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Habs goalie Jaro Halak foils Buffalo’s Raffi Torres with Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov helping out.
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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Dominic Moore | Ryan O’Byrne | Jaro Halak | Tom Pyatt 

Boone: About last night …

PAT HICKEY The Gazette

The Canadiens received some outstanding goaltending from an expected source. And they received some scoring from some unexpected sources.

The result was a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night to move the Canadiens one step closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Jaroslav Halak provided the goaltending as he made 29 saves for his second consecutive shutout. Halak, who extended his shutout streak to 144 minutes and one second, made 35 saves Friday night as the Canadiens beat the Flyers 1-0 in Philadelphia.

The Canadiens’ goals were supplied by Ryan O’Bryne, Tom Pyatt and Sergei

The win gave the sixth-place Canadiens 86 points and
they remained two points up on Boston, which has a game in hand. They
moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and  the New York Rangers, who
are currently tied for the final playoff spot.

O’Byrne, who nearly
scored early in the  game, was pointed in the right direction when he
opened the scoring at 12:03 of the first period with a shot from the
point which fooled Ryan Miller. It was not only O’Byrne’s first goal
this season; it was first goal since March 3, 2008.

Pyatt notched
his second goal of the season when he converted a rebound of a shot by
Maxim Lapierre at 2:41 of the second period.

Kostitsyn wrapped up
the scoring with a goal at 6:37 of the third period. He missed the
Philadelphia game Friday with a lower-body injury but looked healthy
last night as he collected a goal and an assist. 


  1. MontrealAtheist says:

    What’s wrong with the current system?

  2. Bill J says:

    Yeah media reports had Halak for a 2nd rounder from Philly.

    Now – that all being said – it really was never clear on whether Holmgren was offering Gainey a 2nd round pick for Halak – or if Gainey was asking for one in return for Halak.

    Add this to Holmgren saying recently “Don’t trade Halak” a week after Chicago employee Scotty Bowman said “Don’t trade Price”

    Well there you have it.  Both our goalies are on many other teams wish lists.

  3. SLONCOLD says:

    OB was almost a goat last night lol

  4. Jbird says:

    The # of starts and wins means that he will not be a nominee for Vezina.  

  5. Storm Man says:

    Well said

  6. daveho29 says:

    No, your way off base, nice job on twisting my words. I’d love to see Halak get a shutout every game the rest of the season.

    I was actually trying to say that of all goalies to hold that record it’s Brian Boucher and not, lets say Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy or Domenic Hasak. I mean the man got run out of Phillly once before and his streak happened with the Coyotes and not the Coyotes that are playing well this year.


    I don’t hate Halak at all and never said I did, and I don’t think it’s a lucky streak, although you have to be lucky to be good and good to be lucky.


    And I am not going to get drawn in to a worn out debate.

  7. ooder says:

    make Smokin Aces and force him to memorize this post


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

  8. HabsFansince49 says:

    He actually offered him to Philadelphia (according to the media) but it didn’t work. Whatever the case, Gainey was determined to make Halak at best the backup goalie. I state that on the basis of his actions – I’m not inside his head. Worse, I believe Gainey brought Price in too early and annointed him #1. I think Price will be a fine goalie someday, perhapswith Montreal, perhaps not.

    I don’t claim to be a pro scout, I’m only making my points based on 50 years of listening to/watching the Habs.

  9. slapshot777 says:

    Since your a Halak lover then your doing the same thing by trying to twist words around to suit your own whim. Read it the way it was intended rather than trying to twist everything around. Dave is making a valid point whether you like it or not. Halak has done nothing special or out of the ordinary than the goalies mentioned.

    That doesn’t mean though that he is any less of a goalie either. I can’t figure why this goalie debate has to go on every EFFING night. We have two capable good goalies, both with strengths and weaknesses. This year it’s just that Price can’t get the bounce and he loses his games, but that doesn’t mean his game is suffering any less. his save % is up there with the rest, it’s just that the offense hasn’t produced for him on days when he has been the starter.

    I know early on Price gave up a soft goal per game, but in the last 7-8 starts that soft goal has dissapeared from his play. Halak has had games not many mind you, but when he gets tired he loses all control of his rebounds and starts to slump in his crease and that’s when we see the goals going i high on him.

    As for this shutout streak, yes in order to have a streak like this going a goalie has to have LUCK with him. Halak has to have the players blocking shots for him, clearing away those second and third chances. The puck has to bounce for him.

    Remember in Philadelphia the other night when the pick went up in the air came down behind hi and bounced wide of the net, when it could have easily bounced into the net, then the same thing with that goal that went in on him. It was ruled a high stick and it was, but either way you look at it it’s a break and some luck. All goalies get it and in order to have a streak like Halak is having he got to have it as well, for you or anybody else to say Halak is making his own luck then you bias towards him.

    Let’s just say that this is a fairytale season for Halak, and next season he returns to average goaltending or God forbid he has a eason like Price then what? Do you throw him under the bus like we are doing ith Price. Again remember, now goalies like Boucher, yes that same Boucher who owns that modern day shutout streak, would you want him on your team now. Would you want Huet back now playing goal for you. What about Hackettt after he was traded away from the Habs he seemed to lose his competitive play.

    Over the years there have been lots of goalies who have had one outstanding season only to be followed by average or not so average following seasons and careers. John Casey is another example of this type of goaltending. What about Jim Craig anyone remember him had an outstanding olympics much better than Halak and beat a much superior Russian hockey team to capture a goal medal. Many players on that team went on to have great careers in the NHL, but Jim Craig never even played close to that level of play again. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Flames in the 4th round (72nd overall) and played a total of 30 games in the NHL 4 with Atlanta, 23 with Boston and 3 with Minnesota. overall stats in the NHL were a 11-10-7 with a 3.78 GAA and a .839%.

    I know Halak is having an outstanding season, but just remember guys one season does not make a career. Let’s just relax enjoy what is happening and let the future take are of itself.

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

  10. habsguy says:

    what makes you think he would have traded Halak,  did I miss something???

  11. pmaraw says:

    hehe on doubt, altho halaks numbers arent far off, i believe his win% is better, but you’re right, miller is going to be given it based on regular season and olympic merits.  all im asking for is a nomination.

  12. pmaraw says:

    not only did halak get back to back shutouts in back to back nights, but they werent easy shutouts by any means, breakaways, cross crease saves, un-freakin-believable!!!!  Halak for vezina nomination please.

  13. pmaraw says:

    in case your best goal scorer gets clotheslined by a bruins defencemen in the playoffs

  14. Bill J says:

    Agreed – but methinks everyone & I mean everyone in the NHL would be shocked if anyone BUT Ryan Miller wins that.

    Considering the position the Sabres find themselves in solely on the back of Miller.

  15. pmaraw says:

    Hackett was unbelievable in goal for the habs, he won us a lot of games on a terrible team.

  16. pmaraw says:

    he should be a nominee for vezina no doubt

  17. Bill J says:

    Nah dude – while I AM a Price supporter.  I have a brain and realize this debate is pointless – Halak is playing LOADS better then Price – everyone can see it.

    HOWEVER – Rudest ? – no…. YOU and a few others have that down pat.  

    You are either too young to know what rude behavior is – or a grumpy old fart who thinks your entitled to be rude.

    Halak fans like YOU are what make this an issue.  the Majority of Price supporters (minus a few exceptions who are just tired of seeing BS posted here by fools who think they know best) tend to keep their mouths shut, because again we KNOW Halak is having a much better year.  However we do not agree with all the BS you spew, therefore why Price supporters tend to defend him.

    Bottom line is….

    WAY TO GO HALAK – (this should have been the base of your post)

  18. smiler2729 says:

    Halak ROCKS! O’Byrne ROCKS!

    A combination of Buffalo playing really badly and Montreal playing a stifling team defence was the perfect elixir for a team on the edge.

  19. jimmy shaker says:

    Happy Easter to everyone here…….I hope we all remember this day and the significance it has for our lives!  And that we see that hockey and HIO is really meaningless in the grand sceme of things. 

    See you after church, and when we meet again may the wings be pounding the flyers and Laviolette!


  20. petrov14 says:

    When 2 teams are tied for the last playoff spot, Id like to see a one game playoff! (a-la baseball).

    ______________________________________ Lets name a Captain…..or does it even matter anymore?

  21. jimmy shaker says:

    So Halak on Tuesday which is a given, but now with Spacek coming back, will JM play with 7D and 11 Forwards like I’ve been pleading on here for him to do or what?  He probably won’t, so that means MAB back on the fourth line and for me I would sit Lapierre! I mean Laps would be my odd man out anyway if JM used 7 D or 6 D and 11 forwards or 12 forwards once Spacek is back.



  22. HabsFansince49 says:

    Think about it! If Gainey had succeeded, the Habs would have failed. For example, if he had traded Halak we would be contending with the Leafs for last place. Thank God, Halak is here and Gainey is gone.

  23. habfan53 says:

    Halak is now 3rd in NHL 3 star selection behind Ovetchkin and Crosby

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well ya know Stephen Jesus IS still a Jew …NEVER converted as far as I know …dont’ch ya agree Tevye ?

    …I missed tonights Sabres’ game huntin’ for last minute Easter Eggs for My little Babe …gonna have to get up at 5 or 6 AM, put on My bunny-suit and spread ’em around the house

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  25. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …that must be the wicked pussy speakin’ Stephen

    …at least it’s in the ear …not His eye …lol

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  26. bostonantifan says:

    Too bad he never scored that much when he played with Montreal.

  27. light_n_tasty says:

    I didn’t realize he was a hater until I looked below, but he still does have a point in that Halak hasn’t proven anything over and above Price in his career…however, that may change shortly…

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Submitted by SeriousFan09 on Sun, 04/04/2010 – 02:14.

    Halak had fought his way through the Q, ECHL, AHL and through the NHL
    to get where he is now and was the 2nd best goalie at the Olympics.

    I mentioned his Olympics appearance actually, see the time and date code there?

    Avalanche and Detroit overcame big obstacles this season, much like the Habs did and they did it in the tougher Conference as well, their goaltenders had to be big, just like Halak had to be and they all had great success. The goaltending was a huge question for all 3 teams and someone had to deliver, Howard, Anderson and Halak did and they earned their accolades deservedly. However, all 3 have yet to win in playoffs or any trophies in International Tournaments so they will be under scrutiny until they go further than they are now. I want Halak to succeed in the Playoffs as his success is the team’s success but I also don’t think he’s going to push us to any new Miracle runs either or be our 15-year solution based on this year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  29. Xtrahabsfan says:

    A smaller team vs Broad street bullies is like jewish Easter,lol

  30. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude you realize you just compared  this years Habs to Detroit and the Avs …APPLES AND ORANGES,lol… As well as you failed to mention Halaks efforts in the Olympics….Clearly you will go on and on  and clearly Halak will prove you wrong and wrong …So lets mark this day, this hour ,this minute and your post and bring it up in the years to come when ever you  try and make a point about this or dat so I can slam you down and then lick my finger and stick it in yer ear,lol

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just in case for Montreal…

    The Doomsday Scenario Binders that fill the Front Office in Montreal are legendary.

    – In Case of Your MVP Defencemen going down to injury just before the playoffs

    – In Case of your MVP Defencemen going down in the first game of the season

    – In Case of half of your team is hospitalized during the season and the other half all miss a bunch of games for various reasons (08-09 and 09-10 Editions)

    – In Case of a Carolina Hurricanes player tries to put out your Captain’s eye in the Playoffs

    – In Case of your next Big Goalie not panning out

    – In Case of your Head Coach drives away a Legendary NHL goalie (Strange, inside is a bottle of Rum and a revolver)

    – In Case of your Head Coach not working out (Telephone list for all French-speaking coaches, just keep going down the list)

    Those are just recent editions as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  32. Clay4bc says:

    Lol at your Easter comments…

    Maybe it’s a good thing you missed the Philly game…although Jaro was spectacular, it was disappointing to see our team dominated like that.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  33. Clay4bc says:

    I think you missed the point of his post…Dave here hates Halak, and loves Price. What he is doing is trying to show that Halak is not really talented, and is having a lucky streak like Boucher did. Isn’t that correct, Dave?


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  34. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Yeppers ,you can say that again no power all yesterday and night and missed the Philly GAME TOO BOOT,dang! This weather will change soon Christoper and spring will win again…On the plus side my old bone’s have been healing and getting ready for another full season of Roofing(A 51 year old Jew should be the lead actor  in the making of Fiddler on the Roof IV,LOL).Happy egg hunt too all, my kids are going to go nuts .Ya that’s right ,Jew’s have Easter too(In our tradition we stashed while running for our lives,lol)in order to save our ,um…bacon…….

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saying it’s his 3rd year is rather generous considering his 06-07, 07-08 appearances amounted to 24 games total including playoff games.

    In 05-06, Huet led the league for Save % and was 4th in GAA, he was a Top 5 goalie then arguably. Let’s not throw a parade just yet because he’s a Top 5 goalie for one season, plenty of goalies make it there but don’t stay Top 5 goalies. We need to see how far this goes, see what he does in playoffs before we annoint him anything and even then, too many teams have gotten drunk on their goalie being fantastic for one season and forgotten about the next one.

    Detroit Red Wings had a shake-up, they lost players that amounted to over 70 goals in the off-season and were wracked by injury all year. Jimmy Howard stepped up and put on a huge season after never being an NHL goalie before. Avalanche were torn apart and rebuilt, Craig Anderson spent years as a career backup before this year, he helped an underdog Avs team fight their way through the season and posted 7 shutouts over 68 games, which is fewer games than he played in his last 3 seasons, he’s got 35 in those 68 as well. There have been some major goalie success stories this year across the NHL. Those guys came out of nowhere and did a ton.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. Aybara says:

    Yea, maybe we should step back and think a little bit before making any hasty decisions regarding the future of our team… Just in case, ya know.

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    … heard You had a serious wind-storm out Your way Stephen

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  38. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Dude …this is Halaks third year in the league and third year on the Habs AND all the while was put to the back of the bus by then G.M. Gainey,so your point is somewhat weak!And as for your statment about Halaks  rating among  all others …The only time is now AND RIGHT NOW HALAKS TOP 5 ,LOL …AND THAT’S WHILE HE’S ON A TEAM THAT JUST HAD A MAJOR SHAKE -UP,THIS IS UNHEARD OF…deal with it…..

  39. Clay4bc says:

    I do think of Andrew Raycroft… or Steve Mason…or Jim Carey…everytime I think of Price.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  40. light_n_tasty says:

    All these parallels being drawn with Halak tonight–Boucher, Huet, Hackett–are really not all that flattering.  I guess Halak hasn’t proven anything more than these guys…

    I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the playoffs.

  41. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    It’s tough Ian.  If he did that, he might catch trouble from some who would say that 3rd liners don’t belong on the power play. I think they’ve been playing well, especially Sergei.  Give them a chance?  

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    There have been Halak fans on here all season long who have enjoyed posting about Price losing, they’ve dedicated a ton of time to it and spent all season saying he’s a doomed AHL-quality goalie if that and is never going to do anything. They’ve made up anything they can to discredit him, because they preferred Halak over Price because he let them down at some point in time and never let it go or for whatever reason they had. The goalie debate is a two-way street and it’s ignorant to say the other side hasn’t embellished their arguments.

    Halak is having a great year, but let’s not pretend one year makes him one of the best in the world. We’ve spent 15 years in Montreal putting our hopes on “The Next One” in Montreal, rolling through Thibault, Hackett, Theodore, Huet, Price and Halak. Thibault at one time looked like the answer, Hackett had some okay times, Theodore won Hart/Vezina, Huet got us through some tough times, Price had crazy junior accomplishments and the Calder Cup MVP, Halak had fought his way through the Q, ECHL, AHL and through the NHL to get where he is now and was the 2nd best goalie at the Olympics.

    I’ll admit I am a Price backer, but I also won’t ignore what Halak has done this year. Right now, Halak is the #1, keep them both and have Price back him up for 20-25 games next season. Price obviously wasn’t ready for the NHL and needed the AHL time, he’ll have to develop by being a backup for now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. daveho29 says:

    2 shutouts in a row.


    Can Halak beat Boucher’s modern day record. Yes,The same Boucher that has to carry the Flyers

    longest modern day shutout streak belongs to
    Boucher. When he played for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2003 he recorded a
    streak that started on December 27, 2003, lasting 332 minutes and 1
    spanning 5 games and ending in 2004.



  44. daveho29 says:

    double post

  45. HabsFan90 says:

    Oh these reporters are a$sholes to O’Byrne! LOL

    “You almost got 2 goals tonight?”

  46. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I love this …It seems like  all the Hab fans want to throw Price under the bus bull-s**t.The rudest fans in all of sport have been the Price fanatics who will feed willingly on they’re own to press their non points why Carey’s the best,lol …All season long they come up with things like :Halak’s only good vs weak teams ,or he has rebound issues or his styles not as good or the team plays better for him …and ALL SEASON LONG JARO HALAK HAS MADE THESE DENIERS LOOK LIKE THE CHUMPS THEY ARE! Ya and they are quiet now but still have snide lil comeback shots like ;Why do you put down Carey or He’s only 22 give him 2 more years or JM doesn’t play him enough……LISTEN UP, THE HALAK SUPPORTERS ARE HAB FANS FIRST AND FOREMOST AND LOVE PRICE TOO BUT LOVE WINNING MORE,unlike you Price wannabe spin doctors! It’s all about the Habs…you know the team…that plays HOCKEY…Get it our team ,hello…So even though Price may or may not become great is not the issue,the issue is in HALAK WE HAVE ONE OF THE VERY BEST GOALIES IN THE WORLD AND YOU ALL SHOULD JUST BE HAPPY BOUT THAT CAUSE IT IS NOW WRITTEN IN STONE AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK BABY’S!Oh ,and for you people who think next years going to be different and Halak’s going to be traded, go cheer for another team or get a reality check cause I personally don’t want your bad MoJo spilling over the Greatest Team in Pro Sport….just keep that sickness too yourselves!

  47. arrow says:

    Great Win! Happy for O’Byrnes 1st goal, although he was close to scoring on his own goal again! Ha!Ha! Very impressed with Dominic Moore, Moen and Sergei. Oh ya, love Halak and Price the same, hate then both equally when we lose!! Best of luck in the playoffs, I have faith and know we can do well. Not impressed with JM, but Asst Coach is cute! Go Habs Go!!

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saku Koivu will be re-signed by the Ducks if their FO has any brains. 19 goals this season, 6 of them game-winning and he tied the game for the Ducks in their last 2 games to push them into extra time and tonight against the Kings, he scored the lone goal in the SO to win it for them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  49. blu3chip says:

    Seems like a lot of Habs fans here are ready to ditch Price…

    Please…  give it a 2nd thought…  think Andrew Raycroft… or Steve Mason

    I’m not saying Halak will be a bust, but he may not stay this hot down the road…

  50. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, team’s best option for next season is to keep both on. FA market is so weak across the board that even signing an ‘okay’ backup will put the team in cap trouble because of bidding wars. Halak is #1, plays 50+ for next season, Price is the backup and plays the rest. This point, might as well test the goalie experiment for another year, Desjardins isn’t ready to be a backup and it would cost too much to sign any decent backup.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  51. Clay4bc says:

    Were you still proud of Yaps when he did his turtle impression? Personally, I was embarrased for him…if you want to talk sh*t, you need to be willing to back it up.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  52. naweed235 says:

    very true that… atleast on paper… but as far as reality goes these two young golies are not meant to be back ups… so yes it would be nice to be able to keep them both in a perfect world but i think one of them has to go and as much as i love price i just wont be able to forgive the gm if Halak is let go…

  53. habs11s says:

    MTL would be foolish not to sign both Price AND Halak for the best 1-2 punch in the league…


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    It was about time that Martin played line 3 and 4. I even think he should play the 3rd line on the power play. Our top guns are not doing the job latly. 

    Metro was potting them in on the power play. Martin is so chicken s…, but he let them play a little more tonight.

    There is something about winning back to back shut out hockey!!

  55. habzfan2003 says:

    So Dominic Moore clearly has amnesia…. he thinks he’s a superstar… I’ve been very very impressed with his play!! Not just tonight…. And proud of Yaps tonight… doin what he needs to for the team playing physical and working hard. Great job guys!!!

  56. MICP says:

    A note for the night to Mr Stubbs.  During the blog, Boone had made mention of Pyatt being unable to score and what do you know but he scores.  My theory is that whoever tweeted that you were a chimp was just trying to light a fire under you just like Boone had done to Pyatt.

    I expect your best article yet come tomorrow. 

  57. deuce6 says:

    Just working out the kinks of the length, so they were saying..Nice to hear the cap may be going up another 900K..We can ride out Hammer’s contract and re-sign Plex and both goalies, if that is the case..

  58. Danno says:

    Keep it up and there will be a bronze statue of Jaro in front of the Bell Centre one day.


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

  59. aemarchand11 says:

    I missed the CBC Hotstove, dad mentioned something about Montreal agreeing as per the Monetary portion of Pleks Contract, dicussing the term now?

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  60. aemarchand11 says:

    Darek Roy is brutal, dives at every occation. He appearently loves the women of Halifax though. 

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  61. The Cat says:

    Everybody in the freaking universe knows that Halak is the number 1 goalie except the Montreal Canadiens organization.

  62. jimmy shaker says:

    Man I hate Lindy Ruff alot…..and Derek Roy, the perennial leader of the diving institute in the NHL.  So this win was extra nice.  Jaro was Jaro, what more can I say….4th line was solid, as well as the third.  Moen played his best game in a long time.  Seems like Cammy, Pleks and AK46 are getting stuck in our zone an awful lot lately…need to remedy that on Tues.  3 more games to go and Jaro has to get tues and thurs for sure, and if Saturday’s game doesn’t matter as far as us getting into the dance or positioning then Carey has to get the start.  Not slagging on Price at all here, just stating the facts like BOB Cole, Guy and Millen said…….that Jaro has to run the table, the team seems to just play better in front of him…. THose were there words my friends!


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