Game 50: Flyers make Habs pay for penalties

Canadiens’ Carey Price gets beaten by Flyers’ Jeff Carter during the first period on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Paul Bereswill, Gatty Images

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• At a Glance: The Philadephia Flyers won their 1,000 regualar-season home game in franchise history with ease on Tuesday night, using the power play to dump the Canadiens 5-2.
The Flyers scored two power-play goals late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead over undisciplined Canadiens, who took three penalties within a 1:31 span to face two 5-on-3 disadvantages.
Jeff Carter scored 17:42 into the period and Kimmo Timonen scored 1:03 later to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
The Flyers added two more goals in the second period, one on the power play, to take a 4-1 lead.
Daniel Carcillo made it 3-0 only 23 seconds into the second period with a backhand that eluded Carey Price.
David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens 12:43 into the period to make it 3-1, but the damage was done.
Claude Giroux scored the a power-play goal for the fourth Flyers goal with 3:08 to play in the middle period, his 19th of the season.
Mathieu Darche scored in the third period, his ninth of the season, to make it 4-2 Flyers with less than five minutes to play.
Daniel Brière scored into an empty net.
Montreal went 0-for-7 with the extra skater.

• What It Means: The Canadiens fall to 27-18-5 and remain at 59 points for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are off until Feb.1 for the NHL All-Star Break, playing the Washington Capitals before travelling home to take to take on the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2. After that, the Canadiens play a pair of matinees during Super Bowl Weekend with games against the New York Rangers on Feb. 5 and New Jersey Devils on Feb. 6.


  1. JohnBellyful says:

    Can’t watch anymore. Two giveaways by Wiz. Four dumb penalties. Can’t blame the refs. Gawd, this team makes some stupid plays.

  2. observer says:

    NO Canadian team will ever win the Stanley Cup again as long as that New York City shyster is running this fascist league!

  3. TripleX says:


    Well, not everyone can afford a brilliant stock advisor like Storm.


    $99?  Wow dude.  LOL

  4. TripleX says:

    “LOL was that your entire vocabulary?”


    What does that even mean or pertain to?

    The correct usage of “douche” depends on whether it is used as a FRENCH word, or an ENGLISH word.  The ENGLISH usage is a pejorative term for a particular type of person, normally male.

    Since I am commenting in ENGLISH the word was used properly.  I seriously doubt YOU have never heard it used that way before.

    In closing, you have a serious chip on your shoulder dude.  I recommend using some of your wealth for weekly therapy sessions.

  5. zak says:

    Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman. Do those names sound francophone to you? Those are the greatest coaches in the Habs history. So unless you know what you’re taliking about SHUT UP

  6. Laramy87 says:

    Listen to the Versus feed is as much fun as eye gauging. They are making a huge over emphasis on the Subban-Richards thing.

    And called Weber the young German. God do your research

  7. SmartDog says:

    The Wiz makes a really bad giveaway.  Gomez says “I can do better than that!” and takes a dumb penalty.  No way we’ll beat the Flyers with this kind of play.

  8. Mattyleg says:

    …is Jacques Martin.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Storm Man says:

    LOL was that your entire vocabulary? you come on here calling people a douche, Do you know what the term means? It is a product for women or french for shower. If you would come on here with a original content let us all know all you do is copy and paste. But as we can all see you use the word douche like it has some big meaning behind it. As for the stock market leave it to the ones who make a living at it. You could park my car if you are looking for a job. Triple you have failed once again now go and try to become a hero.


    “I have never failed at anything in my life so far… TripleX 12/23/2010 16:34pm”

  10. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    This is more of a reply to the posts below than it is to the original post but people… GET OVER IT! If you live in Québec, as does the Habs organization, you live in a province with the official language of FRENCH with a culture that is RECOGNIZED BY YOUR CANADIAN CONSTITUTION AS A DISTINCT NATION, and has the right to protect its culture and promote its language as it sees fit. The Canadiens are a team in a majority FRANCOPHONE city in an overwhelmingly FRANCOPHONE province. Since DAY ONE this team has been oriented toward and supported by the FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY. The fact that the organization chooses to have coaches that can communicate with the people who have supported this team from the bginning and from which it drew its talent that enabled them to have the past success that they have is THEIR perogative and one that I agree with. Do you know the name of this team? Do you know what it means? And no, “CANADIENS” doesn’t represent the players in the uniform, but the city they play for, just like any other team name.

    As an ubiased outsider, an American with no significant Québecois ancestry to my knowledge, I am routinely disgusted by both anglophone media and the comments from anglo-Canadians. I read more Canadian news, politics, and history than I probably should, and really do not understand what exactly your problem is, those of you who have this itch that needs to be scratched by bashing the French heritage of Québec. The truth is, without Québec and its culture, your country would cease to exist in any significant form. So go on, tell them to “go ahead and leave if they don’t wanna be there” etc etc. What a joke. Be careful what you wish for. If that WERE to happen I suppose then you can about the redneck culture of your western provinces like Alberta that control your country in order to stay “different” from us south of the border… but then you’d just be Texas North. Read some history instead of stat sheets and get over it.

  11. TripleX says:

    Before trying to master a second language,you might do well to master English first.  That first sentence was deplorable and the rest indicates an equal deficiency in grammar.

    Hiding under and behind rocks is more to your modus operandi.  Rarely adding anything to HIO, but always ready to pounce on any errors that others might make.  I suppose when you never add original content the chances of getting called out are nil.

    Have you looked at the stock market lately?  Apple has now surpassed Google and Microsoft in value and is second only to Exxon in the USA.

    Have a nice day!

  12. solomio says:

    Remember to drink the scotch before the hagis.

  13. solomio says:

    Wait a minute. Didn’t Garth Snow play for the Flyers ???? Oh ho ha ha hee hee I see it better now.

    Nabakov will end up with the Flyers!!!!! You heard it hear first !!

  14. solomio says:

    Gretz just did help out the league by saying that they are doing a good job on the head shot ruling

  15. punkster says:

    Ha…imagine that. The guy wants to gain experience. Who does he think he is?


  16. observer says:

    And who was Quebec’s most successful coach?

  17. Mattyleg says:

    Touché. Total destruction. Brière gets pasted and we get Bobrovski yanked.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  18. joeybarrie says:

    And that is my only point. Now it matters cause when I get a call from Snow regarding maybe trading a player so they can make a playoff run next season, I will remember that he suspended a player I could have had, when it served him no benefit. So unless I am getting something GOOD that I need MORE than what im letting go, trust me I AM HANGING UP.

    A Latendresse for Pouliot trade would be out of the question. I would only want Ribeiro for Niininna or whatever his name is.

    Well played as well, but we have to stop, cause SNOW, NABBY AND the whole thing has nothing to do with the A**KICKING we hope to see the Habs lay out in 2 hours time…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    If it has to be a French coach, instead of the best coach, then at least he has to speak English, Russian, Swedish, Finish, Slovakian, Check, Danish and will also have to speak American.

    This is 2011 and the bigots are History my friends.!

  20. Mattyleg says:

    You’re right, Snow is in a no-win situation.

    But he owns Nabokov, and he refuses to play, so he suspends him. If he lets Nabokov go, he loses. So it’s a stalemate.

    Well played.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. joeybarrie says:

    When you fill in an application at most companies the question that is asked is are you willing to travel or be transferred. If you have kids in a city, and cant move them, then you can say NO. The company can hire you and transfer you and then you can still say NO. You can accept the position and simply tell the boss I will not accept a transfer. I will have to quit first because of my kids. (or any other reason) Like i just don’t freaking want to live in Nebraska, I do not like corn. If they hire you anyways, then they were the ones who screwed themselves by trying to get you to do what you said you would not do to begin with. All it ended up being was a waste of time and money. Now if thats the way it workd fine for the company.

    But can you actually say that the guy who FORCED him to leave wasnt to blame? HE LOST THE EMPLOYEE/ASSET. He got absolutely nothing for him, and just kicked him aside with absolutely no benefit. To me, you fire that employee who has no regard for assets, and make sure you don’t hire someone who doesnt want to move, IF YOU HAVE TO MOVE HIM….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  22. Mattyleg says:

    Read what I wrote above.

    Snow got Nabokov. He owns him.

    If Snow puts him back on waivers, another team will claim him.

    I don’t care about Snow’s relationship with Detroit. Ask the GM of San Jose if he will deal with the GM of St. Louis (or vice-versa). Detroit knew what they were risking.

    The purpose of suspending him is that he belongs to NYI, and any player who plays for that organization and does not show up when he is asked, gets suspended.

    You seem to be focused on not really understanding the situation.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. Mark C says:

    Enstrom out 2-4 weeks. Making the playoffs just got that much easier.

  24. Mattyleg says:

    It’s not about having affiliation with the NHL. I’m sure no other top league has an affiliation with the NHL, but the players from those leagues need to be drafted, or go through waivers. That’s it.

    Nabokov’s nice-guy status doesn’t give him any kind of bonuses. As for OWING teams things, that has nothig to do with anything. It’s all in the contracts. You show up when you’re supposed to show up, or you are in breach of contract. Just like Nabokov. Breach of contract. With the NHL, not the Isles. He obviously hasn’t signed with the Isles, but by signing an agreement with the Wings, he agreed to come into the league. Therefore, if another team picks him up, he belongs to them. End of story.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  25. Mattyleg says:

    Joey, how is Snow a poor sport in this whole thing, while Nabokov is just ‘doing what any of us would do’ by refusing to play because he didn’t get what he wanted?

    Of course he doesn’t have to play for the Isles, but he looks like a douche in saying no. Loses credibility.

    Snow is just doing his job. If he didn’t suspend a player that he acquired who refused to show up to the team, he wouldn’t be doing his job. Nabokov, on the other hand, in not showing up for the team that signed him, according to the rules of the league that he wants to play in, is not doing his job.

    He is at fault, not Snow, by any standards.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Gormdog says:

    To compare an NHL player to you and I is a silly analogy. Nobody “has” to do anything, but there are such things as contracts and league rules.


    Snow picked him up, and Nabokov refused. Not only refused, but poo pooed all over the Isles org. Why NOT punish Nab? Or is he above the rules of the NHL because… uh… because?

  27. shiram says:

    Nabokov is being picky, and he should have known with the nhl’s rule that it could happen, and in fact was very likely to happen. In fact if not the Isles, it would most likely be another bottom dwelling team claiming him, as they have first pick.

    Throwing a fit when it happens is the problem.

    Nabokov should have been professional, took his time in NYI and maybe hope for a trade or resign somewhere else come next season.


    edit : also the nhl is different because the players are traded, bartered and exchanged as assets, not humans. It’s not like your boss is on the line with a rival company trying to exchange you for a nice looking girl with the same skills from the other company.

  28. shiram says:

    Cause its hockey, and there is little controversy with the Habs right now.

  29. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I’ll be at the Canadiens vs. Bolts game on March 5th. You’re welcome to join us Hab fanatics in Tampa for the game.

  30. joeybarrie says:

    New York did not approach Nabby to play. Detroit did. NYI had no interest in him, until he became available on waivers. It was known before hand we wouldn’t play with them. So you take a shot and see if you can convince him. HE HUNG UP ON YOU. He will never play for you. So what useful purpose do you have for suspending him. Is he in breach of contract? Yes thru a technicality however, he NEVER wanted anything to do with NYI.

    YES, Snow is an a-hole to have suspended him. There is no point to doing that. It is along the lines of stopping an asst coach from taking a head coach job with another team.

    No offense to Auld, but Nabby is a better goalie. The Habs would never have taken him. There is no desire for him to do anything here.

    It makes no sense, and to me all Snow is doing is blocking a player from playing for the Wings.

    I will say it again, the rule makes no sense.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  31. shiram says:

    I guess you make alot of sense. It isnt so bad on Snow’s part, but Nabo really screwed everything up.

    He definately lost alot of credibility.

  32. jennifer1984 says:

    Havlat and Yandle named to All Star Game

  33. HabFanSince72 says:

    Nabokov would be as useful in a Stanley Cup run as a toy poodle in the Iditarod.


    He’s the Joe Thornton of keepers.


  34. Gormdog says:

    You don’t think players should be punished for not reporting to the team they belong to?


    … Interesting

  35. joeybarrie says:

    Might be one of three things. Either to force Nabby to play. So if he really wants to play hockey this season it will have to be with the NYI. Second it could be some back room deal type of thing, where Snow wants something to put him back on waivers, or third he is trying to show his team and owners that he is trying to put together a good team. Even though you are right, he is doing a very bad job of that, so I think that might be unlikely.

    No way will Nabby coming to NYI do any good anywhere now. To me all this does is piss off other GM’s who think he is just trying to screw the Wings. I think this will end up spelling by by for him.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  36. shiram says:

    It wouldnt be so bad if they had not dealt Roloson earlier, clearly sending a message that they are not hoping for any kind of success this year. Snow really seems like he is abusing a rule, just to annoy another club.

    But then Nabokov should have known coming in that this might have happened, if not the Isles maybe another team could have claimed him.

  37. Muckbringer says:

    richards up ice, head down (tongue out)= pks back…yeah were in for a good one!

  38. Muckbringer says:

    as a hab in bramledesh it goes bruins, sabres, turbins, leafs

  39. joeybarrie says:

    I like the fact that he is underestimated.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  40. TripleX says:

    Garth Snow has suspended Nabokov.

    What a douche!  What is the point of this juvenile act, except to make Snow and the organization look even more like losers.

  41. Julie H says:

    Anybody living in the downtown Montreal area is welcome to come join me and some friends at Hurley’s on Crescent street. I’ll be there around 6 on the top floor. Message me if you want to meet up :)

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  42. jennifer1984 says:

    i read it on tmz the other. then it started popping up everywhere including Sportscentre

  43. fbkj says:

    you arent helping

  44. Maksimir says:

    Definitely not the same player since the fight but I also think when he went over to the Leafs he lost a lot of his confidence. Tried too hard to be the ‘Man’ and wound up stinking… 

    I liked him as a Hab but he’s now a pylon in Toronto so good riddance I guess. 

  45. andrewberkshire says:

    There’s no way in hell Komisarek punched a woman in the face, he isn’t on the IR with a dislocated shoulder.

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    Of course. The Flyers stand for everything evil in hockey. Remember Bobby Clarke breaking Kharlamov’s ankle?


  47. Sportfan says:

    I like your thinking haha

  48. wall2bay says:

    Being a Habs fan in Toronto I can’t believe I’m gonna say this but………I actually HATE the Flyers more so than I do the Laffs.

    I wish nothing but a catastrophic plague on that team and their fans!!!


    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  49. wall2bay says:

    I didn’t watch the game but he’s been the 5th and 6th D-man for that team all season long.


    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  50. Maksimir says:

    All the talk about who the Habs need to shore up the team and no one has mentioned getting Komisarek back?


    What happened to him? Aside from playing for the leafs… last night minus 2 and 7 minutes of ice time.. was he injured or just benched?

  51. habs001 says:

    over the last few years in the regular season we have had a good record vs the flyers…playoffs another story..posters are saying the bruins are ahead of us because of loser points but they still have 11 more points on the road than we do…many complain about martin but based on the line up should we really have that many more points than we have…the d has to be given a lot of credit for having one of the top goals against records..right now with markov and gorges out if our d roster was named the bruins or flyers most posters would have a field day saying those teams have no chance at being below 15th in goals against….. on the pp vs the ducks plecks finally won a lot of draws so we were able to control the puck …usually he does not win the draw and the opposition clears the puck and we lose the first 30 seconds of the pp…

  52. habs001 says:

    gomez has been playing much better lately but his minus 9 is is way ahead of any of our other forwards..

  53. GrimJim says:

    Did we already discuss the report about him being investigated by the LA Police for allegdedly punching a woman in the face while dancing at a night club there? It was reported here in Calgary yesterday but I really couldn’t care less

  54. FB says:

    One word “LUCIC” LOL

  55. 123456 says:

    agree – so many coimplain about gomez and ak46… oh and gionta. . .so we have one good forward in pleks but yet a decent team – JM for jack adams!!


  56. fbkj says:

    yeah its been discussed

  57. JD_ says:

    Spacek doin’ Bermuda again this year?

    Ah, the NHL’s big annual do is comin’ up. Rubbin’ shoulders, drinkin’, schmoozin’, snortin’, effin’, the whole nahn yahds. And people out there – smart, compensated professionals – still think this is about some game of shinny on Sunday afternoon.

    As if.

    It’s an over-the-top business convention structured around some token distraction for the fans. Heck, the objective of the first ASG had very little to do with hockey: It was a fundraiser.

    Would rather they televise the action in the hotel corridors and board rooms than the st00pid game. Now that would make for some awesome watchin’. I’d pony up $49.95 to watch the pay-per-view BettmanCam™ – he’d wear it on his head – work its magic all weekend. Get in on the smiles turnin’ to worried frowns as people conversin’ on screen feel the cold, glistenin’ blade enterin’ their backs at the hands of the Smilin’ Assassin. Sheer, unadulterated drama!

    Then Gary returns to his room and flexes his bicep in the mirror while waitin’ for the whores, whiskey, ‘n’ pizza to show up.

    Thing I don’t quite get is the draft. Apparently, they’re goin’ with the tried-tested-and-true stick pile method, with Lidstrom and Staal takin’ turns grabbin’ one. Only problem is the players’ names are on the sticks. Duh.

    St00pid NHL.

  58. wall2bay says:

    I wanna see PK lay out Richards SOOOOO bad!!! 


    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  59. KenD29 says:

    Barry Trotz may have something to say about the Jack Adams


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  60. KenD29 says:

    Two words  “Lucic” and “Markov”.


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  61. shiram says:

    As compared to Price, I would like to see Plekanec at the ASG, it might showcase his skills and ability to the rest of the world, he usually is underestimated.

  62. Malreg says:
    Bob McKenzie

    I suspect MTL’s Plekanec and BUF’s Vanek are amongst others getting ASG consideration. Keep in mind, some players have plans/declined.
  63. Say Ash says:

    easter egg!

  64. fbkj says:

    is the giroux audio 1 a passive aggressive swipe in that its called Gir1.mp3 or should i stop looking at the world in l337?

  65. Mattyleg says:

    HA!! I love it!!!

    It’s clear to everyone that Nobodykov is the biggest loser in this entire situation. He thought he could collect on a cushy KHL contract then breeze in to whatever team he wants and make a run at the Stanley Cup. What a total douche.

    PLUS, add to that the fact that he (and his agent) weren’t smart enough to read the small print saying that he’d have to pass waivers on his way in… he’s an imbecile. Spoilt to boot. He’s pulling a Lindros.

    Snow owns the bitch, and he’s right to suspend him!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. shiram says:

    Well I guess it can work to our advantage on the ice, but doesnt he deserve more recognition for his work??

    Either way i like the way his signing was done this summer, great deal for a great player.

  67. Mattyleg says:

    As last-place team, they get first pick at waivers.

    I’m pretty sure that if the Isles hadn’t gone for him, another team would’ve.

    Then it would be “so-and-so’s an a-hole!” Gimme a break.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. Muckbringer says:

    i heard that as well.  dont wanna say i hope its true but i dont hope it isnt. surprisingly on the fence 

  69. wall2bay says:

    Anybody here planning on goin to the game in FLA on March 3rd?  I’m gonna be there during during that time on business and wouldn’t mind catching the game with some Hab fans.


    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  70. Mattyleg says:

    Me too. I don’t like this ‘showcasing of skills’ concept. It’s not a car.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. Muckbringer says:

    id trade the circus for nhl players to owners to fans being able to tell him and the refs what they think, incognito of course.  live ppv id pay $500. as will most, im sure.  that would make up for devils shortfalls at least.  what a joke

  72. Say Ash says:

    Sorry if this was already posted – really funny. Marty Turco mocked Pierre McGuire on the bench:


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