Game 14 (adds audio): Bruins toy with Habs

In yer face: Boston’s Milan Lucic taunts a Canadiens fan after scoring the Bruins’ fifth goal.
Adam Hunger, Reuters

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RAW AUDIO:    Koivu   Price   Kovalev

Dr. Jekyll? May we introduce you to Mr. Hyde?

A horrible game by the Canadiens against Toronto last Saturday. A brilliant game against Ottawa on Tuesday. A brutal game against Boston tonight.

So we’ll have a brilliant effort by the Habs Saturday at home against Philadelphia, then a rotten game Sunday in St. Louis.

Will the real Canadiens please stand up?

Or at least, show up?

The Boston Bruins, playing their second game in less than 24 hours, made mincemeat out of the rested Canadiens at TD Banknorth Garden, outskating their visitors and pretty much humiliating them with a 6-1 victory.

Below: Bruins’ Milan Lucic and Canadiens’ Mike Komisarek fight, with decidedly partial Bruins commentary.

 

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The good news, you ask? Well, Michael Ryder didn’t score… but he did have an assist. And they’re very happy in Kahnawake on Montreal’s south shore, where Bruins fans outnumber Habs supporters by a healthy number.

The Bruins (10-3-3) were the steamroller and the Canadiens (9-3-2) the grape.

Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Shawn Thornton, Stéphane Yelle and two by Marco Sturm before Montreal captain Saku Koivu took advantage of a little sloppy work by Boston goalie Manny Fernandez to score on a wraparound and put Montreal on the board late in the second period.

Any momentum (don’t laugh) that Koivu’s goal generated evaporated less than five minutes into the third when human battleship Milan Lucic made it 5-1.

A very peeved Mike Komisarek took on Lucic without gloves not long afterward, the two players having scrapped long and hard throughout the Eastern Conference quarterfinal last season. And the Bruins came out on the long end of tonight’s battle, too, Lucic badly bloodying his right fist likely on Komo’s helmet.

Then 6-1, Yelle bagging his second of the night on a frigid Carey Price.

If Tuesday’s 4-0 whitewash of Ottawa was nearly perfect, in the words of head coach Guy Carbonneau, this one was perfectly ghastly, start to finish.

Hoo boy, it could be a fun practice Friday…

369 Comments

  1. Hockey11 says:

    If only. We would be a better team.

  2. santeri says:

    I don’t think he can hear you with the three Cup rings in his ears.

  3. DMAN says:

    How do you change history again? Gimme some tips I could use some for my own life!
    ——————-
    Individual records are nice to get, but before the season starts, you want to play to win the Stanley Cup! ~ Guy Lafleur

  4. gauvinator says:

    I heard somebody say (it may have been one of those goofy TSN Sportscentre guys) that Boston should lose it’s “Original Six” status when they screwed up the lines at the garden earlier this year. I agree.

    Mind you, as I think of it, wasn’t it the Bell Centre guys who screwed up the boards, allowing a crazy rebound and a terrible goal on Price? Actually, even though it was weeks after her performances, I blame Celine Dion for that one.

  5. 24 Cups says:

    habsguy – lol. No need to worry, I’m a Canadiens’ fan first, and a lover of the game second. However, it’s always best to analyze your opponent before you go into combat. Just being totally honest about how I view the Bruins (or any other team) right now. There’s more to being a Habs’ fan than just chanting Go Habs Go!

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  6. Ian Cobb says:

    Your right 24 and that little shit disturber Savard that they call the weasel from the Oshawa Generals can put the puck in the net, he is there main threat if we don’t use the body on him tonight.

    If we show up with the same attitude tonight as in Ottawa, we will be alright. If not we will get smoked.

  7. Andrew Sharpe says:

    I wonder if Gainey’s buddy Carbo hadn’t been available, would Julien still be the coach of the Montreal Canadiens?

  8. Ian Cobb says:

    OK what the heck is this, I try to vote on the site and no cigar!!!How do you vote on this all star page. Not the sharpest tack on the floor, but I can not figure this out.
    Ian

  9. habsguy says:

    Ummmmmm, I thought to site was for hab fans ????

  10. Moey says:

    I heard on the radio this morning that Ryder only has three goals so far, not great for 4 mil a year. I wish him the best, but not tonight!

  11. RetroMikey says:

    This match will see if we really are a good team as everyone labels us.
    I always have this fear when our team plays in Beantown and it goes back to the 70′s.
    You got to give credit to Boston, grit and character on this team.
    They are a good team and will be up there to contend with us in the Eastern Conference.
    A tough original six old fashioned match.
    Claude Julien should be applauded for turning Boston to a contender the past couple of years.
    Boston plays hard game in and out and let this be a lesson to our Habs, that other teams are waiting in the wings to dethrone us as Eastern Conference champions as well as our division.
    Good luck guys and no whining, no stupid penalties.
    Play hard tonight and you will be rewarded.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  12. nightmare_49 says:

    Steve – Impressive pre-game and i’m glad you have changed your mind on Wheeler and i see you have read Dupont.

  13. moser17 says:

    Good post, but the spoiler for Boston is Thomas: as amazing as he can be, he has always seemed to fold against the Habs, allowing 4 or 5 goals. We’ll see tonight …

  14. nightmare_49 says:

    The NHL Morning Papers (Thursday Edition) : Vandermeer out 6 to 8 weeks, Briere out Again with Groin this Time and Jim Matheson .. By Richard Pollock ….. http://www.illegalcurve.com/2008/11/13/nhl-morning-papers-thursday-edition-hitchcock-not-happy-with-nash-wild-hasnt-talked-to-gaboriks-agent-in-weeks-and-burke-to-toronto-rumors/ ………………………….. Last Nights Puck Daddy’s NHL Three Stars : 1 – Alexander Semin/ Caps 2 – Tim Thomas/Bruins 3 – Marek Svatos/Avs …………. and honorable mention to 24 Cups for his great Bruin Summary. …………………………… The Empty Netters : Jeff Drouin-Deslaurier has been Overnight Sensation, Garth Murray showing Grit for the Yotes and Eric Staal off to Slow Start .. by Seth Rorabaugh ….. http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/emptynetters/archive/2008/11/13/about-the-flyers-11-13-08.aspx

  15. Habs4Me says:

    you mean the 20+ votes i’ve done so far were for nothing?

  16. 24 Cups says:

    It sure looks like the Bruins have turned the corner – these guys are now for real. Boston’s record is very similar to ours so far this year. They have a great blend of young and experience – only way they could improve would be if Brian Burke was to become President and GM:-)

    - Boston’s talent base in moving in the right direction. Their young forwards are as good if not better than ours
    - team is off to a great start and have a harmonious atmosphere under the guidance of coach Julien
    - lots of good kids in the system: Rask, Hamill, Marchand, Colburne, Sobotka, Nelson
    - they have three well balanced lines and a checking line comprised of Thornton,/Yelle/Kobasew
    - Ryder could soon find himself at #3 on the depth chart for RW
    - I’ve never been a big Marco Sturm fan, but he’s the real deal
    - Chara is arguably the best Dman in the east. Only Markov and Green are close. Along with Wideman, they both log over 25 minutes a game
    - the Bruins defense doesn’t look awesome on paper (depth drops off) but have been great so far on the ice
    - Thomas is on fire and Fernandez has bounced back – he could be great trade bait at the deadline
    - Boston has a decent PP (Bergeron is back) but their PK is subpar – good chance for the Habs to break through in that department (BTW, the rules allow a team to shoot as well as pass on a PP)
    - still on the hook for Schaefer ($2.1 mil) and Murray ($1.38 mil) for two more years on cap buyouts, although the money spent on Savard and Chara seems to be a good investment by today’s new standards
    - Bruins will come ready to rumble, I’d dress Begin if I were Carbo. Laraque will get a chance to shine here as well. Komi and O’Byrne will have to stop the Bruins from running Price and invading/parking in the crease
    - Lucic is really turning into a clutch player – skates, hits, scores, and terrorizes the opposition (remember last year’s playoffs)
    - Wheeler looks like a great free agent pickup, sure wish he had signed with us
    - Axelsson, of all people, scored the winner in last night’s shootout in Chicago
    - the days of Boston being Montreal’s doormat may be coming to an end. If the goaltending holds up, they should be able to make the playoffs and then possibly kick up some dust

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  17. Mr.Hazard says:

    Just an FYI: you can’t vote more than once per minute… Don’t ask how I learned that, you know the answer :)

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  18. Steve C. says:

    looks like there’s a group stuffing ballots for Dallas as well. All the Stars players have either taken over their positions or are closing in. Turco now leads, Ribeiro (ugh, i don’t want to see him start at the all-star game) and Morrow are 1-2, with Modano closing in fast on the 3rd spot. Robidas is closing in extremely fast on Lidstrom, and Zubov is getting more and more momentum.

  19. Bugs says:

    Oops, wrong page.
    Bruinies? Be prepared. Think the Boys still got more to give after Ottawer spanking. Just a feeling.
    Link still pertinent though.
    Peace Out
    ______________________________________________________
    Lord Bugs Potter, esq. Earl of Fluppitburg, Baron of Flopshlupshire and Knight of the Flannel Republic.

  20. Bugs says:

    Seeing all Habs in starting lineup at the All Star game would drive the place completely bonkers. Hey, I’m all for bonkers.
    More on Hab Superiority as “Canadiens pull themselves out of the mire”
    http://habsbros.blogspot.com/
    Read below for +/- on the Priceberg.
    Peace Out
    ______________________________________________________
    Lord Bugs Potter, esq. Earl of Fluppitburg, Baron of Flopshlupshire and Knight of the Flannel Republic.

  21. JF says:

    RDS reported that at practice yesterday the team was very focused and serious, not joking around the way you might expect after a big win. This means that Carbo’s message got through, and it’ll be a while before they take any team lightly. They’d better be ready for tonight’s game, because this year’s Bruins are at least as good as they are. The only advantage the Habs have is that Boston played in another city less than 24 hours ago (not that it helped them against Anaheim). The Bruins’ defense is stifling, so it should be a close, low-scoring game.

  22. Mike from Ktown says:

    That is so dirty,

    only a few more steps to make it completely automated

  23. sholi2000.com says:

    Yes, I just got my 20 votes in for each Canadien. I guess no one is awake at 4 in the morning, NOICE!
    sholi2000.com
    God Bless Our Infantry
    2PPCLI

  24. Steve C. says:

    well that’s my point, that it is indeed possible to get all 6 Red Wings players along with all 6 Canadiens players

  25. Steve C. says:

    you never know. Rory Fitzpatrick almost made it to the game 2 years ago.

  26. SlovakHab says:

    There will be no such thing in the All Stars game as Habs 6 vs Wings 6, because Osgood will not make it there.
    He’s not a good goalie..

    Anyway, thank you very much for that, I vote early and vote often!!

  27. originalsix says:

    Ok guys, one of the awesome posters over at http://www.hfboards.com (Tom Kostopolous) has written a little javascript, that when pasted into the voting page, will automatically choose All the habs players and all of the Wings players for the West – and it will automatically submit your choices. Then you just go back and repeat.

    1) Create your account for the All Star Ballot Page.
    2) Sign into the page.
    3) At the voting page, delete the current address in the address bar and enter the following:

    javascript:players=new Array(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘eastern’);}players=new Array(8467514,8466148,8468083,8457063,8467856,8458568);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘western’);}document.getElementById(‘edit-vote-button’).click();

    Hit enter, it will auto-populate the players we want (All habs and Wings)
    And it will submit your choices automatically

    4) Go back to vote again and repeat (with that same code above)

    Vote Early Folks, and Vote Often!

  28. Steve C. says:

    thanks for the support.

    Habies, you might want to check out my idea about Habs vs. Wings. it could make history. Mikko Koivu will play either way. The coaches are bound to select him.

  29. Kaptain K says:

    Dont think theyre blocking nething, ive voted like 20 times in a row just now…..

    EAST:ALL HABS
    WEST:ALL RED WINGS

    lets make history

    “Dont make Kovy angry…..you wont like him when hes angry”
    CAN YOU SMELLLLLLLLL…WHAt La- RAQUE…IS…COOKING!!

  30. REB says:

    Damn global warming!

  31. Habies says:

    Note to all who think there’s an NHL (Bettman infested) conspiracy to block the Habs getting all six spots from banning MTL-rooted computers.
    I’ve voted two times from here in KABUL :11am here, 1:30am in Montreal.
    Pas de problemes! It’s actually the fastest thing I’ve been able to do online while out here in quite a while…

    Idea: I say we try to get Hamrlik up there into spot#3 and Mikko Koivu as the starting center for the West. That should be the way to go.

    Keep on Rocking in the Free World,
    Matthew-

  32. Steve C. says:

    vote for the Red Wings and we can have a historic Habs vs. Wings start to the game!

  33. Habs2win says:

    now is the best time to vote. very fast. I voted 6 times, all my habs, yes all 6 of the habs on the ballot are going to start the game. habs vs western conference!

  34. 24 Cups says:

    I just saw the long range weather forecast for the rest of November. You better get your snow tires on asap – it’s going to snow like hell this winter up in Sutton!

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  35. JIMVINNY says:

    have some confidence, man. In case you missed it, last night we played our own little game of shut-down against much more talent than we’ll face against the bruins. In a game where the Habs skate hard for 60 minutes, and play the game according to plan, the bruins have no chance.

    Geez, what I would give to see some optimism out of habs fans once in a while. We’re a good team!!!!

  36. TOEmastro says:

    say what you want about Montrealers, we were able to vote ourselves into the #1 spot in the world edition of Monopoly. I’m pretty sure we have it bagged for getting our boys on the starting lineup

  37. JF says:

    Help! When I try and vote, submit my email address etc., the site tells me “The username is not a valid authentification ID”. WTF?

  38. Habs2win says:

    just finished watching the bruins hawks game, which Boston won in a shootout. guys, the Bruins are for real. They look fantastic in this game, and their defence is awesome! I know some of you will be upset when I say this, but I believe the Bruins will be the team to finish first in the eastern conference. it pains me to say this, but their D is by far the best in the east. Tomorrow they will play the trap game, and they won’t give the habs any space to skate. I don’t think the habs will win tomorrow night, tho I hope they do.

  39. bigjames says:

    yup boston had some great chances but khabibulin stood on his head. i think boston had 39 shots. not to be taken lightly at all! we really need to win tomorrow to keep our division lead!

  40. Dennis says:

    Jarkko Ruutu takes a good picture. Have a look. http://dennis-kane.com/

    Geez I’m glad he’s not on our team.

  41. doug says:

    Wheeler with an unbelievable SO goal: adding him and Bergeron (and the more quiet Ryder) to last year’s team. . . makes sense they’re solid.

    Coming down to the last two shooters right now tied 1-1 after Kane tied it up.

    Axelsson wins it IN Chicago. Impressive. This team will be with us all season. Damn.

  42. CHsam says:

    Im going to be positive from now. Yay go Lats! Go Breezer!

  43. doug says:

    Just watching end of OT in Bruins/Blackhawks game. . . going for SO.

    Man these two teams played well. The Bruins play a smothering defense, Thomas is surprisingly solid, and their offense is immensely improved. This team is for real. We’re lucky to catch them tired and after a flight tomorrow: they look every bit as good as we did last night albeit with less finesse. Extremely solid team.

  44. Mr.Hazard says:

    When did D’Agostini become (tied for) 8th in the AHL in scoring? I hope he gets a chance with us sometime soon… Deserves it.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  45. HABZ24 says:

    gotta crush the beantown bumms.embarrassed after losing to the laffs, we are back on track baby.gunna be a good game, ok time to go stuff the box,than vote for the allstar game!

  46. JIMVINNY says:

    Now’s a good time to stuff the ballot box, the site’s working pretty quickly.

    http://fanballoting.nhl.com/vote

  47. habsguy says:

    I’ve been here long enough to know you are a huge hab fan..I was kidding although I think you knew that !!!!!!

  48. B says:

    Ryder has 2 goals and 6 assists in 15 games.

  49. Mr.Hazard says:

    No, it tells you when it didn’t work :)

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  50. ebk says:

    nice pregame post, Mr. Kerley.

  51. habbel says:

    09425
    Brace yourselves, this could hurt tonight.

  52. havok says:

    Grabs and Kosts interviews to home press

    ——————————————————————————–

    Mikhail Grabovski: Maybe he got his license suspended?

    - When during preseason you were able to finds the back of the net, but at the start of regular season you were in scoring drought from Minsk it looked like “eternal bad luck”. Did you dwell on it?
    - Absolutely no. There is nothing eternal in life and so is bad luck. I waited it out. When you’re being trusted it’s easier to deal with temporal difficulties. And they trust me in Toronto.

    - Is this the biggest difference between Ron Wilson and Gi Charbonneau?
    - No, there are others. Ron is more experienced than Gi, he has brought his team to the Stanley Cup final. Also, he has different approach towards players: in Montreal our relationships were strictly businesslike. Here in Toronto coach takes an interest in his players life besides hockey, can have heart-to-heart talk with you and it prepossesses you. Finally, what’s also nice is that Wilson – proponent of euro style of hockey. I have no idea where it comes from, but being a North American he allows us to improvise more. Oh and I already said about the trust.

    - They trust you so much that it looks they pick players “for Grabovski” now, and not cover holes with you as it was before.
    - Perhaps. But this is normal because i’m playing center. Recently looks like coached found optimal blend of our line – Kulemin and Hagman playing wings. Before Kolya (Kulemin) recovered from his injury they constantly shuffled my partners. Now burst of our line’s offensive production I directly link to Kulemin’s complete recovery.

    - Especially “burst” goes along with your “fondness” towards Carolina. Four goals in two games in three days – it’s big. Where such a love for Hurricanes comes from?
    - How you can not love them if the name of the city is female’s name. (Grabs laughs)

    - Wait a sec… I hear some romantic notes. So, very soon we should discover you’re no longer promising single.
    - Oh, come on… Let’s agree: you haven’t asked – I haven’t answerd, ok? Let’s talk hockey only.

    - As you wish. Then shed some light on if it was possible for you to wind up in Toronto’s farm club during your drought?
    - Impossible. The contract was put in the way that they could only trade me to some other NHL team. I’ve got enough of two way agreements. I’ve had a dilemma this summer: whether I play in the NHL or I come back to play in Russia.

    - To put it this way one must be confident about what he can do.
    - I’ve never had any problems with that. Always felt there is nothing extraterrestrial for me in the NHL and I could play some good hockey here. I now I think I’m proving this.

    - Oh you’re sure do. From now on You can only improve uour previous, even though modest personal record.
    - Yes, but I’m more happy about my other record. My seventeen-twenty minutes a game – this is what I craved. Now, when I have it what else do I need?

    - Well, how about comfort in life for example.
    - I’m perfectly fine. I always liked Toronto as a city and Toronto as an NHL club. And these are not regular words and not regular due to management. I said it before, when playing for Montreal and Hamilton. There is a friendly team climate in Toronto. It is so encouraging: I feel myself as I felt before in Neftehimik (Russia). Look, it’s very reminiscent of what I’ve had there: experienced coach, young team, complete trust.

    - You can tell me whatever you want, but I won’t believe Saturday’s game against Canadiens was regular game for you.
    - Of course it was a special game for me. But not because I hold grudge against my former team. It’s the opposite, I made my first steps in the NHL playing with them and only for that I’m grateful to my former teammates and Gi Charbonneau. But I’ve had the same satisfaction from victory as if it was any other game, except that we lost to them one month ago 1:6 and it has strengthen it a bit.

    - Ok, now let’s talk about the most important: what was between you and Sergei? Was his charge a surprise for you?
    - Oh, and there you go… Why all reporters, whether it’s in Canada or back home have clung to this episode? Right in that game Kostopolus sent our player Van Rynn to hospital for more than a week. But, I feel like no one talks about this really unpleasant moment comparing to our trash talk.

    - Illegal hits are common in the NHL. But clash of two out of total four countrymen in the NHL we couldn’t leave unnoticed. Why would Sergei charged into you so viciously?
    - It was hit like any other hit and I don’t hold grudge for Sergei. It’s NHL – anything happens here. But why he’s mad at me, I don’t understand. Maybe, he got his driver license suspended, maybe he has problems with his girlfriend – I don’t know. But there is no my fault in his problems.

    - One of the versions says you’ve said something to him. What was that?
    - I don’t remember exactly, but it was regular trash talk as it happens in cases like that. I told him to look at the scoreboard and said he was too young to fight me. Andrei (his older brother) didn’t want to sort out our relationship as he’s older and controls himself. But if someone so eager to engage into fist talk, we can always meet after season end in Minsk.

    - Another thing you’ve said is the “I have no friends in Montreal”. Also, some say Ponikarovski translated it the wrong way.
    - I doubt it. Alexei’s English is very good to be it this way. Other thing is reporters interpreted my words incorrectly: I meant I have no friends among opposing team on ice.

    - Why you’re using partners to translate it for you? Your English is not so good?
    - Not so bad, but it’s not ideal either. When one on one I speak decent, but right after game you colleagues surrounded me and I had to ask for my teammate’s help.

    - I guess you spend more time with Russian speaking guys after hockey games.
    - And it’s a wrong guess. This is a beauty of Toronto – they don’t have team divided in groups by some features. We’re all together. And it’s good as my English is getting better because, for example, during road games I share the hotel room with Dominic Moore.

    - By the way we’re not disturbing him now with our conversation? It’s 1am in the morning.
    - No, it’s ok. He went to visit his local relatives.

    - You shouldn’t feel yourself lonely in Toronto also because, If I’m not mistaken, here is the biggest Belorussian population in Canada. They have even Belorussian church.
    - Seriously? I didn’t know. I’ve heard they have many Ukrainians here, but I haven’t met Belorussians so far. And I don’t feel lonely at all. I have my relatives in Toronto too. My dad’s cousin lives here. He’s is my guide to the city.

    - So, I see you’re feel yourself comfortable here. What do you see in your future?
    - Fight for the playoff berth. They don’t demand it here right away as we’re building new team. I hope to contribute. The more I contribute – the better.

    ==========================================

    Sergei Kostitsyn: and what happened?

    - Sergei, what happened between you and Grabovski?
    - And what happened?

    - Many blame you for this hit against member of national team.
    - So what, let them blame me. Am I supposed to kiss him every time I meet him on the ice? We play hockey here… I play tough against anybody, why should I make exception for Grabovski? They all the same for me on ice. I think that was a clean body check. And this is his problem he did not keep his head up. It’s fraught with serious consequences in the NHL.

    - How do you explain that emotional moment, when you wanted to fight you former teammate?
    - It just happened the way the game unfolded. And fight?.. I was ready to fight, but knew Grabovski wouldn’t want it.

    - This conflict can have some consequences for the team Belarus micro climate. Maybe you talked it over after the game?
    - No, I don’t talk to him.

    - Supposedly, you had bad blood with Grabovski from long time ago?
    - No, no bad blood. I’m not mad at him and never was. I have no relationship with him.

    - What can you tell more about the game against Toronto?
    - That was the worst game of Canadiens since the start of the regular season. We forgot it right when it’s ended. In all other games where we lost we looked much better. In general, I’m happy, as the team plays good hockey and has won 9 out of 13. That’s a good result. If only we could win those two road games against Columbus and Toronto.

    - Why you couldn’t finish road trip better?
    - We started to make too many trips to the box and were punished for this. Besides, the whole team was unorganized against Toronto. We came out thinking it was an easy win.

    - Are you happy with your start of the season?
    - Of course I’d like to have more points by now. Probably there is a reason everybody says second season is much more harder then your first one. But it’s hard for me to tell the reason why. I wouldn’t say the opponent knows my game and keeps me in check every time I step on ice. And training camp this year was as hard as last year’s and I had to prove that I’m a regular on Montreal.

    - How do you like to play with Lang and Latendresse?
    - Fine, I do not complain. Lang is a veteran player, very good center with good hockey sense. Latendresse was recently transferred on our line since Higgins recovered from injury.

    - Does Lang try to teach young players like you and Latendresse?
    - No, Robert understands that players in the NHL already know how to play and are able to play hockey.

    - Don’t you regret that you don’t play with your brother on the same line, only from time to time?
    - Of course I feel better playing with my brother. Last season we played together alot. This year it doesn’t happen that much. Why? This is prerogative of the head coach and only he is in charge of who plays on what line. Players in the NHL do not advise to their head coach with whom they like to play. Coach keeps neutrality towards any of his players, there are no favorites for coaches. This is one of the distinction between North America and Belarus or Russia.

    - Did it help to start season early playing for Belorussian cup?
    - You have to start early to be ready for long NHL season. And the experience in Keramin (hockey club in Belarus) was very helpful. The level of hockey back home did not disappoint either. We had to demonstrate our best hockey.

    - It would be nice to start season with Belorussian Cup and finish it with the Stanley Cup
    - Of course, this is my main goal. We have a good shot at the Stanley Cup this season.

    - Canadiens celebrate 100th anniversary. Does management demand the cup?
    - Management, of course, would like to celebrate this even by winning Stanley Cup. But no one puts pressure on players. There is no such pressure that is usual in that kind of situations in Belarus or Russia. Because life doesn’t stop at that.

    - And what do your fans and Canadian press demand?
    - After last season’s win in the Eastern conference Montreal is being viewed as on of the main candidates for Stanley Cup. Last season we had young team. Today everybody became more experienced, tried the taste of playoffs. The loss against the Flyers long time forgotten. We all think about this season now.

    - How is Andrei doing after vicious hit from Sauer?
    - Pretty well. He missed couple of games and came back.

    - How was it for you to play without him?
    - It’s ok, I was doing my job and did not try to compensate for his absence.

    - How do you feel you already regular in Montreal?
    - And this is the question you have to ask coaches and players

  53. nightmare_49 says:

    H – Interesting read and a great pick up and it answers some questions i had especially about communications.

  54. Mr.Hazard says:

    Holy Moly longest post I’ve ever seen.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  55. The Cat says:

    I absolutely agree with you. Ive gone on and on like a broken record about him, nice to see hes getting just recognition not only from habs fans but fans from all over the NHL.

  56. NYLawyer_Habs_Fan says:

    MATS SUNDIN MAKES HIS CULINARY DEBUT AS CONTESTANT ON BRAVO’S TOP CHEF

    New York, NY – November 13, 2008 — Bravo TV announced today that Swedish hockey star Mats Sundin will be among the seventeen contestants competing for culinary notoriety on the fifth season of the hit series Top Chef, which debuted Wednesday evening on Bravo. Consistent with the star’s notorious aversion to public scrutiny, sources confirm that Sundin, a Swedish national, will be adopting the persona of “Stefan”, a veteran chef hailing from neighbouring Finland. In Wednesday’s season debut, all three judges lambasted Sudin for his “pretentious” and “indecisive” culinary style, as manifested by the Swede’s first culinary creation of the season: meatballs.

    Sundin was not immediately availible for comment.

    http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/5/bios/bios.php?c=stefan

  57. coutNY says:

    Not to look too far forward, but “Daniel Briere suffered a left groin strain on Tuesday. General manager Paul Holmgren said the club expects the forward to miss five to seven days.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

  58. JIMVINNY says:

    leaders for the all-stars hasn’t been updated for me in hours. anyone else having this problem?

  59. JIMVINNY says:

    who are we going to boo now?

  60. krob1000 says:

    yup…i haven’t stopped voting yet though!!

  61. JIMVINNY says:

    me neither!

  62. Mr.Hazard says:

    All Habs have over 100k votes now, and the next highest in the league is Ribeiro with 52,000. Muahhaaa keep voting for the Hammer!

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  63. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m not wasting any votes on Hammer. I love the guy, but if we get Markov and Komi into the starting lineup, there’s no way they’ll select another hab. He’s drawing dead, I’m afraid.

  64. cautiousoptimist says:

    Emphasizing the “cautious” part of my name over the “optimist,” how can we be sure that javascript code is actually voting for Habs, and that it isn’t an insidious plot by some evil genius Leaf fan? :)

    And who’s it voting for out West?

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Josh Gorges on Montreal’s attack: “They’re comin’, they’re comin’ and they keep comin’. Just line after line, wave after wave…”

  65. cautiousoptimist says:

    We can say what we like about Sundin, but he’s living the dream: NHL star, zillionaire, poker sponsorhip, hottie girlfriend, and now a televised cooking contest. How sweet is it to be Mats Sundin?

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Josh Gorges on Montreal’s attack: “They’re comin’, they’re comin’ and they keep comin’. Just line after line, wave after wave…”

  66. Steve C. says:

    if you’re talking about this javascript:

    javascript:players=new Array(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘eastern’);}players=new Array(8467514,8466148,8468083,8457063,8467856,8458568);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘western’);}document.getElementById(‘edit-vote-button’).click();

    It’s supposed to vote for the 6 Habs that are in the lead, and the 6 Red Wings players (Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Hossa, Rafalski, Lidstrom, Osgood). What a sick start it would be to have Habs vs. Wings!

    however, i didn’t create the code and i don’t know the person who made it, but i believe it’s right, unless he secretely hid the Stars in there somewhere, i dunno. does Dallas even have hockey fans??? We gotta get Ribs out of the starting lineup.

  67. Bradlo says:

    Good article. I wouldnt really be mad at Colin Cambell. He would have been in a lot more trouble had he not given out the suspension. Thats just the reality of the situation

    I do agree with the legends though

  68. nightmare_49 says:

    Dave Thanks, i just left a comment with that article on that laff trash blog that called TK a retard and asshole.

  69. Bradlo says:

    great post.. very interesting read

  70. nightmare_49 says:

    Hockey Bits with Stan Fischler .. hockeyjournal.com .. (an excerpt) ….. Didja Know Dept. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a son who plays college hockey. Wyatt Russell – “Was he named after Dad’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone?” our James Ryan wonders – is goalie for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It happens to be the only NCAA Division I hockey program in the South. The coach also happens to be ex-NHL Danton Cole. … ……….. and many more tidbits ….. http://www.hockeyjournal.com/Article.php?ArtID=999818

  71. Steve C. says:

    what’s the Laff trash blog?

  72. DD says:

    Bryan, here’s another interesting fact to back this up. Both Hawerchuk and Park were born in toronto, while Cashman was born in Kingston. Hardly Habitant hot beds.

  73. DD says:

    In my opinion, Campbell caved to the pressure of the cry baby blue boys and their media boot lickers. If this hit would have happened in Nashville, we wouldn’t even be talking about it.

  74. boris420 says:

    Hey if anyone is looking for the game online I have some links on my blog.

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  75. Mattee. says:

    It looks accurate. I see all the players show up when i enter it in.

  76. Habsrule1 says:

    I’d rather see our Habs against the best players in the west. I can wait for the final for Habs Vs Wings.

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  77. Steve C. says:

    you make a good point.

  78. JIMVINNY says:

    If you use this one, that I edited, it’s only habs. it completely ignores the west.

    javascript:players=new Array(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘eastern’);}document.getElementById(‘edit-vote-button’).click();

  79. secretdragonfly says:

    You’ve answered your own question – “evil genius Leaf fan” is an oxymoron.

  80. tony d says:

    well you got the moron part right

  81. nightmare_49 says:

    and no ring that starts with S…… … ….

  82. coutNY says:

    Kukkonen on Waivers….. raises speculation for a move on Shanahan?

  83. Fant-HAB-ulous says:

    Very funny…
    I almost believed you at first!

  84. Ian G Cobb says:

    Sherri, I know what a leaf is OX is And a Moron, but what is a leafy oxymoron pray tell.
    Ian

  85. DD says:

    I feel like Nightmare Bryan. Here’s an article that was in the Ottawa Citizen today written by Darren Desaulniers.
    http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/sports/story.html?id=3c30ff02-cfa8-4472-97e9-b3fea4f7c62e

    It is quite interesting what these ‘hockey legends’ think of the “HIT”. The list includes, Wayne Cashman, Brad Park and Dale Hawerchuk, hardly Hab sycophants, who all agree the NHL dropped the ball on this one.

    I only hope Colon Campbell gets someone to read it to him.

  86. Habs2win says:

    So this is what happens when a very well rested team plays a very tired team. the useless lazy team doesn’t show up, AS USUAL!!!
    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting very tired of this act! the bruins are showing why they are the best team in the eastern conference.
    I wish Boston was our team. They’re fantastic! habs stink!!!!!!!!!!

  87. nightmare_49 says:

    So true.

  88. HabsColor says:

    There are two mounts before Habs this season: Boston and Buffalo

    Carbo in trouble.

  89. Sneezer says:

    4-0. Why is Price still in there?

    I hope Carbo gets canned. He can’t get consistency out of this team.

    They need experienced leadership. Carbo may know a ton about hockey but not enough about people… it’s essentially what Grabovski said in his article and I believe it.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  90. HabsColor says:

    Carbo is that, event the Eastern No. 1 of last regualr season didn’t change my mind.

    He knows playing the puck, but not his players.

  91. Sneezer says:

    I can’t believe what I am watching.

    For what seems like a lifetime, I’ve watched one Habs team after another fall apart under pressure and turn to dump-and-chase hockey. The team is good – where is the coaching??

    And where is BGL? Every other team would pound somebody to change the game. Not the Habs, they’re too nice! They think they can win just by being good-guys. Makes me puke.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  92. Stodog says:

    Stop voting for these guys for the All-Star game, they all saw that they were leading their respective categories and decided not to show up tonight. Becoming way to common a theme this year. Habs were beating the Bruins 3-0 on opening night at the Bell Center and Bruins fought back (with a lucky bounce) for at least a point……how many shots did the Habs have in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period……0 that right ZERO….there is your difference. Its not skill folks, they have a guy in Ryder who plays on their first line that didnt even crack the Habs line-up, its all work ethic and thats the issue.

    Could somebody teach Lang how to shoot at an open net, how many times do I have to watch this guy miss a wide open cage. He puts that in and its a different game. Missed opportunites, not working and a PP that has been figured out by the rest of the league, not a good combination.

  93. LTHF says:

    For 25 minutes so far a very disinterested hockey team, it appears they believe that their record against Bos over the last 2 seasons is good enough for a win by just showing up. Bos beating them in every facet of the game—sad!! And please can anyone tell me what Larque is doing on this team, they are playing shorthanded whenever he is out there, this so called tough guy is like a wet noodle.

  94. Habs2win says:

    habs are the softest team in the league! and Carbo is a horrible coach!
    this team NEVER EVER EVER shows up for 2 games in a row! What did the habs learn from the Toronto game? NOTHING!! Boston is the class of the east, and we are the joke of the east! And what’s going on with Price? Is this guy on drugs, or what? I think he’s on another planet, and not able to put together 2 good games in a row. And what about our defence? pathetic.
    There isn’t a single player on the habs that’s untouchable!
    get rid of the whole bunch! all a bunch of lazy bastards!

  95. Hoegarden says:

    While in Edmonton, Laraque wrote a few times on his blog that he would never play for Montreal. So far so good Georges; don’t break a finger nail.

  96. HabsColor says:

    Golie on drug? You know what, I have been thinking on this for a long time…

  97. Sneezer says:

    Good one.

    And to top of a thoroughly embarrassing performance, Komi gets pounded by Lucic. HABS SUCK. Another night, that might be wrong, but tonight, it’s just the truth.

    Whaddya wanna bet that BLR is under orders from Carbo not to start anything? I think that Carbo is secretly British in disguise. Stiff upper lip and all that wot!
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  98. Habs2win says:

    I am embarrassed to be a habs fan. As long as Carbo is their coach, habs will win NOTHING! and please explain why we got Laraque?? totally useless!

  99. Sneezer says:

    SIX GOALS!!!!!

    Carbo you are a GENIUS for leaving Price in there! That’ll show that kid he’s not such hot stuff! Way to go!

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  100. 46_14_27 says:

    Bud,

    It’s not Carbo’s fault. Price isn’t ready. Lets just face it.

    46-14-27 Best Line In Hockey !!

    The Cup in 3 years or less !!

  101. Sneezer says:

    Your sig makes it obvious your judgment is not so good.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  102. Dee says:

    I am off to bed to depressed to watch the rest of thia game!!!!!
    Why are they singing our Habs anthem OLE,OLE,OLE,OLE,OLE…

    Habs Fan 4 Ever & Ever Amen.

  103. smiler2729 says:

    It’s really not “our anthem”, we borrowed it from those soccer freaks in Europe…

  104. smiler2729 says:

    Bob Gainey has been watching… beware the silent hammer that falls suddenly, I smell a trade before Xmas

  105. Habs2win says:

    not Carbo’s fault???????????????????
    When does he ever have this team ready to play????????????????

  106. captaink4life says:

    Maybe he wrote that because of the instant lashing people like you are giving him. He’s getting knocked for not fighting players who DECLINE to fight him but what’s his alternative? Getting a two minute instigator penalty. He’s not here to light up the scoresheet. You’ll thank your lucky stars we have him later on in the season.

    _____________________________
    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  107. captaink4life says:

    Yah Komi took a beating no doubt. To be fair though it felt like he was fighting Lucic on steroids because of the crowd/lead lol

    _____________________________
    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  108. REB2 says:

    You (and Grabs) may be right. When 19 players suck all at the same time, maybe it isn’t the players……

  109. Ian G Cobb says:

    This sharp practice is how Bush got in.

  110. Ian G Cobb says:

    Nice to see our # 1 D is getting some nice support in the balloting, Roman Hamrlik. This guy quietly, is never out of position and makes the right play every time. Yes I love Markov and Komisaric, but the # 1 defense man on the Canadiens by a large margin is the Hammer.

  111. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Oh horror… stuck in rural Pennsylvania with Phil/Pitts game scheduled for tonight = no chance of seeing the Habs game.

    I am breaking a considerable streak.

    “I like women and I like cake ” – HIO Summit 2008

  112. nightmare_49 says:

    The New York Times Morning Skate : Oh Luongo, Oy Turco and Oooooh Khabibulin and more hockey bits including Saku’s incredible pass .. by Stu Hackel ….. http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/the-morning-skate-oh-luongo-oy-turco-and-oooooh-khabibulin/#more-1063 ….. Spector’s NHL Trade and Free Agent Rumours for Nov-13-08 ….. http://www.spectorshockey.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=287:nhl-trade-and-free-agent-rumors-for-november-13-2008&catid=34:articles&Itemid=55 ………………. A Dog with Wheels .. by Gary Mckay/Hamilton Spectator ….. http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/465732 ……….. Setoguchi Part of Sharks Success .. CP ….. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jbAnxgJQwJlpj5VVjOtcgtq714Zg

  113. Sakuismyhero says:

    Concurred, it was gross, Id be embarrassed if one of my players did that. So uncool.

  114. nightmare_49 says:

    We should all take note of these supposed Habs fans on this site that are jumping off the bandwagon, it is disgusting and shows that they are only cheerleaders and shows they never had faith. All great teams are whipped during the season and it’s called a wake up call as Detroit last year can attest when Lidstrom went down. When you win say little, when you lose say less.

  115. The Cat says:

    Its true every team needs a wakeup call, but hasnt there been a few of those lately?…The bruins last night, should’ve been ripe for the picking, they were in a bad spot scheduling wise and on the tail end of a back to back situation (a spot where they usually do even worse). If I was coach, Id bring in some american leaguers who work to win (not to be put on the 3rd or 4th line either), and not try to win on auto-pilot. I dont think its a move that reeks of panic, its a long season but for the most part, constant effort just hasnt been there. Just my opinion.

  116. The Cat says:

    I dont think its wise to dismiss Boston like that, that is a very good team over there, made better by their work ethic and good coaching, whereas we are a very good team made ordinary by lack of work ethic and unimaginative coaching.

  117. downeast hab says:

    As I watched the game last night,it became apparent that the more the Bruins stuck to the Habs,the more mistakes they made. It seems that if a team can bottle the habs up, and Boston now unfortunaly has, then there is trouble.Julien outcoached Carbo again. Carbo has to be able instill a different attack when he sees this is happening, but to me he continues to play the same system.It was is downfall, last year, and I hope he adjusts, because the habs are to good to falter this way.

  118. ths says:

    OK. didnt seee the game but going by the score and hi-lo lites and what I read there is no need to panic. Lets just calmly do the following :

    Fire Carbo
    Hire Roy – If Roy was behind the bench he would have ordered Price to beat the shoot out of Lukic (or at least Thomas)
    Trade Halak, Higgins, Saku and Mary-Kate
    Bring up Pac, Maxwell, 2 defensman, from Hammer
    Demolish the Bell Center and move back to forum
    Have a referendum on Sovereignty
    Abolish all 2 for 1 deals with ticket stubs in downtown strip joints…

    Only after calmly reviewing the effects of these changes should we all storm the big owe and chant ‘ole. ole’ for an hour then perform a mass suicide ritual.

  119. habsguy says:

    remember guys, just mere presence of BGL was supposed to stop all the liberties taken by the other teams, well I just saw Komi get his ass handed to him….so you tell me why he’s there !!!!!!!

  120. habsgod says:

    professor i hope your right and i can’t wait to see lucic get his ass handed to him from bgl.

  121. boris420 says:

    Laraque wanted to go with thornton but he had faught the night before, as for chara he wants nothing to do with laraque and by the time lucic was out of the box there was pretty much 5 mins left in the game so he cant fight. Plus you cant expect him to fight every game. Even if he wants to he wouldnt have an opponent every game.

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  122. The Teacher says:

    Komi is a big boy damnit, maybe if he fought more than once a year he’d know what to do.

    My suggested overtime format and other sports talk

  123. TripleX says:

    BGL is the least of our problems. The Habs are totally dysfunctional this year. I don’t know the answer and it is obvious neither does Carbo. I can only hope Bob does.

  124. Steve C. says:

    I just had an amazing realization amongst this tragedy…when the fat lady sings..for the very last time….even through this horrendous lost….deep down inside, we ALL, and i mean ALL, know that the Canadiens WILL get the last laugh…history speaks for itself..they will rebound.

  125. habsguy says:

    everyone hates Lucic because he’s not a hab !!

  126. habsguy says:

    I can agree with some of what you say…BUT I think the days of the wild west are over, goons or guys like BGL are a thing of the past.
    Just because you have a heavyweight sitting on the bench doesn’t mean the other team will play a passive game, there will always be pushing after the whistle and BGL isn’t going to stop it.
    Every team has a BGL sitting on the bench and it hasn’t stopped
    late hits, hits from behind, sticks in the eye, or any dirty plays.
    This isn’t the old Flyer or Bruin days when when teams were actually afraid to play them for fear of getting beaten up.
    Take the downey hit on the Sen player, wasn’t Mcgratton sitting on the bench, it didn’t stop Downey, and if you take every dirty play since then you could look on the bench and see the goon, and it didn’t stop the dirty play. BGL was ON THE ICE when Lapps was elbowed, his presence didn’t stop it, so again, why is he here ????

  127. G-Man says:

    lol. :D

    Gilbert
    2008/09 is the season of the Habs

  128. habsguy says:

    remember….he shouldn’t have to fight, we have BGL for that, thats why we got him !!!!

  129. Harani says:

    What will it take to knock off Price from him calmness…geez…it’s almost too much…the silence…it shows that he really doesn’t feel for it coz it wasn’t entirely his fault…but give that kid some credit…he just let in 6 goals…and he had the courage to talk like that WOW! Don’t worry Pricey! Saturday is awaiting your arrival!

    Btw…also tonight!

    Toronto crushed the Oilers 5-2….
    Pittsburgh’s some Goligoski scores in shootout to win past Flyers
    NewYork Island easily beat the Sens 3-1 (WOW!)
    Sharks are crushing flames 4-0 in the first period
    Minnesota shuts Phoenix 4-0
    And our own show which went berserk, bad, messy, ugly…anything you wanna call it!

  130. bigjames says:

    you obviously never heard derek sanderson!

  131. Sneezer says:

    Good post – agree 100%.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  132. CHCanadien says:

    My fellow Habs fans up North, be glad that you aren’t forced to endure other teams feeds. Jack Edwards and Andy Brickhead, uh I mean Brickley are by far the biggest homers and worst commentators!

  133. Sneezer says:

    >it is disgusting and shows that they are only cheerleaders

    Hey Pollyanna, a cheerleader is someone who reacts to their team getting their ass kicked by saying “everything is okay, why is everyone complaining??”. You’re the cheerleader – the ones who are upset are the REAL fans.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  134. CHCanadien says:

    One step forward….three steps back.

    Last year they were picked to miss the playoffs and they end up winning the East. This year they’re picked to win the East and compete for the Cup. The way they’re playing now they’ll be luckey to make the playoffs!

  135. Habsville says:

    It is a long season. The first period missed opportunities hurt. A post and a shot over the crossbar. What alarms me is team unity. Ales K has a reputation for one good year than one poor year. I thought George was to be the fighter not Komo. Our over priced 4th line did not compete and we got torched by there 4th line. Gainey will take notes and than patiently wait to see if this is just a plimp or a cancer. Than a trade will send some top player packing. I thought our best line was Lang and his wingers

  136. RetroMikey says:

    Blame the media for labelling our team to finish first in the East which has gotten into the team’s head as well as the fans believing what they predicted as well.

    You have to make your prediction based on your knowledge in the current Habs roster and what we have in Habs prospects in Europe and in Hamilton that will pay dividends for us this year and for years to come.

    I predicted 4th in the East and will stay pat in my decision.
    I’ve said all along we’ll sip the Cup next year but not this fantasy Centennial season.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d love the team to win the Cup during this milestone season but it will not happen. Next year people.

    Carey Price is still a young goalie and he is not in his prime yet and I would hate the fans to place high expectations on him this year that we will run him out of Montreal.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  137. The Professor says:

    I’m sorry man but who the hell are you? How did you get the power to tell people to shut up?

    You’re a joke

  138. 24 Cups says:

    Great post habsguy. The “Laraque effect” just isn’t there right now. His role on this team has to be totally reviewed and reworked.

    Going For The Brass Ring – 25 Cups In 100 Years

  139. mrstewart61 says:

    Amen.
    ———————————————————————————————————————-
    If a man speaks in a forest where no woman can hear him, is he still wrong?

  140. Sneezer says:

    And when a damn good team plays damn poor hockey, two out of three nights, and seems to be losing it’s mojo, it’s only right to consider the coaching could be an issue.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  141. habsguy says:

    I sure would like to know why BGL is on this team, he can’t stop the other teams from crashing our goalie, he can’t stop the other teams from the dirty stuff and he doesn’t fight…HAB-PROFESSOR tell me again why he’s there ???

  142. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    He is here to give us some DAMN ENTERTAINMENT DAMMIT!..CARB cut him loose!

    look, lets not get on his case, think of what a bunch of weaklings we’d be without him, he is a presence, and when he is on the ice he is always at the forefront if things start to get rough after the whistle, but you can’t expect him to step in when Komi calls his guy on, Komi did alright for not being a fighter, he was swinging, but lucic was ducking, then when lucic went for it he grazed komi and thats when komi called it quits, komi doesn’t want to get his face marked up, but Cube would have endured some direct hits but would have connected, now WHEN BGL goes lucic, and believe me it will happen…did everyone hear that:

    BGL WILL FIGHT LUCIC….it is inevitable – then we’ll be cheering.

    just hang on, teams are building hatred, its going to be one heck of a run.

    just wish we’d bring up some FIRE, some YOUTH like Pax and Stew to go against the other 18yearolds were having to face…old dogs like Begin and Dandy (breeze) can’t handle these new punks…

    1. The work of BGL will be key to our success this season…
    2. The Bell Centre should be rebuilt to hold 80,000…
    3. Kovalev is now in his prime…

  143. TripleX says:

    Anyone who thinks this team is a legitimate Cup contender is delusional. I am watching the Sharks DESTROY the Flames, it is 5 to 0 early in the second. These guys do not quit, from the opening face off it is constant offensive pressure. Imagine if the Habs were up by this score? Our Habs would be coasting by now. This is what I am talking about, passion and desire by the whole lineup. Make no mistake, the Flames are not a top team but they are mean and tough. The Sharks are toying with a team that would RUN the Habs off the ice.

  144. habsguy says:

    I’m not saying he should fight every game, or at all, I’m saying just because we have him on the bench, doesn’t mean teams are going to stop taking liberties with our team.

  145. WindsorHab-10 says:

    May be this team isn’t as good as we think or just may be they think they’re that good that they don’t need to show up every game. I can take a loss to Boston after whipping them 12 straight, but be embarrassed and taunted by the likes of Lucic? Unacceptable. Sorry guys, but Price has sucked lately and may be needs to watch a couple of games. Your #1 needs to bail the team out once in a while and not let 16 goals by him his last 4 games.

  146. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Maybe, but I don’t believe Komi is there to scrap. He’s far more effective as a hard checking, shot blocking, stay-at-home D.

    BGL shoulda been out there (no thanks to Carbo) taunting Lucic and letting him know that his back is being watched. I find, as gentlemanly as it seems, BigGeorges shouldn’t have to ask his opponent so politely to drop the gloves. He needs to go out with passion and make his point known and take the extra for instigating if necessary.

    Unfortunately Komi was asking for that spanking for a long time. He hurt his pride, he hurt his reputation, he hurt the side of his head on Lucic’s knuckles. Sad display it was – Komi’s not a fighter.

  147. habsguy says:

    and guys, I’m not a BGL hater…

  148. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    to go after Thornton was a waste of time anyway – too little too late in my opinion.

  149. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    me too, but at the rate BGL is fighting (or not fighting) he might forget what to do!

  150. Willy the bum says:

    I support Steve C.’s realization…

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  151. Habs2win says:

    yes the habs are very soft, and have been for years. So why in hell hasn’t Gainey tried to get bigger bodies? I mean, Boston never has any problems acquiring or draftinfg big players? Is our scouting dept so lame or unintelligent that we can’t do the same?
    The majority of our forwards are: small, euro, and heartless.
    They are simply unwilling to pay the price to win. I’m not saying it’s because we have too many euros, but ithat doesn’t help. Yet look at Detroit, who has many euros, except that their players have heart, and willing to go that extra mile to win. our players want to take the easy way out, refusing to do the dirty work required to win a stanley cup.
    As God is my witness, this group of players will NEVER win a cup, brcause they don’t have what it takes mentally, no grit, no desire, no inner strength, and no heart. Gainey should trade Latendress for a bag of pucks, waive Breezer and Dandy, trade AK 46 and his brother(way too soft), and bring up Pac, Weber, and D’Agostini. We need to acquire 2 D men and a goaltender, because we have none. Price will never be a great goalie, because his head is incapable of staying in more than 1 game. I don’t know where he is during games, but he certainly doesn’t have the intensity or focus to stay connected. At times he looks brain dead, and Halak is no better.I’m sure we could fetch a good Dman for him tho.
    Keeping all these softies and unfocused players is only a deterrant to us getting better. I think we need to get back into a rebuilding mode, with drafting big north american players. Boston is the class of the east, and outweighs the habs by far. tonight it was men vs boys. bruins have more taklent, better defensively, better goaltending, and will finish 1st in the eastern conference. the stanley cup finals: boston vs SJ.
    I know we love this team, but it’s a futile effort because they’re going nowhere, except maybe to hell!

  152. Kaptain K says:

    IF I WERE COACH (some of you can say thanks that im not)
    1)Everyone in the press box, call up entire Bulldogs team (assuming they arent playing) for a dramatic representation and night of humiliation.
    2) have the Habs watch le Rocket (the french movie that was awesome) b4 the game and have them watch the game where they arent playing…..
    3) watch every single game from the Centennial epic game DVD collection…show them what it means to be a hab… and if they complain once, they are in the press box next game.

    good thing im not coach eh?

    RULES OF A HABS FAN:
    1- The PLAYERS must earn our confidence, WE dont have to be patient
    2- You lose, you get shredded by the media…. DEAL WITH IT
    3- You want our respect, WIN THE GAME
    4- Habs fans reserve the right to rip apart anyone

  153. travelsized says:

    I think I’m going to cry. I came home and immediately logged on, and this is what I see.
    Why are our heads so inflated after a win that we can’t get over ourselves enough to play a decent game? Terrible.

  154. Habs fan in SF says:

    lucic looked like a frat boy after doing a keg stand. Not cool. Also Laraque has done jack. He’s slow and he’s not protecting our players. Isn’t that why we signed him?? Embarassing loss. Also I watched the NESN feed and I’m disgusted by how biased they were. They were belittling price any chance they had. Seriously not cool. Somebody revoke their rights to broadcast…oh yeah their yanks and this was boston’s Stanley cup. Go fug yourselves beantown.

  155. theflower says:

    OK, I have only one word to describe this game “EMBARRASSING!” Now unlike many of you, I am not going to start pointing fingers or saying we are crappy or anything like that.

    Simply put, here is what upset me and in my opinion it was one of the worst efforts I have seen in a long time from this team. This team showed no work ethic, period. We were beaten to loose pucks, we were knocked into the boards, we were out hustled every place in every way, we were blown out on the score board and even after all that, we got our faces punched in.

    There is losing, then there is this. After playing sports for many years, I don’t remember an occasion on any team, I ever played for that we didn’t fight to the bitter end. This team did not fight from the get go and as it got worse it was like watching a train wreck and everyone on board just closing their eyes and waiting for the impact.

    All, I can hope for is that they return with lessons learned in 9 days when they play Boston again. That they re-learn what they claim to have learned from Saturday’s debacle against Toronto and do to Philly what they did to Ottawa. That is all I can hope for as a fan.

    Every team loses, I expect us to lose some games, it’s the lack of effort that I can’t stand.

    This is a good hockey team, it is evident we are one top 4 defenceman away from really being a Stanley Cup contender, but let’s hope the 12 goals in the last 2 losses gets some players to wake up and play with heart and effort. If they do win or lose you will get no complaints from me.

  156. The Teacher says:

    It’s called standing up for yourself and shutting someone up, you don’t send a man to do a man’s job. Komi is BIG enough and TOUGH enough. He got schooled and should be embarrassed. I hope it makes him meaner, he hasn’t developed into the D I thought he would be at this point.

    He needs to fight more than he has been to be the type of player he can be IMHO.

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  157. Kaptain K says:

    Prof… i think ur number 3. should be suspended until furthur notice… if he didnt have record giveaways and lack of second efforts this year then i would suggest you keep it

    RULES OF A HABS FAN:
    1- The PLAYERS must earn our confidence, WE dont have to be patient
    2- You lose, you get shredded by the media…. DEAL WITH IT
    3- You want our respect, WIN THE GAME
    4- Habs fans reserve the right to rip apart anyone

  158. Kaptain K says:

    Well of course, but if a player single handedly rapes ur team, well ..we’re gonna hate him. id want him too… but its the same with for example Sundin, who we all hated until we had a chance of having him

    RULES OF A HABS FAN:
    1- The PLAYERS must earn our confidence, WE dont have to be patient
    2- You lose, you get shredded by the media…. DEAL WITH IT
    3- You want our respect, WIN THE GAME
    4- Habs fans reserve the right to rip apart anyone

  159. RudeMood19 says:

    HAha I still think Lucic is a moveable pylon.

  160. RudeMood19 says:

    That’s why I study history lol.

    But seriously, come on, Boston needed one. We all know at some point they were going to win one. Better now then later. Besides, at least we feel like sh*t now, instead of later, if they were to beat for the first time at a later date.

    Honestly, Boston isn’t a great team. I refuse to believe they are better.

  161. RudeMood19 says:

    You gotta stop. You and your negative crap. It’s carried over into this year. Enough.

  162. POPS says:

    and with all this size and toughness, how many championships have the Bruins won in the last 15 years? Better yet, how many times have they beat the Habs in the last five years in the playoffs?

  163. RudeMood19 says:

    I gotta say. Habs fans, next to Leaf fans, although I’m not so sure anymore, are so dysfunctional.

    We lost 1 game! So what! People on here saying Carbo should be fired, Komisarek and Kovalev should be traded for a pile of pucks, etc

    Enough. This is a damn good team. They are just not playing damn good hockey.

  164. boris420 says:

    Despite Boston fans taking advantage to finally try and make us “go home and cry” I think that we needed this loss. Mainly to tell us that if we need to fix a problem it’s not going to be done by reviewing tapes for a day. Look at Toronto they have Tv screens on their bench and they still lose games. Ill end this post here only to be continued on Nov.22 during the rematch. (Also Roy’s jersey retirement night)

    -From my blog
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  165. POPS says:

    Wow!!I am so upset by all of the crap that is on here!It was a loss that was way over due to a team that has a major complex when it comes to the Canadiens!All of a sudden the team is too soft, Komi can’t fight and wa wa wa wa!!I think they had a lousy effort tonight and what really concerns me is the play of the Kostitsyn brothers, Price and O’Byrne over the course of this young season.The Kostitsyn’s are not generating any opportunities so I think Carbo’s decision to put them on a line with Plekanec in the third was a great idea.Price seems to be lacking confidence this season and I think he needs a back-up with experience like Denis to help him through.Therefore, Gainey must move Halak soon.O’Byrne looks lost.He has trouble moving the puck efficiently and is not using his size effectively.I would much rather see Brisebois in the line-up.As far as the team being soft…Kostopoulos suspended, Begin in the press-box, and Laraque wasting time.It was a bad night and Philly will bring the same type of game Saturday night…the Habs will be prepared.

  166. jamieboy333 says:

    You’re right, he does work hard. That’s no excuse to be taunting fans and acting like he’s in a boxing ring. That’s just scum!

  167. Dennis says:

    I cannot tell you how much I despise the Bruins. And me making friends with a raven at the Grand Canyon probably didn’t help.
    http://dennis-kane.com/

  168. Sneezer says:

    Agreed. And who is responsible for making that happen? the same guy that has made a lackluster Laffs team into a decent challenger on most nights. The coach. Or was that Grabovski? lol
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  169. mrstewart61 says:

    We all tend to think about trades or call-ups to fix problems. Bringing in new players, even if it were a Crosby or Ovechkin, is no guarantee of success. I believe the current players CAN do the job. But they are not obviously consistent right now. This is a team game and they must work together.
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  170. Le.Bon.Serge. says:

    I am sooooo disapointed with Laraque. Could he stop asking for a fight and simply jump on the guys that are beating our stars??????

    Big Georges, you are a joke. You had your chance with Sauer. Same with Ruutu. Same with Lucic. But you did nothing.

    Better change your habits because you have no idea how Montreal fans are when you dont do your job. A month ago you were a star, you were selling t-shirts, but now you are going down.

    Is it too much asked to PROTECT YOUR TEAMMATES????

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    (on Carey Price stick save against Detroit)

  171. Ton says:

    What ever happened to winning on the score board. Now we got to jump players and get instigating penalties that lead to goals against us and losses! Come brother get a life.

  172. rogus says:

    Koivu is a true leader. Even though his team was in the toiet, he never gave up. Hopefully he talked to a couple of the boys last night.

  173. VintageFan says:

    Well, now Lucic is a legit “fighter” and fair game for Big George. Let’s hope Laraque takes the opportunity to “put out the trash” next time Bruins are at the Bell Centre

  174. VintageFan says:

    It is comforting to see how hard the league is trying to eliminate hits from behind. Not fair for Lucic to run Kovalev from behind in plain sight like that. How’s a ref supposed to see that??

  175. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    Regarding some earlier posts & the team in general:

    -yes this team needs another top 4 D-man. We presently have Markov, Hamrlik, and Komisarek. These guys, as disappointing as they’ve played recently, are top 4 guys in this league. Ryan OB will someday shape into a top 4 D, but he’s a couple of years away from that status. Perhaps Boone’s man Josh Gorges is the closest to a #4 D, but he’s just not quite there in my opinion. The pitbull Bouillon plays hard every shift, but opposing forwards are not intimidated by him. Breezer? outlet passes can only carry you so far.

    -I believe we have some hard working centres, but they’re not big and powerful. Koivu comes to deliver every night. Pleks has flashes of brilliance (not many lately). Lang’s numbers are alright, but he often seems invisible.
    I hate to bring this up again, but a player like Sundin could certainly cook up some nice plays for us (and I’m sure he brings more heat to the ice than he does to the kitchen).

    -the 4th line has been our best in terms of energy and effort – too bad they don’t score goals!

    -BGL is not showing any passion as a Hab and has fallen short of the enforcer role he came to fill in Mtl. Let’s forget the bull line “I’m here to be more than a fighter”. Georges, your main role on this club is to intimidate, deter trouble-makers, and make guys pay for their sins with your fists. Your secondary job is to forecheck and wreak havoc on your opponents by hemming them in their own zone. We also thought you might come in handy as a massive goalie screen on the PP, but besides the fact that we don’t have a cannon on the point I don’t believe you have the hands to finish loose pucks. Maybe Carbo didn’t get that memo either…

    -because Higgins scored a hat trick and Lats potted one and Price registered his first goose egg on Tuesday, doesn’t mean these guys or any others have found their game. When they string a bunch of wins together and the offence and defence is coming from every line and D pairing, then we can say this team has found itself. that doesn’t mean they’ll win in bunches all the time, but it does mean they’ll play pretty inspired hockey on most nights (and the brain farts should be limited to occasional frequency). Right now, this is a team in search of its identity. When they find it, they’ll start playing with heart.

    -where is the real Kovy?

    -post-game comments by Kovy and Price indicated lack of preparation for the game. Players must prepare themselves to a degree, but team prep is primarily the job of the coaching staff. They fell short and need to find better ways to get the team ready. Kovy said they were expecting more open ice last night. Did Carbo & Co. tell that to the guys? If so, shame on them.

  176. bigdave says:

    Another stinker!

    Has this team decided that they can’t play on the road or just can’t play 60 minutes per game.

    Pretty damn aweful.

  177. filincal says:

    Komi: less yoga and maybe some boxing classes. it looked he was bagged after throwing 5 punches.
    Laraque: not earning your paycheck yet.

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  178. Sags says:

    The last time this team put an honest 60 minute effort with any consistency was when Gainey fired Julien and took on the coaching duties. I like Julien and still feel he got a raw deal in Montreal. Don’t think for one minute that he doesn’t relish prepping his team vs. Carbo and company. His Bruins were ready to play from start to finish, and dominated throughout. This Habs team still has way too many floaters, and when will Price focus for more then one or two games at a time. What the hell was he doing taking a delay of game penalty? How unprepared and soft was he on goal number 5?

    Incredibly pathetic performance yet again. When will this team start playing for each other and for the jersey?

  179. Sneezer says:

    yeah, that was weird about the open ice… against the Bruins??? huh? sounds really strange. don’t they WATCH the other teams?
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  180. Habs2win says:

    We all say negative things about Lucic, because the truth is, we would love to have him on our team! As far as Price is concerned, I know exactly what his problem is. Do you know why he has problems keeping his focus? or intensity? the kid has ADD, a very common condition in which half the population has. ADD-attention deficit disorder. but he can take medicine for that. take him to a doctor please, and at the same time, please do a labotomy on him! And when I hear the players say:” we weren’t prepared.”
    my question is, Why not??? that is the coach’s fault. come to think of it, all these no shows started when Carbo became coach. It didn’t happen with Gainey as coach. Even tho we lost games before Carbo, it was because lack of goaltending and overall lack of talent. I will say this 1 more time:” AS LONG AS CARBO IS OUR COACH, THESE NO SHOWS WILL CONTINUE”! habs will win nothing with him coaching. when he leaves, we’ll show up every game. Carbo has lost the room, and they have started to tune him out!
    they don’t like him, and they certainly don’t respect him!

  181. HabsFan2 says:

    Komi should have never had to fight Lucic. What we need is someone to take over the fighting duties for guys like Komi. We need someone to instill fear into the opposing team. We need someone like Georges Laraque, the heavyweight champion. Why can’t Gainey go out and sign someone like Laraque? I’m sure he’s available…What? He’s already here??

    We’re in BIG trouble!!

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  182. HabsFan2 says:

    I’m not holding my breath on that one.

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  183. Habs2win says:

    How long have been saying, we lack grit and size? how many years? And still Gainey has done nothing to address these problems! acquiring euro fancy figure skaters isn’t the answer. And Laraque isn’t the answer. getting a bodyguard doesn’t work. WE NEED PLAYERS WITH GRIT AND ONES THAT CAN STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES, NOT A BABYSITTER! the problem is, Gainey wants to live in the past! it’s not 1977 anymore! wake up Gainey! we had francos then, now we have lazy euros. we are no longer the flying frenchmen and never will be again. toughness and size works today! go get it, or else your job is on the line! because folks, if the habs don’t make the playoffs this year, Gainey is fired!

  184. Habs2win says:

    In case anyone hasn’t checked the standing lately, we’re only 2 points out of 9th place! and Toronto is only 2 points behind us, true we have games in hand, but they mean nothing if you can’t win them.

  185. TitoS74 says:

    I’m just utterly disgusted. I feel like we were playing playoff hockey against them again, and this time, they really whooped our asses! We had 28 shots, which means that every two minutes, we landed less than one shot. They had 31 shots, which means every two minutes, they landed more than one shot! But 6 of theirs went in, while only one of ours went in. Funny how Fernandez has a lot of terrible rebounds, and Koivu’s goal was only because it bounced of Fernandez first.

    This is really going to shatter Price’s confidence, and that worries me. The same guy who help take them out of playoffs has now let them toy us around, literally sweep the ground with us. But I’m not blaming Price fully. I’m blaming the rest of the team. No coordination, no proper game play formation, players were where they weren’t supposed to be, and so on.

    Boston deserved to win it, as we we didn’t play to win at all. We were just there so the other team doesn’t win by forfeit on our part.

    And that Milan Lucic, what a player! I love the way he plays! Rough, gritty, fights, rouses up the other team, and still manages to land points on the scoreboard! It’s like a Begin, but much better.

    Here’s hoping to next game.

  186. kidneyboy says:

    Sitting here in the middle of Leafland it has been a rough week to be a Hab fan. I watched last night’s game on RDS and even though I don’t speak any French I understood the absolute dismay and disappointment in the voices of the announce team. My impression…too fancy always looking for one more perfect pass for the highlight reel goal. Shoot the puck! Bang the net! Work the boards and cycle! When they play like taht they are among the league best, when they don’t they are a mediocre team at best. Just my opinion.

  187. habitual says:

    Your comment in your other post about firing Gainey is just ridiculous and doesn’t even deserve this reply.

    But, I agree with your comment about Komi not having to fight Lucic. Seems to me that after last year’s playoffs where Lucic was constantly challenging Komi, Gainey responded by signing Laraque. I have seen almost every game and I’ve seen Laraque fight … twice? No clear win, and most disturbingly, he had a chance to drop them with Lucic last night and did not.

    Laraque stated he wanted his presence to be felt by the other team even when he was not dressed. Well, George, it ain’t felt when you ARE on the ice. He also mumbled something about being warned by Colin Campbell so he couldn’t jump in and smack Ruuttu when Lapierre got elbowed. So, George, either start dropping your gloves and your opponents, or we drop you from the line up. It isn’t like you are bringing anything else to the game.

    Not that Laraque is a main reason for disgusting play lately, but I had to get that off my chest.

  188. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    we don’t have those types of players, they are in Hamilton.

  189. Dickie says:

    I really thought when we signed Laracque to be our tough guy per say he would fill the job no problem. Boy was I wrong, we brought in a guy who will not fight anybody unless the fight is pre meditated…cmon’ Georges..as soon as Kovy was hit by Lucic your gloves should have hit the ice..no matter what the score is at the time. THIS IS YOUR JOB. We will continue to get bullied and have players fighting that shouldn’t be unless this guy starts to drop the mitts..2 min for instigating big deal!!!Kovy could have been hurt and Komi could be hurt now because of your so called code. Wake up and earn your money.

  190. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    good point – after the KOVY hit, when Larock was trailing Lucic around the ice asking for permission, he should have just dropped his gloves and grabbed Lucic by the neck, because even if Lucic still declined, that would have been enough to send the message and would have made the highlites around the league, I think the real problem is Carb doesn’t want him to take those kind of penalties, Carb is scared to be short handed and doesn’t see the long term benefits of that kind of action.

    Larock would have gone to the box by himself, but Lucic would have ended the game a COWARD, even after the KOMI bout, he still would have been a sleeze ruttut type coward for having declined the BGL.

    BGL needs his role defined…Carb needs to wake up and stop being a coward, he did the right thing by sending BGL on KOVY’s line, but then nothing happened!, you don’t ask permission, you challenge and let Lucic look like a fool for declining!..DAMNN!!

  191. Dee says:

    I all so wonder why,when they have the puck and in the shooting lane they DON”T SHOOT they keep passing!! I am watching the game and yelling at the T.V shoot the puck, drives me bonkers.Stop didlle daddling with it and shootttttt.Koivu’s goal last night he took a shot and the puck went in the net.Shoot from where ever,as long as there is an opening,if no opening shoot anyway who knows you might get lucky and get a goal. Well the season is still young we will be ok.We have to think positive.

    Habs Fan 4 Ever & Ever Amen.

  192. SlovakHab says:

    My only comment to the audio is:

    Shut the f..k up and work hard, you need to improve.
    There is nothing to be said, but there is a lot to be done.

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  193. captaink4life says:

    I didn’t hear any of this “Carbo can’t motivate his players” bullsh*t when the Habs were handing Ottawa a 4-0 beating Tuesday night. I feel bad for the people that constantly need to find a reason to criticize the team and its coach.

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  194. Dickie says:

    Good post…I totally agree. In all likelyhood Lucic probably would have defended himself if BGL would have dropped the mitts..Lucic is a damn good physical player and probably would have fought once he saw BGL’s mitts hit the ice..this would have in my mind changed a lot of the outcome of the evening..mind you the effort was not quite there but sometimes all it takes is some confidence and maybe..we dont know for sure but if Lucic gets pounded the nature of the game changes…

  195. habscup25 says:

    I agree.
    SHOOT FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER
    It seems they are looking for the perfect play, and when they have a good chance to they opt to pass it. Don’t know what kind of effort to expect from the Habs. At least freakin’ compete! Try and try harder!

    (#)
    HABSolut HOCKEY

  196. Sags says:

    we had francos then, now we have lazy euros
    ^^^I agree 100%. Gainey is not the issue, playing with passion and grit and skill is. les canadiens have the skill part but(for the most part)lack the other…Julien’s team was focused and prepared, Carbo’s wasn’t…that is a huge concern for me!

  197. Jim M says:

    The statement “not prepared” that is being used to blame the coaching staff is a joke. It doesn’t mean that there was no game plan. It means that the players were not prepared to do what was necessary to win the game. Period.

    This is an 82-game marathon to settle positioning for the playoffs and it’s still way too early to start crapping on the Habs. They are going to lose at least 25 games this year and sometimes they’ll look bad. Would you rather they look good when they’re losing? Not me. Now that would be discouraging.

    It is ironic that certain people give up on the team when they lose, while criticizing the team for giving up on the game. I guess patience is in short supply around here. I can hardly wait to read the comments when a real slump occurs, like it will happen to most teams. Does anybody remember the Stanley Cup winning Red Wings last year? They lost 7 or 8 in a row, sometimes to bad teams.

    I trust Gainey and staff, and you can be sure that they don’t like what they are witnessing. Things will change if needed, but now is not the time to panic. The season just started and the real test is after Xmas when teams gear for the final push. Patience.

  198. Hammer says:

    SO WHAT THE HABS LOSE A FEW GAMES AND PEOPLE THINK IT IS EQUIVALENT AS LOSING A WAR. BIG DEAL, SO THEY LOST, AND THEY WILL LOSE ANOTHER 20-25 TIMES THIS YEAR. IN MY EYES THERE ARE TWO GLARING ISSUES. 1)TEAM TOUGHNESS. YES THEY HAVE BGL, BUT HE IS ONLY GOOD FOR 8-10 MIN A GAME, WHERE ARE THE REST TO THROW A BIG CHECK OR GO HARD ON THE FORECHECK. THIS IS REALLY LACKING 2) DEFENSE. THERE TOP THREE MARKOV, HAMRLIK AND KOMI ARE FINE BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE A FOURTH BRUISING DEFENSEMAN. THEY HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF SIXTH DMEN. PACKAGE A FEW PLAYERS AND GO LOOKING FOR ONE.

    AS FOR YOU BANDWAGON JUMPERS, GET READY FOR A LONG YEAR. THE HABS ARE ONE OF SIX TO EIGHT TEAMS THAT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN THE CUP. SO ENJOY THE YEAR OR BE READY TO NEED CRUTCHES.

  199. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    I’m beginning to wonder about that…

  200. badbalance says:

    Seriously all i see on the forums is how the habs are horrible. Theres a whole cry parade on here, get over it we will lose game and we will win them. Boston is going to get ripped by us next game anyways, think we will let it go untouched. Please, BGL hasnt lost us the game, where was the team to support the goalie, where was the team to score. We sucked and its not the end of the world get over it and stop crying you pansies

  201. badbalance says:

    And seriously, some of you guys went as far as saying what the “hell is Gainey doing” or “Why is Carbonneau still here”… shut up already, Any team can win. Boston was soooo happy to win ONE game against us, it looked to me as if they won the stanley cup or something. We will tear their manhood open so wide next game, trust me on that one.

  202. VintageFan says:

    Lucic is just the giant ugly version of Jarkko Ruutu!

  203. VintageFan says:

    Did you miss Lucic skating quickly away from BGL?

  204. VintageFan says:

    Next Game!!

  205. VintageFan says:

    Exactly!

  206. Josie says:

    I agree it is the coach’s job to get his team ready for the game. They’ve been playing the “we weren’t prepared” card too much, in my opinion, it’s a lame excuse, professional athletes practice to prepare for games, and the coach is the one who tells them how to prepare and is supposed to motivate them to win.
    Regarding Carbo, he was “outcoached” in some games last year and was definitely outoached in the playoffs by Boston and Philly’s coach’s, but I don’t think it has ever been said that Carbo outcoached the opponent in the 2 years he’s been here. I think that says a lot about him.

  207. habsgod says:

    ton,we have laraque who can throw them like like that! have you ever seen big gorges fight? why do you think nobody wants to drop the gloves with him? the answer because he’ll knock him out he’s that tough and throws them that hard. i live in regina home of derk boogard and i know derek and i asked him about bgl after we signed him and derek told me that bgl is the current heavyweight champ and has a ton of respect because he’ll beat respect into if you don’t respect him for his fighting ability!price’s soft goals aren’t his own doing9 it’s his coaching) remember theodore was giving up these type of goals too and guess who his goaltending was? rollie melanson . and we are seeing the same thing with price so this tells me he ruined theodore and could very well ruin carey,it’s not to late to save him hire roy or the allaire brothers! gainey needs to realize this and fast or it will be 2 late.

  208. HugeHabsFan says:

    Hey gimme a break would ya?? I gotta work too! :P

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  209. edgar_falcon says:

    thats it??? im at 25 at least

  210. Habhopeful says:

    Lol I know, i voted a couple times for other players and included Tanguay on the other votes…

    “We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital.”
    ~Brad Park.

  211. Sneezer says:

    Face reality. It’s this high-falutin’ fancy-pants idea that we can win “on the scoreboard” by being nice guys while the rest of the league are ‘just’ playing tough that kills us. The Habs need to wake up to the game as its played TODAY. Energy and toughness alone are half of it – the half they didn’t have last night.

    I agree with the Laraque comments. He seems to think all he has to do is stand around and growl. The one fight I saw him in this year was at best a draw. Who WOULDN’T want him to have punched out Lucic last night? Let me guess – you and your grandma who you watched the game with.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  212. Ton says:

    Hey sneeezer my grand ma never watched hockey but I have since the 60′s. In my era tough guys also played good hockey. (Ferguson, Bouchard, Chrawtraw, even Tremblay would get even with you, he broke Peter Statsny’s nose) So its win the small battles through out the season to win the war. (play off we will be facing the bruins again)Bruins gave us a hockey lesson, beat us up fairly on the ice, in the corners and in fights. Bob Gainey will make adjustments he from the same era I was from. Buy the way my grandma was tough as nails.

  213. captaink4life says:

    You might not be logged in

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  214. tony d says:

    try putting the Maple Leafs as your favorite team, I’ll bet you’ll get through no problem

  215. krob1000 says:

    I just got a message saying I wasn’t authorized to access the voting page…..I was getting the one vote per minute like everyone else but this is new..

  216. georgesd says:

    RetroMikey

    I find your comments intelligent and provocative. Good reading! I’m not sure what to make of the Habs this year.

    You’re right on when you say the young guns aren’t as hungry this year knowing they made the team. Possibly should send down/bring up to send a message. D’Ags has earned the chance. Like w Lapierre last year: when you’re too sure of your position complacency sets in. I believe this is what has happened.

    Komisarek shouldn’t be fighting. He should “CONCENTRATE” on his job as a defensive defenseman, NOTHING ELSE!! He gets rattled too easily and gets off his game as a result. Also, I believe the Habs should have a coach for defensemen. Remember Laperrière. Great coach for Ds. We can’t do without one. Last year Desjardins was on all the talk shows waiting for the call that never came. He was in training camp in Philly helping their D.

    Carbo SHOULDN’T have said his team was perfect when he should have said: “ok boys, we’re on the right track. Let’s continue vs Boston and Philly this week.” Maybe after two or three more GOOD games, he could have sent flowers, but not otherwise. Big mistake. Carbo looked more like a former player than a head coach. A little too cocky and sure of himself.

    Also, we have to lay off elevating a player after one or two good games. The road will be a long one what w so much parity in the league this year. This means a pat on the back, nothing more when a player gets on a good streak. And this should apply to all the players.

    Obviously Laracque should do what he’s here to do. The defense should clear the front of the net. They call this BEING RESPECTED. We’re not doing it!

    The goalies are young. Price and Halak have had more mediocre games than good ones in the past 6-7 games. They both need to learn more about mental toughness, especially Price. Too much hype goes to the head, I say.

    The team has to stand up for ea other. It ain’t happening, aside from Bouillon defending Lapierre the other night.

    But, the glaring weaknesses have to be addressed.

    -4th D, the 2 Ks not producing, maybe breaking up Gorges and Bouillon and putting Gorges as 4th. He’ll do much better than O’Byrn, OVER THE LONG HAUL.

    -Lang, I really don’t know. I think it’s more a question of getting his line to play as a unit. Same w the other two lines, despite individual statistics. It is a TEAM game after all.

    -Price and most of the players are TOO relaxed. No urgency it seems. We can always rely on our talent. The truth is that it isn’t going to work. Julien, if he had coached in Montreal as he is in Boston, wouldn’t have been canned. He’s evolved as a coach and has his team playing strong defense with excellent players up front contributing offense. His players are playing on the edge, Carbo’s aren’t. Huge difference.

    -Maybe it’s time to bring up Weber and make a specialist of him. Don’t know for sure. Or maybe bring up Henry, big and strong D man to protect the front of the net.

    The good news is that all this is happening very early in the season. Much time ahead to deal with it.

    Regards, Georges D

  217. RetroMikey says:

    What an ugly game last night.

    We were not like this last year.

    Face it, Boston are contenders, playing hard game in and out, way to go Claude Julien and the team in general.

    We had young guys on this team last year who wanted to prove themselves and now that they made the team before training camp, they are taking it easy.

    We need a physical DMan period. Our guys play too offensively and not enough on the defence principals of hockey.
    A guy we need that willl protect Price in front of the nets, and be a defensive oriented guy who knows how to play defence.

    Komisarek sure got whipped by Lucic in that fight.
    A bitter disappointment in Komisarek in this year’s play.
    BTW, I heard Lucic did not learn to play hockey until the age of 14.

    Bobby’s got to pull the trigger on a trade if that means losing Higgins, Sergei K, Boullion, Begin, Denis for the DMan we need and a tall offensive gifted centreman sniper.
    We have no one on the farm to come up on defense, the Itallion Stallions D’Agostini and perhaps Pacioretty are just waiting to be unleashed to play in Montreal.

    Robert Lang has to skate, skate, skate every shift.
    If not, sayonara Robert, we took a gamble in you this year and it has not paid off.

    Changes have to be made if we are to be an Eastern contender this year or we’ll sink even further.
    We have to be more consistent game in and out.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  218. Sneezer says:

    Great post. Even last year with the young hungry guys we were obviously vulnerable – it showed in the play-offs. This year, except for the addition of Tanguay and Koivu’s play, the team seems weaker. Hopefully a frank conversation that mirrors some of your points is going on in BG’s office… instead of a cheerleader convention like some people on this board seem to think is warranted.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  219. The Cat says:

    I disagree in that we need another D, we could use one but they’re not to blame. We don’t need a sniper, we need a hard-nosed forward or two. Our forwards cant win us a dirty game. And now as it seems that the powerplay wont be our bread and butter, we need those hard nosed forwards more than ever, we will have to play more like Boston ironically, the teams and games are awful tight, kind like as if it was the end of the year. And also the habs, and Carbo cause its his job, got to get it out of the players heads that they’re special, because they truly are not.

  220. mrstewart61 says:

    I have to disagree about Lang. He’s on pace for 20+ goals, 50+ pts and is 2nd on the team at +6. I think he’s doing what a 3rd line centre should.
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  221. Mr.Hazard says:

    The absurd voting process is to get maximum number of hits/visits to the NHL site, I’m sure it’s working wonderfully for them.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  222. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    wow!!! CARB is sticking with the same lineup!!! – thats good, he is learning!!!

    1. The work of BGL will be key to our success this season…
    2. The Bell Centre should be rebuilt to hold 80,000…
    3. Kovalev is now in his prime…

  223. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    this is why most of us post the way we do….read what Koivu said.

    Carbonneau and assistants Doug Jarvis and Kirk Muller went through over an hour of film work with the team Monday to show them repeated examples of where the players had lacked effort, and then they ran a high-tempo practice in which hard work was the theme.

    Koivu said the tactic worked.

    “At one point in my career here, when we didn’t necessarily have the team to compete at a top level, it’s sometimes tough to be mad (about a loss),” he said. “But right now we have the talent and the potential to be pushed, and I think the coaching staff knows that, so when they see there are things to be corrected they will do that.

  224. coutNY says:

    It’s pretty straight forward logic:

    The Array is just saying this is a list of Ids of your selection(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679)
    players is grouping your Array to a new unique selection

    the for (x in players) identifies the id & info in a table by using the logic player_info and nhl_id

    then
    addplayerToBallot adds the gather information (player_info[players[x]],
    plus the hard coded confernce .. ,’eastern’)to edit an existing document and giving it a gereated unique id by the logic document.getElementById each time you hit the button named
    (‘edit-vote-button’)which is set to run on the command CLICK

    this is just the front end command of the button.

    The back end which is where this code lives would have to be the replaced to edit unless somehow you can get the western side list to read the id’s of the desired players from the east and then change the conference to the Eastern??? seems harder then just voting continuous to me…

  225. tony d says:

    tell me where he lives…I’ll send over a few boys with no necks, whose names end in vowels
    but you never heard it from me

  226. nightmare_49 says:

    All that work they put in to giving you a pre view and you don’t even read it.

  227. Habstilidie says:

    I agree that Lucic had no business acting like a jack@$$ after the fight, completely embarrassing to his team, imo.. But honestly, i’d love to have him on the habs. He’s a hard worker for 60 minutes, skates, passes, shoots and gets under the opponents skin, how could you put that down? That being said, this loss to the B’s was long over due. We still have the last 20 out of 23 games against them, and we WILL learn again from this game. There is obviously something wrong in habland right now, but it’s nothing to completely panic over just yet. Some of our players have come back down to earth in this Centennial season (tanguay, koivu, gorges, higgins), we just need the rest to fall into place. This weekend will be a good test for us, we SHOULD win both games and have good work ethic to boot. I will NEVER jump off the wagon on my team, i go down with the ship.

  228. ghg31price says:

    Well Put Mr.Burgundy… Well Put.

  229. coutNY says:

    seeing that it would be impossible for a great deal of those who have voted for the Habs already, not to have voted for Ribiero, I suspect there are many closet Riburrito fans in Montreal.

  230. Neil says:

    Why is Mike Ribiero leading the west. Am I the only one who is sickened by that? If we can vote our 6 in surely we can vote him out. I keep voting in the west for Morrow Koivu Zetterberg in hopes that they pass him.

  231. havok says:

    After reading a few of the Bandwagon hopper posts here, I think I puked a little in my mouth…..

  232. JIMVINNY says:

    funny you should say that. my first account (with the habs as my favorite team) kept telling me i wasn’t allowed to vote more than once a minute, and hasn’t let me vote yet today. I registered a new account, with a different email address, and specified the flames as my favorite (i live in calgary). I have not had an issue voting since.

  233. HugeHabsFan says:

    Very interesting!

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  234. HABZ24 says:

    oh it all seemed so easy the first 10 games,boom boom shoot out the lights.too many dumb penaltys,undisciplined play and than panicing and keystone copping until we get our azz kicked.true we dont have a souray or strait to sniper goals from the point on the power play.we have the offensive talent,just gotta play better defensively. big komy seems reluctant to make big hits anymore along the boards.o,byrne has got to play big and hit big,step it up when ur in there ryan.maybe its time to call up a D man, see if it shakes things up.ohhhh i hate losing to the beantown bastards .discipline and defence!! let the gunners upfront do there thing.put halak back in there saturday.

  235. Habsrule1 says:

    F’N Brisebois!

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  236. Mike says:

    VOTE FOR YOUR BOYS AT NHL.COM LETS KILL THE ALLSTAR GAME AND HAVE ALL OF OUR BOYS REPRESENTING US AT THE ALLSTAR GAME!!!!

  237. sholi2000.com says:

    I’d vote if I could get through.

    I love Bruins vs Canadiens. Especially the part where the Bruins hang their heads in shame after the game.

    sholi2000.com
    God Bless Our Infantry
    2PPCLI

  238. Habs2win says:

    what’s going on with the voting process? I got thru only once and it took forever, like 15 minutes. I tried a few more times but gave up, when it wouldn’t connect. Is it only hard for canadiens fans to get thru?

  239. nightmare_49 says:

    From Ottawa’s Cry Baby Bryan Murray “By entertaining the whimpering Habs, the league has set a dangerous precedent. Bryan Murray said as much today, inferring that a precedent has now been set”. Taken from an article by Sean McCormick – Dangerous Precedent ….. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/blogs/2008/11/12/mccormick_dangerous_precedent/ .. Sportsnet.

  240. thirdstone says:

    Wow. What BS. His entire article was based on the wording of “elbow to the head”. As far as I’m concerned, it was a shoulder. It was also an obvious attempt to injure. Complete BS.

  241. Exit716 says:

    That’s not very nice Bryan. Now you’ll never get to see Gainey’s collection of Stanley Cup rings earned as a player and GM, something that he’ll never attain in his career.
    Shouldn’t Bryan be more worried about the mess he’s made of the Senators with his ridiculous contracts given out to mediocre players?
    It won’t be long Habs fans before you’ll be able to send bus loads of fans to the games in Ottawa, because those fair weather swivel servants will abandon that sinking ship in short fashion.
    The whole comment about Lapierre having to learn something from the Senators is hilarious. Yeah, I’m sure he can’t pick up anything from the Hall of Famers and Cup winners on the bench.
    BTW, doesn’t that McCormic bear a striking resemblance to Ryan Seacrest? Out.

  242. Jay in PA says:

    The beauty of having all of these online and cable media outlets is that it gives every piss-ant an anthill to piss off of. McCormick’s article is evidence of the worst of it. If he’s going to be a talking head, let him be a talking head and nothing more, as this screed is evidence of a remarkable lack of insight.

  243. Mr.Hazard says:

    If the voting is slow, which it is, it’s our own (habs fans) fault!

    Habs are positively killing…. Every Hab has at least double the points of anyone else in his respective category.
    ie. #1. Carey Price 52,010 // #2. Henrik Lundqvist 15,963

    The “closest” call is between Tanguay and Semin, 43,191 to 21,324 respectively.

    Crosby, who I believe was last year’s top vote-getter, has 9061…

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  244. HugeHabsFan says:

    I was just commenting on Crosby’s numbers. WOW. I can’t believe how low they are!

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  245. Steve C. says:

    lol i’ve been saying this all night, probably annoying, but vote Canadiens and Red Wings to have a historic starting lineup in the all-star game!

  246. Mr.Hazard says:

    Haha, seriously. The only way to get enough votes to guarantee that is to get Habs fans in on it.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  247. HugeHabsFan says:

    That “article” was garbage.

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  248. bajd says:

    It’s hard to find very many positives after tonight. It’s not that this team loses games–all teams do, it’s the way that they lose them. Each loss seems to be worse than the last. The loss to the Ducks was bad, the Leafs ridiculous and tonight’s game, it was literally men against boys. Feeble. Maybe Gainey’s simply got too many of the same type of player. 9 offensive forwards–only 1 of which has good size but can’t/won’t use it–Latendresse and perhaps two strong defensive forwards and a fighter who doesn’t seem to want to fight anymore. Price has been very inconsistent this season–I think this is also where the Habs have misjudged–what would be wrong with bringing in an experienced vet to help him. Remember when we had Thibeault and Theodore–they both struggled until Hackett came in and took a bit of the burden. I’ve also noticed that a lot of the young guys’ progress has stalled. Kots Sr., Higgins, Lats,Plecks and Komisarek do not look to be better players this season compared to last.

  249. Steve C. says:

    but the Red Wings too! imagine what it would be like to have Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Hossa, Rafalski, Lidstrom, and Osgood line up against Tanguay, Koivu, Kovalev, Komisarek, Markov, and Price! it would be so awesome

  250. Mr.Hazard says:

    I know, that’s what I meant! Get habs fans to vote for the wings, otherwise it might not happen :P

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  251. Steve C. says:

    ahh ok sorry, i misunderstood

    i actually sent a message to Dave to see if he wanted to help…maybe we can take this further than the Rory Fitzpatrick spectacle. what do you think?

  252. Mr.Hazard says:

    Depends what people think! It’s impossible without a majority who really want to see it happen… Osgood is like in last place at the moment. And personally I really want to see Hemsky at the game.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  253. carmine007 says:

    Ah Ian you’ve managed to put a smile on my face even after a frightful game like this.

    Thanks mate..

    You might be able to blaime this loss on me. At work today we had a special luncheon. My boss was talking to a few other work mates at the lunch table and he says, “NBA players are world class athletes.”
    I almost choked on my chicken wrap. I unfortunatly was out numbered and still stood up and told him he was crazy. I called my lone hockey friend in who actually plays the game and he crumbled under pressure just like the Habs did tonight. My friend tells my boss, well it’s how you look at it. Anyways I think this loss was on me folks. I used all my hockey energy on this argument with my boss and about 30 other people instead of saving it for tonights game. By the time I got home i was beat! Believe me when I tell you I’m a bit superstitious and I really feel this was the reason………..

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  254. captaink4life says:

    Ok I’ll stick to hockey for you. Guy Carbonneau’s record as head coach of the Canadiens is 89-59-16. Along with Bob Gainey, he has taken a team that notoriously finished anywhere from 7th to 10th spot in the East to a team that can finish at or near the top of the Eastern Conference. He has dramatically improved the special teams from year’s past and he is bilingual, keeping both the French and English media members happy. Did you expect him to win the Stanley Cup in his first two years as head coach? If you did then you do not understand how long it takes for a coach to establish himself and his systems within an organization. My question is simple, what hard evidence do you have that would suggest he should be fired (and “the team lacks consistency” is an opinion not a fact)?

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  255. jmsheehy19 says:

    Georges didn’t play well tonight but he’s been solid all year. If they sit him before O’byrne, I’ll reconsider my sanity

  256. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Good post, you got it….
    Stewart, Pax, Agostini, Chips

  257. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    why not Chips? he is the Captain of the farm…very smart player and leads in experience, I say bring him up with D’Ags, pax and stew!
    maybe not all at once, but lets see what they can do, bring up 2 at a time.

  258. Willy the bum says:

    If those former Habs win, they should be use for the whole season…

    therefore, they’ll win another championship.

    Checkmate! AH-HA!!!

    ———-
    “We all wore the same costume as Maurice Richard did; the red-white-and-blue costume of the Montréal Canadiens, the best hockey team in the world.” - Roch Carrier

  259. REB2 says:

    You are absolutely correct, it is an opinion, one that I think might have some merit. As hard evidence to back it up, I would point to the performance in the 3 recent losses. They played poorly in Columbus, they sucked in Toronto, and they sucked tonight. Yes, they played well against Ottawa.

    Players/Goalies have bad games, we all know that, but when somewhere between 12-16 players have a bad game, then repeat the next night, then again 2 games later, I have to start to think that there is a problem, and it’s not that the 12-16 players don’t belong in the NHL.

    When companies don’t produce, management pays the price, not all the workers. Even though we treat them like a religion, the Habs are, first and foremost, a business, and right now they are not producing.

    I understand losing, and recognize that under the new NHL format, one of the teams has to. If the Habs played their hearts out (or as well as they did against Ottawa) but lost every game 4-3, 3-2, (something like that), I would be disappointed, but I would understand. What I do not understand is losses like Toronto and tonight.

  260. Willy the bum says:

    Would you imagine getting every best player from every team into one, and play against the Habs… and if the Habs win, I would definitely laugh ’til I’m dead.

    ———-
    “We all wore the same costume as Maurice Richard did; the red-white-and-blue costume of the Montréal Canadiens, the best hockey team in the world.” - Roch Carrier

  261. Ton says:

    Watch the habs for many years and when things go bad it minor adjustments that are needed. Still need another good defensemen. We have the players to go get one. I agree with some of the threads we need new North American players. Stewart, Pax, Agostini, Chips to name a few. These are the guys that are going to bang and pester the Chara’s. Michel Begeron said during the game were soft, Kovelev said after the games teams now will know how to beat us.

    Goaltending well its not play off caliber and once again we are not even close to being Stanley Cup contenders. I questions the BGL factor. Who needs him can’t play hockey. I rather would have 4 or 5 players that are tough as nails instead of a aging player that no one wants to fight quite yet. I predict he will get his clock cleaned at some point some time this year. How will this sit with tne other players on team. “Team on the Run!!!

  262. martin says:

    They are soft, good skilled players, with no heart and no go for the kill attitude

  263. carmine007 says:

    Ok I’m not niave but I was hoping of all hopes there was some kind of reasoning other then they played like S***!

    LOL!!!

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  264. boris420 says:

    I have an even better Idea, after voting for an all habs eastern team, we vote in an all former habs western team. Haha!

  265. REB2 says:

    OK, so what is wrong? Who was on the team last year that isn’t there this year, and who is new?

    We got Tanguay, Lang and Laraque
    We let go Smolinski & who? (I can’t remember)

    Something isn’t right, and I can’t put a finger on it…except to say that when 19 players suck at the same time, maybe it isn’t the players……

  266. Hoegarden says:

    The leaders on the team are on strike. Carbo can’t freak out every time they do not perform. It’s up to the “stars” to shine a little and lead the way.
    -Islanders
    -Columbus
    -laffs
    and now Beantown.
    4 road games where there was absolutely no life on the bench. Is there a doctor in the house ?

  267. Mike from Ktown says:

    Fu*&ing Relax that is all that needs to be said here.

  268. boris420 says:

    I dont see the problem in losing this one, you need to remember that the bruins are a different team. Plus look at some of Detroits loses last year. Another fact I think Im going to look into is when the last time that a first place eastern team won the cup.

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  269. RiverviewCanadien says:

    WOW…

    We have a bad game (sorry another “Most Embarassing Game”) and everyone thinks the HABS suck…

    They sucked tonight..remember the type of schedule we have before Christmas, alot of games people? They laid back, and probably for good reason. BOS vs MTL are very physical games. We play PHI on Sat night…back to back “tough and rough” hockey. If sacrificing 2 points means keeping players “healthy”…so be it.

    Price should have been pulled for one reason…to maybe save the game. If our offense/defense had been firing on all cylinders, you keep him (but Jaro should have been in the game after 4). He will bounce back, he ALWAYS does.

    Coaching…good job at the end with mixing players, but Carbo you should have done it sooner. Putting on some muscle against Lucic % Co. would have been the right idea the entire game (especially during the 1st period)

    Offense…could not connect
    Defense…could not connect (checks, intercepts, etc)
    Bad game for a bunch of guys on the starting line of the ALL-STAR game.

    But “People”…I use that lightly after reading some of the vicious comments

    DON’T JUMP OFF THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME BECAUSE OF 1 BAD GAME!!!!

    On a night like tonight…
    It’s easy to get down…
    But when the Montreal Canadiens win #25…
    WE’LL ALL FORGET THAT BOSTON CROWD…nah nah nah naaaah…hey hey heeeeey…Gooood Bye (can you blame them, they just beat the Champs, keep the Faith)

    I bet it made you laugh though…MTL kick ASSS people, we will win on Saturday and it will be a NICE win with BRILLIANT hockey

  270. Mike from Ktown says:

    Oh ya

    9-3-2 we are so terrible it is funny

  271. martin says:

    Most of the D sucks and should go. Our team showed no heart in protecting our guys.Lats has no idea what a crease is and quite a few others on this team.WE have alot of pussys when we face a bluecollar team. Lets see if they can get it together for the rematch. Go habs

  272. Sneezer says:

    Clearly:

    1. The team is no cup contender.
    2. Something is wrong when the team plays so badly two of three games.
    3. There IS something wrong with the leadership (read ‘coaching’) on the team.
    4. Laraque is not doing his job.
    5. The Habs have no claim to any sort of domination of anything. The defense is soft. Up front, there are some strong players but not superstars like on other teams, Pits, Detroit, Wash., Sharks… we’re just not… that… good.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  273. mrhabby says:

    were still 9-3-2. very respectable. no point in firing anybody way to yearly but would like to see some call ups from hamilton.i wonder who starts in net saturday night.

  274. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Mr. Carey Price…and good reason he should

  275. Habs2win says:

    WE look like the team of 2 years ago, you know the team that didn’t make the playoffs. but here’s the problem. The habs think talent wins games. WRONG! EFFORT WINS HOCKEY GAMES! And if you have an allstar team loadeds with talent, and put in the effort, you’ll lose every single time!
    Kovalev looks like he did 2 years ago. His lackadaisical efforts are rubbing off on his teammates. Get rid of Kovalev, and you get rid of the CANCER on this team! when he leaves, the team will show up for games, but not until then! this is not the same team as last year, and I wish would stop referring to this team in past tense! It’s a new season and the habs are living in their past laurels!

  276. Sneezer says:

    It’s not ‘one bad game’. That’s such CRAP. It’s 2 HORRIBLE games out of 3.

    And you defend Carbo by saying at the end of the game he mixed his lines well. At the same time you say ‘Price should have been pulled’ ‘offense could not connect’, ‘defense could not connect’. Whose responsibility is ALL that. Carbo’s ya fool – Carbos! He CANNOT get consistancy from this team, in fact he undermines it.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  277. RiverviewCanadien says:

    No superstars…Tanguay (over a point per game – 16 in 14) Koivu, Markov (pt per game – 14 in 14) Kovalev is almost a pt per game (13) Pleks has 10 (remember his slow start)…we have great players

  278. RudeMood19 says:

    Totally agree, putting Halak in signifies panic

  279. mrhabby says:

    its one game ..file it away and move on.give it some time.BG will not make any moves. there is way to much talent to start making moves this early in the season.

  280. RiverviewCanadien says:

    you need to stick an icicle up your ASS and chill

    I said it was too little too late for Carbo.(do I have to spell?). As well as a goalie can have an off night when your offense is firing, do you not watch hockey or just “became a fan” to cheer for MTL. Look at the PIT vs DET game…enough said…

  281. Habsfan_jay says:

    I’m really anxious to see the next 4 games. I think that’s when we’ll know if this Jekyll and Hyde thing keeps up, or if the Habs just had a really bad week. By this time next week we’ll know for sure if this team is for real or if Bob needs to fix things.

  282. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Get used to the idiotic rambilings of a drunken asswipe….a game goes bad and come on, you don’t know the solution? Fire the coach and trade like there is no tomorrow… :D

    In Boone lingo…”Stupid F.N. Morons” on this site.

  283. Sneezer says:

    Hey Mike – Fu*&ing wake up! This team’s record is WAY better than it should be. This game, the loss to the Laffs and the Isles… something is really not right with the team.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  284. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    well, now we know they can lose bad. Toronto wasn’t a fluke, their weakness has been exposed, they can be outworked brutally, and talent alone won’t bring it back.

    Specifically tonight, the Defense were confused and Price wasn’t in the game, at all. Koivu’s line had zero defensive strength, in fact when they were out the puck couldn’t get out of our end, and I don’t think Tanguay threw 1 check the whole game. Kovy couldn’t get out of first gear and other than Kostsr’s good rush and a few hits, they were invisible, Lang was also skating in mud, Lats was useless along with Higgs who was public skating…

    oh well, Sure carb could have pulled Price, but let the kid feel that pain, he’ll remember and not want it again.

    So on to the solution, I’ve said it MANY MANY TIMES, we need our best ALL AROUND players in the lineup – PAX, STEWART and CHIP have to be worked in.

    they are young, fast and have something to prove…they will give the edge that we need, that fire thats missing when the goals don’t come easy.

    I know many will disagree and say they are too green blah blah blah, well you have no understanding of human psychology. unfortunately we’ll have to endure several more of these humiliations before the call is made.

    PAX in LATS bye…
    STEWART in DANDY bye bye
    CHIP in BEGIN bye bye
    and of course Breeze…bye bye

  285. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Tell when did we lose to the Isles..I am sure we can back and beat them in MTL style :) Kovy scored the GWG

  286. mrhabby says:

    are you calling me a drunken asswipe.

  287. Sneezer says:

    Sure, we do have some great players. But no-one who can dominate a game like several other teams have. Our team counts on a TEAM game, but when they play like they have, we’re doomed. And Carbo has to take responsibility for the poor team play.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  288. Sneezer says:

    No, it would signify smart coaching. Something we lack.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  289. Habsfan_jay says:

    Damn right. The kid had a bad night, and he didn’t get much help either. He’s learning, he has to keep learning, that’s why Carbo left him in. He’ll start on Saturday because he’s the #1 goalie.

  290. Number31 says:

    I’ve been calling them the Jekyll and Hyde of Hockey for years now. Ah well, 13 only seems to work for Tanguay. Going 12 straight on the Bs ain’t too bad. I’m just more concerned with our um…defense? Guess it’s time for more yelling and intense practices.

  291. martin says:

    totally agree except begin should stay, gorges tries hard but just not the man we need

  292. captaink4life says:

    Why do you such a personal vendetta against getting Carbo fired?
    Do you try hard to be pessimistic or does it just come naturally for you?

    _____________________________
    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  293. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree with bringing in Pacs and Stewart though, not Chips…but I am torn bewteen who sits. I think Dandy stays, goes back to D and O’Byrne goes down…Stewart comes in but not sure for who…

  294. Ian Cobb says:

    Just found out that all their sticks were stolen this afternoon, even the goal sticks. Had to raid a sport shop in Boston for replacement sticks before the warm up..

  295. RiverviewCanadien says:

    No I agree with you comepletely…just read some of the post below

  296. coachdoug says:

    Not much else left to say that has not already been said. Bottom line is some changes need to happen. I think the goaltending is in big trouble right now. The last two years we were in a lot of games because of it…total opposite this year. Price and Halak need to tighten up and handle the pressure. BGL has been a big dissapointment…I was waiting for him to get Lucic tonight but Lucic smartly picked his opponent. When they come to the Bell Center if Laraque does not take care of Lucic the Habs need a refund. He has been terrible offensively compared to when he was in Pitsburg and contributed a little. I stand behind Carbo but there is a problem somewhere…maybe he has become a players coach this year to try and take the pressure off. We looked so slow tonight and the Bruins were flying.

  297. RiverviewCanadien says:

    That’s exactly why, HE IS #1

  298. carmine007 says:

    Ok so our D hasnt been playing good at ALL! Price looks like a pee-wee out there. It’s a long season folks but I must say loosing games like this to arch enemies does make me MAD as HELL!

    Not sure how I feel about Price now. My confidence level is as low as it was with Price during the Flyers match last season…

    Did we bring this kid up too soon? Should we have signed Huet to one more year and made Price our 2nd stringer and then used Halak as trade bait???

    Hey these are just simple questions with complex answers.

    These losses remind me of Jose Theodore a few years back. The six goals given up by Price is going to kill is GAA. Come on Price believe in yourself and the rest will follow!

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  299. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Last time I checked Huet lost the job back to Khabi

  300. Gabx says:

    It should be Carey Price.

  301. RiverviewCanadien says:

    LMAO

  302. Sneezer says:

    Look folks, it was a weird game. I’ve never seen Komi play so poorly – he got beat on about 10 plays.

    But because you can see that the team is playing poorly doesn’t mean you’re ‘panicking’. Face it the team sucked tonight. They sucked against the Laffs. Price’s play has suddenly nose-dived.

    It’s the coaches job to prepare the team. This team was not prepared tonight. It wasn’t prepared last week… after last year’s play-offs, I don’t have a lot of faith that this team can stand the stress of an 82 game season let alone a playoff drive.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  303. Willy the bum says:

    It’s Streit and Ryder… Ryder’s pretty okay in Beantown, but man we really need Streit back!

    Should let Streit know that him alone won’t get the Isles in the standings and bring back the good ol’ times in Habs’ power plays last year!

    ———-
    “We all wore the same costume as Maurice Richard did; the red-white-and-blue costume of the Montréal Canadiens, the best hockey team in the world.” - Roch Carrier

  304. carmine007 says:

    Ok Ian call me niave or just a wishful thinker.

    IS THAT TRUE?

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  305. mrhabby says:

    i can’t wait for the philly game…peace out.

    go habs go.

  306. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Do we pay anybody like Crosby or Ovechkin? Ovy (point per game- 13 in 13) Crosby has 19 in 15…Crosy and Ovy are the best players in the NHL. I think we are fine. We have what it takes.

  307. Sneezer says:

    We all have a different opinion on where the problem is. Some people even think there is NO problem. I think it’s the coaching, and I’m not alone. So buzz off with the personal stuff. Stick to hockey.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  308. Ian Cobb says:

    They think it was a guy from New York. Maybe we should call double 0 7

  309. Sneezer says:

    Very fair post. All good points.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  310. Sask Habs Fan says:

    yes the team blew tonight. but the players have to take some of the responsibility…..it’s not all coaching. besides, a couple bad bounces and odd plays. then some bonehead plays when the game was out of reach…like Bouillon skating around hitting people and blowing defensive assignments….

  311. Sask Habs Fan says:

    and don’t forget Price. I don’t expect him to single handedly win us games, but he was brutal tonight.

  312. Willy the bum says:

    I have a theory that every team in the league have their target on the Habs, just because it’s the Canadiens’ centennial year and what the other teams play more or less poorly, they’ll start playing in playoff mode when they’re against the Habs…

    Well then, we’ll let them other teams shine for about 15 minutes…

    Boston is celebrating like they made it to the second round of the playoffs; well wake-up call to them: tonight’s just a regular season game…

    Guys, just relax and let the Habs take care of the whole season… They’ll win some, they’ll lose some.

    But you will soon know they’ll be in the playoffs for sure.

    Remember, baby steps…

    P.S. A little hint: always remember our last two championships and WE’RE THE UNDERDOGS!

    ———-
    “We all wore the same costume as Maurice Richard did; the red-white-and-blue costume of the Montréal Canadiens, the best hockey team in the world.” - Roch Carrier

  313. wd40 says:

    the good news is, we play a lot of hockey in the next few weeks. the bad news is, we play a lot of hockey in the next few weeks. :)

  314. anotherhab says:

    Had flashbacks to the last season’s play-off’s and wanted to puke tonight! We will not go anywhere with the soft style of hockey we all witnessed tonite, if only the rest of the team cared like Koivu we would rarely lose!

    I know he hasn’t scored much lately but I like the effort A.Kost has put in the last couple of games – he must be leading in hits! His younger brother has to pick it up and play with some energy, like he did last year!

    Carey Price looks like a deer caught in the headlight of car most of the time! If he’s our future then we need to trade Halak and get an experienced goalie to mentor him, I believe we missed out on not picking up Kolzig! It’s still not to late Gainey and while your at it see if you can weasel Vinny out of TB too!!!!

  315. boris420 says:

    Ok everyone needs to relax a little the season just started.

    On a change of note I say we go vote the whole team into the all-star game as write in’s.

  316. Habs2win says:

    lack of communication with the players, not taking timeouts, bad line changes, unable to motivate his players, not able to prepare his players for games, showing nepotism towards Breezer and francos. should I go on?

  317. showey47 says:

    The bruins should be a little tired tomorrow night considering they have to fly 1000 miles from chicago tonight after their game. If we play like we did last night for another 60 mins we will be ok.

  318. Mr.Hazard says:

    Allow me to take this moment to say: I always liked your picture.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  319. Steve C. says:

    I wasn’t gonna comment tonight, but I changed my mind. Even before Pierre and Benoit said it, I told myself this was more humbling and more difficult to watch than the loss vs. Toronto. Very difficult for me to swallow tonight. Without making any suggestions, I can only hope that their road woes will be solved soon.

    The ghost of Sergei Zholtok could have helped us tonight with his team-leading 26 goals in 1999-2000.

    Any word on what happened to Komisarek? i didn’t see him after that drubbing that Lucic handed him.

  320. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Not sure ,but I think he hurt his hand on a helmet.

  321. t1tan5 says:

    Guys, for the all-star voting, I think they may be blocking our IP’s becaue we’re from Montreal. A friend of mine is getting in no problem. If we all downloaded IP blockers, we could vote all the time!

  322. Mr.Hazard says:

    I’m in Montreal and it’s working (slowly) for me… If they’re blocking us based on location that’s retarded.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  323. BIG-D says:

    LUCIC is so Classless………….

    Why didn’t BGL jump the boards a tear him limb from limb…………

    Who cares about the fines. That would have been worth the fines….

    It is our money anyway………..

  324. BIG-D says:

    The problem with the Habs (and other teams) is MONEY…..

    The players get paid too much money. A player gets paid 3 million a year for 5 years. If he gets 10 goals in the next 5 yrs, he still gets his full 15 million. What insentive is it for them to play good every night when they know they will still get their big Bucks. They play like crap and still get paid. If a common man did that he would be FIRED. The worst that can happen to a player is get sent to the press box and still get paid.

    They all should get a base salary and a bonus for goals scored. If you want to make the big bucks, U have to produce.

    It is like a salesman on commission. If he wants to make large coin, he has to work, work , work & sell, sell, sell.

    There is no way that a bunch of men getting paid millions of $$$ should put on a show like that.

    If I did not produce day in a day out I would be fired!!! Just like most posters in here.

    They get paid Millions to work 2 – 3 days a week at the most…….

    Shame full.

    Not one player in the NHL is worth more than $250,000.00 Per year………

  325. Big Bird says:

    Couple of cents from the peanut gallery:

    (1) We got outworked and outhustled.

    (2) The players are starting to believe their own hype.

    (3) If we keep playing every second game like that we can forget about the playoffs let alone the Stanley Cup.

    (4) I have faith that the coaching staff and management will make the right decisions to get things properly aligned.

    (5) I wonder if having so many key players becoming UFA’s is a distraction to the team where they are more concerned about individual stats versus team ones.

  326. Mike says:

    my friend from toronto said he voted in 2 minutes. I think we should do something about this. It’s supossed to be fair and fans froms everywhere should have an equal opportunity to vote their favorites in.

  327. doug says:

    taking me forever in Boston.

  328. JIMVINNY says:

    Mine’s intermittent in Calgary.

  329. jmhockey9 says:

    It’s taking forever in Los Angeles too.

  330. Lee Hayes says:

    It’s slow in Victoria too.

    Go Habs Go

  331. Harani says:

    What will it take to knock off Price from him calmness…geez…it’s almost too much…the silence…it shows that he really doesn’t feel for it coz it wasn’t entirely his fault…but give that kid some credit…he just let in 6 goals…and he had the courage to talk like that WOW! Don’t worry Pricey! Saturday is awaiting your arrival!

    Btw…also tonight!

    Toronto crushed the Oilers 5-2….
    Pittsburgh’s some Goligoski scores in shootout to win past Flyers
    NewYork Island easily beat the Sens 3-1 (WOW!)
    Sharks are crushing flames 4-0 in the first period
    Minnesota shuts Phoenix 4-0
    And our own show which went berserk, bad, messy, ugly…anything you wanna call it!

  332. Vid says:

    Changing the starting goalie for the next game does not signal panic. Coaches do that all the time as a wake up call to the team when it doesn’t play well and not necessarily to send a message to the goalie specifically.

    This weekend we’ll have back to back games so you can bet Halak will be playing one of those games. So who will go against Philly? I say put Halak in. Price wasn’t strong in this game and obviously it’s not all his fault. Again the whole team did not show up and a message needs to be sent.

    Switch Dandenault out for Begin. I say this only because our next opponent is Philly. Otherwise Laraque should be benched because besides fighting, he can’t seem to do much else. He simply has to improve his hockey game. We don’t pay a guy over a million per season just to fight occasionally.

    These two brutal losses are cause for concern but I don’t see the need for any massive roster shakeups do we really think all the heart that the team showed last season left with Streit, Ryder & Smolinski? Obviously not, I know the current roster is capable of a better more consistent effort.

    Kudos to Boston they are a much better team now. Losing to them isn’t quite as bad as losing to the Leafs (who admittedly are playing above their heads). The Habs better remember this game and be ready to exact revenge on the 22nd at home.

  333. Willy the bum says:

    Roy’s Day?! Man, if the Habs lost in this one, would it be funny for Roy to come out of the crowd, goes on the ice, going for one of those Boston goalies, and just beat the hell out of him?

    There goes another headline then….

    ———-
    “We all wore the same costume as Maurice Richard did; the red-white-and-blue costume of the Montréal Canadiens, the best hockey team in the world.” - Roch Carrier

  334. habsgod says:

    well my fellow habs bretheren this game was so hard to take! i mean we had won 12 in a row against the bruins and were going to lose eventually but not in this fashion or this way totally humiliated!another thing i have to wonder about is why is laraque on this team? I MEAN COME ON BIG NOSE LUCIC hands komisarek a beating and he’s running around taunting us! and laraque does nothing if i were carbonneau whether he got suspended or not, i would have sent bgl out there and “said to bgl” whether he wants to fight you or not give him a beating he’ll never forgot! the next time we play them we’ll be inside lucic’s head and he won’t want to fight and will run and hide and be off of his game when bgl is out there! another thing i have to question is our goaltending coach(rollie melanson),i think we need a change in this position of our team. he’s going to ruin price if he hasn’t already! too much playing on his knees,the kid should be standing up!patrick roy is going to be in montreal for his jersey retirement on the 22nd we should offer him the job he can help carey and save him from being ruined!

  335. Ton says:

    Now if he handed him a licking which he did and didn’t taunt us what would your views be. We don’t have one guy that can throw them like that and he’s not even their fighter.

    Price’s soft goals since he come into the leaque are his own doing. He can only save himself. He’s no Roy, Brodeur, nor will he ever be!!

  336. TripleX says:

    Things a team has no control over:
    1. Available talent
    2. Luck..good or bad
    3. Injuries
    4. Schedule

    Things a team has control over:
    1. Utilization of available talent
    2. Effort
    3. Passion
    4. Desire
    5. Coaching

    So far the Habs have been blessed with the things it has no control over and have wasted or lacked the things it does have control of. We seriously need a wake up call Bob.

  337. boris420 says:

    Haha, you never know! Would anyone be surprised?

  338. HabsColor says:

    Congrats Carbo! You so soon got a new Most Embarrassing game after Toronto loss.

    Way to go! This made you forget Toronto, and counting…

  339. habs-13 says:

    Laraque is USELESS, even though no one wants to fights him, he still is just floating around out there. Begin should be in there instead of him, he brings way more speed, intensity and heart. If there was ever a time for Carbo to try a little line juggling, it is now. He said he would hesitate to break up the Kovy line, but he still hasn’t done it. The team just doesn’t seem to understand that they need to work, period.

  340. mattnhl26 says:

    i completely agree. but even if he did fight…
    “IF YOUR TEAM’S GOON BEATS UP MY TEAM’S GOON, HOW IS THAT SUPPOSED TO STOP ME (ryder, bergeron, savard, etc.) FROM SCORING OR GOING AFTER YOUR STAR?”

  341. mrhabby says:

    wow..carey price. 12 goals in 2 games. not much to say. we just did not compete. bruins useing there size…arghhhh.

  342. captaink4life says:

    Like most of you, I am completely disgusted with the performance tonight. Even so, I can’t believe some people are actually calling for Carbo to be fired. Why exactly does he deserved to be fired? This loss is bad, but not as bad as the loss to Toronto. Tonight, the Habs came in overconfident and cocky and got their as*es kicked by a great young hockey team. The other night in Toronto they just didn’t show up against an underwhelming opponent. Is the lack of consistency a concern? Of course it is.. but I don’t think it should stir up some of the comments I have seen floating around this site tonight. The Habs are a great team looking to find their groove and that might take some time. Let’s not forget that this is a different team from last season and adjustments are still being made. At 9-3-2 they are still one of the better teams in the league and in the hunt for first in the Eastern Conference. Some of you need to take a breath and relax before you get splinters from falling off/climbing onto the bandwagon.

    _____________________________
    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  343. Sneezer says:

    >Tonight, the Habs came in overconfident and cocky

    Good point. I think you could also call that ‘unprepared’. And who’s responsibility is it to see that doesn’t happen??? Hmmm….

    The coaches job doesn’t stop at skills. It’s psychology too. And this is where Carbo SUCKS. You can tell it in things he says to the media, the way players bounce back (or don’t), his attitude behind the bench, etc.

    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  344. RudeMood19 says:

    Meh Bad game it happens.

  345. martin says:

    lesson 1(no real order): Price should stay in his net and leave the puck handling to the D, 2 gorges actually clears how many pucks past the blueline?(not just tonight), 3 Latendresse and dadeneault are good for what? lats is terrified of the front of the net. Now wondering what the other lessons are?? Get rid of them and also big george who thinks he is there to play hockey. Game like this he should have been pounding. Like last year we have these games where there is no heart in this team other than a few . For shame on Carbo who cannot coach under certain circumstances, changing lines like a fool did well tonight huh?

  346. Spider-Man NL says:

    Bergeron runs Koivu, Lucic runs Kovalev and then kick K-Rex’s butt, and where was our mighty enforecer? on the bench counting his money.

    http://www.hockeyfanzone.com

  347. boris420 says:

    He tried to get a fight going but they played yesterday and thronton faught so I doubt anyone else would take on laraque. Specially not Chara and Im pretty sure Lucic knows he would destroy him. Mad respect for Komi though.

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  348. bjmmn says:

    Guys, relax. It’s just one game, and we weren’t going to keep beating the Bruins til the end of time. Yes, there are some problems, yes there was no heart on the ice tonight, get over it. Let’s not demolish the building because of a leaky faucet. Habs will bounce back.

  349. Kaptain K says:

    Its just one game?
    do you even follow hockey.. where were u last saturday, or friday or against the ducks… how many times have the defense been terrible this season…its just one game…pfft, watch a game or two will ya

    RULES OF A HABS FAN:
    1- The PLAYERS must earn our confidence, WE dont have to be patient
    2- You lose, you get shredded by the media…. DEAL WITH IT
    3- You want our respect, WIN THE GAME
    4- Habs fans reserve the right to rip apart anyone

  350. smiler2729 says:

    All bets on for MaxPac & Chips being called up to add some North American grit to this too-Euro bunch of talented pseudo-floaters…

  351. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Wasn’t Chips named Captain of the BullDogs, if so, he won’t be up for a while…

  352. captaink4life says:

    Having played hockey for a long time, I can honestly tell you that the coach can only do so much, more so in the NHL where players are getting paid to play. The players know the stats just as well as we do (i.e. Boston hadn’t beaten the Habs in 12 regular season games before tonight). The Habs haven’t lost back to back games this season so I guess that tells you that they do have that bounce back ability. We’ll see what the future brings but I have confidence in Carbo to get the job done for us.

    _____________________________
    Koivu for Prime Minister :)
    Drive for 25!!

  353. Sneezer says:

    I would bet most of us have played hockey ‘for a long time’. Motivation is key to winning teams. The coach can make or break that – great coaches know how to do that… and those great coaches don’t stay in pee wee.. they go where you probably haven’t.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  354. Sneezer says:

    Some people just can’t face reality. They need to think that everything is fine. Clearly it’s not. I think it’s largely the coaching… the team has good players, Carbo doesn’t know how to get the best out of them. He’s just too green.
    ____________________________________________________________
    Why don’t we have a defensive coach? Insanity? Or arrogance?

  355. JIMVINNY says:

    So the all star page is telling me:

    “We are performing routine server maintenance. Check back soon!”

    Which to me, means “that javascript you’ve been using? yeah. it’s not going to work anymore. stop cheating.”

    We’ll find a way around this. we’re habs fans. nothing stops us.

  356. Chuck says:

    It’s back up and running.

    __________________________________

  357. Neil says:

    And I also don’t want to see an all detroit starting lineup. It’s going to take away from my all hab line.

  358. JIMVINNY says:

    does anyone know enough about Java to edit the script so it only chooses the habs players and ignores the west? that would solve my problem.

    edit:

    nevermind, figured it out myself. if anyone else wants it, here it is.

    javascript:players=new Array(8459442,8458529,8467338,8469460,8467496,8471679);for (x in players){p=player_info[players[x]];p.nhl_id=players[x];addPlayerToBallot(player_info[players[x]], ‘eastern’);}document.getElementById(‘edit-vote-button’).click();

  359. Habsrule1 says:

    I agree. I think the idea to get all Wings in there sucks.

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  360. Habhopeful says:

    LOL! Absurd All Star Voting

    http://www.dobberhockey.com/component/option,com_fireboard/Itemid,66/func,view/catid,6/id,193399/#193399

    Like I said, I didnt vote all habs but i Voted Koivu, Markov, Price & Kovy…I want to see some other players in there too…I still think its pretty funny though, I’d hate to see this done in T.O…

    “We get nose jobs all the time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital.”
    ~Brad Park.

  361. Habsrule1 says:

    Fair enough, but Tanguay SO deserves it!

    “I can’t hear what Jeremy(Roenick) is saying because my Stanley Cup rings are in my ears” – Patrick Roy

    Go Habs Go!!

    Habsrule

  362. HugeHabsFan says:

    Every time I go to vote today I get a damned message saying “You’re not authorized to access this page”. !!!!!!!!!!!

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  363. HugeHabsFan says:

    Finally got in! Voted about 10 times so far…

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  364. krob1000 says:

    I changed my bday and it worked again!!!

  365. HugeHabsFan says:

    Timo I was seriously beginning to wonder!!

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  366. HugeHabsFan says:

    I logged out and logged back in and that’s what did it for me.

    ………..

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be yours to hold it high.”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.


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