Game 61: Habs win on miraculous comeback

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Happiness is a 6-5 comeback shootout victory. Canadiens goalie Cristobal Huet leaps into the arms of defenceman Mike Komisarek after the win.
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Incredible. Impossible. Unbelievable. Find your own adjective, folks.

The Canadiens scored five straight goals tonight to rally from a 5-0 deficit, then got a goal from Saku Koivu in the shootout and Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet stopped all three New York shooters, giving Montreal a 6-5 victory over the visiting Rangers.

Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev scored two goals apiece, with Mark Streit adding another before Koivu scored the only goal in the shootout, Huet stopping New York’s Brendan Shanahan, Chris Drury and Jaromir Jagr to seal the remarkable victory. It was the first time in the Canadiens’ 99-year history that the club has rallied from a 5-0 deficit to win a regular-season game, and the first time in their history that the Rangers had blown a five-goal lead to lose.

The win kept the Canadiens in a tie with Ottawa atop the NHL Eastern Conference with 75 points, although the Senators are listed first because they have more wins and a game in hand. Ottawa beat the hapless Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout tonight.

If the Canadiens owned Philadelphia this season, having swept the Flyers 4-0 in their series, the Rangers came into tonight’s game having beaten Montreal three times this year and seeking their first series sweep of the Habs since 2001-02.

The Rangers exploded for two first-period goals within a breath of each other. Brandon Dubinsky opened the scoring at 8:50 with a hard snap shot from the edge of the faceoff circle past the right pad of Carey Price, and off the draw, the Rangers rushed again, Sean Avery sneaking in behind a disorganized Canadiens defence to bang one past Price for the 2-0 lead at 9:04.

The bleeding didn’t soon stop. Shanahan made it 3-0 at 13:56, on the power play from close range, Kovalev having been sent off 15 seconds earlier for high-sticking.

That goal marked the end of an 11-shot night’s work for Price, who yielded the crease to Huet.

Montreal showed promise early in the second, but a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Christopher Higgins at 2:44 quickly deepened the hole, Shanahan scoring his second of the night at 4:35.

And then it was 5-0, Drury whipping home the Rangers’ fifth at 5:03 from in close during the second of Higgins’s minors. That was New York’s 10th unanswered goal on Montreal ice since 28 minutes into the teams’ most recent Bell Centre game on Feb. 3.

Ryder finally gave the home fans something to cheer about, taking a nice pass from Streit to rifle home his 10th of the season and second in as many games, beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist at 8:28.

Ryder, again, brought the crowd to its feet at 12:52, drilling in his second of the night off another pass from Streit. Good work by Maxim Lapierre and defenceman Ryan O’Byrne did the spadework on this one.

Fourteen minutes of goalless hockey evaporated with two lightning-fast Canadiens goals, Kovalev and Streit, deflecting in a Ryder shot that for a time looked like a hat-trick for the Newfoundlander, scoring at 6:43 and 6:52 of the third, practically bringing down the Bell Centre roof.

And then, the improbable/impossible: Kovalev’s second of the night on the power-play, a one-timer from his favourite faceoff-circle spot at 15:38, tied the game at 5-5. It was his 29th of the season. To a thrilling overtime, then the shootout.

History made, fans delirious, coaches drained. We’ll be critiquing the highs and lows of this one for months.

575 Comments

  1. Habhopeful says:

    I have a big feeling our secondary scoring will start to kick in, i dont know why but i feel koivu’s attitude is becoming more positive and that along with ryders strong game on sunday and if he keeps it up and higgins hard work every game (hopefully he can pot some more), i think everything should start coming together, call me crazy but i see it happening and if it doesn’t well…**** me

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  2. Habhopeful says:

    Hahahah good one but you cant really blame him lol

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  3. showey47 says:

    no kidding, it may explain why he has no legs to play hockey also, lol

  4. OldGrover says:

    I think it is a tough call between Huet and Price, but I’m leading to Price. But I have to disagree with you about that last goal in the Carolina series – I don’t think you can blame Huet for that. That was a knuckleball, tough to predict and stop – blame Rivet if you like, though.

    And Huet got us into the playoffs that year. Credit where credit is due.

  5. wd40 says:

    let’s hope not. Carbo’s comments this morning were right on track as far as I’m concerned, i.e. “we haven’t done anything yet”.

  6. OldGrover says:

    The last few games sure helped, but our penalty kill has been climbing out of the mid-twenties basically since early January – the team has really turned it around. In the last few months, I’d say we’ve been in the top 10 in the league – our season record is dragged down by the awful start our penalty kill had. It’s a good thing to have improved on heading into the playoffs! Now we just have to sort out faceoffs…

  7. Habhopeful says:

    Holy crap Latendresse is a lucky guy man!!! wowzers! lol

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  8. OldGrover says:

    My understanding is that he can play wing as well, which might be an option. I don’t think he’d be good in a 3rd or 4th line role, though – he needs top 6 time or there’s not much point. And I don’t think we have the room.

    I loved watching the guy, though – his speed is breathtaking. I’d love to see him find a spot.

  9. Rastaman says:

    I see where our penalty kill has climbed to 14th in the league. Pretty sure we were in the mid 20’s a week or two ago. You always hear that your best penalty killer has to be your goalie. Has Price had this much of an effect in 3-4 games?

  10. Robert L says:

    Guillaume Latendresse must be a happy Hab camper these days. Not only is his Canadiens family feeling the bond of winning, but his personal family is also on a streak of good fortune.

    Can you say…Dada!

    http://wwwrealitycheckeyesontheprize.blogspot.com/2008/02/latendresse-feeling-in-family-way.html

  11. Mr.Hazard says:

    “Team leaders: Kovalev, Kovalev, Kovalev, Kovalev…”

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  12. Habs_008 says:

    Thank you. It’s Bobby G nite as well, this is my second hab game of the season. The first i saw Price beat the laffs in OT. That was in T.O. I have never seen Huet play live before. If Price keeps winning i may never see Huet play. Ohh well as long as we win.

  13. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    don’t forget Latron…he has been hitting also..
    ———
    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

  14. Habs_008 says:

    Not to rub salt in it, but i will be in MTL on Saturday nite to watch les Canadiens contra les blue jackets de columbus! Cant wait!

  15. The Teacher says:

    I didn’t read the journal today,but that is verrry interesting ;)

  16. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    I have a

    baaaad

    feeling about tonight’s game.

    I hope my Habs don’t feel that they’ve done enough after the weekend…

  17. Shobud says:

    Yes Rub it in.. We don’t care very much..I think I will cry LOL

  18. PPQB says:

    I agree. I play goalie and knucklepucks are the WORST shots to handle. They seem to have minds of their own. They look as though they’re heading right into the glove, and then outta nowhere the red light behind ya comes on and you’re like “WTF? How’d that happen?” It sucks.

  19. Shobud says:

    Enjoy it.. Hope its a great game for you

  20. JF says:

    Not sure I agree about Huet. He hasn’t really shown that he can carry the team if necessary, steal games, make saves at critical moments. I’m not sure he has the mental toughness necessary for the playoff run. It’s hard to forget the goal which ended the Carolina series two years ago – a deflection at the point of the shot, just inside the blueline. He should have stopped that. The last few games Price is showing flashes of the concentration and toughness a goalie needs in the playoffs. If he continues to do so, he’ll be the man. I’d guess Carbo will go with him until he has a bad game.

  21. 24 Cups says:

    The Habs need bigger centres but I worry about giving this guy away. It could be Ribeiro all over again. Is there any chance he can play the wing? Or next year, Lapierre could play right wing and Grabs could play centre on a third line. I wonder what he’s like on faceoffs? Is he coachable or is he a hotdog?

    The Original 24 Cups

  22. coutNY says:

    Grabovski named the AHL's player of week. recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points in four games for the Bulldogs last week.
    Continue Reading

    Seems to have recovered from his injury…

  23. Shobud says:

    You have got to be kidding..You want to get knocked in the first round..

  24. showey47 says:

    Agreed, its about winning games so play the hot hand down the stretch. Huet has played 6 playoff games, not exactly a reason to automatically give huet the starting job in the playoffs. Huet will be gone somewhere between the last week of feb. to july 1st. So why not give price the playoff experience instead of someone who won’t be here next season.

  25. PPQB says:

    “Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post”<—–brilliant!!!

  26. RS says:

    Pavel Valentenko is out, possibly for a month, with a shoulder injury.

  27. TradeRyder says:

    Amen brother!

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

  28. Will Longlade says:

    Why would you think that Huet has to be the playoff goalie? Carbo has shown a tendency to go with the hot hand in goal all season w/the underlying logic being to win as many games as possible. If Price plays better than Huet in the final quarter of the season, he will get the call and they will ride him for all he’s worth. I for one would be ex. comfortable with this decision and quite willing to live with the consequences.

  29. wd40 says:

    oh man, lucky you! enjoy!!

  30. Habs_008 says:

    I like it.

  31. POPS says:

    Habs will dominate tonight!Price is stealing games and this is exactly what this team has needed all year!Kovalev will rock!5-1 Habs!The PK is improving and that in combination with the PP means more wins!Watch out Sens here comes the only Canadian team with the gusto to get to the finals and win!!!!!!!!

  32. WestHab says:

    I’m in town and in the Bell for this one…

    Go Habs GO!!

  33. Exit716 says:

    It will be an interesting opening six or seven minutes to see if the Rangers try and run the Habs out of the rink

  34. Richard B says:

    I’d think they are trying to give Price some games before Huet comes back to get ready for the playoff run.
    You got to think that Huet is going to be the playoff goalie. Also, when they brought Price back up they said he needed to play a lot of games for development.
    As Huet has never played for a full season on his own, management probably figured he needed a rest…and as Price has been doing so well, y not let Huet get the rest and let Price play his needed NHL games.

    I will be very surprised if Huet is not the man in the final 15 games and the playoffs.

  35. habfan53 says:

    Gee Bob brings in Sergei and it kick starts Andrei. Do you think it might work for Latendresse too??
    He has 14 goals now with a push he could finish with 25.

  36. Blitzen says:

    Laps and Bégin HAVE to play like they did the last game. In fact the 3rd and 4th lines have to be lights out again. If they are and Price is decent, we more than likely have a great shot.

  37. rogus says:

    A definite change from the start of the year, when you couldn’t buy a hit! That increased toughness and team play will help more than adding a rental at the deadline.

  38. habby_kimchi_guy says:

    I hope they come out skating like they did against Philly (could have easily have been more than 5-3). I hope Montreal can snap the skid against the Rangers, 4-2 Montreal.

  39. Blitzen says:

    Not sure if anyone has posted this yet but Price is in nets tonight.

    This therefore could be the official beginning of the Price era. If he stones the Rangers, then Carbo will have to keep playing him more than Huet.

  40. G-Man says:

    Have a great time, Westhab.

    Gilbert

  41. rogus says:

    Twister! LMAO

  42. Scotty90 says:

    There was a time when we were pretty shallow in the hitting dept on D. Komi has made it very hazardous for opponents skating up the wing, but now he has help with Bouillon hittin everything in site, Markov has a couple of big hits in his last two outings, O’Byrne is making his presence felt (literally), Hammer can dish out bone crushers, Jorges is pitching in and even Streit has thrown a couple. The message is out… ‘cross the blue line at your own risk’. I’ve also seen more hitting from Higgins and Ryder up front. SKosti… has the heart of a lion and can deliver the big hits despite his size. And Price…. see him push out the thug from his crease? We have the makings of a tough competive team and I am loving it. Keep up the good work guys!

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  44. Blitzen says:

    Looks like Chris Neil might miss the Ottawa game tonight against the Flyers. He has the flu!

    Missing their heart, let’s hope the Sens fold like a lawn chair.
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  45. HKisses says:

    Your an idiot….. Begin is smaller(weight)and hits better and gave a flyer a concussion…
    ——————
    Steve Begin –LW– 29– 6-0– 193

    Tom Kostopoulos– RW– 29– 6-0– 205

  46. Bouleau noir says:

    Good analysis.

    I love playmaker, they make creativity a palpable affair for us mortal.

    I am curious about how you can foresee seing SK being a 40 goal scorer one day ?

    What I see from him for now is the potential to be one of the best playmaker around,… the like of Andre Savard, Ribeiro or Koivu… you know the ones who can average a point a game throughout a season with 3 out of 4 points being passes.

    In that respect I wonder if his skills will not be even more usefull if he was playing as a center,… this would be our luck if so possible because our lost of Ribs combined with the unpredictable state of Koivu’s energy level in the very near futur could leave us very thin at a position where it would hurt us to be in no uncertain way.

  47. Bouleau noir says:

    Carbo wouldn’t disagree with such a line of thought.

  48. Blitzen says:

    And the Flyers aren’t physical? Kosto wasn’t in that game and we did just fine. We put 45 hits on the Flyers, some of which were crushing. After seeing this, I guarantee you that the Rangers won’t be coming in thinking they’ll certainly manhandle us.

    We’re in for a treat tonight…

    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  49. planet habs says:

    Why isn’t Kostopoulos in the lineup tonight? this guy is the only forward that’s physical.Carbo is an idiot! Carbo didn’t learn his lesson from the last meeting with NY. WE NEED GUYS WHO CAN HIT! NYR ARE A PHYSICAL TEAM! Dandeneault is in. unbelievable! guess Carbo wants to lose.

  50. G-Man says:

    I’m agreeing with a lot of the positive posts today. (About time, eh?) Habs must come out strong and dominate the game for 60 minutes. No time off for good behavior. Keep sending the same message all night: if you play the Habs, be ready to be outskated, out-hit and out-worked.
    To be even within spitting distance of #1 in the conference after 60 games is a remarkable achievement for this team. It’s nice to see people’s eyes light up now when I mention where the Habs are in the standings. It’s time to keep it up until the magic 100 point plateau is reached. Only 27 away. Whodathunkit?

    Gilbert

  51. Habhopeful says:

    I like the idea of having Skoz trying to feed ryder and ryder taking more oppurtinistic shots as soon as they come to him, i noticed it last game when skoz was passing, he is a good player to have on the point on the PP, he does have very good vision…

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  52. Shobud says:

    How true I am with you all the way

  53. HABZ 24 says:

    habs better not fall asleep at the wheel now that theyre home for a week.need strait at point for his shot not as forward.jagrs doggin it this season lets hope hes a no show tonight too.hope price is in tonite. go habz go!!

  54. krob1000 says:

    He is on the point on the pp because of his vision and his intelligence. His anticipation and speed is enough to rest Carbo’s mind (defensive forward anxieties)in case of a turnover and he can find the eye of a needle with a pass from 75 feet. IF and or when Streit is no longer a round I’d be surprised if Sergei doesn’t play the point on the top unit. Streit has a cannon that Sergei doesn’t but both are incredibly smart and confident (relaxed) at the pojnt with a defender six feet away at the top of the circles. This ability to not panic and try to make a hasty pass that may be bobbled or missed is a huge factor in our pp’s success. One little mistake can often cost 30 seconds on the pp. Markov is incredible as well (he is still the best). OUr pp is awesome because we maximize the time allotted with patience, skill, vision and anticipation. Sounds pretty simple eh??? only if you have the guys who can handle it…we have 2 units that can.

  55. Blitzen says:

    Can yo imagine being the winger killing the penalty facing Kovy on your left and SKoz on your right?

  56. showey47 says:

    Yeah it is planned, he did the same thing last season with the london knights when he played on the powerplay.

  57. Blitzen says:

    Dale Hunter was adamant that SKoz will be a superstar in the NHL. To him, it was a no-doubter: grit, scoring touch, decent speed and amazing playmaking. Imagine if they both click at the same time…anybody else notice that SKoz often ends up on the point on the PP? Not sure if this is planned but he has the hands to set guys up like you said.

  58. krob1000 says:

    I think A Kost can be a forty goal guy in the not so distant future. All training camp we ehard Carbo saying he was the best player on the ice and then he flopped for a few weeks, looked tentative much like Plekanec when he first arrived. It didn’t take him long to adjust though and voila he started living up to his advanced billing.

    Anyone else wonder why Sergei hasn’t played with Ryder after watching him slide one across to him on the powerplay last game. Sergei doesn’t pass the puck to palyers he passes to opportunities,sticks and shots. He is an incredible playmaker not just a passer. If you watch where Sergei’s passes are placed they are perfect and if a shot is possible and a seam is present he finds it…that is what a Ryder needs. Koivu is doing more dishing of this year (I did seen him feed Ryder several saucers early on this year and Ryder choked but they have been fewer and fewer as the season has progressed).

    Ryder may or may not be gone but I’d really like to see him just get a crack at playing with Sergei….I think we’d like the result. I know Ryder would be enthusiastic at the opportunity and if he knew might get a pass he’d get open more. Watch the guys when Sergei gets the puck in the offensive end….they know to get open and you can see them licking their chops because they know they’ll be rewarded with a pass (and one that is in their wheelhouse).

  59. Blitzen says:

    5-3 Habs with an empty-netter at the end. Game will be close all the way through but the Rangers won’t be able to manhandle us like last time. The two games against the Flyers were a great rehearsal for a hard-hitting game. I expect Bégin, Higgins and Laps to be flying tonight. Bouillon will continue to crush guys, something he wasn’t doing when we last played them. And Komi will be, well, Komi. I predict Shanny will get crushed on the boards tonight, more than once.

    So says NostrHabdamus.

  60. showey47 says:

    hamrlik was there, i think this was the last game he played before going down with the flu. But having a healthy hamr and the ryno will make a big difference for us tonight. The key for the habs is to match the rangers physical play while still playing their team speed and passing game and not get distracted by avery’s stupidity.

  61. Blitzen says:

    The problem is that, with so many teams still having playoff hopes, few of them will be willing to trade top guys who are signed in return for prospects and risk missing the playoffs after. Cept for the Laffs of course.

    Waddell is very much in that position. Not sure he will trade Hossa unless he rapes another team. I think Bob will wait for the next UFA crop and take his chances then, hoping that the team’s success will be a magnet.

  62. Shiloh says:

    LaSoftesse has hit nothing for the last dozen or so games.

  63. Blitzen says:

    Well they historically like to tell everyone how those running the Habs don’t know what they’re doing. That Gainey should sign francophones…yadda, yadda, yadda. The articles I read today talk about potential players available for trades and they don’t say what Bob should do. They say we’ll have to wait to see what Bob does. This is VERY different for them. There’s also an article on AKoz calling him the potential future superstar we have been looking for. This is also very different for guys who’ve made a living criticizing drafts.

  64. krob1000 says:

    Any guy that we should picking up would not be for this playoff alone. It would be a guy to help bolster our team for the next few years while we challenge (Koivu and Kovy aren’t getting any younger….neither is Hamrlik…these guys need support sooner than later). I am not sure why the trade deadline has to mean rental to everyone. It absolutely undeniable that Gainey has showed interest in HOSSA and others at this stage. IF we all believe in Gainey then we have to acknowledge the fact that he is looking into acquiring a big name either at the deadline or in the offseason. It is admirable of all who say stand pat,etc but how can everyone ignore the reality that we are looking. Gainey finally said it …..he tried to sign several guys last offseason…..it is a UNDENIABLE FOLKS ….we are looking for a top 30 in the league scoring forward …it is a good thing.

    For this year a guy like Gratton or Holik or the other guys I have heard tossed around as possible additions are interesting and would help…no doubt. The bigger need and we essentially have three cracks at it (this deadline, summer, next deadline) is for a top tier scorer. After next year Kovy and Koivu’s production is going to decrease and in all reality one of them probably won’t be with us unless they both take huge pay cuts. This is reality. This year, next year and the one after are our best three kicks at the can and Gainey knows it. He will not compromise enough to weaken us long term but fear not ….we are deep in prospects (everywhere but forward).

  65. HKisses says:

    What did the initial article say? and How was the tone changed ? more details iunno what your talken about..

  66. Blitzen says:

    I agree, ideally grit and a good face-off man.

  67. Blitzen says:

    Just reading Le Journal de Montréal. Interesting how the tone has drastically changed – I guess the crow has gotten firmly stuck in their throats. No article is saying that Bob should do this, or not do that. I think they’re all worried to be shown wrong again.

  68. krob1000 says:

    Mental state???? I thought being mental was a state…my home state. Wait…. I am Canadian….I am Canadien……guess you’re all right I am messed up….oh well…. good luck to the Habs and to Gainey as he his in the midst of a GM playoff series in Florida.

  69. Will Longlade says:

    There are many considerations that come into play when a decision such as picking up an “A” player prior to the trade deadline are made. IMO the Habs would be wise to avoid the Hossa’s and the Havlat’s and try to pick up a player who can address the team’s real need. Some additional grit for the playoffs.

  70. Bouleau noir says:

    Hight level hochey quarantied tonight,… good time for hochey, good time to be ‘ un amateur du Canadien’.

    Last time was a pretty physical game where we saw Kovalev knocking out a Ranger and Bouillon fighting with Colton Orr,… I guess we should expect this game to be a pretty physical contest once again,.. not a problem as we are bigger today than we were when we last played them,… O’Byrne wasn’t there, possibly Hamrlik was missing as well….. Brisebois wont be missed.. maybe by the Rangers but not by us.

    The Devils and the Canadiens are surprising a few people this year and I heard that they might be interested in “helping” each other out by doing a swap if nothing else happens,… NJ needs scoring and would take a chance on Ryder while Gainey would get David Clarkson in return…. Clarkson is 23 years old, has very good wheels and delivers hits on a constant basis… he fights too (135 minutes penalty)… equivalant player would be like Neil in Ottawa.

  71. Shiloh says:

    Latendresse will get 25 goals only if somebody bounces another 11 off his butt.

  72. krob1000 says:

    Sundin will be rental….he is going back to Toronto next year. Hossa will likely sign with who he is traded too if they are a contender. Jokinen has time on his contract at an affordable price. I don’t want any rentals…if Hossa is not signable I don’t want him at all. I am dead set against rentals.

  73. HKisses says:

    He’s smoking whatever FOR-FACTS-SAKE is smoking….

  74. 24 Cups says:

    kRob – and what would make you think that mixing up the location of a hockey game would be the only criteria for your self evaluation of your mental state today?:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  75. mrstewart61 says:

    I blame Ryder. He was the one trying to beat them 1-on-3 and gave up the puck (shudda dumped it in) while the team was on a line change.

  76. Richard B says:

    I suggested on here a while back that perhaps it was not Ryder that was the problem. Koivu and Higgins, are invisible regardless of where Ryder plays.

    Streit is the MAN!!!

    Great offensive defencnman, can play fwd. on either of the 4 lines. Has great vision. WOW.

    Striet plays a few shifts with Ryder and Boom.
    3 points each!

    I am not sure how Ryder will do going forward, but you have to love the play of Kovalev, Markov, Kommie, Streit, Hammer, Plecks and A. Kost.

    These 7 guys are stars and are the heart of the team as far as I am concerned.

  77. Ed says:

    That was one unbelievable game! It was interesting to read the comments on here as the game progressed. Some fans had the team written off, and some were saying things that were very uncomplimentary. You can’t blame those who thought we were going to lose, which makes the comeback even better. Some fans will criticize anyway, and some were honest enough to admit later on that they were wrong.

    RYDER – It was great to see him score for the 2nd game in a row, and to hear Kovalev credit him for the comeback. He did this playing a little over 12 minutes. Ryder is stronger than many give him credit for. I remember all the merciless booing he has taken from the Bell Centre fans this year, and one game they even booed his name in the pregame intros, even though he was a healthy scratch.

    KOMISAREK – I have to agree with Teacher, and anyone else who credits him with the comeback. He wanted to win, and was willing to pay the price. He provided the spark, which turned into an explosion for the team.

    FANS – After the 5th Ranger goal, RDS showed this sad young girl, with her hand on her jaw. You had to feel real sorry for her, as she looked devastated. I can just imagine how happy she was after the game was over, and she must feel on top of the world today.

  78. mrstewart61 says:

    Great win, but we need to reduce the shots on net. We have given up the 5th most shots-per-game. This is a team issue, not just the D-men. We’re 17th in GAA but 2nd in team save percentage. I hope there is an improvement before the playoffs.

    I love the fact that they never stopped skating – great character win. Even in the first period, IMO, they outskated the Rangers. I’d like to see a slight tweaking of the lines, though. I find that Koivu, Higgy and SK are too similar in styles to be on the same line. I’d put Lats on Koivu’s line (he seems to score with K, and they need a big body in front)and move Higgy to the Ryder/Lapierre trio. We’d have these lines:
    AK-Plek-Kovy
    Lats-Koivu-SK
    Higgy-Laps-Ryder
    Streit-Begin-Dandy/Kosto

    Note: Anyone interested in signing Jagr in the off-season?
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=230049&hubname=nhl

  79. wd40 says:

    i’ve got another poll (H I/O Poll #2) up on http://hiopolls.blogspot.com if anyone is interested. If you have any ideas for a poll, let me know. I was also thinking about one related to the trade deadline.

  80. TradeRyder says:

    Poll Ideas:
    – should we keep Ryder?
    – should we make a big trade?
    – who should be our starting tender next year?
    – who would we most want to play in the play-offs round 1
    – who would we most NOT “” “” “”
    – who is more responsible for the Habs success – Bob or Guy?
    – what do the habs most need – a power forward? a gritty center? a sniper?
    – who would you most protect in a trade: Ryder, Streit, Boulon, Lats
    – if you could have a super-power would you choose invisibility or time travel or flight?

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  81. mjames says:

    Your point, please ??????

    mjames

  82. Shobud says:

    Komi. will go if he has to..You see what happens when he does..He is in the penalty box from which he is no help..Don’t keep knocking a guy for been smart..I never wanted to trade Ryder or anyone else..I think the only two people on here are IAN and myself who said all along,don’t make a trade for anyone..Now people should realize what Chemistry is..It was mixed last night and you had your explosion..As for Price its part of learning.. If you read what I said yesterday about Huet it showed last night..He came into the game and did not look good till he told himself that was it.. No more and he shut them down after that..

  83. Shobud says:

    Wait for a few more games and watch Higgy take off too

  84. projectpete19 says:

    it wasnt Prices fault last night, the team in front of himw as bad and he was getting bombarded with shots. Huet didnt do any better until the team played better, he let in 2 goals while the team was playing like crap.

    Price got pulled too early

  85. projectpete19 says:

    here we go again, huet had nothing to do with that comeback.

  86. showey47 says:

    I think gainey pulled him in an attempt at a momentum switch, but you are right about saying its wasn’t price’s fault. He was left hung out to dry, the team let the rangers forward essentially walk in untouched and fire at will. If the habs played the first like they played the third it would of been an easy 4th straight win for price and he would be starting thursday.

  87. ColoradoHab says:

    Are you insane. He shut the door and made key saves when needed and then blanked the Rangers in the shootout. The the entire team deserves credit for a comeback like this. What kind of fan are you to say that Huet had no part in it? That is just disgusting.

  88. joe-hab-nuno says:

    I’d give a star to the fans, they let their unsatisfaction be known to the men in white and black, and let the men in red white and blue they were 100% behind them. I listened to the game online and can’t beleive how loud they were.

    To me that was the turning point of the game.

  89. habs12345 says:

    are you healthy

  90. Rogie30 says:

    Trade Gui,all he does is slow his line mates down.

  91. idle says:

    But Ryder has only played with Koivu and Higgins regularly at the start of the season and otherwise the lines have been changed often.

  92. wd40 says:

    TradeRyder, thanks for the ideas.

  93. idle says:

    Komisarek should have been willing to pay the price as he was as responsible as anyone else for the fact that they needed to come back. He was a dud on both of the first 2 goals and if that had been a certain other defencemen on this team they would have lynched him.

  94. NightRyder says:

    My favourite part is watching Ryder increase his trade value just at the right time!

  95. Rogie30 says:

    Probably why he played so good, seven days and counting.

  96. Rogie30 says:

    Helppp, I cant sleeeeep, any pills, lol.

  97. MPWRD42 says:

    Even though TSN (not surprisingly) had the Laffs game as their leadoff story instead of this one, I did find an interesting blog by Jay Onrait commenting on tonight’s game and raises the question on whether Ryder really should be traded or not…

    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/onrait/?id=230089

  98. The Teacher says:

    The city is on a high tonight. Plenty of midnight fires burning around La Ville de Montreal tonight.

  99. habfan53 says:

    Second best comeback I’ve seen by the HABS. Ironically the best was also against the Rangers. It was in the playoffs
    (I think ’68) The Rangers were up 4-0 I think, the Canadiens came back and won 7-5 then went on to win the CUP

  100. stephen says:

    Kudos to Christinne Muschi, the Reuters photographer who snapped that brilliant picture of Huet and Komisarek!

    Love the way this team has come together.

  101. Gormdog says:

    Jagr gets the third star of the game, but NHL.com gives him second star in the league for the night.

    Legace plays (loses) one more game and he gets first star of the week over Price, whose gave his team EXACTLY what they needed, and badly.

    Throw Ryder a bone, 2g 1a +2 2 ht in 12 minutes of ice time, with a jungle full of monkeys on his back. I think the league counteracts our hardcore-over-the-top-hab-centric-be-your-best-or-go-home-greatest-team-of-all-time views by turning a blind eye to many of our accomplishments.

  102. usversusthem says:

    Yeah, I saw that. Way to go, NHL.com. Four assists in the greatest loss in Rangers history does not a second star make. That ranking can suck it hard, Ryder or Kovalev deserved a spot and not Jagr.

  103. skoehn says:

    THAT MY HABS FANS I WHY YOU STILL NEED CRISTOBAL HUET BIGGEST SHOOT OUT SO FAR AND HE STOPPED THEN ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL YESSSSSSSS WOOOT WOOT WHAT A COMEBACK

  104. usversusthem says:

    Oh and I forgot to mention, he had an opportunity to at least extend the shootout, and failed. So…

  105. Chuck says:

    Yep… good thing Huet gave up those two extra goals to set up that 5-goal comeback. Without him, the Habs would have only had to erase a three goal lead. ;)

    Honestly, congrats to everyone on the team! Wonderful stuff!! The coolest visual of the game? When Ryder scored what was thought to be his third goal, along with all of the other hats raining down on the ice in celebration, Carey Price tosses his helmet onto the ice! Sweet!

    Way to go, Mike!

    Go Habs Go!!!
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  106. PGHABS says:

    Some notes:
    -AMAZING COMEBACK, WAHAHAHAHA
    -other than that, I wish i was there

  107. habs12345 says:

    all i can say to my bros is WWHHAATT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  108. G-Man says:

    This win was soooo sweet! The best thing about the win was the fans at BC. On RDS, they kept mentioning that even at 5-0, the fans did not leave. They rained boos down on the 2 blind zebras and I heard a “Go Habs Go” chant. This was at 5-0. In most other towns, the fans would have turned on their own, but not this TEAM, not this YEAR.
    Carbo and Gainey have something special brewing right here and right now. Can they improve the team through a trade? Maybe individually, but right now I ask “What’s to improve?”
    These players want to win it all, and are going to do anything to do it. Come back after being down? You betcha!

    Gilbert

  109. downeast hab says:

    Ryder; What can I say. When he scored his second goal, he had only played a little over six minutes compared to other players with their 11 and 12 minutes. Hopefully he will get get more icetime to prove his worth. And as sure as the pope is catholic, if he is traded he will flourish. Great game all around.

  110. TC says:

    The greatness of hockey is that when you least expect it something magical can happen. Last night’s game was one of those rare games that will be remembered for years to come.

    At this point, who knows what the future holds, but as of right now this feels like a special team. This morning the rest of the NHL (and most of all the smug Rangers) will have to wake up and take notice. If anybody has any questions about the Habs intestinal fortitude they were answered in spades last night.

    And while statistically the greatest comeback in Habs history I’m still partial to game two of the 1971 quarterfinals against the Bruins.

    But after last night who’s counting ??

    T.C.
    tc.denault@habsworld.net

  111. TradeRyder says:

    Ryder indeed made a case for himself last night. If he keeps playing like that, I might have to change my name to “dontyoudaretraderyder”. But let’s wait and see.

    Wow!
    – O’Byrne (a +3) and Gorges both played like veterans!
    – Komisarek shoulda had a star. Yes Ryder was the spark, but Komisarek was the explosion that rocked New York out of their comfort zone.
    – Higgins. Man are you snake-bitten. In the box for two Ranger goals and while the rest of the team was on fire, you couldn’t by a good pass let alone a goal.

    Un-Stars of the game:

    1. Breezer and Slackinski. Thanks for staying in the press box!
    2. The Refs. Maybe we should start calling them “Raffs” (rhymes with Laffs).
    3. RDS. For not showing the replay of Komiserik and why all the fans threw things on the ice even though it took them what seemed like hours to clean them up. I was in the kitchen for 15 seconds so still don’t know what happened and had to sit through ten minutes of shots of the rafters and empty ice wondering what happened?

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  112. Habster101 says:

    What a GAME!!!!!!

    this one goes out to all those who want to trade Ryder…

    to all those who doubted Kovalev after last season and wanted him traded…

    Montreal does not even need to make a trade this year, if we do it’ll only ruin the chemistry right now and become a giant mistake…

    I was very impressed with Markov’s play…loved what he did to Jagr behind the net….

    this team is a team to reconned with…they are a threat to the league now…teams fear us…we dont f*** around.

    -after tonights game I can feel the cup coming back home

  113. Habster101 says:

    DID YOU HERE THAT!!!!!!! KOVALEV SAID RYDER MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME….

    WOW

    oh wait….lets trade him, we can get Tangshite.

    what a joke

  114. Ed says:

    I posted this in Boone’s current thread as well, but I think it’s so funny, it’s worth a double post. Look at the 9:26 post in Boone’s thread for last night’s game. It was posted this morning & is the last one there right now. It is hilarious.

  115. Chuck says:

    You’ve got to love the comment by the guy that said that the game looked fixed because the crowd was cheering so loud. Sheesh…

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  116. Scotty90 says:

    Never say never RetroMikey! I believe Vinnie’s heart is in Montreal. I am sure he was very proud of playing ‘Le Gros Bill” in the Rocket! A few subtle comments were made by him over the past several months that have me wondering. And did you notice after he hit Kovi last week and Kovi responded, Vinnie could have very easily gone further… but he had a look on his face…. as if he was thinking…’hey, this is one of my future team-mates..let it go..’! Not to mention next year is the big anniversary year. And of course, we are getting to be serious contenders…. I think Vinnie would come to Montreal.. whether we can afford him.. i don’t know!

  117. mjames says:

    Spot on . I am in your camp – 100%!!!

    mjames

  118. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    COUNTNY – Retro…
    you are forgetting 3 VERY INTEGRAL COMPONENTS IN THE LECAV EQUATION:

    1. THE DESTINY OF THE HABS

    2. THE POWER OF MR. BELIVEAU

    3. THE DRIVE OF LECAV

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    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  119. Scotty90 says:

    I know… its hilarious! They probably think we have like canned cheering instead of canned laughter!

  120. krob1000 says:

    You can discount hockeybuzz if you would like (as I often do) but if Bob Mckenzie says it there has to be some truth and that is who he is quoting.
    http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=13469

  121. hhl says:

    great blog. this is where fan support comes to play down the stretch. this game means alot to the players when the fans back them up when they r down .this is what makes for the greatest fans in the game.and a great confidence boost for the players.when the fans pick it up a notch, the players do as well.they feed off the fans and vice versa.this team is going to be tough to play againts in the playoffs.go habs

  122. Ed says:

    Scotty, great quotes. I hope you don’t mind my adding another one. It contains praise for Montreal, and reminds me of the times we criticized Carbonneau for sitting back, and protecting a lead.

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    “You couldn’t have asked for more in terms of pace and action. The fact that the Rangers squandered a 5-0 lead is still somewhat beyond me and will go down as one of the most embarrassing losses of all time for them. But at least we showed some serious offensive power in the first half of the game. I give Montreal tons of credit for what they did. Much kudos to them.

    Now my question to all of you, and I posted this earlier, is wouldn’t you think that a game like this would break their backs? I mean, can we be comfortable with a 2,3,4,5-0 lead against any team now for the rest of the season? I think that coaching had most, if not all to do with the loss last night. It was obvious that the Rangers played ultra conservative. Someone put it best comparing it to football. They played a dime defense for the second half of the game. I blame that on Renney. He should have kept them going until it was 20-0. I hope this teaches him.”

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  123. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    VINNIE AND MR. Beliveau can make it happen.

    When he saw it was Kovalev, a player he respects, a jersey he respects, Lecav lowered his arm and from that moment I became a LECAV fan…and going forward I will always rally to get him on our TEAM…WHERE HE BELONGS.

    KOVALEV has the potential (although with age it may become limited) to rank himself among the greatest to don a Montreal Jersey…that alone is something that LECAV cannot achieve in his present state…but it is something that he DESIRES over all things….to hang his number beside Beliveau.

    THERE IS NOTHING LEFT IN FLORIDA EXCEPT SUNSHINE…LECAV IS DONE THERE.

    THE ONLY PLACE HE CAN GO TO SATISFY HIS CHAMPION ABILITIES IS THE HABS.

    TRUST ME >>>IT WILL HAPPEN.
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    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  124. habfan53 says:

    Pierre LeBrun at the GM meetings in Naples was saying at noon the Bob has been the most active GM talking, trying to land an impact player.

    For those out there saying a possible package could be Ryder, Dandenault and Begin (Here substitute, Smolinski,Brisebois,Huet all are UFA’s as is Ryder) for an impact player seriously would YOU make that trade??

  125. habfan53 says:

    I need some help from some old time Hab Fans. Earlier I said last night reminded me of an earlier comback against the Rangers in the playoffs that Montreal won 7-5 scoring 5 goals in the third.
    Can anybody help me with the year. I’m thinking “68 or ’69 because I remember watching the game in the TV secton of Pascal’s in the Fairview shopping centre

  126. Chuck says:

    Required viewing:

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=207187&cl=6517978&ch=240479&src=sports

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  127. KerryPrice says:

    will you people please stop including smokes in all your trade fantasies. He has a ntc and its a big part of the reason he signed here. He is sick of moving at trade deadline. So keep up your fantasies with facts please.

  128. showey47 says:

    i was only 1 at the time but i think history tells me 1971, could be wrong though.

  129. Cousin Al says:

    Scotty90,

    Wonderful idea. Count me in please – I’m in Montreal. When you have some news/details on this or need some help in getting it organized, let me know through Habs I/O. Thanks.

  130. Chuck says:

    Are you thinking of the comback against the Bruins in 1971? The Habs were down 5-1 to come back and win 7-5 in that game.

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  131. showey47 says:

    Not that it would happen, but could a player with a NTC not be put on waivers?

  132. habfan53 says:

    I remember that one to but this was definitely(?) against the Rangers

  133. habfan53 says:

    Yes that is why some players now have no movement clauses.
    Doug McLean was saying yesterday that that is what he did to get Todd Marchand (or Marchmant) to Anaheim

  134. habfan53 says:

    Hey please reread That is my point they are all fantasies because it will not happen

  135. Scotty90 says:

    Pascal’s at Fairview… man, that brings back memories! Bought my Bauer Supremes and first pair of ski boots there!
    Sorry I can’t help you with the info you were looking for, I really can’t recall!

  136. habfan53 says:

    I remember the Bruin game because a friend and I were at an EXPOS doubleheader and everybody cheered when Philly got a 2 run homer until they announced that Montreal scored against Boston We were all listening on the radio.

  137. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thats the greatest link I’ve ever clicked on!!!!!
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    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  138. Scotty90 says:

    Some of them are OK but a lot are ignorant as you say. Classless bunch if you ask me, some of those comments are lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon’s rut!

  139. Sulemaan says:

    Scotty – The scary thing is that if you replaced Montreal with New York and vice-versa, this could have easily been a clip from this blog earlier in the year. With accusations of the game being fixed, refs being biased, etc. Ironic, no? :-)

  140. Fabio D says:

    Any thoughts on Oli Jokinen becoming a Hab?? I feel he’d be the goal scorer Montreal has been looking for, for so long.

    Kudos to Kovalev and Plekanec for carrying the load, but they’re one line.

    Put Oli on a line with Koivu and Ryder/Higgins/S. Kostitsyn, could see some impressive results.

    I’d pick Jokinen over Sundin and Hossa to a certain degree. Simply becuase Jokinen has done a lot on his own, Hossa, not so much even playing with Kovalchuk…..

    Comments?

  141. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Can you imagine if US FANS OWNED THE HABS?

    CHECK OUT THIS LINK:

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=6515613&ch=4543756&src=news
    ———
    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  142. vive_les_habs says:

    so that it doesnt get lost in everything else kovy now has a point again and hes in the the top twenty points in the league and one out of the top ten in goals scored

  143. Blitzen says:

    That photo never gets old. LOL
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  144. Sulemaan says:

    It was back in 1990 or 1991 and the Habs were playing the Rangers at the Forum.

    The Rangers were up by 3 or 4 goals and then Bernie Nicholls with the Rangers got a high-sticking penalty for swinging at J.J. Daigneault. He got a match penalty and the Habs poured it on to win 6-4 as I recall.

    Mike McPhee got the empty net goal off a backhand all the way down the ice. I don’t know why I remember but perhaps it was because I was at work and the other guys were cheering for the Rangers.

  145. Habhopeful says:

    This is f***kin pissing me off, can anyone help me, im trying to change my pic but once i click the box in edit my profile to delete and submit it’s gone and then when i go to add the new pic and submit its givbes me the same old pic?? ive tried like 15 times and it keeps doing it

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  146. moser17 says:

    Great find.

  147. TradeRyder says:

    It’s a little funny. And there’s a delay. So just switch it, hit any buttons that say “okay” or “submit” or anything at all (I forget but I remember I was uncertain). And wait a half hour. I HAVE had to do it more than once.

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  148. Blitzen says:

    Yep…he’s a force. If he keeps going, this could be his second best statistical year. Not bad for a guy who’ll turn 35 in 4 days.

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  149. Scotty90 says:

    Don’t mind at all. I really enjoyed reading their posts that started mid-afternoon… the bashing, insulting french and Habs fans in general… and of course once the game started and goals starter coming in, they were having a whale of a time and the bashing and insulting reached a crescendo…. then Mtl scored one, then two…. you could feel the change in the Rangers fans…. then 3, oh my god whats going on, then 4 & 5… people reported feeling ill and needed to puke… Its a fun and entertaining read if you can get past the nasty words.

    Oh, by the way, I didn’t notice any posts from our village idiot ‘fact-sake’ on that site… too bad, he should be there explaining the facts to them :)

  150. Blitzen says:

    Looks like we have the same taste in photos.LOL
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  151. wd40 says:

    that was soooo good! thanks!!

  152. Scotty90 says:

    indeed Sulemaan, fans will be fans regardless of the team they are cheering for. However, i think HIO fans have too much class to say some of the things they wrote about Montreal fans…. not even when we talk about laffs fans! As far as the rest of the content… you’re right!

  153. coutNY says:

    In response to 1-3; Not sure any would negate the fact that he has a contractual obligation to Tampa next year for the 2008-2009? Not saying he couldn’t be traded, but if he comes to Mtl, that would be the only way it would be possible… Unless you’re implying Mr. Beliveau has become a wizard on contractual obligations and found a loophole for undoing a signed contract?

  154. cautiousoptimist says:

    Thanks Scotty! My favourite is still the fellow who calls us fans “a bunch of sniveling anti-Americans.”

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  155. cautiousoptimist says:

    Somebody send the man a cake!

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  156. Smart Dog says:

    I’ve written a couple of notes about how I think going “with the hot hand” is not a smart strategy. Price seemed a little less sharp in his third game and should have probably not started last night, as the Habs discovered. Carbo needs to pay more attention to his goalies, and this “hot hand” thing is too simplistic.

    In support of this, I just say this on TSN:
    >Head coach John Paddock says neither goalie was happy with the ‘win
    >and you’re in’ arrangement and he challlenged them at practice on
    >Monday to just go out and stop the puck.

    Goalies don’t like it either. Some like to play a ton regardless. Some (and I think both of ours are like this for different reasons) prefer a break after a couple of games. ALL goalies (even Roy) like the coach to see where they are and make judgement calls to keep them at their best.

    My view is this is key to the goalies confidence and so to the team’s success. I think Carbo has shown he’s a very good coach, he’s more focused, has more nuance, and obviously is steering the team well. But I still say this is an area he needs to pay more attention to. Maybe by talking to Rolie more or listening to his ‘tenders.

    Sorry for the lenght. As always, IMHO

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    Plekanec, Higgins, Chipchura, A Kostitsyn, Lapierre, Latendress,
    Price, S Kostitsyn, Komisuarus, O’Byrne

  157. Scotty90 says:

    Sulemaan…. are you part computer?

  158. wd40 says:

    Pascal’s .. haven’t thought about that in a LONG time. Does anyone remember Handy Andy’s? We had one in the East end… i bought a bike there once… sorry i digress ;)

  159. krob1000 says:

    Earlier….I think soemtime this afternoon the Fact-Rattler or whatever he is now will be on saying exactly that.

  160. Habhopeful says:

    Thanks guys, i have to put the pic of kovy on his back and rangers looking pathetic

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  161. Scotty90 says:

    Thanks HABS-PROFESSOR, you noticed that Vinnie-Kovi exchange too… and described the reaction much better than I.

  162. wd40 says:

    Thing that gets me are the monday morning quarterbacks. We were talking about the game at work today .. guy who says “Carbo should never have started Price 4 games in a row.. he’s too young and inexperienced”. Yes, it’s quite easy to make statements like that after the fact.

  163. wd40 says:

    Also make the you don’t exceed the photo restrictions: maximum dimensions are 80×100 (pixels) and the maximum size is 40 kB. I ran into problems with that once.

  164. Blitzen says:

    Keep this one…I’ll go with the Koivu shot on the shootout.
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  165. habfan53 says:

    I remember theone in Rosemere

  166. coutNY says:

    Yeah I like that photo of Begin smashin and bangin’ also… you should of heard one of the announcers out of NY repeating that was a “late hit” and he “left his feet!” Thing is Begin hits hard and with no regard. He left his feet because of impact, not because of trying to hit some with a flying shoulder. Not to mention ever 3 seconds them saying the crowd was NOT educated for booing every call, wanting calls after a Hab was knocked down, or throwing stuff on the ice after the Komistruction got his second penalty.

    They quieted down after the habs tied the game and reveled in awh over how loud it was at the “for Whom the BELL tolls” center.

  167. Scotty90 says:

    yep… remember them too,,, i guess they all went the way of the dodo.

  168. habfan53 says:

    No that was not it either by then I had moved to Milton.
    Thanks

  169. Scotty90 says:

    I wonder if Beliveau would agree to de-retiring his #4 jersey so that Vinnie could use it…. Wow, I think he would come… and actually I think Jean would agree to that.

  170. Blitzen says:

    I’ve actually changed my photo a couple of times since the Bégin one…went with the Kovy one and now Koivu. If you think the Bégin one was nice, there’s another one of the same check on the NHL site where he is even higher off the ground. I guarantee you that guy bleeds Bleu, Blanc, Rouge.
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  171. Smart Dog says:

    I agree, and I’m guilty of it now and then myself. But I had said this before hand – and posted a list of reasons why it was a bad strategy, not the least of which is that it guarantees that anytime a goalie is riding the pine his last memory is of a bad game or loss. More than that it just ignores too much – it’s too simple a rule to actually work.

    Another poster here also mentioned that Price seemed to be losing focus in the last game before. Some of us were AHEAD this time ;)

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

  172. Habhopeful says:

    Wait, what pic do you see in my box? is it showing the toothbrush and toilet paper or is it showing the kovy one?

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  173. wd40 says:

    that’s a great shot. i must have missed that hit. that’s some serious air time! he’s like a foot off the ground at least.

  174. wd40 says:

    No. it worked. Kovy on his back. Think the Rangers had fun on the plane ride back to NY. LOL.

  175. wd40 says:

    yeah, i should clarify, I don’t have issue with your comments (which are well articulated) but rather the “yeah he shouldn’t have.. etc” or “i knew it” sort. You are indeed the Smart Dog. :) To use the trading analogy, sometimes you hang on to a stock which is rising too long purely out of greed and forget to look at the fundamentals.

  176. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Rangers were up 4-0 when the Habs came back for that 6-4 win. Last night was the first time the Rangers blew a 5 goal lead and the first time the Habs came back from a 5-0 deficit.

  177. Scotty90 says:

    I’d love to see Joki on a line with Koivu…. 2 Fins! could be magical.

  178. habfan53 says:

    Chuck, Scotty and Sulemaan Thanks for your input but I guess I’m losing it. I went on the Montreal Canadiens site and there are no playoff games in that time frame against New York. It must have been a regular season game because I remember one of the goals was a J C tremblay lob.

    Thanks again guys

  179. Habhopeful says:

    kool, i still see my old pic but watever i guess itll change soon…I cant wait to leave work and watch the highlights again…and again…and again………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….and one more time…lol

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  180. Sulemaan says:

    Well I work with a computer company – so does that count? :-)

  181. wd40 says:

    your browser is just “caching” the old pic. quit out of Firefox or Internet Explorer and start it up again. you’ll see what we’re seeing.. and it’s a beautiful sight! :)

  182. the_vipah says:

    I said on Sunday that I felt Price had let in a couple of soft goals against Philly. He was beaten stick side on all three goals on Sunday and all three goals on Tuesday. His positioning may have faltered a little at some point. Thats the thing with these young guys though.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a young kid like that is going to have his share of struggles, and thats all part of the learning process. Huet has a ton of international experience, hes played well for us the last 3 years and so I’m confident he can do the job down the stretch. I don’t think this is the right time to fire test our new franchise goalie.

  183. drecha says:

    Hey, a little off topic here, but does anybody know where I can get the Ole Ole Ole Ole ringtone? That would be cool to have on the cell.

    The tank is full, now let’s map the route for the drive to 25!!

  184. habfan53 says:

    Good Luck I’ve been trying to find the “Les Canadiens sont la” for a year for my phone

  185. gentes21 says:

    Where’d you get that oh so awesome picture!

  186. secretdragonfly says:

    Sorry, best I could do was the Hockey Night in Canada theme.

  187. Fabio D says:

    I thought the same thing when I heard the Price was starting the game. And agree with you 100%. All the travelling, playing back to back games on the weekend, travelling back to Montreal, wears thin on NHL Vets, let alone rookie goaltenders. 3 goals on 14 shots, 2 of which were on top of each other is the result. Funny hearing the announcer start with the first goal and halfway through pausing as the 2nd was scored.

    I started laughing as I imagined the “Are you kidding me look” on the announcers face. Then finished and announced the second.

    What message does this “hot hand” approach send Huet? Thanks for carrying the load, we’ll give this guy a shot see how he does. Then he watches as the Rangers pop 3 goals in. Only to see Carbo motion for him to get in the game. Probably smirking behnd his mask as he skated to the net.

    Price is the goalie of the future, Huet is the goalie of now and for at least another year. Play Price for 2-3 game stretches, if he wins, he wins and Price’s confidence is kept in tact and he’s a happy rookie developing and being happy to play 20-30 games a year.

    Give Huet the majority of the starts and he’s happy because he knows he’s the #1, after a career as that backup goalie no one knows about.

    Happy Goalie’s + Confident Play = WINS

    We don’t need a goalie controversy in Montreal. Look what it’s doing to Ottawa. And look what it did in Jersey. No controversy, a couple of cups in 5 years.

    My 2 cents.

  188. Habhopeful says:

    Gentes, if your talking about the kovy on his back…see below…

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?src=quick&contractUrl=1&family=editorial&phrase=montreal%20canadiens#1

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  189. nosglo says:

    Someone had a link to Getty Images on earlier, and it’s a great site. Put “Josh Gorges” in the search bar and you’ll find a great photo of him laughing at Vandermeer on Sunday.

  190. habfan53 says:

    This one has been floating around since before Christmas.
    Tanguay has said thru his father that he DOES NOT want to come to Montreal.
    His loss

  191. Rogie30 says:

    I like your name.

  192. Scotty90 says:

    JC’s trademark! the lob..

  193. habfan53 says:

    Remember how it would bounce 10-15 feet in front of the goalie then acted like a knuckleball pitch??

  194. Scotty90 says:

    I was just reading the CTV News article and they mentionned Sundin. I immediately thought of golf … i guess its an automatic association :)

    What is the possibility of HIO folks getting together for a round or two of golf this summer. Is this something yuo would be interested in?

    I’m in the Ottawa area, even if we only get a foursome going …might be fun.

  195. Scotty90 says:

    i do! I saw him score a couple that way.

  196. 24 Cups says:

    Yahoo Sports (whatever that is) says that the Habs are still the front runner for Hossa but that San Jose is in the mix with either Marleau or Cheechoo as the bait.

    The Original 24 Cups

  197. wolfmanhernendez says:

    Such awful officiating. The Rangers clutched, grabed, elbowed and slashed but somehow they couldn’t stop the walls from falling down.

  198. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Kovalev on Ryder and then Ryder’s response…

    [Michael] Ryder can score goals, we all know that. It’s a good thing he did tonight, because without him we’re not talking about this huge comeback win,” said Kovalev of the struggling winger who tallied two goals and one assist. “It hasn’t been easy for him all season long and I couldn’t be happier for Michael.”

    When told about Kovalev handing him most of the credit for the biggest comeback in team history, Ryder wouldn’t hear of it.

    “Sure, this feels awesome considering how my season has gone so far, but this was a team effort all the way,” said Ryder. “What we did here tonight comes down to pride, pure and simple. We weren’t about to back down.

    “The crowd was electric, too. They stayed behind us and helped turn the game around,” added Ryder. “These fans can do that and we saw it here tonight.”

    I am not jumping on any bandwagon, but Ryder should stay and I have felt that all along (I have been told sorry Ryders days are done from some posters here)…I hope it’s not true, I guess I may be a little biased as were are both from NFLD and he is from the same area as my mother, but when this guy is on, this guy is on (imagine his energy come playoffs). Kovy is right, without Ryder, we ALL would NOT have seen THIS game…PERIOD!

    I actually don’t want to see any changes. A complete team (even the guys in the box), tons of depth, tons of talent, tons of goalies, tons of prospects, ETC! ETC! ETC! Carbo knows how to pick his lines…he makes me shake my head some times, but he knows his team right now and who to play.

    Mr. Gainey…Ryder should stay…no Tanguay please

    I have said it before…”Playoffs are going to be very exciting for HABS fans”

    Cheers

  199. Rogie30 says:

    Just a reminder, somebody better get hot and stay hot, as its rare a Cup contender flip flops goalies.

  200. Rogie30 says:

    Something tells me you may get your wish, just agut feeling.

  201. Scotty90 says:

    Hey Smart Dog.. mind if i nibble on your ear?

  202. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I agree with your POST 100%

    I was behind RYDER all year…I was behind KOVALEV all last year.

    some fans can’t see past a shift or a game…but thats how it is…and its wrong. Look at what a player can do, what are his strengths, then do everything possible to make sure that player plays to those strengths. If every player is doing that and supporting each other…winning the BATTLES, then we win the cup..EASY.

    Samsonov, classic example…not playing to his strengths, not supporting his teamates…A DESTROYER OF CHEMISTRY….I never said he was a bad player, just NOT RIGHT FOR OUR SYSTEM..he may do better somewhere else…

    THESE BANDAID solutions make me sick….Hossa for 3 players, TANGUAY for 3 players….we don’t need those CREEPS…get lost.

    CHEMISTRY is the most Important element on a winning team, good that we have BG, Muller and Carb, they know all about Chemistry.
    ———
    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  203. Stefman says:

    Keeping Ryder isn’t a problem for me if he can keep it up. I’m sure we’ll see him remain in the lineup from here to the deadline. If he keep scoring I’m sure we’ll keep him, unless the right deal comes along, and if it was a flash in the pan performance then Gainey will probably get what he can for him. To say that the team needs NO changes is a bit of a stretch. We still need a good consistent faceoff man. Faceoffs were a VERY strong point in last nights game as the team won 62% of it’s faceoffs and no one went below 50%. Lapierre especially was excellent. But this hasn’t been the norm. We’re 23rd in the league in faceoff percentage with only 48.6%. That isn’t good enough, and without the possession we gained by winning all those faceoffs last night that comeback would have been even more difficult, probably impossible.

  204. PGHABS says:

    Hossa is a superstar. I wouldn’t let Higgins go, but Hossa would give us the top two lines in the NHL.
    Kost, Plek, Kovy
    Higgins, Koivu, Hossa
    Of course getting a superstar is difficult, and resigning Hossa would be key as well
    _____________________________________
    Pessimism is a cowards way out.

  205. RiverviewCanadien says:

    If that is the only reason to trade for, well that can always be worked on and besides they proved last night they CAN win faceoffs, yeah 23rd in the league for faceoffs and 4th overall, I think they are doing just fine. I believe the battles on the boards might have something to do with it and the forechecking by Lats, he can be a machine when he wants to.

  206. RiverviewCanadien says:

    nice post, loved every word.

    I agree no rentals…or getting rid of talent, I think MTL has enough history in that dept as well.

  207. Stefman says:

    That’s all fine, but how often does he want to? Even in a game like last nights Latendresse put up a whopping…one hit. That’s supposed to be his job. Whether someone CAN do something is meaningless if they AREN’T. Ryder is a prime example. Everyone knows he CAN score, but he wasn’t so he had no value. Also, sitting pat because your team is doing fine without trying to improve further is the first step to not doing so fine anymore.

  208. Blitzen says:

    Marleau is on IR.
    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  209. projectpete19 says:

    i think they are referring to the bell centre fans booing the american national anthem

  210. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    we can’t afford to trade, we should deal only with UFA’s

    ———
    1. Feb 19, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  211. rogus says:

    What about Komi’s “high stick” PHANTOM CALL

  212. cautiousoptimist says:

    I really don’t see how it benefits us to get Hossa for two months in exchange for Higgins forever – rentals are no way to win a Cup.

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  213. NightRyder says:

    Great game. Have to chuckle at all the folks who all of a sudden think we should re-up with Ryder, a guy who has been a healthy scratch many times this season. And even funnier are the ones who think he’d want to come back on a cheap, one-year deal.

  214. nosglo says:

    Maybe cool down the trade talks until the last minute. A real priority should be signing Streit, Gorges and A Kostitsyn as they are all free agents of one sort or another. Otherwise, why mess with good chemistry??? What kind of “impact” did Forsberg have in Nashville last year?

  215. Chuck says:

    For those of you that were looking for a photo of Kovy’s goal celebration…

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?src=quick&contractUrl=1&family=editorial&phrase=montreal%20canadiens#

    .
    .
    .

    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  216. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    REFLECTING ON FEB 19th, 2008 and the upcoming TRADE DEADLINE.

    Last night was the most important step we have taken as a team thus far on our quest for the STANLEY CUP.

    Not only is it a game that we will never forget, but the players now have that experience of what it means to dig down deep and be rewarded in the face of adversity. THAT IS GAME 7 or playoff OT MATERIAL…(just ask the 93 Habs)

    When we were at our lowest, 5-0 – I went BALLISTIC on the REF’s…today, I still believe we were dealing with VERY BAD, VERY BIASED, VERY PREJUDICE REFEREEING…..When the Refs put the whistles away, WE WERE UNLEASHED.

    we have more depth than the Rangers…case closed…next.

    TRADE?
    I’ve said it before, and after last night…there is ONLY ONE PLAYER that will FIT IN AND NOT DESTROY OUR CHEMISTRY, BUT ADD TO IT:

    LECAVALIER.

    He will cost TOO MUCH while under contract with TAMPA…but as he slides into UFA this summer, we WILL SIGN HIM and WIN THE CUP IN 2009.

    I REPEAT:

    WE WILL SIGN LECAV IN THE SUMMER AND WIN THE CUP IN 2009….

    IT IS OUR DESTINY.

    ———
    1. Feb 19th, 2008 – History was made.
    1. ONLY BELIVEAU CAN CONVINCE LECAVALIER…
    2. Thank GOD we have Alex Kovalev…..at his PRIME
    3. The BELL CENTRE should be rebuilt to sit 80,000 fans
    4. We will win the CUP

  217. RetroMikey says:

    Lecavalier, IMO, will not come here in Montreal. He is too content in Tampa. I would love to have him here but he’s got the good life in Tampa and he knows it. There will be alot of free agent NHL impact players in the summer wanting to pick their destination as Montreal thay they wish to play for. La ville est hockey!

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

  218. Ian G Cobb says:

    I like your priorities

  219. coutNY says:

    BTW…Vinny doesn’t become a UFA until the summer 2009, but he might become available this summer only in a TRADE.

  220. The Teacher says:

    Might be a good idea for a charity fundraiser!!

    Imagine that!

  221. Scotty90 says:

    I checked out that Rangers’ fan site and had a ho0ot reading through it. Although 99% was crap, some of the posters had nice and somewhat complementary comments for the Habs and Habs fans. Thought I’d paste them here for those who haevn’t seen them:

    ____________________________________________________
    Montreal’s d-bag fans won that game. I’ve never heard an arena erupt for a goal that cuts a lead to 5-1 the way that place did. That’s part of the reason I say the game looked fixed.
    ______________________________________________
    I’ve never felt so uncomfortable with the Rangers up 5-1 as I did tonight. Fact is, the Rangers really looked bad once it got to 3-0. Two quick goals later things felt a lot better. But all of a sudden Montreal scores and you could just see the body language of both teams’ players change.

    On a side note, Montreal fans are awesome. Certainly somewhat classless, definitely extremely annoying, but they energized their team, got the officials to swallow their whistles, and made a 5-1 deficit feel like it could be overcome.
    ______________________________________________________
    Did you say that during the Buffalo game? During the Sharks game? During the Philly game a week ago?

    The damn Habs caught a break (Ryder first goal) and their d-bag fans went nuts. They also happened to get lucky on a deflection making it 5-3, and the Rangers got back on their heels.

    Unfortunately, **** like this happens. Take the point and run. Be gald we don’t see those jerks the rest of the regular season.
    ___________________________________________________________
    Watching this game unfold, one thing kept coming to my mind, over and over again. If there was EVER a poster boy for the New York Jinx, it is Alexei Kovalev. This guy couldn’t tie his own skates when we really needed him. He was instrumental in the 94′ Cup, so he’ll always hold a special place in Ranger lore, but what a difference maker this guy can be when he’s not wearing a Ranger uniform. He was unstoppable in Pittsburgh, and he looks to be playing the same way again.
    _________________________________________________
    This is what I was saying. Hey no one can say our goals weren’t good. They were all great plays and great shots. But at no point did I say, wow, Montreal is playing terribly. They were playing just as well as us, just not making the plays to set up great shots like us.

    In the second half of the game, I have never seen one team dominate another like that in a long long time. They looked like one of the best teams in the league in the second half. But even in the first half, they were not bad. Just a great game by them.
    ______________________________________________
    I wish we were they type of team with the heart Montreal had last night! Hats off!..
    They certainly EARNED their paychecks!!

  222. smiler2729 says:

    If the chemistry is good then I hope Gainey doesn’t screw with the team but if the chance for a Stanley Cup run is there too then maybe an ‘impact’ player might be needed but I think chemistry is most important for Cup wins and we got it, man, these guys enjoy playing with one another so it’s a hard one… I wouldn’t want to Bob Gainey in the next little while… or maybe I would.

  223. cautiousoptimist says:

    Could there one day be two sets of brothers on the team?

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  224. Robert L says:

    The Canadiens have aquired Olivier Latendresse from the Phoenix Coyotes.

    http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/246076.html

  225. Blitzen says:

    Can this one skate? LOL.

  226. Cable Guy says:

    well he is tearing it up in the Central League if that says anything.

  227. Shiloh says:

    Smolinski will be very useful in the playoffs if we get into the later rounds. He’s been there and he’ll be a good influence on our younger players.

  228. 24 Cups says:

    I know guys aren’t in love with Smolinski this year but he still has value as a depth forward who can play wing as well as ccentre. We won’t be winning any Cup having Begin play at centre for any length of time. It’s still a weakspot.

    The Original 24 Cups

  229. rogus says:

    Kyle Chipchura

  230. Ian G Cobb says:

    Bob will be fair to all the players that play for what is on the front on the sweater. The greedy that play for what is on there back will always play else where. The cap will be used for our kids that deserve it and are working hard to earn a place on this club. In Bob I trust.!!

  231. krob1000 says:

    The question Ian is how much money would we offer Ryder…..it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this guy is still the same thirty goal guy. Someone else will likely offer him more than we can afford to give him. I’d love to see him stay and resign….who knows maybe Gainey is taking vulcan mind melding tips from Ken Holland/Bryan Murray in Florida at the gm Meetings and learning how to get guys to take hometeam discounts. Like you I have never waivered from Ryder and it is nice to see him be a part of a game that will go down in Habs folklore as one of the best regular season games ever.

  232. Shiloh says:

    And what a lady she is!

  233. joe-hab-nuno says:

    we just witnessed another historic moment for our habs.
    History was made tonight.
    First time Les Canadiens come back from a 5-0 deficit, not only to tie but to win.

  234. Vid says:

    off topic:

    With lats bros and Kostitsyn bros…if I thought it would be remotely possible it’d be nice to trade for Mikko Koivu, Saku’s younger bro. He’s a 6’3″ center who scored 20 goals last season and 54 pts. Don’t remember who we drafted instead of him that year.

  235. MNaslund26 says:

    oh my freaking god.

    that is all.

  236. PattyBoy31 says:

    Ever? Thats amazing!

  237. habsgod says:

    WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING COME BACK I’VE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!THIS IS OUR YEAR TO REPRESENT THE EAST IN THE STANLEY CUP!!!!NOBODY IS STOPPING US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS 1993 ALL OVER AGAIN!!SORRY FOR HAVING THIS ENTIRE POST WITH THE CAPS LOCK ON BUT I CAN’T HELP IT!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS WORRTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE 2008 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  238. habsgod says:

    WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING COME BACK I’VE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!THIS IS OUR YEAR TO REPRESENT THE EAST IN THE STANLEY CUP!!!!NOBODY IS STOPPING US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS 1993 ALL OVER AGAIN!!SORRY FOR HAVING THIS ENTIRE POST WITH THE CAPS LOCK ON BUT I CAN’T HELP IT!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS WORRTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE 2008 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  239. usversusthem says:

    Great. It’s like the last time we played the Rangers all over again, only this time without us scoring the game’s three first goals.

  240. Shobud says:

    I would like to meet that SOB ref in a bar I am 72 years old but I would show him what roughing really is..He should not be refing more that pee wee. Yes. The spelling is corect

  241. RudeMood19 says:

    easy easy great win obviosuly, don’t put a jinx on the team

  242. planet habs says:

    If the habs play this way in the playoffs, 1st round, out 4 STRAIGHT!
    what I don’t understand, is why every time we play the rangers,we don’t show up? When was the last time we beat them? or at least put an effort in?
    This teams lacks heart. it’s the only way to describe their lacklustre play in such an important game. If you can’t get up for a game like this, when then?
    Price is not an NHL goalie yet! back to the drawing board!

  243. The Teacher says:

    10
    10
    10

    Trade Ryder, EAT IT! LMAO

  244. Smart Dog says:

    I’m glad we have a tough schedule. We either need to learn to beat these strong, skilled teams, or we’re done by game 4. Might as well get in some practice. Maybe Carbo will learn how to read his goalies confidence and actually do some COACHING going into these games.

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

  245. TradeRyder says:

    Way to go Ryder. A little dignity at least.

    And yes, I know it’s 10. Like I said – happy to be wrong…still nothing to write home about.

    What I’d like to see is a stat on the percentage of passes that land on the other players stick. LaPierre seems to pass randomly – might as well put Helen Keller on skates and send her out.

    Some players are going hard – would be good to at least make this close.

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

  246. biggymac609 says:

    woooo price

  247. Shiloh says:

    Ryder again!! For %$#$% sake Carbo, sit Latendresse before you punish this guy again.

  248. Blitzen says:

    Funny…I was looking for a site like that the other day. Very useful!

    I guess unless Gui is going to the ECHL, then he may only see his brother at training camp. Aside from Ryder, has anybody else ever come up from the ECHL? I thought the Beauregard signing was interesting but he’s there too.
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  249. mickjam says:

    Ryder spazzes on the rush, next thing you know the Rangers score. The line that divides teams is that razor sharp. Makes it hard to relax.

  250. planet habs says:

    WE NEVER BEAT THE RANGERS! WE NEVER SHOW UP FOR GAMES AGAINST THEM! NYR ARE A MUCH BETTER TEAM THAN US! PATHETIC! WHY ARE THE HABS UNABLE TO PUT IN AN EFFORT????????????????????
    GAME OVER!

  251. Shiloh says:

    I’m getting pretty sick of the refs giving these clowns the first free shot at Kovalev. That horse***** has got to be addressed by Gainey to the league. It’s sickening – no other team’s top player has a target on their back – a target put their by officials who seem to take pleasure in seeing Kovalev elbowed, slashed and cross-checked – for free!

  252. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I said it below…and i’ll say it ONE MORE TIME!

    KEEP YOUR HEADS UP…ITS GOING TO BE A BATTLE…A WAR!

    HULLWIG iS COMING AT FULL STEAM
    ———
    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 2009

  253. Smart Dog says:

    Carbo’s Stupid “Hot Hand”

    The other day I wrote here that going with the “hot hand” was dumb.

    It basically leaves goalies in until they stink up the place. I said that it was especially dumb for Price who’s young and Huet who is a little fragile sometimes. It’s better they get a chance to sit there thinking about their last win, instead of how they screwed up, and better for the other goalie not to sit too long.

    Someone else pointed out that Price’s last game was not great even though he won. So what does Carbo do? Instead of rewarding Price for a good little run with a break to watch a game he puts him up against the Rangers even after a mediocre outing. They did the same thing to Halak last year who won his first run of games so they left him in until he broke down.

    WAKE UP CARBO!!!! Yes, you’ve FINALLY had the sense to leave Smolinski out. But when you learn how to manage goalies we’ll be a dangerous hockey club.

    SD

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

  254. MNaslund26 says:

    i hate the rangers more than the leafs i think. they have ZERO class whatsoever. avery is a f-cker. can i say that dave? or maybe i should say avery is a fckr. in any case, i despise this team and i don’t understand why they always beat us.

    ottawa is winning 1-0 against the flyers.

  255. Shiloh says:

    I flipped channels – why is the ice littered with crap?

  256. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    BASTARD REFS….we should walk out of the game…

    THIS IS A BLOODY JOKE…

    HE IS CALLING NOTHING AGAINST THE RANGERS…
    BUT EVERY LITTLE THING AGAINST US

    GLAD THE FANS CAN STOP THE GAME…KEEP IT UP

    THE REFS ARE TURNING THIS INTO A NIGHTMARE…

    AGAIN, GLAD THE FANS SPEAK UP…LITTER THE ICE
    AGAIN AND AGAIN…

    WHAT A SHAME…WHAT AN INJUSTICE

    A CALL TO INQUIRY, there must be A CALL TO INQUIRY.
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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

  257. Smart Dog says:

    Price IS an NHL goalie with a coach that doesn’t know d#$% about managing goalies.

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

  258. planet habs says:

    add the rangers on to the list of teams we can’t beat: NJ, NYR, Ottawa, Buff, Carolina, Detroit. too long a list. we’re just a mediocre team who are going to battle for the 7th or 8th place. you’ll see. look at our schedule in March: Buff(2) Ottawa(2) Tor(2) like I said. 8th place if we’re lucky.

  259. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!
    GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!
    GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!
    GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!
    GAME OF THE CENTURY!!!

    BECAUSE THE REFS PUT THE WHISTLES AWAY…..

    they were told…
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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

  260. showey47 says:

    http://habsprospects.hockeyhq.net/right.html

    we loaned cory urquart to phoenix and they loaned us latendresse

  261. moser17 says:

    neat blog. is it credible?

  262. showey47 says:

    I like it because you can easily follow any hab prospect on a per game basis in any league in the world. It has never steered me wrong so i consider it credible.

  263. Blitzen says:

    Wonder if they got Olivier Latendresse to send him to Hamilton so he can be there to play with his brother when Gui is sent down for more seasoning?

    I like Lats but I too think he would be better off playing in Hamilton for a bit. Kid is only 20 or so.
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  264. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Does anyone know if they are showing the game online?

  265. wd40 says:

    Google is my friend :)

  266. habs12345 says:

    what are you guyz talking about

  267. Stefman says:

    Aha! Tak sa mycket! Nu du är min bästa vän!!

  268. wd40 says:

    you’re welcome! (Varsågod)

  269. Stefman says:

    oho! I’m impressed that you even figured out what language that was, let alone how to say you’re welcome.

  270. CplFred says:

    I have the same problem here. I think it might be a Shaw thing tho. Maybe ExpressVu offers the RDS HD feed? I wish Shaw had it cause the SD feed is poop.

  271. Chuck says:

    Agreed!!!

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  272. idle says:

    Plus you get the games in HD on RDS. I can’t believe the amount of money they charge for Center Ice and they can’t even give you all HD feeds when most networks have HD feeds by now. I can’t remember the last time seeing a Habs game offered in HD on Center Ice, unless of course they are playing a major market like NY so maybe it actually was tonight.

  273. Ryan says:

    In Ontario I’ve got all the games in HD as well. I don’t know how I lived without RDS before.

  274. WetCoast says:

    Timo we get RDS HD in the West too – costs a little more than five bucks but well worth it.

  275. Connecticut Man1 says:

    Yep… MSG had it in HD. I just have a regular TV, so I just saw the regular MSG feed. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils games are the few times I am pretty much guaranteed to be able to watch a Habs game. Sometimes they might put a delayed feed of a game on Fox after the local basketball games. I watched the Habs play the Isles at midnight a while ago. The one cool thing about the coverage of the local teams here? They do shortened versions of them in repeat later in the night and/or the next day. Less commercials and no intermissions, but they also cut some of the actual game out that way.

    I take what I can get. I wanted to get Center Ice but the local cable company only offered it about 20 games into the season… But at the full season price! A few weeks ago they started selling the half season package and it was only about 2/3s the cost of the full season price. They must think American hockey fans are stupid?

    I should have just bought the online Center Ice package at the beginning of the season… Hindsight is 20/20. lol

  276. habs12345 says:

    dont forget brisebois

  277. PGHABS says:

    A THN writer has stated these as Montreal’s top tradeable prospects.

    MONTREAL
    1. David Fischer, D – Minnesota (WCHA) – 1st Round ’06 – Sophomore year at Minnesota finds him developing nicely.

    2. P.K. Subban, D – Belleville (OHL) – 2nd Round ’07 – Great feet and offensive instincts helped Canada at the WJC.

    3. Yannick Weber, D – Kitchener (OHL) – 3rd Round ’07 – Offensive leader from the blueline.

    4. Max Pacioretty, LW – Michigan (CCHA) – 1st Round ’07 – Point-a-game as a freshman is very impressive.

    5. Ryan White, C – Calgary (WHL) – 3rd Round ’06 – Plays the game hard and scores, too.

    I have to agree. I can’t believe the depth of our prospects. We still have Halak, McDonough, Chipchura, Yemilin, Valentenko, Maxwell.
    Trevor Timmins is the man

  278. Stefman says:

    it would be hard to trade Pacioretty with hoe well he is doing. He could turn into something

  279. Blitzen says:

    Timmins is great and we recently stole the guy who drafted much of the talent in Ottawa. Can’t wait to see what they do in the upcoming draft…
    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  280. RS says:

    I’d say Fischer and Weber are tradeable and attractive prospects. In other words, I would be very hesitant to see them go. The other 3 on this list I’d really, really hate to see them go.

  281. cautiousoptimist says:

    I don’t see Bob trading potential for experience – he’s way too savvy to deal away players who haven’t hit their full market value yet.

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  282. Ian G Cobb says:

    Chemistry wins championships. You grow chemistry, you don’t buy it.

  283. mjames says:

    I am of the belief that you draft well and never never give away draft choices. If anything you trade for them. Having said that who would propose we trade and for you? Houssa is rental. Sundin is rental. Posposal is a rental. I see no point in gambling away good young talent for someone we have for two months. The math simply does not work.

    For instance everyone wants Lecavilier. If we made that deal for the players they would want we would be where TB is right now – last place.

    mjames

  284. krob1000 says:

    We will not trade for Hossa unless we can sign him. Prospal…forget him, Jokinen is signed at an affordable 5.25 million for two years, Tanguay is also around 5 million and signed, Sundin is definitely a rental and I don’t want him for that reason.

  285. Ian G Cobb says:

    I would rather spread the cap around and have 23 impact players that we have now. You can not key on them all, every night when they try to shut a line down someone else can step it up.

    Two or three ringers do not make a team.

    I will take a bunch of 20 goal scorers over 2 or 3,35 goal scorers every time.

  286. krob1000 says:

    I am beginning to think you just do not want to hurt any feelings …….do you hang out with these guys still???? If that is the case then I understand your position but throwing out our personal fondness of anyone who is currently a member of the team…..progress and forward movement are the name of the game. Nowhere am I saying two or three ringers make a team but we have the cap room and we have a surplus of NHL calibre talent….the logical thing to do is upgrade….we also have Kovy and Koivu aging and a Jokinen or Hossa type could be one of our veteran/star leaders like them in two or three years. I truly believe you are just too nice when it comes to this topic…..hard to fault you for that but come on man….we should be and are looking…you know it but will never type it…..especially if you do still work for the team in ANY CAPACITY.

  287. hhl says:

    great guy to talk hockey with as well.bob knows how to surround himself with winners.

  288. arcosenate says:

    holy s**t.

  289. Shiloh says:

    My favourite two sports are hockey and American politics. Of the two, I think American politics is rougher and dirtier. So there I was last nite watching the comeback of the century on RDS and my man Barack Obama win on MSNBC. I’m smiling today.

  290. linp says:

    We have finally two scoring lines, Kovy’s line and Ryder’s line. Strait turned out to be a perfect set-up man for Ryder. With Lapierre creating traffics all over the ice, Carbo has created a very effective line.

  291. moscha says:

    Memories of Kostopoulos on the first line are just fading…And Guy didn’t change up all the lines after the first period…Maybe he is learning on the job. Great game!

  292. RetroMikey says:

    Totally awesome! There are so many highlight moments this season that I hope that the Club de Hockey Canadien produces a Year in Review 2007-08 DVD out for all us Habs fans to enjoy! I know a movie is coming out about the club next year leading to the Centennial celebrations, but I wish they would produce a DVD every year.
    Glad to see Huet rebound in net.

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

  293. hhl says:

    dont see that happening.if higgins is traded, they’l have a harder time re-signing komi. + this team is building excellent chemistry at the right time.not good to mess with. he might add a player but not break up the current roster at this time.

  294. mjames says:

    This is rather disturbing . I read where some Swiss based hockey sheet is stating that Gainey has offered Higgins, Streit and a first rounder for Houssa. If this should ever transpire this would be the beginning of the end for our short lived dynasty.

    Gainey knows that rentals don’t work!!

    mjames

  295. Corio says:

    SOURCE PLEASE! :)

  296. Stefman says:

    A Swiss hockey sheet? seems a bit far from the source to be credible in my eyes. And surprise surprise, the first mention of Streit in a trade comes from a Swiss paper. :-P

  297. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I know it’s only one game but last night’s 4th line of Ryder, Streit & Lappiere was simply awesome to watch. I would hate to trade away Streit and especially Higgins. On the other hand, you have to give up quality players to get the same back. We’ll see what happens in the next few days and I’m sure Bob will do what’s best for the team.

  298. cautiousoptimist says:

    I can’t see this happening – no rentals, Bob!

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  299. habsernyk says:

    Unbelievable! I have a feeling this game will be mentioned many times over the next few months as the “moment” for multiple reasons (Ryder finally wakes up, the Habs 5-5 on scoring, the comeback and their resilience….)

    As a negative- it was quite obvious that the refs know their paychecks come from New York. They were brutally one-sided. The 2nd call on Komisarek was a joke, the double minor was a joke and the Rangers got away with two blatant obstruction-type holdings in OT. Malik’s infraction in the first minute was so bad he used two hands and dropped his stick.

    Go Habs! What a finish!!!!!

    ________
    JAS

    Go Habs!

  300. Habhopeful says:

    gotta hand it to huet, ryder and kovy, holy crap

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  301. coutNY says:

    Great win. I truely believe we can complete with anyone if they play together as a team like the later stages of the 2nd and all of the 3rd last night.

    For all those below that bashing Carbo for the way he treated Ryder, I ask you “where has Ryder’s passion been hiding?” It’s Ryder the hero and the Koivu and Higgins that are the problem? I seem to remember it was Higgin’s hustle that allowed us an overtime opportunity in our first opportunity against Phili, It was Koivu who nailed the coffin shut last night. To all thoughs who say “see look what Ryder can do” just take step back from the emotional victory and review his play in November and December to heed warning to your conclusive observation.

    If Ryder played like he did last night he’d be playing every night on pace for 30 goals maybe even 40 more and have a perminant place on the top line. The fact is he has not. Last night he played like Carbo had wanted him to play and the success showed. The Habs had a bunch of players that wouldn’t give-up and Ryder lead the way, no doubt, but to say it was because of others for his poor showing earlier in the year is complete BS!

    I am happy to see Ryder playing well and hope it continues. He will be a great asset if he can keep it up. But last night was a team effort, not the second coming of Ryder the phenom. It took Grit from players like Komiserik, Begin, and Boullion. It took Huet stepping into a sticky situation and keep his team in reach without letting in backbreaking goal down the stretch. Strong fore checks from guys like Streit, Dandy, Kostitsyns, Higgins and Koivu. Continued effort from creatativity and pressure from Pleks and Kovalev. This was a team effort and I am glad to see the team succeed.

  302. TradeRyder says:

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

  303. krob1000 says:

    Ryder played several games like that but did not get any bounces….if you continue to get chances eventually the puck goes in…….I have said that at least thirty times on this site. I will admit that after a while (a long while) he finally started to lose confidence and did play like crap and seemed to go through the motions but that was only for a stretch of about five games (seemed longer because he sat out games in between)…..he always busted his balls and was just snakebitten…….it happens.

  304. coutNY says:

    Oh Yeah I forgot to mention how well the Defense has tightened up. Markov lead with skill and Komi lead with his brawn! I really like the gracefulness of Gorges displays on his skates. Hamrlik calm, steady and dependable! O’Byrne has played decent and only will get better with time. Boullion is has been a great defensive defenseman and brings grit along with Komi.

  305. idle says:

    I agree coutNY. I am not one of those trashing Ryder or saying we should dump him, but you can’t take one good game 61 games into the season and say “see I told you Ryder wasn’t the problem and should have been played more”

    It’s true that Ryder is not the only player with issues this season (ehem.. Higgins) but he clearly was an issue for most of this season, and as nice as this comeback was it doesn’t chance the fact that Ryder has been a disappointment this year.

  306. Bill H says:

    I thought the tone was very similar to the tone right here on Habs Inside Out. Apart from one comment that was clearly racist against French Canadiens. Change one word – Canadiens – to Laffs – and it sounds exactly like it does here. Right down to criticism of refs, calls to dump the coach. Well, maybe the posters here are more critical of the home team players. But the whining was very familiar. Maybe some posters here don’t like to look in a mirror.

  307. johnnyhab says:

    I read some of the posts on the MSG threads. I thought at first it was funny but later on it became disgusting with the derogatory comments made about everything from Canadians not knowing hockey to downright anti-French racism I don’t think I’ll be visiting there again…all and all you can’t beat the class of this hockey forum.

  308. kevrob says:

    I agree, things became pretty intense in there. There were however only a couple posters that were throwing the racist comments around. For the most part they were just stunned that this could be happening to them.
    What I found very interesting is how many of them think that the refs actually call games in our favor. It is funny how two people can see the exact same game but come to two completely opposite conclusions. Makes you wonder who is right…the bottom line is that the refs just suck in general. Missed calls and phantom calls occur for both teams.

  309. Chuck says:

    I thought the same thing while reading their comments.

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    ______________________________________
    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  310. Praj12 says:

    Do you have a link to it?

  311. hhl says:

    we shall file that memory right along side the trevor linden experiment.different era, same result.

  312. Habs64 says:

    Giggity Giggity Goo ALL RIGHHHHHTY

  313. showey47 says:

    lol, quagmire rules

  314. Propwash says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!!!….. That was AWESOME!!!!! the 3rd period rocked my socks!

    Good show by Ryder, Huet came up big tonight. I feel bad for Price, he can be a rollercoaster ride, but he is still young, I wont hold anything against him, hockey is a team sport, we were asleep in the 1st period most of the way.

  315. linp says:

    Komisarek was more responsible for the first two goals. He didn’t cover the shooter at all. No goalie can stop the third goal from Shanahan.

  316. kkent says:

    Right on Micheal “easy” Ryder!!!..Nice to see the passion back in his game….lets hope he can keep it????because we all know when he gets hot no one in the league is hotter!!

    Mike Komisarek is a beast!!!!..I love watching him battle each and every game!!!

    Go Habs!!

  317. Rogie30 says:

    Funny that we play our best without Bobs three free agents, Brisebois, Kostops and Smolinki, lets keep away from rentals for awhile.

  318. RetroMikey says:

    It’s Wednesday night and almost 24 hours after our victory over the New York Rangers….and I’m still reliving and remembering the game in my brain than going to bed with my wife!
    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  319. StillattheMapes says:

    Last night was just absolutely brilliant. For any pro team in any sport, let alone the boys from my home town playing hockey. The way this went, well, sigh. One of my colleagues is now “annoyed” at I-Tunes because he can’t load it yet for his relatives to show in Italia. Va bene.

    You can try to contextualize or position this game in history but actually this is now. Fortuitously (sort of), I have watched most of the great games that the Habs have played over the last 35 years on tv and even several times in person, including all the ones that will be obviously advanced by experts to rival or equal. The only 2 games — or actually moments — that rate to me are Lemaire-to-Lafleur (poor old Gilles Gilbert) and St Patrick vs. Rangers overtime. Yes, I saw the 5-1 to 7-5 game, and several more. Hmmm.

    Meanwhile, the trade rumours persist to the extent that my son actually e-mailed me with his version(s).

    I think many Habs fans worry about this because we know that there is magic happening on team spirit. You saw them. They were grinning and growling…. way too much having fun (hah). And my version of “Lions in Winter” is signed by Rocket.

    Chemistry is very touchy. The boys could maybe use a piece, but they are now thinking that they can beat anybody. Yup, for sure anybody in the East. For example, if we could get Sundin — I still remember the Nordiques series and the screaming, who says he won’t play for us — we walk up an carve les gars on the Cup. But a rental? Unless the GM has an understanding? Hey, Finns and Swedes are not natural allies, but who knows what a Cup could bring……

    Don’t know about the West, don’t see the way they play.

    My view for what it is worth:

    Stay with what we have, i.e., no new big pieces unless it is a Godfather.
    Get a really good bruiser — certainly not a psycho — but a young lad with hands both ways, there are a few of these.
    Sign No. 4 in the summer and even deny that you have spoken together like most deals.

    Go habs go

    PS.
    Hey coach, please be very careful who you play or do not play (20, 71)

  320. POPS says:

    Bob will do what is best for this team.I have complete trust in this man and the team he has around him (eg.Gauthier and Timmins).Many feel that the Habs will pick up Tanguay but, I think that they will go after Jokinen from Florida.We will soon see!Go Habs Go!!!

  321. borchate says:

    Ok everyone, Hossa is coming to montreal..cyberpresse is reporting that equipement and jerseys for hossa have been ordered in the evening so that it would be ready for tomorrow’s game !!!!!!!!!

    a-w-e-s-o-m-e

  322. The Teacher says:

    What the hell?

    Mathias Brunet

    La Presse

    Rien ne nous permet pour l’instant de confirmer qu’une transaction entre le Canadien et les Thrashers d’Atlanta est conclue, mais La Presse a appris, hier, qu’on avait commandé de l’équipement aux couleurs de la formation montréalaise pour l’attaquant vedette de 29 ans, Marian Hossa.

    for ryder and Streit apparently

  323. Chuck says:

    Bob’s free agent signings have done exactly what was expected of them: hold the fort until the youngsters were ready to take their place. It looks like we’re ready to witness the Changing of the Guard. Even though that may be so, don’t discount the importance of the veterans that provided the stability necessary to allow the kids to grow into their roles.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  324. Vid says:

    http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080220/CPSPORTS0101/80220288/6488/CPACTUALITES

    The article also mentions jerseys were made for aucoin and khabibulin two years ago in a deal that did not get done.

    Didn’t know we were about to trade ribeiro dagenais theodore for khabibulin and aucoin until he broke his ankle the day before the announcement two years ago. That would’ve been interesting had it gone through, it might have actually been a really good move (certainly better than the trades that ended up being made) if not for bad luck. Aucoin is doing really well in Calgary this season. http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/1288/career;_ylt=At4RG_r88wekPB8xlIaDhgdivLYF

    But that’s the past, as for the immediate present…

    If this story is indeed true let’s hope Hossa doesn’t trip and get that dreaded “high ankle sprain”

  325. Sulemaan says:

    From the peanut gallery here are my 5 cents:

    (1) Most incredible Habs comeback I’ve ever heard. Didn’t get to watch it so I went old-school and listened to it on the radio online. (Thank God I got home for the 3rd period.)

    (2) If there was any doubt about Michael Ryder’s ability to bring it in a big game, let there be none now. He showed up in that critical game against Toronto last year and got a hat trick. He did it again. 20 goals for the year is still possible.

    (3) The Rangers tried to go after Kovalev and they just mad him mad. But he didn’t just get mad he got even.

    (4) If there is anyone that still wants to trade Huet, please let me know after a game like this. Or for that matter, anyone else on this team?
    Let’s roll with this lineup all the way to June.

    (5) CH stands for CHampion and CHaracter.

  326. Rogie30 says:

    Amen brother, add a little size to the mix, and please keep that Streit, Ryder and Lapierre line together, we could go farrrr.

  327. The Teacher says:

    6th cent.

    KOMI picking the perfect time to fight.

  328. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Good post Sulemaan as usual but as for Ryder and Huet, who were monsters tonight and really brought it, I think it’s too little/too late as I have a feeling they’ll both be dealt on or before next Tuesday. I’ve always been proud of my Habs but never prouder than tonight. This win has not sunk in yet for me.

  329. Habhopeful says:

    i hope this will go to show ALL OUR FANS!!! that booing your team when there down, does not help, tonight our fans stuck with our habs and they DEFINATLEY helped the team, the team won physically and mentally tonight and we should all be rejoicing like crazy!!!! woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  330. HabsFanInTampa says:

    One word; WOW! I believe this game was the game the Habs needed to believe in themselves and realize that teamwork and “never say die” can conquer all. This is probably the game TV talking heads will be using as the Habs key season victory. To use the NFL as an example, The Giants were down two touchdowns to the lowly Bills in the second to final game of the season and were going to miss the playoffs. The Giants’ players picked themselves up just like the Habs did last night and came back to win. The team then had an aura of confidence that led them to the Super Bowl and eventually as SBXLII champions. This game last night, may hopefully have the same mental outcome for the Habs!!! :)

  331. Habs_008 says:

    Totally Agree with your Giant Analyst. I was actually at that Giants game, haha….It what a great win, this team will NEVER say DIE. That game last nite will be talked about for a long time…maybe years to come.

  332. WindsorHab-10 says:

    HABS WIN? Hey Dave Stubbs, is that a misprint?

  333. Shobud says:

    And once again THANK YOU DAVE for this site..After that game I think there would have been a riot, if we did not have this site to let our steam off..But I think you better speak to the habs and tell them not to pull that too often or you will have to triple the size of your servers LOL

  334. Lix says:

    Great win! Games like this is why you should never get too upset about the opposite game they had on Superbowl sunday.

    Please don’t fall in love too much with Ryder because of a couple good games lately. If some GM gets overly impressed with his game tonight and makes a crazy offer, move him!

    Also with the emergence of “Snatcher” O’Byrne, can we just offer Brisebois a job upstairs and get it over with?

  335. Shobud says:

    One thing I forgot to mention was HUet last night.. I think he and price have been working together.. I could not believe how cool he was ,handling the puck last night.. I got a real kick out of that

  336. kostystsinbrothersarethefuture says:

    Amazing game! I have no words to descrive it!. When I saw the celebration at the end of the game, I told myself ” this is unity, this is a TEAM “.

  337. WindsorHab-10 says:

    When I saw Smolinski & Brisebois as scratches for tonight’s game, I told myself”this is unity, this is a TEAM”.

  338. Habhopeful says:

    Here are my thoughts:

    – Mark Streit has to be signed, he is worth alot to this team, very versatile and has good puck passing abilities.

    – Komisarek’s post game comments were very, I dont want to say moving but it seems its the only word I can use, About the whole team going to war for each other and that everyone did there part.

    – Good for Ryder for playing his heart out, he was the most noticeable player on the ice last night…For facts sakes was right about his above comments about Ryder and Price, but there not going to send down Price, it just goes to show that both our goalies are needed, we can’t rely on only one goalie, although price maybe the future, Both goalies are the present…Great goalie Tandem, when one has a bad night, the other one can lend a hand…

    – Got to hand it to the fans for sticking through the game and encouraging our team to never say never, The fans should have received Jagr’s star because they played a big part. Goes to show we should never downplay our team even in the worst of times because they live off our excitement and they do it for us.

    – O’byrne and Gorges are VERY good players, they are showing there true value to this team.

    – Markov’s pokecheck in overtime was a game saver on Jagr on the 2 on 1.

    – The reffing last night was completely bull**** against the habs, so many non-calls and so many bull**** calls but in the third period, they started going our way but only a tad.

    – Huet was determined to win it for us in the S.O and he played stellar.

    – Although I don’t agree with Komisarek fighting because he is more Valuable to us on the ice rather than in the box, he picked a good time to do it and bloodied Dubinsky, that guy had it coming, who is he to talk shit about Komisaurus, but it would have been better if it was Avery because I hated his reaction to his goal and it pissed me off so much but what better revenge to get on the N.Y Rangers then to come back and win from a 5-0 deficit…

    – The Sens must have checked the scoreboard during there game and seen the score and been a little happy and then by the time there game ended and found out what the Habs did, they probably couldn’t believe it.

    All in all congratulations to the habs for such an inspiring win and now lets bring the CUP HOME!!!!!

    Gimme an AMEN Brotha!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry this was so long but i had to get it out…

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  339. Ed says:

    Amen! Amen! Excellent comments and analysis.

  340. odber says:

    They refused to lose and played with an incredible tenacity that was really somthing to see in the third.My hats off to Ryder who has really hung in there when most would have sulked and been a problem in the dressing room,great game.

  341. Shobud says:

    IAN Where are you.. I want you hear to tell them that we were right after all..CHEMISTRY..You must be as happy as me this morning

  342. habsguy says:

    WOW…The TSN site has the Habs interested in Sundin…I don’t like it…..and thoughts ???

  343. rogus says:

    Having Sundin on our team would be the equivalent of Chretien sleeping with Mila Mulroney! A strange and disturbing sight.

  344. Ed says:

    Ryder has sure taken a lot of abuse this year, both from fans and the media, and really from his coach who has made him a healthy scratch on 10 different occasions. Can you imagine what this does to a player’s confidence, plus it has to affect his game conditioning. Through it all, Ryder has kept his composure, and has remained the penultimate team player.

    Now, let’s look at a few positives in Ryder’s play this year. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the PP, because he is no longer a factor there. However, at even strength, Ryder is -1, and we all know how this compares to last year’s +/-.

    In even strength goals, Ryder now has 10 in 51 games, compared to 13 in 82 games in 2006-07. Those 10 goals would prorate to 16 over 82 games, a definite improvement over last year. At his current pace he should get 14 in 72 games, provided he plays all games. Also, there are only 3 players with more even strength goals. They are Kovalev and Plekanec with 13; Latendresse with 12; and Higgins is tied with Ryder with 10.

    I think it is a positive sign that Ryder is producing at even strength, even with the 10 healthy scratches, and the reduced ice time per game as compared to last year. I also like the line he is presently on, as he seems to be playing well with Streit and Lapierre.

    One more thing, I feel that through the 4 game winning streak, Carbonneau has pretty well left the lines intact. I think that this is a good thing, and even last night, when down 5-0, he stuck with the lines, and this had to send a positive message to all the players.

  345. Ed says:

    The only negative that Ian can get out of this game is the 5 goals against, and the shots against. The 5 goals against is not good for Ian’s 3 criteria for evaluating the team’s success.

  346. showey47 says:

    Not crazy about it either, everyone knows he is going back to the laffs next season even if he does get traded to us or anyone else. Why should we stockpile the laffs farm system for the sake of a rental? I would rather bring in a much younger impact player who we can have for 5 years or so.

  347. AndyF says:

    Please can we get a bunch of game photos of this one? And I won’t lie to you — I WILL steal one and use it as a desktop background image!

    please please please please… ?

  348. showey47 says:

    I never even realized that carbo didn’t go into his line juggling act.

  349. Corio says:

    Holy smokes what a second and third period! No words can describe my amazement!

  350. habsguy says:

    showey47 …Totally 100% agree with you…..

  351. Habs_008 says:

    Wheres For Facts sake? I want his input on the game. lol! What is he gonna say now? Whats he gonna blame this on? or will he finaly give credit, to where credit is do? Prolly not.

  352. Ed says:

    I am sure that Gainey will never do the leafs any favours. I agree with you about a younger player who will be around for awhile.

  353. Scotty90 says:

    To Mr. Stubbs….. Dave, the 5-0 comeback last night is a record (99 years!) what was the previous record? and what edition of the Habs set it?

    Thank you

  354. Habs_008 says:

    we were down 4 to the Rangers in ’91 and came back and won that one. I think thats it.

  355. Scotty90 says:

    He was probably drooling so much about attacking us here today when it was 5-0…..that he drowned in his own pus when he had to suck it all back in :)

  356. wd40 says:

    i love the photo above of Huet in Komi’s arms.

    I still have no words to do justice to this one. Buddy of mine was at the game last night and said the noise level was the loudest he’s ever heard …it kept ramping up after every goal (ultimately to 11).

    The amplitude between the LOW (5:03 of the 2nd period) and the HIGH (15:38 of the 3rd) is what is so mind-blowing in this game. This was easily the best game in the last 10+ years and, for me, definitely rivals that 3rd OT game in ’92 against the Nordiques (which certainly took some years off my life), but in terms of that amplitude I mention above, I don’t think anything comes close.

  357. habsguy says:

    can you watch the games here on the net ????

  358. Rogie30 says:

    Funny, just wondering which team we are, the one that was behind 5-0, or the one that looked like the 1970s version of the Habs. Somewhere in between would be nice.

  359. Ed says:

    Don’t worry. He was here. Go to the next page where he posted, I believe, at 7:04.

  360. 24 Cups says:

    The game ball (puck) should go to Ian on behalf of everyone on this site. He has never wavered in his support and enthusiasm for the team and the road that it has been on this year. Many of us (me included), go up and down like a rollercoaster from game to game. We constantly want to trade or bench players – fire the coach – or outwit Gainey. Not Ian. He is always steady as a rock – even when we start a game like last night which was impossible to win after the first few Ranger goals. Or so everyone thought. There’s still a long way to go this year and I’m sure that there will be some more twists and turns on that rollercoaster (try not to fall off!) but Ian’s steadfast belief in the Habs will serve as a model for all of us to follow.

    This game’s for you Ian!

    The Original 24 Cups

  361. bigjames says:

    i watch them all on nhl.com. i live in hong kong and have no choice! i have them on at work in the mornings…

  362. wd40 says:

    haha… scotty i was thinking the same thing.

  363. Rogie30 says:

    Any Jokinen rumors, that would be one player that would peak my interest. Great comeback boys, amazing.

  364. krob1000 says:

    I wonder how many players whoare going to be free agetns, etc. saw last night’s game and are thinking about Montreal as a possible destination.

  365. RetroMikey says:

    Did anyone record the game on RDS on DVD? Would love to purchase a copy! If so, send me an e-mail at
    canadiens@sympatico.ca

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

  366. wd40 says:

    Your’e right. Here’s a great site which analyzes line pairings and ice times:

    http://www.cs.unb.ca/%7Emwf/habs/

  367. krob1000 says:

    One game does not mean we still don’t want to upgrade if the opportunity presents itself. You of all people know that. You think Gainey said to the other G.M.’s ..”I am no longer interested in an impact player…we just had our best comeback in history”. Me thinks not…..and me knows you think not as well. There is nothing negative about wanting to improve.

  368. Ed says:

    No, I have not looked at those, but it a good suggestion. I will probably look at it before the weekend. Thanks for the suggestion. As for Koivu, I think we would be lost without him. He is a great captain. He would have more points if his wingers produced more, and that included Ryder early in the year. Also, I have a feeling that Koivu’s PP time is down from last year, because of the success of the Plekanec line.

    Yes, the players and fans now know they can come back from a deficit. This helps their winning percentage when trailing after both the 1st and 2nd periods. Also, the Rangers are not a shabby team to come back against.

  369. Ed says:

    Thanks, that’s a great site, which fortunately I bookmarked sometime last year. You could spend hours there if you wanted.

  370. Pay Julay says:

    Thanks for the help everyone… I have a friend that is a techno geek, I’ll try and see if he can help me… Retro Mikey, I’ll let you know if it’s possible when I find out.

  371. Scotty90 says:

    Lecavalier made a comment last week that Montreal was now on the list of choice locations for many players. Last night will only add to that!

  372. Ed says:

    Click on PHOTOS at the top of this page. There are photos there from all the Habs games.

  373. krob1000 says:

    Anyone who plays on the second unit of a pp will have lesser numbers from a points per minutes perspective. It is really simple but often overlooked……when you first get a powerplay the draw is in the other end while the first unit is on. The only way they leave the ice is if the puck gets dumped….even then it is usually only after the one minute mark they would go off. So if the puck starts in our end after the one minute mark the second unit gets on the ice……the defense will ususally wait for them to get set before advancing. They then have to reset and gain the zone…if they mess up once that may be the end of their powerplay althought he stats will show they played 45 sec’s to one minute. If they do gain the zone they may get 40 seconds or so while the first unit doesn’t have to waste time gaining the zone.

  374. Pay Julay says:

    I recorded it on my PVR, I’ll try to figure out how to transfer it to my computer and then I’ll burn a copy for you on a DVD. Let me know if you know how this is possible.

  375. Habhopeful says:

    Whoever has time should read all this, its hilarious step by step of rangers fans reactions to the game…it feels so good, i just wanna make an account there to rub it, im still overjoyed by that win last nite!!!!!

    http://community.msgnetwork.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/54210655/m/321106122/p/1

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  376. cautiousoptimist says:

    Ugh.

    My “favourite” quote on that site:

    Comment:
    “Originally posted by kc1313: I hate Canadien fans, they are such whiners and the refs feel obliged to call penalties. The league wants the Canadiens to do well, it’s always been that way. NHL referees are so gutless, I really want to see a coach or GM let them have it in a post game interview.”

    Response:
    “I couldn’t agree more. And let’s not forget what a bunch of sniveling anti-Americans they are as well.”

    Well isn’t that guy just precious. I’m not sure what game these guys were watching, but won’t they be thrilled when we snivel all the way to the Stanley Cup!

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  377. habs33 says:

    It’s frustrating as a Habs fan to have countless games go unaired here in Nova Scotia. TSN has missed out on carrying two epic games lately, last nights and the shootout winner against Philly.

    I don’t know what the possibility is of the Canadiens teaming up with a major network as the Sens have done with SportsNet East. I personally hate the SportsNet coverage and could care less about the Sens, but knowing there was a dedicated network out there (in English) would be great for the Habs fans east of Quebec.

    Was there not a live internet feed in the works this year? What happened there?

  378. habs33 says:

    I’d love to get a copy of that as well. Let me know what our options are. Thanks!

  379. idle says:

    I can’t take credit for this one as it was just a smiley I found on the net, but this one is an animated gif and I have used other animated gif as avatars before and they work fine. Not sure why your’s won’t work. It could have to do with the file size or dimentions that you upload. If the file cannot keep it’s proportions when it is resized then the animation may not play.

  380. idle says:

    I have the Divx of that. It’s not the best picture quality but still an interesting watch.

  381. Blitzen says:

    I STILL don’t think Gainey will trade for a top player. He is merely contributing to increasing the price for whoever is interested in that talent. After all, we may have to play those teams in the playoffs so you want them to have to send enough talent the other way to at least partly cancel out the addition from the trade.

    Gainey rarely if ever gives his game away. Why would he suddenly be all over the media talking about being a big player when his team is going so well? He’s getting into the other GMs’ heads…
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  382. Ed says:

    Thanks for the link. I don’t have time to read it all, but it is interesting to see how the fans on the other side react. There are some derogatory racist comments, but that does not surprise me. I liked the comment that this game will go down as one of the most embarrassing losses of all time for the Rangers. Also, that same fan said that from now on, when the Rangers have a lead, they will not feel as confident. I feel that this will apply to all teams when they play us from now on. This game should have many long term benefits for the HABS.

  383. idle says:

    So you are saying the next time we play the Rangers we should spot them 6 ?

  384. Habhopeful says:

    lol there a bunch of funny F***s, By the way RDS is playing Canadiens Express at 1:00 or 1:30 today…

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  385. Blitzen says:

    Reading the French papers this morning. A couple of things I had missed yesterday. Everyone has heard that Lats’ slightly older brother is now in the organization. The younger Lats says that he had asked Julien Brisebois if the Habs might make a play to get him. He and his dad got a call a few days ago during dinner where Olivier informed them that he had been acquired by the Habs. Gui says the Habs won’t regret it. Now I’m not going to get all excited but the guy can skate and has some offensive pop. He’s apparently developed some grit as well. Eventual fourth line C? Who knows, maybe playing with his brother will light a fire. Maybe TWO fires. I think this is another example of how the current Habs organization treats its players like a family. They didn’t have to go out and get Lats Senior but they spent the time to do it and it didn’t cost us much. Now they’ll get to workout together during training camp without having to ask for permission like they did last year. Daddy Lats says that he laid off the wine after the call because he figured he’d start balling if he got slightly tipsy. He was obviously a VERY happy father.

    Also, there’s a report on one of our D prospects: André Benoit. The guy played a key offensive role in Hamilton last year but felt he wouldn’t play enough this year and opted to go to Finland. Well, he’s beginning to turn some serious heads apparently. He might very well be turning into yet another solid D prospect and we hold his rights for several years still. Timmins says that he was against the proposed move at first but that he can’t argue with the results so far.
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  386. Blitzen says:

    You can often get the feeds on channelsurfing.net but not always and not last night unfortunately.
    _____________________________________________________
    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  387. Ed says:

    Your analysis is right on, especially when the PP begins in the other team’s zone. Your description is what happens most of the time. Then there is the extreme where the 1st PP unit keeps the puck in the other team’s zone, but can’t score. There are no whistles, and thus nobody can leave the ice. In this case the 2nd unit is lucky to get any time at all. In your scenario, with the defense waiting for the 2nd unit to set up, I think it is fair to say that, even if the 2nd unit gets the same amount of ice time on a particular PP, the ice time they get is not of the same quality as the 1st unit.

  388. Robert L says:

    I’ll never forget Alex Kovalev, throwing his entire body into the shot that gave the Canadiens the tying goal, so much so, that he rolled over himself onto his back and went fetal. Kicking legs and pumping arms, Kovalev rose with the snow on his back into a jubilant glee that was one of the most awesome goal celebrations I can recall. The Bell Centre crowd erupted as a whole and it looked like Kovalev’s limbs were being raised by the simultaneous momentum of the fans motions.

    The Power Of Team Effort.

    http://wwwrealitycheckeyesontheprize.blogspot.com/2008/02/power-of-team-effort.html

  389. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Habs33: You need to do what I did. Bite the bullet, pay $149.00 and subscribe to NHL Center Ice. Actually if you subscribe now, it’s only $59.00 for the remainder of the season plus the first two rounds of the playoffs.

  390. coutNY says:

    idle how did you get the animation to work in your avitar? I tried using a GIF format with animated software which basically takes different snapshots of pictures, which worked when opening a photo, but when I upload it to the site it won’t move… Any suggestions?

  391. Sulemaan says:

    Give them a fair handicap. 10 goals should do it. :-)

  392. Ed says:

    A few days ago, there were links to various newspaper articles on the game the night before. This is supposed to be a permanent fixture. Does anyone know if this is hidden away somewhere on the main page? Or it could be that it has not been set up yet, because the guys are doing their Puckcast, as per Mr. Boone.

  393. secretdragonfly says:

    And no, you can’t have Kovalev back.

  394. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I read in this morning’s St. Petersburg Times that the Lightning are in need of a goaltender (duh, no s*#t) and are interested in Cristobal Huet. The NHL GM’s meeting is down in Naples and Jay Feaster is going to make a pitch. It looks like the Lightning are willing to unload Brad Richards.

  395. Blitzen says:

    It usually isn’t hidden.
    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  396. Scotty90 says:

    You would think you could save as a file share on your computer and people can download it bit-torrent? How do people share movies? i.t. expert please?

  397. 24 Cups says:

    kRob – It’s scary how we get to know each other’s thought patterns after posting on this site for awhile – I guess we are transparent to a degree! You know me well my fine young friend. My tip of the hat to Ian was more a case of trying to be supportive of a positive viewpoint rather than some of the constant negativity that can be part of a fan website. (case in point – all hell with break loose if we lose to Columbus on Saturday! There will be a trading frenzy until Tuesday at 3pm). Only a man like Ian would have thought that we could have won last night’s game after going down 5-0. I just wanted to acknowledge that for a change.

    I just posted on Mike Boone’s site and that may give you a better idea of where I’m at in terms of the Habs making any major deals. I think you do have to consider the team chemistry that appears to be forming right now. That aside, I think we all have to let our emotions subside after today and realize that this is like a grand chess game – that there are still moves to be made and all of those moves are inter-related to eventually winning the ultimate match, that being #25.

    The Original 24 Cups

  398. coutNY says:

    Fletcher is rummored to be asking for 2 Player/prospects and 2 Picks for Sundin? The guy must be nuts but some GM will probably do it is the funny thing. Hopefully not ours!

  399. Blitzen says:

    I don’t want Brad Richards’ bloated contract and I’m not sure I want to trade Huet.
    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  400. Blitzen says:

    Gainey will NEVER give him that much for a rental…

    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  401. Scotty90 says:

    I can just imagine mr. fact sakes hobbling around like that in his living room when the score was 5-0.

  402. 24 Cups says:

    Blitzen – I wouldn’t hold your breath – they traded Urquhart for him which isn’t saying much. He was a huge disaster from the 2003 draft when the Habs could have had Bergeron or Weber. Anything has to be an upgrade on that guy. Thanks for the digging of info.

    The Original 24 Cups

  403. Blitzen says:

    I know but since Urquart has been such a failure, this guy can’t be worse and the cost was low. Maybe getting him will light a fire under Gui.
    _____________________________________________________
    Remember February 19th: The Comeback

  404. coutNY says:

    Yeah but are we willing to unload HUET if for nothing less than Vinny himself? We’re firing on all cylinders and if I were to adding a player it would have to be either A)a franchise player goal scorer or B) an upgrade role player. We sit in a position of strength. We have a unit that has chemistry, consistancy, and balance.

    Richards is not worth giving up a #1 goalie in Huet going into the playoffs in my opinion. Especially taking on $5 million extra per year for his services.

  405. Corio says:

    LMAO! This forum thread is priceless! Those idiots go from being slightly cautious in their assessment of the game to bashing the players, the French, the fans, and then the organization followed by placing their tails between their legs and whimpering about how depressing it is to lose that much of a lead..

    I LOVE IT!

  406. krob1000 says:

    I know Ian is captain positive and that is why he is one of my favourites on here but I have a very strong desire to upgrade this deadline if possible. Too many people have said all along that this is not our year next year is, etc……that to me is ridiculous given the fact that anything can happen in the playoffs. I agree witht he chemistry issue and that is why a guy like Prospal wouldn’t work but guys like Jokinen(captain) or Hossa (grew up in Ottawa asa hockey player…great system…very team oriented) or even Tanguay (Colorado background or Sundin(captain), these are all guys who are capable of joining any locker room without disrupting it.

  407. coutNY says:

    I skipped threw the thread.. It was like the titanic. From “I’m on top of the World,” to “Oh sh*#t who put that ICEBerg out in front of the boat..”

    I suggest flipping from tabs in this order 1 to 4 to 7,8,9 should give the gist!

  408. wd40 says:

    yeah, some hilarious comments.. but also some really disturbing ones.

  409. habs33 says:

    I think Lecavalier and Tanguay are the only players out there I would genuinely be interested in the Habs persuing. I haven’t looked at cap hits, salaries or any of that, but purely on a skill and passion level, they look like good fits.

    On a side note, I’m glad Forsberg isn’t ready to come back – to me he’s too much of a liability and not worth the risk.

  410. the Maritimer says:

    Sign up for RDS in a French package through Rogers cable if available, only costs about $8.00 per month. You get all 82 games and get to polish up on your Francais hockey terminology.

    I’ve had the Center Ice package and some of the American broadcasts and production are terrible.

  411. wd40 says:

    it was a thing of beauty. forever etched in my mind.

  412. habs33 says:

    Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback.

  413. coutNY says:

    Yahoo usually offers some good pics… I think the guy must have left after the score was 5-0 this time though…
    View here>>>

  414. wd40 says:

    You know what would have been even sweeter? Doing that to Toronto! LOL.

  415. PGHABS says:

    I hope Gainey got Sather to watch the highlights last night in Florida

    _______________________________________
    Pessimism is a cowards way out.

  416. wd40 says:

    As far as I can tell you have a few options, but neither are what i would call “easy”:

    * For the really gutsy, you can open your PVR, remove the HD, and connect that to your PC (this process is described in detail here: http://www.overclock.net/faqs/80785-how-get-recorded-events-off-your.html).

    * Use this cable (http://www.circuittest.com/Data/211-348.JPG) to plug your digital video camera (assuming you have one) into your PVR; once you have the video on your camera, I assume you know how to download to your computer.

    * Get a TV tuner card for your PC, or all-in-one card or something similar, and just directly record the video onto your computer.

  417. Richard B says:

    RDS all the way!
    I am in NL and watch about 80 games in french.
    I am not good at french, but I have learned the word “but”, “baton” “eleve” (I have not learned how to spell these words though)
    and I know all their names in french. Koivu, Kovalev, markov
    lol
    It is better to watch on RDS anyway becasue TSN and CBC and the “sens” channel are all bias and they make me want to puke listening to them.

  418. RetroMikey says:

    Pay Julay:

    Thx for the response. I’m bad at new technology on how you would record it from a PVR to a computer my friend. Let me know if you can do this for me. I will pay and send me an e-mail! Respect!

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

  419. frank81 says:

    Getty Images has 23 photos (with annoying watermark, unfortunately) here

  420. Ed says:

    There are some great pictures here.
    #6 – Koivu celebrating his goal
    #7 – Kovalev on one knee after his first goal
    #9 – Kovalev on his back after his tying goal, and Koivu celebrating
    #13 – the team celebrating the win, with Jean Beliveau in the background

  421. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I would hate to see Huet leave, especially for Brad Richards. Huet has been a team player and shows up to play every night without ever complaining. You’re absolutely correct, the ONLY player that would look good in a Habs jersey at this point would be Vincent Lecavalier. Anything less than Vinny for Huet and I would keep him. The team has chemistry right now and you don’t want to mess with that.

  422. Lix says:

    I think they changed Ryder’s third goal to Streit. It seems like the right call as it looked like it bounced of Streit’s leg. Great game by Ryder regardless.

  423. Shiloh says:

    I’ve had a very difficult time getting on this website – maybe every Habs fan in the world is trying to get on.

    Sulemaan, you are right in your observations – as usual. Isn’t it great when a couple of guys (Ryder and Huet) whose stars seems to be fading find a way to make a difference? I thought the refereeing was brutally one-sided but we still managed to come back.

    Lots of great performances tonight from unsung players – Jeff Gorges played super as did SKostitsyn.

    The usual suspects – Kovy, AK46, Hammer and KOMISAREK – were awesome.

    And Saku scored the winner. I shouldn’t be opening a bottle of wine at this time of the night – I have a presentation to deliver at 9:00 am tomorrow. But this is a special occasion.

  424. planet habs says:

    Imagine how the rangers feel? remember when we lost to them a couple of weeks ago, up by 3 goals. It almost destroyed us. I think NY will now go on a losing streak, because it’s a devastating loss for them, but who cares? we won, and that’s all that counts. I really want to see this game again. I watched on MSG and those guys are such homers, and even belittled hab fans. so who is laughing now?

  425. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Double WOW.

  426. Shobud says:

    It just shows how good these guys are..Everyone wants a trade and I don’t know why..And to all those that complain I told you about chemistry.. Well you saw it tonight..Huet must have told himself enough..When he bears down he is great..Don’t knock Price.. Everyone has a bad game, but the two of them are backing each other like crazy..That was a great win and could really make them a much better team

  427. RudeMood19 says:

    Best part was wiping that crotchstain grin of Avery’s smug little face.

    What a Win.

    We have witnessed history gentleman.

    Bring on the Pens, and I don’t even care if Sid is playing or not.

    This game, for me, is top 5 all time.

  428. The Teacher says:

    TRADERYDER WHERE ARE YOU?

    Why am i only seeing 5-10 posts perpage now?

  429. mjames says:

    Amazing! Great confidence builder. Keeping my fingers crossed that Gainey does not give away the nucleus and future of this team for a rental. They never work. Let this team grow. Please!!

    I feel really good for Ryder. This was a real shot in the arm for him as well as the team.

    Kovey and Koivu showed leadership.

    mjames

  430. mjames says:

    I live in CT so I had the MSG feed also. These guys are real homers. They were shocked and shaking their heads during the game wrap up.

    mjames

  431. cautiousoptimist says:

    I don’t even have words for this. I want to run outside and yell “Ole” at the top of my lungs!

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  432. ClaytonM says:

    Jesse Owens

    Secretariat

    The 3rd period play of the Montreal Canadiens on February 19th, 2008

    I’ve been watching our Habs play game in, game out for several years now without missing a match. I’ve been a fan since I was 7 years old and started to appreciate how special they were before going on to win 4 Cups in a row. I’ve been there when any normal team, the Habs included, would have played that 3rd period just to go through the motions.

    I have never seen a team come out and dominate their opponent in every single aspect of play before. I’m proud of every single one of them, every one in the organization, and especially every fan who was at the game tonight. At a time when I was asking myself if that was a whistle in the ref’s pocket or was he just happy to have $100 on the new york ringers tonight, I’m proud to be a fan of the Habs as well. What other city cheers their team for winning a face-off in their zone with 20 seconds left in regulation? What other fans know when the ref, or in tonight’s case linesman, blows the call en masse? Only in Montreal, people. Only in Montreal.

    The Ghosts are back!

    The Fans are back!

    The Cup is soon to follow!!!

  433. cautiousoptimist says:

    Oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Ole Ole Oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Oleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  434. SUMO says:

    I second mjames opnion. Bob keep this team together. No trades! After this game, the guys you have now deserve a shot at competing for a cup. Man what a game and a comeback!

  435. cautiousoptimist says:

    My buddy wanted to bet me $100 that the Habs wouldn’t come back from 5-0, and I was too much of a wuss to take him up on it. Boys, I’m sorry I doubted you.

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  436. dusty baker says:

    Habs fans did not comport themselves too well, to be honest. Sure, there were some mediocre calls made, but the reason the Habs were down 5-0 was because the Habs were playing poorly, not because of a couple of Zebras.

  437. habsgod says:

    TWILLINGATOR!WE MIGHT NOT ALWAYS AGREE!BUT TONIGHT MY FELLOW HABS BROTHER I AGREE!WITH YOU !!THE BEST COMEBACK IN TEAM HISTORY!

  438. Roy-Rules says:

    The ghosts from the Montreal Forum have woken up and finally decided to move to the Bell Centre. Go Habs Go!!

  439. Habhopeful says:

    Everyone should not bring any players down and we should ADORE our goalie tandem right now because we will need both of them, both goalies have off nights and when one does the other will be there to help the other….anyone see price shoot his hat on the rink after ryders 3rd goal, although they gave it to streit…theres the 20 yr old in him…GO HABS GO! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  440. Jonnyboy says:

    Yea, I assumed that it was changed. I more on a page though.

  441. ddawwidd says:

    I. Did. Not. Watch. It.

    Went to bed 2 hours earlier, set my stereo to wake me up (in my time zone the game starts at 1 a.m.). It didn’t work and I missed the game… [insert your profanity here].

  442. RudeMood19 says:

    GUYS one more thing, i think the Streit, Ryder, and Lapierre line looks pretty damn good don’t you think?

    Higgins played amazing too, he dominated the boards down low, as did Koivu.

  443. RudeMood19 says:

    that’s why God invented NHL.com video highlights.

    =P

  444. cautiousoptimist says:

    Dude, Ole.

    Oh-frickin-lay.

    http://www.flickeringpictures.com

  445. Shobud says:

    Everyone is on the new chat

  446. Mr.Hazard says:

    I died today… 5 times.

    Ex nihilo nihil fit

  447. RudeMood19 says:

    yeh i saw that, you know the Habs were in the zone when they didn’t seem to lose a faceoff when they were down 5-4…CLUTCH

  448. habsgod says:

    GOD IS HABS FAN
    THIS IS GOD’S TEAM!
    GO!! HABS GO!!

  449. Girth says:

    Bob … don’t touch a thing!

  450. Habhopeful says:

    it m ust have been sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo f’in loud at the bell center

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  451. Sulemaan says:

    Don – I suspect the people you are presenting to might have an extra drink tonight as well to celebrate the win. Thanks for the kind words.

    (BTW – My old man went to Lakehead…)

  452. Wayne says:

    Ahh dude! By far, you missed the best HAB game of the (new) millenium. It was like; Shock and Awe X2, the Coyote finally drop kicking Roadrunner, a successful manned Mars landing, George Bush pronouncing NUCLEAR, clearly! Dude, the universe opened up and dropped a third period on us that will never escape… well, you get the picture. :)

  453. Wayne says:

    Good point. We have seen it often enough this year. Could be the lingering high from the Flyers series in their system before the game which saw a relatively hot Ranger team come straight out of the gate. Obviously early on, we were caught flatfooted with some super shaky G-tending. It takes individual prep and it varies player to player. I can tell you one thing though, it takes nights like this to remind them that they can indeed bounce back, regardless of team preparation. One can say the coach’s words may just finally be sinking in and the leaders are starting to act accordingly. At least that’s what I’ve noticed during the last 10 games.

  454. T-roy West says:

    I’m pretty sure Ryder only got two goals.

  455. Sulemaan says:

    Bro, you get lemons you make lemonade. You get eggs you make eggnog. :-)

    Besides I think 99% of the fans here thought the Habs were done at 5-0 and the other 1% ‘misremember’ (to quote Rogers Clemens) what they thought the final outcome was going to be.

  456. Rogie30 says:

    Was watching the game with friends, after we scored the third goal, I said look out. The Rangers were laying back, thinking it was over, but we never gave up. Never let the highs be too high, or the lows too low. Great win, fellas.

  457. Rogie30 says:

    Only if Huet gets the save, lol.

  458. Chuck says:

    Freakin’ right I saw that! I love the fact that Huet and Price support each other (and the rest of the team) so well… what a great combinaton!

    GO Habs Go!!!

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  459. Chuck says:

    I think that the goalie that’s on the ice when the winning goal is scored (Huet) gets the win… though I could be wrong. Anyone want to clarify?

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  460. coutNY says:

    I agree about the snakebitten to some degree,(which I agree eroded his confidence) but busting his balls all year I say not like last night. After the first 30 games of not producing up to par (as a goal scorer) Carbo had very few choices on what to do to bolster the lines numbers. He had to try different conbonations, reduce time to give opportunity to others who were finding the net, and ultimately bench him to try to light a fire under his A$$.
    I agree he should not have been benched in some cases, but in previous benchings did not seem to have the disired effect, as benching other players like Begin or Dandy or even Latendresse. As you admit he had a nonshalant games which must have infuriarted Carbo because even after a good hustling game from Ryder, he found the Pressbox. Carbo was looking for more… Above average production or passion.

  461. Blitzen says:

    Even if we lose this game, Gainey won’t make a big trade. Again, the Habs are way ahead of where pundits were placing them early in the year. How could those same pundits, who were basically calling for Gainey to be drawn and quartered before the season, now say that he’s a loser if he doesn’t make a trade? They have no leg to stand on anymore. Barring a total collapse, Gainey can afford to wait and not spend his youth on a rental. I could see something like Fedorov but not anything bigger.

    I listen to streaming Radio Canada radio in the morning and François Gagnon is getting his nose rubbed in the dirt just about every morning after a Habs win by the show’s host…giving him a list of crow recipes and the like. Gagnon laughs but I don’t think he’s enjoying it.

  462. Xtrahabsfan says:

    If anything this game will show us what we do or don’t need on are march to the big show.It is time for the Habs to put a licking on the Rangers and that means that the other lines beside the Kovalev line must produce.Now in previous matches against the Rangers big Paul Mera and the rest of their D shut down our forwards with out a fight ,this must change.To be honest I don’t think we’re gonna win this one”and I really hate that”but IF WE ARE TO LOOSE, this is the time before the Trade deadline is over. I would love nothing more than a total wipe out of the Rangers and Ryder scores a hat trick,go habs go!

  463. Robert L says:

    It is the photo from his pilot’s licence.

  464. Chuck says:

    It was like they won game seven of a conference final!

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  465. Ryan says:

    The best thing about this game was watching the team celebrating afterwards.

  466. Chuck says:

    Nothing like kicking a guy when he’s down, eh?

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  467. Lix says:

    Not meant to bash Breezeby as much as to proclaim my love for this D-unit as is. Young, Tough, Mobile, and full of Playmakers…..everything the Leafs wish they had by anyone not named Kaberle.

  468. Blitzen says:

    Who will be the Unexpected Scorer of the Night© for the Habs?

    I say O’Byrne. Also going to place a few bucks on Bégin getting a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. I know – long shot – but weirder things have happened. Bégin looks feisty right about now.
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  469. Blitzen says:

    It’s gonna be a bloody battle until we score three on the PP. Then it’ll be a carnage.
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    Jesus Price: the Blocker, the Glove and the Holy Post

  470. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    BIG PHYSICAL TEST…

    KOVY SAID, “IF THEY GO AFTER ME THEY KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN”

    WE BETTER BE READY TONIGHT….ITS GOING TO BE A WAR.

    THE BIGGEST WAR OF THE SEASON…

    THE REFS BETTER BE READY…

    MY BLOOD IS BOILING ALREADY…MAYBE KOSTOP SHOULD BE DRESSED…and WHATEVER FIGHTER WE HAVE IN THE MINORS…

    this is GOING TO BE A BLOODY BATTLE.

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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

  471. Scotty90 says:

    I had forgotten that Hollweg plays with the Rangers….. should be interesting.

  472. The Teacher says:

    #1, I just have to laugh at Theodore on Zetterberg’s 2nd goal tonight. too funny.
    #2 Man did Lidstrom get rattled or what?

  473. Shobud says:

    Missed the game tonight

  474. Habs_008 says:

    Nothing Dirty on that hit as well…it was a good shot.

  475. wild flower says:

    4 to 0 for Detroit (shots 40 to 18 in favor of Detroit). Theodore was the 3rd star in a losing cause.

  476. Jonnyboy says:

    I dont see Huet going.

  477. Sulemaan says:

    or the http://www.canadiens.com website. they have all of their games there.

  478. habfan53 says:

    go to tsn.ca

  479. usversusthem says:

    Thanks a lot!

  480. king ddd says:

    i wish this would happen….. koivu,halak,ryder,mtl’s 2008 1st round pick(its not so bad because if we keep that pik it ll probaly be like 25 or 28th pick over all so thats not bad) and put another draft pik in there for ….MY MAN VINNE LECAVALIER!)

  481. TradeRyder says:

    Every Hab fan would love to see that happen – who wouldn’t?

    But it’s not realistic. Throw Plekanec and O’Byrne in there and Tampa might buy you coffee.

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  482. the_vipah says:

    After giving up 3 pretty weak goals on sunday against Philly, Price prob needs a break.

  483. JF says:

    According to RDS last night, it’s Price. Seems the right decision to me; he hasn’t lost, he’s cool and composed in goal, he’s only 20 so shouldn’t get tired from playing a lot of games. Also Huet hasn’t beaten the Rangers, either this year or last. But it’ll be a tough game and a test of how good we really are.

  484. 1010 says:

    Watched Ryder and Huet contribute mightily to an unbelievable comeback. Then I realized it was all a dream. Both those guys were traded weeks ago.

    GO HABS.

  485. Stefman says:

    Ahem. ZING!

    I’d say quite a few critics are eating their words right about now.

  486. NightRyder says:

    Do you think any real fans want Ryder and Huet to stink? That’s insane. I’m guessing the vast majority of us want them to play as well as possible, then be flogged for future assets. Neither will be back next year, and the team can fare just fine without them. So let’s get something for them.

  487. Blitzen says:

    The Leafs STILL suck. HTH.

  488. G-Man says:

    More bleating? I must respond. Baa! Baa!

    Gilbert

  489. Richard B says:

    what are you smoking?

  490. HKisses says:

    LOL…..When they have these meetings their intended for the whole league not in refrence to one team like you say “For Habs Fans”……Can u explain why the Habs are 3rd in G/f? Can u Explain why they are tied for first in the east? …..Like i said b4 ur name should be Facts-For-Idiots…..THis is in reference to all teams in the NHL….If Habs weren’t first in powerplay what else would you be hating on about the Habs….. I hate to speaking to sorry losers since 67′ but hey its life when ur a bitter Leafs fan….. Its always good to be a true fan to a club that won the most Cups in NHL history…..To bad your not part of the club…. Did i forget to mention the last CANADIAN team to win the cup? ……Enjoy and stop watching Coachs corner

  491. Shiloh says:

    When you reduce the penalty for committing fouls you are letting SOME of the players play – the clutchers and grabbers and less-talented who interfere. You are actually PREVENTING the talented players from playing.

  492. Chuck says:

    One minute penalties would only encourage less-skilled players to clutch, grab, and break the rules more often, which would only slow down the game even more. Since any given penalty would potentally have less of an effect on the outcome of the game, you’d see more penalties taken, and thus Kovy would spend more time on the powerplay; which flies in the face of exactly what you’re trying to acomplish.

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  493. ZepFan2 says:

    “If they put this into the rules for regulation time OH BOY are the Habs ever in trouble!”

    LMFAO.

    Dude, you’ve got five for instigating!

  494. Habs_008 says:

    You claimed in earlier posts that you are just a “hockey fan”, you dont like any team. So Why do you Hate the habs soooooooo much? what is it about the team that bothers you? why waste your time on a site about the habs if you hate them? Do you have anything better to do with your life? Do you have a life?

  495. wd40 says:

    yeah, good idea. let’s penalize teams who have managed to put together a good PP :) wouldn’t be the first time in NHL the mighty Habs have been catalysts for change in that department. to me this is another move which would encourage further parity and this rule, in particular, would do nothing more than dilute the league and help buoy the shitty teams like Toronto.

  496. aungthwin says:

    If this is adopted, I’d also look at having the faceoff in the offensive zone (no matter where the penalty occured). You only get one minute on the PP, but at least you get the chance to start off in the zone. Not that this would help the Habs and their awful faceoff percentage too much…

  497. yukonhab says:

    Team effort …team comeback….team huge f@#$%^& WIN! WE need no one…let;s take this effort to the bank and roll it into the post season…getter done!

    Best game for the Habs and the bar is raised!

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  498. Lix says:

    Look, I love this team, it’s a great mix that for the most part will only get better over the next few years.

    However, this anti-trade sentiment that comes around now is crazy. If they can add a Sundin to this line-up (without giving up any of the actives now) then I say DO IT QUICK! They are a good team but I think it’s a stretch to say they are LEGIT cup contenders right now. Add Sundin and they are much closer.

  499. Habby67 says:

    Hmmmmmm very interesting. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  500. Shiloh says:

    I have to believe that he quicker than his brother.

  501. coutNY says:

    Yet another small fry? … 5’10 195 lbs. I hope he’s quicker cause he’s a hell of a lot smaller.

  502. Y says:

    So who went the other way? All it says is that he was assigned to an ECHL team

    I guess Guimauve will be a happy boy, might even score tonight!

  503. coutNY says:

    Update: I guess we gave up Cory Urquhart??? rumor has it…

  504. HKisses says:

    no Because more of their goals come in REGULATION….not overtime….Sure it can affect them, But they have more games won in regulation time…..

  505. Rugger says:

    No, because the better the power play, the more likely to score in the first minute. Actually hurts the bad power play teams more.

  506. Dave Stubbs says:

    The rule change under consideration is for overtime only. It won’t make a huge difference.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette

     

  507. Shobud says:

    Why even give penalties..Just give them a smack on the hand and let them play.. I think someone gave your brain a penalty for life

  508. planet habs says:

    If we’re such a tough team, how come we can’t beat(not even once), a physical team like NY? we are NOT a tough team. when’s the last time Latendresse got into a fight? or Higgins? or Ryder? or Kovalev? and the list goes on and on….. We need a tough guy like Neil, or else we will get pushed around, right out of the playoffs!

  509. habfan53 says:

    The last loss to New-York was not because we were not tough it was because we stopped skating and doing what we didto take a 3-0 lead.
    As for the fighting, toughness DOES NOT mean dropping your gloves everytime there is a hit. Sure I would like to see Latendresse be a little more “in your face” but he has not been. For Higgins and Ryder (when not upstairs) that is not their role. And for Kovalev HE looked ready to square off against Lecavelier last week after getting an elbow and a slash.
    Finally how many PP goals has Montreal scored when theopposing team took a dumb penalty.

  510. Shobud says:

    How come Detroit has a hart time against chicago Its just the way things go..Philly could noy beat us but they beat ottawa..Thats life

  511. Scotty90 says:

    Do you think the Rangers are tougher than the Flyers?

  512. Chuck says:

    … or a chance to come back right away and redeem himself, which is usually the opportunity afforded Huet.

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  513. habs33 says:

    Not sure if this has been mentioned above or not (I’m at work and a little too busy to check), but is this not the first Habs vs. Rangers game since Avery mouthed off about Komisarek skating slowly? If so, I hope Komisarek shuts his mouth for him. Yappy idoit.

    The boys are on a solid roll and I’m looking forward to a terrific game tonight. I’m glad Carbo went with Price’s hot hand, I think it’s only fair.

  514. Scotty90 says:

    It is the first game since Avery’s comment. I hope Komi keeps his cool and just waits for the opportune time to mesh bone and board.

  515. rogus says:

    If Avery was any bit a man, he’d not have lost his lady to Big Mike. I think it would be in Mike’s best interest to remind Avery of this and take him out of the game that way and maybe a bone crusher near games end to punctuate it.

  516. showey47 says:

    9 points not a huge difference? the difference from being first to ninth is 9 points. The difference from have home ice adavantage right up to the stanly cup to not making the playoffs at all. Seems like a big difference to me.

  517. Spartan117 says:

    OMGGGGGGGG HABS ARE GODLIKE, THAT IS UNBELIVABLE, IM GONNA WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ONE FOR MONTHS, INCLUDING 10 TIMES TODAY!!!!! OMG OMG OMG THAT GAME WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INSANE, HABS FOR THE CUP THIS YEAR!!!!!! (or next seeing how itll be 100th anniversary i believe)

    THIS. CITY. IS. HABS.
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    LES HABITANTS JUSQU’AU BOUT

  518. Spartan117 says:

    SORRY I CANT STOP USING CAPLOCKS, IVE BEEN TYPING LIKE THIS SINCE THE GAME ENDED :D
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    LES HABITANTS JUSQU’AU BOUT

  519. habsgod says:

    watch out guys!!the facts idiot will be on here spewing his facts crap tommorrow!!here’s a fact we can give him!we are the best team in the east we will win the eastern conference and represent the east in the stanley cup!

  520. habsguy says:

    don’t ya just love it when someone writes “I read somewhere”…….

  521. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Funny you should mention that because I read that somewhere.

  522. Y says:

    I’m gonna have to call up Shaw and ask them to hook me up with RDS now.
    As for this game, hopefully I can find a torrent of it soon!
    What a glorious game!

  523. Kilgore Trout says:

    indeed, i’ll be keeping my eyes open over here for one: http://www.nhltorrents.co.uk

  524. Lix says:

    I have Expressvu and the best think I’ve ever done is cancel Centre Ice and subscribe to RDS from October to May. Money saved goes towrds a road trip to our Mecca some Saturday night.

  525. Rogie30 says:

    Timo, you seem like a level headed guy, woll this great comeback stop Gainey from trying to make us better, never get too high or too low, and stay the corse.

  526. habfan53 says:

    An interesting comment by Doug McLean today about how to unload an unwanted player with a no trade clause.
    It seems Columbus had a chance to move Todd Marchant to either Anaheim and he refused so he put him on waivers.
    Marchant got claimed by ANAHEIM

  527. Habhopeful says:

    Yup that works unless your player has a no movement clause, then you cant do that but no trade clause, thats a good way to get rid of someone

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  528. Habhopeful says:

    How come boones blog isn’t working when I click on it?? or is it just me…

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  529. Habhopeful says:

    Im gonna be watching these highlights over and over and over again….what an effin game!!!!!!still cant get over it

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  530. Jonnyboy says:

    I am up to about 3 viewings. haha

  531. usversusthem says:

    Where do you see highlights? The NHL.com ones don’t seem to be up yet… which is odd. Maybe my computer is lying to me? Or do you have an outside source?

  532. Rogie30 says:

    Thats what I say, as the other team stopped skating, we were down 5-0, that means something. The Ryder, Lapierre, Streit line shocked me. An Avery type player would be a great fit.

  533. Lix says:

    Can we give Brisebois a front office job now so I don’t ever have to worry about him playing ahead of “Snatcher” O’Byrne again?

  534. idle says:

    Even on a night like this we have to bash Breezer?

  535. The Teacher says:

    Dave, is this a record number of posts for you?

  536. Rogie30 says:

    Again, eech.

  537. habsgod says:

    he hates us the habs because this little troll cheers for the make me laffs!!!

  538. Habs_008 says:

    We cant all be perfect….he wishes he was a hab fan. all they know how to do is lose.

  539. wd40 says:

    every village has an idiot.

  540. RS says:

    Yeah, Ryder is having a great season! Well, no.

  541. Habhopeful says:

    Oh i got it, i got it

    “Like, you can’t get a girl pregnant when she’s on top man, I mean, its gravity…Just can’t happen.”

    -Jason Segel

  542. wd40 says:

    Some more photos from last night’s game courtesy of La Presse:

    http://galeriedephotos.cyberpresse.ca/index.php?t=Black&a=4393&m=cp

  543. Stefman says:

    Nice photos, but why didn’t anyone snap a picture of Kovalev on his back after scoring the tying goal? I can’t seem to find one.

  544. rogus says:

    The only bad thing about Higgins for Hossa is the bond between Komisarek and Higgins…Hate to see him end up somewhere else.

  545. Shobud says:

    Don’t you see Its very clear..Every player should score at least once every game..If they can’t do that, then Gainey should make a trade..Thats all they are asking for

  546. showey47 says:

    He would just like to see the game catered to his laffs, who’s powerplay couldn’t score in a women’s prison. I’m sure he would also like to see the return of clutching and grabbing so the laffs slow dmen can keep up and eliminate the salary cap so they can go back to buying all their players instead of developing them.

  547. Ian G Cobb says:

    OK boys and girls, who still thinks we need to trade for a ringer and dump Ryder and others.

    We have the personnel in Mtl.and throughout the farm to be on top for a very long time. Our kids need much more experience yet before we can unload there mentors. I doubt very much that Bob will trade at all. It will have to be a real sweetheart of a deal. I just don’t see it this year. We will get everyone signed and happy. Because they all know where this club is headed for a very long time. There will be a lot of playoff money to be taken home in years to come.

  548. krob1000 says:

    Bob Gainey wants an impact player why don’t you Ian??? I agree with 99% of what you say but I just don’t know why you are so opposed to us adding someone else. If we were talking about someone who would adversely affect the locker room I’d understand but Gainey isn’t stupid he won’t bring any potential problem players.

  549. RetroMikey says:

    Ian, I still think we should trade Ryder, Dandeneault, Begin and a draft pickfor an “impact” player we need. Kyle Chipchura is ready to go from Hamilton. One game for Ryder being hot does not cut it for me my friend. Let’s get something in return while we have the chance.

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

  550. Blitzen says:

    I wouldn’t trade Bégin right now. He’s on a mission and he’s exactly the type of guy you need for a Cup run. He, Ryder and Komi turned the tide last night. Chips is good but I doubt he would play with the same chip on his shoulder Bégin has obviously acquired since being benched.

    I know you should sell when the value is high but how much value do you place on chemistry?

    Carbo said it last night: the guy is playing like someone who wants to stay in the lineup. I’m thinking that was a bit of a message for Smokes.
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  551. Ian G Cobb says:

    Mikey– for the last couple of years Ryder was asked to play a game that was foreign to him. But he stepped into this different roll and did a great job of it. He was never a power play sniper or an offensive dangle type player. But he was asked to fill a roll on this club until such time as our developing kids could start stepping into this roll.

    He has had a more difficult time readjusting back to the player he was and what got him to the NHL. He is coming around slowly and is going to be a big part of our cup winning teams in the future,

  552. V. says:

    I agree with all the points Hab Professor and Riverview have mentioned. I would be sorry to see anyone go. I admit it would be awesome to see Hossa in a habs jersey, but what if he doesn’t fit in? And who are we going to have to give away? I really hope it is not Higgins. I don’t want to see anyone leave, really.

    By the way, I was at the game last night. I think I may just frame my ticket. So depressing, and then all of a sudden, a comeback. Wow. I was wide awake until 1:30 am. I just hope the next game will be just as exciting, only I don’t really want to see another comeback, too much anxiety for me, lol. I swear I was feverish starting in the third period, I was so nervous that they wouldn’t tie it and then so nervous they would blow it all over again. lol.

  553. RetroMikey says:

    By the way I love watching the Habs on RDS! Top notch quality station and crew covering our Habs. I’d rather watch the game in French than an English feed anyday! So much excitement listening to Houde and Pedeneault calling the play by play and listening to them when our mighty Habs score! Et le but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  554. johnnyhab says:

    I agree completely Ian…it took way too long for Ryder to break out of his funk but I’d keep him firing on the net for the rest of the year in a Habs uniform and if he keeps playing the same “the good way” why not resign him in the off season for more then 1 year.

  555. Rogie30 says:

    Thats true, we have so many defensive prosepects, why not use some for a needed foward, that seems to be what I am hearing somewhere.

  556. Rogie30 says:

    If we trade Higgins, hope its for Jokinen.

  557. coutNY says:

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  558. Hoegarden says:

    Coincidence or not, our three UFA’s from last summer were in the pressbox last night. Makes you wonder a bit.

    Price tossing his cap on the hat-trick(at the time) by Ryder was priceless.

    First and foremost priority; extend Komi’s contract for 10 years and give him the keys to the city.

    Kovy, don’t know what to say anymore.

    To come back down by 5 and win is spectacular. Beating the Refs makes it even more satisfying. We’ve all seen some pretty bad reffing over the years but these two clowns should be fired at once.

  559. Blitzen says:

    These guys were stop-gap measures. I think Kosto has played well enough but the other two have not. I think Gainey may have been surprised by how quickly the kids took over. If he had known, I doubt he would have brought those two in.
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  560. HABZ 24 says:

    99 years and were still making history!! wow ,of all players to get the rally going its ryder,great.the habz never packed it in,even at 5-0 they played harder.this teams got big ballz.the fans actually supported them, insted of boo-ing and bang, bang, bang, bang, bang!! eh le booooo saku!! best game in a verrrrry long time!! awesome win, real character builder!! rock on habs, rock on!!

  561. Praj12 says:

    Yep to all the Ryder and Koivu bashers, eat it. That was an incredible game and truly showed us all what character the habs have. I am sure that the noise in the BC was deafening,as I was there on Saturday to watch price get his 1st NHL shutout and the noise was probably at 140 decibels, incredible feeling.

  562. moser17 says:

    I think the Rangers lately have been playing tougher than the Flyers lately. Hypothetically, if we have both teams at their respective primes this season, Philly hands down.


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