Canadiens hold team meeting, brief practice

From The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky:

The Canadiens held a team meeting for about 45 minutes Friday before taking the
ice for an abbreviated practice in Brossard. So brief, Montreal players were
already stretching by the time most of the media returned from talking to
Toronto players who were practising on the next sheet of ice at the Bell Sports
Complex.

Although coach Jacques Martin shuffled his lines extensively during
Thursday’s loss at Carolina, he reunited Benoit Pouliot with Scott Gomez and
Brian Gionta in Friday’s workout. As well, Michael Cammalleri was back in his
familiar spot, playing left wing on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei
Kostitsyn.

Other pairings: Tom Pyatt-Maxim Lapierre-Mathieu Darche; Travis
Moen-Dominic Moore-Ben Maxwell.

That would indicate Sergei Kostitsyn will be
a healthy scratch Saturday night, in the regular-season finale against the Maple
Leafs. But Martin, predictably, wasn’t tipping his hand. Nor would he indicated
whether Ryan O’Byrne would dress. O’Byrne was effectively benched during the
second period after being on the ice for two Hurricanes goals.

Sergei
Kostitsyn and Pouliot also played sparingly over the final two periods.

“I
chose to use them a little less,” Martin said on Friday. “It was a coach’s
decision to shorten the bench. I’ll decide on my lineup (Saturday).”

While unwilling  to discuss much that transpired before his players hit the ice, Martin
said the meeting served its purpose.

“We talked about our situation,” he
said. “We talked about our last game. We addressed the issues that needed to be
addressed. We have an opportunity to play our biggest game of the season in
front of our fans.”

Toronto coach Ron Wilson, who likes to rotate his
goaltenders, purposely changed the rotation about three weeks ago to ensure
Montreal native Jean-Sébastien Giguère, acquired this season in a trade with
Anaheim, would get a rare opportunity to play at the Bell Centre.

“I
appreciate that. It shows a lot of respect for the player,” Giguère said. “It
was nice and unexpected. I was maybe going to go and ask (to play) but didn’t
want to rattle any feathers.”

670 Comments

  1. Hab@holic says:

    I call B.S… I dont think cammys a bad dressing room guy. Hes just been out for a while and hasnt got his groove back. We just play stupid hockey sometimes.

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    “How do you explain to your players that Price shutout the Sabres for 58 minutes, but will be sitting on the bench next game? It doesn’t make sense…”

    i think he is using halak as his go to guy/#1 so i mean if your back up plays well, that’s nice but back to the number one after.

     

    “How do you explain to Pouliot that he has 1 shift in the first 5 minutes of every game to prove himself, if not he’s playing 2 shifts for the remainder of the game on the 4th line? You can’t….”

    well it worked for GUI so…. lol

     

  3. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you, it’s insane. The players need to fight through it though, that isn’t a skill of hockey, it’s a skill in life to fight through adversity. If those gus played with more passion they would be doing better.

  4. Ayan_SB says:

    If anything Sergei should be playing Saturday because of his feud with Grabovski, a little added intensity would be nice.

  5. RJ says:

    Hey, cut them some slack. None of us look great when we are hung over. They might buy you a drink after the signing.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  6. mike g says:

    It’s not as easy as you think…

    When you consider that Sergei’s been playing out of his mind with about 10 games of legitimate/consistent effort, how can you honestly say he deserves to be benched? It doesn’t make sense…

    How do you explain to your players that Price shutout the Sabres for 58 minutes, but will be sitting on the bench next game? It doesn’t make sense…

    How do you explain to Pouliot that he has 1 shift in the first 5 minutes of every game to prove himself, if not he’s playing 2 shifts for the remainder of the game on the 4th line? You can’t….

    How do you explain this, and a ton of other dumb/illogical decisions? You can’t, and it’s been going on all year. The players can’t show their pride if they aren’t proud of the person in charge of them..

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

  7. Eliisa says:

    Well… if beautiful women will be there count me in. I can’t see those two attracting many women with their bed heads. They always look like they just woke up.

    Does the money go to charity?

  8. RJ says:

    But can you imagine how many beautiful women might be there?? The Party Brothers seem to have quite a following.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    The two brothers were trained by the floater Kovalev! remember!

  10. Habscore says:

    I’m surprised JM did not decide to sit Cammi in the press box ! Maybe he will tomorrow, hmmm >:|

  11. Anonymous says:

    Even so, they shouldn’t be playing for the coach, they should be playing for themselves and the fans that pay their salary. Pride is lacking and complacency is rampant.Difficulty is no excuse for complacency, Unease
    is no excuse for inaction.

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My understanding Maxwell is replacing Sergei …which IMO is not an upgrade

    …to Me, o’ Byrne is NEEDED for this game

    …like I said, the RESULT is WHAT matters …if I am wrong ?, …J’ai préparé Dijon-française sera
    disponible et heureusement manger le corbeau devant moi

     

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  13. mike g says:

    You know what guys, it seems like the frustration we share towards Dumbo the Elephant, aka JM, is starting to also be apparent with the team…

    I’ve been on very talented teams in my playing career, and on some pretty bad ones. No matter the team I was on, if the players didn’t respect and/or appreciate the coach nothing worked. Watching the players on the ice and on the bench, I’m getting the impression that the Habs have a problem with JM. They don’t respect his game plan, they can’t play more than 2 shifts with the same guys, he constantly blames losses on the players, and he doesn’t motive them at all…

    You can bash me if you want, and tell me I don’t know what it is to play in the NHL. Or that I’m not in the room, and don’t know what goes on in it. But I can tell you this; you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see and understand how the players react to JM.

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

  14. Anonymous says:

    If there are so many french players that play awesome in MTL how come we don’t have any that play awesome for MTL?

  15. Mats Naslund says:

    You’re right. In fact why even dress 4 lines? Just go with Giona, Gomez, Plex and Cammy in a four man rotation for 60 minutes? I can understand wanting to send a message to a player, but is THIS the time?  Put your best guys out there and let them play for cripes sake! Shortening the bench for 35 minutes will normally result in what we saw last night. 

  16. Anonymous says:

    The sad part about is most of the potential lineups that are discussed will never be seen, Martin doesnèt do that type of thing, especially as a coach in MTL. He knows he gets critisized now, he just doesn’t want to make it worse by something not working. Our coach is a coach brimming with confidence :). Also, don’t you hate it when you made some mistakes in training camp and the coach screws you for the rest of the year?

  17. Say Ash says:

    Great. Another Quebecer that’s gonna play the game of his life in front of his Aunt Thérèse.

  18. Dave Stubbs says:

    For what it’s worth, the Kostitsyns and Markov are otherwise booked Sunday, off the golf course. Autographs, anyone?

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  19. SLONCOLD says:

    well i didn’t have them making the playoffs this year…. They’re a weak team with good goaltending. 

    Once you have your core established you need to have young players on entry level contracts to play like stars to really advance. Apart from our goaltending and form the looks of it PK, not very much has come from hamilton. All the guys who have come up from hamilton are 3rd liners at best…

    then when we develop some talent we either trade it away or lose it…… uhhh well maybe they’ll wake up come playoffs. still if we do make the playoffs, don’t expect much. i think halak( or pirce) can steal a game or 2 for us but overall i don’t think we’ll be able to win a best of 7 against any of the top 3 teams.

  20. habs001 says:

    we have lapps,moen,sk74,pyatt,moore with pretty pathetic offense stats but most posters feel they can grind and check…so why do we need to use plecks,gomez and gion on pk….shouldnt these 5 forwards be enough to do our pk….

  21. RJ says:

    They discussed the foursomes for golf on Sunday morning.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  22. Bugs says:

    If Giguere didn’t want to “rattle any feathers”, he should’ve at least had the decency to ruffle the cage.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  23. Malreg says:

    Didn’t we really struggle last time Metro went down too?

  24. likehoy says:

    michel bergeron said cammy’s a bad apple in the dressing room…look at our record without him and with him!

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  25. Malreg says:

    The Canadiens have more then enough forwards to can play the PK, SK74 is not huge super power secret weapon.

    Gomez-Gionta, Plekanec-Moen, Moore-Pyatt can more then handle PK duty…

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    SEnd it to me again or you post it from there. It was quite good BRUCE

  27. DMAN says:

    I wish some of you would make up your mind. One minute your are talking about the Habs being just an average to poor team talent wise.  Then you are criticizing the coach for not getting more out of them.  If they are poor in talent then 6th-9th place is not a bad finish for the coach.  However if they are better than their record then that IS on the coach. In my opinion it cannot be both! If it was then they would be the Toronto Maple Leafs!

  28. Say Ash says:

    That’s assuming the aliens are done with them. I hope they were thorough.

  29. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I did consider that perspective Punkster, and it makes sense …yet,on the ‘outside’ looking-in, it is frustrating

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  30. likehoy says:

    although sergei ignores JM (which is fine IMO), he’s been one of our best players since the olympic break on both ends of the ice. Way to stunt a players growth

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  31. Ian Cobb says:

    That little bit of muscle is mainly between his ears. But he has improved somewhat over last year. Still trying to grow into his body.!

  32. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    i dont think the benching of sergei is/was personal:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ_YtxAthKg
    he would have killed grabo

  33. wmarcello says:

    I am FAR from an MAB fan, but let’s face it. The team has had big problems scoring. Right now Bergeron is scoring. Also, aside from his first game filling in for Spacek against the Flyers where he put on a brutal defensive display for the ages, he really hasn’t been that bad lately. He is by no means a stellar defenseman, but the last 2 games he has not been any more of a defensive liability than OB.

  34. Habsman1970 says:

    At least this time they didn’t go bowling….

     

    ONCE A HAB, FOREVER A HAB!!!

  35. mike g says:

    Why would you repost that? lol

    I wasn’t poking fun at you or anything. I was just trying to tell you that trying to figure out JM will lead you, me, and everyone here nowhere…

    I’m just trying to save you the frustration and stress, because it’s not worth it…

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

  36. Say Ash says:

    Be careful when throwing around challenges, Timo.

  37. likehoy says:

    honestly i would rather have sergei on the ice than tom pyatt any minute of the game, and sometimes i’d have sergei on instead of scott gomez.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  38. punkster says:

    People seem to be overreacting to the assumed undeserved Sergei benching or press boxing. Which one of you were behind the bench last night or any night this season, on the ice during practices or in the room with the coach and team? I ask that because while I too have no specific idea why he is being centred out I can make my own assumptions which seem quite different from some here. How’s this; Sergei has been a mystery, like his brother, from day one. He seems to possess excellent talent, like his brother, at times but also appears to dog it, like his bother, on the ice just as often. He has a history of ignoring his coach’s instruction and was demoted for that very reason. Is it possible he is being centred out for continued insubordination or being a disruptive influence? Is it possible the decision to remove him from the lineup is the entire coaching staff’s decision?

     

    Of course an alternate theory is that aliens landed in Brossard a few weeks ago, kidnapped the K brothers and pumped them full of sleeping pills. Just as credible a theory as any other around here.

  39. SLONCOLD says:

    hope your boy mike blocks a bunch of shots lol boucher sure won’t :-p

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’ll hold My tongue until We see the result on Saturday …BUT sitting an immensely improved big physical D-man like Ryan against da Weedz of ALL teams ? …and sitting a multi-purpose highly-skilled PK-asset like Sergei in The Crunch-time Game Of The Year So Far ? …makes Me ask Myself WHY don’t I just avoid readin’ HIO and forget about ‘knowin’ WHAT The Habs are up-to …give My ol’ noggin a rest from the frustration …just turn-on the game when it happens …and like Alfred E. …just stop worryin’ ’bout it

    …I am comin’ to believe the average male that are devout readers of HIO are the same group that hires a hooker to flagellate Their bare butts in kinky sex role-play

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  41. Raster says:

    Stop questionning or wondering what JM does. I’ve recently concluded that it is the biggest waste of energy any man can do to himself. I’d rather try lift the Staue of Liberty by myself. I’d rather try walking on water. I’d rather try finding ancient treasures burried beneath the oceans.

    Figuring out JM is impossible, therefore a waste of time. It should be passed as a Federal law that any person seeking to figure out and/or understand Jacques Martin, be convicted of wasting all of humanity’s precious lifespan.

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

    I think you should listen to a wise man called Simple Jack

    Sing O’Canada when we play the leafs, It will drive Burke and Wilson crazy and leaf fans can’t boo.

  42. mike g says:

    Glad you say that! Way to go…..

    My boy Michel Richard is born and made for these games. I’m wearing my orange Flyers #18 jersey at work today, because they will get er’ done tonight….

    Can’t wait for game time. Richards will be the best player on the ice tonight….

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

  43. Stooof says:

    no doubt.  why he played FIVE minutes last night is beyond me.  the first two goals agaistn were GOMEZ’ line.  he didnt even take a penalty.  he is JMs’ whipping boy and its fing brutal.  our best young prospect is getting the short end of a stcik by a coach who is really starting to piss me off.

  44. Rudy says:

    JM just oozes negativity. I imagine a “team meeting” with him is really a sermon by him.

  45. bwoar says:

    It’s been mentioned elsewhere on the www (by a non-news source) that Pierre Gauthier was part of that team meeting.  Can anyone from the Gazette comment? 

  46. Storm Man says:

    The Toronto media has

  47. CHsam says:

    Just so sh*tty that he got injured. I bet he’s pissed off. I’m not sure how much more MAB i can watch… says a lot about our team when we have to depend on his bag of tricks

  48. light_n_tasty says:

    Your Boy better show up tonight. 

  49. Storm Man says:

    I know, I just like saying the three little men

  50. Habscore says:

    God I wish Metro was playing..!!! He’s little but tough and can actually score!! Tabernouche

  51. mike g says:

    If SK is not playing tommorow night, I urge the hometown crowd to start a JM chant…

    MMMAAAAAAAAAAARRTIIINNNNNN……….MMMAAAAAAAAAAAARRRTIIINNNNNN….

    Or at least, someone throw him a can of Red Bull. Maybe he’ll drink it and show minimal energy…

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

  52. BJ says:

    Scratching OB tomorrow is not a good idea. He’s one of very few with a bit of muscle on this team.

  53. avatar_58 says:

    What do you mean? CLEARLY our 3rd and 4th lines are the issue here. Sergei just isn’t putting in the 30-40 goal season we all know he is capable of! Isn’t that why he is paid the big bucks?

  54. Big Ted says:

    I think it’s almost unanimous that Sergei doesn’t deserve to be the one benched. He certainly outplays his brother for one. It’s clear Andrei’s head has not been in the game since he’s come back from injury, so regardless of whether he stays in the line-up, it would best serve the team to move someone else onto the line with Pleks and Cammy. Pyatt? Sergei? Darche? Also not a fan of Maxwell playing tomorrow, the kid is quickly becoming the next Kyle Chipchura, high on promise but without doing much in any of the games he’s played.

  55. Storm Man says:

    Not OB, the three little men, When PM called them that on TSN I had sore ABS after

  56. Say Ash says:

    What were they doing? Planning out foursomes?

  57. avatar_58 says:

    Oh I know what it says. I own a Cammalleri jersey and frankly I wore my Roy because I’m getting tired of this crap. Not one of them is playing like they should. Gionta shows flashes of what he can do, then coughs up the puck and can’t skate. I just can’t watch this crap anymore.

  58. BJ says:

    Ian if you see this message try and post the photo montages I sent you. I think our HIO brothers would enjoy the laugh. The link you had did not give access.

  59. avatar_58 says:

    I want to know which other coach in the NHL would sub MAB in for Obyrne. Just ONE. If I were Obyrne this would insult me to no end. Hamrlik, Spacek, Gill and whoeever else make constant mistakes but OBYRNE is replaced by our worst D-man.

     

    Right.

  60. Storm Man says:

    When did Martin have wits this year?

  61. avatar_58 says:

    Crazy idea – since the top lines aren’t doing sweet f-all how about playing the 3rd and 4th more? Roll your lines quicker. It’s hilarious to me that Maxim Lapierre and Sergei have become two of the hardest workers…..what does that say about the top lines?

  62. Storm Man says:

    He picked on the little guys??? he had them on the first line

  63. andrewberkshire says:

    If Martin starts Ben Maxwell over Sergei Kostitsyn, I’m not watching this game. Our coach couldn’t win a battle of wits with George W Bush.

  64. Kooch7800 says:

    Sweet Avatar

  65. Hab@holic says:

    Agreed… I think SK is sitting because he was shying away from contact, just my opinion

  66. ACF says:

    Generally agree with your insights.  The organization needs a reorg from the inside out.  It’s as if there is a cancer within.   Too much politics…The team is run more like a political party than a hockey club.  

    Btw, perhaps I am missing something but why is the media not reporting this team’s apparent lack of passion and pride and JM’s inability to get the squad playing with any amount of intensity?

  67. Rudy says:

    I wonder if JM is aware of how reviled he is right now. The players get it from the media and the fans when they are not happy, but does the coach get it when it’s aimed at him. Or can he deflect it off himself?

  68. Habit in the west says:

    Wow, everyone is in the same foul mood around here. I haven’t written on here for a little while, a bit of a waste of my time. While everyone jumped on the band wagon when they won 6 in a row, I stayed even keeled, knowing that the roller coaster wasn’t over. The funny thing is, they’re stuck with this team for the next 4 years at least. Who the heck is going to pick up 2 slow defensemen and a waste of 8 mill a year in Gommer? Who is going to look at two small players, both over paid, for there terms, at 5 mill a year? I was not sold on this team when they made all there moves, now I’m just pi**ed off. The funny thing, if the game goes to over time tonight between Philly and the Rangers, the leafs have a real chance of knocking Montreal out. What makes me laugh is , who cares. They’re going to lose in the first round anyhow. They dont have anything beyond a goaltender that can get hot, sometimes, and win a game single handedly. An, habsscore, I’m sorry, you look really cute in your picture, but scoring 16 goals in a season is not scoring. Metro, with all the supposed talent that this team signed, scoring the way they score, disappearing for several games at a time, and letting a guy like metro, nothing against him, god bless his heart, lead this team in PP scoring. My lord, things like that aren’t suppose to happen. This is a hodgepodge mess, an excuse for a playoff team, a team put together without much thought. The funny thing, in the paper here yesterday, they were crying the blues that Jokinen was kept instead of Cammy. It’s sad, yes indead, that we, the fans, were promised back in the summer of 2004, that life was once again, going to be rosey in habs land. 6 years later, this team has started to go backwards from what Mr.Andre Savard started. The status of there prospects isn’t all that great, beyond the fact that they have the best coach in there system in the AHL, possibly to be lost this year. Don’t think that Guy Boucher is, or has been hidden in Hamilton. There will be many teams wanting to inquire on his availability, and I guarantee one thing, this guy has an out if he wants it. So, the habs stick with Martin, keep paying a guy 8 mill a year for declining production, an overrated has been, and over stacked team for the next 2 years, to the point where they won’t be able to introduce new talent unless they trade existing youth. It makes me laugh to see this team in such an exaggerated situation. 3 years ago, Toronto knocked Montreal out of the playoffs. Tomorrow might end the misery of exagerated expectations and the frustration for all habs fans, only for it to come back next year. Enjoy the game tomorrow people, I have a feeling that it’s going to end the same way it will start next season.  

  69. Mikey_39 says:

    It makes perfect sense to scrath Sergei, who has been playing great lately and has been collecting points, instead of scratching Pouliot, who has gotten way to comfortable here.

     

    JM is a freaking genius!

  70. ACF says:

    I think a lot of people wouldn’t be so pissed if the team at least displayed some intensity and energy.   They have been lucky to win a lot of their games this year.  Just look at last Fri against Philly.  If it were not for the goaltender they would have lost.    The team plays an uninspiring style and as a result many fans have lost respect for them and are generally indifferent whether they make it into the playoffs.  

  71. fuhgawz says:

    where is Boob Gainey ?  only thing he was smart enough to do was get the hell out of a shituation he created.

  72. Say Ash says:

    Nice to see JM has a fanclub in Ottawa, too.

    http://ottawastart.com/pics/2004-04-23-mcjacques.jpg

  73. Storm Man says:

    Mensa is so lucky to have a genius like JM

  74. rickmonbren says:

    You guys are funny, worried about Sergei maybe getting benched in the finale.  As for AK, I love the kid, I think he should be a 40 goal scorer, but he isnt and this fact has nothing to do with Jaques Martin. 

    As for Cammy and Gionta, what other team in the league has 2 guys that if not for injury would have likely scored 40gls each.  Everyone seems to forget that the team was missing at least 1 and usually 2 top line player for every game this year, personally I can’t beleive they are still in a playoff spot.  The last 2 gms have sucked yes, but you need to sometimes give your oponent credit, the ils never gave up and stole away a very important point, as for the canes, no surprise there, they have been one of the best teams in the league since January.  If the habs make the playoffs, and I assume they will you may be surprised at the way the play, line matching becomes so important and secondary players come to the forefront and these are the same players that got kept the team in the race while the big boys were in the hospital getting better.

  75. mike g says:

    For those of you who watch the Trailer Park Boys, JM’s decision making perfectly matches the thaught process of Mr. Lahey

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

  76. linp says:

    Jm has lost a lot of respect yesterday. Not only he screwed up the line up on the 81th game of the season, the team played worse after that. He tried to blamed it on someone but he has only himself to blame. Some players will remember what a character he processes and will make a decision to play for someone else. What he did last night was really very bad management.

    In the future, we’ll have to pay dearly to sign good players.

  77. ed lopaz says:

    here is the bottom line on this season:

    Without the AMAZING play of BOTH goaltenders since the Olympics (and Halak all season), this team would have been in a great position to get either Hall or Seguin.

    I have said it ALL YEAR, and I will say it AGAIN:

    The forwards are too small (or too soft) and the Defence is not mobile.

    Bob gainey must be dyslectic -because when the manual read find us big forwards and mobile defenceman he went after and overpaid exactly the opposite.

    Maybe Bob was having a George Constanza moment ; do the “opposite” of what seems logical and what you normally would choose to do – and then great things will happen to you.

    seriously – I take Cammy and Gionta regardless of their height and weight.

    but GILL, SPACEK, MARA???????????? that’s absurd!!

    if we were having a fantasy draft, and there was someone in the room who started to overpay to get Gill, Spacek, and Mara – honestly – I would stop the draft, give the guy back his money, and ask him to leave.

     

     

  78. fuhgawz says:

    for real? i did not know that — F him he does NOT deserve it at all

    FIRE JM FIRE JM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. Bob Dobbs says:

    “While everyone jumped on the band wagon when they won 6 in a row, I
    stayed even keeled, knowing that the roller coaster wasn’t over. [...] now I’m just pi**ed off.”

    So u are even keeled when the team wins, but not when they lose?

  80. Ayan_SB says:

    Good news for us, Jeff Carter’s back and playing for the Flyers tonight.

  81. rickmonbren says:

    All the same people complaining today will be back on the bandwagon Sunday morning ready to upset the capitals and will be surprised and pissed off if the team doesn’t.

  82. mike g says:

    Immagine what kind of a crazy system he has for making perfect burgers….

    -Bread, then patty, then onions…no! Bread, then patty, then pickles….oh wait! Bread, then cheese, THEN patty, then………

    In the words of our beloved Benoit Brunet….”Oyoyoyoyyyy”

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

  83. Storm Man says:

    Who’s coaching the team?? that is where the blame goes

  84. fuhgawz says:

    LOL yes it does

     

    and Mike

    i will take one for the team but im not happy about it — maybe show the rest of the jackasses that wear the CH what its like to be a team player in the process cuase right now they are about as unified as the democrates and republicans

  85. TripleX says:

    Ummmmm…who hired JM and gave him a FOUR year contract????

  86. krob1000 says:

    all of the positives you mention are the reason we are depressed…..this team, along withthe last two seasons teams have been talented enough to do something…..but they have all imploded and one cannot help but get the sense that the problem is bigger than the on ice issues.  the fact taht we have had coaches who have appeared to rule with iron fists seemingly to demonstrate power than to better the team is very disturbing.  The repeated failures to develop players internally and actually chase them away is disturbing.  The fact taht our coach is choosing to bench perhaps our best forward makng under 5 million dollars for the last month is depressing, the fact that we have one game to go and are still in a state of complete chaos is disturbing….and yeah..again….the faact tath we do have Gionta and Cammalleri on 4o goal pace, ak and Pouliot, SK and Moore palying well, Pleks having a careeer year, Halak and Price both playing above expectations……while those are reasons for optimism …..the are also a reminder of waht could be…and that…is depresssing.

  87. ed lopaz says:

    Hey Mike – know what Einstein’s definition of insanity is??

    keep doing the same thing over and over (and in your case, over again), and keep expecting a different result.

  88. fuhgawz says:

    sounds good where can i sign up?

  89. TripleX says:

    Ummmmm……the Habs have a FAR better record without Cammy in the lineup.

  90. Say Ash says:

    Guaranteed to taste utterly bland, though.

  91. Malreg says:

    “Our draft strategy has always been to draft the best player available and figure we could trade them later for the assets we need. So how has that worked out?

    Trotter, Desharnais, Locke, Dumont, Fortier, O Latendresse, White, Russel, Kristo, Bennet, Weber, the list is long”

    Good thing the Habs didn’t draft Trotter, Dumont, O. Latendresse, or Russell…

  92. mike g says:

    BIG things!!!!!

    Go Flyers Go……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mike Richards tongiht: 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 blocked shots, 1 fight ….what a player

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

  93. ed lopaz says:

    exactly – another great point – who is coaching the team.????

    if you’re the GM – and you need to pick a coach – what magic is in your mushrooms that drives you to choose Jacques Martin????

    seriously – the worst posible fit for the team that the GM had just assembled – he coaches defence, trap, etc..

    this is a team built on SPEED and QUICKNESS up front – where is the logic??

  94. linp says:

    I start to understand why Guillaume Latendresse played well under Carbo but didn’t want to play for JM. There will be more players who didn’t want to play for him. The young players will leave as soon as they can. We’ll have to overpay to sign some leftover to play here.

  95. light_n_tasty says:

    Just FYI, if your boy doesn’t kill the Rags tonight, you are officially excommunicated and banished from the world of HI/O.

  96. ACF says:

    Sounds like you anticipate a Habs win Sat. night because otherwise the people you mention will be on the board tomorrow morning (if Philly wins tonight), or Sunday evening after the NYR @ Philly game concludes.

  97. ed lopaz says:

    guillaume played great under carbo???

     

  98. mike g says:

    lol…and Perry Pearn is Randy

    I can picture him constantly walking around topless at the Bell Center up until gametime, when he is forced to put on a suit…

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

  99. Ricky says:

    Yeah, him and Randy the cheeseburglar are killing Sunnyvale err…. the Habs

    I’ve seen Cats and Dogs smarter than Jacques Martin!

  100. mike g says:

    DEAL!

    Like the Canadian Olympic theme song:

    I BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF…..MIKE RICHARDS!

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

  101. Storm Man says:

    Pierre Boivin. BG wanted someone else but Boivin wanted a french coach so BG’S hands were tied. The story will come out in the summer.

  102. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    I think the defense makes the offense and the coaching look bad. Spacek and Hamrlik have to go. Subban and Weber are ready, and they will not run out of gas at the all star break like these geezers. They have scoring and passing and SKATING abilities. I say keep Gill despite his downsides.

    …also its “dyslexic”   maybe you are dyslexic lol jk!

  103. ACF says:

    Is the NYR-PHI game on RDS tonight?  I thought I was going to have to watch it online.

  104. light_n_tasty says:

    And by “kill” I mean defeat them on the scoresheet.  Not in a cheap-blindside-hit-to-the-head way.

  105. Bill J says:

    You know – I’ve silently suspected this for a while now.  Because like you I do remember Boivin exclaiming for a “French” Coach (as opposed to the best coach available)

    Hope your right and when they fire JM this summer that this truth comes out.

    BG may be responsible for a great deal of mistakes, but this one still stinks of Pierre Boivin.

  106. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Our roster is healthy now, but remember when both of our top lines were unstoppable? both of those spurts were disrupted by lengthy injuries to A Kost as he hit his stride and Pouliot, though not as lengthy. I really wanna see Weber up and Spacek sat. Hes slow and cant hit the back side of a barn with his shots.

  107. Chris says:

    The problem I have with the benchings last night of Kostitsyn and O’Byrne and the news that Kostitsyn might be exiled to the press box for the final game is that they were not even close to the biggest problem facing the Habs at the moment, yet that is the issue Martin chose to publically address.

    Whether we like it or not, this team goes where the core group of Gomez, Gionta, Plekanec, Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn, Markov, Hamrlik and Spacek can carry it.  If those guys, who represent roughly $38 million (or approximately 2/3) of the Habs’ salary cap and probably half of the available ice time, don’t get it going, making the playoffs is just prolonging the inevitable “going out with a whimper” of the 2009-10 Montreal Canadiens.  The team is in a scoring funk, and I am reasonably confident that it is likely not the Lapierres, Sergei Kostitsyns, Metropolits, O’Byrnes or Gorges’ of the team that are most responsible.  Yet these are the guys that are demoted, sent to the press box and publically chided by their coach.

    Calling out your top players is always a dangerous game.  But when you are paying your top guys elite money, you need them to lead and carry the team.  And right now, the aforementioned group is simply not doing their job.  If it weren’t for some pretty heroic goaltending post-Olympics by both Price and Halak, this team would have had a fork stuck in it a month ago:  since their 18 goal explosion in 4 games in early March, the Habs have scored a paltry 26 goals in their last 12 games.

    I’m not behind the bench or at practice to see how Sergei Kostitsyn is practicing nor am I there to see what his attitude is.  But I do see a guy who has upped the level of his play since early February (without seeing any significant change in his ice time) yet his coach keeps him at the end of the shortest leash I’ve seen in Montreal since Carbonneau got his hate on for Michael Ryder.

    In O’Byrne’s case, he’s been rounding into form nicely this season, and I doubt a benching for half a game will set that back.  A message was sent, and hopefully received by Ryan O’Byrne.  Ditto for Sergei Kostitsyn.

    But it sure would be nice if the veterans of the team had had the same accountability this season to the coaching staff that seems to be demanded of the youngsters.

    We’re not contending for the Stanley Cup (and I apologize if that makes me a bandwagon Habs fan or offends people) this season…they quite simply do not have the consistency nor the horses to hang with the league’s elite for four rounds of the playoffs.  So giving the youngsters much needed experience so they can continue growing into their roles with the team, as opposed to Martin throwing everything on his struggling veterans to get the team into the playoffs, seems like a better long-term investment for the franchise.

  108. old fan says:

    These guys are done – the Leafs will be up 3 zip before they stop trying to squeeze the “sawdust” out of their sticks – same thing every year – lousy coaching this year is the #1 problem – Martin is “yesterdays man” – not great at assessing the situation during the game. Appears to be basically “watching and hoping” -this works if you are coaching a really good team but as we all know this is certainly not the case in Habville.

  109. joeybarrie says:

    0.25 goals per game for a 21 year old isnt bad. Thats 20 goals on a 82 game season. Better than Koivu that season, and good for 4th on our team right now…

    But I guess you would say Latendresse still sucks now wouldnt you?

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

  110. zak says:

    I hope we don,t lose Guy Boucher to another team. He,s bound to draw interest from other organizations after what he,s done with the ‘Dogs.JM will be with us one more year and then the Habs should bring up the whole ‘Dogs coaching staff and Julien Brisboise as asst gm.Guy would know all the young players and their strengths and weakness.After next year Hammer,s contract is up along with Spacek and Gill freeing up about 10 mil.

  111. linp says:

    Guillaume. Lapierre and TKB was a decent 3rd line under Carbo.

  112. Harani says:

    Leaving for LaLa Land. Last time, I had to watch a game from my cousin’s house, it turned out very bad! Hope it won’t be the same tomoro. Leaving my two flags on my car, hope I don’t get smacked.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  113. Psycho29 says:

     

    It’s on RDS at 7PM

     

     

    ‘Somebody please turn on the lights so the cockroach Maple Leaf fans will scatter’

  114. joeybarrie says:

     I would want to be able to spell D-Y-S-L-E-X-I-A if I was going to accuse someone else of having it.

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

  115. ckckckc says:

    if i heard correctly during last nights game the habs are 0-8 in their last 8 playoff appearances? i know they won’t contend but it’ll be nice to see them win a playoff game.

    ~live and let live~ GO HABS GO!

    Ck

  116. Bill J says:

    Guimauve did NOT play well in MTL.

    Everything he is doing & succesfully in Minny – is what Carbo & JM where asking him to do

    “PARK YOUR BUTT IN FRONT OF THE NET & BE READY TO SCORE GOALS’

    Guimauve had good seasons, when he played with Saku & Kovalev.  Seriously though ?? How could Guimauve NOT produce!!!!

  117. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Fearless prediction:

    Plekanec decides to test the UFA market, and signs in Toronto for $5.75m (where he promptly settles into a 55-60 pt/year groove). Gauthier, needing to make a splash, ushers in the triumphant return of Koivu as the team’s #2 Centre.

     

    (As for the histrionics that surely fills these message boards…well I don’t have the stomach to read them today – the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments is just so bloody tiresome.)

  118. Bill J says:

    While it’s the truth, the Habs did win a playoff series 2 years ago…. before losing in 4 to the Flyers in 2nd round.

    Last year was a sweep in 1st round.

     

  119. ckckckc says:

    that seems like forever ago, i completely forgot about the philly series

    ~live and let live~ GO HABS GO!

    Ck

  120. joeybarrie says:

    I wont say anything about the play of either player laely, but they both have 2 points in the last 9 games.

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

  121. Say Ash says:

    When won the first game against Philly, thanks to a stick that magically broke in the dying seconds. Then Tom the Bomb with the winner in OT, I believe.

  122. Exit716 says:

    Really?

    Wow.

    Boivin should be executed at centre ice by Youppi! for that move.

     

  123. Bill J says:

    Hmmmm  I thought it was a 4 game sweep, likely remembering it wrong because after that first game it was indeed a 4 game sweep.

  124. ckckckc says:

    realistically I can’t see pleks making more than 5mil. however i’m sure some team will offer up to 6. If he’s coming back to the habs, either price or halak are not.  if pleks goes most likely they’ll keep both keaps

    ~live and let live~ GO HABS GO!

    Ck

  125. ckckckc says:

    just my prediction 

    ~live and let live~ GO HABS GO!

    Ck

  126. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I wish we could have both :(

  127. MathMan says:

    One ironic twist in that series that did not lack for irony was that the Habs won their worst game of the lot and the only game they did not comprehensively outplay their opposition.

  128. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Agreed.  It’s pretty bipolar to be a Habs fan, i’m starting to realize.  Plan the parade route when they win, throw them under the bus when they lose.  It’s the worst of both worlds.

  129. ed lopaz says:

    yo – douche bag – dyslectic -  definition” a person who has dyslexia …”

  130. MathMan says:

    Lats’ goal-scoring rate, relative to icetime, is higher in Minny than it was in Montreal last year, but not unreasonably so.

    The biggest difference is that over there he’s getting more icetime and better linemates — the kind of stuff he should’ve gotten in Montreal with a less clueless coach.

  131. MathMan says:

    I’ve heard that they had Lemaire all but hired (who had the distinction of being both French and arguably the best coach in the NHL) but they ended up going with Martin instead.

    Boneheaded move right there if true, without even knowing what a total bust Martin would be.

  132. Say Ash says:

    Turtleneck getting tossed around for four playoff games will make him a lot cheaper, methinks.

  133. WarHero says:

    Well, you really can’t blame Gainey for the defence issue. He tried to keep Komisarek and get Francois Beauchemin but neither worked out so he had to go with what was left.

    Spacek had 45 pts the year before and was supposed to be the replacement for Schneider. Just never worked out.

    Gill had just helped Pitts with the cup and we needed that kind of experience. If you can remember the Pitts-Wash series, Gill did a great job on Ovie.

    Mara looked really good in the Playoffs for the Rangers last year. He can shoot, plays well on the PK, can be very gritty but was never expected to pile up the points.

    I do agreee with you on the forwards. We need bigger centers (excluding Pleky), I can live with the wingers.

     

    ————————————————————————

    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  134. punkster says:

    Jeez THF get wih the program. Rending and Gnashing is de rigeur around here ;)

  135. New says:

    You know you could very well be right on. Huge marketing ploy, Gauthier looks like a hero rescuing Saku for his fans, a few media leaks about Pleks being unhappy (unfounded of course) and a whole new bunch of Saku sweaters sold. Are you sure you’re not Boivin?

  136. wotever says:

    Then you meant “a dyslectic”, and dyslexic was the correct word.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  137. Say Ash says:

    Effen Biron! Huge Nordiques fan growing up, seeking revenge for 1993.

  138. punkster says:

    Good comments Chris. I don’t really understand the Sergei issue either but something must have transpired to result in this. Surely it’s not just a JM vendetta against him just as the Carbo hate for Ryder surely wasn’t an unfounded hate either. Something must have happened or maybe repeatedly happened to spark it. As for the playoffs, if we make it, I hope to see JM utilize all his resources to ensure the youngsters have something positive to take out of it even if it’s only just the brief taste of the future.

  139. showey47 says:

    Lemaire had already stated he wanted nothing to do with the habs position. He hates the media.

  140. wotever says:

    I couldn’t read your post so I reformatted it:

     Submitted by krob1000 on Fri, 04/09/2010 – 16:24.

    Anyone remember the article last week ( I believe by Freidman) saying how Russian players took a lot longer to trust their coaches and organizations …… since  Sergei has been here, he has seen

    • his brother get nearly decapitated with no one doing a thing, 
    • himself benched by Carbo for playing with a little fire and wanting to go Grabovski (wasn;t even in with the team), 
    • had persons in the media tarnish, he, Andrei’s and even Hamrlik’s names internationally over a non story and as a result be blamed by many for the downfall of our dreaded Centennial meltdown, 
    • be publically called out in practice and have it be front page news that his new coach was screaming at him, 
    • rumoured to have had a fight with Gomez, then get sent down to the minors after scoring the winning goal in his last preseason game despite returning from injury, basically losing his job at the time to about 6 guys who he was clearly better than, 
    • asked for a trade…was denied, 
    • served his time in Hamilton and snce come up and played exactly the role that appears to have been asked of him…….
    • and now he once again finds himself on the bench? 

     

    There aren’t many Habs that I am happy to see come back and bite us but since we were losing to the Bruins anyway…I was happy to seee Ryder light us up like he did, Sergei would be much the same but unfortunately I believe he will be a better player than Ryder.  If Sergei played for Detroit he would be admired across the league but he doesn’t fit in our system. Why? because he is good. and for a guy that is the teams whipping boy…he isn’t supposed to be I guess? 

    I would love nothing more than for the crowd to cheer we want Sergei if he isn’t in the lineup. after all he has been through ( some likely deserved as I don’t doubt he had attitude problems ) I am 100 percent on Sergei’s side until something happens that clearly indicates he deserved perhaps the worst treatment I have seen of a Hab since the days of our “name a Captain, trade a captain” days.

    This makes me beyond livid…this is a blatant injustice and unless Sergei spit in Martin’s face, stomped on a Habs Jersey and pissed on the torch sign in the locker room he is being unfairly treated. if he does deserve any of this then they should have just traded him. this is hurting our team, hurting Sergei’s development and hurting me to watch happen.  This kid may be born in Belarus but he played under Dale Hunter and you can tell he is a good fit here in NOrth America. to waste him is just stupid. 

    I am starting to believe the team pride issues stem from upper levels who have maybe too much personal pride and have lost perspective and are out of touch with todays game and the realities that times have changed. Sergei has personal pride wanting to tear Grabs’ head off last year, he has shown team pride by masterfully filling the role that was asked of him despite being a talented offensive player.  To me the treatment of our young players and even our older ones last year is indicative that Team pride is as much an issue for management as it is for the palyers. 

    The personal allegiances on this team seem to be personal and not team oriented and I mean from top to bottom and for a long time……that is no way to run a family or a team…..everyone has to be striving towards the same goal and on the same page, there is much resentment in our organization from the outside with fans, media …I can only imagine what it is like from the inside…..wow.  The myth that we are among the classy organizations around is being dispelled in the age of information…no longer does our ability to put on a great ceremony fool the masses. this team is not a family and until there is a real change starting in the upper levels it will never make it to ice level.  Our only hope is that the guys on the ice say screw everyone and play for each other.  It pains me to write this but these constant mindfcukings by our coaches on our young players and the last 15 years of organizational moves have been painful for even the casual observer. so how is it that people with so much history in Montreal have failed to instill a real team pride.

    I want Patrick Roy involved, I want Muller to stay involved, I want Saku back for one more year to retire a Hab. I want Boucher to stay , I want Gauthier to prove there has been change by July 1…that gives him the draft and free agency…..after that we should have a good idea of what we have or haven’t in Gauthier…I like the Moor trade, I like his pro scouting of Pouliot…..I would love to know if Martin would be his coach if he started the season though…that would be a million dollar question to ask.  I hope Martin is not being groomed to be our GM though……I don’t know who I want where but I want change off the ice….from top to bottom.  The most painful part of the last handful of seasons has been the apparent talent and that Huet quote about being weak between the ears has haunted us with it’s accuracy. 

    I still hold out hope that we can make a decent run but it will have to come from the dressing room…..that group needs to realize they are alone with respect to management and coaching…..they need to play for each other and for themselves.  As alone as they are, they are together as a team on the ice and that is fortunately where the game is played…..can they realize that starting tomorrow? I hope so…but I am so pissed at the organization as a whole right now that the thought of any success being tied to this mess is in a sense depressing….

     

     

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  141. Habit in the west says:

    A little clarity for you, I don’t get excited when they win, because I know that another series of losses and mediocre games are just around the corner. 2 years ago was what was suppose to be a postive start towards the future. The last 2 years, the team has gone backwards. The planning, and I guess Bob, you think has been okay with this team? The patience, Bob, you might think was where it should be? If you’re going to edit what was said by me, at least understand the context that it was used in. Realize one thing, from the time that this team started to take shape, I questioned the feasability of how the peices were put together. Are you telling me that Jacques Martin is a better coach than what they had last year in Guy Carbonneau? Realize something, Martin is not a winner, never has been, never will be. He’s over rated, he had a team to win it all in Ottawa, and he couldn’t close the deal. The insite used to put this team together was nothing more than a pipe dream right from the start, and now most of these player are stuck here long term. Are you looking forward to this team paying gomez for the next 4 years? Obviously, being pi**ed off has to do with the topic of watching the same old thing for the next 5 years, watching some more wasted years. No one is stupid enough, but Montreal, to take the ridiculous and exaggerated contract from Glen Sather. Don’t you wonder, doesn’t it make you burn just a little, when you have so many young players to sign, like Tomas Plekanec, or Halak and Price? This team is stuck, dealing with this for many, many years. Look at the Rangers record over the last 10 years, and then look at Montreals, and don’t you now see how this stupidity could take place? It’s easy Bob, I’m Pi**ed off because my team has been ruined for the next 5 years. It’s people like you who look at this and think, oh great, they’re going to make the playoffs. In eighth place no doubt. This team is a huge chemistry experiment gone bad. The defense is slow and dumb, it’s no wonder they haven’t been scored on more, they have 3 D-men in the top 5 for give aways in the whole NHL, how’s that for a stat. If you can find a positive as to why they should be in the playoffs, show me the way. Now, hopefully you have a better understanding as to what is pi**ing me off!  

  142. Chris says:

    I do think that coaches sometimes don’t know what to do with a player.  Carbonneau tried re-inventing Michael Ryder into a 30 goal scorer that would at least be passably responsible on defence.  What we appeared to get instead was a Michael Ryder that became so paralyzed by the fear of making mistakes (and getting his rear end stapled firmly to the end of the bench) that he stopped doing the thing he did the best (and the thing the Habs needed him to do).

    In Kostitsyn’s case, I have a hard time believing that he is a bad apple.  We heard from Boucher that he worked hard in Hamilton, and there didn’t seem to be any issues this season.  Martin just simply does not seem to trust him.  And the result of that lack of trust is that he overplays his veterans, wearing them down until they are ineffective late in the game, while also stunting the development of a player they need to nurture if they have any hope of rising to contender status.

    Tom Pyatt, Ryan White, Mathieu Darche and Glen Metropolit are all good players in their own roles…but none of them appear likely to make a big leap forwards.  The team really needs to see what it’s got in Sergei Kostitsyn before they make any hasty judgements on moving him this summer, which is what I fear we’re moving towards.

  143. Storm Man says:

    let the turtleneck go I would like Horton on the team

  144. joeybarrie says:

    Apparently Dyslectic is a perfectly axceptible variant of Dyslexic. So I take it back. I was kidding anyways. It’s kinda like Slippery or Slippy… WEIRD.

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

  145. Bill J says:

    Somehow though – Martin seems like Plan B – & I think Lemaire could very well have been plan A…

     

    Now How about Larry Robinson ?

    I think he said he was no longer interested in a Head Coach job.  Wonder if the Molsons can change his mind ? lol

  146. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Hey old buddy,

    Yeah, it sure is de rigeur ’round these parts…which is mostly why I avoided coming here all season – I’ve never come across a group of people who could sap all pleasure out supporting a sports team. It sure made this season FAR more pleasureable than seasons past :)

     

    Looking forward to the playoffs, I think we have a shot if we play Buffalo!

  147. REB says:

    Nope, Spacek was a 3yr signing, not 2yr.

  148. ed lopaz says:

    ok – no problem.

  149. fuhgawz says:

    Jacques Martin has become my most HATED HAB EVER this season — SK should talk to his ‘mafia” contacts and have this man removed from society. 

    I honestly dont care anymore i really dont.  Big deal make the playoffs (maybe) and lose in the first round who effin cares anymore.  Nothing is going to change with this jackass behind the bench and the other jackass playing GM.  5 more years of a pussy like Cammy, a midget like Gio, and a loser like Gommer yippy.

  150. Habsone says:

    That Martin I can’t believe what he’s doing!  He’s sitting out Sergei Kostitsyn  and playing Pouliot???  I guess I don’t see the same things. 

  151. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    3 years ago, Habs needed to win 1 more game to make the playoffs. They didn’t.

    Last year they needed to win 1 more game to make the playoffs, they snuck in by losing in OT.

    Again, this season, they need to win just one more game to make the playoffs. They’ve blown 2 chances so far and have one left tomorrow.

     

    Hey Habs – this trend SUCKS.

  152. Anonymous says:

    If he couldn’t handle a marriage to one person how can he coach a team that has over 40 players this year? *Not my actual feelings, but I am upset enough to say that.

  153. mbplekfan says:

    A big center on one of the top lines has become a necessity in todays NHL. A couple of size large wingers with decent hands is also a requirement.

    So how can a team that drafts and signs players that are under 6 feet expect to develop or find these players? No-one trades the Getzlaf’s or Horton’s.

    Our draft strategy has always been to draft the best player available and figure we could trade them later for the assets we need. So how has that worked out?

    Trotter, Desharnais, Locke, Dumont, Fortier, O Latendresse, White, Russel, Kristo, Bennet, Weber, the list is long. All undersized yet talented at their position. When they fail to develop into superstars or elite players like Gionta or Cammalieri we are left with undersized third and fourth liners that cant impact the NHL game.

    With big forwards even if they are only third and fourth liners at least they have size and hopefully toughness to add another dimension to the game. The habs have neglected this part of the game for too long and it shows in the final months of the season and the playoffs.

    Andreas Engvist is big. Hopefully he has the skills necessary to come over and take on our 3rd line center position. We are in desperate need.

  154. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmm mafia you maybe on to something here. Cammy,Gio,Gommer the three little men and the blind coach I have a title for a new book;)

  155. krob1000 says:

    Anyone remember the article last week ( I believe by Freidman) saying how Russian players took a lot longer to trust their coaches and organizations …… since  Sergei has been here, he has seen his brother get nearly decapitated with no one doing a thing, himself benched by Carbo for playing with a little fire and wanting to go Grabovski (wasn;t even in with the team), had persons in the media tarnish, he, Andrei’s and even Hamrlik’s names internationally over a non story and as a result be blamed by many for the downfall of our dreaded Centennial meltdown, be publically called out in practice and have it be front page news that his new coach was screaming at him, rumoured to have had a fight with Gomez, then get sent down to the minors after scoring the winning goal in his last preseason game despite returning from injury, basically losing his job at the time to about 6 guys who he was clearly better than, asked for a trade…was denied, served his time in Hamilton and snce come up and played exactly the role that appears to have been asked of him…….and now he once again finds himself on the bench? There aren’t many Habs that I am happy to see come back and bite us but since we were losing to the Bruins anyway…I was happy to seee Ryder light us up like he did, Sergei would be much the same but unfortunately I believe he will be a better player than Ryder.  If Sergei played for Detroit he would be admired across the league but he doesn’t fit in our system……why? because he is good…..and for a guy that is the teams whipping boy…he isn’t supposed to be I guess?  I would love nothing more than for the crowd to cheer we want Sergei if he isn’t in the lineup…….after all he has been through ( some likely deserved as I don’t doubt he had attitude problems ) I am 100 percent on Sergei’s side until something happens that clearly indicates he deserved perhaps the worst treatment I have seen of a Hab since the days of our name a Captain, trade a captain days.

    This makes me beyond livid…this is a blatant injustice and unless Sergei spit in Martin’s face, stomped on a Habs Jersey and pissed on the torch sign in the locker room he is being unfairly treated……if he does deserve any of this then they should have just traded him…..this is hurting our team, hurting Sergei’s development and hurting me to watch happen.  This kid may be born in Belarus but he played under Dale Hunter and you can tell he is a good fit here in NOrth America…to waste him is just stupid. 

    I am starting to believe the team pride issues stem from upper levels who have maybe too much personal pride and have lost perspective and are out of touch with todays game and the realities that times have changed. Sergei has personal pride wanting to tear Grabs’ head off last year, he has shown team pride by masterfully filling the role that was asked of him despite being a talented offensive player.  To me the treatment of our young players and even our older ones last year is indicative that Team pride is as much an issue for management as it is for the palyers.  The personal allegiances on this team seem to be personal and not team oriented and I mean from top to bottom and for a long time……that is no way to run a family or a team…..everyone has to be striving towards the same goal and on the same page, there is much resentment in our ortganization from the outside with fans, media …I can only imagine what it is like from the inside…..wow.  The myth that we are among the classy organizations around is being dispelled in the age of information…no longer duoes our ability to put on a great ceremony fool the masses….this team is not a family and until there is a real change starting in the upper levels it will never make it to ice level.  Our only hope is that the guys on the ice say screw everyone and play for each other.  It pains me to write this but these constant mindfcukings by our coaches on our young players and the last 15 years of organizational moves have been painful for even the casual observer…so how is it that people with so much history in Montreal have failed to instill a real team pride.

    I want Patrick Roy involved, I want Muller to stay involved, I want Saku back for one more year to retire a Hab……I want Boucher to stay , I want Gauthier to prove there has been change by July 1…that gives him the draft and free agency…..after that we should have a good idea of what we have or haven’t in Gauthier…I like the Moor trade, I like his pro scouting of Pouliot…..I would love to know if Martin would be his coach if he started the season though…that would be a million dollar question to ask.  I hope Martin is not being groomed to be our GM though……I don’t know who I want where but I want change off the ice….from top to bottom.  The most painful part of the last handful of seasons has been the apparent talent and that Huet quote about being weak between the ears has haunted us with it’s accuracy. 

    I still hold out hope that we can make a decent run but it will have to come from the dressing room…..that group needs to realize they are alone with respect to management and coaching…..they need to play for each other and for themselves.  As alone as they are, they are together as a team on the ice and that is fortunately where the game is played…..can they realize that starting tomorrow? I hope so…but I am so pissed at the organization as a whole right now that the thought of any success being tied to this mess is in a sense depressing….

     

  156. hab lifer says:

    Are any of you aware of the fact, that if the habs make the playoffs, JM gets a $500,000 bonus.

    do we want him to get it? after all, he’s such a brilliant coach, playing that passive style, costing us so many games. screw the fu’er.

    so for that reason and others, I would prefer habs NOT make the playoffs. besides, if habs don’t make the playoffs, it’s 1 step closer to getting rid of JM.

    he will coach here , 1 more year, at the most. (god forbid).

     

  157. mike g says:

    3 years ago, I paid 115$ for tickets in the reds..

    Last year, I paid 125$ for tickets in the reds.

    Now this year, I didn’t pay 135$ plus a 7.95$ “service fee” for tickets in the reds…

     

    Hey Habs- this trend SUCKS.

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

  158. RS says:

    There could be some humiliation tomorrow night, but I fear it won’t be the Leafs.

  159. Tis Himself says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice, really nice to be on the right side of a blowout for once?

  160. pmaraw says:

    cause the leafs are already a joke?

  161. Danno says:

    You know, that would have been an excellent reason to call that meeting today… Hmmmm….

     

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

  162. Tis Himself says:

    Our squad is actually pretty funny in a really inept way if you stand back and watch them.

  163. Top Corner says:

    I laugh at the Laffs every day of my life….BUT the point was made….cause the laffs will be out to kill so the HABS DO need a HUGE GAME, and i hate watching them sit back in the 3rd…..60 MINUTES IS A MUST.  I want to win the season series….were up 3-2 , Habs better make it 4, while punching a ticket in the playoffs , and gain some confidence for round 1  !!

  164. aemarchand11 says:

    I love Richards :) Tonight.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  165. avatar_58 says:

    Oh no……I don’t like this. I would rather NYR win than for this to go to OT….

  166. habsfaninboston says:

    Tied up.  And Callahan gone for the game.

  167. Matt_in_TO says:

    3-3!

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unit against the real enemy, J.M.

  168. Tis Himself says:

    Rags will win in OT. You have been forewarned!

  169. Keith says:

    YES!! Thank you Mike Richards!

  170. Danno says:

    TIE GAME 3-3 !!!!!!

    The tragic events are unfolding like an unstoppable force of nature. The Bet-man wants Rags to win in O/T. He commands it.

     

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

  171. Bugs says:

    Friggin Flyers must not know they’re helpin us out.

    Guess we should thank’em.

    Scumbags.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  172. SeriousFan09 says:

    That would rock beyond all measure.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  173. pmaraw says:

    Callawho?

  174. Tis Himself says:

    Not if it goes to OT and the Rags win.

  175. pmaraw says:

    i think it would be the 1st time since the lockout 1 of the two has won a season series.

  176. Kevin says:

    What’s the password?

  177. hab lifer says:

    just like the habs.

  178. UziMTL says:

    Haha cute baby. Lovin the Baby Habs Paraphernalia….and pink…i know its a baby girl.

  179. pmaraw says:

    doom and gloom and doom and gloom and doom and broom and doom and gloom

  180. Danno says:

    Rags 3 Philthy Liars 1

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

  181. habs4ever2894 says:

    3-1….. Habs better win tomo!!!

  182. badbalance says:

    3-1 rangers good game…. Its over… Lets just hope rangers vs flyers doesn’t go to OT tomorrow.

  183. StillattheMapes says:

    We can beat the Leafs easily. Of course we will have the great Halak in nets, the new big No.1, the guy who makes all the big saves but has no size or position, we go with him. Hey, don’t worry, no competition Carolina we just sleep through the shootout. But of course the team can’t play Price. No way, now that he’s considered useless according to most of the pundits, we ride the’hot guy”. Trade Price or let him go, and after 58 years, I might reconsider alternatives. Not really, but…. Jesus wept.

     

     

  184. DMAN says:

    3-1

    What if Philly loses both games in regulation.  That would be cool!

  185. pmaraw says:

    its over?  faster hockey game evar!!!

  186. habsfaninboston says:

    3-2

  187. Tis Himself says:

    Opps! Could still go to OT!!!

  188. Keith says:

    Filthydelphia is making it interesting.

  189. slapshot777 says:

    Rangers 3   Flyers 2

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  190. Danno says:

    Rags 3 Philthy Liars 2 – Going for the tie in regulation I tell you. Hear me now, believe me later.

    The fix is in.

     

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

  191. Bugs says:

    Friggin Briere is useful for a change…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  192. wd40 says:

    3-2 Flyers.. Briere just scored with 11:20 left to play in the 2nd.

  193. Gormdog says:

    Yeah I called shennanigans on this game about an hour before it started. I’m with ya danno!

  194. Nina76 says:

    yes we can beat the leafs if we play for 60 min. with alot of heart & the will to WIN

  195. Tis Himself says:

    If it takes you 60 minutes of full-tilt hockey to beat the Leafs, you should be making pizzas in Little Italy.

  196. wild flower says:

    Well, if the Habs don’t make it, the good news will likely be that the Flyers are inclined to pay full value for one of our obviously superior goalies. If Boucher was a Hab, I’m not sure he could escape the Bell after a performance like he is giving tonight.  

  197. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t want to beat them, I want to humiliate them. Once, is that too much to ask!

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  198. showey47 says:

    Don’t worry about the line,i was going to play hard to get anyway,lmao. As for the matchup,i just hope to hell we don’t get chris lee. I suspect our team will play scared to lose. I wonder if JM is thinking about starting price? It will be crazy tomorrow night none the less.

  199. itpf says:

    she’s a dude.

  200. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I agree that they will be hesitant – which sucks because we know Toronto is going to go balls to the walls. They have absolutely nothing to lose. I, personally, don’t think that Martin should start Price. I can’t see that going over well either way. If he loses no one will ever shut up about how he blew the playoffs for us and if he won no one will ever shut up about him getting us into the playoffs, haha. He always seems to be the scapegoat or the saviour, poor kid. Halak got fed up after the fourth one found the back of his net last night, he let his composure slip – it was interesting, he is usually such a cool one. I hope he is in net anyway. He has been playing well lately.

    I am thinking that regardless of the outcome tomorrow night there is going to be a riot in Montreal.

  201. Gindan69 says:

    I said on monday that they blew there wad and missed the girls other ass cheek. No other team is gonna buckle under now and as expected, it will go down with the bruins taking out carolina, the leafs destroying the habs, and the flyers losing in OT to the rangers, because once they have there point, they won’t give a crap about winning. It’s probably for the best. The outcry from this should motivate the Molsons to the pull the plug on the management group once and for all. You can blame the players all you want, but funny how it’s a different group and the result is the same, soft, soulless hockey. The mindset has to change. Imagine what Tortorella could have done with this team.

  202. ooder says:

    right… sorry Richards is an angel and Ovechkin is evil.

    wtbr dude..” have a tissue” like you like to say

    at least i admit that ovechkin deserves punishemtn and needs to calm down the way he plays.

    but you jsut say: oops, ricahrds made a booboo and scrambled booth’s brain. of course it was by accident he is such a good boy

    btw.. “get over yourself”??? lmao you are the one who came here pissing and moaning about ovechkin.

    i jsut stated that there is no room in  the game for ball spearing, head hunting, ankle stompin and cheap shotting

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  203. ooder says:

    we are hear to enjoy hockey… not see guys getting carried of on stretchers.

    these people are here to entertain us, and because of morons like richards they end up handicaps.

    but i guess that’s all good with you, because that’s normal right?

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  204. ooder says:

    ya i guess NHL players don’t know anything right… but Mr.” I play loads of hockey” does

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  205. Matt_in_TO says:

    Tomorrow is for all the marbles.  It’s like it’s meant to be.  F*ck!

     

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unite against the real problem, J.M.

  206. UziMTL says:

    FU CK! Now all the pressure is on us. Gonna be the best game of the year tomm nite @ 7PM!!!!!!

  207. SeriousFan09 says:

    Capitals sweep the Thrashers in their season series with a 5-2 win, Ovechkin hit 50 goals to grab the lead in the Rocket Richard race and took over the NHL scoring lead with 109 points, Nicklas Backstrom has his first 100-point season and Theodore has his 4th 30-win season in the NHL. Mike Green is still chasing 20 goals with 1 game left, while Alex Semin looks to have his first 40-goal season in his career with 1 game left to go.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  208. Danno says:

    Okay. Next, Rangers will win in O/T on Sunday. That’s the deal. Stay tuned.

     

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

  209. HNS says:

    Two shite teams, no waiting.

  210. habsfaninboston says:

    Nothing comes easy.  We’re gonna have to earn this.

  211. pmaraw says:

    like shooting pool with rope

  212. habs63 says:

    Philly looks like they want to out due the habs in trying to blow a playoff spot.

  213. habsperspective says:

    Bruins need 1 point in last 2 games

    Philly needs 1 point in Sundays game

    Rangers need win in Sundays game

    &

    Habs get no points in final tomorrow night

     

    Perfect storm as you say!

  214. mcLovin says:

    maybe if the flyers could hit the net, they would have tied that game. reminded me of the habs

  215. adam76 says:

    Thanks for letting us all know – no no need to watch any more hockey.

  216. UziMTL says:

    Talk to u guys nex time. Dawm girl ur gorgeous!

     

    Ciao

  217. TripleX says:

    GOOD!  If this team makes the playoffs they should have to earn it and go through the FRONT DOOR.  Put up or shut up.

  218. ooder says:

    good, I am happy the rangers won.

    i don’t care if this means that our habs actually have to earn a playoff berth…

    those filthy flyers have no business playing hockey, that diving dirtbag carcillo, balls spearing briere, and the cromanion hartnell are all embarassing players. 

    not to mention richards and pronger.

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  219. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I haven’t heard that before. But yes, exactly like that.

  220. showey47 says:

    like dating a girl with a semen allergy (no offense ladies,just joking here)

  221. Habhopeful says:

    Ive heard that saying but it was related to a 90 Year old man attempting to have sex…It was funnier under those circumstances lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  222. habs-hampton says:

    You know what I saw tonight? 2 teams that aren’t afraid to lose. They would rather lose going balls out than losing while trying to protect  a 1 goal lead.

    Habs need to play like that tomorrow night. If they play loose, TO can’t touch them.

  223. Danno says:

    The Mother of all sh*t storms is brewing. Time to get the sh*t umbrellas out.

     

     

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

  224. adam76 says:

    Watching tonights game reminded me how dull Habs hockey can be.

  225. Habhopeful says:

    Like throwin a hot dog down a hallway! (I dont even know if this analogy fits here but I felt like usin it)

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  226. Tis Himself says:

    Habs are a better team than the Rags, but when they need to win, the latter show up. They give you full value.

     

  227. Eliisa says:

    Haha, now that is funny. Really funny.

    Like dating a guy that cheers for the Leafs.

  228. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I don’t quite think it applies… but I’ll take it nonetheless.

  229. Say Ash says:

    These teams obviously aren’t familiar with the System.

  230. habs03 says:

    After last night’s game I was too mad to even come on here. And now with the Philly loss, lets look at the brightside, I think we all agree that we have the better chance of beating the Sabres compared to the Caps/Devils/Pens, so now with the Philly loss if we win tomorrow, and the Bruins don’t get 3 points no their final to games we can stay in 6th. As for how to start, no question, Halak gets the nod, even though he hasnt played his best the last two games lets go with him. This team better come out ready because whenever we play the leafs its always close no matter what the standings are.

  231. ACF says:

    So true.  Habs will win tomorrow even if it’s boring hockey.

  232. light_n_tasty says:

    We will lose tomorrow in regulation.  But Philly’s gonna beat the Rags in a shootout.

  233. habs001 says:

    darche,lapps,sk74,moen,moore,pyatt,pouliot,ak46, have good qualities and bad qualities but the bottom line is there are 100s of pro players in the nhl and european leagues that are just as good or better …we should be happy that we are fighting for a playoff spot when we have a roster that has 12-14 players that are interchangeable with hundreds of players…we have very few forwards that have natural goal scoring skills….

  234. hablifting says:

    But hey Ovy with his numerous dirty hits and two suspensions THIS SEASON is a god.  Piece of garbage, should be banned from the league!!!!!

  235. Tis Himself says:

    Even if the Habs screw it up tomorrow night, the Rags are gonna take out the Flyers on Sunday afternoon. Torts knows what he is doing and even on the road they are not going to come out unprepared the way JM’s charges do.

  236. HabsFansince49 says:

    There is not a Habs fan alive who would like the Leafs to beat the Habs, but our basic problem is that in recent weeks there is very little or nothing to give us hope. The Leafs played poorly in their last game but they didn’t stink as much as we did in 2 games solely and I mean solely for some unexplicable reason the whole team with the exception of the goalie decided not to show up.

    Why I wonder? Why at such a crucial point in the year do you decide this isn’t worth it? We want to head to the golf course. With some luck we’ll be traded in the off-season. If we can give a mediocre effort now perhaps they will get rid us. We won’t play because we don’t want to stay – sadly this was a great organization years ago, but it is so mis-managed, so badly run and worse of all, none of us respect the coach, perhaps because he doesn’t respect us.  We’ll put on our skates and pads tomorrow night but that’s the extent of our effort.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  237. kmachabs27 says:

    How bad does the Islanders blow up and Sabres meltdown look now? i called it that its goign to bite us in the ass…even though were still in it we gotta be thinking what the ****.

  238. Chris F says:

    Last night was embarrassing. I was too pissed off to go to sleep. Why can’t we step up and win a big game? Well, it must be because we don’t have that big strong guy who can “will” our team to a win. Like a Staal. He “willed” his team all the way to the conference finals last year.

    We are skilled but just too small to compete when the going gets tough. There is no other answer as to why we would play so poor when the game mattered so much.

    Does anyone hear think the team has talked about the “urgency” that should have existed to finish in sixth place? Rather than give those losers from T.O. a reason to show up for the game tomorrow. It’s embarrassing that this game tomorrow means anything.

    It’s a known fact that you will never get a fair shake against the leafs with anything on the line. Anyone remember 2007, I do, clearly. And I remember Ryder’s goal to put us up by two, and then I remember the five straight penalties that were called against us to give the game back to those loser leafs. I wonder what will happen tomorrow night? One of the idiots on the leafs that took a dive was Kyle Wellwood, I’ll never forget it. And if I ever pass him on the street, I will remind him about it!

  239. showey47 says:

    left yourself a little open for a comment there,don’t you think? lmao

  240. ooder says:

    why did you bring up Ovechkin, did i even talk about him in my post.

    and btw I think he deffinately needs to lengthy suspension to cool him down because he needs tostop being so reckless.

    but if you want to ban ovechkin what does that say about Richards? jail time? ovechkin has NEVER blind sided someone from behind to try and purposefully put them in a comma

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  241. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ovechkin never skated to full speed and put his shoulder into a guy’s head in an attempt to decapitate a player, a la Richards. Richards should’ve been suspended for the YEAR.

    Ovechkin never stomped on a guy’s leg with his skate like Pronger did, or use his elbow like a deadly weapon because he could every opportunity he got.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  242. deggy24 says:

    Sure looked like JM blew a gasket on Thurs.. Maybe Boucher winning the AHL coach of the year award made him snap. Benching O’byrne for one mistake, benching SK, and generally making 1/3 of the team feel crappy, was very sad.

    When Hammy didn’t touch that guy when he could have put a glove on him, and when Gorges let the guy walk in 20 ft out in the previous game, I knew we were in trouble. Had a friend who was pals with one of the NHL guys many years ago. We had the opportunity to go fore a few beers. The player, who is a great guy, basically admitted they tanked instead of getting knocked out of the first round, so they get have a nice restful summer. He was kidding of course.

    I hope these guys give a good account of themselves tomorrow. I pray for it.

  243. Eliisa says:

    Haha, crap!

    I keep forgetting to think like a man when I am on this site, usually I am pretty good. I guess in my anger at the Flyers I let my guard down.

    No one else will scroll down this far… haha I was going to say if they do I can take it… but that is just down right asking for it.

  244. hablifting says:

    I could care less about the hit Richards layed out.  I personally would never hit a guy like that, but then I don’t get payed millions.  Perhaps Booth will learn to keep his head up…or wait, maybe not.

    I brought up Ovy because its clear you have a man crush on europeans, thats all.

  245. HNS says:

    If Stool is so great, why is his team in the garbage? This is a team sport don’t forget.

  246. Habscore says:

    LMAO!! good to see we all still have some sense of humour here :) after all the ups and downs WE have been thru…ppfff

  247. showey47 says:

    It’s all good. I’m sure if i didn’t jump on it,somebody else would have. Just caught your edit and i can’t stop laughing. But your right,you would be asking for it alright,lol.

  248. hablifting says:

    Nope he just shoved a guy headfirst into the boards and broke multiple bones.  Also that nasty knee on knee with Gonchar in the playoffs.  The guy is dirtier then Pronger and by a large margin.  That stomp was bullshit, Kessler was trying to hog tie him with his legs, not a good idea when your opponent is wearing skates.

    Lets not forget that guys like Gordie Howe and Messier elbowed more then their fair share of guys in the mush.  That rough stuff is a part of hockey, happens in the heat of the moment.  Stop trying to pretend you wouldn’t be the backstabbing ever guy you see to stay in the league making the big bucks.

  249. HabsFansince49 says:

    No one picked up on the duration of the Habs meeting today – 45 minutes. Here was the agenda;

    Welcome (coffee & muffins) 20 minutes

    Introductions to team members 10 minutes

    Coach reveals his PLAN with white newsprint and crayons 10 minutes

    Question period – none 0 minutes

    Logistics of locker clean out on Monday 5 minutes

     

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  250. HNS says:

    I’m an optimist and still I have a bad feeling about tomorrow. I hope I’m wrong.

  251. ooder says:

    and btw Ovechkin actually got suspended for his actions multiple times.

    unlike the “good candian boy” richards, who got away scot free after nearly killing david booth

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  252. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gabriel Dumont’s Drummondville Voltigeurs are going to the 3rd round of the playoffs in the Q after beating Rimouski Oceanic in 5 games, Dumont leads the entire league in playoff goals with 10 and is tied for the league lead in playoff points with 17.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  253. ooder says:

    you could care less about richards nearly killing booth, but apparently ovechkin is pure evil…

    btw.. it is impossible to play hockey with your head up at all times.. the puck gets lost in your feet and stuff happens. you do have to look at it at times.

    but i guess that excuses richards for coming in from behind booth on his blind side and goign for his head 

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  254. SeriousFan09 says:

    A league-wide poll holds Pronger as the dirtiest player in the NHL, are they all in on the anti-Pronger vendetta or maybe they’re just tired of his cheap shots?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  255. ooder says:

    an actual elbow is one thing (the days of howe and messier), being elbowed with rock hard equipment is quite another.,

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  256. hablifting says:

    Yup he made a mistake.  Ovy?  4 to 5 “Mistakes” now.  They are just finally starting to reel him in.  Reckless numb nuts of a player.

  257. hablifting says:

    Maybe those 50 players they talked too need a tissue, just like you?

  258. Tis Himself says:

    Don’t worry, the Rags are gonna take out the Flyers on Sunday afternoon.

  259. Eliisa says:

    Haha, even I am not blonde enough to walk into that one. We have to draw the line somewhere.

    So, Mr. I Get to go to the Game Tomorrow, any thoughts on the match up? I can’t believe you will get to see that game live – that game. It’s going to be a good one.

  260. ooder says:

    this is not the first time richards has pulled this kind of stunt..

    he hit kovy and this other guy from atlanta in the exact same manner.. but since they were lucky enough not to end up in the hospital it’s all aright

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  261. hablifting says:

    Nearly killing??  Rofl.

    Yup we all saw into Richards mind using the NHL patented mind reading device, obiously intentional head contact.  You guys are so dramatic about everything, it’s a joke.  I would believe that it was a reckless and thusly an accidental hit long before I would believe it was intentional.  I play hockey plenty, I see plays equal or worse then that a couple times of year in a game that’s played at 1/5th the speed that the NHL is.  Get over yourself.

  262. SeriousFan09 says:

    Has anyone spent 3 months recovering from a traumatic brain injury that Ovechkin inflicted? No, Ovechkin plays on edge and has to be reeled in, but Richards got away scot-free with permanently damaging Booth’s brain, he may never be all that he was before that injury.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  263. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, a Don Cherry/Mike Milbury knuckledragger, what are you doing on a blog that discusses real hockey?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  264. hablifting says:

    Talk to Campbell about that recovery time.

  265. hablifting says:

    Love the holier then thou “hockey elite” attitude from you limp wristed jag offs.  Go back to your knitting.

  266. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dogs get their 52nd win of the season, winning with an OT goal by Grant Stevenson, David Desharnais and Brock Trotter were each held without a point, but 2nd-year forward J.T. Wyman had 2 goals, 1 assist to make things happen, Aaron Palushaj, the club’s latest acqusition got the tying goal to force OT.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  267. ooder says:

    you know, the dogs don’t have the most talent, but boucher makes them work like a well oiled machine.

    that’s very nice to see, that he uses each players abilities to build a very good hockey team.

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  268. DMAN says:

    Trois et Trois

  269. Bugs says:

    Trois À trois.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  270. pmaraw says:

    3-3 sonuvagun

  271. ACF says:

    Love Richards…good Canadian brings it in the big games 

  272. ooder says:

    decapitates people and puts them in the hospital.. what a bang up guy

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  273. RetroMikey says:

    LMFAO!  You try coaching thes young kids like Sergei and O”Byrne and  you’d be like JM as well.

    Kudos to the coach!  I would have done the same thing, if you don’t play my way, see ya!

    Ya must be a Pepsi Generation fan as well who has no respect for the coach but these young bratz on our team.

    Blaming the coach for the demise on or team is lame dude, pretty lame.

    Blame the players.

     

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

  274. Tis Himself says:

    Actually Retro, I used to post as Yeats, but got bored with that moniker. As you know, I ain’t no member of the f’n Pepsi Generation. I grew up in NYC playing roller hockey against the Mullens borthers and still play several times a week at the USMA at West Point. If you handled me the way Martin treats the younger guys on the team, you’d be in intensive care because I would have throttled a puck at your face. Martin is a moron. It is as simple as that. He has no idea how to handle the younger players at all. He is the reason why this team is battling for the 8th spot.

  275. pmaraw says:

    the coaching “mistakes” are way too glaring, sorry mikey. like when he had cammy and ak out on the 4 on 6 vs sabres? all the missed timeouts with a 1 goal lead and a faceoff in our zone at the end of the game?

  276. ooder says:

    hey Mikey, what’s your beef with SK74 and O’Byrne??

    i am not one to usually blame the coach (unless it’s right after a loss and i am super pissed off)

    maybe sk74 did something stupid, I don’t know, I am not on the bench.

    O’byrne i understand, he made some pretty abd mistakes, but from what i see sk has beend oing everything that is asked of him.

    killing penalties and working very ahrd

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  277. RetroMikey says:

    How the f&*& do you know how he handles the players? 

    Always blame the coach for the performance of the team, when in fact you should see the friggin players we have on our team, no talent at all.  It finally comes all out in the open how crap we are.

    Oh, if you attempted to throttle a puck in my face, better act fast cause I play hockey as well. It would be right back in your face.

    And I still play hockey as well, ice hockey not roller hockey in a league with oldtimers like Rick Nattress, Brad Dalgarno to name a few in my hometown.  We’d kick your butt up there in New York,

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

  278. Tis Himself says:

    Martin is a total bumbledick behind the bench. He has no idea whatsoever about what is going on.

    And Sparky, I would not “attempt” to throttle one at your face. I’d nail you right off the bridge of your nose. As far as your tough guy routine, please. That crap might work well Hamilton, but there are women that would beat the poop out of you in NYC. Oh, you must have misunderstood me. I played roller hockey against the Mullens bothers, but we all play ice hockey down here. Rick Nattress, Brad Dalgarno, no Cup rings, but they’re OK. I’ve played with Valery Kamenski, Doug Brown and a few other guys with rings down here.

  279. RetroMikey says:

    Sergei plays when he feels like it, plain and simple.  Last game I saw he coughed up the puck several times and was slow to respond to come back on the pinch.  The guy is just too soft and will not go into the corners and get dirty like a Pyatt or Darche.  I like these players!

    As for O’Byrne a work in progress on D from the getgo since his days on Hamilton.

    Yeah, I believe Sergei did something stupid which caught the eye of the coaches and affected the team.

    JM may have not noticed it but you have two other guys who consulted with Martin.  This sis my theory.

    You got Perry Pearne and everyone;s idol Kirk Muller behind the bench, they have input as well and the blame cannot be blamed soley on JM for the failure of this club.

    Why is Muller still an Assistant coach on our team?  If you want Martin to go then blow the ship and get rid of all the coaching staff.

    I have yet to hear no one who they would want as coach besides the green coach we have in Hamilton in Guy Boucher. 

    1 season in Hamilton and having the success he has I give credit, but to step right in to coach the Canadiens next season is a recipe for disaster. the guy still has to learn the ropes.  Kinda reminds me of Carey Price winning the Calder Cup in a short stint in Hamilton and everyone says the guy has nothing to prove in the AHL anymore.

    Sorry but Guy will  have to suffer in another season in Hamilton and bide his time there.

    Don’t expect miracles against Toronto.  If we win, thank Halak, he will be the main guy who can save this club from a disappointing year and leading the club to another week and a half of extended hockey before Golf season commences.

     

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

  280. RetroMikey says:

    As far as I know Nattress has a Stanley Cup ring playing for Calgary in 1989.

    Let`s see I could name a sleuth of players I played hockey with as well who played in the NHL or AHL and FYI, my wife is American, and from Trenton, New Jersey who is Italian background who would kick the living shites out of your preppy Manhattan girls before they get to me as you say.

    You should know that you don;t mess with Jersey girls!

    Badda bing! Badda bang!

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

  281. Tis Himself says:

    Dude, I could run a longer list as well if need be. Crap, my high school linemate was a Hobey Baker finalist. (That means he also got a college degree.) BTW, a sleuth is a freaking detective for God’s sake. If you’re gonna speak English, speak it goodly dammit!!!  What makes you think I’m from Manhattan? The last time I checked Yankee Stadium was in the Bronx. Oh, spare me the Jersey hard-ass crap. I hate to break it to you, but Trenton isn’t exactly one of the tougher areas of the “garden” state.

  282. Habscore says:

    YESSS YESSS YESS!!

  283. UziMTL says:

    That sounds like itd sound hot coming from u…nobody else above or below this comment.

  284. ed lopaz says:

    bossy is from my home town – habs passed on drafting him and took mark napier instead. napier turned into a decent pro.

    but bossy – 9 consecutive 50 + goal seasons right out of the gate; unreal!! from his rookie season onward

    5 60+ goal seasons

    last season he scored mid 30′s is 60+ games – then he was forced to retire with a chronic back injury.

    reason why boassy was passed over – habs thought he couldn’t score in tough arenas on the road.

  285. ACF says:

    Neither of these teams should be in playoffs

  286. waisguy says:

    Question: If the Phillies win tonight and we win tomorrow, can we still finish sixth?

  287. Habscore says:

    Sheeiiitt Sheeeeiitt Sheeeiittt!!

  288. pmaraw says:

    thats up to boston

  289. ACF says:

    yes but depends on outcome on Sunday…Philly can;’t get any pts on Sunday

  290. Danno says:

    This is a phony game. They’re running up the score back and forth and you know damn well where this is going. Rangers win in O/T. What a farce the NHL has become.

     

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

  291. ooder says:

    if this game ends in regulation the habs are in the playoffs.. lets hope the rags wins… 

    —————–

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  292. Tis Himself says:

    It’s all a vicious right-wing conspiracy!

  293. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    There is a conspiracy to eliminate the Habs?

     

  294. Habhopeful says:

    JUst let me get it straight, if the rangers lose, were in? even if they lose in overtime/shootout?

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  295. Tis Himself says:

    Yea, and they are part of it!

  296. Danno says:

    Not quite. All Philly needs is one point. They can pick it up on Sunday.

    Here’s the checklist.

     

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

  297. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why not? Last year the League basically put a hit out on every skilled player on our roster in the last two weeks of the season, every single one of our guys was targeted to be put out of action and refs did nothing.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  298. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Only if Philly wins… If the NYR win in reg, and the Habs lose tomorrow, coupled by a NYR win in OT on Sunday.  The Habs are out. :(

  299. Habscore says:

    I’m really confused now….and if Flyers lose in regulation??

  300. pmaraw says:

    wrong sorry.

    if we win tomorrow, we’re in.

    if we lose and this game end in regulation with rangers win, and then sunday rangers win in ot, we’re out.

    basically if rangers win both game and 1 goes to OT, we HAVE to win or get to OT vs leafs.

  301. ooder says:

    right… but let’s say the rangers win this game in regulation and tomorrow they lose in overtime.

    then that would tie the rangers with the habs, but sicne the habs won the season series we would have the edge

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  302. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Seriously?  That’s what we’re going to believe now? 

  303. Tis Himself says:

    Rags must win and get two points. An OT win would give the Flyers one and really turn up the gas on the Habs tomorrow night.

  304. light_n_tasty says:

    If rangers lose, we are in. No matter what. No matter how.

  305. hab lifer says:

    neither should the habs.

    doesn’t matter. it will early exits for thse teams.

  306. JF says:

    I don’t think Boucher is good enough to win.  Unfortunately, he’s probably good enough to get an overtime loss – the worst possible result for us.  It looks as though we’re going to have to do it ourselves tomorrow, and I don’t have much faith in that.  I have a feeling our goaltneding will be mediocre and our penalty kill, usually stellar, will have an off night.

  307. pmaraw says:

    ya, if they lose in OT or regulation once in the next 2 games, we’re in

  308. Mattee. says:

    lol. I just said the exact same thing.

  309. slapshot777 says:

    I’m kind of in agreement with you. Did you notice that at the end of the second period, I think it was Briere gave a tap of the stick on the seat of one of the Rangers players pants. As if to say going as planned good game. I think if I was fighting for a playoff position I wouldn’t be tapping or acknowledging a opposing player during the game.

    Also how funny it was to have Philly tie it and through now pressure or great forecheck Pronger lost the puck to Gaborik to go in on a partial breakaway.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  310. Danno says:

    The checklist explains it well.

     

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

  311. adam76 says:

    ya – thats logical and realistic

     

     

  312. Top Corner says:

    I know…My brain is melting……If the Flyers lose in Reg….they have to lose in regulation once more Sunday i believe to make it worth our while……iam going cross eyed

  313. Danno says:

    Yes.

     

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

  314. ooder says:

     let’s say the rangers win this game in regulation and tomorrow they lose in overtime.

    then that would tie the rangers with the habs, but sicne the habs won the season series we would have the edge

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  315. UziMTL says:

    If the Flyers lose in regulation we gotta wait till either tomm to beat the d leafs or lose in OT or Sunday for the Flyers to win in regulation or OT…then we’re in. 

  316. Storm Man says:

    I just want a win on Saturday don’t give a toss what other teams do. JM I will be at the game and I will be watching you

  317. topher5468 says:

    I think then we would be tied with philly but they have more wins, 40,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  318. Tis Himself says:

    It’s all part of a massive Masonic plot!

  319. ooder says:

    that scenario will the rangers 3 points tying them with the habs.

    but the habs have more wins and won the season series.. so i don’t understand how we would not clinch

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  320. adam76 says:

    Also – 911 was an inside job and walt disney is in a cryogenic freezer.

  321. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    We will pull it off tomorrow.  These Hab’s have fight in them.  People seem to think they’re a bunch of bums, but they’ve been fighting through injury and mediocracy all year.  They are fighters and tomorrow they will show everyone what they can do.

  322. JF says:

    The Flyers only need 1 point to make the playoffs because they have the most wins.  An overtime loss in eitther of their weekend games would put them in and us out unless we can get 1 point against Toronto.  If the Bs lose both their games in regulation, we’re still in, but realistically we need a point tomorrow night; otherwise we’ll spend Sunday chewing our fingernails and praying.

  323. ooder says:

    oooooooooo shit i just got it… oh man philly better win this one

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  324. pmaraw says:

    if we’re getting beat and out worked you should start a “FIRE MARTIN” chant, has a nice ring to it

  325. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think the league specifically fixes games, as the news on that would’ve broken a long time ago. I do think that there’s a lot of refs that come out of Southern Ontario that have a considerable dislike for the Canadiens because of the 70s and they never got over it, much like a certain windbag on CBC, and two ex-goalies they employ that the Canadiens kicked out of the playoffs in ’93.

     

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  326. UziMTL says:

    U Lucky SOB! Well said though…so sad how were all watching this game right now….we shuda clinched earlier this week.

  327. ACF says:

    That’s whacked thinking…I think it’s a case of a shitty goalie and a tired goalie.   Ludquist is burnt out.   

    I’m tired of a Cdn team not winnning the Cup.  Were the Habs in ’93 the last Cdn team to win the Cup?

     

  328. pmaraw says:

    ya, we own the tie breaker

  329. Eliisa says:

    Stop bragging, you are making the rest of us jealous. ;)

  330. topher5468 says:

    Yes your right but we wouldn,t know that until Sunday so wouldn’t clinch tonight if the rags win in Reg

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  331. Storm Man says:

    you know I will, sitting close to him;)

  332. DMAN says:

    Now you don’t want to intimidate him to bad. Maybe just glance over every once in a while

  333. Habscore says:

    Thanks guys!

  334. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Stay loud! We’ll need it.

  335. Storm Man says:

    You still going to Kelowna? If so watch the game at Roses next to the Delta Grand Hotel

  336. pmaraw says:

    bring a bullhorn, make sure gauthier hears ya lol

  337. UziMTL says:

    Hahah i have memorized ur face…so if/when i see u doing that….ill be at the local steakhouse in T.O. telling my boys…thats my boy! ; )

  338. Tis Himself says:

    Just saw the NHL “History Will Be Made” promo with Roy in the ’86 playoffs against the Rags. I was at that game!

  339. UziMTL says:

    NP…so u never replied…does it say “Gomez” on d back of that shirt?

    ; )

  340. Eliisa says:

    Nope, I got out of it! :) She never would’ve gone and watched a hockey game with me. I think I might have to infiltrate the enemy camp and go watch the game at one of my friend’s houses. He is a huge Leafs fan. That way I’ll be able to rub it in big time.

  341. Bugs says:

    What’s a good proportion arsenic-gatorade to avoid the almondy aftertaste?

    Umm…no reason.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  342. Storm Man says:

    Nothing better then to watch a game at the enemy camps house, I hope you wear all your habs garb:)

  343. ACF says:

    I hope you’re right!   They need to determine their own destiny.

  344. slapshot777 says:

    For anyone who is interested  Hamilton 3  Syracuse 2   in the 2nd period.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  345. ooder says:

    did anyone just see what brier did to gaborik???

    what a little dirty POS… put his stick between Gaborik’s legs and hit him in the family jewels..

    man i just can’t make myself cheer for the flyers

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  346. Storm Man says:

    I maybe escorted out if the Habs lose, Im glad my Uncle is a lawyer and will be at the game with me;)  

  347. pmaraw says:

    haha thats what im doing, heading to my brothers house to watch it.  hes a leafs fan and I’ll be wearing this jersey

  348. Storm Man says:

    He is sitting to high up Im in sec 101

  349. Eliisa says:

    Heck yeah! I even have lucky Habs socks. They might have to make an appearance, I only pull them out when they have to pull out the W for me. I might not be allowed in the house though…

  350. Storm Man says:

    Perfect

  351. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    You may not have caught it earlier, but Gaborik went for an elbow to the head before Briere reacted.

  352. pmaraw says:

    Eklund This is a typical “three point game” late season third period when games is either tied or 1 goal difference. NOTHING HAPPENING

  353. Habhopeful says:

    Thanks everyone, confusing but thanks nonetheless lol ill just nod and leave the room…rangers lose in OT or Regulation and were in, got it!

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  354. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ovechkin makes it 50 once more, the 4th time in his first 5 seasons that he hits the 50-goal marker, only Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky share that honour. He scores like it’s the most natural thing in the world, never get tired of watching him play.

    Nicklas Backstrom hits 100 points as well, 32 goals and 68 assists in his 3rd NHL season.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  355. Storm Man says:

    Lucky Habs socks priceless;)

  356. Storm Man says:

    He is money in the bank 

  357. ooder says:

    must have missed it.. but at least settle your problems like a man.. don’t go for the balls

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  358. Danno says:

    Philthy and the Rags are partners in crime. It’s a gentlemen’s agreement. Without the gentlemen of course.

     

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

  359. Habhopeful says:

    Caps fans are chanting “Crosby Sucks!” ???? lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  360. Matt_in_TO says:

    This is what happens when we rely on useless teams to help us out.  leafs blew it on Wednesday, flyers are blowing it tonight.

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unite against the real problem, J.M.

  361. showey47 says:

    I’ll be in sec. 105

  362. Habscore says:

    oh sorry!lol Nah the name on the shirt is actually now one of our enemies.lol

     I’m not a huge fan of Gomez but I like his skillz(not for 8mill$ tho)..I actually live in MTL, I come to TO on the days I work only…I was never able to get tickets to watch a game in the ACC. I would love it one day, hopefully Habs would win tho.

  363. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    What is going on in NY.  What a cluster-fuk

  364. SeriousFan09 says:

    Note how the Capitals smell blood, a weak defence and they press, two quick goals gives them the edge in the 3rd period and the game belongs to them. Simple isn’t it? JM should watch this game and take notes.

    Make that 3 goals! Backstrom is a BEAST.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  365. Habscore says:

    Flacking Hartnell!!!

  366. Gormdog says:

    And he’s going to be rewarded with plays of the year footage.

  367. habs4ever2894 says:

    Backstrom is the second coming of Forsberg and if he avoids any major injuries during his career he might end up being the best Swede to ever play the game.

  368. mcLovin says:

    ommgg boucher hahaha

  369. ACF says:

    I’ll be going to Kilgours – a canadiens bar in toronto tommorow night

    I recall seeing the Leafs- Cdns final game of ’07 season at ESPN Zone in NYC…hopefully outcome will be better this time

  370. slapshot777 says:

    What an idiot Boucher is.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  371. doug says:

    It’s happening….

  372. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Hartnell looks ridiculous with his mane…

  373. Storm Man says:

    Must be upset at him for winning the gold:)

  374. Habhopeful says:

    Problem is we dont have a quarter of there high powered offence, there incredible, im too lazy too look up the facts but what like 5+ players with 20 goals? A team like ours relies on Goaltending regardless of what most here think about our Goalie duo, we cant score like the Caps

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  375. habsperspective says:

    If one thing is certain they will determine there own destiny, for good or for worse!  Haha!

  376. habsperspective says:

    This looks like a 3 point game in the happening!

  377. Habhopeful says:

    He’s insane, even without Ovie, I think Backstrom can do some damage

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  378. Storm Man says:

    Great I can point the finger at you if some beer rains down on JM:) Or help you toss some leaf fans around

  379. Danno says:

    It’s either that or a Rags win. If Rags win in regulation tonight, you can bet Philly will lose in O/T on Sunday.

    These guys are partners in crime. I can just smell it.

     

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

  380. SeriousFan09 says:

    7 guys with 20, Backstrom’s over 30, Semin’s going for 40 now and Ovechkin just got No. 50, Green is looking to become the 8th 20-goal man on the team.

    We can’t score like the Caps, but we have a Top 6 that like the Capitals, works in run-and-gun offence, not a defensive shell scheme like JM runs them in. Cammalleri, Gionta, Gomez, AK, Pleks, Pouliot are all meant to be offensive players that make goals happen and score them, we can’t score like the Caps but we have a number of players who are suited to playing the Capitals do.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  381. Danno says:

    He’s the ugly pimple on the @ss of the NHL.

     

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

  382. Matt_in_TO says:

    Doesn’t matter what happens Sunday if we win tomorrow

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unite against the real problem, J.M.

  383. UziMTL says:

    Yea…he was prolly the worst player last night…to me at least. Shiet Habs/Leafs games at the ACC are ridiculously expensive. I went to the last game on the 26th of Dec. where we played the first 5 minutes….and Halak saved our asses. Then AK46 scored in OT lol. Gluck tryina get some ticks here…if i get a spare one and have noone to go with ill let u know. If i find u on this thing that is ; )

    P.S….where in MTL u from? Im from Brossard.

  384. Danno says:

    You and I understand that. I’m not so sure everyone on our team does.

     

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

  385. UziMTL says:

    Oo n since ur fav player of all time is Kovy, im gonna assume thats wat it says on d back. Well….hey i hope he comes back to retire with us so that shirt doesnt go to waste. U think he will…or hes washed up?

  386. habsperspective says:

    hey we can try again tomorrow, with hoping carolina beats bruins in regulation…

  387. Habhopeful says:

    Thats nutty! NUT-TY!

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  388. showey47 says:

    At $10 a beer i’m going to be running it through my kidneys first before i spray it on JM,lol.

  389. Da Hema says:

    If the objective is to avoid an almond aftertaste, Bugs, then you should try amatoxin. It is an effective and deadly poison extracted from certain types of mushrooms that attacks your liver and kidneys. You then fall into a coma from which you never wake up.

    Your welcome!

    ————————

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

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  390. Gormdog says:

    I get the sick and twisted feeling this game will stay at 3-3 and go to shootouts… Sucks for the flyers getting a point, but i take that chance v the 50% chance rangers lose and put all the drama behind us.

     

    Ouf. Boucher in a shootout. That’s not the guy we want to be counting on…

     

    Edit: I’m such a douche

  391. Tis Himself says:

    It’s gonna go to OT!

  392. habs4ever2894 says:

    Boucher sucks!!!!!!

  393. aemarchand11 says:

    Way to go Boucher

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  394. Matt_in_TO says:

    OMG, Brian Boucher sucks!

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unit against the real enemy, J.M.

  395. habsfaninboston says:

    Unite, Matt.

  396. SeriousFan09 says:

    F U Gaborik, shouldn’t you be recovering from a groin injury or something?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  397. nickster13 says:

    Its crazy, we win and we could finish in 6th, but we lose and could possibly end up in 9th. crazy!

  398. showey47 says:

    The crazy part is,there have been 4 straight days where a habs win or a rangers losing just one point would have sealed it and it hasn’t happened. The stars are aligning for a nervous sunday on HIO,lol.

  399. decton says:
    I
    subscribed to your blog when is the next post
  400. deuce6 says:

    I know we hold our own fate in our own ahands, but would it be too much to ask for a little help? lol

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  401. Tis Himself says:

    What about the Whalers and the Nordiques?

  402. deuce6 says:

    ???

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  403. Tis Himself says:

    You want the Jets. Let’s go full tilt and bring back the Whalers and the Nordiques. The old Adams Division was some of the best hockey ever!

  404. avatar_58 says:

    Rumour as in your hope?

  405. Chris says:

    I really miss Hartford! :)

  406. Big Bird says:

    Sorry but besides guys like Gionta, Gill, Georges, Moen and Halak no one else on this team wants it.  Tomorrow is their last chance?  Why did it get to this?  You played two of the crappiest teams in the NHL this week and you didn’t even bother showing up?  Have they no shame or pride?

    What I liked about the team this year was that they showed up for most games.  My confidence in them in that respect has been shattered.  They played like crap.  They don’t deserve to make the playoffs.  I can handle a loss.  But at least come with some effort or desire.  Come prepared to play.  That did not happen against either Islanders or Hurricanes.

    And if they do – but some miracle – to a man they should thank Price and Halak for getting them there.  Because without those two dancing on their heads all season we would be talking about golf handicaps a long time ago.

  407. Chris says:

    Regardless of the result on tomorrow night, Montreal is assured of the franchise’s lowest point total since 2002-03, a year when the Habs top scorers were Saku Koivu followed by Richard Zednik, Yannic Perreault and Jan Bulis.

    It is mind-boggling that 87-89 points could see the Habs finish as high as 6th place. :)

  408. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    I have a bad feeling… I really hope the Habs can get their act together

  409. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Considering this team wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs according to the “critics” lol they are doing and could have been doing much better had they got some bounces…but regardless we need to get our act together before getting swept by the first team we play in the playoffs

  410. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Considering this team wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs according to the “critics” lol they are doing and could have been doing much better had they got some bounces…but regardless we need to get our act together before getting swept by the first team we play in the playoffs

  411. avatar_58 says:

    lol I set Vertigo as my NHL10 goal song. For some reason scoring is just more fun now :D

  412. Tis Himself says:

    Fear not! John Tortarella is going to get them into the playoffs! And, Jacques Martin will make sure they go out in five games or less!

  413. Tis Himself says:

    I just had a revelation. The System is designed so that other teams work to get the Habs into the playoffs. Damn, JM is so crafty and efficient it’s scary!

  414. Bugs says:

    And to think they want to throw every Flamer out with the bathwater in Calgary. How many pts do they have again?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  415. SeriousFan09 says:

    Think we can trade Gomez for Iggy? Daffy Darryl can’t be finished yet trying to bring down the team.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  416. Bugs says:

    I’m sorry, Bird, but who are you to tell who “wants it” and who doesn’t?

    Any argument you subsequently construct on such an affirmation has zero merit, it pains me to tell you.

    Please have a leg to stand on next time.

    Thanks.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  417. Bugs says:

    Can’t trade Gomez without accepting to lose some Gio production.

    As long as we all understand that.

    This year convinced me; look at the stats over the years from both. They never produced as much as when they’re together. So far, anyway…

    Can’t trade Gomez.

    Guy’s comin through like gangbusters, far as I’m concerned; he’s got Gio scorin as much as Cammy.

    Gomez stays. And that’s alright.

    Naw, naw, naw, sign me up with the “Call Edmonton” folk.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  418. Caballero says:

    First of all, watch the language people. There is no reason for graphic analogies and such. Second of all, like many of you I also think that if we don’t make the playoffs at least we will stop hearing General Managers saying they are happy with the team the way it is.

  419. deuce6 says:

    haha..Sorry..Totally missed it..I’m all for the Nords, but the States have too many as is..Screw the Whalers..lol

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  420. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    2 weeks ago we were satisfied with this team.  They lose two games and we’re on suicide watch? 

    Win and we’re happy, lose and we’re a bunch of whiners?  I read on this forum tonight that somebody believed it was an elaborate scheme by cooked up by the NHL to make Montreal miss the playoffs… have we gone mental?

  421. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hah, I am pretty sure people were being sarcastic about the conspiracy. You do bring up valid points though.

  422. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    it’s just scary though how quickly the intensity and desperation of the team was depleted in 2 of the most important games of the season against 2 of the shitties teams in the league…even though I do find it funny how we always play better against better teams..hence why i’m worried bout tommarows game..unless these guys look themselves in the mirror and see if they want to play playoff hockey or not

  423. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    it’s just scary though how quickly the intensity and desperation of the team was depleted in 2 of the most important games of the season against 2 of the shitties teams in the league…even though I do find it funny how we always play better against better teams..hence why i’m worried bout tommarows game..unless these guys look themselves in the mirror and see if they want to play playoff hockey or not

  424. colling says:
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    is nice information need to know more
  425. gloveside says:

    When your team is standing on the ledge with one foot dangling and a strong wind blowing, “suicide watch” is quite the understatement. 

  426. Aaron13 says:

    Next time you see a Gomez interview, watch his facial expressions. They are not of concern.

    Doesn’t translate well on the ice? A very diplomatic was of putting it.

    In any job, you reach a point where you say “time for a vacation” – however much you want to do your best on the job.

  427. Mikey_39 says:

    The difference is that we need one more win to make it into the playoffs and the team is playing like they don’t really care.  Look at New York that wants to get into the playoffs and has been playing with some desperation.  

  428. Aaron13 says:

    In such a close race to make the playoffs, it’s essential to win and to play hard. They have not performed in the last few games.

    The players, at the least should be playing for their bonus money, but it appears they don’t care. I think Martin can’t motivate and believe there is ill will in the dressing room by players towards Martin.

    Martin ruined players in Ottawa and should not have been hired.

  429. showey47 says:

    i miss the old 80 game schedule. We could really use it right now ,lol

  430. The Cat says:

    Good pot, my thoughts exactly

  431. habzfan2003 says:

    The day of reckoning is upon us…. 

  432. matmacat says:

    I doubt that very much. Do you ever watch post game interviews? These players have been pissed about their performances lately. Everyone’s trying. No one wants to miss the playoffs. It just doesn’t always translate as well on ice… unfortunately.

  433. HabsFansince49 says:

    You can’t be watching the same NHL hockey as most of us here. Yes, some of us (me included) will rant about games and players, but anyone who at this juncture of the season concludes ”lose two ganes and we’re on suicide watch” has his/her head buried deep in the sand. This is not mid-season; Christmas is long gone; there is now a real possibility given the way the Habs are playing now and the way other contenders are playing now that we will not make the playoffs. Hardly stuff suicides are made of but totally depressing.

    And here’s the crux – the team they are playing tonight has demonstrated not in the last few games but in the last few years they come out in this deciding game determined to win. They seem to know what they want even in last place while the Habs seem not to know what they want and what to do.

     

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  434. HabsFansince49 says:

    How bloody sad! What a commentary on what was once a proud dynasty.  I don’t think Toe Blake even considered depending on other teams to do his work.

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  435. HabsFansince49 says:

    Yes indeed that would make a lot of sense. Did they have a political campaign and run offsince there is nothing else to think about these days?

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  436. Big Bird says:

    We’ll agree to disagree on this one Bugs.  Hope all is well.

  437. habsguy says:

    ummmm,  maybe he watched them play!!!!!!!!!!!

  438. matmacat says:

    Right on, B.

    All these assumptions! Then, posters get offended when we assume they mean more than what they write… (sigh)

  439. habsguy says:

    you’re to nice bird!!!!….toughen up a bit!!

  440. linp says:

    Gorges and Gionta have emerged as the leaders of the team. I like what Gorges said,”We’re at our best when we use each other”. All 5 guys on the ice have to play as a unit. More short passes than long passes. Play tight checking and think as a team. In the offensive zone, get guys in front of the net and have the point man aiming shots through the legs and sticks and not the goalie. Can’t believe I am preaching the same “system” over and over again.

  441. WindsorHab-10 says:

    It’s not that they lost 2 games. We should’ve clinched a playoff spot over a week ago. Their failure to play 60 minutes since their 6 game winning streak is mind boggling. I personally don’t have any faith that they can get it done. If we make it in, other teams will have to do it. Sad but true.

  442. Big Bird says:

    Where have I gotten offended?  You make the very same assumptions you accuse others of.  Sigh.

  443. matmacat says:

    Maybe not you in particular, I don’t know. But look carefully at my use of the pronoun ‘we’.

  444. ooder says:

    hahah nice man

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  445. Tis Himself says:

    John Tortorella is going to do something Jacques Martin can’t. He’s gonna get the Habs into the playoffs!

  446. Tis Himself says:

    The Rags are gonna take out the Flyers on Sunday afternoon. No doubt about it!

  447. SeriousFan09 says:

    He knows how to work with the talent he has, using players in their roles and using strategy to win his matches, novel isn’t it?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  448. Matt_in_TO says:

    Oops.  Thanks!  That’s what I get for changing it late last night.

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unite against the real problem, J.M.

  449. Bill J says:

    Much more probable then the Habs buying out Gomez.

    Coaches don’t count towards the Cap.

    If the Molson’s want him gone…. JM will be gone!

  450. habs81 says:

    Is it possible that JM can get fired if we don’t make the playoffs? or we do make the playoffs and don’t win?

  451. Storm Man says:

    I would just be happy with him in the press box on Saturday

  452. Say Ash says:

    OK, who’s happy now with having Gio instead of Kovy? There were a lot of unhappy fans when they first heard the news last summer. By the way, what happened to AK last night?

  453. Bill J says:

    I was happy we got “G” the minute it happened, and was even more happy when Choke-A-lev signed in OTT.

  454. HabsFanInTampa says:

    To answer your question, I’m very happy to have Gionta instead of Kovalev.

  455. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei and OB benched.

    I’m sure MAB won’t be a liability tommorow night and Pyatt will lead the scoring in a big win!

    Whatever it takes to have JM fired so we can get Boucher in charge, please do it. Molsons, your family started the fall from Dynasty in 79 with Grundman and killed nearly all hope in 95 when Houle and Tremblay got in, it’s time you made up for some past sins.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  456. Ian Cobb says:

    This is one of the best men to have played the game. click here.

     

    Video: Modano, Dallas fans join in memorable, teary-eyed tribute

  457. Say Ash says:

    I’ve fallen in love with Gionta, too. But I wouldn’t say AK choked. It felt like he was the only one scoring on Boston in those four games last year.

  458. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Maybe he did score in those four games against Boston. But, there’s 82 games in a season where you have to show up, not just a handful.

  459. Say Ash says:

    I was right. AK27 with the Habs in the playoffs: 2003-04 10 pts in 11 games, 2005-06 7 pts in 6 games, 2007-08 11 pts in 12 games, 2008-09 3 pts in 4 games. That is not choking.

  460. Bill J says:

    I knew I was not the only one who saw AK27 for what he is. 

  461. Harani says:

    Can I please know what Sergei did to be benched? He wasn’t even on for any of the goals. And he is a very good PKer. Did he like go out with JM’s daughter or something? Why so much hate?

  462. tony d says:

    JM has had a hate on for Sergei since the start of the season and it hasn’t subsided.

  463. CHsam says:

    i tihink JM doesnt like it when guys try to use their skills to make offensive plays UP the ice as opposed to at our blue line.

  464. light_n_tasty says:

    I think we’ve already established that SK was caught with JM’s daughter and ex-wife at the same time. As per SF09.

  465. Chorske says:

    See my avatar? THAT’S why.

  466. Clutch10 says:

    If JM is fired who would this team hire as a head coach?

  467. Tis Himself says:

    Does it really matter?

  468. habsgod says:

    guy boucher

  469. Habscore says:

    I know it’s impossible, but I would’ve loved to have Jacques Demers….

    He isn’t a Scotty Bowman but he has a Sanley cup ring and he’s a forever and ever Hab in his heart.

  470. Hab@holic says:

    He will not be fired

  471. habzfan2003 says:

    If you’re sick and tired of AWFUL coaching, gimme a GO FLYERS GO! Ugh….. :(

  472. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Golf Flyers Golf!!!!

  473. ABHabsfan says:

    I think I will cheer for 2 ranger wins in reg to eliminate the Flyers. There is no way I can cheer for those meatheads. Marc Staal is worth cheering for and you have to like the way Calahan plays. Did I mention I can’t stand the Flyers?

  474. Clutch10 says:

    As Nick Kypreos said today on Hockey Central, the canadiens star players have to go hard or go home.

  475. CHsam says:

    yeah yeah nice quick practice so the bros can go drinking

  476. TheIndian says:

    I still do not understand why was he so pissed SK?? Why was he benched when most of the team was sucking?  O’Byrne has been playing good hockey lately and to bench him for couple of mistakes when many more mistakes were done by many more players is beyond me.  Rather than crucifying these players, he should probbaly be having a chat with his bigger players like Gomez (who hasn’t played good in last 3-4 games at least) or Cammi who is unable to shoot straight all of a sudden.  Pouliot’s play has been disappointing during last few games but then IMO his play is just reflexion of how the rest of the team is playing.  To scratch SK and bring in Maxwell is another bad coaching decision.  You need your best players for this important game and SK surely brings much more to the game than Max does. 

  477. SegerHabs says:

    Bad news for tonight…good news for tomorrow:

    “The 2009-10 season has seen a record 289 games that needed to go past regulation to determine a winner. That includes 113 games that have been decided in overtime, and a record 176 that have gone to a shootout. The previous highs were 282 overtime games, set last season, and 164 shootouts in 2006-07.”

    “We’ll be back in the high life again, all the doors I closed one time will open up again. We’ll be back in the high life again, all the eyes that watched us once will smile and take us in” – Steve Winwood

  478. Eliisa says:

    Is anyone going to watch the Flyers game tonight? If so could you keep me updated please… I work until 6:00 pacific time. Greatly appreciated :)

  479. Say Ash says:

    Can’t watch online?

  480. Storm Man says:

    just put comcast on your computer at work you can hear the game

  481. UziMTL says:

    U can catch it at http://www.atdhe.net if u can go online at work.

  482. wmarcello says:

    If SK is benched for Saturday, the coaching will have gone from poor to a complete joke. I don’t know what this kid has to do to earn some respect. He’s progressed from a whiny brat at the start of the year to one of the Habs’ best two-way players. What more can he do?

  483. avatar_58 says:

    No kidding. Funny how AK has an unlimited leash but his bro can’t even sneeze without being yelled at.

  484. Tis Himself says:

    He just looks so completely baffled at times. I’m wondering if the lights are on but nobody’s home?

  485. Chris says:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Maybe Jacques Martin is one of our frequent posters.  Because like many in here, he does seem to spend an awful lot of time tinkering with 3rd and 4th line forwards and third pairing defencemen to solve what ails the Habs. 

    I know that coaches are loathe to rock the boat, but sheesh…other than Gionta and Plekanec, there is not a forward on the team that is consistently playing much better than Sergei over the past couple of months.  But everytime the team goes on the skids it is Sergei or one of the other kids that is exiled or demoted. 

    My head hurts. 

  486. wmarcello says:

    I can somewhat understand scratching OB tomorrow night in favor of MAB, just because our team has struggled with offense so much lately. MAB on the 4th line also throws the lines out of whack IMO, so if he plays it may as well be on D.

    However, benching SK74 is ludicrous.

  487. BJ says:

    The Habs management is one of the worst organizations at player development and using positive psychology to get the most out the players. It always seems to boil down to a put down or a confidence breaker. The list would be too long to include. But its been a parade of the same crap for years. SK 74 has been one of their better players for weeks now.

  488. light_n_tasty says:

    FAIL….cheer for that on Sunday, if necessary.

  489. pmaraw says:

    do you have a pic of captain kirk in a habs jersey also?

  490. Danno says:

    Hey a Vulcan! You must be related to Jacques Martin who shows no emotion whatsoever.

     

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

  491. Storm Man says:

    JM is no Vulcan……. He is not that smart 

  492. andrewberkshire says:

    If anyone has an unlimited leash it’s Gomez. He was by far our worst player last night and played over 21 minutes.

  493. avatar_58 says:

    That man couldn’t even handle the puck. What the hell happened? All the sudden he can’t even make a simple cross-ice skate.

  494. andrewberkshire says:

    I have no idea what happened to him last night, but he was absolute crap.

  495. wmarcello says:

    In a game where most of the team looked bad, Gomez managed to look stand-out obvious bad.

  496. avatar_58 says:

    Brother blamed the ice but I was quick to remind him Caroline seemed to handle the puck just fine.

  497. Eliisa says:

    867-5309 ;)

    Haha, I am sure that number doesn’t exist anymore.

    Nice try though. For anyone who doesn’t recognize the number Google it. Or download it from iTunes.

  498. showey47 says:

    Actually it does,its a phone number in st.charles ontario. A town of about 500 people and 45 minutes from sudbury.

  499. Eliisa says:

    Are you serious? Does a Jenny live there?

    I had to put the disclaimer just incase people aren’t familiar. I am glad at least someone knew what I was talking about.

  500. showey47 says:

    Couldn’t tell you if there is a jenny there. The number could very well not be in service now,but when i was a kid,we used to crank call it. Ah,the dumb things you do when you are a kid.

  501. TheDagger says:

    In University my number was 867-5903.  Close enough.

  502. Eliisa says:

    One of my friend’s names was Jenn and her number was 837-5309. We had some good times over that.

    Dumb things as kids? Haha, I think I see more things as adults that cause embarrassment. ;)

    How pumped are you for tomorrow night?

  503. showey47 says:

    yeah very true about doing dumb things as an adult. In my case it usually starts with too much rye and ginger. The problem is every time i drink too much of it,somebody steals my pants,lol. Very pumped for tomorrow night,the bell center will be a mad house. Really hope the flyers can take care of business tonight though.

  504. Eliisa says:

    Haha, such a classic. At least the eighties were good for something…

  505. Eliisa says:

    Someone steals your pants? Haha, hilarious. Your friends must find you very entertaining to have a few beverages with. Are we talking in public places here, Showey?

    I wish I could be at the Bell Centre tomorrow night. If I knew what it was going to come down to I might’ve postponed my trip a month later.

    NYR is going to come out big I think. They have a lot of the line… and they are at home.

  506. showey47 says:

    Yeah,i’ve more then my fair share drunken indecent exposures in public. I was young, dumb and for some reason never liked to turn down a dare. I actually had to do it as initiation when i played jr.a. Its less flattering when its cold out,lol. 

  507. Eliisa says:

    You are lucky you haven’t been arrested yet. I still have a hard time saying no to dares… I get abused on a regular basis for this. You played Junior A? When did you stop?

    I am listening to the game on my computer – NYR means business.

  508. Danno says:

    This is the kind of meeting that needs to be held with our underachieving bums. Most of them would be satisfied just winning the steak knives…

     

    Take the time to watch this. It is a classic.

     

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

  509. Eliisa says:

    I am at work – unfortunately that might not fly ;)

  510. ABHabsfan says:

    Anyone watching the Masters? How does Mickelson get to have leaf blowers ( hah! Leaf blowers!) come out and clear his line? They don’t offer that at my club.

  511. Bugs says:

    That’s nuthin; you should see Tiger.

    He gets Tiger-blowers…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  512. Danno says:

    The ACC is filled with Leaf blowers — also known as seasons ticket holders.

     

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

  513. hab lifer says:

    they just took a poll on CTV news: will habs make the playoffs? 54% said NO!

  514. Bugs says:

    I keep TELLING’EM not to take polls in Toranna…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  515. Say Ash says:

    I’d like to hear it from somebody who attended the Kovalev peace march last year.

  516. Bugs says:

    Tomorrow night, I don’t want to see Maurice Richard.

    I want the ROCKET!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  517. pmaraw says:

    i would be happy with maurice tomorrow night

  518. Say Ash says:

    Your best chance is going to Blockbuster.

  519. ABHabsfan says:

    That right there was funny sh-t! Nice one

  520. light_n_tasty says:

    zing!

  521. Storm Man says:

    Bugs…………. Be nice

  522. mbplekfan says:

    The keys to the habs success unfortunately rides on two players. AK and Pouliot.

    We know that Gomez and Pleks will make the feeds, and we know that Cammalieri and Gionta will work their butts off. If Pouliot and AK put the pucks in the  net this team has a chance of winning a game in the playoffs. Given that their play of late has been lacklustre at best we seem to have a problem.

  523. HUDSONHAB says:

    Sadly you are right. It always made me wonder what guys like that are thinking when they don’t appear to be giving it their all in the ssituation that they are in.

    Another play from last game that drove me nuts was when OB got burnt standing on the blueline then let his guy go coming back. Is’nt the guy who gave the puck away suppose to be the fastest guy coming back?

    I wonder if coaches show these lazy, effortless players lowlights of their performances?

    …Hab4life

  524. slapshot777 says:

    I just want the Habs to beat Toronto tomorrow and there is nothing Bettman or the Flyer, Rangers or anyone can do about it. We are then in the playoffs.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  525. Garry Valk says:

    People are saying Sergei is being punished, etc…is there any chance he wasn’t benched but re-injured himself? You’ll recall he missed a game last week due to injury. 

  526. Mikey_39 says:

    He clearly said ”i chose to use them a little less” ”it was a coaches decision”

  527. salshabs says:

    First, the Laffs got beat by a better team against Philly, in TO, fine. Then, on Wednesday they absolutey TANK, against the Rangers in NY, just f**king GREAT!!! I am not saying anything we all don’y already know, the Loafs will come out like gangbusters against the habs tomorrow. As I speak a TO Talk show on AM 640 with Bill Waters is taking calls from Laff fans hoping they will have a chance to take the Habs out tommorow. They’re all giddy, like little children… 

     

    Then, to make matters worse, the freakin’ Sabres play LALIME in net last night against the Bruins, thanks alot!! I thought they needed the freakin’ points!? 

     

    To top it all off,the Habs come out like they are not really playing for anything, against two teams playing their best hockey of the season, even though their rosters are full of AHL players trying to secure a job for next year.  Did JM forget to inform the payers that they were going to play their last three games of the year against this type of opposition? If not, then get Boucher up here asap…they will/do not, deserve to be in the playoffs if they have to back in…just saying…So, which team is going to show up tomorrow?  It’s so bloody maddening…

  528. homerbowen says:

    A poor effort this year. Who is accountable? Off with their head(s).

  529. Bugs says:

    Hey, easy, this ain’t the Russian Olympic team…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  530. Exit716 says:

    Martin is a joke of a coach.

    Tired old loser.

     

  531. CanadienBoy says:

    I will really like the same players to come back with Boucher just to see !

  532. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, we need to see what an updated coaching philosophy will do with this club.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  533. Willy the bum says:

    Oh godd*mnit, now another Montreal-native goalie is playing against us…

    he’s gonna play with home pride and that a deadly advantage for the Leafs!  Crap.

  534. light_n_tasty says:

    OH MAN, MIKE G IS GONNA FREAK!! 1-0 FLYERS. RICHARDS.

  535. ACF says:

    I’ve got RDS on right now and their showing the Masters…they must be joining the game in progress at 7:30pm…

  536. CanadienBoy says:

    It be a shame to watch the  K brothers do well somewhere else.

  537. DMAN says:

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRICHARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   1-0

  538. makka83 says:

    GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! 40 seconds in!

  539. Danno says:

    Flyers 1 Rangers 0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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

  540. ACF says:

    Love it…I hope Fonzie cries tonight

  541. Matt_in_TO says:

    Let’s Go Flyers!!!

     

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unit against the real enemy, J.M.

  542. SeriousFan09 says:

    Remembered the old adage of winning in your division counts for something.

    Here’s why we are where we are:

    1-4-1 Against the Senators

    2-3-1 against the Sabres

    3-1-1 against the Leafs

    5-1-0 against Boston

    That’s 25 points, out of a possible 48! Basically going .500 against our division has us where we are and if Boston hadn’t crashed and burned this season… No clearer display of JM’s inability to coach this team than being unprepared to fight your own division.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  543. Danno says:

    This will be Fonzie’s “Jump the Shark” episode.

     

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

  544. Gormdog says:

    *slaps hand on forehead*

  545. Matt_in_TO says:

    F*ck!

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unit against the real enemy, J.M.

  546. joeybarrie says:

    Im hoping Philly loses in regular time tonight. I want to be in 6th to face Buffalo. Not 7th to face New Jersey or 8th to Face the Caps. GO RANGERS……

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

  547. light_n_tasty says:

    F YOU CARCILLO what an idiot

  548. light_n_tasty says:

    SHUT UP.  Have them lose in regulation SUNDAY.

  549. Danno says:

    I can smell the invisible hand of the Bet-man is behind this one. They are splitting the points to go for a tie…

     

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

  550. DMAN says:

    Boo on Drury and his monster contract 1-1

  551. adamkennelly says:

    team meeting – nice – great f-ng idea with one game to go.  I have a better idea – build a team with some grit and character – get rid of the sulkers and hire a coach who is not busy resting on his laurels of taking a stacked Senators team and aiding them to fail in the playoffs.

  552. Willy the bum says:

    Ha ha, a tie…

    Why, man, why?!!!!

  553. Danno says:

    Because the Bet-man hates the Habs

     

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

  554. showey47 says:

    How about we have the rags lose tonight so we get a playoff spot first,then worry about where we seed.

  555. aemarchand11 says:

    Jody SHelley……….

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  556. Danno says:

    Rags 2 Philthy Liars 1

     

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

  557. Matt_in_TO says:

    holy crap the Flyers suck

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unit against the real enemy, J.M.

  558. slapshot777 says:

    I think that there may be some validity to your point.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  559. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, 2-1 Rangers – screw this. 

    Looks like we have to beat the Leafs. If our team can’t do that then we don’t deserve to make the playoffs.

    And if we defeat the Leafs – that would show our team has some sort of self respect and character after playing horrendously lately. GO HABS GO!

  560. ACF says:

    yup, and look how lucky the habs were to beat them a week ago…tells you something

  561. WestHab says:

    should have lent them Halak.

  562. light_n_tasty says:

    or lose in OT

  563. N.B.habs fan says:

    Amen to you adam…..

  564. slapshot777 says:

    I can see it happening, Rangers will take a penalty late in the game aqnd Philly will score to tie it.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  565. habs4ever2894 says:

    wow..good call

  566. Mikey_39 says:

    I honestly want the Flyers-Rangers game to go to OT.  I don’t want to make the playoffs because of another team.  Let the Habs earn the playoff spot tomorrow. If they can’t play with passion when it really matters then I just don’T want to see them in the playoffs.

  567. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Wouldn’t want to give the Leafs that satisfaction…

  568. pmaraw says:

    if philly and rags have 2 3point games where rangers win both, then we cant lose in OT to the leafs, its a must win if this game goes to 3 points.

  569. SLONCOLD says:

    lol reading should be a pre-req for coaching….

  570. Matt_in_TO says:

    Philly’s PP is worse than ours

     

    - Priceians and Halakites need to unite against the real problem, J.M.

  571. Eliisa says:

    Agreed. Damn it! That was a great opportunity.

  572. RH says:

    LET THE BOOING BEGIN FOLKS!!!!

    These clowns definitely have that killer instinct don’t they? Although, the kind that does themselves in isn’t the kind that we expect from our Habs is it.

    These, er, fine gentlemen couldn’t muster enough heart and desire to win an important game if the other team decided to play with no goalie and one hand tied behind their backs. VERY little character and VERY little pride on this squad. Did the clock finally strike twelve on Pouliot? Is there a direct correlation between Cammalleri’s scoring touch and his mcl? AK46? BAH!!! See my comment about very little pride and very little character.I could go on but there really is no point.

    Bottom line is that the Flyers needed to beat the leafs and they did. The Rangers needed to beat the leafs and, they did! OUR Habs really, really, really  have to beat the leafs, not just to lock up their playoff spot, but to also establish a little bit of confidence, going into the playoffs. Sadly though, they won’t. The leafs will crush these losers.6-0 leaves.I have a feeling there’s gonna be a helluva lot of booing at the Bell tomorrow night. And if they somehow don’t get into the playoffs, there’s gonna be a helluva lot of booing through out the off-season too.

     

     

  573. pmaraw says:

    lets just wait and see shall we?

  574. light_n_tasty says:

    Interestingly, that’s Carolina’s system.

  575. slapshot777 says:

    If this doesn’t smell of crap, then I don’t know what is. The NHL should be investigated for fixing games just like what happened in the NBA with referee

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  576. hab lifer says:

    it was taken in Montreal.

  577. Bugs says:

    Yeah, at the Toranna Embassy. Which, under the law, is Toranna soil.

    Same thing.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  578. Eliisa says:

    Good idea! I think that this is what I am going to do… thanks :)

  579. zak says:

    The Habs just have to win and nothing else will matter.

  580. Storm Man says:

    You know things are bad when Shelley scores for the Rags LMAO

  581. Danno says:

    The news is frightening: The noose is tightening.

     

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

  582. slapshot777 says:

    If the Habs just win their game tomorrow then no matter what the Flyers and Rangers have cooked up will go to waste.

     

  583. light_n_tasty says:

    or lose in ot

  584. light_n_tasty says:

    No.  We would still be in.  Rangers would be behind us if we get a point, and they win both.

  585. Eliisa says:

    I sincerely hope Martin ignited some passion in our boys. This Saturday will be the biggest game of the season and I know the Leafs are looking for the upset. If anyone is going to the game please scream extra loud for me too. I am thinking the Habs are going to give the fans something to cheer about. We’re taking this one.

    I am surprised, much like the rest of you, that Sergei might not be on the ice.

  586. Ian Cobb says:

    We are going to find out Saturday night who will and won’t be on our roster in the fall.

  587. longtimehabsfan says:

    How about behind the bench?

  588. Anonymous says:

    ….And then there is the issue of Gomez and Hamr. Who is going to take them?

  589. Say Ash says:

    Ah, yes, “The Gainey Manoeuvre”. Might see a dozen new guys next year.

  590. CHsam says:

    I hope that includes JM on that list

  591. longtimehabsfan says:

    I think our boys have hit a wall.  They’re out of gas.  Fried.

  592. Eliisa says:

    I only want them to win one more game in the regular season. Just one. Is that too much to ask?

  593. mike g says:

    LET’S GO FLYERS!!!!!

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

  594. longtimehabsfan says:

    Can’t see the Rangers losing Friday night at the Garden with their season on the line.

  595. Say Ash says:

    How hard was that to type? You didn’t say it out loud, did you?

  596. Ian Cobb says:

    ALSO behind the bench my friend.

  597. Habscore says:

    Ha!!! Great point!

  598. longtimehabsfan says:

    Thanks, Ian.

  599. Ian Cobb says:

    I will! I know of a fast moving river!

  600. Gormdog says:

    I think this whole league is guided towards screwing the Canadiens over… (lol)

     

     

  601. N.B.habs fan says:

    Can’t blame the league for the team we have ,have to look at management…..

  602. hab lifer says:

    the league doesn’t have to do anything. the habs always screw themselves.

    it’s not the league that can’t win a game.

  603. Ian Cobb says:

    5 that I know of for sure.

  604. Anonymous says:

    Do you think we can get Redden? Would seem to fit the plan.

  605. light_n_tasty says:

    Well, only if the K bros stay.  If they leave, where would Redden get his cocaine?

  606. DMAN says:

    2-1 Rangers

  607. Danno says:

    If we lose against the Leafs, the way things are going JM should do the honourable thing.

     

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

  608. lavie says:

    John Tortorella’s strategy is so damn good. Flyers are done.

  609. fuhgawz says:

    JM can suck my – - – -

    this man should not be a coach EVER i do not care how many wins he has in the NHL 

  610. mike g says:

    PERFECT!, he can suck yours…but he ain’t coming anywhere near mine….

    Way to take one for the team ;)

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

  611. SLONCOLD says:

    JM = boring BJ

  612. BKAK72 says:

    If the HABS sneak into the playoffs tonight b/c of a RANGERS loss it will be inexusable for them to do anything but demolish the LEAFS.  I am so sick and tired of the —–it “teams out of the playoffs are loose” we are fed in some media circus.  The only acceptable outcome for JM and this roster to remain in tact is a final-four conference finish.  Anything else is clearly a mismanaged budget as the HABS are one of the leaders in player salary.

    BTW if any current HABS player is reading this:  SHAME.  SHAME ON YOUR EFFORT THIS SEASON!

     

    – I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  613. ACF says:

    Agreed.   I don’t want it to come to Sunday’s game either.

  614. Willy the bum says:

    I’m getting Rambo on atdhe.net

  615. WestHab says:

    Yeah me too, maybe Rambo is doing us a favor and telling us to get a life.

    If Philly loses fire JM!!

  616. SmartieHab says:

    Hmm.

    I really do not understand JMs decision regarding Sk74. With out any bias at all, it was clear from the last…hmm maybe month (ya he was out for a bit with his injury), Sergei was one of the hardest working forwards. Ya he wasn’t producing a whole lot, but he was forechecking, backchecking, and PKing very very well.

    I have respect for Martin, as you don’t get to be on the top 10 wins of all time for coaches for no particular reason. But this… has deeply worried me. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sk74 and Ak46 are gone, soon. Some of you will love that, I am sure… but a few years if not less, they’ll be tearing it up as top 6 forwards. Sk74 is developing into a very good two way player, who doesn;t make many mistakes and has tremendous speed. The only part of his game that can be approved upon is his ‘finish’ (to score goals) which is normal as he’s only 23 and plays 10mins a game or in Carolina 5minutes and plays with 4th liners.

     

    what is Martin doing? He gives that idiot Lapierre (yes he is one) credit when he plays well – WHICH I AM MORE THEN OKAY WITH, but hasn’t given SK74 a second on any PP, when he is playing better then the following

    Pouliot

    AK46

    Cammy

     

    Sigh. Cammy snakebit- ya that’s obvious. Sure Gomez may not be playing his best right now, but he was one of the major reasons why we went on a tear after the olympics. Cammy was not. And has been a zero, no a negative factor in the last 8 games- 2 points (2 assists), so much for a goal scorer.

     

    I hate the habs right now. Hard for me to keep positive with this club and Martins coaching antics, Sure Carbo wasn’t the best coach – but many people forget it was his first couple of years coaching- EVER! And he had a pretty solid record. Martin shouldn’t have any ‘leeway’ hes a old school veteran. O well, I  was actually hoping we would have signed Bobby H. instead.

  617. CHsam says:

    Yup. How the hell is Sergei going to develop at this rate of encouragement he gets from the Count ? Or AK.. or Pouliot ? Or OByrne ? … I dont want to see JM bench someone like Subban. What these young guys need is a coach/mentor who gets them and actually takes responsibility for their level of play and development…….and that guy just might be Guy Boucher

  618. linp says:

    SK74 will be a RFA. If he is benched for an unknown reason, he’ll be either traded or goes to the KHL.

  619. DMAN says:

    Jokinen is blocking shots……what is going on here. Torts has them fired up tonight!

  620. TripleX says:

    It is called firing up the players by a good coach and willingness to commit by a player.  Both things sadly missing from this Habs team.

  621. mike g says:

    Personally, I like the Flyers as a team..I’ve followed them all year and can finally cheer for them tongiht without feeling guilty…

    But it was hard, especially on this site where everyone here today is on the edge…

    And I didn’t say it out loud, but my Mike Richards jersey on my back today is speaking volumes…

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

  622. Habscore says:

    Like you said at the Bell Center..losing at HOME for jesus price’s sake!!!

  623. mike g says:

    I can…..

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

  624. g says:

    I can. I was at that final game in TO in 07 when we lost to the leafs

     

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  625. TripleX says:

    Glenn Sather is without question one of the most incompetent GM’s in the long history of the NHL.  So if the the Rangers manage to get in and the Habs miss the playoffs what does that say about our management team.

    The very fact that the Habs are neck and neck with Sather’s folly should make us very afraid about the future.

  626. Tis Himself says:

    He ain’t that bad. He unloaded the Gomez contract on the Habs and Ryan McDonough is playing in the NCAA D-1 championship tomorrow night. OK, so Higgins didn’t work out. Big deal!

  627. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tortorella displays emotion and at times can fire up his team for key periods, but never for long and he generally gets booted sooner or later as his players have had enough of him, much like Wilson. Drill sergeant coaches never have a long shelf life with any team, players don’t put up with it for very long these days. He can actually make an average D-group work hard to overcome their weaknesses and implement a strategy to make things last, hence why he dragged the Caps to a game 7 last year in the Quarters.

    Montreal is a better team than the Rags, they just need a coach who knows how to employ their talents. Look at what Tippett did for Phoenix after he took over from Gretzky.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  628. Anonymous says:

    My (personal) problem with this team is a lack of pride, or more specifically, a lack of pride in wearing the Canadiens sweater. Our “#1″ center does not have that pride, nor do many other players. Unfortunately I am too young to remember anything resembeling the type of hockey MTL is known for, except for that blip a few years back, and that does not bode well for me at all. I am fortunate to be a habs fan based on the fact I grew up watching all our games with my father in the Leafs crazed suberb of Oshawa, and I am thankfull everyday I do not sip from the Leafs Kool-Aid. That being said, our skilled players have little pride and our proud players have little skill minus players like Gio. The only players I want to play in MTL are the players that want to play in MTL and will play with passion knowing that it isn’t about the name on the back but the crest on the front. Gaborik doesn’t want to play here? Good, I don’t wan’t him. Briere, you don’t want to play? Good, because you don’t get it.

    That is all, for now.

  629. Malreg says:

    In a league with 30 teams, over 700 players, and multi-million dollar contracts, you will never have an entire team that fits your description of being proud to wear the sweater.  That notion is unfortunately long gone.

    If you look at every team I think 90% of the players will fit the description of the more skill they have, the less “pride” they have, as you describe it.

    Why? Maybe it’s because they know they could get a job playing on almost any team in the league if they wanted to, so there’s no sense of urgency.  Meanwhile, the lesser skilled players know that they can be replaced at any time, so they have no choice but to play their hearts out, or else they will be out of a job.

    Of course this isn’t true for every single player…

  630. Tis Himself says:

    Agreed, the management of the team is what has destroyed it.

  631. Eliisa says:

    Haha. Yikes. Nice one.

  632. mike g says:

    That’s right Timo, lol…

    Simple Jack doesn’t unbutton his overalls for everyone…

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

  633. SLONCOLD says:

    or lose in OT

  634. Storm Man says:

    With this coach sad to say but it’s looking that way

  635. Anonymous says:

    that’s a great thing to cheer for.

  636. light_n_tasty says:

    Wasn’t that what we were cheering for last year at this time?  I remember how ecstatic the bench was when they made it to OT against the Bruins. Pathetic.

  637. lavie says:

    Sitting Sergei??? Jungle Martini must be crazy!

  638. Habscore says:

    Jungle Martini??? HAHA!

    HIO has the ‘creativest’ posters! lol

  639. Anonymous says:

    No No, he’ll play, I am positive that the lineup will be the same that started yesterday. how often do our mixed practice lines stay that way for a game?

     

  640. Gormdog says:

    He sure did a great job of “firing them up” when we last played them eh? Torts is completely overrated and his players hate him. Don’t give credit where it’s undue just to show JM up, thanks!

  641. Bill H says:

    End of the first period…its 2-1 Rangers.  Its a close game…could go to overtime…welcome to the Twilight Zone.  ;-)

  642. Top Corner says:

    Koo Koo Koo Cheh Cheh Cheh

  643. pmaraw says:

    i believe that halloween?

  644. Top Corner says:

    indeed  , ahhh 3-1….i wish it was halloween….we’d be in a better position for the playoffs…LMAO…i kid   i kid

  645. habsperspective says:

    Only thing that could make tomorrow nights game more interesting is Chris Lee!

  646. phillyhab says:

    Don’t you dare even speak his name!

  647. Ayan_SB says:

    “Even the worst BJ is better than, say sniffing the best rose… watching the greatest sunset. Hearing children laugh”

    — Chuck Palahniuk

  648. pmaraw says:

    even a boring bj is a good bj…  wait, from jm?  dammit, I’ll get mine cut off 1st.

  649. phillyhab says:

    WTF is Martin’s issue with Sergei!?!?  He’s been playing good hockey, and last night he didn’t seem any worse then anyone else, but c’mon — biggest game of the season and he’s playing Ben Effing Maxwell on a wing?  IF they lose, playoffs or not, I think Martin has got to go.  

    Fun watching the NYR-PHI games, I really hope Rangers beat Philly in regulation on Sunday!

    We still “control our own destiny”, and I’d rather get in the playoffs with a hard-earned win than linp in like last year and go 4 and out.

     

     

  650. Tis Himself says:

    JM is a worthless bag of crap behind the bench. Few coaches could take this roster with its former Cup winners and turn it into the mess we see on the ice. His treatment of the younger guys, i.e. SK and OB, is just criminal.

  651. topher5468 says:

    For a long time I was just a fan that wanted his team to make the playoffs by any means, even if they backed in,BUT after watching this team the last 2 games, if they don’t win tomorrow I dont want them to get in. If a team can’t win a game or more importantly, show up and play hard for a full 60 minutes to win a game that will make them eligible to make it well then they dont belong. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  652. Storm Man says:

    fight for the only colors the BLEU-BLANC-ROUGE   watch the pucks going in the Habs are bound to win   They’re fighting with vim  RAH RAH RAH   see the Leafs are weakening the Habs are going to win Saturday night victory for the BLEU-BLANC-ROUGE.

  653. Tis Himself says:

    Please, tell me he is calling another game!

  654. Eliisa says:

    HAHA, where on Earth did you find such a picture? Tell me that is not Lapierre.

  655. linp says:

    At least it was not a 3 pts game. But I don’t feel well with JM as the coach. The moral of the team must be quite low after JM benched some players. “A coach’s decision” so he said. But what an idiot decision. It is shooting yourself in the foot. Our 3rd and 4th lines were playing good hockey before MAB came back.


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