Budaj will start in goal against Penguins

The Canadiens, coming off an embarrassing 7-3 loss to the Philadephia Flyers Monday night at the Bell Centre, held an up-tempo practice in Brossard Tuesday morning before flying to Pittsburgh, where they will face the Penguins Wednesday night (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Coach Michel Therrien announced that Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Penguins after replacing Carey Price in each of the last two games. During his last two starts – a 5-1 loss in Toronto Saturday and Monday’s loss to the Flyers – Price has allowed 9 goals on 33 shots.

Price has a 19-10-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He ranks 21st in the NHL in GAA and 29th in save percentage. Budaj has a 7-1-1 record with a 2.19 GAA and .915 save percentage.

Price will start Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning visits the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Brandon Prust, who sat out Monday’s game after appearing to reinjure his shoulder during Saturday’s loss in Toronto, was on the ice at practice Tuesday and is expected to be in the lineup against the Penguins. Prust would most likely take the spot of Ryan White, who faces an NHL disciplinary hearing after an illegal check to the head of the Flyers’ Kent Huskins. 

Michael Ryder took a therapy day Tuesday, while Raphael Diaz, who has been sidelined since Feb. 25 with a concussion, skated while wearing a no-contact jersey.

Therrien said there’s a possibility that defenceman Yannick Weber could return to the lineup in Pittsburgh.

“It’ll be a game-time decision,” the coach said after practice.

The lines at practice were: Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Blunden-Halpern-Moen; Gallagher-Desharnais-Pacioretty; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust; Dumont-White

Defence pairings were: Subban-Gorges; Markov-Bouillon; Drewiske-Weber; Beaulieu-Kaberle; Diaz.

(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Canadiens-Penguins Preview, nhl.com

Canadiens powerless against Flyers, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens outmatched in every way against Flyers, by Pat Hickey

Some fissures appearing as Canadiens limp to season’s finish line, by Dave Stubbs

White faces disciplinary hearing for hit on Huskins, nhl.com

Laviolette somber after Flyers’ win, philly.com

Habs vs. Flyers photo gallery

Crosby’s numbers still good enough for Hart Trophy, by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Crosby skates with Penguins at practice, pittsburghpenguins.com

Iginla: The debut that almost wasn’t, pittsburghpenguins.com

Leafs inch closer to playoff spot, nhl.com

955 Comments

  1. jedimyrmidon says:

    There’s a lot of rejoicing over the Leafs being down to the Caps…

    Keep in mind, the Habs face the Caps on Saturday at the end of their 4 in 6 nights run.

  2. otter649 says:

    Noticed Leafs Lupul had an opp to hit Caps Troy Brouwer (in the 1st period) with a similar hit that got him a 2 game suspension earlier in the season but only gave a slight bump so maybe a suspension did change they way he does hit someone also coming back from a concussion might had someting to do with him letting up on the hit…….

  3. Storman says:

    James Reimer’s and Ben Scrivens AHL skill sets will come to haunt the Leafs sooner than later..no way they get out the first round without a genie in a bottle full of luck

  4. Supersonic says:

    TSN has did a poll amongst coaches in the east for nhl awards. Guess who was chosen for the Vezina http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=420953

    • Storman says:

      It is certainly not the year of the goalie this year, no standouts.. Price is by no means having a Vezina type year, I dont think the media at TSN have watched him play game in game out, as much as Montreal market media..and or Montreal fans..

      • ABHabsfan says:

        The poll was by NHL coaches, not media. There is an outside chance they know more than the resident experts here, and I include myself.

        “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

        • Storman says:

          No matter how you frame the poll it is still media driven nonsense….I dont think the coaches put much thought into it as well like they care, like i said there is no standouts, coach sees a poll question demand from TSN show up on their desk, more of an annoyance than anything, and so he plots in whoever, really nonsense to think Carey Price is having a vezina caliber year come on now, plus the coaches have only played in one conference, I am pretty sure the Vezina will come out of the Western conference this year anyways..

  5. fastfreddy says:

    Food for thought; would you trade Paccioretty for a (say top 5-6 ) draft pick this year?

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

    • habsfan0 says:

      I wouldn’t give up on Patches that quickly.
      I suspect he’s playing with an undisclosed injury.

    • Bill says:

      Lol, no. A five or six pick might be a thirty goal scorer in a few years, and might not. Pacioretty is one now.

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    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Remember John Leclair? Had a bad half-season and was traded.

    • jols101 says:

      Top 4- Jones, Drouin, MacKinnon, or Barkov – yes I would. All 4 will be NHL ready next year and have higher ceilings then Patches.

      After that, I wouldn’t cause it is too much of a gamble.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        Was going to post the same comment.

        For a top 4 pick, I’d do it.

      • ABHabsfan says:

        Gilbert Brule was a top 4 pick; so was Ben Pouliot

        “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
        Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

        • Ozmodiar says:

          > Gilbert Brule was a top 4 pick;

          No, he wasn’t.

          • LizardKing12 says:

            No he wasn’t but his point is still valid, top 4 picks definitely have star potential but they are by no means a sure shot. Here are some examples of top 4 picks from the early to mid 2000s:

            2000:(Dipietro, Klesla) 2001: (Svitov, Weiss) 2002: (Lehtonen, J-Bow, Pitkanen) 2003: (Horton, Zherdev) 2004: (Barker, Ladd)
            2005: (Jack Johnson, Pouliot) 2006: (Erik Johnson) 2007: (Turris, Hickey) 2008: (Bogosian)

            I won’t go passed 2008 because I don’t think the other draft classes have had enough time to fully develop. From 2000-2008 17 out of 32 top 4 picks were either just solid/good NHL players or total busts. That is 53% of those top 5 picks did not become elite players. Would you trade Patches for any of those guys?

    • donmarco says:

      That’s like turning down the new car for what’s behind door number 1. Sometimes works, usually doesn’t. No way I’d make that trade.

    • habstrinifan says:

      I would be hesitant to trade Pacioretty for a draft pick (maybe a number 1 or 2 overall ..ok). Draft picks are de facto still question ‘potential’. But I would not be adverse to acquiring a proven star if I could by packaging Pacioretty. I see Pacioretty as a very one-dimensional type play and when he is good in that niche he is brilliant , but he does not have a versatile array of skills.

  6. donmarco says:

    I love seeing all these battles for the 6-8 seedings. But I love even more that we’re not one of them.

  7. The Jackal says:

    Caps are on a roll. They are the team to beat right now.
    This is in contrast to the lucking feafs (as one poster said :D), who luck out and score or get lucky in their goals against.
    Caps are for real, laffs are still suspect.

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  8. otter649 says:

    Caps leading Leafs 4-0 so Leafs have to wait another night (at least) before they are offically a playofff team for the first time in nine years…….

  9. Storman says:

    Luck only takes you so far in Hockey, but luck derived from hard work brings about endless success, Constant hard work usually wears down opponents and even the luck gods, the harder a team works and the more pucks you direct at the oppositions net usually is a good recipe for success and for tipping the so called lucky goals in your favor, just dont really believe in luck, each goal usually amounts to a breakdown somewhere, and hard work on the other side of that..

  10. jols101 says:

    OV on a tear. Look out for the Capitals.

  11. frontenac1 says:

    4-0 Caps?!

  12. habsfan0 says:

    3-0 Caps.
    Leafs being defoliated.

  13. jols101 says:

    Wow, Caps are making the Leafs look as pitiful as the Leafs made the Habs look the other night.

    2-0 Caps. Could be 4-0.

  14. Bill says:

    Leafs have absolutely unbelievable luck. Everything they shootngoesnin, and everything the opposition shoots stays out.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Habilis says:

      You know, I’m starting to believe it. Watching this game, they should be down 4 goals already.

      I will now refer to them as the “Lucking Feafs” instead of the other way around. ;)

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Last night against NJ, after the first period, the highlight from that game was Reimer doing snow angels on the ice, down and out, while the Devils had a wide open cage to shoot at because the puck was still loose… and they missed.

      • Habilis says:

        I hate Reimer. That goofy smile, ever-present even after he gets shelled, the horseshoe that he apparently had surgically implanted. I just wanna curb stomp him.

        I hate him almost as much as I hate Rat-Boy Marchand. Almost.

      • showey47 says:

        The leafs were badly outplayed by a depleted devils team who outshot them to almost a 3:1 ratio. There were also another attempted 40 shots that either missed or blocked. Over 70 attempts on the leaf net with a team missing kovalchuk. That shows how weak the leafs D is to give up that many oppurtunities.

  15. frontenac1 says:

    2-0 Flyers. Torts getting flushed and a vein sticking out in his neck.

  16. Danno says:

    Fonzie is not amused

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  17. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=92324

    …after watching the Russia Canada series and WJHC this year I wondered why Drouin and MacKinnon were rated ahead of Valery Nichushkin

    …Both Drouin or MacKinnin would be a much desired addition to Our Habs, but Nichushkin would have been phenominal with Galchenyuk for excitement

    …PLUS, he is a 6′-4″ speed merchant

    …by the way, no use crying over spilt milk that Our great season has taken Us out of likely contention for Jones, Nichushkin, Nurse, Zadorov, Ristolainen and Monahan, averaging around 6′-4″ …though there is an outside chance for Frederik Gauthier at number 22, at 6′-5″
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    • commandant says:

      Here is the big problem with Nichuskin, who on pure skill alone would have been my #4 prospect (and would have been a four way race for #1).

      He is signed to a KHL contract for 2013-14, and 2014-15.

      This will hurt his ranking. How much on the actual draft day? Who knows. I’ve still got him top 10, but I have knocked him down a few notches).

      Will teams look at him like Tarasenko who is now in the NHL and looks great in St. Louis (and fell to the teens) or like Kuznetsov (who fell to the 20s in his year, and might be the best player in the world outside the NHL, but the Caps are having a hell of a time bringing him over, and its doubtful he even comes over next year).

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    • ABHabsfan says:

      IMO which clearly means squat, MB should use some of the 2nds and 3rds to trade up in the 1st round to bag a blue-chipper, top-7-8 pick. There are some teams that could use volume of top 3-round picks and may be tempted to trade. There are a couple teams I can think of that have multiple 1sts already that may deal. I think you could have too many prospects at the same level of development that it just becomes too crowded for spots and not all will get a good look.

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • mrhabby says:

        Not sure about trading up, again the team would have to wait for a blue chipper to make the team….maybe mb deals some pics for sniper power forward and add size..

  18. commandant says:

    TSN just released the results of their NHL coaches poll.

    Rules: you must vote for a player in your conference, you can’t vote for your own team.

    Hart = Crosby
    Calder = Gallagher
    Norris = Subban
    Adams = Therrien
    Vezina = Price

    Habs win in 4/5 categories, and apparently Eastern Conference coaches think more of Price than many of the fans on this site.

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  19. Propwash says:

    So, eastern conference coaches know squat. They were polled and voted.. (from Bob McKenzie.

    Price – Vezina
    Therrien – Adams
    Subban – Norris

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  20. Mike D says:

    A few thoughts:

    If the team is going to struggle, better that it’s now as opposed to when the games matter most. As hard as these losses are for us fans, maybe they’ll serve the team well in the long run. A slump can build team character and help fortify team chemistry. If they bounce back, they might just enter the playoffs on a strong note.

    If the team doesn’t bounce back, and the team isn’t as good as they’ve been throughout the majority of the season, then MB and Co. will have a better idea of what needs and weaknesses need to be addressed.

    The Max/DD/Gally line. Up until last game they’ve been very ineffective offensively, and they’ve never been good defensively. I couldn’t understand why MT kept them together, but their offense last night seemed to improve quite a bit. If they continue to click against the Pens, then they should remain together. If they revert back to what we’ve seen the past few weeks, they must be broken up.

    Markov. Clearly he’s lost a step. Maybe it’s a function of his injuries and age. Maybe it’s a conditioning thing since he hasn’t really played for 3 years. Maybe it’s a bit of both. I guess we’ll find out next season. Let’s remember though that he is still an excellent Dman. For the time being, he should have his minutes managed. Maybe give him 3rd pairing minutes with some PP time for the next week or so to see if it recharges his batteries.

    Price. Everybody needs to “chill out”, as the man himself would say. He will bounce back because he has the skills and the mental strength to do so. For those calling for Budaj to replace Price as our starter, give your heads a shake. We don’t have a 1A/1B tandem where the coach just rides the “hot-hand” like St. Louis last year – we have a clear starter in Price, and a clear back-up in Budaj. In the meantime while Price struggles, be happy we have a competent back-up.

    Moen. Still a good defensive-forward and an excellent PK-er, BUT, his role is to be those things AND one of our tougher players. He’s played soft pretty much the whole season and that needs to stop now. You’d think bringing in a guy like Prust so Moen wasn’t the only gritty guy would actually result in an increase in rougher play from Moen. Instead, he’s become Darche 2.0 but with a higher cap hit and longer contract.

    Team. If MT is going to run a true meritocracy, DD shouldn’t have the most minutes of any forward unless he earns it. Same goes for Max. I believe goalies are different as it’s a totally different position and goalies are a different breed. I have no problem with Budaj getting some extra game-time, but he’s not battling Price for the starting job.

    Size (forwards). We are still a relatively small team. Gally at least plays big and full credit to him for that, but three smaller guys in your top 9 can be problematic, especially if they’re not producing. On that note, Gionta has seemed rather ineffective for most of the season. The other problem is that some of our bigger guys don’t play very big – Max specifically. He has a great shot and I understand that he wants to get open in-close a la Cammy, but he also has the size and speed to drive to the net, battle along the boards, and forecheck like a mofo. Him playing strictly a perimeter game is not good at all and that needs to be coached out of him. It’s great that he can push however-much weight in the gym, but if that doesn’t translate to winning puck battles in scrums, and out-speeding defenders to the puck, then what good is it for a hockey player? His hands need some work too – serious work. He doesn’t have to stick-handle like P.K., but he shouldn’t be a turnover machine either.

    Size (defense). Tinordi can’t develop fast enough. Especially with Emelin out. Bouillon has been better than expected and I appreciate what he brings. Drewiske was a good, cheap acquisition, and he hasn’t been that bad, BUT he doesn’t play nearly big enough considering he has the size to do it. That would be fine if he had a skill-set comparable to P.K., Markov, and Diaz, but he doesn’t. He’s like a cheap man’s Gorges, and as much as I love Josh, he’s been somewhat of a cheap man’s version of himself lately too. Price takes a lot of heat, but this year Gorges hasn’t been nearly as good as his past two seasons and you hardly hear a peep about it.

    If any of this comes off as a negative rant, my apologies. That’s not the intention. Those that know me here know how much I love our Habs. I just thought a bit of fair criticism, and hopefully some perspective as well, was in order.

    CHeers all.

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    • Bill says:

      Good post. I disagree about the first part though: these aren’t the games that matter most. That would be the playoffs, and I’d rather they struggle now than then.

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      • Mike D says:

        Hi Bill. Maybe I didn’t write it clearly, but that’s exactly what I was trying to say. Much better they struggle now since they have already locked down a playoff spot, than in the actual playoffs.

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    • LizardKing12 says:

      Good analysis and an interesting read! Since Therrein has said that this team runs on a meritocracy and ice time will be given to those who deserve it I am very confused as to why DD led the team in ice-time last night. That line did produce offensively but IMO it was in spite of DD and not because of him. Pacioretty scored on a feed from Pleks and Gallagher scored on a pass from Pacioretty. Pacioretty had a lot of good scoring chances and most of them were set up by Gally’s hard work and nice passes and not DD. Little Davey has been struggling all season and other than being benched for a few minutes at the end of a second period in an Islanders game he has not been held accountable at all.

      You hit the nail on the head when it comes to Patches. He is playing a lot like Cammy, trying to find the open spaces to shoot from. With the shot that he has I don’t completely blame him, I guess he views himself as more of a sniper than a powerforward. Unfortunately on a team that is lacking size Pacs can’t afford to play that way. He could be a much more effective player if he were to use his size more wisely.

      I think the one positive with Moen is that despite his very mediocre play he probably still has trade value. When people hear the name Travis Moen I believe many still think of the Moen that helped lead the Ducks to a cup as opposed to the rather ineffectual one that has been in Montreal. If Bergevin becomes fed up with him I don’t think he would be terribly hard to move.

      • Mike D says:

        I’d like to see Max mix up his game a little to be honest. I want to see him play like a power forward at times, and be a bit of a sniper at times too. I think that would make it very tough for opposing teams and coaches to neutralize. On the other hand, it might also be harder on his linemates if they don’t know where on the ice he’ll be.

        Agree that Moen still has a lot of trade value. Any big player with a sub-2mil cap hit, known for his defensive prowess, and with a Stanley Cup to his name will always be a valued commodity.

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        • LizardKing12 says:

          Yeah I agree with what you said about Max. I think he should be able to do what is needed of him depending on what teams they are playing against. Some games there is enough space in the offensive zone for DD and Gallagher to move around freely enough and in those games I think he should play like a sniper. In games where teams are more tight checking and eliminating Gally and DD by using their size Max needs to be a power forward and create space for his linemates.

  21. jphk says:

    I think Moen is the most useless guy on the team at the moment. MT should send him to the press gallery, which is where he wants to be. Also, if Kaberle is so useless, why did they not do a Gomez on him?? Why is he still with the team, if the assumption if that he is to be bought out?

  22. Bill says:

    Bob McKenzie’s coaches poll of award winners is pretty interesting, lol.

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  23. frontenac1 says:

    Flyers up 1-0 vs Rags and Torts is pissed.

  24. Sportfan says:

    Why do I get the feeling that on April 28th the Ottawa and Boston will mean a lot for both teams? I feel that it will be a game for Boston to take first in the division and that game might be Ottawa’s playoff ticket.

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  25. Bill says:

    I am not a fan of fighting in hockey, but for SURE you should not be fighting if you are wearing a visor and your opponent is not. Watching the Toronto and Washington game and saw Chimera vs McClement … McClement wears a visor, should not be acting tough against Chimera.

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  26. jedimyrmidon says:

    Pay close attention to this:

    Up until maybe an hour ago, here was the Top Story on TSN NHL:
    “Getting the call” – story about Peter Budaj getting the start Wednesday over Carey Price

    The other two top stories?
    – Bruins-Sens game postponed due to Boston marathon tragedy
    – Ryan White getting an in-person hearing

    The TSN poll: Will Budaj get a start in the NHL playoffs?

    Look, as Habs fans, we are all very disappointed over the last two games, and as fans we certainly expect a lot more. But here’s the thing: the Habs have put up a very good season thus far. In fact, that was probably the second time ALL SEASON where they lost two in a row. Yes, the last two were ugly losses, but…

    Looking at that TSN page, it’s obvious that certain large Toronto-centric networks want to stir up Habs fans against their own team. In fact, seeing how 1 of the top 3 stories was about the tragedy that occurred yesterday and the other two were about Habs ‘problems’, I think it’s quite telling…

    The TSN’s webpage paints the following portrait of the Habs:

    1) one of the Habs’ best young players, Carey Price, the #1 goalie of the franchise, may lose his job to the backup, i.e., a strength of the team is now a weakness
    2) everyone knows the Habs aren’t particularly physical and many will jump at the chance of calling the Habs ‘soft’, and brag how they got physically dominated
    3) but at the same time, there’s this story about White whom they will accuse of being the dirtiest player in the league on par with Matt Cooke (and how Habs fans shouldn’t complain about Lucic or Marchand); they’ll think White’s hit was out-of-the-ordinary bad, some sort of intentional elbow to the head when, in reality, Rick Nash’s elbow was far worse, but he didn’t get anything for it

    • Maritime Ron says:

      You missed the Toronto globe and mail headline

      Therrien sits Price as hysteria mounts in Montreal

    • Mattyleg says:

      TSN also knows that they can generate a ton of hits by posting nonsense about the Habs:

      a) Thrilled Laffs fans get to have their joliles
      2) Outraged Habs fans express their outrage

      Win/Win.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, they manipulate both fanbases (the one that would love nothing more than to see the Habs fall, and the other that is supposed to be cheering for them).

        Contrast that to Lupul getting concussed as the Top Story: you would have thought his career was over as the result of an intentional hit to the head.

  27. twilighthours says:

    I’m not really one to keep score and take names, but weren’t there a lot of people who wanted subban dealt for a bag of pucks and a massage table at one point?

    I wonder where those folks went?

  28. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Hobie. Some pansy doesn’t like a picture of Prust dispensing justice?Just laugh and skate away amigo.

  29. Ian Cobb says:

    I say! Play all the kids!,& play Weber and Kaberle. We are now in the play offs, so give Markov a few games off, give Gionta, Plekanics or anyone else a rest that might need it.
    We have been playing every second or third night from the get go. Some of the boys deserve a rest. If we are good enough to make the playoffs this early, then the boys that have been putting out the most, need a break. If we are going to go any kind of distance in a long play off season run. Our tired and maybe injured players need a rest bit. Maybe every second game off.
    Plus, it give the kids more experience every game they play at this level.
    Some of our horses are pooped!

  30. Chuck says:

    I’ve been away for a few days. Have I missed anythig big with my Habs?

    By the way, I blame Burly, whatever it was. ;-)

    • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

      Sorry to say the Habs lost two in a row, and are now last in the conference, not second. So, there are calls for everybody’s heads on one great big platter. Oh, no, wait… They’re still second. Never mind. Everything’s good. Habs just matched their worst regulation losing streak of the season at… 2 games.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Chuck! Nothing big my friend, we are in the play offs and we are on cruise control.

  31. Habitoban says:

    Since everyone has a view on Price here’s mine: People used to complan that Price didn’t work hard enough. I think his problem is that he’s worked too hard. He has spent so much time on his positioning and fundamentals that he has lost touch with his inner goalie. In short, he is overthinking. When he is busy he has to abandon his play to his instincts and has better results. At the beginning of a match he is less governed by instinct, which sure hasn’t worked out well lately.

  32. Habitant in Surrey says:

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    • Habilis says:

      Amazing story. Thanks for the link.

      If you’re interested in the subject, I highly recommend the book I’m currently reading. It’s called “Nothing To Envy – Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.

      I’m about 3/4 of the way through and I know I’ll be re-reading it once I’m done. It’s a fascinating and somewhat horrifying read. Well worth the purchase, IMO.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I’m an Asiaphile, living frequently in and doing business in Asia since the 1960s …including a year in Seoul

        …incredible what a difference of a ‘border’ makes to a peoples that share the exact same heritage

        …the modernization and accomplishments of South Korea is quite miraculous if You study their history

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Powerful message Chris! thanks for posting it!
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  33. Propwash says:

    Caps up 1-0.

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  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    So I guess we are probably playing the Leafs in round one. (Unless the Bruins continue to slump badly.)

    This is causing some trepidation.

  35. Mr. Biter says:

    Ginda of funny when Ott went after Gionta and White dropped The gloves and Ott turtles White is made out by Boone to be a Villain. When Boullien droped the gloves and goes to B Galley’s defense (rightly so), he is praised. Someone please explain to me the diference?

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    • twilighthours says:

      Sure. Bouillon hasn’t taken stupid penalties in several different games this season.

      • wjc says:

        All penalties are stupid. Players should aim for zero penalties.

        wjc

        • twilighthours says:

          I had a really d1ckish response crafted but I’m trying to be a better person today.

          Do you believe that all penalties are stupid, or more to the point, that all penalties are viewed the same way by the coach?

          • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

            Only a few penalties are allowed. Delay of Game, Too Many Men, and Abuse of Officials. Anything else is completely stupid. I’m going to be like wjc, and sign off with my handle.

            aHabGrowsInBrooklyn

            PS; At least I don’t have a sig file at the bottom of my posts.

            __________________________________
            “She’s a maniac, maniac, on the floor.” Michael Sembello

    • Mattyleg says:

      White started fighting with Ott before he had dropped his gloves. Just like with whatsisname on the Pants. We ended up with a major, with nothing on their end.

      White needs to figure out how to fight someone. Grab them, and make sure they drop their gloves too. If they don’t, and back down, then the boost is just as good because they look like pussies, and the Habs can hold it over them.

      White’s dropping of his gloves and whaling on people who aren’t paying attention just makes him look foolish. Bouillon knows how to do it.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. Propwash says:

    Go Caps!

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  37. RazzleDazzle says:

    What Moen and Max have in common is that they both signed a new contract last year. Since signing both have become disinterested in getting involved. You would think that they would be a little inspired by the likes of Boullion, Gallagher and Prust.

    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      Ok, let me try.. this is the 2nd coldest winter in Minnesota history – which tells me that global warming / climate change must be a hoax.

      Do you know if both Moen and Max P have been playing healthy all season, or perhaps shielding injuries? I do not know, but can say both have demonstrated to all as warriors in the past.

      Your reasoning for disinterested play from both this season seems a stretch. BTW, Max P would be in the 70 point range if full season which is similar to his breakout season last year.

    • wjc says:

      Hey they are filthy rich and set for life, I would be disinterested in getting involved if I was a multi-millionaire with a 4 year contract.

      wjc

  38. Stuck_in_To. says:

    I was at the game in Toronto and while no one looked very good, being able to watch the whole ice and how players are positioning themselves while the play developed I have to grudgingly admit that the game appears to have gotten faster and harder than Markov. He is still an immense talent but I think that the many posters on here, who believe that too many minutes expose him, are correct.

    There is no fixing this right now unless the remaining games can be used to fast track Beaulieau. He has the wheels to be back everywhere … now he needs the coaching.

    You play Budjai to help the team and thus, indirectly, help Price. You can go on about the weak goals until the playoffs are over in 3000 and it won’t matter. The first step is for the team to get back to playing the way they were playing and the second is for Price to put a 96 hour period of hockey behind him. Four days people … you Nostradamuses excepted.

    Gallagher cannot be protected from playing his style of hockey. That being said, the Habs need another Prust to help put a damper on the post-whistle crap. Moen has been a complete disappointment in this respect which would be fine if other aspects of his game had emerged. But they have not. I fear White might have “unthought” and bad-lucked himself out of an NHL career.

    • HAB-PROFESSOR says:

      yes we need another PRUST….in fact we need PRUST with GALLAGHER, on his line…that will end the after whistle face washes immediately.

      PRUST has fought and done well against all challengers, he went toe to toe with LUCIC, and he tossed MCLAREN around like a rag doll while he was giving him left hooks…


      The N.A.G. (North American Grit) effect is the only path to success…
      GALLAGHER = FUTURE HAB CAPTAIN

      • The Jackal says:

        Prust is pretty awesome.
        Would be nice to have another Prust, maybe bigger and just as skilled.
        I don’t agree that NAG is all you say it is, but we need to protect our guys.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        @HAB-PROFESSOR

        I think you’re onto something?

        Although there’s some people on this site that would happily watch Gallagher abused and eventually injured, rather than see a teammate put a stop to it. It’s baffling!

        I was verbally assaulted by another poster earlier for having a picture of Prust as my Avatar, if you can believe it?

        I would image most people on this site enjoy a picture of Prust punching someone?

        • twilighthours says:

          Verbally assaulted?

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            What, are you a literary giant here? :-)

            It felt like I was yelled at in person, that’s how bad it was!

          • twilighthours says:

            (Oh, I’m big alright.)

            So, you got into a spat… Come on, Hobie, you’re a tough Canadian kid. Don’t roll over. Man-up and deal with it. Or do we need to get an enforcer to ride shotgun with you?

          • Mattyleg says:

            Hahahaaaa!

            This is classic.

            From the guy who said I had my head up my a$s, who told me I didn’t have a clue… and now he feels like he’s been drawn through the wringer by little ol’ me!!

            I’m terribly sorry if I hurt your feelings, Hobie!
            It was all in good fun, and I thought you would be big enough to take a little banter… which is what you said to me after those choice words above!

            I didn’t have any trouble with your avatar, fella, I merely pointed out that someone who uses a picture of fighting as his avatar could only really be expected to be part of the ‘We Need More Muscleheads To Fight The Other Teams Into Submission’ gang, and wouldn’t be swayed with silly arguments supporting the kind of speed and skill game that has got us to the top of the NE and second in the East.

            I’m sorry.
            I’ll tone down my posts with you in the future.
            I’m no bully.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            I know it’s all in good fun. Without the types of battles each of us get into on here, it wouldn’t be as fun to drop in and sound off.

            And yes Matty, ease up on me man, just because I like fights doesn’t mean I don’t have any feelings! ;-).

            Like most tough guys are off the ice, outside of HIO I’m a real softie!

      • wjc says:

        I must have missed that fight, looked like they fought to a draw. Left hooks indeed.

        wjc

    • jphk says:

      White and Moen are useless. I would buy out Moen instead of kaberle

  39. Bill says:

    If the Habs are 2nd in the East, and if they are as bad as everyone here is basically weeping that they are … I wonder what kind of lousy things the fans of the teams in 3rd to 8th place are saying about them?

    I mean I’ve read obituaries here today for the careers of Markov, Price, Gorges, DD, and the list goes on.

    So I mean, how bad are the leafs then, and what kind of crap are their fans saying about them?

    Or do we just have stupid fans?

    • twocents says:

      hmmmm…

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Valid points Bill. We can accept losses to any teams as long as the effort is there but when they lay an egg like they’ve done against the Leafs & Flyers, it makes you wonder. We just want them to compete best they can.

    • The Jackal says:

      Bill, you know how crazy we are in Habs land.
      The funny thing is that if you go to other blogs, they are the same way as we are after losses and blow-outs. The other day I posted a funny post a B’s fan wrote following their loss to Carolina, it basically said Lucy’s career was over and that their cup run was a fluke.

      Nothing like a win tomorrow to up the spirits!

      ______________________
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Habilis says:

      To me, the difference between Habs and Leafs fans has always been accountability.

      Habs fans support their team, but they do so by cheering the good and booing the bad. Leafs fans just cheer. For the Leaf fan, every goalie is the next stud, every D man is the next Orr and every forward is the next superstar. Which is probably why they say “Wait till next year” more than anyone.

      All that being said, you would think that 40 games of good would allow the Habs a 2 game grace period. Guess not.

    • New says:

      Stupid fans. The team goal set this season was to make the playoffs. They did and began to become second on the puck. When you’re smaller than the other guy you have to get to the puck first. Notice the blocked shots? Yeah, who’s blocking shots now. The word is stay healthy for the playoffs. Price decides to break in new pads. The centers aren’t covering? No one is having fun. Right D playing left. They aren’t trying to lose but they’re not going to bust anything winning nothing.

      It is also a common issue with good teams who sew up first early, they flounder and never get it back when the playoffs start. It has been so long since the team was competitive no one remembers what happens. Teams that scrap and fight all the way into the playoffs have an easier time of it. Teams that slack off generally get eliminated in four.

    • Phil C says:

      Honestly, I wonder how many of these posts are non-Habs fans just trolling.

    • Bripro says:

      Don’t lump us all into the doomsayer category.
      Some of us still believe that the Habs, although probably not as good as their early season indicated, are a far cry better than the last two games.
      I agree, we need to send some so-called Habs supporters a RIP crown, reading how the pendulum has shifted sides and the team’s doomed.

      • twilighthours says:

        Not me. I think this team sucks, and everyone on it sucks (except for one or two guys who are either The Future or can fight), that we will be swept by whomever, and that bergevin is the next coming of Reggie houle.

    • ont fan says:

      Surrounded by Leaf fans, the ones I know, think they have timely scoring and a hot goaltender. They are holding on by their finger tips. The last sentence sounds about right.

    • wjc says:

      Stupid fans…..the 5% rule, 5% of the fans make 95% of the noise. 5% [of the fans are either kids, drunks, high on something or delusional.

      Then their are the pot stirrers, who sole purpose is to pretend to be someone else (Timo?) and encourage more post to argue about stupid stuff, and get the 5%’ers all riled up. It is way to predictable!

      wjc

  40. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Sorry guys & gals, I think frustration has set in with me & I’ve been posting some weird crap about the team. Going into this season I would’ve been happy with the team just making the playoffs. They started great & played great most season but the last 2 games have been downers for most of us. It’s never a good idea to post when you’re pissed off but man it’s so damn tempting & I can’t help myself. All I want is for this team to right the ship & just compete in the playoffs.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Good to see somebody owning up to their posts!
      It’s all good WH!
      We’re going to have a fun playoffs, and we’ll be back better than ever next season!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • twilighthours says:

      Post of the week, right there.

    • wjc says:

      Pissed off, about what? A friggen hockey game that you simply observe. It should not be that personal. Change the channel, do something else, check out the chicks, leave the sweater and flags at home. Hockey has been around a long time.

      Now there are 30 teams and only two can get to the finals and only one can win, so at some point you are going to disappointed, it is guaranteed. Then next year, it starts again.

      If you win three times in 30 years you will be considered a dynasty.

      Cap guarantees, you have to get rid of good players and not trade for players that have rich contracts. If and when you win, players will demand big, big contracts and they will have to let them move on and bring up rookies, thus guaranteeing you fall back.

      The higher you finish the worse the players will be exposed for you.
      If you can win once in 30 years that will be about right. When Price and Subban and a few others are demanding 10 million dollar contracts they will be gone to New York or where ever.

      The old system is gone that allowed them to win 4 cups in a row. It is now a money game and you have to wait your turn to try and get lucky in the draft.

      wjc

  41. doogie says:

    CP31 and Markov should be sent to St. Lucia for a week on the beach before the playoffs. One to rest the body and the other to recharge the mind. We’re going to need both uz guys!

    Don’t forget, Markov played half a season in Russia, didn’t he? He’s got to be dragging a bit by now.

    • wjc says:

      Markov will be fine, it is the 5%’ers I worry about, they should be sent somewhere to untangle their minds. Anger management, therapy, A.A. would do them wonders.

      wjc

  42. myron.selby says:

    There’s no question that Markov has been struggling – and more so as the season has gone along. From what I can see there are 2 reasons for this:

    – he missed the last 2 seasons because of his knee surgeries. His conditioning isn’t where it should be.

    – MT is using him far too much. He was much more effective in the early part of the season, but he is wearing down. If he were playing 15% less time he would be much better.

    For those who think we should dump him here some points to consider:

    – he’s still one of the top point scoring d-men in the league

    – a huge part of Subban’s point improvement is due to Markov being his partner on the PP. Not only does Markov set up the plays, he is also constantly teaching PK. You notice PK is getting far more of his shots on the net, playing a much simpler more effective game, being more patient, finding the little open areas to lurk in. This is all stuff Markov is showing him. I’m not taking anything away from PK, he is a wonderful athlete but AM understands the game as well as anyone playing and he is sharing that knowledge.

    – it’s no accident that their power play this year is so much better than it was last year (and it was before PK came back).

    – he’s always been one of the smartest players in the league. I fully expect him to re-focus his off-season training program away from his knee to his stamina/strength. He’ll be much better next year.

    If the Habs don’t want Markov, I’m sure there will be teams lining up to sign him. He can go and make some other team’s power play work.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I have ZERO issue with Markov’s play. If he didn’t come back, the Habs would have been screwed. It is a miracle he’s still upright given the short schedule and the excessive amount he’s being played. MT is basically “abusing” him. Injuries to the D have exposed the Habs lack of depth and that is MB and MT’s problem, not Markov’s. He’s doing the best he can…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

      To answer only this:
      – he missed the last 2 seasons because of his knee surgeries. His conditioning isn’t where it should be.

      Markov played 21 games for Vityaz in the KHL during the lockout, collecting a goal and 6 assists, and averaging 18:53 ToI. (Thanks khl.ru!)

      I think Markov’s conditioning probably fine. He’s a professional athlete, and would have kept himself in good shape, including therapy for his knee.

    • wjc says:

      But, it will be an 82 game schedule, so if he cannot handle it now, how does he handle it a year from now. Leave Markov alone……….pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze….let him be……pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze. Where is Gomez when you need him, to take all the heat. Comeback Gomez…..comeback we need you to blame for everything.

      wjc

    • habstrinifan says:

      Are you saying “he who can’t do now teaches”?

  43. Nina76 says:

    hammer, I agree 100% that is what I posted last nite, Gally is gping to get hurt bad I can see it coming I cannot understand why his team mates do not defend him, as you say he does most of the work @ scores GOALS if we lose him we are cooked

  44. myron.selby says:

    All those people going on (and on and on and on and …) about how the team is too small and weak to compete, must have been miserable this season. Here was this bunch of pantywaist smurfs fighting for first in the conference. Pretty hard to get much traction for your arguments at that point.

    Now they’ve lost 2 in a row and we get to hear all (and I do mean all) about how they are useless and hopeless and heightless and weightless and nutless and can never ever compete with the truly manly teams.

    I’ll bet all those little hobbits wish someone would have told them this before the start of the season. That way they wouldn’t have had to go out there and win all those games for nothing. Oh wait, they’re still competing for first in the division. Somebody better call them quick and let them know their season is over.

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  46. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just read that Laganiere signed with the Ducks. Honestly, could care less…Kristo can skate faster than him backwards. Curious to know whether the Canadiens made him an offer? If so, it would be disappointing for a French Quebecer to reject playing here. I’m tired of hearing the French media complain about not drafting and having enough “gars de chez nous” when it is obvious many just don’t want to play here.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      Word was Oilers, Canadiens and Penguins were interested in Laganiere.

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/16/ducks-sign-yale-standout-laganiere-to-two-year-deal/

      I would hate to think he didn’t sign with us due to the added pressure.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Does interested mean they made an offer? Anyway, prospects aren’t the Habs problem. Hamilton will be packed next year.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • wjc says:

        What pressure, Price has two so/so games and he gets the rasberry.

        The 5%’ers are all nuts.

        wjc

    • jphk says:

      We only sign undrafted short Quebecois. If they can be dominant like Claude Giroux, we go for David Fisher (and call Timmins a genius…)

      • wjc says:

        You only know about Claude Giroux, because hindsight is perfect. Did you predict how good he would be 5 years ago, when the information would have helped, now you squak. Tell us who the top 50 will be and lets see how close you are?

        wjc

        • jphk says:

          I am not Timmins, but Fisher never made it close to the NHL. It was an awful pick. Yes, hindsight allows for perfection. That’s why many fanned on Subban but still annoying

    • LizardKing12 says:

      It is pretty disappointing that a lot of French Quebecers would rather play elsewhere. Lecavalier has said that he would not want to play in Montreal. When Danny Briere left Buffalo the Habs had offered him more money than the Flyers and he turned it down, his excuse being that he wanted to play for a contender. I don’t really buy it though, I think he didn’t want the scrutiny that comes with being a local boy in Montreal.

      Every so often we will hear about the Habs not signing or drafting enough french players but it seems like the only ones that really want to play here are the also-rans like Darche! Part of it may be that french stars currently playing in the league were in there early teens or younger the last time the Habs won the cup. They didn’t grow up watching the Habs win the cup almost every year so maybe in the absence of the winning atmosphere coupled with high levels of media scrutiny they just aren’t as attached to this team as you’d think.

      • wjc says:

        Bingo! However, the system is now different then it was, so winning 4 cups in a row will never happen again.

        If it were me, I would want to play somewhere, where there would be privacy and warm. Where you could take your Lambraginy out for a spin to the beach and not be noticed.

        wjc

  47. Hammer says:

    Just an observation. Gally seems to be taking an awful licking out there and will not have a long career at this rate. Having him with DD and Patches seems to be good for the scoring, but they offer him little cover or protection from anybody. For a guy the size of Patches he should be in thefront of the net instead of figure skating on the perimeter. I love the way gally goes to the dirty areas but it seems the more he does the less his linemates do. I would have Eller centre him, and possibly get another larger body to wing them. The Habs with the cover they are offering him are limiting his chances of a long career. Last last few games he has taken at least three big hits, and for a guy with a history of concussions this is frightful.

    • Storman says:

      Gallagher didnt invent going to the net or playing an in your face aggravating defenders style of hockey. It has been in the game for years, he will survive, all the talk of concussions are just that, you have to play the game, guys of his stature have done it for years,, Theoren Fleury, comes to mind off hand ,, and he had a pretty damn good long lasting career playing a similar style..That said guys like Max and Bourque should take notice and up there game accordingly, and guys like Prust and hopefully Moen can take care of defenders taking liberties on our guys, although we could have used more help in that area ie.Clowe…

    • kbhab4ever says:

      For a big strong power forward Patches sure plays soft. I always believed in him even when he was in AHL. But I try to call it as I see .

  48. CalgaryHab says:

    There’s half a dozen playoff bound teams that would take Price off our hands in second. Then they would house him with large, physical defencemen that can clear bodies in the crease and the puck out of the zone.
    Yes, Price is prone to some very weak goals – but his suppporting cast has been lackluster. And that’s been the last 2 games and the previous 3 years before this one.

  49. Habilis says:

    I’m not sure how I feel about the decision to start Budaj tomorrow. IMO, Price needs to play, especially against the top teams. I don’t see him finding his game while watching.

    • Bill says:

      He’s struggling, a night on the bench won’t hurt him a bit.

      Need Budaj to be sharp as well in case Price has a playoff meltdown too. I’m not expecting it, but it could happen.

      I am glad that Price has already won a playoff series – with a game seven shutout against Boston – even if it was a while ago. We know he is capable. And the experience is invaluable.

      I would start Budaj tomorrow night as well though.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Storman says:

      No way,,, you are risking his mind set for weeks to come by playing him absolutely not, let him get some good practice time in,, no way does he start..He should not have started yesterday that was already a huge mistake..

      • Habilis says:

        Good points, Bill and Storman.

        Keeping Budaj sharp in case of whatever is obviously the prudent choice here. I just feel like if the Habs have to turn to Budaj come playoff time, we’re in big trouble.

        To me, the most important task right now is to get this team playing well with Price between the pipes. That’s the only way I see us making noise in May. I’ll defer to MT on how to best accomplish that.

        • jphk says:

          I think Budaj is a good choice when you expects to get a lot of shots on goals, as opposed to a solid defensive system , which is when Price excels due to his size and technical prowess

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Love Price but he needs to sit…he can’t play D anyway. I know I’m repeating myself but this D is worrisome. Last night’s game reminded me of last year. If you told me at the beginning of the year that one day Boullion would be the 4th D-man, a guy who never plays regularly 5th and Weber 6th…I would have told you the Habs are screwed.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • wjc says:

      Don’t worry you can still ‘bash him’….

      wjc

  50. frontenac1 says:

    Rye?Are you nuts?That’s for Rednecks and kids amigo. You should know better.Hey,thinking of doing abit of a walkabout in the old hood this summer with a buddy from San Jose,St.Zotique to Chateauguay.Sound good?

    • Bripro says:

      That sounds great. Bring ‘em along. I’ll throw the Guinness on the ice and the steaks on the BBQ.
      Can’t be the last of July and first of August though…. on vacation in Cape Cod again.

  51. jedimyrmidon says:

    It’s time for others on the Habs to step up when it becomes evident that the other team is targeting Gally, Prust and Subban with punishing checks and cross-checks because they know that their teammates won’t push back.

    And by step up, I don’t mean dropping the gloves, but just being more physical and hitting, and playing harder.

    • Rocket Riot says:

      Agreed jedimyrmidon.

      Hockey without good clean body checks is simply a girl’s/kid’s game and size or good fists alone are not necessarily advantages for dishing them out.

      On the other hand, speed alone is also not an advantage.

      It starts with attitude, mental toughness and heads-up play.

      That’s why someone like Matts Naslund was able to knock down much bigger players.

  52. Timo says:

    Where or where is the new and improved Michael Therrien? Last 2 months or so I look at Therrien but see a murky image of JM. A lot of similarities.

    • CalgaryHab says:

      Are you referring to the JM in which you needed to place a mirror under his to nose to see if it would fog up?

    • kbhab4ever says:

      You are 100% right he is becoming JM2,Esp with regarding T.O.I. between rookies Vs vets, and use of certain players on the PP. which I can not name them as I keep getting blocked when I do !

  53. Storman says:

    For all those who were hoping for Antoine Laganiere, we basically have the exact type of player in Hamilton in Steve Quailer, with Qualier already further along in his development..both projects may or may not work out for Habs and or Ducks, depending on, defining skill set, work ethic, building strength and maturity..Neither is a cant miss prospect dont believe all the Laganiere hype..

  54. frontenac1 says:

    !ri. Really? Three hours ago? Oh not again!

  55. frontenac1 says:

    @Hobie. Atta Boy.Call it like it is amigo.

  56. Bripro says:

    Front…. you’ve been drinking again, eh bud?
    And you know, reefer slows the reflexes down in the afternoon.
    This is from Matty’s question of where Burly is, right?
    That was … what?? 3 hours ago.

  57. frontenac1 says:

    Langaniere signs with Ducks?Who cares? Another College Boy who doesn’t like to fight?Hope Staubitz has his back.

  58. Timo says:

    LOL! What in the world prompted this?

  59. jols101 says:

    DD – 20.44 of ice time against the Flyers.

    Does this guy have pictures of Therrien naked, doing lines of coke with 3 prostitutes in a hotel room on a road trip? He must have some type of leverage on Therrien, he is certainly not getting his ice time on merit and work ethic.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Patches is DD’s biggest booster.
      That might have something to do with it.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        When I heard Pacioretty say early in the year he would feel bad for missing chances DD set him up on because quote “Davey doesn’t have a contract for next year” I was blown away. Like Davey isn’t babied enough by MTL

        ———————————

        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

      • Loonie says:

        Yeah well we need to stop taking personnel advice from guys like Gorges and Pacioretty.

        Pacioretty says Desharnais’ the best centreman he’s ever played with. Far be it for me to disagree with him but I will anyway.

        I’m doing it because I’ve seen him play with Plekanec, Eller and even Gomez.

        So no, Desharnais isn’t the best centreman Pacioretty’s ever played with.

        • Timo says:

          Gomer takes any center hands down.

          • Loonie says:

            Obviously a joke but Desharnais has a ton of work to do before he’s even considered as good of a centreman as Gomez WAS.

        • 24 Cups says:

          I saw a quote from Gorges earlier in the day about home ice or something.

          Here’s what he needs to do. Shut up and concentrate on winning some battles in the crease, behind the net and in the corners.

          And to think that some people want this guy to be captain.

          • otter649 says:

            Rather have honest answers from players from those intelligent questions asked by The Media than cliche answers which probably do not get posted or reported too often….

          • Loonie says:

            I have a suspicion that you can thank Gorges for Moen’s contract extension too.

            Edit: I’m with you 100% on the captaincy too Steve. I’d rather see it on Gallagher, Subban, Plekanec or Prust than on Gorges. I’m fine with it being on Gionta too.

          • twilighthours says:

            You should read it again, that quote

          • Loonie says:

            What he said is almost irrelevant Twi. When you’re playing as bad as Gorges is the only thing he should be saying about himself is that he needs to be better. The only thing he should be saying about the team is that they need to be better.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        I agree. Once DD gets to play on the third or fourth line where he belongs he suddenly might look very, very ordinary and his contract relatively bad. He needs Pacioretty but Pacioretty certainly doesn´t need him.

        It´s a disgrace Eller and especially Plekanec almost never get to play with our best LW (PP not included) because of DD and I fear overplaying DD in the playoffs will cost us.

        At this point I also doubt we´d be worse off without DD.

        Ryder – Plekanec – Gionta
        Pacioretty – Eller – Gallagher
        Bourque – Galchenyuk – Prust

        looks pretty decent to me.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      This might be the most logical explanation to Desharnais’ ice time
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    • kbhab4ever says:

      I sooooooo agree with you

    • jphk says:

      What about Moen? Useless player. Put Blunden in!

  60. Maritime Ron says:

    @ Mattyleg

    I’d like to ask you a question as this team moves forward over the next couple of years.

    Can a team go 4 tough grinding playoff rounds when it’s Top 9 consists of 3 forwards that are 5’7-170 something pounds-some other skill players-little toughness in front of the net-then a 4th line that doesn’t bring a lot of energy or have the opposition looking over their shoulder?

    Before you answer, you may wish to have a look at the LA group of forwards from last year, then what Boston did to Vancouver and the Sedins in particular 2 years ago….

    • Loonie says:

      The Sedins are big.

    • Phil C says:

      The Boston example pretty weak, that group of forwards was less than 200 lbs on average. They are not as big as you think outside of Lucic. Not to mention that if Kesler had been healthy, the Canucks would have destroyed Boston.

      The LA team was big, but what transformed that team was adding Carter, as it gave them two lines with legitimate scoring threats. They were big when they were in last place earlier in the season. Carter was the difference, IMO.

      It’s not that size isn’t part of the equation, it is just a much smaller part than many here seem to think.

      As for the Habs’ forwards, the three small forwards (Gionta, Gallagher, and DD) have been very durable. There is nothing to suggest they can’t go the distance. Gionta played all 24 games with the Devils the year they won and he has played in every playoff game as a Hab. Not to mention that players like Gionta and Gallagher are exactly the type of player you want in the playoffs as they go to the dirty areas.

      The rest of the Habs players average over 6’1.5″ and 203 lbs, which puts them well within normal. Simply put, because the Habs smaller players don’t play small, size is not really a factor up front. The only exception would be DD playing centre defending in his own end. I have never liked it, I would prefer to see him on the wing for this reason alone.

      • Maritime Ron says:

        Lucic Horton Campbell Thornton then Chara Boychuck McQuaid made the skill players play bigger and they didn’t have to put up with garbage or you had to answer to them. We can hate Marchand all we want, but he was allowed to play much bigger than his size. Same with Kedji.

        • Phil C says:

          The Bruins had to resort to those tactics because they were not as skilled. The 2011 Habs took that team to game 7 in overtime despite being considerably softer than the current edition of the Habs. They gave the Bruins their toughest series, according to Julien. By your logic, the 2011 Bruins should have romped the 2011 Habs in 4 straight. The only thing to save the Bruins was Thomas, not their size/toughness.

  61. Rooster says:

    Wtf is up with this poll? White was just trying to wake the team up he’s the only one that showed heart last night

  62. The Jackal says:

    Laganiere signs with Ducks….
    F’ing BS

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  63. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Bergevin missed the boat on trading deadline by not adding what this team desperately needs, MUSCLES. Team was doing so good, most thought that was not necessary & that skill & speed will trump toughness. If the last 2 games are ani indication, it will be a quick exit in the 1st round.

    As for our goaltending, I’ll repeat what I have always said. Not sold on Price as he’s an average goalie at best. He like Luongo are overrated & hyped by the media. Something is terribly wrong, don’t know if it’s personal issues or not but my money is on Budaj to become our #1 goalie heading into the playoffs. I know it won’t happen but I’ve had enough of the Carey show.

    • LizardKing12 says:

      I’ll take the 40 game sample size over the 2 game one to rate this team. Do you honestly think that 40 games into the season teams suddenly had an epiphany and realized oh this is how we beat the habs! Teams have been trying to beat the habs the same way all season, sometimes it works but more often than not the Habs were able to overcome it and dictate the play with their speed and skill.

      As far as Carey Price goes you are entitled to your opinion. At times he has looked like one of the best in the league and other times he can look rather ordinary. If you are fed up, fine but wanting to use Budaj as a starter is quite contradictory. As a starter Budaj never finished a season with a SV% higher than .905 and as a starter he has a career SV% of .900. So what about the way that Budaj played when he was playing the majority of games gives you confidence that he can take a team on his back and carry them deep into the playoffs???

  64. Danno says:

    There’s plenty of blame to go around – Second Straight Stinker For Habs

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  65. Storman says:

    Drewiske and Weber, 3rd pair yikes, that is scary, at least Price getting some time off to work through his issues, I still can not understand what Therrien was hoping to achieve by gambling with Price’s psychyyy by starting him yesterday,

    • Loonie says:

      Goodie.

      We get to watch Bouillon to Markov’s right again. That should make for some exciting scoring chances. In the wrong direction.

      • johnnylarue says:

        Bouillon HATES playing on the right. All of the Hamilton call-ups were made to play right on his right regardless of their natural position, precisely because Bouillon doesn’t feel comfortable on the right.

        So, yes, putting him on a line with a slumping, over-worked Markov on his off-side is, at least on paper, a recipe for continued mediocrity.

        To his credit, Cube will keep his mouth shut and do his damnedest…

      • Storman says:

        Hey Loonie funny how when Emelin was hurt i heard comments from so many on this site not you but so many others, how he was are weakest defender , how some fans know so little of the game they watch, and how important he was to the success of this team..

        • johnnylarue says:

          Yup, our D was lauded as “very deep”, but it would appear of the 10 or so available NHL-caliber defencemen in the Habs system, we only have ONE who knows how to hit with authority.

          Whoops.

        • Loonie says:

          I said that Emelin’s loss sucked but that it wasn’t going to doom the team, and it won’t.

          They’re all in with puck movement. They need to generate quicker and more efficient ways to get the puck out of the defensive zone so that they aren’t forechecked into oblivion.

          The good news is that they have excellent puck movers.

    • Timo says:

      Maybe Therrien is not such a genius after all? Could this not be a possibility?

      • johnnylarue says:

        It’s an interesting theory.

        Probably too far ahead of its time to be taken seriously. But time may prove you right, Timo…

      • Storman says:

        One thing about Therrien he seems to stick with his guys a little to much, You think other players are wondering what it takes to get more ice time when you see DD getting over 20 minutes a game for being useless,, horrible repercussions in the dressing room for decisions on DD’s ice time..IMO he continues to get this ice time in a way protecting MB from critics of an ill-timed useless extension..

        • Timo says:

          Gee… who does this remind me of? Hmm…

          • Storman says:

            So much like JM in his constant rewards given to veterans i call it candy veteran coating coaching, it sucks big time..

        • johnnylarue says:

          Not sure DD’s ice time creates resentment in the room. His teammates see him working his butt off on a nightly basis. His lack of finish certainly isn’t for lack of trying.

          But I agree that MT has been too patient with him and Patches–by about 10 games or so. Time to shuffle the deck.

          • Storman says:

            At 15-17 minutes a game the resentment is tolerable, when het gets over 20 minutes a game and all the 1st wave PP time, late game time, all the while scoring twice in his last 20, the resentment grows trust me…

  66. Mattyleg says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m getting sick of seeing opposition players (some well over seven feet tall) tearing the limbs off our players and crushing their skulls under their skates.

    That is bad enough on its own for me to pause momentarily in my eating of barbecue chips and supping beer, but it’s their derisive laughter as they stand gloating over the corpses of my favourite players that really gets my goat!

    When will Bergevin start trading for all the biggest and strongest and most effective players on the other NHL teams and turn our quailing powderpuffs into avenging angels of terror and righteousness??

    How long do I have to write this on a comments section of a website until it comes true?!?!?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. habsfan0 says:

    As this was for all intents and purposes a rebuilding year,nothing that happens from here on in will disappoint me. (Save a 4 game sweep at the hands of the Laffs,that would be totally unacceptable). The future does indeed look very bright.

  68. Storman says:

    Another note on the ease of the composite sticks breaking, I can see teams in the future if not already taking advantage of this, say late in a game or playoff game, down a goal or two sending out players out with a weak sticks or a very high flex ratings in hopes of being stick ckecked or stick slashed in hopes of breaking the stick resulting in the most useless automatic and outdated penalty call in the books since the removal of wooden sticks from the game..

    • La Duke 16 says:

      Would these be the same players down a goal trying to score with a wide open net only to have their stick break on purpose in this scenario??

      • Storman says:

        That is the problem with guys like Chucky, PK, and Kessel, etc.., they use absolute ridiculous flex ratings, that should not result in penalties when checked and these sticks snap like candy canes..

  69. La Duke 16 says:

    Gionta, Markov, Kaberle, DD, and Moen will leave 5 solid spots to fill over the summer. Might be worthwhile to resign Ryder with all these spots open. Does Prust have a brother somewhere in the league we can bring in?

  70. Chris says:

    As we’re closing in on playoff time, it is time to take a look around the league at who is hot. More often than not (and the 1986 Habs are a great example of a slumping team coming together, largely because they stopped listening to Jean Perron), the teams that go far in the playoffs are the ones that enter the post-season on a roll.

    So who’s playing the best hockey in the league right now?

    Pittsburgh (19-2-0, incl. 8-1-0 on the road)

    No Sidney Crosby? 4-2-0
    No Kris Letang? 7-2-0
    No Evgeni Malkin? 10-0-0

    Fleury is playing great (11-1-0, 2.11 GAA, 0.926 SV%) and they are playing tight defence. Crosby is skating again and could be back at some point in the playoffs. James Neal is supposedly symptom-free, and Malkin could play but they have the luxury of resting his shoulder. Letang is back, and the team has learned to play defence. The Penguins are the class of the East.

    Washington (11-1-1, inc. 4-0-1 on the road)

    Washington was my dark-horse pick for the Stanley Cup this year. They have way too much talent to not be a threat for anybody they face. They had an awful start, but Ovechkin is almost back to his MVP-calibre form, while Braden Holtby seems to be back to his playoff-hero form of last season (13-4-1, 2.36 GAA, 0.927 SV% since March 1). The down-side is that the Capitals are starting to return too much to their run-and-gun ways…they are averaging 32.2 shots against per game, a very high number for a Stanley Cup contender. Their defence and goaltending will always be suspect until the Capitals advance deep into the playoffs. They could make the job easier by tightening up a little defensively.

    Toronto (9-1-4, incl. 3-0-2 on the road)

    People keep saying James Reimer is “lucky”. If he continues to be lucky, at what point can we just say he is good? He reminds me of Jonathan Quick; the Kings and everybody else kept knocking Quick and everybody wanted to annoint Bernier as the #1 in LA, but Quick just kept on being lucky.

    Reimer has now played 99 NHL games. He is 51-29-14 over his three year NHL career and boasts a 0.915 SV% for his career. His career GAA is high, but nobody doubts that the Maple Leafs defence was a gong show over the past few years (and remains so this season) yet Reimer is now down to 2.36 GAA on the season. I actually think Reimer is far better than people give him credit for. If it weren’t for his concussion last season, his career numbers are probably even better…the Leafs let him play when they shouldn’t have.

    Since March 1st, Reimer has been stellar: 10-2-5, 2.30 GAA and 0.926 SV%. The Leafs have an outstanding power play and their penalty kill has been one of the best in the NHL with the addition of Jay McClement (he was my pick for perhaps the most valuable off-season UFA signing).

    I picked the Leafs for the playoffs before the season began, and they’re a lock to make it at this point. Their defence is still questionable, but they’ve got a similar make-up to the 2007-08 Montreal Canadiens: no superstar, but good, balanced scoring spread over three lines and a good, young goalie. Like those Habs, it will be a question of if the Leafs defence can stand up or if it wilts.

    New York Islanders (8-1-2)

    Don’t look now, but the Islanders might finally be realizing their potential. They’ve got a superstar centre in John Tavares, they have some talented youngsters itching to make the playoffs after years in the wilderness for the franchise, and they’ve got no pressure. Most importantly, they have a veteran goaltender in Evgeni Nabokov who has made deep playoff runs in the past who is playing great hockey: 7-1-2 with a 1.38 GAA and 0.954 SV%. What’s fueled his transformation? The Isles are playing defence! They are averaging 25.3 shots against per game over that 10 game run (despite facing offensive teams like Washington X2, Pittsburgh, Tampa and Philadelphia x2). On the season, they have averaged 28.4 shots against per game, so they appear to be a team that has “bought in” to their coach’s pleas for better defensive discipline.

    So…who is a good match-up for the playoff bound Montreal Canadiens? Ottawa seems to finally be collapsing under the toll of horrendous injury woes. Boston is struggling to score, but they still have a big, talented, and veteran team that will be a VERY tough out for anybody come playoff time. The Rangers were an Eastern Conference finalist last season that simply hasn’t found their gear all year. But they are also showing signs of life (5-1-1 in April) and have the best goaltender in the NHL.

    The Eastern Conference is going to be a nasty, brutish fight. Other than the injury-ridden Penguins, no team stands out on paper.

    The Canadiens need to right their ship, because their success has been based on swagger and confidence. This losing streak is hitting at an awful time, with 4 games in 6 nights, because the negative energy can build up very fast and they don’t have a lot of practice time to work out of their funk.

    For me the schedule is a bit scary:

    Pittsburgh and Washington are surging.

    Home games against Tampa Bay have always scared me because Lecavalier and St. Louis seem to love to put on a show in their hometown.

    A road game to New Jersey, one of Montreal’s worst rinks.

    Road game in Winnipeg that doesn’t scare me as much.

    Saturday night game in Toronto to close the season. We’ve seen that script before.

    Obviously, the team can right the ship. But I wouldn’t be shocked to see them enter the playoffs in a bit of a funk, and that is frequently a recipe for trouble.

    Price needs to get his head on straight, the coaching staff has to stabilize the defence with the loss of Emelin and the funk of Markov, and the forwards have got to return to scoring goals.

    It has been a surprisingly good season so far. I don’t want to see it end for another couple of months! :)

    • The Jackal says:

      Disagree about the laffs in that post.
      They ARE lucky. Constantly out-shot, out-possessed, and out-played, yet have managed to win on unsustainable shooting.
      That is why they have not gone on long win streaks. They can score goals but are not a solid team.
      They’ve benefited from the fact that other teams have been playing poorly down the stretch while they are still trying make the playoffs.

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      • Maritime Ron says:

        The Leafs terrible slow defense will get exposed. Their giveaways are atrocious and this will be Reimer’s 1st Dance.

      • Chris says:

        Shooting percentages amongst the best teams are all a bit higher this season, as is the rate across the board.

        The best shooting teams last season were Tampa Bay (10.4%), Nashville (10.3%), Philadelphia (9.84%), Pittsburgh (9.82%), Boston (9.80%) and Toronto (9.72%). Montreal was 16th at 8.85%.

        This season, the best teams are Tampa Bay (11.6%), Toronto (11.5%), Pittsburgh (10.9%), Washington (10.8%), Dallas (10.5%) and Anaheim (10.3%). Montreal is 8th at 9.98%.

        The Leafs are just one of many teams, including Montreal, that are shooting “lucky” this season.

        • The Jackal says:

          Those stats there are misleading.
          Montreal lucky? Montreal takes many shots per game, more than the laffs.
          Laffs shooting is lucky because they take few shots and still score above the average rate – it’s maddening.
          At least TB has guys who score a ton and so does Pittsburgh, who probably scores lots of shots too.
          Laffs on the other hand are more lucky than good.

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          • Chris says:

            And yet, two years in a row, they are amongst the league leaders in being “lucky”.

            Sometimes, you just need to be lucky to be good, and be good to be lucky.

          • The Jackal says:

            Compared to last season, their shooting is up by almost 2%.
            Last season they had a credible % even though they were 6th.
            This season they have a pretty ridiculous % – that won’t hold up over a long period – maybe the season is too short, but it will not hold up.

            They are not as good as that percentage shows. It is the only reason they are afloat. If they shot at last year’s percentage they’d be in trouble.

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    • Maritime Ron says:

      LA didn’t enter last year’s playoffs on a roll. They were 5-3-2 and lost their last 2 games and 3 of their last 4.

      • Chris says:

        Like I mentioned, there are exceptions. The Kings last year were not a great team over the last few games, but if you look at their record over the last 20 games (the type of period I’m referring to when you take Montreal’s last 12 and add the remaining 6 to the list), you get a better sense.

        Over their last 20 games, the Kings were 12-4-3. That certainly was a decent roll to enter the playoffs with, even if it was mitigated a little by their stumbling finish (3-0-3).

        How about the other conference finalists?

        New Jersey finished the season 13-5-2, including 6-0-0 entering the playoffs.

        Phoenix wasn’t too hot (10-6-4), but they did enter on a 5-game winning streak. They also rode a hot February (11-0-1), so let’s hope Montreal follows that model! :)

        The Rangers were the big exception…they were very pedestrian (10-9-1, including 1-3-0 in their last four) before they eked out 7-game wins in the first two rounds.

    • Loonie says:

      The Kings were 5-2-3 in their last ten prior to the post-season last year.

      Boston was 7-2-1

      Chicago was 6-3-1

      Pittsburgh was 7-2-1

      Detroit was 7-2-1

      So I think the key is looking for a team that finishes the season with a 7-2-1 record in their final ten games.

      We can’t do it, need a 5-0-1 record just to get to 6-3-1.

  71. Mondou6 says:

    I’ve been thinking about the issue with these flimsy hockey sticks breaking all the time. There were two cases last night where you could argue it cost us goals.

    One was a Hab, I can’t remember who, maybe Ryder, swatting a one timer at a wide open net from about 6 feet away, and his stick broke in half, and he never got the shot off.

    The second was Subban, who broke his stick in the defensive zone, I think it was on a penalty kill. He tried to play without his stick, but then was unable to stop a Flyer goal from right in close. If Subban had a functional stick, he would have easily broken up that goal.

    So those are 2 likely goals caused by these new sticks, just in one game. I’ve seen other cases this year, maybe 4-5 times where wide open shots on goal were ruined by a shattered stick. At some point, I have to ask if it’s worth the slight increase in speed players get from these sticks. How many more goals does a fiber stick buy you over the course of a season? And is it worth the ones you fail on like last night?

    • habsfan0 says:

      I heartily concur.
      I think it’s time to bring back wooden sticks.
      While heavier than composite ones, they don’t break nearly as often.
      Trouble is,does anybody still make those things?

    • Bill says:

      I partially agree. I think they should use wooden sticks on the penalty kill. When a D breaks a stick on the PK it’s basically a 5 on 3.

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      • Storman says:

        I have been saying this for years especially late in a game while protecting a lead, where offense or scorng another goal is now not as important as defending.. Also my pet peave for years has been watching guys break sticks and instead of instantly going to the bench, which is usually your best chance to do so, to replace the stick or be replaced on the ice they continue to play very ineffective defense without the use of a stick..and on a PK usually this leads to a goal..

      • habsfan0 says:

        If I’m not wrong, I believe the vast majority of times when a composite stick is broken is when a player is attempting a shot. During a PK, the defensive player is merely trying to clear the zone,not usually attempting a shot on the opposition’s net.

    • otter649 says:

      Bourque’s stick broke in half in hands on a back door play……

    • Habtastic says:

      It was bourque who had a sweet pass cross crease and he couldn’t get much on it cuz his twig snapped.

      Goes both ways. If you’ve played with composites, you know just how much power and accuracy the flex can give you with a lot less effort. It does suck when it happens to US though. Don’t mind it so much when it’s the other team ;)

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  72. habsfan0 says:

    When was the last time the Habs dialled up 3 stinkers in a row?
    I think it was last season,so I’m cautiously optimistic about tomorrow night’s game vs Pittsburgh.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      At least Crosby and Neal won’t be playing…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      My concern is they could play very well in Pittsburgh and still lose, which wouldn’t be a concern in and of itself, but with Bs nipping at our heels and the Buds on the rise….

  73. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Just came back home…Weber with Drewiskie? Holy s@%$@t…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin


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