Auld gets start vs. Ottawa

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Michael Cammalleri in the dressing room after practice. Radio-Canada’s Guy D’Aoust begins the interview; Cammy’s immediate response and expression is priceless.

The Canadiens will turn to backup netminder Alex Auld Thursday in Ottawa to face the Senators, a former team of Auld’s, in the Habs’ penultimate regular-season game.

Head coach Jacques Martin is expected to return to Carey Price for the season finale Saturday in Toronto.

At Brossard practice Wednesday, the injured Jeff Halpern (lower body/back) did not take part and Travis Moen took a therapy day. Alexandre Picard and Andrei Markov worked out before the practice with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard.

Martin would not commit to the return to action Thursday of defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, nor the reinsertion into the lineup of D Yannick Weber. Decisions to come following the morning skate or pregame warmup.

• Tickets for the Canadiens’ first-round playoff games at the Bell Centre go on sale Saturday at 2 p.m. Online purchases only, a limit of two per customer, at the team web site, www.canadiens.com.

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  2. 4m3y2j says:

    That was a serious bum call in Chicago,You can easily tell it dd not cross the line,it was not even close.As for the kicking,if it is true that as long as it does not go directly in from the kick then that needs to be rethought,it was def. a distinct kicking motion,good thing St. Louis was not fighting for their playoff lives,another NHL joke…

  3. rocketsglare says:

    Habs can’t take lightly the Sens and Leafs. They will be playing for
    pride and the pleasure of sending the Habs into the playoffs on a
    losing note. Taking lightly these games could affect the team’s in-
    tensity and focus and subsequently impact the team’s execution
    and performance prior to the playoffs. Everything should be done
    to prepare the team’s mindset and game for the coming playoffs
    and that begins by how the club handles these last two games.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I’m personally worried about the Loafs making cheap shots in Game 82. Wouldn’t be the first time they tried to sabotage our playoff hopes while they were on the outside looking in, Grabovski ran Markov in ’09 and that killed what little the team had left in them by that point.

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

  4. StevieM61 says:

    And then 10.000 people cared why?

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  5. samTHEman says:

    Dallas and Calgary officially out of the playoff race. They can thank the Ducks for putting a whooping on San Jose.

  6. OneTimer says:

    That was one hell of a bad call tonight in Chicago. If that happened against us I’d be out of my mind.

    • Nahlsy says:

      Actually, it was the right call. It would have been a bad call had they waved the goal off wrongfully.

      • OneTimer says:

        Really man? There’s a “distinct kicking motion” AND the puck never crossed the line. Look at Hossa’s reaction afterwards…even he knew it was a goal. Eh, my conspiracy theorist side says the NHL really wants the ‘Hawks in the playoffs…and it appears Ty Conklin agrees.

        • Mr.Hazard says:

          I’m with you OneTimer.

          • 123456 says:

            you can kick hte puck in if it hit something else on the way. the call is the correct call bc on replay u can not tell 100% so the onice call stands. we all prob agree it look slike it never craosses the line but there is a point you can not tell

          • kelowna_HAB says:

            123456 are you drunnk??

      • Actually you’re completely off. The default should be no goal unless they can prove the puck crosses the line, which it clearly didn’t.

  7. habs001 says:

    iginla 41 goals…

  8. habs001 says:

    perry hat trick for ducks…50 goals

  9. habs001 says:

    a win vs ottawa would elliminate the rangers from catching the habs..and the sabres would have to win their last 2 games and habs get no points in toronto… i think the flyers will be up for their game in buffalo…it is still hard to predict who we will play in the first round…i am not sure which team is best for us to play on the road…my choice pitts,caps,bruins flyers on the road….home games different for me …bruins,pitts,caps,flyers…

    • Timo says:

      I agree… I think as far as playing an away game, Habs are better off with Pitts. But I really really want us to beat the flyers this year. I am sick of the Habs getting eliminated by them.

      • habs001 says:

        i think if we play the flyers it is better to play them in the first round…but i like to play pitts because the reality is the habs are a poor goal scoring team but i can see us playing pitts 2-2 type games that are tied in the third and with a few bounces we can win 4-0 or 4-1(the opposite can also happen)..the way our team is made up it and the minutes martin will give to our key players we have no chance to go beyond 2 seven game series…

  10. Timo says:

    Argh… dreaded last game of the season at ACC. What’s the fine for just not going?

    • Sportfan says:

      I agree with you i don’t want to play those idiots they are going to try and head hunt like a few seasons back when they went after Markov etc they never change

  11. habs365 says:

    Moore has one more point than pouliot – nothing loss nothing gain

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Louis Leblanc wins Personality of the Year in the QMJHL.

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

  13. samTHEman says:

    Pouliot doesn’t have a goal in his last 21 games. Same thing happened at the end of last season, and continued his drought in the playoffs. Could you imagine how much more of a boost the Canadiens would have with Moore on a 3rd line with Desharnais entering the playoffs right now? Shoulda Coulda Woulda…

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Pouliot would have chance of scoring a couple if he could hit the freakin’ net. How many wide open looks did he have last night and missed the net? 3 at least

    • Say Ash says:

      Sure, for more than twice the price.

    • Bill says:

      This is a really unfortunate point of view. Pouliot is Martin’s redheaded step-child. He gets about 11 minutes of ice per game, zero powerplay time, and is bounced from line to line like a tennis ball.

      He’s averaging a shot every six minutes of ice-time with inconsistent line-mates and no powerplay. Our leading goal-scorer, Brian Gionta, averages a shot every 5.9 minutes with first line powerplay duty. Pouliot’s shooting percentage is higher than Gionta’s as well. Consider that Pouliot is fourth on the team in even-strength scoring DESPITE his short leash.

      Math tells me that with more ice and better assignments, Pouliot would score more goals.Pouliot has obvious skills and a big body he isn’t afraid to use. Unfortunately, Martin is afraid to use it.

      Basically, my point is that Pouliot has scored about as much as could be expected given his opportunities. He can’t score from the bench.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Pouliot was someone JM wanted. He’s been a participant of Jacques Martin’s summer hockey camps for years so it’s not like he was an unknown player foisted on JM.

        Pouliot’s issues are in his head, there’s no way he is this terrible a skater if he once went 4th overall in the Draft, it wasn’t like his goal scoring was through the roof in his draft year so they had to see at least promises of strong skating. Pouliot may have a big body, but I wouldn’t say he really uses it beyond that big reach of his and even then, he has trouble corraling the puck at times.

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

        • Bill says:

          Haha, if JM wanted him, it must have been out of sadism. The numbers, which you don’t address, don’t lie. He produces as much as the “best” players on the team. I would add that he’s +3 on the year, so he can’t have been a major defensive liability WHILE producing very well at even strength given his ice-time.

          His “problems” are lack of ice-time and lack of consistent assignments. When you watch him play, you can see the talent. In my theatre company, I put the most talented people in the most important positions so they can use that talent like a weapon. Martin prefers veterans or “hard working” role players. Pyatt, for instance, averages about a minute less per game. he’s got two goals and he’s -3. Then there’s Gomez … anyway.

          Give Pouliot 18:00 minutes a game and powerplay time and he scores thirty, guaranteed.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            If JM didn’t like him and wanted nothing to do with him, why invite him to his hockey camp each year? You think it’s coincidence the Canadiens moved Guimauve for a guy that JM had an off-season relationship with going back years?

            Pouliot has conditioning issues and head issues. JM is not responsible for him skating around like a Timbits player with a bad sharpening job on his skates. If he is so mentally fragile that when he lacks confidence he can’t skate than that’s a serious indication he can’t be a regular NHL player. You can’t give out important assignments to a player who will fall down for no reason whatsoever in the course of a game.

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

        • habs001 says:

          pouliot is like a kid going thru puberty and has not adjusted to his growth and is clumsy….all we can hope with him is that he goes on a scoring streak in the playoffs but in the long run i really dont see much more than as a 3rd liner with 15 goals …which is not bad as long as your top forwards produce better than they have this year..

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            I think Pouliot can be a fine 3rd liner for MTL, but the issue is he’s got to figure out what is making him fall down like he’s a Timbit player with skates the wrong size.

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

      • VancouverHab says:

        (‘Ha ha’ on your opening line, by the bye.)

        Bill, why do you think Martin uses Pouliot the way that he does? Just to say that he prefers veterans is simply to restate the problem, not provide an answer.

        Why does JM not play Pouliot with Gio-Gomer over Moen or Darche?

  14. novahab says:

    PK is rookie of the year hands down none of them are even close. Don’t care about the crooked NHL or big mouth Cherry he is the most exciting player in the league. They can all kiss my a%$ and I doubt if PK cares either. He brings to the Canadiens something they have not had since Lafleur the it factor. If some how Markov and Max could get back for the first round this could be interesting.

    • caper_5 says:

      Love to see Markov and Max back soon, but I hope caution is exercised in both cases. I want them back healthy for the long run.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Considering that Markov is a UFA and there really is no long term to look to, I would put him in as soon as physically possible. If the Habs let go conservative with his return then I would hope they intend to sign him at almost any cost. If he is playable I say “lace ‘em up”

    • habs001 says:

      based on the whole season pk is not the rookie of the year…you have to give it to 18 year old skinner…. if the entire sesson was like his last 30 games than i would agree

  15. otter649 says:

    1976 Montreal had The Olympics next year Habs have the most points in the league & win The Stanley Cup. 1988 Calgary had The Olympics next year Flames have the most points in the league & win The Stanley Cup. 2010 Vancouver had The Olympics next year Canucks have the most points in the league BUT will they win The Stanley Cup – Wait and see……..

  16. Say Ash says:

    Leafs suck. Just putting it out there.

    • Da Hema says:

      Agreed. But it is kind of like saying that the sun will rise tomorrow morning, or that the earth will rotate on its axis around the sun, or that Stephen Harper has contempt for ordinary human beings. You get my meaning here, no?

      • ClaytonM says:

        Unless you take the stance of a leafs fan and say “Tomorrow the sun will rise in the West”.

        On the bright side, the playoffs start next week, so there will be much fewer leaf fan comments to skim through.

        Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

    • samTHEman says:

      Water is wet

    • Bill says:

      BUT THEY WILL BE A CONTENDER NEXT YEAR UNLIKE THE LOWLY HABS BECAUSE THEY HAVE KEY PLAYERS SIGNED AND 25 BILLION DOLLARS IN CAP SPACE BECAUSE BURKE IS A GENIUS AND PHANEUF IS A MONSTER AND THEY WILL SIGN SIDNEY CROSBY AND JAMES REIMER IS OBVIOUSLY THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND WILL BE THE NEXT ALLAN BESTER/FELIX POTVIN/ANDREW RAYCROFT/JUSTIN POGGE/JONAS GUSTAVSSON I MEAN PATRICK ROY.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  17. samTHEman says:

    When does the NHL officially name the Trophy winners? Before or after the playoffs?

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jeff Skinner becomes the 3rd rookie this season to score 30G.

    League hasn’t seen at least 3 rookies hit 30G since 05-06 when Crosby, Ovechkin, Marek Svatos and Petr Prucha hit or exceeded the mark. Grabner leads all rookies with 33 goals after 2 tonight, including his rookie-leading 6 SH markers. Dale Tallon’s still slamming his head into a wall, as is Vancouver. Gotta wonder if Hall would have gotten there as well if he hadn’t sprained his ankle. Beware the sophomore slump though, it’s felled better men in the past.

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

    • avatar_58 says:

      I personally think Skinner is better than Hall. I haven’t watched Grabner much, but the number speak for themselves.

      Methinks the scouts might have missed some of the finer qualities of these guys games.

      Well that and Seguin is invisible on a stacked offensive team….sometimes I forget he even plays for the bruins. Maybe they should give him to us

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Seguin should have been playing another year in the OHL but the other issue the guy is facing an impossible logjam at Centre on Boston as an 18-year old. Perhaps arrogance by Chiarelli to want to rub the #2nd pick in Burke’s face? Granted, it’s not like Julien is that great a coach either.

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

        • avatar_58 says:

          His hands were tied, I’d have taken Seguin too. Trouble is they don’t need him right now, so he really should be in the AHL lighting it up. Instead he just warms the bench and occasionally contributes a point.

          They’d be better off trading him to the Oilers for a pick or something

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Seguin can’t even play the AHL thanks to the 4-season rule for CHL committed players, he’d have had to return to junior if he wasn’t going to pull on the Bruins jersey this season.

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

  19. caper_5 says:

    Was that Thorton doing some chirping at Cammalleri on the way too the dressing room to get his cut addressed, isn’t hockey ironic!? Amazing what ends up coming around!

  20. Psycho29 says:

    On a serious note, you know how Don Cherry always shows clips of players taking the skates out from under defencemen….and he calls them “rats” etc?
    I wonder if he’ll show Toews doing that to Subban?

  21. observer says:

    St. Louis leads Chicago 2-0 if this ends in regulation time tonight Blackhawks need help just to make the playoffs.

  22. Psycho29 says:

    Martin, Gauthier and Gainey are 2-0 when PK Subban scores in overtime. :-)

  23. emann_222 says:

    Well – Not a bad idea to give Price the night off. He can collect his final regular season win in Toronto on Saturday against the Leafs. Still pretty stoked over the Big Win last night – Man PK has a helluva shot!

    Looking forward to the “semi home game” tomorrow night, but in reality – I’m already getting into Playoff mindset.

    Got so excited I began a FB Fan Page for BBBR @ http://wp.me/p1n6pU-1G … Come on over and Join

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    • habsindepth says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Auld wins tomorrow and gets the start against the Leafs too, just to give Pricey the well deserved rest before the real season begins.

      And you are right, PK has a HELL of a shot!! So glad that he is getting better and better at using it. Like I said somewhere before, if only he can learn to take less penalties!

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  24. observer says:

    Skinner scored his 30th tonight, but Graebner of Islanders scored his 32nd and 33rd tonight.

    Anaheim’s Corey Perry is the leading goal scorer at 47 goals and the only possible 50 goal scorer this season.

  25. The Cat says:

    Overall, at home and away, the best team to come back after trailing after 2 periods is the…drumroll…Washington Capitals.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  26. The Cat says:

    Reposted from below…

    Trailing after 2, the habs are 1-10-2 at home and 0-17 on the road.

    Tied after 2 is a different story though: Habs are 7-1 at home and 6-1 on the road.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • The Cat says:

      Leading after 2 at home habs are 16-0-4…Leading after 2 on the road 13-1

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • observer says:

      all it says is they dont come back once down after 40 minutes(actually other of those deficits too).

      was this the way it was in the playoffs last year? or was it? i thought habs did come from behind to win several of those games?

  27. samTHEman says:

    How likely is Price to win the Vezina? Most Improved Player Award?

    Who are the other runner-ups? Thomas and Lundqvist Imo. Luongo is playing on a superstar team, albeit their D plagued with injuries like us.

  28. So when do the playoffs start? :)

  29. ProHabs says:

    ” I always get a glove in the face, or someone hits me in the groin with a stick or something, so it’s just fun.” PK Subban. That is a funny quote, Subban talking about post game celebrations.

  30. mb says:

    Off-topic, I don’t know if it’s been posted yet, I thought this was really funny!

    (It’s Price “answering” questions of a CKAC reporter)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEaDz3PHe4Y

  31. ZepFan2 says:

    The stanchions strike again!!

    The stanchion jumped out at Zubrus as he was being checked by Crabb.

    :shock:

    ————————————————————————
    Welcome to the newer NHL: The National Head-shots League.

  32. JohnBellyful says:

    Congrats, HIO CHannellers, we’re 2-0. Didn’t see the game myself but the results showed the rest of you had your thinking caps on. I think we should dial it down a bit now. The team’s giving Price the night off against Ottawa, so we should sit some of our superstar energy projectionists – the brains behind the team. Let the HIO grunts handle the mental lifting against the Senators and give the Top Sixty a rest. The following posters are excused from channelling tomorrow night:

    (Yeah, I uploaded the names. Telepathically. 40 minutes ago. Why?)

  33. showey47 says:

    So, i turn on my tv to watch the red wings/canes game on the bell nhl center ice and for some reason i got the detroit tigers game instead. I don’t think this is why i paid for nhl center ice,to get baseball. EDIT: I guess someone finally caught it and fixed it.

  34. D Alcorn says:

    Questions :
    – avatars : how does one put it back on profile with the new & improved HIO ?
    – online viewing : I gather atdhe.me (the newer version) is no longer carrying nhl games – are there any replacement(s) out there ?
    Thanks

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  35. Keith says:

    I just read the story about Turco and the fan at the Bell Centre last night. Great stuff! It’s nice to see players interacting with the fan’s in a positive way. It’s jut a little harmless bet imho. Turco lost the bet, so it’s not like he benefitted. I just hope the little big-man doesn’t go all apes**t on him and fine him. To me he was just being a good guy.

  36. observer says:

    TSN

    “(CKAC)Tremblay doesn’t see anything amiss about broadcasting Blue Jays games over his airwaves considering the enduring friendly rivalry between Montreal and Toronto.”

  37. habs001 says:

    the habs will have to play much better on the road in the playoffs …they are a very low scoring team most playoff games will be 1-0,2-1 3-2…last nights game was like a playoff game and the habs will play many of these type of games…now you can win 4 of this games in a row but you can also lose 4 in a row…the biggest potential positive from yesterdays game is if the line of pyatt,moen and white can be used vs the top line of the other team ..that would be a huge advantage…now if pouliot could start producing but i have no faith that he will be any better… i am afraid he will end up with another one goal 30+ game finish……

    • habstrinifan says:

      Funny story but could youimagine the reaction if someone like P.K. Subban had done that. Don Cherry and YES some fans here would have crucified him.

    • observer says:

      What Habs can’t do is fall behind. I believe the announcer said that Habs had not won a single game this season if behind at the end of the 2nd period.

      They were totally outplayed the last half of the game last night, only Price’s great play and Hawks shooting kept Chicago from taking a 2-1 lead that this team this year cannot overcome.

      Habs must score first and protect it and at best add to the lead. They cannot fall behind. And this is how for the most part, Habs won 9 games in last year’s playoffs, but they also lost 10 games in those same playoffs with this style that Crosby criticized so eloquently.

      • fbkj says:

        came back vs the bruins in the third trailing 2-0

        and thats just off the top of my head

      • Britton says:

        So basically…
        to win…
        we must not have less goals than the other team.
        Insightful. Really. Wow. Thank you.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I think it would also help if the Habs Score first. In fact if they could score the first 5 goals of the game, I think they have a winning record.

        • Da Hema says:

          That’s one interpretation. What I believe s/he is trying to say is that the Habs must score more goals than their opponents in order to win games. Such profound observations are why I visit HIO so frequently!

      • The Cat says:

        Trailing after 2, the habs are 1-10-2 at home and 0-17 on the road.

        Tied after 2 is a different story though: Habs are 7-1 at home and 6-1 on the road.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • The Canadiens actually carry the play on the road better than all but about 5 teams in the NHL. Their record is not indicative of their play.

  38. adam76 says:

    To all habs fans in nova scotia:

    NHL Preseason Hockey – Montreal vs Boston

    AT THE HALIFAX METRO CENTRE

    Ticket limit: 10

    Event Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    http://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=NHL&linkID=halifax&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      wow thanks for the Heads Up… I haven’t bothered going to a pre-season game in Halifax since the one(close to 10 years ago now) that we came back and beat Boston late, and we had a penalty shot right at the end…

      after this year, I might have to go just in case Chara plays so I can yell at him until my throat hurts

      • adam76 says:

        I ,too, was at that game, epic third period. Jan Bulis wasn’t it?

      • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

        I was there too, with my Dad. Felt like we stood the whole third period, and I was pretty hoarse at the end. Top 3 Habs memories I have I think.

        Have an East Coast Summit this September?
        ____________________________________________________
        Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
        y’all down, we booze hounds, take two drinks and pass.

        • HalifaxHabs says:

          I’m in

          Stubbs and Boone could use a weekend of boozing in Halifax, and with all the new cash Hockey I/O is raking in with all these daily hits, they can fly down to cover the exhibition game

          • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

            That would be great!

            No more Midtown, where do you pre game now?
            ______________________________________________________
            Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
            y’all down, we booze hounds,take two drinks and pass.

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            It wouldn’t let me reply to yours, so I had to reply to mine

            I have to confess that I usually pre-game at my place, or at my dad’s place, on the couch in front of an HDTV. but I can always make exceptions for special occasions.

            When the talk gets going about planning this years summit, we’ll have to try to guage interest in an east coast one in Halifax

    • observer says:

      and if you buy tickets today, molson can make over 5 and a half months interest on your money!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      If you go please boo Chara and Recchi as loud as you can.

    • Keith says:

      Hey, I may have to go to that game. It’s not that far from Freddy Beach and I would really like to see the Hab’s kick Boston’s a$$!

  39. The Teacher says:

    If I am Jacques Martin, Price’s next start is in the playoffs. No way in hell should he play against Toronto.

    On another note…

    Ten years, 50 million. SUBBAN.

    Give it to him, now…

    My friend in Toronto is waffly..I have no doubt. GIVE IT TO HIM.

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    The Hawks and Habs battled into an epic overtime period worthy of a great Original Six matchup, only to lose on a missile from PK Subban.

    Quote from blog page committedindians.com

    Somehow I can’t ever see a Bruins or Flyers blog ever describe a loss to Montreal in such a respectful manner.

    • observer says:

      i guess you missed it but it was a penalty called on chicago in overtime that decided a game that chicago had badly outplayed the habs from the 2nd period on.

      • Jordio-oh says:

        what’s wrong with you?

        seriously?

      • habstrinifan says:

        Observer I normally read your posts with appreciation for the ‘view from the broader horizon’ that you bring as a fan of that othe rteam. But you are absolutely WRONG on this one. This was not a game where the HABS were outplayed from the 2nd period. Their momentum was derailed because of penaltieS BUT the HABS played a great game.

        And that was a penalty!

  41. king ddd says:

    not hockey related, but since mlb season has started i just realized how much i miss the expos. damn! Washington doesn’t deserve a team we do. people are all wondering what to do with the big o. take out the bloody retractable roof, make it an open roof stadium and there you have it, a new baseball stadium that can fit about 50+ fans. i think we should give baseball another chance

    ** Buck Fruins **

    • TheDagger says:

      Well maybe you will get to see an MLB game at the Big O before you know it…
      http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=361080

    • Max_a_million says:

      We don’t deserve a team because we didn’t show up to games, even if we were screwed over by dumb cheap ownership.

      Still makes me very sad to not have my baseball team in town. I miss them too …

      • observer says:

        the sport needs a salary cap – end of story

        lots of other us cities with same empty seats as montreal because fans know they dont have a shot against teams with money. any exceptions and within a year or so those teams rosters get picked apart.

    • ClaytonM says:

      You’re forgetting one major reason why no crowds went to that POS stadium – it’s in the middle of nowhere. No bars or restaurants to go to either before or after the game. If they built a park downtown, they’d have crowds for weeknight games, plus they’d have a metro station nearby for weekend fans. Instead, you had to go to the East end, sit in a crummy stadium with the worst turf in the league and breathe in recycled air.

      Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  42. Timo says:

    I am not sure about the whole avoiding the Flyers thing. I think their number is up and odds are that Habs are due to finally beat that team. I also think, that PK will have some extra motivation (countered by JM’s bridle to control him) to really show some disrespect to Flyers.

    Call me crazy, but I think of the 3 top teams Habs’s best chance is against the Flyers.

    • AH says:

      I think you may be right Timo…all along I’ve thought no way do we get by Philly, but now it’s Washington who looks more formidable to me since they’ve added some “character”.

    • avatar_58 says:

      Yep, and I WANT the habs to beat them. No one else. So if not round 1, then 2 or 3. It’s time to make them pay for it

    • mrhabby says:

      does not matter who we play. it will be a long road ahead.

      without pronger around they become vulnerable.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Providing we play as positively (not passive to the hilt system) as we have in last two games, I have a feeling that we will give Boston trouble.

      Did you read re Gainey taking the ‘walk’ with Scot Gomez. I think Gainey did more than that. I think there has been some adjustments re JM’s coaching. Remeber it has been the last two game sthat P.K was re-inserted back in full PP duty. And also more usage of players like Eller. And the team seems a) more imaginative in offense and b) the ‘star players’ ar eplaying more freely, like ‘stars’ should.

      Just my observation.. I think Gainey and of course with the acquiescence of Geoff etc made some recommendations after talking to the veterans.

  43. HabinBurlington says:

    Really will be interesting to see what angle CBC does take on Sat. night. I am guessing that throughout the night we will get indepth analysis of the Vancouver Canucks, we’ll get alot of talk of Brian Burke’s offseason plans, and they may mention that the Montreal Canadiens don’t match up well with any team(in their opinion). I especially look forward to indepth playoff analysis from PJ Stock. He does have 8 games of NHL playoff experience to draw from.

    • AH says:

      Not only all that, but most of their angle will be placed on how “high” the Leafs will finish next year, because bombastic Burke is the greatest GM in all hockey history and he finally “has it all in place for the Leafs and they’ve now turned the corner!” LOL!!!

    • aroma says:

      You have every reason to wonder. I watch most games streamed on the internet via NHL.com, and as a result I usually have the choice of following the CBC version of the game, TSN’s, and the other team’s local coverage. Believe it or not, I normally find that the other team’s broadcasters spend more time discussing the Habs and demonstrating that they’ve done their homework than either TSN, or worse, the CBC. If I could, I’d watch RDS’s broadcast but that is not an option. It’s as if everyone involved in the Canadian, English language broadcasts regard the Habs as some obscure team out of the US Southwest. I would have thought that Canadian sports broadcasters would show some interest in ALL Canadian teams in the NHL, not just the ones outside of Quebec. And of course the bias towards the Leafs is apparent to most.

      • wd fifty-three says:

        I’m with you. The CBC has no respect for the Montreal fan base. They give us the Maple Leaf leftover (Bob Cole) to do the play by play, and he still doesn’t know the players names (or anything else about hockey for that matter). The intermission is that tired old Punch and Judy act (and now they’re training Mike Milbury to be the replacement buffoon).

        I’m old enough to remember a time when, if CBC carried the game from Montreal you got a full Montreal production team. Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin doing play by play, and Frank Selke Junior doing the intermission. If it was a Toronto game you got Bill Hewitt, Brian MacFarlane and Ward Cornell. It was actually interesting to see the game from the Toronto studios … ’cause it was different. Now it’s the same inane rantings and watered down pablum in a spiffy studio with flashy graphics … Put them in front of a sheet of drywall for all I care, but please give me some local content. Until then I’ll just stick to RDS and practice my French.

  44. Ian Cobb says:

    After many years of pathetic management and a half ass product on the ice, Robert Gainey came back to town to change course for this whole franchise. Bob promised us 5 years of hard work before he would step down. He pulled it off, changing everything from top to bottom in the organisation.

    Now we have a club to be proud of once again. We have a product on the ice that entertains us every night. The excitement, hope and pride is back throughout the Hab,s kingdom.

    We all know the problems that we have endured the last 3 seasons as we move players out of town, bringing in some from outside and shuttling players between Hamilton and Montreal.

    We have built and we are still building a long term successful franchise again. We have loads of young talent, from the CHL, College ranks and farm clubs. Our depth is obvious and envied by every other NHL club.

    We have all been critical of some moves, players and our coaching staff at various times over the past three years. But think about how we have been able to over come so much adversity and stay competitive. We have a lot to be thankful for, as we have been entertained each night, then wait eagerly for the start of each next match.

    Yes we are growing, to be the very best in the league, and finally, the one thing we can say with a lot of pride as fans now, is that we know we will be on top soon and we know that we can beat any team in the league now, on any given night.

    Yes indeed, the name of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club is respected once again throughout the hockey world. And we as fans are being entertained at the edge of our seats enjoying this great ride once again.

    Bring on those Bruins.!!!!!

    • Favorite Son says:

      Great speech, Ian, I just disagree with your claim that we have an entertaining team EVERY game. That’s just not true. We’re not there yet. Consistency was a major issue this season, but I guess the injuries had an impact on that. But some nights the team just wasn’t there and it was not exciting at all. Like I mentioned below, we have an exciting goalie and defenceman but lack a spectacular forward. Maybe spectacular is the wrong word as not everyone can be like Ovechkin or Crosby, but at least a forward that brought it every game. Gionta had a disappointing season despite his 26 goals. Cammalleri was disappointing. Plekanec started out ok but then slowed down significantly. I’m confident with the team we have for the playoffs but Cammi, Gio, Plek and Gomez will have to be our best forwards followed by secondary scoring from AK, Darche, Pouliot, DD and Eller.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Well, to bad you missed all the fun that I have had watching the growth and development of so many young players this year.

        I wore out two chairs twisting and turning with each rookie error and adventure. Developing a winner is two thirds of the excitement of getting to the top my friend.

        • Kooch7800 says:

          In my opinion the young players are what is making this team exciting. PK, Price, White, Max Pat, DD, Webber. Our vets have been not so great but the injuries have been massive.

          I actually think the groundwork laid by Gainey in the draft for the last few season will make this team more exciting in the future.

          The kids have made this season fun to watch.

      • Fred D says:

        “Entertaining” doesn’t mean we have to have a win every time. The development of the players and the chess moves (or lack of same) helps us to see what we have and to think about where the team is headed. Some of the games we played “stunK” and I have no doubt that year in year out we will see more of those games from time to time.
        Right at this moment is not the time for critical over imagination and invention of who might be feeling this way or that way because of a look some one saw on video. This is counter productive and hurts the team that we profess to support.
        We are supporting the team full out right now. It’s the playoffs for heaven’s sake.
        Let’s collectively forget the griping and bellyaching for the next two months. We have all summer to show how brilliant we were in hindsight.

    • joshua94k says:

      Well said Ian. Bob Gainey has definitely resurected this team. Carey Price, PK Subban and Max Pacioretty have been the best draft picks since Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson and Steve Shutt.

      He traded for Josh Gorges. He helped form a solid farm team with young talent.

      He wisely cleaned house in 2009 and brought in players like Cammalleri, Gionta, Gill, Hamrlik, Darche etc. Signing Gomez is considered a bad move but Gomez was effective last year in the play-offs.

      But best of all, there has been a huge increase in the excitement of this team with fans all over the world excited about this team. Canadiens fans are passionate and the Bell Centre has the most lively crowd and the fans support in other arenas makes the home team envious.

      “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

      • Clay says:

        “Carey Price, PK Subban and Max Pacioretty have been the best draft picks since Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson and Steve Shutt”

        Patrick Roy?????

        I’m not really disagreeing, but I think they are the best picks since Roy, because he was a pretty good one…

        __________________________
        The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

    • Timo says:

      I am usually glass half full kind of guy Ian, but yours is clearly overflowing :)

    • mrhabby says:

      ian..agree to a certain extent. the team is still to me a bit of a work in progress even if we had no injuries this year. iam still looking for the team to get harder to play against, either by getting faster, bigger or whatever the team needs to do, quite a few pieces missing but an excellent base to build from.

    • stjrandy says:

      I love your optimism Ian but I can’t say that I share it.
      Since the beginning of the 2003-2004 season the Habs have the following records
      2003-2004 93pts 208 GF 192 GA
      2005-2006 93pts 243 GF 247 GA
      2006-2007 90pts 245 GF 256 GA
      2007-2008 104pts 262 GF 222 GA
      2008-2009 93pts 249 GF 247 GA
      2009-2010 88pts 217 GF 223 GA
      2010-2011 93pts 210 GF 205 GA with 2 games remaining all these 2011 totals should change.
      I started with the season before the lockout as a comparison of results due to different styles of play. It is clear that 2011 looks a lot like 2003-2004 in terms of points,goals for,and goals allowed. There has been no improvement in any of the categories that matter. The personnel has changed both on the ice and behind the benches but the results remain virtually identical in every season. You can regard both the 104 point and 88 point seasons as statistical anomalies since they were not foreseeable by trend.
      What has remained a constant to create these results? I believe it’s the lack of size up front that has been the culprit. None of the Habs teams in this time period were considered even average sized in the NHL. This is a deterrent to getting better in my view. The future is no brighter either. Currently the team lists 28 forwards as prospects (we know they are not all real prospects as some are AHL filler players) Of these 28 forwards 20(71.4%) of them are 6 feet tall or smaller. Of the 20 only 6(30%) are actually as tall as 6 feet.Fully half of the listed prospects at forward are under 6 ft tall. Who are the players over 6 feet tall?
      Avtsin,Conboy,Engqvist,Nattinen,Quailer,Schultz,Walsh,Wyman. No scoring forwards on the list with the possible exceptions of Quailer(knee injury looks to have derailed his career) and Avtsin. So in short 1 player out of 28 can be considered as big enough and talented enough to be a scoring forward in the NHL…one day.
      This team needs to address the serious shortcomings on this list of prospects in the worst way. If not this treading water act will continue to frustrate and anger the fans. Will this administration finally acknowledge the failure of this policy?
      We can only hope.

      Back from the Abyss
      “System,Speed,and Skill” – P Gauthier
      “too small and soft” – Everyone Else

  45. cuzzie says:

    Great stuff! Joshua94k

  46. joshua94k says:

    CBC just had a meeting and they are preplexed on how to make the season finale interesting as the game is more or less meaningless. They can’t go on the Leafs dream run anymore so they have decided to try something different.

    The segments between the game will feature Scott Morrison reading tweets about the Leafs. Coaches Corner and the Hot Stove will also feature jokes about the Leafs. TSN and SportsNet are considering doing the same.

    Here is a sampling:

    What do you call a Toronto Maple Leaf with a Stanley Cup ring? A thief.

    What does Mike Komisarek and Timmins, Ontario have in common? They are both Minus 25 come Christmas.

    The plight of the Leafs is not amusing after what’s happened with Leafs goalie Giguere this morning. I appreciate we are all down on the team but when a player becomes suicidal from their performance (and the media’s response to it) then we should all rally together behind him. As most of you know, Gigure tried to commit suicide last night, by standing on the train tracks just south of Dupont. Thankfully, thankfully, the train went through his legs.

    What do a TV sitcom and the Toronto Maple Leafs have in common? They’re full of jokes, last about 20 minutes and then go into reruns. …

    Q: What does a recent high school dropout and the Leafs team have in common?
    A: They’re both young, have no goals and no good prospects.

    Q: What do a fine wine and the Maple Leafs have in common?
    A: They both spend a lot of time in the cellar, cost too much and are only enjoyed on select occasions.

    Q: What do college students and the Maple Leafs have in common?
    A: They’ve both finished their year by April.

    Q: Why are the Leafs owned by teachers?
    A: Because they both take summers off and are demoralized the rest of the year.

  47. rocketsglare says:

    Cammalleri is starting to become more involved in the team’s offense.
    He looked more relaxed and confident with every shift and I see him
    elevating his game for the playoffs. Carey will start the TO game to
    give him enough playing time to “fine tune” his game and enter the
    playoffs in a groove. He more than likely will be lifted by mid game
    and rested in preparation for the playoffs.

    • Favorite Son says:

      I think the team to avoid is the Flyers but we don’t know where they’re going to end up so it doesn’t matter. The Habs need to play well and finish strong versus Ottawa and Toronto so no B team.

  48. Favorite Son says:

    Habs have a star goaltender, a star defenceman but we’re missing a star forward. Cammalleri could’ve been that guy but I guess this just wasn’t his year…

    • Maksimir says:

      I think Max-Pac would have been that guy, he was really coming into his own… thanks again Zdeno ‘A$$-head’ Chara…

      • Favorite Son says:

        Yeah maybe, but what I meant by star forward is a player who can score at least 30 goals and have around 70 points per season. That’s the very least. I just don’t think we have that forward on the team or as a prospect.

        • Mark C says:

          Max did have 14 goals in 37 games, which is a 31 goal pace in 82 games, pretty good for a 22 yr. old. Who knows what Max will end up being after the injury, but he could very easily be a 30+ goal player and 60-70 point player.

      • avatar_58 says:

        Max is awesome, but I know what he means. We need an all-star forward. Someone who scores 40-50 goals no problem

        Otherwise trade for a few 30 goal scorers to be more realistic

  49. Kooch7800 says:

    Nice job giving Carey a break. Ottawa is playing well right now with Anderson in Net. might be tough points thursday.

  50. Timo says:

    I guess now we know how Stubbs really felt about the Halak trade.

  51. Sbah Reverof says:

    I say give Price both games off; same goes for Plekanec, Hamrlik and whoever else is dog-tired because of all the injuries.

    “I respect your opinion, but you’re completely wrong!”

  52. jonesy44 says:

    Price has been doing pretty well lately, don’t think there’s any need to reinsert Halak into the lineup.

  53. fbkj says:

    still not as funny as when you guys called laraque, brashear

  54. HabinBurlington says:

    Uhhhmmm when did we reacquire Halak and he became a defenseman? Assume you meant Spacek.

  55. Iceberg84 says:

    Should be Spacek not Halak unless there was a sneaky trade nobody knew about! Or perhaps it was a secret Canadiens genetic engineering program?


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