Audio: Subban game-time decision for Habs

The Canadiens recalled defenceman P.K. Subban from Hamilton this morning. Expect him to play, even though the team wasn’t saying this morning.
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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Andrei Markov | Ryan O’Byrne | Glen Metropolit | Bruce Boudreau | Mike Green

The participation tonight of Hamilton call-up P.K. Subban depends on the game-time health of ailing defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin. But reports early this afternoon had Subban in the lineup with Sergei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche headed for the pressbox.

The Habs this morning called up Subban from the Bulldogs for tonight’s Game 6 vs. the Capitals. Subban participated in the morning skate but was not made available to the media afterwards.

Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said he knew very little about Subban, but would try to find out a little this afternoon. He added that he didn’t know whether the defenceman was playing, and that even if he did, it’s unlikely his team would dramatically change their strategy.

Boudreau said if Subban did play, he expected he’d bring great energy and enthusiasm to the Canadiens lineup.

The Canadiens’ release on Subban:

596 Comments

  1. SaskieHabFan says:

    TOTALLY AGREE!

    Lets roll 4 forwards on the PP have Gio or Cam up high. Yes MAB’s shot is good, but there are other ways to score on the PP and his -8 DOES NOT HELP US!

  2. joeybarrie says:

    OK, so you understand PK is not an enforcer right??? You know he has a GRAND TOTAL of 1 hit in his 2 games this season on our team??? Also how is it possible to say if I havent noticed that the only way to snap our players out of a spiral, is something that we have NEVER tried before???? Gill has played GREAT in all the games so far.

    I don’t think you have seen any games this season. If so maybe you need to stop drinking so much while you watch them.

    BUT I AM ALSO HAPPY TO SEE HIM.

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

  3. wotever says:

    Thanks for coming out.  We’ll let you know if you make the team.

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

  4. KenD29 says:

    He certainly will be an “upgrade” on MAB and certainly will play no worse than Hamrlik has played so far this series!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  5. mrhabby says:

    anything is possible i suppose. but the molsons/organization would be treading on some very thin ice if they gave permission for clubs to speak to Boucher. i can just see the shit hit the fan from all directions…it would be  very bad management decision …likely to have a lasting effect on the team.

  6. idle says:

    Nasty.

     

    I suppose even if the Habs do win and even if P.K does play well they are not obligated to keep him up.  If they think he is better served continuing the playoff run in Hamilton then by all means send him back down.  I don’t think missing a possible second round series with Pitsburg is going to break his career.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  7. Kooch7800 says:

    MAB should be benched. I love his shot but it has not been useful in this series.  They are rushing the point every game.

    The only thing that scares me about PK is he will take risks when he is the last man back. ala spin o rama or a dangle.  There is a big jump from the AHL to the NHL in regards to speed.  He has skills but this is baptism by fire!

  8. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    touche.

  9. HabsBlogger says:

    the sad thing about that is he gets lots of PP time and no PK time.

  10. Storm Man says:

    He would not go to any of the two teams you have posted. Tampa………. That worries me.

  11. linp says:

    Agreed! We need a coach who can work and develop young prospects. JM is not the right person. His in-game adjustment is OK.

  12. nunacanadien says:

    Everyone, if Halak is in nets and we lose the season, don’t blame Halak, don’t blame no one.  This year the Habs did good in spite of being blowed up good by Gainey.  Let Gainey go, let Gauthier go too, don’t sign the sh**ty contracts over again, let the team slide down as far as it will go, God knows a team has to hit bottom before it can look up, and Gainey and Gauthier sure tried their best to make us hit bottom, for whatever reason.  Let natural justice take its course and the Molson boys will learn what it takes to run a team sooner or later, lets hope they don’t concentrate on selling only beer and Nickleback concerts and buy some English soccer team, we had a decade of that mess.  Its time we let the old habs go to bed, and wait a few years for the real Habs franchise to rise like a Phoenix out of the dust, leaving behind all the Gainey/Price fans, and instead to see real hockey fans come out who love hockey for the sake of hockey, not for the politics of ownership like we have seen with Gainey/Price!  Trade Price, he was a bad omen for the Habs, a sign of the lacklustre leadership of Gainey, who would only sign those players no one wants.

  13. nunacanadien says:

    Everyone, if Halak is in nets and we lose the season, don’t blame Halak, don’t blame no one.  This year the Habs did good in spite of being blowed up good by Gainey.  Let Gainey go, let Gauthier go too, don’t sign the sh**ty contracts over again, let the team slide down as far as it will go, God knows a team has to hit bottom before it can look up, and Gainey and Gauthier sure tried their best to make us hit bottom, for whatever reason.  Let natural justice take its course and the Molson boys will learn what it takes to run a team sooner or later, lets hope they don’t concentrate on selling only beer and Nickleback concerts and buy some English soccer team, we had a decade of that mess.  Its time we let the old habs go to bed, and wait a few years for the real Habs franchise to rise like a Phoenix out of the dust, leaving behind all the Gainey/Price fans, and instead to see real hockey fans come out who love hockey for the sake of hockey, not for the politics of ownership like we have seen with Gainey/Price!  Trade Price, he was a bad omen for the Habs, a sign of the lacklustre leadership of Gainey, who would only sign those players no one wants.

  14. wmarcello says:

    When the winning formula includes playing only 4 defensemen in the 3rd period (two of them for over 11 minutes each), you’re playing with fire. MAB and Hammer played a combined 1:18 in the 3rd last game.

  15. nick says:

    Funny eh? SK74 will do something like that… and get benched the rest of the game.

    MAB will make a no look pass directly to the opposing teams forward who will then take 3-4 shots on Price (eventually score) with no defensemen coming to the rescue… Not even MAB who initially screwed up and passed the puck to him. Don’t even get me started on Hamrlik.

  16. Habsfan_jay says:

    I think MAB will probably see 4th line and D duty, but mainly 4th line.

  17. mrhabby says:

    so do the Blue Jackets and Thrashers as reported saturday night on CBC. these teams have to ask the Canadiens permission to speak to Boucher..i am sure it would be declined. The Molsons are not that stupid.

  18. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    yeah… what happened to not messing with a winning formula? an AHL call up should never be seen as golden solution…

    well, he’s up now, so here’s hoping to him having a monster game. hopefully mcguire can’t shut up about the kid tonight.

  19. linp says:

    MAB has a team high -8 in the playoff. Enough said. A tired PK >>>> MAB.

  20. HardHabits says:

    Sit -8 MAB. DO not play him as forward. SIT MAB. SIT MAB. SIT MAB!!!!!!!

    Roll four lines if possible.

    I heard on CBC that the Oilers might be interested in Guy Boucher. If Boucher plays anywhere else I am going to get a major hate going for the Habs management. The sooner that JM is away from the players on the ice the better.

  21. habsfan0 says:

    Game will go to overtime tonight;Subban scores the winning goal,Boudreau blasts his goalie again calling him a “Stupid F—”,crowd goes nuts.

  22. DearyLeary says:

    Finally, get Bergeron off the back end for goodness sake.

  23. KenD29 says:

    Because Sergei lacks the “Passion” and “Heart”!! He did zip when he was on the ice Friday. Pouliot also saw very limited ice time Friday too. Same reason, no “Passion” and no “heart”!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  24. habsman-itoba says:

    Just wait for it!

  25. Habsfan_jay says:

    Ok, if that’s the case then I feel better.

  26. Maffu says:

    After what SK 74 did on the Ovechkin goal last game, it might very well be him that sits. During that play he litterally did not move more than 3 feet from the right faceoff dot. The caps kept circling around that side of our zone, got the shot off and Ovie snuck in to jam in the loose puck. JM sat SK most if not the rest of the game and he may pay for that mistake. He wasn’t moving as if he was on the ice for two minutes but it was around a minute he was on, he still needs to the learn what it takes.

  27. wmarcello says:

    To me it probably means Spacek is still sick. Hammer will probably still play, and PK could very well bump MAB to the 4th line.

  28. KenD29 says:

    IT will allow them to rotate 5 D in the 3rd period if need be, unlike Friday night where Gill, Gorges, Markov and O Byrne played while Hamrlik and MAB sat on the bench!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  29. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Yes! PG decides to force JM’s hand, had to get MAB outta there, he has been completely ineffective. PK will be bouncing off the walls with engery which will certainly translate to the rest of the team. He can play a useful 7-10 minutes no problem!

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  30. nunacanadien says:

    Because, if you haven’t noticed the only way we can snap our veteran mighty midgets out of a spiral is if we bring in youngbloods like Subban to hit back, play fast and rough, as we sure don’t have any enforcers on our team.  Sure Gill showed up for Game 1, and Gorges is trying hard, but honestly, when your biggest guy can’t enforce, when your mercernary hit man Moen can’t hit for trying, when the mighty midgets get splattered against the boards time and again, and Markov and Spacek are firing blanks……you call in the Bulldog Calvary!  Hooray for Subban!

  31. nunacanadien says:

    Because, if you haven’t noticed the only way we can snap our veteran might midgets out of a spiral is if we bring in youngbloods like Subban to hit back, play fast and rough, as we sure don’t have any enforcers on our team.  Sure Gill showed up for Game 1, and Gorges is trying hard, but honestly, when your biggest guy can’t enforce, when your mercernary hit man Moen can’t hit for trying, when the mighty midgets get splattered against the boards time and again, and Markov and Spacek are firing blanks……you call in the Bulldog Calvary!  Hooray for Subban!

  32. wmarcello says:

    I believe he and Spacek both missed the last morning skate. Gomez still played.

  33. nick says:

    I’ll be excited when they say MAB is sitting and having Subban as his replacement.

  34. Corio says:

    Gomez is probably having a SPA day, pedicure the whole nine yards.

  35. MathMan says:

    Uh oh.

    I like PK as much as the next guy, but throwing a guy with 2 games of NHL experience in a must-win playoff game is pure desperation gesture. I’m afraid it means one of the D-men (probably Hamrlik) is too injured to play.

    I don’t think this is good news, folks.

  36. Iceberg84 says:

    Hamrlik in the brain.

  37. jimhasbeen says:

    so sergei sits and mab goes to the 4th line.  

    there’s no way jacques would sit a homeboy.

    i really miss the sergei of 2008

  38. Habsfan_jay says:

    According to Stubs, Gomez isn’t at the morning state. Is this normal, or should we be worried?

  39. wotever says:

    Everybody has to have ZERO NHL playoff experience at some point.  I’d be happier if he had more than 2 NHL games however.

    In my mind this only makes sense if someone important is injured and they’re not telling us.

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

  40. habsman-itoba says:

    Maybe we’re just excited because he’s not MAB?  That is worth breathing a sigh of relief.

  41. nick says:

    If he replaces MAB, I have no problem with the move. However I do not believe that will be the case.  JM seems to hold him almost as high in praise as those from L’Antichambre.

  42. KenD29 says:

    Thanks for your “optimism”!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  43. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    I called this a few days ago!!! Look out here comes subbie doobie doo!!!

  44. wmarcello says:

    Myself for one I’m not expecting a miracle from PK by any means. I just hope he
    turns out to be a valuable 5th D-man. I really didn’t have much faith in
    the Habs winning another game with BOTH Hammer and MAB as regular
    D-men.

    More than anything though, I’m just excited the Habs will
    now at the very, very least go out with a bang. There will definitely be
    no wondering “what if” now concerning PK. That would have eaten away at
    me forever if they were to lose without even giving Subban a shot.

  45. Kooch7800 says:

    Interesting….who is hurt (other than Spacek)?

    Major negative to be aware of, PK played in a game with the Dogs yesterday that went to OT.  He may be tired so keep that in mind if he struggles

  46. idle says:

    I’ll take it a step further and say I hope people can calm down a bit on P.K overall.  Instead of getting too carried away too fast over another great looking prospect, lets back up a little and give him the proper chance to develop.  Otherwise 3 years from now we can look forward to none stop P.K arguments like we have non stop Price arguments now.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  47. wotever says:

    Oh dear god, please, no one wear blackface.

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

  48. Habs64 says:

    Habs lose 8-2

     

    PK -5

  49. nick says:

    So this kid who’s played 2 games with the big boys is coming up, and everyone is breathing a sigh of relief?

    From the comments here one might think Ovechkin decided to wear a Habs jesery tonight instead… The kid is great, but am I the only one here who thinks this might not be the best place to learn how to play with the big boys?

  50. wotever says:

    Devil’s Advocate:  He gets hurt, we lose this game, or we win this game and keep him up, get swept four straight against pittsburgh, the Hamilton Bulldogs ie his teammates lose their chance at a Calder Cup, he and they and Boucher resents habs coaching and mgmt and demands a trade.  (Dogs and cats, living in sin…)

    :-)

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

     

  51. joeybarrie says:

    As much as I think this is a mistake, I am very happy to see him play again.

    Why in the world would we have a young kid come up after playing LAST NIGHT??? I know he is good, and we need another body, but I’m not sure this is a great move. What happens if he gets injured against a BIG and ROUGH Caps team? Especially trying to prove he belongs here next season. This could very well backfire, as he has ZERO NHL playoff experience, and really hurt his chances at a Calder Cup.

    BRIGHT SIDE:  The Caps have probably never seen this kid play. Wont know what to expect. So if we end up winning this game and taking it to game seven, I think the risk was worth it. But I am thinking selfishly, as I really, really want to beat the Caps. Also, I guess under any circumstances we are to do what we can in order to win, regardless of the situation… So maybe I should leave it alone… GO PK, get us into game 7.

    And the poster who replied to a previous comment of mine saying similar stuff about I wasnt sure if an AHLer who played yesterday and has ZERO NHL playoff experience would be the difference between winning and losing. I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT and I can yell in here again tomorrow about being wrong myself……….

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

  52. Jordio-oh says:

    1) This will only help our team.

    2) However, I hope everyone can learn to curb their enthusiasm for a minute to remind themselves that a 20 yeard old kid, who played last night, won’t be our saviour or our answer to all of our problems. Despite everyone’s soobie-love, this is still arguably a minor line-up adjustment. It was mentioned before how we obsess over who’s on the 3rd and 4th line, as if it will make a big difference in the grand scheme. Subban is an obvious improvement over MAB and will do well for us if spatch can’t go, but he’s not going to be a game changer, he just isn’t. I hope i didn’t break any hearts.

    with that said, I’m still excited and interested to see what happens.

  53. Andrew Sharpe says:

    YES…PUMPT!

  54. pmaraw says:

    i just took a carp in my pnats

  55. idle says:

    This move makes sense.  With the Bulldogs not playing again until Thursday it’s a chance to get Subban a taste of playoff hockey in the big league, which even if it only ends up being 1 game, will hopefully help him for next season if he is with the team and they manage to hit the playoffs again.  Especially with this being a possible elimination game on home ice with the pressure of a long losing streak looming.

    If the Habs lose, he goes back to the Calder cup run.  If the team wins and goes to game 7 then I guess he is missing at least one game in Hamilton…

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  56. HFX-HabFan says:

    Now John Carlson is going to be disappointed that McGuire won’t be gushing over him as the “kid who’s gonna be a great defenseman in this league for a long time”.

  57. likehoy says:

    millions of fans are —–ting themselves now,.

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

  58. Mike says:

    We need HAmmerlik to play a strong defensive game to support and protect PK.

  59. budachris says:

    PKPKPKPKPKPKPK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

    even if this is the end of the line tonight at least there going out fighting, but nonetheless

     

    I BELIEVE!!!!!

  60. HabsBlogger says:

    I think JM now comes to HIO to make his coaching decisions. “shit they don’t think MAB is good, they are right ill bench him in the 3rd”, “they want PK… might as well call him up”.

  61. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yes. JM gets ideas from Habs I/O.

     

  62. BJ says:

    No panic here. Good strategy to potentially mix things up and add some speed “a la Mike Green”. Just one or two rushes could make a diffrence.

  63. Corio says:

    He’s just getting ‘advised’ I am sure by management

  64. wmarcello says:

    Was that a Firefly reference? :D

    I’m not expecting anything huge from this kid at all tonight. I just want him to be more than MAB. If he can shoulder some minutes from our top 4, especially if it comes down to a 3rd period like last game, I’ll be happy.

     

  65. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    don’t worry Ian – montreal fans love a showman – for good or for bad – they love the “show”.

    this is the most EXCITING player we have seen in Montreal since Patrick Roy.

    PK will be treated like royalty – I guarantee you – as I did at the Olympic break.

    I have lived here all my life, and I’ve seen Beliveau, henri Richard, Cournoyer, Lafleur, Robinson, Roy, and the list goes on and on.

    every once in about 20 years a guy comes along who YOU KNOW THE FANS WILL LOVE.

    PK is that guy.

    rest assured – Ian – PK is in good hands – the Bell Center will rock tonight!!!!

  66. Habs4Me says:

    Nah he’s more like beer, if you keep it too long it gets skunked

  67. cautiousoptimist says:

    Smoeone doesn’t think much of the Kostitsyns. : )  Andrei potted 26 goals when he was 23, and Sergei had 131 points in 59 games with the London Knights in 06-07, and 27 points in 52 games with the Habs the very next year, averaging better than a point every two games after skipping over the AHL entirely.  These kids have got skills.

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

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    you see – here’s the important point – those fans that you are alluding to, ARE NOT FANS AT ALL.

    so let’s just enjoy the show – PK is a great talent – and this is HIS dream come true!!!

    forget about the clowns who will boo a mistake.

    they do not merit your attention.

  69. Bob Barker says:

    Guy Boucher will fix him. I think he showed an improved effort level this season and more of a willingness to be a team leader.

  70. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Sounds a lot like L’antichriste

  71. Chorske says:

    You like Firefly? Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.

    Also, the autofilter likes “gorram” better than the other thing.

  72. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    You should not blame the fans for what Price has done to himself.

    first, blame Gainey who insisted against Carbo’s advice, to keep Price and call him a “franchise” player

    second, blame Gainey for playing Price in every playoff game when he had Halak waiting on the bench

    third, blame Price himself, for not practicing well, gaining 25 lbs, and acting arrogantly

    fourth, blame the “fans” – if you call the idiots who boo a supremely talented 22 year old – fans.

  73. Chorske says:

    To heck with coaches. We should crowd-source this mofo.

  74. wmarcello says:

    Thanks…? :)

    And yes, big Firefly fan. :D

    Edit: Also, totally OT, but I just checked your profile… I’m a former UNB student myself (not SJ campus though). Small world.

  75. Bob Barker says:

    I like both of them, I think AK46 can score 30-40 if he finds his consistency and SK74 definitely has top-six potential, great vision and is an effective penalty-killer. 

    I’m just more confident in Horton reaching his potential than the Kostitsyns. He made the NHL at 18, and has scored more than 20 five years in a row. Plus he’s a right-handed shot. 

    The trade I’d most like to see happen though is the Kostitsyns and a goalie for Jeff Carter. 

  76. KenD29 says:

    Good one!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  77. nick says:

    Easy now with the expectations…

    People said the same of Price that he’d be the next coming… Now that he’s swayed a little from peoples 1 shutout a game expectations he’s been branded an underachieving brat who’s been handed everything he has in MTL by Bob Gainey and company.

    He’s played 2 games. Assisted twice.

    To put things in perspective, Matt D’Agostini scored 5 goals in the first 5 games he played with the Habs… Now where is he?

     

     

  78. mrhabby says:

    defensive  game needs work no?

  79. G-Man says:

    Is gorram a variety of wheat?

  80. nick says:

    Funny you say that – theres just as much doom and gloom.

  81. Ian Cobb says:

    Rumor, his defencive game is great. He is a plus 65.

  82. notbigbird says:

    It’s a euphemism, used mostly on the other side of the pond I believe. Change the R’s to D’s.

  83. Storm Man says:

    You still think he is going to be the next Bobby Orr? I would be happy when he becomes a all-star 

  84. Fansincebirth says:

    I loved Firefly and the bastards went and cancelled it despite a huge following. Same with Defying Gravity.

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

  85. Chorske says:

    Came to it late- too late to help, at any rate. Great show, bad network.

  86. Brocas Brain says:

    Hey Eddy – Price is a Franchise Player….Even Scotty Bowman said a month ago.  I trust Gainey & Bowman over the drunks in the nose bleed section any day and I have yet to ever wittness Price acting arrogantly. 

    oh yeah btw, Price actually lost 25lbs before the 09-10 season started. here’s a link http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/200809/19/01-667990-price-a-perdu-pres-de-25-livres.php if you can not read french simply add it to google translate you’ll get the jist.

     

     

     

     

  87. Tariq says:

    Good Job Gauthier, he should have practised with the team in the weekends as Spacek was ill…lets go!! Do or die match for us!! I believe in Habs :)

  88. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Habs will tell PK to keep his game simple – no crazy risks – only well calculated plays – short, clean passes, etc….

    most importantly, PK is here to improve our Power Play. That’s the way I see it.

    who will PK play with?????

     

  89. diehardhab says:

    if they play pk as a forward im gonna lose my mind.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  90. ShaunT says:

    Boudreau is only angry because he has no neck!!!!

  91. mike g says:

    Hopefully the Subbanator gets some PP time..

    Surely he’ll do better than MAB, because I don’t think PK is affraid of touching the blue line. MAB seems to be scared of cathcing a pass on the line, or skating on it…

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

  92. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    PK and Gill!

  93. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Yes going to the game and get to see PK, I’m a happy camper.

  94. KenD29 says:

    Nah, not Mr. Potato Head !!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  95. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Ok here’s the lineup – (just my call on what JM will do)

    markov – Ob

    Gill – Gorges

    PK – Hamrlik

    SK sits out – as per RDS Anti Chambre

    MAB plays forward and point on power play

    Playing PK with anyone else would give him TOO MANY MINUTES tonight.

    They must know that PK will be tired and that if the game is close in the 3rd, he and Hamrlik will rest.

    PK will play 2nd line Power play with Hamrlik as well.

    THIS IS NOT MY PLAN – THIS IS HOW I SEE JM DOING THINGS.

  96. likehoy says:

    looks like sergei is the odd-man out in this situation

    SIGH! time to start looking for trade partners.

    SK + hammer + halak to edmonton for souray + 1st :D.

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

  97. nick says:

    Honestly – I wouldn’t count on too much L’Antichambre says.

    If they had it their way, MAB would be play C, LW, RW D and G on all 4 lines.

  98. HFX-HabFan says:

    K brothers, Hammer and Halak to Florida for Horton, Vokoun and a prospect.  Or maybe get them to give us back our second rounder.

  99. HFX-HabFan says:

    Imagine if Barry Trotz ever got really upset.

  100. cautiousoptimist says:

    Sitting Sergei for Darche makes as much sense as sitting O’Byrne did in the first few games of the series.  Just awful.

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

    It works out perfectly since Hamilton just won their series, instead of boring time off he gets NHL experience. My main worry about bringing him up was that Hamilton might lose a game or two while he was here, end up being eliminated, and ruin the kids one shot at a long playoff run, but with that out of the way, let’s go Subban.

  102. Off-side says:

    Gasp!  My guess is that JM reads HIO with his morning coffee and steals all the advise from here!

  103. cautiousoptimist says:

    I’d leave it at the K brothers for Horton, and even that will be overpaying when Sergei racks up the assists with 2nd-line linemates not named Travis Moen.

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

    Time for PK to show John Carlson how it’s done! :P

    STELIOS!

  105. mrhabby says:

    what a crap name…L’antichambre..geesh.

  106. crabvader says:

    “Subban will participate in the morning skate but will not talk to the
    media afterwards, according to the team.”

     

    GOOD!!!!

  107. Shublips says:

    Wow, they actually did it.  While I think this is a strong move, I am surprised  that they actually did it considering how badly they needed PK last week.

    But what’s done is done, and it is FINALLY done.  Should be a heck of a game tonight!

    FYI, here’s the official Habs press release in case you’re interested:
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  108. Brocas Brain says:

    I hope PK get’s in the lineup tonight, but I assume it will depend on Spacek’s health.
     

  109. KenD29 says:

    Also reported by Mr. Stubbs in this very blog entry a little while ago!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

     

  110. mrhabby says:

    souray wanted out of MTL now we bring him back…no thanks.

  111. Corio says:

    Go PK Go!  The added offense can’t hurt!

  112. likehoy says:

    hey, if we want a top draft pick, we gotta get some salary back.

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  113. KenD29 says:

    Funny, Moen played just fine alongside Gomez and Gionta Friday night!!!

    Think maybe Sergei needs to head back to his homeland and he can bring his brother with him!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  114. HabFanSince72 says:

    Happy to see PK.

    But let’s not forget that two years ago everyone was going on about another “saviour”.

    PK has played all of two games in the NHL, and he is being thrown into a do or die situation against the most potent offensive team of the last few years.

    This is a panic move, but given that we were playing 4 D at the end of the  last game we have no choice.

     

  115. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Souray? He’s washed-up and done. Why would we want Souray? In fact, we got rid of him just in time. He hasn’t done squat for the Oilers since he got there.

  116. Drive_For_25 says:

    We draft guys to play for the Habs, not the Bulldogs.  I hope the Dogs do good but I’m not gonna worry at all about them losing some games because we need the guy on the Habs.  I thnk we’ve needed him from the start of this series.

     

  117. Bob Barker says:

    Someone doesn’t think much of Horton. He had a strong year before getting hurt, 72-point pace on a pretty bad Florida team. Not bad for a 24-year old. Scored 31 goals as a 21-year old, not many players in the league do that. 

  118. HFX-HabFan says:

    Apparently it’s a game-time decision, depending on Spacek’s health.  So does that mean if Spacek is healthy, MAB is on the fourth line?

  119. likehoy says:

    the deal’s not for souray…he’s a throw in to make-weight…it’s edmonton’s 1st that i want!

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

  120. crabvader says:

    I know I C&P’d it from here, lol.

    I just don’t want any rambunxious reporters crowding him and pounding how important this game is into his head.

  121. TPlow says:

    This is a brilliant move. As if the place wasn’t going to be rocking anyway, P.K.’s presence just takes it up another notch. If the team wins, everyone goes nuts. If the team loses, everyone still gets excited about seeing P.K. I just hope the kid can handle being a convenient distraction for the organization (and given his play during his last call-up, I think he can).

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  122. alfieturcotte says:

    It’s a good call up – PK on defense is a large step up from MAB, regardless of whether PK played last night. 

    Though I like SK 74, makes sense to bench him in favor of MAB.  MAB and his shot, remains the focal point of our PP.  Also, the way Pyatt and Moen played on Friday, no room for SK 74.  I suspect that PK will help steady Hamrlik defensive play.  It’s a solid 6 on defense, which is key against such an explsive team as the Capitals. 

    If Halak can continue his play from Friday, we can win. 

  123. habsguy says:

    although not quite as bad as his brother,  both K bros should be forced to play without cups ubtil they agree to bring a little heart to the table!!!!!…………..I hope they’re both gone for next year !!!!!

  124. Chorske says:

    No pressure, eh, PK? No pressure at all.

    Bold prediction- the same posters who view this kid as the Second Coming of Bobby Orr will be the first to turn on the kid when he goofs. Because he will. Because he is a kid and he has TWO NHL games to his name and the weight of the gorram world on his shoulders.

  125. Le Jadester says:

    I don’t know if JM reads the board or not……..but my guess would be that someone does it for him, cause there’s been some un-JM like moves throughout the series.  The only constant is JM’s hatred towards SK. But he’s givin’ me a little hope for now with this call up.

    Either way IMO this is an all win situation by calling up the Subbanator ! Even if we lose (and the GWG is his fault) that is still a learning experience for the kid to draw from and grow.  I don’t think that will happen because he’s the real deal (mabey not right now) but he’s gonna be.  I hope I din’t Jinx anything.

    I keep tellin’ all my loser leaf friends that him, Doughty, Keith and Weber are gonna be the 4 next elite D men in the League.  Like a bunch of retards they are…… they laugh and then I laugh a little bit louder and then offer some serious bets of a like 500 $ and then they shut up cause they don’t like the confidence I show when I say that (SOrry for talking about the leafs for that long, I know I can’t until OCt. 1st 2010 – but that’s the shite I have to go through around here).

    PK and Markei = Habs in 7 !

    Lets go Les BoyZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Habs, OLE !

  126. 100HABS says:

    PK’s a kid. He’s not tired. When he was up earlier in 2 games, he was a plus player. I would play him with Markov – that way his rooky mistakes will be covered better than what Hammer is capable of lately.

  127. Ian Cobb says:

    I have enjoyed this young mans career since he was a walk on at 16 years old in junior. I have posted many times that he is going to be a super star in the NHL in years to come.

    Please don’t think that he is there already and that this 20 year old kid is going to lead us to the promised land tonight. He still has some seasoning to go.

    But when he arrives, competes and comfortable in this league. We are going to see and enjoy some magic from this kid. With his skates, his stick, his great wit and personality.

    Super fast, plays two way’s, has an accurate and blistering shot from the point.

  128. avatar_58 says:

    PK could injure all of our players and I’d still say “oh well, still a kid”

  129. KenD29 says:

    He can do NO worse than the Aged veteran Hamrlik who has made many mistakes this series and is a slow as sap from the Maple trees.

    Hamrlik certainly is not like fine wine that gets better with age!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  130. KenD29 says:

    Horton is another player that has the talent but lacks the “heart”! Habs have to many of those kind of players right now!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  131. wmarcello says:

    MAB is a -8 as a regular D-man. On the PP though, he has been on the ice for 3 of the 4 Montreal PP goals, assisting on 1 of them. If Subban bumps him to PP only duty, I’m fine with that decision.

  132. Bugs says:

    Let’s pray the penalty be at least a crosscheck to Ovie’s chops on the follow-through.

    “Accidental”, of course. Don’t want nobody gettin hurt after all. Just a game.

    But “accidents” happen sometimes, ya know?

    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/

  133. crabvader says:

    What I also really like is that PK Subban’s work ethic exceeds ANY Capital in uniform.

  134. J Haul says:

    If goof Ovechkin plans on spraying our flag kids again I’d be all for one of those “accidents”. That muppet needs to be taught some manners.

  135. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    yup.

  136. wmarcello says:

    “Draw” a penalty, not “take” one. I assume you got that though.

  137. crabvader says:

    He meant that PK will draw a penalty from a Caps player.

  138. andrewberkshire says:

    What matters isn’t the actual size of the player, but how they play. For example I would rather have Chad Larose than Evgeni Artyukhin any day of the week.

  139. Corio says:

    Now that is a prediction I like!

  140. andrewberkshire says:

    Good call, he’d fit in well there.

  141. mrhabby says:

    such a classy guy avery.

  142. Zepphead says:

    He’s gonna energize the crowd for sure.

     

    Can’t wait man even though my seats are high

  143. punkster says:

    Larose: midget

    Artyukhin:pylon

    …according to HI/O standard.

    ;)

  144. mrhabby says:

    mario tremblay..hoping he stays there forever.

  145. andrewberkshire says:

    Darche has been utterly useless for weeks.

  146. crabvader says:

    They have to put him there. How many points does Sergei have?

    SK won’t sit in front of Varlamov. Darche might.

  147. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    you know what would really energize the crowd? a double hat trick.

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    How much shorter than Larose do you have to be to qualify as a smurf? Sorry Dave, I’m not up on HIO labeling policy, give me a hand?

  149. Chorske says:

    How’d you figure?

  150. cautiousoptimist says:

    No disrespect to PK’s considerable skills, but calling up a 6th D-man from Hamilton is not going to force Washington to chaneg its gameplan.  If he doesn’t screw up in his own end, I’ll be delighted.  If he gets a goal or an assist on the PP, I’ll be doing backflips.  But he’s not going to score a hat trick and put the boots to Ovechkin and cure cancer out there.

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    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  151. andrewberkshire says:

    Darche is not a gamebreaker. It’s irrelevant though because Martin will be sitting both of them in favour of Bergeron.

  152. andrewberkshire says:

    Haha we can dream, Chris. 

  153. Chorske says:

    According to the HIO masses, a smurf is anyone under six feet. DO keep up, Andrew. ;)

  154. andrewberkshire says:

    Nobody should be expecting miracles. However considering PK is miles ahead of Bergeron, and can’t possibly be as bad as Hamrlik’s been, I think his impact will be felt considerably. We’ve also gone from having two players on the team who can skate the puck from defensive zone to offensive zone (Gomez and Markov) to three with Subban in the lineup.

  155. aemarchand11 says:

    Craig MacTavish.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  156. andrewberkshire says:

    There are so many gorram terms on here, it’s like having an extra final exam!

  157. crabvader says:

    No Capital has gone the extra mile agaist the Habs. All of them purely rely on their skill. Have you seen any Capitals consistently battle for the puck or always keep his feet moving?

    PK Subban does that. That’s why he is succesful in the AHL. He will bring a good work ethic with him.

    He’s probably got a better work ethic than most Habs, too.

    I still think Metro and Gio have huge hearts…which is why I didn’t say Subban works harder than all Habs.

    Every single Caps player potentially gives up on a play once they get de-possessed. I would say Carlson has been the only battling player on the Caps but even he has made some lazy plays.

    That’s how I figure.

    The Caps are more skilled than we are, but the reason they haven’t swept us is because we’ve worked harder and we are coming back.

  158. TheDagger says:

    I don’t think Hitchcock would “fit” well in anything…

  159. crabvader says:

    If he so much as has a point tonight, Andrew…

  160. habsman-itoba says:

    He should not be expected to do any of those things.  All he has to do is be better than MAB.  No problems there.

    I don’t think he’s supposed to make Washington change their game plan, just make it harder for them to execute their current one.

     

  161. andrewberkshire says:

    Capitals who consistently outwork our guys; Backstrom, Knuble, Laich, Chimera, Gordon, Bradley, Belanger. Those guys are all character guys who’ve been working very hard.

  162. cautiousoptimist says:

    I hope he’s miles ahead of Bergeron too, but MAB’s 34 points in 60 games is more than AK46, Pouliot or Metro.  Subban’s 53 points in 77 games are excellent, but I bet MAB would get that many in the AHL too.  What Subban brings that MAB doesn’t is creativity and hopefully better D, and I’ve got high hopes for him tonight and in the future.  But tearing up the AHL is not the same as tearing up the big league, and the Washington Capitals aren’t exactly the Manitoba Moose.

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    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  163. cautiousoptimist says:

    Well said — if he plays just a little better than MAB would have, we’re ahead.  Everything else is gravy.

    Mmm, gravy…

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    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  164. TheDagger says:

    Subban… tied for points in the playoffs with SK, Laps, Darche, Pyatt.  One point less than MAB and a much better +/-.  Call this move what you want but the bottom line is it won’t hurt the Habs any more than some of the current Habs are.

  165. Bugs says:

    Wups.

    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/

  166. mike g says:

    And those are the guys you want to count on to win you a series? Not likely, that was probably the posters point…

    I for one have not been blown away by the Caps. I’ve watched them play alot this year, mostly on NBC Sunday games because I work at a bar that always shows that game. The Caps were always on NBC, and have been a team split in half all year. I can count on one hand how many times they’ve given a complete team offort for one game. It’s always half the team that shines, and the rest are invisible. And it’s pure talent that’s winning them this series vs us, not work ethic….

    If Ovi, Backstrom, Semin, Green, and Fleishman would work hard consistently, this series would have been over last week.

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

  167. Bugs says:

    Uhh, yeah…I got it. Sure. See, what I meant to say was…what it was that…

    Aww, nuts!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  168. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Agree. Boudreau was talking about finding out more about PK, but a 7th defenseman call up from the AHL (who played in OT last night in another city) shouldn’t change the game plan for the coach. and does anyone think someone like Ovechkin gives a flying yahoo about some kid named pernell karl?

     

    let’s be careful in the first – the caps will come out banging.

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely agree with you there, however a lot of other AHL rookies have come up and made big impacts on their teams in the playoffs. Carlson, Ennis and Couture have all transitioned nicely, and PK has been more impressive than all of them thus far. I’m guessing he does very well. What separates him from other players I think is his speed, so he can make mistakes but make up for them by chasing the guy down and taking the puck back.

  170. andrewberkshire says:

    Backstrom was on my list. In fact he’s probably the hardest worker on that team. I’d rather him on my team than Ovechkin.

  171. andrewberkshire says:

    Bergeron? Or Darche? Because Darche has already been announced as a healthy scratch.

  172. andrewberkshire says:

    How bad is it that I laughed REALLY hard when I read that?

  173. Shublips says:

    For anyone who is interested there will be a HUGE LIVE in-game chat for tonight’s Game Six, with a ton of Habs and Caps bloggers and fans.

    Sign up and chat from here: http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/live-in-game-chat-for-game-six-habs-v.html

    There’s gonna be a TON of PK Subban talk…I’m sure…so take part and let us know your thoughts!

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  174. punkster says:

    Ooopps…double…don’t need to read that crap again, do we?

     

  175. TomNickle says:

    I would probably have Chimera and Gordon slightly ahead of him but the point’s well taken.  When a player with the skill of Backstrom works that hard, well, he gets compared to Jarome Iginla with the combination of skill and work ethic, not the style of player though.

     

     

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

  176. punkster says:

    It’s quite obvious you didn’t receive the instruction sheet handed out when you joined this forum.

    Player under 6 feet – migdet

    Player who makes a mistake – trade bait

    Coach over 50 – old man (also useless, pitiful and various profanity laced labels)

    GM who doesn’t win a Cup – pathetic waste of space (see above under “Coach” for additional details)

    Owner(s) who don’t fire coaches over 50 and GMs who don’t win a Cup – only interested in the revenue (also moneygrubbing parasites, capitalist pigs, etc.)

    Fans of one goalie or the other – Fanboys (also know as…well, these are actually not printable names)

    HI/O members – psychotic basement dwellers (but the most knowledgeable fans in the sport)

     

  177. mike g says:

    It’s pure craziness here….The outpour of hatred towards MAB is nuts, but understandable for numerous reason…..

    BUT, for some strange reason there’s something about that guy. I don’t know if it’s the rocket launcher he has tied to his stick or something, but I have a feeling he will be a brightspot in out lineup tonight. I have a feeling he will make a positive difference, maybe a much needed PP blast from the point….

    Let’s hope so at least. (ps, he’s really peewee-ish with that stick swinging thing he does when he chases the puck)

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

  178. mike g says:

    I think Knuble gets my vote for hardest worker on that team. Considering his age and the beattings he takes infront of the net, he’s a gamer.

    But for a skilled and responsable as Backstrom is, Ovi’s on my team first, thank you very much. He’s on the edge, sometimes lazy, etc…..But he’s a dynamic player like no1 else. He can play 5 out of the 60 minutes with effort and still get a hat-tric…That’s incredible.

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

  179. TomNickle says:

    How about four goals, two assists, and two fighting majors where he bludgeons Green and Knuble?

     

     

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

  180. gincognito says:

    To expand on that point, one could take into account the 6 points in 3 games that MAB had earlier this year. What does that mean?

    The same thing as everything else written here: diddly-squat.

     

  181. dh says:

    Yeah, I don’t get that.  MAB was picked up to help our PP and he did that.  It was clear that he wasn’t a top line defenseman.  Now people get upset that he can’t stop Ovechkin every time? 

    He actually has done better than I would have thought. And I’m with you with that feeling that he may do something well.

    But what do I know?  I would have kept Scheider…

  182. TripleX says:

    Anyone blaming MAB has misplaced anger.  The BLAME lies with the coaching staff that continually puts players in positions to FAIL which is the antithesis of what GOOD coaching is about.

    MAB has never been and never be a top two shutdown Dman playing 24 minutes a game.  Is it his fault?  MAB can’t tell the coach not to play him.  Any idiot knew that O’Byrne was better suited to play.

    I have no doubts about the skills of PK Suban.  I have MAJOR doubts about the ability of JM to put him in a position to succeed.

    I hate to see him in the situation SK now finds himself.  Many people have a hate on for SK as well and it is equally misplaced in my opinion.

  183. habsman-itoba says:

    True enough, and well said.  I have to agree with that logic. 

  184. habaholic68NJ says:

    Right on XXX!  JM and company have been a joke for most of the year.  The only reasonable display of active in-game coaching was the last game.  Hopefully he has more.

  185. Malreg says:

    The problem with SK is that he needs to play 18 minutes a night on the top 2 lines to really show what he can do.  Unfortunately our top 6 spots are pretty much locked up, so he’s forced to try and play a checking role.

    I’m sure SK would do great on a team lacking top 6 forwards and getting tons of ice time.  Then people will just complain because he’s putting up points with another team, without realizing that at the moment there is no room for him on this roster.

  186. Le Jadester says:

    Already been discussed.  I thought the same thing until I saw the guy at the point he was covering.  Can’t blame SK for not doubling up down low.  Long shift for that line (i.e over a minute). Although I do, blame him for being bumped off the puck in the Washintston’s zone. Either way, I’d rather have SK instead of MAB on forward IMO.

    Habs, OLE !

  187. Evolute says:

    I completely agree.

  188. Les-Habitants says:

    I don’t think it’s hate, as I don’t think many can argue the point that his addition is a very big reason why we were even able to make the playoffs.

    But, as the playoffs have continued, he hasn’t been good and he hasn’t gotten the powerplay going.  His turnovers have led directly to a couple goals, and he has the worst +/- on the team by a fair margin.  We need another guy to take on his defensive responsibilities.

     

    With PK getting called up, and him being paired with Hammer, I think we will finally have 3 very strong pairings.  Obviously, Hammer and PK will be the question mark….but I have seen Hammer play, and he is a very good player and capable of bouncing back.  I believe he will.  PK is going to bring a lot of energy, and has proven in his first pro season that he can be an impact player.  Now, I don’t expect him by any means to have an equivalent impact like he did in the AHL, where he was a game-breaker, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that his addition has made this team better…and I was one of the guys unsure as to whether they should call him up, but now that it is done I like it a lot

  189. habsman-itoba says:

    Perfect!  That pretty much sums up how I feel about him.  I love the bullet from the point, but he has fanned on too many shots and failed to hold the line (a sure PP momentum killer) far too many times during the last couple games.  I loved that he knocked Oh-retchin’ on his duff a few times in the first two games. 

    He CAN add a lot to the PP, but he can also take a lot away from it.

  190. crabvader says:

    Every single guy you’ve named including Backstrom has been outworked on a lot of shifts by Gorges (nothing to be ashamed of, Gorges is a workhorse, but a lot of them, including Backstrom, once again, have been stoned 1v1 by MAB.

    MAB outhustled them and won battles on the boards, notably against Backstrom last game.

    Now if you are Nicklas Backstrom and you are battling for a puck against the boards with only MAB, who should come out victorious?

  191. Mattee. says:

    All we gotta do is win win win no matter what!

  192. longtimehabsfan says:

    So Boudreau says he knows little about PK then says if he plays he expects him to bring great energy and enthusiasm?  Hope Boudreau pulls a Pierre Page behind the Caps bench tonight.

  193. Evolute says:

    take. out. Bergeron.

  194. HabFanSince72 says:

    Add the Devils to the list of potential Guy Boucher suitors …

  195. Bill J says:

    ROFLMAO!!!!

    This must be posted as a disclaimer at the top of the H I/O page.

    Classic!

  196. Mattee. says:

    The good news is nobody can touch Boucher unless the Habs give them permission. I just hope the habs don’t make that stupid mistake.

  197. Thomas says:

    Where are you getting this information?

  198. lavie says:

    Anybody knows Guy Boucher’s current contract duration?

  199. Storm Man says:

    The only team to worry about making Guy a good coaching offer is Tampa.

  200. Le Jadester says:

    Was it just me or did anyone else get the feeling in Game 5 that McGuire was literally kissin’ JM’s ass so bad his whole face was brown,…… and then the interview during the game ? What was up that ?

     A friend of mine said that McGuire was rippin’ JM a new one on the Team 990 earlier in the day and then a complete 180 throughout the game sayin’ like… “Oh JM is brilliant, Moen on the 1st, goin’ back to Jaro etc.”.  You’ed think that a couple of JM’s boys paid him a visit and mabey made him an offer he couldn’t refuse ?

    Either way, you know JM was feelin’ the heat before Friday’s game…….especially after Sal’s phone call got Front page media attention.

    Habs, OLE !

  201. jimmy shaker says:

    NHL.com reported that Spacek is for sure NOT playing tonight. And with Darche and SK74  being the scratch’s tonight, where does PK fit in?  NHL.com again is saying PK will be used as a 7th D-man and only on the PP.  Some reports say he’ll take MAB’s spot with Hammer and MAB moves to the 4th line.  Some are saying he won’t even dress.  I don’t know what to expect.  For me I would have PK in there for Hammer and keep the 4th line of Pyatt/Metro/Darche or SK74. 

    The D would be for me….

    Marky/O’Byrne….Gill/Gorges….and PK with MAB.  

    But in the end me thinks JM will start with 7D….double shift someone with Pyatt and Metro on the fourth, but by the end of game, I think PK will be taking MAB’s minutes on the D and MAB will get pushed up to the fourth line.  This is probably the best way to use PK and MAB for the 60 minutes or more!

    Shaker

  202. longtimehabsfan says:

    At least 4 years.

  203. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I’m pulling out the old Forum red seat for this one. If we go down and this is the last game then I’d rather go down watching PK.

  204. Storm Man says:

    2 more years

  205. Storm Man says:

    PM forgot his meds that night

  206. punkster says:

    This will be good for PK and I hope it’s good for the Habs tonight. I’m tempering my expectations about what he can contribute on such short notice and under such intense pressure. Will he be mistake-free? That player doesn’t exist anywhere. As long as any mistakes do not lead to goals against us then he’ll be fine.

    Go get ‘em, PK. You’re about to get a real taste of Montreal hockey.

    I just wish he was about 4 inches taller and 25 pounds heavier. In fact he just escapes by one inch being hung out to dry as a “smurf”, “midget” and all the other DA labels people here use.

  207. avatar_58 says:

    ED ZACKERY!

  208. Fansincebirth says:

    Well, if nothing else, this is going to give Washington a new element to this series that they haven’t had to deal with yet.

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

  209. Storm Man says:

    Are you high today my friend PK with MAB come on you know your hockey  

  210. HabFanSince72 says:

     

    lemaire is retiring.

  211. habaholic68NJ says:

    The PK call up has both pluses and minuses that have been brought up by others.  Here are a couple of pluses that may not have been mentioned:

    1.  Distracting the Caps.  Focussing on who is pK and what does he bring to the game may take them a little off their game.

    2. Energizing the home fans.  The Bell Center will be even louder with PK in the house, strengthening the position of the 7th man.

  212. Storm Man says:

    About time.

  213. BJ says:

    Lemaire retires as he says he’s 64 and does not have the energy to the demandd of coaching in the NHL. Hoping Lamoriello doesn’t come again in our yard for a coach such as the one we have in Hamilton…….. New Jersey has a long history of Habs related coaches.

  214. wmarcello says:

    I predict that due to the unfamiliarity of PK to the Caps, and PK’s lightning fast foot speed and creativity with the puck, he draws at least 1 penalty tonight.

  215. likehoy says:

    jacques martin would be a perfect fit. boring hockey!

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

  216. Shublips says:

    Good point! I think they lack of familiarity could/will play into the Habs favour.  So what do you all see the D setup being?  The following looks good to me:

    Markov – O’Byrne
    Hamrlik – Subban (this way Hamr can JUST play D while Subban goes crazy)
    Gill – Gorges

    Thought?

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  217. BJ says:

    OK trade him for Parise (tongue in cheek)

  218. Storm Man says:

    I see Hitchcock with the Devils

  219. Mattyleg says:

    At the beginning of the playoffs, I didn’t think that bringing PK into the playoff picture would be good for him, as he should stick things through in Hamilton, and falling short in the playoffs might hurt his confidence.

    Now I think that if we lose, he’ll know it’s not because of him, and his energy and explosiveness -married with his ‘unpredictability factor’- will be a good addition. This will also give him a taste of high-pressure hockey.

    I’m looking forward to seing him play.

    As for Boudreau, people are having a laugh at him below (I particulary like the ‘angry Humpty-Dumpty’ comment!) and in his book, he talks about Sean Avery insulting him. Here is the excerpt:

    “He told me I was the biggest, fattest bleeping pig he had ever seen,”
    recounted Boudreau in his book. “He told me I was fatter than bleeping
    Ken Hitchcock. He told me I was going to die because I was such a fat
    bleep.”

    Holy Bleep.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  220. The Big O says:

    P.K. Subban plays tonight, SK74 and Darche sit…. K why the heck is Martin still playing Bergeron?  Much rather have either of the forwards on the 4th line instead of MAB and his -8!  Come on Martin, get with it already!

  221. BJ says:

    MAB first power play wave. PK on the second wave?

  222. Mattyleg says:

    Big, MAB has been playing very good hockey recently. He’s been pretty solid on defence, and his shots from the point throw the Caps into disarray.

    As for SK, I NEVER blame individual players for goals or losses, because they are team efforts, but SK’s unbelievably consistently lazy play last game left me speechless. He refused to skate in his own zone, but rather stood limply at the blue line while the Caps passed around him before scoring. I was appalled. He has no business being in a playoff game, where the only thing that counts is WORK.

    Darche, I’m not so sure about.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  223. crabvader says:

    Special teams have kept both our teams in a close battle.

    If PK can come up here and give us a jump and we can still deny the Caps’ PP, this series will go to 7.

  224. Storm Man says:

    Perfect.

  225. crabvader says:

    As much as I like SK, we need Darche in the lineup for goaltender screening and rebounds.

    Varlamov is DREADFUL when it comes to rebounds. His positioning is solid for the initial shot but he can’t seem to do well with traffic or rebounds.

    Besides, it should be fairly easy to screen Varlamov since the Caps’ D is just plain awful.

  226. Brocas Brain says:

    Jack Todd is an embarrassment to
    journalism. The Gazette should be embarrassed
    they employ him.  Just wanted to throw that out there.

  227. idle says:

    I don’t read his writings and I don’t really have an opinion on his current column, but having read it to see what the fuss was about I’ll just say… those are some pretty lame ass jokes.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  228. j2w4habs25 says:

    GO HABS GO!!!…

  229. Bill J says:

    For someone who has been a member of this site for 6 days & 23 hours as of the writing of this post.

    You use the term “Pricebot” quite freely,

    you either know the term, which leads me to agree with punkster that you are the troll who used to go by the name Habs Guru.

    OR

    you do not, and trust me you are not entitled to call ANYONE that name unless you have base to use it.  Seeing as the topic which remains unanswered by you was ultimately…

    What gives you the right to judge negatively other peoples posts here, when you got all up in arms last night for having it happen to you.  I could “understand” a vengeful approach perhaps, but I doubt the person you replied to commented negatively about you… Am I wrong ?

     

    Your either here to enjoy the playoffs with us, or your here to cause trouble.

    If you want to have fun, keep your nose clean and don’t start things.  Jacka** Toad is a donkey, and you will not find MANY who like everything he says, maybe the odd thing that juices their P.O.V. but usually it is pure 100% negative, and I for one DURING THE PLAYOFFS want a positive vibe.

    How you act going forward is your call.

  230. Danno says:

    Jack Todd. Isn’t that the turd who said we couldn’t use the word WE when we talk about the Habs? As in We will beat Washington tonight and will force a game seven…

     

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

  231. j2w4habs25 says:

    GO HABS GO!!!… GO HABS GO!!!!

  232. crabvader says:

    Correction. HE can’t say WE because he’s from Nebraska, lol.

  233. Mr Dobby says:

    They should send out Moen before the flag bearers.

  234. ross says:

    A Brodeur-Price trade would be almost exactly on par with the Chelios-Savard trade of yesteryear. An aging Big Name on his way to a well-deserved retirement in exchange for a not-yet-fully-tested prospect who has an entire career ahead of him.

  235. Paulin98C says:

    or pass….

  236. nickster13 says:

    on TSN its all caps this caps that, mike green and semin are poised for breakthrough, the PP needs work, boudreau is angry… its all caps caps caps! YUCK

  237. HardHabits says:

    A floating Sergei is worth two workings MABs.

    Ask yourself this, why is SK floating? Read below and you’ll find your answer. We’ll see how this all turns out. If the Habs make it to the next round I’ll put away my JM darts and dartboard, but right now JM is HH’s doghouse.

  238. pmaraw says:

    that rumour is about a month old and we’d supposedly get a top 3 forward, so zajac, parise or langenbrunner?  does elias count as top 3?  i hope not

  239. volcano62 says:

    Can’t wait to see Subban show his stuff in such a crucial NHL game.

    Go Habs Go!

  240. MikeMcphee says:

    Jack Todd was just sayin Price is not making it easy for the Habs to keep him. Great glove on that kid but he lacks “Big Save” ability, and I mean game saver saves.

  241. Le Jadester says:

    Ya I hear ya Mr. Ed.

    Its a shame because when he first came here 3 years ago, I was really excited to watch this kid develop into an NHL calibre player who would leave somewhat of a mark on the League (kinda like thomas jagr !). I get a little sentimental with SK 74 ’cause he came from my hometown London Knights and on top of that when he got his first call up, I was doing cartwheels and he seemed to fit in with Saku and all they guys back in the ’07 run.

    Either way both Carbo and JM effed him up royally and we all know what’s gonna happen next year.  Some other team will again profit from our management staff being uselless, overpaid and incompetent.  Like him or not, the kid has talent.

    Habs, OLE !

  242. pmaraw says:

    arent there more pressing matters at hand?

  243. Mattyleg says:

    Unfortunately, SK strikes me as a drifter. Like Grabovski. Good hands but no work ethic, and seemingly little interest in the ‘team’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  244. terrygain says:

    Joey, as I pointed out yesterday, sarcasm doesn’t work in a sports blog. Some people will think you are serious. 

  245. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    F&*K the CAPS!!!!!

  246. terrygain says:

    Good luck PK. Make JM look like a genius. 

  247. avatar_58 says:

    He hasn’t PLAYED since his last game. I don’t get why the hell he’s still a hot topic. Leave that garbage till the off season

  248. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CAMMALLLERIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!

    FIREWORKS!

  249. DONJUAN says:

    PK playing I like the move nothing to lose, give him a taste of playoff hockey at the bell.  We never know he might play well and give the habs a better chance to win.  Plus this helps him on the bulldogs playoff run.  Good move PG GO HABS GO!!

    In HABS we trust.

  250. TripleX says:

    Top trending subject on TWITTER in Canada?  PK SUBAN

    Second trending subject on TWITTER in Canada?  BOOBQUAKE

  251. smiler2729 says:

    Great.

    PK Subban is up and a lot of the big expectations are suddenly here now too. Let’s not give him the Price treatment as soon as he makes his first mistake. Can we do that?

    Here’s hoping for the ghosts of the old Forum taking the metro to the Bell Centre tonight and spooking BruBou & The Ovenchicken Gang

  252. lavie says:

    Subban’s showing the big time!

  253. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hossa …

     

    NHL = bush league.

     

  254. SLONCOLD says:

    this city is much more critical on goalies, PK will be fine. The difference maker tonight wil be halak. He needs to be stellar for this team to win.

  255. pmaraw says:

    wonder if there will be any blackface sightings tonight

  256. joeybarrie says:

    This is a big mistake. I dont understand the reasoning behing the choice to put in Halak instead of Price. Halak was mediocre in the first games of the series, and couldnt get it done. Price has had limited chances to show what he can do against the Caps. He has played them well this season. I would like to see what Price can do against them. I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND………….

    I said something similar to this Friday morning…………. Lets hope it works again……. I have eaten the same lunch as Friday and I will be wearing the same clothes once I get home from the office. Cmon boys, Let’s pull a Friday AGAIN, but here in Montreal… FORCE GAME 7……

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

  257. TripleX says:

    Gainey’s meddling was the major reason the fans turned on Price.  Hopefully PK Suban won’t have a similar cross to bear.

  258. pmaraw says:

    okay, but, i was going this way <———-  and you went that way ———–>

  259. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES!

    The Subbanator is HERE!!!

  260. Danno says:

    Subban is the man. With Halak back in the groove, we now have the key to a major upset.

     

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

  261. TripleX says:

    Sorry.  Somehow responded to wrong comment.  LOL

  262. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Goalies are not the problem my friend. Price might not have been given a proper chance this series to prove himself, but Jaroslav needs to start in the playoffs. He’s the reason why we’re even playing right now.

    Price has been part of the Habs’ post-season for 2 years now. What’s wrong with giving Halak a chance for one year? Let Halak prove himself. He’s doing well.

  263. cautiousoptimist says:

    He’s under contract — the Habs would have to give him permission to takl to other teams, and I can’t seem them doing that unless they plan on riding off into the sunset with JM.

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

    If Martin plays MAB and sits Sergei than it’s settled. JM has no business being an NHL coach.

  265. Mattyleg says:

    Ha! “Gainey’s meddling”… makes him sound like a Scooby-Doo villain.

    Sadly doesn’t make you sound very clever either.

    The fans turned against Price because he didn’t play well and sulked. Nothing to do with BG.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  266. pmaraw says:

    habs fans have tunnel vision, how does this turn into a goalie issue

  267. pmaraw says:

    dont you mean subby doo???

  268. Mattyleg says:

    Nonsense.

    MAB has being playing his danglers off every game. He makes mistakes, but name me one defenceman that doesn’t. Plus. his point shot throws defenders into disarray.

    SK has been drifting and has been avoiding hard work for the entire series. He has no business being in playoff hockey with that kind of attitude.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  269. Bill J says:

    Too bad we don’t have a AHL Head Coach call-up lol

  270. pmaraw says:

    hes trying to immitate what he did on friday before the game the habs won, perhaps you are as well :o

  271. Big Ted says:

    100% agreed. Compared to Ovechkin’s hit, Hossa should have gotten 1 game. Compared to Lapierre’s he should have gotten 3-4. The problem is that Ovi should have had more than Lapierre and didn’t get it, so comparing Hossa’s play to Ovi’s suddenly doesn’t look that bad. If you ask me, Campbell should have given this:

    Lapierre: 2 games

    Ovechkin: 4-5 games

    Hossa: 1 playoff game, possibly 2 given that he didn’t get kicked out and then scored the winner (ie he owes the Preds a game back)

  272. 100HABS says:

    What surprises me is no mention of Don Lever.

    He did well in Hamilton and the Chicago Wolves won their division this year.

  273. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oops, I didn’t read the second part of the post. He-he. 

    Umm..yes that’s exactly what I was doing. Imitating what I did on friday, yes, Sir.

  274. Say Ash says:

    Gomez is sick with this thing, too?

  275. Max_a_million says:

    I was trying to remember what I did in 1993 …  let’s see I was in the Army, yikes too old for that.  I made a $200 bet that the habs would win the cup with an annoying Penguins fan.  Ummm on second thought … what did I do Friday???

  276. punkster says:

    Someone who works versus someone who floats? Whatever HH.

  277. kempie says:

    Anybody read Jack Todd’s “Gomez is so ugly” piece? WTF? Is he just trying to be a d1ck? And speaking of D1ck Todd, I just sent Jack the following email:

    You sir, are an idiot of epic proportions but I liked you when you coached the Petes.

  278. christophor says:

    his -8 throws our chances into disarray

  279. rossy131 says:

    What’s going on with gomez and this flu, anyone have updates…im dying over here!!!

  280. Bill J says:

    I also do not like (honest this has nothing to do with Price) with him ridiculing what seems pretty obvious to be some young french Canadian hockey fans who like Price.

    Look at the way they wrote his name, it’s all how a french person would sound it out… IMO…

    P.S. I do not mean I agree it’s OK to be a fan and not know the right spelling for whatever reason they may have, but to ridicule fans…. Do not like that.

    JT is garbage! Why he has a job ? I do not know.

  281. derfab says:

    Bettman is indeed a wee little philistine. The refs, however, should have had the nobility to toss Hossa along with the 5 minute major. Not that i am concerned with these lesser examples of the species though, me being beyond good and evil and all.

  282. Shiloh says:

    It’s a joke. Gomez called the sportswriters so ugly that he had to go outside and puke. It’s not serious.

  283. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Brutal, that’s not being professional at all.

    For anyone that wants a link to Todd’s article:

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Halak+only+hope+Game/2951012/story.html

  284. nickster13 says:

    remember, dont feed the troll :P Yes i agree he is really dumb, like whats the point in writing every day about how Gomez is ugly, or how Price is a failed experiment or what other unnecessary quip

  285. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, is it? It doesn’t sound like it because that didn’t seem funny – at all. Very silly, actually.

  286. punkster says:

    I’d say tongue-in-cheek. Chill man.

  287. kempie says:

    so it’s supposed to be humour, and the best ugly joke a ‘professional’ journalist can come up with is the mama had to tie a pork chop bit? …weak. ya’d think he’d at least make an effort to be funny. just weak

  288. Bill J says:

    Jack-a** Toad at it again.

  289. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    did you read the last line of the article????

    “How ugly is he, really? So ugly, he could be a reporter.”

    do you not understand the humour in this?

     

  290. matmacat says:

    The zero of the week part was in worse taste.

  291. Bill J says:

    Wasn’t it you who said “just” yesterday something to the effect of

    “Can’t a person have an opinion without getting attacked” ? — after you where grilled on one of your questions ?

    Yeah thought so.

  292. derfab says:

    The locals feared the encroaching hanglos. Price and Gainey were too hard to take for the la Presse gang, which is why robinson is not coaching here, as well. If Price were from the Beauce halak might still be in Hamilton.

  293. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I believe you mean Spacek’s virus, right? He’s a game time decision. I doubt he will play.

  294. Bill J says:

    ed granted “that” part of the post may have been humour intended…

    But he still is trying to goad fans & even went as far as to ridicule Price fans.

    Class-act once again by Mr. Toad.

  295. Le Jadester says:

    From a neutral perspective (not my biased Habs POV)……My theory is this:

    SK 74 has done everything that has been asked of him this year and has proven he can play (at least on the 3rd line and the PK) for the big team.  He has been rewarded with nothing and constantly crapped on for a mistake here and there by JM. I thnk the writing is on the wall, SK is finished with us as long as JM is in the organization.  As well I wouldn’t doubt it if D. Meehan and him have decided to look for other options.  I think its strictly business now and they are probably going to explore options, so from their perspective…..why go kill yourself for nothing and risk the chance of future opportunities where you can be a top 6 guy and actually be appreciated by your coach for your efforts regardless if its here or in the KHL.  

    As for MAB, a guy who wasn’t signed before the season started and lucked out with circumstance to come to Montreal because Markie went down for a while, is kind of different (I for one have been happy with MAB, except I get really scared when he has to play defense in hairy situations).  I can see him playing for his life and carreer right now. Hence the extra effort.

    Again, I don’t know shite, but it looks that way to me.

    Habs, OLE !

  296. Bill J says:

    Ian Cobb made reference there may be another virus stricken player.

    then another member added 2+2 when we heard that Gomez didn’t skate today.

    Thus the Gomez/Flu question.

  297. kempie says:

    gawd, can we just drop the puck already?

  298. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    oh crap – thanks for the update. that’s terrible.

     

  299. Bill J says:

    Did you just call me a Pricebot when I made ZERO mention of “you-know-who”

    Classic Troll Behavior.  Trying to pick a fight, when there is none to be had.

     

     

  300. mb says:

    Uh… “harrassing emails”… Geez, you must be one who gets offended pretty easily, aren’t you?

  301. G-Man says:

    Understand this: Price loses twice as much as he wins this season. Halak wins more than he loses this season. In the playoffs, you go with the goalie that wins more. Simple, see?

  302. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, the ESPN Insider has one of the craziest rumours I have ever read. Price? Brodeur’s successor? Likely traded to NJ this summer?

    I like their thinking. Who do we get in return – Brodeur? LOL.

  303. G-Man says:

    Absolute BS. Your post should have a “For Bonehead Racists Only” warning sign on it.

  304. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    ..why go kill yourself for nothing and risk the chance of future opportunities where you can be a top 6 guy and actually be appreciated by your coach for your efforts regardless if its here or in the KHL.  

    that’s exactly why he doesn’t play.

    you see, JM is old time type dinosaur coach – its old school.

    it goes something like this:

    “i’m the coach maggot. you are a nothing. there is no”i” in TEAM, I will slot you on whatever line I see fit, and you will give me everything you have, all the time. every shift.

    “if you don’t (see your statement above), I will find someone else who will”

    end of story.

    SK is gone unless JM moves upstairs and Habs call up Boucher. It might happen. You never know.

  305. kempie says:

    dude, try and chillax. he wrote a stupid piece that was just begging for this kind of reply and i gave it to him. for that i’m called a pricebot? …dude. member for 6 days? you makin any friends yet?

  306. G-Man says:

    Habs must stop Backstrom to have a shot tonight.

    Go Habs!

  307. avatar_58 says:

    I would light my collection of habs gear on fire. I *hate* Marty and I think he’s over-rated. In Montreal he’d be outed for what he really is given how crap our defence is. Sorry but KEEP Price please.

  308. Mattee. says:

    I saw a post the other day about made-up NHL player twitter pages that I thought was pretty funny. Anyone got the link?

  309. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    so either PK can’t play because Spatch is ready to go or the kid gets in the line up and is made captain.

  310. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    that’s it exactly! :-)

    by the way, how embarassing it is to the great tradition of the Habs that they failed to name Gionta captain.

    I can not understand that logic whatsoever – and I never will.

    maybe TONIGHT – as predicted last week – Gionta comes out wearing the C

  311. adam76 says:

    IF Montreal wins tonight – it will all have worked out.

    I wonder how the hundreds and hundreds of bulldogs fans are taking this move?

  312. avatar_58 says:

    It will only affect the dogs if the habs go on, in which case YEEHAW. If not, then back he goes for thursday.

    Very few non-hab dog fans.

  313. Habscore says:

    Just gave me goosebumps….–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XhAuJXuqiQ&feature=player_embedded

     

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  314. Natrous says:

    Here’s a great feature on PK shortly after he was drafted:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRJxZSHXFJ0

  315. andrewberkshire says:

    Gionta looks faster because he’s small, but I’m pretty sure Gomez has better speed. As for Ovechkin, he’s not even that fast. Pyatt is the fastest straight ahead skater on either team, just watch him.

    MAB is been decent?!?!? He’s a -8!!!!! His play on the 5th goal for Washington in game 3 was the worst defensive play I’ve ever seen in my life. MAB is a complete joke.

    As for Gill, he’s not very mistake prone offensively because he doesn’t take risks, that’s why I’m saying PK’s speed will help him out.

  316. Olay Olay Olay says:

    True, Hammer has been awful but (I can’t believe I’m saying this) MAB has been pretty decent back there. 

    Plus who cares about speed, Gill skates like a new born deer on ice and he’s been amazing for the habs (again I can’t believe I’m saying this).

    This is a discussion for another day but if we were betting on race, my money would be on Gionta for the habs and Ovy for the overall. Pyatt?? faster than Ovy?? ummmm…ok.

  317. homerbowen says:

    Frightning to see so many fans viewing Subban as the “fixer”. Putting a lot of pressure on the 20 yr old. How does it make the rest of the team feel? He will, however, be a good one next year. Sad to see management making this move on possibly the last game of the season, apparantely, they feel they can actually beat the Caps in a 7 game series.

    As for SK I would keep him in over MAB any day of the week but we all know why MAB stays!!

    Good luck tonight I truely hope the boys win and I will be cheering for them all they way but we must significantly change our line up next year if we want to advance beyound the 1st round. I am hopefull but not confident that the small players will be able to handle the pounding for the 6th game.

  318. floatingineather says:

    Wow, wonder what that means for his little lackey Mario Tremblay?

  319. Ian Cobb says:

    Lemaire heading to Mtl.???

  320. adam76 says:

    Why is game 7 listed as a 1PM start time?

  321. Jbird says:

    Must be a mistake – that would suck having the game start at 10 Am out here on the West Coast.

  322. slamtherimtim says:

    i,m leaving work early . $175 + gonna be worth it

  323. Jbird says:

    Yep – It will be that good.

  324. lavie says:

    Halak resumes and returns to Halak; Habs fore-check and score. It’s so much fun to watch!

  325. theflower says:

    i just wanna say it for the record!  Here on Ibiza, I said after game 5 call up PK Subban, I can tell you I am feeling good they heard my words in Montreal!!!  PK will be awesome enough said!

  326. TomNickle says:

    This, he may or may not play thing is crap that the media should have seen through.  The team isn’t using their last call up to not play the kid.  They’re being vague about whether or not they’re going to play him just to keep the Capitals off guard about Spacek.

    Subban will play tonight, probably not big minutes, but he will play.

     

     

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

  327. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    agreed – Habs remind me of  “Chaos” in the old “Get Smart” episodes.

    Boudreau’s reaction – that he has “no clue” about Subban is equally hilarious.

     

  328. kempie says:

    this is the best idea anybody’s had in a long time. i know he’s just a kid and i know he’s tired and blah blah blah. the point is, he’s a huge upgrade on mab and allows us to use more than 4 d in the third, it gives the caps something new to worry about, it should inspire the team and it shows that somebody in the organization has a pulse!

  329. wmarcello says:

    Agreed. Many people see it as a panic move, but it just makes sense to me, especially after what JM had to do in the 3rd period last game to win.

  330. kempie says:

    mt should become head coach no question. who else is gonna run brodeur out of nj?

  331. mrhabby says:

    you had to bring it up..lol.

  332. Ian Cobb says:

    I think they have taken Tremblay’s Quebec passport away and he cannot get back in.

  333. Habscore says:

    Ouch! lol a deja vu?

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  334. Chorske says:

    Sooby Doo.

    Subberfluously redundant?

  335. Chorske says:

    I don’t get the implied relationship between how much you agree to pay for a ticket, and the expectation of a Habs win. I don’t get it at all. That’s almost worse than me not wearing my Habs socks on game day. It’s every bit as superstitious.

  336. dudurules says:

    PLAY HIM….

  337. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Let me get this straight..

    • We’re thinking of bringing up a green D man to play against the best offensive team in the league.

    • This Dman is not a defensive minded player, he likes to score.

    • It’s game 6 of the playoffs.

    What’s the worst that could happen?

    Yes he’s flashy and talented but;

    • He doesn’t pass.

    • Plays a high risk game with the puck.

    • Never played a playoff game….ever I repeat, ever.

    • If he coughs the puck up and it results in a goal, all you PK fans will turn on him and rip him to shreds along with the other 20,000 fans in attendance.

    Well done.

  338. likehoy says:

    100% agreed.

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

  339. kempie says:

    yep i think you’ve got it

  340. danedmunds says:

    if spacek plays, does that mean bergeron is a scratch no matter what? i sure hope so

     

     

  341. Bugs says:

    I like the second one!

    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/

  342. avatar_58 says:

    He had 2 assists last night but NOT taking a point shot and instead faking and finding an open winger. Yeah he doesn’t pass.

  343. DraftBeer says:

    Last year you booed Price, tonight you’ll be booing PK….

     

    Drive for 25 must be a highway…too bad it’s a dead end.

  344. avatar_58 says:

    I was psyched to see our boys play tonight do or die, but now I’m beyond excited. You guys can doubt all you like, Subban is fun to watch. He is NOT our saviour nor is he perfect. He will cough up the puck and make a stilly move or two. However he is dynamic and game changing. He has matured in Hamilton and is literally the “markov” of the bulldogs. What I saw last night proved that, no extra fancy moves when it was nessesary and very good aim/co-ordination.

    Look for a helluva game folks

  345. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    sorry dude – you have it all wrong.

    he’s a great addition to ANY NHL LINEUP

    He will add a great spark to our power play.

    do you live in this town??

    if you do, you will know that PK is loved here!!

    you will not hear anyone booing him here for years to come.

    maybe one day – years from now – because even Robinson was booed (I was there), but not tonight.

    I bet my HIO membership fee on it.

     

     

  346. SPATS says:

    Some ridiculous comments here. You sound like Tea baggers slagging Obama. It is impossible for him to play worse than Bergeron. It will really bring the 7th player into the game everytime he steps on the ice. The Caps have no idea how popular PK is with the crowd but they’re about to find out. So’s the rest of the league. He’s here to stay – get used to it. Will  he stumble, probably, but will he also succeed, definitely. The good will outweigh the bad. He’s playing against the best and has proven he can rise to the occasion. The fans will not turn on him in one night! GET A GRIP IDIOTS! This is what the team needs and what the fans want. Thank you Habs Brass! GO HABS, GO PK!

  347. Shublips says:

    So he is a game-time decision pending Spacek, who is also a game-time decision.  Great.  I’d rather have PK in the lineup, no matter what, than MAB.

    If Spacek is healthy, I think they should sit MAB as he really hasn’t been doing anything over this series, not even on the PP.

    Wouldn’t the PP look great with PK and Markov at the back end?

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  348. wmarcello says:

    RDS Twitter reporting that Subban will indeed dress, with Sergei and Darche being the healthy scratches.

  349. sampson12 says:

    obviously PK hasn’t played an NHL playoff game yet, this is his rookie season.  But he’s played in pressure games in the world juniors and in the OHL and has performed very well.  Also he has 9 points in 6 playoff games so far with the Bulldogs, so he has some experience in important games.  He passes, he passes very well.  And his defensive game is not nearly as bad as people think.  The kid is a game changer and he’s got all the confidence in the world.  If Ryan O’byrne believed in himself as much as PK, we’d be gettin a lot more out of him.

  350. avatar_58 says:

    JM will guaruntee we lose Sergei. It’s that simple. It pisses me off greatly…..

  351. habsman-itoba says:

    If he doesn’t pass that must mean that his 35 assists this year with the Dogs were all tip-ins or rebounds.  I suppose that + 46 is due to being a defensive liability too. 

  352. sampson12 says:

    SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT PERNELL.

    cant wait for tonight.

  353. Say Ash says:

    I couldn’t see the games against Philly. How did he look? Pairing and minutes?

  354. likehoy says:

    poor ben maxwell.

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

  355. SPATS says:

    He was the only player who showed up, +2 with 2 assists

  356. avatar_58 says:

    He wasn’t overused but I thought he did great. He was a bit of a show off but he knew he could do that since it was a one-time deal without Markov and the olympic break was coming. Definately made those losses worth watching in my eyes, and he wasn’t the reason they got scored on.

  357. diehardhab says:

    pk gives us a better chance to win then bergeron. seems like a no brainer to me but what do i know?

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  358. avatar_58 says:

    PS – wouldn’t it be awesome to see him help TWO teams to round 2? There’s a resume padder

  359. Jbird says:

    Ha!  yeah,  he’s forgotten these days – too bad he can;t get sent down for whatever reason it is that he can’t.

  360. avatar_58 says:

    THIS

    Even if he loses he’ll be saying “meh, back to hamilton”. This kid isn’t one of those hang-your-head types. He was visibly frustrated at not making the habs at the start of the year, but he’s matured and realize he doesn’t know everything (he’s said so himself)

  361. avatar_58 says:

    Restrictions on callups / sendowns. If they sent him down PK wouldn’t be up right now. Sucks for him though watching Hamilton in the playoffs unable to help

  362. Fansincebirth says:

    No matter how poorly MAB plays, SK will be shipped out first with JM at the helm….

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

  363. wmarcello says:

    Pretty much. Those were some ugly games from a team perspective, but PK was great. Almost gave me a few heart attacks with his blue-line tight wire routine though!

  364. avatar_58 says:

    Subban is change I can believe in

  365. Natrous says:

    Getting paid NHL-level salary to watch hockey games from the pressbox… tough break!

  366. cautiousoptimist says:

    He probably envies his Bulldog teammates, but I bet they envy the $233k he earned in the 13 games he dressed for. : )

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

    sucks for him watching the NHL playoffs too…he’s a montreal canadiens more than a bulldog right now :P

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

  368. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    you must be kidding right?

    $500 k to sit in the stands, or $75 k to ride the bus in Hamilton.

    lets see…..? which would maxwell choose?

  369. andrewberkshire says:

    Subban played an average of 20:06 in the two games against Phili, skated like the wind, made very few mistakes, laid a couple nice hits, +1, 2 assists one on the PP. He was never on for a Phili goal.

  370. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Red Fisher had him as our best player both nights – not bad, I guess.

  371. pr99 says:

    PK FOR CAPTAIN!!!!

     

    loll, just kidding but the kid sure had a bright future no MTL, fan favorite!!!!!

  372. G-Man says:

    Didn’t he play Adam on Bonanza?

  373. idle says:

    For everyone who is trashing on MAB on this thread, what exactly did you expect of this guy?  He was a last min pickup after the season started to help out an injured D.  He was expected to help the power play (which he did) and add a little debth.  For what the team paid for him and for what they accuired him to do, he has been an excellent addition.  It’s not his fault that he is forced to play too many meaningful minutes because we don’t have enough with our other D to make him unnecessary.  He has provided more then he was expected to, and come playoff time he really should have been seeing limited minutes, only needed to give the regulars some rest and to play the power play.  Instead he is put out as a top 4 D chewing up a ton of minutes and then every gets surprised when he is exposed.

    MAb provided more value for his money to this team then any player (with the exception of Halak).  So lets not hang him out to dry in the first round of the playoffs against the top team in the league as though it’s his fault were not already in the second round.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  374. wmarcello says:

    Like him or not, producing or not, MAB still brings a weapon to the table. On the PP the Caps have to respect his shot whether he’s scoring or not. They have to play him up high, and that leave the forwards more room to be creative. It also gives Markov a passing partner… something else for the Caps to worry about.

    I’m ok with MAB playing PP only. I hate that SK will sit, but MAB in a PP role only does not bother me.

  375. homerbowen says:

    Come to think of it I am very excited about tonight’s game. After all who figured we would get this far anyway. PK will bring his boyish enthusiasm, excite the crowd and hopefully his teammates. Let’s not forget to keep a tight rein on Ovie and try to get Boudreau to blow his stack early. At the same time we must avoid the penalty box. Too bad we couldn’t have called up Bouicher for this game as well.

    I’m all in for bringing back Mario Tremblay along with Patrick Roy, and Boucher to be our coaches next year!!

  376. homerbowen says:

    OMG….have you watched the same MAB as I have? Get rid of him all he brings is a shot he is a defensive liability.

  377. Mattee. says:

    While I’m ecstatic Subban might play to night, I hope it isn’t in favor of Sergei Kostitsyn. But you know that’s gonna happen.

  378. ab-hab-nut says:

    Good points, but we have no need for him anymore..Injured guys are all back..

  379. likehoy says:

    for someone who preaches smart hockey…

    anyways, you don’t get paid to play in the playoffs. plus wouldnt’ you rather be contributing to SOME team rather than sit as a professional player? money isn’t everything, and if it was, hamrlik wouldn’t mind making 5.5 million in the AHL would he?

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

  380. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t know about the others but my beef isn’t with MAB, it’s with the way he’s used. Once Markov came back he should have been waived. There is ZERO reason why they continued that experiment for so long costing us games.

    What REALLY burns me is they continue it in the playoffs. Unacceptable.

  381. idle says:

    you didn’t read my post did you?

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  382. avatar_58 says:

    True but there’s no room. I would take Sergei over Maxwell.

  383. KenD29 says:

    Sergei is OUT for tonight.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  384. KenD29 says:

    They kept him for his so called shot on the PP. But that has disappeared this series!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  385. pic1983 says:

    Dear Habs,

     

    Can you please end your 6 game home losing streak in the playoffs?! If you guys lose game 7 thereafter, obviously it will be heartbreaking, but it will be understandable, and I will applaud your efforts.  Its not your fault that you guys dont have the tools you need to succeed in the playoffs. 

    Just a little reward for the all the fans who paid out their hard earned dollars to watch you guys in the playoffs the last three years.  Thats all we ask really.

     

    Go habs go,

     

    pic1983

  386. Mattee. says:

    Not sure why Sergei keeps getting shafted. That guy must hate J. Martin more then half the people here.

  387. DraftBeer says:

    I did. I said Caps in 6. I stand by it.

  388. jennifer1984 says:

    im not gonna lie. i got very excited when i opened up the sympatico homepage to see he had been called up.
    i had to make a few phone calls to people who would not have seen this yet.

    it’s not gonna hurt us to have him up for this game, thats for sure

  389. idle says:

    I agree with you that I put the blame on the way he is being used (although you can argue it is out of necessity not desire) but I would not go as far as to say waive him.  He is the only threat on D our powerplay has and it does change the other teams penalty kill.  He has his uses, but he really needs to have his minutes drastically cut and not be out in so many key situations.  My real point is that he is not the guy who we should be expecting so much from so why is he the guy everyone is so upset with.  He is playing to his ability, the same ability the team know about when they signed him.  You can’t ask for much more then that.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  390. habsman-itoba says:

    True enough, but if he can’t hold the blueline on a PP (was it five or six times in game 5?), what good is he? 

    Sooner or later the Caps are going to pounce on those mistakes (because they’re playing him up high) and score yet another short hander.   He’s got a tremendous shot, but the risks outweigh the rewards so far in the post season.

  391. avatar_58 says:

    This series? It’s been gone since he returned from injury. He doesn’t shoot anymore and when he does he misses the net.

  392. PattyBoy31 says:

    Can we please not let the subbanators subbanate in the crowd? Or at least stop putting the camera on them

  393. Corio says:

    Just heard he is playing!

  394. avatar_58 says:

    The problem is the one trick pony has been euthanized. He’s on EVERY SINGLE powerplay and every time he does the same thing. Every team knows it and they stop it before it begins. One could suggest even being there makes them wary, but it just causes them to pressure the points more than usual because they know he’ll cough it up.

    Unfortunately for MAB, he’s an AHL’er. Down there mistakes don’t cost games, and you don’t need to be perfect just useful. I would rather have Souray back there.

  395. idle says:

    I think teams are just focusing on him a lot more then they were at the start of the season.  Which is O.K since it opens things up for other players like you want, and MAB is actuall pretty good at moving the puck to the right guys.  More often then not he has been on the ice when the power play scores.  That is exactly what you want a big shot at the point to do.  If he is left open he uses his shot and if they crowd him he moves the puck.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  396. Bugs says:

    So what do we got?

    Super-Subban, the Subbanator. PK Potent? Kinda partial to Soobie, meself.

    Soobatomic? Soob-level 9? Philip Kindred Subban? (might be too obscure, that’n)

    What are we goin with here?

    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/

  397. G-Man says:

    SK has been lousy, so he doesn’t play. It’s as simple as that. If he’d played well, he’d be in the lineup tonight. He hasn’t so he’s not.

  398. mike g says:

    Bingo…

    I’ve been to 4 playoff games over the past 3 years. I have never paid more money for an event than what I pay to go watch these games. I have also never been so pumped to go somewhere than when I attend the Bell for playoff games..But what sucks is that they have been letting me down continuously.

    Please get a win boys.

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

  399. idle says:

    This is my point.  It’s only because he is also asked to play in situations that are not his strong point that everyone is so upset with him.  Anyway you look at it a sometimes 6 or 7′th D and sometimes 4′th line winger should not be the scapegoat for an 8′th seed team not defeating a 1′st seed in the playoffs.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  400. wmarcello says:

    Truthfully I didn’t get home in time to catch the first 2 periods in game 5, so I didn’t see MAB at all. If he were indeed that bad on the blue line during the PP, the argument for rolling 4 real lines and sitting MAB becomes stronger.

  401. idle says:

    Hamrlik was responsible for both of the Caps short handed goals.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  402. dudurules says:

    I like SK… he’s showed flashes but he’s been crap lately… so sit him… no time to lax around..

  403. G-Man says:

    Blaming MAB for single-handedly derailing games when Markov returned is simply stunned. He was signed for his point shot and for cheap. His goals come cheap at the price.

    BTW, you don’t waive players because they’ve done the job admirably, filling in for an injury. No agent would let his client sign for a team that did that.

  404. G-Man says:

    Souray is an injured pylon.

  405. Le Jadester says:

    Good Call.

    I’m voting for “Soobie”

    Perhaps a list of all current Habs players and their nicknames would be in order.  Just for Fun-zies anyways.

    (i.e. 79 – Markie, 57 – Poulie, 47 – Bergie etc.)

    Habs, OLE !

  406. shootdapuck says:

     

    He has been less than stellar in ALL aspects since returning from injury.

    His PP play has been horrible and he even seems reluctant to use the big shot!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  407. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    maxwell has dreamed his whole life of being part of the NHL.

    sitting in the press box is more than OK for now – I suspect.

    being sent down to hamilton and then wondering if he ever gets recalled, that’s the last thing he would be hoping for.

    does he want to play? – absolutely, yes.

    Im not “preaching” smart hockey – its my feeling that the Habs win when they play “Smart Hockey”.

  408. Le Jadester says:

    By that Logic we should be going into tonight’s game with a 15 man roster because I can think of at least 5 more players who are underperforming.

    Habs, OLE !

  409. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    tough to call him PK – although he specialises on the PP.

    like Soobie!!

  410. habsman-itoba says:

    Which is why I said “sooner or later” in regards to MAB. 

    Don’t get me started on Hamrlik!

  411. dudurules says:

    I hate TSN…. they do a 4 minute spot on the habs/caps series and say 5 seconds worth about the habs… why do they do that? are the un-hab-ucated?

  412. topher5468 says:

    Man, its like pulling teeth to get Marky to speak, and some fightin words from Mike Green, I guess they’ll be goin to the net a bit harder tonight. Our D will need to be physical, especially on Knuble and Chimera. 

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

  413. Mattee. says:

    Soobiedoo? nahhh.

  414. Jbird says:

    Super Sub.  Seems fitting.

  415. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Well I hope your wrong and Draft Beer is dirt

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  416. Mattee. says:

    I personally don’t feel like he’s been that lousy. He plays with a feisty edge and has magic hands. He’s defensively reliable, I think I can pin one goal against on him all series. You need a player with his vision. I guess I just don’t feel that he is being benched based on performance, but on Jacques Martin’s disapproval of him – and that bothers me.

  417. Bugs says:

    Poulie???

    Where you been, Jade? C’mon. You call my boy Poolio; everyone knows that.

    …poulie…

    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/

  418. Bugs says:

    Not bad.

    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/

  419. Malreg says:

    Did you see the intro to game 5 on TSN?  It was sponsored by Avatar…  They would show a few seconds from the movie, then a few seconds of hockey clips.

    Guess which team was the bad evil humans destroying the natives?  Well you don’t have to guess lol.  They would show Natiri saying “You are strong, fearless” then show Ovechkin scoring, then they would show the ships destroying home tree followed by Plekanec scoring lol

  420. pic1983 says:

    Agree.  Thats why i just keep it simple and blame every problem with this team on management.  They chose the players, they hired the coach who misuses the chosen players…

    Not very encouraging moving forward consdering PG is basically BG part deux. 

     

  421. emann_222 says:

    I can’t say that I agree or disagree with either side here. Certainly – that PP shot from the point is one of the only bullets that we have – and that makes him a threat IF they can get him open for the shot. But clearly – the Caps are playuing him up high and tight to stop that from happening … and that leaves a picnch play open considering his lack of ability to hold the line.  But let’s face facts – Hamrlik has been the serious disappointment with errant passes and not keeping the zone during PP’s. We need puck movement from guys like MAB and Markov, but the others HAVE to get to the net and create something.

     

    Just another note … Hamrlik is -5 and MAB is -8. Only 3 guys are + … Gill, O’byrne, and Moen.  Not good either way! We can all thank our lucky stars that Halak has held down the pipes!

  422. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Everyone but Pierre is against the Habs because they wanna see Crosby/Ovechkin.

  423. 100HABS says:

    A canadian network making a Canadian team (called les Canadiens) look like the bad guys.

    I’d like to say it’s ok, I watch RDS, but it’s the same company.. what can you do?

  424. andrewberkshire says:

    Uh, Pierre is more against the Habs than anyone on that station.

  425. HabsFeed.com says:

    I’ll vote for Subban and Pouliot, myself. Pet names are for my wife.

  426. nHL80 says:

    Suberman. 

  427. J Haul says:

    LO de L! Yeah, the capitals are the underdog natives and the Habs are the powerhouse humans, wiping out everything in their paths… gimmie a break TSN.

  428. Le Jadester says:

    Ya sorry Bugsie, I was just goin’ for that rhyme game thing. Everytime I think or say Poulio……that Phil Collins tune rips through my head.

    Poulio is where its at though………… and I really want him to pop one in so the flood gates burst ! I’m a big fan and am expecting big things in the years to come.  Hope JM doesn’t eff ‘im up with his system Hockey.  Poulio seems like he’s a lot more comfortable when it’s ” a night at the improv ” ! if you know what I’m sayin’.

    Habs, OLE !

  429. J Haul says:

    That’s what the idiots in NHL 10 call him anyways… cracks me up every time. “markov up to poulio”

  430. terrygain says:

    Subbernaturally awesome, subbmaniacally talented.

  431. Flabadagub says:

    Hey sh*trules, qu’ est ce qui s’passe mon chum….AND ALL THE SUBBAN OPRESSORS CAN GFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  432. Bugs says:

    Just say the wooord,

    Pou! Pou! Poolio!

    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/

  433. Bugs says:

    Simple, awesome, works in French too,

    I can dig it.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  434. habsman-itoba says:

    The voice of reason speaks at last!

  435. habsguy says:

    Cuz he sucks!!!

  436. habsguy says:

    LOL…you don’t think he’s been THAT lousy,  so what does that mean,  he’s only been a little bit lousy…LOL

  437. TomNickle says:

    At the beginning of the year and even midway through the season everyone in the media was saying that Markov was the only choice.  Interesting how that changes because he didn’t play two Philadelphia games before the Olympic break.

    I would have no problem with Gionta, Gomez, Gorges or Plekanec being named captain.

     

     

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

  438. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    good for you to add Gorges in there – he was captain in juniors – I posted months ago that he was my choice.

    but his top 4 role was taken by Hamrlik when JM started sprinkling his pancakes with something he had delivered by Bill Lee.

    Gionta is my choice today. All guts every shift.

  439. TomNickle says:

    You know what struck me the other day.  Gorges plays a highly physical game, gets his nose dirty all over the ice and almost never takes a bad penalty.  I’ve never seen the guy lose his cool and he’s always ready to play.  Maybe the most consistent player on the roster and certainly deserving of a chance to play 20 minutes/night.  I think he could turn out to be for us what Volchenkov or Phillips have been for the Senators.

     

     

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

  440. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Amen to that, brother. Now Gorges has 2 members in his fan club.!!

     

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  444. habsfansince91 says:

    wow great news

  445. wmarcello says:

    It’s hard not to take that as sarcasm with your avatar sitting right next to it. :)

  446. nHL80 says:

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  447. gohabsgo25 says:

    ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!! PK PK PK. awesome news i dont beleive it. common stubbs dont be lieing, its bad for my heart lol. oh my this is gonna be insane

  448. habsfansince91 says:

    he’s not lieing, it’s also on tsn

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=319504

  449. Fansincebirth says:

    So, is Spatch still ill?

    Does PK take MAB’s spot on D?

    Does MAB sit out tonight’s game or get moved to the fourth line?

    If MAB get’s moved up, who sits?

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

  450. Kooch7800 says:

    I would sit MAB

  451. TomNickle says:

    I believe Boudreau when he says he doesn’t know about Subban.  He had no clue who to blame on the too many men on the ice call in game 5.  Poor Varlamov.  Hope there was an apology there.

    Last night I was really against this but if nothing else it’s a good time to see where P.K. is at against NHL competition.  If he’s successful, you can pencil him onto the roster next season, if not, you have some thinking to do.

     

     

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

  452. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    no question in mind he’s on the team next year. this town is buzzing already. its a lovefest.

    he’s got the fan support that Roy had – or saku when he came back from the illness.

     

  453. Malreg says:

    Nice.  Since the Bulldogs eliminated Manitoba on the weekend, he will not have to miss any AHL playoff games.  Round 2 for the Bulldogs starts on Thursday, so there is no harm in this call-up. I’m sure they were waiting for the Bulldogs first round to be over before calling him up.

  454. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    So you think he’ll be sent back down for Thursday? Cause the Habs still have another month of hockey left…

  455. TripleX says:

    THIS SINGLE GAME WILL PROBABLY GET MORE VIEWERS THAN ANY GAME THIS PLAYOFFS.  GOOD FOR YOU TSN AND RDS….SUCKS TO BE YOU CBC.

  456. Shublips says:

    LOL! Too true.

    CBC sure did a number on themselves by shunning Habs fans for the last 5+ years.  Good job, CBC.  Shun the largest fan base out there.  Smart.

    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

  457. Corio says:

    Holy wow, awesome!  This kid makes Mike Green look like an average player! :)

  458. Habscore says:

    Muhaahahaaaaa!! :D

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  459. Caballero says:

    I really don’t care what BB has to say. He has proven that he has a big mouth. I am surprised he did not take the opportunity to make fun of PK. I would have expected the Caps to continue trash talking us by now making fun of a talented young player. I would keep my head up tonight if I were PK.

  460. Shublips says:

    You’re right…the Caps have been talking a lot of trash so far in this series and who cares?  The Habs have basically sidestepped and tried not to get involved.

    As for PK, yep, you better believe that the Caps are going to target him early for physical punishment and he’d better be ready.

    I’m sure they that, as a rookie, they are going try to pound him, make him nervous and cause turnovers.  The thing is that PK doesn’t tend to get rattled.

    During an interview on RDS during his two-game stint in MTL this year, the guy said something to the effect of PK not looking nervous.  To which PK responded “Why should I be nervous, I’ve been playing hockey since I was a kid…”

    Nice.

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  461. habsman-itoba says:

    Awesome!

  462. G-Man says:

    The collective breath of the 50 million or so Habs fans across the globe is being held in right now.

    Go PK. Go Habs!

  463. HabsBlogger says:

    I think JM now coems to HIO to make his coaching decisions. “shit they don’t think MAB is good, they are right ill bench him in the 3rd”, “they want PK… might aswell call him up”.

  464. pmaraw says:

    its not a coaching decision, JM said that in an interview.  it is however his decision to put him in the lineup now that hes recalled.

  465. idle says:

    It’s not really a special decision at all.  Hamilton doesn’t play again until Thurs, the Habs were not expected to make it this far anyways and they still have a very tough job ahead of them if they want to win 3 straight against the Caps.  Basically it gets P.K a taste of NHL playoff hockey and there is always the possiblity that a young, skilled, hungry player can make a big difference in an important game.  They really have nothing to lose.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  466. habaholic68NJ says:

    OK.  Today being at work is a waste of time.  I cannot focus on anything but the game tonight.  Anyone else with me?

  467. habsman-itoba says:

    Since 8:30 this morning!

  468. TheDagger says:

    Absolutely.  Luckily my boss is a big a Habs fan as I am so basically all we have been doing is talking about tonight.

  469. cautiousoptimist says:

    I am so pumped!

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  470. avatar_58 says:

    Oh good, it’s not just me. Is it 7:00 yet?

  471. ShangaDoo says:

    Im supposed to be writing two 1000 word essays for tomorrow and I can’t even start it.

    For sure fail.

  472. mb says:

    I can’t focus either!  I’ve got this big anatomy exam tomorrow and I keep on thinking about the game instead.  Can’t study anything right now.

  473. Mattee. says:

    I have to write my intro and procedure to my thesis for tommorow.

    Haven’t started.

    Go Habs Go? Lord help me…

  474. Les-Habitants says:

    Final exam tomorrow….but I’m writing a post

  475. benhab says:

    Know what you mean, I have an exam in 45 min, can’t focus on studying…i should be leaving soon actually

  476. 100HABS says:

    I’ve got clients waiting for reports. I can’t concentrate either. It’s just stupid, we’ll probably loose tonight anyhow and the season is over. Imagine the productivity in Montreal the day of 7th game in the final!

  477. kempie says:

    didn’t even go in today, pointless

  478. TripleX says:

    My dream sequence has the Habs getting a PP in the first two minutes.  JM puts PK on the first unit with Markov.  Markov floats a beautiful pass to PK who dekes a forward coming out to block and fires a wicked shot to the top corner knocking the water bottle of the top of the net.  Crowd proceeds to blow the damn roof  off the Bell.

    PK! PK! PK! PK!

     

    ps  JACQUES LEMAIRE RETIRES!!… woohoo let us pray the NTZ goes with him

  479. SLONCOLD says:

    that would be sick!!! but let’s face it we’ll need the fans to be chanting jaro more than PK if we want ot win this one. Jaro is the key to this one.

  480. G-Man says:

    It’s lying, folks. English is not Hawaian, lol! (Of course, then it would be leiing)

  481. cautiousoptimist says:

    Maybe Gauthier called him up so we’d have something other than the goalies to talk abou?  I don’t think anyone has mentioned either goalie’s name on here today.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  482. habsfansince91 says:

    haha there’s no sarcasm at all. This avatar is for all the frustrating games that we’ve had to endure throughout the season.

  483. Habscore says:

    LOL

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  484. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Just a note on the series. I watch every Habs games and highlights during the regular season, and generally only see other teams in highlights. From watching highlights and listening to the hype machine, I though Ovechkin was the top, if not, top three in the NHL. After watching him play in this series I’ve come to realize his overall game is extremely over-rated. He can bury the puck like nobody else, kinda like Brett Hull in his day. He doesn’t hit as much as his stats show (he gets credit for a bodycheck in statistics for small bumps). He rarely, if ever, battles for the puck.. Gomez won a few battles with him lastr game. He is not a playmaker, he needs others to get him the puck, he never goes and getsa it. I am not bashing Ovechkin, I am just disappointed that I believed the hype and though he was Great, no chance he is “the most exciting player in the NHL” becaus eyou only see him every third or fourth shift he plays.

    PS Notice that Gord Miller says Ovechkins name at least TWICE every time he touches the puck.. Crosby is the real deal, never misses a shift for Pitts, impressive, best and hardsest working player in the game, crazy amount of efffort.

    Any Comments? Agree/disagree?

  485. Malreg says:

    Completely agree.  Brett Hull is a great comparison.  The problem is 99% of hockey fans only watch their team, and they only see the highlights from all the other teams.  Ovechkin is a great highlight player, and makes for great Youtube compilations.

    I’d take Crosby any day. 

     

  486. dufour says:

    I some what agree. However, I do think Ovie is playing hurt, but it just doesn’t seem like there is much effort there aside from his first shift in game 2. He is definately an exciting player when you just watch the highlights, and he was when he first entered the league, but now he just seems like a floater.

    I am from Cole Harbour, and Crosby used to play after my home games (he played an age group ahead of me) and I know he is the hardest working player in the game, on and off the ice. He has always been that way. I would imagine that a majority of GM’s would take Crosby over Ovie any day of the week.

    “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

  487. SLONCOLD says:

    if i were a coach i wouldn’t want ovi to hit people or go into the corners…. he might be a one dimensional player but hey i’ll take a 1 dimensional players who is top 3 every eyar in points and goals.

    that being said, i would still take crosby over him.

  488. mike g says:

    No doubt, hands down, overall best player in the world is Sidney. The “kid” is rediculous. I’d take him 1st overall anyday.

    But the Ovechkin love is a little overrated. No matter how many aspects are missing from his game, he will always be the sencond best player in the league. Malkin ain’t better, neither are Getzlaf, the Sedins, Iginla, Gaborik, Richards, or anyone else….Just the simple fact that Ovi can lift a building with an unexpected wrist shot like he always seems to do, is enough to label him that. He can float for most of the series like he’s done vs us, yet still change a game whenever he wants. He’s not the most committed team player, nor does he like playing a system.

    But, when he wants to, he can take a game over and control it like only one other guy can; Sidney. That’s how I rate my players, how they can impact a game. Sid is #1 at being able to single-handedly change the outcome of a game, Ovi is 2nd….

    That’s my opinion…

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

  489. linp says:

    I can’t believe that Crosby is the hardest working player in the game. A lot of NHL players work as hard. But they don’t have the same skill and vision as Crosby.

  490. Former Jets Fan says:

    I’m definitely with you on this one.  Ovechkin has been putting up incredible stats since his rookie year, when Washington was still one of the worst teams in the league.  From watching six Caps games in a row, it sure seems as if it is Backstrom that is the real difference maker – and MVP – on that team.  Their record this season without OV speaks to that.  And I don’t think you’d ever see Crosby lazily coasting back towards the defensive zone, which OV seems to do with regularity (bless him, as a Habs fan!).  The Hull comparison is apt, and he’s also quite similar to Semin, with fourty more pounds on him and a whole lot of testosterone.  If not for their amazing shots, and superlative releases, they’d be rather ordinary.  I’ll take a talented centre who plays the whole 200 feet over a cherry-picking winger with abnormally strong and quick wrists every day of the week – like Yzerman over Hull, like Sid over OV, like Toews over Kane.

  491. Ronin says:

    Don’t lose sight of the fact that sports is entertainment…….the less buzz the less revenue.  In an already hyped city P.K. is fuel on the fire baby.

    He’ll play, if only because the “what if” of not playing him is too great.

  492. avatar_58 says:

    What if Sooby didn’t do? History will be made.

  493. skoalbandit33 says:

    does anyone know what is going on with gomez? he didnt skate this morning.

  494. Ian Cobb says:

    Reports from club employee of a strange viris hits two more Habs. I will get back as soon as I get more on this if I can.

  495. SLONCOLD says:

    i say dress them and have them cough on ovi

  496. Mattee. says:

    Say it ain’t so… unless the virus gives them bionic powers.

  497. puck face says:

    Gomez didn’t skate.

  498. Bash says:

    Don’t fcuk with us Cobb!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  499. kempie says:

    don’t even think it

  500. Ian Cobb says:

    scrap the thesis Matt, education is vastly over rated.

  501. Mattee. says:

    It’s my last paper before I graduate!!! Then I’ll be able to come out to Belleville for one of those legendary summer BBQs you hold!

  502. ShangaDoo says:

    Final? Ugh.

    Let’s hope it’s worth it. :)

  503. Mattee. says:

    We’re in the same boat. Looks like a long night ahead for both of us.

  504. mb says:

    “Let’s hope it’s worth it.”

    I was thinking the same thing!

  505. Mattee. says:

    hahaahaha Video right now.

  506. Ian Cobb says:

    Maybe the same one that has knocked Spacek out.?

  507. derfab says:

    Spacek is old and beat up. This virus thing has been his excuse for months.

  508. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I dont think he is hurt, I just dont think he has that determination to go and get the puck, he needs players to get him the puck. He is a great goal scorer, but I have yet to see greatness in the other aspects of his game.. maybe I’ll have to watch him more closely. FYI his numbers are eerily similar to Pavel Bure’s, hopefully he can stay healthy.

  509. TripleX says:

    He kinda reminds me of Iggy in a way.  Big punishing power forward with a wicked release but needs a talented center to feed him the puck. Deadly from the blueline in but can’t really rush the puck end to end and is not a tic tac toe passer.

    Iggy is often frustrating because he can’t dictate a play from end to end but is more of a finisher.  I can’t recall either player electrifying a crowd with an end to end rush and goal.  Still two great players but not all round great like Crosby.

  510. HFX-HabFan says:

    Ovechkin is a slightly-more glorified Pavel Bure to me, a Bure with a physical game.  I don’t see him as the kind of guy to build a team around in that he doesn’t necessarily elevate the play of those around him.  I would sooner take Crosby or even Backstrom (despite the fact he looks like a woman with baby fat), as they are the type of players who make their respective teammates better.

    A TSN poll at the beginning of the season asked the 30 league GMs which player they would take to build their team around.  Crosby got the majority of the votes; Ovechkin was a distant second.

  511. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I can agree with that, but those were my high school days and stayed up late watching a lot of Nucks games, and Bure was the leagues top goal scorer for quite a few years too… I wonder could Stamkos knock off Ovi?

  512. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Hey, ther is no denying his offense, and his impact, i’m just not impressed with his overall game given the accolades of being “the most exciting player on the planet” I just doint see it.. Pavel Bure racked up 60, 60 51, 58, 59 in his last five full seasons.. and he didn’t have the NHL bowing down to him..

  513. HabFanSince72 says:

    Unfortunately that only helps the Flyers.

     

  514. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I heard (on the Fan590, I think..) that Messier was so overwhelmed by watching the play of Datsyuk that he said he’d be the second best next to sydney in the NHL…. didn’t watch Pavel enough to agree, but I heard an interesting stat.. Datsyuk has twice as many take-aways as the next highest in the League, interesting eh?

  515. mike g says:

    Datsyuk is seriously beautiful to watch. I’m a guy and I’m not ashamed to say that..

    He’s so smooth with the puck, and does everything right. The only downfall for Pavel is that he plays a complete game. And holy moly is he good at it. The only problem is that the mainstream hockey fan will not jump up and celebrate a great defensive play the same way as they will for a beautiful goal. So, Ovi gets so much more “star power” and rave about his game.

    But, Datsyuk is one hell of a player. As a complete player able to do it all, he’s right behind Sidney.

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

  516. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Definately going to make a point of focusing on him during the Game seven match VS Phoenix.

  517. Big Ted says:

    Ovi has done a lot of cherry-picking this series. As a Habs fan I am more scared of him than any of the Caps other players, but Backstrom has had a much better series. Ovi can score on any play, but I also feel like we can exploit him when he gives up on plays to try and score ourselves. And if you tlak about pure potential to take over a game, you’d have to rank Kovalev right up there, he’s one of those players who really slows a game down when he has the puck, a lot like Mario Lemieux did. But I wouldn’t call Kovalev a top 10 or top 20 player. or my money, Crosby #1, Ovi #2, but I think Malkin is pretty close. Look at what he did when Crosby was out two years ago and the team was all his.

  518. derfab says:

    rick nash is my second pick after Crosby.

  519. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a huge fan of this, Subban played last night and worked his butt off to get the Bulldogs their first-round win in the Calder Cup playoffs. I’m sure he’s full of energy for a chance to play at the Bell Centre tonight but let’s not expect miracles folks. He’s had a tough 6-game playoff series against Manitoba where he had to help carry the offence significantly because of Pyatt, Maxwell being with Montreal (Darche is not on the Bulldogs Playoff-Eligible List) and Pacioretty is injured. 3 Roster forwards being out for them hurts,

    Maybe he’ll come out and be everything the optimists want him to be, but don’t torch the kid if we don’t win Game 6 because he’s here.

     

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

  520. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Well, there is obviosly no way to compute “hardest working player” but he works extremely hard on loose pucks and digging. It is noticable, I’m sure others equal him, but he is among the leagues hardest workers.

  521. Carta-Hab says:

    As much as I am happy to see PK up with the big club playing in a huge game, I am  very cautiously optimisitic.  As many others alluded to, he has played a tough game last night, and has never faced the type of offense that a motivated Caps team brings to the game.  My  biggest concern is that he will try to do too much (ie…try a spinarama around two defenceman) which may lead to very costly turnovers.  We all know how potent the Caps are on the counter attack.  It is extremely important that everyone is on the same page tonight and committed to winning this as a team.  I have no doubt PK is able to do this, but I worry that his enthusiasm may get the  better of him.  Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to see him play in such a big game.  Lets see what the kid is capable of.

     

    Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and PJ Stock….The three stooges of HNIC.

  522. avatar_58 says:

    What’s worse – Hamr sitting back costing us a turnover or PK spinning doing the same? Easy – about 4-5 mil

  523. avatar_58 says:

    GIMME A HELL GIMME A YEAAAAAH

    FINALLY you listen to me. Jesus H. C’mon PK – show these people what a REAL offensive defenceman can do! Hit Ovechkin too, make a damn statement for yourself. Do NOT be afraid to make mistakes, this is game 6 and they are on the edge of elimination anyway! BALLS OUT!

  524. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Way to go asking a 20 yr old with no nhl experience to do the unthinkable. While you’re at it, ask him to get us the stanley cup.

  525. cautiousoptimist says:

    Funny you should mention Jesus H., because the premature call-up of a fellow wth that very nickname is the reason Gauthier didn’t call him up sooner.  I like this move too, but if we win tonight, it won’t be because of Subban’s balls-out spinneramas at the blueline.  I’d rather have him play a conservative first game — what do you think it would do to the kid’s development if he lost us the puck ont he blueline on a fancy deke and gave up the breakaway that led to the winning goal?

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

    Not to mention how invisible he was in the Canada VS Russia Olympic game.. although Datsyuk/Kovalchuk were dangerous that whole game… No fault to his own, my point is that I feel he is “over-hyped” and am glad to see others agree.

  527. goinforstanley says:

    Yes finally Im glad to see P.K with the Habs,hes a good player that will help us win tonight.Go P.K Go!!! Go Habs Go!!

  528. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    reported on RDS “Anti Chambre” last night that SK will NOT PLAY TONIGHT.

    If true, MAB is being moved up to forward, and point man on defence.

    PK will play with????

  529. linp says:

    PK will play with Hamrlik.

  530. Mattee. says:

    Anybody else glad O’byrne has become a permanent on our back end? He’s been magic.

  531. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I’m real glad O’byrne is in. B Dman who can skate, very good so far.

  532. terrygain says:

    A good coach would not have sat 20 for one mistake. Or played 47 before him.  If  Spacek is ready to go I would like to see him paired with Subban and keep 20 with 79 together.  They were terrific in Game 5.  I’d sit 44 rather than 47, who is needed on the PP. I’d move  him to the 4th line, where he should play with 94 and 15. 

    I would like to see 57 back on the 1st line and 32-42-74, who were very good together, reunited.

  533. cautiousoptimist says:

    Sure this is a GM decision and not a coaching one, but no way does Gauthier add a player to the roster without getting input from the coach first.  If Martin told him he wouldn’t dress PK, Gauthier would have left him in Hamilton.

    And Subban is a good young player who may plug a hole in the lineup that MAB can’t quite fill,but let’s not heap the Messiah expectations on him like we did with Price.  I’ll be thrilled if he just plays solidly on D, keeps the spinneramas to a minimum, adds a touch of spark to what was MAB’s side of the PP, and proves that he can handle the pressure of a do-or-die game in the craziest arena in hockey.

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

    I was at the Bulldogs game last night and jokingly mentioned to my friend that he’s got a few days off they should call him up..

    As our buddy would say

    “He’s a mooooonnnstttteeeer !”

    Should be fun tonight !

     

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

  535. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    at the very least, our PP suddenly got a lot more dangerous. PK will help spread out that 2nd wave… guess he’ll be running point with hamrlik?

  536. SeriousFan09 says:

    Forget 2nd wave, Markov setting up a Subban 1-timer would be 10x more dangerous than MAB back there. Expect Spacek, MAB on 2nd wave if JM has anything between his ears.

     

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

  537. linp says:

    I think PK will go end to end with the puck and crash the net during a PP. Mark my word.

  538. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Now were talking ! This is goinna work out  much better…..Go Habs Go!

  539. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Who would you take second? Doughty? Ovechkin? Stamkos? Sedin(s) they have to be considered one player hahah Datsyuk? Thornton? Toews? Gomez ;)

  540. anotherhab says:

    He’s exciting to watch and will give JM fits with his offence. I would think he’ll play with Hammer, MAB will sit, our PP hasn’t been good with MAB — hopefully with PK it will be better!

     

    “Size Matters Not”  Yoda

  541. W35T5ID3 says:

    FINALLLY PK IS GONNA BE INSERTED INTO THE LINE UP AND WILL ADD THAT EXTRA DIMENSION WE NEED!

  542. Mr_MacDougall says:

    The extra demention being MAB and his -8 arent killing us. Also, hope the two days and third period of last game off help Hammrlik get some legs back.. he looks gassed from a long season logging extra minutes due to injuries.

  543. Mattee. says:

    Agreed, he also shut down Ovechkin a few times last game. This guy has turned his game around and deserves to be a top 6 next season. O’byrne, Subban and maybe Webber (or Carle) could join the roster next year. Nice to see us building from within.

  544. 100HABS says:

    Exciting news, very unexpected. I would play PK with Markov – Marky will cover his mistakes and it will be a very dangerous defensive pairing offensively.

  545. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    that was my first thought too – play with Markov.

    but that’s TOO MANY MINUTES. – isn’t it??

  546. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Just a note on the series. I watch every Habs games and highlights during the regular season, and generally only see other teams in highlights. From watching highlights and listening to the hype machine, I though Ovechkin was the top, if not, top three in the NHL. After watching him play in this series I’ve come to realize his overall game is extremely over-rated. He can bury the puck like nobody else, kinda like Brett Hull in his day. He doesn’t hit as much as his stats show (he gets credit for a bodycheck in statistics for small bumps). He rarely, if ever, battles for the puck.. Gomez won a few battles with him lastr game. He is not a playmaker, he needs others to get him the puck, he never goes and getsa it. I am not bashing Ovechkin, I am just disappointed that I believed the hype and though he was Great, no chance he is “the most exciting player in the NHL” becaus eyou only see him every third or fourth shift he plays.

    PS Notice that Gord Miller says Ovechkins name at least TWICE every time he touches the puck.. Crosby is the real deal, never misses a shift for Pitts, impressive, best and hardsest working player in the game, crazy amount of efffort.

  547. Fansincebirth says:

    You have my vote….

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

  548. SuperStarz says:

    Now all we have do do is call up bucher as an assistant coach so that all the other nhl teams don’t gobble him up

  549. SeriousFan09 says:

    In all fairness, we haven’t had a rookie Canadien win the Conn Smythe since 86, I’d say we’re due ;)

     

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

  550. Xtrahabsfan says:

    P.K.  PLEASE GET US THE STANLEY CUP ……………………

  551. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Good one.

  552. avatar_58 says:

    Hitting ovy is unthinkable?

  553. coachdoug says:

    Interesting development…I think this is a win win for PK and the Habs…he might give that energy boost we need to beat the Craps…if not a good showing will be a start for next year in the big time…

    I know PK likes to go coast to coast but he’ll have to tone that down a little tonight…move the puck out of the zone but hit the forwards quick…No problem pinching in and we may need a little of that to get some finish…

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

  554. lavie says:

    …Boudreau said if Subban did play, he expected he’d bring great energy
    and enthusiasm to the Canadiens lineup…

    So it seems every Coach loves me now.

  555. W35T5ID3 says:

    Who cares wat Boudreau said…he’s fat.

  556. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I should probably clarify my previous statement seeing as I’m the only one here who things calling up a kid with 3 or 4 games experience and plopping him in a game 6 of the playoffs in the bell centre is a not-so-good idea.

    I am not a PK basher, he’s fun to watch and has a ton of talent, but you cannot compare his Junior experience to the NHL playoffs, you just can’t. This guy has zero experience and if he tries one of his spin-o-ramma blind backhand passes and it gets intercepted for a breakaway. what happens then?? Are we going to say “oh well, it’s ok he’s new”

    It’s not a knock against PK, this could be any rookie and I’d have said the same thing. I just don’t see how this is a sound move by management.

    One of you said that he won’t get booed if he screws up, because he’s loved in montreal. One name for you, Price.

  557. topher5468 says:

    Your not alone, I have my concerns about this move as well. I just hope if he does play that he keeps it simple and does not try to do to much. Game 6 of a 7 game Stanley Cup Play Off series when his team is facing elimination is huge. I wish him the best.

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

  558. Bob Barker says:

    John Carlson had zero playoff experience and has been Washington’s best defenseman. He’s second on their team at +8 and has 4 points in 5 games. The biggest games he’s played in prior to the playoffs were at WJC. 

     

     

  559. andrewberkshire says:

    The bottom line is that with his speed, physicality and talent he’s already a massive upgrade over MAB at 20 years old, and with the way Hammer has been playing, he’s an upgrade over him as well. The best thing about PK Subban is that if he does make a mistake, he can usually skate his way out of it. He’s probably top 3 in speed and acceleration between both teams playing tonight. The only guys I can think of that might be faster are Pyatt and Gomez.

  560. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    don’t worry  – be happy!!

  561. phillyhab says:

    I’m a big PK fan, and I agree that it MAY not be the best thing for his develoment, BUT they did wait for the ‘Dogs to win their series (yay!) so either he plays a game or two up here or makes an incredible playoff run with the big team — who knows?

    I’m excited to watch him play again!

  562. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    is spacek playing???

  563. Malreg says:

    Markov-Subban together on the powerplay wouldn’t be ideal, because PK is right-handed, and Markov always plays the left-point, so he wouldn’t be able to feed PK for the one-timer.

  564. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    doesn’t seem like it. think he’s got a bad case of the plague. i’m not sure i’m Markov and PK paired together is ideal – they both like to sneak in…

  565. Mikey_39 says:

    I’m so excited about Subban playing! tonight is going to be fun!

    I’m also really glad to see that it seems like we are going to have more and more regular players in our lineup that we’ve drafted.  It’s been really disappointing watching a lot of our draft picks either flop or get draded (Higgins, Komisarek, Koivu, Chipchura…the list goes on and it’s freaking long). 

    We have halak and price (granted i think one of them will get traded).  Markov isn’t going anywhere.  Obyrne is really coming into his own and i think he’s going to be a top 3 defensman in our team.  Subban seems to be a superstar but i wont overreact just yet.  Hopefully we sign plecky too because he’s been consistent all year and is a feisty player.  And i hope we don’t trade the kostitsyns.  I think if we put them on a same line they’ll be excitting to watch every night.

  566. W35T5ID3 says:

    NO the extra dimension isnt MAB and i never said that.Its PK …hes the secret weapon.As for Hammer,he’s done.

  567. lavie says:

    hahaha… plus, he has no neck. lol

  568. SLONCOLD says:

    he reminds me of an angry humpty dumpty

  569. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Ha Ha Ha very nice.

  570. coachdoug says:

    While he is a peculiar looking guy…I was at a tournament in DC this year and we played where the Caps practice.  As I was leaving in the parking garage elevator at Kettler and Boudreau gets on…one of the moms on our team who has no idea who he is starts asking directions to a drug store and Bruce helped her out and was very humble and went out of his way to explain where it was…

    With that said it is the playoffs and they are the enemy…

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

  571. TheDagger says:

    A buddy of mine was walking downtown last night and ran into Boudreau and took a picture of him…

  572. 100HABS says:

    Shouldn’t laugh at Boudreau’s looks. Have you taken a fresh look at OUR coach?

    I think we lose. Those ears and pointy back of the head are much worse than no neck.

  573. matmacat says:

    He played 40 minutes in the with the dogs this one game.

  574. tricolore says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Roman Hamrhead!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  575. tricolore says:

    Halak = The Wall

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  576. SLONCOLD says:

    Well lets hope jaro is up to the task tonight; if he’s on like last game i would say i really like our chances:-) what a better time to give the fans a win at the Bell center.

    we need a big game from pouliot tonight as well. if he can get his game going it could be a huge factor in this game and maybe series.

    No more posts tonight!!! gotta score on all of our chances today.

    go habs go

  577. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    i’d be nice to see pouliot play a good game… he was so awesome for us at first… if he can regain that scoring touch, the caps will have to worry about more than 1 or 2 lines…

  578. TheDagger says:

    Tyler Myers, Drew Doughty, they both have been impressive in the first playoffs too!  PK is years beyond his age in maturity and knows what it takes to win, I’m not worried, he knows to play a simple game.

  579. Olay Olay Olay says:

    True there are exceptions but they are few and far between. But Carlson has a least play 20 plus games this year but I’m splitting hairs. I just don’t want to see him make a rookie boo boo, and have the fans comedown on him. I hope he proves me wrong but I still think this is too much to put on this kids shoulders and you have to admit that this a heavy gamble regardless of what happens. 

  580. topher5468 says:

    Carlson has played 20 more games with Washington during the Regular season and every game in th Post Season so far. It would be a bit different if (Carlson) were just being called up for a game 6 with his team facing elimination with some expecting him to be a game changer. We also dont have their offense or Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin who are truely superstars. I just think its an unfair comparison, IMO

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

  581. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    Subban already making an impact What a pk on that 5 on 3. Habs have heart and a whole lot more!

  582. Bill J says:

    Subban is contagious.

    For those who listened to the OT Bulldogs victory last night, this game reminds me of the pace in that game.

    The Subbanator has ARRIVED!!!

  583. Merc_Roswell says:

    Jaro to team, “Quick, lets get outta here before the cops come!!!”

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  587. adam76 says:

    This should have happened the second that Spacek was unavailable to play.

  588. likehoy says:

    or not, subban had 2 points in the bulldogs win last night and we won on friday. it all worked out.

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

  589. Mill4ever says:

    Nice! Can’t wait for the game.

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