Audio: Spy vs Spy at Caps practice?

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The Washington Capitals power play has fired nothing but blanks this playoffs. But they didn’t practice too many specifics today during an optional that drew the participation of every player but Joe Corvo and Shaone Morrison, who were taking maintenance days.

That’s because Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau spotted Habs head coach Jacques Martin in the stands. Not necessarily watching, but there anyway.

Nothing illegal about this – teams have personnel looking at the opponent’s morning skate all the time – but it added a dash of espionage to this morning’s activity at the Bell Centre.

562 Comments

  1. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Let me tell you why Price will start tomorrow.

    The team is not winning – end of story.

    price will start. Guaranteed.

     

  2. andrewberkshire says:

    Agree with you, Halak has lost some of his “puck luck”.

    As for lineup changes, if I were the coach I would double shift AK46 and Gio alternately with the 4th line because they’re the RWs, use Bergeron only for PP and offensive zone faceoffs after Washington ices the puck, or near the end of the period. Darche and Metropolit get scratched, SK and O’Byrne draw in. O’Byrne starts with Markov, but can switch places with Gorges if need be.

  3. andrewberkshire says:

    I would agree if he wasn’t getting quality icetime, but he is, as well as a ton of PP icetime. He also has pretty good linemates comparatively to Crosby and Malkin when you’re looking at his role. Crosby and Malkin wear down the defense of the opposing teams every game, carry the Penguins all the time, and Staal scores the occasional goal against 3rd pairing defensemen. Watching games, I never see his talent.

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    I wouldn’t come back with Halak because from what I’ve seen in the past two games, he just isn’t battling. He’s not staying in plays and fighting to stop the puck. The way Price fought off Knuble and made a huge save yesterday, and drew a goalie interference penalty, I thought was exactly what the team needed.

  5. Chorske says:

    I guess what I really mean is that I don’t think Either goalie is going to win this for us if the team does not execute, or simply stops executing for 20 minutes. We can beat this team. We are capable of dominating them and running around in their zone and confusing their weakass D and their even weakasser G– that is, IF we stick to the gorram game plan.

    But Robert L makes a good case for Price.

  6. mb says:

    It was disappointing, indeed.  I really had the feeling that the ones in charge of the ceremonies either prepared it at the last minute or simply didn’t want to put any effort into it.  No wonder why the crowd wasn’t pumped up at the first place.  The lack of scoring and the lack of energy in the 2nd period also didn’t help through the rest of the game. 

  7. Chorske says:

    Jordan Staal is the most overrated player in hockey.

    NO. Pronger.

  8. Chorske says:

    I’d come back with Halak.

  9. pic1983 says:

    Love the hypothesis.  Its a little extreme to blame the whole series on that, but you make a valid point.

    JM has no idea how to motivate players.  A young player makes one mistake and they are glued to the bench, it just doesnt make sense.  Heck, id bench the veteran player when he makes a mistake before the young player because the veteran should really know better!

    I didnt like the move to move SK out of the line-up.  How do they expect the kid to get better when hes shown no confidence and benched at even the slightest mistake? 

    And I totally agree that taking SK out of the line up messed up all the lines! Pouliot has been doing nothing, how come cammy hasnt been put with Gomez and Gionta, and the kostitsyn brothers with Pleks, and pouliot down to the third line?! You know? a little creativity maybe? I guess thats just too much to ask from jacques martin!

  10. mike g says:

    Funny you say that, the same happened to me. When I got the foam hand at the door, I immediately looked into the seating arean of the Reds to see if there were towels placed on our seats. When I didn’t see any, I was so dissapointed and knew it was a botch right away…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  11. pic1983 says:

    Yeah I saw it this morning, and I thought the exact same thing as you!

     

    I hope the habs saw that and had the same feeling, maybe it will give them some motivation!

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jordan Staal had 7 SH goals in his first NHL season, he has had 3 since then including none in his 2nd season, that is not a short handed scoring machine if you have 3 in your last 3 NHL seasons.

    Staal does not have the ability to fly through the neutral zone with the puck like Gomez or have his vision for the pass, or Plekanec’s on-ice vision or shooting abilities. He doesn’t have the speed to keep up with the forwards like Pleks or Gomez does and he’s not Mr. physical either, can’t finish and is shielded by having Crosby and Malkin do all the heavy lifting.

     

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

  13. mike g says:

    In all honesty, the crowd was okay. But never have I been to a Habs home playoff game and left saying the crowd was decent. That’s why we are proud to say the Bell is the loudest building in the league. Last night was nothing like that, it didn’t feel like the playoffs…

    And I might be making a big deal out of it, but those towels make a huge difference. When the crowd is screaming and waiving those things, it’s not only loud to the ears but also to the eyes. And when you can actually SEE how loud a building is, you know it’s special. That’s playoff hockey in Montreal, not what we witnessed last night…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  14. mrhabby says:

    choose price based on the fact that JM has to see Halak has lost some of that magic. its just a confidence thing. its a short series so change it up and pull out some stops..have nothing to lose.

    btw.. its time to start OB and get SK back in. keep MAB for PP only.

  15. pic1983 says:

    Hard to show your true potential as a center, and grow as an offensive center when you’re behind CROSBY and MALKIN on the depth chart. 

    Staal is a second line center on any other team in the league pretty much.  Ill gladly take him over one of either plekanec or gomez.  Not to mention that hes a short handed scoring machine.

     

  16. mb says:

    I was at the game too and I totally agree with all your post.  Seriously, when I came in and was given the “foam finger”, I was sure that someone somewhere would hand me the white towel that’s been used in the past years, but it didn’t happen.  And you are so right about the intro!  A Habs intro isn’t a Habs intro if the Coldplay song is not playing!  (at least they could have used a powerful song).  The video intro with the players wasn’t bad, but not so exciting either.  Thanks to the kid holding the torch, because like you wrote in your post, it was pretty much the only part that was well done!

     

    As for the atmosphere, except for the first 20 minutes, it was plain dead.  I expected more from a playoff game. 

  17. Laramy87 says:

    Lots of negativity on this site.  I guess thats what happens when we lose 5-1, but at least the ppl are more educated on here than reading the pos on TSN.ca… just awful..

    I agree to pretty everything shaker as said. MAB is the least of the worries, ya not the greatest of d-man, but he is busting his ass all game, Calling up Subban is dumb. Keep him with bulldogs and let him have a chance at the Calder.

    I said this after last game, but friends co-workers are calling me crazy, but this series is far from over. I still think we will win tomorrow and head back to Washington all tied up. we let down for about 15 minutes yesterday and Caps took advantage. We got an excellent first period and a great 3rd period, 15 minutes we didn’t play and got frustrated and Caps took advantage. Habs will come out strong tomorrow nite again and feed off the crowd, get some traffic in front of varlamov score a goal and keep the crowd in the game. Thats the best way to feed off the crowd…. Get one who knows…  But like i said come Friday im calling for a totally different series… GO HABS

  18. andrewberkshire says:

    Robert L asks who should start in net for game 4?

  19. mrhabby says:

    interesting take on the atmosphere. Boone said it was great, it looked great from the TV (if possible). I was looking for the towels also and then the finger….management giving us  the finger shameful  i say shameful.

    we have no one to really give it to OV,  were just a nice team…nice team.

    i would like to see PG bring some players in who have a very ugly/nasty side . how that is done i have no idea.

  20. Kalcon says:

    Thanks. Thought I dreamed it.

     

  21. mike g says:

    That stuff is classic. Loved it when I was growing up, still watch it now and then on Youtube…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  22. spoonfullofjelly says:

    SAY ASH:

    lol thank you for letting me remember the great RDS…..BIRDIE!!!

  23. mike g says:

    Yup..

    I always sit in the upper-bowl for numerous reasons. Of course money is one of them, but another is to enjoy the atmosphere at it’s best. And last night, not being able to look down and see 21,273 towels waiving like crazy took away all the atmosphere. Usually I’d see a sea of white or red towels covering everyone, and the players would feed off of it….

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  24. LeopardSeal says:

    No no no no no, not at all.  That isn’t what BB was implying whatsoever.  He was being self-deprecating, that is all.  Its called “hyperbole”, implying that the PP has vanished and won’t return for a ridiculously long time. 

    You don’t understand BB, he is mildly snarky, but no way is he or anyone else on this team taking you for granted any more.  If they ever were, they aren’t now.  This is a dog fight.  Maybe the Caps win in 5, maybe you guys win a few more, but you have earned the attention and the respect.

    Reading these message boards, I am amazed at how sensitive you are.  I thought we Caps fans were paranoid, but good grief.  (See my post under “Round 1, Game 3: Capitals take series lead” for more on conspiracy theorists, you guys are almost as bad as Caps fans.)

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  25. mike g says:

    Jordan Stall is a joke.

    Overrated, period. Isn’t a good finisher, doesn’t hit like he should, and isn’t able to produce enough offensively to be a 1st or 2nd like player. Basically, he is Jason Chimera but younger, and perhaps maximum 10% more skill. Never found him special..

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  26. joeybarrie says:

    Interesting stuff about the opening game. I feel the need however to point out that the 4th line last night played a total of 2 minutes. Darche, Pyatt playe 2:20 some odd seconds, and Metro played 5 minutes. I have never seen such a terrible second period, and it left me feeling lower than any other game I can remember.. So your negativity is understandable. And I dont think your wrong either…

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

  27. wmarcello says:

    Don’t break up Gill/Gorges. They did a great job shutting down Ovi last game. Pair Hammer with OB and limit their ice and matchups. If Hammer is on the ice against top lines (regardless of who his partner is) he will get torn apart. The Caps are zeroing in on the weak link in each pairing (Hammer, MAB). The only solution is to make the top 2 pairs solid and balanced and hope for the best with the third pairing against 3rd and 4th line players.

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Staal won’t win it over Kesler/Datsyuk anyway, but Toews has Olympic Gold so he’ll have to console him with that, that and being Olympic Tournament MVP Forward. Toews will have his Selke in his career, likely more than 1 as well.

     

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

  29. mike g says:

    “Simple Jack’s Simply Negative Comments”:

    Just to let ya’ll know, I was fortunate enough to be at the game last night. Every year the Habs make the playoffs, it’s essential for me to attend the opening game. There’s just something about the crowd and non-stop chanting that keeps me wanting to go. But last night was different, and here’s why…

    Sticking Us The Finger: Habs management stuck all of our fans the finger last night, literally. What was the deal with giving out those foam hands to the fans? Towels have been used for the past 5 years, and do such a great job in making a crowd electric. All teams in the league now use them, and they seem like such a boost. Last night, those foam hands did nothing, zippo. Most fans never used them, and the crowd looked like a regular season crowd. Sounds like I’m whining, but it was the most dead playoff home game I’ve been to yet.

    Bad Intro: I’m not sure why any changes were made to the Coldplay song the Habs always come out to before games, but it was awful. It sounded like a piano and violin duet, something that wouldn’t even pump up Mozart. It was slow and “museum” like, and the crowd responded like that too. Once again, combined with  the missing towels, worst playoff intro I’ve ever been a part of. (the only decent part was when the kid came out with the torch, crowd liked that alot. But then the classical music came in and everyone was like WTF)

    Lucky Number…..4?: JM seems to love number 4. He continuously plays the 4th line like it anyways. Down 4-0 at the beginning of the 3rd period, he was rolling the bench as if we had a 7 goal lead. Just pathetic. It doesn’t have to be the playoffs in order to cut the bench. But when it is and you are down by 3 goals with 17 minutes left, you definitely cut the bench if you want to have any chance at coming back. This wasn’t done, and neither was a comeback.

    Other Random Thaughts: The NHL is continuing to operate like a joke, and it doesn’t seem like it will change anytime soon. Goal reviews in the playoffs are taking minimum 5-10 minutes, which is totally rediculous when considering most are obvious/easy to make decisions. The refs in general are just awful, and must become accountable for some really bad calls/non-calls. The Habs are basically giving Ovi a free-pass in order to do whatever he wants at the Bell Center. Instead of making him pay the price and have to fight for an inch of space, they’re allowing him to score a goal and blow kisses to everyone while he’s gliding on his knees. Last time I checked, the Bell Center was home of the Habs, not home of whoever wants to come here and do how they please. The latter is what you call throwing home-ice advantage into the garbage. Slash him on the foot in a legal or non-legal way, but atleast do something…

    Sorry for the negativity, but I had to say it. I’ve never had a worse time at a playoff game, and I’ve been to some pretty bad losses. It just didn’t feel like that special playoff atmosphere that only Montreal fans are capable of providing. Usually the loudest building in the league seemed like it was stuck in a regular season game vs the Panthers last night. Sad, really sad…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  30. andrewberkshire says:

    100% agree. Jordan Staal is the most overrated player in hockey. He’s a good 3rd line center, and that’s it. He’s not even a very good checker, he’s rarely physical, and for his size, very easily knocked off the puck. He’s definitely not anywhere near the strength or talent level of Eric.

  31. adamkennelly says:

    MAB is at -5 – worst +/- in the playoffs with a plethora of Habs not far behind – including Darche, Pyatt, Markov..interesting pattern – seems like our 4th line gets scored on all the time and genius JM has the worst defensman in the league on the ice with the worst forwards on our team – HOUSE LEAGUE coaches know – that you NEVER DO THAT…wtf is wrong with him…its embarassing.

    also Hammer looks old and worn out – give him a break – pair him with Georges and limit his ice time.

  32. diehardhab says:

    Tomorrow after writing my 3rd final exam in 3 days I will be going to the Bell Centre. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  33. wmarcello says:

    Can’t imagine how Toews didn’t make that list.

  34. coachdoug says:

    I heard JM was at their practice disguised as Youpi and it was working until he cussed out some kid looking for a picture…

    JM reportably told the kid “What the f#ck are doing?  That’s not our system! Get the hell out of here before I bench your @ss.”

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  35. wmarcello says:

    JM needs to consider Hammer’s mindset right now. Hammer surely must
    know he’s struggling. I can’t imagine stepping on the ice for 20 minutes
    a game knowing that top players are going to tear me to pieces
    because I simply can’t keep up physically or mentally. JM should give the
    guy a break and put him in 3rd pairing role where he has a chance at
    succeeding and playing with confidence. I was never an elite athlete,
    but when I played sports I always made a lot more mistakes out there
    when I thought I was being outmatched. It can be very demoralizing.

    Markov/Spacek

    Gill/Gorges

    Hammer/OB

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but it’s the failure over the years that is the issue, if this was a bad-luck year where we couldn’t get Markov a guy who could run with him that’d be different, this is a consistent failure on the organization’s part over the years sadly. Not BG’s finest accomplishment, but let’s hope Subban can play with Andrei next season and solve that dilemma.

    I know none of these guys are really meant to be Markov’s partner, but OB can at least give Markov a physical partner to help him out and give WSH a new problem to deal with, a physical guy that won’t just let them run around in our end. We have to make them worry a little about going into the corners and skating in along the boards entering our zone. OB presents them a new challenge to work around. We use the Game 3 plan in Game 4, we’re going to have the same results I suspect.

     

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

  37. jimmy shaker says:

    You guys can drop the PK handle…it’s not going to happen.  Yes, he will be here next year, but unless someone gets hurt on the D, he’s going to stay with Hamilton.  We only have 1 more call up left anyway.  Let the guy, be the guy in their run for the calder cup.  Don’t get him up here and throw him to the wolves this year.  Give him the experience and valuable situations he going to face in the AHL so he’s better prepared next year with the big boys.  And O’byrne for MAB is a serious decline in my opinion vs MAB.  We disagree, bottom line!  You don’t see my angle and I don’t see yours.  But the bottom line JM isn’t going to change MAB…..he’s going to be back there with Marky tomorrow, O’byrne is still going to be in the presser and Price will be in the net and the 3rd and 4th line need to show up, and get some traffic on varly.  That’s what it will take to win tomorrow!

    Shaker

  38. jimmy shaker says:

    Please tell me then who is the other top 2 defenseman we have on this team?  Gill, NO!  Hammer, NO!  Spacek, NO!  Gorges, NO! O’Byrne, NO and MAB, NO!  But MAB is in my opinion the best fit for Marky.  Next year will be a different story, but for now MAB’s as good as it gets.

    Shaker

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Selke Finalists named: Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Kesler and *spitting out my drink* Jordan Staal.

    Staal is more deserving than Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Travis Zajac or Nick Backstrom? Staal has got the be most glorified names in the NHL but without the talent to back it up.

     

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

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t know, but in this particular comment on Habs inside out they are saying you’re a pathetic loser.

  41. jimmy shaker says:

    Who are tangled up in the AHL playoffs right now that have a real good shot at hoisting the calder cup.  So does it make sense to take them out of that team, where they would gain valuable experience and be better because of it.  Or should we shite in our pants and bring these guys up let them go into the wolves.  And who are you going to sit in favor of one of our young D from Hamilton? Let them have a long run in the AHL, because in all fairness we don’t have a real chance for Stanley this year.  In my heart, I believe, and understand anything is possible, but on paper and based on what our team brings to the table….it just doesn’t seem possible!  Anyway, we only have 1 call up left to use, unless it’s because of an injury.  Let Guy have his boys and enjoy the long run without the big boys screwing it up!  O’Byrne for Hammer is the only course of action JM has, but he won’t use that angle.  So again, lose the MAB thing, concentrate on 3rd and 4th line scoring and traffic in front of Varlamov.  There’s the game within the game for the boys!

    Shaker

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    WSH figured him out and it didn’t take them long, no NHL team would dress MAB as a regular partner for a Top 10 defencemen, except us it seems. Has Nick Lidstrom, Scotty Niedermayer, Brian Rafalski, Chris Pronger, Dan Boyle spent their careers propping up guys who are 2nd-pairing on their best days next to him?

    I sometimes worry Markov may walk on this team if we keep tossing him guys that can’t hack it as his partners and makes him kill himself trying to make up for their mistakes.

     

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

  43. Storm Man says:

    JM was not at the Caps practice to spy, He wanted to give his resume for the stick boy job with the Caps next year

  44. Mr.Hazard says:

    I saw it, but at the time, I didn’t catch on. I’m pretty sure you’re right. Because I was like “why the heck would he say ‘next year’? it doesn’t make sense”. But it makes sense if he was trying to cover for “next series”.

    EDIT: It’s in the video titled “Boiling Point” on TSN.ca, near the end. He says something along the lines of “maybe not this series, but maybe next year or something”.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  45. tanhaa says:

    Interesting Hypothesis. 

     

    Theories aside, I don’t see how JM can scratch SK74 over players he plays for less than 5 minutes in the game.  I don’t know what personal vendetta he has against SK74 but he is far more talented than some of the guys who are playing (or sitting on the bench)…. and if his talent can’t be nurtured here, then we will be crying again for letting another one of those go. 

     

     

  46. Mr.Hazard says:

    You can be sure ALLL the media will frame it that way. “MARTIN CHERCHE DES IDEES”.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  47. Matthew says:

    Way to outclass Joe the dope. Good on you Storm man

  48. Mr.Hazard says:

    lol. That all sounds about right! I guess you didn’t catch on that I was referring to Ovi’s comment following Game 2 about MAB being “not that strong”. :)

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  49. Kalcon says:

    Anyone else see Bruce Boudreau on TV after the game last night? Not sure what station but when asked about the Caps’ lack of productivity on the powerplay, he said something along the lines of “we may not score a powerplay goal in this series, but we’ll score one (short pause) next year”.

     

    It looked and sounded like he was going to say “in the next series” but he caught himself at the last moment.

     

    Obviously, I’m paraphrasing here because I cannot find the actual link to the footage but I remember thinking…this b@stard thinks they have this series won already!

     

    I was wondering if anyone else saw this?

  50. TripleX says:

    Fighting and aggressive play is not part of the system!  Did you not get the memo?  Moen knows if he starts anything that JM will bench him like he did with Laps when he dared to shake his gloves.  JM despises any fighting and will bench anyone who dares try.

    MAB is a big problem.  He is a huge defensive liability and is big weight on our best player Markov.  Markov can’t be free to free wheel on offense if his partner is totally useless as a backup on defense.  So MAB effectively hampers our offense from the backend and is a defensive disaster at the same time.

  51. keepthefaith says:

    What i dont understand is how come everybody on this site know s what kind of lineup to ice and the penguin getting paid the millions does not?

  52. Le Jadester says:

    Hey Tom N.

    I hear ya regarding coaching and I thought whatever JM did in Game # 1 was good and it worked.  Carried over to game # 2 and the Caps were soiling their pants up until 4-1.  Then…….SK 74 goes for a cruise with the puck keeps it for a while see’s nothing and dumps it midway into the Caps zone……then boom its 4-2.  JM gets his hard on for SK 74 sees his opportunity and benches him for the rest of the series so far and we all know whats happened up till now, and what’s happened all year long regarding those two and the soap opera but players react to how they and their teamates are treated by the coach

    My theory is this:  (and that’s all it is, cause I don’t know much and SK is not my favourite player on the team but I think he is important to the team’s success and especially that 3rd trio and he’s young with alot of potential – I personally have not seen a dime a dozen players like this grow on trees in our farm – he adds value IMO)

    That changed the momentum and was the “TSN turning point” in the series – I really hope I’m wrong and its not over till she sings but .

    1) SK 74 one mistake….. back to the bitch house 2) AK 46 after a hattie…. see’s his bro get in crap and loses his focus.  2) 2nd line gets shaken up cause of # 2 and Cammi and Pleks are affected. 3) First line trys to pick up the slack and presses to score even more and opens up defensive holes 4) The 3rd trio has Lappy up there to fill the spot and all chemistry generated with the Original 3rd line is gone – so that line goes outta whack. 5) Fourth Liners see SK eatin’ pine and then start playing nervous and scared to not make any mistakes either and that throws ‘em outta sink – especially after a great game # 1 where I thought they were dangerous and were gonna pop one in. 

    ALL this because of one selfish man who took this personally.  It is all JM’s fault IMO. Although clearly hypothetical….I believe if he would have done the right thing and was a REAL MAN…all it takes is a “hey SK not a smart play, it was a bit of a mistake you can’t be doing this we need you to be a bit smarter or whatever don’t deviate from the system and don’t worry, points will start coming your way, especially against the best team in the league, we can beat them……….and Bob’s your uncle……. we go home with a 0-2 Lead. Instead, everytime he’s benched SK to send a message, we’ve lost every single time ! Nice Strategy Coach !

    My point is that, we have to roll 4 lines and either win or lose as a team and “Eff-face” JM refuses to do that !

    Like you said it, we’re destined to be a good team with him as our Coach.  You’re being to kind, He’s Pathetic.

    Habs, OLE !

     

  53. TripleX says:

    MAB is I believe a -5 so far and was directly responsible for two goals last game.  If he is not a major problem in the Habs defensive coverage then I don’t know who is?

    Alternative to MAB.  There are several actually.  If JM deems it vital to keep MAB’s shot in the lineup then move him to the fourth line or dress 7 Dmen.  My choice would be to replace him with O’Byrne, something I have advocated since the beginning.  If JM has a personal dislike for him, or he feels that O’Byrne is simply not up to the job, then bring up PK Suban.  No one can tell me either of these players is not a serious upgrade on MAB.

  54. Batalla says:

    JM can use all the help he can get.  I really hope it’s some coaching tips, though…

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2010/04/game-4-buzz-heightens-after-rumous.html

  55. Rudy says:

    This just makes JM look desperate

  56. tony d says:

    he parted his hair the ‘normal’ way and was  mistaken for the team accountant

  57. tanhaa says:

    agreed with Jimmy, MAB is definitely a concern, but not as much as the absence of 3rd/4th line from the game or the fact that we take shots from so far away with not a soul in front of varly.  Of course Varly is going to come out looking like a God when he has open sight to the puck, no body crashing him, no body screening him ..

  58. jimmy shaker says:

    Did he at least put on the fake eye glasses, with the funny nose and bushy moustache?  That might have made him more inconspicuous.

    Shaker

  59. jimmy shaker says:

    And JM’s alternative to MAB?  Right, you are exactly correct.  There is nothing!  Like I said before, MAB is the least of our worries right now!  Talk to me first about Hammer, Moen….3rd and 4th lines not showing up, no traffic in front of Varlamov, then we can discuss MAB!

    Shaker

  60. jimmy shaker says:

    All the jabroni’s on here going after MAB….WOW!  How about Hammer and his total meltdown over the last month or so.  OR what about Moen not showing up for oh the whole year pretty much.  Is he a fighter, is he a grinder, is he at least a potential scoring threat, or is he a shut down guy, the way he played when he was with Anaheim.  Whatever he is, he’s done nothing!  Makes us miss TOM THE BOMB that much more. The third and fourth lines have been invisible, and need to be present Wednesday night.  You guys, and sorry to pick your take to reply to this and generalize, have got your eyes focused on the wrong thing right now!  MAB is one of the last things we need to worry about right now.  Traffic in front of Varlamov and some 3rd and 4th line momentum swinging or energy shifts at least, is what this team needs right now.  Carey will give us a shot in the arm, and the the crowd will do the same.  Wednesday will be a far closer game with much needed different outcome!

    Sorry….but it is what it is!

    Shaker

  61. CHsam says:

    “Look at the size of that thing!”

  62. Brocas Brain says:

    He better do more than SPY!

  63. Mr.Hazard says:

    What next!! MAB spying on Ovi at the gym?!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  64. adam76 says:

    Just exemplary “journalism”  

  65. Say Ash says:

    They should have replaced the second period with a classic episode of mini-putt. BIRDIE!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPqLuSBi1jo&feature=related

  66. Storm Man says:

    Im in town for a friends wedding and to see game 4, god bless my mother and father. I live in Calgary and work very hard for my living. I had a very nice childhood thanks to my parents, hope you cheer very hard for the boys on Wednesday

  67. HabsoluteFan says:

    And when the Habs play like they did in DC (most of the time), the Caps don’t have much out there.  Really they don’t

    ————————————————————————-

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

  68. HabsoluteFan says:

    Watching Canadiens Express, we had a great first period and had lots of chances.  Spacek missed that wide open net and we couldnt score on a few PPs.  If we can manage the same start in Game 4 and find a way to take the lead and keep the crowd in it, we’ll have a different result.  I remember a few years back playing against the Eastern Champs Bruins and trailing them 3 games to 1.  We ended up winning the series in 7 games.  This aint over, the fans say the season’s over but the team won’t quit so easily 

    ————————————————————————-

    It takes 4 W’s to win a serie

     

  69. SegerHabs says:

    Maybe not the greatest hockey strategy but…

    >40 shots, 1-0

    <40 shots 0-2.

  70. CHsam says:

    yeah except this time its the Black Spy shanking the White Spy with a dagger over and over again

  71. joe the pro says:

    storm man, it must nice to have so much free time and money, living in upper westmount, god bless you

  72. likehoy says:

    anyone catch this? AK/benny better be looking to “cap off” mike green after this.

    “Though up only 2-1 in the series, the Capitals
    top defenseman believes they can be unchallenged. There is the
    unmistakable vibe of the Canadiens
    being on the run now and the Caps firmly in control of this Eastern
    Conference quarterfinal. They’re up just 2-1, but are looking like the
    opening night skittishness that marked their overtime loss to the Habs
    is now nothing but an old memory. And the Caps haven’t even scored a
    power-play goal yet in this series (0-for-14 so far). That’s the way Capitals
    defenseman Mike
    Green
    sees it, even if his coach did not. “That’s the type of
    efforts we need to win. When everyone plays like that — they don’t have
    much out there. Really, they don’t,” he said of the Habs to a
    Washington reporter.

    Toronto Sun”


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

  73. punkster says:

    First of all Rose welcome to HI/O. Second, you haven’t experienced a fraction of what goes on here on a regular basis LOL. Sensitive? Like a hemorrhoid on a telemarketer. Paranoid? Irrational fears are our trademark. Conspiracy theories? We do those during and after every game. Stick around for a while. You won’t want to miss the goaltender controverisies, language debates and coach trashings. Riveting stuff.

  74. king ddd says:

    wow! sid is a beast another 4 point night.. this kid is the Best player in the NHL

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  75. jimmy shaker says:

    From a little birdie that flew onto my shoulder today…….it sounds good though doesn’t it?

    Shaker

  76. LeopardSeal says:

    A few more observations:

    Halek was an awesome goalie in Game 1, but the Caps were shooting low.  Once they figured out his weakness is high on the blocker side, they started scoring on him.  (In case you haven’t noticed, Varly is weak high on the glove side.)

    You can’t rattle Varly with noise or traffic or hitting him.  He has icewater in his veins, and no discernible heartbeat.  But he gives up goals in bunches.  Score on him, then keep coming, and he loses confidence, feels guilty, and falls apart. 

    Semin is the most talented player on this team, but he is a typical Vulcan, I mean, Russian.  Most Russians don’t really care much, which is why they are so streaky and unreliable.  Ovechkin is so special because he is the exception to this rule, but if you watch the Caps all year, you will see that Semin has the talent.  If and when he decides to bring it, he is capable of great things.

    If Ovi, Backstrom, Varly, Fleischman, or Semin were using illicit substances, the Olympics would have caught it.  No way the NHL screening fails to catch any doping, but even if you believe it would, those 5 would have been caught by the IOCC.  Don’t diminish what these players are accomplishing by being reckless with unfounded accusations.

    No matter how exuberantly passionate I am about a sports team, I don’t understand the loss of humanity by some fans.  You would throw a rock at a Casp player if you saw him in the street?  Really?  I hope you are exagerrating.  But the brutal and ruthless treatment of Theo (whose baby son died last summer) makes me wonder if some of these fans have any decency left.  Its a SPORT people, it isn’t LIFE AND DEATH.

    I remember reading that the Team that wins Game 5 usually goes on to win the series.  I don’t have any empirical evidence, but the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming.  I see it holding true in this series as well.  If the Caps win Game 4, then expect the Caps to end it in Game 5.  But if you Habs win Game 4, then the winner of Game 5 will probably prevail.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  77. king ddd says:

    lol i think he needs scott nidermayer, brian rafalsk, scott stevens to save his sorry a**

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  78. LeopardSeal says:

    The Caps have used two goalies all year.  Theo never had it locked down, even while going 23-0-3, Varly would start almost every other game.  No matter what BB decides, controversy will not “infest” this team.  Or infect it, either.  The only controversy all year was whether to send Neuvirth back to Hershey, and an injury coupled with the Olympic break solved that dilemma.

     For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  79. wotever says:

    Bidirectional bad reffing does not a good game make.

    Some of those soft calls were compensatory for blown calls in the other directions.  Ottawa really did tank their own ship though.  

    I was amazed by the fans and the teams “whill of the wahriar”.  Of course, not having your crappy fans like montreal does helps amazing comebacks happen.  I *still* can’t believe people were leaving as early as they were, not to mention the boobirds.

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

  80. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah he keeps getting better every year, it’s ridiculous. It’s too bad he’s not a Hab. 

  81. habsfanmandy says:

    Hey, so what if this is true? Sorta makes sense, huh? Check it out.

    http://dennis-kane.com/washington-capitals-looked-at-in-drug-probe/

  82. Willy the bum says:

    May the best team win, LeopardSeal.

    And don’t blame us for being devoted Habs fans, we were born to cheer graciously and taunt at our dirtiest.

    The tradition of Habs fans lives on since the Rocket’s suspension.

    P.S. I didn’t know Theo’s son died last summer; heartfelt sorrow for him.

  83. matmacat says:

    The poll is asking who WILL get it. Not who should.

  84. habsfanmandy says:

    Man I know. If only…

  85. CHsam says:

    that sounds DAMN good! … just wonder what role he’s interested in… GM ?

  86. Mikey_39 says:

    110% just confirmed that Price starts tomorrow

  87. LeopardSeal says:

    Our quest all year has been to win the Cup, but just as much it has been to BEAT THOSE PENGUINS. 

    We simply must insist that any team inconsiderate enough to eliminate us must pick up that obligation.

    This is not a joke.  We will hate you if you beat us and then lose to Pittsburgh.  I mean real hatred, the kind that Europeans have for soap, or Obama has for the US Constitution.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  88. budachris says:

    Tony marinaro is on l’artaque a cinq, and said that he got confirmation that Carey price is in nets. Tony has been right like 19 times in a row. I think it’s the right move obviously no shock. Your thoughts???

  89. ab-hab-nut says:

    That is so funny!!! Good one!

  90. Willy the bum says:

    I saw posts here that some saw Ovechkin and the guys strolling around downtown.

    It’s kinda funny actually, but I’m hoping Chez Parée not too far from them; if not then any place where they get their freak on.  If Ovechkin were a Hab, he would definitely be a Guy Lafleur: play 3 nights a week, party 5.

    It’s more funny that some who saw Ovie and the guys, I noticed Price, O’Byrne, and Moore browsing around town too.  And when I saw them, I thought to myself, “man they’re huge, now I know how Gionta feels…”

    Well, point is they should take their time to regroup and being calm, ’cause that’s what I’m seeing from them.

  91. LeopardSeal says:

    Regarding Jose Theodore and the death of his son, who died last August at 54 days old:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/01/AR2010030103521.html

    No one in DC will boo him, even tho 90% of us prefer Varly.  Theo has been a class act all year.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  92. naweed235 says:

    i really hope that im going to eat my words but i have a feeling that with price in nets our chances of getting the win tomorrow drop drastically… not trying to start a goalie debate here but here’s why I think this:

    1) i think that at this point of the seaon, the players are more adjusted and more comfortable with Halak’s style

    2) No matter how solid he will be, if price lets in a softie tomorrow i have a feeling that the fans are going to be all over him ( I think it would make more sene to start him in Washington)

    3) Halak ALWAYS came back big after a bad stretch…

     

  93. king ddd says:

    i wished they would take out the salary cap so the molson bros can go real madrid on our team, get sid outta pitts burg, staal, dooughty, toews.. lmao that would be awesome.. i wouldnt want ov in our team however

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  94. CHsam says:

    Bruce Boudreau is beefing up big time!

  95. budachris says:

    Toss aside witch goalie we all prefer, last year in game 3 I think the majority of the fans were calling for halak. Price looked bad and there needed to be a change. Why would the Hans make the same mistake again???halak clearly looks rattled and he had 2 rough( to put it lightly) games in a row and he has had a rough ( again putting it lightly) couple of weeks. Price has looked solid since the break and let’s hope he catches lighting in a bottle and he’s on a roll!!!

    I think he will am we all should hope he does!!

  96. Willy the bum says:

    Fair enough.

    I’m just one fan, but from my opinion, if my Habs do beat your Caps, Habs will possibly do anything to beat the Penguins next round.  And if we do gotten beaten by them, take your hatred to us.

    But if not the Habs I’m cheering on, your Caps are a much better team to get the Cup this year, and I will do the same if the Caps lose to the Penguins.  And trust on one fan’s opinion, I’m not a Pens fan.

    If the Caps beat Habs, your team better g*dd*mn beat the Pens!  That’s the round I wanted to watch.

    Wish you luck!

  97. CHsam says:

    AFter they got Ronaldo Kaka and cie, Real Madrid’s first game last summer was against…… Toronto FC.

    What a joke. TFC’s terrible…..

    but yeah I’d love to have Sid sign with Habs in 2012 or whenever his contract is up

  98. Rainrocket16 says:

    In all honesty, What do you Guys/Gals  think will happen if Price starts (I am sure he will) and he flops out like Halak last game? I mean what wdo you think will happen in the off season? Just Curious. On a lighter note, The Habs must be pissed as ever so expect them to come out flying once again, They must hit hard like Moore did last night on Backstrom (made me proud). We must crash the net and put serious constant pressure on Varly. Metro please rest ( I love his Heart though), SK74 Please play inste ad, WE NEED OBYRNE!! at least he will have a presence!

    MAB, Pouliot, Spacek……………….WAKE THE F%^# UP!!!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  99. naweed235 says:

    amen … im 100% with u on this one

  100. Xtrahabsfan says:

    OK  that it I’m gonna rant……Yo calling all Hab fans once again,listen up It’s been 20 years since the last run in the finals(Dam you Lanny Mcdonald!) and year after year since then its been BLAH….I repeat B   L   A   H !The management on this One Time Powerhouse has consistently put the wrong group of athletes together in hopes of a f**king miracle so as to let no one know how out of touch they are….Now I will give these same folks kudos for their A.H.L.efforts in fact that’s all they should be allowed too do! So don’t blame the Athlete’s …blame every one else and what ever you do NEVER EVER BLAME THE FANS…

    lets NOT FORGET THE LAST 7 YEARS of crap and then last of seasons huge changes when Gainey realized how crap this Habs team was and then grabbed a bunch of excellent undersized forwards and did not surround them with Big ,Fast Brutes ! And on the Defense again Where the f**k are the big ,young ,got a Howitzer ,take no shite and don’t you ever touch my puck …do you have a death wish I will kill you PLAYER!!! AND WHY IS IT ALL THE OTHER TEAMS WILL PARK IN FRONT OF A GOALIE ,whats up with that???? Molson Dudes ….fix this freaking TEAM!!!!!

  101. habsfanmandy says:

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! I’d also like that Aucoin guy just for shootouts! :)

    Salaray cap sucks. Look at the Yankees, they can actually maintain a great team, while us, well, with the cap and the crapshoot draft, are stuck in suckitude/mediocrity land.

    Sucks.

    I still believe though!

    And no Ovie, of course not.

  102. budachris says:

    Chicago does not look strong at all tonight…. Bouillion is getting quality scoring chances

  103. budachris says:

    You are right when you say it would be easier in wash for Carey but the stage is set for him to take the job back and let’s see if it goes well.

  104. SeriousFan09 says:

    They have not been very strong this post-season, very disappointing from the Comeback kids.

     

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

  105. habsfanmandy says:

    Hear hear. Agree. This stuck in suckitude/mediocrity place sucks!

    DO SOMETHING GEOFF!

    lol

  106. avatar_58 says:

    Very tragic. :( I remember hearing about this around the same time my friend’s kid turned 3 months. I just could not imagine the ability to come out of that tragedy.

  107. Rainrocket16 says:

    Ummm. not rying to destroy your MOJO bro because I love it!!!!!!     But, where were you in the Finals in 93?

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  108. budachris says:

    Makes you wonder if there too young to be considers cup favs. Needless to say there is alot of time left but still. Although it goes to show you how good the west is evrey game is close and tight it’s a real shame that we don’t get to watch it more often.

  109. ABHabsfan says:

    CP was in net for t he 4 games aginst the \caps this year and the \habs gained 5/8 points, only losing once in regulation. I think the team should feel quite comfortable with him between the pipes. I don’t think he needs to catch lightning in a bottle for the Habs to win, he just needs to be solid and the Habs can win. This game doesn’t come down to Price, everyone has to do their job. Though if he does pull out a virtuoso performance, it wouldn’t hurt.

  110. Bugs says:

    Last run was in Calgary???

    Where DO you get your history classes, mate, a cracker-jack box?

    C’mon!

    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/

  111. dpthehabsfan says:

    Bouillion is playing a very solid game tonight. Much like he always did. What a mistake letting him go.

  112. Aaron13 says:

    The only way the Habs have a chance against the Caps is to stay close to them – cheek by jowel, so to speak – by not allowing them to pass and shoot as they did in game 1 and the first period of game 3. The goal by OV in game 3 was a typical Caps goal. You can’t give them any space. 

  113. nickster13 says:

    I love nashville, they play such a nice game, blue collar work ethic, quick short passes, smart playing, if they had some superstars they would be unstoppable, but they do a great job by commitee.

  114. Bugs says:

    Best not to think what’ll happen if the Priceberg melts.

    Instead, we should become one with the Force and ask it to watch over our boy.

    Time to see some Pedigree, knowumsayin?

    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/

  115. nickster13 says:

    and we need to play PHYSICAL most importantly. make the caps afriad to go into the corners or in front of the net, aka actually hitting backstrom or ovechkin even if its a tad late, as long as its not penalty material, get in their heads a little!

  116. budachris says:

    I love franky B as a player but the team is already small and they needed to add size. Resigning bouillon would not have helped that.

  117. andrewberkshire says:

    Bouillon had 11 points this year, and wanted a raise in the offseason. No way he was staying, he was one of our most overpaid players last year.

  118. Bugs says:

    Very tragic. Very, very, very tragic. Class act all the way.

    So much so, that if he DOES come into the game tomorrow, I’ll take a moment of silence before booing him to the dogs and back, how’s that sound?

    Best I can do.

    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/

  119. Aaron13 says:

    ie. man to man coverage.

     

  120. budachris says:

    Of course he will need help from the team. But I think for h personally if puts up the wall tommorow it will do worlds for his confidence.

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    More of a lesson about taking B-grade goaltending to the big show.

     

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

  122. Aaron13 says:

    ie. man to man coverage.

     

  123. dpthehabsfan says:

    He may be short, but he’s not small. 200 Lbs. in a 5′ 8” frame. Low center of gravity, and rarely knocked off his skates. And reliable.

  124. budachris says:

    Lol no kidding eh??? Niemi just kissed the ice on that penalty shot why seeing how he’s 6’4 try to become so small?? Don’t get it.

  125. ABHabsfan says:

    I agree. Could spark a medioric resurgence, but I’ll settle for a solid win

  126. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude ,it’s been so long ago that it almost pre-history,lol

  127. punkster says:

    Stephen, I’ll admit that sometimes your comments rub me the wrong way. This is not one of them. The essence of what I think about this team is in your second paragraph and while you express it in a different maner we may be in sync. Let’s see.

    Gainey blew up the crap team and got himself some excellent forwards in their place. At that point the job was only partially finished. I think he did the best he could with the money available and was unable to get those final pieces (what you may call big, fast brutes and killer D). At the risk of repeating myself (and here I go repeating myself) the re-build isn’t done yet. There are still a few of the old team left to move (if the price is right) and some spots to be filled (the big forwards and D). They’ll have to make CAP space somehow and it may not all happen this summer but I think it will happen.

    Are we close?

  128. habsfanmandy says:

    Sounds good to me.

    Gustavson has a heart defect, right? Doesn’t mean anything on ice. Everyone’s got a sob story.

  129. budachris says:

    I agree with you 100 percent but they needed some one like Mara who bouillion was replaced bye. At 6’4 225 he is a more intimidating pressence then frank. But I take him over mab, hammer anyday unfortunatlry there was no room for him.

  130. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rookie who should’ve been backing up a real No. 1 is what it is really. Huet getting 5.6 a year while ex-Hawk Anderson in Colorado at 1.5 is putting on an unbelieveable season and post-season.

     

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

  131. terrygain says:

    Pound for pound our toughest player last year. i miss him. Didn’t he sign for $750K? Which is the minimum for a veteran. Plays a lot tougher than 44 at 1/6 the price. 

  132. budachris says:

    It was not a huge raise he wanted but I see your point.

  133. habsfanmandy says:

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about. We’re all languishing in the past (and I’m too young to remember ’93)

    As far as I can remember we’ve been so mediocre, we’re in the dictionary under that word. It SUCKS. For the fans, for management, for everyone involved I imagine. When will we have a real shot at the Cup??

    Problem with mediocre is we don’t get to the Cup and we don’t get a top pick.

    Sigh.

  134. avatar_58 says:

    Puts the performance of our two young guys in perspective

  135. budachris says:

    That huet contract is the excact reason the habs need to be carefull in the offseason when giving jaro A contract. Is this a case of having an outstanding CONTRACT year or can he be a legit starter in the league. I THINK it’s the former that’s the reality but well have too wai and see.

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    Any raise, or even equal salary to the near 1.9 million he was making a season is ridiculous. He’s a 6th or 7th defenseman at best.

  137. budachris says:

    Same here a win is a we need

  138. terrygain says:

    If Price doesn’t start tomorrow there’s no way he re-signs with Montreal. I think Halak’s the better goalie but I”m okay with Price starting. Management needs to learn the problem is not with the goal tending. 

  139. andrewberkshire says:

    500K is the least for a veteran, and the only reason he signed for so little is because no one wanted him.

  140. LeopardSeal says:

    Well then I’m sorry, but in my opinion booing him shows a total lack of class.  Why boo him at all?

    Here’s an idea, why not APPLAUD  him?  Pay one minute’s tribute to the pain and tragedy he has faced, then scream and cheer like mad every time he gives up a goal.  THAT would impress the entire continent, not showing how mercilessly obnoxious you can be.  Of course you want him to LOSE, but why boo him?

    Academic really, since there is no way BB will start him in either Game 4 or Game 6*.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  141. budachris says:

    Oh. Crap I just saw his salary last year thought it was 1.5( stupid inaccurate hockeybuzz) in that. Case your absolutly right. I’d want at 1/1.5 though

  142. terrygain says:

    Figured out his weakness.  Good grief. Every goalie does the butterfly (covering the much more frequent low shot)  and has been vulnerable to the high shot  since Ken Dryden

  143. habsfanmandy says:

    The (very) few games I go to per year means I when I do go I’m cheering like mad for the Habs and rarely booing anything, so really the whole thing is just theory/venting. I wouldn’t boo Theo, I loved him when he was in Montreal. I always pulled for him.

     

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  144. terrygain says:

    Have ye no faith?

  145. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov should get a 10% commission on the Souray/Komisarek contracts I would say.

     

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

  146. andrewberkshire says:

    Maybe Markov is secretly their agent? Makes them better in contract years to get some commission.

  147. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Almost 4 playoff games are over and the Sharks trio still only have 0 goals and remain -6.

  148. terrygain says:

    500k is the least for a rookie. You claimed Francis was overpaid at  1.9 million. I believe you were out by 1.2 million. 

  149. terrygain says:

    I thought Mara was a good signing but he turned out to be a bust.

  150. terrygain says:

    Letting Komisarek go to the Leafs for 5 times his value was Gainey’s best decision.

  151. ABHabsfan says:

    I am pretty sure he (only!) gets $750K from the Preds.

  152. light_n_tasty says:

    Forgetting about 1993 is not forgivable.  Unforgivable.  Not to be forgiven.

  153. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude ,I can’t even remember who I was shagging and how many in 93,lol

  154. light_n_tasty says:

    A team completely built on excellent drafting and development.

  155. andrewberkshire says:

    500 is the least for a vet too. Patrick Eaves in Detroit for example.

  156. Bugs says:

    Sell it to Hallmark, mate. All stocked up on cutesie-pootsie, myself.

    Thé-Oh. Thé-Oh. Thé-Oh. Thé-Oh.

    MWA-ha-ha!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  157. Bugs says:

    With a statement like that, probably none.

    Right?

    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/

  158. Xtrahabsfan says:

    californucation baby,lol

  159. SeriousFan09 says:

    Red Wings 3-0 over the Phoenix Parasites Go Wings! Knock out the parasites!

    Jimmy Howard records his 1st playoff shutout in only his 4th NHL playoff game, good for him.

     

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

  160. avatar_58 says:

    BOOOOOOO

    Hate the wings

  161. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    there will not be justice in this world until the Yotes are returned to Winnipeg.

    I believe Winnipeg was the home to the original “white out” in the playoffs.

    I remember Dale Howerchuk very well- and Selanne rookie season – 76 goals, 132 points – unreal.

    freakin parasites :-)) good call !

  162. Aaron13 says:

    The 3rd and 4th lines are bangers so they can do that. However, I think JM prefers finesse. If you have the skills to be in the NHL then “skate, check, shoot if at all possible, with man to man coverage against the Caps”. 

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    Howard really needed that, he was atrocious the last couple games.

  164. christophor says:

    Craig Mactavish: Corey Price

  165. andrewberkshire says:

    I swear if I hear anyone saying the league favours Pittsburgh in penalty calls this year… Second LONG 2 man advantage for the Sens in this game. Unreal.

  166. Bob Barker says:

    That was a pretty sweet goal by Spezza. A lot of people rag on the guy but he’s been pretty solid for the last few  months since returning from injury. I like that he shoots more now that Heater is no longer in Ottawa because he has a pretty sick shot himself. 

  167. andrewberkshire says:

    Pittsburgh’s PK in this series should disqualify Staal from Selke voting. Beyond pathetic.

  168. Bob Barker says:

    Craig Mactavish reminds me of that Harry Caray impression Will Ferrell used to do. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hObBw7ZAWDo&feature=related

     

  169. avatar_58 says:

    Huh? Shouldn’t that be a penalty? I didn’t see any deflection or glass-hit….and then the Pens score. Wow….

  170. hablifting says:

    Still angry about that “no skill” Staal guy getting nominated for the Selke eh?  Stupid experts, what do they know?  You should apply for a job!

  171. andrewberkshire says:

    Looked like it knicked the top of the glass to me, but with all the soft calls on the Penguins tonight, two of which resulted in extended 5-on-3 advantages for the Sens, they have nothing to complain about even if the wrong call was made.

  172. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he was one of the 3 best defensive forwards in the NHL, there wouldn’t be a complaint, but he isn’t.

     

     

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

  173. hablifting says:

    Ahh!  Another HIO expert hockey analyst.  Let me guess….Your choices are:

    Rod Brind’Amour
    Sergei Federov
    Guy Carbonneau

    ?

  174. hablifting says:

    Agreed.  A team completely built around flopping for calls.

  175. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m not an expert, I just saw it on the replay.

    If you can say with a straight face that you think Staal is one of the top 3 defensive forwards in the NHL, you’re a better liar than I am. I have no clue what NHL writers were thinking, but they’re out to lunch on that selection, just like NHL GM’s were out to lunch to nominate Brodeur for the Vezina this year. Sometimes people get a lot more credit for their last names than they deserve.

    edit: as for being angry? Why would I be angry? I think it’s a stupid decision as other players were more deserving, but it affects me not.

  176. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jonathan Toews, easily Staal’s superior on the PK and even-strength situations. Many more takeaways and allowed 23 fewer PP goals this year on the PK while playing the same amount of minutes per game as Staal on the PK. Or try Nicklas Backstrom in WSH, both play against much tougher opposition as top line players and do it better than Staal does.

     

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

  177. hablifting says:

    I honestly can’t say that Staal is a terrible choice.  The guy plays on the 3rd line, scores 50 points (including 20 goals) and is always up against the teams best players.

    The reality is that Staals first job on the ice is defence, he did a very good job in all categories this year.  What other requirement for the Selke should there be?

  178. hablifting says:

    Neither of those guys main job is to play defence.  They are there to produce offence first and foremost.  You may be a little confused about the point of the Selke.

  179. CHsam says:

    anybody got a link for the Pens Sens game ?

  180. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill
    in the defensive component of the game.

    Toews is superior on the penalty kill and in takeaways, two key areas of defensive hockey in the NHL. Datsyuk and Kesler are top players on their NHL teams as well and they got the nod. Also, if you excel at playing defensive hockey against superior players, than it’s another example of how you are better at the defensive components of the game. Toews wins in three key areas then, penalty kill, takeaways and playing defence against the opposition’s better players.

     

     

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

  181. Le Jadester says:

    Agreed.

    Habs, OLE !

  182. LeopardSeal says:

    You are a jerk.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  183. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s over, 7-4 Pens.

     

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

  184. jimmy shaker says:

    I heard that Robinson has been in contact with the Molson brothers.  Now that’s a story to run with!

    Shaker

  185. CHsam says:

    AHa thanks man

  186. andrewberkshire says:

    He scored ALMOST 50 points, he didn’t hit the plateau. I’m not saying he’s a terrible player, when I was talking about him yesterday I was using hyperbole to embolden my point. He doesn’t play against the other team’s best players, Crosby does. Bylsma nearly always chooses to go power on power, with Crosby against the first line and Malkin against the second. Staal gets whatever’s leftover. Usually playing against 3rd pairing defensemen.

    My other knocks on him as a player include, for his size, he’s soft. Andrei Kostitsyn threw more hits per game this year than Staal did. Almost everyone on this site believe that Kostitsyn is soft, but he hits more often and harder than Staal. Jordan also isn’t strong on the puck like his brother Eric is, he’s pushed off of it often, especially on the PK, which is another reason he shouldn’t be nominated for the Selke, his PK work isn’t near up to par considering what other players in the NHL offer. He’s also terrible at faceoffs, worse than Plekanec in fact, and Plekanec takes more important faceoffs against better faceoff men. Lack of faceoff ability is a reason why I don’t think Plekanec is Selke worthy either.

    On a subjective note, it seems like every time Staal has the puck in the offensive zone, he thinks too slow. Reminds me of Andrei Kostitsyn on off nights. He tries too many slow dekes with his long reach and loses the puck.

  187. MontrealAtheist says:

    Let’s hope that this is not the way how the Habs series will turn out, a win in game #1 followed by 3 successive losses.

  188. wall2bay says:

    A lot of Doom & Gloom on the site but this thing is far from over folks.  Yes this team has issue, starting mainly with the head coach.  A good head coach in my opinion, needs to have at least one of these qualities:

    1.  A powerful personality and master motivator that makes players want to play for him and gets the maxout of every single player.

    and/or

    2. A genius tactician that not only has a solid system in place but can out coach his counterpart more often than not.

    Unfortunately JM does not posses either quality.  He’s frustrating as hell! Let’s also not forget that we could’ve also gotten a guy like Dave Tippet but he gets rejected cuz of the whole Bill 101 policy that we follow.

    Having said that, I’m still optimistic that we can turn this thing around and see the team we saw in game 1 and the 1st half of game 2.  The team looked a little mad and pi$$ed off……..which may end up being a good thing!  Here’s my prediction……

    1. Gomez & Gionta’s cup experience starts to kick in full gear.

    2. Price gets hot and stays for the rest of the series.

    3. Varmy gets chased and then the goalie issues goes back into their court!

    Sure this may sound a little hopeful but crazier things have happened in sports.  The Caps can be had……..what the Habs simply need to do is create a goalie controversy on the other end and that will infest the whole team.

    I’m a believer in Price…..afterall he has 2 wins and a SO loss this season against them…..he may even whack Knuble across the head, something Halak couldn’t dream of doing….. so WHY NOT!

    Brian Burke = Overrated Loud Mouth POS

  189. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’re all hoping that, but at the same time I’m enjoying this, I need some help in my playoff pool and this the only series that is really turning my way so far.

     

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

  190. andrewberkshire says:

    In fairness to Jordan Staal, he plays more than 2 full minutes per game MORE than Toews on the PK. Toews and Datsyuk’s lack of PK time is one reason why James Mirtle didn’t vote for either.

  191. CHsam says:

    where’d you hear that ?

  192. jimhasbeen says:

    martin needs to go;

    the team is no better now than they were in october.

    to me that’s a sign that the ‘system’ is not working.

    c’mon jacques, l’antichambre awaits

  193. jimhasbeen says:

    youth wins in the nhl right now, and jacques still heavily favours the older players who have “paid their dues”

  194. andrewberkshire says:

    Flyers up 3 games to 1 on NJ. Brodeur faltering yet again in the playoffs. He needs to either check his ego at the door and go down to 50 games a year or retire.

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    Watching the Defence throw the game away: Not Worth It

     

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

  196. joeybarrie says:

    I really hope we don’t go back to Halak for game 4. Halak has done well this year, but has failed to come up big for these games. Not a big deal because we arent the first place team, and we arent a better team. But if we are going to win our goalie has to be the BEST. Give Price a full shot. He does well for the most part in big games, and has done well vs Washington. Halak failed. Its time to try Price. We all talk so much about the goalies. Well here it is. put him in. If he performs better, then its a done deal. If not we are back at square one. But Price deserves his chance at this series. Plus Price is bigger so maybe it will be a little harder to push him around. And it will serve us well to have this experience for BOTH our goalies.

    WHEN Price does better, I hope we don’t forget all Halak has done for us. If Price plays moderatly well too, then I hope we wont be all over him. But this is mostly wishful thinking. Does Price want to be our number 1 next season. Well prove it now Pricey, I’m behind you.

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

  197. diehardhab says:

    Mcguire on 990 now

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  198. punkster says:

    Going to take a dump…now!

  199. diehardhab says:

    Its not halaks fault. I feel he has just lost his mojo. May as well try price.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  200. Say Ash says:

    Haven’t heard much from Allan “Sir Tweets Alot” Walsh lately…hmm…

  201. Bill says:

    Do you really think the outcome would’ve been different yesterday with Price in net? The Caps scored enough goals on Price after he came in to win the game anyway.

    It’s obviously foolish to talk as though the goaltending is the issue anyway. The Habs D has to provide consistent coverage – Hamrlik and MAB were real goats last night – and someone besides Gionta needs to have the balls to go the net.

    There’s nothing in Price’s NHL career with the Habs, especially in the playoffs, that would lead me to believe that he can be a difference-maker in the series, but I would love to be proved wrong about that. I think Price will start tomorrow: the Habs need to change the flavour of the series, and the Caps are feeling confident with Halak right now, while he seems tired. I hope we see a different Carey Price than we’ve seen for the past 16 months or so, but it’s not fair to him to expect him to be a saviour.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  202. GrimJim says:

    But it wasn’t Priceless because he played half the game

  203. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carried over from an earlier post about Toews missing out on a Selke nomination ahead of Jordan “I’m a Penguin” Staal.

    Jordan Staal has been on while 29 goals were scored against the Penguins this season on a TOI average of 3:20 for SH situations. Jonathan Toews has been on for 3:09 of PK time per game, there have been six goals against the Blackhawks in the whole season while Toews operated on the penalty kill. Staal has 41 takeaways to Toew’s 69 as well. Toews plays against team’s top offensive lines far more often than Staal does as well since he’s a first-line forward and Staal is 3rd, therefore much less likely to face top lines during his games.

     

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

  204. topher5468 says:

    Your right, its not All Halaks fault but you cant argue that his play has been less than stellar lately. He’s lacked the ability to make that game changing save lately, like goal #2 last night, Sure it would have been a tough save but it would have been one that helped the team stay alive. I for one will always be appreciative of Halaks play this year but this team needs a kick in the arse, Maybe the goalie change is whats needed, It worked for Washington. 

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

  205. Bill J says:

    Funny but these are the excuses used to dump on Price all season long.

    “Price doesnt get the support Halak does”

    “Yeah Price played great, but he didnt get the win”

     

    Fact of the matter is – Halak did NOT let in just 2 goals, he let 3 in.

    Previous game to that he let 6 in, last 3 games of the season when it was important to land 1 measley point, he let in 4, 4 & 3

    So I think it is safe to say, it is time to give Price a shot.

     

    Unless you care more about Halak then the TEAM ?

  206. Bill J says:

    Nothing ?

    Cough cough – 2 shutouts against Boston 2 years ago when Price was a VERY young 20 year old.

    How about actually WINNING a series (same one)

    far too often people hold on to the Philly series that year. 

    Nothing ? I think not.

    Halak has one win in the playoffs now, and the GAA & Save % he had that was better then Price for a while (cuz he played like 40 minutes of playoff Hockey prior to this year) are now VERY inflated & high due to the last 2 games.

    Methinks you meant to say “Halak has not done anything in the playoffs for the Habs yet” right ?

  207. HardHabits says:

    What! Is Jacques Martin taking coaching lessons?

  208. HardHabits says:

    You can blast the radio and the sh*t’ll be coming out from….

    Nevermind!

  209. Big Ted says:

    MAB cannot play defence in this league and he cannot start again in the playoffs. He is being out-muscled but not only that, he is not doing the basic things a hockey player needs to do, like pass, clear the puck, or skate backwards. OB needs to be back in, or the Habs need to make a call-up. Gorges and Gill have been good, but Hamrlik and Spacek are not chewing up quality minutes and Markov needs a better partner (read that as we need Subban).

    Forward-wise, would like to see Cammy on line 1 with AK and SK together on a line with Pleks. Agreed that the Habs need to send more bodies to the net. Varlamov gave up his fair share of rebounds into the slot and no one was there to grab them. We also need to do a better job on the boards in the O-zone. Lots of times our 2nd and 3rd guys in were not in position to support the play.

    This series is slipping away, but it is very much still a series. The reffing has been brutal the past two games but it didn’t cost us game 3, it just made it 100x harder to come back. On the other hand, if the goaltender interference is called by the rulebook, we’re up in this series 2-1 and playing game 4 at home, so let’s not get too down. We are capable of winning game 4, but we absolutely need to get to varlamov. so far we haven’t rattle dhim and he is not the strength of that team. If we get him off his game, we have a very good chance.

  210. KenD29 says:

    Cold beverage in hand and bbq going now!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  211. Jordio-oh says:

    Totally unrelated, but i just saw Komisarek down the street from my place, him and his girlfriend each walking dogs. I should have said something to him, or at least fought him. But he’s enormous. Lucic was no where to be found.

     

  212. showey47 says:

    What was the point of playing darche is he was only going to play 2 minutes? If JM is going to play with a short bench he should just play with 7 dmen then.

  213. Psycho29 says:

    Not having to listen to Maguire……..PRICELESS!

  214. jimmy shaker says:

    But you didn’t have anything to say the last 5 games of the year and the first 2 games of this series, when he was probably our best D-man, even taking out OVI.  But now all of a sudden he sucks and he can’t play and he shouldn’t be even playing in the ECHL.  You guys are comical.  IF you want to spew over someone, do it on Hammer.  He’s sucked the last 2 months and nobody except for tomnickle and I have been saying anything about it.  Right now MAB is the better alternative to O’Byrne…..JM isn’t going to change that.  Next year, he probably won’t be around, so then you guys will get your wish, but for now suck it up!

    Shaker

  215. habsfanmandy says:

    What is this BS about Gomez punching Ovie tomorrow night? Did the Canadiens really have a game of punching Ovie on their website???

  216. TripleX says:

    Forget that, get to the important things.  Is his gf HOT?

  217. HabFanSince72 says:

    MAB did a good job on D in the first two games but he was not good yesterday.  Then again Markov and Hamr haven’t been great either.

    In fairness, having the Caps come at you will unsettle a lot of defences.

    I have nothing against bringing in O’Byrne, sitting Darche, or whatever, but those are details. Everyone knows who are the players who might get us to the next round.

    Although, in my opinion the coyote is at the bottom of the ravine and the roadrunner has been replaced by a puff of smoke.

     

  218. ManApart says:

    If you want to say Halak failed in the past few games fine. But Price is a failure also, over his career. 5-11, I believe. Halak has already done better than Price did last year. Price has won 3 games in 2010, for God’s sake. Call Halak a failure all you want, but then Price is twice the failure Halak is. Did you see his win loss the past yaer and a half, worst by a starting goalie by a mile. Now that’s as much a failure as anyone can get…..I’m not saying I subscribe to all this necessarily, there is a pretty bad team outside of the goaltenders. But if we use your logic, then I’m bang on.

  219. TripleX says:

    We are comical?  I have not heard a single hockey analyst anywhere supporting the minutes that JM is giving MAB.  When a fringe player like MAB is getting over 20 minutes a game something is wrong.

    He is -5 in THREE GAMES!  There is no logical argument to support playing MAB with Markov on the top unit.

    Is it possible you and JM are right and everyone else is out to lunch?  When pigs fly dude.

     

    ps if MAB is so great on defense why did he not play on the top unit all season

  220. Jordio-oh says:

    yep. total babe.

  221. TripleX says:

    Damn!  I was hoping she was an obese tranny.  LOL

  222. HabFanSince72 says:

    Explain the SK love to me? What exactly does he bring? Not goals, not grit, not toughness, not hockey intelligence, not responsible play in his own end.

    So what am I missing?

  223. KenD29 says:

    Maybe you can replace him walking his dog when ‘s back playing with the Leafs in September!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  224. Big Ted says:

    If you look back at old posts, you’ll see that I didn’t think MAB played that well in game 1 either, and I have said all along that I thought Gill, Gorges, and Markov were better in the series. MAB hasn’t been the worst overall, but he was the worst in game 3 (along with Hamrlik) and I for one don’t feel comfortable with him back at the point. Washington is exploiting him and we need to fill that hole. Why should we wait til next year to make an adjustment, it doesn’t help us now and as you said, MAB might not even be here so OB is even a better investment for next year. it’s not like we have any hope for MAb to improve with playing time, he’s been poor defensively since he broke into the league.

  225. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Did the NHL and Washington Capitals attempt to cover up an investigation related to steroids?  ……………   Did NHL cover up drug probe?  …………..  http://www.truthandrumours.net/2010/04/20/sports-illustrated-asks-did-nhl-cover-up-drug-probe/          ……….  Upon having more than $200,000 worth of pills, bottles and syringes—some containing steroids—seized from his Polk County (Fla.) home in May 2009, former bodybuilder Richard Thomas pointed to the Washington Capitals as one of the teams he had supplied for.

  226. KenD29 says:

    I believe Price beat the Caps twcie during the regular season. He is a bigger goalie than Halak. He will not be as easy to push around as Halak since none of the Habs D are taking care of the Caps who are crashing the net!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  227. SeriousFan09 says:

    What does Darche bring, AHL play in an NHL game?

    Sergei brings far more to any game he’s in than Darche, but since Darche is a veteran, he’s allowed to **** up and get rewarded with PP time, while Sergei sits on the bench for a game.

     

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

  228. TripleX says:

    Price allowed enough goals in 20 minutes to lose the game dude.  This is not a goalie problem, more a lack of overall talent on the roster.  The problem is in management which year after year fails to get talent.

    I do agree that for any chance of a win we need a goalie to stand on his head and so far Halak has not done that.  So the failure of Halak is that he has not been spectacular. 

    I have no problem in giving Price a chance as we have nothing to lose.  I just question whether it is fair to him as he will be under tremendous pressure to be brilliant.

  229. topher5468 says:

    What is more important to you, Halak playing or winning, Halak’s not a failure, niether is Price but Price deserves a chance. Halak had his, he faultered down the stretch and has not been on his game in the playoffs either. Why must you put price down because halak has faultered. What I do, I root for the team regardless who’s in net, you should try it sometimes.

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

  230. Bill J says:

    I didn’t say Price was hands down better then Halak.

    Maybe you missed the intent of the post, which countered that Price HAS done something in the playoffs.

    Yeah maybe Price has a buncha losses…. 7 of which came when he was 20 + another 4 last year when he was 21 & had a buncha injured prima-donna’s (minus a select few who actually cared about the team) playing in front of him.

    So yeah 11 losses…. looks bad alright…. but for all the excuses being made for Halak’s poor performance, ALL those excuses apply to Price as well…  Saying otherwise is quite unfair.

    In conclusion I 200% agree the team in front of the two goalies is what
    the issue is, even more so behind the bench.  This has been said by Price supporters for almost the entire season, to which Halakians where quite ignorant when they disagreed.

    Now it’s happening to Halak, and all I hear is how crappy the team that plays in front of Halak is.

    Ayoye! as Brunet says so often on RDS!

     

  231. topher5468 says:

    Price should be judged from start to finish, to when he’s asked to clean up halaks mess. What have we got to lose at this point right?

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

  232. TripleX says:

    Speed, tremendous vision on the ice, above average passing, offensive creativity and a great shot.  His game is not about toughness and grit we have plenty of those players, or at least we are told we do.  His game is speed and offensive imagination on the rush.

    If he was not responsible in his own end do you really think his mortal enemy JM would play him on the PK?

    You are missing the ability to see a diamond in the rough with tremendous upside.  Darche is a career minor leaguer and will never be a regular NHL player.

  233. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not as much as he did in the regular season, but he doesn’t play much either. How would changing a 4th liner for another turn us into Cap-beaters?

    Given a choice I’d probably take SK over Darche, but you guys are going on about it like this move is going to turn us into the 1977 Canadiens.

     

  234. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think it’ll transform anything, but an effective forward who can play takes the workload off of other forwards and makes it easier to roll the lines. It’s about the smaller adjustments that lets the team play it’s game and not put the whole thing on the back of the Top 6 guys by the end of the game.

     

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

  235. Mikey_39 says:

    Not responsible plays in his own end? Not intelligent hockey?  He was +4 during the season (pretty significant when you look at everybody else’s stats).  He is a great penalty killer. 

    No grit, no toughness? Haven’t seen much of that from anybody else either.  Everyone keeps knocking on him because he’s not scoring goals.  Well he’s not much of a goal scorer.  But he’s an awesome playmaker. He needs to play with GOAL SCORERS!

    And for anyone who thinks JM doesn’t have anything against him, think about this….When have you seen sergei on the PP? Even when he was playing some of his best hockey, he got NOTHING!  Meanwhile Darche, who has equally done nothing ( I have nothing against him, just trying to make a point) has been given time on the power play.  IF they give him a chance, maybe play him with his brother I think we will see some good hockey.  And considering the Powerplay has been DISGUSTING lately, wouldn’t it be a good idea to try something new? 

  236. topher5468 says:

    Gotta love your perseverence Shaker, Ive been against MAB for a while but you have stood behind him, good or bad. I admire that.

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

  237. Bill J says:

    Yeah Shaker is the president of a few Fan clubs for the team so I hear… (:P Shaker) lol

     

  238. Harani says:

    Kind of off-topic. But our good friend Kovalev is injured with a “completely torn” ACL which he acquired on Thursday April 8th in a loss to the Lightning. Speaking recently, Elliot Friedman reports that this is what he had to say. . “It’s just kind of disappointing to have (the knee injury)…against a team not making the playoffs…could have easily waited until the playoffs and skipped those kind of games.” Wonder what Cory Clouston thought of that.”

    So, basically Kovy is saying that he should have rested up for the playoffs, he who scored all of 18 goals in 77 games.

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

  239. jbroderi says:

    interesting!  if anyone in the nhl would be stupid enough to take them, it would be Ovie.  I would give 10, 000 dollars to see the habs come back and win the series, and see him pout like a little bitch!!   He is the ugliest player since lyle odelien!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  240. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Three pp goals in 3 games, all scored by Cammi-Plex-AK46 .. no use for SK on the PP.. Gomez Gionta Metro is the other unit.

    note: MAB is -5, Darche is -3 .. SK is -1, not bad in two games considering.

    Note 2: our second line is -3.. and have scored 4 even strength goals.. 7 goals against in three games for our second line is unacceptable.. if they pick it up, we may have a chance.

  241. HabFanSince72 says:

    He has that roid rage look about him.

  242. jbroderi says:

    you’d have something in common with him then!!     just joking!!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  243. HabFanSince72 says:

    He went to sleep on the Caps 2nd  goal in game 2.

    Completely. Just fucking stopped skating while Backstrom teed it up.

    That goal broke our backs. Go into the 2nd intermission up 4-1 and it’s smooth sailing. Instead we went to the dressing room  thinking holy crap here they come.

    That’s why he was benched. He’s a goof and so is O’Byrne, by the way.

     

  244. jbroderi says:

    I agree. Staal just gets props because he is a third line centre on a stacked team.  Staal is good, but it is a copp out nomination.  Toews is a superior player in both ends of the rink.  Think, if staal was on another team, would he seem so “valuable” ?  Don’t think so.  He’s good, but not was the “guru” cracks him up to be!!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  245. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    SK brings hope. There is always a misunderstood superstar in the Habs system to some fans – remember how ‘everyone’ on the forum brayed for mighty Max Pacioretty to be brought up last year? He was Sergei of the year last year. Remember, the power forward who would crash the net and score 30? Remember D’Agostini, who could walk on water but eventually seemed to have trouble skating on it? Subban (who I think is the real thing) will be the next one, if they
    try to give him time to develop. It’s a fan thing.

    It’s like the 6/49. You’ve gotta dream.

    Someday, I hope SK will be an Oleg Petrov. It would be nice to see him pan out that well.

  246. dufour says:

    Ya… I wouldn’t be suprised if he was… They say he is like 240 lbs, at 6’2″, that seems a bit rediculous considering how fast he moves. The way he looks so much stronger than everybody else.

    with that said, I don’t believe he is, it just wouldn’t supsrise me if he was

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  247. topher5468 says:

    Anyone think Detroit just got robbed, I do

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

  248. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    You should have yelled “Burke” to see if the dog would run over to you.

  249. adam76 says:

    and zits o plenty.

  250. andrewberkshire says:

    Sergei has game-breaking talent and ability. He’s done it before and he’ll do it again. Twice in the last 2 seasons he’s nearly single handedly beat the Capitals. All he needs is the confidence of his coach.

  251. adam76 says:

    I agree – he should be judged on his 13 – 20 – 5 record.  Halak is the reason we made the post season, he gets game 4.

  252. Say Ash says:

    Kind of agree. Ottawa’s seeding probably wasn’t going to change. And who cares about the regular season? Kovalev’s playoff numbers are wicked good.

  253. andrewberkshire says:

    To be fair to the second line, I believe they were on for both the goals Halak blew it on in game 2. Not their fault.

  254. topher5468 says:

    well I think we can all agree thats not coming anytime soon, too bad, Sergei could be a good player

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

  255. mike g says:

    My friend who works downtown just saw Ovi, Semin, and Backstrom walking on Peel….

    He did nothing, just watched them stroll by, like the Habs are doing. I just got pissed at him lol….If I was him, I would have pissed them off for sure. Throw a rock at them, go near them and scream that one of them is attacking me….lol, something to piss them off..

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  256. adam76 says:

    You should get that cough checked out.

  257. Say Ash says:

    You should pointed do a guy and said, “there’s lucic!” – see if he’d flinch

  258. andrewberkshire says:

    So now Sergei Kostitsyn is to blame for Knuble interfering with Halak? Weak argument.

  259. Say Ash says:

    Tell the K. Bros where they are. One phone call and it’s all taken care of.

  260. andrewberkshire says:

    If JM stays on as coach, I agree. Boucher would be welcome next season.

  261. SeriousFan09 says:

    You want to talk about bad moments in Game 2? Halak flubbing yet another breakaway because he’s terrible at them, gave the Capitals an indication they could beat him. Darche fed Carlson directly, who then set up Ovechkin’s first goal of the series he screwed up royally and was rewarded with time on the PP! That is a load of garbage for an AHL call-up to screw up beyond belief and then get rewarded for it. Flip to the tying goal? Halak gets beaten, badly. What does that do to team confidence with your goalie throwing the oppositon all the help they need to win? Sergei didn’t lose the game for us.

    And by the way, what’s MAB, a Norris candidate? Doesn’t have the strength to play D,
    literally. He’s easily pressured when he has the puck and can’t play
    without Markov covering up for his lousy decisions. No physical power,
    doesn’t have the skating of Markov or his stick skills, so what’s he
    bringing to the table? -5 already and a real -5, not one you get for
    other people screwing up. O’Byrne can hit people. He can slam them into the boards and make them pay the price for entering our zone, or parking on the goalie. Took the Capitals 2 games to figure out MAB and now he’s a liability, anyone who thought MAB up on top pair was a long-term solution to a good playoff run has an alcohol abuse problem.

     

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

  262. SeriousFan09 says:

    Problem is once he turns around to run away, Ovie will run him down and board him into a display window. Or Semin might try and play the drums on him.

     

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

  263. HabFanSince72 says:

    No actually, SK is to blame for not giving a fuck.

    Hope that clears things up.

     

  264. mike g says:

    lmao…you mean 2 phone calls…

    I’d have to call them, but then they have to call their “guys” (cough cough, Mangiola….).

    Unless the bros take care of their own business. They put on their tight, black leather jackets and put toothpicks in their mouths. And then they stroll the streets…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  265. likehoy says:

    damn that has been my dream for the last week…to run them ove…i mean run into them :D

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

  266. Mr. Biter says:

    Shaker, even I agree with you about MAB. God next I’ll be agreeing with Timo (NOT)

  267. mike g says:

    Semin would probably dive and pretend he got tripped…

    Backstrom was probably shopping for tights and tank tops, cuz he looks like a 14 year old girl…

    Ovi was probably meeting “someone” for “business”, or he was buying 400$ t-shirts and a “girlfriend” for tonight…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  268. mike g says:

    Yaaa, now way I’d miss them if I was driving…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  269. Danno says:

    Ovechkin only takes natural-sourced vitamins.

     

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

  270. punkster says:

    However he and his brother has Kovalevitis. We need players who are willing to play to their talent levels, their expectations level, their potential levels at all times, not just when the spirit moves them. Sorry Andrew, I love the K brothers flashes of brilliance. I don’t love their on again, off again play.

  271. likehoy says:

    wouldn’t stop for autographs cause i’ll be autographing their bodies with my summer tires.

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

  272. andrewberkshire says:

    Very little Sergei could have done.

  273. badbalance says:

    I woulda brought out my baseball bat and smashed their knee caps…

  274. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rather not win this because of a Bobby Clarke Special being done on their guys.

    I maintain to this day, if Clarke on Kharlamov is why Canada won ’72, they didn’t deserve to.

     

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

  275. andrewberkshire says:

    Last I checked AK46 got a hat trick one game ago. Last game he wasn’t fantastic, but the only forwards who played better are better than him nearly every night (Cammalleri, Plekanec, Gionta). He was no worse than anyone else on the team. However even with on and off nights, I’d much prefer waiting for SK74’s on nights than watch Darche be completely outclassed every time he’s on the ice. Sergei is better than him offensively AND defensively, on his worst nights this year. Metropolit is also clearly not ready to be playing, so I don’t know why he’s in the lineup over Sergei either.

  276. SeriousFan09 says:

    Brave Senators, 4 of them ganging up on Malkin.

     

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

  277. badbalance says:

    Pittsburgh have such an annoying play style, its all about scoring a goal and just draining time with the puck along the boards the whole game…

  278. Bill J says:

    lol will do.

  279. Price_31 says:

    SuperDog! …or UnderDog!

  280. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Watching a bit of the Phx-Det game.  Just saw a player we should of signed…Robert Lang. Our centers, Gomez-Pleks-Lang-Metro

  281. punkster says:

    Metro I agree with after seeing him last night. Too soon. Darche was a gamble I think. Go with the experienced grinder or the inexperienced enigma. Maybe it was the wrong call though nobody can truely say SK would or would not have done better, it’s all speculation, guesswork and in that sense it’s bullshit :)

    Now, what about tomorrow? Given what happened last night I’m torn. One side of me says what the heck, go with Price, go with SK, go with OB. These changes may work though none of those 3 are any guarntee to a victory. The other side of me says come back with Halak (because he has been good most of the time), stay with Darche (experience versus enigma)…but…play OB instead of MAB.

    Whatever. It’s not my call. And unlike many here I trust JM to make the right decision because he’s the only real NHL coach on this site. After all, it’s just a hockey game, not real life and no matter what my life won’t be improved or impoverished in any way whether they win or lose. It’s entertainment.

  282. Price_31 says:

    Yup. He’s 2-1-1 against the Caps this season and he’s played pretty well against them.

  283. likehoy says:

    wicked good is a bit of an exaggeration, “good” would be more accurate

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

  284. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    TSN just made a very good point.

    They all agreed that Halak should start in Game 4, but if Montreal’s defense is unable to stop the Caps’ players from crashing into the net or Halak cannot play agressively, then you gotta go with the bigger goalie.

    We all know it’s not a goalie issue, but we need to stop all the guys crashing the net. Unfortunately our defense is soft, so our forwards must crash the net as well or we will lose for sure.

    Pouliot, Moen, Darche…these guys need to put traffic in front of the net. Varlamov always gives out juicy rebounds and there is no Hab to be found near the crease…all shooting from the perimeter.

  285. Bill J says:

    Wow.  Funny I thought the TEAM made the playoffs

    I am sick & tired of hearing “Halak got us into the playoffs”

    Brutal – btw those 13 wins & 5 OT losses of Price you scoff at – that represents 31 pts.

    Take those 31 pts away from the teams overall standings.

    Tell me what happens then.

    All season long I’ve had to endure this BS, I’ve kept my mouth relatively shut.  Because generally speaking Halak was BRILLIANT all season, how could I justify saying anything BUT that.  The hear and NOW ?  Not so brilliant!

    YOU need to remove the blinders, because at NO POINT THIS SEASON has Price gone on a run THIS long allowing on average 4 goals a game.

    WAKE UP!!!! It’s the playoffs, if your a HAB fan you want the TEAM to win, if your a Halak fan – keep going about your business as you seem to be doing a fine job proving yourself to be uni-dimensional in your thoughts.

  286. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Gomez-Gionta-Poulliot

    Pleks-Cammaleri-Moen

    Lang-2 Kost (they had chemistry last year)

    Metro-Laps-(rotate )

     

  287. terrygain says:

    Darche played 2:22 in game 3. No offence to 52 and 32 but the guys you need in front of the net are guys with size and  hands. Like 46 and 74.

  288. terrygain says:

    Please switch teams. 

  289. Bill J says:

    TSN making a good point ? lol  Did you forget THEY want the Habs to fail ?  Because if the Habs succeed it makes Burke look bad ?

    I bet you if the Habs had Crosby, TSN would suggest we send him down to the AHL for conditioning because he is not truculent enough

  290. badbalance says:

    Top corners are the issue, and Halak is having trouble with them..

  291. Bill J says:

    Please stop visiting this website.

  292. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    will 74 be back in the lineup? if not, you can be sure he is done as a hab.

  293. brad.men5 says:

    In other words, there’s not much to talk about today. haha

  294. nfldanchor says:

    You need to have Sergei Kotstitsyn and Ryan Obyrne in the lineup for the next game. Sergei has a lot of speed and can get the puck to the net , he is also a nifty passer. O’Byrne is a big tough defencemen who can help Gill keep those pesky Caps out of our crease. Thats how the Caps are winning, by crashing the net and running our goalies. Let O’Byrne take on the next a**h**e that runs our goalie. Remember Ovechkin in GM 2 poking at Halak till he scored and nobody even took him to task for it. Then he gets out in the media bragging about it. Come on Habs toughen up and defend your best player Halak.

  295. punkster says:

    Except that Darche is bigger than both and just as good at scoring as one of them. And he always comes to play.

  296. terrygain says:

    AK46 can stick handle in traffic and he  throws a lot of hard checks. He is easily the  best passer and shooter on the team.  Other than that he’s useless.

  297. 24 Cups says:

    Bryan – And then there’s Tiger….

    On a personal note, it broke my heart when the Habs lost that 4-1 lead on Saturday.  That was our chance at destiny.

    One thing has become very clear to me – it’s Gionta as captain in the fall (assuming Markov isn’t interested)

  298. diehardhab says:

    Lang had 9 goals and 29 points in 64 games. “Wow”

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  299. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t know if I would characterize Darche as the experienced vet and Sergei as the inexperienced enigma. Sergei has played more NHL playoff games than Darche, and 25 more NHL games than Darche. He’s younger to be sure, but he technically has more NHL experience.

    As for MAB, I think our PP is too ineffective with him out, so double shift our RWs alternately on the 4th line as needed, and have MAB take offensive zone faceoffs on icing plays by Washington and play PP. That’s my two cents. Allowing O’Byrne to come in and hopefully crunch someone.

    I also think AK46 plays a lot better with his brother in the lineup, but maybe it’s subjective. When all is said and done, as you said none of the changes guarantee victory, but I don’t trust Martin to make the correct decisions. He has his favourites and his whipping boys.

  300. terrygain says:

    SK 74 will star elsewhere and Habs fans will say: “wow  has he ever improved”.

    He’s a great skater and puck handler and isn’t afraid of the heavy going but otherwise can’t play.

  301. Harani says:

    Seriously, the hockey fan that I am would have prolly asked them for an autograph. And after that tell them I hope they failed. They would understand.

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

  302. terrygain says:

    Halak did not blow it. Every goal was a good goal. 

  303. jimmy shaker says:

    And I haven’t heard a single analyst saying anything negaitive to MAB’s play and his minutes.  MAC T had him in the run with Edmonton in 06, and said he scored some big key goals for them.  He’s here, we need him, he can do the job better than O’byrne and that’s why JM has him in there and won’t take him out!  The only slag I’ve been hearing about MAB is from you guys on here, not from TSN, RDS, CBC etc etc etc.  YOU guys have given into the bias I think…..I try to stay away from it!  I know he has brain cramps and shited the bed on the last goal and was a weak physically on another goal, so yes he had a bad game……but he has the potential to turn a game in our favor just like that as well.  I’ll take his bad game, bury it and look for him and the rest of the no shows to come out hard and get the job done!  MOEN especially. 

    Shaker

  304. ooder says:

    wans’t it Bryan Murray who said that?

    ——————

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

  305. punkster says:

    I’m not going down the Darche road again tonight other than to say, older and wiser and way mor experience overall (25 extra NHL games means nothing).

    I can see your viewpoint on all the rest but your last comment gets me. You perceive him to have favorites and whippng boys where I see he has players he can count on and players he cannot. He cannot count on SK and hasn’t been able to since training camp. Why play a “potential star” if that player won’t show up consistently? As for AK I think JM plays him because he so far exhibits more skill than others on the team and shows up more than SK even though he’s streaky. Hell Andrew, these two guys are out of here first chance we get to trade them. Last of the old guard when BG cleaned house. No more enigmas please.

  306. terrygain says:

    Darche didn’t stop skating . He panicked and  threw a soft backhand  up the middle. It was a brain cramp by an otherwise very useful player.  You’re the goof, who can’t even describe what happened.

  307. Say Ash says:

    for the Habs, at least, just shy of a point per game – with this team, that’s WICKED GOOD

  308. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely disagree on Sergei. Since he was called up this year, he’s shown up in about 95% of the games he’s played. He’s consistently been one of our best penalty killers, and since before the olympic break was one of our better offensive players as well. I don’t see Darche as wise and reliable because he isn’t. He was directly responsibly for a goal in game 2, and was then rewarded with PP time while Gomez was in the box. That’s why I say Martin has favourites. How else can you or anyone explain why Bergeron is the worst defenseman on the team but playing over 20 minutes a night? He sure hasn’t created any offense thus far from the back end.

    If Sergei was playing poorly, and Darche was unspectacular but solid, I would see your point, but Darche has been invisible to crap every game thus far, so I don’t get it at all. As for AK46, he’s being played because he’s producing. 5 points in 3 games is very good.

  309. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Doesn’t matter, he was a happy Hab and would have produced more here.

    Laps-76 games-7G-7A-14pts

    Metro-69 games-16G-13A-29pts, but I like him

    Moore-69 games-10G-18A-28pts

  310. TripleX says:

    You are wasting your breath Andrew.  Explaining the logical hockey reasoning for playing SK and O’Byrne over MAB and Darche is falling on deaf ears.  Some people refuse to see the bus until it runs them over.

    Calling SK and O’Byrne “goofs” is all I need to dismiss everything he says.

  311. terrygain says:

    Darche has one pound on AK and 4 on SK.

  312. terrygain says:

    Stop embarrassing yourself.

  313. punkster says:

    Then we disagree. So be it. But I’ll bet you one crappy, soggy Bell Centre Steamy the bros are gone next season. (And be forewarned, I am the worst at paying off. Just ask mrhabby about the beer I owe him from last season and Timo about the golf game I owe him from this season ;)

  314. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s a deal!

  315. andrewberkshire says:

    5th and 6th goals in game 2 CAN NOT go in the net in the playoffs. Neither was screened, Halak had clear sights on both of them, straight shots that went right in.

  316. Chorske says:

    Naaaah. This is a game. A sport. This is NOT war. You beat on each other DURING the game– but you leave it on the ice when the game is done.

    I’d be THRILLED to meet those guys, especially Ovie. I would hi five him, ask for his autograph, and I’d tell him I hope the Habs beat him. Pretty sure he’d laugh.

  317. Chorske says:

    Pff. Check out his TOI per game, it will put those stats in perspective.

    He was a leader and a positive force in the room- and he was the ONE guy I wanted back from the gang we tossed last summer.

  318. terrygain says:

    No goalie has time to react to a middle of the ice screened shot from the hash marks. The only way to stop such a shot is to have the puck hit you.

  319. terrygain says:

    Not screened? # 6 went trough 44’s legs. # 5 was screened by 26. Both shots were labelled.

  320. andrewberkshire says:

    I would rather Koivu back over Lang.

  321. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re delusional if you think the Backstrom OT winner was screened. Backstrom’s body was behind Hamrlik, but the puck was out in the open, and then between Hamrlik’s legs. You don’t need to see the shooter, all you need to see is the blade of the stick and the puck, Halak had clear site of that on both goals. Completely his fault.

  322. andrewberkshire says:

    Tanguay was the leading scorer before he got injured too, and was our best player whenever he was playing towards the end of the season. Want him back?

  323. punkster says:

    See? Bigger ;)

    I just like that he works hard and has experience. AK and SK can be so lethargic, so on again off again. When they’re on their game they superior, no question. When they try. When they show up. Wouldn’t it be nice to see them both work hard at the same time?

  324. andrewberkshire says:

    Or you know, wake the **** up and get into proper position, maybe challenging a bit would help as well instead of being so deep in the net your butt is touching mesh.

  325. punkster says:

    Right now I’d prefer we get Roy back.

  326. Bill J says:

    I believe it is you who keeps succeeding at it.  Trust me, I am far from being embarrassed.

    Nice try deflecting though ;)

    Now walk away before you make yourself a complete Leaf fan (see: complete fool)

    Sincerely!

  327. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve wanted Roy back since ’95, and I was only 8. Especially since the Centennial game I’ve wanted him back.

  328. Say Ash says:

    I didn’t hear nuthin’

  329. punkster says:

    Hey at this pont I’d settle for Johnny Bower, ’62-’63 version if need be. An acrobat on ice.

  330. andrewberkshire says:

    Can’t say that’s I’ve seen much of Bower, Dave. Only one game.

  331. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Unless we start going to the net & making life difficult for the goalie, we will lose this series. All you have to do is look at the Caps goals, generated mainly by crowding the net. If any goalie sees a shot, he’ll stop it. You’ve got to have players willing to pay the price.

    I think Price shoulg get the start tomorrow. Halak has been good but may be running on fumes with the Olympics and a heavy NHL load. All you have to do is look at the struggles of Brodeur, Luongo & Nabokov.

  332. Danno says:

    What exactly did Gomez yell at the refs before he was sent off?

     

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

  333. SeriousFan09 says:

    “I know blind people who could call the game better!”

    My guess anyway.

     

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

  334. Mr_MacDougall says:

    People have been questioning Jacques for the personnel he has chosen in this series, mostly Darche and MAB.

    MAB = -5  Pyatt -3 Darche -3.   While SK is a -1 in the series

    MAB has one thing, like many have said.. a wicked shot, so move him to the 4rth line in place of Darche. Bring in OB to fill in on D, although, he is a little prone to give it away, he is bigger and should be better equiped to clear the front of the net.

    How to get SK in? Pyatt has been a key to killing penalties while weak 5 on 5, although he cant make a crisp pass on the tape so he is out. I think using SK with Moore and Moen gives us the best chance to get a goal from our third line.. which is unlikely, but needed. Have Laps and Metro ready to step in to the third line if ANYONE of them is not performing… Use MAB on the 4rth as little as possible.

    The biggest concern, our 2nd line keeping the puck out or our net. They have combined to score 7 goals (3 on PP) in three games, which is fantastic.. but are all a -3.

    We have a chance, a little secondary scoring from the 3rd line and another from the D would get things rolling.. also continued success from the top two lines.. Gomez, Gionta, Gill have been impressive.

  335. mike g says:

    Going to watch the Habs’ opening playoff game: $100

    Parking and pizza: $34

    One can of beer: $12

    (I leave the final phrase of this Mastercard commercial up to you guys to complete….)

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  336. HabFanSince72 says:

    70 points, penalty killer, great attitude.

    I’ll take him.

  337. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    70 points = 25 million

    i pass.

  338. Bob Barker says:

    That’s bs. Carbo maybe. But Jacques Martin is in the top 10 for coaching wins in NHL history with 556. He certainly wasn’t hired to be the head coach of other teams because he spoke French. 

  339. le_vrai_jacques says:

    I really think you should see a specialist for that OCD.

  340. MontrealAtheist says:

    That’s a common problem in Montreal, isn’t it? I think Bruce Boudreau would make a perfect coach here … He’s both good and francophone and doesn’t hesitate to make difficult decisions when they need to be done (unlike JM).

  341. light_n_tasty says:

    Didn’t Bob Mckenzie say that Price would be in for game 4?

  342. Mr.Hazard says:

    Interesting: the entire TSN panel was inclined to go back with Halak for Game 4. The general sentiment was that it’s not reasonable to throw Price in at this stage and expect him to play better, and that most of the goals scored on Halak were not his “fault”.

    HUGE game. I didn’t realize immediately how huge: if the Caps win, they head back to WSH only needing one win, while the Habs would have to win three straight. If the Habs manage to win this game, things are evened up and they could carry the momentum into Game 5.

    If Game 3 didnt’ already decide this series, Game 4 almost certainly will.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  343. Danno says:

    While I agree most goals were not his fault, Halak failed to make a couple of key saves in game two. Namely, goals #5 and 6.

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

  344. Le Jadester says:

    Good post. 

    The problem is that JM doesn’t have 20 programmable robots playing under him.  He unfortunately has human beings out there and that’s where a coach requires the ability to use his craft and make the best of what he’s got.

    JM should coach and play Virtual Reality Hockey video games instead. In fact I would bet that he would be the 2010 VR Stanley Cup Champion !

     

    Habs, OLE !

  345. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I would like to say a word about Sergei, “little ..’tits”, if you will.

    He does not fit on this edition of the Montreal Canadiens – under Jacques Martin.

    He is a very talented NHL calibre player – no doubt.

    He can and probably will excel under a different system and a different coach – no doubt.

    But he does not seem willing to commit his game to the Martin system.

    Martin lives and breathes with strict rules –

    where players should be on the ice at all times without the puck,

    what the players are and are not allowed to do when they are in possession of the puck

    backchecking systems

    forechecking systems

    neutral zone positioning

    There are strict rules on this team – and when they are followed – they represent the Jacques Martin system of coaching

    are they good systems? can they lead the team to the cup?

    I don’t know the answer to that.

    But I can tell you, without any doubt in my mind, that little “‘tits”, does not follow the rules and is not playing “within” the system.

    We might believe that Sergei is extremely talented and that he should be in the lineup.

    But Martin believes that any player unwilling to play the Martin system should be in the press box.

  346. avatar_58 says:

    Martin also bitched that Subban doesn’t follow his system without the puck. You know what? The dogs have a better record and chance than the habs do. Don’t tell my boy what to do when he’s done nothing wrong old man.

  347. Exit716 says:

    Hopefully Geoffrey Molson isn’t a stand around and do nothing kind of owner like Gillett was.

    He must know how deficient this team is.

    A wholesale house cleaning should start as soon as possible.

    Timmins, Martin and Gauthier can all leave, the sooner, the better.

    Martin couldn’t win with a great team in Ottawa. It wasn’t all about goaltending. It’s about the lack of creativity and innovation on the part of the tired coaching staff, Muller excluded. Pearn and Martin never won anything and never will.

  348. LeopardSeal says:

    95% of your comments are sound and sensible, but this one is just absurd. 

    The notion that Theo wouldn’t do everything it takes to win is outrageous.  He is a classy professional, and he has won plenty of games for the Caps that they deserved to lose.  The Montreal fans’ mockery of him is especially distasteful given his personal tragedy this year, the death of his son.  Show a little humanity.

    Notice that when Theo was pulled from Game 2, he headed down the tunnel, but thought better of it.  He sat on the bench for the rest of the game, and was out on the ice with Varly when they won it in OT. 

    That being said, I doubt Theo will be in DC next year regardless of what happens.  Both goalies in Hershey, Neuvirth and Holtby, are going to compete to back up Varlamov next year.  Theo’s contract will not survive the re-signing of Backstrom.  Sad but true.

    If either Theo or Varly gets injured, Neuvirth is capable of stepping up.  He has plenty of NHL experience this year, and won the Calder last year. 

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  349. forskis says:

    It must be pointed out that the Caps can treat Theo as bad as they want…he is a UFA after this season and they are not going to re-sign him so he comes off their books and they still have Varlamov…meanwhile, the Habs have neither goalie signed for next year…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  350. mike g says:

    No, they can’t treat him as bad as they want. What if Varlamov got hurt, and Theo had to come in for the rest of the series, and they had pissed him off and treated him badly….

    would he play up to par, and do everything it takes to win? Probably not…

    That would be a really bad scenerio, no?

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  351. forskis says:

    If Varlamov got hurt…the Caps are gonna freak out at every 30 foot wrister aimed at Theodore…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  352. mike g says:

    True…

    But Boudreau showed ballz by making a change in nets in game 2. Say all you want that it was an easy decision because Theo was playing like crap, but it really wasn’t an easy move. Pleks had called out their goalers and said they were nothing special. Pulling their goaler, down 1-0 at home in the series, and 2-0 in the 2nd game could have crushed the Caps. They could have thaught, “hell, we got no chance with these goalers”.

    But, Boudreau made a decision and lived with it and it’s proving to be successful. But, atleast he made a decision and took a risk at being right. JM might not do that, and we might not win because of it.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  353. ooder says:

    the guys controls the pace of the game.. he slows it down and speeds it up as he sess fit.

    he quarterbacks one of the best PP’s in the league.

    he helped souray and komisarek land big at contracts

    On a team that hasnt been able to play coherent defense since God knows when, he is the single reliable player who can put up points and set up beautiful plays from the back end.

    sorry Bugsy, but Markov is one hell of a player… can’t touch that

    ——————

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

  354. christophor says:

    i think it’s your reasoning and not your conclusion that he doubts

  355. Mr.Hazard says:

    If I remember correctly, he said something like the goaltending is not their biggest concern right now… I know he didn’t outright say “I would start Price”, in the same manner that the two others said “I would start Halak”.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  356. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah we’ve come to the point where he’s going “Wonder what other coaches do at practice?”

  357. Mr.Hazard says:

    LOL

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  358. jimmy shaker says:

    Hammer wouldn’t even be the best defenseman on my OHL team here in Windsor.  Hammer is a handicap out there and should be benched for O’Byrne!  He’s been our worst d-man over the last 2 months…..but nobody has been calling this guy out!  Game 2….backs in and backs and backs in, and screens Jaro and goal, game 3 can’t keep the puck in and away they go on shorthanded 2 on 1 and goal.  Andy, here’s your  mulligan…try again

    Shaker

  359. jbroderi says:

    really??   I thought he was a finalist for the Norris?  No, seriously, The Hammer is a 5th /6th d man on a good team.  Maybe a 4th.  The fact is, he should be delat this summer if someone can take him, not because he has played poor, just money.  If he was signed next year for 2 mill, great deal!!

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  360. jimmy shaker says:

    Yes…Schneider!

  361. santeri says:

    Lidström’s partners over the years (before Rafalski, who is a huge liability himself) have been luminaries such as Fredrik Olausson.

  362. ooder says:

    exactly.. Lidstrom plays with Rafalski right now.

    both top tier defense men.

    Markov is exhausted by the playoffs because he always has to go 120% in order to make up for his partners mistakes.

    how hard is it to get him a capable d-man.. 

    ——————

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

  363. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    if the bulldogs were a non playoff team, would the habs have kept subban after the olympics

  364. SeriousFan09 says:

    They would have at least waited for the Dogs regular season to end I suspect.

     

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

  365. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    you saw subban last week – how did he look?

  366. SeriousFan09 says:

    Highly capable and eager, strong poise and looked ready to take on the world really. He’s a very capable shooter for a defencemen and his great skating makes him able to back up rapidly even when he does make a defensive miscue. That said, the NHL’s a lot faster than the A and the NHL playoffs, moreso. Getting him used to a playoff format in the AHL is good for his development. In raw potential, possibly our best defencemen, but that’s the raw potential. Price in raw potential is a Top 5 NHL goaltender you could say, but we kinda mucked up his development and now we’re stuck waiting for him to really break through that wall he’s facing. Start him next season in the NHL and facing the regular NHL season will let him build towards the playoffs as Markov mentors him in the art of defence at the NHL level.

    Right now, bringing him up seems like a total desperation move and something of a stunt, like suddenly naming Gionta the captain.

     

     

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

  367. matmacat says:

    That’s an oxymoron. Subban on your team AND no playoffs?

  368. Shublips says:

    The Habs have a TON of problems that have been on going for years.  Like Sundin in Toronto who never played with top line wingers, Markov has never played with a true #2 on his wing.  That would be something to behold.

    Imagine that rather than having to carry a defensive liability like MAB on his wing, he could actually count on them?

    What a difference it would make!

    The management of this team has failed to address this issue for years as well as the lack of size on this team, and the lack of a BIG number 1 center.

    These are topics that fans and journalists talk about year after year after year after year.

    My fear is that the Habs are wasting the best years of Markov’s career and, like Koivu, will squeeze all they can out of him without ever surrounding him win a team that can win.

    Clean out ALL levels of management (including Boivin) and start again, imo.

    K.

    Habs Addict.com http://www.HabsAddict.com on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habs-Addict/293450486615 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HabsAddict on Hockeybuzz.com: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blogger_archive.php?blogger_id=137

  369. bwoar says:

    Holy crap, it has.

     

    How about: 7 D with O’Byrne in. Since we aren’t really into using the fourth line anyway, might as well have someone back there who can clear the crease.  A normal person who stays awake during games would’ve made the adjustment.

     

    Anything we can do to limit Hamrlik’s icetime and keep MAB from being overwhelmed by the Washington forwards would help. Step one would be the play O’B – his mistakes will at least be different mistakes from the first 3 games.

     

    Please for the love of everything, let Martin finally figure this out.

     

  370. tanhaa says:

    If only JM can figure things out… and not use other coaches to see .. “hmm what the heck is he doing?”

     

    Right, Play OB, play SK74 (PLEASE) and get Hammer off the point on PP.  One more fumbled puck on the blue line for a SH goal and I’ll go crazy.  Why doesn’t the coaching staff notice that Hammer and Spacek together on point on PP is just not a good combination?   Why can’t he put Sk74 on the point?  Give the kid some chances for crying out loud, he played good in Olympics, he played good under Boucher, what’s wrong with him in Montreal?

    And yeah, if you are going to use Darche for 2:22 only and not let him go out and crash the net or screen the caps goalie as he has done so well during the season, don’t play him at all! 

  371. Bugs says:

    Le Tigre?

    Le Tigre is Michel Bergeron.

    If you’re talkin about Mario Tremblay, it’s Le Bleuet.

    And I say we should only listen to the English Media from now on and do everything they say. They have all the right answers and all the wrong answers come from the French Media. It ALL comes down to which MEDIA says what because the professional hockey team in our city bases all their decisions on what the media says. If it’s a good idea; it’s English; if it’s a bad idea, it’s French.

    That’s how it works here.

    Right?

    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/

  372. forskis says:

    Don’t forget an emotional Michel Therrien getting a 2 minute misconduct minor putting the Habs down 2-men at the end of a playoff game…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  373. Chorske says:

    Stop, it hurts too much.

  374. kakey says:

    Some might be influenced subconsciously by Boudreau’s more outgoing personality as an example of a better coach, yet I think he’s more shrewd than emotional. And there’s a difference between him and Carbo’s outright written all over his face’s kind of emotional display.

     

    BTW Tremblay’s nickname is le bleuet. Le tigre is Michel Bergeron’s nickname.

  375. Chorske says:

    BTW Tremblay’s nickname is le bleuet. Le tigre is Michel Bergeron’s nickname.

    You are absolutely correct, my horrible bad. I get those two mixed up all the time. Similar styles.

    I think Boudreau is a good match for the team he has, personality-wise.

  376. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Here is the biography of our next coach.

    M. Guy Boucher.

    Before his coaching years, Boucher played left wing with with the McGill Redmen between 1991 and 1995. He graduated with a degree in history and a minor in environmental biology. He also studied at the graduate for a degree in sports psychology. In 1995-96, Boucher played in France for Viry-Essonne where he scored 16 goals and 38 points in 28 games.

     Coaching years

    Boucher became assistant-coach with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1997-2000) and then with the Rimouski Oceanic from 2003 to 2006 with whom he won the Jean-Rougeau trophy (regular season champions) and President Cup. He also participated in the Memorial Cup tournament. In between, he coached the Lac-Saint-Louis Lions of the AAA Midget Hockey League. He returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as the Drummondville Voltigeurs head-coach in 2006. in 2008-09, he took the team to their best season in history, with a total of 54 wins and 112 points, captured the President Cup on his way to the Memorial Cup tournament once again. Later that year, he won the Paul-Dumont Trophy, awarded to QMJHL‘s personality of the year.[1]

    On June 29th, 2009, He was named Head-coach of the Montreal Canadiens‘s affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL becoming the eighth Head-coach in Bulldogs franchise history.[2] He led the team to an impressive 52-17-11 record for 115 points despite having many of his best players being called by the Montreal Canadiens. At the end of the season, he won the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award for coach-of-the-year.[3]

    [edit] International

    Boucher also worked as an assistant-coach to Canada men’s national U-18 ice hockey team in 2006, 2007 and 2008 where he won a gold medal. In 2009, he also served as an assistant-coach with Canada men’s national U-20 ice hockey team who won their fifth-consecutive gold medal.

  377. matmacat says:

    Hands on approach is what I see.

  378. Bugs says:

    Oh no! I’m stuck between two giant lizards!

    Aaaaagh!

  379. fuhgawz says:

    JM made a good call to take a time out during the first game to give some boys a rest — last two games as the team crumbled he did nothing to settle anyone down i really dont understand this guy at all JM is a brutal coach.   Its like the game itself has passed him by or something i dont know something is wrong.  When your team leads 4-1 and they rally to tie a time out should have been called after they came within one.  Then last night again a short handed goal then another goal a time out should have been called again instead he looked lost and didnt know what to do.  I wasnt a Carbo fan and i didnt think id even say this but i would rather have Carbo coaching this group then this stiff.

  380. Ron says:

    He’s looking for pointers.

  381. Storm Man says:

    Im home in Montreal, as I walked into the house and said hello to my mother I asked her how she enjoyed the game? Timothy she said dont ask me again or I may swear at you ,I lol guess I should not ask dad what he thinks he my rip the tickets up for Wednesdays game. I went for a walk down Belvedere Road thinking to myself hmmmmm if my mother is pissed how the team played lastnight how did the other 21273 enjoy the game. I always hold out hope for the team I have always cheered for from the time I could walk, Do I think they can beat the Caps? sure but not with this coach this guy has no clue he is lost in space. I am happy to be in Montreal time to phone up some childhood buddys head to La Banquise order a T-Rex and enjoy the rest of the day, As when Wednesday comes I will be cheering the team I love from my seat in the Bell Centre with my family what more could one ask for? a win would be nice

  382. CHsam says:

    That’s what she said…

  383. 123456 says:

    don’t worry – bugs and i took care of her!!

  384. CHsam says:

    LMAO aaaaaaaaah good times hahah

  385. bwoar says:

    We feast on desperation!

    My dino is named Giontaur, and is only three apples tall.  But don’t get him angry.

  386. Storm Man says:

    LOL my dad has not missed a home playoff game in 30 plus years dont think he will start now ;)

  387. Say Ash says:

    indeed, there are plenty of small players he could have used for reconnaissance

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  389. Bob Barker says:

    Boyle had a solid bounce back game after that fluke goal. You can’t really call it an own goal since it deflected off of O’Reilly’s stick. He scored on the first shot of the game and saved a goal on that defensive play against Stewart. 

    I was kind of cheering for the Sharks because I’m tired of that same storyline of the Sharks choking. Thornton and Marleau however, really aren’t doing much to shed their reputation. Both have size, skill and talent but given their playoff performances, I wouldn’t want either in Montreal. 

  390. vanderglenn says:

    I simply want to know if anyone out there has any hope left in regards of winning the quarterfinals and how?

  391. likehoy says:

    we do what we did for 4 periods in game 1, what we did for 2 periods in game 2, and what we did for 2 periods in game 3.

    we haven’t been completely outplayed in this series, a couple of bounces tomorrow night and we’re right back in it.

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

  392. Mr.Hazard says:

    Yeah, a couple of bounces, along with avoiding a complete meltdown a la 4-1 => 5-6 in Game 2… Bounces are not enough my friend! This team needs to perform better!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  393. Say Ash says:

    Have to win three out of four against the best team in the league. Whether you see it in the first round or final, who cares? Let’s do it!

  394. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    So honestly folks? Who the hell do we start tommarow? I’m thinking Price and don’t get me wrong it’s not like Halak is playing bad..I just think he’s tired and not a 100% physically or mentally anymore…Think about it he’s not used to playing this many games in a season plus the olympics…I’d say give Price the start because he’s a lot more fresh..and the better record against Washington of course

  395. light_n_tasty says:

    Apparently, Price is in.  I agree.

  396. HabsFansince49 says:

    Washington to lose 3 out of 4 games is well-nigh impossible; but we believe in miracles. It seems to come down to one main issue and watching the other games last night confirms it – crashing the net in the offensive zone and protecting the goalie in your own.  We don’t have the size and the skills to do it. And in the playoffs almost anything goes – the refs will call only extreme infractions. 

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  397. terrygain says:

    You nailed it. The refs can’t keep up with the infractions in the higher intensity playoffs.

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  401. tony d says:

    he is, he’s trying to mimic JM’s unique hairstyle

  402. TripleX says:

    ARPAN BASU JUST TWITTERED THAT PRICE WILL START.  LET THE CONTROVERSY BEGIN.

  403. vanderglenn says:

    no controversy, that’s fine. Halak had some trouble but what goalie on earth wouldn’t against these behemoths. Lets see how Pricey does.

  404. TripleX says:

    My mistake I was so exited I misread the tweet.  The tweet was from HIO and is attributed to Tony Marinaro.  So take it with a grain of salt.  Sorry.

  405. Harani says:

    Heatley/Thornton/Marleau = grand total of 0 goals.

  406. TripleX says:

    Thorton and Marleau will go down as the two biggest chokers in NHL history.  All the talent in the world does not compensate for heart and determination when it comes to the playoffs.  Guys like this really piss me off because I don’t understand the lack of passion.

  407. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well in Thornton and Marleau’s defence, their contracts state they don’t have to work in April and if you want Heatley for goals this time of year, send him to the World Championships.

     

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

  408. terrygain says:

    Heatley’s injured.

  409. Brocas Brain says:

    I believe that would have been four 1st rounders if they had done an offer sheet. See below

     


    RFA
    Offer Sheet* ………. Req. Compensation**
     


    2005

    _,660,000 or less ……… none
    _,660,000 – 1,000,000 ….. 3rd round pick
    1,000,000 – 2,000,000 ….. 2nd round pick
    2,000,000 – 3,000,000 ….. 1st and 3rd etc.
    3,000,000 – 4,000,000 ….. 1st, 2nd and 3rd
    4,000,000 – 5,000,000 ….. 1st x2, 2nd & 3rd
    5,000,000 or more ……… 1st x4

    2007

    _,773,442 or less ……… none
    _,773,443 – 1,171,882 ….. 3rd round pick
    1,171,882 – 2,343,764 ….. 2nd round pick
    2,343,764 – 3,515,645 ….. 1st and 3rd etc.
    3,515,645 – 4,687,527 ….. 1st, 2nd and 3rd
    4,687,527 – 5,859,412 ….. 1st x2, 2nd & 3rd
    5,859,412 or more ……… 1st x4

    2008 (from NHLSCAP)

    _,863,156 or less ……… none
    _,863,157 – 1,307,811 ….. 3rd round pick
    1,307,812 – 2,615,623 ….. 2nd round pick
    2,615,624 – 3,923,434 ….. 1st and 3rd etc.
    3,923,435 – 5,231,246 ….. 1st, 2nd and 3rd
    5,231,247 – 6,539,061 ….. 1st x2, 2nd & 3rd
    6,539,062 or more ……… 1st x4 

     

  410. pmaraw says:

    the funny part of the leafs/kessel deal is they could’ve used an offer sheet and only sent 1 1st round pick instead of 2

  411. andrewberkshire says:

    I think it’s very clear that every fan who posts on this site has more passion than Thornton and Marleau.

  412. vanderglenn says:

    I agree but don’t count the Sharks out just yet. I saw some passion the other night when they they played the Avs into the ground only to score on their own net. Maybe they can’t make it count, maybe their egos are to big to play big when it counts.

  413. andrewberkshire says:

    If they win tonight, it’s a series for sure, but Colorado is playing them even tonight, without Hejduk and Mueller at that. Anderson is the biggest factor in this series.

  414. vanderglenn says:

    Anderson is the wildcard. Unbelievable some nights. Kind of like Jaro. Anyway, if the Sharks don’t win this series, I will never predict another hockey game in my lifetime. They have to, they’ve choked for so long.

  415. andrewberkshire says:

    Anderson is kind of like Jaro, except he has extremely tidy rebounds. Don’t know how he’d fare against Washington though.

  416. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s still playing.

  417. light_n_tasty says:

    On the third line!  hahaha

  418. andrewberkshire says:

    Just like on team Canada!

  419. andrewberkshire says:

    I remember looking at the Colorado version of HIO, and all their fans were screaming for Budaj to start the playoffs. Sounds familiar.

  420. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wait – they were screaming for Budaj to start in the playoffs…This season?

    Or in 07-08 when Theodore was their starter?

  421. SeriousFan09 says:

    Didn’t Budaj play all of 12 games this year?

     

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

  422. Bugs says:

    THREE guys who just flew in from Kinshasa and are screamin for Budaj is hardly a trend.

    No controversy can exist with 12 games played; you know this. You must also give minimum credit to Rockie Yankees for knowing it too.

    C’mon.

    Berkie?

    C’mon.

    Think maybe you’ve overembellished a bit.

    Unless you have links that prove it, of course. In which case, should love to see them so I can call THEM ridiculous.

    Til then, no controversy. Ridiculous is all on you.

    …budaj with 12 games played…

    C’mon!

    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/

  423. G.M.B. says:

    Hmmmmmm…..getting Price’s trainer Pierre Groulx to convince Carey that there’s this big cat living in his net,and that if the puck doesn’t kill’em…..well… there’s no telling what this cat is capable of…………………………GOOD LUCK!!!!

  424. andrewberkshire says:

    This year. Anderson struggled down the stretch, and a ton of people wanted Budaj.

  425. andrewberkshire says:

    Yup, but there’s always a goalie controversy, in every city that has an NHL team. The only way you don’t have a goalie controversy is if you have a guy like Miller in net and a backup as bad as Lalime. Only in Montreal everyone takes it too seriously.

  426. badbalance says:

    Ok, If Price, OB and SK74 don’t play tomorrow im not watchign the game because i know the outcome.

  427. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOL – Another OT between Colorado and San Jose. Someone sit Dan Boyle!

  428. andrewberkshire says:

    This series is great, I love the young Avs. There are a few guys on their roster I would love to see on the Habs.

  429. vanderglenn says:

    You’d think a dude like Boyle could teach a young defender like O’Byrne some tricks about scoring in your own net but a year later..well you already know. How many for OB in and MAB out?

  430. novahab says:

    Well there you go I was right all along SI backs me up and the Caps are all juiced. So the Caps have Gary Bettman loving them, the refs in their back pockets and they are all juiced up . I say our little tean hasn’t done so bad with all that against them. So this is why Ovie’s private trainer came over because their reg. pusher is in jail. This really needed to get out because the NHL drug policy is a joke. All they have to do is have the lab in Montreal do randem testing on all players and  at anytime . All testing has to be blood test only then there no doubt. I think a lot of people would be surpise to see how many dirty players are in the NHL.

  431. nfldanchor says:

    I also agree that Sergei should have been in the lineup instead of Metropolit. Metro is still hurting and hes not ready to play , that was obvious last game for sure.

  432. HUDSONHAB says:

    SK74 should be in but Darche should be out. If a guy has size he should use it.

    Metro had to come in at some point, atleast there is still time to get going.

    ….Hab4life….

  433. Bugs says:

    Yeah, but…

    Boyle plays for SJ and O’B plays for Montreal…

    I…I don’t think… I mean, can we do that?

    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/

  434. vanderglenn says:

    I mean we have to give some room for a young defender. He’s not ready nor are alot of our young guys including Carle or Webber. A veteran like Boyle puts it into his net. Shit like this happens. Anyway, our defenders have to suck up the bad stuff and learn how to gain confidence. Subban , seemingly has already learned how to play in front of a Montreal crowd. Please bring him up.

  435. Bugs says:

    Now’s not the time for “training”, Vander.

    Only way Soobie’s comin up is if three guys get hurt. Fuhgeddabowdit. Giddoverit. 

    Besides, you wanna bring him up to teach him how to get railroaded by the Cappers or do you wanna teach him how to win a championship like he’s doin right now in the AHL?

    Unless, of course, you’re implying that with Soobie up here, our chances of winnin the Cup are all but assured. In that case, I would suggest you calm down.

    And rejoice that in a few months, we’ll be havin Soobie delights breakfast, lunch and dinner. Training starts in October.

    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/

  436. vanderglenn says:

    I’m suggestin’ that he’d surprise alot of folks right here and now. He’d get his playoff experience (Kick MAB out) and he’d impress management enough to stay. He shouldve been called up last year. He’s ready and every habs fan knows it. Do you want to be passive? If the answer is yes then get off the bus.

  437. Bugs says:

    Surprised? What, can he fly? Can he make spaghetti with one hand and tapioca with other?

    We KNOW Soobie, Vander. We’ve seen’m. We know EXACTLY what he can do. Ain’t gonna surprise anyone.

    Right now, he’s gettin more worthwhile experience while WINNIN in the AHL than he would get gettin his ass kicked by Ovechkin LOSING for two games in the NHL.

    …he’d surprise a lot of folks…

    “Hey, who’s that black guy who skates like the wind and is intrepid in the extreme? PK who? Never heard of him. Well, he is certainly surprising me.”

    C’mon, Vander. He’ll be on your precious bus in October and have Marky’s butt in a saddle on New Year’s Day, no worries. But it’s pointless to bring him up now.

    Pointless.

    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/

  438. vanderglenn says:

    first off, you make me laugh with that language you use. It’s actually humbling. I thought I knew what I was doin’ with the words.

    I still think Subban should be part of this team. He’s ready. Doughty, Crosby, Tavares, Schenn anyway I could go on. He’s at the NHL level and he could be helping us right now. He’s ready, just watch him and also watch the habs classily fall out of the post season picture again.

  439. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crosby is going Mario Lemieux on the Senators this series, I knew he was one of the best but DAMN he’s stomping them singlehandedly it seems.

     

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

  440. Top Corner says:

    AND it seems another team has had a 2nd period bust…3-0 PITTS….so that helps ease the pain…not much at all really but a little  :P

  441. andrewberkshire says:

    Crosby wants another cup, he’s an animal right now.

  442. HabsRadio says:

    Boudreau is just creating controversies to keep the media under relative control.  This is a joke.  Absolutely nothing wrong with Martin watching.

    Our playoff podcast is up and it’s a doosy: http://www.habsradio.com/2010/04/21/loud-noises/

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  443. Bugs says:

    Did you see the look on the Sharkie faces when Nabby made that stop? holdin it tight to his body lookin behind fallin on his butt?

    A desperate sigh of relief.

    Oooo, the confidence in’m is BRIMMING, ain’t it?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  444. andrewberkshire says:

    How fast would Nabokov be eaten up in Montreal? I don’t think there’s a measurement of time small enough.

  445. andrewberkshire says:

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/

    That’s their website Bugsy, it was on several of their posts back in the regular season. Of course they don’t have as many commenters as we do, so it clearly can’t be as epic as the Halak/Price debates, but it’s there.

  446. Bugs says:

    You show me nothing. No mention of Budaj on that page. You’re asking me to hunt through articles.

    I’m not hunting. It’s YOUR statement that goes against the grain of common sense that says 12 games played cannot sustain a goalie controversy.

    Up to you to prove it, not me to prove nonsense wrong.

    (Not YOU nonsense, Berkie, the “controversy” nonsense, of course.)

    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/

  447. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh man Bugs, at 1 in the morning I’m not going through a bunch of stuff that isn’t about the Habs to prove a point I don’t have a vested interest in. Can you just win?

  448. Bugs says:

    If you admit that it might be possible that you may’ve overembellished what three guys from Kinshasa said into a “goalie controversy” where in fact, one could not exist, sure, I can win like that, no problem. 

    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/

  449. Beaco says:

    Frackin’ Awesome!

  450. Beaco says:

    “Can you just win?

    Love it!

  451. ooder says:

    hey guys, one thing about Hamrlik.

    I am pretty sure when he was signed that the habs managment told him he will play 2nd pair minutes.. maybe a max of 18

    this season he has had to play upwards of 25 for about half the season

    for a guy his age it is very taxing… i think he just ran out of juice and it’s unfair to throw him under the bus and call him garbage

    ——————

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

  452. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s not garbage, but his play right now is. Markov going down in game 1 forced Martin to wear Hamrlik out. I think many people forget that at one point Markov, Gill and O’Byrne were all out.

  453. SeriousFan09 says:

    I find that’s exactly the case with Hamrlik, took on way more than he was really up to handling. Played over 1200 games in his career, that’s well ahead of anyone else on the team and as a defencemen, that’s extremely taxing. Long seasons, overworked and at his age, he’s just worn out to hell.

     

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

  454. light_n_tasty says:

    I doubt that…if they were going to give him second-pair minutes, why give him a first-pair contract?

  455. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Craig Anderson has allowed 1 goal in last 2 games. He faced 95 shots (and counting) over that span.

  456. andrewberkshire says:

    You jinxer!!!

  457. W35T5ID3 says:

    Halak starts game 4 ….

    Gotta go back with who gotcha there and show faith in him….

    Game 4 is ours….

    Say goodnight Ovi…

  458. forskis says:

    I agree…to do the opposite would be throwing both goalies to the wolves…this move protects both…but if Price starts I would not be surprised.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  459. mike g says:

    Do you want to put faith into the hands of someone that allowed 7 goals in his past 3 periods of play?

    Not to mention Price looked really confident last night stopping 21 of 23 shots.

    Right now, down 2-1 in the series and trying to salvage it, it’s not about going back to and saying thank you to the guy who got you there. It’s about who can get you even further. And if it’s not Halak, well too bad. Don’t live in the past. The Caps could have left Theo in, saying he had a 20-0-3 record going into the playoffs. But he stank, so they said F-U, we wanna win. Sit down, were changing it up in hopes to spark something.

    Look at where we are now. Theo’s smiling even though he got pulled…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  460. tanhaa says:

    As much as Halak has been stellar in getting us here, and while JM may have given subtle hints about him being number 1 (I love the guy, no doubt about that), I still think Habs need to go with Price the next game.  Look, we have two young goaltenders and Halak won’t be one taking this to heart for sure … we need to use them both if we want to get further in the playoffs and if Price is going to bring his A game, we never know what we can do! 

    JM has shown a lot of faith in Halak and now it’s time to show some faith in price too.  He has to learn how to use what he has, such as putting Sk74 in the game and using him properly.  Or not sitting the players who can actually go and screen/crash Caps nets. 

    I hope for once JM plays smart and puts Price in.  (I’m pro Halak FYI).

  461. diehardhab says:

    Jacques Martin thinks his timeouts rollover like his cellphone minutes.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  462. W35T5ID3 says:

    Bring back Mario Tremblay and Rejean Houle!!!

  463. Storm Man says:

    He has a free phone from Bell 

  464. W35T5ID3 says:

    crazy-stupid

  465. mrhabby says:

    that would just never happen…never.

  466. Chorske says:

    Am I missing anything?

    Yes- a recent history lesson.

    This franchise is partly where it is now because of an emotional coach. Habs management (esp. that douche Corey) bought into the rumblings in the French media that the team was full of sloppy lazy veteran millionaires, so they hired an inexperienced, stubborn, arrogant, and HIGHLY emotional ex-player to be the coach. The guy’s nickname was LE TIGRE, for feck’s sakes. Not only did the team still suck, because even the most receptive player quickly tunes out a screamer (cf. Tortorella), but LE TIGRE pissed off the one true franchise player this team has had in 30 years. For what? To prove he was the boss? Pff. Montreal hasn’t been the same since.

    Fast forward to Carbo. When he “left”, he was ashen, out of ideas, reduced to ridiculing his players in postgame interviews by making obtuse cryptic comments with his irritating sardonic smirk. The players had tuned him out, the refs had tuned him out, and I guess his GM had tuned him out as well. If I had a dollar for every time a HIO poster wrote “I have a lot of respect for Carbo as a player, but as a coach…”, I’d probably have enough to buy myself some awesome tickets for tomorrow’s game. Bob Gainey did him a HUGE favor by dumping him and subsequently taking all the heat for the team’s failures.

    Carbo didn’t call time outs. EVER.

    Carbo was SO emotional that refs called games against him. No one took him seriously.

    So yeah, I’d say you are missing something.

  467. avatar_58 says:

    Neil is such a toothless caveman

  468. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Series tied 2-2 between Sharks and Colorado. The kids are playing good.

  469. Bugs says:

    Are you SURE Markov is back?

    I…uh…I still can’t see’m.

    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/

  470. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s been good defensively, but you’re right, we haven’t seen much offense from the back end.

  471. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oops.

    hehe.. hey, don’t blame it on me – it was Bugsy’s idea.

    He told me to post these statistics so Anderson would get jinxed. He didn’t want him to pull a Cedrick Desjardins. No one must pull a Cedrick Desjardins, said the furious Bugs. 

  472. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think if Mueller and Hedjuk were in there they’d be looking at a 3-1 lead in this series about now, Colorado has limited scoring and they need all hands on deck because San Jose still has decent muckers, even if Thornton/Marleau are a complete joke.

     

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

  473. Harani says:

    Jumbo Joe Pavelski.

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

  474. Mikey_39 says:

    I read on Hockey30 (guilty pleasure) that negotiations between Bobby Ryan and the Ducks aren’t going so well.  He’s asking for a 5million dollar a year contract.   Personally, I’d love to have him. And i would definitely sign him for that price.  In his two seasons in the nhl he’s had 30+ goals.  He’s over six feet, and his only 22.  What do you guys think?

  475. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hes a  steal at 5 mil

  476. Storm Man says:

    I know of a GM in Toronto that would sell his mother to get Ryan. I don’t see him coming here it would be nice.

  477. Brocas Brain says:

    Bobby Ryan would be nice of course, but he is an RFA….in order for the habs to get him, they would have to do a trade like the Leafs/Bruins Kessel trade.

  478. Bob Barker says:

    That’d be sweet. Unlikely but sweet nonetheless. Right-handed shot, budding power forward. He’ll score 40+ before he’s 25. 

  479. Storm Man says:

    Houle is with the team

  480. SeriousFan09 says:

    Quebec already leads Canada in the suicide rate, we don’t want to pad the stats on that number.

     

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

  481. W35T5ID3 says:

    But HOULE made 1 of the best trades in habs history…remember roy 4 t-bo,kovalenko,and rucinsky….

    Man i’d do that trade again in a heartbeat!lol

  482. sprague cleghorn says:

    Ouch.  That was when the gargoyles were in charge of the cathedral.

  483. tanhaa says:

    no wonder we keep failing

  484. kakey says:

    And don’t forget they sweetened the deal by packaging Mike Keane along, otherwise we would’ve never gotten those quality players! =P

  485. Chorske says:

    *removes cap*

    minute of silence for what once was

  486. Natrous says:

    Amen to that

  487. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jordan Staal, -1 after an ill-concieved shot block that did nothing and now sitting in the box while Ottawa’s reclaming momentum after 2 quick goals after a dumb hook. This guy is up for an award that was created for won by Gainey and then by Carbo and Yzerman?

     

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

  488. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    wow!! do we ever disagree on Jordan Staal.

    I think he’s a fantastic hockey player.

    He is big, strong, excellent skater, great in all 3 zones.

    I would trade for him in a minute.

    He is exactly the BIG center the Habs desperately could use.

    He can used on the PP or PK and 5 on 5.

    He plays with a great hockey sense, he plays with urgency, he plays hard 100 per cent every shift.

    He is one of the premiere young centers in the NHL.

    everything I just said is pretty much consensus from every hockey guy I’ve ever heard speak about Jordan Staal.

  489. Bugs says:

    Naaa-Bo!, Naaa-Bo!, Na… omg.

    Omg, that works so well.

    In french, nabot is a pejorative term for “shortie”.

    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/

  490. andrewberkshire says:

    Hahahahahahahaha we should sign him in the offseason just to boo him out of town, take the pressure off whatever other goalie we have.

  491. forskis says:

    Just a random thing…completely unrelated to the playoffs:

    If the Habs lose Pleks to free-agency…how about signing Olli Jokinen…he has had a couple of bad years so he would come cheaper, he is big and is capable of good numbers like we saw in Florida and as a 2nd line center, would not have the pressure of being THE guy…

    What do you sages think?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  492. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s a complete bust.

    I would pass.

    Plus, I don’t think we are losing Pleks. They will pay him the going rate – roughly $5M for 5 years.

     

     

  493. W35T5ID3 says:

    NNNNOOOOO JOKINEN is a dud.

  494. mrhabby says:

    hmmm. he has bad track record. he played okay in florida, then wanted out. was traded to phoenix , then wanted out of phoenix, traded to calgary , then was traded to NYR. from what i have heard he was not liked in Calgary says a cousin of mine..kind of aloof and kind of a negative guy in the dressing room..that just a rumour of course….so no thanks based on the track record.

  495. Mikey_39 says:

    He’s a selfish and inconsistent player.  I wouldn’t take him. 

  496. Storm Man says:

    NEXT…..

  497. SeriousFan09 says:

    Absolute no-show in big games save Slovakia-Finland for his whole career. Never seen anything from him that says he’s a capable player when it counts, PASS.

     

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

  498. mike g says:

    Never, ever…

    And his stats in Florida were inflated. Sure he got 80 points, but when you are the type of player he is playing in a market like Florida, it’s not hard to do that. Scoring 80 points when they all mean nothing in terms of importance is much easier than scoring them when it counts. His points never made a difference in terms of a playoff spot, or had any importance at all. They were scored in low pressure games that meant nothing, in a low pressure environment.

    Most people overlook that, but it explains why he did poorly in Calgary. When it comes to crunch time, he’s invisible. That’s what makes the difference between him and a star player. The stars find ways to score when it counts. Other examples like him are Thornton and Marleau…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  499. Y says:

    Thanks for the laugh du jour

  500. Chorske says:

    I’m with the group here: Jokinen is a colossal dud. I had him in my pool- couldn’t wait to see what he could do with Iggy- and it was a disaster, Jokinen was a total no-show.

    I love how having “a couple of bad years” is a selling point for ya. :p

  501. W35T5ID3 says:

    He aint got no phone cuz he never knows when to CALL a timeout.

  502. HabFanSince72 says:

    It looks like it’ll be Caps – Flyers, Pens – Bruins in the next round.

    Brian Boucher is going to have fun.

     

     

  503. W35T5ID3 says:

    WTF r u talking about?The series is 2-1.It  aint over..not  by a long shot.Have a little more faith dude.

  504. Mikey_39 says:

    The habs have A LOT of character.  They won’t go down without a fight. Keep the faith man.  I think they will surprise everyone.  Even if they don’t beat the caps I would bet that they won’t make it easy on them.

  505. Ton says:

    you must be a fortune teller or have the magic crystal ball in the home; the winning teams above have only won ” half” the games required to win a series. Easy boy! 

  506. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    what?

  507. avatar_58 says:

    In the 2 games he was up Martin’s comments were that Subban needs to be better without the puck. Translation? He might be 2011’s SK74 and if that’s true I want Martin fired now.

  508. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    maybe subban needs to leearn how to play better without the puck??

    its possible that he needs to work on that part of his game, is it not?

    should add – I’m a huge PK fan – and have wanted him on the big team since the Olympics

  509. avatar_58 says:

    It’s possible, but since Old man Martin thinks Bergeron is amazing for buying into his system – I’ll give PK and SK the benefit of the doubt ok? So far Martin’s system had the habs nearly miss the playoffs, blow a 4-1 lead and basically hand the caps game 3.

     

  510. likehoy says:

    i agreed.

    martin’s policy on young players is:

    “one mistake, and you’re benched. 2 mistakes and do you remember who matt d’agostini was? yea me neither!”

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

  511. SeriousFan09 says:

    “But if you screw up and kiss my ass, you’re on the PP!!! Nevermind if you don’t belong there!”

     

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

  512. likehoy says:

    that’s the veteran policy

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

  513. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I would absolutely LOVE to see Boucher take over – no question.

     

  514. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    darche was rewarded for hard work and playing the martin system – then he sat last game – played 2:30.

  515. avatar_58 says:

    I wonder if it’s part of Bylsma’s system for Crosby to go back and forth behind the net to deke around 3 guys? Is it Boudreau’s system to have Ovechkin go end to end?

     

    Sometimes you have to let players do what they do best – make decisions offensively that might not follow a set system. SK74 occasionally makes Kovy esque dekes and I guess that’s not allowed under Martin. He won’t like Subban much because he goes end to end and as a defenseman, since his position is all that matters not his success, then he should be benched yes?

     

    Pardon me, but I prefer a coach that allows room for creativity. Martin is not that coach.

  516. daveho29 says:

    I was hoping they would go after someone like Ted Nolan, but their is obviously something going on with that guy that we fans don’t know about.

     

    Boucher has done a great job in Hamilton, give him a chance with the big club. Maybe next year or give him one more season in the AHL. but definitely the following season.

  517. andrewberkshire says:

    Staal is only talked about because of his last name. Facing 3rd pairing defenseman his whole career he’s been unspectacular. Wins fewer faceoffs than Plekanec, soft for his size and he’s always a half step behind in the offensive zone. No way is he a top 2 center on most teams.

  518. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s not better than Jonathan Toews, who was left off the final nominee list. Nearly five times as many goals were scored on Staal’s PK time this year compared to Toews and they played nearly identical PK time per game, so who’s the best PK guy between the two, if the argument is on that? Toews has many more takeaways this season as well, plays much more often against top lines of opposing teams and looks good doing it. He was the MVP Forward of the Olympics very much because of his defensive play and that kind of play? He does that all year in Chicago.

    Staal doesn’t have good finish and he’s not as physical as some would appear. Not a Cherry or Mcguire man-crush on him doesn’t equal true Selke worthiness or “Top line player” worthiness, Cherry thought Thornton/Marleau/Heatley would be Canada’s best at the Olympics. He is not the big centre we need, we need a big centre with top playmaking ability and good finish, if he was that good, teams would be banging on Pittsburgh’s door for him. Toews could be No. 1 in Montreal easily, Staal could not be. His strength as it is, is not used often enough to say it’s a huge asset and he’s not that strong on the puck.

     

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

  519. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Ok – slow down a bit – I’m an old man, and I don’t type as fast as you. :-)

    first, Toews is absolutely, freakin awesome – I was NOT comparing anyone to Toews.

    I have told people on this site that the ONLY center I like better than Toews is Crosby – who is the King.

    so – you’re preaching to the converted on the Toews thing.

    But we will not agree on Staal – and I have never heard anyone in hockey talk about Staal the way you do.

    Sorry. I know you are an excellent hockey guy – and I like your posts.

    But I like my centers, young, 6’4, 220 lbs, skate like the wind, excellent in all 3 zones, great work ethic

    Staal is the real deal – he is still very young -already a cup run and a cup ring; both.

    I would take Staal over Plekanec in a freakin heartbeat – hands down – game over.

    You can have the 70 points – I’ll take 50 today and Staal for 10 more years.

    And I know you guys love Plekanec so I expect a rather unpleasant reaction to this post.

    All in good humour, however. :-)

     

     

  520. Bill J says:

    Agree with your assessment on Jo.Staal (cuz there’s also a Jared Staal)

    I have had dreams of Pittsburgh trading Montreal Jo.Staal in some enormous rip-off of the Penguins.   But alas, Penguins Mgmt. seem to be sans John Ferguson Jr. :(

    Also would probably pass out if we landed Toews somehow (who is part Quebecois by his mother)

     

    Now Vinny Lecavalier for example (if you want to talk about a player+contract) I do NOT want to see playing for Montreal – Sorry.  I could care less he is Jean Beliveau’s illegitimate child.  His contract is NUTS.

     

  521. terrygain says:

    Much too self-effacing Ed. I’d take Staal over 14 in a heartbeat. We need a 2nd line centre with some size. Since we are stuck with 91’s obscene contract we need to find a bigger 2nd line centre than 14. 

  522. SeriousFan09 says:

    I like the young players with a ton of drive as well, but for me this is total disserve to Toews, a nomination for a guy is clearly a lesser player than he is. Imagine if Markov had played the whole year, scored 70 points and lost out a Norris Nomination to a guy who scored 50 points and was a Minus player.

    I just have never really been impressed by J. Staal, he seems to have the body type and the work ethic and such but he doesn’t seem that tough to me and I don’t see him with the scoring finish, nor the on-ice vision that Plekanec has. He looks very good in PIT, but he looks very good playing against the weaker defensive groups and lines of opposing teams. His points production is a little high from playing on Pittsburgh I think and I very much doubt he’d be a 70, 80 point player playing top minutes here..

     

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

  523. ooder says:

    how else do people come play in a high pressure, high expectation, high taxed, and pollitacly charged environemnt

    ——————

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

  524. light_n_tasty says:

    You mean the greatest hockey city in the world?

  525. Batalla says:

    Oh it was over before it even started…  Unless Gomez can turn it around:

    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/2010/04/game-4-buzz-heightens-after-rumous.html

  526. Y says:

    And quit taking brain-dead penalties. It’s like he’s been paid off by those twits in DC.

  527. likehoy says:

    it’s funny how people are turning back and saying they would rather have carbo than JM. they were completely opposite in coaching.

    carbo seemed to get along well wtih young players as many of them had career years in his time…but he messed up some veterans like higgins and ryder.

    JM seems to be doing the complete opposite.

    strategy-wise, carbo let his big guns play, JM wants the system.

    carbo’s demise was that he had no idea how to get his team to get the puck out of the zone (not his inability to communicate).

    JM’s demise is that he’s a robot, you practice 1-2-3, you play 1-2-3.

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

  528. Bob Barker says:

    There’s no chance I’d rather have Carbo coach this team. How’s his coaching career coming along anyways? Oh he was the head coach of the U-18 team that was sent to relegation for the first time in the history of the tournament. I’d take JM and any of his flaws over Carbo any day. 

  529. punkster says:

    I can’t say this team clears our zone any better, can you? 15 passes and out or the looooong stretch is their only method after a half dozen attempts to backhand it off the boards. Ugh.

  530. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d almost gotten nostalgic for Carbo, until he coached Canada into their first relegation round in the U18 tournament in 30 years.

  531. 21BIGGionta says:

    hm i forgot to mention this yesterday ….why didn’t halak,when spacek ran into him Jump over him like price did that one time … i think we know who THE REAL goalie is…

    its a joke :)

  532. likehoy says:

    it’s not the first time spacek ran into halak (remember spatch using his knee on halak’s head) i think it’s a conspiracy but spatch doesn’t like halak.

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

  533. avatar_58 says:

    That’s a helluva jump given how slow Spacek was coming in, he might have landed on him

  534. terrygain says:

    I’d sit Lapierre.

  535. andrewberkshire says:

    Wasn’t it Spacek that Halak sent 5 feet into the air when he went to get the puck 30 feet out of his crease?

  536. forskis says:

    Whatever…people complain about a lack of big centers that are cheap and here is one, who may be a headcase but may not be in the right environment…just a thought to be thrown out there….PG will need to get creative if he wants to address the team’s needs….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  537. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s had several environments now, none of them have worked out. Joe Thornton is a big centre, but I wouldn’t take him on if he played for free either. We don’t need centres who are choke artists.

     

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

  538. forskis says:

    Well…for him to be affordable, he would need a couple of bad years…it was either that or when the team tried to trade for him when he was making 5MM per year…

    Calgary was a bad situation for him…being the guy to set up Iginla, pressure I suppose in setting up a 40-goal scorer…versus in Montreal where he is setting up a guy with a bad combover and a little guy…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  539. Harani says:

    Something I wanted to mention is that Markov has to play better. I personally think that he is a better overall defenseman than Mike Green.

    And from what I have seen in this series so far, Green has been horrible. But Markov, although he hasn’t been horrible, he isn’t making the impact we need him to make. Maybe he’s injured, he needs to be more engaged and be able to make stuff happen. 

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

  540. topher5468 says:

    Right on the Money, I think we exposed Green for what he is, if he was on any other team he would just be ordinary. He would never score so much, yes  he has a decent shot but is weak on the D side. Markov is much better but has not demonstrated that this series so far. Markov can control our game but has been a no show so far

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

  541. Bill J says:

    I do kind of like Timmins.

    Not perfect – but compared to others in the NHL he is in the top 4-5 at his job in scouting.

    I support the eviction of EVERYONE else (Timmins will likely go by way of new guys wanting to bring their own in)

    Best thing Gainey did in his farewell was to plug in Boucher in the AHL.  As a Price fan who recognizes Price needs a certain kind of help, I think of Boucher a Sports Psychologist!

    In hindsight, I think Roy would have done better as Head Coach of Montreal.  Not necessarily better then the candidate who will come in.  But certainly better then Martin.

  542. ooder says:

    hey, a lot of people here are wanting MArkov to step up and that’s understandable.

    But Markov has not played with a decent number 1 pairing d-man in, well ever.

    Now, when Komisarek played with him and played well until his balls fell of.

    O’Byrne managed to play better with him but he is still not a number one d-man.

    Souray.. well lol

    Karl Dykhuis???

    when has Markov ever played with a legitimate number 1 defense men like himself.

    Fetisov had Kasatonov backing him up.

    Niedermayer had Pronger.

    Markov was great in the first 2 games but now he has to cover for MAB.. he basically covers a zone and a half.

    and that is veyr very taxing on a player.

    ——————

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

  543. SeriousFan09 says:

    What about Lidstrom as well, did he ever have to play with a guy like MAB?

    For a skating defencemen who spent months recovering from a tendon injury and still doesn’t have all his skating ability back and who’s having to carry the workload of his partner while he does it, I’d say be happy with what he has given us. Subban next year will give Markov potentially the best defensive partner he’s had in his playing career and I look forward to it.

     

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

  544. Bugs says:

    Well, if he’s never played with anybody, how do we know he’s good to begin with?

    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/

  545. likehoy says:

    before komisarek, markov played with rivet, not shelly. just a point of correction.

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

  546. christophor says:

    who was he paired with at the olympics?

  547. andrewberkshire says:

    You know what Ooder, you bring up a good point. I wonder if putting Hamrlik with Markov for a game (even though Hammer would be on his off wing) might be good for both of them. Markov gets a guy who’s not horrid defensively, and can also move the puck, while Hamrlik maybe gets re-energized while playing with the team’s best player. Food for thought.

  548. terrygain says:

    Carbo has a maturity problem. He got so upset with some of the guys on the first two lines he played Lapierrre on the PP. Lapierre is a poor puck handler and passer and has no sense of how much time he has when he has the puck. I was glad to see Carbo go.  

  549. ooder says:

    the olympics are a wash.. he was injured and barely played.

    also judging a player for 2 games really doesn’t make sense

    ——————

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

  550. SeriousFan09 says:

    With his back injury, it wasn’t really a fair comparison of his abilities.

    Everyone said he was wimping out of the Flyers series to be ready for the Olympics, but looking at how well he played there, I don’t really see how one can argue he wasn’t injured or still trying to recover from one, he wasn’t ready for that series. Almost the whole Russian D looked like crap anyway, including defensive specialist Volchenkov and veteran Sergei Gonchar.

     

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

  551. Jocko says:

    A little fodder from that steller D-man, Mike Green:

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/179631-green-on-habs-they-dont-have-much?eref=sihp

    There’s one guy that should be, to coin a phrase, “Propposized”.

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  552. ooder says:

    i am pretty sure he played with both.

     

    ——————

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

  553. likehoy says:

    only on the PP did he play with shelley.

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


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