Game 29: Red Wings hold off Canadiens

Canadiens’ Mathieu Darche and Red Wings’ Brian Rafalski battle for the puck on Friday night. Rebecca Cook, Reuters

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AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Benoit Pouliot | Tomas Plekanec | Mathieu Darche | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Detroit Red Wings snapped a two-game losing streak at the Joe Louis Arena with a 4-2 win over the Canadiens Friday night in a matchup of Original Six teams. Things had started off well for the Canadiens as they opened the scoring when Travis Moen scored 11:25 into the first period after he gathered a rebound off a Micheal Cammalleri shot that went wide of the Detroit net and banked the puck off Jimmy Howard’s leg and into the net. The Red Wings tied the game with one second left to play in the first during a 5-on-3 man advantage. After Carey Price stood on his head for the entire period, Nicklas Lidstrom beat him on the 18th Detroit shot of the frame. In the second, Niklas Kronwall scored 3:48 into the period for a 2-1 Red Wings lead on a shot that fooled Price. Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-1 Detroit at the end of the Montreal power play with a great backhand over Price’s left shoulder and right under the crossbar for his 10th of the season. In the third period, Benoit Pouliot narrowed the Detroit lead with a blistering slap shot that Howard had no chance on with a little more than 12 minutes to play. The Canadiens fought to tie the game the rest of the period, but came up empty despite a their best effort and Patrick Eaves scored into an empty net to seal the win. Howard notched his 16th win of the season, closing the gap on Price, who has 17 wins in his 27 starts.
• Key Moments: A lack of discipline on the part of the Canadiens cost them early in the game as they received the first five penalties of the game, allowing the Red Wings to finally score during a two-man advantage, the first time the Canadiens have allowed down two players all season.

• What It Means: Montreal’s three-game winning streak is snapped and the Canadiens’ record falls to 18-9-2, but they remain three points up on the Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Montreal is then home for games against the Flyers and Bruins next Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.


  1. ctony says:

    you nailed it.

  2. MTLForever says:


  3. dre1744 says:

    Hey don’t argue with Adam  he know everything.   Eller didn’t score so he should be in the AHL!!!!!!!!  Zetterberg didn’t score tonight either  Wings should put him in the AHL aswell!!!!!!!

  4. canadiens26 says:

    Hahaha, troll disguised as a disgruntled fan. Classic

  5. punkster says:

    Cut the crap Adam. Die? Put the bottle down and go to bed.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  6. MTLForever says:

    blind pass, should’ve dumped it  in the corner.

  7. j2w4habs25 says:

    Gomez should be in the AHL – Eller in the NHL

  8. ctony says:

    down one with 1.40 left, you play your stars.  darche, eller and laps were fine, not spectacular.  price was still in the next.  spacek on the point.  brain dead coaching.

  9. MTLForever says:

    Are you kidding? just because they did not score, doesn’t mean they didn’t play hard when they were out there.

  10. dre1744 says:

    Man if only you coached and Gm’d  the habs   we would have 50 stanley cups already!!!!!!

  11. adam76 says:

    How many goals did they get?  

  12. adam76 says:

    Eller is an AHLer and his ice cost us the game.

  13. MTLForever says:

    he used his time out definitely at the wrong time.

  14. dre1744 says:

    Simmer down again…….   THe Red Wings   if you didn’t know  have probably 1 of the best coaches the Nhl has seem in the last 10 years

  15. MTLForever says:

    those guys really hustle out there.

  16. dre1744 says:

    Simmer down there Cowboy.   I thought Darche , Eller and Laps  played great tonight!!!!!!

  17. rocketsglare says:

    Spacek what where you thinking?

    Go Habs Go!

  18. observer says:

    better team lost.

  19. adam76 says:

    We were out coached.  Time out first period?  A total joke. 

  20. adam76 says:

    Darche?  LAPIERRE?  What a FRACKING joke.  Die Martain.

  21. tricolore says:

    They win as a team and lose as a team. They got into penalty trouble way too often this game and it cost them. Someone please tell me what’s wrong with Cammalleri? Why is he missing the net so much this year? Sigh….

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  22. rocketsglare says:

    If only Gorges could have held the puck longer against the boards. If only…….

    Go Habs Go!


  23. MTLForever says:

    Pouliot needs to crank it like that more often. What a shot!

  24. MTLForever says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? clearly not watching the same game. 

  25. MTLForever says:

    bring back kovalev, just watched him on the powerplay for ottawa, he sets up basically did they have him playing on 4th line? bring him back to montreal for a draft pick, he did say he wanted to come back! he shows up in the playoffs.

  26. tricolore says:

    This is a nice site. Too bad it’s 2010 and not 1998. LOL.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  27. oldrrty says:

    That was the best shift yet! Skeet Skeet Skeet down by 1


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

  28. samTHEman says:

    Eller should be in the NHL. Anyone who disagrees has zero hockey knowledge.


    For future, try including some reasoning to your statements. Even if you’re wrong you’ll sound mildly intelligent. Try it.

  29. savethepuck says:

    Their powerplays took us out of of our game, frustrating.  1.2 seconds left in the first period was unfortunate.  I am not counting us out but we have a hill to climb


  30. samTHEman says:

    The score could be other way around if the NHL actually hired refs who did their job. Go refs…..

  31. adam76 says:

    Eller should be in the AHL.  Anyone who disagrees has zero hockey knowledge.



  32. tricolore says:

    PD is in another class. His goal demonstrates that no Hab, at this moment, has his skill to score those kind of goals. Price had no clue where that puck was going. Cammy could be that player for us but he is not ‘there’ this year. #13 lacks the accuracy this year on a consistent basis. That’s the difference between Cammy and PD. 

    Sigh. How I want to be wrong. No shame losing to Detroit though. We’re not in the same class..not there yet. And as the CBC play by play man just said, “You can’t give Detroit 10 minutes of powerplays in a game.”

    ’nuff said….good night


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  33. Keith says:

    Server is crashing real bad. Time for an upgrade HIO.

  34. SmartDog says:

    He plays a ton of PK time and our PK is best in the league so he must be good.  I take that as a fact.  But I don’t see much in his game outside of being a good part of the wall.  And I give Price the most credit for our PK.  To me Pyatt is VERY ordinary and will probably wear down as the year goes on.  Like I said, he’s “Tom the Bomb” but without the bomb.


  35. SmartDog says:

    Habs have too much energy for this game… it’s spilling over into nervous energy. They’re settling in but I agree with the call on Pleks, just as easily a dive as a penalty to Pleks.  And Subban is understandably not quite as solid.


  36. J.J. of Turku says:

    He is that kind of a player who I wish to play well… For some reason? Right now looks like he’s got more will than skill, but he is one of my favourite players at the current roster.


  37. SmartDog says:

    “Every single line of the Detroit Red Wings has a presence in front of the net.” 

    This is one thing the Habs don’t do.  They need to be be tougher here.


  38. SmartDog says:

    People told me last week that Pyatt is better than I think.  So I’m watching him.  He’s done some okay things but also turned the puck over a couple of times and Lidstrom was his man on the Wings goal.  Not impressed so far.


  39. tricolore says:

    Martin showed no balls vs the ref on the penalty call to Pleks. It was a dive by the Detroit player. No?

    As you can see, Subban is not the same. He lacks the usual confidence in his own zone behind the net. The minute a Red Wing pressures him, he looks confused and coughs up the puck. He’s done it at least 3 different times in this game so far. Special thanks to Floppy Ears Martin for messing with him. 

    Eller shooting that puck in the open net during the penalty call after the whistle, was a bonehead rookie move. Probably thought he was playing in the Danish league. 

    It’s all starting to go wrong. Playing shorthanded for almost half the time played so far will eventually bite you in the butt. All those penalties took the wind out of the Habs sails.

    Martin is being outcoached. How I want to be wrong.

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  40. J.J. of Turku says:

    For me it’s still 1-0. I don’t count those swedish goals.


  41. thorandresson says:

    it’s hard enough to play against the Wings, but to play against them when the refs are clearly on their side…

  42. dudurules says:

    habs are getting hosed so bad… who gets 3 penalties in a row… wtf… that could be the game… so pissed off right now

  43. observer says:

    seriousfan———i deleted a bunch of files on my computer  clearing up a lot of space and those tv sites work fine for me now.

  44. observer says:

    why was media always silent about van hellemond and gambling.

  45. observer says:

    is bettermans gambler andy van hellemond advising the refs again?

  46. Laramy87 says:

    Wow, the second i heard Sweedish ref, i knew we were gonna be in trouble….

    4 penalties to 0 in the first period including a 5 on 3…. SURRRRRRRRRE. Bullsh!t

  47. LA Loyalist says:

    Wasn’t he our last 100 point guy? Sheesh.

  48. adam76 says:

    Two things I like about her…

  49. Psycho29 says:

    Forget Prevost-Linton or whatever his name is…..we need to trade for Karen Newman!!


  50. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Speaking of which, the fawning Pierre Mcguire and Gord Miller did over Mike Richards last night was nauseating.

  51. adam76 says:

    The president of the CBC is French – the time to strike is now.

  52. savethepuck says:

    The Little Viking

  53. Say Ash says:

    Way too much rational thinking on this site today. The correct answer is Mats Naslund, of course.

  54. Hagar says:

    Sundin didn’t actually play the year they played together, lol.

  55. LA Loyalist says:

    Inge Hammerstrom or Borje Salming. You’re right. It’s a poser.


    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give a man a fully
    charged electric eel and he’ll never bother you for anything else ever

    — Anonymous

  56. savethepuck says:

    Not saying I agree with him. 

  57. VancouverHab says:

    And then you guys can follow it up with “My dad is bigger than your dad–nyahhh!”


  58. adam76 says:

    Hardy Astrom

  59. Hagar says:

    It’s still nuts.

  60. savethepuck says:

    Obviously said that because he palyed with Sundin

  61. SmartDog says:

    So is it ok for me to say “if Don Cherry doesn’t stop critizing PK someone’s gonna hurt him”?

    Well said!  Exactly the point!  I’m going to write him back and say that.


  62. SmartDog says:

    Gee….. if you find/replace the key phrases from my email… it looks EXACTLY like yours!!!!


    Wow!!! What are the odds?



    Dear Mr. Swick,

    email concerning comments made by Don Cherry about P.K. Subban
    following the first game of Hockey Night in Canada’s November 27
    doubleheader was forwarded to me for reply by the Office of the CBC Ombudsman and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

    is unfortunate that you believe anything Don said was bigoted and that
    Don’s comments amounted to “calling out attacks” on Subban.

    a number of weeks, Subban’s play has been topic for players, coaches,
    fans, and the media. Don’s job as a commentator is to talk about the hot
    issues around the league, and this is a hot topic.

    have reviewed the tapes of Don’s short comments about Subban on
    November 27 and comments he made about this player earlier in November. I
    must strongly disagree with your assessment of them. He said nothing
    which could be construed as “promoting ‘hurting'” Subban as you have
    suggested. Indeed, he has not only praised Subban’s talent – noting that
    Subban is a player Don has known of and watched develop for many years –
    but he also stated outright that he did not condone players
    deliberately hurting each other.

     Again, thank you for writing. I’ve shared your comments with my colleagues at HNIC.


  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d take Forsberg over Sundin myself but seriously, how is Lidstrom not the undisputed best Swedish hockey player ever?


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

  64. Hagar says:

    Anyone out there buy into the notion that forwards are full of themselves? I remember watching OTR awhile back & Landsberg was interviewing Henrik Sedin. He asked him who in his opinion was the greatest Swede to ever play the game. His options were A) Sundin B) Lidstrom C) some dude not named Sundin or Lidstrom. Henrik mulled over it for a few moments as if putting some serious thought into it, before picking Sundin. I couldn’t believe my ears. Sundin over a dude who’s won the Norris like 29 times. Someone needs to pull Henrik aside & give him a good slap.

  65. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So is it ok for me to say “if Don Cherry doesn’t stop critizing PK someone’s gonna hurt him”?  No it’s not, it’s ignorant and unprofessional.  Same reason’s why the old idiot shouldn’t have said it about PK. 

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Listening to Dan Chorra is handy if you feel like having your intelligence assaulted, your mind pumped full of xenophobic nonsense and endure constant hypocrisy. Bitter old crank who was going after a Habs player he thought belonged in Toronto.

    He’s spent more time attacking PK Subban for his mouth than he did Mike Richards for going after David Booth’s higher brain functions because Richards is one of ‘his guys’.


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

  67. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Of course they’re gonna defend the old buzzard.  He’s a cash cow for the CBC.  They’re not gonna shoot the goose that lay’s the golden egg’s. 

  68. VancouverHab says:

    To repeat remarks when this was posted earlier — this is verbatim what I said at the time. There is a fanboi attitude about P.K. Subban on this site, where, like thirteen-year-old girls with Justin Bieber, anything less than swooning adulation is JUST SO HURTFUL.

    What Don Cherry said in words November was turned into action by Jacques Martin in December: cockiness taken to an extreme is disruption and disrespect and needs to be corrected.

    If P.K.’s fanboi Club here had really wanted to help him they would encouraged him to listen to Don Cherry’s spot-on advice, and he may have not had to sit games out.

  69. coachdoug says:

    At least they responded…Cartoon Characters cannot go to trial or be held liable so Cherry can say what he wants…

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

  70. Habs.Prophet says:

    Let me demonstrate to you the skill of Shaolin– the special technique of shadowboxing!

    *Go Habs

  71. Danno says:

    CBC Sports is circling the wagons around Don Cherry. I just got this reply from them today…


    email concerning comments made by Don Cherry about P.K. Subban
    following the first game of Hockey Night in Canada’s November 27
    doubleheader was forwarded to me for reply by the Office of the CBC
    Ombudsman and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications


    It is unfortunate that you believe Don’s comments represented a “hateful vendetta” against player P.K. Subban.


    a number of weeks, Subban’s play has been topic for players, coaches,
    fans, and the media. Don’s job as a commentator is to talk about the hot
    issues around the league, and this is a hot topic.


    have reviewed the tapes of Don’s short comments about Subban on
    November 27 and comments he made about this player earlier in November. I
    must strongly disagree with your assessment of them. He did he say
    anything which could be construed as “openly encouraging violence.” He
    neither “incited” nor “justified” violence toward Subban. Indeed, he has
    not only praised Subban’s talent – noting that Subban is a player Don
    has known of and watched develop for many years – but he also stated
    outright that he did not condone players deliberately hurting each


    Again, thank you for writing. I’ve shared your comments with my colleagues at HNIC.




    David Masse

    Senior Director,

    CBC Sports


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

  72. habsruleworld says:

    Hope the habs have proper Insurance in place to cover Waffling.

    Say, If Gomez gets Waffled and Comes down with the serious skin ailment Waffletis in his nether region to go along with is Gomerea, now that would not be pleasant.

    Hope laffs fan restrain, but if they do throw waffles, I hope at least that they have the canadian decency to provide Maple syrup.


    Habs win again, 3-1, (fingers crossed)



  73. rocketsglare says:

    This is as good as it gets. Two great team’s will be testing each other tonight in what should be a tellimg

    moment for the Habs. A Canadiens win tonight will go a long way in the team’s growth and development

    and more importantly, become a signature statement that the Habs are indeed a team to be reckoned with.

    Should be a hell of a game.


    Go Habs Go!

  74. pierre lapuck says:

    Today on the Fan 590 here in Toronto Millard, Kypreos, and MacLean skewred the Leafs and Burke/Wilson for the Phaneuf trade, making him captain, and Kessel et al, it was fun to listen to.  They spoke positively aout how the Habs took a season to name their captain and how they felt that Subban had “learned his lesson” and should be back this weekend. (which I see he is).  They hinted at more than other team’s guys were a little mmore than pissed at Subban for his “antics”.  The hint was that teammates had had enough of his never explained “antics”.  But for a Toronto station a very positive take on the Habs. 

  75. Everlasting1 says:

    Will there be a pre-game ceremony for the return of??


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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  76. Nahlsy says:

    Just some numbers crunching on goalies around the league.

    In the past year and a half or so (last year and the first portion of this year) here are some interesting stats.

    Carey Price has played in 67 regular season games and has allowed more than 3 goals in regulation play only FOUR times. Also the Habs have only failed to get at least a point when scoring 3 goals for Price only ONCE!

    Comparing other various goalies and how often they’ve allowed more than 3 in regulation in that same span:

    Price 4 times in 67 games or once every 16.8 games

    Halak 15 times in 66 games or once every 4.4 games

    Team Canada Goalies:

    Brodeur 16 times in 94 games or once every 5.8 games

    Luongo 17 times in 90 games or once every 5.2 games

    Fleury 19 times in 88 games or once every 4.6 games

    Vezina candidates?

    Miller 9 times in 89 games or once every 9.9 games

    Thomas 10 times in 62 games or once every 6.2 games


    That’s some pretty darned consistent goaltending and a stat that dwarfs the other top goalies around the league by a fairly wide margin. It’s great when your goalie can give your team a legitimate shot to win and a virtually guaranteed point or two if they manage to score even a mere 3 goals in regulation play.

  77. Say Ash says:

    yeah, but goalies can get pulled after three

  78. Nahlsy says:

    Also, the number of times those same goalies have been given 3 goals worth of offense from their team and failed to secure a point in that same time span:

    Price 1

    Halak 5

    Brodeur 3

    Luongo 6

    Fleury 8

    Miller 7

    Thomas 1

    Again it’s always great to know that if you can score even 3 goals, you’re pretty much certain to get at least a point out of it.

  79. savethepuck says:

    good that you included stats from last season too.  Puts into perspective that Carey’s year wasn’t as bad as a lot of people here claimed.

  80. PureGuava says:

    Who let this guy back on?

    Beat it Trollsy!

  81. otter649 says:

    The photo of Subban looks like PK’s pose for whenever he gets his NHL McFarlane Figure…….

  82. Wayne says:

    Quick heads up for those who are not aware or don’t want to struggle with a stream/feed tonight… the  game is on CBC. Enjoy!

  83. savethepuck says:

    They have to do it on Friday nights, but the CBC has to show real hockey games sometimes

  84. shiram says:

    .. or two if you score em real quick like.

  85. Nahlsy says:

    Fair enough, the number of games Price has started and didn’t finish in that same time span? Only TWO and the Vancouver 7-1 debaucle was one of those. It wouldn’t have changed the numbers for the worse in his case although the other guys all drop even farther behind I believe. That’s consistancy if you ask me. I won’t count the number of times the other goalies got pulled in the past season and a half though.

  86. Everlasting1 says:

    Meaningless stats when there are so many other variables.



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

     Don’t pollute the water.

  87. nastyHABit says:

    Correct me if i’m wrong,but i think our road record against the wings is pretty impressive…….all in all,the wings will be hungry for a win which should translate into a good tilt tonight…..GO HABS GO!

  88. tigress says:

    I believe pre-game there is a video being shown on HNIC re Habs’ “storied rivalry” with Toronto.  Which brings me to my question – how come Carey’s starting tonight when we play Toronto tomorrow night?

  89. savethepuck says:

    We are looking at the best chance to win both games, not win one

  90. Don Carnage says:

    He can play back to back and he will Auld will be lucky to get 1 out of 18 games the way Price is playing.

  91. nastyHABit says:

    One game at a time PEOPLE…..Carefull what you wish for!

  92. JF says:

    The Red Wings are the best team in the West and have the best record in the entire league.  When you’re trying to match up to the best, you play your number 1 goaltender.  Depending on what kind of a game it is, Auld might start tomorrow night, but I would expect Price to play the back-to-back games against Philly and Boston next week.

  93. Bugs says:

    Reckon Auld can beat the leafers, no?

    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:

  94. tigress says:

    I’m confident we can win both, too – just didn’t know they play the same goalie back to back…Price is absolutely rocking this year!

  95. DavidKB says:

    It’s time to ride the thoroughbred hard for a bit.

  96. Ian Cobb says:

    I am doing a spaghetti, rye and ginger ale with a spoonful of ground fresh ginger, for 4 hab fans from our HIO community tonight. Then we are watching the game here.

    It is great that so many of you drop by from time to time. Door is always open here for this HIO community.

    Remember,! I like single malt

  97. J.J. of Turku says:

    Single malt is the nectar of the god’s. I’m having Laphroaig cask strenght right now (a very smokey islay)..


  98. Ian Cobb says:

    Hey guys! Question! 

    Which Florida team does Mike Smith play net for.???

  99. J.J. of Turku says:

    Isn’t he a “Bolt”?


  100. savethepuck says:

    He’s 1/2 of that dynamic duo Tampa Bay has in goal with Dan Ellis.  Boy will they be shopping for a goaltender at the deadline or they’re going nowhere.

  101. Ian Cobb says:

    Not sure?? is he?

  102. J.J. of Turku says:

    Just checked, yes… Tampa Bay..


  103. J.J. of Turku says:

    You’re wellcome. Nice to be finally the first to know… :)


  104. Ian Cobb says:

    Save me some my friend.

    One of the fellas joining me tonight for dinner and the game, is a HIO member and Mike Smith use to date his daughter.

  105. LA Loyalist says:

    Do you guys put water in the cask strength? That stuff is, shall we say… I don’t know, ‘strong’ is a bit inadequate.


    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give a man a fully
    charged electric eel and he’ll never bother you for anything else ever

    — Anonymous

  106. J.J. of Turku says:

    I like it dry… The long everlasting taste… Mmmmmmm…


  107. J.J. of Turku says:

    I’ll save one for you. Cheers!


  108. Say Ash says:

    Just got an early Xmas present: Lagavulin double matured. It’s ridiculously good.

  109. MTLForever says:

    since florida has no intentions of resigning vokoun, they should try to trade to their florida partners 😀

  110. savethepuck says:

    Honestly hope not. I think Tampa Bay would be kinda scary if they had someone who could stop the puck.  Vokoun, the former Habs prospect, is one of those guys.

  111. Say Ash says:

    I’d want my best guy in a divisional game, regardless of who plays tonight, no?

  112. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    If the leafs had even a hope of seeing the playoffs, I’d agree. This season, giving points to them is no different than giving points to a Western Conference team. That being said, if Price is ready to go tomorrow, there’s no question he plays.

  113. MTLForever says:

    doing a lot of things right this year and haven’t been blown out once. more depth then last year that is for sure.

  114. canadiens26 says:

    Two very well thought out posts. As funny as it may sound, a loss tonight might be more beneficial in the long run than if we had come out on top. The third period showed a lot of guts and determination by a team that never seems to think they are down and out. As much as a win would have “proved” we deserve to be in the top 5, this loss is far from the worst thing that could have happened.

  115. rocketsglare says:

    This was certainly a winnable game if not for the number of penalties taken. The Habs can definitely play

    with the Red Wings, but have to be disciplined. Great 3rd period. The team showed character in their bid

    to comeback. This team is so close to becoming an elite team capable of challenging for the Cup.

    Now, the team must travel to Toronto and face a team that always plays the Habs tough. Should be an–

    other great game.

    Go Habs Go!

  116. savethepuck says:

    Before all the bashing starts, I’m very proud of our team.  All the early powerplays for Detroit was the difference in this game( on Plex to give them the 5 on 3 was absolute BS).  If they don’t score with 1.2 secs left in the first on that 5 on 3, we probably win.  We showed a lot of character in the third about how determined of a team we are.  Totally dominated the best in the West that last period which was probably unexpected by a lot of people considering that we are a defensive team.  I am not afraid of anyone.  Even if you lose the 1st game of the Stanley Cup finals, doesn’t mean you are not going to win the Stanley Cup.  We have a team of character, talent, and a systen that works along with a goaltender who will save us.  Be happy Habs fans we are going a long way this year.

  117. savethepuck says:

    My post above says almost the same thing.  Think we were typing at the same time

  118. savethepuck says:

    Meant to say in my earlier post that I have more respect for Howard after that 3rd period than before the puck dropped but his #s don’t come close to Carey’s


  119. savethepuck says:

    Meant to say in my earlier post that I have more respect for Howard after that 3rd period than before the puck dropped but his #s don’t come close to Carey’s


  120. 123456 says:

    patches just scored OT winning goal in their game.

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hamilton Bulldogs win 3-2 in OT over Rochester, Max Pacioretty gets his 16th goal in his 26th game of the season. He exceeds his career-best points in the AHL (6G, 23A in 08-09 in 37GP) with the goal.


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

  122. dre1744 says:

    Carey has yet too let in more then 3 goals in regulation time this year  now thats consistancey!!!!!!

  123. SmartDog says:

    Good, hard game by our boys.  

    They gave the Wings too much respect early on, played at a tempo a little too high – some nervousness there – and that cost some penalties, though I think I see why Detroit is so hard to beat.  Apparently if a Detroit player falls and your stick is anywhere near his body, you tripped him.  Haven’t seen that rule before but after watching this game, I’m sure it exists.

    We showed our strenght with our puck control, defensive zone passing and quick break-outs, and I was impressed with a lot of our play.  The guys have a little to learn from some of the Wings players who can bull their way around with the puck. They’re also good at crowding the front of the net with big bodies. Something that I wish the Habs could or would do more.

    Gotta say too that Pouliot’s goal is one of the first to make the short list for my favorite of the year.  Great individual effort, totally caught Detroit off guard, walked around two guys and ka-boooooooommmmm!!!!  What a rocket!

    On the less positive side, who is that guy wearing #13 and when does Cammalleri come back?  And I know we would’ve won if we had Gomez out there and the hat-trick he’s due for. Sadly, his large lower body was sucking back chicken wings and Coors Lights. Hopefully he’ll bring his winning form back soon.

    Good effort though – and a great game to watch. Go Habs!  First we take Toronto…. then we take Berlin!


  124. 123456 says:

    i was at the game and paches did not stand out. the OT winner was a great pass by henry to pach….

  125. punkster says:

    I was impressed until you got to the Gomez bash. Now I’m not.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  126. Da Hema says:

    The Habs are still, deservedly, one of the best teams in the league. The Boys played an away game in a tough building, without players like Gomez and Markov, and still could have won this game had they been slightly more disciplined and opportunistic like they have been for much of the season to this point. (I’ll set aside the officiating, which was, minimally, inconsistent and arbitrary, even for the NHL).

    I look forward to playing the Leaves tomorrow night. I am sure the Habs will play well. There is pride and character on this current team.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  127. Everlasting1 says:

    Penalties kill. End of story.


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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  128. canadiens26 says:

    I was at the Bulldogs-Senators game at Scotiabank place on the 26th and that game Max stood out quite a bit. His size always seemed to simply “get him the puck”.

  129. SeriousFan09 says:

    You think Gomez couldn’t have had a little impact on this game rather than having Halpern and Eller try to fill in as they could? You may not like it but the Habs do need Gomez this season. You had a perfectly nice take on the game, than you had to enact your vendetta.


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

  130. SmartDog says:

    Good thing that I don’t live to impress you.

    Glad you appreciated the post.


  131. rocketsglare says:

    Agree. Certain types of losses help build character and unity. Tonight’s loss can only help this team in

    the long run. Great analysis.

    Go Habs Go!


  132. lavie says:

    Just one of those losses, but not a good timing for Subban coming back.

  133. SmartDog says:

    Take a joke Robert.  Take two, they’re free!


  134. Patient No More says:

    Great game.  Balanced officiating, not so much.  The coaches who take referees to task tend to get the better of the calls. I’m thinking Buffalo, Toronto.. perhaps we are a too passive in this regard.  Great game by Price.  This year we are down to one Kostysten to unload.  Can’t happen soon enough.  It would be nice to see Camilleri play up to potential at some time this year.  Such a talented  player, so little team focus.  Does Plekanecs have a brother, or Pouliot, good to see Pk back. I did not not miss Gomez.  Move Kostysten, unload Gomez (good luck with these moves) and bring up a couple of our great Bull Dogs.  We are so close.  I remain, Patient No More, but encouraged.

  135. deuce6 says:

    Hmm..Swedish ref doing a Wings’ game..Just sayin’…

  136. punkster says:

    Well see Rob, I did appreciate it and it did, as I say, impress me up to that point. I thought maybe, just maybe, you were going to make a completely objective comment about the game and the team. But you had to throw the Gomez bash and that invalidated the entire thing.

    Damn, and I broke my promise not to get into the whole G thing for a month. So I’ll back off now.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  137. dre1744 says:

    Dammit  they sites are charging an arm and a leg for those Heritage classic tickets!!!!!!!!!

  138. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s hard to tell when you’re joking RE Gomez considering 80% of your posts involve him and some very venomous material.


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

  139. savethepuck says:

    Not a bigger fan of Carey than me out there, but the team had a streak of not allowing more than 3 goals in regulation all year including the 2 games that Auld played ( including his 47 shots faced against Atlanta ).  I think unfortunately our streak as a team is done because of an empty net goal tonight.

  140. savethepuck says:

    To sit outside and freeze your a__ off.  I wouldn’t trust the weather that time of year

  141. dre1744 says:

    yeah but Carey has yet too have 4 scored on him in regulation.

  142. Hagar says:

    Decent game (apart from losing). I’m pretty sure we’re now on Babcock’s list of teams to take seriously. We’ll be seeing you in the finals Mike.

  143. dre1744 says:

    yeah but I go to almost every game the habs play here in calgary……..  I was at the grey cup game here in 93 i think  the temp was like – 35  lol!!!!!

  144. ckckckc says:

    Even though they lost it was one of the best games I have ever been to!! The atmosphere was off the chain! 



  145. MTLForever says:

    Agreed lol, that stat is still true, he hasn’t let in more than 3. He wasn’t on the ice. 

  146. savethepuck says:

    Nothing wrong with AK and I think maybe you are expecting Cammy to go on the goal scoring pace like he did in the playoffs last year.  Not gonna happen but hope it does in the playoffs again this season.  We have a good hockey team

  147. MTLForever says:

    hahah little odd isn’t it 😉

  148. savethepuck says:

    Was thinking the same thing.  He should be scared of the Habs

  149. jimmy shaker says:

    Great game to be at….lots of habs fans…..some shite calls, but pretty much a decent game by the habs.  They showed some moxy by not laying down and rolling over….they came out and played strong in the 3rd and if the refs would’ve called an interference penalty I think on Cammy with about a minute to go, it might have been a different story.  Oh well, off to the airport to see what I can see. 


  150. rocketsglare says:

    Agree. The Habs lost because they where not disciplined, patient, and opportunistic from the start. Their failure to play

    a solid, team game early and often was the difference in this game tonight. But, the Habs showed in the 3rd period that

    they indeed can play with the Red Wings which should bode well for this team’s confidence.

    Go Habs Go!



  151. SeriousFan09 says:

    Quick Hits on prospects:

    AHL: RW Aaron Palushaj seems to be back to his scoring ways, he had a goal and assist tonight with HAM and LW Max Pacioretty as I mentioned before, had the OT Winner in a 3-2 game. Palushaj now has 5G, 15A in 20GP this season. C David Desharnais set up on Pacioretty’s GWG. G Robert Mayer recorded his 6th win of the season in 12GP.


    C Michael Bournival assisted on the GWG for his Shawinigan Cataractes over the MTL Juniors in a regulation win, RW Robert Lefebvre and C Louis Leblanc went pointless.


    D Jarred Tinordi had his 3rd assist of the season (26GP) but his LDN Knights got hammered 9-4, LDN has now lost 7 of their last 10 and have fallen to the bottom of their division after an initial strong start to the season.


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

  152. gohabsgo25 says:

    how many tickets do you need. and how much would u offer?

  153. Aaron13 says:

    Poor judgement by Martin by not calling a time out to allow Lapierre et. al. to rest. But for this blunder, we could have tied the game. Didn’t Martin see that his players were exhausted? That’s why Martin is not the brightest star in the sky.

  154. otter649 says:

    After The Habs had 6 pentalties – Mr Healey comes out and says The Wings are on pace for 60 shots tonight. Quite an observation as well as showing how Detroit did line changes after Montreal got called for having too many men on the ice maybe The Wings realized it was a chinzey call & did not want to tempt The Refs etc…..

  155. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’d used the time out to rest his PKers during the 5-on-3 in the 1st.


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

  156. savethepuck says:

    Agreed, but that was not the stat.  Like I said, no bigger fan of Carey than me( check my posts) but the no more than 3 in regulation is a team stat as well as Carey’s and Auld’s too.  What upset me was an empty netter ruined it.

  157. GhostRider says:

    Long time lurker, first time poster.  Finally got around to joining in on the fun here, hope to take part in this wonderful community!  It ain’t easy growing up a Habs fan in the most delusional sports city in the country (I’ll leave it to you to figure out where…).

    Very disappointed in tonights game.  I know Detroit’s an elite team, but the penalties really did take any wind out of our sails and made it hard to establish any kind of offensive prescence. We would have fared better had we played the disciplined game we’ve been playing all year.

    Subban looked a little tentative out there.  It really was a difficult situation for him to step into Detroit tonight and contribute.  That said, I know he’s a great talent, but some of the fans need to take a step back and realize that he has yet to accomplish anything, and Weber has just as much a right to being on the team as he does.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s game. The leafs play us hard since beating us is really all they have to look forward to every season.  How sad to be satisfied with such mediocraty year after year….

  158. otter649 says:

    The timeout had already been used up earlier in the game if you had been following the game – You would have known this – Second brightest star in the sky ?

  159. notbigbird says:

    He also said what a wonderful passing team they were. This was during the 5 on 3 — as if that was a true indicator.

    I don’t usually rag on announcers like many here, but I was getting mighty sick of the love-in for the Wings tonight. You’d have thought that they were up by an even dozen despite playing the game shorthanded. Oh well.

  160. canadiens26 says:

    Glad to have another well spoken, mindful fan on the board.

    If you live in what I think is the most delusional sports (not just hockey, although I don’t see any other major sports franchises here) city in the country, I believe we might be neighbours.

    Welcome and looking forward to seeing what you have to say throughout the season.


  161. Da Hema says:

    Welcome officially to HIO!


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  162. shootdapuck says:

    “Wings hold on to defeat HABS” would have been a more to the point headline!

    It looked like pre-lockout in the Detroit zone in the 3rd!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  163. MTLForever says:

    Did anyone else see Omark’s winning shootout goal?! UNREAL.

  164. jimmy shaker says:

    does anyone know if the habs are flying out from Windsor to Toronto after the game or are they leaving out of Detroit?


  165. Timo says:

    Well, if this team decides to play for 60 instead of 20 minutes, it’s a stanley cup team. Unfortunately, same crap again… no show for the first 2 period. How many penalties did Habs take in the 3rd? That’s right, because they skated their asses off. Refs may have called a couple of cheesy hooks, but for the most part, Habs deserved these calls cause they were not working. Sigh. Entertaining game to watch but extremely frustrating at the same time. 

    And man, did we ever miss Gomez out there. 

  166. canada4l says:

    We can still say that no habs goalie has let in more than 3 goals in reg this year.

  167. savethepuck says:

    No offense but you are so wrong about the first 2 periods.  Early powerplays, especially the 5 on 3 at the end of the first ( which we almost killed , 1.2 sec left in the first ffs ) were the downfall of us tonight.  I’m used to your negativity, but seriously.did you watch the hockey game tonight or just see the final score and stats and come on here to beeeeeaaaatch.

  168. kakey says:

    Oh man oh man….oh wait will Mike Richard cry that he’ll have to show respect? Or will he be a healthy scratch for 3 games in the near future? Rookies can’t do that, that’s not the right way (I’m rolling the R very hard).

    Here’s the goal:

  169. LA Loyalist says:

    Detroit is more physical on the puck than we were and that led to some of our penalty troubles. Did you ever see so many broken sticks in a game? that was weird. Price played well. On the 2nd or 3rd goal there was a huge Detroit player in front of his face that no one picked up. Datsyuk’s goal, well not even my grandma is going to stop that. He is sick.

    Pouliot is starting to impress, he’s scored a couple of those and his shot is really getting impressive.


    A good test. We didn’t win but with more discipline we could have done even better.

  170. dre1744 says:

    depends where the tickets are and what the face value is??????

  171. LA Loyalist says:

    be afraid, be very afraid :) As for PK, there is room for both of them and we need both of them.  Amen.

  172. LA Loyalist says:

    Easy. That would be Uranus.


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

  173. LA Loyalist says:

    I’ve been in Lake Louise in January in a t-shirt, so you never know. Anyway, no one is going for the weather. And that’s what rye is for.

    anyway. post your seats and your price, I’m sure there’s a deal to be made. I need 3 or 4, had no luck this morning.


  174. savethepuck says:

    Agree about the broken sticks, seemed liked our pk unit had one everytime we were killing a penalty, especially the first 3 or 4 penalties.  Pet Peeve of mine that they should rush to the bench and grab a good one (instead of running around like an idiot without one doing nothing). My point was that I don’t say a lot but he seems to be awful negative, like a lot of people on this site.  I am very excited about our team and was happy about the way we played tonight against an elite team.  Very used to after every loss everyone jumping on here about how we need a new coach and need to dismantle the team or rebuild.  Tonight, most posters realized what happened in this hockey game and I was happy about that


  175. LA Loyalist says:

    “We have a good hockey team”

    Exactly. And good isn’t good enough. We were undisciplined and not physical enough against Detroit, though the guys we have played well.

    The question is how do we get to the next level?

    Tonight kind of proved how useless Gomez is. $7.3 M and he wasn’t even missed.

    We are a Craig Ludwig, a Saku Koivu/Bobby Smith/Brad Richards + a Power Forward and a better back up goalie away.




  176. LA Loyalist says:

    Good night to all!

  177. Mats Naslund says:

    Lappy. And yes – if they’re going to put Montreal down 2 men on that slashing call against Plex, then they blew it on that one.

  178. MTLForever says:

    edmonton is going to be very good in a few years

  179. Aaron13 says:

    My mistake. I missed most of the 1st period.

  180. MTLForever says:

    Spacek should have dumped that, not blind pass across?! Lappy was really tired. Penalties cost this game. Price made huge saves tonight.

  181. dre1744 says:

    No shame in that game…..   The boys battled hard in the 3rd.  Detroit is 1 hell of a hard team to beat  and them losing there previous 2 didn’t help us much. 

    Carey  has yet to let in more then 3 goals in regulation time.

  182. adam76 says:

    Out coached.

  183. dudurules says:

    can the nhl make it any more obvious that there is favourtism towards f’ing yanks?  you’re telling me there was no play in the last 10 minutes where detroit should have been penalized?  f’ing joke nhl… obvious joke

  184. dudurules says:

    out reffed u mean

  185. adam76 says:

    Are you a leaf fan?  The REFS?  Come on!

  186. MTLForever says:

    some calls weren’t made that should have been easily.

  187. dudurules says:

    yup u guessed it, i’m a leaf fan… you’re a genious!

  188. novahab says:

    The NHL or the NBA no difference the refs fix games in both leagues. this game was fixed and the Habs proved it in the third where the hell were the calls against the Wings. That hook call on Cammy in the first and look what the wings got away with in the third are you kidding me. Go game Habs you guys were the much better team the only reason the Wings were in this game was 6 penallties in a row and Habs tired legs killing them.

  189. dudurules says:

    i couldn’t have said it better… blatantly obvious… rookie ref doing what he was told.

  190. j2w4habs25 says:

    It was nice to hear how much Hab Fans showed up at the game, for awhile there it sounded like the Bell Centre – but the game. The Refs were sick to us tonight. I had spotted acouple penatlies the Red Wings should’ve got called. But Noo. Carey Price was increditable and also Howard 😉

    With the tough loss tonight we gotta forget about this one and look forward and hope to bounce back tomorrow night. But did anyone notice the Habs didnt really stake until the 3rd period. Thats the kinda hockey I hope to see tomorrow, the Habs I seen in the 3rd period.


  191. MTLForever says:

    something should have been called in the third on them. 6 penalties to 1? bull. another solid performance by carey. 

  192. terrygain says:

    Very gritty performance by the team tonight. Excellent game by Pleks and Gill. I would jump all over the coach for not playing AK in the last 7 minutes, but then I’d probably learn that AK was injured. Yes or no?

    Did anyone else notice that PK did not play with his usual confidence?

    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.

  193. MTLForever says:

    He was being more cautious as times. 

  194. rocketsglare says:

    P.K. looked winded throughout most of tonight’s game. Being out for three games apparently took it’s toll

    on him. He should be fine for tomorrow night’s game (assuming he is not a healthy scratch).

    Go Habs Go!

  195. adam76 says:

    Coaching cost us the two points.  Clear as day.

  196. SeriousFan09 says:

    You’re way off as you usually are, clear as day.

    Refs slamming the Habs with penalties and than swallowing whistles in the 3rd was the deciding factor.


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

  197. adam76 says:

    Coaching cost us the two points.  Clear as day.

  198. canadiens26 says:

    Is there not a report button I can click to make this fool disappear? 

  199. petefleet says:

    I don’t normally complain about the reffing but this was idiotic.  The calls on the Habs in the first were marginal at best, if at all.  Then in the second and third DET got away with two blatant cross checks and at one interference.  All right in front of the ref.  Habs could have beat the Wings if not for the refs.

    ”’Price is a pleasant suprise”’

  200. adam76 says:

    The ref was not the issue.

  201. punkster says:

    Robert, he’s looking for a fight or for attention again. Leave him alone and he’ll go to bed soon.

    ***Win or I toss these waffles!***

  202. Bob_Sacamano says:

    So true, I don´t understand why neither Mio, Boone or one of the others have the balls to write that when it´s so bloody obvious. All we read about is something like “lack of discipline”. That wasn´t the main problem today. 

  203. SeriousFan09 says:

    They can’t get too far really, you start lipping the NHL too often about their ‘fair officiating’ and you might lose your access.


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

  204. adam76 says:

    You sound like a leaf sheep.

  205. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Well, when you write a report after a game like that and don´t mention the refs at all, it feels very strange. Not writing one single word about that is getting too far in the wrong direction if you ask me…

  206. adam76 says:

    Debate my comments – go.



  207. saskhabfan says:

    Your a drunken,redneck hillbilly who is even more pissed off now that price and the rest of the team is proving your pathetic,welfare cheque receiving ass wrong. Debate my comments-go.




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

  208. adam76 says:

    Always the asshole wit the hidden email addresses.  

  209. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Listening to “97.1 THE FAN” from Detroit as I was driving home, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from the show’s host “Jeff Reiger” and Detroit fans calling in. Almost all of them were pissed off that the Habs had a lot of fan support at Joe Louis & all were disgusted to hear chants of “GO HABS GO” and the Ole song. The host of the show called the Canadiens the most hated team in the NHL and that our fans were the most arrogant. I slmost drove into a pole listening to all this crap. What planet are these guys from?

    The kicker for me was when Jeff Reiger called Jacques Martin arrogant. JM was asked what he thought of the fan support in Detroit & he replied by saying that they are used to it and that they get a lot of support on the road. Don’t know what so arrogant about that.

    I thought we played well tonight but you’re not going to beat an elite team like Detroit when you take 6 penalties to their 1. Jimmy Howard was the difference.

  210. Da Hema says:

    That is interesting about the response from fans and commentators around Canada and the United States to the presence of Habs fans. Hearing them chant in locales as far away as Los Angeles and Tampa Bay informs us of their depth and breadth around North America. It is difficult to believe CBC now when they claim their viewership numbers are better than Montreal’s for the Eastern nation-wide broadcasts. At some point, even the dense CBC must bow to market pressures.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  211. savethepuck says:

    Howard was the difference in the 3rd.  The goal Detroit got with 1.2 seconds left in the 1st was the difference in the game, or the TSN turning point. Tonight our team showed we can play with anyone. The first 2 periods, Carey showed what he can do, and in the 3rd, the rest of the team showed their character and heart as to what they can do when they are behind.  I am very sure that the Rec Wings and probably their fans are not confident if they have to meet us later. Meaning in the finals


  212. larisalapointe says:

    Jimmy Howard apparently didn’t appreciate the “Carey – Carey” chants in his own place, but also said that fired him up. A little goalie envy?

  213. Mats Naslund says:

    I’m from Southern Ontario and I’ve been to my fair share of Habs games in other buildings (Toronto, Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston, Detroit).. but I have never in my LIFE witnessed what went on tonight. That crowd was easily 30-40% Habs fans. We were sitting beside a couple Detroit fans who said this was one of the crazyest crowds they’ve ever seen at the Joe. There were Habs fans EVERYWHERE, and they were LOUD. “Lets Go Redwings” chants got immediately cancelled out by “Go Habs Go”. When Pouliot scored in the 3rd it was very impressive. If that near-miss had found the net at the end those whiny Detroit fans would have got the OLE of a lifetime. It was an exciting game in the end so I can’t compain about the result.. but the biggest impression I have still is how many people from Southern Ontario and elsewhere made the trip. I just wish we played the Wings more.

    Those wings fans were in utter shock. “But… I thought WE were hockeytown?” lol. yeah right kid. You’re welcome for the sellout.

  214. light_n_tasty says:

    I would take that as a compliment.  We are the best.  We have earned the hatred.  And we have earned our arrogance.

  215. HabFanSince72 says:

    Detroit may well be the worst city in the world. Either that or it’s a close 2nd behind Kabul.


  216. shootdapuck says:

    Detroit fans on the road are nothing to write home about either!

    Saw about 2000 in Phoenix making fools of themselves!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  217. Exit716 says:

    My favourite all time quote from the talents at 97.1 The Ticket was Pat Caputo going on about sports legends that went on to coaching and “The Book” didn’t consider Larry Robinson to be a legend in the NHL. During the 10 years I lived in the Windsor area, I found the Detroit media coverage of the Wings to range from “fawning” to outright ignorant. Reiger and company should just stick to covering the major American sports and leave the NHL for the two or three sports guys in Detroit that have some comprehension of the game, mainly Sean Baligian or Mike Stone. The rest of them are just downright goofy.


  218. Everlasting1 says:

    Awesome. The Anaheim game spinning some Slayer hehe



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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  219. Timo says:

    hah… i remember that. when I went to a game there i noticed that they played a lot of metal tunes. 

  220. Everlasting1 says:

    Lots of arenas play metal, but to hear Slayer’s Reign in Blood is a treat :-)


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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  221. savethepuck says:

    Probably why CBC showed the game tonight, they have to show a professional hockey game once in a while.  Last Saturday they couldn’t cause the Habs played in the afternoon, and most nights the Laffs play on Saturday nights @ 7:00 Eastern and for some reasons, they have to show them

  222. jimmy shaker says:

    I was right there waiting for him to clear the puck down the ice, but he couldn’t get the puck to settle down and didn’t want to risk giving the puck away on the 5 on 3 with a wimpy backhanded attempt to clear the puck… I think he thought that just killing the puck along the boards along with the clock would be his best move….but it bit him in the arse.  I was 8 rows up from him and waiting and waiting and I had a very bad feeling when he didn’t try and shoot the puck out of the zone!  Oh well!


  223. Mats Naslund says:

    he had the time to do it too. I was probably 5 rows above you!

  224. savethepuck says:

    Kinda think that those 3 guys that were out there for the entire 5 on 3, even with the time out, ran out of steam.  Any idea how hard that is to skate around your zone and how much that takes out of you.  I thought the same thing, that Josh could just turn around an fire the puck down the ice, but I had no problem with him thinking he could kill the last few seconds by saving it on the boards.  Maybe you have better cardio than a professional athlete.

  225. jimmy shaker says:

    Easy boss, I was just saying what happened on the play and not putting Gorges down at all.  Just saying what I think was going on in his head during the play and why he did what he did.  At the end of the day, it didn’t work and that’s it.  Here’s something for you……put your hands in your pockets, and bring your attitude way down and relax.  And maybe I do have a better cardiovascular system than a professional athlete……just not the skills on the ice to go along with the cardio.  WOW!


  226. light_n_tasty says:

    Probably our best loss of the season.  Gomez’s value came through in that game…I mean, I’m sure he could’ve taken a couple shifts against Datzuk and allowed the Plek’s line to get out there against someone else.  What made the difference was some inconsistent officiating, IMO.

  227. savethepuck says:

    Good thing someone else realizes that he is not our worst player on the ice.  The problem is that too many people here are too caught up in his salary instead of what he does for this team and they only pay attention  to his goals and assists. That’s why he is always bashed.  Was he supposed to say ” no don’t give me that much money, I’m not worth that”. My understanding was that signing him was a reason that oted with us. Maybe I’m wrong.

  228. savethepuck says:

    Good thing someone else realizes that he is not our worst player on the ice.  The problem is that too many people here are too caught up in his salary instead of what he does for this team and they only pay attention  to his goals and assists. That’s why he is always bashed.  Was he supposed to say ” no don’t give me that much money, I’m not worth that”. My understanding was that signing him was a reason that oted with us. Maybe I’m wrong.

  229. says:

    Add me to the list who appreciate what Gomez brings.  The Canadiens would be a horrible team without him.

    Great third period last night.  Hate all the missed calls in the third, but the Habs proved that they can beat anyone.

    I’m jumping on the drive for 25 train right NOW!

    OK I’ll settle for making the Leafs have a late night breakfast.

    They Call Me Shane

  230. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, no heroic blue-line to blue-line rushes, no passes in guys’ feet, no offensive zone penalties.

    Yup, his value was crystaline in its clarity.

    Gomez should take up the physicians’ motto “first, do no harm”. 

    I promised to not post about Gomez for a while, but I was unduly provoked, and the guy’s not even playing. Sigh..

  231. WindsorHab-10 says:

    If Detroit is Hockeytown, does that make Montreal Motorcity?

  232. Da Hema says:

    I recall reading earlier this year that because of the effects the recession has had on states such as Michigan, the Wings had to lower their prices, and were in some cases practically giving them away. This is not like Atlanta or some other “hockey crazy” US town that gives away tickets simply because there is no interest. Michigan is really suffering economically.


    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

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

  233. HabFanSince72 says:

    The whole Detroit = Hockeytown thing is marketing BS. Detroit is crimetown and unemploymenttown.

    In the last few years they can’t even sell out playoff games.


  234. shootdapuck says:

    Easy to understand when you see the tickets offered for nearly nothing on the Detroit broadcasts.


    5 game tickets to the wings plus 2 College game tickets plus 2 tickets to a casino show for 150.00


    If that ain’t cheap what is????



    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  235. LA Loyalist says:

    Last year when Habs came to San Jose/LA/Ducks I went to the LA/Ducks games and the stands were MINIMUM 40%-50% Habs Jerseys. I remember the Kings’ fans around us were pissed, there was an entire row of Habs’ jerseys behinds us.

    A great feeling :) Yeah I wish we had more original six games, it’s hard to get it up for the Cleveland Barons.

  236. Exit716 says:

    The collapse of the auto industry negatively impacted the Wings ability to sell seasons tickets. Their season tickets base was comprised of a significant number of companies that supplied parts to the auto industry. When GM and Chrysler went down, they took a lot of smaller supplier companies with them. However, Mike Illitch was smart enough to hire a marketing guy that worked for Nashville to try and come up with ways to market the team and fill the rink. His next goal will be to move the Wings to Auburn Hills when he buys the Pistons, so he can have a newer arena with luxury boxes to replace the antiquated Joe Louis Arena. He can’t afford to finance another major stadium in Detroit right now. He had to finance a significant portion of the cost of Comerica Park.

  237. kmachabs27 says:

    Rarely do you see Howard having to stand on his head for Detroit to win the game….this game shows alot…we shoud be proud.

  238. light_n_tasty says:

    To be fair, a lot of posters here put way more value on Gomez than I do.  I think the Habs could find someone to play against players like Datsyuk for a lot cheaper than what they pay Gomez.  But I will admit that he can be useful.

  239. HabFanSince72 says:

    Your morning smile.

     Mike Komisarek is now 7th on the depth chart in Toronto, behind rookie Keith Aulie.

    Against Pittsburgh this week he fought twice and lost twice.

    Next game he was benched.

    In that same game Dion Phaneuf returned from a 16 game layoff due to injury. Early in the 2nd period Leaf fans started booing him.



  240. SmartDog says:

    – sniff –

    On a night when things didn’t go well for the habs, thanks for this… brings a tear to my eye…. makes me think things do work out. :)


  241. The Cat says:

    He should take boxing lessons, seriously theres nothing worse than a physical dman that drops the gloves and cant win a fight.


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

  242. The Cat says:

    What a nice goal by Datsuyk: when youre up close -put the puck up! The refs though were not right, but Ill never hold my breath to see a canadian team on the road get the calls against an american team that has trouble getting arses in the seats.


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

  243. LA Loyalist says:

    To quote Serious09 “What Kovalev could have been if he’d given a damn more often”.

    I saw that goal, it’s very hard to get it top shelf like that from so tight in. Very impressive.




  244. rhino514 says:


    Can anyone offer a suggestion as to why Pouliot doesn´t get more minutes? The fact that he is producing as much as he is averaging around 11 minutes a game is astounding. I realize he is on the third line and there is great chemistry there; I also realize he doesn´t mesh well with Gomez´style of play, but you´d figure the coach could find an extra couple of shifts for him somewhere. He is leading the team, by far, in goals per minute played. To me, he´s been the best habs forward for a while now, in terms of consistently being a threat when he is on the ice and he isn´t handed much by his linemates. The really strange thing is he often gets about a minute and a half LESS a game than his fellow linemates! It´s not like his game is raw, like Eller, who is a rookie and needs to be brought along slowly. Having an asset like Pouliot and only using him for eleven minutes a game is confusing. I think JM has done a great job keeping him on the 3rd line and building his confidence, but if he could play a bit more he would probably feel even more comfortable.

  245. The Cat says:

    I heard this on a sports show and I agree with it: Its cause you cant depend or have expectations of Pouliot. When you do, he’ll let you down. You cant ever treat him like a ‘go-to’ guy.


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

  246. LA Loyalist says:

    Pouliot is looking really fine, he’s not just scoring he’s ziplining down the ice and ripping off terrific shots — but given his history (he drove them crazy in Minnesota, remember) Cat is probably right to be careful and conservative with him, let him progress at his own comfort level. We wrecked LaTendresse, let’s learn from our mistakes.

    A good coach will treat each according to his abilities and needs – kind of like kindly Uncle Karl Marx… where is this going? Need coffeee………


  247. LA Loyalist says:

    Leaf fans booed Frank Mahovolich regularly when I was a kid. Ca change… plus…. you know the drill. It’s the Leafs.

  248. Thurston says:

    Totally and completely agree.

    Caputo was on recently and claimed he’d take a variety of U.S. Olympians over Sidney Crosby if he were building a team INCLUDING Brian Rafalski and Ryan Kesler. He claims Rafalski is an “elite defenseman” simply based on the Olympics and said Crosby isn’t “gritty” enough for Detroit.

    Both Caputo and Reiger are on the Red Wings’ flagship station as is afternoon drivetime host Mike Valenti. Valenti, a complete loudmouth who thinks he’s a all-knowing sports expert, condemned the Habs elimination of Washington last spring. He claimed it was bad for hockey and thought the NHL should bring in illegal defense penalties based on the defensive system the Habs played.

    If the talking heads on Detroit radio are cranky because so many Habs fans filled their dump of an arena last night, perhaps “Hockeytown” fans should fill it themselves. I’m sure the radio boobs didn’t say anything about the atrocious officiating and the fact their precious Red Wings were only called for one penalty all night despite the fact more should have been called.

    All in all, I think the media in Detroit should stick to talking about their joke of an NFL franchise or whether Ilitch’s other team, the Detroit Tigers, will sign any more players this offseason.

  249. Thurston says:

    I found the CBC coverage last night very annoying at points. It was like we were a Jr. B team trying to compete with an NHL all-star team. Glenn Healy’s constant sucking up to all things Detroit was sickening, although not surprising.

  250. deuce6 says:

    Healy is an ass..

  251. light_n_tasty says:

    All I meant was is that JM probably would have played Gomez against Datzyuk, so that the Pleks line would have had a scoring opportunity or 2.  Dominic Moore or Glen Metropolit probably coulda done the same thing.

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