Game 32: Canadiens whip Leafs, end home skid

Updated on Sunday with links to Red Fisher’s game story. Updated with dressing-room audio

Linesman Vaughn Rody jokes with Canadiens’ Sergei Kostitsyn after the two collided along the boards.
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On Friday, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was discussing his personal drought, not having scored since Nov. 17 – coincidentally, the last time his team had won at home.

“I’ve been in this situation before and I’m hoping there’s a solution,” Koivu said philosophically. “Hopefully (tonight) we can talk about my goal.”

As he wishes, then.

Koivu scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season, with Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev scoring singles, to pace the Canadiens to a strong, start-to-finish 4-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Habs goaltender Carey Price made 28 saves, losing the bid for his first NHL shutout with 4:06 to play. It was the 20-year-old’s third consecutive victory over Toronto this season.

The Canadiens, 16-11-5, put an end to a six-game Bell Centre winless streak, one that was a single game from tying the club record set seven years ago. The Leafs, 4-0 winners in Atlanta last night, couldn’t solve the Canadiens at either end of the ice, losing for just the fourth time in their last 11 games.

Koivu put the Canadiens on the scoresheet at 9:03 of the first period on the Habs’ fourth shot, whipping a backhand from 20 feet beside Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala’s crease into a maze in front that wound up in the Toronto goal off Leaf defenceman Hal Gill’s skate. Koivu’s sixth goal of the season gave Sergei Kostitsyn an assist, his first career NHL point, with another helper going to Christopher Higgins.

Drought? What drought? Koivu scored his second of the night at 3:09 of the second period, and there was nothing fluky about this one. Higgins snapped in a gorgeous pass from behind the Toronto faceoff circle, and Koivu, having slipped in behind the Toronto defence, cradled the puck then deked around Toskala, sliding the puck in. Defenceman Francis Bouillon also picked up an assist.

The Canadiens went up 3-0 at 10:17 on a hit-me deflection off the body of Andrei Kostitsyn. The play was started by Kovalev, who showed great puck sense in waiting to find the avenue for a pass from near the boards back to Mike Komisarek. The defenceman’s wrist shot from just inside the blue line banked in off Kostitsyn for the Russian’s sixth goal of the season.

Kovalev then scored the Canadiens’ fourth and his 14th of the year, having his rebound bounce past Toskala off defenceman Tomas Kaberle’s skate at 8:32 of the third.

The Leafs’ Boyd Devereaux spoiled the party, at least a little, his knuckleball seeming to deflect off defenceman Roman Hamrlik’s stick and past Price at 15:54. Listen to how Price describes it.

Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe left the game with a broken left wrist in the third period after an awkward hit into the boards from Andrei Kostitsyn. The wrist, which is broken in three places, will force McCabe to miss the next six to eight weeks, according to team officials.

In five games against Toronto this season, the Canadiens have won in regulation, overtime and a shootout, the Leafs winning in regulation and overtime.

Montreal is home to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday before setting off on a holiday-spanning six-game road trip.


  1. KamiDave says:

    Well said. “We used to be such a classy crowd, greeting bad losses with stony silences, early exits from the forum, maybe a smattering of “niaiseux… niaiseux…” wafting down from the rafters. Now we bray, as if that has ever helped a team win. Booing the home team is just plain dumb.” I agree with you 100%.

  2. Chorske says:

    LOL, and amen to Montreal being the rowdy place it is. Heck, tonight the best red light district in town was right behind Vesa Toskala.

    Look, I like a rough game and a good fight and I don’t go to the opera and I don’t want the Bell Centre to be a library. And I hate light beer and I’ve eaten seal and whale. My chest is hairy and my pencil is fully leaded. But MY game don’t include shitting where I eat, or kicking a guy when he’s down. If the team sucks, fine, boo. But to boo your OWN guy every time he touches the puck is unhealthy. More to the point, many believe (myself included) that it is tipping the scales against us when we try to sign free agents- who wants to play in an atmosphere where the home crowd is often more vicious with its own players than with the visiting team’s?

  3. Chorske says:

    Um, sorry but no. There is simply walking out of the game and not going back. There is not buying merch. There is calling in on the radio or writing to the paper and bitching. As fans we have a million ways to show our displeasure.

    If you get bad service, you dont buy the product or you dont leave a tip. That’s the classy thing to do. if you don’t like the product, don’t watch it. Hit Gillette in his wallet by not buying merch and I guarantee a way quicker turnaround than if people boo. Heck, he may trade the whole team for Getzlaf and Perry!! And Kopitar. 😉

  4. JA says:

    Right on Smart Dog, way to go.

  5. carmine007 says:

    Dude I totally agree!

    I don’t care how much you paid for your tickets. Booing is moronic. And it is costing us.

    Tonights game started with a BIG standing ovation and it HELPED!

    I’ve been to only a handfull of games at the BELL CENTRE and it would drive me up the wall when some fans would BOO instead of just being quite!

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  6. Sulemaan says:

    Because Greg Millen is a Leafs booster and bitter about his days as a Nordique when the Habs would regularly shell 5 goals past him and he would get pulled…

  7. Corio says:


    Looked great tonight! Too bad they couldn’t give Price the shutout but I’ll get over it! 😉

    Grats Koivu on breaking your dry spell!

  8. habsfan reduxit says:

    … everyone in the whole world of hockey knows you don’t mention a shutout before it becomes official, So why in the world would CBC allow someone as insignificant as Greg Millen make an on-air reference to Carey’s chance when there was still five minutes left in the game?

  9. Smart Dog says:

    I would like to humbly point out the prediction I made earlier today. They don’t call me “Smart Dog” for nothing.

    >My prediction: tonight’s game will go as Price goes. Our >team has the will to win back and they have the firepower >up front to find their way through the slow Leaf D. If >Price can stone Sundin and co. through half the game, the >team will pick up energy and find the holes.

    >Let’s say 4-1 Habs.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  10. Sulemaan says:

    i laughed when i read that comment cournoyer 12. dont’ let your wife see that comment…

  11. Sulemaan says:

    Who let the dogs out? (That is just for you Smart Dog…)

  12. Smart Dog says:

    Well this is a whole different Canadiens team. Hard to believe this same team got killed over and over in November. How fired up can you get – that flurry in the second was WICKED!! Playoff-style hockey!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  13. Rocket Richard says:

    OK BOYS,

    So far the habs are playing a full 40 minutes out of 40. Need to play the last 20 minutes without letup.

    Up by 3 goals at home against the Leafs(when has this happened of late?)

    From, my last post, I sound like a genius, all except Ryder scoring.

    I would LOVE to see Price get the shutout tonight. It will be his 1st in his career.

    Let’s see what happens in the 3rd.

    Signing Out,

    The Rocket Richard – “you must hate to lose”
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  14. LTHF says:

    Can you believe the call on Koivu after letting the one on Ryder going in on goal go, and then another on Lapierre,guess the Habs will have to grin and bear it

  15. Renegade says:

    Not just you, I’ve been shaking my head all game trying to figure out why there are so many calls not being made.

  16. Canus says:

    is it just me, or is this incredible with what they are
    getting away with. i could have already called about 10 penalties
    against the laffs

  17. Canus says:

    goto, then click on sports, you can watch the game there. and, the quality is excellent

  18. Canus says:

    Oh, the habs are playing the laffs
    i thought i should have already seen
    two call that should “HAVE” been called
    by the refs on the laffs.

  19. Blitzen says:

    I tried through but that goes through sopcast as well.

  20. Sulemaan says:

    Hey Razrback. Just go to and you cna watch the game online without a problem. There is a banner on the homepage that you click on. If you don’t like the announcer (Bob Cole) you can mute the soundand listen to CJAD at the same time.

    On a sidenote, I’m concerned that Kerry Fraser is one of the referees. I can’t stand him since he’s a major primma donna…

  21. Sulemaan says:


    I don’t disagree that booing the team can be negative and makes things worse. However, I remember that even during the 70s when the team was winning the fans would boo players such as Peter Mahovlich and Pierre Larouche so that behaviour isn’t only limited to the current era.

    I think if the team doesn’t put out the right effort then they should be booed. I don’t think the team should be booed (or Ryder) so long as they put the effort in – win, lose or draw.

    Sorry but when fans shell out hundreds of dollars to see the team play for one game and the team plays like crap – then what do you expect? And if the players are honest about it (like Higgins was a few games ago) they will say the fans were perfectly right to do it.

    I do agree that targeting individual players is wrong. It seems like bullying. But the team as a whole? If they play like crap (i.e. don’t give 110% regardless of the final result) then boo away in my opinion.

    These guys have a God-given skill and are paid handsomely to play hockey. What some of us make in a lifetime is what they make in a year. They drive fancy cars, send their kids to fancy schools and live in expensive neighbourhoods. I don’t fault them for that but the least they can do is show-up. It’s not like the 50’s and 60’s when players like Richard and Harvey lived and worked like the rest of us fans.

    So I guess I’ll agree to disagree with you on that point my friend.

  22. Renegade says:

    I predicted the opposite, not cause I dislike the Habs, but because I’m going with the numbers: In the past 7 games, Montreal has been victorious twice. These victories occurred when Ryder wasn’t in the lineup.

    Since Ryder is playing tonight, the choice should be obvious.

  23. earl says:

    Sorry guys, this is sports, not opera.

    Booing is as valid an expression in sports as ovations, singing, chanting, whistling, and taunting the opposition.

    You want to be in a library go to the library.

    You want to be in a morgue, move to Florida and visit their teams.

    This is Montreal, home to the Habs, live adult entertainment, smoked meat, life to all hours of the morning, and booing when it’s needed.

    Let’s not get too judgemental. Otherwise we’ll be watching hockey in beer free, fat free, fun free, sterile hockey rinks where the only role the fan plays is to boost the self esteems of indifferent multi-millionaires.

    that aint my game.

  24. Renegade says:

    We aren’t paid millions of dollars. They are.

    Boo if you like, cheer if you like. They get paid enough money, plus they are ENTERTAINERS. We pay good money to see a show, not to see a regular person do their job. If an entertainer is bad, such as a bad singer or a bad band, do you cheer and hope for the best for them? Give me a break.

    Booing is an expression of the fans, as is cheering. With every good there is a bad, that is the way of life. In order to receive a positive reaction, there must be a positive action in its place.

  25. earl says:

    No offense Chorske but I think that’s largely nonsense.

    Expression by the fans, whether it be a standing ovation, a rendition of Ole Ole, a booing of the home team’s power play, or a crowd ambushing of Sidney Crosby as he carries the puck, is what makes Montreal different from the sitting-on-hands arenas of almost every other NHL city.

    And I don’t for one second believe that players are negatively distracted by this at least not in any long lasting manner, but are more inclined to reflect at the moment on the public opinion of their performance, to subsequently make personal decisions about what they are prepared to do about it.

    It’s not coincidence that the teams that over time have been most consistently competing for championships, in North America the Yankees and Canadiens, have fan bases that from both inside and out are considered the most demanding and at times the most boorish.

    It’s part of the character of the club.

    BTW I have never booed at a sporting event, but I still think it’s a traditional and valid expression of sporting fan displeasure.


  26. Moey says:

    You are absolutely right, I have been arguing this point since last spring, it doesn’t help it hurts them more and it shows no class. I don’t care what the media here says, just because someone is a sportswriter doesn
    ‘t make them more intelligent or right.

    Chorske, we’re a breed apart, a small minority and that suits me just fine.

  27. Gilles Poisson says:


  28. The Teacher says:

    Bye-Byeeeeeeee Breeeeeeezzzeeeerrrrrrr

  29. The Teacher says:

    Next year Komisarek will be making 1.7 or 1.9 million. Thank you.

  30. The Teacher says:

    Hey Dave,

    Will it still be there for Thursday against Washington?

  31. The Teacher says:

    Asking if he has a dislike for Newfoundlanders is uncalled for and unnecessary. Sounds like you’re just trying to stir the pot, which all of us can do without.

    Thank you.

  32. RH says:

    I turned on the tube for a bit, earlier, while I was feeding my kid and noticed that there’s a CBCHD2 channel now, on Bell. It’s Hockey Night in Ontario though so, it’ll most likely be all Sens’ games. Too bad. Habs fans across Canada, who don’t, or can’t get RDS because of their local cable company, won’t get to see there beloved, once again.

  33. nightmare_49 says:

    Since when is a two four called groceries , Ian , went for groceries at a Brewer’s Retail. Your not driving the bus tomorrow and probably not Monday so enjoy , enjoy the shoveling. lol.

  34. saku11 says:

    It reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Bart and Lisa boo Daryl Strawberry. Lisa says “They’re used to it, they just brush it off.” Then it pans to a close-up of Daryl Strawberry as he brushes away a tear. I love that episode.

  35. Roy-Rules says:

    Another point for all boo-birds. Most of you get paid handsomly to do their own respective jobs, how would you feel if your peers or colleagues booed you for making a mistake. Those of you who do not have jobs, thats all I gotta say.

  36. showey47 says:

    I also agree with the booing, totally classless and i’m sure it is very demoralizing to the players. It also gives the rest of the hab fans a bad name. So stop booing we are not laff fans.

  37. A. Berke says:

    I agree completely with you on booing. It’s lame, counterproductive, demoralizing to the players and CLASSLESS.

    Yes the players are paid handsomely and sometimes some of them do not perform well. Sometime this unproductiveness appear to last forever (Ryder comes to mind). In any case there shouldn’t be any booing. Booing doesn’t express a better knowledge of the game but stupidity, meanness and lack of class.

    The spectators, if they don’t like the play of the team, they may quit watching and leave (that way they’ll beat the traffic as well). Or watch the game in silence.

    On the other hand, each and every fan, should they choose to do so, they have a right to criticise the team or individual players (as long as it is within the boundaries of fairness and decency).

    Ali B.

  38. RH says:


    I blame Philly fans for spreading that virus, personally. I mean, didn’t they boo Santa Clause in the sixties, or seventies or something to that effect? Not only do we boo them, according to Boones blog last Sunday, we’re blaming them for letting down the sick and terminally ill children at the hospitals too. However, I will say this. I think these guys have a lot thicker skin than we give them credit for.

    On another note, I am not looking forward to tonights game. The leafs seemed to have rebounded from there slump and are playing very strong defensively. That, combined with there potent offensive attack and I hope the Habs are ready for a huge battle.

  39. Chorske says:

    Alright, this has been brewing for a while. Ryder’s playing tonight, so the timing is good. Thanks to Krob1000 for the encouragement. 😉

    A plea against booing:

    I’ve heard the argument that fans who fork over hundreds of bucks to see a hockey game have somehow acquired the right to express their frustration over a poor performance by booing. Most recently I was disappointed to hear that opinion supported right here on last week’s puckcast.

    First off, I think booing your own team is counterproductive and lame. What is the point? From what I can see, booing only makes the home team more tentative and anxious, which of course is completely counterproductive. It doesn’t matter that these are professional athletes who are paid handsomely to play a game. They are young men who, to a man, HATE losing. They know when they suck, they certainly don’t need 21,000 so-called fans braying stupidly to remind them of it. The commentator on the puckcast said that Montreal fans boo because they are sophisticated in their knowledge of hockey- what nonsense! We used to be such a classy crowd, greeting bad losses with stony silences, early exits from the forum, maybe a smattering of “niaiseux… niaiseux…” wafting down from the rafters. Now we bray, as if that has ever helped a team win. Booing the home team is just plain dumb. Heck, I even think booing the visiting team is classless and lame.

    Second, the targeting of individual players with consistent booing is unutterably shitty, as I’ve said before. It shows how vindictive, nasty and mean-spirited many of the fans have become. This fickle mob-mentality meanness is costing us big time. Free agents refuse to sign with us largely because, while we are gloriously supportive in victory, we are a proven rabble of fickle, thankless louts in times of struggle. And now we have Ryder, a consistent 25+ goal scorer, playing so tentatively that he’s been relegated to the press box, when he’s been a proven go-to guy on our first line who helped Koivu to a CAREER year last year. We reduced Brisebois to a mental case two seasons ago, and may do so again. We’ve run so many quality guys out of this town- Leclair, Recchi, Schneider, Chelios… It was the fans’ braying that so infuriated St Patrick that he gave Montreal two middle fingers and asked Ronald Corey for a trade. heck, I even remember people booing Robinson- ROBINSON!!- in the final days of his career as a player.

    I don’t care how much you paid for your tickets. Booing is moronic. And it is costing us.

  40. Ed says:

    Dave, your ace tech Dru is correct. I was using someone else’s computer yesterday, & they only have Internet Explorer. It was the first time that I got to see exactly what Ian was talking about. I downloaded Firefox, & presto, the problem with the pictures was solved.

  41. Ed says:

    I like where you point out that Detroit stood by Delvecchio. This has not been the case for Ryder, as evidenced early in the year where Montreal had three 5 on 3’s in 2 consecutive games, but Carbonneau had Ryder sitting on the bench. That would have been a great time for him to get some confidence, as the PP has been his bread & butter since he entered the league. Also, his slump was not as serious then, but Carbonneau’s action only helped to ensure it continued. After that, his PP time continued to decline, he was hardly ever used in 3rd periods, & then was demoted, & finally benched.

    The thing I don’t like about the benchings is that they have been for road games. Carbonneau has continued to use him at the Bell Centre where Ryder is constantly booed. I hope for Ryder’s sake that he does not play tonight, and that he is traded soon. This is too much of a distraction for everyone.

    Montreal won’t get much in return as they have done everything to decrease his trade value. If they don’t trade him, he will definitely leave after the season.

  42. Dave Stubbs says:

    Ian, our ace tech Dru says the problem seems to be a bug in the latest version of Internet Explorer, and that he was hoping to find some way around it (presumably he has?). He suggests using Firefox as a browser if you continue to have the problem.

    And it’s freaking cold in Montreal today, too. Just in time for the 30 cm of snow expected tomorrow. Which still will be on the ground to welcome the FLORIDA Panthers on Tuesday!

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  43. Ian Cobb says:

    Dave Stubbs__ I got your picture in full today. Thanks

    Just came back with groceries, It is bloody cold out there today. Think I’ll stay put and read all of the posts and get warmed up for this one tonight. We will have to be on top of our game. The leafs look like they enjoy playing right now. Last night they seemed to have good balance between there defensive and offensive game. I only hope we do also. IAN

  44. Matt. says:

    Locke has to clear waivers right? So why not risk bringing him up, and place Brisebois or/and Smoks on waivers? That way we can have Begin, Locke & Ryder in the pressbox. (That is one talented pressbox). If anymore D-men get injured, you can just move Streit or Dandenault back and insert any of the prior mentioned in. I like it. You’ve got a right wing, a left wing, and a center. You have one player who’s desperate to get back in the line up (Ryder), one who wants to crack the lineup for the first time (Locke), and you’re energizer bunny (Begin)… It’s all hypothetical and there really is no basis for any of it, but hey, since we’re calling up kids…

  45. linp says:

    Everyone was at fault. We were too impatient at the start. Carbo, the media and the fan were singling him out while the rest of the team played well at that time. No one realized that Ryder can play his best when he is not in the spot light. He is not a team leader. He is a support player who can snipe. Once he is under the gun, his game gets worse.
    I believe the only solution now is to have Bob come out and defend Ryder in the public and we should all stop criticizing him for a while. As for Ryder, he should tell the media that he’ll try his best to find his game.

  46. 24 Cups says:

    Interesting news this morning about the possible formation of a rival league to the NHL that would be based in Europe. Larionov and Goodenow are part of the start up group. If it ever really got rolling it could play havoc with the stream of European talent to the NHL and the salary cap. It would obviously also impact the yearly draft and the ability to sign young players. Right now it’s just a concept not a reality but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

    The Original 24 Cups

  47. 24 Cups says:

    This Ryder situation is really becoming a soap opera and the blame has to go to Gainey and Carbo. You can criticize and analyze Ryder all you want but basically he is a guy who has lost his touch and can only get it back again by playing both with good linemates and on the powerplay. We have taken a valuable asset that we were going to be able to trade at the deadline (possibly for another Pacioretty) and turned him into dust.
    Many years ago there was a great Red Wing player named Alex Delvecchio. He centred Gordie Howe and was always in the top 25 scorers. Then one year he stoped scoring entirely. In fact, by the mid point of the season he hadn’t scored any goals, Zero. Zip. It was like a spell had been cast upon him. Detroit stood by him and eventually he scored and once he did he was back to his old self. We stil have 50 games to go and we have lots of forwards out with injuries. Ryder is twice as good as any call up from the depleted Hamilton ranks. If they don’t play Ryder now then there is seriously something wrong with the leadership of this team.

    The Original 24 Cups

  48. POPS says:

    Habs win 5 – 2!!!!!!! Koivu, Kovalev, and Price rock the Leafs.

  49. showey47 says:

    agreed, breezer should pack it in. Gorges and obyrne are better defensivly than breezer and will only get better with playing time. Smokes looks slow and useless but he is good in the faceoff circle which is where we are weak.

  50. showey47 says:

    Ours easily. I do think our d is better but toronto’s is probably better coached. I think we do need a number 4 dman though and if the rumours are true about bob talking trade with anaheim i can see bob trying to get beauchemin.

  51. 24 Cups says:

    “they don’t have the back end to do it”. Despite the fact that the Leafs have three defensemen (McCabe, Kabina, Kaberle) who each make on average over $5 mil a year and their contracts run until the end of 2010-11! Next year we will be basically in the same spot with Markov, Hamrlik and Komisarek each making about $5 to 5.5 mil a year. The question is, which defense would you prefer to have?

    The Original 24 Cups

  52. showey47 says:

    Or even worse than that mistake that costs us, is that phantom call that usually comes against us at crucial times. Like that overtime penalty on bouillon which led to their first win which was abosolutly terrible considering komi got a brutal high stick to the head from sundin and no ref sees it. Or in the second game when higgins had a virtual empty net and woznoski had a hold of higgins,pushed the net off and would of scored. Rule 63.6 (pretty sure its this one) states this goal should of counted but its the refs consent. Or the last game when blake knocks over price and sundin taps it into an empty net. Once again a ref discretion call and we all know that an ontario ref won’t make that call against toronto, especially in their building.

    I don’t like to blame the homer officiating but we always seem to get the short end against the laffs.

  53. JF says:

    Dave, it’s the fact that all the games are decided by a single goal that makes them so hard to sit through. We watch in agony, waiting for the mistake that will cost us the game, since we always do make mistakes against the Leafs. Their size seems to be a bigger advantage to them than our so-called speed is to us.

  54. Dave Stubbs says:

    No prediction at all, Mikey. What I like is that all four Canadiens-Leafs games this season have been decided by a single goal. They always seem to go down to the last shot on net. Should be a good one tonight no matter what.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  55. Ed says:

    If Ryder plays tonight, it’s only because Carbonneau wants to once again subject him to the booing of the fans at the Bell Centre. Just yesterday, Carbonneau mentioned 3 players available at Hamilton in case Kostitsyn & Latendresse can’t play. He made it clear that Ryder is not needed.

    In the last 4 games, Ryder has played 2 at home where he has been booed mercilessly by the fans, while Carbonneau has benched him for the 2 road games where the team seems to play better, & he could play with less pressure. The sooner Ryder is traded, the better it will be for him, and for the team, and for the fans who are always complaining about him, even when he is not playing.

    It’s time to move on, just like it was when Ribeiro was traded. That definitely worked out for the best, especially for Ribeiro who is still a young man, and has a lot of good years ahead of him. Many of the fans do appreciate the years Ryder put in here, but there are a lot who actually sound vindictive, for whatever reason.

  56. RetroMikey says:

    Aww come on Dave! Seems like you are already prediciting the game tonight against the Buds! We’re injured but we are the Canadiens! We’ve got depth on our farm as you guys have stated on yor previous Habs podcast in the beginning of the season, yes? Begin, Smolinski, Latendresse, Brisebois are injured and can be replaced. Remember, Toronto has been injured all season and look how well they are playing. Good teams find ways to win whether injury free or not. Let’s not use this as a lame excuse if we lose tonight or else I will be bitterly disappointed. I do not want to hear on this site ” We lost due to injuries”. That does not cut it for me. On paper, we are the better team with skill and speed, let’s use it and spank the Leafs tonite! As I’ve always said, play hard and hustle boys, every shift you are on the ice! Go Habs Go!

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  57. Higgins21 says:

    Well, I’ve never agreed with a dog before. Actually, I never understood what they were saying. But this dog speaks loud and clear. Keep Breeze-by and Slowinski in the press box forever. Play the kids.

    Go Habs Go!

  58. Gilles Poisson says:

    His older brother must be an inspiration to him. He gets $3 million and he doesn’t even have to play. Thank you.

  59. linp says:

    That was exactly Carbo’s problem. Our team worried too much about our opponents and played like we were always killing penalty (dump the puck out, D-men are afraid to make a pass, forwards collapse into our own zone). That’s how we get into trouble.
    Instead, we should have confidence in our own play. We should have an attitude to beat any team in the league. The players should play together as a team, use our speed and force the play. That’s the winning formula.

  60. WindsorHab-10 says:

    So what’s the problem?

  61. Smart Dog says:

    I love this!:

    “The Canadiens are hurting. Defenceman Patrice Brisebois and forwards Steve Bégin and Bryan Smolinski are out with a variety of injuries…”

    LOL. We’ll miss Begin, but besides that we’re in GREAT shape!
    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Price, Higgins, Komisaurus, Plekanec, O’Byrne, K1 &K2.

  62. LTHF says:

    Cdnman you may have hit on something that Ryder maybe affected by his brother’s problems.
    I hate to say this but if the Leafs play any where near the way they played against the Thrashers, our Habs could be in trouble—hope not! The fact they played last night and was probably late getting into Montreal could be a factor in the Habs favor.

  63. A. Berke says:

    Yes but please, not against the laffs. Any other game is OK by me.

    Ali B.

  64. A. Berke says:

    maybe money doesn’t mean much to him or maybe he just doesn’t like to play hockey. After all, I have seen musically very talented people who refused to become a musician. Who knows.

    On second thought, I just wonder, with his talent, if he would like to swap places with his older bro?

    Ali B.

  65. skoehn says:

    Can’t wait for Huet to get backbetween the pipes

  66. showey47 says:

    Actually toronto hasn’t played well till the last three weeks or so when they adopted a virtual 3 man defensive system almost like the devils. They figured out they can’t run and gun with teams because they don’t have the back end to do it. Before this they were the 3rd worst team in the league in the standings and worst overall in goals allowed.

  67. Cdnman1 says:

    Maybe Ryder is distracted by his brothers problems.
    Lets hope they both get it together.

    Number 25 in 2008

  68. P St. Pierre says:

    If Jim Hughson calls the game for CBC, I’ll watch it on there. If not, RDS all the way.

  69. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We’ve won the last 2 from Toronto but we have been outplayed in every game this year. I’d like to see a complete game from the Boys for once tomorrow night and like has been mentioned, we can counter Toronto’s size with our speed. I hope we’re up for the challenge because the Leafs have been hot lately.

  70. saku11 says:

    what a waste. The kid obviously has the talent to make it, why would he quit? He doesn’t want to get paid millions to play a game or something?

  71. likehoy says:

    in case anyone else is wondering what is going on with ryder’s brother

  72. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Paul Maurice has the nerve to talk about cheap shots when he coaches a lowlife like Darcy Tucker.

  73. Shiloh says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn was very impressive – checking, passing…even hitting! He has a tremendous upside. I love when Latendresse isn’t playing – we actually have NHL-calibre players on every line when he sits out. He needs at least a year in Hamilton.

    I haven’t seen Maurice’s rant. He should be mad – think of all the money they wasted on getting the zebras to ignore their penalties. The Habs won anyway. The Loafs are a sick organization with old plodders. McCabe being injured will improve their defence.

  74. idle says:

    Great game tonight.

    For some fun, check out the scoring recap on and pay attention to how often they butcher the Kostitsyn brothers name:

  75. downeast hab says:

    Good game. cmon Ryder, your gonna pull out of this slump,if he can only get more icetime. I am starting to beleive that poster someone displayed last year, which read;CBC- Cut Bob Cole.Hes getting as bad as that announcer in Buffalo. excellent game.Now Sako can take the earplugs out.

  76. N.B. habs fan 50 yrs says:

    hay smart dog
    that was a doggon good game.thanks for the prediction .I can sleep better tonight now that I can tormment some of the leaf fans tommorow at work…….GO HABS GO …

  77. johnnyhab says:

    Great game played by les boys tonight….Ryder played a very good game still holding the stick a little too tight a thought for sure he was going to put one in tonight maybe next game.
    go habs go!

  78. Wayne says:

    Two solid games against two hot teams in a row. Everyone came to play tonight and heck, even Ryder grabbed a spoon and dug in!

    I was impressed with the Habs consistent tempo in the game (minus the lead protecting in the third). Higgin’s yoga-ing is paying dividends bigtime by way of balance and strength displaying superior puck protection against even the likes of big Gill! Kovalev? What can you say… he must be earning huge brownie point with his heightened 2 way playing (while continuing his offensive play). Price was outstanding and showed some style modification: he’s challenging further out and standing up more. Dandy had alot of speed tonight and both K-tits bounced around almost unfettered (blush). One of them made my night by crushing MaCabe into the dressing room!

    Pop goes another brewski – CHEERS.

  79. HAB-PROFESSOR says:


    The 2 first lines are clicking at 110%, each with a slightly different style so its driving the opposition crazy, and our ‘3rd’ line is just on the cusp of delivering some scoring, they are about a 1/2 step from finding the back of the net…and our shutdown line is STIFLING!

    The Leafs could go NOWHERE tonight, they were FLAT because everytime they tried to generate some skating, they had HABS in their lanes, front and back and if they did manage to gain the zone, they were hearing footsteps and the bodies were flying, so their game plan was thrown out the window. Our DEFENSE SHINED tonight….no SLIPUPS…

    CARB, was it by chance that this lineup is on the ice? or was it really injuries, because if you formulated this lineup (the lineup most of us here have been yelling for since October) then you are a GENIUS…finally…at our level…

    RYDER, what can you say…if you didn’t know about his 25, 30, 30 goal seasons you’d think he was doing a fine job on the 3rd line…hope he settles down and finds his “Scoring” game back because that line can be a real threat, and he can always step back up when called…so I RECOMMEND all the RYDER BASHERS to WAKE UP…start thinking POSITIVE and understand there is no magical trade. RYDER is not a problem…you are.

    a few one liners:
    PRICE – best game of the year
    HIGGINS – toyed at will
    KOSTY BROS – WE had this talent sitting around!!
    KOVALEV – he is so ontop of his game that even misfires are finding the back of the net.
    KOIVU – if he plays like that…we better start planning the CUP..seriously

    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  80. saku11 says:

    Great game!!! Hopefully this win will get people off of Koivu’s back. Their line was awesome tonight. Looks like SPEED and SKILL is just as good as SIZE and SKILL. Higgins, Koivu and AK74 were cycling the puck so well the leafs couldn’t keep up.

    Secondly, I hope Price’s play as of late will silence the doubters. In his last 3 games he’s 2-0-1, his GAA is under 1.33 and his SV% is 0.96. The kid is awesome.

    Sergei is proving he deserves to stay, he’s fun to watch. Plus his presence makes Andrei better.

    So good to see us destroy the leafs and silence the jerks on CBC.

  81. jrshabs1 says:

    Great game!
    There is an apparent method to Bob’s madness and I think that we are getting glimpses of his genius. There were 5 rookies out on the ice tonight who all played outstanding, the future is fantastic. Everybody freaks out including myself when things are bad but if you really look at the dynamics of this team you would realize that this is the beginning of a dominate hockey club. The TML’s and fans will whine about playing the back end of a back to back but they got there lunch handed to them tonight from start to finnish.

    last thought: Kyle Chipchura is the next Bob Gainey

  82. N.B. habs fan 50 yrs says:

    Great to have the victory and have everyone play as good as they did tonight ,but I would not wish injury to anyone.McCabe broke his wrist in 3 places and will not play for awhile .I like to beat the leafs when they are healthy so there will be no excuses .WHO SAID WE CANT SCORE 5 ON 5.way to go habs………

  83. Ian Cobb says:

    Dave– Wouldn’t you know! this picture comes up blank again!

  84. linp says:

    RDS had the microphone on Hamrlik for this game. You could hear how he encouraged his team mate during the game and how he gave advises to O‘Byrne. I particularly liked him talking to Koivu how he intended to pass him the puck. Our 1st line relies on Koivu breaking out with the counter attack. As long as our 1st line controls the puck, good thing is going to happen.

    Team 99 said that Edmonton has been scouting us the past few games. I can understand why Edmonton is interested in Ryder. He is dangerous in the PP with Souray getting all the attention. A trade with Edmonton may happen before Dec. 19.

  85. Wayne says:

    “but I would not wish injury to anyone”
    .. nor do I. I wasn’t implying this, as you might know. It was bad luck. I read about his injury a short time ago (and after posting), at He’s gonna have a rough Xmas and New Year.

  86. Peter Young says:

    Nice to see a veteran turn in a No. 1 game star performance a few days after Jean Beliveau called for the veterans to take responsibility for how the team does.

    There is a long history of booing the home team in Montreal. The fans who attend games in Montreal are probably the most knowledgeable in hockey, and on occasion they let their displeasure be known. In the old days at the Forum the crowd was quick to pounce if it saw what it deemed lack of effort. I think it is their right, but I don’t think it does any good, and it can do a great deal of harm–if younger players are targeted, for example.

    But I could never boo the Montreal Canadiens. For me, the Canadiens uniform and team are inseparable from–inextricably intertwined with–the club’s illustrious history. To me, it would be like booing Howie Morenz, Maurice Richard and all the other magnificent men who have worn the bleu, blanc et rouge. The players who wear the colours today are their heirs, their descendants, and they carry the torch handed to them by their forbearers. I just couldn’t bring myself to boo them. I view the Canadiens as I view my family and friends. I don’t boo or yell at my loved ones when they fail or do something wrong or stupid; I try to encourage them in a positive way.

  87. framptunes says:




  88. Smart Dog says:

    You’re welcome, fellow Maritimer.

    Next’ time I’ll predict 7-0 so we can CRUSH the Laffs!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  89. Smart Dog says:

    The f-n CBC was too busy gushing over the Senators to show us the REAL end of the game. God I hate CBC and Toronto. So Ontario-centric. And sometimes Edmonton-centric. that’s about it.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  90. habsguy says:

    Damn we sure looked fast tonight, the young guys were great and the Vets picked it up !!!

  91. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Well said.

    It is an inherent advantage that we have and it is the responsibility of management to insure that the players become ensconced within that glorious past.


    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  92. Smart Dog says:

    From DAY 1 I said it: Hamrlik is a HUGE addition to this team. The way the guy breaks out from the back, the energy, the incredibly solid stand-up D. And he mentors. What more could we want.

    We’ve been talking trade so much, it’s hard to see all of a sudden that we need anything. Size? We have more of it (O’Byrne, Hamrlik). Energy – got more of that too (Lapierre, K1, K2, Plekanic). Leadership – more o’ dat (Hamr, Kovalev, Higgy, Comi). Scoring ability – no single big gun, just 3/4 of our forwards a real threat with the puck.

    …and with all these young guys we’ll get better every game. And wear out hte old guys like we did tonight! Ha hahahaahahahaha…. Hey – I know it’s obnoxious, but it’s been awhile since we could laugh!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  93. habsgod says:

    dave the refs have to help toronto each and everytime we play them, man does that team(in toronto)sure gets away with alot of stuff!!i seen at least 8-9more penalties that should have been called!!but you just know that on hockey night in toronto with the leafs down in the game that they’re not going to call anything unless it against us!!!i wonder how much the league pays the refs to call it one sided in toronto’s favour!!the refing is brutual especially when they play us!!i.e first game of the year against those idiots from toronto,komisarek gets highsticked in the mouth and is cut by sundin!and no call!!why is this?!!!!gainey should break his mold of being passive and laid back when this happens again when we play toronto!andpull a schonfeld kick adoor off of the refs dressing room and go on a profanity laced tirade!!and i’ll guarantee that the officiating will change whenthey play us!!gainey should us his excutive power as well and tell that ref i’ll see to it that you’ll never ref another game in this league!!watch betman and his cronies squirm if that ever happened!!!

  94. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    PAUL MAURICE is ignorant.

    He has declared WAR against A.K.

    He is blaming AK for a vicious dirty play that broke McCabes hand in 3 places…CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT GUY?

    it was a freak accident with McCabe twisting into the boards, sure the twisting was caused by AK but it was such a GENTLE PLAY its a JOKE.

    Can’t wait to hear what the Toronto Syndicate NHL passes down to the Canadiens, FInes and SUspension for AK coming up.

    (a speedy recovery to McCabe)

    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  95. HAB-PROFESSOR says:


    I wrote this yesterday:

    Submitted by HAB-PROFESSOR on Fri, 12/14/2007 – 23:27.
    We must stay out of the box…the “NHL Toronto NHL Refs syndicate” will do everything in its power to put us in the box and prevent us from having a powerplay….we are #1 in the league on the powerplay so its simple, prevent us from having a powerplay.

    If we can beat this conspiracy we wil EASILY WIN.



    at all other aspects we are a superior team, always have been and always will. We retire our #’s and they are not to be worn again….not like those FOOL IDIOTS.


    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  96. linp says:

    Toronto is being destroyed. Bryan McCabe broke his wrist in three places and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

  97. Shiloh says:

    Absolutely correct! The trip on Sergei Kostitsyn was incredibly blatant as were the holding and hooking non-calls. But of course, Koivu gets two minutes for being in proximity of one of the Loafs. Maurice is full of crap.

  98. MEL FRIEND says:

    as long as montreal starts winning again bg is under no pressure to make a trade so all those rumors you are hearing about all those trades put it to rest also as soon brisbois is back o bryne will be sent back to hamilton i notice is ice time is getting lest every game.

  99. saku11 says:

    Yeah I watched it several times. I still don’t know what the hell Maurice is talking about. What a douche.

  100. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    AK HAS BEEN TARGETED…this is of concern… and should not be allowed. The NHL needs to intervene…otherwise our Organization will have to take matters to defend its players.

    its time to solve my picture.

    (what are we going to do when Belak and Bell go after AK?)
    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  101. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    It unbelievable how a coach can declare war against a Player on such a harmless play compared to what we’ve seen these days…not to mention (but I always have to mention it.) KOIVUS EYE BEING TAKEN OUT…didn’t hear BG talking like Maurice is talking…typical “world revolves around me” Leaf sh-t….come to think of it, wasn’t it MAURICE behind the Carolina bench?

    if so…then….
    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  102. Da Hema says:

    It doesn’t get much sweeter than a Saturday Night Spanking of the Leaves, especially with the senilic Bob Cole and the mewling Greg Millen calling the game. I have access to all the NHL games televised around North America, and without any doubt the CBC English eastern crew that covers the Leaves is the absolute worst. It just goes to show how dopey Toronto fans are that they (willingly!) accept the garbage that CBC thrusts upon them.

    Well done Les Boys!!

    “How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
    –Jacques Plante

  103. saku11 says:

    complete BS. Maurice said AK “hogtied him around the throat and threw him into the board.” That pisses me off. There was nothing wrong with that play, it was a race for the puck and two players collided. It’s called hockey. It’s unfortunate that McCabe was hurt but to blame AK is ridiculous.

  104. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Paul Maurice is an idiot and a sore loser. Leafs are back on track to their usual losing ways, making excuses and WHINING. Their recent success had more to do with facing mediocre goaltending than it does with them playing well. Perhaps the calls for his firing will start picking up steam. No wonder they’re the most hated team in the NHL.

  105. KamiDave says:

    Ian: Did you try an alternate browser?

  106. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I think Maurice is upset that the Hamilton Bulldogs beat his team.

  107. Renegade says:

    Maurice didn’t expressly mention Andrei Kostitsyn (To my knowledge) in his post game interview.

    However, I dislike seeing this type of negative speech utilized towards him, as I believe he is one of the better coaches in the league. The victories that the leafs have, and the solid style of play they can bring to the ice should be very much accredited to him.

    It seems out of character for him to react in this manner, and I’m assuming it had something to do with him losing one of his most durable defensemen. I’m certain that any other coach would have reacted similarly, if not worse, than Maurice did in this case.

    I dislike the Leafs just like anyone else, but respect should be given where it is due.

  108. A. Berke says:

    or an iMac? They work fine and have the best screen resolution.


    Ali B.

  109. jew4jah says:

    the trade rumor is ryder for torres….. it could be good for both teams

  110. Ed says:

    Well written. You are a true fan, and I wish every fan & poster on HIO would read what you have written.

  111. mjames says:

    Sorry I am going to have to disagree with you. His comments were not disimilar to that which Crawford said to his team priot to the Bertuzzi hit on that Av player – Steve ?????. If something happens to AK47 when they next play the Leafs then the league should do something . i saw the replay and AK46 basically pushed his way past McCabe. There was no grabbing of the throat or anything. Kostitsyn barely hit him. If it had been dirty there would have been either a penalty or retaliation. Let the league review it they will reach the conclusion of every non leaf fan – unfortunate injury as it was fluke that McCabe banged his wrist on the boards.


  112. nightmare_49 says:

    Why? Do you think we miss Breezer’s muscle on the “D”. O’Bryne ice time is just about right for now and is just about what Breezer’s ice time should be and we only got in trouble when the ice time of the Breeze got up to 20 mins. Breezer needs to rest his bo bo a little longer. Gorges had a good game tonight as his confidence seems to be coming around and only had a few minor glitches to go along with his steady effort. I’m not a Breezer basher and i know what he brings and he just needs to keep it simpler to help the team , no more no less , and he must be 100% healthy to help this team as he is not exactly a great physical specimen to begin with and never tried to improve on that like Chelios did. He still can help this team if used right and controled and disciplined.

  113. nightmare_49 says:

    Your right , it was like they have never seen the Habs before , talk about not doing their homrwork. Anyway Greg Millen is one puck shy of being a Glen Healy , Brutal.

  114. nightmare_49 says:

    Your 100% right about Lats needing big time ice time in Hamilton , for his own future.

  115. Bill says:

    Maurice only looks smart because we see see him next to hockey players, referees, and journalists. Don’t let the Poindexter glasses and hair fool you, this guy is no genius. A player on his team carves out someone’s eye? Total accident, let’s get over it. Kostitsyn bumps against McCabe and he somehow breaks a bone, well, that’s a war. Forget about it. That’s why some people call him the Space Cowboy, you know?

  116. Ian Cobb says:

    KamiDave & Ali Berke, It is Sun. Morn— I’ll post to you on today’s page.

  117. Shiloh says:

    Can you imagine we sat Andrei Kostitsyn a few times this year instead of Latendresse?

  118. The Teacher says:

    Breezer is as light as the snow falling today….

    What muscle? LMAO

  119. Bouleau noir says:

    Maurice’s statement about the incident is such a silly proposition,… a desparate descent into the world of trash talk and intimidation.

    I had respect, but its now gone.

  120. KamiDave says:

    Amen to that.

  121. Keith says:

    The beer just tastes so much better after a Hab win over the laffs.

  122. Lee_D says:

    I’ll be at this game! GO HABS GO!

  123. 24 Cups says:

    If Andrei K and Lats can’t go then we are in a wee bit of trouble. Ryder will obviously play and I have no problem with that. Any call up from Hamilton ideally should be a left winger. The cupboard is totally bare in Hamilton on the port side. Ferland, Milroy, and D’Agostini are right wingers. We could play a hunch and call up Locke. He’s another small centre (we’ve got the patent) but he was born in Toronto and might be highly motivated even though the game’s in Montreal. Lapierre could move to left wing. Just don’t let Locke out against Sundin or he’ll get eaten alive. Personally, I feel our best bet would be to try and persuade Max Pacioretty to quit school!

    The Original 24 Cups

  124. Les-Habitants says:

    I like your idea of calling up Locke for LW, if both Andrei and Lats are unable to play. If only Andrei is injured, it’d make more sense to move Lats to the 2nd line and callup a real 3rd liner, like Ferland.

  125. Sulemaan says:

    Trade earlier today between St. Louis (Weight) and Anaheim (MacDonald). Step of things to come…

  126. JF says:

    I watched tonight’s game. It looked a bit like last night, the Leafs doing to the Thrashers pretty much what the Habs did to the Flyers. If we’re going to win, we need a strong offensive game, lots of speed and aggressive forechecking. If we attempt to play a trap and let them come at us, as we usually seem to do at the Bell Centre, we’ll be toast. We need the same game plan and the same intensity as last night. But if neither Kostitsyn nor Latendresse plays, I’d say we’re in trouble. I just hope that if Ryder is in the line-up, the fans won’t boo him mercilessly. That really disgusts me; the guy is working hard, is skating better than last year and is better defensively.

  127. mjames says:

    Good post. I agree with the type of game we should play. If only Carbo lets them play it.


  128. linp says:

    If our team focus on our own game, forces the play to the Laff zone, we should be OK. Our past problem with Laff is that our players seemed too worry about Laff’s game and our play was too defensive.
    Last game, we finally played more as a team. The D-men played calmer, the forwards skated better and the passing were more accurate. As long as the effort is there, win or lose, we fans would be happy.

  129. Sulemaan says:

    The Leafs beat Atlanta 4-0 and have a hot goalie (Toskala). The Habs better bring their “A” game tomorrow night. If there is any team I hate them losing against it’s Toronto. Close second being Boston.

  130. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    We must stay out of the box…the “NHL Toronto NHL Refs syndicate” will do everything in its power to put us in the box and prevent us from having a powerplay….we are #1 in the league on the powerplay so its simple, prevent us from having a powerplay.

    If we can beat this conspiracy we wil EASILY WIN.



    at all other aspects we are a superior team, always have been and always will. We retire our #’s and they are not to be worn again….not like those FOOL IDIOTS.


    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  131. Will Longlade says:

    Even though my parlez-vous francais sucks, I will watch the game on RDS tomorrow night. The play-by-play and commentators who call the game on CBC are pretty lame to be kind. I get a bad case of reflux every time I listen to them call a Habs-Leafs game. Here’s to the Habs bringing the Buds back to earth with an old fashioned shellacking.

  132. Smart Dog says:

    BTW, that 4-1 prediction I made is here:

    Price I think gets a little nervous near the end of the game. He’ll get used to it and get his shut-outs… probably a lot of shut-outs! (But that’s why I said 4-1 and not 4-0).

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  133. Rocket Richard says:

    and they say dogs have no thinking powers.

    smart dog your a genius, or at least lucky for this one.

    The Rocket Richard – “you must hate to lose”
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  134. Canus says:

    does anyone know, after tonight’s game, which place
    overall in the East the habs are?

  135. Rocket Richard says:

    Montreal is 5th now

    1. * Ottawa 45
    2. * New Jersey 37
    3. * Carolina 35
    4. Boston 39
    5. Montreal 37
    6. NY Rangers 35
    7. Philadelphia 34
    8. Toronto 34
    9. NY Islanders 32
    10. Pittsburgh 32
    11. Buffalo 31
    12. Tampa Bay 31
    13. Florida 30
    14. Atlanta 29
    15. Washington 26

    The Rocket Richard – “you must hate to lose”
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  136. Rocket Richard says:


    Sad though that Price lost the shutout bid. Oh well, one day soon it will come and many more.

    Hopefully they can keep up with boston and ottawa.

    Very good sign tonight except for ryder.

    The Rocket Richard – “you must hate to lose”
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  137. ccs says:

    I thought Ryder had a pretty good game he had that early chance to get the first goal if only he held onto it another second or so. I would rather he be in the line up than smolinski…All in all a very good game. Hey laffs why dont you call up some of your young prospects to help you out…Oh yes you dont have any.

  138. carmine007 says:

    Nice game!!!

    Now finally like Rik Moffitt of CJAD said. We now can lay to rest those Koivu rumors!!!!

    When the going gets tough the tough get going. Come on HAB fans lets keep the faith!!!!

    It’s NEVER over til it’s OVER!

  139. linp says:

    Price is growing up in front of our eye, so is Sergei Kostitsyn. Lapierre is a major upgrade to Smolinski. Gorges is also better than Brisebois. We really need to play our youngsters from now on.

    It seems that we are playing more offensively the last two games. Also our passing improved. Keep this going and this winter will be fun.

    I like what Carbo said after the game. We’ll play to win. Yea! That is the system most suitable for our team. Combining speed and vision, good passing, we can beat every team in the league.

  140. kevinhabs says:

    my goodness

    i don’t remember the last time the first line was so explosive.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but the last time they controlled the game like this was last year against the leafs on the final day of the season when Ryder was actually scoring. He got 3 in that game and Higgy and Saku got a few points each.

  141. Ian Cobb says:

    to have all those great pictures in full now DAVE.

    Wow! Its about time we put a full game together. Nice to have vet’s, but its the kids that energise the ice. Hell let’s bring up the whole Hamilton squad.

    Bottle wine, wood fire burning and a great sat. night hockey game, life just does not get any better for an old fart. And to enjoy the company of this site is iceing on the ice. (Bet you thought I was going to say cake) not after 2 bottles of home made wine!

  142. Bouleau noir says:

    Well our team had a soul tonight, such cohesion, everyone looked great, a solid performance and one of our better game so far this season.

    S.Kostsitsyn, O’Byrne, Lapierre,… here is a package that really enhance our team’s profile for the better.

    S.Kost is a 7th round pick, fairly light and really young,… yet he makes our team so much better,… incredible.

    Dont forget, Koivu’s line received a standing ovation after one of their shift during the game tonight,.. very unusual stuff in the NHL,.. no goal was scored yet the fans roused of their seats to applaud the shear brilliance they had just witnessed during a shift in which those 3 players had taken control of the leaf’s territory for an unusually long period of time….. bravo to the fans for cheering and celebrating that moment…. it was our best offensive capsule yet this season.

    There is now a real possibility that our team can now count on having two top lines that will be able to produce on a regulard basis,… this will be new if it happens and I believe that it will.

    With our offensive prowess being improved Carbo will feel more secure and will probably somewhat alter our regular 5on5 game plan in order to take advantage of our new found strength,… our 4 goals tonight were scored while playing at evenstrength…. imagine that !

    I love this kid, I love our top 2 lines and I feel really good about the team as a whole right now,… the best in our season is most likely to come yet.

  143. saku11 says:

    Well said. I love the Koivu, Higgins, SK74 line. They were cycling the puck so well. You could definitely see the chemistry. It’s awesome for this kid to come in and have such a positive impact so soon.

  144. P St. Pierre says:

    Great game by the Canadiens. Price was awesome, every line seemed fast and the Captain played like a true warrior. The first period was kind of close but after that the Habs dominated this one.

    One player who doesn’t get nearly enough respect is Roman Hamerlik. This guy is a very good defenseman and his offensive instincts are also sound. He can be mean, he can hit, he’s not afraid of anyone and he knows how to move the puck out his own zone. He’s the perfect compliment to a young defenseman like O’Byrne (who looked good again tonight). I’m loving his game this season.

    The Kostitsyn brothers are so fun to watch. Andrei Kostitsyn has a great shot and a good work ethic. Putting him with Kovalev and Plekanec is definantly the right way to help him develop his offensive game.

    Sergei Kostitsyn has such great speed and vision, its a pleasure to watch him work. The way that he and his linemates cycled in Toronto’s end was just awesome to see. These two are going to be very good hockey players and hopefully they stick with this team for a long time. I’m so excited for the future of the organization.

  145. Robert L says:

    There is an old saying – when you are going through hell, keep going – that might sum up the Habs last month.

    Last night Habs supporters may have seen encouraging signs once again. It do not believe it to be an illusion.

    Patience and vision are required. Enjoy the unfurling dividends as better days are upon us.

  146. A. Berke says:

    Everyone in the team did their job admirably well.
    Way to go Habs.
    This is a wonderful feeling and a great (early) Christmas gift. Hope more of the same are on the way.


    Ali B.

  147. johnmanw says:

    I gotta say, obviously first great game. But also, great that Koivu scored some, after yesterdays press conference where he was hoping for a goal he gets two, gotta love him. Hope the rumours aren’t true, he’s the heart of our team, even if he’s not scoring so much this year.

    And Price, love the kid, he’s so young and so level headed, it’s great, Huet is still number one in my books, that guy will stand on his head for the team. Hope he makes into the lineup soon.

  148. The Cat says:

    What a great game. Superb team effort. When we can dictate with our speed and can maintain a certain amount of confidence, we can beat anybody. Kovalev is great. Give that man all the ice he can handle, he can carry this team, and more importantly, he wants to do it.

  149. nightmare_49 says:

    True , but i think we’ll save that extra ice time for Kovy for the playoffs.

  150. habsguy says:

    I for one am sure happy we took Price in the draft ahead of players like Kopitar. Pricehas a good shot at rookie of the year. Sure it would have been nice to have some size, but EVERYONE knows you build from the goal out !

  151. Drive_4_25 says:

    I too LOVE PRICE, but I’m afraid that rookie of the year is going to CANE of Chicago!

    “God is a HABS fan whose still pissed at the ROY trade!!!”

  152. G-Man says:

    Here’s a cheer for the Habs first 60 minute game in 2 months. Solid checking, first to the puck all night and 4 goals. Okay, 2 were lucky, making up for all those goal posts the Habs tend to hit. Yes, the Habs are on a positive streak. Let’s hope the collapse of last year doesn’t recur. The 23rd of December is not far away!

  153. downeast hab says:

    Did anyone see the article paul maurice said about the mccabe incident. he said that ak grabbed mccabe by the throat and threw him to the boards. I think maurice needs new glasses.sour grapes.

  154. mjames says:

    Good post. Let’s hope Carbo continues to let this team run. The more they play like that the more confidence they will have. I am very pleased with the youth we have on this team. These kids are really playing. They deserve to stay up and play here. Some of the vets like Simolinski, Brisebois and Begin are going to have to sit. If not Gainey maybe trades them for some draft choices. I know Begin has some value.


  155. Smart Dog says:


    1. The Tremblay era is finally behind us. These Habs rock! I’m not saying we’re contenders, just that for the first time in over 10 years we have a rounded, and talented team that should be feared on its own merits – not because of one or two game-stealers.
    2. There is a god – or Santa Claus or something. To knock both Breezer and Slowinski out and have the replaced with talented youngsters. I could never imagine such luck.
    3. Paul Maurice is not a class act. Thought he was. I guess being in Toronto, he’s learning to whine when things don’t go right.
    4. Price is the real deal. I know everyone else said that in September, but last night to me he arrived. He made it all look so easy – you can tell he’s getting better and that the November experience hasn’t rattled him.
    5. Hamrlik is a star. He gets so little credit but does so much. Speaking of unheralded talent, Chipchura too doesn’t get enough credit. He had FIVE take-aways last night, and won 73% of his face-offs. He’s turning into quite the warrior for us.
    6. Carbo is learning…. winning obviously looks better on him than losing, but he seems more humble, more appreciative of his team, and in this case – the win.
    7. And finally – on a good day even the Hamilton Bulldogs can beat the Laffs!!!

    Go HABS!! RUF!! RUF!!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  156. Habsrule1 says:

    Only 4-1…!?!

    Fire Carbo!!


    Go Habs Go!!


  157. Hobie Hansen says:

    I would by lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous about a positive outcome for Montreal prior to last night’s game against the Leafs. It seemed as the Leafs were on the rise and Montreal’s inability to sign a big forward over the summer was catching up to them.

    However, guys like Price, Komisarek, and Chipchura are making the Canadiens look real good at the draft table the past number of years. Komisarek has quickly become the team’s physical and emotional leader on the blue line and Chipchura is also grabbing the bull by the horns and developing into an awesome face off, penalty killer and shut down guy, in rapid fashion.

    And nothing has to be said about Price except that Huet, who’s done a fantastic job, can be moved anytime to bolster our group of forwards.

  158. Smart Dog says:

    I agree with both of you. It seems an enforcer and a little cap room may be the best move right now.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  159. linp says:

    Or get a fighter to protect our skill players in case of need.

  160. habsguy says:

    Drive_4_25…yes you’re probably right, although if Price keeps playing the way he is right now, he could make it interesting….all in all though, I’m happy we took him instead of Kopitar..

  161. Smart Dog says:

    Suddenly I’m thinking less about a big forward… and more about the small holes we have to fill (an enforcer especially). It’s the teams that get scoring from all four lines that are threats. And, though a big goal-scoring forward is still our most likely need down the road, we’re high on skill and as some players have proved (Briere, St. Louis) little speedy guys totally have a place.

    So here’s a question for all you posters:
    – if there IS interest in Ryder from Edmonton (or somewhere out west), do you let him go lightly for something like a 3rd round pick just so save the cap room?

    My vote is yes – a decent, slightly skilled enforcer and Cap room may be all this team should look for right now. The cap room of course in case we look like we can make a real playoff run, or just for heading into next year. Well, there is one other thing we need… but I would NEVER wish that someone’s injuries take six or seven months to heal. lol

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  162. Naila Jinnah says:

    Seriously, that picture is awesome. It was hilarious live too!

  163. habsguy says:

    you know what would be really cool, If Kopitar could play goal, maybe he could help his team get out of the basement, after all his size and scoring haven’t …..LOL

  164. Leclerc1965 says:

    Is it irony that this team looks so much better without Breezy, Smoke, and Lats in the lineup? Maybe Carbonneau reads our posts and decided to change this pathetic system he has this team stuck in. Changes? They finshed checks, they win faceoffs, they don’t fall into a defensive “penalty kill posture” when the other team is in their defensive zone. He finally realizes that the forwards need to come out to challenge the opposing defencemen in their own zone which created turnovers and also helped their transition game. Why he had them collapsing down low when not even on a power play is beyond me. They played with heart as well as outhustled the Leafs to most of the loose pucks. Maybe it was just me but there wasn’t as much dam line shuffling that we are use to seeing. It sure felt good to see the most obvious problems we have been having change.

  165. Leclerc1965 says:

    I still think we need a big forward though. We need that guy who can stand in front of the net whether on the power play or just to jam the front of the net. Someone who can occupy a defenceman and create screens because we do take so many shots from the point.

  166. LTHF says:

    Finally a 60 minute game, could sit and relax and feel comfortable that they were going to win. Now if they can show the same emotion and drive in future games, if they do , they will do very well.
    BTW Timo were you at the game last nite, if not, there’s an imposter on the loose!

  167. The Teacher says:


    Is it possible that you can repost the ‘deleted’ comment by Mr. Poisson?

    As a way to get around the controversy. Is it possible that you can have a ‘thumbs up’ or thumbs down’ ranking for that specific post to see what the consensus among posters is?

    From my experience in the last two weeks reading Mr. Poisson’s posts, I don’t really see anything that was blatantly xenophobic or degrading to anyone else. He might be sarcastic, but that isn’t a crime. However, I abide by your decision, although it would be nice to be able to review the post.

    perhaps you can set up a small section on the site that shows examples of posts that will not be allowed? Showing a few examples probably will be more beneficial than just posting the rules IMHO.

    for example,

    1. naming the first line the KKK line is one example of something that shouldn’t be posted, for obvious reasons.

    2. Calling someone a racial epithet

    3. Posting something along the lines of

    “cournoyer12, you know nothing about hockey and you really need to improve your vocabulary”

    is obviously not accepted as it is a personal attack (I trust Cournoyer12 understands I bear no animosity towards him, just providing an example :P)

    Thank you.

  168. Cdnman1 says:

    This is my post from Saturday afternoon. “I predict that the Habs will put a spanking on the Leafs.”

    Now how was that for a spanking?!

    Paul Marice has no class! His team was outclassed last night. Blaming Kostitsyn for the injury to McCabe is pathetic. Here is a quote “It’s not a natural thing, it’s not like getting hit into the boards where you can recover, but when you get hog-tied around the throat and you go back into the boards that’s just brutal,” I think Marice is brutal!

    Great game. Go Habs go!
    Number 25 in 2009

  169. The Teacher says:

    ahahaha, I’m really not 😛

  170. Girth says:

    Anyone who has ever tried to moderate a blog knows it is an and endless and thankless task… almost impossible.

    IMHO the bar should be set quite high as to what constitutes an offense worthy of banishment. So far… I have not seen anything here that would meet that criteria.

    Also … I would move the “flag as offensive” link away from the “Reply” link to avoid having people clicking it by mistake.

  171. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    Wow, Maurice has lost my respect as a fair judge of character. In no way was injury on the mind of Kostitsyn. That being said, I was surprised things didn’t get chippy after that hit. Overall, the game was very mild from a physical aspect. No fights or roughing calls.

    I just hope we continue this style of play and not settle back into a defensive stalemat against Florida. If memory serves, we have lots of one goal games with this time.

  172. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    I will agree with TSN that is was a win against a tired oppenent. AN OPPONENT IS TIRED OF GETTING BEAT BY THE HABS!!!!

  173. Habs-Fan-In-KY says:

    We’ll chat again cournoyer12! I think you and I think alike. Nasty weather up there yes, here in Kentucky? No, just a lot of rain over the weekend. Wish we had the snow….just not all of it :)

  174. habsgod says:

    well if the oilers want to part wit raffi torres for ryder then lets do it!!he’s the kind of gritty scrappy third line guy we need!!and he can produce offence too!!

  175. habsguy says:

    well you finally came around, I knew I could do it.!!!!!…I’m proud of myself !!!!

  176. jibberjabber says:

    The best part of the game last night was at the first period break when komisarek was interviewed by Elliote Friedman (what a tool) and the interview was over he walked away and te camera stayed on him and Jean Beliveau was coming the opposite way and they had a really frank handshake. As if Le gros Bill was still one of the boys.

    it was awesome, gave me chills.

    Then Komi pounded the Leafs in the boards for the rest of the night.

  177. jibberjabber says:

    every time Breeze by is not in the line up we look better

  178. kevin m says:

    Message to Kilroy A.K.A. Gilles Poisson

    I hope this doesn’t get deleted.

    FYI I’ve also had one of my posts partially deleted for questionable language, leaving it in limbo with no apparent “point”.

    The comment was made under the topic of “Ryder Sits; Younger Kostitsyn to play on first line”. The thread came in between the loss to the Bolts & the impending Flyers encounter.

    I wanted to make a point of the Habs lack of intestinal fortitude using a word that begins with B and ends in LLS. The last part of my post was stricken. I was a little surprised because I had previously read a thread created, I believe, by Mr Boone which suggested the Habs reach down into their jocks & feel for their contents.

    I guess that when you’re the “boss” you can do and say as you please.

    Keep fighting the good fight, albeit, more carefully.

  179. Smart Dog says:

    Pretty good Cdnman1… but not as good as my post where I PREDICTED A 4-1 WIN!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  180. Smart Dog says:

    Hey folks,

    I was thinking about all this BS about AK “collaring” McCabe or whatever he wsa supposed to do. I guess that’s a lot better than saying McCabe, who is prone to make… let’s call them Mcstakes, is clutzy enough to get his fingers caught in the glass all by his little self, which is what happened. Testament to the fact that no players took any action, no one made a fuss at the time and even Ferguson said it was AK’s fault.

    So Paul “Crybaby” Maurice…. I hope you’re having a good time sulking in your beer!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  181. Smart Dog says:

    A good idea to move the “flag as offensive” opposite the “reply”.

    Also it would be great if next to the “flag as offensive” was a link with a little guidline as to what is acceptable. Above for example I wrote “BS”.. which I doubt is a problem but it would be great to know if it is! Also common is to make the rarely used links lighter than the frequently used “reply” link. That way your eye drifts where it is supposed to.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  182. Smart Dog says:

    Here’s a question for someone with a lot more Habs knowledge than me.

    Is there some easy way to compare the draft selections during the Tremblay era with the post-Tremblay draft selections? I’m sure it would be interesting! …and it would probably indicate that we should give Bob a little more credit than some of us do under less positive circumstances than last night!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  183. The Teacher says:

    As I can recall, it was Andre Savard who made the picks, and then it’s been Trevor Timmins, Gainey gave the guys total freedom. That’s why he is so smart.

    But yes, Andre Kostitsyn, S. Kostitsyn, and others are a lot better than Terry Ryan, Brent Bilodeau, and others….

  184. The Teacher says:

    I looooove the snow!

  185. The Teacher says:

    I love it actually :)

    Geaux Habs!

  186. The Teacher says:

    I always knew Price needed time. Just thought expectations for him were too high too soon, we need to relax. Maybe you got me confused with another poster?

    Hahaha. I demand to see my post where I said Price wasn’t good or all heck will break lose here!!!


  187. 24 Cups says:

    Savard 1984 – 1996

    Houle 1996 – 2000

    Savard 2000-2003

    Gainey (Timmins) 2003 – 2007

    The Original 24 Cups

  188. 24 Cups says:

    A message for fellow Habs fans in the Ottawa and Montreal regions. Toronto was hit with one of the worst storms in years and it’s on your way. Rumour has it that it’s courtesy of Paul Maurice. A small Price to pay for the joy of watching our boys humiliate the Lousy Leafs last night.

    The Original 24 Cups

  189. saku11 says:

    go to
    Did you know we drafted Rory Fitzpatrick?

    Man, the mid to late 90s were brutal for the Habs. Ever since 2001 though we’ve been getting some solid talent every year.

  190. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thanks.,..thats the kind of inside info we like to hear.

    until the problem in my picture is solved…we will not be Champions.

  191. Smart Dog says:

    Well our first picks get a LOT better after 2000!!!
    Some real winners in the 90’s!

    1994 Brad Brown – Toronto Marlies
    1995 Terry Ryan – Cincinnati Cyclones
    1996 Matt Higgins – Ingolstadt ERC
    1997 Jason Ward – Tampa Bay
    1998 Eric Chouinard – Straubing Tigers
    1999 Alexander Buturlin – Russia
    2000 Ron Hainsey – with the Blue Jackets
    2001 Mike Komisarek
    2002 Chris Higgins
    2003 Andrei Kostitsyn
    2004 Kyle Chipchura
    2005 Carey Price

    Thanks for the DB link
    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  192. Smart Dog says:

    You must mean Paul “Crybaby” Maurice. Of the Toronto Cry Babies. They throw all the nicest parties!

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  193. The Teacher says:

    Ummm…our storm started at 7 this morning…

    but thanks 😛

  194. The Teacher says:

    Me too, or a big winger who can or the other is fine with me…Think me might have to wait for Mad Max tho….he’ll be here before Vinny gets here.

  195. habsfan_56 says:

    check out tsn the reporters comments on the Kostitsyn hit on McCabe (towards the end)
    agree completely on what they say about the leafs

  196. Smart Dog says:

    Thanks for the clip. They are in total agreement… they say that’s what you call an accident. But even better “the Leafs like to call foul for everything” – they don’t actually say the word “whiners” but if you play the clip backwards you can hear it.
    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

  197. nightmare_49 says:

    When Fitspatrick came up with the Habs they had a young “D” (Rivet & co.) and Rory looked like one of the better ones and St.Louis were happy to get him in that trade and many Habs fans were scratching their heads at that trade as the Habs said he wasn’t as dedicated as the other young “D”. It was downhill from there as Rory had good size but had peaked with no real upside and had to scramble to get another wiff of the NHL.

  198. Sulemaan says:

    Koivu has a no-trade clause and has said he has no intenetion of leaving Montreal. I don’t think we need worry about Saku being traded. Perhaps on the first goal he was ‘ho-hum’ (according to Don Cherry) but on the second one he seemed quite pleased when he embraced Higgins…

  199. mrstewart61 says:

    How can you see that in a person? I can’t tell what he thinks. Can you give me the lotto numbers for next week? :)

  200. Smart Dog says:

    And the first goal was a ‘ho-hum’ goal. Went in off a skate. Koivu is classy about things like that… sure his hard work made it happen, but it was accidental. I think Koivu actually feels a little silly about getting excited when that happens unless it’s a game winner or something.

    Be happy! At least the FUTURE looks bright!
    Plekanec, Higgins, Komi, Chips, Lapierre, O’Byrne, K1 &K2, Price

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