Game 49: Habs roar back to finally beat Devils

Canadiens’ Bryan Smolinski celebrates his first goal of the night in front of New Jersey’s John Madden.
Ray Stubblebine, Reuters

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Quick: find a bottle large enough to preserve tonight’s third period in Newark, N.J., and keep it sealed until March 1, the next time the Canadiens take on the New Jersey Devils.

Montreal scored three unanswered third-period goals tonight, outshooting their hosts 20-3 in the final frame, and in the process snapped a gruesome streak of futility.

Christopher Higgins, on the power play, and Saku Koivu and Bryan Smolinski hit the mesh behind normally airtight New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur during tonight’s final 20 minutes, giving the Canadiens a 4-3 victory and ending a nine-game losing streak against the Devils.

This devilish domination had reached ridiculous heights, and for a time tonight it seemed like the Canadiens were going to carry another loss to New Jersey into this weekend’s all-star break. But a terrific third period turned the team’s fortunes, and Montreal now heads into a few days off with a very welcome one-game winning streak against the Devils.

The Canadiens outshot the Devils 32-13.

The first period sounded a little like the first tee at your local golf course, with the ping! of Devils pucks drilling the goal posts behind Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet.

Patrick Elias had the first, his power-play shot at 12:18 rattling in behind Huet off the post, the steel behind the crossbar and quickly back out. But there was no doubt about the goal, and Montreal’s Sergei Kostitsyn can see it on the highlights, having been in the penalty box for tripping when Elias scored.

If the Canadiens, now 26-15-8, were hoping to solve Brodeur, getting three shots on goal the first period wasn’t the way to do it. New Jersey, 28-18-3, had six on Huet.

The Canadiens goalie had no chance at all on Elias’s second of the night, 3:24 into the second on badly broken defensive coverage.

Brodeur’s shutout was broken at 14:12 by Smolinski, on a line-change trio with Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev. Smolinski got in behind the Devils defenceman Karel Rachunek and took a crisp pass from the corner off the stick of Kostitsyn, the spadework done by Kovalev to keep the puck in the New Jersey end, to bury his fourth goal of the season.

But any momentum that might have given the Canadiens evaporated when Montreal went two men down, Plekanec and Steve Bégin off for slashing and cross-checking. Seven seconds after Bégin was sent off, Devils captain Jamie Lagenbrunner stepped in and teed off, rifling one from 40 feet past a screened Huet at 17:02.

Montreal’s 10-4 edge in shots didn’t count for a whole lot.

But Smolinski, the sudden sniper, got the Canadiens close again 29 seconds into the third period, converting the rebound of an Andrei Markov shot past Brodeur.

Then, with Montreal completely in control of the third period, Koivu swatted down a Mike Komisarek shot from the blue line, his stick within centimetres of being illegally high. But a review of the play let the goal stand at 11:54, giving Koivu his ninth of the season and tying the game at 3-3.

And finally, Higgins bagged Montreal’s third unanswered goal of the period, his 16th, banging home the puck from a scramble at 14:31, set up by Koivu and defenceman Roman Hamrlik.

The Devils came into the night’s action having beaten Montreal nine straight dating to March 20, 2004. The Canadiens, who at least earned a single point with one overtime loss, were outscored 33-16 during that span.

Brodeur had started every game during the streak, posting a 1.76 goals-against average and two shutouts. He had been nearly perfect in his last five starts against the Canadiens, giving up four goals in over 304 minutes for a 0.79 goals-against average.

In 51 games against his hometown team before tonight’s game, the three-time Vezina Trophy winner was 34-12-0 with five ties, a 1.74 GAA and eight shutouts.

Finally, the Canadiens have solved Brodeur. And surely not one game too soon.

 

Christopher Higgins scores the winning goal on Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.
Andy Marlin, NHLI via Getty Images

433 Comments

  1. Shiloh says:

    And I’m convinced that he’ll be out of hockey within three years. He lacks skill and only has produced when he’s put on a top line. He should be in Hamilton learning the ropes – but I guess I’ve written that a few dozen times. I’m not going to comment anymore on LaSlowesse. I hope he proves me wrong.

  2. von says:

    The difference between Gui and the “good company,” is that they can justify it because they score a lot more goals…

    You guys are hilarious.

  3. habsguy says:

    cautiousoptimist …LOL..I only asked if anyone ever used it…nothing more, nothing less !!!

  4. JF says:

    Also the games against the Rangers. We only beat them once last year and even though they’re below us in the standings, they’re a really tough team.

  5. JF says:

    Jacques Demers, whose opinion I respect, is convinced that Gui is going to develop into a really good player and a goal-scorer. Don’t forget how young he still is. Look how long it’s taken Andrei Kostitsyn. He’s 23 now and is just finding his stride this season.

  6. JF says:

    You’re doing great, Ian. There’s a huge difference from when you started posting. Anyone who needs something to motivate them should just look at you.

  7. krob1000 says:

    Maurice Richard scored more goals than assists in 14 of his 18 seasons.

  8. JF says:

    It might not be hard, but we’ve found it impossible for a long time.

  9. habsguy says:

    Geez Von, thats some pretty heady company..I knew he was pretty good and thought he was coming along nicely..But WOW he’s better than I thought !!!!

  10. von says:

    It’s not “trying to show Guilliame” as a bum. It simply shows that according to their calculations, he’s the #2 puck hog in the league.

    The difference between Gui and the “good company,” is that they can justify it because they score a lot more goals.

  11. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    We can’t because a large part of taxes are used just to pay the interest on DEBT!…government debt!

    Debt is good for the economy, its ‘new money’, its the interest changes that spell ruin, but on an individual level you want your debt to be at a minimum, or approaching zero, not the other way around.

    (then when the market “panic tanked” like it did on Monday, you can BUY BIG.)

    thats how you become a millionaire…or by playing for Les Canadiens!

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    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  12. RS says:

    I like the kid, but I’m not sure I’d put Lats in the same category as Ovechkin.

    And why don’t we just call this the Wendel Clark syndrome rather than some ill-suited baseball comparison? Anyone else out there remember Ron Sedlbauer?

  13. Scotty90 says:

    The guys have to pick-up where they left off vs. the Bs’. According to the TEAM 990 this morning, the last 2 games that Habs won against the Devils was by shut-out… one by Roy and one by Theodore.Huet said he was motivated for tonights game…. I feel he will give it his all and I hope that the whole team give him their total support and to the best of their ability. I don’t think they’ll score a bunch but all they need is one more than the bad guys. If we have the 4 lines on the attack shift after shift, bombard the hell out of Brodeur, and our D pinches in when the opportunity is there,…. our chances of breaking the spell tonight are excellent.

    Enjoy the game tonight HIO folk!

  14. mrstewart61 says:

    3-2 Habs

  15. Bill H says:

    The Habs should easily win. All they have to do is hold New Jersey to one goal, and score at least 2 goals themselves. What’s so hard about that?
    ;-)

  16. likehoy says:

    well our record doesn’t say otherwise

  17. Bill H says:

    The whole concept is silly. Cy Young has an award named after him because he dominated the game as a pitcher. THN article compares W-L record of a pitcher with G-A record of a hockey player. W-L record is a legitimate way of measuring a pitcher’s performance. The more wins and few losses the better. This is not the case with G-A. The more of one and fewer of the other does not improve the players performance. For a hockey player, more of both is desirable. So I fail to see what the point of the stat is. All it is saying is that the player is better at putting the puck in the net than setting up someone else to do it. As long as a team has players (i.e. Koivu) to set up as well as players who can score, Latendresse/Kovalev, then the 2 complement each other. To criticize a player for scoring to many goals is just silly.

  18. krob1000 says:

    I saw that last night too and thought it was a pretty stupid thing to write.

  19. showey47 says:

    when glen murray played for the sudbury wolves he was an aboslute terrible skater, the guy looked like he was skating on his ankles. He turned out to have a pretty good career as a nhl goal scorer and his skating improved big time like gui’s will.

  20. Shobud says:

    Its the Toronto Sports Network

  21. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Here we go…

    Prediction? Habs come out skating their buns off, and slowly but surely the big, wet blanket that is the New Jersey Devils stifles that initial 8 minute onslaught. Marty Brodeur’s work will be done after that.

    The remaining 52 minutes are a series of groans and frustration.

    Of course, I only post this to be proved wrong.

    Go Habs!

    1-0 after the shootout!!

    Gui scores from behind the net.

  22. CHsam says:

    Guess we’ll have to prove em wrong

  23. RH says:

    Read that last night too. Thought it was kind of weird, with the baseball player comparison and all.

  24. showey47 says:

    “Forty-eight hours after their ninth straight victory over the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens WILL become the victims again when they take on the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.” This is directly from tsn as their headline for the devils-habs game tonight, god i hate tsn

  25. RH says:

    No problem. The Habs aren’t in bad shape at all.

  26. RH says:

    Too bad we can’t release ouselves from taxes, and become free.

  27. showey47 says:

    wins and losses to goals and assists

  28. HotColdHabs says:

    I find that an interesting stat – not sure of its value. I am not really a big Lats fan, but he has been an asset to the team at various times. This is a guy who has size and strength yet does not use them to his advantage. He also has the ability to put pucks in the net, but also has yet to prove himself as a bonafide goal scorer.

    What made me really curious is the reference to “Cy Young” in your post, which a baseball pitcher award!

    enduring the high’s & lows of being a Habs fan

  29. Ian G Cobb says:

    Including spelled !!!

  30. leafs67_andcounting says:

    At least after tonight we’ll only see the Devils twice more this season.

  31. Ed says:

    Yes, you have mentioned it a total of at least 1000 times, I think.

  32. Ian G Cobb says:

    Thank’s J.T.—Just having a great time on here, but brilliant is a big word for me. Watch out, it might go to my head.

    Never spelt it before, thanks, i try to learn a new one each day.

  33. ebk says:

    it sure does, not bad for an AHL 3rd liner.

  34. ebk says:

    read the whole thing, again nice post.

    if you are trying to show Guilliame is a bum, what you posted isn’t doing it.
    That’s pretty good company to be in, at least in my books.

    Have a nice day.

  35. Chuck says:

    ???

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  36. likehoy says:

    it’s nice to lie doesn’t it.

  37. showey47 says:

    gui would probably be first if he could score on those easy tap in’s into an open net. But seriously its not like he has been on a line with players who are known to score. Even when he was playing with saku and sergie, they are both passers first. I do like the fact that 10 of his goals are at even strength, i believe that ranks him first on the team.

  38. Chuck says:

    You’re the one with all of the time on your hands. Feel free to do the research if you feel that it’s really topic-worthy.
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  39. von says:

    Uh, sure? Maybe if you forget to read the first 6 lines… But I guess when you selectively read, thats the end result.

  40. wd40 says:

    that post reads like a Dr. Bronner’s soap label.

  41. ebk says:

    Nice post.

    Bodes well for Guilliame because all the players on this list are pretty darn good hockey players. Thanks for pointing this out to us.

  42. Ian G Cobb says:

    The test tonight and something to watch for is the time of possession. Jersey does not give up possession at either end very often without a lot of pressure. Where as we give it up a little more with our dump outs, back passing and faceoffs.

    I hope Begin plays tonight, and with a solid team effort we can take em !

  43. von says:

    Check this out: NHL’s Top 10 Puck Hogs according to The Hockey News. Look who made the top 10, haha.

    THN.com Top 10: Contenders for the Cy Young

    We countdown the players who are prone to put the puck in the net themselves, rather than help out a teammate.

    Here are the 10 leaders (minimum 10 goals) so far this season. Special thanks goes to Nic Chabot of Fantasy Sports Services for crunching the past and present Cy Young numbers. (Statistics are goals and assists. Ranking is based on the percentage of goals to points rather than the difference between goals and assists.)

    10. Patrick Sharp, Chicago (22-14).

    9. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington (38-24).

    8. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles (24-15).

    7. Bill Guerin, N.Y. Islanders (18-10).

    6. Niklas Hagman, Dallas (18-10).

    5. Brad Boyes, St. Louis (27-13).

    4. Chuck Kobasew, Boston (17-8).

    3. David Booth, Florida (14-6).

    2. Guillaume Latendresse, Montreal (12-5).

    1. Marek Svatos, Colorado (20-3).

    http://sports.sympatico.msn.ca/THNcom+Top+10+Contenders+for+the+Cy+Young/NHL/ContentPosting_THN.aspx?isfa=1&newsitemid=12908&feedname=TRANS-HOCKEY-NEWS&show=True&number=6&showbyline=True&subtitle=&detect=&abc=abc&date=False

  44. Ice Man says:

    I’ll make a TOAST to dat………

  45. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Let rattlers rattle, thats what they do and there is NOTHING wrong with that. Everyone is entitled to voice their opinion….and if its over and over again, so be it. The rattler has built a reputation.

    At least we know where he stands…read or move on, your choice.

    do not try to control people….leave that to our government and the banks, they do a fine job…most of us are condemned slaves…..my advice, release yourselves from debt and become FREE.

    enough of that….now the game:

    BRODEUR must be Beaten!…his time has come, his JINX on us has to be broken and the only thing that can break this traitor to his people is the emergence of the ‘new’ Hab Dynasty!….

    Tonight we will witness history, it is the end for Brodeur and his dominance of the Habs.

    and its been a long time coming.

    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  46. showey47 says:

    well then you obviously took the time to check out how many times it happens to montreal or you just made it up because you want to rattle some cages. Then go check how many times it happens to the rest of the teams in the league and come back with actual stats and proof, until then give it a rest already. For all u know it could be the least amount of times, it could be average or it could be the most amount than any other team in the league.

  47. wd40 says:

    Cheers to that!

  48. J.T. says:

    Ian…I think this is the most brilliant post you have ever made. I love it!

  49. HABZ 24 says:

    that just means the habs are DO and tonights the night!!

  50. Ian G Cobb says:

    The fact is we all like to hug and we all like to have a dump. I feel better with each.

    But i choose to share with others my hugs. Try it you might like it !!

  51. wd40 says:

    It’s not just getting to Brodeur early (and often), the D is going to have to blanket Parise. He killed us last time.. 3 goals and 1 assist (in a 4-0 win) last time he played. Huet is 0-6. Definately a real test for us tonight.

    GO HABS GO!

  52. Ian G Cobb says:

    RH—- Thanks for below.

    IAN

  53. Jay in PA says:

    This will be an interesting night for scoreboard-watching. While we play the Devils, the Flyers and Pens will play each other in what promises to be a nasty grudge match. Overall, two points separate Philly (in sixth) from New Jersey (in third). A Montreal win and a Pittsburgh loss (both in regulation) would vault us into second place in the conference based on total points. Man, it’s tight this year!

    I think this game will be a good litmus test for our team. We’ve gradually raised our performance this season so that we’re beating the teams we should beat–Toronto, Tampa, and so forth. We’re also beating some genuinely good teams–Philadelphia, Boston, the Islanders. But to be contenders, we’ve got to beat the elite teams and the teams that usually beat us. Tonight’s game and the Ottawa games in two weeks will show whether we’ve merely made progress or are genuinely up there among the best.

  54. Shobud says:

    I don’t know what cagerattler has got on his mind. So big deal. There are back to back games for everyteam. The shape that these guys are in and the money they get paid they should be able to play five nights a week like in some other sports. I know when I eas young I often played seven nights a week. I will grant you it was not NHL type of hockey but it was still very good In the old days they had to do it and travel by train and carry their own equipment, and some of the stars played two or three min shifts without getting off. If there is an advantage it is to the team playing the second game. there are loose and ready

  55. J.T. says:

    I love interesting stats and I’m fully aware that there are negatives…no team that’s been down as long as the Habs have been turn into contenders overnight. But, I think I speak for many of those you view as being overly Pollyannaish when I say that we’ve been gloomy and negative for the last fifteen years, so when we see so much about which we can be positive, it’s a refreshing and welcome change of mentality. It doesn’t mean we’re blind to the acne…but we see the pleasant face underneath it as well and choose to focus on that, as the acne will go away at some point.

  56. Will Longlade says:

    Should be a great tilt tonight. The Habs are poised to slay one of their demons and the timing couldn’t be better.

  57. Ice Man says:

    PRICE won last night. 3-2 in a shoot out. He faced 16 shots in regulation play. He stopped 5 of 6 shots in the shoot out.

    GO CAREY PRICE……………

  58. NLhabsfan says:

    The only person standing before a Habs win is Brodeur.That guys is always hot against us.Over the years he has stood on his head and plays like a demon.If the Devils get a lead at any time in this game we are toast because they protest a lead better than anyone in the league.They slow the play down and allow Brodeur to close the door.We have a tough game tonight.I hope we win, but their trap has caused us fits in the past.

  59. Chuck says:

    Thanks!

    Now if you don’t mind, I’ve got to go. My next model is here for her nude photospread. Man, working sucks!
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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  60. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Brodeur is a great goalie but his dominance over Montreal has more to do with our mental approach to these games than Brodeur’s greatness. I still think we have a better team than the Devils and would like to see us create some traffic in front of Brodeur by always parking someone there as well as play a solid 60 minute game. We need to wipe the arrogance off his face and go into the all-star break with a much needed victory over the Devils. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

  61. coutNY says:

    In the spirit of Jack Nicholson; “Every Blog needs an enema!” the Joker, Battman 1989

  62. Chuck says:

    The laffs, for example, also have four more road trips than the Habs this season. Considering that each team plays an equal number of road games, that translates into a greater hardship with longer road trips for the Habs. Is that fair?

    My point is that spin doctors can put whatever angle they want on stats. In the grand scheme of things, each team plays the same number of home and road games over an equal-length schedule. It all evens out in the wash, which makes a lot of these petty, nitpicking arguments irrelevant.

    If there is an argument to be made for some teams having easier schedules than others, then Cagerattler should consider that for the three teams in the New York area, most of their road trips consist of locking their apartment doors and taking a cross-town bus.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  63. cautiousoptimist says:

    With the skill on this team and the way they’ve been playing, it’s theirs to lose. And with the Devils 28th in the league in goals per game, and 26th on the PP, we won’t have to get many past Brodeur to walk away with a win. Crash that net!!!

  64. mjames says:

    I expect the team to show up tonight and play with the same confidence they had against Boston. Actually I am not looking for them to STEAL one, I am looking for them to TAKE one. That would make a nice statement and be great for our confidence.

    mjames

  65. cautiousoptimist says:

    Only on the very rare occasions when someone is just being blatantly insulting. Frankly, there are a few of those posts right here – come on guys, if a post gets to you that much, just ignore it, or better yet post an intelligent response instead of kindergarten-style attacks…. I’m sure those of us with small children have enough of this my-dad-can-beat-up-your-dad stuff to deal with at home….

  66. JF says:

    We ourselves played Buffalo in back-to-back Friday and Saturday games in November. We lost both. I believe we have a back-to-back contest with Philadelphia in February. Haven’t checked other teams but I think it’s not uncommon.

  67. cautiousoptimist says:

    Speaking of which, I caught part of the Leafs-Caps game last night, and man, Ovechkin is scarier than ever. Big, strong, fast, shooting and out on almost every line change… His passing wasn’t too impressive, but wow…

    It was also nice to see the Leafs get dominated everywhere but the scoreboard in the 1st and 2nd, even if they did end up winning…

  68. cautiousoptimist says:

    To be fair, Cagerattler does have a point – I’ve always thought it was a little silly to force teams to play two games in two nights against well-rested teams. With the tight, tight standings this last couple of years, the four or five bonus points that result could conceivably keep someone out of the playoffs.

    Cagerattler, If you stuck to making valid points – positive or otherwise – instead of rattling people’s cages, you wouldn’t get so many negative replies. :)

  69. 24 Cups says:

    Cagerattler – Interesting that you would mention the Tor-Wash situation. Montreal plays Washington under the exact same circumstance right after the All Star break. “No damn excuses here for either team if they lose!”

    The Original 24 Cups

  70. habsguy says:

    has anyone ever used the “flag as offensive” option ??

  71. coutNY says:

    Yeah, Definately… Definately… Montreal has an easy schedule… Definately… Definately… Wapner at 7:00… Kmart sucks… Hot water burn Baby… Go back to counting tooth picks and memorizing phone books, we’ve heard you state these mind blowing facts before… over and over and over…

  72. mjames says:

    Your point or conclusion.

    mjames

  73. krob1000 says:

    We’ll leave that to you to investigate.

  74. Shiloh says:

    Since I quit pointing out LaSlowesse’s shortcomings, I won’t answer your post except to say that I have some swampland in Florida you might be interested in.

  75. ebk says:

    They just make you look kinda silly anyway but to each his own, I say.

  76. drecha says:

    Gotta get expressvue, like all other providers, their service sucks but they have a great HD package.

    GoHabsGo!!!

  77. Scotty90 says:

    I live around Ottawa and get/watch every Habs game on RDS. I was very lucky at Christmas and received a wide screen HD TV. For some reason Rogers doesn’t have RDS as part of their HD programming….. what gives? I just wrote them an e-mail asking about it. Funny way to do business! there are literally thousands of Habs fans in the Ottawa region.

  78. T-roy West says:

    Being a habs fan is exhausting. I’m glad the allstar game is here because I also need a break, lol!

  79. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Disagree.

    RYDER is vital to the organization. he can hit, shoot and he’s a tough kid. Very valuable assets that are required to round out a contender. Its not always easy to get a lane to shoot, but if he does, look out. Brodeur found out tonight, shoulder bruise on RYDERS CANNON NUCLEAR BOMB SLAPSHOT WARP SPEED MISSLE ROCKET SHOT from the blue line that RIPPED INTO Brodeurs muscles and tore them to SHREDS.

    and you want to GET RID OF OUR BEST SHOT ON THE TEAM AFTER KOVY?

    TRADE RYDER is wrong to post under that name…but his posts are decent and have begun to lean more towards reality in that RYDER is vital…we can see it in his recent comments….soon enough he’ll change
    his name and his ways to PRORYDER.

    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  80. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    That is exactly how they were during the dynasty years…never count them out till the games over. Good to see that tonight.
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    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  81. Bill H says:

    Agreed. Too early to trade Latendresse.

  82. Shiloh says:

    I did use the words “maybe” and “consider”. If we were offered something great for Ryder and the trade required Bouillon and Latendresse included then maybe I’d consider it.

  83. Shiloh says:

    Ian: I have been reading on this site that you are just developing your writing skills. I just want to tell you that you are doing remarkably well.

  84. Shiloh says:

    Chipchura by far – no doubt about it.

  85. von says:

    Great game by the boys. I swear, I thought after the 2nd period we were done for. It seems like we can never beat Martin F. Brodeur!

    But boy, Smolinski baby!!! Either that injury or imminent threat of taking Dandenaults place in the press box woke this dude up. If he plays night in and night out like this for the rest of the year, I’ll take back all my bad thoughts about this guy.

    Huet was solid. Looks from the 13 shots like he sucked, but none of those 3 goals were soft. Teammates made mistakes… Let’s just say RDS doesn’t name the you know who’s.

    Nice to grab a 2 game winning streak into the break. The boys can enjoy their weekend off (cept Marky Mark) and look forward to coming back and possibly catching Ottawa? Who woulda thought this at Christmas?

    The only thing about that sucks about Saturday is no Habs but it’s alright guys, you earned it tonight!!!

  86. Praj12 says:

    Whatever boys, we won, toronto laffs lost. All is good in the world.

  87. RH says:

    LOL! Great post. Especially the ‘CANNON NUCLEAR BOMB SLAPSHOT WARP SPEED MISSLE ROCKET SHOT from the blue line that RIPPED INTO Brodeurs muscles and tore them to SHREDS.’

  88. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I feel terrible for calling Smolinski a bum and wanting him benched. Back to back good games. May be he’ll earn his money down the stretch, when it really counts. Sorry Brian & GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Praj12 says:

    Yeah there will be withdrawel pains over the weekend.

  90. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Mind over matter. This is definitely a different team than the one New Jersey shut out earlier this year.

  91. Da Hema says:

    Oh that is sweet! Bring on Ottawa!!
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    –Martin Crane, “Frasier”

  92. idle says:

    Now your coming around von! Not a single negative in your post and I even agree with it all :)

  93. Shiloh says:

    What I like about this game is that we saw tonight who we can really count on should we venture deep into the playoffs. Streit is a very solid defenseman. Smolinski is a tried and true veteran who will contribute no matter what. Sergei Kostitsyn is a buzzsaw out there – he is having a blast and stepping up. Koivu and Higgins with SK74 will give other teams fits because they will have trouble shutting down both of our scoring lines. Lapierre has a nice little nasty streak and should see work on the fourth line and also on important faceoffs. Komisarek is a monster – every single team in the league would offer a lot for him. Kostopoulos is a very handy role player and Begin fills that need as well. Hamrlik, Markov, Kovalev, Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn have been awesome – they have been huge contributors to our first half success.

    I think we can go after a player or two at the deadline but we shouldn’t offer the moon and maybe the only regulars I’d consider trading are Ryder, Dandenault, Bouillon and Latendresse.

  94. Thuymi Do says:

    Well this game was a surprise, I was ready to switch to the leafs & caps, boring the game was, but lucky me and LUCKY habs: brodeur wasn’t *commonly called as god against the habs*
    looking forward for a good on next game

    http://www.kovalev27.com/

  95. von says:

    Like one of the other posters said man, I just call it like I see it ;)

    Now if only Pierre and Yvon… lol

  96. T-roy West says:

    That was a pretty good post- I’ll give you that. I actually laughed out loud. I’ll value your opinion but mine will not change. They took Ryder out and put Sergi Kostitsyn in and they score. I’m willing to bet that Higgins really doesn’t like playing with him either. Yes I do believe he is a asset but only in a trade but only if he’s packaged with someone. Carbo sits him awhile ago then brings him back and we score 6+ goals and he is a minus on the night. Then he gets sent to the third line and then last night he gets put back on the first line and we score 8 goals and he is a minus on the night. Do you see the pattern. Carbo did tonight – enough said!

  97. Steve C. says:

    how can you trade Latendresse? he is 20 years old and unproven. if we ever traded him, he would turn into the next John LeClair.

  98. Shiloh says:

    I’m thinking of coming to Montreal to see Ottawa in march – with my son and nephew. Are tickets impossible to get? Can anybody suggest a site where I might find tickets?

  99. T-roy West says:

    Agree 100%

  100. Bill H says:

    Hey, way to trash the first star of the game jackass.

  101. Scott in Montreal says:

    I completely agree – that shot looked like it intimidated him a bit. I think it rattled him just enough to keep him from settling down and shutting the door in his usual way. You could see that it hurt him. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Ryder isn’t washed-up. Props to the whole team. After a comeback like tonight’s there is really no quarter for any negativity whatsoever.

  102. von says:

    Who would you honestly rather have up… Chipchura or Latendresse?

    Thank you.

  103. Ian G Cobb says:

    Phone ticket master or the bell center

  104. Ian G Cobb says:

    And thank you for your earlyer remarks,

  105. Ian G Cobb says:

    IT has been many decades, but we now have the right personel in management and it is starting to show on the ice !

  106. T-roy West says:

    You know how in the movies and people are fighting and one person kicks the other in the nuts and you can almost feel the pain. Thats how I feel when I’m watching habs games. It’s almost like I’m there with them. I bet you feel the same Timo, eh!

  107. T-roy West says:

    Awesome comparison! But would you have it any other way!? Being a habs fan is quite the rush. I’ll take this ride over the best roller coaster ride in the world any day! By the way, I used to live in Calgary for three years but now in Edmonton. Cheers!

  108. Jonnyboy says:

    Just for kicks I will through out a stat.
    Rookie Year Lecavalier – 13 goals
    Rookie Yera Latendresse – 16 goals

    Lecavalier only had 25 in his second year and Latendresse is on pace for just shy of that.

    I am by no means claiming he will be as good, just a stat.

  109. Sehs says:

    February 15th I think tickets go on sale for March games. Bear in mind that this is just some that they kept from earlier so quantities are limited and demand is very high.

    Either spam the phone on that day or have multiple sessions up on admission.com trying to get tickets or else I’d imagine you’d have to try getting tickets from a 3rd party source, for a higher price.

    Good luck

  110. von says:

    Hmmmm, I’m not convinced. Not this year at least. I mean lets be realistic, I see much more potential in Sergei Kostitsyn than I’ve seen in nearly 2 years from Latendresse.

  111. cautiousoptimist says:

    OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! OLE OLE OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
    OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  112. VancouverHab says:

    Whoah, whoah: I knew Marmaduke, and Latendresse is no Marmaduke! John LeClair was good all the way through: the idiot Hab management at the time traded him after one, one and a half, relatively ordinary seasons after he had been indispensable in winning them a Stanley Cup! They got Recchi for him, as I recall.

    This is way way out of any league Latendresse will ever be in. He could be a solid third–line player, if he works really hard & develops his potentiality.

    But no way to put him in the Marmaduke category. I’ll tell you who does legitimately threaten to be another Leclair-type, if anyone, & that’s Ryder. I can see him getting traded and suddenly burning up the goals. Maybe not, but maybe.

  113. Shiloh says:

    First of all, Vinny could skate. Second, he wasn’t playing with people like Koivu, Higgins and Ryder as linemates. Third, Vinny contributes assists. I am not saying that Latendresse can’t develop – although his skill level is very poor. I am saying that it hasn’t helped his career that he didn’t go to Hamilton and get some real playing time. I am also saying that Andrei Kostitsyn sat for four games this year while he dressed. Imagine how the players (particularly the Russian players) must have felt about that? Latendresse has been favoured for too long. He needs to play in Hamilton to see if he can develop a style which will help the big club in the long run. And I would certainly listen to trade offers for him – there are players on the farm with far more skills than he brings to the table.

  114. gfunkdoc says:

    I didn’t get to see the game ’cause I’m half the world away and the French don’t seem to air any Canadiens games. I don’t know what their problem is. It’s probably fortunate though cause I think I might have had a heart attack after that.

    The season is still far from over. The Habs are only 6 points from 9th, or something like that. But, I agree with what Kovalev said in article I read a few days ago. This season the team has been consistenly making progress, doing things they couldn’t do in years past. Despite the good start last season, you never got the impression the team was getting better (it became clear they weren’t after December). This year they keep overcoming former obstacles and it’s been a nice surprise:
    -Beating Brodeur for the first time since…José Théodore?!?!
    -Scoring goals 5 on 5
    -Not giving up 40 shots a game
    -Beating the Leafs more times than not
    -Powerplay has improved from last year??
    -Evidence of actual talent among the younger guys…leadership too

    There are likely more examples…Anyway, whether they finish in 8th or 1st (neither are out of the question now), we can at least be happy they are getting better, and I think that’s something new.

  115. von says:

    “how can you trade Latendresse? he is 20 years old and unproven. if we ever traded him, he would turn into the next John LeClair.”

    I think the word you meant was “could.” I don’t want to turn this into a debate after a sweet win but if Latendresse played for any other team in the NHL he’d be in the minors. End of story.

  116. TradeRyder says:

    lol
    _____________________________________________________________
    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  117. T-roy West says:

    I’m going to do the same. Both rinks, front and center! Later Timo!

  118. TradeRyder says:

    Now THAT was different!

    Not only did they beat the Devils in their building, they also came back from being behind at BOTH intermissions.

    Boys, I think we got a HOCKEY TEAM!!

    PS: I SAID this would be Higgins night! But who’da thought it would be Slowinskis??? lol

    _____________________________________________________________
    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  119. Habs_008 says:

    Great Win Boys! we outshot them by a whole lot, we deserve the win. Now its time for a well desreved break.

  120. ccs says:

    Wow…way to go boys that is one hell of a way to head into the allstar break enjoy your time off….I really did not think that they would win this one. I NOW BELIEVE….

  121. jimbo82 says:

    Wow am I dreaming? incredible! Feels great to finally beat the devils, in New Jersey and trailing in the game. Jaques Demers just said he is sure they are making the playoffs now and Benoit Brunet believes this is the game that will take them to the next level. I surely hope so.

  122. Habsville says:

    Finally King Richard has his crown taken away and the Team came back to dot with a dominating 3rd period WOW!!!!
    Mike Komisarek was outstanding with a PLUS 3 and 2 helpers while playing 21:16 minutes. I think Ryder’s fate has been sealed as he was not on the line in the end and his replacement was Sergei Kost. Not a great game by Huet who let in 3 on 13 shots. It is a great team victory and the type of effort by role players that will be needed starting in April

  123. westhab says:

    This week was like having your cake and eating it too! Habs beat boston for the 9th time in a row and they stop a losing streak at 9 to nj. But the biggest thing was coming from behind against mb. Any Smo bashers out there tonight? Where are you? And so great for Higgins and Koivu to get the comback goals, hopefully a thing of the near future….Oh yeah and Kovalev was just great again.

  124. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    YA!…..We have a superior team.

    Only a superior team can stay composed and mount the comeback they did. It was a GIANT test for Les Canadiens and they PASSED! – THE JINX IS LIFTED!!

    THE JINX IS LIFTED!!…and I said this afternoon that only the RIGHT Canadien team will lift the 10 year BRODEUR JINX…and this group did it!!….this is the making of a Stanley Cup TEAM….MARK MY WORDS.

    Sure only one game against jersey….THATS RIGHT, JERSEY/BRODUER in JERSEY….there is something VERY SIGNIFICANT in the alignment of the stars and planets…BELIEVE ME, this is not easily possible unless we have a NEW DESTINY.

    and we do…..Mr. Stanley…we are knocking…let us put our foot in the door.

    oh….and ye of fickle faith who hath spoken below…watch the ROCKET ten times and you can post again.

    TAKE THAT YOU ARROGANT BRODEUR….BROOD OVER THAT BROODEUR!!!!!!!!!!!! you TRAITOR.
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  125. T-roy West says:

    Awesome result from the habs. I’m glad they figured out to get people in front of the net and wreck havoc. Just wondering why it took them two periods to figure it out. You have to play like that against teams like New Jersey. I can’t wait to see Sergi Kostitsyn add a little muscle to him. This kid has balls and that is what we need.

  126. Ian G Cobb says:

    The negative posters will never feel this warm and fuzzy sensation. They will only be ready to pounce on the next error. But i suppose that is how they enjoy themselves.

    Were not there yet, but we can see the light a little brighter. We are becoming a team. Every night a different style of opposition that we face, brings out different qualities of our team.

    It is a lot of fun to see different players starting to step it up now with confidence.

    There is a lot of teams that are not going to want any part of us in a few short months.

  127. linp says:

    Our team has suddenly grown up after this game. They gained a lot of confidence knowing that they can come back no matter what. Great win!

  128. mjames says:

    You need to cut him some slack. Did you see the goals? Maybe the first but the last two – no chance.

    mjames

  129. Shiloh says:

    T-roy: I am a former English teacher and offer this suggestion in friendship and not to be a nasty know-it-all. The word is “wreak” as in wreak havoc. It is a very unusual word and is almost exclusively used as an adjective for havoc. Go Habs!

  130. T-roy West says:

    This goes out to TradeRyder: Ryder’s days are numbered. He is taking up a valuable spot on this team. He has a good shot but thats it. To play on “this” team you have to be more than a one trick pony when you play on the first line and if he’s not on the first or second line than he has to go because god knows he would be a liability on the third or fourth! TradeRyder, hats of to you for sticking to your guns! On a side note, mybe they should try Sergi Kostitsyn, Koivu, Kovalev and Andrei Kostitsyn,Plekanac,Higgins. Yes I know the first line would be KKK but they would be good lines!

  131. Mr.Hazard says:

    SIX POINTS BEHIND OTTAWA WITH A GAME IN HAND! AND I CAN SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE IN THIS ARTICLE!

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  132. T-roy West says:

    I know. As soon as I posted it I knew I made a mistake but I was in the middle of making another post and didn’t have time to edit it. Thanks, now I’m going to have a complex, lol!!!

  133. Sulemaan says:

    Terrific result. I honestly thought they would lose tonight in NJ.
    It certainly looked like that before the 3rd period. Nicely done.

  134. Shobud says:

    Ian I agree with you all the way. I said the other day give the kids a chance. They will make mistakes but they keep getting better and that draws everyone along We are going to surprise a lot of people

  135. rogus says:

    Saku is the Man! I’m sure even for someone of his talent this line shuffling isn’t helping matters. Carbo, help Saku help us, keep someone reliable with him!

  136. Ed says:

    Spoken like a true fan.

  137. TommyB says:

    Mike, your friend makes sense..to a point. But as captain of the team, and I still play some hockey, I would think you have to make new friendships along the way, rather than hang on to the couple of good friends you used to have who have moved on for one reason or another. And, raising the “How many of his current teammates were on the team when he came back from cancer?” seems pretty lame. Time marches on. Would you like us to still have the same roster that we had when Saks came back from his cancer treatment? I know I wouldn’t. Saku Koivu is, and always was, a warrior. However, the cast of characters around him has evolved, and I can feel quite sure that Saku does not see that as an excuse, or a reason, for his drop in effectiveness. It is merely the way things go…Saku is not getting any younger, therefore it gets harder and harder to perform. Saku doesn’t look for excuses…why do some posters in here? IMO, Koivu still brings a lot to this team, and I cut him some slack because he has paid his dues. It’s up to others on the team now, to see that he drinks from the cup.

  138. Mike says:

    Just wanted to post this:

    My friend wrote it about saku.
    The first 2 lines are about kovalev

    Some of you guys are unreal. Last year you were calling for AK27′s head, he’s a bum, no heart, waste of cap, overrated….on and on.

    This year he is christ reborn. The guy is going through a rough patch.

    Now about saku.

    This is a guy who has always been the bright star on rotten teams. Now he is playing on what can arguably be called the best team he has been apart of in his NHL career and he isn’t in the starring role. Being the kind of player he is, imagine the pressure he is putting on himself. The sleepless nights, wondering why it’s not going well.

    I am fortunate enough to be at practice rather often, and he is smiling and laughing with the guys. But he did lose his 2 best friends. The longest serving guys with him now are Booboo, Markov, Ryder, Komisarek and if you can count Briser.

    How many of his current teammates were on the team when he came back from cancer?

    For those of you who play hockey, put yourself in his place. Forget the money aspect. Millions don’t replace the bond you create with guys in the room. When that’s taken away…not easy to replace.

    Saku will be back. He will start scoring, he will start setting up his line mates and he will remind everyone why he is THE CAPTAIN. Why? Because talk is cheap and SAKU HAS DONE IT BEFORE.

  139. von says:

    I’m with you brother.

    Anyone who questions Captain K just needs to flashback to the Carolina series… When he went down, so did our team. He arguably means the most to his team out of a lot of other captain’s in the NHL.

  140. mrstewart61 says:

    I don’t know why A. Kostitsyn isn’t on the Youngstars roster. Three players on the eastern team are older than him.

  141. Scotty90 says:

    My 3 kids are Sens fans..my wife (also from Montreal)is still a Habs fan (since the glory days of the 70′s) my youngest son, Scotty (hence my HIO name)is a really good hockey player and lives and breathes Sens…. needless to say we can really go at it when the 2 teams play one another. It is a lot of fun. One thing I enjoy more than a Habs game….. is watching my son play.

  142. 24 Cups says:

    It goes by games played (previously)in the NHL, not age. AK had played 34 games with Montreal before this year.

    The Original 24 Cups

  143. Infanteer says:

    Think it was Cards that was sick . . . of Ryder’s play.

    Mikey’s been going through an awful funk of late. It may simply be a case of not-his-year-itis. In any case, his passing was poor in the first several periods, he was benched, the team scored, and Carbs likes to go with what’s working, and change (often too quickly, IMO) what isn’t.

  144. mrstewart61 says:

    I’m guessing it’a because he’s not an official rookie??

  145. Infanteer says:

    (of course Carbs, not cards . . . why proof read with a “reply” bbutttonnn?

  146. coutNY says:

    I think it’s because he has played more than 25 games at the NHL level prior to this season. 25 is maximum # of games one can have and still be designated a rookie…? I am Guessing.

  147. mrstewart61 says:

    I know the rookie standard is 26 games, but I guess you’re saying to be named to the youngstars game the player must still be a rookie?

  148. Steve C. says:

    Some people say the 8 OT losses can be good points for us. In my opinion, these points hurt us because we also have fewer WINS. you have not won the game or earned anything really. you have just lost the game; the other team goes home with 2 points. a loss is a loss, though i am not completely in favour of a strict W-L way of ranking the teams. I must admit the standings wouldn’t be so different than they are right now if we took out the extra point, but here goes:

    with point-without extra point
    Ott 66 – Ott 62
    Phi 59 – NJ 56
    Car 52 – Car 48(!!!)
    Mtl 60 – Phi 54
    NJ 59 – Pit 54
    Pit 58 – Mtl 52(!!!) at least we wouldn’t be facing Jersey.
    Bos 55 – Bos 50
    NYI 54 – NYI 48

    In conclusion, Carolina shouldn’t even be in the playoffs right now. the divisional winners are bogus if they can’t even have more points than the 8th place team. I liked what Benoit Brunet (former Hab of ’93!) of RDS said last night: “We should play 86 games a season. Eliminate the divisions, play 4 games against everyone and 2 games against the Western Conference.” I’m not sure I totally agree with his statement, but seriously…Carolina shouldn’t be there. Something’s gotta give. In the NBA, I think a division winner can fall as low as 4th or 5th, I’m not sure if they can fall lower.

    And about the points, what would you guys think about 3 points for a win, 1 point to each team after a tie in regulation, and a 2nd point for an OT or SO win? Like that every single game would be a 3 point game. 3 for a regulation win. 0 for a regulation loss. 2 for an OT win. 1 for an OT loss.

  149. cautiousoptimist says:

    dah – nothing wrong with responding when a poster makes a point, and he’s actually made one or two interesting ones. let’s not run anyone out of town here….

  150. Scotty90 says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised a bit…. and maybe I am not who I appear to be… maybe I am trying to promote positive energy for the team to feed on…… that said, the beer is real :)

  151. Steve C. says:

    now imagine if they were on the same team! haha i dunno. i don’t really care. he’s not on our team, so can’t really comment on that.

  152. coutNY says:

    Must be because his stats are better than most… They should rename the game rookie standouts. There is only a few Stars among the bunch,

  153. N.B.habs fan says:

    scotty ..IT must be great to watch your son play hockey,you must be proud and give him my best(even if he likes Ott.)

  154. Scotty90 says:

    Was reading that the Canes may be shopping Eric Cole…. and that Ottawa may have an interest in him but not the cap space. Cole has always been a thorn in our side and I hate him for it…. Hoever, I could like him if he played for the Habs. Do you see Cole as a possible fit in this team?

  155. Ian G Cobb says:

    I tried your e-mail twice, it came back???

    N.B. Hab

  156. Scotty90 says:

    I think deep down he likes Montreal but would never switch from the Sens. He plays with Randy Robitaille’s brother, so they do get some of the Sens at their games when their schedule permits… so that is pretty exciting for him.

  157. Sulemaan says:

    I’d love to have a power-forward like him in the lineup Scotty. My only concerns are his injury problems and what we’d have to send in the opposite direction.

  158. Sulemaan says:

    I was being sarcastic but good point Timo. Will remember that in future.

  159. Scotty90 says:

    Cournoyer12, in my case… over 50 years and counting with this team… you sound upset in your message… not sure why? What I was more or less trying to say was that I agreed with your observation and that the RDS guys also mention that during the 2nd intermission!

    Sorry if my message was taken out of context.

  160. Scotty90 says:

    Yeah, I know… and I hate trading anybody away right now as well. My fear is that if our only threat becomes Ottawa…. and they somehow land Cole…. oh no!!

  161. krob1000 says:

    http://sensarmy.blogspot.com/2008/01/rumour-mill-erik-cole.html

    I agree Sulemaan. I think Cole is awesome and while healthy he is worthy of any lineup in hte league. The operative word being IF. I like Vermette and I think he just overshadowed with the firepower Ottawa has and Corvo to me is a standout. Depending on who we gave up though Cole would be interesting and would definitely shut people up about the whole power forward thing. Anyone know if there is a scheduled GM meeting duringthe all star break?? We do have a surplus of players ….or so it seems as the injury bug has been unusually good to us this year. Things can change in ahurry though so I guess it really comes down to what is available and at what cost. wouldn’t you love to be a fly on Gainey’s wall to hear the suggestions that must be made at times.

  162. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Fellow Habitants, What was the turning point of the game?

    I offer 2 pivotal moments:

    1. RYDERS warp speed missle launch from the blueline that dislocated and caused internal hemmoraging to Brodeur shoulder. Brodeur was not the same after that shot…he was stunned, snapped back into reality, Jinx lifted, dream land awakened and destroyed…he said to himself “really what am i thinking? this is the great Montreal Canadiens who i shunned. and now I must be punished, I will never have a win against them again in my career.”. That shot my friends was the main turning point of the game…because it changed Brodeurs composition. He was RATTLED!

    thats what opened the door for the comeback.

    2. KOMI’s WAKEUP HIT on GIONTA!…that was not only a hit to Gionta, but a HIT to the entire DEVILS bench…saying “you are not in our league, you don’t have Scott Stevens or Gomez (speed w/strength). We are vastly superior, faster and stronger….in fact it was a message to the League.

    So we have 2 seemingly insignificant overlooked plays that were in fact THE GAME TURNING elements that set our course to victory. If you play hockey you’ll understand easily what I’m saying.

    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  163. coutNY says:

    I Agree… The Ducks are expecting to announce addition of Selanne by the end of the week… they experienced a great winning streak since Neid’s return, but they still know adding an offensive power forward to their oufit will only increase their depth and playoff chances.

    Cole fits the habs style very well…

  164. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    We wish Koivu would hit more, especially after he LABELED VASICEK (carolina) a couple of years ago behind the net…prior to the infamous Eye removed from socket debacle, courtesy of Williums unjustin….but fortune turned its back on unjustin this year.

    yeah Komi feathered him off…very smart move, we didn’t want a penalty at that point of the game….give credit to fiesty Gionta though, took guts or no brains like you said!

    but come on…give credit where its DUE – RYDERS BLAST RATTLED BROODING BRODEUR!

    in fact the national headlines should have read:
    “RYDERS BLAST RATTLES BRODEUR, SPARKING CANADIENS COMEBACK”
    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  165. coutNY says:

    Pierre Lebrun on how to eat crow… Not everyone’s turning a blind eye to the Habs success.

  166. coutNY says:

    Boy, it’s too bad Selanne would not consider coming here even if it were only for the rest of the year or two… there is a cozy space right up front next to Saku with his name on it!

  167. Chuck says:

    The Komisaurus hit on Gionta was great, but I’d hardly consider it a turning point of tha game; the game ws in the bag by then. You are correct, though, in your assesment that it sent a message to the Devils saying that the Habs are not going to be messed with.
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    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  168. Rocket9 says:

    I agree that was one helluva shot and looked like it could have unnerved Monsieur Brodeur a bit. Hey, whatever works right? He’s not an easy guy to get off his game, and his numbers against the Habs are sick.

    Maybe that’s a good strategy for Ryder. If he’s not scoring, then stop trying to score and just try to scare the crap out of the opposing team’s goalie.

  169. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I wouldn’t say it was in the bag yet…the devils were buzzing and the last thing we needed was a penalty and to have the game tied with 3.2sec on the clock….that would have been agony.

    because this victory was more than just 2 points against the New Jersey Devils…this win was a crossroad as most here have agreed.

    So, being on the edge of my seat and seeing a speeding devil go down the wing with the intent of destroying our destiny to improve and build confidence as a team, that all could have been washed down the drain had he whistled one by Huet as we’ve seen Gomez do in the past….SO KOMI’s hit was PIVOTAL!….GIONTA hit a BRICK WALL called KOMI…

    or was it Montreals “Destiny” that he ran into….

    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  170. nightmare_49 says:

    Scotty – The Canes are getting old and i’m sure their ready to re-tool towards youth and maybe we could help them especially with potential “D” men for the future. Canes GM (Rutherford) is in the running for the laffs GM job , god bless him , but if he doesn’t get it he may be facing a similar problem with his team so something got to give. A deal for Cole and his MD would be interesting.

  171. Da Hema says:

    I agree with many below that the Habs won this game through physicality and speed. New Jersey is a good team, but they are significantly smaller than they were 10 years ago. Elias is not at all a big guy, and the Habs should treat him the same way they did Darcy Tucker–another player who scored against the Habs until they began smashing his face into the boards. When the Habs began targeting Tucker, he became a nothing on the ice–indeed, it is he who is watching over his shoulder every time he is on the ice.

    The score last night flattered New Jersey. It was interesting reading Sutter’s diatribe. He claims his team quit. Who did he think he was playing against? The Los Angeles Kings? He has no respect for the Canadiens. Good. I look forward to seeing the Habs playing them again. The Devils aren’t an elite team, and I hope the Boys remember that Sutter thinks the Habs are an unworthy opponent.

    I thought the turning point of the game was that absurd penalty against Begin that gave the Devils a 5 on 3. I think that call lit a fire under the team during the second intermission. Whatever caused the Boys to come out blazing, this was a come-from-behind character win.

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  172. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Agreed….AIM FOR THEIR HEAD….works everytime.
    We are going to come up against some hot goalies in the post, either they have to be run or a shot has to rattle them. We don’t naturally have that aggresive power forward who can incidentally rattle a goalie, but we’ve got some snipers that can do the damage…to their psyche.

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    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  173. Rocket9 says:

    I guess I’m maybe too much of a traditionalist, but I’ve always just thought that a hockey game is worth 2 points. Those points can go to one team or can be split between 2 teams if they tie.

    This three point stuff bugs me. The whole reason for bringing it in was because coaches were playing for ties rather than wins, resulting in boring hockey. I’m not sure what the solution to that problem is, but I don’t like the one they came up with.

    Now that they have the shootout (which is a whole other question), ties are not possible and therefore, coaches can’t play for ties. so, why not go back to having games worth 2 points? If you win in OT or in the shootout, you get 2 points. if you lose, you get 0.

    A hockey game should be worth 2 points, like it always has been.

  174. Rocket9 says:

    This is my favourite of all the posts I’ve read on this site to date.

    Nice work.

  175. Rocket9 says:

    yup, absoultely. When you think about it, what did they change by bringing in the three points? Coaches used to play defensively in overtime in order to make sure they got the single point. Now, they play defensively in regular time to make sure they get the single point.

    Ok, so now there’s two of us on the one game=2 points campaign. That’s a good start. Usually when I say this to my buddies they just roll their eyes at me.

  176. The Teacher says:

    not true, Game isn’t for rookies only, at least it wasn’t in the past.

  177. The Teacher says:

    well, I’ll take Kovy’s salary and talent any day over Briere’s.

    that pretty much sums it up for me.

  178. ClaytonM says:

    So are you saying it was Carbo who cost us the game?

  179. wd40 says:

    well, under the current system, i think those 8 points for the OTLs are not necessarily “bad” points. your proposal is interesting though re: all games being 3 pointers. I hate the idea of teams playing for ties.

    random stat, on a similar note, the oilers, with 51 points, have more OT Wins (13) than Wins in Regulation (10)! Amazing. In percentage terms, 43% of their Wins are Regulation Wins. At the other end of the spectrum, the Flyers have 96% of their Wins in regulation. I consider this a ‘power’ stat.

    I have more of an issue with the conference ranking, and the issue is magnified by the relatively weak SE Division.

  180. G-Man says:

    I agree with the idea, but I hate games decided by b.s. like shootouts. It’s a stupid gimmick that’s supposed to elevate the entertainment value, but it leaves me cold. Hockey is a team sport played with 5 skaters and 1 goalie. Reducing the players to 4 skaters aside for OT decides the game unfairly, opening up the ice that was properly defended before.

    I like the idea of threatening the NHL franchises with winner take all hockey, with unlimited overtime. I get the feeling coaches and players would stop playing for ties and increase the entertainment in most games by leaps and bounds. No points necessary, just Wins/Losses%, like baseball. Let the pucks fall where they may.

    Gilbert

  181. G-Man says:

    I’ve seen Cole a few times this year and I think he’s worried about his neck, like Zednik was after McLaren clobbered him. He may only need a change of scenery to boost his output and alter his attitude. Maybe, we have to move Dandy + a prospect or even Bouillon, with O’Byrne on the way back and Gorges improving every game. How high is Cole’s salary, anyway?

    Gilbert

  182. habsgod says:

    you must be speaking about the diving champion on your make me laughs!!antropov

  183. Cousin Al says:

    On Kovalev. My, oh my. What a difference a year makes! What about heart, too? The thing everyone used to say he had none of. He is the heart and soul of the team now and, IMO is the de facto captain. I admire Saku very much for what he has done both on and off the ice, but Kovy is the real leader now. He had heart even last year because he played hurt all year (you could see it even in the playoff series with Carolina the year before) and never used it as an excuse for his sub-par season. Definitely a great player and, if he can play like he has played this year at 34, he should have a few more seasons left and I hope it will be with the Habs.

  184. Richard B says:

    I am glad to be winning, but I don’t understand what they are doing to Ryder. Higgins and Koivu are not playing any better than Ryder, so y does Ryder face the blame. He scored last game and by the end of the first period last night he was back on the third line again.
    And how about 30 or 40 seconds of pp time?
    That first line an’t working without a player who can put pucks in the net. Koivu and Higgins need a trigger man…and if it an’t going to be Ryder, then they need to get someone else in here quick.

  185. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Brent Sutter acted like a sore loser after the game, not giving the Habs any respect about owning his team in the 3rd. I too can’t wait to play them again.

  186. Habby67 says:

    The conference standing set up is a joke. The habs should be second in the conference. I would still be against the way we do it even if the Habs had the same amount of points as Carolina. Its just another stupid gimmick the NHL is tinkering with. Kudos to the Habs for being resilient. If I am not mistaken its the first time they got a win after trailing after 2 periods. If the team is going to make a run for it in the playoffs they have to learn how to fight back and this was a very good step….

  187. krob1000 says:

    “The Canadiens are my all-star team”………mine too Alex, mine too.

  188. Sulemaan says:

    I realize Montreal is only slightly up in points over last year but there is something different about the team in my estimation this year:

    (1) The defence is much more solid with the emergence of Markov and Komisarek. Hamrlik is definitely an upgrade over Souray in terms of defence. The only areas where Souray would have had an advantage would have been on the power play and a willingness to drop the gloves. Thank God he turned down our contract offer and went to Edmonton.

    (2) What a difference Alexei Kovalev makes when he wants to play the game. The line of Kovalev, A. Kostitsyn and Plekanec really has carried the team at times this year. When you think about the performance (or lack thereof) by the previous first line (Koivu, Higgins, Ryder) that underlines it.

    (3) The depth in positional players (Smolinkski, Begin, Dandenault, Brisevois, Kostopolous) means that no one can take a night off unless they want to sit in the press box. We didn’t have this advantage last year.

    (4) The goaltending depth is deeper this year with Huet, Price, Halak and let’s not forget Danis. If we have a goalie go into a slump or get injured there is support. But last year we were lucky where our goalies would stop 40 shots a night and the PP would get us goals. A lot of smoke and mirrors but that is not the case this year. I also do believe that Price will be back in time. There is no need to rush him. We don’t need a Fleury.

    (5) A critical factor is the enthusiasm and spirit of youth. With players like the Kostitsyn brothers, Lapierre, Latendresse and others on the farm waiting for their chance, it certainly adds energy to the lineup and eliminates complacency. It pushes the veterans to play well. And if you don’t play well there is a bus ticket to Hamilton waiting for you. Lapierre learned that earlier this season and plays many shifts like it’s his last one.

    (6) It appears that the coaching staff is learning as well. I was unsure about Carbonneau at some points but he seems to be learning like the players. And the coaching staff seem to be very much in sync with Carbo. I also like how he will bench players if he needs to. No apologies. So former players like Jarvis, Muller and Melanson blend well. My only wish would be to get a top former defenceman (Larry Robinson) to coach the defence. Sorry but Patrice Brisebois doesn’t cut it

    I remember at the beginning of the season ALL of the experts thought that Montreal wouldn’t make the playoffs. McGuire, Healy, McKenzie, Cherry and a few on RDS and 110% as well. The season isn’t done yet but I’m pleased with the progress the team has made. Even if Montreal doesn’t make the playoffs, their future looks very good indeed. Some of the credit should go where credit is due. The former #23. Bob Gainey.

  189. The Teacher says:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    The leafs lost again eh ;)

    btw you obviously didn’t watch the game ;)

    what about that phantom 5 – 0n- 3?

    oh yeah..TWICE (seems quite similar to when we play T.O.) Dont you think?

    I thought so. Not worth replying to any subsequent post you write as it will probably just be a repetition of this one..

    hmm, maybe we paid off their Zamboni driver to make the ice smoother in the Devils end in the third period? That’s something to consider.

  190. Edwardo says:

    Montreal is tied for 10th in terms of PP opportunities.
    Check it out here.
    http://www2.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/stats/team/special
    They have had 6 more opportunities than the 16th place team. I hardly think that is a season defining stat.
    What is a good thing is that they have the second highest scoring percentage on the opportunities that they do get. I am pretty sure that is a good thing, not absolutely sure……….

  191. mjames says:

    I would just ignore that dolt. The last time I checked we added two points to our record. That is what counts.

    mjames

  192. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    KOVALEV THE GREAT.

    After careful analysis i’ve discovered the brilliance behind what makes KOVALEV the superstar we thought we never had.

    Stickhandling:
    Those with a quick-sharp “scout like” eye for hockey talent would have noticed a well above average ability in the stickhandling dept. In fact he can deke out of a sardine can and find his way out of a phone booth, his mind seems to sharpen the tougher the situation is. He is the premier stickhandler in the league PERIOD.

    Shooting:
    In another life Alex would have been a 1000yrd marksman. His vision is that good. He can find a hole in a granite wall. His wrist shot has onboard guidance systems and as he loops towards the point, does the quick patented curve towards the slot, then drifts towards a panic goalie who is backing into the net, yards of mesh start to appear and Alex simply chooses the spot, programs the stick and the puck is in the back of the net before the goalie knew it was released, Thank God for HiDef. His Slapshot also deserves mention for its elusiveness…he in almost slow motion will drift towards the goal and lifting his stick high in the air almost in a fashion to provoke the crowd into a hush, everyone knows the boomer is coming and then he releases and PRESTO, same result, we didn’t even see it tear the back of the net mesh until multiple replays in HD and ecstatic commenting by RDS confirms it.

    Hitting:
    Yes I said Hitting – and Alex is after KOMI the premier HITTER on the HABS.
    you doubt?, remember what he did to Tucker? what about Alfredson? he leveled Alfredson. Alex is a russian tank, old school, and when the opposition is having their way and the game is turning against us, what do you see? Kovalev plowing into any player that gets in his way. This is a thing of amazement, do you see Yagr doing this? or streka? Kovalev brings the entire package to the ice. We should be proud to have a Veteran of his calibre guiding our youth…IN ALL DEPARTMENTS!

    HAIR:
    yes the HAIR…I leave the most important to last. erase the doubts from your mind, it mattered to SAMSON….it matters to Alex the Great. In fact the most important discover in my analysis has been the Hair… it is the one factor that binds all his other skills together in forming this elite hockey player. His DIFFERENTIATING factor – the flowing HAIR the protrudes out of his helmut ala Ulysses in full flight. Reminiscent of the Great LAFLEUR!….Just look at YAGR…he is less than half the man he was since he cut his hair, now he can be mistaken for an Antropov, lost in the landscape…but not ALEX KOVALEV…when he is coming down the wing, the opposition take notice…and take notes. When the Great is spiraling in the slot notice the opposition give him room, give him respect. they don’t want to be made a fool and turned inside out…forever stuck on youtube or the evening highlites….only Alex can do that to you.

    Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME.

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    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  193. Habs_008 says:

    I find that if the ref makes a few bad calls on one team, he gives it back before the game is done. It is usualy evened out. In last night’s case, those 2 5 on 3′s should not have been. So if you take away our first goal then you take away there 3rd. I hate when ppl complain after a win. WE WON and played amazing. The score was closer then what it should have been. Enjoy the win folks!

  194. joeybarrie says:

    VERY HAPPY with our win last night. If we take both games from Washington we will be in a great spot. They were the ones that started the downfall last year. The value of Komisarek’s hitting was the base of this win I think. Our defence has been keeping the opposing teams down to few shots. No more proof than in the 3rd period. even though they did take 5 penalties. Very happy to see Smolinski back and scoring. Great schedule for Huet, doing awesome. GO HABS GO

  195. Scotty90 says:

    Speaking of diving….. are you close to a bridge?

  196. habitual says:

    You should also include his vision: the ability to read the play and make the great passes he does.

  197. joeybarrie says:

    First of all I think you need to realize a few things. ONE- To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high… Remember who Carbo is. Do you think he is stupid? So ease it up one the Carbo bashing. TWO- “If he gets the team into the playoffs”??? Maybe you should get yourself a Nordiques Jersey. THREE- What facts are you talking about? There are head games going on that we don’t know about. I know one FACT. They took 5 penalties in the 3rd and we took NONE. I think if you could coach better maybe they would be paying YOU. Till then SHHHHHHHHHH…

  198. RH says:

    Nice. Sadly though, phone booths are quickly becoming a thing of the past. You only really see them at gas stations, and in the movies these days.

    As far as the hair, Jagr had more of a mullet, whereas Kovalev has more of a hockey hair thing going. The difference you ask? Well, in my humble opinion, the mullet is longer, uglier and requires that the wearer of said mullet, not have sideburns. I think that if my man, Ryder, could grow some hockey hair, he’d be all the better for it.

  199. ebk says:

    Nice post and on a side note, truly have enjoyed the times I have had in your city.

  200. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Absolutely…in fact he ranks with Gretzky in that category.
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    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  201. joeybarrie says:

    YES. Great posting. But I think maybe he missed the 4 penalties the ref gave us in the 2nd period, and their PP goal in the first. If the Ref was FAIR and didn’t give anyone the penalties. Well we would have won 3-1. But I agree it was probably the Zamboni Driver… I think he was born in Laval.

  202. Chuck says:

    Hi Tom. Back on the site under another name, I see?

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  203. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    The Hair protruding out of the Helmut look…not too many players have it. Even if your sitting in the nose bleed section, you KNOW when Kovalev has the puck!

    Ryder is a great kid…he should grow sideburns…In fact If I was Carb I’d make all the players look like the 70′s Habs, Long hair and sideburns, moustaches etc…that itself would make other teams shake!
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    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  204. joeybarrie says:

    I forgot, SHOTS 32 – 13. Maybe we weren’t fair. We really should let the other team take a few more shots…. But yeah 32-13 and THEY were ROBBED?????

  205. coutNY says:

    Frank” the Crank is back… This Laff lover has nothing better to do but come here because the Laffs stink so bad… Fletcher will gut your team and you’ll have another few years of coming here to pleed out your disfunctional conspiracy therories!

    Name your 2 things…

    Kovalev tripping? No
    Offsides? No

    Lack of NJD determination…yes
    Failed assignment by the forward not watching the line change allowing Smolinski come to the net unimpeded..Yes
    Momentum changing goal…Yes

    BTW here is something for you to chew with your Back to Back Games BS…
    TEAM…..REC’D__#G__PTS__TP__Win%
    Habs…..4-2-1___7___9___14__64%
    Ana……4-4-1___9___9___18__50%
    OTT……7-4-1___12__15__24__63%
    TO…….1-6-1___8___3___16__19%
    NJD……3-4-1___8___7___16__44%
    DET……5-3-1___9___11__18__61%
    Phi……6-3-1___10__13__20__65%
    Buf……4-7-0___11__8___22__36%
    CGY……4-3-0___7___8___14__57%
    Dal……4-4-1___9___9___18__50%
    Tam……4-4-1___9___9___18__50%

    AVG……4-4-1___9___9__18___51%

    Took ten teams and the Habs
    Looked at the 2nd of the back to back series…

    DO you know what these conclusions of statistical outcomes suggest?
    Diddlely squat! other than the laffs stink on B-to-B situations which brings down the average!

    Its like flipping a coin!

    BTW Laffs, whom have only had 1 Back to back game more than the Habs! Yet they still managed the Lowest Win %!

    Phili with the most number of B-to-B games has the Highest win %…uhm?

    TEAM=TEAM
    REC’D= Record
    #G=#of games
    PTS=points gained
    TP=total possible points
    Win%=Win %
    TO= worst team in Hockey

  206. Habster101 says:

    excellent post on Kovalev HAB-PROFESSOR,

    I salute you for it

    ….people need to realize what Kovy does…Im tired of hearing them say “Hes only good when he shows up to play”…

    Without Kovalev this team would be below average….the Habs would be sitting beside the Laffs in the standings….

    you think its because of Higgins why this team is doing so well???

    Higgins is lucky to put a puck in the net if its sitting on the goal line with nobody around him…far to eratic and he panics….

    DAVE STUBBS– you should publish HAB-PROFESSOR’s post on Kovalev…its time people take notice to his greatness…

    we should have a photo section on him or some audio on this site….even some video of his magnificance he does during practise….

    Great game last night…they never gave up, even when it looked like they had no chance of winning….

    Im proud to be a Canadiens fan!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!

  207. kevrob says:

    The truth is out there!! Scheduling conspiracies!! Biased referring!! NHL big brother is fixing it so the habs get into the playoffs. Whenever I read one of your posts I think of the X-files. You are the Fox Mulder of the hockey world!!!

  208. RH says:

    LOL! My dad has a ‘stache. Unfortunately, if I were to grow one, my family would probably dis-own me. I’m partial to the Sheldon Souray playoff ‘Stache of a few years ago.

  209. Smart Dog says:

    What happened? Did HIO delete your other account?

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    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  210. RH says:

    No. He’d decided, in a post yesterday, that ‘CageRattler’ was too offensive. Let him rant. Everybody needs to get there frustrations out one way or another. Frankly, he’s too predictable though, and most on here aren’t even trying anymore.

  211. HABZ 24 says:

    AWESOME WIN !! down 3-1 after 2 periods vs devils is a huge hole, but we battled back,didnt quit a few bad penaltys to nj helped and we pull out a huge 2pts!! no matter what angle you view the habs from there great right now,with even more promise in the future.ONWARD AND UPWARD! GO HABS GO!!

  212. Ian G Cobb says:

    You should also pay attention to the whole picture. When Carbo,s team hears him barking at the refs backing up the players, they know he is with them in the strugle, and that they are ONE, as I am !!

  213. Bill H says:

    Good post Sulemann. You’ve identified some of the key differences between last year and this year. I have a couple of counterpoints to make:

    Your first point about Souray is an important one. I know its only an expression for most of us, but I don’t thank god for that one, I thank Gainey for making Markov the priority to sign, and for offering Souray what he was worth to the team, not what his market value was and what he could get from other GMs who were willing to overlook his defensive liabilities. You gave credit to Bob at the end of your post, but failed to note that it was his judgement and skill that made the switch from Souray to Hamrlik.

    Yes, Kovy is right up there at the top of the list. He deserves so much credit for turning his game around. Contributing factors: Samsonov. I think his attitude dragged Kovy down last year. He’s gone now and Kovy has rebounded. Samsonov was a mistake by Bob. Let’s face it. He hasn’t got a crystal ball. He was hoping Samsonov would bring some scoring and speed. Instead he brought discord to the dressing room. But then I credit Bob and Carbo with playing a catalytic role in Kovy’s improvement. They definitely helped him make the transition.

    Your comments about the role players and the threat of the press box is interesting. I worry that we are treading a fine line there. Its working for us right now as mostly the players are responding well to the situation. At the same time, with O’Byrne and Brisbois returning to the lineup, its going to get more crowded in the press box. I think the system works well as long as the players feel rewarded for good play. When the players start to feel they don’t have much of a chance to play even when they do what they are asked to do, then the chemistry and can go downhill. I hope a trade is pending that will keep the situation under control.

  214. ebk says:

    if people just quit responding to him, he would go away.

  215. RH says:

    Actually, Carbonneau has matured immensely from last season and, has really made an effort to tone down his yapping, at the officials. Last year, it seemed like he was always flying off the handle, at every call. This year, eh, not so much.

  216. Shobud says:

    You forgot one thing.
    Fun
    This year he is having a ball out there. he can’t wait to get on the ice and go

  217. Ian G Cobb says:

    Carbo is a winner many times over, you on the other hand have only won the respect of your own mind !

  218. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thats right! he would look exactly like ROBINSON!!!

    The HABS should do this for the Anniversary year! 2009 when we win the STANLEY CUP!
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  219. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I agree there should be some SHRINE on here for our Premier Elite Player.
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  220. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Correct,,, and i think it has something to do with the fact that on this TEAM he can STAND TALL….he is not beside LEmiux or Yagr or all the pre-madonnas on the Rangers…he has some young Russians under his wing and he can strive to be the BEST…and be RECOGNIZED as such…its all good for us fans and the HABS.
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  221. Bill H says:

    Twillingator, you didn’t mention Ryder’s pending UFA status. None of us know what goes on behing closed doors, but we do know that Ryder has not signed long term in the past, indicating that Bob and Ryder do not see eye to eye in terms of Ryder’s value. So its not just a case of giving Ryder a second chance. All indications are that he will be looking elsewhere in the offseason. So what is he worth to the team to keep him around? Should we not get something for him before the trade deadline? If I was Bob, that would depend on what I was offered for Ryder. A first rounder would be very tempting. First rounder and a prospect, like we got for Rivet, might be irresistable. Gotta keep the farm well stocked for the future. On the other hand, if the offers are not tempting, I’d give a go at signing him before he goes on the open market, but it would have to be at a discount due to his problems this year. He’s far from a sure thing, after all. Don’t you agree? Surely you wouldn’t sign him like he will score 30 goals next year AND have a decent +/-.

    I think a lot will depend on how he plays in the next month.

  222. LTHF says:

    Great win before the break. Hope they can keep it going after the break and not go into a funk like last year. Do anyone know if Ryder was injured or sick, he only played 58 sec in the 3rd period.

  223. Chuck says:

    It’s not his name that’s offensive… ;)

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  224. coutNY says:

    Carbo : Abuse of officials – bench – 2 min

    After that 5 consecutive NJD penalties:
    03:44 Sergei Brylin : Hooking – 2 min
    09:51 Patrik Elias : Interference – Goalkeeper – 2 min
    12:35 David Clarkson : Hooking – 2 min
    16:33 Karel Rachunek : Tripping – 2 min
    19:37 Jamie Langenbrunner : Tripping – 2 min

    If his penalty suggests anything, I would say it was favorable for the team. Thats when we started getting calls going for us?
    The Plot thickens!

  225. Steve C. says:

    Factrattler,

    please dry up already. If you look at any of the teams except for Detroit, nobody is on a roll all year long. each team has its high’s and low’s and that’s just how it is in today’s game. looking for negativity in every single aspect doesn’t make sense. if you look overall, this team is better than previously. anyways i don’t want to ramble on too much about this.

    cournoyer12,

    Jacques Demers and Alain Crete said something last night on RDS about changing the Canadiens’ approach against the Devils. it’s true, they seem to try to play the Devils’ game but then when they realize they can’t, it’s too late, the Devils are kings of slowing the game down and get the job done. but if the Canadiens burst out of the gates and came all out, it would surprise New Jersey and we could get more chances to score throughout the game.

  226. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Rat, in an absurd way you did bring up a good topic here…CARB’s Tirade.
    I LOVE IT….in my opinion it is fantastic when Carb gets heated up and violent on the bench..we need that…it sends a message…we will not be unjustly dealt with by the Toronto Refs….just like when Gretzky behind the bench finally broke open the Toronto conspiracy…not sure if everyone remembers that night, but Gretzky blew a gasket about calls against his coyotes playing toronto…then magically the phone call came to the timekeeper and the ref sweating picked up the phone…then PRESTO…all calls after that were for GRETZKY.
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  227. Shobud says:

    Just think what his wife must put up with if he has one

  228. Hoegarden says:

    I wonder how many times he practiced his “I’ll drop my glove” move ?

    Having fun and/and teaching the K-brothers at the same time.

    He is by far the biggest surprise for the Habs this year. I wish I had been a fly on the wall when he and Bob had their “talk”.

  229. RH says:

    Ahhh! So maybe Carbonneau is starting to gain more respect from the refs around the league and, when he complains now, the refs might be thinking to themselves,” Gee, he might be on to something.”

  230. Bill H says:

    LOL Don’t be surprised to see it happen during a playoff run.

  231. 24 Cups says:

    ebk – It’s the only solution. Everyone needs to stop taking the bait.

    The Original 24 Cups

  232. wd40 says:

    probably one of my favorite things to watch this year is the opposing defense when kovy has the puck on the PP. you notice how much room they give him? you just know they are just thinking .. “oh crap.. what’s he gonna do?”.. the next thing you know, he sets up from his favorite spot, and zing!

  233. odber says:

    The team showed alot of heart and character in the victory,I loved it,keep it up.

  234. N.B.habs fan says:

    habs-008
    I didnt see the game and had to listen to it on the radio.So I didnt get to see who wasn’t playing just the announcers getting excited about the come back,mabe if some of these fans could listen and not look at every little mistake they would appreciate this team more,IT is a huge win and we should leave it as that……

  235. Habhopeful says:

    I’ve been on this site for the past 4 months and have greatly enjoyed reading everyone’s opinions and views on the habs, this is my first time commenting on HIO and got a couple things to say, first of all, all Cage Aux Sports should have defribulators during habs game because they are so heart wrenching the majority of times, i really enjoyed the game last night but only after the 1st period, the second wasn’t so bad, it gave me hope but the way they played in the third was unbelievable, astonishing a great piece of work. They look so good when they show up and are ready to play, i’m proud of smolinski in the past 2-3 games because hes actually playing, and i always thought he was a decent pick up but not a very great one because of this decline over the years but if he keeps it up, it would be worth the 2 mill….Second, i’ve noticed Cagerattler changed his name to factrattler, and i recall him saying that ‘isnt this a site where we cant post both the positive and negative aspects of the canadians’ as far as i can tell he only has the negative aspects of there game to speak about which don’t really have merit IMO, maybe some stats he’s brought up but things during the games, refs call everything and/or miss everything and thats going for both teams, new jersey could have taken it home if they hadn’t taken the habs so lightly, they had a good 5 on 3 and couldnt capatalize and from there, it became the habs game…Cagerattler, Your repetative, dull and as far as i could tell, not very liked…Go Habs!

    It feels good being on the better end of a comeback win…

    Thanks,

  236. Ian G Cobb says:

    Welcome aboard Hab10

  237. Jim M says:

    Factrattler

    You have your facts rattled, as usual. The bench minor was called for what a player said, not Carbonneau. And to Carbo’s credit, he didn’t give the name of the player on the bench.

    Next time, get your facts straight, please.

  238. Shobud says:

    Nice one Ian LOL

  239. N.B.habs fan says:

    Ian,well said I am a beliver in Carbo right from the start of his coaching career.He belives in his team.as we should..

  240. Scotty90 says:

    I’m sure the players visit this site and see what is written about them… its a good gauge of public perception. You will always find positive and negative comments from the fans in any kind of sport. A lot of the negativism may sometime be due to lack of knowledge of the sport, jealousy and just simple ignorance. Some fans or ‘make believe-fans’ just seem to go over board with negative comments…. always looking for the little something to criticize, even when that little something doesn’t even exist! This could be attributable to being somewhat of a ‘village idiot’ or as simple as having missed taking your medication. The players know that they can’t please everyone all of the time… so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Habs Players, your are our heroes and don’t you forget it.

  241. N.B.habs fan says:

    cournoyer12
    thanks for the post ,sometimes I am t0 posative of our habs and get let down when we loose.I think some of the comments here are not to be negitaive and sometime I would like to argue with some of the fans when they get putting the players down,but (they will eat crow) if you know what I mean.Please excuse my spelling I have a problem that I spell it like it sounds.I love my HABS AND ALL THE HABS FANS.

  242. N.B.habs fan says:

    WELL PUT SCOTTY,What kind of beverage you drinking there ,looks refreshing

  243. Scotty90 says:

    exactly what Demers and Brunet said that they were not doing in the first 2 periods and that better start if they want to turn things around. They must watch RDS in the dressing room between periods!

  244. Scotty90 says:

    good ole’ Canadian Draft beer… nothing like it!

  245. rogus says:

    A great game, and as I predicted Captain K is back! No much for the old “rattler” to pick at there!!!

  246. mrstewart61 says:

    Sutter was only yapping once? Well, that was the only time I saw Carbo yapping! And how do you know if Sutter wasn’t yapping when the camera wasn’t on him?! Not very objective thinking.

  247. N.B.habs fan says:

    thanks cour12,makes my day to read post like yours.you deserve the credit for being such a strong habs fan,I have a Question,what do you think they will do with the healthy scratches,I think this is a good problem ,but it leads to mor line changes this is were the other team dont know what to expect of us ,think it helps.

  248. mrstewart61 says:

    Another FYI:

    Detroit Red Wings 51GP 10L 78PTS
    Ottawa Senators 50GP 15L 66PTS
    San Jose Sharks 49GP 15L 61PTS
    Dallas Stars 53GP 20L 61PTS
    Montréal Canadiens 49GP 15L 60PTS

    Tied for 2nd fewest losses. The difference between MON and OTT is four OT/SO losses. Last night should be a good confidence builder. Hopefull Koivu and Higgins are gonna come out of their slumps.

  249. N.B.habs fan says:

    Scotty ..I love my beer too..1 son is a habs fan and the other is a penns.fan and we have a good time with it .nothing better than having fun with your kids.

  250. N.B.habs fan says:

    me to…. I eat, sleep and breath habs .this is going to be a good year for us and wait till next year.

  251. Chuck says:

    Exactly! Smolinski doesn’t score early in the 3rd if he isn’t standing on Brodeur’s doorstep. And let’s not overlook the killer pass from Markov to find him in the crease. Great stuff!
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    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  252. mrstewart61 says:

    I had another post that was here and then disappeared. Oh well, here goes again:

    Daniel Briere 48GP 20G 28A 48PT -13 50PM 9PP (+51 TEAM +/-)
    Alex Kovalev 49GP 21G 24A 45PT +11 36PM 12PP (+10 TEAM +/-)

    FYI and comments.

  253. Scotty90 says:

    I know Cournoyer12… and your moniker tells it all. You are a passionate fan just like myself and like the vast majority of others on this site.

  254. coutNY says:

    10-1-0 Record on Thursdays
    4-7-4 Record on Saturdays

    Maybe this young team has been hitting the Bars a little too much on Fridays?

      Just a little useless factiod, that has no barring on anything , otherthan to satisfy your craving to know more about the greatest hockey Franchise of all time…
  255. Infanteer says:

    Scotty: Maybe some of the players even take an alias . . . It wouldn’t be difficult for a Brisebois to find a picture of a handsome older man with a beer in his hand . . . come to think of it, your posts have been awfully positive lately . . .

  256. linp says:

    I have the same view on the psychological factors in professional sport. I am thinking about Price’s situation. Most of the posters including the Canadian management were convinced that it would help Price if he got to play more games in the AHL. It could be a correct decision for some but it may not be correct for Price. This move may have a negative effect on his psychology and his confidence. Price was always a star in his team and a demotion was probably quite difficult for him to take.

  257. Peter Young says:

    A couple of things I’ve read in the hundreds of comments below prompt these thoughts.

    I’m 64 and not in the greatest health, but since Gainey and Carbonneau took over, I’ve started to believe I’ll be around for Stanley Cup No. 25 and even more. I’ve been a Canadiens fan for 18 of those Cups. (Two–1944 and 1946–came after I was born in England but before I emigrated to Canada and became aware of the Canadiens.)

    The sweetest ones–aside from 1956, when we trounced the Red Wings after two straight seven-game losses to that same team–were the ones we weren’t supposed to win–not coincidentally the ones we won through superior teamwork–those of 1971, 1986 and 1993, and the last two were all the sweeter because they came after unprecedented seven-year dry spells. I can still hear Larry Robinson, asked how it felt after we beat Calgary in 1986, emphasizing how wonderful it was to win after all those nonwinning years. That’s how I feel and why our next Stanley Cup will be the sweetest of all for me.

    It will be won not because we have a team laden with superstars, but because we have a team that plays as a team better than any other team. Having played and followed sports for 60 years now, I’m convinced that psychological factors play a huge part in sporting success–and are decisive if other things are equal. Confidence means a great deal. It was confidence that allowed us to come back and win last night against a team that seemingly had our number. Confidence isn’t sufficient by itself, of course, but it often makes the difference.

    Among the factors that contribute to psychological well-being is fan support. That is not to say that fans ought not to criticize their team and its players, but the criticism ought to be considered (beter yet, well-taken), measured and considerate–in a word, constructive.

    I don’t think those of us who were around when the Canadiens won the Cup regularly, spoiled as we undoubtedly were, deserve any credit for remaining fans during the lean years. Nor do we deserve any allowance on that score for ill-considered criticism and undue negativism. That’s what being a fan is about–supporting your team through thick and thin. Supporting a winner is easy; our mettle as fans is only tested when times are difficult. That’s when our loyalty and our support are most needed.

    To be the best on the ice, our club needs to be the best off the ice, too.

  258. Shobud says:

    From one Peter Young to another You are still a kid yet Never give up on your health I have had a quad bypass and feel great again I liked your post and agree with you all the way We will both see another cup

  259. Cousin Al says:

    Wonderful, thoughtful post Mr. Young. I, too, hope that your health improves and that you will continue to contribute to the site. Good luck!

  260. habitual says:

    It is not just the fact that I read your post to the Beach boys that made it a of fun to read (you being 64 and all :-), it had some good observations as a bonus. Sometimes the shrieking hysteria on this site, even after a damn good game, makes me shake my head. Your point about psychological factors is dead on!

  261. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Excellent article and I hope you’ll see our Habs win many more Stanley Cups. Go Peter & Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  262. hhl says:

    love your post. i think of the players that have never won, coached by a player that played a major role in those last two cups,3 total his boss has won 4 as a player, 1 as gm. talk about passing the torch.i was dealing with trevor timmins this past week at the prospects game.bob gainey was there as well.after i talked with bob for like two seconds,i mentioned to my
    co-worker,that bob might make a good living at what he does,but he does his work with passion.the win in boston was sweet. the win in jersey was even sweeter.the boston game could of given them false hopes or over confidence. the jersey game on the other hand can have them believe that they can poss take on anybody.jersey was their biggest nemesis.if healthy,this team will poss have a very strong finish by feeding off the new jersey game.the last few years is all the hard work that the players are putting in in order to become elite players.he believes in all the players in the dressing room.not half two thirds, all. its getting the players to do the things that they dont want to do,in order for them to achieve what they want to achieve. a quote from dick irvin.its easy for certain fans to criticise when they r on the outside looking in.. if they weren’t,they would not be so negative.these athletes push themselves almost beyond comprehention in order to be the best they can be.but certain fans dont see that.for the majority who look foward,the habs r progressing quite well.great times ahead.go habs go.

  263. Peter Young says:

    Thanks for the warm replies, comrades. But I’m a bit embarrassed. I’m not by any means on death’s door step and shouldn’t have mentioned health, since it was bound to be read in a way I didn’t intend. It’s only respiratory problems from a nasty but now conquered 50-year smoking habit and a broken hip that didn’t heal properly.

    When the Canadiens’ seemed to be heading nowhere fast with no realistic hope of a change in fortunes, these problems were enough to remind me that my time is not infinite and that I might never again see the Canadiens hoist the Cup. That’s the only reason I mentioned health, to underline the hopelessness I had felt about ever seeing another Canadiens Cup celebration and how wonderful it has been to have had some realistic hopes for the forseeable future since the Gainey/Carbonneau team took control.

    This blog is the best hockey forum I’ve ever seen despite its occasional lapses. Seldom do we descend into useless (and boring) bickering, and I don’t think anyone’s commitment to the team can fairly be questioned (with perhaps the single exception of the guy who rattles cages and facts). We are already the best fans around, the most loyal, the most knowledgeable, the most thoughtful. If any of you don’t believe that, spend some time on some other hockey forums. I just think we can be even better, particularly if we think a bit before we post. All we need to do is imagine that the players and management read the posts. It’s likely that some even do from time to time.

    I thought it was the Beatles, not the Beach Boys–Will you still love me when I’m 64?

  264. Infanteer says:

    Ebk: it was a play on “Hits.”

    “Hits” from a hockey point of view: body checks.

    “Hits” from a baseball point of view: base hits.

    I’m sorry that I had to explain this to you.

  265. habsgod says:

    timo i can solve your problem about not being able to get rds on shaw or rogers…………..buy a bell expressvu dish and you’ll get the channel!that’s what i did ………..i couldn’t stand being forced by those clowns at our cable company and the cbc to keep me watch the make me laffs every saturday!!thank god for bell expressvu and n.h.l center ice!!!!

  266. Robert L says:

    Interesting little piece on “Serge” Kostitsyn, and the Habs new “francophone” kid line!

    Carbo has some good things to say about the baby of the team.

    http://wwwrealitycheckeyesontheprize.blogspot.com/2008/01/new-kid-line-for-canadiens.html

  267. Roy-Rules says:

    alright Iceman, habs came back and tied the game. I guess we won’t be hearing from you anymore on this site.

  268. Bill H says:

    GOAL! Game is tied at 3 each.

    Submitted by Ice Man on Thu, 01/24/2008 – 20:11.
    “If Montreal were to come back and even tie this game Ice Man would no longer visit this site.”

    Ice Man, we will miss you, but don’t let that change your mind.

  269. Steve C. says:

    Cournoyer,

    I am currently not upset. it’s 3-3

  270. habsgod says:

    scoresssssssssssss 3-3 koivu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  271. KirkMuller93 says:

    Good get iceman outta here!!!

  272. originalsix says:

    HIGGINS SCOREEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    4-3 HABS

  273. habsgod says:

    higgins!!!!!!!!!!!!!4-3

  274. Roy-Rules says:

    Iceman is gonna come back with a new name….

  275. Steve C. says:

    effin’ Begin. AS USUAL, can’t clear the puck. and what ALWAYS happens when Begin misses his clearing attempt? a goal. once again. he had all day. i really can’t believe this guy sometimes. as much as he can be a great energy guy, he can also be a great thorn in the side of his own team.

  276. Roy-Rules says:

    wow…you guys are fast!!…haha. I’m listening to the game on the radio out West, thought I’d be the first one here after the goal.

  277. KirkMuller93 says:

    BYE ICEMAN!!!! Keep your word dont post again or you will lose all credibility on all your post from now on

  278. Bill H says:

    Smokes (2), Koivu, and now Higgins. All the goats everyone has been whining about. Too bad we didn’t put them all on waivers. [/sarcasm]All we need now is a goal from Ryder.
    Oh, no jinx, but if we hold on, this will be the first time this year we have come back from behind after 2 periods.

  279. Ice Man says:

    Right on can’t clear the puck.

    Huet looks shaky. He seems lost out there.

    How can Montreal get a goal? They can only get a shot from the blue line. Ok they got one close in shot on the PP.

    It is practice for Jersey when thay play Montreal.

    Jersey certainly own the Habs….

    It is just as well to for Montreal to forit all games against them.

    It is like Montreal has the mind set that they will not beat Jersey before they hit the ice.

  280. habsgod says:

    hey kirk muller93 join me in saying to iceman!!nananana hey! hey! hey good-bye!

  281. Steve C. says:

    we better pray that once the playoffs start we’ll be playing Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. these two teams are closest to us in the standings, along with New Jersey. and if the playoffs started in a few days, these are the three teams Montreal would have a chance of seeing.

  282. Puck Bard says:

    What ever happened to pride?

  283. Ice Man says:

    Gme over my Hab buddies.

    New Jersey is just drooling to play Montreal in the playoffs.

    Time to watch something else.

    It is a joke. Montreal really can’t beat a good team.

  284. Ice Man says:

    Has Kovalev ever scored a game winning goal this year.

    Why can’t he score a big goal when we need it.

    If Montreal were to come back and even tie this game Ice Man would no longer visit this site.

  285. Puck Bard says:

    Iceman:

    I agree. I put this one on Carbo, Kovy and Koivu;

    Leadership: This is a young team that should have been prepared for facing a team like NJ; especially in the face of their recent dominance over the Habs.

  286. Roy-Rules says:

    nana na na, nana na na…hey hey goodbye!!

  287. Edwardo says:

    Well so far Brodeur has not been a factor in this game. A Rent-A-Goalie would have a shut out in this game.

    I hope Koivu and Higgins come around soon. They just don’t seem to be accomplishing much anymore.

  288. Edwardo says:

    Great game by Begin so far………nice PK work……
    Dandenault should be happy, he will be back next game.

  289. Steve C. says:

    I guess when you can’t beat the Devils…even after a vaillant effort to make it 2-1..the refs can come in and take control…just to make sure that indeed, you will never beat the Devils.

  290. TradeRyder says:

    I hate to harp on the refs. But the LAST time we were in NJ was when they gave that stupid delayed double penalty… so we lost that one. THIS time, they give a 5-on-3 and the Devils score, and 10 seconds later they give a penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct” to make ANOTHER 5-on-3. What ref calls THAT penalty under those circumstances? None, unless he has a bias. WTF???? I’m shutting it off. Can’t beat the Devils AND the Refs at the same time. The NHL should look at the ref’ing in NJ.

    ‘night y’all. See you next game when it’s different refs.

    _____________________________________________________________
    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  291. von says:

    RDS makes me sick… they blame Markov and Gorges for the first goal, even though Begin clearly blew it by not clearing the puck when he had all day…

    Then Latendresse misses his check on the 2nd goal, not a mention of his name…

    I like Pierre and Yvon, but man are they biased.

  292. habsgod says:

    i don’t know how you can say put this on kovy!!i agree on koivu and carbonneau but not kovy!!the devils can also thank the refs!!!where are our calls!they can obstruct and hook and slash ……….and no calls!!unbelieveable!!

  293. habsgod says:

    what is boston?chopped liver the’yre a good team!

  294. Steve C. says:

    to be honest Cournoyer, I don’t like usually harping on the refs. without a doubt the refs are not the reason why the Canadiens can’t beat this team. I just find it ironic though that even though the Canadiens were getting outclassed early on, they started working harder and got a goal.

    Plekanec’s slash was a penalty. Begin though…you see those all year not getting called. And then the ref cries ’cause he can’t take a little heat from Carbo.

    The Canadiens have not lost all these years because of the refs, but it sucks that because of their foolish calls the door got swung wide open to give the Devils the opportunity to walk right in.

    I always have faith in the Canadiens, maybe blind faith the odd time, but anyways, that’s not the point. As passionate hockey fans, it’s ok to get frustrated at our team and at other things, even though tomorrow is a new day…it’s frustrating.

  295. HJ says:

    let’s face it. Until Brodeur retires, we won’t beat the devils. If I were Carbo, I would send all hab players for a hypnosis session! they have Brodeur in their heads! And Halak should have been given the chance to plat tonight because Huet has NEVER beaten NJ! BEGIN SHOULD NOT BE IN THE LINEUP THE REST OF THE SEASON! HE ONLY HURTS THE TEAM!

  296. habsgod says:

    does that surprise you?they’re a russia and a anglo canadian!!i agree no mention when the french guys screw up!! i.e latendresse!!!

  297. KirkMuller93 says:

    Begin is not an energy player. He is just a crash test dummy. He has no puck control all he does is pretend to smash into the boards for no apparent reason and people assume he brings energy. Vermette and Matt Lombardi, Begin brings mistakes!!!

  298. habsgod says:

    you also forgot to mention toronto!!they are another team that can’t beat us without the refs!!!

  299. PGHABS says:

    Well, they came back and won the game… Later!!

  300. PGHABS says:

    He already had very little credibility

  301. ColoradoHab says:

    The refereeing is the worst I’ve ever seen. Why are they allowed to be so bad without being held accountable for it?

    Carboneau’s bench penalty as far as I’m concerned is excusable. How can one possible be expexted to stay in control after one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen on Begin. 2-1 game, good hockey play on PK, go to the box and be down 5 on 3. Embarrasingly incompetant refereeing.

    Shots on goal in the 1st period were ridiculous because of hooking, holding, obstruction, interference; in other words Jersey hockey— but no penalties. Watching Jersey is as exciting as watching paint dry, but that’s what they are known for, so they are allowed to do it without penalty.

    If I was Carbo I wouldn’t come out for the 3rd period, I’d leave town, make a statement. Something has to be done about this incompetant refereeing, and until somebody does something drastic it’s not going to change. I’m sick of it.

    This is my last post and the last game I will ever watch, I’m done.

  302. originalsix says:

    And just like that folks Bryan Smolinski scores to make it a 1 goal game…and one of the Kostitsyn brothers rings one off the post, almost making it 3-3!!!

    Canadiens seem to have some fight left in em!

  303. Steve C. says:

    Who woulda thought that we’d be thanking God for Bryan Smolinski??

  304. Ice Man says:

    The Habs hit the freakin goal psot could havge been a tie game. Lucky there Brodeur….

  305. ColoradoHab says:

    I’m sick of poor refereeing. Why is there no disipline for they are so bad at THEIR JOB.

  306. The Teacher says:

    This is far from the worst reffing performance. Begin’s WAS a penalty, he got away with one earlier worse than that. I’m sure he was warned.

  307. ColoradoHab says:

    No. Just Tonight. D**kH**d.

  308. hhl says:

    i think that hes never had to deal with disapointment.he’ll get over it.make him a better player next year.also this is his first year away from home.

  309. TommyB says:

    Infanteer….don’t tug on my heart strings like that! Gary Carter…Steve Rogers…the Hawk, Cromartie, Woody, and on and on….until…..Monday! Still makes me sick.

  310. Infanteer says:

    How about Komisarek . . . 2nd in the league in hits.

    Not since Gary Carter has Montreal had something similar.

  311. likehoy says:

    yea but did you see the spread between him and dustin brown!? how is that even possible……..

    brown averages over 4 hits a game!

  312. Infanteer says:

    Correction to my last . . . he’s now 3rd in the league. Still quite impressive, with the Top 10 being

    1 Dustin Brown 224
    2 Trent Hunter NYI 166
    3 Michael Komisarek D MTL 165
    4 Brenden Morrow L DAL 158
    5 Zdeno Chara D BOS 150
    6 Chris Neil R OTT 141
    7 Dion Phaneuf D CGY 138
    8 Stephane Robidas D DAL 138
    9 Mike Fisher C OTT 135
    10 Fedor Tyutin D NYR 135

    Interesting, especially when considering that a statistical hit, by definition, removes an opposing player from the puck. Also of note? Good ole’ Stephane Robidas. Always liked em’.

  313. ebk says:

    can you explain the comparison a little further. please.

  314. MatttheHabsFan says:

    He’s actually 3rd in hits, 1st in blocked shots (by quite a large margin). But yeah…i wish BG would lock him up for 5 or 6 years

  315. TommyB says:

    The sarcasm of your post is not lost…but I don’t miss Rivet, and his playing in sunny California with “that” bad team, is still a far cry from wearing the Red White and Blue of the CH….and I am sure he knows it! San Jose is great….do you know the way? But wake me up when they have won their first Stanley Cup….meanwhile, I’ll concentrate on the Habs.

  316. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    In a heartbeat he’d rather be here.
    In fact if BG called him RIGHT NOW, he’d be here and suited up for tonights tilt…100% GUARANTEED.

    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  317. Chuck says:

    Woody Fryman… there’s a name from the past!

    Ellis Valentine
    Charlie Lea
    Bill Lee
    Tim Raines
    Chris Speier
    Tim Wallach
    Stan Bahnsen
    Bill Gullickson
    Larry Parrish
    Scott Sanderson
    Elias Sosa
    Rodney Scott
    Terry Francona
    Rowland Office

    …what a team that was!

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  318. Habsinseven says:

    Hold la presse! The mullet (Barry Melrose) down south has just picked our Habs to come out of the East! In a video clip entitled “revisiting preseason predictions” he says that the Sens are falling apart without one player while Montreal has the goaltending, youth and special teams to take win the division.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3211138&categoryId=2459791

    Schedule the parade? Maybe a little premature, but………

  319. showey47 says:

    womp womp womp womp womp womp womp womp womp womp womp by the way this is only 5 games not 10 for a possibility of 10 points, not 20. Your maple laffs had a total of 7 games in the same situation and look how well its worked out for them. You also fail to mention how the laffs have nearly played half their games against either a 2nd or 3rd string goalie.

  320. Edwardo says:

    Haha, Showey is spot on here.
    Nice addition Fact………..
    So you ask us to live with the facts, now how about the fact that you have made two blunders so far on this website.
    Fact: You said Montreal was 20th in scoring by looking at 2006 stats.
    Fact: You have calculated that Montreal had a chance to gain 20 points from 10 games in which they played a team that was playing the night before and now it actually turns out to be 10 points from a possible 5.

    What were your other ‘facts’ again?

  321. coutNY says:

    Fromer Hab Defenceman Sheldon Souray re-injured his shoulder during the first period on Thursday. He left the ice and did not return. – TSN

  322. Rocket9 says:

    I just want to say that I have questioned Carbo’s coaching ability (sometimes just quietly to myself and sometimes on this site), but I’m starting to become a (cautious) believer.

    Of course, I still don’t agree with lots of things he does, but I can’t argue with the results.

    Like, for instance, last night I was frustrated that he took Ryder off the Koivu line again, after such a short reunion, but, alas, it looks like it worked, so I guess he knows better than me.

    I can’t help feeling bad for Ryder though. Just seems like he can’t do anything right.

  323. Rocket9 says:

    I just re-read my post and I’m thinking that I’m probably the first one to have used the word “alas” on this forum.

  324. Drew42 says:

    Hey, I know its a little off toipc, but take a look at this “First Half look back” that TSN did…

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=228164&hubname=nhl

    The only mention of the Habs is when they are making a point about the great start that Ottawa had, but they only refer to the ’76/’77 Habs.

    What a joke! Not that I expected anything less from TSN mind you.

    Oh and Great Game last night (like it needed to be said :P)

  325. hhl says:

    like espn is way better.they have montreal in their power rankings as #11
    down two spots from last week.what’s shocking is they dont have toronto in the top ten.

  326. Puck Bard says:

    I think they (we) have a right to be reserved. Don’t you have the feeling that a sour-throat could upset this team? TSN, even ESPN have a wait-n-see attitude about the 08 Habs. I can’t say it’s entirely unjustified.

    I agree with spyplane: let it fly under the radar. I could give a rats-ass what others think.

    (the poems will come soon)

    The Bard

  327. Shiloh says:

    Saw that earlier today – not even a mention and we have the second most points in the East.

  328. The Teacher says:

    lol, nah you’re not.

  329. Rocket9 says:

    ok, good. I don’t mind being a nerd but I don’t like it when I’m the only nerd.

  330. habsgod says:

    shoewy47!!i couldn’t have said it better myself!!i loved that poem!!boy does the truth hurt!!!that should be the poem of the year!!!!

  331. hhl says:

    nor is he a hab fan

  332. Edwardo says:

    I am not defending rattler. I disagree with most of his posts.
    However, did he ever say he is a leaf fan?

  333. showey47 says:

    do the trolls here ever admit it? I also noticed in some of his posts he does use the laffs as a comparison

  334. showey47 says:

    womp womp womp womp womp womp womp womp, you sound like charlie brown’s teacher

  335. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    and the most important fact:
    we are not trying to win the CUP till 2009!

    look out then….
    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  336. Shiloh says:

    Wow – AK46 works so hard he draws a penalty. This guy is a star for years to come.

  337. Vancouver Hab Fan says:

    It’s great to see AK46 really developing this year, it took a little longer than hoped but A.Kostitsyn looks like he can/will be a great player.

    I like his little brother too. SK74 has a lot of talent and obvious puck sense but his grit has been a pleasant surprise.

    Go Habs!

  338. Bill H says:

    Habs outshooting the Devils 19 – 2 in the third period. I think they must have been passing something around in the dressing room between periods.

  339. Chuck says:

    The arena’s in freakin’ Newark! There’s got to be some shady character of questionable moral value around there that’s willing to ‘Kerrigan’ the hometown goalie for a price!

    :)
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  340. RH says:

    Doubt you’d find anybody there who KNOWS who the hometown goalie is, much less what a hockey team is.

    So, should we just acknowledge the inevitable and concede the two points to the Devils? Or should we FIGHT? FIGHT TO THE BITTER END? FIGHT…screw it! To early for motivational speeches.

    The Habs definitely need to score first and play a full 60 minutes. If the Devils get on the board first, I’m not hedging any bets on our team coming back. I think Lapierre would be a good match-up against Parise.

    The Habs PP seems to have slipped.

  341. 46_14_27 says:

    Heading into the third period LAST year with a 2 goal deficeit didn’t seem to bother the Habs. This year, I think they only won once like that. Good on them. Sutter said his team stopped playing. From where I sat, they didn’t have much choice. The habs took it to them from the drop of the puck in the third. Great effort from all four lines. I really like what I’m seeing from this group right now. I do think Huet could be a bit sharper (like against Boston) but he didn’t disappoint last nite.
    6 points to catch Ottawa and have home rink advantage in the playoffs if they stay there. Not sure they want that but anyway.
    Good game fellows.

    Go Habs Go.

  342. Ice Man says:

    The Leafs always manage to beat the teams that the Habs can not. What’s up with that?

    It seems that every team shows up to play Montreal. Why is that?

    We need to play a full 60 mins tonight and crash the Jersey net all night long. If we can get traffic in front of Brodeur we will do ok. We need to shoot the puck more on the PP. and stop trying to score a pretty goal. A goal is a goal. Fancy or not. Get the puck on the net.

    GO HABS GO.

  343. mjames says:

    So you did not see the game then. If you are relying on Wilson, you were listening on the radio. I watched the game! I know what I saw.

    In my earlier post I asked you a very legitimate question and you do not have the civility to answer it. The idea of this site is to exchange ideas. You raise non-issues and do not even bother to watch the games. You can not even explain the purposes of your statistically error littered posts.

    Some of your posts are out right lies. I am not fond of people who lie.

    mjames

  344. The Teacher says:

    I for one am not annoyed by him, just consider it a amusing way of passing the time.

    He obviously didn’t watch the game.

    FACT- MONTREAL IS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN TORONTO.

    and by the way, nobody answered because it was a stupid comment.

    i could watch the game again and tell you 50 other instances where a penalty could have been called. That’s the breaks kid, you’re gonna see the Habs in da playoffs while you’ll be drowning your sorrows with a tin-foil cup on Yonge Street.

  345. kevrob says:

    I feel an overwhelming need to answer to your post.

    The internet is a blessing and a curse in many regards. There is a wealth of information at ones fingertips which allows for unparalleled exchange of ideas and opinions. Unfortunately however there is also the issue of anonymity on the internet. The fact that nobody knows who you are allows some people to act in a behaviour that is otherwise deemed inappropiate in a rational civilized society. The anonymity allows people to be generally obnoxious and antagonistic because they do not have to be held accountable for their actions. I am sure that many of these trolls and antagonists do not behave this way in regular social situations. The rattler evidently likes to annoy and act like an ass, he finds amusement in annoying others. The repetitive nature of his posts are solely meant to annoy. This site certainly appreciates heated arguments, however he repetitively beats a dead horse which the community as a whole has dismissed. The anonymity however has allowed him to keep trying to get our attention much like a child trying to get the attention of a parent who is ignoring them. His whole demeaner is that of a child, his posts never respond to his critics, he likes to get up on his soapbox and rant and rave without listening to what anyone else says. In conclusion these negative posters are unavoidable on the internets and the best answer is none at all. Pretend he doesn’t exist, sweep him under the carpet, as his sole purpose is to ruin the enjoyment that we derive from this site.

  346. Scotty90 says:

    AK picked-up the puck. If Wilson said that, it was a mere assumption because at first glance it could have. On replay, it was clear that AK snatched it before Kovy even touched…. the refs saw that and there was no call to be made. I’m sure Wilson realized it from the replay and he may or may not have corrected himslef. You obviously tune out any positive stuff so even if he recanted it’d make no difference.

  347. Infanteer says:

    P. Play slipped? It’s a function of offensive output (as in if you don’t score, the whole power play was statistically unsuccessful.) The Habs scored 7 freakin’ goals last game.

    In additionally, they are 2nd in the league. I guarantee that there are more pressing issues than the powerplay, i.e., the penalty kill.

  348. RH says:

    Oh boy…..

    Someone needs an enema. Relax, it was just an observation. I wasn’t implying that the Habs are going into free fall or something of that nature.

  349. Ian G Cobb says:

    We are doing well, but the most pressing two points of our game is faceoffs and to many goals against, which is a total team stat not a goaltenders stat. Once we address these two issues, and only then will we be able to compeat with the best.

    We do not need to trade for anyone, we have the personel to carry the day now. It just will take a little more time to develop the whole package. We are on our way !

    IAN

  350. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Cheers to that one Ian. Don’t fix something that is not broken, I agree we have the players, lets just let them mesh together, they are doing a great job so far this season. Anyways I cannot watch the game tonight live (going to see OZZY), but I will record and watch after the show.

    I have a good feeling the HABS will beat Brodeur and the Devils…

    GO HABS GO

  351. RH says:

    Ian,

    Not sure if you checked out Mike Boone’s blog yesterday but, ebk posted some nice stats on the Habs season, thus far. According to his stats, the Habs have cut their goals against, from 2.9 per game to 2.5/game. I think that is an encouraging stat and, combined with there even strength goal output going up, I think the Habs are going to be okay.

  352. coutNY says:

    BTW… it was 8 freakin’ goals last game… 2 of which were PP goals ;)

  353. 24 Cups says:

    Ian – I see that you have been scouting an unsigned 22 year old player in Sweden. I have my sources you know!

    The Original 24 Cups

  354. Ian G Cobb says:

    Yea right ! My Swedish is perfect, it’s my english that i need help with !

    I don’t scout, i just bird dog a player if asked.

  355. Infanteer says:

    I must have been wobbly by the end of the game . . . it’s been years since I’ve cheered for such a consistently offensive team.

  356. Ian G Cobb says:

    Cousin Al—Just saw your post of last Mon. Thank you, and at the next summit, let’s make sure we do.

    Hope you see this.

    IAN

  357. G-Man says:

    Last year at this time the Habs were slowly sinking into the abyss. What a difference a season and the young guns have made. What Alex (make me eat crow) Kovalev did on the first Hab goal, giving that 2nd effort shows what this edition of the Habs is all about. Heart, pride and determination. 4 against Brodeur and all from close in; Koivu was heading to the net on that deflection to tie it up.
    Huet allowed 3, sure, but all were pretty much unstoppable. Wish the Habs could bottle that 3rd period and bring it out next time they need it.
    And now, a few well-deserved days off to get rid of a few bumps and bruises. The intensity level will go up a notch beginning next week. There’s not much separation (points-wise) between 6th and 10th in both conferences (thanks to those miserable 3 point games), so which lowly dark horse will go on a run? Here’s hoping it’s the Habs!

    Gilbert

  358. Puck Bard says:

    Boy, this is one situation where I LOVE being wrong!

    I went to bed mid-way through the 2nd, the boys down by 2, I wrote them off on account of poor leadership (Koivu).

    Wake up this AM… Who leads the charge to the win? Koivu.

    Like I said, Leadership. ;-)

  359. Ian G Cobb says:

    You got to beleave ! Even on the dips.

  360. coutNY says:

    Well in actuallity it was an even more unsung hero name Smolinski who led the charge. Gainey found himself a Brodeur killer… That in itself is worth his UFA dollars.LOL

  361. Blitzen says:

    I say play Huet while he’s hot. If you sit him it might kill his confidence and that of the team by telling them you don’t think they can beat the Devils.

    What I would do however is pull Komi and Hamrlik aside and tell them to crush a few Devils as early as possible in the game to rile up the troops and loosen them up. Usually when Komi hits, everybody does and I’d rather see them fight hard and lose than just not show up.

  362. Ice Man says:

    Cause Huet CAN’T beat the Devils there Blitzen. He is 0-6 almost a 4.00 GAV & some where around .889 save%.

  363. Puck Bard says:

    Hab Prof mentions the period-to-period play was their style in the dynasty years.

    Exactly why I counted them out, because they so rarely this year come back when they fall behind in the first period (especially vs Brodeur).

    It just seemed impossible for them to change their style once they get in their evening groove.

    But this? This is different. This is a different team. Keep playing like this and well be competitive come post season.

  364. Habsville says:

    Will this be the last game that King Richard makes the club look like they belong out of the playoffs. I would like to see Huet steal a game for us tonight. He has been solid so far. Our dominace over a depleted Bruins squad really puts us in the posistion we are in now. The Devils are a good test before the break and trading deadline. It may point out to management what might be needed down the stretch where the games are more important and harder to win for every club trying to make it into the playoff race. Even the poor lonely Leafs who fired our old 12th round draft pick, still have a chance to make it in.

  365. TradeRyder says:

    Observations from the Peanut Gallery!
    What a team this is turning into being. Lapierre, the Kostitsyns, Plekanec – lots of unheralded players last night. I was suprised to see Higgins get a star on TSN ahead of Koivu or Komiserik… but he played well too.

    At the end of the game, watching them all, it was hard to see a player I wasn’t happy to see on the ice. Any time Smolinski scores two – he can sit at my table!

    Getting There!: In the last 20 games, the Habs have lost in regulation only FOUR times.

    61%: That was our win in face-offs last night. Amazing what you can do when you try!

    Shut Up: I don’t want to be hard on Dandenault but when you’re minus-10 on a winning team and the coach benches you, stop acting like the freakin’ sky is falling. Don’t “talk to your agent and your family” – talk to your trainer, coach, team=mates. Go home and watch some tapes to see what you could do better. And SHUT UP!

    Today’s RANT: The Conference system SUCKS! We’re 2nd in points but if we don’t pass Ottawa we end up in 4th at best. Its a ridiculous system that should be abolished. The only teams it helps are crappy teams.

    Where’s RYDER?: Hardly played in the 3rd. Seems the newf is on the outs. Or is it just me?

    The New Guy: Coaching suddenly looks pretty damn good on Guy. He seems to have found his groove. (Get it – the “new guy”??)

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    Let the kids play… let the non-performers watch or walk.

  366. coutNY says:

    I was wondering how the conference standings could be revamped… and without excluding the weaker conference. Why could they not seed the the standings as where they are ranked in the standings. But so not to exclude the top ranked team from a sub par division, 1st place team from each division could fall no lower than the final 8th seed.

    That way, the playoff seeding would seat the teams on more of a strength basis, yet still includes the same teams as currently system.

    The East would look like this:
    Team pts instead of Current standings
    Ott 66……………….Ott 66
    Mtl 60…………………Phi 59
    Phi 59………………..Car 52
    NJD 59……………….Mtl 60
    Pit 58………………..NJD 59
    Bos 55……………….Pit 58
    NYI 54……………….Bos 55
    Car 52……………….NYI 54

    The West looks just as bad…

  367. Puck Bard says:

    TR:

    The system’s fine, we just don’t like it because if the playoffs were held anytime soon we’d face Pitts (who shut us out) or NJ (who we are fortunate we beat).

    Good team: ya, even I was impressed the way Lapierre was sparking around the ice. Dandenault does need to shut up.

    More peanuts…

  368. coutNY says:

    That’s when you know your team is playing as a team, when guys leave everything on the ice; especially when one redeems themself from a moment of weakness…

  369. Steve C. says:

    Cournoyer12,

    Steve Begin has gone from goat to hero. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. I still can’t believe that they have won. It’s unbelievable. I am so shocked that I don’t think I’ll realize they’ve won until I look at the standings tomorrow morning.

  370. RH says:

    Infanteer,

    Just want to apologize for the enema comment and it was completely unwarranted. According to the stats that Mr. Stubbs has posted above, the Habs PP has INDEED slipped to second. Nothing intended by it.

  371. coutNY says:

    Here’s a Stat worth looking at, Montreal has not lost a Thursday game since October 18 against the Sens in the 1st Thursday game of the season. (9-1-0)

    This is a positive trend in which to focus on for Montreal rather than our dismal record agianst Martin Brodeur’s Devils!

    HABS… THIRSTY THURSDAY!

  372. Chuck says:

    Now if we can only get a trend going of winning on Saturdays, too!

    :)

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  373. nightmare_49 says:

    The Hamilton Dawgs lost 4-0 to Quad City. Carey Price stopped 29 of 33 for the loss.

  374. nightmare_49 says:

    Yannick Weber got the winner as Kitchener beat Belleville 2 – 1.

  375. nightmare_49 says:

    Suffering hockey withdrawl , well you can watch the Habs two prospects going at it on Sportsnet Ont. tonight as P.K. Subann’s Belleville Bulls team plays Yann Weber’s Kitchener Rangers. Two top teams and two top “D” men prospects , enjoy.

  376. J.T. says:

    Reverse the curse!

    I’m not feeling too bad about tonight’s game. The Habs are in a better position going into Jersey than they’ve been in a while…almost everyone is healthy, they’re scoring, they’re playing decent D and the goaltending is strong. Mentally, they’re pretty confident after the win against the B’s and because of their play in the last dozen games or so generally. They’re starting to realize they’re a good team. And hopefully, no one told Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn they’re not supposed to beat Brodeur. Maybe they’ll turn out to be kryptonite for Marty.

    So, I’m going to be hopeful for not just a good game, but a win tonight. And just to ensure victory, I shall sacrifice a chicken named Martin.

    If all else fails, just remember, we’re better off than Bruins fans. When our team abuses the B’s, we all know Bruins fans we can taunt afterwards. But fortunately for us, when the Devils own the Habs, there are no Devils fans to make us more miserable.

  377. mrstewart61 says:

    I too feel they have a good chance tonight. Their confidence should be good and their overall game has been sound. The only issue I have is that they seem to go into a funk from time to time…vs. Dallas, New York Rangers recently. To be in the elite team status they have to be more consistent. Having said that, they are a young team and can only improve on that issue. I predict 3-2 Montreal.

  378. krob1000 says:

    What really matters is how Boone feels about it…..I am hoping he is ill at thought of the Devils….maybe that’ll mean double digits for us.

  379. originalsix says:

    YES!!!!

    The Curse is broken!

  380. 24 Cups says:

    A mind shift works both ways. The next time we play the Devils we will be thinking that we can beat them. And whether they like it or not the Devils will be having the same thoughts – these guys can beat us.

    The Original 24 Cups

  381. JF says:

    We are only 1 point behind the Devils, but if you compare the statistics (team, not individual players) they are a considerably better team, except on the powerplay. More wins, more shutouts, but especially a much higher win percentage when either leading or trailing at the end of a period. Had we split our games with Boston instead of running away with them, we’d be only on the threshold of a playoff spot.

    We have to score first, crash the net and get a couple of garbage goals, disturb Brodeur’s concentration. If we can get to him, we have a chance of winning. Last time we played a good first period but absolutely collapsed after Jersey scored on a bad giveaway by Brisebois. That better not happen tonight. If we get down, let’s at least keep fighting to turn it around.

  382. showey47 says:

    True that the devils have 3 more wins than us but how much does that have to do with the team being better or is it that brodeur is just consistently better than huet? I can easily think of 3 games that huet cost us on his own( first 2 against the laffs and nashville) and we all know there is more games than that and price was shaky at times also. Not bashing huet because he has looked alot better as of late and is looking more like the goalie who stole theo’s job 3 years ago. Besides would brodeur have 4 shutouts with breezer playing in front of him? Lets just hope that the curse ends tonight.

  383. wild flower says:

    I like Tsn’s pole question:

    What has been the biggest story in the NHL so far this season?

    Senators’ fast start

    Mega contract extensions

    Scott Niedermayer returns

    Flyers’ suspensions

    John Ferguson fired

    Sidney Crosby injured

    The Winter Classic

    Given that (crediting the Habs for the game in hand) the Canadiens are only four points behind Ottawa and were forecast to be much worse at the season’s start, the Senator’s fast start doesn’t seem like it should be as big a story as the Hab’s fast start. Intellectual honesty should requre that they list the Leaf’s slow start as one of the options.

  384. Edwardo says:

    Wow, great way to get the first comeback win after two periods. It would have been one thing to do it against the Lightning or the Bruins, but against the Devils??
    Great way to go into the break.

  385. G-Man says:

    Hate the 3 point games and the b.s. of a loser division leader leapfrogging over better teams. Way to go, Buttman!

    Gilbert

  386. Puck Bard says:

    CoutNY,

    No matter how you stack it, there’s no team that gets a break in the playoffs against this lot (and that includes Boston whose number the Habs appear to have). That’s the new NHL; everyone’s competitive.

    (and why I love this sport)

  387. coutNY says:

    True the standings do not bother me as much as the OT pt system which G-MAN points out below… It sucked missing the playoff last year to a team that had less overall wins. But it might be our savior in the case of a down turn this year with 8 OTL points so far???

  388. fuhgawz says:

    hey look all of a sudden Smokes is a hero instead of a zero —— i am a habs fan yes, but sometimes i have to laugh at how quick we are to forgive and forget after bashing someone for the past few months.

  389. habsgod says:

    for all the non believers on here that said we can’t beat good teams put a fork in it!!bring on ottawa!!!

  390. Gooner says:

    The Broduer jinx is over. They took us for granted in the third and they paid for it. Go Habs Go !!!!!

  391. Shiloh says:

    Latendresse – did he play in the 3rd? I think Ryder may have had only one shift in the third as well. I say this not to knock either player but because I think Koivu and Higgins thrive with a 3-line bench.

  392. mjames says:

    I saw the Kovelev fall. I do not think you can say he “slew” footed the the Devil’s player as they both seemed to fall together. Secondly there was no hand pass. AK skated by and picked up the puck.

    While you are at it how about the call on Begin to create the first 5-3? I guess things even out during the game but of course you would disagree with that?

    I have a legitimate question and would like an honest answer. Why do you go out of your way to raise these non-issues? Do you get some twisted enjoyment from annoying people as you know your posts do annoy. Our annoyance is attributed to the fact that the majority of your points are irrelevant and have no correlation to the performance of the team, statistically or otherwise.

    Everything about you is negative. Why is that?

    mjames

  393. Ryan says:

    FACT – Montreal is second in the east, behind Ottawa by 6 points, with a game in hand.

    FACT – Montreal is tied for 5th in the league in points with 60, and only 1 point behind Dallas for third with 4 games in hand.

    FACT – Montreal has the fifth best winning percentage in the league.

    FACT – Montreal beat New Jersey and earned 2 points.

    You’re right, facts are fun.

    Also, as Mjames pointed out, Kovalev didn’t make a hand pass, Kostitsyn grabbed the puck as he skated by. Maybe if you were more observant you would’ve noticed it.

  394. showey47 says:

    a poem for fact-rattler, by showey47

    To the theme of rock a bye baby

    Rock a bye fact-rattler,
    in your leaf top.
    To the bottom of the standings,
    your maple laffs drop.

    Its the all-star break,
    laffs are close to dead last.
    The rattler and laff nation,
    can kiss my white a$$.

  395. linp says:

    This is the first time we came back down 2 goals in the 3rd period. we out-shot them 20 to 3 in the 3rd. Hats off to the team. Sergei Kostitsyn should continue to play with Koivu. They play the same style of hockey. That line looks alive once he is back in.

  396. JF says:

    I never feel good about Jersey games. Sometimes I can hardly bear to watch them. To think that our best recent performance against them was the 2-1 overtime loss last year with Aebischer in goal. I remember consoling myself with that lone point and hoping that just maybe it would be the start of our turning things around against Jersey. More than a year later, it’s still our only point against them.

  397. Ryan says:

    Weber now leads all OHL defensemen with 19 goals, 17 of those coming on the power-play. Sheldon who? :P

  398. Bill H says:

    Great post Peter. I appreciate your insight, which is so obviously lacking with some posters on this site. Yes, I think if we just imagined that players and management read the posts, it might raise the general quality of what we see here.

    btw, it is “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64.” Paul McCartney turned 64 last year.

  399. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Some video to help over the drought….

    Robinson vs Milbury
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQx_iyUuCt8&feature=related

    Robinson – hardest body check ever.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKd4HJNSbQg&feature=related

    HABvsToronto 1979 playoff
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTJw2lYgXOA
    ———
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  400. scottroy says:

    anybody know the line combo’s? same as tuesday I assume(but you never know with Carbo.

  401. drecha says:

    RDS Reported yesterday that the line ups will remain the same.

    GoHabsGo!!!

  402. Ice Man says:

    Brodeur will not be so lucky tonight.

    Habs win no problem…………

    Like taking candy from a baby tonight.

    Yes, Brodeur will have his candy takin away tonight. He may get a spanking at the same time !!!!!

    GO HABS GO

  403. krob1000 says:

    The next best Habs are Bouillon (27th), Hamrlik (47th), Latendresse (51st) and Ryder (66th). So our top two hitting forwards are guys that have been dubbed Latenderness and Easy Ryder. I gues they aren’t one trick ponies after all.

  404. showey47 says:

    komi has to be a little more selective in when he hits in order not to put himself out of position defensively. Brown being a forward can throe more hits without being a liability defensivly. Its just a theory

  405. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    FROM TSN:
    Carbonneau likes to keep the same lineup after a win, so a player banished to the press box can sometimes sit out a few games in a row.

    Dandenault clearly would not accept that.
    ———————————–

    Dandy should shut his mouth, work hard and come out flying when his # is called. With all your ‘free’ time watch the ROCKET and see what RICHARD did when he was sat out….he destroyed the dressing room and lite a fire under his coach and team…but never did he WHINE.

    Keep whining Dandy and you’ll be crying like Rivet.

    think TEAM first…you LAST…sit and SHUTUP…did Ryder cry? NO. did CHIP cry? No.

    we don’t need this B.S. leaking into the dressing room, we are in a position that we haven’t been in YEARS!!!….any negative players should be IMMEDIATLEY SENT PACKING…thats your job Carb…do it.

    (p.s….boys, BEAT BRODEUR…he is only a man, not a machine.)
    ———
    1. Kovalev, about being passed over for the All Star team said, “The Canadiens are my all star team”
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”

  406. 24 Cups says:

    There is a huge difference between betting with your own money and playing with the house’s money. The Habs have performed well up to this point in time and should feel proud about where they are. I’m not conceding anything to the Devils but let’s face it, not many people expect us to win tonight. Fine by me. We will play fast and free off our past winnings and hope that our role as the underdog brings an unexpected result. If not, we will pocket what is left over and move on to Washington no worse to wear.

    The Original 24 Cups

    PS – This message sounded a hell of a lot better (and clearer) in my head than it does in print. Oh well – Go Habs!

  407. krob1000 says:

    After a rough diagram and a couple references to my English/Gambling dictionary I have deciphered your message…..and I am in agreeance.

  408. Infanteer says:

    I call, or is it check?

  409. Ed says:

    Here is a site which shows some stats concerning the Habs and Devils. It’s interesting to note that the Koivu line are all shown as not getting many points lately. Maybe that is why Carbonneau reunited them for the last game.

    Higgins, last 5 games, 0 points, -3, 14 shots
    Koivu, last 6 games, 1 point, -8, 14 shots
    Ryder, last 8 games, 3 points, -1, 9 shots

    There are a lot of other stats here which some people might find interesting for tonight’s game, for example how the Canadiens do after a win. They are only 8-11-5. It also shows who’s hot, team record by quarters, etc. The Devils’ record was scary in the 2nd quarter, at 15-4-1. However, the Canadiens are 1 point better so far in the 3rd quarter.

    http://forecaster.canada.com/faceoff/hockey/tott.cgi?Mtl

    Tonight is the time for the Habs to change their record against New Jersey.

    GO HABS GO !!!!

  410. MatttheHabsFan says:

    Pretty interesting stats on that page. Interesting to note the record in our first game on the road and weekday record. Hopefully these trends will continue.

  411. Infanteer says:

    Great little site.

    Also of note: on weekdays, the Habs are 21-7-3, on weekends they’re 4-8-5. By this rationale, Cagerattler’s next post will insinuate that God has fixed the league so that there are five weekdays, but only two days on the weekend.

    Unfair.

  412. Ed says:

    Yes, I had not noticed those, but they are impressive.

  413. Rugger says:

    Actually, wasn’t it the Romans? And doesn’t Montreal have a high Italian population? Conspirecy maybe?


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