Game 31: Flyers snuff out Canadiens rally

Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre tries to clear Flyers forward Scott Hartnell from the front of Carey Price’s the net Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. John Kenney, The Gazette

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AUDIO: P.K. Subban | Mike Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Jaro Spacek | Max Pacioretty | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens battled to the end, clawing back from a two-goal deficit in the third period before ultimately falling 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. James van Riemsdyk scored a pair for the Flyers, including the winning goal with about five minutes to play during a Flyers power play. Jeff Carter opened the scoring when he scored on a nice individual effort with 18 seconds to play in the first period. In the second period, van Riemsdyk was credited with a goal 2:33 into the frame when a harmless looking shot from the far board deflected off Hal Gill’s leg and over Carey Price’s shoulder. P.K. Subban narrowed the gap to 2-1 during a 5-on-3 man advantage with 1:51 to play in the second period, beating Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on Montreal’s 27th shot on goal. Nikolay Zherdev re-established the Flyers’ two-goal lead early in the third period when he went aroudn Price’s net and his centring pass went off the goaltender’s stick and slid between his pads. Tomas Plekanec got that one back a few minutes later off a scramble in front of the Flyers net for his 10th goal of the season. And captain Brian Gionta tied the score 3-3 at the midway point of the period when his shot from the slot slipped between Bobrovsky’s legs for his 10th goal of the season, keeping pace with Plekanec. But the Flyers roared back after Gionta tied the game, with goals by van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux a minute apart to put this one out of reach.
• Key Moments: A defensive error during a Flyers power-play in the third period led to the winning goal for the Flyers to spoil the comeback.

• What It Means: Montreal has now lost three straight games for the first time this season and their record falls to 18-11-2 and their hold on top spot in the Northeast Division is extremely tenuous with only a two-point lead over the Boston Bruins, 3-2 losers to the Sabres Wednesday night.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are back in action Thursday night with a visit from the Boston Bruins. Montreal then hits the road for seven straight games starting Sunday night in Colorado. There is no game Saturday night, a rarity for the Canadiens.


  1. 123456 says:

    defense anyone? hammer and pk just had two great assists

  2. Corio says:

    Typical late penalty by the Habs, it’s beginning to get very irritating.  

  3. tricolore says:

    You have to be lucky to be good, and good to be lucky.

    Ken Dryden.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  4. tricolore says:

    Just throw it at the net and it will somehow deflect or pop in. Seems to be a philosophy for Philly tonight. Bing, ding, pop, ring…goal. Sigh……


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  5. J Haul says:

    He had a couple strong shifts in the first, but has since fallen off a bit.

  6. mike g says:

    Anyone else notice AK at all this game?… Yea, me neither (what else is new with that guy) . But im glad JM nailed him to the bench and is promoting hard working guys like Darche and Pouliot onto the top 2 lines. They deserve it way more than Old Brother Belarus…

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

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

  7. J Haul says:

    That line has looked great tonight. With a little finish they’ve got a couple goals (and Gomez a couple assists). I guess some people only see what they want to see.

  8. Psycho29 says:

    Nice giveaway Richards….when you’re two men short…SUBBAN SCORES!

    It’s called hockey-101….ICE THE PUCK!!!

  9. tricolore says:

    Now 5 on 3 they should score. But need to say ‘at a boy PK’……!!!!

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  10. HardHabits says:

    Are you kidding me? You need to get those glasses changed.

  11. 123456 says:

    hello gill – defense 101, lift the guys stick so he can not deflect it past your goalie

  12. tricolore says:

    Good point. Why is he not doing it?


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  13. Bugs says:

    He didn’t “flick it to the other blue zone”; he flicked it into the neutral zone.

    Where a Flyer pounced on it and directly headed it to Carter who got in easy on net. (And contrary to Gomie, didn’t stop skating towards said net.)

    Bad play from Soobie, Larry. If it helps to give perspective, they said the same thing on RDS.

    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:

  14. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Awww poor baby… what a cop out. If your confidence is shaken, you simplify your game.

  15. Bugs says:

    You’re off the case, Bobrovsky! Hand in your badge!

    (sorry, can’t help it)

    Now get the hell outta my office!

    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:

  16. tricolore says:

    Perhaps some people are unfamiliar with the concept that mental preparation and confidence can be just as important if not more important than physical or skill improvement. 

    His confidence is deflated.  Merci Monsieur Martin. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  17. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Similar play to the O/T goal against vs. the Oilers. If you don’t have a play, you simply can’t throw it into a pack of players and hope for the best. Subban was absolutely responsible for that goal. He hasn’t shown he learned anything from sitting.

  18. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    “He is clearly not the same player he was prior to his coach’s mistake in ‘suspending’ him for 3 matches.|

    You’re right. JMs mistake was thinking Subban could learn from his poor decision making skills.

  19. SmartDog says:

    Sorry, gotta agree with him.  PK coulda backed up or flipped it further.  There were 3 orange shirts where he put it and his own team was on a line change.  Not only that but he lollygaggged coming back.  I’m worried… this is not good.



  20. tricolore says:

    The true depth of the Habs will show the farther we go into the season. The last 2 losses have exposed weaknesses. Can these weaknesses be repaired or improved? 

    I think this team is only as deep as the guy between the pipes. If he does not make ‘game savers’, his team does not stand a chance. So out of the the first 18 wins they have this year, he’s been the difference in at least 6 or 7. Take those wins away, and you have a pretty ‘normal’ team.

    PK another mistake…another goal given. He is clearly not the same player he was prior to his coach’s mistake in ‘suspending’ him for 3 matches. Maybe not all the goals are his fault…of course not, but the kid’s plus minus is bad right now.

    So why are the radio stations saying that Martin runs the risk of ‘losing the dressing room’? Is he coaching to the best of his capabilities? Are certain members of this team beginning to get significantly frustrated with the uncertainty Martin displays with line selection or pairings?

    To be continued……

    AK, Camm, Gionta, Gomez, Subban, Pleks…if you don’t lead….the team don’t win. 

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  21. Laramy87 says:

    God MaGuire is a douche, blaming PK on that goal….. He had no move so he flicked the puck out to te Flyers blue line, nothing wrong with that, the FLyers went around 3 other players to the net and then score, but its PK’s fault because hes in a vulnerable state from prevous games?

    MaGuire says he has to get it out stronger, so ice the puck and have a faceoff in the habs zone…. Stick to the leafs MaGuire your not wanted in Montreal


  22. SmartDog says:

    What was Subban doing on that goal?  Besides I mean passing the puck to a group of Flyers in teh neutral zone?  He waltzed back when he coulda made it back to support Price.


  23. SmartDog says:

    Trying to see the good things that Gomez does.  So far, dumb penalty, worthless pass on a 2-on-1 (can’t he even make a saucer pass?), lost the puck behind the net twice… man, I am TRYING.  Sure, a little bit of puck possession but if you asked me who’s doing more in this game Gomez or Eller it’s Eller by far and that’s not a big compliment for either.


  24. j2w4habs25 says:

    I am glad I clicked on the link – thats a great article. always been a Price fan, always will be!!

  25. j2w4habs25 says:

    Great post on Carey Price on yahoo – enjoyed reading it

    I feel a win tonight, lets see what tonight will bring. GO HABS GO!

  26. Everlasting1 says:

    Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz will join team Canada in the upcoming WJC.



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

    Don’t pollute the water.

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    I am afraid that you have your priorities backwards canadiens26, an education is not what it is cracked up to be.!

    But since it is chemistry, you might be able to help our squad with that.! good luck!

  28. Storm Man says:

    Say you prayers little Richards

    Don’t forget PK son

    To include Price and everyone

    Habs will tuck you in

    Cold within

    Make you hurt with sin

    Richards sleep with one eye open

    Gripping Pronger tight.

  29. Bugs says:

    Really? I hope he stinks. In fact, I hope the whole team stinks.

    But I still hope we win.

    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:

  30. Bugs says:

    Should do, I reckon.

    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:

  31. Bugs says:

    Mister Sandman, bring us a team;
    Give it some clowns on ice with a semblance of gleam.
    Make sure they don’t play like Greta Scacchi
    And float around like Liberace

    Mister Sandman (yyeeees?), reinstate holds.
    Our D needs to clutch and grab because it’s too old.
    So please turn on your magic beeeaaam
    Mister Sandman, brings us
    Please, please, please
    Mister Sandman, bring us a teeeaaaam.

    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:

  32. DavidKB says:

    Hoping Patches has a big game!

  33. habaddict_andy says:

    So, after we win tonight and tomorrow, we will be ahead of the eight seed by six. And when we beat Boston we will automatically gain the division leader in the standing. That’s what you mend right? I’m just trying not to wake up xtrahabfan and the likes which I believe where taking up too space with negativity.

  34. punkster says:

    Got your second verse down there. Wanna go for 3?

  35. canadiens26 says:

    I will be writing my chemistry final instead of watching the game, lucky me. Hopefully the boys stick it to the flyers like we know the can.

  36. punkster says:

    Mister Sandman, give me your spleen
    ‘Cause we’re about to whip the Filthy obscene
    And they’ll be needin’ it soon
    Then tomorrow we do it to the Broon.

  37. Bugs says:

    Came across this little doozy again. It’s the Wazzaaaaa commercial…you know the one I mean.

    I’m not startin nuthin, ok? Just sayin, it was fun, good laughs, nice time by all, no one’s forcin you to click on it if the past is the past and to hell and begone with it. Just ctrl-ceed it and ctrl-veed it and that’s it. Took 2 seconds. Not startin nuthin by it.

    Just someone tell Alex to pick up the phone is all.

    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:

  38. Ian Cobb says:

    This one is in the bag.!

    Two points in the win column for the good guys tonight. Just keep our feet moving with speed, and by the 3rd, Philly”s tongues will be dragging on the ice.

  39. MICP says:

    I really love how the sky is falling after last week when fans on here were talking about us being a number one seed.  We are 2 points in front of the eigth seed, probably right where we should be.  We lead Boston by 2 points but they do hold 2 games in hand heading into tomorrow nights dance.

    Somehow right after a loss to Detroit we show very little heart in getting beat for the second time by the maple loafs.  I do not know if they had plans or maybe they felt that they had little chance against such a great defensive team like that of Toronto.  Either way they did not show up.  It was not the referees and it was not the nhl conspiracy.  We are not an elite team, we are a team that is right where we should be.  

    If we can somehow split these next 2 games I think that we should be happy with that.  If we do in fact lose both of them then I think we all knew that we would in fgact struggle with Decembers schedule. We just need to stay focused on that eighth seed.  Can we when tonight?   Yes we can, but will we?  We can beat Toronto, Nashville, Columbus and Florida but did we?

    I pray that our boys can find a way to win each of our next 2 games but I really think that there is more of a chance that Team Canada will go undefeated in the upcoming juniors tournament.  Go get ’em boys.

  40. says:

    The key to success tonight is scoring more goals than they let in.

    This is been stating the obvious with Shane Oliver :)

    They Call Me Shane

  41. JF says:

    Great article, Steve.  Thanks for the link!

  42. says:

    Holy Blogger, I like his work :)

    Thanks for the read.

    They Call Me Shane

  43. Bugs says:

    Shout-out to my new friend Jenny (btw, she LOVES being called that) for the inspiration.

    Bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bumba; bum-bum-bum-bumba.

    Mister Sandman (yyyyyeees?), bring me a team;
    Make it the rudest that I’ve ever seen;
    Give it two goons like gangstas in Rovers,
    Then tell us our scurryin’ nights are over.

    Who’s got next verse? C’mon, man; ain’t doin this spit myself.

    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:

  44. 24 Cups says:

    Keeping Price was the right move.  “Price has gone from written off to written in”.

  45. Price_Is_Right says:



    Good things come to those who wait…But only what’s left by those who hustle!

  46. Price_Is_Right says:

    This is a HUGE game for the HABS, No EXCUSES, Philly is ready to be beaten tonight, and the canadiens should be SALIVATING for this win!


    Go Habs Go!


    Good things come to those who wait…But only what’s left by those who hustle!

  47. J_P says:

    After the stinker against the leafs, and the fact that philly came from behind to beat us last time we played them, they better come in hungry for the win.  .

    Im feeling a big game for the gomez line tonight. 

  48. SmartDog says:

    Hope they play like muthas tonight.

    It’s what we need to do to win.


  49. 24 Cups says:

    Hockey’s Future takes a look at the top ten rookies in the NHL so far this year.  Subban comes in at the #10 spot. 

    My choice just might be Colorado Dman, Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Cam Fowler and Jeff Skinner both made the jump right out of junior as 18 year olds.

  50. Say Ash says:

    Shattenkirk. Sounds logical.

  51. REB says:

    If I remember correctly, mock drafts had Montreal picking Shattenkirk instead of McDonaugh.

  52. geo_habsgo says:

    I’m feeling really hyped about this game and I don’t know why. I’m feeling a crazy match is to come!

  53. 24 Cups says:

    Most fans will be focusing on the physical aspect of the game but it might just come down to the 5 on 5 play for each team’s top two lines as well as the goaltending duel between Boucher and Price.  That’s basically the same as last year’s playoffs, only the faces have changed in goal. 

    Price is the best Hab right now so that bodes well for us.

  54. SPATS says:

    Season turning point or just another game? Whatever the case, Is there a better reg season game to go to for my first game back in Mtl since 97? In the reds to boot! Go Habs Go, I’ll be the loud mouth in 116


  55. 24 Cups says:

    Make it so, Chris.

  56. SmartDog says:

    Wasn’t he Captain of the USS Commode?


  57. Mrhab24 says:

    I almost fell off my horse from laughing at that one!!!


    …I’m on a horse!

  58. SmartDog says:

    Have any extra tickets to that thing we all love?


  59. habaholic68NJ says:

    I have been calling for the MacPac call up to play with Gio and Gomer for about a month now. Welcome aboard to the many of you who jumped on this bandwagon only after the call-up and who were against this move initially, arguing that MaxPac should stay and develop confidence in Hamilton for the rest of the year, possibly with a playoff call-up.  My reasoning is very simple.  I think the Habs should try to win the cup this year.  To do this, we need to get by the Flyers in a 7 game series and the only way to do this is with 3 scoring lines.  We are better in nets and about even on the blue line.  In the absence of a trade before the deadline, our best shot is the line-up we are scheduling tonight, with the exception of flipping AK46 with Moen.  Hopefully, JM will make this change later in the game or at the latest after tomorrow’s game with the Bruins.  Playing this line-up consistently over the next 20 games will tell us what we truly need come trade deadline time, a top 6 forward or a top 4 D-man.

  60. jennifer1984 says:

    dear mr. sandman

    PLEASE PLEASE let me stay up for the game. my flight last night was canceled, my flight at 6am was canceled and i finally made it home by 330pm today. After having 3 hours sleep and being up since 2:30am, im tired. i hurt and i only ate my first meal at 330.

    oh and my hairdresser just called while i was writing this and the schedule is messed up and my hair appt was 30 minutes ago, not tomorrow.


    with all this bad luck, the teamBETTER pull off a win tonight!!!!

  61. nigel-ski says:

    Wow.  By the previous article, we have old punchless–Gomez the non-scorer–and one-punch–Spacek, after being bludgeoned by Macarthur on Sat–back tonight.  Doesn’t exactly inspire me here.  Goatier (intentional sp) needs to do more than call up maxpac; with the room given us through Markov’s injury, he needs to try and do something to address our woeful offence.  Pull the trigger on a deal to help our sad pp.  Address the only real weaknesses the team has shown to date this season.  It isn’t reasonable to expect that Gomez can be dealt with that brutal deal, but maybe try and bring in someone to get him going.  You know, to at least 1/2 ppg, instead of the paltry 1/3ppg he is currently coasting at.


    Habs rule, leafs drool. Cammalleri rocks

  62. shiram says:

    They just brought in MaxPac, before we panic let’s see how he handles the job.

  63. J_P says:

    Not many deals the habs can make without seriously mortgaging the future.  Improvement has to come from within.  Cammy, gio and gomez are all currently on pace for less than 60 points, they need to pick up the offense.

    Im sure JM’s defensive minded coaching isnt helping the offensive cause though.  They’ve yet to turn on the offense when we’ve been trailing at the start of the second period this season.  Not a single come from behind victory by the habs.  That’s one area that seriously needs improvement.   

  64. HabFanSince72 says:

    Goatier (intentional sp)

    Very good.

  65. Bugs says:

    It looks like Moen and Leino are practicing their grande cabriole at the barre for tonight’s performance.

    (IF you know your ballet of course.)

    Allegro, you bastiches, allegro!

    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:

  66. Price_Is_Right says:


    Couldn’t agree with you more JP!


    Good things come to those who wait…But only what’s left by those who hustle!

  67. TripleX says:

    Capgeek says the Habs have currently 6 million in cap space if they sign someone now it grows to 7 million at the trade deadline.



    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  68. Laramy87 says:

    Great comeback, then blow it.

    The late penalty was dumb yes, but missed high stick on Pouliot would never have resulting in the Plekanec penalty. Cant really fault Hamrlik tho, what else is he supposed to do to. Im a defence as well and when the puck is creepy towards the net behind the goalie, clear the puck, its bad luck it landed on the Flyers stick.

    Tomorrow Habs will be ready to battle, Philly is good thats about all you can say, but we need to be better

  69. 123456 says:

    u throw the puck to the corner never up the middle as hammer did. BUT before that with the game tied 3-3 while shorthanded you NEVER have your third guy join the rush – eller did this to make a 3 on 2 and when phiolly came back against hammer they scored while eller watched. that goal is on eller

  70. j2w4habs25 says:

    PK again? the giveaway…

  71. Laramy87 says:

    Flyers only had 2 nice goals all game as well, I hate that! 3 LUCKY goals by the Flyers but like someone below me said you gotta be lucky to be good and good to be lucky

  72. mike g says:

    There’s a real ugly trend starting to become a glaring problem with this team; we’ll win games ONLY when our goaltending is the storyline. Tonight was a perfect chance to bail out Price, who bailed us out so many time this year, but we didnt. Pronger was missing in the 3rd n it was aperfect opportunity to steal the 2 points when we tied it, but we just crapped in the hands of our seasons MVP.
    They better get it back tomorrow, or it will get ugly. Games vs DEt, TOR, and PHI are high emotion games and mean alot. And weve lost all 3….

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

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

  73. Habnofear says:

    WhatÉ…Your just getting this now! Halak saved the team into the play-off`s last year …hello?

  74. SeriousFan09 says:

    It didn’t help that the Flyers had the officials on their payroll. Only thing that went the Habs way was karma right down on Pronger’s head for not getting called 3 times before he finally did have to sit.


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

  75. Muckbringer says:

    ive said it so much i want it on my epitaph…


    “give me a job where i cant be held accountable”


    everyone needs to seriously look at the “officiating” of our last 3 games and answer with “i think they did a good job” with a straight face.


    thats us…”in the face of adversity”

    go habs go!!!

  76. Laramy87 says:

    100% agree there…. 6 -1 in favour of Detroit on Fri, i think 3 or 4 -1 sat in favour of Toronto on Saturday. And only two tonight against the dirtiest team in the league, and they came at the same time. I could have counted 4 or 5 other times tonight where Philly should have got a penalty, but refs put the whistles away

  77. WindsorHab-10 says:

    This garbage passing in our own zone cost us the game. Spacek which resulted in Plekanec taking a penalty & then my buddy Subban, WTF? Flyers had no friggin business winning this one. We are in a generous mood gift wrapping our last three games. a damn shame.

  78. observer says:

    I SAID IT’S GAME OVER WHEN SHORT HANDED HABS BROKE DOWN THE ICE when shorthanded and the score was tied  3-3 with less than 6 minutes left in regulation on a 3 on 1 break because if you don’t score the other team has really got you in trouble and will score on the ensuing rush.


    this game was loost on the sheer stupidity of those 3 plqayers who then got caught up the ice – stupitity or p-oorly coached one or the other. too many losses in regulation already this year will come back to bite the habs.

  79. 123456 says:

    you nailed it as i posted below – but it’s not all three of those guys – it’s the third – ELLER. this first twop take the 2 on 2 and try to get a decent shot and retreat…. then to make it worse eller watched the goal on our end

  80. dre1744 says:

    hope the boys regroup for tommorow.  Lets see how Price bounces back aswell first time all year hes let in more the 3!!!!!!!!!   I think we will be fine  every team goes thru a slump right……  We will beat the Bruins 2 – 0 tommorow

  81. habs03 says:

    Forwards played well, backend didn’t, Spacek just killed the game with that pass down the middle that lead Pleck’s slashing call. And Subban less is more!!!!

  82. observer says:

    spacek, hamrlick , picard way past prime – use the cap space available and them and upgrade and make this defense better and younger

  83. dre1744 says:

    and rushing down the ice when we are short handed  good job Spacek.  Are D  just loves coughing up the puick  Hammer did it earlier but thank god it ended up offside cause that would of been another goal.

  84. adam76 says:

    So – Flyers play last night (Against the second best team in the league), Montreal rested for 4 days.  We get the backup goalie.  We have 1 /3 the game free of Pronger and the only reason this game was close, was a weak 3rd goal.

    How do we all feel?  I loved watching the effort – but the weak goals on Price and PKs mistakes – and all the mention facts above, hard to feel good.


    3 in a row – need to stop this streak tomorrow before going on the road for 7.  If not, were in 6 place before the new years.

  85. SmartDog says:

    Painful Adam.  But true.


  86. otter649 says:

    Back up goalie – I see you are a true Flyers Fan……….

  87. Mr.Bell says:

    an amazing game by the habs tonight utterly spoiled by two horrible give aways by spacek and PK.  It makes me sick to my stomach.  the highs and lows in one single period were too much to bear.  So frustrated and hope and pray those habs get their sh!t together tomorrow because this just reeks of toronto loserville!!!

    Once a Habs fan Always a Habs fan! GO HABS GO!

  88. habs11s says:

    A series of missed calls, changing the momentum of the game (highsticks aren’t a penalty anymore?, i counted atleast 3 missed highsticking calls)

    the habs were missing atleast half of the game

    Patches looked decent out there

    Gomez is looking a bit better


    And, I hope David Booth ends Mike Richards career, he’s an embarassment of a player and captain



    “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

  89. Qikdraw says:

    Subban is ………

    Please free to fill in the blank. I am too amazed to comprehend why he is back in the lineup.

  90. adam76 says:

    Can’t blame the Refs – the second call on the 5 on 3 was weaksauce, and a total makeup call.

  91. petefleet says:

    One question:  How long can JM keep putting Subban in the game and let the losing continue?  I feel awful for the guys that played their asses off only to lose because of Subey-Doo ‘s stupid mistakes.  Put Weber in and let the winning begin again.  Let the bashing begin.

    ”’Price is a pleasant suprise”’

  92. dre1744 says:

    yup  seems like the habs should win every game  but the refs somehow cheat us.

  93. GhostRider says:

    Well, that was heartbreaking.  On the plus side though:

    Gomez’s line actually looked dangerous for the first time all season.  Pacioretty seems to have really changed the dynamic of that line, giving Gomez another option.  In fact, Gomez looked at least as good as a $5 million dollar player tonight.

    Subban’s making rookie mistakes and we shouldn’t be so hard on him.  However, that said, everyone clamouring for his return when Webber was doing just fine can maybe take a step back for some perspective.  What he brings to the team is undeniable, but let’s not be blinded.

    At least there’s a quick shot at redemption.  Bruins tomorrow night, also playing back to backs.  Turn it around quick boys!

  94. habs11s says:

    True enough but a missed highstick on Poulio, rush the other way, slash penalty on Pleks (justified) and a PP goal by Philly to take lead, momentum gone…


    “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

  95. Patient No More says:

    The penalties that were not called on the Flyers turned the game.  Great effort, you can’t beat one of the better teams and inept referees at the same time.  More vocal coaches get more respect from on ice officials.  Jacques does not seem to notice.   

  96. dre1744 says:

    Wow everyone loved Subban last season and the beginning of this season. Now he has become the scapegoat!!!!!!!!  Kind of Reminds me when  Price broke in with the Club everyone loved him he couldn’t do no wrong, Then for 2 years everyone wanted too crucify him. Now once again he’s loved. 


    Subban is going thru growing pains leave the kid alone.

  97. AH says:

    We have a good team, but we are missing some key pieces. As much as I despise that Flyer scum, any team that has Jeff Carter as its 3rd line center is going to be deep and strong. Unless someone else takes them out of the playoffs in an upset, we’re not getting out of the East.

    Your move PG!


  98. dre1744 says:

    Refs missed a high stick to Briere’s face aswell!!!!!!!

  99. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM was an idiot for sitting him, now he’s an idiot for playing him and giving him opportunities to play (Got the first goal, assisted on Gionta’s). Spacek’s folly in the bad pass leading to Plek’s slashing penalty, than the idiot move to join the rush on the PK led to Goal 4 and Subban made a mistake when a PP should have been given earlier for the blatant trip on Gomez.


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

  100. habs11s says:

    I’m just saying call the penalties as they arise, regardless of who it is for


    especially if it’s a highstick… it’s a very dangerous penalty…


    “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

  101. deuce6 says:

    Our D sucked…

  102. habs03 says:

    How can you blame JM? JM made the right choice for sitting P.K the first game, but I don’t think he thought the team would win 3 straight with Weber playing so well. It’s up to PK to learn from his mistakes, the give aways have to stop, even if it means he has to be less creative with the puck.

  103. 1010 says:

    My unofficial tally has our Habs getting more penalties than powerplays in 15 games this season as opposed to 8 games in our favour. The rest of the games were even. And this happens when we play teams like Philly and Toronto. It doesn’t make sense. But since none of our braintrust will ask the league why, I guess it will continue to happen. It’s a joke.


     GO HABS…

  104. ctony says:

    ssshhhh, don’t like HH hear you.  He might think you’re slagging on Gomez.  According to him, Plex and Gomez are the best 1-2 we have had since Damphousse and Muller.  Carter is only a third centre.

  105. SeriousFan09 says:

    I was being sarcastic, should’ve been more obvious about it I guess.


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

  106. TripleX says:

    LOL  Post of the night!





    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  107. habitual says:

    Yes, good points.  Let us hope that Pacioretty is as good for the season as he was tonight.  We had three lines that were good tonight.  Dare to dream!

    PK – yes rookie mistakes, but man.  I wasn’t in favour of his being benched the first time, but I’d like him to sit in favour of Webber for a few games now.  We had our share of bad bounces that all seemed to go the Flyers’ way, but there’s no question PK has hurt us since he has been back.

  108. ctony says:

    He’s got to play PK and showed confidence in him to start the second.  But, PK is a defensive liability.  JM should pair him with Hamr, Gill or Georges.  It will minimize the gaffs he’s bound to make.

  109. Mad Habber says:

    I love how everyone is slagging on PK here. Who was it that passed the puck back to him there anyway? (on the 5th goal) I think it was Gomez but I’m not sure..He should be taking some heat to, if he had have just dumped it down the ice it would’ve just been a face-off in the d-zone. Instead Subban ended up on an island, trapped between two flyers.

    Peirre was going on and on about how he should’ve used his partner, but if he tried to make that pass the Giroux would’ve had it anyway. The only thing I could see Subban doing differently on that play is trying to skate behind his net with it, but they way the Flyers where coming I don’t know if he would’ve made it.

    Subban only made one really poor play in my mind and that was on the Carter goal in the first.

  110. SmartDog says:

    The team as a whole didn’t play a great game. There were some strong parts though.

    Subban’s growing pains are Montreal’s growing pains.

    Cami-Pleks-AK looked pretty good, give them time.

    Not Price’s best game, but the team could bail him out now and then.

    Does no-one fault Gomez for getting cute with the puck on the last goal, keeping it IN our offensive zone and tapping it back to PK when he had space upice?

    In my view, the Habs are not a threat until they get tougher. The Flyers all look like they WANT the puck ALL the time. Sometimes the Habs look like they only wan to poke at it.

    Ultimately the team fell apart several times under pressure from a stronger, tougher team.



  111. AH says:

    Lol! I like Gomez, but some of the things he does just frustrate the hell out of me, like in the first period, his classic hit the top of the opposition circle, all alone for a snipe shot and what does he do….fire it across to a completely covered Gio..unbelievable!

  112. habs03 says:

    Or you can go just go easily off the glass and out, Gomez did make a mistake by giving it back to Subban who has to high up by the way. I love PK, and just like Price last year, he needs to sit once in a while to be a better player in the long run, we need to paitant with him and not go nuts of the coach if he sits him it once in a while.

  113. TripleX says:

    The veterans are all sacred cows along with Price who are above criticism.  Others like AK and now PK are held to a much higher standard where every mistake is deserving of censure.

    AK with 20 pts. despite getting shuffled from line to line is awful.  Gomez with the albatross contract and 9 pts. is unbelievable.  LOL

    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  114. ctony says:

    We are 6-7 since November 18th.  Price was one of the three stars in each
    win.  Just saying.

  115. habitual says:

    If you mean mentally tough, agreed.  I didn’t see us being pushed around or physically menaced.  I did see both PK and Spatch make mental mistakes. 

    How come no praise for G-P-G?  I thought they looked very good, along with the PHD line.  Didn’t see much of Eller’s line, which I thought was a curiosity because I thought that we could have skated Philly into the ice if we’d rollled 4 lines.


  116. WindsorHab-10 says:

    They want the puck more? We were all over them. They got lucky, capitalized on a couple of mistakes and the Zebras.

  117. TripleX says:

    Pssssssh  It is NOT goaltending it is the coaching!  JM lead us to the ECF last year and he is responsible for the wins this year.  The fact Price is playing lights out is besides the point.  Coaching I tell you!


    ‘Cogito ergo doleo’

  118. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I’m in favor of benching Picard & dressing Webber or Weber.

  119. Mad Habber says:

    I agree with you on most of your points.

    I thought Subban had a decent game (aside form the mistake in the first)

    Cami-Pleks-Pouliot looked better…

    Certianly not his best, and to bad they didn’t

    As far as I’m concerned yeah that last goal was totally Gomez’s fault. He set Subban up on an Island…(see my post below).

    I dont see the Flyers being that much better tonight (more talented sure). They got a few lucky bounces and caught the team d on one of it’s off nights.


  120. AH says:

    So right SD!, but unbelievably a lot of posters on here still aren’t convinvced we need to get bigger and tougher.

  121. jimmy shaker says:

    Liked the jump and the effort, but the D sucked large tonight and basically gifted philly with the first, fourth and fifth goal.  Unlucky bounce on the second one and Price should’ve had the third, but he’s allowed a softy now and again.  The D blew it, but we move on to tomorrow and get the same effort without the Christmas presents gift wrapped on a platter.  Last one here…..Much like Jaro last year and Carey this year……I always had/have a horrible feeling when Jaro/Carey are facing breakaways/1 on 0’s close in.  I know it was hard for him to react tonight on the 5th one but it seems like he always gets out gunned on breakaways.  Not a slag or jab on Carey, just me sayin.  What do you all think?


  122. Chuck says:

    This was one of those games where they really missed Markov.


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  123. oldrrty says:

    … is the best rookie that the team has had in years and yes there will be times when he makes a mistake and times when he has a good game and a great game.


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

  124. HabFanSince72 says:

    Picard was one of the better ones. Subban made two huge mistakes but then again he was involved in two goals.

    Spacek had a nightmare.

    Gill’s passes never reach his  teammates.

  125. AH says:

    Yeah good point,I was wondering that too, why did we not roll 4 lines and wear them out, they did play last night didn’t they?

  126. HabFanSince72 says:

    Flyers are good. Just about every mistake we made ended up in our net.

    We are now 2 points ahead of 8th place!

     Boston tomorrow,  a tough road trip coming up. We could be out of the playoffs by January 1.



  127. Chuck says:

    I think that if your defensive play allows the other team to get clear-cut chances at your goalie, breakaway or not, they’re going to score their share of goals. No goalie can stop them all.


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  128. MTLForever says:

    Flyers got some lucky goals, Price still hasn’t had a bad game. We saw moments of PK where he was not so good and then moments of the PK we all know. JM is putting PK and Picard at the wrong times on the ice. 

  129. Chuck says:

    The good that comes out of a game like this is that the Habs know that they can hang with these guys. The Habs weren’t outplayed, and it was only their own breakdowns that gave the Flyers the chance to win.

    Fix those mental mistakes, and they’re golden.


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  130. Mad Habber says:

    My point is that he never should have had the puck on his stick in the first place. If Gomez dumps it down the ice, then PK’s positioning has little relevance.

    Don’t you think that it’s a little unfair to knock the rookie for trying to make a dump pass, when it is only on his stick when a veteran put it there with a dump pass?



  131. Gindan69 says:

    Yes, let’s forget the games in hand they have over a few of the chasers that make that 2 points meaningless. Lets also forget that the other teams have equally difficult schedules to contest and that the bottom eight need to go unbeaten for an extended period of time before they are even a threat to the top 8 teams. Keep sending those positive vibes.

  132. Muckbringer says:

    i see youre point but im starting to wish the games mattered again

  133. larisalapointe says:

    I agree with your points. But since the beginning of the season, Price has made at least 100 spectacular saves on breakaways.

    But having said that, I believe after carrying the team 1/3 of the season, he is bound to show signs of being a mere mortal. I believe since Detroit, he’s having a mini slump which is normal. He is still 23 and learning as well. In the long run, a game like tonight’s, even though dissappointing for us the fans, are positive growth experiences for the team. I have no objective comment about Halak though because I always preferred Price.

    This is a great team we have.

  134. HNS says:

    All will be forgiven when the boys smack those lucky bitches down on January 25th. Filthydelphia still won’t win the cup this year and Clark will cry again…..

  135. Muckbringer says:

    if it werent for the medeling zebras we would have had the last 3, thats 6 points which puts us first overall, ( you can hold me accountable if im wrong)

  136. Muckbringer says:

    he is not mortal, the whole team is sleeping, the nhl is against us, and there were many like jesus…dont you pay attention dude? 

  137. mbplekfan says:

    It’s hard to win when your defence is bad. Spacek and Hammer werent good enough versus a Stanley Cup contender. PK and Picard were adequate at best but still cost the team.  Hal Gill was turned into a pylon a few times.

    Gorges was the only one who had a decent game. But out of 6 guys you cant win if 5 are consistently overmatched. The forwards can only do so much on the back check when the defence is turning the puck over.

    Obviously we miss Markov but even then we would still have a mostly inadequate D. It’s a good thing that PK will grow out of his rookie season, but Hamrlik, Gill and Spacek are slowing down. One of the three would be ok as a veteran presence but when half your core defence is over 35 you have trouble. Picard is mostly adequate but will be found lacking against the better teams.

    We need to drastically remake our defence in order to reach the next level. Emelin would be an immediate replacement for Hamrlik if we could get him to come over, but after him the other prospects are years away.

    Getting a healthy Markov back and finding another quality guy is essential for this team to contend against the better teams like Philly and Pittsburgh.

  138. habs365 says:

    The Habs put in a good effort…but Philly proved to be a little to strong for them…they have 3 solid linesI liked what I saw of Pacioretty…Boston tomorrow could prove interesting…a big 7 game road trip coming up…this will finish off 2010 and will give us a better look at what the team is made of should they make the playoffs…….

  139. terrygain says:

    As one of his detractors, it is my pleasure to inform you that tonight, as Colorado beat Chicago, Ryan O’Byrne led all Colorado D with 21:46 minutes. He was plus 2, 1 A , 5 BS,  2 Hts, I TK  and 0 Giveaways. After 19 games with Colorado  Ryan is plus 9 and is second in Blocked Shots and Hits. 

    Ryan had to go so we could keep  Spacek who hasn’t thrown a body check all season and –  wasn’t that  a great play tonight when he  threw  up the middle with no pressure on him and the score tied.  Avalanche fans send their thanks to Jacques Martin. As do Nashville fans as SK extended his scoring streak to 7 games. As for JM,  he ‘s demoted SK’s brother to the 4th line, as further proof of his ineptness. 

    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.

  140. larisalapointe says:

    Sarcasm I hope? LOL

  141. terrygain says:

    The obvious  play for PK was to his defence partner  standing alone in the middle of the ice. That play requires confidence.  Instead PK  made the less confident play up the boards. and it led to a goal. This is what happens when you let a brutal coach like Jacques Martin mess with the mind of a young player. 

    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.

  142. Chuck says:

    If you play smart, sound defensive hockey, then it shouldn’t matter how inconsistent the refereeing is.

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  143. Chuck says:

    How many dudes do you know that are named Larisa?  :)

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  144. ctony says:

    Fleischmann looks like a steal.  The Caps D still sucks with Hannan. So much for teams picking up Hejduk at the deadline.

  145. SeriousFan09 says:

    Habs won’t step up into heavy contender status until players like Leblanc, Avtsin and Kristo graduate from the farm onto the team so the Habs can acquire that 3 lines of scoring depth to compete. The goaltending is aces, but no Markov has left a hole on the defence (especially for just the critical mentoring of PK Subban) that can’t be properly plugged this year, or next year if he can’t come back and play at 80-90% of his old level. Tinordi is likely 3 years away from a CH and Brendon Nash is expected to spend two years in Hamilton, so big-body prescence on D must be adressed via FA for the time being.


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

  146. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Like your optimism.

  147. Jonson says:

    doesnt suprise me one bit. ryan obyrne is going to be a solid dman, its really too bad that no one in montreal was patient with him. (including the fans) im sure the smart fans knew what we were losing. As for SK…just another young player that needed off of JM’s team. He is just terrible at developing young players. He def needs to go. And anybody who tells me that JM is the front runner for the jack adams ( its already happened lol) needs to pay more attention.

  148. habitual says:

    Still up Larisa? 

    The more I think on tonight’s game, the more I worry about our D.  PK is struggling, Picard has regressed, and as a result Hammer and Spatch had to eat too much ice time, with Spatch had 2 brain farts that resulted in goals against us.

    I do like our forward lines and agree there is room for optimism.  But when we say we had a great period against Detroit and a great period against Philly, and come away with nada, there is at best qualified optimism available.



  149. light_n_tasty says:

    We were 2 points out of 8th before tonight’s game…

  150. scrowe21 says:

    Sergei scores again tonight for the game tying goal late in the 3rd. He has a nice point streak going now.

  151. Mikey_39 says:

    I don’t like to blame the refs for a loss.  Sure it makes it easier to have the refs on your side, but a great team should be able to overcome poor officiating.

    However, tonight was no different that officiating we’ve been getting all season, particularly in the last couple of games.  It’s pathetic.  Tonight they closed their eyes on so many philly penalties.  This wouldn’t be so bad if they did the same for montreal.  But on the 4 goal, Pouliot was high sticked in the offensive zone, and they let it go, only to call plecky on the way back.

    We had one power play in the previous two games.  And it’s not because teams have been disciplined against us.  Call it a conspiracy theory if you want, but the facts speak for themselves.

  152. Timo says:

    How does one knows it’s December? I don’t have to continue this line. Sigh… What is happening to The System and to the brilliance of JM? And you can’t even say “hey stop criticizing, we are top in the East” thing anymore. 2 point out of the 8th before the game – and still there thanks to the suckitude of the eastern conference. What else… let’s see. Oh yeah, Gomez! Wow, I can’t believe we can’t even say that we don’t without Gomez anymore. His so highly anticipated return did not make a difference – so shocking. What’s left for a poor optimistic sap such as myself to fall back to? Brutal. 

    Ah, I say blame Subban. After all we started that 3 game losing streak when all these pro Subban whiners made JM put him back against his will. That’s what happens when a brilliant coach must follow the will of the clueless. Subban it is. I am giong to blame him for everything from now on.

  153. mbplekfan says:

    Without an improvement in our defence corps we wont be moving up any time soon. If they could convince Emelin to come over that would help but we are pretty tapped out when it comes to defensive prospects.

    Tinnordi isnt even on the depth chart yet. Fortunately Nash is adapting well to the pro game down in Hamilton, but you are right in suggesting 2 full years of AHL before he can even be considered for NHL duty. Defensemen take a long time to mature and we dont have much up and coming for many years.

  154. savethepuck says:

    Everyone should Chillax a bit. First game of the year that Carey has let in that many( his 27th start start I think ), I would be the last one to blame him for any of our problems or losses, or any of the goals, but generally he makes those stellar saves for us.  tonight he did not and I as one definitely forgive him because I , as eveyrone on this site should, remember how many games the stud has won for us.  I think it it ridiculous for people to come on here and say how much the team sucks because of this game


  155. savethepuck says:

    Everyone should Chillax a bit. First game of the year that Carey has let in that many( his 27th start start I think ), I would be the last one to blame him for any of our problems or losses, or any of the goals, but generally he makes those stellar saves for us.  tonight he did not and I as one definitely forgive him because I , as eveyrone on this site should, remember how many games the stud has won for us.  I think it it ridiculous for people to come on here and say how much the team sucks because of this game


  156. Jonson says:

    well said. everyone hated gomez… then missed him……i really dont get it. He just isnt playing well this year. points aside, he is offering nothing to this team. Last year i really thought he played well for most of the season. He would take over the game with his speed from one end to another (ofcourse with the help of his linemates). He is a ZERO this year. i dont care what anyone says. This team is as good or bad with him or without him. The third period against detroit was a perfect example of how good this team can play with or without gomez.  Lets just hope they beat boston and get back to winning.

  157. Jonson says:

    well said. everyone hated gomez… then missed him……i really dont get it. He just isnt playing well this year. points aside, he is offering nothing to this team. Last year i really thought he played well for most of the season. He would take over the game with his speed from one end to another (ofcourse with the help of his linemates). He is a ZERO this year. i dont care what anyone says. This team is as good or bad with him or without him. The third period against detroit was a perfect example of how good this team can play with or without gomez.  Lets just hope they beat boston and get back to winning.

  158. SeriousFan09 says:

    I forgot to mention Yemelin but he’s the Canadiens best shot for adding a big body next year that can play and have some puck moving ability. Tinordi may have to take two years in OHL and than 2 in Hamilton as some have suggested at Hockey’s Future, but he’s big and needs to learn how to use that size and add the proper weight on while learning to handle himself. His skating is strong and he had some interesting moments in pre-season, but he’s a project right now to add a smooth-skating, nastier version of Hal Gill to the lineup.


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

  159. GhostRider says:

    On the contrary, I thought Gomez had a fantastic night, probably his best of the year (which admittedly, isn’t saying much).  His line was a constant threat on the ice.  And having fast options (including, one rather large one) to pass too once he gains the line has made a huge difference. 

    Let’s see if they can keep that momentum going tomorrow night.

  160. Mr.Hazard says:

    “A defensive error during a Flyers power-play”


  161. Canadiangrrl says:

    Gomez played well.  The game tonight was a testament to how much we miss Markov.

    Subban is a gifted 21 year-old kid.  He’s going to have his moments of brilliance, and his moments of breathtaking ignorance.  He needs to remember the basics and commit to them night in and night out.  He’ll be fine.  Better than fine. :)

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  162. shootdapuck says:

    In desperate need of:

    a) A quick release and accurate point shot!

    b) Disciplined play




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  163. weightman25 says:

    perfectly said

  164. savethepuck says:

    what I don’t understand is why that when people on this site make positive posts about our hockey team, but when someone like you makes a negative comment, there are so many followers that agree or follow you. Yes, I am embarassed. 



  165. savethepuck says:

    BTW, does anyone know now that Washington has lost 7 in a row?  And our fan base is worried about uor team>


  166. HardHabits says:

    LMFAO. I wish the Habs had picked Carter, Getzlaf, or Richards back in 2003.

    So tell me then. Since 1993 when have the Habs had such depth at centre. Even Halpern and Eller are good.

    When the Habs had Lang with Koivu and Plekanec that was awesome while it lasted but hey good centres are rarely drafted to middle of the pack teams or teams who finish in the final 4, 2003 notwithstanding.

    Maybe I try to hard to put a positive spin on things. Even the Pens have Malkin, Crosby and Staal.

    That’s why team play is required for the Habs. I wish Gomez was cheaper, but as a player I still like what he brings to the table.

    BTW. Richards and Carter are #1 and #2. Briere is #3 or maybe even #4, as he took less FO’s then Betts and was 20%.

    I would never deny that Philly is stronger up the middle, but hey we got AK46. You think I like seeing this. I would love to have Toews or Crosby but teams need to tank to get those players. I hate that idea but other teams do it. It gives them the edge IMO. It sucks but it’s the reality of drafting.

    So here we are. A team that had to take on a ludicrous contract to have some strength up the middle. So if the Habs dont trade for Gomez, there’s no Cammy and no Gionta, there’s no ECFs last season and there’s nobody wanting to come to a team that’s headed for the cellar which is where the Habs could’ve very well ended up without Gomez and the rest of the free agents that came over two summers ago.

    Mock me all you want, but I still don’t hear the alternatives. It’s easy enough to bash. Try coming up with a solution for a change. Then again BG doesn’t know anything. It’s not like he built the Stars into President’s Trophy winners that made two consecutive trips to the SCF’s winning once or anything.


  167. HardHabits says:

    You avatar suits you well as you’re ideas are sunken and dredging the depths all the time.

  168. HabFanSince72 says:

    You’re really annoying. 

    You never say anything interesting or witty (the MAB jokes were never funny). Just snide passive-aggressive put-downs.

    Your emotional state is obviously too dependent on the Habs’ results, but that should be your problem not ours. You seem to feel the need to take those negative emotions and submit strangers  to them.


  169. Kooch7800 says:

    Key word being streak……there will be a long pointless one coming soon as well

  170. Julie H says:

    This is the most perfect example of a game that should fully be blamed on the refs. They were garbage.

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  171. nunacanadien says:

    I don’t know, I thought the losing skid began when JM benched Subban but after Richards was bitchin a couple of weeks back, after all the habs have not played a lot of games since then.  Lets get the record straight.  Subban played tough, and the league responded and players got hurt, and Gomez chickened out, and while the league gets even for Subban we have no enforcers. 

  172. nunacanadien says:

    I wonder if the Habs will ever sign any more big players, and most of our rookies are skinny or lightweights, very few of them graduate into bigger players.  Saying that, in order for the habs to succeed in the future we need balance.  We need both speed, but we also need size. 

  173. LeeFree says:

    I couldn’t agree more. When you see the “Toronto Sports Network” silhouetting the crosscheck on PK seconds before the Carter goal like three times, there’s something wrong. Diving, the high stick and the Halo that Pronger seems to wear, he gets away with murder.

  174. Timo says:

    I have followers?! Sweet!! So far I was under the impression that Boone was my only true fan. But man… there are more. Wow… what a great start to the day.

  175. mike g says:

    Dude, dont get all defensive…. Its being proven game after game, when we win Price is 1st star and nothing else. When we lose, its because he plaus so-so or the team doesnt score. I havent seen one game where we bailed him out this year, not one. So dont blame that on the Flyers, on Pronger or anyone else. This one is 100 percent on the Habs, so dont try make excuses and sugar- coat this loss.

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

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

  176. SeriousFan09 says:

    Team scored 3 times and could have scored more had they been given more than 1 PP opportunity on a game where the Zebras were wearing Orange and White. The team got jobbed, for the 3rd game in a row by imcomptence/bias.

    This is 3 games straight where it’s been 7-on-5 for a game, it’s crap and the Filth wouldn’t have won the game without the zebra’s help, how well would they be doing had they had to kill say, 6 penalties? They could’ve been whistled for 12 blatant calls but let’s say 6, or even 5.


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

  177. Muckbringer says:

    id be happy too if my team got all the calls…

    “i killed her….”

  178. Muckbringer says:

    dont forget that no ones job is on the line, and no one says anything after the game on tsn.  we should just be happy with the fact that they said there should have been a call in the first for delay of game. carcillo on subban, no, no interferance, no high stick on pk in the game against to….and no pleks was not kicked out of every face off and given 2 penalties. (to name a few) like i said, i wish my next paycheck didnt depend on my performance 

  179. Muckbringer says:

    we got away with one….maybe two by my count in the game.  philly got away with 3 in the first five min!!!

  180. olematelot says:

    Picard is 25

  181. aemarchand11 says:


    Go Habs Go!

  182. MTLForever says:

    you can’t say that gomez had a poor night, his line with gionta and patchy did very well

  183. Caballero says:

    For sure, and the great thing about that is pleks and Cammy are reunited. Hopefully lucky number 13 will start scoring consistently again, and Max will have the same effect as Pouliot on Gomez’s line.

  184. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Flyers might win the cup. Even  Zherdev is working out for them.

    I don’t think I can bear that.

  185. The Cat says:

    I watched most of the game, fell asleep when it was 3-3. I wish JM would get mad at the refs, the habs are getting some brutal calls lately. What has being respectful and nice to the refs done for JM anyways? Lash out at them JM!

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

  186. VintageFan says:

    Please, please don’t refer to them as refs – that lends an air of legitimacy to what they do.  Their work is never logical or consistent, usually arbitrary and often dead wrong.  But it impacts the outcomes of the game.  Perhaps “Ringmasters” would be an appropriate term. 

  187. 123456 says:

    philly is a solid team – i say one of the top 5 in the league. for the record i peg the habs at about 10th-13th best.

    what i liked is the habs did generate scoring chances and controlled parts of the game. most of the flyers goals were direct results of  bad play on the part of the habs – correct those errors and it’s a different game. maybe a call or two in the different direction and who knows.

    pk made a mistake but i’m ok with that as long as they are limited – let him play and show him film of mistakes or opportunities.

    i still really want to see a planned rotation of rest for all the d-men save georges. while a player never likes to set assuming they all stay health i’d rather head into the post season with gill, hammer haveing played a few less games than the rest.


  188. adamkennelly says:

    entertaining game to watch – Habs out played the Flyers who jumped on timely mistakes and got some lucky bounces to win the game…still – I say we were not able to take advantage of the great offense the team was creating because our smaller guys could not get to the areas they needed to…need some size up front and a punishing D man on the back end to beat this Flyers team in a 7 game series…

  189. nunacanadien says:

    Remember the Halak trade?  Remember how the analyst questioned this considering how badly Montreal plays against the bigger teams like Philly and the inability of our forwards to crash the other bigger teams net.  Gomez injury also shows just how much Gomez plays, he may not score but the man quarterbacks offensive and defensive plays everynow and then. 

    Having said this, we are still too small up front, and we have no guarantee that Price is not gonna fall apart again.  Having said that, our rookies are looking promising, but what does not help is how Subban was left to defend himself, and look at the impact on the team, we went on a three game losing streak. 

    Way to go JM and PG crap all over the new engine for the Habs, by taking Mike Richard’s pathetic excuse for hockey.

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