Game 46: Subban rescues Habs with OT winner

Overtime hero P.K. Subban celebrates his game-winner over Calgary.
Dario Ayala, Gazette

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The Canadiens were up 4-0 on the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre Monday night, then imploded in a Flames comeback that tied the score 4-4. It was up to P.K. Subban to give the Habs a heartstopping victory, burying a pass from Scott Gomez past Calgary goalie Henrik Karlsson at 1:06 of overtime to decide it.

Other goalscorers for Montreal were Lars Eller, Michael Cammalleri, Andrei Kostitsyn and Jeff Halpern. Montreal goalie Alex Auld, starting his first game for the Habs on home ice, was pulled for Carey Price after yielding four goals on 24 Flames shots.

 

192 Comments

  1. Mattyleg says:

    Booyah!

    Going to the game tonight!

    The last time I saw the Flames in person was in 1986. We beat them 1-0 (Claude Lemieux!!) and then there was a bench-clearing brawl that seemed to last for hours. We won the next game in Calgary, and they gave us the Cup.

    Tonight will be a trifle less epic, I imagine, but I intend to get good ‘n steamed.

    Go Habs GOOOO!!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  2. russianhabs4life says:

    The New Scott Stevens of CH

    As per Hockey30, Hopefully we can add him to our pretentious D

    Il y a de très bonnes chance qu’Alexei Emelin vienne jouer pour le Canadien la saison prochaine. Le défenseur appartenant à l’organisation et qui joue présentement dans la KHL a affirmé qu’il accepterait de jouer à Montréal uniquement si on lui promet un poste dans la LNH.

    - Emelin vient d’une famille pauvre. C’est lui qui subvient aux besoins de sa famille. On peur donc le comprendre de ne pas vouloir un salaire de la ligue nord-américaine.

    - Pierre Gauthier a confié à notre informateur qu’il songeait sérieusement à rajouter une clause dans le contrat d’Emelin qui permettrait au défenseur Russe de retourner dans la KHL s’il ne perce pas l’alignement du Canadien.

    - Présentement, les dépisteurs du CH comparent Emelin à Scott Stevens, un défenseur défensif percutant qui excelle dans l’art de la mise en échec. Parions que les partisans vont l’aimer…

    Markov should be back for one or 2 more seasons if we can get Emlin to the habs line up no doubt we would still need him to offer Emlin some kind escort around the city and league cuz it aint gonna be the outgoing energetic AK showing him around….Big Hopes for this kid…damn I would love to see this Kid be paired up with Subann waiting for that foward to cross the blue line, full speed Emlin forcing that skater to go round him then booommm hip check by Suban….Quelllllee Mise En Eheccccccccccccc  

    GO HABS GO

  3. Jonson says:

    i disagree  about the fans showing up no matter how the team plays. THats what makes us different from the fans in Toronto. THey really do show up win or lose. I remember 10 years back or so where i could go to the bell center on game night and buy tickets over the counter. Try doing that now lol. If the team sucks they wont sell out here.

  4. Leucotome says:

    I was pretty close…

  5. jennifer1984 says:

    Andrei!!!!!!

  6. LA Loyalist says:

    Didn’t Theodore score an emplty net goal one year for us? If Price ever pulled a stunt like that he’d be getting splinters in the press box.

    Your comment was totally called for, don’t you read your txts?

    What we are seeing tonight, ladies and germs, is “intangibles” — this is what funny uncle bob blew the team up for. Intangibles.

    Kind of sucks, doesn’t it?

  7. tricolore says:

    Nothing speaks louder than the actions of fans who pay for tickets and paraphernalia. In this city, the team could be total garbage and not make the playoffs…you’ll still see fans in the stands for every game and kids wearing jerseys. The Canadiens are a profit making machine and have been even throughout those horrible years in the late 90s (post P. Roy). They were not making as much profit but a profit was made none the less. 

    Unlike our baseball fans, who easily expressed their displeasure with management for selling off the best players over the years….so much that fans stopped going to watch the games, etc….

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  8. Jonson says:

    thanks coach.

    Backchecking, forechecking…..i never thought about that. Are we the only team that has that strategy??? what im saying and what you are reading are completely different. All im saying is that you can play whatever system you want . But your players need to compete, backcheck, forecheck. They need to work hard. IF they dont work hard, no system will work. WHen you have the puck you try to score, when you dont have the puck you try to get it. There are different ways to do that but you need to work harder than the opponent, thats what it comes down to.

    As for SPezza? have you seen him play? Defensive LIability. and his numbers are declining. And he is still really young.

    Im not really going to get into this with you, but if you think that scratching and benching young players for rookie mistakes then i dont know what to tell you. Look at Patches, he is the perfect example. He said it himself that it wasnt good for his confidence. He did with PK, Eller,Pouliout. DOnt get me wrong if they deserve it fine. but was PK playing bad when he got scratched? and how long did it take for him to get his game going again? Eller was playing his best hockey, and he gets scratched for 3 games. ANd on top of it he doesnt even tell them why they are being scratched. Both of them said it INterviews.  I guess i got into it. We need a coach who can deal with young guys, a guy like paul maurice, or even Muller.

     

  9. RC-51 says:

    Wish they could play that way the WHOLE game, but that isn’t JM’s system! They will probably sit back and try to protect a lead and make things more difficult than they should be. All that matters is the 2pts I guess?!

  10. tricolore says:

    LOL…

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  11. tricolore says:

    I still think the Habs should win this game. But can someone tell me why the f**k Martin does not call a time out, when his team has given up a goal after 97 seconds in the 3rd period, to perhaps remind them to start skating, hitting, shooting and all that good stuff?

     

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  12. Jonson says:

    oh, the importance of Price

     

  13. F Bomb says:

    Carey! Carey! JM loves him because he can’t score!!! Sorry that was uncalled for but I’m frustrated!!!

  14. adam76 says:

    Remember Saturday?  Till this team plays a full 60 mins, I can;t get that pumped.

  15. adam76 says:

    A little?  This team doesn’t care, why should we the fans?

  16. jennifer1984 says:

    hahah since im watching online im watching sportsnet west and they just said “and sergei kostitsyn…uh make that andrei!”

  17. F Bomb says:

    How sweet is that! Ladies and gentleman Cammi is back. Kipper is one shot away from getting pulled. They are really flying tonight. PK Subbs is unreal. Spinning all over the place…

  18. jennifer1984 says:

    that was pretty!!!!

  19. jennifer1984 says:

    not impressed

  20. Jonson says:

    i get that there is a system, but it all leads to the same thing. Play good defence , get the s puck and attack. all im saying is that its the players that control how the game is played not the coach.

    as for the second statement…..im not the only one who believes it

  21. Psycho29 says:

    CAMMY TOP CORNER!!!!!

     

  22. F Bomb says:

    This is a little ridiculous

  23. punkster says:

    Re: the system. It’s a bit more complicated than that J. It requires forechecking and backchecking by the forwards (no floaters which is why SK got railroaded and why AK and to a degree Cammy can be so frustrating at times), it requires the correct pairing of the D and what forward lines to play those pairs with. It requires set playes and options on carrying the puck out of your own end. Quite a playbook involved that all the players have to study. Not just get the puck, shoot, score you know.

    As for the JM “belief”, that’s all it is.; a belief, an urban legend, a story people like to  repeat that makes them feel comfortable with their dislike of JM. Look at his career record. Zero concerns with how the rookies he has handled over the years have proven to be among the best in the league today…including the enigma that is Spezza. The proof of how he handles our rookies is in the future, just as the proof of how he handled all previous rookies is showing up on stat sheets all over the league today.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  24. F Bomb says:

    Look at this line go. They are flying!

  25. adam76 says:

    In before TomNickle starts to brag.

  26. jennifer1984 says:

    seriously!! i missed that goal because im watching online and it cut out!!!! went to a freakin internet ad. not happy

  27. Habscat says:

    Another one that I won’t see here in Halifax, but I have faith in a 3-2 OT win!

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRMFshp16J8    http://stores.ebay.com/Gushue-Sports-Cards

  28. adam76 says:

    I was at a game in 2000 that had 17,000 people.  Montreal fans are not sheep like the Leaf fans.

  29. fbkj says:

    you are absolutely right, season tickets used to be easy to get, when the team sucked (houle years for all the noobs who hate gainey)

    now getting season tickets your put on a waiting list that takes years to materialize

  30. McIntyre18 says:

    I’m from Brampton, too. I’m with Rogers and have their sports package and I get the game in HD on channel 380, it’s the sportsnet broadcast.

  31. habs913 says:

    he’s really playing well tonight! maybe he knows he’s on the trading block? :p

     

    GO HABS GO

  32. punkster says:

    Hmmm. There’s no system? JM is terrible at developing players?

     

    OK, anybody out there wanna take this one?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  33. F Bomb says:

    What’s up with these guys…do they get tired? They tend to slow down towards the end of periods. Is that a coaching strategy? Eller and Pactorety had chances to put the game away but were denied by Karlsson. Should be an interesting 3rd!!! Would be nice if Gomez or Gionta can put it away

  34. Hagar says:

    1) Says little. We’d definitely be better with them in the lineup. Credit to the team for doing as well as it has with important players missing 

    2) Don’t think so. I’d say we’d regret it slightly if we traded him.  

    3) Yes. I doubt it’s in the cards though.

    4) Auld is #2. We all know it. Auld knows it. He’s been excellent when he’s played though.

    5) Iggy

  35. Laramy87 says:

    Off topic, but i cannot stand Milan Lucic. He is cocky and arrogant.

    Watch the highlights of Chara’s 3rd goal today, he looks to turn to Peters and begin to rub it is. Your up 7-0, grow up you prick

  36. jennifer1984 says:

    if people on the team are getting sick, chances are it’s coming quick.

    my boyfriend came home from work barfing his guts out today. out of nowhere.

    and now…my one cat just threw up too (and he usually doesn’t)

    i can’t keep up in the barf department! hopefully i’ll get to actually watch the game!

  37. Hagar says:

    That’s a bold statement Andrew. It aint a perfect. Also, why would it be more relevant in the playoffs than it is now?

  38. SmartDog says:

    Re. 3. Why would I?  For fun.  And because that’s all I have.

    It’s just interesting to speculate. I don’t think anyone would trade PK anytime soon – we need him too much – but if he finds himself in the thick of too many battles with his own teammates I could see it down the road. He’s a valuable player and there may be very good offers.  Add to that that both the Habs AND JM seem short of patience with loose nails… I could see it.  Again, not that I expect it but I wouldn’t be shocked.  

    ——-

  39. Hagar says:

    Yes. Keep the GA steady & improve the lousy scoring (it is improving) & our +/- would be deadly. We’d be at the top of the heap for sure.

  40. habs365 says:

    I’m with you..I think it will be a big mistake..with the right linemates and been allowed to play his way..gonna be a big time scorer..I could only imagine him playing on a line with Crosby..the goal light would be on quite often.

  41. jennifer1984 says:

    F^%$ sorry i just came to reply when Calgary scored.

     

    im watching the game online and since we don’t pay for our internet, i can stream as much as i want and never worry about going over.

  42. HFX-HabFan says:

    Continuing the “debut roster” series, here’s a roster comprised exclusively of current NHLers who made their league debut in a Calgary Flames uniform:

    Stillman-Lombardi-Iginla

    Kobasew-Backlund-St. Louis

    Prust-Betts-Moss

    Nystrom-Boyd-Clark

    Phaneuf-Giordano

    Regehr-Morris

    Leopold-Lydman

    Montador

    Roloson

    Karlsson

    McElhinney

     

    Total cost: $55.62 million, or $3.78 million under the salary cap.  A deep blueline, but not much scoring beyond vets Iginla and Martin St. Louis (the one who got away).  Interesting to have Roloson in nets instead of Kipper.  Not a bad sqaud, but not a drastic improvement over their current mediocre team.

  43. punkster says:

    1. a)

    2. Yes. No.

    3. No (and why would you cite nothing more than a rumour to drive home your point? If you’re going to try and skew the results then use facts not crap like that :)

    4. No, it means we have a starter and a backup who does his job.

    5. Kane

    ***Subbang!!!***

  44. Nojo says:

    If we keep building this story Emelin will come.

     

     

     

    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  45. Nojo says:

    I don’t think anyone can doubt his vision and shot. He has the physique that could lay hits like Ovechkin 10 times a game, but he won’t. Watch him closely receiving passes in the neutral zone, it is 50/50 that he will turn the puck over because he thinks he can beat people all the time. Sometimes you have to chip it in and run after it. And this is why he is not on the point during the powerplay. JM is safety first.

     

     

    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  46. Hoegarden says:

    No one will disagree with you that AK has the tools to be a top forward on most teams. Darche, by the way, is on the PP because he is prepared to bleed for the team and park himself in front of the net, which is not the case with AK.

    if, and that is a big if, the right offer comes forth then I fear AK will be a goner. Most Hab fans figured he was going to have a decent if not a very good year as this is his “negotiating year” but unfortunately, he has not managed to do so. He had a great start and as we all saw, he was moved around and it all fell apart. Blame it on JM, chemistry or just plain bad luck, I still hope he makes up in the second half. Habs need him. Let’s see how hungry he is tonight. Go Habs.

  47. Psycho29 says:

    He needs to make his obvious talents obvious more often. Not just every 19 games.

  48. Nojo says:

    1) A: This team is better than last year’s regular season group. Generally they break out of their own zone much better because of team play. Better 5 on 5 scoring.

    2) Of course he is. We have seen him for a number of years and he isn’t going to change. Great potential and physical skills but lacks heart and will to dominate. He will not consistently sacrifice his body . Therefore no regrets if he moves elsewhere for the right price.

    3) No trade. Controversy involving Subban is mostly in people’s heads. This is one of the most exciting prospects the Habs have had in many years. His benching was JM’s way of showing the Mtl. vets that he was in control.

    4) Auld is krap, no need to pick up a lousier goalie.

    5) Iginla can score, skate  and fight. Case closed.

    You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    One of those teams was last year’s Habs, who’s goal differential wasn’t a true value of the team considering the team was about +14 I believe from the time Markov came back to the end of the season.

  50. terrygain says:

    Everyone will miss Kostitsyn when they see him score in bundles on his next team. In addition to his obvious talents he sees the ice better than anyone on this team and is easily the team’s best passer. Watch him closely, as I do, and you’ll see how seldom he gets passed to – regardless of how hard he is skating or how hard he’s worked to get himself in position for a pass.

    With that shot and his ability to see the ice it’s ridiculous that he’s not been tried on the point on the PP. But when you have a coach who prefers to play Matthieu Darche on the PP ahead of Kostitsyn, you’ve hit rock bottom in the coaching department.

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

  51. andrewberkshire says:

    I definitely would not. Boston is a much tougher, grinding team, with more estabilshed coaching, two goaltenders that are 1000x better than anything Tampa has, better depth at forward and a better team overall. Tampa Bay has Stamkos, Hedman and St. Louis, that’s it.

  52. HUDSONHAB says:

    1) a 2) No 3) No 4) No 5) Kane (ATL or CHI)

    ….Hab4life….

  53. Mark C says:

    Yes, and I’ll back you up by saying in the past 10 NHL season only 12 teams have made the playoffs with a negative goal differential. And I think only two or three of those teams made it out of the first round.

  54. habs001 says:

    i rather play boston who has is plus 38 right now than tampa bay in the playoffs…

  55. HUDSONHAB says:

    No Wiz, no Pouliot, no Price. 3-1 Habs would be sweet.

    ….Hab4life….

  56. habs001 says:

    tampa bay is 22nd yet has 4 more points..

  57. Jonson says:

    i know everyone complains about JM’s system but, is that what really loses them games? the games that they usually lose are the ones they dont show up to. The whole “system” idea makes me laugh. Its hard to believe that a system can be anything more than , stop the opposition, get the puck , and attack. Its a simple game, get the puck and score goals. JM’s isnt whats winning or losing games. Its the players, as it is for any team. JM is just terrible developing young players. Thats really his only knock. Its up to the players to perform not the coach. 

    Go habs Go!

  58. andrewberkshire says:

    Yes, goal differential is the real marker, which is why Tampa Bay won’t be doing anything in the playoffs.

  59. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    People have to stop bringing up the lack of goals scored, isn’t +/- a much more telling stat, we’re 14th in that department.

  60. habs001 says:

    the bruins are still only 4 points ahead of us despite the fact they have scored 27 more goals and given up 6 less…you have to give our players credit for coming up with key goals and key stops at the right time…i still maintain there would be be very few teams who are tied for 27th most goals scored after 40 plus games and not be near the bottom 5 in the nhl ..yet we have been able to avoid this…

  61. Hoegarden says:

    1. C is an automatic and B is slowiy taking place.

    2. Yes, No.

    3. No.

    4. Yes, No.

    5. Kane.

  62. habs365 says:

    no trade for any player that’s not a consistant 25 goal scorer

  63. Bryan says:

    1.  Definitely C.  We’re not scoring more… Price just finally rebounded.

    2.  I think so, yes.  I doubt the team is going to trade him however.  His value is too low, and they don’t have a replacement readily available.

    3.  The term “untouchable” is a lie.  The right offer would pry any player from any team.  However, with our weak D, and nothing in the pipeline, I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

    4.  No, Auld’s a backup, and he knows it.  He’s been a very pleasant surprise this year however.  If he keeps this up, I’d be open to resigning him.

    5.  I’d take Evander Kane in a heartbeat over either of those two, but I’d take Iggy in the short term over Patrick.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me slightly less bi-polar.

  64. Leucotome says:

    Habs:3 Flames:1

     

    You heard it here first.

  65. shiram says:

    1. I’ll go with C, makes the most sense to me as all the other doesnt quite cover everything.

    2. Well I like his attitude recently, and last game was impressive. I think if he doesnt pick it up here, he could be very interesting to other teams.  Regret, sure, he is big, can be physical and we need someone like that, just more consistent.

    3. With our defficiencies on D right now, I’d find it very hard to believe that we’d trade PK. He has the making of a star, he will sell merch and im sure the Molson boys will want him to stay here.

    4. No, Price is 1, and Auld is 2, but that doesnt mean he has to be a weak second goalie. Besides, let him crack 10 wins before we enter a debate…

    5. I’ll say Iginla.

  66. RC-51 says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen an opposing goalie get pulled and sit on the bench. Usually sits in the hallway exit on the other side of the ice

  67. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS:

    1. The way the team has played without Markov and Gorges (and CamI) must say something, but what?  Pick one (or more!):

      a. The team system is more important than the players, when the players buy-in we can win

      b. Opening spaces for younger players has helped this team be stronger… the youth adds engery and drive and opens up options.

      c. Goaltending has also been good and that’s the biggest factor. 

      d. Some voodoo sh$t goin’ on.

      e. Sumpthin else

    2. Is AK on the chopping block?  If so, will we regret it?

    3. Would the Habs trade Subban if they had a strong enough offer?  (Remember, conflicts have been more than hinted at, and this IS the Habs who above all else dislike contraversy.)

    4. If Auld wins again, does this mean we have a 1a and 1b goalie (and does it mean we need to pick a lousier goalie next year?)

    5. Who’d look better as a Hab – Iginla or Kane?

    SD

    ——-

  68. punkster says:

    You’re missing the point of my response. It’s more than just having to “work hard”. It’s adherence to a system. Hard work is essential at all times but the when you have a team with no super star scorers, no league top 10 scorers, heck we don’t have anyone in the top 30, all the hard work in the world won’t get you wins. So teams like this need a system that is adhered to by all the players to make the most of what strengths a team has. In our case it’s goaltending, defence and specialty teams. Of course it takes hard work but you over simplify the system aspect. We joke about it here but “The System” is what gets them wins and what got them deep in the playoffs last year. They work hard, yes, but they work together, follow a plan, buy in to their playbook and adhere to their system to make it happen.

    As for theJM and young guys…meh, it’s an urban myth. PK was playing like crap before the benching, mistakes, caught out of position, giving up goals and continuing to use that ridiculous windup on his shot. Now his positioning is better (while still making a couple of rookie mistakes, like last night, but somehow scrambling back effectively) and he’s using his wrist shot and a more controlled slap shot. And your take on the Max comment is interpretive. Read it and the whole interview again, judge for yourself and don’t just parrot what the slanted commentariat likes to trumpet. Yes, it likely wasn’t good for his confidence at first…and that was the point. Seems he got the point and has turned his game around, doesn’t it? Eller, Pouliot? Come on man, use your head. Two completely different polar opposites here. Eller’s a green rookie who is learning. Benching works (look at PK). Pouliot is a high draft pick who continuously goes through mental slumps and has trouble keeping his compete level up. So it’s wrong to bench these guys? Benching works, instruction works, fitting into the system is essential and rookies have to understand that you make repeated mistakes you get less ice time. This is pro hockey, the big league, not a daycare for talented but spoiled brats.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  69. Muckbringer says:

    -4 im still pumped. go play cod. your leafs dont play till wed and 2w2 doesnt come out till next tuesday.  

  70. Habs Proud says:

    Yes he did along with Sheldon Souray.

  71. Muckbringer says:

    i was looking forward to the game on snwhd but frigged by the blackout again!!how is that i live in friggn brampton.  how the fugaz am i gonna go to the game!!!!  worst is i can get it on tsn.   rds no speaki the french.why do i still live here?

  72. habs365 says:

    spezza I believe did the same thing to carey price

  73. fbkj says:

    “Twice this week, the Montreal Canadiens goalie thought about trying it, but then let the chance slip away.

    “I tried it once in junior but my defenceman blocked it,” Price said Friday.

    The Canadiens, who face the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday
    night, are coming off a pair of solid wins this week over—2-0 over the
    Vancouver Canucks and 3-1 over the Boston Bruins.

    In both cases the opponent pulled its goalie with about two minutes
    left to play, leaving open that chance for a rink-length goal, as only a
    handful including Ron Hextall, Martin Brodeur and former Canadien Jose
    Theodore, have done in the NHL.

    Against Boston, Price didn’t quite get control of the puck when the opportunity arose.

    “I tried to pick it off the boards and it hopped over my stick,” he
    said. “And Gomer (Scott Gomez) is yelling at me to shoot. Then I lost
    it.”

    he never saw the pressbox LA

    do you EVER type after using your brain? dude i mean seriously everything that comes out of your brain is the opposite of reality man? is it living in cali? dunno who am i to judge but seriously man…

  74. habs365 says:

    Had enough of that last year

  75. Psycho29 says:

    Auld is a Thoroughbred!!

    :-)

  76. Bill H says:

                         GAA          SV%

    Price              2.37          .919

    Auld              1.74          .941

    Auld has played very well.  He deserves a home start.  I hope he gets a standing O and a shut out tonight.  Then we can start arguing again:  Price vs. Auld…who’s better?  ;-)

  77. fbkj says:

    what is it with people throwing around the s word today?

  78. Ian Cobb says:

    At a boy Bill, we are going to get her going now!

  79. avatar_58 says:

    Good god people you are jinxing the poor SOB

  80. avatar_58 says:

    Well no see magic doesn’t exist

  81. Mrhab24 says:

    Yes…. Yes I do!!

     

    …I’m on a horse!

  82. Ian Cobb says:

    No such thing as a jinx or a rumor. We just stop the puck.

  83. adam76 says:

    Do you really believe saying or typing words on an internet message board willl change the outcome of the game?

    I hope auld gets a shutout tonight!!!

  84. F Bomb says:

    It just plain sucks to watch. They stop at the red line chip it in and change. They get to the blue line, stop, and chip and change. Repost your 10 JM points. Were witnessing with our own eyes

  85. LA Loyalist says:

    What kills me (among other things) is Lemaire, supposedly the “defensive” coach, is getting Devils going — including Kovalchuk.

    JM isn’t fit to carry Jacques Lemaire’s Habs lunch box.

     

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

  86. fbkj says:

    so your suggestion is we should have hired lemaire, the guy who coached the habs and quit because he was fed up with how the press and fan reaction is in this city?

    how meta

  87. LA Loyalist says:

    Not necessarily, though certainly I admired Lemaire tremendously as a player and now as a coach, and predicted when he came back to NJ he would find a way to get Kovalchuk going — though I don’t came that to be any act of psychic genius.

    Anyway, I don’t think he’d have us. My point, which I’m sick of making, is that a hockey coach should adapt himself to the players he has, not try and break them to a mold.

    How did Pat Burns win coach of the year with 3 different teams? Because he went into 3 different situations and adjusted himself. In the eternal war between rock and water, water in the end always wins (and this from me, often a total rock-head).

    What do you think about a) JM’s systemic ideas and b) what might Lemaire handle differently were he here? Would you have him here?

    P.S. your post about your name was funny.

     

     

     

  88. fbkj says:

    so lemaire adjusts to players?

    ask langenbrunner and parise how they feel about your assessment

    ps: thanks, id like to compliment you back mais cest pas facile, you just did it again, posted without thinking bro… STOP IT

  89. Jonson says:

    ask Langenbrunner? are you comparing him to Kovalchuk? pretty sure LAngenbrunner was a pretty good defensive player. Maybe the fact he wasnst producing and he is 35? Parise is more like Kovalchuck both really good hockey players.

    I think you just like insulting Laloyalist, cause there was nothing wrong with what he said. I wish JM would adapt to the team that he has.

  90. fbkj says:

    look at the breakdown last years playoffs

     

    langs wasnt the same player since and it all points to how lemaire treated his players

     

    parise likely wont resign because of how lemaire conducted himself last year

     

    yes i like insulting la loyalist because he makes it easy but would you like some phone numbers of some buddies of mine in new jersey who were mortified that they rehired him, call collect though the recession is hard

  91. Jonson says:

    the problem in toronto is that they need to understand its better to be a fan at home. Stop wasting money going to games. If they continue to pay, even when they continue to lose, management will never need to put a winning team on the ice.

  92. jennifer1984 says:

    thank you!!!

    and you got my name right…. with 2 “n”‘s   YOU WIN!

  93. fbkj says:

    my names trickier, nyah!

    bon match gen :)

  94. jennifer1984 says:

    fredbobkenjack?

     

    thats all i got. i tried to make something funny out of the letters but i gave up pretty quick!! hah

  95. fbkj says:

    i have the burden of an extra h in the johnathan

    le sigh

    edit: wow your new avatar works, lets see if mine does

  96. jennifer1984 says:

    no my avatar won’t work!!! it keeps changing back! and that picture is soooo old (my jersey one) we took that last christmas

  97. fbkj says:

    well im seeing you at a table

    and i have no option to upload a pic it keeps failing on me

    I WANT MY TROLLFACE :(

  98. jennifer1984 says:

    it’s still there! success. i did have to resize it for it to work and then it still didnt work….then it did.

    try yours! if mines working, maybe yours will too!

  99. fbkj says:

    nah an upload problem :(

     

    bah

  100. jennifer1984 says:

    boooooo! that sucks.

    try again in a bit!

     

    also looking at my pic, i want mexican food and mexican beer now….  dammit :(

  101. F Bomb says:

    Regardless win or lose can’t deny the passion we have! My gf doesn’t make me this angry!

  102. tricolore says:

    So is part of the reason why they fizzle out in the 2nd half of the game, even after having a good lead, is because the old guys like Gill, Spacek, and Hamr have no juice left?

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  103. F Bomb says:

    Pk Pk PK!!! Our passion carries to a W!

  104. tricolore says:

    That kid has STAR written all over him! What a major league shot! Way to go PK!!!!!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  105. zak says:

    Hammers gone’ 5.5 mil, Possibly Moen, Picard, Pyatt, Thanks to Gainey we’re paying 13 mil for two players, Injuries will open up some cap space.

  106. ZimHabwe says:

    Geez! Did you guys have to make it so hard?

  107. Jonson says:

    an easy W for carery!

  108. MTLForever says:

    GOOD PLAY BY GOMEZ

    AND BEAUTIFUL SHOT FROM PK

     

     

    thank god

  109. Seps says:

    Where’s jimmyshaker?  His storied Auld didn’t come out with a “routine shutout” and the “backup” Price had to come in to save the day.

  110. F Bomb says:

    Something changes in their play. They definetly shut down offensively and make the opposition dump in deep. With constant pressure and forechecking from Calgary you fatigue and lose battles down low, leading to scoring chances. It shows because as soon as Calgary tied the game they turned it ups notch..then comes OT, 1st shot on net, goal. They have the talent so unless every player decides to sit back and dump and chase, it’s coaching. It must be physically and mentally draining to constantly play in one goal games. Who knows come playoff time they will be prepared.

  111. kempie says:

    Not to beat a dead and decomposed horse here, but can you imagine the stink in here had PG traded Price and kept Halak as so many insisted on over the summer? I think we’re deep enough into the season now to judge. Man it woulda been ugly in here with a capital ug.

  112. dre1744 says:

    Why didn’t JM  pull Auld after the 3ed  goal…  I would of.

  113. MTLForever says:

    same here, and possibly a time out.

  114. Habscat says:

    Well I had the OT part right, just the wrong score!Have to solve this lead snafu situation and quickly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRMFshp16J8 http://stores.ebay.com/Gushue-Sports-Cards

  115. LeeFree says:

    Gees, when AO does a lip wash on the dasher after scoring a goal the fans go in a frenzy. And he has done this since his rookie season. Keep that big smile going on Pk and do what you do best, you’re having fun.

  116. LA Loyalist says:

    We got to see the blossoming of a terrific talent here in Montreal tonight! His first game-winner, I think (?)

    Yeah PK!! Top shelf where momma keeps the cookies.

    JM will probably bench him for pinching…

    (and at least Gomez had the sense to give the puck to a guy who knows what to do with it).

     

     

     

  117. zaq007 says:

    If it was 3 in a row without that period break I think he would have

  118. Psycho29 says:

    Sure some games have been ugly lately (especially tonight), but we’ve taken 13 out of a possible 16 points since New Year’s Eve….

     

  119. fbkj says:

    do i have to jingle my keys to get you to be accountable for your posts?

  120. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban’s wrist shot was an essential part of his scoring last season in Hamilton, accounting for 70-80% of his goals. Let’s hope he takes tonight’s lesson about what kind of shot won the game and he employs it more often.

     

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

  121. Seps says:

    Really, good for the Habs.  And just looking at the standings, were only 2 back of Washington, 5 back of the Pens and 2 back of the Bruins who have a game in hand.  Not too shabby, None too shabby at all.

  122. oldrrty says:

    These are, in my opinion, the best two games that PK has played  since probably last years playoff call up. He is doing it all on the ice, blocking shots, winning the battles, scoring and getting the other team to take penalties. I don’t know if it is playing with Gill, the minutes or that he has just gotten over the benching from a month ago but whatever it is PK has the swagger back and that is for sure.

     

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

  123. xchicksxwithxsticksx says:

    a bit off topic, but i can’t help but shake the feeling that a trade
    between montreal and calgary will happen very soon. its not a
    coincidence that there were so many scouts at the game last night, and
    with all the issues that calgary is having with their team, such as cap
    space, a trade is sure to happen. i could see us trading kostitsyn and a
    draft choice for iggy.

  124. zak says:

    All the BS about P.K. What would Philly give up for P.K. or any other team for that matter that has abone to pick with the way he plays

  125. LeeFree says:

    I give full marks to Gill in turning PK’s head and game around. Gorges too has picked up his game tremendously under Gill’s tutelage. PK is sure pretty to watch and I certainly agree, these last two games he’s playing some terrific hockey.

  126. Seps says:

    Very quiet night on HIO as Price reclaims the league lead in wins.

  127. zak says:

    Iggy’s price tag is 7 mil a year. Where would we fit him in the cap next year? We still have Marky, Gorges, Wiz,as UFA’S.I live in Calgary and Jay Feaster said that Iggy is NOT on the trading block.AK is also a UFA although they might trade him so as not to just give him up as Gainey did with so many of our other UFA’s .Kinda set us back not getting ANYTHING for the likes of Souray, Streit.and others. Hope PG doesn’t make the same mistake.

  128. zak says:

    Wait till next year when we get Markov(we better resign him ) and Gorges back. Resign Gill, Wiz. As for his benching I’d like to think that the leaders in the dressing straightened him out more than the benching did. I also think that JM should have stuck to the tradition of the player’s picking the captain. They might have picked Gio but it seems to me that Hal Gill is the silent captain. Gio was very young when he won a cup and I think when you win when your older you’ve been thru the wars and really understand what you have to do to win.

  129. Nina76 says:

    I also give full marks to PK .the reason why in my opinion is that he is playing alot more minutes & finding his game….people that are whining about his celebration on the winning goal get a life you guys be happy for the guy he won the game for us, it looked like we were going down the drain but the most critized player WON THE GAME FOR US!!!!!!! GO PK PLAY & CELEBRATE THE WAY YOU WANT YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!GO PK GO !!!!!

  130. jordo says:

    First time in 2011 that the Habs score first!!

  131. dre1744 says:

    hopefully Andrei  has gotten out of his scoring funk!!!!!!

    and he lead the team in hits with 3!!!!!

  132. habs365 says:

    Both teams wanted to win and I’m glad the Habs came out on top

  133. dre1744 says:

    And  got to hand it too Gomez  who was a machine in the faceoff circle  tonight  13  out of 15  for 87%…..  And  PK  for gobbling up the minutes  plauyed a very impressive 27 min.

  134. Belhab says:

    You are so pathetic, want to trade AK who has 25 points, best +-, most hits , the shortest leash on the team and treated as foster child cause he is making so much money…

     

    But three other guys on the team, who makes twice more, have 25 points, can’t hit or work the boards the best treatment and always tones of time on ice dont even get enough critisism form you, not even talking about trading them…

     

     

  135. Belhab says:

    Hold right here…

     

    Are you gonna pay for everybody?

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s not a kid, he’s 21. Although I think he’s more excited for the hotdogs than the beers.

  137. jennifer1984 says:

    it’s a damn good combination!!!

    hockey, beer and meat….. *cue god music*

     

    anyway.

    ill be 27 in a couple months and i have YET to go to an nhl game. ive seen lots of ahl, ohl, etc but never nhl (besides nhl alumni games)…… i refuse to go to see my first game anywhere other than the Bell Centre (unless someone gave me tickets for somewhere else)

    prices are just high, and when you’re coming from southern ontario, it gets $$$. soon though, i have hope.

  138. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah it was damn expensive. Luckily my brother is a heavy duty mechanic in Fort McMurray, Alberta so he’s riiiiich.

  139. secretdragonfly says:

    In that case the beers are definitely on him.

  140. fbkj says:

    if you stop being a fan because of alex auld, you will not be missed

  141. MTLForever says:

    fans back their team up after wins and losses.

  142. Traf27 says:

    Just going to come out and say it. The Habs don’t deserve the fan support they get. We are so very similiar to the Leafs we make so much fun of. Sadly nothing is going to change. I fully expect last years run to the semifinals to be the highlight of my time as a habs fan.

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.

  143. jennifer1984 says:

    you know what’s awesome? being a fan win or lose.

    i may not like the leafs and i have a lot of leafs friends….but at least they stick with their team.

     

    GO HABS!

  144. SLONCOLD says:

    opps i can’t read, i though u were talking about thomas struggling… i was talking about thomas with the bad hip. lol

    Back to price though. there was a huge change in the habs style of play last year, which favors goalies. halak played well under it and so are both auld and price. it’s a team that thinks defense first. regardless price is still having a monster year and he’s doing an excellent job reading plays as compared to guesing on plays. price and pleks are our mvps this year so far.

  145. mike g says:

    Look..

    I’m one of CP’s biggest fans. He’s my favorite Hab, and I follow/collect tons of things of him. But, when I evaluate a player, I put bias aside.

    And even though I wish I wouldn’t be saying this, he did struggle last year. A season of 13 wins has “struggle” painted all over it. We know he wasn’t getting the bounces, lost alot of close games, was getting close to no goal support, etc…

    All in all, you can look at it with wtv pair of glasses you wanna put on. But in the end, his sv% was his only strong point. 2 years ago, post-All-Star game CP was a regular goalie. I don’t know why, but the results weren’t there for certain reasons. Last year, late in the season he lost his job to you know who.

    But, he’s bounced back like a monster, and at a very young age seems to have found his stride in this league. And when you surpass your prior seasons win total in December, you’re either undefeated in 30+ starts, or you had a bad year the year before.

    And we all know he’s not undefeated….

     

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

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

  146. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Good for you for picking TT up in your pool, after the year he had last year, I thought he was just a one year wonder the year before and Rask was the man this year.

  147. mike g says:

    Was just checking out some stats….

    And I think we can all agree that despite our hate for the guy, Tim Thomas is currently running away with the Vezina trophy. It would be the 2nd time in 3 years that he wins it. Looking at his stats, they’re simply incredible (and I’ll count today’s game as a win, it’s 5-0 after 2 periods for Boston):

    21 wins, 4 losses, 6 overtime losses.

    1.88 GAA, and a .943 SV%.

    Insane stats for a goaltender who’s played 31 games.

    I knew he was having a great year, because I have him in my pool and he’s doing great. But those numbers are simply shocking, especially considering the Bruins are a team that struggles to score goals. So even though our own Carey Price is leading the league in wins, and having a rock solid year following 2 years of struggles, I think it’s clear that Tim’s name might start getting engraved on the Vezina in a matter of weeks.

    But, it puts a smile on my face that aginst the Habs, Thomas is 0-1-1….. 

     

     

     

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

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

  148. Propwash says:

    The Habs have Timmy’s number.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  149. Maksimir says:

    What the Funk? 6-0 Bruins in the third.. where the hell is all this offense coming from lately?

    At least they are pounding Carolina…

  150. SLONCOLD says:

    2 years of struggling? i mean last year he had a 915sv%. not so bad and he was playing with a torn labrum in his hip too.

  151. LA Loyalist says:

    There are honorable losses and embarassing victories.

    Martin owes PK for this one. Gotta love the irony of that.

  152. fbkj says:

    had price let in those 4 goals youd be blaming him so um

    try honesty or

  153. LA Loyalist says:

    Pas de tout. I am fine with Price this year because Price is playing well this year.

    I also don’t blame Auld. I blame JM’s crappy “prevent” defense for letting Calgary back into the game, just like against the Rangers the other day. Can’t you see it? We escaped against Calgary and Rangers because they don’t have the weapons to make us pay for our bad strategy. But the time will come against better teams when we will pay dearly for JM’s genius.

    That said, yeah PK. A star of the first order and a hero in Montreal. Nothing better than that.

  154. fbkj says:

    sorry if im calling BS

    im not blaming auld

    nor would I blame price

    but you would have

    you obviously dont read your posts

    sure you like the guy when he wins but the moment he slips your all over him like a fat chick on ice cream

    i was at the rangers game “the other day”

    we didnt escape them, we owned them

  155. Pieboy says:

    Not sure I see the irony. Martin was trying to teach PK to play more responsibly, and PK is learning. He has been much more careful with his shot from the point.

  156. olematelot says:

    No such thing as an embarrassing victory there pal. A win is a win, irregardless of how it’s achieved

  157. ZimHabwe says:

    Montreal Canadiens doing what Montreal Canadiens do best.

  158. Laramy87 says:

    WTF.

    this is BAD BAD BAD

  159. F Bomb says:

    Yes they are shooting themselves. Yes taking a bad penalty. No shots on net. Losing battles against the boards. They look like they are starting to panic!!! Isn’t this when SOMEONE tells everyone to smarten up? Martin, Muller, Gionta?? Let’s see some leadership from all these veterans!

  160. tricolore says:

    This is a valid point. It is through turbulent times that true leadership is born.

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  161. RC-51 says:

    It just keeps getting better!

  162. Maksimir says:

    Auld should be pumped for his first home start – hope he gets a shut out… or at least some help from offense.. minus the sickies of course..

  163. lefreak says:

    thx for the jinx, please have your pet spayed or neutered.

  164. Maksimir says:

    Auld should be pumped for his first home start – hope he gets a shut out… or at least some help from offense.. minus the sickies of course..

  165. Sportfan says:

    you know what calms down a team a freaking timeout JM seriously calm your team down

  166. secretdragonfly says:

    Golden opportunity for the boys – Rangers don’t play again until Wednesday, we have two games to win and pass them in the standings.  Can’t do anything about Boston, unfortunately (5 – 0 after 2 periods, wth?)

  167. LA Loyalist says:

    …that’s a solid fact. You can take it to the Caisse Pop and they’ll give you a Vachon cupcake for it. 

  168. Jonson says:

    im not worried, montreal didnt deserve a 4-0 lead, they played well but so did calgary.  i think it was meant to be a tight game. Terrible goaltending is to blame. Habs will still win.

  169. F Bomb says:

    Thanks for calming me down. They could use that support but JM just shrugs his shoulders and looks confused

  170. LA Loyalist says:

    I hate to use this example but JM is like an about to be unemployed football coach who loves the “prevent” defense.

    But in football, it almost never works, so why do they keep doing it? It’s insane. JM keeps doing the same “let’s hide in our end until it’s over” and it almost never works and just generates chances for the other team. 

    That little black thing, the puck — it should be in THE OTHER END. Sheesh. 

  171. Maksimir says:

    yeah – sorry – ok I’ll reverse it…

    I bet Auld gets pulled in the first 10 minutes and Flames bag 7 goals… 

    how’s that?

  172. fbkj says:

    just knock on wood already

  173. Maksimir says:

    Ryder has goals 6 and 7 for the Bruins today.. that’s what I always remembered about him in Montreal.. he got goals.. but they usually seemed to come when the game was already over.

  174. mike g says:

    Yup…

    Just like Higgins and alot of other players who were here. NOT CLUTCH.

    And as much as he was lazy, Kovalev seemed to score most of his goals in clutch situations with the Habs.

     

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

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

  175. mike g says:

    That fancy lady in your pic is worth pounding…

    But yea, I like that the Canes are getting smoked.

     

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

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

  176. Hali_Hab says:

     has any one heard any of these ‘” regehr to the habs rumors”

     

    “After 13 years, I couldn’t accept to be number two.“
    Guy Lafleur.

  177. CanadienBoy says:

    RDS blogs GM give 2 diff. pk to Calgary but fell off at the last min.

  178. Ian Cobb says:

    We don’t listen to rumors around this site, we all deal in solid facts here.

  179. Propwash says:

    I dunno man, but it doesn’t sit right with me either….

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  180. Bill H says:

    I’m new around here.  I thought a shutout was only letting in 1 goal.  Is that any better?

  181. andrewberkshire says:

    Taking my little brother to his first ever NHL game tonight, and is there a better initiation than the Bell Centre? He’s pumped.

  182. mike g says:

    Get the kid 6 beers!…

    But don’t buy them inside the Bell, you’ll have to call your financial advisor and have him re-adjust your portfolio.

    The gaz station across the street is the place to be, 12$ for 6 cans.

    But, I’m sure you know that already, lol…

     

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

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

  183. ZimHabwe says:

    1-0, 3-0, 4-0 or even 8-0. Wouldn’t make a difference with these guys. The other team would still come back.

  184. Ian Cobb says:

    Here is a goal that we should teach Kostitson,! For tonight.

    Video: Chicago’s Dave Bolland undresses Predators for stellar goal

  185. MTLForever says:

    unbelievable. i think price shouldve went in before that tying goal. cant just let up when youre winning like that. 

  186. Traf27 says:

    Just going to come out and say it. The Habs don’t deserve the fan support they get. We are so very similiar to the Leafs we make so much fun of. Sadly nothing is going to change. I fully expect last years run to the semifinals to be the highlight of my time as a habs fan.

     

    The struggles of today will make the victories of tomorrow that much sweeter.


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