For 20 minutes, a great game

And for 60 minutes, a powerful statement by the league’s number-one team.

It ain’t over.

But Jaro might be.

1,316 Comments

  1. Jbird says:

    I’m with you all the way.  I can only be reminded of the game where in the last minute, down one, Sk backed off when going into the corner – the Caps are incredibly offensive but they are also big and grinding as well and you need to take the hit and play the man.

    What I do like is that my Man Metro is in!  I hope he can win some faceoffs.

  2. shootdapuck says:

    Hoping Yappierre would sit!

    Get some heart into the side!

     

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  3. forskis says:

    In all honesty, it is probably fair game…I mean, how many times after a loss this season have the Price-haters said that Price was too busy crying to win the game or some such nonsense?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  4. duckie says:

    I’m not knocking Darche, I like what he brings (for the most part). I just don’t agree with putting him in over Sergei. The Caps are all about offence….we need to defend them but we also need offence to beat them. Why not put our more offensive players in?

  5. habs4cup says:

    Darche is french.

  6. ooder says:

    just for saying that?

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

  7. ooder says:

    ahahahah that is the funniest other possible situation.

    either it’s his old mask or you are mentally challenged lol

    most people would have wrote 

    … or am i wrong lol

    that was funny

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

  8. Jbird says:

    Sitting him worked well against the Leafs. . . . . not to be pessimistic. . . . . I guess Darche adds more grit.  

  9. Instant Karma says:

    sounds about right coming from JM, no need to make any sense!

  10. Jbird says:

    Well Serge is out – Tits and all!

  11. duckie says:

    What does Sergei have to do to get some minutes? Seriously, this is ridiculous. He’s been good at both ends of the ice.

  12. matmacat says:

    Yea… don’t know how I feel about that. SK can actually pull out all the stops and score if a good opportunity is found. He can be a game changer. We’ve seen him have a 3 pts game this year.

  13. jimhasbeen says:

    are you kidding, darche could shoot the puck in his own net and still not get benched over serge tits

  14. Skotbot says:

    This is alot more difficult then I thought.. ESPN Center Ice is only for Europe? Im here in Montreal…

     

     

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  15. Chuck says:

    It’s a photo from before last season. Check out the neckline on the jersey; it’s not the new Reebok Edge jersey.

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  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re good, that is his old mask, the new one has the Slovakian flag on the back and a brick wall with 41 on the chin.

     

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  17. Chuck says:

    Well, I guess the secret’s out as to how HABWARRIOR spends his non-HI/O computer time.

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  18. jimhasbeen says:

    isn’t that halak’s old mask?

    or am i retarded

  19. Chuck says:

    Jaro has played a LOT better than he did in game 1.

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  20. SlovakHab says:

    Well if only we all could be as cool as you..

  21. SlovakHab says:

    Who is Bouchard?

  22. RiverviewCanadien says:

    seriously, you’re an idiot for saying that!

  23. Jbird says:

    Looks like SK is out and Metro is in.  I thought Darche may sit.

  24. Skotbot says:

    DISCLAIMER

    I dont watch TV. I dont have cable. Last time I turned on my TV was to make sure it still worked.

     

     Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  25. Game 7 says:

    This is the NHL’s site. I don’t know any further details about it though.

     

    https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/loginform?id=2009030113

  26. habs4cup says:

    Bouchard is a smart coach.

    JM is a dumb one. there’s no way Halak should be in goal, unless of course you enjoy losing.

  27. habs001 says:

    the key is not to get too high for the first 15min and get gassed for the rest of the game…it only works if we get 2 goals ….better to play reserved but with the crowd noise that will be hard 

  28. Skotbot says:

    Interesting.

     

    This might be a good option. does it work well? A poster above suggested some streaming site, though I dont want to sit through a buffering screen, or lag while Cammy scores the GWG.

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  29. Max_a_million says:

    There was a moment in the game when Halak gave up a goal, pulled up his mask, and was squeezing water from his gatorade bottle.  He was struggling with the bottle, shaking, and his eyes had a look of fear in them.  We both looked at each other at the same time, and said man he is nervous. 

    I think it was bull how much they were allowed to run Jaro, and we will have trouble if they continue to swallow the whistle.  I don’t want to be one of those crazy conspiracy types, and one game is just one game.  It still bothers me, and worries me. 

    I hope Jaro gets it together … c’mon boys. 

  30. Skotbot says:

    Thanks

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  31. HabsFanNorway says:

    ESPN Center ice. $ 9.95 for the game.

     

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  32. MikeL says:

    Or watch a replay of his own Game 1 performance.

  33. jpage says:

    Hey,

    Scroll through this page (http://www.channelsurfing.net/), I watched many games via this while I was abroad

    Cheers

  34. Ayan_SB says:

    DamoSpin


    Varlamov to get call in net tonite for Caps

    #NHL

  35. Skotbot says:

    Live streaming for free doesnt sit well with me.

    I assume it wont work, is illegal, etc. Id rather pay a few bucks to get a good quality view of the game.

    In all my infinite wisdom (lol) I cant find where nhl.com offers it.

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

     

     

     

  36. Skotbot says:

    Anyone know how I can watch tonites game?

    I dont have TSN/RDS and would like to watch the game at home (not in a bar)

    I remember RDS used to offer games online for 2-3$ but I dont think they are doing that this year.

    What are my options?

    Thanks in advance!

     

    Do I listen to pop music because I am miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

  37. habbifier says:

    Here’s a prediction…tonight’s GWG will come from the stick of the Glen street Metro.

  38. Harani says:

    If you have some time to spare, check out this 5-year-old kid. Pretty cool! 

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

  39. habbifier says:

    One of the details i really enjoyed from game 1 was the Moen hit after the whistle on the icing call. We killed off the two minutes with ease, and kept the Washington D on guard. The caps are only dangerous when their confidence as a team is on the rise (and it doesn’t take much for that to happen).

    Also, the timing on the Gomez fight in game two might have been ill advised, but the gesture gets a BIG thumbs up from fans like me. These are the playoffs, and if your number 1 centre is will to fight a 6’3 215lbs defencemen (perhaps some NYR history with the two) then every player on the team needs to activate their grit and passion to full blast.

    Here’s to more of that tonight…

  40. wd40 says:

    Yeah, so far, as Backstrom goes, so do the Caps.  

  41. Will Longlade says:

    I totally agree with what you’re saying, but it’s possible that there’s  connection between the Caps getting into his crease and the dip in Halak’s performance. I don’t see the Caps letting up, so I hope the refs call it closer.   

  42. Chuck says:

    Who cares about whether or not a few ignorant fans boo? I’m sure that Carey doesn’t. And the playoffs are about winning, not protecting someone’s feelings. If Jaro isn’t getting it done tonight, then you’ve got to make the switch before the game gets out of hand.

    That said, I fully expect Jaro to have used to day off yesterday to do some reflecting, and will be back at the top of his game tonight.

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  43. Bob Barker says:

    We must destroy Backstrom and the rest will crumble. He’s the hive mind that controls the offense. He needs to be targeted. 

  44. Shublips says:

    “But as an authority on goaltending, my great and good friend David Stubbs, points out, goalies adhere to routines.

    Jaro is not being Jaro. And that’s worrisome.”

    On man….that makes my stomach turn.  You know that “we’re gonna lose” sinking feeling in your stomach?  Well, Boone’s line makes me feel that way.

    Not that I necessarily think the Habs will lose tonight.  In fact, they just have to keep doing what they’ve been doing as, while they are clearly playing against a more skilled team, they are holding their own and making things close.

    My concern is also Halak.  While I think/hope he will bounce back strong tonight, I wonder if Ovie chirping about him being nervous will get to him or not.  Boone is right in that tonight is likely the defining moment in Halak’s career and I am expecting big things from him.

    Deep breath.  Exhale.  This is going to be a doozy!  Gotta get the first goal!

    K.

     

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  45. Bob Barker says:

    Cammy scores 2 tonight. AK46 will get another. Pouliot will bury a feed from Gomez. Bergeron scores on the PP. 5-3 Habs. 

  46. SlovakHab says:

    I also think the Habs crowd is a bigger problem here than Washington’s snipers. Quite a problem, I think.

  47. PrimeTime says:

    I have been accused my some of being a Price “fanboy” and such and I have on occassion used that accusation to have some fun to poke back this year (Halaka) but truth be told, I couldn’t care less who’s name is on the jersery as long in any position as long they play with pride and respect. I witnessed many Goalies come and go over the years beginning with the Plante unlike many here who began to watch our Habs when Roy was King. Saying that, I think Jaro deserves and will start tonight. However, a couple of thoughts come to mind.

    1. Jaro didn’t finish the season strong but he started Game 1 and made key saves throughout. The shot totals, as is usually the case with WAS, were high but many were routine. As long as you can control the rebound and your D is in position to clear you limit the scoring opportunities. Our D game limited time and space, clogged passing lanes, and WAS began missing the net. Jaro played well early and the Team took over the game for a win.

    2. In Game 2, much of the same from the 2nd half of game 1 continued until the 3rd period. In desperation, WAS put on a full frontal push for offense at the risk of odd man rushed against. This was the 1st real test for Jaro this series and he flubbed on 3 goals…the OV poke between his legs (puck never should have touch ice) and the 2 glove save misses from 30′ out. As in 90% of goals against you can look at the D to blame as well as was the case with backing in on both the final game tying goal and the OT winner.

    3. Can Jaro bounce back tonight? It will be a good test of his mental strength and I hope he ciomes through with flying colours. The team should be high as a kite in the 1st 10 minutes and come out blazzing putting the pressure back on the the weaker WAS D and Goalie(s) and it needs to continue throughout the game. Jaro as always needs to make the key saves until we win back the battle for momentum. If he doesn’t then he needs to go just as Theo was in game 2. It’s not a knock on Jaro but the game is bigger than one player. As has been stated by Martin and Co. both Goalies are capable and IMO a loss tonight will be the 1st of the finishing nails needed by WAS take this series.

    My last point is the D. OV told Boudreau to switch his playing wing and it worked. Unless Spacek can play both sides, JM needs to adjust his D lines to reduce the impact OV has on the game. Hammer couldn’t do it. Fearless prediction of the day is WAS goes as OV does. 1 goal and 3 assists in Game 2 after being held off the scoresheet the 1st game tells the whole story. Perhaps a 4-1 lead un-focused our players a bit but they can’t let up on this guy for 1 shift because we haven’t anywhere near the firepower WAS has probably won’t have the luxury of scoring on our 1st 2 shots.

    It may be over-simplifying the game, but OV is the game. Reduce his impact and have a chance to win…if not GAME OVER no matter who is nets.

     

     

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    Boudreau on the Poti fight: “It gave us life.”

    So let me get this straight. It took a crappy fight (against the 8th seeded team) to give life to the Presidents cup winners.

    Pathetic!

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  49. nick says:

    Same here.

    Although I think Halak should be the one starting tonight. It’s my opinion that Price is on a shorter leash with the home town crowd than with JM. All it’ll take is one goal (bad or good) before the boo birds show up and start chanting for Jaro or Huet or something stupid like that.

    The only way your going to get the fans to support Price is if Halak has a poor performance. Price doesn’t need to be battling both the home crowd and Washington. Let Halak start tonight. See how it goes from there.

  50. Trots says:

    I’m confident in the boys. Just forget the 3rd period and go back to standing up at the blueline and they will be fine.

    Also, Washington’s D is pretty lame and they have shaky goaltending. This will be a walk in the park.

  51. habbifier says:

    I admire and respect the work Jaro has put to get to where he currently is, i really do. Despite being a “CP guy”, i think Jaro undoubtdely needs to play the rest of the playoffs. I explain myself.

    Jaro and Halak will give us an overall similar performance from the goaltenting position right now. Despite their different styles and short storied pasts, Halak and Price are TODAY capable of similar overall perfomances. There is no urgent need to play Carey. There is no urgent need to remove Jaro from the starting lineup. Doing so would mess with Jaro’s phsyhe, reduce his off season value and not necessarily bring us more assurance from out net minders in this series. Throwing Carey to the wolves in front of the unique montreal crowd (playoff crowd especially) is a huge risk.

    Our team is not yet at a level where a small increase in our goalie’s performance would represent the difference between being a Stanley Cup favorite or not. We are in a learning stage, with many of our core players in the initial stages of multi year contracts. Allowing Halak to gain confidence and to be our clear cut number 1 for the rest of the playoffs will do much towards his confidence and his off season value. Once we’re able to look back at our season and assess our summer needs (keeping in mind the team’s financial status), we’ll be grateful to have given Jaro a full number 1 treatment down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    Carey will be cheaper than Jaro and will likely require fewer years on his contract. He also still represents the better future goalie in many’s eyes (including the organization’s imo). It is not worthy to risk anything with him at the moment. It is however very worthy to allow Halak’s confidence and value to increase.

    Give me a first and a third rounder for Jaroslav Halak in the off season (once he signs for 3-4.5M per year elsewhere) and a reasonable contract to Carey and our team looks even better for the future.

  52. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    I beleive you can watch it on nhl.com for the same deal. 2 or 3 bucks. But i’m not sure about the exact price. Also, there’s always free live streaming that you can find in the internet…

  53. Norm0770 says:

    I don’t know if the Caps have gotten into his head, but they have certainly gotten into his crease.  For goaltender interference being something that the refs were supposed to watch closely the Caps got away with running Jaro all night Saturday, if they call it closer he should be fine.

  54. SlovakHab says:

    I would like to see Carey Price in goal during this series.

  55. Will Longlade says:

    Tough decision for JM. Personally I would like to see Price between the pipes tonight. Jaro has been pretty average in four of the Hab’s last five tilts and the Caps have gotten into his head. Price played exceptionally well aginst the Caps this year. And starting Price tonight still gives you the time to go back to Halak. All that being said, I think Halak gets the nod and his performance tonight determines whether we see Price in game 4 or not. I hope he regains his form.   

  56. Harani says:

    It’s the FanJam from 4 to 7pm. And Lucian Bute is the special guest who’ll be there today. I’ll be going as well..hope it’ll be a good night! 

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

  57. avatar_58 says:

    I STRONGLY disagree. This is not for his career – it’s one game. This is the problem with habs fans. It’s ONE game. We lose? So what, still lot’s more hockey to be played including yet another home game. Jaro will have to be sharp, but one cannot blame him for the loss unless he completely falls apart.

    This is Washington. Expect 5 goals or more. That much is guarunteed. Can our forwards match them? That’s all that matters, not whether we have Roy in net.

  58. Ayan_SB says:

    Does anyone know what they call the party outside before the game, and when it starts?

    You mean a tailgate? Do we even have those in Montreal?

  59. HABSIN09 says:

    I’m pretty stoked, heading to Montreal for the game tonight.  Does anyone know what they call the party outside before the game, and when it starts?

     

  60. HABSIN09 says:

    Yes, when I went to the game last year, the had shut down the street next to the Bell Centre, and there was live music, and beer etc. (I hope they’re doing it this year) But there’s a name for it, I just forget what it is.

  61. forskis says:

    I am confident as well…the Habs have proved that they can either stop the Caps or score with them.  Keep Halak in, to pull him would be throwing him to the wolves and to put Price in would be throwing him to the wolves.  Halak got us in to the playoffs, it will be up to him to keep the team in the playoffs (unless the team is down 3-1, then put Price in).

    And remember the words of Ryan Miller on Saturday:

    “It doesn’t matter in what order you win the games, you just need to win four games.”

    GO HABS GO

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  62. habs_1993 says:

    Big Game tonight. Confident that we’ll win…but it may be a high scoring affair again….. If the Caps are going to crash the net again…Halak is gonna hafta be strong and start throwing in some pushes and shoves……Or else…if they get to him again……May see Price

  63. longtimehabsfan says:

    Should be interesting to see how the refs call the goalie interference tonight on both ends.  The odd games are the key games.  1-3-5-7.  Win tonight guarantees we have at least a Game six at home.  My guess is that Boudreau tries to simplify things tonight and has his team playing defense.  If he doesn’t, it will be a helter skelter series that could go either way.


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