Coaches in spotlight Monday morning

• Kevin Pollock and Kelly Sutherland will referee Game 3 Monday night

For Canadiens coach Jacques Martin: Does Glen Metropolit rejoin the Habs lineup? If so, who sits to make room? Who gets the call in the Montreal net? Jaroslav Halak got the team to the dance, but he had two left feet on a couple of Washington goals Saturday. Will Carey Price get the call? Or is he on standby with Halak on a short leash?

For Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau: Does José Theodore, beaten on the last three Habs shots he’s faced, return to the Washington goal Monday night? Or is Semyon Varlamov back in, having relieved Theo on Saturday in mostly steady if not spectacular style? Which Alex Ovechkin shows up – the invisible man of last Thursday or the possessed force of Saturday?

We’ll be at the Canadiens’ morning skate Monday and will have updates and audio from that, as well as links to Capitals audio and news.


  1. habber86 says:

    remember our habs in nashville this year?

  2. avatar_58 says:






  3. Caballero says:

    Bulletin boards are not made public. Pleks did not mention Theo by name (if I remember correctly). Also as I recall Russia was favored to win the Gold not Canada. I don’t cheer for Sid because he plays for the Penguins right now. Your admiration for Ovi is touching but I resent having to admire someone who lacks the maturity to realize that if he is the best player in the world he should be showing more class than your average player who talks trash. I can’t believe I am arguing with someone on a Habs forum over whether Ovechkin should get the wind knocked out of him for being an arrogant sob. It’s not enough that his team beat us he has to insult our players as well? Come on pal this is asking too much from a Habs fan. As a habs fan yourself, I am sure you can understand backing up an underdog right now.

  4. SLONCOLD says:

    every series is a new series just have to be one game above 500 in each series to win. i agree with ya but the regular seaosn shows they have tons of weapons as well.

  5. avatar_58 says:

    You have to ask? Clearly it’s the man in net

  6. showey47 says:

    i think he backed up vokoun in florida last year? not sure though.

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    No, Anderson was a Hawks goalie for a while, Look at him now, compared to Huet at 5.6 million a year, LOL. Then he was in Florida backing up Vokoun until landing in Colorado.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  8. Mikey_39 says:

    First of all, last game was not the only time he’s taken a bad penalty.  It’s been happening CONSISTENTLY for a few games now.  And is that really logical? It’s not a big deal because it didn’t hurt us? It was 2 minutes we spent defending.  It was an opportunity for them to score. 

  9. Price_31 says:

    Wow..SJ should be winning this. Anderson’s playing amazzinng

  10. showey47 says:

    I don’t know, if he has one of his u.s. meal ticket teams from the east. He can afford to have one of his “$50 for 4 tickets,4 t-shirts and unlimited food and booze” franchises from the west make it. It will also prevent them from possibly being moved in the near future,something gary would rather not do.

  11. Mrhab24 says:

    Didn’t Anderson back up Jose in Col?

  12. habs4cup says:

    I’m watching the Col/SJ game, and can’t believe how inept Colorado is. How did this team ever make the playoffs? shots sare 50/13 for SJ. total dominating the Avs. Avs are so bad they can’t even get the puck in the SJ zone. I’ve never seen a team dominate like they’re playing a peewee team.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    This is Anderson’s 3rd winning season since he played OHL hockey from the 00-01 season. He flipped a ****ing switch or something this year, he’s been unbelieveable.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. Mrhab24 says:

    Anderson……… OMG!

  15. spos080808 says:

    This game should have been like 5-0 SJ. They just cant catch a break in the playoffs.

  16. EricInStL says:

    wow can you say OO


    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  17. SLONCOLD says:

    lol ovi…. one day he’ll learn how to win. let him talk all he wants with humpty dumpty his coach lol

  18. spos080808 says:

    So I am guessing you did not cheer for Sid since he is not an underdog…I am guessing you did not cheer for Canada bc they sure as hell were no underdog…No idea how old are you but would you have turned your back on the Habs when they were dominating the NHL in the past? Yah you would have since you only like underdogs huh…

    As for OV talking trash, it is no different than Pleks saying Theo is no Miller etc. Trash talk is sports. Why do you think teams always have bulletin board material.

  19. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    50 saves for Anderson. I can see San Jose losing this, hah!

  20. EricInStL says:

    you gotta feel for SJ, knowing they cannot trust Nabokov…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  21. Rainrocket16 says:

    You know its F’d up when I have all my Bruins and Leafs friends routing for the Habs! And Sens! But I am right there with them, I want to see Lucic vs the Penguins!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  22. avatar_58 says:

    Wow Anderson

  23. SLONCOLD says:

    and your solution is to pin point the game on one player? i will not pin the game on halak. sorry it’s a team sport

    he should have made the save on the 5th goal but hell man defensive break downs hurt your team. blaming it all on one player is teh easy way out….

  24. spos080808 says:

    I agree…I see a Rob Blake from the point going in on this PP.

  25. Caballero says:

    People just love Ovi because they want to get behind a winner. That is just not me pal. Give me the underdog all the way. Ovie may be the best hockey player in the world, but I do not appreciate it when someone bad mouths our players by name. Did Pleks say Theo is no Ryan Miller? No, but Ovi was putting down our players by name in some pathetic attempt at psychological intimidation. He is probably trying to divert attention from Theo sobbing into his jock strap.

  26. spos080808 says:

    I guess the Colorado fans know nothing about the rules of hockey…

    You cannot bury a guy on an icing play…

    It is a penalty everytime…So why are they chanting bullshit…

    It was called in a playoff game the other night as well.

  27. EricInStL says:

     The avs cannot kill another one like they did before

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  28. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    ‘Holy Mackinaw!’, San Jose has 47 shots on goal and the game still remains scoreless. How sweet would it be if Colorado scores before the game finishes? But, what on Earth are they doing? Back-to-back PP opportunities for SJ.

  29. spos080808 says:

    Joe has played well though. He made a beautiful pass to get he game into OT last game…And is feeding people left and right tonight, but there is no finish, just like 2 mins ago when Joe fed Boyle for a beautiful PP chance that he missed on.

  30. Rainrocket16 says:

    LOL, right? I was still typsy from that disappointing loss, thank for spotting it!

    Sid or Ovie will be in the Finals, Bettman will see to it!

  31. Off-side says:

    Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT take Halak out.  I love Halak.  I love Price.  And reasoning with who to put in for tomorrow’s game is not about our goalie war.  It’s about what oBITCHkin had to say here as mentioned in early comments.  Saying that Halak is shaking is smack talk and simply them trying to get us to switch to Price (not because Price is not good but more because they are afraid of Halak).  It’s all a mental game now and oBITCHkin thinks were stupid and don’t get it. 

    Speaking of stupid and oBITCHkin, I’m not sure I can stand watching the game tomorrow night if he shoves his glove in another Hab’s face.  Who do we have that can lay into him?  I say HURT his ass.  Sorry, I’m really not a mean person and I’m hating the anger my body is feeling just thinking about him, but seriously, the guy is a creep.

    As for Metro.  Damn it, he’s a really good player and I think he brings a lot of positive energy to our team but letting him back, I’m afraid they will intentionally hurt him bad, knowing that he’s flying with a broken wing.  Having him leave the game would demoralize our team.  I don’t know.  I’ll have to trust our team on that decision.

    Damn it, I love you guys!  You’ve got to win this one tomorrow.  Not because we want the win (well, okay that would be really, really good) but now it’s more about seeing oBITCHkin cry. 

    Don’t you all want to see him cry?  Or have I gone completely mad?

  32. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    The Thornton-Marleau-Heatley trio have 0 goals in almost 3 games so far and are -6 combined.

  33. Rainrocket16 says:

    LOL, right? I was still typsy from that disappointing loss, thank for spotting it!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  34. matmacat says:

    Sid and Ovie in the cup final? If he pulls that off….

  35. spos080808 says:

    And SJ is dominating without Heatley. If they lose this game they are done. How can they come back from absolutely dominating a game and losing and being down in the series…

  36. EricInStL says:

    I was switching frm nj-phi, and at times the Ottawa game was chippy…

    All in all the officiating has been what you would expect with the NHL. Which is really sad….

    Before you had to figure out how 1 official was officiating, now you have to figure out 2….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  37. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Reffing was pretty terrible in the Habs-Washington game yesterday and Pittsburgh-Ottawa game today. Very biased reffing against the Canadian teams.

    The Referees made bad calls all night. Even Don Cherry pointed out that Sid the Kid was diving!

  38. spos080808 says:

    Come on now…

    OV is the best player in the world and most exciting. I mean jesus, guy had 8 hits last game. You do not see the best player in the world in most era’s trying to take peoples blocks off…

    As for him not winning. Put Sid on Wash and OV on Pitt last season and what happens. OV wins a cup and Sid does not. To win a Cup you need a good goalie and solid cast, which OV still does not have, while Sid does…

    As for the Olympic Gold, again, good goaltending and better cast. No shocker Russia lost with Nabby and half the team filled with KHL players…

    Hating in OV is ridiculous. He is great for the game and the best player in the world. I just hope he doesnt notch another point the rest of series.

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    It would be nice if Colorado would make a shot on the Sharks goal, Nabokov’s made 13 saves so far, so mathemeatically the next 4 should go in.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  40. Bob Barker says:

    “and/or” – How would they both make it lol?

  41. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man, Craig Anderson is literally stealing this one for Colorado.

    40 shots on goal for San Jose and the game remains scoreless. 7 minutes left in regulation.

  42. Mikey_39 says:

    Did anyone watch the Pitts-Ottawa game? I’m just curious to know if reffing was a factor in the Pittsburgh win

  43. gK_HabsFan says:

    I don’t know, i think it can mess with his game.


  44. Bob Barker says:

    Hopefully Halak plays like he did in Game 1. It’s been more than 24 hours and I still can’t believe we lost that game. 

  45. spos080808 says:

    Hopefully JM uses the last change to his advantage and gets the right matchups out there agianst OV/Backstrom.

  46. Caballero says:

    Ovechkin’s comment about Halak and MAB make me sick. I have always disliked him because he is so dominant and yet so arrogant. He is like Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV. He was probably genetically engineered in som KGB lab to bring huge honors to Russia, but last I checked, Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and the Rocket Richard trophy. So perhaps Ovechkin should shut his yap and start winning something other than rookie of the year because I sense someone bigger and stronger will end his career before he hits 30.

  47. spos080808 says:

    I agree that Halak got the team here and in my opinion he def. gets the start in Game 3. It is a no brainer…

    All I am saying is that for all the praise we should rightly give him after Game 1, we should also jump on him for blame for Game 2…

    Anyone who says otherwise is just being totally biased.

  48. Rainrocket16 says:

    Has anyone started the Bettman Facebook bashing page yet!!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  49. spos080808 says:

    Um no I am not saying Halak is horrible…I said he had a horrible Game 2…He had a veryy good Game 1…

    He cost the team any chance at a win in Game 2 plain and simple. Just admit it Jesus…Just like how he gave the team every chance to hold on and win Game 1…Cannot have it both ways buddy…

  50. spos080808 says:

    No way he wants the Yotes or Preds in the final. The TV ratings would be godawful even if OV or Sid make it…He clearly wants a Pens/Caps v. Chicago final. That would be ratings gold.

  51. Rainrocket16 says:


    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  52. SLONCOLD says:

    you’re saying he’s horrib;e after he did have a good game take your own advice. in a perfect world he makes that save on teh 5th goal but even if he did. there was a 6-4 pp comming up…. that would have been hard to stop too….


  53. Rainrocket16 says:

    Bettman won that game. Halak made a couple bad plays but Halak is the man we need, we would not be here!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  54. showey47 says:

    I guess the good news is only one can possibly be in the final. Bettman will cream in his baby gaps jeans if he can get  his yotes or the preds as their opposition. Its a win win for him.

  55. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Not sure if anyone mentioned it, but Halak has had an impressive home record this year. That can be an advantage for us tomorrow and on Wednesday!

    I have trust in Halak. If he can shut down Ovechkin and Russia 2-1, he can shut down Ovechkin and the Capitals in this series.

  56. Rainrocket16 says:

    100 bucks says that We get stomped in similar fashion to the Sens game earlier! another Bettman win!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  57. spos080808 says:

    Cannot have it both ways. Cannot say the team won bc of Halak in game 1 BUT DID NOT lose bc of Halak in game 2…

    Sure he was a big reason why they won in game 1 but he was a bigger reason they lost game 2…

    Atleast speak the truth in your praise and blame.

  58. Rainrocket16 says:

    I will never be a habs fan again if we chant that ridiculous BS!

    Sid and/or Ovie will be in the Cup Finals! Bettman makes sure of it!

  59. SLONCOLD says:

    – we won a game in this series beacuse of him 45 saves ring a bell?

    – how is he tired lol

    – looked intimidated in game one?

    – looked nervous in game one?

    wow…….. you’re a smart one

  60. gK_HabsFan says:

    People at the Bell Centre should chant “Crosby” to taunt OV8


  61. showey47 says:

    you mean you don’t want to witness “operation twig snapper” unfold in all its glory? It could be the single greatest move since the illegal marty mcsorely stick call of 1993.

  62. pmaraw says:

    same with me only showers…

  63. habs4cup says:

    habs need to crash the net same way caps do. And I would definitely put in Price. Halak doesn’t have it and he will cost them the seeries. He already cost them 1 game. Why is JM being so stubborn?

    Halak needs to be more aggressive on breakaways. way too passive and never comes out to count down the angle. We can’t win another game with Halak. he’s nervous, intimidated, and tired and it shows.

    JM is just gift wrapping the series for Wash if he plays Halak.

  64. spos080808 says:

    Sit Pouliot? Huh? Yah stupid penalty last game, but it did not hurt the team. He actually played a very solid game, if you actually watched it. Just because he did not score does not mean he was not playing good. He was driving to the net, playing tough on the boards, using his body, and backchecking hard. You do not take him out of the lineup…

    Metro does have to get in somehow. He can make a difference on the PP with his right handed shot. Plus maybe he can bring some more creativity to one of the bottom lines…

    All of the forwards have played decent so it is not like this is an easy decision. It is either Sergei, Darche, or Pyatt  that comes out. I would keep Sergei in because he can play PK, and brings some offense to the bottom 6…I keep Pyatt in because of his PK ability…So the odd man out is Darche. Again he has done nothing to deserve being in the press box but Metro brings more to the table to than Darche since he plays PP and PK with more offensive upside.

  65. SLONCOLD says:

    metro has to be 100% to play… if he’s not he could do more damage than good.

  66. Tis Himself says:

    The Habs are going to win tomorrow night. I can’t watch the game live and lately when I haven’t they have won. If they do, I promise not to watch another playoff game live until they lose, Scout’s Honor.

  67. Mikey_39 says:

    Man I’m really starting to dislike the caps.  And the fact that they have Gary B. behind them makes me dislike them even more.  It would be amazing to knock these guys out of the playoffs, overcoming all the adversity (refereeing for instance).


    If metro is ready to go I gotta think you have to put him in.  And i wouldn’t bench any of the 3rd and 4th line guys.  I would definitely bench pouliot.  The last couple of weeks have been really bad.  And in both playoff games he’s taken a dumb-ass penalty at the wrong time!  Play sergei on one of the top lines and bench pouliot.  But then again it seems like sergei will be lucky to not be benched let alone play on the top line with JM coaching.



  68. SLONCOLD says:

    i think the media is forgetting that the CAPS scored 100 goals more than us this year. goals are to be expected in this series. In regards to replacing halak with price the question has to be asked, will price give us a better chance to win. If the answer is yes then you put in price, other wise you stay with halak. Also, not sure if anyone has watched the other series but there have have been some pretty high scoring games and the answer the day after is about reducing scoring chances, not pulling or switching up the goalies. But hey this is montreal and halak and price sell alot of online ads… so create a bunch of bull to bring up page clicks and views……

    Game 2 showed a defensive colapse and a bunch of bad penalties. Game three will give us last change and a chance to get the match up we want.

    Any goalies would have a tough time against this type of offense. People thinking we could keep them to 2 goals a game and win easily were nuts. Lots of hockey left and we’re tied 1-1.

    go habs go


  69. habsfaninboston says:

    JM’s got to stick with Halak for game 3.  Putting Price in now would be assinine.

    Theo or Varly makes no difference.  We proved we could score on both.

    If Metro can go, I’d put him in there in place of Darche.

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