Game 64: Canadiens finally defeat Thrashers

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save against Thrashers’ Chris
Thorburn on Tuesday night.
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• At a Glance: The Canadiens finally found a way to defeat the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night, a 3-1 win in Atlanta despite being outshot 41-23. Max Pacioretty scored his 12th goal of the season 13:22 into the game when his shot from the blue line went off the stick of at Atlanta player and eluded Chris Mason. Only 34 seconds into the second period, James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal when he flipped a puck beyong Mason from the goal line. At the time, it was only Montreal’s sixth shot of the game. After making 35 saves, Carey Price was finaly beaten 14:14 into the third period when Nik Antropov redirected a pass from Anthony Stewart, catching Price moving in the wrong direction. Canadiens captain Brian Gionta sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 44 seconds to play. Price finished with 40 saves, including 16 in the second period, for his 29th win of the season.

• Key Moments: Moments before Antropov’s goal, Pacioretty failed to score on a breakaway that would have give then Canadiens a 3-0 lead.

• What It Means: Montreal has won two straight games and improves to 34-24-7 for 75 points, good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, 5 points ahead of the New York Rangers, who sit sixth and lost on Tuesday night.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens continue their road trip with a pair of games in the Sunshine State. They play the Panthers on Thursday and the Lightning on Saturday.


  1. Mark C says:

    My favorite Dale Tallon move is when he turned Natham Horton and Greg Campbell into a 1st (15th) and 2 3rd round picks.

  2. patience is a virtue says:

    Hmmmm.  Although Spac is much more reliable in his own zone than the Wiz, I tend to agree with you.  If PK could clean up the Wizzy messes, it’d be worth having his offensive upside.  Problem is Spac is unmoveable, and, at over-35, his salary would still count as a cap hit even if he retired…  We are kinda stuck with him.

  3. Shawn S says:

    I’m with you on that.  It still remains to be seen whether Gauthier could be considered a part of a great management team.

    With regards to yesterdays deadline, hard to say whether Gautier did the right thing by not making any trades.  Of all the trades that happened the past month, seeing the price tag it took to get one of the impact players that were dealt we need was always too high for what we would have to have given up.  This may not be our year, but we still have a solid nucleus(better than most teams), just need a couple more players to really round out and become stanley cup challengers.

    Now if PG doesn’t put an offer out for Shea Weber this season, than FIRE HIM!

  4. habs365 says:

    To bad they didn’t score as five man units that’s why we are in 6th place instead of 1st..Philly can score as five man units…..

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re missing the inflection. 3 lines that CAN score not 3 lines that WILL score.

  6. ed lopaz says:

    my son – who is a hockey player – and I were laughing out loud at how stupid the islanders are.

    what did they possibly gain by giving up the Wiz before the trade deadline?

    he could have fetched them quite a bit yesterday.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  7. samTHEman says:

    Atlanta is lower than us in the standings, therefore a loss tonight. Atleast that’s what it feels like.

  8. dimitrib says:

    I really don’t understand Gauthier’s position. I truely believe that he’s bought into JM’s hockey killing defensive strategy. what is the point of getting shutdown men into the line up when we can’t put one into the opposing team’s net? no disrespect to Sopel,  but I want to see goal scorers and not shot blockers!

  9. Mark C says:

    But I thought Montreal management was incapable of making a good trade. All joking aside, purely based on value the Wiz trade is easily one of the top three trades of this season. Boston traded two pieces in the Kaberle deal that had more value than Montreal’s entire package; also Montreal got an extra 20 games out of the Wiz.

  10. Mike D says:

    The majority of that (almost all of it), was from his days with the Isles. He’s about an even +/- player with us.

    – Honestly yours

  11. ClaytonM says:

    Yeah, you missed that there’s a huge difference between “can” and “do”.

    That being said, if Gomez had an amazing season, say with 15 goals so far(see theory of relativity), we fans would be feeling much more confident about the playoffs. Instead we’ve had only 1 center producing all season, our 2 best D men out for what seems like years, and we have more points this year than at the same point in 2010.

    I guess some people never look for silver linings like I do.

  12. GuyDoon says:

    The reason I think Gallagher will be just fine, in spite of his size, is that he is one tough SOB. He fights, he hits, goes to the net and in the corners with anyone. And since his hockey skills are not in question, I think he will do very well anywhere he plays.

  13. Malreg says:

    Montreal fans can’t even tolerate going two powerplay’s without a shot on net, let alone finishing in last place for 5 years. 

    It’s easy to join a franchise that has no fanbase, and that has been terrible for the last 10 years and sell the idea of we’re going to build slowly through the draft. 

    Also, for every success story like Pittsburgh and Chicago, there are teams like NYI, St-Louis, Los Angeles, Toronto, Columbus, who continually miss the playoffs and finish at the bottom of the league. 

  14. LA Loyalist says:

    Just don’t. Revisionism won’t fly here. Too many people actually watched the games. Price stunk ever since he played in the all-star game.

    Whatever the reasons, we don’t know, just youth, probably, whatever the cure, we don’t know, trading Halak? The rodeo? Who knows but this year he’s been great.

    I just re-read your post. You are arguing that the team played harder in front of Halak than Price? 

    Let me flip that pancake – they had more confidence in Halak and could focus on their own business. Goalies have a huge psychological impact on their team.

    My kid’s team came back from down 2-0 in their playoff game on Sunday to tie it 2-2, less than a minute later their goalie wiffed a Mr. Softie. They fell apart and lost 5-2. Of course they are only 8 years old, but they learn early how important the goalie is. It’s hard wired.

    The fact that they had no confidence in Price last year says it all.

    As noted, though, he has turned it around and power to him for so doing, hope he has as great a playoff as Halak did last year.

  15. Malreg says:

    Waiving Grabner was pretty good too.

  16. andrewberkshire says:

    I love how Dale Tallon gets all the credit in Chicago. Dale Tallon took over as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks on June 21st, 2005. Shall we look at the roster that won the Stanley Cup?

    Patrick Kane – drafted by Dale Tallon 1st overall in 2007. Consensus #1 pick, no skill whatsoever involved. Pick was earned by managing a terrible team that finished in the bottom 5 in the NHL

    Duncan Keith – Not drafted by Tallon

    Jonathan Toews – drafted by Dale Tallon 3rd overall in 2006. Consensus top 5 pick in a year of can’t miss top 5 picks. Lucked into this pick due to a boneheaded decision by Ray Shero to take Jordan Staal 2nd overall. No skill involved in the pick, pick was earned by managing a terrible team.

    Patrick Sharp – excellent trade by Dale Tallon. Completely fleeced the Flyers, possibly his best move as a GM.

    Marion Hossa – a good player acquired by Tallon in free agency, but a questionable signing considering the term of the contract, and the heavy payout when his team had no salary cap wiggle room in the future.

    Kris Versteeg – another good trade by Tallon, acquired for a career AHLer from the Bruins

    Troy Brouwer – not drafted by Tallon

    Andrew Ladd – acquired by Dale Tallon for Tuomu Ruutu, also a good player. Mostly a sideways move, but Ladd was a big contributer. Solid trade.

    Brian Campbell – overpaid UFA signing by Dale Tallon. High salary almost crippled the team and was one of the main causes the Cup winning team was decimated in the offseason. Contributed almost nothing to the playoff run with only 1 goal and 4 assists.

    Dustin Byfuglien – not drafted by Tallon, but his RFA status was bungled by him, causing an inflated salary early in his career.

    Brent Seabrook – not drafted by Tallon, but Tallon did try to trade him about 5 times over the first 2 years of his career.

    John Madden – overpaid for a defensive forward past his prime in free agency, but he was ok in the playoffs.

    Tomas Kopecky – a solid signing for a depth forward who’s stepped up this season.

    Colin Fraser – not drafted by Dale Tallon

    Niklas Hjalmarsson – much like Kostitsyn and Halak were to Gainey, Tallon was in charge when this pick was made, but it’s unclear if he was running the draft.

    Ben Eager – traded for by Tallon, of little consequence.

    Dave Bolland – not drafted by Tallon

    Brent Sopel – signed by Dale Tallon, a solid signing as with Hjalmarsson he formed the Blackhawk’s shutdown tandem.

    Antti Niemi – signed by Dale Tallon, was huge in the SJ series, subpar the other 3 rounds.

    Cristobal Huet – signed by Dale Tallon, one of the worst free agency signings since the lockout. Luckily Stan Bowman convinced Huet to play in Europe, or Chicago would have been forced to trade Patrick Sharp.

    As for what Tallon has done in Florida thus far, he kept most of his high priced veterans as well, including Vokoun who has no desire to be there. He also traded promising young Michael Frolik for two draft busts. He also ended up trading Nathan Horton for the equivalent of a 3rd round pick after giving Wideman to the Capitals for essentially nothing. He also waived Michael Grabner who’s becoming the favourite for rookie of the year. The one nice trade he’s made since draft day was getting Bergfors for Dvorak.

    Essentially Dale Tallon is a good trading GM (in Chicago anyway), much like Brian Burke, who happened to become an executive in the right place at the right time (also like Brian Burke). He made some deft moves for the team to get to where it was, but was no more than 50% for the management decisions to get there, possibly as low as 30%.

  17. joeybarrie says:

    What we need is a mix of different players. Wiz, PK, and Hamr can score and get points.

    We need players like Gill and Sopel that can stop us from being scored on.

    I do think we need antoher goal scorer, but now is not the time to jump on any old deal.

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

  18. ed lopaz says:

    with his full cage he looks like my son!!

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  19. Mark C says:

    Yes, 23 year old, 25+ goal scorers have no role on a re-building team.

    I have no problem with Tallon, but I can’t understand this grass is always green thing with other GM’s, it’s like Montreal is the only team that makes bad moves. Can you imagine if PG lost Grabner for nothing? People still complain about losing OB and SK74 for a return, while those players had legitimate reasons for being traded. 


  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    From what I understood of Locke, he played like his size and was intimidated by the hard areas of the ice. Gallagher doesn’t seem to be scared of anything, much like the NHL success stories like Gionta, he just goes those places to prove he can do it. The WHL is about the hardest major junior league there is for a smaller player to thrive but so far he’s managed the challenge admirably.


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

  21. Jordio-oh says:

    The Cat’s tale O’ the Tape: Habs are 8-7-1 on 2 days off and 6-4-2 on Tuesdays. Atlanta are 16-10-6 on 1 day off and 1-5-0 on Tuesdays.

    Leading off from the Cat below, I just wanted to point out the following scoring numbers of our players on Tuesdays:

    Plekanec: 12 games, 1 goal, 5 assists

    Cammy: 8 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

    Gionta: 12 games, 6 goals, 4 assists

    Gomez: 12 games, 0 goals, 2 assists

    Kostitsyn: 11 games, 1 goal, 2 assists

    Pacioretty: 8 games, 1 goal, 0 assists

    Pouliout: 11 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

    Subban: 11 games, 0 goals, 2 assists

    In other words, everyone but Gionta (and maybe Pleks) perform terribly on tuesdays.

    These don’t actually mean much to me, but they’re fun to look at.


    Oh and for the record, Kostityn has 15 points in 16 games on saturdays and his highest point total for any other day of the week is 5, on wednesdays.


  22. Danno says:

    That’s why they call them Les Méchants Mardis Molson Ex


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  23. ed lopaz says:

    cool thing about Gallagher – his father – the Giants strength and conditioning coach.

    how many junior players have their dad in charge of strength and conditioning for the team?

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  24. savethepuck says:

    No GM would ever last in this City with a rebuild and I guarantee I don’t want to watch it for 3 or 4 years.  You people think it’s the GM’s fault that he can’t draft Crosby’s, Ovies. Stamkos’s, Toews’, Kane’s, etc…etc…every year.

  25. ed lopaz says:

    the good old days – its been a few years since my kid was 8.

    now he’s a 200 lbs d-man.

    when my kid was 8 he could barely skate – but he would launch himself on the ice to knock the puck away from a kid on a break away.

    today he plays with a scarred chin, torn meniscus in his knee, and an edge that makes his dad very proud!!

    born to play D, my son.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    The disconnect here is how you define bad goaltending. Is everything that’s worse than Halak was last year bad? If that’s the case, almost everyone is a bad goaltender. Price had league average numbers last year. They weren’t spectacular but he certainly didn’t stick or suck or anything that you and many others said last year and continue to say this year. At no point was he ever “AHL quality” which was a popular insult. Price has had one excruciatingly bad slump in his whole career, and that was February of 2009. A time in which he came back early from a high ankle sprain which is the fault of the coaching staff allowing it, not him.

  27. punkster says:

    Good research Andrew. To me it looks like Hawks management made some good moves, some bad moves and some so-so moves to build a team but may have failed on the Cap side of things. Hence they’re a one hit wonder. If measuring management’s success is done by a single Cup win, a single good season, then I suppose they’re a success. Unfotunately for them they won’t get another shot for quite some time.

    Now we all know there’s a desire here for the Cup. The question is do we want to buy one Cup or build a contender for a run at a few Cups, you know, a dynasty? It takes a lot of time, money, effort, development and the right picks to overcome the lean years here between 1993 and today. I think Gainey and now Gauthier are doing well to rebuild, restock and retool the franchise. As much as it pains people to go along with this notion patience is a virtue.


  28. andrewberkshire says:

    The only time I’ve ever seen Thornton play with heart and fire, is actually the series that he’s most maligned for. The year Montreal took out his 1st place Bruins, and he played with something like 4 broken ribs. He played his guts out but couldn’t contribute offensively at all, his team choked all around him and that was the end.

  29. Lurker_Girl says:

    Apologies if this has already been asked/answered, haven’t read the whole thread…

    Article above states: “Picard will also watch from the press box, with Ryan White facing the Thrashers”…um, did we call him back or is this a typo?


  30. SuperYogurt says:

    White was called back

  31. Lurker_Girl says:

    Thanks much.  Missed that somehow.  Thought I could take a day off Habs news following (no) trade day.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    I think the biggest difference between Chicago and Montreal in the last decade is that Montreal never quite sucked enough at the right times to get those high picks, and they couldn’t afford to before Gillett took over because as many don’t remember, the Habs were in major financial strife.

    That and Chicago did a few of those Rivet for Gorges and Pacioretty like deals, and we’ve only done one lately. I know many wouldn’t agree with it, and I didn’t even think of it yesterday, but someone here brought it up. We could have gotten a good return on Hamrlik this year. Yes it would suck for us in the short term, but so did trading Rivet. If we could have gotten an underrated prospect and a 1st for Hamrlik… That would have been massive.

  33. VintageFan says:

    “Jacques Martin’s defensive style/system”  That phrase must have been used several million times since JM arrived in MTL.  But what in the blue blazes is he defending?  If the team can’t score, he can’t be defending the lead.  If they’re behind, I hope he is not trying to defend the deficit! (that’s really the job of politicians, not hockey coaches).  Perhaps he is just trying to defend the status quo, ending every game with one point (82 points) and stealing a few overtime or shootout wins to get 90+ points and make the playoffs.  OR maybe he’s just defending the defensive system.  Does anyone know what the he*& thinks he is defending?

  34. punkster says:

    It was Des who brought it up and I (of course) disagreed with him simply because as you say it would suck in the short term. The level of suck is what concerns me. Of course, the long term view says we should have gone after picks etc for him, but you never know, that’s exactly what PG may have tried to do. We could have muddled through somehow with the remaining D.


  35. Nine1one says:

    There are a lot of hockey fans in florida. 

    we’re all just kinda spread out ):

  36. habs365 says:

    if the Habs don’t go into overtime they have a chance of winning…if they go into overtime Atlanta is deadly

  37. andrewberkshire says:

    His record was terrible, but assuming he’s the only one responsible is just ridiculous.

  38. nunacanadien says:

    I wonder how Sopel will do tonight.  With this new combination it makes you wonder if PG should consider drawing up more special lines, like power play etc., as JM seems to be big on those.  But Montreal of late has been very boring to watch.  There is very little initiative, its like watching a bunch of robots skate out there.  What ever happened to having really talented stars like Lafleur etc., who would excite with their talent and energy.  Here we got a lazy slob of a Gomez being overpaid to do what, get a few assists?  I hate to rant about Gomez, but really, what’s he done but do one neat pass since when was that?  What has Gomez done lately for Montreal considering how  much we pay him and how hard it must be to trade him away for fair value in return.  But honestly, I wonder if Gainey and Gauthier knew Gomez could be like this.  Honestly, the highest paid 20 goal a year man, only in Montreal.

  39. andrewberkshire says:

    Without Hamrlik I doubt we’d make it out of the first round, maybe not even make the playoffs. It’s all a moot point now.

  40. LA Loyalist says:

    There is no secret. It’s what you said, keep it close, hope to steal a few, make the playoffs, sell some beer, keep your job.

    I guess you could build a team of players who would happily execute that system, but it ain’t us. We can’t execute it to perfection, and neither can we attack very well for all the reasons that have been beaten to death on HIO and elsewhere.

    A coach should adjust to the horses he has, not the horses he wants.

    Even Lemaire, the g*d of systemic defense, is smart enough to recognize the stud he has in Kovalchuk and unleash him a little. And they’ve won a ridiculous % of their last 20 games and are one of the top 3 teams in the league — WITHOUT CHANGING ONE PLAYER (up until yesterday, of course).

    Mr. Happy (JM) ain’t Jacques Lemaire.

    He’s the high school football coach playing the prevent defense, with his defense on the field for 40 minutes, and wondering why he keeps getting beat.

  41. LizardKing1967 says:

    OK. I am not one of the biggest AK46 fans, but I am glad to stil see him in the line up. He is ONLY 26. Take a look at the guy “everyone” wants in comparison and the numbers are eye opening….


    Dustin Penner: We would have had to give up Patches OR P.K. OR Tinordi AND a 1st and 2nd rounder. I would have said NO F>>>> WAY!

    Penner vs. AK46 last 4 years

    Penner: 304 GP, 93 G, 93 A, 186 Pts, MINUS -11, 13 GWG

    AK46: 273 GP, 79 G, 81 A, 160 Pts, PLUS +3, 14 GWG

    AK46 prorated to Penner: 304 GP, 88 G, 90 A, 178 Pts, +3, 16 GWG

    If you ask me, for a guy who is TWO YEARS younger, I say….crap on Penner, AK46 is my guy.

    Going forward, PG did good. We do not have depth (sic) to trade for the ONE GUY. And we need MORE than the ONE GUY to go all the way. If the team holds fort like last seasons playoffs, sky’s the limit.


    I STILL BELIEVE!!!!!!!!


    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  42. TomNickle says:

    Here are two facts about Tallon’s last two teams that may surprise you.

    When he took over the Blackhawks they were doing Two Dollar Tuesdays.  You could buy tickets for Blackhawks games for $2.00.  That eventually turned into a year long feature in which you could buy mid-upper bowl tickets for $2.00 for every game.

    In Florida, at the time of his arrival.  The Florida Panthers were auctioning off season ticket packages based on the best offer they received.

    There was absolutely no pressure to win or make the playoffs in either of these two environments.  In Montreal, a logical person would see that these are not options due to the pressure of winning every season and making money, every season.

  43. TomNickle says:

    One thing you forgot to mention in all of this was that Rick Dudley was his assistant GM and head of scouting for both professionals and amateurs.

    Every trade Tallon made and every draft pick he made was on the advice of Rick Dudley.

  44. Antho says:

    Kostitsyn easily can be a 40 goal scorer, as can his brother

    can you imagine if they were centered by someone like Eller for a season?

    I just wish AK would play every game with Penners intensity and grit and finish his checks because when he does he knocks everyone down….hes built like an ox and has a cannon shot…..they should have never broken up cammy pleks n Ak….all to get gomez going; going down the drain

  45. savethepuck says:

    The Habs unfortunately don’t have first Dibs on French Canadian hockey players anymore and it is unacceptable to the fan base to finish low enough in the standings to draft player’s of that caliber.

  46. punkster says:

    And as a fan of this year’s team I’m thankful for that.


  47. savethepuck says:

    It is not the defensive system or lack of scoring that is to fault over the last couple of months of play. It is the numerous injuries to our defence.  We play a defensive style, including our forwards, and we have speed to capitalize on other teams mistakes.  you can’t blame management or coaching for the ridiculous amount of injuries to our D. Our PK was consistently 1st or 2nd until all the injuries to our D. Now we are around 9th. To drop from 1st or 2nd to 9th in that period, your PK has to be bottom third in the league over that period of time.

  48. savethepuck says:

    It is not the defensive system or lack of scoring that is to fault over the last couple of months of play. It is the numerous injuries to our defence.  We play a defensive style, including our forwards, and we have speed to capitalize on other teams mistakes.  you can’t blame management or coaching for the ridiculous amount of injuries to our D. Our PK was consistently 1st or 2nd until all the injuries to our D. Now we are around 9th. To drop from 1st or 2nd to 9th in that period, your PK has to be bottom third in the league over that period of time.

  49. Mark C says:

    How can a team with a crappy coach, crappy system that fits like crap, a crappy #2 center, crappy smurf players, crappy back-up goalie, and crappy injuries to their best player and other key players be in Montreal’s position?

    Kovalchuck had 8 points in 8 games just before Lemaire took over, so let’s not act like Kovy II’s turn around was fully due to Lemaire’s magic. Giving him credit for the team is fine, but let’s remember, minus Parise (who played more games than Markov this year) and a few moves on D had 103 points last season.

  50. ClaytonM says:

    It can also be argued that they had less confidence in Halak, so they played a tighter defensive game, whereas when Price was in nets, they would feel like he’d make the big save.

    I watched the games closely, and Price wasn’t letting in any softies last year either before or after the break, at least not on a regular basis.

    My opinion which everyone has one is Price had some ego issues last season, worked them out before the season ended (which is why he mouthed off to SK about not staying late at practice) and now his head is in the right place again.

  51. 23 HABS 23 says:

         Antho … I COMPLETELY agree with you about Kostitsyn – I have always been a quiet fan of his and have seen his value to this team.  He does have a great shot (quick release too might I add) – and he IS built like a TANK!  He leads the team in hits … and when he does hit … he lays people OUT! 

         I know there are games when he loafs around out there, but as you point out … he needs good line mates – as does any good goal scorer!  I hope that the organization can see his worth and re-sign him.  If not … there goes one of our only BIG bodies out there on the ice.

         I would also hope Wisniewski signs after this season – what a beast – not even a Tyler Hall shot to the face keeps him down!  Gritty, full of character, and what a cannon of a shot!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  52. Antho says:

    Your absolutely right…Eller, Kostitsyn, Pouliout and MaxPac are the next nucleus of young players this team will be built around and likely led by Pleks, Cammy, Gio etc.

    These kids need to have more icetime and play on top lines, if pouliot played with a guy like pleks and 20 minutes a game instead of 8, how many goals would he have? these kids need to play make mistakes and learn and develop into 30 goal scorers

    JM cant keep rewarding gomez with all the icetime after he carrys the puck to turn it over in the neutral zone or off zone.

    I wish we could see more from these kids; this is why boucher would have been awesome in montreal because he developed a lot of these kids especially PK

  53. filincal says:

    Penner/ Intensity ???




  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    What ruined Big Joe is what ruins all Bruins players: the shame of having to  put on that poo-coloured jersey with the spoked B. Two cups in 68 years.

    Look at Ray Bourque. Had to get Patrick Roy to win him a cup ring.


    As Alec Baldwin said in Glengarry Glen Ross: A loser is a loser.


  55. mike g says:

    Alright, gros match ce soir….

    Habs will take it, the vets know how important this one is. They don’t wanna be in the same situation as last year, fighting until the last game. They want a cussion in the standings.

    Expect a good game from Gomer, Gio, Gill and Cammy.

    And btw, if Tom is still around here, can you please start planning our weekend. I think our bet is in the bag now, so it will be your treat!


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  56. SmartDog says:

    “Expect a good game from Gomez….”

    Huh? Being insanely optimistic doesn’t look good on you.

  57. Danno says:

    Go Habs Go! Les Méchants Mardis Molson Ex. Go Habs Go! Solide mise en écheque! Go Habs Go!

    Et c’est le buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!!!!!!!!!!!!



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  58. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Wow. The fact that you are extolling the virtues of Florida defies belief. That is not a team that is rebuilding, that is a team that is keeping its salary load as low as possible because they’re in a dire financial situation. That they have exactly three contracts that extend beyond 2 seasons (Booth, Weiss, and Olesz) is not a coincidence…and they tried desperately to trade Booth and Weiss (Olesz is untradeable).

    Now their picks might end up helping the team in the end, but to suggest it’s part of a concerted rebuild is just wrong.


    p.s. Amusingly enough, Montreal has 2/3rds of Tallon’s magical formula 😉

  59. db says:

    I honestly think Gomez suffers from depression.  It’s a disease.  How else can you explain his lack of effort/passion?  Although he does appear to smile a lot… but also looks like he hates to score.  I think most players give a good effort every night.. it just doesn’t always have an impact on the game.

  60. TripleX says:

    Bobby Orr?  Phil Esposito? Cam Neely?

  61. TripleX says:

    As was PG for Bob Gainey.

    Gomez, Gionta and Spacek are as much PG as BG.  That is what worries me.  His ability to assess pro talent.

  62. Bradlo says:

    How about a little blurb about Andie Bennett leaving the Team 990? Didn’t always agree with her, but more often than not she was the voice of reason on my drive home. Best of luck to her in her future endeavors

  63. Bradlo says:

    How about a little blurb about Andie Bennett leaving the Team 990? Didn’t always agree with her, but more often than not she was the voice of reason on my drive home. Best of luck to her in her future endeavors

  64. solomio says:

    I, like must of us, really appreciate Andrei K and we could talk about his potential until the cows come home,

    Fact is though he has never in his hockey carreer scored more than 26 goals.

    Perhaps quite a number of players could score 40 goals easily on a line with Shutt & Beliveau but of course that ain’t gonna happen.

    Here is Andrei’s best season ever and if we can get that out of him again we should be happy.

    2007-2008 Montréal Canadiens NHL 78 26 27 53
  65. observer says:

    is she going to another network? tv?

  66. observer says:

    hainsey is! he had another of his overtime winners on sunday.

  67. LA Loyalist says:

    You make a decent point. Who knows what’s going on in the guy’s life, we don’t know him. I’ve had periods at work when I was so distracted, when my parents died, when my kid was a premie, marriage stuff… when Pouliot first came to us his father had just died… we can’t know any of this stuff, usually, but crap, shouldn’t the team be watching these guys? Bring in a sports psychologist, send him to Hawaii for a week, show him the picture of a hockey net… whatever it takes.

    I don’t mean to joke, not everyone who is down shows it in the usual ways and money has nothing to do with it or may in some abstract way.

    This is a horrible example but someone who’s first song or novel they write is a monster hit and they feel paralyzed to have to match it.

    I don’t think that particularly because Gomez is not a kid and he’s had a pretty successful career until he got here.

    While Gomez is responsible for his performance, the team is responsible for creating a situation in which he can succeed.

    Maybe Bob can bake him some home made bread… something!!

  68. HardHabits says:

    SD is all full of beans since JT wrote the Gomez Effect.

    I was that way too when she touted the stealth tank last season. 😉 We were both wrong.

    I for one, and I’ve been bashing Gomer lately, still think G-Love will turn it up come play-offs.

  69. LA Loyalist says:

    I’ll probably see Kings live 2/3 more times this season and will report my own impressions (which are of course subjective) but what I hear around town. I will definitely be at next Kings/Dux game.

  70. Bradlo says:

    CBC radio

  71. LA Loyalist says:

    point 1: we’re in a soft division, luckily, and with loser points it’s hard to completely bottom out as the talent is diluted overall. I’m not saying we have NO skill, i’m saying JM’s system doesn’t match the players we have. How do you explain all our dumb offensive and neutral zone penalties? Our guys can skate. They’re trying to execute some system and it’s not clicking, that’s my half-ass theory, got a better one?

    point 2: Yes Kovy II was getting it going a bit, I saw him live here under Maclean and he was like a big dog that wants the ball, panting for it. He is an absolute dream on skates, I watched him really carefully every shift as I was interested and you can just see the smooth power and skill. He didn’t give off any moody Russian vibes at all, which was interesting, too (Markov doesn’t either).

    I’ll tell you one thing, we are damn luck there’s not enough road for NJ to make the playoffs or it would be a whole new game (not sure when Parise is coming back).


  72. LA Loyalist says:

    Nice story, thank you.  I imagine he emptied your fridge pretty well on the way :)

    Mine has only been skating for 13 months and just had his first playoffs this weekend. After being in first place all year he had to take a loss, finishing 2nd. 

    He cried and cried, even though he scored 3 goals in the 2 playoff games. Detroit Red Wings were practicing (we play at Kings practice rink) after his game but he had no interest to watch.

    He puts his team first and consoled their goalie (talk about being hung out to dry, you don’t want to be an 8 year old goalie).

    I can already feel the time accelerating and so fast he will (hopefully) be as big and accomplished as your son (hopefully minus the scars and knee injury!)

  73. TomNickle says:

    Can’t wait.  I deserve a weekend off.

  74. observer says:

    Wonder if PJ Stock helped her?

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  76. D Alcorn says:

    Buttman’s  ‘ vision  ‘ for the NHL was on display last night in Atlanta.

    The average hockey fan calls it  ‘ empty seats ‘ …


    ALWAYS Habs – D Mex

  77. Mad Habber says:

    I don’t think he meant long term replacement, just short term injury replacement.

    I would however take Sopel over Hamrlik and Spacek…

  78. Mad Habber says:

    I don’t think he meant long term replacement, just short term injury replacement.

    I would however take Sopel over Hamrlik and Spacek…

  79. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Only his second game with the team. In due time I’m sure.

  80. shiram says:

    Well I guess he is being eased into the lineup, and he has to catch on the play style and system of the Habs.

  81. The Cat says:

    For my money, Gorges is excellent and the habs should entertain long term plans for him.

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

  82. The Cat says:

    Not that it was, but you could have the best ever game played and itd look like crap with that atmosphere in Atlanta. Its hard to watch.

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

  83. rhino514 says:


    I thought in Sopel they were acquiring one of the NHL´s better defensive defensemen but I see that JM is playing him under 15 minutes a game. I thought he would be a decent replacement for Gorges, but he eats nowhere as many minutes. He seems to be more of a penalty kill specialist. Similar to Gill, but Gill still gets over 20 minutes a game. So that means he´s not even as good as Gill 5 on 5?

  84. HabFanSince72 says:

    You bring up a good point MA.

    One of the moral pillars of my hockey life is that Don Cherry cost the Bruins that Game 7 with the too many men on the ice penalty. So I’m afraid JM will have to bear the responsibility for our little problem. The very foundations of my hockey faith depend on it,

  85. MontrealAtheist says:

    Price did all right, he almost pulled a Halak.

  86. OneTimer says:

    I actually thought he’s been pretty good since his return

  87. Sportfan says:

    haha very nice it’s just Cammy seems a bit depressed this year and i feel some your awesome letters would work for him dont cha think positive letters could help no ?

  88. NightRyder says:

    Now THAT was Habs hockey, Halakian Era style. Stay in your shell (how can you win 35 of 53 faceoffs and have the puck so little?) and ride your ‘tender.

    Works like a charm.

    17-2-3 leading after one period. 22-1-4 when leading after two periods. 4-17-1 trailing after one. 1-21-2 (holy shyte) when trailng after two.

    Interestingly, however, the Habs have outshot their opponents 40 times (20-13-5) this year and been outshot 22 times (11-9-2).

    And YES, we do lead the league in bench minors this year, with 12. Philly and Detroit have two apiece.

  89. C_Hand says:

    hey whats up awesome people of earth

  90. Sportfan says:

    Is there some way we can write to the players ??

  91. observer says:

    Buffalo will be higher than 8th. Probably 7th. With Carolina #8 and Rangers on the outside looking in.

  92. HardHabits says:

    They are both in the top 10 in each category but Vancouver is #1  in PP and #2 in PK

  93. Trisomy 21 says:

    Yeah that was awful. They were appauled that atlanta got a coincidental minor for Plekanec’s interference penalty. You should be able to throw someone down who doesn’t have the puck any time without consequence…..

  94. SmartDog says:

    At least there’s ONE category where we lead the league.


  95. savethepuck says:

    Well said, but Carey did make a lot of big saves too

  96. joeybarrie says:

    Too many men on the ice is not the coaches fault. He tells them who is up next it is their responsibility to take their man properly. Does JM push the players off the bench?

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

  97. savethepuck says:

    I was watching the Chicago Minnesota game last night and I’m sure I heard the announcer say Minnesota and Montreal are the only 2 teams top 10 in powerplay and penalty kill.

  98. Mattyleg says:

    Don’t forget Mara. Big hit tonight…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  99. badbalance says:

    Still found a way to win. Just shows that many shots at the net from crappy angles doesn’t always go in.

  100. samTHEman says:

    Yeah. Mara played because we needed size and grit in our line-up. He had a real solid hit in centre-ice that resulted in a Desharnais 1 on 1 with the goalie. Weber probably takes his spot against Florida.

  101. savethepuck says:

    Round 1 in the East, Buffalo over Philly

  102. wild flower says:

    Round one in the West: Calgary over Van

  103. SmartDog says:

    Thanks guys.

  104. Maksimir says:

    I thought so too… surprised there were that many shots in the game… didn’t seem like it.

  105. larisalapointe says:

    Bergie agrees with you about Gomez. :)

  106. SmartDog says:

    They’re speaking too fast for me on l’antichambre… .but they’re talking Gomez and Desharnais… Pouliot. 

    Can someone give highlights?  Thanks!

  107. habs11s says:

    Decent win from what I watched.  A team on the outside looking in SHOULD always result in a win.

    I’m still wondering why Montreal is the black sheep in the NHL.  We are pushing for the playoffs without our TWO BEST DEFENSEMEN, and one being a top 5 d-man in the NHL and not even a honorable mention in the league press. Instead the Toronto Sports Network and the Canadian Bashing Club is fixated on the leafs and how they are pushing hard for the eighth spot but neglect to look at the statistics of the matter



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


  108. Rainrocket16 says:

    Before we start in the Habs…we must give alot of credit to the Thrash. They were coming strong and they knew they need the win a little more than us. Kane is very fast and Buff is ruff and dirty but we played well enough to beat them!

    Some great plays and some not so…but Lets just enjoy this, we didn’t beat a crappy team tonight. But we must improve!!! Go Habs Go!!

  109. deuce6 says:

    Is it just me or is Weber a better d-man than Sopel? The guy can’t handle the puck if his life depended on it…

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

  110. habs03 says:

    I think you can make trades after the deadline but those players can’t play in the playoffs or something like that.

  111. RC-51 says:

    Just received alert via TSN TRADECENTER App on my iPhone that Columbus has made a trade with Minnesota. I thought the deadline was yesterday @ 3pm, did I miss something?

  112. HABS_FAN_NS says:

    The sportsouth announcers are terrible. They are so biased they make the Canadian networks who worship the leafs look good

  113. slapshot777 says:

    Habs win and not much chatter, Habs lose and the server overloads. Habs win it wasn’t pretty but take the 2 points and move on. Didn’t notice to much on Maxwell playing for the Thrashers. I kind of figured the Thrashers would do that when playing Montreal. Price won this game, Habs looked really sluggish out there. Young guys seens to be the ones with any energy on the team lately.



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  114. kmachabs27 says:

    As DX would say…I got twoo wordss for yaaaaa……CAREY PRICEEE.

  115. CanadienBoy says:

    Habs where  outplay tonight ,really suck after the no movement they could have shown more fire

  116. CanadienBoy says:

    Sopel and Mara

  117. blu3chip says:

    They hack so much they managed to lose a 3-0 series after gaining a 3-0 lead in game 7.

    They are destined to fail, don’t worry.

  118. samTHEman says:

    The Price is Right

  119. Rainrocket16 says:

    Mother F’n Beantown hackers!!

  120. habs365 says:

    all I can say is Thank You Carey

  121. Mr. Habs says:

    Kevin Mio: ” Carey Price was finaly beaten 14:14 into the third period when Nik Antropov redirected a pass from Anthony Stewart, catching Price moving in the wrong direction”

    Kevin, U should have worded it ” Carey Price was finaly beaten 14:14 into the third period due to a give away by Sopel & a wide open Nik Antropov redirected a pass from Anthony Stewart, by Price who never had ha chance on”

  122. novahab says:

    That Gary Bettman he is one hell of a leader anyone that can sell to the top businesmen in the NHL that hockey works in Phoneix and Atlanta has to be good . You have hockey mad Canadians city and your putting teams now there. I swear if someone gave Bettman the goose that lays the golden eggs that idoit would pluck it and cook it.

  123. daveho29 says:

    Going to fall asleep watching this one.

  124. doublerr says:

    Everyone says we are not tough enough, put Bonneau, Schultz and Moen on the 4th line, Henry in Mara’s spot and we are as tough as anyone. Its not like our 4th line and Mara are  doing anything special anyways

  125. Nahlsy says:

    Instead of doing the wave tonight, they’re just going to shake hands with each other in the stands. It’s faster.

  126. savethepuck says:

    Thank you Carey!

  127. savethepuck says:

    Thank you Carey!

  128. CanadienBoy says:

    DD always find is wingers but not Gomee bears

  129. CanadienBoy says:

    Kane should have got the third stars ,agree on that

  130. HardHabits says:

    Sopel’s giveaway was brutal but he was otherwise solid on the PK and I like his grit back there. I prefer him and Mara to Spacek and Weber, especially against teams like the Flyers and Devils.

    The Habs now have a D-corps that is not so easy to push around and they can keep the opposition forwards honest around their crease area. With Wiz, Subban, Gill and Hammer that’s a pretty robust crew if you ask me.

  131. samTHEman says:

    Besides on the PK/Defensive zone, anyone notice Cammalleri? It sucks that he can’t create room for himself. I wasn’t 100% focused on the game so maybe it’s just me.

  132. AK_PK_Usay says:

    So no one feels like we take A LOT of too many men on the ice penalties, isn’t that JM’s responsability… this isnt the 1st game we take 2 such penalties… i rarely see our opponents do that

  133. samTHEman says:


  134. SeriousFan09 says:

    I recommend posters and ice-level seats, although any long correspondence can get expensive 😉


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

  135. MontrealAtheist says:

    Don Cherry would have a field day with this one hehehe

  136. HabsFansince49 says:

    Thank Price for this one! But a win is a win. Eller and Wiz looked good. 

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  137. HabsFanInTampa says:

    A much needed 2 points against a team that was given several too many power play advantages from our bench. Price played extraordinary. The Wiz needs to be signed in the off season.

  138. jOntheweb says:

    I just saw how Brian Burke was complaining about the max.4 AHL call-ups rule after the deadline (you can see it on With that, I still find the Ryan White situation funny, and let’s say they weren’t trading him… was it a contract issue ? He has 10 games played this year, which I think is the limit otherwise they must keep him in the NHL right ? Were they saving money ? and call-up wise I guess they’ve just wasted one right ? 

  139. HABZ24 says:

    we dont have an  a  game, were too banged and bruised and injured to barely scrape by the trashers. by the way they sure had alot of empty seats in atlanta last night, pull that team outta there and depoit them in quebec city or winnipeg.

  140. OneTimer says:

    Who are you…and what have you done with observer

  141. observer says:

    That system worked for 2 rounds in the playoffs last year. And yesterday Price was as good or better than Halak in those playoffs. Sopel cost Price a well-deserved shutout last night.

  142. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Outshot 41-23, are you kidding me? Are we trying to overtake the Penguins for most penalized team in the league? This team needs to wake up quickly & cut down on their trips to the sin bin.

  143. CHsam says:

    From a PR point of view, that would be freaking sweet. Reading Hockeysfuture info on him, seems like he’s got grit and goes for pucks in the dirty zones. Also a good skater apparently. Possesses hard shot AND likes going to the net !! And we all thought Latendresse would be our net driver.

    Seems like a kind of 4th or 3rd liner that could be a good Hab addition. Never mind that his sweater would sell like hotcakes

  144. observer says:

    His father Danny played a couple of games for the Habs, his grand-father Bernard was a Habs great, his great-grandfather (Bernard’s wife’s father) Howie Morenz another Habs great who will never be forgotten. He would become a 4th generation Hab if he ever played here in the future?

  145. CHsam says:

    Blake Geoffrion eh? what if he were a Hab someday ?

  146. Trisomy 21 says:

    We were outshot tonight but we what you don’t see on the score sheet is that we had a lot of cycling in their zone, and a lot of good chances (I can think of 3 breakaways off the top of my head that we didn’t capitalize on). Still room for improvement though.

    I thought Pouliot had a pretty good game for the time he was on the ice. Gionta has not been great lately but Wiz is being pretty solid defensively I notice.


  147. observer says:

    Blake Geoffrion #5 wearing his grandfather’s Boom-boom Geoffrion’s Habs #5 scored the first goal of his 3 game NHL career tonight for Nashville in a 2-1 SO loss to Edmonton.

  148. HardHabits says:

    <sarcasm>It was all Halak and Muller is the real coach.</sarcasm>

  149. skoalbandit says:

    He has managed a winning record since coming here. He managed to make the ECF, beating the top 2 seeds

  150. HardHabits says:

    They take food stamps for hockey games?

  151. blu3chip says:

    Well… Now they have a military government…

  152. zak says:

    If the Egyptians can get rid of Mubaruk, the fans can get rid of gomez

  153. skoalbandit says:

    like i say, come playoffs he’ll be on the top pp

  154. Flobomb12 says:

    I sure hope so pal. I can see easing Cammy in but with Sopel here and on top PK pairing now Subban should be fine to have his PP time. I would just hate to see Martin ruin Subban’s offensive confidence by turning him into a shut down d-man. All the other top young D (Green,Weber,Doughty etc) rely on the top pp min to produce.

  155. zak says:

    Martin can’t manage anything

  156. skoalbandit says:

    I know we all want to see pk on the top pp unit, but the problem is that he is logging a stupid amount of ice time as is. Martin is simply just managing his ice time so he is still fresh for playoffs.

    Also cammi is still being eased in coming off injury. As we get closer, Cammi ice time will increase and it will be the key to the habs success!

  157. RC-51 says:

    Add M.Grier,PK Subban,W.Simmons and R.Emery in net and maybe they would sell out a game!

  158. LA Loyalist says:

    Ok. I’m sure some of us travel and go to NHL games in other cities if we’re there, just cause we like hockey. If each of us takes shots of the empty seats in these places and we figure a way to regularly post them we can create a “SHAME GARY” campaign (can you tell I work in advertising).

    SHAME GARY! SHAME GARY! Can you imagine, it would be great — except he’s already shameless.

  159. Muckbringer says:

    i noticed they dont even use netting around the boards!  what is that? i guess they figure the odds are no one will get hit.

  160. habs63 says:

    There is no one in the seats, that is brutal. There was more people at the Edmonton Oil Kings(WHL) game last night.

  161. D Alcorn says:

    Try this one :


    ALWAYS Habs – D Mex

  162. rbby_habs says:

    Hey all,

    Any links to watch the game???  can’t find any

  163. RC-51 says:

  164. Flobomb12 says:

    Anyone enjoy how our top sniper and prized young offensive d-man don’t quite make it onto the top pp unit anymore so that Gomez can get his time. He certainly has earned it!!  I’m sure Cammy and Subban enjoy the 30 seconds they get at the end of the pp.

  165. zak says:

    It’s time for the fans to get rid of gomez with the beezer treatment

  166. samTHEman says:

    LOL! Did you guys see RDS just now? Gionta would take Gomez’ shiftyness up the ice and Gomez would take….NOTHING! LOL I LOLLED SO HARD

  167. WestHab says:

    oops I’d better run. I’m PVRing the game. Don’t want any reports.

  168. LA Loyalist says:

    You know I pretty much agree but if there were ever a team into whose head we could get into it’s the Bruins (and I guess now, Washington, but with B’s there’s all that tradition :)).

    If we can get things to go just a little bit wrong for them it could snowball…


  169. Hobie Hansen says:

    Well it looks like we’ve got to play with the hand we’ve been dealt for the rest of the season and playoffs boys.
    We’re not the best team but we’re not a bad team either. There are some holes for sure and we don’t match up well against the Flyers or Bruins, but at least we’re in the conversation.

    As we all know, as long as you make the playoffs there’s always a chance. We’ll need some serious good fortune and be forced to survive many trips to the ER to beat the Flyers or Bruins in a seven game series. I think we can possibly pull off an upset and beat one of the two but facing both would be suicide.

    We’ll need a whole lot of Carey Price, some lucky bounces and for every player to elevate their game. I feel Montreal can beat any other team is the Eastern Conference except the Bruins or Flyers in a 7 game series. Anything can happen so let’s hope the hockey gods or the Forum Ghosts are with us.

  170. Trisomy 21 says:

    lol! I love these. I’m not sure how you know this, or if you just make it up, but I think this should be included in the pre-game articles every game.

  171. The Cat says:

    The Cat’s tale O’ the Tape: Habs are 8-7-1 on 2 days off and 6-4-2 on Tuesdays. Atlanta are 16-10-6 on 1 day off and 1-5-0 on Tuesdays.

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

  172. RGM says:

    Just out of sheer curiousity, what makes you think that Ron Wilson’s bunch of misfit toys will be able to push the Flyers to seven?

    Go Habs Go!

  173. cautiousoptimist says:

    Nothing really — like I said, just a hope. : )

  174. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    There is no way the leafs win one game in the playoffs against Philly, let alone 3 or 4.

  175. RGM says:

    We’ll need a bit of a hot streak for our boys and a bit of a slump by the Caps to make it happen. With all the road games on our calendar I’m doubt that will happen.

    I do, however, still hold out a small amount of hope that we can somehow catch the Bruins. The two games remaining against them will determine our overall position.

    Go Habs Go!

  176. Kooch7800 says:

    We will make the playoffs.  After that it really depends on who we draw first.

  177. EastCoastJoe says:

    This team will do fine.  Probably finish in 5th spot.  Gomez and AK46 will have a terrific final 20 games, Pleks, Gionta and Cammi will improve offensively, the D will shut down all opponents and Carey will be….well, Carey.

    Looking forward to another trip to the Conference Finals (or better).

  178. Malreg says:

    I believe Sanford was injured recently, which is why they made the move for an AHL goalie.

  179. Ian Cobb says:

    I am afraid that we may have seen the last of Auld. Sanford may just back up Price in the near future after acquiring a new tender for Hamilton.

  180. savethepuck says:

    A guy on who does a starting goalie thread is very reliable and he has Price and Mason both confirmed

  181. Kooch7800 says:

    Hopefully Price. Auld has been struggling. Not his fault when you play so rarely it is hard to be sharp. Auld needs a few more games to rest Carey

  182. shiram says:

    Gotta be Price, unless he still is under the weather.

  183. C_Hand says:

    Price or Auld in nets?

  184. Ian Cobb says:

    Boston will finish behind Tampa in 3rd spot. Because they will win their division. They are 3 points behind and even in games. Do not think they will catch Tampa. We get Boston twice more.

  185. Ian Cobb says:

    No, I think Boston can be had by us, we may be black and blue. But if we stay out of the box we can take them. (speed speed) and Tampa will finish behind Philly in 2nd spot.

  186. Say Ash says:

    You don’t think Boston could finish above Tampa?

  187. Ian Cobb says:

    Shawn, I think it is fair to say that we will probably finish 6th in the conference, 2nd behind Boston in the division. So, you know what that means, Boston and Montreal 1st round.

  188. habs001 says:

    i just hope that one day we will have a team that it does not matter who we play and who gets beat…part of me is sad that we have to have upsets and we have to avoid teams to have a chance…this is not what the montreal canadiens franchise should be

  189. EastCoastJoe says:

    Quite feasible to see a Boston (3) vs Habs (6) in the first round.  Maybe the Rags knock off TB in the first round so the Phlyers get them in the 2nd, while the Habs take out the winner of Pens/Caps.  Then the Rangers and off to the finals.  Could happen.

  190. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Too bad they won’t play each other first. that would be the ideal situation for the habs, leave us to mop up the walking wounded.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  191. Hobie Hansen says:

    About not doing anything before the deadline:

    We might have a chance as long as we don’t run into both the Flyers and Bruins in the playoffs. I believe we could possibly upset one of the two, with a bit of luck, but if we run into both of them…we’re dead.


  192. says:

    Kind of like 93?  Enough great teams were knocked out that we looked awesome :)

    They Call Me Shane

  193. cautiousoptimist says:
    A very conflicted part of me is almost hoping the Leafs squeak into 8th, so they and the Flyers can beat the hell out of each other for seven games.  Would be fun to watch: a win-win, really. : )
  194. KenD29 says:

    Maybe so re  a couple of teams being knocked out. But the Habs of 93 played some great hockey of their own!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  195. KenD29 says:

    Thought I heard Price was still under the weather and wearing his toque.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  196. IAMLEGEND says:

    I was hoping we would get rid of Weber, he is the only player on the habs that I can’t stand watching. He scares me more than Sourray did and much more than Bergeron. I much prefer Mara over him any day and hope that we choose to put Mara in over Weber in the playoffs.


    Grabovski- please get a decent haircut!

  197. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    I thought Weber was filling in admirably, not sure why he’s scratched.  Not a move that will have a huge effect I guess, but still think he’s earned his keep.

  198. shiram says:

    No I don’t mind, my last classes of english we’re quite long ago, and since then, I have only used it on the internet, and its not the best spot for grammar and ortography.

  199. matrags says:

    me to me to , I want him to lead the team , solidify a second wave of attack , make those around him better, we can build him we have the the technolgy to make him better than he ever was before….. THE  EIGHT MILLION DOLLAR MAN …  THERE I am done …..Go habs go ………… 

  200. CrashTheNetCrashTheNet says:

    Definitely is word whose root is the word “finite”, remember that and you will never have trouble spelling the word definitely. I know I probably sound like an ass but I used to have a hell of a time spelling definitely until I clued into the relationship to the word finite.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  201. shiram says:

    Heck I have been on his case, but I would definately relent if he produces like he did last season near the end.

    It’s true that it all has been said about Gomer, but it’s also true he has not elevated his game, or brought it back to his normal production. Point is I’d rather have him on the team and producing than sending him down to Hamilton or whatever else.

  202. matrags says:

    weird is right.  , thought he was quite effective ……Webber was pulling his weight as well ……..who knows …

  203. shiram says:

    He was most likely moved because of a possible trade, but then that trade fizzled.

  204. Kooch7800 says:

    kind of weird that they send white down then call him up and he is in the line up.  In my opinion he should be in the line up all the time.  No offense to Pyatt he is great defensively but he isn’t physical and can’t score.  White can add a little sand paper that is much needed.

  205. patience is a virtue says:

    and its well founded optimism for this year and many to come, IMHO.  may not be the glory years, but the Habs youth movement is one of the most under-reported phenomenon in the NHL right now.

    Stanley Cup Champs 2011-12:


    AK-Eller-Max Pac

    Poo-DD-UFA, trade upgrade, or Dawes


    Pyatt, Palushaj, Boyd, Avtsyn, Engqvist




    Sopel, Nash

    Carey TFS Price, ???

  206. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks Shawn,

    It is so much more fun for me to see this side of the equation in a sport and team that I have followed for 60 years.

  207. Kooch7800 says:

    I always love your optimism Ian.  It is quite refreshing compared to some of the posts on here

  208. Kooch7800 says:

    don’t buy him out. Send him to the minors just like what was done to Redden.

    Gomez is fast but he skates up with the puck goes to the outside and then makes a blind pass

  209. nunacanadien says:

    Its sad when we have to look to our defense to score.  What are we paying Gomez so much for then?  The Molsons should consider buying him out if only to improve the team the way it is now.  The only glaring weakness overall, besides being so small, is that Gomez is neither fast, nor incredibly skilled, the excuse for not having size.

  210. patience is a virtue says:

    Can we press pause on all the Gomez-bashing for a day or two around here?  Hasn’t everything that could possibly be said, been said, 2000 times, and in CAPS!?

    I hope he turns it on and averages a point per game for the rest of the season just to spite the HIOers :)

  211. JF says:

    Agree.  Our penalty kill has slipped badly without Gorges and often costs us a chance to win.  If the addition of Sopel puts it back on track, the difference will be huge.  We’ll be winning more games, and we’ll be a tougher team to beat in the playoffs.  Add to that the fact that Cammalleri seems to be finding his scoring touch after a sup-par season, and Gauthier’s non-moves start to make sense.  There was little or nothing he could have gotten at an affordable price that would have improved the team.

  212. Ian Cobb says:

    We are a better group than last year, going to make a noise in the play offs again.

  213. patience is a virtue says:

    Hmmmm.  Who knew?  Our D is actually starting to look “tough”.  Mara, The Wiz, and Subban’s no slouch with the body.  Gill, Hammer and Sopel are large lads who may not be agressive, but don’t get bounced around either.  Did you see Gill toss whatshisface on the ice like a rag doll last game?

    I like this new found depth on the backend.  If Sopel turns out to be the penalty killing ace that revives our Gorges-less PK, then PG’s tinkering may turn out to be more significant than most currently believe it to be…

  214. adamg84 says:

    I also don’t mind our backend…it’s just upfront where some holes can be found.  Either way come playoff time this team will be playing on piss and vinegar looking to try and shock the NHL.

  215. Ian Cobb says:

    There are 30 teams in this league.

    Here is where we place this week, compared to last week.

    As our goals against have increased, so has our place in the standings dropped from 9 place to 12th place this week, in the over all standings.

    We have bolstered our defence up with acquisitions this week. That should help out this stat some next week.


    Goals Against–  164.   We are in  11th place.   Last week we were in 10th place with  143 against.

    Total Points—-    73.   We are in  12th place.   Last week we were in   9th place with   69 points.

    Goal For——–  165.   We are in  25th place.   Last week we were in  28th place with  154 for.

  216. C_Hand says:

    Gomez, Gionta and Pacioretty have been playing very well the last 5-10 games. Great line.

  217. VancouverHab says:

    Amen to that, O excellently-avatar’d one. (The Habs are The Beatles of ice hockey….)

  218. dre1744 says:

    its nice to get a win when the team doesn’t really play there A game!!!!!!

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