Game 55: Defence disappears in Beantown

Bruins’ Nathan Horton pins Canadiens’ P.K. Subban to the ice on Wednesday night. Elsa, Getty Images

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• At a Glance: Boston turned into a shooting gallery on Wednesday night as the Bruins and Canadiens combined for 14 goals as Boston won a wild one 8-6 that also includes an all-out brawl that saw goaltenders Carey Price and Tim Thomas drop the gloves. The Bruins opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals 12 seconds apart by Brad Marchard and Dennis Seidenberg. The Canadiens tied it before the second period was 10 minutes old when Brian Gionta scored 25 seconds after the puck dropped. It was his 20th goal of the season, and 200th of his career. P.K. Subban made it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 8:30. That’s when all hell broke loose in Beantown. Adam McQuaid made it 3-2 Boston at 9:48, but Yannick Weber tied it up again at 3-3 at the 11:01 mark. It was the first goal of the season for both players. Former Canadien Michael Ryder made it 4-3 31 seconds after Weber’s goal, his first against his former team. Milan Lucic then made it 5-3 a minute later. Only five seconds after that, the brawl broke out, resulting in 32 penalty minutes, 12 of which were to the goaltenders. The end result was a Canadiens power play and David Desharnais scored at 12:48 to narrow the gap to 5-4 in favour of the Bruins. But Lucic restored the two-goal advantage at the 14:49 mark, making it 6-4. The goals kept coming in the third period. Max Pacioretty scored his seventh of the season on the power play 7:06 into the period to cut the Bruins’ lead to 6-5. Ryder got that one back 10:01 into the third period with a power-play goal of his own, his second goal of the game. Nathan Horton scored 14:54 into the third period with his 14th goal of the season, Boston’s eighth goal of the game. Pacioretty scored a meaningless goal, his second of the game, with about 10 seconds to play to make it 8-6.

• What It Means: The Canadiens miss a chance to join the Bruins atop the Northeast Division with 67 points and fall to 30-20-5 to remain at 65 points, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home to the New York Islanders on Thursday night and welcome the Maple Leafs to the Bell Centre on Saturday.


  1. KenD29 says:

    You got that right! Gauthier and Martin, were you paying attention?! No size, this team is done against the B’s or the Flyers!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  2. MTLForever says:

    theyve each individually had their fair shares of bad games, eller actually has had some great games for the little minutes he was playing earlier. however, this line didnt cost us the whole division. 

  3. Laramy87 says:

    And thier players are just has dirty. You realize how after every fight/scrum or whatever the Bruins got the extra penalty…. They are a dirty bunch of pricks

  4. habs63 says:

    This is an embarrassment for the league. If the NHL ever wants to be taken seriously outside of Canada, they have to clean up games like this.

  5. adam76 says:

    Boston, what a bunch of white tash goons.  USA USA USA USA

  6. zaq007 says:

    Season’s not over yet I know an exciting game but calm down there buddy xD

  7. habs63 says:

    I fail to see how one bad game by one line could cost a whole division title or home ice advantage. Espically since there is still just less than half of the season left.

  8. Laramy87 says:

    Ference should get suspended for that. Two hand to the back of the leg and it started it all. That was dirty and totally not needed

  9. adam76 says:

    Come on Martain, put Eller, Gomez out – they need to get their a$$es pounded.

  10. adam76 says:

    ATTN – Gomez, Eller and Kostitsyn


    Thanks – not only did you cost Montreal the game, you cost us the division and any hope of home ice advantage in the playoffs.  If you jokes of players can’t get pumped up for a game of this magnitude, you don’t deserve to wear that uniform.


    I encourage everyone with a ticket tomorrow, to boo the ever living FRACK out of these three jokes.  They are an embarrassment.

  11. habs81 says:

    this a wake up call get some size on this team!!! what a joke!

  12. MTLForever says:

    theyre all over subban and its not even his fault on that one

    pouliot baby POULIOT! nicely done benny.

  13. MTLForever says:

    i know man

  14. observer says:

    price was the only reason it wasnt bruins 9 habs 0 inj the first period alone.

  15. MTLForever says:

    mannn if desharnais scored earlier in the game and we went 1-0 wouldve been so different.

  16. observer says:

    gainey thought he was well worth over $7 million a year for many years? w3ould you say he is an idiot?

  17. habs81 says:

    Dear Gomez with all due respect you are the worst hockey player I’ve seen your salary is realty but the way I see it you should pay to play hockey.  -4 tonight keep it up brother.

  18. kmachabs27 says:

    HERES a perfect example of how we cant keep up to those top teams……no one can touch Lucic….hes runnin his mouth knockin over price gettin in his face chirpinn our bench and we will end up doing NOTHINGGG about it!! due to the fact that we have no one to do anythingg to Lucic.

  19. MTLForever says:

    hitting gionta everywhere. need some goals quick boys.

  20. observer says:

    7th goal TYPICAL MARTIN STUPIDITY!!! 20 seconds left and penalty was killed off and martin has half his team caught up the ice in the bruins zone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! el stupido with el stupido as his gm boss!

  21. mcmikel says:


    Take the salary hit and get these cancers out the locker room

  22. MTLForever says:

    Carey Price’s fault? No way. Not tonight. If someone blames him, oh man then they did not watch this game. 

  23. pmaraw says:

    how bout some defence?  this is ridiculous.

  24. deuce6 says:

    Is there a reason why Martin doesn’t pull Price?

    —————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  25. observer says:

    why has that stubborn gauthier not REALLY bolstered this defense by now? LIKE THAT FRAUD GAINEY BEFORE HIM FOR 7 YEARS?

  26. MTLForever says:

    if we dont get a dman were in troubleeeee

  27. Laramy87 says:

    Pouilot one punch and Krejci was out, atta boy.

    I HATE HATE HATE Lucic, why does he have to be such a douche and always jump in from behind. Ya he is a tough kid, but from behind are you serious?

  28. observer says:

    old and slow like the brain of the dufus who was the previous gm.

  29. MTLForever says:

    both goalies have let in a number of them tonight plus not even careys fault, our team forgot how to play defense.

  30. MTLForever says:

    youre dirt. seriously. yah they didnt play well at all but f off 

  31. observer says:

    one thing i never saw before on this team with martin restraining them – this team is full of guys with guts!

  32. MTLForever says:

    WTF?!!!!!! holy smokes guys we need someone who can fight. i applaud our guys for trying but holy 

  33. zaq007 says:

    Man love the heart from our team players that can’t fight for their lives still on the ice

  34. adam76 says:

    one bad game?  ONE BAD GAME?  Are you new to this team?  

  35. adam76 says:

    8 goals on how many shots?

  36. habs63 says:

    ok, they have played more than one game. Is the season over? They are only 4 points behind Boston and I’m sure they are close to 4th place as well if you are worried about home ice advantage.

  37. observer says:

    next bruins game call up that college player from hamilton, dress him send him out there to beat the crap of the smallest player on the bruins just like chara is 4 feet taller than any hab and idiot edwards jumps for joy on nesn and urges bruins to get subban and pacioretti.

  38. adam76 says:

    Bs are up 4 with a game in hand.  

  39. Storm Man says:

    STFU…… Dont you come on here taking shots at Price you two-faced donkey.

  40. habs81 says:

    last night the islanders and the leafs game there was a goalie that got hurt, a lines mans got hurt and a ref, the american fas were chanting USA USA USA why I have no idea. American fans are retards!  

  41. Mike D says:

    Given the TOR/ANA trade that just took place it got me wondering what moves we could make by the deadline to improve our club. Let me preface this by saying that I don’t think PG should (or will) make any major moves or sacrifice a pick or prospect for a rental to go on what’s likely to be an unsuccessful cup run given the injuries to Marky and Josh. This move though I think would be great because it would solidify our D for the playoffs, and at the very least help us immensely for next year’s cap: Spacek to the Blues for Brewer.

    Not sure if it doable unless we throw in a mid-level prospect or something like a 3rd or 4th round pick, but what do you guys think? Is it possible? Would you do it? Would we have to throw anything else in or can we do it straight up?

    – Honestly yours

  42. Bugs says:

    Over/under time in game when Poolio replaces Eller: 24:18.5

    Call it.

  43. adam76 says:

    I asked a simple black and white question.

  44. zaq007 says:

    I doubt the blues would want Spacek this year let alone for next year also

  45. Mike D says:

    I can understand that.  The other side of that is they would get a veteran presence and lots of playoff experience on what is a very young D core.  Unless they plan to resign Brewer, and he plans to stay, this is better than losing him for nothing.

    This isn’t to say that it’s a doable deal, but I don’t think it’s as impossible as it seems.  Even if we have to throw in a 4th round pick or something, I would do it.

    – Honestly yours

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    My mystical calendar is at it again. Here’s what it says for Wednesday, Feb. 9:

    On this date in 2011, the Montreal Canadiens edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 on a powerplay goal by Lars Eller.

    Weird, eh? Eller on the powerplay.


  47. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Depends on whether this is one of the games Poolio show’s up in.

  48. RC-51 says:

    Refs doing a great job tonight!

  49. habs63 says:

    Lets assume Bs win that game. What is to say that the habs cannot win 3 more games then the Bs for the rest of the year? And even if we don’t get home ice, does it really matter looking at recent history.

  50. saskhabfan says:

    Could have been worse,if we still had halak we would have lost by a converted touchdown and been out of the playoff race a month ago.

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  52. nunacanadien says:

    I don’t think the habs would do that to Gomez, they have more class than that.  Someone of Gomez talent should not be wasted on Montreal, he should be next to Sakku Koivu in the west, where old washed up veterans spend their last days… many years left on Gomez’s contract?  Hmm….maybe we can use Gomez as a cheerleader, give him pom poms and a skirt and see how long he decides to stay in Montreal.

  53. mrhabby says:

    we scored 6…didn’t win the fight .

    what i really hated is how we lost the physical game oh and don’t say we battled to the end. sure BP one timed the other guy.iam not talking about fighting, all over the ice most of players were run over and the resulting frustration was having guys like hammer ,gionta, spacek drop there gloves.  what a joke seeing older vets get pummelled like that. drives me mad.

    do i want some more size and the odd player or two to drop the gloves and issue some payback against this type of thing sure do..i would like some more grit and toughness and iam not talking about the colton orrs, boogards of the world…just some nastiness but yet plays 10mins a game…a player or 2 thats makes the other team stand up and notice.

    I was always a gomez light supporter. he has experience and knows how to win. in a game like last night a complete no show…is this wake up call he needs from what will be a very bad year if he keeps that play up.

    Hope the team has a big wake up tonight.

    damn i am pissed.

  54. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I like your way of thinking & 100% agree with calling up Henry/Bonneau for the March 8 rematch.

  55. Mr. Biter says:

    Totally agree about Bonneau & Henry or have made a trade before the March8 th. game and start the big boys first shift.

  56. nunacanadien says:

    The biggest disappointment for me was watching Gomez and his line sitting it out.  Honestly, and we pay the guy how much?  Gomez has been invisible so far, line juggling does not help the man.   Subban deserves all the praise he can get, the boy works hard for his money.  At least Carey showed us true grit and determination, some of those goals were impossible to stop.  Marchand killed us, and Martin should have held Subban back cause we got sucked into their physical play and it cost us the game.

  57. Julie H says:

    At the end of the day: fighting is still stupid and shouldn’t be a part of the game. I’m interested to know how many of our guys are going to show up at practice and how many are going to be at home licking their wounds.

  58. jbroderi says:

    Agree 100%.  Campbell should get 5 games, considering he repeatledy hit a player in the face with a weapon, basically.  But he’ll get a rub and tug from Mike Murphy for being tough!  Chara’s slash should get him a game too.  Oh, but lets blame Subban for talking between whistles.  Good defence Boston, you bunch of no class losers.  We would beat them in a play-off series, mark my words.



    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  59. Habfan29 says:

    If Gomez is so bad and no one wants him just bury him in the minors like Souray, save his salary on the cap and sign someone who give a damn…

  60. Habfan29 says:

    agree Spacek got pounded and he was just holding on and trying to not get hurt, but why are the ruins going after non-fighters???? come on Spacek never known as a fighter….Mcquiad on the ice at the end of the game to go after Max Pac….Julien needs to be called out for that.

  61. Habfan29 says:

    Yes bring back Nilan he would clean the ice with Lucic. Nilan was the example of a tough 4th line player, not agoon but someone that could mix it up and chip in with a couple of goals. I wish that we had a couple of Nilan types on our team.

  62. Habfan29 says:

    I wonder if Campbell will get any suspension for using his elbow pad to beat on Pyatt? Or will Dady protect him and why did Tim Thomas not get ejected for crossing centre ice to get in a fight???? Refereeing left alot to be desired. Canadians need a couple of tough gusy in the lineup. We have all seen Lucic will not fight another fighter, he shys away. To me that makes the bruins worse then other tough teams like Philadelphia, the ruins only go after non fighters and Chara needs a good 2 hander. Funny 2 against Subban, typical Boston……

    If Price was on his game then we would have won. I think that Carey Price must help himself and get physical in his crease and take some of those guys out.

  63. bolder says:

    Get Parros, Penner and Neil. PG and JM are two f*** idiots.

  64. The Cat says:

    Shouldve been 10+ goals to be honest, this game wasnt close at all. Price did alright considering, wish hed take matter into his own hands and give a Lucic a Billy Smith special on the back of his knees since everyone else seem afraid to take the suspension.

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

  65. BJ says:

    I guess for Thomas letting in 6 also. Most goals last night were not stoppable. It happens. Price has been great and the team collapsed defensively under the physical beat down.

  66. MontrealAtheist says:

    Six goals ought to be enough to win a game. Leave it up to Cary Price to let in eight (!) and still give us the L.

    All those folks who voted Price into the All-Star Team are sure looking stupid right now.

  67. The Cat says:

    Gauthier was here right after the loss venting, but darn it, you just missed him…

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

  68. BJ says:

    Watched the game and read the posts. A lot of good points by HIO posters regarding our ability to compete against physical teams like Boston and Philadelphia. I mentioned earlier this season that our team is too unidimensional and that our lack of size and toughness would be an issue particularly in the playoffs. If Gauthier does not see this by now they should find someone else to replace him. If Martin also thinks they don’t need toughness Geoff Molson should find them a good retirement home where they can play bingo. Having said that we can’t go out and just get goons for the sake of it. You need tough players that can play. And I don’t mean top 6 players. But surely we can improve on our fourth line grit and toughness. I said last week that Pyatt brings nothing to the team, here is one spot that could be filled with toughness. Its great to skate all over the place when you are with the Ice Capades (if they still exist) but this is hockey. Also for the first time since he was traded to the Habs I can say I would now look at a way to move Gomez (if anyone would take him) and use the $$$$$$$$ for size and toughness. We have enough small players that play somewhat the same.

    As I’m not really familiar with all the teams, so from more informed posters here, what are suggestions to increase our size and toughness who may realistically be available and could help the team.

  69. CHsam says:

    Oh btw, PG, no worries… if you don’t make changes by deadline time, we got your back… I’m sure a couple of hundred people would LOVE to rock either the Bruins or Flyers bus leaving the Bell Centre. No joke.

  70. The Cat says:

    I hate to say it but hes right…Spacek is finished, he got Komisareked and hell never be the same again…You got like 7 D on a team, 1 can be a PP dpecialist, the other a playmaker, but the other 5 got to be able to fight and win IMO. Other teams forwards cant have their way with them, they just cant.

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

  71. Mr. Biter says:

    Listened to Nilan on CJAD and was he ever pissed off. Basicly called out half the team for being cowards. Sounded like he would come out of retirement for the next game vs the Bruins and even at his age he’d be the toughest Hab on the ice and would make a bee line for Lucik first chance and probably go back for seconds.

  72. PrimeTime says:

    Never been in a fight and got some good licks in but ultimately lost the fight?? Now that was fun! Everyone is here tonight from the Cheerleaders to the Trolls to the Crybabies. Can’t wait until the next game they meet :) WooHoo…old time hockey!

  73. jimmy shaker says:

    Just finished watching it and wow, people talk about MAB and his defensive zone miscues…….I’ve never seen a forward so lost in his zone as Gomez was tonight.  It was shocking how bad he was.  Ak and eller just seemed to be victims of Gomer’s laziness as well.  Now like the rest of you guys on here, I hate seebass sitting up there in the presser, lucheese, thornton, dr.suess horton, flamer farence and igor, basically the whole team……I too was yelling at the telly and getting very animated.  Thankfully the wife and the kiddies were sleeping.  I was yelling at PG to do something, but as I’ve calmed down and thought about the game, I realized that the cubs are a tough team.  Basically they have almost 8 or 10 guys who can throw em, and the habs have what….Moen and I think that’s it.  So we are never going to match them in toughness, so I got that notion of PG going out and signing carkner, neil etc etc. out of my mind pretty fast.  Although Neil would be nice, he wouldn’t be able to take on the cubs roster by himself tonight.   The habs are a small, skilled team who can’t match any team in the fisticuffs/toughness department.  We all have to except that, and understand that come playoff time, this game will never happen again.  Sure it sucks that we got fed, but the boys stood up as best they could, they never gave up, and just need to take care of business the next 2 games, while the wings will take care of the cubs as they play twice against eachother, and by the end of the weekend we can be back up a top of the division where the boys belong.  Cheers, and I can’t believe that I can hate a human being as much as I hate Mcguire, what a pathetic scalped puke!



  74. CHsam says:

    Got off from work. Walked into the Keg. What do I see on the screen? Price and Timmy Boy punching each other. WOW.

    Whatever, we need to get tough, blah blah blah. Okay, well this is the team we’re stuck with. So first of all, let’s fucking regroup and play STIFLING TOUGH defense, and when we get the puck let’s fucking play some smart hockey and not take a second for granted.

    I don’t care if we get an extra rental player or not. We know we can win games. It’s in the head.


  75. Habfan29 says:

    You are an idiot troll go back to your hole in leafland

  76. Bash says:

    Please…enough of the “we need to get bigger” speeches. A dead horse could figure that out. Why hasn’t Gauthier?   This is a frontier justice league!

    When the Clarke led Flyers bullied their way to “glory” Montreal responded. How many of you remember the night Bowman started his 5 biggest players, including Savard and Lapointe on the wings! Message sent!

    What is so sad is the the escalation of goonery in this era. Cooke et al must pay the piper. The league seems unwilling to do it and that leaves no choice…teams have to defend themselves.

    Beating up a smaller player/ non fighter after you have clearly won a decision should be suspendable. Who am I kidding…it was Campbell! Price and Pouliot both landed one punch and then stopped…would we be better off if they had pounded the snot out of their opponents who were down?

    PK will have to drop them soon if he wants to maintain the swagger. He is not Robinson (yet???) but Larry’s tko of Shultz was a defining moment. Pick the opponent PK, a la Lucic strategy …and make it count.

    The return match in Monteal leaves little option unfortunately. I hate to say this but we must bring up Henry and Bonneau for fourth line duty. White plays third line. 

    The endlessly promoted trade has to happen soon…and yes size matters.

    The league has not and will not protect skilled players! Will we do what has to be done?




    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  77. Habscat says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I woud try o get Penner and him in a package deal.


  78. Habfan29 says:

    should have kept Sergei instead of Andre, at least he had some sandpaper in him….

  79. samTHEman says:

    medical staff will have fun tonight and tomorrow. i hope this wakes pg up to sign a boogard, neil, arnott, phillips….or all 4 really.

  80. MTLForever says:


  81. Wayne says:

    … no please, continue. I particularly liked that “Bertuzzied” reference.

  82. habitual says:

    Ok, maybe you are right, Showey. Maybe that is why he looked so confused. 

    Do you recall who the miscreant was that blew the coverage?

  83. Led says:

    Funny, I was just thinking “wouldn’t it be awesome if AK and Gomer knew they were being traded”. Ah, if only it were true.

  84. Chuck says:

    I think that Henri could still take care of himself.  :)

  85. Chuck says:

    But in the playoffs? Not so much.

  86. Duracell3 says:

    I will take price or many other goalies over thomas, regardless of his stats.

  87. Duracell3 says:

    Except our Goalie happened to be Jesus Christ. While Price could do the same, thats quite the gamble, and we still couldn’t score a single goal in 3/5 games against the Flyers, not inspiring. Permanent bubble team.

  88. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. Your plan is to just sit here and lose? And that’s ok? Maybe you’re right and we’ll do nothing and we’ll lose and we’ll all sit around all summer posting “Oh crap, PG should have made a move.”

    And by the way, we don’t have the same team as last year, Halak was all universe against Washington and Pittsburgh — will Price be? Maybe, but don’t say it’s the same team. 

    Of course it’s hard to improve these days – but part of the reason you move a player or two is to send a message to the players remaining.

    I was actually pretty proud of most of our guys tonight, that took guts to go into Boston and fight back like that. But courage doesn’t change the fact that we’re too small and soft.

    BTW, if you get a chance to see it, Getzlaf played tonight and the pass he made behind his back to set up a goal – slicker than anything Gomez has done in his entire freaking life. Like Picasso with a hockey stick. 

  89. Wayne says:

    The numbers don’t lie. AK was awful tonight. He played like he was being traded right after the game.

  90. showey47 says:

    I know what goal you are talking about,it was the 3rd goal. Problem is,AK is playing right wing his man is the bruins left D. Whoever was playing left wing blew coverage on the bruins right D,i’m guessing eller. You could see AK was hesitant to leave his man to try to cover the other D,but on that goal AK was not too blame. He was originally in his proper position,the other winger blew his cover.

  91. GhostRider says:

    Much like it wasn’t last year.  When we went to the conference finals.  With the same team. 

    I don’t know what you expect PG to do at the deadline in this cap era, but you’re obviously hopeful that he’s going to bring in like, Ryan Getslaf, or something.  The team will be fine.

  92. habitual says:

    Do you really think this is what was said in the dressing room?  Could you not read Martin’s lips on TV?  He was not saying “truck,” I can tell you that for free.

  93. habitual says:

    Jonson, I look for reasons to cheer for AK, and he was HORRIBLE tonight.  I can’t remember which Boston goal this was, but AK was on the wrong side of the ice, the puck came along the boards to the Bruins’ defenseman and AK looked around in a dazed fashion, sort of recognized that he should cover, took a few half hearted strides to towards his check, only to find that the guy had picked up the puck and skated in.  This is the play in which the Bruins’ defenseman shoveled the puck into the slot for their forward to score.

    It was the worst lapse in concentration I have ever seen.  This is the play that killed any hope I have for AK to be a productive forward in the NHL.  Honest to Christ, it was like he had sleep apnia, woke up to find himself on the ice, and was shocked and bewildered at the discovery. 

    If he were an animal we would have him put down out of sheer pity.  If I see any more of this shit from that knucklehead, I’ll have to be euthanized.

  94. GhostRider says:

    Dude, Eller is young and is not playing that well.  Some time in the minors will do wonders for him, much like it did Pacioretty.

    I don’t know what you’ve seen in AK, because he was pretty bad all night.  Playing bad OFF the puck is just as bad as playing bad WITH the puck.  And he was pretty bad with the backchecking all night.  On one goal he just quit on the play because he thought the puck was going to exit the zone.  It didn’t, and the Bruins scored.

    He’s got great potential, but he’s never going to be a good player.  At least not in Montreal.  In the end, its no one’s fault but his own.

  95. LA Loyalist says:

    Lesson learned: don’t take a knife to a gun fight.

  96. Jonson says:

    a couple of things, first everyone is putting down eller and AK, to be honest and i watched the game from beginning to end, AK didnt have such a bad game i think he made one bad pass but other than that i thought he played a pretty solid first half of the game. i hope im not the only one who saw that. The biggest tool on that line was gomez. nite in and nite out he plays terrible. Seriously its time to buy him out. Eller should be the second line center, i have been saying that for months. Does anyone notice the difference when is on the wing? He plays 10 times better as a center. Dont underestimate the effect gomez has on his linemates. ANYbody wonder why cammy was struggling…..maybe playing with gomez and moen for about 15 games. DO i blame this line tonight?? nope, the whole unit struggled especially gomez.

    SEeond, why do people think boston out muscled all night? we applied a lot pressure too tonight, we were hitting, shoving back, protecting price. I think there was 5 fights tonight, spacek lost, pyat lost, how about Price won,moen won, and pouliot won. 3 of 5, not bad. Subban wasnt backing down, Gill wasnt backing down. The thing is tonight boston showed up big time, not only the physical aspect, they were fast, aggressive,and made a lot of good passes. they were the better team tonight but it wasnt purely based on this team being to small. We stood up to them tonight and they did a good job.

    Having said that, montreal could use some more toughness as long as it doesnt force eller to sit the rafters.

  97. sidhu says:

    The difference between the Habs and Bruins:

    Price didn’t knock out Thomas when Thomas fell
    Benny didn’t pummel Krecji when he was down


    Chara two hands Pacioretty’s leg
    Their fighters (Thornton, Campbell, Lucic) go after non-fighters in Pyatt, Hammer, Spaceman

  98. sidhu says:

    I’d love to get Theo Peckham on this team, he is a beast and would go to town with any Bruin

  99. keepthefaith says:

    Hey adam. The kid is a rookie , playing in top 6 only because Cammy is injured. You think Pyatt is better than Eller? 

  100. Laramy87 says:

    There is so much that can be said about tonights game. IT was definately not a goalies game, and if anyone wants to complain about Price 8 GA, what about Thomas (best goalie in the NHL) let up 6 against a team that does not score very much. The defence on both sides sucked (unless it was stepping in offensively).

    What I gathered mostly from this game was the dirty Bruins players. During each of the ice brawls where all the players were involved the Bruins always got the extra penalty. Ference should be suspended for his two handed slash to the back of Plekanes leg. That slash started the whole huge brawl again.  Then dirty Bruin players took liberties with 3 non-fighters. Like common, the league should review this, but wont. It’s BS and i hate it. Lucic running around and really wanted to get at Subban. First he cross checked Price then would not rest until he he had his way with Subban. Jumping hm from behind really pissed me off.

    I am not all for the Habs needed a fighter, fighting is in hockey, but you dont see it all that rarely. Our speed is good, we are a skilled team. Tonight was just a weird game all around.


  101. sidhu says:

    I agree — he played some decent games for Washington and deserves a shot. 

  102. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Does Lyle Odelein have any kids who play hockey?

  103. Timo says:

    Just listened to JM’s interview… as usual, nothing but a polite BS. Well, I guess this is the culture that translated to what happens on the ice – a bunch of nice, polite players who perhaps should try playing in no contact rec leagues.

  104. Rainrocket16 says:

    I totally Agree about getting bigger, and I am not saying Bettman is involved tonight, but he loved it guaranteed!! We need 2 big hitters fast or we won’t get past the first round this spring.

  105. light_n_tasty says:

    Fine.  As long as he saves a seat for Gomez.

  106. scrowe21 says:

    I cant wait until Tinordi fills out and is capable of playing shut down in the NHL..he has had some good fights this year.

  107. Hobie Hansen says:

    Anybody who comes on here and even tries to use the old “we’ll beat them on the scoreboard where it counts next game” line is a total moron. Have we had Boston’s number in the regular season up until tonight, sure we have but that doesn’t mean squat!

    People who say our offence is going to beat a team like Boston or Philly in the long run is dead wrong. If by some miracle we survive a playoff series against one of those teams it is quite possible the next will be waiting to pound us in the following series.

    Nobody wants a goon unless he’s an improvement over one of our current players. People bring up Chris Neal’s name from time to time. Who would you rather see on the ice Neal or Pyatt? NEAL! It’s not even close! Neal is no worse and probably a better player than Pyatt in every game situation.

    If Montreal is going to throw the smallest group of top six forwards in the history of the NHL out there every night they damn well better have some big defensemen and 3rd and 4th line players. They’ve got nothing!

    Anybody who knows hockey knows this team needs to add two or three guys that can take an honest shift and also dish out some punishment. Ottawa is ready to trade their entire team away at the moment. Make a deal for Neal, Carkner and Phillips or something. Do something so that the embarrassment of a game tonight doesn’t happen again!

    There’s no way Gauthier isn’t trying to make a similar type deal as we speak, guaranteed!

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  108. saskhabfan says:

    Your right,he’s much more into small slovakian goalies.

  109. adam76 says:

    His plan seemed to work well.

  110. Ton says:

    Please give me a break, briuins played tough hockey. were not.  I am a true hab fan and I am embarrased having tht spacek on my team. getting caught up ice all night long. He was awful, you cannot have (3) 38year defensemen on this team. furthermore he fights like a ****. I wont say it. we were lucky lucic never got to Subban. this has nothing to do with Bettman the nhl etc. its about us building a team that can score, play the corners, defend, skate. right now we have most of it but we needed to get bigger and stronger. hopefully bigger and stronger will mean more intimating. this also provides your smaller players more room on the ice and they too play bigger. 

  111. Rainrocket16 says:

    This game was a circus of BS! I am not gonna even sweat it, we will just use it as a reminder to never quit! Our Defense did enough of that tonight. Gomez just keeps proving how worthless he has been this year. Eller is a victim of a bad line tonight. AK played through a bit of a stinger from early on and it had to give him greif throughout the night. 

    All I want from this evening is for Campbell and whoever it was that was beating Spacek silly to get suspended or fined for jumping 2 non-combative players who were obviously not wanting to fight, no Refs helped out and it pisses me off! wake up NHL, how about the Dallas game last week with the B’s. It is getting quite rediculous! doubt anything will happen though! Bettman is sipping fine wine after that one!


  112. SeriousFan09 says:

    He doesn’t have NHL-level hockey sense, much like Shawn Belle a former HAM defencemen who was built like a truck and had decent speed. They have the physical tools but not the mental speed to keep up with it, against very fast, NHL-prospect forwards in A or the pre-season you can see them just get beat because they don’t have the mental reflexes to keep up with the game.


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

  113. Bob Dobbs says:

    But Lucic didn’t end up fighting Price at the end, and PK, Hamrlik, Spacek and Pacioretty are some of our bigger players… you said Boston was taking liberties with our smaller players . . . .

  114. bigdave says:

    How much of the goon tactics seen tonite come straight from Julien?

    He was pissed after losing in Montreal with a two goal lead and sent the dogs out to convey a message!

    Low life’s like Campbell, and Luchicken will never get their just deserts when the entire team has a pack mentality!

    It has to come from somewhere. The coach decided who to send out for the last shift! 



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  115. MTLForever says:

    i want a forward in a forward position, im not a big fan of dressin 7 dmen

  116. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s Alex Henry, not Henri.

    Unless you meant dressing Henri Richard, but I wouldn’t recommend that, because he’s even older than Hammer and Spacek, and they didn’t fare too well in that last minute dustup.

  117. zaq007 says:

    You know what’s not news that you hate Eller, give it a break lol we get it Pale Lanky Danish guys aren’t your type!


  118. deuce6 says:

    I don’t understand why Alex Henry never sees the big club..We lack size/toughness and we let him rot in the minors..

    —————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  119. deuce6 says:

    Lucic was pretty much running around all night, he even wanted to fight Price at the end of the game, PK took some BS, Hamrlik was getting pushed/thrown around by Thornton, Spacek was getting his ass handed to him late in the game, Chara pretty much “Bertuzzied” Pacioretty, Pyatt got his ass handed to him, I could go on..It was nothing but the Bruins taking liberties..It was a pretty bush..

    —————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  120. adam76 says:

    I love how “you people” are all over Eller tonight.  Newsflash, Eller has been a waste of a roster spot for months – he needs to be in Hamiltion NOW.

  121. Bob Dobbs says:

    Alternative suggestion: send Gomez to the minors and keep him and his salary there for the rest of his contract.

  122. saskhabfan says:

    True,halak was a total sieve against the flyers. He only faced about 20-25 shots/game and was allowing 4 or 5 goals in the process.

  123. Bob Dobbs says:

    I didn’t watch the game that closely tonight, but I didn’t see too many liberties being taken against our smaller guys. Boston did give Subban a hard time though, and besides Pyatt our biggest casualties were probably Harmlik getting busted up on the boards and Spacek getting almost knocked out with a punch to the head.

    But anyways thanks for reminding me about Shelley, I alsmost forgot Philly had tough guys in the lineup.

  124. matraque says:

    You bring up Henri and put him on the 4th as a forward… he done that before.


    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard

  125. Bob Dobbs says:

    OK, your logic is incoherent. You say Halak brought us to Philly, implying we weren’t as good as Washington or Pittsburgh but we won because of great goaltending. Well as you know Halak wasn’t as good against Philly as he was the first two series, which means by your own logic against Philly we were up against a superior adversary except we no longer had the benefit of magical goaltending. This hypothesis does nothing to indicate we lost to Philly due to Philly’s size.

  126. MTLForever says:

    Can we stop chirpin Eller? he may not have the points but there are games he was solid in, especially recently until tonight. So AK Gomez and Eller got benched, alright, you learn from that and we hope they do. Let us see tomorrow what happens and even Saturday. Eller has a lot of tools. He’s young. He only played a few games in the NHL last year. Should he possibly go down and work on his game? maybe. however, who do you then bring up? cuz we dont know what PG is going to do after seeing tonight. We dont need a GOON but we do need someone big. 

  127. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ok as much as I like Pacioretty and I believe it’s better to win in the goal department than fight department, that goal at the end didn’t mean squat lol. We got our asses kicked no questions asked!

  128. matraque says:

    Give a Limo ride to Eller

    Destination: Hamilton!


    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard

  129. adam76 says:

    Should have been on a bus in November.

  130. Bob Dobbs says:

    Stop whining that the Bruins hurt your feelings. If they want to throw their fists then the other team can take it, take power players and take the lead. We didn’t do that tonight, instead we played Boston’s game.

  131. zaq007 says:

    Great post haha!

  132. HFX-HabFan says:

    Coming from the same hometown as Cooke, I can assure you that he’s always played like a scumbag.  He got away with a lot in Vancouver, often because Jarkko Ruutu was slightly stupider and took the rap.

  133. Barts says:

    I agree, let him learn. IN THE HAMMER, WHERE HE SHOULD’VE BEEN 20 games ago. Don’t confuse Pierre Gauthier’s need to justify his Halak trade…

  134. Barts says:

    Those guys aren’t going to Hamilton, and yes they were bad, but 7 mins??!??!?!?!?!?!? That might be the worst 7 mins in Habs history.

  135. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually I read one blog of a VAN fan who said he saw Cooke in VAN, he wasn’t like that. He’s only really crossed over into D-bag territory since the league let him be untouchable on Bettman’s Penguins.


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

  136. SeriousFan09 says:

    13 goals in 54GP this season, impressive…


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

  137. Bob Dobbs says:


    His late goal was FAR from meaningless, it was a tremendous statement: suck up your damn pride for half a minute and let Boston throw some fists your way, then take the power play and score.

    I don’t even want to look at the comments, I can only image how many people will use this game as an example of why the habs need more tough players, why the habs are too small, why BLAH BLAH BLAH.

    In my opinion it’s a VERY POOR hockey insight that would say such things.

    We did beat Boston the three previous encounters this season, right? And we did have far more injuries than them tonight, right? And Boston did have home ice advantage tonight, right? OK, just checking.

    Oh yeah and we always lose to Philly. Hmmm, we also always lose to Florida, but since where Philly is perhaps the best team in the league Florida is one of the worst, this would indicate we’re actually weaker against smaller less physical teams. It’s a good thing habs fans are smart enough to look at the bigger picture and realize there are far more variables involved than size and toughness.

    It’s disappointing the habs didn’t lure Boston into more penalties tonight but instead played Boston’s game. And it’s frustrating how so many fans and announcers are utterly oblivious to this. So don’t be a neanderthal, OK? Toughness can be great, but it’s not the ONLY way to build a team.

  138. wild flower says:

    “The Bruins are like over grown, over muscle developed and over grown…” Just what we wish the Habs had more of. 

  139. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    He was on a line with AK and Gomez, should they be sent to Hamilton to?

  140. kordic says:

    I agree!!! The Count had the emotion of a snail tonight.



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  141. olematelot says:

    So, Eller is to blame for this is he, what about the other 4 skaters on the ice with him, do they go to Hamilton too

  142. habs11s says:

    A couple of thoughts


    1) I don’t know what that was but it definately wasn’t a hockey game

    2) Pierre McGuire please leave TSN, if i have to hear another “this guy just gets the game’ or ‘hockey is back in Boston’, I will go insane

    3) I hope Marchand gets rocked soon, he’s a f’n dirty player

    4) Where’s the one punch Poulio fight on the TSN highlights

    5) AK i’ve always been a big fan of you, but GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER, here’s a game with tons of emotion and it looked like you just got out of bed

    6) I’ve never been a fan of Darche, but I gotta give him FULL props, he NEVER quits on a play


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    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  143. wild flower says:

    Takes more than one guy to go minus 4 in 7 minutes, but I agree – Hamilton didn’t hurt Max P.

  144. samTHEman says:

    he’s big and he can score. no brainer really

  145. kordic says:

    Don’t blame Eller!!! Blame Gomez!!!! 7 million pieces of crap.

    Eller is just a kid, he probably had depends on after the first period. Let him learn



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  146. timothy13 says:

    The Boston Bruins are a big, tough team that can score. Yes, and they proved it in the early minutes of tonight’s win but they are BULLLIES. It does not matter who they play, the Habless Habs or whoever, for it the bullies who are poor winners. Sure, the Bruins can score and win games like tonight but the extra step, extra leap, or miles this team goes to prove their point is OVER THE TOP. The Habs final goal, a power play, I believe, was the perfect revenge. It was sweet against all the GOONS on the Boston team. It was sad the Montreal Canadiens speed could not be greater than their sharp shooters and get an advantage and actually win the match. Teams that BULLY are a disgrace to the sport and a disgrace to manhood. The Bruins are like over grown, over muscle developed and over grown goon war machines that had a break to win and so far are 1-3 against the Canadiens. So we wait for a match up March 8th back in Montreal. At last count the penalties were 170 plus therefore that, my dear friends, was not hockey in my opinion.  Finally, when will the Montreal Canadiens wake up and get some strong big players on their team. The Habs should be tired of getting pushed around. The Flyers have had a history along with the Big Bad Bruins of destroying the Habs. Why was Price not pulled early or @ the half way point? What was the point in keeping him in the game????????????????????????

  147. wild flower says:

    Exhabs continue to look good. In hindsight Colin Wilson may have been a reasonable return for SK. Ryder was very good tonight. Good think Lats is still having trouble with his groin.

  148. kordic says:

    You can’t expect much of Cooke, he used to and probably still eats spiders. He learned all his uselesseness from another classless team the Vancouver Canucks




    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  149. Barts says:

    Lars Eller, 7mins, -4. Should be on the first f**king bus to Hamilton tomorrow. You don’t want to play? I guarantee you someone on the Bulldogs does.

  150. MTLForever says:

    bruins threw in cheap shots all night, im glad pyatt stuck it out but man, that was not cool. give it up for pouliot though

  151. G-Man says:

    I made the awful mistake of tuning in this game between commercials and every time I did, Boston scored. Honest, at 6-4 I didn’t turn it back on.

  152. SeriousFan09 says:

    Boogaard is IR with the NYR and is the most useless player in the NHL, can only play about 5 minutes a game, maybe. Arnott’s had 3 fights in the last 6 seasons so what does he do?


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

  153. zaq007 says:

    Everyone who’s crying for PG to trade for a “tough guy” it won’t help us that much one player won’t be that much of a help on a team that doesn’t play a tough style

  154. SeriousFan09 says:

    Most freakish game I’ve ever seen since I really got into watching the Habs. This was an abberation, the Canadiens have defeated the Bruins 8 times out of 10 in the last 10 RS match-ups and the team’s total D collapse allowed the Bruins the victory.

    The goonery was pathetic in the last minute, honestly, going after Pyatt? Clasless move by a puke whose father is an even bigger coward the way he lets guys like Cooke run around hunting to end careers. Bruins are a classless organization, garbage fights in garbage time because they could.


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

  155. kordic says:

    The Habs are too small. This team won’t advance in the playoffs. Last year Halak brought us to Philly and Philly smashed us to the ice. Tough hockey wins cups.


    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  156. Hobie Hansen says:

    Ok as much as I like Pacioretty and I believe it’s better to win in the goal department than fight department, that goal at the end didn’t mean squat lol. We got our asses kicked no questions asked!

  157. deuce6 says:

    The liberties on our smaller/skilled guys has to stop..The league doesn’t wanna do it, then the players should..We just don’t have the muscle..Last time I checked, all the top teams in the conference have at least one tough guy in their line up..

    PITT – Engelland, Rupp

    PHI- Shelley

    BOS – Thornton, Chara

    I’m not saying we should go out and sign 4-5 knuckle draggers, but a Sheriff would keep this crap to a minimum and let our smaller/skilled guys play..

    —————— Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  158. kordic says:

    He has shown he deserves to stay. Get rid of Pyatt and weber, they can go back to the Hammer





     “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  159. jrshabs1 says:

     How can some of you get on Eller when brother Andre floated around the ice tonight like Peter Pan. A.Kos has got to go!! Once the game turns rough and nasty A.kos loses the ability to skate, shoot, pass and hit. This is why he’s such a dog in the playoffs. Bottom line: the Canadiens need to get tougher and more physical if they want to compete for the Cup. Toronto is going to come in to Saturday’s game like gangbusters and try to set the tone early…hope ouy boys are up for it.




    Go Habs Go!!

  160. Ton says:

    problem is 32 other teams (if thats the number) are looking for something. you give up assets (or future assets) to get players, very tough building a team today for it to be dismantled once it wins a cup.

  161. showey47 says:

    There are 30 teams but you are right,everybody is looking for something and that something is pretty much the same thing everybody else is looking for. A top 6 forward and a reliable defenceman. Problem is,thanks to the 3 point system it creates parity which keeps more teams competing for playoffs spots. This means come trade deadline season,there are so many buyers and so few sellers due to so many teams still being in the playoff hunt. This means sellers are in the position ask ridiculous prices for essentially rental players.

  162. LA Loyalist says:

    Well, that was humiliating. 

    The guys tried hard, excepting the usual floaters (AK, Gomer), I’ll give them that. JM must have been having a stroke on the bench. At least Price won his fight, lame as it was.

    But, like there was any doubt, we do not have the horses for playoff hockey — the horses to beat Boston, Washington, Philly – maybe Pittsburgh w/out Crosby / Malkin we have a shot.

    I actually think this may have been useful as it clarifies what PG needs to get done. This is not a playoff team, but maybe in a couple of weeks it could be. Let’s see what PG is made of.

  163. GhostRider says:

    Because he’s a 30 year old career minor leaguer who sucks.  That could be why.

  164. GhostRider says:

    Getzlaf is fantastic.  Probably one of the best players in the league.  I’m pretty doubltful the he, along with anyone of his calibre, will ever come to the Canadiens via trade.

    And you can cry all you want, but in a league that has incredible parity, we’re doing pretty well.  As long as we get to the dance, anything can happen.

    The boys played well.  Tomorrow’s another night.

  165. Habfan29 says:

    Ference did it to Moen and Lucic (this missing Link) always does it. Thomas looked like he really wanted to fight and Price was laughing…..

  166. Mikey_39 says:

    Ya I’m really disappointed in AKos and Gomez, they should have stepped up.  Especially AKos since he’s so damn strong.  I think Pouliot needs to be put in a top 6.  It’s due or die for him.  He has the skilset to be in the top 6 and it’s time to show he can.  What a KO he laid on Krejci!  


    Oh and another thing…along with guts, montreal has class.  Price had the opportunity to wreck Thomas when he went down, as did Pouliot when Krejci went down.  But they didn’t throw one punch, which I think is the right thing to do, cuz you don’t kick a guy when he’s down.  How many times did you c Boston throwing punches as one of our guys went down? It’s pathetic


    And I don’t think Regher is available anymore now that Calgary is on a run

  167. Habfan29 says:

    Why are we stuck with Gomez, can we not send him to Hamilton????

  168. Habit in the west says:

    Question, looking for an answer here. Pyatt, Kostitsyn, and Gomez, slight waste of space on this team? Maybe a second one to get people thinking. What about Hamrlik and Spacek? I don’t understand how they are going to win anything with those players, and considering they are married to Gomez for 3 more year after this year, how many more minus 4 games will we end up seeing from him? Kostitsyn can be traded, should be traded. Pyatt doesn’t have the skill for the NHL game. Hamrlik and Spacek are ready for the old timers game in Calgary in the next couple of weeks. At least they wouldn’t look out of place. The problem with this team is there is no grit, no toughness, and against a team like this, they get their a** handed to them.

  169. habsgod says:

    i’d rather have derek boogard,he’s meaner and tougher than colton orr

  170. Seps says:

    Trade for Colton Orr…    I can’t believe I just said that.

  171. habitual says:

    I don’t think the reason we lost was because of a lack of toughness.  Remember we tied the game, and kept coming back.

    Remember also the reason we kept having to come back was atrocious defensive coverage. No neanderthal will fix that.

  172. MTLForever says:

    BENNY, WHAT A SHOT! Love ya pouliee

  173. Propwash says:

    Thing of beauty.


    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Habs. 

  174. Propwash says:

    The playoffs has next to no fighting.


    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Habs. 

  175. TPlow says:

    To be honest, I don’t like fighting in hockey. Still, it’s a reality, and if tonight showed anything, it’s that the Habs just don’t have enough muscle. Watching about three Canadiens take a beatdown near the end of the third period just confirmed what we all know: we’re too soft, and teams like Boston and Philly will shake us like ragdolls in the playoffs.

  176. forskis says:

    Hey Bugs, what do you think of your boy Pouliot’s one-hand beating of Krecji?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  177. Bugs says:

    Well…I thought the Kid played really, really good tonight. Wasn’t pullin my hair out or nuthin.

    But when the 7th one went in on the Bruin penalty, I yelled out “aw, c’mon, make a fuggin SAVE, man!”

    Cuz that was the game right there. Lucky Bruins. That’s all it was. Pure luck. They’re nuthin; they’re nobody. They had a lucky, finger-up-their-nose night and what can you do? Even losers like them can get lucky.

    Damn. Oh well, next time, we’ll get those sonsabastiches, eh? Poor cry-baby girlie boys, I love crushing their dreams, it amuses me. So let’em have their bottle right now, I say, and that’ll better build up the drama for the shadenfreude to come later on…IF you know what I mean.


  178. adam76 says:

    how dare you question price?!?!

  179. kordic says:

    I wish I were alive, younger and had a G.M with ba@$s to sign me.

    Note to G.m and all Hab fans around the world, you wanna drink from the cup? I have been saying for years the Habs are too damn small, never mind the speed they have, they need some guys to go in the corners and drop the gloves once in awhile. Tonight where was 14, 11, 46, etc……

    Get Penner!!!!!!! then get Philllips!!!!!!



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  180. Propwash says:

    The Habs more often than not beat the broonz on the scoreboard where it really counts. Tonight was an anomaly.


    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Habs. 

  181. skoalbandit says:

    watched game 7 vs pittsberg there last year. was an amazing experience

  182. Timo says:

    I’ve never been there but figured there’d be some experts on this site who could give me the lowdown… Hockey, beers and hooker cards sounds like a perfect way to kill time before heading for the airport

  183. Timo says:

    Hooker cards, eh?

  184. Say Ash says:

    The Caesars sports pit is always a safe bet. And maybe the Rhino has a TV that could put it on for you (not that you should watch). Either way, what the heck are you doing in Vegas when the circus is coming to town?

  185. Timo says:

    Sadly work… well… updating certification for work. Course is running Tue thru Sun… that’s BS.

    On the flip side I am in Vegas for 6 days on company’s dime.

  186. fbkj says:


    vegas is in a vortex when it comes to time, for every 1.5 days that goes by, that equals 1 week in vegas time,

    day 1

    youll be collecting hooker cards from the mexican kids like they are hockey cards

    day 2

    youll be growing weary of the fat tourists

    day 3

    youll be officially fed up

    day 4

    … darkness

  187. Say Ash says:

    I like the part when he asked “Vegas… just want a quiet spot”

  188. fbkj says:

    lol oh i didnt bother

  189. fbkj says:

    last time i was there i caught a habs/islanders game on a sunday, while football was still in season, pretty sure theyll be showing the heritage classic

    drinks are complimentary so long as you are betting

    i wasnt betting but they were servin em anywhoo

    for fun put some money on it

    as for food, you can get the sickest hot dog at the treasure island *drooling thinking about it*

  190. Timo says:

    So I take it they are showing EVERYTHING that is on? :)

    Never been to Vegas… just want a quiet spot to watch the game and have some decent food and drinks.

  191. SeriousFan09 says:

    Thanks, Part 3 should be up tommorow afternoon.


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

  192. Timo says:

    I will have MAB banner flying off the balcony of my suite at MGM Signature.

  193. LA Loyalist says:

    I’m actually going to be in Vegas too, seeing Cirque du Soleil Beatles thing, will you be wearing your MAB jersey?

  194. fbkj says:

    haha you wish

    vegas hotel rooms tend to be suicide proof

    no balconey for you :)

  195. MTLForever says:

    nicely done, cant wait for part 3

  196. SeriousFan09 says:

    Part 2 of my review of Gauthier’s first year on the job is now up, working on the final touchs to Part 3 ATM.


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

  197. MTLForever says:

    8 goals yes, were they careys fault? i dont think so. i cant put him to blame for this cuz he was stellar in the first especially. couldve been a lot worse and everyone who watched it KNOWS that.  we didnt play D. 

    im glad we stuck up for ourselves, i know we got pounded but still, we kept fighting.


    Nicely done Pouliot. 

  198. adam76 says:

    Nope – none of those 8 gaols were weak.

  199. avatar_58 says:

    I always disliked Julien.

  200. Mark C says:

    Another case of head coach on rookie crime!  

  201. SeriousFan09 says:

    Imagine if the Habs drafted a 2nd overall pick, scratched him a few games and had him averaging 12 minutes a night and no PP time. Claude Julien is a genius that we let get away… so he could continously coach the Bruins into playoff failures.


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

  202. munch17 says:

    MAB -4 last night. Sure do miss that guy.

  203. Gormdog says:

    I watched the entire game last night. A whole lotta’ vintage MAB.

  204. volcano62 says:

    Me too. I especially miss his PP goals.

  205. Hobie Hansen says:

    MAB makes Souray look like Bobby Orr!

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  206. Hobie Hansen says:

    An interesting side note in tonight’s game will be Chara’s reaction to the shove he received from Paccioretty after Max scored the OT goal in their last encounter. Chara wanted him bad but did the smart thing and avoided a possible suspension for fighting after the final whistle. I’d be a little nervous if I were Paccioretty tonight. Especially since we don’t have a guy that can stand up to any of the 3 or 4 tough guys Boston has on their roster.   

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  207. kmachabs27 says:

    beat em up on the scoreboard….all PAC has to say is 4-0 this year?

  208. Hobie Hansen says:

    ESPN Sports Zone below the NYNY Casino is one of the best places in the world to watch a sporting event. Hockey is no problem there, each booth has a touch screen plazma with any game in the world available. Betting window is 50ft away as well.

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf” – George Orwell

  209. Timo says:

    Thanks for th tips, all.

  210. fbkj says:

    any major casino has a sports betting area, just sit in a reclyner, pretend your betting, free drinks, boom

  211. Timo says:

    Anybody knows a good place in Vegas to watch the Heritage game?

  212. jimmy shaker says:

    At least you had an unbiased view of him going into the game right?



  213. Bill J says:

    How could ANYONE have a unbiased opinion of MAB.

    100% hatred for his lack of defence (the nay-sayers of MAB)


    the other 2-3 folks (you Timo & a few others) who seem to think a Defenceman’s value is more important for his offensive upside… Never-mind the fact that his position infers well … DEFENCE ?

  214. Hobie Hansen says:

    I agree 95%

  215. LA Loyalist says:

    Beauchemin was playing out of his mind when they won the cup. And yeah, Fowler is absolutely the dealio.

    Hiller has some kind of weird dizziness since All-Star break, I thought maybe mono but they checked his blood and apparently no.

    So we’ll see. But Ducks are definitely getting playoff ready.

  216. kmachabs27 says:

    wow we are a bunch babies, we can fight our way through a wet paper bag.

  217. Gormdog says:

    I think Anaheim is really worried about Lupul’s back, to them it was a contract they desperately wanted to get rid of.

    Bauchemin is a good fit, and with the regression of Hiller they are looking to solidify the back end for the epic return of Ray Emery.

    Also, I suspect the emergence of Cam Fowler has something to do with the expendability of Gardiner…


  218. 24 Cups says:

    Brian Burke was desperate to get a 1st rounder, which is exactly what he got with this trade.  Gardiner is also two years closer to making the NHL then any of this year’s picks.  Lupul is a bit of a train wreck with his bad back and inconsistent play.  Regardless, he’s still just 27, so who knows.  Right now his part of the deal looks to be a salary dump.

    What did he give up?  Nothing.  Just an UFA.  Tough to know where Anaheim was coming from on this deal.

    The laffs defense could look pretty decent in a few years if Komisarek can rediscover his game.  They could have a nice six-pack who are all under the age of 30 while standing 6’2″ plus.

    Burke’s next task is to try and get a low 1st rounder for Kaberle and a spare part.

  219. JD_ says:

    To paraphrase the evil Victor Maitland from Beverly Hills Cop, that was a neat trick, 24C.

    I can only speculate there’s some nudge-nudge-wink-wink associated with the transaction, perhaps an unspoken conditional factor harkin’ back to the TossedSalad/Blake-Giguere trade. Wouldn’t be the first time Burkie’s delved into the grey areas, which he does when it suits him.

    My guess on next moves would include findin’ a way to move Komi for picks/prospects – i.e., I don’t think there’s much in the way of rediscovery afoot – seein’ as Gardiner, a guy Burkie drafted, could aptly be described as a Kaberle/Komi hybrid. Burke’s not done reallocatin’ his D-man cap space to his goal-challenged offence.

  220. observer says:

    and seguin a healthy scratch tonight! they are not all stamkos or gretzky.

  221. Timo says:

    Wasn’t Beauchimin one of their best Dman when they won the cup? That being said he was playing with Neidermayer, so… I think I’d do ok if I play with Neidermayer.

  222. Julie H says:

    Har har har ;)♪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♪

  223. MTLForever says:



    power rankings has boston #3 and us #13, thomas #2 and price #41

  224. JD_ says:

    Broonz sittin’ their 2010 first-rounder so they can play their 2007 first-rounder while the team’s 2009 first-rounder is added to the fourth line. Seems to me Broonz management is treatin’ tonight’s matchup like some sort of preseason game of shinny.

    Completely disrespectin’ the Habs, see. No doubt, Dan Chestnut will admonish his former club on Saturday night.

    Gonna have to make those uppity bastiches pay for this.

  225. Duracell3 says:

    I thought Weber played okay, other than that…..let’s not talk about other than that.

  226. HABZ24 says:

    wow!! that was a game straight from the 1980,s, firewagon punch m out hockey. 8 goals, thatll hurt prices avg. habs are a small team that can be pushed around, after the big george laroque signing i guess were leary of getting another fighter but if we dont get some kind of tuff guy the bruins and flyers will always have there way with us. on positive note, hey we scored 6 goals.

  227. SeriousFan09 says:

    Considering that Byfuglien wasn’t a free agent, unrestricted or restricted this offseason a signing would have been well, impossible. Byfuglien doesn’t fight either, FYI.

    Blackhawks specifically traded to teams they did not feel would threaten their future Cup aspirations as well, they know they’re  not going to see ATL in a Cup Final in 2-3 years when they’re reloaded and taking a new swing at the title.


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

  228. Chuck says:

    No… I’m looking for specifics. Who would you have moved, and how would you have moved them, realistically, in order to be able to have had DB on the team at the beginning of the season?

  229. Habnofear says:

    It’s called trade or move players and other teams do it all the time when they try and balance their teams out…

  230. Chuck says:

    And how do you suggest that the Habs would have been able to create the cap room needed to make this happen?

  231. Chuck says:

    Yep. If the Habs don’t continually shoot themselves in the foot with brain farts on the D coverage, they skate away tonight with a win, regardless of how many times they were punched in the face.

    Coming out of tonight’s game, that’s what really needs to be addressed. 

  232. Habfan29 says:

    Yes defence took the night off, had they not we would have won…

  233. Wayne says:

    Yeah. Thing about that is, when your in the process of fighting, you don’t really feel a thing until it’s over. Besides, Cammy’s got Italian fire in the blood… which is a plus.

  234. Habit in the west says:

    Does anyone remember that Cammy got ripped open the last time Krejci fought?

  235. SeriousFan09 says:

    At what point does Rick Dudley stop laughing and hang up the phone on that offer?


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

  236. habitat says:

    The answer to our problems is Dustin Byfuglien

    Ht: 6′ 4″  Wt: 257  Age: 25
    Born: 3/27/1985, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Shoots: right
    Drafted: 2003 – Rd 8

    – Give Atlanta the 2011 Number 1 pick, a conditional 2012 pick, plus AKOS. After tonight’s beating, we need help. I realize one game (Bruins) does not make a season. We will not beat Philadelphia, Tampa, Boston, and the West Coast teams in the playoffs with our present lineup. Buff plays as a hybrid defensemen. I believe he can play as forward also.

    Historically we had John Ferguson protecting the 1963-71 teams. Larry Robinson in the 1973 -1989. Chris Nilan and Dave Kordic in later years. In fact, Big Bird kicked the hell out of Dave Shultz of the Philadelphia Flyers.

    The Flyers had deep respect for Big Buff in the playoffs last year. Hartnell, and the other Philly goons were a complete non factor. Buff can score, defend, and enforce. He would physically destroy Milan Lucic and the rest of the moruins – if need be. I think we are asking to much for our smurf lineup to defend themselves against the goliaths of the league. Just an opinion. At least Gauthier should inquire with Atlanta.



  237. Habnofear says:

    Why the Habs didn’t make cap room and sign him in the off season show how out of touch the managment is with reality. Big Buff is everything the Habs needed!

  238. Wayne says:

    Good post… and yes, some of our guys were exposed in terms of guts while others were just,.. exposed. Yeah, I’ll take Regher.

  239. Mikey_39 says:

    I was really frustrated after the game, but I think we needed this.  It’s losses like these that expose our weaknesses.  Hopefully Pierre Gauthier will act before the trade deadline, because we do have a team that can go far, but are missing a few key pieces.  We can compete with most teams, but have troubles when we face off against physical teams.  We got pushed around and beat up like crazy tonight.  But you can say this about our little guys, they got GUTS!

    If we could get a top 3 defensive dman (à la Robyn Regher) a bottom 6 tough man grinder and a big top 6 forward I think we are set.  Also, it’s time to send down Pyatt and Eller.  I like pyatt, but he doesn’t bring anything to the team right now, same goes for eller.  He’s wasting a spot playing on the wing or in a bottom 6 line. 

  240. Propwash says:

    So, this game is the downfall of the Habs, right?

    Guess what, season ain’t done folks, Still have games to play, and the playoffs are a whole different ballgame. The broonz are choke artists, nothing to be worried about, the only team that the Habs will have issues with is Philly, cause guess what…. they’re a well balanced team, but stranger things have happened.

  241. jrshabs1 says:

     Nothing like getting your ass handed to you at the end of the game. The Habs need toughness and at least 1 legit tough guy. What a bloody embarassment that was.



    Go Habs Go!!

  242. MTLForever says:

    what you take away from this game is intensity we need that jump tomorrow, saturday and the rest of the season. were capable of playing with an edge.

  243. SmartDog says:

    Yeah the Bruins are a-holes but this is a team that knows how to score.  Credit to our guys for getting to Thomas but we’re just not tough enough, strong enough, and we can’t score on a regular basis.  Oh yeah, and Eller is not ready, and Gomez is running out of excuses for playing like shite and taking dumb penalties.


    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  244. forskis says:

    For tonight…he did play badly…but you cannot use the penalty complaint tonight…he took ONE penalty tonight in a sea of penalties…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  245. LTHF says:

    Lots of comments about  gomez, eller and ak on for 4 goals,  not one comment about the fact  gill  was on for at least 4 if not 5.  And  what the emotion  displayed by Martin compared to julien–unreal

  246. MTLForever says:

    wouldve been a diff game if desharnais scored at the beginning and if we played some D, price can only do so much 

  247. Propwash says:

    Frankly, I’m not too concerned. Once the Habs get in the playoffs, its a whole new ballgame.


    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Habs. 

  248. kordic says:

    No fighting is right, but size matters and we have none.



    “The ghosts are gone. The Canadiens have two choices, try and win the cup or be French Canadian” – Ken Dryden

  249. Gormdog says:

    Hey Carey… Keep your blade on the ice! 😛

  250. habsgod says:

    it’s time for gauhtier to trade a pick to the new york rangers for derek boogard and when we play the bruins next time tell boogs to go after bignose hump back lucic, then thornton ! and he’d kick the crap out of both of those guys  he’s the toughest guy in the league after that the game will be played clean and we’ll hammer them.

  251. HabFanSince72 says:

    Claude Julien is so ugly.

    He was fired by two of the classiest organizations in hockey.

    After this year’s playoff fail he will be fired by the shabbiest.



  252. Rainrocket16 says:

    Let’s get Chris Neil Already!!

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