Game 33: Habs open road trip with loss

Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson foils Canadiens centreman Tomas Plekanec from close in during the Habs’ 3-2 loss Sunday night to the Avalanche in Denver.
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At a Glance: The Canadiens began their seven-game, season’s-longest road trip with a loss Sunday night, falling 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. The teams exchanged first-period power-play goals, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri opening the scoring with a pretty one-timer on a pass from centre Tomas Plekanec at 10:50; Colorado’s Ryan Wilson tied it with 5.5 seconds left on a screened point blast that Montreal goalie Carey Price never saw. Canadiens’ defenceman Alexandre Picard pinched in to rap home a power-play rebound of a shot by Scott Gomez at 2:58 of the second, but Avs’ Kevin Porter got that back just 1:03 later, the game’s first 5-on-5 goal coming on a weak backhand that slipped past Price’s right pad. Price made a handful of outstanding saves with the game tied, but poor defensive coverage in front of the net and a bouncing puck off a rebound caromed past the goalie off the body of Avs’ T.J. Galiardi at 16:12 to give the hosts their first lead of the contest. It would prove to be the game-winner.

Key Moments: The weird winning goal and the Avalanche, winners of six straight, resisting good Montreal pressure in the third period, especially in the game’s final minute. It was a triumphant night for former Canadien Ryan O’Byrne, playing his first game against the Habs.

What It Means: The Canadiens ended a three-game losing streak on Thursday at home to Boston but couldn’t make it two straight. The Habs remain two points ahead of the Northeast Division’s second-place Boston Bruins, with idle Boston holding two games in hand.

What’s Next: The Canadiens were to charter out of Denver at midnight Montreal time, flying to Dallas where they’ll take on the Stars Tuesday night. The Habs will wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of their road trip with a game Thursday in Raleigh, N.C., vs. the Carolina Hurricanes.

141 Comments

  1. Habscat says:

    1. Langenbrunner

    2. Bieksa

    3. Ron Maclean

    4. If Martin is the coach the next 3 years – yes

    5. Finals if we trade for some bangers up front

     

    http://stores.ebay.com/Gushue-Sports-Cards

  2. scrowe21 says:

    O’Byrne has been far from horrible since traded.

  3. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think they’re the best, but I certainly don’t think they ruin players.  Ribeiro was softer than the Charmin in my bathroom, Hainsey was claimed off waivers and was doing quite well here, Desjardins’ doesn’t fall under current management, Higgins is a terrible hockey player, he was good here and has been pitiful everywhere else and Ryder is brutal, and I mean brutal without the puck on his stick.

    Getting rid of Sergei Kostitsyn is a victory, ditto for Gui, the Gui trade is actually a homerun for us I think.

    For every example you can provide of a player not working out, I can provide one of a player who has worked out great.

    If one of every two of our draft picks work out to be great, I’m happy.

  4. MTLForever says:

    Actually, I know results mean everything, they lost on a garbage goal by the Avs. You wake up and realize that they didn’t play like crap and then we will talk, thanks pessimist.

  5. TorontoHabsFan says:

    So with our LTIR money I think it would be smart for Montreal to sign another defenceman instead of a veteran forward. Our D has played admirably, but I fear the minutes could catch up with our older defencemen – Hamrlik, Spacek and Gill.

    The question is, which type of defenceman should Montreal seek out? An offensive guy or a steady, veteran top 4 defensive guy? The offensive guys almost always command a higher asking price at the deadline, whereas the defensive guys usually can be had for mid-round picks.

    Bieksa is the popular name of late, but know who else should be available for a relatively cheap price?

     

    Craig Rivet.

  6. MTLForever says:

    It always is crap to lose because of a goal like that.

  7. tricolore says:

    you must think results mean nothing….they are the only thing that matters…ask any player of any sport…they’ll take the victory any day over playing well and coming up with goose eggs….where do you live in fantasy land? you think those guys care about how well they played or dominated the opposition without coming up with a point or two to show for it? 1 win in the last 5 is crap…in this league…..wake up

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  8. nunacanadien says:

    Langenbrunner would probably fit in better with Cammy and Gomez.

  9. blu3chip says:

    3rd Avalanche goal was clearly goalie interference. What a bull crap call.

  10. AndyF says:

    SK74, Gui, OB, Desjardins, Hainsey, Ribeiro, Higgins, Ryder … *all* needed a little better mentoring.  The Habs gave them just about nothing.    In some cases, like Higgins, the damage was irreparable.  Even PK, who should have been carefully mentored like the Wings do with their rookies, ended up falling through the cracks.  Kudos to him for having enough talent to escape the Habs’ rookie curse.

     

    Of all the examples you cite, Pouliot stands out as just about the only exception of anything going the Habs’ way.

     

    If you think the Habs have an adequate mentoring and life coaching program for their rookies… if you think that Habs’ upper management is on the ball regarding longterm injury management (eg. bragging that Markov “miraculously” returned 6 weeks earlier than he should have from a serious surgery)…  if you think the Canadiens lead the league in progressive pro personnel development… great.     I don’t.  Neither do some athletic training professionals that know the inside workings of the team.

     

     

    AndyF

    http://andyfroncioni.com

  11. TomNickle says:

    The list was provided by WGR550 radio station in Buffalo and I can’t find the link on the website anymore.  I believe it was in the NHL.  Regardless, the point is valid due to the players that this organization has developed.  What players specifically couldn’t play here but thrived in another market after seeing significant or even moderate development time with their current organizations?  Grabovski?

    Hainsey played meaningful time here, Latendresse and Kostitsyn did too.  O’Byrne had close to four years here to develop into a consistent player.  He was given several opportunities but couldn’t eliminate mistakes from his game that twelve year old kids can.  Not being physical, not covering well in front of the net, not making adequate decisions with the puck and couldn’t stop taking stupid penalties, more specifically, he couldn’t avoid shooting the puck over twelve foot high glass.

    If you were running the organization and a player was consistently making those mistakes, would you keep him and hold his hand through the process if it took more than four years?

    How can you explain to 19 players that you’re going to sit Picard and Weber in favour of a player who constantly makes stupid mistakes that force you into trailing on the scoreboard or killing senseless penalties?

  12. AndyF says:

    TomNickle: “Our organization has the second highest NHL games played per player
    drafted in the NHL.  So it stands to reason that your theory about our
    draft picks or young players not working out or ‘underperforming’ is
    bunk.”

    Are those based on players still playing for us?  Or for players playing in the NHL?   If it’s for us, then I concede you have a valid stat.  Otherwise your stat is irrelevent.   Remember, I’m not complaining about our ability to draft.

     

    AndyF

    http://andyfroncioni.com

  13. TomNickle says:

    Komisarek, Quintal, O’Byrne.

    They were great with Markov and horrible without him…..see a pattern?

  14. deuce6 says:

    We need to trade for a d-man….

  15. TomNickle says:

    And if you can please explain to me how it’s a coach’s responsibility to teach a professional hockey player how not to shoot a puck over the glass that would be nice.

  16. Malreg says:

    Care to rattle off a list of all these superstars traded/let go by the current management, that perform so much better elsewhere?  O’Byrne and Latendress(who admitted himself that he wasnt even trying anymore for the Habs)?

    Higgins? Ryder? Tanguay? Kovalev?                                                                                                                      

    Pouliot couldn’t even crack the Minnesota Wild roster, but he comes here and performs pretty well. 

  17. MTLForever says:

    very poor? they did do a lot of things well or did you miss the whole 3rd period? the avs 3rd goal was one of those garbage goals and the second of the avs was a give away in the neutral zone which we have done a lot lately….did you notice they always give us a penalty at the end of periods, especially the first? i don’t think it was a very poor play or “not good at all”, did a lot of things well. so stop being so negative. 

  18. TomNickle says:

    Except Plekanec has thrived, Price is thriving, Halak earned a lucrative contract and heroic status here, Andrei Markov has been unanimously one of the NHL’s top 10 defensemen for the last five years, Mike Komisarek earned a lucrative deal, Ron Hainsey is one of the league’s most underrated defensemen due to the market he plays in, Andrei Kostitsyn is a productive top 6 forward, I can go on and on.

    I’m sure you would counter with examples like Sergei Kostitsyn, Mikael Grabovski, Guillame Latendresse, Kyle Chipchura and Ryan O’Byrne.

    And of those players, Chipchura is the only one who didn’t have problems off the ice,  Sergei with his cancerous attitude, Grabovski with his pouting and off ice bar scandals, Latendresse never met a mirror or microphone he didn’t like and O’Byrne got into his troubles on the road.

    So perhaps you could question the evaluation that goes into the character of the players that management have drafted but it’s fairly obvious that with selections like Leblanc, Gallagher and Tinordi among others that the team has put a renewed focus into drafting leaders.

    Our organization has the second highest NHL games played per player drafted in the NHL.  So it stands to reason that your theory about our draft picks or young players not working out or “underperforming” is bunk.

  19. scrowe21 says:

    But, hes playing the same way with..Liles? 

  20. habaddict_andy says:

    With good coaching, Atlanta we can beat. 

  21. AndyF says:

    That OB was terrible in Montreal is not the question.

     

    The question is how, time after time, young players  underperform under Habs management, while they thrive under  other teams’ managment.   Habs *suck* at managing their youth. The OB issue is about *that*.    Habs management is known everywhere for being the laziest pile of dead wood anywhere in the league.  Oh, uh… sorry… second only to the Leafs’ managment.

     

    I recently saw an article where that effect is called “Cash Cow Disease”.   :-)

     

    AndyF

    http://andyfroncioni.com

  22. habaddict_andy says:

    Exactly what I was thinking.  If he does, he will crack me up…for a change.

  23. W35T5ID3 says:

    So upon further investigation,i have come to the conclusion that this team YUP is DEFINITLY missing a few solid pieces.We lack size.Its evident.But it is difficult to pinpoint the type of dude we need.Defense lacks too.We oughta go out and get Bieksa.He’d fit right in.Then we oughta fleece Sutter and them flames and land Iginla.Sutter is an idiot.He’ll trade for anyone.So we can give em some of our junk and im sure that it could be done…..bahh …but wtf do i know eh.Eeesh.

  24. Ian Cobb says:

    We are in big need of points on the road. If we play our game and skate like we can, checking as a 5 man unit, we will come away with two points. Should be a very good game against a very good team.

  25. tricolore says:

    Several missed opportunities tonight, poor finishing. Thought Price kept his team in it by making at least 3 key saves after it was 3-2. Anderson was just a bit better. Boy, AK46 like dead lumber out there. No interest in taking a hit or giving his all. As far as our D-men I think only Gorges and Subban can recover after making a mistake. The rest are like pylons out there. Once they’re beaten, they suck wind and trail from behind. 

    2 points gained out of a possible 10 in the last 5 games. Not good at all. Very poor play by the Habs. Hope to see some positives soon. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markov has made a number of defencemen look much better than they actually are.

    If you can only play confidently when Markov is your partner, you’re not much use.

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

  27. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, like we have some delusional ones who think this is an elite team sweetly freighted with “intangibles” even when we regularly load the diaper to “lesser” teams than us, don’t show up ready to play many nights, at least in the first period, are unsettled with player combinations and soft on the road, which is saying something given how soft we are at home.

    Shall I go on?

    If you have been a fan “since 1972″ I have a higher expectation of you than of a twelve year old, one would think you would have some sort of standard for Habs higher than planning the parade for regular mid-pack performance. This team is being carried by Price, just like it was carried by Halak last year and is too small, too soft and while it has some talented players is nowhere near ready for the playoffs – and that is the fault of Count Chocula and the Brain Truss upstairs.

    The difference between you and I is I support your right to come on here and express yourself as you please, but it’s highly offensive that you don’t want anyone who disagrees with you to express themselves. Being here on planet earth is not being “negative” – it’s being realistic.

     

    too small, too soft, too intangible

     

  28. NightRyder says:

    1. Arnott

    2. Bieksa. Although I think Sami Salo would come a lot cheaper, and if he can be held together with duct tape, is excellent on the power play.

    3. Milbury. Was it Stephane Richer who was banging Milbury’s face into the ice one time?

    4. Yes.

    5. Too early to tell.

  29. JF says:

    1.  Neither at the moment.

    2.  Joni Pitkanen (but I think the Canes will be in the playoff race). 

    3.  Neither

    4.  No

    5.  We might get to the Conference finals, but, unless someone else takes out Philly, that’s as far as we’d get.        Atlanta would also be tough, but I like our chances against any other opponent.

  30. NightRyder says:

    He was horrible when he played 12 minutes a game and got yarded after every mistake. He was excellent when paired with Markov and playing 20 minutes without having to worry about making a mistake. While I do think he got “every chance” to play over the years, I don’t think he got “every chance” to be excellent. There’s a big difference.

    But you’re right, I don’t think he ever would have blossomed here. As long as we don’t end up saying the same thing about Subban, and Bournival is half-decent, it’s not a huge loss.

  31. SmartDog says:

    Wow! Cami’s FIFTH GOAL in SEVEN GAMES!

    Seems like Gomez does have an important role to play on this team.  When someone on Pleks line needs a jump-start, put them with Gomez for a few games of punishment. When they come back – boom!  Goals-a-plenty!

    ——-

  32. weightman25 says:

    what are the odds on OB gettin a delay of game penalty tongiht??

  33. t1tan5 says:

    Love to see all the revisionist historians come out and defend OB. The fact of the matter is that OB was horrible for the Habs and there is no guarantee that he would have ever blossomed here. Another fact is that Picard completely outplayed him in every chance he got at the beginning of the season thus rendering OB expendable.

  34. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. Neither, unless we get more injuries.

    2. Pitkanen. Certainly not Kaberle who is bad in his own zone.

    3. Milbury played on the 70’s Bruins teams that kept getting owned by the Habs. He’s suffered enough. PJ Stock is harmless.

    4. No. It’s not clear Tavares will turn into a game breaker.

    5. At present, we have a shot but there are better teams than us in the east.

     

  35. Chuck says:

    What’s the weather like up there on your pedestal?

    The 2010 Montreal Canadians Christmas Card

  36. scrowe21 says:

    Neither. Im hoping Maxpac is here to stay. Only spot I see opening up in the top 6 is Kostitsyn, likely getting moved in a trade for a kid. ( see O’Byrne trade )

    Kaberle.

    I wouldnt mind punching Milbury in the face. I like PJ. Neither deserve to be tortured….lol

    NO.

    I dont think so but anything can happen. I just cant see them beating Philly in a playoff series unless Bobrovsky chokes.

  37. weightman25 says:

    1 jamie langenbrunner

    2 kevin bieska

    3 mike milbury

    4 never … taylor hall or jordan eberle on the other hand

    5 gotta stay positive so yes off to the finals

  38. W35T5ID3 says:

    Here a few dumb questions for you all ….im bored and so im throwin this out there.Sorta curious to see the answers.

    1)If the habs could acquire one of either Jason Arnott or Jamie Langenbrunner ,who would you rather have?

    2)If you could acquire one of either Thomas Kaberle,Joni Pitkanen or Kevin Bieksa….who would it be?

    3)If you could have 5 min alone to torture and beat up one of Mike Milbury or PJ Stock, who would it be?

    4)Would you trade PK Subban straight up for John Tavares?

    5)Are we bound for the Stanley cup finals this season?1st round exit?2nd?East Conf. Finals????

     

     

        Thanks ….im off to christmas shop before the habs game in denver.Go habs go .

  39. MTLForever says:

    Dude, you’re not funny. Never were.

  40. MTLForever says:

    It’s funny how people keep stating Halak this and that, sorry…we would’ve been out first round if we didn’t play the defense we did and block many of the shots. 

     

    No one’s gunna think about this game down the road, why? Because we played well. If we don’t make the playoffs or don’t get home advantage…we will be blaming a game that we played poorly that cost us…not one that we did many things right. 

  41. SmartDog says:

    Moen was supposed to be here for that.  But over time he seems to have settled into a nice guy mode too.  It’s odd becuase we’re not one of the least penalized teams in teh league.  But I’d say we’re one of the softest.

    ——-

  42. edgie says:

    I love these responses.  It’s a simple fact that the results aren’t always representative of how well you played.  Feel free to argue that… I don’t care, because you’d simply be wrong.  I can name you easily 10+ games we should have lost last year because we were outplayed.  I can also name you 10+ that we should have won last year because we outplayed the opposition. 

    Oh, and when we make the playoffs by two points or gain home ice advantage by two points, I’m going to be looking back to that game against the Pens on Oct 9th where we were thoroughly outplayed and say, yeah those two points were kind of important.

    Stop being so negative. Also, since you apparently know how to count, why don’t you help out us less fortunate people and tell us how far we are down in the eastern conference…don’t have to count very high now do you?  We’ve been in worse spots, get over it.

     

     

  43. HabsPEI31 says:

    Any word on line combos yet? Or have I missed it…

     

    “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

     If only the team could trade supporters.

  45. sholi2000.com says:

    This game should have been won by the Habs.  We missed too many opportunities to destroy their will in the first and second period with shots that missed the net.

    Then the defensive mistakes really killed them in the third.

    Oh well.  You’re allowed to lose.

    They Call Me Shane

  46. The Cat says:

    None of the D or the goalie should get any blame…The offense couldnt get 1 even strength goal, and IMO if you dont get 2 even strength goals -you dont deserve to win the game. Lots of blame goes on AK but the whole top 6 forwards should be held responsible. I mean if the 3rd line (Halpern) doesnt produce, things seem to get complicated quickly.

     

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

  47. Chuck says:

    Cool… look wht the mailman delivered yesterday:

    2010 Montreal Canadians Christmas Card

  48. tricolore says:

    I like your point. I’m just trying to think who in the Habs recent history, say last 20 years, was like that? You know, I think PK will be that kind of veteran in about 5 years…just hope he’s in the Habs uniform. Perhaps not mean but very ‘spicey’ and providing some kicks in the behind to move the players ahead….

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  49. kmachabs27 says:

    kostityn for langenbrunnner.

  50. light_n_tasty says:

    You know that Markov, who happens to be a d-man, was one of our leading scorers, right?  

  51. rocketsglare says:

    The D is not the problem on most night’s. It’s the lack of scoring from top to bottom. There is too much inconsistency

    with not enough even strength and PP scoring. This team is winning solely on goaltending, tough D, and opportunistic

    scoring. That’s it. Every game is a grind for this club and it may eventually catch up to the team later in the season.

    It would be nice if the Habs can score in bunches in most of their games and win going away. But, this team does not

    have the type of personnel nor system that permits for endless scoring. Hopefully, that will change with time.

    Go Habs Go!

  52. Timo says:

    Nothing is stopping our guys venturing into the other goalie’s crease and cause some interference. I bet Cammilleri doesn’t know what goalie’s crease looks like. 

  53. Timo says:

    But really… imagine if we had Richards instead of Gomer? Maybe, I mean maybe he would have potted one tonight. It’s a wild thought, I know, but what the heck.

  54. Timo says:

    I am sorry… I am sorry. Did you not watch Hall Gill, A Picard and Co tonight? Better D in what universe? 

  55. Timo says:

    Tonight’s game demonstrated why we kept Picard and traded that bum O’Byrne. Losers of 4 out of 5 games. It just keeps gets better and better. The System is just getting warmed up though. Come April, when we squeeze into the playoffs via a lousy losing OT point, watch out NHL. 

  56. LA Loyalist says:

    Hey, I’m an illiterati, too, but i can add and subtract. We lost two points, and somehow, at the end of the year, when we don’t make the playoffs, or lose home ice advantage by two points we’ll all go. Oh crap, that road game in Colorado, when i was thinking about whether or not to buy my wife a new personal appliance, oh crap, those two points were kind of important, like those other two points we lost to Atlanta, Leafs, Cleveland Barons, New Jersey and other supposedly “crap” teams.

    Guess what – good teams don’t lose very many of those games, even on the road. We are just not as good as we think we are. Price makes us look better than we are, just like Halak did last year.

    It’s a problem, but the bigger problem is you can’t count. P.S. Hire someone else to do your taxes.

  57. LA Loyalist says:

    Dude, we lost. Check it out. It’s on the internet. TSN, ESPN, HIO…

  58. LA Loyalist says:

    Well, you know what? On the road there is very often at least one garbage/weird bounce/homer call goal — that’s why it’s the road and why it’s nice to be home where you know the boards and have the crowd.

    We need to be mentally prepared for this 7 game road trip and manage the games – that’s count chocula’s job.

    If we can’t beat Colorado at home we are not an elite team, just another mid-pack pontiac – with a goalie who’s better than the team (just like last spring, deja-voodoo all over again).

    At least Cammy is showing that the caffeine is working. And I am not worried about PK, yeah he’s going to make expensive mistakes, but when was the last time we had a stud like this to be excited about? Let him skate through the fire.

    Next up Dallas, no walk in the park, amigos. 12 max possible points left on the table in this roadie. I think we need to come out of this with 8 of the 14 original points, which means 8 of 12, or .666 — the sign of Gary Bettman…

    And in other news, we have a basketball doink running the NHL for how many years now? And a new baseball doink running the players association… does that bother anyone else? Does anyone else hate parity? A hundred dollar word for mediocrity..

     

    too small, too soft, too intangible…

  59. keepthefaith says:

    You are this years HH tanking talk. This team needs Gomez. If you think the team isnt better with him then you are not even watching the same game as i am.

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dallas will be annoying, if anything only to read about “we could have Brad Richards instead of Gomez” posts in gigantic frequency. Habs will have to be better on D and not give away all those odd-man rushes and watch out for Loui Erikkson, probably the best-kept offensive secret in the NHL right now.

     

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

  61. LA Loyalist says:

    I agree  +/- isn’t everything, though longer term I think it’s useful, sample size is pretty important in stats, but you know that.

    Worried about the start of this road trip, Dallas is no walk in the park. They keep coming.

  62. HamiltonHabs says:

    Yeah we would be so much better with Chris Higgins or Kovalev, do you notice how every player on the Habs gets the puck to Gomez when he’s on the ice and he is the only one that carries the puck down the ice?  Don’t forget Cammaleri and Gionta only came to Montreal because Gainey had already gotten Gomez.  Where was Pouliet, Kostisyn, Moen, Lappiere (another stupid penalty)… did they touch the puck tonight?  yeah Gomez is the least of our problems.

  63. LA Loyalist says:

    existential moment. sorry.

  64. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Well by that rationale, Dandenault was a cancer as he was often a healthy scratch :)

    I have no idea why he’s a scratch, obviously there’s something going on there…doesn’t mean the baggage will come with him wherever he’s traded to though.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jeff Schultz was +50 last year, I don’t recall him being useful for WSH against MTL in the playoffs.

    AK46 is +9 right now as well… not that it’s doing much for us.

     

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

  66. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cam Barker? Not seeing it Mike, the guy was traded out of CHI because he wasn’t as good a two-way D as the rest of the team on the road to the Cup and they didn’t end up getting much for him either as I recall from MIN or that he’s really doing that well there. 4A in 28 games and this guy is supposed to be an offensive defencemen? Not sure what’s going on with him but I don’t think the Habs need to work any more reclamation projects right now.

     

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

  67. HamiltonHabs says:

    Subban loses the puck at the blue line, then backs into the zone instead of taking the guy with the puck then pushes two guys into his goalie?  Put him on right wing on the fourth line and use him on power plays, and hey PK put two hands on your stick.  Darche the only guy the Habs can put in front of the net?  He’s a career AHL player, hands of stone.  Gomez and Eller still impress me how they carry the puck down the ice and hold on to it in the other teams end, so to the Gomez haters, would you rather have Chris Higgins, really…

  68. LA Loyalist says:

    Isn’t he +8?

  69. A. Berke says:

    They’re still working on Hamrlik on that l’il point.

    Ali B.

  70. Malreg says:

    The guy who’s been a consistent healthy scratch, even though he’s their captain?  I also recall him being a problem in the dressing room, which was one of the reasons we traded him in the first place.

  71. SmartDog says:

    One thing that strikes me is that veterans are more useful against rookies when they are hard on them so the rookies know theyre up against guys that have been there and back and aren’t going to let the rookie take any advantages.  Our veterans are mostly nice guys.  I hate Pronger but his type of rude play is what we need a little more of in games like this——-

  72. mike g says:

    Agreed… He got burned tonight the same way as he did against philly, and both times it cost a goal. If im the opposing player and i see him o , im lcking my chops and going around him right away.

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

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

  73. habs365 says:

    I’d say….subban and Hamrlik….Spacek and Georges….Gill and Picard.

  74. mike g says:

    Once again, ……anyone else see AK on the ice tonight??….me neither. On another note, can we please trade for Cam Barker, so he can play with PK and the “easy to burn” Picard can sit. Either get Barker or find a way to get Langenbrunner….

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

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

  75. 24 Cups says:

    http://playoffstatus.com/nhl/easternstandings.html

    Anything can happen but certain patterns do evolve over the course of a year.

  76. rocketsglare says:

    Hope the boys don’t come out flat after being off for the past 2 days and having played a tough game against

    the Bruins. JM needs to have the lines play shorter shifts than normal because of the effects of playing in the

    high altitude of Denver. The Habs have to play solid on both ends of the ice and not allow the Avs to enter the

    zone with speed and numbers. The team must be disciplined, patient, and opportunistic from start to finish.

    Should be a great game tonight.

    Go Habs Go!

  77. 24 Cups says:

    Colorado has lots of great, young players.

    Avalanche stat and info page on Faceoff.

    A game preview from Colorado’s perspective.

    O’Byrne shines for Avs.

    O’Byrne makes himself feel quite at home.

    Matt Duchene is tonight’s player to watch.

    Paul Stastny is “hopeful” for tonight’s game.  Official Colorado Avs’ website page.

  78. Danno says:

    O’Byrne appears in music video along with other NHL defencemen — at 2:30 minute mark.

     

    Love the part near the end where PK says “Please leave now and never speak to us again.”

    Not showin’ respect!

     

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

  79. Say Ash says:

    Will O’Byrne pass to Cammy tonight or will he pot one for us unassited?

  80. Timo says:

    OB’s specialty was flipping puck over the glass for 2 minutes in the box and scoring on your own net. Komi is the one that likes to set up his former teammates.

  81. jimmy shaker says:

    I think O’Byrne can be a Mike Komisarek esque type player in this league for years to come….I mean Mike Komisarek esque before he got tuned by LUCHEESE and has never been the same since.  It was a hard draw when he was with the habs because of the vets that were ahead of him, the pressure and the JM factor.  Wish him well in Denver, but just not tonight!  Hate to miss the game tonight, but I gotsta go to work!

    Shaker

  82. Timo says:

    Work’s way overrated, man.

  83. HUDSONHAB says:

    I’m glad OB is doing well. But you have to wunder when his next mis-cue will occur to set his confidence back again. I hope it never happens.

    I havn’t made a prediction for a while so here it is. Habs 5-2. Pac 2, AK, Eller and Moen.

    ….Hab4life….

  84. W35T5ID3 says:

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/37155-VIDEO-THN-Puck-Panel-Are-the-Montreal-Canadiens-for-real.html

     

     

    The Hockey New’s take on the habs so far and if they are ” for real ”…..check it out.

  85. 24 Cups says:

    W – Is there no dress code for these guys?  Yikes!

    There is no goalie controversy in Montreal.  If Price gets hurt, we’re toast.

    MaxPac coming through for us becomes a win-win situation.  He fills one of the two gaping holes (we’re short a top 6 forward) on our team, and allows us to address the other weakness (Markov’s injury) at the trade deadline.  G&G can’t fix both via the trade route.

  86. 24 Cups says:

    TSN’s game preview.  Gotta love the fan comments.

    Don’t look now but Kevin Shattenkirk has blown by Subban in the ‘rookie of the year’ race.

  87. Bugs says:

    Don’t know if he’ll win me the game (cuz today has been a disaster in the Prédictions department so far) but that friggin Vick is friggin incredible. Shame he couldna played the whole game like that.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  88. 24 Cups says:

    You’re right, Bugs.  It takes an incredible man to slaughter dogs for the sport of it.  He’s right up there as a role model with Beliveau.  That’s the real shame of it all.

  89. Bugs says:

    (10mins later):

    Oh, my ga! Friggin Philly did it! Oh, my ga!

    Best game of the season. In-friggin-credible.

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  90. t1tan5 says:

    Vick is definitely the MVP in the true sense of the word. He is more valuable to his team than any other player in the NFL.

  91. Jbird says:

    WTF was that?!?!?! Mike F. Vick! Unreal.  Dude did the crime, served the time and now  . . . . . uhhh . . . . not sure WTF that was.  Unreal! 

  92. Bugs says:

    Hey, man, you know…I…I’m just watchin some football over here; I didn’t wanna start nuthin. 

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  93. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah but personally if I followed that team I would be beyond disgusted. Thankfully I don’t even follow the sport

  94. keepthefaith says:

    I bet if he had of beat his wife people would have forgave him quicker than this stupid dog thing, which to my knowledge he was only the money. Look at every sport they have their heros who also had a dark side. Didnt Ty cobb kill someone?

    People have to much sympathy for animals . I see bums downtown vancouver everyday. Some have dogs. People feel more sorry for the f’ in dog than the guy with no legs beside it. 

  95. avatar_58 says:

    Probably because people are corruptable and many are far from innocent. A dog is a dog. It wants nothing more than food, warmth and attention. If someone can hurt one without any remorse it says a lot about their character

  96. deggy24 says:

    Vick plays in a sport where the average life expectancy of the male participants is 10 to 15 years less than the overall population average. That is right, owners make millions of dollars, fans pay billions of dollars to watch grown men brutalize each other on a weekly basis. Am I the only one to see the irony of him getting demonized for participating as an owner in a similar sport with a cultural heritage that involves non-human animals?

  97. Bugs says:

    Agree.

    I mean, jeez, what else is there to say? For better or worse; it’s not MY fault he’s in the NFL, what can you do? But he’s the best this year.

    He took over the game in the 4th. He was like “eff this; plan ain’t workin, coach; I got this, aw’ight?”

    Unquestionably unquestionable, I think I’m

    L. Bugs Potter, esq., Herzog of ze Abominable Habsuchtig Brigade, Markgraf of ze Fearsome Flanell Flausen Flank, und devoted minion of ze Habsbros Order: http://habsbros.blogspot.com

  98. t1tan5 says:

    He’s pretty much got the Comeback POY in the bag. It’s just the MVP which I think will go to an NFL poster boy like Brady probably due to politics. 

  99. TomNickle says:

    Except the Eagles were winning with Kolb and Brady is the reason the Patriots are going to clinch homefield throughout the playoffs.

    Brady by a mile considering the surrounding talent for those players respectively.  Rivers should be in the conversation too.  As should Troy Polomalu.

  100. W35T5ID3 says:

    24- I guess there aint a dress code!

    Also,i believe Goats & Gains will address both the needs of a d man and quality sniper with size up front.I smell something brewing and well only until after the xmas break when the trrade freeze is lifted is when we’ll see some movement.But if he cant fill both needs he CERTAINLY will fill one of the 2 voids.

  101. jimmy shaker says:

    Cheers to that! 

    What’s the latest on MAB?  I’m still keepin his fanclub going on the slim chance he’ll be back here soon!

    Shaker

  102. Timo says:

    Just a matter of Habs clearing some cap space to make room for the greatest dman to ever wear the uniform. They don’t come cheap so there is some work to be done.

  103. Psycho29 says:

    Didn’t Mike Milbury call him a dog???  :-)


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