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

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