Big night for the pluggers

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Dustin Boyd | Ryan White | Max Pacioretty | Alex Auld

The Minnesota Mild?

The Canadiens romped to their easiest win of the pre-season against a non-competitive opponent.

Minnesota was held to 14 shots – most of them in the last 10 minutes and only one in the decisive second period, when goals by Ryan White, Dustin Boyd and Brendon Nash blew the game open.

Coach Jacques Martin praised the line of Boyd, White and Max Pacioretty for their forechecking, effective use of speed and tenacity in jumping on loose pucks.

The coach said White had reported to camp in better shape after his off-season training. Martin said Boyd’s play has improved as camp has progressed, and praised Max-Pac for an improved understanding of what he has to do to be effective in the NHL.

As for a power play that was 0-for-6, including ineptitude in 5-on-3, Martin said his PP was adept at controlling the puck but had to get to the net more. Martin said the team’s new PP system, featuring a defenceman at the blueline and another in the high slot, is a work in progress.

The return of Guillaume Latendresse?

Not so triumphant. An assist, a shot and six hits in the only category Minnesota dominated, 47-26. But Gui! was fairly invisible and a total non-factor on Minnesota’s three power plays.

And Four Habs Fans’ GG11 asks “How could they not play Kyle Klubertanz against Cal Clutterbuck?”




  1. newbrunswick troy says:

    Carey Price …..In the begining i would have agreed ( very young ,takes time and pressure can play havak on your game)   But now at 23 years a few years of experience i must say….A. I,m a big fan and want Price to come thru showing all the boo birds they are dinks!!! However if it is that he is indeed a foiled attempt at superstar savior like goalie, than at least the team  honestly did everything they could to nurture him thru…

    It doesn,t bother me because in my opinion  ( and like that countS!!!)  THERE ARE NO REAL GAME STEALERS ANYMORE…oh ya Halak did it in the playoffs, but just watch , he will be just average this year…

    worse case cenario…habs go with Auld , and he comes up to be this years Mason,,(who now sucks as well)

    some goalie somewhere will get a chance and make the most of it (for a short go anyway)

  2. ZepFan2 says:


    That was hysterical. It’s the first time I’ve seen a drummer do the robot while playing.

    This guy needs to lay off the amphetamines and stop watching Buddy Rich videos.

    As an added bonus. The first video available on the right was, “Fat Baby smokes 40 cigarettes a day”. πŸ˜‰


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  3. Chuck says:

    If you can’t string together a sentence with proper spelling and grammar, go back to elementary school.

  4. Mr-T says:

                  When you come to a fork in the road take it!                                                                                                 


    Support Carey Price       “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                              

  5. Mr-T says:

     What has Roy and Dryden winning a Stanley Cup at twenty one and twenty three have to do with the performance and capabilities of Price. If you are attempting to make some sort of comparison or a basis for an analysis between them, then there is not one.

    There are too many variables between those players and teams, to Price and the present team, to even suggest any possible connection or reference. So in other words one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. It ts absurd and lacks sound judgment to state that Price is not going to get any better. Just what should he have accomplished up to this point in his career.

    That lacks a fundamental knowledge of the game to imply that there is no correlation between the round that a player is chosen and his probability of success. It is a high to low curve not a random scale. The question is not if winning is managements goal, rather it’s the very poor and inexplicable decisions made by past and present GM’s on player signings, trades and draft choices.

    There is a conflicting, often irrational mentality and logic in the thought process of a sport enthusiast. They will sometimes bitterly complain about or be disgruntled with their team, but are always there to support them. They often take the position, to let the other guy stand-up against the team. They are essentially the shareholders of that team, although are unwilling to do what is required, to force the team owners into making the necessary changes, that the team requires. The demand is higher then the supply in this market.

    In the end they just become complacent, as is evident of the past seventeen years in Montreal. People, often complain about and blame the players for the teams dismal performance, often giving the management a free pass. This team has done nothing in the last four months, to make it better and more competitive. Yet some people got all excited over the addition of four low end players and  think or are under the allusion, that the Habs are going be much improved and could finish 1st in the division. That is not subjective thinking.                                             



    Support Carey Price         ” Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                                                                                                                             

  6. Mr. Biter says:

    OMG with the power play in disaray do we need to bring back the “most exciting man in hockey” MAB? Why bother to read Todd? He is a compleate A-hole.. and knows nothing about hockey or any sports.

  7. Mark C says:

    I don’t read Jack Todd that much, but he is always prone to such hyperbole to advance his point of view?

    He wrote that Pittsburgh, which finished 5th this past season in league scoring, was one of β€œthe most frightening offensive powerhouses the league has ever seen.”

  8. Habfan29 says:

    Gerry From the West Island = Troll (probably live in Laff land, as he is not dealing with reality)

  9. quentin_stuckley says:

    dale tallon is the reason chicago and stan bowman had to unload half it’s roster this year.  they won the cup….once.  it’d be better to build a team that could make multiple runs.  see dave holland across the lake.

  10. quentin_stuckley says:

    dude, that is so petty.  salary in no way indicates what type of person you are.

  11. HardHabits says:

    Next time she wants to listen to something with a beat remember that dancing is vertical expression of a horizontal desire.

  12. HardHabits says:

    Quit lying. It’s not winter yet. Anyways salary has nothing to do with it. The more a person makes chances are the less he knows about hockey.

    Your spelling though belies the intelligence of a person who never even made it out of high school, so I am geussing you’re a 20 something living on welfare.

    nuff said

  13. CERF says:

    Good Morning Gerry from the west island,

    Thank you for the compliment on the nickname, its actually a mash of my first and last name which i use an alias when playing video games. Please dont try and stuff your life accomplishments to look like a big shot to me.. i dont care on where you are and how much you make/made. No need to toot your horn on a hockey blog.

    As for the loony comment, ill retract it because i did not read the article before i posted and assumed what JT wrote was garbage(IMO every time i read something of his i feel dirty) so in that sense i apologize.. BUT in 98% of your posts you come off a a not too sane man which many would agree with.

    But please, dont try and degrade me on an internet forum. You come off as the immature one whos retired at 40 in FLO who is attacking someone while being behind a keyboard.

    Just for kicks, i am director of operations and sales at an export company and used to average about 800K in sales for the past 3years… and all at the tender age of 23.

    Have a good rest of the morning.

  14. Danno says:

    I wish a big red light to go on behind Jack Toad’s desk everytime he makes a spelling mistake or writes something stupid. That, and 20,000 people start booing him. Let’s see how well he performs after that.


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

  15. Danno says:


    (But funny)


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

  16. CanadienBoy says:

    Like it or not boys the team will be good this years why, the speed and deep of the3 and 4 lines plus they,re biggers and will score more goals just wait.  

  17. CERF says:

    i often dissagree with JT .. but that was actually a non bonehead article.. tail meet between legs..


    hey chuck;

    Same comment to you.If you can’t rebutt the argument cogently,go back to selling newspapers on the corner.

    nuff said

  19. likehoy says:

    did bugs hack into your account?

    – I support Carey Price as the Number 1 Goalie!

  20. Danno says:

    Just don’t shake your water bottle.


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

    • Hey cerf (great name);I will assume you really are a serf working at your $10.00 job in the factory.
    • If you can’t respond to a logical argument and just insult me because you’re intellectually unable to come up with a cogent(big word) argument,don’t post.You are embarrasing yourself.
    • I’m been retired since age 40,and am posting from West Palm Beach my winter home.
    • C’mon serf tell us what you do.I dare you.
    • nuff said
  22. HardHabits says:

    Read Todd’s article, then decide. If that’s lunacy than I am crazy too.


    Just for he record

    Pat Roy was 21 when he won his first Stanley Cup,and Ken Dryden was 23 years old.Price is not going to get better,and has accomplished nothing.There is no corelation between draft pick and probability of success.Examples are numerous.The management of this team as exemplified by their draft record is about 3/10.

    But of course 21,000 fans will just by their number emsure that this mangament will continue.At some point someone has to ask if winning is even important to management.

  24. CERF says:

    well done, cement your status as a loony bin by agreeing with another..


    At last.I don’t have to post to you losers anymore.Just Read Jack Todds column in the Gazette today.

    GREAT COLUMN JACK!!! Sums it up 100% correct.

    You losers keep shelling out 200.00 bucks for tickets for a team that hasn’t even made the finals since 1993.And traded the only goalie who possibly could have got them there for nothing.

    nuff said


  26. CERF says:

    Same for me.. i heard about the crazy on CJAD.. but i tuned out once the GF wanted something with a beat to it =(

  27. CERF says:

    Good morning to you too, HH

  28. JF says:

    I’ll mis him too.  He was someone I was sorry we didn’t re-sign last year.  But he said he injured his groin last season in the AHL and decided in March to retire, although he apparently received an offer from the Islanders.

  29. HardHabits says:

    What, what, what!! Crazy GERRY FROM THE…

    Did anybody tape it? I am sure it was pure gold.

    Dude’s mad as a hatter, but he’s seeing things for what they are. The rest here are in major denial. Trading Halak I have no issue with. It’s keeping Price that upsets me. He should’ve been traded too.

  30. HardHabits says:

    Aaahh Chill out!
    Don’t lose, no sleep!!!
    Aaahh Chill out!

    Have you heard about pre-season games?
    The games don’t count, but people are insane
    Big shoes to fill to prove that you don’t suck
    It’s up to you, to stop that f*ckin’ puck
    Young and old are booing you I am told
    Just one slip, if you let in one weak goal
    Don’t lose no sleep! They’re booing since in the day
    Fans make a fuss, until you take them all the way

    Aaahh Chill out!
    Don’t lose, no sleep!!!
    Aaahh Chill out!

  31. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    You know, if you apply football logic to last night’s game, and multiply scores by seven, this team scored 28 points last night!

    Now that’s excitement.

  32. davecessna says:

    Gerry, please call CJAD again. I shit myself laughing. πŸ™‚

  33. Mister_Hill says:

    This is a great article on our goaltending situation. Also, if you’re looking for something funny, go to Wikipedia, and type in big socks, and look at the did you mean …?

  34. Clay4bc says:

    Kind of a sad day – Mathieu Dandenault announces his retirement.

    I will never forget him finishing his shift with his arm broken in two places. That’s a warrior…he will be missed. He’s another victim of the salary cap, I guess…


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  35. 4loorplay says:

    i agree with gerry

  36. Top Corner says:

    LMFAO !!!!

  37. SlovakHab says:

    For those who watched the last 2 games:

    Who looked less bad? The Wild tonight or the Habs in Ottawa last night?

  38. rocketsglare says:

    Price will be in net tonight against the Panthers, making it his 3rd start. At some point, he is bound

    to have a good game. If however, he has another lackluster performance where he appears  lost  or

    unsure, then the proverbial “Houston, we have a problem” comes to mind.

    No number of excuses can continue to cover for his struggles in goal, especially when Auld and Mayer

    have done sufficiently well to notch wins in their pre-season stints. Mind you that I consider Price a far

    better goalie than Auld and Mayer.

    So, something has to give tonight, and I am banking on Price having a stellar game. If not, then con-

    sider the bank broke and out of business.


    Go Habs Go!




  39. crabvader says:

    North Dakota.

  40. oldrrty says:

    If you used bold italics and capitals we may take you seriously, until then just bold for the whole post makes you look crazy!


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  41. Da Hema says:

    Bonzo: have a look at this link; something tells me you will appreciate it.


    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

  42. Chuck says:

    If you stand close to him, you could probably hear a faint “tick, tick, tick…”

  43. Chuck says:

    Didn’t I hear you on the CJAD post-game show? You sounded like you had blown a gasket or something. Hopefully the ambulance got there in time.

  44. ZepFan2 says:

    Or a kick to the groin.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  45. Da Hema says:

    Its posts do feel like a boot in the face….


    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

  46. scrowe21 says:

    Where is Kristo going to be playing this year?


    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy


    “Hey Light and non tasty”.

    I want to hear your excuses of why Carey plays like he’s stoned.OH i know.It sjust preseason…no….he doesn’t get support from his defense……they were immpossible shots to stop….no…scary price has an injury he’s not telling us about….no…his psychic says he shouldn’t try hard this week…

    C’mon i want the REAL reason why Price sucks so bad….And believe me i would be glad to say it to his face.He’s a disgrace to the C on his chest….But to be honest so is most of the Management.

    If i was Price i would have done everything in the off season to increase his quickness and mental approach to having goals scored.


    If i had my wish Gauthier would pay the Price NOW.As in fired.

    nuff said

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    I just don’t understand the need to type like he’s yelling. Then take the time to bold, yet could care less to use spell check.

    The horror, the horror…


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  49. ZepFan2 says:

    the fact that Price talks and plays like he’s stoned.”Chill out”????????  WTF???

    Excellent work, Horatio! You’ve decoded the hidden message.

    Book ’em Danno!!


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler


    You guys don’t get it.As long as you tow the party line and don’t scream for some real smart hockey people to come in,the team will drift in mediocraty.Yeh PK is great-going to be-barring injury- one of the best defensemen in our teams history-but that doesn’t take away from the fact that trading halak wasn’t just wrong it was INSANE.

    The fans booing represents a) their anger at the trade b) the fact that Price talks and plays like he’s stoned.”Chill out”????????  WTF??? When you let in 4 goals on 9 shots and you don’t give a sh*t something is really not right.Check his THC level cause it just don’t jibe.He’s playing worse -if possible-than last year-obviously something is going on but at this point i really don’t care.   If you buy tickets and support this team you deserve what you get.The only way the Molsons will know that their management team is beyond bad is if people stay away.Firing the scouts does not get at the root problem-the GM is a total moron-in fact we have not had a good GM since Serge Savard.

    Do i think that is possible-not likely in this hockey mad town where we focus all out attention on the Canadiens.

    If you have any respect for this Gauthier clown again,you desrve what you get.Look at his record.He’s been involved in some of the dumbest hockey trades ever.He is a certified loser.

    Look at Dale Tallon-the team that won the cup was due to his work-and what did he get but knifed in the back.

    nuff said


  51. Da Hema says:

    I’ll bet the poster is the same sort of person who sits at the back of a college class persistently mumbling to himself, and then just explodes in a psychotic rage when the professor or student raises the most minor of points. Creepy really….


    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

  52. light_n_tasty says:

    Hey, it’s Crazy Gerry!  Nice to see you back at your old antics.  So, who has the greater helping of fast-twitch muscle fibres: Price or Eller?

    C’mon Gerry.  C’mon.

  53. ZepFan2 says:

    Computer time at the asylum is now open.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  54. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cmon bro, look at the bright side of the team. What did ya think about P.K. Subban’s performance?

    Did you like the Gionta-Gomez-Eller line?

  55. JIMVINNY says:

    I know you’re just an insignificant troll, but why would you post your senseless drivel as a reply to a post that had nothing to do with your inane tripe?


  56. doogmac says:

    apparently we must only talk about price, even when talking about eller

  57. Da Hema says:



    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

  58. Lazarus_taxa says:

    Sorry, I don’t speak Italics.

  59. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hahahaha GOLD!


    β€œIt would have been nice to make some of those saves but I’m not going to lose any sleep” ALL RIGHT CAREY-YOU SHOULDN’T SHOW SO MUCH CONVINCTION!fANS MIGHT THINK YOU ACTUALLY CARE.!!

    Scary Price doen’t play we win-follow that formula and we might play.400 hockey.

    17 years with no cup-but we have scary price so don’t worry.

    nuff said

  61. ZepFan2 says:

    That would be a cluster fu…nevermind.


    After admiring the Stanley Cup: “This is the only thing that has seen more parties than us.”
    – Steven Tyler

  62. Lazarus_taxa says:

    I was at the game tonight and got to really take a look at some of the young players…. Eller shows a lot of raw talent, time will tell, but it seems as though he’s the real deal, I can’t wait to see the full team!

    I really missed the RIS commentary though.

  63. Da Hema says:

    I think I would pay good money to watch a game called by Bob Cole with both Kyle Klubertanz and Cal Clutterbuck on the ice at the same time.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”
    –Hunter S. Thompson

  64. mbplekfan says:

    Good to see MaxPac and Endqvist showing well in the preseason. There are going to be injuries along the way and probably lots of chances for them to play.

    The problem now is contracts. We signed some players we may not have needed.

    The good news is that Lapierre is on the clock. No more chances for him. Play well or play elsewhere. I think we may finally see what he has to offer on a nightly basis. My own feeling is that White’s toughness outweighs Lapierre’s mouth but the need for franco’s means Laps plays until he sucks.

    3 Solid up and coming role players in Hamilton to start the year is a good situation to have. We finally might have some depth that isnt short and coloured blue.

  65. db says:

    What’s the word on O’Byrne? i didnt see the game…

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