Game 21: Habs sit back on 2-0 lead, lose 3-2

Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre, who scored twice Monday night, gets off a shot on Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.
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PREGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Michael Cammalleri | Yannick Weber | Peter Laviolette
POSTGAME AUDIO: Martin | Cammalleri | Price | Plekanec | Subban | Lapierre

At a Glance: The Canadiens rolled to a 2-0 first-period lead Monday night at the Well Fargo Center, then pretty much forgot about playing for most of the rest of the night, surrendering three unanswered goals to the Philadelphia Flyers in a 3-2 loss.

Key Moments: The forecast fireworks involving P.K. Subban and Mike Richards naturally didn’t materialize. Subban seemed a little off his game, perhaps the result of the circus of the past week. Otherwise, two goals by Maxim Lapierre and a sensational performance by goaltender Carey Price, who made 41 saves in all, were wasted.

What It Means: Consider it tasty revenge for the Flyers (14-6-2), who lost to the Habs 3-0 last week in Montreal. The Canadiens, now 13-7-1, came into the game having won six of their most recent seven on the road.

What’s Next: The Habs chartered home immediately after the game. They’re home to Los Angeles on Wednesday, in Atlanta on Friday then back to the Bell Centre on Saturday against Buffalo.


  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wasnt’ Price included too?

    Anyway it was just a rumour.

  2. CanadienBoy says:

    Just like giving up Chelio for past is prime Savard

  3. punkster says:

    Come on, how do you really feel about him?

  4. CBrady12 says:

    Yeah so basically tell the whole team you don’t have faith in them to play and win a hockey game…good idea

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    If you go for indie art-house type films check out “Exit Through the Gift Shop” for its delightful Disneyland sequence.


  6. Bryan says:

    M.C. Hamrlik

    Hamrlik My Balls

    Best I got


    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  7. 24 Cups says:

    JD – Your first paragragh says it all in terms of our future.

    Gorges and AK46 come up for renewal this summer and then it’s Subban and Price the following season.  The Hamrlik/Spacek cap space will help but who can afford to have a $7M lame duck on their roster?  Especially in light of the fact that we already have one.

    It would be logical to say that we should let Markov walk (or try and sign him for one year) except for the fact that most of the other regular Dmen are applying for CPP while the new kids on the block don’t look that promising.

    G&G are in a tight spot and I certainly don’t envy them.

    P.S. I’ve been to Disney many a time, so I look forward to your views and observations.

  8. KSS says:

    Anybody have any good Habs-related fantasy hockey team names for this point in the season?

  9. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Be fun to coin a new term tonight, the “PK Hat Trick”.  2 PP assists and 5 minutes for showing Mike Richards some respect.

  10. HFX-HabFan says:

    When we beat the Flyers tonight, we’ll pass them to move into 2nd in the conference.

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    As would I.  Even if Lecavalier is that ever-elusive big centre, his contract is the stuff that salary cap nightmares are made of.

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bonus of livin’ in ONT, finding a big Leafs fan and rubbing that goal in his face.

    Seriously, best pass Komisarek made to a Hab in his entire career. Of course since he’s no longer a Hab oh me oh my, talk about money down the crapper and right to the overflowing septic tank.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  13. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Still would have been a bad trade. In the immediate short-term, we might have like it a bit, but we would still be upgrading SLIGHTLY at one position (Pleks is turning into one of the best two-way centres in the league) and we would have downgraded significantly in our zone for years.

    Sometimes the deal you DON’T make is the best move. I know Bob got lucky on that one, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky.

  14. Danno says:

    Dah, okay Mike Bitchards — or whatever your name is — this game is about earning respect. Since you’re so good at shooting your mouth off why don’t you just cut the crap and show us if you have the balls to fight?


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

  15. joeybarrie says:

    Still not worth it. Vinnie is on the downside, cant give up PK and Gorges for that… These two guys are too valuable. Bob mentioned that when he didnt move for Hossa (not PK) but Gorges is ALWAYS going to be a great deal cap wise, and PK is going to be a superstar on the same level as Vinnie. Two huge seasons have made Vinnie up to be a better player than he is. Dont get me wrong, he is a good player, but St Louis has consistently out performed him over the long term, and currently in the last 2 seasons. AND St Louis is 5 years his senior…

    Vinnie would have been a good option, but he isnt a franchise player in my opinion. St Louis missed TWO games in the last 8 seasons.  The Lightning were looking for a ERIC LINDROS type of trade, and thank god we didn’t bite. Lecavalier is barely worth any 2 players on our roster. I honestly wouldnt even take him over Gomez. He is an ASTOUNDING minus 108 in his career, and that includes a STANLEY CUP… He has BARELY outscored Gomez in his career, and only averages BARELY 4.5 points MORE per season… And people say the Gomez contract is the worst…. Vinnie’s is AT BEST just as bad.

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

  16. HardHabits says:

    It makes Gomez’ contract seem like a bargain by comparison.

  17. HFX-HabFan says:

    One of my teams is called “Hab-tastic”.

  18. Timo says:

    And Jimmy Bonneau

  19. flanman says:

    I have two tickets for the February 24th game that I am looking to sell. They are section 206 row F (club desjardins). Would like to sell them at face value to a fellow habs fan. message me if you are interested.

  20. JD_ says:

    Heard about it, hadn’t seen it. Thanks SF.

    I’m not a D-man coach – I just play one on the Internet – but am curious if anyone out there knows under what circumstances a blind pass into one’s own slot is the best course of action. The only thing that comes to mind is the D-man has a burnin’, self-loathin’ desire to prove to all his critics that his contract is, in fact, a bloated, festerin’ albatross around the neck of the mopiest franchise in professional sports, but that’s about it.

    What a beaut.

  21. Robert L says:

    In many aspect, this Flyers edition is likely the closest they’ve been able to build according to the 1975 replica. Luckily, for the Habs, Sergei Bob and Brian Boucher are not Bernie Parent!

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Van Riemsdyk has been a healthy scratch more than once this season because he isn’t scoring actually. A fellow called Andreas Nodl (You’re all thinking WHO right now) is outscoring JVR right now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  23. HardHabits says:

    would have


    would of 

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Fine by me, as Dave Stubbs tweets, Price is 6-1-0 playing PHI and Boucher is 1-6-0 playing MTL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  25. Rugger says:

    If we do #2, I would lose all resepect for Martin.  Also, every team we face the rest of the year will goon up against us in hopes we will sit players next time they play.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well if we’re going to talk players they were before their injuries, why not wish upon a star to take away Markov’s last 2 years of injuries, Koivu never having knee problems and a battle with cancer?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  27. badbalance says:

    “That’s a tough pill to swallow”

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rock and Roll JD, great to see your daily musings again.

    You’ve gotta see this btw!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  29. HardHabits says:

    If he was the player he was before that…I’d still rather have Price, Subban and Gorges.

  30. joeybarrie says:

    LOL… Its to badd noone noticed the misspelling of HARTNELL’s name…HUH.

    KEEP THE LANGUAGE ALIVE…… im kidding.


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

  31. G-Man says:

    The worst is “would or could or should” of instead of have. They prolly dont realice they make no cents.

  32. Castor says:

    I thought that was official.

  33. joeybarrie says:

    WOW, where is all your HABS SUCK nonsense, and PRICE ISNT A GOOD GOALIE nonsense????

    Changed your tune have you as you have seen the TRUE Habs and the TRUE Price???

    Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen are all under 6 feet. So I am not buying the size issue.

    We havent seen any bullying their way into our crease and winning games by BRUTE FORCE…. But than again that may have something to do with the fact that the HABS kept Price who is a MUCH MUCH BIGGER goalie than Halak… MAYBE THAT WAS THE PROBLEM…

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

  34. badbalance says:

    It’s still OK to call Toronto the Laffs though. :)

  35. Corio says:

    Boucher in nets tonight for Flyers apparently..

  36. Bugs says:

    Listen to your head, cuz your heart wants to lose.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  37. JD_ says:

    * Been away. No Internet access, with intent. Notwithstandin’, got wind of the Markov news. Heard it’s a retorn ACL. Anyone want to be PG and have to deal with this file in the off-season? I thought AK46 might be the complicated one, you know, what kind of money and term for a guy who seems most motivated at term’s end. Now, with Marky, PG has to deal with all the delicate, competin’ issues of cash, term, cap, franchise, respect, and increasingly Orrish knees. Goin’ to be a lot of sleepless nights if AM79’s side doesn’t give Habs management any flexibility to structure their concerns about his long-term viability – and they will have them – into the negotiations. Want to give this one a go? Br00tal.

    * Mike Richards opinin’ on future Norris Trophy-winner PK Subban, “You have to earn respect in this league…I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky.” Yeah, cuz nothin’, nothin’, quite encapsulates respect for another player than a veiled threat of aggravated assault.

    * More from the Flyers’ captain, “It’s just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he’s better than a lot of people…You can’t just come in here as a rookie and play like that.” I’m presumin’ that by “like that”, Richards means “oozin’ with raw talent”. See, here’s the thing: Lots of guys in the league are rookies, lots of guys are chirpers, and some guys are both. So, what is it about this PK kid that has everyone’s hockey tape tied up in knots? I mean, maybe I’ve missed it, but I haven’t seen the Soober cheapshottin’ anyone or goadin’ other players into fights and then runnin’ away, not in the slightest. No, he’s chirpin’. Laps did the same in his rookie season, and still does, and yet didn’t get anythin’ remotely approachin’ this kind of attention. The difference? PK is a huge, buddin’ talent and everyone knows it. In fact, some resent it. Includin’ playoffs, PK Subban has played a grand total of 36 games in the NHL and has not only already consistently demonstrated his future as an impact player – the defensive lapses can be worked on, the talent can’t – he’s already implicatin’ himself as someone who’s been around the block a few times and that, folks, just isn’t fair to the guys who took a couple of seasons to get their game on. Boo-f*****’-hoo, Mike Richards, if you can’t man up to the kid, then get out of his way. PK can handle himself.

    * Know what’s really frustratin’ for Richards? Gettin’ to the Stanley Cup finals, effectively losin’ cuz yer goaltendin’ tandem is a bigger joke than the other team’s, and then havin’ yer mouth-breathin’ GM re-sign the bedwetters while watchin’ the Stanley Cup winners cuttin’ their StanleyCupWinnin’™ guy loose cuz they know better. That’s frustratin’. Prediction on what goes down tonight? PK continues to chirp and the Flyers manage to do jack-effin’-squat about it.

    * I go away and Price nails two SOs, two, includin’ one in a 40-plus shot outin’? No shutouts last season and he’s already hammered out four in less than 20 games. And he’s done it convincingly. Still hasn’t let in more than three in regulation time. How old’s this kid, again? Was it Halpern who compared him to Kolzig the other day? Olaf was a mercenary in his prime. Seemingly cool and effortless, and yet seethin’ like a blast furnace on the inside. Love it.

    * Sleep peacefully, Pat Burns, comforted by the knowledge you left behind a visceral NHL coachin’ legacy. I was never a fan of the coach, not even when Montreal was in his reins, and most certainly not in T.O. But I found myself admirin’ the man who shook me awake when he spoke a few months ago and reminded me that he was, at the end of the day, another frail and lovin’ human, just like the rest of us.

    * Spent a few days at Disneyworld last week. Although my wife and children had been a few times, this was my first. Fun place and, given the pre-US Thanksgivin’ season, no lineups for anythin’. Bein’ someone who likes, however, to peer behind veils, gotta admit there’s somethin’ kinda creepy festerin’ in the underbelly of the erstwhile “Happiest Place on Earth”. Very, very creepy. I’ll tell you about it one day.

  38. Bugs says:

    That was without the devastating wrist injury though. If he was the player he was before that…

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  39. Castor says:

    Hey Badbalance.

    Thank You for actually spelling things correctly. Thank you for using the proper apostrophes etc..

    It’s so rare on any internet forum. We’ve got to keep the English language alive!

    When people stop spelling ‘lose’ with two Os and stop abbreviating ‘You are’ as ‘your’ then our job is done.



  40. Mike says:

    Can u guys imagine how screwed we’d be if we made that trade for vinny


    the rumour was 

    Pleks+subban+gorges and a 1st or something like that…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    The most intimidating thing about the Flyers is their speed and offensive skill. Yes they have thugs in the lineup, but the  real problem is  guys like Giroux, Briere, Richards, Carter, Leino, Hartnell, Van Riemsdyk etc … They can all score.


  42. habaholic68NJ says:

    Tonight’s Game Plan


    From my head:

    Play a smart road game.  Clog the middle, trap and transition, capitalize on a few chances, lights out goal-tending, keep you heads up at all times.


    From my heart:

    Screw the two points.  Sit out Carey, PK, Pleks, Gio, AK46, Cammi and Weber.  Play everyone else and bring up Henry, Conboy, Schultz and White.

  43. badbalance says:

    I feel bad for Hartnel, getting choked, all sad and crying about it, wants people to feel bad for him.

    Pronger’s veteran status clearly gives him the right to take the game puck and discrespect players.

    Philly loses and has their dirty plays backfired on them, and they talk about how violated and bullied they got last game. Philly suppsoed to be the toughest team right now.

    Clearly PK Subban’s disrespect got under their skins and they lost because of that.

    Just hope PK scores and plays his heart out this game. Sometimes a Rookie has to stand up to a Vet and earn his respect. PK will be earning it tonight.

    It’s just like prison, to earn your respect,  you have to go up to the biggest woman(Richards) and knock her out.

  44. ths says:

    Bieber would do better in a fight with Philly than 18/19ths of the Habs

  45. joeybarrie says:

    I don’t know if I agree with the NOT TOUGH ENOUGH argument. I think that ABSOLUTELY has an effect on the game in the playoffs, but not as significant in the regular season. We can out skate them, and beat them again with our special teams.

    Last game they took alot more penalties than us, and we were pretty disciplined most of the game. We scored 2 on the PP, and Price did the rest.

    If we stick to our game, we should get more PP chances than they do, and if they play disciplined then we have put them off their aggressive game.

    When you play 4+ straight games against a team, grit and toughness is different, especially after pla ying 2 hard won series. We are in top shape right now, and just need to keep doing what we are doing. We have help Boston, Philly and Vancouver to ONE goal in the last 3 BIG games. Also of not is that the last 3 ames we played they were all SHUT OUTS… So we need to make sure we know which side we want to be on tonight.

    PROBLEM I SEE TONIGHT IS THIS. Philly have scored 12 GOALS IN THEIR LAST 2 GAMES… So their attack is strong, but their defense is weak. We will see how good we do tonight.

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

  46. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, its early in the year, Price has had classic starts before, what we need to see is a healthy Price all year, then we can see the real Price, the one people saw in Hamilton.  But the one in Hamilton at least the Bulldogs were similar in size to the rest of the teams, the Habs though in the NHL are tiny compared to the rest of the league.  So it will depend on whether Price can survive the onslaught as other bigger teams (not faster) bully their way into the crease and win games by brute force.

  47. Bugs says:

    The last time there was such a hype between two players before one of our matches, Shawn Thornton jumped Georges Laraque first step on the ice in his very first friggin game. And you know what? Big Georges was never the same after that, go figure.

    Maybe Soobie could do the same…

    Just jump Richards right off the bat, drop’em and start whalin on the guy. This technique is referred to as bud-nipping. Maybe it could be considered…hey, just sayin.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  48. Robert L says:

    Exactly, and it has to be approached as though it is a playoff game.

    If the Canadiens manage to win in Philly, it will start sending the message that the intimidation is not working. My biggest fear is actually that the Flyers will stick to playing hockey, which is how I feel they have the better chance of beating Montreal.

  49. ths says:

    Whose blogging whilst Boone is at the Bieber concert?

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  50. samTHEman says:

    Yup. But the Marlies beat the Dogs in their 1st of back-to-back games with a SO win. Too bad. 3-1. Good enough

  51. JF says:

    White has a knee injury.  But I hope it’s Darche rather than Weber.  He’s good at digging the puck off the boards, he never backs down, and he goes to the net.

  52. G-Man says:

    No need to go making fun of his size, there, Danno. :)

  53. JF says:

    Whatever the score of this game, it should tell Gauthier something about our team.  If the Flyers succeed in roughing us up and putting us off our game, if they crowd Price’s crease and none of our players are able to get them out of there or force them to take penalties, Gauthier will know what most of us suspect – that we’re not tough enough.  

    I hope we get the win, and that we can capitalize when their goonery puts them in the box.  I hope even more that none of our players are taken down by dirty hits.  They’ll have to keep their heads up and not turn their backs to the play, especially when heading towards the boards.

  54. krob1000 says:

    ….cheap shots hurt but speed kills…stick to the game plan Habs….

  55. SmartDog says:

    I agree. And I like White but Souray was also big.  We need someone like that.  No way we make it to the cup final without it.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  56. samTHEman says:

    Conboy? lol. Watched those Souray videos that somebody posted a few days ago. Miss the days when Souray would jump anyone who tried to mess with us. We need that type of player again. I would of liked to see White play instead of Weber tonight (or is it Darche?)

  57. Robert L says:

    The Habs won’t win by playing the Flyer’s game. They’ll win by sticking to their own. Let the Flyers dig their own grave, as they ultimately always do. Unfortunately, this Habs team can’t go in blow for blow as the ’76 Canadiens could, and if it tries to, the result could be a very deflating and costly loss. They have to play tough, take the shit, and not get stupid.

  58. Robert L says:

    The funniest thing is, if you look at the play, Cammalleri WAS the “guy in the middle!”

    I didn’t get the chance to see the entire game, as I was attending my wife’s work Christmas party. I did go downstairs numerous times to catch the game at a bar called “Winners” ironically enough. I was one of two Habs’ fans among a dozen Leafs’ fans there, and when Komisarek made that play I was busting a gut laughing so hard. The other Hab fan almost had to be peeled off the floor. Just the collective groan of the Leafs fans initially, and on repeated replays of the goal, was a memory I’ll cherish for a long, long time.

  59. nigel-ski says:

    Should be a good game tonight, but I am worried about our lack of toughness and dearth of goonery, both of which the Flyers have an abundance of.  They can ice at least 5 players who can fight better than anyone on our roster, and have multiple men who have no problem playing right on/over the edge of what’s legal.  I think that a Flyer will end up getting suspended after tonight for one of those nasty blindside hits that are receiving so much attention of late.

    Could Goatier not have called us up a goon from the Bulldogs?  Do we even have a goon on the farm?  While I like–for the majority–the makeup of our roster, it’s games like this where we get pushed around and abused.  I hope the refs don’t put away their whistles and that out PP is ‘on’ tonight, as that will be the difference in a win and a loss, IMO.

    Habs rule, leafs drool. Cammalleri rocks

  60. joeybarrie says:

    I wonder how much the Ref’s for tonights game have already been influenced by all the hype over Richards and PK… With guys like Cherry, Richards and company complaining about a lack of respect, I hope it doesn’t turn against us when they start to mess with him. I see us getting a few more penalties because of it.

    I hope we can simply play our game like we have been, and let their frustration in front of their home fans control their game and end up in the box more often than not. HOWEVER, I feel like the ref’s will be looking for cheap shots from PK, and when you look for something you can usually convince yourself you see it, even if its not there.

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

  61. joeybarrie says:

    Im curious, why is is wrong?

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

  62. joeybarrie says:

    Read Red’s article on the win against the Leafs. Saw him say “How dare he?” When reffering to Komi’s following the ‘money’ to go to Toronto… You can’t tell me taking an offer 500k more to play in Toronto is simply following the money. If so he has to be pretty stupid. After taxes, you can’t tell me he is clearing more taking into account the fact that Toronto is vastly more expensive than Montreal.

    Just wanted to point that out, ALSO… If it were even, taking 500k to sign with your RIVALS is the reason why Toronto Sucks yet again, and shows us we almost made a terrible mistake. He is a MINUS 8 thru 53 games since he left us.

    They really are doing great thing over there in Toronto… On their way to giving Boston another top 5 draft choice, and helping them establish a powerhouse for the next 10 years… Do they get their name on the Cup if Boston wins???

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

  63. nigel-ski says:

    I can do without his support, and I think the team can as well.  However, if he helps turn a generation of girls into Hab fans, that can only be a good thing in the long term.

    Habs rule, leafs drool. Cammalleri rocks

  64. joshua94k says:

    Joke of the day…

    Much later, Komisarek was to shrug it off with the explanation that “it’s a tough play. I tried to hit the guy in the middle and he (Cammalleri) sort of passed in between both our guys. It was the right play, I’ve just got to execute it a little bit better. Nothing you can do about it now.”

    “Execute it a little bit better?” Say what? – Red Fisher The Gazette

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

  65. Danno says:

    “I’d like my fans and the AMA for this great honour. And finally, I’d like thank my fabulous hair. Without it I’d be nothing.”

    Justin Beaver


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

  66. Corio says:

    Tonight is going to be epic, we can do it, they just have to play the system to perfection and Price has to be excellent!

  67. SmartDog says:


    But there is one advantage, though I’m way too old to ever benefit from it. Tens of thousands of new young female Habs fans!  15-year-old boys in Montreal can thank him!


  68. joshua94k says:

    A great weekend. The Habs beat the Leafs. The Bulldogs beat the Marlies and The Alouettes beat the Argos.

    Montreal 3 Toronto 0

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

  69. Say Ash says:

    Is Bieber gonna be handed a Habs jersey on stage? ‘Cause that’s just wrong.

  70. says:

    I’d like to see Richards, and The Flyers completely get shut down again. 

    started all this with his “(sniff sniff, tissue to face), he shouldn’t
    play like this, (sniff sniff tissue to face, wipes loan tear) he has to
    earn his respect before taking the puck end to end and walking around
    our players like they were (sniff sniff, tissue to face) pah pah pah

    The Flyers and their fans are  the biggest bunch of dirt bags in the NHL.  The only thing they’re missing is Sean Avery!

    Thumbs up to Picard, he’s the guy who’s gonna implant some Plexiglas on to some poor Flyer tonight.


    They Call Me Shane

  71. Gotta Wear Shades says:

    Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell got a hold of Subban and tossed him to the ice like a rag doll late in the third period of Tuesday’s game.

    O’Donnell mugged him by grabbing him head first and from behind… real tough guy there!

  72. samTHEman says:

    Guys like Carcillo, Powe and Shelley don’t really need reasons to randomly take dirty shots at you. I agree with you on the Pronger part. He hasn’t exactly been a Richards fan. From what I heard last season, the team was divided and Pronger/Richards weren’t getting along too much because Pronger was sick of Richard’s off-ice antics or something along those lines.

    Is Carcillo still out of the line up tonight?

  73. arcosenate says:

    The Philly sports writers have it in for PK and LaPierre.

    They’re taking this seriously:

    It’s funny that Cherry is outspoken and that’s why he’s loved, but PK doesn’t seem to get the same love, oh well, open ice hip check, just make sure it’s clean and all bets are off.

  74. Gotta Wear Shades says:

    Have a sneaking suspicion that Price will be crashed a lot tonight – the D will have their work cut out for them. Coming out of this with a win is a split with coming out healthy on my list.

  75. SmartDog says:

    A test of ths team’s character: Who will have the harder time tonight: Richards or PK.  Will this team stick it to the man who’s essentially launched threats at our star rookie, or will the goons follow their leader and walk away unscathed.

    As much as I don’t like Pronger, it occurs to me that to guys like him, Richards probably just sounds like he’s whining. So there may be people even on the goon side of the ice that don’t agree with their Captain. Nevertheless, Habs NEED to step up and give it to Whining Mike.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  76. nunacanadien says:

    Richards is in the cross hairs.  So long Richards, kiss your time with puck good bye with comments like that towards great rookies.  I hope PK Subban creams the hell outta the Philadelphia Phlyers.

  77. samTHEman says:

    I want to see these two take eachother on. Fight!!! Tonight’s gonna be AWESOME can’t wait.


    I love how the media are down playing the hate between these 2 teams. Earlier, I heard the same thing on Team 990 this morning on my way to school. They were basically saying that nothing will happen, the fire from the last game won’t continue on tonight. How does that make sense exactly? Do you get it? I don’t think you do. Do you watch the same hockey games I watch? What do you mean nothing is going to happen? There will be hits, there will be fights, there will be smack talking, there will be dirty penalties and there will be reckless scrambles infront of the crease, almost always involving all 10 players on the ice.

    Flyers-Habs is THE RIVALRY right now. Forget Toronto. That’s a rivalry among the fans. Both Leafs and Canadiens are completely revamped teams with almost none of the same players anymore. So, we beat them, it feels hella good, but then we move on. It’s not as if we’re going to play them, let alone see them past April (haha).

    I absolutely love it when these 2 teams face eachother. They’ve taken us out of the playoffs twice in the last 3 years. That’s what you build a rivalry on. No doubt tonight will be an intense game. Hopefully, no one from the Habs is injured. I could care less about Philly. Keep your heads up tonight boys.

  78. Danno says:

    I agree with you Sam. And I think the key factor tonight will be the officiating. The Habs can beat the Flyers if the refs have control of the outcome by making sure it remains a hockey game and doesn’t turn into a goonfest. But if they give the Flyers a green light to go headhunting, look out.


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

  79. secretdragonfly says:

    Mr. Stubbs, do the Flyers not play at the Wells Fargo Centre (formerly Wachovia Center)?  In any case, looking for a huge effort from the boys tonight.

  80. Dave Stubbs says:

    Right you are. Fixing that now…

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  81. MannyR says:

    Would love to see PK layout Richards with one his patented flying hip checks.

  82. Mattyleg says:

    I was disappointed with the 3 stars on Saturday night.

    I love Halpern, but the second star of the game was, without a doubt, Hal Gill.

    He closed down Kessel completely, and every pk he was on gave few chances. He reads the play well, and his shutting down of passing lanes is invaluable.

    This is the problem with letting the fans vote. They don’t necessarily see great play like that, just the goals. Hockey experts, however, would have seen Gill’s contribution in a second.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  83. samTHEman says:

    Very true. Gill was our best defensemen and deserved a star. Spacek was solid infront of the net too. He prevented a SURE goal (was it Kadri?). I personally have never voted for the stars yet. There’s no point really. I’ll let the ignorant take care of that. Imo I would like to see the old system back so credit is given where credit is due. Gill definately deserved a star.

  84. zaq007 says:

    Our own Alex Auld tops ratings in free agent pick ups lol woot!

  85. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh. I don’t think that list is ranked in order.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  86. nigel-ski says:

    Weird, that, considering that he lambastes a few other ufa signees who also have a limited body of work to judge them on, like Niemi.  I myself think Halpern is rated WAY too low, considering his 5 goals and 11 points.  And his sub-million salary.  I wish we could get that kind of production from Gomez, even if 11 points in 18 or so games would still make him way overpaid.  When will that stiff wake up and start producing?

    Habs rule, leafs drool. Cammalleri rocks

  87. Danno says:



    In this corner…

    PK Subban
    Number: 76
    Height: 6′ 0″
    Weight: 206



    Born: 13 May 1989
     (Age 21)
    Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
    In that corner…
    Mike Bitchards
    Number: 18
    Height: 5′ 11″
    Weight: 195



    Born: Feb 11, 1985
     (Age 25)
    Birthplace: Kenora, ON, Canada


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

  88. Matt_in_TO says:

    Why do I get the feeling that the fans in Philly are going to be showing too much respect towards PK.


    – In Price We Trust

  89. Dennis says:

    Have a look at the chick with Mike Richards!

  90. SmartDog says:



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  91. SmartDog says:

    And he still looks scared.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  92. habaddict_andy says:

    Does that mean Subban should sit on Richards lap?  Would Don Cherry accept him as a player a little more?


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

  93. joshua94k says:

    How about Komisarek. He set-up the insurance goal beautifully. He should have been the third star after Halpern and Price.

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

  94. samTHEman says:

    lol imagine the fans voted him in. ROFL

  95. Mattyleg says:

    I feel the same. I don’t have Bell anyway, so I think the whole thing is effed.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  96. samTHEman says:

    Yup. Here are some factors that will greatly contribute to a win tonight.

    1. Discipline. Don’t take dumb unecessary penalties out of no-where (see Cammalleri, Lapierre). Don’t retaliate and get the extra penalty.

    2. Cash-in on PP chances. No-brainer.

    3. Speed. Skate around their defense. Take advantage of their big slow defencemen. Keep them trapped in their zone till they are out of breath. Plekanec does this excellently. Man, gotta love Pleky! What does he not do, seriously!

    4. Shoot the puck and crash the net. Screen the goaltender and look to pounce on that rebound. Can’t feel intimidated to go there. Once you do, you’ve already lost. We’ve seen Gionta do this a few times. Would like to see Gomez, Kostitsyn and Pouliot do this more often and actually finish (i lol’d at gomez and ak each missing open nets, higgins style!)


  97. habsguy says:

    13-6-1……4th over all in the entire league…..I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing !

  98. samTHEman says:

    that’s Gina Lynn lol

  99. adamkennelly says:

    I would feel much better about this game if we had Ryan White and Alex Henry in the line-up.  Could be nothing happens, could also be that game gets out of hand and it would be nice to have some re-enforcements just in case.


  100. Dave Stubbs says:

    Colour me delusional, but here’s my take on tonight’s game: it will hard, intense hockey, but there won’t be the fireworks many expect.

    Hickey and I were talking this morning and he figures the NHL might have a supervisor talk to both coaches before the game and tell them to keep things within legal limits.

    That’s not to say there won’t be something down the road between these teams before the season’s out, but the red flags are flying all over this one tonight.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
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  101. Mats26 says:

    Apparently Bobrowski is being benched for two consecutive games because he complained to a Russian media type that he was tired. Zherdev is on the playing on the 4th line and Carcillo is still out. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Flyers’ turn on Laviolette just as the Canes did.

    On top of that, Center Ice in the states has the RDS feed tonite! I am stoked!

  102. Timo says:

    I get a kick when I hear hockey players (in November more so) saying they are tired. What a bunch of woosies. Maybe if they cut down on strippers and boozing they would be less so.

  103. Bugs says:

    You’re OFF the case, BOBROVSKY! Hand in your BADGE!

    (oh, that one’ll never get old)

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  104. Hockey Socks says:

    You know what? If Richards mans up and drops the gloves with PK, HE’ll earn some respect in my books. If he pussies out and goes for a cheap shot or hides behind the ref, then forget it.

  105. KenD29 says:

    Or hides behind O Donnell.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  106. Timo says:

    Anyone knows where I can get Justin Bieber live feed tonight?

  107. punkster says:

    Try emailing Yeats. I understand he’s a big fan.

  108. Say Ash says:

    Just close your eyes.

  109. Robert L says:

    That wouldn’t be delusional at all, but a one – sided score late in the game might be the only time when things will get out of hand. And we all know that’s the Flyers method!

  110. adamkennelly says:

    I completely agree – both teams are there to win the game and will be focused on that.  These hyped things never materialize, plus it takes two to tango and JM and this version of the Habs don’t roll that way.  All that being said – if the score gets out of hand in Habs favor – it will get ugly and I would prefer if our team was prepared.  Better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it. 

  111. Danno says:

    I heard from a reliable source that Mike Komisarek still loves Montreal and misses the team and the players. So much so that he’ll be sending the players Christmas presents this year.

    Except for Mike Cammalleri. He already gve him his gift on Saturday night.


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

  112. Hobie Hansen says:

    Hopefully Richards and Subban get their fight over with quickly because until Pierre Gauthier adds some foot soldiers who can get involved in the odd tussle, we’ve got nobody who can fight.

    The 2pts in the bank are the most important thing but last time I checked, fighting in hockey still happens on a regular basis. It can often change the momentum in a game and that’s probably something that Gauthier should correct with this team.     


  113. G-Man says:

    In today’s NHL, if a player is intimidated he doesn’t belong on the ice. The way every player- and I mean every player, blocks shots, what’s to be afraid of if someone’s throwing punches? Chicago played the Flyers with just the right amount of toughness and skill. Flyers are lacking in both.

    Cheap shot artists and guys who hit you when you’re back is turned? Those “courageous” players the Flyers have by the hairful.

  114. rocketsglare says:

    Bet on this game being closely officiated. There will be no tolerance for any post whistle pushing or shoving.

    Any retaliation will be automatically called. The Habs must be disciplined, patient, and opportunistic tonight.

    If the Habs can score early and play their game, I can see the Flyers imploding and losing it. The game will

    turn ugly, but this is how the Flyers roll. As long as the game is close and the officiating is on their game, I

    don’t see this game getting out of control. We will see tonight. Should be a great game.


    Go Habs Go!

  115. avatar_58 says:

    I used to worry and complain about reffing. Then the 2010 playoffs happened. Literally this team cannot be scored on when they are shorthanded. 90%+? Are you kidding me? I look FORWARD to being shorthanded. It’s a treat to watch.

  116. Dintrox says:

    Have PK fight? So he does 5 minutes minimum and risks injury (see Souray) just to react to Richards? JM doesn’t coach that way. Stay out of the box, draw some penalties, and only if you have to drop ’em.

  117. habsfan_61 says:

    in the second 10 game segment the habs went 6-4 against stiff competition. not bad .600 hockey. the pp improved but we lost markie so now we see how the pp does.our penalty killing is still going great guns. pricey has been outstanding. the old dmen have been picking up their games.gio has come around though gomez is still floundering. pleks is playing better than i thought. turning into a fine 2 way center. nice signing pg. the next month will be tough in terms of sked and tema to play. going to be a rough stretch for the rest of 2010.

    <p> as far as tonite vs. philly goes it will be a typical rough and tough game without any craziness. its the media who hypes the trashy part. it will just a normal game. however, all bets are off if the score gets out of hand.

  118. Bugs says:

    So if we see Soobie and Richards yappin at each other tonight, it’ll be a safe bet that they’re gripin about the media?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  119. Bugs says:

    Preference: Soobie beatin down Richards or Poolio beatin down Pronger?

    Huh? C’mon.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  120. HabsoluteFan says:

    There might be some fireworks in the warm-up and at the start of the game but both teams will get that out of the way and try to get the 2 points.  Worst case scenario would be Subban breaking his hand in a fight.  Even if I’d like to see him take care of himself, I hope he just keeps up what he’s been doing so far and that we get out of Philly with the W.  A solid hit on Richards would be the cherry on top.

  121. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Are the outcomes forgone conclusions? If so I would probably prefer Subban beatin down Richards. If its a straight up fight and the winner is anyones guess probably Poo and Prong.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  122. punkster says:

    Just a few pre-game musings from punkster’s easychair:

    • Usually these hyped, physical, goon games turn out to be duds. Does anyone really think JM would let his team forget what their strengths are and what has helped them to a 13-6-1 start? The Habs are a speedy, defensive, penalty-killing juggernaut blessed with an exceptional goalie. You play to your strengths.
    • Had to chuckle over the odd positive comments coming from a few of our more Negative Nellies this weekend. No names please but as the more observant here will note even a few west end boys seem to exhibit chameleon-like attributes. Oh, they’ll be back to their old ways the moment we drop a game. Until then I’m ordering up a few extra pairs of rose-coloured glasses from my warehouse stock. I got lots.
    • That Laffs game sure was fun, wasn’t it? Well let’s not dwell on the past shall we. Burkie isn’t I’m sure. I’ll bet he’s already scouting the local rinks for the next Midget Triple A star he can sign and get on the ACC ice before the weekend.
    • Speaking of which I’ll bet Burkie and his buddy Don “Whine” Cherry are a bit miffed at the voting so far on the Greater Toronto Hockey League site for which GTHL grad will have the biggest impact in the NHL this year. Who’s in the lead you ask? Some kid named PK something-or-other. I expect the GTHL site will suffer a denial of service attack in the coming days.
    • Expect the Philly Trolls to show up later.  Word to the wise, don’t feed them.
  123. HabsoluteFan says:

    Off Topic :

    I know he’s not on the team anymore but gotta give props to Saku and his 9 goals so far this year.  Still wish he could’ve finish off his carear wearing the bleu, blanc, rouge.

  124. Fansincebirth says:

    I can see Subban doing his usual thing but simply skating away from Richards, as per JM’s instructions.

    The Flybabies are one knuckle dragging step away from their distant Neanderthal ancestors from the ’70’s. The worst part is the League of Incredible Idiots allowing Powe to get away with the head shots and allowing Richards to get away with mouthing off like that.

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

  125. TPlow says:

    More likely Burkie’s scouring the college ranks for the next undrafted cast-off he can turn into Tyler Bozak or Chritian Hansen to “save” the franchise.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!'” — King’s X

  126. SeriousFan09 says:

    As HardHabits has mentioned, aside from the 2009 Penguins, only Top-5 teams in the NHL have won the Cup since the latest Conference format of the NHL was brought in during the 90s and right now, the Habs are projecting for 111 points over 82 GP. Can they sustain this? Who knows but 111 points is good enough to be 5th in any year since the lockout ended.

    I called for a 100-point season for the Habs and I’ll be glad to find out I undershot that number but at present, all is well. December will be the real test of the Habs great road record, 10 of their 15 games in December are on the road, including games against the Devils(Still big problems against them), Red Wings, Leafs (they do take it like the SCF), our first game with the Capitals and one of our two lovely yearly stops in the Snowbird state to play the Panthers and Jesus’s Favourite Team Ever.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  127. HabFanSince72 says:

    Before the Leaf game someone asked me what I would like. I said (i swear this is true): for Komi to make a perfect pass to a Hab setting up a crucial goal.

    So for this game my wish is for Pronger and Richards to run into each other at high speed, causing both to be injured.


  128. matraque says:

    Price is not NHL Star of the Week….


    Canadien en 5!
    Never go Full Retard

  129. byrneoNL says:

    Tell Hickey not to forget his new license plate!!

  130. sidhu says:

    Patrick O’Sullivan on waivers — he played well with Cammy in LA.  Though we are winning and “if it ain’t broke….” is the applicable mantra, I’d be willing to give him a shot, particularly if we can land him on re-entry.

  131. shiram says:

    Those projections are fun, if Carey keeps the same pace he’d have 16 shutouts, and Auld would win his only 4 games played!

    I was thinking we’d do well this season, but the results so far have outmatched my optimism!

  132. Bugs says:

    One of our strengths IS Soobie; I say we use HIM to “accidentally” have something happen to Richards. “Accidentally” I say of course. Don’t wanna see no one get hurt out there. But if it’s an accident, hey, what can you do? Accidents happen; it’s a fast game. After that, I agree with everything you say.

    Give the chameleons credit, Brewster. Even the most intransigent of the bunch would have a hard time convincing anyone that the Priceberg is playing like sh*te. Even the blind can’t resist Mozart.

    Did any’o’yehs see that leaf article titled something like “Shot-blocking building blocks to leafer success”? You know, cuz they’re in the top5 for shot-blocking this year, they were 7th and 5th or something the last two years and they’ve never been outta the the top10 since the lockout? Yaaaay! Yay for the leafs! I never realized how super-super good they were, you know? I mean, they really had me fooled. Ah, here it is. So I say “Chin up, Burkie; you’re doin a FINE job, far as I’m concerned.”

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  133. rocketsglare says:

    Props to Saku. Always the warrior, no matter the team.



    Go Habs Go!

  134. goat_007 says:

    A bit off topic but,

    Is Hickey gonna take his Civic back down to Philly for this one?


  135. shiram says:

    Another center though, and not too big either.

    I have not seen him play, but it seems unlikely that he would land this way.

  136. SeriousFan09 says:

    Great seeing Saku enjoy himself out there, seems to be much more relaxed and able to just play the game. Wish he could’ve been a career Hab as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  137. Bugs says:


    In fact, if that happens, I’m sending you three dollars.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  138. Say Ash says:

    and Gomez will finish with 25 points

  139. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now in Burke’s defence, he had just watched “Slap Shot” for the first time and the roster quality of the Leafs did remind him of the Chiefs and so he figured a Hanson would make it all better!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  140. Danno says:

    Auld = easy money. On pace for 240 minutes @ $1 million = a $250,000 an hour wage


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

  141. KenD29 says:

    Boone’s turn to drive (lol)


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  142. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ha, that’s great.

    You must live near one hell of a wishing well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  143. DearyLeary says:

    When the Ducks come to town in January I expect thunderous applause for his return.

  144. Dave Stubbs says:

    Going to tip the Philly fans. I probably shouldn’t do this, but here’s Hickey’s car. Go get it, boys!

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter:

  145. DearyLeary says:

    This is for 2nd in the Conference, heated rivalry, recent history with PK and Richards…  Shaping up to be a doozy.  Hope the boys get up for it and take the Flyers out.  If last week was a statement game, this is will be the statement of purpose: a win tonight, and people can’t blow Montreal off as overachievers.

  146. sag says:

    The upcoming game is making me a bit tense, so here is a multiple choice question:  Who do you wish you could punch more? (coconut cream pie to the face if youre a pacifist)

    a)  The people who spend the game talking the phone while standing and waving at the camera blocking the view of others behind them

    b)  Don Cherry

    c)  Bettman

    d)  Mike Richards

    e)  The Hall of Fame selection committee

    f) none of the above. I choose_________.


  147. byrneoNL says:

    I see he didn’t put on the vanity plate I gave him!  =(


  148. punkster says:

    Great link Bugs. The key phrase for me was “It’s a continuation of commitment to self-sacrifice that has been a hallmark of this team in recent years.” I’m not sure what to make of this but if trading away your future and overpaying for mediocre talent is their hallmark then I say, hey Burkie, all power to ya babe.

  149. shiram says:

    Let the Laffs have their success where they can…at the end of the season they’ll be black and blue and all bruised up, instead of white and blue.

  150. SeriousFan09 says:

    B: Don Cherry, without hesitation and a roll of pennies under my knuckles.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  151. Bugs says:

    A) Nice, Saggy. I’ve often wondered if those fools KNOW how rank stupid they look. “Hey! Look at me! Every single time the game moves to my side of the ice, I know the camera is going by so I can stand up and wave like a moron every single time so all those folks in tv land who don’t know and who I don’t know can revel in my ABILITY to stand up and wave…every single time the camera pans over. Not only that but all my family and friends are taping the moment so we can all watch it over and over again and have big parties and lotsa fun and we can talk about how cool it is to do that every single time the camera follows the play to my side even if it blocked the view of the folks behind me.”

    I think they deserve to get punched the most.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  152. Richard B says:

    Has there been a new update on Markov? Last thing I can find is out “long term”.

    Can anyone share any further details?

    Richard B

  153. 24 Cups says:

    Where is the headmaster?  It’s almost 2pm and Mike Boone has yet to post his game day blog intro.

    It’s usually up on the site by 9am.

  154. DearyLeary says:

    It’s a big game.  They made a statement during a big week (Van/Boston/Philly), now they have to show that they can follow it up.  It’s going to be an emotional game, hard hitting, fast.  If we compete, it’s a good sign; but we have had a couple games where we’ve folded up (against lesser teams), a letdown tonight would be a worrisome sign.

  155. KenD29 says:

    RBP ..


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  156. D Alcorn says:

    Re-posted above.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  157. Bugs says:

    That happens after EVERY game.

    What makes the Philly one tonight “make or break” for the neg-or-pos commentariat on HIO?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  158. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Fake a punch at c) Gary Bettman to make him flinch, then turn around and smack f)The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper.

  159. Timo says:

    Gomez with a hat-trick tonight. I can feel it.

    I agree with others though. Like all the games with pre-built hype this one will be a dud. Habs in OT.

  160. jbroderi says:

    Cherry, and for reasons I don’t have to explain on this forum!!


    Richards was shown up and he acted like a child when he called out Subban.  I don’t hate him, but he won’t get respect crying foul after games like that.  It’s embarrassing to be honest.

    The selection committee of the hall will get Burns in there. I think there may bhave been other factors at play as to why he didn’t get rushed in.

    • first, maybe they didn’t want to draw a huge pile of attention to him while he was clearly on his death bed and would not have been able to make the ceremony anyway.  I find it hard to believe that someone from the hall didn’t have a chat with him about he eventual place with the other legends.
    • There is a process that is followed and once the door gets opened, they may feel like anyone that gets sick should be rushed into the hall.  It is about setting a precedent.  Burns deserves to be there, but what if Alain Vignault gets a terminal disease.  He doesn’t deserve the hall, clearly, but he is sick.  I think you get where I’m going with this point.
    • Burns will get in and it will be in front of his family, and his family can know that he got in the old fashioned way, not some rush job.


  161. shiram says:

    a) i imagine if i’d payed for a ticket at the Bell Centre, and some random moron kept popping up and brandishing a flag or whatever, everytime the action came our way, he’d definately get a stern talking to, punching might ensue aftwerwards?

    Even seeing them on tv annoys me, there is hockey going on, and the best thing you can do is look away?
    Also sometimes they have fluo clothings or flag, so its draws your eye in when the camera pans over them.

    Moron and attention-ho are words that come to my mind.

  162. VancouverHab says:

    This is a make-or-break game …. for H-I/O commentors.

    Optimism & Pessimism never had a starker difference that what will happen here depending on a win or a loss.

    Should be tense.

  163. Ian Cobb says:

    Here are this weeks statistics on where we place in this 30 team league, compared to where we were last week.

    By far the most important stat is first.  For it reflects the total teams performance to date.


    Goals Against—39, We are in  2nd place.   Last week we were in  4th place.

    Total Points—–27, We are in  3rd place.    Last week we were in  5th place.

    Goals For——–51, We are in 21st place.   Last week we were in 15th place.


    These are championship winning statistics folks, that we have not  seen in Montreal for the past 25 years.

    It takes great vision over time, by great management boys and girls.

  164. JD_ says:


    I don’t even think The Onion could outdo that shot-blockin’ saga if it tried. Its sad irony is almost excruciatin’. I want an eyewitness account confirmin’ the story’s author kept a straight face through the whole exercise, cuz there’s no way anythin’ remotely human possibly could.

    Quick! Skill-testin’ question! Who leads the league in broken sticks and, for bonus points, who gives a flyin’ f***?

  165. HabFanSince72 says:

    a) That’s an awful lot of people to punch. I could get hurt. Badly.

    b) He’d probably collapse to the ground, Monty Burns style. And I would be a national pariah.

    c) He’d sue me.

    d) He’d punch me back.

    e) Again, too many people to hit.

    f) I pick non of the above.


  166. sag says:

    both you guys made me laugh with your responses.  I was reprimanded by all the women in the room for the blue streak of swearing during coaches corner on saturday night brought on by cherry’s words to PK…….problem was we had all came back to the house to watch the game after the santa parade and the room was full of kids!

  167. byrneoNL says:

    Do you mean a Gomer hat trick?

    1) End to end rush resulting in no shot, and a turnover

    2) Unfinished check

    3) Passing instead of shooting at an open cage while in the slot 

  168. Ian Cobb says:

    Timo! You make two positive points together. Great! Glass Half full side of the fence my friend, but you won’t get wet with your rain coat on.

  169. 24 Cups says:

    Take a walk on the wild side down Broad Street.

  170. shiram says:

    Its a great start, and untill now i can say its only getting better. We will see how Markov’s injury impacts us long term, but the team has shown great resillience in his absence.

    I like that our goal differential keeps getting wider, but would still like to see some more scoring.

  171. sag says:

    excellent points. Burns seemed like the kind of guy to agree.

  172. Storm Man says:

    LOL… you must be playing in the cold a little too much.

  173. Bugs says:

    Elaborate if you would, Couvie.

    What will the voices of optimism say?

    What will the voices of negativism say?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  174. Ian Cobb says:

    Robert! the glass half empty in St. John’s??

  175. byrneoNL says:

    Nah, just having some fun Ian :) Totally stoked for tonight’s game. I think we can all agree that Gomez should shoot more tho =)

    Go Habs Go

  176. PrimeTime says:

    The only important PK that needs to be strong tonite is the Penalty Kill. Flyers said after last game they needed to get guys in front more often. They will be fighting hard to do so to block Price and it will draw penalties from our D. Our other PK needs to continue to play his game and not be intimidated or try to do too much. 

    Speed kills and we can buzz them on offense it will go a long way to dictate the game the way we need to play to win…..which is all that matters. 

  177. Ian Cobb says:

    They might not bite those tires on him this year Dave.!

    Did you buy him that with all the new HIO bonuses.

  178. 24 Cups says:

    Puck Daddy’s take on the Richards-Subban quarrel.

  179. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Flyers are the dirtiest team in the league IMO. Hope league officials will be watching closely because you know they will try & do something disgusting tonight.

  180. shiram says:

    What amuses me, is that no one really knows what P.K. says when on the ice… so much speculation. Hopefully it will be given some rest after tonight.

  181. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Halak has better chance than Gomez.

  182. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don’t forget to put in a write-in vote for skater MVP Tomas Plekanec in your ASG ballot folks. Tossed him a few more votes today.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  183. twocents says:

    No! let him and Price rest.

    The game is a joke, it’s meaningless.

  184. Gormdog says:

    How did the best player at each position on the Habs get left off the ballot?


    (fine by me… Stuff the ballot box… messes up our team… Now we’re “too good” for the all star game… stay rested and whatnot… God i love being a Habs fan!!!)

  185. VancouverHab says:

    Very coy,  Buggsy ;–)

    The optimists will say that Gainey is a genius, that Price is the man, that Gomez is worth his weight in salmon, and will cock their snoots at the pessimists. Much rejoicing and self-back-patting.

    The pessimists will say foul self-righteous deprecations of Don Cherry, Bob Gainey, The Flyers, Gary Bettman, and will praise Jaro Halak. Every second post will attack Scott Gomez.

    Me and other optimists will be derided, mocked, belittled, and (as I read yesterday) abused with obscenities. “I told you so” will be the most common cry, and “The sky is falling!!!!!” the second most.

    Misery and blackness will descend.


  186. JF says:

    He’s to see the doctor tomorrow.

  187. habaddict_andy says:

    I want to see more of Weber in the power play.  If he can score a power play goal, then it’s worth sitting Darshe.


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

  188. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m all in favour of giving Price rest since the goalies actually have to play like they’re trying while they get left hanging while Ovie, Datsyuk, Nash and the like all fly in with their dangles but for the actual skaters it’s a nice loose affair for them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  189. habaddict_andy says:

    Would be nice to win against Phillies tonight.  That would put the Canadiens 2rd in the east and one point more than the phillies with one game in hand.


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

  190. DD says:

    I’m with you Eric, who gives a $#it about some convoluted shinny game. Let L’eartless shine, and win another new SUV.

  191. SmartDog says:

    Mike Richards, hands down.  He’d be the easiest to fight.

    Can you add to the list:

    -the people stand in the middle of the aisles with their shopping carts blocking the way while they catch up on their lives with their friends. 

    -people with screaming babies who think that it’s okay to ‘wait it out’ while siting in the middle of a restaurant.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  192. habaddict_andy says:

    I’m with Timo here.  Tri-Love is what he is talking about.


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

  193. SeriousFan09 says:

    SD, if we’re going to expand into that territory we’ll be here all day on the subject.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  194. twocents says:

    Exactly, Dave.

    Good to see that excellent avatar again.


  195. Gormdog says:

    Complete non-sequitur… But I can’t say I disagree!

  196. Kooch7800 says:

    They are seeing the Dr. tomorrow to see how long the long term will be. i.e. will be back this season.

    I think if it is surgury they should sit him out.  We don’t want him back for 7 games and then out again.  give him some time to recover instead of rushing back.

    The habs are better with him in the line up that is for sure, but without him they have proven they can still win.

    I hope he has a speedy recovery.

  197. D Alcorn says:

    LMFAO  –  THIS is a keeper !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  198. habaddict_andy says:

    LOL, yea I agree with the first post…  D’oh!


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

  199. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha!

    Well, in my opinion, because the game has the Richards-Subban set up (I hope P.K. either schools him or drops the gloves & smokes him); and because we’ll vault past them in the standings; and because we just beat them; and because we can make a(nother) statement after the playoffs last year.

    This, combined with the current state of things on H-I/O — which is in part a present mood of certain commenters, some long-term & reputable, some short term & adolescent, some long term & adolescent (you are the first type), to be nasty & personal in disagreement — and the self-certainty of the pessimists (I have one of the pros especially in mind), make for a tipping-point after this game.

    And I sure agree with you that the mood swings here are positively hormonal in their extremes depending on any result. We lost to the Preds and the mass here got the vapours…

  200. Hobie Hansen says:

    It would be interesting to see if Chicago would have the same success again without Byfuglien and Eager… ?

  201. KenD29 says:

    Don’t think PK will be intimidated.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  202. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs have games where they’re better 4-on-5 than 5-on-5, I welcome it. Plekanec seems to become even more dangerous on the PK.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  203. avatar_58 says:

    Halpern and Pyatt are both PK machines too.

  204. Rice Miller says:

    “I’m not saying I’m going to do it but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky.” said Mr. Integrity.

    Grow a pair, Richards, and do it yourself.

  205. Say Ash says:

    It could happen, but you won’t like his methods.

  206. ooder says:

    to pass the time lol


    88 is the new 23

  207. habs365 says:

    injuries could be a possibility tonight….hope not

    The rocket wouldn’t back down.

  208. habs365 says:

    This would be a game for BGL in his prime….a sure fight tonight

  209. sag says:

    For me protection will always be Chris Nilan and Larry Robinson.  After watching hockey you sometimes get these feelings of comfort.  Like watching Roy knowing nothing will get by him, or knowing Lafleur will pot one to win.  Price has been like that of late in net.  Nilan and Robinson gave you the comfort that no one would get Markoved, Kharlamoved, or Turgeoned on their watch

  210. Kamal Panesar says:

    I am looking forward to seeing how P.K. responds to all of this additional attention.  As confident as he is, he is not necessarily impervious to psychological warfare.  If he ends up running around rather than focusing on hockey, tonight, then Richards has done his job.

    Should be interesting to see what happens!

    Kamal writes on and Follow Kamal on Facebook & Twitter.

  211. D Alcorn says:

    How appropriate – the moron works at a Flyers t-shirt outlet called “the BSH Store”.

    And that’s no BSH :-)

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  212. 123456 says:

    “as Darren Eliot points out on the Versus broadcast, and thankfully the officials got it right this time. Shoulder to the back, unfortunate whiplash effect. No contact with the head. No penalty called. “

    i forgot hitting from behind causing a guys head to hit the glass is now legal… what a tool

  213. Mr.Hazard says:

    I love the new format, with the picture-as-banner! Nice!

  214. DD says:

    Players have been trying to run PK since he was knee high to a grass hopper, I think he’s a little too wiley to get Boothed. Anyway, if Richards can catch him with his head down, more power to him. I think what ol’ Sonny Boy is saying, why does he have to imply that someone else should get him. If he is so incensed by his cockiness, well step up to the plate. Talk is cheap.

  215. Timo says:

    So what are the lines for tonight? Is Weber still in? He could fight Shelly.

  216. Say Ash says:

    Impossible. Weber is Swiss.

  217. Kooch7800 says:

    I really hope the ref’s are a bit tighter tonight on the flyers. I don’t want to see them running players like they did last week.

    We really don’t have any tough guys left on this team. OB could chuck them pretty good.  Moen is ok at it but will probably be on the top 6 tonight so we don’t need him in the box.

    I really hope PK doesn’t drop the gloves tonight.

  218. bwoar says:

    Can anyone give me an example of a fight that happened this year, which changed the momentum of the game?  I keep hearing that it happens but never see it.  And with the ridiculous amount of hockey I watch you’d think I’d be able to cite chapter and verse on this.  Doesn’t seem like fights are big game-changers to me.  Anyone?

  219. Timo says:

    They might be if it’s the true impact players that duke it out or stand up for themselves. Rarely though, I agree. My phylosophy for having a goon is simply eye for an eye approach. If Stall takes Markov’s knee, than next time Stall is on the ice somebody just goes for his knees. Don’t care whether it changes the game or not. Just show the punk he can’t do this sh!t and go unpunished. Same with punks like Powe or Richards. Elbow to the head of Halper is responded with an elbow to the head of Briere or Carter or better yet Richards. Pretty simple stuff.

  220. habsman-itoba says:

    So sorry if this has been posted, but can it be true?  Markov returning early?



  221. SeriousFan09 says:

    We’ll know the story tommorow when Markov gets his examination from the doctor who repaired his knee last time, sprained/strained ligaments could still be a possibility, as much as Tony Marinaro MD might disagree.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  222. dean roberts says:

    hey guys. tried to order rds thru my cable provider today. not gonna happen today. anyone got a link? thanks

  223. coachdoug says:

    I agree that the hype may not pan out and the two points is what the Habs want…however, losing a player to fight-related injuries is not good…I do wish we had a Shawn Thornton type player who can fight but is not a complete liability on ice like BGL was…not an enforcer but at least a solid fighter

    The refs will be watching this one closely with all the trash talk…hopefully it will just be a hockey game and not the usual Philly circus…

    I learn to hate Philly more and more with each passing year…the city is a complete dump…we are doing a tourney this weekend in Philly and I always hate going…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  224. bwoar says:

    Pretty sure we could send Darche, Pyatt, Moen, etc. to do that job, though, no?  Dressing a guy to play 2:30 and throw that elbow seems kinda pointless, of if they hurt the team just by taking a regular shift.  We’re still searching for our Chris Neil, I had some hopes that White might be it but he’s got an injury now.

    But I get your approach, it makes sense enough.  JM oughta tell Gomer to go out there and do some damage, he must have plenty of frustration by now and the head of Danny Briere would look good crushed against the boards.

  225. coachdoug says:

    @ Stubbs & Boone

    When are you guys going to get on XM radio and be the guys to give the Habs report???

    Tired of hearing a “certain guy” who is unfamilair with the team do it…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  226. coachdoug says:

    Best RDS link…watch every game on this channel…

    In the states we can’t get it period, so I cancelled Center Ice this year and use this link…

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  227. D Alcorn says:


    2nd REQUEST  :  please – the guy I have in mind is SO deserving of the effort – your textbook pain in the @$$ Loafs fan …

    Demande d’assistance / Request for help :

    About 10 days ago, a video link was posted to HI/O featuring a guy all ‘ decked out ‘ in figure skates, stick and a powder blue outfit who did a nice little on-ice routine at hockey practice.  He is the natural next Laffs Captain IMHO so I would like to ‘ share ‘ the clip with a certain Loafs fan now residing in Edmonton (used to call itself the City of Champions until them bad vibes moved into town :-)

    Grateful if anyone out there can direct me to this gem / merci à l’avance !


    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  228. Habs Fan in LeafLand says:

    This should be a great tilt tonight.

    From a fan’s perspective, one of the best things of playoff success — aside from the thrills, chills and heartpumping action — is the formation of new rivalries. Is it just coincidence that the Habs haven’t won a cup since the Nordiques went down south?

    So now we have two new rivalries in my books: Crosby’s boobird Penguins; and Richards’ flopping Flyers. So far we’re 2-0 this year against these two teams and I hope it continues.

    What a difference a year makes huh? Last year both teams squeaked into the playoffs and met in the semis. This year they’re two of the top teams in the conference and as things stand now, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a rematch this coming spring.

    I’m a bit surprised to hear Boucher will start in nets for the Flyers, but no problem. I think he’s weak and gives Price another opportunity to show each and every goalie in the league that he’s taking the helm as the leader of the top of NHL goalies (sorry Brodeur, outgoing head, and sorry Ryan Miller, your team ain’t too good).

  229. habsman-itoba says:

    I really wonder at the wisdom of this.  Is he going to put his long term career at risk?  I suppose the Dr. would know better than I.

  230. Corio says:

    Scott Hartnell still crying that he was strangled last game.. lol

  231. WindsorHab-10 says:

    You getmy vote to replace Bettman or Campbell.

  232. SeriousFan09 says:

    In a court of law, I could probably argue that strangling Scott Hartnell was justified.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  233. Jay R says:

    Should be an interesting game tonight.  I sure hope that the refs / league are watching this one closely due to Richards’ threats.

    Sure would be nice to get out to an early lead and silence the orange mob of cryers.

    25 is a nice round number…waiting patiently

  234. Kooch7800 says:

    With Markov out long term for the season, I wonder if making a play for someone like Dustin Penner would be a good move?  He is big and can stand in front of the net and isn’t going to get pushed around.  I don’t like his price tag at 4.25 but he fits the bill of what we currently need.

  235. Bugs says:

    I think it was kinda foolish for Lappy to choke out whatsisface. If you can manage to wrap your paws around buddy’s throat, then surely you can get to his eyes.

    By rubbing your gloves into buddy’s eyes (especially using the thumb with the big plastic piece inside), the red marks left behind woulda been less conspicuous first of all, but most importantly, buddy woulda been left with screwy vision for a spell and THAT woulda benefitted Lappy’s TEAM better.

    In the future, I should very much prefer Lappy consider gouging insteada choking when hurting our opponents for no reason. For the good of the team. Heck, it’s just common sense.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  236. Storm Man says:

    Should be a great game looking forward to it, Guess Canada knows baseball Joey Votto named MVP NL.

  237. Say Ash says:

    I hope the league watches every game with Richards in it closely.

  238. Ayan_SB says:

    Jeremy Roenick was on FAN 590 today talking about the PK Subban/Richards incident.–November-22-Edition-of-Andrew-Krystal-in-the-Morning-%288am-hour%29.mp3

    It’s towards the end of the segment, just scroll ahead.

  239. Bugs says:

    Penner plays defence now?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  240. Kooch7800 says:

    We have a ton of D but are short a top 6 player. Since we have the cap room with Markov out maybe we should make a play for a BIG (size) top 6 forward.  We dont’ need anymore D guys but we definetly are hurting in our offensive punch.  Penner would also be useful in the playoffs

  241. Ayan_SB says:

    PK Whateverhisnameis

  242. j2w4habs25 says:

    The Habs are in action tonight…its going to be a tough game tonight, but the guys will manage away out of this game with a win. Carey’s gotta be strong tonight again. GO HABS GO!

  243. Jay R says:

    I agree with JR’s comments on the PK / Richards topic.  If Richards wants to drop the gloves with PK, then that would be fine.  But, to make threats and whine about the how a player has talked to him…that just sounds like Richards is crying.


    I have no idea who would win a dust up between Richards and PK, but I wouldn’t consider it disrespectful if that occurred.


    I really enjoy the way PK plays, and think that he adds to the leagues highlight real – raising the bar on “talent” in the NHL – not thuggery.  I have no interest in having PK tone it down, as I would see that as a step back to the NHL prior to the lockout – a step in the wrong direction where games were won by intimidation, clutching and grabbing, and not talent.


    25 is a nice round number…waiting patiently

  244. D Alcorn says:

    I scanned for the piece on PK but didn’t find it – anyone got the mileage ?

    Jeremy Roenick – perfect for Laff Nation …

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  245. j2w4habs25 says:

    If Richards is going to cry about PK’s actions then he should drop the gloves.. but than again, give the rookie acouple more years 😉 regradless if he’s talking

  246. Bugs says:


    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  247. j2w4habs25 says:

    Leaf fans are the worse fans outside their home arena but Flyer fans are the worse in their arena. I dont like them ahaha Lets hope they sing OLE when the Habs beat them!

  248. benhab says:

    ah…life is good…was browsing the most viewed sports videos on youtube for the week,

     first video: Carey Price Unbeleivable save

    second vieo: Halak scores on himself


  249. Bugs says:

    So we’ve officially given up on Benny Poolio then?

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  250. Ayan_SB says:

    Jeremy Roenick is on PK’s side by the way.

  251. dh says:

    Same here.  Good post.

  252. j2w4habs25 says:

    thanks for the smile!! :)

  253. D Alcorn says:

    Found it – starts at 30:50.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  254. Yawar says:

    Somebody knows a good place to see the matchs in Cancun? I will there for work until the 11th dec and I prefer to go somewere instead of my laptop :)


  255. dean roberts says:

    thanks guys. appreciate it. gonna be a rough one tonite, i think. if carey’s on, we win. hope nbody gets hurt (habs that is) flyers…bah who cares. lets git er done boys!

  256. Anonymous says:

    The boys better win this one tonight, it is the day of my birth.

  257. Kooch7800 says:

    I think he will be on the third line.  JM doesn’t seem to move him from there much. I dont’ think Pouliot has played bad this year.  He seems to play well with Halpern and lapps though

  258. Ian Cobb says:

    The kid (a rookie at that) has twice the class
    and poise in his little finger, than has the CBC Cherry clown and
    Richards put together !

    Nothing will come of this now for sure. Richards and Cherry look like  fool’s already. 

    Richards wears the C for his hobby, Cocaine,!

  259. Ian Cobb says:

    So sad no one gave you a name, birthday boy.

    Lets call him Cory! Have a happy day!

  260. Anonymous says:

    He must have thought Kordics biography was a manual.

  261. TOEmastro says:

    In the town of Playa del Carmen a few clicks down the road there are sports bars with satellite that played all the habs games. it’s about half way down the strip (that huge, well lit tourist trap they have)

  262. SmartDog says:


    The PK bit is about 7/8 of the way in. Just after the part about big boobs. (not kidding)

    JR says that disrespect is hitting guys from behind and crap like that.  PK staring into the eyes of their best guy and being ready to go IS RESPECT.  JR is awesome – and right.  PK don’t change.  The bigger Habs better be ready to step in if someone tries to make something of this media crap started by CBC’s Cheif-Neanderthal Cherry.



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  263. pointu says:

    “David Duke” Richards and “Adolph” Cherry should just shut up.Ive never heard these guys yipping about anyone else like this.This to me smells of racism.How dare he speak to the members of the ol boys club

  264. Ian Cobb says:

    I am flying to Tacoma Wash. after the game tonight. I will be there for 10 days.

    Sure hope I can find a place to view the Grey Cup game, and the Hab’s games out there.

    Anyone know the area.??   Will the States carry the Grey Cup game??  Can you get a feed in a Tacoma sports bar from Vancouver.???

  265. SmartDog says:

    I think he was joking.  I -think-.



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  266. says:

    Have fun young fella, but I think you maybe SOL on watching the Grey Cup.  If it were a CBC feed then maybe, but not TSN in the States.

    They Call Me Shane

  267. Ian Cobb says:

    Cherry talk on behalf of our military, what a loud mouth hypocrite. Probably does not even know what the word means. And he has the nerve to address our kids using the CBC.

    He is a disgrace to our country, and the game of hockey.

    To many chicken media personnel, that do not call him out.!

  268. Jbird says:

    It’s not going to have a TSN in a cable package – that is for sure – But i’m 90% sure that the NFL network picks up the Grey Cup game.  Just cross your fingers that is not on during the Seahawks game.



  269. SeriousFan09 says:

    IF you have access to a computer, chances you could find an online stream for the Grey Cup but I severely doubt you could find a TV broadcast unless you know someone there who’s got one hell of a satellite package, or knows how rip satellite signals.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  270. Ian Cobb says:

    Ya Shane, looks like I will be SOL.

    But I get to run around the west coast and have a little fun horse back riding in the mountains.

  271. Ian Cobb says:

    I was thinking the same. Just hope the person I will be staying with has a computer. Probably my best bet. If they do, I will send a couple of comments.

  272. Nahlsy says:

    You’re better than that sort of garbage Ian

  273. ctony says:

    NFL Network might carry it.  They carry a bunch of C-awful games.

  274. Storm Man says:

    ESPN 3 would you the best bet on the computer. I dont think a sports bar in the states is going to have the game on when NFL is on but you never know unless you ask. I hope the weather is not so damn cold as I will be going to the game in Deadmonton.

  275. habsgod says:

    you won’t miss a thing ian my friend because the riders will win the grey cup this year………..they will beat the alouettes rather easily this time in the championship game! darian durant has the best recieving core in the league and we are all healthy!

  276. Yawar says:

    Thanks TOE I will explore the area and have a beer on your name!

  277. CanadienBoy says:

    Ian the sad part is the kid did not play dirty or check from behind,he took Richard off his game and off the score board and stood up to him ,i say let give him a raise and new contract .The best part is this will be a long rivalry for years to come.

  278. novahab says:

    Richard is a cry baby and he going to have all those steroid goons chasing after PK. I sure hope Weber can fight because PG and JM will have some explaining to do if PK is hurt and they had no protection there for him. The least they could have done is remind the refs and the NHL threats were made by the Flyers to keep them at bay.

  279. Ian Cobb says:

    Ya, I should have left off the last line!

  280. Nahlsy says:

    Holy whining calling someone that made an observation a whiner. One comment by Richards has lead to an onslaught of whining and whining and more whining, complete with ridiculous accusations, insults and fairy tales all over nothing.

    There are codes of respect on the ice, one is the veterans don’t fight with the rookies, one is the goons don’t fight with the sweethearts, one is referenced by Richards in that since the veterans don’t fight with the rookies the rookies don’t get to run their mouth at the veterans all night long without repercussion, one is that a guy that just came out on a line change doesn’t pick a fight with a guy at the end of his shift. There are other obvious ones but, the idea remains the same. If someone breaks the code on their end, someone else will go out of their way to enforce it upon them. Richards was speaking candidly to the last guy in the room after everyone had left and the guy ran with it to make much ado about nothing. Basically put, PK is running off at the mouth too often and if he doesn’t stop it, he’ll likely be called to task for it. If that means they drop the gloves and see what happens, so be it but, Montreal loses it’s ability to whine about fighting with a rookie if the rookie’s mouth is what got him into the fight.If Subban wins, so be it, if he loses so be it but, the warning was given that the rookie clause that protects Subban from having to stand up behind his mouth has been removed for excessive use of it. I’m sure Subban doesn’t mind and the whole thing should be put to rest once and for all.

    That’s the extent of it, get over it and grow up already guys. If you wish to whine and sulk about Richards for forever because he said something about one of Montreal’s players then look in the mirror and remember what most of the populace here said of either Price or Halak in the past few years. Sheesh, you’d think someone actually did something wrong.

    Each and every last person that’s whining endlessly about Richards being a whiner would be the first one to sign on the dotted line if they had a chance to get him on the team and you all know it. Just let it go already and watch the game. If Subban and Richards drop the gloves great, if it’s a close fight, great. If Subban wins great, if Richards wins… no fricken whining for months more about the goons attacking a poor innocent rookie ok? He was given fair warning.

  281. dancevon says:

    Hey Ian,

    Whenever a Habs game is not broadcasted on tv, I always use this site to view sports games:

    I’ll be using this site tonight to watch the Habs game!



    Devon Bailey.

  282. MTLForever says:

    Awww and you’re whining about people whining, how cute.

  283. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Devon, I put it in my bookmarks.

  284. Ian Cobb says:

    Should be a great rematch for sure.

  285. habguy says:

    I fear a blowout tonight.

    4-0 flyers

  286. jbroderi says:

    give your “code” a rest.   This is a sport, and you play it to the best of your ability.  Richards was shown up by Subban, and instead of him sucking it up and preparing for tonight’s game, he whined to the media like a little bitch and basically made threats. 

    No one is denying Richards is a good player and character guy, but his criticism, which he tried to pass off as advice from someone who has been there and done that, was just petty.  Subban can and should do what he has to do to be effective on the ice, and if some idiot threatens him or gives him a cheapshot, hopefully the NHL will be watching.

    rookies fight all the time, in case you haven’t watched a game in 30 years. 

    Of course I would take Richards on my team, and I don’t really think that much less of him as a player, I just think he showed his frustration in a very unbecoming way.  He isn’t this weather-beaten veteran either, remember.  He is a young player with grit that likes to throw his shoulders and elbows into the sides of peoples heads, which I guess doesn’t break the code???


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  287. SmartDog says:

    Good to see you lose your cool a little Ian.  This one has me really angry too.   The king of the goons is calling our very talented player disrespectful. Not just a bad joke but an excuse for his goons to take it out on him.  it’s like a mafia story.  Very, very wrong.  I am disgusted by Richards.  What a whining piece of crap. I hope he never plays for Canada again. 


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  288. Ian Cobb says:


    I know your favorite player is Richards. And he can sure play this game well.

    But who looks like the rookie here.?

  289. TPlow says:

    For my money, Komisarek’s pass to Cammalleri was worse. I mean, that was tape to tape for a one-timer. A thing of beauty ….

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!'” — King’s X

  290. SeriousFan09 says:

    Are you reverse-jinx qualified sir?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  291. linp says:

    You must like BGL, the master of codes.

  292. Ian Cobb says:

    I don’t know if it was worse, but I sure loved it.!

  293. boris420 says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. There are Habs fans and there are hockey fans who cheer for the Habs. Both groups like the habs except one is always going to have biased opinions. I like the fact that you look at this situation as hockey fan and more people need to realise theres more than just one team out there!

    Watch Habs live:

  294. ooder says:

    how about the fact that richards started crying to the media last year that we user our first line PP in the playoffs even though his team did the same thing.

    this guy complains non stop to the media about everything that doesn’t go his way.

    not to mention he scrambled booth’s brain, plays with dirtbags like Carcillo and Hartnell.

    what does PK do that so disrespectfull.. he stood up for AK46 and got into a scuffle with Richards.

    what is he supposed to d.. apologize to Richards and wipe the snow of his skates?!?!

    wtvr Nahsly u come back and start complaning and bitching.

    get a new tune.. ur stuff is getting old.


    88 is the new 23

  295. Bugs says:

    Well, playing on the Oilers 1st line, Penner has a mere two pts more than Poolio playing on the Habs 3rd.

    You wanna pay that extra to fill in Markov’s contract, aim higher than what we can reproduce in-house is my point, Kooch.

    How bout…oh, I dunno, Iginla, baby?! Know what I mean? Aim high, dagnabbit!

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  296. Psycho29 says:

    I thought the “C”  was for his love of Cockfighting!!!

    Don’t sugarcoat it Ian!!!!!!

  297. habsgod says:

    i think it will be a classic ian i sure hope you get to watch the grey cup game in washington.

  298. Bugs says:

    So what the heck are we SUPPOSED to whine about?

    One reason’s as good as another, ask me.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  299. Timo says:

    Neutrality Code… i see.

  300. Mr. Biter says:

    Nilan new his job showed what he could do (espically his first game vs. the Bruins) and did it verrrry well. Can Jimmy Bonneau skate at all? Don’t think he was signed for his scoring ability so why is he not called up for games like this or even White? If the Flyers hurt one of our skill players tonight, not bring up someone from Hamilton to provide a “physcial presence) for tonight would not be good.

  301. boris420 says:

    The team that focuses on hockey will win tonight. I think we should pretend last game never happened and let the flyers yap all they want. Vice versa if we go out trying to intimidate we will suffer in the end…just need to focus on what we do best.

    Watch Habs live:

  302. ooder says:

    i think that’s how its going to pretty much…

    neither team wants to lose and i am pretty sure the NHL has spoken to both teams in regards to any “funny” stuff.



    88 is the new 23

  303. Ian Cobb says:

    Here are this weeks statistics on where we place in this 30 team league, compared to where we were last week.

    By far the most important stat is first.  For it reflects the total teams performance to date.


    Goals Against—39, We are in  2nd place.   Last week we were in  4th place.

    Total Points—–27, We are in  3rd place.    Last week we were in  5th place.

    Goals For——–51, We are in 21st place.   Last week we were in 15th place.


    These are championship winning statistics folks, that we have not  seen in Montreal for the past 25 years.

    It takes great vision over time, by great management boys and girls.

  304. MontrealAtheist says:

    LOL … we win a few games and folks here get carried away already and start planning the Stanley Cup parade on Ste-Catherine. Gee, I think at this stage our focus should be on securing a playoff spot which is far from given. Once we do that, there will be plenty of time to worry about what we’ll do when we the Cup.

  305. Ian Cobb says:

    If we can shut them down until the 3rd, our speed game should carry us the rest of the way. But we have to check them tight all night.

    Game of mistakes, whoever will force the errors, will win this one.

  306. HabFab says:

    From your TV query…



    CBUT is CBC Vancouver and the only Canadian channel listed. Maybe you will have satellite with more options where you are staying.


  307. Bugs says:

    I’m getting one of my “premonitions” again. See Philly winnin 4-2. You all know what that means.

    Exact opposite’ll happen.

    And it’s a strong one. I smell burning toast…

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  308. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hopefully Carey Price will be able to pull off another Halak performance tonight !!!

  309. saskhabfan says:

    You want price to allow 7 goals,score on himself and get pulled twice in the same week?




    I think I know more than most about hockey and believe my opinions are almost always reasonable and thought out.-manapart.

  310. sh00n says:

    I’d rather he pull off another Carey Price performance and shut out the Flyers. Much better than him focusing on scoring – no matter which net it’s on.

  311. Mothstoflame says:

    yea price be halak, he has better stats……..

  312. Psycho29 says:

    What’s a Halak?

    Or did you mean Price would score on himself like your boy did??

  313. Mothstoflame says:

    My boy mad max is getting a trick

  314. AlbertaCanadiensFan says:

    And a Gordie Howe hat trick the way this game’s going so far… hehehehe Great 1st guys!

  315. AlbertaCanadiensFan says:

    And a Gordie Howe hat trick the way this game’s going so far… hehehehe Great 1st guys!

  316. Bugs says:

    Only if my boy Poolio allows it.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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

  317. samTHEman says:

    God damn…Eller and Pyatt are just snake bit right now. Eller is going to score his 1st goal as a Canadiens tonight!!!! Believe!!!!

  318. CanadienBoy says:

    PK standing pretty strong on his skate and always give solid check, i think player are noticing how solid and ready the young man is

  319. db says:

    The kid is ripped.. he’s part of the new school.  He’s a rock and will only get better.  I say, draft his brother.

  320. doublerr says:

    why is Shelley trying to start a fight with Laps, he wont go and besides he has more goals tonight that Shelley has mins played

  321. SmartDog says:

    Can someone explain to me why Pyatt is not sitting?

    He looks like a rookie.  A rookie who can’t score and can’t defend.  And he’s still playing because….???


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  322. MontrealAtheist says:

    Meltdown :-(

  323. habs3161 says:

    We look very tired!!

  324. samTHEman says:

    F*** you Bugs!!

  325. j2w4habs25 says:

    Carey has made acouple good saves to keep them in this game, a goal soon will be a kicker, just to even get an OT loss will do…

  326. Montrealer2 says:

    Wow what happened I left for supper & Habs were outshooting the Flyers,…now it’s 44 -30 in favour of the Flyers & their ahead 3-2 ??????


  327. Mark Bellison says:

    We had too many chances in the 1st and 2nd to put the game out of reach… It’s funny how it comes back to bite when you don’t put teams away…

  328. CanadienBoy says:

    Can’t not be fast and small without a top power play to make them pay, sorry but they don’t check either Brier had all kind of room

  329. MannyR says:

    At least we didn’t get blown out.

  330. J Haul says:

    Holy smokes… talk about sleeping through a couple periods. That was inexcusable.

  331. AH says:

    So what the hell??, they just decide after the first period they were done playing?? What’s up with that???

  332. AlbertaCanadiensFan says:

    Well, split series so far…  We can’t continue to be pushed around by the goon squad.  Looking forward to the next game.  Boo Hoo will go cry in my beer now….  I guess Richards finally got his “respect” lmao what a tool….

  333. JoeC says:

    So when we had Pleks Kost and Cams together we had 1 scoring line and Gomez not doing anything with Gionta, and JM the amazing coach that everyone seems to defend over and over splits up the line and gives Gomez EVERYONE to try and get him going. So now we have no scoring lines, yet he keeps trying.   But for some reason, this idiot JM thinks Moan should stay on the second line with Gomez???



    And Carey Price is the ONLY reason we are where we are.

     Time for Price to have a break, actually maybe dress him as our second line winger instead of Moan, he’d probally be more effective.

  334. CanadienBoy says:

    Gomez time to wake up ,where was all those experience vet.They lost that game

  335. mike g says:

    What a nice way to throw away a game….
    2 points in the bank, and we just give them right back to the FLyers without a fight.

    We faced a goalie who couldnt stop a 4th liners wrist shot from the blueline.
    Boucher was taking 9 seconds to cover up his rebounds, and had no idea how to be a goaltender tonight.
    Yet, after such a good 1st period, we come out thinking the game is over when there was 40 minutes left, n allow the FLyers to oushoot us 16 to 2 in the 1st 10 minutes of the 2nd period.

    Way to go boys, way to go….

    And btw, if im Price, im going into the room now and im breaking sticks everywhere. Following that im buying a 1-way ticket to BElarus and giving it to AK. That Fker doesnt deserve to wear this jersey. Flush him down the toilet , once again, by nobodys surprise except for few of you, hes back to his old lazy/ useless self.
    Finally, PRice should buy a box of tampons for Cammy, not that he cant afford it himself, but he wouldnt go buy them on his own….he isnt even performing like a man at his job. Hes paid to score goals and all he seems to care about is going through the whole team and playing more scared than a 12 year old female ping pong player.

    This loss got me so nervous, it doesnt make any sense to lose this game.

    They better score 6 goals for Price next game, cuz they totally blew this extreamly solid Price performance tonight….

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

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

  336. habaholic68NJ says:

    Shame on the Habs and JM.   They play a smart first period, keeping the flyers out of our zone, playing in the middle of the ice and using the quick pass transition game to play to their speed.  Result, a lead after the first period where we out shoot and out chance the bad guys.  We would have beaten their ass if this style continued. But what do we do?  Play on our heals for two periods (protecting the lead) in our end against possibly the most offensively talented team in the league. Carey standing on his head for nothing.  

  337. JoeC says:

    Imagine this team with a real coach…

  338. SeriousFan09 says:

    Look who shows up after the Flyers and Bitchards win.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  339. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team has to move their feet and play, too many lazy players.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  340. deuce6 says:

    Gomez needs to be taken out behind the barn and shot..Put the guy out of his hockey misery…What a piss poor performance from him this season..How do you justify his ice time? He simply

  341. SmartDog says:

    Here’s your headline:


    There was no game in our game. Too controlled all around.  Even PK looked calm (relatively).Talk about whimping out from playing 60 minutes.  How about 20? 

    When our top 5-6 players don’t shine (Pleks, AK, Halpern, Pouliot, Gio, Cami) this team dies. I actually saw Gomez make ONE good play!  That was it. How can JM keep mixing up his lines to get Gomez going when Gomez stinks up who-ever he plays with?  And what the hell-in-a-handbasket is Pyatt doing out there?  I’ll tell you what he’s NOT doing – scoring. No matter what opportuinty lands on his stick. Eller was doing well but showed some emotion and got benched for it. Martin wanted a technical game not an emotional one.  It’s the freakin’ Flyers!  You don’t win without emotoin.

    That just sucks. Good game Carey. Almost kept ’em in it even though half these guys don’t deserve it.

    I’ll say it again: we are NOT a Cup contender unless we have a more physical team. Period.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  342. SmartDog says:

    Imagine the team with a real 2nd line center.


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  343. JoeC says:

    JM does not instil any kind of confidence, its more fear.  If your a young player if you do a mistake you get to sit and watch Gomez eat up more time on the ice then most of the players and still utterly suck.  AGAIN Eller got to play 8 mintues, almost 2 less minutes then the NEXT lowest player, but hey, our answer to the gomez line is to keep putting no offensive upside Moan up there.


    Ya, great coach.

    We are not a defensive team, we are a team with an amazing goalie in net .


    So what exactly is JM’s use?


  344. SmartDog says:

    Eller made the mistake of showing emotion.  Not allowed.  Which is why we sat on our asses for 40 minutes.  All emotion gone.  Martin blew this game terribly. You need to play with an edge to beat Philly.  You can’t be just technical.  


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  345. mike g says:

    Got a new job, dont have time to patrol this place anymore….

    But after a sh!t-face performance like tonight, ill gladly come here and adress what needs to be. 2 points were given for free, on a golden platter, to the Flyers tonight.

    Our golatender, once again!!!!, played a near perfect game only to watch his efforts go to waste by his teammates.

    Id love to see Cammy smiling in his interviews tomorrow, PRice should smack him one straight in his pretty-boy face.

    And i dont wanna start with Ak, all i know is that little bet i have going below is in the books and 100% won by myself. Hes a bum, trade the guy now

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

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

  346. JoeC says:

    Well, again thats on the coach

    Put the damn PHD line back togehter and give them Gomez’s minutes, sink him on the 4th line.  Hell Give Eller a chance on the second line, CANT DO WORSE THEN GOMEZ.  Eller gets 8 minutes, Gomez, almost 20 and if you ask me Eller was more effective then Gomez.


  347. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team still 3rd in the East and has the best PK in the NHL. That’s not defensive coaching? Please.

    Typical anti-coach trolling after a loss, Players have to skate and follow a game plan which is puck control and speed over a 60-minute frame, not 20 minutes and change.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  348. CanadienBoy says:

    Gomez play like he did for New York, in the middle away from the boards and never go to the net after the pass and Martin is stuck with him.

  349. JoeC says:

    Are joking me? Lemme guess, your one of the JM fanboys that still think it was all him last year in the playoffs.


    A good coach does not completly dismantle his best line to try and get a waste of space going for multiple games.

    A good coach does not allow the terrible play of a player thats a “vet” keep sucking up icetime regardless of how bad they have been all season.

    A good coach does not litterly destroy any rookie’s development because of a man crush he has on vets.

    A good coach knows how to motivate a team when there on there heels,

    A good coach does not win games only because there goalie is unbeatable (HALAK AND PRICE)

    So what does JM do thats good?

    Hes oldschool, the game is beyond him now, its time for him to retire and go buy a Chalet somewhere and be forgoten.


  350. weightman25 says:

    he is a kid who let his emotions get the better of hum and took a dumb penalty?? is there a better reason to get benched??

  351. Psycho29 says:

    Why do we only hear from you when the Habs lose?

  352. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Halpern, Pouliot, Lapierre & Price did their jobs.

  353. habaholic68NJ says:

    JM.  Stop with the experimenting.  Put these lines together and stay with them for 10 games.  You will not be sorry.


    AK46-Pleks-Cammi (line was on fire at the start of the season, one of the hottest in the league)

    PHD (our second best line to date – why is Darche siting?)

    Gio-Gomer-MaxPac (No one understands how to play with Gomer more than Gio.  Gio was getting chances with Gomer but was snake bitten.  MaxPac is burning up the AHL and needs to be brought up immediately)

    Laps-Eller-Moen (fourth line bangers with some skill)

  354. weightman25 says:

     a good coach tries to find chemistry with more then one line because he knows you cant go anywhere with one line and u better use the early part of the season to juggle and find what works line 1 – 4

    a good caoch also knows getting the vets going is the only way the team will go anywhere

    pk is the only rookie on the team and hes getting 20 min a game so dont know how that made sense

    JM is the x and o guy Kirk Muller is the motivator

    and our team has outshot the opponent 70% of the time this season so its not just good goaltending


  355. WindsorHab-10 says:

    JM’s system on display this game. 2 goal lead, protect & self destruct.

  356. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The Devils, worst team in hockey, shuts out the Caps 5-0. What’s up with that?

  357. JoeC says:

    So, 20 games in hes failed on your first point, your second point, third point he has no other option with Markov out, and what about our other young players? Oh ya, thats right, they dont play or if they do its very minimal with no chance of error.


    So JM’s done nothing at all, and yes it is only good goaltending, we are in the bottom 10 teams in goals for, so ya, outshooting people means NOTHING when you take terrible shots , and shoot for the sake of shooting. This team is where it is because of Carey, THATS IT.


  358. JoeC says:

    Why do we only hear useless statments by you when you post? My hatered for JM has never gone away and i think thsi team would be much better with a better coach, so how bout you go troll someone else, or atleast say something useful thanks.

  359. Ayan_SB says:

    $1.25 million per point. Keep it up Scotty.

  360. HabFanSince72 says:

    I find it hard to blame Martin. I mean I know it’s your hobby horse, but really, it’s his fault the entire team stopped playing after one period?


  361. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Why can’t he be a healthy scratch?

  362. Willy the bum says:

    Like the Devils did with Kovalchuk before?

  363. dudurules says:

    this game pissed me off… waste of a great effort by price…

  364. mike g says:

    Knock GOmez all u want, hes having a bad season, cant argue that…..
    But he took a beatting from Coburn with less than 10 minutes left in the 3rd to give us a PP and a chance to tie the game. He didnt retaliate when he could have, he shut his mouth and took it for the team…all that for AK and Cammy to go on the PP and drain it away with their Cinderella efforts yet again tonight.

    Both of those guys who we rely on for goal production havent had a good game in 2 weeks. They got a couple of goals here abd there, but every once in a while we all get those cheap goals.

    When i see the effort and intensity in their games again, then this team has a chance every night.

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

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

  365. SmartDog says:


    1. GOMEZ. Needs to be benched or dropped to the 4th line. He wants a defensive role, give him one.  This guy needs to be shown what an embarrasment he is to himself.  If that doesn’t work, put him in the AHL.

    2. PYATT. Doesn’t deserve to be playing as often as he is.

    3. ELLER. Should be given a stronger role. He’s not getting points but he’s a rookie and he IS showing the kind of drive we need more of. He will get much, much better with playing time. Gomez, Pyatta.. nah.

    4. HALPERN. IS our 2nd line center. Why is JM messing around?

    5. PROTECTING THE LEAD. Ever hear of fighting fire with fire?  That’s how you win against a team like the Flyers. JM is once again relying on history.  Anyone on HIO could tell him that the Flyers are not a team you can just shut the door on.

    6. PK. Did not play his game. Someone talk to him? Or what?  Whatever, Richards won this round.  PK was silenced.

    7. GOMEZ (again).  Just go back to alaska you useless lazy embarrassing waste of a Habs jersey (not to mention a ton of cap space).  You’re an embarrassment to lazy people everywhere.



    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  366. SeriousFan09 says:

    He didn’t finish a scoring chance, he didn’t get a SOG nor did he give one guy a grade-A scoring chance to complete on. That’s what we kind of expect from him to do once in a while and he just had his worst game (and this season that’s saying something) aside from one drawn penalty.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  367. deuce6 says:

    Let’s turn a blind eye to Gomez’ crappy play because he drew a penalty, guys..The guy stinks and it is getting very tedious watching him skate through the zone, dump it in behind the net, get it back and throw it back through the slot before any of his teammates can even position themselves anywhere near his errant passes..

    The guy simply stinks..and we get all of this for the low low price of 8M per year!! Exciting!!

  368. SeriousFan09 says:

    5. The team wasn’t doing a ton either, why blame JM for when they just didn’t run the same game they did in the 2nd that let them dominate? Lack of moving at speed with good passing.

    6. PK played well enough but he’s still a rookie, he’s not going to have Norris nights all the time and he still solid in his own end for the most part, outmuscling just about every Flyer who went on him for the puck.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  369. Dennis says:

    Everything Smart Dog said about Gomez I second the emotion. At least Gomez could look like he feels bad. If he wants to be a hero, give about five million to charity. 

  370. habaholic68NJ says:

    As for #5 and history, remember how the Bruins sat on a 3 game lead against the Flyers in last year’s playoffs, not to mention a 3 goal lead in game 7?  Looks like JM forgot this detail.

  371. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyone on HIO could tell him that the Flyers are not a team you can just shut the door on.


    Yeah, that’s Martin’s problem. Doesn’t read H I/O.


  372. ooder says:

    so the only good thing he did was getting punched in the face?


    88 is the new 23

  373. Chuck says:

    That SHOULD have been his 13th win. The team owes him one.

    Centre Hice: puttin’ on the foil

  374. Caballero says:

    I agree with you completely. I think it’s time for Gomez and Gionta to be reunited. Seperating them probably hurt Gomez more, and when someone is drowning, you don’t step on their head, you try to pull them out. I recognize however, that Gomez seems to be dragging others down with him.

  375. Chuck says:

    What are you doing with a photo of my sister as you avatar?



    Centre Hice: puttin’ on the foil

  376. Timo says:

    Maybe next time he gets punched out and skips a few games. Nobody can do worse than that lazy useless slob.

  377. Duracell3 says:

    Gomez looks like a he’s trying to immitate Henrik Sedin or something stopping just inside the blue line waiting for a cross ice pass, except in this case the D know he won’t possibly do anything else so they just stop worrying about him and all go to the centre and pick up a  man….to which he passes to regardless. Then again, he makes over a million more than the sedins….  


    The only problem I see with Eller is how often he gets out muscled.

  378. Duracell3 says:

    Scott Gomez, Caphit: Rank 11th in NHL

    Scott Gomez, Points: Rank 294th in NHL



  379. Johnny_D says:

    I like these lines, gonna try them in my NHL2011 season 😉

  380. HabFanSince72 says:

    The thing that worries me is, leaving aside Gomez who is admittedly sucking, the other forwards. Cammi and Gionta are not playing well at all, and even Pleks and AK46 after their strong start are beginning to sputter.

    The Marky-less powerplay is back to impotent. And no Marky means Hamrlik gets more minutes which isn’t a good thing.



  381. Caballero says:

    I agree but the simplest solution is to reunite Pleks Andrek and Cammy. That will take care of that line. The question is, are you condemning Gionta in that instance.

  382. MTLForever says:

    Price did what he could, he played a good game. 2-0 is one of the scariest scores in a game. One goal by the other team and they are back in it and that is what happened. We didn’t silence them. LA next…scary.

  383. Caballero says:

    I don’t want to jump on the Gomez bashing bandwagon. I just hope he will hit rock bottom soon if he hasn’t already. There is plenty of blame to go around in this particular loss however. Plekanec always struggles against the flyers, and I don’t see Cammy having the season he did last year. Obviously, you can’t just sit on a two goal lead and wait for the team to bring it to you the way the Habs did tonight. Without an NHL caliber power play we were unable to score that all important third goal, and Price can only do so much on his own. I wonder if this defensive minded containment philosophy is basically a defeat brought to you by the JM system. I see at least one person here pushing that narrative.

  384. deuce6 says:

    Gomez = 6 points

    Komi = 6 points

    ‘Nuff said..

  385. Willy the bum says:

    I wanna know what happened to Mathieu Darche… is he sick or injured?

  386. Timo says:

    I think that our brilliant coach thinks that Weber as a forward offers so much more potential. And did you notice the immense contribution Weber made on PP? Wow! Flyers didn’t know what hit them. 

  387. pmaraw says:

    thats not including the assist komi got on cammy’s goal the other night is it?

  388. kmachabs27 says:

    whats gunna happen when price has a bad game? YIKESSSSSSS He hasnt had one yet…

  389. Timo says:

    Pathetic second and third period. Let me guess – they were tired?

    Habs don’t stand a chance against any team that is like flyers in a 7 game playoff series. WHy? No muscle up front. Tiny tikes have gone into their shell. Gomez – I just don’t want to even think about this useless SOB.

  390. byrneoNL says:

    I agree that the Canadiens are long overdue on size up front. Problem is, talented power forwards are so much harder to come across than talented speedsters. We keep making the best of a bad situation when it comes to resupplying our forwards, I fear. Gomez was a goat again last night, to be sure, but the whole JM Shell is really to blame. 21-5 were the shots in the second – that is atrocious. Embarassing. As pros, our boys should be ashamed of their lack of compete level (to steal a term from McGuire). JM shell (which i’ve always hated) works probably 50% of the time, and fails spectacularly another 50% of the time.

    You don’t roll over against a team like Philly. Bad coaching, imo. SHould have been commanding his troops to keep on attacking, until the battle is over. I wouldn’t have gone into The Shell(tm) even if we were up 5-0 starting the third.

  391. habs365 says:

    forget about it…they’re doing alright…the team has very little talent…that’s why they have lucky games and bad games…sometimes they surprise and sometimes they disappoint…and it’s gonna be like that for 82 games…so get use to it and hope they are one of the eight teams in the eastern division to make the playoffs come april 2011…so far they’re doing alright as long as the injury bug doesn’t hit…that’s where it could get interesting…so quit the blameing…and support the team they have in place….

  392. Top Corner says:

    Very little talent???…..hahaha….your a champ, thanks for the outlook on this season !!

  393. AH says:

    Yes, could someone please tell me what is so special about this Weber guy??? All Ii hear about is how he is sooo good and is the seond coming of Mark Streit, but honestly IMO whenever he’s up with the big club he’s pretty invisible IMO.

  394. Timo says:

    Umm… what was so good about Streit?

  395. AH says:

    Timo, no argument from me man, I agree, I’m just saying all I’ve been hearing whenever our PP stinks IE “we need another Streit”, “bring up Weber”, blah blah blah….

  396. HardHabits says:

    You’re just pissed cuz it aint MAB.

  397. habs365 says:

    These guys don’t have a care in the world…who’s gonna replace them…oh I forgot the Bulldogs…they bring those guys up and they don’t turn out any better than what they already have…they send them back down…and the regular guys are back where they started…that’s why they’re laughing…can’t be replaced unless it’s a trade…if you don’t believe me…have them bring some guys up just to prove your wrong…I would like to see the Bulldogs top line come up and see how’d they do as our second line…benefit of the doubt…they would probably last one period…than sit on the bench…the Habs have what they have and that’s it in a nutshell…I think they’ll do alright in the regular season…in the playoffs…forget it unless they make some major changes and I don’t know how they would do that without money.


  398. nunacanadien says:

    Unless Gomez can score, and Gionta. But we all knew Gauthier and Gainey were getting ripped off when they signed the duo for the outrageous price they did.

  399. Propwash says:

    Stop looking at the loss in black and white, and look at the reasons in the gray.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  400. JSP1990 says:

    So about what I said…….about Weber being decent at forward…..can we put Darche back in? Please????

  401. ari says:

    I just like to know what was gainey smoking when he traded for gomez?


  402. db says:

    Doens’t Dallas owe us a trade? 

  403. Duracell3 says:

    PP was bad, either Spacek doing… who know what to call that, or the whole team (Hammer being the most guilty) telegraphing the pass to Weber..hmm…I wonder who is going to shoot this time. Price was good though.

  404. rocketsglare says:

    The Habs battled toe to toe with the much bigger and stronger Flyers and in the end lost because they stopped

    playing their game. They stopped skating and as a result allowed the Flyers to not only come back but eventual-

    ly win the game. Perhaps fatigue finally overtook the undersized Habs forwards and their aging D? Who can say,

    but to give up 44 shots, 20 of them in the 2nd period, simply indicated that the team had stopped skating and

    as a result, ceded all momentum and ultimately control of the game to the Flyers.

    The team unfortunately wasted a heroic effort by Price and a rare night by Lapierre, who scored 2 goals. Nothing

    was lost but much would have been gained if the Habs would have won tonight. Hopefully the team will learn it’s

    lesson that to win, they must always continue to skate until the final whistle and not before.


    Go Habs Go!

  405. Johnny_D says:

    Let’s be rational rather than emotional about the Gomez situation … 1) Gomez gets a lot of cash, 2) Gomez is not producing and 3) Gomez cannot be traded (I just can’t see anybody taking him at this point, and not for at least 2 years).

    Not much you can do except: a) press-box for 1-2 games and hope he gets a better view of his teammates sacrificing themselves to make plays or 2) change his role, make him 3rd line center and give him defensive duties, if he scores it’s a bonus (I know, I know, each goal will be expensive, but there’s more to hockey than racking up points … ask Craig Ludwig).

  406. kirkiswork says:

    Really glad that Briere never signed with us, he is such a hack with his stick that it is embarassing.

    Maybe it’s just the Flyer influence.

  407. jimmy shaker says:

    As soon as we missed two great chances to score that nail in the coffin 3rd goal, I started to get an uneasy feeling.  I was saying that “I bet these wasted opps will come back to bite us”, and they did.  A great performance by Price was all for not.  1st loss in regulation after scoring the first goal, and again, not able to come back when falling behind.  Weber a non factor, should be given a chance on the D, instead of downgrading the line he’s with.  JM has to go with this lineup for Gomez’s sake and for the antichamber crew before they all have heart attacks.





    Subban/Weber     Gill/Gorges     Hammer/Spacek


  408. SmartDog says:

    There are only THREE THINGS that are going to save this Gomez situation.

    1. An Unlikely Trade.  There are teams with almost-as-sucky players that have cap space and you never know. Not something to pine about but it could happen.

    2. A buy-out. This won’t happen for another year at least but if he keeps sucking in 3-D that’s what will happen.

    3. A revelation. Gomez NEEDS to change his game.  Even people who support him agree that he makes too many lousy/stupid passes and that he shies away from… well just about everything, for fear of being in traffic or taking a hit. He’s no rookie. He’s an arrogant, fun-loving veteran. So to me. Take away his arrogance and his fun.  Put him in the press box, on the fourth line, send him to Hamilton – anything to stop him from thinking he’s fully a part of this team, because he is NOT. The guy needs what Markov did for Carey. But it’s going to take more than one comment from another veteran. They need to embarrass his ass into defiance.  Only then will he MAYBE wake up. 


    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  409. adamkennelly says:

    Habs lost this game cause they are too easy to play against – aka – small up front…and not physical enough on the back end.  need to compliment our small, skilled top 6 and Gomez with some beef – guys who can not only respond to physical play but initiate it.

  410. punkster says:

    SD, that solution doesn’t work with either children or professionals. Why on God’s green earth would you think it would work with Gomez? Come on, I know many fans are frustrated but really…embarrass him into improvement? Hey, why don’t we whip him into submission, beat him to within an inch of his life. That otta straighten him out. Or maybe ground him, take away all his privledges, give him a 10PM curfew and make him take a bath every night. I’m sure all these suggestions would have as good an impact as yours.

  411. homerbowen says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

  412. homerbowen says:

    Gomez is pathetic and unless management has the balls to send him to the Dogs then our team will not be successful for the next two years.

  413. J_P says:

    Embarassing him wont do anything, I agree, but he needs to be sent a strong message.

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous.  The thing is, we all know he’s capable of better.  He’s proven it in the past that he’s capable of better.  He’s just not doing anything to improve his results.  He plays the exact same way, every single game.

    For a team that struggles to score, we could really use SOME secondary scoring (and I say some, because right now he is providing none) from him. 

    The thing that worries me is that eventually the other players will start wondering why he’s getting a pass, and that can quickly divide the room.   

  414. habstrinifan says:

    I been begging for change of role solution.

  415. habstrinifan says:

    Finally people ar ebeginning to see the ‘smart alec’ comments from Gomez as what it is… escaping the responsibility of being a 7mill player.


  416. Storm Man says:

    I see a few on here are upset about last nights game. Chill out. The game plan of have the lead and wish on a star did not work. I would be more pissed about what happened but my Chargers are in the hunt again so that make me happy for today. Im more pissed off at dealing with -28 today my Rover does not like the cold.

  417. habby27 says:

    Fire JM and Hire Kirk. Please, or we’ll lose our best coach… not french enough tho eh…. we’ll never win a cup again since GM and and coach have to be french. So frustrating for a non french Habs fan!!!!!!!!!!!

  418. nunacanadien says:

    I think Price is gonna burn himself out early this year proving he was better than Halak. Maybe its time we got used to Price losing if only to protect Price for the rest of the year.  You can’t go out roaring at a hundred miles an hour early in the season Price, you have to maintain an even keel, then you can be as good as Halak.

    Anyway, it just shows how weak Gauthier is in signing Gomez and Gionta, if those are his big signings then we are screwed as long as Gauthier is here.

  419. nunacanadien says:

    Wasn’t that Gauthier’s big thing?  Wasn’t that Gauthier’s move?  Wasn’t that why the Molsons made Gainey step aside was Gauthier’s signing of the big three?  Gomez, Gionta and Cammy I think were all partly the work of Gauthier knowing these guys from before….

  420. rocketsglare says:

    I have always called for JM to pace Carey in his starts. Auld is a capable backup and should be given enough starts

    to spell Price so Carey can be ready in mind and body for the playoffs.


    Go Habs Go!




  421. Patient No More says:

    Long, very long list of disappointed fans as evidenced by the posts today.  It is, however, not too much to ask that a team show up for a match, and stay until the end.  Several people have pointed out that we are third, or whatever, therefore the Canadiens are a good team.  Really?  Outstanding goal tending and great success on the penalty kill, that’s about it.  The team will make the playoffs, and then disappear.  The posters will fill the page with the usual comments; too small up front, defense too old and slow, lack of scoring, in other words same as last year.  At least this year we have a Captain, I think.  I’m sure I’ve seen one.  Let’s stop commenting on the amount of money Gomez makes, that deal is done.  The amount of money negotiated months or perhaps years ago should not have any bearing on the allotment of minutes or in determining whether an individual is entrenched on the first or second line.  Let those who come to play play.  I do not profess to know more about running a hockey team than JM.  I do, however, like to be entertained and expect the organization to field a team that will play for three periods.  Very disappointing and after years of watching mediocre teams wearing the Canadien’s uniform I am clearly patient no more.  Thus endeth my rant.  

  422. Johnny_D says:

    Hey, if Ovechkin can be put on the third line because he ain’t producing, why can’t Gomez be put farther back? I don’t think anybody is saying that we pull his pants down in front of a crowd, but he needs to be told:

    “You produce, you get ice time. You don’t produce, you get bench-time”

    Again, produce does not equal points by default, but for that amount of money I don’t think that guy should glide on the ice for more than 2 seconds before putting the hammer down and skating his ass off.

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