Game 1: Canadiens drop opener in Toronto

Maple Leafs’ Francois Beauchemin gets bumped by Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn during the first period on Thursday night. Getty Images

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• Audio: Jacques Martin English French | Brian Gionta | Carey Price | Hal Gill | P.K. Subban

• At a Glance: The Canadiens dropped their season opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, a 3-2 loss at the Air Canada Centre signed by Leafs goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère.
The Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old on goals by Tim Brent and Phil Kessel.
Dustin Boyd got one back for the Canadiens 12:19 into the period after some good work forechecking by Maxim Lapierre.
After a scoreless second period, Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur made it look easy in the third period, walking around Jaroslav Spacek and firing an accurate backhand past Carey Price 1:36 into the period.
The Canadiens came right back though, with another newcomer, Jeff Halpern, scoring less than a minute later to narrow the Toronto lead to 3-2.
Carey Price, who was questionable for the game with the flu, made 21 saves on 24 shots. Giguère made 26 stops for the Maple Leafs, including several game-savers in the dying seconds.

• Key Moments: Missing Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Markov on the power play, the Canadiens were unable score on three consecutive power plays in the second period and that would come back to haunt them down the stretch.

• What It Means: For now, it means the Maple Leafs are ahead of the Canadiens in the standings. But there are 81 games to go, so it’s still a little early to panic.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens go onto Pittsburgh for Saturday’s game, then return to Montreal to open the home portion of their schedule on Oct. 13 with a visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning.


  1. SlovakHab says:

    Is there a sports bar where you watch, or do you stream the games?

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s pretty damn funny, a flopper talking about his technique and not even a really good flopper at that.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  3. SLONCOLD says:

    i suppose the 924sv in the regular season was just average lol

    bang on about the injuries though.

  4. mike g says:

    Subban can defend himself very well….

    He’s very, very tanned.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  5. kirkiswork says:

    The Sharks have given Thornton the “C”, the “C” stands for choker.

  6. Chuck says:

    You’ve missed the point. If you were trying to insult us by questioning our manhood, you shouldn’t have placed quotation marks around the word ‘girls’.


  7. Mattyleg says:

    That’s an excellent analysis.

    I think you’ve got it there. Roy’s heroics in the ’93 playoffs were only possible because his offense could get it done, and he could hang in there longer than the other goalie.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. otter649 says:

    Martin gave McLean his first job in The NHL with St Louis…….

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Name some teams, in your opinion, that have ‘improved’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. arcosenate says:

    I am actually happy to have Price, but just to be troublesome, didn’t Halak not only avoid a second year slump, but didn’t his numbers actually get better?

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    Less injuries + a full season of Subban = more even strength scoring

    More even strength scoring = more total goals scored

    More total goals scored = less pressure on Price to maintain a one goal lead

    Honestly, more offense will make Price’s play seem like his “great” season of 2007-08, when we led the East in goals and he only had to be pretty good on most nights in order to win.

    The pressure isn’t on Price, it’s on the offense- to play better 5 on 5 and to stay healthy.  If they do, we’ll be more than fine, and in a comfortable playoff position.

  12. observer says:

    wrong! other teams around you improve like all those above the habs as well as players get older and less enthusiastic sometimes. you constantly try to improve. even the greatest hab teams ever always added quality when they had the chance.

  13. Everlasting1 says:

    You’re right. I’m waiting for Annakin Slayd’s next hit single ‘Feels Like ’95’ lol


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  14. adam76 says:

    You “girls” sure are “funny”.

  15. Storm Man says:

    Are you sure they would let Tony242 in the doors?

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Tony, you’re boring.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. observer says:

    wouldnt surprise me if wilson sends a goon onto the ice specifically for subban?

  18. Mattyleg says:

    No, you don’t have to improve your team each year.

    You can stick with what works and develop that.

    Gauthier clearly stuck with essentially the team that made the conference finals, apart from Halak.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Mattyleg says:

    We’ve got essentially the same team as last year, and we had tons and tons of injuries to key players.

    If we can avoid the injuries of those players, we will finish significantly better than we did last season.

    And for those of you still waving your Halak flag, he only REALLY took off in the playoffs, so if Auld can hold the fort as well as Jaro did when Price wasn’t playing, we’ll do fine.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. observer says:

    Price is here, he’ll do fine, the guy is a winner, ——————-  get your factsstraight!! price has won 20 and lost 48 of his last 68 regular season and playoff starts since jan. 1, 2009 playing with the exact same team halak posted those great winning numbers and better stats in about all categories.

  21. joshua94k says:

    Advice for Jacques Martin: Tonight against the leafs, let PK Subban loose. Tell him to play as if it is a pond hockey game. The kid will run wild and score two goals and have three assists. He can play more consevative against the Penguins.

    “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 Cammallerie

  22. spcbrass says:

    I watched the Habs feature on the show last night and they said they expect the team to play somewhere in between the two extremes of barely squeaking into the playoffs last year and making the ECF.  To many of us that sounds like a 4th-6th place finish, but to the “pundits” of the Toronto Sports Network that equates to a 9th place finish in their eyes.

  23. SLONCOLD says:

    nice how he normalized the stats from past years. However, the only deciding factor if this was the right move will be with carey’s play this year, not being 3 inches taller, not winning on stacked candian junior team, not being 2 years younger…

    the other factor that is not considered in any of these stats is the type of team playing infront of the goalie from year to year. For example fluery had some horrible years at the start but look at what he had infront of him… then notice how things got way better with crosby and malkin arrived.


  24. observer says:

    if bettman sees these 2 above posts he’ll want to put a team in hong kong and one in tokyo. would be a great rivalry like quebec vs. montreal.

  25. fbkj says:

    “totally” agreed


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  26. fbkj says:

    hopefully not, waynes world was a long time ago, we need to update our shit 😉


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  27. riazp says:

    Seriously, can’t I have one day on this forum where Price is not bashed and Halak is more revered than jesus himself…hes gone, get over it, next call please. Price is here, he’ll do fine, the guy is a winner, unfortunatly he’ll be a winner elsewhere cuz the so-called fans will run him out of town.

    Please people…can we root for the CH on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back…UGHHH

  28. observer says:

    habs do have a good team but you must improve your team each year even if you won the title. gauthier clearly did not. and price must reproduce halak’s 26-13 or so record or habs will be in the lower half of the east again. btw- 8th is right on that line separating the best 7 from the worst 7.

  29. Chuck says:

    Chris “Number-cruncher” Boyle hits the nail on the head yet again!

  30. bigjames says:

    in hong kong as always! early morning start but i will be there and watching at my desk at work and sort of pretending to be working!

    ps. i know hk is a long way from osaka but closer than montreal!

  31. Everlasting1 says:

    Here’s a Hablak link..something you’ll unlikely see again.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  32. Jordio-oh says:

    Doug MacLean just loves Martin so whenever he’s on, they just chum it up together. Its weird to hear JM laugh and be in a jovial mood, but Mac brings it out.

  33. HFX-HabFan says:

    Doesn’t it ever get tiresome posting “88, 47%, Gainey/Gauthier are old” in EVERY SINGLE POST you make? 

    You’re almost worse than Cournoyer12.

  34. Laramy87 says:

    Who cares what the Toronto Sports Network says abuot Montreal. Rememebr a few years back when we predicted to finsih waht 13th, and we finished 1st inthe conference. Anything can happen. I have heard analysts including Darren Dreger (the only good one on TSN) say we have a good team, same core as last year. Price will be fine and so will the habs

  35. SlovakHab says:

    Hi Robert.

    thank you for your work at HEOTP and good luck with your future projects.

  36. SlovakHab says:

    WOOO!!! Super-excited about the season start.

    Living in Osaka/Japan, I will watch the game while eating my breakfast. (A nice change from European 1-4am night sessions).

    Btw – any other HIO members in this area?

  37. jennifer1984 says:

    wow i forgot how tiring trash talking Leafs fans on facebook can be.

    why am i even friends with these people!



    but ive been waiting for this day FOREVER, like the rest of you, so i hope they really blow the leafs outta the water

  38. Bash says:

    That’s okay Marie…you’ll be fine…just rest your head here for a moment…


    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  39. Chuck says:

    Hab fans in the Toronto area: Jacques Martin will be on the Fan590 at 12:30pm. It should make for some scintillating radio.

  40. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    5-1 for the Habs tonight, Eller gets 2 goals and an assist, following game Tony242 and Pierre Maguire will be spotted at the Cage eating free wings discussing what geniuses PG and BG are!

  41. mike g says:

    LOL, good stuff man, I like your prediction…..

    Ok, now on a serious note, get the f-uk outta here.



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  42. Chuck says:

    Oooo… can I play?

    Adam76 is a “fine, upstanding poster” who “adds a lot to the conversation”.

  43. JoeC says:

    Hey i got a link for you:



    or something like that, how bout you go there and stop pollluting our site.


    even better go to:

  44. JoeC says:

    This isnt Blues inside out, can you put the name HALAK in the swear filter? Im so sick and tired of seeing his name, hell WHY DO PEOPLE STILL CARE HES NOT A HAB ANYMORE.


  45. mike g says:

    I know Tom…

    But I’ve been paid by the Molson’s to speak of Auld, and stirr up conversations about him, in order to take some pressure and attention of Price…

    Just doing my best!

    And btw, our bet starts tonight. Good luck with it. Hopefully Andrei “shoot puck at net” tonight….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  46. win4ce says:

    Very excited for the season to start up again. I gotta admit that im pretty nervous about Price tonight. I have full confidence in the guy, but playing sick can really effect his performance. If he has anything besides another superb first game like last year, fans are going to jump all over him. I hope he’s healthy and ready to go, should be fun either way.

  47. TomNickle says:

    He’d have to be pretty bad for the Leafs to pot 6 on him Mike.

  48. Exit716 says:

    I think there is an NHL promotion going on in Dundas Square. At least that’s what Alyonka Larionov has been posting on her Facebook page.


  49. mike g says:

    Fearless prediction for tonight….

    Alex Auld surprises us all, plays a stellar game and makes a solid 39 saves…

    and allows only 6 goals.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  50. fbkj says:


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  51. Chuck says:

    Toronto’s homeless and unemployed need something to do on a Friday afternoon, I guess.

  52. TomNickle says:

    Yes, but not until the new year.  I think they’ll use Quick a lot more than people think in the regular season and use a fresh Bernier around the trade deadline and into the playoffs.

  53. riazp says:

    Boy o Boy its gonna be a loooong day today…all I can think about is game 1 of 82 tonight! Can’t wait to see our boys beat up on them laughs…GO HABS GO!

  54. TomNickle says:

    He is semi-creepy and 100% future vezina winner.

    It’s a good thing they can’t score or they would be scary good.

    Also a good thing that Chiarelli has ignored drafting good defensemen for the last 3 years.

    If anybody can screw up the talent he has, it’s Chiarelli.

    With Caron and Colborne I have no idea why he didn’t trade out of his Seguin pick and take Gormley or Gudbranson around 3,4 or 5

  55. SLONCOLD says:

    are you assuming bernier takes away the number 1 role away from quick… that guy was lights out last year in the ahl and looked great in the nhl. he’s soo damn fast and has excellent positioning.

  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    They’re worse than us!



  57. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA


  58. SLONCOLD says:

    i know he looked pretty good in pre-season and with a defensive minded coach/ system this could be trouble for years to come with boston. but man i used to think jaro halak looked a little creepy/nerdy… rask looks 20 times creepier lol almost expect him to drive a white van wearing a pin that says” registered” lol

  59. TomNickle says:

    100% serious.

    Last year my prediction was Canucks and Flyers.

    Year before it was Penguins v. Red Wings

    Prior year was Devils v. Red Wings

    You can bet your behind that either the Kings or Canes will make it.

  60. Batalla says:

    Tonight’s the night.  Man, I can’t wait!  Bring on those Leaves!

  61. SLONCOLD says:

    are you being serious about this? i actually think carolina will be challenging the caps for that division; they will have to stay healthy though.

  62. TomNickle says:

    We need to get used to Rask playing out of his mind.

  63. SLONCOLD says:

    ya, he’s a flopper that’s for sure but pretty good one at it though. still, he didn’t have a bad year last year; rask was just playing out of his mind.

  64. adam76 says:

    Sucks that price is “sick”. 

  65. TomNickle says:

    O’Byrne, Gill, Kostitsyn and Moen push our weight up a wee bit.

  66. weightman25 says:

    did anyone else read that matchup link, and scratch your head when you saw our avergae wait at 205 and theres at 200??.. they mustve weighed our guys in full equiptment

  67. TomNickle says:

    Funniest thing I’ve read in a long time by the way is on the Rotoworld website under NHL player news.

    Tim Thomas is quoted as saying that a torn labrum in his hip last season forced him to change his technique.

    I don’t know if he’s ever watched video of himself playing goal, but if one thing’s clear about Tim Thomas, it’s that he has NO technique.

  68. forskis says:

    Haha….they are setting it up for a tailgate party and showing the game on big screen at Dundas Square, I think.

    Also…the Toronto Star has the Habs pegged at 7th in the conference and I cannot disagree with that.  Who says that the TO media knows nothing?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  69. weightman25 says:

    got tickets for the game tonight boys.. hope to see carey play… GO HABS!

  70. TomNickle says:

    I like your thinking but it’s a Jacques Martin team opening on the road.  The strategy will be to weather the storm early and hope the Leafs empty the tank in the first 10 minutes due to all of the excitement.

    Look for our Habies to finish the first period very strong.

    If we shut the door in the first 10-15 minutes, we should win the game handily.

  71. 123456 says:

    OK Boys enough ranting about who is on the team in TO and who was sent to Hamilton – the Habs have their team for now. Time to drop the puck and let it fly.

    Seems like the Habs potted a decent amout of goals in the preseason – I hope there is a high level of confidence to start the season. I’m looking forward to seeing how Eller and PK will do. Hopefully speed and skill will wear the Laughs down and at some point the Habs put in a couple quick goals to get the season started with a solid win!!



  72. TomNickle says:

    Okay.  I’m gonna say it now.  My Stanley Cup prediction.

    The Carolina Hurricanes v. The Los Angeles Kings.

    Los Angeles wins in 6 games.

  73. BJ says:

    Great way to start the season vs the Leafs. I think it will psychologically set the tone for both teams. It was a downer for the Leafs last year, hopefully it will be again this year. It would have been nice to have a full roster but it will also give us an idea of where we stand with our depth. I hope we don’t get run out of the rink physically.

  74. HabFanSince72 says:

    <HIO mode>

    We’re not  missing three key players. We’re missing four:  Cammi, Hamr, Markov, and Halak.

    </ HIO mode>



  75. Kevin Mio says:

    I think we all need to move on now. Halak is gone, it’s a fact we have to live with.

  76. nick says:

    Wow… Still with this crap!? Let it go man…


  77. BJ says:

    On the second wave of our power play Eller (center) Ak 46 and #57. I had the thought a few days ago on how that combo would work. I’m really hoping Poulliot got a dose of confidence with his two goals vs NYI. You can see he’s got talent and hopefully there are no buts….. but buts (french).

  78. says:

    Was it wrong for me to get up at 3am CDT to see if the Game Day Topic was up?

    Come on Carey, pound back the fluids and get well.

    This Laffs team is a joke.  But it is the Laffs, so you know they will play harder against the Habs than any other team in the NHL.

    They Call Me Shane

  79. RGM says:

    Exactly. And really, how are we supposed to miss Halak if all the talking about him won’t go away?

    Go Habs Go!

  80. Ian Cobb says:

    Kevin, who’s Halak.?

  81. Matt_in_TO says:

    F*ck the Leafs


    – In Price We Trust

  82. Laramy87 says:

    You have made 3 words sound so elegantly. Not only F*ck them, but f*ck thier arrogant fans who are more arrogant than Philadelphia fan. Man sometimes i hate living in TO and have to hear about the leafs every day and their damn overdramatic GM, F*ck Brian Burke.

  83. samTHEman says:



    3-2 Habs

    Moen vs Komisarek Fight

    Eller 1 goal

    Kostitsyn 1 goal

    Gionta 1 goal

    Subban pair of assists

    Price 31 saves 29/31

  84. Ian Cobb says:

    Sam, did you get in touch with Dave in N.Y. , he has a summit ticket for you my friend.

  85. Jordio-oh says:

    I like it.

  86. forskis says:

    Since some were dumping on Price for having the flu and having a “ready-made excuse”…we all forgot that Markov ALSO has the flu…is that a ready-made excuse for not rehabbing faster?  Or is the flu only a bad thing if you are Price but ok if you are everyone else?

    In any case, good luck to Les Boys tonight, it will not be an easy game no matter who is in the lineup.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  87. Laramy87 says:

    according to leaf fan, Price is scared! haha I can play net and not be scared of the leafs. I hate leaf fans

  88. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyone else think Lappy should take Cammi’s place tonight?

    Eller is a rookie. Putting him on the 1st line so soon is going to be MaxPac all over again.


  89. Bob Barker says:

    Eller’s already proven that he can put up points in the AHL. From everything I’ve read, his game is much more polished than Max Pac.

  90. TomNickle says:

    I understand your thinking Paul but Eller’s a bit of a different bird.  He’s got ions more skill and is very similar defensively. 

    Pacioretty was just thrown in because he’s a big body with a pretty good amount of skill.  Eller’s a big body, who uses that body, and has a lot of skill.



  91. LA Loyalist says:

    I would play Eller as much as possible on the first and second lines early this year because unlike certain posters who are handing him awards before he’s done anything (they’re just happy Price has no competition and have to justify their position) we need to see if he’s any good.

    We need to see him play against live ammo and where he is in his development. 

    Smoke or fire?  Will he actually use his body, will he go to the net and bring pain on a consistent basis?

    Or will he scoot around on the perimeter looking impressive until he hits traffic, like a certain $7M player I won’t mention because I’ll get death threats – again.

    Sorry to be cranky but it’s ridiculous to be handing out candy bars when we don’t know. How can you post otherwise (Tom). Have you seen him play against NHL regular season opposition in some parallel universe?

    The guy just got off the freaking bus.

    I don’t want to spend the next two seasons hearing about his “potential” and then he gets traded for a bag of pucks.


    “You don’t win The Stanley Cup in the pre-season” – Carey Price

  92. Mr.Hazard says:

    First time in a long time (years actually) that I’m worried about our back-up goaltender. It’s times like these when the days of “two starters” are missed.

  93. oldrrty says:

    F*ck the media. All of the media in this country are nothing but homers for the leafs. The CBC, TSN and Rogers only care about montreal when the five other canadien teams and the caps and pens are not playing. I never thought I would see an analyst more biased against the Canadiens then Cherry but Ray Ferraro is getting pretty close. The only two teams getting coverage this year are the Leafs and Oilers. What a joke!


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  94. TomNickle says:

    Ferraro got his lunch handed to him in Hartford by the Habs on a regular basis.

    That’s very likely for all of the hate.

  95. samTHEman says:

    I got a call from a 613 area code but I was in class so I couldn’t answer. Can you tell him to e-mail/text me? You have my info, I inbox’ed it to you yesterday. Thanks!

  96. emann_222 says:

    OMG! It’s October 7th! FINALLY

    Everyone ready for the big kickoff tonight? It feels like Christmas. If you agree then please click on my link below.

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  97. Storm Man says:

    My prediction for tonight….. Pain lots of pain.

  98. adam76 says:

    Price was never in doubt to start, this “sickness” is just a mechanism in case he lets in 3 goals on 4 shots.

  99. SLONCOLD says:

    i think you might be related to:

  100. Storm Man says:

    Adam did anyone find a cure for your sickness yet?

  101. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    And I suppose if the Habs win tonight and he plays well, that you’ll be the first to point out that it was “just the Leafs”. Right?

  102. K-hab25 says:

    Haters like you and your douche troll brothern, are going to hate him no matter what “mechanism” is built in. So why would he bother? I mean honestly you have posts like this one and have the audacity to wonder why you’re called a troll. You come on a Habs fan blog and say there #1 is faking being sick, so he has an excuse when he gives up 3 goals on 4 shots. Maybe like Tony, you’re just a laffs fan. Naa, you’re just a douche troll!!

  103. emann_222 says:

    HA! I love it. I think it’s gonna be a tough physical game too. Looking forward to it! Got a score prediction?

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  104. Storm Man says:

    4-2 Habs :)

  105. SeriousFan09 says:

    My prediction is lots of crying, moaning and upset. But once Komisarek finally steps into the penalty box it should be a fun PP sequence.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  106. emann_222 says:

    You mean the NEW “A” on the Leafs will get a penalty 😉 hehehe

    I’ll give Subban that goal on that PP !!!

    Visit me at

  107. spcbrass says:

    As much fun as it would be to have Komi in the box for a PP goal it would be much more entertaining to see a blast from the point go off Komi and into the net while he is killing a penalty!

  108. SeriousFan09 says:

    Give Komisarek some credit, he’s talented enough to do both.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  109. JoeC says:




    Man there wasnt even CLOSE to as much whinning when Koviu was let go and Gomez joined the team, how bout all you idiots support our goalies and stop finding reasons to say there going to fail before they even do.

    Some of you are worse then the leaf fans that think there going to make the playoffs every year and win the cup every year, your tar and feathering a goalie before he even plays 1 game because you dont agree with a choice that was COMPLETLY out of his control. Honestly, go away.

  110. boneheadslanger33 says:

    Simmer down there Joe. Easy does it

  111. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So maybe you should give us all a list of which players we’re allowed to talk about?  Is it ok if we talk about Koivu here? What about Souray?  Please let us know almighty powerful leader of HIO. 

  112. Rudy says:

    I actually think you have a point. He didn’t get rid of Halak. That’s the only thing I agreed with Pierre McGuire last night.

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

  113. adam76 says:

    Na  that one was a trool attempt.  Maybe he has:

    Nicotine withdrawal can cause a number of cold or flu-like symptoms. Some people refer to these as smoker’s flu. This can include dry or sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing, and tightness in the chest. Some people have headaches, and some may suffer gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation, gas, or nausea during nicotine withdrawal. Others may note soreness of the tongue and/or gums.



  114. fbkj says:

    zomg he smokes? no wai!

    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  115. Chuck says:

    Love the LA Loyalist quote in your signature. But to be fair, shouldn’t you attribute it to him?  :)

  116. fbkj says:

    ill credit when asked but i just love the stupidity of the quote

    not interested in interwebz call outs

    especially to someone with zero accountability for the BS they write here

    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  117. otter649 says:

    If you do not know what was going on with Price’s sickness do not attempt to speculate – Using a maybe theory does not make any sense or do you know more than The Canadiens doctors……….

  118. K-hab25 says:

    Well you could get alot of great quotes from LA Kings Loyalist. Tony has 47 and 88 and Kings Loyalist has 20 games and rodeo.

  119. LA Loyalist says:

    That’s funny. But it’s LA Loyalist, sans “Kings”

    Occasionally, obviously, I see the Kings (like when Habs came last year and we beat them and Domenic Moore scored a beautiful top shelf goal) but generally i try not to see them because seeing Kopitar reminds me we could have picked him instead of Price, and Kopitar is a stud. No questions about that boy.

    Anyway, I may live in the land of California Rolls, but my heart bleeds Schwartz’s (medium, pls, at the counter is just fine.)

    “insert tagline here”




    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  120. flowerpower_74 says:

    Guy Lafleur smoke din between periods and Mario Lemieux smoked also, he said he quit when he was 22. Maybe Carey quit the cancer sticks also, but he might need them to deal with the pressure.

    Habs will gel as a team.

  121. LA Loyalist says:

    Thanks Chuck – but he’s welcome to it. My own new tagline may well just be: “oh crap”. Thanks to both of you for making me laugh on a stressful day. 

    Anytime we play the Leafs you never know what the heck is going to happen.


    “Insert tagline here.”

  122. HFX-HabFan says:

    Markov is taking the morning skate. So is Hamrlik.

    Neither of them will be in the lineup tonight though, barring any last-minute surprise.

  123. Storm Man says:

    Sure you can Tony did with hooked on phonics.

  124. SLONCOLD says:

    seeing how he generally talks out of his @ss… this might help:

  125. soflohabsfan says:

    Price has a new Helmet what it that like his 7th? I know a couple were for charity.

  126. joeybarrie says:

    FINALLY HERE, the Game preview and matchup. I can’t believe how much I missed it. Going to be tough missing our best players. Markov, Cammi, Hamr and Pricey out. Not great. That being said, the Leafs have alot of holes up front. We need to see our other guys pick it up. AK, Pouliot, PK, Eller and Auld have a good game…

    Habs 3-1.

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

  127. newbrunswick troy says:

    I bet one thing for sure>>>the Leafs game plan will be to beat the crap out of our smirfs…..and i bet we especialy see them run Captain Gio….just to see what the habs are realy made of!!!!

    this is just like game seven of the cup final!!

  128. HFX-HabFan says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Phaneuf specifically target Gio.  Our captain might be smaller, but he plays with way more heart!  Look for an inspiring performance- how sweet would it be to see Gio pot the winner in OT?

  129. G-Man says:

    This is not a “Habs fan” blog. Ask Boone.

  130. K-hab25 says:

    Yes it is!! Good try though. Way to come to the defense of your “brothern.”

  131. Everlasting1 says:

    Brothern? Don’t you mean ‘brethren’?


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  132. K-hab25 says:

    No!! Trolls are part of a brothern, sheep are part of a brethren.

  133. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, dudes, when would Price EVER give up 3 goals on 4 shots, like that’s ever happened… oh crap…………..


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  134. LA Loyalist says:

    Let’s be nice and compromise on:  “brotheren”


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  135. Clay4bc says:

    interesting that someone is censoring the Chinese words wrote here (I mean really – who here but me speaks Chinese?), yet I see people being called “douche” all over the thread. interesting indeed.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  136. HUDSONHAB says:

    Gui scores! Good call.


  137. Pucker Up says:

    I’m fine with the Leafs playing rough, as long as it means a constant parade to the penalty box like in last year’s opener.

  138. RGM says:

    For all the folks saying he’s got a new mask – where’d you hear this from? I’d like to see it.

    Go Habs Go!

  139. SeriousFan09 says:

    First picture available


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  140. avatar_58 says:

    NICE! I love this dude, he plays into my goalie mask fetish. 😀 I want more pics!

  141. scrowe21 says:

    Gui just scored the first goal of the year.


    My spinorama shootout goal with Cammy

  142. WarHero says:


    Awwwww…. It will be so nice to hear such a sweet melody, October is my favoutite time of year …. but I digress …

    Hockey is back and I’m stoked!! I really hope Carey is well enough to go tonight since he pretty much owns the Leafs. I am a bit concerned about the D, so lets hope OB can show JM and us fans why we love him! Suggested Target: Phil Kessel

    Bold Predictions:

    Lars Eller is going to have an amazing night with Pleky & AK.

    Tom Pyatt is going to skate circles around the Leafs D-Men.

    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  143. adam76 says:

    I had no idea ED Hardy did goalie masks.  What a hipster.

  144. SeriousFan09 says:

    Off of the hard work of a Koivu, it’s like he never left Montreal!

    Sitting right in front of the net for that pass, which the crybaby insisted ‘wasn’t his game’.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  145. HFX-HabFan says:

    Was it on a wraparound?

  146. HFX-HabFan says:

    Maybe he’s doing a Turco/Kipper thing where he has a home mask and a road mask.

  147. emann_222 says:

    Apparently Price to start tonight v Leafs


    Visit me at

  148. HFX-HabFan says:

    Stubbs just gave the official word on Twitter:  Price will start in net tonight.

  149. SLONCOLD says:

    man do u hate every player who left the habs? i’m waiting for your logic on why and how pouliot will be a better player :-p

  150. mike g says:


    I can pull myself away from the edge of the bridge.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  151. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t like the players who leave Montreal insisting they wanted to stay only to chase the big contract elsewhere or who act like immature children in the media and blame everyone but themselves for playing like an AHL player than immediately deciding to give a crap and play like they care on their new team.

    Guimauve was a disgrace to the CH, the chants of “Gui” were spitting on the legacies of Lafleur and Carbo and the unending french media lovefest for a guy with cotton candy between his ears was annoying while they tried to run the Kostitstyns out of town with yellow journalism.

    I don’t know if Pouliot will be better, I hope he will be but either way I’m glad we lost Guimauve Tenderness.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  152. oshawahabsfan says:

    When you’re as out of shape as he is, getting in front of the net is your only game haha

  153. riazp says:

    He does have a point…latendresse never wanted to stand in front of the net…and now he’ll do it for another team…just sayin lol

  154. Pucker Up says:

    That was the sound of Adam76’s theory being blown out the window.

  155. joeybarrie says:


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

  156. redgorf says:


    To all who bash thier home team,it would appropiate after the season if they don’t make it, for the teams to answer the fans that they listen to the preseason comments and that they met your expectations. WHAT UP WITH THAT.

  157. avatar_58 says:

    What does that sound like btw? A whooshing breeze, a high pitched whistle maybe?

  158. Jordio-oh says:

    Hipsters don’t wear Ed Hardy, fyi.

  159. redgorf says:

    If the leafs want a win? play a rough game nobody on the CH will anwer to the call espescialy from the defence.

  160. joeybarrie says:

    In order for it to be a theory, it must have some sort of common sense and plausibility. I would consider it more of a fallacy

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

  161. Bugs says:

    Reporters back from out of the cold…of summer vacation. Whatever, you know what I mean.

    Here we go again. Yanks having to put up with hockey again.

    Jacques Martin has all the answers. Roster breakdown/leaf preview.

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  162. oshawahabsfan says:

    Couldn’t agree more, we will be much better off without him

  163. ooder says:

    funny how you claim you speak Chinese.. yet Chinese isn’t a language (Mandarin or Cantonese)

    interesting indeed


    88 is the new 23

  164. SLONCOLD says:

    that’s why it helps when u have a captain and good leadership group to help show the young guys the way. We’ll never know what was going on with Gui in the habs dressing room but it’s a shame he seems to be producing very well outside of our organization. i think we’ll need to see atleast 2 most productive years from him to make a conclusion about his play.

  165. JerryMcgoo says:

    QFT  Couldn’t have said it better myself.


    He played his best when he got his nose dirty in the corners and parked himself in fron t of the net.  Problem was, he had the french media whispering in his ear that he was a player that he was not.  I heard everything from ‘He has the best hands/shot on the team’ (when Kovy and big tits were in the lineup), to ‘He’s the next Jean Beliveau’ (on RDS, I believe after an exibition game before he officially made the team).  I just wish I could have been there to see Benoit Brunet curled over in a fetal position, lamenting the loss of his lover.

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah I was really wondering what the hell was the reason for deleting you comment. 1) because I have no idea what you wrote. 2) because even if it WAS offensive no one but maybe 3 people who visit this site would understand why it was offensive.

  167. HFX-HabFan says:

    Nobody could read it.  Should have done it in Pinyin.

  168. SLONCOLD says:

    lol and who does that on our team?

  169. andrewberkshire says:

    He probably meant mandarin. Isn’t cantonese mostly spoken in Hong Kong?

  170. Pucker Up says:

    Why would you post something that you think no one else could read?

  171. HabFanSince72 says:

    Actually those things only happened in your imagination.

    The “French Media” as you call them were pretty divided on  Latendresse, and I don’t remember many people bemoaning his departure.

    And in any case, if there had been people to criticize the trade, well,  they’d have been  right wouldn’t they?


  172. Clay4bc says:

    “Chinese” consists of hundreds of dialects, not just two. However, the written words are the same in all of them, even if they have vastly different pronounciations. Thus I was correct in my choice of words. If it interests you, I speak Mandarin. Are you content?


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  173. HFX-HabFan says:

    I’m just proud of myself for letting you folks know (via Stubbs of course) that Price got the call, minutes before names like Mirtle/Friedman/Basu tweeted it to the world.

  174. Clay4bc says:

    Yes it is…


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  175. SLONCOLD says:

    i speak mexican

  176. Clay4bc says:

    Didn’t want to offend anyone. It was an exclamation of bewilderment, so to speak. For the interested, Google translate would translate it correctly, I believe.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  177. ooder says:

    aa Clay i was just being a smart ass and kidding around.

    no harm meant :)


    88 is the new 23

  178. HabFanSince72 says:

    This is silly. He was a young kid who had too much adulation too soon, for sure. But he was only 22 when he was deemed a “failure”.

    And I’d suggest that if anyone has a language problem it’s the likes of you and Serious Fan who bang on about the “French Media” and the French players all the time.


  179. Clay4bc says:



    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  180. K-hab25 says:

    Didn’t you just try and censor me below, plus are whining about my nickname for the trolls. Coming from the master of name calling, I find your cries hilarious, Hypocrite!! By the way I’m 33, not 16, you on the otherhand I’m not sure. Probably like bugs, close to 50, but act like a 12 year old.

  181. Pucker Up says:

    To not offend anyone, wouldn’t it have simply been easier not to post it?

  182. Storm Man says:

    I speak Habs on here and it make’s me very content :p

  183. Clay4bc says:

    нет проблем (sorry, my Russian is rusty, and my wife  – who is fluent – is sleeping. I hope it’s not too bad)

    Lets see if they delete Russian as well…


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  184. HFX-HabFan says:

    So…4-3 Habs, with Gorges getting the winner in OT.

    Wait, that was last year.

    I’ll stick with a 4-3 OT win, Pleks or Gio getting the winner.  Look for Eller to pick up his first point in a Habs uni, and watch PK pick up two points (one with the man advantage).

  185. ooder says:

    hehe pretty good man…

    hey if u don’t mind me asking, how do u know Mandarin.. did you study there or are you of Chinese origin?

    just curious becaue i know that’s a freaking hard language to learn.

    Russian is no slouch either.. believe me 


    88 is the new 23

  186. Clay4bc says:

    Hey Pucker…time for you to move on. Please take K-hab with you. You two will get on well together.

    Me, I just want to enjoy the season without all the nastiness and name calling. If you don’t, that’s up to you.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  187. K-hab25 says:

    Umm, you attacked me, not the other way around.

  188. Pucker Up says:

    I’m just sitting here in my stable wondering why you won’t answer my question.

  189. Clay4bc says:

    Not from China at all – Alberta born and raised, with blond hair and blue eyes, of Italian/Prussian descent (there’s a country you don’t hear about anymore!)….I have lived in China for 3 years now, and I am still learning, but I have a fairly good grasp after this much time. Writing, though…that’s tough, and I’m just a beginner at that. Too many characters.

    Yeah, Russian is hard too, but the women are so beautiful, it makes it easier. Damn I loved being in Russia! I spent 2 months there, mostly in St. Petersburg.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  190. SeriousFan09 says:

    They weren’t whining about the trade at that point because his play had devolved to such a pitiful level he couldn’t get any supporters in the newsmedia after he got a pass for lazy work in his first three seasons.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  191. Pucker Up says:

    У вас все еще не отвечая мой вопрос выше. Почему бы Вам тайно пост
    нечто наступление в попытке не нарушающие любое лицо, когда наилучшим
    курсом действий были бы не на должности, в первую очередь?

  192. Clay4bc says:

    The answer is “no”.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  193. Clay4bc says:


    Yeah…that’s what happened. o_0

    You’ll know it if I attack you.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  194. Pucker Up says:

    Ah. Your silence speaks a thousand words.

  195. Say Ash says:

    Screw giving them a single point! 5-3 Habs, Jagr providing wings with an empty-netter.

  196. K-hab25 says:

    LOL, I live in California and it always amazes me when people say “they were speaking mexican.” I always look at them and go, you mean spanish.

  197. Clay4bc says:

    You should ease up on the google translate – the grammar is poor. And I did answer the question. See you at game time – I’m going to sleep.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  198. K-hab25 says:

    Some how I find your idle threats amusing.

  199. andrewberkshire says:

    I’ve heard St. Petersburg is beyond beautiful. Rich in culture and history as well.

  200. JerryMcgoo says:

    First and foremost, I have no problem with the French language.  Je suis anglophone, mais j’aime bien parler en Francais avec mes amis et mes collegues.  If you want I can continue a debate in French, but since this is an English site I’ll leave it at that.

    I have nothing against French players, in fact, I felt really bad that Latendress was brought up so early and had his development stunted.  The year he was brought up, I was cheering for a certain Maxime Lapierre (omg, another French player), who got the shit end of the stick after showing promiss the year before and also had a good training camp but was sent down in favor of Gui.  He should have had a year or two in the minors to grow.  And I never deemed him a failure, in fact, I mentioned how he could and did play well, he just did not do it often enough for my liking.

    Favorite players as a kid – Stephane Lebeau, Staphane Richer, Patrick Roy, Guy Carbonneau, Russ Courtnal, Kirk Muller – more French than English

  201. 123456 says:

    5 hours – WOOT WOOT

  202. LA Loyalist says:

    the larger point absolutely is how we groom our prospects. Latendresse was rushed, Price was rushed. If we don’t acknowedge that it won’t get fixed.

    Yes there are exceptions, I think Subban is an exception, and of course no guarantees, but Leblanc, Tinordi… let’s do it old school and be sure and save everyone, including the players, some heartbreak.


    “insert tagline here.”

  203. 4loorplay says:

    gonna be a hard game tonight, I like the fact we open on the road.

  204. oshawahabsfan says:

    Lars Eller! Pouliot will as well

  205. WarHero says:

    Great Season Preview by Eric Engels:

    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  206. Hagar says:

    I take back what I said yesterday about JM possibly throwing the match. If the leafs lose under the circumstances then they deserve it ten times over. I have faith that JM can get this done. He did win some games with the bulldogs last year. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  207. Oddball says:

    “I mean really – who here but me speaks Chinese?”

    I know Clay, you’re special, now put your helmet back on and go back to licking the windows on the short bus, and let the grown-ups talk hockey.


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

  208. smiley4 says:

    Going to the game tonight…hope the results are different than most Leafs-Habs games in TO. I’d rather open on the road-less pressure!


  209. Oddball says:

    Now you’ve done it. You’ve pissed off Shanghai Clay.

    Clay is probably in his parent’s root cellar on the prairie right now, making a voodoo doll from his sister’s Barbie, using the sharpie he keeps handy in case K.D Lang ever wants his autograph, writing ‘K-hab25′ in the pidgin Chinese he got from the Hoo-Lee Chow take-out menu in downtown Lethbridge on her nippleless breasts. The K-hab25 he wrote probably means Chicken Chow Mein, but hey, who cares, the intent is there, right Clay.

    If I were you, I’d stay indoors with tin foil wrapped around your head for a few days!


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

  210. LA Loyalist says:

    Where are you in CA? I’m in LA, Hancock Park, actually.



    “Insert tagline here”


  211. lefreak says:

    It is going to be interesting to see if PK can stay calm and not get suckered into bad penalties. You know that the Leafs will be trying to do this right away.

  212. LA Loyalist says:

    G*d I hope you are right. If those two guys will bring chaos to the front of the (opposing) net once in a while we may actually do all right this year.


    “insert tagline here”

  213. LA Loyalist says:

    Not worried about PK. Let him make mistakes. We have plenty of other guys to worry about :)

    But obviously he needs to keep his wits about him tonight.


    “Insert tagline here.”

  214. Timo says:

    We can let him make mistakes, no problem. Can JM let him make mistakes without glueing his behind to the bench or the pressbox?

  215. lefreak says:

    I won’t say that I am worried…but I am pretty sure that every scouting report on him right now must mention that he likes to go for the big open ice hit and is prone to taking bad penalties. (because this is what he did during preseason.).

    I like the kid, and he is going to make mistakes….I just think that when you have a premier rookie that is going to get a lot of ice time due to injuries on our back line, most coaches will see this as a perfect opportunity to tell their players to take runs at him and take him off of his game. I’m just hoping that Subban can deal with it, because it will happen. This scenario does not only apply to PK of course, but to any young d man of this stature being asked to fill some big shoes in. I also expect them to take a few liberties with Price early on, because they know that we don’t really have the tough guys to stand up to their goon squad.

    I’m good at being captain obvious.:p


  216. Storm Man says:

    Can we have JM in the pressbox?

  217. lefreak says:

    not to mention that he should be pumped up more than usual playing in front of his friends and family.

  218. Jordio-oh says:

    Can someone please remind me of the lines for tonight (including D pairings)?

  219. thorandresson says:

    anyone know what the approximate puck drop time will be?  Will it be 7:08 as usual or maybe a bit later cause it’s the opener?

  220. lefreak says:

    expect some kind of ceremony featuring bagpipes….the leafs love their bagpipes. It could be worse, we could have to watch the worst opening show in the league aka ottowank:p

  221. Lazarus_taxa says:








  222. mike g says:

    Probabaly start later…

    They’ll bring out all the former Leafs alumni, guys who all apparently had great careers in Toronto, and are loved dearly by Ontarians.

    All of who’m have never won a Cup in Toronto.

    So basically, it’s a free comedy show.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  223. lefreak says:

    you forgot to mention the bagpipes…nothing says hockey like a kilt!

  224. fbkj says:

    this made me laugh


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  225. Storm Man says:

    Mike what do you think about this Bobrovsky guy with the Flyers?

  226. wall2bay says:

    Pierre McGuire is on Toronto radio right now and I’m throwin up in my mouth!

    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  227. mike g says:


    I know more about Yugoslavian crickett than I do about this Boobrovski fella.

    But hey, it’s the Flyers.

    Anyways, lol, apparently he’s a pretty solid prospect. Read up on him this morning, looks alright. But, the Flyers are deep enough on defense, so he won’t have to face a large task in goal.

    All that aside, I still see Pittsburgh winning tonight. Opening game at their new and beautiful arena, and they’re a really pissed off team from what happend to them in last years playoffs.

    Pittsburgh will probably win this one 5-3 or 6-4. Might just be the best game of the night.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  228. mike g says:

    OK, since all of you guys can’t wait anymore…

    The Florida Panthers start their season on Sunday night..!!!!

    OMG, CANT WAIT!!!!


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  229. SeriousFan09 says:

    Twitter’s reporting 7:28 from Francois Gagnon, they must be exhuming a few players and bringing in their skeletons to do the puck drop.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  230. Storm Man says:

    I see him as a sleeper in a HIO league :) 

  231. mike g says:


    I got Bernier for that. Much, much better.

    And one thing with Flyers goalies; they may get you wins, but their .SV% and GAA will be terrible…


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  232. St.Leo Habs Fan says:


    Anyone taken as an individual is tolerably sensible and reasonable — as a
    member of a crowd, he at once becomes a blockhead.
    —Friedrich Von Schiller

  233. saskhabfan says:

    He has a long history of being an internet tough guy. Clay and cowardly threats over the computer go hand in hand.




    “bad analogy- when he first played those wins/losses ??? how many goals did crosby and malkin score that year?”-Observer. When asked why Marc Andre fleury had been sent to the minors when he struggled in his 3rd season.

  234. Puck Bard says:

    That’s pretty good.

  235. Danno says:

    One hour five minutes to go… tick tick tick tick tick tick tick…

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

  236. Puck Bard says:

    To their great shame, T.O. was one of the last to do this. I believe Montreal was one of the first. Figures the Leafs brain trust would never have figured that building on your heritage might be an important component to the business model. True, they’ve won nothing since The Enlightenment, but they still have players of which to be proud. 

  237. Puck Bard says:

    Hey, I know it’s all about the hockey and the Habs, but look at us…

    Welcome back fellas (and Boone); it’s hockey season. Nice to be with you all. 

  238. Mrhab24 says:

    How come I’m so nervous?????



    “blah blah something funny blah blah”

  239. HardHabits says:

    It’s like the age old koan:

    If the Habs play in Toronto and nobody is there, do the points count?

  240. Puck Bard says:

    We still have a tender team. 

  241. Bugs says:

    Because you’re chattin with us on your laptop while standing in traffic?

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  242. Bugs says:

    Why did the leafer cross the road?

    Cuz there was nuthin to see at the ACC.

    Lord Alfred Tennyson, I believe.

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  243. LA Loyalist says:

    Many posters feel we are tougher overall than a bunch of years. We’ll see.

    I miss the Pat Burns teams with Craig Ludwig and Rick Green on the back end. Neither of them had the magic we think PK has, but man nobody messed with Roy.

    As you have probably noticed I’m not sold on Price yet – but ironically the one area I think he’ll be ok is with other (Leafs, tonight) guys running him. He’s big and has shown crankiness – which is good. He just can’t lose his concentration, as we all know concentration is everything for a goalie, and it’s not his strong spot yet.

    Go Habs. It’s important to get off to a good start, our first couple of games are not gateau walks.


    “Insert tagline here”

  244. Jeff says:

    We looked over to the Habs bench and didn’t see a player there, a little short u see!

  245. Ian Cobb says:

    You did not see a player because you cannot see us, we are to fast.

  246. Jeff says:

    Only on the circuit Ian, only on the circuit! 

  247. Clay4bc says:

    Listen man…I try to be nice, and you go and do this anyway.

    As I told you in the past. I appreciate the attention, but I just don’t swing that way. I have nothing against your lifestyle choice, but it’s just not for me. I’m flattered though.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  248. lefreak says:

    no one is sold on price yet, and that is ok.

    i’m not going to go on a rant, at the end of the day his play will dictate how i feel towards him. It’s his ream now, and he has the worst backup of his young nhl career…so it is going to be all on him to make that 1st save.


    I don’t think we are tougher as much as we are grittier in terms of the bottom 6. This is where the habs improved last year. The guys that will have to drop the gloves though won’t be sending any messages to anyone…the players we have will be doing a role that they probably wouldn’t do on other teams.

  249. HFX-HabFan says:

    Arpon Basu seems to think that Price will be starting tonight.

  250. SmartDog says:

    Just a trick??

    For those who think that Price’s flu is just a trick to take some pressure off and give him an excuse in case he has an off game and needs to be pulled.

    Think again!  When it comes to helping players deal with the stress of being a Hab, Canadiens management is NOT THAT SMART!!!

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  251. JoeC says:

    The only player ever really talking about on every single thread on this site is ALWAYS Price, how can some of the robots on here say the same thing over and over.  Hell if you guys had kids in minor hockey, who didnt play to what you expected would you want to hear it over and over?


    Maybe its people like me that are at fault to keep asking people to drop the Price argument, but honestly, id love to hear a more indepth bashing of other players except Price, because the general idea is its all Prices fault, no one elses.


  252. nick says:

    You can say whatever you want… but you have to admit… complaining the sky is blue everyday gets a little old.

  253. SmartDog says:

    Good Tweet by Stubbs today:

    Leafs upbeat, in high spirits in a.m. skate. Why not? They’re tied for 1st place!


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  254. otter649 says:

    Tied for first until 3pm est until the game in Finland is over……

  255. adam76 says:

    MAybe the other 6 had the eye holes too small?  Would explain his play. 


  256. larisalapointe says:

    Maybe one of your holes is too small?  lol

  257. newbrunswick troy says:

    screw that i want to see him score the winner in period 1 ..that way i don,t eat all my finger nails!!!

  258. MTLForever says:

    ive been getting abuse from leaf fans all day, lets shut them up

  259. sergim26 says:

    We don’t even have to win to do that!

    Just say 1967! 



  260. adam76 says:

     Come on Price, stop the puck.  Also – nice ed hardy mask ya dirty hipster!

  261. newbrunswick troy says:

    I hope its not my pessimistical view talking here, but i think the leafs are gonna beat the shit out of us tonight!!!

  262. Bugs says:

    Go back to Mississauga, Tide-lover; you ain’t foolin us.

    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  263. Ian Cobb says:

    There is no shit in us friend we are solid Montreal smoked meat, its all in the other side.!

  264. Jeff says:

    Nah, it will be only 4 -2 for the Leafs, the shit kicking will come later!

  265. Jeff says:

    Are U ready?  Are U happy? Are u anxious?

    Ley’s get it on, the Habs vs the Leafs a great start to the season.

    How will the Habs do without Halak or WITH Price?

    Will the Habs also miss Metro & Moore?

    A lot of questions will be answered soon enough, but nothing will be clear until just after Christmas.

    So chill out and cheer for your team.


  266. Jeff says:

    I think he has a point Bugsy, now don’t get all defensive.

    The boys purchased new equipment from ToysRUS and will try to play with the BIG boys…..heh, heh, heh

  267. Lazarus_taxa says:

    I’m vacationing in Whistler, so I’m watching the game on CBC, and the Leaf bias makes me want to puke!!!!  God lets destroy these guys!!!!!!

  268. LA Loyalist says:

    Whistler is fantastic. Wish I were there, also. Drink some Kokanee (sp) or Big Rock!

  269. larisalapointe says:

    I don’t know about you guys, I’d rather not know the team I love is going to win the next 82 games in advance. It would be boring, no?

    So I’m excited to get on the roller coaster and watch the team inch itself towards the playoffs.

  270. Jeff says:

    Hello again Ian, good luck on the season.  I’ll be here again agitating.  BTW, it’s Shwartz’s meat not Montreal, geez trying to steal their thunder too, come on Ian…Ha! Ha!

  271. MTLForever says:

    my one hockey fantasy team is called “Leafs Suck” and the abbreviation is 1967

  272. MTLForever says:

    hedley get off the tv, i just want the game.

  273. Puck Bard says:

    Giguare: put a little more equipment on Terminator!

  274. gatorhabs says:

    Big four point game comming up… can’t wait.

  275. Bar says:

    History will be made, and ‘experts’ will be proven wrong! Drop the PUCK!

    ~Habs Fans: Killing Prospects is a past time!~

  276. sergim26 says:

    Finally!! Let’s kick some Laffs ass!

    This is my first day posting here but I have been reading you for some time!

    I am probably one of the few Habs fans in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

    I hope we have a great season!




  277. adam76 says:

    my god – i hate toronto more then cancer.

    what is the chick doing? collecting tears of all the leaf fans around the country?

  278. lefreak says:

    i knew there would be bagpipes!!! :p

  279. oldrrty says:

    The intro makes me want to puke! I had no idea that water turns into ice thank you MLSE


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  280. adam76 says:

    What a f#cking ripoff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  281. icemachine says:

    Awesome can’t wait to see the Habs out run and out gun the truculence and pugnacioussnes of this crop of Laughs

  282. TomNickle says:

    The Leafs are Canada’s team.  Accept that when they go on the road their fans don’t outnumber the home team’s fans like the Habs fans do.

    So yeah, that makes sense.  Ahh, the little brother who is always jealous, childish, immature and inadequate.

    That’s a shame.

  283. adam76 says:

    I saw a news segment on Toronto pride prade – this is more gay, for real.

  284. oldrrty says:

    Why did not they pay homage to Barilko and show Seal River, QC


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  285. fbkj says:

    k this is so awkward and not organic




    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  286. TomNickle says:

    Funny the boos for Komisarek were louder than the cheers.  I guess we’re close to outnumbering the Leaf fans in their own barn on opening night.

    Yeah, they’re Canada’s team.

  287. TomNickle says:


    That’s what it takes to crack that roster……LOOKOUT!

  288. adam76 says:


  289. adam76 says:

    Just drop the puck – if I wanted to see fat men who never won the cup, I would go hang out with my inlaws.

  290. TomNickle says:

    Anyone hear the lack of ovation for Johnny Bower?

    Pathetic, every Leaf fan in that rink that didn’t stand up and smack their hands as hard as they could should be ashamed of themselves.

  291. adam76 says:

    My god – do they rip off everything??? 


  292. adam76 says:

    I think they were still embarrassed over the lame “water” rip off to give him props.

  293. 4loorplay says:

    carey the flu price….1-0

  294. adam76 says:

    I would pay serious money to punch Glen Heley in the throat.


  295. MTLForever says:

    deflection goal, he prepared for the initial shot, obyrne wasnt doing jack all.

  296. adam76 says:

    2 – 4.   Weak goal – better get use to it.

  297. MTLForever says:

    f kessel, and they are yellin carey

  298. observer says:

    yup an idiot trade for kessel and leafs stink – start your excuses you leaf obsessors because they are a better team than gauthier standing pat with the 88 point team. as i said you would be starting from tonight.

  299. Seps says:

    You have no hockey sense or brain if you think that was a weak goal, get off this site and quit posting

  300. adam76 says:

    I forgot – the goalie has no chance one on one.  

    If your telling me Price played that squence correctly – its you who needs to get a f&ucking clue.

  301. observer says:

    neither goal prices fault. even johnny bower coulnt have stopped them.

  302. MTLForever says:


  303. Fire_Laraque says:

    Well, at least Boyd is scoring.

  304. MTLForever says:

    hey buddy, go try to stop kessel on a breakaway. 

  305. Lazarus_taxa says:

    You can’t even form a coherent sentence.  Your comments are void of intelligence.  You just puke letters into my eyes.  Get a life.

  306. HabFanSince72 says:

    Never a penalty.

  307. Seps says:

    Quit posting, youre just embarrassing yourself even more

  308. adam76 says:

    GREAT comback!


    The “Thoroughbred” win loss record in 2010:
    5 – 12
    Why worry?

  309. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’d be cheering for Healy in that fight.

  310. observer says:

    pretty even game so far. and minus cammaleri, markov and hammer.

  311. observer says:

    i wrote it four u. and you understood it so what does it say aboot yerself?

  312. TomNickle says:

    My goodness did Boyd ever make Komisarek look bad.


  313. MTLForever says:

    no problem troll.

  314. observer says:

    cherry 100% correct about halak/price obviously mocking the pair who made this assinine move.

  315. Lazarus_taxa says:

    Wow.  Just….wow. You got me there, man.  You got me there.

  316. observer says:

    glen healey couldnt shine prices skates or bunny laraque’s either for that matter.f

  317. observer says:

    i didnt realize bob cole used to play for the leafs.

  318. LA Loyalist says:

    not sure if “trucelence” and “pugnaciousness” are allowed in the same post on HIO – moderators?


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  319. db says:

    But what’s done is done.. forgetting about the goalies, how do you compare the 2 teams in front of them?  I couldnt pretend to know anything about the Blues but I’d say that Halak had the “right” mind for Montreal’s crazy fans.  He was brought up the slow way and I think it paid off.  He’s soooooo cool. 

    Either way, Price goes down too early…

  320. TomNickle says:

    Yeah, right after he said that the Leafs would make the playoffs.   Yep.

  321. jimmy shaker says:

    And MAB…….0 for 3 on  the PP already! OUCH!


  322. jimmy shaker says:

    So did LUCHEESE two years ago now!  How’s it going Tommy boy?


  323. TomNickle says:

    Good buddy, good, you?

    Our buddy Roman didn’t make it into the lineup tonight!  That’s a shame.

  324. observer says:

    they might?

  325. jimmy shaker says:

    Very well, thanks.  Sucks that his 5mill/year deal is hanging over us for one more season.  I think this is his last year in the NHL.  Can’t see any team going after this guy even at the league minimum.  So enjoy it Roman, play for a contract every night, maybe that will help him!


  326. Everlasting1 says:

    He didn’t exactly say it with conviction lol



    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  327. TomNickle says:

    Either the contract year or Subban saving his rear end on a shift by shift basis.

    Nice to see Martin remove Eller from the top line and replace him with that offensive juggernaut Darche.

  328. jimmy shaker says:

    I remember last year that Darche had some moments with gio and gomer, so I think he’s going back to that very early on for some reason.  Darche does seem to make good things happen more often than not…..minus his two PIMS.


  329. db says:


    EA NHL 11 has some quirks… Price is “asking” over 5mil.   And I just traded Gomez (7mil) and a 3rd round pick for Stamkos (1.35mil)… I used that money to sigh Niemi and trade Price for Tyler Myers.  That gives Tampa 17 mil on centres and Buffalo over 10mil on goalies


    Alright, back to reality.  It’s gonna be a tough long season for our Dmen.  I think the forwards can handle it, they’re young but good.  AK has got to go… he’s just scared.

  330. MTLForever says:

    yeah haha…never would happen..and those kinds of trades never go through on mine :)

  331. slapshot777 says:

    This is why CBC is crappy, just listening to Cherry and McLean is all Toronto all the time even when the Leafs aren’t playing they still talk about them. Cherry giving his opinion on Price. What is he a expert on Montreal goaltenders ?

    Habs played a pretty good 1st period so far. Leafs got 2 penalties so far, Habs should have had 1 powerplay, but the referee was blowing kisses to Ron Wilson at the time and the other guy had his head up his a$$.


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

  332. db says:

    “30 seconds, Carey Price”

  333. jimmy shaker says:

    new mask for price…..what’s on it? anyone?


  334. LA Loyalist says:

    influenza germs, I would think :)

    he should breath on the leafs.



    “insert tagline here”



  335. observer says:

    price is looking pretty solid so far. looks a lot more confident?

  336. Everlasting1 says:

    A rodeo design. For real.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  337. observer says:

    darche 2 bonehead penalties so far – there is only one reason gauthier put him on this team and the younger superior player ryan white is not.

  338. habsguy says:

    colby armstrong,  man is he dirty !!!!!!!…..And I never realized how much I hate Dion Phaneuf!!!!!

  339. habsguy says:

    next great player for the habs,  besides PK…….ELLER !!!!!!!!

  340. habsguy says:

    Bennys looking a tad better,  and AK shows some flashes

  341. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think AK’s shown anything other than a strong desire to give the puck away.

  342. observer says:

    as a group leafs may be the ugliest bunch of players on any sports team. told you that wilson would send goons after subban.

  343. habsguy says:

    leaf fans are just as ugly……I bet you have a little Burke in you, maybe with some colby thrown in !!!!

  344. db says:

    To HiO admin (and everyone that reads the comments),


    We need a chat.  I need to be able to ask the HIOers something and get an instant response without having to refresh and hope they feel like clicking “post comment”.  Thankfully I’ve refrained from posting hundreds of times since regardless of the opinion, I either agree or disagree.  I would definitely “participate” more in a live chat and I’d also sit back and watch the live banter. 

    Is this possible?  I can’t be the first to think of this..  tell me there isn’t another site that would want to have us use their servers.  Give them an ad spot, I promise I’ll click their logo. 

    Can someone volunteer any feedback?  There’s no other site Id rahter be at and no other online community I bother with… This will get lost amongst all the posts and I won’t even bother to repost (so you can if you want). 


    Ahhh… intermission.  So, why not live chat on HiO?

  345. LA Loyalist says:

    IMHO limiting posters to “agreeing” and “disagreeing” would greatly diminish the richness of expression which currently includes “way off topics” “psychotic rants” “actionable threats of personal injury” “incomprehensible postings in Russian, and Mandarin (and that was just today) and utter incomprehension, discombobulations and various distortions of the time-space continuum. And that doesn’t even consider posters who know squat about hockey but nonetheless have strong and vociferous opinions.

    I’m just saying, be careful what you wish for :)

    “insert tagline here”.


  346. dallyd31 says:

    Despite being behind, I like what I see with the Habs.  Very fast and move the puck well.  With the addition of Markov, Cammy and Hamrlik, they will be just fine.

    Eller looks great.  SKates well, takes the body and has good hands.  I see him on the line with Pleks and Cammy bumping AK when Cammy returns.

  347. TomNickle says:

    Yeah, Gauthier has no idea what he’s doing.

    Boyd = goal

    Halpern = goal

    And it was Komisarek who got abused on both.

    Gotta love that.

  348. HabFanSince72 says:

    We have a problem in goal.

  349. tricolore says:

    Just the first game and we can’t read anything into it. I like the fact that Boyd and Halpern are the goalscorers. These are hard working players that just grind away, take the hits, and find a way to the net. Should others that were MIA last season apply the same effort…we’ll be fine…

    Go Habs Go!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  350. TomNickle says:

    20 seconds left in a one goal hockey game and WHO GETS ON THE ICE AS THE EXTRA ATTACKER?


    Glad to see you’re back to your old ways Jacques.

    Oh hey, and while you’re at it, keep spoon feeding Andrei Kostitsyn all the icetime he can handle even though the only thing he does is pass the puck to the guys in blue!

    Great loss for Jacques.  Great effort coach.  Way to lose the game for your god damn team.

  351. Jeff says:

    Leafs WIN!  Leafs WIN!  So I was out a goal big deal but it sure was a good game.

    I thought both teams played well and Price had some great saves as did Giggy.

    Good start to the season. 

  352. TomNickle says:

    Yeah we did, Giguere played lights out.


  353. JohnnyBEast says:

    Damn, not a bad game. Encouraging play from the new guys, Eller was pretty impressive as well.

  354. Everlasting1 says:

    Wouldn’t oversell that after one game.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  355. duffy says:

    Same old story , OUTPLAYED IN GOAL AGAIN.

  356. observer says:

    excellent game for an opener. both these teams are going to the playoffs. price, subban, kessel for toronto very impressive. gionta and halperin looked great. habs played well inspite of missing 3 huge names.

  357. MTLForever says:

    Did leafs out play us? No. Could’ve easily been a scoreless game. Missing Markov, Hamrlik and Cammy wasn’t nice. 

  358. Everlasting1 says:

    Did Eller get a point on a top line with top minutes?


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  359. observer says:

    cant blame price for this one. in fact he looked confident and played very well.

  360. Xtrahabsfan says:

    More like missing Halak !

  361. Jeff says:

    Come on Tom, I saw Gomez get a great chance on the extra man attack. Darche is Darche…

    That was a good game for both teasm this early into the season, give them a break!

    Well played both sides, Leafs win a close game.   Blaming Martin is just excuses! 

  362. TomNickle says:

    Lars Eller makes our team a lot better.  It’s only one game but I hope people realize that.

    Dustin Boyd was our best penalty killer not named Plekanec and created a lot of offense.

    Price played very well. 

    Now, add Cammalleri and Markov to a team that is much improved from last year.  It’s going to be fine.

  363. Habs1st says:

    Decent game.  Pretty good effort.  Price played decently, one outstanding save.  As others said, good to see the newcomers/grinders score.  Eller was decent, should be good.  Pouliot & Kostitsyn were so-so.  Not confident about those two and O’Byrne though.  Hopefully if they don’t produce early in the season, they’ll be moved – I don’t think we can wait until the trade deadline to get replacements for those two if they don’t live up to their potential!

  364. Habs1st says:

    Halak is gone!!!! Get over it!  Price didn’t play that badly!  Giguere was very, very good.  If you like Halak that much, cheer for St. Louis!

  365. MTLForever says:

    not at all actually. get over it or become a blues fan already.

  366. AH says:

    So last year no secondary scoring…tonight 2 goals, Boyd and Halpern; and what do we get from Gomez, Gionta, Turtleneck man, Pouliot and Sleepy (A. Kost)? a big fat goose egg!!! Well done. Syndy and company up next, can you say 0-2?

    The BATTLE for 8th place begins!


  367. TomNickle says:

    Would Wilson have put Colton Orr on the ice as an extra attacker?

    The players who got chances surely matter, but putting Darche on when you need a goal is stupid.  There’s no better word.

  368. Everlasting1 says:

    Not bad pk, but not great pp. I think Spacek is losing it. 3rd,4th lines weren’t bad, with the exception of Darche.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  369. JohnnyBEast says:

    The only guy that played on our top 2 lines that had a point was Pouliot. Eller looked good in his first game in the show.

  370. luca says:

    your an idiot sorry pal pricer made the saves when he needed to stop listing to glen freakin healy he was a back up for a reason

  371. observer says:

    pouliot, kostitsyn and obyrrne – exactly the 3 i thought the same way about. also white should be there not darche. though darche was part of that near miss at the end.

  372. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Price cost us the game ….he let in two real bad goals  and we lost ‘same old news! Get a life….

  373. SeriousFan09 says:

    The makeup of this team probably better than lottery, but definitely not playoff. Would struggle like many bubble teams and just not quite make it, Markov makes them a force in the division and a team that can win on any night.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  374. Bar says:

    Break away goal and a backhand shot, which EVERYONE knows is the hardest shot to save, especially with it being from the slot.

    Defensive pinches cost the habs the game tonight.


    ~Habs Fans: Killing Prospects is a past time!~

  375. nfldanchor says:

    Eller ,Halpern ,Boyd ,Subban all played well for the Habs. Price also put in a good game. Add Cammy, Hammer and Markov and we are better than last year !  Even thought they lost  I thought the Habs played well considering the top players they are missing. The Leafs had a full lineup and will be no match when our full lineup plays them next time.

  376. JohnnyBEast says:

    You are one to talk, get a life… please, you come onto a site for habs fans and put the team down. Which two goals were bad?

  377. TomNickle says:

    Fans that want to blame goaltenders for losses when the team only scores two goals need to have their heads examined.


  378. habs_1993 says:

    i second that. Our bottom six forwards are an upgrade from last season.

  379. nfldanchor says:

    Anyone who says Price didn’t play well were watching a different game than I did. Ihave been critical of Price ,but I liked the way he played tonight . I think with our full team we can compete against anybody and win .

  380. Habsrule1 says:

    Lots of positives:

    Price played well. Eller was very good. Subban was, well, Subban. Giguere had to be very strong. Boyd and Halpern were a nice adition. Lapierre played a solid game.

    Power play needs work, but it showed some good flashes.

    Many will be very negative, but I was actually not totally dissapointed with the game. I think 9 out of 10 games we play the leafs like that, we’ll win. Yes, we do have to step it up a notch against stronger opponents, but we all know, a Habs-leafs game is unlike any other. We could be first, and they last, or vice-versa, and it will be a good, tight game.

    On to Pittsburgh with Cammalleri, and hopefully Hamrlik!


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

  381. habs_1993 says:

    Dont forget that early tip in to make it 1-0…that was tough

  382. Ton says:

    ok I realize we only gave up Higgins and Mcdonaugh for Gomez/Pyatt but in order to get a number one center we had to take over his  8 mill dollars a year. Enough is enough, I have seen Gomez play for the last year (long enough to pass judgement) play or sit Gomez for a few games.

  383. TomNickle says:

    Ryan O’Byrne is not an NHL player.  Time to show the young man the press box, the waiver wire or a new team.


  384. Storm Man says:

    Good game hate to lose to the laffs but oh well next time. Now time for my top 3 donkey’s of the game.

    1. Darche do I need to say anymore about this guy.

    2. AK46….. you need to wake up

    3. JM for having Darche in the line-up.

  385. Bar says:

    Oh I didn’t even need to address that tip in, that was a perfect tip, I tip *pun* my hat to the leaf player.

    ~Habs Fans: Killing Prospects is a past time!~

  386. since1988 says:

    my only complaints are Picard made me nervous when he was on the PP and (cant wait till Hammer and Markov return to solidify our D), BP57 disappearing act he was demoted to the 4th line at the start of the 3rd period for a reason, and Gill trying to pinch he is a great shut down D but he is too slow to get caught like that.

    Very happy with the play of Eller and Price. The first goal he was down early but that was the perfect tip and he came up with the big save in the end to give us a chance

  387. habs03 says:

    Good to see not everyone going crazy because of one loss, decent game, we played well, a few mistake cost us, the first goal was a bad play by Plecky, Giggy played well. When Hamrlik and Markov come back, both O’B and Picard can stick in the pressbox (even tho both didn’t play that bad), and as of Saturday Darche is offical going to be in the pressbox EVERY single game unless of an injury. With Cammy back I think both him and Pleck can carry that line even on nights that A.Kost doesn’t show up, but Pouliot is an issue for him, I really like him but he plays with no confidence, he might have 20 goals this year, but very few are going to be meaningful goals. As for Eller, played well, I originally wanted him to play C on the 3rd line, but some time playing LW for the time being might be best.

  388. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Very entertaining game and despite missing 3 key players, I thought we played a good game. The Leafs scored 2 lucky goals in my opinion but we never gave up. Good sign.

    I also thought Carey Price was solid in net. Hate the Leafs, Giguere saved their bacon. One down, 81 more to go.

  389. SeriousFan09 says:

    Halpern, Boyd, Laps, Pyatt, Moen are going to do a lot more for us to start the season than last year’s unit will, the Top-6 gets going and the team will have a well-balanced offence to throw out each game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  390. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    Great game by the boys today :) They looked well…but it was funny to see how obviously they missed Cammalleri… Regardless Price played freaking great and I was really proud of him…I`m used to seeing the team play without Markov…who I think…and I am going to say this!! We should trade Markov and get some badass players who can maybe play a full season…Regardless the team looked great even though we lost….BIG FFFFin Deal…..Carey looked good….when we get Cammi back and Markov…LOOKOUT………….



    Halah Who?????????????

  391. TomNickle says:

    This is what I find funny about the Edmonton Oilers organization.  And the only reason I bring it up is that I’m watching their roster come onto the ice and it has me chuckling.

    Hall, Eberle, Pjarrvi, Cogliano, Gagner, Gilbert, Whitney, Brule, Foster, Hemsky and Penner.

    Young, offensively gifted players, skill out the wazoo.

    And who is their coach?  The Western Conference version of Jacques Martin, Tom Renney.

    He is literally the last available coach that the Edmonton Oilers organization should’ve chosen to coach that team.


  392. Olay Olay Olay says:

    The Good.

    • Our Rookies and new faces came to play. PK, I’m not totally sold on yet but man can he skate!

    • Gionta was a trooper for us again.

    • Price played well, that’s all you can ask. Giguere stole the game.

    The Bad

    • No second effort from Gomez.

    • AK…..whatever. I’m done with you.

    • A lot of missed calls.

    The Ugly

    • Phaneuf hasn’t gotten any prettier.

  393. TomNickle says:

    Our team without Markov is close to a lottery pick team.  I hope you understand that.

  394. Everlasting1 says:

    Goaltending was the difference in this game. There’s a reason why Giguere is earning twice that of Price.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  395. TomNickle says:

    Lottery Robert, and you know it.

    Markov is the key to our even strength scoring, our powerplay and opposing teams can’t forecheck two deep and put pressure on us down low when he’s on the ice.  He can turn an opposing team dump in into an oddman rush going the other way in a split second.

    Tonight proved it.  Subban was the only defenseman on our team able to hit our forwards in space with the puck.

    Markov is the key and we don’t score without him.


  396. savethepuck says:

    agree with everything but the Markov opinion. easily one of the best D in the NHL>Our MVP> No 0 for on PP tonight with him I think.  Maybe u think he’s injury prone? I think some fluke injuries and he has the ability to heal quickly


  397. TomNickle says:

    All that said below.  Markov being on the team makes us the division winner in my opinion.

    Being able to balance our scoring helps.  But Martin made too many stupid decisions on night #1 for me to be really excited.

    Darche as the extra attacker, Pouliot getting benched, Kostitsyn not getting benched, O’Byrne and Picard getting more than 10 minutes of icetime.  Eller playing centre on the powerplay.  

  398. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov is a huge impact guy for Montreal but honestly, the team isn’t that bad without him, they managed to survive last season for a stretch and that was without a guy like PK to help carry offence. We’re not one of the 5 worst in the NHL this season without him I would bet anything on that.

    It’s not going to be a cakewalk but this team works much harder at winning and is better able to cope than the last few Habs squads without Markov.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  399. TomNickle says:

    Subban wouldn’t be able to replace Markov, and that’s essentially what you need if Markov’s out.

    Subban can’t go 25 minutes per night and doesn’t have near the decision making ability that Markov has.

    Last season without Subban we went 6 games under .500 without Markov in the lineup.

    You stretch that out over the entire season and we’re around 14-15 games under .500.

    This season, it would probably be 10 games under.

  400. SeriousFan09 says:

    The PP issue was the only thing that really stuck in my throat for the game, Pleks should have been left to manage the 2nd PP unit with Eller and AK and just use standard lines for the offence. Picard and OB had to get some ice otherwise Spacek/Subban and Gill/Gorges would have just fallen apart entirely in that game.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  401. J Haul says:

    I was fuming when I saw that. I actually like Darche, but honestly, in that situation there’s no one on the bench with a little more offensive flair? Head out of bum Martin!

  402. J Haul says:

    I don’t think Giguere deserves as much credit as is being heaped on him. Sure, he made a couple stops in the dying minutes, but overall our guys just lacked finish, big time.

  403. SeriousFan09 says:

    Naturally he can’t replace Markov, but he at least gives an element of what Markov is to the team and that will allow things to be better in transition. Markov is needed to win the division of course, but I think Subban can at least manage for the 10-12 games we won’t have him. I just don’t think this team is as likely to roll over and die as previous teams have, they’re far more interested in the win.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  404. krob1000 says:

    Subban is just a kid but I was really impressed wiht his tranistin decision making…..he is far more aware and a better passer than I originally thought…..Markov is a robot but PK and him together is going to be a huge help to our forwards…

  405. TomNickle says:

    Darche as the extra attacker doesn’t ruffle your feathers?

  406. krob1000 says:

    Darche in the lineup and White in Hammer ruffles my feathers…but contracts are as important as draft picks in the new NHL ….

  407. badbalance says:

    AK? Hit a post, made some plays and checks. What did he do wrong?

  408. SeriousFan09 says:

    If he’s willing to screen the goalie why not, someone has to do it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  409. Mr-T says:


  410. Mr-T says:


  411. Mr-T says:


  412. Mr-T says:

    What did you expect from Martin, who made stupid and questionable decisions for 101 games last year. This team will continue to flounder and be a group of underachievers as long as he remains the coach.                                


    Support Carey Price       “Hypocrisy is not a virtue”                               

  413. samthemacman says:

    Are you into TM or something?  You have this Mantra thing going… You keep saying “Carey looked good”. What game were you watching? No this one. That is for sure!


  414. Trolled says:

    Haha, of course, he/she wasn’t watching the Blues game like us both. Silly Habs fans!

  415. samTHEman says:

    What the hell are you talkign about Olay? Kostitsyn had a decent game – he just didn’t score. He finished his checks, he went out there and skated. He almost score on two opportunities. His greatest
    issue is positioning himself to wind up a shot. Cammalleri should help
    him with that.

    You’re nothing but a typical fan who forms his opinion solely based on what the french media say. Go watch antichambre, although i would be surprised if you aren’t already.

    What is with everyone getting on AK’s back. Realise, please, that he overperformed that year with Pleky and Kovy. It sucks when a player has too great of a year…..they’ll forever be expected to exceed or repeat. No doubt though that AK can pull off a 25-35 season which I believe is reasonable. Stop expecting 35-40 goal seasons from him.

    It’s obvious Brunet/Pierre dislike AK, hardcore. Everytime he makes a small mistake they get on his back. God forbid they ever mention the likes of Picard..Pouliot…and the number of times their beloved frenchman MAB turned over the puck and cost us goals last season.


  416. duffy says:

    You are an IDIOT if you think this team will make the playoffs with this slacker as there number one goalie.

  417. Jeff says:

    Seriously, that trimmed whatever around Gionta’s mouth looks familiar.

  418. TripleX says:

    PG in his wisdom gave everyone a one way contract.  Thus handcuffing his ability to send anyone down, like perhaps the dude with the 600,000 raise Pouliot.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  419. adamkennelly says:

    WTF is Darche doing on this team instead of White – I don’t care if its his salary – contract which never should have been signed…go away…and lets not forget JM is the same guy who played MAB as much as he did in the playoffs…

  420. Corio says:

    Seriously, Darche had his time but time to move over for the likes of White, he could of helped the team tonight..

  421. samTHEman says:

    We can make better decisions than management…trust me. Some of those guys out there are lost. Replace Darche with White JM….do I have to hold a sign up for you on home opener night? Ffs…

  422. savethepuck says:

    Just came online quick to see if there was any Carey bashing after the first loss.  3 bad defensive breakdowns left him hung out to dry IMO.  From the few comments I’ve read it seems that people saw the same game I did.  We go into Pitt Saturday night, they are 0 and 1 too and probably want revenge for last year. Hope we r up for it.

    Go Habs go

  423. habsfreak13 says:

    Eller was AMAZING! I see a bright future for him. Only player that really got me excited tonight. 

  424. Corio says:

    Love the kid, his head seems like it’s in the right place.

  425. Jeff says:

    Huh, wait a minute wasn’t price AMAZING a couple years ago?    ….jus saying….

  426. TomNickle says:

    Dustin Penner looks good.  I’ll set the over/under of the amount of games that he tries to be a good player at 29.

    Any takers?

  427. krob1000 says:

    not anymore ….that is a fun looking team and he better be looking over his shoulder because they have a ton of offensive talent there….the kids don’t look like kids….and if Hemsky stays healthy……they don;t have a good blueline but man are they deep offensively.  It looks like 1980’s hockey out there…just an all out offensive attack

  428. Corio says:

    They could still send him down….through waivers  :)

  429. JIMVINNY says:

    Do you have any concept of what a one way contract means?  It doesn’t prevent Gauthier from sending him down.  Look at Souray and Redden.  They have one way contracts as well.  It just means that he gets paid his full NHL salary, no matter where he plays.  He can still be sent down.

  430. observer says:

    Pittsburgh lost to Flyers in their home opener, play Habs next. Don Cherry tonight:

  431. Rainrocket16 says:

    Looks like we played well, of course I dont get to watch games here in Cali but Boone is my savior on these nights, thanks again Sir! Price seemed a little tense and as well he should be, he has a lot to prove to us thats for sure. Eller is gonna be a beast I do believe. PK is gonna shine as well. I am sure the absense of Cammy was a big factor in this one. Shake it off, chill the beers and lets kill the damn flightless birds again on Saturday!!

  432. TomNickle says:

    Price wasn’t tense.  He stopped a couple of shots from 100 feet that he didn’t use the glove on.  That’s what led to the he’s shaky or tense speculation.  He was quite calm and composed.  Dealt with quite a few shots with traffic early in the game and got hung out to dry on all three goals.

    First one was a miracle deflection with nobody covering the front of the net.  And I mean a 45 foot radius around the slot.  Second was a Kessel breakaway and the third was a backhander from the slot where Macarthur was left to his own devices.

    Eller, Gionta, Lapierre and Boyd especially looked really good.

    Gomez actually had a better game than most people think.  He’s shooting the puck more and that’s gonna open up a lot of passing lanes for him obviously.




    You mental midgets are going to be taught a hard lesssssson.Winning isn’t everything its the only thing;this isn’t horseshoes-close doesn’t count.C’mon give me the excuses….He had no chance;no…hye didn’t see the shot…no his hairdresser said he was having a bad hair day…no he has the flu….etc,etc,etc,etc.

    REMEMBER THE MANTRA:Carey is not an NHL Goalie;too slow,slow laterally,slow mentally.

    Canadiens will be 0-3 very soon.Its going to be a long season.

    nuff said

    Long live   Rejean Houle,Bob Gainey and “Bob Lite” Gauthier-Geneii all.

  434. TomNickle says:

    I’m not as big on Hall as the next guy but Paajarvi and Eberle look really good.  Kiprusoff not looking good.  The Flames need him to be a Vezina candidate to have a shot at the playoffs in my opinion.

  435. krob1000 says:

    Hall is not as intelligent overall IMO as those two…he is dynamic though…..he is more like an ovechkin light…..a little reckless, speed off the charts, loves to shoot and just seems to find open ice despite everyone around being aware of him.  His ability to accelerate and change speeds will make him a star …. Hall seems to generate a chance every shift…..he seems uninvloved, makes a bad decision holding on too long,etc…..then next thing you know he is streaking in all alone…..he is raw but talent off the charts….seriously off the charts…he has Tavares hands with Ovechkin speed and a winning pedigree…he’ll get it done.  I think his explosiveness is pretty well indefensible over the long term…like Ovechkin.  The fact he is surrounded bys everal other talents makes him a can;t miss early on too IMO.

  436. Rainrocket16 says:

    Yeah I am not worried, gonna be a good year. Our young talent will shine with the help of our vets. Thanks for the info Tom.

  437. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Like I stated before….If Price wins a majority of the next 20 games ,I will stop posting and gladly delete my account! OH by the way  Xtra :1-Carey :0…Some times it hurts to be right and this is one of those moments…….

  438. blu3chip says:

    It is very pathetic that some Habs fans want Price to crash so badly just so that they can say “See, I’m right”.

  439. blu3chip says:

    Price is right.

    Spacek = wtf

  440. samTHEman says:

    spacek…gill…obyrne…such slow D….we need some quality D besides markov gorges subban..and hamr is so-so.


    desharnais…maxwell…no room for those guys on the team. management you wont play them? package them and get your team some quality Dmen. you can thank me later for the great advice!

  441. Leafy says:

    Well, I promised to come back and talk some trash after the game, but I got nuthin’.  I think both teams played poorly.  Observations:

    – Both teams ‘D’ were turnover machines

    – Gionta was impressive.  Phaneuf got hurt but was still solid.

    – Subban can fly and has swagger.

    – Giggy was better than Price, but Price was still decent.

    – Leafs top line was better than Habs top line.

    – Leafs best player was better than Habs best player

    Overall a sloppy game, with dozens of unforced mistakes.  Could’ve gone either way.  One year ago, the Habs were badly outplayed by the Leafs but won.  Tonight you lost a fairly even game.  That is hockey.

    Psychic moment….  Prediction:  The Leafs will sweep the season series.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  442. blu3chip says:

    Psychic moment….  Prediction:  Leafs won’t make the playoffs (again), Habs will.

  443. SlovakHab says:

    Leafs top line was better than 2/3 of the Habs top line – we missed Cammalleri.


    Habs without Cammy, Markov and Hamrlik is equivalent to the Leafs without Kessel, Kaberle and Beauchemin.

    Enjoy your healthy team while you can – injuries in the NHL are more than common and the Leafs have no depth.

  444. MTLForever says:

    I’d like to note this leaf fan bashing price to me and then claimed price lost to canes in the playoffs few years ago…he shut up after i told him huet was playing…

  445. says:

    I’m not sure what’s funnier.  Spacek on defense or the Habs fans here losing their minds after one game lol.

    They Call Me Shane

  446. Hagar says:

    Apart from losing, not a bad game. My boy Price was ok and my boy Benny is tied for 1st on the team in pts. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  447. Premier Ralph says:

    If winning is the only thing then Carey is not so bad compared to Patrick Roy in thier first 3 years.

    Patrick Roy   138GP   68W  46L  18T   3.06 GAA

    Carey Price    134GP   60W  48L  18T   2.73GAA

    Not bad Comparison don’t you think?

  448. 100HABS says:

    AK46: Benoît hates him and Pierre doesn’t like him. I thought he was great tonight. He was physical, backchecked, and made a number of good passes. Got one post. Pleks never got him one of those passes in the slot and AK wasn’t on the first power-play. He and Eller basically made things happen in the second unit, but without any support at the point, it’s hard to score.

    I don’t like putting Pleks on the 1st unit with GG, but I can understand the front loading because you only have 2 decent defencemen. The 2nd unit is basically spinning its wheels.

    Note AK was -2, but both goals were as a result of errors from teammates, not him.

  449. TripleX says:

    Some fans think the Habs have speed.  Want to witness REAL team speed in action?  Watch the Oilers, wow what an exciting team of young players.

    Like I said in the summer, the Oilers will win the Cup before the Habs.  One more lottery pick this summer and watch out.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  450. krob1000 says:

    All screw ups tonight….every goal……Brent left all alone, Gill getting caught on the Kessel one stepping up too far if you are Hal Gill and Spacek whiffing on Macarthur.  There were actually a few other blown assignments  by the D ….I remember one sequence where Gill and OB were on the ice together and it really looked like they were kids out there…they had no idea where the other guy was and fortunately the LEafs didn’t capitalize but another team would have.  I don’t think GIll is a regular dman during the regular season… can dress him if you go 7 d and use him in special situations but over a long season at 5 on 5 he is a liability….a big one.  Spacek needs to wake up.  Markov …needs to heal and Hammer needs to be good Hammer…he and Spacek seem to have bipolar on ice tendencies.  Our d will be key this year for us…..both offensively and defensively.  If Markov and Subban can move the puck as expected the forwards will profit huge…..defensively we just cannot have a d corps like we dressed tonight….we have an undersized overachiever in Gorges, a disgustingly slow but smart Gill, a big kid on a short leash with no confidence in OB, a vet in Spacek who appears out of shape…at his age I think he should start camp 3 weeks earlier…he just doesn’t have it yet.  That was the difference….3 blown assignments…well more but all three led to goals….their only goals.

  451. SeriousFan09 says:

    No defence, no goaltending. That Top 5 pick better deliver a franchise defencemen and even then they’ll need to add on to that. Dubnyk, Deslauriers haven’t shone anything and Bulin’s got back issues going back years and is creeping up on 37. Right now, they’re looking like Washington was  made but not even a Mike Green on the back end.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  452. SeriousFan09 says:

    TJ Brodie wearing #66 with the Flames right now, just epic, epic fail.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  453. kordic says:


    My positives for the game

    The Habs new guys played well, especially Eller.

    Lap surprisingly played like a new player all together. Price looked nervous plus he has the flu, but he did his job.


    Gill is beyond horrible and he is a year older, Spacek, Darche is on this team cause of his last name, Gomer played too late same as Gionta. Obi is brutal and a wimp.







    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  454. SlovakHab says:

    First you praise them, then predict them a lottery pick?

    And yes, constantly drafting a potential franchise player doesn’t hurt any team – that’s NHL logic (reward the worst with the best talent). Other than that, the Oilers didn’t do any good moves in the past. It’s all sucking and then drafting high.

  455. TripleX says:

    As I responded to you earlier SF09, you are looking short term.  By the time the Oilers get good Bulin will be long gone.  The team of 2010 is not the team you will see in the future, but the core will remain.  That is the point, a great young cap friendly core to build around.  That is the recipe for success in the cap world NHL.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  456. TripleX says:

    I am praising a highly skilled young team that has the potential to be great moving forward.  Even Pittsburgh with Crosby was bad for a while.  Patience dude.



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  457. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dubnyk, Deslauriers aren’t exactly sturdy goaltending replacements and you can look around the league for hard it is to find a goalie who can reliably hold the net. EDM also has the issue of being EDM, it’s not a nice city, it’s really hard to attract UFAs or re-sign players because of it and so like Montreal, they face issues with retaining their stars.

    I take in the long term but even if they draft Adam Larsson (Right now, potential #1 pick and franchise defencemen) and he is what they need, they still some need some goaltending and at least two more Top-4 defenders to give the team what they need. That team is too poorly managed to do what has to be done to become a contender.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  458. TripleX says:

    I mentioned during the playoffs that the people who thought Gill and the rest of the defense could play that way during the regular season were dreaming.  It is impossible to play that total sacrifice of the body style for 82 games.  Of course I was shouted down and called a troll.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  459. TripleX says:

    I respect your opinion, but I guess time will tell.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  460. SlovakHab says:

    What patience? I don’t give a **** about the Oilers.

    Go and praise their lottery-pick built young team where people actually care about the Oilers.

    I am generally discusted by the fact that the teams that would elsewhere be relegated to lower leagues/divisions can get a free top talent in the NHL, and even more annoyed that there are Habs fans that like it.

    How would you like our team to be a laughing stock of the league a la Blackhawks or Oilers for 5-10 seasons?

    Is that the way a sports franchise should be built? 


    (this is just to answer/attack your above post, not you as a person – just to be clear)



    the difference was we had an all star goalie named halak who didn’t let in 2 easy goals to start the game.We had a goalie who STONED(as opposed to being stoned) teams.Who stoped Ovechin and Crosby time and time again,and who SINGLE HANDIDLY got us into the playoffs 2 years in a row.

    DEAL WITH REALITY.Its easier-Just say “Price will not make big saves at key times.He loses 2 games for every one he wins.Canadiens will not make the playoffs with price-its a NO BRAINER-DEAL WITH REALITY-OR REALITY WILL DEAL WITH YOU.

    nuff said

  462. Chuck says:

    Did somebody order a frontal lobotomy?

  463. savethepuck says:

    Agree Gill had a bad 1st game of the season. He had a lot of bad games last season too.  Maybe u r forgetting he was one of our playoff heroes in our playoff run last spring tho.  Shutting down some big players ( OV and Sid ), or at least that”s what I remember him getting credit for


  464. Hagar says:

    All star??? When did Halak ever make an all star appearence? Halak supporters are so adorable. “It’s my goal to lead the league in 4 minute roughing things” -Scott Gomez

  465. TripleX says:

    Ok I understand. But I still think they are an exciting team with a great future.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  466. kordic says:

    I didn’t know they played defence in the playoffs? I thought it was Halak that saved them, game after game.

    Learn your hockey, then talk.



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  467. TripleX says:

    Just for arguements sake, and I am not trying to piss you off.  Say the Oilers do win the Cup before the Habs.  Would you then consider that the Habs follow the same path?


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  468. SlovakHab says:

    Yes, I agree. They are an exciting team with potentially great future.

    Just like the Blackhawks were and still partially are.

    (But personally, I don’t like the way these teams are built.)

  469. quentin_stuckley says:

    agreed.  how can memories be so short?  it was all praise and accolades and now, he’s worthless?  one game. ” what have you done for me lately?” indeed.  

  470. krob1000 says:

    he has his uses…..but regular minutes during an 82 regular game schedule is not one of them.  He is a pk specialist and can block shots and take space when you are conceding youa re under siege or overmatched.  I like Gill……he is a great team guy….but he is going to drive me nuts.,……people made fun of Brisebois…at least he contributed offensively.  Dominc Moore was one of our playoff heroes too, Pyatt, Halak….yeah him too…things change.  Gill is easily the slowest dman in the league and without the constant backpressure and support the forwards provide in the playoffs….he is pretty well a liability everytiemhe on the ice. He needs to concede the blueline, can;t wina foot race to the pcuk even if does jar it from someone, has to have our defensive guy in Gorges paly with him to compensate….Gorges should be with Markov or Subban…won;t happen though….not this year…..but next year it will.

  471. TripleX says:

    What are you mumbling about Kordic?  Time for the medications.


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  472. Caballero says:

    Dude, do yourself a favor and leave this forum and become a St-Louis fan. No player is bigger than the team.

  473. kordic says:

    Halak kept us and got us into the playoffs. PERIOD!

    Gill was brutal when we acquired him and he’s worse now. I don;t play in the N.H.L., but if i did, i would be embarrassed to watch myself on video if i was him.


    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  474. badbalance says:

    Who cares about Halak, im behind “OUR” goaltender 100%. Thanks to Halak for doing what he did, but Price is our man and I will support him, same people that couldn’t get over Koivu are doing the same with Halak. Price still made some nice saves and the one at the end of the game was outstanding, I have high hopes for the kid. If you haters can’t support our #1 goalie then go root for another team or something, maybe open a Blues blog and ride Halak all you want.

  475. SlovakHab says:

    totally agree. The veterans know when to play the hardest and they have shown it in the postseason.

    But to play like that the whole season would be impossible to sustain.

  476. kordic says:

    I quit doing Coke when I died.



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  477. savethepuck says:

    Did u hear the question asked to Darren Dreger of TSN ( the Toronto Sports Network)..who never gives HABS any credit.

     QUESTION: Do you think Carey Price can play well and live up to the expectations of the Montreal management:

    ANSWER: Definitely. Based on my conversations with several GMs over the summer, there were a lot of teams that wanted Carey. Gauthier knew what he had in Price and knew he was a valuable commodity.

    Unlike others who listened to Don Cherry’s Coaches Corner comments tonight, what I heard from him was HE would not be successful in Montreal because of the fans, NOT because of his abilities.


  478. krob1000 says:

    I made fun of Hal Gill since day one one here…as a Leaf, as a Pen and as a Hab… the palyoffs…he has his uses, if he is a 7th dman…he has his uses…..but if he is anymore than your 6th oir 7th dman…you just might not make the playoffs.  I don’t want to turn this into a Gill bashing,….he is a leader…..but he is also one of the worst dmen I have ever seen getting regular minutes in the regular season…..and always has been. I would absolutely dress him come playoff time beacuse he ca contribute in that situation…but in the regular season he has never been anything but a liability to any team he has ever palyed on that I have seen.

  479. TripleX says:

    LOL  good one


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  480. SlovakHab says:

    Well, the cup always comes first, right?

    If I knew there was a guarantee of success, I wouldn’t object.. :)

    But if I could choose, I wouldn’t like to see the Habs suck for a long period of time – don’t forget that many teams took this road without success (Atlanta, Toronto, Florida …)

  481. Laramy87 says:

    I was at the game in Toronto tonight, and i have to say i really HATE leaf fans. One arrogant fan in front of me would turn around and point at me and try to get me to give him a high five when leafs scored and won. F*ck that!. Then walking to my train ride home, i had countless leaf fans telling how much habs suck.

    LEAFS YOU WON ONE GAME ONE! They were walking around the city like they just won the damn Stanley Cup. They are the most arrogant and ignorant bucnh of fans.

    I also have to say, the atmosphere for a leafs habs game was pretty crappy. Leaf fans think they were funny giving Price the sarcastic cheer, and just in general very quiet. I could hear ppls conversations all around me. That does not happen in Montreal.

    Well thats my rant, phiew. Now to game. I was extremely impressed with Eller and Boyd. Price played well, that save with 1 minute left was HUGE and we almost tied it. Gio and Gomer played a great 3rd period. PK was everywhere, i am so glad he is a hab. Still darche is questionable, bring up White PLEASE. Pouilot played well, using his body more than i saw him use it last year, same as AK. WOW what a release he has tho. He needs to skate a bit more tho. Overall we def missed Markov and Cammy, basically 2 of our best players.

    I have a feeling if tonight was any idication (with addition to Markov and Cammy) its going to be a good year. Eller is ony going to get better, and ibet will knock AK46 off the top line. We will beat Pitts sat.

  482. badbalance says:

    And the D managing to shutdown Ovechkin Backstrom Malkin and Crosby in front of Halak, blocking a rediculous amount of shots per game, Cammy and Gionta running the show on offense and the pluggers scoring goals…

  483. kordic says:

    I’m a little messed up, triplex.


    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  484. badbalance says:

    The leafs suck since TV was in black and white..

  485. Caballero says:

    What matters right now is not last season. That’s all in the past. Last season was great, but some people here have to accept the reality that Halak is playing with another team now. Get over it already. I know it’s hard now that daddy has remarried, but if you can’t accept that you should go and be with him in his new home.

  486. SlovakHab says:

    Darche is on this team cause Cammy is injured (but yes, I would prefer White).

    Gill is all right and definitely didin’t cost us the game.

    We are not too small anymore. There are very few big & skilled guys in this league.

    It’s usually skilled and smallish top-6 and larger/tougher bottom-6. 

    Overall, this team is just all right – nothing to rave about, but far from sucking. Considering missing our best and 3rd best player as well as another top-4 D, this wasn’t a bad season opener.

  487. kordic says:

    Everyone mentions the goalie situation all the frigin time!!!!!!

    How about the Brutal Defense that both goalies have in front of them, or the fact that they can’t score consistently, or the fact that they are a bunch of wimps wtc……

    Leave Price alone, this kid will win if you give him a team to win with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  488. dallyd31 says:

    Seriously…you are such an idiot.

    Easy goals…come on man, get your head out of your a**.  Start acting like an objective adult.

  489. JohnnyBEast says:

    hahahahhahahahaha YES!

  490. Matt_in_TO says:

    Just got home from the game.  Holy crap leaf fans are terrible.  I honestly think they shouldn’t serve beer at the ACC.  Mixing beer with their small minds is just asking for trouble.  Some of the sober ones were cool and we joked around but the majority are just obnoxious fools who are starved for attention.  They way they were going on and on you’d think they just won a playoff game but they don’t know what one of those are in this city.  And of course wearing my Price jersey brought with it “The Price is wrong” which stopped being funny after the 2nd time, not to mention the 50th time.  Having to spend an hour in Union Station and then another 30 minutes on the train with them should be enough penitence to absolve me of a few sins.


    I thought Carey played well.  There’s no way he’s stopping that first goal.  The Kessel goal he almost stopped but just one of those tough ones.  That third goal he should have had but it didn’t help matters that Spacek decided to play the role of human pylon and just allow McArthur to walk out like that.


    The top 6 played well and both lines came oh so close.  Their timing seemed to be a little off which will come.  Cammy missing was noticeable, especially on the power-play.  They rest of the guys didn’t play too bad and it was nice to see Boyd and Halpern cashing in goals.  Pouilot actually was back checking!


    PK is a treat to watch live.  He’s all over the place.  How sweet would it have been if he had connected on that one timer off the face-off.


    That’s about it.  Glad I went, sat with some cool Habs fans so it wasn’t all bad and I still say F*ck the Leafs. 


    – In Price We Trust

  491. SlovakHab says:

    The Maple Leafs are a playoff team.


    Providing 2 things:

    Their team stays extremely healthy (they have no depth – Kessel goes down and they don’t score, Bozak goes down and they don’t have a center).

    They are fortunate with schedule, playing their opponents at the most opportune times. Key injuries, cold streaks, etc.

  492. otter649 says:

    Jordon Eberle (Oilers) scored his 1st NHL goal tonight (sh) with some sweet moves – One he & others won’t soon forget……….

  493. savethepuck says:

    Or he will steal games for this team like he has done in the past if he doesn’t have to deal with the bs and has his head where it needs to be. Frustrates me so much that I live an 8 hour drive away and it is so hard to get tickets at the Bell. Guarantee u I’d be cheering and not bashing if I had the privelidge of being there to cheer on my team.  I feel Carey has to stand on his head Saturday night against the Pens so he gets some respect when he returns home for the home opener.

  494. EricInStL says:

    Man does Calgary look old and play old compared to the young oilers. What do you put the odds of Calgary trading Iginla in order to get younger players ?

  495. Chuck says:

    Given Martin’s track record from last year, Auld will start in Pittsburgh.

  496. JohnnyBEast says:

    Goal of the year haha

  497. EricInStL says:

    Eberle what a shot

  498. sh00n says:

    Just got another one. Man, these kids in Edmonton are fricken fun to watch.

  499. samthemacman says:

    Habs D could have been better. Questionable penalties running around
    in their own zone. But more than anything Price sucked and proved he
    will never be the man. He was soft on goals, and rebounds galore. Not
    good enough. We let go the man who could do the job, for this inept
    idiot cowboy. This is going to be a very long season. Hmmm… 25 games
    before he gets pulled in favour of Auld, and then trade the man before
    he has zero value. He should have been gone two seasons ago. What a
    pathetic excuse for a goalie.  Get rid of him, and at least get a decent
    D man for him. This was embarrassing losing to the hated Leafs like
    that. Really missed Cammi. He could have been a difference maker in this game. Maybe this sobers him up as to how important every game is and the need for self control out there. This cost the team 2 points. His missing the game was as costly as the poor play of Price, and the D.

  500. sh00n says:

    No idea, but I would gladly give up some prospects minus PK and Eller to land him.

  501. badbalance says:

    If the leafs play like this all season, they will for sure not make the playoffs.

  502. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Oilers destroying Calgary in the 3rd period. Man, Eberle – what a player!

    3 goals in 3 minutes? Fans yelling “Kipper”.

    Calgary’s D needs to improve man..not Kipper’s fault. He was doing his best until the 3rd.

  503. Chuck says:

    Had the pleasure(?) of being at the game and sat behind Carey for the 1st and 3rd periods.

    story of the game? Three defensive brain farts that led to three Leafs
    in alone inside of 10 feet. If we don’t score at a better than 2
    goal/game clip, those mental lapses are going to kill us.

    moment of the night? Before the game, introducing Leafs from all of the
    provinces, AND BOB COLE WAS ONE OF THEM. WTF?! Hey CBC, way to wear
    your bias on your sleeve.

    And yeah, the crowd was surprisingly lame.

  504. samthemacman says:

    If Auld does start and they win, he should play the next game too.


  505. Chuck says:

    Do you hang with Gerry from the West Island?

  506. sh00n says:

    They obviously made a huge mistake keeping Kipper and letting Toskala get away!

  507. savethepuck says:

    The Beulin Wall not playing bad tonight either


  508. Chuck says:

    a) That was a joke, and

    b) Did you watch the game?

  509. SlovakHab says:

    oh please don’t take me wrong – I hate the Leafs!!!

    But to respond: On the one hand, you are right. But every team improves from game 1 on.

    I really wish the Leafs didn’t make the playoffs and didn’t give Boston another lottery pick at the same time.. 


    Those 2 conditions I wrote are huge IFs.

    Any team fulfilling these 2 conditions is a playoff team, isn’t it?

  510. samthemacman says:

    Price is a choker and he will prove it within 20 games. He should have stopped that third goal and lack of focus and rebounds are going to kill our Habs, defense or no defense, the last line is the goalie, and he just plain sucks.

  511. Matt_in_TO says:

    The Bob Cole thing was so funny.  The guy next to me started doing an impression of him which was dead on. 


    WTF was up with that crap with the water and Bower freezing the ice with his stick.  Felt like something that got cut from the Vancouver opening ceremonies.  That freaking stupid song that’s played during that pre-game video also makes my blood boil.  “This is Canada’s dream, this is Canada’s team”.  


    – In Price We Trust

  512. samthemacman says:

    Price still sucks. Halak rules, even in St. Louis.


  513. EricInStL says:

    I think the Oil vs Washington will be fun to watch. The speed will be amazing if the youngsters still have gas in the tank by that point.

  514. samthemacman says:

    Don’t worry about Price in Pittsburg. He won’t be in net. Auld will. In Auld we trust. Price is a choker and must go.


  515. Matt_in_TO says:

    Thanks for being a fan.


    – In Price We Trust

  516. Chuck says:

    Man, you sure sound like you have a chip on your shoulder. Get rid of it; it’ll be easier on your back.

    By the way, the Blues open against Philly on Saturday night. I wonder if Halak is still seeing flashes of orange in his nightmares. He’ll have to improve on that killer .850 save% against them if he’s going to get a win.

  517. samthemacman says:

    Sure we will beat the Pens, with Auld in goal!


  518. savethepuck says:

    Getting very sick of this. People have to give their head a shake. Same City and fans that booed Ken Dryden. Patrick Roy, and others,  and ruined Jose Theodores career( not saying he was those 2 ). When are fans of this team going to wake up and realize how important mental preparation is for an NHL Goalie. No confidence, means usually bad performances.  Complain about how they don’t talk to the press etc….I hope our tender doesn’t have access to this bs


  519. samthemacman says:

    You are as lame as all the Hab players who tell fans how and who to cheer for! As fans we have a right to cheer and to complain, and guess what, the wrong guy was traded to the Blues, plain and simple. So now, in Auld we trust! Price sucks. And I am 100% behind the team, and zero percent for Price. Price lets his team mates down all the time by his lack of focus, rebounds and the lack of a save when they need one, like goal number 3 tonight. He continues this way he will be on the bench, and Auld will play and then we can just get rid of him. You cannot count on Price. Seems many Hab fans are as clued out as management. Price is a dud. He is just not good enough.


  520. samthemacman says:

    Losing is never good, even more so to the hated Maple Laughs!


  521. samthemacman says:

    Preach it brother! Finally the truth. Price is a bust and always will be. With Price we miss the playoffs. Get rid of him now. In Auld we trust.

    Amen and amen!


  522. samthemacman says:

    Come to think of it… maybe the Leafs are so bad, not because of their players, but because of their fans! Now there’s logic! Not!


  523. samthemacman says:

    If no player is bigger than the team, why is Price still on this team anyway! Because he is bigger than the team, and the egos that drafted him and kept him think he is bigger than the team!


  524. samthemacman says:

    And Price has not done anything since before and after he was an all star!


  525. EricInStL says:

    Ivanits career is OVER…..

  526. savethepuck says:

    I think u may be forgetting that last year they outplayed us badly in the first game of the season last year too. Carey won us that game, not as fortunate tonight ( no fault of his ).  What did the standings end up like last year?  1 game of an 82 game schedule, hard to anylize who’s making playoffs this early and who’s great or who sucks

  527. showey47 says:

    Not sure if his career is over but he was trying to spark his team and paid a steep price for it.

  528. samthemacman says:

    Not a good comparison at all. Roy had focus and intensity 100% all the time on the ice, and he hated to lose any game. Even tonight Price has the gall to say “We did some good things…” No, losing is never good, never ever freakin’ good! That is why he will never ever be even close to any great goalie the Habs or any championship teams have ever had. Price does not get it. Roy was intense all the time and focused and did not let huge rebounds go, and always made the save that kept the team in the game on a consistent basis.  Price is as inconsistent as they come if not worse.


  529. showey47 says:

    I honestly think last years leaf team is better then this one.  Which will make bruins management and their fans extremely happy.

  530. samthemacman says:

    We are losing our minds because we all knew all summer long the wrong goalie got traded, and the one we have proved again that he is a bust! The suffering and the bleeting is just getting started. Waited until game 20, when we have only six points to show for all the trust we put in Price.

  531. samthemacman says:

    We are losing our minds because we all knew all summer long the wrong goalie got traded, and the one we have proved again that he is a bust! The suffering and the bleeting is just getting started. Wait until game 20, when we have only six points to show for all the trust we put in Price.

  532. EricInStL says:

    He took a quick jab in the face, the took the last one square in the face. That was sad. Really felt bad.

  533. SeriousFan09 says:

    The game had less than 5 to go and they were down 4-0, that was a goon fight and nothing else. Shame he got hurt but his own stupidity caused it,


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  534. SeriousFan09 says:

    Blackhawks lose to a Statsny goal in OT. Cup Champs do not start their season as they’d like, although I think Turco looked alright in his first Hawks game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  535. Timo says:

    So… is it appropriate to bring up The Gelling at this point in time? I mean, so many new faces… 25 games at the very least and probably then some. 

    All I hear is defense, defense, defense… blah blah. Where were The Captain, The Gomer, The One We Chose Over Halak, and my favorite Benny P?

  536. savethepuck says:

    Khabibulin gets a 42 save shutout and the Oilers win 4-0.  Everyone, especially CBC announcers, are praising the kids on the OIL.  How come every time our team wins or loses it is because of the goaltending performance?

  537. Timo says:

    Sweet. At least I won’t have to hear about Habs losing to the laffs at work tomorrow

  538. HNS says:

    The truth hurts. Why would a team ever get rid of a player (Halak) that proved to be a phenom in the NHL. No excuse no matter what.

  539. Da Hema says:

    No offence, but only a complete moron would single out Price’s performance tonight in the loss. Price kept his team in it. You should be asking questions like: where was Gomez? Where was Pouliot? Can Spacek actually hit the net with his shot? Those three can be singled out for lousy performances. Not Price.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  540. Timo says:

    Argh… Martin. 

  541. Da Hema says:

    I had intended to include him too. I think you are right there.


    Nigel Tufnel: It really puts perspective in things, doesn’t it?

    David St. Hubbins: Oh, too much. Too much fu*king perspective.

    –This is Spinal Tap

  542. savethepuck says:

    Seriously? Do you have any hockey knowledge at all.  I wont dicker 1 game at a time. End of the season save what I say and tell me management made the wrong decision


  543. Jean-E-Us says:

    Alright….it is October 7th and I am already fed up of Price. No intensity and he cannot be counted on to win. Did you watch Khabibulin tonight? After recuperating from back surgery all summer, he plays with drive. All I am asking for is drive. No skill Price will ruin this team. Plain and simple. Give him a horse and he can ride into the sunset. By Halloween you will all be saying the same thing. Watch and learn.

  544. Kaptain K says:

    What do you do if when the leafs win the Stanley Cup? …


    Turn off your X-BOX

    Captain Gionta

  545. dre1744 says:

    yeah 4 goals on 33 shots  Kipper needs to play better…

  546. Trolled says:

    Yeah I know! Price is so bad, Halak is the best. Maybe if we keep cheering against Price, the team will start winning. I really hope Price fails and that Halak comes back! Oh, sometimes I love living in the past. Are you with me brother?

  547. Trolled says:

    Yup, let’s move to St-Louis together. Do you need a roommate by any chance?

  548. Trolled says:

    Alex Auld is the best. After Halak of course. Rockin’ the career total 2.78 GAA and 6 lifetime shootouts, booya! What a star.

  549. redrum says:

    ur so annoying

  550. Trolled says:

    By all the Habs players, you mean virtually the entire team? Time to switch allegiance buddy, let’s go to St-Louis!

  551. Trolled says:

    Why are you hating on the Leafs? They’re blue too… like our Blues!

  552. Trolled says:

    In samthemacman we trust as he is the true hockey prophet! By the way sam, are you part of any hockey pool? Care if I join your league?

  553. Trolled says:

    What, that made no sense. I think you meant: the hand of God moved Halak to St-Louis to fulfill his destiny. Of course God is bigger than the team!

  554. Trolled says:

    ‘We’, as in the St-Louis Blues fans, yeehaw!

  555. Trolled says:

    Come to think of it… maybe samthemacman is the biggest Habs fan of them all, not because of his relentless devotion to post on HIO, but because of his superior intelligence and clairvoyance! Now there’s logic! Not!

  556. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Before you wish Price was gone for Halak … please use your brain and realize that Halak has never even played a full season (don’t think his has what it takes to do so either), and believe me … Halak wanted out of Montreal, he had a good stretch at the end of the regular season last year and an incredible post season (with a lot of help from the team up front – he did NOT win all those games himself!) … and Halak knew he could never repeat his performance again. 

    And if you are going to hang Price with this loss because of deflection goals or the elusive back hand … then you sir know not what you speak of!  Let’s see how Halak plays this year – I am definitely interested!


    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  557. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’ll probably be in a nursing home by then. Won’t matter that much.


  558. HabFanSince72 says:

    You really hate those French players don’t you?


  559. G-Man says:

    Turco looked especially good on the winner….and the opener. Chicago will learn the lesson of having a decent starting goalie.

  560. Bugs says:

    For the record: you would rather have Khabby than Price this season?

    Decadently yours, I recline as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  561. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wait until we see how ‘good’ Niemi looks without Keith to save his hide.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  562. shiram says:

    I felt it was like the antithesis of what the Canadiens did last year, with the flames on the ice at the start.

  563. Leafy says:

    And I say F*ck you.

  564. Jeff says:

    That will be sooner than later seniorHabFan.

  565. Jeff says:

    I’m with you Leafy, he should have had “PRINCESS” on his sweater.

    He was holding his buddy’s hand leaving Union Station….

  566. Jeff says:

    It’s too bad you did not like the ceremony, go to the Bell to see some maudlin sentimentality spewed by the Circus that produces Habs ceremonies….

    BTW, stay away from the ACC, we can tolerate only so much………

  567. Jeff says:

    Did you happen to see ANY of the Leafs playing well enough to beat your Habs? Myopic dummy.

  568. MTLForever says:

    agreed, what kind of hab fan are you if youre bashing your own players

  569. krob1000 says:

    a typical one ……

  570. samthemacman says:

    No, you are incorrect. We KNOW Price will crash badly and he will let down his team and the fans, and we want it to be done quick, so we can just move on. We won’t cheer. We won’t sneer. We won’t say “I told you so” either. We will finally be able to cheer our team on, and know we have a capable and reliable goalie in the front of the D, who can actually stop pucks and stay focussed on the play at hand, and not give up huge rebounds. That is when all of us Habs fans will be happy and content. But not until then.

  571. samthemacman says:

    We are not bashing our players. We are simply stating the obvious. Price is not good enough to be a starting NHL goalie. Not for the Habs, and not for anyone else either. Plain and simple. Call it bashing if you must. We are stating that he is just not good enough of a player.

  572. quentin_stuckley says:

    mental midgets?  sticks and stones.

    i don’t understand your hatred for the canadiens.  if it pains you that much that this team isn’t perfect, why bother wasting your time watching them, then blowing a coronary when they lose?  do you like it when they lose?  winning isn’t the everything, its the only thing?  wow.  do you have children by any chance?  if they spill their milk do you slap them in the head?  just curious.  you needn’t answer.


    that’s enough out of me.

  573. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am not a huge Price fan. I say that trading Halak was the biggest mistake in many years BUT……it was not all his fault, again where was his D? So go smoke a joint and relax, its a long season. Negative prick!

  574. punkster says:

    I would suggest that one who uses insults to make a point has far greater mental problems than most.


    nuff said

  575. punkster says:

    I get such a kick out of your profile. Great story.

  576. Caballero says:

    double post

  577. quentin_stuckley says:

    thanks.  i tend to be long winded sometimes.

  578. Caballero says:

    Gerry, I appreciate your attempt to spice things up here by bashing Price, but it’s been done. He made some stops tonight, I don’t thing the loss was his fault. It’s a team game, problem is that Halak was winning games on his own, but no goalie can sustain that for an entire season. Get that through your thick skulls. Every goalie in the league gets scored on. It’s part of the reality of hockey. In sports the past is not always a way to predict the future, especially with a goalie who is under 25. So put away your crystal ball and and let’s see him develop and build some confidence. Coming on here and saying I told you so every time Price lets in more than one goal is going to get annoying for you and for every one on this forum.

  579. samthemacman says:

    Price will lose his first ten starts. Then you will see a shake up.

  580. samthemacman says:

    Agree that we missed those players, but we had enough talent to destroy the Leafs and we just did not get the job done, and having Price between the pipes did not help either.


  581. ds says:

    Price is worthless, I don’t see what management sees in him.  At best he will be an average NHL starter.  Price can never make the big save and has a tendancy to blow leads in the third period.  McArthur’s cheap backhand goal was so brutal to watch, it is typical Price.  Ever since that All Star game the guy has never been the same.


    Pouillot was drafted before Price (4th overall) and the Wild gave up on him.  So now why is Montreal wasting time with this experiment. Price is the new Thibault/Aebischer except on occasion Thibault would steal games.  Theodore for 1.1 would have been a much better deal then this one.  I thought Price may have matured and got some swag but he looks like a deer in headlights out there, he will never be a top 5 goalie in the NHL.  He doesn’t have the confidence and he doesn’t mind if he let’s in a tough goal.

    If an elite goalie lets in an amazing goalie they get angry, Price just shrugs it off, not his fault.  He does not have the winning mentality.

    The team overall looked calm and dominated the majority of the game.  Giguere was spectacular or else Montreal would have run away with it.  Lars Eller has already in my opinion easily replaced Pouillot in the top 6.  He (Lars) can hold the puck, makes decent plays and is comparatively (to the rest of the team) strong along the boards.  MTL just needs 1 top 6 forward to replace AK and they are set offensively.  Good to see the depth players scoring, Halpern & Boyd congratulations.  Lapierre did the dirty work on Halpern’s goal which was good to see.

    A decent goalie who can shut the door and make key saves and a solid right winger who can score and this team will contend for the cup.  AK & Price are not the answers.

  582. diehardhab says:

    Worthless? He made some big saves on Kessel and kept the team in it till the end. He wasnt spectacular but he was solid. The bigger issue is the defense.

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  583. savethepuck says:

    Guess u had a few beers after the loss like I did. Unfortunately you were probably watching a different game than most of us.  My opinion ( and the majority opinions on this site of the 3 goals ) were that the team had horrible defensive breakdowns and left our tender hung out to dry.  I realize our so called fans that wear blinders do not necessarilly see things as they actually occur.  I have to stop coming on this site after games when I have had a few drinks because it is getting too ridiculous


  584. Cam_1 says:

    Go cheer for another team chump…we don’t need fans like you….take a hike !!!

  585. Cam_1 says:

    …….and it’s fine if the McArthur’ makes you sick…does it make you sick that McArthur had to beat 2 defence men as well on the the pylon defenceman on the play make you sick as well ?? Price played good…just recovering from Flu too don’t forget…Price is gonna get run out of town…there is not stopping..idiotic fans like don’t just won’t let up …pre season games…first game of the year..and look at yas already…there is no way he does not get run out of town…and I make a prediction right now..whereever Price ends up…he will win a cup within 5 years…take it to the bank !!!!  ….and why .because he will be somewhere where he only has to worry about stopping the puck… somewhere  where his home rink will actually be his home rink …right now he is home when he is on the road..and on the road when he is home ….I can’t beleive the Bell Centre trouble making drunks..which you are one of…like I said..take a hike.

  586. LeeFree says:

    I thought that we outplayed them with the only sustainable pressure they had was on the delayed penalty calls while being up a man. I really like the way we crashed their net – especially Boyd and Halpern. AK46 needs to be stronger along the wall in our end – two laff goals were the direct result of that softness. Their goalie kept them in the game and we were sorely missing both Cammy and Markov for very obvious reasons. PK is pretty to watch and Eller was impressive as well. Price wasn’t bad, he gave them a shot to win it in the end. And finally: after reading the hogwash about Carey’s play tonight from below, it makes me wonder; why do some bother entering this place? Nobody is ever at fault but Carey Price! Why this young man decided to stay in Montreal is beyond me. I’m not a fan of Cherry, but did you listen to what he had to say about him tonight? >>> “LEAVE THE GUY ALONE MONTREAL FANS”

  587. The Cat says:

    Man does Khabibulin have the voodoo on Calgary or what? Like 23-7 lifetime or something.


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

  588. G-Man says:

    Price allows 3, but it’s not his fault. Giguere allows 2 and wins. That will the the Habs season in a nutshell: when the games are close, look for Price to allow the 1 that loses the game.

    Price’s toe-drag in the 2nd was actually funny; he stopped the puck, realized what he had done and then moved his skate and pads into the net, taking the puck with it. But, it’s not his fault.

  589. gauver says:

    Price didn’t “move his skate and pads into the net” you idiot, his momentum carried him into the net.  Did you not watch the game?  Maybe try HD or glasses.

  590. habaddict_andy says:

    That toe-drag was the result of a quick and amazing stop on Kessel.


    Scott Gomez to Montreal Media “You’re a pain in the neck, but you’re our pain in the neck.”

  591. HabsFansince49 says:

    I don’t like Cherry but I agree with him about leaving Price alone. To say he was at fault is to use him as a scapegoat and says more about the writer than the player. He made a number of sensational saves, sometimes from point blank range. As often is the case, the red shirts in front of him left him out to dry. Case in point: MacArthur’s winning goal. Spacek looked like a pylon.

    Good signs: Eller, Boyd, Price, PK & Laps

    Why we lost: timely bad penalties (e.g. Darche) and porous D. More accurate Leafs shooters.

    Just a piece of levity: ever watch Martin when TV does a close-up of him behind the bench? He is often looking down at his players sitting in front of him and has an expression on his face which reads ‘Have I met these guys before?’

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  592. Bugs says:

    Kid was good. Kept’em in the game. All you can ask. Big late save too. Same for Poolio. Got a point with big guns silent. All you can ask. Eller’s confident and audacious but is prone to losing puck-control battles. Flew under radar cuz of Grabovski doing worse. And K Senior wants to play…I think; just doesn’t wanna shoot. “Vat, you vant I shoot from red line?” Yeah, man. I do. From anywhere. Shoot, ferFUNKsakes! Forecheck some poor sunuvabastich into committing a mistake, PANcake’m, take the puck away, move to the slot, and SHOOT! You’re GOOD at that. Do THAT. It ain’t complicated.

    Anyway, had our chances. Gio’s chance…gaah! Can’t ask for more. That’s the game right there; captain in the crease..uh..can’t ask for more than that. Had pp chances; couldn’t put one in. I mean…can’t ask for more.

    Other than that, we kinda shut’em down.

    Good game.

    One more thing: Boyd?


    Quite self-satisfied, I smirk as

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central:

  593. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That’s it! Half of the people were calling you “Halak lover” which was atrocious! 

    Not that I think that you don’t like Halak, but all you wanted to see was Price give his team a chance to win.

    I do too. It’s his 4th season in the NHL, and I have HUGE expectations, just like anyone else.

    Last night, he was good, but not incredible. I’ll let it go since it’s the first game of the season. 

  594. twocents says:


  595. Jeff says:

    Not often I agree with you, good post!

  596. Ian Cobb says:

    Game of mistakes, we made a few on all goals against us. We came out in the first a little defensive or tentative and that was pretty much the ball game. The power play better come around, and Bugs is right, we don’t shoot enough.

  597. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I think the first line will be a whole lot better with Cammalleri returning. 

    But you’re right – gotta cash in those powerplay chances.

  598. habfan53 says:

    Ian I don’t disagree with you very often but I thought the Habs were a little OVER agressive with their defencemen pinching in the first period last night  Kessel had to be 5-7 feet behind Gill. 

    As for the Power Play they were pitiful last night no sustained pressure. 

  599. G-Man says:

    Thank you for name-calling. It’s 1 of the things I enjoy most about this site, right?

  600. Thomas says:

    Ya right, just as much as “fans” accusing the starting goaltender of purposefully putting the puck in the net…Nice

  601. Cam_1 says:

    You deserved it … the breakaway is a result of a giveway ..there was a culprit who gave the puck away who should at least be a co – blamer along with Price..but no you just blame Price who almost made an amazing save…you are one of those Cherry warned about…saying some fans in Montreal are just waiting for chance to pounce on Price like a cheetah on a rabbit…this is making me sick already…the Habs are your team..Price is part of the the damn team already !!!!

  602. M.Neil says:

    Did I hear right when Don Cherry called Plekanec, Platonics

  603. SeriousFan09 says:

    Indeed you did, the senile bigot is getting even more inventive at mispronouncing because he think it’s funny when it just makes him look like a bigger fool than he is.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  604. nunacanadien says:

    Its time to trade Price, when Cherry calls it like it is, then its time.  Sure Price made some great saves, but again Price was just good enough to lose by one again, again, for three years he’s done that.

  605. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cherry is a senile dinosaur who doesn’t understand the modern NHL, he’s a bigot, he never got over 1979 and bad enough, his xenophobic illiterate rants are funded by tax dollars. He is rarely right and thinks HNIC is about him more than the actual game. He’s wrong so often it’s a lightning strike when he is!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  606. Cam_1 says:

    Man stop putting the blame on one person..which is always Price. Could of he had first goal yes ..but Pleks is to blame to ..giveaway ..deflected shot. Kessel break away ..Price almost had it..but what about the culprit who gave the puck away. McCurther goal..nice shot..Price could have had it…was there not 2 defence men beat on the play as well. What I am saying is why is Price always the scape goat …maybe the goals were his fault ..not just his fault…there were others who messed up as well…if you ask me..non of the goals were Price’s fault …a breakaway is never the goalie’s fault on a clear cut give away thing is for sure..Cherry is right about one thing only ..Price is a good goalie but will not be a good goalie in Montreal ..cuz of fans like yoiu …he said the fans in Montreal are just waiting for the chance to get on Price…and he is right about that..look at you..first game..he had a solid game..and here you are a cheetah on a rabbit criticizing Price ! Give it a rest man. I will admit of Price is to blame for a loss..I am realistic..but honestly..this was not Price;s fault at all !!!!!

  607. Clay4bc says:

    Interestingly (or not), someone did a national poll on Cherry called “Don Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada
    A COMPAS/National Post Poll” in 2004. Here are the results, if you are interested…it is no surprise that the Francophone’s (and Anglo-Habs fans like myself, no doubt) want him dismissed from his job, yet the rest of the country, not so much.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  608. punkster says:

    Well, as the poll is over 6 years old I’ll bet there has been a shift in those numbers outside Quebec. He isn’t held in such high esteem by many of my Ontario Leaf fan friends and family these days. And many of them loved the guy a few years ago. The most common comment I hear from them is “comic relief”. Pretty much my view as well. I tune to hear what idiocy he has to spout off about whenever I need a chuckle.

  609. Clay4bc says:

    That’s refreshing to hear, actually…there may be some hope for Canada yet, despite the neo-con government! 😉


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  610. showey47 says:

    My post is number 666 on this thread. Man i hope that isn’t a bad sign.

  611. nfldanchor says:

    I can’t believe so called  true Habs fans are riding Price for the loss last night. We were missing three top players and the goals that went in were a result of turnovers. I thought he played well and I also thought the Habs played well enough to win. Who got the first star Giguerre  of course because he won the game for the leafs. I thought our powerplay looked good and  it will be even better with Hammer, Markov and Cammy in the lineup. Powerplays win games and we will have an awesome powerplay once again. Its only one game and the Leafs never won a home opener since 2000 ,so whats the big deal here ?

  612. nfldanchor says:

    I agree White should be called up to replace DARCHE . White is a little bigger and tougher on the puck like Moen who always goes to the corners and makes the other team pay with punishing hits and creates turnovers.

  613. Leafy says:

    Are you really so insecure that the opinions of a 70 year old man can rattle your cage so easily?  Lighten up “serious fan”.  Do you realize how angry and pathetic YOUR rants about Don Cherry make YOU look?  Quit moaning and go get your own senile, loud and proud critic to root for your team and leave mine alone.

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