Fifth place!

And your Montreal Canadiens didn’t even have to play a game to reach that lofty position.

Washington’s loss to Phoenix dropped the struggling Caps to sixth.

AUDIO from Monday’s practice: Jacques Martin | Scott Gomez | Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | Max Pacioretty | Mathieu Darche | P.K. Subban

Cammalleri may be back in Calgary

Pat Hickey on fighting

Toronto Sports Network on P.K.

Reactions to Mario Lemieux’s statement

Roy MacGregor on Lemieux

Leafs deal Versteeg, look to July 1

Damien Cox on Versteeg deal


  1. Mattyleg says:

    He wasn’t let go. He left. He’d had enough of the type of negativity in certain areas of the media in Montreal, and the kind of Playstation GMing that we get on sites like this.

    People are still trying to villify him for having built a team that missed the playoffs once in the past six years, from a team that missed it more than they were in it. Not to mention finishing first in the East, and going to the Conference finals.

    People like to complain. Makes them feel like they’ve said something insightful.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. habitual says:

    Yup, Bob G and Gauthier do deserve credit. There are a lot of rookies on this team and we are still in the thick of the playoffs.

  3. SensFanSpezza says:

    Wasn’t he on waivers last week?  I guess there’s no point in the Leaves getting something for free when they can pay a good pick for it.

  4. geo_habsgo says:

    Yeah I thought about that as well. I guess thats the good thing about it is that we have been forced to give extended looks at the kids in hamilton. I’m liking the future of this team I just thought that with the right amount of luck and performance we could have been huge this season. Who knows maybe the team will surprise me come playoff time. :p

  5. habs03 says:

    No Miller tonight, Enroth is in nets tonight.

  6. Julie H says:

    Get this “Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, said he agreed with Lemieux in that the violence last Friday’s game was unacceptable.” Since when does he NOT support violence?

  7. Chester says:

    I got two words for Mario …. Matt Cooke.

    I have to rinse my mouth now.

  8. Mark C says:

    Philly will be in a right tight spot next year cap wise. $57.5M committed to 17 players (1 goalie, 6 D, 10 F) Leino is the only big name UFA this year. After next year the team has $44M tied up on 11 players, Van Riemsdyk, Versteeg, Carle and Coburn will all need contracts. Going for it now is the right move, Philly has to be operating on a 2 year window, this year and next, after that all bets are off.  

  9. Off-side says:

    Can we talk about Subban for a change?  I mean, c’mon, the poor guy never gets center stage!

    No, really folks.  Here’s my thing with Subban and all the negative criticism shovelled his way.  If the media (even this media right here) would please stop giving a soap box to any team, player or coach anytime Subban even breaths, all the talk would die.  You may not be the instigator, Mr. Media, but you do a hell of a job of transforming a camp fire to a forest fire.

    Can we please let this young man play his sport before these attacks break him?  He is a mere 21 year old. 

    For God’s sake, leave him alone.

  10. avatar_58 says:

    You and I both know Mr Subban is a bit of a showman. Do you really think he isn’t enjoying the attention?

  11. 24 Cups says:

    No that there was much chance of it ever happening, but I think we can put to rest any rumours of a possible Jarome Iginla trade.

    Calgary beat Colorado 9-1 last night to move into 8th place in the ultra competitive Western Conference playoff race.  Iginla scored twice to run his season totals to 25/31/56/6/4 which is good for 9th place in the NHL scoring race.  Alex Tanguay also returned to the line-up and tallied a marker.

  12. habstrinifan says:

    Be 21 again. Be in a ‘spotlight’ position for social and hockey reason. Be unsure if your next faux pas puts you in the coach’s doghouse or gets you some disdainful look from your teammates… and tell me if you would enjoy it.
    I usually agree with your take on things but I believe that you are totally overlooking the human fragility of PK in all this. And forget the assumption by many that P.K is tough mentally etc and can handle alll this… look at how long it took him to regain confidence after his sudden benching where he wasnt even counsulled (not consoled) by his coach.

  13. 24 Cups says:

    Mark – I think that Philly is taking a page out of CHicago’s book from last year.  You get as close as possible to a legit Cup run and then indirectly go way over the cap (in terms of the following year) to enhance your chances. 

    If you win (like Chicago did), it’s well worth it even though you have to sell off assets two months later.  If you stumble you still have a decent core to try it again in a few years (like Chicago probably will).

    Given the choice between being good for ten years with no Cup or being average overall but with a Cup……

    I’ll take the Cup, no question.. 

  14. says:

    OK so after the Bruins loss, I was a tad upset with the boys. 

    Looking at the standings today makes me happy.

    We are missing a ton of talent, and in 5th place. (moving on up)



    They Call Me Shane

  15. Off-side says:

    Amen.  He’s only human and a 21 year old human. 

  16. adamkennelly says:

    Mr. Hickey – the real reason there is no fighting in the playoffs is because all the stupidity which normally leads up to it goes away- hooking, roughing, slashing, boarding, unsportsmanlike conduct- because players cannot afford to take the minor penalties associated with those infractions.  That and the fact most teams don’t dress their “fighters” unless of course you are fighter who can play – which is exactly the type of player the Habs need two of.  If we happen to get a blow out playoff game – say 4 or 5 goal lead in the third – watch out for some fights as the losing team tries to stir things up. 




  17. Off-side says:

    There’s negative attention and positive attention.  When you are booed at sporting arenas (other than your own) and veterans call on you for what you say and do and put a mark on your forehead, that is not pleasant attention.  This is the negative stuff I don’t like to see the media by into. 

  18. Mark C says:

    Absolutely, what you describe might be the new model for some teams now; get as close as you can and then add as much as you can and worry about it later. Philly has been building toward this for some time now, the Pronger trade and signing, now this trade. Philly easily has one of the weakest farm systems in the league, and it will likely only get worse. It is all about winning this year or next, then hoping to make a few smart moves and get back into the race again in a few years.  

    I hope Montreal is like this in 2 or 3 years.

  19. geo_habsgo says:

    I’m completely frustrated with how unlucky the Habs seem to be. Judging by our teams strong play this year and our placement in the top 10 in the league despite all of our key injuries , it has me lamenting over the post-season that we could have had. We had the potential to go all the way this year if we were able to keep this team intact but it just wasn’t in the cards. This team is still quite capable and we have shown ourselves to be giant killers on more than one occasion but with the lack of depth we have due to all the injuries its hard to consider this season anything but a lost cause. 

    I know that sounds bleak but we have been slowly watching a strong team get built over the last few years and I know that at least for me, making the playoffs isn’t good enough anymore. We are better than that now. 

  20. joshua94k says:

    To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high…

    The Canadiens are 5th in their conference and a point behind the Bruins for the division title. Most people would have written the season off in January with injuries to Markov, Gorges, Cammalleri and a disappointing December record. Now add Hall Gill to the list and the team is in more trouble.

    However this team has been resilient. The management of Gainey and Gauthier deserve a lot of credit. They have built a strong farm team through drafts, trades and player development. By signing Picard and Halpern and trading for Wisniewski, they have added depth to the team. When the team was struggling, their farm team provided Pacioretty, Desharnais, White, and Webber which has helped this team tremendously.

    There are others like Boyd, Engqvist, Palushaj, Henry etc waiting for their chance. Some teams have to trade away their future to salvage a season or rebuild. Gainey and Gauthier have built a strong support structure that has enabled the team to withstand losing their top two defencemen for the season and their best scorer for about a month. Credit the coaching staff also for getting the players to play within their system.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  21. jennifer1984 says:

    what up double post

  22. jennifer1984 says:

    tonight i expect a win.
    i’m sitting here patiently awaiting the arrival of my new niece or nephew and since they live in Toronto, their father is a Leafs fan….and I need this baby to learn properly, from the day it’s born.


    this is nerve wracking!!! COME ON BABY!!!

    and let’s get a win!!!!

  23. HardHabits says:

    It wasn’t the loss to the Bruins it was that the Habs were on the receiving end of dirty play and intimidation tactics and they fell for it.

    The game against Toronto showed that they can win against a team that plays that type of game by playing smart.

    That is why I feel better.

  24. Chris says:

    If Montreal is going to be like this in 2 or 3 years, they will have to become a lot more focused on that goal.  We had a glorious chance to generate some assets for the future two seasons ago, with 11 UFA’s, but made very few moves at the deadline in a misguided attempt to make the playoffs.

    This summer, we’ve got a number of UFA’s (Hamrlik, Gill, Markov, Wisniewski, Halpern and Darche), RFA’s (Kostitsyn, Gorges, Pouliot, Pacioretty, White, Desharnais, Pyatt, Weber and Picard, most of whom will be looking for raises) and a couple of veterans that could be attractive to a Stanley Cup contender (Moen, Spacek).

    So much of the focus here in Montreal is always on who we can add, but I’m more interested on who the Habs can exchange for some draft picks or prospects in an attempt to build for that run in 2 or 3 years.  My vote is Travis Moen, who I feel is one of the most invisible players on the roster but whose name could generate some interest from a team like Boston or Vancouver or Detroit as they look to gear up for a Stanley Cup run.  I doubt you could get a 1st round pick for him, but a 2nd round pick might not be out of the question depending on the market.

    Philadelphia has been masterful at using their draft picks and veterans to secure new assets.  I think Montreal’s management needs to be a little more aggressive in the same way.  A late first round pick this season is a crap-shoot due to the weakness of the draft beyond the top-10.  If you could pry another team’s RFA headache off of them with that pick, it might be worth the gamble.

  25. Max_a_million says:

    Now that Colorado’s goose is cooked, can we trade for Ryan O’Byrne back?  Just undo the previous trade. 

    We could use a young physical presence on our bleu line!


    “I need player who hate to lose” D. Irvin

  26. HardHabits says:

    I noticed you mentioned a while back that the West was in a tight race but this is ridiculous. 3rd place (69 pts.) to 10th (65 pts.) has 8 teams separated by 4 points

  27. 123456 says:

    congrats and you need to give them a little baby haby habs outfit. . . .

    i got my son a habs pacifier, bib, sippie cup, etc. . . . .   but he’s a sabres fan . . .  so you gotta try harder than i.

  28. Max_a_million says:

    I understand, but I don’t think you can look at it that way.

    As it turned out our young kids are getting a baptism by fire and coming up Aces.  This is good for the development of the team.

  29. forskis says:

    Considering that many on here were claiming that the Habs were done after the Boston game and claiming that they were a defeated bunch…it is kinda odd to hear that many are happy and impressed that the team is upbeat and confident.

    In the end, it really was just ONE game…amazing what a shutout win over the Leafs can do to morale.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  30. avatar_58 says:

    Unless you are Komisarek

  31. Max_a_million says:

    I think the players quite enjoy being booed in opposing arenas.  That one is a positive I would say.  They wouldn’t be booing you if you sucked. 

  32. SmartDog says:

    Great audio today folks.  Give it a listen.   A really upbeat bunch of guys right now – they sound solid. 

    Especially good interview – MaxPac.  Man, I love this kid.  The Gomez interview is a good one too.  Seriously!

  33. fbkj says:

    Pants Buzzed

    Leafs aquire aaron voros from anaheim for a conditional pic

  34. punkster says:

    My God man, with the deadline approaching you’re gonna have to stay home. All this pants buzzing has to be embarrassing in public.


  35. fbkj says:

    not sure… looks like a 7th and hes goin to the marlies…

  36. HardHabits says:

    I was very upset after the Bruins game but I think that you are missing the point.

    It wasn’t the loss. It was the type of game that it descended to that moved me and others here to anger and concern.

    Courage isn’t not having fear it is over-coming it.

    It wasn’t the shut-out either. It was that the Habs played a disciplined game against the Leafs and used their speed and skill to render the Leafs’ truculence and testosterone-laden style of play impotent.

    That Bruins game exposed a weakness in the Habs game. At first glance it looks like the Habs need more size and grit. I can’t disagree with that. After the Leafs game it appears that the Habs can also win if they don’t let themselves get suckered into playing outside their style and into the hands of teams who employ intimidation tactics. It doesn’t hurt to score and have PP that can do damage either.

  37. Rudy says:

    Those pants are going to be active for the next 10 days, enjoy it :)

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  38. fbkj says:

    pfffff you speak like im not shameless, public pant buzzin ftw!

  39. fbkj says:

    damn straight, its gonna be a partay!

  40. Mark C says:

    What you describe as always been a point of contention with me, it has been disappointing to see Montreal lose players for no return. I give management a bit of a pass on this, after all how many playoff teams sell off assets at the deadline? That said, I doubt management changes course this trade deadline, I only hope assets aren’t wasted on the most marginal upgrades, e.g. Philips, Neil, Penner etc. Any trade made should have some long-term value to the team. I would be all for players like Moen or Spacek traded for a future asset. 

  41. Max_a_million says:


    Although for Big Mike his paycheck, and being booed in Montreal are the only memories he has of the time when he was a good player.  Probably nostalgic, and heartfelt for him. 

  42. habitual says:

    And, HH, Detroit exposed a weakness in the Bruins’ game, beating them back to back with skating and great puck movement.

    The Habs have 3 – 1 series lead on the (supposedly) Big, Bad Bruins.  Not so bad, wouldn’t you say?

  43. habinypsi says:

    My heat went out last night, and its 47F in my apartment,  I think PK might be at fault here.

  44. TheDagger says:

    TSN is going show what some of the Habs are like in their everyday lives starting in March! Could be good..

  45. krob1000 says:

    24 …in response to your post below…I agree the Flyers are a focre…the force to be reckoned with in the East…on paper they have everything but a legit goalie and I would bet money they acquire a vet there too by the deadline.  However, I would not write Pittsburgh off yet, despite losing Malkin, they played all the time with Malkin without staal, the get Crosby back, make a deal for a winger or two who can capitalize or at least let Cros bank pucks of fhem and they are legit.  The BRuins are very complete too, and as tough as Philly….if those two meet whoever plays teh winner will likely be playing a very battered team ( i Guess the number 2 seed needs to make it though for that to happen).  Tampa is decent too and any team t=with St Louis and Stamkos as their front end players and calls Vinny, Gagne, Malone and Downie their second tire is looking good….their concerns will be on D, is HEdman ready for primetime and the playoffs?

    Montreal is a defensive team, a workhorse team, a trapping team taht frustrates teams to no end….we can however be bullied a bit as evidenced by our three years running being eliminated by PHilly/Boston/Philly….but in a 7 game stretch anything is possible.  Are we a top tier team wiht no Markov/Gorges? nope…but I would nopt write us off either.  And I think there are plenty of teams in the East that could knock Philly off too….sometimes there are too many chiefs…..Philly fits that bill IMO.  Pronger goes down and so does phily, or if you get udner PRiogners skin he reaacts…as is the case with HArtnell and many of those guys….if a team has the balls and lack of brains to agitate them very bad things could happen…but it could led to a ton of pp time.

    I think we have a decnt team this eyar and anything is possible….I don;t know about going all in on a rental or anything but if we acquire a higher end player who still has time on his contract and would be around for next eyar too…tahn I am all for it.  We are at the beginning of what I see as a great three year run….this would have been a better year had Markov and Gorges not gone down long term…but…next year will be a big year so if we were to get an Iginla type I would not deem it a poor decision. I think we have plenty in the dept of youth and I think it is always worht taking a run at things…but obviously that means not ridiculously overpaying for an aging guy like Iginla(I am using this an example knowing he is pretty well untouchable right now).  I fully expect  however for us to add at tough winger and a stay at home dman or both for the deadline.  I can easily digest non first round picks for rentals and we ahve plenty of prospects too.  IF a real hcoeky trade presents itself that sacrfices the long term future for a player who will help us for the next 2 playoffs or more…I would be all over it. It would also give us options heading intot he summer as their are definitely some uncertainties with Markov and Gorges…so an asset now may seem like it is hurting the future but may actually be filpped later or make someone else expendable to address other needs later on. 

    I always drag things out but I guess I am saying I wouldn’t write off a deal yet…I expect us to act…probably depth moves ..but in Eklund style I am going to say that there is a good possibility that a larger deal comes along and we jump at it.  It hink the Fisher and Versteeg deal are pretty intriguing……Late foirst round picks and 3rd rounders for guys with plenty of contract and use ahead…..I think the one thing the Kovalchuk and Hossa deals  did is lower the values in futures trades and deadline deals.  I wuold have though Versteega t thsi point in  his career would be worth a higher first round pick and a prospect further along, Fisher I thought would have warranted slightly more as he is signed at a reasonable rate. I think Regehr is now off the table but Phillips would not cost much now..certainly not Pacioretty…heck I think ultimately he’ll go for a late 2nd or 3rd, Neil….proably a middle tier prospect or mid round pick as he is signed at 2 million which is about right but with that much term temas trading for him as he gets older likely have the leverage as Neil is not a guy who possesses a skill set that will age well.

    So much hignes on the teams intentions with markov/Gorges/Gill and Hammer…..and that is the frustrating thing…wondering what in the world management thinks of our backend for the remainder of this eyar …but more importantly what they envision going forward…do they know something we don’t about Emelin? who knows….the deadline will be interesting but I would be shocked if we don’t make a couple of moves.

  46. HardHabits says:

    I totally agree.

    Smaller Habs teams have beaten bigger, badder Bruins in the past.

    Plus ca change….

  47. arcosenate says:

    Blame Subban, Blame Subban!

    That’s what TSN chooses to do

    And that Jerk Don Cherry too

    Blame Subban, Blame Subban!

  48. dhenry1234 says:

    Habs call up Brendon Nash

    Tuesday, 15.02.2011 / 10:28 AM / moves
    Montreal Canadiens


    MONTREAL –The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that defenseman Brendon Nash has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Nash will join the Canadiens in Montreal, for tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, at the Bell Centre.

    The 23 year old, 6’03’’, 210 lbs defenseman has recorded 23 points (3 goals, 20 assists) in 50 games with the Bulldogs this season. His three goals have all been scored on the power play. He registered 53 shots on goal and served 41 penalty minutes. Nash is tied for second on the Bulldogs with a +12 differential.

    In his last season at Cornell University in 2009-10, Nash led all team defensemen in scoring with 19 points in 33 games (2 goals, 17 assists) and served 48 penalty minutes. He recorded a total of 67 points (8 goals, 59 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in four full seasons with Cornell. From 2004 to 2006, Nash registered 60 points (9 goals, 51 assists) in 112 regular season games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League).

    A native of Kamloops, BC, Nash signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He participated in the Canadiens’ development camp, as well as the rookie camp and the team official training camp in 2010, from which he was released on September 27, after posting a 1-1-2 record in two games.

  49. Hockey Socks says:

    Habs recall D Brendon Nash from Hamilton.

  50. Rudy says:

    I wonder if they will put it online so we can see it here in the States

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  51. observer says:

    Why is the Sabres/Habs game tonight the only one with no betting line?

  52. Rudy says:

    Should we be worried about Gill?

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  53. fbkj says:

    Pants Buz…

    bah nvmnd its been said

  54. Habfan29 says:

    Brendan Nash recalled from Hamilton, big body with a mean streak…..

  55. observer says:

    Burke went out and acquired the same type of players that the hypocrite Lemieux did with his.

  56. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Because everbody knows the Habs are gonna win.

  57. Admiral_Adama says:

    Which means nothing, really.  Backup goalies have had the Habs numbers for years, now.  No matter if it’s fifth stringers or flat out rookies.  They gotta stay frosty and follow the game plan.

  58. Mark C says:

    Yes, at least for the short-term. Sounds like he won’t be ready during the road trip.

  59. observer says:

    Seriously. Are there some big names that were not known before on either team not to play?

  60. Habfan29 says:

    Yes this guy is going to be great. He has the size and the skill, could be the next Robinson….

  61. merlin_24cups says:

    Who’s left in Hamilton??

  62. observer says:

    220 pounds. this is the next/first meeting of these teams since sabres pounded the habs all game long causing all those injuries a couple of weeks back.

  63. Admiral_Adama says:

    No point for MTL fans to boo him anymore.  He’s actually a good presence on the ice when playing the Habs.  the fans should cheer, albeit mockingly.

  64. Mattyleg says:

    Don’t understand Farenheit.

    Nor why the US continues to be the only country left in the world using it.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. Julie H says:

    Gotta love the Gazette for things like this:

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  66. redgorf says:

    when i look back at all the injuries the hab have had, and all the back up tyey have in hamilton, i say, I wonder why MR GAINEY was let go. Every move  he’s made seem to be paying off,even some who have gone.

  67. Mattyleg says:

    I can’t believe it!!

    Brian Burke is going to try to make a BIG SPLASH DEAL in the summer??

    That’s incredible.

    Well, I have to say that it’ll go along nicely with all the other BIG SPLASH DEALs he’s done in the past. Lookit them!

    – Jason Blake!!

    – Phil Kessel!!

    -Mike Komisarek!!

    – Dion Phaneuf!!

    When your BIG SPLASH DEALs go this well, there’s no reason to stop doing them!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. fbkj says:

    not so fast, bermuda uses it as well

  69. ZepFan2 says:

    Come trade deadline, you’ll have no juice left. 😉

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  70. Displaced says:

    Outstanding analysis and post.  We lost virtually the entire team prior to the latest rebuild.  Koivu, Kovalev, Komi, each could have fetched a valuable prospect or high pick.  Some of the lesser players could have been useful. 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  71. Oddball says:

    Let me get this straight, Lupul wanted a time-out so he could adjust his bunched panties before PK kicked the snot out of him. It must be hard to fight with a maple leaf embossed thong riding up the crack, no wonder he lost. Maybe Burke should look into changing the rules at the next GM meeting.

    Crosby, Richards and Ovie, all think that PK doesn’t show them enough respect.

    Sounds like PK’s doing his job to me. Keep up the good work.

    ..always with the negative waves, Moriarty, always with the negative waves..

  72. fbkj says:

    can we get some sensitivity training here???

  73. ZepFan2 says:

    I think there’s an app for that, no?

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  74. Say Ash says:

    Uh, I think you missed a year, dude.

  75. Cool Ice Price says:

    Picey rushed back for the All Star game last season, he was not ready & he was never the same for the rest of the season. Cammy does not want to follow suit. If he’s not 100% then stay off the ice and get 100%. If he takes a hard hit his season will be over. The Habs need Cammy if we want to beat the BROON’S GOONS & the FLYER’S GOONS in the playoffs!

  76. HardHabits says:

    I think the Habs need to go with the horses they have.

    Like many posters have said I’d also like to see Eller sent to Hamilton when Cammy returns so that he can develop his offense and regain his scoring touch.

    I’d also sit Pyatt in favour of White when Darche is good to go.

    As far as the Flyers are concerned, don’t resign yourself to thinking the Habs can’t beat them. It’s a long shot I agree and the Flyers look like the #1 team in the East without a doubt.

    However they also look weak in 2 years as do the Pens and the Caps. That truly does represents an ideal time for the Habs to make their move to dominate the East and hence be in a position to play for the Cup.

    I’ve always been against selling the future for a shot at the play-offs. In today’s NHL selling some future for a bit of today is only a good move if it means a shot at the Cup.

    Keep on keeping it real!

  77. habstrinifan says:

    I’ll give you the short version now so you wont have to worry.

    Habs 3- Buffalo 1.
    Habs 2-Edm 2… ovt I dunno who wins.
    Habs lose in Calgary.. sorry!
    Habs 5-TO 1… by then we would have made that big trade.

  78. 24 Cups says:

    Tommy, you lucky bugger!  Have a great time.  Who cares about hockey when you’re livin’ the good life!

  79. habstrinifan says:

    I believe thatthe habs have the returns available, the cap space(injuries etc) and the rest of the parts to add TWO players and improve their team to where they will be better than playoff fodder and with the right measure of luck and opportuned execution achieve surprising playoffs success.

    The players need must contribute the following: size/push back courage/consistent hard work/team first attitude/playoff experience/ability to play within a failry restrictive system/enough talent and skill to increase the effectiveness of the five man unit on the ICE.

    My choice has already been stated. Neil/Phillips. Add these two to the team without giving away any of Price/Pleks/P.K/Pacs/Gionta/Cammy/Gomez/Gill/Wiz and I deeply believe that this team will make some major noise in the playoffs barring further injuries.

    Others I would prefer to keep but will consider including if it makes or breaks a trade are DD/Pouliot/Weber.

    And again my scenario is that we add TWO players… not ONE. And two who match the two I mentioned above in experience, attitude, skill and work ethic.

  80. Chris says:

    Good move by the Flyers in picking up Versteeg.  In terms of depth, they have the best group of forwards (Briere, Giroux, Richards, Hartnell, Versteeg, Leino, Carter, van Riemsdyk and Zherdev) in the NHL, an outstanding top-5 on the blue line (Pronger, Timonen, Carle, Coburn and Meszaros) and a promising young goaltender (Bobrovsky).

    I don’t see anybody in the East beating them, but upsets are the norm in the playoffs and the Flyers are the type of team that sometimes go into strange funks.  How that team struggled to make the playoffs last season is a mystery, and I wouldn’t put it past them to go into another inexplicable nosedive at some point.

    I’m with you that the Habs shouldn’t give up too many assets building for this season…we are a long-shot at best, and would need a significant amount of luck, as we have had the past couple of Stanley Cup wins by the Habs, in the form of other teams knocking off the teams that we don’t match up with particularly well (Boston, Philadelphia).  There is no trade out there that will elevate the Habs from the second or even third tier of Stanley Cup contender to legitimate threat, so they are just as well to dance with the date that they brought to the prom and hope for some good luck.  😉

  81. mrhabby says:

    true dat steve..if habs do what you have suggested then thats the signal realizing its not our year. i hope this is the way it goes with G/G.

    PS…bruins just getting stacked..thanks burke.

  82. Ayan_SB says:

    The most frustrating thing is the fact that Philly’s forward core is based around players that the Habs had a chance to draft. Not to mention that guys like Richards, Carter, Giroux, even Pronger are all signed to cap-friendly contracts.

  83. Propwash says:

    The ol’ saying goes, “stranger things have happened.”

  84. Psycho29 says:

    If I remember correctly back to last year’s playoffs we had ‘no hope’ of getting by Washington (121 pts) and ‘no hope’ of getting by Pittsburgh (101 pts) but we did.

    Sure a lot of the success was due to guys stepping their games up at the right time, but there’s no reason why it can’t happen again.

    Let’s wait and see what moves are made around the 28th….

  85. pmaraw says:

    what you should be more concerned about is having to change your name after they win the cup this year, WOOOOOOOO GO HABS GI!

  86. HabFanSince72 says:

    Burke and the Leafs are really jerks aren’t they?

    This is what he said to justify the Versteeg trade:

    “Kris’s best contributions would come on a better team”

    I think the guy is completely out to lunch. Big ego who got lucky with Bryan Murray and Pierre Gauthier’s team in Anaheim.

  87. JF says:

    Steve – I agree that Gauthier should not make any deals involving selling assets for rental players, but I’ve thought so since we learned Gorges was done for the season.  Even before the Versteeg deal, there was no way we could have beaten Philly in a 7-game series unless their goaltending completely fell apart, which didn’t happen last year.  They’re simply too deep and too well-balanced.  The addition of Versteeg pushes them over the top, their only possible weakness being goaltending.

    This is a good deal for Philly, less so for Toronto since the picks they acquired will be low ones, and tough, gritty 20-goal scorers are not all that abundant.  The real winners, as you point out, are likely to be the Bruins, whose 1st round pick from the Kessel deal will be higher than it would otherwise have been.  Boston will get better; but their rather inglorious playoff history in recent years leaves room for hope that it won’t do them much good in the long run. 

  88. Displaced says:

    Amen.  PG, feel free to move older assets *cough* Spacek who won’t contribute when it’s our turn to make a Cup run.

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  89. 24 Cups says:

    If you’re a Hab fan, the glass certainly is half empty this morning when you analyze the Versteeg deal.

    The Flyers are ‘all in’ when it comes to a legitimate run at the Cup this year.  Montreal was always a bit of a long shot but this deal means we have no hope of getting past Philadelphia.  Pittsburgh’s injury woes and Washington’s season long funk only serve to open the door a little wider for the Flyers.

    It appears that Burke will now let the laffs go into free fall when it comes to finishing out the season.  This means that the Bruins’ first round pick should be a lottery choice which may allow them to grab one of the top four kids.  God help us all if it’s Sean Couturier.  Failing that, they will still come out of it with Hamilton or Murphy.  The only saving grace might be the Bruins’ inclination to trade the pick off in an attempt to go for the brass ring.

    What does this all mean for us?  G&G will hopefully come to the conclusion that this may not be our year.  If that’s true, then it’s imperative that we sit tight and not make any major deals.  This would be the worst time to sell off a key asset in a feable attempt to win it all.  I can see trading a Carle, Maxwell or a mid round pick for an over-the-hill rental on defense, but that’s about it.

    I’m not throwing in the towel, just trying to be real.

  90. HabFanSince72 says:

    Odd thing though – what were Philly missing more than anything else? ANother 20 goal scorer to add to their 8 or a goalie?


  91. punkster says:

    Good heavens, Steve. The sky is falling, Flyers guaranteed the Cup and Habs haven’t a hope all because the Leafs got rid of a middling player? The guy is firmly entrenched in 96th place for points and he’s going to “light it up” (as people love to say) in Philly? (I exagerate for effect 😉

    This whole mid-February annointing of the Flyers as the 2011 Cup winner has a familiar ring to it; last year’s mid-February Cup winner, the world champion, praise be to all who sail on her, Washington Crapitols. Though something happened on the way to the forum, didn’t it?

    Look, the nobody but blindly loyal fans and faith healers truly believed that the Habs were a Cup contender this season (and you do point that out, for sure). It’s a good team, an improving team, but still a few forwards short of a run for the hardware. Versteeg is a dime a dozen player and the trade, while good for the Flyers, doesn’t guarantee squat. First they have to make it to the playoffs healthy. Then they have to remain healthy in the playoffs. Then they have to not fall into the trap of taking any playoff opposition lightly. Then they have to have their playoff goaltending step up.

    G&G won’t mortgage the future. They’re a smart pair.


  92. Matt_in_TO says:

    Know what’s funny?  I remember having “no hope” against the Caps and Pens last year too!


    – In Price We Trust

  93. TommyB says:

    No doubt about it, the Flyers are going for it this year.  They have to.  They had a legitimate shot last year, only to hit the wall in the final vs. the Hawks.  So much is going in their favour this year.  The Penguins having serious injury troubles with star players, the Caps not looking any better than last year, and really very little else from other teams to say they could take a run at the Flyers in the East, other than maybe the Bruins.  And that is still a big maybe.  Not to beat a dead horse, but the league turning a blind eye to some of the goofy stuff also bodes well for the Flyers chances.  This is their real shot, this year, and they know it.  Unless anyone has a soft spot for Orange, better hope they fall flat on their faces in the opening round, as does frequently happen with front-running teams.

    I don’t think anyone, least of all Habs brass, can honestly think the Habs have a legitimate shot this year.  I agree with your assessment regarding our assets.  A Cup run is not in the cards, so know when to fold ’em.  I’m not suggesting folding the tent and not compete hard.  I’m just saying, like you, keep your key guys and youngsters for another day. 

    I mentioned the other day I was going on vacation, you asked me where I was headed but I didn’t get back on here until much later that day.  I’m leaving Thursday morning for a Caribbean cruise…Half Moon Cay, Aruba, and Curacao.  I’m going to miss 4 games in the eight days I’m away, including the Heritage game.  I’ll be very sad about missing the western swing and another shot at the Leafs.  Sad, for about 3 seconds :)  There will not be much chance to get any news about hockey down there, or on the ship.  The sports bar on the ship will probably just have one channel, consisting of golf/soccer/tennis.  Might have to purchase an internet package on the ship.  I’ll see how my bar tab budget is going.  Priorities, ya know.

  94. Rugger says:

    Same as what Burke got minus the 1st rounder?

  95. Displaced says:

    How does AK compare and what do you think PG could get if he decided to move him?

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  96. Displaced says:

    PS – thanks for including my post in your ALN column a few days.  I felt like Courtney Cox getting the nod to join the Boss on stage…

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  97. Mike Boone says:

    Fisher is a better player than Versteeg. Burke got what he could get.

  98. punkster says:

    It’s why they play the games. Nobody can predict the future. People can talk odds and stats and history, recent and ancient, all they want.


  99. punkster says:

    I LOVE it!!


  100. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – I’ve been well schooled in the world of the reverse Mike Boone jinx.

    In fact, I didn’t really write that post.  Mike did and then posted it under my name:-)

  101. mrhabby says:

    seems like flyers have passed the 1st test. They have been mostly injury free for the most part of the year. point taken its still along way to go and anything can happen. that being said flyers look strong in many areas. i still hate them.

  102. joshua94k says:

    …A caller on team990 expressed concern that after the fight with Lupul there was no banging of stick on the ice as Subban went to the bench… as is normally the case of teammates showing unison with the player who stood up .. whether it was a win or lost in the fight…

    I’m not sure about RDS but CBC showed the Leafs bench after the fight and did not show Montreal’s. Typical CBC bias. On Canada’s National Hockey Day, it was the Maple Leaf show. The camera showed the Leafs leaving the ice after the loss and not Subban and Price’s end of game celebration. They cut away from the 3 stars. They had comments about Phil Kessel all night. Very sad for a show that was once a Canadian Institution with Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Ken Hodge, John Ferguson etc.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  103. Cool Ice Price says:

    I agree.

    If I were a young player I would want to play in a market where there was no pressure. NHL Hockey is all about the $$$ now, not the pride of playing for the Montreal Canadiens or any other team.

    When a player leaves a team like the Ducks for example where there are 2 microphones in his face on a good day, where as there are a dozen in Montreal. In Montreal a player walks down the street with a woman who is not his wife the reports are he’s cheatin. If he’s at a club then he is pissed out of his mind. Carey Price vacations in Mexico and pics of him drinking beer is plasterd all over the net & he’s a boozer…

  104. habstrinifan says:

    Just listened to the audio clip of PK and had previously heard some comments from him with Andy on team 990. While I enjoyed his aplomb and sincerity in answering, I think the journalists carried on the interview much too long trying to get answers from a rookie on things like fighting etc.
    Where was a veteran to come and rescue/end the interview when it veered off into those comprehensive areas as ‘fighting in hockey).?? Where wa sthe administration?

    It was the first interview I heard where something in his voice and remarks tell me that habs managament and fans better decide if they want to have this rookie’s back or have him end up with the need/desire to be out of the pressure cooker and highlight of this city.

    A caller on team990 expressed concern that after the fight with Lupul there was no banging of stick on the ice as Subban went to the bench… as is normally the case of teammates showing unison with the player who stood up .. whether it was a win or lost in the fight. I cant say that I have perfect recollection but only thing I saw was a mild pat on the back as he passed Gomez. And if you subscribe to the ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’ theory then it certainly has appeared that habs players have not gone out of their way to ‘have his back’.

    I count myself as on of the habs fans dyeing to still be alive when we have our next ‘exciting, ‘look-who’s-got-the-puck’ player in the mold of the habs of the past… the last of which was maybe Richer. I dont count Kovalev as a true hab.
    And I am keeping my fingers crossed that Subban is gonna be that. It would be a shame to see lack of support from the organization and tepid support from his teammates leave this young man wanting to go somewhere calmer and less under the microscope.

    It would be a SHAME!

    Gonna go listen to the other clips now.

  105. habstrinifan says:

    “It is time, however, for his teammates and management to show more overt support.”

    I agree with you 100%. I posted below re the clip I listened to then I went and listened to JM. In my opinion I would have liked JM to have been more emphatice re the support for PK.

    I know people are gonna jump on my comments as further proof that I am a JM basher. But I listen to his response and to Garth Snow’s response and other coaches response and I feel let down for P.K.



  106. G-Man says:

    PK is the player every team wants. Richards of the Flyers is a whining piece of sh!t. The fact that he started all this “controversy” and that writers around the NHL have picked it up shows how desperate the league is for star players like PK.

    It is time, however, for his teammates and management to show more overt support. They should have answered Richards when he whined a couple of months ago.

    With the Flyers in whine mode (following their captain), I don’t see a Cup in their future.

  107. habstrinifan says:

    I agree that Philly is outright winner here.. Versteeg will fit in perfectly in that lineup and will be even more of a contributo there than he could have ever been in Toronto. He was very good in Chicago’s playoffs.

    But I also think Burke did what e had to do by getting draft choices.

    I dont know how Murray got as much for Fisher as he did.. maybe it was some sort of extra pressure applied on Murray by Fisher and wife to be trade to Nashville.

  108. The Cat says:

    Philly is the clear winner of the Versteeg deal. Cox also right on the money when he says the flyers draft extremely well.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  109. ManApart says:

    LOL Pierre Gauthier’s team. The guy had nothing to do with the Cup winning team. He was fired in 2002 after the Ducks missed the playoffs 3 years in a row. The Ducks won the Cup 5 years later in 2007. Burke certainly had more to do with the Cup than PG. Did you see PG’s draft record in Anaheim? Terrible. PG wouldn’t know a Cup, if it hit him in the head. Murray started the build and Burke came in and finished it.

  110. 24 Cups says:

    Paul – This deal makes no sense to me.  Versteeg is just 24 years old, so it’s not like you’re losing out age wise.  He’s a decent 20 goal scorer who can play 3rd line minutes.  Maybe  he can step up to a 2nd line as he matures.  He’s undersized but certainly came through in the Cup run.  Philly’s first round pick is likely to be in the bottom half dozen.  That player may or may not turn out.  It’s not a sure thing.  Burke is now bragging about having 10 picks this year.  While that may be true, I’d trade all of them to get back the lottery pick from Boston.  Add a Larsson to Seguin and you now have two building blocks moving forward for the next 12 years.

    There’s lots of buzz about the laffs loading up cap space to take a run at Richards.  Richards presently makes 7.8M a season.  He will be 31 this summer.  Any long-term dead is going to give you three great seasons with another three or four “Vinny” like performances.  The laffs will really be rolling the dice.  Burke has no choice seeing that he has to turn Kessel into gold to justify the Boston transaction.  The hope being that RIchards will ignite both Kessel and the PP (Phaneuf). 

    No matter how you slice it, the Kessel deal is exacting a huge toll on Toronto.

  111. HaloHabsFan says:

    How do you cope with the loss of Markov?  Easy — you go out and trade for Bogosian, sign him long term, and bid audios to Markov’s brittle bones. (e6)

  112. 24 Cups says:

    Jane – Losing Gorges was a tough blow.  He’s not as good as some give him credit for, but his absence means that the older guys have to log way too much ice time. 

    I feel that the Wiz balances out the loss of Gorges in terms of manpower (even though their games are quite different) but that still leaves us without Markov.  How in the world do you cope with that loss?  Not only have you lost your best defenseman, but you now have to go out and utilize another asset to replace him, instead of trading for a much needed forward.

    As for Boston’s infamous playoff history, that just plays into Philly’s hands all the more.

    But as Chuck always states, “that’s why they play the games.”

  113. Danno says:

    My! You’re up early Mr. Boone!


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

  114. The Cat says:

    Since I can remember, the Pittsburgh Penguins have always been about the whining, browbeating, and ironically the team had Samuelsson and now Cooke, 2 of the most putrid who shouldve had lifetime bans from the game….

    Best comment I read on youtube I think it was: Any team that employs Cooke deserves all the injuries that it gets.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  115. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    Although this has been said before… Spacek is a Hab until the end of next season as he is an over 35 player that will likely occupy a #5 D position next year on #4 Dman cap hit. The value to the Habs is if he can continue his recent solid play after the move back to the left side and contribute top 4 minutes just often enough to ensure he does not wear down to the point of being ineffective.


  116. ths says:

    Now for the next 5 months it will be wall to wall coverage of who the %&$$%ing Laffs draft with their 21 st pick.

    “We interrrupt stanley cup game 7 overtime to bring you this important news bulletin. Bryan Burke just went for a crap.”

    “Bob, we all do our best thinking on the porcelain throne. WHat will he be thinking about there in terms of the draft ?”


  117. Displaced says:

    Nashville’s first for Fisher, Philly’s first for Versteeg.  I say Murray got more value.  Versteeg is younger and the Nashville pick is worth more.  Way to go Burke. 

    Who’s leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  118. downeast hab says:

    I have to weigh in on Lemieuxs comments.I watched a game one time in Tampa in which Lemieux played, and the Lighting were outplaying and beating the Pens after two periods. But after the second period Lemieux cornered the refs and was complaining furiousily to them about the play of the lightening. And,sure enough in the third period the lightening were called for outrageous penalities. Lemieux was a brilliant player, but also a brilliant moaner. It seems that a lot of superstars follow the same path of complaining to refs. I think that he has tutored Crosby the trade of complaining too, because he doesnt stop. Now, I dont agree with blindsiding someone from behind, or side shots to the head. The league should look after these situations. As for PK, just play your game,Because every team in the league would love to have you on their team. Thanks


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Fifth place?

Uh, no.



But not for sure.

A brutal night at the Bell.

And 1-4-1 against mighty Ottawa this season.


  1. punkster says:

    This season I’m 2-0-1 when attending games. Not up to Harani’s mark but I’ll do my part.

  2. wd40 says:

    lol.. good one.  man, I don’t even bother reading that cantankerous sob anymore because of stupidity like that.

  3. andrewberkshire says:

    Congrats Dave!!! You better get us a win!

  4. punkster says:

    WOOHOO…a man with valuable and useful info has finally surfaced on HI/O. I’m all over that David.


    (Hey, If I mention your name and the word “tank” do I get a discount? Or will that only assure me of a security escort out of the building?) 😉

  5. coachdoug says:

    Right on…the fans make the team…Ask the Yotes, Thrashers, and Islanders…they would love to have fans as passionate…The Bell Center is one of the most electric places you’ll ever be when the Habs score a goal…What city can you go to where everyone is a fan…

    Todd’s position is for the elite I guess…Hope we win tonight!!!

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  6. HardHabits says:

    Dave!! On the 1st floor they sell Heinekens and other real beers for less, yes less than that headache inducing swill that goes by the name of Molson’s.

  7. punkster says:

    Chuck, I’ll only give the secret HI/O hand sign on camera. You know he one 😉

  8. Chuck says:



    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  9. Chuck says:

    Sweet! Enjoy the game, Dave. And please don’t be one of those idiots that waves to their friends watching at home when the camera is on you.  :)

    Go Habs Go!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  10. coachdoug says:

    Good deal…have a few wings at La Cage for those of us at home watching on TV!

    Let’s hope there is no boo birds tonight…good vibes…big four pointer!

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  11. Robert L says:

    He’d be Trapper trapped in Radar’s body!

  12. jbroderi says:

    Good point, I tend not to cruise around work going we, we,we.  I just say it on forms, or when I am talking to other habs fans, like “we need this one tonight”  or something.  But yeah, I can see how it would drive people nuts!


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Congratulations! I got reds behind the visitor’s bench for the Oct. 31st Habs-Leafs game, it’s an incredible experience being that close to the action.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. punkster says:

    Wow. My buddy just scored 2 reds behind the bench for tonight. I’m pumped!

    Two things I will do tonight:

    – Savour each moment

    – Cheer loudly for all our Habs

    Two things I will not do tonight:

    – Drink any of the swill they pass off as beer in that place

    – Boo any member of the Habs organization

  15. Mr.Hazard says:

    Nah man, when I say “we”, I mean “our” team. As in, Montreal’s team. Besides, haven’t you see the huge ad on the Bell? Nous sommes VOS Canadiens. They’re ours. I don’t think it’s at all comparable to saying “we” when referring to fictitious characters on the LOTR.

    Oh yes, and I’m employed by the team lol. So I guess I have a more legit reason than most.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  16. nick says:

    I disagree… It annoys the hell out of me too.

    Sure theres the emotional attachment… But having someone watch the game on TV, come into work and saying “wow, we played poorly last night!”, really isn’t any different than someone watching a movie and saying “yesterday we travelled with Gandalf to middle earth”.

  17. sidhu says:

    Maybe Boone can help clarify Todd’s status — it’s clear people hate him (I’ve seen far more negative comments about him than positive), but yet Todd is still around.  Is he under a long-term contract or something?  Or is it one of those ‘people hate him and therefore read to disagree with him’ type situations?

  18. Max_a_million says:

    Thankfully I had nothing to do with him winning any awards. 

    Yes of course there are many ways to serve your country other than enlisting … running away isn’t one of them though. 

    There absolutely no need for his persistent and incessant personal attacks on people.  Whatever you think of Patrice Brisebois I believe strongly all he ever did for the Canadiens was his best, as I imagine is the case for everyone he is always attacking.  The personalness of his attacks is just completely uncalled for.  If you think management should bring in another player express that, but that is an entirely different thing than what he was doing. 

    I have paid my hard earned money to this team for my whole life, I have given them my time, my interest, my adoration, my emotions …  I have definitely earned the right to say “we”.  For goodness sake I pay their salaries as do we all. 

    Why can’t Jack Todd take the time to find something redeeming and worthwhile to praise for a change.


  19. HardHabits says:

    If I say “we” I mean us fans. When referring to the Habs I as rule use “the Habs” and refrain from using “we”. When “we” win the Cup though, I’ll be all “we” this and “we” that. 😉

  20. Harani says:

    True. just think it’s weird that a team with such a record would even afford to party the night BEFORE a big four-pointer. 

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

  21. sidhu says:

    Who would Boone be if he was in MASH — Klinger?  Rizzo?  Sidney Freedman?  Or, dare I say, Father Mulcahey??

  22. JF says:

    Yes, Brodeur has played too many games, but he got a long break at the Olympics, since he only played two games there.  He’s looked very good since.

    Miller is great, but he might be getting tired after playing most of Buffalo’s games this season as well as all the U.S. games at the Olympics.  If he’s not hot the Sabres are beatable.

    Atlanta is playing well, but their defense is still vulnerable.

    I think Boston will make it.  Rask is very good, and they play a grinding, close-checking game which wears opponents down.

    I think Ottawa will turn things around (I just hope not tonight).  They had a great month before the Olympics.  But I don’t think they’ll go far in the playoffs; goaltending will be their Achilles heel as usual.


  23. jbroderi says:

    just a note, my bum is not really this cute in real life!!

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  24. jbroderi says:

    Right, I don’t say we because I think that I deserve credit when they win, I just say we because of the emotional attachment I have to the team.   I have watched them for close to 25 years so Jack Todd can kiss everyone of my bum hairs, cause I’m going to keep saying we!


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  25. jbroderi says:



    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  26. likehoy says:

    well you don’t have to be winning to have a good time :P. but it’s weird to party before your game…usually they party after the game

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  27. likehoy says:

    a lot of people don’t like it when fans refer to their team as “we” cause they have nothing to do with the team’s success…but I find that’s bullcrap cause we put a lot of influence into our team’s success with our media hype, our razzing of players, and our overall support!

    – Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  28. GrimJim says:

    I’m sure you could find someone from Edmonton to do it …

  29. joeybarrie says:

    Trying to change the political subject back to nonsense…

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

  30. joeybarrie says:

    I, of course, meant simply that he can write a sentence well.

    I do not think that you should be FORCED to go and fight. I do not think it cowardly at all. There are other ways of repaying your society. By the way he won an award for his book based on his experience dodging the draft, named after one of Canada’s best writers.

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

  31. notbigbird says:

    Got me laughing as he didn’t capitalize bush. It’s an easy jump to make though.

  32. cautiousoptimist says:

    JD wrote:

    “Speaking of medical dramas, Jack Todd informed us this morning he that
    doesn’t like it when people employ the term “we” when discussing the
    Habs. Apparently, it really, really grates on him.”

    My list of things that really grate on me:

    1. Jack Todd


    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  33. joeybarrie says:

    I certainly didnt want to say anything about dodging the Draft. I would have been at the border faster than him. Actually one of the few things i respect about him is his dodging a war he doesnt believe in…

    If I came off knocking him for being a draft dodger I want to make it clear I look at that as a compliment.

    I dont know if the war was due to Bush, since he didn’t take office until 20 years later. Im pretty sure Nixon was in the Oval Office when Todd jumped ship. Bush was a member of the house of representatives at the time…

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

  34. Harani says:

    By the looks of the way they partied last night at Buona, the Sens do NOT look a team that has lost 8 out of 9. They apparently had a team dinner there but Pascal Lecalire was absent. Here are some pics for you curious ones. Habs have got to get the Sens tonight.

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

  35. Willy the bum says:

    By now, the Habs should understand every opponent’s weaknesses, and that’s key to their advantages in taking down the teams in coming games…

  36. Max_a_million says:

    Jack Todd is a ZERO, pass it on.

  37. Max_a_million says:

    Jack Todd is a good writer?!?  What have you been smoking?  What a negative jerk he is with his lists of bad people he hates so much, never anything positive to say.  There is too much positive about OUR wonderful team for all of his horrible negativity.  Jack Todd is a terrible writer.  We are the greatest hockey team in history! 

    There is something wrong with dodging the draft regardless of the validity of the war.  It’s called cowardice and incredibly unpatriotic.  America gave Jack Todd a whole heck of a lot, and I guess he thinks he deserved it all for free.  Thank goodness there are a lot of brave boys and girls who don’t run, but stand up for their country even when it is tough.  Thank goodness for heros.  Jack Todd is a terrible writer, a coward, and definitely a ZERO! 



  38. jbroderi says:

    i think you’ll see a better effort than saturday, (at least I hope)  we need shots at the net on the PP



    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  39. Mr.Hazard says:

    Yessireebob! Good story. Too bad our Selanne is gone :(

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  40. Harani says:

    On a side note, it was really nice to see Teemu Selanne get #600 last night. Totally classy guy and deserves all the accolades. Also nice of the league to grant permission to the Ducks to pour out of the bench when it happened. Special moment. You can watch it here if you missed it! 

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

  41. krob1000 says:

    Oh Lv Karma!

  42. coachdoug says:

    The Flyers have angered the Hockey Gods year after year and are getting their just reward…I will not be happy unless they fall out of the playoff picture…The only thing that might save them is a burnt offering of Prongers home furnishings…

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  43. ooder says:

    that’s karma for what those thugs did to Kharlamov all those years ago


    revenge is sweet

    not to mention the players they have injured this year


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

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, the Flyers are heading for a rather inglorious exit from the playoffs or at this rate, could fall right out. Missing a 40-goal scorer and your #1 and #2 goalies, I’m surprised glass-man Briere hasn’t gone down yet.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  45. MikeMcLaren says:

    Jeff Carter.  Philadelphia Flyers.

    Out 3-4 weeks with broken bone in foot.


  46. JD_ says:

    Like New Jersey and Detroit, M*A*S*H always found a way to stay competitive over the years despite having to continuously replace key players who had left. In a way, Alda was the Marty Brodeur, the anchor that held it together.

    Charles Emerson Winchester III was a brilliant fill-in for Frank Burns (Larry Linville). Although he maintained the confrontational aspect of the relationship Pierce and Honeycutt had with Burns, the battles were more thoughtful and Charles would occasionally gain the upper hand. He was aloof and more of a schemer. Unlike Burns, however, he was in Korea against his will and often found himself siding with the other two.

    Still among my personal Top 5 TV shows.

  47. LizardKing1967 says:

    Eastern Conference playoffs:

    Washington: Jose Theodore in goal? Yes, Ovy IS human!

    Pittsburgh: Still not convinced about M-A Fleury.

    Buffalo: No depth. Miller real strong, but team is 1-10 in last 11 road games.

    Ottawa: Need a goalie. Inconsistant team.

    Philly: Going SOUTH big time. Will not go anywhere with a bakup of a backup in nets.

    Jersey: Brodeur might be one of the best, but he’s played waaayyyyy too many games this year again, and Olympics showed it.

    Boston: cannot score. Inconsistant goaltending. Tim Thomas is like Raycroft and Carey. One hit wonders.

    Atlanta: getting hot now that Kovalchuk is gone, but can it last?

    Rangers: Going nowhere.

    Any other comments to add????

    Meanwhile, WE (take that Jack Todd) are finally playing as the TEAM that Gainey and Gauthier built over the summer, AND our sniper(s) are coming back any day from injury, AND our goaltending is as good as anyone’s right now, if not better.




    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m not going to crap on anyone who dodged the draft personally, it was a BS war and not wanting to go off to die or kill people you’ve never met in a bush war over communism V capitalism is not something I have an issue with.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  49. joeybarrie says:

    Well that because Jack Todd is an IDIOT. Who doesn’t understand the term WE when we use it with the Canadiens…  LES HABITANTS????  LES CANADIENS???  Who are they named after?  Why do we have a brand new practice facility which is shared with the public? Why are there sites like this where info is given as it happens?

    Jack Todd is from Nebraska. He settled in Vancouver when he was dodging the draft, and has worked for many news outlets including the Gazette since 1986. He is not (from his writting) part of the Canadiens. He may be a fan, but we have fans all over the world.

    I have a guy on my soccer team who says the same thing. I didn’t see you play last night, I didn’t notice your name on the roster. So why do you say WE…. I simply reply, Don’t worry. I wouldn’t expect you to understand. Just like Jack Todd. He doesn’t understand. Go to the Bell Center. Ask Patrick Roy. Ask Zdeno Chara. Ask Guillaume Latendresse. Ask Carey Price. Then come back to me and tell me The People are not a part of this hockey team. Then come back and tell me The People HAVE NO EFFECT ON THIS TEAM…

    You would think a guy who writes so well and has covered this team for so many year would understand. But he doesnt. But then again I wouldnt expect him to. He isnt one of us.

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

  50. sidhu says:

    Winchester is one of my favorite characters of any show.  He was brilliantly played — MASH had that amazing blend of wit and social commentary that’s rare nowadays. 

    To paraphrase Chaarles, Chris Neil and Ruttu are like petroleum, crude and unrefined.

  51. light_n_tasty says:

    Sorry Jack Todd, but we make the team.  No fans, no team.  We pay for the merchandise, the tickets, the subscription to RDS.  The Habs are ours.

  52. hab lifer says:


  53. G-Man says:

    “kissing an early playoff exit goodbye” implies that the Habs will go further. Context,retro,context.

  54. RetroMikey says:

    Brodeur is a winner, come playoff time, there is something magical about the old guy.  I would not face him or Miller in Buffalo and Pittsburgh with Fleury in the nets.  3 goalies that their teams will be confident going into the playoffs and have alot of experience.

    Is stills say Washington can be broken whether Varlamov or Theodroe in their nets if we face them.


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

  55. Kristopher7 says:

    Time will tell! 

  56. RetroMikey says:

    Yippeee!  Someone’s at least is  not going to cry on this site if we exit early in the playoffs!


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

  57. habber86 says:

    Thanks guys. Looks like i’ll have to try and lock something in before making the trek to montreal and potentially getting disappointed with stubborn scalpers.

  58. SeriousFan09 says:

    I personally try to avoid the “We” myself because it feels a bit presumptious at times but to have it totally discredit what someone says about the team? I get caught up in the excitement of the games, the season and the trials and tribulations of the team and say it myself sometimes as do most of us. It’s a connection we feel, wearing the jersey, living and dying with our 82 season games and X number of playoff games, you can’t just seperate yourself from a team that you feel this passionately about.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  59. Kristopher7 says:

    …… don’t even bother posting. It’s not even funny, even if you were trying to be.

    And yes, I like the word “even”.

  60. JD_ says:

    Like the Leafs, the Sens can always be a handful for the Habs.

    Kovy’s pride is also under a bit of pressure. He stuck around after the Sens practiced on the Bell Centre ice yesterday. Spent some time with Foligno performing stunts for a bunch of people in the stands. Reading Stubbs’ description of it this morning, I had images of Major Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) from the M*A*S*H “Dreams” episode, the one where he’s performing magic tricks to the gathered crowd’s delight at the same time his patient is dying a painful death on the gurney. Eventually, the patient dies and the crowd turns on him. Typically unsubtle, blunt-as-a-brick, Alan Alda-scripted symbolism.


    Point is Kovy not only knows he has no clothes, he knows Hab fans know, as well. One has to be hopeful he doesn’t try to overcompensate for it tonight.

    On a more positive note, Leclaire’s play has been so lousy of late, he’s getting pulled more often than a one-armed bandit at the hands of a double-stooled, sweatpant-clad grandma at the Montreal Casino.


    Speaking of medical dramas, Jack Todd informed us this morning he that doesn’t like it when people employ the term “we” when discussing the Habs. Apparently, it really, really grates on him.

    Now, I don’t want to go into why I think Todd’s so angry and irritable all the time, nor how this condition has been the norm since a certain thing happened to him a few years ago, I just want folks to know that he doesn’t want anyone using the royal “we” unless they are players in full employ of the Montreal Canadiens.

    Presumably, Todd’s disdain also applies to sports columnists having photos of themselves clad in a Habs jersey and clutching a stick being printed on the front page of the Montreal Gazette.

    Todd has spoken. The people will listen.

  61. SoftSillyMusic says:

    I tried to get tickets to the Habs Bruins game last Saturday. Didn’t go well, scalpers weren’t taking offers, $200 for tickets in the red, end of discussion. Even after the first period had started they weren’t dropping. My advice is to check the montreal and ottawa sections of Kijiji and Craig’s list, often times people will sell just above face value as opposed to a 300% mark up. Don’t send money though, bad idea. 

  62. hab lifer says:

    without them, it’s a loss. habs unable to beat the Sens this year.

  63. Alain T says:

    CKAC just reported that CAMMY and MAB are not playing tonight.


  64. darcy1 says:

    do you have stats & dates to back up this theory ? :-) (JK)

  65. Mr.Hazard says:


    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Doing my part to help the team bounce back tonight, wearing my 15-16 CA jersey that has a very good record this season for when I wear it after the team takes a loss.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  67. Kristopher7 says:

    Brodeur’s getting old, and last year he got owned by Carolina. I wouldn’t mind if the Habs faced Washington or New Jersey. Pens, they’re a playoff team. Buffalo, Miller’s really good. 

  68. notbigbird says:

    Great news. I really like the idea of kissing an early playoff exit goodbye.

  69. Gary320 says:

    My biggest advice, ask around. Don’t only go to one scalper.. go to a few.. eventually they get really despret.

    Say your first scalper says 69$ each for 4 tickets.

    Go to the next scalper, if he says 70 or 75$ for 4 tickets in about the same section, tell him the other guy wants to give you 69… if he gives you less than 69,… say.. I’ll come back!.. go ask another scalper if he’s willing to  lower becasue someone else gave you 4 tickets for less than 69 each..

    Like I said.. just repeat until you get  aprice you like and that you know won’t get lower.. it may be time consuming, but these guys REALLY want money.. so they’ll low their prices easily.

    Also, I’d take a look at the BOX OFFICE. Maybe they have MOlson tickets available.



  70. RetroMikey says:


    Teams are finally getting their mojo going like Atlanta and Boston clawing for an 8th place final spot or will we be content for an 8th place spot and face Washington in the first round and float for the next couple of weeks and play .500 hockey? 

    I would not want to face New Jersy, Buffalo or Pittsburgh in the first round and you can kiss an early playoff exit goodbye if we face these teams.

    We have a better chance knocking off the Capitals in the first round IMO or even Philly.

    Next round, anything is possible but the first round is the key to our fate in the playoffs, seedings are very important in the first round.

    It will not be an easy game aginst Ottawa tonight, they will rebound from their losing skid and rebound.  Maybe not tonight against us but some other team as the season winds down.


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

  71. habber86 says:

    So… got totally screwed over by someone who I thought had agreed to sell me 4 tickets to tonight’s game. Was planning to drive up from Ottawa for the game with friends. Now it’s time to scramble.


    Anyone in Montreal have experience getting tickets game day in front of the Bell Centre? What would a reasonable price for 4 nosebleed seats be, and any advice or tips in general would be much appreciated.

    Thanks guys!

  72. JF says:

    This game is likely to be determined by goaltending.  Neither Leclaire nor Elliot have been particularly good since the Olympic break, but both have played well against us earlier this season.  I think the Senators’ AHL goaltender, Mike Brodeur, who also stoned us, is injured.  The Sens were going through a scoring drought a few games ago, but they scored 4 in their last game.  If we play the way we were until Saturday, we should be able to beat them, but it won’t be easy.  All losing streaks come to an end, and theirs might be due to end tonight.  I would have liked to see us practice yesterday just to get our synchronization back.

  73. arcosenate says:

    I still think you have to be more positive about Saturday’s game, good teams manage to salvage a point when they obviously don’t have their mojo working on a particular night.  Habs struggled to get things going all game but still dug pretty deep to get that point. 

    Tonight will require shooting from every angle, with Ottawa’s goaltending as weak as it has been, lots of shots might work.

  74. rut1212 says:

    At least Markov is still skating this time.

  75. Habscore says:

    Ok after a 6 game-winning streak, we only need 2 losses for the Trolls to come out to life..

  76. badbalance says:

    We’ll be fine. A two losses and we’re not making the playoffs anymore? I mean how much pessimism is in here. They’ll bounce back and start winning again, every team has these times.

  77. Cape Breton says:

    Two huge losses against two huge rivals. Very disheartening.

  78. diehardhab says:

    What was so maddening about this loss was the lack of in game adjustments. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see spacek, hammer, and gorges dont scare anybody on the point on the powerplay. What does it take to get AK46 out on the point already!?!?! the best was when we get a powerplay down 2-0 with about 9 minutes left, and albeit a very small chance of tying the game up if we can score on the powerplay. And here comes coach’s adjustment…MATHIEU DARCHE!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?! Darche is a good 4th line player but putting him on for a do or die powerplay was mind boggling.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  79. Cape Breton says:

    I really, really like your Habs t-shirt.

  80. notbigbird says:

    This site is definitely a lot funnier when we lose. All of the nutbars come out of their wrappers.

  81. joeybarrie says:

    Im sorry but we have only lost 1.  We tied on Saturday. Took a point. and are still 7-2-1 in our last 10. YOU CANT SAY THAT AT THE OLYMPIC BREAK YOU WOULD SELL A KIDNEY TO BE DOING THIS WELL….

    Im happy, we will finally get a full lineup. We are missing our top scorer. Now Gio is doing as good as Cammi was when he went out…. I can’t wait to see our top 2 lines complete. My smile is ear to ear.

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

  82. Habscore says:

    About 50 stitches for Moen’s wound on eyebrow area :S. I’m glad it wasn;t the eye

  83. Cape Breton says:

    50 stitches, WOW! A VISOR should be in the cards for Mr. 32, and come to think of it, the NHL & the NHLPA would be wise to enforce a mandatory visor rule.

  84. SeriousFan09 says:

    IIHF rules mandate it, another thing the NHL is sadly behind the times on.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  85. habs001 says:

    people have to realize that this team is a little above average in talent…again 80% of the games i have seen them play were like todays game…they win some of them and lose some of them…there are about 6 elite teams in the nhl 16 little bit above average and 8 bad teams…just looking on paper our roster matches up with the majority of the teams beyond the elite 6 but there is nothing that stands out vs the other teams..

  86. Cape Breton says:

    It’s strange why at construction sites all over the world, workers wear head and EYE protection because the law enforces it. Why not the same eye protection law in the NHL??????????

    Please somebody step it up here!!!!!

  87. Cape Breton says:

    Like, a labour law  code should be able to enforce mandatory visor wearing in the NHL. Shouldn’t it?  

  88. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


    Warm-up music

    Crank That, the Soulja; Robots to Mars remix.  All the old farts in the pressbox, myself included, are covering their ears. Mr. Boone is a baller.

  89. The Teacher says:

    Perhaps because the area in front of the Ottawa goal was open for business the entire night, the only problem is that there were very very few customers.

  90. Robert L says:

    For those who may have missed Moen being slashed in the forehead by Cullen’s skate….and other similar clips.

  91. punkster says:

    Just got back. That was certainly the most pathetic, listless, tiresome, boring and annoying display of “hockey” I have ever seen this team play all season. Not that the Sens were any better really but they did manage to pot a couple. My seat was not behind the bench as I fiirst thought but behind the net, first row just behind and to the left of Halak for two periods (glove side). Believe me, Halak was the only guy in a red jersey who had any skin in the game tonight. The rest of those mugs looked like a bunch of has-beens. No oomph, no muscle, no heart. Ya, well there were a few who tried I guess but I can’t really say I remember who. Way to stink up the joint boys!


    That’s it. Nothing more to be said about this one.

    Edit: There is something more to be said…a few quick notes.

    – Highlight of the night Number 3: I found the good beer stand on Level 1.

    – Highlight of the night Number 2: I found a much closer washroom during the first intermission.

    – Highlight of the night number 1: I fell in love with the two blondes at the end of our aisle. You’re all invited to the wedding(s).

  92. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Our Habs …2 steps foward …and one step backwards

    …thank goodness I had other things to do tonite …sounds like it was quite miserable to watch

    …o’ and WHENEVER I hear or see Mark Napier’s name …I cry like a baby

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    1989, Patrice Brisebois is selected ahead of Nicklas Lidstrom…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  94. sidhu says:

    Horrible game.  If Cammy and/or MAB aren’t ready to go, we must make changes.  Pyatt, a great skater and defensive forward, is not suited for a top-6 role.  Our D on the PP are not playing well, either.  Subban would be great on the PP points, and SK would be better than Spacek. 

    I don’t get why Pyatt has played on the Pleks line and, worse, why JM has kept him there despite the offensive woes for that line.

  95. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …yeah, but Nick didn’t have Patrice’s flowing hair

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  96. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Have you seen Mark Napier’s hair lately?

  97. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a Mr. Clean cut ?

    …NOT drafting Mike Bossy was a bad hair-day for Our Habs

    …My jaw dropped so far and fast reconstructive surgery was required

    …Many criticize Bob Gainey for imperfections as a GM, yet near-God GM Sam Pollock drafted Mark Napier over Mike Bossy in 1977

    …I had followed Bossy’s exploits with Laval in the mid-seventies, and watched Him play a few times …the scoresheets rarely recorded less than multiple-goal results …4 or 5 goals scored were not unusual production for Mike …AND all this in Our backyard

    …You woulda thunk Our scouts AND Sam had Mike Bossy as a no-brainer choice for Our Habs

    …I never heard of Mark Napier Myself until the 1977 draft, …yet Napier was a junior superstar in His own right with the Toronto Marlies and the Burmingham Bulls of the WHA …and THAT likely is The Reason I never heard of Him, lol, as I was cynical of anything comin’ out of a backhaven like Trudgeranta, hockeywise …which t’was not too broadminded of Myself as some of Our Greats like Dryden, Shutt, Mahovlich et al were propagated in the backwoods of Turdranna (…are ya gettin’ da drift I have little love for Muppleville ?)

    …anyhoo, sometimes I recall that Sam Pollock made His share of mistakes too, and ponder whether Big Sam, Himself, would have survived the boiling-oil of the backseat-drivers among today’s Hab Fans in this internet age

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  98. Former Jets Fan says:

    The Wings also drafted Bob Boughner ahead of Lidstrom.  The Wings hit several home runs that draft though, with Lidstrom, Federov and Konstantinov in the 3rd, 4th and 12th rounds.

    four defencemen went in the top 10 that year – Adam Bennett, Doug Zmolek, Jason Herter and Jason Marshall – 6th thru 9th.  Who are those guys (but at least they all played more games than Lindsay Vallis – well Herter tied Vallis).

  99. Shublips says:

    Habs were weak in the last two games.  Halak is the only reason it was ONLY 2-0.  Hopefully the Habs can find the balance that they had during the winning streak.

    Read more at Habs

  100. Habscore says:

    Very good point, bud!

  101. Habscore says:

    LOL! That’s the solution

  102. salshabs says:

    Was it just me or did Pleks do a lot of long arming last night…he looked tentative to take a hit to make a play. I know he’s not the biggest guy, but, he ususally does not shy away from the rough stuff. Last night every time he had a chance to be first on the puck he looked reluctant to get there and win a puck battle.

  103. Cape Breton says:

    Thank’s bud!

  104. HABWARRIOR says:

    Sens suck,we’ll crush ’em 2nite.6-1 final.

  105. Danno says:

    Ottawa, Shmottawa. We will shellack the Kanata Janitors tonight.


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

  106. SeriousFan09 says:

    Time the to crush the Sens, they suck and we might as well let them know that for once.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  107. badbalance says:

    Is Cammy in tonight?

  108. HABWARRIOR says:

    you betcha !!!!!And i think the Berg is in too.

  109. HABWARRIOR says:

    hey im a janitor……wtf…..or as i sometimes refer to it as : A master of the janitorial arts.

  110. Kristopher7 says:

    Or you could be a sanitary engineer.

  111. krob1000 says:

    ahhh but you are no match for a Jani Knight ….. I don’t even have to touch the garbage to put it in the dumpster.

  112. badbalance says:

    Can’t wait to dismantle those sens

  113. JF says:

    Why did the team have the day off yesterday?  It was obvious on Saturday that they were rusty.  An extra practice would have helped with cohesion.

  114. NLhabsfan says:

    The Sens are only going to be as good as their goaltending.From what I have seen in the past their goal keeper stoned us.That will be the story tonight.

  115. notbigbird says:

    A lot of optimism, just like when we played the Leafs, but we haven’t
    done very well against the Sens either this year. I have hopes but not a
    good feeling.

  116. Axeman says:

    You want zooming up the power rankings?  CBS Sports has the Habs at #8!!!

  117. Mattee. says:

    BOONE! I heard you had an interview today with a friend of mine. How did it go? Did she give you a shout out from me up here in Ottawa and get your autograph or am I going to have to remove her from my Facebook friends list?

  118. Mike Boone says:

    Had an interview with two students. Went well. I laid on the BS a foot thick. They were thrilled.

  119. Kristopher7 says:

    caution, blood.

    But I’m curious, who did the cheap shot? the goaltender or the defenseman?

  120. dean roberts says:

    goalie blockered him in the yap. hope somebody introduces him to the zamboni. no need for that, at all

  121. sidhu says:

    Nasty play by the goalie — even Billy Smith would be shocked

  122. light_n_tasty says:

    I don’t think it’s that bad…the guy gotta bloody nose, maybe broken.  Sure, it’s a cheapshot.  It’s not gonna injure you like an unsuspecting shoulder or an elbow to the head though.  A blocker to the face isn’t going to cause any serious injury.

  123. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey guess what, the OHL kids staying classy in defeat bench clearing brawl in an OHL playoff game, what is wrong with junior hockey? Besides that those kids for some reason listen to Don Cherry.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  124. EricInStL says:

    Rinaldo is a dangerous player. He will injure his share of players. Mark my words…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  125. light_n_tasty says:

    It’s all Patty Roy’s fault, apparently.

  126. nightmare_49 says:

    … the refs for tonight’s important tilt are Gord Dwyer and soon to retire (maybe) Bill McCreary).

  127. SeriousFan09 says:

    So many Vet referees retiring this year, while a certain hack named Fraser will be gladly sent off into the sunset, losing these kinds of guys are giving way to the Chris Lees of the NHL…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  128. showey47 says:

    Good news,kerry fraser is retiring also. Bad news,his son is an ahl referee.

  129. HardHabits says:

    the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

  130. Ayan_SB says:

    For those who haven’t seen it yet, here is Jason Spezza’s nerd laugh.

  131. Kristopher7 says:


    Check this out as a exaggeration to that, hahahahaha.

  132. Hockey Socks says:


  133. king ddd says:

    there’s also another video, its his marriage video, his wife is really hot. i dont know how he got her w/ that laugh geez

    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  134. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely off topic, but Shake Hands With the Devil, a Canadian movie starring Roy Dupuis (Maurice Richard) is on HBO right now. I’d wanted to see it for some time, just now getting the opportunity. It’s one heck of a movie.

  135. Ayan_SB says:

    Hey man, have you been watching The Pacific?

  136. Mattee. says:

    I interviewed Romeo Dallaire (Author of Shake Hands With the Devil) years ago. Amazing man, sad story. The book is a tough read, he doesn’t shy away for one second. I just watched the Band of Brothers series – very good!

  137. JD_ says:

    Excellent, thoughtful film. Dupuis has the chops.

  138. Habscore says:

    – Warm-up music: Crank That, the Soulja; Robots to Mars remix. All the old farts in the pressbox, myself included, are covering their ears-


  139. Mike Boone says:

    You laugh? I’m going deaf here

  140. solsub says:

    Good refs: Gord Dwyer, Tim McCreary”


    Don’t you mean Bill McCreary? :)

  141. Mattee. says:

    SB, there has only been one episode of the Pacific so far, right?

  142. andrewberkshire says:

    Haven’t been because I just ordered HBO two days ago, but I will be now!

  143. Ayan_SB says:

    It airs on Sundays, so the 2nd episode aired last night.

    Damn, I gotta go on the DL for couple of mins, I’m posting too much lol.

  144. SeriousFan09 says:

    That is a fantastic show, downloaded the first two episodes so far. HBO always does great productions.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  145. HardHabits says:

    On behalf of Bugs I am going to make a bold prediction. Pouliot scores tonight. Kovy doesn’t. Oh, I am playing with fire.

  146. Danno says:

    Read about the outrage surrounding The Gazette’s Jack Todd on Dennis Kane’s blog.


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

  147. Keith says:

    HAH! CJAD just gave a plug to HIO! Take a bow Boone!

  148. headbanger_33 says:

    This is for you SF09, and IMHO the S.F. acronym means something other than Serious Fan:





  149. zamboni says:

    CJAD is getting in the crap class in my books.
    It’s not enough we have to endure that dim wits Cherry on CBC, tonight they aired him bash the banners that hang in the forum (his days, actually the other dim wit’s Milbury’s quote).

    I don’t why they think a Montreal station audience need to hear this kind of crap.

    EDIT: My apologies, it was team 990 not CJAD.

  150. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …shout-out to Robert L’s blog ‘Eyes On The Prize’ …a Habs’ Fan Nirvana


    …His latest blog sure says it well

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  151. yathehabsrule says:

    HIO is promoting the new mobile site.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  152. EricInStL says:

    Does anyone have a link to his column….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  153. jbroderi says:

    does sf09 not like jaroslav halak ro something, he seems like a pretty level headed poster


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  154. Castor says:

    I have a bad feeling too Booney! Let’s hope we’re WRONG!

  155. Keith says:

    Good pace keep it up!

  156. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hockey games won’t be the same without the epic ‘stache of McCreary when he retires.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  157. andrewberkshire says:

    Good poke by Halak, it’s risky, but making plays like that you know he’s confident as can be!

  158. zamboni says:

    Unless things have changed recently, I don’t know why a downgrade is considered a promotion.

  159. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …lots a corn cums frum Nebraska

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  160. yathehabsrule says:

    Mike: re: Napier over Bossy. So I guess that proves Pollock was not perfect, nor were 13 other GMs. Islanders were going to take Dwight Foster, but head scout Jim Devallano convinced Bill Torrey and Al Arbour to go with Bossy.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  161. headbanger_33 says:

    He’s an egotistical, tea-baggin piece of trash.

  162. andrewberkshire says:

    Great job drawing a penalty by Pleks there!

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    And this is why you always get banned.

  164. MikeL says:

    Wow did he ever sell that.

  165. t1tan5 says:

    Not a vrey coherent PP so far.

  166. SeriousFan09 says:

    I still don’t get why it’s Metro taking Pouliot’s place with Gomez/Gionta, wouldn’t a big body prescence be useful on a PP unit?

    Metro could give AK/Pleks a RH shot to work with.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  167. Keith says:

    Big cheer for Joannie Rochette. Nice)

  168. t1tan5 says:

    Spezza with the field goal there.

  169. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice move by Pyatt to draw the penalty.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  170. Chuck says:

    2-on-1, no SOG…. love it!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  171. Chuck says:

    You never learn, do ya? 


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  172. Caper says:

    And why is Pouliot not in the shoot out Saturday?

  173. t1tan5 says:

    Quite the horrible PP.

  174. Keith says:

    WTF was that?

  175. Habscore says:

    *TAB***K !!! we need a MAB asap!!!!

  176. Bill says:

    Wow, brilliant puck-watching by Moen there.

  177. SeriousFan09 says:

    This is what bothers me about JM, he will not experiment with the PP unit even when it’s producing ****-all.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  178. Propwash says:



    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  179. Chuck says:



    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  180. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s a damn impressive actor. He has such a quiet intensity about him.

  181. andrewberkshire says:

    Its sad that we still allow similar situations to unfold without question. It’s a stain on humanity that we let people do this to each other when we have the means to stop it.

  182. Adam says:

    Senator Dallaire is a hell of a man. To have witnessed that and come home and try to be a full person again… just a nightmare. It made me lose any remaining hope I had for the UN and respect I had for Kofi Annan. A great man, a great Canadian.

  183. Habscore says:

    😛 I thought you would make some superman Soulja Boy moves, Mr Boone!

  184. andrewberkshire says:

    Boone, I’m 23 and I’d be covering my ears too.

  185. jbroderi says:

    only 14 year olds with their bums hanging out of their jeans like that garbage.  You need gnr or ac/dc for warm-ups, with some eagles or gordon lightfoot earlier in the day to relax the mind and enlighten the senses.


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  186. zamboni says:

    Memo to JM

    This PP needs retooling.
    AK46 is most effective when he is blocking the goalie’s view and cashing on the rebounds or deflecting the shots, and NOT taking Cammy’s position.
    Gorges is pretty useless on the point.

  187. Danno says:


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

  188. Keith says:

    Playing dopey in our own end tonight. BLECH!

  189. t1tan5 says:

    Volchenkov saves a goal there. Damn it.

  190. crabvader says:

    I can’t stand Alfredsson, Volchenkov, Ruutu, Phillips, Regin, Neil… I basically hate Ottawa.

  191. topher5468 says:

    Ditto brother

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

  192. JasonM says:

    Moren sucked badly on that shift. Looked like he didn’t want to be there.


    Isn’t it a penalty if a player knocks his own net out if he wasn’t pushed?

  193. king ddd says:

    is it just me or does halak plays good only when the opposing team is bombarding us with shots.. that is sooo HUET

    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  194. habs001 says:

    you are leading by one goal 3 minutes to go and have a pp only time gorges should be on the pp

  195. Chuck says:

    Review? Really?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  196. Bill says:

    Wow, i really hate watching Pyatt on that line.

  197. Keith says:

    Oh F.O toronto!

  198. Propwash says:



    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  199. SeriousFan09 says:

    Took ’em long enough.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  200. helluva habs fan says:

    Jaro’s tired, he’s faster than that coming across.

  201. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Beauty Save Jaro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  202. Chuck says:

    Yay! Inconclusive!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  203. ed lopaz says:

    pp could really use a player like subban – too bad we’re saving him for next year.


  204. Keith says:

    BRUTAL in our own end, no organization or urgency at all.

  205. Bill says:

    Love how the fanboys are slagging Halak after one deflected goal. Go kiss your posters.

  206. SeriousFan09 says:

    It seems JM left all his coaching manuals behind in the Ottawa office, Clouston knows exactly how to shut this team down.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  207. andrewberkshire says:

    We really need to start laying the body on Karlsson. He’s very skilled but weighs about 34lbs and can’t handle hits.

  208. T-roy West says:

    Lappierre backed off on the guy behind the net. He should have smoked him but he’s paranoid.

  209. Born in a Bad Year says:

    I think you forget how fast Kovalev is coming around.


    Why do we only have two defencemen who can clear the zone?

  210. Keith says:

    Dodged one there! WAKE UP HABS!!!

  211. Chuck says:

    Give the skinny red guy a raise!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  212. habsfan1001 says:

    How butal is thaT

  213. Propwash says:

    Is it too late to dress Cammi and MAB?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  214. Habscore says:

    For Christ’ sake what are they doing??
    I like what I saw this morning from practise, so WTH happened during their power nap?????

    Forget about Gatorade, go get some Red Bulls!!!

  215. andrewberkshire says:

    AK46 vs. Fisher on the boards: total mismatch

    Especially when Fisher is allowed to cross check Andrei in the face repeatedly.

  216. HardHabits says:

    Good analogy, better observation.

  217. SeriousFan09 says:

    Those days off seemed to have killed the momentum.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  218. crabvader says:

    Back to .500 the way these clowns are playing.

  219. ooder says:

    i missed the beginning of the game… but from what i have seen (about 13 minutes into the period)

    the habs are getting dominated and forechecked like crazy…. 0 physical presence, and lazy play in our zone… especially from pouliot who couldn’t get teh puck out on 3 attempts


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

  220. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Cammy and MAB are needed ASAP!!!!

  221. linp says:

    1. Our PP sucks.

    2. Line change when the puck is still in our zone….goal.

    3. Too many odd man rushes.

  222. T-roy West says:

    Man this team is wimpy. Seriously wimpy.

  223. ManApart says:

    Ak46 and Pouliot combined 0-11 for 1 on 1 battles, brutal.

  224. crabvader says:

    I’m sick of Fisher. To me, he is what Ovechkin is to you.

    He always hits with his hands to the face and his elbows high. Always cross-checking and always charging.

  225. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Benny has gotten really soft out there.

  226. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s also a big interference lover. In fact it’s part of Ottawa’s playing style. They know it’s been called rarely this season, so there’s almost always interference being run on the opposing player nearest to the puck carrier.

  227. king ddd says:

    lmao if this keeps up minny just owned us!


    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  228. crabvader says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen them pull of that BS quite a few times tonight alone.

  229. P St. Pierre says:

    Canadiens look really slow tonight…wonder why?

  230. Ian Cobb says:

    Sloppy, slow and no communication out on the ice. The fire has gone out, or what?  We are playing like pee wees out there.

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!  crap hockey, pick it up boys!! talk to each other out there.

  231. jimbo82 says:

    My God this game is boring

    go habs go!

  232. king ddd says:

    lmao i luv being a habs fan, a 7 game winning streak feels like we won the cup and a lousy 1st period, its as if this team is going no where

    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  233. Mattee. says:

    Anybody see Sutton crank Boulton a couple of games ago against Atlanta? When Boulton got up and went after Sutton, I’m pretty sure I saw Sutton poop himself. He looked petrified. 

  234. shootdapuck says:

    Where’s the forecheck?

    Where’s the puck presence?

    Where’s the speed?


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  235. Ian Cobb says:

    Where’s da team?

  236. habsfan1001 says:



  237. Mattee. says:

    We could be down 2-0. That would be worse.

  238. HardHabits says:

    This game is worse than watching Italy play France in an IIHF game.

  239. Keith says:

    Giving up 3 on ones like they were candy FFS!

  240. crabvader says:

    Still gotta pay for candy.

  241. SeriousFan09 says:

    Got really lucky Ottawa basically threw away a 3-on-1…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  242. Chuck says:

    A rather indistinguished period. I hope that Dave was in the bar pounding back the Heinekens.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  243. linp says:

    We gave up at least 3 3 on 1. WTF are we doing.  !@#$

  244. usversusthem says:

    Ugly ugly ugly. 

  245. zozotheclown says:

    Waaaay to many 3 on 1’s, not playing smart hockey in any zone. At least it’s only 1-0, with the sens playing the way they have lately a quick goal will really turn momentum.

  246. ooder says:

    how was the first goal btw? halak’s fault or the defense?

    also.. JM… scout your palyers… play sk74 or ak46 on the point… please!!!!!

    they can’t be worst then gorges


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

  247. SeriousFan09 says:

    Does JM have a hidden agreement that he doesn’t organize any real resistance against his ex-teams?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  248. crabvader says:

    How do we go from playing inspired hockey for 6 games to playing like total crap again?!

  249. king ddd says:

    just my 2 cents here..

    you people have to relax its only the first period and ott has only 5 shots,

    we had a couple of days off so its ok to be a little rusty.

    OH! and finally im starting to think that MINNY jus pwned us on that trade!


    .::moen & georges for co-captains::.

  250. The Juice says:

    Problem isn’t that Cammy and MAB aren’t in the lineup per se, it’s that they were EXPECTED to be. Take as much time as they need, but don’t tell the team they are coming back and then pulling the rug out from under them at the last second. As another poster put it, the news was “Deflating”…

  251. SeriousFan09 says:

    Too traditionalist as a coach, forwards on the point are forbidden.

    What really doesn’t make sense is breaking up Pouliot/Gomez/Gionta on the PP, why do you take away their big body guy in favour of a small RH shot? Gionta is already your RH shot, attach Metro to AK/Pleks.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  252. tony d says:

    well that gets my vote for their crappiest 1st period this year

  253. Castor says:

    Brain dead monkeys these past two games….

  254. crabvader says:

    Definitely defence. Two guys were left all alone at the doorstep without being shoved in the slightest.

  255. Ian Cobb says:

    Thank gawd for Halak or it could have been a slaughter out there.

  256. notbigbird says:

    CP would have had that goal. Mind you he would have missed two others. But Sanford …  (sorry, can’t help myself sometimes).

  257. linp says:

    JM’s system collapses completely when we are behind. It is just 1 to 0. The game could have been out of reach already. We have to calm down and play our system.

  258. SeriousFan09 says:

    They didn’t say that, they didn’t recieve medical clearance to play, it was some Sportsnet guy who came out with “Cammalleri/MAB back on Monday” and others ran with it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  259. shootdapuck says:

    Also as boring too!

    These guys sound like they are commentating ona funeral or a federal budget meeting!

    Where do they dig them up? Must be someone cousin, no other excuse!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  260. 21BIGGionta says:

    not to mention extremely boring.. shots 5-6…

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  261. crabvader says:

    Same thing against the Leafs.

  262. Habbu says:

    Where’s the heart boys?  Reading your own press clippings?  Get goin!!  This bunch has lost 5 in a row….

  263. andrewberkshire says:

    Wasn’t Halak’s fault that’s for sure. Backdoor play, he didn’t really have a chance.

  264. fun police says:

    they may have lost five in a row, but they played a near perfect first period.  they were aggressive on the forecheck and on the pk.  

  265. hab lifer says:


    2nd game in a row they haven’t shown up.

    habs will be damn lucky to get 8th place! they look  pathetic!  and the PP is an embarrassment.

    can’t they just  they  decline PP opportunities?

    and JM wanted to give Cammalleri and MAB another night off? are you kidding me?

    get their asses on the ice!

  266. Fansincebirth says:

    Man they look horribly disorganized out there…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  267. 21BIGGionta says:

    Lats would have never done what hes doing in Minny here.. so good forhim…and lets focus on what we got which is pou pou…who isn’t that bad!

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  268. 21BIGGionta says:

    easy …

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  269. Ian Cobb says:

    Someone needs to put some chille pepper in their jocks to fire them up.

  270. Ian Cobb says:


  271. RiverviewCanadien says:

    They had 6 shots, and that included both PP totals…weak…

    Better come alive in the 2nd boys…

    I really think Pleks is going to break out tonight, but I would make one change and insert Pouliot with him for a change (play Pyatt with The Two Gs for a couple of shifts). You never know with this team.

    I got a really good feeling about the rest of the game.


  272. Willy the bum says:

    Jacques Martin: “What the…? Where’s Cammalleri and Bergeron? Oh crap, they’re not playing tonight?!!!”

  273. hab lifer says:



  274. gumper says:

    Two observations. 1. Suddenly, no one is willing to pay the price physically anymore. 2. On the PP the D is too slow in getting the puck to the net, and as a result defenders are always in the shooting lanes.

  275. mrhabby says:

    or a visit from pam anderson.

  276. Habscore says:

    Out of the 30 teams, why are we the one team that always make the “sucking” teams look good.?!

  277. headbanger_33 says:

    Pizza Pizza looks so effing nasty!

    Thank God I live in NY!

  278. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Stop playing the powerplays, just let them happen.

    Roll the lines, keep them as they are and leave the defense parings alone.

    O’Bryne’s shot from the point looked better than any that we saw with the man advantage.

    The forward  lines all look fine five on five, let them get extra success with the man advantage and don’t overplay the top lines.

  279. gumper says:

    I agree that Pleks needs new linemates. What could it hurt to shake up the top two lines? It’s not like they’re accomplishing much right now. Pyatt needs to be demoted. His only real job is to go into the corners and come out with the puck, at least occasionally. He’s just not doing the job.

  280. crabvader says:

    It’s not great, but it’s not bad.

    I’ve been to NY a lot and lived in Chicago and deep dish from Lou Malnati’s > anything from NY.

  281. usversusthem says:

    …We aren’t. At all. 

    For instance, Edmonton beat both Detroit and San Jose in the last couple of days. And they’re by far the most sucking team in the league. Ottawa has as many points as we do through 72 games… They’re hardly chopped liver. 

  282. Habbu says:

    I believe Bryan Smolinski is playing in Flint and is available…..

  283. zozotheclown says:

    Bell Center pizza is amazing imo lol

  284. Habscore says:

    I agree, but I mean in the sense that when a specific team is in a losing streak, we always give them a chance to beat us. Maybe it’s pure coincidence, I don’t know.

    I can see Gomer and Gio trying tonite, and maybe AKos. but that’s it

  285. habs001 says:

    we really lack beyond markov a d who can support our offense… the reality is that this edition of the habs roster is no better than about 16 other teams and the remaining 6 are the elite teams and 8 bad teams…we still have too many non goal scoring forwards on the team….good news in the playoffs you can win vs a more talented team but in 82 games you are what you are…habs 88-92 point team

  286. Ian Cobb says:

    This period will say tons about what kind of coach we really have.

  287. nightmare_49 says:

    … what you seen in the 1st period is the Benny the way he played in Minnesota.

  288. P St. Pierre says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn just looks foggy all the time now…what happened to this guy? He was on fire before he was hurt…I guess not having Cammalleri on that line really hurts him.

  289. zamboni says:

    actually he is not having a bad game tonight.

    he is one of the better players for a change.

  290. Xtrahabsfan says:

    That a boy …I new ya had it in you cloudy….

  291. HardHabits says:

    Looks worse than the pre-Olympic break version of the Habs.

  292. Habbu says:

    this team has to play desperation hockey…once they start thinking they are something more than they are, it all goes to poop. 

  293. t1tan5 says:

    Man the Sens sure have a huge horseshoe up their rear end.

  294. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gotta keep trying, Elliott is crap but they’re allowing him to look great.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  295. HabFanSince72 says:

    Elliott’s luck can’t hold out forever.

  296. T-roy West says:

    Does anyone else realize how stupid it looks having Gionta stand in front of the net.

  297. TOEmastro says:

    can’t buy one


  298. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pouliot with his regular line on the PP, will wonders never cease?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  299. JasonM says:

    Our PP ide dreadful.

  300. twilighthours says:

    Hammr is brutal tonight.  How many times has he been caught on a pinch?

  301. Habscore says:

    JM, we need a plan against the Sens D. Hello??!

  302. zozotheclown says:

    Looked a lot like a goal, either way AK should not be making low % plays when theres a guy coming out of the box. Ott with the best chances on our PP, not good.

  303. SeriousFan09 says:

    This team does not want to compete, barely skating to chase down the first 2-on-1, thank god Ottawa’s blowing them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  304. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Totaly agree!

  305. Castor says:

    I think the book is out on the Habs PP

  306. HFX-HabFan says:

    Surprisingly, he had a textbook deflection like that on Saturday night against the Laughs.  He goes to the net way more than most guys on the team, who are half a foot taller.

  307. Keith says:

    This game is making me ill.

  308. ooder says:

    man… all the pucks are bouncing just wide… it’s ridiculous…

    also Boone, pyatt is not snakebit.. he just has no offensive talent whatsoever 


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

  309. hab lifer says:


  310. crabvader says:

    He’s done that his whole career. He has one of the best hand-eye coordinated deflections in the league.

  311. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Play Sergei on the PP!

  312. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone else notice that when the team is frustrated they rely entirely on Gomez to break into the opponent’s zone? He’s good at it, but when he’s the only one every doing it, it doesn’t work.

  313. helluva habs fan says:

    Same game as last night, except we had a goal by now.

  314. SeriousFan09 says:

    Forget the book, It just got turned into a movie and is being distributed internationally.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  315. Chuck says:



    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  316. zamboni says:

    ouch that looks bad, hope he is ok.

  317. JasonM says:

    How does his skate go up all the way in the air like that? That’s just reckless.

  318. twilighthours says:

    Man that is scary.  Why don’t these guys wear visors??

  319. Habbu says:

    I gotta feelin’ that Elliot’s bubble is gonna burst real soon and then the floodgates open and we score four!

  320. HFX-HabFan says:

    Hope Moen is okay.  Gosh.

  321. Xtrahabsfan says:

    That do not look good for Moen!

  322. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s why you wear VISORS!!!

    Why do people have to be so braindead stubborn about this crap?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  323. Rob Maguire says:

    How do you get a penalty for high-sticking, but not for kicking someone in the face with your skate blade?

  324. TOEmastro says:

    we were all screamin that over here too

  325. T-roy West says:

    And that is what I’m saying.

  326. MikeMcLaren says:

    Accidents happen though – this is an unfortunate accident a la Jokinen on Zednik.

    Nightmare though – I hope this didn’t catch an eye or do any nerve damage, the force with which that skate was coming and the sharpness of the skate – ugh – stomach-turning.


  327. andrewberkshire says:

    Because there’s not a chance that Cullen did that on purpose.

  328. zamboni says:

    because idiots would label them sissies.

    and the idiot players care more about their perceived image than the real one.

  329. MikeMcLaren says:

    Don Cherry. 


  330. Rob Maguire says:

    Well, plenty of high sticking penalties — probably the majority — are also accidental.

  331. twilighthours says:

    Well you don’t get a high-sticking penalty on a follow-thru, and you shouldn’t get a kicking penalty when you’re tripped, fall down, and swing your leg up.  

  332. andrewberkshire says:

    But the raising of the stick itself is always intentional. Whereas someone’s foot flying up as they’re falling is involuntary.

  333. andrewberkshire says:


  334. crabvader says:

    I hope Moen is alright.

  335. Mattee. says:

    I missed it, what happened to Moen?

  336. topher5468 says:

    This is the type of game I don’t see us scoring, nothing is going right, its also the 2nd game in a row were getting all the calls. Thats just strange man

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

  337. t1tan5 says:

    It seems like the Sens MO on defense is to set picks on the nearest forechecker.

  338. Mattee. says:

    i’ve been noticing that kind of interference all night. We can’t get the speed through the neutral zone.


  339. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know it will be a bad night when Markov’s usually pinpoint outlet passes are not hitting their targets.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  340. HFX-HabFan says:

    Not to defend the no-visor thing, but freak accidents are freak because they happen on crazy angles.  It’s entirely possible that even if Moen had a visor on, Cullen’s skate blade could have come up under it. 

  341. twilighthours says:

    I like Moen’s odds better with a visor than without.

  342. zamboni says:

    with that thought, why wear seatbelts?

  343. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Nice save by Halak, that was deflected…

  344. andrewberkshire says:

    The one that was deflected by Spacek? Excellent save. Halak has made about 12 really awkward saves tonight, could’ve been ugly.

  345. zamboni says:

    enjoying marky owning kovy.

  346. topher5468 says:

    The Bell Centre, where other teams losing streaks come to die

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

  347. SeriousFan09 says:

    Volchenkov is killing us in their zone.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  348. HFX-HabFan says:

    I do too.  I was just throwing that thought out there.

  349. P St. Pierre says:

    Fun seeing Markov out-battle Kovalev at the line.

  350. ooder says:

    not impressed by pouliot tonight… i dunno if he is playing injured or not but not impressed at all.

    also lapierre has been useless but what else is new


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

  351. twilighthours says:

    It still amazes me that a player with so few redeeming qualities can still be in the NHL

  352. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Some life in them yet…looks like Elliot is making some decent saves and seems to have decent rebound control.

    Montréal WILL score more than 2 goals tonight…don’t worry

  353. linp says:

    Pouliot is showing why he was a bust in Minn. He is so lazy now. When we lost the puck, he just moves slowly back. He is not skating hard.

    Pyatt is too weak along the board.

    Our top 2 lines are handicap now.

  354. ManApart says:

    They have so many problems keeping the puck in on the right point, along the boards, because there is no right handed defenseman. They’re always on their backhand. Very bad management having no right handers….. Pyatt is a total waste of time BTW. Useless.

  355. HFX-HabFan says:

    Hard to believe that we are being shut out by a team that has by far the worst goal differential of any of the current playoff position teams.

  356. zamboni says:

    I bet you weren’t saying that last year.

  357. matrags says:

    a goal a goal my kindom for a goal.

  358. linp says:

    I am afraid that the skate cut moen’s eye.

  359. crabvader says:

    I bet we have more turnovers in these last 2 games than we’ve had in our whole 6 game winning streak.

  360. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Boone, in reply to your;

    Fearless prediction: Kovalev will score the goal that puts this one out of reach

    Nope…Pleks scores the game winner.

  361. hab lifer says:

    anyone else notice habs unable to complete a pass?

    after the Buffalo game, habs will have 3 losses in a row.

    they aren’t making the playoffs folks. no way if they play this way.

  362. Born in a Bad Year says:

    O’Byrne shoots right.

    Although there is a big advantage for your big shooter being on his off wing.  You get a time advantage on the one timers.

  363. P St. Pierre says:

    O’Byrne is a right handed shot and I actually think Spacek has been quite decent on the right side. I’m not impressed with Pyatt either though…I realize that Sergei has chemistry with Moore, but really he should be with Pleks and his brother.

  364. ooder says:

    that was last year however where he actually brought something to the team.

    this year he has no redeeming qualities


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

  365. Ian Cobb says:

    Gosh darn, this is not fun, but we are only one shot away from tying things up. I just keep waiting for them to get the heart rate up. Maybe in the 3rd they will turn it up.

  366. Led says:

    No luck at all tonight. We need a bounce to go our way near the Sen’s net. If they’d played like this on Saturday they would have won easily. Fingers crossed for the third period. I think I jinxed us when I told the wife that Ottawa’s goalies have stunk recently. Stupid big mouth.

  367. Rainrocket16 says:

    Why is it everytime we play these pricks we lose players!!? And I agree with the Prediction, Kovalev will burn us if we are not careful, its just our luck.


    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  368. linp says:

    JM’s trap works only when we have the lead and fails when we are behind.

  369. zamboni says:

    to all people dissing Pouliot, how many of you want Latts back?

  370. Ian Cobb says:

    Anyone notice the HABS??

  371. Bill says:

    This game may be boring, but it’s not really all that bad for the Habs. It’s one of those “bounce” games: the Habs could be up 4-0 or down 4-0 or tied 4-4 … this one’s all about which way the rubber goes.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  372. HugeHabsFan says:

    RC, I love your optimism. :o)

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  373. habs001 says:

    if we would have scored on a couple of our chances and lead 2-1 the fans would be happy…i watched most games the habs have played and in 80% games looked like todays…we have to realize that even with cammy in the line up this team has very limited scoring forwards…that is why it is imperative to score on the pp regularly…

  374. TOEmastro says:

    The Boone reverse jinx at work, watch Kovy score on his own net

  375. Led says:

    me too, hope he’s alright

  376. Habsfan_jay says:

    I got a feeing if they can just get one past Elliot more will come. I think hey will turn it on in the third. They have to.

  377. Bill says:

    I am not dissing Pouliot. I thhink he’s awesome. However, I would also take Lats back, as long as it’s the Lats Minnesota has, and not the Lats the Habs sent them.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  378. ManApart says:

    Spacek has been quite good on defense, but offensively, when the puck rings around it’s very tough for him on his backhand. On our PP it is a disadvantage. Agree 100% on SK74.

  379. Mr. Higgins says:

    Fearless prediction… Boone will continue to be Mr. Negative about our team and we’ll cheer ’em on anyway. Habs should tie this puppy up in the third – Go Habs Go!

  380. Ian Cobb says:

    Good job CLOUD

  381. P St. Pierre says:

    Fair enough.

  382. coachdoug says:

    This third period will tell a lot about our post-season hopes…the opportunity to beat the Sens is there…Habs gotta want it more…even the Rogers Sportenet guys were jabbering about how poorly the Sens played…

    Gotta cash in on some of these chances…

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  383. spoonfullofjelly says:

    If I was Pierre McGuire , Sutton would be my monster tonight….However the game’s not over and I’m not Pierre McGuire, so my money for the monster goes to Moen who’s gonna come back with a face shield, 36 stitches and pot the game winner right ontop of the blue paint .

  384. crabvader says:

    Or two. 😀

  385. linp says:

    A spot is now open up for MAB. He may play on the 3rd line.

  386. zamboni says:

    We are at best an ordinary team if we don’t take advantage of our speed, that will never change.

    Agressive forechecking worked for so many games, why stop?
    And we can’t say that we’re tired can we?

  387. HugeHabsFan says:

    I’m sick just thinking about it.  If the ref calls for help that quickly, it’s usually not good.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  388. andrewberkshire says:

    Not me, not in a billion years.

  389. shootdapuck says:

    Me either.




    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  390. HugeHabsFan says:

    I love Pouliot’s interviews.  So Franglais, lol!  ….”le powerrrplayy” lol

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  391. HugeHabsFan says:

    Sounds like the dialect from my area.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  392. t1tan5 says:

    Shutout shutout shutout.

  393. Habhopeful says:

    We know you only hate on halak because of the price hatred shown on here darky, we know…but it’s nice to see ou give credit where credit is due, put the differences aside and cheer or the team!
    Aye aye cap’n!

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

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  394. TOEmastro says:

    a SHUTOUT you say?

  395. zamboni says:

    The minute he gets that sense of entitlement, we’ll be back with the Lats we knew before we shipped him.

  396. Habscore says:

    Lats the Hab sucks. He will never be good with us. Plus I hate his attitude. He can stay in Minnesota and play in his red-green Robin Hood uniform.

  397. HFX-HabFan says:

    Again, it’s why they’re called freak accidents.  And I clearly stated I wasn’t defending not wearing a visor.

  398. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Yeah Halak has really kept the team in it at times tonight, which both goalies have done more than once this year. PP is just so weak, it is like they learn and practice something different every once in a while on the ice and all of sudden they get REALLY good, EVERYBODY. I am hoping the 3rd is like a revival!

  399. andrewberkshire says:

    Everyone on the PP except Plekanec and Gionta seems to be looking for the nice play. They need to start going harder to the net, and I have a feeling SK74 would be more effective on the PP than Gorges.

  400. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Play Sergei on the PP!

    Great minds think alike! 😉

  401. Habscore says:

    Yea!! Moen not gone to the hospital. Thnk god

  402. Chuck says:

    Ok, this one’s still within reach. Time to crank up a great third period and grab 2 points!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  403. linp says:

    If the coaches are listening, we need to get guys in their crease.

  404. Rainrocket16 says:

    CMON BOYS LET DO IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  405. spoonfullofjelly says:

    FEARLESS prediction: Pleks ties it up….Moen seals the deal.


  406. topher5468 says:

    I wonder if Brown and Galley remember the Foul Free game their team had against us earlier this year

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

  407. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m actually pretty glad Hamilton didn’t get an NHL team, if Toronto and Ottawa are a measure of how we handle battling the Ontario teams.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  408. Chuck says:

    No holding the stick on Kovy?!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  409. pathockey1 says:

    does anyone else notice how dark it is in the stands of the bell centre?

    it seems like everyone ditched their bleu-blanc-rouge for black :S (especially behind elliot’s net)


  410. HFX-HabFan says:

    Pretty dumb play by Fisher. 

  411. zamboni says:

    What an idiot that Fischer.

  412. andrewberkshire says:

    Massively undisciplined by Fisher, what a douche move too. Complete sucker punch. Possibly worthy of a 1 game suspension.

  413. HFX-HabFan says:

    Well that PP lasted a handful of seconds.

  414. HFX-HabFan says:

    That’s probably a tad extreme.  But it was definitely a dumb play.

  415. HabFanSince72 says:

    What an idiot that Andrei.

  416. Rainrocket16 says:



    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  417. SeriousFan09 says:

    Like the PP was doing us any favours anyway…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  418. Habscore says:

    Andrei reminds me of that LOVE-HATE feeling I got for the Habs…

  419. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty big difference between sucker punching someone and trying to lift someone’s stick.

  420. hablifting says:

    Andrew, do us all a favor..Go out and play some hockey.   You have no idea what its like obviously.

  421. zozotheclown says:

    Andrei can do no right today

  422. andrewberkshire says:

    Right, sucker punching someone is ok in hockey, I forgot. Thanks for the reminder! What a dumbass comment.

  423. P St. Pierre says:

    Nice heads up play by Andrei there to get it to Gionta. They’re pressing…I feel a goal coming.

  424. Shiloh says:

    JM should flip Pouliot and AK46 – couldn’t hurt.

  425. crabvader says:

    Like him or not, Lapierre is the only one on this team that throws anything that remotely looks like a bodycheck.

  426. hablifting says:

    That crap happens 10x a game.  Get over yourself Mr Hockey rules enforcer.  1 game you should get suspended for the season.

  427. HFX-HabFan says:

    Technically that’s not possible, given that all four of their losses last year came in regulation.

  428. ooder says:

    you can’t be serious???

    crashing into the boards and making contact is not a hit in my books…

    lapierre is beyond useless this season


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

  429. zamboni says:

    When Corry Perry sucker punches after the play, I expect nothing from NHL on this.
    How was Perry’s punch any different than what Zidane did in soccer?, one with the head, the other with the fist, same intent, same result, just different leagues, one at least tries to be respectful, the other always garbage.

  430. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM should swap jobs with Dave Tippett.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  431. crabvader says:

    This team won’t do nothing come playoff time.

    Nobody shoots from the middle or carves a path to the goaltender.

    The other team’s netminder remains unharassed all game long and all we do is take forced shots from the outside.

    We’re done. Unless these guys can wake the F up and realize they have to get their noses dirty to score, we are DONE.

  432. P St. Pierre says:

    Maybe the only forward, but Roman Hamerlik is pound for pound, the toughest player on this team. And he’ll throw a hit when he gets the chance.

  433. linp says:

    I saw Gionta fighting for the puck and Pouliot just moves away. WTF.

  434. andrewberkshire says:

    Riiiiiiiight. Players regularly level each other with punches in the face in scrums. I know you’re attempting hyperbole, but you suck at it.

  435. twilighthours says:

    He’s also the guy who coughed the puck up at his own blue line, forcing Moore to take a penalty.

  436. HFX-HabFan says:

    Big kill here boys.

  437. crabvader says:

    I am serious, he’s the only one who tries to finish his checks. Did I say they were perfect hits? No.

    But at least he’s not rolling off of other players or just plain avoiding them.

  438. t1tan5 says:

    Game over.

  439. hablifting says:

    Yes lets compare to soccer where faking inury is an integeral part of the game.  Boy you little girls are coming out of the woodwork tonight.  If they ran the league the way you two guys want, you’d be the first crying when attendance and tv viewership falls into the sea.  People watch hockey because it’s rough, because it’s fast, because of the skill and because players ride the edge.  Thats a plain fact.

  440. solsub says:

    And that’s that.

  441. Rainrocket16 says:

    Night Night!!!


    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  442. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wow…Halak is playing to win, and the most of the team just wants to go to bed…this SUCKS!

  443. andrewberkshire says:


  444. linp says:

    That’s how you score in the PP. Get 2 men in the crease and a shot from the point. Our PP sucks.

  445. hablifting says:

    Hyperbole?  You’re the one calling that love tap a punch ffs.  Open your eyes.  I could punch you harder through the internet.

  446. crabvader says:

    Lol, EVERYONE’s been coughing the puck up tonight. Don’t give me that BS.

    I don’t like Laps, I’m just stating he is the one that hits.

  447. HFX-HabFan says:

    No, the next coach had to be able to speak French, remember? 

  448. Chuck says:

    True, but he didn’t fight the screen to try to get himself a view, either. He just went into the butterfly, hoping that it would hit him.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  449. twilighthours says:

    Lappy brings nothing good to the team.

  450. andrewberkshire says:

    If people watched hockey because of sucker punches as you seem determined to pretend, the Olympics wouldn’t have been the most watched hockey event in who knows how long.

  451. RiverviewCanadien says:

    You say TRUE and then proceed to blame him…nice Chuck, just make up your mind, is it a shot he could see or did he commit wrongly?

  452. zamboni says:

    You must be one tough mucho for watching hockey, I bet you think NFL is for little girls too.

    Have you checked the attendance on that one?

    oh have you compared soccer attendance to Hockey’s, too many girls right?

  453. hablifting says:

    I guess you missed the various dirty hits that the olympics featured?  You shoulda have watched a couple games.  I remember atleast 2 headshots and tons of glove to face goodness.  Sorry I don’t buy your argument that olympics were clean and thus most watched because they were far from it.

  454. andrewberkshire says:

    Love tap, right. That’s why Darche’s nose is bleeding.

  455. hablifting says:

    How about you refute my point instead of tossing insults.  Meanwhile NFL is boring as all hell and filled with a fair amount of criminals.  I have zero interest.

  456. zamboni says:

    Remind me again what was your point?

    sucker punches are what draws idiots to watch hockey?
    Sorry they call them love taps, my bad.

  457. Chuck says:

    I responded “true” to the statement “you can’t stop what you can’t see”. My opinion, however, was that Jaro could have fought that one a little harder to get himself a better view.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  458. hablifting says:

    We should ask him if he’s crying like you are.

  459. Chuck says:

    I’ll be there. Our seats are next the the Hab bench.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  460. Chuck says:

    Hmmm… there’s an idea! Look for me; I’ll probably be wearing a red Tremblay jersey.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  461. Chuck says:




    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  462. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Come…really…Elliot a SHUTOUT!!!!


  463. TOEmastro says:

    as a goalie, I feel for Halak. He’s done everything but score to help his team

  464. hab lifer says:


    this game will cost the habs the playoffs.

    Ottawa has a better PP than the habs! they are a better team!

    habs have less talent than 29 other teams! they are a disgrace to this city!

  465. Harani says:

    Can u STFU? Total overexaggeration! 

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

  466. zozotheclown says:

    Well hopefully Cammy’s return will end this mini slump

  467. Harani says:

    Okay guys….didn’t want to leave my tv because I didn’t want to miss us scoring. But even I’m lacking optimism! Brutal effort by everyone not named Halak. 

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

  468. Rainrocket16 says:

    Night Night!!!


    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  469. Rainrocket16 says:

    Night Night!!!


    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  470. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a matter of this team doesn’t play for one of their goalies, they don’t play for this coach. His style kills the firewagon team that’s been assembled.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  471. HFX-HabFan says:

    You’re such an encouragement to the team you’re a “fan” of.

  472. LesFleurs says:

    Trolling the comment section of a game blog about a team you don’t like for a year makes you the loser.

  473. Chuck says:

    How many odd-man rushes have we given up? 13?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  474. hablifting says:

    Kost brothers need to go.  Taking up valuable space on the roster.  Invisible 4/5 games.

  475. crabvader says:

    It kills me that a guy like Mike Richards, 5’11, can throw devastating hits (even though not always legal ones) and nobody on this team can or wants to lay a whallop on anyone. Disgusting.

  476. RiverviewCanadien says:

    IF they don’t score…GAME OVER!

  477. HotHabs says:

    This game was over long ago.  This was complete trash by the Habs and the Sens gave us an average performance.  Halak has kept Mtl in this one.  Zero offense, bobbled pass receptions, disorganized play, and the list goes on and on.  I guess the Leafs rubbed off on them in a big way!


    Mark my words, if the Habs make the playoffs (I think they will), if they bring this crap to the ice in the post-season they will be out in 4 games (although most of us don’t think they’ll make it past the first round anyway)

  478. t1tan5 says:

    A goal here maybe?

  479. Y says:

    Looks like a losing streak is starting to form at the most inopportune time.

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    See you overpaid losers in October!

  480. SeriousFan09 says:

    Be about what, 9-0 if this were the Capitals we were playing?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  481. Harani says:

    PP is BRUTAL! I don’t care who sits but MAB needs to be back. Now that Moen might be injured, makes the question easier to answer on who he can replace. 

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

  482. ooder says:

    the K brothers are the least of our worries..

    it’s useless players like lapierre and pyatt that are pointless.

    as for pouliot that past few games….



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

  483. P St. Pierre says:

    Neil’s a big douchebag…going after Gionta. Good for you, tough guy. He’s the smallest guy in the league. I love Gomez’s fire in those situations.

  484. ManApart says:

    Now see how the Sens did it. Put guys in front and shoot for God sake!!

  485. Harani says:

    People…if we lose (I still think we can come back), this will be only our second regulation loss in 10 games. Chillax!

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

  486. Habscore says:

    Gotta love Gomez…lol The short guy is there to defend his teammates.

  487. TOEmastro says:

    These guys really make it hard to like em sometimes….

    Go Habs GO!!!!

  488. rogus says:

    Losing to the Janitors!!! Cammi….come back…quick!!!

    Praise the day that Lapierre is placed on waivers!!!

  489. EricInStL says:

    Let’s jump ship if we lose with Cammy and MAB in the line-up.

    Kovy probably put on the line a plane ride if they won against MTL.

    No biggie guys. Buffalo is the big one….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  490. Big Ted says:

    Two pathetic performances in a row. Habs needed a big game tonight and they’ve been playing sloppy hockey all night.

  491. HotHabs says:

    Wow, PP is horrid.

  492. Bill says:

    Try not to get too bent out of shape. It’s just one of those games where nothing goes right.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  493. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Sergei was on!?

  494. ooder says:

    the sens have got to be the luckiest team in the nhl at this point


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

  495. P St. Pierre says:

    Wow…amazing play by Markov at the point to keep that in.

  496. gumper says:

    Funny how the Kostitsyns always get centred out for lack of heart in games like this. Who, on the entire team, has played with any heart tonight, whether they be Canadian, American, Czech, Russian or Martian?

  497. twilighthours says:

    I think that was the Toronto game.  This looks more like a gutless performance.

  498. HotHabs says:

    this team looking like the pre-Olympic crew… back to reality, I guess.

  499. twilighthours says:

    A little Slovak dude has.

  500. HotHabs says:

    same thing happened vs. Leafs… and they squeaked out a point vs. the biggest losers in the east.

  501. twilighthours says:

    Timo, did you ever play competitive hockey?

  502. andrewberkshire says:

    Is that why they’ve lost 8/9 coming off the olympics?

  503. twilighthours says:

    It’s actually not that complicated a game, but certain comments you make – like “these millionaires are lazy” – are indications that you don’t really understand the game at all.  I’d recommend you start playing, it’s a lot of fun!

  504. twilighthours says:

    Seriously.  You need to start playing a competitive sport.  Sometimes you work hard but nothing goes right.  


    You obviously don’t understand this.

  505. hablifting says:

    Twighlight you are a blackhole of hockey knowledge. Lets be honest here.  Timo has forgotten more about the game then you’ll know if you live to be 100.

  506. twilighthours says:

    How would I know?  What I do know is that I always work my a$$ off on the ice.  Sometimes I get results, and sometimes I never touch the puck.  That’s the way hockey goes.  

  507. twilighthours says:

    Seriously, I don’t like to use the “you never played so you don’t know” excuse, but I think you should start playing.  It would really expand your viewpoint.  And you’d have a lot of fun.

  508. HardHabits says:

    The “real” fan argument.

  509. RiverviewCanadien says:


    Game Over.


  510. Habsfan_jay says:

    Except for the odd-man rushes they’ve been giving up, I like some of the things I’m seeing. Just bad luck this game. But, that’s only my opinion. 

  511. andrewberkshire says:

    What a crap game.

  512. Mr.Hazard says:

    Once again, we’re another team’s slump-cure. Pathetic.

    FIRE JM!!!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  513. Harani says:

    0-for-5 Boone. Get your facts right! 

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

  514. crabvader says:

    It might aswell be 0 for 6.

  515. SeriousFan09 says:

    What does it take to beat this 3rd-stringer?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  516. crabvader says:

    I think the guys realized they were getting a little too far from the .500 mark and felt it was time to even it back up.

  517. ooder says:

    it’s funny hwo the k bros are getting criticized yet they are one in the exclusive group of players that showed up tonight.

    gomez, gio, ak and sk are here to play.

    also can’t fault the d.

    pouliot has been garbage tonight, lapierre and pyatt were as well.

    pleks hasn’t been very visible.

    moore, metro and darche are just depressing to watch tonight as well


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

  518. HotHabs says:

    in my estimation, the only one who gets a pat on the back is Halak.


    some of our forwards are trying, but really the biggest issue is that nobody is crowding or driving the net

  519. coachdoug says:

    Senators want it…Habs don’t

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  520. Harani says:

    We haven’t lost in regulation in 7 games. This is the first one. 

    P.S. So glad my cousin’s GF wanted to see Fisher so bad, this game was a total bore-fest! 

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

  521. HotHabs says:

    they should all buy Jaro a case of beer for allowing them to keep some semblence of pride tonight.

  522. Habscore says:

    IMO we had our chances, it just wasn’t our night tonight!

    It happens! To the pessimists, doesn’t mean we’re not doing the playoffs. The game simply s*cked that’s it.

  523. crabvader says:

    Gomez didn’t even try to win that faceoff!!!

  524. HardHabits says:

    If it wasn’t for Halak and a few lucky breaks in the form of posts and misses this would be a blowout. Where’s the offense? Where’s the leadership? I think they got beat up again playing Toronto. This week could be telling for whether the Habs have any grit or not. They look tired, soft and unimaginative tonight.

  525. topher5468 says:


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

  526. t1tan5 says:

    May I ask why you censor the word “suck”?

  527. Harani says:

    Let’s hope the Sens start a win streak here. They need to beat Philly tomoro!

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

  528. doug says:

    Time to resume normal programming: stop looking at 5th and start looking down at 9th. Good thing Flyers tanking. If Atlanta slows down and Bruins keep up mediocrity we should be able to limp in. Was a good stretch while it lasted.

  529. SeriousFan09 says:

    Going by that logic, both our goalies would be dying of liver failure by this time in the season.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  530. Habsfan_jay says:

    Seriously, when is Cammy back?

  531. HardHabits says:


  532. Chuck says:

    Maybe the goal horn and spotlights are broken.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  533. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bigger shocker moment tonight, JM’s coaching shows no imagination or there’s yet another mole on tonight’s episode of 24?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  534. MikeL says:

    Why is Gill on the ice? WHY?

  535. HotHabs says:

    what a display of garbage hockey… sickening.

  536. coachdoug says:

    Boo birds gathering…not a good performance

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  537. linp says:

    Pouliot just didn’t do anything good this game.

  538. HardHabits says:

    What is that, the 3rd shut-out this year on home ice?

  539. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So if JM sits Halak vs BUF, is that a bad message. In my opinion HE is not the reason they lost tonight. I know Price needs ice time, but not after this tilt

  540. SeriousFan09 says:

    3 too many if it is.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  541. 21BIGGionta says:

    Halak vs sabres….Price Vs Panthers…

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  542. EricInStL says:

    We lack that one guy who will deliver a bone crushing hit.

    Any ideas on who he might be ?

    And is he available as a free agent ?

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  543. hab lifer says:

    habs have been shutout more than any other team in the league!

    why? because they’re GARBAGE! just a bunch of useless pieces of sh^&*(.

    and I pray to god that the Kostistyn bros and the other useless bum, Gomez are traded in the summer!wasted cap space on garbage!

    EMBARRASSING TEAM! embarrassing coach! embarrassing GM!


  544. Top Corner says:

    ha ha ha , freeeeg

  545. Keith says:

    Sof,soft,soft game tonight. A real STINKERUNO!!! Goodnight.

  546. ooder says:



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

  547. Matt_in_TO says:

    Let’s just chalk this up to the fact that Ottawa was due.


    – Member of Team Price

  548. SeriousFan09 says:



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  549. EricInStL says:

    Problem is next year the Leafs will make the playoffs….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  550. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  551. Habscore says:

    I was telling myself the same thing, buddy. It is an obsession! 😉

  552. ooder says:

    i knwo we are upset by this loss… but coooommmmon lol


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

  553. zamboni says:

    What if I don’t like the normal programming?

    What if I prefer the commercials however brief?

  554. HardHabits says:

    You crack me up.

  555. EricInStL says:

    More like raw meat….

    Will be our PP specialist, like Schneider was until he got hurt last year.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  556. HotHabs says:

    small consolation coupled with the fact that OTT tends to play well vs. Mtl.

  557. HotHabs says:

    My guess…

    Halak will start vs. Buff.  Price vs. Fla.

  558. HotHabs says:

    oh so true!

  559. Habscore says:

    Muhaahaaaaaaaa!! Ain’t that true

  560. EricInStL says:

    I am serious they will make the playoffs.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  561. hab lifer says:

    try not being serious.

  562. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leafs can’t play when it counts in the regular season, not scared of them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  563. SeriousFan09 says:

    Leafs haven’t played Montreal in the playoffs since CBC started doing hockey games in colour.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  564. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but that’s just Montreal-Toronto post-lockout, we’re .500 against them when we’ve always been the better team. Team doesn’t take Toronto seriously as often as they should and that’s what kills us every time.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  565. ooder says:

    I don’t see it happening… sorry.

    there team has yet to perform for a normal stretch of time…

    maybe they will, but probably not


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

  566. Mr.Hazard says:


    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  567. crabvader says:


  568. ooder says:

    how nice…

    with 2:00 minutes left JM finally puts the k bros together with pleks…

    was the offensive dynamo AKA pyatt not working out?????


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

  569. Harani says:

    Anton Volechenkov would look soooo good on a D pairing with Markov!

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

  570. Mr.Hazard says:

    Halak back in 5th place in SV%.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  571. HotHabs says:

    honestly, calling out certain players for not doing anything or playing very well is a waste.  The team lost this one, the forwards couldn’t generate any offense or create any traffic in front of Elliott, the D was so sloppy too.  There’s just not one guy to single out.

    Halak played a decent game and kept the score from getting out of hand.

    The Habs are showing again why they are fighting to make the playoffs and not sitting happy in the top 4.  Hopefully Cammi and MAB can help.

  572. twilighthours says:

    Don’t bother trying to apply logic or to actually understand the game.  It’s much easier to just use the “lazy millionaries” excuse.  It also prevents you from actually having to know anything about sports.

  573. topher5468 says:

    IMO. this is the worst no show of the season, How the hell are we gonna win in Buffalo playing like this. For that matter, how didthe Dallas Stars score 5 on that outstanding Ottawa Defense

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

  574. captaink4life says:

    Price would be getting ripped on this thread for letting in two “softies” right about now


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  575. topher5468 says:

    Why are people talking about Carey Price, The guy has not played in 2 weeks, This team has bigger problems

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

  576. HardHabits says:

    Are you on crack?

  577. HotHabs says:

    stop trolling

    go cheer for captainK… in California

  578. coachdoug says:

    Hope Moen is OK…No fire tonight even though they really neede a W…if we make the playoffs I don’t see how we could go past the first round…

    “Vive le col roulé! Le système, C’est le col roulé!”

  579. vic says:

    I like the way JM has theam fired for the last two games.Doent need a captain when he can do it.

    What was taken out of this  before the leafs game they have been flat since

  580. STZA says:

    Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?! I’m afraid that if this team even gets a sniff of what could remotely resemble success, we’ll be stuck with the same crap yet another year. I know the state of affairs isn’t that bad, but the yearly “changes” regarding this team don’t accommodate for any of our weaknesses! 

  581. crabvader says:

    These guys in the NHL are FAR passed the “At least you gave it your best shot” phase. When you are getting paid millions, WE and management expect results.

    When you play for the Habs, those expectations are even higher and rightfully so.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass if they try at this point. This team showed they have what it takes to win games and losing two stinkers in a row this far into the season is unacceptable.

    Basically, you throw away any credibility you built up with that 6 game winning streak.

    This was a piss poor performance riddled with turnovers and NOBODY driving the net.

  582. RetroMikey says:


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

  583. Big Ted says:

    Liked what I saw from Gomez, Gionta, Pleks but hated the performance from AK46, Lapierre and Pouliot among others tonight. Too soft, out of position, and playing with the stick instead of skating to get into position. The PP looks awful, really need to get Cammy and Bergeron back in there. Lapierre needs to go watch a few games from the pressbox and I hope Moen is doing alright, but if not, I guess there’s the 2nd open spot in the lineup for you. Looking like Carey gets the start in Buffalo.

  584. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    This is why we needed Bergeron and Cammalleri. The streak wasn’t going to last forever without them.

    Some of you need to relax a little. Yes Habs looked liked clowns out there at home, but they’re also 7-2-1 since the break. 

    Someone here mentioned during the streak, that if the Habs lose twice in a row after the streak, the posters here will bring out the knives. Boy, were they right haha.

    I am satisfied with the way Habs have played the last 10 games. Hopefully they’ll get back on track next game. Go Habs Go! 

  585. HardHabits says:

    A whole season without a captain. That in itself speaks volumes. Not just about this season but to the whole torrid mess this organization has been for the past 15 years or so. Koivu the captain for life replaced by nobody for now. Grow some balls Habs organization.

  586. Nicolas St-Henri says:

    Let’s be serious. Take Pyatt out of the lineup (replace him with our best scorer). Put MAB on the pp. Right there you have more offence. Credit to the Sens, they plugged the neutral zone real well…most boring game of the season?

  587. Harani says:

    Thank God the Flyers #1 is Michael Leighton and Jeff Carter is out for a month. We might still be able to get to 6th. Sens need to beat Philly tomorrow (technically, we would still be 7th because Flyers have one extra win than us but we’ll have played the same number of games, thus giving us an opportunity)

    Think ahead and stay positive! Cammi is coming back. No more questions around who MAB replaces because Moen got injured. PP practice tomorrow. Shit happens, this was a bad game. Sens played it tight. 

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

  588. matrags says:

    two sides to a  winning streak  the going up and the comming down, Team looked bad tonightr I hope Cammi can inject some life into the offence, if not the fight is back on to grab a playoff spot.

  589. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Halak keeped them in it…..BUT THE F***ing team is to soft and small,no surprise there! Hope Moen is O.K.

  590. ManApart says:

    Playoff style game and guess what? The Habs are outmuscled and outplayed by the Sens. And people were saying they would like to play Washington in the playoffs. How about another sweep, if they even make it, which I wouldn’t bet on. Halak was excellent. The Habs gave up five 2 on 1s, one or two breakaways and several point blank chances. This game would have been over in the 2nd if it wasn’t for him. The offense just can’t play a forceful style when things tighten up and get tough. PP looks like the worst in the league. Doesn’t look good at all.

  591. gumper says:

    Three things JM should remind his team of before hitting the ice Wed. against the Sabres.

          1. Why it’s important to use all of the ice, not just the five feet along the boards.

          2. That they’re not the Washington Capitals, and they can’t coast against any team and expect to win.

          3. That a pass is intended to move the puck to a more advantageous position for the team, not something you do at the last minute to avoid a hit.

    I could take the loss if it had not been such a passionless, cowardly, uninspired affair. Guess we fans were the only ones excited about the prospects of fifth place. No evidence of it on the part of the players.

  592. topher5468 says:

    That fight should have always been there, Maybe thats the problem

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

  593. 21BIGGionta says:

    Gionta played his heartout…as always too bad hes not  1 foot taller.

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  594. Habsfan_jay says:

    My exact feelings. I second your post.

  595. Xtrahabsfan says:

    HH,the Habs need a real captain…maybe B.K .one day?

  596. hab lifer says:

    I won’t be surprised when we don’t make the playoffs. I’m expecting these choke bums NOT to make the playoffs. I want the draft picks instead! thisa with NO TALENT will go nowhere if they’re lucky enough to make the playoffs and will be eliminated in 4 straight!

    Gainey ruined this franchise for the next 4 years!

  597. Will Longlade says:

    Not as bad a performance as everyone is making it out to be. Everyone played hard; the Sens just got the lucky bounces. The difference between winning and losing the last two games comes down to special teams. The Hab’s PP is shooting blanks. Markov has been very ordinary. Elliot was great. That was the difference. 


  598. Nicolas St-Henri says:

    Are you serious? Just look at Price vs. Halak stats. No need to argue against your comment. Pointless.

  599. SeriousFan09 says:

    I hear tank treads rolling along…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  600. Habsfan_jay says:

    People seem to forget that 10 games ago the Habs were sitting in 10th place. They’re now in 7th, 5th is still a possibility. That’s a good 10 games in my books.

  601. HardHabits says:

    Elliot made maybe three good saves. The Sens shut-down the Habs. They kept sending them back in their zone for pucks. They wore them down. The had like ten 2-on-1 breaks. What game did you watch? That was an awful game by the Habs were nowhere near being in it.

  602. 21BIGGionta says:

    Ill have to disagree…they played like they played against the leafs..dump it in at the blue line..which is fine..but we never forchecked hard enough and in a maner of seconds the sens came out with it.

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  603. HardHabits says:

    They have heart and balls. Only it’s the heart of a hamster and the balls of a chipmunk.

  604. makka83 says:

    Price needs to play next game. Time for Halak to take a break.

  605. port elgin says:

    Playoffs? Ha. maybe we are lucky the way this team played tonite. Start Price next game! You think this team plays for halak/…yeah right…Price all the way..!!

  606. hab lifer says:

    why is AK on this team??????????

    pure sh**.

    I guess when you have Darche, Pyatt, Moore on your PP, you’re in big trouble.

    how can a team not show up in such an important game??? I don’t understand these  heartless lazy bums!

    trade the whole bunch of them. all are crap.

  607. t1tan5 says:

    And it seems that you could not be happier.

  608. Habscore says:

    No talent? Going nowhere?
    Is this why we’re still 7th, and were ‘this close’ to 5th??

    Look at the Laffs!

  609. JFriedman says:

    Csmmy and MAB must play in Buffalo!!!

  610. Cape Breton says:

    “We” certainly played down to our opposition tonite, didn’t “We?”

    “We” SUCKED big time. Watch out for the Thrashers, Still lots of time for “We” to blow it.

    By the way, me thinks Jack Todd is the No. 1  writer on the Gazette staff.. Although I notice that he’s freelancing at this time. Still the best.

  611. HabFanSince72 says:

    Elliot wasn’t great. He reminded me of Tim Thomas that one season when the puck just happened to hit him most of the time.

  612. HardHabits says:

    It’s too late for that. This season at least.

    Even at my most optimistic, during the latest win streak, I figured the Habs could maybe, maybe, if healthy and all the stars aligned, win a series, and that if they did it would be an upset and certainly not as favourites. I truly believe the organization has no balls. They do the politically correct thing and play it safe with the putting together of an 8th place team year after year and for all eternity.

    Nobody can tell how things will pan out but in 4-5 years we’ll all know something and I suspect many will still have there heads either in the sand or up their asses.

  613. 21BIGGionta says:

    we’re missing them big time. showed it tonight and vs the leafs.

    “Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” -Plante

  614. Habscore says:

    Always loved your optimism. thanks!

  615. makka83 says:

    1- You need to relax. It’s just a game. This habs team from day one has been the same, some good games and some bad. Every team is like that. In 82 games, it is rare to find a team that plays great all of them. You expectation is ridiculous.

    2- Since the beginning of the season, our Habs have been a 500 team. Right now they are well over 500. That is good. They are 7-2-1 in the last ten. Relax, that’s pretty good. They aren’t the Caps or Chicago or San Jose with 10 or more games winning streak.. Again ridiculous expectations.

    Think before you form an opinion!

  616. HotHabs says:

    i disagree.  no fault whatsoever on Halak on either goal.  he played a solid game.  most of the guys in front of him sucked.

    Halak vs. Buff

    Price vs. Fla

  617. HardHabits says:

    Price might play the Panthers. Maybe.

  618. SeriousFan09 says:

    HH, the only thing that leaves me optimistic on days like this is Guy Boucher looks like the real deal in Hamilton and his last name means he might actually get the Head Coach position.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  619. Trots says:

    I only saw the 3rd period tonight and what mystifies me is how the Habs when they get the puck, decide to either circle back into their own zone or pass it backwards in to their own zone. I’m not talking about when they are trying to get a line change, that I understand, but so many times tonight they kept going backwards.

    That gives the opposition plenty of time to clog up the neutral zone and the blueline.

  620. joeybarrie says:

    The puck did not bounce our way tonight. Not a particularly good performance though. We were hit off the puck way too many times.  We didn’t really look dangerous. We seemed to be behind the puck too often. Halak played well.

    Hopefully Cammalleri and Bergeron will give us a boost. We did so well in the last 7 games, we were bound to be flat at some point. Hopefully were done with it and we start playing like we can.

    NO REASON WE CAN’T END IN FIFTH PLACE.  We are only 2 points out… If Philly beats them tomorrow, we are still looking good.

    I gotta say I am pretty happy to be fighting for fifth as opposed to still fighting for 8th… We still got some suprises in us. BUT WE SURE DIDNT SHOW IT TONIGHT.

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

  621. HotHabs says:

    because it’s quite clear that Halak has emerged as JM’s #1 goalie and Price is the backup, at least for the rest of this year.  So, based on that I think JM will want Halak to play some intense games (win or lose) in prep for the playoffs.

  622. SeriousFan09 says:

    On the plus side, Hockey’s Future ranks P.K. Subban as No. 20 for their top 50 prospects.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  623. hab lifer says:

    what we saw tonight , were the REAL MONTREAL CANADIENS. they played this way most of the season, and played above their heads for 6 games, beating below 500 teams, but now reality has set in.

    they are too small.

    they have no talent.

    their D is too slow and too old

    their PP is awful.

    they are out of gas because of their smurf size.  what does all of this mean? It means NO PLAYOFFS.

    TIME TO REBUILD. but of course their stubborn GM insists on trying to squeeze into 8th place instead of rebuilding by tanking, and getting top draft picks.

    leafs will be a better team before habs do. they already have big players and a great year leafs will finish higher than the habs.


    GO COYOTES GO! Phoenix will win the cup! yahoo! P H O E NI X    I     LOVE! you’re everything the habs aren’t! how is it Phoenix gets good in 1 year and habs can’t do it in 17 years????????

  624. HotHabs says:

    it should be noted that there’s very little difference in the standings whether fighting for 5th or 8th.  it’s so close.  that said, I agree we should be happy we’re on the inside looking out right now and not the other way.

  625. hab lifer says:

    think before you write nonsense, delusional one!

  626. HotHabs says:

    it should be noted that while he technically gets the L, he played a solid game.  So why put your #1 out when he’s played so well of late, after winning a string of games, too?

  627. ooder says:

    ok dude… you need to take some meds…. this isn’t even funny anymore.

    Pheonix has one good season in it’s history of existence and you want to model the habs after them!?!??!

    also, when you are missing your top 2 players on your PP chances are it’s going to struggle.

    and yes…. gionta, pleks, cammy, gomez, the k bros, our goalies have zero talent…

    they are all pluggers lol.


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

  628. joeybarrie says:

    Heart or Balls… Doesnt matter. We are fighting for fifth and not eighth. We have plenty of Heart and plenty of Balls.

    Its funny, if we are winning everyone is jubilant but to you were just setting us up for the fall. When we fall your all about how this is where we belong………… WE BELONG AS ONE OF THE BETTER TEAMS IN THE NHL.

    Its not all or nothing. You win and you lose. WE ARE WINNING MORE THAN WE ARE LOSING…. Funny seems to me it wasnt that long ago you were saying we wouldnt make the playoffs. Now your saying we will not win in the playoffs.  Is it gonna be we wont make it past round 2 in the playoffs???

    In the end if your just waiting for us to fail, where is the pleasure in being a fan and watching games… Is it in the I told you so???  If thats the case why not watch the news????

    What exactly do you WANT to happen?  Me I just want to win. You seem to only want to point out flaws and jump all over the place when we lose and you say SEE, SEE, SEE… You were all fools to have had hope.

    Its sad you will never be a happy fan. It a sickness, you should see a professional for it. Even you Timo deserve to enjoy hockey. Its ok to not winn all the time. It makes the wins sweeter. But you dont even know what sweet tastes like.

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

  629. HardHabits says:

    Habs need to hire Gretzky as coach for the next 10 years.

    I agree with most of what you say believe it or not, except the GO COYOTES GO part.

  630. Harani says:

    Thank you for sharing you wisdom with us. But I’m afraid that it’s not going to work on 99% of the people here. We’re here because we love the sport of hockey and our Habs. Belief, confidence and trust are qualities that characterize someone. The more assertive and stable you are, the more you make sense. But I’m prolly just wasting my time with someone like you who prolly doesn’t even follow the Habs that close. I would be surprised if you do with the way you b*tch them

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

  631. megagoten says:

    the yotes are the habs two years ago.

  632. joeybarrie says:

    The reality is we are playing for fifth place, and we have yet to have a game with our whole roster. Relax, its ok. We are doing just fine. AGAIN with the Leafs will be a better team than the Habs. Were supposed to be this year. Leafs havent seen the Playoffs since 2003. Ribeiro was our top scorer and Joe Juneau was on our team.

    Rebuilding by tanking???  The Leafs are gonna end up dead last and give the top draft pick to Boston… Big Dumb Players dont do crap. Best game of their season and they just managed to beat us in a shootout. So we could be tied for fifth while they still sat in the bottom, smelling every other teams farts, while they try not to smash into each other…  Wait its cause Komi is injured right????// HA AHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA  im peeing myself. There are two guarantees in life. 1. The Habs will always have the most Stanley Cups. 2. The Leafs have seen their last……….43 years ago. MMMMMMMMMM MOLSON 67…..

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

  633. Habscore says:

    |Your leafs are still at the bottom, man get a life. how is it that the Leafs can’t make the playoffs??

    And if Phoenix wins the cup, good for them.! !

  634. joeybarrie says:

    This is not human nature, So you should stop expecting it. Do you give your 100% everytime you do anything? I already know the answer. Million of dollars is simply a measure of economic success. If someone simply tries because they get alot of money, well this is sad. Look at Anderson Cooper. He is a hard working man, quite successful in his own right. Making plenty of money on his own, yet his family is worth BILLIONS….

    Even when we give it 100% effort you still criticize. Ive seen it. So dont use that as a lame excuse. “I expect effort cause they make money” BLAH BLAH BLAH. Does this mean a guy making the league minimum should just try his minimum?  But no he is expected to try MORE to get to a higher place…

    These guys are PEOPLE. Just like you and I. Sometimes you are unlucky, sometimes you dont feel great. Sometimes your sluggish, sometimes it just doesnt work.  Other time things work out great. These arent robots. It isnt a computer game. There are functions.

    Again I say this, where is the happy? We have played 100% MANY MANY TIMES. Where was the happy then?  Im just fascinated by this mentality of DOOM. Dont go outside itll just rain or ill get a sunburn. Why bother getting out of bed, ill just be tired in a few hours…

    How about being excited for a team that has been winning and fighting for fifth despite a crazy amount of injuries that have ensured the team could play its best players together even once this season… How about saying this team has beaten my expectations of ending dead last like I remember you saying in July, when Gainey got these smurfs.  I dont know if your life sucks, but your attitude towards the Habs does. I mean why even bother breathing since its filled with pollution and poisoning you.

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

  635. hab lifer says:

    they’re not my leafs. I don’t own them.

    ‘but I love the Coyotes!

  636. hab lifer says:

    too bad you’re always living in the past. try the present for a change.  what have the habs done lately?

    habs haven’t won crap in 17 years, not even close.

  637. hab lifer says:

    no, they’re much better. they don’t rely on 1 line to score, and their goaltending and D are much better.

  638. ManApart says:

    The Habs are 4 points out of ninth and Boston has 2 games in hand while Atlanta has 1. Face it they are fighting for their playoff lives as much as 5 th.

  639. hab lifer says:

    I get upset because I’m a very passionate fan and have been for close to 40 years. can you say the same thing?

    maybe winning all those cups in the 70’s spoiled me, but I just can’t stand an underachieving team that refuses to play with pride and doesn’t even bother to show up in such important games. it drives me nuts. and anyone who sees this crap happening should be angry. after all, fans pay top dollar to watch this crap. don’t they deserve more bang for their buck?

  640. HotHabs says:

    please just stop before more sophmoric stupidty flows on this string…

  641. light_n_tasty says:

    We are fighting for a playoff spot.  Don’t kid yourself.  Broons 3 pts back with 2 games at hand.  Atlanta 4 points back with a game at hand.  Look out.  Keep this up, and we are 9th by the end of the week.

  642. light_n_tasty says:

    what is going on in your avatar….?

  643. crabvader says:

    For the record, you don’t know more than the next guy on here and your opinion is just that, an opinion.

  644. hablifting says:

    Oh so wise one..Break this one down for us.  Actually don’t.  I will.  This team isn’t very good.  End of story.

  645. twilighthours says:

    So were you on the record there with an opinion or a fact?

  646. hablifting says:

    Zzzz. The real cancer of HIO isn’t the “trolls”.  Its the self righteous a-holes like yourself. 

  647. HotHabs says:

    and you do know something about sports?  really?  i stopped reading your posts LONG ago.  and, as you’ve so aptly pointed out by your post above, you turn to insults because you don’t have anything intelligent to say.

    hey thanks!

  648. twilighthours says:

    You know what?  Here was my issue.  Do you really, really believe that most or all the Habs didn’t want to win this game tonight?  You think they said, “I’ll collect my paycheque and cruise home, this game isn’t really important.”?

    Do you really believe that?

  649. hablifting says:

    Lets put it this way.  For the dramatic habs fan, each game is a matter of life and death.  When a fan sees a player not taking it as serious as they do (yes I agree alot of the time its over the top) they get pissed.  Is that fair?  No not really.  It is what it is.

  650. twilighthours says:

    So then we agree….

    Normally, I just ignore it too.  It is what it is.  But tonight, I decided to call a spade a spade.  Posts by Timo and Crabvader come to mind.



  651. twilighthours says:

    Dude I was actually agreeing with you, if you read the subtext.  And since I rarely post, I doubt you’d know how intelligent (or not, as is the case) I may be.

  652. HotHabs says:

    the post comes across as an insult.  my apologies if that wasn’t your intent.  it’s tense in here tonight, especially after two consecutive half-baked games.

  653. HardHabits says:

    I hope he at least found the real beer bar on the 1st floor.

  654. ooder says:

    wow… no need to bring in Koivu into this one


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