Bounce-back game?

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We can only hope.

While the Canadiens attempt to exorcise the demons of their loss in Boston, Washington will be looking to redeem themselves after a shutout loss in Ottawa that made for a grim bus ride late Friday night.

Canadiens look to clutter crease

• Cammalleri talks about dealing with adversity

Markov’s agent won’t discuss rumours

One more thing about the Bruins

• Marc Antoine Godin on silenced big guns

Man-games lost to injury this season

Serge Touchette on P.K.

113 Comments

  1. Shiloh says:

    No idea what we’ll see tonight, but the effort should be there. In a way, there’s a silver lining to this drought. It’s good to get this kind of crap out of the way a few weeks before the playoffs.

  2. ZepFan2 says:

    “Canadiens look to clutter crease”

    :lol:

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    • Danno says:

      JM should give every player a buck to do so. A Clutterbuck.

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
      http://dennis-kane.com/

    • habstrinifan says:

      I guess this is what JM meant by OFFENSE OFFENSE OFFENSE. He didnt see the goal by WHITE from Pouliot against Minny or by SUBBAN from WHITE or that great goal by Kostitsyn or Max Pac last game he played.

      All he preaches is ‘go to the net’ and Gomez etc will kinda aim puck in that direction and hope it hits a leg or skate or somebody’s nose and goes in. The most skillful goal scoring feat JM will tolerate is if someone can ‘tip in’ one of those perimeter shots directed at the NET.

      Dont look for the drought to end too soon. Maybe we’ll get a trickle but not more. Can you say “Hawikku like drought” boys and girls.

  3. punkster says:

    Nice insight from Cammy in the Stubbs article. Too bad Cammy doesn’t realize that WE are the experts, not the players and coaches. Now get out there and do what WE tell you to do.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  4. tony d says:

    Cammy and the other vets have to get their respective heads out of their A$$es and start playing some serious hockey….not the perimeter floating that’s been going on.

  5. EricInStL says:

    This is the type of team you get when you draft in the middle for 10 odd years.

    I fear that Louis Leblanc will waste away as this team will never play an open game. Too bad, he seemed to be promising.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  6. smiler2729 says:

    Mission Accomplished.

    I brought up the whole Price/Halak thing as a lark and VOILA – THE COMMENTS AND HITS ARE COMIN’!

    Feel free to cut me a cheque, Gazette/Hockey Inside-Out.

    *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • EricInStL says:

      How about Dryden and Bunny Larocque (RIP) ?

      “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

      • smiler2729 says:

        Almost eh.

        Remember after Cherry’s too many men saved his ass, Dryden was benched by Scotty for Game 1 of the Final vs. NYR.

        If it wasn’t for Bunny getting injured in the warmup, he’d have finished writing his book from the end of the bench.

        *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • larisalapointe says:

      Ahhh Smiler, Hell hath no fury like a Halakalite scorned. :)

  7. smiler2729 says:

    From the mighty OBSERVER
    “yeah right it is ribeiros fault he didnt fit in, and s kostitsyn and grabovski and latendresse and obyrnne and dagostini and ryder , etc. – a bunch of punks? or maybe just maybe there is something wrong with the gainey/gauthier operation? these players seem to fit in fine elsewhere with other gms!”

    Were you really proud of Ribeiro squirming on the ice like a soccer girlyman in the ’04 playoffs in Boston??? Only to get back to the bench and taunt the Bruins with his crybaby antics?? Did that performance reflect on you??? Is that how you want a teammate to act??

    Well, he embarrassed the whole city, let alone his teammates and himself and was promptly dealt. Good riddance.

    *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • Bugs says:

      Agree, top to bottom. Said it before: writhing in fake agony to get a penalty, Ribeiro was NO LONGER a Mtl Canadien after that. Who cares what we got in return, I personally wanted him OUT at that point. Niniimaa (or whatever) gave us a grand total of TWO “solid” games. Fair deal, far as I’m concerned, not to mention we’re STILL using the bucket of pucks we got in the exchange too.
      However, (I’ve been thinkin about this) when SOOBIE was squirmin like Sherman after the V4 slash, it was different because he didn’t rub the opponents’ nose in it afterwards.
      That’s my verdict and I’m stickin to it.

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Well said.

        Even Claude Lemieux was dealt for that kind of annoying shite.

        *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

      • savethepuck says:

        I wasn’t happy when I saw PK’s reaction to the Vinnie slash, it origionally looked like he was selling that it hit him in the arm while the replay showed it clearly hit him in the pants. After watching the replay for the fourth time, I changed my mind though. It clearly shows him reach with his right hand and grab his left thigh where he was hit which made his body curl up like it did.

        I hate players who oversell injuries to get more severe penalties, bad for the game ( bush league)

    • The Cat says:

      I think stuff like that happens because of a lack of veteran leadership.

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

  8. novahab says:

    This is a absolutely must win game tonight and if they come up flat again something has to change. The Caps have no Ovie and no Green and the Habs were disgraced in a game they should have been willing to kill to win. They lose tonight Martin has to go to save the season I think he has lost the dressing room. Call 911 Roy to bring the fire this team needs in that dressing room and for the refs to know the crap will stop.

  9. habs001 says:

    last year we finished around 23rd in scoring …right now we are 22nd…the habs have been shut out over 20 times since the beginning of last year….based on the roster it should not be a suprise…this year we have pyatt,white,moen,eller(we think he will produce in the future),gomez..5 players who provide minimal goal scoring…darche,halpern,pouliot 3 players that have scored a bit more than the previous 5 but are more streaky type scorers who score 12-15 goals a year… so the majority of our goals from the forwards have to come from dd,ak46,camm,gion,plecks and many of these players are streaky types just like the previous 3 mentioned but do score at a higher rate..maxpac will be missed as he seemed to provide fairly constant scoring since his call up and pk and the wiz provide some goals..but if you look at the team the scoring problems have lasted over 170 games..

  10. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Trying out my Gravatar. GO HABS! Boo Gravatar! ;(

  11. ManApart says:

    Is it me, or does the way the new format positions replies to posts really suck? Also the omission of the “NEW” feature for post that have been made since I last refreshed is really annoying.

  12. ManApart says:

    Interesting stats on the man games lost to injury by the 30 teams. Now people can stop using that tired excuse when the team gets blown out of games. Some people think the Habs are the only team with injuries. Those man games lost, show that to be completely false. Not only that, the Canadiens are in the bottom half of the league when it comes to injuries.

    • J_P says:

      Seriously.

      Sure, the habs are missing their best player, but what about pittsburgh who is missing their TWO best players? And they’re two best players are bonafide superstars.

      All of our highest paid players are playing, they just aren’t pulling their weight. Even Pleks hasn’t been playing up to his usual standard in the second half of the season it seems.

      • joeybarrie says:

        Some time people do not read the entire article. It specifically says that clearly the man games lost do not reflect losing Crosby as compared to a 4th liner on the Islanders.
        Losing half of your defense on a defensively strong team, the best player on the team and its best stay at home defender. The two are responsible for the Habs’ success in the past with their special teams. In all honesty I think Markov and Gorges are the two most important players the way our team plays.
        Also you would think that the fact that these same posters who are saying that we should blame injuries on our loses would give some credit to the management and coaching for having a better season than last WITH these injuries. But I guess you can’t really expect common sense from some.

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

      • joeybarrie says:

        By the way Pittsburgh have lost 16 of their last 34. I don’t think they are doing great. They have a tough time without 2 superstars, but thats the risk you take when you have 3-4 players on your team responsible for most of your production. Look at Tampa, Stamkos is in a funk and they have 2 wins in their last 10+…
        BUT YOU ARE CORRECT, our highest paid players are not pulling the weight we expect from them. HOWEVER, the change in game plan takes its toll. We are heavily relying on them and it hurts their production eventually.

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

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Stats don’t tell a whole story either, you have to examine who was injured and what that injury counts against a team.

      Calgary: Does Langkow (Who was on/off last season as well) and Ivanans being out for 150+ man games really mean as much as Andrei Markov missing 66 games for MTL this season? No, not even close.

      NJD could have survived their injury problems this season for the most part, but they’d probably be even further in their late-season push if Parise was around.

      Mark Cullen and Byron Bitz represent again, about 140 or so of FLA’s man-games, are we saying they’re big impact players?

      James Sheppard is missing the season in MIN, but I don’t think their place in the standings has anything to do with missing his 2G and 4A from last season. Likewise, backup goalie Josh Harding missing the season adds on 70 “Man-Games” as well.

      MTL has not had their defensive core intact for only 7 games this entire season and for a defensive-system team, that’s a body blow.

      Ian Laperriere is actually pretty much retired, Philly is just sticking him on IR to cheat the cap a little because of his over-35 deal but he’s still counting to their space…

      Do your research sir, “Man-games lost” don’t always account for what injuries mean. Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche being out for a season could equal man-games lost by VAN losing the Sedins to whatever, doesn’t mean we’re in equal trouble.

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

    • punkster says:

      Go back and read the entire article again. Slowly. With a dictionary next to you if you must.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • The Cat says:

      I think Vancouver had all their starting D-men on the injury list at one time too.

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

    • Sal says:

      Man games lost can be a deceiving stat, in that it pays no attention to the quality of the man/men that are lost, and, for how long they are lost.

      Sal from the Hammer

  13. Danno says:

    Anyone who watches the game in French on RDS knows Benoit Brunet has a unique and funny way with words.

    Someone made a bingo-style game called BENGO! You print a card for everyone and match the phrases Brunet is bound to say, (such as “Oyoyoye!”) to win.

    Go here to print your BENGO! cards for tonight’s game…

    http://www.bengo.ca/

    Bon match!

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    http://dennis-kane.com/

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Tried “Gavatar” like I was told to import my or upload a picture but did not work. Any ideas on how to do it? Thank you.

  15. SnowManHabs85 says:

    For what reason does his agent think deciding contract talks should be discuss at the end of the season? Markov season has ended, maybe it’s just to determine his evaluation after a long rehabilliation and what his overall status will be. I for one think a 1 year deal for Markov is best, he would have a contract season if he is healthy all season long. I for one want to see a healthy Markov once again all season.

    • B says:

      Waiting until the end of the season leaves a smaller time window to negotiate his client’s next contract before the impending UFA deadline. This adds pressure on Montreal to be more agreeable to their contract demands before they consider other offers. Note that they can’t use the old excuse that Markov doesn’t need the distraction of a contract negotiation while he is trying to focus on and play out this season.

      Then again, perhaps Gauthier simply subscribes to his predecessor’s philosophy of not wanting to discuss contracts until after the season?

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hey Mike Boone, why put that picture of the Bruins fans up there again? Talking about low blows. I got it Thursday night, I don’t get it today.

    • observer says:

      Come playoff time that game will be long forgotten. It already is history as is the 8-1 win in Minnesota.

    • habstrinifan says:

      It irks the HELL outta me like it appaently does you too Windsor habs. But let’s leave it up. We gotta straighten up and bear it. It is time we stop molly-cuddling ourselves re our team. Tell it like it is is the ONLY way it will change and we will be able to walk into B-TOWN and “hang ten”. LEAVE IT UP… even though it gets me mad! Taking it down wont change our team. But leaving it up will remind us, amid moments of euphoria like Minny win, that this TEAM needs to change.. philosophy and constitution.

  17. gumper says:

    And on the topic of smaller players who didn’t play a perimeter game. Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Mats Naslund, Russ Courtnall, Saku Koivu. For God’s sake guys, grow a pair and get off the boards.

    • observer says:

      Players much smaller, game was different when all of those save Koivu played.

      • habstrinifan says:

        You are right game was different but those three players would have STOOD TALL in ANY age and against ANY BEHEMOTHS.

        The main thing with those players as against the ones on our team now, save hopefully P.K and I hope too White, is that they NEVER would have gone onto the ice to play hockey scared of TAKING it to the opposition. NEVER.

      • gumper says:

        Players not much smaller, game not that much different. What’s different is the attitude. All the players, perhaps with the exception of Rusty, had the hearts of lions. Who on our team now does?

    • habstrinifan says:

      “Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Mats Naslund”….

      Man oh Man you named some HUGE players there. Sometime back I wrote that that’s what the habs NEED … a captain like Henri Richard. Seriously.. think about Henri Richard in the f****g dressing room after the Boston game. No DONT think about it. It WOULDN’T have happened. Not this late into the season. He would have been on the case LONG LONG AGO.

      And it wouldnt ONLY have been on the PLAYERS case. He WOULD NOT have stood for a system where the Canadiens are afraid to play the game and let the opponents dictate the play as JM’s system does. NO WAY MAN.

      Habs need many things to become a team reminiscent of their great tradition. One of them is a CAPTAIN in the mold of the players you named, especially one like Henri Richard.

      Man OH Man! You both brightened and made my day worse by bringing up those names. When I see the two B-town fans in the picture above and look at our line-up and know that we DO NOT have a player like those you mentioned, I know we will have to live through many more pictures like that until….

    • WestHab says:

      if you are implying that Gionta is a perimeter player I think you are wrong.

  18. HABSFAN7 says:

    I hope they can bounce back tonight… we need to catch TB!

    I won’t have any television access to the game tonight. Can anyone recommend a website that will be showing the game tonight?

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    Quick Hits about the Future:

    Louis Leblanc has 3 goals in 2 QMJHL playoff games so far.

    Michael Bournival returned to the lineup for the Shawinigan Cataractes for their opening playoff game and true to form, the captain came through with an OT goal.

    Greg Pateryn assisted on the OT GWG for University of Michigan to advance through the first bracket of their quest to reach the Frozen Four.

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

    • observer says:

      Greg Pateryn? Is that all that Gainey got for Grabovski 28 goals this year – so far, plus last season’s 20?

      • Mark C says:

        And a second round pick, I told you this yesterday. Stop lying about things just to make BG look bad.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Just ignore him, he’s trolling for attention.

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

          • smiler2729 says:

            Yep, a troll.

            Anyone who thinks Grabovki was going to work out here is probably still crying over that Ribeiro weasel.

            *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

          • Mark C says:

            Is Kristo and NDS playing today? I see somehow Tri-City shutout Gallagher last night.

          • observer says:

            smiler2729
            Anyone who thinks Grabovki was going to work out here is probably still crying over that Ribeiro weasel

            yeah right it is ribeiros fault he didnt fit in, and s kostitsyn and grabovski and latendresse and obyrnne and dagostini and ryder , etc. – a bunch of punks? or maybe just maybe there is something wrong with the gainey/gauthier operation? these players seem to fit in fine elsewhere with other gms!

          • observer says:

            its you and your minor league slanted assessments looking for attention!

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            North Dakota plays today, 1:30 PM. University of Michigan also plays again tonight at 9 PM. The Giants get a chance to avenge that loss tonight.

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

          • Mark C says:

            Thanks for the info SF09.

        • observer says:

          Exactly, who did Gainey/Gauthier draft with that 2nd round pick for Grabovski? Oh they traded it away for a player who played for a few months here and then was gone just as all those other wasted picks were traded away by them. In other words all they got for Grabovski who now has scored 20 goals twice in a row and probably over 30 this year is a player in college hockey whose odds of ever making an impact are tiny.

          • Mark C says:

            Great story, which proves you knew what elements were in the trade. This means you lied with the intent to make BG look bad when you said: ” Greg Pateryn? Is that all that Gainey got for Grabovski 28 goals this year – so far, plus last season’s 20?”

          • observer says:

            mark c

            that is all they got for grabovski if they dont have the pick they got for him or the player they got for the pick

            grabovski wears a leaf uniform after scoring almost 50 goals for them so far and habs have a guy in college.

          • Mark C says:

            Just because the asset isn’t with the organization anymore doesn’t mean the team didn’t get that asset in the trade. Montreal got a 2nd and prospect in that trade. That is a fact. The fact that the pick was moved in another trade does not change the fact that Montreal traded Gabo for a 2nd and prospect. Is it that hard to understand?

            Had you said Pateryn was the only thing left from that trade you would have been right. But, that’s not what you said.

      • mike g says:

        Andrew Raycroft? Is that all the Leafs got for Tuuka Rask?

        Wow, what a ballz trade that was.

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

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

        • observer says:

          Who cares if Leafs made a bad trade or a good one or if Milbury was a terrible GM? Has nothing to do with the MANY bad deals by these 2 incompetant GMs of the Habs.

          Grabovski 28 goals, D’agostini 18 goals, S Kostitsyn 19 goals, Obyrnne playing excellent defense – and they got peanuts or nothing for the lot of them.

          • Propwash says:

            Are you implying they would do the same here?

          • otter649 says:

            O’byrne playing excellent defense – he has gone into the tank like the rest of his teammates at one point he was +20 ? now is a minus player………

          • mike g says:

            Maybe those players were worth peanuts when traded?

            Think for a second.

            Grabovski is logging serious minutes on a mediocre team. His offensive contributions would be cut in half if he was on a team with Cup intentions. Same goes for Dags. Look at Ryder, plays on a very deep team and is simply eating away at their cap space because of his limited production. None of those players we traded away have had big impacts on good teams, except maybe Ribeiro.

            They’ve all had good impacts on bad teams. Grabo in Philly would be playing 6 minutes a night, hardly enough time to score 28 goals.

            And watch OB in Colorado before you comment on his performances. He went from fitting in for 20 games, to looking like dog poop in the last 30. That’s the usual OB we knew, lazy and soft 6 foot 15 defenseman. Now playing on a team who gives up 12 goals per game.

            So apart from Ribs, kind of, none turned out to be game breakers when it actually matters.

            So, yea. Shut your mouth please.

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

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

      • ManApart says:

        Ya that trade was one of the uglier ones.

  20. smiler2729 says:

    And just to get more hits on the site for Boone, Stubbs & Co., let’s be glad the Habs chose Price over Halak or else we’d be in for the lottery pick.

    Now THAT is starting crap for no reason, eh, but that’s just the kind of mood I’m in since Thursday. Man, I wish I were on the ice tonight vs. the Caps. Let’s hope this flaccid team feels just like me and you.

    *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • observer says:

      Halak despite playing for an injury depleted team and injured himself and out for many games, still has 6 shutouts this season. Goaltending by Halak last year or this year or by Price this year has never been the problem.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Carey Price in St. Louis would have the Blues in a playofff spot.

        *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

        • ManApart says:

          Sure, good one.

        • Bugs says:

          Whoa, Smiley, whoa. Bring up sv % to argue the goalies’ merits, not parallel universe prognostication, c’mon.

          Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

          • smiler2729 says:

            I’m in a foul mood, Bugsy, one of my best friend’s twin brother died yesterday and the Habs playing like Betty White are really getting to me.

            *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • ManApart says:

      Halak stats last year were like Price’s this year. I have to assume that if Halak was the starter for this team, the team would be pretty much in the same position.
      I think that would be the case for about 12 goalies in the league.

      • observer says:

        exactly! and even though eller is looking better just look at his points total – gauthier did not get enough for halak whose value last summer was at its peak.

        • Propwash says:

          Yeah, Halak was a superstar goalie who should have landed us St. Louis’s no. 1 forward.
          Because that’s how it works in the real world that is observer’s.

          Puhleeeease.

  21. observer says:

    As of March 26 Noon

    5 Tampa Bay 74 39 24 11 89 – Max 105
    6 Montreal 75 40 28 7 87 – Max 101
    7 NY Rangers 75 40 30 5 85 – Max 99
    8 Buffalo 74 37 28 9 83 – Max 99

    9 Carolina 74 35 29 10 80 – Max 96
    10 Toronto 75 34 31 10 78 – Max 92

    Sat Mar 26, 2011
    1pm
    NYR at Bos
    7pm
    Was at Mon
    NJ at Buf
    TB at Car
    Tor at Det

    Habs winning of these next 2 very win-able home games against Washington and Atlanta is imperative as 4 of their last 5 games are on the road.

  22. higginrs says:

    Good to see both TBL and WSH lose! Too bad PIT and BUF couldn’t do the same.

    Tonight is redemption!

    Who I would LIKE to see score:
    1. Gomez
    2. Pouliot
    3. any fourth liner

    Who will LIKELY score:
    1. Pleks
    2. AK
    3. Wiz (on the pp)

    My prediction Habs 3 – Caps 2

  23. smiler2729 says:

    Who knows what the hell’s gonna happen, that’s why they play the games.

    But I’ll say this – if the Habs have any guts or pride in each other, they will quit playing that soft perimeter game and use whatever they have to beat their opponent. I’m so sick of hearing about small players being less effective, freakin’ Theoren Fleury was 5′ freakin’ 4″.

    Play hockey, play hungry, play hard, play until the whistle. Fundamental hockey that even five year olds can play.

    *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

    • Fabio D says:

      Agreed and would like to add that Martin for one game or period lets the boys play a balls out style of hockey. Let the forwards fly and to hell with the defence first mantra.

    • observer says:

      “Who knows what the hell’s gonna happen, that’s why they play the games. ”

      SO THEN YOU MAKE THIS PREDICTION.

      “But I’ll say this – if the Habs have any guts or pride in each other, they will quit playing that soft perimeter game and use whatever they have to beat their opponent.”

      UNREAL!

      • smiler2729 says:

        Why is it UNREAL?

        I wasn’t making a prediction, dude, just pointing out how I’d LIKE to see the team play THE GAME.

        *Perfectly content as a HABS I/O member for 3 years 16 weeks… now forced here, grrrrrrr.

  24. mike g says:

    And btw guys, go to NHL.COM and watch the video of Crosby at practice.

    The kid is skating hard, still no contact, but looks like he will be in fine shape come game1 of round 1.

    In one clip, he goes around cones like a bullet, and pops a backhander top-shelf over the goalie, and breaks the water bottle. ON A BACKHAND.

    Don’t like him cause he’s a Penguin, but he’s looking scary good again….

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

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

  25. JohnBellyful says:

    Fearless predictions for tonight’s game (reactions):

    If Montreal loses by …

    1 – Mild concern
    2 – Panic
    3 – %&*$%#@^ Gomez
    4 – %&*$%#@% JM
    5 – %&*$%#@* Gauthier
    6 – %&*$%#@! Gomez, JM, Gauthier, Gainey, Molson, Harper
    7 – Now we tank?! Now?!!!
    8 – Who do we sign in the off-season?
    9 – Just hope those %*&^#%!@ Bruins and Flyers don’t win the Cup
    10 – Here are the line combinations for the next game

    If Montreal wins by …

    1 – Carey! Carey!
    2 – Carey! Carey!
    3 – Plan the parade!
    4 – Finally, Gomez gets a goal (and replays clearly showed it wasn’t a kicking motion)
    5 – Say what you will but JM knows how to coach
    6 – %&*$%#@% JM
    7 – I don’t care it if was the seventh goal of the game and it banked in off his hands, Pyatt’s goal could turn his season around
    8 – All those injuries and we’re still in the thick of the playoff race. This is our year!
    9 – Five goals by Eller! The kid’s got talent
    10 – Here are the line combinations for the next game

    — “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.” –

    • observer says:

      Only one way Montreal will win! By outSCORING Washington and to do that first they must put that puck into the Washington net, something they have not done for the last 120 minutes plus.

      And they will tonight! And Camaleri’s scoring touch reappears!

      • Propwash says:

        That’s usually the gameplan for every team in the league, score more goals than the other guy.

        • observer says:

          you got it all figured out. but many on this site dont understand it. AFTER halak was traded they blamed him for losing the 3 playoff games with philly when habs scored zero goals each of those 3 games.

  26. JF says:

    The loss to Buffalo on Tuesday was explained by the fact that the Sabres needed the two points more and were playing with the urgency of desperation. Before the hit on Pacioretty, we were seeing some of that urgency in the Habs’ game, but since then, nothing. Thursday’s game was obviously the worst; the team simply did not show up. Unless the we start showing more desperation, we’ll be in danger of slipping in the standings, possibly right out of the playoff race..

    I watched the Senators-Caps game last night. Both teams looked better than we have lately. The game was a tight-checking, defensive battle, with scoring chances being created by driving to the net. Our guys have not been doing this lately, and it is an aspect of the game in which we really miss Max Pacioretty. Others will have to step up – Darche, Gionta, Moen, Eller – crowd the crease and give the Caps’ goaltender fits. I’m not optimistic about tonight, but I hope the game will at least serve as a stepping-stone to getting our readiness back, and that the fear of slipping in the standings will provide the necessary desperation.

  27. RGM says:

    Here’s hoping that the Caps are worn down a bit and somewhat demoralized after being shut out by Ottawa last night.

    Carey Price is All Hart! http://on.fb.me/CP31Hart
    Go Habs Go!

  28. mike g says:

    It’s another game, on another night….

    This one vs the Caps should not be linked in any way to the Bruins game on Thursday. That one’s over, done with, and no matter if we lost 7-0, 15-0 or 2-1, the only thing we really lost was 2 pts in the standings. The only people who will/should dwell on the Boston game are the media, looking to attract attention to their followers and sell their stuff.

    As a pro, that’s how you look at those games. If you’re gonna stress about 1 result out of 82, it’s gonna be one heck of a long season. You play each game, take-in the result for the night, and when you wake up the next day it’s over. You can think about it as much as you want, but it ain’t gonna change the outcome.

    If we win 5-0 tonight, good. But when you wake up tomorrow, you look at yourselves in the mirror and prepare for another day/game. Don’t live in the past and dwell on past results, that’s how you get caught-up, lose focus and forget about NOW.

    All this to say, if the Habs can come out thinking like this, they’ll show it in the 1st and we will be in for one good game. To be a solid team, you have to be able to lose some big games, shrug it off and look forward. You gotta think like a pro.

    We will see tonight…

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

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

  29. Danno says:

    Well it couldn’t get any worse.
    Or could it?

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    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
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  30. joeybarrie says:

    Well I do not know what you regard Markov as, but I regard him as one of the top 2-3 BEST defenders in our league.

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

  31. Bugs says:

    Nice!

    Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  32. The Cat says:

    Let him earn that distinction when he delivers when it counts the most.

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


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