Auld starts, Moen with Gomez-Gionta

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Josh Gorges, on Donald Fehr | Scott Gordon (begins speaking about Bruno Gervais) | John Tavares | Bruno Gervais

From Pat Hickey in Long Island:

Travis Moen will start tonight’s game against the New York Islanders on a line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

Goaltender Alex Auld makes his first start of the season for the 6-2-1 Canadiens.

Also making his first start of the season is Islanders defenceman Bruno Gervais. The only twist is that Gervais will be used as a forward on a line with Zenon Konopka and Jon Sim.

Dwayne Roloson gets the start in goal for the Islanders for the second straight game against Montreal, having made 33 saves in the Isles’ 5-3 loss to the Canadiens Wednesday at the Bell Centre.

There was thought that Rick DiPietro would get coach Scott Gordon’s call to play nets. DiPietro had planned to wear pink pads and gloves into action as a tribute to an aunt he lost to breast cancer, tonight being the Islanders Against Cancer night as part of the league-wide, month-long awareness campaign. The Canadiens’ event is tomorrow at home against Florida.


  1. boneheadslanger33 says:

    I am delighted about it, delighted! Though you have to admit that they would not be in this position had they traded for Halak.

  2. Rugger says:

    Come on, he’s almost a goal worse GAA than Thomas!

  3. Da Hema says:

    I don’t recall anyone claiming Halak is a one-hit wonder like Steve Penney, although it is possible that a few trollers said things like that. Unfortunately posts like yours fuel the fire for such people.  There were two central issues with Price and Halak: player potential and cap space. The team made its decision. I wish Halak all the best in his career, but he will not be Jacques Plante or Ken Dryden.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  4. krob1000 says:

    What? …..he has been in a luxury box with Gainey and Gauthier for three straight games…hasn’ t produced a single point…trade the bum!

  5. says:

    I can’t believe we didn’t get Ovechkin for him!!!


    They Call Me Shane

  6. says:

    I Fly into Montreal (from Winnipeg) at 1244pm.  Would anyone like to share a cab to the hotel?

    FLight AC1108

    email me at to get my phone number, and we’ll talk turkey.

    They Call Me Shane

  7. mike g says:

    Anyone else happy the Leafs are back to normal?

    And that Seguin scored against his supposed to be Maple Leafs team?

    Yup, the Leafs are falling.


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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  8. rocketsglare says:

    I have to admit that Moen adds jam and grit to that line and hopefully can spark Gionta and Gomez. But, I

    still believe that Pouliot is the eventual answer to that line. JM should let the three play until they gel.

    The way Gionta was hacking away at the net against the Isles it’s just a matter of time before the pucks be-

    gin to go in and Pouliot has been more assertive around the net, so why not put the two together.

    Now, as for Gomez his play is that of a playmaker and not scorer, but I cringe at his end to end rushes which

    tend to be now predictable and subsequently defended. He should be leading the rush with quick and precise

    passess while involving others in the transition game. I believe this is how Gomez can be more effective if he

    can dish the puck smartly and quickly in transition rather than single-handedly bringing up the puck.

    Some lines take longer than others to get going, but in the end Gionta and Gomez will find their game.


    Go Habs Go!



  9. Lafrich says:

    What about Boyd with G and G. Has that been tried?

  10. mike g says:


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

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  11. db says:

    True, but would you take Moore or Boyd?  Boyd seems to have more upside… Moore gave it all every night. 


    I feel like the most recent trades had to do with dumping player agents.


    And I’m glad Halak is playing well, in the West.

  12. twocents says:

    “Where’s those geniuses who were saying he was Steve Penny lol?”

    Maybe they are hanging out with the same bunch who said there was no way the Habs were making the playoffs last year and that even if they did, there was no possible way they could beat the Pens or Capitals.


  13. avatar_58 says:

    Can he play with Gomez and Gionta?

  14. Da Hema says:

    According to a University of Toronto health study, apparently supporting the Toronto Maple Leafs can also lead to penile dysfunction.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  15. Ian Cobb says:


    2010 HIO Fan Summit Itinerary Nov. 5th and 6th in Montreal


    Nov. 5th, We are watching the Habs vs  Sabers game at Hurley’s Pub
    1225 Crescent St.  on big screen around 6pm. Name tags will be given out.

     SAT. morning, Breakfast will be at Chez Coras 1240 Drummond St. at 8:30am

    at 10;30 Bell Center tour and Habs Hall of Fame tour. The “Rockets”
    granddaughter Cathrine Richard is putting on the tour for us this year.


    at 2:45 Pregame meal and The Bob Gainey Children’s Foundation Raffle at The Baton
    Rouge Rest. 1050 Mountain St.

    Don’t forget to bring along something to
    contribute to the raffle please.

    Across the street at 7pm our Habs take on Kovalev and the Ottawa Senator’s


    game celebration. We have the second floor of Hurley’s Pub reserved for
    us. And like every year our Gazette leaders will be there to celibrate with us.

    Everyone is welcome, so see you all in Montreal.

    » Read Ian Cobb’s HI/O Blog

  16. mike g says:


    Anything else you wanna say about Halak?

    When is he gonna solve global starvation, poverty and terrorism?

    That’s a sick human being, not someone who pitches a shutout vs the Nashville Predators.

    Just wanted to let you know….


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

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

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