Game 59: Brilliant Price leads Habs over Flyers

Take this historic shutout to the bank: Carey Price clears the ice of a purse thrown from the stands.
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The Canadiens ended their remarkable week in a truly arresting fashion. But in a good way.

With Carey Price playing superb goal, never more brilliant than during a third-period 5-on-3 disadvantage for a span of 1:53, the Habs continued their 2007-08 mastery of the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, defeating their Bell Centre visitors 1-0 on a highlight-reel second-period goal by Andrei Kostitsyn.

Price, now 11-8-3 in his rookie season, made 34 saves in a stellar performance to record his first National Hockey League shutout. He had earned his second straight start following a terrific 35-save overtime-winning performance Wednesday in Florida against the Panthers.

It was Montreal’s third victory in three games vs. the Flyers this season, with their fourth and final meeting coming Sunday night in Philadelphia. And it was the Flyers’ sixth consecutive loss, equalling their longest skid of the season.

The Canadiens improved their season record to 31-19-9 while Philadelphia fell to 30-23-5.

Props to the Canadiens defence, which played an excellent game, and backchecking forward Alex Kovalev, who saved an almost certain goal by pulling the puck away from the Montreal goal-line during a scramble late in the game.

Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn broke the scoring ice at 3:52 of the second period on the power play with a goal you’re likely to see a dozen times by weekend’s end.

Linemate Kovalev dipsy-doodled deep into the Flyers zone then fed Kostitsyn, whose first try was blocked by Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki.

But as Kostitsyn sailed though the air and bellyflopped toward the corner, he somehow swatted at the puck on the backhand, sweeping it back at the net off the shaft of his stick, and it trickled beneath the goalie, crossing the goal line in slow motion for his 18th of the season.

Price was the story the rest of the way, sensational throughout but off-the-charts magnificent in the third period, especially during the 5-on-3.

In fact, it was briefly a 5-on-2 with defencemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek in the penalty box, fellow rearguard Roman Hamrlik losing his stick in a scramble. Price himself lost his stick in the same sequence.

The Flyers outshot their hosts 15-3 in the third period and 34-20 overall.

Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau made healthy scratches of forwards Michael Ryder and Steve Bégin as well as defenceman Patrice Brisebois.

Both teams chartered out of Montreal immediately after the game for Philadelphia, where they will close out their four-game season series Sunday night at the Wachovia Centre.

287 Comments

  1. Shiloh says:

    I hope you’re wrong about that. Price is fantastic – our guy for the next decade probably – but it doesn’t hurt to have someone like Huet with him as his career takes off. They seem to get along fine and Huet is no sulker. I’m OK with Huet being in there to give Price a rest from time to time. If we can get a good offer for Huet, I’m Ok with Halak as well.

  2. wild flower says:

    Why not just make sure we don’t give away the games future stars. Montreal’s generousity to the rest of league (Ribeiro, Hainsey, etc} is enought to make a Habs fan sick. This year our good nature may only be surpassed by Anaheim’s goaltending solutions for Pheonix.

  3. HabsAlltheWay says:

    Anyone notice that Briere’s plus/minus is -20? Thank God he didn’t sign with us.

  4. usversusthem says:

    He’s really starting to give me confidence in his abilities. When he played Washington at the beginning of 2008, and let in five, I was at a point where I was actually surprised when he made routine saves, because he seemed to let in so many shots he should have been stopping. But there’d always seem to be stretches, earlier in the season, at the beginning of games, where he looked unbeatable… good to see him finally make a whole game out of that kind of play. Let’s hope this consistency and solidity is a sign of things to come, for the rest of this season and in the years to come…

  5. Bouleau noir says:

    Of course he’s not little in size nor is he on previous accomplishements,.. and so goes our hight expectations towards him,… but he is little in age and time spend in the cage with us thus giving Gainey no other alternatives than using both goaltenders as the best insurance against the team slowing down and ultimately against the dreadfull consequences of missing on the playoffs two years in a row …. an “unacceptable proposition” to CH President Boivin at the beginning of the season and the only factor worth remembering when we try to evaluate any moves that Gainey might be tempted to do or not at the trading deadline.

  6. planet habs says:

    Cristobal who? he’ll never play another game for the habs!

  7. notbigbird says:

    While I was all for trading Souray last year, I will disagree that we didn’t get anything for him. In a very real sense, we got Hammer for Souray.

  8. habfan53 says:

    I also expect Philly to come out hitting hard tonight.
    Facing a team that is on a 5 game losing streak with Philly’s pride is not good, i think it might turn into an ugly game one way or another.

    On the trade front I don’t see any player out there that will help Montreal win the cup THIS YEAR. To go out and get a player of Hossa’s, Jokinen’s or Sundin’s caliber is going to cost us a Higgins, Kotstysin, O’Byrne,McDonaugh or Valitenko and more.
    That is a big price to pay to play an extra round in the playoffs. The Canadiens have done a lot better than most expected.

    A lot of free agents (including Hossa) can see where Montreal is headed, this was not evident even last year. I think there will be more talking to Montreal this year and not just as a barganing tool.

    The way I see it he trades Ryder even if he gets a second or third rounder, Ryder was an 8th round pick 216th overall.
    Bouillon, Dandenault, Begin, Kostopoulos and even Marc Streit (9th rd 262nd) are expendible and can HELP another team. Packaged we might get a first rounder at worst a couple of 2nd,3rd or 4th round picks. For all you Brisebois bashers I have left him off as I beleive he will retire at the end of the year as a Canadien.

    Attack the free agent market this summer sign a top 6 forward a solid 3rd line centre and an experienced defenceman. An experienced goalie will also probably be necessary.

    Then make a run next year for the 100th anniversary.

  9. Verduner says:

    Maybe just maybe we’ll hear this tonight…more than once !!

    http://www.loreille.com/special3.html

    I know…they don’t play it anymore…too bad.

  10. Shiloh says:

    He’s really playing big tonight and is in great position – looks on top of every shot.

  11. Bouleau noir says:

    I doubt you understand the principle leading teams to transact at the deadline,… of course I could see a team showing interest for Huet… another one for mayyyybe Dandy but none really for Ryder…. but lets be frank the idea of one team taking them all three in a single gulp is pure fantasy.

    Gainey is single minded about making the playoffs this season,… its easy to predict any of his moves or non-moves if you compute in this a priori of his to anything else, that you, or anyone else might have in mind.

    In that light Huet is with us until the bitter end of this season and nothing elses matter,.. little Price might do very well or Huet might do very well…. the possibility that one of the two could do exceptionally well is higher with them both than without them both… this way of thinking is consistent with Gainey’s mindset and a priori.

  12. The Teacher says:

    Bingo, and we’re a team that keeps a lot of shots to the outside.

    Thank you Chuck.

  13. N.B.habs fan says:

    46-14-27,
    Good post,have to agree with you.I hate to see our players get pushed around.

  14. TommyB says:

    Why are we 4 points out of first?

  15. the_vipah says:

    Still going eh?

  16. N.B.habs fan says:

    Hi tonymr,
    To answer your question,I have been a habs fan for 50 years and dont plan on changing in the future.I just hate to see our players get pushed around.I know we are a young team and we will lose some games,but I still would like to have some protection for our small up coming players.We have a tough road ahead of us and I hope we dont have injuries.

  17. Shiloh says:

    Yes – that was the best pass I’ve ever seen Latendresse make – too bad dandenault had hands of stone,

  18. T-roy West says:

    I wonder if all the guy’s that were praising Huet over Price last night on HIO are singing a different tune tonight. You know who you are.

  19. Chuck says:

    SV% is as much a team stat as it is a goalie stat, and it doesn’t determine the TYPES of shots that the goalie is stopping. A team with great defense that keeps the opposition to the outside, clears the front of the net, and makes it easier for the goalie to see shots will naturally raise the SV%. Unfortunately, if that team also gives up boatloads of shots, then by the law of averages the goalie’s GAA (which is a far more important stat than SV%) goes up.

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  20. Les-Habitants says:

    TSN has updated that, and Carbo has announced he has a full roster at his finger-tips.

    Hammer is playing, but he didn’t play cause he didn’t want to over irritate this rash thing he has.
    Cube is playing, and so is Gorges

    Everything is looking good folks.

    The Bobby Holik campaign:
    “He may not be Hossa, but he won’t cost us Higgins”

  21. Maffu says:

    goodluck buddy. bring your extra full wallet.

  22. rogus says:

    A rookie takes the reins from a career 2nd stringer…and the Habs just got way more dangerous!

  23. T-roy West says:

    Gainey wanted to sign Briere and Souray, not smart.

  24. howtathor says:

    I watched Hainsey last night, man can he move the puck! Sad to have lost him on the day he was supposed to have made the team. He will be a UFA next year but i think Columbus will sign him long term. That being said, Adam Foote may be available at the deadline, kind of like a Rob Blake and that veteran presence we need on the blueline.

  25. habsgod says:

    n.b one thing your failing to realize is that this team is young!!and they are going to go through these stretches!before you learn to win you have to lose first!!this is a young team and will only get better from here on out!!we weren’t suppose to be where we are !accoding to the experts!!but i said right from the starrt(because i could see all the young talent and the progression)that it was making that we’d finished no worse than 5th in the conference!and from here on in !in the next few seasons i expect to see this team finish 1st in our division and in the eastern conference!i will say this there is a lot of non believers in bob gainey,however i am not one of them!i think bob is the best g.m. we’ve had since serge savard!and he is a very smart man and won’t damage this team in any way!!we will do what is neccessary to help this team win!he’s surrounded himself with very good people!in trevor timmins,frank jay,david mayville !just to name a few!i think bg sees how this team is getting better,and better and will add to it to make it that much better and will make it a force and stanley cup contender and champion!!

  26. JF says:

    RDS is now saying that Kovalev represents “un cas douteux” for tonight. He’s supposed to skate this morning and than they’ll decide.

  27. Mike says:

    Carbo said kovalev does not have to practice because he is fatigue. He said i rather kovalev not practice so that he can rest and be well for the game.

  28. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Some fans say BIRON is to slow ,and I say that’s Bull….,he’s got a shot like Souray’s and he is way bigger and a good playmaker …everything we’re missing on the D rite now…I also would give him a shot at foward.

  29. tonymr says:

    Hi N.B.

    Does that mean that you’ll change your mind if they win the next few games? ;>

  30. HKisses says:

    Ya its wierd….but makes sence i guess cause Kovi wasn’t at practice so they saw those liens practicing…..Anyone have more info on Kovi playing tonight?

  31. Xtrahabsfan says:

    It’s so simple ,out of all the Habs to be resigned’Huet WILL COST THE MOST!,add to that in a package deal involving he , Ryder and Danadnaut ,well that’s a good all around grab for someone.We have three other good goalies and when developed some could be great trade bait in the near future.

  32. JF says:

    These lines do not include Kovalev, but according to both TSN and RDS he is playing.

  33. 46_14_27 says:

    If the Habs play with same effort that has got them this far for the rest of the year, they will end with 99 points. This will give them a playoff spot for sure. If they faulter as they have of late, it will be the same as last year, out of the playoffs. Is Gainey going to pull the trigger on a big trade? Who knows. If it’s not a big centerman it won’t matter anyway. Lots of blame going around for the goalies as well for the recent slump. The players are not playing like they did a month ago either. If they do their job, I think Huet and Price will come through. With a cup? Not likely but 2nd round this year would be nice. 3rd would be awsome. Finals only if Kovalev puts the team on his shoulders.

    Go Habs Go.

  34. HKisses says:

    Practiced Liens that TSN Listed…..Interesting ..Imagine this jump starts RYDER
    ——————————————————————
    Forwards
    A. Kostitsyn – Plekanec – Ryder
    Higgins – Koivu – S. Kostitsyn
    Streit – Smolinski – Kostopoulos
    Latendresse – Lapierre – Dandenault
    Defence
    Markov – Komisarek
    Bouillon – O’Byrne
    Brisebois
    Goaltender
    Price

  35. Will Longlade says:

    I feel compelled to weigh in on the trade Huet debate. Whether Huet is traded or not prior to the trade deadline is dependent on one factor. That one factor is whether there is a deal out there that would upgrade the Habs as a team. All this talk about loyalty and he deserves better is pure bunk. Hockey is business. If B.G. has an opportunity to upgrade the team, I think he will jump at it. That being said, there is not much of a market for goaltenders right now, so accomplishing this feat is easier said than done. At the end of the day, the Hab’s brass may be content to lose Huet to free agency in the off-season. There’s too much young talent in the system to allow the team to tie up 3-4 million per season in an ageing goalie.

  36. HKisses says:

    MANNNNNNNNNN…. im trying so hard to get some decent ticketas for tonights game….Its liek an EXTRA hard hunt for a buncha easter eggs…..My god….Wish me luck im going to go get some scalper tickets….

  37. mrstewart61 says:

    I’d like to see what he can do, but there are too many D already, even with injuries/flu. I think we’ll see him next year.

  38. mrstewart61 says:

    chris gratton

  39. mrstewart61 says:

    the ones we’ve got aren’t doin’ the job :)

  40. 24 Cups says:

    howtathor – It will be interesting to see if Montreal gives Grabovski another chance next year (or he might go back home for the money). He could centre a third line and Lapierre could move to the wing. I know that would make all our centres undersized (except Chipchura) but I just have a gut feeling that Grabs could turn out to be a keeper. D’Agostini might be the best bet of all the right wingers in Hamilton. We need to have more 4th line players that make $600000 instead of $1.5 mil. On the other hand, neither one of these players has the size and grit that we really need on the 3rd and 4th lines. I just hope we get something for them instead of letting them walk like Hainsey and Ribeiro.

    The Original 24 Cups

  41. Hoegarden says:

    Hammer is a definite yes. Kovy was also a yes yesterday but it’s no more according to RDS this morning.

    If Kovy is out, our PP (our only real weapon) is basically out as well.
    Price is in for his biggest NHL game tonight.

  42. howtathor says:

    Grabs had a hat trick last night and D’agostini looked pretty good too with goal and two assists.

  43. Hoegarden says:

    All this trade dreaming for Kowalchuck, Hossa, Ovechkin, Tom, Dick and Harry…..
    They only player I would include the sink with in a trade is Nash.

    Huet; think of him as Hackett. He was signed by the Habs to hold the fort while they were grooming Theodore as # 1.
    I know Huet was a “throw in” with Bonk but his services cannot be ignored while Rollie is tweaking Price. He helped put many points in the standings and rightly deserves a nice juicy contract at the end of the year. He and only he will decide where, unless Bob makes a move before the 26th.

  44. howtathor says:

    We’ve been doing a lot of scouting lately, so I think Bob is working on some form of trade. If not for a marquee player such as Hossa then maybe a tough presence such as David Clarkson. I really thought we would leave Tampa Bay with Vinny Prospel. Wouldn’t he look good with Koivu and Higgins! He’s been in Tortorella’s dog house for a while, much like the Ryder situation here.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    If Price wins the game tonight for us then I say start him tomorrow as well. He’s 20, he can play back to back games. I would imagine that Philly will come out and try and intimidate us tonight. That might work to our advantage. It will lead to a lot of penalities and our #1 ranked PP can test Philly’s shaky goaltending. Philly also has some injured players so it’s difficult to tell who will dress for them tonight. Gagne’s concussion has to be a concern and they would be wise to keep him out of uniform for as long as possible. Right now Philly is only 2 points ahead of the Rangers and Boston. This is a perfect time for us to take advantage of their woes.

    I haven’t read anything this morning but I sure hope that Hamrlik and Tom the Bomb play tonight. And as crazy as it sounds I would consider giving Ryder one more kick at the can this weekend before we trade him on the 26th.

    The Original 24 Cups

  46. Hoegarden says:

    The one player I’d love to see called up from Hamilton is Valentenko. I don’t have much to back him up except what I hear/read from different blogs. He is apparently logging over 20 mins per game and will nail anyone when given the opportunity. With the Flyers in town and Gorges out, why not call him up and see what he can bring to the table.

    Retro Mikey, or any HIO blogger attending BullDogs games, would appreciate your comments on Val ? Also, is Biron a definite AHL’er or is there a possibility of ever seeing him back up in the bigs ?

  47. fun police says:

    milroy? don’t we have enough milroy’s alreaday? how about giving locke a real chance like we’ve given lats and laps.

  48. N.B.habs fan says:

    hi smartdog,nice to here from you.I agree with you fully on we need help.

  49. N.B.habs fan says:

    G-man.
    I dont think that BG is there to save money,but it sure looks like it.If you think the team is getting better then why are we only 6 points away from 9th .Our fowards are being manhandled and no one to protect them .You will change your mind if we lose the next few games.I dont think they played to well in the last few games because they might have speed,but get kicked around from teams in the bottom.
    I love this team,but I have to face reality when and if we make the playoffs if we dont get help our fowards will be injured.then what.

  50. Smart Dog says:

    I hope Bob does make a trade – we absolutely need more grit, we need at least one more guy up front that is fearless. And we have too many (aging) bodies up here and too many guys in Hamilton that should see a little more action this year in preparation for next.

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

  51. the real vinnydj says:

    I really can’t agree with people that are saying Huet is struggling just because he’s had a few bad periods in the last 15 games. I can agree that Price is our future but let’s not damage Huet’s ego here. The market for goalies right now kind of mirrors the housing market in the states so I would take a 2nd round pick for Huet. If we want to hand over the reigns to Price, let’s call Halak up to play sweeper.

    You let Souray walk and got nothing for him, at least get your bag of pucks here. Even if we get a few kids that haven’t worked out so well to date at least we have something. Did anybody think Gorges would be playing the way he is?

  52. martin says:

    no breezeby no problem. begin in smolinski out. glad to have huet and price. still whats up with saku?

  53. RC-51 says:

    its 9 pts difference from 1st in east to 9th place!!

  54. Shiloh says:

    When I saw a game in Hamilton this year, Janne Lahti was really skating – and he’s pretty big, too. He doesn’t show up on the score sheet too often though.

  55. PGHABS says:

    Price gave me chills during that five on three
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  56. rogus says:

    Agree about trading f/a’s. No sense losing them for nothing, and they are mostly role players this year (other than Huet). Our 3rd line centre is playing in the A. His name is Kyle Chipchura.

  57. wd40 says:

    morning. actually, i don’t really believe that’s much of an issue for him. he’s played in 37 games (64%) thus far (i don’t think he’s ever played more than 45 in a season) and i think he probably welcomed a bit of a break (he had a very busy February and showed some signs of fatigue). i agree with you though on the losses. to blame huet would be unfair. we need consistent offense from at least 2 lines, and of late, the D has looked very weak on the break out and along the boards in our zone. on the plus side, the Koivu line has shown signs of waking up, and looks like Hammer is back.

  58. G-Man says:

    Ribs was never going to develop in Montreal. Too many friends and too many distractions. The summer of 2007 was the first summer he actually worked out. I still think that one good body check and his career will be over because he still skates like a slug.
    As for losing Hainsey, you can’t protect everyone when there’s an entry draft.

    Gilbert

  59. G-Man says:

    If you think BG is in Montreal to save Gillet money, I believe you are mistaken. He is here to build a contender. You don’t do that by trading away the future. That’s what the Laffs did and look at them now. They are in complete disarray. When the right piece of the puzzle is offered, he will make a move.
    Many posters disagreed with the trades he’s made, but the team is getting better and better WITHOUT making any stupid trades just for the sake of making trades. These are contracts and players, not hockey cards.

    Gilbert

  60. N.B.habs fan says:

    I know what you are saying,but I dont think BOB will make any bid trades,he will work with what we have ,they do run a bussiness and do want to save money.I would like to see the perfect trade but,I dont get my hopes up, this will go on for a couple of years as long as the keep selling out seats.

  61. N.B.habs fan says:

    stewart61,
    What are your thoughts on the goaldies,I think we have no problem there if our defence were to pick it up and help the shots on goal.I see they are not blocking shots as much as they use too in the last few games that we lost.
    We are not scoring as many goals as we should because we are being roughed up to much.

  62. mrstewart61 says:

    I agree about the defense. I was looking at the shots allowed stat and Montreal gives up too many shots. They’re 16th in GAA, Huet is 9th in S% but the team is 25th in shots allowed!

  63. mrstewart61 says:

    I guess everyone else is asleep right now. Only us NBers are up!

  64. Sulemaan says:

    Add Drury and Souray to that list as well. All other players that Gainey went after. Guess the Forum Ghosts still exist and are looking out for us…

  65. mrstewart61 says:

    I’d like to see Milroy get another chance with the Habs. Carle is looking good (GP 36 G 5 A 12 P 17 +4) and Valentenko as well.

  66. N.B.habs fan says:

    Has anyone considered what Heut might not want to stay in Montreal next year because of what is going on with the going back and forth line up.I think Heut is not the problem with the losses we had ,it is the defence and we are not scoring enough lately.

  67. waisguy says:

    What a game! Price was awesome. Go Habs Go.

  68. Infanteer says:

    Wrong.

    Because of road trips, today’s NHLers have plenty of oppurtunity to party and chase purse, er, skirts.

  69. The Teacher says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    LMAO!

  70. ClaytonM says:

    Ribeiro’s only having a good year because there’s no night life to speak of in Dallas. Put him with the Rangers or Kings and he’s out partying and chasing skirts all night.

  71. ClaytonM says:

    Khabibulin is hurt but nothing major, unfortunately. Seeing as how Savard is no fan of Havlat I would love to see a package put together to get him on Koivu’s wing. But it will never happen.

  72. 24 Cups says:

    Teach – One point about you wanting to send Huet to Nashville. They gave Mason a two year contract extension for 2008-09 and 2009-10 at $3 mil a year. I’m not sure they would want to add Huet at another $4 to 4.5 mil a year. Mason is Nashville’s Samsonov right now.

    The Original 24 Cups

  73. The Teacher says:

    Then I guess Huet’s staying until the end of the year. I can’t honestly see any team really giving up anything for him or any team that needs him.

  74. Chuck says:

    Ottawa’s goaltending has been pretty shakey too, though I’m not sure that Bob would trade with any possible future playoff matchups unless the deal was really sweet.
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  75. The Teacher says:

    L.A. has Bernier nextyear, no point to get Huet
    Chicago wants to get rid of Khabibulin, why make a trade for Huet?
    S.J. has Nabokov who has started every game?
    T.B. is out of a playoff spot but maybe they might want to give us Boyle for Huet?
    Pittsburgh could work, but do we want to face him if wee make the playoffs? Who would they give us? Colby Armstrong?

  76. Hoegarden says:

    Bits and pieces from the past;

    The Habs have beaten the Flyers in five straight games for the first time since 1977, and recorded their first 1-0 shutout over Philly since Tony Esposito turned the trick at the Forum on December 14, 1968

  77. wd40 says:

    putting the carriage before the horse here (sorry, can’t resist) but to leap-frog the sens would be sweet on so many levels. not only do we jump ahead 3 spots in the east, the current match-up in round 1: our favorite whipping boys, the Bruins :) not to mention, I just can’t explain the feeling i would have to pick up the paper and see the Habs in 1st in the East. all those so-called “experts” who picked us, what?, 14th? finally, how much would it hurt those leafs lovers at the CBC? :)

  78. The Teacher says:

    If Ottawa doesn’t turn it around, our division will probably pick up the 2nd spot in the playoffs this year IMO.

  79. showey47 says:

    breaking his second stick in 5 mins didn’t help us much either, especially the one that broke on the defensive zone faceoff.

  80. wd40 says:

    true Teach. i had the blinders on.. i wasn’t even thinking NJ or PIT. shame on me :)

  81. nightmare_49 says:

    Your right , i thihk it was the Cube’s best game of the year.

  82. HKisses says:

    Man…. I love the way Francis Bouillion plays defence….He just shows up to play all the time…hard hitter ….i hope if Gainey does make a trade,don’t include Boullion in it please

  83. habitual says:

    Never mind the game. Dave Stubbs, our custodian of Habs history, using rap slang, as in “Props to the defense.”

    Homey, you been munching on beanpies? You are being down with something. What next, Pod Casts to the tune of Emminem? You have a greater range than Zedeno Chara! LOL.

  84. yathehabsrule says:

    Good trivia…so many forget he was a hab originally

    http://www.bleacherreport.com/users/2098-Kevin_van_Steendelaar

  85. mrstewart61 says:

    chris gratton, please: GP55 G9 A11 P20 -6 PIM77

  86. Dave Stubbs says:

    “Congratulations and a tip of the ol’ fedora to the Canadiens’ defence.” Forgive me!

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette

     

  87. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    good quote from Lapointe…thats what its all about.

    as for Lacav…I really think the KEY is BELIVEAU.

    Lecav = #4…and there is a reason for that.

    Beliveau MUST pay him a visit in Florida…paid for by the Canadiens, and it MUST HAPPEN THIS WEEK….or in the OFF SEASON, which is better for us, because then we are not dealing with Tampa.
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    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP

  88. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    LECAVALIER & BELIVEAU….OUR KEY TO THE CUP

    Its not what can we give the LIGHTENING to acquire LECAVALIER…but what can we offer to Lecavalier.

    The talented mentee of the Great Beliveau has seen the light…and that light is LES CANADIENS.

    From a child this Believeau prodigy followed his mentors every step, what time to wakeup, what sock to put on first, which way to part the hair, which #4 jersey to wear today, what move to perfect today…and then came the big leagues the draft, and a Tampa team with the perfect mixture of what it takes to be Champions…end of chapter.

    Now there is nothing…but there is still a fire, call it the “pilot light” burning in Lecavalier’s stomach, true champions always have it, and it is what DRIVES them to be the greatest…and Conversely it will destroy them if they are left in a position of failure….such is the position of Lecavalier today.

    He must leave the Tampa organization immediately…before it is too late, before the window of destiny passes him and his chance of eternal glory with LES CANADIENS, his chance to have his SWEATER RAISED TO THE BANNERS BESIDE HIS MENTOR #4…to become DEIFIED by the organization that is in his blood.

    but how? those in the nose bleeds cry..we cannot give up a significant chunk of our future and current talent and cap space to carry a ‘superstar’ and then fall into the category of a one man or one line team.

    I HAVE THE SOLUTION…THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT WILL WORK.

    Mr Jean Beliveau must visit Lecavalier in his home and have a profound talk with him. He must tell him that his time has come…to come home. That unlike his team, Canadiens are on the path to glory. That is the easy part, I’m sure Lacav knows…then he must tell him that his salary MUST comply with the CAP SPACE and the future plans of Mr. Gainey in insuring that we continue down that road of the Stanely cup..in otherwords, he must sign for LESS THAN HE WOULD GET ELSEWHERE.

    BUT, in the long run he will make more than just money in Montreal…he will become deified amongst the greatest players of Hockey..and that my friends is the goal of every true champion.

    Mr Beliveau…its up to you.
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    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  89. Hoegarden says:

    And if what I hear\read about Valentenko is 50% reality, wait until he joins the pack next year (Breezer’s spot).

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    His playing style

    Pavel Valentenko is a reliable, good-sized, defensive defenseman. His frame is very good, standing at 6’2”, 202 lbs (188 cms, 92 kgs). He likes to play physical and is not afraid to protect his teammates and his goalkeeper. Valentenko can also effectively deliver some big, clean hits when necessary, abilities that was shown very nicely at the WJC, also in the final match against Canada. Pavel also has a good shot from the point, strong and with a quick release that can be very useful in the powerplay at any level. His point production in the Russian Super League was almost un-existent, two points in fifty games, that means that he has to educate his offensive skills, but his shot and his skating goodness are undeniable. Being a tough player with good pace and an effective shot, Valentenko could fit well the North American style of hockey.

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    For more info; http://www.russianprospects.com/public/article.php?article_id=522

    On the BullDogs site he is listed at 220 instead of 202 on the RussianProspects site; Not sure if it is a typo.

    http://www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/index.php?module=page&id=1003

  90. habitual says:

    No forgiveness needed Dave! Just teasing you over a coffee on Sunday morning.

  91. Hoegarden says:

    Money is not that important any more for Lecavalier and many NHLers.
    The goal is to have your name on the cup; done that, got the t-shirt, now what ???

    Why did Chretien and many other political leaders turn to politics when they were millionnaires and in some cases billionnaires already ? Was it for money or something else ?

    The good folks of Tampa appreciate #4 but that’s about it. When the Habs come to town, Lecavalier is not blind. He sees what the CH truly means to those fortunate ones from Quebec and the other Habs fans from the rest of Canada spending their winter days in the sun. Do you see a housefull of Laffs sweaters when the buds are in Tampa, Red Wings, Senators may be ?

    Like most of us, Lecavalier has certainly watched the movie “Rocket” and if he does not understand the true message of the movie then he’s in it for the money only and it’s his decision.

    One of my all time favorite hockey quotes is from Guy Lapointe ” I would play for the Canadiens for free”. Is that a Hab or what ?

    If anything, Lecavalier is the one who should knock on Mr. Béliveau’s door for a fatherly chat and a cup of tea.

  92. habitual says:

    Good post, good link. Note the reference to Montreal liking Russians. Good press, given that when Perezhogin apparently left and the alleged Kovalev article appreared it generated comments about Carbonneau not liking Russians.

  93. Hoegarden says:

    Nice site Kevin, good work.

  94. Smart Dog says:

    About Goalie Rotation & the “Hot Hand”

    I understand the rationale will following the “hot hand” in net – some teams do it successfully. But I think – with goalies especially – you have to look at the personalities of the goalies involved. My opinion is that going exclusively with the “hot hand” is not good for either Huet or Price.

    Don’t get me wrong – having one play a few games in a row when they’re doing well is a good idea, but I think it’s better to rest them BEFORE they stink up the place with a lop-sided loss.

    There are other reasons I DISAGREE with always following the hot hand:

    1. LET THEM SIT WITH CONFIDENCE. Since confidence is an issue with both, sitting after a win (whether big or marginal) is going to be better for their confidence then sitting there remembering how they let the team down. Both are very conscientious, and deep thinkers, not as happy-go-lucky as some.

    2. REDUCE THE BUILD OF PRESSURE. As above the confidence of each seems a little fragile – slightly moreso than in the average goalie. Price because he’s young and new and Huet for whatever reason has these games where he seems over-whelmed with the responsibility. I think I’ve seen a trend where it’s just when Huet starts to get credit in the media that he has a lousy game (or games).

    3. LET THEM BOTH PLAY WITHOUT GETTING COLD. Neither is used to sitting a long time. Price played poorly after sitting out many games last time he was up. It’s not good for Huet – our starting goalie – to sit there and watch his protege take over his playing time either.

    4. SUPPORT THE COMRADERY. If both goalies play a similar number of games without one blocking the other out for long stretches the feeling of competition will be less, and comradery more. Just having the other there I believe is enough competition for their characters – but since both are #1 quality, the comradery will fade if one is playing much more than the other.

    Thoughts?

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  95. Hoegarden says:

    Nicely put but the only thought I have is; will this apply on Feb 27th ?
    As much as I admire Huet, Halak is 22 and very promising. One has to go or we lose another player and get zilch in return.

  96. Smart Dog says:

    Hey Hoe! :)

    I agree. I wrote about that last week. We have too many goalies – we need to trade one or we get nothing for him. How this will apply after Feb 27th depends on whose left… but even if it’s Price/Halak (which right now seems unlikely but…) I would still say play both. I don’t think Price is ready for the full responsibility. Just my opinion but I think as much as he WANTS to play every game, he appreciates being able to have some nights off to watch and not feel the pressure.

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  97. Hoegarden says:

    My biggest fear in all this is if Huet gets the driver seat on Feb 27th (UFA status) and/and Halak decides to go back across the pond to sign with the new European Super League then we’re looking for Danis to bail us out.
    I would dearly love to have one of these two fine gentlemen signed before the deadline.
    My personal choice is Halak with a three year guaranteed contract.

  98. Richard B says:

    You got to love that the Habs are back within 2pts of first.
    You also got to love the seperation being created between the Habs and 8th place.
    And even more than that the seperation being created between the Habs and Leafs.

    Whoooo hoooooo

    Oh…Leafs Fan update, one of my good buddies that I watch a lot of hockey with is a Leafs Fan. He has given up watching all together. Says it makes him sick.
    Ahhh…music to my ears.

  99. Les-Habitants says:

    Bobby Holik?

    The Bobby Holik campaign:
    “He may not be Hossa, but he won’t cost us Higgins”

  100. wd40 says:
    1. Refs had their whistles last night with 17 pentalties: 8 for Montreal, 9 for Philly. Of course this pales compared to the Vancouver/Oilers game: 42 combined penalties!!
    2. Heart attack moment of the night: Price and the Habs hold off 8 PP opportunities including a 5-on-3 for almost 2 minutes in the 3rd.
    3. 23 games remaining.
    4. At 19, We have the 3rd fewest losses behind only Detroit(14) and SJS(18).
    5. Our 5-on-5 continues to struggle at .92 (22nd)
    6. The Habs needed their 65th game last year to surpass 70 points (as compared to 71 points in 59 games this year).
  101. showey47 says:

    yeah but wasn’t the oiler game fun to watch, especially at the end.

  102. The Teacher says:

    Holik’s stats

    60 10 12 22 -12 -12 for a shutdown center? uhhh

  103. The Teacher says:

    Was a great game to watch. Pure old-time hockey. AWESOME!

  104. Hoegarden says:

    Not sure what Bouillon had for dinner but he played his best game ever last night.
    Patty Hearst would have been very proud of our French Bulldog. His 5 hits in against 5 for the Flyers in two periods says it all. Bouillon at 5’8″ pasting Flyers along the boards has to rev up the engines in O’Byrne. He played a solid game and Bouillon’s tenacity has to rub off on O’B.
    Hamrlik sure proved how valuable to the team he really is. Like Price, he is calm, confident and smart.

    Huet; If, as some people feel, Price is slowly pushing him out the door, then Gainey has to ink Halak with a three year guaranteed contract before making a trade.

    On the negative side;
    Smolinski; is he ever going to learn to think before getting rid of the puck ?

  105. wd40 says:

    crazy intensity. made our game against philly look like pre-season.

  106. The Teacher says:

    I think his problem is that he thinks too much. Case in point, his clearing attempt late in the game. He put it in the right place but seemed to be so worried about not icing the puck that he didn’t shoot it hard or far enough even though he had planty of time.

    I think it is a direct reflection of their lack of confidence in being able to win defencive zone face-offs.

  107. filincal says:

    I totally agree vipah. Many posters complain about losing Souray for nothing, but fail to remember we were in a race for the last playoff spot. Trading away your #1 scoring d-man would have meant resigning at any chances of making the postseason. Trading away Huet now for future would leave us with unproven NHL experience in net for the stretch drive.
    I agree Carey Price is our future, but we aren’t assured of the playoffs this year yet.
    I can’t see BG trading away Huet unless it´s part of a big package deal; which again is not likely.
    GO HABS!!I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!

  108. Vecs says:

    No it says a lot about the plan they put in place for Price’s development before the start of the season

  109. ColdHabs says:

    Your take on the stats amuses me!

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

  110. the_vipah says:

    You are clearly fixated on some bit of Fantasy concerning what Price can do for us as a first year pro.

    Huet is not going anywhere. Only a complete moron would move the only proven goalie from a team that is in the middle of a stretch run.

  111. T-roy West says:

    A little more thought before typing might be in order for you my friend.

  112. The Teacher says:

    Why would only a complete moron do it? If I recall correctly, we were missing Huet at the end of the year last year ;). How long were we without him? We were in a worse position that we are now when he got injured and if it wasn’t for him starting the last game, we probably would have made it.

    We would be morons to sign him after this year is done!

  113. Jonnyboy says:

    “We would be morons to sign him after this year is done!”

    So we don’t sign Huet, Halak goes to Russia and Dannis is gone UFA. Who backs up Price?

    If only a moron would do it, shouldn’t the answer be stronger?

    (I will agree signing him to a long-term deal would be bad, however to a one or even 2 year I would be for)

  114. the_vipah says:

    Now its Huets fault we missed the playoffs?

    Wow….

    Seriously do you guys even watch hockey games? Begin crosschecked a guy in the face at the end of the second period in that game. A game we were winning. They then killed us on the PP in period 3. You want to blame someone for that final loss, blame him. Or maybe blame Kovalev who floated pretty much that entire game.

    Carey has had ONE good game in his last 5. Sorry, im not seeing the miracle that you guys are. The reality is, both these guys have faltered as the team in front of them has faltered.

    Prices last 5:
    Feb 13 ’08 MTL @ FLA W 1 36 35 .972
    Feb 09 ’08 MTL @ OTT 3 25 22 .880
    Feb 07 ’08 TOR @ MTL L 3 27 24 .889
    Jan 05 ’08 WSH @ MTL O 5 29 24 .828
    Dec 23 ’07 MTL @ DAL L 4 21 17 .810

  115. the_vipah says:

    I can’t simplify it for you any more then that.

  116. T-roy West says:

    What can Huet do for us that Price and Halak can’t?

  117. the_vipah says:

    Oh boy.

    What can a Veteran goalie with years of experience and a proven track record do for this team that two completely raw rookies with nearly zero NHL experience can’t do?

    Figure it out.

  118. The Teacher says:

    He let in at least 3 bad goals in the last game. Granted, Carbo never should have started him, but….

    You already know how I feel about the subject.

    I feel like we’re on a merry go round that will only go faster and faster until the trade deadline comes and goes.

  119. the_vipah says:

    Wierd how you only bring up negative stats against Huet, then minimize those same negative stats when talking about Price.

    Your agenda is clear. I honestly don’t think Huet will go anywhere and I guess the next 11 days will bear that out.

    In the meantime enjoy yourself.

    Oh yeah. GAA? Means nothing. Save percentage and Wins/Losses are the only stats worth spit. The fact that you even mention the GAA completely invalidates your entire argument.

  120. the_vipah says:

    Yeah agreed. Im done with this discussion. Honestly don’t know why I bother :)

    Smarter hockey people then ourselves will figure this all out in the coming days.

  121. Chuck says:

    Just to play devil’s advocate for a second… just what exactly is Huet’s “proven track record”? He’s played 6 more NHL playoff games than Price, with a record of 2-4. Price has also done something that Huet hasn’t: play every game of a four-round playoff; thereby showing that he has the stamina to go the distance.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like Huet and would feel comfortable with him as the number one going into the playoffs, but I just don’t see him being the overwhelming advantage in goal that some folks see him as.
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  122. jimbo says:

    And Price has proved at the NHL level that after 20 games you have to send him to the minors.Based on your train of thought.

  123. jimbo says:

    Who’s gonna want him.He’s washed up.Or are you 1 of the trade him for Vinny guys

  124. jimbo says:

    The reason he got sent down was because of poor play and they were gonna play Huet till he dropped because he is the number 1 goalie.Not my statement Gainey’s.They bought up Halak and he didn’t start 1 game.Yet these are the 2 people want to take us to the playoffs.Listen Price is gonna get his chance in Montreal obviously.Yes of late Huet has played bad,but we’re in fourth place and Huet is a big part of the reason why.

  125. Shiloh says:

    I agree that Price and Halak could be a great tandem – and not just because of Price. Halak was excellent when we needed him last year. The question of getting a fair return for Huet is not that simple. If a team suddenly had their stud goalie get injured, maybe we’d get a good offer. If things stay the way they are now we probably would only get a couple of middle draft picks. It depends on the situation as we move closer to the deadline.

  126. ColdHabs says:

    Habs need Huet for the rest of this year (unless they were to somehow pick up another veteran goalie – highly doubtful) and for the next 1 or 2 years. Price is young and unproven in the long run at this level. Huet provides some blue ice insurance for the next year or two. Frankly, I’m not yet convinced of Price’s awesome greatness as a goalie. He’s shown lots of potential, but has proven he needs to work on certain parts of his game that could easily be exploited: tendencies to play deep in his crease & to drop early to his knees (BTW, both of those tendencies were in check last game and he had a solid outing).

    And, I agree that Huet was not the sole reason the team has lost a few lately. It’s so easy to nail the goalie with much of the blame, but often the team in front of him allows the opposition to get into scoring position, which has too often been the case in the last 2 weeks. For the most part Huet has had a good season and has been a pretty reliable backstop.

    Remember,you can’t measure a goalie’s overall success or reliability based on 5 games in a given portion of the season. Here are the season stats:

    -Huet’s got 20 wins, with a 2.49 GAA and a .918 SV%

    -By comparison, Brodeur has 30 wins (with 16 more games played) a 2.20 GAA and a .917 SV%.

    -Price has 10 wins with a 2.83 GAA and a .908 SV%

    I personally hope Gainey keeps Huet for another year.
    And, here’s hoping Price plays another solid game vs. Philly and Habs pick up 2 much needed points.

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

  127. The Teacher says:

    To me, it has nothing to do with his last few games, it is just the smart philosophical decision. I don’t understand what the hangup of this year is? `We aren’t winning the CUP without a lot of luck.

  128. ColdHabs says:

    LOL

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

  129. Chuck says:

    With Lundqvist signed for big money, the pool for available experienced goaltenders has just gotten a lot smaller; anyone on Bob’s phone would no doubt be informed that the asking price for Huet is substantially higher than it was last week.

    Keep in mind that Gainey doesn’t have to move Huet to reap a reward; if Lundqvist’s contract is any indication of what the Habs would have to shell out to keep Huet on the payroll next year, then the Habs would essentially be clearing themselves $6-7 million in cap space for next year just by letting Huet walk. The cards are definitely in Bob’s favour.
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  130. the_vipah says:

    Shh don’t bring reason into this.

  131. The Teacher says:

    Shiloh makes a good point, his return won’t be that great. Which is why I say do not resign him at the end.

    IMO Nashville is the only team that might want him and that we could trade him to. I’m thinking West Coast only.

  132. The Teacher says:

    I don’t think it was a question of have to, but a question of why not? He could get some games in.

  133. The Teacher says:

    Yes, and he wouldn’t get to fix it in Mtl because they had to start Huet, so they sent him down to work on it. Now that he has worked on it he needs to play up here. No point sitting him on the bench.

  134. Chuck says:

    If they thought that Huet was up to the task, Price would still be in Hamilton, and Halak would still yet to have played a game.

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  135. the_vipah says:

    heh

    I completely disagree with you on every single level and on every single point. Don’t get confused.

    Carey Price will be the goalie of the future, but imo not for atleast a year or two. In the meantime Huet or some other Veteran will do that job for us.

  136. jimbo says:

    Huet answered the Bell.And Price is back up here because he’s better than Halak

  137. jimbo says:

    There’s not a GM in his right mind who’s going to trade his number 1 goalie in the hunt for #1 in the East so he can play 2 Rookie goalies.And besides,there’s no big demand for goalies from the playoff bound teams anyways

  138. jimbo says:

    Yes he should play but now’s not the tme.He had a chance at the start of the year to take the #1 job,and he didn’t.Now he has to prove he deserves it

  139. the_vipah says:

    Thats the truth of it.

    Huet will not go anywhere unless there is a Veteran here to replace him. The Habs are also a business and playoff revenues are extremely important. Riding two unproven goalies into a possible 9th place finish would be a disaster.

  140. POPS says:

    Huet didn’t win a game for us either!The starting goalie must win a game or steal a game every once in a while.When was the last time Huet did that???Time to move him.

  141. Chuck says:

    My point was, if Gainey’s plan called for Huet to be the go-to guy for the rest of the season, then Price would still be in Hamilton getting games in. They didn’t call up Price to sit on the bench; that’s why they sent him down in the first place. Price’s being with the big club for the stretch run says alot about the level of confidence that Gainey has in Huet, I’m afraid.

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  142. Chuck says:

    If Huet is traded, I could definitely see some sort of veteran goalie presence coming in for the rest of the year, it not for next year as well.

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  143. the_vipah says:

    Hes no more inconsistent than any other goalie in this league. We lost that playoff series to Carolina because Koivu went down and because Carolina was destined to win the cup that year. Oh yeah, that same team missed the playoffs the next year because among other things, they got horrible goaltending from that stiff Ward.

    Meanwhile its not like Huet and Ward had a boxing match to decide the series, there were 40 or so players between the two teams that also had a hand in that.

    I can’t see there being another vet goalie in this league whos gonna be good enough to pick up the slack when Price sh*ts the bed, like he will, as he has done already. Huet is the best answer.

  144. ClaytonM says:

    Veteran goalie? Yes, he’s in his 30′s. Years of experience? Again, he’s in his 30′s. But a proven track record? Am I the only person who never heard of him before he joined the Habs as Theo’s back-up?

    This is Huet we’re talking about, not Kolzig or Brodeur, vipah. I’m not saying we need to trade him, but holding onto him without an extension / commitment for next year and losing him as a UFA in the summer for no return would be bad management, plain and simple. Before you start singing his praises keep in mind he’s only been a true starting goalie since Theo imploded on us a few years ago.

  145. ClaytonM says:

    So now everyone forgets the real goalie who f*ck*d us out of a playoff spot last year?

    AEBISCHER!!!

  146. mrstewart61 says:

    Hmmm…I think I like that one.

  147. mrstewart61 says:

    btw, it’s ‘their’ not ‘there’ :)

  148. Jonnyboy says:

    I also am,

    Prospal and Gratton from TB

    for Huet

    fair..or..maybe some picks have to go to.

  149. The Teacher says:

    My buddy would be a big fan of that trade.

    I only said moron because vipah did, we understand each other, he and I.

  150. The Teacher says:

    I think he’s just worried Price won’t be good enough fast enough. I think there’s nothing left for him in Hamilton really. They should have given Halak a couple of starts but they didn’t. I don’t understand that.

    How much better the site is. It’s remarkable!

  151. Chuck says:

    What happened to C12, anyway?

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  152. The Teacher says:

    Don’t ask!!!

  153. Chuck says:

    Why not? Is it a state secret? Tee!

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  154. The Teacher says:

    LMAO, I really should shut up now, I’ve been warned ;)

    Suffice it to say I hope we keep wondering (or not wondering, as the case may be, tee)

  155. Chuck says:

    ‘Nuff said!

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  156. N.B.habs fan says:

    originalsix,That would be nice ,but you know our defence suck lately.

  157. JF says:

    But look what’s happened to Cam Ward since. Great in their playoff run, but very ordinary since. Maybe it was too much pressure. I don’t think Price is ready to be the starting goaltender for the playoffs. The Canadiens are being quite cautious with him. The last thing they want to do is push him too hard too fast.

  158. originalsix says:

    I know I’m probably dreaming, and wishing for miracles, however I’d love to see Price thrown into the play offs and pull off a clutch Cup run a la Cam Ward and like he did last year with the bulldogs. If there’s anyone who could do that, it’d be Price.

  159. WindsorHab-10 says:

    One game at a time. Let’s get there first.

  160. The Teacher says:

    Haha, These here are two “Bench Talk” nominations.

    LMAO

  161. Blitzen says:

    Huet is still going to play a lot this year, unless he totally tanks a couple of games.

    My problem with Huet is that, although he has singlehandedly won games for us in the past by standing on his head, he does have the unfortunate habit of letting in softies. Now Price let in some softies too before being sent down to Hamilton and he seems to have straightened himself out. Plus he’s younger.

    I don’t think Huet will be traded and he will walk at the end of the year, with the Habs giving Halak enough money to keep him here (still less than what Huet will want) to split games with Price next year.

    Here’s another angle though: Huet has made what $5M+ over last year and this year? Maybe he’s invested that money well and is set for life, likes MTL a lot and will give Gainey a huge discount (which will still be more money than you or I will ever make) to be the veteran presence for Price. Who knows? A lot of Europeans prefer MTL. He may not want to move.

    Huet is too old to build around for a young team and his softie habit may deter some Cup-aspiring teams to take a shot at him as a UFA.

    That being said, and before the attacks begin: I am not a Huet basher. I absolutely think he has won games for us in the past (including this year) and I like the attitude he seems to be taking towards Price. He could be sulking instead of helping. That being said, I think when Price is on, he is a better goalie and seems otherworldly calm, which I would think would be a plus for his teammates.

  162. JF says:

    I agree with your comments about acquiring Kovalchuk. If it could be done without sacrificing our prospects, I’d be for it, but not otherwise; andI’m sure it can’t. Tampa Bay is the proof that superstars alone can’t win championships; they have so much locked up in their top line that they can’t afford good goaltending or defense. We are building a solid, well-balanced team with plenty of depth, which will make us a strong contender for years.

    I’m also with you in wishing people wouldn’t post optimistic predictions before games. Can you imagine if the players thought like that? “Philly is in a slump and they’re missing Gagne, we’ll win easily.” Carey Price said yesterday it made no difference if the opponent was on a 20-game winning streak or a 20-game losing streak, any team could beat any other on a given night. I’ll be ecstatic if we win both games or take 3 points, but I won’t be terribly dissatisfied with a split.

  163. G-Man says:

    Right on, A.B.!

    Gilbert

  164. wd40 says:

    RIGHT ON Ali! If anyone doubts your comments on the importance of a solid and balanced team vs a “superstar”, there are penty of examples one can look at. The one i scratch my head at the most is TB. What a waste.

  165. N.B.habs fan says:

    I would sure like to see if Price can be the top goaldie,because our defence dosent help them enough.What happened when Heut was on a winning streak our defence were blocking shots and playing better ,I sure hope the D will help Price.
    If he does win than play him again.

  166. Cable Guy says:

    Stick with Carey, he needs to play lots. Huet’s gone at the end of the year anyway, give it to Carey to carry us now.

  167. P St. Pierre says:

    I love Huet, but I’m of the opinion that he will not be resigned for next season and therefore he should be moved. Last year, Montreal held onto Souray because he was the driving force behind their powerplay and ultimately, their offense. I think that this year, Huet has played a huge role in getting the team to where they are, but I question if he is possibly overvalued.

    I’m of the opinion that Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak would have no problem handling the goaltending duties on this team for the playoffs. If Price is going to be the main man next year anyways, why not let him play a ton of games and really get a flow going without having to worry about not starting the next night.

    I think that Huet should be moved for picks/prospects/players or whatever, as he will not be back next year anyways. I love the guy, he has a great attitude, but the reality is that he could command a fair price before the trade deadline.

    Just to throw something else out there, what if Huet isn’t starting because he’s already on the block? It would be very interesting to know if Gainey is shopping him and therefore not starting him so that he isn’t injured. Just a thought.

  168. the_vipah says:

    Huet will not go anywhere. Trading him away and leaving us with two completely unproven goalies for the stretch drive + playoffs would be a mistake of monumental proportions. Despite what some of you may “wish” Huet is the man for the time being.

    I am relieved that BG runs this team and not you people.

    On a final note Huet’s game went to the same place that the entire teams did. He did not cost us a single point during that slide, we were completely dominated and thrashed and deserved the L as a unit. He has nothing to “find”, the team simply needs to play better in front of him.

  169. Shiloh says:

    Maybe start using Price/Huet about half and half. Some competition between them could be good for the team. But definitely an increased role for Price.

  170. G-Man says:

    Well said, Chuck. Look, even trading Huet for a 1st round draft pick is better than letting him leave July 1 for nothing. This ain’t the Souray situation. BG held on to someone who was having a career year (breaking scoring records for Habs D men). He offered Souray a contract and Souray’s agent believed they were being low-balled. Good thing, too. Imagine how weak our D would be with Souray in and Hamrlik out?

    Gilbert

  171. wd40 says:

    good post, Chuck.

  172. Shobud says:

    If you can get that much for Huet then grab it and take the guy out for a drink too

  173. showey47 says:

    no kidding i’ve got a hangover,lol

  174. Chuck says:

    Even if you consider Huet to be our number one guy, I think that you have to look at the team’s chances objectively. We have a young team that is continuing our rebuilding process, and are considered by many to be outperforming expectations, kind of like where Buffalo was a couple of years ago. So Bob has to ask himself, “Will we be able to make the necessary moves by the trading deadline to give this team a realistic chance at winning the Stanley Cup?”

    Unless there was a mega-blockbuster that fell into his lap that didn’t mortgage the future, my guess would be no. Therefore, we’d have to start looking forward to next year and thus do what’s best for the 2008-09 edition of the Habs; anything that we’d win this year would have to be considered icing on the cake.

    At 32 years of age, Huet is probably looking at his last chance a a big free agent contract, both in terms of salary and length. And while it would be nice to have his experience around for another year or two to support Price, the contract parameters that Huet would likely command just don’t make sense to the Canadiens. The Rangers just signed Lundqvist to a six year deal at just under $7-million per season, and I can’t see Montreal tossing around that kind of cash for what would essentially be an insurance goaltender in a couple of years. Would Huet consider singning for less than market value short term? I see no evidence that he would, considering that the writing is essentially on the wall in regards to his future with the team. Price is the future; the Habs didn’t draft him 5th overall for nothing.

    If the evidence points to Huet not being part of the long-term picture, then you’ve got to turn your attention the the player that will be. If the growth plan for Price is to eventually take over the bulk of next year’s goaltending duties, and if the assumption is that there’s no realistic shot at the Cup for the Habs this season, then it makes perfect sense to give Price a head start on next year and get him experience against NHL talent and give him whatever workload he’s comfortable with. If he’s able to get us into the playoffs and win a round, fine. Any experience that he can get now will only enhance his growth for next year.

    By the way, I feel the same when it comes to the young position players, too. Make sure that all of the young guys that have realistic shots at being on next year’s squad (Chipchura, Valentenko?) get their fair taste of action against the big boys to give them a head start on next year.

    The long-term growth and success of the team should take precident over any short-term aspirations. I don’t want the Habs to end up being a carbon-copy of the laffs.

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    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  175. The Teacher says:

    Great post.

  176. T-roy West says:

    Excellent post Chuck! Well thought out.

  177. T-roy West says:

    Damn, you always beat me Teach, lol!

  178. The Teacher says:

    You don’t need to scream :P

  179. nightmare_49 says:

    Kjdavid – Wasn’t it a few days ago that you said you were not going to take everything personally and argue and insult everybody that has a different opinion than you.

  180. The Teacher says:

    I second that. KJ, you’re going a tad overboard here ;)

  181. mrstewart61 says:

    Have you ever contradicted yourself or lied? We don’t have the right to call someone a liar, then insult them. Sounds hypocritical to me.

  182. Shiloh says:

    Contradicting a former opinion is not lying – your language really steps up the friction. I have been saying all year that Lats should be in Hamilton developing his skills. Last night he feathered a pass over to Dandenault that was magnificent – I hadn’t seen that from him before. Am I offering a contradictory observation to ones I made in the past? Yep. Is it a lie? No way.

  183. usversusthem says:

    Nods. Thirded.

  184. Kilgore Trout says:

    Nurse!

  185. wd40 says:

    i agree with you Shiloh. At 37 games, Huet is 8 games away from his “max” (the most he’s every played in a season) and therefore i expect him and Price to share the load the rest of the way in.

  186. 46_14_27 says:

    This game could have been very different. Alot of shots did not get to prce. Good thing. The defense played very well (thanks Kovalev) and the forwards did their part. Anyone but Dandenault would have made it 2 – 0.

    go Habs go

  187. 24 Cups says:

    If you’re going to play that game, then what about Koivu? He missed an empty net. Stuff happens in a game – we won.

    The Original 24 Cups

  188. Higgins21 says:

    Well, this really gives BG a lot of bargaining power. Huet joins Ryder on the expendable list.
    Mark this down. Feb. 16/08—the beginning of the Price regime in Montreal.

    Go Habs Go!

  189. martin says:

    too early guys we still need huet but halak i believe would fill in nicely. have some patience

  190. Higgins21 says:

    Need him to do what? Lace Carey’s skates?

  191. linp says:

    I notice that Price has improved quite a bit with his grove hand. He can freeze the puck fast and covers the top corner better.

  192. jjonahjameson says:

    price is still going down too much..its funny he wasn’t like that before meeting melancon…..this guy needs to be a stand up goalie i believe.

    o’byrne didn’t play much…why

  193. mrstewart61 says:

    I’d rather Kovalchuk than Hossa, but who said he’s miserable. Was he quoted somewhere? He’d cost a lot more than Hossa.

  194. POPS says:

    What about putting together a package for Kovalchuk?We have the youth to do it and the guy is miserable in ATL.I would rather see him than Hossa in a Habs jersey!Why not pick up Holik in the same deal?We will sweep Philly…5-2 Saturday and 4-1 Sunday!!!!

  195. A. Berke says:

    Two points POPS:

    1- How many players and draft picks will Kovalchuk going to cost us (assuming that ATL will part ways with him)?
    I personally wouldn’t like to lose the farm for one good player. A single good player can not win championships by himself (winning games? yes of course, winning championships? not likely). I’d rather have a solid and balanced team without a superstar.

    2- Every time someone here makes a “sweep” prediction we usually end up losing the game. No need to jinx it. I’d rather rejoice each and every win fully after the game (call me cautious).

    Besides we (posters) are not playing and we don’t have the inside track to the result either. I’m not trying to be condescending nor preaching but, IMHO, a language more or less in the lines of: “I wish we win tonight” or something to that effect may be more appropriate.

    I do appreciate your enthusiasm though and hope that your prediction comes true.

    cheers,

    Ali B.

  196. mrstewart61 says:

    Negative people live shorter lives than positive people!

    THAT’S A FACT!!

  197. ClaytonM says:

    I thought laffs fans didn’t know what a power play was.

  198. mrstewart61 says:

    it should be “you’re” not smart enough…

  199. Shiloh says:

    How about the Ice Warrior? This is a nod to his Aboriginal roots.

  200. HabfaninKentucky says:

    The Price is right, the Carey Price era has begun

  201. rogus says:

    to all the Price doubters out there…Cristbal’s softie per game wouldn’t have won for the Habs tonight…and that is a fact!

  202. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I was watching CBC after the game and Ron McLean was sympathetic to the Flyers telling Don Cherry that when a team like the Flyers is trying to stop a losing skid, the other goalie turns into a Jacque Plante. What an A..HOLE.

  203. Sulemaan says:

    Nothing like having words put in your mouth, eh? Some posts I just ignore.

    Anyways, hell of a game by Price tonight. This kid is the future of the team for sure. You build championship teams with solid goaltending and defense.

  204. Sulemaan says:

    I have to agree that there were some games where Ryder played well (without scoring a goal) and the he got benched the next game and it left me scratching my head. It’s almost like a repeat of Samsonov last year. Although, there have been other games I’ve seen where Carbo gave Ryder a lot of ice-team, time on PP and he did nothing. Tough situation for sure.

  205. NightRyder says:

    What’s most exciting is seeing the guys our scouts have selected actually doing something – and actually getting a fair shake – for a change. Price and Kostitsyn and Komisarek etc. sure make it a lot easier to succeed than the Brad Browns and Lindsay Vallises and Alain Herouxs of the world. Good scouting and good drafting will bring us back to our rightful place. Trevor Timmins deserves a pat on the back.

  206. HNS says:

    Koivu,Higgins and a couple of others are still snakebit in their ability to finish off their plays as of late. I’m hopefull the playoffs will bring a new mojo for these guys so our scoring machine gets back on track. Price was priceless tonite. GO HABS GO!!!

  207. MCHC24 says:

    Brothers…Please have some faith.
    Young team…young staff..old pressures.

    “kneejerking” is for Leaf-landers.

    59 games in and we are fighting for 1st in the East. If memory serves we were not here last year.

    I for one am throwing my lot with Bob, Trevor and Guy. Blue, White and Red…indeed!

    Tied with Ottawa 24 hours from now? My tea leaves say…YES!

  208. rogus says:

    ummm what he meant was the other goalie is “the one and only Carey Price”
    This was another history making night in Carey’s young career!!! Believe the hype! Once Price’s roomie gets here it’s showtime, yes Chipchura will be here for the playoffs!

  209. Higgins21 says:

    I’m sure that Price will start tomorrow. If not, why not?

  210. MCHC24 says:

    I’m a huge fan of price but the fact reamins we NEED #39 for a playoff run.
    He’s in a hole right now and the only way out is with ice time and a team willing to fight in front of him….that sounds to me like Huet should get the tap in PA.

  211. Shobud says:

    I agree This back to back bull**** gets me.. Marty plays back to back to back to back If a guy gets tired after one game get rid of him.

  212. 1010 says:

    Ron McLean is a bigger ass@&$* than Cherry ever thoght of being. I’ve been saying it for years. Last week on coaches’ corner, when Don was praising Kovalev, McLean cut in and ask Don if Kovalev didn’t just look good cause he was playing with Pleks and Kost. Don just looked at him like he was an idiot and kept talking. He’s the biggest Habs hater on CBC.

    GO HABS.

  213. The Teacher says:

    Huet tomorrow, Price Tues vs. NYR and Thurs vs. Pitts. We’ll see Huet back in against Columbus next Saturday.

  214. Shobud says:

    Yes and lose games.. Poor Huet.. We will not worry about winning so he can play

  215. bidds55 says:

    I think Carey Price is freaking amazing! But let’s not evict Huet just yet. Let’s not forget that even the great Patrick Roy, had a solid backup in Brian Hayward for a good part of his time in Montreal. The real question though, is whether or not Halak can be as good as Huet, and be Price’s back up. If Gainey believes yes, then fine, we can move Huet, but if not, then I think Huet needs to be re-signed, and Halak traded.

  216. Erik says:

    Great win Nice goal by kosty. I am pumped for the game tommorow!

  217. wd40 says:

    as i sit here after a satisfying victory watching the vancouver/oilers game, i’m fairly certain of two things: 1) huet in nets tomorrow, 2) for-fact-sakes will be ranting tomorrow about the philly goal that got called off. :)

    will we ever see ryder in a habs uniform again?

  218. Sulemaan says:

    Thoughts from the peanut gallery. Here are my five cents:

    (1) There is no goaltending controversy. Why? Because it wasn’t so long ago that Price wasn’t playing well and got shipped down to Hamilton. Huet stepped in and played well long enough for Price to get his mojo (confidence) back. It’s a blessing that we have two goaltenders that can play.

    It’s awesome that Price got (the first of many) shutout tonight but he’s still 20 years old and just starting his career. I don’t think it hurts to have a veteran like Huet there.

    The exception being that the team can sign him to a reasonable contract that doesn’t have a major salary cap hit. Otherwise the might have to trade Huet unless Gainey feels keeping him is worth the risk.

    (2) The Lapierre, Latendresse and Dandenault played pretty good tonight. I’d like to see them together again tomorrow night.

    (3) Brisebois can stay in the press box another night. Ryder can stay with him as well. No one played badly tonight so they have to remain seated. I would like to see Begin back in the lineup but he’ll have to wait for his chance as well.

    (4) It’s a relief to see Hamrlik back on defence. It has become very clear how important he is to the team while he was out of the lineup.

    (5) I’ve said this before but will say it again – the Kovalev line is outstanding. For the first time in years there is a line that is a joy to watch which play for the Habs and terrifies the opposing team.

  219. The Teacher says:

    LMAO it matched Jason M’s avatar also!

    does he know something we don’t?

    Does OB prefer pink?

  220. Y says:

    Price : Hey Ryan, we found the purse you “lost” !

  221. ebk says:

    Begin in, ryder in, streit back on d and dandenault and gorges watch from the press box. at the very least ryder for dandenault.

  222. The Teacher says:

    I’ve been waiting for it!

    Good post. No controversy, a career is longer than one shutout, just ask Yan Danis.

    Defense looks much more solid without the Breezer. Everyone played well I agree, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    But I think Huet is getting the start demain.

  223. Shiloh says:

    I really liked O’Byrne out there tonight. Can you imagine if he keeps improving?

  224. RudeMood19 says:

    my dad, who’s also a big habs fan, told me that if O’Byrne is found guilty of grand theft or whatever, he can’t enter the US or something. That is going to suck if that happens since he’ll be one of our top 4 D in coming years.

    O’Byrne is really good and he’s tough. He’s a bigger version of Komisarek, which seemingly can’t be bad right lol.

    With regard to the game tonight, on RDS it said he played only like 21 seconds on the 3rd or something. Why was that? Any insights?

  225. MCHC24 says:

    I totally are agree re #71 and #73.

    Go with the go’ers including #39.

    2 points are 2 points..and for bragging rights alone, I would love to hammer the Sens fans I know that “Coroneted” themselves back in November.
    As I live in Ottawa there are quite a few “new’ fans….

  226. RiverviewCanadien says:

    WOW….I did not think it would come until playoffs (Playoff Price)

    PRICE IS ICE…and the wall has thickened
    GO HABS GO!

  227. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I agree…Huet, buy him for a good price, and he WILL stay. I have always liked the heart of Lapierre. Hammy is muchly needed always and the AK46-TP14-AK27 line is wicked…

  228. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If Bob Probert could play in the States with major cocaine convictions ,chance are real good for O’byrne,now if troubles happen to a commoner like you and I…no Disneyland!

  229. planet habs says:

    2 nicknames for Price: Mr. Right, or the Ice Man. which is more fitting?

  230. NightRyder says:

    There is ZERO chance Huet will be back next year. Unless he wants to make 1.5M a year playing 20 games as Price’s backup.

  231. Sulemaan says:

    Don’t get me wrong Dean – I like Ryder but if he’s not producing (scoring goals) then it’s tough for him to play. If it’s any consolation, I’d much rather see him in the lineup before Brisebois. I’d like nothing more than to see Koivu, Ryder and Higgins clicking.

  232. The Teacher says:

    Ryder has gotten shafted this year. I think Sulemaan agrees with that as well. But at this point, we’re winning so don’t expect to see changes, except maybe Huet in for Price.

  233. POPS says:

    HNIC during the second intermission reported that Lecavalier has informed the team that he would like a move to a bigger market and if it doesn’t happen at the deadline than he will request a deal in the summer.WOW!Is he coming?Price was fantastic, hope he plays in Philly!!GOHABSGO!!!!!!!!

  234. teamplayer says:

    i missed it, when did the purse get tossed on the ice?

  235. Jonnyboy says:

    The source was weak, it claimed other things that were unlikly.

  236. Jonnyboy says:

    Its a new change though.

  237. JasonM says:

    Something interesting :

    Price may have secured his first career shutout but his souvenir puck has gone AWOL thanks to public enemy No. 1, Daniel Briere, who decided to flip the game puck into the stands after the final siren sounded. It’s safe to assume that Price wouldn’t mind having the missing puck back should the lucky fan who caught not have already put it up on Ebay.

  238. Spartan117 says:

    Vote 1 for Ice Man…its got a stone cold superhero feel to it :P

  239. Spartan117 says:

    Great Win, Solid goaltending, Excellent Defence, Very good effort by all lines (tho Koivu had that open net,….only bad part of game)
    Id just liek to point out that 2 games ago everyone was saying “no playoffs, we suck..bla bla, trade all these players etc etc, and then 2 wins later everything changes…look guys u guys are great but dont think the world is fixed after one game, price was good and is good, but huet is still number 1, so dont count him out yet.

    Ryder should come in, keep Breezy out..forever, Latendresse out, Begin in(we could use some fire from him)

    LES HABITANTS JUSQU’AU BOUT

  240. G-Man says:

    Habs won = no line up changes.

    Gilbert

  241. G-Man says:

    Baaaa! Baaa!

    Gilbert

  242. CHsam says:

    Doesn’t matter if Huet is playing well or not, I hope he’s planning a move to another team. Because it would be foolish for him to think that he would stay with the Habs. That could be possible in the end, you never know.. Really though, he should know that the organization is pinning their faith in Price. That’s just obvious.

  243. CHsam says:

    Man. Ron may think he knows something about hockey cause he can skate, grew up playing hockey, and is the host of HNIC… But now that I think about it, Ron is really a weasel (spl?) type of personality. Of course he leads Cherry down the path and goads him around. And thats why he’ll say stuff about Kovy or natives. Because he knows that Cherry’s response will make him look good, so I don’t blame Cherry for ignoring Ron on that question about Ak27.

    And you know, in the end, as much as we get fed up with Don and his embellishments, its really Ron and his “but don’t you see what I see?”

    I thank Keith’s Lager for the inspiration. =)

  244. Barts says:

    TSN calls Kostitsyn’s goal a ‘circus goal’. Great analysis coming from a bunch of clowns. Ovechkin does it and it’s magic. Kostitsyn’s marker is every bit as impressive and maybe more.

  245. jimbo says:

    Sorry I disappointed you with my late response but I’m hung over from partying last night after realizing you’re right.After Price won his first game back from the A I was a little nervous but after winning 2 in a row.Now that’s unheard of ,anybody ever doing that before.And with a shut out.Jesus have mercy.
    Now that i’m on board I have a few other moves to clear out some room for the youngsters.Kovalev never scored last night and he has a history of of disappearing(last year)and with Grabovski tearing it up in the A ,let’s ship him out too.Komi playing all that time in the third and stunting the developement of his understudy “clepto”.Let the youngsters play.Christ Guy,Bob,Wake up.We’re battling for first in the east and you two are doing nothing for the developements of the players for next year when the dead weight are gone.
    Sorry for the long post.Still drunk I think

  246. The Teacher says:

    LMAO!

    You couldn’t find any facts to complain about eh?

    And if all else fails, pick on CBC. Hahaha you are the funniest guy!

    Here’s one for you

    Carey Price- 34 saves, shutout….FACT

    A. Kostitsyn- Ovechkinian move, confirmed by Boone (he was at the Bell) 2 hours after the fact. We just love the word “fact” around here don’t we?

    Habs win at home..again! – FACT

    Habs are two points behind #1 seed – FACT

    Get your facts straight.

  247. NightRyder says:

    Price is our future. Most goalies play better without having to look over their shoulder. If Huet is here longer than another week or so, I will be surprised.

  248. Higgins21 says:

    What a difference Hamrlik makes. With him and O’Byrne in and no Brisebois and Streit as a forward, the Habs are a formidable defensive team.

  249. jjonahjameson says:

    hamrlik is crucial to the success of this team…….

    what a penalty kill with the two best d-men in the box.

    price won alot of fans tonight…..koivu is slowing down every game, i really feel for the guy

  250. martin says:

    you guys are rough. higgins has done what lately? maybe he should be gone in the big trade everyone thinks is coming.price is gonna be the man soon enough.

  251. Higgins21 says:

    All the penalties in the third period led to O’Byrne not seeing much ice-time. He doesn’t play on either special team.

  252. The Teacher says:

    Umm, he didn’t go down much at all today before the shot was taken, played perfectly.

    watch the replays.

  253. The Teacher says:

    Good point.

  254. Shiloh says:

    I agree. I saw him in Hamilton his first game down and he was going down too quickly then. He looked so much bigger in net tonight – and his positioning was excellent too.

  255. Shiloh says:

    I’m a huge AK46 fan. I think my “concerns” about Latendresse intensified when Carbo benched Andrei for a few games and let Lats carry on out there even though AK was playing much better than Lats. That was my tipping point.

  256. Mr.Hazard says:

    To be the amazing goalie he is.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  257. Mr.Hazard says:

    We’re never gonna get enough of purse jokes are we?

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  258. Higgins21 says:

    Only if you look for them.

  259. Higgins21 says:

    I agree with your comments except that I thought Koivu was decent tonight. Sure, he’s had a tough time but I expect he’ll be there when it matters.

  260. Shobud says:

    I agree.. He even drew a couple of penalties.. I know he missed that open net but thats what happens when you are fighting a slump

  261. Shobud says:

    Something I don’t understand,,Price has 34 saves with about five min. to go They push him into the net after he stoped a shot Kovi saved a goal after price stoped a shot.. They bang away at the puck for about thirty seconds yet he still has 34 saves..Something ain’t right somewhere

  262. nightmare_49 says:

    The Hamilton Dawgs beat toronto marlies 7 to 4. A hat trick for Grabovski and two goals for Mathieu Carle while singles for D’Agostini and Baines. Yann Danis stopped 24 of 28 for the win. 1st star – Grabovski 2nd star – D’Agostini 3rd star – Carle.

  263. Blitzen says:

    Rumor (singular) started by Al Strachan. Otherwise known as “bullcrap”.

  264. coutNY says:

    Rumors flying around that Lecavileir might want out of Tampa by the summer… looking to go to a big market team as Montreal as one of the possible destinations. So do we go after a big fish now and all but garentee no Vinny which may be BS anyway or do we get someone to increase our playoff chance? Or get role player help and forget the Big fish? Or get role help and go after Vinny in the summer?

    Both big fish would seem to have steep consequences with giving up prospects and picks.

  265. N.B.habs fan says:

    Hi country..I would wait and take my chances to get Vinny.GO HABS GO.

  266. habfan53 says:

    As I said earlier, I don’t think there is a player or two out there who can take Montreal to the cup THIS YEAR.
    The next 23 games are going to be like a playoff of sorts for the young players let them learn from it.

    Meantime Ryder, Smolinski, Dandenault, Begin and one of Halak or Huet will not figure in Montreal’s plans for next year so go and get someone or something for them. Personally I would try to keep Huet.
    I also think Chipchura is ready to take over for Lapierre.
    In the off season sign Kotsysin, Gorges and O’Byrne (RFA’s)
    Then go after a top 6 forward, a #5 defenceman and a backup for Price.

    Last night was a good game PRICE played well although I am not ready to annoint hime quite yet. Tonights game however will be the test, They are playing in Philly, the Flyers have lost 6 straight, Montreal is 9-1-1 aginst Philly in the last 11 games AND they are now fighting for their playoff lives.

  267. Mr.Hazard says:

    The decision to play Huet or Price shouldn’t be so hard! Price is playing good now, play him! We have back-to-back games this weekend, Price might not be up for two in two nights, play Huet! It’s not my decision I’m nor worrying about it!

    Game’s on CBC tomorrow, hurrah, I don’t have to go somewhere else to watch it.
    GO HABS.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  268. G-Man says:

    AK46 scores what may be the most spectacular Habs goal of the season and Price earns his first shutout. Both events against the goon squad called the Flyers. It doesn’t get much better than that.
    I thought the Habs should have won by 3 or 4 because of all the missed chances so that bodes well for tonight’s rematch. Let’s sweep the cheap shot-oriented bleepers!

    Gilbert

  269. habfan53 says:

    What you don’t think the Flyers missed chances too????

  270. Blitzen says:

    Prediction for tonight:

    The boys on both sides will come out flying again and we’ll weather the storm again in the early going. After that however, we will take over and dominate the game. I’m thinking 4-1 Habs.

  271. wd40 says:

    i like how you think. it’s hard to imagine the Habs can whiff on so many golden opportunities again tonight.

  272. 24 Cups says:

    Blitzen – I’d also like to see us connect a little more on our PP chances. Little less fancy dan and a little more shooting. Wonder if we will face Biron tonight?

    The Original 24 Cups

  273. Blitzen says:

    Now I may be wrong but I think Kjdavid likes Price. If there was a Price Bible, he’d be John the Baptist.

  274. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Great game and great goal by AK!
    Great goaltending by PRICE!
    Great effort and chemistry by the TEAM…glad to see KOMI is back with his komikazi hits….lineup should stay the same…INCLUDING PRICE.

    but it would be a wakeup call to the league if we went into philly now and beat them with HUET.
    ———
    1. AK47′s GOAL on par with GREEDCKHIN
    1. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    2. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    3. Your’re not a Hab fan till you watch & UNDERSTAND “The Rocket”
    4. We will win the CUP in 2009

  275. T-roy West says:

    What we can get for Huet in a trade now is worth more to us then having him playing for us. I only say that because his contract is almost up and because I believe that between Price and Halak, they can handle it this year. Besides, your not much of a number one goalie if you get tired easily and are not able to play three quarters of the games. Komisarek logs a lot of minutes a game and takes a lot of physical abuse and he plays every game. If he can, Huet should be able to.

  276. POPS says:

    Huet to L.A.,Chicago,S.J.,or Detroit…what about T.B. or Pittsburgh?

  277. RetroMikey says:

    Cristobal Huet is still our No.1 goalie….but don’t be surprised if Carey Price be named our No.1 goalie heading into the playoffs.

    Young guns like D’Agostini, Grabovski, Chipchura, Valentenko are playing well in Hamilton…the kids are doing all right. The future looks bright, we just have to be patient. We’re going be all right for years to come. We don’t need old baggage in Hossa, Perrreault, for short term results, just for us to get rid of some old ones on our team to get fresh young baggage willing to stay in Montreal for years to come.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  278. Smart Dog says:

    Hey Folks! Exciting game. GREAT goal by Kostitsyn – he’s making it hard to decide if he or Plekanec is my favorite hab. And Price really was just unstoppable. He talked about puck tracking after the game. That’s what he did – puck tracked all night…. where the puck was, he was. Incredible game. For those who were saying our goalies never steal a game – there’s TWO !

    I’m surprised Kovalev wasn’t one of the 3 stars. I would have said Price – Kovy – Kostitsyn. Kovalev was everywhere. It was also a fabulous game by Hamrlik and O’Byrne. Half the time when it was O’Byrne making the play, I thought it was a Komiserik hit or a Markov pass. This guy is damn good.

    Bodes well for the team. I hope Koivu gets his mojo back. C’mon Koivu – now’s the time to find your game again. We need you!

    Here’s hoping they keep that effort up for hte next one. And the line stays – unless smolinski suddenly comes down with the flu and needs to be quarantined for a few months ;)
    ________________________________________________________________
    Habs Fans! The FUTURE looks bright:
    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  279. Shobud says:

    I agree with you 100% and I think kovy deserved a star.. I might just see another cup before I die.. Could even be this year that we take it, but if not they are playing great hockey anyway.. I am one happy fan

  280. 24 Cups says:

    Blitzen – Strachan’s info pipeline dried up when Gretzky retired from playing in the NHL.

    The Original 24 Cups

  281. Blitzen says:

    We had two gaping net misses last night which, I would argue, would have killed the Flyers had they gone in. Tonight, they will.

  282. showey47 says:

    Carbo should ride the hot hand, price has stolen 2 consecutive games where he should of had 2 shutouts. This isn’t houseleague hockey where you rotate 2 goalies so nobody’s feelings get hurt. We are in a playoff race where every point matters. If Price drops the ball tonight then go back to huet on tuesday.

  283. wd40 says:

    true, and if you’re Philly, i don’t imagine the prospect of facing Price again is all that appealing. :)

  284. RetroMikey says:

    Kjdavid
    Don’t start any crap here by bashing me and others. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Keep the peace I say. Not sure I like you as well.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  285. habfan53 says:

    Carey was NHL’s 1st star last night.


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