we can beat the best team in the league, and go to overtime twice then we have a great core. I can only smile as we stick it to the Caps because the past years we have been not comepeting and we are moving in the right direction.

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

  586. Bugs says:

    I have to learn to say what I wanna say the way you say it, Joey. When I say it, all I do is get myself in trouble. I need your firm but sobre tone to rein in the passion whilst painting the bigger picture.

    Brilliant post, mate.

    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/

  587. Favorite Son says:

    Granted, but I don’t think a goalie change for the Habs would be justified at this point in time. We didn’t lose the game because of Halak but because they were trying to protect leads with a team that doesn’t back down. Ever.

  588. smiler2729 says:

    True but Halak didn’t make the “timely” saves and that’s what separated the good post season goalies from the legendary ones. Halak’s playing scared as a I said in other posts.

    Remember how far Steve Penney rode on those kind of saves in ’84? He was a mediocre regular season goalie at best. Same with Gilles Gilbert when he replaced Cheevers in the ’79 playoffs, he sparked the Bruins to Game 7 but failed to make the timely save when it mattered most.

    With Price’s past successes in pressure cookers in junior and the AHL, he excelled. I’d like to see him here and now and maybe finally put his “pedigree” to the test and find out if he can be the real deal or just another 1st round stiff.

    We fans, and I’m sure Habs management too, need to know now before this summer’s RFA goalie stuff comes down. I’d hate to let the wrong one go.

  589. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Sergei needs to go out on one of his rare glimpses of ice time and punch Backstrom in the face a few times. Get the boys fired up.

  590. Bugs says:

    A few times? Aw, one punch should do 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/

  591. habsfanmandy says:

    Didn’t realize it, did he?

  592. pmaraw says:

    you are correct

  593. joeybarrie says:

    Price has done well this year against the Caps. He will do great against them. However the last time he played the Caps he let in 5 goals on 38 shots. Similar to Halak last night. Our goalie has to play to his capacity in order for us to beat them…

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


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