Bring on the Sabres

After beating the Bruins 2-1 in a shootout Monday night in Boston, the Canadiens didn’t have a morning skate Tuesday and there was no media availability before their game against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens against the Sabres after Peter Budaj earned the victory in Boston by making 28 saves and stopping all four shooters in the shootout. Budaj improved his lifetime record against the Bruins to 5-2 and he is 5-0 in Boston.

Travis Moen and Dale Weise, both injured during the Boston game, are doubtful to face the Sabres, meaning Ryan White, George Parros and Lars Eller would be possible replacements.

“It’s fun to play here,” Budaj told reporters after the game in Boston. “There’s no secret to my success. The atmosphere is good and I just try to stop every puck.”

Said Brendan Gallagher: “(Budaj) was obviously awesome for us. There were stretches where they pinned us in and they had a lot of momentum and he was making save after save. Sitting on the bench, you’d turn to the guy next to you and say: ‘How did he do that?’ But we knew he had that in him and we had confidence playing in front of him.”

Alex Galchenyuk, who had been 0-for-6 in shootouts, ended his slump by scoring the winning goal.

“I thought if I didn’t score, I’d never get another chance,” he said after the game.

The Canadiens snapped the Bruins’ 12-game winning streak and are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 87 points. The Lightning, who lost 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout Monday night, hold down second place in the Atlantic Division because they have played one less game than the Canadiens.

Tuesday’s game will be the fourth and final meeting between the Canadiens and Sabres this season. Montreal won the first three games by a combined score of 8-3.

After Tuesday’s game the Canadiens hit the road for four games with stops in Detroit Thursday, Florida Saturday, Tampa Bay next Tuesday and Ottawa next Friday.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Habs vs. Sabres preview, NHL.com

Game Notes

Habs end Bruins’ winning streak in shootout, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Budaj says it’s fun to play in Boston, by The Pat Hickey

Desharnais saves his season with Habs, Sportsnet.ca

A visit to Budaj’s hometown (video), Canadiens.com

Habs vs. Bruins photos, montrealgazette.com

Highlight of the Night: Emelin sends Lucic flying, The Hockey News

Canadiens end Bruins streak at 12, NHL.com

Bruins go down fighting, Boston.com

Streak snappers, Canadiens.com

Sabres playing musical chairs in goal, Buffalo News

Sabres Edge, Buffalo News

366 Comments

  1. Maritime Ronn says:

    The Habs have a very, VERY dangerous game tonight.

    While this may appear as a pessimistic view of a possible outcome against a Buffalo team that has the worst record in the NHL, 1 point – yes, 1 point for the Habs would be a huge team win tonight for so many reasons.

    A few facts:
    – While the Sabres have been brutal this year, they have somehow found a way to beat some of this year’s best teams.

    - This year, the Sabres have won TWICE against San Jose-Boston-Phoenix-Washington, and they have also beat LA and Tampa…and also beat Toronto TWICE (Chuckle).

    -This will be the Habs 3rd game in 4 nights – or their 5th game in 8 nights…and they know that they are playing @ Detroit on Thursday.
    Hardly time to catch their collective breath.

    – The past 2 games have been emotionally draining, yet the Habs also took a huge physical toll including injured players and being outhit in those 2 games by a margin of 73-42…yet more importantly, those hit numbers do not reflect a ‘Crunch-Factor’ – which when calculated, surely had a greater physical toll.

    – While the Sabres arrived from Vancouver sometime early Monday and relaxed last evening, the Habs probably didn’t see their Montreal bedrooms before 3:00 AM this morning with possibly adrenaline still pumping.

    – Perhaps also not to forget is that the Habs played with only 10 forwards last night for slightly over 55 minutes of regulation time + another 5 minutes of OT…

    The bottom line becomes this:
    Can the Habs possibly lose tonight?
    The answer is, yes.

    Here is hoping that the usual, negative suspects on HIO/Mr Boone’s Game blog, will be drowned out by a Habs fan base that both understands and respects what they have accomplished since Saturday – that being 4 points and 2 Road victories against Toronto and Boston.
    …And who had that on their Proline ticket?

    Most likely Habs fans will see some very weary game legs – instead of useless bashing for one or two bad plays, maybe some Mulligans could be considered for the warriors…

  2. Danno says:

    Methinks it’s high time Lucic receives a “Love Tap”

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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Danno my friend, there will be a day, I guarantee it, that Lucic will be laying flat on his face on the ice. Just like Kasparaitis and Stevens eventually caught up with Lindros, Lucic will be brought down to earth.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      I dunno. I thought Emelin embellished. He coulda got two for crouching.

  3. Izzy says:

    ok….Im late coming in so I apologize for the redundancy if it exists>>>>>who draws in tonight for Moen and Weise ?

    After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

    • Mattyleg says:

      I believe it’s an Eller-White-Bourni 4th line.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Iceberg84 says:

      If Weise is getting tests done on his wrist, I can’t imagine he’ll play tonight since he clearly has symptoms in a best case scenario. But hey, the Wiz played with a fractured wrist in 2011, so who knows? Assuming he’s out and Moen’s head isn’t made of the same material as his hands (stone), I’d guess Parros and White short of a call-up, which I think we’d have heard about by now. So I guess our fourth line will be some variation on White/Parros and either Bournival or Bourque depending on Therrien’s whims. Could be Eller, but he’s still day-to-day and there haven’t been any updates so far.

  4. Kooch7800 says:

    Wow, our offense is bad but just looked at the Canucks and their offense is BRUTAL. Chris Higgins is 4th in scoring on their team

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Everytime I see people discussing concussion, I like to put up this information.

    Ian Cobb
    November 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

    After concussion, severe depression and it can kill.!

    What is a concussion?, as comprehended and explained by myself.

    I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university. I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium.

    I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept. from a major medical university. Only as the handler of my research birds involved in the study and offering some of my former findings from my own animal autopsy’s conducted on my ranches.

    So I do not profess to be an expert on the subject pertaining to concussion, but I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed and damaged inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

    The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void. Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells void, replacing the potassium.

    This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain and is what causes the damage. Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least permanent brain cell damage as the calcium solidifies upon second impact. Even a hard coughing spell or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.

    These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid the calcium from solidifying, causing serious consequences including death.

    This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.
    Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be more deadly.
    One can be concussed more easily after each additional concussion.
    Ian Cobb

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Symptoms

      Like concussions, mild injuries to the brain may not be observable in routine neurological examinations. Diagnostic tests typically will not show any changes. Therefore, diagnosis is based on the nature of the incident and the presence of specific symptoms, confusion being a primary one. The three principal features of confusion are:

      Inability to maintain a coherent stream of thought
      A disturbance of awareness with heightened distractibility
      Inability to carry out a sequence of goal-directed movements

      The following are concussion symptoms:

      Prolonged headache
      Vision disturbances
      Dizziness
      Nausea or vomiting
      Impaired balance
      Confusion
      Memory loss
      Ringing ears
      Difficulty concentrating
      Sensitivity to light
      Loss of smell or taste

      If any of these occur after a blow to the head, a health-care professional should be consulted as soon as possible.

  6. Phil C says:

    I gained a lot of respect for Emelin last night. Lucic is a guy who almost ended his career, put him through rehab hell (day after day of tedious excercises), not to mention the pain of the orginal injury. Lucic also hit Emelin really hard the last time they played, much like how Lucic hit Weaver last night. So you could probably forgive Emelin if he had only engaged Lucic when he had to.

    Instead he goes out there on his probably still a little wonky knee and goes right after Lucic on the first shift, hitting him hard and subsequently putting a target on his back for the rest of the game. That is the spirit of a warrior. Emelin engaged Lucic all night without hesitation. That is pretty much the opposite of a chicken.

  7. Luke says:

    Re: Concussions:

    Loss of Consciousness = Concussion.

    “The formal medical definition of concussion is: a clinical syndrome characterized by immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including alteration of mental status and level of consciousness, resulting from mechanical force or trauma.”

    https://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Concussion.aspx

  8. Sportfan says:

    RIP Bills owners Ralph Wilson

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  9. Mustang says:

    Yesterday, quite a few people were saying how stupid MT was for one reason or another and coming to the conclusion that the Habs had no chance of winning the game against the Bruins. I admit that I have not had time to read all of the posts made today so I was just wondering how many of the people that wanted MT fired yesterday, managed to say that maybe, just maybe, MT knows what he is doing.

    • Nor I. One dandy performance by a great back-up, does not a coach make. Not does the liveliness of his team in the face of a difficult game. It wasn’t MT that came to play, it was Gionta (who has more often than not been invisible), Bourque, Pleks, Weaver, Emelin (who has been suspect since returning from the Olympics), Murray (I admit I like him no wheels or not) and you know who else. Briere is still useless and Franky is a favorite, but won’t be missed despite his minutes.

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  10. UnkleGary says:

    Would you trade Eller for Matt Kassian in Vancouver? Would the Habs/Canucks do it?

    CH-eers!

  11. TheCanadianDagger says:

    Been looking for what Lucic said after this play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGD5DbljtfE

    Can’t find anything…

  12. RetroMikey says:

    It appears our gritty and character players in Prust, Moen and Weise are all banged up.
    I would hate to see what the bigger teams do to Plekanec, Gionta, Briere, Boullion, Gallager, Wever to name a few in a playoff series.
    Ouch!
    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  13. Jimmy9Toes says:

    I am surprised no one mentioned the fact that after a whistle last night, Galley was going after Chara in front of there net. That guy does not fear anyone.

  14. Habcouver says:

    Is there a GIF file on Lucic’ so-called non-spear on Emelin?

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Projected BUFFALO line-up.

    Foligno – Ennis – Stafford
    Conacher – Hodgson – Mitchell
    Deslauriers – Flynn – D’Agostini
    Scott – Ellis -Leino

    Ehrhoff – Myers
    Tallinder – Ruhwedel
    Weber – McBain

    Goal: Matt Hackett

    Scratches/Injuries: Konopka, Girgensons, Stewart, Sulzer, Enroth, Neuvirth

  16. Hobie Hansen says:

    This guy is a UFA this summer and would look good on the 4th line next year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p55mn5ToRS4

  17. habs-fan-84 says:

    Matty, I have to say, this was pure gold last night:

    Holy Moses.
    Lucic calls Emelin a chicken for a legal check, and then goes on to demonstrate great courage by spearing him in the plums.
    From behind.

  18. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Im 100% certain the habs will win tonight!

  19. habsfan0 says:

    For all you NFL fans,Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson,JR. has passes away.
    Condolences to his family.
    Watch the Bills win the Super Bowl this year.

  20. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Ok, mandatory comment on the hip-check …

    Lucic is a north south player …he sees Emelin and thinks “I am going to flatten him”, so he doesn’t try to go around … thus Emelin is able to throw the legal bomb, instead of a miss.

    Lucic is now both frustrated and embarrassed that he was too stubborn (stupid) to slide away.

    Therefore, he goes on the verbal offensive; his post game comments can be summarized as

    ” Why don’t you stand still so I can beat you up” ….

    uh because we’re not as dense as you?

    And officiating take 175 … only the Gallagher penalty was a joke, the Plekanec call was a “give me a break” but because of the angle it is gonna get called … FB’s high stick and Murray’s clear grab … gotta call those …

    but …

    the push to wise should have been 5 and a game … it is the equivalent of the icing slew foot. It is dirty, unexpected and always has a bad ending. Gotta get that out of the game.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  21. jimmy shaker says:

    Well since all the pundits aren’t talking about it…..we’ll just have to believe uncle colin, brendan shenanigan, king of the owners jacobs and his inside man betterman have all come to the agreement that lucheese will not be suspended for spearing emelin and miller will not be suspended for cross checking weezy, a vulnerable player in the numbers causing a brutal collision into the boards and his exit from the game only a minute old. Would we have thought or expected any different?

    Shaker out!

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Prusts injury may be a blessing in disguise, assuming indeed it is rib related. His shoulder injuries are almost chronic at this point, and chances are they were not 100% upon his return, but rather good enough for him to get back out there. He is a warrior and appears to have a very high threshold for pain.

    That said, a rib injury is beyond pain and lethal to try and play through. By taking this time off for the ribs to heal, perhaps his shoulder/s are getting closer to being back to 100%.

    Provided we can survive remainder of reg. season without him, he should be back in the playoffs in perhaps better form than we have seen in some time.

  23. Paz says:

    When Gallagher and Marchaaand looked like they might fight, I explained to my daughter the difference between these two talented, NHL players.

    Good vs Evil.

  24. adamkennelly says:

    I’m totally f-ng shocked that Price is playing tonight…shows how little I know. figured he was banged up – MT tossed Budaj to the wolves, if he wins great – then play him again and give Price a few extra days rest.

    • D Mex says:

      MT did not toss Budaj to the wolves.
      To the extent that the team works hard in front of him and he has a history of playing well in Beantown, it was a low-risk move,
      As an added bonus, Julien, Raask & Co are p!ssed that they lost to the ” backup ” last night, so a seed has been planted.
      It was masterful by MT.

      ALWAYS Habs -
      D Mex

  25. Danno says:

    Is there any word on Moen and Weise?

    Man I hate those #$%*ing Bruins!

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    • Timo says:

      I read on RDS that Weise is to have tests today to determine if his tendon in torn… Moen, no word.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I can’t see Moen back this reg. season at a minimum. He had a bad concussion a season or two back. Feel terrible for him. Weise is fortunate just a wrist injury.

      • Timo says:

        But has it been confirmed he has a concussion? Getting KO’d doesn’t automatically mean there is a concussion.

        • mdp2011 says:

          I am no doctor, but I think that’s exactly what it means. I doubt we’ll see Moen again this season.

        • D Mex says:

          ” Getting KO’d doesn’t automatically mean there is a concussion ”

          LMFAO – what do you think it means, genius ?

          ALWAYS Habs -
          D Mex

        • Phil C says:

          A knock out = concussion. You don’t even have to lose consciousness to still have a serious brain injury. Crosby never lost consciousness and he was gone for a year. If Moen needed help to the bench, that’s a brain injury. I’m guessing a month minimum.

          • Timo says:

            I agree on that, but I thought KO doesn’t automatically mean a concussion in a way that a player has to miss much time. Perhaps not. Was just hoping that Moen is ok.

          • Danno says:

            We need a professional opinion.

            Where’s Doctor Recchi when you need him? :mrgreen:

            All kidding aside, we hope for a full and speedy recovery for both Travis and Dale. We’re going to need them.

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          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            I watched a program on concussions and boxing. A concussion is when the brain smashes against the skull, which can cause the victim to become unconscious, a person can also become unconscious from pinching a nerve in the jaw (glass jaw, a guy that gets knocked out easily by being struck in he jaw is often a sensitivity to that nerve)

            Also, a brain stem blow can cause unconsciousness without a,concussion..

            Moen being struck in the temple indicates he likely sustained a concussion.

            ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • Iceberg84 says:

            @ Danno

            Pretty sure Dr. Recchi is busy using his medical prowess to get a close, personal look at his own rectal cavity and will be unable to comment at this time for that reason.

          • Danno says:

            @Iceberg LOL!

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          • Phil C says:

            I’m not even a Dr. Recchi, but I’ve read that the jaw nerve stuff is a myth. My understanding is that a jaw strike puts a lot of tourque and leverage on your head, causing the concussion. Either way, he was not struck in the jaw or brain stem, so it seems like a pretty obvious concussion.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Timo is correct.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Ian Cobb says:

          Timo! I am surprised about your response to the concussion talk below! The man was clearly concussed, he could not even stand on his own. Each hit to the head after you have been concussed a few times, can put you on your back in a hurry

          • D Mex says:

            He’s attempting to step beyond the usual canned negativity today – trying to appear as a thoughtful poster.
            He is incapable of it, however, hence the ignorant / uninformed post about Moen’s concussion.

            A kid playing peewee rep would know better.

            ALWAYS Habs -
            D Mex

          • Timo says:

            Ian, I understand that it CAN. But will it always? Can vs Will.

      • KS says:

        I’d be a little bit worried about Weise depending on the severity. However, tendon damage can be anything from a sprain to a serious injury. Let’s hope it’s the first because he’s been playing well.

  26. The Teacher says:

    Paz I 100% agree with you re: subban. Bang on.

  27. The Teacher says:

    Man. I called 16 of 18 points like five or six games ago. Last night was the only loss I had marked down. Tonight was a win. Maybe we take both eh boys? vanek should score a few tonight in my opinion.

  28. Dr.Rex says:

    IF Milan Lucic’s logic is correct then that Unsuspecting kid that I bit on the arm while playing street hockey in grade 3 is a real coward and chicken.

    • shiram says:

      Probably the only time BGL gets any props around here

    • RetroMikey says:

      Man, I bet if Lucic was traded to Montreal, you and others would be up jumping and screaming with tears of joy and happiness.
      Admit it, any team would like to have this Serbian bull on their roster in a heartbeat.
      Tough and gritty, can score and is an excellent player outside the rink.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  29. DipsyDoodler says:

    I think Ronn is on to something. One doesn’t want to be a lookist of course, but growing up that ugly will darken a boy’s soul.

    In the case of Lucic I’ve long maintained that his mother was a perfectly willing participant in the sexual congress with that escaped gorilla.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  30. Paz says:

    Some real strange posting going on down below that many of you might not have seen.

    As a Habs fan, and as a fan of PK Subban, I find it very disturbing to read that posters were “embarrassed for him, for the Habs, and for anyone wearing a Habs jersey”, because of how Subban delt with the dirty, low hit to the back of his knees by a Bruin defender.

    Apparently, according to the posts below, either Subban should fight, or he should expect to be booed for his embarrassing play.

    The hit on Subban was dangerously low, and meant to injure him.

    The fact that somehow Subban would be expected to fight after this kind of hit is ridiculous, and shows some kind of twisted logic that I would definitely not expect to read here.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Paz – no need to be upset. That was bwoar, who is only a Habs fan “of convenience”. As soon as Winnipeg gets a pro team he’ll cheer for them.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

    • twilighthours says:

      It is weird, to say the least.

    • Vinny Red says:

      it’s funny that people don’t consider how we were already down 2 men, in a 1 goal game and if I remember correctly, on the powerplay at the time. Sure, it’s a great idea for Subban to drop the mitts, force more minutes on an already undermanned team, take off your best defenseman, all the while in a 1 goal game, and being outplayed at that point. But yeah, Subban should’ve dropped ‘em, makes perfect sense.

      Sigh, some people’s children

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t know which specific posts you are referring to, but I will give my two cents.

      PK is indeed a great great talent and one whom i hope remains a Hab for a long time. PK also has a great talent at getting under other teams skin, he is unique in that most often such uber talented players aren’t typically antagonistic.

      What I can say is that when i go see the Habs live (4 times this season) I watch him closely, and behind the plays, after the whistles he certainly knows how to rile up the opposition, be it chirping, or making sure the other player makes contact thus trying to draw penalties.

      These are not bad things, many hockey players do this and help their team. But he is unique in being so important to the Habs in that we can’t afford him in the penalty box. In my opinion, he brings a great deal of attention upon himself. No he does not Have to fight, nor do I want him fighting. But we shouldn’t be surprised when much attention goes his way, and fairly or unfairly the referees are also guilty in this, and perhaps he doesn’t get as many calls as a result.

      • mdp2011 says:

        Yup. PK has to cut out some of that stuff or he won’t get the calls. On the highsticking penalty he drew, I thought he sold it a little too much.

    • bwoar says:

      Not one person here read my reply, it seems.

      PK is either gonna have to put up or shut up. If he wants to play the pest, people are gonna call him out for his mouthy behavior and dirty tricks. In any other jersey you and your ilk would have nothing but a raging hate on for him. Frankly I don’t mind his game, but he will forever have to play through the boos, as they are well deserved.

      One poster said they thought PK didn’t deserve any criticism. I responded with a contrary opinion. I’m sorry if different ideas are offensive to you and your buddies here, but some of us don’t see it your way. Calling that “twisted logic” is about as smart as me calling you “buttface”. It just doesn’t make for useful discussion.

  31. ClutchNGrab says:

    Lucic is looking for a new Komisarek…

  32. Timo says:

    Julianne Moore is hot.

  33. EastCoastHab says:

    Help needed HIO family!
    I will be taking my son to Tampa next Tuesday for the Habs Tampa game. I could possibly get him in for a Tampa practice but he told me “if it isn’t the Habs then he doesn’t want to go”.
    Anyone know how I could go about getting passes for us to see a practice either Monday or Tuesday down there? We will hang out bit to see if we can meet a few team members as well.
    My 9 year old son is special needs and can’t see beyond our beloved team! It would blow his mind to meet or see some of the players. Any suggestions or contacts would be fantastic!

    Thanks

  34. Timo says:

    Was watching CH24… they showed Prust with the ice pack around his rib cage so could indeed be his ribs that he injured the following game.

  35. BriPro says:

    @Maritime Ronn
    You forgot Shawn Thornton in your ugly run-down.
    And how’s this for a Lucic look-alike?

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Emelin put a clean old fashon Bob Gainey quality hip check on Lucic, sending him skyward. He never played his game after that. And his girl friend Chara, retaliates by cross checking Emelin a few times in the head for a penalty.

    Later in the game, the fellow with the large yellow stripe in the middle of his back Lucic, spears Emelin in the knockers, sending him in pain to the dressing room and of course no call from the black and white stripes.

  37. BJ says:

    I believe this was tweeted by Stubbs, for those who may not have seen it. Its matched to the comments by Lucic regarding Emelin’s his genome.
    https://twitter.com/mreider8/status/448480827954192384/photo/1

  38. Da Hema says:

    I sure hope Moen will be well soon. He should get nothing but praise — and I am certain he did from his teammates.

  39. bwoar says:

    The guy in Buffalo you gotta watch for is Zemgus Girgensons. That kid can play and he plays 200 feet with aplomb.

  40. CharlieH24 says:

    It feels a little bit like ’93…who am I kidding, I was 2 years old then.

    But for real, how does this year’s edition of the Habs stack up to our last Stanley Cup winning team? Can Carey channel his inner Roy? Do we have enough scoring punch for timely playoff goals? I know it doesn’t seem like we have enough grit for playoff hockey, but I think our boys are up to the task.

    Feel free to reminisce about ’93 and make comparisons to this year’s team. I want to hear what the parade was like!

  41. HabsWin-nipeg says:

    Re: the “cowardly” hit by Emelin on Lucic. Looked a lot like just a hockey play to me.

  42. Lil Snapper says:

    Lucic is the most ignorant and undisciplined puke that ever existed, Saying Emelin is afraid to hit him straight up, maybe cuz last time he took a knee to Emelin and put him out for the season.

  43. RetroMikey says:

    The team still would not win a 7 game series if we met the Gooins in the second round.
    We would be banged up if we ever made it past the first round.
    Boston, still the team to beat in the East and one of the favourites to win the Cup.
    The team had luck on their side in the W win.
    It won’t happen again. Boston will make sure of it with the players they have and the coaching in Julien.
    But give credit to the Habs, they were not expected to win and stole 2 points.
    Congratulations to the team! One step closer to a playoff round and mighty dollars in Molson’s pocket and for the fans to be happy in Montreal for a playoff round or two.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Cal says:

      Blahblablahlaffsblahblahblabruinsblahblahblahblah.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      By the way my condolences to you, watching your Leafs struggle of late must be difficult.

      Appreciate the kind thoughts towards the Habs though, very nice of you.

      • RetroMikey says:

        I don’t jump the bandwagon like you when the team is doing good or if they are doing great to get gold stars here..
        I’ve been harping since 2009-10 where changes have to be made to this club.
        If Chiarelli can build a winner in Boston, see no reason why Bergevin can do the same and see what is need for this team to be a winner.
        I don’t get excited after a game against Toronto or Boston.
        I want results in the playoffs and BIG IS BETTER.
        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • bwoar says:

      That’s 3 of 4 against the Bruins, though. They are still the team to beat in the East, true. But we can, and do, beat them.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Anybody know the Habs record this year vs the Bruins? Or Last season? Or the last frikkin 50yrs?

      • Phil C says:

        This year they are 3-1-0. Only two other teams have a winning record against them. Detroit and the Islanders and 2-1. The best any of the Western teams could do against Boston was a split. I don’t know what it is, but the Habs are a bad matchup for them.

    • mdp2011 says:

      So the Habs were lucky last night losing 2 forwards right off the bat and having to play with only 10 forwards?

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Enjoy your Leafs!

    • Bash says:

      He’s baaaaack!
      Retro Monkey swings by to entertain us all.

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

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You mention, ” One step closer to a playoff round and mighty dollars in Molson’s pocket.”

      What do you believe the ” Mighty dollars in Molson’s pocket” would be?
      How much does the company earn from a playoff game?
      Do they keep all the money?
      Would 3 playoff games pay Emelin’s salary of $3.9M next year?

      As for your beloved Bruins (or is it Leafs) that team is a Chara injury away from a possible 1st round loss, and a probable 2nd round loss.

      Before you go predicting what teams will be in the finals, the ‘Luck of Health’ will have to be there throughout the 4 series grind…or at least that was what I was told was the Primary Reason why Boston won 3 years ago.

      • ffenliv says:

        Well, at 21,000 tickets per game, plus, I’m assuming, a moderate increase in prices? That’s how they do it for the OHL team here, plus extra store sales, concession (and beer!), before tax, they’re looking at somewhere, I’d say, betwen 1.5 and 2 million per home playoff game.

        Now, of course, that’s taxed, and revenue sharing takes some, but still, the playoffs are BIIIIIIIG bucks.

      • GrimJim says:

        Boone mentioned once that a sold out playoff game at the Bell Centre meant more than $2 million in profit for the Habs…

    • Jocko says:

      Retro, if you do not cheer for the habs, why would you want to come here and suffer the emb……oh yeah, your a Laffs fan! Comes naturally. My bad.

      I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    If Emelin hits Lucic along the boards with that hip check, isn’t a mute point? I think it shows just how skilled a hitter Emelin can be, that he can make that kind of hip check in open ice.

    Emelin is pure warrior, given what the Bruins (Chara, Lucic etc) have tried doing to him, and all he does is deliver Knock out checks and a huge goal.

    He has had his struggles this season, but Emelin was a good re-signing by MB in my opinion. An off season without surgery, and regular conditioning will do wonders for him.

    • Timo says:

      Let’s hope that last night’s game is the beginning of old Emelin coming back.

    • bwoar says:

      He played a terrific game. We need his top form, and if he’s rounding into it just now, it’s the best possible time.

      No way does Lucic sweak if that hit’s not open-ice. He’s a joke. Emelin and Markov had a “let’s see who draws more fire” competition last night by the looks of it.

    • Sportfan says:

      Any time Lucy talks about cheap shots I laugh, cause he would know.

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    • Phil C says:

      That’s exactly it, hip checks require trendmendous timing and skating skills, so it is a skilled, clean, and legal play. Lucic is just not used to having guys like Murray and Emelin knock him on his ass. Murray absolutely dropped him in front of the net too.

    • BriPro says:

      He has gotten better over the last 5-6 games.
      He doesn’t look as lost, and isn’t dancing all over the ice.
      He might have been a little shell-shocked when the season started, but he seems to have his mojo back, and isn’t afraid to dish it out.

      Compare his hit on Lughead and PK’s hit on the rat (one of my favourite Youtube videos) to the multiple hits by the Bruins, i.e.
      Chara on Max, the Rat’s cowardly behind-the-back hits on Emelin last year, or on Salo, Thornton’s knock-out punch on a prone Orpik …..
      etc ….. etc ….. etc…..
      The Bruins have truly become the goons of the NHL. Too bad, because they’re an awful lot to enjoy when these two teams meet.

  45. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good afternoon

    Lingering and wonderful feelings about last night…except for the bad stuff.
    I was really trying to figure out why Boston plays so Nasty, and why they look Angry all the time, and want to inflict pain and hurt on others.

    I may have found the answer – and it might be psychological and deeply rooted.
    There are a lot of things in life you can change, but you just can’t change….BUTT UGLY and weird looking.
    UGLY always gets mad.
    —————————
    “Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.” ….Robin Williams
    ” Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone”….Dorothy Parker.
    —————————
    Let’s just take some Bruins examples.

    Julien:
    If he ever loses his job, he’ll have 2 easy choices.
    A fill in for Bill on the “The King Of the Hill” show, or a double for the Michelin Man commercials with no makeup expert or photo shopping required.

    Marchand:
    In the past decade, there has been much talk about genetic and DNA manipulation to create new breeds of things.
    In the Nova Scotia counties, that practice on the farm has been going on for a long time.
    One farmer crossed a donkeyass with a member of the porcine family. The result was a very ugly oink pest.
    The farmer called the result, “A Marchand.”

    Chara:
    Absolutely no doubt, the offspring of the Nephilim.
    In the Old Testament, the Nephilim were cross breeds of fallen demonic spirits and human females resulting in deformed giants and Cyclops. Noah’s flood almost wiped them out, yet some lived or returned and continued the lineage – hence, the partial human Chara giant.

    Torey Krug:
    Once upon a time, NHL player Mike Ricchi was voted ugliest NHLer. Krug is the separated twin from birth.

    Dougie Hamilton?
    I’ve met a lot of beautiful red heads in my life with cute freckles, but this guy with the weird orange carrot top only needs a red nose to fill in for the funny clown at the travelling circus.

    Lucic:
    A no brainer – a nose so big, that that his parents must have lost a bet with God.
    …And why was Lucic so mad at Emelin last night?
    Emelin quote: ” Oooo, I wish I were you. Gosh. To be able to smell your own ear.”

    Tuukka Rask:
    Anyone see the movie Fargo?
    Remember the female character Jean Lundegaard played by Kristin Rudrüd?
    That was actually Tuukka Rask.
    Pictures never lie.
    http://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/rask.jpg

    Why did Nathan Horton leave for Columbus?
    He was forced out, as Team Ugly had enough of a teen wolf Eddie Munster lookalike.
    http://awkwardnessprevails.blogspot.ca/2011/07/eddie-munster-syndrome.html

    So that is my theory….

  46. Bun E. Laroque says:

    So Emelin lays out Lucic with what appears to me to be a classic hockey hip check and its perceived as a cowardly play ? Absurd. And Chara mugging Emelin is a brave and honourable reaction ? Man the code of neanderthals is difficult to understand. Moen should not have to be taking punches to the head like that at this point in his career.

  47. Timo says:

    I wonder if old and irreplaceable worrier Franky Boo can get a so well deserved rest and perhaps Tiny can draw in on defense.

  48. Cal says:

    And lo, the Ste-Flanelle returned home
    Bruised yet unbowed.
    And a voice in the wilderness
    Cried over spilt milk
    and his topsy-turvy body
    After being thunderstruck.

    And the Great Bison
    roamed into the Great City
    Prepared for the butchering
    as their Miller had abandoned them
    and many with talents had been dealt away.
    The faithful rose and with one voice
    Shouted down the non-believers and
    regarded the vision of speed and skill
    And such tenacity as they could bare
    Believe.
    And the Thoroughbred rose to the occasion and
    All fell on their sabres before him.

  49. PrimeTime says:

    I think it’s hilarious that the backwater knuckle dragging posters here are still upset that MT didnt not dress a “tougher” team to fight the Gooins. How can they not see the strategy was to get under there skin to get em off their game. Mtl speed has always been the Gooins nemisis. The only retalitory penalty taken by the Habs was Moen after the Weist crosscheck from behind. Everyone else remained cool and intagonized them. You would think the Knuckdraggers could relate to LOSING IT since they have yet to evolve. #internet-tough-guys, #cowards, #missing ‘I’ in IQ, #scotland

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    • bwoar says:

      There was a good discussion on Parros a week ago, in which I was convinced to change my mind and admit it’s probably better he doesn’t play again. I think it’s pretty telling that his career is done if he doesn’t draw in against the Bruins.

  50. Malkin out 2-3 weeks, yikes! http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=27557&navid=nhl:topheads

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  51. Sportfan says:

    I hope the Habs keep up the good play and not slow down, anyone know the status of Moen and Weise?

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  52. Mattyleg says:

    Noticed that the mods finally and belatedly dealt with a certain poster who shall remain nameless (let’s call him “L’homme Tempete for funsies) last night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1tmkAFb_Os

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • johnnylarue says:

      Is he really gone? I was gonna write a letter…

    • Captain aHab says:

      Who?

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • bwoar says:

      He went and used the F word, which I have on a banner hung up in my rafters. He didn’t realize it’s retired and only comes out during special events.

      Really, no reason to ban the guy to be honest. He wasn’t expressing himself well, or playing nicely, but he wasn’t outright stalking anyone. I will miss the parody account. I get that the mods don’t wanna see a gong show here.

      Also I wasn’t in the game thread. “Not even once,” I tell myself.

      Earlier today someone posted “bwoar you are stupider than scotland”, which is a hilarious insult, since I think of Scotland as a nice place with one particular island that produces the most fantastic spirits. Not a smart country, but not a dumb one. It’s like if I said, “Hey Matty, you’re uglier than Jutland!”

      Only if you actually know there’s a “poster” here with the handle scotland would you even get the barb. And THAT is what passes for genial insults on the site. So bring on your Stormlords, etc etc. just leave the commies and the nazi punks at home and we’re all good.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Hmmm typed a long response and it didn’t post, but in short, i think Matty is referencing a different individual who appeared long frustrated with the storm clouds and responded with some vulgarity.

        Edit: Oops never mind, he indeed was discussing the eye of the hurricane. Unfortunately last night a relatively newer poster got caught up in the war and lost some posts as well.

        • bwoar says:

          I kinda consider those posters as one many-tentacled mass, whose medium for life support is sour whipped cream. It must be monstrously hard to fart out that much bad steam in a day.

          And eh, after a win… they melt like the Wicked Witch in a *Storm*

  53. Captain aHab says:

    So fundamentally the “lesson” for Emelin is that he shouldn’t be dishing out legal hits because it might mean he’ll get hit in the nads and the NHL will be OK with it.

    The lesson for Lucic is…well there is no lesson for Lucic.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  54. habsfan0 says:

    While some of us may take issue with Marc Bergevin’s signings recently, I don’t believe anyone would fault his inking Stephane Waite to a contract given the scope of Price’s and Budaj’s work this season.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      You mean the signings or trades for depth players like Murray and Weaver who are proving themselves invaluable, or the trading of Diaz for Weise?

      It is actually starting to look like all those small depth moves had some real purpose to them.

      • bwoar says:

        Those are the ones! You know, the brainless, pointless, give-up maneuvers of a GM out of his league!

        It’s nice to see that the pros really, really do have a better grasp of the team than the Chicken Delights.

  55. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Eesh I can’t keep up.
    Corn flakes and out this morning following the late night (and Lafleurguy more or less ordering me to go to bed!).

    ALN — M. Boone, the references to Stock and Cherry are brief, perfect and — in an ideal world — devastating. Too bad those guys are so heavily insulated within the viscous force-field of their hyper-inflated egos.

    scotland and tophab, I joined your squabble.

    Can’t stay. The day after is great though, eh? Anyone dropped in for a visit to Chowder Nation or whatever it’s called?

  56. AllHailTheFlower says:

    If you haven’t clicked the link for a visit to Budaj’s home town, do it – great piece!

  57. habs-fan-84 says:

    Where’s Retro Mikey today? I was hoping he’d come by to tell us how much better the Leafs are.

  58. Habcouver says:

    Budaj is the ideal backup keeper. Every team would love to have him as a mentor to young upcoming goalies (perhaps like the Nucks’ situation with Lack & Markstrom).
    Should MB think about trading him off season while his value is relatively high? I love the guy but I prioritize what’s best for the long term.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Imagine if MT had treated Budaj in the media like Carlyle did to Reimer. Budaj had a couple of rough starts after Olympics, but never treated him like a lesser than. I think specifically of one start where everyone was convinced Tokarski needed the start, but MT relented and stuck with Budaj for that start. Eventually he gave Tokarski a single start, but the timing was such not to destroy Budaj’s confidence.

      • Habcouver says:

        Great comparison of Boods and Reimer, HB!
        Give MT credit for doing the more than “okay” to his goalie’s confidence.
        Bloody Carlyle… I actually like Reimer as a player who unfortunately plays for a stupid team.

        We Are (Not) All Canucks.
        Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

        • Timo says:

          I love that Reimer plays for the leafs. But Bernier is back tonight. HOpefully he is extra rusty and Blues will put another dent into leafs playoffs hopes.

      • johnnylarue says:

        The AC crew heaped praise on Stephane Waite last night for the way he was able to get Budaj refocused after that rough patch in the 12 days since his last start.

        Bergevin’s shrewdest pickup.

        As for trading Budaj, I don’t he’d bring any return that would make it worth our while. He seems like an integral part of team chemistry, too.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Don’t tell anybody I said this but Therrien has pushed the right buttons when it comes to goaltending. He’s managed that aspect of the team well.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Agreed and have felt that all year.

  59. habs-fan-84 says:

    Have they fired MT and MB yet?

  60. Habitoban says:

    Habsonline was a great live RDS feed for me. But last time I tried, the site was down/frozen out. Anyone one out there know if it has popped up again under another address, or if there is another good RDS free feed available. Thanks.

  61. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Not expecting a hockey clinic by the Habs but they should still pull out a win.

  62. Cambridge Ron says:

    Found it interesting that TSN announcers said Habs got a break for not giving Emelin a “too many men” penalty when skating doubled over to the bench, no mention of the Lucic spear ?

    Et le but !!!

    • Luke says:

      If you meant during the actual play, it was because they had not had the chance to look and see what cause Emelin to slowly coast off the ice.
      They also said it was probably not called becase of Emelin’s injury, and also that Weaver made a Headsy play by letting the puck go past him.
      Additionally with the way the refs were going last night, they were fortunate they didn’t called for it.

    • ffenliv says:

      I’m not saying I believe this, as I’m on the fence, but I’ll report it anyway.

      I’ve seen and heard some discussion about the Lucic ‘spear’, and watching the video, it really doesn’t look like it gets him anywhere sensitive. I mean, if you watch it, and don’t just have a fan’s reaction to it.

      Now, with that in mind, I have a hard time believing Emelin takes forever to get to the bench, even after a call will obviously not be made, at a crucial time in the game like that. So I do believe it hurt him.

      I’m just not sure it was in the boys, as many people are saying.

      And I’m not saying that makes it any better or worse. Just trying to introduce some level-headed observation!

      • johnnylarue says:

        Speaking as a non-castrated male, I can tell you it doesn’t take 50 pounds of pressure in that general area to make me double over in pain…

        And Yemmy may be a bit of a turtler (by necessity), but the kid is a tough customer and I’ve never seen him embellish soccer-style.

        • ffenliv says:

          Ya, I don’t think he embellished. I think it genuinely hurt him .. somewhere. I was just pointing out that it may not have been right in the junk. I mean, any guy here knows it takes very little pressure there to send you to the ground. The video was just a bit … inconclusive, in regards to where he hit him. I’d say, in fact, that the video was about as clear as the Emelic/Lucic hip check/low bridge earlier in the game.

          Both fan bases will see what they want to see.

          • johnnylarue says:

            I hear ya.

            That said, people who call that a low-bridge need to learn what a hip check is, ’cause that hit was textbook!

          • ffenliv says:

            Well, I think what we have here is a classic case of ‘seeing what we want’. I loved the hit, but when you’ve got your shoulder that low, there are always going to be questions.

            I think fandom in general would be a lot better off if the average fan could admit that grey areas exist!

  63. habfaninottawa says:

    Great win last night, but the Habs got lucky. Despite some questionable calls and non-calls they still managed a win against the best team in the east.
    Lucic still needs to be suspended for his cowardly gutless spear to Emelin’s undercarriage. He likely won’t be though.

  64. Luke says:

    Trap Game!

    As in… we’ll see the Trap tonight, and after last night’s physical and emotional slugfest, the Habs may be a bit lacklustre. I predict 3-2 Habs.

    I’ve got game three of Icedogs/Battalion tonight, so if I am able to remain spoiler free, I’ll be watching this one late, late, late.

    • nico20 says:

      I’m at the Wolves/Colts game tonight so late one for me as well ! Not gonna take my phone either so no updates lol but I like your score prediction for the habs :)

  65. punkster says:

    Wow…an almost empty canvas beckoning the balanced HIO members to put forth their pithy insights into last night’s epic win and tonight’s expected struggle with a bottom dweller.

    Get you viewpoints in quickly folks before the “realists” show up.

    Edit…damn, I see one has already found his way here. Somebody call the exterminator please.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  66. Looks like there are no call-ups, though Buffalo is next door to Hamilton so no urgency. Can’t say I love it, but you could do worse than a 4th line along the lines of Eller/White/Bournival/Parros.


    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  67. Hobie Hansen says:

    Glass-banging hockey fan knocked down by Hit : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHae-jr30X0

    Some of you may have seen this already? Laughed pretty hard the 1st time I saw it.

  68. yukonhab says:

    Go Habs Go!

    Vanek pulls a trick!!

    Price 31

  69. shiram says:

    What the F? They did not practice?
    Ouuh I’m so angry right now, I could write a post on the internet!

  70. Mattyleg says:

    Well done, Burl!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. StevieM61 says:

    well said.
    I agree

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  72. HabinBurlington says:

    Game Day
    Go Habs Go!

    And no matter who starts in net tonight, MT is wrong….

    (worked yesterday for many)

  73. bwoar says:

    There’s a usual route, dontcha know?


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