Price will get start against Flyers

The Canadiens kick off a busy week Monday night when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, TSN Radio 690). It will be the first of four games in six nights with the Canadiens travelling to Pittsburgh on Wednesday before wrapping up the week with their final two regular-season home games against Tampa Bay on Thursday and the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Carey Price, coming off a poor outing in Toronto Saturday, will start in goal for the Habs against the Flyers, while Brandon Prust will not dress. Prust, who took part in Monday’s morning skate in Brossard, appeared to aggravate a shoulder injury that sidelined him earlier in the season during the loss to Toronto. Ryan White will take Prust’s spot on the fourth line with Travis Moen and Jeff Halpern. Coach Michel Therrien indicated that Prust will be back in the lineup Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The lines at Monday’s morning skate were: Bourque-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Ryder; Moen-Halpern-White. Defence pairings were: Gorges-Subban; Markov-Bouillon; Beaulieu-Drewiske.

Raphael Diaz skated with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion on Feb. 25, but will miss his 23rd straight game Monday night.

“Raphael is following the protocol,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard. “He won’t be part of the Pittsburgh trip, but he’s showing great improvement.”

The Flyers are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs, sitting in 12th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 17-21-3 record. The Habs, who have already clinched a playoff spot, will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 5-1 loss in Toronto, in which Price allowed three goals on four shots before being pulled in favour of Peter Budaj.

“On our side it’s frustrating, but we have to turn the page,” defenceman P.K. Subban said after Saturday’s loss. “We have a big game against Philly and we have to get ready for that.”

Therrien said after the game he has no doubts about Price, who will make his 34th start of the season against the Flyers.

“It was a tough night for him, but those things happen in a career,” Therrien said. “He’s a good kid, he cares. But Carey’s had a good season, he has character and I know he’s going to bounce back. I have no doubt about that.”

After Monday’s morning skate Therrien added: “Even the best athletes can have a bad night. The page is turned. I’m confident about him.”

(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Flyers, canadiens.com

Flyers-Canadiens Preview, nhl.com

Game Notes, philadelphiaflyers.com

Habs looking to bounce back against Flyers, by Pat Hickey

Awful night for Carey Price, by Pat Hickey

Price’s real test will come in playoffs, by Jack Todd

Is Price the goalie for Team Canada in Sochi? by Stu Cowan

NHL goaltending statistics, nhl.com

Therrien making most of second chance with Habs, by Stu Cowan

Habs No. 3 in nhl.com Super 16 power rankings, nhl.com

Leafs and Canadiens need to step up, sportsnet.ca

Gritty, hard-working Leafs the real deal, torontostar.com

Flyers support coach Laviolette, philly.com

Flyers will get a top draft pick, philly.com

Bryzgalov’s future uncertain with Flyers, philly.com

645 Comments

  1. nunacanadien says:

    Great we waste another stanley cup semifinal series on Price! We work hard all year and we leave it to the headcase to show he doesn’t have it anymore! How many more times do we have to watch a pathetic team like Toronto outshine Price? If Price was so great how come he plays like this? When is Marc Bergevin going to have the sports psych act as a coach on the bench? That is what Price needs, a straighjacket and a permanent bed in the insane asylum, what a waste of a talent! Shame on Price for letting his emotions get the better of him!

    • Timo says:

      Let them get there first.

    • The Jackal says:

      In this post, are you using the name Price to refer to yourself?

      ______________________
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      • johnnylarue says:

        Zing! ;)

        • nunacanadien says:

          This reminds me the year of Gainey’s rebuild where we watched a small guy Koivu lead the way with the hard work of Halak, only to have the habs lose early in the playoffs cause of Price!

          • The Jackal says:

            ….We lost the 2010 playoffs because of Price?
            You think Halak, a flash in the pan, would have beaten the Bruins when the whole team screwed the pooch?
            You still mad bro?

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    • christophor says:

      Ah, there you are. I was worried about you, not showing up after a loss and all.

    • LizardKing12 says:

      Give it a rest man he isn’t the only goalie to ever have a stinker. You think guys like Roy and Brodeur never stunk up the joint and got pulled? What’s with the personal attacks calling the guy a nut? Pretty low and pathetic.

      • nunacanadien says:

        Price has done this to us before. Remember the last time Price played in the playoffs? He basically went up to the plate and struck out each game, four up and four down. Strike Four! Only in the playoffs! Price never shows up when it counts!

        • LizardKing12 says:

          Are you a moron? The last time Price played in the playoffs was in 2010-2011 when we took the eventual cup champion bruins to OT in game 7! He had a 2.11 GAA and a 0.934 SV% with 2 shutouts. The Bruins had to beat us in 3 OT games to get by us and it was arguably the toughest series they played on their way to the finals.

          The playoff series you are referring to is the one in the Habs centennial season where the Bruins swept us. Not sure if you remember but that team had an epic collapse in the second half of the season and didn’t even deserve to be in the playoffs. We were in first in our division in January and then had one of the 5 worst records in the NHL the rest of the way. Remember that Western road trip where with Carbo’s famous bowling outing to reunite the team because we had lost like 5-1 the night before, then ended up losing something like 7-1 the next game. That team was a total mess. If you honestly believe that that series was Price’s fault you know NOTHING about hockey.

    • BrownHabFan says:

      There’s a reason why you’re a fan, and not much of one posting on a Canadiens website and not Marc Bergeving, how about we evaluate Price’s playoffs, lost to boston in 7 who went on to win the cup by 1 goal, and then watched his team get phsycially dominated by boston and philly who were too small to compete with them that deep in the playoffs…Try thinking before posting….year sure he let’s in a couple softies…but he’s still the best damn goalie we’ve had in the past 10+ years? Who’d you rather have?? Injury prone 6 win Halak? Or Theodore? Shame on you for calling yourself a Habs fan, the bandwagon is full come playoff time you can jump off whenever you want
      “I couldn’t really hear the words that Jeremy was saying because I got my 2 stanley cup rings plug in my ear”
      Patrick Roy

    • Al aboo says:

      wow…I don’t even know what to say, except did u feel the same way when he had that shutout the other night?….eh nuna?

    • savethepuck says:

      Man, I’m some glad you are on the Price bashers team. Should put things in perspective for some on here.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  2. BrownHabFan says:

    As magical and an incredible year this team is having so far, I think some people just need to chill the F out…who would expect we’d be fighting for the NE division title with 7 games left to go? This year is an experiment year if you ask me, the prototype for this team is going to look like in the future so get used to it. I know Marc Bergevin is smart and wants to see this how this team will compete and play in the playoffs this year. And honestly can the majority of you so called fans quit the god damn Price bashing. It’s easy to hang him out to dry when he’s only facing 15-20 shots a game, instead of 30-40 like he has had to for the rest of his career. I don’t think he’s used to having a such a well effecient defensive team and that for a goalie can be quite a bit tricky in its own. Anyhoo come on playoffs and even if they get split first round I’ll be proud and excited to see what this team has to offer next year

    “I couldn’t really hear the words that Jeremy was saying because I got my 2 stanley cup rings plug in my ear”
    Patrick Roy

    • LizardKing12 says:

      Yeah it can be difficult to have a good SV% when facing few shots in a game. Especially since having few shots doesn’t necessarily mean there weren’t a lot of scoring opportunities. I’ve seen games where a team gives up 18 shots but 7-8 good scoring opportunities and games like the 09-10 playoffs where the Habs were giving up 40 shots a game but a huge majority of those where from the outside and the points and we were giving up very few quality scoring chances.

      Anyways in 9 games this year where Carey has faced 30+ shots he has a SV% of 0.936 and is 7-1-1. In the 9 games he has faces 23 or less shots he has a SV% of .892 and is 5-3-1 in those games.

  3. John Frodo says:

    When you let a soft one score
    How you gonna come?
    With your hands on your head
    Or pads stacked ready for the next one

    When brain cramp taps
    How you gonna go?
    Shot down on St Catherines St
    Or driving in parade row

    You can crush us
    You can bruise us
    But you’ll have to answer to
    Oh, the potential of Jesus Price

    The money feels good
    And your life you like it well
    But surely your time will come
    As in heaven, as in hell

    You see, he feels like Patrick
    Born under the Sante-Foy sun
    His game is called savior’
    At the end of the harder they come

    You know it means no mercy
    They caught him with a backpass
    No need for the Halak hook
    Goodbye to the limelight sun

    You can crush us
    You can bruise us
    But you’ll have to answer to
    Oh, the potential of Jesus Price

    When brain cramp taps
    How you gonna go?
    Shot down on St Catherine’s St
    Or driving in parade row

  4. Timo says:

    @Commandant – thanks for the response below.

  5. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    This Prust re-injury reminds me of the situation with Markov. I wish the team medical staff would exercise the same caution with injuries that they do with concussions. I said when Prust first came back that it was too soon. Especially for a player who plays as physically as he does. I suffered a separated shoulder years ago, and didn’t take proper care of it, and now it still gives me problems a decade and a half later.
    As soon as I saw him drop the gloves, I said, “oh no, that shoulder is in trouble.” I’d rather have him sit out the rest of the season, and be healthy for the playoffs when we’ll REALLY need him.

    Not surprised they are giving Carey a bounce-back chance. But if he lays an egg again tonight, the team has a real dilemma: stick with him and hope he can work through it, or give him a rest and play Budaj more.

    I’ve always been concerned about Carey’s concentration and grit (can’t think of a better word right now). But he got pissed off at himself and broke his stick in practice after the previous Leaf shellacking, so hopefully this humiliation lights a fire in his belly, and he finishes the season strong. Tonight will be key!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • krob1000 says:

      I t hink they did play it safe…Prust was initially going to be out 7-10 dyas…they instead waited about 3 weeks. They tried to be cautious but even helathy shoulders get injured and reinjury is more likely at that.

  6. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Man, Nashville has lost 6 in a row. With every loss, that second-rounder for AK46 looks even better than it originally did.

    The (rightfully) maligned PG did leave Bergevin with a gift in those two second-round picks. We could end up with 3 picks in the top 35 picks in a deep draft year! Have at ‘er Mr. Timmins!

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      The main thing BG and PG did wrong was to be obnoxious and aloof. They did not strip the cupboards bare with bad trades and decisions. McDonagh as a throw-in for Gomez was bad but then BG got us Max Pac and Gorges was a throw-in when he traded an old war horse like Craig Rivet to SJ. It’s possible McDonagh’s agent told them he didn’t want to play for the Habs. Many Americans don’t like playing in Canada let alone Quebec. Cliff Fletcher ruined the Leafs youth and left the cupboards bare and Burke needed 4 years just to fill the junior ranks with some decent talent. Thank you M.Gainey and M. Gauthier.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Let’s not make excuses, or conjure up reasons for the Ryan McDonagh trade, it’s unnecessary. That info is available, lots of interviews about how that trade went down. Ryan McDonagh was getting ready to attend the Canadiens development camp, to which he was looking forward to because he hadn’t heard from the team in a while, when he got the call. It caught him completely by surprise.

        The Rangers’ scouts had a huge man-crush on Mr. McDonagh since he’d had a dominating performance at the NHL Draft combine, “a man among boys” according to them. The Canadiens agreed to the throw-in after Bob Gainey sent Pierre Gauthier to watch him play one game at Wisconsin, who concluded that he’d never be more than a defensive D-man in the NHL.

        Didn’t the Canadiens have scouting staff? Shouldn’t their opinion have been considered? Shouldn’t Trevor Timmins’ objections have been heeded, over a one-game viewing by the Asst. GM? This was a perfect example of how the Canadiens organization was Mickey Mouse.

        ———————————————————————–

        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  7. 24 Cups says:

    Oilers can Tambellini. So why didn’t they fire Kevin Lowe while they were at it?

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=420813

    EDIT: Looks like a bit late with the news! I still say that Lowe should go. MacTavish and Howson just represent the old boys’ network.

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      The part that kills me is they brought in legendary GM Scott Howson too!! VP of player development or something.

      • commandant says:

        Howson was the Oilers Assistant GM before he left for Columbus. The Oil like recycling the same guys under Lowe. The group didn’t work before, but maybe if we have all the same guys, with different titles, it will work now.

        Lunacy.

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        • Luke says:

          What’s most scary to me is that Kevin Lowe is responsible for this grossly & obviously mis-managed franchise, but he is also part of the “old boys brain trust” that will be running the Canadian Olympic team.

          Ugh.

          Makes me wanna cheer for Luxembourg.

  8. habstrinifan says:

    Two questions!

    1)Read that Langaniere had set the weekend a sthe deadline for him to decide where he would sign. Has he signed somewhere… is it with us?

    2)Someone responded to a post of mine as follows “WEber wont play another game for the HABS!”
    He’s been skating so he isnt injured. His salary is only 850.00 and he is RFA next year. So why is he ‘persona non grata’. I mean they could try him up front; as a PP specialist 7th D in a game or two… What’s up there.

    • commandant says:

      No signing yet.

      TVA Sports reporter saying he’s down to 4 teams… Montreal and Vancouver amongst them.

      https://twitter.com/L_A_theRiver

      Weber… no clue… it appears the coaches have 0 confidence in him.

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      • habstrinifan says:

        Thanks Commandant and all the posters for your responses. I think that the coach etc should look optimistically at Diaz’s return. But to put too much expectations on him as a sort of saviour does not take into account his entire career path so far. Why not integrate Weber into the team as a probale weapon for the playoffs.

    • christophor says:

      Read an article – forget where – that said Langaniere was contacted by Bergevin and that, while Langaniere was disappointed earlier to have not heard from the Canadiens (his childhood team) like he had heard from many other teams, he was still happy to finally hear from Bergevin.

      Apparently Gillis met up with him earlier in the season and that impressed the kid. If he chooses Vancouver only because of the quality of contact with that organization, then you have to think the Habs brass dropped the ball here.

      • commandant says:

        He was also previously at Canucks development camp.

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        • christophor says:

          I imagine that gives the Canucks an advantage, but the Habs could have been in contact during the year too.

          It sounds from that twitter feed that Langaniere made up his mind until hearing last minute from the Habs. The Habs mean enough to him that he’s putting off a decision just to listen to them. This comes in spite of his familiarity and talks with Vancouver for two years. I can only imagine how quickly he would sign with Montreal if they had been in contact with him throughout the year or even during the last month. It would have been something just to send out one their new rovers (e.g. Lapointe) to touch base.

          Obviously, we just have reports to go off, and so this all could be wrong, but still.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        If a kid from Quebec does not want to play for les Canadiens…then he’s the problem…not the Habs management.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

        • christophor says:

          If the kid from Quebec gives the impression he wants to play for the Habs (like he seems to be giving now), but the Habs never contact him, then it’s management’s fault. Vancouver put a lot of work into this and the Habs none. The only reason (it seems) he hasn’t decided already is because the Habs gave his agent a call last minute. If a last minute call from the Habs is enough to stall long-standing negotiations with Vancouver, then I’m guessing he’s not against playing for the Habs.

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      I’ve seen Laganiere play; there is some footage of him on You Tube. I am ambivalent about him signing. He’s not that great. He is definitely big and reminds me of Benny Pouliot or Antropov when he skates. I am skeptical about college players especially the forwards. I find University defensemen are better prospects at the NHL level. The college forwards don’t fight hard in the offensive zone and there is a lot less of the rough stuff in college that forwards to have to fight through to score. I hope Danny Kristo can have success in the NHL but I doubt it.

  9. bwoar says:

    Maritime Ron:

    I just finished watching Parros get literally laughed out of the MTS Centre last week – let’s be thankful that he’s not taking up a roster spot on the Habs.

    Bordeleau however, I’ve had a chance to see a fair bit of lately (for some reason I keep watching the Avs) and he’s better than some give him credit for. Not my style to be chasing after guys who don’t play decent hockey, but of the big enforcer types out there, we could do worse than him.

    Still like Front’s suggestion of Erskine the best, I always expect these guys to be D-men, to be honest.

    “thoroughbred”

  10. habs001 says:

    While Markov has slowed down he is having one of his best seasons on the pp…Yet it is hard to believe that 5/5 he has only 4 points and is a minus 8…There is something wrong if Gorges and the Cube have more 5/5 points…

    • Sportfan says:

      I agree I mention Markov in my most recent article and how I feel he should be a Masterton Candidate.

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Markov plays against everybody’s best with a partner that cannot be considered elite.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        I agree. I find it amusing reading about Markov being useless. He has vision not many others have, and is a victim of playinjg against everyone’s best players without having a partner who is anywhere near as good as he is.
        I’d take him at 75% over 90% of the league’s defensemen at 100%

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • ont fan says:

          We have to beat the goons with the powerplay. Markov isn’t the problem, it’s too few willing to get beat up in front of the net. DD and Max aren’t going to go there so now is the time to experiment with someone who will.

      • christophor says:

        I’d pair him with Subban if that didn’t leave a void behind that pair.

      • habstrinifan says:

        He has also made some very big defensive lapses which have often led to goals. His pivot to the inside on a defender breaking of the blueline is almost non-existant.

    • christophor says:

      Markov is being relied on too heavily 5v5: too many minutes and against too tough competition. Switch his and PK’s 5v5 responsibilities and you’ll see him do better.

      PK had those responsibilities last year and during the second half of 2010-11. His stats during that time at 5v5 are sparkling.

      PK is WAY better defensively than most people give him credit for and it’s unfortunate, I think, that his talents aren’t again being deployed consistently against top competition. We know he can get the puck in the net but he’s also really good at keeping it out of his own.

    • kerrgte says:

      Markov is a terrific talent and is smarter than smart on the ice.

      Markov is getting older and will be even older (maybe more fragile?) next season. Will there be someone to fill the talent gap?

      So what should Marc B do ??

    • in habs we trust says:

      Maybe because Markov has reached Hal Gill speed!

      “R” Habs

  11. habsfan0 says:

    Must win for Habs tonight,particularly after Saturday’s stinker.
    Look for Price to bounce back tonight.

  12. H.Upmann says:

    So what`s the word on this Langaniere(É) kid ? 6`4 C? Can he skate? Skills? Fighter?

  13. Maritime Ron says:

    For all the great things the Habs management accomplished this year, they made a huge error in hanging out Brandon Prust to dry and not finding support for him.
    George Parros was a UFA last summer and signed with Florida for $937K for 2 years. There were others.

    Prust is all heart and soul and has some unexpected skill, but the bottom line is that he is 6’2″-195 lbs-far from a heavyweight while asked to do a heavyweight’s job.
    Sure, he held his own against MacLaren (6’5″-230 lbs) on Saturday night, but he was also a haymaker away from a concussion. I cringed. And don’t think for 1 second that Carlyle wasn’t happy with that trade off.

    Last year with the Rangers, Prust had help with Scott, Dubinsky, Rupp and Bickell. Who can he count on this year to watch his back? Travis Moen? A complete flop. If Moen was “all in” he would tap Prust on the shoulder and tell him ” Take a break tonight, I’ll take care of business tonight” Instead, he looks like he has committed to Gandhi and Mother Theresa.

    Many will argue we have a great 4th line and the ability to role 4 lines has been part of our success. While that may be somewhat true, that same 4th line has ZERO ability to take care of our skilled players when the going gets tough. See Gallagher Eller last Saturday night. On the flip side, see how Kadri played with no fear!

    And then, what exactly has our 4th line contributed in the overall scheme of things?
    If you subtract Colby Armstrong’s 2 goals and +2, the rest have a combined 4 goals and are minus-3 and that includes all of the 5 Moen White Blunden Dumont Halpern.

    There’s a kid in Colorado. Patrick Bordeleau who is a UFA this summer. 27 years old and born in Montreal. 6’6″ 225 lbs and just loves to brawl. He can hold his own against any heavyweight……and we kill 2 linguistic birds with 1 stone
    http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/1384/fightcard/reg2013
    .

    • Le Jadester says:

      Well said Ron !
      Couldn’t agree with you more.
      Especially in the division we play in.

      I’ve even seen Prustie face to face and there’s no way he’s even 6’2 ! 6 feet at best.
      Him and Gallagher have been the best thing that’s happened to our team this year by far (Soubbie as well/Hon mention Pleks/Eller) IMO
      THe worst has been losing Emelin.

      But ya…yer right, Moen…shameful this year.
      THis issue needs to be addressed in the offseason for-sho !

      Habs, OLE !

      • D Mex says:

        Agree – Maritime sums the Prust situation up nicely.
        WHO was the kid who last wore #8 for the Habs – he was called up from Hamilton and danced with a former Leaf (Tucker ?) last game of the season at centre ice of the Bell. Decent skater and tough as nails, but disappeared the following season.
        – Greg -?-?- …

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

      • Max says:

        Yup,Prust is about 5’10-5’11 barefoot I’d reckon.A little trucculent help for him would be ideal. That Maclaren Neanderthal is 6’5 and close in on 250 pounds.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      If one of the Habs reserves is not an enforcer next year, I’ll be shocked. Hopefully they will at least add some guys who can play regularly and are willing to drop the gloves once and a while.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • frontenac1 says:

      Agreed Amigo. Been singing that song since last summer when I was pumping Big John Erskine”s tires. Could have got him off waivers in Feb. I guess management is comfortable with the Swiss guys and Kaberle in reserve.

    • HardHabits says:

      I agree with what you’re saying. I disagree with your solution. I am against bringing in useless players like Parros. Patrick Bordeleau looks like a career AHLer.

      Bringing in players like Beaulieu and Tinordi will add some robustness as will subtracting Gionta for a taller and heavier forward.

      If a new player is to come in, it will have to be a player capable to play hockey first and foremost. Team toughness, yes. Goons or supposed tough guys who lack hockey sense or ability, no!

      • Maritime Ron says:

        Beaulieu toughness?
        You sure about that?
        Look at our great Stanley Cup winning teams of the past and tell me they didn’t have guys that could deal with idiotness. Larry Robinson single handedly changed the game when he dealt with Schultz. Yes, he was an anomaly because of his skill, but if he hadn’t taken care of business, how would the NHL look today?

        • LizardKing12 says:

          It is very unexpected but Beaulieu is a tough customer. He won’t bring toughness to the pro game right now because he hasn’t filled out yet. At the junior level though he was known to occasionally scrap and lay out some big hits. I’ve seen his height listed anywhere between 6’1-6’3, once he fills out to over 200 lbs he will bring more than just offense!

        • savethepuck says:

          I’m from Saint John and know if from the Sea Dogs. Trust me, he’s a tough kid.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

    • Newf_Habster says:

      Patrick Bordeleau’s NHL salary is only $525,000, so let’s sign him up for two or three years at $600K AAV! I just looked at his fight records and I was kind of impressed!

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      I mentioned Bordeleau a few weeks ago on this site prior to the deadline. It’s possible MB tried to get him but the price was high. He’d be great in a Habs jersey for next season for free.

  14. MatsNaslund26 says:

    Nice pic of Sergei K! Rookie season??

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Lol…his illegitimate kid from the old days?

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  15. Scotty90 says:

    Prust not playing tonight!!! Who’se going to protect our young guns? Moen? not likely… don’t know whats happened to him this year but I think its time to bench him and maybe it’ll wake him up. Can’t Habs call up Ian Schultz and give him a try… who knows…could work out! He did captain the Calgary Hitmen so he brings something to the rick! If he gives a good showing it could really, and I mean REALLY, help against a match-up with the Leafs. Wouldn’t be too shabby against Bruins either. Remembering the Habs of the 60s and 70s’…and nobody, but nobody, pushed them around!….sigh!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      He’s in the ECHL…a terrible skater…a bust. Moen and White are going to have to do the job tonight.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

      I thought Schultz and Nigel Dawes and another decent prospect went to Europe or the KHL. However, he is a light heavyweight like Prust or smaller. We need a behemoth brawler like Bordeleau.

  16. sprague cleghorn says:

    Thank goodness. Some place to take care of all my “hat and the decorations” needs.

    “You Must Not Miss it”. Please pass that message on to Chuckie when he’s taking that wrister.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Maybe Tambellini was fired because the team is too good? Right now they’re only picking 8th. Big letdown from the last three years.

  18. commandant says:

    The Oilers situation is the definition of insanity. Same old boys network back in there again. What a farce.

    Get some new blood, not the guy you fired four years ago.

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Loonie’s right…as long as Lowe is still there…they’re screwed (like the Habs were with Gainey).

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • The Jackal says:

      Poor Oilers. Not that I like them, but it sucks for fans to be stuck with that incompetent old boys group.
      CBJ is moving the right way – they should try to emulate them.

      ______________________
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    • AllHailTheFlower says:

      Funniest media tweet of the day comes courtesy of Robert Tychkowski of the Sun:

      “We need a change in leadership,” – Kevin Lowe, in announcing that the Oilers haven’t changed their leadership

    • habstrinifan says:

      Agreed! If they were gonna fire Tambellini then there should have been a significant search for his replacement.

  19. Lafrich says:

    I am so glad that you accept credit card payments. I was going to mail you cash. In any case, I will have 1 of each. Thank you.

  20. ebk says:

    at even-strength last 9 games +/-
    Subban +4
    Markov -8
    Gorges 0
    Bouillion +2
    Emelin -1
    Tinordi +1
    Drewiske -1
    Beaulieu +5

    Not a big fan of +/- but that -8 sure does stand out.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      This is the Habs biggest problem…not Price. MB gambled at the deadline by getting a 5-6 D-man instead of a 3-4 D-man. Now Boullion is a 4th D-man which he isn’t and Markov is playing way too many minutes. The Habs are going to need someone to do step up like PK did 3 years ago.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • bwoar says:

        I think they’re banking on Diaz, so, still a gamble but not quite as bad as that. They also have Kaberle (yeah, I know, sigh) and there’s only so many pieces out there.

        Plus, Drewiskie scored! Let’s see how it shakes down once the Swiss D is back.

        “thoroughbred”

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          fingers-crossed…

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          If we’re waiting for Diaz to give the defense a boost we’re in big trouble. The guy put up a few PP points and the beginning of the season, when he was in shape from playing in Europe, while others were finding their legs.

          I can easily see him being wallpapered into the glass and out for the playoffs shortly after he returns.

          The guy is useless where it counts, in the Canadiens end.

          • ebk says:

            Diaz was playing very well at both ends of the rink before he got hurt. He was huge in the Habs transition game earlier. Which Diaz is coming back, this years version or last years. There is a huge difference between the two.

            When he gets back I’d like to see him with Gorges and Markov and Subban together and keep Frankie the Bull with one of Tinordi,Beaulieu or Drewiske.

          • Mark C says:

            So far this year Diaz has been on the ice for the fewest goals against per 60 minutes, only been on the ice for 4 goals in 19 games. Last year he finished just behind Gorges (2.2) and Subban (2.24) at 2.25.

            Not sure how he can be useless in his own zone yet teams never score when he’s out there. Not making a case that he is an elite defender, just his D is very much underrated.

      • Mark C says:

        Were there even any 3-4 D types traded at the deadline? I’m not sure Murray, Regehr, Leopold and O’Byrne are that good, at least they don’t seem to offer much of an upgrade over Drewiske.

        • ebk says:

          They are all significantly better than Drewiske but the price to rent one of those was significant. Can’t argue with MB decision not to pay it.

        • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

          I think MB made the right move as, like you, I was not impressed with what was out there and the price for them. However, if Emelin went down before the deadline, MB would have made the move for a better D-man.

          “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • in habs we trust says:

        Markov should be our PP quarterback and play third pairing minutes.I think Marky has reached his expire date.

        “R” Habs

    • SmartDog says:

      Thank you Pierre Gautheir, you arrogant imbecile.

      Markov is no longer a top pairing D, except on the PP. He should be playing 15-18 minutes, not 25. Another ridiculous contract. Almost too bad we need to buy out Kaberle. Markov will be even slower next year.

      ————————————-
      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • Mark C says:

        You want to buy out the last year of the 4th highest scoring D in the league?

        • Alex_425 says:

          The problem is that there’s much more to the game than just the PP.

          But I’m no expert….

          • Mark C says:

            Of course. But scoring goals on the PP is important, and Markov is a major reason behind Montreal’s great PP this year. Markov also helps a great deal in Montreal’s transition game. His skating is the same as it once was, but he is still an effective player that many GMs would love to have for $5M.

        • Cal says:

          Shhh, let him rant.

          • SmartDog says:

            Thanks!

            Yah, I was a little overboard. Markov is awesome on the PP. Just not up to what they’re asking from him.

            ————————————-
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      • ebk says:

        think he’s just been over played. Only move dumber than signing him for 4 years when his knee was still shot, would be to buy him out now that his back playing at an well above average level. The first 33 games, he was playing was a top tier D-man, the last 9, not so much!

      • LizardKing12 says:

        Markov is still a big asset to the Canadiens. He is the 4th highest scoring dman in the league, that has had a big impact on our success. However, defensively Markov just isn’t what he used to be. His skating is nowhere near as good as it was 3 years ago and he simply can’t change directions fast enough. Like you said he should be playing 15-18 minutes a game. 23-25 min is way too much and we just might regret needing him to play those minutes come playoff time.

      • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

        Disagree. Markov is worth every penny. This guy has amazing hockey IQ. He also gave the Habs a hometown discount and signed for a lot less than Souray got from the zoilers and they were both UFAs at about the same time.

  21. shiram says:

    Can you say bounce back?

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Go straight ,turn left and repeat all day? No wonder people blow their brains out.

  23. Mark C says:

    Sucks to be an Oiler fan today! Over half a decade of tanking, still without results. Now they’ve canned a crappy GM to only replace with McT and Howson, what a letdown.

  24. Propwash says:

    I’ll get right on it.

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  25. John Frodo says:

    Remember when you were Elite,
    You shone like the sun.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Now there’s a look in your eyes,
    Like black holes in the sky.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    You were caught on the softfire
    Of Bozak and some Kraut,
    Blown bye the blue and white disease.
    Come on you target for faraway laughter,
    Come on you blue chip, you pedigree, you starter, and shine!

    You reached for the puck too soon,
    You looked like a lou lou loon.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Threatened by shots that are soft,
    And burned by the goal light bright spots
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Well you gave your critics
    a chance, to ruin our Cup romance
    Stained with the blue and white disease,
    Blaming vodka for your brain freeze
    .
    Come on you raver, you rodeo veteran,
    Come on you artist, you elitist, you winner, and shine!

  26. habs_54321 says:

    edmonton oilers fans should be extremly happy about the tambellini firing he was a terrible gm worse than even gauthier, terrible leadership by saying losing is ok.

  27. HabsFan1111 says:

    My thoughts on Saturday’s game: there was a game Saturday?

    Philly always brings their A-game against us, we need a solid effort as locking up the #2 seed is looking more and more important.

  28. Steve Tambellini fired! That’s what happens when you spend years tanking and not actually being a GM.

    You build a team from the goaltender out. You build a solid defense and surround it by scoring. You can not sit there year after year and lose to win. Fans will not stand for it (unless you’re Leaf fans).

    Fire the Oilers scouting staff, and start doing it right. Go Mac Go

    Whitie in the lineup tonight?

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    • HardHabits says:

      Totally agree. Having a poor season has one saving grace; the high draft pick that ensues. Championships are not guaranteed because of it.

      Teams like Chicago and Pittsburgh drafted well in late rounds. Something the Oilers are not as adept at.

      However, I would caution against underestimating just how well poised the Oilers are with the plethora of high end assets they have. The problem is with management, team direction and identity, not the players they’ve chosen. As we’ve seen first hand what a new management team can do I believe that if the Oilers can make a similar renaissance as the Habs look to be doing they will be the force to reckoned with that many people are prognosticating them to be.

      I agree that they need to start drafting defence-men and goalies or trade one of their kids to balance and strengthen their team. They are top heavy up front to the point of being porous defensively.

  29. Sportfan says:

    LOL Bye-Bye Tambelini
    Craig MacTavish is expected to be named new GM.
    that was from TSN.

    Maybe Craig can get a goalie and solid D-man

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  30. lavie says:

    “Chill out, it’s only pre-season.” :D

  31. mrhabby says:

    GM of the Oilers is sacked..

  32. The Dude says:

    Wow … At the NASCAR N.R.A. 500 a man committed suicide by shooting himself…

  33. Small_Town_Boy says:

    As Carey Price would say “Chill out” we made the playoffs.

  34. Hobie Hansen says:

    Guaranteed Price shines tonight.

  35. veryhabby says:

    this should be our easiest game this week. Habs better win it. I really want 2nd seed. Not cause I’m afraid of the Leafs, but because they have been there almost all season and it would be ashame to lose it now so late in the season.

    Phil have lost 4 in a row, and can barely score anymore. Sounds like a game we should win if we play well!

    Pits will be hard, Wash has beaten us recently. TB always plays well vrs us.

  36. mark-ID says:

    One has to wonder if Prust re-injured his shoulder when he fell on his shoulder right after his fight Saturday. I grimmiced the moment I saw it happen…..kind of looked like he took some time to get up after it happened. Did anyone else notice this?

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  37. HardHabits says:

    Toronto has figured out the Habs Achilles heel. The Habs are a weak 2nd period team. Score on them first and leave the 1st period with a lead and the game is as good as won since the 2nd is more than likely going to be a split or another opportunity to add a few more goals against the Habs. Perhaps the Habs will be able to turn it around in the 3rd and stage a comeback or perhaps they will falter and lose the game.

    Last game Price was weak. But so was the Habs defence. So was the Habs offence. Hopefully they nip in the bud the type of game they played and get back to doing the things that made them successful. If not it will be a short play-offs.

    Emelin’s loss is worse than many would like to admit. He leads the team in hits and that aspect of the game is not being picked up anywhere by anybody else. Losing a hard hitter like Emelin exposes the Habs lack of size.

    As for the forward lines.

    Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta
    Pacioretty-Desharnais-Bourque
    Galchenyuk-Eller-Gallagher

    IMHIOO DD needs to be between two power forwards to succeed. This line-up also spreads the 3 smallest forwards among three lines.

    Would anybody put Gallagher-DD-Gionta together?

    • The Jackal says:

      Habs will definitely address those needs.
      They’ve been better in the second recently, and that first period was clearly a fluke.
      Habs will learn how to avoid those occurrences while sticking to their game plan.

      Goods lines, hope they try em out.
      Emelin is clearly missed, the D has been our weak point, gotta play a good team D or else they are easily pressured.

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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Lol – Would anybody put Gallagher-DD-Gionta together?

      Now that would be the total reincarnation of the original Smurf line that started it all.

      Petrov-Koivu-Bure

      I’d do it…

  38. twilighthours says:

    @Alfie,

    well you did take part of my advice: you showed up at a time other than after a loss. The other part of my advice, however, was to make some positive posts, or posts about topics other than Price.

    Give it a whirl, sir!

  39. Irishhabsfan says:

    Win as a team, loose as a team, Price will be ready tonight, of that I have no doubt.
    Now that we have rope-a-doped the Leafs, let’s have a replay of 1979 if we meet them in the playoffs!

  40. Cal says:

    Howson is in Oiltown, too. Their run will go on a loooong time. For Oiler fans, the losing has just begun!

  41. Say Ash says:

    Gold’s down $150 – it’s your fault, Carey Price!

  42. Skeptical says:

    You gotta wait till playoffs to see if you have a real team. Regular season any team can beat the other in a one game affair.

    When you’re playing a 7-game series. You’d better come to play every game or you’ll be MIA.

    Shortly we’ll see what the Habs is really made of and watch the comments than.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      That is why I now hope the Habs play the Leafs. The should beat them talent-wise. If they don’t, then MB can get rid of the passengers.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • The Jackal says:

      Habs will be good in the playoffs, so long as they play their team game and avoid getting frustrated.

      If we go play the leafs, I am confident we take that series.

      ______________________
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  43. TPT Petes says:

    Has there been an update on Prust? Is it the same shoulder? Thinking he might be done for the year if it is.

  44. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Tambellini fired in Edm…took long enough.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  45. Loonie says:

    So Steve Tambellini just got fired in Edmonton.

    I wish I could display a grin similar to his after he won the lottery last year.

  46. B says:

    As of April 14, 2013 9:00am:
    MGL = Man Games Lost to injury
    GP = Games Played
    MGL/GP = Man Games Lost per Game Played
    DNR = team Did Not Report as of last game on/prior to date of analysis

    Rank Team MGL GP MGL/GP
    1 DET 219 40 5.48
    2 FLO 215 40 5.38
    3 OTT 198 40 4.95
    4 PHI 191 40 4.78
    5 WIN 147 42 3.50
    6 WAS 135 41 3.29
    7 CAR 134 40 3.35
    8 COL 128 41 3.12
    9 VAN 123 40 3.08
    10 CHI 117 39 3.00
    11 MON 108 40 2.70
    12 BUF 107 41 2.61
    13 NYR 103 40 2.58
    14 PHO 103 40 2.58
    15 CAL 100 39 2.56
    16 EDM 91 40 2.28
    17 TAM 90 40 2.25
    18 NJD 87 40 2.18
    19 STL 83 39 2.13
    20 TOR 82 40 2.05
    21 NYI 81 41 1.98
    22 CBJ 80 40 2.00
    23 DAL 74 39 1.90
    24 NSH 68 41 1.66
    25 MIN 65 40 1.63
    26 ANA 53 41 1.29
    27 LOS 51 41 1.24
    28 PIT 51 41 1.24
    29 BOS 43 40 1.08
    30 SAN DNR 40 DNR

    –Go Habs Go!–

  47. Alex_425 says:

    Defense is gonna have to step up tonight and protect their goalie from Philly in order to help Price get started on that comeback just before the playoffs, eh?

    No longer angry or concerned about Saturday’s mess and who may or may not have been responsible for it, but I’m much more concerned about going into the playoffs as cold as a fresh plate of ceviche. Not assuming it WILL happen, it’s just something to keep in mind.

    But I’m no expert….

  48. The Dude says:

    @New. Price is no Roy! Not yet and not by a long shot!

    • Propwash says:

      Guess what, Roy had his fair share of stinkers as well.

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    • Mattyleg says:

      Price doesn’t have to be Roy, Dude.
      The team (especially defence) in front of him is far stronger than the one that one in ’93.
      Price has been good enough to keep us at the top, and that’s all we need.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Luke says:

      So, Price is not equal to one of the three best goalies in the history of the game.

      And some people here think this expectation is reasonable…

      • nunacanadien says:

        Price is not a Dryden, never will be. He doesn’t have the ability to turn off his emotions and he becomes a head case. Enough praise for this kid. He’s used up his graces here. One playoff series was enough. Halak worked hard to give Price a chance and Price basically blew it, and is blowing it again, just like Price was a head case in the all stars the first time, in fact Price has been nothing but a sad disappointment. Sure he has his wonderful periods…but Price needs to play all three to win us a cup! Time Price showed up for all the games considering how much of the cap space he eats up! We had enough with Gomez, do we need to watch it with Price?

  49. Loonie says:

    Price starts tonight.

    Duck and cover!

    • commandant says:

      We’ll be fine til the first goal is scored*…. no matter how that goal is scored and how many saves price makes beforehand or the score of the game at the time.

      *scored in pre-game warmup.

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      • nunacanadien says:

        Only way Price can fix his name is to get us a cup now! Enough is enough! We had enough under Gomez and I’ll be angry if we let Price become another Gomez! A highly paid lazy player!

    • Strummer says:

      I hope his teammates show up.
      Maybe could have stopped those 3 goals on Saturday but his team played soft in front of him on all 3.

      And there was the 4th goal on Budaj that went through 2 Hab defenders (off DD I believe).

      ______________________________________________________
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      • Loonie says:

        The second and third goals were awful.

        It was also awful that Gorges turned the puck over at his own blueline on one of them.

        Even worse that Reimer couldn’t track the puck if it had a siren attached to it and they only cashed once.

      • Cal says:

        That first one is on Gorges. Horrible play of the puck, imo. If’n Gorges can’t block it, he can’t stop it?

        • Loonie says:

          If you consider not defending the pass on a two on one bad play then Gorges should be getting blame equal to or greater than Price for the bad start.

          • Cal says:

            Yup. Gorges bad read and reaction cost the first goal.
            PK in the corner on that one didn’t help much, as well.

  50. Mattyleg says:

    What I like to think about is that the Loafs really kick it up every time they play us, and work their butts off like insanity.

    Then they slide back to playing like an average team – this year, slightly above average, granted.

    Think they can keep up that intensity over a playoff series?
    Not on yer galdarn patootie.

    They might come flying out of the gate, going great guns in a series, but they’ll falter and slow down, like they always do.

    They had a 5-game losing streak this year. We’ve lost back-to-back games ONCE in regulation. The Laffs pulled up their socks since then, but we’ve never had to deal with something like that because we are far more consistent than them.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • veryhabby says:

      Matty…yup they will always be the laffs. but after 9 yrs of not getting it right, you have to give the laffs more credit this season. I live in TO and am able to watch most games. they do score at will all season long. Altho Sat nite, was just nuts on only 5 shots. But the Laffs are a solid, rising, young team. They have more scoring then we do. Their big D man not have the offense ours does, or the mobility. But they have learnt to play a D system that works to their strength. It is very hard to drive to the net, or to get into the slot with that D. And the habs played right into that, as they are already a team that doesn’t drive to the net much.

      My very level head leaf fan co-worker was at the game. He said that when there were battles along the boards, he couldn’t believe how huge the leafs looked vrs the habs, and how many times that size won out. I am not one who believes size trumps all. But really its’ whoever imposses their game plan that will win. This season, the Laffs have kept up with our speed (there top frwds are just as fast) and they have impossed their gameplan on us.

      So we can be-little them as much as we want, and enjoy, but they are right behind us in the standings for a reason. They are a good team, as we are.

      • Mattyleg says:

        I agree that the Leafs are looking good this season.
        They’ve finally managed to balance out their size with some scoring.
        I just wonder if they have the stomach to keep that kind of play going consistently.

        If they do, then they’ve got a real contender, but they’ll have to pack the net because James Reimer is not going to lead them to the Holy Land on his own.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. aemarchand11 says:

    The habs fan base is truely bi-polar.

    We win, and our players are the best things walking. We lost, and nobody is safe to be thrown under the bus.

    20 year cup draught smells aboutright for this sort of behaviour.

    Lets all be thankfull we are not the leafs, life is good.

  52. jedimyrmidon says:

    Even EA sports is biased towards the Leafs (look at the pic posted) ;):
    NHL 14 launches September 10

  53. Bripro says:

    Looking at the Flyers’ website and their game notes, everything is bilingual, and I’m not talking spanish.
    That’s impressive! The first french/english organization in the U.S. and they’re a hockey team.
    Who woulda thunk it?

    • The Jackal says:

      They do have a few francos on their squad.
      It’s good the flyers do that, maybe they ain’t such scumbags after all.
      Certainly makes it more accessible for the friends and family and just fans in general of their players to read about them.

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  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    Preserved for posterity:

    Luke April 15, 2013 at 10:46 am
    You are so un-dudelike that pretty soon the moderators are going to ask you to change your name to Mr. Lebowski.

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    Prust has to stay away from the fights and play tough hockey, or he will be lost to the team for the year.!
    He is one tough dude, but the body takes many months to heal properly. So it will only take one fight to end his year, and maybe more.

  56. ClutchNGrab says:

    I’m one of those guys who doesn’t see Price as an elite goalie, but I have the same opinion of M-A Fleury and he won a cup, so what do I know?

    However, my opinion is, if you’re a 60 something American who deserted from the US army and never played hockey at a professional level you should show a little restrain before periodically undermining a professional hockey player who shows up every hockey game to play, or to be ready to play, the toughest position (mentally, for sure) in a market like Montreal.

    I know, everybody gets paid to do their job, and that’s exactly what that “journalist” is doing in the Gazette, but MB long term goal should be to stabilize that hockey team long term. Not for one period, not for one game, not for one season, but long term. Carey Price is as good solution to build your team around. That’s not the case for every man exercising their profession.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      The problem with your argument is that, followed to its logical conclusion, it implies that none of us on here would have the right to talk hockey.

      Except of course for that ex-Hab goalie coach who was fired by Gainey and used to post here a couple of years ago.

      • ClutchNGrab says:

        Well most of us don’t get paid for that and most of us don’t get published in the biggest English daily in Montreal.

        But that being said, yes, because most of us haven’t played at a professional level, we should show restraint when criticizing professional players. Why should that not be ok?

    • Cal says:

      Todd is NOT a journalist. He is a commentator. Big difference.
      Journalist= no opinions, just facts.
      Commentator= all opinions, no facts.

  57. mrhabby says:

    its beyond me all the bitterness i read about on here. yes its our fav hockey team but its just a freakin game. The personal attacks against people/players who we don’t even know is well stupid…

  58. Loonie says:

    Would those of you who routinely degrade Carey Price care to know why you aren’t taken seriously?

    It’s because you refuse to take the good with the bad or so much as acknowledge it. You’ve conveniently forgotten that in three of his four seasons as a starter that we wouldn’t have made the playoffs at all without his play. You ask why he doesn’t do what a Pekka Rinne or Henrik Lundqvist or Tim Thomas do and when you do so you pay no mind to the fact that Rinne’s had Suter and Weber, Lundqvist has Girardi, Staal, Del Zotto and McDonagh and Thomas has Chara.

    On top of all that you attack him personally. He lives a rock star life, he’s a drinker, he’s immature, he buckles under the pressure. And when you say things like this you completely disregard him as a person. A player who matured tremendously after losing the starting job. A young man who lives on a ranch in British Columbia. Both of those facts running contrary to labels you’ve bestowed on him.

    If you were here after losses and wins alike saying that Carey Price isn’t having a good season by his standards you’d find good conversation with people interested in what you have to say.

    But instead you choose to say that dogs meow and cats bark.

    And that’s why you aren’t taken seriously.

  59. Small_Town_Boy says:

    The delight of many, Price gets traded to the west next season & wins a Cup right away! What then trolls?

  60. ed says:

    I was very disappointed by the 2nd and 3rd goals on Saturday night. That was a night when we could have sent a loud message to the Leafs that we were a true contender, and let’s face it, we blew that opportunity in the worst possible way.

    But it’s over, it’s done, and behind us.

    As a team, including everyone here who are Habs fans, it’s time to move on, look forward, and bounce back.

    We need to get back to the system that has allowed the Habs to dominate almost every game they have played this season.

    I know almost everyone here will agree with me. So let the bashers bash, let the doubters doubt, let the negative Nellies nell,

    I don’t bother with that crap when my team is having their best season in 20 years – life is too short!!

  61. Small_Town_Boy says:

    Talkng about worth to a company.

    The NHL is not the “real world” In the real world 99% of us do not get guaranteed contracts where if we do not perform we still have a job. Where in the real world do you get job after you have been fired time and time again.

    Can’t compare the worth of an NHL player to the worth of an avg Joe or Joanne.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Are you talking to me?
      If so, you can just say my name so that we can have a conversation, STB.

      The real world is full of people with guaranteed contracts which guarantee jobs despite performance. That’s what unions are for. I’m sure you’ve had teachers that are so bad you don’t know what they’re doing in their job… I’m sure you’ve had terrible service on public transit, and I’m sure you’ve seen a small gang of city workers standing around smoking watching the one who drew the short straw digging a hole.

      Timo was the one comparing what he makes to what hockey players make. I was talking about how players are paid in relation to what they are worth to a company.

      I think you may have got confused.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Loonie says:

        My personal favourite was waiting for over nine hours in an emergency room to have an x-ray on a shattered knee.

        It was so ludicrous that I started to tell the staff to take others ahead of me until I was the last one remaining.

  62. Sportfan says:

    Bryzgalov is done so is the coaching staff and GM I see them gone by next October.

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  63. frontenac1 says:

    Last game with the Flyers the Habs were pushed around like little girls,so leave in Moen and White,call up Dumont and sit DD .Since a date at the Dance is assured then Mike should let Moen and White know that if anybody runs our Lads,you have a license to kill. Protect the skilled guys for the rest of the season.

  64. johnnylarue says:

    Hey Dude.

    So, by “Price fanatics”, are you referring to the people who don’t resort to blind panic and gratuitous bashing as a means of coping with a bad performance from a starting goalie?

    My guess is your guess is wrong, compadre. I think people are defending Price because he’s a member of our team at the moment, and an important one at that, and because like it or not, he’ll be our starting goaltender in the playoffs too.

    Now, describe to us the advantage you would have over the rest of us by slinging mud at Carey Price today. Is it so you can then come out and say “I told you so!” when the Habs eventually lose in the playoffs?

    ‘Cause you know, I’m pretty sure there are more noble means of earning respect in the schoolyard if this is your angle.

    • johnnylarue says:

      NOW we’re talking!

      After a couple of weeks of game conditioning and we’ll at least have *most* of an NHL-calbre D again. Not a moment too soon.

  65. Small_Town_Boy says:

    @ The Dude:

    The whole World eh? What is your definition of the Whole World? It was air nationally in Canada. If Canada is the Whole World then you need to take a geography class!

  66. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    According to Jess Rusnak, it looks like Prust is not playing tonight. If MB does not get him help next season, he won’t survive the length of his contract.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  67. bwoar says:

    Reading a few comments here, it seems a lot of people just started watching hockey last week (?)

    A goalie has a bad outing and gets yanked. Ever seen that goalie come back and play awesome? I have, plenty. Many of you have as well. Even some of the bashers have too.

    Price gets yanked – shrug. Yep, he stunk it up. Sure, if we were fighting for a playoff spot, disaster. But seriously, like the kid said himself once, folks need to “chill out”. We’ve seen the very best, world class Hall-of-Famers have similar outings. It’s not the end of the world.

    “thoroughbred”

    • Loonie says:

      His record and save percentage following losses is out of this World.

      • nunacanadien says:

        So were the habs last time they played in the playoffs, they were out of this world literally after Halak got Price into the playoffs, what did Price do? Throw it away! I agree Price record and save percentage during the regular season is out of this world, but unfortunately not of this world when it counts! Against our most hated enemies he crumbles!

  68. alfieturcotte says:

    Congrats Jack Todd for a calling a spade a spade. The playoffs will hopefully settle the riddle that is Price. Is he a contender or pretender? If the answer is the latter, and this playoffs should be his last and final chance, MB has to try to trade him. The last thing we need is a $6.5MM cap for a goalie with the “17th best GAA and 26th best Save %”.

    • Loonie says:

      You’re absolutely right Alfie. Price has been and is the only thing holding this team back.

      His inability to win a Stanley Cup by the age of twenty-six on a team that for the majority of his career has been among the lowest scoring in the league is and will forever be an indictment of him.

      There is nothing wrong with this team that David Aebischer can’t fix.

      • The Jackal says:

        Don’t waste your breath with that clown, Loonie.
        He is one of the few who only come here to do you know what after a loss with you know who to blame.
        They are not really fans if that is how they get off.
        Just ignore them and post your insightful posts.

        ______________________
        Hockey sine stercore tauri.

        • alfieturcotte says:

          Ahh, Jackal why am I not surprised to see you post; you are true to your HIO pseudo name as the opportunistic mammal that you are.

          I know, I know, Price critics are “trolls”, “non fans”, and whatever other vitriol you spew at those who dare post their opinions about him.

          Make you a deal: if Price delivers in the post season (which I hope), I promise to take back my critisicm. Of course, if I am right, perhaps you might join the chorus……

          • nunacanadien says:

            So when will Price be old enough to win? When will enough be enough? When will we throw away the hard work of the team when the goalie doesn’t have it in him?

      • alfieturcotte says:

        Never said that, but not surprised that you misinterpreted that way. Your Price tunnel vision demands that of you.

        Let me be clear and hopefully you will understand: I don’t expect the Habs to win the Stanley Cup this year. However, Price gets paid to be a top 3 and is so far from being top 3. Plus, like Todd I feel he chokes in big game situations. If he fails in this postseason, at $6.5MM, they would be well advised to trade him. You could get similar numbers from a goalie at 1/2 the price.

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      SO, Price played great in 2011’s playoff & lost cause his team could noy put the puck into empty nets.

      SO. Price plays another great Playoff this season & loses in the 1st round cause his team could not score he will still be a bum.

      The Habs loose 4 straight in the 1st round, every game goes to OT Price allows only one goal each game & Price is still a useless Bum!

      • nunacanadien says:

        Easy shots are hard for Price when he loses his confidence. We need a sports psych there next to Price during the game, maybe Bergevin could give up a D-man position and just suit up a sports psych…..we’ve given up an entire team for Price. Enough is enough. This young man has burnt his last bridge here with the four shots and three goals. That is pathetic!

  69. Loonie says:

    Who is this Travis Moen guy people keep talking about?

    • Luke says:

      The cause of everything that is wrong with the Habs.
      Once he is replaced the Habs will be alock to win the Cup.
      He was referred to earlier this year by his nickname: “Colby Armstrong.”

      • nunacanadien says:

        We already threw the team away for the benefit of Price! Enough is enough! Like Justin Trudeau said last night “It stops here and now!” Price better ante up or bow out.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Don’t get me started…too late…so called team leader who signed a 4 year extension and now shows up every 5 games.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  70. Skeptical says:

    If we’re gonna shake up lines tonight is the Game to try it.

    1. Pacioretty Plekanac Ryder
    2. Galchenyuk Desharnais Gallagher
    3. Bourque Eller Gionta
    4. Moen Halpern Prust

    • Loonie says:

      I like your lines with two minor exceptions.

      I’d swap Desharnais and Galchenyuk and I’d remove Moen for Ryan White.

    • KenD29 says:

      Not bad except the #2 line which I would deem “Smurf” line.

      I would start DD on the 4th line and have Halpern start on the #2 line. Give a little grit to that line and maybe wake DD up.

      I would insert White and have Moen up in the box. Maybe wake him up too after his no show this past Saturday.

      All About Work Ethic

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Ryder and Pacioretty could never play together.
      They are both great snipers but defensively, the two poorest on the team.

      • LizardKing12 says:

        That’s why you put the best defensive center on the team between them ;). It is a good point though, could turn out to be a great offensive line but that won’t mean anything if they let in as many goals as they score!

    • whitehouse says:

      Agree that its a good time to due some line juggling to see if something clicks before the playoffs start. But u need to make sure u don’t have more than one small guy on each line. DD and Gallagher can’t be playing together.

  71. Mark C says:

    Word on Twitter is Raphael Diaz is skating with his teammates today. Great news, they need him back.

  72. Ian Cobb says:

    Is Cary going to start tonight? or will that be a game time decision?
    I think it is just like rodeo! you climb back on and give it hell!
    Much better to have a brain cramp in the regular season to learn from than in the play offs.
    He will be unbeatable in the play offs, just wait !!

    • Small_Town_Boy says:

      Well Ian Carey was pretty damn good in his last playoff performance!

      I agree with you

    • KenD29 says:

      hopefully his pads will be broken in. Not sure why he would have started the game with a set of new pads.

      All About Work Ethic

    • bwoar says:

      Word.

      “thoroughbred”

    • JF says:

      I think Price will start tonight. Therrien will certainly want to start him against the Penguins, so tonight will test whether he can rebound. Then Budaj will get the Tampa game. Unless Price is terrible again tonight….

    • New says:

      The funny thing about Price is that he is totally respected within the pro circles and dis’d by a few fans. As an example Roy started playing with a powerhouse team. In his first six seasons he played 289 games and allowed 779 goals. Price in his first 6 seasons has played 304 games and allowed 756 goals. More games, more minutes, fewer goals. There are no ties allowed in the Price era so it gets futile to equate win/loss when one teams column doesn’t allow a tie and the other does. Let’s just point out that by the same age, same number of seasons, Roy had about a 2.80 gaa and Price has about a 2.53 gaa. Roy ate chips and talked to his goal posts. He was yanked from stinkers and allowed backbreaking goals. He is St Patrick. Price handled the press, didn’t do stupid things, played on a weak team, was yanked from games and allowed some stinkers. He is not Halak, the current third goalie in St Louis who became injured just before the trade deadline, who plays behind Elliott and the real goalie Jake Allen.


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