Game 28: Habs breeze over Senators

Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec congratulates goalie Carey Price following Montreal’s 4-1 Bell Centre win Tuesday night.
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POSTGAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Jeff Halpern | Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Brian Gionta | Josh Gorges | Roman Hamrlik

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette

Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern was asked to play a larger role after centre Scott Gomez left the game with a lower-body injury, and the veteran met the challenge, scoring the game-winning goal in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Halpern snapped a 1-1 deadlock when linemate Maxim Lapierre forced a turnover and sent Halpern into the clear. He gained a step on Senators defenceman Chris Campoli and showed great patience as he waited for Pascal Leclaire to go down before he lifted the puck over the goaltender at 2:18 of the third period.

Montreal played the last half of the game without Gomez, who suffered a lower-body injury on his first shift of the second period and left for treatment. He came back for one more shift and then shut it down for the evening.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Gomez’s condition will be evaluated Wednesday.

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta added an insurance goal at 10:01 of
the third period when he poked the puck away from Ottawa defenceman
Filip Kuba in the Canadiens’ zone and beat Leclaire with a shot off the
rush. It was his ninth goal of the season and he tied Tomas Plekanec,
Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn for the team lead.

Gionta
also picked up an assist when Roman Hamrlik knocked the puck into the
net after it bounced off the helmet of goaltender Brian Elliott, who
came in when Leclaire left the game briefly with a skate problem.

It
was the third win in a row for the Canadiens, who are third in the
Eastern Conference with 38 points, and it was goaltender Carey Price’s
league-leading 17th win. Price made 27 saves.

For the Senators, it was their ninth loss in their last 12 games.

The
Canadiens dominated the first period, but Ottawa escaped with a 1-1 tie
when Nick Foligno scored on a power play with nine seconds left in the
frame. Foligno took a cross-ice pass from centre Jason Spezza and beat
Price with a 30-foot shot along the ice.

The Canadiens, who outshot
the Senators 13-6, also took advantage of a power play for their goal.
Leclaire made a stop on 15-footer by Cammalleri, but Cammalleri scored
on the rebound of his own shot at 9:09 for his ninth goal of the season.

Neither
team was able to score in the second period as Montreal squandered a
golden opportunity when Chris Kelly was assessed a major penalty for
pushing Yannick Weber’s head into the boards. The Canadiens’ best
scoring chance came late in the power play, but Leclaire stopped
Alexandre Picard’s shot from the blue-line and then thwarted Roman
Hamrlik on the rebound.

The Canadiens’ ineffectiveness on the power
play drew some boos and there were chants for rookie defenceman P.K.
Subban, who was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game.

139 Comments

  1. Timo says:

    I liked Tom too… And yes, 5 minute major PP was terrible. Don’t want to hear anymore how Weber can be a good QB on the powerplay.

  2. Hagar says:

    Is that all you’ve got? You can do Sid better than that.

  3. Say Ash says:

    I think the lacklustre 9 minutes of PP in the second will be the tipping point for Subban. And I get excited about Hammer and Halpern scoring, too. Dunno why.

    Seeing Tom the Bomb get one tonight also made me smile.

  4. Hagar says:

    The standard isn’t team victory. How many times did Gretzky win the cup when he was off the Oiler’s dynasty? I believe they won another cup w/o him as well. I guess the league retired his jersey for nothing.

  5. Say Ash says:

    LOL

    He would have won it last year too had he not been suspended.” Ah, those silly multiple offender rules getting in the Great Eight’s way…

     

  6. Timo says:

    Good boring win. I don’t know what it is but it makes me feel good when Hammer scores. He doesn’t get enough credit imho and he is a great veteran to have on D. Anyway… he is one of the good guys as far as I am concerned. Halpern scoring was another great highlight of the game. Eller was good, Price solid, and AK although haven’t contributed on the score sheet was a workhorse. But Gorges looks banged up. Rest him for a couple of game, JM… don’t be a a$$. Put PK back in, let Gorges rest and then end this whole Weber sorry experiment. 

    Anyway… good win. I enjoyed the game. On to Deeee-troit. 

  7. Hagar says:

    Well…to be partial to Ovie for a moment…Ovie has beat Crosby several times in the scoring race. He’s absolutely rolf-stomped him several times in the goal scoring race. He would have won it last year too had he not been suspended. Now, I’m not some nutty guy that’s overly fixated on how many goals a guy can score as the sole measure of their value as a hockey player, but…if you pull me over & get me really really drunk, I will concede that a goal is SLIGHTLY more valuable than an assist. Ovie will deck people too and is not afraid of the rough stuff. So he’s got that to round out his package as well (this might not work to his advantage over the long run, but that’s another story). Sid on the other hand, doesn’t terrify much of anyone in the NHL. Individuals matter and are sometimes essential. The fact remains though that teams win cups and gold medals & not individuals (one possible exception to this rule might be Patrick Roy, who was a deity). Team victories are definitely one of the worst ways to try & measure individual excellence.

  8. Say Ash says:

    What he said.

  9. Propwash says:

    Well, to me, the guy paid his dues in Montreal, and if/when the team makes it to the big show, it’s only fitting to see him hoist the cup. That being said, he still has oomph in him,  and could probably fit into the system the team has going now.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  10. Da Hema says:

    That was succinctly stated. Ovechkin can be fun to watch, but if the standard is team victory then Ovechkin’s value drops significantly. In fact, what is so undesirable–almost repugnant–about Ovechkin is how he wilts under pressure and takes out his frustrations on teammates and even fans (recall his encounter with fans in Vancouver after his Olympic-sized on-ice embarrassment). I have a hard time understanding how hockey fans would even suggest Ovechkin is a better player than Crosby, but then again one of the most-commented threads on this site was the one on whether the Canadiens should try to get Kovalev–who is a poor man’s Ovechkin in so many relevant ways.

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    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  11. joeybarrie says:

    Hopefully Saku is loving his time in Anaheim. He should probably be left to create something there. HOWEVER, how great would it be to have him finish his career here in Montreal. I just don’t know if we have room for him past this season… I don’t know how much I would like it to see him playing on our 3rd line.

    That all being said, I would welcome him back in the wink of a young girls eye…

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

  12. MTLForever says:

    “white”

  13. MTLForever says:

    yup heard that one and my buddies and i all looked at each other when it happened. gotta watch it there panger

  14. Propwash says:

    Reeeeeaaaally stupid question, I’ve been drinking so bear with me…….

    Is it possible to pick up Koivu again seeing the team has cap space, he’s 2.5 mil.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  15. Hagar says:

    Refine his game…in the pressbox? lol

  16. Say Ash says:

    What’s Ovie proved, exactly? Crosby has a Cup and a golden goal.

  17. christophor says:

    Back to a topic from a couple days back:

    I don’t think this team can pick up Jason Arnott at the trade deadline. It would cause too much confusion for me! He’s just a less bald Auld! If the two had hats on, I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8459429#&navid=nhl-keymatch

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8467913#&navid=nhl-keymatch

    I already sometimes catch myself wondering why Auld is a rink-side reporter for HNIC:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/440556-twelve-women-who-pioneered-the-era-of-female-sports-broadcasters/page/10

    Imagine Arnott and Auld in Habs uni’s being interviewed by her. MADNESS! It just can’t be…

  18. Hagar says:

    I don’t remember anyone prematurely saying saying that Stamkos is better than Crosby. You could make a pretty good case that Ovie is better than Crosby. It’s still up in the air at this point though. One of them will eventually pull too far ahead of the other and be declared the best. Stamkos is what…20 years old? Look at his credentials already. Maybe he is the best. He’s still got a bit to prove before anyone can claim he’s better than Sid/Ovie, but if finishes in the top 2 of scoring this year, no one has any business saying at the very least that he isn’t an elite level talent comparable to those two.

  19. SmartDog says:

    Hey, a great idea!

    We can invite the (pro-gomer) Gomerites and they can drink like this:

    Lose 1-on-1 battle for puck = 1 shot

    Gains zone then immediately loses puck = 1 shot

    Avods the front of the net = 1 shot

    Pass onto a Hab player’s skates = 2 shots

    Blind pass to no-one = 3 shots

    They’d be under the table by the 2nd intermission.

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  20. Seps says:

    That actually wouldn’t be too bad because Pierre wouldn’t be commentating another game, he’d be right beside PK on the panel with a hard-on.

  21. blu3chip says:

    Yup, just like people yelling we traded the wrong goalie, or the Roughriders will win the cup this year  😉

    I just don’t like premature bold statements.

    I’m actually fine with 50 in 50 (although I really don’t see it happening). But saying Stamkos is better than Crosby is just absurd.

  22. Hagar says:

    It never turned bluechip. Stamkos was playing amazing and people were buzzing about him possibly joining the 50/50 club. People sometimes like to talk about things that are happening at the moment. They’re called current events.

  23. Peter Young says:

    Picky, but I believe the title of this piece should be Game 28, not Game 27.  You had the game against the Sharks as Game 27.

  24. blu3chip says:

    lol ‘grossly overstate your case’?  lmao

    You tried to be sarcastic yet failed miserably. I would say ‘marginally overstated’ is a grossly understatement.

  25. blu3chip says:

    Relax, don’t make a big fuss out of this. Our D is solid, why not let Subban take some timeout and refine his game?

  26. Da Hema says:

    You must be from Generation Crybaby. The Habs are a team, not a collection of individuals. If Subban wilters because his employers are holding him to account for his on-ice play, then he is not worthy to play in the NHL. If he is as fragile as you believe, he should be out flipping fish at McDonalds or some other low-stress job rather than being an NHL defenceman. By the way, I believe he will get the point and develop into a fine defenceman.

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  27. terrygain says:

    Quite. BTW, it’s not smart to grossly overstate your case while criticizing someone who marginally overstated his. 

     

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  28. blu3chip says:

    Kinda funny that the focus turned from Stamkos to Crosby just like that.

    People were yapping Stamkos > Crosby just a couple weeks ago. Some of the bright ones even yelled 50 in 50…  lol

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs have played their division 10 times and they’ve got 16 points to show for it folks, last season that was just about their combined record against Boston and OTT. They haven’t even played half their divisional games this season! NE Title is Montreal’s for the taking.

     

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

  30. SmartDog says:

    Look up spoiled crybaby in the dictionary. 

    You won’t see PK Subban’s face. 

    No worries.

  31. habaddict_andy says:

    I may have missed it here, but did anyone mention Pittsburg is in 10 wins in a row? Wow, they are flying. Still we are awesome too. Go Habs Go!

  32. habaddict_andy says:

    Include me in the list.

  33. blu3chip says:

    You sure this is the first time you sound like a moron?

  34. Bill J says:

    A select few of us in the summer & PG it seems…

    :)

  35. JustSomeguy says:

    Anyone think Martin’s enough of a meanie to have Subban benched in front of his hometown crowd Saturday?

    Subban will be back soon enough.

    FWIW … Martin’s in the very, very odd position that he has a bunch of d-men who can play at the NHL level. 7 of them. Many teams count themselves lucky to have 5, and get nervous in close games if they have to roll all three pairings. Someone’s gotta sit, and Montreal’s played very well over the last three games.

  36. samTHEman says:

    Martin just said it’s a lower body injury. Apparently his knee according to one of the guys on Antichambre.

  37. HNS says:

    Moving his wallet?

  38. wd40 says:

    Mr. Stubbs, this was game 28 (not 27).

  39. SmartDog says:

    Doh!

    I heard that too.  LOL  

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  40. adam76 says:

    wow – 18  8  2, who would have thought it?

  41. twocents says:

    So where was the mensch?

  42. Bugs says:

    Hurt his back. Left beginning of the 2nd after one shift.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  43. Habs.Prophet says:

    I dearly hope that the Habs don’t alienate PK Subban.  Subban is an integral part of the Habs Prophecy and if he ends up forsaking the Habs, or Habs forsake him, I will cry myself to sleep. 

     

  44. terrygain says:

    Injured? Don’t tell me I missed something. Well, if true,  there’s a first for everything. 

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  45. Mattyleg says:

    So what’s happening with Gomez? Is he warming the bench, injured, what?

    Please, information!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. punkster says:

    Possibly because he’s injured. Or did that fact escape you? Come on man, concentrate.

    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  47. terrygain says:

    The genius coach sits Gomez throughout a 5 minute PP. Well that sure taught Gomez a lesson.

     

    Did anyone notice how those Maple Leaf fans are such sheep? They support management no matter what. It’s no wonder they haven’t won in 43 years.

  48. LA Loyalist says:

    Huh?

    Irwin Rommel won his first great battle in WW1 after assaulting a mountain top defense and being rebuffed. He then decided to go up the back of the mountain, which was considered impossible, and took the enemy by surprise and won a great victory.

    That is a tactical adjustment in the field. The strategic goal remained the same, that it was necessary to take the position.

    My point? If he who shall be nameless but starts with a G and ends with a Z went to the net once in a while, the opposition would be so shocked the waters would part and he’d get a goal… maybe :)

    insert tagline here

    P.S. I saw Detroit play live (in a close loss to LA) and we had better have our pants zipped up when they come to town. They ain’t Ottawa.

     

  49. Habanero Gomez says:

    Did anyone else pick up on what Panner said regarding PK sitting…

    When was comparing PK to Alex Pietrangleo… Pang was talking about how Pietrangleo conducts himself on and off the ice… Pang said “it is the White thing to do… err… the Right thing to do”… 

     

    lol.. he just apologized for the slip of the tongue…

  50. Bugs says:

    Folks wanna hear about Soobie so like any network that knows what side its bread is buttered on, they’re gonna talk about’m; what can you do?

    And Eller is becoming more and more confident cuz he’s playin with my boy.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  51. habs11s says:

    I dunno,  TSN is the ‘hype machine’ of the NHL, they’ll have a report if PK misses a bowel movement or if PK has sharpened his skates recently.  Like earlier in the season they had a report that PK was moved to the 3rd defensive pair.

     

    Unrelated to PK, Lar Eller is a beast.  Quick feet, bulldog attitude (no pun intended) and determination. 

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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  52. Bugs says:

    But they can talk about that ALL YEAR is my point.

    Little variety never hurt anybody and the opportunity (Soobie sittin) may never occur again.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  53. habs11s says:

    Easy choice, Gomez not playing up to contract.  I know it’s like beating a dead horse, but atleast the discussion is justified.  Big contract SHOULD equal big numbers, but sitting a rookie who has made too many ‘rookie mistakes’ is just protocol. 

    ___________________________________________________________________________
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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  54. samTHEman says:

    ya you would think they would actually talk about their team considering how rare they win haha

  55. samTHEman says:

    he’s takin those small super steps. i know who can give pleky the puck. [insert gomez joke here]

     

    Cammalleri hat trick tonight…he is on

  56. Bugs says:

    Your choice for TSN panel discussion: Soobie sittin or Gomie not playin up to contract.

    Gotta pick one; which is it?

    And before you answer, consider that one of those situations surely won’t last.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  57. habs11s says:

    Dear TSN,

     

    Please shut up about Subban sitting in the press box, hes a f’n rookie who screwed up, end of story.  I’d rather listen to how much better the leafs are now that they won 2 games in a row then talk about benching PK

    Thank you,

    P.S. no you can not add PK to your panel of ‘experts’ if he sits any longer

    ___________________________________________________________________________
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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  58. adamkennelly says:

    woops on Darren Panger – he picked the wrong time to have a trouble with a word…comparing PK  to Alex Pietrangleo…..anyone else watching – see if you caught it…its nothing for sure but man, was that bad timing…

     

     

  59. Bugs says:

    Plecky looks to have some wheels tonight.

    Not that he’s been doggin it all year, just sayin he seems fulla pep tonight and remarkably so.

    Let’s give’m the puck, shall we?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  60. samTHEman says:

    God we should have a HIO get together, pop a few 40’s of liquor for the game and play that game.

     

    Gomez drive to the net = 1 shot

    Gomez tape to tape pass = 1 shot

    Gomez assist = 2 shots

    Gomez goal = 3 shots

    Gomez 2nd goal (just incase…) = 5 shots

    Gomez hat trick trick goal = down every drop of alcohol in sight. don’t worry. you’re dreaming anyway.

     

    So ya i’ll just bring a beer finally. Should be good.

  61. SmartDog says:

    If I was in college I’d start a drinking game where you drink everytimg Gomez drives to the net or makes a tape-to-tape pass in the offensive zone.   Ah, never mind, no one would finish their first drink.

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  62. samTHEman says:

    Hey Gomez is fun to watch too. Don’t discriminate now…..racist!

  63. blu3chip says:

    If you change tactics whenever things don’t pan out, you will never succeed. Patience usually plays a key role in success stories.

  64. SmartDog says:

    What? Gionta would abandon his “best friend”?
    ——- LOL

    Eller is turning into Plekanec 2.0.  Might be some wishful thinking on my part, but he seems to be develping some of the same jam.  Drive hard, change direction, look to pass and then turn again.  Fun to watch. 

  65. SmartDog says:

    Definition of insanity: doing the same thing and expecting a different result.  Ian, you don’t have to be Dr. Phil to know that Gomez needs to CHANGE what he’s doing. 

    My attitude to the team is the same as yours.  I’m thrilled with where we are.  But if you can’t see that of all players Gomez is the one guy who needs to step it up, get dirty, forecheck better, suffer abuse in front of the net, then you my friend are missing something.

    ——-

  66. samTHEman says:

    I agree about Eller with Cammalleri instead of Gomez but you’re being too critical about Martin benching Subban. It’s more that Weber has been playing well and you don’t change a winning formula. Next loss I guarantee Subban will be in the line up unless Weber has a really strong game, 1 goal 1 assist style

  67. samTHEman says:

    Eller…wow. He’s the real deal right now. Skates around defencemen with the puck like its nothing. Loses the puck, gets it back and makes a tape to tape pass. It’s almost like i’m watching PVR on fast forward when he has the puck. Love you Eller

     

    Did you guys see Gionta skate back to the bench when Gomez was about to go on the rush. HAha lmao i lol’d

  68. habsgod says:

    pierre gauthier has to have some testicular fortitude, and step in and tell jacques martin to play pk subban and if he doesn’t he’s fired as the coach of this team,martin could ruin subban and his confidence by doing this! i think subban learned his lesson enough is enough already he should be in the lineup 2 games is alot for our best defenceman and the rookie,if martin is going to be sitting guys out then he should be sitting” no-show” gomez and be putting ellar in gomez’s spot with cammalleri.

  69. Ian Cobb says:

    Gomez! Just keep doing what your doing me son, the team is winning and the points are still going in the standings column. Never mind these people that think you have to score goals to be a winner. we know that what you do for this club is second to none, and Martin will use you where ever, and you are able to adjust your game accordingly.

    By the way do these so called Hab Fans even know that Alfredson and Spezza have not registered a single point in the past 8 games. Do you think that Ottawa is ready to dump them, ridiculous!!

    We are a winning team this year boys and girls, if you are not happy with them and want to keep finding fault, then maybe you would like to remain behind with the losers.!

     Try to enjoy the positive strides that we have made over the past 5 or 6 years, it will lower your blood pressure, might even make you lovers again. There is so much to enjoy about our club, don’t dwell on the BS.

    Have fun tonight.

  70. Say Ash says:

    “GO SENS!” – P.K.

  71. Bugs says:

    Niiiiice. Well played, sir.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  72. Say Ash says:

    Nice argument, except for the fact that he was playing in Hamilton, not peering over a rail. Other than that, it’s airtight.

  73. NL_habs_fan says:

    This PK controversy is blown way out of proportion by too many people here.  He was brought up last year in the regular season for a home and home series against Philly, I believe he had 2 assists and was a plus 2.  He never saw NHL ice again until the playoffs, how shaky did he look after that long Layoff.  PK will be just as good or better when he gets back, and if for some reason he doesn’t pass your judgement on the devil, Jacques Martin, then.  

    Until then Chill out and enjoy a winning team.

  74. Hagar says:

    Concerning Scott Gomez, does he center the 2nd line all night? I mean I wasn’t surprised he finally got demoted. But doing so after scoring a goal in each of back to back games? The timing was a little…uhhh…weird.

  75. mark_13 says:

    JM will stick with Pouliot, Eller and Darche right?  It was the Phd line again in practice yesterday!!??

  76. SmartDog says:

    Who knows?

    Sometimes I think JM follows the path of the moon and stars to decide these things.  

    Can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not… but we’re winning.  Oh, I forgot.  We’re winning because Gomez is on the team. My bad.

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  77. adam76 says:

    While I  am looking forward to tonights game, Friday will be a very interesting test against an elite Det team.  A win Friday would be a statement to say the least.

  78. sholi2000.com says:

    Nice avatar, is that a joke or are you a fan now?

    Ah the ol “test” (rolls eyes)

     

    They Call Me Shane

  79. Castor says:

    I was at the last game when we lost (and Gio finally scored)

    I WANT REVENGE

  80. Ian Cobb says:

    This is an answer to punkster, pertaining to the Subban debate.

    Hi Dave,
    Been busy out in Seattle and Tacoma. and now I am home.

    Not much of a debate, Markov is done, Maybe for good, Martin and
    Gauthier needs to find out if Weber is ready at this level before the
    trade dead line is all. He already knows what PK can do come play off
    time. Quite simple my friend.

    Ian

  81. SmartDog says:

    Bang-on Ian. 

    It’s a real plus that Weber’s done well for two games.  But they need more time to see and to work with him. It just happens that it coincides with the thought that PK might benefit from a pause to reflect on whatever messages they’ve been sending him. But if it lasts it’s not about PK so much as it’s about testing Weber… PK is PK, he’s an important part of the team. 

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  82. rocketsglare says:

    Habs need to come out with the same intensity and focus that they did against the Sharks and play a solid team

    game from beginning to end if they are to prevail tonight. They can’t take this team lightly. The Habs must play

    disciplined, patient, and opportunistic against the Sens, who seem to always play this team close.

    Should be a great game and here’s to another win tonight.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jacques Martin says no changes to his lineup, 3rd straight game for Habs with no Subban. He’s starting to take this a bit too far IMO.

     

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

  84. Bugs says:

    We’re winning, Yahoo.

    You don’t change the sauce when you’re winning. And if we win tonight, guess what?

    He’ll sit the next game too.

    If Weber or Picard don’t screw up in any way, shape or form, why change anything? We’re winning.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  85. habs4ever2894 says:

    Coaches usually dont change a winning lineup . PK will be back in when we lose ready to play.

  86. Bugs says:

    How many points for the Artiste tonight?

    Put me down for 2.

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  87. mark_13 says:

    Alfredsson is more of a threat, always plays well against us, otherwise they’re pretty toothless, if Price plays well we should get out with a 2-1 or a 3-1 win.  Also Pascal Leclaire is in, that’s a bonus!

  88. Say Ash says:

    He’ll score five-hole from that spot in the practice video.

  89. TripleX says:

    Sending PK to the pressbox for one game can be seen as a message to a player to play better.  When it gets to three games it can only be seen as a punishment for some kind of bad behaviour. 

    A coach does not sit one of his top two Dmen for no reason it makes no sense.

     

     

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  90. mark_13 says:

    It’s not a punishment, Weber played well for the past two games, what message does it send to him if he gets left out??!!

  91. Mattyleg says:

    It’s not a punishment. If the D is playing well, leave it that way.

    PK is not one of our top two D-men. He’s a young rookie, and young rookies sit from time to time.

    He’ll be fine. Maybe a little cry, but he’ll get over it. So will the organization.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  92. SeriousFan09 says:

    Top two in talent yes but on the season, Hamrlik and Gorges are our two best defenders this season. Subban isn’t there yet.

     

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

  93. punkster says:

    Reverse psychology worked for Price…Trade PK now while his value is high. DO IT PG!!

  94. patience is a virtue says:

    I agree with both of you.  Playing Weber does not equal sitting PK, and the point has surely been made in that regard.  But who do you sit off a winning line up?  I would dress 7 D.  We missed Subban’s skills vs. SJ.  Be nice to have him tonight. 

  95. sholi2000.com says:

    Gomez is Gomez

    He’s an important part of this team.

    Just hackin on ya Rob  :)

    They Call Me Shane

  96. Mattyleg says:

    Who wins with sauce?

    AHH! Barbecue chefs! At Barbecue Competitions!

    “Don’t change the sauce when you’re winning!” That’s what they always say!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  97. rocketsglare says:

    P.K. is learning IMO a hard lesson about team discipline, structure, and accountability. Besides, with both Picard

    and Weber playing solid D and contributing to the team’s success, why change the lineup.

    Apparently, JM is pleased how the team is currently playing and sees no need to make changes for the time being.

    Can’t knock success.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  98. lavie says:

    Technically, objectively and emotionally I agree to this.

  99. SLONCOLD says:

    are we a better team with him in the lineup is the question? i wouldn’t point to the fact we won 2 games without him either as a stat validating we are better with subban out of the lineup either.

  100. Bugs says:

    I ain’t talkin about anyone else, Mark; I’m talkin about the Artiste.

    You think I don’t know about Alfie? Or that I never heard of Leclaire before? I know, Mark. Thank you.

    Talkin about the Artiste over here.

    Hey, did you know he used to play for us?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  101. NL_habs_fan says:

    Cranky??

    Who cares how many points he gets? or what team he played on before.  

    All that matters is that the Habs score more Goals than the Sens tonight.

  102. HabFab says:

    Bugs, I don’t believe NL_habs_fan was around for the “Artiste love feast”.

  103. Bugs says:

    Ok.

    So, uhhh, I’ll put you down for 1 pt for the Artiste tonight, ok?

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  104. Clay4bc says:

    The only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner. Show some class and respect – Adam did.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  105. moser17 says:

    Second-lowest team GA in the league, by far, next to that freak-show happening in Boston, and among the lowest GF too. I know I keep repeating this stat, I’m just plenty impressed with it for the last 24 hours, and I think it’s a testament to the Martin system and a team that’s gelling. GHG.

  106. adam76 says:

    Can’t argue success.

  107. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    My theory was that at the end of the first period last night, Martin told the team “watch Kovalev and learn”.

    At the end of the dismal second, he said “Ummm, you did a very good job of playing like the artiste. Now, stop watching Kovalev and unlearn.”

    The third period was great fun to watch.

     

  108. habzfan2003 says:

    My thoughts exactly dude. Pierre just needs to shut as mouth regarding the habs.

  109. aemarchand11 says:

     Brief History of Pierre McGuire’s thoughts.

    • Habs Draft Price #5, Pierre doesnt like it and calls it a mistake. In 2006, McGuire loves price and says hes a franchise goalie, blah blah.
    • Canadiens are too small, Habs should have signed bigger players including Francois Beachemain over Spacek.
    • Pierre says that Halak cant handle the load of an entire regular season, then when he gets traded we get hosed on the acquisition of Lars Eller.
    • Pierre trashed Kovalev on many occasions, and then thinks the Habs should get him at the deadline???
    The guy is actually ridiculous. People call it passion, but really he just hops on whatever bandwagon and rolls out the historic stats for that player.

    Go Habs Go!
    2010-2011


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