Audio: Metro should play; Caps start Varly

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Travis Moen | Hal Gill | Bruce Boudreau

Glen Metropolit, who suffered a separated shoulder on March 27 and was expected to miss up to 8 weeks of action, is expected to play in Game 3 for the Canadiens on Monday night. He has been cleared by team doctor David Mulder, and his participation is said to be a game-time decision by coach Jacques Martin.

Sergei Kostitsyn seems likely to be a healthy scratch for Montreal, while Jaroslav Halak will be between the Habs pipes. Halak will face Semyon Varlamov in the Washington net.

407 Comments

  1. jimmy shaker says:

    I really want to see a clip of this…..someone on here said it is because the way he holds the water bottle, that it shakes or he shakes.  Anyway can we use Ovi’s words as bulletin board material?  “Halak’s nervous”, “I destroyed MAB because everyone knows he’s not a strong guy”, and “The pressure is on them”  Can the media drum up something, like the way they made a circus out of Pleks comments?  But I’m excited for tonight, I’m feeling confident and think Jaro is going to bounce back and the boys will get it done on the PP and on the PK.  Wish I was in the city today to feel the buzz.

    Shaker

  2. andrewberkshire says:

    Exactly what I was saying! You get me matmacat, you get me.

  3. matmacat says:

    Basically… SK can score a game winning goal, or make a game winning play. That’s why we need him.

  4. jennifer1984 says:

    but just because we dont see his emotion, doesnt mean its not there.
    Doesnt mean it doesnt come through in the dressing room.

    maybe SK did do something wrong, but all year it seems he gets benched for no reason, except the fact that JM has it in for him

  5. Storm Man says:

    Im ok now ;)

  6. jennifer1984 says:

    worse than Lapierre?

    Highly doubt it.
    And if AK gets all shaken up about this, that means we’re down 2 players!
    i’m all for metro coming back, dont get me wrong. i think JM just sat the wrong guy, thats all

  7. Off-side says:

    could be…

  8. KenD29 says:

    Maybe so re darce, but at least the guy gives you 100%! SK ?? And how many goals has he had this series?!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  9. habbifier says:

    Martin satisfies the essential hunger, but leaves us looking mighty skinny.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    After not calling Poti for literally pushing Halak out of the net, anything goes it seems.

  11. habbifier says:

    Another problem that likely wouldn’t exsist with Guy Boucher at the helm.

    Jacques Martin is the greatest assitant coach to ever be head coach in the NHL. Unfortunate.

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pyatt’s a 4th-liner at best, SK can fly with Moore and Moen and be effective with them.

    Darche is a Career AHL player, 33 years old with no future on this team, he’s been a nice fill-in while we struggled with injury but he is not going to be part of any reason we win a Cup. Sergei has 10x the ability and upside of Darche if developed properly and not treated like a leper like JM uses him. He’s taken all the hard work Boucher spent working with Sergei in Hamilton and flushing it down the toilet. He also gave away a goal on Saturday that helped cost us the game.

     

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

  13. Mikey_39 says:

    7 goals in 47 games.  And for the most of the games he’s been playing on a third/4th line, and a lot of those games JM has decided to bench him for well…no good reason.  Also, Sergei is a playmaker not a goal scorer.  He needs to play with people who can put the puck in the net.

  14. king ddd says:

    dude i bet they would even allow ovechkin smack jaro’s head ballard style to score a goal and the..

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  15. andrewberkshire says:

    Ok, as a correction, all I have to say without ranting like a lunatic.

  16. king ddd says:

    martin.. he simply hates sk imo.. hes got a decent playoffs so far.

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  17. Psycho29 says:

    Good…I am glad Sergei is sitting. He has not shown me anything this year. SEVEN goals and that’s it?

    I’d rather see Pyatt or Darche in there, at least they get involved it the play and show some heart.

  18. Say Ash says:

    what he said

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche is not a playoff forward, he is outmatched by the speed of it and can’t compensate, you can directly hang a goal on his head from last game that would’ve kept us ahead. Sergei should easily play ahead of him but no, JM has to enact his vendetta.

     

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

  20. Shawn S says:

    Well I’d prefer Darche or Maxim sit over Sergei, I like the fact we have 5 centres playing now. We seem to be getting tossed out of the circle every faceoff, at least we’ll have a bit more flexibility depending on how JM shakes up the 3rd and 4th line.

  21. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    really? is that it, andrew? i’m sure deep down you’d like to say more about that topic…

  22. joeybarrie says:

    Now we see if Halak is REALLY our #1 guy. He has a chance to prove he can do it. I really hope he makes the difference. However if he simply plays well, I hope we wont jump all over him. BUT MAN I WANT TO TAKE THIS GAME……………..

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

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d say JM has the memory of an elephant, but at least elephants get ticked off once in a while and make some noise.

     

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

  24. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Tim – I think he means he’s happy to see this type of dedication from UFA Metro, as opposed to last year when Tanguay missed a lot of time with a bummed shoulder.

  25. Off-side says:

    Varly played his first NHL game in Montreal on December 12, 2008, stopping 31
    of 32 shots, becoming the first goalie to win his debut in Montreal in
    more than 30 years. Before this past Saturday’s game, Varly had two starts against
    the Habs and won both.  I would be a little worried if he’s in nets tonight.

  26. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Especially if SK is driving him to the Bell Centre :P

  27. ooder says:

    oh yes.. darche that scoring machine…

    btw Darche is directly responsible for one of the goals last night with his week turnover in our zone

    i think JM has a very long memory and will not forgive sk74 very easily for what happened at the beginning of the season

    ——————

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

  28. Bill J says:

    As Promised Shaker- while I am a bit shocked, and remember I told you about halak’s shaking ;)  apparently Ovy saw it too …

    GO HALAK GO! – I hope the team can give him more support.

    GO HABS GO

  29. Storm Man says:

    Ovie called out Jaro are you sure maybe he was asking him where to get some good poutine :)

  30. KenD29 says:

    True! Take your pick…

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  31. Bugs says:

    “No short leash”, my butt.

    We want Theo!

    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/

  32. shootdapuck says:

    For that matter seen much of Yapierre in front of the net, scoring or hitting?

    Don’t think so!

     

     

    “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″

  33. Storm Man says:

    Im sorry bud but if Jaro does not find his glove and we go down by two or more time to pull him.

  34. joeybarrie says:

    WOW, I thought Boudreau was going with Theodore. I thought that that was his guy??? I thought he would rather have Theo than Miller or Brodeur???  I thought he said “id rather go withour guy, he is 20-0 in his last 20 games”???

    FLIP FLOP. LETS MAKE HIM PAY. SEMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, SEMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, SEMIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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

  35. shootdapuck says:

    SK also has seen more PK time!

     

    “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″

  36. Storm Man says:

    That would be a dream come true to see JM gone

  37. KenD29 says:

    What has SK done so far this series or during the regular season for that matter?!
    He doesn’t score many goals, he doesn’t hit, he doesn’t go to the front of the net. At least with Pyatt, Darche and Met, you get guys with some heart. Maybe not allot of talent, but heart willing to go to the corners or drive the net.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  38. Storm Man says:

    Are you high?

  39. shootdapuck says:

    Yapierre still in is rediculous!

    The Caps don’t respond well to gum flapping and then hiding!

    Looks like JM didn’t get the green light from Boivin’s political wing aka “L’antichambre” to yank him.

     

     

    “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″

  40. Off-side says:

    I’m not sure that sitting Sergei is best, but I’m sure the decision to sit him on the part of JM is not a personal one.  Remember.  We never see JM being emotional.  I highly doubt his decision is based on emotions or a personal vendetta.  I think his agenda in this case is ruled more with logic. 

  41. lavie says:

    In October, I want to see SK as a Hab, JM as a Habs’ ex-coach.

  42. PrimeTime says:

    I have been accused my some of being a Price “fanboy” and such and I
    have on occassion used that accusation to have some fun to poke back
    this year (Halaka) but truth be told, I couldn’t care less who’s name is
    on the jersery as long in any position as long they play with pride and
    respect. I witnessed many Goalies come and go over the years beginning
    with the Plante unlike many here who began to watch our Habs when Roy
    was King. Saying that, I think Jaro deserves and will start tonight.
    However, a couple of thoughts come to mind.

    1. Jaro didn’t finish
    the season strong but he started Game 1 and made key saves throughout.
    The shot totals, as is usually the case with WAS, were high but many
    were routine. As long as you can control the rebound and your D is in
    position to clear you limit the scoring opportunities. Our D game
    limited time and space, clogged passing lanes, and WAS began missing the
    net. Jaro played well early and the Team took over the game for a win.

    2.
    In Game 2, much of the same from the 2nd half of game 1 continued until
    the 3rd period. In desperation, WAS put on a full frontal push for
    offense at the risk of odd man rushed against. This was the 1st real
    test for Jaro this series and he flubbed on 3 goals…the OV poke
    between his legs (puck never should have touch ice) and the 2 glove save
    misses from 30′ out. As in 90% of goals against you can look at the D
    to blame as well as was the case with backing in on both the final game
    tying goal and the OT winner.

    3. Can Jaro bounce back tonight? It
    will be a good test of his mental strength and I hope he ciomes through
    with flying colours. The team should be high as a kite in the 1st 10
    minutes and come out blazzing putting the pressure back on the the
    weaker WAS D and Goalie(s) and it needs to continue throughout the game.
    Jaro as always needs to make the key saves until we win back the battle
    for momentum. If he doesn’t then he needs to go just as Theo was in
    game 2. It’s not a knock on Jaro but this team is bigger than one player.
    As has been stated by Martin and Co. both Goalies are capable and IMO a
    loss tonight will be the 1st of the finishing nails needed by WAS take
    this series.

    My last point is the D. OV told Boudreau to switch
    his playing wing and it worked. Unless Spacek can play both sides, JM
    needs to adjust his D lines to reduce the impact OV has on the game.
    Hammer couldn’t do it. Fearless prediction of the day is WAS goes as OV
    does. 1 goal and 3 assists in Game 2 after being held off the
    scoresheet the 1st game tells the whole story. Perhaps a 4-1 lead
    un-focused our players a bit but they can’t let up on this guy for 1
    shift because we haven’t anywhere near the firepower WAS has probably
    won’t have the luxury of scoring on our 1st 2 shots.

    It may be
    over-simplifying the game, but OV is the game. Reduce his impact and
    have a chance to win…if not GAME OVER no matter who is nets.

  43. Storm Man says:

    The way I see it this man has to go I have never been happy with JM as the coach of this team. With that said #52 does give us some size but that is all

  44. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Don’t agree. SK has been strong. If anybody I would pick Pyatt and only because of his lack of experience. But I’m sure there’s much that JM sees that we don’t. Go HABS!

    I don’t live in Montreal but I hope you all will still be razzing Jose even if he is on  the bench. Let Ovie hear it as well. I didn’t like him callin out Jaro yesterday.. that little O-bi***kin.

  45. JVF says:

    Great for Metro, but what did SK74 do to be in JM’s doghouse? Does he feel the need to have 5 centers because we’ve been having such a hard time winning faceoffs?

    I wish he’d explain his rationale… SK74 is smart on his skates, has good wheels, can shoot, pass and play defense — What more does he want from the kid?

    (Sigh)

    I hope Sergeï doesn’t bolt, because he’s going to be a very, very good player in the near future.

  46. lavie says:

    Sitting SK is JM’s full-time logic.

    Happy to see a Sens fan has vision on Habs.

  47. kmachabs27 says:

    SK hasnt shown anything, hes afraid of his own shadow and doesnt want the puck, he is currently the worst player on this team, the way he is playing is embarrassing. I watched him everytime he was on the ice and i do not blame JM for sitting him, its crunch time.

  48. ShaunT says:

    Sergei should be playing while Darche sits. JM needs to put his personal problems with Sergei aside and play the players that gives the team the best chance to win. OVIE YOU’RE SHAKIN!!!!!!

  49. jimmy shaker says:

    Thought it would be Darche for Metro, but I don’t mind SK (hasn’t really done much, or that line to tell the truth)….I think Metro will have a big impact on the game and on the PP.  I think we score often on the PP tonight and metro and MAB are the big weapons.  Jaro will bounce back, the ice will be a lot better and we will have last change so that will help us out large.  Varlamov is going to play, but if we just get traffic in front of him we will be fine.  IF, IF, IF….I repeat IF Jaro struggles tonight, Price will get the call on Wednesday for sure.  And remember I’m the President of the Jaro fan club, so I’ve been told.

    Shaker

  50. Storm Man says:

    Have a bad feeling AK does not show up for this game

  51. SensFanSpezza says:

    Good for Metro, but I don’t see the logic in sitting Kostitsyn.  Darche would have been my choice, I think.  Even though the guy has a lot of heart, he doesn’t have the skillset Kostitsyn has.  Weird coaching decision there.  Unless it’s personal.  If that’s the case, Martin should be fired.

  52. Say Ash says:

    This is what I wanna see from UFAs, Tanguay!

  53. CERF says:

    I just dont get it.. he promotes  #52 when gomer was in the box and then he goes and turn it over which leads to a goal.. yet #52 is still sitting nicely with the big boys.. while #74 gets to view from the press box..

     

    god this man drives me nuts

  54. Storm Man says:

    I think we will know if he is 100 percent when Ovie and the Caps run him a few times, If the doctors say he is 100 percent ready to roll, all aboard the metro

  55. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    SK74 sits? 5 centers?
    Has Lapierre been that much more awesome than SK?

    No way he’s back next year.

    Russia?

     

    I’m glad Metro’s back. He pots one in the 2nd, on the PP.

    We take the lead, 2-1, and never look back.

  56. Off-side says:

    Gasp!  I really hope and pray he is safe on the ice.  Go Metro, Go!

  57. Storm Man says:

    JM thinks he is God

  58. CERF says:

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN ME WHY JM DESPISES SK?!?!? I DONT GET HIS LOGIC … FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!! PLEASE !!@?tqwegq

  59. nick says:

    Sergei sits ?! Haha… Bravo JM. Bravo.

  60. filincal says:

    good to see Mtero back…..too early? only he really knows.

    he was a sparkplug for us all year, and the team played poorly both times he went down to injury ( I don’t think it was a coincidence).

    I definately thought it would be Pyatt or Darche who’d sit though; JM must know something we don’t.

     

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  61. mickygrabovskiiiilz says:

    a nice round of golf sounds a lot more pleasant than taking a 5-1 beating, no?

  62. nfldanchor says:

    Ovechkin says Halak was shaking after his goal. I’d say that OVY shook his head because the play should have been whistled down. Ovechkin is a dirty player , great skills, but otherwise he needs to be dealt with. Someone needs to line him up and teach him he isnt the god of hockey that he thinks he is. Go Habs Go!

  63. nfldanchor says:

    Ovechkin says Halak was shaking after his goal. I’d say that OVY shook his head because the play should have been whistled down. Ovechkin is a dirty player , great skills, but otherwise he needs to be dealt with. Someone needs to line him up and teach him he isnt the god of hockey that he thinks he is. Go Habs Go!

  64. HabFanSince72 says:

    Just a question to you people who tell us what you would do if you suddenly found yourselves coaching the Habs. Do you do this for other jobs for which you have no qualifications? Man if I was my own surgeon I’d take out my spleen not my thyroid!

    If I was coaching the Habs…

     

    I’d f***ing quit and let my assistants take over.

  65. SLONCOLD says:

    lol funny one. my knee surgeon was pretty smart so i kinda went with what he said lol

  66. W35T5ID3 says:

    go habs go!

  67. W35T5ID3 says:

    Ovarie says Halak was shaky well i say Theo was shaky and Varlamov were shakier.Varlamov handling the puck last game was hilarious,it was a hot potatoe to him it seemed.Very lazy like plays.We gotta head to the net hard.Get the tender off his game even more.They’re goalies are ripe 4 da pickin!

  68. W35T5ID3 says:

    If i coached the habs i’d slick my hair like Jaccques Martin.He’s the man.

  69. ABHabsfan says:

    Thank-you, fun police. We will try and be realistic from now on.

  70. W35T5ID3 says:

    Will u provide anything thats ”offensive” tonight???

  71. CERF says:

    well.. just got a call and i got myself two free tickets in the reds center iceish!!!

     

    any suggestions to what kind of chant i should get going?? i was pretty anxious to do the THEO! THEO… but well.. we all know what happend there

  72. TomNickle says:

    I once told a prostitute to……um nevermind.

     

     

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

  73. notoutyet says:

    What was his name? 

    Come on Tommy boy come out with me.  Why did you take that ccccuuuuuttteeee pic down the second I asked if he was you’re husband?

  74. adam76 says:

    armchair coaching is fun – armchair doctoring is dangerous.

     

     

  75. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    if Pleks scores – JAGR JAGR JAGR (EDIT: Likehoy’s suggestion from another thread).

    Also, I like heckling first names. It’s more personal.

  76. W35T5ID3 says:

    In general your comments i felt were unthoughtful and negative especially during the regular season.Offensive in that they weren’t justified alot.

  77. TomNickle says:

    Haha.  Sorry, no offense but my gate doesn’t swing that way buckeroo.

     

     

     

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

  78. Le Jadester says:

    I officially hate JM. He is a problem.  I can’t wait till he’s fired.  Where is the accountability in Coaching ?

    SK 74 did not cause the team to lose against, Carolina and game 2 against Wash, JM’s coaching did. He also wet the bed with sitting him against Toronto.  Benching SK has not paid off for him and he continues to do it at the team’s expense. For what ? Is he gonna get an agent’s cut if other players play ?  I don’t know, but JM is the cause of our beloved team underachieving as opposed to over achieving IMO.  If he wins us a cup then I will eat my words.

    Say what you want about SK, he’s not the best but he’s not the worst on the team either. I just think he’s an important part of the 3rd line IMO.

    Regardless of what we all don’t see behind the scenes…..he has been poorly managed by JM and his job is to get productivity out of him, not make him worse (something that Boucher and the Belarussian National Team Coach obviously knows how to do).

    Habs, OLE !

  79. CanadienBoy says:

    Crosby showing him up pretty good this year !

  80. habfan53 says:

    Great to see Metro back, He called it said he would not miss even 6 weeks.  Question out there  Why would SK be sitting ?   Although I’m not the biggest SK fan I beleive he brings more than Darche,

  81. krob1000 says:

    Hmmm how about this……would you let a surgeon who hasn’t succesfully operated in over a decade operate on you when you knew other perfectly quality surgeons were available?

    Better yet,

    If the surgeon told you he was making a transplant and had two different parts to choose from….one from a someone he really likes that is of lesser quality and will only be a temporary fix or one from a healthier, better functioning part with long term promise….which would you like?

    Personally I think what Sergei is doing to piss guys off ( I nopticed this once in each of thelast two games) is on a potential break (3 on 2) twice Moen has just taken the puck and not even looked around, dumped the puck deep, both times SK just went to the bench.  His game is not dump and chase and body check hard and despite this he has done fairly well but when guys are dumping in 3 on 2′s consistently and playing a game that is so far from your own game what do you do? That is the only thing I can think of and the more I thought about it the more I seem to recall other instances like this…..

    I still don’t understand the logic of having SK on that line anyway but we are jsut one offfensve player short again…..and we can blame our overspending for that one…..if Moen was on our fourth line with Lapierre and Metro and we had one more serviceable 20 goal guy we would be a team to be reckoned with…as it stands we are in between identities……not quite talented or tough enough to be a 2 scoring line, 2 grinder line team and not deep enough to play to our strengths and control the flow of the game.  Our best chance IMO would be to have 3 scoring lines. 

    Here is a diferent idea…………how about Gionta-Gomez-Metro, Pleks-Ak-Cammalleri, Pouliot-Moore-SK, Laps-Darche/Pyatt-Moen

    If Metro is good enough for our pp then surely he is good enough to play third wheel on that line and he is aggressive enough as a forecheker, willing to accept a role and would go tot he net if that was his assignment, and would be a great second faceoff option since that line seems to be matched against top lines.

    Pouliot/SK and Moore just seems so logical to me…Poluiot triggerman, Sk playmaker, Moor grinder and histelr…..it just makes to much sense to me….but I am not the surgeon……

  82. W35T5ID3 says:

    We’ve let some good coaches go…..Vigneault and Julien come to mind,and Carbo u could say was good.he led team to Eastern Conference title.

  83. Corio says:

    Ya they are but took bad we can’t hold onto a lead..

  84. habsgod says:

    if we are winning in the 3rd with under a minute left ,are up by 2 or 3 then start the nananana hey,hey hey good-bye nice aloud!

  85. W35T5ID3 says:

    Its all good Timo,we cool.I just never understood sometimesw where all the lack of confidence in the team in ya was…….always were down on the boys.They try dont they?Well for the most part i think they do.

  86. krob1000 says:

    OOOOFFFF! That post was a steel toe to the left nut!

  87. habfan53 says:

    Pet peeves for tonight

    McGuire saying  “That is an easy call for the refs”    and “ that is the right call “

    Where were the “EASY / RIGHT” calls for goaltender interference against Jaro on Saturday???  

  88. Say Ash says:

    Maaaahr-tin! Maaaahr-tin!

  89. W35T5ID3 says:

    Considering we are playing number 1 team in nhl in termms of pts and goals for and probably a whole wack of other things,i’d say we’re giving them all  they can handle.We’re playing great.

  90. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just put him in the Washington Capitals Ice Girls uniform and get it over with, apologies in advance for everyone who gets nightmares from that mental picture.

     

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

  91. habaholic68NJ says:

    I for one am not happy.  I was spoiled with ten Stanley cup championships since 68 but nothing since 93.  I am not happy unless we win the cup.  As for JM, I stopped giving him the benefit of the doubt after about game 30.  I hope you are wrong and we promote him somewhere upstairs (he will not be fired) and bring in Boucher to start next season.

  92. Rudy says:

    I meant to mention this after game 2. I went to see the warm up at the glass and a line of them had their backs to me. Bergeron was backing up in front of SK. SK gave him a pretty hard crass check. Bergeron turned with a half semi smile to say WTF, and his face changed when he realized it was SK. They glared at eachother. There isn’t a lot of talking that goes on in the warm up, but you can tell a lot by body language, they give SK a very wide berth.

    Hall Gill rammed into the boards right in front of me going backwards and the wall almost came down. Then he jumped up of the ice. It was awesome

  93. W35T5ID3 says:

    McGuire’s a doosh,nuff said.Gord Miller rocks though.My question is how the heck do players stand Pierre chirping between the two benches?If i were on the habs bench i’d go over to pierre and punch him in the face and say ”WAMMMO!’

  94. punkster says:

    He’s not offensive these days but he can be annoying, negative and utterly uncouth at times ;) However he’s really a nice guy under all that attitude. Plays golf. New Dad. Hates the Leafs, Canucks and Flames. Lots of positives there.

  95. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee……

    how about up by 5 with 30 seconds left? after saturday, anything else would be presumptuous.

  96. SeriousFan09 says:

    You would think by now someone would’ve ‘accidentally’ put a puck into Mcguire’s face.

     

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

  97. krob1000 says:

    they didn’t? why does he look like that then?

  98. punkster says:

    I’m SOOOO looking forward to kicking yer azz on the course! With your hook and my slice we’re gonna tear it up out there lol.

  99. W35T5ID3 says:

    Will you be golfing with the capitals ???Tell ovi he sucks.Thanks.

  100. jimmy shaker says:

    “WAMMMO”, that’s awesome, brings me back to the old Batman and Robin cartoons…….that would be superb if somebody went up to him and just obliterated him.  Who would be the potential candidates for the two teams.  For us, probably Lapierre, because he hates Max for some reason……I’d like to see Gomer give him the business, and for Washington?  Not sure, I think they all have equal crush’s for eachother.

    Shaker

  101. longtimehabsfan says:

    I think he did actually get hit by either a stick or puck this year during a broadcast of a game on NBC.

  102. CHHockeywife0996 says:

    Wow – Why all the hate on Darche today – I get that he had a BAD turnover – I do not believe that that,  and only that cost us the game –

  103. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I think the key to winning this series is to outwork the Caps, and nobody works harder on this team than Metro.

    Does anyone have any idea why O’Byrn is sitting?, I know he had a bad game at the end of the season but for the most part I thought he did a really good job.

  104. punkster says:

    Darche means experience. Neither he or SK are going to be expected to score playing 3rd or 4th line anyways but Darche’s experience gives him the edge. We haven’t got the guns to beat the Caps in a run and gun shootout but we have way more experience, playoff and otherwise, on our team. We have few other attributes that are any better than the Caps so we have to go with our strong suits. Supposedly we have the advantage in goaltending and defence as well (and maybe we do) but the experience factor from Gionta, Gomez, Gill, Metro, Moen, Bergeron, Cammy, Pleks, Markov, Hamrlik, Spacek and Darche may be give us an edge.

  105. mickygrabovskiiiilz says:

    i am surprised/impressed that Halak has managed to play so well during what is clearly the early stages of parkinson’s disease. shaky shaky shaky, go leafs go!!!!!

  106. CERF says:

    dont you mean golf laffs golf?

     

     

  107. wmarcello says:

    Experience? In what? The AHL? SK has more NHL games under his belt than Darche. I like Darche, but his experience is not exactly the best around.

  108. jrshabs1 says:

    Unlike the laffs that wasn’t funny!!! 5 straight years out of the playoffs!!! 5 straight years!!!!

  109. Mikey_39 says:

    Lol you leafs fans crack me up.  Your organization has been and is going nowhere!  You’ve traded away your future for Kessel! I mean, you guys finished second last this season, and have nothing to show for it!

  110. lavie says:

    You mean the junk leafs Not Qualified for Playoff for consecutive 5 years?

  111. Danno says:

    The only thing that’s shaky is what Ovie’s seeing. Side effects of those vitamins he’s taking.

     

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

  112. Drive_For_25 says:

    To spark an old debate….

     

    As good as this team is
    playing right now, I think what might put us over the top as to having
    a real legitimate chance to make a run this year is P.K in the lineup. 
    I’ve heard, and thought myself, all the “Why rush him?  Why risk
    crushing his confidence?  He’ll be good for the team NEXT year….”
    arguments but I say that’s garbage.  The big signal that he’s ready was
    the two games he played for us, being our best player on the ice and
    all, but now it’s smacking me, and should be smacking all of us, in the
    face with Carlson out there playing excellent and scoring the tying
    goal on Saturday.  They battled for top spot in +/- all year in the A,
    I know P.K played more games than him but he had 18 goals compared to
    Carlson’s 4.  To me, we need P.K!!!!

  113. lavie says:

    4 out of 5 Northeast Division are in Playoff.

  114. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Please Please Please Guys…No matter how much we’re leading by just don’t stop pushing the caps…no matter what guys! They wearn’t 1st place by fluke and always have the ability to win games…so just keep the pedal to the metal and we should do fine this series

  115. JVSmith says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for not letting me be the only one in Montreal who thinks Halak’s having trouble! I think I will go to my grave wondering why the guy with a 3.58 GAA is playing again tonight. Even Ovechkin noticed how shaky he was.

  116. JVSmith says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for not letting me be the only one in Montreal who thinks Halak’s having trouble! I think I will go to my grave wondering why the guy with a 3.58 GAA is playing again tonight. Even Ovechkin noticed how shaky he was.

  117. namgel says:

    Meanwhile over in the “Mecca” of hockey the ACC

     

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30249871@N04/3080769932/

     

    What ?  Where is everybody ?

     

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  118. namgel says:

    4-5 ?  What happened to the other team…you know…What they called again ???

     

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  119. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    If Halak’s .924 save percentage in the regular season and .905 save percentage in the playoffs against Capitals are early signs of parkinson’s disease.

    Then, I really pity on your goalies. 

  120. cautiousoptimist says:

    Aside from not wanting to rush him, I don’t think I want a guy with 2 games of NHL experience defending against Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Green, Laich…  I’d rather let him get his taste of the playoffs in Hamilton, help him win Boucher a Calder Cup, and then call him up after training camp brimming with confidence.  I’m not saying you’re crazy, just that I think what he can bring to the team right now is weighed out by the potential downside, both to his development and to our own playoff chances.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  121. Kooch7800 says:

    Sweet avatar.

    The ACC must be hurting for revenue.  Both the Raps and Leafs dont’ get a sniff of the playoffs again.

     

  122. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Between Hamilton and Montreal, Sergei had what, 11 goals combined? Martin is not strangling the Rocket here. Since 2007, he has never had better than 9 goals, and 2007 was his best NHL year. The guy had 7 NHL goals in 47 games, while Darche had 5 in just 29.

    Darche totalled 21 combined AHL/NHL this year. He’s a hardworking vet with less longterm ‘potential’ than our Mr Grabowski-lite. But now, in April 2010,  I’ll take the veteran Darche any time. The regular season’s for teaching. This is the show. And after the debacle last game, it’s time for the veterans to step in and play it steady and consistent.

    It’s not that Sergei is responsible for any problems – he’s just a marginal player and marginal players get benched.

  123. punkster says:

    Given their numbers and the lines they play on they’re a tossup. Experience means more than just NHL games and 25 more NHL games doesn’t give SK an edge in experience. Darche’s years in the game, whether AHL or NHL, are what the team needs now on the 4th line.

  124. Kooch7800 says:

    You mean Steroids…….That Igor Ovie has quite the Unibrow

  125. Habhopeful says:

    I replied just in case you missed it, enjoyed the talk! killed the workday lol GO HABS GO!

     

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

  126. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche is career AHL, no NHL coach would argue that. He’s got about a hundred games of NHL experience at age 33 and there’s a reason for that, he doesn’t have the ability to stand in the NHL for long, especially in the playoffs. Heart and commitment are nice, but they can’t mask a lack of ability to compete in the NHL in the long run, he doesn’t have long term potential in any serious NHL franchise beyond 13th forward.

    Sergei doesn’t have the goals right now, but he’s got a world-class passing ability, incredible speed and a good vision for the game, Darche doesn’t have any of those. He’s an AHL guy who filled in when we were slammed by injury. Darche contributed to the debacle as well with a brutal giveaway to the Caps, he just can’t handle the NHL level, especially in the playoffs. If Sergei is a marginal player, than Darche isn’t one at all.

     

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

  127. DONJUAN says:

    METRO’S BACK :)  Who is his line mates tonight? MOEN, MOORE AND METRO the MMM line sounds like a shut down line to me. GO HABS GO!!!

     In HABS we trust.

  128. wmarcello says:

    Darche was directly responsible for a goal last game because of poor defensive play. That’s not exactly what the team needs. What they need right now is to maximize their skill. The Caps have skill in spades, and JM is sitting a good 2-way player who has great offensive creativity and skill. Darche has heart, but he is a career AHLer with good reason, and Sergei is far the superior player. The Moen-Moore-SK line was playing quite well as of late, and actually has the potential to provide the team with energy and secondary scoring. I just don’t understand why JM wants to break that up.

  129. Zepphead says:

    Happy about the fact Metro is in…

     

    BY THE WAY: All dumbass Laffs fans should check this YouTube video out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnoQsZ22eSo

  130. pmaraw says:

    on the contrary, i think ovechkin, semin, backstrom, green, laich would be defending against p.k. subban!

  131. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bang-on! Even if Darche has few more goals, that doesn’t make Sergei a marginal player. He’s only 22, and not only he has an amazing skill set, he is a good penalty killer – that already makes him a better player than Darche.

  132. Danno says:

    We’re going to crush the caps like an empty beer can.

    Hear me now. Believe me late.

    GO HABS GO!

     

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

  133. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    MET-RO is back! Can’t wait for the match, the building is going to be electric (always is). But tonight the fans will be super pumped for the playoffs. Should give a boost to the Habs!

  134. Danno says:

    Wait until Jean Beliveau waves to the crowd. The noise meter will be off the chart.

     

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

  135. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Forget the noise meter, it would blast the roof off!

  136. phillyhab says:

    And Metro on the

    PP too!  Not bad.

    ———————————————————————————

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

  137. punkster says:

     

    Edit…I’m removing my response and simply saying this. It’s not about who has more offensive creativity or skill. It’s simply experience. These 4th liners need to show up every game, every shift. Darche does, SK not so much. (I didn’t say anything nasty, I just went off on a tangent :)

  138. Danno says:

    RDS has confirmed several times today.

     

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

  139. phillyhab says:

    He’s a deft playmaker with great vision and very decent defensive forward who is TREATED like a marginal player.  Plus as far as playoff experience… was Sergei’s perfomance in the Boston series (when he took Ryder’s spot) 2 years back that long ago?

     

    ———————————————————————————

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

  140. phillyhab says:

    Is he definitely going to be in attendance?  I though he wasn’t going to games anymore — or is that just regular season?

    ———————————————————————————

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

  141. Drive_For_25 says:

    Understandable but when you have a guy of that caliber I think he needs to be on your team.  It’s the reason you drafted him right?  Also, you don’t have to play him huge minutes or put him up against those guys every shift unless he earns it with his play, like Carlson is doing. 

  142. phillyhab says:

    Announcement before the game:  Moratorium on the Ole chant; Na-na-na-nas.

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

  143. pmaraw says:

    here you go, only because i feel sorry for you, relive some glory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnoQsZ22eSo

  144. Danno says:

    Hooliganism!

     

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

  145. Say Ash says:

    Do it to OV’s water bottle

  146. showey47 says:

    finally a practical use for diet coke,lol.

  147. slamtherimtim says:

    mcguire is an idiot

  148. slapshot777 says:

    I can’t believe that the idiot Mcguire said that there was no goalie inteference in game 2.

     

     

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

  149. Lord_Hubba says:

    Wow…sheer determination, the puer will to play. Being our best player on the PP, i think he’s still playing with a bit of pain, not 100%. He’s going to tally one tonight for sure.

  150. 123456 says:

    thank you. i’m dissappointed in the number of fans on here that do not know the game very well. caps have a great offensive threat that is beaten by getting the puck out of your own end. MAB is one of the best on the habs at moving the puck.

    and what is all this crap about the goalies, i’m rooting for halak to get a shuout and not thinking about the number of gaols he will give up. if price was starting i’d have the same attitiude.

    geez, please i hope none of you dooms day posters ever works in my firm.

  151. newbrunswick troy says:

    I couldn,t agree with you more…but not M.A.B—-i think it should be Hammer out…yes he has some size and a lot of experience but he is just way to slow and weak out there…

    also  i thought we should have sat Darche not young Kost.  although i did notice many times he was scared to to a hit to make a play…..that said Metro should be an upgrade

  152. Natrous says:

    I don’t disagree with you entirely, but allow me to play devil’s advocate. If MAB’s assets are a breakout pass and offensive threat, let’s be honest and call a spade a spade: MAB’s offensive threat took a vacation at the Olympic break and never came back. Teams know how to play MAB on the point (PP or not), so his offensive threat status is pretty much null and void. Sure, he can make a breakout pass, but so can OB for the most part.

    That said, MAB is a defensive liability from the red line in. The entire defensive corps is soft and the guys who should be throwing the hits simply aren’t (Gill is the biggest offender here, but Hamr and Space-cake are too old to try).

    If we want to try to run with the stallions, we’re going to lose cause we’ve got maybe a thoroughbred or two (and neither is Carey Price). The only way I see us standing a shot at winning this series is by one of two ways: the goaltending becomes otherworldy (and by that I mean Halak OR Price get the job done somehow) or the defence finds a way to tighten up and get physical, allowing fewer than 35+ shots per game. OB can help with the latter, where as MAB doesn’t at all. MAB’s offensive attributes haven’t elevated the team, making him easily expendible imo.

  153. TomNickle says:

    Listen people.  We don’t have O’Byrne in the lineup for two reasons.

    1. Bergeron is much more of a scoring threat and he can move the puck out of our zone in a flash.

    2. Why would we insert a man who’s only positive for this series would be physicality?  Anyone of Washington’s forwards not named Semin can put OB on his behind.  

    It makes much more sense to have Bergeron in the lineup for this series and ongoing God willing.

     

     

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

  154. SeriousFan09 says:

    OB is 6’5″ and he can crunch guys, Capitals aren’t that big and while Knuble, Ovechkin are pretty solid bodies, OB has the size to punish a lot of Capitals forwards. He also enjoys a large reach with his stick and that gives him an extra element MAB doesn’t have.

    MAB can score at times, but he’s also weak defensively against a very predatory Capitals defence, he hasn’t been the worst D (Those honours go to Hamrlik!) I’m worried the Capitals will start pressing MAB/Markov and gain serious advantage one of these games. Personally, I’d have Hamrlik sit and OB play.

     

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

  155. slapshot777 says:

    I really hope he stays involved in some capacity with this team. He is too brilliant to let loose to some other team.

     

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

  156. Ton says:

    Thanks I think Bob is still involved in some capacity!

  157. avatar_58 says:

    SK??

    I’m lost. I don’t understand JM

  158. Lord_Hubba says:

    Andrei is going to feel lonely, but not as much as when both markov and sergei were out. Can anyone pull out AK46′s stats with and without his brother in the line-up? It would be interesting to see…but hat trick last game so i hope he keeps his strong pace. Our #1 line pleky-cam-ak46 is back!!!

    no-brainer prediction: OT

  159. Storm Man says:

    Who does

  160. notoutyet says:

    owwww – why did you take your pic down.  be proud and stand up for us who cant

  161. habs001 says:

    that may be true but on our team unless he score 30 goals he cannot be a top 6 as we have gomez who will only score about 15 and plecks is a playmaker who has to be played with players who can score..you cannot have 2 playmakers on a top line

  162. TomNickle says:

    I’m not a homosexual.  He’s my associate coach.  Very happy with my woman.

     

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

  163. Storm Man says:

    Im talking in front of the net. no one get’s in OV face

  164. Storm Man says:

    JM is a dumbass?? this is nothing new

  165. TomNickle says:

    You really are a classless piece of trash for referring to one of the organization’s greats in that way.

    Go root for the Leafs Sergio.

     

     

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

  166. TomNickle says:

    No, you weren’t giving your opinion. You were saying that a man who was once a great captain with this organization and one of the best hockey players in the World has no balls when his play was that of a man with more guts than you could ever have Sergio.

    A man who did what he saw best for the team whether it turns out to be right or wrong and went contrary to what french media believed was the best direction for the team.  You have nothing to indicate that Carbo was doing a great job when he was fired but you have plenty of media reports indicating that he’d lost the team.

    If you had posted what you just did in the first place, I would never have reacted the way I did.

    It still doesn’t change my opinion about you though.  If you met the man, I’m sure you’d say he did a great job, that he was one of your favourite players and then you would promptly ask for his autograph.

    What you think of how he performed as a GM of this team is relevant, but you saying that he has no balls is a classless thing to say, which holds no merit and you conducted yourself like a piece of trash in doing it.  That’s not bullying Sergio, try again.

     

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

  167. Bugs says:

    Y’all know I don’t usually do this but what the hell, feelin frisky,

    6-2 Habs.

    No, wait. Maybe a bit too excited.

    6-3.

    Yeah, 6-3.

    Let’s get it on.

    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/

  168. Andrew Sharpe says:

    Kevin or another member of the Montreal media I hope you are going to call Boudreau on his start of Varlamov after saying that this year was different than last and that Theodore would have a longer leash.  He was quite adamant about it and deserves to be called on it.  I for one don’t care for him or the way he talks about his team in public.

  169. Storm Man says:

    Well said

  170. matmacat says:

    No way we’re letting 3 goals in tonight. 6-2, 6-1 maybe. And habs in 5. Don’t you feel it?

  171. Storm Man says:

    Spring fever Bugs

  172. Bugs says:

    Don’t know much about techno stuff, so I don’t get the jokes.

    But the whizzes will, I reckon. This is Jose Theodore “Foursquare Account”.

    Check out the badges at the bottom.

    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/

  173. Bugs says:

    Oh, I can feel it, baby.

    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/

  174. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Have we any clue what goes on in the habs room – behind closed doors?

    doesn’t attitude count for anything anymore? – a team first attitude – instead of me, me, me,

    isn’t it possible that the habs have determined that SK has a poor attitude; and isn’t possible that the leadership on this team – in the room – Gionta, Gill, etc, are fed up?

    NHL hockey teams do not put up with guys who complain unless they are superstars.

    SK is a complainer.

    SK has all the skill in the world but he shown that he is ready to complain when he feels like he is not treated properly.

    in OUR non, hockey , real lives, people can get what they want by complaining.

    in the NHL hockey world, players that complain are considered “hard to coach” and “cancers in the room”.

    you see, NHL coaches have to make the final decisions and its THEIR JOBS ON THE LINE.

    The coach is PAID TO MAKE THE DECISION.

    When an NHL complains about the decision – EVEN IF THE PLAYER IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT – he is immediately branded a selfish player, a “me” first player, a cancer in the room.

    this, “APPEARS” (speculation on my part) to be the case with SK>

  175. Bugs says:

    I’m FULLA sap, yo.

    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/

  176. 100HABS says:

    Without wanting to offend anyone, I find the comments below stating that AK46 will not play as well because SK is scratched, ridiculous and frankly idiotic.

    AK is professional hockey player and the big brother. He will not play mediocre because his little brother is scratched. They are individuals, not identical twins. They don’t even look like brothers!

    But seriously, there has been enough said and done to SK that AK has to be de-sensitized to it by now. I don’t think scratching SK would have the slightest effect on his game.

  177. Say Ash says:

    off topic but was that own-goal last night five-hole?

  178. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Sergei was that much of a problem player, Gainey would have shipped him out already. He remade the Habs in the offseason and if he felt Sergei was going to be a locker room issue, he’d have dropped him. He traded Media Golden Boy Lats, asked Laraque to stay home and publically slagged his “Code” and let every FA walk this offseason while dealing away the declining Higgins in the Gomez trade.

    We don’t know what goes on back there, but I do know that after Sergei’s initial troubles at camp and refusal to report to the Dogs, he worked with Boucher, Boucher got him back into proper form and taught him defensive hockey, he returned to the Habs as one of their best PK players and a proper two-way forward. Since his return, his mistakes have been met with extreme punitive measures by JM every step of the way, about 1:20 of total PP time this season and benchings over mistakes while veterans who commit the same errors keep playing. We’ve seen it with OB being benched while Hamrlik lays a goose egg. JM likes his veterans to play regardless, but punishes his kids even if the veterans are doing things twice as bad.

    I’ve not heard of him complaining once since he got back, not even through the rumour mill that Marinaro on Team 990 runs.

     

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

  179. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    AMEN to that brother, and I would also add that IF, and its a big IF, Ak’s game is affected by how SK is treated,

    then we absolutely made a mistake drafting SK and keeping the brothers on the same team

  180. joe the pro says:

    the weakest players on the team right now are sk74 and max lapierre, i don’t like either of them, sk74 is to physically weak to play in the playoffs and lapierre is just plain useless. having said that i would sit lapierre tonight because sk74 could at least  score if a rebound comes his way. Lapierre could be a great defensive player like carbonneau was but he just doesn’t have it. GO HABS GO

  181. habbifier says:

    Looked like it went between the post and the right pad. Regardless, Nabokov was napping while Boyle had a minor brain cramp.

    I call it the Joe Thornton effect.

  182. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Ok – you may be right – and if this is ENTIRELY JM’s doing, then the coach is wrong and the coach should be held accountable.

    I think JM is a dinosaur, and we agree on that.

    I have played a lot of sports in my lifetime, and I coach a midget level baseball team -and I get the feeling that SK is not an easy player to coach.

    but that is my speculation as I already admitted.

  183. Ian Cobb says:

    $50 says Metro’s line scores tonight.!

  184. Hockey Socks says:

    I’d rather SK74 sit than Lapierre. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but Lapierre is forechecking hard and is a lot more noticeable on the ice so far than SK.

  185. wmarcello says:

    Why sit either? Sit Darche instead.

  186. TomNickle says:

    I have to bring this up and I want to know what people think.

    Jaro Halak has been playing the puck to his left side whenever he goes low to play the puck.  I can’t say for certain but I’m going to assume that it’s a move he’s instructed to make by the coaching staff to avoid Alex Ovechkin(because he plays left wing) when he does it.  

    It’s obvious at this point that the Capitals know that he’s playing the puck to that side, the reason doesn’t matter to them. 

    But if you’re the Habs coaching staff and Halak, how can you not make an adjustment when you’re turning the puck over like crazy on that side of the ice in game 2?

    Why not allow Alex Ovechkin or whatever left winger happens to be on the ice to get caught down low and play the puck up the Halak’s right hand side of the ice.  With the aggressive way that the Capitals forecheck, that adjustment could easily lead to a high number of odd man rushes for us.

    Just one of those little, game within the game things that I haven’t seen or heard anybody talking about.  Wanted to bring it up.

     

     

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

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think Sergei, or AK, or Pouliot are easy guys to coach. However JM is getting millions of dollars to do a job and he gets a lot of easy work with very experienced veterans like Metro, Gionta, Gomez, Markov, Gill, Spacek, Hamrlik and eager guys like Gorges, Halak, Moen, Moore Price, Pyatt, Cammy, OB. Being able to work with 3 difficult players and make them good players shouldn’t be beyond him. An NHL coach with many years of experience should be able to handle these situations,

     

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

  188. cautiousoptimist says:

    I like Darche a lot, but I’d rather have Sergei out there — at either end of the ice. 

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  189. Storm Man says:

    If you have paypal I maybe game

  190. habbifier says:

    If Washington feeds off their increased momentum, our loud as fck crowd and the fact that our players will be playing with an added dimension of pressure tonight (home playoff game…not comparable to games 1 or 2)…and eventually end up scoring 2 or 3 early goals on us…

    Do we throw Carey to the wolves?

  191. TomNickle says:

    I’m glad Metro might play tonight. That way he won’t be stealing my thunder when I return to the Bell Centre for the first time in two years on Wednesday night.  Classy move by the man who shares my number.

    Go Tom Go
    Go Tom Go!

     

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

  192. mbplekfan says:

    Lapierre continues to play despite his almost total lack of effect. He has no impact on the game. He is a non-factor.

    Take out Laps, put in Metro, and find a spot for OB. Our defence is too small to handle the Caps at the best of times but if you take out OB you take out all of our size.

  193. wmarcello says:

    I’d be more receptive to that if the Markov/OB pair wasn’t giving up 1 or 2 brilliant chances to the opposition every game to end out the season. I may be seeing things, but I think that Markov plays a lot better with MAB at his side. If OB were to play, where would you put him?

  194. terrygain says:

    I think SK74 is immensely talented. He’s a very strong skater and good puck handler. He’s  good at cycling the puck. He kills penalties so he knows how to play in his own end. Like his brother he makes good passes. He formed a very good third line with Moore and Moen.  Assuming the coach knows something, SK74 must loaf when he is off camera. 

    Lapierre has been a big disappointment this year. He can play with a lot of energy but gererallly strikes me as a stupid player – which I can’t stand.

  195. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    good point – but can you say that JM has not tried.

    do we know what is said behind closed doors?

    when SK cam back from hamilton, maybe JM went to him and said:

    “Sergei, I just got off the phone with Guy Boucher. he tells me you understand the system and you are willing to buy into it. He tells me that if I teach you my system, he sees great things in you…..”

    and then……

    SK gets put into the games and he starts making the same mistakes over and over again.

    What would a coach be able to do at that point?

    you see- I don’t have all of the facts – but i’m speculating that SK DID GET A SECOND CHANCE – because the habs should COULD HAVE buried him in Hamilton this season for his insubordination.

    they schose to give SK a second chance AFTER it was reported that SK had demanded a trade or he would leave the NHL entirely.

    there’s a lot going on that we do not know about – that’s what i’m saying/.

    BUT JM IS A DINOSAUR – AGREED -and I hope Guy Boucher is the coach next year – AGREED to that as well.

  196. Storm Man says:

    In Ovies face all night

  197. AndyF says:

    I also haven’t seen Lapierre make any passes in a long time.   Don’t know how no one on the coaching staff can miss that…

     

    AndyF

    http://andyfroncioni.com – Site of Aerolab, A Virtual Windtunnel
    for You and Your Bike 

  198. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sad part is with a playoff series win, JM keeps his job for another year likely, it would be hard, even if Boucher were to say win the Calder Cup for JM to be moved upstairs easily.

    We don’t really know what goes in behind the scenes, but it just seems odd how Sergei always seems first to get punished when everyone’s making mistakes.

     

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

  199. dudurules says:

    tight leash for Halak i hope… no 40 footers

  200. TripleX says:

    I officially proclaim JM is a dumbass.  Bench SK?   Out best forward last game was his brother and JM screws with his head?  Not playing O’Byrne to neutralize some of size disadvantage and the running of our goalie?  Continue to play MAB as a first pairing defense man? 

    Look, I love the heart of Metro, but he has a severe injury and how much physical play can we expect from the dude?

    JM=Dumbass

  201. terrygain says:

    Hard to be noticeable when you are on the bench. Are you aware that 74 sat the entire 3rd period in game 2? His TOI  for the game was 9:03 minutes.

  202. Ian Cobb says:

    Speaking with Metro’s sister today and she said he guarantees it!!

  203. namgel says:

    In the words of the immortal Toe Blake.

    “Predictions are for Gypsies”

    Just Win.

    .

     

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  204. TomNickle says:

    For everyone wondering why Metro is going to be inserted into the lineup tonight if he’s ok to go.

    It’s because we have ZERO goals from our 3rd and 4th lines in the two games this series.  I’m not saying I agree with inserting Metro at Sergei Kostitsyn’s expense, but that’s the motivation for the move.

     

     

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

  205. TomNickle says:

    Ha.  Okay.

    Interesting definition of defensive and presumptuous.  I don’t believe I jumped to any conclusions and I certainly didn’t take your Gainey has no balls comment as a personal attack on me.

    Good to know you’ve got english down.

    Whether Bob Gainey was great, good, mediocre, bad or terrible as a GM.  I don’t think saying he has no balls without qualification of the comment in your original post is a classy thing to do.  It’s a reflection of a person who is trash.  

    It would be like me saying that the Molsons are sissies.  I have no proof or validation to say that they’re wimps.  Everything Bob Gainey did as a player and GM was quite the opposite of what you suggest he lacks.  I don’t expect you to understand what I’m saying.

    This site is generally to immature in nature for most to handle, but you’re the first person I’ve seen post on here for whom this site is too intelligent.

     

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

  206. terrygain says:

    Wow. You notice he plays the puck to his left when he could just as easily play it to the right. No wonder you think screened shots wired from the high slot are easily stoppable.

  207. wmarcello says:

    Ovi would dance around OB like he wasn’t even there. Ovechkin is the premiere forward in the league. Do you really think Ryan went from barely NHL material last year to superstar top pairing D man? He’s improved a lot, but Ovechkin would make a fool out of him.

  208. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I actually think him and his line are cycling like beasts.

  209. TomNickle says:

    Did that make you feel better?  Do you have it out of your system now?

    I made a legitimate point about the game and you come back with that?

    Go take a nap Terry Gain, you need it.

     

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

  210. jimmy shaker says:

    Never looked at that situation….could be, could be……But another game within the game that hurt us last game was the stoppage in the game for the refs to see if Poulliot scored before AK46′s deflection goal.  I was saying to myself that this could come back to hurt us and steal our momentum.  It was pretty clear that the puck didn’t cross the line, so why did the replay or the call from upstairs/toronto take so long?  It was a devil in disguise: yes we got the fourth goal, but the long lull in action I think stalled us, and then boom, Backstrom comes down and score the goalie interference goal and changes the momentum.  Could I argue Bettman/Toronto conspiracy or what?  Just seemed to me, a longer than normal review on a play that was pretty straight forward.  HMMMMMM……

    Anyway, I hear you’ll be there on Wednesday?  Good for you.  I wish I could make the 10hr trek from Windsor to watch a game…..So, I’m hoping somehow we can meet up with Buffalo further on down the line and take in a game there between the boys and sabres.

    Shaker

  211. terrygain says:

    Your comment about Martin is correct.  If you want to rant against his soft trap that doesn’t initiate contact in the other team’s end, you’ll have my support. It doesn’t matter who’s in goal. If we continue to play the game in our own end we are going nowhere.

  212. king ddd says:

    if only we had pyatt, taylor that is

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  213. Ian Cobb says:

    Metro is on the small size, but he is the toughest player on the team. I would go to war with this guy anytime my friend.!

  214. TomNickle says:

    I said to the wife they were gonna go upstairs on that before AK’s goal.  It certainly gave the Caps a chance to collect themselves.  I wouldn’t argue conspiracy though.  I think it was close enough to review and they had to look at a lot of angles on that one, it was close at first, second and third glance from where I was sitting but I don’t get paid to make those calls.

    I really hope that Jacques had something to say to the series representative about Jaro Halak being violated by the Caps in that game.  I love how they say Gill pushed Knuble into him the first time.  I’d like to think that if Hal Gill pushed me, I would go into the goalie or the net a little more violently than that.

     

     

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

  215. habs001 says:

    sk74 fans keep saying he is a playmaker not a goal scorer and that is fine but the way the team is set up we have playmakers on the first and second lines so unless gomez or plecks are gone there is no room for him there,. we have no goal scoring talent on the 3rd and 4thlines and no one in the ahl who you can project will score more than 10 goals next year…this is why it will be hard to keep sk74 next year

  216. SmartDog says:

    Count me among those who are a bit bewildered by the benching of SK.   I’ve felt his compete level has been raised way up for the series – certainly it might hurt his motivation… and AK’s game might be hurt as well.  I don’t get it.  And I can’t see it being a good idea.  

     

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  217. Danno says:

    Halak. Okay. How long will the leash be?

     

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

  218. TripleX says:

    Hard to be tough on the puck and the opposition with a recently separated shoulder Ian.

    As for needing his right hand shot on the PP, it is equally difficult to get anything on a shot with a separated shoulder.

    Dumb move.  Sorry Ian.

  219. Beaco says:

    I hadn’t noticed that and don’t have much to say about it but I do think it’s pretty cool that you saw it and thought I’d say so. Those are things I enjoy about the game. Thanks.

  220. TripleX says:

    In my opinion with adequate linemates and a coach with confidence in him, SK can be a legitimate top six forward.  Darche has been a career minor leaguer for a reason.  Sitting a talent like SK because of a juvenile personal vendetta is asinine.

    As for what JM has done to the burgeoning confidence of O’Byrne, that is almost criminal.

  221. Danno says:

    Ovie, you big ape. I hope your insurance is paid up for tonight.

     

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

  222. jimmy shaker says:

    A minute and change away from us coming home up 2-0……I bet you’d be singing a different tune instead of this pretty much worthless rant.  MAB has been good with Marky…..the stripes are supposed to deal with the goalie interference, hopefully they get it right tonight.  And for Metro, TomNickle said it right….the 3rd and 4th lines haven’t been getting the job done, or at least looking like they could be dangerous, so with Metro coming back and his offensive skills, and PP goals….I think and so does JM think, that Metro might elevate Moen, Moore, Laps or Darche.  Sometimes you just have to shake it up so to speak.  Just like Boudreau did with Theo…..He didn’t blame theo for giving up the goals which were good goals, he just needed to wake his boys up.  And I think it worked, right?  THis is all that JM is doing, and if Metro said when he got hurt that the 6-8week diagnosis was bullshite, then I knew he was going to be back as soon as he could.  He cleared himself and the doctors were satisfied as well.  If the doctors didn’t think he should play, then they would not let him go….insurance, legal issues and loss of job reasons would be enough for me to not crumble under the pressure from a player, a team or a city like Montreal.

    Shaker 

  223. TomNickle says:

    I have no problem trapping if the opposition is running a controlled breakout.  I don’t have a problem with it if we have a lead or are tied.  I only have a problem with trapping when we’re trailing in a hockey game, it’s counterproductive.

    With that said, I think you’re misunderstanding my stance on Halak.  I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a goalie and what he’s done this season.  But loyalty only gets you so far.  While I believe three goals that were scored on the Habs Saturday night should not have gone in, I still believe he should start.  

     

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

  224. jimmy shaker says:

    I think he’ll get the whole game….I think it will be a close game, so he’s not going to get pulled….But if he does lose, JM has to go to Price on Wednesday and think Carey will have some magic up his sleeve, if that scenario presents itself.

    Shaker

  225. wall2bay says:

    Should be short…….I said this before, the goalies who started this series will not end it.

    Brian Burke = Overrated Loud Mouth POS

  226. wmarcello says:

    Agreed on all counts. If Halak lets in a couple really shaky goals though, I imagine Price will relieve him.

  227. CoachJoe says:

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  228. shootdapuck says:

    and Doan, Aucoin, Bryzgalov, Yandle and Lombardi!

     

    “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″

  229. 123456 says:

    wait, his should is still separated??

  230. Storm Man says:

    If the Caps get a 2 goal lead in the first he will be pulled.

  231. mbplekfan says:

    JM certainly has it in for SK. Darche is all heart and all AHL. Sergei may make the odd mistake but he plays with determination and skill.

    OB and SK are getting no experience by sitting in the pressbox while Darche will take his experience back to the AHL next season.

    Some coaching moves make no sense.

  232. notoutyet says:

    I want to thank you   As a closeted homosexual,   I find it so brave and honourable that you would post a picture of you and your life partner on such a open public forum.  You both make a very cute couple!!!!!

  233. Lord_Hubba says:

    Sergei sratched lol….

    Will sergei pull a sergei? haha

  234. Mikey_39 says:

    This was before I was old enough to be following the Habs, but why did Jacques Demers stop coaching? Watching him on OTR made me realize that i think he’d make a good coach.  He communicates really well and I like his ideas

  235. slamtherimtim says:

    i think he got fired after starting the season on a losing streak and replaced by trembly

  236. Morocco says:

    I can’t imagine the illiteracy helps, but he did win two adams trophies and a stanley cup so who am i to judge?

  237. SLONCOLD says:

    i dont believe that call……. wow

  238. homerbowen says:

    Selfish penalties are unacceptable in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Grow up you selfish pieces of )(&*%

  239. pmaraw says:

    oh what to do, what to do

  240. SLONCOLD says:

    gotta test varmy more… hitting him in the chest on every shot.

  241. GoalieT says:

    I’m not sure if anyone has noticed this yet, but…

    Is it just me, or does Varlamov look like he’s wearing pads that seem waaaaay too wide. I just got a widescreen TV not long ago, but Halak’s pads don’t like that ridiculously wide to me.

    Just an observation on tonights game so far.

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  242. slapshot777 says:

    Tell that too your agent when you go looking for your next contract. Your suppose to be professional. When you get sentimental than you become selfish towards your team mates. So what your brother sits. He is not the one who will be giving you your next cntract.

     

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

  243. MontrealAtheist says:

    I’m a Halak fan, but 2 goals on 11 shots??? I’m calling this one for the Caps and think Price should get his chance in game 4.

  244. pmaraw says:

    bye jaro, nice try, you’ll get another shot, dont sweat it!

  245. slapshot777 says:

    Two games in a row now where Gomez will have taken himself out of the game for a lengthy period of time. This does not help the Habs and like you said being selfish only hurts the team.

     

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

  246. SLONCOLD says:

    did your wish come true?

  247. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Depressing… Time to give Price a chance

  248. SLONCOLD says:

    …. you’re an idiot…. quality of shots, screens does that mean anythign to you? probably not….

  249. slapshot777 says:

    This is the chance Price was looking for, now go take it.

     

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

  250. linp says:

    JM is playing again only 3 lines. Darche played only 1.49 min. The other lines are not fresh. We always lose when playing 3 lines. JM will never learn.

  251. SLONCOLD says:

    don’t think it really matters…. by the way price was on his knees early and then got beat up high lol kidding ovi doesn’t miss from there time to get ready for next game. so sad….:-(

  252. pmaraw says:

    hooooooray….. for cold beer!!!

  253. Say Ash says:

    Enjoy the rest, folks. I’m going for a walk.

  254. pmaraw says:

    hooooooray….. for cold beer!!!

  255. SLONCOLD says:

    in fairness our 4th line was abused last game. if we are to win it’s the top 3 lines ( top2 really) which have to get it done

  256. Storm Man says:

    I get to watch 24 at 7 MST now. No heart with this team at all tonight

  257. deuce6 says:

    This team quit after giving up that shorty..G’night folks..This one is done..What a poor showing after the 1st..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  258. Ton says:

    that second game loss hurt our momentum.  something has to change it back. even if we come back to make it a game may be enough for game 4.

  259. slapshot777 says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but everytime that SK74 gets benched I see a lifeless AK46. Not that he is showing much life anyways, other than the hattrick. I think that over the summer the Habs have to look at fixing this problem. It seems that they are much to problematic if things don’t go their way.

     

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

  260. BKAK72 says:

    Blood is thicker than water. How would any loving brother feel to watch their kid brother get benched? — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  261. BKAK72 says:

    Inconsistent play is the reason why the HABS are a .500 hockey team in 2009/10. Whether it’s the FWDS, DEF or the guy in goal inconsistent play is the culprit. GAME 3 now is about pride, win a period and show life for the rest of the series! — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  262. habsgod says:

    come on ref there’s two dam teams out there,did the craps brings the refs with them?

  263. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone notice how Semin got away with closing the hand on the puck. Caps got away with three clear penalties. While the Habs got nailed for theirs.

     

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

  264. homerbowen says:

    Their little legs are pumping but they’re going nowhere. I’m saying the same thing I’ve been saying all year we have too many tiny players and we cannot compete in the playoffs. Lots of heart and lots of effort but that does not translate into goal production. You can only afford one tiny player on a team to have success.

    Off season we must move at least 2 of our smaller players and I don’t care which two. Once again Halak buckles under pressure so perhaps we move him along with Gomez (to St Louis/LA!!).

    We cannot afford another year with JM behind the bench. He can be moved “administratively” and a new coach hired with language not being a criteria.

    Anything less and we’ll fall further behind many other teams.

    Hey on the bright side we won one game which is one more than I thought.

  265. BJ says:

    Sorry double post.

  266. Say Ash says:

    It’s been asked a couple of time but here it is again: CBC has dibs on picking any two series and can keep them for the next round – TSN gets next pick. CBC chose Sid the Kid and the ‘Nucks. Makes perfect business sense.

  267. lavie says:

    It’s the bidding for NHL playoff games from CBC and TSN. Basically CBC has the right to choose first. CBC chose Vancouver and Ottawa instead of Habs. Long story short, Bruins-Sabres match was the by-product of (CBC) choosing Ottawa.

    This doen’t mean TSN is willing to broadcast Habs games.

  268. Psycho29 says:

    CBC had first choice and chose Pit-Ott, TSN chose second and took Was-Habs, I guess CBC took Bos-Buf withe their 2nd choice

  269. cedjones says:

    I have a totally unrelated question. Why is CBC showing two american teams play instead of the Habs? Am I the only one that thinks it is completely ridiculous?

  270. MontrealAtheist says:

    There was an article on that a while ago, can’t remember where exactly … Apparently they wanted to profit from Crosby’s post-Olympic high and also thought that the Habs crowd would be split with Francophone fans tuning in on RDS instead.

  271. Kooch7800 says:

    Welcome back metro.  A little dissapointed that SK sits out but there are not a lot of options for people to sit.

    I can’t wait for tonight GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  272. TomNickle says:

    I completely agree about Hamrlik but I’ve been saying that since December, and for those who say that his play changed due to fatigue, I’ll argue that until I’m blue in the face because he’s been doing the same stupid things since he’s been in Calgary.  Getting himself caught on the boards in the corner and having nobody to pass to, icing the puck just shy of centre ice, getting beat badly at our blueline at least twice each game, being soft in front of the net.

    I still don’t see the size issue being a significant factor in this series though.  Bergeron may not be sound defensively but he can turn the corner when backing into his zone and skate with anybody.  And while O’Byrne might be able to physically handle some of the Capitals players, his undisciplined play and inability to move the puck out of our zone make him more of a liability than Bergeron in my view.

    I think Bergeron has improved every game since being put on the blue line permanently and that speaks volumes about his character and poise, especially this time of year. 

     

     

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

  273. habs001 says:

    sorry bud you lost a lot of credibility with the comment the caps are not that big…please do some research and call up the capitals roster and their size stats

  274. jimmy shaker says:

    MAB has actually been pretty decent since he’s been back on the D….and he actually took OVI out the first game with a nice hit.  He hasn’t been the weak link in our armor like many think or thought he would be.  If you want to take Hammer out, I wouldn’t argue..but JM is going with his vets and it won’t happen.  There really hasn’t been too much hitting in this series, so O’Byrne is rendered useless to me, just like if BIG GEORGE was still here and in our lineup.  MAB, brings more to the table and is deserving of his place in the back end.

    Shaker

  275. wmarcello says:

    The Caps aren’t that big?! There’s only 3 guys on their roster under 6 feet! They are big. But people are trying to make OB something he’s not. Yes he’s big and yes he hits, but he’s still basically a rookie, and he would make a lot of rookie mistakes out there against such talented forwards. Last year he was simply not a very good D-man. This year he has improved a lot, but he still makes a lot of mistakes in the limited minutes JM has been giving him. His average ice time this year is just a shade over 15 minutes per game, and now everybody seems to want to throw him up against the premiere forward in the league who plays close to 21+ minutes easily. OB is a third pairing D-man right now. Ovechkin would eat him alive.

  276. SeriousFan09 says:

    Big in the sense that they won’t feel a 6’5″, 230 pound defencemen crunching them? There’s a certain physical impact that those guys can’t ignore when someone of OB’s size hits them.

     

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

  277. Storm Man says:

    Im ROFLMAO I don’t need to work my abs at the gym today as they hurt from LOL so hard. Timo come on….

  278. wmarcello says:

    Agreed. I argued with you after that Philly game when MAB first came back on D and he was absolutely brutal. Since then though, as you predicted, MAB really hasn’t been that bad. He is definitely contributing more than he’s hurting us.

    Hammer really is the one who needs to step up. If he’s on his game, he is the FAR better shut-down man than OB could be right now. However, if he doesn’t step up, he’s of no use to us.

  279. wmarcello says:

    A few hits aren’t going to mean much when he’s on the ice and the forwards take advantage of him and put the puck in the back of the net.

  280. Storm Man says:

    Size on paper is one thing, Hockey strong is something else

  281. SeriousFan09 says:

    But they won’t be able to just run around in our end without consequence, forwards get too much time and space in our own zone because they do not have to pay a physical price to do so. OB can deliver hits and crunch them before they have opportunities to do so.

     

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

  282. wmarcello says:

    All I’m saying is that putting OB in will be trading hits for goals against. His defensive awareness is still not very good (hence his limited minutes all season). All year he’s been taking himself out of the play by going for the hit. A D-man out of position does the team no good. Also, he and Markov were struggling quite bad to close out the season, and were responsible for many odd-man rushes and blown coverage. All that was against some pretty weak teams. The Caps would expose OB’s defensive shortcomings, guaranteed.

  283. HabsFeed.com says:

    I’m not sure what “hockey strong” means exactly but the topic at hand here is the literal, measurable size of the men playing the game tonight.

  284. SeriousFan09 says:

    Except OB could thump guys and push them away from the net and punish them for running over Jaro, which is how they’ve been scoring by crashing our net with 2 bodies at a time. We don’t know until we try but making the Capitals face a little adversity could prevent a little of their freewheeling in our end.

     

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

  285. Storm Man says:

    You can have a player on your team who on paper is 6’7 250 pounds does not mean he is going to win battles for the puck, Or keep puck control when challenged , who do you think on the Habs is pound for pound the strongest?

  286. BJ says:

    This is a huge test for Halak tonight. He’s been great most of the year but this is the next level. Either he proves he can be a real #1 when the stakes are at this level. This is exactly the stakes where you show you are a great goalie (top 3-4 in the NHL) or just a good one. I hope he does better than the bronze medal game.

  287. Shublips says:

    I actually wouldn’t hesitate to say that tonight’s game will be THE defining game in Halak’s young career.  Is he a bigtime goaltender? Can he deliver when the pressure is on?  Can he bounce back from a sub-par game?

    A lot of GM’s will be watching out of the corner of their eyes, to see how Halak responds.  If he plays one for the ages, it will go a long way towards him getting a nice contract this summer—not to mention going a long way towards helping the Habs win this series.

    If he falters, however, things could get ugly!

    K.

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  288. Habhopeful says:

    Like I said, Theres reasons behind his choices that we have no clue about, from whats happened this year and maybe some of last year with SK, its seems his judgement and attitude is not very favorable for him, JM asks for 100% from his players on both ends of the ice and if those players who GIVE 100% make mistakes that lead to odd man rushes or giveaways sometimes, they redeem themselves because they give 100% the rest of the time, the problem with SK is he does not give 100% all the time, from his cute lazy passes to his desire to avoid making a hit during a dump in, he does not redeem himself…Benny was benched and he was not playing good, he was gettin in JM’s doghouse, but now hes out of it because if you havent noticed, he is strong on the backcheck and is giving 100% each time he is on the ice, Hamrlik too, he benches Hamrlik, who is he going to replace him with? Hamrlik is more useful on the ice than off of it, thats a fact, regardless of the mistakes he makes because he can make up for it…If SK changes his game around gives 100% Each and every time he is on the ice, he will be rewarded, until then, he will enjoy the bench or the pressbox…

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  289. SeriousFan09 says:

    To cite a direct example, I saw over 70 games last year and over 70
    games this year, to say that Lapierre has been giving 100% compared to
    his 100% last year is a bad joke. He’s played at far less than that much
    more often and with far less punishment from JM than SK has this
    season. And your view can’t be 99.9% accurate anymore than anyone else here,
    it is an opinion and that’s all either of us have on the situation. Sergei isn’t a very physical player, but just benching him rather than trying him out there again to see if he’ll correct his mistakes isn’t going to solve anything.

    Giving 100% when you’re just screwing up over and over (Hamrlik) doesn’t exactly solve matters either. 100% is overrated if the player is out of his depth and contributing nothing, like Darche. He can throw a few checks, but in the NHL playoffs he doesn’t belong on the ice, AHL player and that’s all he will ever be.

     

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

  290. Habhopeful says:

    continuing on the first page

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  291. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    have you seen SK back hand blind pass = turnover at the blue line.

    come on!!

    SK is very talented – but he’s lost out there.

     

  292. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche with a horribly weak clear goes to a Caps player for a goal,

    He’s not lost out there, he has good hockey vision and wheels. Darche is in over his head in the NHL, that’s all there is to it.

     

     

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

  293. Habhopeful says:

    Exactly! He’s already in JM’s doghouse and he keeps making plays like the one you mention, does he have talent? Yes! Heart? Absolutley not! Going into corners, he stops and moves laterally to avoid body contact…one on one when SK has the puck against a defender, he will beat the defender with a slick move, but he only does it when it’s suitable for him…the lazy passes and cute passes from SK is why JM sits him, it happens 90% of the time in the oppositions blueline…he has potential, that’s why he is still around but he’s not buying into what JM is selling and everyone else on the team is, Im not a fan of JM’s coaching but he wants the best from his players, defensively and of course offensively as well, and he gets it from most of the players…except for SK…it’s not opinion, it’s fact, JM doesn’t like players with bad attitudes so it’s not personal, there’s reason why he’s in the doghouse and it’s obvious to those who watch players with AND without the puck in both ends of the ice…

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  294. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    there is possibly way more “to it” – its not always the most skilled player that will help the team win; maybe that’s the lesson that SK refuses to learn.

    SK will be gone in September – I’m sure of it.

  295. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he goes, it will be because JM ran him out without trying to work with him.

    Sergei is a far better player on defence this year compared to last because of what Guy Boucher took the time to teach him and worked with him personally, rather than excessively punish him and make that the go-to strategy. You want to develop your young players, you work with them, you don’t keep slapping them down and hope that changes everything. That’s an outdated NHL attitude and it’s why the old guard keeps getting kicked out while young guys from the Juniors and AHL keep getting promoted to NHL coaching positions. They get it.

     

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

  296. TomNickle says:

    I thought he has handled the physical aspect of the playoffs more than adequately but his mistakes are occurring at higher than normal level.  

     

     

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

  297. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lapierre’s barely done s*** f*** all in his role as a checking forward this year and has been a laughable version of his own 08-09 self for about 70 of his regular season games this year. Invisible on offence, non-contact on defence, what the hell did he do to earn almost never being benched or scratched? I say this as a guy who loved last year’s Lapierre, bought his T-shirt in the summer and then watched him ruin all my hopes for his continued development with one of worst regressions of a player I’ve ever seen on this team. He doesn’t get treated nearly as badly as SK when Sergei’s been working ten times harder than Lapierre this year and gotten a 10th of the credit Laps has from JM.

    This is about JM grinding his axe with SK for not being his ***** on day one of training camp onwards.

     

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

  298. Habhopeful says:

    Training camp, preseason and The regular season is the time JM had to work with SK, playoffs is not the time to keep “working” with SK, he’s tried all he can obviously, I hear what your saying about JM not working with young players, but right now is not the time, if SK is not following the “system” by now, ya he’s going to sit, simple as that, game 1 SK pulled his little cute backhand pass at the blueline and gave it right to opposition, he’s not following

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  299. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I can agree to most of that – and i believe you when you say that Boucher communicated his message.

    this could be about something we do not know about – something that has not been reported.

    all we can do is speculate.

    I remember a player that the Habs had named Pierre Larouche.

    Larouche was a massive star – extremely gifted – 53 goals  and 111 points his 2nd NHL season for Pittsburgh

    Came over to the Habs and scored 50 goals in his 3rd year for us – which was his first healthy season for the habs

    2 years later, he was gone to hartford, 2 years after that, gone to the rangers

    and he was so talented, that he managed to score 48 for the rangers in his 12th NHL season.

    But Larouche had a bad reputation – he was un-coachable – he complained about ice time and who were his linemates.

    will he stick around? - maybe if Boucher comes up and plays him 82 games a season – on the first or second line, and first line power play, etc…etc…

  300. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche gave it right away to a Capitals player and it was a goal right there. He got rewarded with PP time later in the game? What kind of message does that send? Make a mistake and get rewarded if you’ve been around for a while but if you’re new, you pay for it? That is bad coaching, undeniably bad coaching. Darche was working in a very special system where mistakes became rewards for veterans.

    Plenty of guys have gone outside ‘the system’ this year, Lapierre had about 6 productive games this season but he’s not been scratched in how long? Or benched? He hasn’t really worked with JM either but he’s in tonight.

     

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

  301. SeriousFan09 says:

    I read about Larouche in Dryden’s The Game. I know the criticism and it seems well placed and some guys are pretty much uncoachable because their talent makes them think they know the game better than anyone trying to tell them how to do it. However, Boucher’s work with SK sold me that the kid doesn’t seem like one of those players, he changed his game to play both ends of the ice in Hamilton, something he’d never really approached before. A difficult player to work with perhaps, but I don’t think he’s uncoachable, just needs not to be treated like **** while others get away with making the same mistakes and getting rewarded for it. I don’t think he needs to be handed the keys to the kingdom to stick around, but giving him the odd PP shift and not benching him punitively would probably work for convincing him he’s got a future with the team.

     

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

  302. Habhopeful says:

    It’s nit a recurring theme with other players, they still play hard on the both ends of the ice, darche goes to the net on whatever pp time he gets and he hustles, lapierre may be invisible but he is not making glaring mistakes or lazy plays, SK still is and it’s clear that is why he is in the doghouse, Im just offering my view on it and it’s 99.9% accurate, there is no pesonal vendetta, it’s a matter of results and how they play…JM REWARDS EERY PLAYER WHO IS AT THE TOP OF THERE GAME but he also “punishes” players gradually who arent doing well, sorry about the caps, I’m on my iPhone and I don’t wanna go back and delete lol

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  303. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    ok – in the ideal world -here’s what happens.

    Boucher becomes the coach the day after the season ends

    SK becomes a great star for the Habs for years to come

    I can agree to that – no problem. :-)

  304. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche got rewarded with PP time when he’s a career AHL player and
    after he gave the Capitals a goal. Sergei was benched after the Caps
    goal but he did not get an opportunity to play again. How are
    these young kids supposed to not play with their nerves shot if they
    know one mistake means they’re finished for the game? Darche got plenty
    of chances after his mistake to make up for it but he couldn’t do
    anything because he’s not NHL quality. Hamrlik’s been way off of his
    game for weeks but OB sits in the press box waiting for an injury
    basically to get his chance to be back on the ice and get going again.
    He doesn’t punish his veterans ever, only his kids get the knocks on
    them but it’s foolish because with veterans, Grade-A mistakes shouldn’t
    really be forgiven for screwing up on a play you’ve done 10,000 times,
    kids will make mistakes and they need to play more to learn from them
    and want to make up for them.

     

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

  305. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    I’m sure they would prefer Mtl/Was over Buf/Bos, but TSN chose this series after CBC went with Sid/Ott & Van/LA as their first two choices.

  306. Mikey_39 says:

    That’s such crap tho.  Canadians pay taxes to keep CBC going.  It should be catered to us.  I find it completely unfair that they’re showing american games when the Habs are playing.

  307. cedjones says:

    But they’re showing Boston vs. Buffalo? What up wit dat?

  308. linp says:

    I have a bad feeling. I can understand that Metro is fighting for his next contract. He could easily reinjury himself. Knowing JM, he’ll just shorten the bench and play only 3 lines. Recently, he has been losing all the games after shortening the bench.

  309. Willy the bum says:

    I’m hoping Metro will be like Six Million Dollar Man tonight.

  310. Danno says:

    Oscar Goldman has sent instructions to both Metro and the Eight Million Dollar Man. It’s their mission now.

     

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

  311. KenD29 says:

    Out of curioisty, what did SK do last game?

    At least with Met, we will have someone who will drive to the net and take a few hits and give a few too.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  312. Storm Man says:

    Hmmm what does Lappy do? oh that is right makes sure his hair looks good

  313. Mark C says:

    Look SK74 has been no great shakes, but take a look at the Caps third goal. Darche’s horrid giveaway is worth a benching on its own merit.  If Darche cannot even make a simple zone clearance, then I would much rather see SK74′s upside in the lineup.

  314. habs001 says:

    mab has hockey sense that is hard to teach many of his mistakes are physical limitation issues…his thinking is right but he has execution issue…if maxpac had mab hockey sense he would be a 30 goal scorer

  315. mbplekfan says:

    Hard to move the puck when you are flying through the air after being levelled by a Caps forward. He has the hockey sense to get out of the way but that defeats the purpose of being there.

    MAB was unsigned in October for a reason. The habs have three players taking a regular shift that couldnt find work anywhere else in the league.

    Darche, MAB, and Metro (waiver pickup).

  316. TomNickle says:

    From where I’ve been watching Bergeron has been our best defensemen in battles behind the net. I’ll admit that I didn’t expect that to be the case but he isn’t turning the puck over and has been very technically sound in his positioning, he has made sure that nobody gets inside on him when they’re driving the lane to the net with or without the puck.

    To your point about the powerplay or his shot.  Having him up top is just as much a respect factor as it is a threat.  With Bergeron at the top, teams can’t cheat and leave their forwards low to take away the slot when they’re killing penalties.  Bergeron being on the ice on our powerplay and 5 on 5 leaves a lot of room for our skilled forwards like Andrei K, Cammy and Gionta to get good shots off.

     

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

  317. wmarcello says:

    Exactly. Even if MAB is not getting goals on the PP, the Caps are definitely respecting his shot. If he’s not there, the Caps will collapse down low and give the point-man all the time they want. They know in that situation that the forwards are much more dangerous. With MAB on the point, it opens up space for our forwards down low.

  318. 123456 says:

    i do agree a little. given that the habs have scored 8 goals i would have though MAB would have been involved in a couple. maybe tonight he will have a goal and a couple assists!!

  319. MontrealAtheist says:

    We should “rough up” their goalie early on and set the tone for the remainder of the match. If this is how they want to play this game then so be it.

  320. Price_31 says:

    Totally agree. Moen or O’Byrne should go after a few guys. And we should definitely limit Ovechkin like we did in Game 1.

  321. adam76 says:

    I agree 100% – he needs to preform and win tonight.  If not – we could be cursed with Price as our starter for the next 3 seasons.  

    I’m keeping positive – tonight is winnable.  Need to use home ice – use last change and play TEAM D.

    Go Habs.

  322. Say Ash says:

    Yup, time for JM to out-coach somebody, and if there’s anybody in the leaugue that fits the bill, it’s Boudreau

  323. king ddd says:

    if i were jaro tonight the first guy interferes with with their butt i break their back with my stick,  break their neck/head with my glove hand, if that doesnt stop go hextall on who ever f*&*’s with me!

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  324. linp says:

    Until we have a coach who can work with young players, our team will have to rely on over-paying to sign FA’s. The way JM punishes young players, they will be afraid to make mistakes. I just hope that JM didn’t destroy Subban also.

  325. Say Ash says:

    Odds on the Star-Spangled getting booed?

  326. matmacat says:

    That would be embarrassing. Regardless, national anthems have no place in modern NHL.

  327. TomNickle says:

    I really hope it isn’t.
    Gomez and Gionta are class acts and don’t deserve that.

     

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

  328. SeriousFan09 says:

    Too high for my liking, hope the Habs mentioned something about in their Wearing Red to the Game request.

     

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

  329. adam76 says:

    I think you should only play the home anthem before the game, not both.   It would eliminate this embarrassment.

  330. Habscat says:

    I would put MAB up front, sit Lapps, and put OB on defence. Now we have the big punisher on d, and the booming shot on the point on the PP

     

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  331. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gill doesn’t deserve it either, nor do their teammates who have spent blood, sweat and tears through the last 6 1/2 months to get here with those guys.

     

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

  332. TomNickle says:

    Thank you. I forgot Gill was from the beautiful U.S.A.

     

     

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

  333. SeriousFan09 says:

    Could you please throw in a few references about how they do blow and hookers every night? Your pessimism is always welcome.

     

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

  334. 123456 says:

    with that logic how did the habs make the post season? how did they take the caps to OT twice?

     

  335. cautiousoptimist says:

    Thats’ awfulyl unfair — some guy named Ilya Bryzgalov came through waivers too, and now he’s backstopping a contender.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  336. pmaraw says:

    sj is a pretender, sorry.

  337. cautiousoptimist says:

    Agreed.  Bryzgalov plays for Phoenix tho. : )

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  338. Habhopeful says:

    To Seriousfan09

    We can go over this over all day, but this is as close as well get wondering why JM punishes SK, JM is not holding a personal vendetta, SK did not sleep with his wife nor did he rob JM at gunpoint…Point is, Lap’s offensive ability is not very high, 15 Goals is his highest total, Lap’s forte is to stifle opponents, get under there skin and make sure he’s covering his butt in the defensive zone, he does not need to contribute offensively to gain ice time…Has he lost a step from last year? yes but he is not making any glaring mistakes in his own zone and he is doing his job…What Lapierre did last year, was probably Lap’s ceiling and now because he’s not doing it offensively this year, he sucks..>He’s not meant to be an offensive weapon, if we judge from last year to this year, ya theres a noticeable difference between Laps, but if we judge by 2 years ago and this year, Laps is exactly where he is supposed to be…We overvalue every player on the Habs, this year its Glen Metropolit, he has 15 goals, next year when he scores 3 goals in 82 games, we will wish to all hell we didnt resign him, but because he has 15 goals this year, everyone wants him back next year, I like the warrior but hes aging and will never come close to that goal total again…

    As for SK, until he completes his game and his attitude he will be in the dog house, I know you like SK alot and i dont hold that against you but in game 1, I mentioned “thats why SK is in JM’s dog house” referring to his cute lazy backhand pass at the oppositions blue line, he gave it right to the Cap’s D, you did not notice that or possibly didnt want to see it, everyones love for a player makes them blind to there faults or mistakes, its common…

    Its fact that JM rewards players who give it there all and punishes players who dont meet the expectations given, SK and O’byrne come to mind in this case ( although Obie is a curious case)…Benny as well but he rebounded and is playing well at both ends of the ice now…its also fact that SK can be selfish and his attitude needs fine tuning as per the whole “im not staying in Hamilton”  fiasco, every player is different, i agree he should be worked with closely but now is not the time to do it…Play hard or dont play at all…

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  339. SeriousFan09 says:

    The problem is even when SK plays his best games and makes big contributions, there’s no reward. no PP time for him in that game or the next one. JM is all stick, no carrot in his approach with the youngsters. Darche on the PP ahead of him is a joke, as was running a trio of AHL forwards on the PP ahead of Sergei earlier this year. It’s not “You did a good job today, here’s your reward.” It’s “Good job today, but your next mistake and you’re benched.” It’s outdated, badly outdated and why should SK work at any motivation when even with hard work, no line promotions, no PP time or any kind of recognition at all?

     

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

  340. ShangaDoo says:

    Now that I think about it, it’s actually pretty inconsiderate

     

  341. pmaraw says:

    anyone going to the game sitting near or between the benches?  if so, could you throw something at Pierre Mcguire and write on it “stop blabbing about how to beat the habs”

  342. SLONCOLD says:

    secret to beating halak is go high lol

  343. pmaraw says:

    also “send ov down hammer’s side of the ice”  should ban him from quebec!

  344. SlovakHab says:

    And the secret to beat boredom is to get high, lol

  345. phillyhab says:

    SK over Pyatt/Darche?  Wait, why even question it: JM hates SK and one of the two wil not be here soon. 

    To everyone who is saying sits Laps over SK, have you guys been watching this series?

    ———————————————————————————–

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

  346. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think JM prizes mistake-free hockey and 100% commitment.

    That said, Darche made a pretty big blunder in the last game.

  347. avatar_58 says:

    I just don’t like this. I love Metro and he’s a warrior who deserves a shot, but over a homegrown youth who’s worked his ass off to escape the doghouse (lol…literally, bulldogs)? Here’s a hint – Metro is gone next year. Sergei won’t be. Darche too. So why are we sitting someone who will be expected to start next year? I mean pardon me but isn’t that the ONLY reason lapierre is getting so many chances? Because he’s a draft pick expected to be here for some time?

    JM is a tool. Sit Darche and put Metro in, but don’t sit a drafted young player who’s done nothing wrong.

  348. avatar_58 says:

    And I meant “homegrown” as in drafted here, played in OUR AHL club, etc – not a french player

  349. shootdapuck says:

    There is another reason Yapierre is given so many chances and its obvious!

    I hope he enjoys Edmonton next year! Gone for a 4th at the draft.

     

    “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″

  350. SLONCOLD says:

    metro better be 100%. if he’s not and looks slow or takes bad penalties it could eb the wrong decision

  351. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I think SK is gone next year – the writing is on the wall – that’s why he keeps getting benched.

  352. SLONCOLD says:

    lol you’ll compain about rebounds if they shoot low lol

  353. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he wants mistake-free hockey, he should play NHL 10.

    Nick Lidstrom was -3 against Phoenix yesterday.

     

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

  354. TripleX says:

    Armchair coaches really irritate me!  :)

  355. matraque says:

    I’m glad Metropolit is back…

    SK has shown nothing in the series…….

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

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

  356. SeriousFan09 says:

    Has Darche? What’s he done? Besides help the Caps win game 2?

    He is completely outclassed out there, Sergei is a decade younger, far more talented and twice as fast.

     

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

  357. dallyd31 says:

    I have to agree. Although SK has much more talent, he plays like he is priveleged. Darche has more heart and a little more crash and bang in him.

    I’d probably sit Lappiere if i was me, but I would leave Darche in.

  358. Habhopeful says:

    Because thats how you differentiate the strong mental players and the weak ones, You earn your own ice time…What JM does has worked with Spezza, he challenged Spezza and eventually it paid off…in the end it made Spezza a better two way player, if SK has already given up and believes his ice time is a right and not a privilege, than his benching and or press box time is warranted, its that Simple, that is honestly what makes great hockey players, Mental strength and the heart to compete, right now all SK shows is Talent, ask Alexei Yashin how far talent got him in the NHL…Your coach challenges you, then you come back and prove your worth and he has not done that, has he had his good games? of course he has, everyone has there good games…Sk is FILLED with talent, and JM is trying to get the best out of him, but it hasnt gotten through to him in the regular season and it seems its not working in the playoffs…

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  359. SeriousFan09 says:

    Spezza is a great two way player? He’s one of the most renowned lazy backcheckers in the NHL, there are lists of jokes about Spezza’s committment to physical play. JM didn’t do that good of a job with Spezza, he doesn’t have the all-out effort that you seem to indicate he has, never seen that from him at all.

    When players earn their ice time, they get rewarded with special teams duties because they were doing well on their regular ice time, but when SK does do well he doesn’t get the reward involved, so there’s no motivation. This is done across the entire NHL, the kids from the AHL got PP time on their first game when they came up as a trio! That’s preferential treatment when 1 game suddenly gets you rewards. He has come back and proven his worth, but the coach still rewards everyone else ahead of him in his scheme.

     

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

  360. Habhopeful says:

    http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Spezza/Spezza_bio.html

    I said he made him a “better” two way player, JM has been gone from Ottawa for a while now so his defensive system is not in play there so it allows Spezza to be more offensivley creative which in turn decreases his defensive game…

    I dont know what entitlement or what SK has done to prove his worth as you say, the lazy backhand passes, as most who dont have a bias feeling toward him have seen, are still there..

    Where could JM use Sergei on the PP?? JM has used Darche on the P.P Because he goes to the net, not SK, if SK was on the P.P he would be on the point, to be on the point you need certain assets…Poise, defensive awareness and a Shot, SK has no poise on the blue line or else he would be there, does he have a shot? Yes but he’s a pass first player and a perimiter one at that, defensive awareness? questionable, i think he has decent defensive awareness but again, to take a risk and have him out there is a gamble and one JM is probably not going to make, And i know M.A Bergeron has not much defensive awareness, but his shot is his selling point…

    Like I said we could do this all day but its clear your (and everyone else’s) love for SK blinds you from the reality that his attitude, work ethic and mental awareness needs work and he wont go anywhere in the NHL if he believes his ice time is a right and not a privilege, Show me consecutive games where SK has played great, he is inconsistent, other players who get rewarded as you say by other teams earn it, SK hasnt earned shite, if he plays tonight, ill point his great work but ill also point out the things that get him benched, if by chance he plays great, lets hope he can keep it up…I want nothing more than for him to succed in MTL but its himself thats preventing him from becoming the player he needs to be to earn top minutes, not JM, people learn from there mistakes, are the mistakes still made by some? yes sometimes they are, but any player with heart and great mental strength will rebound and make up for what they lack…

     

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

  361. SeriousFan09 says:

    A lot of players have flaws to their games, especially the young ones or the Veterans. Remember Francis Bouillon? Was employed for years in this organization when he had brutal giveaways in his own end with blind passes from behind the net and he would push guys into the net during crease fights that would actually cause goals. His stupid crap was far less forgiveable as a defencemen and he kept his job regardless, I don’t see why SK has to be burned so badly for one mistake in his game that will fix itself with time, our centres still can’t win faceoffs after all and most of them are long-term NHL veterans.

    JM doesn’t use Sergei on the point because he flat out, refuses to play a forward back there. AK back on the point could’ve given us a point shot the whole time MAB was out injured but he didn’t use one, wasn’t it at one point we saw Hal GILL on the PP? I love Gill but that’s the wrong special team to have him on! Defensive forward is what he brought with him when he came back, hence all that PK time he’s had this year, so there’s your defensive awareness, he passes the puck very well and can read plays. He has a decent shot, nothing like Andrei’s but he rarely gets a chance to use it either.

    All I will say is again, Lapierre has been an absolute ****-up this year. He’s still getting played over Sergei, with more ice time when he’s been as useless as pre-sold Panthers Playoff tickets. 6-10 good games, maybe. He still gets played ahaed of Sergei when his supposed best (Which it is NOT compared to last year, offensively or defensively) is far from adequate. -14 as a defensive forward with 14 points over 76 GP, Sergei has 18 points over 47GP and is a +4. I don’t see how Lapierre has earned his ice time ahead of Sergei this season at all. Does Sergei have problems? Yes but the benchings while others screw up just as badly and don’t get in trouble for it doesn’t solve anything.

     

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

  362. Habhopeful says:

    So it has to be attitude with SK, that the only thing we can come up with, i agree young players shouldnt be punished so easily but judging from what happened with SK & Hamilton, it has to very well be his attitude, JM obviously knows more about SK’s attitude or persona than anyone here does, so i guess until he works that out, well be seeing sergei on the bench more often than not

     

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

  363. andrewberkshire says:

    Agree with you 100 times over.

  364. avatar_58 says:

    I hope Martin realizes you need good defensive-minded abilities to PK, and Sergei has those. Metro is awesome on the PP, but…..did we even have many? We aren’t going to get many this game either. So when will he even see playtime? He’s on the 4th I would assume. Sergei could be 3rd.

    Ah whatever. The truth is if AK, Cammy and the front liners don’t score we won’t win this. Doesn’t matter who’s on the other 2 lines.

  365. jennifer1984 says:

    if chris lee really is in tonight, we wont have ANY PP!

  366. king ddd says:

    oh god no , if chris f.lee is in tonight forget about game 3 caps lead series 2-1

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  367. Storm Man says:

    Where does it say that clown is the ref tonight?

  368. jimmy shaker says:

    It said somewhere about the refs tonight……I don’t know who they are…But I do know, for sure, 100% that it’s not Chris Lee tonight!

    Shaker

  369. Storm Man says:

    Thanks for the 411 bro

  370. habbifier says:

    GWG coming from the Glen street Metro tonight!

    Seriously, we NEED his right hand shot on the pp.

  371. KenD29 says:

    True, a decade younger. But No heart, No goals! I’ll take Darche. And Darche was NOT the reason they lost Sat’s game!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  372. SeriousFan09 says:

    What goals did Darche score on the Capitals? I mean he assisted on a Caps goal but that’s not what we’re going for. He doesn’t belong out there and the Caps make him look like it every time he’s on. All heart maybe, but the skills, physical talent just is not there, heart can only do so much. He wasn’t the reason we lost, but he didn’t help us win either.

     

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

  373. KenD29 says:

    Nor did SK get the Habs a win! And he has the talent but lacks it between the ears and in the chest! BTW, the Caps made many Habs players look bad on sat. Hamrlik, Cammallari (2 dumb slashing penalties!), Halak…

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  374. Storm Man says:

    Yah lets hang Cammallari btw 1 penalty and he had 3 pts lets blame him for the loss. I need a drink

  375. SeriousFan09 says:

    How could he have gotten a chance? He was benched for half the night while Darche kept getting regular shifts for making a bigger mistake than Sergei did. JM is a dinosaur in his methods, Veterans can make as many mistakes as they want, the kids can’t make any or see their ice time cut down by 2/3. It’s brutal coaching  that will have players jumping ship on this team after they get out of RFA.

     

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

  376. Kooch7800 says:

    Darche made one mistake and shouldn’t have been out there against Ovie’s line anyway.  Last time I checked there were 6 goals scored in that game not one.  Halak should have had a couple but made a ton of early saves that probably should have gone it.  It is hockey. don’t hang a guy for one goal.

  377. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but if the argument is who should sit, I fail to see why SK should have to be benched over a goal that happened because of a mistake he made over Darche doing the exact same thing except worse, with SK being benched and Darche getting PP time as a reward! SK severely outclases Darche with talent and physical ability and should be given a chance to play.

     

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

  378. zamboni says:

    Great thinking JM,

    Sit out SK and let’s get AK46 back to hibernation.

     

    Sit out your biggest defender (OB) next to SK, and your earlier punishments of the two will go a long way to reinforce that it was their fault why we ended the season the way we ended it.

     

    As a coach, you’re totally absolved.

     

     

  379. Hobie Hansen says:

     

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    Sergei Kostitsyn should sit in favor of the returning Metropolit
    tonight. The six men who make up lines 3 and 4, especially Moen and Lapierre,
    should hit everything in site and cause as much of a distraction to the skilled
    players on Washington as possible!  

  380. Hobie Hansen says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn should sit in favor of the returning Metropolit
    tonight. The six men who makes up lines 3 and 4, especially Moen and Lapierre,
    should hit everything in site and cause as much of a distraction to the skilled
    players on Washington as possible!  

     

  381. Storm Man says:

    Lapierre hits? when did this happen?

  382. adamkennelly says:

    JM is without clue.  why risk pissing off AK who just had a hatty.  Darche is an AHL player- period the end and yes – he did cough up the puck and then leave his feet to block and was walked resulting in a goal.

    I would sit Lapierre too and dress OB

     

     

  383. Bugs says:

    Agree with everything except last sentence.

    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/

  384. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    lapierre led the team in hits this year – averaging just over 2 hits per game.

    pathetic but true.

  385. Storm Man says:

    I mean good hits not rec hockey hits ;)

  386. Kooch7800 says:

    Lapps has not been that bad in the grinder role in the first two games.  He has been hitting and digging

  387. shootdapuck says:

    With his purse maybe!

     

    “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″

  388. Kooch7800 says:

    Well, you didn’t specify!

    Just kidding.  Hopefully someone runs over Igor Ovie!

  389. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    SK does NOT fit the Habs identity “SMART HOCKEY”

    he has skills, but he does not have Darche’s hockey smarts.

    therefore, SK out, Met in

  390. avatar_58 says:

    Like assisting on opposing goals?

  391. SeriousFan09 says:

    Darche doesn’t have the physical ability to handle a playoff game and his hockey smarts gave a goal to Washington last night. Big heart, but the talent, physical ability are not there unfortunately. Even in this 30-team diluted league, Darche as a regular forward is a stretch.

     

     

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

  392. slapshot777 says:

    Good first period by the Habs. They skated hard. The reffing is sucking so far. Gill is a monster killing penalties.

     

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

  393. Ton says:

    Bob Gainey enjoy watching the game on your wide screen TV on RDS HD. Put your feet up Bob, well done! Hockey fans on this site that know their hockey appreciate what you have done for us!

     

    http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100417/mtl_habs_fever_100417/20100417/?hub=MontrealHome

  394. slapshot777 says:

    Well said. Bob has this team pointed in the right direction. We are only now seeing this team with a healthy roster. All that has to be done now is minor tweeking here and there. The core should be in place. Now it’s PG’s turn to fill in the blanks.

     

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

  395. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Pat Hickey on OTR
    ———– ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  396. slapshot777 says:

    I say if the refs let the Caps run the goalie earlie tonight, then have Moen go full tilt into Varlimov. Let’s make the refs accountable. I think if the Habs bump Varlimov he will fold like a piece of paper.

     

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

  397. linp says:

    There is a weakness in JM’s coaching ability. He failed to transform guys like Lat. and Sergei to be a dedicated player. Now it is obvious that Sergei doesn’t want to play for JM. This will only hurt our team. I just hope that we can package the K brothers for the return of a good top six player.

  398. SeriousFan09 says:

    We won’t, and we’ll lose 2 for 1 on that deal because AK46 is enigmatic so far in his career and therefore will not command much value and SK will have malcontent labeled all over him. Trading a Top 6 guy and a potential Top 6 guy for 1 player who might be only marginal Top 6 just means we get screwed because of JM’s antiquated coaching methods.

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

  399. mrhabby says:

    wow..nice quick recovery from 6-8 weeks.

  400. tony d says:

    so which is it, Mon or wed?


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